Thread III.Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Legacy%20QuestThe trip back to your home is thankfully without incident. Through a few muted discussions through the darkened foliage of the woodlands you find out that the trap you blindly walked into was indeed belonging to Veles. A quick apology from him and the affirmation that he had no idea that someone had claimed this land is all you get from him as you follow him through the woods. A few times his... dog, makes an appearance, before dashing off into the underbrush yet again, and McCain tensing each time, only to relax and follow on Greenbriar.After a short period, you emerge from the treeline and see the darkened mass that is your home. A bit of tinder and some logs later, you have a comfortable fire blazing away merrily in the hearth, while you take over cooking duties much to McCain's relief. A simple meal using some of the beef you have left, backstraps with a quick pepper marinade seared over the hearth. It isn't much but both McCain and your guest seem to enjoy it. You do note him examining the silverware a moment before following your lead. More a few bits of conversation, mostly McCain asking Veles questions while you act as interpretor. After a while you decide to turn in, and turn ruefully to Veles. <I'm not sure any of our rooms can quite accommodate you.>
>>28138456<That is no matter, if it is alright with you, I will stay near the hearth. The room here should be more comfortable than most of the places I have slept.>With a nod you and McCain turn in for the night, you slither under the covers and let the tension of the day draw itself out of you. You drift off to sleep.This is new...You find yourself at a crossroads, and are vaguely aware that this is a dream. Down one path you see a burning village, down another? You see a cave in the side of a mountain.>Approach the Village>Enter the Cave
>>28138460>enter the village
>>28138460Do we recognize either?Village is safe for now, I suppose. Just to get a consensus.
>>28138657The village has a familiarity to it, but you can't place it at all. The Cave is new.
>>28138677we'll investigate the cave next time.I want to see it quite badly, but there's probably giant spiders in there, so we should get like a saddle first. Spidersaddle.
>>28138460>>Approach the Village
Oh, and a bit of side discussion since I made my vote:Glad you didn't get devoured by terrorist coyotes, canid. Glad I woke up three hours earlier than usual to catch this.
So, is our house's internal heating system run by the hearth? Heated floors and all?Either way, I'm glad we can cook. Someone needs to know how to cook.
>>28139234Heated floors are basically a series of water filled tubes set into the masonry, it uses a combination of the hearth and a rechargable heating reservoir that utilizes the same sort of premise as the heating charms from the first quest. It's a fairly popular convenience in Naga and Lamia homes. It's basically a lower tech version of radiant heating. Yes I know that I haven't thrown much overt magic in yet. Not much in the way of thaumaturgical research on the frontier outside of a small research building based out of Snake's LandingUpdate in 5.
>>28139356I was just wondering if we had to feed a separate furnace for it, or if the hearth was good enough.I don't expect much magic out here anyhoo.
You approach the village when everything fades out. Six shots. One shadow has turned on the others, who now lay on the ground motionless. You see the last shadow standing being engulfed in arcing blue light, you watch as your father, carrying a bundle, runs off away from the scene. The shadowy figure is writhing in pain as the lightning courses through its body, before it finally collapses on the ground. You watch, and after a seeming eternity the figure stirs, staggering to its feet before looking at the scene around it. Then, a clarion call of a nitor cavalryman comes from the west, the figure staggers into the underbrush, sword in one hand, revolver in another. It is at this point you wake up. Gliding out of bed and into the wash you make yourself decent before exiting your room. Sprawled out in front of the hearth of which the last few embers of last nights fire finally die, lies Veles in a bundle of coils his head resting against the sleeping form of Dahz.A few moments later McCain appears in the front door and surveys the scene with a noiseless chuckle. "Well Miss, what are your plans for today?">?
>>28139425So, the guy's unconscious with his dog. Marvelous.First order of business is make some breakfast. If delicious bacon doesn't wake him up, then I'd be confused. After that, I believe we're heading into town to talk to a land buyer, get some ranch hands, some cattle, and cattle accessories. In that order I presume.Chickens too, if we don't own any already. Enough for eggs.
Seems the other posters aren't keeping up as closely. Ah well, such is life in the morning. Get some coffee with that breakfast too.
>>28139425try to set a meeting date for the person who's interested in the land/
>>28139762I still wonder how much of it he wants. And what he plans on using it for.
>>28139425Getting a meeting to try to get a price on the land. Would be interesting to get an idea as to the character of the buyer if nothing else. After that, getting an idea of the spot price on beef at the auction might be wise. I think getting back in to the cattle business would be the best course for us.
>>28139916or at least, having enough of a hand in a cattle business to produce a relatively steady profit. Can't live forever on dear ol' daddy's cash.I sort of want to go the dairy cow route to start out with, but I am unsure how meat VS dairy operations work.
>>28139944Dairy is a whole other thing. We are out in BFE, thus would need to ferment or magically preserve the milk for use elsewhere.
>>28140124if it's a whole other thing, then fuck it. Standard meat ranching it is.
>>28140132>>28140124uuunless we want to be cheesebarons. If that's even a thing.
>>28140144Do we even know how to/have what we need to make cheese?Milk is just 'drain milk from udders wow you're done.' Well, not today of course, but back in ye olden times. Cheese is a lot more work.
>>28140163I think this may be why we stick with normal ranching. No complicated cheesery, no milk going bad. Just bring a herd of live cattle into town, sell them to butcher, gain profits.
>>28140124>>28140132For Dairy it would be a whole different setup you'd have to get into, that said, you want to get one for private purposes? That is be a lot easier, just remember you need people to do all this stuffAlso, the Land Buyer is in Snake's Landing, the Auction is in Riverport.
>>28140132That isn't to say we couldn't keep a couple of milk cows for ourselves or the hands, but I don't know how snake guts will agree with milk.
>>28140199>they're in two entirely different placesFFFFffffWill we be fucked if we put the auction off another day?Well, we need ranch hands before we buy cattle either way, so we can pick them up in snake's landing if need be. But if there aren't any cattle to buy the next day, we'd basically have fucked ourself out of money.
>>28140238>>28140199upon further consideration, we should probably get the cattle first. We'll miss out on good deals at auction if we don't, and the land buyer is staying a week or two anyhoo, if we heard rumors right.
>>28140238It has only been one day since McCain mentioned "A few days until the auction." Travel between the two towns is fairly speedy using a coastal skiff, but you'd be unable to take the carriage and horses on the boat with you. You could go to the Auction on your own, and have McCain or any hands go the long way with the carriage.>>28140199>Is beFucking hell that's what I get for changing sentence structure mid sentence.
>>28140199I say go for the auction, send a letter to the land buyer, see if we can meet in a few days. Even if we decide to sell a fair bit of land, we may still be able to stay in the cattle game.
>>28140302oh, the auction isn't even started yet?Fuck what I just said here>>28140295let's go meet the land buyer.>>28140217I just looked it up, and apparently snakes don't actually drink milk and it's an indian publicity stunt. Disappointed.
>>28140323I agree that the auction takes priority, but apparently it's not even started yet. Also, apparently travel between towns is "speedy".PROPOSED PLAN:We go to the town with the cattle, leave our horses and carriage there, take the boat to the town with the land buyer, talk to them, then use the boat to come back in time for the auction to be starting.Agreed?
>>28140329by land it would likely take a few days to get their
>>28140302Ok doing both is an option! That sounds like a plan. We will need to treat McCain and whatever hands assist him to dinner when we all arrive. Maybe we should see if our snake-friend wants in on the cattle business.
>>28140420yeah, since we're the bosslady, we sort of have to pay for dinner. Especially since it's a business trip. We don't have any hands left, though, so we need to get new ones.As for the snake, it'd be nice to show him around, but it depends on if we can fit two in the carriage. Also if we mind being all tangled up with the guy.
>>28140473I meant (but failed to specify) somewhere nice, as a treat. But, I agree on our serpentine friend.be pretty awkward trying to get two lamia in a one lamia cart.
>>28140647Yeah, logistical concerns come with being HUGE.have we come to an agreement on which place to put our cart first? I proposed the "dump cart at auction, visit guy on boat, return" plan. Is that agreed upon?
Will have to shoot out for a while while you guys come to consensus on this option. So far it seems1. Wake Veles, possibly via smell of cooked food.2. Get ready for the cattle auction.3. Meet the prospective buyer.Going through the last thread there were some plans as well. Tossing Veles some books, you do have a very basic language primer between snakescript and UFK common as well as a bunch of other books.Just waiting on consensus
>>28140738I like all of the things proposed here. I didn't even know about the snakescript thing.I'm OK with this plan. We'll figure out another way to show veles down later. We might just get a second carriage.
>>28140738Sounds pretty good to me.
I look forward to visiting the towns. I wonder if we have any friends that don't work on the ranch.
So, are we making theories on dreams yet? Seems like we saw someone get hit by a lightning bolt after a fight as a kid.
>>28140738everything but the buy part sounds good to me
>>28141814>>28141790we're not actually selling to him, we just want to meet the guy and get a read.Better than him showing up, tophat and moustache billowing, 20 threads later telling us he made a deal with the bank to foreclose on us.
"Best thing to do would be to wake our guest yes?" You say heading into the kitchen. "After that I suppose we had ought to get ready for the cattle auction. The way I see it, we can establish ourselves in Riverport beforehand and then I can head and speak to that land buyer in Snake's Landing. If only to see what he wants." McCain frowns at this, "Well that'd mean we'd have to put Greenbriar and Traveller up in Riverport, and that town's still a bit rough." You recall that after annexation when the Pheonix Empire retreated from the continent, it's become somewhat infamous as a traders port. Other than a skeleton crew of Nitor set up near the wide mouth of the river a large part of the town is largely without proper enforcement. The main reason it is used as opposed to snakes landing as that branch of the river becomes wide and sluggish, allowing easier access for the cattle barges that take it to the mainland proper. "Not sayin' that we'd be robbed but it would be a good idea to have someone stay with the horses and that'd be most likely me. I don't like you goin' to see this 'buyer' fellow all on your own either." You begin cooking breakfast, "That is a good point." You look over at the sleeping guest. "Well, I could see if our guest wants to go, he could stay near me. I mean I still have my schoolbooks I could get him a crash course on language on the boat."
>>28142319McCain regards that for a moment, "Well, I'm not sure about it, but Snake's Landing is pretty quiet from what I hear. It could probably work." The wafting scent of cooking food travels into the main room, and you notice Dahz stirring before her master does. She extracts herself from underneath his head, and you wince as his head hits the ground. He wakes up and looks around bleary eyed before seeing the both of you. <Nngh, apologies, did not expect to sleep in this late, this floor is deceptively comfortable.><Not a problem at all,> You respond, <I was just going over my plans for the next few days. I also have the books on language and history if you would like to look them over.> There is something of a hungry look in his eye. <That would be splendid, though I could not take such a favor without giving something in return.><Funny you should say that, in the next few days we will be heading to the town of Riverport to purchase more livestock, but at the same time I have business I need to take care of in another town down the coast. We are... hesitant to leave our carriage unattended so McCain was going to stay in town while I went to handle it. I would appreciate it if you would be able to come along.>
>>28142345He regards you for a few moments. <So not only have you given me lodging for the night, bore the news of the seal being destroyed, offered me knowledge on language, you ask in return that I go on a trip that will let me see more of this curiosity? There's not a way I could say no.> You turn and give McCain a smile. "He's in."Breakfast goes by quickly, as McCain gets most of the supplies strapped to the back of the carriage. He comes back a bit later. "Well Miss, there are two ways we can go about it, you can ride up on top, be fairly rough riding on the way there but would probably be moreso for that 'Veles' fellow, or you can ride inside. I wager he'll fit inside if he loops around a bit, but It'd be awful close for the both of you to try. That's not counting the wo-dog.">? This is largely a break up for dinner, the update was going to be even longer.>Ride on top, Veles inside>Ride inside, Drape Veles on top.
>>28142319Ah, welcome back. I had just sort of assumed there would be a hitching service of some kind, but that's silly of me to think in frontierland.I'm all for bringing veles, but you know, carriage space. So only if we have an actual way to bring him. If we can both fit in the carriage, no problem.
>>28142367It's our wagon, so we take the comfy seat. Which I am assuming is on top of the wagon in the sun, given our current configuration. We may switch if it rains.
Well, we've got a snakebuddy now. Too bad we can't leave HIM with the horses, but he doesn't speak the majority language or know the law yet.
>>28142586Yes, but he IS a giant snakeman. No words required, really.
>>28142713look, if people get the idea that HE is trying to steal and/or eat the horses, we're going to have problems.
Anyway, the decision really comes down to which is comfiest, which is rightfully ours, because of ladies first and it's our wagon and other excuses.
>>28142367I say have him ride on top. Gives a chance to see the area, and we can drive the cart without impediment.
>>28143162sure, why not. Not really much of a sticking issue.We should tell him about the internal heating on our house and how it works as we travel. Shit's a modern marvel.
You get yourself situated and slither your way into the carriage. Veles follows you and cheerfully makes himself comfortable on the roof after tying an oddly light lead to Dahz. McCain positions himself in the drivers seat as you start off. You go to head up to the hatchway only to find it stuck, a nudge elicits a noise of surprise from Veles and with a shifting of scales repositions himself so he is not blocking the way. It is still a fairly crisp morning but if Veles is feeling the cold, he doesn't show it. McCain meanwhile scans the horizon while prompting Greenbriar and Traveller onward. His breath fogging the air next to you. After an animated discussion on the heating of your house, the heating charms a point of particular interest to Veles, you arrive at North Fork. A 39 foot lamia hanging off your roof elicits a few stares, but not as much as the man going flying out of the general store with Enos, the minotaur butcher, yelling something regarding his name NOT being Angus behind him.. A quick check in with the incensed meatcutter lets him know where you are headed and yes he is ale to keep an eye on the property for you for a bit longer. With that, you start heading out on the western fork of the town, crossing the river and onwards to Riverport.Roll me a 1d20, best of three, lower is better.
Rolled 12>>28143865Man Enos, you've got to stop throwing people through your own windows. This is why you are always having money problems.
Rolled 2>>28143865I guess I'll do one more since folk aren't too active in these parts.
>>28144002It's largely my own fault. I meant to go faster today but about 2 hours ago I got a message that was effectively "FIRE UP THE SMOKER LOSER, WE ARE MAKING HICKORY SMOKED VENISON BACON." Which is a hard thing to disregard.On the bright side, I have the next couple days off so I could feasibly marathon this.
Rolled 8>>28144039well, the delay does sort of make it so that folk take a lot longer to check in.Do you want a third roll from me?
Rolled 5>>28143865Thought people gonna roll for this
>>28144068oh, take this guy's roll, I already rolled a bunch.Anyway, I'm looking forward to potential marathons.
>>28144039Well, that is a pretty good reason...
>>28144093yeah, I can't blame him. Eating delicious things is key to proper food descriptions or some nonsense like that. hopefully players trickle back in as the pace picks up.
>>28144166It is also necessary for a fulfilling existence.
>>28144366Oh, we can never escape the puns.
>>28144434FUCK YEAH LAMIA LEGACY! I thought you were dead
How do you always manage to run at the same time as Shadow quest?
>>28144560Yeah, I'm enjoying it too. Got games running and am checking in every few minutes.not dead, we've fallen into a slowstate quest, which is a grave issue
>>28144609Thaumic interference due to ley lines making employers shaft me on just the right days to run it? Updates in 5
>>28144616Well he said that he could marathon for the next few days. plus he started it rather early, as most quests don't start till around now.This is where i would make a Pun, but i am not good at Puns when theu are not about undead things. Lamia Quest gave me that much>>28144670It is true, the world really does hate Lamias.
>>28144700yeah, things'll be fine. Well, meta-wise. No idea if we're going to get jumped by wendigos in the game at some point. We should maybe start asking Veles what kind of crazy shit is out here.I'm not good at puns either. I keep trying to make something out of LEGacy and tails but it doesn't work
>>28144756Lets just ask him for some war stories.
>5The trip to Riverport is noticeably uneventful. You roll past a few ranches and with the coastline approaching you feel the air become more humid. Veles seemingly becomes more animated, asking more questions while pouring over the language primer with Dahz, who has long since given up trying to follow and whined until your snake associate placed her on the roof, next to him. You round a small hill and get a full view of the former Phoenix Empire city and the river winding its way through it into the ocean. When you enter, you can see why it is a merchant port. The river itself broadens significantly, becoming a lazily churning expanse of water heading towards the coast. People of all races go about their lives, and while you have been here before, you are always struck by the size, and they say cities in the UFK proper are bigger. Veles is watching the scene intently though he doesn't appear shocked by the number of people. McCain brings the cart to a halt in the eastern block of the city, near the wharf. "The auction will prolly be on the west side near the barges like they always do it, but you get more pickpockets that way. Either way, its far too late to book a skiff now."What is your plan of action?>Browse the incoming cattle, then set yourself up in the inn.>Set yourself up in the inn first, check the cattle quickly before you head out tomorrow.
>>28144785>>Browse the incoming cattle, then set yourself up in the inn.
>>28144785TheFactVelesCanLift200PoundsOfWolfDogFromAMovingCartIsOfNote.jpgYou ain't fooling me.So Veles is the Lamia version of Granny. We need to ask him how old he is.
>>28144785Inn first, I think, would be best. Also, is there any Schola buildings or offices? Might want to pass the information about Veles up.
>>28144785Let's check the cattle first. We could use McCain's ELF EYES, and Veles would probably be interested in what our livestock is. After a quick browse of cattle, it's time for dinner at the inn to cap off the day.Try not to worry about the carriage creaking. It's designed to hold loads. Trust it.
>>28144857Pass it up to who? why would we want to tell the government about our 1000+ year old illegal alien? You should know by now that they would exploit the shit outta him
>>28144893>>28144857he's not even an illegal alien, he's just visiting. and we should wait until we actually have some information before we pass it up.If we just tell them about veles, the first thing they'll ask is "Well, where's he live?" And we have no clue. We'd just look silly.
>>28144857Riverport has a Nitor port authority, but they are stretched very thin.
>>28144951If we spot the sheriff, we'll tell him about the new snake in town. Otherwise, we'll be here for too short a time period to make a fuss.
>>28144932>implying the Schoolla wouldn't grill the shit outta him for any and all history ever in the pursuit of KNOWLEDGE >>28144951you get back to writing
>>28144785I say cattle first, then an inn. We need to be sharp to get back in to the game.
>>281449752 Votes for cattle 1 for Inn right now.Its a little too close to start writing.
>>28145040well that settles it>>28145038
Scope out the BEST OF THE BEST while we're scoping.Special lookout for people who will be competing at the auction, and prize bulls to make bigger herd.
>>28145202We won't be doing the bidding, McCain will
>>28145277he's with us, isn't he? He needs to look at cattle too.
>>28145398Yep and we can't leave Veles, so ... we go together.
Rolled 4, 2 = 6"We had best check the incoming cattle, it'd be a small sample size given the bulk of the herd showing up tomorrow and the next day, but should be a good indicator" You say.McCain nods, "Probably be best, but just the same we'll take the carraige around. Do not like the idea of leaving it here."You relay your plan to Veles as you roll. <So cattle is your primary business? I do a small bit of animal husbandry myself. Dahz being but one of the products. Its... an interesting distraction from my usual endeavours.> <And those are?> you ask. <A greater understanding of the world we live in. As much as I can learn. The pack and the rookery provide a good deal of insight into some of those aspects.> he responds, <That and tinkering with artifice and engineering I've grown quite adept at it if I do say so myself.> It is then you arrive at the cattle pens, massive open areas on the banks of the west cordoned off with heavy gauge wire. You see some ranchers have already set up, hoping to be the sea of beef that herald the coming auction. Roll 1d20+2 to gauge the incoming herd. So I just learned that a majority of the archive downvotes came from an individual from Louisiana State University who has now gotten the campus banned.
>>28145527Yep, we're a big happy trio. Just hope Veles doesn't do some rookie mistake and spook the cattle.
Rolled 14 + 2>>28145564Well, haters gonna hate
Rolled 3 + 2>>28145564Fucking LSU.
Rolled 10>>28145564<Oh, well, you'll love it around here then. We gets all sorts of widgets and doodads from the mainland.>Mainland? Homeland? UFK? What's it called to us?Well shit, how unfortunate. Wish they'd stick to 1 person 1 vote.
Rolled 4 + 2>>28145564that should stop some of the hate, though he will probably just use proxys
>>28145564What is that 2d20 for?
>Sasha: 14+2 = 16>McCain: 4+2 = 6>Veles: 2"I can't get a look with the sunset like it is" McCain gripes, standing on the runner board of the carriage with his hand shading his eye from the glare. <I have no idea what I am looking for> Veles states, before he goes back to pouring over the book you gave him. <Well, it is no matter,> you say, <We get all sorts of widgets and doodads from the mainland in this town to keep someone occup- Well, what have we here.> You say as you spy something coming in. You see the usual early sellers, mostly eastern fork ranchers like the Jolson ranch cattle, the Wales ranch brand on others, but what you didn't expect was the not insignificant number of western ranch cattle of various brands being brought in. Including a pair of dairy cows being handled by a young lad of obviously phoenix empire heritage. Times must be extremely hard for the smaller western ranchers if they are coming this early and are selling their dairy cattle on the meat market. >Action?
>>28145905lets tell McCain to buy a dairy cow or two.
>>28145905Well, I did want one or two dairy cattle. Good to have some personal supply. Give them a lookover, and get a price estimate. If McCain can watch them and the carriage at the same time, we might purchase. If not, we will come back after we hire a few ranch hands.
>>28145981oh, are we operating with McCain as an intermediary?Well, inform him of our interest then. I have no idea how this cattle sales stuff goes.
>>28146008he is going to buy while we go check out the buyer.most sales aren't happening now, most are happening in a few days
>>28146025fair enough. I thought these were early sellers, but that might not mean what I think it means.
>>28146167as in they are selling early?what else could it mean?
>>28146214Well, they could be selling early as in selling NOW, in which case we could get the cattle now.Or selling early relative to everyone else, which might still be in a few days.I'm overcomplicating things, sorry.
>>28146342lets just go check out he dairy cows.or ask McCain if we should
You point towards the pair of dairy cows, "A little bit of generalization on the farm might help." McCain follows your gaze towards them, "Well, I can see how we could make that work. Though from looking at it I'd say it wouldn't be expensive to get those. Either way, I'll make a note to talk the..." He looks at the paddock name, "Sun ranchers, when I can. From the looks of it these early sellers put their stuff on the market tomorrow." It is here you hear Dahz yawn from the roof of the carriage. McCain gives you a look. "Lets see if we can't find a place for a proper bit of chow and shuteye. Last thing we need is you nodding off in the middle of talks with someone 'important'." He says, visibly quoting the last word. You smirk and agree, heading back inside the carriage as you head back towards the Inn. Inside you see a few groups of people, a lone harpy at one table, a group of humans at another carrying on. The bartender is a lizardman who seems >Turn in for the night (Will pause here for now, )>Stay up and observe the people, see what the Riverport rumor mill has in store.>Other?Apologies, I was halfway through the just inform McCain part when folks started suggesting going up to the ranchers.
>>28146595>Who seems rather dour.Don't know where that last part went.
>>28146595>pause here for nowAw, I don't want to end the quest, but the sensible thing to do is go to the inn for the night and get up bright in the morning. Also, did you just sort of get cut off mid sentence by editing?Anyway, let's treat everyone to dinner, as is the plan, collecting whatever rumors happen to fall in our lap. Then go to sleep.
>>28146595>>Turn in for the night (Will pause here for now, )like the filename says, we're tired and want some sleep. maybe talk a bit with veles before hitting the sackand we don't really care what the rumormill says, we're here to buy some cattle then go back to the land barony buisness.Though we should tell McCain to keep his ears open while we're away
>>28146650Do you mind grabbing a dinner before sleeptime?
>>28146731Well i don't mind but you may want to ask SM that
>>28146774>>28146731Fuck not SM, Candid.Playing 2 quests at the same time
>>28146595Briefly listen in on what the rumor mill has to offer. I'll take news wherever I can get it.>>28146650>we don't really care what the rumormill saysThe world doesn't end at the edge of our property, and things happening many miles away can still affect us whether we hear about them or not. We'd do well to remember that.
Rolled 18 + 2>>28146595Dinner and sleep then.
>>28146828I wonder if we can just buy a newspaper at some point.
You lay a handful of Isen's on the counter and ask for a good hearty travelers meal. This being Riverport, your meal is ocean perch fillets, pan fried and drizzled with butter. The bartender rattling on about how the local Mer have a dire advantage on the fisheries here and how most of the fish they get come from them off the dock. Once again, fairly simple fair, but good all the same. Veles finishes about the same time you do, and you head up to the rooms. You find that the rooms have beds that retract into the wall, the mechanism of one Veles spent a good time examining. McCain mentions staying up and catching an earful as he heads back towards the bar. Dhaz meanwhile passed out on the top of the carriage on the way back, and slipped into the hatchway as you were extracting yourself. You sidle into bed behind one of the dividers, and try to ignore the fact Veles has pulled three of the four remaining beds down and is trying to fit himself across all of them. You find yourself getting more drowsy as you chat with Veles about his studies. You finally drift off to sleep just as he was mentioning something about HEKA fields...>Lamia Legacy III PausedI'm really resisting going full Brian Jacques here with the food by the way. I don't have the luxury of unlimited character space.
>>28147071ah, the good ol' technobabble. Perfect for sleep time.See you later. I won't be in early tomorrow because of dentists.
>>28147071We are so learning magic.Magic + Lamia Weapons + Sharp ShooterI like this combination
>>28147135well, we DID choose to be the scholarly type this time around. Though I'm certain something will suck up all our time before we get the chance. Management or invading gribbles or something.
>>28147210Well we should ask Veles for "Lamia fighting techniques" or "to teach us in fighting/magic"that way he helps us unlock our shit, without it being too meta. and it is IC because we plan to explore south and we know it is dangerous and we know he is a strong ass motherfucker
>>28147273we'll see if it happens. First, we should be asking him about the hell is in the south. He's all into learning shit, he probably has a good report.
>>28147297I feel like we're going to spend a few threads just talking to this guy.not that i have a problem with that
>>28147326we'll get it done in segments. Start an exposition payment plan over the course of travel and exploration.
aright, archived for now, thanks again for running canid.
>>28147273>>28147210>>28147326This is perfectly fine, there's a reason I throw so much pointless backstory into the NPC/possible associates that I make for quests. Also, the choices I put up are more general suggestions, if you have a question or want to grill a character for info, feel free to do so. Just tell me what you want to ask so I can answer it. You just have to specifically ask for it, otherwise I'm making 8 post long infodumps on shit nobody cares about.
>>28147482Well does EVERYTHING count as something specific? cause you know how /tg/ is with wanting to know everything.when will you continue?
>>28147482we'll have questions and answers soon enough. Wonder how amnesic this guy is.
>>28147531If the threads still up, I'll go tomorrow. Don't want to overstay my welcome on here nor do I want to kill myself doing this.As for "EVERYTHING" well, I'd rather not just draft up the infodump and give everything away now would I? Ruins half the fun.
>>28147614You can always just make him not remember the parts you don't want to tell yet. Lamiazheimers or whatever.
>>28147647bump No.1 of the night
>>28148450bump No.2 of the night
Allright, hitting the hay. Whoever's here in the morning, stay cautious around the land buyer, and don't let Veles get caught in any gears or whirring machinery. This includes the fold up beds.And whatever you do, be sure to get more seafood. It's a nice treat we don't get to have often, and we should take advantage of the coastal offerings.
Bump before sleep.
Well, if we do pickup the dairy cows who will be staying back at the farm? We can't bring dairy cows on the cattle trail.
>>28154434We aren't bringing them on a trail. We are having a ranch. 2entirely different things. We are going to hire some ranch hands to tend the ranch while we explore
>>28155871I hope we get at least one harpy ranch hand. Flight is just so useful, and it can get a good view of where cattle that ran off would be.Anyway, off for a while, fucking teeth. Damn lucky snakes and their regrowing teeth.
>>28156613Lol, and a harpy would be incredibly useful. So would a minitaur come to think of it, they may even get a bonus to working with them due to the cowiness in them.
Speaking of dragging oneself out of bed, let me get my bearings and we'll get back into it.
Your dreams that night are aimless, images flashing, you get a fleeting glance of the burning village and the cave you have seen prior to coming here, before it all fades into a white noise. You wake up early the next morning, and pull yourself out of bed, Veles is surprisingly nowhere to be found, the beds he was sleeping in made up to mirror the 4th. You make yourself decent and make your way back to the main floor. Its a lot louder now, and as you turn the corner you can see why. Two of the tables of people that were here before are still up, one, a red headed harpy girl, sits playing with the lemon in her glass of water. On the other side of the room a raucous band of 4 people, a combination of elves and humans you take it, appear to have not stopped drinking since last night. The leader of the pack appears to be going on and on about an organization known as the shadows and how he went through their mysterious rituals to become the best fighter there is. As you slither up to where McCain and Veles are sitting at the bar you catch the harpy giving the drunks the dirtiest look you've seen. The bartender meanwhile is simultaneously acting as a translator between your two associates, and pulling some very expensive bottles of liquor off the top shelf off the bar and stowing them under the counter.
>>28158644McCain is the first to notice you. "We've got a little bit of time before, you have to get on the boat, is there anything you want me to look for in specific with beef? And did you want to handle hands after or let me round some folks up?" >?
>>28158659let him and nothing specific except the dairy cows.i'm leaving for awhile so you may have to wait for some other people
>>28158659Nothing too specific. Also he can round them up and we'll interview them later and see how they'll react to heir boos being half snake
>>28158659See if you can get those dairy cows inexpensively, perhaps we could breed some of them for resale. Perhaps we could additionally hire some of the hands from the apparently failed or failing ranch.
>>28158659Something that can deal with a bit of temperate weather. It's colder out on our land than it is here.What the hell is with those drunks and harpy? They seem to have their own story going on.Also, the dentist sucks, glad I'm out.
>>28159794now that I think about it, maybe we should do something about the drunks.He claims to be the best fighter there is, I'd love to see him show off. No idea with what though.
>>28159077yeah, let him round up some hands. We'll get to know them soon enough. Harpies and minotaurs aren't a big enough deal to make a fuss over, but if we get one, we'll be happy.
"Well, something that can handle colder temperatures would be best, and feel free to see about ranch hands, I'll go through them when we get back." McCain nods, "I'll see what I can dig up, and see about a fair price for those dairy cows you spotted yesterday. In the meanti-" He stops mid sentence as the sound of chairs scraping on the floor resonates throughout the room. The drunks have stood up and are making their way over towards the harpy and are having a heated argument, other patrons are hastily leaving. "Miss, I've seen the way these go, this is a brawl waiting to happen and in the worst way, want me to take care of it?" You give him a critical glance, "Those are four guys you know. "He scoffs, "Four drunks who haven't left that table since I went to bed. A stiff breeze will bowl them over.">Well?>Let McCain deal with the drunks>Ignore it, its none of our business.>Other?
>>28160185Sure, let him have his fun. Tell him to give a call if he needs some help.Order some sausages. Or eggs. You'll know when the barfight has gotten out of control when someone lands in your eggs.
>>28160185>Let McCain deal with the drunkssee if veles wants to help
>>28160185Looks like the harpy is our next party member. Reminds me of how we met lea
>>28160284yeah, us and Veles can pretty much end the fight with BIGNESS if we choose to. Though, we're not actually brawlers, so we probably will go down with a good punch to the head. I already made my vote of "move in when he needs trouble", but having veles do it too would be nice.
>>28160313Veles has that giant blade and lamia quick quick
>>28160383I meant -we're- not brawlers, as in us specifically. Probably got a glass jaw. Veles is probably a lot better than us.Sorry if I misspoke.
>>28160304That means among the drunks are Isen and Tara.
>>28160435well, obviously. One is the best fighter. I hope we befriend all parties after the brawl.
Anyone else think we should play this character like True Grit?
>>28160573Less the single minded vengeance, I should add.
>>28160435>>28160456>Thinking I'm going to rip directly from Echo>>28160573The one with Rooster Cogburn or the one with The Big Lebowski, there is quite a lot of difference between the two.
>>28160573I'm not going to lie, I'm a western plebian who's seen barely anything. I'm just working off of profit and happiness motives until such time as a personality is agreed upon.So, do it.
>>28160624The John Wayne one.
>>28160626Watch both true grit an open range. Both are great movies and highlight some of the best parts of the genre.
>>28160729Both true grits are currently on my universal knowledge downloaderation device. I'll look up that other one too
I am betting McCain gets a harpy (girl)friend out of this.
>>28160729>>28160745The older one is better, cause john Wayne
"If they are that drunk, any reason why she couldn't deal with them?" You ask."Simple, they are focusing on her, not me." McCain says"Well, all right, but we'll be waiting here ready in case it blows up." McCain nods and gets up with a handkerchief in one hand, rubbing them together as you turn to Veles. <Things might get a little hairy, as it were.>The big snake finishes the last of his breakfast as you place an order for something similar. <Well, if it does get that crass, I would be more than happy to oblige them.> With that he surprises you as he places his right hand on his blade sheath, and the left shoots out some intimidating claws. Noting your surprise, he continues <Unless lethality is not what you had in mind.> You shake your head and the claws retract. <Judging by your surprise, I might just have something I can show you in return> He finishes with a grin. You turn to regard the scene before you. You catch snatches of "What did you say." and the harpy responding "I said that shadows don't have rituals." The drunk leader is not dissuaded. "Oh really? Well look here I've got a shadow medallion right here, go ahead and try to say that's fake." Its at his point McCain, kerchief still in hand reaches the group cutting off the harpy before she responds. "You sirs," He begins, in the no nonsense voice you remember whenever he caught you misbehaving as a young girl, "Have a whole lot to learn about being a gentlemen."
>>28161391Oop, drunkards are about to be scolded. Getting scolded is no fun at all.Also, take the time to explain to Veles that in polite society, we generally don't kill folk.
>>28161391"Oh really, and what are you, some ponce of a nitor captain." The leader responds, "I could take you with one hand behind my back." "That's an interesting prospect." McCain responds, bulling past them and gently pulling the harpy over so she's behind him. After a few close words he places his right hand behind his back as the harpy ties it to his belt using the handkerchief before backing away.The leader looks incredulous, "I meant me you knife eared fu-"The sound breaking bone echoes through the room as McCain's left hook connects solidly with the man's jaw, sending him tumbling backwards. The three others look at their fallen leader, before rushing McCain, who sidesteps the first, rolls the second over his shoulder, and grabs the third in a wrist hold that forces him to his knees. McCain's boot connects solidly with the man's chest, knocking him backwards into the prone form of the leader. The man he sidestepped gathers his wits and tries to put McCain in a rear choke hold, the elf sharply elbows him in the stomach, spinning around and grabbing the man by the scruff of the neck and slamming his head into the table. He rebounds off it and lays groaning on the floor.
>>28161502Buy that elf a drink. Or leave him some cash to buy a drink later, when it's not early-o-clock.He just earned it.
>>28161502The flipped man, a little better dressed than the other three pulls a boot knife out and approaches your foreman, who grabs the man's wrist to deflect the blade. McCain headbutts the taller man in the nose, and as the man reels he lets go of the knife, which McCain pulls off from the floor, bringing it upward he pierces it through the man's tie and then yanks hard down dragging the man with him. The knife embeds itself in one of the still standing chairs, the man unable to arrest his momentum collides with the chair, falling to the ground unconscious. McCain calmly steps over him and plants a resounding kick into the recovering man's ribs. He unties his hand from his belt and uses the kerchief to wipe blood off his hands and forehead before looking at you. "What?">What.>What?>What!?
>>28161564That'll do, McCain. That'll do. Perhaps a slow clap, or a whistle is appropriate.Alternatively, tell Veles about that one time McCain got you out of a tree when you were being stubborn by just taking the whole thing down.
>>28161564Approach the harpy
>>28161564"What about what?" >Implying a frontier ranch foreman who served in the army can't throw down with the best of themAlso, LAMIA QUEST! Better Late than never.
>>28161691welcome back guy. Let us watch knife ears beat up apes.I need a better catch all derogitory term for humans. And lamias. Unless snake works.
>>28161691Technically your father served in the nitor as logistics, your mother was the soldier. You have no idea what McCain used to do.
>>28161716>humanSince they're the majority race, it'd be a descriptive term in your own language, spoken derisively, EG 'cracker', 'chinco', etc.Perhaps the Lamia word for 'monkey', as ape implies strength, if brutish strength,>anti-lamia slursI got nothing, besides 'scalie'.
>>28161564McCain, may I buy you a drink?
>>28161784Oh. Well, in that case I revise my reaction to 'worried suprise'.
>>28161784>>28161859mccain was, obviously, an elf court secret operative who was dishonorably discharged.At least, that's my crazy theory.Also fuckowfuckow I hate dentists.
>>28161907'Twas my Genre Savviness getting ahead of my ingame knowledge.>Older elf>Friend of dad>Dad was a soldier>Old man living a rough n tumble lifestyle at the edge of civilization with an ex-soldierHow could he NOT be a badass? Pic related.
>>28161960as far as we know, he was that nice friend of our dad's who sometimes helped us punch cows.Also, either he or dad or a ranch hand taught us to lasso things instead of just going and tying them up ourselves.
You watch as McCain returns to the bar, the bartender and the help rolling the 4 prostrate figures out through the back door into an alley. "I was going to slow clap, but I doubt folks would have joined in." you say as McCain sits back down at the bar, the bartender taking his breakfast to be reheated as yours finally arrives. "Just the same miss, I figured it was that or watch them do something stupid. That harpy had at least 3 blades on her person." McCain responds, nursing a glass of water and shaking his left hand.You look around for the harpy, and she is nowhere to be found. <Believe the redheaded one you are looking for slipped through the back during that... altercation.> Veles chimes in noticing you scanning.You sigh and finish your meal, and wait for McCain to finish before you head towards the docks. "Now Miss, I'll keep an eye out for any prospect on hands and see if there are any decent deals I can swoop in on." McCain says as you board one of the flat bottomed skiffs.The skiff operator, a mer, looks a bit nervous when Veles makes for the boat, but sighs in relief as the boat only sinks a couple of inches as his weight disperses.With a wave you are off skimming along the coastline, you watch as it passes while Veles has one hand with book open, and the other on Dhaz's lead.>Anything you woud like to talk to Veles about while you ride?
>>28162637A. brag about McCain and dad.B. ask about the claws.C. falconry?D. prattle on about cows until he goes to sleep.
>>28162849oh, and E, assure the merman we'll be very steady and won't rock the boat.
Oh, and we should probably ask him about the wilds. What he meant when he said he doesn't come to this side of the mountain often.
>>28163154Along him about the other side of the mountain might be good. If might be cool having an early line on trade with the far side.
>>28163268I wonder what kind of goodies they got down there. If they have emus/ostriches, I might have to drop everything to go herd a million of them for delicious giant eggs.
>>28163366>Ostrich/emu herdingNigga you best check yoself. That shit is not easy.
>>28163533no, no it's not. In fact, it's terribly hard and might get us a few stabwounds.But the REWARDS!
>>28163580>Be a hardcore foodie>Sometimes have dark, Slaaneshi dreams of a place of plenty>Play Lamia quest>MFW Echo's "Harvest Festival" version of Grand Citadel was the place from my dreamsDon't even get me started. I'd do Klondike-level heresy to get my hands on that kind of nom.
>>28163683Don't worry guy, we've got a large portion of land and a ranch and a new continent.We'll be a giant food conglomerate with all the noms.
>>28163714We're gonna have a zoo/farm of giant animals in search of the perfect lamia mount
>>28164005giant and/or delicious animals.Ideally, we'll find one that's giant, rideable and delicious. Then we'll finally be able to show McCain and all the other two-legs that they aren't the only one who can ride cool animals!Muahahaha!
Merman:Attempt not to be mildly offput by the two snakepeople talking in a language you don't know.It's uncomfortable. I've been in a car with spanish speakers and been the only one left out before.
Looks like either the OP got into the bacon again, or there's coyotes about.Or, third option, we've blown him out by asking too much exposition, like when we wanted echo to tell us the contents of a book.
>>28165143I'm at about 3600 characters and I'm only through... 2 questions or so. I'm trying to condense it as well. If you guys don't mind, I would really appreciate it if you can come up with some traits/appearance business for Sasha. I left her deliberately ambiguous for you guys and I'm getting to the point where I'm scanning for some artists, hard to do when you don't have the MC designed. All that was agreed upon was dark hair and some, if not reading, magnification glasses for easier reading if I recall.
>>28165292That looks like a great picture for Sasha though!
>>28165292>Dark hair and glassesI believe we're also a greensnake. Not one of them blue or fancy colored ones. Though, a pattern might be nice.As for actual looks, well, I imagine we're the type to be wearing a moderate to long dress when bumming around town, and a shirt/skirt deal when we're doing actual dirtywork.I sort of imagine us as almost looking like a schoolmarm when we're dressed up.And yeah, I assumed you were sort of killing yourself over there writing.
>>28165370I -do- like that picture. For when we're being more casual. Though it's a bit lewd
>>28165446Are we not for lewd?
>>28165499I'm just saying we should get a SLIGHTLY thicker shirt.
>>28165420though, I say almost, because fuck if we're ever going to put our hair up. Also, we'd probably look about 30% less prim and/or proper.
>>28165420I'm assuming something like pic related and less horrifying Dr. Doolittle Children's Edition tier illustrations.
>>28165420As long as it's practical and doesn't get in the way. We do ranch for a living.
>>28165623yeah. Practicality's the bigger deal.>>28165620I was imagining more in black, but you know how we anons are with picking dress colors.Hint, it's bad.
>>28165620Looks mostly fine to me. It gets cold 'round these parts though, doesn't it?
Usually I'd go pants and a shirt (maybe plaid?) for ranch work, but we can't wear pants.So my fashion unit is going haywire.
>>28165678yeah, we should get some kind of overshirt or jacket or duster or robe or coat or something to get some layers going on.
>>28165703> pants I have bad news for you
>>28165845Yes, I know the bad news. Hence why my fashion isn't working.We could always get one of them... tassle-y skirts? I don't know. I'm bad at this. Maybe we should just hammer out physical appearance and get to the rest when we go shopping.In which case, I say hair down, green scale, maybe something with a pattern this time. Black diamonds, white horozontal stripes, racing stripes, these are all things that happen on green snakes.
>>28165929I would post some possible pattern pics but I'm on my phone, maybe in a few hours.
>>28165987i'll see if I can google up some. Of course, google gives me racecar stripes the easiest.
>>28166028I couldn't actually find any that had a solid diamond splotches pattern, but here's one with a... I don't know what shape these are one.
Aaand one more from me before I stop with my silly googlesnakes and let the experts return.
>>28166135Yeah, sorta like that. Though I saw a green one once that's JUST what I'm thinking of, but I cannae find it.
>>28165620>Sasha's appearanceSnakewise I have no opinion, I like all colors. But as for the other half, I can think of no finer frontierswoman than that played by hailee Steinfield in True Grit. Think her, but older. bushy brows, a few freckles from the sun, and a wavy, occasionally frizzled head of hair kept in control by a wide-brimmed hat and some hand-braided pigtails.Clothes-wise we'd like to bundle up. If it's too hot, just take the jacket off and sun thyself, no biggie. If it's too cold, on the other hand...
>>28166351Yeah, I'm thinking of some kind of frontierswoman getup while we're on the ranch. I'm just terrible at describing it due to, again, being a western pleb. Your picture is a good descriptor of at least the top part, though.Though, I always prefer the straighthair.
>>28166384Let's just leave it up to the imagination of the players.
>>28166458B-b-but I want to get an artfag I know to draw it. And canid says he plans on doing the same!
You settle yourself into the boat and enjoy the scenery for a while. The skipper bring the boat over the sandbars and shallows that make up the coastline between Riverport and Snakes Landing. More than once you see massive schools of fish start and move from their spawning beds into deeper waters moving as a single entity. Veles on the other hand appears to have stopped examining the language primer. You figure now would be a good time to ask about a few things you've been wondering about. <Veles, you don't mind if I ask you a few questions do you?> He turns to you, <Not at all, I am more than willing to be of assistance.> <Well, a few things, first off. Those claws, is... that something all lamias have? I never really learned much of our kind, and the books we do have don't cover how to use them. A lot is said to be passed down from family to family and well, mother died when I was very young.> His visage grows serious as gives you an appraising look. <Well, that would explain why your posture is all wrong, if you've not had any proper mentor. I could probably make an attempt, though not on this boat, hardly would want to capsize it despite how warm the waters are. Just name a time and I'll do what I can.>
He smiles and pulls a hand out of the water. <Ah yes, it started as just an experiment in the habits of the colonies of birds of prey on the mountain. All the large hawks, falcons, and eagles on the northern continent are primarily solitary or duos that mate for life. The ones here though, they are interesting, and have colonies of five or more that serve as a communal roost. I wanted to see how many I could foster and whether this is a learned behaviour or not. It took some training, but it appears they can switch from independent to communal whenever the situation calls for it. Once the experiment was complete I could hardly just dispose of them, so I kept them and made use of them. They are excellent for game, and if you keep them well fed, they have no problems working independently I think the ones in the roost right now are... 19th generation? I found out through them that their birth rate is also dependant on food, with, surprisingly, less being born when times are plenty, but in much finer shape than larger clutches.><You mentioned something about the wilds, is there something I should worry about on my side of the mountain?> You ask before he can continue on about the birds.
>>28166508Time for so many explanations.oh, and of course we're getting a sundress, canid. I don't know why I didn't think of it.because I have no fashion
<Ah well, not exactly, Before the seal was placed, a warding was inscribed at certain points along the mountain range, designed specifically to keep influence from any seal based magic from penetrating it. It acted as a sort of... bubble, people, boats, animals, anything that tried to find passage into the inner basin would find themselves wandering for days unless they decided to leave. It failed some time ago and I was uncertain to whether or not they just ran out, or they had detected the seal fading.><The inner basin? What is in there?> <Well it was primarily put in place to protect my sire's holdings...> he begins,<Isn't sire a masculine term, you mentioned this 'sire' as being female.> Here he grins, <Yes, its... complicated with dragons. She was my mother, she bore me, she raised me, and as such she is the sire, the one I served until she disappeared.> Here you offer an apology for bringing it up before you are cut off, <Nonsense, she was... well she was a bit promiscuous, and as such her mentality was to experience new places and people teach her progeny the responsibility that comes with being of dragon descent before moving on to let them live their lives. I just had the advantage of being... adept when she began her study of magical theory. So I was invaluable to her.>
<So what did you do while this seal was up?><Explored the other side of the mountain, maintained what she wanted me to maintain while she was gone until it was no longer necessary, from then I would study passing interests, and with my knowledge of artifice, did some trading the Casimiran Clans and Gentry.> Veles says, while pulling on the lease to prevent Dahz from jumping in the water. <The who?> <Oh... OH.> He says, you see the light of someone coming to an understanding flash across his features. <Your people haven't made contact with them, have they? Oh dear, this is exciting. They are... trollspawn primarily, hint of leviathan and dragon somewhere along the line. Never got much of a chance to do tests. I saw the word that describes them in that book let me try...> he appears to go through a bit of mental gymnastics before managing "Centaurs." >Reaction?>I have more, but I'll need a break, keep coming up with character ideas, also, straight hair is a bit easier to do, and was already kind of leaning towards it. That and I am a bit hesitant of doing full character rips with just "But with a snake body." That said, whatever floats your boat.
>>28166508>Lamia trainingAWW YISS. Player Character classes, here we come! No more lvl 1 Commoner!>>28166607>CentaursAwright, fantasy races up in here."Horse-people...? Wait...how does troll plus leviathan plus dragon make half-horse half-man?">Never forget, all lamia have leviathan brains
>>28166550I want one of those dresses. And those birds.>>28166607Centaurs? Damn, we should introduce ourselves with a just lamia and harpy and minotaur party. Keep the humans secret. Then, when they visit a city and see humans, we can all have a big laugh at how flabbergasted they are.Rub your hands together hungrily. "So, there's people out there? I don't suppose they are well known for any industries, are they? Or at least, do they have good good?"Already planning visits.
>>28166655The same way troll ends up with cow horns
>>28166655how DOES a troll plus leviathon plus dragon make half horse man? That's a good question.There must have been a horse involved somewhere. Or a wizard. Wait, the dragon was a wizard, wasn't she?
>>28166655>be level 1 commoner>be like ECL 5 because of raceIt's nice.>>28166750oh, and to add on to my industrialist greed, ask them what they like to take in trade.Oh, and we should probably try to cover our mouth when we yawn to make it less unsettling for the teenage boysit doesn't work, as the tongue goes lower than the hand.
Anyway, I'm fully behind the sundress movement, on days off. I sort of want a chinadress, but I never know when we'd use it.
>>28166884A sundress would be kickass formal wear, but it's no excuse for field gear.i recommend a leather coat, like a duster but tighter, to hug the body (it'd be warmer that way), with the shoulder rainguard.Fingerless thick wool gloves (no gunslinger in the world would wear fingered gloves unless it was freezing out) and a wide hat, for the sun, and thick scarf, for the cold/dust.That sounds like a frontierswoman's outfit to me. Belts full of supplies, ammo and other doodads optional.
>>28166884Well the phoenix empire is good for something
>>28166943I can sort of imagine it, and I don't mind it. It has my support.>>28166948They make such pretty dresses and I want one but I can't formulate a good enough excuse.
>>28166607Centaur ranchers. Can you even think how good for our ranch that would be.
>>28166508So, we never did figure out what the proper lamia posture was. All I know is it aint the same as a human's.
>>28167147About good enough that I want a couple, but not so good I want ONLY them. Also, they probably have a bit of our needing to eat piles of food problem. Maybe less, since they probably don't grow until they die.
>>28166607Odd quirk candidate: be a southpaw left-handed
Just a note, by break I mean about an hour before I can get back to this stuff. Need to get coffee, aspirin and food.
>>28167262a-Hmm. I like it. Though I'm not sure if right hand dominance is even a thing in the setting.
>>28167282Fair enough. Thank you greatly for the time update, those help me. It means I too can get snacks.Besides, it takes some CRAZY sun to tan a lamia. They're always out in the sun all day naturally.
>>28167329or, maybe, they get tan and then lose it when they shed, now that I think about it?
>>28167329I had the impression that Veles had that sort of 'white man in the bush' kind of brown going, and his hair was this dirty blonde that comes from being dark-haired and then sitting in the sun for years. A bit like Tom Hanks in Cast Away. This would follow from the assumption that lamia are a northern race.If they're southern desert dwellers, he'd be aborigine, like African or Australian bush.No way we're ever gonna look that manly, though. For one, we a girlylamia, and for two, he's MILLENIA old. That's the timescale you work with.Which leaves me with another question...how'd he defeat Lamia!Alzheimers'?
>>28167580You'd be right on the first part. second will be addressed, its just... fairly technical
>>28167580I am almost certain we're going to run into lamiazheimers with him soon. There's going to be deadly horrible sandworms between us and the centaurs, and he'll be all "Oh yeah, I forgot about these guys!'I've actually been imagining veles as something similar to a native american lookin' guy. Somewhere between that and white. Probably because he was mentioned wearing furs, but I have no actual basis for this.
>>28167653I hope he didn't beat it, personally. The time limit feels better to me, reader interest wise. No idea why.
>>28167653>You will now read all of Veles' dialog in the subdued but commanding voice of Capt. John Miller, 2nd Rangers.Today is a good day.
I'm extremely tempted to steal some fish from the ocean as we're going over it. Too bad it would top the boat.We should see if there's a fish'n'other in the town we're going to. We'll have our meeting with the buyer there.>>28167875Am I cheating if just every character is that narrator from bastion?
>>28167307Being a southpaw myself, I'd hazard saying right-hand dominate is a thing. Ssen carried Beacon in her right and Clang on her left from what I remember. She would have gotten comments about being different if left was dominate.
>>28167960well, it could be that people are just either. I don't know if this is true at all, but I remember that right handedness came from left handers being taboo or something during certain important parts of history.Unless citadel made people right handed. Easily could have done that.
>>28167929No, that's McCain. Alternatively, He could be voiced by Jeff Bridges.
>>28167960she could be a right handed southpaw. it happens. it really just depends on what she uses. for instance if it were sword/shield she may keep shield in her right and do more bashes with it or focus on defense and cherrypick with her left
>>28168002either way, I don't mind a left handed sasha. I'm happy shooting either way. Something about girls shooting guns in glasses just strikes a chord with me.>>28167976I'll stick with bastionm'n. Completely different topic, we're dealing with the dead dad pretty well. It was smart of him to give us a project like this.
>>28167973I don't know for sure either, but I think the hand was random but once it chosen it was reinforced socially via taboos and whatnot. I'm slightly more certain that at least a country would have a dominate hand. It makes making and using tools much easier (don't need right and left variants of everything) But in any case it could provide some amusing shenanigans. ever try eating next to a southpaw? lots of elbow bumping if you're even kinda close.
>>28168085Sweet lightning, you just reminded me how awesome Bastion was.These tunes!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQWAcgefsQQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mDWzu5yxLghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-aexLJKwMEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGepZ-srNpc
>>28168337Your bastion music reminds me: I'm really hoping we find some pass to the center of the continent, so we can build a railway.Nothing says taming the frontier like a beast of steel and fire chuggin' along.>>28168199Yeah, citadel probably standardized. It seemed big on that.
>>28168337>terminal marchmuh nig
Is Candid writing?
>>28168828either that or snacking, I assume.
>>28168828>>28168846Working on it, might have to post tomorrow, infodump is... significant to say the least.
>>28169309mmk, no problem
>>28169309well, okay. Though the thread might be done by then, we're mostly to postlimit. Maybe after infodump, you could experiment with shorter updates.Either way, thanks a bunch for running.
>>28169346>>28169332Apologies. If the thread dies I'll just continue next week.Thanks for reading regardless.
>>28169729No worries. See you tomorrow or next week. If this thread dies, just please update twitter with a date or a waiting-for-date, so I don't have worry heart attacks. Thanks again.
As I'm going to bed, I have a musing to worry about.We just sort of ran off to another town unsupervised with a dude like twice our size who may or may not have brain problems.Hopefully none of the myriad of things that could go wrong happen.
<Horse-people...? Wait...how does troll plus leviathan plus dragon make half-horse half-man?> The implications of their being another society just over the hill increasing the enthusiasm of your questioning. <What is their society like? Are they as advanced as us?> <The first count is a mystery.> Veles responds, smoothly rolling with your hectic questioning <Their society, from what I can make out is primarily based around dukedoms, with nomadic cossack bands providing a buffer between the gentry proper and the degenerated trolls on the far mountains. It was with the cossacks I did most of my trading. Furs, Meat, occasionaly I would run into a member of the gentry who needed some eagle feathers or other particular plumage for their armor decoration. As for 'advanced' I do not know, as I don't know how advanced you are. Their nobility relies on assistance from the southern court advisors.><Southern court? Is this a counterpart to what you said of McCain?> <They may not be affiliated, but the magic is the same. I only caught a glimpse of the fae-kin once but they are... small. They provide assistance to the clans and from what I understand, are responsible for at least half of the intrigue between nobility of the Casimiran as they jockey for standing. There was a legend that the cossacks had regarding it but I can't quite recall it right now.>
>>28176654This spurs something you remember reading about in what little books you had about lamias. <Veles, I may not know much about our kind but, well, if you are as old as you say, there should be some... significant damage to memory functions. At least if what books I have are correct.> It is here his face falls, <That is something I have encountered. Not in myself, but in people I cared deeply about. Its not a pleasant memory so I'd much rather not go into it but I will say this, my memory is not infallible, but at the same time, I have not encountered the issue that you speak of, at least to my knowledge. I have some theories regarding memory loss, but I have neither the equipment, nor the lack of ethics to experiment with the brains of the snakefolk and confirm them.> That seems to be the final say on that matter as you go back to watching the coast. You also take the time to apologize to the mer skipper who shrugs and makes it clear he is just glad you didn't sink his boat.>Any other questions or things I may have missed?Apologies, I wrote up an 8 post infodump before realizing I veered off into plot I had been saving for later, and would be fairly out of character to bring up right now.
>>28176658Oh you and your precocious ways.I can't think of many questions this early, though. Maybe how he even got over the mountain? Still super suspicious that veles has brain problems though.
>>28176701samefagging a bit, we should probably take veles on down to an importing office at some point so he can look at fancy toys. Maybe not this time around, but eventually.hopefully introducing him to new things won't fuck his memory with overload
one more samefagging before I sit quietly and wait for other players to get back from work:I bet the southern fey court are gnomes. Dirty, mischevious gnomes.
>>28176885or just take him to the library.The whole purpose for the Schola was to provide information to all.
>>28177316Probably pixiesdam, i was hoping drow
>>28177447do we actually HAVE a library on this continent? I was under the impression that these towns might be too new for such things.
>>28177459God I hope they're not pixies. They're even worse than gnomes.On the drow front, I wonder what happens if elves live in a city like bronze peak under a mountain for a few generations.
>>28177478with how big the city we just left was i would be surprised if there wasn't atleast a small one in the one we're going to, since it is more lawful.i imagine Veles would really enjoy all of the neat inventions that the UFK has come up with. like magic explosion shooting weapons, and that was 500 years ago. i wonder what they have become now
>>28177548I just hope nobody's brought wizard gatlings to the new continent. Mostly because it's terrifying. Probably shoots black holes or some shit.Anyway, I'm unsure about a library, but I'm sure there would be an importer, who had things LIKE books. And magic guns. and pretty phoenix-style dresses.
>>28177597we need to check out some top tier gear once we get our money settled. Veles would probably like to check it out to.Does veles even know about firearms? since he uses a blade? does he know the mechanics behind them?
>>28177658Almost certainly not. And we've not shown him our gun yet either. Maybe it'll come up on a hunting trip or something.As for money, well, I don't know if I could bear spending it on gear that won't be earning us money right back. At least, until the ranch is doing swimmingly.
<How did you make it across the mountain anyway?> You ask, changing the subject. <I went out the back door. My Sire spent a good time working on making the peak habitable. I have had a long time since then to do my own modifications. They are hidden of course, by her design. So imagine my surprise when I open my back door and find a stake not 20 yards from it.> You giggle a bit at that, <It must have been good timing, he had just put those stakes down the day before we ran into you. Though, I should probably have someone give you a a proper introduction to our world.> He shrugs, <If it is all the same, I would prefer to find out for myself rather than be told, there is a... satisfaction to finding out such things.> <Either way, you probably haven't run into firearms.> you say, mentally chiding yourself for not introducing him to something so potentially lethal earlier. You give him a basic rundown of their operation and safety while he gives the rifle some intense scrutiny. <Metal projectiles propelled by a controlled explosion to achieve high velocities? Intriguing, it is similar to some things that the gentry have, though far less complicated from the looks of things.> You make a note in your mind to show him their function when you get back to the ranch. The skipper informs you at this time that you are about halfway to Snake's Landing.Lets get a 1d20 roll, best of three,lower is better
Rolled 10>>28179668Here come the slowrolls. Also, apparently his backdoor is at one of our posts, so if we really wanted we could find it brute force style. Though he's almost certainly going to just let us through.
Rolled 18>>28179668I'm gonna give one more and then wait for other people.
Rolled 17ah screw it, samefagging away. It's you and me until some of the other readers get back.
Rolled 14Another reader here. Didn't expect to see this last three days either. Rolling for diversity, also so the QM knows there's more than one anon following this!
>>28180099Woo, players are trickling in!And we tend to get a few more people in the eeearly morning and then the evening. People tend to have things to do midday though, at least on weekdays.
>10You nearly fall out of the boat as the mer spies something and grabs a punt pole and digs into the shoreline, moving the skiff into a cluster of rocks. You shiver a bit as the shadow of the rock cools the small alcove you are tucked into. You look questioningly at the mer who simply says "Smugglers." before sinking himself into the water. Veles and yourself peer between the rocks and see a small inlet, not quite large enough to be a lagoon. Coming out of it you see a small barge, on it you see maybe 6 people aboard and some crates heavily tarped. Even from this distance the men seem on edge, they don't appear to have noticed the skiff and are not looking your direction.>Actions?
>>28180292If we're hiding, stay hid. fix your rifle on them while waiting for them to pass. Hopefully, they either don't see us or don't want trouble.
>>28180332oh, and tell Veles to stay down too. Last thing we need is him taking a sword to a firefight, even if it works.
You put a finger to your lips and sink back down into the recessed of the boat, snagging your rifle from the canvas bag it is stowed in bringing it up and resting it on the crevise. Veles meanwhile has pulled his blade and is staying perfectly still hand firmly on Dahz's lead. One turns towards you and you freeze in response. He must not have seen anything and just as you give a sigh of relief you notice they are driving the boat this way. 1d20+6 to remain hidden. Position bonus in effect. DC 13. Best of 3
Rolled 1 + 6>>28181058these best of 3s are killer. Though, the DC is very low, so we can probably pass in one check and skip that part.
Rolled 4 + 6>>28181077welp, my luck is awful.
Rolled 11 + 6>>28181058
>everything going well>camoflage >stillness>nothing can see us!>tail sticking out from behind rock
>>28181077>1That settles that.
>>28181236maybe they'll decide not to tangle with us anyway. Smugglers aint robbers. Those are two entirely different things.
You have everything going for you. You have a damn near innocuous hiding place, the advantage of seeing them first, and the advantage of having your rifle trained on them. Then you notice the fact your receiver, though worn through use, is polished to a mirror sheen. A fact they have noticed as well. One glint as you attempt to hide it and a few shouted orders, and you see them pulling rifles off the deck and a hail of bullets heading your way. You duck down behind the rocks, thankful ones behind you are shorter, precluding any chance of a richochet. Veles in the meantime is fiddling with something with one hand, and is holding the struggling Dahz back with the other.>Engagement plan?
>>28181513Well, if we slip into the water, we'll probably capsize the boat. this is a tricky one, on account of being pinned down.Wave a hat out the opposite side of the rock from where we are with our tail, then when they take the bait, pop out and fire on whatever seems to stick out at you. If they have a lantern or any gunpowder visible, go for that. Otherwise, start picking hats off.Oh, and are there any possible paths of retreat? We might want to simply move back along the rocks while putting up a fight, they might be dissuaded that way.
>>28181513>Eats my image and we are now in autosage.I hate to call it mid combat, so I'll leave it up to whoever is here. I can try keep going till the thread dies.
>>28181077You. What have you done.
>>28181635i've rolled POORLY. Also welcome back.>>28181620we've got another hour and a half in this thread, by my reckoning. I don't mind going a bit more.
>>28181662Been going 3 days and have some obligations tomorrow, don't want the next thread to be lackluster. >>28181717Probably wouldn't be enough to resolve it completely. We are on page 5 now, and weekend quests should be showing up
>>28181783Well, I say we continue while we have players. If we have to leave mid combat, we'll leave mid combat. I'll refresh the archives when we get close to page 10.
>>28181818though, if I don't get anybody agreeing with me here, you can count it as a veto and end thread, since it means we don't have players.
>>28181818I'm still skulking around. It'd be nice to finish the fight if we can.
>>28181818I'll answer the questions in the meantime. The alcove you are in is shallow enough that you can get out of the boat with out capsizing it, however, by the formation of the rocks, you cannot easily slip over unto the mainland without being exposed to fire.
>>28181980well, getting out of the boat at least would be a huge help. Though, no going for a swim to get a better shot, because guns really don't like it when you do that.On the plus side, nice warm water and rocks we can pop out of from any direction.
>>28182009Alright, if you want to try the water diversionairy tactic I'll need a best of two rolls. 1d20+2 marksmanship bonus. Any specific orders for Veles?
Rolled 16 + 2>>28182102giive him free reign, he is waaaaay stronger than us.tell him lethal force is okay
Rolled 14 + 2>>28182102Nothing other than "don't get shot". We've little idea of what he can do at this point.If we had another gun, I'd toss it to him.
>>28182102I have just one command. Do not get the gun wet.
>>28182416yes. That is a good command. We need our gun dry. For reasons. Gun reasons.
Rolled 8, 4 = 12>16+2=18Heedless of the water on your clothes, you slip into the water as Veles ties the growling Dahz to the prow of the skiff. You hear him shuffling on the boat as you move from outcrop to outcrop looking for a vantage point. Judging by the fire, you can tell that the gunmen on the boat are using single shot rifles, likely military surplus. You pop out and take quick aimed shots at the assembly, 2 of the 4 shots you send finding their mark, knocking one man into the water, and hitting a second in the shoulder. As you reposition you see the form of Veles slipping further and further into the water as uncoils himself out of the boat, blade in hand. His head pops out of the water next to you and he gives you a nod. It is then he begins tracing a sigil into the flat of his blade with his finger, a light glow appearing along its edge before he takes a deep breath and dives underwater.
>>28182476Canid, it might be a cool mechanic to keep track of the number of shots for a given weapon. In the case of the 'Golden Boy' Henry repeater rifle, the tube holds 16 shots. It looks like we've fired 4, so 12 are left.>3 more rounds of combat, then one round to reload>reloading as a full round action?>MFW i cannot stop crunching my games
>>28182555Bullet counting action!Anyway, I guess we're pulling distraction duty for veles now. So pop out from a new direction on the rock every so often and give them a bit of gun-hassle.
>>28182476distraction / covering fire for Veles. Good chance to see him work.
Rolled 1, 9, 9 = 19>>28182555This is a Winchester 1866 'Yellowboy' carbine though. 15 round magazine. Henry Rifle's are... a bit awkward. Plus I've been counting.If you want to give covering fire for whatever Veles is doing, roll me another 1d20
Rolled 18>>28182719Veles please don't sink boat.
Rolled 18>>28182719Blast them fools!
>>28182719im guessing those are for the enemies
Rolled 1, 1 = 2Despite you moving from your vantage point, the remaining gunmen fall into a system of volleys, bullets peppering two at a time against where you where. You move to a second vantage point and just catch a glimpse of the mottled black and brown scales moving quickly across the coast floor. You duck your head down as the second volley comes, this time outright missing the rocks. It is here you hear some cursing and the sound of tearing metal. One of the remaining men's rifle has misfired, splintering in his hands. You see a flash of white as Veles reaches the bottom of the barge and let off a six shot volley in rapid succession to distract the men from what is happening below them, and again you score a hit, dropping another man to the ground leaving only 2 standing.
>>28182881you know this is less a distraction and more us just shooting them. Not that I'm complaining.I think this is the first gunfight we've been in though, coyotes don't shoot back. Doing quite well.
>>28182952Veles, what did you even doWhat terrible thing did you do
>>28182881Dang. what are the chances of that? 1/400 I think If there's a rifle left we should have Veles take it.
>>28182995>>28182881i didn't know he had a gun
>>28183024well, veles hasn't shot anything yet. I don't know what could be misfiring.Magic?
>>28183075No, one of the rifleman on the boats gun misfired. Veles was the last roll. You distracted them enough to not notice the flash of white. Apologies if it wasn't clear.
>>28183095Yeah, I mean I don't know what that double1 is doing to DO to veles.Or because OF veles.Or nearBY veles.Whatever, I'll find out soon.
It is here you see a speeding flash of white and the reflection of scales in sunlight, with a mighty splash Veles launches himself out of the water, landing bodily on the man with the misfired gun. It is here you see the terrible and awesome sight that is a lamia, Fangs bared in a wicked grin, spines protruding, and the claws on his left hand extended. It is here you notice what the shuffling in the boat earlier was about, as Veles is sans his shirt. It is here you see him bear down on the two left standing, one who faints dead away, and the second dives off the boat rifle in hand making a break for shore. >Action?
>>28183288capture him like only a lamia can.interrogation will be easy. plus loot.
>>28183288I am unsure. I sort of want to let him get away, as we don't want no trabble, but I also sort of want an excuse to go swimming.
>>28183397ah, fuck it, go after him. We can always let him go after he pays us for the holes in the boat.
With the threat of a bullet riddled tail gone, you place your rifle on the skiff next to Dahz, and dive into the water after the fleeing man. You bear down on him, slowed slightly by your dress dragging in the water before coiling around him. Ignoring his spluttering protests, you meander your way back to the barge, heaving him onto the deck into the waiting arms of Veles. Veles busies himself with tying the three survivors up and fishes the body of one of the others out of the water. You busy yourself with dragging the skiff (The mer long since ditching you once the bullets started flying) to the barge and tying it off. Dahz moves from skiff to barge and approaches the tied up three, sitting just out of their range and growling something fierce. As the adrenalin rush seeps away, you go around to the other side of the tarp and slump against the crates.
>>28183635Consider to yourself how quickly that escalated.We shot some guys! And veles stabbed one with a sword.
>>28183635time to interrogateTell us where all of your shit is and we won't feed you to the Snake Dog Dou over there.
Calling it here. On page nine and the combat is over. You guys can ponder what to do with the captives and the barge next thread.>>28183675Actually he just sort of landed on the guy. No stabbing was done yet.Just don't lose sight of your goals. You do have a bit of a timetable after all.
>>28183697we know -where- the shit is. In the boat. We should crack it open, find out what it is, and ask him what he was planning on doing with it.Also, we should take his bullets. Shooting at pretty girls tax, all your bullets.
>>28183755marvelous, thanks for running once again. The archive has been updated to this point.I'll pay close attention to the twitter for the next thread.
>>28183635Check the crates. Let's see what they were willing to kill to protect.Bonus points if we can claim it as our own. Fungible assets would be a boon to our ranch.
>>28183790>>28183756we take everything. possibly sell it in port depending on what it is
>>28183808I only want it if it's not an EXTREMELY HOT COMMODITY.Like, if it's some hardcore shit? No way. We don't know any shady buyers, and we sure as heck don't want to interfere with our legal affairs by getting in trouble with the law.
>>28183876lets wait and see. if it were that hot there would be more people
>>28183925well, they were super nervous for a reason. I suppose speculation is worthless at this point.Also, another issue: the merman. He'll see everything.
>>28183970he ditched, we are dead for all he cares
>>28184015I think he's just hiding until it settles one way or another. I mean, he wants his boat, right?