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    478 KB CommanderQuest XXXII Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)21:02 No.13019797  
    >Last Time: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/12996202/
    >>Almost got distracted by M&B, but then I looked at the clock

    You mull Finians plan over in your head, the glowing eyes of your command staff all resting on you, vibrant in the black of the unlit tent. You think you are sure of whom you will send where, but you feel the need to go through the list in your head one more time.

    Diversionary force:
    50th Dwarven Scouts - Finian Gaurush (95/100 - Good)
    196th Legionary - Gaius Rex (165/200 - Good)
    Cornwall Mercs (170/175 - Average)
    (Led by yourself)

    Assault force:
    Nomads - Vozhd Lennis Starahk (250/250 - Eager)
    99th Hunters - Aurelius Caspius (65/75 - Good)
    98th Warlords - Uurist Titius (140/150 - Good)
    House Garlian Uursan Cavalry - Lady Jayne Garlian (60/75 - Good)
    Kyrtosh RapidRiders (30/50 - Average)
    Esperitus Raiders (40/60 - Average)

    And the rest to man the garrison while your away.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:06 No.13019827
    Looks good, two days or so before the attack right?
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:07 No.13019836
    Whoa, didn't Finian himself say he wanted range units to go with him on the diversion? Plus, I remember people mentioning in the last thread to have Laelith with us? I thought the plan was for her and the hunters to sneak in and burn the supplies?
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:12 No.13019880
    Correction - MORE ranged units is what Finian wanted. He asked for some troops from the hunters and Kyria's rangers initially. I don't think the scouts alone will be enough to cause them to march out and be enough to hold off what's going to hit us.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)21:12 No.13019883
    >well then... we seem to have reached an impasse all the sudden...
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:17 No.13019939
    Don't tell me there's no one else here to comment on this.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:20 No.13019961
    I'll agree with Maximus then. We go with Laelith to lead the fast moving burnination force. Have 10 of the Stalkers/Wraiths/Ghosts or whatever the specialized hunters are called come with us for burnination as well as Laelith. The rest of the hunters and rangers go with Finian. We need to keep it fast moving, so the Warlords can be switched to garrison duty.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:20 No.13019962
    I shall have your back, comrade.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:20 No.13019969
    what if we added the rangers to Finian's force?
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:21 No.13019974
    I don't think Finian requested the full units. Just detachments. Take portions of the hunters and rangers and leave the rest on garrison duty. It would be silly to not have ranged units on garrison with the walls we have. I just hope we don't get attacked the same night.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:22 No.13019982
    Sorry, the hunters will be needed so they don't go on garrison duty. But the rest of the rangers can. With the warlords and the siege equipment, I think that should be decent enough to hold if we do get attacked. Unless they send everything, in which case our scouts fail for not telling us this even though they have NVG's.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:22 No.13019987
    We need the hunters to help burn the camp.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)21:23 No.13019991
    "Excellent idea FInian." you eventually announce "You will lead the diversionary force, which will consist of your scouts, the 196th and the Cornwall Mercenaries. The assault force will be Vohzd Lennis and his men, the 98th Warlords, and all of our cavalry. Laelith and myself will lead the bulk of the Hunters to set fire to the enemies suplies. The rest of you will remain behind to guard the camp."

    Finian is the first to speak up "Ah, commander, do you have something against me?"

    "No, why?" you reply.

    "The mans worried about taking the entire enemy force with naught but three battalions is all." Uurist replies, as if Finian were cowardly for that.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:23 No.13019999
    Additionally, all units that are assaulting the camp should use that arcane knife we have to make their gear black coloured. We should also make sure they send scouts ahead to make sure there aren't traps since we have to keep the surprise as long as we can.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:24 No.13020001
    We shouldn't forget to pull our awesome plan from last thread on Laelith before or after the fight.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:26 No.13020017
    Give him the rangers too.

    That's insane. We can't possibly do that to the gear of hundreds of soldiers in time.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:26 No.13020023
    "Unless the two siblings in the camp have a disagreement, I doubt their entire force will leave the camp. Furthermore, I don't expect you to clear them from the field. We have to draw them out and keep them occupied for a time and then fade away into the darkness. With our ability to see in the night, that should be easier for us to do since we won't be needing torches to escape and navigate while they will."
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:26 No.13020025
    Sorry I got here late.

    As for the disposition of our forces: What the Hell?

    We were pretty much united last session that most of the archers and rangers would be part of the diversionary force, and I believe that Uurist's Warlords were to be there as well, in order to provide heavy defensive infantry.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:27 No.13020029
    If he has the Rangers they can fortify and set up arrow shields/traps to slow the enemy on the fly. Plus lots of arrow fire from the repeaters.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:28 No.13020047
    True. I forgot we only have one knife. We should at least do that for the hunters and Laelith then since they have to sneak inside the base.

    Yeah, I thought along those lines too but people seemed to wanted to stack the assaulting force. Didn't want to argue too hard on it and extend this into another debate but if more people are here who want to buff the diversionary force, I'm game for that.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:28 No.13020048
    "It is easier to outmaneuver the enemy if one travels light"

    Just make him take a good place where the enemy will have to follow and keep maneuvering back and flank from there
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)21:32 No.13020074
    "I see, a reasonable fear. Kyria and her rangers will be joining you then. Aurelius, half of your unit will escort Laelith and myself the rest will man the garrison" you reply to the dwarves logic. Most of your captains seem to be in agreement, now all you have left to determine is where you will send Wulf, Collin and Sansa for this mission.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:34 No.13020089
    Yes, it's easier to outmanuever them when you don't have baggage dragging you down, but you forget that they have a large number of cavalry and 300 archers for volleyed fire, of which our diversionary units will be within range of.

    We need to lure their forces out, attack from behind, and have enough mass on both sides to pound Stant's forces flat.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:35 No.13020094
    I say Wulf with the assault force. He's shown he's reasonable with tactics and since Gaius is with Finian, I think Gaius can serve well enough for tactical changes on the fly. Collin can go with the diversion force and Sansa goes with us I guess?

    Also, which of our captains don't agree?
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:35 No.13020097
    Wulf will join Finian to provide strategic advice and try to help ward off the arrows with wind elementalism.

    Since we will be with Laelith and the Hunters, Sansa will go with the assault force. Specifically the Nomads, to ensure that they aren't overeager. Colin will be assigned to keep her alive.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)21:36 No.13020106
    Wouldnt the nomads be better suited to freeing the hostages?
    50 men were said to guard them, and they sure as hell cant take on 4 cossacks each.
    And i do think it'd be better to attack Kryia's Rangers to Finian's force, the repeating crossbows adding the semblance of even more forces by the rate of fire.

    Adding to that, Fanian's force should also get NVPaste, so as when the enemy force is near to attack, All fires and torches in the distraction camp are extinguished. the sudden light to night will give the force a well needed bonus that it will hold throughout the skirmish
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:37 No.13020119
    Because we need to leave something at the camp.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:38 No.13020123
    Depends if Wulf is good enough to deflect arrows. If he is, definitely send him with the diversion force. I guess I can support sending Sansa and Collin with the assaulting force.

    I don't think they have much cavalry left. Their men-at-arms on horses got ripped and their valks won't be as effective in darkness when we're not using torches. But it is true that the eldest son has a cavalry bodyguard... Hopefully the Cornwall mercs will be useful here since spears were the traditional counter to cavalry.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:38 No.13020126
    That sounds good. I like the idea of having Sansa there to keep the Nomads in line and Colin making sure she doesn't die since he is so good with the blade.
    >> Bad Newbie !u8dVJyyGAs 12/03/10(Fri)21:39 No.13020134
    Seconding this idea. Wulf may not be an expert at his elementalism, but some combat practice should do him good.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:39 No.13020136
    The Assault Force IS the force tasked with freeing the slaves.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:40 No.13020146
    Just to speed things along, I agree with this plan.

    Wulf could use some combat elementalism experience.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:41 No.13020152
    In regards to the Nomads, I think we should use them to simply free the hostages and get them to escort their people back to our camp. With how annoyed people got with us using volunteers in our last campaign, we don't want to use them in combat unless necessary. The more losses they take, the more people will think we're just conscripting people where we can to do our fighting.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)21:42 No.13020168
    Wulf and Colin will go with Finian and his force, Wulf trying his best to assist in deflecting arrows, as we know it is effective from the enemy's own wind elementalist.

    And Colin to make a Dwarfy Three.

    Sansa will be asked wither she wishes to stay with the Garrison, or ride with us to the enemy camps center.

    We should also check on if beardbeak has a working prototype of the self motivated wagon, imagine, a self motivated armored siege weapon.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:45 No.13020196
    Here's how I'm thinking the battle should go. Diversion forces does their job to pull the enemy out and hold on. Once the enemy forces are approaching them, we hit the camp. Assault force frees the slaves and kills whatever is in the camp while we torch the supplies. Ideally we grab one of the nobles and any intel or small valuables that might be in the tents. Then use a signal flare to tell the diversion force we're done our part. Now, if the battle is going terrible for the diversion force, they should pull out and disappear into the darkness. If things aren't going horrible, perhaps we should have them signal us back and then the assulting force will move into position to hit the enemy army from the rear. Regardless of what happens in regards to the main force, the nomads leave to escort their people back to our camp. Thoughts people?

    Actually I agree with leaving Sansa back at camp. We need someone in charge to watch over the fort. Just make sure she doesn't stay to defend it to her death if she does get attacked.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)21:47 No.13020206
    "Wulf will go with the distraction force, he will be there to attempt to shield the unit from enemy archer fire, and for field training of his tactics. Sansa, you will go with the assault force, try to keep Vohzd Lennis' men in line. Collin, you will be tasked with keeping my aide safe." The last few unsure faces (your mercenary captains) clear up at this, well Buckmoores doesn't, but that is expected considering that he is going to be led by Wulf. "That will be all, you are dismissed." you finish. The room clears quickly enough, save for Finian who stays behind, something clearly on his mind.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:48 No.13020220
    I just think that leaving her back at the camp is worthless. There will only be, what, one garrison unit there? And like someone else said, if our scouts fuck up badly enough that the enemy manages to strike in the exact same few hours that we have a window of opportunity open despite the night vision paste... well maybe we deserve to lose the fort.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:48 No.13020222
    "Something on your mind Finian?"
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:49 No.13020225
    Too late now so it's alright. We'll just have to pray Pax doesn't hate us and has the enemy attack at the same time as us by chance.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:49 No.13020226
    Sup, Finian?
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:52 No.13020266
    "Is something still troubling you, Finian?"

    Also, was Vohzd Lennis in this meeting or not? If not, we should tell him of the plan at later point so that he knows that we're keeping our word.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:53 No.13020274
    Yes, we tell him the plan just before we attack. Not a moment sooner.

    Remember what Janos said, everything is a trap with his family. They probably have spies among the slaves.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)21:54 No.13020280
    I believe two. as well as our captured horses.
    Orders will be to send our eagle to our position (as we will need them to have a way of reaching us. Oh god what about our spiderpets we havent fielded them in a while) while they open fire on mobile artillery positions, Which will be hitched to horses. When the enemy reached the walls, we'll have no choice but to abandon the area for the time being, the siege weapons in tow on the horses, as we cant let the technology fall into the wrong hands. Key Prisoners, the Noble son and his rightful bride, along with the support staff of the camp will take our steeds and ride quickly into the forest/ whichever direction is best to escape. Followed by the fighting retreat of the Two Garrison forces left behind
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:55 No.13020290
    Perhaps, but the longer we wait, the greater the risk that he and his men may strike off on their own.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:55 No.13020291
    What are you rambling on about?
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)21:56 No.13020307
    Wait, would our pets be well suited to stealth and orders, they're fairly intelligent and follow our orders very well, we could send them to rip and tear of the remaining men at arm's Horses!
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)21:56 No.13020308
    "What is on your mind, Finian?" you ask the captain, rising from you seat and stretching.

    "Well, you asked me to notify you when I have made progress on the letters, and after the first few I think I have something." the exiled dwarf replies, the pride at having made a break so quickly showing on his face, though his body language reds nervousness. "It would seem that Khalless was the last of the 'Lordfathers' that had yet to find the Lord he was apparently to be fathering. The others reported their 'children' were growing quickly, though no mention was made to their age. Khalless' letters from the Grandmaster were urging him to move faster, that 9 Lords would be enough if need be, and that he knew the price of failure." Finian sighs "That was from the two months before we captured him, I have yet to go any deeper, however..." FInian seems embaressed about whatever he is to say next, hesitant to continue.

    "What is it Finian?" you prompt, fearing that he somehow got MORE bad news.

    "I am not the most able when it comes to reading... the tomes intimidate me. I was hoping you would be willing to allow Laelith to aid me with them. I could give her a copy of the cipher..."
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)21:57 No.13020309
    Doubtful, once they are moving it will be obvious that we are attacking. They would have no reason to do so.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)21:59 No.13020322
    Hooboy. Do we let Laelith get involved in stuff relating to Khalless... I say let her but only with the tomes. Keep her away from the letters if possible, just to avoid bringing up bad memories with her. I now hope she doesn't betray us...
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:00 No.13020340
    Very well, that's a good plan. But please be sure to keep the cipher and tomes from leaking beyond this group. These are very sensitive materials.

    Oh, and Finian? Perhaps you could tell me before you call her away from her tent to give her the things. I need an... opening. Heh.

    Then we implement the plan!
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:00 No.13020341
    "That would be most intelligent Finian, she is a former scribe! I'm shocked at myself that I hadn't thought to ask her for help already!

    And what exactly is a Lordfather?"
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)22:00 No.13020342
    Also, does he have any idea of what the Lordfathers are? And now the rest of the people in the thread rage if Khalless got Laelith pregnant. Hmm... I wonder if the other wife was pregnant.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:01 No.13020350
    Why would she betray us? She HATED Khaless and killed him herself.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:02 No.13020359
    Remember that there was Three Wives (or more) and that one was killed at the walled city's destruction by Khalless
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:02 No.13020360
    I'm okay with having Laelith help with the tomes. Maybe having academic work will help her.

    Yes, it'll be fine when we're on the move. But there's still a few days before the Black Festival begins.

    Are we going to begin moving before the Festival starts, or after? How long will it take us to reach Stant's camp?
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:03 No.13020366
    Wut? Laelith has been with us for months. She's not carrying a child. It's more likely that this child was some sort of homunculus or something anyway. Stop panicking.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)22:03 No.13020372
    Paranoia popping up. She was pretty traumatized by the guy and I'm just wondering if going through his mail might undo some of the good we've done with her. It's probably a silly worry but I still had it.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:04 No.13020379
    Paranoia is good, but at least try to be somewhat realistic with it.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)22:05 No.13020384
    Fair enough. I guess Sansa's words of wondering if she'll always stay loyal to us is still gnawing away somewhere in the back of my mind. I'll try to keep it in check.

    True. I forgot how much time has passed since then.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:05 No.13020385
    Not Khalless killing the bride himself, the defenders did.
    And as its a few days till the festival, we'll need to work with Laelith and Wulf with his air elementalism and arrow shield, and ask her how the fight with the Air Elemental Went, if there was one.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:05 No.13020390
    Dude, Laelith was sleeping around for years before Khalless found her. She knows the herbs to ward off unwanted babies, mmkay?
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:07 No.13020403
    No, she was just a happy go lucky elven scribe will Khalless got his claws into her and made her do many many depraved acts to gain her once patron goddess' favor
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:08 No.13020410
    Consider the source. She was/is jealous, dude.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)22:09 No.13020425
    "Excellent idea Finian. Just be sure that Laelith knows the secrecy these tomes are to be kept under. Have her translate the most basic tome first... and let me know before you contact her, I have a... plan." You reply Finian makes to leave, but you cut him off with a final question "Do you have any idea what a 'Lordfather' is?"

    Finian stops midstride. "I havent the slightest clue, commander. All I have been able to surmise is that the young lords were to be found, not sired; and that they had skills that needed nurturing, and in a few cases unfit personalities that needed to be re-wrought." The dwarf salutes and makes for his tent... it is getting late.

    You know something is wrong when you see your tent, its flap still swaying, on a windless night. You enter the tent to see Kyria standing in the center of your tent, arms crossed, your chest upturned "Where is it, Justinian?" she questions, her right foot tapping, face already flush with frustration.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:09 No.13020429
    You are retarded. No she wasn't. She had her pick of men and used it even before he found her. She said so herself. Go re-read the threads and stop whitewashing your waifu.

    Laelith is my favorite too, but she used to be a total slut.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:11 No.13020449
    I am forced to keep such treasures on me at all times, lest they be found and taken by spies or assassins! But to give it up so willingly to your demands... I'm afraid that's impossible. I'll need an equal exchange.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)22:12 No.13020452
    He's right. She was promiscuous even before Khalless got to her. That's how he did it I believe.

    As bad as it likely would be, part of me thinks we should play dumb for now.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:12 No.13020455
    Not retarded, just not very observant. must've missed that part, though not unlikely with how she felt about her looks.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:14 No.13020463
    "Oh, well you see, i was playing with Fluffy..."
    >> Bad Newbie !u8dVJyyGAs 12/03/10(Fri)22:14 No.13020467

    Clarification: She was a slut, and then became slutzilla after hooking up with Khalless.

    At any rate

    "You've been busy, I take it? Well, I suppose this fun little diversion has gone on long enough."
    >> girder 12/03/10(Fri)22:14 No.13020472

    >You know something is wrong when you see your tent, its flap still swaying, on a windless night. You enter the tent to see Kyria standing in the center of your tent, arms crossed, your chest upturned "Where is it, Justinian?" she questions, her right foot tapping, face already flush with frustration.

    >> girder 12/03/10(Fri)22:17 No.13020497
    I'm seriously tempted to have Justinian just say:

    "Oh, you mean your sash? It's in my pants."

    And then give a pause for that to sink in.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:18 No.13020501
    Then after she gets her fuming out
    "I keep it close to heart, perhaps you could find it yourself?"

    Tempted to have it be a Home is where the heart is thing, but she must've effectively searched all areas of the tent, within her short reach.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:20 No.13020514
    Justinian: Turning ho's into housewives.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:24 No.13020551
    Oh! Hey, pimpquest is back!

    Did we ever have that cape of valk feathers made?
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:25 No.13020564
    >cape of valk feathers
    I'd completely forgotten about that!
    Pax, is that cape being made?
    >> girder 12/03/10(Fri)22:27 No.13020580
    The last time it was mentioned we had the men save the feathers.

    We'll probably have to have it made at a tailor when we get back to DragonsReach.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)22:28 No.13020596
    "Well you see, I keep things of great import on my person at all times; assassins and such, as I'm sure you've heard. Yesterday when I was helping Fluffy recover, poor seven-legged thing, and... well, your sash fell loose from the inside pocket of my shirt, and well..."

    "YOU LET YOUR OVERGROWN BUG EAT MY SASH!!?!?!?!?!!?!!" she nearly shouts, stomping right up to you.

    "Well, no, of course not. I got it back after a few minutes of pulling. I have since moved it to a... safer, place on my person." you reply. Kyria eyes you, clearly looking for where you may have put her clothing. "Well, do you want it or not?"

    "I'm getting you back for this." Kyria replies, beginning to pat down your pockets.

    >well, where did you stash it?
    >the cape is being worked on
    >Laelith was promiscuous but not a whore. She was the sexy librarian that liked a good dicking or two on a fairly regular basis, then Khalless got to her.
    >> girder 12/03/10(Fri)22:30 No.13020613
    Didn't you say that Justinian kept on his person?

    In his trouser pocket if I recall correctly.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:31 No.13020620

    That's good enough for me.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:31 No.13020625
    rolled 75 = 75

    It's in our chest pocket. If she goes elsewhere first it's not our fault.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:31 No.13020626
    A little bland, but acceptable.
    >> girder 12/03/10(Fri)22:32 No.13020631
    Oh wait, you mean 'where on his trousers?'


    This is a very tempting opportunity for something naughty...but I suppose we can just have it half-tucked on his waistband.

    Near the front of his pants.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:33 No.13020639
    "Pockets? You thought it'd be that simple?"
    He has it making a leg warmer? Upper thigh, but not Too upper? Keeping him his love handles?
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:35 No.13020662
    It's in an inside pocket of our shirt/vest/whatever. She'll have to reach inside to get it.

    Mwa ha ha ha.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:35 No.13020664
    But differently something that'd involve removing Armor/clothes

    "It does feel quite nice though. I look forward to your punishment, though I wish you hadnt left my room a mess."
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:37 No.13020684
    >I look forward to your punishment

    Could be repleaced with an impish grin and , "Your Wrath might be an even price to pay..."
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)22:39 No.13020702
    Kyrias hand stops on the bulge in your trouser pocket. She makes eye contact with you, wordlessly telling you to give her the sash "Well, do you want it or not?" you ask, trying your hardest to keep from laughing out loud.

    Kyria quickly gets her hand on the sash, looking it over to see how bad the damage is. By the time she has the entire sash her jaw is on the ground "I-, but-, you-, and..." at a complete loss for words she stands there gaping at you.

    "Its going to be a busy few days" you inform the dwarf, stepping past her. "You had best get our rest." you finish. As Kyria has yet to turn to face you, you lightly pinch her buttocks, she wheels around, and you shoot her a grin and nod to the tentflap. After a few seconds she has her face back under control "Yes yes, going to get me. I'm sure I'll reap my just deserts on the morrow." realizing the invitation you gave her, Kyria grins at you, chuckling she leaves your tent.

    >anything else you want to take car of, or timeskip?
    >> girder 12/03/10(Fri)22:39 No.13020704
    Oh! I've just thought up another idea:

    Have it tied tightly around Justinian's waist.

    Very LOW on his waist, with the knot at the back.

    We make it so that she has to put her arms around him so that she can get it off.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)22:40 No.13020717
    Well now that we lost her sash, we clearly have an excuse to take Laelith's... Heh.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:41 No.13020728
    Too late, the tame bastards decided to have it in a Pocket.
    Days worth of work Squandered!
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:44 No.13020763
    I'm also gonna say trousers pocket.

    Also, the cape should be pimpin Imperial-style: the feathers stained Imperial crimson with rabbit fur trim around a polished steel collar.

    Now that's how you say "I run this shit" without speaking.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:44 No.13020771
    I'm looking forward to that Sash being used on us.
    We could either time skip, or check on Fluffy, we havent actually seen them since our assassination attempt.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:45 No.13020787
    I think we're still very split on whether to tell the leader of the nomads when we're going to move out, so I think the only preparations we can do right now are making sure that the no-man's land outside our fort is completed, and then timeskipping.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)22:46 No.13020802
    rolled 16 = 16

    If we do timeskip, can we practice our elementalism during that timeskip? Test roll to see if I should roll tonight...
    >> girder 12/03/10(Fri)22:47 No.13020813
    I'm still for telling him about our plan, by the way.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)22:49 No.13020830
    rolled 73 = 73

    I maintain don't tell him unless he approaches us.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:49 No.13020832
    We could tell the Cossack. Would be handy to tell him that the nobles see his people as a 'valueable commodity' rather then people, in fact much akin to cattle, though unlike cattle you cannot provide milk and cheese so i suppose that means to those nobles, You are Less than Cattle.

    Really get him Fired Up.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:49 No.13020835
    Woo! Maybe we learn a new elementalism thing with that roll.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:50 No.13020845
    No. Stick to the plan, we tell him before the attack and not before. Stop suggesting foolish things, please. You are going to get us killed.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)22:51 No.13020849
    >new power!!
    >fissures : 3' H, 1'D 3'L wall
    >terrakineses: fist sized stones
    >stonesense: rough estimate of number of things moving within 50 yards
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)22:53 No.13020872
    rolled 28 = 28

    Oh right. Kit out the hunters, our and Laelith's gear to be coloured black with that knife. Sneaking in will be the hardest part and we'll need every advantage.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:54 No.13020879
    Alright, but if he comes up to us, threatening to go on his own because we're being too slow, or doesn't even bother to tell us first, or a chunk of the nomads leave before preparations are complete, I want you to eat those words.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:56 No.13020899
    Stonesense power looks pretty weaksauce compared to STONE SPIKES HOLY SHIT. But I suppose it will be useful for detecting attempts on our life and such.

    Go stonesense.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)22:57 No.13020910
    Oh right. Pick one. I say fissures. We want to maximize our advantage for now and we should specialize. Making fissures like that could help in this next battle.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)22:57 No.13020912
    Terrakinesis: fist-sized stone bullets and floating armor gets my vote.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)22:58 No.13020922
    We'll take Stone sence, and i think all of our ranged units have black cloaks from the Poachers last campaign
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)23:00 No.13020934
    Eh, no he's right, Master of one then dabbler of many
    Vote to Fissure instead
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)23:00 No.13020939
    Maybe after this campaign I agree we spread out but for now, terrakinesis and stonesense don't give us enough bang for our buck. If I read the fissures right, those are small walls. They'd be perfect to help defend Finian's position or put things in the way of the enemy. Or seal off an entrance in the enemy fort. Detection at 50 feet or small stone fists won't be super useful immediately while the fissures will.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:00 No.13020941
    Going with terrakinesis.

    Fighting Khalless was fucking brutal because of this power. It also means we'd never be without some form of weapon.
    >> Bad Newbie !u8dVJyyGAs 12/03/10(Fri)23:01 No.13020948

    Seconding for the exact same reason.
    >> girder 12/03/10(Fri)23:03 No.13020957
    Actually, I'm pretty sure the dagger works as an arcane magic marker. Also I'm not sure if we have one in black.

    I was thinking we could use them to make runes in the future.

    Besides, we can just borrow some of the Hunters' cloaks.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:03 No.13020965
    Stonesense since we need to start branching out and we already have one powerful attacking power.
    >> girder 12/03/10(Fri)23:04 No.13020971
    I say stick with fissures.

    Impromptu structures can be very handy.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)23:04 No.13020981
    >The knife is a marker, be it body, stone, wood or cloth, with proper use it can leave any color mark on the surface you strike with it... permanently

    So while you're right and it might be a magic marker, it can do any colour we want.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 12/03/10(Fri)23:05 No.13020986
    my vote goes to fissures
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:07 No.13020998
    I want to go with stonesense but that's a really weak power. What could we possibly use it for? We aren't a infiltrator or spy or anything.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:07 No.13021004
    Imagine this shit:

    The enemy's been stuck in for a good while now, and it's getting time to either win for good or go home. Suddenly, over the heavy fortifications, Justinian and Wulf appear, riding a massive boulder. Wulf keeps any form of projectile from hitting until the boulder lands in the center of the fortress. Stairs melt from the boulder and the two make their way down. suddenly, the boulder shatters and sends a shower of death in every direction.

    Assuming the enemy commander is still alive, Justinian and Wulf make their way over to him to discuss his surrender.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)23:08 No.13021014
    It's something that will be awesome once we level it up more. Same with terrakinesis. Right now, fissues will be best though since it's our most developed power. It's better to get that than being able to throw some fist sized rocks or sense people 50 feet away. While terrakinesis could be useful, I think making walls is more useful.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)23:08 No.13021015
    You awake the next morning to the news that the elven archers fired from the outside of the dead zone this morning, about 25 this time. None of the guards were killed this time, though several took arrows through their limbs. The next day is much the same, though the elves actually do manage to take one of the guards out of the action for a few days instead of wasting your medical staffs bandaging. The men are already getting sick of the morning strikes, and the roiling sky seems to be reflecting their mood. The sky has already began to weep by the time the moon meets the sun at midday, before the silver sliver marking the suns progress across the sky reaches the last quarter of its journey it is hidden by the moon.

    The first day of blackness is marked by your camp busying itself making enough torches to keep a battlefield well illuminated for the entire force. You spend the day meditating, eyes coated by the paste, but closed. The rumble of thunder and fat raindrops lift you from your meditation, to see a small wall standing before you, you own doing.

    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:08 No.13021016
    I'm pretty sure that level of TK is >9000.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)23:09 No.13021027
    While it would be cool, that would be something we'd need to train a lot. Not something we'd get done this campaign. Look at how hard we've trained in fissues and only now can we make walls with it.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)23:10 No.13021032
    Quite awesome, Though that seems at a level that Khalless was with his Elementalism

    Unfortunately, We are not at his level yet.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:11 No.13021048

    But we could get there with some work.

    For the Emperor, of course.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)23:15 No.13021072
    I Hope these lessns were also helped along by Laelith, along with everyone else whow as learning Elementalism?
    Because otherwise that's two whole days.

    Have we also been firing back with the Balistae?
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)23:18 No.13021103
    They were too far outside the range to shoot I believe. Hopefully, Wulf was training too. If he can deflect arrows, I will feel a whole lot better.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)23:19 No.13021115
    No, they're in range, not too accurate range, but its also about 25 or so archers, thus, more chances to hit.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:20 No.13021123
    If we have NV paste then why are they sneaking up on us still?
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:25 No.13021163
    rolled 53 = 53

    Partly because it's our trump card and we don't want to give it away, and partly because the attacks are happening in broad daylight.
    >> I-C003-IN 12/03/10(Fri)23:26 No.13021171
    the attacks happened BEFORE the blackout.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:26 No.13021173
    We should litter the grasses with traps and have only one safe way to approach the fort.

    That will make those elves think twice.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)23:26 No.13021174
    Maybe they're firing at dawn, i suppose if they're east of our position it's easier to fire on us without feat of accurate fire in return
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)23:33 No.13021231
    As your men gather their supplies for the assault, the sky truly opens up. White-hot bolts of lighting stab the sky, and the thunder roars like an avalanche. You are watching the impressive storm from the sheltered top of the tower when Gaius speaks up from behind you "Never have I seen a storm such as this. and on the first night of the Black Week? this bodes ill commander." you are about to wave off your captain when the storm takes on a new ferocity, one you hadnt though possible. The claps of thunder come as quickly as the hoof-beats of a hundred horses charging down a stone road, and louder by double. The forks of lightning split the sky almost constantly, as if a battle is being fought by the clouds. Rain pours down in sheets, the wind whipping it in all directions, mostly horizontal, much to your chagrin. The winter chill is at its coldest as the hailstones begin to crash forth, and you can hear the prisoners cry out in dismay as their tents are torn asunder, to thin for such a storm, unlike the tents of your men, which have been braced against wind for the last week, and their roofs too thick to be undone by fallen ice.

    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)23:35 No.13021246
    And in an instant the Thunder is silenced and the hailstones melt away, as a wash of heat hits you like a wall. The sky is rent not by bolts of white hot fury, but the full spectrum of colors now dye the lighting. Slowly its rate fades and forms, until a great frame is formed in the sky. Through the frame you see a great battlefield. To one side a slender, muscular woman stands, her silvery hair whipping against a wind blowing opposite the gale that still buffets your face. Her pale beauty enhanced by fitted armor, as pure white as the midnight stars, in one hand is a great smiths hammer, the other bears a shield, on it emblazoned an anvil and campfire. About her is gathered a great ghostly host, marshaled by The Dragonslayer, First Emporer in his armor all of bone, standing shoulder to shoulder with the Mage King, First of Uurlanth in the center. down either flank the legions of the bravest of fallen warriors and soldiers are led by Shieldmaidens in silver and Gold-armored Knights.

    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:35 No.13021248
    Could this be the work of elementalism? Or of magic?
    Would it be worth it to take a quick peek into the astral mists to make sure?
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)23:36 No.13021260
    Opposite the vast Host of the Holy Fallen stands another picture entirely. As large as the Shining woman leading that great host is a mountain of a man, hard, scarred features are his. With a great, unruly black beard, and tufts of hair, just as black, blacker than the midnight sky on a starless night hang down from his halfhelm. He glares at the woman with wholly inhuman eyes, filled with hatred and cold cunning. At his feet is a horde of bright-red succubi, all with whips and delicate swords, wearing armor as delicate and unblemished as their lightly glowing skin, eyeing the host opposite them with lusty anticipation. Standing as thick as them in the host are great hulking beasts, black skinned, great rams-horns growing from the head of each. Where their allies battle garb and weapons are elegant and beatiful, these hulking brutes wear the thickest of plate, and their blades are massive and crude in form, though deadly sharp at a glance. The massive man raises his mighty axe over his head and bellows, yet the silence is unbroken. his opposite thrusts her hammer forwards and to the sky. As the two hosts surge towards each other, the frame breaks, along with the storm.

    "A stranger storm I have yet to see." Gaius remarks, as if he saw nothing. "Stiking as swiftly as the lightning it bears, fiercer than any other by ten, and over just as fast." at that the rain drops down to a steady, yet manageable fall. "As will be our assault this day, am I right, commander?"

    >yea, striking at dawn outside of your ranges (your bluff on the heavy repeaters range has been called)
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:36 No.13021261
    If it's raining then our plans for setting the supplies on fire might be a bit iffy. Then again, since we have Laelith we might be able to burn them despite the rain.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)23:37 No.13021272
    >Jaw drop

    Get on our KNEES! Forehead To The Ground!
    Has the goddess come to grant our blessing, To give us a glance of greatness, of our First?
    >> 風林火山 12/03/10(Fri)23:38 No.13021280
    >Fluff for dark week

    Someones been busy with ominous foreshadowing.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)23:38 No.13021287
    Well guys, we have a vision to make sense of now...
    "Indeed Gaius. Make sure your men are prepared. They will see the toughest of what's to come."
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:38 No.13021288
    Well, godly visions apparently.

    Too bad right now they don't mean a lot to us.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 12/03/10(Fri)23:38 No.13021289

    it seems raynha and garagush are really going at it

    she may try to enlist us as a vassal or ally
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:39 No.13021293
    We kneel to no god!
    In our Empire there are no Gods or Devils, only Mortals!
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:40 No.13021302
    Screw that. We don't fall to our knees in awe for nobody.
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:41 No.13021316
    Hell no. We're Justinian Motherfucking Trentz, future Emperor who will marry a goddess.
    >> Bad Newbie !u8dVJyyGAs 12/03/10(Fri)23:42 No.13021325
    "Gaius, I feel it is a sign. We should endeavor to make certain our men are in high spirits for the battle to come. We should tell them... to think of neither victory nor defeat, but focus only the battle infront of them."
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)23:42 No.13021327
    I didnt say to Her.
    Did you not See The First? The Dragon Slayer?

    Perhaps, it is an Omen, that the two Countries must be United? If it is, I say we try out best not to kill Creed son. Regain our composure from that momentous visage, "We march tonight, We strike midweek, remember Gaius..."

    We should see Laelith, she might've seen it as well.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)23:43 No.13021335
    It seems to be a battle between Raynha and Garagush. I'm more interested at the fact the First Emperor and the first Mage King of Uurlanth was there. We need to see if there are tales of this in the past or if there's a war going on now. If this happened in the past, we might need to eventually get friendly relations with the Uurlanth...
    >> 風林火山 12/03/10(Fri)23:43 No.13021336

    Weird thing now is that Garagush also kinda likes us.

    WhatDo if both come knocking?
    >> I-C003-IN 12/03/10(Fri)23:44 No.13021345
    rolled 28 = 28

    Yes *adjust helmet if we have it on* Lets get to work.

    also test roll
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)23:45 No.13021362
    Deal with it if that actually happens. From what it seems, the Gods seem to want us to swear to someone based on how Raynha was wondering why we hadn't done so yet. This is definitely something we need to look into though if the First Emperor was involved.
    >> Bad Newbie !u8dVJyyGAs 12/03/10(Fri)23:46 No.13021369

    Justinian Trentz fights for the empire, and more importantly the people of the empire.

    Garagush's worshipers tended to fight either for their god or for the pure joy of bloodshed.

    It's not hard to see Rayhna is the right choice, if a choice is to be made at all.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 12/03/10(Fri)23:46 No.13021370

    the majority of the peoples in this quest are playing justinian as a stand up guy with a respect for laws and justice, so if it comes to choosing a patron god, raynha is our most probable choice

    personally, i would choose garagush, but no one ever listens to the evil voice........
    >> girder 12/03/10(Fri)23:49 No.13021395

    Well if there was any doubt that Justinian was gonna become the Seventh Praetorian, then I believe that that little display just murdered it.

    We're gonna have to consult the books as soon as we get translations of them. And when we get back to DragonsReach we need to do A LOT of historical research.

    Also, I think it best not to show any outward indication that we just had a vision. Can't look shaken in front of the men, after all. And we don't want to get strange looks quite yet.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/03/10(Fri)23:51 No.13021411
    You straighten your helmet "Indeed it shall be Gaius. I shall take this watch for you, now go and rest, we march on the morrow." you reply. The captain thanks you, and takes his leave. You wait for a while, before seeking out Laelith, on your way however, you see Wulf, staring slack-jawed at the sky. You collect him, and go to Laeliths tent. You enter to see her scrubbing away at her eyelids with soap, even though it will have no effects on her tattoos.
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)23:52 No.13021425
    "I assume you both noticed something odd about that storm. What did you see."

    Just to be sure we all saw the same thing or if they noticed something we didn't.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 12/03/10(Fri)23:52 No.13021430

    wulf has the godsight too

    he was a good find and may rise to high places if we groom him right

    another praetorian mayhaps?
    >> 風林火山 12/03/10(Fri)23:53 No.13021438

    Ah. Fascinating.

    Send out an order for the elementalist to be gathered. I'm guessing it only affects those touched. We'll need to make sure that they don't go about raving about visions, not good for moral.

    After that, we need to find the sisters.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/03/10(Fri)23:53 No.13021441
    Quick, stop her, her eyes were one of the few things unmarred by our scarring, and i'd rather not her go blind.
    "Lealith, Lealith! Your eyes did not deceive you either it seems. Though i hope our visions were much of the same"
    >> Anonymous 12/03/10(Fri)23:53 No.13021443
    "What did you two see out there, in that storm?"
    >> Maximus 12/03/10(Fri)23:54 No.13021455
    Good call. Maybe not rush after them but we should see them and see if they noticed anything.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:00 No.13021510
    She's not putting it IN her eyes, dolt. She's scrubbing at the tattoos.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/04/10(Sat)00:02 No.13021523
    Yes, because soap on your Eyelids were certainly not ever transfer over to the eyes, especially not with a vigorous scrubbing motion,
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)00:03 No.13021529
    "Laelith!" you shout rushing over to her and grabbing her by her shoulders, shaking lightly "It's okay, I'm here... what did you see?" you ask her, spinning the elf around, her usually controlled face is a wreck of emotions, mostly terror and sadness.

    "She came for me..." the elf whispers "Lamynus came for me, came bursting through the gates of her dungeon, blazing with fury." You notice that Laelith has been crying, she must have controlled it when she heard you outside. You hear footsteps receding from the tent, smart boy. "But, but then..."

    "what happened then?" you softly prompt the terrified elf

    "SHE saved me." Laelith replies, almost reverently, though disgust shows through in her voice, clearly not at her savior however. "Such a delicate thing, so small. And the things she endured to keep the Queen of wrath at bay... and its all my-"

    You put your finger to her lips before she con mouth the last word, and realize heat is still radiating from the tattoos over her eyes, now that your finger is so close.

    >well shit son, how do you respond to that one?
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:03 No.13021535
    Nor will it make you blind, people get small amounts of soap in their eyes every day. You should really wait for others and not reflex post, judging by your history so far.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:04 No.13021543

    Kiss her eyelids and hold her until she calms down.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:06 No.13021559
    Second, sweet and sensible.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:06 No.13021561
    Yeah... I'm assuming she means the goddess of love protected her and the only thing I can think of is kissing her and holding her until she calms down. That might result in love goddess responding but I don't know. Time to re-read up on ze gods.
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)00:06 No.13021564

    Who saved her?

    Hold her tight until she calms down.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 12/04/10(Sat)00:07 No.13021570

    well well well

    nyetini is pretty brotastic coming to laeliths defence like that

    hold her tight and weather the storm
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:08 No.13021575
    Looking over the list, Nyetini makes the most sense. Plus, she was pleased we had taken one of Lamynus' followers from her.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:08 No.13021581
    Sit down with her on the bed and put our arms around her until she collects herself.

    Eyelid kisses are a good idea too. Go a little farther too if she seems to respond well.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/04/10(Sat)00:09 No.13021591
    Yes, hold her tight (while wulf awkwardly watches)
    "She's not the only one here to Protect you Lealith."
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:10 No.13021600
    Going with this one. Promise that we will protect her while she is with us, if it is at all within our power.
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)00:10 No.13021601

    If thats true, offerings and thanks are in order.

    Never let it be said that Justinian was an ungrateful man.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:10 No.13021602
    Wulf has already departed, he saw the writing on the wall.

    Kiss her.
    >> I-C003-IN 12/04/10(Sat)00:10 No.13021606
    rolled 45 = 45

    If Laelith allows it get Jayne In here and get those damn tattoos removed at once! Once thats done comfort her then find the rest of the elementalists.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:11 No.13021614
    Second that too. Soft kisses, hold her, and promise to protect her.

    She's so moe.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:11 No.13021615
    Jayne went the offense route with her life elementalism. Perhaps our doctor can do it in time but she's still stuck with them for now.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:13 No.13021623
    We need a very skilled elementalist to do that. We'll probably have to find one back in the capital when the campaign is over.
    >> girder 12/04/10(Sat)00:13 No.13021628
    I'm just gonna second the calls to hold and comfort her.

    We're really gonna have to find a good Life elementalist when we get back to the capital.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:13 No.13021632
    Pax said earlier elementalism was dead and such for the longest time so looking for one will be hard. So we either hope our doctor is very good at it or we spend some time looking very hard for one.
    >> Bad Newbie !u8dVJyyGAs 12/04/10(Sat)00:14 No.13021636
    Not even then. You'd be more likely to find one in buttfuck nowhere.
    >> girder 12/04/10(Sat)00:15 No.13021645
    I'm pretty sure he said MAGIC was dead.

    Elementalism was supposed to have been rare, though.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:15 No.13021648
    Can our knife only mark inanimate objects, or could we use it to scribble over the tats in other colors and designs?
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:15 No.13021649
    He also said in a city the size of Dragon's Reach there would be at least one capable of doing it, but not cheaply.

    But I consider tattoo removal and scar removal an investment well spent.
    >> I-C003-IN 12/04/10(Sat)00:15 No.13021652
    rolled 74 = 74

    I forgot about that but lets bring in the doc and see if he can do anything it as hes the only one whos progress we haven't been able to gauge yet.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 12/04/10(Sat)00:15 No.13021653

    everyone keeps forgetting that the empire has largely forgotten about elementalism

    shit, the prosecutor at khalless's trial wouldn't believe us until khalless tried to kill us with a rock we gave him

    we'll just have to wait for our unnmaed surgeon elementalist to get better
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:16 No.13021654
    You do know that we would have to put a KNIFE into her EYES to do that, right?
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)00:16 No.13021655
    "I have you now, dont worry." you repeat, sitting down and pulling Laelith with you. "None of it is your fault, you were tricked" you continue, lightly kissing one elylid, as her eyes are closed trying to hold back tears, you can feel your lips peeling as if you had been too close to a fire for too long as they touch the tattoo "and saved." you continue, catching the other eye. "There is no shame in that. We all need it from time to time."

    After a few moments the elf calms, and some of her composure returns. she opens her mouth to talk several times, before finally "What did you see?" emits from her mouth, her voice as small as when you first broke her after you captured her.

    "A battle" you reply plainly standing and helping Laelith to her feet. "Wulf saw something as well, but I dont know what yet." you add, leaving the tent, Laelith in tow. You see Wulf looking at a pair of stones, etched into one is the windswept road of Eago, into the other is the anvil of Rayhna. Laelith slowly drifts away from your hip as she exits the tent and follows you to Wulf.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:17 No.13021663
    He just started, he won't be able to.

    Moreover, this is not the time to be running out for a doctor. Now is the time to be tenderly holding her.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:17 No.13021667
    Hold, okay. Comfort, okay.
    No on the kissing though. And kissing her eyelids? The ones still exuding heat and remnants of Lamynus' power? Definitely not.
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)00:17 No.13021669

    Pax did say that we could find a life elementalist in the capital. Just that it would be difficult.


    I don't think that a very good idea....
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:18 No.13021677
    Eago? That's interesting... I have no reason why he would be interested in us or anyone... Unless it has to do with the Nomads!

    >Eago, the Traveller. Also one of the oldest of the 10. He holds dominion over travel and peity, as well as the open skies. Known to favor those truly faithful to him, as well as travelers born. Some claim he fathered the Felixsians as spirits kindred to his own, (the wandering cat-folk still revere him as "the great Tomcat to the current day, you think to yourself) he often sends songbirds to lift trravelers moods and changes the winds to ease long journeys.

    We might need see the sisters or their leader soon.

    Ask Wulf what he saw.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)00:19 No.13021681
    hard as hell, to be specific. But not unpossible now that you know what to look for
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/04/10(Sat)00:19 No.13021682
    and that the marks are Permanent

    "You ok there Wulf? What did your eyes see that others did not?"
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:20 No.13021685
    I can take a stab at what he saw.
    "So you saw a choice as well, Wulf? Eago or Raynha?"
    >> girder 12/04/10(Sat)00:21 No.13021691
    >etched into one is the windswept road of Eago, into the other is the anvil of Rayhna

    That reminds me, we forgot to mention the marks that Wulf noticed during the staff meeting. We best get cracking asking about them.
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)00:21 No.13021692

    So everyone sees different visions.

    All the more reason to gather the elementalists.

    Ask for descriptions of their visions from all of them.
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)00:22 No.13021697

    Oh crap. Pax, can we reton this discussion?

    It's way too important to be forgotten.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:24 No.13021707
    Nyetini deserves our thanks tonight. We are bros with the gods, but that also means thanking them when they look out for us and our women. Laelith is important to us in many ways, both on and off the battlefield. Thanking the goddess who came to her defense is just smart.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:24 No.13021711
    Well, she repeatedly stuck a needle into her eyelids the first time around without blinding herself. How much harder can it be?
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:25 No.13021717
    How do you know that? This is magic, dude. The goddess might have just caused them to appear for all we know.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:26 No.13021721
    Unless it becomes a problem, let's not start using knives on her eyes. Needles and knives are slightly different in terms of how precise they can be. Plus, it's possible the gods made those tattoos appear when she swore herself to that one.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:29 No.13021739
    >Be grateful without prostrating ourselves
    Yes, I can get behind that. Thanking gods and goddesses for favors and services rendered without becoming beholden to them.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:30 No.13021742
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)00:31 No.13021751
    "What did you see then?" you ask Wulf, who quickly jumps up from his crouched position, the stones disappearing.

    "The lightning got very, strange. Then I was seeing through anothers eyes through the frame the lightning made. I tried to call it, but that only made the image seem more... real. It was like I was on a years long journy, longer than the journeys between villages when I was a child. The road was all twisted, and everything around it was dead. there was only one other along the path for so long, and I could barely make the old man out, as he walked beside me. After a while I saw an old hag ahead of us, everything she passed began to yellow, and by the time I reached where she tread everything was beyond saving. My companion stepped in front of me at the same time she noticed me... and then the storm stopped and I was able to look abound again." The young man reveals his vision timidly, unsure of what you will make of it.

    "Are you religious, boy?" Laelith asks bluntly, the look in her eyes show that she may be on to something.

    "One of the only things I remember of my mother is that she prayed... so yes, a little" Wulf replies, his face flushing, and you suddenly feel your mind snap into alignment with Laeliths.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:34 No.13021772
    Huh. Don't know why the stone for Rayha was there but it sounds like the moon pantheon god facing him was Neshai. We definitely need to talk to the other elementalists now it seems.
    >> Bad Newbie !u8dVJyyGAs 12/04/10(Sat)00:35 No.13021784

    We saw something because... we believed?
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:36 No.13021787
    "So it seems the gods are fighting over our souls".

    Tell them about our vision and the two who were fighting for us. Then find Jayne and all the other elementalists to see if they saw it too.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:36 No.13021788
    >The road was all twisted, and everything around it was dead
    >everything she passed began to yellow, and by the time I reached where she tread everything was beyond saving. My companion stepped in front of me at the same time she noticed me
    Okay...that doesn't sound good.
    Normally I'm not one to advocate dedicating oneself to any god or goddess, but this might actually be an exception.
    Wulf might be safer if he goes with Eago more.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:37 No.13021792
    Well of course we believe. We KNOW they are real, after all. They have physically interacted with us to heal wounds and such.

    To believe and to worship are two different things.

    Hold Laelith's hand.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:38 No.13021801
    I don't know, Neshai is actually a pretty cool lady despite being on the moon pantheon. She's only there because if she was a solo neutral both sides would kick her ass, after all.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:38 No.13021814
    If that's true, I'm kind of amused that it seems like the gods we saw in our vision are using armies to fight over our soul.

    I can support this although we might want to say our worship rather than souls.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:40 No.13021822
    >Hold Laelith's hand.
    D'awww. Let's do it, or maybe put our arm around her waist.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:41 No.13021830
    "Suddenly, I have a greater realization of just how big this mess is that we are currently in. We should check with our other elementalists, just to see if any of them saw anything."
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:41 No.13021833
    Heh, yeah. Looks like we are a bigger prize. Everyone else was a one on one fight, but both our gods are marshaling entire armies to fight for us.

    Because we're Justinian Motherfucking Trentz.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:42 No.13021847
    For the record, I feel that our policy should be that anyone under our command must have loyalty first to the empire, then to ourself, with any other loyalties including religious ones coming in a distant third. Any swearing of oneself to gods is to be discouraged in either ourself or our subordinates, because it may cause conflicting loyalties.

    Respect and work with, enjoy the favor of, sure.
    >> girder 12/04/10(Sat)00:43 No.13021848
    I think we would be better served checking on Lena.

    She might have seen something, though I doubt elementalism is key to the visions, maybe magical talent would have allowed her to see a vision.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:43 No.13021852
    That may be true, but her domain is death, disease, and entropy though. Not something that we want our young protege to be too preoccupied with.

    And yes, we need to check in with all of the other elementalists. Perhaps a general meeting in our command tent?
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:44 No.13021859
    Nothing stopping us from doing both. We just know elementalists seem to be seeing things so they should be a priority.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:45 No.13021883
    How about loyalty to us first, then to the empire. That's more how Roman Legions worked, after all. Armies were loyal to the commander, and that's how they were political forces as well as military ones.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:45 No.13021884
    I agree, though the Moon Pantheon is generally regarded as having goals and methods which are counter to the Empire's legal system and ethical code.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:46 No.13021892
    That's also what contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire.
    Sure there were many other, bigger factors, but that was one of them.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:47 No.13021910
    Uh, no. Incompetent commanders, expanded borders, rebellions by barbarians that the Romans had brought up to date in tech and civilized, and finally relaxing training standards is what caused the fall.

    Not personal loyalty. Not by a long shot.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)00:48 No.13021922
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    You briefly summarize your vision to Laelith and Wulf, wrapping the former in your arm as you do so, allowing you to feel some of the tension drain from her muscles, though she doesnt let the relaxation go as far as her neck (though you can feel it trying to list towards your shoulder). "do you know of anyone else that can feel the arcane, and is also religious that would have been awake tonight?" Laelith asks, stifling a yawn.

    "No, all of the other elementalists in training are asleep. Well, there is Khestis, but since he needs to cook the morning meal I think he prepared himself a glass of the sleeping wine after he finished his work for dinner." you reply, mentally going through all the known religious types who have even a ghost of arcane capacity, and drawing a blank.

    "what do you think it all means?" Wulf asks worriedly.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:50 No.13021946
    "The gods are trying to find those they favor in the world and get them to act in their name would be my guess."
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:52 No.13021956
    we should check on Lena too
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)00:53 No.13021966
    I wonder if her sister will have seen anything, indicating she could become an elementalist too. Another thought... What if Janos or Kaitlyn saw something? We should see if they're acting normal or not.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:53 No.13021972
    I think it means that the age is changing, and that the world is about to get a good deal more interesting. The gods seem to have an interest in us, and perhaps are fighting for our belief.

    It is something to think on but remember that following or not is your choice, Wulf. You need not submit simply because they wish you to, you are your own person. That said, they are also both powerful and might well be worth worshiping for many, so it bears consideration.

    Go get some sleep. We are going to have a long day ahead of us soon.

    Then let's walk Laelith back to her tent and give her a hug and kiss before heading back to ours.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/04/10(Sat)00:53 No.13021975
    Agreed, to the sisters.

    And again, through those two days before the black night, when we meditated, Was everyone else training as well? Where we helping the sisters of screen?
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:54 No.13021976
    We need to see if that blind arcanist chick saw anything. Could be telling.

    While we're moving, explain to Wulf that along with elementalism and the arcane arts, the gods are returning as well- in force. They are another thing that you will have to deal with- powerful beings with their own agendas relevant but alien to those of men. He should step warily when they are involved, for they can grant great power but seem to demand service in exchange.

    That works, if we want to play it that way. Loyalty to the empire through faith that their commander is loyal.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:54 No.13021980
    "With the gods, magic, and elementalism slowly coming back to the world, I imagine it's to drum up support for their own causes.
    "Just remember your loyalties to the Empire and fellow mortals."

    We should probably check in with Lena, just in case she happened to be up.
    Otherwise, I suspect that if everyone else was asleep, they will have been sent dreams instead of visions.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:56 No.13021998
    I second this, but check on Lena and her sister before we head back. They are probably religious and even more important she is a mage so she might have seen something special.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)00:58 No.13022014

    "The three of us may be key to an upcoming conflict. The gods would not be fighting so seriously over us otherwise. No matter what, though, my loyalty is to the people of the empire, and I shall continue to act as such. Now come, we should check in on the potential sorceress. The mists may have shown her something else entirely."
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:00 No.13022029
    Good but we need to meditate and thank Nyetini too.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)01:09 No.13022110
    "Times are changing, rapidly. The gods are coming back in force, and want followers and power. I have a feeling that the three of us will be important in the coming conflict. Rest well and tread lightly, the powers that pull at us are great and unpredictable, trust your fellow mortals before the gods." you reply, before leading Laelith to her tent.

    She turns and wraps you in a tight embrace "Thank you" she whispers into your ear before retreating into her tent.

    You make your way to the edge of the nomad camp where Lena and Belatrix stay. You see light emitting from one tent. "Come in" a quiet voice calls out "I could see you pushing the mists aside, you have more push on them than others" Lena explains, before going back to dabbing the ice cold rainwater in her bucket onto her sisters head. "She has been having nightmares more frequently than usual. She's so loud when they happen that I can never sleep... not that I could if she wasnt." Lena explains "I can never rouse her, and she never discusses what she sees. Our secrets are equal now. How can I help you, commander?"
    >> I-C003-IN 12/04/10(Sat)01:10 No.13022114
    rolled 98 = 98

    Remember folks we took Gaius's watch here >>13021411
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)01:12 No.13022129
    "I just came to check on you. The recent storm had some... Other effects for certain people in camp. Has your sister always had nightmares or have they only started recently? Is this the worst it's ever been?"
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/04/10(Sat)01:14 No.13022152
    "If you had seen what you had, just a few minutes ago, You will know why I am here.

    Or, if your sister just recently had, a scare, as you heard the lightning and rain, Then I may know, what the source of her nightmares might be."
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)01:15 No.13022156

    So one sees the mist, the other is greatly affected by them.

    Check if this is the first time that shes had such an attack.

    The visions may be psychic/mystic in nature. We should check if she saw/felt any visions or strange feelings.

    And we have not checked on Jayne.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:15 No.13022161
    A commander's watch is different from a soldier's watch. The commander on duty just has to be available to solve any problems that come up, it's the soldiers actually doing the lookout.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/04/10(Sat)01:15 No.13022164
    Well obviously we're terrible guards.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:15 No.13022170

    "During the sudden storm, myself and two members of my personal retinue were subjected to unusual visions. I had wanted to see if you saw anything yourself."
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:16 No.13022178
    So we have more effects on the mists than others, do we?

    We might be an untrained mage, too. Just probably not as able to see the mists because we can see fine with our eyes.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:26 No.13022283
    We need to ask her if she saw any visions, as well as if these nightmares are a recent thing for her sister.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:30 No.13022325
    Jayne is actually a pretty light sleeper, so yeah we should probably check on her too.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)01:33 No.13022355
    >no, you have the will of a mage is all. If you cant see the Mists naturally you cant learn to manipulate them

    "During the storm I saw... strange things, as did several members of my retinue, and I was curious as to whether you did." you reply quitly, as Lena freshes out the water on her cloth, and dabs the icy water on her sweating sisters forehead.

    "I... is this a test?" Lena replies quietly

    "No, why do you ask?" you reply.

    "Well, Bellatrix told me the conditions of your offer and, i would not expect such generosity of an outsider. A job? security? These are not things we have ever had freely offered us with no proof of our skills and-" you cut Lena off, as she is obviously becoming upset.

    "I am not those men, I mean what I say and my word is my bond." you reply openly "did you see anything in the storm? for how long has your sister had these dreams?"

    "No, but the I did feel... something, roiling about me before the storm woke me. And Bellatrix has had these dreams... for years, since we were first forced to flee from one of the many Gohrahts we have tried to make a home. she wouldnt tell me what happened, but every moonless night since then she has had these dreams. she cares for me when she is awake, and I for her in her sleep." Lena replies, drying her sisters brow before dabbing more cold water on it.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)01:35 No.13022386
    "Very well then. I'll leave you to care for your sister then. If you need anything, have someone find me."

    Don't think we'll get anything else out of Lena and we'll have to ask Belatrix herself about her dreams. If we can get her trust at some point.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:36 No.13022397
    "I...see. I will not force your sister to divulge her secrets if she is unwilling. But I fear that, with the way that the world is changing, I suspect that her dreams will become worse.
    "Has your sister ever exhibited any talent for elementalism or magic?"
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)01:37 No.13022406

    This. Then to Jayne.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:37 No.13022411

    Looks like we're going to have to untangle a lifetime of trauma to get these two into our harem. Ah well, always up for a challenge.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 12/04/10(Sat)01:41 No.13022458
    bellatrix is a mystic
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:41 No.13022462
    "I suppose she will tell you when she is ready."

    Describe to her the vision we saw, including Wulf and Laelith's, especially the part about Laelith's tattoos of her former spiritual master being hot to the touch.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:42 No.13022469
    Maybe, maybe not.

    Speaking of which, we need to train to be a Mystic before too long too. After we defeat our foe, perhaps.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/04/10(Sat)01:42 No.13022473

    "And please Lena, for the safety of you and your sister, I urge that you pitch your tent closer into the camp as others of the retinue have done. I can assure you that you and your sister will be safe among the men of the camp, many of our officers are of the fairer sex, and have taught us to be on our best behavior."

    To Jayne. We may have another cuddle before bed.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)01:43 No.13022483
    What I'm predicting as well but we don't really know the signs of what makes a mystic at this point.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:44 No.13022499
    Blasphemy! We are going to be the only mind reader around here.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:47 No.13022539
    We should check up on Jayne if she's awake, and then finish out our watch.
    In the (relative) morning, we should check the other elementalists about their visions.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:48 No.13022551
    Say that we may not have proof of her skills, but our instincts have not often led us astray. And if we are wrong about her potential... well, if she takes the job and can't do it because we were wrong about her, we'll see that she is protected and well cared for anyway.

    It's a promise that it will hurt nothing to make, since we're pretty damn sure.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)01:49 No.13022561
    "I will not force anything of you or your sister then. Tell her that I stopped by to ensure you were unharmed from the storm, and would like to know of her dreams... if she is willing. times are changing Lena, the two of you would do well to find an accepting place that is prepared for those changes." you remind her as you leave, knowing that her sister already told her what you said.

    You make your way over to Jaynes tent next, once again you are told to enter before you can make yourself known. Jayne is meditating in her undergarments, her breathing slow and easy, her cot undisturbed as of yet. "How can I help you, Justinian?" she asks, looking up at you as she stands up.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)01:49 No.13022567
    I approve of this.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:50 No.13022573
    Hopefully we can become a Mystic instead of a Mage then. Since we have the will to power, and all that.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 12/04/10(Sat)01:50 No.13022578

    she could also learn some fighting skills from sansa and some marksmanship from kyria with a crossbow
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)01:50 No.13022582
    "Did you notice anything during that storm that just passed or were your meditations uninterrupted?"
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:51 No.13022588
    Ask her if she had any visions during the storm.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/04/10(Sat)01:51 No.13022593
    "Thinking about what you just saw in the heart of the storm M'lady?"
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:51 No.13022598
    Give her the rundown of the visions and happenings and ask her if she felt anything like that going on.

    Also let's ask her how her training is going, and what she thinks of our two prisoners since she had lunch with us the other day.
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)01:51 No.13022599

    Look around for something small that we can steal.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:52 No.13022609
    Did we ever talk to her about the strength of her unit and how we want to make sure it wasn't harmed too much? If not, this is a good time.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:53 No.13022615
    Let's not. I have a feeling Laelith is going to be all we can handle on that front.

    One theft at a time.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:53 No.13022616
    >blind chick
    Um... let's not even try that.

    >Jayne is meditating in her undergarments
    >"How can I help you"
    I really, really want to say something super-flirtatious here.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:53 No.13022619

    "When the storm came a little while ago, did you see anything strange?"

    If she says no, don't make anything big of it, and bow out politely.

    >steason season
    Why yes, captcha, it IS steason season.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 12/04/10(Sat)01:54 No.13022633

    i was talking about her sister, the possible mystic
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)01:54 No.13022636

    Do it. I can't think of anything suitable though.


    Their combined pranks will be terrible and all so amusing at the same time.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:56 No.13022654
    How bold, inviting a gentleman in to see you in such a state. Your sister would be positively shocked.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/04/10(Sat)01:57 No.13022665
    We've seen her in less.
    Though it was during an assassination attempt but still.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)01:59 No.13022675
    It was Sansa we saw topless, Jayne has never gone beyond wrestling with us in skimpy leather undergarmets.

    That's still pretty risque though.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)02:00 No.13022692
    I kind of feel bad for Sansa. All the other girls have these special abilities and such that's making us spend more time with them. Sansa has been rather neglected this campaign.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)02:00 No.13022694
    "Bold of you, inviting me in when your like this." you tease, feeling like play before business for once.

    Jayne pulls her robe on "No doubt you saw more when we last sparred, it was cold that night and I doubt my smallcloths were adequate, even with the workout you put me through." she replies playfully cinching her sash at the waist, sitting on a chair and looking at you expectantly.

    "Did you see or feel anything... strange, during that storm?" you as Jayne, taking an empty seat.

    "No... why do you ask?" Jayne replies, shifting from playful to curious in a second
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)02:03 No.13022719
    "Wulf, Laelith and myself saw a vision of some kind during the storm. I had thought perhaps it was affecting those that were practicing elementalism but if you were unaffected, there may be more to it than I had anticipated..."

    Hmm. Now I wonder if any other of our retinue or captains have seen visions if it's not affecting all elementalists.
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)02:04 No.13022720

    "Every other elementalist awake during the storm had visions. I'm surprised you weren't affected. What exactly were you doing earlier?"
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 12/04/10(Sat)02:04 No.13022725

    elementalism has nothing to do with it

    only the people who know that the gods are real(or have faith) see them
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/04/10(Sat)02:06 No.13022738
    "Some of us, saw things during that storm. I take it you arnt very religious Janye?"

    We're Only One Man!
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)02:07 No.13022748
    That's a fair point. If that's true... Time to scan archives to see which of our captains believed in them.
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)02:08 No.13022766

    The more I look at it the more I realise we've pigeon-holed her into a specific role.

    That of the hot secretary.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)02:09 No.13022784
    We did branch out a little by sending her on that mission but yeah, it's true... This should be rectified in my opinion.

    I think it was Uurist that believed in the gods. Hard to tell since the dialogue didn't exactly indicate who was talking but I think it was him.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:10 No.13022795
    Hot tomboy secretary who is also our waifu.

    But yeah, we should spend some time with her soon. Maybe we should talk with her about her duties around camp and how she's been doing? I'm sure there are all kinds of little myriad problems she takes care of for us that we never hear about. We should let her know it's appreciated.
    >> girder 12/04/10(Sat)02:12 No.13022811
    Haven't we given her those arcane daggers?

    I recall her kicking ass with a couple of daggers in a previous battle.

    Also she's Justinian's designated drinking buddy.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:12 No.13022817
    Sansa is still our best adjutant. When she gives orders, it's just like us giving orders only there's a sexy woman talking. That's a pretty nice position to hold.

    Plus, I'm pretty sure that we talk with her constantly offscreen about all kinds of military things.
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)02:15 No.13022841

    Speaking of the previous mission, she really deserves a little reward.

    The ambush wasn't sprung but she was willing to brave that danger.

    Maybe we can give her the daggers, an idea of our appreciation of her and her efforts.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)02:16 No.13022856
    "I'm assuming you arent religious then? And have no belief in any gods at all?" you reply, still thinking.

    "No, why do you ask?" Jayne responds, her face contorting to a mask of confusion.

    "Laelith, Wulf and myself all saw... strange things, before the storm ended. And since I have the watch I figured I had best investigate. I came to you becasue I know that you are a budding elementalist, and with how lightly you sleep I expected that I would not be waking you." you reply honestly.

    "Justinian are you... HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW I SLEEP??!?!" Jayne exclaims, her previous question forgotten.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)02:18 No.13022872
    How do we know she's a light sleeper actually?

    "A commander needs to be well aware of those he commands and how they might react to any situation of course." With a nice smirk.
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)02:19 No.13022873
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    "Wouldn't you like to know."
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)02:20 No.13022881
    >on top of the meteorite long-knives you already had forged for her?
    >and those ARE assassins blades you got (the magic ones)
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:21 No.13022893
    We know she's a light sleeper because she woke up to us softly calling her name through a shuttered window ten feet away back when we were at the barracks in the capital.

    But yeah, I think we should totally make a snarky comment here instead of just say that.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:21 No.13022894
    Because we woke her up accidentally before we put on the "VOICES FUCKING EVERYWHERE" glove.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)02:22 No.13022898
    Yeah, I forgot to mention it but we got her specially made knives while the arcane ones were designed for assassination. We lack an assassin and I don't think Sansa would be suitable as an assassin.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:24 No.13022917
    Oh come now, surely you remember that night after the party in Dragonsreach? I mean, we were both drinking pretty hard, but you seemed pretty happy with our, ah, "activities" at the time. I had a horrible time slipping back to my room without waking you up!
    >> 風林火山 12/04/10(Sat)02:25 No.13022932

    Ohhh, forgot about those.

    Still a gift is appropriate. I wonder if theres a composite bow in our armoury we can give her.

    I seem to recall "Whole fucking armoury" as the description of our arms locker. :p

    Another question Pax:
    This is the start of the black week already right? I just remembered about the toadstool idea. Is there any way we can still get a small supply? Like sufficient for a few catapult rounds.
    (Was thinking of flying Aquila repeatedly to Commander Normz.)
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    LOL! Do it! Say this.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)02:26 No.13022937
    "Well you did wake up to my quiet meditations not once but twice in DragonsReach." you reply plainly.

    "I, well... your right, actually" she replies "So, are you religious?"

    "Not at all. I am however, aware that the gods exist and are once again moving to make themselves known among mortals." is your honest reply.

    "How?" is all Jayne can muster, looking somewhat concerned and unnerved.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)02:30 No.13022971
    "Remember the first battle of our last campaign? During it I felt... Something watching me. Very old things. When I destroyed the sigil Khalless put on that city he sacked, I felt something was pleased and something was angry. Since then and after dealing with Khalless, I've seen things that continue to reinforce the fact the gods are active again. I know it sounds crazy but you've interacted with me long enough Jayne. Do you think I've gone crazy?"
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:31 No.13022982
    They have, ah, intervened once or twice to speed up the healing of my wounds and told me about the slaves that were going to be used in the last assault. Indeed, both Laelith and Wulf saw them as well, so I know it is not simply delusions of my mind.

    Jayne, I hope you know I am trusting you by telling you this. You should know better than most that things are changing. You can stop a man's heart without ever touching him, for instance. Does that not speak to strange workings of the world in and of itself?
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:35 No.13023007
    They seem to have taken an interest in me, and are apparently waging a war amongst themselves to make me their champion. Before you doubt, consider: Is my telling you this any more fantastic than you telling someone that you are able to kill them with but a thought?

    I am not advocating worship of the gods, but I do know they are there and have spoken with them. We have an understanding.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)02:36 No.13023014
    I think saying we've talked to them is a little too much at this point. If she believed then perhaps but she's a non-believing citizen of the empire and we might need to ease her into it.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)02:37 No.13023024
    You take a deep breath and think carefully before responding "Remember the first battle of our last campaign? During it I felt... Something watching me. Very old things. When I destroyed the sigil Khalless put on that city he sacked, I felt something was pleased and something was angry. Since then and after dealing with Khalless, I've seen things that continue to reinforce the fact the gods are active again. I know it sounds crazy but you've interacted with me long enough Jayne. Do you think I've gone crazy?"

    Jayne looks at you for nearly two minuites before responding "No... but what are we to do then? and what did you see during the storm?"
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:37 No.13023027
    Perhaps, but she also put on the glove and saw the mists. She's an elementalist. She clearly knows that strange things are moving below the surface of the world.
    >> girder 12/04/10(Sat)02:39 No.13023036
    Well unless we know any other member of our retinue who uses daggers I think they might better serve with her.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:39 No.13023039

    "It started during the last campaign. You'll probably think me insane, but... I forget at what point, but early on I felt the presence of two beings who were... surprised to be there. It was very strange.

    Later, at the ruins of Avensgate, when we found those bloody symbols the raiders had left, I personally erased one from the ground. At that moment, I felt two different presences, one irked by my action, and the other approving of my reasoning for doing it myself.

    When the storm came, as I said, myself Laelith and Wulf all had visions, each one being vastly different but involving a central theme: two gods facing eachother over us. Laelith's was particularly emotional to her, as it involved her former patron deity. You know, the one whose marks she has yet to remove from her eyelids."
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:40 No.13023045
    Tell her what we know about the gods, how we've communed with them, and about the visions.

    It seems Jayne is becoming our confidant. Well, Laelith too.

    We should likely tell Sansa as well tomorrow in private. See how she takes this.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:41 No.13023052
    shit. super late on the post.

    You can use the last part as our answer, though.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:41 No.13023053
    Tell her and then let's meditate with her and see if we can help her open her mind to the gods like we have done.
    >> girder 12/04/10(Sat)02:41 No.13023061
    "A battle, between two armies led by what I believe to be two of the gods. But what was more interesting about it was that I saw the First Emperor and the Uurlanthian's Mage King fighting on the same side. Wulf and Laelith saw different visions. Laelith in particular was disturbed by what she saw."
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)02:41 No.13023062
    "We do as we've always done. Protect the Empire and trust our fellow mortal. I will acknowledge the gods have returned and show respect but I have no intention of suddenly worshiping the gods just because they wish it. In regards to what I saw..." Then just explain the vision we saw. Rather not type it out.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:43 No.13023071
    That's a good idea, actually, since we were going to meditate to thank the love goddess and earth goddess anyway.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:43 No.13023075
    I don't think we want to open her mind to the gods. The gods are fundamentally interested in their own power, not ours; that means that if at any point they think they'll be better off convincing one of our officers to break with us than to support us, they'll do it. We should be attempting the classic policy of "the religion of the king is the religion of the nation" here, only with our legion. That is, none of our troops should worry about speaking with the gods; that's our business. They can act as we tell them, even the officers.
    >> girder 12/04/10(Sat)02:43 No.13023079
    "As for what we should do: All I know is that we need to prepare."
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:45 No.13023089
    Maybe so, I was just thinking it would be better for her to see that we aren't fucking crazy or anything.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)02:48 No.13023109
    Whatever we do, we need to make sure she knows that we don't feel the need to fall down and worship them.
    >> weird 12/04/10(Sat)02:50 No.13023130
    Prior suggestions that might have gone amiss during the new thread opening:
    - as an adept earth elementalist, wouldn't Jus do great in helping Finian prepare his traps with little to no prep time?
    - as a budding wind elementalist, instead of putting Wulf straight into a life-or-death attempt to ward of a rain of arrows, why don't we send him with Laelith to support, feeding air into blasts to pump it larger or sending wind to move flares farther?

    Regarding visions:
    - don't let Neshai get Wulf, if any is going to tread her path, it is Jus, for his path though we want to end in greatness, will definitely cause pain and suffering along the way (lich still in thought)
    - make certain it is Nyetini who stood firm against Lamynus, and ask her what she would want in return for our gratitude (not worship, though Laelith might want to offfer hers)
    - introduce Jayne to concept Raynha, lady of war, her practical life magic smacks of Neshai at the moment
    - Lena and Belatrix need guidance, give it
    - find that chef
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)02:53 No.13023152
    "Me, I saw a great battle, either side lead by one of the gods, though one had both the Mage King and the First Emperor, the Dragonslayer marshaling her side together. Wulf and Laelith had increasingly disturbing visions, different from mine." you reply evenly "And we will do nothing different, we will continue to defend the Empire, our friends, our families; paying the gods the respect they earn, as we would pay any being of power. If you have any more questions on the matter, let me know."

    Jayne reaches over and rests her hand on your leg "Sometimes I think you mad... then I let you finish your thought and, well..." her voice trails off as you place your hand on top of hers. After a few minuites she eventually announces "I had best sleep, tomorrow will be an eventful day no doubt." You politely take the cue and return to the tower to finish off the watch. Tomorrow will be a big day after all, and you dont want to have any more unexpected catastrophes between now and then.

    >That should about do it for tonight, wow, the extra crap took longer than expected.
    >Someone archive please, I'll be back sunday at 9pm server time, ant I'll hang around to answer questions for a bit.
    >> weird 12/04/10(Sat)02:55 No.13023175
    Damn. I keep missing the time to put up suggestions...
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)02:57 No.13023191
    Was the suggestion that only those that believed in the gods are seeing visions? Or are we going to have to do more detective work to see?
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)03:00 No.13023216
    Thread archived.

    I think putting Wulf with Laelith is overkill. Her fire will get the job done with enough time and Wulf would only speed it up. We're planning on taking out the fort completely though, so we don't necessarily need speed. It's dangerous to put him in the diversion force yes but I think that's where he'll do the most good. Assuming he's improving.

    Are the other elementalists improving on their own? If so, can we get a general idea on their talents and what they're focusing on?
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)03:00 No.13023218
    right now Justinian is of the mind that only those who know of/worship the gods saw something, but he isnt sure yet
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)03:01 No.13023223
    You said we are most assuredly not a mage, but we have the willpower for it. Does this mean we can be a Mystic? Everyone really seemed to be behind that idea, I know I am. I ask because it seems like Mysticism is based less on being able to see mists and crap and more on just sheer willpower.

    Also because being able to read thoughts, alter memories, and control minds would be useful in all kinds of ways in our ascent to the throne.

    Secondly, how do all our females and prospective females feel about us? I seem to get the following vibes:

    Jayne: Love.
    Laelith: Almost Love.
    Sansa: Very attracted.
    Kyria: Very attracted.
    Lena: Wary.
    Belatrix: Very wary.
    Nyetini: Amused but distant.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)03:03 No.13023240

    >Nyetini: Amused but distant.

    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)03:03 No.13023244
    >Sansa: Very attracted.
    Probably a more than that, she has been all over our junk lately. I'd bump her up to "Willing".
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 12/04/10(Sat)03:06 No.13023266
    the chef is working with water, but not making much progress. the smith with earth, he seems to be going for stonesense and terrakinesis, improving his craft. the surgeon life, and healing/mending things. Both the smith and surgeon are making decent but not stellar progress
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)03:08 No.13023283
    Hmm. No comments on Wulf then. Guess we should talk to him next session and find out how far he's gotten. Using the wind to stop arrows might be too much for him at this point...

    And I guess Laelith's comments about the feline race was true when it comes to elementalism, heh.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)03:14 No.13023323
    Modified Harem Status Chart!
    Jayne: Love.
    Laelith: Almost Love.
    Sansa: Willing.
    Kyria: Very attracted.
    Lena: Wary.
    Belatrix: Very wary.
    Nyetini: Amused but distant.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)03:18 No.13023349
    No comments here Pax? Or do we need to decipher the mysticism book first?
    >> weird 12/04/10(Sat)03:18 No.13023351
    > Jayne: Love.
    Are we sure of this one? I thought that was very attracted, but not out-and-out love.
    Laelith can be put down to gratitude, and now goddess-borne attraction from Nyetini's supposed patronage.

    How about my suggestion for Justinian to go with Finian?
    >> weird 12/04/10(Sat)03:20 No.13023370
    Oh, there's also a Willing stat. I suppose Jayne, Sansa, and Kyria can be all put down to that stage.
    I'm just unsure of the Love part.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)03:21 No.13023383
    >Are we sure of this one?
    Well no, but we just told her we hear voices in our head and she was totally fine with it because it's us.

    >Laelith can be put down to gratitude, and now goddess-borne attraction from Nyetini's supposed patronage.
    Oh bullshit. She has been flirting with us and did you miss all the mess that happened in this thread alone? She might or might not be in love, but if she's not then she's damn close.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)03:23 No.13023411
    When Katelyn asked her if she was our fiancee she didn't even try to say no, she just looked at us wide-eyed.

    She's hooked, there's no denying it.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)03:24 No.13023417
    I agree with sending Justinian myself. That's part of the reason why I pushed for improving fissures more so we could help him fortify the area. Not sure why we should join Laelith unless she's initially joining the diversion force but I doubt it. I figured she'd do fine on her own with the hunters and we'd be better off helping Finian's army.

    Finian did say he wanted a few days to prepare the area. It's possible we could just go with him while he's fortifying the area and make the walls with him but not be there for the battle. Depends how adamant people are on us attacking the camp or not.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)03:27 No.13023448
    I think it's important we go with Laelith and the firestarters. We'll be close enough to give orders to the assault group and we'll be able to direct Laelith to targets of opportunity other than the food. Who knows what nasty things we can have her burn and not haunt us later?
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)03:30 No.13023467
    Yeah but our earth elementalism will help the diversion force survive a lot longer and take less casualties than they normally would have. Earthquakes and fissues? Spikes coming out of the ground? Any cavalry that charges them will be in for a painful time if we're there.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)03:33 No.13023490
    They are going to be fighting in the pitch black against forces that can see as if it were day. And then hit from behind by our other forces.

    I'm worried to be sure, but I don't think us being there is going to change the tide of that battle.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)03:36 No.13023517
    Part of the plan to lure them out was to use torches and make the army look bigger than it was. Not sure exactly how Pax is going to do that but that might illuminate them enough to be seen. Further, we might not hit them from the rear with the rest of our forces. It all depends on how easily the fort falls and how well our diversion force is doing is what I thought. I assumed we weren't going to throw ourselves into a pitched battle unless things were going really well since we want to preserve the chances of us taking part in the counter attack.

    Us being there could change the tide of the battle. It all depends on our dice rolls and good use of elementalism. Honestly, it's hard to say if we could or not but I think it's not a good idea to just say there's no good chance we won't turn the tide at all.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)03:39 No.13023552
    We are a powerful force, and I see your point. It's a solid idea, but couldn't we use our elementalism just fine from across the camp anyway? That's the thing that will change the battle, and we were able to use it half a kilometer away or more in the fortress siege and to spike those running elves.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)03:42 No.13023578
    Depends how far out the battle is taking place from the fort. You do raise a fair point though and it's something we should ask Pax next session or when the battle starts and we have to deploy. Assuming we cannot do what you suggest though, then we have to make a decision and I think joining the diversion team might be best. Hell, I agree with you in that I want to be attacking the fort to maximize damage and loot the place for intel and stuff but I also want to reduce casualties in the diversion force. If we do well enough with them, we could wipe the majority of Stant's forces in this battle if the fort falls easy enough. Us being there might make that more likely although I'm expecting us to retreat once the fort is down.
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)03:54 No.13023697
    Another thing to consider is that the enemy force is probably completely demoralized. They've been soundly thrashed every single battle.

    1st: Wiped out
    2nd: Noble commander captured
    3rd: Completely annihilated for no damage at all

    The troop's morale must completely be in the shitter. It's likely we will be able to break them much easier than normal.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 12/04/10(Sat)03:57 No.13023723
    We were never told how Torches are seen in the NV view though, if they're like real NVG, it could be very painful to look at.
    One thing we should aim to do is take out Eagles (Maybe steal one) and Horses, and if we can destroy their armory, Oh ho ho, goodbye Arrows. We shouldnt forget our pet spiders, they were pretty good in screening for us. Then we have Bears. And Raptors, Shoudl we have them climb the fort walls and attack the longbowmen stationed there (if there are at all)
    >> Anonymous 12/04/10(Sat)04:00 No.13023760
    All this has been explained.

    Torches don't fuck the NV paste, but unnaturally bright light does.

    The encampment is temporary and doesn't have walls. At most it has makeshift barricades that are easily overrun, and in some places not even that.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)04:03 No.13023792
    They have walls at their encampment I believe. Just no gates.

    3rd assault they were not completely wiped sadly. We just wiped out the valks and thrashed the other units. We won't be that lucky in having them break too easily.

    I thought it was more along the lines of the more lights there were, the more painful it for for those using the NV paste? Time to re-check.
    >> Maximus 12/04/10(Sat)04:04 No.13023811
    Here we go:
    >The medical men also found that torches fires and such improve the pastes function until they reach a certain intensity, at which point they make it nigh impossible to see
    So it's useful to a degree around torches but at high concentrations of torch light, it'll be bad.

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