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    143 KB The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)20:21 No.14176148  
    You've been running for hours, too scared to think of anything but escape.

    You collapse to your knees, fresh air searing your lungs, unable to hear anything other than your own heartbeat.

    After a moment, the cool night wind and your stillness calm you enough to take stock of yourself and your surroundings. Looking around you see forest. Or what you assume to be forest, having never been in one before. You also notice there seems to be no sign of pursuit.

    Realizing the relative peace may not last, you take a deep breath to steady yourself. Finding your center takes a minute, but you are too well trained to fall back into panic now. Familiar litanies come to your mind, and you remember the swearing you took when you were raised to a proper apprentice of the guild.

    You can still hear the questions Tybalt had asked in that bleak room, rife with ceremony and expectation.

    "What is your name?"

    >For future note, all GM speak will be done in greentext. For decision notes, like this one, I will take the highest of three rolls. d20 is the die of the quest, unless noted otherwise. So, name and gender please. everything else will come with time.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:25 No.14176178
    "Pussy! I am Pussy of the clan of the Duck!"
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)20:27 No.14176211

    >Ah yes. Trolls. Expected, though I'm sad to see the very first person to post is one.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:27 No.14176214
    Lance Throbbing.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:28 No.14176230
    rolled 19 = 19

    Cassandra "Cass" Moores, Female
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)20:30 No.14176240

    >Not that I want to encourage this, but I did say in the OP that no dice means no vote, having stated 'highest of three rolls'.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:31 No.14176249
    I think it is a valid if silly response.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:32 No.14176259
    rolled 8 = 8

    Lucas Bernard
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:32 No.14176263
    ....I was not trolling. There are in fact people who call themselves Pussy, and the Clan of the Duck is in fact an awkward pop culture reference.

    But if you would prefer to go with something slightly less silly, I would certainly understand.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:33 No.14176266
    rolled 18 = 18

    Timothy Bishop, male
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)20:33 No.14176272

    >Indeed. The hallmark of a good quest troll. If he had remembered the required dice, it might have done some real damage to this being taken seriously.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:34 No.14176279
    Damn. It's disappointing to come so close to beating that 19.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:34 No.14176293
    This. Just remind them to roll. I think they'll be more game than you might believe.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:36 No.14176310
    rolled 10 = 10

    Horse McNutts

    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:41 No.14176369
    ... just go with Cass already. And please proceed. I appreciate the rather classical creepy tales-premise.
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)20:53 No.14176525

    >I'm curious as to who would call themselves Pussy, and what the Duck clan is supposed to reference. In any case....



    The man with the cowl on Tybalt's left leaned forward a bit and his voice, despite the somewhat wheezing quality carried through the room quite easily.

    "Ms Moores, you came to us as a child, too small to even remember the tragedy that brought you to our gates."

    A third person, whom you've just noticed as the room's only female other than yourself interjected. "In any case, having reached an age of 15 summers, we have recognized that you indeed have a certain... spark that we look for when recruting for this humble academy."

    "As such, you are to be granted a real apprenticeship, but first you must take the reins of your own destiny and choose the course of study you wish to follow." Tybalt concluded. "Do you wish to study the ways martial with me, tread a more arcane path with Mistress Aria for a guide, or learn a more... subtle way, from Master Argus?"

    With this the old man let out a short bark of a laugh "Call a spade a spade Tybalt. The lass deserves to at least know it in plainer terms." His gaze focused on you, intently. "The choice is yours girl, A warrior, a Mage, or an Assassin."

    >Highest of the first three wins the choice. For the record, Assassins are more akin to the ones from Assassin's Creed than JUST stealthy types. This includes a code of honor, in theory. Your choice of path also determines a specialty. Warriors can be sneaky, Mages can use swords, Assassins can learn spells, etc. One particular aspect of that will be greatly enhanced in future endeavors.
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)20:57 No.14176581

    >I started typing as soon as the third roll was made. The quest will be a bit slow to start with, given the extreme degree of freedom in character creation at this point.


    >On the bright side, the dice gods might just be smiling on the quest, with such good rolls this soon.

    >On another note, this is intended to be a more serious game than some others that have been on here. Advance warning for anyone wanting to be silly or suggest sexing up everything.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)20:59 No.14176605
    rolled 20 = 20

    Mage. The path to true power. And perhaps to true freedom.
    >> dice 1d20 Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:05 No.14176655
    mage please, with the ability to get out of a sticky situation perhaps?
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:05 No.14176656
    So mote it be.
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)21:06 No.14176666

    >Fair warning, Mage path isn't any more powerful or useful than any other path you might take. In D&D terms, it's closer to a 3.5 warlock that a 3.5 wizard.

    >And magic can have it's down sides. Still your choice, and I'm not pushing you away from mage, just wanting to make sure your decision is an informed one.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:08 No.14176683
    He rolled a natural 20! It's destined. We've made our choice; move the game onward.
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)21:09 No.14176696

    >Again, not wanting to sound like I'm trying to tell you not to do something, but unless an action is decided on, you CAN choose to withdraw your vote.

    >Just letting you know. Mage is no less valid than any other choice, but I think i gave the wrong impression with the name.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:11 No.14176729
    Natural. 20.

    Why are we still talking about this?
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)21:11 No.14176732

    >I was going to allow more time for this, since it IS possible to roll more than one 20. I'll give it a second just in case, but I'll start writing up the next bit anyway, since you seem to be so eager to get on with it.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:12 No.14176739
    >Thinks a 3.5 Warlock isn't more powerful than any other class.

    Less GMing, and more GMing!
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:12 No.14176741
    rolled 4 = 4


    captcha: Helios activated
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:13 No.14176748

    Wizardry is the only way.
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)21:13 No.14176755

    >Fine fine. It's just the guy who posted seemed to think mages are wildly different than they are in this context. I'm working on the next bit now.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:13 No.14176759
    This says nothing to dissuade me.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:13 No.14176760
    rolled 4 = 4

    Assassin roll!
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:15 No.14176778

    After all, it's with Mistress Aria!
    Maybe make us sing a little bit, too. *wink*
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:15 No.14176781
    Well, there you have it.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:16 No.14176788

    Even the dice know that manipulating the universe with your mind is the best path.
    >> Chonicler 03/08/11(Tue)21:19 No.14176826
    Dude, not cool. I've been using this name for years (although I admit I don't post as often as I used to).

    I shortened the name from "Chronicler of Fate" about three years ago because it souned pretentious.

    Whatever. Just don't be surprised if Magos O'Grady starts acting familiar with you; I know the guy IRL.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:20 No.14176838
    Well, you can be Chronicler, and he can be The Chronicler.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:20 No.14176839
    Nobody cares.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:21 No.14176842

    For such a generic name?
    Use a tripcode, or better yet, end your own life.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:23 No.14176867
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    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:23 No.14176874

    I vote Arcane Warrior/Blood Mage.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:24 No.14176889
    We should learn spells and sneaking. The better to come upon our enemies unseen, rip out their souls, and then cloak ourselves in their skin with no one the wiser.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:26 No.14176902
    Don't do "Dice decisions" Op. Just don't.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:27 No.14176919

    Majority consensus is usually better.
    With the OP using his social senses to determine what the majority wills.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:28 No.14176926
    >With the OP using his social senses to determine what the majority wills.
    This is /tg/ though, what if he doesn't have those?
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:28 No.14176930

    Some good swordplay, too!

    It usually seems odd that wizards have NO sword skills whatsoever.

    You'd think an 'elite academy' would teach a wide variety of things to their crop.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:29 No.14176937

    Then he should read Iron Quest!
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:29 No.14176938
    >Majority consensus is usually better.
    But more time-consuming and generally impractical.
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)21:29 No.14176945

    As you spoke your decision to walk the path of the mages path a slow smile crept across Aria's face.

    "Very well then, your real training will begin next week."

    It was then that you noticed the other two masters had left the room.

    "First though, you must swear to uphold the three teneants of magic, as transcribed by the original covenent of Arch-Magi: To illuminate others as to magics impartial, not malevonent nature."

    You nodded once.

    "To never forsake a greater need in favor of your study, or allow yourself to hide knowledge from your fellow magisters."

    You nodded a second time.

    "And to never practice the dark arts of Mind-bending, demonology, or necromancy."

    You spoke for the first time "This do I swear."

    Aria smiled and embraced you "Then allow me to formally welcome you to Blackwell Academy."

    That evening in the quiet hall of masters was 4 years ago. It seems a lifetime. You feel steady enough to continue, but you could also benefit from further meditation.

    >You can choose to continue with the flashbacks, creating a more detailed background now (allowing you to gain some more skills and items. customize further, etc) or keep moving, with the blanks to be filled later.

    >Both can have some serious advantages, and are mutually exclusive. think carefully on this before voting, highest of three wins as always.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:30 No.14176962
    Read the second part. OP is free to move it along in a timely manner. Usually attempting to incorporate a few suggestions made, in order of prevalence.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:31 No.14176970


    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:32 No.14176976
    rolled 1 = 1

    Let's just roll with it.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:32 No.14176980
    rolled 9 = 9

    Voting customization from the past.
    Always useful to get a good idea of what we can or can't do it.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:33 No.14176984
    Or not.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:34 No.14176996
    rolled 8 = 8

    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:34 No.14176998
    rolled 2 = 2


    Meditative flashback.
    We know what's going to happen there.
    Better than just charging out blind.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:35 No.14177011
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)21:39 No.14177061

    >Almost certainly not. And even if it did happen it would fade to black immediately. You were warned about this behavior already.


    >I have been coming here off and on since roughly a year after /tg/ was created. I swear to god I've never seen either your current name, or the one you claim to have posted with ever.


    >General idea flows with the 'not 100% mutually exclusive' thing. I haven't gone into the specifics of magic yet, so I feel I must warn you that that sounds slightly impossible from a GM standpoint. At least the way you described it.


    >Never said it was an 'elite' academy. Didn't say it wasn't either, but you are able to diversify.

    >Just don't expect to take an actual warrior type in a strait fight.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:40 No.14177068
    Who we know so far almost nothing about. Calm down.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:43 No.14177115
    >"You were warned about that."
    >"Slightly impossible."
    >"From a GM standpoint."
    >Posturing about duration of tenure.

    This is 4chan, boy.
    You are close to IRE levels.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:45 No.14177142
    It does sound a bit like 'Gygaxian bullshit.' "Warning" Anon is just bad form in anycase.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:47 No.14177167

    Well, her name implies singing.
    And she seems to be a powerful assertive woman.
    Who *obviously* must have sexual desires. (Unless she magiced them away.)
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:51 No.14177215
    And, considering she's a magic instructor, she might also be a wrinkly old spinster, which I'd rather not envision a lesbian encounter with.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:52 No.14177235

    I saw the way she smiled. She's got a youthful spark.
    And probably years of delicious pleasuring tactic.
    >> Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)21:53 No.14177240

    Whatever, I guess it's not really important.

    Good luck with the quest thing. May your threads be barren trolls and overflow with participating anons.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:54 No.14177255

    >"May your threads be barren trolls."
    >"Be barren trolls."
    >"Be barren."
    >And trolls.

    >Giggling wildly.
    >> A Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)21:55 No.14177267
    >Systems online.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)21:58 No.14177288

    LUCK?! I'll take that as an INSULT!
    >> Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)22:00 No.14177314


    Barren OF trolls.

    This is why I usually lurk.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)22:03 No.14177349
    >Usually doesn't post.
    >Complains that someone stole his name.
    >His generic name that is a single word in the English language.

    You should probably hoist yourself to death with a few fishhooks.
    >> Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)22:07 No.14177397

    I'll pencil that in for after lunch.

    OP, sorry for derailing your thread. I'll be leaving now.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)22:10 No.14177432
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    Well, this thread turned out nicely!
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)22:10 No.14177436
    It's okay. We're just
    >> The Chronicler 03/08/11(Tue)22:11 No.14177448
    >Hey, something came up on my end. I'll be back in an hour tops. I do have the next part mostly ready.

    >Sorry for the delay.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/11(Tue)22:59 No.14177967

    Well here's a bump to keep your thread alive. It's already on page 5.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)00:35 No.14179118
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    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)00:38 No.14179159
    You can stop bumping it, guys an hour and half late for when he said he'd be back.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)00:40 No.14179181
    >Sorry for the delay. took a mite bit longer than I thought.


    >Well, it seems the dice don't matter in this case. Everyone wants to keep meditating.

    Slipping deeper into your reverie, you begin to think over the lessons you learned. Much of your early work as an apprentice seemed like pointless busywork at first, but looking back you can see more clearly how you were being prepared to walk the mages path.

    Warriors are hammered and sculpted, like blades in a blacksmith's forge, until it becomes a tempered and balanced work of art. Assassins were trained to be ever changing and adaptive, constantly tested until the pressure either broke them or turned them into diamonds. Before you saw some of the training regimines, you wondered how either could compare to the secrets of the arcane; now you wonder if you could measure up to them. Pointless speculation on what could have been is forced quickly from your mind, remembering the careful cultivating it took to prepare you to start mastering the very essence of the world. Unlike Assassins and Warriors, Mages aren't shaped, they blossom their talents from a seed of knowledge and power that is core to their very being. The first step is preparing the soil.

    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)00:41 No.14179196

    Your first two years you learned almost nothing about actual magic, just principals and theory. Your class was small enough that you were quickly acquainted with everyone, but only made friends with one: Laura, a girl of your age who was a kept orphan. You remember one of the last days before the concluding of your basic training, when Mistress Aria had said that a more balanced education was needed, and encouraged you to speak with one of the other Masters about their craft.

    Laura had turned to you, excitement gleaming in her blue eyes "Cross training with the other masters? At last we can get out of this stuffy class room and away from these books. I was thinking about going to Master Argus, but even a few days sparring under Master Tybalt would be a welcome break. What do you think Cass?"

    >Which way do you want to proceed, to Tybalt's barracks Or Argus' study? Highest of the first three like before.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)00:45 No.14179237
    rolled 2 = 2

    well, way to make me the fool for posting two minutes early.

    Let's go to Argus.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)00:51 No.14179282

    >It's cool, you didn't know. if i had known it would take as long as it did I might have just called it a night, but I already said I'd be back. Besides, it's like 9 here. I can go for hours yet.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)00:52 No.14179304
    Well, how about you keep going and hopefully more people will fill in.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)00:56 No.14179365

    >I'm gonna wait a couple minutes, see if there's any more responses. If not we'll keep going. I'm going to impose a ten minute time limit after this for replies. That gives enough time for a lot of people to have their say if it's going fast, and it's short enough to keep it going when it's slow.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)01:16 No.14179616

    >Right then, no more replies, moving right along...

    "I was hoping you might say that. I wanted to, but I was afraid to go alone."

    She led you past the Barracks, through the dining hall, and past various offices and bunks. Then you came to the tower. Rumor had it that Argus knew all the secret passages in the small walled school, and could take the keep from a small army by himself.

    You remembered the small knife tattoo on his left palm you saw at dinner one eve. When you asked Aria about it, she said that only the truly masterful Assassins could gain such a mark, and that there may be only a few dozen in the whole world worthy of one.

    You looked at the bracelet you wore, in the shape of a snake eating its own tail. It's a fairly common sign among people who practice magic symbolizing how the power of magic is eternal and that mages watch over and control such power. The people who bear them know it's double meaning: that too much zeal in learning and practicing the art can be self destructive.

    As you approached the door you passed a mirror, and looked upon the refection of you and your friend. You can still see yourself there in your minds eye, a little younger, a little more naive.

    >Now would be a good time to decide the basics of what your character looks like. Height, build, eye/hair/skin color, etc. More general for now, we'll worry about the specifics when we return to the present.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)01:18 No.14179632

    >I can see three places commas should have gone. Dammit. That's what I get for trying to post fast.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)01:21 No.14179670
    rolled 15 = 15


    Tallish, not quite chubby, but not really skinny or athletic either. 'soft' might be a good word. Black hair, light brown eyes, slightly darkened skin.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)01:25 No.14179707

    >For clarification, by darkened skin, do you mean tanned, or are you referring to a sort of racial thing? Please be specific. Or hell, a picture example.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)01:26 No.14179714
    It's like I'm a Geth, but only one process, waiting for the others to show up.

    If anyone's done with the "rape what do" thread and needs somewhere to go, this here quest(?) thingy's still fresh
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)01:36 No.14179833
    More a racial thing, probably not out in the sun too much.

    I'm having a hell of a time finding a picture that fits my mental image though.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)01:39 No.14179867
    rolled 6 = 6

    Long hair, ash brown, kept in a braid
    Milky skin
    Blue eyes of the lightest blue
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)01:41 No.14179896
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    I suppose a shade darker than this is what I had in mind.

    On a side note, she has not aged well since the National Geographic cover.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)01:41 No.14179897

    >Put on safe-search and google porn star images. I wish I were joking. I honestly do.

    >It's amazing how many glam shots are out there.

    >And no, I won't be talking about how I learned this bit of info, you wouldn't believe me if I told you.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)01:44 No.14179930

    >Ah, more Arabic or native American then full on black. Alright.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)01:45 No.14179948

    >..... what?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)01:45 No.14179949
    That's more what I was envisioning, maybe North African-ish.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)01:46 No.14179953
    A troll. Just report and move on.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)01:50 No.14180019
    Huh, I guess it's a bit tricky with at least 3 other quests going at the same time.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)02:02 No.14180137
    OP, you gotta speed this up. 45 minutes is too long between posts.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)02:06 No.14180178

    >Right, I'm tired of waiting for more, and this was the highest roll.

    You're slightly taller than the average girl your age, and healthy if not particularly athletic. Your friend is almost dwarfed by you though. Almost 6 inches shorter than you, dirty blond hair neatly combed strait over skin so pale it's almost albino. Almost rail thin as well. You quietly resolved then to get your friend outside more, and try to get some meat on her bones. To some degree, you were successful. Almost a stark contrast to her almost wraithish features, she was more vibrant and full of life than almost anyone you'd met before.

    Looking away from the mirror, you found yourself in front of the study of Master Argus. After a brief and polite knocking, you hear his voice inside telling you to come in.

    Walking in, you see the study wasn't quite what you were expecting. Other than a few weapons on racks and the knife being polished on the desk, it could have belonged to a rather fussy clerk.

    Master Argus slowly looked up from his work and smiled as he saw you. "Ah. Cassandra and her little partner in crime Laura. Shouldn't you be setting one of Aria's apothecary tables ablaze?"

    Laura blushed furiously letting out a stream of words you only half understood about how it wasn't your fault and that Aria never told them about the dangers of mixing clef-root and Vinegar be fore Argus cut her off with a short laugh.

    "Easy lass, it was only a jest. Now, what can old Argus do for you young ladies?" His manner was easy and relaxed, almost grandfatherly. It was hard to believe then that he ranked among the world's deadliest men. Looking back, you wonder if that was the point.

    >How should you approach Argus with your request? I'll let you decide.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)02:10 No.14180224

    >Sorry. This is more the prologue than the actual quest, hence the somewhat copious amounts of railroading and the slow movement. After the flashback/forest bit it'll speed up considerably.

    >Main reason I want to take it slow right now is because these are big decisions that will matter a lot after here. I want people to think about that and stuff before continuing.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)02:11 No.14180230
    rolled 12 = 12

    Tell him about Aria's cross training suggestion and ask him if he could teach the two of us his craft.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)02:15 No.14180256
    rolled 7 = 7

    I was actually writing up a line or two of dialogue, but it was lost to refreshing somehow, so this.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)02:17 No.14180274
    On second though, maybe add something about how we were thinking about doing it anyways.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)02:27 No.14180369

    "A wise enough course of action. I send all my students to Tybalt for at least basic swordplay instruction." Examining the two of you more closely, he added "It might not be a bad idea for you two either. With your other studies you wouldn't be sword masters, but know which end to hold and which to stab with would certainly help if you ran into any unsavory types. Magic isn't an unstoppable weapon, a clever opponent could bypass any aid it might give; even turn it against you." He gave both of you a level look "If you go against any such foes in the future, you'll be glad to have a bit of steel to fall back on should your casting prove ineffective."

    He stood and circled you a few times. "A fair warning though, if you wish to learn from me you must realize that my training will be almost as demanding as your studies under Aria. Perhaps more so, since I have less time to teach it in. He poked you gently in the ribs, just to the side of your bust "I think you might be a bit too soft for the kind of training I have to teach." His lip curled into a mocking sneer "Wouldn't you be more comfortable in a library anyway?"

    >Your rebuttal?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)02:30 No.14180385
    rolled 9 = 9


    If I could learn from books what I might from you, I would devote myself to them entirely. Please, teach me.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)02:31 No.14180395
    >Quick question, would you prefer me to just open with big posts, and then go with smaller ones to speed the pace up? Should I just go with what's appropriate (ie posts becoming slightly shorter on a fast day to keep the pace, longer posts when the thread/board slows to a crawl to maximize the content to post count ratio)? No rolls needed. Just want your thoughts, and it gives you something to mull over between posts.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)02:34 No.14180410
    rolled 15 = 15

    "The library won't teach what you have to offer... unless you'd concede being second to a dusty text?

    We came here for a reason, and we're ready to work for it."
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)02:35 No.14180414
    rolled 18 = 18

    My "softness" is as much of a hindrance on my ability to learn as your old age is on your ability to teach properly.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)02:36 No.14180434
    Eh, write what you need to. That last one was good though, long enough and 20 minutes (presumably still with a waiting period) instead of 50.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)02:37 No.14180441
    Oh dear.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)02:57 No.14180598

    He glared at the pair of you for a minute. You realized that Laura had been shrinking back from the Master Assassin, but she seemed to draw strength from your flippant tone.

    After a long, uncomfortable moment of silence, Argus threw back his head at let out a single short bark of a laugh.

    "You've got a bit of fire in you, and no lack of venom on your tongue. Good, if you were so easily scared away you would never have lasted a day in my tutelage." You saw what looked like decades melt from his posture as he moved back behind the desk. "In truth though I'm not as old as I may seem." Slipping his hood back from his head, you saw that he wasn't the aged withered old man you thought, but was closer akin to Tybalt, in his early 40s, flecks of gray through his almost midnight black hair and emerald green eyes sparkling with mischief.

    "Lesson one: never trust a first impression. We'll get started on the rest tomorrow." With that the hood went back up, and his voice went back to the usual withered tone "Now if you young ladies would be so kind, I have some paperwork to attend to."

    With those words he made a dismissive gesture towards the door.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)02:58 No.14180607

    >Right then, you've made a choice as to your main focus (Mage) and chosen to take some sub-lessons in Assassin on the side. Let me explain what this means in terms of crunch: You have ten points that you spend on your education, determining how good you are at each thing. Since your specialty was Mage, you have to spend a minimum of 5 points on it. Since you decided to take some lessons from Argus, you have to spend at least two points on the assassin category. The remaining categories are Warrior and Miscellaneous. Argus suggested that it might be prudent to put a point or two into Warrior, and Miscellaneous refers to non-career related skills you might have picked up: Calligraphy, cooking, cartography, etc. Anything thing of negligible importance stat wise that doesn't fit easily into one category or another.

    >Note: if you name something specific with the points you might choose to put into the Misc. department, you have a bit more skill at that particular thing. One per point, same thing can be named multiple times.

    >You are not required to put points into anything other than Mage and Assassin. Those extra three points can go anywhere in any amount you want.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)03:03 No.14180656

    >I normally type quite a bit faster, but I'm off my game tonight.

    >Also, what the hell is with captcha? The first one was a Hello Kitty doll and a swastika, the second one was comprised of what looked like pieces removed from Dr Seuss' "letters after z". i had to refresh like 6 times before I got one type-able by an actual keyboard.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)03:07 No.14180697
    rolled 7 = 7

    5 points to mage
    2 points to assassin
    1 point to warrior
    1 point...medicine? can i do that?
    save the last point
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)03:08 No.14180709
    rolled 9 = 9

    5 Mage
    3 Assassin
    1 Warrior
    1 Misc. (How about... "animal handling", or however you would like to phrase it)

    Usually if one is weird the other's normal. Just type gibberish, or the popular "niggers" into the weird half, as it only actually checks one of the words.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)03:13 No.14180747
    rolled 5 = 5

    5 to mage
    2 to assassin
    1 to warrior
    2 to misc (i like the animal handling and the medicine ideas)
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)03:13 No.14180748

    >This is representative of stuff that already happened. You've having a flash-back session in a forest, remember? No saving points.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)03:26 No.14180870

    >Looks like this is the winner, having waited long enough for responses. Give me a minute and I'll type up the next bit.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)03:26 No.14180878
    rolled 12 = 12

    5 Mage
    3 Assassin
    1 Warrior
    1 Misc. Forgery
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)03:27 No.14180885
    Highest of three rolls right? We had that.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)03:27 No.14180891
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)03:28 No.14180903
    rolled 4 = 4

    6 in mage
    2 in assassin
    1 in warrior
    1 in animal handling (if this gets us a little familiar or companion sort of thing, otherwise medicine)
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)03:31 No.14180923

    >Well, yes. but one of them was invalid for reasons noted here >>14180748


    >Fairly close to the winner. Add that to the desire to have medicine related skills..... You know what? I'm feeling nice, and this is a bit rules light anyway. Give me a moment.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)03:32 No.14180941
    I actually wan't thinking of familiars when I wrote it initially, but I like it.

    >ewelln lassie
    I don't think a dog would be a good familiar, captcha.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)03:39 No.14181000
    >medicine + forgery
    >creating fake prescriptions to get drugs and brew them into meth
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)03:58 No.14181123
    The next two years you learned at a blistering pace, spending your days under Aria's careful guidance, your evenings learning something of the Assassin's craft, and spending your weekends alternating between training with arms under Tybalt and resting. Your muscles toned slightly, but not quite enough to lose the impression that you were one good eating binge from developing a slightly less hat healthy shape.

    Your friend Laura stood with you for most of it, when she wasn't distracted by things like a certain roguishly charming young man who trained under Tybalt.

    On several occasions Argus complimented you on your skill, and how if you had chosen to be one of his acolytes instead you could have been a Master Assassin in under a decade if you so chose. If anything, your friend Lauren seemed to be doing BETTER than you when it came to the art of stealth, her smaller frame aiding her greatly. The only one who seemed able to best the two of you was a young man named Neil who seemed at times to be as skilled as Argus.

    Aria was pleased that you did so well at the 'quick and dirty' art of evocation, and didn't seem to suffer much in your practice of thaumaturgy. Curiously Lauren seemed almost incapable of combat magic, but her Thamaturgy impressed even the illusive Lord Blackwell, the academy's patron. Her paper on meta-magical theory was apparently making the rounds in the magic community, as her work seemed to be on the verge of disproving several very common beliefs about the fundamental nature of magic.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)03:59 No.14181133

    Neither of you stood out on Tybalt's field though. You certainly knew 'which end to hold and which to stab with' but not much more than that. Lauren showed slightly more promise, receiving 'personal lessons' from a Bluto Draggard, one of Tybalt's better students.

    One area that you quietly excelled at was drawing connections others seemed to miss: how an assassin's training prepared them for medical practices since they had to understand both the poison and the cure as a matter of course. How an excited horse only needed a little apple and a soothing voice to be calmed, the same way you might stop a child from tantrum. How your calligraphy lessons could be used to mimic the hand of others.

    Everyone marveled at the rather exceptional crop of students, you standing almost first even among those lofty standards.

    Then.... tonight happened. You still shudder to think of it.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)04:04 No.14181163

    You slowly rise to your feet, drifting out of your reverie at last, when you notice a few voices headed your way.

    You check the dagger hidden in the sleeve of your apprentice's robe, and grab the weapon you happened to take with you.

    >I need one d100 rolled, and the usual d20 roll for picking whether the weapon you chose to grab on the way out was a sword or a pole-arm
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)04:08 No.14181198

    >Please, no hidden dice. it makes it impossible for me to tell whether or not you're rolling fairly.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)04:08 No.14181203
    rolled 96 = 96

    Took the sword on the way out
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)04:09 No.14181207
    rolled 72 = 72

    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)04:10 No.14181218
    rolled 10 = 10

    Okay, trying this again since you have to roll them separately.
    >Sword, less conspicuous and easier to carry.
    1d20 first
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)04:11 No.14181224
    rolled 61 = 61

    Now the d100.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)04:13 No.14181245
    You actually can tell, as long as bigger numbers are better, since it will say "X + Y" as in here
    so I couldn't hide trying to do "dice+1d1+19" and trying to pass it off as a 20.

    I'll stop doing it either way though.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)04:16 No.14181266
    Yeah, I figured it out, it was only me. I deleted them make it less potentially confusing.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)04:26 No.14181337

    >Alrighty then, everyone wants the sword and a 96 is REALLY FUCKING GOOD and I'm feeling nice enough that I won't just go with the first roll.

    You quickly draw the curved dueling saber from it's sheath. Taking cover behind a tree, you hear the footsteps getting closer, then closer.....

    Then silence. Just when you get your nerve up after several seconds to look around the tree a voice whispers into your ear from behind you "You aren't as sneaky as you think Cass."

    You quickly spin around and find you wild thrust easily deflected by a cloaked figure's knife. You find yourself grateful for your lack of skill when you realize it's Neil.

    Grateful for the familiar face, you give him a rib-cracking hug he returns more gently, while you fight the urge to cry.

    "It's alright Cass. You're with friends now." turning around you see that Laura is standing there, along with another man wearing a light scale mail who you recognize as Thomas, Lord Blackwell's son, and according to Tybalt a rather gifted swordsman.

    The first crack of dawn comes through the trees, and you finally start to realize how much of a toll the last day has put on you.

    The night was long and hard, but maybe this new day will be easier to face with friends at your back.

    >I think that's a good a place as any to call it a night.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)04:31 No.14181368
    So... Who wants to have an after game talk?

    Three questions:

    1) Should I go more after this? I mean. now that I know where we're starting from for the REAL quest, it'll be smoother. This should be a half-decent example of what would be to come though.

    2) Does anyone care about the mechanics as far as 'what's happening under the hood' or are you cool with everything but the dice being on my side of the GM screen?

    3) Assuming we continue, what should we call this?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)04:31 No.14181375
    When shall you be continuing?

    And for reference the 96 *was* the first result, the '1' was the result of improper rolling.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)04:38 No.14181412
    1. Sure

    2. I'm fine with it being more behind the scenes, less likely people will bitch about mechanics and try to rule-lawyer

    3. Beats me. "Cass Quest?"
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)04:41 No.14181432

    I ran with it, so it's irrelevant in any case.

    The d100 roll was for how other people had fared, and who/what was approaching.

    Pretty much everything under 95 was really bad. Other possibilities was seeing a mortally wounded Laura murdered by some sort of beast in front of you in a rather Gorey fashion, Neil being evil and capturing you for the yet unseen evil, and/or raping you.

    I mean, even the better ones (80-95 range) involved at least one horrible death of a friend.

    Also, that rape torture scenario? that was mid 20s. You almost had a ten thanks to the failed roll. You don't want to know how bad the ten was,

    I am glad that you think it worth continuing. We'll have to see as to what the ends up like, but I'm thinking about doing this again tomorrow afternoon/evening, depending on how things go in my real life.
    >> The Chronicler 03/09/11(Wed)04:43 No.14181446

    1. Glad people don't hate it.

    2. Noted. I'll only give out details when relevant then, at least for now.

    3. Lacks that certain something. Oh well, maybe see what others think.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/11(Wed)05:04 No.14181588
    Anyway, I'm going to archive this for future use.

    Going with Cass Quest at least for now.

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