You are Ssen, a Lamia raised by a human Paladin who adopted you after killing the ones who birthed you. You are grown now, and Father has passed on. After a great deal of work, you have become a Paladin like your Father, and now take up his duties. You are accompanied by your best friend from childhood, the insect druid Tricia; Mage, a magic user who ran away from his family of cannibal raiders known as the Ghouls (Yes, his name is Mage. It was his idea); Persephone, a 22-year old thief/ex-guerllia fighter (She goes by Peri), and Mari, a 13-year old prodigy scholar/now sniper, who has her mind and soul trapped within Peri's body; and Lea, a deeply religious musician/martial artist, trained by her father, a famous trainer for arena fighters, she's covered from her mouth down in bandages to hide the horrific state her body has become thanks to the 'cures' that saved her from cancer.Your journey continues...Opening theme song (NEW for Season 2!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5si7w3uS9tUhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Quest1d4 chan page w/battle stats: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Lamia_Daughter_Quest
You, the Dawnchasers, Isen, Tara, and the mer girl Dana went to confront Adahn and the mer army he was leading.You managed to make his guise slip, and exposed to the mer army that the 'Fallen Lightbringer' wasn't some great pillar of strength, but rather just a little boy hiding behind some powerful magic. That is not strength that the mer respect, and so they deserted him and went back to Coral Gate.Adahn fought you. Perhaps he wanted to hurt the person he thought ruined his life, maybe he was too far gone into the Dramatae's manipulations to think rationally, or it could have been he just wanted his nightmare of a life to end. Either way, you defeated him, and spared the poor boy's life.On return to Stone Hall, you found the ship, Leviathan, was slightly on fire and had a deck covered with blood. Paladin Avery had discovered that the ship had been taken over by a Passion and his Blank minions. Now he was busy using his Red Occuli to purge the ship. But, now the Leviathan now belonged to Stone Hall, not Citadel.You have stopped the Dramatae's plans for Adhan, the Leviathan, and the Mer. A major victory, that no doubt further disrupted the Kingdom's destiny as dictated by the Dramatae and the Array. But those masked bastards got the last laugh. You have received a message that the Fey Court has sacked First Wood with a monster-filled army...and your uncle, Paladin Graves, has been captured.
Alright, we can't leave the job half finished. Lets get a ship and head back to Coral. Plus our overland transport is there.I hope our fears were unfounded and they weren't attacked while we headed to Stone Hall.
Welcome back echo!I vote we take time tonight to consult with avery on what we're going to do about first wood.Then let's have a dinner with granny and appreciate the kids one last time.Then we move on coral to reclaim our horse, then white tree using horse transit.
>>24790100coral is next, yes, but maybe we can get some support from stone hall, or at least some additional information about the white tree problem.
>>24790100Alright, it's easy for you to get a loaner wagon and horse. (Even though the wagon isn't as comfortable for you as the one that you left back at Coral Grate.) You're the Paladin Serpent, and your promise to return it is taken as gold...along with the five gold that you hand over.Dana wishes to stay at the Lighthouse, since overland travel isn't too healthy for her. She can survive for a decent while out of water, but she prefers to be near it at all times. Mage hastes the horse. He's actually gotten used to this spell, so he can pull it off with little difficulty.It'll still take three days to get there, however. Three days that pass with little incident. You have an unfortunate feeling that now that the Dramatae have an incident, they're on the other side of the kingdom, pulling the strings once more.Mage sighs as he sits next to you as you make camp on the second night. He's got his to-do book and is flipping through it. "I don't even remember why I had to look into half of these things." He says. "At least the Iron Books cover a lot of this now."
So, what kinds of monsters did they use?This is basically me asking for a gutpunch, since whatever the answer, it's gonna be terrible.
>>24790281"Only work on what catches your interest. Most of it was shooting out ideas to solve the latest disaster. Which we solved then otherwise."
>>24790281 Shit, I missed the ship part. Apologies. Also, I'm going to try a new dice system. The Average of the first three rolls, but crits and crit fails take precedence.
>>24790281"Well, I've been thinking of starting a journal to keep track of all the crazy plots we have. It would help with things like this.Sorry for giving you so many projects, by the way. There's no real need to hurry any of them, I just love giving you more ideas."
>>24790340Been following Shadow Quest, have we?
Ahhh Lamia Quest time, the best time of the week.>>24790281pretty much >>24790326"Just think of most of that book as brainstorming instead of a must-do list."
>>24790340(ya the ship part was kinda important. Though we can take it a bit slower then the rush here hah)
>>24790383>>24790340Don't worry! The ship plan didn't work because the currents were going north, and it would have been slower to go south.A dock worker explained this to us.This is the retroactive truth.
Aww yeah, lamia child quest.Thought I might have woken up too late for it.
>>24790326"Just think of most of that book as brainstorming instead of a must-do list. Only work on what catches your interest. Most of it was shooting out ideas to solve the latest disaster. Which we solved then otherwise.""True." Mage says ripping out a page. "This was devoted to the Lightbringers...though there might be new ones soon, wont there?"You grunt and roll your eyes. "Probably. I've been thinking of starting a journal to keep track of all the crazy plots we have. It would help with things like this."Sorry for giving you so many projects, by the way. There's no real need to hurry any of them, I just love giving you more ideas."He smiles at you. "It's nice to be wanted." He sighs and looks at his book. "I don't if it's gonna work with Sophie. I mean, she's great and we can talk about magic...but that's about it." He says. "Also she wants a family." He shakes his head. "That's not me. Not yet at least." He groans and sits back. "But I don't think I can just calmly walk out of this thing with her with polite goodbyes. You know, this was much easier with the ghouls. You wanted to split up, someone just stabbed the other and served them up as a stew to their new beau. It was considered very romantic."
>>24790514"Well, you could always tell her to find a new love, since you're off to go a-dying in the wars. That pretty much assures she'd be married happily by the time you get back so you can regret your decision, if I know anything about how these stories go.In short, you probably shouldn't listen to me for romantic advice. Just... putting that out there."
>>24790514I have a feeling that wouldn't go over well with her dad. I talked to Tricia about this you know? Turns out theres a way for her ot have my child. It wouldn't be right for me to not let her know.Talk to her. See if shes willing to wait for you to be ready, knowing that you might never be. That way she knows where you are coming from.
>>24790514Is there anything in ghoul romance that would be appealing to other species?
>>24790701they could have gone hunting together? That's acceptably romantic. Except when the hunt is for the most dangerous game, but yeah.
>>24790758If this quest has taught me anything, it is that humans are not the most dangerous game.It's probably dragons or one of the results of their uncontrolable laibidos.
>>24790802... pity most of the highly dangerous stuff is extinct or near it. Leviathans, Greater Troll, Rocs, Dragons. All kinda hard to come by.
Rolled 3>>24790580"Well, you could always tell her to find a new love, since you're off to go a-dying in the wars. That pretty much assures she'd be married happily by the time you get back so you can regret your decision, if I know anything about how these stories go."In short, you probably shouldn't listen to me for romantic advice. Just... putting that out there.""Wasn't that a Citadel story?" He smirks. "Well, I know the eating thing wouldn't go over well with Gregory." You say. "But at least talk to her.""Yeah, yeah...just be ready for explosions when that happens." He sighs and goes back to his book. "I wish we had more information other than rumors about the Fey Court attack."It's true. The only official missive that you got was the one Avery received just saying that there was an attack, the Occuli were forced to retreat. Apart from that, it's all be contradicting rumors. They had everything from goblins, to lamia, to Dragons, to Old Trolls and back again. The leader was a man/woman/monster/Queen Mab/King Oberon having betrayed the Council/The Lost Elf Princess/A Forgotten Elf Prince...on and on and on. Useless people spreading stories and fear.You go to sleep, and your dreams are the usual fractured mess they've always been. The next day you're back up and riding for Coral Gate. Once more, it is mercifully quiet, which could be good or bad...but you finally arrive that the bluffs.You look around for where you left Lightmare and the wagon.
travelling roll, low is good. Unless things have changed.
>>24790906Lightmare:Have eaten at least three dozen passions, blanks, elves, and mermen.
>>24790906Ah crap. Well, you found the Wagon. It's fine, if a little worn for spending so much time exposed to the elements, right next to the ocean.Lightmare's nowhere to be seen though, and his bridle has been chewed through. Still no signs of a struggle or a fight, so it looks like your horse just took off. Damnit.
See if Tricia's bugs can't find him. Or if we can use our vaunted tracking skills (hah) to find him. If not we'll head down to the city.
>>24790948"Entirely fair, lightmare. It seems our horse has tendered its resignation. Think there's any chance of finding it? Or if it would come back, even if we did?"
>>24790948He's a magical beast right? Does he have any kind of magic trail we can see with our ~Magic-Eyes~? Maybe we can smell him out with our tongue?
>>24790999>magical trailsomething like that.
Chances are if this thing wanted to leave, it would be GONE. so gone. It could have gotten halfway to citadel by now.Our only hope is if it stayed in the area.
>>24790948"Alright, Tricia, see if we can't talk our horse out of tending its resignation to us." You say."Gotcha." Tricia says. A small of butterflies come out of her sleeves. Their wings are the same color as her hair. "Go." She says to them and they scatter.You go looking for yourself, searching for a magic trail, scorched grass, or a large amount of blood and dead things, knowing Lightmare.+1 eyes1d20 +1
Rolled 19 + 1>>24791107
Rolled 8>>24791117Dat crit
>>24791117Based Archivist deserves praise
>>24791117That'll do it.
>>24791117"Found him!" You and Tricia both say at the same time. Awww, the big guy must have gotten hungry. You find him sleeping on the ground surrounded by a mass of dead rabbits, squirrels, and a half-eaten deer.Lea is there patting him awake. Lightmare slowly gets up and shakes his head. He does the usual neigh-roar and then licks Lea's hand."Good boy." She says. "Okay. I'll get him hitched back up. You go check on the 'Salt Court.' Make sure that nothing horrible happened."
Rolled 1>>24791107should I do that third roll to go with the new die system, or is that only for combat?
>>24791236thank god you are so late.>>24791224Yup to the city! Lets see if the army arrrived and what we can do to oust Trevor,Oh and get those anti-mind control potions.
>>24791224"Have fun with the horse, Lea. I'll give you guys a call if there's any trouble with the merthings."
>>24791311actually, this is kind of plain, feel free to just write in your own, or skip over it echo.I WOULD donk our spear to our helmet then go, but we have no helmet, just a circlet.
>>24791311"Have fun with the horse, Lea. I'll give you guys a call if there's any trouble with the merthings." You say as you dive into the water.You swim to the Manor House. There's no signs of fire from within. It's hard to tell if there's been damage or not. The place is a mouldering wreck.Also, you don't see any sign of the mer army. Which is disconcerting.You go into the Manor house. You knock on the door...no answer.You force open the door and look around the room. It's empty. More than that actually, it looks like it's been empty for an extended amount of time. The feast table has a thick layer of dust on it. There's no signs of comfortable couches and seats of ruined furniture, no sign of people having water dumped on them. Nothing.You make your way into Trevor's war room. There's nothing. No war map, no fresh books, no piles of crabs and discarded crab shells. The place is a room that has never been used in years...or at least looks like it.
>>24791404hmm if what the Mer produce can be used to block mind manupulation, perhaps it can cause it too?
>>24791404So they did move into the cathedral after all.
>>24791404Check the sunken cathedral!
>>24791404thats familiar. too familiar. Remember Robin? And now that we know the Fey Court was co-opted by the Dramatae this might be the same thing. Lets try to search out clues.If we find nothing we should head to the Cathedral.
>>24791404Wipe some dust with your finger, as is classic to do in such situations. Possibly mutter "How on earth...".Then continue investigating, since this is some mysterious shit the mermen pulled off. Or were part of. If they were illusions somehow.
>>24791404Or the Dramatae got them.
>>247914383-5 days is nowhere enough time for a layer to dust to accumulate, let alone a thick layer.>>24791404investigate further, use our lamia senses(thermal vision, taste the air etc) to try and detect anything.
>>24791404It's time for Detective Paladin Serpent to take on her newest case!
>>24791404Search for hints or clues then check the cathedral just in case. >>24791438I actually doubt that.>it looks like it's been empty for an extended amount of time. The feast table has a thick layer of dust on it. Suggest almost like they were never there. Remember it's been only two three days max. No way good layer of dust to from.
Leviathan plan for getting away completely undetected:1. leave.2. pour dust everywhere before you go.3. use OCD powers to ensure it's uniform.
>>24791494CITADEL MAGIC! IT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING!More seriously, >>24791519 makes sort-of sense.
>>24791485>>24791519>>24791486There could be some sort of magical illusion at work here. Maybe the Mer have some spellcasters amongst them, or the Dramatae decided to make a stop here during the battle.
>>24791404Check the whole place out, then check the cathedral.I realize my instructions were a very unspecific "investigate further".
>>24791462"How on earth...?" You mutter. You take a deep breath and look around with your clear eyelids open. This isn't an illusion. The dust is real, and there's nothing here that's pretending that it's something that it isn't...but...you without a doubt see magical traces everywhere, and under the table a small little chip of crab shell.You hold up some of the dust and taste/smell it. Ah hah...this isn't dust...well it is...but it's also powered crab shell, wood, and a lot of other debris that's been reduced to a powder.Roll 1d20 +1
Rolled 18>>24791620>substances reduced to poweroh no no no
Rolled 9 + 1>>24791620
>>24791645fuck, lets try that again
3 rolls, 2 above 15, we got this.
>>24791670>we got thisbut we don't WANT this.It could be something HORRIBLE.They've all been dissaperated!
>>24791679Or even worse.Cocaine!
>>24791685man, don't give the dramatae the idea to use drugs on us.We're ALL THE TIME sniffing around for things.
>>24791733man the Citadel IS drugs, it makes you happy and stupid and kills people.
>>24791748Yeah, but if they, say, had some highly volatile poppy extracts just lying around an investigation scene...Lamia paladin: distracted for at least a day. Good plan, comedy.
>>24791643Hello, what's that? The hinge on the door the faceplate that's screwed into the wall is missing two screws and the remaining bolt is painted white...and someone's carved a crude nine point star around it. You pull out the screw and flip the face pate away. Someone's carved a hole into the wall and stuck a rolled up note in there. Only three people you know who are that clever in skullduggery and would but the Caligo Clarus logo on it. You unroll the scroll.- - -This message is for Paladin Ssen of the Caligo Clarus.I'm sorry. I didn't have a choice. The Agony Masks are too strong, but once we've done what they want us to, we have a little leeway.Robin's still at Grove. Prisoner. Same as me and Ryan. The old man was taken and Masked. They thought he would be useful when they 'repair' the Paladin order. The Salt Queens are ours. Don't know what Ryan's being forced to do to the Mer, but I know there's an ambush planned if they turn back.Seeing as we don't hear the Leviathan exploding...I think you've handled it. That'll piss them off. They were still counting on the False Lightbringer.Don't come to the Grove. Not yet. It's a trap. You need a Woodsman's Compass. It's like the Miner Compass you wanted us to get. Conclave in White Tree has one...at least they hired us to procure one for them a while ago. Should still be there. You come in without it, they'll trap you in a Fey Wood Loop and leave you to rot.Help us.- Jessi- - -
>>24791856FffffffffffffffffffOkay. Plans for saving our elf friends?
>>24791856gah, so Robin and crew, Uncle Julian AND the Salt Queens are all prisoners?Hurry back to the others and show them the note, then off to White Tree.
>>24791856>but I know there's an ambush planned if they turn back.>They've turned backOH FUCK OH FUCK MOVE MOVE MOVE
>>24791856Welp. Off to White Tree with hopes Woodsman Compass is still there.
>>24791913wait wait waitThere's an ambush planned if the mers turn back. What about all the mermen? They're being ambushed. Probably right now.
>>24791856Alright, time to get to those Mer and hope we get there in time.
>>24791918yes. Something like this.GOTTA WARN THEM AGAIN.
>>24791923Crap right, read right over that.
>>24791856So Mer, capture Ryan, if we can. Push for White Tree, get the Woodsman Compass. Recuse all the people. Sounds about the path we need to take.
If we get the Mer we might get those potions after all.
>>24791972yep.The main question is: How the heck are we going to take robin and those folks alive, especially mask-agumented.
>>24791923whoops missed that, we cant exactly let them walk into an ambush so we need to spoil that plain first.
>>24792008Same way we rescued the Boy. Laser to the Face.
>>24791923You get back up the bluffs, as quickly as possible."Find something?" Tricia asks."We have to move, up the Coast. Now!" You snap."Huh?" Peri asks as you shove the letter into her chest as you get into the old wagon. "What's the ru-oh...oh crap!" Peri/Mari says as they read the note. "Mage, haste the horse. Lea will ride with you. Tricia, take Lightmare.""Ssen, get me that map of the coastline." She asks. as the horses take off. "See if we can figure out where they might possibly be."
I say we rescue robin.Then, when he asks "How ever can I thank you!" or says "I'll owe you one" or something like that, say "Oh yeah, you reminded me" and give him the 2,500 gold.Paladins will rescue you from a mind control army to repay their debts.
An Agony mask would work for purifying the coins right?
Get our map out, lets help plan this thing.
>>24792126probably not.Heck, I could make an agony mask out of a battery, some coil, and a few screws.
Yep. Time for maps and charts. I have no idea what oceanic maps or charts look like, fuck.
Well, it's pretty simple what we have to do.Backtrace the "red tide" they said they were taking, find any points particularly close to land or particularly narrow, investigate those.
>>24792150I thought any of them work work, except for the Passions.
>>24792132Alright...you sailed up the coast. You didn't see any more boats missing from Coral Gate. So that means they would have had to have launched at some point between Coral Gate and Stone Hall. That or their doing something from the coast.That leaves three places. A little ways north of the Sound where you crashed. The water's smooth and deep enough there...but they'd have to get through the rapids.There's a fishing village. It's a bit out of the way though, not to mention people would notice them.Finally there's a little cove that's a natural harbor. Out of the way, deep water, quick launching...but the place is a breeding/feeding/spawning ground for sharks. They'd not take kindly to visitors.
>>24792299well, if it was ME, I'd pick the shark one.But what would an elfish rogue pick? Probably the fishing village, there's places to lie low there, and it's more his habitat.Unless someone can think of a way to search multiples.
>>24792336No splitting the party, ever.
>>24792299I want to say sharks. Simply because these guys are dealing with Mer and they probably need something to attack them with. What better then bloodied sharks?
>>24792336>>24792397I'm going to agree with the general shark consensus.
>>24792299Definitely sharks. It's always the option with sharks.
>>24792397Yeah, sharks first. Hopefully, that's where they are.
>>24792448>>24792432>>24792417so, lamiabrain says sharks, even if we don't quite know why.
>>24792477to a leviathan sharks are probably tasty.
>>24790340That seems... significantly worse than the old system. I for one do not welcome our tripled chance to crit fail at everything we do.
>>24792505hmm.Perhaps we should not include the crits override. Or require a double-crit
>>24791236This is one of the many reasons I'd argue against changing the dice system permanently, though it's an interesting experiment. On average, while a best-of-three system does mean we're more likely to succeed (though that screws with all the previous DCs), it also means we're significantly more likely to either crit *or* critfail.
>>24792397>>24792336"Sharks?" You suggest."Maybe, but...well, it's obvious that they have SOME free will." She taps her fingers on the map. "Do we know anything about Ryan other than his little crazed revolutionary act?""If Jessi was smart enough to make the whole place look abandoned, then it's obvious that they're bringing their A game to this." Tricia shouts."Right...alriight, what do we know about Robin's crew and their tactics..." She nods. "Actually...I think you might be right." She looks up at you. "Why risk boats when you have a simpler way to scatter a group of mer and make them ripe for collection?" She points at the map. "Send the sharks out, scatter them. This place is filled with sandbanks." She scratches her head. "Of course, I'm trying to make it fit the area." She shakes her head. "I'm sure I can make up a good reason for the other two."
>>24792554"Well, the reason for the fishing village is they're more at home somewhere like that. I can't really think of a reason for them to go to the rapids.""Which means they're at the rapids."
>>24792554>"I'm sure I can make up a good reason for the other two."Do tell.
>>24792536Or just go back to the old system which worked fine really.
>>24792505I still support a best of 3 system. Averaging however is just plain bad... you almost always average out. And as pointed out you have a 3x chance to crit.>>24792554The village has boats. Which I doubt they can carry with them. The rapids has no clear advantages beyond the fact that its a choke point.
>>24792576It would be very hard for them to capture the merfolk if they broke away in the rapids or out in the deep water beyond.
>>24792554"The rapids would probably be the best place if they wanted to destroy the Mer instead of capturing them, at least the ones without gills.""No idea what advantage the village has as an ambush spot though."
>>24792584"Do tell.""The fishing village means they can trick the villagers into helping them. Plus it's easier to take ships that are already there. They're easier to move than the sharks, but sharks can't be witnesses.As for the rapids...if they get through them, then it's the ultimate ambush. There's nothing the Mer can do thanks to the currents in that area. They just get slammed right into what's waiting."Mari shakes her head. "Ugh, too many options with too little time."
I get the feeling we're going to have to pretty much just guess here.There's probably some really obscure sentence somewhere in one of the past 45 threads which gives some hint as to which one Ryan would be at, but I'll be fucked if I can remember it.
>>24792716Honestly if we were smarter we could probably just figure all of this out. As it stands, we're on a guess.Which are we closest to?
>>24792737You'd get to the Sharks the fastest. The Sound the longest.
The only thing I can remember about Ryan aside from his revolutionary act is that he's part of the Coins guild, but I really don't see how that helps narrow it down.We know next to nothing about the guy.
>>24792716Maybe the whole revolutionary thing he has? I mean rallying people to cause to attack the Mer might be something he would do. I don't know. It's hard to try and second guess stuff. Sharks just seem like the answer. Question would be could we go Sharks -> Village in time, if sharks be wrong.
>>24792752Are the locations conveniently arranged so that we can swing by each in turn?
>>24792683I still say sharks... I wonder if we could ride several. That way we could use them to investigate the rapids.
>>24792785Pity none of us aren't actually a druid.
>>24792785Best idea? Or best idea.
I'd say we split the party into two, have one group investigate one area, the other group investigate the second, and we all meet up in the third location.
>>24792809Samuel L Jackson would like a word with you.
>>24792785>riding sharksNo, we harness them together and use them like a chariot.
>>24792633Best of three is also kind of shit. It would give us a 90% chance to roll above 10. We'd basically always succeed instead of always being average.
>>24792821If we do this, each group should have a flare. We have extras.
>>24792809Tricia waves. "I can send some of...me...down the way. I don't think I can be in more than one place at once." She says. "Where do you want me to go?"
>>24792777Probably, they're along the coast.
>>24792850What would be the easiest location to scout? The sharks?
>>24792850I think it's sharks. On the off chance it's not sharks, I suppose check the village. It really worries me when you split up like that, though. Don't stress anything."
>>24792850I say have Tricia check the rapids, its the longest trip and its better to get an idea whether they are there or not first.We should head to the sharks and do a quick sweep then onto the village.
>>24792850I think "don't split the party" also applies even more strongly to "don't split a party member".
>>24792934This is where Tricia shines. We can't put her to the side just because we're worried about her safety. Shes worth more then that.
>>24792850Check the furthest location and work your way back, and we'll check the closest and work forward.
>>24792993>>24792926"Go all the way up to the Rapids. Then work your way back." You say. "And be careful...it worries me when you split up like that.""I know. I know." She says. A couple of dragonflies break off from her and take off."Are you going to be okay, fighting Ryan and Jessi or Robin?" Lea says. "They are our friends."
>>24792984Not saying she shouldn't do it, but these new abilities are a major unknown, and she never did have that talk with Granny. In particular, she doesn't know how to replenish then yet. She should be careful, and not send more of herself than she can afford to lose.
>>24793042"We shouldn't have to kill them. Just take the masks off."
>>24793042I think that's what the Dramatae is counting on. Let's see if we can do this non-lethaly.
>>24793042"We don't have to kill them, just beat them into unconsciousness. Because we care about them. Plausible deniability for their bosses and all that."
>>24793042Not really. But we can't let them be slaves to the Dramatae either. So we'll fight them and free them as soon as possible. I fought for Adahn. I'll fight even harder for them.
>>24793042I'll manage. We have a lot more options for nonlethal combat now, and unlike half the people we don't kill, they actually want saving.
>>24793042"We all do what we must. If possible we should, no, we need to capture them. We all know they wont just lay down and give up without a fight."
>>24793042"I'd rather not hurt them, but if it's a choice between roughing them up to get the masks off, and leaving them at the Dramatae's mercy, I know what I'll choose."
>>24793087"Not really. But, that's what the Dramatae are counting on. We can't let them be slaves to those masked bastards. So we'll fight them and free them as soon as possible. I fought for Adahn. I'll fight even harder for them."Anyway, we shouldn't have to kill them. Just take the masks off. If it's a choice between roughing them up to get the masks off, and leaving them at the Dramatae's mercy, I know what I'll choose."Lea nods. "Robin will probably charge us out the nose for the medical bills.""What exactly can the Dramate do with a load of Mer?" Peri asks. "There's not that many towns along rivers, and Stone Hall has the Leviathan now."
>>24793042"Well there is always this *Black Venom mouth* and Beacon's Light, we have quite a few nonlethal methods of subduing people.""It also helps that they want us to rescue them, unlike many of the others we have encountered."
After these messages, we'll be right back. Have to cook Mother's Day dinner.
>>24793200>cooking dinnerOh man, good luck echo. That usually takes me like two hours.
>>24793157Well if they want to make the threat real and since Leviathan is in our hands they could send the Mer to Citadel itself. Rally all the people against the monster threat. Then have their new Lightbringer head that army in glorious battle against the monstrous armies of the Mer and Fey.That or they want them for the access to whatever is in the Mer's brains.
>>24793157>what exactly can the dramatae do with a load of mer?"The same thing that the old one suggesting doing with them. Serving them properly prepared. They plan to ambush and possibly kill the deserters, which would be a treasure trove of ingredients for who knows what poisons, potions, and tinctures.Either that or attack the phoenix empire."
>>24793293this also has the effect of placing the blame on Stone Hall. If we didn't have it it'd have been there to protect Citadel.
>>24793346>>24793293perhaps we'll move the leviathan to citadel once we stop this mer bullcrap.Also, those poor poor elves. They were leaving little clues for us? Don't they know how blind we can be?
>>24793158too bad black venom works... variably.It's kinda dangerous, if we accidentally give them too much. Same with all nonlethals.
>>24793327Speaking of Old One's advice, we do need to look into that. As awful as it is, we've run into more than a few dead Met, and we do need a way to protect our minds.
>>24794036If they're citadel corrupt it probably won't work... and harvesting sentients is definately on the wrong side of the moral grey-zone.
>>24794036>>24794053what I'm worried about is that's exactly what the dramatae's "plan B". was, if the mers failed.
>>24794053Old One did not suggest that the corruption mattered for this. And in any case, I'd never suggest killing them for that purpose. There's nothing wrong with using those already dead, though. Or, we could probably get what we need voluntarily, for instance from Dana, if she's not too creeped out by it.
On the bright side, they didn't plan for us to succeed here.Which means they didn't plan on us having stone hall OR the leviathan.which means we can use those elements to fuck them.
>>24794280They also didn't plan for us to be forewarned about the ambush, so thats another thing in our favor.
>>24794300well, to be fair, this might be post-warned.The ambush could have already happened.
>>24794314I doubt it
>>24794314You arrive at the Shark Cove. You hear sounds of combat and hear the splashing of water. Crap it looks like the ambush has already started. You can see a lot of froth in the water as a group of mer are dealing with a school of sharks, and you can see robed figures with nets accompanied by magic users.They cast the net, mer goes into the net, magic use casts a spell and the Mer is either gone to who knows where, or it struggles and fights...and ends up covered in white scales for all of it's troubles."Come on!" Peri says. "We go down there, and Mage and I can start shooting at the bastards. Then you'll have to dodge the sh-""Hold it!" Tricia says. "Oh, shit! They're doing it again!""What?" Mage says."I'm at the village. Since it was on the way..." She says. "They're there too...or have been there at least. I see a lot of sunk boats and dead people...fuck...and I don't see anyone but blanks."Peri scans the scene before them. "I only see Blanks too."
>>24794575Save as many as we can and kill the mages first.
>>24794575Kill the mages first, try to leave one alive for questioning
>>24794575Geek the mages.
>>24794575"Maybe they're doing all three locations. But this is where the Mer are now so we have to do what we can."
>>24794603Yup, we need to do something to take out the mages, and something to stop the school of sharks. How can we stop all the sharks at once?Hmmm. Mage said once that if he overdid the Haste spell on an animal, it would basically explode. Could he do that intentionally, preferably without any chance of accidentally just hasting them?
>>24794575"Tricia, tell your friends to keep going; if this and the village are a distraction, we need to know that."
If they are everywhere we're going to need to deal with these places one by one. Which means we're going to most likely miss our Rebel....Unless Tricia thinks her insects can land on the guys mask and chew through the strings.
>>24794603>>24794636>>24794638There are three mages on the sandbank and three net men. Mage, Mari, and you can reach them with your ranged weapons...but if you want to go to close combat, you'll have to risk going through the bloody water and the sharks are going berserk at this point.
>>24794656Well, we'd either end up with turbocharged supersharks or a lot of gore.What could go wrong?
>>24794656Mage is going to be the best uncle to our and Tricia's kids. "Have I ever told you the story about the time I blew up some sharks?"
>>24794696Twang time. We don't use it enough anyway.
>>24794696Let's give ranged weapons a try, then. And let's get some black venom on them, too, so that every blow is potentially a stopping blow.
>>24794696Time for tsundere longbow-chan to save the day.
>>24794696Ranged weapons it is. Lets hope we do better then we have the last few times we've used our bow.
Let's take a round to put neurotoxin on our quiver.Because seriously, fuck their shit.
>>24794696Snipe the mages. Net dudes got only melee so yeah.
>>24794721oh yes definately poison up.
>>24794743Doesn't take a round if done at the start of battle, only during battle.
if we are going for kills on the mages wouldnt white or clear be better?
>>24794696Since they don't see us yet, and we're ambushing them, we can afford to take extra time lining up and synchronizing our shots, right?
... couldn't we musterd bomb them? put all three venoms on our arrows and even misses will start killing them.
>>24794784we'd just have to make sure to stand downwind of our friends hah
>>24794763man, if a mage can cast under neurotoxin I want him captured and converted to our side, he's obviously an archmagus.
>>24794763Clear is just an irritant, white would be best for lethal.>>24794784...and all the mer around them that we're trying to save.
>>24794763The white isn't that fast-acting, and the clear doesn't seem like it would enhance killing power enough to help (plus we'd have to be really careful with the clear to avoid damaging the arrows). Plus we wouldn't mind some interrogation later.>>24794784>>24794789Hmmm. I wonder if we could warn the Mer and then use that to take out the sharks?
>>24794797mer are water breathers
>>24794804we don't have time for interrogation. The village and the rapids still await.
>>24794805So are sharks, but I don't think the mixed-venom gas is only deadly to things that *breathe* it.
>>24794815The Mer can hold them for later interrogation.
>>24794797clear burned Grannys incredibly tough skin, from the description it sounds like a powerful one, and acid coated arrows would burn your internal organs wherever they hit.probably does double wounds or something, we never used it when sane in combat.i vote use Clear on the arrows.
besides if we're successfull we won't have to interrogate, we'll have freed Revolution Man.
>>24794805They also breathe air when they come up to escape the sharks.Also why have you started capitalising your name it unsettles me.
>>24794828Not a crazy plan. Worth a try. In any case we should offer some to Mari/Peri as well.>>24794831Point.
Mage should Haste at least one shark thats near the netters. I bet one of thsoe would pull a Jaws.
>>24794828>put acid on your arrowsI have a small logistical problem with that
>>24794843...breathe. Breathe! That's an idea! Mage could try the sleep spell on the sharks. If they can't swim, they can't breathe.
>>24794857Metal arrowheads only, and very carefully.>>24794856If any of them are close to the netters and not likely to go nuts on the Mer instead, sure; doesn't seem very likely, though.
We should be using neurotoxin and nonlethal for this one, until we determine the plain masks are not indeed masks of agony like robin describes.If they are, well, shit. Shiiiit.
>>24794828adding to this, imagine trying to cast spells after someone poured a bottle of hydrochloric acid into a puncture wound.>>24794857you dont coat the damn shaft, you dip the arrowhead into it.
>What's the plan /tg/?>Shoot them with poison arrows!>What color poison?>RED ONE>NO THE BLUE ONE>PICK THE YELLOW DRESS
>>24794890It's important, damn it!
>>24794858For that matter, sharks are effectively cold-blooded, so Mage's freeze spell might work just as well.
>>24794858Or he could crit fail it and explode their brains. Either way works.
>>24794898freeze spell might effect the Mer too.
Any ideas for someone other than Mage to deal with the shark problem quickly? The Mer could probably handle some of it if we stop the mages and netters, but that'll take time, and the Mer are being slaughtered in the meantime.
Rolled 4, 9, 11 = 24For the record, Tricia says that the village has already seen its action. The blanks are just cleaning up. These are the last of the Mer that managed to get past any other attacks they had experienced earlier. This is going to be hard now. There are COMPETENT people behind the planning. You gotta save the trio, fast.You drip the clear onto your arrow heads.Mari aims at one of the Mages and fire.There's about five sharks being actively aggressive. Mage takes a deep breath and tries to subdue as many of them as possible.Tricia takes off her hat and chants.Lea is debating is she wants to risk punching a shark or not.
>>24794921>made deal with shark problem quickly?None that wouldn't fuck the mer just as bad.
>>24794925I think mage succeeded. yay.
>>24794925>lea debating whether or not she wants to risk punching a shark or notDon't do it lea, regardless of what that shark said about yo' momma.
>>24794925Well, To be fair, clear is the easiest to mark our arrows with.We can just sort of exude it.
damnit nope, that was Tricia's roll.
>>24794925>Lea is debating is she wants to risk punching a shark or not.the mental image of this is awesome/hilarious
(damn low rolling /tg/ dice)
Rolled 3, 2 = 5>>24794925One of the sharks gets a little loopy. Enough that the Mer can skewer them.A swarm of sand flies pours out of Mari's hat and she sends the biting bastards at the hunters. Keeping one pair occupied.The hunters continue to trap/corrupt Mer. Interesting the Corrupt mer just take off swimming out to open water. Obviously to lose any tails, and they have orders.
>>24794969at least it works in our favor as well as theres.
>>24794969Goddamnit it shouldn't be this easy to whitescale mers.God forbid they try to get that net on us. A whitescale'd Ssen would kill the citadel in a wave of blood and pain.
>>247949695 more mer are taken. There's about 75 left. The sharks aren't really killing any of them, but as long as the sharks are active, they can't fight back against the hunters.Your turn
time to shoot the mages
>>24794986shoot the mages.
>>24794986Shoot the mages.
>>24794990>>24794986>the magesFuck that, shoot the net-men. Fuck those nets, they're a warcrime.
>>24794984>Goddamnit it shouldn't be this easy to whitescale mers.It shouldn't be this easy to corrupt *anything*.
>>24795004The sharks apparently aren't killing the Mer, which means the fatal threat is the corruption, and only the mages are doing that. They might also be affecting the sharks.
>>24795011I think that's been the entire story of citadel. Just fuck citadel so much.
>>24795022I thought the nets were like, artifact corruption deals?Strange.
>>24794984SHHH dont give Echo ideas you fool you will doom us all.
Rolled 13 + 2>>24795039
Rolled 6 + 2>>24795026This seems like a much more recent development, though. Time was, Citadel had to actually tempt a creature into falling.>>24795026
Rolled 20 + 2>>24795039
Rolled 8>>24795039I chanted a little song to this die roll.
>>24795070Well, this should be interesting, now that it counts.
>>24795053Citadel has grown and the Dramatae are likely pulling out all the stops (and spending pretty much every ounce of Citadel Magic needed to make the next sacrifice work).
>>24795079Perhaps.We should make take a mathematician to the new system and reduce the crit ratio to something that fits better on a bellcurve though. The spikes shown by a previous mathanon seemed scary.
>>24795079Oh god we won't be able to use our claws ever with the new dice. 3 sets of 2d20...
>>24795084>>24795053I think of it like the difference between a passive corruption effect and an active one.Passive one is WAY easier to upkeep.
Rolled 3, 19, 10 = 32>>24795048You nail one of the mages in the chest. He drops to the ground screaming as he scratches at the wound that's hissing and bubbling.Mari shoots at the non-bugged mage.Mage continues to try and subdue the sharks.Tricia continues to focus on the flies.
>>24795135Ooh, that poison is some nasty work. And not actually a poison, so much as just acid.Next mage! Fuck their corruption. Also, perhaps we could convince them to run the hell away somehow?
>>24795135heh, i knew the Clear would be exceedingly effective vs the mages.also go mage!
>>24795135So crits dont count? Or did you give up on the new dice system?
>>24795196to be fair, any of our poisons is exceedingly effective VS mages.
Rolled 2>>24795135One shark passes out, and another shark gets sluggish enough to be dispatched. Tricia keeps her focus, just barely. ( Tricia gets a +2 to her ability now, thanks to her 'condition') At the hunter and the mage scream and thrash as the flies start to bite at them.The hunter who has the acid shot mage pulls a crossbow and shoots at you.The other two continue to snag Mer.
>>24795204We shot the guy. He's out of combat.
Rolled 3>>24795204That WAS a crit. I just linked the first one.
>>24795215>continuing to snag merGoddamnit stop that. Stop that this instant you terrible cunts.
>>24795245Three more Mer get snagged.Your turn
shoot the other mage.
>>24795206eh, the Black is only effective for capturing things with multiple combat doses, a single dose could be resisted, and the White takes a while to work.cant resist pain from acid burns though, no easier way to break a casters concentration.>>24795261bow shot at the remaining mage.
>>24795245Ah k nvm then. Srry but i kinda wanted to ask. thanks for clearing it up.
>>24795261yes, shoot those netmages. Not only are they doing slavery-mindfucking, they don't have the decency to stop while we fight them.
Rolled 20 + 2>>24795334
Rolled 19 + 2>>24795334
Rolled 12 + 2>>24795334
>>24795343Heh. These dice are scary.
im kinda worried about our next battle. everytime our dice are nice to us they screw us later
>>24795386let's go have a sparring match with some children so nothing bad happens when we lose.
Rolled 1, 20, 15, 17, 1 = 54>>24795343Another Mage drops to the ground screaming as your arrow burns through his armor, skin, and into his heart.Mage continues to try and subdue the sharks.Mari shoots at the last mage that Tricia is also trying to kill via her flies.The hunters fire upon you with their crossbows.
>>24795433>Crit fail an attack roll sparring barehanded>Fall over, claws slip out and skewer target
>>24795477>1 for shark subduingOhboy.jpg
>>24795094For anyone interested, across the 8000 possible rolls of 3d20, letting 1s and 20s cancel and leave the third roll, taking 1s if no 20s, and taking the highest roll (including 20) otherwise:1: 1030/8000 = 12.875%2: 7/8000 = 0.0875% (cumulative 2-2: 7/8000 = 0.0875%)3: 13/8000 = 0.1625% (cumulative 2-3: 20/8000 = 0.25%)4: 25/8000 = 0.3125% (cumulative 2-4: 45/8000 = 0.5625%)5: 43/8000 = 0.5375% (cumulative 2-5: 88/8000 = 1.1%)6: 67/8000 = 0.8375% (cumulative 2-6: 155/8000 = 1.9375%)7: 97/8000 = 1.2125% (cumulative 2-7: 252/8000 = 3.15%)8: 133/8000 = 1.6625% (cumulative 2-8: 385/8000 = 4.8125%)9: 175/8000 = 2.1875% (cumulative 2-9: 560/8000 = 7.0%)10: 223/8000 = 2.7875% (cumulative 2-10: 783/8000 = 9.7875%)11: 277/8000 = 3.4625% (cumulative 2-11: 1060/8000 = 13.25%)12: 337/8000 = 4.2125% (cumulative 2-12: 1397/8000 = 17.4625%)13: 403/8000 = 5.0375% (cumulative 2-13: 1800/8000 = 22.5%)14: 475/8000 = 5.9375% (cumulative 2-14: 2275/8000 = 28.4375%)15: 553/8000 = 6.9125% (cumulative 2-15: 2828/8000 = 35.35%)16: 637/8000 = 7.9625% (cumulative 2-16: 3465/8000 = 43.3125%)17: 727/8000 = 9.0875% (cumulative 2-17: 4192/8000 = 52.4%)18: 823/8000 = 10.2875% (cumulative 2-18: 5015/8000 = 62.6875%)19: 925/8000 = 11.5625% (cumulative 2-19: 5940/8000 = 74.25%)20: 1030/8000 = 12.875% (cumulative 2-20: 6970/8000 = 87.125%)For reference, 1d20 is a flat 5% chance for any roll.
>>24795488>I accidentally haste.
I really hope none of these guys are robin.I also hope that the plain masks aren't actually masks of pain forcing these people to do this.I hope that really bad.
>>24795477Mage makes two of the creatures int he water fall asleep...two Mer.Mari's shot is dead on into the Mage's skull. All three mages are down for the count.Tricia's still got the bugs on the hunter she was pestering as well. He's on the ground screaming and bleeding as the flies are now on the inside of his mask.One of the hunter's crossbows breaks. But the other one nails you in the side.Your turn.
>>24795515we're averaging, not taking highest.
>>24795530Shouldn't we have gotten a dodge roll for that?
>>24795530Keep shooting and clean up this mess.
>>24795530There's only one hunter left with a functioning crossbow.I say we look directly at him, wait until he panickedly starts reloading, then charge his ass.
anyway shoot the hunters
>>24795546Okay, go ahead, if you'd like.1d20 to dodge. You're trying to beat a 17.
>>24795546against ranged attacks?I think only if we're lightly armed. Maybe?
Rolled 4>>24795569A 17 you say?
>>24795560I posted this, and I suggest we just eat the hit and use it as intimidation fuel. You guys can dodge if you really want though.
nope, doesn't look like it
>>24795590>>24795585>>24795584You don't miss.>>24795562>>24795560>>24795557You shoot at the last still active hunter.1d20 +2
>>24795595Huh.. Good idea. It'll be interesting to see how much these Blank Masks override their senses of self preservation.
Rolled 20 + 2>>24795628
Rolled 16 + 2>>24795628
>>24795636Fuck yes, nat 20
>>24795663Ssen Ssnipes Ssilently from the Sshadows.
i predict nat 1s in our future, lots and lots of nat 1s
>>24795636When did we suddenly become competent with a bow?
Rolled 10, 1 = 11>>24795636Another Dramatae goon on the ground screaming as he suffers a slow death. The lamia's fangs are now long ranged apparently.Mage tries one more time to take out the sharks.Tricia continues the bug assault.Mari just glares at the last hunter like you are doing, with her crossbow clearly pointed at him.
Rolled 6>>24795687We've always been good with Twang. Except when HARPIEEESSSSS
>>24795687we where never incompetent with it, we almost never missed, but we started using Beacon(sword) and jsut stopped using the bow for some reason.
>>24795685don't spoi->>24795688well fuck
>>24795682A royal command Isen could order us to perform, later on in his career:Paladin serpent: say "Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore" five times fast.We will be unable to accomplish it.
>>24795702>>24795703Let me rephrase.When did we become a master at ranged combat?
>>24795687When we fought at a distance.We're just usually, you know, being jumped by guys with swords from a starting distance of feet away. Because we were talking to those guys.
>>24795722Oh, when we were RIGHTEOUSLY PISSED at these guys for capturing, attacking, and corrupting mers at such a pace.We might, in fact, be using smite evil here.
Rolled 19, 9 = 28>>24795688Mage causes the two sharks to get droopy. The mer dispatch them.Tricia's swarm suddenly breaks off from the man on the ground and then they all rush up to her, and up her sleeves. Tricia's eyes fly open and she drops to the ground. Then she vomits up a cloud of flies."Ughhh...don't...don't let me do that again..." She groans.The hunter on the ground managed to pull himself up, long enough for the angry mer to grab him and drag him off into the water, he doesn't even have time to scream.The last blank rips off his mask and throws his hands up. "I surrender! I surrender!" He screams. "Don't let them kill me! I surrender!"
>>24795688And now Tricia knows exactly what it feels like to get sucked up someone's nose. Hooray?
>>24795722We Became the Poison fighting Granny. Putting Poison on our arrows allows them to strike quickly like the bite of a serpent.
>>24795742Sail casually over to shore and take a prisoner.
>>24795742Un-draw the arrow you were JUST about to shoot this guy with."Get the hell away from the water then, you madman. Also get to dropping your weapons on the way, you'll be treated better without weapons."
>>24795793we're attacking from land I believe.
>>24795515(continued)Using an average-based system, again having 1s and 20s cancel, and taking any 1 or 20 otherwise:1: 1030/8000 = 12.875%2: 16/8000 = 0.2% (cumulative 2-2: 16/8000 = 0.2%)3: 52/8000 = 0.65% (cumulative 2-3: 68/8000 = 0.85%)4: 115/8000 = 1.4375% (cumulative 2-4: 183/8000 = 2.2875%)5: 205/8000 = 2.5625% (cumulative 2-5: 388/8000 = 4.85%)6: 322/8000 = 4.025% (cumulative 2-6: 710/8000 = 8.875%)7: 466/8000 = 5.825% (cumulative 2-7: 1176/8000 = 14.7%)8: 607/8000 = 7.5875% (cumulative 2-8: 1783/8000 = 22.2875%)9: 697/8000 = 8.7125% (cumulative 2-9: 2480/8000 = 31.0%)10: 733/8000 = 9.1625% (cumulative 2-10: 3213/8000 = 40.1625%)11: 715/8000 = 8.9375% (cumulative 2-11: 3928/8000 = 49.1%)12: 643/8000 = 8.0375% (cumulative 2-12: 4571/8000 = 57.1375%)13: 517/8000 = 6.4625% (cumulative 2-13: 5088/8000 = 63.6%)14: 367/8000 = 4.5875% (cumulative 2-14: 5455/8000 = 68.1875%)15: 241/8000 = 3.0125% (cumulative 2-15: 5696/8000 = 71.2%)16: 142/8000 = 1.775% (cumulative 2-16: 5838/8000 = 72.975%)17: 70/8000 = 0.875% (cumulative 2-17: 5908/8000 = 73.85%)18: 25/8000 = 0.3125% (cumulative 2-18: 5933/8000 = 74.1625%)19: 7/8000 = 0.0875% (cumulative 2-19: 5940/8000 = 74.25%)20: 1030/8000 = 12.875% (cumulative 2-20: 6970/8000 = 87.125%)Some specific comparisons for common DCs:DC 10: 4490/8000 = 56.125% (with 1d20: 11/20 = 55.0%)DC 11: 3757/8000 = 46.9625% (with 1d20: 10/20 = 50.0%)DC 12: 3042/8000 = 38.025% (with 1d20: 9/20 = 45.0%)DC 13: 2399/8000 = 29.9875% (with 1d20: 8/20 = 40.0%)DC 14: 1882/8000 = 23.525% (with 1d20: 7/20 = 35.0%)DC 15: 1515/8000 = 18.9375% (with 1d20: 6/20 = 30.0%)DC 16: 1274/8000 = 15.925% (with 1d20: 5/20 = 25.0%)DC 17: 1132/8000 = 14.15% (with 1d20: 4/20 = 20.0%)DC 18: 1062/8000 = 13.275% (with 1d20: 3/20 = 15.0%)DC 19: 1037/8000 = 12.9625% (with 1d20: 2/20 = 10.0%)DC 20: 1030/8000 = 12.875% (with 1d20: 1/20 = 5.0%)So, averaging is strictly worse for all DCs greater than 10.
>>24795742We really don't have time to deal with a prisoner. We need to get to the rapids and hope that this delay hasn't cost us our friend. Call out to the Mer to spare him and take him prisoner if they would.
>>24795822Oh come on, it's not like the excess weight will slow us any more than we already are slowed by lugging around a giant snake.Also I don't trust the mer with prisoners. They may be distant relatives, but most of our relatives aren't the forgiving types.
>>24795803were we? I don't remember
>>24795822We need information
>>24795848right now time is precious.
>>24795852I think so. I could be wrong.
>>24795811>So, averaging is strictly worse for all DCs greater than 10.and less than 19, I meant to say. But DC 19 or DC 20 almost never comes up; we don't have any among our normal actions, for instance....and that's entirely enough metagaming for one day.I think it's a fairly clear argument for going back to 1d20, though.
>>24795861our friend will have that information. And all this guy will know is his orders.
>>24795742Ask him, quickly, if there's any way to save corrupted Mer, and what the forces will be like at the rapids. Then leave him to the Mer.
>>24795794"Get the hell away from the water then, you madman. Also get to dropping your weapons on the way, you'll be treated better without weapons.""Serpent!" One of the Mer calls out. "These men have killed us, taken us, harried us at every turn. We do not allow weakness of mercy. Those who attack Mer die. No exceptions! Blood for blood!"It's obvious that if the guy leaves the sand bank, or goes for one of the fallen weapons, or makes a break for it, the mer are going to kill him. Right now they're just savoring his panic as he's unable to do anything but look around helplessly.
>>24795878Back up plans and multiple sources are never bad, he may have also heard something from the mages.
He specifically asked us to not let them kill him.Because the mer will totally kill him.
>>24795899see this is why you always attack the paladin, and not her charges.Because the paladin is allowed to forgive you if you attack the paladin. If you attack other people, though, they're not nearly as forgiving. Because they're not paladins.
>>24795908let them. he deserves justice for his crimes. he murdered and corrupted them. without mercy or thought.
>>24795899"We need information from him to save others. He is not likely to give that information if he knows he'll die either way."
>>24795939(Well, there *are* ways we could get that information, but somehow I don't think we can get away with offering him the choice between a quick death and death by shark or bone melting.)
>>24795899The man surrendered to me. As a paladin, I cannot allow you to kill him. He will be taken into my custody and will be punished for his crimes after he gives up any information he has. Information that could lessen his punishment (address last sentence to the hunter)
>>24795935>>24795939I would take the prisoner if it was up to me, but we weren't the ones harmed, it was the mers. The best we can do is convince them of the values of mercy.Which basically means the guy is dead.
>>24795961We don't need to say the last part of that; the lessened punishment is not dying.
>>24795939"We need information from him to save others. He is not likely to give that information if he knows he'll die either way."The Mer looks at the man. "Yes, you are right. He may know where the others are. We can make him talk." He says. "We wont need much...just a broken seashell." He looks at you. "We mer are VERY creative."
>>24795976>A broken seashellI have hundreds of inappropriate questions.
>>24795976"A man being tortured will say anything to make it stop; that is not a source of reliable information."
I think we should, perhaps, get any messages this man wants to get to a loved one from him.Because even if we move to save him, he'll be shredded by approximately 70 mermen.
>>24795976"So here's the question, Mr. Hunter, either you talk freely with me or I just give you to the Mer and get my answers from them afterwords because I'm in a bit in a hurry you see so make your decision very quickly."Yes, not very paladin. Honestly, it is more threat than anything. Plus, we are in a hurry.
>>24795976We have Beacon. For more humane, and also far more cruel.
>>24795976Imagine what they could do with a whole seashell.
>>24796017If he actually does have any family, that might actually work here. I don't actually deeply care if the Mer kill him; he does fairly clearly deserve it, and given that they're the ones he wronged, by rights it should be their justice he receives. I just want to get what we can out of him, and prevent him from being tortured.>>24796046Or three.
>>24795991"A man being tortured will say anything to make it stop; that is not a source of reliable information.""That is true, however, we do not become creative to get information." The mer says. "We will merely begin, and not stop...and we will not care WHAT he says. Then when we DO finally ask the questions, we know that they are unable to lie.""The man surrendered to me. As a paladin, I cannot allow you to kill him. He will be taken into my custody and will be punished for his crimes after he gives up any information he has.""We demand blood." The mer says. "No one attacks mer without paying for it! That is our way. He took lives! Souls! Worse!"
>>24795976I'm pretty sure they're trying to play the "bad cop" to our "good cop". I say we play along.
>>24796099Or they just want him to die.
>>24796077So, would this work:"Then have your blood", cut off the man's arm into the water, hoist him over shoulder and leave? It has a nice rhyming scheme with what happened to donovan.Though, it could also piss off all the mermen. And leave an armless man. And would basically be hardcore as fuck on our part.
>>24796077Yes he did, and you deserve your justice. But the true culprit isn't him. Its who gave his orders. And it they who we want to pay the most. Listen to them man. Will you exchange information for your life? Tell me of everything you know. Be quick about it(This is taking too long.)
>>24796077Walk up to him, cut his hand on beacon, let it drip into the water. "There is your blood, along with the blood of his comrade that you have already rent apart."
>>24796119Whichever it is, we can use it to our advantage to get the info. If he doesn't cooperate? To the Mer he goes. He plays nice and helps save the others? We'll see what we can work out.
>>24796077Taking his blood will not harm his masters, they have already forgotten about him in all likelihood. If I take him, it would be all the more likely that they are punished.
>>24796067I have no idea why I have this image, but I do.
>>24796077"This mans crimes will not go unpunished. Of that you can be sure. It is not, however, the time or the place to argue his punishment. At present there are brothers and sisters to be saved. Now, are we in agreement? * to the prisoner* Talk, or we may be tempted to change our position in regards to the blood for blood."
>>24796127This, but at this point I think at best we could offer him a painless death. He just heard the alternative; he may be amenable. The Mer have every right to kill him.
"Yes he did, and you deserve your justice. But the true culprit isn't him. Its who gave his orders. And it they who we want to pay the most. "Taking his blood will not harm his masters, they have already forgotten about him in all likelihood. If I take him, it would be all the more likely that they are punished. At present there are brothers and sisters to be saved."You look at the man. "Listen to them man. Will you exchange information for your life? Tell me of everything you know. Be quick about it, or we may be tempted to change our position in regards to the blood for blood."He nods. Desperate. "Yes. Yes. Anything! Please! I'll tell you anything. Whatever you want to know, just save me!"
>>24796235"What are the forces we will face at the rapids? What happened to the three men from White Tree? And what can we do to counteract what you have done to corrupt the Mer?"
>>24796235Tell me everything you know about the mages that were with you, as well as those who employed you.
>>24796267"Where did the mer who you've captured go?"
>>24796268That too, yes.
>What happened to the three men from White Tree? Does this mean Robin and Co.?
>>24796293That was the intent, yes; I assumed a random minion might not know them by name.
>>24796235oh, and"If I can't save you here... Is there anyone you want to get a message to?"Save this one for last.
"What are the forces we will face at the rapids?""I don't know. Agony said that we were to strike, get as many as we could, and if they got through then to let them get through. Then the next team were to get them, then the next.""What happened to the three men from White Tree?" "You mean the Agonies? I only spoke to one, he set the snatch teams up! We were supposed to regroup later at the mansion for the next mission.""And what can we do to counteract what you have done to corrupt the Mer?""I don't know!" He wails. "Please...I swear I don't know!""Where did the mer who you've captured go?""The lake in the Grove. It's where they're massing that huge army." He nods. "I've seen it. It's...it's amazing.""Tell me everything you know about the mages that were with you, as well as those who employed you.""I don't know anything about them. The Agonies just put them with us and gave them orders!" He pants. "As for my employers..." He shakes his head. "You don't understand...this has been decreed by His Light as what must happen. The monsters will purge those who's taint has corrupted Citadel. They are the antibodies to sin and evil. That is why He allows them to exist! And now that there is rain in Citadel, the disaster of the collapse of the great layered street...and the rupture of the sewers causing the stench...they are needed now more than ever. They are being purified, and then they will go on their duty, and then when their need is over, they shall be reclaimed by His Light and be given life anew...as part of the beauty of the Citadel!" He looks at you wide eyed. "Please...Paladin...you must understand, I am speaking the words of His Prophet. I speak for the Messenger of Light!"
>>24796511Glance at Lea and gauge her reaction. not sure what to say though.
>>24796511I feel like we should really slay him.I am really wanting to slay him. I feel like I shouldn't be wanting to do this, but it feels appropriate right now to slay him.
I should be enraged, but I'm honestly more surprised that a common schmuck like this knows what antibodies are and what their function is.
>>24796583Obviously this schmuck was from the cups guild.
>>24796511Nod to the Mer. "He is yours. Thank you for your patience. Please make it quick as he did do as we ask.">>24796585Peace. Hes talking about Peace.Lets ride. We have to catch up to our friend.
>>24796511Well, that's all we're going to get out of him. We could ask him who the Prophet / Messenger of Light is, but as I recall, Peace already went by that alias once.In any case, I think, by rights, the Mer have the strongest claim to seek justice from him; we have no right to demand that he be given to the justice systems of Stone Hall or Bronze Peak or similar. At best, I think we can demand that he not be tortured, and offer to take a message for him. Beyond that would be overstepping.
>>24796511>>24796559plus"The only Messenger of Light is Her Illuminated Self, and I know that she did not order you to do this.""Let me guess, the false prophet wore a mask similar to the Agonies. I would bet it was a Peace mask."
>>24796583he could be spouting lines that were droned into him
>>24796563We could always 'put him to sleep'. A triple dose of Black ought to put him out like a light. Should probably not do it with Tricia watching though to avoid nightmares.
>>24796559Getting Lea's confirmation that he should face the Mer's justice seems reasonable, sure.
"The only Messenger of Light is Her Illuminated Self, and I know that she did not order you to do this."Let me guess, the false prophet wore a mask similar to the Agonies. I would bet it was a Peace mask.""Have you seen the Messenger too?" He asks.You look at Lea. She shakes her head. "I'm done being mad about this. The man has allowed himself to follow a false light, and unlike Adahn, he chose it of his own free will. Just as the teachings say, Evil is a choice." She puts a hand on your arm though. "But remember...you made him a promise, and you are a Paladin...you are NOT the Little Dragon."
>>24796771True enough. I promised him I would save him from the Mer.As a Paladin of the Light, in time of war, where trials must be swift. I hereby sentance you to death for crimes to many to list.Shoot him. Take your time.
>>24796771what, exactly, did we even promise? The wording is muddy to me. That he'll be punished after he tells us what he knows? That he'll get his life for the information?
>>24796806Hang on a sec. Are we that far from civilization that we can't bring him to prison? At the very least, people have to see that we're following procedure.
>>24796235>Will you exchange information for your life?That was your promise.
>>24796815>exchange information for your lifeI believe we have to make sure he gets out of this alive.
>>24796806Just executing him here could be an issue with Lea, we might want to hold off.
>>24796842We, specifically, do not have enough time to take him to prison. And the penalty for his crimes is execution.
>>24796844Okay, fine, we don't kill him. I still want to slay him.How do we console the mer? Cut a bit off of him?
>>24796771We promised to save his life. We can keep our promises as a paladin, our break them and be something else.We can explain how this messenger has caused the rape of women and children, the near destruction of purple sands and stone hall. That they will do worse to see their idea of Citadel continue.
>>24796771We told him to get away from the water, and that he'd be treated better without weapons, and we endeavored to prevent him from being tortured.And by what rights do we deprive the Mer of justice? By what right should he face a trial in Stone Hall rather than the Mer?>>24796844Not our best choice of wording. That's why I suggested at the time that we really couldn't promise him that. And in any case, even if he does face Stone Hall's justice, nothing says he wouldn't be executed there either.Nonetheless, we're a bit stuck with it at the moment. That wording *could* be taken as a promise.
>>24796915>We can explain how this messenger has caused the rape of women and children, the near destruction of purple sands and stone hall. That they will do worse to see their idea of Citadel continue.We're not going to convert him in a few minutes, and if we did what good would it do?
Alright we take him with us, and let him rot in prison after the rapids. Grab him and bind him. Tell the Mer that the Mansion is abandoned and the Salt Queens captured. We arrived too late to save them. We suggest finding another place for refuge.
>>24796915>>24796931yeah, what we need to be doing now is thinking about the mer. They're pissed at this.What do we do about them?
>>24796931We could have them work for penance instead of death. His life can end now and instead he can help others. We're in a spot, and I'm trying to resolve it according to or tenants.
>>24796771idea, cut off one of his hands/make him bleed nonlethally and take him prisoner for indefinite jail/justice, it should sate the Mer's need for blood. If it does not, we remind the Mer that they marched under the same master as him just a short while ago. What right did they have to march towards Stone Hall with the intent of sacking it, with the same lies being whispered in their ears as the ones told to this man.
>>24796771"What would you propose, Lea? By what rights should he face justice in Stone Hall rather than here from the Mer? The Mer are the ones he attacked. And what would be the difference in his treatment?"One possible approach with the Mer, though:"You demand a death for a death. I propose a life for a life. I aim to save the corrupted Mer if at all possible, and this man's information on their whereabouts may make it possible to do so. He will, at best, spend the rest of his life in prison rather than dying here. Does that seem unfair to you somehow?"
>>24797015I'm seconding to ask Lea for advice
>>24797001>If it does not, we remind the Mer that they marched under the same master as him just a short while ago. What right did they have to march towards Stone Hall with the intent of sacking it, with the same lies being whispered in their ears as the ones told to this man.I retract my suggestion in favor of this brilliant one. Show them the logical conclusion of their unyielding approach to justice.
We are not mutilating him or harming him. He has surrendered to us, he is in our care.We shall take him back and file the necessary paperwork.
>>24797040Wording: "You demand blood for blood. Not long ago you followed the same master he did, fed the same misinformation, and set out to destroy the Leviathan and Stone Hall. Would you have us demand blood for blood? Allow me to show him precisely the same degree of mercy."
>>24797053This. Paladin time bros. Turn off the Leviathan-brain wordweaseling of Little Dragon for now:
>>24797087well, can we use this?>>24797085It's made of leviathan brain, but helps paladin.
>>24797126Fair enough.>>24797085 is acceptable.
>>24796844"We promissed you your life for information, we did not promiss that you would not be punished."you cut off his little finger and say to the Mer "Here is your blood". Then tie him up and drag him back to the cart.
>>24797195enough with the mutilation you motherfuckers
"You demand blood for blood. Not long ago you followed the same master he did, fed the same misinformation, and set out to destroy the Leviathan and Stone Hall. Would you have us demand blood for blood? Allow me to show him precisely the same degree of mercy.""You lost no blood!" The mer snarls. He looks at you...but you've stared down Old One. This little fish isn't worth your time. He folds. "We will not forget this lamia." He says. "You saved us from one death, and thus we were driven into another. This life will be yours...but do not look to the mer any more for tides or time. And tell Dana that she is no longer welcome either. She is yours now...and we would DARE not touch what is YOURS...take your murderer." The mer turns his back on you and the remaining mer leave."They are not going to be happy with us for a long time." Mage says."That or a very violent short time." Mari says. "Mer have strange thought processes."Lea pats you on the shoulder. "Well done, Paladin."
>>24797195I don't think taking "blood for blood" literally will help. They said "Those who attack Mer die."
>>24797214The main reason I was for it is because I, personally, would much prefer to lose an arm to being raped to death with a broken seashell.If we can get away without it, sure.
>>24797226When I rescue the Trevor, I'm going to leave him under Paladin Trevor's custody."
>>24797240We're trying to be more of a paladin for both Lea as well as ourselves. That shit won't fly
>>24797226"I do not feel like a Paladin today, Lea. And next time I start to promise a murderer asylum from one justice system into another, please stop me. I had no right to do anything more than prevent his torture."
>>24797226"Great. more enemies. Nobody's ever grateful we tried to help them, no, it's always that we prevented them from killing the guys who surrendered. Now, as for YOU, guy who surrendered. Get over here. Someone put some ropes on him. We're supposed to be in a hurry to find, defeat, and capture robin, in addition to finding out wherever the hell the mers were going. Which means we need a LIVING wizard."
>>24797298(Arguably worse than a murderer, even, since he helped corrupt them to Citadel.)
>>24797309we alreadt know where they are going. to the Grove.
>>24797320oh, crap, nevermind.
>>24797298"Feel free to punch me if needed to get the point across."
>>24797320True, though we don't yet have a clue what to do about the corrupted Mer we'll face there. I'm really hoping that the Agony masks might be enough to help us somehow. I really don't want to have to kill them....wait a minute, idea. The mages here were the ones casting the spells to corrupt the Mer. Have our prisoner tell us the names of all the mages, and Mage can try to take control of the spell from them.
The problem is that they have an ARMY at the Grove. I have no idea how we are going to get past that to get to Comedy.
>>24797309"Great. more enemies. Nobody's ever grateful we tried to help them, no, it's always that we prevented them from killing the guys who surrendered. Now, as for YOU, guy who surrendered. Get over here. Someone put some ropes on him. We're supposed to be in a hurry to find, defeat, and capture Robin and the other two."The man runs across over to you. "Oh thank you, thank you, tha-"Lea puts him to sleep.You look at Lea as she ties him up. "Next time I start to promise a murderer asylum from one justice system into another, please stop me. I had no right to do anything more than prevent his torture." You say."Understood.""Oh, and feel free to punch me if needed to get the point across."Lea smiles. "Gotcha."Tricia sighs dejectedly. "The rapids are deserted. There's signs of fights and people having been there, but there's no one present...same with the village. The blanks are gone, and if Ryan was at any of the sites, then he's long taken off.""Great." Peri says. "Now we have to deal with masks who are competent."
>>24797390And we can't even go to the Grove until we get our hands on a Woodsman's Compass.
>>24797415yep. We need to visit... not first wood. The other one. White tree. yes. I think that was the name.Also, save as many small towns as possible, since elves are apparently attacking them.
>>24797390At night, VERY stealthily.
>>24797406We need to take the offence. We hit Tragedy immediately.
Rolled 19>>24797485Stealth mission you say?
>>24797406"Well, they may be competent, but they're not reasonable any more like robin was. Can't give up your mission in an agony mask, I bet. Hopefully that's enough bait to get them into a trap, later on."
>>24797523>mention a stealth mission>roll a 19huh.
How large was the Mer army before this?(Also if we had gone by boat would we have caught them in the act at the rapids?)
>>24797524"So, what do we do with him?" Tricia points at the hunter in the wagon. "White Tree or Stone Gate?"
>>24797485I think we're due for another stealth mission
>>24797563White Tree. As much as I'd liek to drop him off at Stone Gate we don't have time.
>>24797563Wait there's a place called Stone Gate?
>>24797563"Well, I'm assembling quite the cadre of prisoners in stone gate. And I don't trust the guards in white tree so much.Tell me, whoever's read the most lightbringer stories- How much could go wrong in the say, three extra days it would take to drop this guy off in the more secure stone hall?"Then dump him in white tree. Because it is no doubt terrible.
(I think Echo and I both meant Stone Hall... heh)
>>24797616>stone gateFuck we all just started calling it that after coral gate.
>>24797563If you mean Coral Gate, that's not an option; there's nobody there. And Stone Hall isn't an option either; we haven't the time."My only promise was to save his life from the Mer. We do not have the time to take him to Stone Hall. White Tree will have to suffice."
>>24797639haha, I couldn't for the life of me remember what came after Coral, so I've just been calling it Coral.
>>24797631"I mean Stone Hall, ugh." You say."Honestly, I thought I was the only one who got confused by these weird city names." Mari says. "Citadel thing?""Maybe." Lea says."Anyway, we go to White Tree. As much as I'd like to drop him off at Stone Gate we don't have time." You say. "Maybe we should rename Stone Hall. It represent our break from Citadel." Peri says."You don't want that." Mari says. "Because if we did, then he who rules Stone Hall would be the one to rename it. I am NOT living in Isenopolis, or Mt. Isen if he renames Bronze Peak!""So I suppose we aren't swinging by home. Are we?" Tricia asks.
>>24797675Coral, Stone Gate, White Hall, Bronze Tree. Fey Peaks?
>>24797719Before we leave this area, let's check around and see if there are any dead Mer, and start following Old One's instructions for developing mind protection. I see no harm in doing so; it won't make them any deader."We can't stay there, but they might be at risk from the nearby White Tree; we should likely take the path through there, but unfortunately it would cost lives to stop if there's no immediate threat."
>>24797736you thing we should just... change all the adjectives one city over?
>>24797719As much as I'd love to no. They have the bulk of the Mer army already. As well as whatever Harpy, Naga and Lamia they've captured or bred. And we don't even have access to that woodsman's compass yet.
>>24797719We REALLY don't have the time. And I'm pretty sure no one's petty enough...yet.
>>24797771>Before we leave this area, let's check around and see if there are any dead Mer, and start following Old One's instructions for developing mind protection. I see no harm in doing so; it won't make them any deader.Alright, well there are dead mer corpses a plenty thanks to the sharks. However, getting a useable one, that is the tricky part. Not to mention that there's still a lot of blood in the water and it wont be long before new sharks show up to get at it.Roll 1d20, lower is better.
>>24797782I am really not looking forward to fighting this fucking monster army. I don't know how even to BEGIN with the un-corrupting them.
Rolled 15>>24797828Dear Light, please don't let me fuck up...
Rolled 4>>24797828I invoke Mage's Nat 1
Rolled 16>>24797828rolllin rolin
>>24797864>>24797860>>24797857Hopefully an 11 average is good enough...
welp, average is probably around 12
>>24797857>>24797860>>2479786435/3=11You find one body that's intact enough for you to extract enough of that yellow stuff that Old One told you about. It needs treatment, but you can do that on the way to White Tree. But it's only enough for one dose.
>>247979321 dose. ouch. Alright lets on to White Tree. Sad to say we might be facing more Mer sooner or later.
>>24797932One dose is better than none. One person in their right mind can help save others.Onward to White Tree, passing through River's Crossing but not stopping unless there's imminent danger.
>>24797967ugh. I'm more feeling bad that we'll have to fight lamias. They're like, made of poison. I'm going to suggest we go and get cannons if they have anything bigger than, say, a minotaur.
>>24798003I'd agree if such things were not strictly the purview of naval warfare...it'd probably weigh 10 tons and take 10 minutes to reload. Naval guns are big.
>>24798035Maybe they have, like, wheeled cannons?Nah, probably not. I wish we had gotten a few of barney's more dangerous designs made up.
>>24797995Once more, you encounter no troubles on the road. You do hear from fellow travelers that the Ghoul remnants that had been raiding have disappeared. Not that they've been killed, or wiped out, or anything like that...they've just disappeared.River's Crossing is as the same as ever. Caravans and river trade. Wendy's actually changed her route. She's now doing the trek to Stone Hall and back. It's riskier, but she's making a lot more money now. Other than that, people have been the same as always.Tricia does make a quick stop to see her parents. She comes back, she's wiping her eyes."We talked about...stuff." She sighs. "They're not...there yet...but they're okay with it." She sighs. "It'll take some time." She leans on your shoulder. "But they're just glad I'm not bad crazy." She smiles as the road bumps along as she leans on you. "Things are getting pretty messed up aren't they? The whole impending monster thing, Uncle Julian getting captured, Robin, Ryan, and Jessi captured and masked, and apparently things are getting worse and worse in Citadel." She sighs. "You think we're ever going to get another moment where it's just quiet? I mean where we can just take a moment to realize all the crap that's happened to us. Not to mention all the other...ugh...I'm babbling." She sighs.
>>24798224I can understand why so many quit. Its almost too much isn't it? But its easier with you here. Even if the quiet times are few and far between.I hope we do get a break soon though. All of need it.
>>24798224Should we leave the prisoner with Tricia's dad?
>>24798224"Once this is all over, perhaps, we might get to rest a few days. After that we have to deal with the consequences of living without citadel, which will be just as bothersome as all this, I bet.And I love it when you babble."
>>24798224>Once more, you encounter no troubles on the road. You do hear from fellow travelers that the Ghoul remnants that had been raiding have disappeared. Not that they've been killed, or wiped out, or anything like that...they've just disappeared.Worst-case scenario: they've joined the Dramatae's army too.I assume there's no safe place to hold prisoners in River's Crossing, where Wendy could take them to Stone Hall on her next trip?
>>24798299better idea, pay Wendy to take him to Stone Hall.
>>24798224By the Light, I hope we get a moment. Running from place to place putting out all these brushfires is driving us mad.And Tricia never babbles. We must remind her of this. With hugs.
>>24798332"By the Light, I hope we get a moment. Running from place to place putting out all these brushfires is driving us mad. Once this is all over, perhaps, we might get to rest a few days. After that we have to deal with the consequences of living without citadel, which will be just as bothersome as all this, I bet."Your tail also wraps around her waist and gives her a little squeeze. "And I love it when you babble."Tricia smirks and suddenly you feel a few...somethings...scratching at that part of your tail you never could reach. Then they buzz off."So I asked." Mage says. "Wendy says she's willing to take the prisoner to Stone Hall...but she says we have to pay her for it, and he stays locked up in one of her animal transport cages." He says. "The entire time."
>>24798224"Babbling? You've heard me go on and on and on, and yet you're the one that babbles? I love talking to you, and you never babble.And I hope we do get a moment, but I fear we may not until Citadel falls. Every time we stop I start thinking about what lives might be destroyed or worse so that we might have a bit of downtime, and yet I'd give anything for a few more moments."
>>24798412>"So I asked." Mage says. "Wendy says she's willing to take the prisoner to Stone Hall...but she says we have to pay her for it, and he stays locked up in one of her animal transport cages." He says. "The entire time.""Sounds perfect. I hope she will have a safe journey."
>>24798412>bug back scratchesOh god oh god it's only tricia don't scream>mage appears"That's fair enough, I think. Well, if it doesn't put them in too much danger. And the payscale isn't as bad as robins."
>>24798479I think we're only gonna scream when we end up with bugs in the cloaca.
>>24798412"That's fine. She the one taking a risk for us. It's only fair she gets to call the shots for this."
>>24798412Harsh. Give him some pillows and reading material.
>>24798412And then he gets there and Wendy tells Avery 'oh yeah, Ssen said he was a bad guy' and then he gets executed? It's not like it's any trouble to take him to White Tree with us so he can get a proper trial with witnesses and stuff.
>>24798501What is it with you anons and bugs in the cloaca?!
>>24798522The kid we got jumped by is still sitting in prison, bureaucracy is a bitch.
>>24798522If he gets executed I just hope he gets executed in front of the mer he has wronged, rather than in Stone hall
>>24798516We promised him his life for information. Nothing more. This seems perfectly reasonable as a means of prisoner transport by a person traveling alone without guards.>>24798522We can write a short letter to accompany him, saying he provided information and we promised that he would not die. That should be enough to get him a life sentence instead.
>>24798532Cloaca talk was rather prominent a session or two ago.
>>24798522White Tree is not a 'free" city, it is still Citadel controlled, meaning he would would be aquitted as soon as we left the city.just give Wendy a letter to take to Avery with the prisoner explaining the situation.
>>24798564I really wish you guys wouldn't talk so much about it.
>>24798593The cloaca is a perfectly natural part of a lamia's body. There is no shame is discussing it here.
>>24798610I would say "you wouldn't talk so much about penises if we were a male human", but you would. You would talk so much about penises.
>>24798645Welcome to 4chan.
>>24798412"How much? I'll get to writing a letter of introduction and incrimination."
>>24798479"That's fair enough, I think. Well, if it doesn't put them in too much danger. And the payscale isn't as bad as robins." You say. "I hope she will have a safe journey."The prisoner is loaded up, and prepared with another treatment from Lea. Along with a note from you for Wendy to give to Avery, detailing the man's crimes and how he's to be jailed and then tried. If executed, preferably by the water."You have to teach me to do that." Mari says."It's all in the positioning." Lea says. "You can cause a dramatic amount of damage with just a little bit of force at the right spots."You continue on to White Tree."You know..." Mage says. "Starting to miss the days where we got attacked, or had to deal with some other kind of craziness." He looks around. "This is just unnerving.""I see it as a blessing." Peri says."Yeah, but I can't sleep like this." Mage says. "Wow, that just can NOT be a healthy sign."Still you travel on, and arrive at the city of White Tree. And your favorite guard Frederick is there at the gate. He walks up to you all, a look of confusion on his face. "Umm...why are you here?" He asks.
>>24798706"Why, were you expecting me somewhere else?"I'm confused why he is confused. So I am going to ask a question that will probably make him more confused and not help me at all.
>>24798610Imagine the great variety of reproductive organs that are now a natural part of Tricia's body.
>>24798706"Should I not be?"
>>24798751>natural>blood ritual done with the libido-baby of a dragon and a cthulu mixed with a pile of bugsEven by the least traditional definitions, you're pushing it.
>>24798706I am here to visit the Conclave. I ahve business there but I will not be long.
>>24798706I am here to see the Conclave, why are you asking?>>24798751If her body is bugs now, does that mean she could make a dick out of bugs and fuck our cloaca?
>>24798706>"You know..." Mage says. "Starting to miss the days where we got attacked, or had to deal with some other kind of craziness." He looks around. "This is just unnerving."We're so reminding Mage of this when everything goes horribly pear-shaped.>>24798706>Still you travel on, and arrive at the city of White Tree. And your favorite guard Frederick is there at the gate. He walks up to you all, a look of confusion on his face. "Umm...why are you here?" He asks."We're here to visit the Conclave."Nothing more than that unless necessary.And speaking of visiting the Conclave, we may need to check in about Mari's body. I'm a bit concerned, with Trivalon turning out evil.
>>24798746"Why, were you expecting me somewhere else?" You ask. "I'm here to see the Conclave. Should I not be? Why are you asking?"Frederick holds up a finger, departs, and then returns. He hands you a piece of paper. - - -Paladins Gather For Fey Court Crisis- - -It's a propaganda piece, just showing the solidarity of the Paladins in this time of trouble and concern. Apparently they've been gathering at Citadel, and someone drew a picture of the event.And apparently, you, Avery, and Balles were in attendance...although you're in that stupid armor that's begging for a broken sternum, Balles has his spectacles twice as big and thick with buck teeth, and Avery has a beer mug and foam in his beard."Paladin Donne left two days ago for that summit." Frederick says.Paladin Donne was the Green Occuli Paladin who helped protect the fields...he's on the longer list Balles gave you."So, why are you here? Shouldn't you be in Citadel?"
>>24798918"We... never got an invitation."
>>24798918Traitors attacked the Leviathan and almost fired upon Paladin Avery. In my investigations I've been tracking them.
>>24798918"Fascinating. Naturally, since someone drew a picture of the event with me present, I must have been there; no artist in history has ever drawn a picture that did not accurately capture reality.In any case, I do indeed have a crisis to deal with, but it would do no good to meet about it without the necessary means of doing something about it, and for that I need to visit the Conclave. I thank you for bringing this to my attention, though; may I keep this?"
>>24798918"This is the first I've heard of it. This artist seems to be working from an *ahem* flattering rumor of what I look like. Thanks for telling me."
>>24798918"I am not in Citadel because my duties lie elsewhere. Citadel is the brightest beacon of light on the continent; why would a Caligo Clarus like myself be found there?"Add an extra dollop of sarcasm to make him squirm.
>>24798983I don't think we want the news of what happened about the Leviathan any quicker than it has to.
>>24798918"Well as I said I need to visit the Conclave. Apparently they have something that will help against the fey. I have a Nightmare, I can still make it on time."Lightmare could catch up on two day's travel easily, right? Not that we're actually going. Just making sure we're not lying that we could.
>>24799011Heh.>>24799015If we want to avoid calling attention to the forgery here, this seems like a fine way to do it. I don't see a pressing need for deception here, though.
>>24798918"I am a Paladin of the Light. Where SHOULD I be?"And honestly, if it wouldn't cause so much of a stir, I'd consider moving HIS out of Citadel.
"Fascinating. Naturally, since someone drew a picture of the event with me present, I must have been there; no artist in history has ever drawn a picture that did not accurately capture reality."Frederick nods. "I know, right? So, you just change armors or something?"You all take a moment to let that just go by. These are the people you're fighting for...like it or not."In any case, I do indeed have a crisis to deal with, but it would do no good to meet about it without the necessary means of doing something about it, and for that I need to visit the Conclave. I thank you for bringing this to my attention, though; may I keep this?"Frederick nods. "Yeah, ok, of course. So...why'd you leave Citadel then?""Citadel is the brightest beacon of light on the continent; why would a Caligo Clarus like myself be found there?" You say, your voice dripping with more poisonous sarcasm than ever."Right. That makes sense." Frederick says."So...the Conclave?" You say. "I do need to go visit it to help fight the Fey.""Oh, right right..." Frederick goes and opens the gate. "Okay. Go and give those bastards a good one right in their ears!" He waves as the wagon goes through."Ladies and Gentlemen." Peri says as you stable Lightmare. "White Tree's greatest, staunchest, most capable guardian." She says. "You could fire arrows at him all day...and still never pierce through that thick skull of his."
>people not wanting to goBut we can rally the paladins to do... something!Whatever our crazy plan this time is!
>>24799133We got other shit to do>>24799130At least he doesn't seem quite so racist anymore
>>24799133>Wanting to go back to Citadel without the means to utterly destroy it
>>24799133People not wanting to go near Citadel where people would want to lynch us for making it rain. We have other things to deal with before we can confront Citadel directly.>>24799158>At least he doesn't seem quite so racist anymoreHe did seem to rather rapidly do a 180 on that as soon as we actually became a Paladin. Surprising that he remains that way even while many others are decrying us as a false Paladin.
>>24799130"Well, at least he gave us some information. Also reminded me what a terrible choice that painting thing was."
>>24799130I kind of feel sorry for the poor guy. I mean i know he's a racist prick and all but i have a feeling that being utterly retarded probably has a LOT to do with many of his flaws.
>>24799197yeah. I personally like him, and am glad I'm fighting for him. Lovable dope. Remember how surprised these guys were that we could talk?
>>24799212"Well, at least he gave us some information. Also reminded me what a terrible choice that painting thing was.""We'll make sure we burn all of those when we...do whatever we're going to do to Citadel." Mari says as you go up the Conclave steps."I'm a little worried." Lea says. "Avery and Balles not withstanding, what does it mean that all the Paladins are in Citadel now?""Nothing good." Tricia says."One fire at a time." Mari says knocking on the door. "I wonder who the new Overseer is, now that Trivalon's been caught."
>>24799227I would argue that he's more a product of his environment than anything else. For thousands of years, anything that's not human is either a cliche'd fantasy race or a monster. Simple racial diametrics.And simple diametrics are a fucking BREEDING GROUND for bigotry. I suspect that even after Citadel is dust there'll be fools like him all around the world. Millenia of sugarcoating doesn't come off in a day.
>>24799130Well, let's get ourselves over to the Conclave and see about getting that compass. And let's make sure Mari's body is OK, and see if Mari and Peri have anything they need to do about it while here. Have they made any progress about what they need to do to keep themselves sane? They mentioned previously that they needed some Conclave stuff, in addition to a focus stone which we haven't found yet.
>>24799277Citadel has me imagining worst-case scenarios, and here the first image that came to mind was Mari's body answering the door.
>>24799309oh, are we guessing who the guy there is?THE MAGE STUDENT WHO TOOK A SWORD FOR WHEN WE CAME IN.What's my prize?
>>24799277"If I recall, Jessi's note mentioned something about using Trevor when they 'repair' the Paladins. It sounds to me like they're preparing a purge."
>>24799277Knowing Citadel, it'll either be some Blood Knight nutcase with more muscles than brains, or another Knight Templar fool, like...er...You know what? I've forgotten the bitch paladin's name.
We are on page 10 now
>>24799277I was thinking we might want to give the paladins who are on our good list who went to the meeting a some suspicion as they could have been brainwashed. Only person in Citadel who I think is safe is HIS.
>>24799346oh crap, NEW THREAD FAST
>>24799371its not panic worth, we have been at the top of page 10 for like 10 minutes now, even stuff on the last page takes a while to get bumped off /tg/ at this time of night.
>>24799411New thread, fellow disciples!
>>24799416Not to mention the archive has everything anyways