Alright, I might be struggling to breathe and be suffering from a splitting pain in my right ear from somehow damaging it by COUGHING too much... (How is that even a thing?!) But screw it. You all know what time it is!This is the quest where you play a single individual in something much larger. Your actions as a single hero will help shape and direct your tribe from the Mesolithic, to who knows what future.You currently have no name, no appearance and few friends, as your eccentric work to develop something new has distanced you from the day-to-day life of the tribe. More pressingly however, you have run your supply of food dry and are in danger of starving if you neglect the hunt or gathering plants any longer.Let's deal with something that's gone un-adressed for several threads first: What is your name?>Trym>Mikuhla>Yarnin>Ozker>Write in
>>43488268kek, I read that as>need-sexaminingBut I guess to be serious, Trym is probably the best name.
Well this is off to an interesting start...The two genuine answers aside, does no-one have an interest in naming this tribesman? You'll be playing him for the entire first generation.
>>43488184>>TrymLet's go with the old faithful asskicker!
Ohthankgodatiebreaker. It only took an hour...>TrymJobs: Hunter 1Strength: 2Speed: 2Skill: 1Spirit: 0Wits: 1Charisma: 1Equipment: Flint spear4 javelinsFlint fishing spearBuckskin loinclothGoatskin jacketTraits: NoneBelongings: Two white leavesWhen a roll is needed for an action, you take the relevant jobs, combined with the attribute which governs the action you are attempting and apply any relevant traits.I will inform you of the applicable jobs, stat and traits, but I'll leave the luck up to you guys.Now what does Trym look like?
>>43489454Sorry had dinner. Trym is 5'10" 182 lbs lightly tanned skin say reddish brown hair green eyes. Sharp pronounced cheekbones over a jawline that could split stone. Full lips under a somewhat shaggy beard the same colour of his hair. Corded muscles leave him fit but not overly muscled. Deer skin pants cover his legs and protect from scratches. A small deer skin vest hung over his broad shoulders and partially covers a small scar around his left side ribs where a boar almost gored him. Sorry kinda got a little carried away. Creamed my pants a little as well.
>>43489601>green eyesI think you meant to say brown eyes. It's ok, we all make mistake.
>>43490024So is that the only part you disagree with? Or are you gonna put up your own description?
I flipped a coin and it came up brown eyesTrym is a very tall man, by the tribe's standards and his red hair unusual, but everyone knows him as a part of the family and accepts this strangeness.It is currently late spring. Brother Elia is the only member of the tribe you can presently say you are really close too, given you spent the previous moon and a half working on your strange creations together. You have no hunting band, but you should be able to bring in enough to survive, should you chose to go to the forest. Of course, hunting carries its own risks; an angry boar like the one that gave you your scar is a threat even for a full band, much less you and 'weak-spear'.What will do this season?>Hunt in the forest>Fish in the river>Explore the forest (gather plants too)>Explore up the valley>Explore down the valley>Explore the hills>Experiment and create a method of hurling stones better
>>43490349>>Hunt in the forestElia can use the stone thrower.
>>43490423Yeah sounds like a plan
>>43490423Thirding.Happy to see you posting, Britfag. I started reading the old civ quest archive and I fell in love with your world.
>>43490839Good news is that several aspects may be recycled, especially the divinities, as some have no-doubt guessed. Just wish I had the post count of those old threads... And the originality.Thank you very much for the kind words though.>>43490423The stone-thrower isn't yet completed. In its current form, it's not damaging anything bigger than a sparrow.Writing now. Sorry it's so slow. My head is absolute murder tonight.
>>43491090Aw shits, I forgot to actually post what needs rolling!Please roll 2d10 (Wits + Hunter) to locate your prey. We'll take the highest of the first three rolls... So seeing this thread, the highest roll, period...Following that, we'll see what you roll up to hunt and that will determine if you have to use strength or skill for the second phase of the hunt.>Protip: Higher rolls mean bigger beasts... But also bigger threats
Rolled 5, 7 = 12 (2d10)>>43491137
Rolled 7, 3 = 10 (2d10)>>43491137
rolled 2d10hope that's the right command. I'll be grabbing dinner in a moment.
>>43491353Options field dice+2d10
Rolled 5, 6 = 11 (2d10)>>43491137
Rolled 5, 3 = 8 (2d10)Danke Mucho
I may revise hunting later, into a single roll. This places too many failure-points on the players.>>43491153Your stomachs growling for food, you and Elia grab your spears and head for the forest. The rest of your family and the tribe are glad to see you come out of seclusion and seemingly re-devote yourselves to 'proper' pursuits. Some of the stigma of your odd seclusion seems to have stuck with you however and might require some work to patch up. You get the feeling that, until you do, or otherwise prove yourself of note, your voice may not carry as much worth to the tribe.You spend the rest of spring partly in the forest and partly in the village, hunting and bringing back the kills to where they won't be stolen by wandering animals. Luck is on your side and while your hunt is not exceptional, it is enough to keep you both in surplus for some time, if you can bring it home. Your biggest catch is a straggler from a herd of deer that you come upon grazing.>Roll 2d10 (Skill + Hunter) to successfully bring home a dear>If you fail, you still have enough to feed yourselves, but not to add anything to your reserves>This is what I mean about too many failure points...
Rolled 8, 1 = 9 (2d10)>>43492040
Rolled 3, 4 = 7 (2d10)>>43492040Mmm... I love me some "dear".
Rolled 7, 8 = 15 (2d10)>>43492040The Tribe will see, they'll see when we bring down food with ease and safety, they'll see when our stones rain from the heavens to bring home feasts, THEY"LL ALL SEE
Rolled 6, 3 = 9 (2d10)>>43492040
>>43492161Ladies and gentlemen, we have a stone-age mad scientist. Lovely stuff. AND he's a lucky roller!You wait until a doe becomes separated from the herd, stalking carefully from downwind of her. You slowly creep closer and closer, javelins already in your hands, crawling on your bellies towards your prey. For a split second, just as you're about to stand, the doe turns her head and you swear she looks straight into your eyes. Pools of deep, liquid darkness, brown as rich soil, gaze into your own. For an instant, there's half of a connection there, even as your legs are uncoiling under you, pushing you forward, your arm drawing back by instinct to cast the spear.The weapon leaps from your hand and sails through the air straight and true, punching through her chest and driving a heavy sigh, almost sadly from her. Elia's first cast is short, but another javelin is already in your hand, plucked from the quiver as the herd reacts to your presence and bolts for the trees. The doe gathers breath and starts to scream before your second cast tears into her throat and Elia hobbles her back leg, stopping her from springing away. Time seems to have been moving like sap in the frost, but now abruptly snaps back to its normal pace, the doe falling and the rest of the herd making for the forest.Elia calls out in triumph. "GOT her! HAH! Great spears, brother! She'll keep us fed for a full moon yet!"
So uh... while we're sitting around here, anyone play any other "Ancient Not-Europe/Not-The-Cradle-Of-Mankind-or-Civilization" games? Any you guys'd suggest?
>>43492752Awesome, now lets get around to finishing up our doomsday weapon, we can be the world's first Inventor
>>43492752You gut the doe there, leaving the innards for the animals that might otherwise pursue you, before cutting out her ligaments and using them to tie the carcass to a long pole for ease of carrying. You and Elia feel pretty good about yourselves on the return to the camp and feast well on the lean meat."I wish they kept their fall fat all year," sighs Elia, the juice of grilled meat dribbling into his beard. "Nothing's sweeter than that."You have to agree, but even so, venison is good all year round. The bones will prove useful too, as will the hide, once it's scraped and prepared. Clothes, bindings and other ideas come to your mind, as you pat your full belly and settle down to sleep. The skin will wait until tomorrow.The seasons turn and soon it is early summer. You have enough food in reserve for one half-season.>Hunt in the forest 2d10 (Skill + Hunter)>Fish in the river 2d10 (Skill + Hunter)>Explore the forest (gather plants too)>Explore up the valley>Explore down the valley>Explore the hills>Continue your experiment to create a method of hurling stones better 1d10 (Wits)I was a bit too generous to you last time in your attempts to create a sling, but no matter. You keep the progress you made
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>43492905>Continue your experiment to create a method of hurling stones better 1d10 (Wits)Come on, I feel like we're close to a breakthrough
Rolled 3, 4 = 7 (2d10)>>43492905>>Fish in the river 2d10 (Skill + Hunter)Think of ways to improve the stone thrower
>>43492953>>43493146You can do both of these at once, but it'll mean splitting your attention and both tasks will become MUCH harder.Also, this may be the last update for today... My head is killing me and this thread's slow anyway... I could continue tomorrow, if the thread is still up by then, but I'm on GMT, so who knows who'll be up.
Rolled 6, 5 = 11 (2d10)>>43492905We've got red meat, now lets get some white meat.
>>43493184How exactly are we fishing? Rod and line or spear? Cuase if it's spear just focus on fishing.
>>43493294Spear fishing m8. Check out that gear list!Votes called. Writing this last post and then hitting the sack. Hope I can see you all tomorrow...
>>43493350Yes sorry. Didn't see it because eyes decided to be lazy gits.
Summer is the perfect season to be knee-deep in the water. As the oppressive heat bears down upon the tribe, everyone from elders to children heads to the stream. Anyone with a fish spear however, heads downstream to where it joins the valley's main river. A trio of youngsters just old enough to be trusted with the light, barbed fishing spears, come along too.Everyone stabs their foot the first few times and it's always the worst feeling in the world. Not only do the new fishers have to dig the sharp flint out of their soft feet, but they also have to bind the wound and sit on the bank, to say nothing of the taunting from their fellows (until eventually all three of them are sitting, thoroughly humbled and nursing small wounds).Given Elia's luck with spears, it's probably for the best that he uses his hands to catch fish, the same way they were before the tribe first took a stone or a stick in their hand and the same way bears still do. You fare somewhat better, but Elia's talent for moving quietly and carefully extends to the water as well and every so often he catches a wriggling, slick fish in his hands. As for you, you worked out long ago that the trick is to aim just a little in front of your target as it swims through your wide-apart legs and soon you have a respectable pile of silvery river fish waiting on the bank.The early summer passes well. The tribe cannot keep the catch for too long before it goes bad, but you have enough to keep your reserves high and soon, the very height of summer comes and the uncaring sun makes you glad you chose the river's cool embrace.
>>43493791And that's it for tonight. Thank you all very much for playing. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your enemies! The more players, the more fun!If the thread is still alive tomorrow morning, I'll quickly post something and we may as well keep going until it dies a natural death.
>>43493823Thanks for the run and feel better mate.
>>43493823Thanks for running, how close are we now?
>>43493823reading archive now, hoping to catch next threadlong time no see britfag
We're still alive? Fantastic! I'll just take the time to seem halfway human and we'll start 'er up again.
>>43498212Cool! Take your time.I need to drop the kid off at his aunt, back in 2-3 hrs.
Trym has sadly not gained enough experience to become a level 1 fisherman. Great success on rolls will sometimes result in gaining a level in a relevant job.It is presently late summer. You have enough food for another half-season. You cannot store any more food.>Hunt in the forest 2d10 (Skill + Hunter)>Fish in the river 2d10 (Skill + Hunter)>Explore the forest (gather plants too)>Explore up the valley>Explore down the valley>Explore the hills>Continue your experiment to create a method of hurling stones better 1d10 (Wits)
>>43498461I find it somewhat funny that's if we used our toy slang to throw a javelin we would have an atlatl
>>43498609Funny that, isn't it?As it stands, the thrower's far too weedy and whippy for that, but you could well develop such a thing. In fact, it's not such a leap of imagination, so if you want to, go for it. Atlatls, slings, bows and javelins all have their uses (though admittedly, atlatls are kind of made obsolete, in my opinion, by bows)
>>43498654That is an exceedingly common opinion>>43498461Let's continue with our experimentation as is
>>43498686In order to continue trying to develop slings, you'll need to roll 1d10 for wits. The good news is, on a roll of 9 or 10, you'll gain a level in the 'Craftsman' job, which should make all manner of things easier, this early in history!
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>43498461>>43499041I'll second experiment
>>43499338>mfw elia and trym become the alpha hunters of the clan
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>43499041
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>43499041please come back britbong
>>43499499I have returned. Sorry it took so long. And you are DAMN lucky that I take the highest of the first three rolls. By the way? On a roll of 1, there's a research accident. Not a problem now, but it may be later.Satisfied that you have enough food to last you until the richness of fall, you and Elia go back to work on your stone-throwing device. At first you're still stuck at a dead end, but then you have a flash of insight. One evening in camp, you watch Mesut re-wrap the hide grip on his spear, that seems to have worked loose. As he tugs one end, the spear spins in his grip, faster and faster until he has to catch it as it tries to slip out of his fingers."THAT'S IT!" Heads turn to look at you, but you're already past caring, as you grab Elia and scramble for the deer hide and ligaments from your hunt.It takes a few more attempts, wasting much of the hide as you try different designs, but as the weather slowly starts to turn colder, you finally have something. A small pouch of deerskin on the end of two long ligaments. You loop the ends around your fingers, place a heavy, smooth stone in the spin the device around your head. As the air starts to thrum after three rotations, you release one of the ligaments and the stone goes flying! Actually hitting a target takes much more work, but soon Elia and you are reasonably reliable. Now the only problem that remains is how to present your creation to the tribe...You have gained a level in the 'Craftsman' job!How will you introduce your creation to the tribe?>Hunt with it and show its success through results 2d10 (Skill + Hunter)>Try and present the device to the elders and convince them of its use>Show it around the tribe and brag about what it can do>Gift it to Mesut and his band. The best hunter in the tribe can put it to the best use!
Rolled 5, 9 = 14 (2d10)>>43499755>Hunt with it and show its success through resultslet us be a man of ideas and action, not just words
Rolled 7, 5 = 12 (2d10)>>43499755>>Hunt with it and show its success through results 2d10 (Skill + Hunter)
Rolled 8, 1 = 9 (2d10)>>43499755Hunt with it!
>>43499755If we do this well we must not try and outshine the hunting groups and create tensions inside our clan. Hunters are needed for larger, more dangerous game! The slings will help the weaker, more agile men as well as children and women to contribute to the community.
>>43499972Yeah... still best of three I hope
>>43499755You still there OP?
>>43500481I hope so...So what kind of build are we going for here?I'm thinking high skill/chabut without neglecting psysical skills entirelydon't care about spirit desu
>>43500507>desuwat...to be honest got auto'd into desuwtf is this?
>>43500481I keep hoping for more people... Screw it. More posts = more people, so I'll try and pick up the pace.The hunt goes well with your new slings (a sleep-deprived Elia wanted to call them twirly-hurlies, but you told him to shut up) and you discover that while they can crack skulls and limbs with ease, they have less effect on the torso of a creature the size of a deer. You swear you heard ribs break, but it's not enough to stop your prey from escaping. Nevertheless, you can carry many more stones in a small bag than you can javelins and you bring home rabbits and birds aplenty. While some in the tribe are impressed by your kills with such a strange weapon, most pay it no mind. A spear or cast stone works just as well they say and are much easier to use. Further, the sling is no good against more powerful prey, like boars or bears.The only real advocates for using the weapon are Elia and the children who first saw it as a toy and then realised they could hunt birds with itIt is now early fall. You're starting to run low on food and you now have nothing in reserve. A chill is starting to enter the air and the elders are talking about moving the tribe's camp up the valley, following the herds to where the hills turn into mountains and you will be more sheltered from the winter chill.>Hunt in the forest 2d10 (Skill + Hunter)>Fish in the river 2d10 (Skill + Hunter)>Explore the forest (gather plants too)>Explore up the valley>Explore down the valley>Explore the hills>Try to convince the elders to keep the camp where it is 1d10 (Charisma)
Rolled 3, 9 = 12 (2d10)>>43500682>Hunt in the forestLet's get some food to last through winter. The cold time is the right time for tinkering
Rolled 6, 10 = 16 (2d10)>>43500682>>Hunt in the forest 2d10 (Skill + Hunter)Just got done with me breakfast
Rolled 10, 4 = 14 (2d10)>>43500682>Hunt in the forest 2d10 (Skill + Hunter)
Now if britfag takes the best rolls regardless,>>43500787>>43500788Trym and Elia are now best hunters ever.
>>43500820Well we didn't crit fail so he should.
Rolled 694 (1d1000)6 hrs2 updates
>>43501416Like I said, it's the number of people... I'm hoping to see more now the evening's rolled around, so I can speed up again.The fall is the perfect time to hunt. All manner of creatures are fattening themselves in preparation for the winter's chill and all manner of trees, brambles and other plants are heavy with fruit, nuts and other good things. Elia has pretty much become your hunter band, if only because the two of you are pretty much shunned by the other, more 'serious' members of the tribe. With his new sling, Elia's weak spear-arm is no longer an issue and he diligently practices every moment you're not on the hunt.Deer, rabbits, birds and even a lame aurochs calf that fell behind its herd are a very good hunt, good enough in fact, that some of the stigma surrounding the pair of you falls away a little. Elia, of course, makes the most of it by trying to win over Galit, but his efforts seem doomed, as Mesut seems intent to have her as his forth woman and there's little Elia can do against the strong, swift man.Your luck and skill in the hunt has allowed you to gain a rank in the Hunter job!Just before the middle of the season, the elders instruct the tribe to break camp. Belongings are lashed together and carried on backs far up the valley, so that you can see the shine and hear the crash of the waterfall in the distance. The spray around the base and the dangerous rapids that lead down into the main valley give it an eerie feeling and no-one likes to go near. This part of the valley is less rich and has no true forests, but the folds of the land keep the tribe safe among the leaning stone ledges, sheltered from the winter wind that will soon be upon you.It is late fall. You have enough food for one half-season. What do you do?>Fish in the river 3d10 (Skill + Hunter)>Explore the waterfall>Explore down the valley>Explore the hills
Rolled 4, 10, 1 = 15 (3d10)>>43501523>Fish in the river 3d10 (Skill + Hunter)Let's fill our stocks
Rolled 7, 9, 7 = 23 (3d10)>>43501523>>Fish in the river 3d10 (Skill + Hunter)Level up!
Rolled 5, 3, 2 = 10 (3d10)>>43501523>fish in river
>>43501612I should explain: In order to level up, you need to a) roll the maximum number of dice (there are reasons you may not want to); b) have half your dice be 9 or 10; and c) have the rest of your dice NOT be a 1. I had to hastily fudge this rule out of its infancy because holy fuck that's a good roll, but two levels in two seasons is pushing it. Instead...The river in late fall is not nearly as pleasant as summer and before long, you are shivering and grumbling. You're not the only one however, as many others of the tribe have recognised that they need to stock up before the snow falls. In this late season, the river is thick with fish and they're all fat to ward off the cold, so the tribe rejoices at the bounty you and the others bring back. With so much food stored, you should be able to weather at least the first part of winter in relative comfort. The last moon or so before spring is always the hardest however and no-one looks forward to it.Your luck and skill at fishing has granted you the Experienced Fisher trait!>Experienced Fisher: Gain a +3 to any attempt at fishing and a +1 to resist the effects of negative events while fishingYour last catch of the season is a large and powerful pike that decides your ankle looks like a tasty treat in the fast-flowing waters of the upper valley. As it darts forward, you spot it on instinct and drive your spear down! The fish is so strong, it nearly tears your spear out of your grasp and does its best to pull you over as you grimly hang on. In the end however, you haul it onto the bank and the other fishers cheer your good fortune! This catch should go some way towards winning back the tribe's fickle respect. As you return home with your spoils, the first few flakes of snow start to fall from the sky.It is early winter. You have enough food for a half-season. What do you do?>Fish in the river 3d10 (Skill + Hunter)>Explore the waterfall>Explore down the valley>Explore the hills>Other
>>43501852Please remember that talking with members of the tribe for advice or company, or checking your stats or belongings is a free action and can be done at any time. You don't even need a majority for it; I'll just throw up a succinct post.
>>43501852>>Explore down the valleyTake Elia with us after telling our brother what we are doing. If we see any deer or something we'll all the better.
>>43501852Explore where saw the bear and the silver plant (hills?)
As the winter closes in and the snows start to pile up, you offer a suggestion to Elia that the two of you see what you can find back down the valley. The look he gives you half-horrified and half utterly confused. "Brother, have you lost your mind?" He shrugs off the deerskin blanket he's sheltering under, just enough to gesture out into the snow. Even at the earliest point of the season, it's starting to pile up, as much as your ankle in most places and halfway to your knee in others. The tribe shelters under overhanging rocks, insulated a little from the wind by barriers of piled branches, leaves and mud. Fires are kept burning all through the winter, filling everyone's hair with the smell of smoke but, coupled with blankets and furs, keeping the lethal cold mostly at bay."Going out there isn't just foolish, it's death! We're not even running low on food yet and you want to go exploring, rather than hunting? I'm staying right here where it's warm and safe. If you're clever, you'll do the same.">Try and convince Elia to come with you 1d10+3 (Charisma + Relationship)>Agree to stay behind. Maybe join the others in drawing on the walls. Last year's drawings in spit and charcoal are still present, for the most part.>Change your plans
>>43502375>>Agree to stay behind. Maybe join the others in drawing on the walls. Last year's drawings in spit and charcoal are still present, for the most part.
Rolled 10 + 3 (1d10 + 3)>>43502375>Try and convince Elia to come with you
Rolled 4 + 3 (1d10 + 3)>>43502375>>Try and convince Elia to come with you 1d10+3 (Charisma + Relationship)
Rolled 9 + 3 (1d10 + 3)>>43502375>Try and convince Elia to come with you 1d10+3 (Charisma + Relationship)
You guys are rolling ridiculously well. Frankly, you NEEDED a 10. Maybe more if i wasn't such a nice guy. Now you get to die of hypothermia with your friend!"Brother, come on. You're the only one I can rely on these days and without you, I'm pretty much crow food." You implore Elia to re-consider and he stirs slightly. He's not used to someone relying on him or treating him as useful. "You're my hunting band, aren't you? And I've shown you we can hunt well together. It's just this time we're hunting for something other than food. I know there's something special out there and you know it too. Those leaves were just the start-""You're still on about that?" Elia sighs, looking up at you again."I am. We both saw them burn white. I'm not saying we go looking for that bear again, just that we look for something we can use, or something amazing. Besides, you know Galit would love something to brighten up her winter. You're not going to just let Mesut walk all over you, are you?" That did it. You can see a sudden defiant light in Elia's eyes."No." He sighs and stands, grabbing his sling and bag of stones. "We're still going to freeze," he grumbles, "But at least I won't hear it said I let my hunting band freeze without me. The Elders can chatter about foolishness, but we both know it's courage that counts." He smacks his knuckles against yours with a weak smile. "Let's go find something amazing then."After you leave the camp, as wrapped in furs as you can be and followed by calls of concern (as well as jeers at your stupidity), you are soon forced to admit that Elia may have had a point. But what's done is done and you press on into the cold wind and deepening snow. As you trek on, life saps from your limbs and you find yourself longing for the warmth of the tribe's fires, but eventually, after days of travel keeping as close to the lee of the valley walls as you can, you reach the slightly more sheltered forest.
History repeats itself. I swear, I rolled for this.>>43503153Once there, out of the wind a little and with plenty of firewood, Elia admits that things could have gone a lot worse. "We were lucky we caught a break in the weather," he sighs, his breath misting before him, even with the threadbare bivouac and the fire you started keeping you from dying.As the days pass and you press down the valley, straying away from the hunting grounds and migration paths the tribe typically keeps to, you start to see curious sights... Once, you swear you saw someone watching you beside the black silhouette of a leafless tree, before a gust of wind disturbed the swirl of the snowflakes and the figure vanished into the whiteness. Another time, the figure of a stag gives the pair of you hope for a rich meal, but it looms huger than any stag you have ever seen; as large as the mammoths the elders say your grandfather's grandfathers hunted, before the tribe came to the valley. Then, just as quickly as it appeared, it vanishes.If only the ring of yellow, gleaming eyes in the darkness would vanish as surely as that monstrous stag... As far from the village as you have ever been, with the middle of winter closing in, you became aware that you were being stalked. Most wolves do not attack humans, but either these are very hungry, or you have passed too deep into their territory. One in particular seems less of a wolf and more of a small bear, with a white coat and scars from many battles criss-crossing its powerful body. Elia looks to you in panic, questioning what to do, as the pack circles around your camp.>Charge the wolves and scatter them with a sudden attack>Sling stones and javelins at the alpha to try and kill it>The ring isn't closed yet. Run!>Up the trees! Quick!>Other
>>43503301>Up the trees! Quick!
>>43503301>>Up the trees! Quick! But sure you just want Trym Wolfsbane again.
>>43503489I swear to god... It was this, or the stag. At least the stag would have been different...Maybe this time the wolf will rip your throat out and we'll need a new hero? Yeah, not much of an upside, huh?
>>43503538I'm just joking. I liked Trym Wolfsbane even if I never got to participate in the last one.
>>43503538I still think we should fight the wolves. Hen we could come back to the tribe looking like badasses.
"Into the trees! Quick!" You call, grabbing Elia by the collar of his cloak and pulling him towards a bare hazel that stands nearby. You snatch up a burning branch from the fire and jab at the circling wolves, causing them to flinch back, before throwing it at the group and swinging up into the branches, as soon as Elia is safe. The torch flies into a snowdrift and is extinguished with a sudden hiss, but the still-burning fire keeps the wolves at bay for a time... Or rather, most of them.All beasts fear fire; that is one of the first lessons taught to children. Fire is what first puts humans apart from animals, only later is our use of stone and wood to make tools. This lesson is so set into your heart that it is only all the more shocking when the alpha calmly approaches the fire and sniffs at it, before looking up at the tree and circling you."It's not afraid," gulps Elia. "It's not afraid. What is that thing? Every wolf is afraid of fire!"You start to reply, but you're cut off, as the wolf lunges up against the tree, snapping its teeth at your trailing leg and forcing you to hastily climb higher. Standing on its hind legs, its forepaws against the trunk, you can appreciate how massive the beast is! It only backs down after you jab at it with your spear and manage to nick its ear.You don't have time to relax however, as the wolf throws its head back and howls, the eerie sound echoing around the trees and soon joined by the chorus of its pack. It's like the pair of you are drowning in an ocean of sound so intense that you can't even hear your own voices over the din! Suddenly, the tree shudders! The huge alpha has thrown its weight against the trunk, shaking it all the way up. Again and again, it backs up and rams its powerful shoulder into the wood to try and shake you loose, like two fruits in fall!
>>43503153I forgot to mention! For convincing Elia to accompany you, you gained a level in the 'Leader' class!>>43504740>Cling on! Whatever you do, don't let go! 2d10 (Strength)>Shout and try to scare it away somehow! Make yourselves look big! 2d10 (Strength)>Try to leap to another tree 2d10 (speed)>Jump down with your spear and try to kill the thing! The other wolves look like they're staying away from the fire, so it should be one-on-one!
>>43504773>Jump down with your spear and try to kill the thing! The other wolves look like they're staying away from the fire, so it should be one-on-one!WE ALPHA NOW
>>43504773>>Jump down with your spear and try to kill the thing! The other wolves look like they're staying away from the fire, so it should be one-on-one!Elia watch my back!
Rolled 7, 9 = 16 (2d10)>>43504773>Try to leap to another tree 2d10
>>43505044internet tough guy
Before Elia can stop you, you sling your cloak back over your shoulders, exposing bare, hairy arms to the chill. You take your spear in both hands and stand on the balls of your feet. Just as the wolf charges forward once more, you leap from the branch and plunge down, speartip-first, aiming for the wolf's back! With almost un-natural awareness and reflexes it leaps back however, its hackles raised and its teeth bared in a snarl as you pick yourself up from the ground. A quick glance calms at least one of your fears; your speartip is still intact; your missed plunge didn't completely disarm you. You have an odd feeling that this wolf would pick up on something like that immediately.The alpha eyes you warily, the pack now silent and watching, still too nervous to come into the ring of firelight. It doesn't attack immediately however. Instead it snaps its jaws, lolling its tongue around and working its mouth oddly. The next moment, Elia nearly falls out of the tree and your eyes widen in shock as the wolf SPEAKS! Each word is snarled and unfamiliar, but it is unmistakably human speech, in the language of your tribe, no less!"Prey! Two-legs prey. Fire not good. Kill! Kill two-legs. Winter food. Pack strong!" It seems almost to grin at the two hunters confusion and surprise. "Two-legs long claw. Pack fang sharp. Tear two-legs. Bite claw!" It slinks low to the ground, its yellow eyes narrowing.
Sorry for the delay. Family suddenly started calling from all fucking available avenues. It's hard to hold a conversation and type at the same time.>>43506101Duels incorporate a little element of randomness, as opposed to those you may remember form another quest.>Your STRENGTH determines how many dice you roll in a fierce attack and your ability to resist telling harm>Your SPEED determines how many dice you roll in a swift maneuver, how many actions you get per turn and helps avoid being hit>Your SKILL is most useful at range, but also determines cunning actions and helps avoid being hitWatch your opponent and try to predict his strategy. Every enemy has weak points. Strong attacks can power through a weak defense and inflict serious damage, but if your opponent is playing defensive, it may be worth it to hold back and strike at openings. Likewise, if your opponent goes fully on the offence, you may want to use your SPEED or SKILL to try and avoid his blows.Every turn, vote for actions up to your SPEED total. You can attack with an attribute, or defend with it, or try to do something special.As a general rule, STRENGTH has an advantage over SKILL; SKILL has an advantage over SPEED; and SPEED has an advantage over strength. Using this will help add bonuses to your rolls. Good luck!
The white wolf paws at the snow, eyeing first the fire, then you. Its heckles raise as its snarling increases in volume. It seems it's done talking and now just wants your blood. It also seems to be watching Elia warily, as if it knows he could still be a threat, even in the tree."Brother?" Elia calls out, "Am I going mad, or did that thing just speak?" He slowly un-winds his sling from his forearm and looks to you for instruction.>What do you do?>You have SPEED 2, so can use 2 actions>Dice rolls will be carried out behind the scenes, as this is a bit beyond /tg/'s dice... Or perhaps the GM is just bad at using them>Talking is NOT a free action unless it conveys nothing but flavour
>>43506489Play defensively for now watching the wolf. Try and keep our back to the tree.
>>43506489Keep our back to the tree, and lower our stance, to allow a better angle for our spear into the wolf's stomach if it pounces or its head should it run toward us.
>>43506545>>43506652I'm sorry; I wasn't clear enough.Please state your actions along the following lines.>Fierce attack to catch him off-guard>Swift defense to stay out of his grasp>Use SKILL to swing from a branch and drop on his back
>>43506987>>Swift defense to stay out of his grasp
>>43507079You can cue up to two actions to take place on a single turn.Yeah, speed is a bit OP...
>>43507114Ahh right right. could we try>>Light probing attacks to gauge his reaction?
>>43506987>Swift defense to stay out of his grasp
>>43506987>Swift DefenceCombo'd with a >Fierce attackAssuming there's an opening.
I may have to have a Q&A session about this combat system... Seems there's a little confusionTrym uses...>Swift defense to stay out of the white wolf's grasp 20 (6+4d10 Basic +Speed +Hunter)>A fierce attack to tear through an opening! 23 (4d6 Strength +Hunter)The White Wolf uses...>A fierce attack, meaning to seize Trym in its mighty jaws 17 (2+4d10 Speed advantage +Strength +Levels)>A strong defense, hardening its body against anything from Elia in the tree 21 (6+3106 Basic +Strength +Levels)>A swift attack, looking to leap past the fire 23 (2+4d10 Speed advantage +Speed +Levels)>Trym is hit once at +3>The White Wolf is hit once at +2Sorry that took so long. I actually had to nerf the White Wolf as his first set of attacks would have killed Trym in one round... I don't want you guys to have to start a new hero so soon!Next comes description and we see if either has taken a telling blow.
>>43508042Yeah that would probably be helpful.
>>43508042>Trym rolled 14. No injury>The White Wolf rolled 15. No injuryYou trust to your speed to keep you safe from those savage jaws and lunge forward, lashing out with your spear and roaring a cry! At the same instant, the White Wolf tenses its back legs and leaps clean over the fire, its red maw agape and aimed for your neck! Only your reflexes save you from serious injury as you duck under the wolf's body and heave upwards with the haft of your spear. The beast's savage strength still bowls you over and its claws rake at your chest and face as you heave it off and scramble to your feet, leaving only superficial cuts and grazes. Unfortunately, your chance to skewer the monster is gone and all you managed to do was bruise its ribs.The white wolf swiftly rolls upright again and prowls back and forth, eyeing you. It seems to have forgotten about Elia and instead grows more and more agitated, moving in a circle with you at the centre, its paws kicking up powder snow as it gains in speed...
>>43508225For got the >What do you do?>>43508101Before the next round however, let's clear up a few things, shall we? What is the main confusion with the combat system?Each turn, you queue up actions to be used. These can use Strength, Speed, or Skill (and uncommonly, other attributes). You may queue a number of actions equal to your Speed.These actions are revealed simultaneously, as shown in >>43508042 and resolved. Advantages are then applied. If an attack beats the highest (modified) defense against it, the difference is applied in the damage step.If a character has taken damage, they roll dice equal to their strength, minus the total of all modifiers from this turn and all previous turns. If they fail to roll a higher total than 12, then they receive a wound that modifies their stats until healed. Some particularly grievous wounds can be PERMANENT. Damage from previous turns is then re-set to zero and the duel continues.Is that clear enough?
>>43508308A little. >>Hold back and observe the wolf. Wait for an opening and >>Fierce attack!
>>43508448>>43508477> Two current postersShould I even keep going tonight? I mean this place is a ghost town...
>>43508722honestly, the only way to get more people is to keep updating and stay on page 1 and 2.
>>43508722There was more earlier. They might have gone out for dinner. But like Comcerned said best way is to keep going forward and stay at page 1 or 2.
>>43508722More than two, I read and post between work (stupid west coast of north america) so I'm late on the updates sometimes also>>43508448this sounds good
I'll be going to dinner around the turn of the hour like yesterday, but I'm in attendance. Perhaps I should grab a name. I will have to think on it.
When a target has no readied defense against an attack, they roll the higher of their skill or speed to defend, but may not add levels! This defense does still benefit from advantages however.Trym uses...>Hold back and observe the wolf. Wait for an opening and >Fierce attack! 30 (4d10+4 Strength +Hunter +Readied action)The White Wolf uses...>Swift attack, dashing past you and snapping at your flank! 20 (2+4d10 Speed advantage +Speed +Levels)>Swift attack, trying to drag you to the ground! 19 (2+4d10 Speed advantage +Speed +Levels)>Swift attack, aiming for your legs to pull you off-balance! 30 (2+4d10 Speed advantage +Speed +Levels)>Trym prepares a swift defense! 24 (6+2d10 Basic +speed)>The White Wolf prepares a swift defense! 21 (6+3d10 Basic +speed)>The White Wolf's swift defense has advantage against Trym's fierce attack! Basic defense doubled!>Trym is hit once at +6 for a total of +9>The White Wolf is hit once at +4 for a total of +6
>>43509582No need to namefag if you don't want to. I'd hate this quest to get a reputation for "Namefag attention-whores">Trym rolled 2. His leg is savaged and torn, reducing his Speed by 1!>The White Wolf rolled 5. Its flank is gashed, reducing its Strength by 1!You carefully watch the alpha as it circles around you, faster and faster. Slow kicks up behind it as its paws blur in the dim light. Suddenly, like a flash of lightning, it lunges for you, its jaws snapping! You barely manage to get out of the way in time, before it is upon you again, trying to drag you down! You throw yourself aside a second time, only to find the wolf has got your measure and you howl in pain as its jaws snap shut for a third time, this time around your leg. Its head shakes back and forth, savaging your calf, before you swing your spear around and drive it forward, opening a long, bloody gash along the wolf's flank and causing it to yelp. The wolf lets go and leaps back, the cut draining its stamina, even as your wounds force you to limp.The wolf has blood dripping from its jaws and it laps at them, panting. It's wary this time, hanging back, its lean body tensed and ready to spring away. Despite its wound, it still looks eager to bring you down, lowering its body and tensing its legs as it growls.>What do you do?
>>43509761This doesn't seem to be possible to win. just going by the rolls Trym is getting fucked. Did we run into an encounter we shouldn't be at yet?>>Swift attack? try to force an opening for one or morneatta is to get through?>>Defend for your life!
>>43509761>Try to anchor the spear to impale it when it lunges>Defend for our life
>>43509914No-one ever said running for your life wasn't an option... Or that this fight would be easy. There IS a trick to it though, to deal MASSIVE DAMAGE (or at least a good chance of hitting).>>43509972>Try to anchor the spear to impale it when it lungesSo, wait, that'd be a strong defense, right?
>>43510074Yes but if we ran Elia would be left in the tree would t he?>>43509972Actually this sounds a lot better. Voting for this.
>>43510074I was thinking that it would be skill since it was outside what normal lines of thinking would be. But whatever you think is appropriate, I just see the hints if a lunge and want to catch it off guard.
>>43510074WAIT, THE FIRE! Where are we oriented relative to the fire? Can we reach it?I'm>>43510259 by the way.
>>43509582I return~. Time to catch up, and boy does it look exciting!
>>43510351You're still right by the fire and could move for it if you want. If it's not explicitly stated that you've changed location, interacting with anything in the area is one action.>>43510132>if we ran Elia would be left in the tree wouldn't heHe would at that. Who's skin is worth more to you, I wonder?>>43510259Understood~ Keep in mind, if you don't define what kind of action you're doing, I'll just make my best guess, so 'Defend for our life' I'll take as strong, or swift.Calling the votes and writing now.
The weakness is Fire, it said "Fire bad". We should hit it with a flaming stick.
Trym uses...>Try to anchor the spear to impale it when it lunges 23 (3d10 Skill +Hunter)>Defend for our life! 23 (4+3d10 Basic +Skill +Hunter)The White Wolf uses...>Hang back and ready a swift defense to leap away 19 (6+4d10 Basic +Speed +Levels)>Hang back warily and be ready to spring away 21 (6+4d10 Basic +Speed +Levels)>Attack at full speed and leap for the throat! 19 (2+4d10 Speed advantage +Speed +Levels)>The White Wolf's swift defense is at a disadvantage against Trym's cunning attack! Basic defense nullified!>Trym's skillful defense has advantage against the White Wolf's hasty attack! Basic defense doubled!>The White Wolf is hit once at +8
>>43510909>The White Wolf rolled 9. Its neck is gouged, reducing its Strength by 1!Wary after its wound, the alpha seems reluctant to close in on you again. It makes a couple of abortive leaps, as if trying to bait you out, but you refuse to be lured! Instead, you set the butt of your spear into the earth and wait for your chance. It comes as the wolf loses patience and leaps, diving for your neck and meaning to finish you now! Instead, you duck back, covering yourself with your arm and guiding the speartip towards the creature's open mouth! It barely manages to shift its weight in time to save it from a spear to the brain, but even so, you tear a ragged strip from its neck and blood pours from the wound! As it comes down, you switch your position a little, giving it a hasty kick in the rump to add insult to the injury!The wolf looks haggard now, but the wounded animal is always the most dangerous! It snarls, the flow of blood slowing before your eyes and stopping far sooner than any ordinary creature should heal. It doesn't look any stronger, but it's not going to bleed out. Pity. Its mouth opens and its shoulders hunch, squaring its posture as it prepares to come at you with everything it's got!
>>43511030And I forgot the...>What do you do?
>>43511051>Try to use the fire as a sort of defense and give the wolf the runaround (Skill)>Grab a stick from the fire and hit the wolf (Strength)We need to invent Boar Spears.
>>43511030>>Pepare to leap towards the fire>>Defend!
Grab a flaming branch > Prepare to counter-attack, using the flame to conceal the speartip behind it. This aught to make it significantly harder to predict and react to Trym's spear thrusts. Using the fire itself as a weapon is A-OK.
>>43511133Sorry, but boar spears are a way off yet. At the least they'd need bronze and ideally, iron or tempered steel.So far the votes seem to be for a skill-based defense using the fire and are split on the method of attack. While both agree to use the fire, I believe it's split between strength and skill.
>>43511517I'd say strength at the moment as its higher than skill. But his is going from the top of the thread so somethings might have changed.
>>43511517I'll change to skill, I'm >>43511133. I know Boar Spears are a Loooong way off, but that doesn't stop me from dreaming.
>>43511576My reasoning for Skill is that he's going to use Speed as his Strength is sapped.
I'd be jus as happy to change my vote on attack method if the other attribute grants a higher dice count. Having trouble finding Trym's parameters myself atm. Damn you, food coma!
>>43511597This seems sound to me.
>>43511647That sounded like a stat check to me!TrymJobs: Hunter 2 Craftsman 1 Leader 1Injuries: Savaged calf -1 SpeedStrength: 2Speed: 2/1Skill: 1Spirit: 0Wits: 1Charisma: 1Equipment: Flint spear4 javelinsFlint fishing spearBuckskin loinclothGoatskin jacketSlingTraits:Experienced Fisher: Gain a +3 to any attempt at fishing and a +1 to resist the effects of negative events while fishing
>>43511732I'd forgotten how indecisive I can be...>he's probably gonna attack again, so we should counter...>but that strength, extra dice, hrrrngI say we Counter/Special with the second action.
>>43511517Technically the lugs don't have to be made of metal or whatever the head is made of it would be possible to make a boar spear of type thing using a somewhat disposable Wood/ bone crossbar
Trym used...>Try to use the fire as a sort of defense and give the wolf the runaround 17 (6+3d10 Basic +Hunter +Exploit)>Grab a flaming branch and use the flame to conceal the speartip 23 (2+3d10 Skill +Hunter +Exploit)The White Wolf used...>Strong defense by hardening its body and tensing its muscles 13 (6+2d10 Basic +Strength +Levels)>A savage assault, fangs bared and claws out! 14 (7+2d10 Speed advantage +Strength +Levels +Animal desperation)>A brutal attack, hurling itself against you bodily 22 (7+2d10 Speed advantage +Strength +Levels +Animal desperation)>The White Wolf's mighty defense has advantage against Trym's cunning attack! Basic defense doubled!>Trym's skillful defense is at a disadvantage before the White Wolf's fierce attack! Basic Defense nullified!>Trym is hit twice at +1 and +9>The White Wolf is hit once at +5While a good guess, the beast has proven it's not consciously scared of fire, so the bonus is minimal.
>>43511987Oooh, Trym looks like he's in a bad situation there... The good news is that damage on the same turn is rolled individually and only totaled for later turns if Trym doesn't take an injury this time around.But because it's late and I'm an evil bastard, I think I'm going to call this thread here. We'll find out if Trym lives or dies next time!You can find the next thread here on /tg/ at 5pm Eastern on Monday 9th. I'll even take time out from playing Fallout to run it for you guys. Until then, stay safe and have a great weekend. If you're in the Commonwealth, be sure to attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at your local war memorial.
>>43512068Damnit. Well thanks for the run.
>>43512068Actually the US has the same holiday we just have a different name for it pretty much the same traditions