You are Shax Bonemurder, Raid Leader! You found some gnolls, who had some weird tasting food and then sent you off on a side quest, even though THEY were supposed to be the side quest. Some people just don't know their place! The good news is you met another elemental and passed his test. Though he thinks you cheated.The boys and Allonces seem impressed! The golems don't seem to care. Who wants to impress a bunch of statues, anyways?!>Current RAID ROSTER!: http://pastebin.com/mZgVD5yH>Ability Tree: http://pastebin.com/aBfqv1vP>Fully updated![So, uh, you passed my trial.] You sorta stare at the flickering and flaming figure for a few minutes. [I am absolutely positive you have no idea what that means.]He's right. "I'm supposed to get a sigil, or something, right?"[Technically, you get my blessing. My sigil can grant its bearer a small amount of my power. The gnolls think I'm really neat or something. I'm not sure why.]"Why wouldn't they think you're neat? You can summon lava snakes," You think for a moment. You don't know anyone else who could that. All you can manage is a regular snake, and that is with a magic item. "That's gotta count for something."[That's the thing, it isn't even that impressive for my kind. As far as Elemental Nobility go, I'm way down on the ladder at the courtly rank of Edler. Even Magmatic Ritters have more authority than me.]He's going way over your head here. "Okay whatever, what is this about a blessing?"[I don't even have any real land, this area is technically borrowed from- Oh. Um, well, a sigil is just one of the things I offer. I can summon some servants for you, or grant you a burning pearl to help you understand the mysteries of flame.]Well, you sent here for a sigil, but it isn't like you're married to that Gnoll Chief...>Take the sigil, we keep our promises!>Let's get some servants! The more the merrier!>Mysteries of FLAME? Sign me up!
Whoops, it says 14 but it is definitely 13. My bad!
>>30334263>Mysteries of FLAME? Sign me up!Could be cool.
>>30334263>Take the sigil, we keep our promises!I kind of want to hold it over them that we have it rather than comply with the Gnoll Chief, though.
Well, I was trying to clean up the awful doodle I inflicted at the end of the previous thread of my interpretation of Shax, but Chief beat me to it with his edit, so I guess I won't rush to finish it now.Ah screw it, I'll inflict my WiP on you guys anyway!(Feedback and/or abuse appreciated.)
>>30334263>Take the sigil, we keep our promises!Flame power boost sounds good and we don't have to give it to the Gnolls.
>>30334263>Take the sigil, we keep our promises!
>>30334263>>Let's get some servants! The more the merrier!
>>30334353That said, I need to go to bed now. Thanks in advance for the awesome thread, Chief! I look forward to reading the thread tomorrow morning!Please enjoy this other doodle of Shax being diplomatic.Oh, and>>30334263>Take the sigil, we keep our promises!
>>30334353You should read a book on perspective. There's an attempt at depth here but it looks real flat.
>>30334263>>Mysteries of FLAME? Sign me up!Little goblin pyromancer, I think so!
>>30334263>>Let's get some servants! The more the merrier!ask him if we can retake his trail and if he wants to be friends?
Alright, writing. We'll take that sigil, mister fire guy!
* Rahzar's Wild Ride - Never stop moving! With Rahzar's Wild Ride, you will be able to move in a controlled manner while attacking everything around you! No more shaking about uncontrollably. On top of this, you have heightened defensive reflexes! The downside is you get really exhausted doing this, and you can't do it for very long.
if people want i can attempt a shax pic
>>30334485I welcome all fanart of all qualities! It makes me feel validated and fuzzy
>>30334485Art is always good.
>>30334501>>30334448Any chance of retaking the trials or befriending this guy/making him part of the raiding party?>>30334485Go ahead.
>>30334485Go for it.
>>30334501game point choices?
Well, you didn't take this because you were looking for fire powers or anything. Might as well follow through with the request!"I'll take the si-"'Pssst! Boss!' What the heck does Allonces want now? 'what is it?' 'before you agree to anything, see if you can't retake the trial repeatedly! we could get all sorts of loot that way, right?'Wow, she is thinking more like a goblin than you are. Well, you gotta ask now."Actually! I was wondering, could I take the trial multiple times?" You cannot hide the glint of pure greed from your eyes! You're not sure if pure flame given form can sigh, but you're certain the elemental in front of you just did.[You cannot do so repeatedly. If someone else does, that is fine.]You immediately begin eying your party. Gneb is suddenly very concerned with his feet and dagger and poking his ill-fitting boots with his dagger. Rund is staring at the fire with a mad look in his eye. Creepy. Xab is writing all this down. Mani yawns and just sorta sleepily looks at you. Allonces is practically hopping up and down while going "ooh ooh, try me, try me!"You put one hand on your cloak's clasp...[No cheating. You're lucky I let you off that first time. I won't let you get away with it again.]You sigh. "Just gimme the sigil, then." You'd rather have it now than getting super greedy and picking someone else before volunteering a volunteer.[Very well.] A dozen red lights coalesce in your hand before forming a stone circle with a strange design on it. It looks like a wave of flame with several faces screaming inside it. You feel a comforting warmth while holding it. [This will do little for someone like you, but you'll probably feel easily reinvigorated while holding it. Now, do you have any other business with me?]>Get while the getting is good.>Send me in coach! Allonces wants to prove herself! Trial by fire!>Mani needs to wake up. Doesn't he like fire, anyway?>One of the goblins (specify who)
>>30334681>Get while the getting is good.
>>30334681>>Send me in coach! Allonces wants to prove herself! Trial by fire!
>>30334681>Send me in coach! Allonces wants to prove herself! Trial by fire!Otherwise ask more about the Gnolls. Specifically what the sigil means to them.
>>30334681>Send me in coach! Allonces wants to prove herself! Trial by fire!Welp, I hope she doesn't die.
>>30334681>Send me in coach! Allonces wants to prove herself! Trial by fire!What is everyone's opinion on Allonces? I really like her.
>>30334753IC: Annoying. I hope she doesn't try all that make-up and dress up stuff on us.OOC: pretty much the exact opposite opinion.
>>30334353S'pretty good. Shoulder looks a little disjointed though.
>>30334753She's about to die.
Alrighty, elf girl. Time to go fight! Writing.
>>30334827If she does die it'll be doing what she wanted to do at least.
>>30334863should we send anyone else in after her?Rund looks like he wants to try it out.
>>30335066Dunno, well see whether she succeeds or not.
>>30335066Rund is a useless idiot with no survival sense, though.
>>30335118true, but if he succeeds and get fire then he won't be as useless.
>>30334485drawfag again, can someone give me shax's current equip's??
>>30335150Giant Sword.Cape of Fire Resistance.Comfy Boots.
>>30335150Leather armor with war paint. Comfy boots. Big sword. Fire resist cloak. She has lots of jewelry she doesn't wear cause it would get in the way of her fighting and other goblins could take it easy, but she has a fondness for gold earrings, so she might have a stud or two maybe even with a gem.
>>30335176>>30335171And that magic bracelet.
She keeps hopping up and down. She looks a little ridiculous, honestly. Well, if she dies here you won't have to worry about her anymore... But the boys seem to like her a lot. They'd be real sad if she got burned to a crisp. Well, you can't please everyone!You give Allonces a serious look. "Are you sure you can do this? We mopped the floor with you, you know, and that lava thingy wasn't just for show."She gives a manic grin. "Us adventurers love a good challenge!" She pounds her chest with a gauntled fist, "Besides, I learned a lot fighting with you earlier. And I'm a tad, uh, more graceful than you," You give her a flat stare, "No offense."Does she really even count as an adventurer still? Regardless, you shrug. "Alright, if you insist." You're gonna wash your hands of any responsibility here.Allonces lets out what sounds like something between a squeal and a shout and hops forward, twirling her spear, "So, Mr. Edler Elemental, is the trial the same every time? And the rewards?"
>>30335200As a side note is their anything stopping people from stealing our bracelet like it being bound to us or something?
[Well,] The elemental makes a noise that sounds like a cough, but obviously isn't because it would be ridiculous. It would be equally ridiculous if it were to wear glasses. And then push those glasses up. But if it weren't ridiculous, that is what it would be doing here. [You see, 'Edler' is a title so the 'Mr.' in front of it is unnecessary and redundant. In addition, the title 'Edler' doesn't really require any sort of deference or respect, being only slightly above a commoner. As unlanded gentry, the elemental courts have little ti-]"Okay, okay, answer my question." Allonces says with little patience.[Oh. Right. Well the creature summoned could be anything from my elemental plane interested in challenging the person in front of them. I wasn't sure why that goblin girl got such a large beast, but after seeing her in action I began to understand a little. So it more or less scales to your relative strength.]Allonces scratches her head nervously, "Haha, it would be embarassing if a little salamander came out to face me, huh?"[As for rewards, the Burning Pearl was simply an offer to a spark I saw in the goblin girl's spirit. For you... it would do little. But the elemental planes will grant some different item to replace it, I'm sure.]"Alright, well I'm ready when you are, Edler." Allonces says, readying her spear in an offensive stance.>Roll a d20! Let's see what pops out. The lower the number, the stronger the beast!
Rolled 4>>30335291the squid face probrably booby trapped>>30335311
Rolled 19>>30335311nat 20
>>30335291Not that you know of. It is a dull bronze torc and a little ugly, so no one would really think of it. It isn't like anyone knows it is magical other than you, too.Most people assume magic fuckery is involved, but it isn't like they know what is causing it.
>>30335348Can i hug you?
>>30335348Oh thank god. I like the elf, I don't want her dead.
>>30335350the dwarfs know actually.
>>30335348>>30335347>>30335327Average of 9.3! Alright. Writing.
>>30335399wait you do averages?Last thread you didn't do that.
>>30335399Oh boy, maybe we spoke too soon.
>>30335384I was mostly referring to people that would actually want to steal it. These dwarves aren't the thieving type. Unless it is from their siblings. But theft from siblings doesn't count.>>30335414I was just pointing it out! I always do best of. I just find the average rolls of this quest hilarious.
>>30335399Since when was averages a thing. Isn't it best of 3?
>>30335436Cheif y u do dis to my heart.
>>30335436nearly gave me a heart attack, for a second i thought we would get stuck with this quest low rolls curse.
>>30335469>>30335485Shit, same here. I actually like elf-girl
>>30335512I'm meh about her, i was more worried about the future if we kept best of 3.
>>30335512She's the biggest dork and its adorable.
>>30335522*average of 3
>>30335436>19I wonder what she's getting. A tiny elemental maybe?
>>30335572I was hoping a baby salamander.
A familiar portal opens up, and two of the flame headed dwarves hop out. They look around, a bit confused. They talk to each other in a bizarre language. The elemental spirit interjects for a moment, and they look at him, then allonces. One of the fire head guys shrugs and and says something to the other who waves him off and walks back in the portal. They were much more enthusastic last time? The remaining fire dwarf sorta scratches his head, but you're not sure why since he can't have any itchy hair. Maybe the fire itches?After a bit he whistles and a creature that reminds you of a smaller goblin with bat wings and deep red skin flaps in. It lets loose a shrill giggle as it looks around the plain. The Azer shrugs theatrically as if to say 'Well, what is it?' to the fire elemental before walking back into the portal which promptly crackles shut.Allonces looks nervously at you, "It's not embarassing... is it?"It's no lava wurm, still maybe she could use some encouragement? "You better not lose! It's just sorta creepy and weird, so that shouldn't be a problem, right?"The thing looks at you with a sneer, and its flat obsidian eyes turn back to Allonces before it waves it's hands. A dart of fire shoots out and catches Allonces on the shoulder!It has little effect, but it has more bite than it first looks...>Roll a d20! Combination of cheering and luck!
>>30335770>>30335775>>30335780...>>30335786>>30335787>>30335789That's not fair
>>30335780>>30335775>>30335770Good lord is this girl really having a problem with an over-sized bat.at least we are back to normal.
>>30335770>>30335775>>30335780OWQ dice, man.
>>30335810>>30335809>>30335808>>30335807take solace that it was 19, and not the 5 so the dc should be pretty low.
>>30335150my first attempt, i suck at loli art
>>30335808>>30335809>>30335810Well we didn't crit fail so she's probably not dead at least.
>>30335827Make the weapon bigger and her younger/thinner.
>>30335827Shit man, that's pretty good.
>>30335827I like it!>>30335770>>30335775>>30335780That's pretty much what I expected.
>>30335827Not bad, but she should be a tad thinner. I got the impression Shax is really bony.
Allonces readies her lance and prepares to charge! She gets hit a few more times by darts as she dashes forward with a mounting battle cry. You hear the sinister giggle again as one of her steps on the ground glows faintly with a rune before exploding violently! Rund and Gneb both jump up and let out a panicked shout and Mani narrows his eyes. Maybe this thing is more clever than you thought.Allonces staggers. Her armor is a little charred. This was a much more effective hit. While she was recovering, the flapping beast has called a larger ball of fire in his hands and casually tosses it at her. It rolls along the ground quickly. She manages to dodge a direct hit, but it quickly explodes and catches her in the blast.She's staggering pretty bad now!"Geez, you don't play very fair, do you?" Allonces growls with a grimace, "I don't like sneaky fellows like you." Gneb looks a little crestfallen at that statement. "I'll just have to teach you a lesson." She lowers her spear and readies herself for another charge, a little less sure on her feet this time...>Roll a d20! C'mon, you can do it Allonces! Cause we need more treasures!
>>30336001i can't breath
Rolled 12>>30336001>>30336004>>30336006Oh god no. why does this always happen.
>>30336001Well Allonces, it was good knowing you.
>>30336001captcha: cry mlauterWriting!
>>30336032>>30336029>>30336027>>30336024>>30336022>>30336021It builds character if she loses an arm.
Rolled 2>>30336051I just hope she doesn't just get killed out right. That would suck.
>>30336038why is your quest cursed Chief?Did you sleep with some dice gods wife?
>>30336067no that is too lucky for her, she will get raped by flame goblin dick.and like it like the slutty elf she is.
>>30336089As long as she's still alive I'm okay with it.She's one of my favorite characters in the quest so far.
>>30336068They told me they fixed it! It's not my fault!
>>30336110maybe we'll get a third shot Ya she's dead.r
It's kind of hilarious how weak she is. She gets almost the weakest monster and still manages to get her ass kicked liberally, if she survives we have a long way to go with her.
>>30336089>Cheating on Alfonse
>>30336131b-b-but who will have tea with Alfonse now?
>>30336156she has her brainwashed lover alfonse to protect her anon.
>>30336111its true, what do you think with alfonse at the late hours of the night.
She dashes forward, straight at her enemy only to get caught in another runic trap! "Hey, maybe quit running straight at him?" Mani shouts, hands cupped around his mouth. She probably doesn't hear him as the blast of the trap envelopes her. She goes flying out of it, rolling across the ground... into another trap. The explosion sends her flying a little further before she crashes roughly to the ground."Is she dead?" Rund, OF COURSE, asks. As if in response, the elven lancer gets shakily to her feet, using her spear as a crutch. She is drawing ragged breaths. You glance at the fire elemental, "So, uh, is surrender an option?"[You can certainly attempt to beg for mercy from whatever is summoned.]The elven woman stumbles and falls over, a flame dart flying uselessly over her head as she tumbles over, before stumbling onto her feet again, this time managing to ready an attack stance.You don't really want to suggest this, but its probably preferable to slow conflagration, so you shout, "Hey, maybe give up? You don't gotta die over this, you know?"She throws her head back with a dry, raspy laugh. "No," She turns and looks at you. Her face is pretty badly burnt, "Don't you know the first rule about being a hero?" She readies herself for another charge, raising her spear in an aggressive stance, "Victory goes..." She starts dashing forward, "To those with courage!"Maybe you oughta tell her she isn't a hero, but a raider of innocent villages? Well, no reason to bring her down!>That's one stubborn elf! Roll d20! Can she be the shounen protagonist she was always destined to be?!
>>30336111its true, what do you think she doeas with alfonse at the late hours of the night
Rolled 8>>30336322Here goes nothing.
>>30336322pls dice gods
Rolled 4>>30336322Probably not.
Rolled 18>>30336322For sure this time.
>>30336347>>30336351>>30336354Okay this is just getting fucking stupid.
>>30336347>>30336351>>30336353Geeze I hope 8 is enough.
>>30336347>>30336351>>30336354The dice have made their opinions on the matter very clear.Allonces does not get to succeed on her own.
>>30336347>>30336351>>30336354---->>30336360>>30336363>>30336364this isn't even funny anymore.
Failure is the best part! I don't know why you guys are so sore.
>>30336400I don't know. Why am I laughing so hard?
>>30336426so, but i think its the laughter of watching something pitiful.
>>30336439I guess 8 isn't enough.
>>30336457*so am i
>>30336457Sometimes I laugh as I watch the things I love crash and burn, it seems appropriate.
>>30336439There has to be something we can do with pig's blood to fix this, right?
Rolled 1We should just jump in and shield her with our flame cloak to keep her from dying.She ain't winning this thing.
>>30336439THE DICE DEMAND BLOODALLONCES IS A SACRIFICE TO QUENCH THEIR FIRST
>>30336524We had to feed a goblin to it last time, too. You may be onto something here!
>>30336520your dice disagree with you.
>>30336520sooo jump in and accidentaly tackle/slice her in two? Seems appropriate.
>>30336524>Dice gods ever being satisfied.Hahahaha
>>30336520>We try to save her, trip over our own cloak and impale her on our sword.
>dice gods faces during this whole quest
>>30336554And then catch fire.
>>30336322Courage is nice and all that but most people don't like being burned to death.Maybe elves are just all masochists.
is chief still alive?
Wow, look at her go! Mani just shakes his head, "You can even see the damn thing lighting those runes if you just keep yer eyes open." He points ahead of the charging elf, "See?"Oh, yeah. You can totally see the ground glowing before dimming again. You begin to wince as the distance closes... And the elf just sorta falls over, crashing roughly to the ground. Her body gave out! It rolls and slides across the ground. Your eyes are squinted pretty tightly and your teeth are grinding as she edges closer to the rune. There is a sharp intake of breath from the audience as she continues her tumultuous slide... and she comes to a stop a few inches from the runic trap. Everyone exhales at the same time."That counts as a loss, right? So she lost, right? So the fight is over, right?" You dash over to the elemental. "So, call that thing off, right?" You aren't overly attached to her, but this is just hard to watch! Besides, she's a loyal minion.[I don't have much control over the summons, you know.] The batwinged monster is just giggling like an idiot. [But, I do agree this is a little unsightly.] The creature seems to snap its head towards the elemental before hissing a bit. It flies off in a hurry. [You most definitely lost, though.]>Minion Talent Unlocked! Allonces - FLAME KISSED COURAGE! The soul of a hero burns brightly inside her! And also on her skin. She is lightly toasted.You and the boys run over to the smoking elven girl. "DID SHE DIE?" Rund asks again, OF COURSE. Gneb bites his lip and looks her over, you crouch down to check her out. "As far as I can tell, no. But she's not well off.">Allonces is out of commission for a while! You should probably get her some medical help soon.You get one of the golems to pick her up and look at the boys."Sooo, any other volunteers?" They all look less than eager. "Alright then.">Any final business with the elemental?>Take the sigil to the gnoll chief.>Take the sigil to the gnoll super chief you haven't met yet.
Rolled 5>>30336689He's just writing the most heartwrenching of death scenes. These take time.
>>30336724>Take the sigil to the gnoll chief.Maybe we should have a golem carry her back while we're busy.
>>30336724I think we need to take Allonces to Whoop first.
>>30336724>Take the sigil to the gnoll super chief you haven't met yet.May as well meet the guy.
>>30336728The DC to not die was 6, the DC to actually hit it once was 12, the DC for instagib was 18.I'm pretty lenient on dice. I was harder at first, but the average d20 roll for this quest overall is, like, 7.
>>30336724>>Any final business with the elemental?Could we get one of the golems to fight do the trial?
>>30336724>>Any final business with the elemental?ask him if he wants to be friends.>>Take the sigil to the gnoll super chief you haven't met yet.
>>30336724>Take the sigil to the gnoll chief.
>>30336724Let the earth and fire elemental have a talk? They seem like they don't get to talk to others of their kind often.Go to the super chief
>>30336724>Take the sigil to the gnoll super chief you haven't met yet.
>>30336724>>Take the sigil to the gnoll super chief you haven't met yet.meet the guys first.Also ask the elemental if he would like to meet the earth elemental we know, and if we can do a quest for him.
>>30336861Sort of looks like she has an eyepatch. That's not a bad thing.
>>30336783Can I make a suggestion in adding a fate point system or something as a reward for quests?
>>30336922That's an interesting idea. I might try to figure something out around that. Though I fear trying to cheat the dice gods might just make them angrier...
>>30336922We've got a game point after this so if it has something for counteracting these shit rolls I'm up for it.
I get the feeling that tg dice are time based. Quests that run during the day get ridiculous rolls, quests that run during the night get like the worst rolls.
>>30336975nope look at shadow quest, they are getting amazingly good d20 rolls when they use them.
>>30336922speaking of quest rewards i really wanna find out this new skill tree
>>30336944that would probably be the stat sheet.
>>30337033I don't think we can still get that. I assume it was a choice between ability tree of stat sheet not obth.
Well, while you're hear you might as well ask the guy... "So, uh, are you stuck here or...?"[My time on this plane is limited, though something here calls me regularly. I know not what.]"So if I found that, I could have you hang around all the time?"[You could, at the very least, summon me whenever you'd like.] You wonder what is calling him here so often, and you ask him that. [I have no idea, but typically vessels of brass are the instruments of calling my kind.] So if you summon him you could run trials whenever you'd like? [My powers are based on my summoner. I am only capable of such great feats due to the apparent vast resources of the one who summons me. Whoever that may be.] You ask him if there could be a naturally occurring location that could cause this. [Anything is possible.]What a vague guy. Well, you'll keep that in mind if you head back this way!"So, boss, where do you wanna head to?" Gneb asks, glancing nervously at Allonces' body, "I don't think she is gonna die any time soon, but I don't want to leave her without care for too long."You scratch your chin for a moment. "Well, we still don't have the full story on these gnolls. I was thinkin' about heading to the big boss, Bailey, or whoever, and seeing what his thoughts on all this were." You look back in the direction of the gnoll camp you came from. "I can't help but shake the feeling that there was something shady about that guy."Gneb shrugs, "You're the boss, boss.">Hunt for the vessel on the way? Chance to get lost!>Head straight for the boss camp.
>>30336861Smaller hips to make her seem young.
>>30337135I've got a couple of ideas that I'd like to try out, but I'm not sure if I can pull off a character sheet right now. That first game point was more for something complicated to interject in.I'll probably offer a few different takes on a fate point sorta deal.
>>30337148>Head straight for the boss camp.Spend too much time dilly-dally and Allonces will be in trouble.
>Hunt for the vessel on the way? Chance to get lost!Side quest of a side quest of a side quest!(We gotta go deeper)
>>30337148>>Head straight for the boss camp.
>>30337148>>Hunt for the vessel on the way? Chance to get lost!
>>30337148>>Hunt for the vessel on the way? Chance to get lost!ADVENTURE
>>30337150noted, will work on that another time...fkin knackered>>30337148hunt for the (nuclear) wessel!!!!!!
>>30337148>Hunt for the vessel on the way? Chance to get lost!
>>30337148>Head straight for the boss camp.We don't want elf girl to die, guys.
Rolled 4>>30337148>Head straight for the boss camp.
>>30337148>Head straight for the boss camp.We've got an injured person. We can't risk our shit dice on getting lost.
>>30337283Don't we though? But seriously, do people? Why are they voting to explore right now when we can always do it later?
>>30337148>Head straight for the boss camp.dice have fucked us enough today.
>>30337148>Head straight for the boss camp.We can explore later on the way back after Allonces has gotten treatment.
>>30337323I assumed she was pretty well liked overall.
Why are you people bothering to care about the health of the minions? If they can't handle themselves then whatever.
>>30337381Because Shax isn't an asshole who just lets their followers die.
>>30337381Because they can't send us another one of her, the goblins are very expendable on the other hand. also, >>30337409
>>30337381Shax is a pretty nice girl.
>>30337381because she's a qt3.14 adventurer elf.
>>30337423Actually what I really like about this quest is that it is sort of realistic evil instead of shitty cartoon evil.
>>30337409>>30337418>>30337423>>30337437Who said anything about being an asshole? She volunteered for the fight and lost, so who cares about her. The real asshole move would be to let her drag us down with her. We have a responsibility to our position and to our other minions to raid as much and as quickly as possible. Wasting time on some wuss of a follower is pointless.
>>30337492wow srsly? i know shax finds her annoying but i dont think shes heartless
>>30337492Should we just kill off all of our other wounded then as well. You know because they'll just slow us down?
>>30337492...is this your first OWQ thread?
>>30337492First of all, its completely out of character. Second of all, it's a waste of resources and a valuable subordinate.
>>30337492Dude. There is literally no reason to just toss her aside. We barely raid in favor of side-quests as it is so your whole point is moot from an in-character perspective. Shax takes care of her injured. SHe has before.Even taking it into account. Finding the source is not an immediate priority. We're completely capabale of just going back another time.There is literally no reason to put her in danger other than just outright cruelty.
>>30337543>>30337544>>30337557>>30337576>>30337588If you guys are pussies you can just say so instead of trying to rationalize your cowardice. The path to success is paved with blood and I'll see to it that we make the proper choices from now on.
would you whore Shaxx off?
>>30337492>we have a responsibility to raid>so let's get one of our minions killed by distracting ourselves with more sidequests
>>30337642Shit, I can't believe I got tricked by such an obvious troll. for shame
>>30337642ok now you're just shitposting
>>30337642Oh you're just a troll. Well I sense in context.
>>30337642You don't understand this quest at all, man.
>>30337642not them, but i'm nuetral on the whole affair.On one side Shaxx isn't really that worried about her and notes that she should probably get checked out on the other hand i like the elf character.I don't know where people are saying that its out of character for shax to leave her behind especially since she her whole life has known death 24/7.
>>30337642I don't find the posts that funny, but I do find the fact that no one has read your past two email addresses pretty humorous.
>>30337642>>30337492Ironic shitposting is still shitposting, anon.
>>30337715It's because Shax isn't evil stupid and actually care about the people on her side.
>>30337723I blame appchanx for not blue highlighting the name for me.
>>30337758like i said i'm neutral and shaxx does things on her whim and isn't emotionally attached to her minions yet.
>>30334263Hmm. I kinda think Shax is too humanoid for a goblinoid. They really need a lot more "feral" and inhuman features to make her look like a goblinoid rather than an elf.Black sclera and more of a nose would be a good start.
>>30337801I wasn't confident enough in my mouth drawing to give her fangs.I like the micro nose.She probably needs rounder and less human eyes.Also, sorry about the wait on the update, it's taking a bit.
>>30337788It's no so much about emotional attachment and more along the lines of if you just kill and abuse your raid members without thinking the overall raid will suffer.
>>30337836well that is logic i can get behind, in that the less of them there are the more likely we are to get hurt and die.
>>30337836>>30337877Don't forget that everyone like Allonces. They were all worried about her when she accepted the challenge.
>>30337822The eye shape is fine fine, oddly enough. black on red and they're appropriately inhuman.I know what you mean about the fangs, though. I couldn't crudely edit on any that didn't look garbage. But sharp teeth, at least - goblinoids are carnivores, after all.
Well, you'd like to maybe hunt along the way, but there is Allonces to consider. These gnolls are all shamanistic or whatever, right? They probably have a medicine man or something to look after her. Was that racist? You don't know. If only Allonces were here to tell you!"You remember the way to Bailey's camp, right, Gneb?" He nods. "Then let's get moving! We got a boss to interrogate."The party sets off at a brisk pace, a golem carrying Allonces lightly. You hope lightly. She's bouncing around a lot. Well, you doubt she'll notice when she wakes up.It takes a while, but the going is easy. You actually encounter several gnoll patrols. They are pretty aggressive at first, but the sigil somehow draws surprised and plentiful respect from the hyena men. Well, that is awfully convenient, now isn't it?Before long you see a practical city of tents on the horizon. This must be Bailey's bedouin abode! You ride in with little opposition. Apparently there has been word. A few gnolls with pouches and foul smelling incense and staves coated in bones greet you, offering to watch over Allonces for you. Well, they can do anything better than you can, so why not? You let them take her off your hands.A gnoll particularly bedecked in tribal relics walks up to you. "I'm impressed." He growls simply, "Arx'talokukk's sigil is given only to the bravest of warriors. He is foul tempered, and mighty, blessing only those who are truly worthy." That guy is foul tempered? He was honestly only sorta nerdy. "The fierceness of his trial is shown on the wounds your companion bears, and being as untouched as you are is a true sign of your strength. I'm here to inform you that Bale-eye would be pleased to greet you, if you'll see him."Yeah, that was the whole point. "Alrighty, where's he at?"The gnoll shaman nods simply. "This way."
>>30337877Yeah, like I've been saying acting evil stupid and destroying your own team is normally the reason that bad guys loose in a lot of fiction.
>>30337895you mean the boys who think with their nasty lower heads.(we find it stupid and weird)
He leads you through a winding trail through the camp. There must be thousands of gnolls here, and hundreds of bound elemental spirits. Wow, this is way bigger than you thought. Yeah, you definitely better stop this from getting out of hand, or there will be huge armies in the plains hunting trouble makers down.Eventually, you reach a huge tent. Inside are dozens of shamans, and what you assume are harem gnolls? They are sorta lounging around in silk. Though they just look like more hyena dudes to you. Maybe some of these shamans are girls? Maybe you ought to stop thinking of them all as 'hyena dudes'? Maybe you're caring about this too much? "Greetings, goblin warrior." Oh right, there is a giant pale gnoll sitting on a throne in the middle of the room. One of his eyes is blazing orange in his skull. It's sorta creepy. "What brings you to my domain?">Stop kicking up a fuss, you dummy.>Hey, someone is planning a coup 'cause you're crazy, you dummy.>Hey, I want some of your dudes to work with me. Also, can we talk about this whole army thing?
>>30337965>Stop kicking up a fuss, you dummy.
>>30337965>Hey, someone is planning a coup 'cause you're crazy, you dummy.>Hey, I want some of your dudes to work with me. Also, can we talk about this whole army thing?Why not both.
>>30337965How did you get that neat orange eye? Can it shoot fire?
>>30337965>>Stop kicking up a fuss, you dummy.>>Hey, someone is planning a coup 'cause you're crazy, you dummy.>>Hey, I want some of your dudes to work with me. Also, can we talk about this whole army thing?all three?
>>30337965>Stop kicking up a fuss, you dummyWe's tryin' to raid, but if you keep muckin' about then adventurers are gonna arrive with tons o' choppy and dakka.
>>30337965Actually to add to this >>30337989We should mention that we're part of a vanguard of a larger force and that if he we're more patient we could help each other.
Alright, so I'm guessing a sort of combination of things, then.Writing.
The gnoll chief gestures at some pillows on the ground. Well, why not? You lay down your sword and sit sorta cross legged on them. "I got several different reasons why I came here," Bailey relaxes, resting his head on his fist, "First, I'm wanting to know why you're muckin' about so much. I heard something about ascension, but I dunno what that means."The gnoll chief barks a few laughs, "Simply put, I'm looking to grow beyond this mortal shell into something greater." He points at his eye, "Already, my soul is beginning to strain against its cage. The blessing of the spirits are gathering upon me, goblin. I'm close. I can feel it.""Yeah okay, but what does that have to do with gathering a huge army and drawing all kinds of attention?"Bailey leans closer. "Chaos is what drives them, warrior, their fickle spirits find it entertaining. And I seek to draw their attention as much as possible. The more I can capture, the stronger I'll become.""So it is just about bein' stronger?" You cross your arms, "That's understandable, I guess, but don't you think the people down in Manderlay are aware of what you're doin'? You've got a big army, but I'm pretty sure theirs is still bigger."Bailey laughs again, it is a sharper and crueler laugh this time. "Let them come. My warriors are an unbreakable legion of elites!" Okay, so he's a little crazy."About that... I've talked to several gnolls already, and not all of them are on board with this plan, you know."
The pale gnoll flings some object across the room with a savage growl. "Heretics! Let them rot in the sun with the rest of the cowards. They'll die in the fields fighting my enemies along with the rest of those sniveling fools, or they'll die at the hands of my loyal soldiers when they turn to flee like like the weak pups they are," Perhaps not the best subject, "I care not for their cowardice, goblin!" A special kind of crazy."So, uh, how big is this ascension deal? I've got a lot of raiding to do. Maybe you can spare some dudes to help me out?"The pale gnoll relaxes back into his throne, before casually continuing, "All of my loyal servants are slaves to my desire. I can spare none, as none would allow themselves to be free of my brilliance. If you can find some willing to follow, I'll allow it. But don't count on it." Seeing as how no one is calling him on his insanity, he might be right.>WEEeeeeelll, time to go. You gotta get away from this maniac.>Let's stick around and recruit some. Just, uh, you'll keep away from this one.>This whole ascension thing sounds interesting, tell me more!
>>30338467>WEEeeeeelll, time to go. You gotta get away from this maniac.So other guy wasn't actually talking shit. He's pretty much fucking nuts.
>>30338467>>This whole ascension thing sounds interesting, tell me more!
Rolled 14>>30338467>Let's stick around and recruit some. Just, uh, you'll keep away from this one.I don't like the thought of staying here too long but recruiting a bit can't hurt.
>>30338467>>Let's stick around and recruit some. Just, uh, you'll keep away from this one.
>>30338467>This whole ascension thing sounds interesting, tell me more!
>>30338467Ask about ascension. Maybe we can become Goblin gods
>>30338467>>Let's stick around and recruit some. Just, uh, you'll keep away from this one.>>This whole ascension thing sounds interesting, tell me more!
>>30338467>Let's stick around and recruit some. Just, uh, you'll keep away from this one.
>>30338467>This whole ascension thing sounds interesting, tell me more!Shax should become a goblin elemental.
Alrighty. Let's write some.
You begin to sit up. "Well, I'll try to do just that, then." You grab you sword. "Before I do, though, what can you tell me about this whole ascension business? It sounds interesting." You've already got along with two elemental spirits, so if it has something to do with them you might wanna know."Another ambitious one? Don't get cocky, whelp." The pale gnoll holds up the disc on one of the necklaces adorning him. It is identical to your sigil, "I hold one, too. Still, no one has achieved ascension in hundreds of years. When I do, it'll be a historic event." He leans forward, "No one knows the specifics of the event, just that it always involved the Elemental Nobility. I've drawn them here, you see, by causing the chaos that they so love. Elementals are fickle beings by nature, and the tides of war call to them like a siren's song." This dude sure does love talking. So he is basically saying he doesn't know anything. Well, it is still interesting to think about."Oookay. Well, thanks, Bailey. I'm gonna go see if any of your minions wants to raid some."He waves you off, seemingly forgetting about you instantly."Fucking shit, that is one crazy gnoll," Mani grumbles as you leave the tent, "I'd avoid that one if I were you." Gneb looks like he is in cold sweats, and Rund looks a little more unhinged than normal. Xab is just writing more notes.You go see how Allonces is doing. Apparently they've got her more or less stable, but it'll be a while till she wakes up. Fair enough. While you're out here, you notice that Bailey was right. Most of the people blanche visibly at the idea of leaving his bastion here. As far as you can tell, none of them are threatened to stay. They are just that scared of not being by his side. Maybe this dude is a really fierce warrior?Still, no harm in trying!>Roll a d20 to convince someone to join!
Rolled 2>>30338820pls join
Rolled 11>>30338820I got this.
Rolled 1>>30338820I am the hero this thread deserves!
>>30338832>>30338834>>30338845being shax is suffering
Rolled 14>>30338858GET OUT.
>>30338845You got something, at least.>>30338858Actually pretty accurate.Writing.
>>30338858What did we do to deserve you?
Rolled 10>>30338858Evil lives.
So will our new recruits leave if we give the sigil to the other chief?
You keep up your hunt for volunteers for a while. After a bit, a grizzled old gnoll approaches you. "Hey, goblin." He growls, looking around nervously."Hey, gnoll." You growl back, hunching over and looking around exaggeratedly."Heard you were lookin' for some recruits. Do some raidin', right?""Yep! Why do you ask? Most people don't want to leave Bailey even though he is a little crazy.""Oh, he is. You have no idea." The older gnoll gets a haunted look in his eyes. "You haven't seen him on the prowl. I've been around him far too long. The way he fights, well, it just ain't natural." The gnoll shudders. "So, seems to me, if you're looking to give someone a way out, well, I'm interested."He's decently in shape, and has a bow slung on his back."I'm a tracker, plain and simple. Not good for much other than that. No good in a fight, though I'm not half bad at featherin' people between me and where I need to go. If they get close up, well, I'm not awful with a knife." Oh my god a tracker he is so hired."Welcome aboard!" You shout, perhaps overly eager. Hopefully Gneb won't be too insulted.================================================That's it for tonight! I'll forgo assigning exp for now. Instead you'll receive one GAME POINT! The system we'll be using them on are I'm the Boss! Points.How do you want this system to work?>You earn I'm the Boss! points by being an excellent boss. You won't let stupid fate get in your way! By putting for excellent and smart suggestions you'll receive points which you can then spend to boost rolls! They'll cancel out a crit fail on a best of three, or can boost a roll by 5.>You earn I'm the Boss! points regularly during gameplay! Usually as quest rewards. Let's have more of a reason to do sidequests! Since they are more regular, they're less powerful. Only capable of boosting a roll by 2. However, you can spend multiple ones at once. Let's burn them up when they really matter, and horde them greedily!
>>30339361The first one.
>>30339361>You earn I'm the Boss! points by being an excellent boss. You won't let stupid fate get in your way! By putting for excellent and smart suggestions you'll receive points which you can then spend to boost rolls! They'll cancel out a crit fail on a best of three, or can boost a roll by 5.Reward the players for creativity!
>>30339361>You earn I'm the Boss! points by being an excellent boss. You won't let stupid fate get in your way! By putting for excellent and smart suggestions you'll receive points which you can then spend to boost rolls! They'll cancel out a crit fail on a best of three, or can boost a roll by 5.Being able to cancel crit fails is worth its weight in gold for Shax.
>>30339361First seems like the best option.
>>30339361I'd honestly rather not have either and just let the rolls fall as they do. Crit fails are fun.
>>30339361>an excellent bossby whose standards?
>>30339435Don't worry we'll chew through them fast on inconsequential stuff like every quest does and then not have them at the critical moments.
>>30339451That's my mine problem with that one. It'd be by my judgement, and I'm nearly certain someone will get mad at me for not giving one out eventually.However, rewarding players for participation seems interesting.You'll just have to have confidence that I'm working with you and not against you. If you don't have that confidence, I should improve as a QM. And since this is my first quest, I don't have much under my belt to deserve that trust.
>>30339505Well you've been a really fair and fun QM so far. It's just that the dice are dicks.
Alright, so everyone is fine with the first one? I'm sure we all known there is going to be at least one argument over it, so just brace yourselves. I'm learning too!Now, I'll put that in. Other than that, I'm done for tonight! Thanks for playing everyone, and thanks to you too archive readers for reading. I appreciate the fanart I've gotten in this thread, as well! You guys are great. And consistently well behaved. Thank you all!If you want to know when I'll run again I'll announce on twitter when I know for sure. I plan to run again at least once this week. You can follow me here: https://twitter.com/FouldrinkingThere is still lots for me to learn, so thank you for your patience with me as I get used to writing and QMing!
>>30339706Thanks for the thread again, Chief. You're doing a great job so far.
>>30339706You're such a nice guy. Thanks for running.
>>30339706Thanks for running. Also I wouldn't worry about fighting too much because the fan-base for this quest in pretty small.
>>30339797for quests? It looks comparatively big actually.
>>30340269I'd go between small and moderate.If you want big go see HMQ, PGQ and SQ. Unfortunately, too many players can be toxic.
>>30340404it's got more fans than active followers, I can tell you that much....whatever happened to that terridorable spider-mount?