Previous thread:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Princes%20of%20the%20EarthPreviously, on Princes of the Earth...Our protagonist, a nameless swordsman with a destiny bigger than he ever realized, was hunting a bounty on the head of the man known as Cannibal Hohei. The trail's almost a month cold, but you feel like you're starting to narrow in on him. You got directed to the lands of the Soaring Eagle Tribe by a deputy in the town of Silver March. A caravan carrying important goods to the Soaring Eagles got hit by Cannibal Hohei - a vicious monster of a man with a reputation for taking bites out of his victims - and they've been forced to resort to raiding the outskirts of Silver March to get the food and tools they need.The Soaring Eagles haven't been able to tell you much so far - Hohei and his half-dozen men seemed to come from a general westerly direction, and took an entire yeddim with the wagons, which would have made them easy to track if the trail wasn't a month cold. One guard was killed, and two more seriously injured. You've just finished a conversation with one of the injured guards - recollecting what happened to him seemed to take a lot out of him, to put it lightly.You're standing in a longhouse in the Soaring Eagle Tribe's town.What do you do now?
>>31886857Current stats:>Heroic Mortal>Warrior 3>Priest 2>Scholar 1>Criminal 2>Broker 1>Contacts 1>Destiny 2>Influence 1>Essence 1>Chi 1/1>Health 4/4Essence is equal parts Willpower and your Mana bar. Its chi points are used as your health in social combat, it can be spent to gain +1 die when rolling, and can be used for much larger effects if you learn special martial arts or are a Prince. Your chi pool is equal to your Essence as a mortal, or twice your Essence as a Prince.Health is what keeps you from dying. Each point of health you lose gives you a cumulative -1 penalty, meaning that even the most skilled mortals have to spend chi to still have any dice at 1/4 health. At 0/4, you're incapacitated entirely. Life is unforgiving, and so is a sword through the gut for people who aren't larger than life.
Rolled 4>>31886857Let's try to check the trail and the surrounding land. Maybe their hideout is somewhere nearby and we can find some traces of human activity around.On a side note, I think I'm partial to becoming an Infernal to become the Atomic Samurai
>>31886857A month old lead is still a lead. Best check out the attack site and the to the west ourselves
>>31887048But there's nothing Infernal about him at all.
>>31887086There is if he dramatically fails at something. That's all it takes - failure because you're a coward, or too arrogant, or any number of other personal flaws. We're already walking a narrow line between confidence and arrogance, for example.
>>31887105I was more talking about Atomic Samurai, who is just a really, really good swordsman.
Can we please just play it straight and not intentionally make weird decisions because you like one glow over another?
>>31886857Follow our month old lead. There's nothing to do but approach it boldly. Besides, a lone wanderer looks like easy prey to bandits like this. They might find us first.
>>31886857>>31886866Ask to talk to the other survivor. The least we can get out of them is a better idea of how many people are on this gang. We will probably learn even more about this gang. So far, the survivors are our best lead.Then try and talk to whoever is in charge of this tribe. They should be able to give us something to get us closer to cathing the cannibal. We can get the likely places a gang could hide at least, since they hunt around these parts. They want this guy captured as much as we do. Maybe we'll even get a guide.
Everyone start rolling, it might start being relevant shortly.You bid these people a good day. They've been pretty good help so far, and you imagine they want their goods back and these bandits dead even more than you do. You'll be happy to oblige - that's why you were out here in the first place, after all. You head back south down the road, to try to find where the raid happened based on their descriptions.The sun's nearly setting as you find the place. It's rained in the past month, so it's hard to tell, but you find some unusual gouges in the road, some trees broken by something that looks yeddim-sized, and a few arrows, flint-tipped tribal ones whose fletchings are now badly damaged, stuck haphazardly around the area. Yeah, this is almost certainly where it happened, and the breakage caused by the yeddim looks like it might still be trackable, especially if they did any serious damage or dropped things on their way. It goes west-ish.It's going to be dark soon, though.What do you do?
Rolled 7>>31887220>Everyone start rolling, it might start being relevant shortly.Okay. If it seem like we dont have enough rolls just tell us so we can roll.
Rolled 2>>31887220Might as well get some rest before we head out, we're a mortal who needs sleep after all>Everyone start rolling, it might start being relevant shortly.d10s?
Rolled 4>>31887220We cant track a month old track at night. Let's find a place to camp and spend the night. I assume we always stay vigilant during our rest considering we are a wandering swordsman, the gang could try to catch us in our sleep so be extra careful.
>>31887220Rest till morning, broken trees ain't gonna go anywhere
Rolled 5>>31887220>>31887279Forgot my roll
Rolled 8>>31887274>I assume we always stay vigilant during our rest considering we are a wandering swordsmanYes in case it's not obvious we want to set up traps and some warning system to wake us in case shit goes down
Rolled 10>>31887220Make a campfire and rest.
>>31887230>>31887249>One success on the Priest roll for wilderness tracking.You head a little to the east to set up camp, gathering enough dry wood as you go for a small campfire. You don't really have the time or light to get much in the way of food, but you still have a little of what you scrounged up for breakfast left. It's not much, but it's better than nothing, and you get to rest your feet and get some sleep.You wake up with the dawn, as usual, stretching, putting back on your shoes, getting in a few practice swings on your sword. You're hungry - maybe you can get some fruit while you track. For now, though, it's light out, so you head back to the scene.In the morning light, hitting the westward path from the east, it's even more obvious. Either these tribals are really shitty trackers, or they haven't been back here to check, or the trail gets harder to follow part-way through the woods.You follow for a few miles when, sure enough, you hit the tracker's nightmare. A large open field, a broad, shallow stream cutting from north to south. You can see why they came this way - no trees to break, a stream to destroy scent trails and tracks. They may be cruel, but Cannibal Hohei appears to be good at picking out escape routes.
>>31887527You'll have to figure out a new plan for narrowing down where they went from here.There's a small mountain, or large hill, a few miles to the south, that you can see. Wooded, with a sharp cliff on one side - ancient earthquake, less-ancient explosives? You don't know about any mines in the area, and there's not exactly a road going through here. The east is the woods where you came from. The west is the field with its stream - you might be able to get a drink there, maybe something washed downstream if they're upstream? And the north is towards the Soaring Eagle hunting grounds.What's your next step?
So why does he have a modern scope on what looks like a matchlock? Or is it just because the artist felt like it.
Rolled 3>>31887542They're probably in the woods, but we should stop to rehydrate ourselves first. If we're lucky, we might catch them getting a morning drink themselves.
>>31887566The better question is why he has a scope at all on a weapon whose range is measured in the tens of meters. It's just a picture that looked close enough. Please - this is unironic and unsarcastic - if you have better pictures for our protagonist, dump them. I've been trying to find a picture of a ronin samurai in a cowboy hat to no avail.
Rolled 7>>31887542It seems the south is a good place for bandits to hide. Investigate and be careful not to fall into a trap.
Rolled 4>>31887542Let's check out that river
>>31887582>>31887584>Zero successes on the Night roll to spot something.You head west, into the field, to the stream. Nothing unusual stands out to you, but it's nice to get a big drink of fresh water. The field looks clear, no signs of tents or other shelters, no trash along the stream bank. Coincidentally? The stream or field might have an easily-offended spirit, you make a mental note to not trash the place up too much while you're here, just on the off-chance.It is, at this point, mid-morning, and you still haven't had anything to eat since some scant leftovers last night. You're well-hydrated now, at least. You could try to spear a rabbit, or track down some fruit and berries? Or maybe just keep trying to pick a trail back up. The hill looks like a good place to hide, but honestly, that's just guesswork based on where you might hold up.What do you do now?
Rolled 9>>31887728Let's get some food and then go check out that hill
Rolled 8>>31887728We'll get some basic foraging done on the way to the hill. Nothing heavy, just berries, edible grasses, that sort of thing. Eat on the go.
Rolled 1>>31887729Doesn't seem like it fits the character. Too elegant.
>>31887729Buff jacket, cowboy hat, katana, Plasma Tongue Repeater. Might be the character after he gears up, yeah. At the moment, he's a lot shabbier, and a lot more poorly equipped. I'm more thinking generic ronin, but with a cowboy hat. Alternatively, cowboy with katana and wooden sandals.'least, that's the image I have of the guy. We haven't exactly discussed outfits yet.
>>31887586I just found the picture interesting is all. the scope just looks so out of place and i was wondering what/why it was there and if it was somehow setting related with that drawing. I'm not complaining about it at all.
Rolled 3>>31887728Look for some food. Keep an eye open for tracks, if their base is around they are likely to gather around here too. MAybe we'll find some clues while looking for food.
>>31887832I'm guessing the artist thought it looked cool. It is kinda neato.
>>31887729>>31887746>Two successes on the Priest roll to scrounge up some food.You start poking around for food. Fields are a great place to find berry bushes, after all, and you're not disappointed. Scattered all over are small, broad-leafed bushes dangling with clusters of berries - the orange ones look ripe, the green ones probably less so. They're sweet, don't turn your stomach, so you spend the next hour or so picking and eating them when, much to your happy surprise, you happen across a rabbit doing the same.You kill it but don't cook it yet - it'll hold for a few hours, and you don't want smoke to give you away if the bandits are close - and load up on some more berries later. It was a good find, all in all.That done, you start heading south, along the river. You want to take a look at that hill, see if there's anything there. Right about when you hit the tree line, though, you happen across something interesting. A wooden arch, made of two upright wooden logs and a third across the top of the two, covered in crude, weather-worn carvings. The whole thing is drowning in ivy. Looks like some kind of tribal shrine arch that's been left unattended for years, at the very least. If the bandits are in the area, they either didn't care to clear it, or didn't want to risk drawing attention.Continue on? Clear the arch? Steer clear of any of that divine bullshit? Turn around?What now?
Rolled 8>>31887972>Clear the arch
Rolled 3>>31887972Clear the arch
Rolled 7>>31887972>Clear the archIf it does have a spirit they might be able to lead us to the bandits I guess
Rolled 7>>31887972Clearthe arch and offer rabit as Tribute to whatever spirit the arch/shrine is for.
>>31888023>>31888094>One success on the Priest roll to properly deal with the shrine arch.You clear the ivy - by hand so you don't muck up the carvings with your sword - until it's all revealed. The vertical poles are totem poles, of a sort. Animal totems on one side, with hare at the bottom an eagle with spread wings on top - a Soaring Eagle, perhaps? - and predators in the middle. The other has depictions of fruits, leaves... It's hunting and gathering. The beam across the top, that makes the arch, has sun and moon motifs - the cycles of the moon, the different stages of the sun.This must have been a tribal shrine sometime in the past - long enough for it to be overgrown, but recent enough to not have rotted away. Not to a single god, at least. Not as much risk of pissing off something powerful that way. You bid a forlorn goodbye to your lucky rabbit, placing it at the base of the hunters' pole, and one of the bunches of berries at the base of the gatherer pole, speaking a word of thanks and request for good hunting as you do. It hurts to part with food like that, but the local spirits might get offended without the offering, and might offer boons with a clean shrine and some sacrifice.And you can always use an easier time hunting - bounties and game.That didn't take too long - it's still not noon yet.What now?
>>31888286Keep looking for bandit tracks towards south.
Rolled 10>>31888286Back to business. Continue deeper into the area to root out these bandits.
Rolled 9>>31888286Let's continue keep going, no point wasting daylight
>>31888385>>31888397>>31888406Any chance I can get one more roll from you guys?
Rolled 10>>31888729Of course. We get three dies? Great.
>>31888397>>31888406>>31888740Well, good job tracking.
>>31888397>>31888406>>31888740>Four successes on a Criminal roll to notice stuff and sneak.You set off into the wooded hill along the stream. It could easily just be your imagination, but after that little sacrifice, you feel lighter, quieter, more alert - like a proper hunter. If it's a blessing by spirit's, you're grateful for it, at any rate, because you quickly spot something in the stream. Two somethings, really.First, an animal bone, clean, a little burnt - refuse from a human's meal - floating down the stream. The knucklebone of a yeddim, maybe? There are people upstream somewhere. You made the right choice on where to go after all. And second, a little fleck of something in the water, something with a dull glint to it. You reach in and pull it out, finding yourself with a knobbly gold nugget. It's absolutely tiny - you're surprised you even spotted it - but it can only mean one thing.There's gold in these hills.You keep going on up the hill, following the stream, until you hear voices up ahead. You slip into the brush, quick as a shadow and quiet as the night, and peer out. There's a small camp at the mouth of the spring that feeds this stream. A circle of covered wagons, a heap of bones, some dried meat hanging from the trees. Two men, one short and solid, the other skinny and a little twitchy, leaning against a wagon and chatting. You can't see or hear anyone else, but the wagon might be in the way.You've found the bandit camp.What now?
Rolled 2>>31888866We could discuss a rational plan of action. Or we could make six bodies for six coffins.
Rolled 4>>31888866I think the survivor said that including the cannibal there were six other dudes, we could take these guys out now or we could keep a look out for a bit longer just in case the other 5 guys are near by
Rolled 2>>31888866>wait for them to go to sleep, try to take out the guard and kill them in their sleep
>>31888916>>31888938>>31888951well whatever we did, we just screwed up pretty bad.
Rolled 6>>318888666+ vs 1 is not good odds. We should take our time for a chance to take out one or two of them before we move.Who the duck thought that making captcha disappear would a good idea. People are fucking retarded i swear.
>>31888962>we Abyssal now
Rolled 5>>31888961I'm for this plan, let's hang back and wait for night, keep an eye on who's around and how many people are here
>>31889040Screwing up one roll doesn't make you abyssal.
>>31888866Stay the hell away until we know what we're doing. Charging into a bandit camp and commencing murder is not how you survive in this line of work.
>>31889059Well, it is if you've got the dice on your side. As it is, we're failing every single suggestion.
>>31889075Please stop playing retardedly for the dice.
>>31889058I was implying that we'd charge in like an idiot (with these rolls, at least) and get gutted.
Rolled 6>>31888866personly i think it be a good idea to hang out a bit and watch them for a bit for chances at taking them out one by one
>>31889135In one roll? That'd be bullshit
>>31888916>>31888938>>31888951>>31888961>>31889018>>31889052>>31889202Not a single goddamn success.
>>31889313Fun fact, You should get 1 success for every 2 dice you roll. This is statistical improbability right here.
>>31889382So was 4 successes on 3 dice.
Rolled 5>>31889313how high do we have to roll to get a success? i would had thought that a 6 or 5 would at least have some lv of success
Rolled 10>>31889382>You should get 1 success for every 2 dice you rollThis doesn't apply to /tg/ dice, who's results are dictated by some monstrous Elder God
>>31889390Not as much, actually, since there's a 1 in 10 chance of getting 2 successes on a single die and then a one in 3 (roughly) chance of getting any success on a die. 4 on 3 is not anywhere near as outrageous as 0 in 7.
>>31889382If you roll a billion dies, then you'll get pretty close to that perfect 50%. With 3-4 rolls, anythng is probable.Fun advice: dont go around making math fun facts if you don't have basic probability knowledge.
You settle in, deciding to wait it out. You're good, but you're not fight-a-half-dozen-guys-at-once good. You want to try to pick some of them off on their own first. You wish you had a better vantage point, but at least you settled into somewhere nice and concealed already.And so you wait. And wait. You'd be a lot more board if your heart wasn't pounding in your ears, your hand hovering near your sword's hilt. Every second is tense, because you feel like you could get spotted at any moment.But as you watch, you see one, two, three more men walking to and from the stream, the camp, the woods. They don't seem to be doing much of anything, just eating, chatting about inane bullshit, having snacks. Then, from past the wagons, where you can't see, out walks Hohei himself. A mountain of a man - a head taller than you at least, teeth filed and sharpened to points, bronze gauntlets that go all the way to his shoulders, the finger tips ending in nasty-looking hooks. Tattoos all over his chest, back, and face.He looks dangerous - he looks like a beast. You imagine that's intentional. If he's as dangerous as he looks, he might even be an even match for you in a fair fight, and that's without his goon squad. You'll have to make sure it's not fair if you prize success over honor.He hefts a pouch in his hand, grinning big, and tosses it to the ground in front of the men, nuggets and gold powder spilling out."We have hit it big!" he proclaims proudly.What now?
Rolled 2>>31889474whats the odds of us being able to snipe him with the musket we got how far way is he? we get him and we got a good chance of breaking thare morale and send the scattering
Rolled 6>>31889474Attempt to figure out the most efficient means to murder these guys without being detected.
Rolled 2>>31889474keep watchingif we're lucky they'll start killing each other over the loot
Rolled 10>>31889474>"We have hit it big!" he proclaims proudly.If they have they might start celebrating, hopefully getting piss ass drunk in the process, even if they don't we should keep watching for nightfall
>>31889506Despite the picture, you don't actually have a musket, just a sword with a broken tip. Also, the 'firearms' in this setting shoot a gout of flame that has a relatively short maximum range. They don't launch a projectile.
Rolled 1>>31889556ah sorry just that you guys were talking about smoth bore muskets earlyer so i assumed we had one nvm
>>31889449No successes out of seven dice is not very probable. At 5 die throws you should start to see basic regularity, though not perfect. That's why dicepool systems work. Don't be an autist and just understand that it is surprising.
>>31889474Wait for the night. They have to sleep, and the dark will be to our advantage too. We can sneak and take out the guards and try to catch them in their sleep.Even if they wake up, we at least will be able to take out the guards.
Rolled 7>>31889474We'll wait for them to start celebrating, then attack them all at once.
>>31889617If you have 1/2 chance at success, at seven rolls that's 1/128, hardly surprising at all.
>>31889653Technically, it's a 3/5 chance of failure. You're counting the 10's in the odds of success, which are irrelevant when you're actually discussing odds of failure.
Rolled 4>>31889653I've never had it happen to me before now. It's surprising and not a common result. >>31889474Observe them until they let their guard down. Then attack the nearest bandit and start the fray.
>>31889673I was going of him saying you should have one success out of two rolls, not actual probabilities of this game. We have not even rolled seven dies so far.
You wait, hoping and betting on them celebrating their big score, getting drunk, passing out - giving you a lot of unconscious bandits and only one or two partially-addled men to deal with. Your decision pays off. They break out some ceramic jars of green, medicinal-looking liquor from the stolen wagons and get to celebrating.You manage to pick up, from their conversations and celebrations, that the reason they're here is that there's an old gold mine in the area. It got abandoned years ago, when some hostile elements passed through the area, chasing the Soaring Eagles out of the hunting grounds and the prospectors off to a less-risky endeavor. That was long enough ago that nobody really noticed the area was safe again - nobody wanted to come and check, for fear of getting electroctuted, or the air sucked out of their lungs, or worse. That was more than two decades ago.Hohei got word of it off a prospector he served some time with before breaking out of a jail. Came to the area to check out out, found it free and open to try to get more gold. Not being a properly enterprising man with respectable connections, he got together a gang to do the mining and knocked over a caravan for supplies. Which leads you to right now - they just hit their first major vein since coming here, gathered enough to fill a small pouch, and more to come.(Continued)
>>31889841By the time the sun sets, most of them are passed out, except Hohei, who's drunk and nursing a jar, but still awake and sitting by the fire, his back to you, and one other. That one other has just stumbled on over to the bushes where you're hiding, exposing himself, probably to take a piss. You could try to sneak off, or 'weather the storm,' but honestly, this seems like it could be the best chance you're going to get. If you manage to take this guy out without him raising a fuss, you might be able to get Hohei too, and then it's just unconscious drunks.What do you do?
Rolled 2>>31889741>>31889858Please let us be able to ambush a drunk taking a piss. P l e a s e
Rolled 5>>31889858Stab him.
Rolled 2>>31889841>>31889858Let's get to stabbing
Rolled 8>>31889858take him out, quietly
Rolled 8>>31889858cut his neck from the dark
>>31889858Kill him as quickly and quitely as possible. Then if successful, go and take Cannibals's head from behind. He doesn't deserve a fair fight and there is no sense in risking it if we can get it done more safely.
>>31889876>>31889892>>31889900>>31889903>One success on the sneak attack.You run the guy through the belly from below, and on up into his chest cavity. He's dead before he hits the ground, which you muffle by cradling him down to it slowly. You're down to five unconscious goons and one drunk Hohei - it's a start. You want to finish it, though, quick and clean.You start sneaking on up, sword raised and heart pounding, as you ready yourself to take his head off from behind before he can notice what just happened.Roll Criminal - that's three dice counting the blessing from the shrine. Four if you spend your one point of chi on this roll.Do you spend your chi, or save it for later, like the attack itself?
Rolled 5Get him!
Rolled 9>>31890061spend it
Rolled 5>>31890061spend the point
Rolled 3>>31890061spend the chi, we're better at killing than at sneaking
Rolled 3>>31890061Let's wait for the attack itself
Rolled 9>>31890061keep it
Rolled 3>>31890061SHITTY STUNTAs stealthy ronindishonorably slew scumjustice was served
>>31890061Keep it, we've already got a success.
Rolled 10>>31890240are there stunts in Qwixalted?
>>31890245I will suggest we get to roll AFTER we use chi because of this. We will just wait to see if we get another success with chi and then decide to use it or not this way.
Rolled 9>>31890270dunno felt like doing it anyway
>>31890240>>31890270There are. The criterion for a stunt in this quest is perfectly subjective and wildly unfair. If you give me a good enough description of your action that I choose to use much or all of your writing in my next post, I'll give you a bonus die and a point of chi back.A haiku is not a stunt.
>>31890090>>31890095>>31890108>>31890109You muster up all of your focus on not making a sound and, eventually, find yourself standing behind the drunk monster. He still hasn't noticed you - or, if he has, he hasn't reacted. You raise your sword high, ready for the dolorous stroke, and then bring it down hard and fast.Roll Warrior, with the hunting shrine's bonus, for four dice.
>>31890366>A haiku is not a stunt.Well for one thing there aren't enough syllables in the last line.
>>31889425Some of us pray to Xom. Some of us pray to Tzeench. Some of us pray to other gods. All of them point and laugh.
Rolled 9>>31890398quickly, someone write a stunt
Rolled 1>>31890398Murder the hell out of him.Keep his head intact for our bounty.
Rolled 10>>31890398Don't say anything. Hold the blade out (which is hopefully still out from the last guy we murdered), cleanly remove the head.Then maybe take his arms off as well - those gauntlets look expensive.
>>31890398I got bad vibes about this. It's going too well.
Rolled 8>>31890555yes. We need to do something worth of an Exaltion, so I think we'll run into some overpowered enemy.Or he turns out to be a godblooded and gives us a real fight or something.
Rolled 6>>31890592I hope we've got good valor. I'd rather go Black than Green if shit goes bad here.
Rolled 2>>31890655Really? I prefer Infernals. Abyssals are just so bland and boring. They're just Solars with more emo.
>>31890418>>31890429>>31890431>>31890449The strike lands true, but wasn't angled quite right. It hits collar bone instead of going cleanly through, blood goes everywhere, and as you hop back, sword raised in a guard, Hohei lurches to his feet, blood going everywhere as he gives a gurgled scream. How the fuck is that guy still standing after that? Something's wrong, even if the strike wasn't perfect, he should still be on the ground, bleeding to death.His men start stirring awake - you've got at least a few seconds before they enter the fray - and he gives a clumsy lunge, trying to tackle you. In his hook-clawed, sharp-toothed grasp is the last place you want to be right now, though.Tell me what action you now want to take, and roll Criminal to dodge.
Rolled 5>>31890704Point our sword at his stomach so he impales himself on it when he tries to tackle us
Rolled 9>>31890704Weelllll shit.We might end up Infernal now.Retreat into the forest (if possible) and regroup.
Rolled 7>>31890704We need to press the attack before his men finish waking up, we can't let this chance get away, if we run away they'll be on alert from now on, we won't be able to catch them drunk again
Rolled 10>>31890704Somersault backwards to escape his grasp and get a handful of dirt to throw in his eyes while we're tumbling across the ground.Is it too soon to murder a couple of his goons?
Rolled 5>>31890704Angle our sword up wards while ducking under his lunge, when he is above us we stand up and impale him
Rolled 7>>31890743Judging from how he's doing right now, he'll probably still be up and then we wouldn't have our sword because it's lodged in his gut now while he can tear into us with his claws.
Rolled 10>>31890704Sweep the legs, tripping him
Rolled 2>>31890781He is wounded, and his death will result if we keep calm. He is drunk and we have him at a disadvantage no matter how tough he is.
Rolled 8>>31890831I'm thinking he's beyond tough into supernaturally tough.
So, what's the consensus? Counter-attack? Run away? Dirty blow? Other? Assuming you even succeed at the dodge, of course, what's the plan?
Rolled 10>>31890954counterattack, I think.
Rolled 3>>31890954Some form of dirty counter attack
Rolled 2>>31890954I favor the dirty blow.
Rolled 9>>31890954>Counter-attackWe want to strike him after he's off balance from his drunk tackle
Rolled 8>>31890954I'd go for "retreat, reestablish advantage", especially if his goons are getting up.
>>31890743>>31890747>>31890763>Two successes on the Criminal roll to dodge.>>31890764>>31890766>>31890781>>31890783>Five successes on the Warrior roll to counter-attack.You duck under his arms - he's clumsy from the surprise and the drink, and your nerves are through the roof right now - and use the momentum of his tackle and you standing back up to slide your sword right through his middle. His momentum carries him back off again, rolling over you and landing, hard and limp, on the ground behind you. You think he's probably down for the count this time. Anticlimactic - just the way you like it.His men, though, are on their feet now, and pile into attacking you before you can return the favor, swinging with knives and hatchets. You manage to dodge and parry most of them, but take a nasty slice across your chest. It hurts, but you'll live, as long as you don't get too many more follow-ups like that. Five drunk mooks? The only way they're going to kill you is with lucky shots, but in the time that it'll take you to kill all five of them, they might get more than a few of those.>HP 3/4>Chi 0/1>Enemies 5/7What do you do now?
Rolled 9>>31891161Their boss is dead, why the hell are they still fighting us?Are they actually loyal to him?Get the hell out of dodge, see if they care enough about this guy to follow us. If they do, cut them down one by one.Or wait, shit, do we have proof that we killed Cannibal Hohei yet?
Rolled 5>>31891161Kill whoever's nearest. Shout at the others that if they throw down their arms and run, I won't chase them, but any man here whom I see again will die!
Rolled 6>>31891161Let's see if we can't scare them off, their boss did just die like a bitch, kill like one more and yell, Leave now and I won't cut you down like I did your monster of a leader
Rolled 5>>31891229seconding this
Rolled 1>>31891229Are we that type? We've done what we came here to do.
Rolled 1>>31891262they found gold, I want that too
Rolled 2>>31891262We can't just leave them alone, they are bandits, if we don't chase them off they'll stick around, plus I think we still need proof that we killed Hohei and we can't get that while were surrounded
Rolled 9>>31891271This is one reason.>>31891262But also because scaring them off likely to get better results than finishing them off or running.
>>31891161Offer them to let them go or they could stay and fight for their lives. I reckon they should just leave. If they stay, fight them. A bunch of drunks should be managable even if not easy. After we take out one or two of them, the rest should be relatively easy even if they dont just run.
>>31891193>>31891229>>31891244>One success on the Warrior roll to attack another goon.>>31891248>>31891262>Zero successes - and a botch - on the Priest roll to scare them off.You slice one in the arm, causing him to reel back - he'll be recovering for the next few seconds, he's clearly not used to getting cut - and yell at the others. "Now, all y'all better run off!" you shout. "You get to leave with your lives - that should be good enough. Don't end up like Hohei."Their reaction is unsettling - just laughter. You think you can guess what they're laughing about - you just cut down the number of ways they have to split the money, and took out Hohei, who was probably a scary enough motherfucker they've been wanting to do it for a while. You just solved their mutiny situation, and are hurting enough that they think they can gang up on you - as long as they live, they can hire some more men to get the gold out of the mine.They all attack you again, someone getting a lucky chop in with a hatchet - lucky for them, in that they hit you, and lucky for you in that it glanced off your skull instead of taking off an ear or splitting your head open.>HP 2/4>Chi 0/1>Enemies 4(5?)/7What's the game plan?
Rolled 10>>31891694Let's see if we can't lead them off into the forest take them out one by one in there
Rolled 6>>31891694Keep moving and let them come at us, dont get surrounded. They are still drunk and no matter the adrenalin they will not be able to move well. Kite them and get hits whenever opportunity presents itself. This way we also would only be facing one or two of them at one time.
Rolled 8>>31891694tactical retreat
Rolled 1>>31891694This ain't going well, and we're outnumbered. Try to quickly take out the most leadery one quickly and get some distance from them, get some trees or something like that between us so they can't just throw axes.daggers at us, and if they follow us then we try to separate them and take them out one at a time. If they don't follow we can recuperate and finish them off later.
>>31891694Kill them all
Rolled 1>>31891694Get the fuck out of here for now. Regroup under cover.
Rolled 3>>31891782We're literally half-dead at the moment.
Rolled 7>>31891694run away.Don't want to become an Abyssal, after all
Rolled 9>>31891789This. We need to get Hohei's head or we're SOL on our bounty, but there's no reason we have to play the game of get surrounded and die.
Rolled 3>>31892102They're bandits, they'll probably leave his body or give him a very shallow grave.
Rolled 4>>31892130Or cut off his head and collect the bounty themselves. I ain't letting these fucks take the credit for our dolorous stroke.
>>31891755>2 successes on running the fuck away and losing your attackers.You bolt. You're seriously hurt - it'll take weeks to bounce back from these injuries. There's absolutely no way you can keep fighting them like this. Even drunk, they have enough numbers that they'll just overwhelm you that way. After running for a few minutes, you're pretty sure you've lost them. You can't hear them following, anyway.You're not sure where to go from there, though. It'll take you weeks to heal up from this, and by then, they'll have brought in a ton more bandits to make a big payday. And in that time, the Soaring Eagles will keep needing to raid, might even clash with Silver March.Whatever you decide now, it could spell the future for both of these towns for years to come - maybe the entire region.(Continued)
>>31892371What's the plan?>Know when you're beat - retreat, heal. You've lost, and this region's about to have a seriously well-funded bandit problem. Dying won't fix that.>Suicide rush. They'll probably take you out, but if you can take them all with you - leave the one who takes you out bleeding to death - it should save the towns in the long term, because nobody'll be left to recruit more bandits.>Play it smart and determined. You can't take them head on, but you can do this with tenacity and guerilla tactics. Pick them off one by one over the next few days - focus on surviving and winning with patience and guile.>It's not about victory, it's about principle. You're going to do what's right, because it's what's right. Win or lose, you won't compromise your integrity.>You've always been lucky, always been where you needed to be. Trust in fate - if you're supposed to die today, you'll die. But if you're supposed to live, luck, fate, it'll find a way. You won't torment yourself about what's meant to be. You'll come back to fight, and trust that whatever happens serves some greater good, live or die.>Other.
Rolled 2>>31892390>Play it smart and determined. You can't take them head on, but you can do this with tenacity and guerilla tactics. Pick them off one by one over the next few days - focus on surviving and winning with patience and guile.
Rolled 9>>31892390>>Play it smart and determined. You can't take them head on, but you can do this with tenacity and guerilla tactics. Pick them off one by one over the next few days - focus on surviving and winning with patience and guile.
Rolled 6>>31892390>Play it smart and determined. You can't take them head on, but you can do this with tenacity and guerilla tactics. Pick them off one by one over the next few days - focus on surviving and winning with patience and guile.
Rolled 2>>31892390>Know when you're beat - retreat, heal. You've lost, and this region's about to have a seriously well-funded bandit problem. Dying won't fix that.Infernal are my favorite splat
>>31892390>>Play it smart and determined. You can't take them head on, but you can do this with tenacity and guerilla tactics. Pick them off one by one over the next few days - focus on surviving and winning with patience and guile.Nothing about fighting smart violates our integrity.
Rolled 10>>31892390>Play it smart and determined. You can't take them head on, but you can do this with tenacity and guerilla tactics. Pick them off one by one over the next few days - focus on surviving and winning with patience and guile.
>>31892390>You've always been lucky, always been where you needed to be. Trust in fate - if you're supposed to die today, you'll die. But if you're supposed to live, luck, fate, it'll find a way. You won't torment yourself about what's meant to be. You'll come back to fight, and trust that whatever happens serves some greater good, live or die.
Rolled 7>>31892390>>Play it smart and determined. You can't take them head on, but you can do this with tenacity and guerilla tactics. Pick them off one by one over the next few days - focus on surviving and winning with patience and guile.That was the plan at least
>>31892390>>You've always been lucky, always been where you needed to be. Trust in fate - if you're supposed to die today, you'll die. But if you're supposed to live, luck, fate, it'll find a way. You won't torment yourself about what's meant to be. You'll come back to fight, and trust that whatever happens serves some greater good, live or die.
>>31892390Get the tribe people to fight them. Tell them we killed the cannibal but there are some bandits still alive and if we let them be they will pose a lot of problems. Kill them with tribe's fighters.
>>31892390>You've always been lucky, always been where you needed to be. Trust in fate - if you're supposed to die today, you'll die. But if you're supposed to live, luck, fate, it'll find a way. You won't torment yourself about what's meant to be. You'll come back to fight, and trust that whatever happens serves some greater good, live or die.Also known as jumping on the railroad, choo choo
Rolled 5>>31892489I was thinking this might be cool, but the Soaring Eagles seemed pretty ripped up when we talked to them.
>>31892492Is it Sidereal Time?
>>31892528Assuming we don't meet Luna, I'd say so.
Rolled 7>>31892390>Play it smart and determined. You can't take them head on, but you can do this with tenacity and guerilla tactics. Pick them off one by one over the next few days - focus on surviving and winning with patience and guile.
>>31892528>>31892548Both of the leading options we're going with seem like they could end up with us going Sidereal. We're either being a fucking ninja or we're trusting in Fate.Of course, the guerilla warfare option could lead to Night Caste just as easily.
Rolled 9>>31892390>You've always been lucky, always been where you needed to be. Trust in fate - if you're supposed to die today, you'll die. But if you're supposed to live, luck, fate, it'll find a way. You won't torment yourself about what's meant to be. You'll come back to fight, and trust that whatever happens serves some greater good, live or die.Time to turn fate into capital fucking Fate.
>>31892390>>You've always been lucky, always been where you needed to be. Trust in fate - if you're supposed to die today, you'll die. But if you're supposed to live, luck, fate, it'll find a way. You won't torment yourself about what's meant to be. You'll come back to fight, and trust that whatever happens serves some greater good, live or die.We DO have a really hefty Destiny, and we have yet to fulfill it. We're not likely to die here, given that none of these people we're fighting are Exalted (and therefore they can't just say fuck you to Fate whenever they please).
>>31892689Well, as much as there's one type I really don't want to be, none of those are it. Sounds like fun.
Rolled 6Oh god, please not Sidereal.Everything but that
>>31892689Going guerrilla warfare on them might get Luna's attention instead. Luna really likes tenacity, and hunting them down is pretty tenacious.
Rolled 1>>31892390>>Play it smart and determined. You can't take them head on, but you can do this with tenacity and guerilla tactics. Pick them off one by one over the next few days - focus on surviving and winning with patience and guile.>not wanting to be a lunar mate to a moe solar crafter
Rolled 4>>31892390>Play it smart and determined. You can't take them head on, but you can do this with tenacity and guerilla tactics. Pick them off one by one over the next few days - focus on surviving and winning with patience and guile.
Sounds like consensus is on playing it guerilla style. Am I reading the general mood right?
I wish op didn't give any choices for this and just asked for write-ins.
>>31892827A guerilla style guided by fate. Clearly the only answer.
>>31892412>>31892419>>31892433>>31892451>>31892454>>31892467>>31892570>>31892677>>31892793>>31892796Guerilla>>31892462>>31892474>>31892492>>31892727>>31892735>>31892773Trust in Fate10 for Guerilla, 6 for Fate. Fairly close, but there's a clear leader so far.
>>31892852"Both" could also work, if the QM wants to go that route.
Rolled 6>>31892827>>31892863Final destination vote?
>>31892883No one really voted for anything other than those two, so I don't think it'll really change.
>>31892904Final destination votes are more for if samefagging is suspected.Considering flood detection I don't think that's much of an issue here.
One way or another, you're the only one leaving this mountain alive, you've decided. You're in no shape to face anyone head on, but with patience and guile, you're pretty sure you can pick them off one by one. This bounty might take longer than you had originally intended, but it ain't over until it's over.At the moment, you're bleeding, which could prove problematic if it doesn't close on its own. You're also in an inordinate amount of pain from the blow to your chest and head. If you don't solve at least one of those problems, there's a good chance you won't survive the entire night. You can think of a few options, and maybe a few beyond that, for how to stabilize yourself.>Rest. Trust in your body's natural recuperative abilities. Find somewhere safe to tuck yourself and stop moving so your wounds can clot and you can get started on recovery.>Numb. You need to numb some of the pain to let you work. Some of that booze they've got at the camp would be great for the pain and for cleaning the wound, but that doesn't seem like an option just yet. Maybe you can find some herbs foraging?>First Aid. You were never too good at it, and your hands won't stop shaking, but if you get something to numb the pain and rest enough to focus (rest enough to regain some chi) you think you might be able to turn your shirt into some bandages.>Prayer. I mean, hey. Couldn't hurt, right?>Other.You can mix options, and discussing write-ins is encouraged.
Rolled 6>>31893132>First Aid, then rest
Rolled 7>>31893132>>First Aid.then>>Rest.Go rest near that shrine arch.
>>31893132>first aid>prayer>restin that order. maybe at that shrine?
>>31893132If we pray to that spirit we gave the offerings to we might be able to get some good herbs to help numb our wounds, if not then we should just bandage up or head and chest
>>31893132First priority is first aid, but after that, prayer. Considering, you know, in this setting, it can actually work.
Rolled 6>>31893132>Numb. You need to numb some of the pain to let you work. Some of that booze they've got at the camp would be great for the pain and for cleaning the wound, but that doesn't seem like an option just yet. Maybe you can find some herbs foraging?This seems like our kind of deal. Not our primary deal, but we gotta get some mileage out of our Priest dots sometime, right?
>>31893132>First Aid. You were never too good at it, and your hands won't stop shaking, but if you get something to numb the pain and rest enough to focus (rest enough to regain some chi) you think you might be able to turn your shirt into some bandages.>Prayer. I mean, hey. Couldn't hurt, right?Pray to Heaven to aid us, and do our best to aid ourselves.
Rolled 9>>31893230generic prayers to heaven do nothing, they just get thrown in the trash.Better pray to those spirits who's shrine we cleaned
>>31893292>generic prayers to heaven do nothing, they just get thrown in the trash.Really? Fuck it. Pray to the Maidens, pray to Luna, pray to the Unconquered Sun, pray to whoever the god of healing is, and whoever the god of justice is. And those spirits from the shrine.
>>31893292>generic prayers to heaven do nothing, they just get thrown in the trash.Well, to be more accurate, they get thrown in the community food kitchens and doled out to the unemployed and unimportant gods.
>>31893359>spirits from the shrine.Literally the only ones with a chance of caring at this point, which we should do
Rolled 3>>31893404same effect, really.
>>31893439Piety costs us nothing, as far as I know.
>>31893160>>31893180>1 success on Priest to find numbing herbs. Your wound penalties are reduced by 1 for the time being.>>31893187>0 successes on Scholar to provide first aid. Between the reduction of wound penalties and spending 1 chi, you got one die for this.>>31893292>>31893441>1 success on Priest to pray for help.You manage to find some leaves scrounging around in the woods at night that, you know from personal experience, are poisonous. You tried making tea out of them once and, well, you couldn't keep food down for a while. You're not eating them this time, though, you're using them for what else they did - completely numb your fingers while you were making the tea. You shred the things into pulp and paste them on your chest and head.That done, you take a bit of a breather to get your focus back. You finish off your berries, relax, and, when you're ready, get to work shredding your shirt for bandages. Unfortunately, as you discover when you go to tie them on, your fingers got numbed again. You can't tie the bandages on.All of that done, you pray. You pray to the nameless goddess of justice, to the sun, moon, and spirits on the arch downstream. You pray for the tenacity, skill, and blessings necessary to see this through to completion. You pray - the first truly honest prayer you've had in a long time.And then, finally, you get yourself in a hollow in the ground, cover yourselves with leaves, clutch your sword tight, and rest.(Continued)
>>31893569You wake with dawn, as always. That's a good sign - it means you didn't bleed to death in the night. You might die of an infection before the week is through, though. No knowing what's in your cuts at this point - you would REALLY love some of that medicinal alcohol right now. The pain's back, but you dull it out with some more of the paste you shredded last night - no real risk of getting your fingers numbed up again.What's the first order of business for today? You still have those makeshift bandages, if you wanted to try to doctor yourself up again. You might be able to catch one of the bandits taking their morning piss. You're hungry as hell. You really want some of that booze up on the hill.There's a lot of ways you could go from here.What do you do?
>>31893587Let's go check out the bandits
Rolled 5>>31893587go check on the bandits
Rolled 1>>31893587Yeah, let's do that ambush. If we can kill one, we either get his breakfast or get to have him for breakfast.
Rolled 9>>31893604For got my dice
>>31893646>>31893657>Zero successes on the Criminal roll to sneak up to the camp undetected.You try to scope out the bandit camp again, see if you can catch someone with his pants down or nab a bottle of booze, but the bandits are sober-ish and on guard today. You're spotted before you can get properly close, and you have to book it before they can catch up to you. They stop giving chase pretty quickly - you're guessing they don't want to get lured into an ambush, in case you set traps in the trees or something. You did notice that the guy you sliced last night has his arm in a sling, and they were in the process of digging two shallow graves.What's the new plan?
Rolled 1>>31894216>in case you set traps in the trees or something.That's a good idea actuallyWe should start doing that, if we can't fight these guys directly we need to start fucking with them indirectly, set up traps, wreck their supplies, start poisoning there food
Rolled 7>>31894318If they're gonna get paranoid, we oughta give em good reasons, yeah. Though maybe we should hunt up some eats first.
>>31894216What's the environment like around the bandit camp? We might be able to use it against them, or if we can get above them drop things on them.
>>31894433It's heavily wooded, most of the way up a shallow mountain/hill, and based around the spring that feeds the mountain's stream. It has about a dozen covered wagons circled around it as a wall.`
Rolled 2>>31894582>It has about a dozen covered wagons circled around it as a wallHow big are those wagons?We might want to think about trying light some on fire and causing trouble during the distraction, kill a few dudes, steal supplies, break things
>>31894582There any big loose rocks at the top of the hill that could roll down onto the camp? Do we have anything that would make cutting trees down on them practical?How flammable do the wagons look?
>>31894689>How big are those wagons?Pretty big.>We might want to think about trying light some on fire and causing trouble during the distraction, kill a few dudes, steal supplies, break thingsDefinitely possible. It would just destroy some of the supplies that the Soaring Eagles need.>>31894701>There any big loose rocks at the top of the hill that could roll down onto the camp?You haven't been any further up the mountain than the bandit camp, so you don't know one way or the other.>Do we have anything that would make cutting trees down on them practical?Nope. There's metal hatchets somewhere in the camp, but all you've got is a shitty sword.
>>31894896Let's scout out the area around the bandit camp, set some traps if we can manage it, and look for a good opportunity to catch one of them alone.
Rolled 1>>31895034>Let's scout out the area around the bandit camp, set some traps if we can manage it, and look for a good opportunity to catch one of them alone.It's probably best for now, let's not attack unless we have a good target of opportunity
>>31894318>>31894425>One success on a Priest roll to get the lay of the land.You spend a healthy chunk of the day exploring the hill to try to figure the place out better. You find a lot of things. Up near the top of the hill is a clearing; no convenient rocks to roll down at the camp, sadly. A quarter of the way around the hill clockwise from the camp is the entrance to a mine. That's probably where they're getting the gold from.Aside from that, it's just trackless woods.You're starting to get pretty damn hungry now, though. You also still have your bandages prepared.What now?
Rolled 3>>31896076Try to bandage our wounds, then go hunting/foraging for food.Then lay some traps along the path they'd take to the mine and wait for a good opportunity.
Rolled 6>>31896076Bandage yourself, get some food, trap the shit out of the mine.In that order
Rolled 7>>31896076Find some food, wrapped up our bandages again and maybe lay some traps by the mine, if they stop by it for some reason we want to make them sorry
Rolled 5>>31896076How dry is the forest around here?I say we get our arson on.
Rolled 2>>31896076Go hunting for food. We need to deal with the necessities of life.
Did OP die or something?
>>31896116>Zero successes on a Scholar check to bandage your wounds.>>31896118>>31896121>One success on a Priest check to find food.>>31896151>>31896172>Zero successes on trapping.You have a lot of lofty plans for your afternoon, but between lacking materials for traps and being to wet and sweaty to put on some proper bandages, all you end up getting done is putting food in your belly. Still, that alone makes you feel better.By the time it hits late afternoon, something's changed. You hear the bandits stomping through the woods and shouting - trying to lure you out for a fight? If they are, they've probably left their camp relatively unguarded. If they have, you might be able to get some of that alcohol - if anyone's still at the camp, you might be able to dispatch them without getting ganged up on too.Then again, this might be the setup to some kind of elaborate trap.Do you risk sneaking around the search party to try to raid the camp? Try to pick one or more of the search party off with hit and run sneak attacks? Hunker down and try not to get found?Something else?
Rolled 1>>31897580hit and run.
>>31897580Go for the camp, and trust in fate that it'll either work out or it wasn't meant to be.
>>31897580Try sneaking around the party and raiding the camp, it'll also make a good defensible position once we take out the people there, and we can hide there and pick off people as they come back to camp.
Rolled 9>>31897645I forgot to roll
Rolled 9>>31897580>Try to pick one or more of the search party off with hit and run sneak attacks?If they're seperated into multiple groups with at least one staying in camp, it's either 1 group of 4,2 groups of 2, 4 groups of 1We could probably take at least 2 of them, let's try
Rolled 8>>31897580Guerilla hit and run time it is!
Rolled 4>>31897580>try to raid the campAlso, get a hatchet or something
>>31897633>>31897666>One success on the Criminal roll to sneak to the camp.You make your way quick and quiet around the shouting buffoons back to their camp, hoping to poke around, steal some stuff, maybe kill a man or two. When you get there, and into a good vantage point uphill, you see the two men you've already killed laid out dead and two men standing guard. One's the guy you caught in the arm yesterday - he's sweating, looking a little pale. Probably infected; your sword is, after all, a little chipped and a little rusty. You certainly wouldn't want to get hit by it.They seem relatively alert - or, well, the one with the fever does. If you move quick, you think you could take out the healthy one. The injured one shouldn't be too much trouble after that. The question's whether to risk it - one more solid hit and you're probably going to have to drag yourself back to the Soaring Eagles camp on all fours.What's the plan? Hit hard and fast? Hit sneaky and careful? Fall back and wait for a better opportunity? Just make a beeline for one of those jars of alcohol and run?What do you do?
Rolled 8>>31898020We go hard and fast. We'll kill whomever we can, then, if we can do it quickly, rig up a trap or two in camp.
Rolled 3>>31898020Go for moidah
Rolled 3>>31898020Hit hard and fast, steal a jar afterwords.
Rolled 9>>31898020>Hit hard and fastWe a risk taking motherfuckerWe need to run through healthy dude fast, it's fine if we don't kill him but let's fuck him up some
>>31898020>Hit hard and fast
>>31898088>>31898134>>31898140>One success on your Warrior roll for the sneak attack.You come blazing in hard and fast, wanting to use the surprise to your fullest advantage, laying a huge slice in across the healthy one's back and neck. He screams and drops to the ground in pain and surprise as the injured one whirls towards you, a shaky hand going for his weapon. It's his offhand - you hurt his main arm. Between that, the fear, and the fever, you don't think there's too much to worry about from him, but your guard is up. The man you attacked goes stumbling up and away from you, ripping his knife from its sheath with a pained motion.Now's the time to press your advantage or run off and hope an infection starts killing the second one too. You could try to kill the both - focus on the more-threatening one, maybe. You could try to intimidate them into fleeing - but then they might come back with reinforcements to properly secure the mine. You could leave, satisfied with the one surprise attack instead of fighting fair. You could try to grab something and bolt.You could do something else.What's the plan?
Rolled 10>>31898020beeline for the alcohol. I don't trust our dice to let us not get hit once.
Rolled 1>>31898319Finish themStart with the one we attacked first
>>31898319Fuck fighting fair. Get back innawoods.
Rolled 1>>31898340>>31898319Whoops, wrong post. Does that dice roll still count?
Rolled 2>>31898366We've almost killed one of them and another is about to fall over from infection, we could take themor go Abyssal
Rolled 5>>31898319Finish off the newly injured one. Try to intimidate the one we clipped before. Finish him off anyway.
Rolled 2>>31898366I should dice.
Rolled 9Why is it that we only ever roll well after our dicepool's run out?
Rolled 4I'll roll just because!
Rolled 7>>31898476Mortals and their shit dicepools man
>>31898514Are we even getting Attribute+Skill?Are Attributes even a thing?
>>31898548No, Qwixalted only has one category of stats for mortals
>>31898340>>31898363>>31898366>One success on Warrior to jack these motherfuckers up.\You decide to press your luck - you don't think you're going to get a better chance to take out two mooks at once, nor a better shot at raiding the camp. One high slice and the recently-injured guy goes down, drowning on his own blood. It's not a dignified way to die but, in the end, what is? The other guy takes a panicked swing at you, but it doesn't even meet your parry - he's at least three inches short of even hitting you.You can see the fear in his eyes. He knows he's looking at death itself, come knocking on his door. By the same token, you know that letting him run stands a good chance of drawing reinforcements to this battle, and that letting him stick around leaves one more coward to land a lucky blow.Do you go pragmatic and finish him off, or do you give him a reckless amount of mercy?
Rolled 10>>31898714We kill the shit out of him. If we can manage, make it clean.
Rolled 8>>31898714>pragmatic and finish him off
Rolled 3>>31898714Gotta be practical and think ahead. Sorry, fella.
Rolled 5>>31898714>Do you go pragmatic and finish him offWe got to take these guys out
Rolled 7>>31898714Kill 'em.
You run him through, quick and clean. Well, quicker and cleaner than dying of that infection would have been - and a whole hell of a lot quicker and cleaner than Hohei would have done to you. He hits the ground with surprise and fear on his face.You get to looting almost immediately. A hatchet of good bronze, a hunting bow and a half dozen arrows, a few jars of that liquor, as much of the dried yeddim meat as you can carry without slowing yourself down. In less than a minute of scrounging, you're enormously better-equipped than you were a few minutes ago.Is there anything else you want to grab? Anything else you want to do?
Rolled 6>>31898964No, we need to find a good hidey-hole, clean and patch up, and get some food and rest. Let the 4 left start panicking.
Rolled 6>>31898964Take Hohei's head and get the fuck out of the camp.
Rolled 9>>31898964Anything we can use to help patch up our wounds too
Rolled 5>>31898964We should just get the heck out of dodge and lick our wounds for the moment. We should be healed a bit for the inevitable fight those 4 will put up.
Rolled 9>>31898964Leg it while the leggin's good.
>>31899037This. We got a bunch of stuff, but we also need to make sure we get what we came here for.
Rolled 4>>31899037>>31899233I think he's still buried, it might take too long to dig him up
>>31899259Ah, I wasn't aware he was buried. I thought they'd just lain him out for burial.I agree we shouldn't dig at all. Hell, I was a little worried that taking the head would take too long. Maybe just a piece of armor, or something.
Rolled 9>>31899357We can come back after we finish taking out the other three bandits, we should have an easier time now that we're better armed
>>31899357Take his claw things?Or just give up on collecting this bounty since we got a bunch of other stuff.
>>31899381Yeah, an arrow ambush innawoods will serve us well.
>>31898964We should probably wash our wounds in the stream, and disinfect them with the alcohol. We definitely don't want things to fester.
You leg it out of there. You want to be properly bandaged, disinfected, and putting an arrow through someone's eye in the middle of the night before you go back to that camp. You find a relatively sheltered crook of the stream and get to scrubbing out your wounds and disinfecting them. You swear, this hurts more than getting cut in the first place - maybe because you're not all worked up - but when you're done, you dry up, tie on bandages slathered with a poultice of those numbing herbs and booze around your chest, and head to keep from getting dirty again instead of to try to stop bleeding, and feel pretty done.You help yourself to a good-sized meal of that dried meat while you're at it, and a swig of the booze to help with the pain - not enough to addle your reaction or senses, though.By now, it's only an hour or two before sunset, by your reckoning. It's been hours since you heard those idiots stomping around and shouting. Probably went back to camp and found two more corpses - only three to go. You hope they haven't tried to make a break for it yet; it would be a bitch trying to track them down before they can make it back to civilization.What do you do now? Try to get some rest tonight now that you're finally bandaged up? Try to hit them at night now that you have a bow and a good hatchet? Spend the night constructing traps in the woods or mine?What now?
Rolled 4>>31899812Let's go check out the camp, if we can finish it today let's try
Rolled 2>>31899812Night strike sounds good to me.
Rolled 4>>31899812Set traps in case they try and leg it in the morning.
>>31899840>>31899977>>31900016>Zero successes on Criminal check for stealth.You want to end this tonight, if you can. It had gone on too long before you ever even got yourself involved. You make your way back to the camp - you're becoming increasingly proficient at finding this place, with how many times you've visited it. When you get into good view of the place, you see the three survivors, huddled up around the camp fire, staring out away from it, all in different directions. They're terrified that you're going to come for them tonight, you realize, like a monster lurking in the dark.But that also means they're alert. A single snapped twig, and all eyes are on you. They charge almost immediately, drawing weapons and desperate to put you down before you can them. There's still some good distance between you, though. You can probably get off one shot - maybe two - before they close the gap. Or, you could turn and run - or do something trickier.What's the plan?
Rolled 5>>31900233Let's take a shot
Rolled 7>>31900233Shoot the guy that's farthest away from us. that'll give us time to run when they go to check his body.
Rolled 10>>31900233Shoot one and draw blade!
Rolled 8>>31900233Let's be a tricky bastard.
Rolled 5>>31900233Fire at the ground, make a wall of fire, or something. If we're lucky it'll stun them so we can run back in and try those guerrilla tactics again.
>>31900375>Let's be a tricky bastard....you can't say that and then not suggest a trick. If I had a trick in mind, I would have typed it up as a suggestion.
Rolled 6>>31900233Shoot one, run away.
>>31900263>>31900297>>31900326>>31900375>Three successes to shoot a dude.You drop one of them immediately - arrow through the eye socket. Clean, merciful, not the kind of wound you want for an open-casket funeral, though. He hits the ground hard, but the others keep running. They've got the smell of desperation on them. They know that taking you down right now is their last chance, their only chance - so much changes in 24 hours.They're close now. You've got time to fire off another shot, or draw a weapon to meet their charge, or turn and run. Not much else.What now?
Rolled 3>>31900751Eh, let's book it. We're still pretty injured, and we've already made sure they ain't sleeping tonight.
Rolled 10>>31900751How much HP are we sitting at?
Rolled 8>>31900751Run. They're going to spend all night looking for us, so in the morning, they're going to be exhausted. Perfect time to strike.
Rolled 7>>31900751There's what, 3? Draw our sword and get ready.
Rolled 1>>31900831Two left we just took one down, we can take them I think
>>319008122/4.>>31900831Nope, they're down to two guys.
Rolled 1>>31900751There's only 2 left, we should be alright. Draw our sword, prepare to meet their charge, and kick some dirt into the lead bandit's eyes before beheading him.
Rolled 10>>31900751Let's do it. We're fated to win. Pull out your blade, warrior!
Rolled 3>>31900847>>31900876we just rolled two botches for attacking. I say we leg it instead of trying our luck.
Rolled 2>>31900751They don't have the sand to put Scruffy in the dirt. Draw steel.
Rolled 9>>31900751throw the hatchet, charge in
>>31900805>>31900812>>31900821>>31900831>Four successes on Warrior to disembowel another human being.You drop the bow to the ground - you don't need it for what's coming - and unsheathe your sword in a wide, sweeping slash that leaves the front-most attacker semi-conscious on the ground, trying desperately to push his rapidly-cooling innards back into his belly. He won't succeed. The final bandit brings his axe down at you, only for it to be caught as you bring your own blade up to stop it.This is probably the final moment of a fight you started an entire day ago.Do you end it?
Rolled 9>>31901215hell yes we end it.
Rolled 6>>31901215Finish this, with style if possible
Rolled 8>>31901215It's over, we just need to finish it.
Rolled 10>>31901215The fight is over. We will finish it.
Rolled 6>>31901215With mercy if possible. Then collect heads to return, the village needs to know nobody got away
>>31901232>>31901237>>31901255>>31901276>>31901311daaaaamn, all these rolls.
Rolled 10>>31901215We told them when this started what they could do to escape with their lives. Everything that has come since is the fate they chose for themselves.
Rolled 8>>31901346>>31901276>>31901232>>31901255>>31900893>>31901089I'm starting to suspect we really ARE fated.
>>31901215The only conclusion for all these rolls:We win this quest forever, this last guy was the BBEG, a thousand pure virgins with slutty intent burst out of his axe wound and start fellating us, only to find out that we jizz liquidized gold. Our tales will be told about for centuries, and we sink all the /u/boats with our massive manmeat.
>>31901232>>31901237>>31901255>>31901276>Four successes on the Warrior roll to finish it.You bring your other hand up with the hatchet - he deserves to die with at least a little hope, instead of seeing it coming. One hard chop to the neck is all it takes, and he hits the ground hard. He's dead before his body's settled.And there you are, standing in the night, a fire blazing in front of you, the full moon coming out from behind the clouds, breathing hard. You feel heat on your chest - you reopened your wound with the fighting, but that was to be expected, really. In spite of that, you feel... more. More alive, more powerful, more healthy, than you have in a long time. It's probably just the high of victory.And then you hear slow, almost sarcastic clapping, and a woman steps out of nowhere in front of you, like she had been there the whole time and you just never noticed. She's beyond pale, and radiant in the moonlight. Delicate, until you notice her pointed teeth, sharp nails, and eyes like... You'll have nightmares about those eyes, you can already tell."Well done," she says. The praise almost sounds like a threat in that voice.[End Episode 2]
>>31901513>We're a LunarI can deal, I guess.
Rolled 6>>31901513>LunarAwww YissHow you feeling OP?I just realized you ran this for 13 hours
>>31901560>How you feeling OP?A little sleepy. And to be fair, there was at least one full hour gap in there. And even aside from that, there were usually about 20 minutes of waiting and doing other stuff between each posting to make sure I didn't respond too quickly. It doesn't eat up as much time as it seems like it would.Start of the next thread will be converting/upgrading this character to being a Casteless Lunar. I'm expecting a 5 Physical/3 Social/1 Mental spread.As for when the next thread will be? Not tomorrow. There will definitely be a new one Friday night, same as yesterday. There might be one or more during the week, too, but Friday's the nearest sure thing, and Tuesday's the closest 'maybe.'>>31901553I was rooting for Infernal - is it a faux pas to admit I'm partial to certain options? - but you guys never quite over-reached or chickened out enough for that. Lunars are neat too. Wasn't really rooting against anything, to be honest. Should be fun.
>>31901513We're a Lunar.A murder-lunar, at that.Which decision was it that landed us a Lunar Exaltation?
>>31901688Probably the decision to do guerrilla warfare was the set up and not dying and fucking up landed us Lunar
>>31901687>I was rooting for Infernal - is it a faux pas to admit I'm partial to certain options? - but you guys never quite over-reached or chickened out enough for that.We figured he's smart enough to make it as a bounty hunter and we should play him smart.Or at least, that was the logic behind most of my votes.Which options would have landed us Sidereal, out of curiosity, aside from the "trust in Fate" one?
>>31901725I assumed the guerilla warfare was just fighting smart as a mortal.Combat is serious shit when you're a puny human.
>>31901688We walked into an unfair fight, partially won it, then proceeded to murder the fuck out of them one by one and survive even seriously wounded. That's gloriously Lunar.
>>31901781We were also half dead for the majority of it
>>31901688>Which decision was it that landed us a Lunar Exaltation?The decision to tackle a likely-deadly problem with tenacity, guile, grit, and an unyielding determination to not only survive, but succeed - and then actually surviving and succeeding. Going that route locked out Solar, and made Sidereal unlikely. If you had died, you would have gotten Abyssal. Over-reached, chickened out, or what have you, and you would have ended up Infernal.But you succeeded at a grand task in the manner of Luna's chosen.>>31901751Luna likes cheating and guile, same as she likes tenacity and survival.>>31901727Well, trusting in fate/luck/destiny would have basically guaranteed it. Aside from that? Succeeding on that prayer roll would have gotten you a chance to get back on that path; there were a few other moments like that.>>31901781>>31901808Gloriously, gloriously Lunar.
Here's the quest archive. It's got the first two episodes up.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Princes%20of%20the%20EarthI'll try to stick around to answer any additional questions, but I'm less than an hour away from crashing, and since the thread's in autosage, I won't be back in this thread after that. Ask questions if you've got 'em.
>>31901828>Going that route locked out SolarWhat about it locked out Solar, out of curiosity?
>>31901898Well, I'm happy with these results. I'm a little curious how much chimaerism we'll manage to pick up before the Silver Pact finds us.
It occurs to me that as a Lunar, if we get a Moonsilver Daiklaive we can have it shift between all the various weapons that people wanted him to have last thread.
>>31901905In lazy, inaccurate terms? Not throwing enough caution to the wind. You went the longer-term route that emphasized grit and trickery to succeed and survive above all else. That still has the chance to be other solaroids by fucking up in different ways, but it lacks the singularly grand act normally expected of a Solar exaltation.
>>31901513So we're a Lunar and we're terrified of our new mom.Interesting.
>>31901959Ah, fair enough. The "making sure you succeed" part sounded like it could have been Solar to me, but it's true we didn't have any individual "FUCK OFF I'M A BADASS" moments.
>>31901951In my version of Qwixalted, the moonsilver material bonus is all about being able to shift the weapon fluidly into different weapons actually, yes. A spear that flexes and snaps like a whip, then wraps around to become a bow - that kind of thing. A lot more interesting than numerical bonuses.>>31901990Any sane Lunar fears the Argent Madonna as much as they love her. Anyone who's seen her and doesn't is mad, a fool, or both.
>>31902032Nice, are we gonna get to pick our spirit totem next session or do you have something planned for that?
>>31902071Next session, yes.
>>31902032Some of her manifestations are loving and nonthreatening. The pregnant one comes to mind.She's a scary lady in general, though, yeah.
It occurs to me that our Destiny has some REALLY WORRYING IMPLICATIONS now that we're a Lunar.
>>31902138Get close to someone powerful and betray them?Now what could possibly be worrying about that?
>>31902291Were in the South right?
>>31902291I'm just hoping our bonded Solar mate isn't an Abyssal or Infernal.
>>31902291To be fair, "get close to someone powerful" could mean "find our Solar mate" and then "betray them" could just be "find out that s/he's an asshole and decide 'fuck them'."I was still really hoping for Sidereal, with a Destiny like that.
>>31902319The East. The near East. The Scavenger Lands.
>>31902341I dunno, man, having an Infernal mate might be more interesting than the typical Solar pair up.And hey, if its a Renegade Abyssal, I bet they'd revel in the opportunity to actually be nice to someone without there being a chance of an edgyoverload killing them.
>>31902138>>31902291Fingers crossed that our Solar mate is the Righteous Devil and our Solar/Lunar bond Intimacy takes the form of glorious rivalry slash partnership
>>31902319Scavenger Lands, actually, the 'Near East.' Hence ronin cowboys instead of gunslingers. About 200 miles north of the Yellow River, about 500 miles upstream from Great Forks....Creation is fuckhuge.
>>31902393>The nameless cowboy and the nameless ronin travelling Creation, righting wrongs, dispensing justice, arguing whether swords or guns are superiorSHUT UP AND TAKE MY OBOLS
>>31902693...Now it has to happen.
No reason we can't spend the rest of the thread coming up with totem ideas. Since our dude is cunning, tenacious, and a little vicious I'm gonna nominate the Raptor Cat out of Compass East. Thing is wicked cool.
>>31903124>Not a ragged old hound, loyal, brave, and protective
>>31903124>RAPTOR CAT>The poorly named raptor cat looks vaguely feline, but camouflage-pattern green scales cover its body. This animal waits in trees and attacks anything smaller than a tyrant lizard, as long as it has the element of surprise. >A full-grown raptor cat extends eight feet from nose to tail, and can kill a man with a single blow. The beast’s jaw unhinges like that of a snake, so it can swallow creatures almost as big as itself. Raptor cats also sometimes toy with crippled prey, giving them a frightful reputation for cruelty.While cool, isn't it a bit too brutal for Scruffy? He's certainly not nice but seems to be a fundamentally good person
>>31903530Yup, either hound or>TREE PARD>Although some Haltans prefer pet giant wolf spiders, the tree pard is the single most com-mon companion for Haltan scouts, hunt-ers, commandos and traders. These gray and black leopard-sized cats weigh almost as much as a person and are extremely well adapted for life in the trees. Several ata-tree pards are decorated military heroes. Haltans regard both normal and san-tree pards with the same affection that other humans reserve for extremely bright and reliable breeds of dogs.And yeah, I know, Halta sucks. But I assume these things live elsewhere too
>>31903530>>31903534>>31903582na not a hound, he's to willful and independent for that, though TREE PARD sounds good to.