You are Sireyi Valyenya, formerly of House Valyenya is a Paladin of Velya, the only one currently serving Velya, and the first to be called in many years.18 years old, you have just finished your Paladin training.You are on a quest to retrieve the Horn of Alzurad: a legendary artefact that can call dead heroes back to fight for the holder of the Horn.QM Twitter https://twitter.com/anAspiringQMCharacter Sheet http://pastebin.com/tsAx3JGTParty http://pastebin.com/DMfRaXQVRules http://pastebin.com/yKvP3AiPStory So Far http://pastebin.com/3H9fnizcArchive http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/33059651/http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=paladin+of+joyYou are aboard a ship, the Helana II, on your way to the Kingdom of Gorin, ruled by a man you were supposed to have married.You have bought passage on a merchant vessel, and you and your companions are the only passengers.The voyage is expected to take a month, with good winds.When you boarded the Helana II, the Ships captain, Captain Fillre, made a few things very clear to you.No fraternising with the crew (the crew are under the same order regarding passengers)No interfering with the running of the shipNo passengers are to be on the gundeck (1 below the top deck) unless going down to the cargo hold (below the gundeck)No Passengers on the command deck (back of the ship, where the wheel is).
>>33222305Your companions all agree to follow these rules and, after a little seasickness, settle down to life on board the ship. Matthias takes to training with a passion, tries his hand at climbing the rigging and is always active. Isla is constantly asking the crew questions about how everything works. Jianxi is generally a loner, and stand-offish, with an exception. 1 of the crew members on the Helena II shows similar colouring and facial features to JIanxi, she tries to engage him in conversation about this repeatedly but he refuses to discuss anything about where he comes from.Ship time is slow time, boring, the weather is fine and there is nothing exciting happening. Fortunately, the last passenger of the ship was an avid reader of the Journals of Alaric the Mad – whom you loved reading about as a child.Alaric the Mad was (is?) a traveller who went to see the entire world, writing about his travels, the lands he’d been to and the people he’d seen. He claimed to walk everywhere to punish his toes, which he claimed kept trying to kill him when he slept. He disappeared years ago on a trip to the Drowned Lands, never returning.[Alaric the Mads travel journals will be used to provide short info-dumps on new places]So in between training and talking to your companions you manage to keep yourself occupied. However, 3 days out on the ocean, something happens.Whilst sunning yourself on a spare part of the deck, you hear raised voices, it sounds like Jianxi and Isla are arguing about something.>Ignore them, keep getting some sun>Go find out what this is about
>>33222312>Go find out what this is aboutNosy Paladin Quest AWAY!Sleep well Pally?
You go to join Jianxi and Isla.“You’re selfish, you don’t seem to care about anyone else and you barely follow instructions when we’re training.” complains Isla.“I follow instructions fine” replies Jianxi, “Just because I don’t suck up to our glorious heavenly leader the way you do, doesn’t mean I’m not listening.”“I am not sucking up” fumes Isla, “I am just following orders.”“Oh I know exactly what orders you’d like to follow” says Jianxi in a sing-song voice.Neither seems to have noticed you yet>Intervene>Keep listening
>>33222427>Keep listeningHmm... Right now isn't quite right to intervene. Lets hear them out and wait for a good time to step in.
“And what do you mean by that little jibe?” asks Isla, her voice dropping in volume as she frowns.“Oh nothing, I’m sure” responds Jianxi, turning away from Isla “Just that you follow her everywhere, agree with everything she says and never have a bad word to say about her, hoping to make our way into Heaven are we, lady saint?”“That’s rich!” responds Isla, her voice rising “From a light-skirted Bard – and yes, I heard plenty of stories about you from when we were at school – couldn’t wait to start courting as soon as you found someone who looks like you could you. I’m not surprised you’re no stranger to seamen.”They are oblivious to you.>Ok, time to step in>Nah this is just getting good, wait
>>33222366Yes I did, thank you, didn't stay awake too late thinking up ideas.
>>33222505>Ok, time to step in
>>33222505>Ok, time to step inIts just getting to insults now.>>33222527Lol well good. Btw, I'm not sure if you're aware but you can select text and then use ctrl + S to spoiler the selected text.
>Step inWith a fake cough, you get their attention, startling them both, and just in time too, the way Jianxi swung back around to face Isla, it looks like it could have come to blows soon.With you standing there, they both shut up, until you ask for an explanation, at which point they both start talking over each other.“Enough” you say, shutting them up “Now...”Please pick only one>Jianxi, tell me what’s going on>Isla, tell me what this is about>I don’t care what this is about, both of you shut up and listen
>>33222607>Jianxi, tell me what’s going on>Isla, tell me what this is aboutAsk one, then the other. Hear both sides of the story.
>>33222505best listen with compassion. some things need to be said before they can be forgiven
>>33222607>Jianxi, tell me what’s going onI think if we pick Isla first It'll show favoritism
>>33222607Sounds like Jianxi is jealouse of of our relationship with Isla, so we'd best not show favoritism to her just now. Ask Jianxi first, but give him the death glare as we do.
>>33222641>Jianxi>HimPlease read the archives and character sheets.
“Jianxi” you say “tell me what’s going on”Jianxi shrugs “Isla and I were just talking” she says “and she starts acting like a Grand Duchess and starts telling me what to do.”“That’s not what happened at all” bursts out Isla “I was just-” >Let Jianxi continue please, Isla>Ok Isla, let's hear your side to it
>>33222651that was a typo actually.
>>33222660"you'll have your chance respond Isla. Jianxi, what did Isla tell you to do?"
>>33222660>Let Jianxi continue please, IslaLet her finish her story first, then we can hear Isla's side.
>>33222660This is great >>33222676
"You'll have your chance respond Isla. Jianxi, what did Isla tell you to do?" you say, cutting across her.“I was talking about our trip” says Jianxi, and how we don’t know where we’re going, or what’s going to happen next, or what our place in this world is supposed to be and Lady Bossy Wizard here tells me I should just be content in my place, like a good peasant girl.”Hmm, that doesn’t sound like Isla.>Is that REALLY what happened Jianxi?>Isla, time for you to tell your side
>>33222724Isla, time to tell your side.
>>33222724>Is that REALLY what happened Jianxi?time enough for the he said she said shit
>>33222724>Is that REALLY what happened Jianxi?
Please roll Fellowship, 1d20+7
Rolled 2 + 7>>33222776
Rolled 19 + 7>>33222776stayed up all day waiting for this quest
Rolled 15 + 7>>33222776lets go.>>33222784has already succeeded but whatever I might get the 20
>Success“Is that REALLY what happened Jianxi?” you ask, focusing on her.Jianxi looks away, refusing to meet your gaze, and mumbles something.“I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you” you say.Jianxi looks back at you, her face screwed up in...some kind of emotion you can’t identify.“No, alright!” she says “It wasn’t, I was asking Isla why she seems so happy following you around and she said she’d found her place in the world. When I said I was still looking for mine, we started arguing.”“Isla” you say “Is that what actually happened?”“Well, more or less” she said “I mean, Jianxi asked me a few more questions first about, ah” she trails off then continues “But I mean, yes, that’s what happened.”>Jianxi, you look...upset>What sort of questions did Jianxi ask you, Isla
>>33222835>Jianxi, you look...upset
>>33222835>what's wrong, Janxi?>we'll find out where you are from, yet."found her place in the world"Oh boy.
>>33222835Ask both of them>Jianxi, you look...upset>What sort of questions did Jianxi ask you, Isla
>>33222835ohhh boy. womin jealousy of knowing their placethis is gonna be funI wonder if anyone will get it.
“Jianxi” you say, concerned “you look upset, do you want to talk about it?”“No! No I don’t want to talk about it!” yells Jianxi, you can see your normally stoic companion is on the verge of tears “But I don’t really have a choice, do I?”It all comes flooding out.“Isla seems happy following you around, Matthias is slowly getting over his self-pity and I still have no idea where I came from, or who I am, or even ‘what’ I am, I mean, what in the Hells is a ‘Kugani’ anyway?!”“I tried talking to Isla because maybe she could tell me how to be not always be doubting myself!”She tries to storm past you and leave, as the tears start to flowLet her go or stop her?>Let her go>Stop her with a hug>Stop her with no touching, just speaking
>>33222927>Stop her with a hug
>>33222927>stop her with a group hugget isla to help too."I don't know where you're from, who you are or what you are but you are without a doubt our friend"
>>33222927>Stop her with a hugAt least we have the name. That's something. Maybe we can find out more in the castle library? I heard it's well stocked.
>>33222966>"I don't know where you're from, who you are or what you are but you are without a doubt our friend"Yes please, I'll support this
>>33222927stop her with a hug"I can't tell you who you are. But I can tell you I'm glad you're with us"
>>33222927Go with >>33222966
>>33222966are you quoting something? I swear that line is too good to have been made up on the spot
Roll Fellowship 1d20+3
Rolled 1 + 3>>33223012THE POWER OF BREASTS COMPEL YOU
Rolled 6 + 3>>33223012
Rolled 19 + 3>>33223012fucks sakes guys.WE ARE NOT FAILING THIS
Rolled 11 + 3>>33223012P-p-power hug
>>33223026Holy fuck thats perfect.Thanks for possibly saving that anon >>33223043
>>33223043>>33223026Oh you lucky devils>writing
Rolled 19 + 3>>33223059power of platoniclove too stronk
>SuccessYou stop her with a hug, she struggles briefly, but being a foot shorter than you, and weaker, she doesn’t have much chance. Eventually she stops fighting and clings to you, crying. You give Isla a look and she hugs Jianxi from behind.As Jianxi is held tight in the circle of your arms you speak to her comfortingly "I don't know where you're from, who you are or what you are but you are without a doubt our friend" your words bring a fresh flood of tears from Jianxi.You hold her for a few minutes as she gets it out of her system. Eventually she lifts her face to look at you, the tears have stopped but her face is still damp, as is the front of your tunic. “Thanks” she whispers “I don’t know what came over me”Pick all those you want, mix and match, even the contradictory ones, I’ll hack together a final response from the most-picked options.>You’re welcome>Well we are friends, or at least I’d like to be your friend, if you’ll have me>No more fights with Isla please>We’ll found out one day where you came from>We’ll find out now, I’ll ask the sailor >Where you came from doesn’t matter, focus on what you have now
>>33223131>You’re welcome>Well we are friends, or at least I’d like to be your friend, if you’ll have me>No more fights with Isla please>We’ll found out one day where you came from
>>33223131>>You’re welcome>>Well we are friends, or at least I’d like to be your friend, if you’ll have me>>No more fights with Isla please>>We’ll found out one day where you came fromI suggest we go ask the sailor ourselves.
>>33223131man this is not a good time for quests but whatever>You’re welcome>Well we are friends, or at least I’d like to be your friend, if you’ll have me>No more fights with Isla please
“You’re welcome” you say, still hugging the much shorter woman to your chest “After all, we are friends, or at least I’d like to be your friend, if you’ll have me”.Jianxi nods mutely“Now” you admonish “no more fights with Isla please” you look at Isla “or fights with Jianxi” as you try to be as fair as you can. After a pause, both agree.“And don’t worry” you say to Jianxi, before you finally let her go “We will found out one day where you came from.”[Jianxi Loyalty increased]With the situation resolved, everything is peaceful for the next week. However, 10 days into your voyage, something else happens.Full moon is due to start on day 13 of the voyage, just so you know.Roll 1d20, because reasons
Rolled 13>>33223221now im scared
>>33223131>Well we are friends, or at least I’d like to be your friend, if you’ll have me>we'll find out where you came fromIf we want to talk to the sailor, we should first ask captain to relieve him of duty for a while.
Rolled 17>>33223221Random encounter ho!
>>33223248Did you forget the OP post?
>SuccessIn the dead of night, something makes you wake up suddenly, you’re not sure what exactly. Lying awake in your bed you wait....and hear something scraping along the hull, inches away from your head, drawing a tortured sound from the ancient wood of the ship. It’s like you’ve struck a reef or something, but that’s crazy, you’re in open waters. You continue listening and hear gurgling, as if someone was trying to speak through a mouthful of seawater, and a bad headcold.What do you do? Pick all options you want, only first option is exclusive.>Back to sleep, it’s not important>Go up on deck, have a look around>Wake companions>Get armoured up (if picked with companions, I’m assuming they do to)
>>33223265No. Obviously that's the reason why leave from captain would be necessary before distracting the sailor from his duties.
>>33223287>wake companions>get armoured up
>>33223287>Go up on deck, have a look around>Get armoured up
>>33223287>Wake companions>Get armoured up (if picked with companions, I’m assuming they do to)Sounds like that in the middle of the ocean are just waaaay too unlikely to not be bad.
>>33223287>wake up companions>grab a weapon and head up to investigate
TIME TO SMITE EVIL YET?
>>33223287don't forget to use detect evil btw
You wake your companions don your armour, and head up on deck.As you come out on deck, you hear a scream that trails off into a gurgle, you see the ships lookout struggling with...something. It’s an overcast night and the ships lantern has been extinguished for some reason but thanks to your angelic sight you can see perfectly.Your companions might not be so fortunate.The ships look out is being held by two humanoid fish people that look like a cross between sharks and men. One is struggling with him, as the other strangles him.You recognise them, though you’ve never met one.Sahaugin – evil undersea monster-folk that prey on unwary ships.Currently this is happening across the other side of the ship to you.What do you do?>Order party to attack>Raise alarm>Detect evil>Specific actionsAlso, roll 1d20 for Isla’s Bookworm ability, regardless of choice
Rolled 17>>33223405>Detect evil>Raise alarmIf evil >Order party to attack
Rolled 3>>33223405>Raise alarm>Detect evil>Order party to attackThey are currently strangling a guy, and detect evil only detects evil gods' influence, demon magic and other things like that.
Rolled 14>>33223405>Raise alarm>detect evilif evil>order party to attack
Rolled 20>>33223422what the fuck.how did we get the exact same ideas
Rolled 4>>33223405>Raise alarm>Attack!
>>33223465I don't know man. Shits been happening like this every single thread. I've noticed char gen anon and I tend to think quite similarly
>>33223491I agreed with chargen anon on everything besides the fucking choice to not go for E breasts. fuck D.
>>33223405I'm BACK you faggots.Seems like I didn't miss much...anyhow>Raise alarm>Detect evilthan >Order party to attack
Sushi time now.
Focusing on your ability to detect evil, you easily identify both sahaugin as evil. You also detect about 40 or so sahaugin, below you and spread around the ship, possibly in the water or climbing the sides of the hull. Finally, you detect 2, much stronger sources of evil. One is amongst the sahaugin towards the rear of the ship, and feels like the magic of an evil god, possibly a sahaugin priest.“The ship is under attack!” you yell, hoping the sailors will hear you.As you order your companions forward into combat, you locate the second source.The other one is very close by, in fact you only get a moments warning to throw yourself to one side as it comes over the ships railing right next to you.A huge, perhaps 12ft-long monster has hauled itself on to the deck. It looks like a cross between a shark, a squid and a nightmare. With three eyes all atop one another it glares at you balefully, its fanged maw opening to swallow you whole as slimy, mucus-covered tentacles reach for you.Fortunately, Isla has remembered a spell useful to the situation!Speaking an incantation, a ball of light bursts from between her hands and flies upwards, handing near the top of the mast and bathing the whole ship in a bright light, the two sahaugin close their eyes and look away from the light.You can feel the other sahaugin getting closer.(actions in next post)Meantime, please roll 2d20 to identify monster (you and Isla)>>33223550I think you mean 'slimy tentacle-wrestling now'
>>33223536I'm the anon whose only issue with it was that she should be tall. I do agree with you that E's would be nice, but I figure it was the same thing with the height. not wanting to upset people since he was like the only person voting at the time
>>33223405Who cares if their evil or not. fuck them up anyways, I mean their desciption is "evil undersea monster-folk"anyhow butcher them all. test out smite evil on them for all I care, just kill them and save the "damsels in distress"
Rolled 10, 2 = 12
Rolled 9, 7 = 16>>33223570
Rolled 20, 19 = 39>>33223570>>33223573oh, the murderhobo is back.
>>33223573Stupid fucking antipaladin cocksucker.
Rolled 20, 13 = 33>>33223570fuck identificationuse all points that Isla has and flame spray the piece of shit in front of herAlso use smite evil as well.
Rolled 9, 12 = 21>>33223596And suddenly we know all of the things.
Rolled 7, 18 = 25CLEAVE AND SMITE, CLEAVE AND SMITE EVIL
Rolled 20, 17 = 37>>33223573the troll is back I see
>>33223640>you have both successfully identified the monster as Sahuagin Rape Seahorse and are chilled with fright>you will receive -10 malus for your next action
>>33223675>SeahorseMatthias is the one that better watch out, then.
Its a Sahaugoleth – A product of Aboleths (intelligent magical underwater monsters) specially bred by Sahaugin to be stupid enough to accept training as a warbeast. It has no significant magical abilities but its tentacles secret a sticky mucus that poisons its target and (eventually) dissolves flesh. You can see it eating small holes in the ships wood.Your actions>Fight the Sahaugoleth>Get away from the damn thing, someone else can deal with it>Fight Sahaugin>Look for Sahaugin Priest>Smite?A note on your actions, due to your cover story, using your paladin or angelic abilities in combat might not be wise. They may not get noticed in the confusion of combat, or they might be. Smite is ok, as the flash of light and the screaming target can be explained as ‘magic weapon’. Use of other abilities may be ok depending on how well you explain them. Default cover story is that Sireyi is a fighter, but players can pick one if you want to.Matthias>Fight Sahaugoleth>Fight Sahaugin>OtherIsla>Get some distance, like up in the rigging or something to cast spells>Stay on deck>Cast spell (pick offensive or defensive spell, pick target)Jianxi>Fight Sahaugoleth>Fight Sahaugin>Hunt Priest>OtherThe sailors have arrived on deck and are attacking the sahaugin as they clamber over the sides of the ship.BattlefieldSailors 25/25Sahaugin 40/40Sahaugin PriestSahaugoleth
>>33223697>who said it's a male
>>33223570now would be the time to go full angel modewhat with our halo giving light and giving bonus to our allies and detriments to the NOTmurlocsyes yes I know we need our secrecy but we need all the power we can get to save as many lives as we can
>>33223725Sireyi>fight the sahaugoleth>Use smiteMatthias>keep the fucking sahaugin away from isla and us whilst we kill the sahuaugolethIsla>max power flame spray on sahaugoleth (not taking any chances here)Jianxi>cast stealth spell blur>than sneak kill preist
>>33223725>SiryaSmite the Beast.>MatthiasFight Sahuagin>Islaget some distance and cast spells. Does she have any area of effect helpful spells? Cast those on us and sailors.>Jianxiassasin duty
Aboleth without psionic shenanigan is piss easy guysVelya Fight ShahaguinMatthias fight the abolethIsla ThunderclapJianxi find Shahaguin Priest
>>33223727>That's the pointThe male seahorse holds the eggs until they're ready to hatch, the female implants them in the male.Female is the one Matthias should fear.>>33223725>Use halo>Use smite>Fight Sahaugoleth>Fight Sahaugin>Get distance>Blur>Hunt Priest
>>33223570Me>Fight the Sahaugoleth>SmiteMatthias>Fight Sahaugin>Keep an eye on Isla>Isla>Get some distance, like up in the rigging or something to cast spellsJianxi>Hunt Priest
>>33223725Your actions>Fight the Sahaugoleth>Smite?Reveal full angel form and use all angel abilities to get whatever bonus we can (e.g. the halo)Matthias>Fight SahuaginIsla>Cast spell (pick offensive or defensive spell, pick target) just pick the strongestJianxi>Hunt Priest
>>33223725Your actions>Look for Sahaugin Priest>SmiteMatthias>Fight SahauginIsla>Murder the squid with mage of sorts, like >>33223755 suggests.Jianxi>Hunt Priest>>33223772Lets not use our Halo.
>>33223755secondingonly thing I disagree with is that we should have Isla save some points of magic just incase of emergency since max power flame spray uses all our points
>>33223805>Literally no cost>Negatives to every enemy, including all Sahuagin>Bonuses to every ally, including the sailors
>>33223818only downside is that it reveals us
>You fight Sahaugoleth (smite)>Matthias deals with Sahaugin>Isla gets some distance whilst attacking the Sahaugoleth>Jianxi goes priest-hunting in stealth modeRoll 4d20 pleaseAlso vote on>Maintain cover>Angel Mode activate (sadly, no anime-esque nude transformation sequence, sorry)
>>33223795Revealing our angelic form removes our cover story. This could have serious ramifications as we're coming to a place where Sireyi isn't very popular. Best to be stealth paladin and not Lawful Stupid.
Rolled 17, 15, 15, 2 = 49>>33223828>Maintain cover
Rolled 1, 14, 17, 7 = 39ANGEL MODE ACTIVATE
>>33223828>Angel Mode activate (sadly, no anime-esque nude transformation sequence, sorry)Flavor mostly. Might not be the best idea though
Rolled 3, 19, 1, 16 = 39>>33223828I thought the most popular was to use some kinda magic on the sahugsgsgsdg or is that what we're doing?
>>33223849Do you see the flaw in your plan that I see, Anon?
>>33223828>caring about our cover over the lives of sailorsfuck that, lets stay IC>Angel Mode activateWe're going to have lots of PLOT in 100 kingdoms cus of this but whatever
>>33223828Do we need to reveal the wings to use the halo?I mean, if we just use the halo, they'd probably assume it's a paladin thing, not necessarily an angel thing.We are already using one of our other paladin abilities, after all.
>>33223863Uh, no, but I guess >>33223832 has reasonable pointsI just like Sireyi to go full super saiya
>>33223873it says explicitly that halo is an angel thing, its listed under "angel powers"
Rolled 4, 10, 7, 16 = 37>>33223828Angel mode.
>>33223873>Do we need to reveal the wings to use the halo?Nope, you could pretend its a paladin thing, would require a fellowship roll later (which, obviously, is something you're totally not good at)
>>33223884YES YES YES, DO THISI change my angel mode activate to this
>>33223884Do this.>>33223895You should probably point out which one is yours.
>>33223884changing my vote>>33223870to this than, only really wanted the halo bonus
>>33223884Ah, do this then
>Halo is totally a paladin thing guizOk, writing
>>33223828>>33223832Do this.>>33223884Do that
>>33223949"I'm paladin of Velya, and that halo is a boon the Goddess bestowed upon me. It aids me greatly in Her service"see? not even a lie.
>>33223949man we really need to level that halo up, we use it so fucking often
>>33223977Not so good, actually.We are the *only* paladin of Velya, and I wouldn't be surprised if other people know that.They'd either put two and two together and realize our true identity or think we were lying.
>>33224001Agreed. I'm thinking next XP gain we put some points into or aside for it.
>>33223977>pally of velya
>>33224020Speaking of leveling Halo, are you guys leaning more towards Lightning Halo or Crown Halo as the special ability?
>>33224044Crown halo fits our mother's angel typeLightning fits our mother's courtBoth fit Sireyi IC but ooc I prefer crown since it fits our character archetype of being a FACE character
>>33224044Neither for a while. Other powers are more interesting, so that's only like 50 XP down the line for me.
>>33224044I was just thinking about that. I love the idea of Lightning Halo, but I think Crown Halo fits better with how we've been playing Sireyi
>>33224044I think crown is really interesting but we need our sorc powers and to learn skills from our team mates firstWe're going to be one hell of a multi-classer if we do this right
>SuccessYou swing your halberd at the Sahaugoleth, calling on your Goddess Velya to aid you in vanguishing this evil. It’s tough, rubbery flesh is resistant to your blade, but the holy might of your paladin powers causes it to shriek in anger.Your halo blazes into light around your head as you remember to keep your wings hidden by your illusionary disguise.The Sahaugoleths many tentacles reach for you but you fend almost all of them off, one wraps tightly around your ankle. It jerks, but you keep your footing.>SuccessMatthias bowls into the Sahaugin, cutting two down, and fending off their attacks, he’s now fighting 4 at once, but not a single one manages to hit him.>SuccessIsla scrambles up the rigging, securing herself with a rope and then casting her spell, the spray of magical flame causes the sahaugoleth to shriek, almost as loudly as your attack did, but it refuses to let go of your ankle.>SuccessJianxi finds the Sahaugin priest at the back of the ship, gurgling out orders. She sidles up to it and plants a knife in its back. Unfortunately it is protected by some foul magic and she barely scratches it. Despite her concealment its fishy eyes follow her and it gurgles and croaks, summoning a ball of inky-black liquid between its webbed hands, preparing to throw it at Jianxi.Actions?Sireyi>Keep smiting the monster>Cut tentacle>Wriggle-free of tentacle>OtherMatthias>Keep battering fish (fighting Sahaugin)>Help SireyiIsla>Another volley of fire please>Do something elseJianxi>Dodge the ball of yuckiness! (take no attacks)>Go fight somebody else>Keep trying to fillet o’fish priestBattlefieldSailors 24/25Your halo is aiding the sailors, keeping casualties to a minimum and helping them defeat the sahaugin.Sahaugin 36/40Sahaugin Priest (hardly scratched)Sahaugoleth (wounded)
>>33224062Fuck I've just realised, the fact we chose storms as our court was all part of the QM's evil railroad plan.
>>33224102Welcome to the magical railroad, dare you enter the ride that never ends?
>>33224094>Keep smiting the monster>Help Sireyi (go werewolf mode if we fail roll please. since it will fit IC)>Another volley of fire (KILL THE FUCKING MONSTER)>Keep trying to fillet o'fish priestUse invisibility spell since blue doesn't seem to work
>>33224094Actions?Sireyi>Keep smiting the monster>OtherMatthias>Help SireyiIsla>Another volley of fire please.Take yer time aiming.Jianxi>Dodge the ball of yuckiness! (take no attacks)Keeping it busy is enough for now.
>>33224124Sireyi>Cut tentacleMatthias>Keep battering fish (fighting Sahaugin)Isla>Another volley of fire pleaseJianxi >Keep trying to fillet o'fish priest>read the file name
>>33224124I can't tell who's sarcastic anymore.
>>33224094>Smiting intensifies>Keep battering fish>More fire>Dodge
>>33224190>>Keep battering fishJust as long as we don't fry it up and eat it.
>>33224094>Keep smiting the monster>Help Sireyi>Another volley of fire please>Dodge the ball of yuckiness! (take no attacks)Jianxi should keep the preist faggot busy
>>33224094Cu the tentacleKeep fishingMagic missile the sea demonTake evasive action
>>33224201Why do you think I asked for more fire?I like my Aboleth extra-crispy.
voting over!>Keep smiting the monster>Help Sireyi (I flipped a coin for tie-break)>Another volley of fire please>Dodge the ball of yuckiness! (take no attacks)Roll 3d20 please
>>33224094jianxi should cast inspire whilst dodging if possible.If not than just keep dodgingmeanwhileSireyi>Keep smiting the monsterMatthias will save usMatthias>Help SireyiIsla>Another volley of fire please
Matthias a badaas
Rolled 6, 13, 18 = 37>>33224241lets see if I can actually roll this time
Rolled 13, 4, 8 = 25>>33224241
Rolled 17, 14, 6 = 37
Rolled 6, 9, 9 = 24>>33224241letsa go
Rolled 5, 1, 16 = 22>>33224241
Rolled 6, 17, 9 = 32>>33224241Please triple 1 for matthias so we get werewolf
>SuccessYou swing your Halberd in another strike at the Sahaugoleth, it roars in pain and anger.The tentacle wrapped around your ankle gives an irresistible tug, jerking you off your feet. Prone, you are unable to effectively defend yourself and more slimy tentacles wrap around you, the mucus stings your skin and soaks your armour and clothing but has no other effect. Trussed up, you can hardly move. It begins to drag you towards its gaping maw.>SuccessMatthias springs to your side, his sword biting deep into the monster, causing it to pause and stop trying to eat you.>SuccessAnother gout of flame from above adds to the cooked-fish smell the Sahaugoleth is emitting, further distracting it from Angel-tartare.Jianxi dodges the ball of inky blackness, which strikes the ships railing and burns a smoking hole in it. The Priest hurriedly tries to cast another spell. ActionsSireyi>Try to wriggle free (very hard)>Smite (as long as you are touching something, you can smite it)>Attempt to redeem it (animal intelligence, very difficult)>OtherMatthias>Cut Sireyi free of tentacles>Kill monster>Go back to battering fish-folkIsla>More fire on the monster please>Turn your attention to the sahauginJianxi>Dodge again>Stab him before he castsBattlefieldSailors 23/25Your halo is aiding the sailors, keeping casualties to a minimum and helping them defeat the sahaugin.Sahaugin 34/40Sahaugin Priest (hardly scratched)Sahaugoleth (almost dead)
>>33224380> SMITE>Cut Sireyi free of tentacles>Turn your attention to the sahaugin>Stab him before he casts
Rolled 11, 17, 7 = 35>>33224380>Attempt to redeem it (not even whiteknighting, I just want the bonus exp)>Cut Sireyi free of tentacles>Can we get some fire on the fish-priest too, hes a bit raw at the moment>Stab him in the EYES before he casts (lets see him damage resist this)
>>33224380Sireyi>Smite (as long as you are touching something, you can smite it)I'm thinking trying to redeem the priest. Thoughts?Matthias>Cut Sireyi free of tentaclesIsla>Turn your attention to the sahauginJianxi>Stab him before he casts
>>33224380>Smite>Cut Sireyi free of the tentaclesUnless the Smite finishes it off, in which case>Go back to battering fish>Turn attention to Sahuagin>Stab him before he casts
>>33224380>SireyiSmite - feel the burn of righteousness.>Matthiasfinish the thing off.>Isla turn attention to the sahuagin, another flame gout would just catch the two of us.>Jianxidisrupt its spellcasting with a stab wound
>>33224416You do realize 'very difficult' is code for 'you need an auto-success', right?
>>33224380Okay since OP is just going to pull the "knife has no effect car", fucking stab the thing in the neck + eyes. Lets see OP bullshit his way out of this onedon't really care about what everyone else does besides matthias cutting sireyi free of tentacles
>>33224380>smite the bastard>cut sireyi free>burn the sahaugin>stab him somewhere fatal
>>33224416>redeeming a maritime tentacle demon
>>33224433I BELIEVE in the 20
So>smite >cut sireyi free>attack the sahaugin>stab priest somewhere vulnerableok, please roll 4d20
Rolled 17, 13, 9, 1 = 40>>33224482can we stab the preist in the eyes like>>33224439said so we can blind it?
Rolled 13, 4, 15, 11 = 43>>33224482
Rolled 20, 6, 4, 17 = 47>>33224482
Rolled 19, 20, 9, 10 = 58>>33224482Velya guides my spear !
Rolled 18, 19, 6, 7 = 50>>33224482
Rolled 13, 9, 1, 14 = 37>>33224482jianxi being usual jianxi as always.I'm suprised we even succeeded on our fellowship roll with her
>>33224502>Jianxi being usual Jianxi>Her roll was the second highest at 17Critfails only count if two or more dice hit 1.
>>33224490>>33224492>>33224496it seems the /d/ice favour some tentacle fondling
>SuccessWith a burst of divine energy you feel the tentacles holding you go limp, wriggling out of their slimy embrace you see that the sahaugoleths body is lying unmoving on the deck, smoking slightly.>FailureMatthias’s sword doesn’t cut very deeply into the tentacles, striking just before they go limp.>SuccessIsla sprays the Sahaugin with flame, killing three of them, although she has kept casting spells, she still has plenty of juice left (Arcane Energy 27/33)>SuccessJianxi slashes her dagger into the eye of the sahaugin leader, although it doesn’t penetrate very deeply, it doesn’t need to. Shrieking and gurgling in pain, the Sahaugin Priest dives over the side of the ship into the water, escaping. Those Sahaugin near it follow suit, but plenty remain fighting on deck, unaware that their leader has abandoned them.ActionsSireyi>Call for Sahaugin to flee (difficult, you don’t know their language and will mostly be pantomiming)>Attack SahauginMatthias>Attack Sahaugin>OtherIsla>Attack Sahaugin>OtherJianxi>Attack Sahaugin>OtherBattlefieldSailors 22/25Sahaugin 30/40
>>33224599er,28/40 Sahaugin, not 30
>>33224599>Call for Sahaugin to flee (difficult, you don’t know their language and will mostly be pantomiming)If fail thanEveryone attacks.make sure to use charm/inspire/fascinate or whatever to improve chances
>>33224599>Call for Sahaugin to flee (difficult, you don’t know their language and will mostly be pantomiming)Hoping for more bonus XPAllAttack if Diplomancy fails
>>33224599>entire partyWipe the floor with the rest of the sharkmen. Prioritize the ones who have upper hand against the crew in single combats across the deck
>>33224599>Flee or die sea scumI thought Isla had bookworm to know any spell if we get a 20?Can we get her to cast a spell that speaks any language? or does that not exist?
>>33224599>Call for Sahuagin to flee>Everyone else attacks any that don't flee
>>33224599do we have any spare exp for isla or jianxi?If so than use the exp on that language spell
>>33224642It does, she already used it this combat to cast a light spell.Nevertheless, good spotAdditional option>Isla tries to remember Language spell
>>33224669>Isla tries to remember Language spellor>>33224665 if we canif all else fails we can always masacre the NOTmurlocs
Rolled 3>>33224669Right. Do eet.
>>33224669add this to>>33224619
>>33224669>Isla tries to remember Language spellNo point in not trying, really.>>33224665QM handles XP, it's already been spent.Don't think we can level up mid battle, even if we did still have spare XP.
roll 1d20, rolls count after this post
Rolled 4>>33224721PLEASE ISLA REMEMBER!I want extra exp
>>33224716oh fuck we really shouldn't have agreed to let QM handle party XP (even if it does speed up threads alot)
Isla cannot remember the languages spell at this time.Please roll 1d20-3 to convince sahaugin to flee (surrender isn't an option, but getting them to run away is)
Rolled 18 - 3>>33224754So, the malus totals -10?
Rolled 17 + 3>>33224754hope this fails so we can kill every last dirty piece of shit I'm murderhobo anon btw
>>33224743Well it makes sense. We started our adventure with straightforward fight with bandits, so Isla took combative spells. After today she'll probably diversify into more exotic utility spells, like language ones.
Rolled 1 + 3>>33224771In hindsight, we knew we were going to different places and were going to travel alot. getting language spell should've been highest priority
Rolled 18 - 3>>33224754Flee, you fools!
>>33224777woops didn't mean to roll lol not that it matterssorry if I wrecked a possible 20 that came next
>>33224764OP, after having experiencing today I'm going to have to say.Fucking make sure Isla learns the language spell. I don't want another fucking situation like this.
You manage to get the sahaugins attention and point out the dead sahaugoleth, their main weapon. Discovering their kin dying around them, and hurt by the bright light of your halo the remaining fish folk flee, diving over the side.The remainder of the night is spent sleepless, as you help the sailors throw the dead sahaugin over the side and (with a great deal of effort) do the same to the Sahaugoleth.Of the three sailors who fell in the battle, two are wounded and one is dead.The next day the sailor is buried at sea, in a solemn ceremony overseen by the captain.You make a note to ask Isla to learn a language spell of some kind, as soon as she can.The next few days pass peacefully, though some of the sailors are spooked, jumping at any noises.When the first evening of full moon arrives, you recall that you agreed to stay with Matthias through the night, he only asked you to stay with him.>I’ll stay with Matthias alone>I won’t stay with Matthias>Some of the party will stay with him (who)And where? You didn’t tell the captain or crew that he was a werewolf>In one of the cabins, keep it a secret>In one of the cargo-cages in the hold, though only thin wood, they should slow Matthias down long enough for me to cast the control spell.>Tell the captain (optional)The method of control in case Matthias loses it is a magical spell on a scroll. It needs to be cast any time it is to be used, but it is re-useable and does not need a mage to use it.
>>33224810Cut the hysteria, we're doing great.
>>33224868>I’ll stay with Matthias alone>In one of the cabins, tell the captainI doubt the captain will throw a fit about it, especially after the incident with the Sahuagin.
>>33224868>I'll stay with him alone>In one of the cabins, keep it a secret
>>33224868>I’ll stay with Matthias alone>In one of the cabins>Tell the captain (optional)lets go lawful good routeAlso I'm presuming we healed the two wounded sailors?
>>33224868>I'll stay with him alone>In one of the cabins, keep it a secretAsk Matthias if he howls or some shit when he turns. If so tell the captain. If not keep it a secret
>>33224868the captain owes us for keeping the ship alive right?We can use this to our advantage when we drop the were-bomb, unless werewolves are common in this setting which will just make it even easier.>I’ll stay with Matthias alone>Tell the captain (optional)
>>33224868Am I the only one who finds it weird that WE'RE deciding whether others will stay with him? I mean, I don't see why we'd order them to stay so surely the question would be if he minds the others being around/whether they want to be there (not all the time presumably, but still),
>>33224920I would expect so, since you're presenting yourself as a paladin under your coverstory, you'd have no reason not to.>>33224930>Ask Matthias if he howls or some shit when he turnsHe feels like it, and it hurts a lot, but he mostly manages to keep quiet>>33224936Ok, to clarify. Matthias only requested that you sit with him, the other option is more 'invite the others (with permission)'. But with Isla's loyalty, she probably wouldn't refuse. Jianxi....maybe.
>>33224936We're not deciding whether others will stay with him, we're deciding whether MC raises the issue. If we did, Matthias would have refused or at least required a lot of convincing.
>alone>in a cabin>telling the captainOk, writing
>>33224868Tell the captain. Stress that he has not once lost control, that we do have a failsafe if he does and that we can subdue him if even the failsafe were to fail.
Captain Fillre is extremely displeased that you have bought a werewolf on board without his permission and blusters that he should have you all locked in the hold for the rest of the trip. Nevertheless you manage to get him calmed down somewhat and convince him that you can handle it.He leaves you with a warning that if Matthias loses it and attacks you, he’ll not order his men to help. You feel you’ve used up whatever goodwill you gained by helping save his ship and crew.Matthias explains beforehand that the first and last nights are easier, it’s the middle night were things are the hardest.The first night of the full moon passes uneventfully, you stay in Matthias’ cabin as he strips off and sits on the floor, keeping his back to you, blushing slightly. As night falls the change occurs, his body arching in pain he growls as hair grows from his flesh and he puts on a foot of height, 100lbs of muscle and grows wicked-looking claws and fangs. It takes about 10 minutes in all. Once it is over he partially turns, facing you “see” he says, strain evident in his voice “nothing to it.”On the middle night however, the change is more violent and as soon as he starts changing he thrashes and writhes on the floor, growling and yelping incoherently.>Matthias, fight the beast, control the change!>Matthias, let the change come, just like we discussed>Keep quiet
>>33225056>Matthias, let the change come, just like we discussedWe wanted him to take the path where he accepts the beast as part of himself, right?
>>33225056>Matthias, let the change come, just like we discussed
>>33225056>Be at peace. I am with you.
>>33225073>Guy achieves extremely rare feat of staying in control>Our advice: just accept it instead!Not sure how I feel about this.
roll 1d20 to see how he succeeds, please don't fail. That would be bad
>>33225096this is what I was also thinking.
>>33225096My thoughts precisely.I suppose it depends whether him calming down and retaining focus will help his self-control or instead give the disease more dominance over his mind. I suspect OP fluffed it the former way, but I'm not certain of it.
>>33225056>>Matthias, fight the beast, control the change!
>>33225120>calming down and retaining focus will help his self-controlIs the way I'm fluffing it, yes. Sorry if it's not come across very well.
>>33225127please tell me we're saved by our fellowshipyeah we're screwed
>>33225116>>33225117>>33225118Of course we'd roll like shit now.
COMING DOWN LIKE A RAPE TRAIIIIN
>>33225127How high was DC? cause only those three linked to the roll call:>>33225116>>33225117>>33225132
Rolled 13>>33225127Good thing we have a back-up plan?
>>33225127thank god we have a backup plan
>>33225152Did OP make any rules concerning linked rolls or not?
>>33225152>>33225137Please god let a strict observance of the rules save our assholes once again
>>33225168He's accepted unlinked rolls in the past, but he's also ignored them at other times.He might have mercy, he might not.
>>33225151How about no?
RIP Matthias should have confided in a non-dumbass like Jianxi or Isla instead I guess.
>>33225127let the rape begin
You talk to Matthias gently, urging him to give in to the change and guide it, rather than fighting it every step of the way.He appears to listen to you and the change goes smoother. When it’s over he climbs slowly to his feet and turns to face you, fortunately the thick hair on his body is keeping his modesty intact.He seems more agitated than last time, his head jerking around as if he realises the tiny space he’s trapped in. Breathing in deeply through his nose he turns to face you “Sireyi” he rumbles slowly “You smell...nice...” He takes a step towards you.Pick only one option please>Matthias, I’m your friend, remember who you are>Call for Isla and Jianxi to help>Cast control spell (may not work, he doesn’t appear crazed yet)
>>33225211>Matthias, I’m your friend, remember who you areAll those people, panicking over one bad roll.Hopefully this option means we get to roll Fellowship.
>>33225211>Matthias, I’m your friend, remember who you areholy fuck >>33225151>>33225197 was right
>>33225211let the rape begin
>>33225222Well, he only wants three things when the wolfmind is influencing him, and we aren't food or an enemy.
>>33225211>Matthias, I’m your friend, remember who you arelol I fucking called it back when we picked him up.
>>33225211>I'm your friend. Remember who you are. Remember who I am. We are not beasts, we are men.
Roll Fellowship 1d20+7
Rolled 17 + 7>>33225262Fellowship rolls.
Rolled 11 + 7>>33225262
Rolled 14 + 7>>33225262sss
Rolled 16 + 7>>33225262The power of LOVE and FRIENDSHIP
>>33225287>inb4 dc to overcome the mating instinct was 25
>Success“Matthias, I’m your friend, remember who you are” you say, speaking slowly and carefully. Matthias pauses for a moment and then turns away, sitting as far from you in the cabin as he can. “Sorry” he whispers “This was a bad idea.”>Yeah, you almost attacked me>No it wasn’t, of course I’d help a friend
>>33225323>>No it wasn’t, of course I’d help a friendNot really a choice there, is it?
>>33225323>No it wasn’t, of course I’d help a friend
Rolled 12 + 7>>33225323>No it wasn’t, of course I’d help a friendActually not a bad idea. Nor was your reaction surprising in the slightest
>>33225323No, it wasn't. Everything went exactly as expected.
“No it wasn’t, of course I’d help a friend” you say, attempting to reassure him. He’s quiet for a long time before speaking.“Thanks” he says.The last night of the full moon passes uneventfully. Matthias controls himself.The rest of the voyage passes almost uneventfully. Almost.3 Days before you are due to make port, almost at the end of your trip, you are sitting in your cabin during the hottest part of the day. The last few days have shown a stiff wind, but a boiling hot sun and a calm ocean. Because of this the captain has ordered most of the crew to remain below decks, keeping the minimum number required to run the ship on deck.Jianxi comes running in to your cabin “Sireyi” she gasps out, “come quick!”What now? You wonder as you follow Jianxi.On the command deck Matthias is having a shouting match with the ships captain whilst two sailors have restrained a terrified-looking Isla. A third sailor is picking himself groggily up of the deck, blood streaming from his nose, at Matthias’ feet.The captains pride and joy, the mechanical Guide, has a panel removed, revealing gears within it.The captain is screaming loudly.“I told you none of you come up here!” he yells in Matthias’ face “She’s broken it and I’ll have her hide, 50 lashes!” he screams.“What’s going on?” you interrupt the captain as he pauses for breath.“Your little friend” he indicates Isla “Broke my Guide, if I wasn’t such a forgiving man I’d have her thrown overboard!”“As it is” he continues “I’ll have her tied to the mast and whipped!”Other than the missing panel, the Guide doesn’t look broken, it’s whirring and clicking away normally.>Talk him down (no punishment, hard)>Offer him money (no punishment, not as hard)>Try to get a reduced sentence for Isla (medium difficulty)>Offer to take Isla’s place at the mast>Other (write-in)
>>33225502Hold on a moment. No, you are not.Isla, what happened?
>>33225502>Talk him downthen, if that doesn't work>Talk him down, offer him moneyIf that *still* doesn't work>Offer to take Isla’s place at the mast
Rolled 5 + 7>>33225502Lol this >>33225527Not like the fucking sailors could take us if he decides to press the issue
>>33225502Details. Isla needs to be punished according to her transgression. If she just took of the panel, 50 lashes is way too much.>Get his full side of the story (what happened, who noticed)>Then get her side of the story.
>>33225502If true, she needs to be punished and reparations need to be made. If, as I suspect, he is only angry because she looked at it, her punishment should be equally small.No matter how this ends, she needs to be punished though. Breaching an agreement is not cool.
“No one is being punished until I hear what’s happened” you insist.“She deliberately sabotaged it!” insists Captain Fillre “My crew saw her!”“Is that what happened?” you ask Isla, she looks uncomfortable.“I just wanted to see how it works, I took the panel off but I didn’t touch anything inside, I swear.”The captain disagrees, claiming his crew saw her with her hands inside the gears. He also calls her a number of uncomplimentary names.Roll Fellowship 1d20+5 to see who is telling the truth.
Rolled 13 + 5>>33225661Let the divine light of Providence scatter the mists of doubt.
Rolled 9 + 5>>33225661
Rolled 20 + 5>>33225661You lie
Rolled 16 + 5>>33225661I think he just wants to hurt someone.
Rolled 7 + 5>>33225692>mrw when I saw muh 20
>SuccessIsla is telling the truth, she only removed the panel, nothing else. Captain Fillre seems upset that you doubt his word (higher DCs to talk him down).Captain Fillre seems outraged that someone would tamper with his prized possession.>Talk him down (no punishment, harder)>Offer him money (no punishment, hard)>Try to get a reduced sentence for Isla (medium/hard difficulty)>Offer to take Isla’s place at the mast (unknown)>As Isla’s commander I will determine her punishment (unknown)>If you want to punish her, you’ll need to fight us>Other (write-in)
>>33225712>>Talk him down (no punishment, harder)This is next >If you want to punish her, you’ll need to fight usI will not abide by his bullshit
>>33225712Since Isla didn't actually do anything wrong:>Talk him down>Talk him down with monetary incentive>Take her placeTry each of these in the order listed.>>33225722I don't want to get thrown off the ship, kill (mostly) innocent people or have him try to kill us in our sleep.
>>33225712>Offer him moneyWe must compensate him for the breach of terms of service, but there's no way he's whipping the girl when she didn't even damage the thing.If he's recalcitrant, we can make it clear that we can still break that thing it so he actually has something worth complaining about, but that would not be very in character. At any rate, we are not giving a party member up for flogging.
>>33225736Addendum - if he doesn't budge after being offered compensation, give him a redeeming treatment.
>>33225712>INSIST on takign her place at the mast. She will feel bad for us suffering in her place, which is more than enough punishment. and then we find out exactly what this captain is really made of.
>>33225730I'll maybe budge on the money thing. But not on the flogging. No one getting flogged over him lying his ass off. As far as innocents. If he wants to actually push for a fight that him starting it now us.
>>33225712>>Offer him money (no punishment, hard)>>33225730>Since Isla didn't actually do anything wrong:What? She did do wrong. First of all she disobeyed the rule where the captain forbid us to be in that area, second she tampered with other man's device. It doesn't matter if she simply opened it, she did it without permission. You wouldn't like it either if someone simply opened your prized car's door and sat in it to "just see how it looks from inside".We should tell Isla never to do such things again.
So it seems talking him down is popular, followed by offering money if that doesn't work.Roll 2d20 please
Rolled 16, 11 = 27>>33225744What would redemptive touch accomplish?The captain's an asshole but I doubt he's done enough evil that he would need redemption.If you just want bonus XP for redemption, then you should know it only works if we redeem evil people.It's not tied to the ability itself.>>33225762
Rolled 1, 13 = 14>>33225762I still think she should be punished.
Rolled 9, 17 = 26>>33225762>>33225765It forces introspection, and captain clearly needs some.
>>33225770Fair enough, but this roll is to stop the captain punishing her his way>Success, barely>writing
“The Guide isn’t even damaged” you say “Surely you’re not going to whip someone just for admiring it?”“Lady, this is my ship and my word is law” insists the captain “And I decide she is guilty!”You switch tactics“How about I help out with any...repair costs caused as a result?” you suggest.After negotiating an exorbitant amount in return for letting Isla go free the captain wrings one last concession for you – that you, as her commander, will punish Isla yourself in a manner of your choosing. You are careful not to name a punishment or a timescale though.You all retreat to your cabins for the rest of the day. Later, you hear a knock at your door, opening it, you see it is Isla. “Can...can I come in?” she asks.>Not now Isla>What were you thinking?!>That wasn’t a good idea, but at least you’re safe>Other (write-in)
>>33225821>>That wasn’t a good idea, but at least you’re safe
>>33225821>Yes>What were you thinking?Just how do you punish a party member? By cutting their share of loot? -50 DKP?
>>33225821>What were you thinking?!>That wasn’t a good idea, but at least you’re safe
>>33225821>exorbitantHow much, roughly, would that be?>That wasn't a good idea. Honestly, what were you thinking?
>>33225821>What were you thinking?!Ask someone for permission if you are curious. At least this stunt only cost us money.
>>33225849Probably enough to push the curse we'll receive from the merchant god's clergy from "severe inconvenience" to "mild torment"
>>33225849>How much, roughly, would that be?I'm not tracking the exact number of gold pieces you have.Let's say it was:About the price of a townhouse, which was almost all of your remaining cash you were carrying. But you can resupply at a church.
>>33225863Well, we did expose that corrupt cleric in their clergy in our backstory, so they have 'Trusted 1' in regards to us.That will probably keep them from getting too mad, we'll at least get a warning before they start dishing out curses.
You let Isla inside you room whilst you give her a dressing down “Whilst I’m relieved to see you safe Isla, I just have to ask, what were you thinking?!” You realise you voice has risen. With effort you control yourself.“On a captains ship his word is law, the only way to stop him would have been to fight his entire crew.”Isla stares at the floor “I’m sorry, I just, I wanted to see how it worked.”“Don’t ever do that again” you say “next time you might not be so lucky.”Isla is quiet for a moment before speaking “So, so what is my punishment going to be?” she asks “Whatever I have to do to make this right, I’ll do it.”>You’ll scrub this entire ship every day until we make port, young lady>Don’t be silly, I’m not going to punish you>I am going to punish you, but I’ll decide later what it is>I have decided...(write-in punishment)Please no crazy punishments
>>33225909>You’ll scrub this entire ship every day until we make port, young ladyorSpankings. Lots of spankingsOr maybe... if we want to get graphic...>pic related
>>33225909>You’ll scrub this entire ship every day until we make port, young ladyHELPING HAND IT IS
>>33225909>You’ll scrub this entire ship every day until we make port, young lady
>>33225909Swabbing seems good enough.Although I'm a bit loathe to give the captain any freebies...meh, go with it.
>>33225909>>You’ll scrub this entire ship every day until we make port, young lady
Guys, maybe we should try to speak with that one sailor who refuses to talk with Jiaxi before we leave the ship?
>>33225949I would like to do that as well
>>33225949Good point, I forgot about that.Speak to the sailor?>Yes>No
>>33225925I find that second one highly amusing
>>33225966yes>>33225976the spoilered part? if so, I completely agree. Oh god the shitstorm would be hilarious
>>33225925Islas face whenYou decide Isla will scrub the ship as a deckhand as punishment. Matthias decides to watch her in case any of the crew, or the captain, tries to make her punishment especially hard.Before your voyage ends, you decide to seek out the sailor that Jianxi was talking about. You decide that asking permission from the captain would be a waste of time, so you and Jianxi go to talk to him.Seeing you approach he makes himself busy coiling a rope. He indeed seems to be one of Jianxi’s people, stripped to the waist you can see he has the same skin colour as hers, though his is darker, perhaps due to hit life as a sailor. His facial features look a little like hers too.“Go away” he says in broken common “not talking with you, no understand”“You seem to understand fine” you say “I’ve seen you speaking to other sailors.”“Go away” he insists“I just want to ask some questions” you respond>What are the Kugani?>Where do you come from?>Can you tell me anything about where Jianxi comes from?>Other
>>33226010>irritating backside in effort to cause incontinenceKeep your shitty fetish out of this, technomancer.
>>33225871That's way more than I imagined it would be. While it's fine on this occasion, I ask you to check with us before such a huge sum is exchanged. I know we agreed to offer money, but I would consider such a huge amount to be a failure of that plan.>>33226021>Even if you don't want to talk bout it, could you at least give us a hint so she can find out about her past.
>>33226021>Who or what are Kugani?>Tell me the story of your people
>>33226021>What are the Kugani?>Where do you come from?>Can you tell me anything about where Jianxi comes from?>>33226034Lol. Btw seriously not a fetish thing, I just find sexual awkwardness and shit like that hilarious.
>>33226021>What are the Kugani?>Where do you come from?>Can you tell me anything about where Jianxi comes from?
>>33226021>>Otherperhaps, first we should get him to listen to us and to talk before we start firing of questions after questions? We first need to get on his good side.
You try a soft approach at first“Even if you don't want to talk about it, could you at least give us a hint so she can find out about her past.” “Past better secret” he respondsOk....“What are the Kugani?” you ask “Where do you come from?”“Kugani only civilised people in the world” he explains “All others savages. Kugan far, far to east, across much ocean, you will never find.”“How about Jianxi, you ask?” indicating her standing beside you, up until this point she has been silent but now she speaks “Please, anything you can tell me about my past, anything at all” begging seems out of character for her, but she’s doing it now.He pauses, pulling a few strands from the rope he is coiling, he lays them down on the deck in a swirling pattern “You know this?”Jianxi’s eyes widen “Yes! That’s the same symbol I have-”He cuts her off “Then you trouble, you very big trouble, you better off dead!” He storms away, unwilling to talk further.Jianxi looks shocked, and maybe a little upset.>What was that symbol?>Comfort her>Well, that’s all we’ll get from him I guess (no comforting)
>>33226143What is the meaning of this symbol?Exiled royalty I guess.
>>33226143>What was that symbol?>Comfort herProbably the symbol of a royal family or noble house that was outcast for some horrible act or another.
>>33226143>>What was that symbol?>>Comfort her
>>33226143>What was that symbol?>Comfort herI'm enjoying our party's sidequests. Quite fun
>>33226143>“All others savages. Kugan far, far to east, across much ocean, you will never find.”"Well, at least we know where Kugan is"Lets talk to the captain and other sailors about him and where they picked him up.
You wrap an arm around Jianxi’s shoulders and give a squeeze, she seems both elated that she has found something out about her past, and depressed that it was so uninformative.“Don’t worry” you say soothingly “At least now we know the Kugani are a people, which means there will be plenty of others who know about them.”Jianxi gives a small nod, lost in her own thoughts“What was that symbol?” you ask her.“I don’t know what it means” she says “But I have a tattoo of it” She smiles, a little humour back in her tone “But you’ll need to at least buy me dinner before I show it to you.”You enjoy a laugh with her.With that matter resolved, the rest of your trip passes uneventfully. As the ship pulls into the main port of Gorin, your mind flashes back to 6 years ago, remembering your flight across the port.Gorin hasn’t changed much in the last 6 years, the customs inspectors make only a cursory examination of the crew, passengers and cargo of the ship after the captain passes them some gold.You leave the ship and enter the city, no one seems to notice or care about you, engrossed in their own business.You can feel the Horn ahead of you, the Palace is in that direction, but then, so is most of the city.What do you do? (pick any you want)>Walk around, try and get a fix on the Horn>Hire rooms at a cheap inn>Visit the Church of Velya>Visit another Church>Go to the Palace>Other (write-in)
>>33226198Find some relatively cheap inn to bunk in, then head to the church.
>>33226198Walk around town bit. Triangulate the location of the horn. Then visit the church.>>33226210And look out for inns while walking around.
>>33226198fine by me>>33226210How much longer you running Pally?
>>33226216Was planning another 4 hours or so, can stop earlier if people want to
So what's stopping Isla from trying to bunk with us again in the boat trip?
>>33226198>Walk around, try and get a fix on the Horn>Hire rooms at a cheap inn>>33226233Please don't stop early.
>>33226233Oh god no don't stop early.
>>33226253Lack of excuses, probably.
>>33226253>>33226268Lack of spanking punishment I am joking of courseAnyway....I’m assuming that Sireyi at least, is disguisedYou wander around town, the people go about their business, when the city guard appear, walking regular patrols, everyone finds somewhere else to be.You see why, the city guard are quick to pounce on any perceived wrongdoing, harassing shop-keepers, arresting beggars, and frightening people.You locate a cheap inn you can stay at then you visit the Church of Velya, locating it after a bit of searching. The direction of the Horn is always towards the palace, or one of the buildings near it – you’d need to get closer to be sure.You finally find the Church of Velya, its doors are closed and nailed shut, boards are fill all of its windows and wooden planks have been nailed across any opening into the building.A sign outside reads ‘closed at order of the King’. Well, it seems King Hallam is once again in one of his church-hating phases.It is now mid-afternoon>Break into Church of Velya>Visit other Churches>Back to Inn>Visit taverns, buy drinks, listen to rumours>Other
>>33226304>Break into Church of Velyalets do it subtly alright?Should be a good safehouse
>>33226304>Break into Church of VelyaIt's not really a crime, right?Velya owns it and she wouldn't mind.
>>33226304>Fly into Church of VelyaThis only means we have a whole church to ourselves.
>>33226304What's the danger of being caught? If low or none, break in. Otherwise let's visit temple of warrior god instead.
>>33226340>Revealing our wings>In the city where our fiance is kingLet's not be a complete idiot, anon.
GORILLA WARFARE ! DOWN WITH THE TYRANT ! HEAVEN IS DEAD!
>>33226383Patience, we'll get to that bitYou decide a closer inspection of the Church is warranted. As you keep an eye out, Matthias loosens the planks nailed across one of the doors whilst Jianxi picks the lock. The four of you enter without anyone noticing. JIanxi reports that the lock wasn’t difficult to pick, and was well-oiled.You walk through the Church, it looks like it has been abandoned for some time, although all the statues of Velya are free of dust. Suddenly you hear the sounds of footsteps approaching from the corridor. You are in the main hall, a wide open space with plenty of seats, an alter, and some alcoves, plenty of places to hide.Please pick one>Hide and wait>Hide and ambush>Don’t hide>Flee>Other
>>33226401>Hide and waitThere's definitely been someone taking care of the place, but we don't know if they're friendly or not.
>>33226401>Hide and wait
>>33226401>Don’t hideIf anything I say go full angle mode.Don't, but just making a point
You all conceal yourselves and wait. After a few moments a young woman enters the main chapel through a side door, she is dressed in local garb and softly singing one of Velya’s hymns. She wanders around the chapel and wipes all the statue of Velya with a cloth, inspecting them for dirt or dust.>Stay hidden, stay here>Stay hidden, follow her when she leaves>Everyone reveal yourselves>Just Sireyi reveal herself (disguised)>Just Sireyi reveal herself (in her natural form)>Other
>>33226459>>Just Sireyi reveal herself (disguised)Try not to scare her.
>>33226459>Just Sireyi reveal herself (disguised)
>>33226459>Just Sireyi reveal herself (disguised)for now
>>33226459>Sireyi reveal herself (disguised for now)
Alone in a temple, suddenly AN ANGEL OF GOD APPEARS. That would have been hilarious to write.You step out of hiding, startling the young woman. “What are you doing here?” she gasps in surprise.>I’m just looking for shelter>I’m a follower of Velya>What are ‘you’ doing in a boarded up church?>Other
>>33226497>What are ‘you’ doing in a boarded up church?
>>33226497>I'm a follower of Velya>Why has the church been boarded up?>How'd you get in? A secure way in and out might be handy.
>>33226497Velya has answered your prayer
>>33226497Yeah, it would have been.>Surprising you>What are ‘you’ doing in a boarded up church?depending on answer:>I’m a follower of Velya
>>33226513also>know where I could find the high priest(ess)?
>>33226497>I’m a follower of Velya>What are ‘you’ doing in a boarded up church?Not very accusing though, please.
>I’m a follower of Velya>What are ‘you’ doing in a boarded up church?It is, roll Fellowship 1d20+7
Rolled 16 + 7>>33226535bow before the light
Rolled 16 + 7>>33226535Let's make that good impression of ours.
Rolled 15 + 7>>33226535
>SuccessThe young woman looks like she was about to panic, but your calm manner has eased her fears somewhat.“Er, I just come in here to clean the statues” she says “That’s all, just clean the statues.” You suspect she’s not telling you the whole truth.>Why is the place boarded up?>Where can I find other followers of Velya?>No really, what’s going on here?
>>33226594>>Why is the place boarded up?
>>33226594>I just came by boat. Why is the place boarded up? Where can I find the high priest(ess)?
>>33226594>Why is the place boarded up?after that reveal ourselves in all our glory and >Where can I find other followers of Velya?
“Why is this place boarded up?” you ask. She looks at you quizzically.“You’re not from around here, are you? I guess you’d better come with me.” She heads towards the door she entered from>Follow alone>Everyone follow, Sireyi in the open, others hidden>Everyone follow in the open>No I’m not going with you.
>>33226655>Everyone follow, Sireyi in the open, others hidden
>>33226655>>Everyone follow, Sireyi in the open, others hidden
>>33226655Follow her alone, no need to scare the girl.
>>33226655>Follow in the open, have Jianxi follow while hiddenBecause she can actually stealth.
You follow her, as your companions trail you both at a discrete distance. She takes you down into the basement and knocks in a rhythm on a heavy door. A few moments later a slot opens in the door and someone whispers something to her. She whispers back and the door is opened by a large man who looks like he knows his way around violence, despite having no visible weapons.“Come in” says the woman, beckoning you inside, I’m sure the high priestess will welcome another wayward soul.”It is highly unlikely your friends will be able to get in undetected.>Enter alone>Have your allies reveal themselves>Other
>>33226712>Have your allies reveal themselveswhy not
>>33226712>Have your allies reveal themselves
“Actually, I have a few friends with me” you say, as your allies come out of hiding. The door man seems visibly perturbed but after a short conversation with the young woman, allows you all to enter without comment.The young woman leads you through a serious of tunnels, tall as you are you need to stoop to get through some of them. You feel the walls pressing in on you, ugh you hate being underground.Eventually you are led to a makeshift office occupied by an older woman in the vestments of a high priestess of Velya.“Sister Danya” she addresses the young woman “Who are these people.”“I found them in the Church upstairs” she responds “I thought they could help”Shaking her head in disbelief, the old woman dismisses Sister Danya and introduces herself “I am Ariamya, High Priestess of the Goddess Velya, what may I call you?”>I’m Sireyi, Paladin of Velya (drop disguise) and these are my allies>I’m [covername] (keep disguise) and these are my allies
>>33226764>I’m Sireyi, Paladin of Velya (drop disguise) and these are my alliesOkay, I really don't think we need to continue the deception at this point.
>>33226764Drop the disguise and introduce yourself.
>>33226764Make sure only the High Priestess and our allies are there. Then:>I’m Sireyi, Paladin of Velya (drop disguise) and these are my allies
>>33226764>I’m Sireyi, Paladin of Velya (drop disguise) and these are my alliesactivate halo and wings please
“I’m Sireyi, Paladin of Velya and these are my allies” you say as your illusionary disguise dissolves, you spread your wings and your halo appears, in the privacy of her office you feel the disguise is no longer necessary.High Priestess Ariamya’s eyes widen visibly “Of course you are” she says faintly, visibly shocked “Who else would come in answer to my prayers. Velya be praised.”“What’s going on here?” you ask.Priestess Ariamya bids you all have seats “It’s a long and sad tale” she says “But the long and the short of it is that King Hallam has gone insane, and his four captains are at each others throats, whilst ordinary folk are caught in the middle. The churches have been forced underground” she pauses for a chuckle “Literally in our case, after the King ordered all the priests and priestesses to leave.”“I keep in contact with my counterparts in the other Churches and we’re trying to keep the Kingdom together to protect the common folk, if it falls apart, thousands will die as other warlords move in. But we have no long-term plan.”She pauses and looks at you “But perhaps you can help us.”She has made no mention of the Horn.>I’d love to help but I have my own quest which I cannot speak about>I’d love to help but I’m hunting the Horn of Alzurad>Tell more about these captains>What of the kings viziers>What of the King>Other
>>33226891>Tell more about these captains>What of the kings viziers>What of the King>Stretch our wings a bitDon't take flight, but we haven't been able to use them for about a month and they're just like any other limb.I don't want to get a cramp when we next try to fly.
>>33226891>I’d love to help but I have my own quest which I cannot speak about, so I may not be able to help as much as I would like to.>Tell more about these captains>What of the kings viziers>What of the King
>>33226891Mention that we have our mission, but ask how we could help. And for more elaboration on the situation with the captains and the King. Does the king have heirs, or is he still hoping for Sireyi? Any royal relatives?
“I have my own quest” you say cautiously, as you roll your shoulders and stretch your wings, a move that proves distracting for both Matthias and Isla “but there is no harm in hearing you out.”“Tell me more the King, his viziers, and these captains.”“Of course” she says “and thank you for listening to an old woman”“First, the King, King Hallam was never...a good King, but his rule provided continuity, if nothing else. However, after you...declined to marry him he because convinced he was cursed. He closed all the Churches and recruited new viziers, ones who could offer him the favour of darker powers.”“The king is ruled by his viziers, though he is still officially in charge. Of his 7 wives, only 2 still live, one died recently giving birth, and rumours claim her child was of infernal heritage.”“We priestess’ do not go near the palace as we can clearly feel evil magics being worked there, and those working it might sense our presence – as they would undoubtedly sense you if you went.”“Officially the kings eldest son, at age 10 is the heir to the throne, but he is fully under the control of the head vizier. Ralzuz Croyne, ugh, I met him once and my skin hasn’t stopped crawling.”“Now, regarding the captains. They are distant enough from the King that I do not believe they are automatically under the control of that cabal of sorcerers who advise the king.” “4 powerful mercenary captains are in charge of the Gorin Fleet, Army, Spies, and Royal Guard (police), respectively. The mercenaries are allowed to recruit within Gorin, use it as a base of operations and can hire out to other kingdoms if they so choose as long as they share part of their fees with the Gorin treasury and do not leave Gorin undefended.The four captains could easily seize control from the king but are happy to let matters continue in as they are, as it benefits them financially and because neither completely trusts the others.”
>>33227078“My counterparts and I” she says, have discussed the possibility of encouraging the captains to overthrow the King, but we cannot agree on what should be done afterwards, who should rule.”>I can’t help you, I have my own quest>Why ask me>I’ve decided I want to help>other
>>33227092>Why ask me>I’ve decided I want to help
>>33227092Well, who are the candidates? A republic? An elective monarch? One of the captains or all four of them?
>>33227092>>Why ask me>>I’ve decided I want to helpthis >>33227120