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Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: thanks for the notice

Ok, Skari, I'll update for you anyway, if I find the time.

For the rest: I will do my best to post today, but it may not be as early as you're used to.

Posted on 2007-09-29 at 08:30:11.

Topic: Evil Campaign
Subject: evil players

One thing that you need to be extremely careful of is players pissing off other players too much. If one player kills off another on high(er) level he is not going to appreciate it. UNLESS you have a backup plan: like: now you're dead, but you can come back as...

you understand what I mean.

I have DMed an evil campaign once. It was a simple story: the good forces of the world had driven all evil back into a valley, and the evil guys wanted out. The players were supposed to take over the world again, and were going to find out that evil never really died (you can't just whipe out evil, because it's in everybody). Unfortunately the campaign never lasted beyond the first session and that was nowhere near enough for them to come past the first real obstacles.
The reason it died was that some players didn't like playing evil as much as they had thought.

It takes a strong and witty DM to host a game for just evil chars, since the first thing players will do is mess with each others characters. Think ahead, and take steps before they do.

Posted on 2007-09-28 at 15:13:01.

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

Geim has all the items that are on his character sheet.

The extra items that are yet undivided are in the first post of this Q/A, under the label "Group Cash".
Please note that Geim has not been with the party THAT long, and any claims on items gained before their meeting might seem strange. Or not, depending on how the party wishes to react.

Posted on 2007-09-24 at 19:58:48.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: magnifying glass?

Perhaps your screen resolution is too high or something. I have enhanced the map, and put up where you are coming from (labeled), and where the shooting is coming from (stars). You can't see actual goblins or whatever, but you can hear them. You are about 100 feet away from the village right now.

The colours in the background don't even matter that much, but the green is pretty much where the forest starts, and the browns are soggy dirt grounds.

This is as big as I'm making this map, and I think it's perfectly understandable. Besides, if I make it bigger, Olan is going to complain about using up too much bandwidth.

-map deleted-

Posted on 2007-09-23 at 11:35:52.
Edited on 2007-10-20 at 11:40:44 by Almerin

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: sounds like a plan

Sounds plausible Val, hope everybody can tell me where and what soon, so we can continue.

Also: I noticed that in the first post of the Q/A there are still some magical items that have not been divided. Which is fine by me, but somebody could have some benefit from them perhaps? I don't want you guys to forget about them

Posted on 2007-09-22 at 21:59:44.
Edited on 2007-09-23 at 11:24:53 by Almerin

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

updates, meager as they are, are in.

Here's the promised map for the Exaulted Tower:

map for the Sylvari village for Dragon Mistress is coming later today.

Posted on 2007-09-22 at 12:29:06.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: boogy boogie

Londelirinen Kingdom
Runya Nost
4th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
4:02 pm

As the painter left satisfied with his sketches of the bladesinger and her steeds, Elessar too walked away from the patio. She readied herself and Gharion for another trip, and was soon joined by two male guards on horses, one of them carrying an extra passenger in the form of a female mage. The two guards introduced themselves as Hivalus and Mirnando, and the mage bowed and expressed submissively: “Luronya, at your service. Direct us, and we shall follow your lead.”

They trusted themselves in her care. She now bore a responsibility over them like she had never had over another Sylvari. She was steadily becoming a real bladesinger.

The two guards carried with them the supplies Elessarae had asked for: four tindertwigs, 8 bottles of volatile oil and one scroll of Burning Hands for herself to use.

Soon after introductions, the Flame Keep was already lost beyond a wall of trees. Once more Elessar was on the road, carried by Gharion and flanked by Comrade, the two horses she had endured so much with already. She had ridden the path to the Sylvari town before, but it was difficult to find a second time. It was as if the forest had changed slightly. As if it was shifting uncomfortably by more than a change in season. But when the sun had begun its descent and dressed the heavens in orange and pink, they found the village.
It looked empty from afar. Could the goblins have deserted it already?

But then an arrow flow from beyond a building, followed by a second one. Both missed and flew out of range, and they could hear shouts in the harsh language of the green skinned. Apparently the goblins had expected a return, and were ready to face it.

(OOC: I’ll post a small map of the village as you have seen it last time. That may help you visualize things)

Alloryen Kingdom
The Exaulted Tower
2nd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
5:23 pm

And so it was decided that only one of the bears would be taken on, if possible. But the plan was thin and sprouted holes yet. What spells would be up, which places would be taken? Again Thondrek explained the layout of the tower, and more discussion followed.

Would Draven lock the door while standing inside or outside the tower?
Who would be standing where?
What would be done if the plan didn’t work?

(OOC: My appologies for the lame short post, but I could definately use a little more information before I unleash one or two of these creatures on you guys. I'll be posting a map in the Q/A shortly, think and discuss please. I’ll make an update somewhere this week, as soon as I know where everybody will be placed.)

Inhabited Cave
South-west Chakran Mtns.
28th day of the 7th month: Pfier
0:03 pm

Dragging his pride with him, Vidar pushed against the stench and entered the chamber. Breathing through his mouth he warded the worst of the smell, but the air in the chamber felt solid with nauseating gasses. Doing his best not to vomit Vidar clamped a hand over his lips, but he could not withhold the convulsion in his stomach and a stream of chunky liquid sprayed between his fingers. He felt sick, but kept an alert eye for the approaching fishmen. They could’ve heard the sounds of his choked vomiting, and then he would be trapped.

Footsteps drew closer, and then they came into sight. There were three of them, and one bore a torch in his hand that cast stars of reflection on the wet tunnels. They peered into the junk room, but quickly left the place alone, and continued into the hall and headed for the area where Vidar had killed their relatives. He looked around for something to use as a shield. There was nothing nearby, so he got up and searched the room on shaking legs. Again he felt an urge to vomit, but he could keep it in this time. Under a slimy membrane he found a mouldy goblin shield. It wasn’t in very good condition, but it was better than having no shield at all.

The question returned to him; where to go now?

Posted on 2007-09-22 at 11:28:29.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: vidar in the cave

map update for Vidar:


Posted on 2007-09-22 at 11:11:10.
Edited on 2007-10-20 at 11:39:27 by Almerin

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

Ok, so a plan is forming slowly.

You need to specify several things:

- who is going to lure either bear out? The Khords?
- where is everybody standing. I'll try to post a small map of the tower later on, but it will probably be tomorrow.
- when will what be triggered. If draven is alone inside, who closes the door and when?
- anything else that needs to be specified. Non-specified hooks will be filled in by me, or just counted as not-considered and therefore neglected.

Posted on 2007-09-19 at 14:48:34.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: you lucky !"£$%

ehm... yeah... well. I posted for all of you!

Got some questions for you, some decisions to make. Take your time to decide what to do, and please feel free to discuss with me or each other.

Posted on 2007-09-15 at 19:04:18.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: updates for all of you!

Londelirinen Kingdom
Land between the Rilma Duin & Duin Lotesira
4th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
12:11 am

Deciding on seemingly the best course of actions, Elessar held the lotus’ stem between her fingers and broke it from its underwater roots. The leaves trembled for a second, but then embraced the elegant rhythm of the bladesinger’s movement.

The Guard that was sent with her, urged her to take to her horse and return to the Flower Castle. And so it happened.
They sped over the roads, which were muddy but drying already from last night’s storm. In parts of the forest where the trees cast their shadows deeply over their heads, the lotus shone brightly and spread warmth through the cold marshes they passed. Since it had been picked, the lotus seemed under a fever, growing slightly in temperature and burning energy rapidly in an attempt to keep its brilliance. But the ride was long, and after a while, Elessarae noticed how the flower was gradually ebbing away its radiant appearance. When they finally arrived at the castle, the lotus only shone with half the brightness it had when it was fighting for survival.

Quickly the mages of the Lote-Ishtel took over the plant, and brought it to their labs, where they would pulverize it to drain it of its oil. The young mage, whose name Elessar still didn’t know, attended her again and informed her that though the lotus was already dying, his seniors deemed it useful enough. He informed her that it would take quite a while for them to process the flower and make a good potion. If Elessar was kind enough to wait for the result, she could go to the stable and reunite with Gharion. The mage arranged a special place for her in the tower’s gardens, where she could rest with her two steeds. It was a beautiful little patio, surrounded by bushes and the first flowers of Fall, where the bladesinger was brought food and even the company of a Sylvari painter, who asked to draw a sketch of the warrior, which he would later turn into a portrait.

Over an hour after she had arrived, the young mage came back to her, and told her that an ointment had been made from the lotus’ essence. He carried a little vial that he showed Elessar. It contained a clear oily liquid.
The question seemed to burn on the young mage’s lips. Would she be willing to take two guards and a mage to the village, and apply the oil to the poisoned tree?

Alloryen Kingdom
The Exaulted Tower
2nd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
5:22 pm

Lady Quilanday grinned eagerly at all of them. There was a trace of joyful anticipation in her eyes as she looked at each of the adventurers.

“I’m glad that’s your answer, good people, because I would’ve hated to go in there alone. Still, I would have. I need that information, for the sake of more than just our Sylvari nations.”

It was clear that they would take the fight against these twisted bears outside. But luring a bear from its lair is a hard thing to do. They would need a plan.

“Anybody have some suggestions?” the bladesinger asked.

Inhabited Cave
South-west Chakran Mtns.
28th day of the 7th month: Pfier
0:02 pm

Vidar continued his journey through the caves of the fishmen. Though they looked natural, there were certainly some parts that had been altered slightly by rough tools. None of it matched the Khordish craftsmanship of Khordal, the underground capital of all Khordaldrum society. Yet, there was something almost touching in the idea that these fishmen weren’t as barbaric as they seemed. It appeared as if they tried to live a decent life, but didn’t find the quality to do so.

The tunnel rounded southwards, and in the curve lay another opening. Vidar listened closely but couldn’t hear any sound from the dark crevasse. Slowly he tip toed closer, and peered inside. His darkvision betrayed what his nose perceived with a punch. A foul smell smacked Vidar in the face, and his eyes started watering from the blow of disgusting odour. The room was filled with old fishbones and leftovers from what even the fishmen didn’t deem edible. But there was more: old rags, bones that looked humanoid, a few goblin spears and pieces of a ribcage that was large enough to house a party of Khords. Everything was damp, soaked and mouldy to the core. Somehow the smell remained in this room, and didn’t go outward into the rest of the tunnels.

Vidar suddenly became aware of the sound of pacing feet in the tunnel that lay ahead of him. Perhaps a fishmen patrol? By the sound of it, the warrior guessed there was more than one pair of feet approaching.

(OOC: What’re you going to do? Go back, or hide in the foul room? Search the foul room? Description please.)

Posted on 2007-09-15 at 19:02:09.

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

Nice interaction there, guys. Very good.

I will be having sorely little time to update, and most likely not able to update all three game-lines.
So if you aren't updated this weekend, don't be mad. I'll do my best to compensate during the week.


Posted on 2007-09-14 at 15:20:33.

Topic: Almerin discovered computer art
Subject: Thanks

Thanks Eol! The under-dog that becomes the under-god was always something I tried to achieve in playing characters.

And kender are just plain fun to play!

Posted on 2007-09-13 at 16:12:10.

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

hey, Valimar posted again! I'll go read you guys' conversation now.

Posted on 2007-09-13 at 15:41:31.

Topic: Almerin discovered computer art
Subject: Almerin discovered computer art

Hey everybody,

I've been messing around in Photoshop a bit, and here are some results. Hope you'll enjoy them.

Elandor is my character for the game of Noldaria Final War, here on the Inn.

This transformer was drawn by Fantasy, and coloured in by me using the computer and drawing tablet.

This halfling barbarian was once a sketch that I did, and after years he finally got some colour.

Posted on 2007-09-12 at 17:04:15.
Edited on 2007-09-12 at 17:05:11 by Almerin

Topic: yet another movie thread...
Subject: Dragon Wars

Watch the trailer here

Looks cool, right?

Posted on 2007-09-12 at 09:54:26.

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

Skari: Vidar should know what a Seleta is. It is a word that Khords (dwarves) use for trademark. It is a translation of the word in the Khordaldrum language. A seleta is placed on the weapon by its creator. In other words, if the sign of the creator is on Haircutter, your Grandfather's axe, AND on the other weapons, then they were all created by the same Khord.

Posted on 2007-09-11 at 19:39:37.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: on another note

Dragon Mistress, what do you intend to do with the flower? I wrote that it will open and bloom when the sun is at its highest point. But I would like to know how you will handle it after that. Will you transport it, do something with it right there, paste it up, grind the oil out, keep it whole?

Posted on 2007-09-11 at 19:32:21.

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

game is updated. I would like to hear what each of you thinks about the situation. Please consider this wisely and in-character.

Posted on 2007-09-08 at 12:01:47.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: lotus, tower

Londelirinen Kingdom
Sylvari village
3rd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
7:55 pm

The young mage replied to Elessarae’s mentioning of the goblin with an expression of a kid caught with its hand in the cookie jar.

“There won’t be any more questioning the goblin, I’m afraid. When I said it cracked, I wasn’t speaking in a figurative way. The senior mages had no patience with the creature. But they were certain they dug up all the information the goblin could possibly have.”

The young wizard turned and called a guard. After a quick exchange of words, the guard ran off. The mage spun his attention on Elessar again.

“We will get you a fresh horse, and one of our guards will accompany you on your trip. We cannot afford to lose more of our manpower. I sure hope this story you heard is more than just a myth. We need that flower. Or some other form of cleansing that works fast.”

The guard that had run off returned seated atop a black horse with a hide that glittered with pride. In her hands she held the reigns of a second steed, without rider. Elessar herself could feel the weariness of the day take its toll, but she climbed the mount and led the way. The guard and Comrade, as expected, followed closely.

Swiftly they travelled south, their hooves-fall a thunder in the quiet forest, rolling steadily along the road. As to accompany the storm of their journey, it began to rain, slowly at first, but with growing drops. With barely a pause they travelled deep into the night. Flashes of close lightning illuminated the path occasionally.
Little before midnight they arrived at the place where the encampment had been. The Sylvari travellers were gone, and only with her trained eye could Elessar see the traces of their stay. Yawning, she searched for the spot where she had dug a hole with her dagger and mixed the waters of both rivers. Although it should’ve been easy to find, the bladesinger’s sleepy mind could not recall the exact location. The Sylvari guard assured her that it was better to rest, and continue their search in the morning. And so it happened.

The next morning they woke up from Comrade neighing loudly. They found him a little up ahead in the swampy forest. He was standing over a little puddle, and in that puddle stood a small plant with bright green leaves that lay on the water surface. It was an abomination to the disconsolate and misty bogs, a small beacon of hope in a land of sorrow. A little bud crowned the thin stem that grew out of the puddle. It was only a matter of hours until it would bloom.

(OOC: You’ve found the Lotus, and if you wait until midday, when the river of Light is at its brightest, it will bloom up before you. What you do with it then is the question of course. Good job remembering the flower-story, btw.)

Alloryen Kingdom
The Exaulted Tower
2nd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
5:21 pm

Thondrek was out of the tower, and before his companions’ eyes he blinked a few times, and was then back at full visibility. He had managed to get out of the tower fast enough for the spell to last. To think what would’ve happened if the magic had waned off when the bear creature was at him.

He quickly recited what he had seen in the tower, and before any of them could react, Geim stepped forward and declared his will to test his blades.
Lady Quilanday the bladesinger looked at the Khords, then nodded.

“We cannot be certain there are no survivors. There might still be information to be found, and indeed, those two bears need to be put out of our misery. I’m going to enter the tower, but I cannot ask you to join me. If you do, it will speak for your bravery and I will be eternally grateful. But you do realize these are no normal bears. I have heard stories of this affliction, and if they were able to lay down a tower full of wizards…. you get my point. Are you with me?”

(OOC: this is a very serious question, since this might very well mean the end of some of your characters. It will be a HARD battle, and indeed no badger that you can overpower easily.)

Posted on 2007-09-08 at 12:00:51.

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

Tann's back! Yay! He survived! Yay!

Alright, everybody. Brianna has made her first post in our game as Geimiedefher. Please give her a warm welcome to our board!

Posted on 2007-09-07 at 07:35:43.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: sure thing

That's alright, Chris. Get better soon!

Also: if you're sick your update won't be as good. And I expect quite a post after the description I gave you.

Posted on 2007-09-06 at 15:46:26.

Topic: DND Trivia Game
Subject: passing question

If we keep passing easy questions, there's no point in this game.

Therefore: the answer is: 1d10 for medium and 1d8 for small creatures.

New questions:

Name at least ONE character class from the 3.5 Player's Handbook that was not in the 2nd edition PHB.
(You get bonus points for naming more, but first answer is first win)

Posted on 2007-09-04 at 15:23:11.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: and there it is

a nice long description of Thondrek's journey through this tower of destruction.

Posted on 2007-09-02 at 09:39:11.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: there's your description :)

Alloryen Kingdom
The Exaulted Tower
2nd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
5:16 pm

In the midst of the blood splattered destruction, Thondrek tried to keep a calm head. It wasn’t easy, even for a battle hardened Khord. Channelling the magical flow of the Tides he shifted his vision to a more colourful spectrum. The walls were heavily protected by magic, and Thondrek had to squint his eyes to see through the overwhelming power. But aside from the walls, he noted only some faint arcane power on the overturned table, a mix of divination and illusional magic. The absence of occult items in a wizards’ tower was unsettling to say the least. But concentrating harder, the Duskblade perceived a softer glow, hardly visible under the strong abjuration on the walls. There had been plenty of magic in this room, but its source was now gone, leaving a residue that slowly ebbed away.

Under the overturned table, Thondrek found a hole in the floor, where a marble staircase spiralled to a lower level. Clinging to the walls, the Khord followed the blood stained series of monoliths, to enter a room that had once been a laboratory. Shards of glass and broken equipment lay scattered over the floor. The furniture in this room, tables, chairs and cabinets, had been flung against the walls, knocked aside and splintered to pieces. On a table that had been cracked in half lay the lifeless body of a Sylvari mage, fairly intact except for the strangely twisted neck. Empty eyes stared right at Thondrek, but kept their lock on the wall as the Khord moved on. This laboratory had also been stripped of any magical items, and another hole in the floor lead Thondrek to another level as his detection spell flickered and went out.

The room below had been a research room, or library, for it was covered with books and closets that lay toppled over. The wall was lined with maps of the Sylvari empire, sketches of strange animals, drawings of white willows and a rough map of the continent of Antaron. Most of these were filthy with blood and scorched, for a heavy battle had raged on this level of the tower. But what was most striking was the dead carcass of a bear-like creature that was spread on top of the flattened bookshelves. It’s hide was burnt, and a massive hole in its flank displayed its organs, maggots already feasting upon them. Strange growths, similar to those on the badger of Birch-Root, sprouted from its body, and its face was hardly recognizable as that of a bear. It was dark, and frozen in a snarl with too large teeth for the size of its mouth. Its eyes were closed, but lay further into the skull than should be, and its features seemed covered by a veil of shadow, even in the strong artificial light that illuminated the room.
The only place on the floor not covered by book-cases was the opening to the next floor, and Thondrek continued his journey through this devastated tower.

Level after level did he go through, all of them destroyed; the stage of an insane slaughter. But he found no valuables, no magical items, no gems, and hardly any bodies, until he reached a level close to the ground. It was a dark level, and he was thankful for his darkvision, for going about this level by touch would’ve meant his ending.
There was no telling what this room had once been, for it had been taken from this earthly dimension to portray the habitat of a murderous lunatic. Bodies had been stacked up into a corner, but layering the complete floor. The pile extended to the ceiling, and curved strangely, defying the laws of gravity. On closer inspection, Thondrek realized they had been strangely mended together with a gooey material, and it had been hardened by items of value from all over the tower. There were Erlenmeyer flasks, cloaks, scrolls, maps, weapons, clothes, broken pieces of wood and metal used as fortification to create some sort of nest. And in that crevice of horror lay a bear-like creature, similar, but bigger than the one Thondrek had found earlier. Around the creature, several large, wormy maggots were crawling over and into the bodies of the Sylvari sages; some as large as Thondrek’s arm. The twisted bear was sleeping; a furry ball of darkness nesting as a Queen in its own territory.

Continuing, Thondrek found two more levels. The first was as ruined as the other ones, but suddenly no longer inoccupied. From the lowest level came another one of the twisted bears. It took the stairs with four legs, but as it entered the second level, it took on a bipedal movement and started scurrying through the room. Front paws went over cabinets and opened drawers. Red eyes glowed below dark brows and the long teeth dripped saliva, lips no longer able to close. Its muscles were bulged, and its general build had become more humanoid than animal, with a larger torso with broad shoulders in comparison to its legs. Wicked teeth grew from its back also, bone eruptions in random places. The creature gave up its search and took the stairs towards the twisted nest. As it past Thondrek, its hairs slightly brushed over the Khords face, and they were hard as needles.

Then the creature was gone, and Thondrek moved to the final floor, where he found the double doors where his friends were waiting on the other side. A big lock was set upon it from the inside, but the key was laying in the floor below it, cast aside or knocked away or forgotten in a moment of terror. Turning it slowly in the lock, Thondrek managed to release the doors without a sound. One of them swung open with a soft rusty creak, but then the cool air swept over him once more.

Posted on 2007-09-02 at 09:37:40.


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