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 4!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3FKgL7YVFghttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Quest1d4 chan page w/battle stats: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Lamia_Daughter_Quest
Your journey North to contact the Orc Tribes and hopefully convince them to fight the Phoenix Empire with the United Free Kingdoms has stared off in a fairly typical way for the Dawnchasers.Craziness, Danger, Mass Property Damage, and Contact With Horribleness That Dwarfs Imagination.You slowly made your way through the Northern Woods, where apparently some short-sighted Druids had turned the place into a deathtrap. You found their dwelling, and discovered that it had been dominated by a strange type of Ice. The Ice had also apparently changed the Druids into something else.You also discovered in the basement, an Orc who was in the middle of a battle with one of the former druids. You helped him dispatch the once-human thing. The orc showed little gratitude, but was willing to show you the way to his tribe.His name is Tisgut and he is a scout for the Red Wolf tribe. A tribe that dedicates themselves to crushing the threat the Ice poses to the other Orc Tribes. A tribe that the other Orcs turn to for rituals and judgement. A tribe that lives out past the Tundra, upon the Ice.
>>25875441 Also, I saw this mentioned upon the Quest General boards. Someone wants to do a synopsis of the quest. By all means, go ahead, and you can reach me at the email that's included in this post for any feedback you'd like.
Woo, lamia quest! Great way to spend a muggy sunday afternoon.>>25875461Oh, yeah, I was thinking about doing a summary. I guess I'll work on that.
Aww yeah Lamia quest, this sunday is awesome as hell.
>>25875688I think I'm going to get snacks in this writing-lull. Also, what do you think of using piles of clocks to weaken citadel's influence long enough to break through their wall with high explosives?
>>25875732I think clocks only really work with people. Citadel seems to work by disconnecting people from reality, clocks are pure mechanic and can't really be corrupted it seems. That or it's the rhythm of ticking or something equally babblish.Also I got a burger so I'm good on snacks
>>25875441Lightmare makes his way through the increasingly frigid woods. Tisgut says nothing, save for occasionally gesturing for Lea to adjust your path.After a bit he holds up his hand. "Late. Make camp.""It's not that late." Mage says looking at the sky. It's early evening, 4:30pm 5 tops. You've still got at least two more hours of solid sunlight."Reach plains during night. Crossing plains by night death. Wind, animals, and the *Orc Word* that we miss." He has pointed to his steel charm when he said that word.There's little argument from the others as Lea pulls Lightmare to a stop and you begin to make camp.You make a fire, and Mage puts together a simple travel stew. (He adds the meat base after he's taken out a portion for himself.You empty the pot and fill all your bowls. Including one for your guest, and all sit down and start to eat. Tisgut bolts his food down quickly. Not a surprise, seeing as how long he was likely trapped in the Druid's cellar.Then he looks up and looks around at everyone. Then he gets up and walks over to Tricia and grabs her bowl."Hey!" She says.Tisgut says nothing but goes back to his seat and continues to eat. He has a rather calm look on his face, like he's just asked Tricia to pass the salt.Tricia looks at you, fuming with anger.
>>25875859Snatch it from him and start eating it.
>>25875732That'd probably need a fuckton of clocks. More clocks than there are in the country. That's like trying to overload the Yangtze river with piss and doing it one bottle at a time or breaking into Fort Knox with a nail file.
oh joy dominance plays. When we can we should tell Tricia if he tries that again sting his hands with her bugs.
>>25875859"You're gonna have to do something about it yourself. Individuality remember?"
>>25875879noTrica has to stand up herself. If we defend her, she will be seen as weakEncourage her to defend herself
You guys think Orcs just go by a "If you want to do it, do it, if they have a problem with it, they'll stop you" sort of thing going on?Its like Russians and their bluntness.
>>25875920Add on. "Remember your strengths aren't his. Don't use his but yours. I don't paticularily care if he suffers from bugbites."
>>25875859Interesting that he saw Tricia as the weakest/easiest target.
>>25876033He won't after bug hell.
>>25876033Mage is magic, Lea has proven she won't budge on certain things. Mari\Peri are probably the only other ones that look even remotely 'weak' but yeah Tricia is definately our least imposing member.Until she strips her flesh from her bones and sets her hordes upon you.
>>25875859"Just eat it anyway Tricia. If he wants to give up on table manners, you can too. You've certainly got more mouths."If this isn't good, sorry, I just had to tackle a goddamn dog who ran away. Little shit thought it could get away from me.
>>25876078Unless, you know, he flips the fuck out and tries to kill the apparently undead skeleton bug-woman, a not undeserved reaction
>>25876078We decapitated that druid thing and we're fuckhuge compared to him.
>>25876120On second thought, this guy has the best idea.I want to see it happen
"You're gonna have to do something about it yourself. Individuality remember?" You say quietly. "Remember your strengths aren't his. Don't use his but yours. I don't paticularily care if he suffers from bugbites."Tricia frowns and gets up. "You're sleeping alone until you make this up to me." He mutters. "HEY! PIGFACE!" She shouts and stomps over to Tisgut.She whips out her hand, this time she's changed it into a large pincer and has it around Tisgut's throat.She pulls the bowl of stew back out from the orc's hand. She withdraws her claw and gives him a warning snap. Then goes back to her new seat, which is not next to you and eats.Tisgut looks up. Peri has drawn a blade, Mage has his staff glow and Lea just glares.Tisgut shrugs and gets up and heads off into the woods."Uh...dId I go too far?" Tricia asks.
>>25876218"No, no, you did fine. I'm sorry Trish, but it wouldn't have done anything if I interfered."
>>25876218Honestly I'm not sure. I don't think so though. Maybe he is going to get something to contribute to the larder. Apparently his tribe is about working together as well as individual strengths. Pick on the weak yes. But don't damage the strong.
>>25876218"The insult may have been a bit much, but really making me sleep alone?"(captcha: scales hefaov)
>>25876218"Not too much, no. Though it would have been humorous if you ate it out from under him. I think he's gone out to find food of his own. Maybe I should tail him, to make sure he doesn't get into any trouble?"Walk right into any tail jokes your teammates have been saving.
>>25876284>But really, making me sleep alone?Tricia's a harsh gal.
>>25876279adding onto this, maybe we should have a bowl ready for him when he gets back with some food?
>>25876321It seems to be that we've somehow ended up as the the proverbial pants wearer despite our inability to wear pants.Getting sent to the couch and everything.
>>25876355it's because you guys all booed me down when I suggested we get a pretty bow.
"No, no, you did fine. I'm sorry Trish, but it wouldn't have done anything if I interfered." You say. "The insult may have been a bit much. Maybe he is going to get something to contribute to the larder. Apparently his tribe is about working together as well as individual strengths. Pick on the weak yes. But don't damage the strong."Though it would have been humorous if you ate it out from under him. Maybe I should tail him, to make sure he doesn't get into any trouble?""When my swarm eats, my own stomach is still empty." Tricia says. "It just means they can lay more eggs and I have more to work with. I still get hungry."Mage snickers a little at the 'tail' comment, but says nothing. He looks at Mari/Peri."Too easy." They say.Tisgut returns after about ten minutes. He has a squirming rabbit in his hand. He grabs the mostly empty stew pot, pours a little clean water in it, and then snaps the rabbit's neck and tosses it into the pot.Lea frowns. "Fur and all?""Best part." Tisgut says. He waits a little bit and then reaches into the boiling water and takes out the rabbit, plops it into his bowl and goes back to his seat where he eats the entire thing, using his knife and fork."I will never comment on your eating habits again, Ssen." Peri says.
>>25876425"Best part, you say?"Seriously consider this for a moment.
>>25876425flick your tongue at Peri
>>25876425"Tisgut, I'm confused. How does food work for your tribe? If a hunter brings back too much for him to eat on his own, what happens to the rest?"I want to find out how the hell we can give tisgut food without him taking it from us. This might be the key.
>>25876453>>25876517But wouldn't it get caught in the teeth?
>>25876629... we're a snake. Our teeth are really only there to inject poison and inflict damage. We swallow our food whole.
>>25876629Rabbits are kinda small.We don't even really need to chew
>>25876471>>25876496You flick your tongue out at Peri. "Tisgut, I'm confused. How does food work for your tribe? If a hunter brings back too much for him to eat on his own, what happens to the rest?"Tisgut shrugs. "Hunters told how much to bring back, always enough for all orc to eat. Orc still hungry, orc get more, take from others, or get own." He shrugs. "Maybe get smashed face, maybe get lost and starve, maybe get more food." He shrugs. "Hunter did job.""What happens if a hunter kills...I dunno...a moose that he can't carry back by himself?" Peri asks."Hunter carves what can, returns with what he can, then goes back. Sometimes wolves there. Then orcs eat wolf...or wolf eat orc." He nods. "Moose hard to kill. Usually don't kill moose for food. Skins, maybe...but moose hard to kill.""Huh." Mage says. "So...what...you're going to just keep taking food from us if your hungry? Even if we feed you?"Tisgut shakes head. "No. You strong. Tisgut not fight for food, hunt more, easier." He crunches the rabbit's skull between his teeth. "Most orc prefer simple way, fighting hard, sometimes lose food in fight, so orc go get more, or wait for next meal."
>>25876665"What if the game is scarce, not enough for everyone to hunt down food by themselves?"
>>25876717then they starve.
>>25876665>moose hard to killAre these special moose, I wonder? I mean, we've crushed a moose or two in our time, I remember."Makes some sense, I suppose. Shame about those who get lost, as you say. I think we'll have to fill the pot a bit more next time, it'd be a shame if our guide was the one to wind up disappearing."
"What if the game is scarce, not enough for everyone to hunt down food by themselves?" You ask."Then orcs starve. Some leave to go die or find food. Some kill other orcs for food. Some orcs raid other tribe. Then tribe war." He shrugs. "Red Wolf get food tribute. NEVER ask for more than need. Not. Thief." He says. "Much game on ice." He says. "Red Wolf bravest, take it, Red Wolf always have food. Often trade with Boar for *Orc word.* Use for barrier.""I thought Orcs didn't trade?" Tricia asks. "They just took."Tisgut shrugs. "Fool to fight. Boar has *orc word,* no need. Red Wolf has much food, much need for *orc word.* Trade is useful, simple. Fool orc fight and fight and fight. Good orc not fight when can do other way. Fight for need, or for Rights...or fun." He nods. "But that different fight."
>>25876856"What does *orc word* mean?"
What would you trade for langauges? I wish to learn yours.
>>25876856"I think I'm starting to get the hang of it, a little. Expect many more foolish questions from me in the future."pause a moment>>25876880then thissun.
"What would you trade for langauges? I wish to learn yours." You say.He shrugs and picks the fur out of his teeth. It looks like he enjoys this activity as much as eating. "Not teacher. Learn yourself. Not stopping."You roll your eyes. "Fine. What does *orc word* mean?" He hands you one of his belongings that he took from the Druid when he was leaving. It's a small water skin."Do NOT put near fire! Look ONE drop. Precious!" He snaps.You carefully let one drop of the liquid within it to drop onto your palm. It's a thick black substance that smells to high heaven."Looks like tar." Tricia says.
>>25876987Oil. Black gold.Ask what they use it for.
>>25876856"Makes sense. What sort of food can you hunt on the ice?"
>>25876987"So... what's it do?"Try to resist the urge to taste it.
>>25876987"Smells worse than tar"
"So... what's it do?" You ask, tying not to taste it.Tisgut throws you a spare cloth. And gestures you to wipe your hands. Then he points to the fire and motions you to throw.You toss it in."WHOA!" Mage says as the cloth lights up in an instant and puts off a plume of foul smoke.Tisgut nods. "Tool for ice. Use in barrier. Long line, always burning, need fuel, that best, also wood, dung, corpse, whatever can get." He shrugs."Wait...to protect your tribe and the other Orcs from what's out on the Ice...Red Wolf maintains a giant wall of fire?" Peri asks.Tisgut nods. "Is one tool. Not ALWAYS lit. Just during Ice Raid.""A. Giant. Wall. Of. Fire." Tricia says.Tisgut nods. "Yes. What? Simple thing. Long hole, fill with stuff, light on fire...not hard.""You made a giant wall of fire." Mage says."Not THAT big." Tisgut says."But it's still a giant wall of fire." Peri says."Yes. Why ask again and again?"Lea looks at you and mouths 'Giant Wall of Fire?!'
>>25877210"I expected no less from Mage, but really guys?"
>>25877210"Seems like a good way to defend against ice creatures."
>>25877210"Now that's the kind of thinking I can get behind. That's the..."*tap your head*"Kind of thing you were talking about earlier? I can see why people would come to your tribe with their problems."I totally want to ask what their tribe thinks we should do about the empire problem. Once we meet their chief or whoever.
>>25877210"We must have this technology."
>>25877210These Orcs are our kind of people! Why bother wasting time and effort on architecture and crap like that, when you can just SET YOUR ENEMIES FIRE!
>>25877383now now, don't play our hand. Besides, we're not obsessed with technology, we just send interesting samples back to the inventors who ARE obsessed with technology. Then we help traderoutes appear.
"I expected no less from Mage, but really guys? I mean it seems like a good way to defend against ice creatures." You say with a shrug."Of course the warped lamia brain loves the idea of a giant wall of fire." Tricia says. You nod at Tisgut. "Now that's the kind of thinking I can get behind. That's the..." You tap your head. "Kind of thing you were talking about earlier? I can see why people would come to your tribe with their problems."Tisgut smiles and nods. "Snake woman understands." He finishes his rabbit, tosses the bowl in the pile with the others and heads off."Hey!" Peri says. "We're not going to have any issues with you tonight, got it?"Tisgut waves his hand. "Too skinny, too soft, too pink. Tisgut have standards." He walks off to sleep.Lea blinks. "Not sure if I should feel relieved or insulted."
>>25877418"He clearly has terrible taste."
>>25877210"I like it!"
>>25877418"I have no comment"
>>25877418"If you're ever unsure how to take something, it's a compliment. I learned that from a very unwise man.Anyhoo, I think this lamia is going to take first watch tonight. I'll be cold anyway, if Tricia makes good on her sinister plans."
"I have no comment, but if you're ever unsure how to take something, it's a compliment. I learned that from a very unwise man."Anyhoo, I think this lamia is going to take first watch tonight. I'll be cold anyway, if Tricia makes good on her sinister plans." You say.Your watch is long and slow. The fire isn't warm enough, your modified armor isn't overly warm, and the warmth charms aren't great. All together they kinda work, but you still feel sluggish and miserable.Also, these woods are very much alive with things. You hear animals and nature sounds, so your hand keeps drifting towards Beacon, for false alarms.You're also a little concerned about how you found Soma here. You know you brought the Grand Seal Mirrors, but you thought you were quite certain about leaving Soma at the Lighthouse. Then is showed up in Wagon, and no one else acted like it was odd. Did one of the others bring it? Either way, your watch continues.Roll 1d20
Rolled 4>>25877775Oh dear soma just appeared didn't itJust... try not to fall asleep at watch.
Rolled 20>>25877775> Somawell theres something to ask in the morning.
Rolled 1>>25877820welp, nat 20 on spotting rollnice.
And I'm glad that roll didn't count hah.
>>25877820Ssen 'Hawk-eyes' Patrick
>>25877853A watch roll could be like a travel roll, determining a random encounter.
>>25877820>nat 20NICE>>25877853Oh jesus man so lucky that was the fourth roll.
>>25877853>>25877868thank god for that.
I think I get the purpose of the Rabbit Hairs now.Its like chewing gum after you eat.This Polishes the Teeth after eating.or I'm completely wrong and to normal non-ork people it would be the equivalent of eating corn-on-the-cob with braces on.
>>25877919we still have to consider carefully the furs.We WERE just giving them to folk to make themselves warm.
>>25877919>eating corn-on-the-cob with braces on.Nneh
>>25877876My own personal theory is that we've got quite good vision up close and medium range, but all the extra spectrums and bullshit make long range spotting difficult.it seems to work pretty well so far.>>25878103I assume it's really bad?
>>25877820That last snap wasn't a wolf.You look and you see Tisgut walking towards you. "Sword. Now." He says quietly. "More fire."You rouse the others and give Tisgut one of Peri's spare, non-magical blades. (She's using the pair of Empire Silence Blades she took from Cai and the Crystal Witch.)You're all up and armed long before you see anything. Also, Tisgut has built up the fire with some logs, and a few drops of that black stuff. The smoke and smell are pretty bad for a minute, but the fire leaps to life quite quickly.When the thing smashes into the camp, you're ready for it...but at the same time, you're not ready at all.You were expecting something humanoid, or even reptilian like yourself would have been nice. This thing...is...not.It's legs are more like long thin points, like tiny icicles, bent and kinked one way or another, you see a few snap off, and new ones jut out and pierce the ground. It's torso is a cylinder of black, frostbitten flesh, from it rip tendrils and legs of the clear Ice. You see little bulbous spheres emerge and sink within the black flesh, a green-yellow glow within them. You realize that those are its eyes. At the top of the cylinder are heads, two orc, one human, one deer, worn like a demonic necklace, only you can see that the backs of their skulls are fused to the frostbitten flesh. Their eyes are frozen open and their lower jaws are missing, however, their red tongues are not as they hang freely. Above them all is...you have no idea WHAT kind of species THAT thing is, but it has three empty eye sockets, sideways mandibles, and a long tongue. The tongue is a black thing, long and covered in long little dendrites, it goes along, licks the heads it collects."WHAT. IS. THAT?!" Tricia screams as she staggers backwards."Dead." Tisgut says. There's a ripping sound and slowly, two long, arms, made of ice containing that green-yelowish fluid, rip out from the sides of the flesh mass.You get a free attack.
>>25878260Kill it kill it kill itWHO'S IDEA WAS IT TO COME NORTH?
>>25878260CHOP THAT BITCH IN HALF
>>25878260slash off one of the primary arms with beacon. Hopefully that will take longer to grow back."Where in the myriad darkness are you supposed to stab this thing?"
>>25878260Oh god the Ice uses ThingRight lets do two attacks. Tail whip at on of its load bearing legs and beacon at its center mass.
>>25878339Oh yes, we could probably tangle it up good, given how many legs it has. How many sharp, sharp legs.Though, for the beacon thing, I still say try to remove mass from the main core. You can never fail with removing parts from the zombie.
I'm scared to what would have happened if we didn't roll a 20.Mage totally gonna be MVP if everything here hates fire.
We should probably have fire on second thought, but that's second thought.So let's use fire if swords don't work.
>>25878260You know something lets use Beacon on this one. We can impress onto Tisgut the strength of the Light.
>>25878339You swipe your tail, barbs out at the leg things, as you thrust Beacon at the center of mass.2d20 +1 to each
Rolled 11, 6 = 17>>25878504
Rolled 17, 16 = 33>25878504We're the ice-slayer!
Rolled 1, 8 = 9>>25878504
Rolled 2, 4 = 6>>25878504Okay, let's see how this goes. I wonder where we're supposed to stab zombie things.
>>25878531>>25878530looks like tail strike is flubbed. Beacon might work.
>>25878541>>25878552I think that counts as a 2, 9 because of the modifier, so maybe we don't fail that horribly.
Rolled 2, 9, 19 = 30>>25878530You swing your tail at the ice things and it smashes into the mass of legs...and you watch in awe as they all but instantly regrow without losing a fraction of balance.Beacon, however pierces into the mass of flesh. You see steam rising from the would, and black blood pours out of the hole for an instant, before it freezes solid, making it look like a spike's growing out of the thing.Tricia summons a swarm of wasps from her sleeves. They don't do anything but hang around her. She's got her eyes close and is chanting.Mage has a hand on her shoulder and is chanting as well. Apparently they're doing something.Mari is pouring lamp oil over her bolts.Lea sticks her bandaged hands into the fire and then leaps at the creature with a quick double jab. (Lea will take 1 wound every two rounds, unless a crit fail. This will last for four rounds, then she'll have to get fresh wraps and ignite them again.)Tisgut pours his black stuff over his sword, and charges at the Ice Thing, running THROUGH the fire, igniting his blade and he swings at the thing.
Rolled 5, 4, 2, 1, 10, 1 = 23>>25878719Lea's punches don't seem to do anything, but Tisgut's blade cuts into the ice arms, spraying that green-yellow ichor everywhere, and the once-three-eyed atrophied skull screams in pain.And you hear other screams answer it...they're coming from within it's mound-of-flesh torso.Surprise roll over, roll for initiative.1d10
>>25878719God damn Tisgut is a badass.That fucking 19.Lea however is an idiot
Rolled 1>>25878759Time for initiative.
>>25878787God fucking damn it what have you done
>>25878818>>25878841And here I thought today would be a good day..
>>25878719>Tricia summons a swarm of wasps from her sleeves. They don't do anything but hang around her.Go wasp army! Sting that ice cube to death!
so we roll a 7 instead of a 9... oh well.
Rolled 4 + 1>>25878812Tisgut is a simple person. He knows what to do, light a sword on fire, and then hack away at the thing until it stops moving or he dies. He smashes into that thing with all the fury of the Red Wolf.
>>25878944His blade bites into dead flesh, harmlessly.Your turn.
> firehands leaI.What.Well I guess if she saw Tisgut do that shit.I forget, is magical songs a thing in this world? I remember Lea subbing Bard at one point
>>25878944Alright we need to aim for living flesh...pierce with Beacon.
>>25878954Get behind the thing, stab it, and using the spear shove it directly into the fire.SHOVE! SHOVE AND BULLRUSH!
>>25878979I agree, we spear with Beacon
>>25878998...(I want to see what Tricia and Mage come up with first.)
>>25879013>>25878985>>25878979A straight jab with Beacon, hopefully to either rip open something vital, or to get it nearer to the fire."Lea, why would you do something so STUPID?!" You shout."Working on new technique!" She says.1d20 +2
>>25879017it might take two turns to stab and then shove.
>>25878998If Tricia and Mage weren't planning something already I'd second this thought.Fuck it, We're all about breaking plans with even more stupid plans.
Rolled 15>>25879070"Why do all your techniques look so PAINF-oh"
Rolled 5 + 2>>25879070Redemption attempt.
>>25879119I'm putting away my dice then....
Rolled 11>>25879070>>25879093I don't get it.Does lea have no feeling in the rest of her body due to what cups did?
>>25879137We all have our failures, anon. It wasn't a critical fail or a trio of low rolls, so it's okay.
>>25879147no, Lea has... er... Sensibilities.Also damn you google images for giving me garbage.
>>25879170I rolled that one on initiative.
>>25879202You shouldn't compare lashing to burnsI mean I guess theres that melting candles onto a bare body thing but still.its an entirely different kind of painIts like comparing blunt force trauma and internal bleeding to Deep Cuts and Throwing Salt in an Open Wounddifferent kinds of pains.then again Echo can roll with whatever he wantssource:being an actual M
>>25879100Your piercing attack rips into the Ice Thing's deadflesh, you rip it out and expose a large chunk of what's inside, and you really wish you hadn't. There's Ice underneath the deadflesh and inside the ice are three or four of those three-eyed heads. These have more flesh on them and their eyes are not rotted away.They shriek, their mandibles and lower jaws all opening at once.- - LET THERE BE I! LET THERE BE US! LET THERE BE ME! WE ARE THAT IS! WE ARE ALL! - - You hear these words shriek in your mind.
>>25879294 Sorry, to go mid-combat, but after these messages, we'll be right back.
>>25879324that's fine, deal with your emergency. I had to literally sprint off in the early part of the thread myself.
Ignoring the obvious bad taste, would injecting this bugger with clear and/or white be of any help?Cus this thing is begging to be bitten
>>25879293huh, didn't know that. Still, it's the working theory I'm going to be running on, since I can make fun of lea for it later.
>>25879294stab it some more
>>25879364We can't make fun of Lea for that. You've seen the discussions that happen when Echo is writing/away that involve our sex life.
>>25879361>Biting the thingNo pls. I do not wish for assimilation.
>>25879361I hadn't considered that a bite would even do anything to this thing. You think it might?>>25879294I'm confused at what this thing even is. It seems to be some kind of solipsistic collective of frozen dead. Or... maybe they're not dead yet, on the inside?
>>25879361> Us willingly biting this thingI meanClaws man.Or spitting it at it.I would think due to being horrified at it at first theres no fucking way we want to even risk tasting that thing.
>>25879399What about spitting then?>>25879408I'm not sure, the bones might not be giving it any real rigidity but the ice might have a fun time reacting with the clear.>>25879418We got beacon and clang out I think, can't use claws.Although spikes
>>25879398Eh, we still could. All it would do is invite her to make fun of us back. Which is all in good fun.>>25879393It IS pretty rude. Though, we did sort of start stabbing it on sight because it's some freaky shit.Next one, we should say "Stay there and don't come any closer if you don't want to fight us". That way, when it jumps us anyhow, we can be certifiably sure they are very rude.
>>25879418>no way we want to even risk tasting that thingWhen you say it like that, you make me want to taste that thing.
>>25879486Considering our tongue, we already have tasted it.
>>25879418You missed the biggest issue.The risk of ice coming into contact with the roots of Ssen's teeth.
>>25879520>vulnerable to ice type pokemon>has never experience icecream headaches or cold teeth before due to lack of refridgerationOh god it would be devastating.>>25879519Perhaps. I think we're not getting much on the tongue up north, chilly tongues and all.
>>25879444I recall training quick-sheath or at least quick-unsheath but We probably can go straight into Sheathe -> Claw -> Spit -> Attack anyway.>>25879519Poking it with the tips of our tongues isn't the same as letting our tongue simmer in while we sink our teeth into whatever disgusting rotten flesh this thing abomination feels like.Jesus Christ even thinking about how this must smell is horrifying.
>>25879559I think it's more that we aren't in the mood unless we find something really warm
>>25879535She'd be incapacitated for the rest of the fight, and insist on going back and thinking of another plan instead.
Rolled 11We should spit at the thing. Can't we make explosive spit?
>>25879601>>25879612Revised plan: quick sheath and introduce our icey friend to the wonders of chemical brews of death.
>>25879627it's not explosive, it's just a chlorine compound, we think.It just exploded earlier because whoopsie-doodles, chemistry happened with the concentrated corpse methane.
>>25879627I doubt there's enough methane in the thing to react to cloud kill explosively.Also it occurs to me that we're fighting a monster made of corpses. We need to egg Trisha about this
Rolled 4Also, I'm not sure why there was surpise that Orcs had trade. They're Objectivist-alikes, of course they have a market and trade.
>>25879675You know what, that's entirely true. Monster. Made of corpses. Right here. It could only be more perfect if it was a sphere.
>>25879675>>25879704Do you guys want to be metaphorically couch'd for even longer?Then again Ssen does sound like the person who'd take the mindset of "We've already gone too far, lets keep going and find out what happens!" Speaking of which, whatever happened to crossing over and shoving the abomination-thing into the bonfire?
>>25879697I'm just trying to figure out how to do trade without making it seem like some kind of charity.Also, what we could trade them in exchange for military support. Or how to convince them that it's a rights struggle against the phoenix empire, which it kind of is. Though, to be fair, I don't know much about the phoenix. It's almost all second hand reports from a lady who lived there and some of its' spies.
>>25879770wanna do that next?
Rolled 5>>25879788I doubt the Orcs would be much interested in Solidarity. A better appeal would be to their self-interest. Our kingdoms are not interested in expansion right now, and we could make a contract not to expand into Orc territory in the future.On the other hand, the Pheonix Empire is demonstrably expansionary, and will probably try to conquer the Orcs eventually. It strikes me as a univeralistic empire that feels the need to bring the wonders of taxation to everyone. So play it as proactive defense against an encroaching state and it could work.
>>25879852yeah, that's true. They WILL probably expand into orclands, and orcs probably hate even the idea of taxes.We, on the other hand, will simply offer trade and immigration. Which some would say is more insidious.
>>25879852Well we have the mirrors. If we sealed away the Ice spirit the Ork tribes would prolly follow us out of gratitude.Also calling it now Soma is possessed by Peace.
>>25879852We can also give them some sort of trade agreements with both our kingdom and with the Elves. They would likely be down for the agricultural goods we can provide in exchange for stuff like hides, exotic meats and magic babble stuff. Maybe easier immigration rights.
>>25879910we'd have to couch it in terms of trade. We help you get rid of the nasty Ice spirit and you help us deal with the army of Pheonix.
>>25879910>>25879938>soma possessed by peaceOh jeez soma why you so scary you were our dad's swordIt couldn't be possessed by dear old dad, could it? Or perhaps possessed by some party with an agenda OTHER than screwing us over. Like... maybe we'll need a flaming sword to stab the ice heart core thing we find later.
Rolled 2>>25879910>>25879938I'm very wary of this ice spirit. I'm not sure we could seal it away as easily as you are making it out to be.I don't think we should make sealing the ice spirit a condition for them helping us if we can possibly avoid it.Thought for the day:To be GOVERNED is to be kept in sight, inspected, spied upon, directed, legislated at, numbered, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so.... To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under the pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed, mystified, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, despised, harassed, tracked, abused, clubbed, disarmed, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and, to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality
>>25880004Peace was shown making a deal with the Pheonix and the Fifth. Which means she's free from Citadel.Something is stoppibg us from purifying Soma.That something is Peaces soul.The Old One said that Peaces body lacked a soul.I say we show the dragon Soma when we get back to Bronze Peak.
>>25880077We might not have to back. Old One is in the north.
>>25880123We'll probably meet up with him eventually
>>25880123you know I really hope he's just yanking a vein of gold from somewhere out in the orc wastes. And that gold vein is not literally directly under the orcs.>>25880077Eh, I don't remember anything stopping us from purifying it, other than not taking the time to visit a blacksmith.
Rolled 14, 10, 16, 7 = 47Trica and Mage finish their chanting and Tricia's wasp swarm...you aren't sure if their wings turn to fire, if their bodies burst into flame, or that flame surrounds them. Either way Tricia is commanding a swarm of Fire Wasps. She sends them at the Ice Thing.Mage just finished his spell to make the wasps fiery.Mari shoots a flaming crossbow bolt at the Ice Thing.Lea does another flaming fist double strike, her fists are slightly singed.
>>25879852Just get one of the orc clans down south, tell them that if they agree to beat the shit out of PE for us, they can live in the desert and get out of this frozen hellhole.
>>25880188I think they're ancestral enemies with the ettins somehow. If the kingfisher wasn't fucking with us.But how? Considering they're seperated by a whole citadel kingdom.
Rolled 3>>25880178The flaming wasps swarm around the Ice Thing, forcing it to use one of its claws to try and bat them away.Mari misses.Lea's strike hits the exposed ice and you see a solid crack and a mass of steam.The Ice Thing's other claw swipes at Tisgut, since he and Lea are in the way of you and Orcs are a higher threat, always, to these things.
>>25880213Always a higher threat?Lets disprove that
>>25880178> Mage has had fire enchantment this entire time and he didn't tell usaaaaaaaaaaaWe shove now?
>>25880077I get the feeling that Peace sort of *is* Citadel, in a way. It would explain why she had never felt pain before.Wait, wait wait wait, Citadel, Phoenix and the Fifth... I'm betting it was a prophetic dream. I'm betting that Phoenix is going to have to make a deal to tap into Citadel to use that soulcrafting magic. The Fifth would be perfectly happy to help because it gives him an opportunity to screw us over, and Citadel gets to devour more souls.Fucking gods. When can we start killing them?
>>25880240Use full body weight to force the thing into the fire and springboard off?
>>25880213Get between the thing and the forest. Opposite side from the fire.Then proceed to herd/shove it right into the fire.
>>25880213What the hell is this thing and why aren't we biting the FUCK out of it?
Rolled 14 + 1>>25880213The thing misses as Tisgut ducks out of the way with ease and counters with a strike of his own.
Rolled 12>>25880277Tisgut is a badass.
>>25880272its mostly ice
>>25880277Tisgut slices the blade right through the deadflesh, causing the green-yellow ichor to pour and hiss upon the ground. It turns to a semi-frozen slush the moment it hits air.Your turn.
>>25880289I want to keep him.Also don't fucking roll when it isn't needed
Rolled 3>>25880310Lets get stabby with Beacon.
>>25880310Can we try to tackle the thing into the fire and springboard off out of the flames?
>>25880289>>25880318nah, he's probably a chief or something. Also, Kind of a dick.
>>25880339he's a scout.
>>25880310Into the fire with the monster! We've got a ranseur, it has secondary points, it's ideal for shoving zombies into things.Well, the only thing more ideal would be a pitchfork.
>>25880310Organize everyone to try and force it into the fire.Double strike.Also, if Peace is in Soma...does that mean there is a soul in Beacon?
>>25880251something like that yeah
>>25880368Tackling it is seeming like the idea some of us are shooting for.We're like 800lbs and we got good acceleration, good amount of force.
HOW MUCH DO WE WEIGH? I VOTE SLITHER ON TOP OF IT AND SIT THERE WHILST STABBING IT.Or something like that, aren't we like 800lbs?
>>25880310Beacon impaler attack!
>>25880402Might not want to stay on it that much.
>>25880402way too cold. Like the opposite of a hot rock.But using that weight is a good idea, see>>25880398
BEACON IMPALE TACKLEEight hundred pounds of coil propelled force!
oh god snakes can spring-jump.We so need to do this with beacon prepared to lunge like lightning.
>>25880446If we're gonna impale, we ought to sheath clang for the time being for the best application of force
>>25880338>>25880350>>25880368"PUSH IT INTO THE FIRE!" You yell and you ram at the thing with Beacon and smash at it with your tail.Roll 2d20 +1You need four successful attacks to get it into the fire.
Rolled 8, 6 = 14>>25880469I was wondering how you'd deal with that. I was thinking a multi-turn shove attempt or something.
Rolled 3, 11 + 1 = 15>>25880469Lets ride
Rolled 15, 13 = 28>>25880469
Rolled 7, 4 + 1 = 12>>25880402I really, really don't want to sit on anything that looks like it was inspired by Carpenter's The Thing.Anyway. Lets do this.
Rolled 2, 9 = 11>>25880469
>>25880486Dice going away again
Am I the only one wondering how our fire is big enough to scratch a creature this big, ice or no?
Rolled 7>>25880488Two successes, huzzah
Rolled 1, 14, 5, 12, 3 = 35>>25880488You smash your tail into the deadflesh, and then Smash beacon and clang into the thing with a quick one-two. Ice legs snap and break, and then reform as the thing staggers backwards, towards the fire.Tricia continues to try and focus her swarm of fire insects to harry the Ice Thing.Mage shoots fireballs at it.Mari shoots another flaming bolt.Lea does another flaming double strike.
>>25880612>crit fail on triciaPoor poor girl.
>>25880612poor Tricia. She crtifails her bugs ALL the damn time.Mage succeeds. Hes such a good mage.whoosh, Mari misses. You'd think she wasn't the crack shot she was introduced asLea gets another hit in as well
>>25880666she's using flaming wasps. I'm surprised it worked until now.
>>25880693I'd say it was karma for kicking us out of bed all the time, but honestly we deserve more than not.>capatcha: deserving xcipsseI hate this thing sometimes yaknow?
Rolled 2 + 1>>25880612"Ah! Ahhhh...shit." Tricia winces as her fire wasps burst into fire...for real. "Well...worked for a little while." You see her wincing and holding her side. That must have been a chunk of her self that just went up.Mage's blast hits and the Ice Thing staggers back some more, more smoke coming from it. Lea's last flaming strike is all that's needed and the thing topples into the fire.There's a hissing and a cracking noise as the creature writhes in the flames. You see the deadflesh and the orc and human trophy skulls burst into flame and wither or just fall off. The top head's tongue whips around wildly.The fire is extinguished, but the Ice Thing pulls itself back up, growing more spindly legs and using its arms. That ichor is oozing off of it, and the inner skulls are now slightly exposed, their faces now open to the night air."SING EXULTATIONS AT OUR SIDE! FOR OURS IS THE WILL OF PERFECTION! WE CAST OURSELVES AS GREATER! OURS WAS PERFECTION SO PERFECTION WE OBTAINED! WE ARE OUR OWN GOD! WE ARE GOD! WE ARE GREATER! WE ARE ALL!" The heads shriek and yell. It's all a mass of sound really, but you're able to pick those phrases out."WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?!" Tricia screams. Covering her ears."Nothing." Tisgut says and resumes his attack, aiming for the faces.
>>25880682I like to think Tricia will always underperform when we have a guest party member. The Extra Party Slot being filled messes with her grooveOnly EO3 players that used wildings will get this
>>25880809Sadly, he made a mistake, without the deadflesh and it's ice-shell, the thing is much more agile. Your turn
Pin it in the fire with Beacon. Roast it alive.
>>25880809Do we still have good lightning now that the fire is out?>>25880832I sorta wanna ready ourselves to Parry and get into a deadlock into it but I dunno if thats a viable option.I think Impaling it with beacon is a good choice.
Rolled 13>>25880842The fire is out
>>25880832Clear coated tail spikes to the face?
>>25880809>Well...worked for a little whileThat was amazing by itself. Flaming wasps was a terrible idea. And not Dawnchaser terrible but actual terrible.
Rolled 14>>25880832Stabby times with beacon pls.
>>25880809Impale and pin it to the hot embers of the fire.Then we need to start in just hitting it with our shield until it stops moving while it's pinned.
Rolled 4, 18 = 22>>25880886This.Couch our lance, coil up, strike with full force. 800lbs leaping lance charge.
>>25880857>Do we still have good lightning now that the fire is out?Lea's fists, Tisgut's sword, and Beacon's glowing. You've got light enough to work with.
>>25880886Shield-Bashing is always a good idea.>>25880874Flaming Wasps might sound full retard but consider this: Exploding Suicide Wasps
>>25880926Hows Lea's self-fire wounds?
>>25880929>but consider thisThat is also full retard no matter how cool it is.
>>25880886>>25880914>>25880926So you're going with a Beacon-Clang combo.2d20 +1
>>25880809Do as the Orc does, face stabby time.
Rolled 15, 2 + 1 = 18>>25880977Tally Ho motherfuckers.
Rolled 15, 3 = 18>>25880977Strike!
Rolled 13, 1 = 14>>25880977Rolling
Rolled 17, 9 = 26>>25880977
Rolled 19, 5 = 24>>25880977Fuck it
>>25880958Bees already suicide when they stick their stinger in so its not really farfetchedYou're just adding in an exploding part.I know there are beetles that are capable of shooting literal fire out of them like a cannon so in fantasy land this cannot be too farfetched
>>25880977so beacon works.... clang doesn't.
Rolled 16>>25880998Well, shit, at least we still got a hit in.
>>25880998>>25880997>>25880996I think the PE spies are drunk or something
"Hey mage any chance you could set our weapons on fire like you did the wasps?"
>>25880997>>25880998>>25880996So we succeed in impaling him to the ground.We've failed in beating him to death with clang. Which is fine. We're going to keep going until it works.
Rolled 20, 15, 6, 12, 16 = 69>>25880997Beacon stabs one of the faces, but it dodges out of the way of your follow up.Tricia's going for a scorpion stinger and jabs at one of the faces.Mage keeps shooting fireballs.Mari takes another heated shot.Lea does her last flaming double strike.
>>25881009These insects are part of her body and it damages her when they die and they are hard to replace. You do not want to make suicide attacks with them for fun.
>>25881115Stop letting the team down, Mari.
>>25881115>Tricia got a nat 20Good girl
>>25881115very nice, all successes
well accept poor Mari
Rolled 3>>25881149Not mari though, sadly.
Rolled 5, 5 = 10>>25881115Tricia's stinger rams right through one of the face's third eye, then with a grun she rips the head out of the ice-slush-ichor and throws it aside. It bursts into black flame and then into a pile of ashes in almost an instant.Mage nails the thing again."Can't see in this light!" Mari swears. She swaps to Peri.Lea's last two punches are right in one of the thing's remaining faces. The thing is sizzling and has a broken left mandible.Lea's bandages are also sizzling and she tosses her bandages away and waves her very red hands. "Okay, next time special...but it works."The thing makes two swipes, one with each claw. One at Tisgut, one at You. The heads keep on shrieking and yelling. It's just repeating the same nonsense they were spouting earlier.
Rolled 10 + 1>>25881221You and Tisgut easily move out of the way of the clumsy strikes.Tisgut makes another swipe.
>>25881240The ice claw blocks.Your turn. Beacon is at 4 charges.
>>25881253Can we flurry with beacon, using both hands?
>>25881221>>25881240We've moved onto the stage of the fight where it is on the ground and just won't die, so we're stabbing it over and over and it won't stop screaming. Standard procedure for fighting abominations.
>>25881253Are four charges enough to give us a bit more light to work with?
>>25881279It really feels like extreme violence is the only solution here.
Rolled 12>>25881253How many charges does beacon need again?Stabby with Beacon is my vote for the attack.
>>25881240I'm uncertain if we should beacon-flash or beacon-charge everyone to finish this thing off when we get there.Lets keep whacking at it until it drops in the meantime.
>>25881262yeah. Let's put the clang away for now, and just... spear it over and over.
>>258813085>>25881312I kinda want to charge up everyone and see if our orc buddy gets a buff.
>>25881317>>25881298>>25881279>>25881262A double handed crazed multi-stab with Beacon.2d20 +1
>>25881332probably not. Only those who accept Ssen as a Guiding Light seem to benefit from Beacon.
Rolled 7, 6 + 1 = 14>>25881373STAB STAB STAB!
Rolled 18, 12 + 1 = 31>>25881373
Rolled 12, 17 = 29>>25881373
Rolled 18, 14 = 32>>25881373
Rolled 18, 14 = 32>>25881373rolling
Rolled 7, 19 = 26>>25881373Spear!
>>25881397>>25881405Successes here.>>25881388Fuck my dice
Rolled 3, 19 = 22>>25881373Stabbing with two-hands is a thing? Trying it out with broomsticks makes it feel painful to do.
Rolled 3, 8 = 11>>25881373This thing is really too loud
>>25881431Broomsticks are tiny as fuck compared to any decent spear
>>25881431yes, two handed spear fighting is a thing. Have an exhibition fight.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzJis7VvORY
>>25881481We're probably closer to thishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8RWLxlzTiM
>>25881529Well, we'll probably go up against the other one one day. Phoenixes and all.
>>25881652Not!Asia is going to be annoying for us not!europeans in what is pretty much not!america
>>25881397You pierce both remaining faces, one after another. They stop shrieking, and the ice legs collapse and the ichor mass turns into a liquid and splashes all over the ground. The last two heads burst into flame and then ash. Beacon's glow slowly fades away, and Tisgut sniffs the air. Then extinguishes his blade."Gone." He says. "Deadflesh armor...new trick." He shakes his head. "Bad sign." He nods. "Tiny one. Slip past. Hard to find. Fought well, all of you. Know Orcs that run. No shame. Stay, fight, good...foolish...but good." He yawns. "Make new fire, leave in morning. Sleep." He starts walks off as if this was nothing.Everyone just looks at you."Okay, I am now all for that plan where we DON'T go out to the Ice." Mage says. "I mean, really really for it.""Stupid, stupid, stupid..." Tricia mutters as she grabs some salt pork and shoves it down her robes. "Set them on fire! Great idea...ugh, next time just stick with the hybrid...fuck that stung.""Have to keep a watch on the shoulder." Lea mutters as she re-wraps her hands in wet bandages. "It's all about rapid fire power-strikes.""Sorry." Mari says. "Next time I'll stick to trying to figure out how the damn things move."
>>25881683"Hey Tricia, that was a monster, right?"
Rolled 9, 8 = 17>>25881704[x] This
>>25881683Don't worry about it Mari. I've had fights were I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. Though knowing how it moves would help.
>>25881683Coil around Tricia."Are you all right?"
>>25881683"Hey, it was first contact! Next time things will go smoother I'm sure."
>>25881683Give the biggest shit eating you grin.Wait until your teammates look confused."Monsters made of corpses."
>>25881715>>25881704Combination of this I guess
>>25881724yes. When tricia gets mad at us for bringing up corpse monsters, interrupt her with questions about her safety. It will confuse her long enough to get her to not be mad about the monster thing.
>>25881752We could also lift her purse for our rightfully earned gold.
Now that the fight is over can we ask makge this? >>25881031Or at least about an enchantment?
>>25881776Might not be fun mixing magics.
>>25881724Better start taking better care of our girl, after the Tisgut fiasco.
>>25881860well, I am a bit worried about her wasp-less-ness injury. Whatever that is.
>>25881860Tisgut seems to get none of us are to be fucked with now.
>>25881683"Don't worry mage, this plan only revolves around getting dangerously CLOSE to the ice. I think"We should also get that fire re-started. Our current one is covered in wet. At least beacon is shining bright as possible right now, and thus, we have a light source.
"Don't worry about it Mari. I've had fights were I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. Though knowing how it moves would help." You say."Thanks..." She looks thoughtful. "Although I swear I've seen that three-eyed head thing before...probably in a book. We get back to the UFK, I'll look it up."You nod and then go to coil around Tricia and hug her. She returns it. "Are you alright?" "Yeah." She says."Hey Tricia, that was a monster, right?" You ask. "A monster made of corpses."She blinks and then squirms out. "That was ARMOR made of dead flesh! The monster itself was made out of ice and living heads! Doesn't count, and even if it WAS it doesn't change what THAT thing was.""I'm going to be hearing this argument for the rest of my life." Mage whimpers.Tricia huffs and then hugs you again. "You're the only Big Monster around here...and...and...and you're a jerk." She says."If you two are going to babble like you usually do," Lea says as she rebuilds the fire. "Can you do it in your tent? I'll take watch."
>>25881957"Yeah. Sorry." Go back to loitering with intent and loitering within tent. Sleep in tent too.
>>25881957Damn we need to ease up on this for a bit...Ideas for apology gifts?
>>25881957Give her a bit of a hug"But I'm your jerk."Then walk/slither with her to the tent, because lea raises a good point.
>>25881957"Awww, I'm sorry. Any way I can make it up to you?"
>>25882012obviously we need to pick up whatever orcish sweets are.
Don't worry guys, we've always been tricia's sworn enemy, remember? Love interest and eternal nemesis.
>>25882029Guess I'll have to second this.>>25882105Very much true.>>25882051Seems not quite personal enough.
Had an idea guys. I just remembered these guys. I wonder if Tricia could do anything like this?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6m40W1s0Wcskip to the 50 second mark to avoid ads
You give her a hug. "But I'm your jerk, any way I can make it up to you?" You say. You look at the others. Then you sigh. "Alright, sorry." You say. You and Tricia head back to your tent.The next day, you all have breakfast, pack up camp, put out the fire, and hitch up Lightmare. (Tisgut doesn't go off to get his own food or tries to take anyone else's.)"Tisgut, how big do those things get?" Mari asks."Big." Tisgut says. He points at a tree as you pass it. It has to be at least 30 feet high."That big?" Mage asks.Tisgut nods."I assume that big around, right?" Mage asks.Tisgut nods again. "Old ones say there was bigger one, once." He shrugs. "Know that Old Place has even bigger. Can't move. Screams, sings, breeds.""Oh this keep getting better and better." Peri mumbles.
>>25882193"Yeah, no kidding. Now all we have to do is go kill the biggest one. I vote we get a catapult."
>>25882193"Well, at least it can't move, right? ...Right?"
>>25882193"Oh chipper up Peri, at least it's not raining!"
>>25882193"I think we might be needing more *ork word*"
>>25882260"Or Flaming Ballista."
>>25882193Sigh."You know we're going to end up fighting it, right?"
>>25882193Does anyone remember what the ghoul king ended up looking like?I'm getting a very similar feelio to this..... Didn't the Ghouls originate from here?We might have to grill mage 'bout his family.
>>25882419ghoul king ended up looking like a beefy tall guy with very few visible mutations because of citadel garbage.Mage claimed he was monstrous before that though.
"Yeah, no kidding. Now all we have to do is go kill the biggest one. I vote we get a catapult...or flaming ballista...or just more of that *Or Word.*""*Ork word*" Tisgut says. "Harder K on end.""Well, at least it can't move, right? That's a good thing, Peri. Also, it's not raining!" You say.A snowflake falls upon your nose."Not. A. Word. More." Peri says.You clear the treeline and enter the plains of the Northern Tundra. A harshly beautiful, flat land with scrub, a little snow, and miles upon miles of absolutely nothing."That way." Tisgut says. "Must ride to Ice or to Tribe. Alone on Tundra is death."You ride further north. Miles pass and still you see nothing. One patch of this land looks almost exactly like the next. Occasionally you see animals, a lone scavenger or a herd of deer, but mostly it's absolutely nothing."Hold." Tisgut says.Lea brings Lightmare to a stop.He points one way. "Ice, Red Wolf, make it before too dark."He points in another direction, you can clearly see a little flickering light in the distance. That's a fire, or something. Either way, it means other people."Other tribe. Can stay. May need Tisgut." He shrugs. "Will need to show strength. Orcs can be stupid."
>>25882474Can we make beacon flare on command when outside of command?You think mage could work some "shaman" magic to that display too?although this could end up backfiring with them not being impressed with our fireworks
>>25882474I say the orcs. I'm not in the mood for talking to spooky ice spirit today, which it will probably do if we cross the ice. though, I'm curious"How does one usually show strength?"
well, we won't have a problem ourselves. We've been able to crack trees since like day 1. Lea can just set herself on fire to impress everyone, Tricia can do anything with her bugs and be absolutely terrifying, and mage is the one who set lea on fire. I'm more worried about peri/meri.
>>25882599Yeah I agree
>>25882474"We have plenty of strength. Shouldn't be a problem."
>>25882474"I can melt bones with my spit. Showing strength won't be a problem."
>>25882474"I prefer stupid people to crazed ice things. They're awful conversationalists."
You point towards the fire, Lea nods and turns Lightmare to head that way. "We have plenty of strength. Shouldn't be a problem." You say. After a pause, "How does one usually show strength?"Tisgut shrugs. "Usually violence. Strong will. But violence best and quickest."Wagon approaches the fire and as you get closer you see a large collection of tents, some penned herd animals, and a bunch of fires set up.Tisgut points at the tops of the tents. There's a circle of small rat skulls around each of them."Rat tribe." He says. "Medium sized tribe.""Do they have a special talent?" Lea asks."No. Why should they? Special 'talent' tribes are dead tribes. Tribes that can do anything and everything are living tribes." Tisgut says. "Rat totem of survival, scavenger, finder. Not good tribe, not bad tribe, just tribe."Three large orcs come forward. They have large axes with them, and you can see people with bows in the back.Tisgut gets off Wagon and turns his back to the Orc and lifts up his leather shirt. You see that he's got some tattoo on his back. It's done in red ink.The Orcs lower their axes that the bowmen de-string. Tisgut talks to them for a while. A new orc comes, this one has a rat skull necklace. Tisgut talks to that one for a bit. He gestures to you and the other Dawnchasers for a moment. Then the returns."You share tent circle, no food, no talk. You guests, travel Red Wolf, respect, ask nothing, receive nothing." He says. "You want, you take.""What about you?" Lea asks.Tisgut grins. "I have business. Personal. We go to Red Wolf next sun. Sound good?"
>>25883430"Fair enough. We've got provisions of our own. We can talk to each other, right? Just not them?"
>>25883430"Tisgut, someday I'll have to figure out the finer points of Orcish culture. But yeah, sounds good."
I wonder what kind of thing guests do for their hosts in orcton. Like, if we could help in some way.Guess we'll just stay out of the way, like they want.
>>25883714We can have a much needed talk in our tent about soma anyway.
>>25883772We do need to talk about it.
>>25883772>>25883851"Which of you brought soma along? It couldn't have got on the wagon on its' own.Right?"
>>25883772I'm kind of hoping it's Peace in there.
>>25883941It likely is
"Fair enough. We've got provisions of our own. We can talk to each other, right? Just not them?" You ask. Tisgut nods. "Tisgut, someday I'll have to figure out the finer points of Orcish culture. But yeah, sounds good." You say.You set up your camp. The orcs are doing nothing too out of the ordinary. You see some kids running around with sticks. Some men are chopping wood, you see a group head off to get water, and a group return, dragging with them a could of dead deer. Some women get to work skinning it.Orc women are taller than orc men, but they don't look as muscular, but they're obviously quite strong. They have grey skin, they also have the same tusks and snouts. You couldn't call any of them overly attractive, by human standards. (Isen might give a few sixs or sevens...but Isen is Isen.) However, there are a few that Tisgut seems to be flirting with, so there's apparently some quality that Orks find attractive. Not that you can tell."Umm, Ssen." Mage says. "We may have a problem."He points out across the plains. You see a few small dots, they're getting bigger.You look over your shoulder. Tisgut isn't getting ready for war, so it's not an Ice Thing. After a bit, you can see it's about two dozen or so orcs. They're armed to the teeth and are wearing hawk feathers. You don't see a rat skull anywhere.
>>25883953Great! Time to set it on fucking fire.
>>25883953How do we handle that? I mean, it's nice that she wants to come along for the ride, but depending on her motivations it might be a bad thing.
>>25883968We do not have a problem. The rat tribe probably has a problem. We are not getting involved with random clan wars.
>>25883986Our dwarf friend with the forge already tried that.>>25883968"Tisgut, do those guys with the hawk feathers have the same relationship with the Rat tripe as hawks and rats do in nature?"
>>25883968Huh. Beatdown time?
>>25883968"Oh boy. Fellow Tourists."
>>25883968"Oh! More orcs. You don't suppose they're just here to trade some very nice weapons for some rat goods in a non violent manner, do you?"Say this while getting your stabber and shield ready."We might not be able to talk to them, but they're still treating us as guests. Let's step in if things get too bleak."
>>25884023it REALLY depends on how these orcs go about things. We may have to step in if they start, for instance, wholesale slaughtering the rats.
>>25884093I agree. If the Hawk orcs attack us, we will defend ourselves, but we'll let the Rat orcs handle it.
>>25884113Orcs don't like being helped so really the good paladin thing to do is let them die.
>>25884116Do orcs have noncombatants? We'd have to step in if they were brought into things.Also, can we talk to tisgut to ask if we should help?
"Oh boy, fellow tourists." You sigh. "Mage, we do not have a problem. The rat tribe probably has a problem. We are not getting involved with random clan wars.""And I'm sure these folks with axes, blades, and torches are sure to acknowledge your perfect logic and leave us alone as they rip this place apart." Peri says."Right." You wave at Tisgut. "TISGUT!" You shout and wave some more.Tisgut marches over, he looks amazingly aggravated. "What?! Tisgut have PRESSING matters!"You point at the advancing crowd. "Do those guys with the hawk feathers have the same relationship with the Rat tripe as hawks and rats do in nature?"Tisgut rolls his eyes and mutters what have to be some rather explicit words. "Tisgut never leave bed. Every day, someone screaming, every day, new crisis." He looks at you and the others. "Get weapons. Might have to fight.""Who? Them?" Tricia points at the Hawk Orcs.Tisgut shrugs. "Maybe, maybe rat, maybe both. Depends. Either way, fighting starts, human not fight, probably die...or become thing. Hawk lots human things." He shrugs. "Then valued...as thing." He walks towards the Hawks. "Tell Rat Chief and shaman." He says to you, pointing at the largest tent. "Shaman speak tongues. He tell chief. Tisgut see reason Hawk here."
>>25884167We want them alive, though. So we step in to make sure they stay alive.It's all about taking what you want.
>>25884167I thought the paladin thing to do would be the help them if they want it or not.but it is orcy politics
>>25884167We'll just explain it as payment for letting us stay by the fire. We can find ways to help these people without pissing on their values system. If possible.
>>25884196Time to meet the local persons of interest.
>>25884196Ah, so the Hawk are slavers. Well that rustled me enough that I think that we should kill the Hawk slavers.
>>25884196Well, let's get in there and tell the shaman about the hawks. Whatever we say is probably going to be interrupted with >Why did you come in here, don't you remember the agreement?But here goes nothing."Hello in here. I've pressing news for the chief. We saw some hawk orcs coming, from the plains."
>>25884196>Every day, someone screaming, every day, new crisis"We've found the orc version of me."
>>25884269that was one of my mental reasons-to-step-in.If they're attacking noncombatants? Step in. Taking slaves? Step in. Looting literally -all- the food? Maybe step in.There's cultural awareness, and then there's when we have to step in.
"We've found the orc version of me." You mutter as you watch Tisgut march off."You have cuter toes." Lea says.Everyone pauses and looks at her."Was...was that supposed to be a joke?" Mage asks."Yeah...was it not funny?" Lea says."No. It...it kinda was." Peri says. "That's why we're surprised."You head over to the chief's tent. The chief is probably the guy sitting on the large bench. He's listening to what's probably the shaman. He's...no wait...she...is the Orc who is cutting open a bird, spilling out the guts, and studying them intently.They both look up as you enter. The chief says something to the Shaman. The shaman walks up, to her herself between the Chief and you. You see that she has a large club with large iron spikes in it in her hand.She's pretty tall, all orc women are tall, but she looks like she's got an inch or two more. She has long black hair in multiple braids with complex looking knots in them. Her skin is a dark grey and she...doesn't have tusks. She's got a smallish snout and there's no doubt that she's 100% an orc, but she doesn't have tusks."Why are you present, follower of the Red Wolf? You were instructed to please remain within your own tent and not to trespass upon our own. Please explain yourselves, forthwith."She also apparently speaks better than half the population of the UFK.
>>25884794>>25884196I do like how tisgut is apparently constantly beset on all sides by work. Early morning work. It's easy to empathize with."Oh, there's some armed hawk-feather wearing orcs coming this way from the plains. I figured a good guest would give their hosts a heads up."
>>25884869>"Oh, there's some armed hawk-feather wearing orcs coming this way from the plains. I figured a good guest would give our hosts a heads up."FTFY
>>25884794"I was just wondering whether your lookouts have spotted those heavily armed orcs wearing hawk feathers heading in this direction yet."
>>25884922think we should offer help with the fighting?Or should we just sort of go to help without asking?
>>25884794"We spotted members of the Hawk on their way here. Tisgut suggested we inform you, since you apparently speak our language. Which you do well."
>>25884794"One, I am not a follower of the Red Wolf. My strength is my own. Two, I'd like to observe the what your tribe and the Hawk tribe do.
>>25884939We are probably going to need to bust heads one way or another. Just get back to our people before the fighting starts.
>>25885041>one way or the otherSure sure, as long as that way isn't for the slavers.It turns out they're both slavers
>>25884794"We've spotted some armed orcs, look like some kind of hawk-feather tribe. So, I have a question. Can guests fight alongside their hosts, if it comes to blows?"
>>25885152oh, a note, this one is risky on my part and should only be taken if we're feeling particularly zazzy.Feel free to not choose.
"I was just wondering whether your lookouts have spotted those heavily armed orcs wearing hawk feathers heading in this direction yet. I figured a good guest would give their hosts a heads up." You say.The shaman turns and says something to the chief. He says something back and stand up and leaves the tent. She turns back to you."Thank you for informing us upon the arrival of the Hawk clan fighters. We were expecting their arrival and will now deal with them. Do as you will." She walks past you.During her last speech, you saw her teeth and figured it out, at some time in this woman's life she had her tusk teeth forcibly removed. Also, those old scars around her wrists and neck probably aren't from combat.You leave the tent. You see a squad of soldiers assemble, and other orcs retreat behind lines of other soldiers. You see the chief and the shaman. They have two orcs with them. They're young males, and they've been bound, gagged, tied, and it looks like they've been severely beaten and even branded a little. The two boys have hawk feathers on their clothing.The Hawks arrive, with Tisgut in tow. He talks to the Rats, the chief and shaman speak for a bit, then he turns to the Hawks. They talk for a bit.You notice that there are three humans in the war party. They're carrying the tent rolls and supplies. It's not like they're carrying everything and to an excessive amount, but it the stuff that the Orcs don't want to carry. Also, they're on leashes.Tisgut walks up to you as the Hawks and the Rats bark at each other."Rats catch thieves. Hawk boys. Stupid. Normally, beat, return, good lesson." He sighs. "Problem, boys not think right, smoke, drink, something." He shrugs. "Fight back, too much." He points at the pair. "Was three. One boy killed. Hawk chief nephew. Huge mess.""How's it going to end?" Peri asks quietly. She and the other Dawnchasers are there, with their weapons.(cont)
>>25885168note to self: Once we have a year or two free, roam around beating up all the tribes individually, free their slaves, and leaving.
>>25885168"Boys not think right... sounds strangely familiar."
>>25885266glare at mage
>>25885061Wellllll, I wonder if we could tempt them into slaving on Phoenix Empire soldiers.
>>25885168Tisgut looks back at the crowd. "Thieves kill good horses, wound good hunter. Still healing." He points at the Hawks. "Father here." He points to one of the beat up kids. "Related father of dead. Snarls. Refuses call thieves what they are." He sighs. "Get weapons ready.""Who are we fighting?" Mage asks.Tisgut shrugs. "Maybe both...Hawk and Rat have family. Red Wolf keep tribe safe." He gestures to the tents filled with the rest of the Rat Tribe. "Maybe luck, Ice attack, just two three deaths then tired and go home." He sighs and shakes head. "Not lucky.""Story of our lives." Mari mutters.
>>25885270More like it sounds similar to Citadel mindfuckery.
>>25885277"Well, yeah. If only it was so simple as that. Just let them bang their heads against each other. "
>>25885302I just like to poke fun at mage.
I wonder how tough orcs are. I mean, can they just sort of eat a stab wound?This might wind up being very low fatality high injury.
>>25885346You know, if some of them are scared of ice monsters, maybe a good flashing of spines might rattle their cages
>>25885277Well, only response is to get weapons ready."I don't suppose they could be convinced to settle their differences over a game of skill? Nobody ever wants to do it that way."
>>25885379eh, I don't think we're so scary compared to the shit they've seen.But spines out and holding a spear might make them slightly re-evaluate their threat scaling, changing a battle to a bit of quibbling.
>>25885432a good dibbling of clear on any who get too close would work wonders as well
>>25885449We'll see. That might prompt battle. Maybe use it in combat.We'll look silly if it freezes.
>>25885635Oh damn, have we tried seeing how our spits react to this new terrain?
>>25885635it's pretty much some sort of pure chemical, unlikely to freeze
"I don't suppose they could be convinced to settle their differences over a game of skill? Nobody ever wants to do it that way." You say. Tisgut shakes his head. "Hawk not want known thieves. Also, must answer blood. Rat cannot allow thieves, justified in blood, but still kill young." He sighs as he watches the orcs argue and shout. "Complicated. Hand boys over, not option.""Well, yeah. If only it was so simple as that. Just let them bang their heads against each other. Would that work?" You ask.Tisgut shakes his head. "No...maybe...too far gone now. Hawk always hate Rat....Rat hate Hawk too...but Hawk always angry." He shrugs. "Hawk want as Boar. Hawk never be as Boar. Boar big, Boar smart, Boar blessed by totem, Honored by Red Wolf, Hawk...not blessed." He sighs. "Just wait, maybe end with challenge, one or two dead. Advised it."Roll 1d20
Rolled 7>>25885660We'll see. Maybe they've got some kind of ritualized death minimizing champion combat.
Rolled 11Here goes everything
>>25885697My dice have atoned.
>>25885697The Hawk Shaman is doing something. She's keeping calm and keeping direct eye contact with the Rat Shaman, but the other orcs can't see what's she's doing behind her back. The other Hawk Orcs are in the way. You can see it from your position though. She's got a large mass of feathers, they're all slightly stained red on the tips, and she's winding a thin white rope around them, over and over again.
>>25885821anything show up on magic vision?
>>25885821Elbow mage and close yer magic eyes. I've no idea what's happening, but it's gonna be good.
>>25885840Well, she's a magic user, so she naturally glows like Mage does...but her glow is currently brighter than Mage's or the Rat shaman's.
>>25885887well, she must be doing SOMEthing then.Oh man if she summons giant eagles we have to steal one
>>25885821Does the rat shaman know?We should inform her if she doesn't.
>>25885922No. I'm very much for staying out this one.
>>25885906mmm delicious hawk fried golden brown...>>25885887get mage's attention to the hell is going on
>>25885821Ask Tisgut if he knows what he's doing.
>>25885821Elbow Tisgut, glance pointedly at the Hawk Shaman.
>>25885950I can agree with telling mage about it, maybe getting an explanation.Also, I double agree with delicious fried birds.
>>25885991Ssen: fail to not drool fantasizing about eating a summoned bird.
>>25886020look, we get distracted sometimes.>>25885946I dunno, elbowing our way into these issues is sort of what we do. Though we don't even know what magic this is yet, I really hope it's bird summoning.
You nudge Mage and point your head at the Shaman. Mage looks for a moment. He frowns and looks confused. "White thread...blood...feathers? Okay, hold on...did this before I got used to the staff." He then starts and looks up and then looks at you. His eyes are wide and he's got a combat grip on his staff."Stalking and Invisibility spell! One feather for each person!" He says.
>>25886234Quick quick pluck the feathers maybehaps?
>>25886234ooh, that's a nasty one. They'll get free reign to butcher and then turn on us. I suggest we interfere in some way. Mage can use a gust of wind to blow it away, we can practice our championship spitting and burn the feathers, we can inform the shaman and see how she deals with it...
>>25886257>>25886280If it were me in our place, I'd just kill the two prisoners. Problem solved.
>>25886319Nah, not our MO. Also equally likely to cause fighting to erupt.
>>25886319We ain't like that.Also my feather plucking idea is cool
>>25886347a bit overt, but better than nothing. There's all sorts of ways out of this one, we've just got to pick one. I personally like the ideas of using a bit of wind, or adding alternate spell components to foul up the spell.Or, if you want to do things the easy way, warn the rival shaman. But probably too late for that.
>>25886280Maybe I'm being unclear. She's not TRYING to cast an invisibility+stalking spell. She is CURRENTLY IN THE MIDDLE of casting an invisibility spell, and there's a LOT more than two dozen hawk feathers in her hand.
>>25886338>>25886347Like I said, if it were me. Next best solution is having mage prepare some sort of countermeasure to invisibility, like kicking up a bunch of mist or snow to silhouette them in case they turn on us.After all, it's not our affair unless we are attacked, which we're not sure they'll do.
>>25886434Can we quick quick the feathers out?
>>25886434In that case, warn Tisgut. Let him decide what to do - we're outsiders here.
>>25886434wait, she's making everyone invisible? Strange. Probably going to nab some people in the confusion.Have mage get ready to blast them with snow. We're too late to stop the spell from being cast, but we can render it ineffective. Also, why not talk to tisgut about it. Tell him the haps.
>>25886540Quick quick could stop things, so could clear poison on the hand to get her to drop it.
>>25886556if echo allows it, I'm for a quick-spit. I thought it was sort of too late. Otherwise, let us prepare countermeasures.
>>25886572It sounds good to me.
>>25886540No you fool, she's maintaining invisibility on a LOT of orcs.THERE'S A SNEAK ATTACK IN PROGRESS
>>25886603We would have seen them because magic vision+heat vision.She is GOING to make some orcs invisible.
>>25886620waitdisregard that, I misread Echo's post.
>>25886572Snowblast seems the best contingency.
>>25886603shhhhiiiiiiiiiOkay. Okay, so we should get mage snowblower duty as SOON as he can figure out the spell. Right? Maybe also try to disrupt the spell ourselves?
>>25886665mage could dispel the spell, assuming he is stronger than this shaman.
>>25886665Again, not our place to interfere in politics that we don't understand until we ourselves are attacked.
>>25886695well, if you feel that strongly about it, can we at least tell tisgut so HE can interfere in politics we don't understand?
>WARN TISGUT>Have Mage prepare snowblasting spell to find invisible orcs>Get everyone ready to fight
>>25886719>>25886728This.Whatever we do, we warn Tisgut. He's a shitload more aware of how politics work around here, and should have advice on how to proceed.
>>25886728We do need to get the shaman to drop the feathers
>>25886728yeah, I can agree with this. Tisgut will know if it is time to panic.
>>25886741we'll do that as soon as they make their move. They've not done it quiiite yet.
>>25886620You nudge Tisgut and point it out to him...but then you look out beyond the squad of soldiers and past the tents and you know you're in trouble.They must have stayed back, and spread out. They were invisible so naturally Tisgut didn't see them, and you were watching the Hawk party and not looking out at the plains. Also, this place is lousy with hot spots thanks to the damn fires.Either way, the Shaman drops the bundle of feathers, and now the Rat camp is surrounded by a mass of Hawk soldiers. Tisgut steps forward and shouts at the Hawks for a bit. The Hawks make a reply. Then Tisgut walks back to you."So...prisoners now." He says. "Hawk 'honor' Red Wolf. Plan trade Tisgut for food or *Orc word.* Think weapon." He spits on the ground."And what about us?" Mage asks."You things. You Hawk thing now." Tisgut says. He snarls and spits on the ground and lets out a curse. "Red Wolf NEVER hostage. Tisgut gave word. Insults all." He looks around at all the orcs and sneers. "Fuck it. Tisgut kill all of them."Just to keep this in perspective. There's about 50+ of them, surrounding you, with bows and arrows, not to mention the 25 right in the middle of camp. Tisgut plans to kill ALL of them. By himself.He looks at you. "You in? Not weak to run, Red Wolf that way, follow peak and star. Easy to run once fight starts. Not your fight."
>>25887089Kill all of them. We are NOT property.
>>25887089"You work on killing who you will, I'll kill the ones attacking the camp. Not right to go after the noncombatants.
>>25887089"Lets dance, Tisgut."
>>25887089Time for the time honored tradition of geek the mage.
>>25887089We're gonna rustle our scales either way so why the hell not.I can't wait to see how fast we can charge beacon in a brawl
>>25887089"You know, Tisgut, I think this could be the start of a wonderful friendship."
>>25887139he is talking about the hawks not the rats
>>25887089Tell Tisgut that everyone who doesn't want to die should RUN.Then we start mixing up cloudkill.
If Tisgut is just a scout I'm scared to meet Red Woves higher on the totem pole than he is.Or maybe scout is a higher-tier job due to how horrible the tundra is.
>>25887184that seems extrme
>>25887089Let's not run. I think we should walk.We turn around and walk away, and anyone who tries to stop us dies where they stand. Because Tisgut is right, this isn't our fight. But as soon as the Hawks make it our fight, we should make them regret it.
>>25887207We are kinda badly outnumbered here so really need something to even this up.
>>25887205>Or maybe scout is a higher-tier job due to how horrible the tundra is.This is probably the case.I think we've got a little bit of a translation problem here. From what Tisgut's said and done, he's more of a wandering knight errant rather than a scout - going around, finding problems, and beating the living daylights out of them.
>>25887184If we do this, ask Mage if he can give everyone in our party breathing enchantments.
>>25887178the haws are attacking the rats. The ones in the camps too.We're going to go to the camps and kill the haws attacking them. Is my plan.If I was unclear.
>>25887207Seventy. Five. Enemy. Orcs. Seventy. Fucking. Five.
>>25887207And being taken prisoner by 75 orcs is preferable?
>>25887207Not realy we're outnumbered so we need AoE weapons.
"We are NOT property." You say.You look at the Dawnchasers. They've drawn weapons and nod at you."Shaman first, draw them away from the non-combatant tent." Lea says."I'm on arrow shield duty." Mage says."I'm already calling every friend I can. I'll blacken the sky with flies." Tricia says."We're with you all the way Ssen." Mari/Peri say."Lets dance, Tisgut." You say.Tisgut grins and raises a full bastard sword that he must have taken from the Rats. "Hawks cowards, sneak and hide, Tisgut show what strength IS. Snake Tribe show what strength IS." He nods, and turns to face the Hawk war party who were in the middle of browbeating the Rat leadership and forcing them to their knees.The Hawk leader asks Tisgut something.Tisgut's response?"GWWWWUUUUUUUUUUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!" As he charges.
>>25887249true, we've got to scare them off somehow.we COULD go to the hawk side of the field and start doing our gas. Get our folk to hold back. It would depend a bit on the wind.
>>25887184If we're going with this, ask Mage if he can throw up some sort of magic airfilter for our comrades, first.We also don't want to kill the Rat tribe.
>>25887273>We're the Snake Tribeoh gosh
>>25887273I like Tisgut and sweet are are at tribe level to him
>>25887273>Snake TribeAwwww yeahWe have to match that warcry with something. How loud can we hiss?
>>25887289I think the sight of a half-snake lady with claws and spikes tearing their advanced party to ribbons would give them some pause. After all, orcs are pragmatic. It's no use trying to ransom Tisgut off if nobody's alive to collect on it.
>>25887273I love this guy in a completely non-homosexual manner.Now let's get mixing!
>>25887273>snake tribeThat's fucking adorableAnyway, I suggest we stick some kind of unpleasantness of that shaman. Some distraction poison arrows, or claws.
>>25887361Give her a bite of white?
You guys are forgetting that we need to survive those turns to charge the gas to begin with.Would it be safer to stick in some sort of ghetto formation for our party or just jump into the thick of things and let everyone handle themselves?It'd be funny if we literally could a full beacon light charge in 1 round from the sheer amount of attacks we parry but....
>>25887349we'll see how the spines-and-claws-both-covered-in-venom approach works. It might be scary enough to get them to back off. If not, we should really switch to beacon, as it's got prolonged group fighting benefits.
>>25887395Geek the make first, then get into sweeping the crowds
>>25887378a bite, an arrow, white, black, clear, that'll all distract her from spell casting. Black is our general go-to, but if someone wants to authorize something nastier they're free. I think the orcs are sturdy enough to withstand the acid nonlethally, but that's a judgement call.
>>25887361 And with that we close for the evening as I have to plot how you guys, Tisgut, and the Rat tribe are going to fight 75 orcs. Next thread will be Tuesday, July 9th, 5-7pm PST. And yes, consequence free cloudkill CAN be on the menu!
Geek the mage! Spines and claws, maybe that will scare them a bit. Also, ironically, they're our most nonlethal weapons.
>>25887413whtie is bone melt, clear is acid, black is paralytic.
>>25887413Why not just rip her head off? Usually seems to work.
>>25887408This.GEEK THE FUCKING MAGE FIRST
>>25887423>And yes, consequence free cloudkill CAN be on the menu!
>>25887430Quick-quick and Beacon's business end in yo face, bitch!
>>25887423Woo, see you Tuesday. I hope we can get by with just being scarysnake, but you know what they say about hopes and dreams.Thanks for the thread.Oh, and that snake tribe thing is fucking great. And probably inaccurate. We don't give no darn totemic blessings, do we? Thought not.
>>25887443Don't get TOO chemical warfare happy. We're going to try bluster and good old fashioned geeking the mage first. Some tribes are cowards. These guys might be.
>>25887425yeah, I don't think they'll live through the white. I DO think they'll live through the clear.>>25887428because less casualties on both sides is better paliscore. And also, the more orcs that live period the more orcs we can recruit to go to war.So, you know, a mix of pragmatic and moral reasoning.
>>25887295>>25887423Well, Mage did that wind spell on the Kassat. Combine that with Cloudkill and you get a Cloudkill moving in one direction, say a bunch of hawk orc troops.
>>25887522we never DID actually test to see how it affects various races. Mostly because the vast majority of ways to test it in controlled conditions are evil as fuck. I wonder if orcs are more or less trollish than granny.
Use Beacon, Gain new orcish converts
>>25887551Probably less. FAAAAR less. From what we've seen I doubt they're much more resilient than a human.Lamias and Nagas are kinda like nature's munchkins in this setting. Our ancestral blood seems to run a LOT stronger.
>>25887609Goddamnit anon if the FIRST action of the snake tribe is converting the rat tribe, we'll never be able to live down the metaphorical significance of that.
>>25887629I think it's because they're failed dragon superbreed attempts.Wheras whatever peace was is a superbreed attempt made by the dragon of shadows, and they were apparently pretty damn strong. And extinct.
>>25887650How exactly is poison and speed incarnate a "failure" by anything BUT draconic standards? We wreck shit, and we're still developing into our inborn abilities. I mean, how long did it take us to figure out we even HAD razor sharp spines and claws, along with at least three kinds of poison?
Hey I just realizedIf we play our cards right, we can free a gaggle of human slaves out of this deal. Wonder who they are.
>>25887728We can't fly.
>>25887728>how is it a failure by anything BUT draconic standards?But they were using draconic standards. Also, I don't know if you've noticed, but we're not the *ahem* brightest crayons in the box if you know what I mean. You've seen our plans. Thank goodness we've assembled a support team to pull our nonexistant snakebutt out of the fire over and over.
>>25887742Stop rubbing it in. I really hope Mumei's work progresses uninterrupted. Also, Where's that bicycle barney? You promised snake bicycles. And if you didn't, you should have!
>>25887758Our plans only SEEM insane because usual logic would suggest they wouldn't work. Except we know what we have available, we know we have the Snake Tribe with us, and we make those apparently insane and unworkable plans work anyway under insane conditions. We dare, therefore we win.>>25887742Yet.
>>25887780>>25887818I'm disappointed that neither of you posted OR CAN WE?! with that flying snake gif.
>>25887824There's a very good excuse: I never saved that gif.
>>25887824>>25887835Neither did I. I still say we're much too large to so it. Ssai and Ssah however... Maybe.>>25887818Oh come on, you know just as well as I do we were winging it. Most likely being guided by divine providence, at that.Hell, Soma being here could very well be divine providence again.
>>25887851Yeah, especially if we run into our adoptive second father out here.
>>25887851"Dawnchaser Plans" are a thing. We come up with solutions where others might resign. And there's nothing "Divine" about Soma, though once our Snake tribe finishes thrashing the Hawks, I'd imagine we really should figure out what the hell is wrong with that goddamned possessed sword that's FUCKING FOLLOWING US.
>>25887878Its Peace, and she's spying on us. Simple.
>>25887878it COULD be a good thing. But you're right, it's probably a goddamn devil sword that's following us and won't go away.>>25887885It could even be peace. Or something else. It's mysteeeerious.
>>25887897The only other person we know of that had the sword was Dad. I dont think HE would stop us from purifying it. So yeah Peace didnt die all the way. She hid inside the sword knowing we would take it.
>>25887920but... where was it ever stopped from being purified? We meant to do it in cai's shop and didn't because she was a spy, and forgot to do it bronze peak.I don't remember us actually trying to reforge with pure lantern metal.
>>25887885>the Dawnchasers mill around nervously as their de facto leader addresses a sword, drawing a large crowd of confused orcs>"Look, Peace, I know I killed you and all, and that it probably put you off, but this really has to stop. Like right now. You need to either get out of my way and let me try and un-fuck the situation one step at a time, or you need to decide that you're willing to let bygones be bygones and start helping rather than being a nuisance.">"And I'm not going to polish you until you start behaving. So you can sit there and gather dust while you think. I hope you're not allergic."
>>25887930We did during the timeskips like thrice. Something is stooping us from purifying it. That something is Peace cuz shes a whore.
>>25887951pfffftch. That's pretty good.What's the policy on ressurections and responsibility for wrong doing anyway? I mean we DID slay her for her deeds. Does that mean we continue slaying her in perpetuity until it sticks? Or is one the appropriate amount?
>>25887963I legitimately can't recall a single instance in which we actually went into a forge to try it that wasn't interrupted by plot shit.
>>25887971Like i said it was implied by the timeskips as that was one of the things on our to-do-list during said skips. Echo told us that the sword refused to be purified.However that IS an interesting point. Why do FORGES hate us again?
>>25887987I dunno. Forges seem to be a problem with us at times. It's worrying, because it's been a long time since our last spear maintenance. I can see exactly how it will play out in my mind's eye. My mind's eye on in the internet.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdKiPOkh0K8
>>25887965You know, the way I figure it that isn't our place to decide. If it turns out that there IS something that regulates that process, and souls have to go through some sort of purgatory based on their actions in life, Peace will have to answer one way or another for what she's done. And if we set things up the way they should be, and souls are just blanked or disappear after death, then it hardly matters what our policies are. Either way, it's not our call what happens once she reaches the Light. It's just our job to arrange the meeting.
>>25888016well, that's what I mean. Are we going to send try again to send her back to the light? First time didn't take. It's really awkward.