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Topic: Kingmaker Adventure Path 2.0
Subject: Kyrie doesn't know much about decomposition of animals


Once again, Kyrie's shovel proved its worth, giving a very final smack to the wyrm that had preoccupied itself with Miguel. "You okay there, Miguel?" She asked, holding out her hand to keep him steady as he untangled himself from the now-dead creature.

After a pause to relax in their victory, the question came up of where to go from there.

Kyrie scratched at the back of her head, "Well, we wanted to get the boar's body back as quick as we could because it would've rotted, should we do the same with these things?" She asked, indicating the wyrms. "I know they're more scaly, but if we cut off the heads, it does make a big opening to their inside, which I think rot first. Like spiders."

Walking up to Frodrick she lay a hand on his shoulder, "I know you're sturdy, but don't push yourself too hard, okay?" Kyrie gave a smile, letting the healing energy flow into the dwarf's body (results already covered by GM post above). "I'll have to jog more to train myself to keep up." She chuckled. Knowing Kyrie, it probably wasn't a joke.

Posted on 2014-06-06 at 18:00:35.

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: Hmm... Cybersix


Do we get a pet kitty then?

Posted on 2014-06-04 at 17:45:35.

Topic: Jade Regent Adventure Path
Subject: Ankle biting might not be the worst of it


“We're all gonna die,” chirped the bird.

Nona let out the breath she didn't realize she had been holding and stepped forward. “Well, ladies? And Zwei.” She added the latter with a glance to the fetchling. She drew a bolt from her pouch and loaded it into her crossbow. “Are we going to stand here like a gaggle of timid livestock, or shall we proceed?” Nona gave the mechanism a tug until it locked into place.

“Uh, forgive me if I don't lead the way. Goblins are notorious ankle biters and my shins have a terribly low tolerance for perforation.”


Fox gave a cat-like grin, "Just considering our options." On a more serious note she added, "Sticking to the trail might not be the best bet."

"Even though the goblins might not stray so close to the city." Fox elaborated, "There was word wandering about of another creature. Presumably a carnivore, and sheer white in colour. With any luck it will stand out against the marsh. Something to keep an eye out for while we head down the trail. It was last seen along it."

Despite the sense of trepidation she felt, Fox felt alert. Her instincts would be her strongest asset, should anything happen.

"That being said, I'm not keen on trying to make a trail through the marsh myself. Getting stuck in a bog would be more troublesome." Fox decided, leading the way down the New Fish Trail. Despite her outwardly carefree tone, her eyes scanned her surroundings carefully. She wasn't about to just lower her guard.

Posted on 2014-05-28 at 19:01:05.

Topic: Favourite Thing You Never Get to Use
Subject: The sylph is in


This cat has numerous resources, not even in the same system.
  • D20 Cyberscape - As the name suggests, modern tech based on virtual reality. Very much not a commonly used thing at all. I still like the book.
  • Witchcraft system - I love this system. Everything is point buy, and no predefined classes. Also a modern system. Can also be a dark conspiracy type setting.
  • Abyssals/Sidereals/Alchemicals - Part of the Exalted Setting. I don't really know how to use it yet, but the 'races' are fascinating.

I also am helping to beta test another system entirely. I can't say I never get to use it (since testing is using it), but I can't wait to use it more

Posted on 2014-05-25 at 18:57:49.
Edited on 2014-05-25 at 18:59:08 by Reralae

Topic: Kingmaker Adventure Path 2.0
Subject: Charge! (not the action, you know what I mean)


Kyrie wasn't sure if the weed from earlier was more frightening than the tatzlwyrm. What she was sure of, though, was that in the face of uncertain danger, she needed to face it directly. After all, being directly in the way means that other people aren't being attacked. Usually.

Except, Frodrick got to the front before her. Guess there is quite the speed difference with having a ride. Kyrie thought, trusty shovel in hand as she stubbornly continued her way forward.

She would make it to the melee! Eventually. When she did get there, she'd try to swipe at the wyrm's neck with the edge of her shovel. The goal was to get its head, right?

Posted on 2014-05-25 at 18:47:29.

Topic: Tales of Alder Vale -- Spring
Subject: Was waiting to see if Bodkin has input, but guess backposting can work


Violet rubbed the back of her head in slight embarrassment, "Well, how does this sound? Asher and I could try to sneak up on Shadow's Roost. That way we can find out if he is actually there, or if it's a false trail, and I can try to map the pathway. If we're lucky we may be able to find out more."

Vi paused, "Does anybeast know Ratrug? I mean, more than what you've already told us? It's not really like a vermin to appear out of nowhere..."

Suddenly getting a thought, Violet looked at Fenrir and Ribbon, "If it goes in weekly cycles, they should appear again soon. I think we should try to have some sort of safe place for the workers. If the attackers target the wagons, we could reduce injuries by leaving the wagons empty. Another option as well would be to set up volunteer groups of slingers. If we can knock Ratrug off of the owl, well, then he doesn't have an owl directly protecting him, and more importantly, they become separated."

"As weird as it sounds, I'm hoping we can just talk to the owl directly." Vi admitted, "Ratrug's intent, well that's been shown. Vermin just wants money and infamy. That of the owl... we don't know. We don't know anything about the owl."

Posted on 2014-05-25 at 18:40:01.

Topic: Destiny's Flight - A Serenity RPG
Subject: Suspicions confirmed


Catie could hear the brother's conversation where she was, working in the kitchen. It was hard not to. But they didn't really hold her attention. Her attention was on Lilianna, and Angela.

That appetite... that is definitely more than would be considered normal. Catie thought to herself as she observed firsthand the visible results of Angela's metabolism needs. Think... was there anything about impacts on metabolism?

Catie, however, did not pursue that line of thought, seeing Lilianna falter, plate falling to the ground, as she started crying.

Oh dear. Catie thought, her face sympathetic. She had guessed that Lilianna was under a lot of pressure. Moving quickly, she left her position in the kitchen, after making sure she turned the stove off, just as a precaution, moving to Lilianna's side. Catie didn't care how she looked at that point, Lilianna's emotional health was her concern.

Catie moved beside Lilianna, and, very gently, enough to let her pull away if she wanted, tried to hug her.

Seeing Angela jump to action at the same time as everyone converged, Catie would try to call "Stand down, Angela! Seth is just doing his duty!"

"I WANT DANIEL!!!!" Lilianna cries out through the tears.

"Daniel?" AJ says his eyes going wide..

"Daniel?" Rick repeats with the same expression.

Seth lowers the gun, "Lilianna. You told me he left you and ..."

"I lied! I lied about the kidnapping. I lied about Daniel. I lied to protect him. I lied to protect myself. I keep lying and hoping it will get better but it won't get better..." she sobbed uncontrollably, falling to the ground of the galley. "I've lost him."


"You have time." Catie spoke, her voice soft as she kneeled beside Lilianna, trying to be reassuring and calm her down, "Breathe. In, and out. There is still time."

Time for what, well, Catie wasn't entirely sure herself. All she knew then, with regards to Lilianna's situation, was that it was time to unravel the truth. Keeping up with her lies was putting way too much stress on her.

"You asked for help." Catie whispered, "But people cannot help if they don't know what really happened. Let them know. Share your story."

Posted on 2014-05-23 at 07:37:45.
Edited on 2014-05-23 at 07:42:27 by Reralae

Topic: Jade Regent Adventure Path
Subject: Competition? But mystery! And intrigue!


“Goblins using disguises? Forgive me if I don't put much faith in this. We are talking about a race of creatures who think writing steals words out of their head.”

Fox smirked, "The concept is a bit extravagant, one has to admit. However, with the number out there, the chance that they include some actually smart individuals is not out of the question." She gave a laugh, "But yes, the simpler cause is the more likely one."

“Zwei, these are the girls. The big one is Alexis. Her skills include hitting stuff and wearing armour for clothing. The diminutive waif beside her is Fox, with whom you shall be competing for status of most inscrutable member of the group.”

Alexis gave a brisk two finger salute to the man from her seat. "Greetings, so you'll be joining us? Sounds fair strength in numbers they say. As for my skills and clothing choice Nona is a bit off. I'm an apprentice blacksmith and part of the militia. I've had the honor of getting some training with the Pathfinders as well, I prefer my armor for a variety of reasons but we'll leave it as 'my uniform' for the moment." She laughed a bit and gave Nona a cheeky grin before letting Fox introduce herself.


Fox gave a sly grin at Nona, "Diminutive? Isn't that a bit of an exaggeration? I'm just a bit on the smaller side for a woman." she chuckled, "Well, okay, maybe five foot is closer to the edge of the scale than normal." She admitted, before turning her attention to Zwei, "One certainly recalls your face. We've shared the bar a few times, but never really the same place."

She looked around at the assembled group and gave a smile, "It will be interesting to see your work firsthand." she noted, with playfulness in her voice.

“I notice not all of us present are fully prepared to set out right this moment. In the interest of making efficient use of the remaining hours of daylight, I suggest those of use who are already prepared to leave can attempt some form of reconnaissance while those of us who are not—namely myself, can acquire the necessary provisions. I propose we meet back here in an hour.”

"An hour? That should be enough time for one to listen for more. Maybe it will be useful, maybe not. Don't know until one listens." Fox nodded.

“Oh, and Alexis—Brinestump is at least 3 miles out of town. I don't know how if you want to wear your armour for the whole trip. It's up to you if you think you can keep up.”

Alexis simply shook her head and took another drink of her water to mask the smile she had, figuring Nona's 'supplies' was either some sort of a spell book or something else aside from camping gear. Alexis waved to her cousin as the snarky studious girl departed chuckling after before turning to Fox. "I'll go see if I can't get the Sheriff to give us a few extra rations for our excursion. I've also got a few things to drop off at home and grab before I'm ready anyways. Fox if Nona comes back before me tease her a bit, she needs to lighten up some. She knows I can keep up just fine in armor with her."


Fox gave a cat-like grin, "Will do." She needed no second prompting where Nona was concerned.

((extra to be added pending additional dialogue))

Finishing her tea, Fox put her coins on the bar for Ameiko to collect later, "I'll be off then. See you in about an hour."

Fox then moved to the changing area, exchanging her performance attire with her street attire, neatly rolling up the discarded clothing and putting it into her pack. She used her light, leather armour as an under layer, hiding it underneath her outer clothes. Being without an actual home, all of her possessions were generally carried by her all the time. It was a kind of way of life for her. She took extra care to stow her spare coinage in her brooch or scarf, with a dummy coin bag in her pack, and readjusting her carried weapons, both visible and concealed.

Marsh monster She mused, That one will need to be traced to its point of origin.

Waving at Ameiko before she left, Fox headed to the marketplace. The taverns would have the leaves of the rumour, as that is where rumours spread to, but to find the roots, well, you needed to find the who. The person that was at the wrong place at the wrong time. The neighbour that was just minding their own business.

As it turned out, Fox's intuition served her well, as she kept her ears trained on tidbits of conversation as she walked through the market, looking for all the world like a window shopper.

"I think he might be seeing someone behind her back!"
"Did you hear about the wood? Trouble might be showing up there again."
"Apparently somebody reckons Megus is, uh, damn, something about Megus anyway."
"These apples are actually not freshly imported."
"Where did they say the monster showed up again?"

Bingo. Fox slowed her steps, walking up to the woman perusing the outer stalls of the fishmarket, talking with one of the clerks.

"You mean, you've heard about it too?" Fox asked casually, feigning innocence, "I thought it was just a tall tale someone started."

"Oh yes, it could very well be a tall tale!" The elderly woman replied.

"No way. I heard it from the fisherman myself." The cleric responded, "He was white as a sheet when he talked about it. He said that's the last time he's going by New Fish Trail, until he knows its safe."

Fox nodded, "Sensible man, even if he can't be sure what he saw, something like that you wouldn't want to leave to chance."

The elderly woman nodded, "Indeed, though you'd think the man would at least, you know, have more to his tale. Just 'a monster' is not helpful."

The cleric scratched at his head, "Well, I remember him mentioning that it looked taller than he was, and said it was like snow, really white. Huge mouth, that point came up a lot. And it was eating goblins."

"Goblins! Oh I could tell you about goblins, boy." The elderly woman huffed, "Nasty, vile vermin. Why Magnimar hasn't wiped the creatures out I can't even guess!"

Sensing the conversation at its end, or at the very least, waylaid, Fox discreetly left the marketplace. She made her way to the shipyard.

"Know any folk that've been up by New Fish Trail lately?" She asked one of the fisherwomen.

"Aye, buddy of my husband's been thataway." The woman looked rather strong, perhaps even a match for Alexis.

"Any idea where he might be?" Fox asked

"Hah, probably still at Cracktooth's, drowning himself in his ale."

Fox laughed, "I might've guessed."

"I know right? Guy sees something weird, something crazy enough to share the story, then when he realizes that people latched on to his story, goes and gets himself hammered because if he's drunk, makes the story less about if he has a loose riggin' in his noggin' and possibly about him being drunk instead."

If he was drunk, that meant that he could be easier to talk to, but less coherent. It was actually easier when they weren't drunk, Fox mused.

At the tavern, Fox didn't stay long. The fisherman's condition didn't make for good company, but she was able to provoke a tidbit of additional information. She made her way back to the Rusty Dragon. Finding herself having arrived somewhat earlier, she dropped her backpack, bow and quiver at the bar and waved Ameiko over.

"Ameiko, I'm going to the marsh with Nona." Fox said, her voice low initially, but she perks up and smiles, "Can you do me a favour and make sure no one steals my spot while I'm gone?" She gives a wink. Both of them knew Fox didn't really have an official spot, but it was how Fox said that she was coming back.

Posted on 2014-05-12 at 02:22:09.

Topic: Tales of Alder Vale -- Spring
Subject: Things do not add up


“Well now,” Weldon greeted them. “Me sees y’ were able t’ rouse th’ sleepy-‘eads, hmm, Ribbon? Made good time y’ did too.” Turning to Master Tigwyn, Weldon continued, “’ere are th’ young ‘uns from th’ Abbey, me tolds y’ about, Tigwyn.”

Violet rubbed the back of her neck, "I'm sorry." She murmured sheepishly, even if it went unheard. Force of habit.

“Hmm, yeth, I thee, I thee,” the older mole, nodded his head, as he continued to pour over various maps and diagrams on his desk. “Welcome! How ith ol’ Mathter Camber doing thethe dayth?”

"He's doing well." Violet replied, "Still can seem, well, cranky at times, but I think that's just how he makes sure that he's being heard."

“Good to hear!” Tigwyn replied. “Camber can be a bit crotchety in hith ol’ age, be he ith thuch a good friend of mine. It’th amathing a quickly the dayth go by.”

Violet nodded, "Time flies when you're busy." she gave a smile, idly wondering what would happen if somebeast were to fly faster than time, before dismissing the fantasy. "We were told that there was something going on over here at the quarry..."

“Ah yeth, yeth [...] Will you help uth?”

Violet nodded, but she frowned. It wasn't out of a desire not to help, but rather at what she just heard. She rubbed a paw at her cheek, "Let me get this straight. Some vermin of a beast made a demand, and when it was not met, then the owl appears? Is anyone else bothered by this?"

((Presuming some confusion on what exactly is bothering her))

"Well, I talked with Machin before we left, and asked him about the stories. He told me they were pretty vague now, being from many many seasons ago. But he did tell me about another owl he knew. He mentioned that they are majestic creatures. So then, why would such a creature assist a vermin that they could easily consider below them? Payment? What would a bird need of our money?" Vi rubbed at her forehead. The specific emphasis she places on 'bird' is, as the others would recognize, in a sort of respect.

"I think... we might want to try and find out what it is that's going on." Violet mused.

Posted on 2014-05-10 at 20:25:44.
Edited on 2014-05-10 at 20:26:39 by Reralae

Topic: Jade Regent Adventure Path
Subject: When you deal in rumours, they have a tendency to be mixed up


She gave Fox a sidelong glance. “You know, I could probably use someone of your mysterious and diverse skillset in the swamp. I would not object if you wished to join us. That is, if you're not too busy idling around being maddeningly secretive and inscrutable.”

Fox gave a sly, satisfied smile, "One does one's best."

* * *

"In answer to your question Fox he did, drunk again I assume or recovering from a hangover and just wanting some quiet. I'm not going to complain, he is a grouchy foul-mouthed man but he knows his craft, good teacher when he is in a good mood or, at least not drunk." She chuckled again and tipped her head in a nod of thanks to Ameiko before taking a big swig from her glass. "Ahhh...that hits the spot." She couldn't really catch what Nona and the man were discussing, the noise was to much right now. "You going after the pesky little blighters to Fox? I've seen you on the hunts could always use a shot like yours for taking out the buggers." Alexis patted the sword at her side and smiled wide again. "I'll be doing what I can, the extra gold would be nice but I'm doing it mostly so they stop harassing folks."

Her eyes seemed to light a bit and she cocked an eyebrow slightly finally relaxing a bit as her excitement about a possible goblin hunt died down. "What was that about a marsh zombie witch thing? I think I've heard it might have even met the woman but I don't really know...Could go ask Mother about it see if she knows anything more if it was something you wanted to poke into a bit, otherwise I'd say we just keep our eyes out for the witch and hope she hasn't befallen any serious injury." She shrugged her shoulders after finally forcing herself to shut up by downing the rest of her water so Fox could get a word in edgewise.


Fox rubbed her cheek absently, "Sounds to me like the version you heard diverges from the version I heard." She noted, sitting back down and pouring herself another cup of tea, raising it to her lips and taking a sip, and lowering her voice, "What I know for sure is that the woman that was called a witch has not been around for a while. Now, the reason isn't clear. The tale being passed around that I heard was there was some sort of magic involved, which turned her into some sort of zombie, complete with rumours of her stalking others and her hunger for flesh."

Fox waved her hand in a noncommittal gesture, "Personally, I think it might just be people's imaginations getting the better of them, in their search for a reason for her disappearance. But one thing is certain, there are things going on in the marsh, and before we head out, I intend to trace down the other rumours pointing there." She nodded to herself.

"It points to things besides goblins out there, or they're being sneaky and using the guise of monsters to be more aggressive without alerting people." Fox mused.

Posted on 2014-05-08 at 04:53:34.

Topic: Jade Regent Adventure Path
Subject: What's going on? Why don't you tell me~?


Fox relaxed as she sat down at the bar, her performance done for the moment. Or at the very least, she gave the impression of being relaxed. Underneath the braids of auburn hair, her ears remained open and attentive. You never knew what kind of information you could pick up on a good day just by paying attention.

"Tea, please, Ameiko." Fox smiled at Ameiko, wrapping the sashes that flowed from her arms around her respective wrists, so they wouldn't drape across the bar.

She closed her eyes a moment as she listened. Fireworks. Goblins. As she expected those were at the forefront of many minds in the tavern. Only to be expected, as the new group was going to gather today.

"Thank you." Fox said suddenly, opening her eyes, judging from the slight tremor on the bar that her tea was ready, a small teapot and teacup.

She lifted the teacup and peered at it, her golden eyes slightly reflected by the water. Fox blew on the water, watching the ripples that resulted, before taking a sip. After all these years, it wasn't a surprise that Ameiko still knew the right temperature Fox preferred her tea at before drinking.

Fox watched Ameiko as she worked. It had been a while since the tavern was this busy. She didn't have too long to watch, however, as the approaching footsteps were indication of an incoming person. Just as she finished her tea.

“So what's going on in the world of Sandpoint's favourite homeless waif? If you feel like sharing, that is.” Nona asked as she settled onto the stool next to the short Tian woman.

Fox looked beside her, giving a sly smile, "What's going on? In my world? Well, it's been interesting, Nona. It is..." She lifted a finger to her lips, "A secret." She replied, looking for all the world like a mischievous child. Her height, or lack of, helped with that particular ruse as she jested with Nona.

Fox gave a carefree laugh, "Unless you mean 'the world at large as observed by Fox'. A Fox does hear some things. It's going to cost you though."

Fox paused, letting the words linger on the air a moment, before indicating the small teapot, "Refill." She smiles playfully.

(copied from Sib-message)

Nona rolls her eyes, tolerantly, and calls to wherever Ameiko is (presumed dealing with/chatting up customers somewhere down the bar). "Hey, Ameiko, I'm borrowing the hot water."

As she says this she holds her hand up to the kettle, which promptly responds to her and drifts over to Fox's small pot, refilling it before putting itself back where it was.


"Thank you," Fox chuckles, before her face takes on a more pensive look, playfulness still there, but faded, as she lowered her voice, "Now, as you could guess, there's a lot of talk about the Marsh, but it's more than just about the previous group. There's a woman, they call her a witch, who lives in there. Occasionally she visits Sandpoint, to resupply things that she can't get in the Marsh. A couple of times every lunar cycle, or so that was the pattern. I've heard a few of the people at the market say they haven't seen her, including Rennon, you know, the guy that has that odds and ends stall at the marketplace. The guy that gets strange books imported."

She paused a moment, "Now this is where it gets strange. It might just be people's imaginations getting the better of them, with her not being seen for a while. Anyway, there's a belief that she has used some form of magic and become something akin to a zombie. Naturally, the story includes a newfound hunger for flesh and stalking the Marsh and so on. Personally, I just think she's gone missing, and people want to pin something to explain recent disappearances. Like the marsh monster. That one is popular too."

Suddenly there was a fluttering of wing beats, and Fox felt a slight weight on her head, "Fox, Fox, Fox, hello, hello, hello!"

Fox glanced up in slight indication, before glancing at Nona in a 'You didn't teach her to land on people's shoulders yet, I take it?' look, but says, "I was wondering where you were, Serafina. Nona was worried you got lost, again."

((Presuming familiar vs wizard ness and heavy denial from Nona))

"Yes, you were. You even poured tea for us, since tea is good for the nerves, using your magic so that the kettle wouldn't spill." Fox replied smoothly, standing from her seat just out of reach of Nona, "There's no need to be so flustered~ and Serafina, you should be happy. Nona really cares about you, that's all." Fox smiles at both of them knowingly, though in her case it's an entirely different knowing than what that usually implies in this situation.

At that point, if Fox's ears were capable of it, they would have swiveled and twitched.

"Nona!"

Fox subtly took a step back, to make sure she wasn't in the way of an impending Alexis.

In a brisk stride had crossed to her arms wrapped around the girl's midsection and she squeezed down in a big hug even swinging the girl in a circle before setting her down and giving her a clap on the back. "Hello you to Fox, you both here about the goblins?" She asked, a big smile on her face as she beamed at the pair.

Fox scratched at her cheek, "Well, this is actually where my gig usually is." She replied, indicating her dancing attire, an exotic looking dress with no sleeves, wide waist band, and sashes along her body, two of which were wrapped around her wrists. She returned Alexis's smile, her golden eyes gleaming mischievously, "But yes, I'm here about them as well. Did Mr. Korvut give you some time off for once?" She asked.

Posted on 2014-05-06 at 22:38:35.
Edited on 2014-05-06 at 22:42:26 by Reralae

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: On my side...


There was a bit of a heat wave, and I had the last of my exams. I've posted for Catie though.

I hope what she's trying to do with breakfast makes sense. I tried looking up some cooking from the actual show, but didn't find very much.

Pancake breakfast. Hope we have pretend-syrup to go with it.

Posted on 2014-05-03 at 22:02:35.

Topic: Destiny's Flight - A Serenity RPG
Subject: Motivations and disruptions


Destiny Outside Anglea’s room. Day Two of Journey. 8:00 am ST

Catie met up with Tess outside of the very small room that Angela had claimed as her own. The two ladies exchanged greetings only when Angela stepped out of her room and nearly walked into Tess and Catie, both apparently watching for her.

"Hey there! Good morning! What can I do for you, Tess?" Angela asked.

Tess smiled, “Just coming to meet with you this morning in case you need help but I’m guessing that you didn’t sleep last night. You know that you can’t do that for all five days we are on route right?”

(assuming some answer from Angela)

“Okay, Angela. Listen up. We wills head to the kitchen, have some breakfast and see how things unfolds today. Observe as much as you can and when the meal is over, report to Grace if you noticed anything, Dong ma?” Tess said firmly knowing that Angela liked to be told what to do. She then turned to her other companion, “Catie – any idea how you think you’ll approach Lilianna today?”


Catie nodded slowly, tracing her cheek with a finger as she thought. She seemed a lot calmer than she was the other day, "Well, right now I should just play it slowly. Jon's orders that she heard were for me to make sure she was comfortable, so that's what I'll do. Offer to help with her breakfast perhaps. The main thing will be to try to get her by herself."

Shrugging a bit, Catie added, "Though what happens then, I'm not so sure. She'll probably still not want to share completely, but if I act supportive, an open listener, then maybe she'll be willing to at least share part of what is going on."

Catie frowned, "I'm just worried about her trying something reckless..."

Destiny Galley Day Two of Journey. 9:15 am ST

Lilianna stayed as far away from Seth as she could and actually moved over to where Catie was working. “Can I help you prepare?” she asked hesitantly, like she wasn’t sure if it was the right thing to do, “I never get to cook at home but I have worked in a few soup kitchens and shelters.”

Catie nodded, giving a reassuring smile, "Sure. I was thinking about getting something warm set up. Can you help with the stove and pans? With a person at each burner, we'll be done quicker."

Catie is using the protein and adding a subtle mix of flavouring to it. Not too strong, but just enough, trying to provide an expected flavour of flour, egg, and buttermilk. With a few other ingredients, namely mixing in water and some of the dried fruit that she had bought, Catie's goal is to make what is effectively a pancake batter. She'll let Lilianna help, keeping an eye on her and offering tips as needed.

Posted on 2014-05-03 at 21:59:42.

Topic: Tales of Alder Vale -- Spring
Subject: To Lizard or Not to Lizard? (hint, answer is lizard)


Violet made her way down the stairs. With any luck, she would make it to the common room before making their visitor too-

“Violet!”

Violet gave a squeak as she nearly fell over, her slender frame hardly capable of keeping herself and Ribbon upright with Ribbon's momentum, "Ribbon?!" she gasped, looking up at the mouse, and giving her a strong hug in return, "What are you doing here?"

“Oh! Isn’t wonderful! I’m here! The Abbott said I could come because Oltovian had to go back to the Abbey because he got guests that just arrived and Bowser thinks it’s Oltovian’s long lost brother that Oltovian didn’t even know he had. And so Father said, ‘Oh, Ribbon can go,’ probably because I had been so sad when you all left and I was left behind and he could see that so he said I could go and the Abbott said, ‘That sounds good to me!’”

Violet carefully shifted her positioning to help both her and Ribbon back upright, smiling at Ribbon, "I'm glad he agreed."

Ribbon sucked in a long breath and continued, “Oh, Violet wasn’t the ride here wonderful. I got to ride one of Bowser charger lizards with some of his Snakebite troops. Oh! They can move fast! I had to hold on so tight and the wind was whipping my ribbons everywhere. Ooo! It was so exciting!”

“And now we’re here together and I made muffins and our hosts made some delicious granola. Oh! They put this syrup over it... maple, I think... mmmmmm, it’s so good! You’ve got to try it.


Vi grinned and nodded, "Definitely. I haven't eaten anything yet today." Not seeing Fenrir or Asher in the common room, Violet added, "I'll grab a few bowls for the guys too. Did you already eat?"

((Presuming she did because she did help make the food too))

Violet left Ribbon to pounce the guys, chuckling as she glanced back to see Fenrir walk headlong into a Ribbon-pounce. Walking up to the counter, Violet spoke with Rosey, "May we have three muffins and three servings of granola, please?" Violet asked, "And how much was it for our stay?" She asked.

((Cost was listed at 12gp on the Q&A iirc))

Violet reaches into her pack, pulling out the shared bag that carried the group's funds, having been the one to carry it after Fenrir passed the remainder to her, she counts fourteen coins and places them on the counter or in Rosey's paws if she's taking them. She'll pick up breakfast and bring it over to a vacant table for the group, before waving Fenrir and Asher over.

"Well, I'm guessing our ride has left without us." Violet noted after they had eaten, her eyes catching the angle of the shadow cast by the window, judging the time to be definitely a bit later than anticipated. Violet yawned, covering her mouth with her hand. "I think we should take a passage from Ribbon's journey here and rent a few lizards to catch up."

((By the Q&A we seemed to be in agreement))

Violet gave a curtsey to their hosts as they left the inn, "Thank you for your hospitality." She said.

On their way to the stables, Violet couldn't help but give out a yawn, "I'm sorry. I still feel exhausted. Didn't sleep very well." She offers by way of explanation.

When they reach the stables, Vi speaks up, "If it's okay, I think I should ride with you, Ribbon. I don't think I should try riding alone while I'm tired, and we're easily the lightest, so hopefully it won't be too much for the lizard."

((Presuming affirmative as in the Q&A))

While riding on their way to the quarry, Violet made sure to hold on. It would help prevent her shawl or wings from catching on the air as they rode. Her eyes gleamed as she looked at the occasional crystalline structures sticking out of the ground beside the path. They were amazing to look at, almost glowing in the light. Perhaps she would try to pick up a small piece of one for the trip back.

When they reached their destination, Violet straightened and stretched her small frame lightly, "I... don't think I like riding on lizards." She noted sheepishly.

Posted on 2014-05-01 at 23:37:46.
Edited on 2014-05-03 at 22:16:32 by Reralae

Topic: Alder Vale Campaign Q/A
Subject: Well...


Given Master Welldon departed without us, we actually don't have wagons. Options are lizard or no lizard

Posted on 2014-04-30 at 04:44:52.

Topic: Kingmaker Adventure Path 2.0
Subject: What do you mean it's dead? Are you sure?


"It's dead, Kyrie."

Kyrie stopped mid-swing, looking over at Miguel, "You're sure?" She stood up, wiping her green-stained gauntlets on the remnants of the plant vegetation that was less slimy than other parts, "Whew, that thing's core was hard." She remarked offhandedly, "... guess I should check for a seed pod or something. Some plants have those when they die."

Kyrie started cutting at the vines that made up the weed's body, trying to get a better look at the core she was stabbing. If there was an actual core. She didn't know how the thing worked.

If there is a sufficiently dense core that remains, Kyrie will pick it up and check it for seeds. Assuming there is none, she shrugs and puts it back down, though on hearing notion for a 'trophy', Kyrie will point at the core, "Well, I don't see why we'd want to keep something, but if we take anything, that might be the only main part of its body." She noted to Zeran before she wandered back to the cavern for much needed rest.

* * *

Kyrie looked in surprise at the creatures in front of the party. One was a toad. Oversized but still a toad. The other was also a toad. Or a toad-man? Yep, seemed like a man. She did a double take between the two, not sure what to think of them. ((Detect as noted does not reveal anything strange))

"Uh, hi? Sorry if we're intruding, but we're trying to make a map, you see." Kyrie spoke.

She didn't know what it was going to do with its weapon it had, but she figured that such a makeshift weapon would not do much undue damage, especially against armour, so she didn't consider it much of a threat. Worst case scenario, she would advance to intercept it anyway.

Posted on 2014-04-30 at 04:35:26.

Topic: Alder Vale Campaign Q/A
Subject: Let's see...


I'm not entirely sure how the terrain is like, but pending trees, would gliding from tree to tree somewhat roughly match pace to lizards?

Granted, given that Vi is tired, 'flying' might not be the best idea for her... But I get the equal impression that she doesn't really like riding. I'm sure given her condition she could be convinced without trouble though. (though flip side could be that the physical activity might help her feel awake enough to keep up. I dunno)

Either way, Violet would definitely suggest for lizards so that they can catch up faster. Their job was to keep up with and help protect Weldon as needed after all, and they can't do that if they're far behind.

Posted on 2014-04-30 at 04:25:51.

Topic: Kingmaker Adventure Path 2.0
Subject: Not going to celebrate immediately


As Zeran fired his shot, Kyrie moved forward with purpose. They couldn't be certain if it had anything special up its... lack of a sleeve unless you count weird vines? Whatever. There was the possibility it'd turn around, whatever that entailed, so now was not the time to celebrate.

She had no way of knowing how his weapon worked, but it surely did wonders when he wielded it. Perhaps not as often as he would like, but Kyrie still thought it was a powerful weapon.

"Solid hit!" She called back at Zeran, although she knew that he saw it as well as she did. With only one or two steps further, the weed collapsed.

Well, we attacked the stalk and crown. Let's see if this thing carries its roots around with it. Kyrie thought as she advanced towards the fallen weed, shield still at the ready in case it was playing.

The creature did not stir. Now, Kyrie had no idea how the anatomy of such a weed actually worked, but given that it was a wandering weed, that had to mean that it carried its roots with it, somewhere they would be safe. That somewhere was most likely in the middle of its strange body. Moving to get a better positioning, Kyrie set aside her shield temporarily as she stabbed the sickle with a downward strike, using both hands, directly into the core of the vegetative mass. (Coup De Grace)

Posted on 2014-04-26 at 03:49:04.

Topic: Tales of Alder Vale -- Spring
Subject: Intuition off, but that's probably a good thing in this case


Violet sighed after Rosey excused herself. She wasn't sure if it was from relief, embarrassment or perhaps a twinge of disappointment that she was wrong.

Either way, Rosey was right. She needed to wash and bathe. Making her way to the bath, Violet double checked that it was unoccupied before entering. Inside, she carefully locked the door behind her, putting her things to the side and removed her shawl.

Violet had picked her shawl for its design, able to hide her arms and, by extension, her wings. She stretched out fully, feeling the membrane that made up her wings spread. It wasn't often that she had the opportunity to feel her complete wingspan. Her stretching done, she took a deep breath, before she submerged herself in the hot water. After a moment, she surfaced to take another and relaxed, leaning against the side of the tub.

Violet made sure to wash herself completely while she had the opportunity.

With that done, she dried herself off, retrieved her things, and made her way down the stairs to the common room.

Posted on 2014-04-25 at 19:41:39.

Topic: Tales of Alder Vale -- Spring
Subject: Well, tired is better than sick, but by how much?


Violet yawned as she stretched. Morning already? She grumbled a bit to herself. Her body felt weak, and her eyes were not opening. It had fought a ferocious battle overnight, and so the exhaustion remained. It took her a moment to register that she was not alone in her room, aided by the gentle touch at her shoulder.

“I’ve poured a bath for you, dearie,” Rosey said softly, gently prodding Violet. “Figured it would be good for you to wash away the night terrors.”

Violet gave a soft eep and quickly withdrew her arms under the blankets in reflex, before realizing that it was their hostess.

"Th-thank you." Vi spoke, her voice weak like her body, but still with the honest feeling behind them. Conversation helped awaken Violet a bit, and she slowly shifted to sit more upright on the bed, still holding a blanket around her.

The mousemaid gave Violet a smile as the squirrel opened her eyes. “Good morning, love. Time to rise and shine and greet the sun. A guest has arrived from the Abbey for you. She is waiting for you in the common room, though she has said there is no rush.”

Violet immediately paled slightly under her fur. With the two day trip it took for them to get there, that meant that she traveled faster than wagon (which was possible) or left not long after them. Thankfully that band of bandits should have been dissuaded from picking on the road, at least for a while. Did her intuition tell her that Violet unintentionally broke her promise? If so, was she here to check on Violet?

"Is she okay? Who is it?" Violet asked, even though she was fairly sure she knew the answer.

Posted on 2014-04-24 at 17:46:36.

Topic: Kingmaker Adventure Path 2.0
Subject: We have support, now to the offensive! (maybe)


Kyrie nodded over her shoulder at the cleric behind her, "Thanks!" She called, before looking at the weed's... well, where she guessed its eyes were, if it had eyes. It was a plant. Maybe it had eyes, maybe it didn't. All she knew was that it was a weed. A very dangerous weed that has shown that it is rather aggressive towards other forms of life.

Taking a breath, Kyrie steeled her resolve, and stepped forward, blocking its advance. She was almost distracted by that strange wild beast (or was it wild?) that showed up out of nowhere, but her main focus was the weed.

"Round two, this time, you weed." Kyrie muttered, keeping her focus on the weed's movements in preparation to defend against a counter attack, and lashing out with her sickle, attempting to reap... well, if there was anything of worth to reap from the weed she'd finish the end of that sentence later.

Posted on 2014-04-23 at 18:56:06.

Topic: Kingmaker Adventure Path 2.0
Subject: Not the arch-nemesis... WEEDS!!!


"Don't panic, but we have a weed out front, and I am pretty sure it's not a fake one this time." Kyrie said to the others as they awoke.

Her hands shook as she switched her shovel for her shield, before clenching her fist tightly around the handle. This time would be different. This time, the weed would not get its way so easily.

Kyrie drew her sickle as she walked to the entrance of the cave, taking a defensive stance, preparing her body and mind against the potential charge of the weed.

"Mother, grant me the strength to stand against this weed." Kyrie prayed.

((Assuming Miguel does use his lights, and we get the weed's attention))

With the weed now aware of the party, there was really only one option left. Take the fight to it before it could bring it to the ones that wouldn't be able to survive its attack. Kyrie knew firsthand how powerful it was. All the more reason not to let anyone else be hit by it. She advanced as fast as she could to engage the weed in battle, while retaining her defensive posture.

Posted on 2014-04-20 at 18:34:27.
Edited on 2014-04-20 at 21:58:53 by Reralae

Topic: Tales of Alder Vale -- Spring
Subject: Sleep beckons the squirrelmaid


The hare maiden smiles a gentle smirk in return. “An attractive little creature such as yourself never received any attention,”

Violet averted her gaze slightly and shook her head instinctively, though she tried to keep the motion from showing.

she clucks her tongue against her teeth. “I find it hard to believe. Still,” looking back down the stairs with distain, “those beasts are not worthy of your time.”

"I'm Violet, or Vi in short." Violet offers.

“Ah!” cried the hare. “Where are our manners? I am Camille,” she says, taking Violet’s paws in her own. “Though, most kind creatures call me Cami.” Turning towards the fox, she begins, “And this is...”

“Luchian,” the fox says, gently stooping down to take one of Violet’s paws is his and kiss it softly. “Our apologies for the beastly behaviour of those two. Why Rosey continues to extend her hospitality to them,” he turns to Cami, “has been a matter of some debate between us, hasn’t it, dear?”

“Hmmm,” Cami replies, shaking her head is disapproval at the squirrels’ behaviour. “It matters not, though. We should not speak ill of our host, though,” she says thoughtfully to Luchian, “There’s likely many a folk who wonder why she shows us any graces too.”

“A fair point, my fair darling,” Luchian concedes with a soft smile and a nod. Turning his attention back to Violet, he continued, “I doubt very much the scoundrels will bother you anymore, Miss Violet.” Giving the squirrel maid a polite bow, “A good night to you.”

“Yes, yes,” Cami curtseyed as well, “May your rest be peaceful this night!”

Cami took Luchian’s offered arm and, together, the two of them turned to leave.


Violet gave a curtsey in return, "Thank you again, and a good night for you as well." She turned to her own door and entered, using the room key given to her and slipping inside, barely opening the door beyond what was necessary clearance for her small frame.

Once inside, she breathed a sigh of relief as she closed the door behind her. She lightly rubbed her cheeks, which still felt a bit warm. If she had foresight she would've requested a bath as well, but there was no real way she could have known this would happen. Instead she does the next best thing, lightly washing her face from the basin (if there is a small one in the room).

"I wonder which one it was. Or maybe it was both." Violet mused, "I suppose it doesn't matter now." She lay on the bed after getting ready.

"Cami." She murmured, "And Luchian. Thank you."

((And unless there's any interruptions, she'll probably sleep until woken up ))

Posted on 2014-04-17 at 07:14:18.
Edited on 2014-04-17 at 07:14:50 by Reralae

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: To be fair...


Living with and dealing/haggling/requesting of are two different things in my mind...

When putting on a 'face', Catie uses her memory of previous interactions with other people in similar situations in order to ascertain how best to advance social combat. She reads the situation, reads emotional displays, and responds.

Catie without her mask, on the other hand, is what you are observing in these crew meetings. Re-learning to be a part of a team. Getting reacquainted to the dynamics of a group. She's more likely to be in this mode the more uncertain a situation appears to be, because the not-knowing puts stress on her.

The two situations are very different in my mind. In the first, the expected and anticipated social dance is mostly predefined. Both parties have objectives, and both are meeting at the table to negotiate or otherwise interact. In the second, there are no clear objectives, apart from maintaining the unity of the team. What is best for the group in the long term may be difficult to perceive or define.

I hope that makes sense

Posted on 2014-04-11 at 22:08:10.
Edited on 2014-04-11 at 22:08:53 by Reralae

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: No worries


When Catie ends up thinking in the hypothetical, she ends up forgetting that other people aren't privy to her thoughts. See the interaction with Stephanie just prior to the meeting; half of her sentences are completely disjointed, because her mind is going from one thing to the other so quickly that her speech can't catch up. In this situation, where it's almost entirely hypothetical (since we don't know very much), it's kind of at its worst...

She'll get better as she gets readjusted to living with other people. Catie has lived by herself for a while now.

In this particular case, the 'he' she's referring to is Steele. At the back of her mind, she has the suspicions that this is a publicity stunt by him. Or possibly worse.

Posted on 2014-04-10 at 03:29:12.

 


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