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Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: hehe

that is a very nice comment, Dragon M, but I'm sorry to inform you that this is not how it works. You come up with ways to kill your opponents yourself. I roll for this kind of information, if you have a skill or feat that would give you this kind of information.
If I help you in this situation, the next time you get a riddle, you'll roll int to see if your character solves it. The whole point in the game is that you get through tough situations and that you and your characters learn from them, right?

Posted on 2008-08-11 at 19:35:12.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: hehe

not looking to aggrevate Percy... I don't need to, I think Just wondering how people would react.

and, yes... who and what, that is the question.

Posted on 2008-08-11 at 19:30:01.

Topic: Fresh out of prison
Subject: welcome

Hey Abraxis,

Welcome to the Red Dragon Inn! Hopefully you'll have a great time roleplaying here. You're definitely at the right address for a game. If you look around in the Recruitment area you'll find all sorts of openings in different types of games.
If you don't mind learning about new editions of D&D, there is an Eberron game starting that I know about. Also, most DMs don't mind translating a character from 2nd to 3rd or higher editions, or helping you make one.

In any case, we hope you'll have fun here. That's what we're here for!

Posted on 2008-08-11 at 19:18:23.

Topic: You Filthy Little Thief!!!
Subject: get outa here... give me your money too...

the Heart of Darkness
Some Shady Back Alley

~Positive Tide is normal
~Negative Tide is rising

The door had been opened, and a request to enter had been made by Miran. Percifeer added her own persuasive charisma, but the man, if he would qualify as one, did not budge. In fact, for a few seconds he did not reply at all. He simply stared at them from the doorway.

Then a strange noise rose up from his belly, and he started to shake. It took the companions a moment to realize that this was actually laughter rumbling around the man’s body. Strangely enough, he did not open his mouth or show any other expression on his face besides an even glare.

“Fine sir… “ He finally said, mockingly. “You may talk fancy and stuff, but you, your mates and your hooker here,” he indicated Perci, “will not enter until one of you has proven himself worthy. A test is required. Which one d’you chose: Strength, Stealth or the Dark Powers? And which one of you Slimes will take it?”

Posted on 2008-08-11 at 12:15:10.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: when

in the next round? Sure... You were pretty much at the edge when the battle started. But how far down does your reach go, because otherwise you're facing another drop-down.

Posted on 2008-08-10 at 14:44:51.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: ok

Tann, HP is the best way to say it: Malius is under 10 HP.

And Dragon Mistress, retrieving a potion is a move action, drinking it is a standard action, and both actions provoke an attack of opportunity. So if you chose to do this, you can't attack, but you most likely will be a target yourself.

Posted on 2008-08-10 at 10:25:57.

Topic: Moving- across town no big adventure...
Subject: return

be back soon! There's action waiting for you!

Posted on 2008-08-09 at 21:29:29.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: ok

I updated, and things are not looking good for Loda, Elessarae and Malius. Especially the ranger is in need of healing, with very little HP left. The bladesinger lost about half her HP and Loda about two third.

Posted on 2008-08-09 at 21:24:16.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: ouch on both sides

The Chakran Mnts
15th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
9:12 pm

Malius forgot about the wyvern the moment its rider dropped to the ground. The ranger let go of his bow, discarding it to the floor, and started to run. In a fluent motion he drew both his blades and swung at the goblin with his longsword. It hit the creature on the shoulder, not as hard as he would’ve liked, but it was a first strike. There was more to come.

The wyvern, with Thondrek on its back, swooped down again with a sudden twist of its body. The Khord had to hold on with both hands from the speed and saw the monster charge at Elessarae once again. The bladesinger was distracted by the goblin in front of her, but at the last minute saw the shadow approaching. Her blade came up and wounded the monster on its face, but it could not stop its momentum and dedication. Again it snapped at her with terrifying long teeth and a birdlike beak, and again it ripped a piece of flesh from her body before flying overhead.
Its master was engaged in a combat that was rapidly turning into a dogpile, with the adventurers crowding on him. Still, he seemed fearless and uncaring of minority in numbers. Glowing eyes blazed even brighter as he swung his vile axe at Loda and he muttered something in the draconic tongue. Those who knew the language were stricken with dread when those words reached their ears: “Avestaath, Angel of Blood, Smite the entrails of this slime upon your Eternal Battlefield!”
As it came down, the axe made a sound of hundreds of voices screeching in pain. It hit Loda straight in the chest, and split her life force straight in two. She took a step backwards, feeling as if struck by one of Kharox’s thundering hammers. But the goblin wasn’t done yet. The blade of the axe was hauled in a single motion from Loda to the ranger who had just joined the melee combat. It cleaved into Malius’ leg. The cut felt deeper than anything the ranger had ever felt. A feeling of decay and unholiness spread through his body.

Loda was so stricken by the blow she had received that her next attack missed precision. Her axe flew harmlessly by the goblin’s evasive moves. He seemed tireless; a black blur of destruction wrought from evil itself. Gothard came charging in, wild with a rage of protection of his master. But he too could not get a straight shot at the goblin.

Elessarae was now bleeding in several places, but her voice continued to chant encouragement and inspiration through the battlefield. But through her words a doubt had spread in her mind. Seeing the destruction brought by this unholy goblin had touched her spirit deeper than she would’ve though. She started to doubt that her own blade could do anything against the armor of her foe. Therefore she tried to pry it between the creases of its knee protection; a most difficult feat in itself. Her attempts failed: her blade struck air as the creature moved in its deathly dance.

Meanwhile, Thondrek took a glance at the approaching hordes. They were closer, very close, and would reach the battle on the grassy plane in just a few seconds (2 rounds). He had to get rid of this wyvern, and fast.
He had released his hand that clutched his axe and once more brought it down upon the wyvern’s back. The hit was incredibly well placed, and his blade sliced through the monster’s spine as if it were mud. It was the spreading shock of the engaged spell, however, that caused the wyvern to shudder and burn. But to Thondrek’s astonishment, the creature did not fall. Instead it simply disappeared, and the Khordaldrum Duskblade awaited a nasty fall. He landed on his back and the air was pushed out of his lungs with the impact. (3d6 dmg for 30 feet of falling).

Finally Geim sent a Prayer up to the Heavens, hoping that Kharox would hear him and bless his allies. And as the Cleric had known already, the Almighty Crafstman lent his hand in this battle. A hot metallic glow spread over each of the group’s weapons and armor, as if they were being drawn from a furnace. The fullness of the effect only lasted the length of a breath, but a quiet glow remained on the items.
The spiritual weapon still attacked the goblin, but had as much luck as they had had, and seemed to do nothing more but hinder the other’s vision.

The goblin seemed anything but ready to give up. Though his wyvern had disappeared, the hordes were on their way, though only Thondrek and Geimiedefher had a clear focus on how close exactly they were.

Posted on 2008-08-09 at 21:21:55.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: hmmm

I can't remember either, but maybe it's somewhere here in the Q/A... should look that up.

I've had contact with Valimar. He's going through some serious stuff in RL, so he'll be out for a little bit. Still, he promised he would be back sooner than later. But you never know. For now, we hold him off and hope for Draven to return quickly.

I don't know if I'll be able to update today. I'll do my best, but it may not be possible.

Posted on 2008-08-09 at 16:21:28.

Topic: venting anger
Subject: hah

Harold and Kumar Rock!! And they do go to Amsterdam, actually... though I think Eol and Grugg would do a better job of creating chaos and destruction.

Seriously though, if the shipping and handling is cheaper than 12,80 in US dollars, I might actually consider it. And with cheaper I don't mean 'yeah, man, here it is 12,50!', hehe.

Oh, wait... bah... I wouldn't even know how to repay you guys for that shipping and handling thing... hmmmm. It's not that easy.

Did you see that? I went from to to in one post... that's too much emotion for me to handle... I'm going to lay down.

Posted on 2008-08-08 at 20:42:27.

Topic: venting anger
Subject: wow

That actually sounds pretty neat!
But... how much is it for you guys to ship to europe?

Posted on 2008-08-08 at 18:45:56.

Topic: venting anger
Subject: venting anger

This is insanity! I was browsing for cool books, and I find a bunch of them that I would like to order. Now I've done this in the past and it is a great way of finding out of print d&d material. But this time, apparently, it wasn't. For I found a nice little paperback novel for $5 something, and the shipping cost are $12,80!!!! That is crazy.
And I can't order several books at once, since I use the marketplace option. So if I want multiple books, I have to pay 12,80 multiple times.

Since when are oversea shipping rates so extremely crazy? I'm not going to pay more than double the cost of a book to have it sent over the atlantic ocean!

And if I look on similar sites that are closer by, the costs of the books are tripled or more! Crazy!!!

Pfffffffffft.... venting is good.

Posted on 2008-08-08 at 18:21:22.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: HoD

You've arrived at the Heart of Darkness. Patience is a virtue here, ok? We don't want members of the party dying because they think they can do whatever the heck they want.

Posted on 2008-08-08 at 11:27:45.

Topic: You Filthy Little Thief!!!
Subject: poking your head where you shouldn't

Freemen’s Way
North West Dock

~Positive Tide is normal
~Negative Tide is rising

And thus it was decided that they would exchange one tavern for another. A little later they walked out of the Freemen’s Way, leaving Dorothy behind, who had decided not to come with them, but instead remained behind should any of the customers think of anything more that could aid the orphanage.

It was already getting dark outside. The clouds overhead had rims of golden yellow and red as the last rays of the sun disappeared. The shadows that people and buildings cast over each other were long now. The streets were bare now, with only a small amount of passers-by, and the fall of their boots filled the void of murmur and the unflow of bodies close together. Darker grew the sky, and a heaviness filled their hearts. Was it that they had spent the day looking for clues only to come up with a few meager ones? Was it the fact that this inn they were about to visit cast a shadow over their emotions?

The Heart of Darkness. The name alone could make a man shudder. It was not a pleasant place to spend an evening, that was for sure. And after the warm welcome they had received in the Freemen’s Way, there was little doubt that the contrast between the two establishments would be enormous.

They followed the First Thunder River Bridge and stayed close to the harbour. The further they went southward, the fewer people they met. Then they entered a part of Drefast, renowned for its dark alleys and sinister crime rate.
It took a while before they found the right streets and turns to take, and on multiple occasions noted dark forms shying away in the darkness. The group of orphans was armed, and yes… dangerous, and therefore unlikely to be the target of thugs and other criminals waiting for a purse to snatch. Then, finally, they found the tavern they were looking for.

The Heart of Darkness was situated in a tight alley, where high houses stood packed wall to wall. A single lantern betrayed its otherwise inconspicuous location. The only entrance was a big door, worn and fortified with iron. It was closed, and a small group of people stood outside, waiting or talking. They didn’t form a line, but kept close to the door. When the group approached, they did not seem to notice them, or pay them any attention if they did.

If the door is tried, it appears to be locked, but a big man will open it up, filling the doorway. He will inquire what it is that you want.

Posted on 2008-08-08 at 11:26:17.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: sui

Sui, it's still the first day, and the sun is going down. Now would be the perfect time to go to the Heart.

Posted on 2008-08-05 at 21:10:00.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: move action

redirecting your spiritual weapon costs a move action, so that means you can't move, which means you can't make any melee attack since you're standing to far away from the goblin.

And why would you want to start grappling the goblin? Or do you want to trip him? Both actions need a melee attack and mean that the goblin will get an attack of opportunity.

Posted on 2008-08-05 at 12:31:11.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: This should help

Hey everybody,

I know it has been a long while since this adventure started. It was intended to be a short one, but due to slowness it became longer than necessary. I'm very happy with the current speed, but because of player-alteration and longness certain details have been forgotten. Therefore I'm writing you a summary. I hope that will help.

First, all characters were summoned at the orphanage. There, Ormander revealed there was a problem. An emerald statue has been stolen from the private vault of Councilor Velch, and a thief was pursuited. The thief lost a leather band with a silver coin. On that coin was the symbol of the Orphanage: the outstretched hand of Falloes revealing the Ram of Drannon.

Velch ordered Ormander to repay for the statue and the inconvenience, namely 20.000 guain. There is no way he can come up with the money, and adventure-wise: you're not allowed to sell your personal items to come up with it either.

The group went on its way and was attacked by a group of thugs. They directed the group to 'Virgin Stuart', who was found in 'the Heart of Darkness' tavern.
Not willing to go there yet, the group went to find a list of old orphans who Ormander was unable to contact:

Goddfrey Morman - became a baker
Joe deLaro - adventurer, never said where he went
Grikky Longnail - enlisted with the Drefast guards
Mills Zandergrek - adventurer, had no further contact yet
Dorothy Galios - adventurer, somewhere in Drefast

Goddfrey was contacted, and delivers to a courthouse party in three days. An idea was to infiltrate as bakers.
Grikky was not in the base, but on a practice mission.
Dorothy is who you're talking to now.

The group went to the courthouse next, but it was extremely busy because a family called Sebarter found something in the Archives that meant they earned a lot of cattle. An error in the Archives is unheard of, and it's the talk of the day.

You guys know the rest, I believe.

Posted on 2008-08-05 at 12:24:00.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: ok

Dragon M: the Goblin is wearing a full-plate armor, and him turning to Loda is merely in a creative freedom of writing to make things a bit more vivid. In game terms he did not have any action left to move. So taking the opportunity to get a +2 on severing his head is not going to be an option

Tann: You can't put away your bow, and draw your weapon because both require a move action, and you only have 1 move action per round. You can drop your bow, then grab your weapon.

Posted on 2008-08-04 at 09:16:09.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: hmmm

ok... yes... perhaps I should mention what Suicidolt has already stated: The party is not allowed to split up. Pure for the reason that I don't want to go and make two seperate time-lines. I've ran adventures like that for a long time, and I don't want that anymore as a DM here on the inn. Therefore, should Pao really leave, he's out of the game until he desires to return.

But instead of talking about consequences... let's see what you guys can do to mend this situation. The fact that not many of the old players are posting doesn't help the situation, so unless anybody else does so, I will update as one of the other characters and fill Pao and Ocyari in on what was about to happen, and I will calm the situation. That means that everything gets straightened out in exactly 1 post, and after that the case is closed. I do like character interactions, but we've had our share of fussing in this game (mostly because of Percifeer's way of handling other people), and I don't intend to take too much time of the plot because the characters are having trouble cooperating.
I'm dropping clues here and there about what has really transpired, if we take too much time in bickering you will forget what happened, etc etc.

Can we agree on the fact that after one more post this incident is over? I would like to continue this game in a more constructive way.

I appologize to any of you who are having a great time developing character, but there has to be a balance.

Posted on 2008-08-03 at 20:22:57.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: saturday update in

I updated the fight with the wyvern. I took the liberty to fill in the gaps a bit. This means that if I did something totally stupid, you get to tell me and we'll talk about changing it. I'm not rerolling attacks if that's what you want though.

I am also going to put up a recruitment thread for a replacement for Alyssia. Not really for Alyssia, but for a new player with a new character. We'll see what kind of responses we get.

Posted on 2008-08-02 at 15:33:10.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: wyvern part 2

The Chakran Mnts
15th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
9:12 pm

Malius was in grave pain, but the ranger would not let grief and suffering stop him from delivering death. He let his arrows fly once more, and saw one of them puncture the wyvern. It cried out, and started flapping wildly, still blinded by Elessarae’s spell.
The creature was unable to attack, unable to see anything, but in an attempt to regain focus it swung wildly in the air. For the companions it was hard to see what its goblin rider was doing. Was it trying to calm it, or was it urging it to continue the frenzy?

Loda took the time of distraction to cast a spell that would give her more protection, should she be the next victim of poisonous attacks.

Elessarae took a quick pace to settle herself in a good position to aim at the wyvern, while still being able to watch the approaching hordes of goblins. She grabbed her shortbow and took a shot at the wyvern, aiming for the wings. Unfortunately, due to the frantic flapping, they were all over the night’s sky, and her attack missed target.

Thondrek had drunk the potion of Spider Climb in the mean time. Then, he suddenly disappeared. A blink of a moment later he was free falling in the spot where the wyvern was supposed to be. The monster was shaking so heavily that it had moved, and the Khordaldrum Duskblade saw in horror that he was clinging to thin air. Down he went, swinging with his arms, mind blurred with panic. Then, as if the gods blessed him, the tail of the wyvern came swinging in his direction. With a final effort, Thondrek was able to smack one hand on the tail’s end, dangerously close to the stinger. It struck and the Climb spell started to work. He was hanging on for his life, and managed to pull himself up. It required to hands though, and he had to put his weapon away. (This is true, read the Spiderclimb description, you need both hands free) His attack would have to wait for another round.

Geimiedefher had his own methods of dealing with enemies that kept their distance. Kharox’s favoured weapon appeared inches from the wyvern, and without delay, the Khordaldrum Cleric directed it at the goblin rider. The weapon struck, but bounced off the rider’s armor harmlessly.

Meanwhile, the goblins were approaching, and would not take much longer to engage in the battle.
(Only Elessarae sees that they will be there in less than 4 rounds. I hope that you can all read this information and act like your character doesn’t know it, if you haven’t stated that your character takes the time to check up on the horde. Remember, it takes up your free action for the round.)

Malius once more let his arrows fly. Again, one of them hit the target but this time didn’t do much to hinder the wyvern.
The monster, in turn, shrieked loudly as its vision returned. Down it came, unaware of the Khord that clung to its tail. But instead of attacking with its tail, it snapped at Elessarae with its vicious jaws. In a reflex she let go of an arrow, but it missed precision and flew by without harm. The sharp tips of its birdlike beak drew through her shoulder, and ripped her flesh. A stream of splattering blood followed the momentum of the monster as it flew overhead. But the attack was not over. A dark form dropped form the wyvern’s back, and landed right next to the Sylvari bladesinger. The Goblin rider had released the reigns of his flying mount, and now came at Elessarae with an axe that was covered in vile runes that glowed red in the shadows. A fearless roar escaped the goblin’s throat as he plunged himself upon her. Down came his axe, but his attack was hasty and misplaced with anger. The blade swooshed an inch from her face, splitting her shocked breath in two, but was otherwise harmless.

Loda did not have enough time to prepare her attack, and the wyvern was down before her axe was ready. Another enemy faced them now though, and she refocused her attention. With an old Khordaldrum battle cry she ran over to the goblin, and planted her axe in between his shoulder blades.
The impact was almost deafening. Her blade bounced so hard on his full plate armor that she could see the imprint of it when she withdrew. For a moment the goblin staggered forward, caught of guard and stricken by the immense blow he had received. (critical hit, dealt about 36 dmg, wtf…) But his shock turned to hatred as he spotted an enemy more hated than Sylvarians… the Khordaldrum.

Elessarae withdrew a step and dropped her bow. Up came her longsword, and it would’ve cut of the head of the goblin if it hadn’t turned to growl at Loda. As it was, all that her weapon did was cut off a few hairs of the goblin’s skull.

Thondrek was still up in the air, making his way up the wyvern’s spine. He finally found a good spot to hold on to while he freed one hand to grab his weapon. Murmuring lowly he uttered a quick spell that made his blade crackle with electricity. But a sudden jerk when the monster turned made him miss, and both his spell and his attack went over the creature’s hide without doing any damage. Fortunately, the monster still hadn’t noticed him, as it was too occupied by doing its master’s bidding.

Geim’s conjured weapon was still hovering around the goblin, and for a second time it attacked. But what had been hard to spot earlier was now very clear. The Spiritual Weapon came in for a sure strike, but missed its target. Was luck on the green menace’s side, or was there something else at play?
The cleric reached for his axe, but could not do anything more at that moment.

(OOC: I took the liberty to fill in some of the blanks after the goblin dropped from the wyvern. That means that I had Loda attack. I’m sure THAT’s no problem . I had Thondrek attack, as was planned. He missed unfortunately. And I had Elessarae draw her longsword… assuming that was what Dragon M would’ve done. And I had Geim grab his weapon. Now if there was anything wrong with my decisions, let me know. That doesn’t mean you get to redo your attacks though. The rolls stay the same.)

Posted on 2008-08-02 at 15:28:47.

Topic: yet another movie thread...
Subject: WALL-E

We went to see the Dark Knight last week, and though we liked it, it did not reach our expectations. Yes, it was well executed and intriguing, but we didn't leave the theater with as content a feeling as we would've liked.
Heath Ledger does a good job as the joker, but I must confess that I got really annoyed by the licking that he did. Eventually it became too much, and then it doesn't enhance a performance, it breaks it down. Still, his way of portraying the joker was far more gruesome than Jack Nicholson's in the Tim Burton original.

I would like to see it again, because I think that we would appreciate it better. Very high expectations can also mislead sometimes.

For now I would like to say: Please forget about the Dark Knight for a moment, go see WALL-E. We just came back and it was seriously better than Ratatouille (which I didn't think was possible for Pixar to do).
There isn't a lot of spoken words, but they manage to make it compellingly engaging, with lovable characters, interesting plots and as always: stunning designs and graphics. But as with the Dark Knight, the visual effects are only there to enhance the story-telling.
The reactions from the audience showed just how much they loved it, the range of emotions that were touched were audible like I've never experienced. And I have never in my life seen so many people remain seated all the way to the end of the credits, still wanting to see more or revelling in what they just experienced.

Ten out of Ten stars, people.

We also watched Son of Rambow... yes: RamboW with a W. The story is that two kids from different backgrounds meet and connect in their love of filmmaking. Together they start a project inspired by the first Rambo movie. They hit the necessary bumps on the way, but the story strays from cliches and shows us how important friendship is.

Definitely one to watch.

Posted on 2008-08-02 at 00:01:27.
Edited on 2008-08-02 at 00:07:43 by Almerin

Topic: fun in the sun, or, no webmaster!
Subject: Freedom!

Yay!!! He's gone! Bring out the asocially big speakers and the drinks! Party-time!!!!!!!

Oh, he can still hear me?

Have fun, Olan Webmaster Sir.

Posted on 2008-08-01 at 16:09:36.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: well

no, but she means in general, of course. A Sea Cat is strange, but monsters do appear every now and then... it's a fantasy world after all.

Posted on 2008-07-31 at 22:31:00.


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