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Topic: The Would You Rather Game
Subject: feels like alice, tumbling down the rabit hole

the red pill... wait... that's the one that gets you out of the crops and into the 'real' world, right?

I want that one. Will give you superpowers!

Ok, new question:

Dr. Pepper or Sergeant Pepper?

Posted on 2007-11-26 at 17:13:39.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: shortly then

Alloryen Kingdom
The Exaulted Tower
2nd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
5:30 pm

Thondrek found the interior of the tower to be precisely as he remembered it, with only one exception.

On the first floor, a few paces from the stairs leading down, lay the body of the other demonic bear. It had changed though. Its legs were longer and more humanoid, its overall build being more like a man than an animal. Apart from that, its head was laying a few feet away. A big puddle of blood had spread over the tiles, and from it, the trail of Dravens footprints.

The tower had been reclaimed, so it seemed.

Posted on 2007-11-25 at 17:14:01.

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

Londelirinen Kingdom
Sylvari village
4th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
7:16 pm

The goblin laughed at Elessars threats.

Youre bluffing! it piped out. The troll is gone, and would not listen to you if he were here! He was bound to our captain by Avesaath, and without the captain he will do what trolls do.

Somehow the goblin had gotten some confidence, after seeing through the bladesingers empty threat.

But I will show you the tree anyway. There is nothing you can do now. It is turned, and its roots have bled their poison. You are too late.

If Elessar lets him, he will stand up and guide her northwards. Luronya the mage walked with them, and told Elessar that she could not communicate with animals. She apologized and was quiet the rest of the way.

It took only ten minutes of walking when the goblin halted and pointed. Before them lay a small clearing at the foot of a hill. In the east, the heads of the Chakran mountain tops bathed in the last of the sunlight. Their toes stretched into the forests of the Sylvari, and here, at the end of one of them stood a tree that had once been a beautiful oak. Now its leaves were blackish green. Its trunk was dark and wet with a transparent slime. The young acorns, meant to be freshly green, were deep scarlet.
When they stepped closer, one of the acorns fell down. Instead of the soft thud of solid nutrition on the forest floor, they perceived a wet splash as the acorn shattered and sent a shower of ooze flying around.
Now Elessar looked closer, the forest ground was soaked with dark stains. The sand was muddy, impregnated with too much foul liquid.

The goblin sighed.

Isnt it beautiful?

(OOC: You have found the tree. Coming closer isn't difficult or dangerous, other than the quicksandy kind of ground.)

Posted on 2007-11-24 at 11:32:08.

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

update for the main group is in guys. This should stimulate a bunch of juicy roleplaying. I suggest you take your shot at this!!!

Posted on 2007-11-23 at 22:36:58.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: Draven?

Alloryen Kingdom
The Exaulted Tower
2nd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
5:28 pm

It took a few moments for all of them to gather around the door. All were curious now if or how they could open the door. It was locked, as Thondrek had tried. Not long ago, they had already attempted breaking it, which seemed impossible. And magical means of entering the tower were blocked by a thick shield that resisted all energy. The blood soaked window seemed the only possibility.

Malius took out his backpack, and retrieved a climbing kit. He was determined to go up this time. Even though his relationship with Draven was complicated, he would not let the warrior suffer alone inside.

As he ordered his tools, a silence fell over the clearing with the tower. The last excitement of the battle ebbed away, and an eerie emptiness remained. The towers doors loomed over them, and if something was going on inside, they could not hear it.

Then Malius set the first of his nails against the white stone wall, and hammered it in place. The nail went into the stone after a few well aimed hits, and so the ranger went up. The others could only watch, and wait, and realize the trouble of what lay ahead. Another one of these bears might be too much to take on. They were running low on healing spells. And although they were revived, a lot of energy had been drained from their muscles.

Then Malius was up high enough to use his grappling hook and rope. He started swinging it around when the group heard a click, and the doors to the tower opened.

There, in the doorway, stood Draven, covered in blood. His weapon hung limply from his hand. Behind it, a trail of blood meandered deeper into the tower.
He gazed at the others, but it was not clear if he could see them or if he was staring into some world inside his mind. Not giving them the slightest of hints that he was alright, he stepped forward and walked through their midst towards his backpack that lay waiting for him on the field outside the tower. Once he reached it, he took out his water flask and started cleaning himself up.

(OOC: this is where you interact, guys. Good roleplaying will give you extra XP)

Posted on 2007-11-23 at 22:27:58.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: thank you

Thanks, Tann!

I'll update on how you all handle things tomorrow!

Posted on 2007-11-23 at 16:50:17.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: been tried

That has already been tried before, the first time you guys wanted to check out the tower. None of that worked, and you rolled high on your break-check...

it's the window or nothing :S

Posted on 2007-11-22 at 19:47:08.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: to Tann

Tann, Draven did not go through a window. Earlier, Thondrek did, and he did not use a rope, as far as I remember. So the window is most likely not an option, since it's very high.

Posted on 2007-11-22 at 15:58:18.

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

it's been quiet for a while, actually, with people posting mostly on thursday or friday :S

But not everybody has been very active...

Posted on 2007-11-21 at 14:28:09.

Topic: The Would You Rather Game
Subject: Troggies?

Troglodites, or however you spelled it

New Q:
Netherlands or Holland?

Posted on 2007-11-20 at 18:16:31.

Topic: The Would You Rather Game
Subject: well

that's a hard one actually... hmmmm

Quentin Tarantino,

because Stephen King movies have both SUCKED!!! (Thinner, Tommyknockers, anything with cats in it...) and RULED!!! (Frank Darabont directed films f.i., or It (except the ending))

Henk or Hank?

Posted on 2007-11-19 at 20:15:14.
Edited on 2007-11-19 at 20:15:33 by Almerin

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

Kaelyn, it looks like Thondrek has all his spells left, except for the ones he used before entering the tower. I'm not sure if you used any or which ones that were, but we can all go back to read it, and find out.

Posted on 2007-11-18 at 16:58:42.

Topic: Vote for the Inn
Subject: 16

! We need voteeehs!

Posted on 2007-11-17 at 13:21:01.

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

the game has been updated for the main group and for Dragon Mistress. It's an early update, but I didn't think there was anybody left who was going to post. Unless Vesper was going to do something? If so, he can backpost. That is no problem with me.

Posted on 2007-11-16 at 22:27:45.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: finding goblin, tower locked once more

Londelirinen Kingdom
Sylvari village
4th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
7:15 pm

Elessarae had gone from dead goblin to dead goblin. Luronya had told her that she was fine, a bit shaken by the deaths of the two guards, but otherwise unharmed. She had apologized for not being able to aid the bladesinger with a spell to make her faster. Now she was helping Elessar in finding a living goblin to question.

Between the burnt or cut bodies, a silence began to build up. All the goblins had fled the scene, the raging wall of fire had disappeared on Luronyas command and time itself took a sigh of relief, seeing that peace had been restored to the accursed village. Then a single moan sounded from a goblin buried under one of his kin. He had regained consciousness and was now trying to get on his feet.

Elessar was upon him in a heartbeat, but both her and the goblin were distracted by a sudden footfall. Horse feet were approaching, and a moment later, Comrade popped his head around a corner, scanning the town square for danger. When he saw Elessarae he quickly galloped to her side.
But he was alone. There was no sign of Gharion

Please dont kill me! The goblin yelled. I didnt want to eat Sylvari flesh. The captain made me do it!

Alloryen Kingdom
The Exaulted Tower
2nd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
5:26 pm

Geim was the only one of the companions thought about the bladesinger trapped under the heavy body of the demonic bear. He tried to haul the creatures dead weight off her, but he could not move it. She tried to help him, but was in no position to give any useful aid.
Luckily, Geimiedefher had a spell up his sleeve that would do the trick. A prayer was shot to Kharox, asking the ancient craftsman to soften the earth under the trapped Syl.

The ground under the dead bear started to bubble, as water rippled up from the deeper layers of the earth. The sand and grass started to feel slick, and after a little bit of wiggling, Geim and lady Quilanday were able to release the bear of its victim.

The bladesinger breathed heavily, finally being able to get a good gulp of air. She stood up, and hugged the runemaster thankfully.

I must thank you all for staying with me in this battle, she called to all of them, while Geim hurried to heal his other companions. I would not have been able to deal with this creature alone. And now we face another one, inside that tower. But how are we going to get in? Your friend may already be dead.

She went to the door and banged on it, to get the attention of whoever was waiting inside.

In the meantime, Geim went over to Thondrek, who was still laying on the floor, breathing steadily but unconscious. The cleric gave him a quick and simple healing, before continuing to Loda, who refused healing, since she had the gift herself. Besides, the druidess was busy healing her wolf companion, who was acting like he was dying, but secretly loved the attention he was getting from his mistress.

And so Geim arrived at Malius side. The Sylvari ranger was proud, but accepted the Khords healing gratefully. The bones in his shoulder reformed with a crispy, painful sensation, and his flesh and skin covered it up again. Still, a scar was visible where the teeth had sunken in, that would never go away. Plus, his vest was ruined. Malius thanked Geim, and went over to the lady bladesinger to investigate the doors with her.

(OOC: Im waiting on a last message from Valimar. You guys have no idea whether Draven is alive or not. The door remains shut for now. Is there any other way of entering the tower? The same one you tried earlier? Something else? Also, think about the fact that your spells have been used up a lot for this day).

Posted on 2007-11-16 at 22:25:41.

Topic: You want to play a WHAT?!? (strange character ideas)
Subject: not that weird, but still

ok, this one is not a strange combo or anything, but it's dumb and weird:

Me and my friend once made up a character concept where we would be playing a siamese twins fighter wizard. Yes, indeed: one half was wizard, the other half fighter. And of course we had to go with the fact that this/these elven character(s) had only one set of legs, so a fumble would occur every time we would walk somewhere.

In the end, we never played this one, just like we never used the 'bunny bombs' for the inventor my friend played. Too much randomness converted to dice-rolling.

Posted on 2007-11-15 at 18:21:28.

Topic: GMs: Tips and Tools of the Trade
Subject: ooh

Yeah, I've used the candle-light for scary plots. But props can really work. The thing is: it depends on the adventure. It gives a nice little extra depth to the game. But if you do it too much, it will not really help; it will distract instead.

For one of the games I DMed I had the players find a box that seemed to have no opening. I actually put a wooden box on the table like that, which my father had found when he went on vacation in Marocco. The box can be opened by putting a hidden key in a hidden opening. I told them that they could try anything but breaking the thing.

For once they could not rely on dice-rolling. It took them a little while, not too long, but the find was much more interesting than it would have been if it was just imagination.

And yes, a battle grid with miniatures helps every battle. We use one standard. Nowadays we use the grid from the DMG and miniatures from Warhammer and Confrontation. When I was younger, and less supplied, we used a home-drawn grid with monsters made of clay

Posted on 2007-11-11 at 16:52:31.
Edited on 2007-11-11 at 16:53:19 by Almerin

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

Posted on 2007-11-11 at 08:54:07.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: bouncy bounce

wow... you trampoline-ing around on your laptop? hehe... that's the coolest image ever.

*bounce* and then... *bounce* Thondrek took *bounce* his axe *bounce* and hit the *bounce* ogre *backwards flip* in the face. lol

Posted on 2007-11-10 at 20:18:30.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: Skum cave

here's the update for you, Skari!

Posted on 2007-11-10 at 14:56:57.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: the troll, the caves

Londelirinen Kingdom
Sylvari village
4th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
7:09 pm

Goroptk the troll saw the world through a haze of blood. He was panicking, and as trolls do, it resulted in savagery and death. There was only one of the pointy ears left before him. The other had died by his arms and the arrows of the goblins. The arrows of the goblins. why were they no longer firing?

The vibrating fog of rage calmed as Goroptk took some time to look around. The mage in front of him slowly backed away from him as he sniffed. Behind him, the wall of fire clawed at the heavens, and between the flames he could see the occasional goblin running over the towns square. But they werent running with the goblin eagerness of many numbers. One even dropped his sword as he disappeared behind the buildings.
Then he noticed a Syl, a female. She was carrying the head of the goblin captain in high display. Her bloody sword proved that she had recently obtained that prize.

Good for him. Goroptk thought. He remembered the chains and the captivity well enough. Without the goblins, he would be a free troll again.

He took a few quick paces towards the mage, who instantly started a spell. But he was upon her before she could finish, and he grabbed her with his long fingers. Carrying her, he made for the wall of fire. Grabbing the edge of the roof of one of the buildings, he pulled himself and the mage up, and climbed his way to the other side. There he jumped back down, right in front of the Sylvari woman with the goblin leaders head.

He put down the mage, bowed, and ran off into the woods, where he would feast upon scared goblin flesh.

Elessar and the mage now stood in the abandoned remains of what had once been a peaceful Sylvari village. Homes were destroyed by goblins and their own fire. Black smoke was rising up as the sun disappeared behind the trees. Night would soon come, and they had work to do.

Skum Cave
South-west Chakran Mtns.
28th day of the 7th month: Pfier
0:23 pm

It was midday, but deep in the Skum caves there was no telling time. In the constant darkness, Vidar was lead around the tunnels and shown the habitat of the fishy humanoids.
Their lives were miserable, to say the least. Everything was damp and rotting or worse. The only ornamentation was self made drawings on the walls. There was a constant stink of fishguts, and only several rooms were lit by torches that lacked vibrancy and willingness to burn. It was not even shadow of what life underground could be like. And Vidar could know, being a Khord.

Glurblusius was his guide, and as they walked, the shaman explained whatever he knew about Aabouless and the creatures whereabouts. It wasnt much, but Vidar learned some information that could prove helpful.
(OOC: Weve discussed these, no need to point them out again)

They started out at the place with the altar, which the shaman called temple. It was simple, like the rest of the caves, but it worked. Glurblusius took the Khord southwards, where they passed an opening that the shaman explained lead to the bigger waters where Aabouless lived. It was where Vidar had come from.
Then followed a long, thin cave which functioned as a place where the woman and children could take shelter in times of danger. It was now empty, and had been for some time. No actual peril made it into the caves these days.

Close by was the Nest, where Vidar saw a gathering of Skum in a single cave. There were no separate rooms or any other forms of privacy. Skum woman, marked by their faint blue scales, and children looked up when the Khord came in. Several of them backed against the wall, but Glurblusius calmed them with a few words. He took Vidar further and they came back to the cells where the Khord had woken up earlier that day.

The shaman invited him to stay with them in the Nest, where there was more fish, and some smoked waterweeds. They would listen to Vidars proposition there.

Posted on 2007-11-10 at 14:55:38.

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

I don't have enough posts to update for the main group, so I'll give you all some more time.

An update for Elessar and Vidar is coming up this weekend.

oh, and Brianna, the god of the Khordaldrum (dwarves) is called Kharox

Posted on 2007-11-10 at 09:35:53.

Topic: Worst Gaming Clichs
Subject: arche

well, I would like to pick up a discussion about the elf with bow, and stereotype ugly orc: I don't think there is anything wrong with playing such (arche)typical characters. I've played characters like that, amongst others, but it's all stats, really. Even if the background is simple, why shouldn't it be?

Simple characters can still be interesting, as long as the roleplaying is good, and the story the DM presents is interesting.

'Almerin' was an elven ranger who used the two weapon fighting skill to the max (VERY typical). He acted like the average elf (hated orcs, because they killed ... *drum roll* ... his parents), but still he's one of the coolest characers I've ever played, and that's because of the story the DM presented and how he acted in it.

The group found a hidden elven village under attack by brutal orcish forces. The spirit of the forest was also trying kick everybody out of the woods, so things were messing up pretty bad. Almerin became part of the town's council, and the party lead the townfolk through a forestal rage and orcish attacks to a new home. It was simple, but I always looked forward to continuing that game.

anyways... cliches aren't always bad

Posted on 2007-11-07 at 18:10:02.

Topic: What do you want in a game?
Subject: well

I know that it's always nice/interesting when the DM/GM does something with your character that refers to the background that you took time to write out.

In other words: when you feel like you're important in the story, and your character matters.

This of course gives some dificulties:
1 the player(s) that it involves need to stay alive...
2 the other players shouldn't feel like they're just hanging around.

I don't really care for a difference in genres. Though I've never played or dmed a sci-fi game. They aren't that appealing to me. I wouldn't mind a horror game, if I had the time.

Posted on 2007-11-07 at 13:01:46.

Topic: Vote for the Inn
Subject: let's get higher

Keep voting guys and girls!

Posted on 2007-11-05 at 18:17:34.


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