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Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: hah!


I have updated once more, and I'm pleased with how things are going! You guys are doing a great job here. Now take this thing further, alright?



Posted on 2008-02-16 at 12:57:18.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: more things going on


Alloryen Kingdom
Hith Elee
6th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
10:26 am


It took a while for Malius to find a good print. The sand was too hard and apparently this creature travelled light. The ranger bent down to take a better look at the tracks. They were birdlike, with three long toes sticking forward, but without the supporting toe in the back that would go with those kind of prints. Little holes appeared at the top of the toe-prints, indicating long crooked nails. Similar tracks had been made by some kind of lizard Malius once encountered, but they had never been the size he had just glimpsed.

Meanwhile, Geim was in the tavern, plundering the liquor cabinet. But it was not the tastefulness he was after; he was looking for a bottle that would do well with fire. So far he didn’t have too much luck. Most of the displayed bottles carried Sylvari wine, and he knew such weak drinks would never suffice. It was under the counter that he found a special cabinet which carried six skins containing a foul liquid that he recognized as ‘Galbladder Beer’, obvious an import from one of the Warrens of Khordal. He knew for a fact this would burn.

The only other bottle that would qualify as ‘flamable’ was carried around by Draven. He was on the hunt in the town, searching for a magic shop or alchemist’s home. He stepped over the bodies in the streets, his eyes open for a hint of useful tools. But it appeared the village housed only commoners, hunters and elder.
He turned around a corner, when he suddenly found himself eye to eye with a monstrous lizard. It was as large as he was, and it had its jaws wrapped around a Sylvari child’s intestines, ripping them loose from the torn body.
The creature looked up, placed a step forward and sniffed. Now Draven got a good look at its body. The head was big and blunt, with a thin jaw full of razorsharp teeth. The lizard’s body was lean, ending in a tail as long as the rest of the creature. It’s legs were long with firm claws, and two small arms greedily clutched the air as the thing regarded Draven with equal interest. It took another step, sniffed again, and then ran off into the forest with incredible speed.

Thondrek was searching the village as well, but so far hadn’t had any luck finding survivors. He had checked the buildings, but every open door brought him nothing but corpses. The Khord was surprised to find that even in the homes that had closed doors, there were no survivors. But the Sylvari that he found there were not cut open. Instead, they appeared to have simply collapsed, as if their bodies had given out.
He walked the streets when he heard a noise coming from on of the houses. He entered, to find a young Sylvari male sobbing over the corpse of a young woman. His face was covered by his dark hair and burried in her shoulder. He was shaking with tears, and looked up when Thondrek approached. His eyes were wide and blood shot, and his gaze spoke of a fear and torment that Thondrek had not seen before.
He learned the lad’s name was Aluwego Marrienbark, and the woman was his wife to be. As Thondrek gathered, she had suddenly stopped breathing and Aluwego had felt her life slipping through his fingers. Nothing he had done had helped her. He grabbed Thondrek’s sleeve and did not let go anymore, crying and mumbling to himself.

As Loda stood with Malius and the two bladesingers, she became aware of a soft rumble next to her. She glanced to her side, and found Gothard, who was slowly building up an angry growl. A few moments later, a Sylvari man came walking around a corner of the inn. Gothard barked at him loudly, but the man did not stop. He was dressed as a warrior, and carried a long sword and wooden shield. His clothes were covered by a coating of fur, most likely wolven. His face was white and stern, with long blonde hair flowing from under his helmet. He called out to them from a few yards away.

“There is something loose in the village. A big lizard or something. It has killed most everybody. But I just saw it. It had an open chance to catch your friend, but for some reason it didn’t touch him. I want to know why.”


Posted on 2008-02-16 at 12:55:54.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: well


let's pretend Vorrioch never happened... since he said he'd have a hard time finding time... uhuh..

I don't know what to do about Drakar. Perhaps we can ignore him for now. If he decides to return he still can. If we don't hear anything in a month... he's dead too. We're managing very very well as it is right now, and you guys are doing a GREAT job at this adventure. Keep the pace, and keep the tension and activity. We'll have a blast if it continues like it does right now.

I know I'm having fun!

Posted on 2008-02-15 at 21:58:11.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: posting


I'm glad you told me that, Sui. Thanks for sharing that! And I definately wouldn't object to a "Wow! Nicely done, Almerin"

Stryke, Kastor will stroll along without doing anything until you're ready to pick him up. But I'm not going to give you TOO much time. We need activity. If you haven't been active in a month, Kastor dies.

hope that's fair.

Posted on 2008-02-15 at 16:06:40.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: posting


updated... you can now take it to the next level: Broken Grommel or Heart of Darkness

Posted on 2008-02-13 at 14:15:47.

Topic: You Filthy Little Thief!!!
Subject: pffft called shot


The sorceress' bolt rested on her crossbow after she completed the spell that would ensure a true strike. She aimed for the heart of the leaders of the thugs, her hand steadier than normal, her eyes locked on the target.
The man turned, but suddenly halted when another visitor appeared in front of him. The man said something, then added: "One last thing, if you are holding onto something that we may want to know, run fast, for Percifeer is a little ..."

He paused, and the thugs' leader suddenly gasped. Miran mouthed the word 'hotblooded' as the hoodlum fell forward on the pavement, dead. Percifeer's bolt was sticking from his back, in the middle of a rapidly growing blood-stain. The other thugs, but one of them grabbed a purse from his leader's hands before fleeing.

They had retrieved the money that had been stolen originally, but the 35 guain for information were gone.

Posted on 2008-02-13 at 14:14:00.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: no


not waiting at all, well, except for the right moment to post, which will probably be later today

Posted on 2008-02-13 at 13:23:57.

Topic: yet another movie thread...
Subject: well


even if the writer of the Golden Compass made comments, even if he wrote that some kids from the book kill a character who calls himself 'God', I still don't see why such a fuss would be made. Does it mean we stop thinking?

It's like your examples with the computer stuff, we don't stop thinking. That is why impossible computer-plots are idiotic, and that's why we can simply disagree with the writer's ideas if he says the religion in the story is bad. It would be a sad day when you cannot write your feelings down in proze, and it's a sad day if you are unable to bring books to the screen.

You know, it would feel different for me if it had been a 'warning', you know. Religious fanatics should be free to say: take care, the ideas in this movie may go against what you believe. The fact that they freaked out, and called for a boycot is just really really strange to me.

but perhaps this is not the forum to have such a discussion

Posted on 2008-02-12 at 18:46:19.

Topic: Birthday Wishes
Subject: no cake?


So where's the cake?

Have a very good day, and here's to many years to come *cheers*

Almerin & Fantasy

Posted on 2008-02-11 at 20:06:16.

Topic: yet another movie thread...
Subject: oohh movies I've seen


Juno was indeed pretty alright, not more than that. It's nowhere near worth the hype that was created about it; something I though Cloverfield was worthy of. The leading actress is good in her role, but she's mainly just acting like she always is.
We have seen Hard Candy, and I should just warn you not to get your hopes up. It's a decent enough movie, but the credibility of it's ending is a little off. The idea is good, the acting too, but it's not entirely convincing story-wise. We 'enjoyed' it enough, so if you're interested in Elen Page's work, check it out. If there are other movies in the videostore that you're more enthusiastic about to see as well, you'd do best picking those.

The Golden Compass was very enjoyable, with some moments of weakness and an ending that screams "Sequel". If you haven't seen it yet, perhaps it's better to wait and find out if they're making the sequel or not. If they do make the sequel, wait with watching until it comes out. You'll definately be wanting to check part II out in theaters. If no sequel comes, then rent it some time and have a good old fantasy time.
I don't see what all the religious fuss is about either. I think it's weird when people call out for the public not to go see a movie because of religion. Are they afraid people will start thinking differenly afterwards? I watch movies with serial killers, but that doesn't make me one.

anyway... we saw The Mist yesterday. It was a GREAT movie, even though we had a sucky experience at the theater. It's almost as good as the Stephen King book, which is one of the best he ever wrote, in my opinion. The acting is good, the religiously crazy woman the scariest and most manipulative you've ever seen those kind of people in movies. The monsters are fantasticly creepy.
Ok, so they changed the ending. They've managed to get you leaving the theater with the same feeling of disorientation and horror that the book did. The makers of this movie understand that fear is not created by bringing the scariest monsters to screen. There is much, much more going on.

Posted on 2008-02-11 at 18:40:41.
Edited on 2008-02-11 at 18:42:48 by Almerin

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: right


I'm kinda waiting on that. Otherwise I can either update or others can post their intentions.

Posted on 2008-02-11 at 18:17:58.

Topic: Vote for the Inn
Subject: holy holy


we have risen up one place!!! YAY!! #7 now

Posted on 2008-02-09 at 23:00:41.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: the mission


Quilanday stood uncomfortably at Elessar's side. For all her toughness in battle and her rebelious attitude towards Sylvari customs she did not know how to handle this situation. Did anybody ever get used to dealing with grief?

It was remarkable how determined the young bladesinger was to finish her first quest.

"Lady Ouilanday, will you send my deepest sympathies to my father. There may be time to grieve and to write when my mission is complete. I can best honor my mother and serve Sylvari by saving trees and destroying the mutated creatures."

The older bladesinger started to speak:"Elessar, we would all understand..." but Elessarae continued.

"And have you heard anything as to the nature of my mission as it was first laid out? I sent a message to Sillarion that I believed that what has happened with the trees was developed by a far more evil intelligence than that of simple Goblins."

Quilanday shook her head.
"I have had contact with Gyvontill, and he let me know that your mission remains the same. He thinks you are doing very well. You've discovered much usefull information. But why do you think there are larger forces at work? No matter what, your mission remains to investigate what the goblins are up to. If an intelligent evil is behind this, report about it, alright?"

Posted on 2008-02-09 at 22:55:10.

Topic: Forgotten Realms Archives:- Help Needed
Subject: more infor


we need more info in order to help you out here:

which operating system do you use?
what kind of disc are they on?
what kind of files are they?

If they are really old PC games and you have a newer version of windows, then you'll need a program to run them on your computer.
If they are roms, then you'll need an emulator to run them.

There are many more possibilities, but we need more info first

Posted on 2008-02-09 at 17:38:06.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: the message


Alloryen Kingdom
Hith Elee
6th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
10:26 am


Lady Quilanday took Elessarae close to one of the windows opposite the door of the inn. She looked at her younger friend for a while before speaking, the words obviously struggling to come out.

“I don’t know how to tell you this… I just came from Sillarion, where the council is working really hard on controlling this situation. All forces have been ordered to return to their home base. There was a reading by Olian Demanili, one of the elder sages of the Aerie of the High King. Your parents were there….
Afterwards, when people were going home, there was a large attack of twisted forest cats. Your mother was killed in that attack, Elessar. I’m sorry. I have a letter from her general for you here.”

She handed the letter over, and placed a hand on Elessar’s shoulder. Comrade, who had been watching from a distance, came closer now and nudged his nose into Elessar’s arm.
The letter didn’t tell her much that Quilanday hadn’t already told her. Her mother’s funeral was in three days, enough time for her to speed to Sillarion. But it would mean that she would have to abandon her quest and leave the party for a long time. It was a hard choice to make.


Posted on 2008-02-09 at 10:53:25.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: oh-lala


updated early, since I didn't think there was much to say or do for you guys anyway. Hope nobody intended to post before update time. You can always post what you wanted to do

Dragon Mistress, Quilanday will take you aside, but for obvious reasons I didn't send you a PM with conversation before you read the update and replied there. You can always chose to ignore the older bladesinger if you don't feel like talking...

Posted on 2008-02-09 at 00:55:08.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: by all means


sure, post. I didn't want to spoil the fun for you, so post your actions away.

Mind you, they will happen once the information has been given by the thug leader.

Posted on 2008-02-09 at 00:51:47.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: where is it?


Alloryen Kingdom
Hith Elee
6th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
10:26 am


They were on their feet fast, but even the bravest or most foolish were unable to catch more than a glimpse of this creature that had slaughtered the entire village while they had been eating breakfast.

Draven and Elessarae were out within a heartbeat, only to find the area deserted. Malius was next, ordering his two ferrets onto the rooftops. The dark-skinned ranger himself climbed onto the inn, where he got a good look of the town, and the scattered remains of its inhabitants. The area seemed too calm, with not a bird disturbing the oppressing absence of movement.
The other members of the party exited The Solanis Paean as well, in time to see Elessar vowing the destruction of this enemy in the name of all good. But the enemy was nowhere to be seen, and after a minute the tension began to evade slightly into awareness. Whatever they had seen, it had left them, or it was hiding particularly well from the heroes’ prying eyes.

It was then that Malius noticed a change in the air. A sound approached his ears, and then the ones on the forest ground heard it too. A horse was coming closer rapidly. Several moments later, they could see it through the trees, baring on its back the Lady Quilanday, whose face was stern.

When she reached them, she did not take any notion of the dead bodies. It was only when she had descended from her steed, and walked up to Elessarae that she realized the picture of this town was wrong. He mouth dropped open, and she glared at the companions in disbelief.

“Wha…” She swallowed the pointless question. She knew the answer. Dragging the heroes with her into the inn, she questioned them about what had happened. During their conversation she seemed not the woman they had come to know. Her stubborn recklessness was gone, or had subsided for the moment, and she kept glancing at Elessar more than she did at the others. When they had finally told her what had happened since they parted she relayed to them that one of the infected trees that her fellow bladesinger had spoken of, was situated very close to this village. She had sent armed forces to take care of other infected trees, but was hoping the adventurers would aid the Sylvari Empire in taking down the last one standing. As she had mentioned in her letter they would be greatly rewarded.

“I suggest you make a plan here, while you’re safe; a plan to find this tree, and to see what you’re going to do once you’ve found it. I have a vial of essence of the Rilma Lotus here for you, but it is a weak and hastily made ointment. The tree will need all of this to heal completely. We have also learned that destroying the tree is not enough. The essence of the Lotus needs to be smeared on it, or it will continue to pollute the grounds it’s rooted in.”

As the companions conversed among each other, she took Elessarae aside, asking her to step away with her for a minute. She had some bad news.

Posted on 2008-02-09 at 00:48:52.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: well


to keep things even, I had them steal 3 Guain from every non-active member, and 1 G from the active ones.

anyway... curious to see what you make of this new information.

Posted on 2008-02-09 at 00:08:25.

Topic: You Filthy Little Thief!!!
Subject: ooooh, 35 G


While Llammoth was trying to cool the draconic heat in Percifeer's blood, Pio was taking his chances in negotiating with the thugs. So far, his diplomatic approach had helped them evade a fight. The leader of the robbers squinted his eyes at his last remark though.

"Wait a minute..." he piped out, and pointed at the knight with an accusing finger, "There are seven of us, so seven times five Guain is not thirty...five...." His eyes rolled upward as he counted on his fingers. A good minute later he gave up, and tried to keep a tough posture.

"Alright. Thirty-five Guain, and what we've already got is a good enough deal. Now I want the money first, because I don't trust you!"

He sent one of his men in, who nervously collected the coinage, eyeing the companions as if they would strike out to him at any moment.

"You see, Councilor Velch is an important man. We've heard something was stolen from his offices in the courthouse. Something very expensive, if you get what I mean.
But Virgin Stuart told us last night that he had heard that it was done by a lone rogue, not a member of the guild. He said that such a theft would've been celebrated, but nobody claimed the deed yet. Nobody said anything about it at all, actually. For such a big happening he said it was too quiet. But that's all we know. If you want to hear more, talk to him. You'll find him in the Heart of Darkness, if you manage to get into that joint."

With that the thugs turned on a signal from their leader, and unless stopped, scattered into the sidestreets.

Posted on 2008-02-08 at 23:41:10.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: yes


we're missing Drakar and Stryke. both of them have gotten the same PM you guys did, and I haven't heard from them. Sibelius is supposed to enter a new character some time in the near future I hope, but I haven't heard from him either... so for now it's the three of you with the rest as NPCs.

Posted on 2008-02-08 at 23:25:33.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: alright


I'm sending you the listen and sense motive check results now in a PM.

Posted on 2008-02-08 at 12:10:23.

Topic: Scion: Holy Roads - interest check
Subject: huh?


You made that with a game? wow... that's pretty awesome.

Gotta look into that!

Posted on 2008-02-08 at 12:07:34.

Topic: The Official Red Dragon Inn Name Generator thread
Subject: well


I have some old Dragon magazines somewhere. and I remember in some of them were random name generators: lists to roll with first middle and last part.

I believe they were for dark elves and halflings, perhaps gnomes too, but I'm sure there are lists like that for all races. The question is: do we want to use these?

If you work in parts, you have to consider the fact that not all names are equal in length, so another part of the program should random the number of pieces.

Posted on 2008-02-07 at 21:55:41.

Topic: Suggest tools for the Inn!
Subject: so we make a seperate thread for that?


so, do we make seperate threads for this? Where people can post their imput?

Posted on 2008-02-07 at 19:18:27.

 


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