With the winter just staring, there's talk beginning again of the ceremony last year. The festival was appreciated, but now, things are starting to sink in about the words of the Heavenly Gods. Not many of the clan have accepted them, but there's still a feeling that it's a bad idea to snub the gods... You ask Elia if he needs any further help with what he's been working on all year, but he just shakes his head. "No, but thank you for the offer, brother. It's nearly finished. Will there be a big event about it this year too? If so, I'll present it then.">Will you make the winter ceremony to honour the gods of the Sacred Heavens an annual event?Having little else to occupy you until the winter ceremony, you make your way down to the river and the small shrine. The winter makes for poor fishing, so apart from two children teasing a very sleepy frog on the bank some distance away, you are completely alone. No sooner had to approached the shrine, when a great splash and the surprised shrieks of the children heralded Nila's arrival.You were unsure what to expect from the goddess you've had so little contact with for so many years, but you certainly didn't expect her arms around your shoulders, as she pulls you into a tender, if not amorous embrace."Nila-?""Shh. Trym, I've avoided you, neglected you... Even though I forgave you, I feared you. For that, I am sorry."Your arms come up of their own accord, pulling the goddess into your chest, holding her close. You can feel the weight of years drop from your shoulders as she's there. You love Beren, certainly, but Nila's absence left a wound that has not yet begun to heal. Maybe it was the way you parted, or the coldness after she forgave you, but this moment feels like a much more genuine forgiveness than before.
>>45445013"I... Can't stay like this," she mutters, but you refuse to let her go. She doesn't protest. "Even after- You still came to help me. I wasn't sure you would.""If you were gone, the whole valley would go with you," you sigh, stroking her head gently. "But even if that weren't the case, I never stopped caring for you, even after we parted ways. And as the shaman, it's my duty to help you when you need me; you've helped me and my people often enough.""Thank you," Nila mumbles, before sighing and wiping her eyes, pulling back from the embrace. Her hands remain in yours though. "Trym, I won't do this again. I may not remember much before you and your people came into my life, but I've learned what I recall, I see with much greater clarity than you humans. In time, I can forget, but it takes far longer... I can still remember you when we first met face-to-face." Her fingers touch your cheek as her voice shakes, betraying her downcast face. "You've aged. You've aged well, but it's catching up. I could live long enough to see children who are as distant to you, as you are to those that first came to the valley. If I fall in love with you again, I will carry that pain of your death for longer than you can imagine." She hangs her head, downcast. "I... I will never forget you. I will never hate you. But I cannot love you again.""I did not come to ask," you reply, gently squeezing her soft hand with your own, calloused and roughened by life. "Only to make sure you were alright."You spend a happy time with Nila, renewing the friendship that has dwindled but not died during your time apart. She is recovering well and soon will be as strong as she ever was.
>>45445425>Will you make the winter ceremony to honour the gods of the Sacred Heavens an annual event?But of course!OK, guys!If we have little to do before the cerimony, let's get started on that sky shrine!Goals for this year!Domesticate animals to have a new source of wealth into the clan, one that's not dominated by Mesut, We don't specifically need to control the meat distribution, it can be the settled herders, but it's important that the wealth is distributed and not centered on a single family.Get the fucking talks with the strangers started and start inviting them to live with us, I prefer we do this unification thing in this lifetime thank you, Don't forget to seek the stranger leader that we gave the spear to, we honored him greatly with that gift and he will be more welcome to our words.I'm listing this things to help because I won't be able to check on the thread a lot.
>>45445603Sounds good to me. >>45445013>Will you make the winter ceremony to honour the gods of the Sacred Heavens an annual event?YesJust got through reading through the archives btw. Great quest. Literally the only issue I have is that there isn't more of it. Which is less an issue and more a compliment. Oh, and dear god you are much too hard on yourself. Like seriously, you've got a decent sized playerbase who handsdown enjoys your work. Relax a little m8.
>>45445603Anon, you're kind of sexy when you take charge.That being said, yeah make it annual. And I agree with the points.
>>45445603herelike>>45445672I cought up with your threads on 24 and I'm hooked, love the setting, love the caracters and love the writingyou ARE too hard on yourself! Relax m8 I'm enjoing this ride!
>>45445425A smaller crowd than last year accompanies you for the winter ceremony. It seems the appearance of the gods last year scared off many of the clan, but a handful of the curious attend in the hopes of seeing something miraculous. Sadly, they are mildly disappointed. At the zenith of the ceremony, as you ask the heavenly gods for their guidance and support in the new year, a strange light fills the area and the whispers of the congregation behind you tell you that the gods have indeed made their presence known, if not through such obvious methods as the year before. The true miracle this year, comes during the gift-giving that follows.Elia, accompanied by yourself, Beren and Galit, laboriously carries the stone, as long as his forearm and a span and a half wide and wrapped in a soft, scraped goatskin. He places it carefully on the altar stone and pulls the covering away, revealing the gleaming white limestone, roughly carved into the figure of a winged woman that you presume is Rhea. As Elia and his wife join hands and kneel, you say a few words on their behalf, appealing to the gods to see their piety and grant their wish. The cold hilltop remains quiet and lonely, until the four of you turn to walk home. Perhaps more is required to please Rhea sufficiently to grant your brother and his wife their miracle.As you turn to go however, all of you feel a gentle touch on your shoulder... As Galit looks back, she shrieks in surprise, soon joined by Elia's cry of joy and then... The distinctive sound of a baby's surprised scream.Left at the altar, wrapped in an unfamiliar blanket, is a small, smiling child.
>>45446356Take it! Take it before Elia can!
>>45446356The whole clan is shocked and stunned to hear of the miraculous baby boy's appearance! Elia and Galit are immediately the centre of attention for everyone, desperate to see their new son. Your brother names the boy Bayhan and by all accounts, he is strong, happy, bright and laughing. Galit may yet still be as afflicted as ever, but there is no doubt in the couple's mind that the child is theirs, Galit even happily pointing out Bayhan's similarities to his 'father'.It is now late winter. What will you do?>Hunt the aurochs 1d10 (Strength -Blind)>Fish in the river 1d10 (Skill +Trait -Blind)>Explore the forest>Explore up the valley>Explore the hills>Try and investigate something new (List options)>Continue trying to master Animal Domestication 2d10 (Wits)>Make something special (List options)>See what the mood of the clan is like, talk to people and get to know them (free)>Change your active jobs (free)>Try to summon a new god>Make offerings to a god>Bring more land under cultivation/construction (List options)>OtherAnd I forgot the essentials pastebin... http://pastebin.com/jsfxVKt7
>>45446356>>45446386Calm down anon, It's theirs
Rolled 1, 5 = 6 (2d10)>>45446424Let's domesticate goats[s] and soon aurouchs [/s]
Rolled 5, 7 = 12 (2d10)>>45446424Holy shit, that is awesome.>Continue trying to master Animal Domestication 2d10 (Wits)
>>45446424Erect sky god's shrine
Rolled 10, 9 = 19 (2d10)>>45446424>>45446541I'll roll in case my option loses
>>45446592Hah!Bring me those god damn goats!
>>45446592Trym, Sire of Demigods, Tamer of goats, Patron Saint of dogs
>>45446803River Lover, Storm Pacifier, Grain Bringerand last but not least!WOLFSBANE!
Be ready for our offering to the white wolf
You know who we need to commune with, our Spirit Otter son that the River saved and we need to begin training a replacement. We are getting old. Hopefully when we die our spirit can become something more.
>>45447160I'm still hoping nila can get our spirit when we are ofered to the river! If she can then their love can really be a reality
Jeeze, I look away for five minutes and I lose an hour... Votes called!
The bitter winter is the worst time to be a herdsman, according to the herders in your village. It's better than being a nomad at least. Here they have had a chance to make themselves a warm home and more importantly, to lay in supplies over the year and get the goats a warm and safe place to wait out the winter. They do their best to impress upon you and the other few who have caught onto the wisdom of keeping animals, the necessity to gather as much feed as possible for the livestock, as well as a little extra, just in case of a disaster, like a leaky roof spoiling the hay. That also explains why they spent so much time during the year drying out grass, while the rest of the tribe thought them slightly mad (no-one needs THAT much for their bedding, after all!)Their concerns at keeping the feed for the animals dry also reminds you that you're now starting to harvest more grain than you can reasonably store... Well, besides that, you think you're starting to get the hang of caring for the damn animals now, even if the finer points of making them obey you still elude you. At least wolves had a natural tendency to follow their alpha!The seasons have turned again and the world is starting to warm up. It is now early spring. What will you do?>Hunt the aurochs 1d10 (Strength -Blind)>Fish in the river 1d10 (Skill +Trait -Blind)>Explore the forest>Explore up the valley>Explore the hills>Try and investigate something new (List options)>Continue trying to master Animal Domestication 2d10 (Wits)>Make something special (List options)>See what the mood of the clan is like, talk to people and get to know them (free)>Change your active jobs (free)>Try to summon a new god>Make offerings to a god>Bring more land under cultivation/construction (List options)>Other
>>45448053>Continue trying to master Animal Domestication 2d10 (Wits)
>>45448053>Try and investigate something new (List options)A Silo or something would be good.
>>45448053Build the sky shrine before he sends his storms to punish us
>>45448053>Try to summon a new godA God of crafting would be handy, perhaps carve a well built shrine from wood and leave small amounts of raw materials like bone, wood and hide for offerings
>>45448169ThisThat smug god will be very pissed if we don't do this
>>45448827Hey look! I'm back and relatively on time! Votes called and let's see what happens!Incidentally, if you want a laugh while I fumble through this like a half-blind drunken idiot, check out >>45446565I have absolutely no idea what's going on, but I laughed all the same.
You have 15 labour points available.>Wild Shrine - 20 pointsWork begins on the shrine that Tengr demanded of your people. While at first there is general resentment among the tribe of building something for a god that's essentially extorting you, the grumbling fades as they realise the enormity of what they are undertaking. Other gods have had small, meager altars in the past, but the shrine to Tengr is something else entirely. A pair of small, partially enclosed shacks stand flanking a circle of pillars the height of a man, surrounding a central totem pole that stands twice as tall and with branches coming from it, hung with bone wind chimes and the feathers of birds. Though it is not yet complete, it is an impressive sight that fills the tribe with pride.Many of the tribe begin talking of the majesty of Tengr, looking upwards more often and discussing his might relative to the other Gods of the Wild.It is now Late Spring. Trym has just turned 40 and the nomadic herders and traders have returned. What will you do?>Hunt the aurochs 1d10 (Strength -Blind)>Fish in the river 1d10 (Skill +Trait -Blind)>Explore the forest>Explore up the valley>Explore the hills>Try and investigate something new (List options)>Continue trying to master Animal Domestication 2d10 (Wits)>Make something special (List options)>See what the mood of the clan is like, talk to people and get to know them (free)>Change your active jobs (free)>Try to summon a new god>Make offerings to a god>Bring more land under cultivation/construction (List options)>Other
>>45449705Assuming the shrine will finish itself>Continue trying to master Animal Domestication 2d10 (Wits)
>>45449705>Hunt the aurochs 1d10 (Strength -Blind)I might be retarded, but dont we need to get more meat for our deal soon?
Rolled 10, 10 = 20 (2d10)>>45449705>Continue trying to master Animal Domestication 2d10 (Wits)>Finish Shrine
>>45449798You glorious fucker
Rolled 9, 4 = 13 (2d10)>>45449798Support
>>45449798Well, apparently the dice gods like that I'm playing Ark.Also how the fuck did the picture get uploaded though, I just screencapped it.
>>45449756No, you need to commit another five labour points to finish the shrine off.>>45449764By late fall, you need another 2-3 units of meat to appease Soqed. More will probably result in a happier wolf-god.>>45449798Holy fucking shit, your dice are on fire! Also, what's the relevance of the ARC screenshot? There's not dinos here (that you know of...)
Not that I'm complaining (dat diceroll), but why is everyone pushing for domestication so fervently? Shouldn't we be seeing the strangers or something to unite the tribe?
>>45449832Ok so fair bit more, can we continue domestication and still have a few seasons to gather that food?
>>45449705>OtherHave Ebba paint or carve our new family's history, leaving a mural for all to see
>>45449705>Continue trying to master Animal Domestication 2d10 (Wits)Then at the start of summer finish the damn altar and then the turn after that go hunting>>45450018Second, though have Elia help her since he did such a good job making that statue of Rhea.
>>45449832>relevance of the ARC screenshotThere is none, apparently if I use printscreen and then post on 4chan it uploads the image.
>>45450007Hey, if you domesticate goats, you'll probably have plenty of meat on hand for Soqed. Just sayin'.
>>45449705These >>45450018 , >>45450084it won't cost us an action and it could help spread our influence
>>45450107Troo 'nuff, plus we can introduce the practice to the tribe and further intergrate the herders
>>45450148Alright, votes called. I think that's long enough. At least I'm relatively focused tonight.And now I've jinxed it.
>>45449952I feel like by mastering farming, domestication and religion we can have a good offer for the strangers once they see how much we have to offer. The only thing is we might have to do a show of force to keep the strangers from just taking what we have, but since we've treated with many of the natural gods maybe we could convince them to do something. After all, a united tribe means more people and more people means more food and worship that we can offer them
>>45450018And the art could just look like what our resident artfag made. I like it
>>45450084I feel like Elia has a secret calling as an artist. He's not super strong or swift, but he seems to have a good eye for detail and he's got good manual dexterity. I think another project like this would give him the perfect opportunity to shine
I MADE IT, I'm hereAlso as we get older and have our family taking over more of the duties around the household we should turn our attention to building more impressive altars for the other gods as well, wouldn't want to be playing favorite (except for Nila, that one we make and oversee ourselves as a lasting tribute and testament) and it would bring more of the gods into the every day life of the tribe.
>>45450293Said artfag here, sorry no art of late. I am here but not at home, I have a few ideas of what I wanna draw. Love this quest so many art ideas for when I'm home in a few days
>>45450448woohoo!!! artfags are second only to qms in their graciousness.except for AEQs architectanon, that bastard is peerless
>>45451068Britfag takes time, regular fag. We know this and we accept this. Let him be.
>>45451068this is the first thread ive caught live. alright thenill be patient
>>45451223meant to link >>45451199
>>45451223Ah, yeah archived threads don't convey that very well. An hour or so between updates isn't unusual. He'll let us know on twitter if he's fucked off for the night
As you continue trying to win the respect of those filthy goats, you find yourself looking back on all that has passed over the course of your life and speaking about it to your family in the evenings. Honestly, it's extraordinary that you've done as much as you have in your lifetime. You have the feeling that it should be recorded, so that your children's children can see the trails you have gone through. You suggest that Ebba try to paint it, but your daughter simply shrugs. She has little interest in art, it seems. Elia, meanwhile, is much more enthusiastic. He volunteers to the task, suggesting that the gods may well look favorably on such an action. It seems his experience with them, has made both himself and Galit quite devoted to the Heavenly Gods.Meanwhile, you think you've finally cracked it. You were relying too much upon the beast's goodwill, or alternately, too much upon fear and power to keep them in line. You've finally found the mix, with the help of your dogs, that lets you keep the goats in line with minimal effort. Others of the tribe are also taking up the practice. Many of them are trading great quantities of their personal belongings to the nomads, in exchange for small herds of their own. Oddly enough, while he does acquire a small herd of his own, Mesut does not immediately use his comparatively vast wealth to snatch up as much of the limited supply as he can. You suspect this may in part be some attempt to convince you of his lack of aspirations for further power.>You have discovered Animal Domestication. You may now tame herd beasts for food, but further research will be required before you can use them for much else>You will need to trade, if you wish for your own herd, or acquire them by other means
>>45451330Is it too early to just shout CHURCH PROPERTY at a few of the goats and their ours now?All jokes aside we do need to work on marketing our magic and priestly guidance, also check in with the children, see if any of them are interested in becoming a god speaker and take them under our wing for it (I'm thinking it'll be Noh)
>>45451330Inventory check/idea of what we have/cant get easily that they may wantIf we don't have anything, I'm thinking we have Ebba and Galit create something worth trading.From what I remember of my Native American History class the women generally spent a good deal of time creating trade goods/gifts as they had more time available. If its possible to do this >>45451373 I wouldn't mind, but we may need to establish more of a base first.
>>45451422Your inventory is available to view, here http://pastebin.com/jsfxVKt7>>45450424I'm very sorry, but I will be pausing the thread here so that I can get some sleep, then resuming in the morning.I have to ask, where is everyone from? Is the thread at a bad time? Please answer here http://strawpoll.me/6831274>>45450448You're a blessing to this thread, artfag. It's always great to see you and whenever you're able and willing to give the thread something again, I'll be more than happy to enshrine it and provide a fair bonus to Trym, or whoever you're playing at the time. I'm always astonished people want to create things for this thread, but I guess I have to be doing something right!Anyway, I'm afraid I have to love you and leave you everyone, at least until morning. I'll pick this up again as soon as I wake and if I don't, the next thread will be on Thursday at the same time as ever; 9pm GMT. Everyone please stay safe and I hope you had a good time!
>>45451530Central USA :^)
>>45451530Not a problem RWB, it's good to see you around anyways and I look forward to the threads. I hope that you're not going to burn out on this because I sure as hell am not and that means you've got at least one player that will see start to finish. How much stuff do you have rolling in the background as far as innovations and spirits that other tribes come up with?
It is now early summer. What will you do?>Hunt the aurochs 1d10 (Strength -Blind)>Fish in the river 1d10 (Skill +Trait -Blind)>Explore the forest>Explore up the valley>Explore the hills>Try and investigate something new (List options)>Make something special (List options)>See what the mood of the clan is like, talk to people and get to know them (free)>Change your active jobs (free)>Try to summon a new god>Make offerings to a god>Bring more land under cultivation/construction (List options)>Haggle with the traders at the market>OtherBeren informs you it's about time that you started looking at finding a husband for Ebba, but getting her enthusiasm for it might prove difficult...
>>45455741Finish Sky God altar.Trade some furs and such given to us by Mesut for some goats. If we do not have anything like that, then>Explore the hillsfor something to trade.
>>45455795Yeah, sadly, you've already used the last of the gifts Mesut handed out.Also, it seems I was right; 70% of polled players are from America. I hope the time the thread runs is convenient for everyone...
>>45455835Eh, the start time isn't bad, but its 3am now. I'm only playing because I'm sick and taking today off of uni. >>45455835Actually, instead of exploring, could we pledge a year or two of healing for the Herder's goats in exchange for some?
>>45455741We only need 5 work points to finishWhat else can we build with the other 10?>>45455933This for the goats,
>>45455933Yeah, that's purely a constraint of the fact I'm in England and if I go too late at night, I fucking die. Needs must and all that.And you could certainly try negotiating, but it'd mean a charisma check (with your ridiculous levels, not a problem) and leaving with them for the duration.
Can we please hunt for meat, be it trade or actually hunt. Secondly we are kinda getting old.... We need to train a replacement
>>45456140>And you could certainly try nI was thinking of doing it loally, to the settled herders and families with goats
>>45456140Oh, I meant the herders who moved in. I'd rather not leave as we can't give soqued's offering that way. I'm fine with a charisma check. >>45456145Getting goats of our own will get us the meat we need.
>>45456217>>45455933MeAlright, I'm going to go pass out now. Hopefully I can sleep off this fever. Thanks for running RWB, glad I got to catch my first thread live And roll double 10s
Alright, it's slow, but that's expected. Calling the votes here.
>>45456616Look RWB, I'm pouring tea into a harbor. What're you going to do about it?
>>45456616RWB are you still alive?
>>45462513Kick your ass for it, that's what! This is for that bloody 'Patriot' movie, you rebellious sonofabitch!>>45463630Not Dead White and Britfag yet. Check twitter for my excuse. Basically, my grandma is a slave driver who doesn't take, "Nan, I promised people I'd be there for them today," as an answer. And I cant' really say no, given the strokes she had over Christmas.Back on form now.
>>45464234Hey hey hey woah hey, we don't like Mel Gibson either (I heard you guys set up a prison colony somewhere, can we just toss him in and ignore him together)
>>45465766We prefer to call it Australia
I know, let the thread die, but I wanted to bring up that we should go to Nila and ask her if she would take her daughter for a couple years to tutor her. Ebba's nature is wasted on just being a bride, she's a demigod and she can learn much from her mother that we could never teach her. Next thread, I'm going to suggest we go to Nila and ask her to take her daughter and teach her all she knows.
>>45467308I don't really mind supporting that. But this time, lets alert the family FIRST.
HAH! See, I CAN fucking post at least ONCE more tonight!Many options present themselves as tempting in the new year. With animal keeping growing more and more popular among the tribe, plenty of families are snatching the opportunity to trade for goats as fast as the nomads can breed and sell them! Soon nearly every family will have at least two or three females, with a male every two or three families; more than enough to grow the small population over a few years. Before you put your focus into that however, you realise you have a prior commitment to attend to.It doesn't take too much longer. The small open-sided shelters are finished, the ring completed and the altar put in place. You personally bless the shrine to Tengr before a gathering of the tribe. One of the herders surprises you however. He brings forth the same fucking bully-goat that put you on your ass when you started learning and grins, handing you a flint knife. Among his people, who routinely take the lives of their herd to feed themselves, this act in itself is sacred. A human is the boundary between life and death for the herd and consequently, for humans too. That life is a powerful thing, even from a creature as meager as a goat. They have already established a tradition of offering life to Maar, the bull god. He asks if you will do the same for Tengr>Sacrifice the goat>Refuse to sacrifice a life>Cut your own palm and offer blood to Tengr>Call for a nanny goat as well, so it is balanced>Other
>>45468264>>Sacrifice the goat
>>45468264>Sacrifice the goatThough I am tempted to call for a nanny goat, I don't really want to get Tengr super accustomed to lots of offerings of life.
>>45468264>Sacrifice the goatHopefully this goes well
And that's... a wrap. Good place to start the new thread on: Blood sacrifice! Oh the can of worms you've opened..!Again, sorry today was so disappointing...
>>45469085Blood for the blood god