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    478 KB CommanderQuest XXV Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)21:06 No.12812389  
    >last time: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/12801043/
    >everything was going fine up until I ran into some particularly terrifying space monkeys, which caused me to become late.

    You walk away from Janos' new holdings feeling fairly good about yourself. You have your foe about to step to his back foot, you captured one of his sons, whom you now are begining to subvert to your cause. Hopefully he will make an excellent double agent once you go on the offensive.

    However, you have plenty of work to do yet. There is the meeting with the prospective elementalists in your force, Janos' woman to talk with, your prisoners to interrogate... and judging by the black and brown form of Aquila swooping down toward your tent, Commander Pontius' response to your input on his dilemma to deal with. With a full stomach you set off to deal with...
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)21:08 No.12812416
    Hit up Pontius' response. That's the most time pressing I imagine.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)21:09 No.12812421
    Deal with the woman first, then get her back in the cells. Security hazard to have her roaming free. Then read the response on the way to deal with the elementalists. We should bring Laelith with us when we talk to them.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)21:10 No.12812437

    This. Then we review our elementalist cadre.
    >> Laurentius 11/15/10(Mon)21:12 No.12812460
    this then check on the woman
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)21:17 No.12812523
    You stop by your tent to chet Cornelius' response. It plainly reads "How can you be sure that that is the case? Have you dealt with this sort of threat before? As your front is currently quit would you be able to lend me aid in this?" For Cornelius Pontius such an admission, especially to you, takes alot. but how to respond?
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)21:19 No.12812545
    Wow. He's actually requesting help eh? Think we should send Laelith to help him out? I don't think we can afford to send our units since we haven't really given our opponent a hard blow.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)21:20 No.12812552
    We don't have any aid to give him. The only thing we could do is send Laelith, and she's bound to us by law. Advise him to try and overwhelm the air elementalist by launching huge volleys of stones and arrows at the flyers.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)21:20 No.12812556

    An air elementalist is fuel for fire.

    Call Finian, Wulf and Laelith for a meeting regarding elementalism, our remaining arcana and steps we can take.
    >> Laurentius 11/15/10(Mon)21:20 No.12812558
    damn, this is why we need to get the prince on our side, if we can find out what his father's plans are we can know whether or not we can afford to send cornelius aid. Let's wait until after we check on the woman before we make a decision on whether or not to send aid
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)21:21 No.12812569
    I don't think we can afford to send aid right now.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)21:21 No.12812574

    The right idea but fire arrows.

    Use the fire to eat up the oxygen.

    Hurricane or not, they'll roast or suffocate.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)21:25 No.12812608
    Yeah, I think we should see what intel we can get before deciding on our response. That and see what Laelith thinks herself when we hold elementalists anonymous.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)21:29 No.12812651
    I agree that we can ill-afford to send troops now.

    It may be precipitous, but perhaps we should go on the offensive?
    Get an idea of where the majority of our enemy is located, and attack in the night within the week, crushing them so that we can send badly needed aid to Cornelius?
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)21:31 No.12812663
    You decide to delay your response until after you have consulted with Laelith, Finian, and possibly Jayne. You had intended to converse with Kaitlyn sooner, but matters of war must take precedent at times. You send for Jayne, Laelith, Wulf and the other two potential elementalists you have identified. when they are all in your larger planning tent and ready for your meeting, it is Wulf who speaks up first. "How can we help you, commander?"
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)21:32 No.12812673
    Intel before we decide on an attack. I wonder if we should try to exploit that festival that BlackLeaf was talking about where there will be no light. We might also want to inform the other maniples that they might want to plan for that in the event he is right about this festival.

    Also Pax - is Blackleaf basically Shagga from A Game of Thrones?
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)21:35 No.12812702
    no. you just havent done enough talking with him to get a decent sense of his personality.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)21:36 No.12812709

    Inform them of why we have brought them here, that they'll be participating in experimental stuff.

    Demonstrate with an earth spike.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)21:36 No.12812714
    Show them the missives and ask them their opinions, as well as state that we think it likely there is an air elementalist at work. Then ask what they think, and what they would advise. But we aren't sending any backup, we can ill afford it with the inevitable main battle looming soon.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)21:37 No.12812718
    "I've gathered you all here today to speak to you about Laelith's talents. Prior to our campaign against Khalless, such a talent was unheard of but it's obviously very real and we need every edge we can in this war. I believe those of us gathered here have the ability to learn to control the elements if they wanted to and I'm here to ask if you are interested."
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)21:40 No.12812751

    Also, putting forward again that Wulf should either be a Air or Water elementalist. These are the best elements which correspond to the demeanour of a tactician.

    Still wondering which will be more useful.
    >> Laurentius 11/15/10(Mon)21:42 No.12812775
    Id say water
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)21:44 No.12812794
    Let's see if he's willing to do it before we decide what he should do. In theory, we should let the guy decide for himself and what he thinks suits his personality best.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)21:49 No.12812838
    "I brought you all here to discuss Laeliths powers. Before my last campaign we believed that the arcane was well and truly dead. However, we were wrong. I have reason to believe that all of you have the ability to harness the elements as well, with the proper training. I would like to gauge your interest." you state plainly, knowing that Sansa will be keeping any unwanted ears from the tent.

    "What makes you believe that we have the potential to harness these... powers?" the surgeon asks, his curiusity plain.

    Laelith steps forward "Once you become powerful enough... you are able to get a sense of anothers potential to tap the elements. It varies from person to person, dwarves tend to be an all or nothing affair, and Felixsians normally lack the discipline to capitolize on their potential. But with training you will be able to do as I have and find more potential elementalists to train." Laelith replies, falling into her role seamlessly, though it seems the men in the group are more interested in her legs than her face.

    "How do you propose that we capitalize on this potential then, Commander?" the blacksmith asks, looking rather eager. If you recall correctly he only ever gets to repair armor, never forge anything new.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)21:49 No.12812847
    Agreed, but I like Air. I think scrying would be useful.

    Also we should start working on stonesense ourselves.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)21:50 No.12812849

    I keep running into the argument that air is more versatile, despite being weaker.


    True that.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)21:51 No.12812860
    "Think and decide on an element you think suits yourself. And then we begin training you in the use of manipulating them. Luckily, one of the items we picked up in the previous campaign will greatly assist in your learning."

    I suppose we should also get Laelith to explain the elements and what they're best at? Or we could do it I guess.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)21:53 No.12812878
    "Through training, and attempting to expand your minds into the element that best suits you. I have some arcana for this... and I will hold training sessions every evening we do not have combat or drills. I will not lie, this will be anything but easy. But the results, well..."

    Earth spike time. Shoot like ten of them up all around the tent to impress them.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)21:56 No.12812899
    >"How do you propose that we capitalize on this potential then, Commander?"
    "First is to identify the element to which you have the most affinity. Then, begin training. Fortunately, some of the arcana we picked up in our last campaign will aid greatly in this endeavor.
    "All of the various elements have their uses. Military applications will follow what you end up being able to do."
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:00 No.12812945
    Amusedly state that we're here to learn about elementalism, not anatomy.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)22:02 No.12812963
    "Through training, it will be neither easy nor fast, but the results" you reply, launching a small group of earth spikes in a semi-circle behind you "I can attest to personally. If you are interested, would you please step forward? The first lesson will be tonight."

    The doctor, smith and Felixsian all step forward immediately the latter of the three grumbling about a slight on his race. Wulf stands thinking for a moment before joining the group; all of their eyes fixated on the spikes you just created. Jayne chuckles, and asks "Does this mean that I have to train with the group now, Commander?"
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:03 No.12812978
    I think we should start working with the purple glove, guys. Think about it, if we master it then we get two awesome benefits:

    1. Thought reading. Perfect for moving up politically.
    2. Necromancy. This likely means life extension too.

    All hail the immortal god-emperor!
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:03 No.12812979

    Why not? You'll probably be working with our surgeon. You can guide him in life elementalism.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)22:05 No.12812989
    We still don't know what it does otehr than it can be potentially bad. Play with if off of campaigns or when Finian gets us Khalless' notes translated.

    Yeah, I can't see anything to say other than something like this.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:07 No.12813012

    We are not going to be the BBEG. Knowledge of how to defeat it will be sufficient.

    Also, it's been awhile since we last prayed to the gods for help. We should pray to Neshai for inspiration.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:07 No.12813015
    What? Afraid there will be no more personal lessons, Jayne?

    >Amusedly state that we're here to learn about elementalism, not anatomy.
    Also this if they start ogling Laelith again. She's our hot elven damaged goods.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)22:09 No.12813043
    >Play with if off of campaigns or when Finian gets us Khalless' notes translated.

    Which reminds me. We need to get back to him on that. See how much he's translated and figure out if it can tell us what that other gloves are exactly. We've got a clue s to what the purple glove does, but we need more information.

    As for Cornelius' plea for aid, let's consult Laelith after this meeting. Based on our experience, if we don't do something about the enemy's air cavalry, his section of the line might fall to renewed pressure.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:10 No.12813053
    Wrong god. We're Nyetini (for romance) and Raynha (for our warmaking and protection). Neshai is on the dark pantheon.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:12 No.12813066
    Also Nyetini for growth right? Part of the reason we sent money to the orcs was to court favor with Nyetini as well as build up our power base for the future.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:13 No.12813081

    Shes probably the patron for tricksters and schemers.

    We have sought her help and amused her before with some of our schemes.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)22:13 No.12813082
    "I dont see why not, as you ARE best suited to training our surgeon in life elementalism." You reply to Jayne.

    "I doubt he will take the same track that I did, but you are the commander." Jayne replies.

    "Very good then. You are all dismissed until after sunset." The group moves to disperse, but you signal for Jayne and Laelith to wait. Once the room is clear, you brief them on Comander Pontius' position and ask them for their input.

    Laelith is the first to speak "Fire and Air have an... interesting relationship. Until the blaze reaches a certain point, the wind will extinguish it if powerful enough. Life and air have no direct effectson each other, and of course the wind cannot move the earth. What was your plan on this matter, commander?"
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:15 No.12813100
    No, she isn't. You just mixed up the names. Gods are here:

    We're pretty solidly with Raynha and Nyetini.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:16 No.12813114
    Pretty much this.

    Also, while we take care of other things, perhaps we should have our doctors take a look through Blackbird's night-vision paste recipe, and see if they can discern possible side-effects for the various races. So far, a different glow is the only thing we've observed between orcs and humans that use the stuff.

    Perhaps we should send a message to the other maniple commanders, and to Stone Fort, that after consultation of certain astronomic charts, we believe that the next week will result in an eclipse for the entire week.
    Specifically to Cornelius, that we can't send aid now, but we will attempt to crush our foe as quickly as we can or reduce his numbers enough that we can send a relief force.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:17 No.12813128

    I am reading it.

    I suggest you read it again.

    >you carve Neshais icon into one rock, and Raynha's into another
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:17 No.12813133
    Guys, to deal with the possible elementalist in the pegasus unit, would staggering arrow/bolt volleys work?

    Have a unit divide their fire into say 3-4 groups.
    each group fires roughly 2-3 seconds after the last.

    The elementalist will likely miss the 2nd/3rd volley the first time around, or will have to maintain his shield for a longer period of time. Arrows if luck is on our counterpart's side, fatigue to the elementalist if not.

    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)22:18 No.12813139
    "Unsure at the moment. I don't think any arcana we have will assist and the only thing that might help are your talents, Laelith. I'm hesitant to send any units to assist holding his line until we've dealt a more decisive blow to Lord Strant or have a better idea on his forces."

    Did Pontius have units with crossbows or only arrows? I wonder if crossbows would be enough to get through the wind.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:18 No.12813147
    I was going to ask your advice on the reply I should send him. I was advocating filling the air with sling stones to overwhelm the air elementalist and bring him down. That is doubly effective as earth overpowers air. I have a feeling that our foe will begin to move soon, so we cannot afford to send him aid at this time. Thank you for your input.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:19 No.12813160
    Either that, or if we can put up a hail of bolts from repeating crossbows.
    If it really is elementalism instead of an arcana, then we can eventually tire the caster out. But if it's arcana, I don't think such a tactic will work.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)22:19 No.12813163
    scheming is the domain of Baashek, moon air god
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:20 No.12813179

    "I was hoping to send you and a small escort to aid Cornelius.

    A large volley of fire arrows should provide the fire you need to surround that wind shield with flame.

    Either they'll roast or their air will be consumed and they will suffocate.

    What is your opinion?"
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:21 No.12813205
    Sure, we've experimented with Neshai too. But the ones we seem to align best with are Raynha and Nyetini. Neshai doesn't seem to be up our alley, really. Though there's nothing saying we can't court all three of them I guess.

    I'm just thinking it might be good to have the goddess of romance on our side if we are trying to win the hearts of 4 to 5 women at once and make them ours. Plus we've already gained some of her favor.

    Maybe we should meditate on the gods later to see where we stand with all of them.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)22:22 No.12813212
    "I was hoping you might help me out on that, Laelith. As of right now, I'm not quite sure I can spare much aid to Cornelius while Stant's forces threaten our position. We don't have a wind elementalist to counter theirs, and from the sound of it Cornelius is have a hard time dealing with his problem."

    I suggest sending Laelith, together with a small detachment to aid Cornelius. She's really the best thing we can give him to deal with them. She could probably burn the cavalry out of the sky when they make one of their attack runs.

    We need to give explicit instructions to Cornelius to keep her alive, though.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:23 No.12813230
    No, we don't need to send troops off. It's way too dangerous with the enemy commander being so cunning.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:24 No.12813244

    Hurr. I stand corrected. Why did we choose her then anyways?


    True that. Should have a post session discussion about who to choose.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:25 No.12813265
    I vote for keeping all our guys here. We can't send out our retinue every time someone else gets in trouble, we need them.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)22:25 No.12813268
    We can have her ride with some of the velociprey riders.

    They're faster than flying mounts.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:26 No.12813276
    I'm pretty sure we chose her because people were mixing up the N named goddesses, looking at the comments. Whoops!
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:26 No.12813281

    Not troops. Cornelius should have his own escort.

    I meant as a personal guard. Sending her alone will be suicide... It's also insurance if Cornelius doesn't want to 'return' her...

    /sharpens knife.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:27 No.12813294
    Until Lord Stanton's forces are further reduced, I don't think we can afford to lose Laelith.

    I think we should expend the effort to find out the disposition of Stanton's forces, to see how few of his forces remain.
    With the advantage that the Night-Vision Paste gives us, I think we should consider a full night-time assault on his camp.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)22:28 No.12813307
    We can ill afford not to aid them. Remember, Cornelius has been fighting daily, and his forces have suffered significant attrition. Add flying cavalry to the mix and his part of the line would be incredibly inviting to a major enemy offensive.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:28 No.12813308
    It sounds like Laelith wouldn't have much effect on the air elementalist anyway if he is strong.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:29 No.12813328
    But he also reported his enemy is crushed and almost defeated. He has won, he's just hoping to get by with fewer losses. We, on the other hand, haven't decisively won yet and our foe is way smarter. Too dangerous to send one of our most powerful assets away at such a critical time, imo.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)22:30 No.12813345
    Why wouldn't he send her back to us.

    She's bound by law to us and he knows it. Also she IS under our command.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)22:30 No.12813346
    The way I see it, if we don't assist Cornelius in any way, his line will either fall or get hit hard for looking weak. We already know he's taken a beating and he came to us asking for help. The guy who didn't like us much. I think we can make do without Laelith for awhile unless they start throwing pitch at us again but then Degrian gave us some advice on how to deal with their siege engines. It might not be the best answer but it is something. And if we do decide to assult the enemy, we should do it during the eclipse if that night vision paste of Blackleaf's doesn't blind us in the long term or anything. We still need intel to decide if an offensive is worthwhile or not.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:30 No.12813349

    We don't need to batter him down.

    Just deprive him of oxygen or cool air by burning it all up.

    It's like defeating a flame war by throwing something metal through it. The molten metal will take care of whatevers behind it.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:31 No.12813365
    How about we check in with Finian to see if there are more useful arcana before we continue this debate further?
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:31 No.12813373

    I dunno, cite 'pressing need'?

    Truth be told, I don't trust him all that much. Besides, she will need an escort to get to his camp safely in any case.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:33 No.12813393
    But his line won't fall, most likely. The message said that his enemy is almost dead now and he outnumbers them by a fair amount. Remember where he declared victory will be his soon?

    He's probably just trying to minimize his losses by borrowing from the other commanders. Unfortunately, we are still facing one of the largest armies.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:34 No.12813406
    That's if the enemy will stay in a static position in range of Laelith's powers.
    If the wind shield simply sweeps away the arrows, then they won't stay in a single area long enough to consume enough oxygen to make a difference; especially if as a wind elementalist, he can move more oxygen into the affected area by using winds.

    How do you propose to keep the fires going around the flyers long enough for your plan to work, when Laelith's range is only about 20 yards?
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:34 No.12813407
    That's Nomz. Cornelius reported no such thing.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)22:35 No.12813414
    With the air cavalry being untouchable, that could change though and do remember what the reports said - the weakest parts of the line will likely get massively hit in their next offensive. If he has this much trouble over his opponent, he could be the point of the offensive. Hell, we could be next depending on how things with Lord Strant go.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:35 No.12813417
    You are making an awful lot of assumptions about how elementalism works.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)22:35 No.12813418
    He THINKS he'll be victorious soon.

    As was mentioned in the previous session:
    >Lord Commander Gariustus predicts that each front will be probed in time, then overwhelming force will be brought to the position deemed to be weakest. He urges that none be shown, and that the men of the Legion hold fast until the II, IV, V, VI and VIII Legions are ready for the push.

    If the enemy weaken his forces enough they might commit to a push on his position.

    In any case, I suggest requesting some units from the city of Flumenos so that they may take the prisoners from our hands. They might also leave one to reinforce our position, if we can convince them. (Or we might have them sent to any of the more needy positions.)
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)22:35 No.12813431
    Well, that's why hopefully Laelith will give us her opinion on how feasible using her might be in Pax's next post.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:36 No.12813433
    But it's not untouchable. That's why we send him back a message saying switch from arrows to slings and fill the air with hundreds of them. Wind sucks against earth, and all those rocks will slice up the flyers.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:37 No.12813438

    One doesn't reduce his losses borrowing from a rival commander by begging for help. Otherwise hes more crafty and shrewd than we give credit for.

    The airborne cavalry can avoid being pinned down and is practically invincible. Basically, it'll fly circles around you, kill your guys, is impossible to pin down and is invulnerable to AA fire.

    Just one unit like this will decimate an army by itself with enough time.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:38 No.12813447
    Assumptions, HO!

    If they fly around and never get in range of your slings then they can't do anything to you. Victory!
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)22:39 No.12813455
    You're assuming the slings will work. The same argument can be thrown back at you. We really need someone more experienced in this type of stuff to comment and that's only Laelith or Pax to confirm stuff for us.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:39 No.12813460
    Your assumption is that with a higher mass and density, the rocks will be harder to push away than arrows?
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:39 No.12813462

    Pray tell, what am I assuming? Might as well find out now than later.


    His arrows were being deflected. I'm not sure how rocks will be any different since they'll be blown away too.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)22:40 No.12813465
    One would assume his crossbow bolts were deflected as well since he does have a scout unit.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:41 No.12813481
    I make no assumption, Laelith just said that wind yields before earth. Maybe the elementalist will be able to push several of them away, but I imagine it will quickly tire him/her out and quickly overwhelm this wind barrier. It's not like there are a lot of practiced elementalists running around these days.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)22:41 No.12813483
    Hmm. It might not be feasible but maybe we should see if we can transport our heavy ranged emplacements to him. I doubt the elementalist is powerful enough to deflect bolts thrown at that strength. The only problem though is it'd weaken our own defenses.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)22:43 No.12813503
    >he's got the right idea though

    "I was thinking of suggesting a sustained volley of flaming arrows against the riders being defended by this air elementalist. would that work?" you reply, honestly looking for Laeliths input.

    "Unless you catch several of the pegasi on fire, and they stay flying, no. There will not be enough of a blaze to make him a danger to himself. I could end the elementalist if he passed low enough, I could do it easily in fact. If you want me to go to resolve this quickly." Laelith replies, seemingly uninterested in the situation.

    "I could kill him." Jayne suggests "I can feel heartbeats now, the adrenaline in ones veins, the veins themselves. I use it to keep StormCloud and myslef from tiring, I could simply overwork his heart, cause it to burst. I would need to be closer to him than Laelith, but if your worried about Commander Pontious trying to keep her for himself or killing her..." Jayne looks, thoughtful, nothing more. Of course, you could always bypass the issue by going yourself and trying to launch some stones at the elementalist. It isnt your forte, but you expect you could at least knock him out of the sky while swooping low.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:43 No.12813508
    You are assuming that the air units will remain in an static position long enough for their oxygen supply to run out. You also assume that the wind elementalist is embedded in the air unit. Another assumption is that Laelith will be in range for her powers to work, and will remain safe and focused enough to be able to use her powers.
    You assume that Laelith's fires will burn fast and hot enough to overwhelm the wind elementalist, when she has already said that fire is at a disadvantage against air.
    >> Laurentius 11/15/10(Mon)22:44 No.12813510
    I second asking the city to reinforce Cornelius' position
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:44 No.12813524

    Thats a thought...

    Heavy ballista bolts, synchronised to fire together. With a strong net with hooks between them.

    Aim in their general direction and fire to trap them. I don't think the whirlwind can mess up the nets much since it'll blow right through.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)22:46 No.12813536
    "I could kill him." Jayne suggests "I can feel heartbeats now, the adrenaline in ones veins, the veins themselves. I use it to keep StormCloud and myslef from tiring, I could simply overwork his heart, cause it to burst.


    She can do that?!
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:46 No.12813539
    Hey, not following this quest but saw OP's image and had a question that seemed semi appropriate for this thread.

    What do you call the type of armor Roman soldiers wore with the strips of metal?

    Is there an equivalent in D&D or something else listed in a some rulebook that's close enough?
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:48 No.12813556
    So we have three ways to do this, but I personally don't favor any of them.

    1. Go ourselves. Not an option.
    2. Send Jayne. Unless we can lead her Uursan troops then this would be almost as foolish as going ourselves.
    3. Send Laelith. Viable, but still no assurance it would work and I'm concerned for Laelith. Plus it deprives us of our most powerful elementalist at a critical time.
    4. Wouldn't just throwing a bunch of rocks at him from catapults or slings work? Send him a message and tell him as much.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)22:48 No.12813560
    you gave her a map, and she followed it to controll over living bodies. She could've went for killer plants and poison, but she went for what seemed practical, it would seem
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:49 No.12813570

    Elementalism can only be used at close range. If the caster was not embedded, it'll quickly fly out of effective range.

    Laelith will have to be in range. She'll need to be protected, hence my suggestion of sending a hand-picked escort.

    Regarding the final point:
    >Until the blaze reaches a certain point, the wind will extinguish it if powerful enough.

    Hence a large volley of fire arrows. With enough fire close by for her to manipulate, she should be able to make a large enough blaze.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:50 No.12813589
    Wow, that's... a good idea. Launch nets to bring them down.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)22:50 No.12813594
    Yeah, I'm not fond of them either really. The trip is 3 days round trip, and we don't know when he'll next be in battle. Losing Laelith will be painful but I think it might be best to help him hold the line. We just have to make sure she has an escort. Not for her protection but because she's a former rebel and we can't have her going off on her own... <_<
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)22:51 No.12813604
    Something we should implement ourselves I think if we don't try to send him our heavy emplacements.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:52 No.12813612
    Holy shit! Maximus/kanji dude, this is brilliant!

    Send him two of our ballistae modified with nets. It's a small loss for us, but it will absolutely destroy those pegasai. Just as keikaiku.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)22:53 No.12813627
    We should confirm with Laelith if that would work first though. She would have the best idea on if the air elementalist could stop that. If he does, I hope it at least exhausts him.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)22:54 No.12813633
    We'll have to check on the status of those ballistas.

    Also, we need to talk to Degrian about making the appropriate ammunition.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:54 No.12813635
    Hmmm... and we can even cut down some trees and build more big arrow launchers to replace them in the meantime too. We wouldn't be weakened at all, and everyone will be able to hold the line.

    Gets my vote.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:54 No.12813641
    We only have 1 mangonel.
    We'd have to build another one, and it would be better if it was built at Cornelius' location since it would be slower than normal getting to his position.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:55 No.12813655
    With these modifications we can use them against the flyers we are facing too. I think they will work great against flyers of all types so we will be even stronger after we do this. Win/win situation.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)22:56 No.12813659

    We shouldn't send him our ballista. Takes too long.

    We have plenty of paper. Have Degrain draw up IKEA-class idiotproof designs. Send them over.


    it's called Fuurinkazen. It was the kanji for 'Wind, forest, fire and mountain'. These were on the war standard of Takeda Shingen, one of the finest generals of the warring era.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:58 No.12813674
    We're talking ballistaes not mangonels. And we've allready built them.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)22:59 No.12813687
    "Would a Balista modified to fire a net work against an air elementalist?" you ask, slightly unnerved at Jaynes ability to simply snuff out a life with her mind.

    "If fired at a close enough range, yes. The protection has to be directional or the pegasi wouldn't be able to stay airborne for a significant amount of time. Provided the gunners have steel nerves that plan would work quite well." Laelith replies.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:59 No.12813689
    Really? Because I don't recall them being built; only heavy repeating crossbows which are only half done.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:59 No.12813691
    Hey guys, we could suggest to Cornelius not only the large volley of fire arrows, but instead, have a bunch of makeshift braziers carried by men around Laelith in a loose formation so that she can get to and use the large stationary flames as a sort of AA defense? The braziers could be changed to large bonfires lit and placed in a grid if necessary as well.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)22:59 No.12813695
    I'm worried about sending schematics for our new weaponry to someone who would probably have no problem taking credit for inventing them.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 11/15/10(Mon)23:01 No.12813706
    rolled 55 = 55

    forgot meh trip
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:01 No.12813707
    Woah woah woah, if the protection is directional then we don't need to send anything. Just tell him to catch them in a crossfire of arrows. Game over. We don't have to do anything.

    Why didn't she say that before?
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:01 No.12813711
    A war is on. Fuck the credit.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)23:02 No.12813718

    Send them to central command as a defence against airborne cavalry. Shit gets disseminated everywhere along the line. Problem solved.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:03 No.12813731
    Can we PLEASE move on from this? This one minor decision is taking up so much time it's ludicrous. We're just sitting here arguing on and on. Send some nets, tell him to launch rocks, tell him to catch them in a crossfire, or hell flick him off for all I care.

    Let's just MOVE ON.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:03 No.12813734
    The problem with the ballista idea though is how long it'll take to construct one. If it takes more than 3 days, it might be more viable to send one of our elementalists.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)23:03 No.12813737
    the spitballing got her thinking more. and by that she meant the wind has to come from a given direction, its not a continuous sphere. If he's a problem it can be assumed that changing the winds direction rapidly and as needed is an easy thing for him
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:04 No.12813741
    It's not minor though. It could cause a massive offensive if his part of the line falters or looks too weak.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)23:04 No.12813750
    Cornelius is gonna have to get some of his best men on it, then, if we decide to send him this idea.

    As it is, I think the best idea right now is to send Laelith with an escort, and advise Cornelius to have his archers fire multiple volleys from multiple directions to overwhelm the elementalist.

    She needs to be within twenty yards to control them. As it is, she already has her arcane torch to provide fire for her.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:04 No.12813751
    I agree with this. This doesn't require the construction of new units or the deployment of a high-value specialist. It's much cheaper, easier, and faster to implement.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:06 No.12813764
    Battles tend to happen with plenty of time between them. Look at how long it has been between our battles. Weeks. I think he will have plenty of time to construct them. And we need our main firepower here to fight soon.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:06 No.12813770
    This is a major problem, because if his section of the line is believed to be weakened then all enemy units will converge there to break through our defensive line.
    It's not minor, fuckwit.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:06 No.12813772
    It still might be worth considering sending Laelith to assist him with an escort. Just in case it doesn't work out or it only works once before the guy gets smart enough to counter it.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)23:07 No.12813781
    >I'm worried about sending schematics for our new weaponry to someone who would probably have no problem taking credit for inventing them.

    This: >>12813711
    >A war is on. Fuck the credit.

    We're in a crisis situation. The enemy is at the gates and we need everyone to hold firm. I'd like to see if any of the weapons work particularly well so that we can get them adopted by the rest of the Legion as quickly as possible.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)23:08 No.12813790

    Calculate the force you need to take out a target. Multiply that by two.

    We implement as many of the plans we can. We'll get them one way or the other.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)23:08 No.12813797
    Well then we've got something to advise Cornelius with.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:08 No.12813801
    Pax, how many days do we have until the beginning of the Black Sun Festival?
    We will want to begin our offensive when we can take the most advantage of environmental conditions.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:09 No.12813815
    Oh please. A battle is a major problem. This is a guy asking for advice and support *if* we can give it. We aren't winning the war single handedly yet, son.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:10 No.12813826
    Well he can't ask us for help if he's in the middle of the battle. Hence why he's asking so he'll be prepared when battle happens and so he doesn't get smoked by flying eagles with shields.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)23:11 No.12813836
    6 days
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:11 No.12813840
    Pretty sure he's just mad because we've taken up a ton of time and have like 4 or 5 solutions yet are still stalled here talking for no reason. I'm getting a little impatient myself since everyone seems to be in favor of sending some netguns.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)23:11 No.12813841

    But if hes having too much problem, their king will decide to come down here to blow a hole through this part of the line, including us.

    We'll have a frontrow seat in being crushed by the oncoming horde.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 11/15/10(Mon)23:11 No.12813842
    rolled 34 = 34

    Uh, guys, I don't think you are remembering vital background info here. If Cornelius's test was at the same time as ours, he just became a Commander. This means his retinue and support staff are not as up to par or capable as ours. Even if we sent him the schematics it would most likely be just a waste of paper and to be honest, resources. Laelith is still the only real viable option besides trying a cross fire. I still don't think it is that easy though, cross fire that is, because Cornelius isn't stupid, just not as smart as us. Then again..... you never know.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)23:16 No.12813882
    "You will go then Laelith. I will prepare an escort for you and you can leave as soon as they are ready. A letter will preceed you." you decide, finally quashing the voices in your head. So, what will you send to guard her? and I'm assuming you guys wanna talk to Kaitlyn next?
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)23:18 No.12813900
    In any case, I'm voting to advise Cornelius on volley fire from his archers, while sending Laelith with an escort as a back-up. (Explicit instructions that she if to be sent back to us as soon as the problem is dealt with.)

    The ballista idea sounds good, but would likely take too long to implement. And as was mentioned, the technical capabilities of Cornelius' men may not be up to snuff.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)23:18 No.12813905

    Collins, leading a handpicked unit. Including some archers. Give them access to our captured horses. They'll be faster and safer.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:19 No.12813912
    I'm up for talking to her. In terms of escort... Collin with some Legionnaire's perhaps?
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:19 No.12813919
    I can support that actually. Let him decide.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:20 No.12813926
    I'm for sending some of our legionnaires, rather than merc riders. I'm not sure if I can trust mercs with this job.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)23:21 No.12813938
    Have some of the RapidRiders escort her. Maybe some Legionaries to ride with them as well.

    Personally I think the remaining RapidRiders ought to work with the Uursan cavalry from now on. That way they can be used to disrupt enemy cavalry AND be backed up by heavy cavalry so that charges can have better effect.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:22 No.12813944
    I can agree with this. Make sure she stays safe and we send a strong enough guard to handle whatever happens. Tell her to hurry back ASAP.

    So ronery without Laelith around. ;_;
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)23:22 No.12813950
    On second thought, if taking horses doesn't too much longer, I'll seconf Collin with some Legionnaires.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:22 No.12813951
    I'm against using mercs simply because they are mercs. The speed would be nice but they can also be bought.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)23:22 No.12813952

    Speaking of mercs, can we speak with our mercenary captains regarding hiring the captured mercs?

    We desperately need firsthand intel from them dogs-of-war.
    >> Laurentius 11/15/10(Mon)23:23 No.12813956
    I'm thinking some legionaires and a couple of our crossbowmen armed with repeaters
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:23 No.12813958
    Why Laleith? Didn't we conclude net launchers was best? Or are we sending both?

    I rather keep Laelith here to hit on and use in battle. But oh well, decision made. At least we're moving along.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:25 No.12813969
    Cornelius doesn't have the engineering assets to build ballistae or other siege engines on-site, and if we were to build and transport them, it would take over a week.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)23:25 No.12813973
    Good point.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)23:25 No.12813976
    You write a brief letter describing the aid you are sending Cornelius, and the other ideas you came up with, as well as the stipulations attached to the aid. After that you instruct Collin to select a unit to keep Laelith in one piece and ensure she is allowed to return to you when her job is done.

    That done you make your way over to the side bui9lding Kaitlyn is being held at, and let yourself in. "If youve come to have your way with me dog, you will not find me easy sport. And Janos will ensure your justice is neither swift or merciful when we defeat you." she greets you. Clearly the rumors in the Uurlanthian camps are as unsavory as some of the rumors you know are circulating your camp. Never any names, only ambiguous slights to the moral fiber of those fighting for the opposite end of the compass.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:25 No.12813978
    Multiple solutions to the problem. Give him multiple options rather than one. He'll be told about the crossfire thing, the ballista idea and send Laelith in the event he needs it. Part of me thinks we should report this issue to command just so they know Cornelius' line is in potential trouble and that we are sending assistance but he might get pissed at that.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:26 No.12813987
    Let's make sure the contingent we send has horses so she spends as little time gone as possible. How long will she be away, and do we anticipate an enemy attack in that time? Either way, tell her to stay safe and don't take any risks. Maybe give her a hug.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:27 No.12813996
    "Now, really, must you behave in such an uncivil manner? Especially given your...condition."
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:27 No.12813998
    "Have my way with...? I have no such intentions. I merely wished to speak to you. You have my word that as long as you are cooperative and attempt no escape, no harm will come to you."
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:28 No.12814003
    Oh, please. I'm afraid keeping the women away from me is my largest problem right now. No, I'm here to talk and because I am concerned for your health. I am told you woke up crying earlier, I hope you are not injured?
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)23:28 No.12814008

    Please retcon that we brought the camp doctor with us.

    "I would just like to ensure your health. I heard you were unconscious before you were brought into the camp and I have brought our physician here to check up on you."
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:34 No.12814063
    Let's commune with the gods later tonight to see where we stand. Also I second studying necromancy/immortality/mindreading with the black glove tonight. Since there are a lot of elementalists around we need to start moving up on the power scale again.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:36 No.12814082
    Last time we tried to use that glove, we almost lost consciousness. Let's not fool around with it while we're on the battlefield in the middle of a campaign. Who knows what side effects it could have? We don't even truly know the effects it has at the moment.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:36 No.12814089
    I would suggest waiting on the black glove till between campaigns when its safer.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)23:37 No.12814095
    You sigh taking a seat near her. "You are not bound, and to be honest I have more than enough willing women about me to lower myself to such a... base, act I shall be the perfect gentleman for the duration of our chat, if you are so worried. My reason for coming to you is simply that I am concerned for your health, after seeing you crying to Janos this morning, and talking with him afterwords. I feel that your time will come when you are still in my custody, considering how wars tend to drag on. There is no need to fear though, I will give you some of my medical staff to ensure one as... slight, as yourself survives the ordeal." you reply as kindly as possible.

    "Wh- how... what would make you, how could you?" the petite raven haired woman is reduced to blushing and stuttering between your inferences, and what you just revealed to her.

    "Oh, he didnt tell me directly, but your Janos is ever so easy to read. I fear his face simply isnt cut out for duplicity." You reply, still the kind gentleman.

    After a few moments the Uurlanthian soldier collects herself "That is all very well, but what is your true reason for separating me from my comrades and... Janos?" she asks, clearly catching something that would have replaced your captured lordlings name.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 11/15/10(Mon)23:37 No.12814099
    rolled 83 = 83

    safety first mind
    I agree
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:38 No.12814101
    I was suggesting it because last time we were overwhelmed by voices. But now we're out in the countryside and only our men are around. Maybe it will be easier to focus away from huge population centers.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)23:40 No.12814129

    "Etiquette, of course, my dear lady. One like yourself should be given some privacy.

    I am curious though as to why he thought to bring you out onto the field of battle. Did he not fear for your safety?"
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)23:41 No.12814131
    Thirding this.

    Also, can we get an inventory list of all the stuff we've collected, Pax.

    I've been having a hard time keeping track.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:41 No.12814136
    "That is simply precaution. A man in love will do foolish things to protect those he loves. I couldn't risk Janos convincing the rest of the prisoners to attempt to escape. Plus, I presume any medical attention you get would be preferably done away from others rather than out in the open."
    >> Laurentius 11/15/10(Mon)23:42 No.12814141
    add "I doubt it would make the Prince more friendly toward me if his lover were in ill health, especially if she is carrying his child"
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:43 No.12814145
    Perhaps. But our enemy has shown that he is quite willing to use assassins.
    We might be able to hear the assassins' thoughts, but there's no guarantee that we could get the glove off in time to defend ourselves.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:43 No.12814151
    He loves you, you know. Do you love him too? But both of you know that it can never be. What will happen to the child when he is forced from your side? Will you give it away? What of your happiness?

    There are ways both of you could be together, forever.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)23:46 No.12814185

    It's abit early to be so direct.

    We need to get them to trust us abit and release their sorrows. For some reason it's easier to do so when dealing with a stranger.

    Once they're a wreck, can we strike and plant the seeds in their minds.
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:46 No.12814191
    No glove, but the gods thing might be a good idea.
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:46 No.12814192
    Agreed. Slow and steady like yesturday.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/15/10(Mon)23:48 No.12814220
    "It is a simple precaution. It would be most unfortunate if Janos were to attempt an escape on your behalf. especially considering the quality of medical care in the wild." you reply "Though I am curious, why would he let someone he cares so much for join his guard? surely you would be safer in his fathers house." you add, genuinely curious.

    Kaitlyin blushes slightly "Well, we met when I was assigned to his guard." She replies, clearly dwelling on happy memories, then she seems to recall something more recent "I'M. NOT. PREGNANT!!!!!!" she exclaims, suddenly doubting herself after you so heavily implied the opposite. She returns to her seat and calms herself before asking once again "What purpose do you have in talking with me?"
    >> Maximus 11/15/10(Mon)23:51 No.12814244
    "To determine whether you were pregnant or not honestly. A woman would better know than a man on the condition of her body. Your crying also made me think something was wrong beyond your captivity."
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:52 No.12814261

    "I find myself in a... strange position for a military commander. By all rights I should release someone in your condition, but at the same time I can't let you give information to my adversary. I also fear that I know very little of how you will be treated by your countrymen should it become known who fathered your child. Would you care to enlighten me on this? I could not bring myself to put you and your child at risk unwittingly."
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:52 No.12814262
    I see, of course you aren't. My apologies. I was simply saying that if you were, there would be no need to worry.

    And I am here to ask about Janos's father. Now, do not get me wrong, I do not intend to ask you to betray anything about his forces. I simply wish to know about the man. What is he like? What does he think of Janos and... you.
    >> 風林火山 11/15/10(Mon)23:53 No.12814267

    "To have a good gauge on your health, physically and otherwise. You are of importance to Jonas and I'm sure he would be most distraught if his fiancée suffered in way."

    EMPHASIS on FIANCÉE. We must say this and remind her that she can't be with him!!
    >> Anonymous 11/15/10(Mon)23:57 No.12814294

    ... or she could not be with child and that was a waste of braining.
    >> girder 11/15/10(Mon)23:59 No.12814310
    >I'M. NOT. PREGNANT!!!!!!"

    Well this could get awkward for us.

    And everything seemed to be going so well when we talked to Janos.
    >> Laurentius 11/16/10(Tue)00:02 No.12814334
    This, I have a feeling she's going to be the way we get Janos to betray his father... My god we are Palpatine aren't we?
    >> girder 11/16/10(Tue)00:03 No.12814345
    Except better looking.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:04 No.12814353
    >My god we are Palpatine aren't we?
    You say that as if it's a bad thing. I mean, once we have telepathy and real magic in our hands, we could potentially be all Sith-like. We'd just need to get a lightsaber and a hooded cloak.
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)00:04 No.12814359
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    I see no problem with that.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)00:04 No.12814365
    "I honestly wanted to be sure of your health. I would have been in an awkward position were you truly pregnant, as I would have been obliged to go out of my way to ensure your health, as my prisoner. I would still like to be sure of your health; I feel its the least I can do as your last months with your beloved will be spent in my captivity. It truly is a shame that it is almost certain that Janos' father will use him for a political marraige once I ransom him off after the war. Even more so that it will likely be even longer before you can be freed, it would be uncouth for a married man to spend his new families money to free an old flame." You reply, Kaitlyns mood shifts from anger and ire to depression almost as soon as you bring reality to her doorstep. "Now, what can you tell me of Lord Stant? Not his armies, the man, I wish to know my foe better."

    "Truly I never knew the man all that well. He was a skilled drillmaster, saw to the training of all of his sons bodyguards. Generous with rewarding success, fair in punishment. He had been conditioning us for our role in this war for months before we attacked." She replies, now staring at the floor, speaking in quit words. "Is there truly nothing that can be done to avoid the prediction you make? Are you so certain that is to be Janos' fate?" Kaitlyn asks, looking up at you with sad eyes. Were you not already taken by others they would break your heart.
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)00:06 No.12814378

    "Exceptional times require extraordinary sacrifices.

    Tell me, what would you give to spend your life with your beloved?"
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)00:07 No.12814384
    that could of course be the fear talking, denial is a powerful thing you know. Being a captive can be terrifying, as can being preggers for the first time, for all you know she's damn near pissing herself with fear every waking minute.
    /helpful GM
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)00:08 No.12814394
    "By Janos' own admissions that seems to be his fate. It seems he has no choice but to leave your side as long as he returns to his father. The only way I can forsee preventing it is if you abandoned them all and went to somewhere where you two could be together."
    >> girder 11/16/10(Tue)00:10 No.12814401
    "Well not if things go in accordance with standard procedure. If I ransom Janos back to his father I can only presume that his fate would go in accordance to your nation's customs. Unless something drastic were to happen to change things, of course."

    Let's keep up the subtlety here.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:12 No.12814413
    He seemed convinced of his fate, especially after his defeat, and it pains him.
    >> Laurentius 11/16/10(Tue)00:12 No.12814418
    Well, I suppose if Janos were to defect then he would be able to marry whomever he chose. >>12814353
    I didn't mean to imply it was a bad thing, I was just stating what was going through everyone's mind.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:13 No.12814420
    "You ask a great deal. Fate? A man -- and a woman -- makes his or her own fate. But not all choices are easy, and not all people worth the sacrifice. There are places where you could live happily, and raise a family. But the real question is: Is Janos, your love, worth the sacrifices you would have to make? Do you truly love him that much? Enough to change both of your fates?

    That is the question you must answer. And if it turns out you do... then yes. There is a new fate and new life that could await you. But it would not be in Uurlanth."

    Then walk out without waiting for her reply. Let her think on it.
    >> girder 11/16/10(Tue)00:13 No.12814421
    Go for this, but with more subtlety on the last part.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:15 No.12814432
    Nice. The implicit assumption here is that if she really loves him she will defect, and if she doesn't defect then her love is meaningless. There is no way she would say that, because she's full of youthful starry-eyed love and passion.

    Let the anger floooooooooow through you! You don't know the pooooower of the dark side!
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)00:25 No.12814502
    "By Janos' own admission that is to be his fate once I ransom him home. But Fate... there is a fickle beast now that you mention it. So, unavoidable for most. Until the beast crosses the wrong person, attacks them through the wrong gate. Some people choose to sacrifice much to avoid the beast, clinging to that which it threatened all the tighter, for by the time the beast has been slaked it is all they have left. Excuse my philosophizing, but it is ever so common to see such acts as a military man. Not more than three months ago I was the beasts teeth and claws; yet today I am the man on the mountain describing the beast to one who seems doomed to be its next victim." you reply, your voice never loosing its kind, caring tone.

    "I, what sacrifices do you mean... what would one have to give to slake the beast?" Kaitlyn asks, hanging by your words, even as you walk the razors edge.

    "That is a question you must answer for yourself, friend. We both know what the beast hunger for, but has it chosen its meal carelessly?" you reply staying the sage on the mountain, being ever so careful to avoid specific names and acts. Kaitlyn hugs her legs to herself, looking lost in thought.

    "Is there anything else you wanted of me?" she asks, a hint of gratitude for something she does not understand nor grasp in her voice.
    >> Laurentius 11/16/10(Tue)00:27 No.12814515
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    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)00:28 No.12814527
    I so want to ask her about the enemy army but we'll save that for captured troops and mercs. Now let this simmer in her mind.

    "Just think on what I've said. If you have need of me, ask the guards and I'll have some food sent to you soon. Are you sure you don't wish my surgeons to check up on you?"
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)00:29 No.12814530
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    "I believe not. I will bring Jonas to see you tonight if nothing else interrupts me today. Have a good day."
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:29 No.12814536
    If you start feeling... strange, do let the guards know. I will leave instructions with them to fetch the doctors.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)00:35 No.12814579
    "I do not believe so. If you and Janos both behave well I will allow you to see each other. and if you begin to feel... strange. Do tell the guards, they will send for the surgeons.." You reply, Kaitlyn nods at you as you move to leave the room, once again deep in thought.

    >well, what now? I'll give you two rolls for interrogation if thats what you want, if something else, tell me.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)00:36 No.12814583
    Someone else roll interrogation. I already screwed us last time.
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)00:37 No.12814592

    Speak with merc captains about hiring the captured mercs.

    Offer a bonus to whoever coughs up the info. Perhaps 200?

    Then double check it with the others who will inevitably follow up to try and claim the reward. We can do the interrogation after as well.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:37 No.12814594
    rolled 67 = 67

    Rolling for the interrogation also we need to find out if there are any side effects to the NVG paste.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:39 No.12814605
    rolled 61 = 61

    Interrogation roll 2/
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)00:40 No.12814616
    rolled 32 = 32

    Holy crap... Why can we not get a good roll?
    Tempted to say use our botch... Let's see what I would of got.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:40 No.12814617
    200 is way too much. That would be like what, six month's pay at least?
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:40 No.12814618
    rolled 15 = 15

    Curses but it could have been worse.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:41 No.12814625
    Damn it that was what we needed!
    >> girder 11/16/10(Tue)00:41 No.12814626

    Well what else were we supposed to do today?

    Or will we be using our botch?
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)00:41 No.12814627
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    We need to craft a new piece of equipment. We've always seemed to have to shout our orders out and we don't seem to have any other way of communicating with our troops.

    We should see to the forging of a war fan or a distinctive command baton with which we can direct and give orders using specific motions.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)00:42 No.12814631
    wanna botch (hint, fighting aint likely in this session)

    >if so, update post inbound
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)00:42 No.12814638

    Do it then.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)00:43 No.12814641
    Botch it. We seriously need intel on this guy. Plus, we need to see how they knew where to send the assassins.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:44 No.12814651
    Agreed use the botch.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 11/16/10(Tue)00:44 No.12814656
    rolled 61 = 61

    Aw, I would have liked to use the botch on our elementalist training tonight. Gah, oh well, hope we do well the first time then.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)00:46 No.12814669
    also use the botch for the second roll not the first.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)00:47 No.12814674
    I figure we have lots of chances to improve our elementalism beyond this campaign. We NEED intel now to help plan future moves and try to smash this guy good.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)00:58 No.12814750
    After a few hours of taking prisoners aside for "chats" - some more civil then others, you feel you have gleaned a wealth of information. You learn that initially Lord Stant had two wings of Knights, 50 men each, all with Valkeries, and horses. he had two units of Armored Sergants, wielding pikes, two units of Elven bowmen with 150 head each, his Longbowmen, numbering 200. Two units of men at arms, one mounted, the other on foot with morningstars, kite shields and platemail. He had two units of levied soldiers, each numbering 300, one with halberds, the other longblades and circleshields. and 3 units of mercenaries, all medium or heavy infantry, numbering at least 150 men.

    Of his sons you learn that Janos was in fact present to prove his worth or be sent off to be useful in interhouse politics, either as a husband or a dagger. The second youngest son, Morwayne, is a level headed and tactically minded, the men count him for at least a third of his fathers aparent cleverness. He commands from a unit of hosemen, all heavily armored.

    The second Eldest takes after his father, leads from the front, and is the second in command of the campaign front Lord Stant has been assigned. He has placed fourth or better in the last three Kings Tournaments he attended, and is a given to take the crown of any smaller tourney.

    All of the men were surprised by the pitch, aparently Janos obtained it from another Lord without his Fathers position, as was his use of the Valkerie Knights, and mercenaries. His mission was to be a simple probe, and he was to quit the field if outnumbered.

    >when I sarted the subverting Kaitlyn posts, "Devils Gift" by shamans harvest started playing. Just realized that and felt like sharing
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)01:00 No.12814767
    Other things that we need to consider:

    1) We should look at our captured war horses and pick out the best for a mount. We cannot afford to always be with the heavy cavalry in the thick of things. Sooner or later, we'll have to be behind to appreciate how the battle is ongoing. Using Jayne's cavalry wing for this is a terrible waste and we should look to setting up a General's bodyguard unit.

    2) Siege equipment training. I've been harping on this as I was very dismayed when we had the engines but no one trained to work them the previous battle. We need some of our regulars seconded to train and man them during our battles.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:02 No.12814784
    I'm confused on this intel... In our initial battle, they had skirmishers and such and the information we just got didn't mention he had those initially. That and I thought they had two units of mounted men-at-arms and that we had bashed both of them that they'd likely fuse them into one?

    Are the armored sergeants the pikemen we took on last battle?
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)01:02 No.12814788

    Pax, what have we smashed of the enemy's forces again?

    I remember you once saying that 2 of the merc units fell prey to our trapfields and quit the field.
    >> girder 11/16/10(Tue)01:03 No.12814790
    Anyone remember what units we faced last session and the one previous that?

    Let's start a process of elimination.

    >The second youngest son, Morwayne, is a level headed and tactically minded, the men count him for at least a third of his fathers aparent cleverness. He commands from a unit of hosemen, all heavily armored.

    I propose we beat him by personally punching him in the face.

    >The second Eldest takes after his father, leads from the front, and is the second in command of the campaign front Lord Stant has been assigned. He has placed fourth or better in the last three Kings Tournaments he attended, and is a given to take the crown of any smaller tourney.

    This guy we'll outsmart by luring him into a trap.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:04 No.12814797
    perhaps one of our scout units (finian's?) could be trained as siege engine crews and those not manning the weapons act as a guard against enemy flyers?
    >> Laurentius 11/16/10(Tue)01:04 No.12814798
    well it seems like someone has trouble following orders. Also, we should consider asking either Jayne or Sansa for advice on how to manipulate Kaitlyn
    >> girder 11/16/10(Tue)01:04 No.12814802
    I presume the unit of Men-at-Arms might have been one unit split into two, but I could be wrong.

    In fact, I hope I am.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:04 No.12814805
    First session was a unit of men-at-arms, skirmishers and 100 longbows.

    Second session was another unit of men-at-arms again mounted, two units of pikemen, a merc unit, the valk knights and Janos' unit. Plus the pitch and siege units.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:07 No.12814827
    We also pretty well butchered the last, taking them down to half strength. And his two units of armored Sgts are now at half strength, probably going to be consolidated into one.

    Updated list:

    90 Valks
    1x 200 Armored Sgts /w pikes
    2x 150 Elven Bowmen
    1x 200 Longbowmen
    1x 30 Men-at-Arms (Based on number escaped)
    2x 300 Levies (chaff, newly raised)
    1x 100 Heavy Mercs (all others quit the field)
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 11/16/10(Tue)01:08 No.12814838
    rolled 77 = 77

    DO NOT ASK THEM, that would tarnish our honor as a gentleman that respects others emotions and doesn't toy/manipulate them.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:08 No.12814839
    100 longbowmen only since we took them out in the first skirmish and might as well add the units of his sons to it. Did we get any info on what the father leads?
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)01:09 No.12814843
    Elf Skirmishers: DEAD

    2x Armored Sergants (pikemen): initially 200 men strong

    2x Knights (Valkeries, horses): initialy 50 men strong

    Levied Halberdiers: 300 strong

    Levied Swordsmen: 300 strong

    2x Elf bowmen: 150 strong

    Longbowmen: initially 200 strong

    Mounted men at arms: initially 150 strong and fought as two seperate wings of 75

    Footslogging men at arms (heavy armor, shields and maces): 150 strong

    5 mercenary units, all medium infantry or better: two destroyed by traps, one fought, was 200 strong initially. the other two are at least 150 men strong

    the guys left out what they figured you knew about due to your having destroyed it.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)01:11 No.12814851
    from behind. He's older, past his fighting prime, and honest about it.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:11 No.12814852
    I suspect our prisoners may have omitted a few units just to screw with us, such as the skirmishers from our first battle.

    Perhaps we should expect 3-4 "unlisted" units to be under our foe's command?
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)01:12 No.12814858
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    I see lots of testudo action for our legionaires. Infact, this should be our preffered way. Using them to take out the archers.

    In this case, we should speak with Degrain about manufacturing more repeaters and crosstraining our legionnaires with them.

    >Testudo with rapid-fire crossbow action
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:12 No.12814861
    Bloody hell are we outnumbered. Against a lot of experienced troops too. Our elite ranged units are sized at less than 100 and their elven ones are 150 and 100 longbowmen left. They still have 4 melee units, their men at arms, valk knights and fresh levy troops.
    >> Laurentius 11/16/10(Tue)01:12 No.12814862
    eh, either way. Just an idea.
    >> girder 11/16/10(Tue)01:12 No.12814867
    Okay, breaking it down:

    Knights (50) x 2 – Valkeries/Horses
    Armored Sergants x 2 – pikes
    Elven Bowmen (150) x 2
    Longbowmen (200)
    Men-at-Arms x 2 – Mounted & Footmen w/ Morningstars, Kite Shields, Platemail
    Levied Soldiers (300) x 2 – Halberds; Longblades & Circleshields
    Mercenaries (150 each?) x 3 – Medium/Heavy

    So that's about 1,650 men we can count, plus several hundred more in units whose sizes we're not sure of.


    How many guys do we have again?
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:13 No.12814871
    With all the line infantry they have though, I don't think we can afford to put them on archer hunting duty. Especially after our merc elves got decimated the way they did.
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)01:14 No.12814877

    This. We need an update after Blackbird and Collins took off with some of our men.

    We recruiting those captured mercs?
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:16 No.12814887
    Well we know the armoured pikemen are either at 2 100 men units or 1 200 sized unit. The bowmen we cut in half in our initial battle and the mounted men-at-arms are at half-strength. Plus one of their merc units was hit hard in the last battle, I think to the point Pax said they'd quit the war.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 11/16/10(Tue)01:16 No.12814888
    rolled 83 = 83

    Well, we are supposed to be defending against them. Keep in mind, we haven't tried holing up yet, digging bunkers in the hills with stores of logs to tumble down into the lines of men approaching up the hill or across the levelish plains. Actually, we should get to that, if I had a map someone else could point out good positions to do that from, digging out said log sized holes, forcing logs into them, then covering said hole and propping said logs till the other forces begin to march on us, then we let them loose. Hello, squashed Uurlanthians. Well, it sounds simple. We are outnumbered because we are defending, and we can commit ALL of our troops at a time, while they cannot because if they do, it will be an all or nothing kind of deal for them.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:18 No.12814905
    Oh I'm aware but we won't ever deal a decisive blow if we're on the defense constantly with the way this guy is fighting us. I was hoping we could go on the offensive on our terms for once but that's way too risky with those numbers. At least not without some advantage and the eclipse is the only thing I can think of that would give us that. However, unless we can find that the enemy has split his forces, attacking his base camp when he has those numbers is suicide.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:18 No.12814911
    Revised list of our foes:
    1x 200 Armored Sgts (Medium Infantry)
    2x 40 and 50 Knights (Super heavy, flying)
    2x 300 Levies (Light infantry, poorly equipped/trained)
    2x 150 Elf Bowmen
    1x 50-100 Longbowmen
    1x 30 Mounted Men at Arms
    1x 150 Heavy Infantry (Men at Arms)
    1x 100 Heavy Mercs
    2x 150-200 Med-Heavy Mercs
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)01:19 No.12814913
    196th Legionary
    Gaius Rex

    454th Legionary
    Cornelius Hoursch

    98th Warlords
    Uurist Titius

    99th Hunters
    Aurelius Caspius

    50th Dwarven Scouts
    Finian Gaurush

    65th Dwarven Rangers
    Kyria Esfelda
    -arm useable, but nowhere near full capacity

    House Garlian Uursan Cavalry
    Lady Jayne Garlian

    Esperitus Raiders
    Kurt Dorias
    Horse, spear, chainmail, javelins
    Below Average

    -Impetus Marauders (Elf)
    Aeristus Beztia
    Chainmail, twin combat axes

    -Cornwal Mercenaries
    Buckmoore Kystris
    Chainmail, spear and shield

    Kyrtosh RapidRiders (elf)
    Bastius Glenth
    Velociprey, leathers, shortbows, longblades
    below average

    >yes, the recruiting worked.
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)01:19 No.12814926

    We shouldn't discount Blackbird Solutions Inc.

    With any luck, their raiding will have them lose moral, men, get them tired from not being fed enough and cause desertion.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:21 No.12814950
    Until we get solid reports though, we shouldn't assume they'll be a huge factor. As it stands, they have at least about 700 more troops than us. We have to hope they split their forces at some point during the eclipse week and we can take apart their army or we're in trouble at this rate. We're going to need scouts out there big time and we should find out about this paste of Blackleaf's ASAP. We might need to start mass producing it and making sure it's safe for us.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 11/16/10(Tue)01:21 No.12814951
    rolled 68 = 68

    Keep in mind our objective is wholly to just defend and give time for the offensive to be ready. Sure it would be ideal for our men to be ready and taken less casualties and given more casualties to the enemy, but the mission is still the most important thing as of now. We went out of our way last campaign and got crap for recognition because it was so damn incomprehensible to some of the Senate, but now, if we can assist and provide valuable assets and readily hold the line by aiding other commanders as well as sufficiently hold our own line, we will get a good amount of acclaim I would think.

    Pax, I have a question, how many different Commanders are there in the Empire, Our level of Commanders that is. I find it odd that the Empire would commit two fresh and new commanders to defending the front line to buy time for others too....... oh wait, that makes sense, cheeky bastards.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:23 No.12814962
    Let's see about making those trap pits we were thinking of before.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:23 No.12814963
    I get defending is our mission but you know the saying - the best defense is a good offense. As it stands, this guy can leisurely pick apart at us with his plans. If we can hit him decisively, it puts pressure on him and prevents any massive attacks on our fort with all his troops.
    >> girder 11/16/10(Tue)01:27 No.12814998
    Y'know now I wish we could have instructed Blackbird to go for opportunities to kill off the enemy's pegasi by poisoning them or something.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:28 No.12815014
    I imagine poisoning food is a standard tactic for such raiders.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:30 No.12815024
    Let's do elementalism training and god talking.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)01:30 No.12815031
    >he leaves tonight remember, you still get to give him some last second orders
    of course the guys in the Representative Senate are cheeky bastards, thats why they got elected

    anything else you guys wanted to know about your new intel?
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)01:31 No.12815037
    To take a page out of hamster book:

    Our objective is to make our enemy incapable or unwilling to take and overrun our current position.

    Therefore our tactical objectives are:
    Conversion, division and attrition of enemy forces
    Neutralisation of enemy assets and capabilities (Particularly siege and leadership)

    On it with the lords. However if we can find a way to get him to lead those men against his father, we deserve a medal.

    False outposts and objectives. If we can get them to detect small detachments to attack smaller targets, we can slowly cut them down to size.

    Blackbird Solutions Inc. We should also allow the RapidRiders to go on nighttime fire arrow raids on their encampments.

    Neutralisation of assets:
    Their siege is gone, it's our turn now.

    Fliers are our main problem but we do have lots of good ideas to deal with them. We'd better start converting those ballistas.

    Leadership, one down, 3 to go. The headstrong one should be simple, especially if we can get him to assault the fake outposts. Now we should plan on how we can CREED the smart one.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:32 No.12815046
    God, I hope you did not just use a webcomic to help plan tactics.
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)01:33 No.12815049

    Parson Gotti is the PERFECT warlord.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:34 No.12815067
    More like the PLOTTEST warlord.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:34 No.12815076
    If we can get Janos on our side, our options become HUGE but I don't think he'd willingly help betray his fathers forces directly. I wish though. He'd be so useful to have as an inside agent or just as bait for an ambush.

    In regards to the intel, are the elves apart of their empire or are they mercs of a sort as well?
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)01:36 No.12815096
    The elf bowmen are presumably Uurlanthian nationals, otherwise they would have been mentioned as mercs (remember Degnar = humans, dorfs and Lacerta; Uurlanth = humans, elfs, Felixsians)
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:36 No.12815100
    Also ask how our enemy has been positioning his forces. Does he keep them all together at his base camp or does he have multiple bases? How often does he send out patrols? Or is that stuff we just don't get info on?
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)01:38 No.12815113
    when your captives left it was one large base, and fairly well guarded.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:41 No.12815140
    I can't think of anything else that might be useful right now unfortunately... Perhaps which lord Janos got the pitch from or is that something we'll have to ask him directly? I have a potential idea if we can get him on our side now...
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)01:41 No.12815142

    How often do they get supply convoys?

    This is our ticket it!
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:41 No.12815147
    How long before Laelith gets back? We sent her mounted, right? Because that probably will factor into any burn-the-camp raids.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)01:42 No.12815149
    their just soldiers, all they know is that the food and water didnt run out, and that the pitch was going to be a big issue if the attack failed.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:42 No.12815150
    How often and from where. How guarded and how it is received. Blackleaf can use that for sure.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:43 No.12815160
    So, what are we doing now? Besides just discussing things we could also be discussing while doing other stuff.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:43 No.12815165
    Big issue eh? Looks like some lord will be pissed at Lord Stant. Man I really want Janos on our side then. He could write a letter to that lord to potentially get him even more pissed at Lord Stant in general if he was.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:45 No.12815181
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)01:46 No.12815185

    Drat. Pass on the suggestion to Blackbird before he leaves, however discretion is up to him. If it looks too dangerous, just burn their supplies.

    Choose a warhorse for ourself. Train elementalism.

    And troll the girls before Laelith leaves. By giving her a big hug and telling her to come back safely.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)01:46 No.12815189
    Huh. Have I been remembering his name wrong all this time? My mistake.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)01:46 No.12815191
    A meeting with Blackbird before he heads out, and then Elementalism 101 with Professor Justinian Trantz
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:47 No.12815195
    Second all this. It's just good business.

    Especially the hug trolling.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:49 No.12815219
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    >> girder 11/16/10(Tue)01:53 No.12815251
    Thirding the trolling.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)01:55 No.12815267
    You meet with Blackbird, and what look to be 10 Hunters, 5 scouts, 10 Warlords and 5 Legionaires, all packed light, with their weapons, and light armor they took from your growing armory of looted weapons and armor; though most seem to have their heavier armor in their packs. You give him the best update you can before seeing them off.

    Next, you see Laelith, who is now being watched by 10 Rangers, and 20 Legionaieres. After a brief discussion on what she is to be doing, and at what point she will be returning to you you ask her to return safely, and give her a not quite quick hug before her contingent rides off; you can feel three sets of eyes boring into your back the whole time. However, when you turn around you seem to be alone.

    >That seems to be a good point to call it for tonight, since I have an 8:30 am class and all. I'll hang around for questions until we get archived. And I'll be back wednesday at 10pm server time (work, gah.)
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)01:58 No.12815293
    Uh-oh, looks like they just noticed there's more competition. trollan' trollan' trollan'
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)02:00 No.12815316

    We're gonna get killed one of these days.

    How did we do today Pax?
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)02:01 No.12815333
    Either that or there will soon be the most epic catfight in history.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)02:02 No.12815337
    good. nothing that I can use to bite you in the ass with, still didnt break your sith-streak, all around successes
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)02:03 No.12815349

    /Note to self: Prepare folder of palpatine images before next CQ.

    No elementalism training? I guess we'll do that next session?
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)02:06 No.12815375
    I think we should start branching out into stonesense. We could eventually get to the point we have jedi-like battle awareness.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)02:06 No.12815377
    Thread archived. Vote up people.

    Any GM hints on how we should handle this situation or if we're on the right track on how to handle this? You've seen us debate. I'm thinking this is like the Khalless situation where sitting back and letting our enemy do as he wants will be bad in the long-term.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)02:06 No.12815382
    indeed. Like I said, I got class at 8:30 am, and its 1am here so... yea elementalism and then ???? (possibly some profit after wards)
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)02:07 No.12815392
    I personally am thinking that he will be forced into action if we raid his supplies enough. We should sit back and prepare tons of traps for him. His overeager son already blew two of his big aces.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)02:08 No.12815396
    sitting and waiting is the hard road in this situation, but if you strike without enough force, it will be the easy choice by far.
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)02:09 No.12815417

    Is the enemy encampment still at the base of the hill?
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)02:09 No.12815421
    Elementalism and talking to the gods to see what's up. Maybe a quick hint to the love goddess that we're walking a fine line here romantically and could use some help. And the earth/protection goddess to ensure Laelith stays safe over there.

    We're not religious after all, but it can't hurt to be on good terms with them. If we ever become an immortal sith god-king we would probably want to be pretty chummy with them.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)02:10 No.12815431
    How much did Degrian's improvements to the catapult (Forgot real name) increase it's range by?
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)02:11 No.12815445
    Also, how dark is it going to get when this festival hits? I assume it's not going to be pitch black out there but what? Or do we have no idea?
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)02:12 No.12815449
    I don't know, it currently seems like Laelith will be the toughest to bring around. All that recent trauma and such. Maybe not, though. Regardless, if we request romantic boons it shouldn't exclude any of them.

    I wonder if Justinian's harem is going to grow any larger. We're still only on our second campaign and 24ish years old. Oh god....
    >> 風林火山 11/16/10(Tue)02:14 No.12815462

    Still missing a 1000yr old loli.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 11/16/10(Tue)02:16 No.12815483
    total solar eclipse by the end of the first day. The sun will rise to meet the moon in the middle of the sky, and they will stay locked until midnight of the seventh day. The new week will be born with the first sunrise in seven days

    not any hill in particular, but you are higher up than them

    roughly 25% increase in range, accuracy as well if its crew is skilled enough
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)02:26 No.12815555
    Wait, so there will be total darkness during this time? This has a lot of possibilities if that is the case...
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)02:35 No.12815628
    Indeed I smell a raid coming on the main course being the enemy base but first we need to know if there are any side effects to the nvg paste..
    >> girder 11/16/10(Tue)02:36 No.12815637
    Now I'm imagining an entire Legion of glowy-eyed soldiers wreaking havoc on the the Uurlanthian forces.
    >> Maximus 11/16/10(Tue)02:39 No.12815654
    Indeed. I assume the enemy will be relying heavily on torches at that point. Part of me thinks we should try setting up a diversion - set up numerous torches and fires in the field so the enemy can see them but don't light them yet. Hopefully when they are all lit, the enemy thinks we're marching out with our army and they ride out to meet us. In that time, we raid their base and hit it as hard as we can before escaping. Not the best plan but it might work. Plus, this eclipse will really mess up their air units ability to spot us as long as we're not using fires.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)02:58 No.12815840
    You know I just realized we've pretty much become the R&D division for the empire.
    >> Anonymous 11/16/10(Tue)05:22 No.12816713
    For the week leading up to the eclipse, we can set up small outposts and outlying scout camps. Have large amounts of torches and ready-made campfires prepared. We want to lure Stanton's forces to attack empty camps of torches and unattended campfires during the Festival, while we harry them constantly from the darkness, arrows coming out of nowhere.

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