Past Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=crusader+questCharacter sheet: http://pastebin.com/rZQ8vVBdPart 3.It is the Year of Our Lord, 1134. You are Wilhelm of Koblenz, recently arrived in the Holy Land and now staying in a cloister of the Knights Hospitaller in the city of Sidon. A day has past in rest, as is good on a Sunday, and another week begins.You have an invitation to a wedding in six days, the Lady Jehanne is to wed Sir Matthias of Sidon. You have also called upon the castle of Lord Gerard, the Master of Sidon, in hopes of making an introduction but he is currently away, his return expected on the morrow.Currently you are in the dilapidated cloister of the warrior-brothers of St John. You have another day before you can call on Lord Gerard and near a week before the wedding. You have nothing urgent requiring your attention.> search the cloister for any interesting news or events (roll 1d100, average of three)> spend your day playing shatranj (nominate an opponent and a stat to improve)> write in
Rolled 5 (1d100)>>34376027> search the cloister for any interesting news or events (roll 1d100, average of three)Probably the best idea.
>>34376027>Write inTalk with Solomon, see if he's heard anything interesting and what he'd like with the next job aside from TWO women
>>34376027>> spend your day playing shatranj (nominate an opponent and a stat to improve)anyone who's intrested
>>34376163Second.Include Chess if it works.
Rolled 91 (1d100)>>34376027> search the cloister for any interesting news or events (roll 1d100, average of three)
>>34376027>>34376163>>34376188Combine the two. Yes
How to play crusader quest>Step 1: be Cao cao >Step 2: woo damsels>Step 3: Remove kebab
Rolled 51 (1d100)>>34376027> search the cloister for any interesting news or events (roll 1d100, average of three)
You draw Solomon aside with the intention of talking over your future endeavors, and decide to do so over a friendly game of shatranj. You'd never played the game before, though the old man who had sold you the set had been keen to run a quick demonstration. You think you understood most of the rules.Solomon corrects a mistake in your placement."We have had this game for some time," he explained, "Brought by merchants from Hindustan."He puts the table together and sits cross legged."So have you heard any interesting news?" you ask.Solomon shakes his head. "This city is new to me, I know nothing of it. Pick a side my friend, black or white, and let us play.""And what about what happens next, what do you want Solomon?" you ask, considering the pieces before you."I want? I want to destroy Egypt, and free my people from their overbearing demands. I want to end the tribute of cattle and slaves we must send them each year. I want to grow wings and fly. What will happen? Who can say. A good paying job, a battle, these are things the world can offer me, so these are the things I will take."He smiles. "And a beautiful woman of course, maybe two, if God loves me."> roll 1d100, average of three and pick a stat to improve (War, Lead or Int)
Rolled 89 (1d100)>>34376451INT
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>34376451>> roll 1d100, average of three and pick a stat to improve (War, Lead or Int)INT
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>34376451INTHigh rolls
>>34376348>Be Cao Cao>Bang women before they get marriedWe already fucked up
>>34376552We should go to the wedding and not try to fuck her, I think there would be a lot of rich important people there
>>34376598I agree. We should fuck her on her wedding night.
>>34376598>We should go to the weddingYeah>and not try to fuck herWhat
>>34376598>and not try to fuck her>not>NOTanon that isn't very bard of you
As Solomon runs you through the rules one last time you think you have a grasp of them. You think. Until Solomon moves one of the horse pieces in a strange direction over his pawn. You frown and recommit yourself to focusing on the game at hand.Your first match goes badly, but you convince Solomon to give you a best two out of three. Your second game you also lost, though not as badly. Your third game however...you still lost, but only after a vicious match that ran on for near an hour.Solomon claps your arm."You do well for a new initiate," he said, "Many struggle for years to learn the game, to become decent. This is good, we should always struggle a little in life. It creates focus, attention. Now see the sun has set, and dinner is waiting."Had you really been playing that long? Your brain felt a little raw, but you had enjoyed yourself too. You felt better for it, and feel like you could do even better next time. (+1 int)You arrive for dinner. A number of pilgrims are already eating. A table has been set aside for you and your companions. The meal a thick pottage with very little meat.> talk to one of your companions (nominate)> scrounge for gossip (roll 1d100, worst of three)
I just think by dealing with the people at the wedding would get us further in life rather than wasting time fucking some slut who cheats on her betrothed
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>34376716>> scrounge for gossip (roll 1d100, worst of three)Hell, I like my chances
Rolled 69 (1d100)>>34376716> scrounge for gossip (roll 1d100, worst of three)>>34376727are you saying we can't do both?
>>34376778This man has the right idea.Muh 98 wasted by the worst of three system
>>34376716>worst of threeWhy.Why do you do this.Stick to ONE fucking thing, average, best of, or worst of.Fucking around like this is fucking bullshit
>>34376716>> scrounge for gossip (roll 1d100, worst of three)
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>34376716> scrounge for gossip (roll 1d100, worst of three)
Rolled 80 (1d100)>>34376821forgot to roll
>>34376810I sense butthurt>>34376832Oh fuck right off anon
>>34376853>I sense butthurtNo, you sense "This is a fucking shit method of rolling which doesn't result in anything other than people being annoyed."People being annoyed is not an objective of a quest
I was hoping that people would stop rolling after the 98
>>34376892Worst of three means "You roll three times, and you have to take the worst result"Not "Roll once and if it's good then you don't need to roll more"
>>34376934Yeah, I'm just butthurt since that's likely the only good roll I'll have all week.
>>34376962It's a terrible and unjustifiable rolling system which can only frustrate players, so it's not surprising.
You think about what Solomon had said, about this being a city unfamiliar to him, and you realise you know nothing about this city as well. You decide to catch what gossip you can from the other pilgrims, and find one upstanding young man in particular to talk to. He had a noble bearing, though his clothes were plain."Good morrow," you say, sitting with him, "Are you knew to this city?""Nay sir," he said, not touching his dish, "Tis well known to me in my travels. I've had call to preach here before."A preacher? What good fortune."And what have you heard, that's interesting?" you ask.The man drops his head low and taps his lips. "It is said that there is trouble afoot, and a war in the offing," he said, "Ah, would that it could be avoided.""With the Saracens?"The man shakes his head. "Nay," his tone grows severe, his eyes tight, "'Tis Rome we need fear."The Church?"Pontius Pilate means to kill him you know," and with that the man began weeping, "Oh sweet Jesus, my brother, he plans to kill my brother!" But soon he composed himself, and was smiling. "Oh but perhaps you have heard of me, my name is John, sometimes called the Baptist."Oh, he's insane."You should come with me to the waters, where you can be reborn," he said, "Give up the Roman Gods and find truth, through the teachings of Jesus.""I'll, uh, be over here," you say, picking up your plate and moving back to your own table.An elderly woman plops down where you were sitting. "Has Jesus said anything interesting today John?" she asked."Oh yes," he nods enthusiastically, "I hear his friends in the mountains will be paying the city a visit soon.""That's nice dear," she fed him a mouthful of pottage, which he ate happily, beaming with the lunatic's joy.You finish your meal with your friends.> rest for the night> go out and see what you can discover (average of three)
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>34377093>> go out and see what you can discover (average of three)Fuck you dice gods
>>34376984>It's a terrible and unjustifiable rolling system which can only frustrate players, so it's not surprising.I'll explain the rolling methods in the QnA. There's always a reason why I switch it up. It isn't arbitrary.
Rolled 9 (1d100)>>34377114> go out and see what you can discover (average of three)
>>34377093>> go out and see what you can discover (average of three)
>>34377119I never fucking said it's arbitrary, I said it's shit and only ends up promoting frustration in players.And if you're a good QM, that's not what you should be inspiring in players.
>>34377137well fuck me with a rusty razor
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>34377093>>34377152Forgot muh dice
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>34377093>"I hear his friends in the mountains will be paying the city a visit soon."Are the Assassins a thing out here?> go out and see what you can discover (average of three)
>>34377221I think so, the timeframe looks right. But the man was also batshit crazy so.
>>34377176>>34377137>>34377114You decide to get some night air, but the others decide to turn in for the night. Only Hugo accompanies you out, whistling merrily. You take a path down the side of the cloister, enjoying the night air. It's much cooler than the day time, and you enjoy the smell of the sea carried on it.You make your way down an alley, trees stretching out into the night, swaying lazily in the breeze. The stars are bright in the sky. You pick out some constellations you recognize, telling Hugo where they are and what they mean.But you attention is broken by the fog horn cry of a man in distress. Two rough men are putting the boot in a downed man up the end of the alley.> leave them be> intervene on the man's behalf (roll 1d100 best of three)> fight them
Rolled 73 (1d100)>>34377347> intervene on the man's behalf (roll 1d100 best of three)
Rolled 51 (1d100)>>34377347>> intervene on the man's behalf (roll 1d100 best of three)Hell yeah
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>34377347> intervene on the man's behalf (roll 1d100 best of three)
Rolled 100 (1d100)>>34377347>> intervene on the man's behalf (roll 1d100 best of three)WHAT UNGODLY BEHAVIOUR IS THIS?!
Rolled 92 (1d100)>>34377347> intervene on the man's behalf (roll 1d100 best of three)
>>34377402HAH! YES! THE GODS RIDE WITH US, TODAY!
Rolled 5 (1d100)>>34377437No, they taunt us.
>>34377437It's best of 3
>>34377459>>34377454oh, anon... why is fate such torment...
>>34377478Needing answers rather than knowing that god wills it
You stiffen your spine and march up to the brutes, putting on your best battlefield voice. Your time leading men in battle, however brief, and more importantly your training as a troubadour came in handy."What in God's name is this!" you bear down on them, arm outstretched, using your frame and the darkness to loom before them. The two men pause in their assault and back up at the sight of you, leaving their victim a groaning mess."Are you Christian men, to behave in such a way?"One of them ventured to protest. "H-he's a Saracen, sir, a Muslim."You glare at him and he wilts. "What matters that? The scripture is clear, 'love thy neighbour and treat others as you would be treated'" you might have muddled that quote, but they'll never know. "Would you like to be kicked to death in the street, is that what you as a Christian are saying?" you put a hand to your sword."N-no milord, no!" but as one protested the other ran."Join your friend in cowardice," you say, dismissing the man with a flick of your wrist."Y-es milord!"You looked down at the Saracen, his face was swollen, his eyes like bug's eyes from the bruising, his lips cut up and puckered. He was not in a good way, but he might live.> take him back with you to the cloister> leave him to rot, Saracen scum
>>34377590> take him back with you to the cloisterLets be a mate and show him our moral superiority!
>>34377590> leave him to rot, Saracen scum
>>34377590>Squat"What is your name?"
>>34377590>> take him back with you to the cloisterTake responsibility! We can kill heretic scums later
>>34377590>> take him back with you to the cloister
>>34377590>> take him back with you to the cloister>Inb4 it's Saladin
>>34377590There is honor in facing the enemy in battle, but no glory in bearing a grudge against an innocent man. > take him back with you to the cloister
>>34377590To the cloister we go
>>34377803He's not born yet
>>34377893We need to go find his mother to kill her
You motion to Hugo to take up his other arm as you haul him to his feet. The man mutters something in an alien tongue."You have a name sir?" you ask as you walk him back to the cloister. He doesn't answer, you try again in Greek. He mumbles something."Musra," he says, his voice a soft whimper, "My name be Musra."When you get back to the cloister you settle him down and call for a priest. Solomon glowers at the man on the bed, a hand on his sword."He is a Muslim," he said, "you should leave him, or better, slit his throat."The priest came with knives, boils and tinctures. He cut the bruises and drained them, applied his tonics and felt the skull for fractures."He may be well," the priest said, "It's all worse than it looks. The man knows how to take a kicking." The priest listens to his muttered prayers. "I'd say we have a Bedouin in our midst. Protected by the king, or meant to be at least. Probably down from the horse trading for a night of drinking. Young idiot. His chief should be told where he is. Do not fear, the Order keeps contact with the nomads." The priest grasps you by the arm. "You have done a good thing this night sir, a very good thing." And with that he, and you retire.You awake the next morning to find the Bedouin gone and a pouch of coins in his place. Ten pfennings, or the equivalent there of in local mintage. You pocket them, a good deed well rewarded.The day is bright, and a call goes out that the Lord of Sidon has returned, his ship had made it in the docks in the early twilight.> call on the Lord of Sidon> do something else (write in)
>>34377943>wanting to stop honorable-rivalfu from being born
>>34377964>> call on the Lord of SidonTime to get ourself introduced
>>34377964Let's get down to brass tacks. > call on the Lord of Sidon
>>34377964> call on the Lord of SidonHell yeah pfennings
>>34377964> call on the Lord of Sidon
>>34377966>Not wanting to go full terminator on him
>>34378157How can we get rich and powerful if we don't have a powerful rival to play off of? We ain't going to be a no-name crusader forever.
>>34378157>>34377966>a rival we're twenty years older than him at this rate>>34378157>going full terminatorfuck your meta shit
>>34378261We are gonna find his mother take care of her then when he is born raise him as a good christian.
You decide it is well within your best interests to call up on Lord Gerard of Sidon. You'd heard a little about him over the last week. That he is something of a brigand, and is quarreling with a minor nobleman called Conrad. And that outlaws stalk the high road from Tyre speaks much of his lack of attention to the security of his realm.You dress in your best clothes, ready your sword in the most dashing of ways, and call up your comrades to do the same."This is not some old sir we're looking to impress," you explain, "This is a proper lord, with real power. If we can secure a place in his court, we will be much advantaged. Be on your best behavior or stay here."You get no complaints from your men, who do their best to be both presentable while also dangerous.Aye, you were a motley crew when you came upon the gates of the Sea Castle later that day."You again," a guard said, blowing out his moustach, "Welcome to the castle sir, the lord is taking guests. Right now he is with a dignitary of the Count of Jaffa, likely to be some time, but his chancellor is taking on any and all sir knights for a venture."He admits you under the portculis and you walk the length into the castle. It was true, other knights and would be warriors were milling about in the courtyard. Something was going on.You see a man in clerical garb standing before the doorway to the fortress itself, assisted by young men in page outfits. They were assembling a line, one for men interested in this 'venture', another for people looking for an audience with Lord Gerard himself.> stand in line for the venture> stand in line for an audience
>>34378351>write-in: Ask a man in line what the venture was about before making a decision
>>34378351>write inAsk someone for what this venture is about
>>34378351might be a good idea to learn what's going on. hopefully a contest of sorts, something to meet a friend or hone a skill? > stand in line for the venturewe've got time before jaffa finishes, so we're told.
>>34378351> stand in line for the venture>ask about the venture
The venture, as near as you can tell, is some action against a nest of bandits in the hinterlands. A local cavalryman thinks it would take a month to clear the reaches of any outlaws, and the Lord of Sidon is determined to head it off as quickly as possibly, with only two days for preparation.The cavalryman seems skeptical of its long term success under such circumstances.
>>34378521Might be a good way to get noticed. Action speaks louder than words after all
>>34378521> stand in line for an audienceEh, venture sounds alright, but let's go for the big prize here
>>34378521Well, if we're going to make ourselves known, we might as well do it right here. We earn some favor or coin, we put ourselves out there, and we meet our brother christian warriors.
>>34378570>Action speaks louder than words after all>WAR: 58>CHA: 80Not for young Wilhem apparently
>>34378587>>34378587to be clear this is a vote for > stand in line for the venture
>>34378617True. I just remembered our stupidly high CHA score compared to our other stats after i pressed post
So to clear it up, revote and link to this post.> join the venture> wait for an audience
>>34378758>> wait for an audience
Rolled 14 (1d100)>>34378758> wait for an audience
>>34378758>> join the venture
>>34378521> stand in line for the ventureWe have Cha and Lead. We don't need to clean them out, we just need to raid them hard, burn/take their nest, grab the loot and execute prisoners as an example.
>>34378758> wait for an audience
>>34378351> stand in line for an audience
>>34378758> join the venture
>>34378817precisely. we'll be on more of a ride-along, than a battle.
>>34378869shit wrong choice> join the venture
Okay looks like a tie. Roll off, 1d100. First roll is for venture, second for audience.
Rolled 94 (1d100)>>34378970Venture HO!
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>34378970
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>34378970I got this.
Rolled 8 (1d100)>>34378995Faggot.
>>34379080Dice gods have a funny sense of humor.
You think about what the cavalryman said and decide it's just the opportunity you need to prove yourself. A month in the wilderness hunting down bandits would do good for your reputation, and no doubt provide ample opportunity to make some riches.You take that line and when you came before the chancellor he provides you with a parchment."Do you swear to serve the Lord Gerard in this trial, take up arms in his name and put to death any outlaws plaguing his lands? If so, sign here," he marks the dotted line.You scrawl your mark and receive the Lord's badge, which you affix to your chest. Your men are not required to sign, they fall under your direct command, and having brought three other warriors with you receive a small sum of five pfennings.The chancellor explains to you all that you would be paid when the trial was done, or in a months time when the contract of service ended, which ever came first.The Lord's cousin Orlando would be leading the expedition. He was a short, fair haired man with a scar splitting his lip. Not handsome, not ugly, all together uninspiring in his presence."Meet for the muster at the north gate tomorrow morning. You ride out against a nest of Muslim radicals, disloyal scum who refuse good Christian governance and make a pest of themselves in the land. You do god's work sirs and good men, and you will be much rewarded."A small cheer goes up. Many in the crowd are eager for some kind of combat."I will kill ten heathens," one proclaimed, "And make their women my slaves!"The assembled brigade of warriors is sent out and the gates closed for the evening.Solomon is bopping his head excitedly. "It will be good to fight," he said.Hugo looked tight faced and nervous while Franz seemed unconcerned.You have the rest of the day.> search the city for something interesting (roll 1d100, average of three)> take one last stop at the markets> write-in
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>34379305>> search the city for something interesting (roll 1d100, average of three)Gotta roll
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>34379305>> search the city for something interesting (roll 1d100, average of three)
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>34379305> search the city for something interesting (roll 1d100, average of three)
Rolled 69 (1d100)>>34379305>search the city for something interesting (roll 1d100 average of three)
Rolled 95 (1d100)>>34379305> search the city for something interesting (roll 1d100, average of three)We're getting Hugo a woman while we search, then training him during the march
>>34379305>"I will kill ten heathens," one proclaimed, "And make their women my slaves!">write in MEET UP WITH THIS GUY, LOL. He's gonna be our saracen-hunting buddy.
>>34379530And use him as a shield. That guy tripped up too many death flags, better make him useful before he bites it.
You comb over the city for some last excitement and come across a procession bearing a corpse. It had come from the docks, the corpse was dressed in finery and in the colours of a royal house."Some dead Angevin who wouldn't make it here in life," a local man said, "Fucking Angevines, the Holy Land is lousy with them, dead and alive."With the procession was a group of knights, some weeping openly and calling out loud prayers."Fresh of the boat Franks," the local man snorted, "Always making a scene when they first step off. I was born here, lived here all my life, never made a big deal over a bit of dirt."He eyed you up and down. "Say stranger, you looking for a bit of coin? I run a cock fight back away's. You could make some good coin if you had an interest." He extended his hand. "The name's Humbert," he said.> take the man up on his offer and indulge in a bit of gambling for the afternoon> ask if he knows of any other distractions> decide you are better off sitting a vigil for the night> write in
I'm sure our Saracen buddy we saved is gonna be the one to kill him.
>>34379616> decide you are better off sitting a vigil for the night
>>34379616> ask if he knows of any other distractionsBetter not to lose our money that we just earned.
>>34379616> ask if he knows of any other distractions
>>34379616>> ask if he knows of any other distractionsWe ain't chumps
>>34379616> ask if he knows of any other distractionsHugo, woman, drinks first.
>>34379616>> decide you are better off sitting a vigil for the nightwe are still a christian knight on crusade, and we do not engage in the sin of gambling.
You ask if he knows of any other distractions."Well now that's a question. I can point you in the direction of a house run by a widow that admits gentlemen for a certain price with all manner of delights, or I could point you towards a common house that has the best drinking this side of Antioch and willing serving girls for a bit extra. There's also a church, well they call it a church. The priest runs a side business out the back with the sisters, aye its a sinful trade but worth hell's trespass, or so I blaspheme. It's all up to you."> the discreet house> the tavern> the sinful church
>>34379855> the sinful churchLets not go for sinning, but I want to see what it's like anyway.
>>34379855>the tavernWe aint paying for ladies. We are good proper christian... or atleast try to be
>>34379855>> the sinful churchWe are pious as hell
>>34379855>> the sinful churchwe may as well go & ''pray''
>>34379855oh come on, let's live like society folk for once, it's our time to put ourselves out there. > the discreet house
>>34379855> the tavernWhy blaspheme, be worldly
>>34379855the sinful church
A church that deals in carnal delights. You'd heard rumours of such wickedness, and the chance to see it for yourself was too tempting an offer. Umbert laid out the directions. There was a password for entry, a call and response. He gave that to you too. You found the place near the harbour in a quiet cul-de-sac. It was not an impressive church, but not humble either. A statue of Mary stood in front of it, a simple figure with flowers laid at her feet.You enter and are approached by a priest."Do you seek relief from your earthly burdens?" he asked."I seek relief, but not from earth, rather in it."The priest smiles and beckons you on."Are you sure about this place brother?" Hugo asked nervously.He leads you into a backroom where nuns are waiting. Ten in all, range from painfully young to quite old, all dressed in modest habits. You wouldn't think there was anything off colour about them. They knelt before bowls in prayer.The priest poured out the sacramental wine and passed you each a cup before drinking himself, straight from the bottle."Simply put a pfenning in the bowl, and let the sister take you away for a while," the priest said with a wet grin, teeth red from the blood of christ.You look to your companions, who look to you nervously."I'll wait outside," Solomon said, giving you a disapproving glance before retreating.You look to your little brother who is squirming anxiously. This was partly for him, to make him a man before your journey.> ask Hugo which he'd like> pick for him> change your mind, this is too wicked for you
>>34380363> ask Hugo which he'd likeIf we die Hugo converts to Islam
>>34380363>> ask Hugo which he'd like
>>34380363> change your mind, this is too wicked for youI just wanted to talk to the guy
>>34380437Second, Hugo earns his own bitch
>>34380437ThisCome on guys, we're a bard not a barbarian
>>34380363>> change your mind, this is too wicked for youLet's go to the discreet house instead.
>>34380363> change your mind, this is too wicked for youcmon guys, we ain't about this. We a knight.
>>34380477We are all about banging bitches and getting filthy rich. We aren't a very good knight anyway. I want to go somewhere more high class though.
>>34380363Could we ask to have Hugo able to touch and see one of them, but not to fuck them or have them give anything back? I think it'd be a learning experience for the kid, might encourage him to try on moves instead of peeping
The whole set up is starting to send a shiver down your spine. The temptation was sweet, but the reality sickly. Truly it was the sweet scent of a rotting thing. You take your brother by the shoulder."I have rethought sir, forgive me, we depart," you say, backing out from the false-priest's glare. Well you would be if you did not step foot in this place again, even as another patron enters after you.Solomon has a relieved grin on his face to see you emerge so quickly. "You did the honourable thing," he said."Mayhap we have time to find that madame," you say."Or just retire for a drink," Franz says with a hrumph.Humbert did not instruct you on where to find this woman's lodging, and you fail to find Humbert as well. The sun has since set, and you find you have no time for one last succor, but perhaps a night cap was in the offing.> head to a tavern for one last drink> head back to the cloister> write in
>>34380630>> head to a tavern for one last drinkFuck it, let's get wasted
>>34380630 a Pfenning Franz is gay > head to a tavern for one last drinklets woo some poor tavern wench
>>34380630>head to the tavern for one last drinklets get drunk!
>>34380659lets tell them about that one time Hugo totally saved us by killing three... nay four saracens!
>>34380659A gay Jewish man-at-arms, a Nubian knight, and a bastard walk into a tavern etc etc
>>34380735all we need now is a bloodthirsty man from beyond Hindustan & a Byzantine and we have our party set up.
"A tavern, a drink, nay a toast," you take your friends around the shoulder, "One last night of frivolity before a season's hard campaign. Soldiers such as we need such respite.""Aye!" Franz said, "A drink, a dance, a dangled girl on the knee. What better things, eh?""To the tavern, where ale flows and women wait!" Solomon proclaims.You are a rowdy crew when you find such common house as serves ale cheap. The Lord's badge keeps any from impeding your progress, and you soon find yourself downing horn after horn of ale.Girls come and go laughing, as do other men join your party, soon quick friends and even quicker departed. You take aside a young, fresh serving wench and have her sit by your brother."He has saved my hide more times than a finger has hands, a knight in the making," you say with slurred speech. The girl does seem impressed. Hugo has a muzzy grin, barely keeping his seat from all the ale he has had.You sing a part of a song to great applause, half standing on your table.You look down at your empty horn and order another after a powerful burp.> roll 1d100, average of three
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>34380891
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>34380891roll
Rolled 2 (1d100)>>34380891
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>34380891
>>34380929>>34380949>>34380950oh fuck me
>>34380949>>34380950incoming bar fight in 3...2...1...
>>34380929>>34380949>>34380950God didn't like us visiting the church did he?
>>34380979worse, we black out and wake up in a hashashin temple in our own initiation.
>>34381005And he responds by cockblocking Hugo. Nietzsche was right
You awake, groaning. You awake with a throat like the scourging of Hell. Your head is pounding with Gabriel's trumpet. Your lips are covered with a thick layer of dried skin.And you are lying naked, in the street, with grinning children standing over you.And a grinning someone else, just a red mane of hair, face for a moment blotted out by the sun.When your eyes focus her face comes into view. Jehanne, with a dirty smile."Ho, Lord of Woman's Pleasure," she said, bopping you on the forehead with a spoon."Christ almighty," you mutter.She bops you again. "Mind your blasphemy," she says. Finally she offers you a cool cup of water as you sit up, your meat tracking through the dirt."Christ on the cross, what did I do last night?" you asked."Oh you tried to do me," she said, rolling her eyes, "Then you tried calling out to Neomi. Luckily my lord betrothed is out at the horse markets or there might have been a quarrel.""Oh sweet Mother Mary," you shade your eyes.Neomi arrives lightly on her feet and delivers you your clothing."Change sir, before the lady of the house gets ideas," she motions to the matron in the window, who watched cat-eyed.You dress numbly and bid the girls a fair well, but not before Hugo comes slinking out of the house. You frown at him and his grin."We best hurry sir," he aid, "Or we will be late for the muster.""Judas Priest!" you cry, beginning to sprint off.> roll 1d100, average of three.
Rolled 19 (1d100)>>34381131Rock and Roll
Rolled 66 (1d100)>>34381131
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>34381131roll
>>34381152oh thank christ
>>34381220Thou shall not use the name of the lord in vain.
Finally caught up, am amazed with how retarded some of the decisions made were.
You stumble a little as you run for the north gate. Luckily Franz had kept his head, and was waiting with your arms and horse both."Quickly Hugo, help your master," Franz said, prodding the boy. You switched from fine garment to battlefield dress as swiftly as possible, He affixed your shield, helped you mount and passed you your spear.Solomon was on foot, likewise dressed for war."Would have been bad to be late," he had a nasty bruise on his cheek. In fact, Franz likewise had a cut above his eyes and Hugo walked with a slight limp."What happened last night?" you asked.Solomon laughed. "You fought three Normans for a whore's favour. You might have been beaten to death had we not stepped in on your behalf. After that, even I am struggling to recall. There was a horse, and some talk of Damascus?" he shrugged, "It was a good night, though my bed was cold. Better than a night on the street though.""Feh to you false-friend," you jokingly insult, trotting your horse out the gate.It was a force of some twenty knights and twice as many men-at-arms. A force of sixty in all, the knights mustered at the front around their leader.Sir Orlando sees you arrive with a smile. Next to him is a bruised man who is glowering at you however."And you must be Sir Wilhelm, last of our number. Yes, we've heard some of you already. Surely you must save some of your fighting energy for the Saracens, rather than your brothers in arms?"> I'll fight any man that challenges me> you are correct sir, my apologies> write in
>>34381324Oh boy, here we go
>>34381356> you are correct sir, my apologiesGotta put the CHA to good use
>>34381356I'll fight any man that challenges me.
>>34381378No turn the other cheek bullshit.
>>34381356>> you are correct sir, my apologies
>>34381356> you are correct sir, my apologiesNow that I am aware, I should not have taken more than two at once.
>>34381356 you are correct sir, my apologies> write inturn to the bruised man''and you must be one of the Normans me & my brothers tussled with last night my deepest apologies brother keeping my wine is not a virtue I possess''
>>34381356Mock the normans to the effect of: "if it takes three normans, imagine how many men the saracens will need"
>>34381589One or two should do it. Wilhelm isn't the greatest fighter in the world.
You bow your head in submission. "You are correct of course sir, the drink got to my head which some say lacks sense even when sober. My mistake, and of the past, eh?" you look to the presumably Norman knight. Orlando raises a brow at the knight, who lowers his glare in turn."Aye, we ride together. Of the past," his words are not entirely convincing, and his Latin is rough."This is Sir Blaise, he commands some five other knights and twenty of the men-at-arms, a good man to have with us," Sir Orlando said. Unspoken was the other side of the coin, a bad man to have as an enemy.You file in with the others as a baggage train comes to join you.It's a lively bunch, and you inspect each of the other knights. It might be good to make the company of some of them. You think it might be unwise to approach Sir Blaise or his Normans directly, they still have a dark air about them.> A tall man who looks vaguely German> a small, darker man of Syrian appearance> keep to your friends for now
>>34381589Let us not mock our Christian brother. For does the Bible not say:>'Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! ~Psalms 133:1'
>>34381633>approach either the German or Syrian, whomever has more men with himWe will need allies after all
>>34381633>> a small, darker man of Syrian appearanceWe already filled out German quota
>>34381633>> keep to your friends for now let us get the lay of the land as it is for now internal divides, who is who, etc etc.
>>34381633> a small, darker man of Syrian appearanceIs he a local? He could have some valuable intel about the area. I don't actually know where this city is.
>>34381633German. Germans were known to be willing to fight on foot and be GOOD at it-we'll need that in the mountains.
>>34381633German. We're German, he's German, we should get along famously. Through Reich, unity.
>>34381796I think we disproved that stereotype.
>>34381830>Implying the concept of the Reich didn't go all the way back to the HRE
>>34381839Group skills. The average poulain or norman knights is going to fight as an individual with no sense of teamwork on foot. Germans were known to be less shit at it. Sometimes.
You are heading into parts unknown, and working on little knowledge you decide it is best to cozy up to the Syrian looking man.He is of swarthy complexion, his skin a ruddy brown, and he had a black beard peppered with grey. A hawk like nose and hard little black eyes, like shark eyes. His armour was of many little scales, as was his horse. He looked much like a glistening fish. His helmet had a high dome that ended with a point, and a fish-scale viel of metal hung loose. Whoever he was, he seemed a serious opponent. His spear was long and well made, and he had javelins hanging from his saddle."Good day," he set in a polite, formal Greek."We'll be riding together a stretch," you offer him a hand, "I'm Wilhelm, knight of Koblenz."He takes it carefully. "Malik ibn Mujir," he said, bowing slightly in his saddle.> Try to befriend Malik (roll 1d100, best of three)> ask Malik's opinion on the campaign.> talk to the German instead> write in
>>34381929True, if there's one thing Germans have consistently been good at, it's being organised.
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>34381939>> Try to befriend Malik (roll 1d100, best of three)Befriending is our Secret Weapon
Rolled 68 (1d100)>>34381939>> Try to befriend Malik (roll 1d100, best of three)Here it goes!
>>34381939> ask Malik's opinion on the campaign.
Rolled 59 (1d100)>>34381939>> Try to befriend Malik (roll 1d100, best of three)
>>34381962>>34381964>>34381972God wills it
>>34381961uh.....No. At this point in history they're actually disorganized as shit. The concept of "germany" isn't a thing yet.PRUSSIA is organized, and modern germany is what happens when Prussians make a baby with central europe.
You ride a time with Malik in a companionable silence before you broach it with conversation."Tell me sir, how did you end up in Frankish company?" you ask."How did a young knight of Germany wind up on the other side of the world?" he replied. Then he shrugged. "There is no special telling of it. I am a mercenary by trade. I have fought for Muslim and Christian both, my lance going to the highest bidder. I once commanded a company of lancers in Aleppo for Atabeg Zengi, but I found him a poor master who asked for that I would not give, and crossed the borders. King Baldwin, Sultan Sanjar of Khorasan, I have even worked for Italians and would not speak further on those adventures. In that time I have found all lords are mostly the same. Greedy men with violent minds.""You are Muslim?" you asked.Malik nodded. "Yes, does that offend you?"> yes> no> write in
>>34382177>> write in"No one is perfect" with a huge grin on our face
>>34382177>"Greedy men with violent minds."This, coming from a mercenary?
>>34382177>>34382192This is fine.
>>34382177> write in"Injustice does. I've found myself befriending Nubians, fighting Normans and helping Bedouins lately"
>>34382177>>34382192>>34382262These two combined
"No one is perfect," you say, to which Malik nods, "And the only thing I detest is injustice. A man beaten half to death not for his actions but for his mistake of being born a Saracen sickens me. It is my belief that all men are brothers divided only by artifice. Already I have made friends with a Nubian of Unorthodox Christian faith, and my oldest friend is a Jew just recently baptised. How lonely the world would be if kin only kept to kin, and like to like."He nodded again. "Yes, this is well said. I have ten men in my troop, and though most are local lads, many are of far flung stock. Kurds and Christians. God is Great, but a warrior must see the strength of a sword arm and a willingness to hold a breach before he sees the ties of religion or race. Many of my countrymen and brothers in faith are faithless in action if not in word. Neither zeal nor honour motivates them, just wealth and idleness to spend that wealth on."He has a light in his eye."I ask you this question, and answer truthfully, you will not offend me with your response. What is more important to you, glory or love?"> glory> love
>>34382487>write in"different sides of the same coin"
>>34382487> gloryWere not wanting for love if we bother to call for it.
>>34382516this but add ''can there not be glory in love?''
"Are they not the same thing just viewed in another way, is there no glory in love?" you ask.He smiles but shakes his head. "You speak as a young man who has not been forced to choose. There will come a time when you will have to decide. Love asks much of you, as does glory, and when they coincide it is not happily. Ah, but mayhap you will never have to make that choice. I hope so, it is a hard one."He gestured toward a rider not far away. "I could have had a place in the halls of power, a generalship. It was a deserved position it is not boasting to say so, but also it would set me against kin. And a man who fights his kin is especially accursed. My lord was aggrieved of course, but would forgive me if I would make a sacrifice for my perceived betrayal. Aye, what he asked of me made my blood run cold, then very hot. Rather had I taken up sword against my cousins than be forced to do that. I chose love over glory, and am now a vagrant for it. But I think I chose wisely."When camp is made that night he invited you over to his fire."I want you to meet someone my friend," he said, gesturing to a short figure armoured as he was. "Sabeen, come meet a friend of your father's!"The figure came a helmed, and when it was removed and in the firelight you saw a woman's features. She had a different darkness of skin to her father, a blend of his near red complexion and Solomon's black, and had hair cut short and curly. Her form was hidden under bulky mail but her face was lovely if pouting."This is my daughter Sabeen, who I sacrificed all glory for," he said.> a woman warrior? madness> my lady (kiss her hand)> good to meet you (a warrior's hand shake)> write in
>>34382816> good to meet you (a warrior's hand shake)Don't diss future crazy matrons.
>>34382816>> my lady (kiss her hand)We are a knight afterall She will probably hate it
>>34382816> good to meet you (a warrior's hand shake)
>>34382816> my lady (kiss her hand)
>>34382816>> good to meet you (a warrior's hand shake)
>>34382816>> a woman warrior? madness>implying I'm going to project my 21st century values into this quest>>34382951>>34382872*tips fedora
>>34382994>implying i arent going to keep my manners no matter how foolish said lady is for playing war
>>34382816> my lady (kiss her hand)>She hates it>begins to loath us>save her heathen booty>Hate sex ensuesGood to be bard
>>34382816>> good to meet you (a warrior's hand shake)If she's trying to be a Mulan archetype, I sure as hell don't mind.
You rise and grasp her forearm in a warrior's grip."Well met," you say. There is strength in her fingers, and she matches your eyes. She frowns a little, but bows her head."Well met," she said, before slipping out of your grip. She sat beside the fire. She said something to her father in their private tongue, poking the fire so it blazed higher. She then looked back up at you and spoke in clear if accented Greek. "Tell me fair Frank, are you enjoying our sun? It is ancient, and burns hotter than the wet lands you are used to. It bakes men dark and makes them hard, hard of skin and heart." There was some challenge in her words, but she past up a water skin to drink, a friendly enough gesture, and offered you space to sit. "And what of our land. Is it to your liking, would you kill for it as your countrymen are so fond of doing?"> I like this land well enough> My homeland is far more preferable> write in
>>34382816>> good to meet you (a warrior's hand shake)*laugh* "But sir, I AM a young man! I will hold onto the joy of life so long as there is breath in this body."*salute and offer to handshake* "A pleasure to see a fellow warrior."
>>34383153>> write in"Er... I'm actually German, not a Frank. The land here is a little hot, but fairly tolerable. If the people here can weather the land, I'm sure I can grow to understand and enjoy it as well as you and your sire have."
>>34383193"maybe i should carve out my own land for my own. Heard Alexandria is nice" and then smirk
>>34383153>> I like this land well enough
>>34383153I like this land well enough
Your answer comes quickly, it takes little consideration."I like it out here," you say, taking a seat at the fire, "It's hotter, but more open. You can see the world around you, and enjoy the night sky. The cities are large and boisterous, the people are very open with their words. It suits me this place." One of Malik's men paces you a stick with cooked meat on it. You eat gratefully. "But I'm no Frank. I am German. And we are a romantic, wandering breed."You pass the night in friendly conversation before your own camp calls you to bed.You settle down for the night and sleep well.The next couple of days pass easily. You spend much of your time with Malik and his men, whose company is most agreeable, but then you catch the glance of a Frank that doesn't sit well with you. Perhaps you should socialise with someone else for the next couple of days.> find the tall German you spied the first day> make time to meet Sir Blaise and his knights> seek out Sir Orlando, your commander
>>34383459>seek out Sir Orlando, your commanderFailing this > make time to meet Sir Blaise and his knights
>>34383459>> seek out Sir Orlando, your commander
>>34383459>>34383483Fine with this
>>34383459>> find the tall German you spied the first dayMight be someone familiar with our kinsmen back home. Always good to have a fellow national in a foreign land.
>>34383459The German. But apologize to the one guy again for fighting them.
You think its best to cozy up to command, and spur your horse to the head of the company.Sir Orlando rides easily, some might even say lazily, keeping a weather eye out on the surroundings."We'll come into the hinterland soon," he said to the knight riding beside him, "When we get there we will make no trouble. We are not here to burn down every village that crosses our path. We are hunting bandits. So keep your men in check. I don't care if they are Muslim, Christian or Jew. They could be a coven of devil-worshipers or worse, Cathars, you stay your sword arm.""Aye sir," the knight said, spurring away to give the order.Orlando notes you riding up."And what do you want sir Wilhelm?"> Just to say hello> I thought we might discuss strategy> write in
>>34383671> I thought we might discuss strategy"the Rocks are treacherous here horses will be stumbled or lamed if we wish to use them here''
>>34383671>write in"I hope you have a plan"
>>34383671>> write in"Milord, please be blunt with me. Are we truly men of God if we are here to slay those who follow Him?"
>>34383671>> I thought we might discuss strategy
>>34383671> I thought we might discuss strategy>>34383744I don't think Wilhelm is pious enough to have that kind of inner conflict. Plus he's our commander and fellow knight, not our spiritual guide.
"I thought we might discuss our plan of action, about what lies ahead," you say, drifting closer to him, "These hinterlands are rocky, that's bad for horses. We could risk losing them to injury before a battle is even met."Orlando considers your words, but brushes them off. "Do not worry about the horses, they will be fine. I'm not asking you to scale the very mountains. We are not trying to find the temple of the Assassins. Our information suggests the bandits nest in the forests of the low lands."He looks you over. "Do you have anything else you'd like to suggest?"> lay out a plan of action (roll 1d100, average of three)> ask about the cohesion of the force> leave off and return to the company
>>34383869> lay out a plan of action (roll 1d100, average of three)Don't worry about laying out specific plans, that will be determined by how well you roll> ask about the cohesion of the forceI should have said the cohesion of your company, just a clarification.
Rolled 5 (1d100)>>34383869> lay out a plan of action (roll 1d100, average of three)
Rolled 66 (1d100)>>34383869>> lay out a plan of action (roll 1d100, average of three)Oh thank god, I won't have to think hard about this.
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>34383869>> lay out a plan of action (roll 1d100, average of three)Our war score is terrible. But here goes nothing
>>34383904Lu Bu? Lu Bu
>>34383935I literally heard him asking for a decent challenge when I read this post.
>>34383909I think it was a combination of our INT (for our plan not being shit) and our CHA (convincing our superior that our plan is not Lu Bu tier)
>>34383977But as our rolls have just shown. It is very much Lu Bu tier
"I have some experience hunting bandits back in my homeland," you begin, "And I think we should start by sending outriders forward to scout for their forces. It would be a dangerous job, but more dangerous to just sit and be attacked by unknown numbers. And we need to know if these bandits are soldiers turned brigand or just peasants taken to robbery. We're marching blind here."Orlando scowls out you. "Do not lecture me on basic tactics, sir," he said, "And do not presume to know better than I the lay of this land. I've hunted these forests since I was a boy."He trotted his horse forward to create distance between you."Return to your men and spare me your council, this conversation is done."A few watching knights laugh as you retreat, hot in the face. Your commander pays you no mind for the rest of the day, though Sir Blaise sees fit to send you a present that night with a note attached.It is a dress, 'for the fair maiden who required the help of real men to save her'.> answer this insult with a challenge> ignore it and keep your head down
>>34384024> ignore it and keep your head downIt worked for Sima Yi
>>34384024> ignore it and keep your head downtake note of the Insult & carry on
>>34384024>> ignore it and keep your head downIn hindsight, it was rather silly of us to lecture a veteran. Oh well. At least we haven't turned into He Who Manifests Spaghetti yet.
>>34383977Int and War actually.I might be specific about what stats you are using in future rolls just so you guys know. Combined stats are the unmodified average between the two.
>>34384024If we challenge Blaise, we'll be facing off against a presumably experienced knight. If we lose, at best we'll lose face, at worst we'll die. If we win, Blaise might seek revenge against us with his large contingent later on. Better to keep our head low and plot our revenge against him. > ignore it and keep your head down
>>34384024> write inwear the dress over our mail as a surcoat or fly it from our lance to show him his insults mean nothing to us
>>34384024> ignore it and keep your head downBid our time
>>34384024this is some first 10 episodes Cao cao shit right here> ignore it and keep your head down
>>34384041Sima Yi didn't ignore it. He wore it in front of the messenger that brought it.We can't do it because we're a Christian though.
>>34384144this>>34384103make that dress a banner
>>34384181>>make that dress a bannerTHIIIIIIIS.I was about to post those same exact words.
>>34384181We are gonna fly that dress
>>34384181>>34384103Fuck >>34384059 here lets do it
>>34384024>>34384041>>34384181Let's do this, changing my vote to reflect it.
>>34384181>>34384181Fuck yeah let's do this
You scrunch up the note and feed it to the camp fire."A wolf might snarl at a huntsman, but that doesn't mean he must snarl back," you say to your companions, "Let this dog have his day, for the mean time we will continue on." Your friends nod, thinking it a sound judgement.The dress you decide to keep though, and place it in your saddle bags.Another few days pass uneventfully when you find yourself in the hinterlands. It is actually less rough than the lands you passed through, with pastureland further ahead and woods running up the hillside, disappearing into the mountains. A village stands nearby, with peasants about their business."We're to go slowly," you tell your men, "take up no arms until we are attacked first."Your words are good for your men, but Blaise and his knights have other thoughts."God's will!" the Norman roars, drawing his sword. His footmen give a hearty cheer and charge toward the village, their knights flying before them. Orlando is left ignored, yelling after the fools. Other knights look ready to join Blaise in his charge, and their footmen looked confused.> rally them to you, keep them from charging (roll 1d100, average of three. Lead test)> join in the havoc and add your men to Blaise's charge> do nothing but watch
>>34384356> do nothing but watch>we get fools killed>Rally the situation>Kill bandits>PROFIT!
Rolled 49 (1d100)>>34384356>> rally them to you, keep them from charging (roll 1d100, average of three. Lead test)Fuck Blaise
>>34384356>>34384387> do nothing but watch> fools killed>maybe even the commander>Rally the situation>Make a plan>Kill bandits>PROFIT!
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>34384356>> rally them to you, keep them from charging (roll 1d100, average of three. Lead test)
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>34384356> rally them to you, keep them from charging (roll 1d100, average of three. Lead test)
>>34384394>>34384401>>34384407God is Dead.
>>34384356>> do nothing but watchFools get killed
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>34384356>> rally them to you, keep them from charging (roll 1d100, average of three. Lead test)Be disgusted at the Normans."Men of God! To draw steel against innocents is to be no better than a heretic!"
>do nothing but watchGuys, it's not like you always have to take the "roll" option, you know.We can rescue the village after they've got killed/tired.
>>34384413Surely they will know to rally to the prettiest dress in Christendom!
>>34384356> do nothing but watch
>>34384429If we fail to rally them, we'll be basically doing nothing but watch though
>>34384413Leadership of 70, might be able to get the majority to listen to us.Captcha: British edemtifGoddammit, we're German, not some prissy tea-drinking Englishman!
>>34384463I hope we can get the Syrian bros to stop at least.
>>34384457Wrong. One option attempts to stop them, the other doesn't.They're not gonna be pleased with our attempt, failed or not.
>>34384482I think Syrian bros and fellow Germans will fall back on rationality rather than a frontal charge.
>>34384488Well, I guess it doesn't matter for me. I rolled and I am not going to change my vote because I rolled unfortunately.
>>34384504>fellow Germans will fall back on rationality rather than a frontal charge
You keep you men in check but do nothing to keep the rest of the knights from coming to Blaise's aid. Fifteen knights and all the men-at-arms save those under yours and Malik's command raced into the village.Torches were being set and flung onto hatch roofs. Dagger drawn and men gutted in the street. The peasants hadn't even time to flee. Blaise came in with a long axe in hand, laying into any passing figure from horse back. Even from a distance you could hear his blood drunk laugh.You saw one knight and two men-at-arms grab a young girl and drag her into an unlit building. A boy tried to race after her but was stopped dead by a spear. It was carnage, the fire was spreading from roof to roof and the men reveled in it like they were drunk at a feast day.Blaise took a brand and lobbed it over hand into a central building. When a young boy tried to flee the smoking building he brought his horse around to kick the child, and proceeded to trample him into pieces, all the while laughing."God no!" Orlando was off his horse and bawling, "Stop this, stop! I order you to stop. We are here to help them!" He fell to his knees and dug at the dirt."A weak leader cannot contain a mad dog," Malik said, coming beside you. Two other horsemen were with him, his daughter and the German."What would you do?" you ask him.Malik brushed his hands. "What is there to do?"The carnage was soon running its course, and you watched Blaise's men divvy up looted foodstuffs and the meager goods of the village. It seemed he now held command over the men down there.Few survivors were left in the ruins of their home. Gaunt eyed girls and weeping old men. The rest, dead.> ride down to defy Blaise> ride down to join him> write in
>>34384629>> ride down to defy Blaise"Men of God need not suffer rabid hounds such as he. Even a heretic understands this. We should put this mad-dog to the sword just as we shall to the heretics."
>>34384629> ride down to defy Blaise>write in.Tell Orlando to send a message back to the city to inform his father about this
>>34384629>> ride down to defy Blaise
>>34384629> ride down to defy BlaiseFLY THE BANNER HIGH!>>34384675this is a good idea
>>34384675Orlando is Lord Gerard's cousin, not son.
>>34384675seconding the message
>>34384713To his cousin then. Misremembered
>>34384670>>34384675These.>>34384713Cousin it is, then."What a fine tactician we have here, striking the opponent when he's the least prepared: untrained, unarmed and unarmoured. Such insight!"
>>34384629>Two other horsemen were with him, his daughter and the German.Welp, I guess we should have befriended the German instead of talking to Orlando.Ah well, next on our agenda list.
>>34384629If we were smart we'd attack him now.His men are divided and fighting over spoils and we have the advantage that he isn't expecting an attack...But we won't do that, ah well. Hopefully he doesn't kill us.
You decide that enough is enough. You cannot stomach to watch the Norman gloat over the burned out husk of the village. You assemble those who are left standing on the hill side."Sir Orlando, perhaps you had best turn back and inform your Lord Cousin of this transgression," you say.Orlando shakes his head numbly. "I am still in command here Sir Wilhelm, I must confront this brute with you."Malik sighs and gives the order for his men to approach with caution, bows ready. If things turned sour you were grossly outnumbered. You do the same, and lift your spear.You thought for a mad second of using the dress as a banner, but that would only earn further scorn from the men below. You ride to defy Blaise, but not necessarily set yourself against all his men.Your horse descends and you are reassured that your companions are close."Ho, Blaise you dog!" you call, "False-knight and hound of women, I call you out!"Blaise laughs, shouldering his axe and patting his sword. "The maid-knight calls me false, but you'll not think so of my axe's blade. Come little maid and fight me. I'll break your sword and make you a maid in truth!"His knights and footmen laugh, but the others in his company look wary.> accept his challenge (fight)> accept his challenge, but nominate a champion (pick one of your companions to duel Blaise)> submit to his authority
Challenge blaise to personal combat.
>>34384837Addendum:Lance the cunt. IF he wants to play around with a longaxe, he can deal with the consequences.
>>34384832> accept his challenge (fight)Time to channel our inner Zhu Xing
>>34384837This guy is good, better go with champion
>>34384832Goddamn it, I want to fight him but Solomon would probably be a better fit. > accept his challenge, but nominate a champion (pick one of your companions to duel Blaise)Solomon
>Not using a dress as a banner>Not earning a catchy name like the Maid-Knight of Christ>Its like we aren't trying to make a name for ourselves
>>34384858B-b-but Fire Emblem logic states that Axes beats Lances!
>>34384864There is a considerable loss of faith involved, and we're trying to regain control over the men.Can't do both.
>>34384832Lets lance the fucker
>>34384832>>34384883FUCK IT. Changing it to dueling him ourselves. Charge this fucker with our lance.
>>34384906I never understood where they got that idea.Crazy japs.
>>34384908You can nominate a champion and not suffer a big hit to your reputation.
>>34384832> accept his challenge (fight)Deutschland pride, let's jam our einhander down the mongrel's throat.captcha: John dynacqDESU VULT, ST. JOHN HAS DECREED IT.
>>34384928Very well.Have Solobro impale him with a lance, clearly this maid-knight isn't fit to fight.
>>34384928Too late, I'm committed now. Time to sacrifice a lamb to the dice gods. DEUS VULT
>>34384832> accept his challenge (fight)then use the dress as a banner with a red cross on it made from his blood
>>34384928I'm >>34384939 and I'm in the same boat as >>34384946.GUTS AND GLORY
>>34384928>Solomonslice the fucker apart my Nuigga
>>34384894>The legend spreads>We become known as some sort of Joan of Arc by all who heard of us, but never met us in person>Become trap disguised as reverse trap
>>34384928You sir, have an odd idea of how reputations work among medieval fighting men.Not that I mind, of course.
>>34384832>accept his challenge (fight)GOD WILLS IT!
You decide to fight the man yourself. You mount your horse."This man is a beast, be very careful," Malik says, gripping your shoulder. Your friends watch with baited breath, swords and weapons of their own ready.Blaise mounts his own steed and swings his axe over his head, laughing like a mad man. He is larger than you, more heavily armoured than you, and his horse is good war horse breed for battle.You face off across the dusty street of the sacked village. Your lance in hand, your horse snorting a defiant blast of hot air.> you have five passes, state your action and roll 1d100> strike beats thrust, thrust beats bind, bind beats strike. Block negates all, but fair warning, Blaise's long axe damages armour.
Rolled 37 (1d100)>>34385012STRIKE
>>34384974>A red dress and a lance on a white background becomes our personal coat of arms.
>>34385012>You mount your horse.You ready your horse, you were already mounted obviously.
Rolled 90 (1d100)>>34385012bind
Rolled 90 (1d100)>>34385012Thrust.>>34384978B-b-but we're a m-maid-knight!
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>34385012Thrust
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>34385012thrust
Rolled 69 (1d100)>>34385012THRUST
Rolled 2, 2, 3, 1, 1 = 9 (5d3)Rolling for Blaise.
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>34385012Thrust.
>>34385012faciamque in eis ultiones magnas arguens in furore et scient quia ego Dominus cum dedero vindictam meam super eos
>>34385021>>34385039>>34385050>>34385053>>34385055Strike > Thrust -4HP BlaiseBind < Thrust -8HP WilhelmThrust > Bind (crit) -8HP BlaiseThrust < Strike -8HP WilhelmThrust < Strike -8HP Wilhelm> 76 HP Wilhelm> 88 HP BlaiseYou charge the man with a shout and he answers with a charge and a laugh. Your first strike hits round the side of his helmet, but when you close to try and wrestle him from his horse he knocks you back with a resounding strike. When he tries to close with you however you match him with a fierce return blow over your own, dazing him. He returns with a roar, and batters aside your attempted counter attack, knocking you from one side to the other.You break apart panting, your arm battered. You opponent is still laughing and fresh, raising his axe for another pass.> another pass of five
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>34385223Bind
Rolled 79 (1d100)>>34385223bind
Rolled 93 (1d100)>>34385223BIND
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>34385223Thrust
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>34385223Strike
Rolled 1, 2, 3, 2, 3 = 11 (5d3)Rolling for Blaise
Rolled 30 (1d100)>>34385223Strike
Rolled 39 (1d100)>>34385223strike
>the fair maiden who required the help of real men to save her
Welp, we had a good run. Do we retreat now?
>>34385242>>34385245>>34385248>>34385258>>34385265Bind > strike -4HP BlaiseBind < thrust -8HP WilhelmBind = bind (crit) -8HP Blaise/-8HP WilhelmThrust = thrust -4 HP Blaise/-8HP WilhelmStrike < bind -10HP Wilhelm> 42 HP Wilhelm> 72 HP BlaiseBlaise comes in intending to finish this quick, but finds more fight from you then expected. He launches a strike for your head, but you catch it on your spear and throw the tip of it into his face. Trying to wrestle for advantage, he smacks you in the chest with the flat of his axe, driving you away. You come in for a grapple, and Blaise's greater strength wins out, you head but one another as you part, which leaves your head ringing.When you part you feel something in your chest move uncomfortably, something is broken in there. Blaise raises his axe and his eyebrows, his laugh still ringing out, barely strained. You cannot beat this man in arms, one more pass will almost certainly be the end of you.> yield (roll 1d100, average of three. Charisma.)> call on a companion to take up your fight (roll 1d100, average of three. Leadership)
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>34385409>> call on a companion to take up your fight (roll 1d100, average of three. Leadership)Solomon Dice Gods. Please. Please.
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>34385409>call on a companion to take up your fight (roll 1d100, average of three. Leadership)Solobro
Rolled 59 (1d100)>>34385409>call on a companion to take up your fight (roll 1d100, average of three. Leadership)solomon
Rolled 19 (1d100)>>34385409>> call on a companion to take up your fight (roll 1d100, average of three. Leadership)
Rolled 32 (1d100)>>34385409>> call on a companion to take up your fight (roll 1d100, average of three. Leadership)Hugo! it's time to use THAT!
>>34385409this bind/strike system is awful. It can't be planned for, and adds nothing.
>>34385455>>34385449>>34385444>>34385435>>34385422AND THEN THE NORMAN WON FOREVER, AS THEY ALWAYS DO.SUCK IT GERMANS!
>>34385449>>34385455Thank God you're the 4th and 5th.>>34385457It's our War score that is awful.Also people not taking the hint when the QM himself say there's no dishonor in electing a champion.
>>34385457I like it just fine in TKQ. We picked a fight with a stronger opponent and it's costing us so far.I stand by the decision though.
>>34385409>write incontinue to fight on in the name of god and what it truly means to be a knight while singing a musical number.
>>34385499This.Sing the following:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0d4qM7gCH8
Solomon is our Xu Chu clearly.Or Dian Wei, RIP
>>34385540It turns out Wilhelm was Liu Bei all along
>>34385556Then we have nothing to worry about. Zilong will clearly save our asses.
Through a ragged throat and burning chest you call to your friends watching as Blaise charges toward you."Solomon!"Though on foot the big man moves into action, sword drawn. He knocks the axe blade aside while pulling you from your horse. He dumps your body on the ground while mounting up in one swift action.Put up by the Nubians sudden appearance, the Norman tries to bring his axe to bear, but Solomon's shotel is moving fast. The axe is gone from Blaise's hands and the tip of his sword cuts a rivet through Blaise's eye before he can do more than curse. The Norman backs away, but Solomon gives no ground, keeping pace with the man. It's only when the footmen come to their master's aid that Solomon relents, the curve of his blade dripping with blood, bloody marks open all across Blaise's face.Solomon laughs. "Now who is the maid fleeing from the true knight? You who would call the loyalty of comrades-in-arms a weakness." He spat at Blaise. "Killer-of-children, I will see justice done in time."Hugo was struggling to get you to your feet.Battle lines were being drawn between Blaise's men and your own, with others watching undecided between them. Solomon sits upon your horse, his eyes never wavering from Blaise's.> rally the undecided (roll 1d100, average of three)> withdraw from the field
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>34385556>Glorious bearded brother known as the god of war >Glorious abrasive drunkard of a brother>BENEVOLENT BROTHER>Champion who risked life & limb fighting an army for your son>Countless great strategist's>Strategeist known as the sleeping dragon>MFW>>34385581Based Solomen> rally the undecided (roll 1d100, average of three)
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>34385581>> rally the undecided (roll 1d100, average of three)We must fight now.
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>34385581>rally the undecided (roll 1d100, average of three)
>>34385606Liu Bei rolls like shit, as expected of Shu.
>>34385632I think Solomon is the PC and we are the NPC...
>>34385632See: >>34384859>Time to channel our inner Zhu Xing#AskingForIt
You people rolling every time it's an option is going to get us killed.
>>34385648We clearly weren't going to withdraw from the field anyway.
>>34385581So are you gonna restart the quest or just let it end? I sense we won't live much longer.
I can go to bed happy knowing that you guys have failed
>>34385664All Wilhelm can do is fuck and beg for money. Seriously.Let's continue as Solomon as >>34385646 noted
>>34385682>implying we aren't just shadowing Cao cao's rise in the first 10 episodesNigga look at this shit we should stick to what we're good at which is mainly dickings & politics
> That was a combined char/lead roll by the way. Forgot to mention.You raise your spear."You have time to redeem your sins brothers," you say, "all those who bought into Blaise's blood lust, act now for salvation and bring the dog to heel!"Your words sound weak, and you double over to clutch your chest as you say them. Still, some of the knights draw over to your side, though Blaise still has the numbers.Clutching his ruined eye, Blaise looks equal parts terrified and furious, drawing his sword.You have eight knights to his twelve, and fifteen men-at-arms to his twenty five. Not great odds.> parlay (roll 1d100 best of three, charisma)> fight! (roll 1d100, average of three, war and leadership)
>>34385667 What is sickness to the body of a knight-errant? What matter wounds? For each time he falls... he will rise again... and woe to the wicked!
Rolled 37 (1d100)>>34385707>> parlay (roll 1d100 best of three, charisma)
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>34385707>fight! (roll 1d100, average of three, war and leadership)
>>34385707Welp we are dead>ParlayToo scared to roll
Rolled 75 (1d100)>>34385707> parlay (roll 1d100 best of three, charisma)fuck lets do a Cao cao & try & get the sun in their eyes, that or keep condemning them
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>34385707>Fight
Rolled 82 (1d100)>>34385707>> parlay (roll 1d100 best of three, charisma)We might not be able to win, but we can certainly blood them. That should be enough to make them retreat. I hope we can keep our forces intact.
Rolled 87 (1d100)>>34385707>parlay
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>34385707>> parlay (roll 1d100 best of three, charisma)
>>34385707Parlay until they turn their backs them stab them quickly.
"We're supposed to eradicate the bandits! Well, look what we have here! Got ouselves a bandit leader!"
>>34385707> parlay (roll 1d100 best of three, charisma)Look for any kind of advantage while we Parlay
You lean on Hugo as the battle lines are drawn, but as you look at the enemy numbers you see beyond them, to the survivors. So much blood shed this day, for nothing. And now Christian was fighting Christian. Aye, what nonsense.You hold up your hand."Wait," you say, voice reaching across the street, "We have not yet reached the point of no return. Let us talk, and use reason."Blaise sneers, but his fingers are trembling. "What reasons is there? You are outnumbered.""But not outmatched!" you bark back, "And you cannot win unbloodied, as you are already. I say withdraw from the field, return to Sidon or go where ever you will. Let us drop this fight now and have it be gone forever. I will not speak out against you, if you accept this terms. But if you fight, if you fight I swear today will be your last. And only hellfire awaits you beyond that."Blaise glowers but nods."Drop it and be done," he said, "We came here to kill Saracens, not each other. But should our swords have cause to cross again, death is the only resolution I shall accept, yours or mine." He rose up in the saddle, and with a sweep of his arm ordered his men to march. Your lines opened to let them through. Blaise stopped once to look down at you, his glaring just as fiercely. "You can keep those turncoats. I ride only with true men. Warriors born."They filed out and were gone, leaving only you and a small band of men in the ruins of the village.It was hard to call this a victory, but you are alive."You did well boy," Malik said with a smile, "Very gallant, very magnanimous."Orlando hangs his head. "And I was useless, and there is nought left of my command. What shall we do?" He looked to you, they all did.> we press on, we have bandits to kill> return to Sidon and report on all this to Lord Gerard> write in
>>34385838>write inattempt to help those left alive in the village and bury the dead
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>34385838Few quick questions:How many fighting men do we have left intact?How many bandits are we expecting? Their skill level? Do we still have our supplies intact?If we press on, will our wounds be treated or will they fester and get infected?
>>34385838> we press on, we have bandits to kill
>>34385857this so after this should we ride on or Return to sidion?
>>34385838>write inFor now help the villagers and we need to rest.
>>34385857This then return and report it all to Lord Gerard
>>34385857Be sure to thank Solomon for being a true brother as well.
Honestly Jesus fuck OP why don't you just make it worst of three for every action so you can akin averging?It's fucking obvious we can't do shit in any rolling situation
So can we all agree that we should increase our War stat after this
>>34385879What are you complaining about now?
>>34385893No, we should go full Cao Cao and have our brothers in arm fight against hardy foes. We should up our CHA, LDR first, and then INT. We'll probably pick up enough WAR to defend ourselves long enough to get assistance.
>>34385857>>34385867This first of all.>>34385866Can we send one messenger to Lord Gerard instead?He needs to be informed ASAP where his money went: Blaise raiding and raping innocent people (a-and fleeing from actual b-battle).>>34385893Some players could use some Int farming as well.>>34385905This guy gets it.
>>34385861>How many fighting men do we have left intact?You have twenty men. 8 knights and twelve men-at-arms. This includes named characters except yourself.> How many bandits are we expecting? Their skill level?You aren't sure. One of Orlando's failures of leadership.> Do we still have our supplies intact?Yes, that wasn't touched.> If we press on, will our wounds be treated or will they fester and get infected?You'll have to get looked at, and there is a chance of infection. It would heal faster on its own, but if you stay out of direct battles you might heal in time. Though I'll say again, there is a higher chance of infection if you are out on the road.
>>34385838>rest and make the others help the villagers>send someone back to the city with words of what has happened.
>>34385894There's a reason most quests use the "best of three", and that's because the dice are fucking awful, and especially for quests which rely so much on these dice.Just imagine if we had rolled even worse in the duel, we were rolling 90s and we still got our shit kicked in.>>34385905War is a lost cause, we can hardly kill two beggars, much less anyone with actual strength
>>34385838>>34385914In that case:First>>34385857and then>rest, get our wounds treated, and send messenger back to city.We have the supplies, let us regroup first.
>>34385935>War is a lost cause, we can hardly kill two beggars, much less anyone with actual strengthAgreed. Our CHA is already high, lets pump more into that. We will field an army of men to do our fighting for us.
>>34385954we are going to become the ultimate fusion between Cao Cao and Liu Bei
>>34385935>War is a lost cause, we can hardly kill two beggars,Fucking seconded, we shouldn't fight for any fucking reason unless we have to, we're obviously fucking shit at it
>>34385935The dice system is imported from the TKQ. They usually reserve "best of three" situation to where the player has a clear advantage, either situation or stat wise, over their opponent.Which I am guessing is why we got best of 3 with parlay and average of 3 with war and leadership.It usually works fine because of the modifier system, it just didn't work very well because we got into a shitty situation with a mediocre stats.
>>34385954Daily reminder that Joan of Arc removed fish and chips without killing a single man because of her insane Cha.
>>34385968Bang bitches like Cao Cao, betray people like Liu Bei, amass power like Cao Cao, attract more talented people like Liu Bei.
>>34385838so to recount we all want to>Help the village & bury the dead>Send a messenger to the Sidion>get wounds treated
>>34385977And look what happens in TKQ, they spent AN ENTIRE SESSION, getting FUCKING WRECKED because of a few bad rolls.Even Raian thought it was fucking mad that we couldn't do fucking ANYTHING against Sun Ce's forces.
>>34386006Sometimes shit happens. Just gotta deal with that
>>34386006Nothing we can do against Huang Gai.
>>34386006>getting fucking wrecked by Sun Ce's forcesIt wasn't even that bad, now Chang'an that was bad
>>34386014>Whoops, SOMETIMES this dice system is UTTER SHIT, better ignore it until we die like a hobo because we got a single 3 while averagingYeah, no, fuck you.
>>34386025Chang'an wasn't due to the rolls, which is the problem here.We did EVERYTHING right in that battle, but we didn't win, we lost absurd amounts of troops and we looked to be incompetent.Why? Because of a few rolls.That's not how a dice system should be.
You close your eyes."We need to do the right thing," you say, "We need to bury the dead, and tend to the wounded, and we need to tell Lord Gerard of Blaise's villainy." You look to the men assembled. "Well do I wish I could stand to forge on, but the truth is for now at least I need a physician.""You rest," Malik said, "Take a room, I have a good physician in my number. He will help you. Let me organise the burials. It is only right, this village is Muslim and you Christians would not know the words.""And I'll ride for my cousin, reap this ill news and bear full responsibility," Orlando tried to look manful, but mostly looked weak.You let Hugo and one of Malik's men take you by the shoulders and all but walk you into an un-burned house. As they pry off your mail shirt you scream in vicious agony. Your entire chest is black."Broken ribs," the physician says, "Could be bad healing. You need fresh water and lots of rest.""Ah curse me lad," Franz came up beside you, "Curse me to hell. I promised your father you'd come to no harm." The one time forester knelt at your bedside. "I'll guard your door, not a thing will pass by me.""You cluck like mother hen," Solomon said, "He still lives, he is strong." He has Blaise's axe over his shoulder."Brother, thank you," you say to Solomon. He laughed. "No thanks are needed, though I may yet take it from you in coin." You point to the axe. "I mean to return this to the false-knight," he makes a chopping motion with his hand, "through his skull."The men who had joined in the slaughter were directed to bury the dead. By nightfall some had taken ill, from their own misdeeds. You slumber a little, and Hugo brings you food and water through out the night.> roll 1d100, average of three
>>34386014So what if we had rolled a one >>34385581 ?We wouldn't have gotten any aid, and we would have died.Did we do anything wrong? No.The dice simply have too much control.
Rolled 95 (1d100)>>34386039nigga your a fucking whinger now man the fuck up & quit bitching about a mediocre defeat>>34386057
>>34386025Chang'an wasn't bad dice rolls, it was us charging up a hill. Outnumbered 2 to 1. Against veteran troops. Who had fortified their position. While our troops were still exhausted. The only thing we had going for us was high morale at the time. Which was counteracted by our exhaustion.>>34386039I don't think we looked incompetent so much as Sun Ce and his fleet looked great. Our troops were maxed out at trained, while their naval troops were presumably veterans or elites with 30 warships. Lu Bu and Zhang Liao's fleets were weaker than ours as well. I can see a setback as a realistic outcome even with good decisions. If we had gotten completely routed, I would have been pissed.
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>34386057rawl>>34385989In reality we'll get:>control youself like Dong Zhuo, be loved by your men like Zhang Fei, be famous like Pang Tong, plan like Lu Bu, lead like Liu Shang
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>34386057Yay, time for more "We can't roll anything good" shenanigans that EVERYONE loves
>>34386069Behold the professional jinx at work
>>34386069>>34386067>>34386064Knowing our luck this thread we'll have a ruptured lung
>>34386099while getting stabbed by a angry muslim peasent who takes is fustrations of this attack out on us
>>34386064You shouldn't defend something that has obvious flaws.>If we had gotten completely routed, I would have been pissed.Considering what had happened, if Sun Ce had more troops it might have actually occurred.But because we were in such a superior position (and didn't roll for it), it didn't happen.But just imagine if we had rolled, and gotten a 5, or a 2, or any manner of low roll, we could have been utterly fucked.
>>34386077>>34386094See?Exactly my point.One low roll has ruined the entire average, instead of a high roll we now end up with a mediocre one, which is never good, since dice always want us to roll high
>>34386134mate, take it easy. Just roll with it
I'm really tempted to call a halt on the quest to talk it out with the dude currently yelling up a storm. If you really want to talk and not just shit fling, I'll reply to you in /qtg/.
>>34386134DCs rather>>34386152>Hey, we shouldn't let anything improve and just sit around stagnating like fucking retards because "It's just good enough"No, we could have died multiple times due to rolls, not bad decisions, in this very threads, and it's a stupid idea to let it keep happening.
>>34386165What? Don't engage the meta mid-thread, please continue. I need my fucking fix.
>>34386165Do this roll and we call it for today. Been a quite a long session
>>34386152This sure is a dicey situation.
>>34386113yes and even the best laid plains go up in smoke sometimes that just how things are and the fact you don't actually suggest an alternative makes you nothing more than a whinger because your doing nothing to better the situation you are arguing against.>>34386165Ignore him continue on please we'll talk after you finish
>>34386165>Shit stormIt's just discussion, just leave a few minutes at the end and we'll be fine.Now lets see how badly that 11 fucked us up.
>>34386172We could. But we didnt. And we wont die unless we do something really stupid. Bad rolls or not
>>34386165Nonononon continue damnit, this is a weekly quest. I don't want it to be cut short. TKQ is short enough as it is
>>34386165Just a note: the Three Kingdoms Quest has a plan B (and a plan C) in case the protagonist should find himself on his way to Heaven.Zhu Xing can be replaced by his little brother and sister should things go really Southland for him.
>>34386209So does this quest.
Your wounds are slow to recover, but careful ministration avoids a major infection. You are still weak however, and not full returned to your strength by the week's end. Your chest is bandaged carefully, your bones carefully set."I give you good odds," the physician said, "But advise you stay put for another week at least."You have a week of rest, and it chafes at you.The month of March opens with you sitting up in your bed with your shatranj set laid out.> nominate a challenger
>>34386209yes & we have Hugo also maybe Jehannes bastard
>>34386217Malik ibn Mujir
>>34386217Can Malik play? Let's test his skills.
>>34386217> accept his challenge MalikLets get some insight on him
>>34386229>>34386228Malik can play.
>>34386217Malik's daughter.Might as well put all that CHA to work.
>>34386188Roll three dice, drop the lowest and average the two highest, that's one way to do it.>>34386196>And we wont die unless we do something really stupidIf you didn't notice, we had to roll to call out Solomon to stop having our shit stomped, if we had failed that, what would have happened?He wouldn't have come, our shit would have been stomped.At any rate, lets save this for later.>>34386217Solomon.
>>34386212>>34386225Then, frustrating as the ride may be, let's see where the dice can take Wilhelm for now.
>>34386243Right in his own bed it seems.
>>34386243I dunno, I kinda liked the suspenseful ride. And things worked out well enough. We just gotta remember what we are good at. Which I'm guessing we won't forget anytime soon.
>>34386261This is what we are good at.>>34386239
>>34386239Malik's cool as hell, let's not bang his daughter just yet lest it force him to chop us into 50 little pieces.
>>34386273The 3 Bs of Wilhem:BluffBefriendBang
>>34386276It's called converting...
>>34386261>What we are good atBegging and fucking girls?We can't lead or fight, so as a Knight we can hardly do anything.Our only real fortune is in making friends and doing diplomancy, which is far too high tier for us right now
>>34386243Frustration & failure as well as the uncertainty of the outcome of our endeavours in these kind of quests is what makes them fun as your never certain whether the mc will live or die.
Shame that we are going to miss the wedding though
>>34386303Frustration, no, failure, yes.The word you're looking for is suspense, that makes a quest fun. Frustration is another emotion entirely.
You call for Malik to join you, and he sits across from you with a thoughtful frown."Well this is a welcome surprise, I did not know you played," he said, hands drifting over the pieces."Would you care for a game?" you ask."Of course," he replied.> roll 1d100, average of three
>>34386302We're building up our Empire so Leadership will be worked on. Talent will come naturally as a result of Charisma. We just need to remember that we gotta get other people to do the fighting for us.
Rolled 38 (1d100)>>34386320Me Wilhelm. Me good at games.
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>34386306Another thing you can chalk up to terrible rolls huh>>34386320How much more can we put on it then?
Rolled 23 (1d100)>>34386320
>>34386330>Another thing you can chalk up to terrible rolls huhYou would have missed the wedding either way. It was in a week's time and a week had already passed by the time you reached the village.Forgot to mention, pick a stat, lead, int or war to improve.
>>34386310No I meant frustration.>>34386349War
>>34386362Mate i think WAR is a lost cause gotta build up what we are sure to do better at
>>34386362actually I mean Int
>>34386362>Still trying to improve warStop.
>>34386362>>34386381Guys we get knocked the fuck around by half-starved peasants with butter knives, war is an utterly lost cause.INT we can have someone else do, lead is the only thing we need
>>34386401I want to improve War so we don't get killed by a level one NPC or at least get gear and some buffs to War>>34386401
>>34386434Just stay close to Solomon and don't act like a fucking retard and we'll be fine then
>>34386434then let's stop throwing ourselves into situations like that & stick close to people like Solomon.
>>34386448Solomon is our Nubian Chu Xu
>>34386434We won't die instantly to anyone, but we shouldn't be picking fights. Stay behind our Nubian brother and watch his back.
Malik is an old hand at the game, but rather than murder you outright he takes the time to show you ways in which you can move, plays and strategies that work, and thoughtful tidbits about the history of the game."You are not awful Sir, not awful," he said, eyes crinkling as he stole your rook, "But you still have much to learn."Soon enough you are in check mate. You scowl and ask for another, then another, and another. You do not best him, but you are distracted from the pain in your chest. By the time Hugo brings you your evening meal you have forgotten the game entirely and are chatting amiably with Malik."Ah yes, you Franks are good warriors, but your leadership is all scattered. You have no chain of command or obedience in you. Truth, I like that about your people, but it means your armies cannot take and keep their gains," he said, using the shatranj pieces for demonstration, "While the Saracens, we understand armies and how they work. The Romans taught us, and continue to teach us in our wars against the Komnenos Emperors. Effective but deadly lessons."It's all very interesting, you drink in his words carefully as you eat. Finally the sun is so far gone Malik is yawning."I enjoyed this game my friend, may we have another," he departed, leaving you to rest.That last week ends with you back on your feet. Your chest still stings and when you twist the wrong way the breath escapes you, but the physician is pleased."Aye, you can ride now, if you want," he said, unwinding the bandages. A fortnight's rest.The new day was greeted with Sir Orlando's return, and with it, dire news...End of part 3--QnA starts now, I'll try to answer fairly.+1 int, +1 war, +2 lead
>>34386478we are germans goddamnit!
>>34386478what kind of feel are you going for in this quest? Mythical style crusades or Realism?
>>34386478So, fancy changing up the die system?
>>34386478Review of our decisions, go! How much respect did we get for our actions against Blaise? From the Syrians, Orlando, and our household. Is the German knight still with us? Was he impressed by us?
>>34386478So how weak are we in the grand scheme of things? Is it viable to just get better armor, defeat weaklings, and concentrate on other stats?
>>34386493>How much respect did we get for our actions against Blaise? From the Syrians, Orlando, and our household.You could have handled the situation better. You really should have tried to rally the troops on the hill. All in all outside fighting Blaise you did okay. The fact you fought Blaise won you some points from Malik's men, but they would have been more impressed if you had shown leadership and sent someone else to fight. The Franks weren't very impressed, but you rallied enough of them afterward with that speech that they backed down. Even if you'd failed to rally all of them on the hill, you would have swayed enough that Blaise wouldn't have been as keen to fight straight away.That was the only outright bad choice you guys made, doing nothing when Blaise charged off like a blood hungry monster.You almost picked a truly awful option with going to that Church. That was blackmail material waiting to be sprung at a later date.The German is still around.>>34386491I'll think about cutting down on the calls for dice rolls, but no promises. I like that there is a variable completely outside your or my control.
>>34386513In the grand scheme of things you aren't the worst fighter in the world. For instance you could reasonable match Franz one on one. It's just that you are mediocre. Good gear and a bit of training can raise you up to 'good', but I still wouldn't fight duels against other knights until you are really well kitted out. Blaise completely outmatched you though.
>>34386537I'm not saying we should have no dice rolls or only best of three, but I suggest trying out some different dice systems as we go along.Say, instead of averaging we go for roll 3, drop lowest average the rest.Personally lowest of three has always been a bad decision in my head and in the head of most QMs, there's only been one other quest that's used it recently as far as I can remember, and to be honest, it was a terrible move to make
>>34386537>You really should have tried to rally the troops on the hillI thought the rally option won. Then I went up and recounted.Ironic that people repeatedly castigated other players for picking the "Dice" option when the only dice option we didn't pick almost fucked us.
>>34386554So next time we fight half-starved peasants with butter knives we can expect not to have the same amount of injuries at the end of the fight as we did with Blaise?
>>34386568One out of three was just to let you know how terribly ineffective that option is. It's meant as a warning sign not to take it, as your chances are slim to none of success.I'm thinking about changing up the fighting system at the mo'.
>>34386568For me, I'm not interested in the results of the dice rolls as much as how they are weighted. I don't really subscribe to the theory that misfortune should be able to dictate success or failure, only the degrees of success or failure.If the stats are good and the decisions are good, I think even a 10 average should produce a good result. Though not as good as as a high 90s average obviously.Conversely, if the stats are bad and the decisions are horrible, I think even a high 90s average should end in failure. Obviously, I'm on the extreme side of the spectrum and I have no idea how you weigh the rolls (particularly since our stats aren't that high). But I would suggest slightly decreasing the overall impact of dice in favor of more tangible stats.
>>34386579There was more to the fight with those two bandits than meets the eye. That's all I'm saying on that. The fact they fought well and coordinated despite being starved and ill equipped was deliberate.
>>34386579But we didn't suffer any permanent injuries from that fight though.
>>34386582And let me tell you right now, Players are dumb fucking retards who believe in their own judgement over all else, even if the QM outright states "This is a bad idea."But that's not the point, the point is, is mainly about the averaging and the use of die, especially for the ones where we have a fair chance.>>34386607Or this, because to be quite honest I wouldn't be complaining about the dice system if it wasn't for the impact it's been having.
>>34386478When's the next session?
>>34386615We've suffered permanent injuries?Fuck, where? What? How has it effected our stats?
>>34386640we didn't that was his point>>34386607I like you, you bring up a good point
>>34386653We didn't have any permanent injuries in either if the fights, so there's no point either way.
>>34386664Well, maybe not "permanent", but we certainly had lingering injuries from the Blaise fight that could have turned for the worse if we didn't rest.
>>34386678I think if we'd failed that roll when we got examined by the Physician we might've gotten a serious if not deadly wound.>>34386613care to clarify my contention?
Disease can kill you possibly more easily than anything else. Henry the Fifth and Edward the Black Prince both shat themselves to death, but you'll get the option to recover when it comes into play. It's more accurate that when you catch disease or are in a bad way, you are more likely to kill yourself through over stressing your injuries and illness.
>>34386697Peasants aren't too big a threat to you, but you won't be fighting ten at once and walking away unscathed.
>>34386702>DiseaseYo QM, love your quest and all, but I really hope that doesn't mean there's a chance we'll just get Japanese cold and keel over after getting bad rolls. We can recover so long as we rest and get decent treatment, correct?
>>34386721>We can recover so long as we rest and get decent treatment, correct?Correct. Your chances are improved if you can hire a good, dedicated physician.
>>34386489>what kind of feel are you going for in this quest? Mythical style crusades or Realism?Mostly realism, but I can't promise 100% accuracy. There's no fantasy elements planned for it. Heroic realism is as good a descriptor as any.
>>34386728You mean those people who costed high lords and ladies an arm and a leg to buy?How the fuck are we supposed to get one of them?
>>34386742It's still early days yet, the opportunities will present eventually.
>>34386738>Heroic realismI don't see anything we've done as being heroic-tier by any means.Solomon maybe, as he effectively wrecked the guy we were getting wrecked by, but I don't see us making any real difference in anything with the way our stats are going.The only real strength we have is charisma, and we haven't been presented any opportunity to use it aside from fucking girls to be wed.And considering our non-noble bloodline, the lack of any and all influence in any forces, I find it rather hard to believe we're going to get anywhere at all. Zhu Xing in TKQ got in his place because he can fight good, but that's exactly what you're supposed to do in the army.Meanwhile we haven't been shown to be anywhere near an able fight, we're a horrible tactician, and we have no one to lead.
>>34386738well by Mythical crusades I meant high fantasy style heroic such as holding a gate against oncoming Hordes or defeating a 20,000 strong army with a few hundred men.the reason I ask is because >>34386241 suggestion is much better suited to those High heroics than your current system.
>>34386728I'm still a little worried that the realism element of disease will get in the way of questing fun and player agency. It wouldn't be very fun to have Zhu Xing suddenly drop dead of the flu at age 30 for example. >>34386780It's thread 3, anon, and we are still 17. I like the pacing as it is. We don't need to be superman at age 17.
>>34386751Was 17 health really that much though?In the bandit/thieves/assassins/whatever fight we ended up with 59 health and only got superficial cuts, 17 health away from breaking our ribs, having chances of infection and generally being close to death.It seems a little harsh to be honest.
>>34386804well yeah as Raian said in TKQ 50 health is the point where superficial becomes real somewhat serious wounds
>>34386793Zhu Xing was leading an army at 18 anon, at 20 he was leading one of the strongest armies in the land.I'm not saying I want to be Zhu Xing, I'm just saying the current PC is rather out of place with his skills.
>>34386817yes we should be at court bedding wenches, mending the Schism between Muslim & christians getting connections.
>>34386815I understand that, but considering HOW FUCKING FAST we lose our health to anything other than half starved peasants with butter knives (and even then we were 9 HP off of having an exact injury like this), we die almost sickeningly fast.And sure, you can easily argue humans die easily. But since that is the case, shouldn't it also extend to our enemy as well?
>>34386838well taking it as an example of how fucking outclassed we were
>>34386817Zhu Xing was a lt/captain at age 18. I believe he became a City Watch Captain at age 19-20.This quest clearly has a slower pace and I think it's a little unfair to compare the two like that, especially after thread 3. I enjoy the slower progressions and don't have a problem with that.
>>34386852>I'm not saying I want to be Zhu Xing,I'm not saying I want this to be TKQ goddamn it.I'm just saying unlike Zhu Xing our skills are relatively out of place
>>34386838We've literally only fought 3 guys in a serious environment though. One was a knight who clearly outmatched us in every respect, so it's not a surprise that we were wounded after 10 rounds and the other guy was relatively fine.
>>34386869yes because we're in the wrong field, switch the battlefield for a court & let us work on our in Int & we'll be good.
>>34386869I don't think so. I think we have good leadership, great charisma for someone our age, and that's a good foundation. I don't actually know where you are getting "horrible tactician" from. We are a bad fighter, that's about it. In this short campaign, we managed to befriend and ally with Mujirs and have assumed the mantle of leadership from Oscar. We effectively lead 20 men right now and we can use that to our advantage. We'll also have an advantage when we get back to court and have to play politics and make alliances/work on advancing ourselves.If we just rallied the troops on the hills, we would be sitting in an even better position, but no use crying over spilled milk.
>>34386892We're young, not of a noble family, have no achievements or merit so to speak of, we've befriended Jews, Muslims and others.We'd die in court faster than on the battle field.
>>34386869>>34386892You actually had a chance to go in for more courtly intrigue by going to the audience with Lord Gerard, going on an adventure against bandits just won out instead.Nothing wrong with that, as a knight you can't avoid the saddle entirely after all.
Currently plan is to run the next session at 8PM Wednesday, PDT
>>34386913stick us in a pissend admin office & we'll be relatively safe besides where else could we go? besides cross benching allows us to go places others will not & potentially stabilise the situation at large.>>34386919yes unfortunately we all decided [me included] that we wanted go to battle.
>>34386957Looking forward to it.
>>34386957Also, don't let the slightly heated Q&A get you down. That's a sign that people are invested and interested in your quest.
>>34386994>>34387010(dropped my trip, and this is me signing off)I'll try not to take things too hard. Cheers.
>>34386780Liu Bei started with nothing but a butcher, a criminal, and his claim that he was a scion of the Han and died with a kingdom. The weakest kingdom, but a kingdom nonetheless.Just have Wilhelm claim he's related to some royal family or something and it will work out