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

the game has been updated for the main group and for Dragon Mistress. It's an early update, but I didn't think there was anybody left who was going to post. Unless Vesper was going to do something? If so, he can backpost. That is no problem with me.

Posted on 2007-11-16 at 22:27:45.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: finding goblin, tower locked once more

Londelirinen Kingdom
Sylvari village
4th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
7:15 pm

Elessarae had gone from dead goblin to dead goblin. Luronya had told her that she was fine, a bit shaken by the deaths of the two guards, but otherwise unharmed. She had apologized for not being able to aid the bladesinger with a spell to make her faster. Now she was helping Elessar in finding a living goblin to question.

Between the burnt or cut bodies, a silence began to build up. All the goblins had fled the scene, the raging wall of fire had disappeared on Luronya’s command and time itself took a sigh of relief, seeing that peace had been restored to the accursed village. Then a single moan sounded from a goblin buried under one of his kin. He had regained consciousness and was now trying to get on his feet.

Elessar was upon him in a heartbeat, but both her and the goblin were distracted by a sudden footfall. Horse feet were approaching, and a moment later, Comrade popped his head around a corner, scanning the town square for danger. When he saw Elessarae he quickly galloped to her side.
But he was alone. There was no sign of Gharion

“Please don’t kill me!” The goblin yelled. “I didn’t want to eat Sylvari flesh. The captain made me do it!”

Alloryen Kingdom
The Exaulted Tower
2nd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
5:26 pm

Geim was the only one of the companions thought about the bladesinger trapped under the heavy body of the demonic bear. He tried to haul the creature’s dead weight off her, but he could not move it. She tried to help him, but was in no position to give any useful aid.
Luckily, Geimiedefher had a spell up his sleeve that would do the trick. A prayer was shot to Kharox, asking the ancient craftsman to soften the earth under the trapped Syl.

The ground under the dead bear started to bubble, as water rippled up from the deeper layers of the earth. The sand and grass started to feel slick, and after a little bit of wiggling, Geim and lady Quilanday were able to release the bear of its victim.

The bladesinger breathed heavily, finally being able to get a good gulp of air. She stood up, and hugged the runemaster thankfully.

“I must thank you all for staying with me in this battle,” she called to all of them, while Geim hurried to heal his other companions. “I would not have been able to deal with this creature alone. And now we face another one, inside that tower. But how are we going to get in? Your friend may already be dead.”

She went to the door and banged on it, to get the attention of whoever was waiting inside.

In the meantime, Geim went over to Thondrek, who was still laying on the floor, breathing steadily but unconscious. The cleric gave him a quick and simple healing, before continuing to Loda, who refused healing, since she had the gift herself. Besides, the druidess was busy healing her wolf companion, who was acting like he was dying, but secretly loved the attention he was getting from his mistress.

And so Geim arrived at Malius’ side. The Sylvari ranger was proud, but accepted the Khord’s healing gratefully. The bones in his shoulder reformed with a crispy, painful sensation, and his flesh and skin covered it up again. Still, a scar was visible where the teeth had sunken in, that would never go away. Plus, his vest was ruined. Malius thanked Geim, and went over to the lady bladesinger to investigate the doors with her.

(OOC: I’m waiting on a last message from Valimar. You guys have no idea whether Draven is alive or not. The door remains shut for now. Is there any other way of entering the tower? The same one you tried earlier? Something else? Also, think about the fact that your spells have been used up a lot for this day).

Posted on 2007-11-16 at 22:25:41.

Topic: You want to play a WHAT?!? (strange character ideas)
Subject: not that weird, but still

ok, this one is not a strange combo or anything, but it's dumb and weird:

Me and my friend once made up a character concept where we would be playing a siamese twins fighter wizard. Yes, indeed: one half was wizard, the other half fighter. And of course we had to go with the fact that this/these elven character(s) had only one set of legs, so a fumble would occur every time we would walk somewhere.

In the end, we never played this one, just like we never used the 'bunny bombs' for the inventor my friend played. Too much randomness converted to dice-rolling.

Posted on 2007-11-15 at 18:21:28.

Topic: GMs: Tips and Tools of the Trade
Subject: ooh

Yeah, I've used the candle-light for scary plots. But props can really work. The thing is: it depends on the adventure. It gives a nice little extra depth to the game. But if you do it too much, it will not really help; it will distract instead.

For one of the games I DMed I had the players find a box that seemed to have no opening. I actually put a wooden box on the table like that, which my father had found when he went on vacation in Marocco. The box can be opened by putting a hidden key in a hidden opening. I told them that they could try anything but breaking the thing.

For once they could not rely on dice-rolling. It took them a little while, not too long, but the find was much more interesting than it would have been if it was just imagination.

And yes, a battle grid with miniatures helps every battle. We use one standard. Nowadays we use the grid from the DMG and miniatures from Warhammer and Confrontation. When I was younger, and less supplied, we used a home-drawn grid with monsters made of clay

Posted on 2007-11-11 at 16:52:31.
Edited on 2007-11-11 at 16:53:19 by Almerin

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

Posted on 2007-11-11 at 08:54:07.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: bouncy bounce

wow... you trampoline-ing around on your laptop? hehe... that's the coolest image ever.

*bounce* and then... *bounce* Thondrek took *bounce* his axe *bounce* and hit the *bounce* ogre *backwards flip* in the face. lol

Posted on 2007-11-10 at 20:18:30.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: Skum cave

here's the update for you, Skari!

Posted on 2007-11-10 at 14:56:57.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: the troll, the caves

Londelirinen Kingdom
Sylvari village
4th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
7:09 pm

Goroptk the troll saw the world through a haze of blood. He was panicking, and as trolls do, it resulted in savagery and death. There was only one of the pointy ears left before him. The other had died by his arms and the arrows of the goblins. The arrows of the goblins…. why were they no longer firing?

The vibrating fog of rage calmed as Goroptk took some time to look around. The mage in front of him slowly backed away from him as he sniffed. Behind him, the wall of fire clawed at the heavens, and between the flames he could see the occasional goblin running over the town’s square. But they weren’t running with the goblin eagerness of many numbers. One even dropped his sword as he disappeared behind the buildings.
Then he noticed a Syl, a female. She was carrying the head of the goblin captain in high display. Her bloody sword proved that she had recently obtained that prize.

“Good for him.” Goroptk thought. He remembered the chains and the captivity well enough. Without the goblins, he would be a free troll again.

He took a few quick paces towards the mage, who instantly started a spell. But he was upon her before she could finish, and he grabbed her with his long fingers. Carrying her, he made for the wall of fire. Grabbing the edge of the roof of one of the buildings, he pulled himself and the mage up, and climbed his way to the other side. There he jumped back down, right in front of the Sylvari woman with the goblin leader’s head.

He put down the mage, bowed, and ran off into the woods, where he would feast upon scared goblin flesh.

Elessar and the mage now stood in the abandoned remains of what had once been a peaceful Sylvari village. Homes were destroyed by goblins and their own fire. Black smoke was rising up as the sun disappeared behind the trees. Night would soon come, and they had work to do.

Skum Cave
South-west Chakran Mtns.
28th day of the 7th month: Pfier
0:23 pm

It was midday, but deep in the Skum caves there was no telling time. In the constant darkness, Vidar was lead around the tunnels and shown the habitat of the fishy humanoids.
Their lives were miserable, to say the least. Everything was damp and rotting or worse. The only ornamentation was self made drawings on the walls. There was a constant stink of fishguts, and only several rooms were lit by torches that lacked vibrancy and willingness to burn. It was not even shadow of what life underground could be like. And Vidar could know, being a Khord.

Glurblusius was his guide, and as they walked, the shaman explained whatever he knew about Aabouless and the creature’s whereabouts. It wasn’t much, but Vidar learned some information that could prove helpful.
(OOC: We’ve discussed these, no need to point them out again)

They started out at the place with the altar, which the shaman called ‘temple’. It was simple, like the rest of the caves, but it worked. Glurblusius took the Khord southwards, where they passed an opening that the shaman explained lead to the bigger waters where Aabouless lived. It was where Vidar had come from.
Then followed a long, thin cave which functioned as a place where the woman and children could take shelter in times of danger. It was now empty, and had been for some time. No actual peril made it into the caves these days.

Close by was the Nest, where Vidar saw a gathering of Skum in a single cave. There were no separate rooms or any other forms of privacy. Skum woman, marked by their faint blue scales, and children looked up when the Khord came in. Several of them backed against the wall, but Glurblusius calmed them with a few words. He took Vidar further and they came back to the cells where the Khord had woken up earlier that day.

The shaman invited him to stay with them in the Nest, where there was more fish, and some smoked waterweeds. They would listen to Vidar’s proposition there.

Posted on 2007-11-10 at 14:55:38.

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

I don't have enough posts to update for the main group, so I'll give you all some more time.

An update for Elessar and Vidar is coming up this weekend.

oh, and Brianna, the god of the Khordaldrum (dwarves) is called Kharox

Posted on 2007-11-10 at 09:35:53.

Topic: Worst Gaming Clichés
Subject: arche

well, I would like to pick up a discussion about the elf with bow, and stereotype ugly orc: I don't think there is anything wrong with playing such (arche)typical characters. I've played characters like that, amongst others, but it's all stats, really. Even if the background is simple, why shouldn't it be?

Simple characters can still be interesting, as long as the roleplaying is good, and the story the DM presents is interesting.

'Almerin' was an elven ranger who used the two weapon fighting skill to the max (VERY typical). He acted like the average elf (hated orcs, because they killed ... *drum roll* ... his parents), but still he's one of the coolest characers I've ever played, and that's because of the story the DM presented and how he acted in it.

The group found a hidden elven village under attack by brutal orcish forces. The spirit of the forest was also trying kick everybody out of the woods, so things were messing up pretty bad. Almerin became part of the town's council, and the party lead the townfolk through a forestal rage and orcish attacks to a new home. It was simple, but I always looked forward to continuing that game.

anyways... cliches aren't always bad

Posted on 2007-11-07 at 18:10:02.

Topic: What do you want in a game?
Subject: well

I know that it's always nice/interesting when the DM/GM does something with your character that refers to the background that you took time to write out.

In other words: when you feel like you're important in the story, and your character matters.

This of course gives some dificulties:
1 the player(s) that it involves need to stay alive...
2 the other players shouldn't feel like they're just hanging around.

I don't really care for a difference in genres. Though I've never played or dmed a sci-fi game. They aren't that appealing to me. I wouldn't mind a horror game, if I had the time.

Posted on 2007-11-07 at 13:01:46.

Topic: Vote for the Inn
Subject: let's get higher

Keep voting guys and girls!

Posted on 2007-11-05 at 18:17:34.

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

updated for everybody, including PM to Valimar. I hope we can all post again now this heavy battle is over. It's time for roleplay again!

btw...I've also adjusted XP in the first post of the Q/A.

Posted on 2007-11-03 at 23:49:21.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: many winnings

Skum Cave
South-west Chakran Mtns.
28th day of the 7th month: Pfier
0:21 pm

The Shaman regarded the piece of leather for a moment, then took it from Vidar’s hands in reverence.

“This piece of leather…. this illustration… it means several things to me and us. I will tell you.”

He gave the scroll back to the Khord, and sat down again.
“Long ago, before I was born, a bearded man like you came to our tunnels. He carried this scroll, and the drawn axe on his shoulder. My ancestors took him in as a guest. They hid him from Aabouless, and asked him what he wanted. He was looking for the other weapons on the illustration. He had already found the dagger.”

Glurblusius played with the weapon in his hands, then looked back up to Vidar.
“The bearded man was a kind one, honourous too. And my people wanted to help him. He told them of the outside world in trade for their aid. He told them that one of these weapons was precious, but together they were priceless. We found out that Aabouless kept a long blade in his lair, and told the bearded man. He was killed by the monster, and my ancestors were ashamed. Me and us are still ashamed.”

“The story now is a metaphor for our lives, you must understand. The scroll is a reminder that we together mean more than an individual. It is a reminder that we must not make the same mistakes again. Me and us need to break free from Aabouless, and find the outside world, in memory of the bearded man.”

He pointed at the axe on the leather scroll.
“You must wonder what happened to the axe? Me and us do not know. It disappeared with the bearded man. My ancestors took the dagger as a reminder, like the scroll. It is only right if me and us give it back to you now, bearded man.”

He stood up once more, and swooshed his tail.
“You, me and us must make a plan now.”

Londelirinen Kingdom
Sylvari village
4th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
7:05 pm

Elessarae’s arm hung loose from her shoulder. She dropped the goblin head that had been swinging in the rhythm of her battle dance, and stepped backwards. The goblin stepped back as well.

As Elessar went for the wand around her neck, and used its healing powers, the goblin dug a hand in a pouch on his belt, and retrieved a small vial. She felt life flow back into her limb, and her wounds itched as they closed back up. She felt slightly better, but needed another burst of the divine magic to feel completely safe. The goblin leader had tipped the contents of the vial between his crooked fangs, and the steady flow of blood ceased instantly.
Quickly Elessarae used another charge of her wand, while the goblin picked up his hammer and came straight at her.

It grazed along her jaw as she tried to step aside. She felt her cheek crack open, but wouldn’t be distracted and pivoted quickly to slash with her blade over his back. He grunted, but it seemed more like a grunt of pleasure.

He looked over his shoulder and grinned: “You don’t frighten me, little Sylvari girl. But you fight well. You are worthy to die by my hammer.”

He spun abruptly and his weapon landed in her ribs. The blow slammed the air from her lungs, like she had been hit by a heavy rock. She heaved to renew her composure, but the goblin commander didn’t wait. Elessar pushed her blade forward almost blindly, in a reflex to save her life. The tip of her weapon slid in between two parts of the goblin’s full plate, and he ran straight into it.

He spat blood on her face, and snarled, not from pleasure this time. He lifted his hammer to crush he spine, but his aim was terrible this time. Elessar could smell the stench of sweat and mould from under her opponent’s armor. She wanted to push her blade further to finish the kill, but the angle had changed, and it was now stuck. She could only pull it out.
The goblin staggered forward as she drew out her longsword in a shower of blood. He flung his hammer at her, but she could step aside.
The creature was on his knees now, trying to get up. With what strength was left in her, the bladesinger came forward and raised her blade.

A moment later the captain’s head toppled on the ground, and Elessar fell to her knees in exhaustion, next to the beheaded body, that slowly fell forward.

Alloryen Kingdom
The Exaulted Tower
2nd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
5:25 pm

It was time to make a new plan, Geim thought. Hacking away at the creature proved the hardest way. He grabbed his rope quickly and dove at the creature’s leg. He flung the rope around the bear’s paw, but it stepped out of it and slashed at the cleric instead. The attack hit, but scraped harmlessly over the Runemaster’s armor.

Loda targeted her ball of fire again, but once more the bear knew to dodge it. She anticipated the right moment though, and hacked at the monster with her axe. She hit him full in the flank, but her axe cracked a few hairs, tore the skin slightly, and bounced back over her shoulder. Gothard knew better now than to attack with his mouth, and clawed at the bear, but to no avail.

The monstrous bear firmed its grip on Malius shoulder. She ranger cried out in pain and struggled to get loose, as the bones in his joint were shattered to pieces. The bear also flung its paws around in a wild frenzy of blood thirst. One came at Geimiedefher again, and slashed over the Khord’s face, which exploded with blood. The other came at Loda and pushed her down on the ground and almost crushed her ribcage.

Alyssia released another group of missiles from her fingers. The force-carved arrows struck hard, and the monster’s hide rippled under the impact. Malius could hear a suppressed scream from between the oversized teeth. So the demonic bear could suffer! That gave him hope.
With a mighty stab he slammed his long blade between the teeth that punctured his shoulder. Using all the strength in his arm, he pried loose the teeth from his shoulder. As they slid out of his flesh, his shoulder numbed and he staggered backwards. The bear’s attention was still on him, but was soon taken as the bladesinger jabbed the monster twice with the point of her rapier.

Geimiedefher saw that tying up the bear’s leg was not going to work. Not while it was unwilling, fighting and reflexing away from him. He decided to trust in his good old axe once more. The creature suddenly took a side-step to come closer to the bladesinger, and the attack missed its goal.
Loda stood up from the ground, and aimed for the same spot on the monster’s skin with her axe This time she split open the skin to reveal a raw and oozing flesh. Her ball of fire also came in, but missed again. Gothard was howling loudly, but dared not come close to the monster any more.

The demonic bear neglected the other combatants, and sprang at the bladesinger with such force that she fell backwards on the forest floor. The creature was upon her instantly and raked open her chest and belly, exposing skin, ribs and intestines.

Alyssia called out to her goddess and let fly another pack of magical missiles. The missiles hit the bear in the spine, and it slammed face first upon lady Quilanday. It took a moment for the companions to realize that the creature had stopped moving. They had killed it, but had suffered severely. Thondrek was lying unconscious on the ground. Gothard was bleeding from his mouth, Malius’ health left much to be desired. Geim’s face was a bloody mess and Loda could hardly breathe from being crushed to the ground by the demonic animal.

And Draven was locked inside the tower alone, with one of these things.

Posted on 2007-11-03 at 22:50:30.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: hardly anything

I know last week you guys decided to post massively on friday evening... so I'm hoping that will happen again. Just two posts and a bunch of private messaging with Val isn't really going to cut it, I'm afraid.

But I'm hoping for the best

Posted on 2007-11-02 at 21:12:11.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: using wands

Dragon Mistress, using a wand twice is going to take two rounds... that means that the goblin can attack you for two more rounds before you retort... that means he might chop Elessarae to pieces before she is healed... he also has initiative first.

I'm not saying that he IS going to attack, for we do not know that yet (well, I do)... but I'm saying that he is not going to wait around until Elessar is done patching up.

Posted on 2007-10-27 at 19:53:33.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: a FULL update!! Yay!

Londelirinen Kingdom
Sylvari village
4th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
7:04 pm

In the orange wake autumn twilight, Elessar overlooked the battle and took her time to heal her wounds. The wand she had used was starting to run low, and would soon need replacement. The two charges she used didn’t bring her back to full fitness, but they would do for now. As she applied the second spell, she heard a scream from the right. The goblins attacking the guard there, Hivalus or Mirnando, they were hard to tell apart in the heat of battle, had managed to force themselves upon him and were hacking their blades at him savagely. She could hear them chippering of evil joy as they slashed the Sylvari body to pieces.

Elessar knew what had to be done now. She rushed over the town square, dodging the smouldering corpses of goblins and made for the corner after which the goblin captain had disappeared. This brought her close to the wall of fire, which was still raging up from the ground before her. Through the flames she perceived the head of the troll, and its swinging arms as it clawed and grabbed at something before him.
Then her attention was drawn around the corner of the building, where she noted the goblin leader just as he crouched into the building opposing her. Perhaps he was looking for a clear shot at the mage and the remaining guard as they fought the troll?

She went in after him, into what had been a small Sylvari farmhouse. Tables, chairs and cabinets had all been turned over to clear the space. Two goblin archers had already broken down the hatches in front of the window, and the goblin leader was urging them on, and got ready to head out the door again when he saw Elessarae standing in his way.

Last time they had met, he had wielded a curved sword, but now a big goblin warhammer hung from his hands. He grinned as he recognized her, and then, much faster than she would have given him, he launched an attack on her. The warhammer appeared to come high, but with a sudden flick of his arms, the goblin slammed it low into her chest. The impact drove her backwards, and crushed the air from her lungs. Struggling for air she readied for her reply.

Her opponent was fearless, and she could use that against him. Judging the right place to strike him through his full plate armour, she waited for him to come again. Then, with a quick hew, she struck at his neck. He ran straight into her blade, and his neck exploded with blood and a harsh scream of pain. (Critical hit)
With one hand pressed against his neck, the goblin leader turned around, colour draining from his already ghastly face. Then he let go of his wound and sprang at her, wielding his weapon in two hands, in a mighty attempt to crush her. The attack barely missed her, for anger had misjudged the blow, and Elessar put in a quick stab.
Again the hammer came at her, this time hitting her arm. A sharp pain and a loud crack resonated from the place where the hammer struck. Her left arm had been broken by the brute force of the attack.

(OOC: The goblin leader is bleeding heavily, but doesn’t seem willing to give up yet. I didn’t want to continue this battle without knowing what you want to do, heal or continue fighting.)

Skum Cave
South-west Chakran Mtns.
28th day of the 7th month: Pfier
0:20 pm

Glurblusius, the Skum shaman, looked at Vidar, and then at his dagger.

“You say, you want axe with the same mark as on my dagger? Me and us don’t have that axe. We know that it is, but me and us don’t have it. Other Skum have told me and us that Aabouless has one long blade in lair. It is yours if you help us, yes? And my dagger.”

He looked up, as four Skum came running from the tunnel Vidar had come from. They looked agitated, and started speaking in the watery language of their people. They glanced at Vidar, and their claws twitched as they told their story. Glurblusius listened carefully, and raised a claw to calm the men down. He replied, and their conversation intensified. Vidar couldn’t understand a word they said, but they were definitely talking about him.

Then the shaman turned to the Khord and spoke in the Khordaldrum language again:
“Did you kill any of our men before, warrior? Four of Skum have been found slain by a weapon as yours. I told Skum that it was a wrong understanding of you. But you must promise not to kill me and us more.”

Their conversation went on, and the four Skum disappeared into the tunnel. Still, a tension remained present, as Vidar and the shaman returned to business.
The shaman explained to the warrior that attacking the Aabouless was not going to be an option. It is far to strong to kill by hand. A plan should be made that involved less direct contact with the creature.

Alloryen Kingdom
The Exaulted Tower
2nd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
5:25 pm

Geimiedefher turned to Kharox once more. Channeling the divine blessings into magic he wove his hands in a pattern that mimicked the forging of a weapon. Within seconds, a glowing battle axe of energy was hovering behind the wicked bear-demon and came down in a ghostly cut. It hit, penetrated, but like all of their attacks didn’t seem to cut too deeply into the skin of the creature.

Loda returned to the battle, snapping out of the initiate shock that she seemed to have developed when it came to doing battle. She knew this monstrosity had to die, if the Sylvari forests were to calm down. She encouraged Gothard in his attack, and released a ball of flame from her hands herself. The ball dove in, but the demonic bear could flip aside just in time to avoid being damaged.
Gothard bit down again with bloody fangs, and struck flesh once more. He didn’t yelp this time, when the needle hairs punctured his mouth, but bit through.
Thondrek raised his weapon again but missed this time. Still, the bear took some interest in the Khord, for hitting him before. Two claws came his way, and raked his cloths and armor alike to pieces. A shower of blood sprayed from the Khord’s torso and he fell down, stunned by the impact of the blows and the swiftness of the bear’s attack.

Alyssia, high in the air, saw Thondrek go down, and decided the battle had to be over soon, before more victims could be made. She released the strong energy that had been building up inside her in an eruption of electricity. She remembered how her bolts had killed many enemies before, even evaporated a hellhound. This time, the bolt shot at the unnatural bear and hit it full in the back. Arms of lighting crackled over the hairs and the creature’s spine, but did absolutely nothing to damage it. A moment later the electricity had drained into the ground, and the creature remained unharmed by it.

Malius two had noted that his arrows didn’t do any harm, and he decided to go a different course. He grabbed his weapons and ran for it.
His longsword came down upon the low back of the bear, but cleaved only a small portion of hair. Then he saw the bladesinger come in from the other side and strike a good, solid blow into the creature’s face.

Geim joined Malius, and the bear was now surrounded by the companions, who were all hacking away at it freely. The Khordaldrum cleric struck hard with his axe, and cleaved off a good portion of flesh from the bear’s leg.
Loda’s ball of fire missed its target once more, but the druid also joined in and made a good hit with her axe. Gothard bit down again, but could not pierce the leathery hide, and let himself fall down, blood flowing freely from his jaws now.
Thondrek still lay down, but tried getting up. His strength had been taken though, and he sagged back towards the earth.

The bear turned, fangs dripping saliva in a continuous flood. Its eyes burned bright red, and were now locked on Geim, who had seriously harmed its leg. A claw shot forward and missed the cleric by an inch, then a second one followed and hit the Khord in the head. Malius, standing next to Geim was then the target of the long teeth. Jaws closed over the Syl’s shoulder and buried deeply into the flesh, and did not let go.
Alyssia released more magic, this time in the form of magic arrows that rained down upon the evil distortion of nature. The missiles drove themselves into the hide and formed dark spots on it.
Malius was in a difficult position. He was almost engulfed by the creature and could only use one of his arms. His left arm was paralyzed by the forceful bite, but his longsword could still aim. And so it did. It cut hard over his enemy’s neck and carved a gash in its flesh.
From behind, the bladesinger made two quick jabs at the bear’s spine. Her blade pierced far into the creature’s meat, and it growled loudly, but still didn’t let go of Malius.

Although their joined efforts had wounded the creature severely, it was still standing, and showed hardly any signs of feeling pain or exhaustion.

Posted on 2007-10-27 at 12:42:28.

Topic: Where are you from?
Subject: new one

Alabama: t_catt11 (Birmingham)




California Dragon Mistress, Brianna (mile from Disneyland)




District of Columbia

Florida - Admiral (Tampa)



















Nevada Reno; Greygrey

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio: Eol Fefalas (New Carlisle)




Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota







West Virginia





Ontario - Alacrity & Vanadia (Toronto)


Overseas - Ginafae (Edinburgh, UK)
Iceland - Skari-dono
The Netherlands - Fantasy & Almerin (Fanmerin)

Posted on 2007-10-26 at 20:25:00.

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

stands noted!

Posted on 2007-10-25 at 19:56:52.

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

Good to hear from you! And just in time too

next time just let us know if you're unable to post, so that we all know who to wait for or not.

Posted on 2007-10-24 at 11:40:13.

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

I've had word from Valimar and Kaelyn. They are both still interested in playing, though Kaelyn can not say when he'll be able to start again. It will be quite a while, so I promised that I would keep Thondrek 'in the freezer'. Valimar has some behind-the-door roleplaying to do, so you probably won't see any actual posting action from him until the doors are opened again.

I haven't heard from Jozan, but I gave him a week to react. If I haven't heard from him soon, Loda will find her end eventually (be it in this battle or another).

I hope everybody can start posting again, updates are waiting!

Posted on 2007-10-23 at 16:57:14.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: update II

Alloryen Kingdom
The Exaulted Tower
2nd day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
5:24 pm

Geim was taken aback by the thickness of the creature’s hide. Depending on a source that would always be there for him was perhaps a better idea. His voice echoed over the battlefield.

"Oh Great Kharox, I pray for my companions in arms Aid them in their battle against this foul unnatural creature and Confound the beast and render it helpless."

A slight tingling sensation spread through the present companions. Their first misses and setbacks seemed forgiven for a moment and but it wasn’t enough for all of them to recover from the shock of what stood before them. Loda and Thondrek turned when the demonic animal’s attention sprang from them to the Sylvari bladesinger. Loda was lost for a moment, upon seeing the enormity of the creature. It was the second time she had blanked out in a battle against these freaks of nature, and she should not make it a habit. Her companion, Gothard, was braver, or perhaps more stupid, and launched himself upon the bear. His teeth tried to pierce the fur and skin, but he yelped as he bit down, and sprang down again with a bleeding mouth.
Thondrek simply stormed toward the bear and launched a blow that would’ve crushed a rock. It pierced the creature’s skin, and cut some of the spiky hairs off, but the monster did not seem to notice or care.

Instead, it sprang forward with a mighty kick from its hind legs and slashed a claw at her as big as her torso. She could jump aside just in time, and landed well balanced in a crouching position, with her blade ready to retort. In the mean time, an aura of light had formed around Alyssia’s body, and now it slowly began to rise, as if a divine hand lifted her from the ground. He fair face glanced upon the beast as a judgemental angel, and she felt the power of Lysora course through her veins.
Malius had fished another arrow from his quiver and knocked it on his bow. Following the movement of the animal he let go, just when the creature landed its attack on the bladesinger. His arrow flew straight into the thick coat of fur, struggled to get through and pierced the flesh underneath. Again, the bear did not react to the impact, so focused was it on the battle closer at hand.
The bladesinger came in with her rapier, slammed the point into the creature’s twisted face and drew it out as she sprang back. It was a mighty attack, but the bear’s leathery nose resisted most of the cut. For a moment it seemed to pause, and its eyes darted back and forth, as if assessing its opponents.

(OOC: I would like to continue, but I realised I don’t have everybody’s information. I would like to know what you all intend to do the following two rounds.)

Posted on 2007-10-20 at 12:35:14.

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

I updated for Dragon Mistress and Skari already. Other update for the main group will follow. Most likely today. I am sorry for all the delay, but things have been slightly hectic here. But hopefully this will get thing rolling again.

For now: Here are updates of the maps for the two updates. They might come in handy, though they are only to be used as guidelines.

Sylvari Village:

Vidar's cave:

Posted on 2007-10-20 at 11:38:43.
Edited on 2007-10-20 at 11:42:55 by Almerin

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: finally

Londelirinen Kingdom
Sylvari village
4th day of the 8th month: Temoth Ore
7:03 pm

Elessar darted backwards a few steps, out of range of the goblin and his heavy sword. Her hand sought feverishly for the wand around her neck, and caught hold of it. The goblin hesitated one moment, and it was enough for her to sling the chain over her head and free the healing stick. She could feel energy flowing from the stick; a warm bath like a short comfortable heat wave. Her wounds stopped bleeding, but it was hardly enough to regain full strength.

Then he came at her with an overhead hew of his blade. She had anticipated his action and sprang up. She passed his blade by a hair’s width and landed at his rear, where she turned quickly for a back-slash.
As her longsword’s blade completed its course, she already knew this was going to be the final blow. When it hewed its way towards the creature’s heart, Elessar was already drawing it back to take the head from the falling corpse.

Moments later, the head was dangling on its hairs from the bladesinger’s fist. From the outskirts of the village she could see how the battle on the town square had begun fully.
The guard that she had sent to fire oil at the inn from the other side of the village had not completed his course, but was now facing three goblins while others were firing arrows into the combat. Goblins were running around from one end of the square to another. A wall of fire had sprouted upwards from nothing and several dead goblins lay at its base as fuel. The troll was nowhere to be seen, and the goblin captain sat with his back against a wall of a building between himself and the place where the mage and the other guard were supposed to be. He was shouting orders and then rushed over to the other side, where Elessar couldn’t see him. Then suddenly a big ball of fire exploded in the middle of the square, sending goblins flying in all directions. The mage was using her spells wisely, causing death and chaos in the goblin ranks. But she was not going to be able to keep this firepower steady long.

Inhabited Cave
South-west Chakran Mtns.
28th day of the 7th month: Pfier
0:10 pm

Vidar moved on, carefully watching all directions for fishmen to spring at him. He was sure this was going to be another trap, and his trusted axe lay ready in his fist. Slowly he moved into the light, but none of the fishmen made move. Their faces were stoical, devoid of expression; or perhaps Vidar just couldn’t see it.

The fishman dressed in the skeletal outfit beckoned him to come closer still, but when Vidar stepped into the cave, he suddenly moved one hand under the altar and withdrew a long dagger. But before the Khord could react in a hostile way, the fishman did something that stunned the warrior: it spoke in the Khordaldrum language.

“Do not be afraid, my best Khord. We are not here to harm to you. In fact, we are happy of your coming.”

With his other hand he grabbed a fish from under the altar and started slicing it up with the dagger. As the blade rolled through the meat, Vidar realized that this dagger carried the same Seleta as his grandfather’s axe. It was one of the weapons depicted on the leather scroll!

“We know that our previous meeting wasn’t a glad one, but you must pardon me and us for that. I am Glurblusius, Shaman of us Skum. I am going to tell you the matter we are happy of your coming.”

He poured a handful of red and yellow herbs over the fish and handed them over to one of the fishmen. The receiver placed them on a hot stone in a fire further into the cave, and a appetising smell filled the room.
The shaman motioned for Vidar to sit down. Whether or not he took the invitation, the shaman started talking.

The story he shared was a long one. It started with ancestors arriving in the lakes near the Chakran Mountains. They discovered underground tunnels and eventually found these caves. The vastness of the caves was never fully explored by them, but at some point a great monster came from one of the deep lakes inside the mountain. It was the tentacled fish-creature Vidar had witnessed before he was captured. The fish-creature, called Aabouless by the shaman, could control their minds, and made slaves out of them. The shaman himself was born in slavery, but with a special talent. Somehow the brainwaves of the Aabouless could not take over his mind. They had been plotting many schemes to get rid of the monster, but so far nothing succeeded. Now their hopes had returned with the coming of the Khordaldrum hero.

“We are willing to give you anything you want, if you help me and us banish the monster from the lives. I alone am not strong enough, and other Skum get slaved when in close contact with Aabouless. You will help me and us?”

(OOC: Maps coming soon!)

Posted on 2007-10-20 at 11:23:20.

Topic: Memorable Munchkins
Subject: yep, it's awesome

The Munchkin game is big fun.

I suppose I've done my share of Munchkinism. I made this Alaghi fighter with two two-handed swords who kicked butt with or without weapons. His Thac0 was nowhere near in comparison to the rest of the 7th level party. I knew all the rules and how to manipulate them so that my character was maxed.

Yes, it was cool, but also not. I've learened to appreciate a simple character that has some fun traits over a maxed out killing machine.

I've never hogged treasure though. Been with plenty of people who would kill other players for the nicest share. Sometimes it does make for a nice session when you see other players fighting over stuff

Posted on 2007-10-19 at 14:52:01.


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