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    124 KB A Frost Giant is Thee ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)22:12 No.7864234  
    rolled 1, 2, 4 = 7

    Continued from: >>7864059

    Your first experiment with Averrons as beasts of burden has ended deliciously. Not only have you filled the cellar with tasty meat, acquired even more chitin plates, piled enough bone to keep the mill running for a week, and scraped in enough fat to produce hundreds of pounds of soap, you've discovered an easy, efficient way to bring home a month's worth of food in one go. On top of everything else you've done, well, let's just say you've endeared yourself to these people quite nicely.

    Lunch is served with a tiny sliver of Demon meat for each person, to the same purpose as a vitamin supplement. There's enough of that to keep the villagers going through most of winter, and it will keep for years in this cold weather. During the meal, Mal speaks with you about expanding the cellar, or building several more. If you continue to bring down enormous animals like this, they won't be able to eat fast enough to clear the space.

    Besides that, you discuss with the Elders something else that's been on your mind. Log cabins are quick and easy to build, but they don't provide the best protection from heat loss. Better than broken-down huts, certainly, but not as good as they could be. You've decided that, if possible, you'd like to start setting quality over speed of construction. Half-assing your home-building, especially this far North, can have predictable results once the snow starts falling. They agree with you, of course.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)22:16 No.7864290
    Rather than build multiple cold storage rooms, we can simply enlarge the current one as needed, since it's really just a big hole in the ground with ice in it with a cover on top.
    >> rolled 1 + 19 = 20 01/31/10(Sun)22:17 No.7864299
    Villagers have spoken. Up-housing it is.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:17 No.7864304
    time skip until we build at least a couple good houses and expanded the halls cellar

    interupted for any events of course
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:18 No.7864313
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:18 No.7864320
    Multiple storage means if somethign goes wrong with one, the others do not necessarily suffer the same problem (tainted food, infestations, etc.) so you may want to rethink that.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:21 No.7864359
    Enlarging the cellar seems like an excellent plan.

    Continue focusing our spell learning on the chill spell. See if we can cover a larger area, extend the duration, or alter to emanate from ourselves or an object instead of being fixed in place.

    I'd like to eventually develop a version that we can use in combat for hours on end as a "come anywhere near me and start freezing to death" spell, so as to prevent ourselves from being swarmed by many small people with weapons.
    >> rolled 1 + 19 = 20 01/31/10(Sun)22:22 No.7864377
    I vote redundancy as well.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)22:23 No.7864380
    rolled 3, 6, 6 = 15

    You can do both, you know.

    -Build houses
    -Enlarge cellar, possibly build more
    -Expand fields
    -Gather lumber/stone for a set period per day
    -See about indoor plumbing
    -Get more books

    Anything else?
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 01/31/10(Sun)22:24 No.7864394
    We should keep up our training as well.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:26 No.7864428
    Continue teaching the villagers random information that we know. Investigate the possibility of one or more of them learning what magic Lark knows; that seems like an obvious step in the education of a populace in a fantasy world.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)22:29 No.7864458
    Continue with reading/writing lessons.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:30 No.7864476
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    Are we still planning to build a bath-house and communal toilets for the time being? Indoor plumbing would be nice, but it might be impractical until we level up the tech tree some more. Metal valves (assuming we get the Averron hide pipes working) aren't going to make themselves.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:34 No.7864544
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    Also, once we get the black-smithing skills of the town high enough, we may be able to consider building this Rube Goldberg of a biogas facility for heating purposes. Water wheels should work for everything else (sawing, grinding, machining, pumping, ect).
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)22:34 No.7864550
    Actually, if we got the right magical items, the piping could theoretically shape itself.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:38 No.7864595

    True. I keep forgetting that their may be magical answers for these type of problems. The real trick, however, will be finding said solution in a timely fashion. We also would have to learn the magic, which will take more time unless we can contract a wizard in the bigger towns/cities to do it for us. Hence my vote for centralized toilets until we learn enough to do otherwise.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)22:43 No.7864657
    Good point.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:47 No.7864721
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    Continue endorsing Communist ideology.
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 01/31/10(Sun)22:48 No.7864744
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    Do we really need to create another Ayn Rand in this world?
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:49 No.7864748
    Am i the only one who does not like the idea of introducing communism :/
    it just seems like there are so many other systems we could use that would work better in this situation...
    also i would like to point out that it has never worked. ever.
    >> Termporal Namefag !!gFqYLt5Vmc+ 01/31/10(Sun)22:50 No.7864763
    Actually hiring a wizard is not that bad of a plan. Nothing powerful, but since this is rather high-magic setting I imagine there are decent number of more... utilitarian wizards out there, who specializes in doing various useful stuff instead of killing them with fire/ice/lightning/bears. They would probably be more rational about the whole human turned giant thing, especial if paid in gems.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:50 No.7864765
    Ayn Rand = Communist ??? wtf
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:51 No.7864767

    Speaking of black-smithing, we should be able to make a water wheel powered billows that would provide a constant stream of air to the fires. This would have to be done at some unspecified time in the future, but it would be useful. It should help increase the maximum heating temperature AND lower the amount of manpower to forge new materials. But this can go under the "wouldn't it be nifty in a year of two if..." file
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 01/31/10(Sun)22:52 No.7864777
    Ever thought of what Randian objectivsm might have been a reaction to?
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:52 No.7864790

    How much acreage does the village cover? The villagers aren't going to want to hike a half mile in the snow to reach the communal toilets when they can just shit in a bucket in the comfort of their own homes.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:53 No.7864795
    But communism is designed specifically for implementation in relatively small villages- just like this one- in which everyone is motivated and willing to work together- as they are here. When you say it's never worked, you're talking about large-scale implementations; there are in fact small-scale communes which function fine, though not in isolation due to the way the modern world works.

    It's not a bad idea unless we start trying to apply it on a national scale.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:53 No.7864799
    Communism worked and works just fine on small scales.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:53 No.7864802
    guys these people are starving peasants in a tiny community. Communism is absolutely perfect from their perspective, as the only thing it changes is the taxes.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:54 No.7864805

    I am inclined to agree. As much as a Glorious Uprising of the Proletariat Masses would be entertaining, I think that just instilling the idea of mutual support is enough. We basically are a socialist town at this point anyway. Everyone works to support the town and each other.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:55 No.7864820
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    >>politics in a quest thread
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:55 No.7864823
    Yeah, its ironic that communism only functions in backwood, racially pure enclaves, the sort of places that leftists spit on.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:55 No.7864826
    Sanity? :D
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)22:55 No.7864827
    You are not alone. Things seem to be working pretty well so far. I see no reason to change it.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)22:56 No.7864835
    rolled 5, 3, 2 = 10

    Indeed. The town is basically communist already, but it carries no special meaning for them because it's the natural way for people in their situation.

    Timeskip nearly done.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:57 No.7864841

    On the contrary, communism worked well enough to bootstrap a backwater filled with half-starving peasants into a major industrial power, despite being invaded by an army bent on genocide and ruled by a homicidal madman.

    Unless you mean the bit about the workers rising up in a post-industrial nation and instituting socialist governance, which is maybe the Netherlands?

    Anyway, given that: 1) "communism" only really exists as a militant political ideology in opposition to "state capitalism," which doesn't seem to exist, and 2) since we are "growing the community" in exchange for a place to live that isn't a post-apocalyptic survival nightmare, politics doesn't seem like something to really worry about.

    We're trying to raise quality of life and make a home for ourselves in the process. End of story.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:57 No.7864853

    True. I don't really have a good feel for the town layout yet. I was hoping the OP might drop a rough map of it down at some point. And to be honest, just making sure they wash their hands will do wonders for their long term health. Keep in mind, however, that they already have to walk to dump their waste at the cesspool anyway. So they may actually end up saving time/effort depending on where the restrooms are located.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)22:58 No.7864855
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    I REALLY don't think this is a good idea, guys...
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)22:58 No.7864864
    Sounds good. And if that's the case, why give it a label?
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 01/31/10(Sun)23:01 No.7864894
    And facism worked quite well for industrialising Japan.

    So, could we just cut this crap and wait for the next timeskip?
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:03 No.7864923

    Yeah, no real point in pondering national-scale politics when our whole community is a small fraction of most people's high school graduating classes. This is essentially an extended family, not a town.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:05 No.7864960
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    >Polite discussion on the potential problems instituting a Soviet style communist regime could cause

    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:06 No.7864964
    rolled 6, 3, 6 = 15

    It has been fifteen days. You have continued your training, flexing unused muscles, running at top speed for as long as you can manage, and trying to sneak past the hunters without letting them see you. You can feel your steps getting heavier as you build muscle, filling out your thin form a little bit as you grow into more of a normal Frost Giant size. Some of the peasants have expressed confusion as to why you would want to be even stronger, but the answer is obvious. You want to do more.

    Kel is now your informal apprentice, following your lead as you continue teaching the villagers literacy and extolling modern concepts, picking up on all of the general knowledge you took for granted on Earth. On a whim, you try showing him and a few others the tablet, and getting them to focus enough to produce a spark, a light, anything magical. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be able to hear the artifact whisper, or feel the surge of cold that accompanies your casting, or visualize the patterns that unlock the power of an ice bolt. It could be that none of them have the aptitude, or that they simply require much more practice. Either way, it's something you should look into.

    Four standard (small) houses have been framed and gone up, though they are all in various stages of completion. The dabbling blacksmiths have managed to produce a small but effective saw, with you helping them occasionally using alchemy. The millhouse now serves as a sawmill as well, and there are plans to build an actual, dedicated structure for wood-cutting. The saw can cut soft wood faster than a man, but is near-useless for slicing up hardwood, unless you're cranking it directly instead of letting the waterwheel handle it. Scaling up the wheel and the saw, as well as producing a sort of wooden gearbox, are on the list.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:07 No.7864980
    rolled 2, 2, 1 = 5

    As Lark combs the population for any natural mages he may have missed, you've continued your studies, poring over the books and drinking up information with curious eyes. You have learned a lot about this world, its technology, its culture, and its layout. It is an enormous place, especially considering that there are no cars, powered ships, or 747s. Just buggies, sailing vessels, and the occasional ornithopter, except where magic is widely available. Even a simple airship design could revolutionize travel, at least between major cities.

    In between your various other jobs, you've doubled the size of the cellar by the Hall, and built several smaller ones throughout the town, in case of failure or pests. They've all been filled with ice, now a simple task, and stocked with meat. The dirt beneath their floors has become the most popular hiding place for valuables, since you first worked the Magma Steel under the first cellar's earthen base. The field expansion project has been put more-or-less on the back burner, with you concentrating mostly on pulling stumps when needed, while some of the farmers till.

    Bem has gone back to Fain with a stack of furs and come back with several shiny new tools, as well as a collection of tomes that you suppose serves as this world's version of an encyclopedia. It's a very outdated set, which is why it was cheap enough for him to get without making anyone suspicious, but it has entries on nearly every subject you can think of, including Demons of the Deep. It is very rare for one of them to appear outside the mantle, but it does happen, and the gems and armor they carry helped a village of antiquity blossom into a burgeoning metropolis.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:08 No.7864993
    rolled 1, 5, 1 = 7

    Though indoor plumbing is a far-off dream as long as you lack a reliable, quick way to manufacture pipes and valves, better sanitation is not a lost cause. This town has never had so much as an outhouse, but that will change. You have planned a nice, multi-seat bathroom, fed by a channel from the stream and carrying waste safely to the cesspit, with a diversion route leading to the methane furnace you hope to build. Hopefully, it's the start of something lasting, and useful.

    You awake at dawn on the sixteenth day, well-rested after a night of intensive practice. The cold aura stubbornly refuses to increase in duration, but has become very powerful, with a large range. The ice beam and grenades are even more powerful, and you have found a way to split the beam to hit separate targets, and fire individual grenades one at a time without using much power. On the other hand, you still can't Reconstruct anything worse off than a bent shovel, and it still tires you out, but it's amazing progress nonetheless.

    Easily covering the short distance to the Hall, you find Bem waiting for you, obviously wanting to ask you something important. He tells you that, since everything's under control here, he was planning to take a trip to the town past Fain with a gem or two. It would take ten days, but he could get pretty much whatever you wish, without arousing suspicion. Bluff is his favorite skill, after all.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:09 No.7865010
    >and the occasional ornithopter

    New plan: become the Kwisatz Haderach
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:09 No.7865013
    rolled 1, 3, 2 = 6

    I can make you a map, but it will not look good.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:13 No.7865048
    Buy a giant-sized dildo to work off stress
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:15 No.7865076

    Only if you don't mind. Just labeled X's and lines showing stream paths, fields and the other points of interest would be great. MsPaint level doodles would be perfectly fine. It will make planning renovations easier. Also, I can redraw it later to make it look fancy once I know relative locations of everything. It is your world and your town, and I don't want to misplace things.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:15 No.7865080
    spell books
    high quality tools for both farming and blacksmithing
    full manual for blacksmithing
    some chickens and corn seeds if we dont already have them
    if anyone else can think up stuff we need feel free to list it!
    also we should try focusing the most of our effort into one thing at a time so we can have things running while we finish others
    i suggest we start with the lumber mill seeing as this is far north and adequate gousing before winter crawls in would be a really good thing to have
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:15 No.7865081
    rolled 1, 3, 5 = 9

    It will also take forever, as I try to work out proportions and distance while going over every post I've made on the town's layout. But I will do it, and someone else can make it look less like an mspaint catastrophe.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:16 No.7865089
    rolled 2, 1, 1 = 4

    I need to time my posts better.
    >> Termporal Namefag !!gFqYLt5Vmc+ 01/31/10(Sun)23:16 No.7865092
    Ask elders/use encyclopedia to find out about this country laws, how likely we are to have our gems/magma steel confiscated by the government if they find out villagers killed the DoD?
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 01/31/10(Sun)23:17 No.7865093
    Buy additional smithing equipment, it's time to get our industrial revolution started. Maybe some sturdy yet comfortalbe cloth, so we could make some new clothes for the villagers and us.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:17 No.7865098
    sry bout that

    also we should have him pick up different exotic seeds like herbs for medicine or books about plants so we can properly extract oil from flashweed
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:18 No.7865107
    That would take a hell of a Bluff skill. Let's not.

    Animals would be good. Things that we need for further industrialization- more advanced forge equipment, for example, and the iron and such to use it effectively.

    More books would be good. History... any historical precedents involving nonhostile interactions with frost giants- or even lone examples of other normally unfriendly monsters- would be good to know. Magic, I'd kind of like to learn of the magical principles backing what we're doing; learning what without knowing the why is not the best way.
    >> rolled 1 + 19 = 20 01/31/10(Sun)23:18 No.7865108
    Gem time... time for a big purchase... Iron and nickel, a legitimate blasting furnance? Throw in some carbon and we can make stainless steel. (At least, I think it's nickel and carbon...)

    Oh! Oh! Fancy seeds! Coffee, Chocolate, etc. Maybe a cash crop in a hydroponic greenhouse!
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:18 No.7865111

    No rush on this, by the way. Just do it if you have the time and the inclination. It is probably a ton of work just running the thread as it is.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:18 No.7865113
    Add fletching/bowyering text to the list. We were going to implement archery competitions, and the village's bowmaking skills were subpar at best.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:20 No.7865126
    We need to invent bolt-action rifles, the rifle cartridge, and gunpowder. Our army will be unstoppable.

    Surely we spent some time on /k/ during our Earth years.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:21 No.7865135
    Ack, gotta go to bed! Keep up the good fight, Maya! Tech up as much as possible before trying for military expansion!

    By the way, regarding magic, do we ever even need to improve our single-target magic attack when we could just throw rocks?
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)23:21 No.7865138
    Let's see. I'd like to see what the scuttlebut is farther away. Is the army still looking for us? How is the war *really* going? Maybe he can pick up a chicken or two. Eggs would be nice.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:21 No.7865141
    How about some bolts of cloth? Maya only has the one set of clothes after all.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:21 No.7865146

    I like the enthusiasm. But...I am pretty sure buying most of that stuff will be impractical. Especially the blast furnace. Those things are gigantic, and would need to be shipped to us somehow. And that would raise a lot of questions we probably don't want to answer yet. Plus, we would need to buy glass for the green house, which also would need to be transported here.
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 01/31/10(Sun)23:22 No.7865152
    I would still like to aquire some books on illusion magic, if such thing exists. Moving around the countryside without getting attacked by the guard would be a huge improvement.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:25 No.7865185
    rolled 5, 3, 2 = 10

    The likelihood is low. The government can do practically anything it wants in wartime, thanks to a dozen carefully-worded statements in what passes for the national constitution, but confiscating the remains and products of a Demon is not the same as taking farm animals. For one thing, the killing of a Demon is an extraordinary circumstance, to which special rules apply, and for another, word would get around if such a thing was done, and there would almost certainly be a revolt unless a great quantity of resources was expended to keep everything hushed. In the government's view, sending an armed convoy to take all of your gems would be a bad move. They can simply increase your taxes if they find out what you've got, anyway.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:25 No.7865192
    Before everyone rambles on about wonderful things to buy: Don't forget we need regular coin too, because any increased trade with Fain can't be done with crystals or gems without a shitstorm approaching.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)23:27 No.7865209
    Um, no, not really. I've said it before and I'll say it again, even with working rifles in the hands of every person in the village we wouldn't be able to win against the army.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:27 No.7865213
    Wouldn't a sudden influx of coinage be suspicious as well?
    >> Termporal Namefag !!gFqYLt5Vmc+ 01/31/10(Sun)23:28 No.7865222
    Ah, good. That's one less headache. Also how many villagers were drafted?
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:28 No.7865224
    rolled 1, 4, 1 = 6

    Rocks are not always available, do not freeze on contact, and cannot home in on targets.

    That type of magic is highly regulated, for obvious reasons. Lark has an item or two that relate to that category, but the government does not allow things that teach you how to become invisible or unnoticeable to be sold to just anyone.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)23:30 No.7865258
    >Rocks are not always available, do not freeze on contact, and cannot home in on targets.

    You clearly haven't been using the right kind of rocks.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:31 No.7865274
    rolled 5, 2, 2 = 9

    The most recent draft took 23. Altogether, there are 47 from this village in the army due to conscription.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:32 No.7865285
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    rolled 1, 3, 2 = 6

    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:32 No.7865297

    Possibly. Since this is a larger town we are trading in, it might not raise as much attention. Especially if it is a trading hub. We can't trade for ALOT of coinage, but we should be able to take a few gems to convert to cash with the hope that Bem passes his BLUFF roll while trading. But the real priority should be the other things listed (books and supplies)
    >> Termporal Namefag !!gFqYLt5Vmc+ 01/31/10(Sun)23:33 No.7865308
    We should get some book on weather magic. Windstorm really should help against massed arrow/bolt fire (which should be your main concern if you need to fight against any army), and given our aptitude for ice magic, we could easily add some ice particles into into windstorm turning it into extremely dangerous mass anti infantry weapon. Weather control would also be helpful to prevent harvest getting ruined.
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 01/31/10(Sun)23:33 No.7865315
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    I am afraid I have to agree with him. Rifles won't be enough.

    We need grenades, artillery, tanks, airplanes, machine guns, mines, rockets, mortars, barbed wire, battleships, submarines, chemical weapons, biological weapons, NUCLEAR WEAPONS!


    Maybe getting a warm semi-modern home for our villagers would be enough for the start.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:36 No.7865359
    Think that we could warp the chill area spell into a blizzard spell at some point? Could be fun times. But it sounds incredibly draining; that's a lot of power to throw around.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:37 No.7865370
    rolled 4, 1, 3 = 8

    What I pictured:

    Hundreds of smoke-spewing steam tanks churning out of a tiny forest village, mowing down an endless river of cavalry as a giant blue woman fires a bazooka into the enemy lines.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)23:37 No.7865374
    Yes, get things settled without bringing modern weapons into this. That's what I'm hoping we can do.
    >> Termporal Namefag !!gFqYLt5Vmc+ 01/31/10(Sun)23:38 No.7865390
    No, I propose to learn windstorm spell first, and later we could turn windstorm into blizzard.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:39 No.7865397
    We should pick up some books on enchantment. We now have a great variety of gems, which in many settings are useful for anchoring or focusing spells. I'd like to learn how to use them in this fashion; no need to recast chill spells every day if we can make a gem generate refrigeration, for example.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:40 No.7865412
    Windstorm has little to do with cold or frost, though. It would probably be much harder for us to learn in the first place than coming up with a blizzard spell first and then learning to strip the snow out.
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 01/31/10(Sun)23:40 No.7865416
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    Well then, we have a goal.
    Let's show them a frost giant from hell itself.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)23:41 No.7865426
    Wow, if they did that again, that's nearly 25% of the village.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:42 No.7865446

    That is awesome mental image. All we need to do is be manically laughing, and it will be a steam punk fan's wet dream. I hope we don't go that route, but still, bad-ass imagery
    >> Termporal Namefag !!gFqYLt5Vmc+ 01/31/10(Sun)23:42 No.7865453
    Anyway, we should get book on weather magic and then see what is better.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:42 No.7865454
    rolled 2, 1, 5 = 8

    According to Lark, there is no reason for the gems you've got to be any better as anchor points for spells than any mundane object. For the enchantments you envision, there are special magical bases which keep them grounded. There's quite a market for them in the bigger cities.

    Not to say that you can't anchor an enchantment to anything you damn well please, just that you'll have the best luck with something designed for that purpose.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:44 No.7865479
    Magical bases to keep them grounded? I need a clarification of the terms "base" and "grounded" in this context. And possibly a bit of information on what making these things entails.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)23:46 No.7865513
    Sorry for off-topic, but what are those pics from? They have piqued my interest.

    Could any of those special grounding materials be found in the city that he is going to?
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:46 No.7865517
    Regarding the water wheel: would there be any benefit to sticking some magnets and copper coils in there to create electricity, or would that just draw unwelcome attention?
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:48 No.7865532
    Hellsing. That guy has an amazing speech about war.
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 01/31/10(Sun)23:49 No.7865545
    Hellsing. Available in animu and mango. Japanese and retarded. Only redeeming feature:
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:50 No.7865556

    It would be nice to get our hands on something specifically useful in anchoring cold spells. That would serve our interests rather well.

    Also, we've been making do with the two sets of clothes for quite some time. Perhaps we could be so selfish as to ask for material for more clothes. We might even be able to get the women to make a loincloth in the process; perfect for our shield-skirt.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)23:51 No.7865569
    Ah, okay. Thanks. And I've actually watched the anime already. I'm guessing the manga covers much more than 13 episodes ever could.

    Well, what would we use the electricity for?
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:51 No.7865577
    rolled 2, 6, 4 = 12

    An enchantment base is simply a magically altered configuration of objects used to bind a certain magical effect to the material plane, keeping it from dissipating over time. In its most common form, it looks like a miniature, circular ring, with runic symbols printed on the edges and crystalline spines sprouting from it, converging on a center point that usually glows when the device is in operation.

    It's called a Magelock. It keeps an enchantment confined to a certain area, and keeps it from eroding over time. There are many, many different types, with varying qualities, but that's their most basic function. They are manufactured by skilled mages in magic-infused forges, generally a fair distance from population centers.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:53 No.7865606
    rolled 2, 3, 5 = 10

    Since no one seems to know what electricity is, beyond the obvious answer of 'lightning', it would be seen as a novel magical device, nothing more.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:54 No.7865611

    This shit will rot your teeth, Caminante.
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 01/31/10(Sun)23:55 No.7865622
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    They made a second, better, one.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:56 No.7865639
    are we going to timeskip while he gets our stuff or are we going to continue accomplishing next to nothing?
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 01/31/10(Sun)23:57 No.7865651
    I would agree with this anon. Could be commence the timewarp?
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/31/10(Sun)23:57 No.7865660
    rolled 4, 1, 3 = 8

    Yes. It will be the last story post tonight.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/31/10(Sun)23:58 No.7865677
    I like this guy. He has crazy eyes.

    And yes, if we're in agreement on what to get let's timeskip.
    >> Anonymous 01/31/10(Sun)23:59 No.7865687
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    It's just a jump to the left...
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:01 No.7865722
    You think his EYES are crazy? Listen to the motherfucker talk!
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:02 No.7865733
    Boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada...,
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/01/10(Mon)00:04 No.7865771
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    Could these eyes lie?(Possible the most SAN damaging shop I've ever seen on /tg/.)
    >> Researcher Sam 02/01/10(Mon)00:04 No.7865789
    Oh, I've finished watching that. But still, he's got crazy eyes. It's funny. He's so over-the-top crazy that it's laughable.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:05 No.7865803

    Is that Johann Liebert?
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:05 No.7865805
    No idea, that's why I was asking.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/01/10(Mon)00:12 No.7865925
    Pfft, those eyes are less crazy than the original. But I might only be thinking that because I've seen them shopped onto incredibly well endowed elf girls, so I no longer associate them with crazy.
    >> CommissarMega !!PJ/ldME8XhR 02/01/10(Mon)00:16 No.7865988
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    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:16 No.7865992
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    > most SAN damaging shop I've ever seen on /tg/.

    BBEG for your next steampunk campaign
    >> Researcher Sam 02/01/10(Mon)00:20 No.7866050
    Yup, that's the one. Though I've seen them done naturally as well, as in, that's the base expression. It's quite well done, if a bit creepy.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:28 No.7866180
    rolled 3, 6, 6 = 15

    You build yourself a long, long list of things you might want, if they can be gotten without trouble, and Bem gets it all down on a piece of parchment, scrawling away with a crude wooden pen. After you've finished, he takes a quick breakfast, and gathers a few farmers to help him with the cart. They trundle off down the South road, on their way to a switch that will take them directly to Grennet, the next hub town.

    For the next ten days, you continue working at a feverish pace, focusing the first of your efforts on establishing a genuine lumber mill. A waterwheel is built, axles are cut, gears are assembled, and a new sawblade, with alchemically sharpened teeth, is installed in a wood-and-stone structure through which entire logs can be run. Your projects have already clear-cut an area of forest just large enough for a fifth farm field, and you're on your way to putting in a sixth. Work so far has been on a rather small scale, putting up tiny buildings with a single, immutable purpose, but as the town's industrial capacity expands, so will your plans.

    Another two houses go up with the aid of the sawmill, and sawdust insulation soon fills the walls of the first two. During whatever free time you can manage to squeeze out of the day, you alternate between learning, teaching, and practicing, training body and mind in one go, while ramping up the power of your magic. You can cast three normal ice 'spells' a day without tiring yourself out, and you've finally figured out how to increase the aura's duration, though it requires much more extra power than you think it should.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:29 No.7866191
    rolled 4, 2, 1 = 7

    Bem returns with a full cart, pulled by a strong, healthy-looking cow, and carrying a chicken in each arm, with a rooster not far behind. To the wide eyes of every peasant in the village, he unveils his precious cargo. Books on magic, history, monster lore, bowmaking, herbs, enchantment, and several other topics, along with a full blacksmithing manual in three volumes. Five chickens, a rooster, a cow, high-quality farming tools, another full set of smithing tools, this time a bit better than the bargain bin stuff the crew's been playing with, and a new anvil and bellows round out the first part of Bem's haul.

    For the next, bags upon bags of all different kinds of seeds, among them this world's versions of tobacco, coffee, cocoa, barley, and oats, along with several panes of green glass, three crossbows, enough cloth to make you a whole new set of clothes and then some, and a stack of oversized sheets of paper. Aside from all that, he brings news; the war goes well, with Perin occupying large swaths of territory and cutting down all defenses. The unit one of the town's youths was assigned to captured several fortifications without support, only taking 20% casualties. And, to top it off, the search for the lone Frost Giant was called off weeks ago, cited as a waste of men and time. As you sigh with relief, Bem pulls a small reddish gem out of his pocket, saying that he had a little left over after filling the cart. Then he drops a bag of gold the size of his head into Sahl's hands. You've got currency. Real, honest coin.

    And you've barely gotten started.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:31 No.7866216
    Damn got here too late to participate...oh well I'll be ready next week
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:31 No.7866218
    rolled 3, 3, 1 = 7

    As usual, Friday is next. However, I have a previous engagement in the evening, so I will (hopefully) post early and end the thread before 6 PM.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:31 No.7866229
    This calls for a small party.

    My only regret is that we can't possibly get drunk on the quantity of available alcohol.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/01/10(Mon)00:32 No.7866231
    Oh hell yes. Can we get a percentage estimate on how many gems were spent?
    >> Termporal Namefag !!gFqYLt5Vmc+ 02/01/10(Mon)00:32 No.7866242
    Books on what magic?
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:33 No.7866253
    rolled 6, 2, 6 = 14

    I think that's 18:00 4chan time, but I'm not entirely sure.

    Since Demon-slaying? ~5%
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:34 No.7866268
    rolled 3, 4, 2 = 9

    All kinds. Enchantment and Weather are among them, as well as general books on the nature of magic in the world, its relation to other planes, that sort of thing.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:34 No.7866274
    I'm just taking a guess, but I'd say we're still filthy fuckin' rich. This was bought by a dirt farmer, after all, and without arousing suspicion.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:34 No.7866279
    not quite as productive a day as usual but hell, we got thing set up for next week
    ehat and yesterday was twice as productive

    thanks for plaing with us subprocessor! cant wait till next week!
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:35 No.7866297
    rolled 5, 5, 4 = 14

    And that estimate is purely by number of gems. No one in the town can know what each one is worth before they're appraised by a professional. And the geode counts as one gem, though it's probably worth as much as the rest combined, and more.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/01/10(Mon)00:35 No.7866298
    So about 1/20 of them. Pretty good.
    >> rolled 1 + 19 = 20 02/01/10(Mon)00:36 No.7866307
    Hahaha, oh yeah... we had the equivalent of 20-100 million dollars in gems...

    Pacing this out will be aaaaaggravating.

    BUT. Must remember for next thread. This could have attracted attention. We can't get lazy...
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:37 No.7866332
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    rolled 4, 2, 2 = 8

    Thanks for being here. Can't wait for the Age of Steam.
    >> Termporal Namefag !!gFqYLt5Vmc+ 02/01/10(Mon)00:37 No.7866337
    Thanks Subprocessor, see you next Friday.
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/01/10(Mon)00:38 No.7866348
    Awesome, thanks for the DMing the last three day. It has been a real pleasure.

    I wish you a successful week and hope you'll be able to continue the quest on Friday.

    Godspeed Subprocessor DM
    >> Termporal Namefag !!gFqYLt5Vmc+ 02/01/10(Mon)00:39 No.7866367
    And don't forget that we just exchanged some of them to gold, so we actually spent even less.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/01/10(Mon)00:39 No.7866373
    See you Friday. Can't wait to see just what we'll be able to do with all this stuff.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:39 No.7866376
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    Thanks for DM again. I heard you guys like Averrons, so I put your Averrons in Photoshop. I was doing most of the details from memory, but I thought it originally had 6 eyes, armadillo style plates and a spiked tale. Let me know if I got it right. If not, I can fix it.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:41 No.7866409
    why the hell is this not archived yet?
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:42 No.7866420
    rolled 4, 5, 4 = 13

    No tail spikes, two large eyes fixed in front with two small eyes on the sides of the head. Other than that, it is win. You are a much better artist than I.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:42 No.7866421
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    And here is an update on the other one I should have been working on. I hope the skirt is long enough now. Gems and kids to follow after I get it colored.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:43 No.7866444
    >This thread has been requested 1 times now.
    >> Termporal Namefag !!gFqYLt5Vmc+ 02/01/10(Mon)00:44 No.7866451
    I always wondered how Demon of depths looked. Was he spider-like, centipede like or non-insectoid at all?
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:44 No.7866454
    For a brief moment, I thought that one of those shields had an awesomeface on it. Then I was disappointed that it didn't.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/01/10(Mon)00:44 No.7866455
    Looking good. I take it the transparency will be changed?
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:44 No.7866462
    rolled 5, 4, 1 = 10

    I like it. Please continue, I appreciate your efforts.

    Stage 8: Quest Inspires Art
    >> rolled 1 + 19 = 20 02/01/10(Mon)00:45 No.7866476
    How do we request?
    I never learned how.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/01/10(Mon)00:46 No.7866482
    Someone's missing a few steps between 8 and 9. Quest gets adapted into 39 volume manga and 13 episode anime are two of them.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:47 No.7866489
    rolled 5, 5, 6 = 16

    Spider-like, I suppose. Large, plated abdomen with many legs, all ending in thin blades. Head sticking out of that, with a segmented neck and no visible mouth. 'Arms' ending in long, thick claws. Nine red eyes in a circle, with the largest in the center.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:48 No.7866515
    Archiv'd at suptg
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:48 No.7866521
    Oh God, It's so cute.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:49 No.7866525
    rolled 1, 5, 1 = 7

    'Make list of steps from Quest Begins to World Domination' added to job queue.

    (Pin your thaints)
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:50 No.7866545
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    Duly noted and updated. And you are a much better DM than I am, so it all balances out in the end. Yay for specialization!
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:53 No.7866588

    Yeah, it will look like the ones in the center of the skirt. I just ran out of steam when I was working on it. It was surprisingly difficult to come up with more shield styles so it didn't look like a bunch of circles glued together. I will (hopefully) be done with it by the next round of questin'.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:53 No.7866589
    it's some kind of spider-glyptodon!
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:53 No.7866596
    rolled 6, 6, 2 = 14

    I love it so much I am requesting you illustrate the steam tank brigade. You don't have to, but if your portrait of a stupid herbivore kicks this much ass, the war picture will make my eyes explode into candy.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/01/10(Mon)00:54 No.7866607
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:54 No.7866609

    I will try and sketch up one of these bad boys as well. Should be fun.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)00:57 No.7866666

    I think you are vastly overestimating my ability to make things awesome, but I shall do my best. So the list right now is:
    Demon of the Deep
    Original one that is half done (I swear teacher, the dog ate my pixels)
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)00:59 No.7866697
    rolled 2, 3, 1 = 6

    And I think all of you are vastly overexaggerating about my meager DM'ing skills.

    How long did it take you to make that first picture?
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)01:06 No.7866780

    Oh, I dunno. Couple hours here, couple hours there. I haven't really been keeping a close track. I just work on it a little bit each night when I can. Last night was mostly a wash since I was sketching up the building designs. A large chunk of the time was getting the figure close to something resembling a human (I am terrible at the human form). The shields ended up eating a big chunk of time too, but I do love me some excessive level of detail. I keep shooting myself in the foot by doing things in color. Takes way more time than a thread can handle at the speed I draw.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 02/01/10(Mon)01:08 No.7866812
    rolled 3, 1, 4 = 8

    Well, I must say that it looks very, very good. I can't wait to see it finished. See you Friday.
    >> Anonymous 02/01/10(Mon)01:17 No.7866912

    I may miss the Friday thread since that is really early in my time zone. If I am not there, I should be back on Saturday for fun times. Fret not, however, I will get you the pictures in one of the weekend threads. Worst comes to worst I will tack them onto the end of the thread (if it is still up). But have a good time at your shin-dig on Friday. Socializing off the interwebs is always a good idea.

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