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    940 KB Storytime: Stranded in Fantasy. Part 3 008 01/22/12(Sun)13:54 No.17632664  
    Part 3: Engaged
    Part 1 archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/17586304/
    Part 2 archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/17611378/
    Old Thread: >>17611378

    Journal Entry 154

    Before we can even get to our next camp location, another small force showed up and pressed to assault, in the hills no less. Just as normal, everything set up, and right when the expected first exchange of magic and archery is to take place, Wolflake goes into a full hoard charge. No formation, just a rushing, screaming line. Yeah, there's a reason why that's a bad idea. Without their own casters to defend, ours wrecked their rush followed by the archers. Half their forces were down by the time they got into melee engagement range. What the fuck is this all about? Most of us never even had to draw our swords, the catapults were never set up. It was a decisive victory. This isn't even desperation, it's suicide. Very few survived and their story was that they were following orders, got convinced that this was the way to beat our catapults. We didn't find any officers amongst the dead or living. I think they ditched the battle as soon as it started. We set up camp nearby. Avery is burning herself out healing the injured, but she's still preaching. At least she's helping.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:02 No.17632735
    Sounds like the higherups are purging potentially problematic soldiers.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:06 No.17632761
    Just gotta say that you've had me hooked since the first thread. You're a good writer, 008, I actually feel for and against your characters.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:09 No.17632796
    Definitely. I bet 008 would be an awesome GM.
    >> Shift 01/22/12(Sun)14:15 No.17632834
    Truth be told? He is. =)
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)14:16 No.17632841
    Journal Entry 155

    Marcus is writing up a song to commemorate the war and the mostly exaggerated heroic deeds of our side. I'd be more impressed if he wasn't ripping off Queen again for the melody. Well, I ran into another psion. Apparently the wild elves brought one with them to make sure they weren't being fucked over by the Orcs when the war is over. We had a polite conversation and exchanged ideas. I also got a better idea of the elf perspective in this fight. They were descended from one of the earlier groups to fight over this area over and over again and due to their long lifespans, several of them still recall times when they were in charge of Wolflake and losing the battle that left them scattered to the wilds. Surprisingly, they aren't all that interested in retaking their former glory and just want some equal footing and be allowed to do their own thing rather then worrying about pacification forces tearing through their settlements every few years. Understandable. In other news, I found out what Avery and Mike were going on about a few days ago. Apparently Avery said that there was a way to save his soul but he had to give himself to the church. Mike, took it pretty hard and retaliated by suggesting that Avery was also in a pact just like him, just with another organization. That Clerics were just Warlocks with another name. She didn't like that one bit.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:20 No.17632871
    I am so jelly if you are not making shit up.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:22 No.17632893
    Hah, truth hurts.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 01/22/12(Sun)14:26 No.17632941
    It's a good idea when dealing with equal footing in melee, but against orcs? not so much.

    That was the tactic i used in Empire Total War againsts grenadiers. Fire until they real back to lob grenades, and Charge right over their throws as the grenades land were i Used to be and then i'd be able to wear them down.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:30 No.17632980
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    >That Clerics were just Warlocks with another name

    OH SNAP!
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:30 No.17632984
    Loosing unit cohesion permanently sounds like a shitty price though. More like they should scatter into a mob when seen, then reform into at least small squads before hitting the lines. Charges depend on concentrated blows of the men after all, and a mob is just too likely to hit raggedly or not have proper support during the charge.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:40 No.17633088
    Haha, Avery got told. Maybe the narrator should do that memory trick, and just re-do her memories to make her more likable.
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)14:41 No.17633102
    Journal Entry 156

    We're on the move again. Our scouts in the field noticed an airship flitting about in big circles and figured that the crew lost control of it. A few hours later it made about 20 passes over our main encampment. I'm pretty sure they're using the cargo airships as fast scouts now. The only question is why they didn't start doing this sooner, or fill it up with archers. We're packing up camp and moving to a more secure location and preparing for a surprise attack. If we don't see any sign of the enemy, we're going to sack Wolftail Mills. Why is it called Wolftail mills? No one knows, it dates back to the old original shifter colony, and they liked to put Wolf in the title of all the settlements. No one has bothered to change it. It's a good indicator as to how long an area's been settled or used. So this is the place where all the wheat from the outlaying farms are shipped to be processed along with other foods. There's even a massive brewery and winery. I'm starting to see that there is a big chain of production going on in the kingdom rather then having each farming settlement process their own goods. Is this more efficient or is this an effect of bureaucracy expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy? Either way, taking it down should be a nasty blow to Wolflake's supply system.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:47 No.17633178
    If the journal dude ever wants to be really nasty on the battlefield... white phosphorus. Shit is NASTY.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:49 No.17633194
    Duuuuuude, MUSTARD GAS!

    That shit will make you DROWN IN YOUR OWN BLOOD!
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:49 No.17633196

    Or if he dropped all ideas of him being good, and goes full out horribly evil, he could probably make mustard gas.

    Gah, imagine if the church got their hands on that. Oh god it would be horrific... Akin to the gas chambers.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:50 No.17633202
    Can't you amke somthing that mimics (or is) mustard gas, by mixing bleach and some plant?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:51 No.17633219
    I normally don't have anything against religion but these sun god people sound like total assholes. And Avery is becoming one by not shutting the fuck up about her god.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:54 No.17633250
    Well, chemical warfare isn't necessarily evil. If you ensure that no civvies get hurt, then you can easily justify it as less lives are lost due to increased chance of surrendering. Its more of a neutral thing. Not fair by any means, and is quite nasty, but who said good HAS to be nice? It just has to adhere to and be self consistent on important ideals/principles, and ending war quick to lessen suffering on the civilian population is certainly one that can go being nasty in combat, but good overall.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)14:57 No.17633279
    combine new grenades with tube and some flammable gas or liquid, make rpg, the detonation method will need to be changed of course.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:00 No.17633312
    Well, things like gas warfare are very difficult to contain to one side of a battle, imagine how difficult it would be to try and contain civvies from any collateral damage it may cause.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:02 No.17633324
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    Things like these is where you make the final jump over the moral event horizon and have to give up any pretense of being a responsible psionics user.

    What I am worrying about wiht all this forced technology evolution, is that whoever leaked the cannon to the enemy dudes probably wont stop at that. I wouldnt be surprised if those airchips start carpet bombing them with bombs of their own.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:03 No.17633332
    I guess this isn't really an rpg, just a grenade launcher really.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:03 No.17633336

    Fucking typos, oh well. I'll just blame it on this new and smaller keyboard that I'm not used to.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:04 No.17633349
    True, though this is a practicability problem as supposed to it being a problem in theory. Plus you got magic so you could probably still the winds or something. It leaves the realm of theory and becomes an engineering problem in essence, as supposed to chemicals = evil, it becomes 'carelessly using chemicals' = evil
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:09 No.17633391
    Of course, if the narrator procured an airship and did a hit and run over a marching army, it wouldn't be too careless...

    Although I still don't think it would be too practical in battle, because you would need a mage experienced enough to actually stop the wind completely so your side/civvies don't get fucked over, while if they weren't doing that you could have them be doing something like blasting fireballs into the enemy commander. Although if they got a few artificers to make wind quelling stones or generators...
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)15:10 No.17633401
    Journal Entry 157 Part 1

    Sure enough, Wolflake sent out a huge army, at least as large as the force at Wolfgate Fort. So, the Battle of Wolftail Mills. We set up the catapults quickly in case they did another hoard charge, but no. Something else happened entirely. I knew something was up when they arrived. They had 30 or so of the big caravan carts with them. We initially thought they were an unusually guarded supply train before they started getting in formation. Phalanx. The initial archer and magic volley's began, but their side never threw offensive spells, just the defensive ones. We launched our catapult bombs, all 8 of them this time. The enemy ranks were thrown into chaos and then we moved in. They put up a good fight this time, all our waves were deployed. Just as it looked like another rout, the carts started unloading. Skeletons. Zombies. Undead. The enemy spellcasters did their thing and the slain enemy soldiers started getting up as a fresh batch. It's the first time I've seen anything like this. I felt a chill go down my spine. I had heard stories but here it is. Every nation and religion that we had come across had banned this type of thing. What the fuck is going on here?
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)15:10 No.17633408
    Journal Entry 157 Part 2

    Neither my skills nor my pistol are any good against undead. I had to rely on my weaker swordsmanship. The archers weren't much use either except for picking off the living enemy, which just made more undead. We started losing ground quickly. The undead don't care, they keep fighting even with half their limbs missing, any casualties on our side rose in service of theirs and they weren't letting us anywhere near the casters who rose them. Something happened with Avery. She had been sitting in the back with the rest of the non-combatants. She snapped I think. She walked right into the middle of the battle and lit up like a fucking beacon. She picked up a mace and went to town. I didn't know she had it in her. With her help, we managed form a wedge and push right through to the caster line. They pulled into a full retreat once we got near, taking whatever undead servants we didn't utterly destroy. We lost nearly half our forces in this fight.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:11 No.17633424
    Well, shit.

    Somebody has some 'splaining to do.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:14 No.17633449
    undead are not usual sun-god territory, bad clerics! naughty!
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:14 No.17633457
    Napalm is justified now.
    If the "good" guys aren't following THEIR Geneva convention, why should WE follow ours?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:17 No.17633482
    Oh snap.

    Looks like Avery got her crunk on.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:32 No.17633640
    I thought this was just a small, local conflict with natives rising up in protest against the pacification campaigns.
    Why the fuck are the humans pulling all the stops, with full church support and even sanctioned use of undead?

    This is getting way out of hand.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:41 No.17633712
    Tensions were rising for a long time, there was a lot of hatred on either side.
    This time it just finally broke, and the powder keg exploded, much like how WWI started with just one assassination.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 01/22/12(Sun)15:42 No.17633717
    >Armies number in the thousands or tens of thousands

    Not to mention Wolflake Wants to be held by these apparent noble class, so they'd be throwing their money at whatever might reveal itself.

    Though the Orcs already have Paladins and casters, wouldnt the undead have been less of a problem? Especially when the undead are just surging forward rather then showing any kind of discipline.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:46 No.17633774
    They have healers, yes.
    One paladin, apparently. Maybe a few clerics.
    Even if there are more there still aren't enough to matter as they came there on their own volition, unlike what the Sun Church has been doing.
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)15:50 No.17633820
    Journal Entry 158

    Well, after all that excitement, we burned down Wolftail Mills and hauled ass out of there. Though we won, we suffered major losses in this fight, and it'll be time and money before High Command can our numbers back up. So what would drive a nation, well respected by the other kingdoms, to break out the necromancers? Is the King that afraid of losing? Every church that doesn't break ties with them now will be turned upon by the people, this type of shit doesn't fly. The people of this world are highly superstitious and marching around undead is one of their greatest taboos. High Command has deployed messengers to everywhere possible to spread the news. Avery's been in prayer since we set up our tent. Does her god answer her? I don't know how that works here.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:55 No.17633865
    I smell a paladin in the making

    evil-smitan and orc-sympathizing... well, eventually maybe

    this should be good


    who'll end up banging her first?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:58 No.17633897
    Fucking Bards
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)15:58 No.17633907
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)16:06 No.17634006
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    Journal Entry 159

    Avery got her answer apparently. She declared that she will now give her full support to the war effort by her god's permission. So wait, the sun god is officially supporting both sides of the war now? Dealing with this gives me a headache. Our scouts in the field have been reporting roving bands of undead, usually groups of 100, in Wolflake armor, moving location to location. Most often at night. Maybe the King is some kind of Lich. I didn't think much of it then, but he was hiding during that ball I attended under the Rheingrafs and his castle is impregnable and off limits to non officials. Then why is the church supporting him? Especially the church with a hardon for smiting undead (and terran psions.) I know you're reading my journal Avery, stop it!

    >I'd like to see you try and stop me.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:08 No.17634026
    he's got his half-orc screw

    I'm hopping for mister narator-psion getting some non-mind related fucking done :p

    I mean, after this she should be realizing how evil 'her side' is by now

    hehe - could be fun if OP writes her as going all hulk/rambo and just grabbing the nearest male and banding him with rightous fury to blow off steam
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:10 No.17634051

    psion/avery confirmed for rivalry love affair - get the two drunk and they'll end up hate-fucking each other like mad

    >/tg/ - we'll make anything rub uglies
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:13 No.17634079
    I dunno, journal writer more seems like the kinda guy to fuck a dragon.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:15 No.17634102
    I dunno

    He doesn't strike me as a fa/tg/uy - who would most definetly shag any sufficiently humanoid monster race

    >I know I would

    anyway - lets see what happens. OP has showed the ability to throw us some nasty twists
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:25 No.17634217
    Avery x Narrator confirmed for OTP.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:39 No.17634382

    don't say that! your unintended reverse psychology will make 008 make them hate each other!
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:42 No.17634431
    The fire bombs the orcs used actually wouldn't be bad against the undead. Of course, I don't know if they can make use of it after the initial volley.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:43 No.17634442
    two tsunderes that are tsundere for each other? fuckwin
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:43 No.17634443
    i think after the war and saving the Terrans in slavery they should go back to the kobold village and help them turn into an economic powerhouse.

    Also, 008, i saw your stuff in the 4chan planet threads, shame that they arent still doing that anymore. You're a great writer.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:45 No.17634464
    Why can demons and gods interact with terrans, but devils refuse to even talk to them?
    That is. . . Interesting.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 01/22/12(Sun)16:47 No.17634488
    not wise to challenge the man that can make you believe you're a traveling gypsy bellydancer for a day.

    Really, his Psion powers are very powerful.
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)16:51 No.17634532
    Journal 160

    We got some more people in from the tribes, fresh warriors and some goblins. They came in with the supply caravan along with a supply of some kind of wards the tribe shamans made to help with the undead.. I don't know how effective these would be but there aren't enough. They're being given out to the front line forces. Sure enough, Marcus vanished until they left and came back with a smile. So yeah, we're all pretty sure he's got a half green sweetheart. We're set to pack up and march in a day or two to a new position out in the hills with a view of the main trade road. Supposedly it's very defensible. From there, we'll wait a few weeks for more recruits and then head out and see about ending this undead menace.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:56 No.17634591
    devils won't deal until they are absolutely sure they can come out on top in every thinkable scenario. these new people come from a world with next to zero magic. until this new variable has been studied properly they won't deal, there are too many unknowns. after all, what if merely setting foot back on earth and its dead magic zone instantly negated their contract?
    that or this is all some elaborate plan of asmodeus and he said not to fuck with his new guinea pigs
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:58 No.17634610

    if someone would start a 1d4chan page, get one or two journal entries in - with proper formating and all - then I'd be willing to add all other entries and keep the thing updated

    this is definetely one of the best examples of writefaggotry on /tg/ I've ever seen
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)16:58 No.17634617
    Now that you mention it, you're right.
    But that doesn't necessarily mean that they've got something to do with their arrival.
    They could be reacting to them as being meddling offworlders with their own agendas, such as mind flayers.
    Things that will be difficult to manipulate on their own terms, as they're relatively new to the whole world.
    >> Servant of the Emperor 01/22/12(Sun)17:06 No.17634697
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    Fucking Bards man.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)17:39 No.17635074
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)17:40 No.17635083
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)17:43 No.17635119
    Le bump
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)17:46 No.17635162
    Why doesn't he just write the journals in another language? Surely he can lift how to write other languages from the minds of those around him.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)17:47 No.17635177
    Because then everyone else could read it.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)17:47 No.17635178
    Demons don't give a fuck, and probably think they can stir things up.

    Gods are powerful enough that they think they can come out ahead in the end.

    Devils gotta watch their shit carefully.

    So with an unknown like Terrans, they'll be waiting and watching.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)17:48 No.17635186
    Writing in english so the locals can't understand
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)17:48 No.17635189
    Better yet why doesn't he lock his journal up and keep it with him?

    Goddammit if the OP is setting this up for xAvery, I will rage hard.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)17:48 No.17635192
    you must be new here
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)17:53 No.17635263
    By his own words, the Narrator thinks of her more as a sister.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:01 No.17635340
    I guess you didn't check for samefag.
    Also, it sounded fun.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:02 No.17635349
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    The thought just occurred to me... This story is by far some of the best writefagging on /tg/ right now, but this is only written from our unnamed narrators perspective. There's at least 4-5 other characters with their own stories to compliment this. This isn't a story, this shit is a saga! I'd never expect OP to undertake such a challenge (we're talking a medium sized novel here at this rate) but it mite b cool if after this ends, some of us flesh out the rest of this. Definitely needs a 1d4chan page.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:05 No.17635381
    "you" can mean multiple people

    >>17635119 here BTW. When I pressed submit there weren't any bumps.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:13 No.17635506
    Problem with multiple writers is that each one tries to outdo the others. If they try to tone it down, it'd be cool, but I'm worried some assburger will want his story to be the very best and go full retard.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:14 No.17635513
    >they can't get together, they're like siblings
    so all the fun of wincest with no added genetic risk?
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)18:18 No.17635569
    Journal 161

    One of our far patrols came in today. They reported that there's been no Wolflake military activity in the field. What's worse is that there's a massive undead army guarding the main gate to the city itself and it looks like parts of the city are on fire. Avery is particularly upset about news of the city, she knows people there. Jason seems to think a zombie apocalypse has broken out. Maybe it has. Maybe it's a rebellion. Maybe the Reingrafs are making their move. High Command has decided that we're going to start pushing forward, even with our decreased numbers. They want to know what's going on. We're going to make for Barrason Fort, a few miles from the capital and try and occupy it, and bring enough supplies for a siege. We start marching come sunrise and should be there in a day and a half.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:19 No.17635579
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:20 No.17635595
    Considering that several small battles and two battles with "very large armies" have been fought, I wouldn't be surprised if the wolfers are depleted militarily.
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)18:29 No.17635727
    Journal Entry 162

    We took Fort Barrason without lifting a weapon. Only a small force was occupying it by the time we arrived and they surrendered when they saw us coming. According to the fort commander, their numbers have been dwindling over the course of the month, a handful recalled here and there and the last week, it's been one or two soldiers at a time until all contact with the city was cut off four days ago. He doesn't know what's going on with the undead other then orders to not attack them and treat them as any other Wolflake soldier. We can see the city from here. Large smoke clouds billowing from several spots hidden behind the massive walls. We have our cavalry archers out poking at the massed undead force at the gates. In the meantime, us Terrans have scoured the camp and have been making some more bombs. We have enough for 3 catapult bombs. Avery went and blessed the shrapnel we were putting in them. I don't know if that will actually work and neither does she, but it's worth a shot.
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    They go to WAR!

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    >sanctified artillery for use against undead
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:34 No.17635791
    This story reminds me of Drifters.

    Also, who wants to place bets on one of the Terrans having necromantic talents? The sorceror could have found that he's actually a necromancer by blood. 1/8th mummy, that kind of thing.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:41 No.17635883

    Come to think of it, the story does contrast 'very' well against Drifters. Uncanny really. Perhaps he drew inspiration from it? Either that or pure coincidence.

    On a side note. I've always hated Light beats Dark by default. Why isn't it the other way around? Why doesn't Dark have insta kill Smite Good? Why aren't there Dark Clerics?

    My universe now has Dark Clerics.
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)18:46 No.17635956
    Journal Entry 163

    Today we saw one of the supply airships come in from the east and circle around for awhile. We tried flagging them down and managed to catch their attention. They didn't land, but hovered up near one of the higher towers in yelling distance. They're from Hebiry and were coming in on a scheduled supply run, but weren't going anywhere near the airship port with the way things looked down there. Hebiry's not involved in this war and thought we were in the process of sacking the city. Apparently it's that bad inside. High Command paid them off to drop their cargo at one of the tribal camps since it's apparently stuff they can use. Clothing, spices, manufactured goods. They went for it. They're in it for the profit and don't care who gets it, as long as they have their money.
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    >Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.

    captcha: endsNor mines. Return of the dwarves?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:48 No.17635973
    Well, if you illuminate a dark place, it stops being dark. You can't pour darkness on light, you have to extinguish it.


    That's of course ignoring that in most settings there are evil clerics.
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)18:54 No.17636044
    I've never heard of Drifters until I just read it off wiki.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:55 No.17636052
    I wonder what this is. A coup? A rebellion? Hostile takeover by necromancers?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)18:55 No.17636058
    I'll tell you what it is.

    It's interesting.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:04 No.17636159

    This Anon has a point. 008, you can weave a masterful story full of twists and turns that only make it better. I tip my hat to you.

    Current opinion on this undead thing is that it relates to the mirrors in the dining room. What was behind them? The journalist implied that there wasn't just one, but instead several behind the many mirrors. Why? Who were they?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:05 No.17636185
    Or, for a more game-mechanics based explanation, evil gets to play in a way which maximizes rewards for themselves, even at the cost of others' utility. Good does not, and the smite bonuses are a benefit to balance out the disparity.
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)19:20 No.17636345
    Journal Entry 164

    Jason, while on night watch, caught something going on at the city gates. His replacement eye/ruby gives him some kind of vision enchantment. The front gate opened a little and more undead streamed out, then the gates closed. When sunrise came, it looked like most of the fires inside had been put out. I have this sense of foreboding. We're adapting a new weapon. We found two barrels of lamp oil in the fort storage. Mike is trying to thicken it up some and we're going to make some molotovs using a few used glass potion bottles. The plan is that we're going to arm the cavalry with them and have them firebomb the undead army guarding the gates and then get the hell out of there. We only had enough bottles to make 14 of them. High Command is willing to give it a shot but wants the rest of the oil set up to use as catapult ammo.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:29 No.17636442
    Unfortunately the lesson of Yonkers from WWZ is lost on them. Artillery does fuckall against enemies that don't stop until their head is severed.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:29 No.17636453
    They could make better molotovs if they distilled the oil.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:30 No.17636465
    These are dnd undead. Not faggy WWZ undead.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:31 No.17636477
    we don't even know if these zombies stop then. Maybe they are made so that they stop when their body is so worn out that it's not worth the investment of magical energy from the necromancers to keep them going, and the spell cancels it self to save energy.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:32 No.17636486
    I thought wwz was decent, I guess opinions diverge
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:33 No.17636507
    Fortunately these aren't WWZ zombies, otherwise I would advise against setting them on fire.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:34 No.17636517

    It had its moments, but Max Brooks needed to do more research.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:36 No.17636549
    You thought wrong. Max Brooks is a tool.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:37 No.17636562
    Ah, /tg/, where opinions = facts.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:42 No.17636614
    WWZ was written when the Apartheid was in full swing, and Commies were gonna nuke the world. I'm save to say that artillery would decimate zombies. If all else fails, use those heavy tanks and run the zombies over.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:43 No.17636630
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)19:45 No.17636647
    Journal Entry 165

    You know, I've been in this fucking country for far too long. If we never got caught up in this war, who knows where we'd be by now. So the cavalry road out, got close enough to toss their molotovs and made a quick getaway. A few came back with arrow injuries but nothing serious. We watched the undead burn from the fort. They burned for hours, dead skin burning away, just standing there without a care in the world. The only time they moved was to keep the fire from spreading from the front gate. After awhile a good portion of the zombies collapsed, and an hour later, got back up as black charred skeletons. Fantastic. To make matters worse, a fresh group exited from the city a few hours after that. Jason decided to volunteer along with some other similarly skilled individuals to climb the wall during nightfall and see what's going on over there.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:49 No.17636706
    Need more clerics. While I strongly dislike the idea of teaming up with the sun-priests, they may be neccessary to fight the undead. Assuming they're not all dead by now, at least.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:54 No.17636757
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    >blessed the shrapnel we were putting in them
    >Holy handgranades
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)19:57 No.17636796
    OH NO! I hope Jason doesn't die. I feel that there's enough of the Terran death already, and they weren't even fleshed out as much as Jason. Then again, lets hope he does find out what's going on.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:00 No.17636821
    Jason is like, rthe least fleshed out imo. He didn't do anything aside from being a thief and getting a ruby eye. Which reminds me of someone, maybe the Thief II protag though his eye wasn't a ruby...
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:01 No.17636826
    If Jason dies, I'll be sad. He's my favorite Terran after Mike.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:07 No.17636887
    One thing that WWZ ignored is that you don't necessarily have kill the zombie, a leg that's been pumped full of shrapnel doesn't work and a zombie that can't walk isn't a huge military threat. Artillery will still disable a shitload of them, then you can send in the mop up crews.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:07 No.17636893
    >least fleshed out
    He got his eye taken out, I'd say he's the most fleshed out of them all.
    Rock the fuck on, Jason.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:09 No.17636910
    >forgets the Terrans who are enslaved
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:09 No.17636911
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)20:10 No.17636917
    Journal Entry 166

    Jason returned. He and his group saw no sign of any patrols on the wall. They were out there until sunrise. He snapped some photos with his ipod. Most of the city is decimated, especially the residential district. The market abandoned and filled with corpses. No sign of anyone living, just the occasional wandering undead. The church of the sungod is still standing but all it's iconography has been removed and he said that there are lights coming from it's windows. The noble's district and castle also seem to be completely untouched and is the only places they saw anyone living moving around. They managed to catch a group of undead moving from the military barracks to the front gate on their way out. High Command has decided that the city is a loss and we're going to pull back to the tribal lands until they can figure out what to do.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:13 No.17636965
    >Nobles decide that a city of the dead and damned is better than giving up their power to orcs
    Good gravy
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:15 No.17636985
    Could also be that the nobles are holding out against an undead invasion, or have some kind of sanctuary spell set up.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:16 No.17637002
    Launch an assault on the Cathedral of the Damned. Not from close range, hammer the bastard down with siege weaponry.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:17 No.17637012
    If the church couldn't hold out against the same? Not bloody likely.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:18 No.17637022
    008 Do you plan to gather all your posts once it is done and make a single PDF of the entire story?

    If not would you be opposed to someone else doing it and linking the result?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:22 No.17637063
    Fuck nobles.

    Come on, narrator, remember the golden rule: Pillage, THEN burn.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:23 No.17637087
    Not enough holy users. They'd be taking massive losses. It's better for the people to cut and run now rather than risking more lives (and adding to the enemies ranks).
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)20:32 No.17637178
    I've been writing all my posts in open office and copy/pasting them over, so I have them all in one place.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:33 No.17637191
    I think I love you a little bit right now.

    By which I mean, a whole lot.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:36 No.17637229
    the question is, where and how many times is it backed up?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:45 No.17637338
    first two threads are in the archive, not sure about this one
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)20:53 No.17637441
    It is.
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)21:08 No.17637618
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    Journal Entry 167

    We're on the move. Our wild elf mercenaries have been recalled back to their lands to warn and prepare. We should make the orc tribal lands in a few days. Then what? High Command seems to think the war for Wolflake is over, that the whole area is cursed. I guess they did accomplish what we set out to do, put an end to the pacification raids, but now there's undead building up. I think they're afraid. I'm sure I'd get my jaw broken if I called them that to their face though. Facing down undead seems to of hit some deep seated fear. So the plan is to get back to the tribal lands and fortify and hope the undead stay away. Marcus has suggested that with the possibility of gunpowder becoming wide spread, that they should build a trace italienne. A star fort. He's currently designing up some blueprints.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)21:11 No.17637660
    What If the clerics blessed the oil? Holy Napalm anyone?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)21:12 No.17637675
    That certainly puts a new spin on "instilling the holy fire in the wicked".
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)21:13 No.17637682
    Wow, kudos for Marcus. I love me some starforts.

    Also, the orcs are pretty stupid. You can't just hope undead will leave you alone. Every victory for them bolsters their forces. If you don't stand united you'll fall one by one, starting from the weakest link. Maybe it'll be the elves first, not the orcs. But sooner or later it'll be their turn and then good fucking luck facing a horde that's 10 time the size it was.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)21:16 No.17637719
    Really, they should of started pelting the damn place from afar with siege engines. Stop that crap right when it starts. Now that they left, soon the undead will spread. How long before it reaches Allyin? That one place with the slave pit? If they don't act now, their wayward Terrans may join the horde if something isn't done now. Sometimes... A broken jaw is worth it.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)21:20 No.17637757
    He should try and convince them all to band together, then send someone to get some outside help. Maybe Avery could bring in some serious paladin power?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)21:23 No.17637793
    That entirely depends on the Sun Church's role in the infestation.

    Also, if any of the paladins are planning on kicking him in the danglies and telling him to stay away from Avery (again).
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)21:31 No.17637861
    Journal Entry 168

    I am so disappointed right now. We made it back to the tribal lands and set up camp. The next morning, all mercenaries were paid their dues and released from their obligations. The war is officially over. Just like that! With the undead waiting around the corner. They think fighting the undead is a futile task. I'm pissed, which is funny. We never wanted to get involve in this stupid war and here I am, disappointed that it's over without a proper conclusion. We gave them knowledge so that they can finish and instead they back out because of superstition. Sure, I could manipulate some of them, but I can't manipulate all of them. So what now? We have our horses, I think we're just going to get our asses to Hebiry while we still can. Maybe follow the trade loop and see if our compatriots are still in Wildlake. Fuck.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)21:35 No.17637905
    if you want something done right you have to do it yourself. go kill some undead
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)22:08 No.17638186
    are we already in autosage?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)22:09 No.17638195
    Nah, we're only at 134 posts, 11 images.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)22:10 No.17638203
    autosage is at 300 posts, we're at about 130
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)22:14 No.17638243
    Well, this really ISN'T their fight. The only thing they'll do by fighting the undead here is risk their own lives. And they need to go rescue their fellow Terrans in the slave pits or wherever they are.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)22:17 No.17638263
    If they are stuck there forever (as research at the University didn't seem to lead anywhere closer to Earth...?), it very well might be. Nobody wants to live in the zombie apocalypse for real, even if they have magic healing.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)22:31 No.17638402
    There's one thing I've been wondering about, we know that the trip is one way for the terrans, but what about the natives of this world? Have there been any recent disappearances? Maybe the reason for the terrans being here is that there is a planar convergence happening like was theorized in the d20 modern Urban Arcana setting.
    >> Magus O'Grady 01/22/12(Sun)22:34 No.17638431
    At least Avery has 'seen the light' about the church she had thown in with, so to speak. Even if her new god did decise to back the Orcs in the end, the heirarchy of the organization deserves no loyalty. And that Journal Guy was in the right the whole time.
    >> Magus O'Grady 01/22/12(Sun)22:38 No.17638466
    Or something like that WILL happen, and the Powers That Be decided that it'd be a good idea to mingle the immune systems ahead of time, or pre-prep some cross-cultural ambasadors with some deep immersion.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)22:40 No.17638500
    I'd still hold out for a serious apology. Chained and a goddamn slave crown. I'd refuse to travel with her after that.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)22:43 No.17638529
    The church may well be dead at the hands of whoever brought the undead. If so, there is no longer any conflict in fighting against them, and the god can be fully in favor of her smiting the undead who killed his priests. Remember, the church in town had its iconography removed. I doubt the priests would do it or allow it to happen, even if they were somehow ok with the undead hordes and massacre of people to fuel their ranks.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)22:58 No.17638670
    The local chapter of the church, yeah. But the church of Pelor is a big organization, and one zombie uprising isn't going to knock them over.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)23:03 No.17638722
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    Pelor, you say?
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)23:14 No.17638854
    It's probably not Pelor, because he wouldn't approve of helping the orcs.
    Unless Avery is lying about having her gods approval.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)23:17 No.17638892
    Unlikely, she went all holy fervor on the zombies.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)23:18 No.17638908
    she may very well have THE BURNING HATE's approval. remember that gods can pull off xanatos gambits of epic proportions.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)23:21 No.17638955
    I'm still under the impression that Avery's not all together up there, and remain dedicated to the idea that some of the upper clergymen did some scrubbing of the gray matter.

    Narrator's gotta check in there, see what's what.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)23:27 No.17639050
    We also don't know how much direct contact the deity actually has with its church / temple. Do prayers get answered often? And if they are answered, is it in words, or impressions or cryptic warnings?

    I think it's entirely possible for a particular group to get involved in very bad things even if they serve a "good" deity through misunderstanding and common human judgment errors.

    That particular temple might even have become corrupted, leading to the less than stellar performance of its members.
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)23:28 No.17639062
    Journal Entry 169

    We should be in Hebiry in a few days. Our time in the war taught us good places to set up camp and how to properly keep watch. We've run into several small undead patrols. Usually three or four zombies or skeletons, which we have dispatched with Avery's help, and cremated the remains to make sure they won't be getting back up. We'll be at the Wolflake boarder by tomorrow and I can't say I'll miss this place. I wish the best for the Orcs, but I do believe that their decision wrong. The undead menace needs to be taken care of eventually.
    >> 008 01/22/12(Sun)23:40 No.17639234
    Journal Entry 170

    We passed into the nation of Hebiry last night. The road we're on is set in a tight valley. It used to be heavily traveled until the war broke out and now the undead menace. We came across a border guard not long after crossing. We got stopped and asked questions, but they were polite. We updated them on what's been going on across the border, the undead and the war. They didn't say much but they're worried. They will of course need to see for themselves, but at least they know what to expect if Wolflake decides to expand. We are camped at cave on the side of the road that's been furnished for trade caravan use. The walls are covered in graffiti, writings of names, dates and destinations. It looks like they date back hundreds of years. Not to feel left out, I added our information to the wall using Earth time. According to my calculations, we've been here either almost or a little more then a year. I looked back to my first few entries. I've come a long way.
    >> Anonymous 01/22/12(Sun)23:57 No.17639452
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)00:15 No.17639662
    rolled 3 = 3


    This is a great format for writefagging, dear emperor!
    >> Gay Skull !!WUNNLo47u5Q 01/23/12(Mon)00:18 No.17639690
    008, I love you. Let's run away together, open up a book shop/cafe in a small town, adopt an Asian baby, and live happily ever after.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)00:30 No.17639841
    Journal Entry 171

    I got to sleep in a real bed! Eat a meal in a warm tavern! It's been so long. So, welcome to Hebiry. One of the main hub cities on the trade circuit. Brick and plaster construction with a large granite outer wall, the city is circular in design, set up like a hub similar to Aeyllin but not nearly as large. Cobblestone streets that are well maintained and pride of the city. Apparently each stone has a name carved in it dating back to the first generations who built the city and settled here. The main export from this city is wines, cheeses and tomatoes, supplied from the many farms. So, first thing in the morning, Avery heads off to the local branch church to check in. She wanted an escort but I'm not going anywhere near that place. It's clear that she doesn't know what to expect. Marcus went with her. He's the least likely of us to be branded evil and chained to something. Jason headed off to check in with his guild which left Mike and myself. We hunted around the market for anything interesting. I got a new set of armor, some new clothes and some supplies. Mike got a magic ring that he says has healing properties, clothes and a bottomless bag which is some kind of knockoff bag of holding. Even with subtle manipulations, those magic junk merchants are a pain in the ass to get a good deal out of.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)00:34 No.17639884
    I'm experiencing some connection issues
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)00:40 No.17639966

    Dude, you rock.
    It took me an entire hour to catch up.

    >It took me three hours to read the 7th book of HP, so it's a pretty good record on your part.

    With that said, I love this IP. And if I were not caught up in my own write-faggotry, I'd ask to add fluff.

    With this in mind, I fear for our three slaves.

    And I hope the sorceror did not do any damage to Chicago...
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)00:49 No.17640079
    What ever happened to the infinite bullet pouch? Did the writer ever get it back after being captured by the sun priests?
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)00:57 No.17640157
    Just occurred to me:

    Holy bullets.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)01:16 No.17640348
    Yes, they only took his money and his gun.
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)01:19 No.17640383

    Whats next?
    Litany of accuracy?
    wait a second...
    >Surprisingly powerful.
    >Fairly good with a weapon.
    >Tattoo says 'The'.
    >Natural Leading ability.
    >Good with handling high-stress psionics
    >AND people turn to him with unerving loyalty...


    He's eventually going to become the God-Emp. and then shit will in fact become real.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)01:26 No.17640477
    Goddamnit why does everything I touch turn into warhammer 40k?!
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)01:27 No.17640495
    Journal Entry 172

    Well, Avery returned with news. The local sun worshiper church heads don't know anything about gunpowder or sanctioned deployment for Wolflake and are taking the news of what happened as an attack on their church. So they're doing whatever it is they do. We are going to stay around town for a few days before heading out. It should be a two days ride to Rosenbridge. It's been awhile since we've been there. The place where it all started. So we have been puttering around town, seeing the sights. The food here is excellent. So I was sitting in a cafe with the others discussing our plans when something caught my eye. Someone writing with what appeared to be a pen. It was larger then my ballpoints, but it was definitely a pen. Looks like my old artificer friend finally managed to make it happen. I'll have to pay him a visit and see about collecting my share and what else he's managed to make.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)01:28 No.17640501
    Did he ever get that gun back?
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)01:30 No.17640527
    Yeah, he got it back.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)01:34 No.17640565
    They'd overpenetrate and probably have minimal effect against the undead.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)01:34 No.17640567
    >inb4 the artificer screws him over
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)01:34 No.17640569

    >Implying he won't try to jew his way out of paying the G-E.


    Also, what if one of the 'slaves' became an inventor for the human empires?
    >It'd explain the cannon workings,and the change of airship usage before the whole 'Unholy undead city' thing...
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)01:39 No.17640612
    Supposedly the cannon was indeed just a heap of paranoia. Maybe. It is to be seen really.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)01:43 No.17640657
    inb4 he tries to cheat you on the deal.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)01:48 No.17640701
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    Journal Entry 173

    Went through the market today again, some new caravans passed through yesterday. Something caught my attention. A recurve bow. I didn't think they had those here. It didn't look new either. I questioned the seller and it's apparently from a kingdom far to the south and quite rare. The price tag on it was absurd. Avery picked up some things from her church's store, Jason picked up a set of new steel shortswords and Marcus traded in his beat up old dulcimer for a guitar. We're planning on heading out tomorrow and following one of the smaller trade caravans across to Rosenbridge. The area is well traveled and I'm not expecting any trouble. We watched Strange Days again. I wish I had more movies with me. We know every scene, every dialog, all the music lyrics, but it's all we have.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)01:49 No.17640716
    Journal Entry 174

    So here we are, camped out for the night on the road with a trade caravan that we were following. Marcus is playing some music when all of a sudden Jason starts acting funny. Suddenly this figure just appears out of thin air and before he can shove his knife through my throat, Mike tackles him. We dog pile the motherfucker and try to put on a beatdown. He slips free and gets ready to attack when Jason manages to shove one of his swords through the guy's back. We bring our lights over and I recognize him. It's the fucking Rheingraf spymaster. The one I killed. He doesn't appear undead. So I shoot him point blank three times. Before I can fire a fourth he's gone. Just...poof. Not there anymore. Fuck. This isn't over.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)01:50 No.17640727
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)01:59 No.17640808
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)02:04 No.17640851
    What kind of magic would let him survive that kind of damage?

    Is he a lich?
    >> Magus O'Grady 01/23/12(Mon)02:17 No.17641004
    I'm calling demon or other planar An unnamed and mysterious'elven' subspecies nobody has seen other members of, imminity to telepathy despite no psionic ability. Ability to teleport wordlessly. Vanishes when killed. It's a minor demon that the Rheingrafs just re-summon when needed.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)02:22 No.17641061
    Hommunculous, maybe? Maybe it DID die, and they just made a new one. He did mention that he thought that the guy was programmed.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)02:27 No.17641102
    Wouldn't it be prohibitively expensive to keep creating homunculi and send them off to die?
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)02:35 No.17641163
    Perhaps, but this is, what, the second? And they probably assumed that he would succeed. Aside from that, we are talking about a fairly sizable kingdom, they've probably got the resources to use. One way or another, with this failed assassination attempt, we can probably assume the next will have more resources behind it. I'm just glad the Spymaster didn't think to use poison, or use a tactic more creative than attacking out of invisibility (Or whatever it is that he did.)
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)02:46 No.17641259
    Probably a summon of whatever is making the undead.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)02:50 No.17641296
    I believe 008's journalist stated that the noble family controlling the spymaster was the richest in the kingdom. They just didn't have great political sway. They probably could easily afford it.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)02:59 No.17641368
    (fucking internet)

    Journal Entry 175

    Ah, wonderful Rosenbridge. It's been so long. It's different now, at least to me. I'm seeing it from a different perspective, as someone who is used to what this world has to offer and not a lost and confused offworlder. We visited some of our old haunts, the alleyway, the haunted house, the docks where we worked for our first coppers. I checked around for the artificier, but he's apparently in Wildlake. Avery went to check in with the church and make her report, and Jason ran off as well. Mike, Marcus and I did some checking around, anything about us foreigners, any news of the other three. Our leads led to the guard captain. We caught him off duty on the way to his residence. I dug deep. Rosenbridge is under control of a wealthy Baron, but the orders to hunt us down was given by one of his advisers. We're going to pay him a visit tonight and see what he has to say. I made sure the guard captain didn't remember a thing, but I also left a little something behind in the back of his mind. Doubt.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)03:00 No.17641373
    Journal Entry 176

    Avery and Marcus stayed at the inn during our escapade. Avery made us promise that we wouldn't kill anyone. The adviser lived in the wealthier part of town, near the Baron's estate. Jason got us into the building through a back door and we snuck around. I managed to get a few people to ignore certain sounds they heard with some memory auditing and then we were there. Up in his room. We locked his door and got him up. It was time to explain, time to find out what he had done with Max, Ian and Austin. He awoke terrified, as would anyone who woke up surrounded by three armed people. Mike “disabled” his mouth, we didn't need it. It would only get in the way. He had heard that a bunch of homeless foreigners had shown up and some of them had wondrous “magical” things with them. He had wanted to know more. He tortured them for information. For days. When he decided that he had enough, he sold them off to the slave markets without a second thought and made a tidy profit. I promised I wouldn't kill him. Jason sure wanted to, or at least start cutting off things. I tried something new. I made him think he was in agony. Forever. Always. Maybe someone can fix what I've done, but until then... Anyways, we found some of their belongings in a chest nearby. An ipod mini, a droid cellphone, headphones, a broken tablet that was so mangled we couldn't even tell the make and a first gen nook. Everything had a dead battery. Well, we can fix that.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)03:05 No.17641417
    >Tortured and sold off to the slave market
    Oh shit.
    Time to try and find them, I hope it won't be impossible.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)03:07 No.17641433
    Oh boy. Time to rearrange the local economy.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)03:10 No.17641457

    I am beyond words as to how angry I am at this bastard. He deserved to die, but I guess painful agony will suffice.
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    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)03:19 No.17641532
    I'd have put him into a persistent vegetative state. Follows our promise, but he's almost guaranteed to be buried alive.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)03:37 No.17641715
    Ugh. Torture and slavery.

    Maybe when they recover their enslaved comrades, our narrator could offer to wipe the memories of the torture? PTSD is a horrible thing.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)03:53 No.17641821
    Journal Entry 177

    We're on our way to Wildlake. It should only be a day by horse. We have stopped briefly where Dan was killed and paid our respects. No grave, the body long gone, probably eaten by some animal. We didn't even know him that well. He deserved better. So what do we do at Wildlake? What don't we do. I wonder if Baldy Mctattooface is still around. Definitely have to pay a visit to the artificer. The slave pits of course, that's a given. I hope Alex is doing alright. The last time I saw him, we were just leaving Rosenbridge and heading here. Back when Dan and Amanda was still alive. Fuck.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)03:59 No.17641853
    >Agony. Forever.

    Narrator, I approve.

    Let's go save what's LEFT of your people.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)04:01 No.17641864
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    To bad true resurrection is so expensive. Also it would cheapen any character death in the story.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)04:07 No.17641897
    That, and who'd cast it? At the best, I'm guessing the party is still very low level. Maybe six at the max, three at the least? All in all, not that high of a level. If they found a druid however, I'm sure a reincarnation wouldn't be that far off.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)04:37 No.17642137
    Awesome story :)
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)05:36 No.17642473
    Journal Entry 178

    Wildlake. We're set up at the same inn we used last time we were here. There's no sun church for Avery to run off to. Jason's off visiting his old guild master. We poked around the slave markets soon as we got in town, but our compatriots are not around. We will look into this more later. So there was something I had to get out of the way. I left the others behind, left them with most of my gear and headed out into town on my own. Sure enough, there she was, waiting for me. Almost on instinct, we both unleashed everything at each other immediately. It was like two fires engulfing each other. My head burned with power and for a brief moment, we were of one mind before I repelled her will. I'm not as strong as her yet, but she can't completely dominate me anymore. With our greeting out of the way, she invited me in and we talked. The other one was there, I know now that he's a telekinetic. The muscle of this organization. Either way, this conversation was not for him to hear. She made it clear that I need to be more careful with my moral abuses. If I draw too much attention, it will get much more difficult to do what we do. She was pleased with my Wolflake experiments, that I'm learning that you don't have to brute force to get your way. She still wants me to shave my head. I'm not shaving my head.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)05:38 No.17642483
    Sorry, my connection has been shit for the lat 5 hours now. Posting has been sporadic for the few minutes it's been up. I have been writing though.
    >> Magus O'Grady 01/23/12(Mon)05:42 No.17642506
    Thanks, 008. I think we all appreciate the great work.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)05:49 No.17642549
    Journal Entry 179

    So Avery is pissed at me. She thinks I snuck off and had creepy psychic sex with a rapist. How do I explain this to someone who can never see the world as you do? It's like Mike trying to explain how and where he draws his magics from. It's not going to make sense, you don't have the context to understand it. Besides, we didn't have sex, not in the physical sense anyways. She's driving me up the fucking wall. Anyways, I went in search of my artificer friend. He's dead. He's been dead since before winter. Murdered. A week later, the first ballpoint pens hit the market and are a huge success with the literate crowd. I checked his workshop and all our designs and his prototypes are missing. I'm pissed. Really fucking pissed. And Avery is pissed! And we're pissing off Marcus now too! It's a fucking chain reaction! I'm sure Mike and Jason would be involved as well except those two ran off with a group of adventurers to hit the dungeon under the city.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)05:52 No.17642566
    Journal Entry 180

    So after we all cooled down, Marcus, Avery and myself hit the slave market. Did some talking. Nudged a few people, paid off some others. It seems those three didn't spend much time here. They were healed up and bought right up by a wizard who was most interested in the extra-planar tag they put on the three. The wizard was said to of been heading for Czebron. It's such a pain in the ass converting these city names into English, especially the ones without an obvious meaning or weird pronunciation like Aeyllin or Kinild. Czebron. Well whatever. The map says that's another town on the main trade circuit, we can get there from here or Hebiry, but there's a few cities along the way. Alright, we have a destination. We'll head out in a few days or whenever we're ready. In the meantime, I'm going to look into this murder of my cashcow.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)05:53 No.17642568
    Alright, I'm going to head to bed before it cuts out on me. until next time Gents!
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)06:11 No.17642663
    You're doing god's work, 008. Thank you.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)06:12 No.17642672
    Does that mean no updates tommorow?
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)07:19 No.17643073

    Well 008 HAS been basically doing this no-stop since Wednesday.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)07:25 No.17643107

    Oh Gods, i've read this for the last three hours during probation for a job.. it support, doing fucknothing.

    Thanks, and i'll keep in touch with this, great writing.
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)07:33 No.17643158

    Bumping for either links to next thread or updates on this one.

    That murder REEKS of industrial sabotage. We fund the fucker(s) responsible, their homes and may families, and get our burny burny cut cut on.

    >That, or rob them compleatly blind.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)08:08 No.17643324
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    >So Avery is pissed at me
    >She thinks I snuck off and had creepy psychic sex with a rapist.

    Welp. Looks we're stuck in Avery-Route.
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)08:32 No.17643449
    What do you guys think of a Bard DJ?

    >Could you imagine a song made of other songs doing multiple buffs at the same time?

    >Some sort of epic steam-powered turntable setup connected to old horn style speakers.

    >Mermaid from bit trip runner.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)08:49 No.17643570
    It's not even any of her business, why does she think she has a right to be angry at what the MC does when he's not breaking any laws or whatever. They are hardly comrades.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)08:58 No.17643635
    D&D tends to operate more in terms of "that ain't right" than actual laws. Sure there probably aren't any laws explicitly against mindraping someone but that doesn't mean it's not incredibly immoral and that you wouldn't get arrested or worse were you to be found out. Besides, it sounds like she was a moral person (more-or-less) that got suckered into a rather IMmoral organization.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)09:04 No.17643674
    He caught up with an old acquaintance, that's no reason to fly off the handle and scream rapist and certainly she has no right to decide who he can and can not have sex with.
    She's a high and mighty prude desperately clinging to some moral high ground just to get at him.
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)09:09 No.17643711



    The answer is simple:

    >She just wants to fuck, like real bad.

    Would she use her divine magic when she orgasamed?
    >Yeah! yeah! Here we... OH GOD YOUR EYES ARE GLOWING!
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)09:40 No.17643918
    Given his experiences so far with divine magic, especially of the sun-god variety, I doubt this would please journal-guy.
    Or she actually believes it. So far the only questionable action she's taken was the slave collar thing on journal-guy, and that was probably because she deferred to the superior priests in the church. As I read it it's not her objecting to him having sex per se (or she'd be really annoyed with the bard by now (though, who knows, maybe she is and OP has just yet to write that. Can't see her taking him leaving the pregnant girl in Aeyllin behind well, and she must know about that, since it's stated she's read this diary)), though that may be part of it, but more to him having sex with an immoral mind-rapist.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)09:51 No.17643983
    Guilt by association. She's with a group that torture prisoners and if she had a shred of self respect she should have moral qualms about staying with the church. After stealing his journal (twice!) and not having second thoughts about staying in the organization after reading the entry where he was in the church's dungeons she lost all respect and she is no better than the rest of the group. In fact, Journal writer stopped summary execution of a prisoner and convinced the Orc high command to create a PoW camp. For all his evils he's done a lot of good, think back to the kobolds too. As far as we know, all she's done has been praying on her knees and doing her clerical duty with highly questionable ethics.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)10:07 No.17644070
    Maybe she didn't know i doubt that the whole torture thing is widely talked about in the church.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)10:44 No.17644292
    >After stealing his journal (twice!) and not having second thoughts about staying in the organization after reading the entry where he was in the church's dungeons

    Though, she might have thought he was lying in there, trying to break her faith or whatever. After all, it's not like the other church members could see it and punish him for lying about them...
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)11:47 No.17644667
    good point but i think its a bit premature to start hating on Avery for still being a sun priestess the party is just starting to figure out how shady the church is.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)12:16 No.17644875
    I don't think I'll ever be able to hear a sun church described as shady without giggling. Oh well.
    That said, it should be pretty fucking obvious by now, given some of the suspicious shit they've done, but I'm inclined to agree with the stated opinion that she may have already had a bit of tampering done in the upstairs department. That, or she's just not very bright/lived in a very, VERY happy part of Earth without any exposure to knowledge of the shiftier parts of human nature (Which, given that there was mention made in the journals previously about how the Terrans seemed to have been chosen on the basis of shared interests, seems rather unlikely).
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)12:49 No.17645041
    >No grave, the body long gone, probably eaten by some animal.

    Confirmed for death knight!
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)13:29 No.17645284
    I can only imagine whatever power was behind the portals being frustrated as all hell.

    "At last, the chosen ones will arrive and fulfill the prophecy!"
    *Spell cast*
    "... where are they? FIND THEM!"
    "Sir, 3 of them were sold into slavery, 5 of them are traveling as adventurers, and 2 of them are dead."
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)14:26 No.17645874
    Journal Entry 181

    So the first thing to do in my investigation was to see who was selling the pens in the first place. Well, there were three merchants in town. Upon questioning them and then questioning them harder, there's a small cottage industry on the edge of town that makes them: a group of dwarves. So I paid them a visit. Of course it's never that easy. The dwarves were only paid to make the pieces and assemble the finished product, they didn't even make the ink, that was outsourced to an alchemist in Rosenbridge who sends shipments every week. So who is paying the dwarves? Well, the dwarves were being paid by a merchant guild dispensator. It wasn't some rival artificer. It's the merchant guild, who have their hands in every merchant along the trade circuit. I questioned a few of the higher ups in the organization that I could get access to, and they only knew that it came from on high. I'm also seeing that this guild is more like the Mafia. Great. Just fucking great.
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)14:39 No.17646016

    Hows about we makes a offer they cantrfuse? Capiche?

    >Its ALL good.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)14:48 No.17646114
    Journal Entry 182

    I needed to clear my head so I went on a dungeoneering expedition into the crypts with Avery and a group of fresh adventurers. We have a swordsman, a guy with a big hammer and halfling who won't stop talking about how amazing his magic knife is. We answered a posted request by some local who says that there's voices in his head begging him to retrieve some magic sword down there. Working for crazy people, but crazy people with money. Well, my solar battery flashlight still works fine. Avery was stuck with a torch and nearly set her hair on fire several times. So it's swampy as fuck down there because of the season, and surprise, lizard people, tribals. Why are they down here? They've been displaced by a group of druids who decided that they weren't Nature! enough to live there. The crypts are swampy enough to remind them of home, if not darker, and it's warm down here for whatever reason. So do our non Terran team mates wait to find this out? Nope! They draw their weapons and charge in to slay the monsters. For fuck's sake. No one was hurt, the lizard shaman did some magic thing to demotivate them. We talked and to my surprise, there was a magic sword down here. Something they've been guarding, a great evil blade that's possessed. As Avery was a cleric, they let her see the blade and she confirmed that it was radiating evil. I didn't feel anything but whatever. The shaman asked her for her help in trying to purge the weapon, and she of course accepted. So that left the rest of us sitting on a rock and chatting it up with lizard people. The adventurers were depressed that they didn't get to kill anything. After what felt like hours, Avery comes back with the now less evil blade and we get the hell out of there. We deliver it to the crazy guy who was relieved and then we got paid. Now I need a bath, I smell like lizard person.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)14:55 No.17646183
    Sweaty Orc B.O. he can get used to, but lizard annoys him? They don't have sweat glands, and every reptile I've ever been around smelled like old paper.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)14:56 No.17646206

    Yeah, but they're down in a warm, swampy crypt. I think anything would smell like ass after living in conditions like that for a while.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)14:57 No.17646219
    Journal Entry 183

    I found out who is head of the merchant guild. A gnome family has been running it for generations. Getting to them isn't easy, they always move with bodyguards. I can't just kill them, they are Baldy's main source of income and if they go down, so does the regional economy. They usually hang out at one of the high class cafe's in town and drink imported coffee while discussing how to increase profits. They have the whole cafe shut down in the meantime. So I got as close to them as I could, slipping into the second floor of the cafe, the owner's apartment, and did my best. I gave them all guilt. It should take some time to bake, but it's pretty deep seated. I also gave one of their body guards some delicious greed. Small pushes. We'll see how this works itself out. In other news, AVERY STOP READING MY JOURNAL.

    >It doesn't matter where you hide it, I'll still find it.
    >> Magus O'Grady 01/23/12(Mon)15:01 No.17646259
    Sounds like they're aquatic-style lizards, like gators. And trust me, gators reek. Desert and forest reptiles smell nice. Swamp reptiles? Rot, decay, mold, algae. They stink.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:03 No.17646273
    Someone picked up the Locate Object spell........
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:04 No.17646284
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)15:07 No.17646305

    She may have tagged it.
    >It allows her to 'see' into your 'mind'.

    >Aww, isn't she cute! She want's to be just like her boyfriend!

    You know, if you put some real perverted stuff in there, she won't want to read it again...
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)15:15 No.17646374
    Journal Entry 184

    So I had time to go through our recently acquired first gen nook. Mostly fiction including the entire Dune series, more Starwars then I even thought possible, The song of ice and fire series, Mistborn and of course, Shakespeare. He also had a huge encyclopedia on there. Well, at least we have something to keep ourselves occupied when we're bored. I don't imagine publishing any of these on this world would be worthwhile. The common people are mostly illiterate and I don't think anyone even knows what fiction is. What is fiction to a world with magic? A world without magic? Anyways, we leave tomorrow. Our route is to hit the trade roads to Eridale, then to Pinecliff, hop a boat to Valmere and then we should be able to get at Czebron. We have a long road ahead of us. Marcus and Jason are getting supplies. Avery is.. blessing the horses or something. I'm going to pay a last visit to my favorite skinhead and we'll leave in the morning.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:15 No.17646380
    Who the fuck keeps dumping evil artifacts down there? And WHY? And HOW?
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:19 No.17646418
    >You know, if you put some real perverted stuff in there, she won't want to read it again...

    Convincing a morally-uptight lady cleric who is already on your case for being "evil" (that slave crown, jesus) that you're also a sexual degenerate? That is a one way ticket to a terrible Mark of Justice. Don't do it!
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:22 No.17646441
    i don't know, some fucking batshit wizard or something.

    man i miss those guys, they seemed like bros.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:23 No.17646448
    Not everybody gets to be a super special snowflake. The poor bastard just died.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:26 No.17646467
    Those commoners would love some Shakespear
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:27 No.17646476
    So now they've got a full encyclopedia that they can use to reference just about anything, all that farming information from Other Chick's tablet, that's a huge power base of technological power and know-how.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:27 No.17646479
    >huge encyclopedia
    >not worthwhile
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:28 No.17646482
    Yeah, and considering that they probably know squat all about magic, probably some fantasy stuff would interest them. Hell, I could see Dune being a pretty big hit with wizards thinking it's a description of some alternate plane.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:28 No.17646488

    Hopefully, thus begins the Terran Empire!
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)15:37 No.17646543
    Journal Entry 185

    Alright, so we're riding along at a good clip and stumble onto a trade caravan in the process of being robbed by some bandits. It looks like the caravan guards were taken by surprise, two of five are dead, the dead don't look like they even managed to draw their weapons. We have about 15 or so bandits. Too many to easily deal with. Of course the bandits are seeing more money in their future and demand everything. Mike suddenly rides out front, turns jet black and starts throwing his fire around. He gets hit by two arrows which just bounce off. After recovering from our surprise, we join the fray. The guards get the idea, grab their weapons and join in too. It's a huge fucking clusterfuck. Mike's horse freaks and tosses him, fire going everywhere. I manage to keep mine steady and start firing with my Sig. Avery's horse flips it's shit and starts trampling and kicking anyone who gets near. Marcus manages to dismount and go in with his sword. When all was said and done, we've all been injured in some way, the caravan lost probably half its cargo and I'm down a magazine in my pistol. Avery's burned herself out healing everyone and the horses. I'm burned out keeping the horses calm and keeping the caravaners from deciding that we're responsible for their lost goods. The bandits had no money to loot, shitty weapons and pretty much nothing of value. Marcus claimed a bow and quiver and wants to learn to use it. None of us have any archery experience. Currently we're camped at a caravan rest stop and will head out in the morning. We'd of made it twice as far if it wasn't for those fucking bandits.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:37 No.17646545
    Well perhaps he did comeback from the dead? Perhaps that he was so foreign that even death rejected him. Who knows perhaps he was the king and the chick that died was his queen? Wishful thinking but hey.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:40 No.17646575
    This isn't fantasy fantasy, just regular fantasy.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:41 No.17646584
    You know they haven't had a good haircut since they arrived. I wonder if they got razors and learned how to shave and all that junk. I'd hate to see Avery's legs or bush!
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)15:42 No.17646587
    >Advice portal.jpeg
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    true. No copyright laws or patent offices means they can claim credit for every piece of modern earth tech they reproduce in fantasyland.
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)15:54 No.17646716

    I don't know if any terran knows this, but two things:

    1. You always, ALWAYS arc the shot. Aim to where you'll think it'll hit, then go a bit higher.

    2. Puting the bow up, then pulling tension while aiming thee bow is the most effective way to pull it back.

    Everything else is practice, practice, practice.

    >SCA fag, so I have a faint idea what to do.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)15:55 No.17646732
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    Journal Entry 186

    Well, the ride took longer then expected, but Welcome to Eridale. One of the minor port cities and a hub on the trade circuit. The city is of stone buildings and tight claustrophobic alleyways. According to local sources, this town was built with small streets to make it easier to block them off should the population revolt. The area used to be under control of an asshole Duke. The population revolted anyways and the Duke couldn't escape because they blocked off the small streets. They're all long gone and the city is boarderline anarchy. The only thing keeping the peace is merchant guild paid guards. I would say that the guild runs the town, but they don't actually have an office here. So it's a guard run town. There are some really strange and specific laws and harsh punishments. To make matters worse, there are four guard captains and they're all psions, all mind-linked at all times and operate as one being with four bodies, and continually check in on their subordinates. Jason says there isn't even a thieves guild present. We're being careful here and have set up in an inn. We'll leave in a day, Marcus wanted to check out the Bards college that's supposedly here. Why do they have a Bard's college, here of all places?
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)16:06 No.17646859
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    Journal Entry 187

    Well, I'm never coming back here again. We were all fined and run out of town, one at a time. I was picked up by a guard while eating breakfast at the inn. What for? Being a psion without a shaved head. Motherfuckers! Avery got kicked an hour later for being a cleric without ecclesiastic travel papers. She doesn't even know what that is. Mike got picked up soon after for abuse of magic devices. He was playing his ipod too loud apparently. Marcus was booted for not having a bard's license. What? The only one that wasn't booted was Jason. The thief is the only one that didn't get kicked out of town. How?! He fetched our horses and we left this shit hole. They tried fining one of the horses for having two different types of horse shoes but we were already outside of city limits. Anyways, we're camped out and on our way to Pinecliff. We should be there in three days.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:07 No.17646872

    should have shaved your head
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)16:07 No.17646875

    What easier way to placate a population then an form of mind control disguised as a form of easy entertainment?
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:07 No.17646877

    Fining a horse for two different horseshoes. How delightfully absurd.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:09 No.17646894
    You thought it was a guardocracy. You thought wrong. It's in fact a... BUROCRACY!
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:10 No.17646905
    And I'm now officially in favor of executing every guard they have, letting anarchy run rampant for a while, then introducing democracy.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:13 No.17646935
    this, completely and utterly this.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:15 No.17646965
    Why the hell haven't we shaved our head yet?
    Its obviously useful for psionics.
    Get a hood or something to cover it up, and do it.
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)16:16 No.17646981

    Thirded because fuck the Merchant Mafia!
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:20 No.17647028
    no, we will shave out head when shit will hit the fan (tm)
    then we will have a power up because we've been nerfing ourselves this whole time and kick so much ass/rape so much minds
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:23 No.17647062
    It's never been stated to affect psionic powers so it could
    be just what people can use to identify psions with. Plus tattoos, I guess.

    Anyhow, that wouldn't exactly fit the Journal Writer's style, since he's a psion, an adventurer and an offworlder.
    This would make keeping low-profile a lot more difficult.
    And maybe he doesn't want to be bald, oh god I give up.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:26 No.17647081
    durr why mc don't cut his hair
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)16:38 No.17647195

    Actually, the best way to buff concerning the head would most likely be to put a band of metal that is reactive to psionic emissions. For example, if it's similar to radios and wifi, a cornet of copper would be the best choice. That, and a cornet has a sign of authority; as it was a sign of nobility on earth, and most likely the same on this planet.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)16:42 No.17647239
    Journal Entry 188

    Okay, I have been reunited with my Journal. We get to Pinecliff at nightfall and settle at an inn for the night when some asshole wizard who somehow knows we're offworlders walks up. Some spell he has going. I figure he wants to talk and I can't easily penetrate his mind, he's got a strong will. I'm tired and don't think anything of it, it's happened before. Next thing I know, I'm on my ass with some paralyze spell and he's running off with my journal. The others are too surprised to do anything except Jason who gives chase. Jason eats a lightning spell for his effort. It's on now motherfucker. The spell wears off and Avery manages to heal Jason. We track him down to a tower on the edge of town after asking around. It's all locked up and has a mud golem parked out front for security. The lights are off. I know he's in there, I can feel it. There are some windows a few floors up, so we hatch a plan. Jason and Mike will go in while Avery, Marcus and myself try and distract the golem. So we go up to the golem and engage it in conversation. It can't answer back obviously but it's not attacking right off the bat, it's in the middle of a city, but we got its attention. Jason scales the wall and Mike does some thing where he just skitters up the wall like it's nothing. What the fuck.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)16:43 No.17647254
    Journal Entry 188 Part 2

    Suddenly there's some loud whistling sound and the tower's lights go on. The golem suddenly flips it's shit and turns to the front door. I think they tripped a magic security system or something. So we attack the golem. Swords aren't doing much to it except cutting off little pieces. Guards come running over, and I convince them that the golem's gone on a murderous rampage. They never trusted the thing. We have some help with this now. We're all covered in mud but we're cutting this thing down until it finally goes inert. We're all covered head to toe in mud, the whole area is filthy. Mike and Jason go leaping out of the window with my book and the wizard comes running out the front door with a big glowing staff and cursing. The guards immediately leap at him, thinking he's also gone on a murder spree. Accusations get thrown around and we all get arrested except Jason and Mike. We spend the night in jail except Avery, who is sent to the local sun church for them to deal with. We end up sharing a cell with the wizard. He thought my journal was some planes walker spellbook and was trying to decipher the language. He burned the edges of several pages in his attempts. He said it was the chance of a lifetime. I'm at a fucking loss.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:51 No.17647325
    Ho shit.

    >the edges of several pages were burnt

    Props to Mike and Jason for getting it back before shit got worse. All hail the Break-in Brigade!
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:54 No.17647345
    he needs to enchant his journal with protection from ... wards, obviously.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)16:54 No.17647349
    Journal Entry 189

    So the guard had us, wizard included, cleaning the mud up from the golem fight. We had some time to get to know each other. He's eccentric but not a bad guy really. When he's not stealing mysterious journals from strangers. He's originally from Aeyllin and knew some of the people we worked with there. We asked if he knew anything about our missing compatriots. He did recall a strange band passing through a while back, so I think we're on the right track. Afterwards, he invited us to a nice breakfast and bid us farewell. He has golems everywhere in his tower. So we picked up Avery. The church was pissed at her for being involved in criminal activity, even if it wasn't really. They had her doing some.. thing that she won't talk about, but it bothered her a great deal. She was certainly directing hate around the room when we picked her up. She won't talk about it though. Met back up with Mike and Jason. I'm pretty sure they read through it, but I don't mind since they were there for nearly everything described in it. Not like you Avery!

    >Fuck you, you ditched me in the fucking church with Alex to go on an adventure, what was I supposed to do?
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:57 No.17647379
    AND she now hates the church, took you long enough to do that OP.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)16:59 No.17647399
    Ah, so all she really wanted was to be prey in a barbarian coming of age manhunt! Get robbed by bandits, taken prisoner and drafted into the service of an Orc army and assassinate a king!

    Sucks to be her.
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)17:02 No.17647429

    I'm just waiting for these to just shut up and making out already. The Tsu-Tsu is not going to be Snu-snu, that's all I can hope for right now, because the last thing the team needs right now is an ex-cleric.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:05 No.17647460

    I don't think it was ever implied that you need to be celibate to be part of the Sun Church clergy.


    Possibly. We need confirmation on that.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)17:06 No.17647469
    Journal Entry 190

    Alright, time for a proper introduction. Welcome to Pinecliff. It's a major port town posed on a cliff overseeing the ocean. The area is heavily forested and another hub on the trade circuit. Most of the buildings are wood and the primary export is wood and wood products, much like Brightly but on a larger scale and without infinite trees. Instead, they have a pack of druids that decide which trees are good to cut and where to plant the new ones, plus . Wizards are occasionally used to No clear cutting here. The city itself is around 150-200 feet above the water line, where the massive harbor is. There's a long line of stairs to get down there and a crane system for moving the cargo. Jason mentioned inventing a counterweight elevator, but we're not going to be here long enough. They have enough docks for 20 or so ships and most of them are full. They are also in the process of building an airship port. We're going to stick around for a few days until we find a ship heading for Valmere. Other then the wizard incident, our time here so far has been pretty good. Nice town to be in and Marcus is having the time of his life showing off at the taverns. Avery seems distant though.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:07 No.17647477
    >hating the church doesn't make you an Ex-cleric but snu-snu does
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:08 No.17647485
    getting raped does that to females.
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)17:13 No.17647532

    This may not be pelor.

    We don't know what the rules with this church may or may not be.

    This might be as strict as the catholics, or as 'loose' as the babtists.

    >Better safe then healer-less.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:20 No.17647595
    Getting raped does that to pretty much everyone.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:28 No.17647685
    I hope avery is gonna be ok
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)17:31 No.17647716

    If I were there, and I heard that she'd been raped?


    I just really hope that is not the case, because she would be wrecked by it.

    >She may very well be already.

    But I am from /m/.
    >And we /m/echeads demand JUSTICE, almost above all.

    And if this is true...
    >Then this church will burn as a fitting tribute to their god.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:34 No.17647742
    Okay, I must of missed something. Why is everyone assuming Avery was raped?
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:34 No.17647747
    No, it shall burn so brightly in the flames of righteousness as to outshine their god, such that he quakes with fear at the thought of Terran wrath.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:35 No.17647753
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    >Sun church is full of assholes and/or implied rapists
    It is an affront to everything I thought I believed
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:37 No.17647771
    she seems to be royally pissed off at dealing with anyone from that church now, seems to be distant like the way a girl would be if raped.
    also this church is known to already be an asshat.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:41 No.17647813
    The way she's been acting is consistent with that of rape victims afraid of the authority or power their abuser wields.

    Personally, i think it's just heavy cult indoctrination shit. Look at the standard playbook for most cults. Find people in states of uncertainty and distress (most of this world but especially the newcomers), feed them filling but non-nutritious food with no protein to weaken them and slow their minds, surround them with iconography and symbols of your authority, fake sympathy and compassion. Once you've convinced them that you're their friend and can guide them, they're ready to do or think whatever you tell them. And from the sound of it that's exactly what's happened here.
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)17:41 No.17647816




    And you know, stuff like that.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:46 No.17647880
    >heavy cult indoctrination shit

    This shit right here, like I've been saying this entire time. Either way, it's entirely possible she's either suffering a crisis of faith or other such internal conflict, or the clergy got all up in her shit and she's honestly just scared.

    But the second would be consistent with heavy cult indoctrination shit.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)17:49 No.17647923
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    Journal Entry 191

    Well, a call went out for adventurers with help dealing with a nearby dungeon of some sort. Unfortunately, we're the only ones in town at the moment so we kind of got gang-pressed into it. It pays well I suppose, and we are running low on our money. The merchant guild wants this place cleared out. It's full of goblins who have been attacking caravans, harassing the druids and stealing anything left alone outside of town. We're getting prepared for it, got some dungeoneering gear. Rope, torches, emergency rations and we'll tear hit it up tomorrow.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:49 No.17647926
    It doesn't necessarily have to be rape. They could have just publicly and ritualistically humiliated her or stripped her of her powers (so they think) or something, and the distance is her dealing with the shame and anger from that? I think using shame and guilt is more typical of a "good" church than rape is.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:53 No.17647974
    >But I am from /m/.

    Man, this just made me think of how awesome an /m/ version of this would be.
    >So apparently I have to pilot a giant robot. Not that I'm all that against the idea, of course, but being more-or-less abducted by a pair of apes in cheap suits with badges from some organization I've never heard of and shoved into a car with windows so tinted they may as well be opaque. After driving for a while we ended up in a warehouse in the middle of fuck knows where, and they got out of the car. Both of them. I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't at least a bit apprehensive at this point, especially since I tried unlocking my seatbelt and found that it wouldn't. Then there was a humming noise and the whole section of the floor started sinking and I more-or-less just shut up. I mean there's no way someone would go to all this trouble just to kill me, right? Since I don't seem to have any options here, I figured that I may as well just see where this goes and try to remain calm.

    >inb4 marion shows up
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)17:58 No.17648047
    >but being more-or-less abducted by a pair of apes in cheap suits with badges from some organization I've never heard of and shoved into a car with windows so tinted they may as well be opaque is just a bit worrisome
    >> Servant of the Emperor 01/23/12(Mon)18:00 No.17648067
    You'd been working with goblins for months, yet you plan to just go in and kill the lot of them?
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)18:07 No.17648165
    You've been been human all your life, yet you plan to just go in and kill all of those bandits?
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)18:10 No.17648195
    the difference is one is your bro and the other is a raging bunch of assholes who keep kicking your ass on site.

    I.E. why would you kill a goblin bro?
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)18:10 No.17648200
    Journal Entry 192

    The Pinecliff dungeon. Where to begin. We found the location and went in. It looked like just a natural cave at first. Sure enough, we found goblins. Feral. No negotiations. They attacked like wild animals defending their home, which they were. They had spears and primitive knives. We had swords and magic. Avery kept us healed as we pressed forward. Jason picked out a few primitive traps and I mind-tricked them into triggering them for us. There were about 30 or so of them and they attacked in small skirmish groups. They probably would have had a better chance if they all rushed us at once. We took a break in their main camp after we finished, catching our breath and checking injuries. Around then Marcus notices that the walls aren't so cave like anymore, it's stone work, and the further it goes, the more developed it becomes. We make a decision and continue down to see what's there. We put up some chalk marks on the wall so we don't get lost. Jason picks out a few more traps that were far more advanced then what the goblins were using, some of them magic. One insidious pit trap with some kind of monofilament line across it. Mike did his wall crawling thing to get across and found some trigger that closed the pit with a mechanical door. Very interesting. So deeper we go, avoid some more traps and we're currently taking a break and having some lunch. Air flow down here seems okay considering how deep we must be. Might be magic, might be hidden vents or just the design of the place.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)18:11 No.17648208
    >[...]goblins who have been attacking caravans, harassing the druids and stealing anything left alone outside of town.

    Yeah, no.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)18:15 No.17648255
    you haven't actually been following since the beginning have you?
    the feral races are typically good with us and the civilized ones are assholes.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)18:17 No.17648272
    These ones seemed feral.

    Methinks there be something belowground that be fucking with them.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)18:23 No.17648344
    The writer's been using three terms to describe the non dominant races. Civilized, Tribal and Feral. The Goblins of Wolflake were Tribal, the ones in the Pinecliff dungeon are Feral. If he met some working as merchants in a city, he'd describe them as civilized. Tribal can be dealt with peacefully if you haven't pissed them off. Feral can't be negotiated with.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)18:26 No.17648370
    Wait what? This isn't GoblinsComic. If anything, 008 is pushing that there IS no good side. The Orcs only took PoWs after the narrator shot some of the prisoner's memories into their head and pretty much guilted them into it. Without the Terrans, specifically the narrator, they'd be just as brutal. Like he said to Avery, this isn't black and white, it's pretty much strait-up grey vs. gray. The entire Wolflake War was an imperial vs. tribal landgrab. We just label the tribes as the good guys because of their underdog status and that the war is told from their point of view.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)18:27 No.17648396
    And they weren't really dicks to the narrator the entire time, up to the point where they recognized him and his team as an extremely valuable war asset in and of themselves.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)18:48 No.17648605
    Journal Entry 193

    We're not the first ones here. We finally make it to what seems to be the end of the dungeon, a big room with treasure chests. They were all empty, most broken open. We were about to shrug and leave when Jason notices that the small floor tiles have something carved into them. Words. In English. Here. It wasn't a message though, the words were random. Jason, of course, found the trigger. Pressing down on the Earth and Home stones. A new door opened in the wall and beyond, a small alcove. We found a jar of honey with a small block of some kind of wax inside. In the middle of the wax was a microsd card. When we touched the jar, a bright light burst went off. We thought it was a trap initially but nothing seemed to of happened. We made a rush out of the cave expecting it to of closed off somehow, but we made it out okay. So what was the light burst? Soon as we got out, we made camp and checked the card. It still worked. It was full of photos. 10 people in Earth clothing in locations that looked vaguely familiar. One was definitely Aeyllin, and one looked like Wolflake but it was under construction. The first ones looked like Rosenbridge without the city on the bridge. There were two hundred photos, and as they went on, people went missing from them, expressions changed, they changed over their time. Like us. This had to of been in that cave for a long time. Why is there no record of their exploration and why did they appear so long ago? We took a look at the dates on the earliest photos. March 3, 2014.
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    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)18:50 No.17648628
    Holy CRAP.

    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)18:53 No.17648658
    [cue x-files theme]
    I like.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)18:55 No.17648667

    I think its just from another group - another group that was that picked up 'later' than OP's group

    still, its a mindfuck.

    fun times
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)18:59 No.17648699
    Journal Entry 194

    We got paid for our dungeon work and retired to the inn. We kept going over the photos. I sent copies to everyone's devices and we dug around for a message in the photos, anything. Why is there no historical evidence of them? We tore through Aeyllin's university library! How long ago was this? What happened to them? The last photos were of the dungeon. Was there a group before them? Is there going to be a group after us? Who is doing this to us? So many questions, my head hurts. Avery's tearing up the more she looks at them. Mike's been messing with her Laptop to see if there are any recoverable deleted files on the card. Marcus caught something though. Their group had 10 people. We have 11. Why? Is there a reason behind this, or just random? I wonder if they ever found a way home, or if they died in obscurity. Did they introduce technology the way we have been? What were their names? Damn it.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)19:00 No.17648709
    Crap, we hit autosage. I'll do up a new topic with the next entry.
    >> Gundrium !EorQ25Gak. 01/23/12(Mon)19:01 No.17648718
    Picked up later, but droped off earlier.

    Me thinks this doth be an experiment.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)19:02 No.17648730

    Well fuck. Maybe they are moving in different timelines?
    Like the farther ahead in earth time you are the farther back you are sent in the fantasy world. And vice versa.

    Either way amazing story 008.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)19:04 No.17648745
    Since none of the characters react to the date, should we assume that they did not themselves arrive in 2012?
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)19:07 No.17648776
    They left in 2012 and have been there a year, so it's now 2013 for them.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)19:08 No.17648783
    I think it's safe to say that they arrived in early 2012/late 2011. The narrator DID make a note of 2014, in particular.
    >> Anonymous 01/23/12(Mon)19:18 No.17648896
    I think it would be hilarious if the cameras setting where just off.
    >> 008 01/23/12(Mon)19:19 No.17648904
    New Thread!


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