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Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: hehe...


I just can't get over the fact that I never mentioned the doors to the courthouse are closed. I didn't.... because they aren't. People are walking in and out, and yes, it's busier than normal, but there's a free entry. A very big group of people has gathered outside the courthouse... on the stairway and the square... but I didn't say anything more

Oh well... , do you want to go in or not? I have Percifeer and Miran going in, Pio waiting hesitantly... who else?

Posted on 2008-03-28 at 22:09:10.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: nooooooooo


I really hope that somebody else will add something to this, otherwise Geim is going in alone.

Posted on 2008-03-28 at 22:00:52.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: posting


I updated, and am now wondering if perhaps you are unsure of what to do? Perhpas I should go ahead and skip time until stuff happens? Of course I don't know exactly what you intend to do once inside the courthouse. So I think I do need some posts to continue.



Posted on 2008-03-26 at 15:47:51.

Topic: Vote for the Inn
Subject: reset


I think the voting has been reset. We've dropped to 12!!! It's impossible!!!

Get to voting please!

Posted on 2008-03-26 at 15:42:04.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: hehe


well, the thing is, you guys don't know whether that would work or not. All you know is that it needs to be rubbed on. If other methods will work is a mystery. The question is: are you willing to take the risk of not rubbing?

(yep, I'm not going to make it easy for ya)

Posted on 2008-03-24 at 17:16:10.

Topic: You Filthy Little Thief!!!
Subject: Gossip


Outside Courthouse
Stout Galius Square
Drefast

~Positive Tide is normal
~Negative Tide is rising


Llammoth bid the others to wait while she gathered what was going on that was so important that it drew a crowd so big.
An old woman with hair like spiderwebs and a skin as wrinkled as a stormy ocean seemed eager to talk, after her initial shock of talking to a half orc.

“Deary, you won’t believe what’s going on! There’s a family that discovered they have a right to a big part of the cattle in Drefast and its surrounding countryside. That’s a big deal you know. Lot’s of money involved!”

Another bystander, an old man as eager for gossip as the woman, joined in: “They found some kind of mistake in the Archives. It’s unheard of! They’s inside now, checking the paperwork, and people are awaiting the outcome. If they’s right, that means some people are not going to be happy!”

More people mingled in the conversation, and Llammoth learned that the Sebarter family was a rich family already, but that with this find, their wealth would double. It wasn’t often the Archives were wrong, so this error meant a great deal.


Posted on 2008-03-24 at 10:27:56.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: no problem


and as a little extra, I've updated the Drefast Map

Posted on 2008-03-23 at 15:55:55.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: nope


It's not as simple. As was already stated by somebody I think, the potion needs to be rubbed on the tree, not just poured on.

The tree is about 75 feet away from where you are standing, on the other side of a clearing. The trees surrounding it look sick and twisted, and the ground looks soggy/muddy, but not swampy. The ground is saturated with fluid, but HOW soggy it is exactly you cannot tell from here.

Posted on 2008-03-23 at 15:48:02.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: we're truly getting places, aren't we?


Alright people, like Ayrn said: GREAT postage everyone!

We have a new member to our game. Jozan will be taking the role of Beinsel the Bard, who'll be introduced shortly after I receive his background.

Give him a nice welcome please

Posted on 2008-03-23 at 13:58:49.

Topic: You Filthy Little Thief!!!
Subject: the courthouse


First Thunder River bridge
Drefast
Drannon

~Positive Tide is normal
~Negative Tide is rising


With an agreement to return to the docks later they continued their journey towards the courthouse. A little while later they arrived at Stout Galius Square, named after the former Emperor, where the courthouse was situated.

The building itself was a stone marvel, with exterior columns, high windows, balustrades and a long stairway which was now completely covered with people. A carriage with two black horses stood waiting at the bottom of the stairs, but the driver looked like he had been there some time. Commoners and tourists alike stood waiting and chatting vividly.

Something was going on that drew a bigger crowd than usual.


Posted on 2008-03-23 at 00:00:09.
Edited on 2008-03-23 at 00:01:30 by Almerin

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: troubles


Wolf turned to Elessarae and only nodded, as if he responded to something else besides her question. Though the answer seemed unfitting, it drew a sense of appreciation and gratitude with it that struck deep in the heart of the bladesinger. It seemed sufficient and special, though Elessar had no idea why she would care so much for what this man thought of her.

His blue eyes seemed pale and distant, and when he spoke it was with a raspy voice, betraying the immensity of the suffering he was trying to hide.

"You are good people."

More would not come from his lips as he stared at the tree, and waited for the others to join them.

Posted on 2008-03-22 at 20:26:50.

Topic: William Pictures
Subject: there


hence the title of my post

Posted on 2008-03-22 at 11:48:06.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: ok


updated... I wrote like crap today, so forgive the bad proze please...

Posted on 2008-03-22 at 11:47:14.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: the tree at last


Alloryen Kingdom
East of Hith Elee
6th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
11:05 am


Loda now reached the reptile, and her axe was eager to taste the blood of this unnatural creature. She hit it square in the chest, under the muscled neck, and her face was instantly showered with blood as the scaled skin burst open. The lizard shrieked, but its agony was lost in the silence.
Gothard too dove in again, but the lizard lashed about so wildly that the wolf couldn’t get his jaws around any parts of it.

Quilanday was still staggering backwards until she rested against a tree. There she fumbled for her crossbow, but she couldn’t get it with one arm. Her shoulder was injured so badly that it hung limp on her side.

Geimiedefher had noticed that his spells would not work here, but that wouldn’t stop the Runemaster. He pushed past Loda and aimed for the same area, hoping for a final blow. The creature’s hide proved tougher than appearances could betray, for Geim’s axe bounced off the scales harmlessly.

Thondrek shrugged off the unusual shock of sudden battle. It was unlike him to hesitate. With a rush, perhaps heightened by shame, he darted forward and jabbed his guisarme into the monster’s flank. Its tip went into the creature’s flesh deeply. The lizard stumbled sideways from pain and bloodloss.

Elessarae called out to all the good gods mentally, but they would not answer. Was it that they could not hear her, or was this another test? It was frustrating to find she couldn’t keep true to her vow. Sylvaria needed her!

Who was frustrated as well was Draven. He wanted so badly to join in the bloodletting, but instead of giving in to rage, the warrior tried to find an inner peace, and felt his muscles relax. Very soon he would be able to move again.

Wolf regained his composure after the wild swing with his sword. Again he raised the blade, and this time aimed better. When it came down, it was with precision, but the creature moved about too frantically to give it a good hit.

The monstrous lizard was crazed now, enraged by pain and frustration. It lashed out with its talons to the closest enemies, which were Loda and Geim. It raked both Khords straight across the chest in a wild jump. Its talons dug deep and it pushed off against the two stout heroes. Then the lizard ran straight into the bushes and put a big distance between itself and its enemies.

In the mean time, Alyssia had been moving backwards, testing the limits of the silence that hung as a cloud over the battle. She almost scared herself when she stepped on a twig that snapped sharply and clear. Quickly she cast her spell and released three bolts of energy from her fingers.

Malius also kept a close eye on the creature as it sprinted away. He let his arrow fly and sent it into the bushes.
It was never clear what finally killed the creature, Alyssia’s magic missiles or Malius’ arrow, but the heavy waving of bushes was suddenly calmed. The companions discovered that sound slowly returned to their area, but found themselves with a new problem; Draven and Elessarae were still paralyzed. The dark warrior slowly came to life again shortly after the monster was killed, but Elessarae took an agonizing minute before recovering from the stony hold.

A little later they were back on their way, following Wolf and his unknown guidelines. As the sun was crawling higher into the sky, the sylvari warrior slowed down gradually. He would not reply to any questions to why he was slowing down, but seemed determined to find their destination.

And then they found it, on the edge of an open place in the forest: a willow with long branches reaching to the ground. It was white as snow, but there were deep red lines running over it vertically, like veins too close to the surface. A red puss oozed from the branches and dripped onto the ground and into the soil. It was an abomination of a tree, a diseased centre of destruction, for its neighbouring trees were already limp and black, drained of life.

Posted on 2008-03-22 at 11:37:42.

Topic: William Pictures
Subject: could've given a mustache


Hmmm.... I think Will looks a lot like this warrior I saw in some D&D art... I'll forward a picture here, to illustrate what I mean. Do you guys see that too, or am I the only one?



Pic by Almerin and Fantasy

Posted on 2008-03-21 at 17:08:18.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: New Player


Since Vesper had to leave, and wasn't very clear when he is getting back, I found somebody to take over Alyssia.

Cdnflirt will be governing her moves and be the new addition to our wonderful team! Give her a warm welcome please

Posted on 2008-03-19 at 20:05:18.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: thumb up


stands noted, Tann

Posted on 2008-03-19 at 19:47:30.

Topic: You Filthy Little Thief!!!
Subject: the bridge


Goddfrey’s Bakery
East Hillside Path
Drefast
6 days left

~Positive Tide is normal
~Negative Tide is rising


The companions had to continue their quest; as good as it was to see Goddfrey and his fine business. They decided the Courthouse was next on their list, and grabbed a bread each.
When they opened up the door to the store part of the bakery, they noted Goddfrey talking to a man with a powdered face. The man was wearing a white curly wig and was clothed in blue velvet and gold.

“So we’re clear then? You deliver the pastries to the Courthouse on Thirkday at eight. Councillor Quortez will be very generous if his guests are pleased.”

The man gave them a disgusted look as the group passed by, but Goddfrey waved and smiled.

And then they were back on the streets. The fastest way to the Courthouse was to go back to Rogue-valley Square, and head towards the first Thunder River Bridge. It was an average day, and the streets were busy with merchants, travellers, guards and the occasional herald that shouted the news from little stages:

~Extra book market tomorrow at the Jusarin Cathedral. Funds to go to a new lead-painted window.~

~Two drunk men found dead in southern harbours. The word ‘vampire’ is whispered.~

~Sebarter Family claims ownership of large part of Drefast cattle stock. Archives will be checked.~

~Former captain of the guard Leroy Stocking returns with his band. Will be playing in The Crooked Whisk at midnight.~


They travelled fast, and reached the first Thunder River Bridge after half an hour. At that point they were half way to the Courthouse. The two bridges that crossed the wild waters were two wonders of architecture, and the pride of Drefast. From the balustrades they had a marvellous view of the docks, where ships were unloading and the smell of fish was strong. It was Pio that noted something that made him look again. There, on the west shore, north of the bridge and close to the water was a sign. A sign with an arrow, and letters that read: ‘Freemen’s Way’.


Posted on 2008-03-19 at 14:08:22.

Topic: Bryce Creations
Subject: hehe


Those look very good, but still: Check out Vue, for the same effect, but with better quality and more material options. I made a video for the rdinn in Vue. You can see the results of that in the common room: Rdinn Youtube thread, somewhere low. I'm making a new one as we speak (read/type), because I think we should do better.

Keep up the good work, Swan!

Posted on 2008-03-15 at 20:41:57.

Topic: Bryce Creations
Subject: Bryce


I've never heard of Bryce before. I think you're doing well on your first attempts at creating stuff though!

If you like working with 3D programs, check out both Vue (by E-on software), and Mudbox (by Autodesk nowadays). I know you can download a fully functional tryal of the latter and it's BIG fun!!



Posted on 2008-03-15 at 14:56:04.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: ah


No problem Tann, I ranted at 3rd edition and up just like you are doing now. But in the end I like it's complete structure better than 2nd edition. A ranger does get the manyshot for free at some point, but that is if he choses to go with the archery specialization. You've gone for the two weapon fighting special (I gave you the choice when we made Malius.)

Anyway... I forgive you for ranting, but I have to agree that at a low level like 5th is, two arrows a round is a little much without sacrificing something for it (the sacrifice would be 'buying' the feat.) But don't sweat! At 6th level.. which is getting closer... you'll be able to make two attacks in 1 round.

Good morning!

Posted on 2008-03-15 at 12:01:29.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: sucky post, but hey....


Alloryen Kingdom
East of Hith Elee
6th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
11:05 am


After the creature’s unheard roar it struck the companions that they could not communicate. It took them a little while longer to realize the impact the silence had on their skills as a team.

Loda ran in first, drawing her axe as she went. Gothard moved his head in his neck in a howl before running in, but there came no sound to inspire fear in his opponent. He flung himself at the lizard and bit down into its flank, drawing blood.
(Loda herself couldn’t deal a hit because she doesn’t have a the Quickdraw feat. Next round she will).

Quilanday called out without result as well, and stepped into the battle with her rapier. She jabbed it at the lizard and punctured his flank, only inches away from where Gothard had bitten down.
Geimiedefher knew what his comrades needed: a little encouragement from the Almighty Creator! He started the incantation that would Bless them all. But he soon found that his spell would not reach beyond the silence barrier. Even though he tried, he could not find a connection with Kharox, and was left desolated.

Wolf got up reached for his sword. He flung it at the creature a little too wild, and he missed it by three feet. Elessarae stood grounded, but her mind raced in an attempt to think her way out of the paralysis. She recalled an old tune that would definitely inspire courage into her friends. But she struck another obstacle, besides the absence of sound; she was unable to move, and her lips could not form words. In fact, she found that she could not move at all.
(Your mind is now the only thing working, as your muscles do not do anything but the bare necessities to live.)

The creature then lashed out with its talons at Quilanday. They cut through her armour and dug deep into her skin. She wanted to pull back, but the claws had her hooked and was unable to retreat. The monster’s long jaws closed over her shoulder and bit down hard. Although the heroes couldn’t hear her scream, they could feel the pain stream from her agonized face.
Draven too wanted to join the battle, but he found himself incapable of moving.

Finally Malius grabbed two arrows and knocked them after each other, but he wasn’t fast enough. His first arrow hit the creature square in the leg though, and it took a step backwards, releasing Quilanday from its hold.
(You need either the Manyshot feat, or a higher level to shoot 2 arrows in one round.)

(OOC: that was the first round of combat. The creature is bleeding, but so is Quilanday. Thondrek didn’t do anything since Kaelyn didn’t post. Draven and Elessarae didn’t do anything because they are paralysed for an unknown number of rounds, and Geim’s spell didn’t work because of the area silence.)

Posted on 2008-03-15 at 11:32:57.

Topic: Addy needs your help! (Non-native English and bilinguals especially!)
Subject: oh ... and


I don't think we have a lot of French people here, so I'm just going to write what everybody already knows:

The French mostly despise English. Fantasy and me were in Paris some time ago, and we could hardly use English with the common folk. In stores, people would have trouble, and prefer speaking their own language. The knee-jerk reaction of all Parisians to the question "do you speak English", is 'non', which proves that they know what you're saying, right?

It is truly ridiculous how they hold on to their own language in a place as international as Paris.

Posted on 2008-03-12 at 17:35:00.

Topic: Addy needs your help! (Non-native English and bilinguals especially!)
Subject: From NL


Alright, here are some answers for you:

1) No, English will never replace Dutch, but it will replace a lot of words. It already does replace words, for which we have a perfectly fine Dutch alternative. But it's the influence of business and its english orientation that replaces them usually. Also, a lot of job-titles are now English, but again, this is mostly in businesses.

2) English is very common, but not as common as people would like to think. People are capable of understanding english to a certain level, and they can speak it, but when confronted with it, they are having difficulty, and of course other people don't speak it at all. This strikes me as very odd, since English is taught in schools from an early age, you hear it on TV and in music.

English is heard in movies, we don't synchronise voice-overs like the Germans and the French do a lot. It happens for kids' shows that are imported from non-Netherlands countries. This happens because the kids are unable to read the subtitles and because it draws and easier crowd. Shows for teens and up are hardly ever dubbed. In fact, I can't think of one at all.

3) German is taught in high school, for one or two years, with the possibility to choose it in later years. We are located directly next to Germany and a lot of people know at least a few words German, if only to say nasty stuff in case of a soccer-match, which are always heavily anticipated. But German is not such a frequent language as English by far.

4) French is taught all through high school, until the point where you choose your own classes. You can drop it then. But French is also the language that is mostly forgotten after high school, unless people frequent France, or have some other connection with the language. It does not have the obvious similarities with Dutch that German has (you are pretty much capable of following a German conversation if you know Dutch and the other way around (though capable of figuring it out, it's still not THAT easy)).

Other languages aren't taught as much I believe. At least, when I was in high school (which is the place to learn other languages besides English), your options were limited to German and French, and for some people Latin. Perhaps Spanish is now taught as well. It would seem logical.

5) answered that one I believe. English from age 9/10 and up, I think. Other languages in High school for 2 to 3 years.

Posted on 2008-03-12 at 17:29:57.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: hehe


I hope nobody minds that I'm updating a lot. I have the time and motivation for it, so if I'm skipping over things, let me know, or backpost if you haven't done your thing.

I feel like we're getting to the pace that was intended for this adventure though, and it's keeping things speedy and you're getting leads this way. Keep up the good work!

I've given those of you who have been active a little bonus XP. I don't know if we are even reaching a higher level in this adventure. It IS possible though, so I'm counting anyway.

Posted on 2008-03-11 at 20:38:02.
Edited on 2008-03-11 at 20:40:18 by Almerin

 


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