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Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: more info

Maelamin Kingdom
Side-branch of Rilma Duin
26th day of the 7th month: Pfier
10:19 am

Another lash of her sword hit an owl straight across the body. It was a heavy blow and the creature slammed into the moonhorse. The other one, that was still in direct combat, dove down and hit the bladesinger straight on her lower back. Its talons pierced through her chain armor. As he turned to push it off her, the owl she just hit came in, and dove for her face. Sharp nails cut and pierced her skin and she found herself reaching for her healing wand. Pain was all around, but she found the concentration to activate the power that would strengthen her.

The seriously wounded owl was still hovering above the moonhorse. Once more it let out a stream of non intelligent words that struck horror in the elf. She fought it off, and positioned her wand once more. This time she aimed for the moonhorse, and poked it lightly in the flank. The touch of the wand lessened the flow of blood, but the horse still looked exhausted. The two owls dove in once again, while the third one sang. The bladesong, clinging more to Elessar than the first time she sang it, seemed to overwhelm their fury a bit, and their attacks missed their previous precision. While they struck Elessar, they did nothing more than make a new tear in her cloths.

(OOC:You’re a little under 2 third of your HP right now.)

Khordal Kingdom
Warrens of Caelbo
Granitefingers Residence
23rd day of the 7th month: Pfier
6:17 pm

With Draven’s daring retort, the mood seemed to be set to the dark path Malius had sent it on. Of course it hadn’t been his intention, but perhaps he was a bit too eager to prove his colour of skin not to be the colour of his heart.

Guland opened his mouth to reply, but was interrupted by Loda, who left for the bathroom. As she hurried away one of the servants sped after her to show her directions (and without a doubt checking if she would be able to make it in time).

When the attention was drawn back to the dinner table and its hostile twist, it was Geimiedefher who spoke up for his friend.
His words came from the heart, and were not only meant as a defence. They told all of them that even though their reasons to venture on this quest could be different, they could all go and get something out of it that would satisfy their moral or material needs.

“Thank you, my good friend.” Guland added. With a thin cloth he wiped some sweat from his now red forehead.
“I can say that I didn’t expect such a harsh reaction from you all. But perhaps I was wrong to assume anything else. You are new to each other, but you all came to my calling. Let’s settle down a bit, and see how this food tastes. Perhaps there are matters that you wish to know before you go on your trip.”

He took his mug from the table, and had it filled with foamy brew by a servant. He raised it high in salute, and took a long sip. Then he sat down and welcomed everybody to dig in. As he plucked some fruit from a bowl he continued talking.

“I have started my enterprises myself, long ago. Everything you see I built up from nothing. I hardly have the time to sit down and talk with you like this. Therefore, I will not go with you on your adventurous path. My good friend, Geim, who you have already met, will go in my stead.” He pointed at the Runemaster and bit into a piece of red meat.
“I cannot supply you with a map or much more information than you already have about the area you’re heading towards. Little is know about it. That’s why I need brave people such as I hope you are.”

At that point, Loda returned, visibly relieved.

“You will travel through the Sylvari kingdom of Alloryen. It’s the fastest way to the Chakran Mountains. When the Chakrandrum were still alive, their existed a portal, that linked the two cities directly. It was created when the Syl’s and our races were at war. It was just another trade route, really. When the Chakrandrum died, so did the portal. It is now hidden in darkness, in the Warrens of Rvisthorn. I don’t know why I’m telling you this. It is of no use to you. Many Khords have tried to restore its power, but alas… You will have to take the long route.”

Posted on 2007-03-25 at 10:12:42.

Topic: DND Trivia Game
Subject: newest question

Alright then. YAY!

the new question is:

What name has been given to mages that draw magical energy for their spells from the life around them?

Posted on 2007-03-23 at 12:23:48.

Topic: DND Trivia Game
Subject: I so cheated...

I had to check google on that one... "to keep this game going" would be my excuse

The Isle of Dread? Is that correct?

Posted on 2007-03-23 at 09:52:54.

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

That's alright, Tann. Take your time.

Posted on 2007-03-23 at 09:21:12.

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

To Dragon Mistress: We have to specify your actions a bit. Since we're in a rulesbased game, combat works in rounds. The actions in your post will take 3 rounds: 1 round of fighting, 2 rounds of healing (1 round for each usage).
Is that what you intended? Or do you think that's too much a loss of time. Since the owls will most likely keep attacking.

Posted on 2007-03-22 at 16:23:21.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: these owls are dreadful

Maelamin Kingdom
Side-branch of Rilma Duin
26th day of the 7th month: Pfier
10:19 am

Her first arrow landed precisely in the back of the nearest owl. It was completely taken by surprise and fell two feet before regaining its composure. The other two were instantly aware of the new danger that Elessar formed. Their red glowing eyes immediately fell on the bladesinger and they left the horse for what it was. It was stuck, and wouldn’t go anywhere. An extra meal was always welcome.

The commotion of this new enemy gave Elessarae the time she needed to get close to the moonhorse. She fired another arrow as she drew nearer, and it hit the same owl again. The shaft went straight through the owl’s wing, and its steady hovering was instantly reduced to a clumsy fluttering.
The bladesinger then waved her bow above her head to scare of the feathered creatures, but they were not eager to fly off. The one that was hurt pretty bad was in no shape anymore to attack, but it opened its mouth and what came out was more than a regular owl’s screech. A gibberish that sounded like no language the elf had ever heard, reached her ears. Though she could not understand the words, it put images in her head that reverberated death, decay and hopelessness. She felt despair wash over her, and for a moment her mind went blank. It was time enough for the other two owls to safely come close to her and claw at her with their sharp claws. They both drew blood from her, one from her arm, the other from her face. She sobered up to the stinging pain, and two owls flying at close hand.

Casting aside her bow she reached for her longsword. The moonhorse was still in neighing wildly, but she had to defend herself as well. She lashed out at one of the owls and hit its flank. It took the hit lightly by moving to she side, but she still drew blood and leathery feather from the creature. Then another wave of gibberish ran over her, but this time she was able to brace herself and maintain her consciousness. The two owls came in again, and Elessar ducked away. One of them cut its talons along her neck, but did little damage. Still, the fight proved harder than she might have anticipated.

(OOC: You’ve lost about 15 HP already in all. This was three round of action: one was shooting move, second was shoot-step-wave, third was the sword. I need to know how many uses you have left on your wand of cure light wounds, if you want to use it later on. )

Posted on 2007-03-21 at 18:37:26.
Edited on 2007-03-22 at 16:20:39 by Almerin

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

Val's reply should get some posts in that should be interesting enough. Hope you can all do something with this.

Posted on 2007-03-20 at 20:19:46.

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

I wonder what Grugg will say when he comes back from his vacation
You know, this could either go good or bad.

Tann, I'll give others some time to reply to your latest remark. Guland pretty much told you that Draven can't be evil, but if you want to keep the questioning going, then you're free to do so. I hope Valimar will have time to reply to this.
For game terms: He doesn't have an actual evil aura, but one could misinterpret his attitude as dark and thus evil. (hope that clears some of it up )

Posted on 2007-03-20 at 16:36:45.
Edited on 2007-03-20 at 16:37:57 by Almerin

Topic: Vote for the Inn
Subject: but

momma's gotta vote. We all do! In a few days we'll be number 16! The horror.... the horror!

Posted on 2007-03-19 at 19:29:17.

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

Guland looked at the elven ranger in surprise.

"Evil?" His voice was sincere, his expression genuine. "There is no evil within this house, my friend. My merchants may be as profit minded as I am, but they would not call for the service of evil."

He suddenly snickered and bowed his head.

"Besides, I pay handsomely to have my precious belongings warded against the evil intended, so you need not fear." With sudden calmness he added:
"Surely one such as yourself woulnd't dare to judge a person on their looks alone, would you?"

Posted on 2007-03-19 at 19:18:53.

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

Dragon M: You have no idea what they are, but you do realise that they are different from owls you know. Also, if you take a round to make a spot check you'll notice that they have weird boney spikes sticking from their feathers, and that their eyes glow as if filled with fire.

Tann: your post is excellent. Don't be afraid to act according to your character . If I have time I'll write a reply from Guland today.

Posted on 2007-03-19 at 11:07:18.

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

Managed to squeeze a post in. Hope you'll all enjoy this one then!

Posted on 2007-03-18 at 20:36:06.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: The mount and the mission

Maelamin Kingdom
Side-branch of Rilma Duin
26th day of the 7th month: Pfier
9:19 am

The sun had come up while she had been riding. Now it shone its specks on the forest ground, and made the water of the stream sparkle as if it bore diamonds in its flow. The stream seemed to hold the light, and bore it to darker areas in the woods where the sun couldn’t reach, to illuminate it in wavy reflections. It was this reaction that made Elessarae realise they were drinking from a branch of the Rilma Duin, the Light River. This also meant that they had covered quite a bit of the distance to Sillarion already. The border that would bring her into Londelirinen wasn’t far anymore.

As she had learned or maybe even experienced, the Aerie of the High King was located near the Light River also. She had but follow the stream, and she would be there before the end of the afternoon. IF Gharion was up for it.
The young horse nodded his head as if to imply its will to continue. And so they left once more, riding near the refreshing sparkle of the stream.

A small hour later the stream had widened and grown in power. Rilma Duin couldn’t be far away now.
Suddenly, Elessar became aware of a disturbance in the natural tranquillity of the elven woodland. A bestial scream, related to the neigh of a horse, penetrated the peace. Up ahead she saw movement near the stream.
On a muddy area, directly near the water, stood a horse, pale as the moon. Its hide was almost permeable to light, but bore bloody gashes. One of its hooves was stuck in a swarm of roots, but that was not its biggest concern.
Three owls, as big as Elessarae’s head, and covered in leathery feathers, circled the horse and clawed at it with their wicked talons. The moonhorse looked exhausted and desperate, ready to give up the fight.

(OOC: You’re about 40 feet away right now, but you have a clear view of what’s going on.)

Khordal Kingdom
Warrens of Caelbo
Granitefingers Residence
23rd day of the 7th month: Pfier
6:05 pm

Just when the fumes of Gothard’s foulness had started to fill the room, the door opened up one more time. A dwarf hidden behind a thick, puffy, red beard entered. His robes were richly embroidered and showed colour and wealth without shame. A friendly smile reached through the braids on his lower face. Holding his arms out wide in a welcoming gesture he stepped forward.

“My friends, I’m sorry I’ve kept you waiting.” His voice was deep and echoed through the study. “Please accept my apologies. I am Guland Granitefingers and I welcome you into my home.”
He looked at them all and paused when his gaze reached Geim.
“Ah, Geimiedefher, good to see you’ve made it in time once more! What say you all if we head for the dining room together and do what people mostly do in that area of the house?”
He smiled as if he had just told the funniest joke in Khordal. His expression changed drastically when a foul smell reached his nose. He took of his velvet hat and waved it through the air. Then opened the door again and hurried them all into the hallway. With a firm and stern nod of his head he sent a servant into the room to clean up the mess.

He guided them through the residence, and they soon learned that its interior was as fashionable as its outer display. Corridors filled with statues and decorative patterns in ancient khordaldrum symbolism, lead them from room to room. The scent of a spices and hot grease and fresh bread sped towards them and finally they entered a room where a single longstretched table was waiting for them. Porcelain dishes and silver cutlery lay in anticipation of the juicy meats, the ripe fruit and spiced bread. Big kegs of beer hung from one wall, and Loda could tell they were all excellent brews.

As they all took place Guland stood before his chair and leaned on the table. With his beady eyes he peered around at the faces of the adventurers. Then he shook his head and grinned.

“By now you must be very anxious to learn what it is that I want from you. I’ve paid you handsomely just to come here, and I thank you all for answering my call. The fact of the matter is that I’m forming a kind of expedition. I will not lie to you. There could be some serious danger involved in this search, but also great reward.”

He held out a chubby hand and a servant quickly placed an old booklet in it.

“This tome was recently discovered. It is written in draconic, and tells of the invasion of Chakranna. As you may know, this city was once a beautiful Chakrandrum settlement until goblins and ogres raided it and wiped out our brothers for good. This happened long ago, but there are hints in this tome that something was hidden; something the goblins and ogres were looking for. If I’m assuming correctly, the Chakrandrum hid their most precious of items and knowledge when they were attacked. Your mission will be to find this secret place, and retrieve whatever it is that is hidden there. I’m sure you understand what it would mean for my business if I found the ancient lore of the Chakrandrum, eh?”

Posted on 2007-03-18 at 20:34:59.
Edited on 2007-03-20 at 16:12:03 by Almerin

Topic: DND Trivia Game
Subject: indeed

That's right, Tek!

Your question will be?

Posted on 2007-03-17 at 14:31:15.

Topic: DND Trivia Game
Subject: ay

Let me give a hint then:

he's also a Dragonlance character!

Posted on 2007-03-17 at 13:15:23.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: here's the deal

I'm facing a very busy weekend, and I don't know if I have the time to update until Tuesday. If I find the time to do so, I will update for both storylines, and the update will bring the group beyond introductions.
I know most people are waiting on Valimar to reply, but if he doesn't post today, I'm going to cut short reacting to eachother. Though I think introductions are important, the flow of the game should not depend on one person posting or not.

Posted on 2007-03-17 at 08:33:56.

Topic: DND Trivia Game
Subject: too hard?

Was that question too hard?

Posted on 2007-03-17 at 08:25:55.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - Q/A
Subject: nothing?

No reactions yet for the main group? Are you guys bored with introductions, or does nobody have time to post?

Posted on 2007-03-14 at 19:03:57.

Topic: What’s Your Favourite Edition?
Subject: edition war!!!!!

I've played 2nd, 3rd and 3.5 edition. I liked all of them, but now I've played 3.5 I realise what a rip off the difference between 3rd and 3.5 is. They brought out 3rd too soon in their money hunger, and should've refunded all the books people bought too soon. well... about the favourite...

I totally loved 2nd edition because of the liberty you had. There were hardly any rules, and that meant pioneering your way through unexpected situations.
I really like 3.5 because of the fact that some things make more sense. I like how the saves work, and the fact that skills have a more firm role in gameplay.

but do I have a favorite? No, not really. The rules are just there to make gameplay possible. Whichever you use, if the adventure is cool, either edition is fine.
In my newer adventures I use 3.5 as rules, because I think they give a little more possibilities for creating real fantasy. It's easy now to make a goblin barbarian that is strong enough for your 6th level party to fight against. Try doing that in 2nd edition. You didn't see goblins after 4th level, or it was in rapidly growing numbers, or accompanied by a stronger monster.

that's my opinion... in a very chaotic way.

Posted on 2007-03-14 at 19:01:50.

Topic: DND Trivia Game
Subject: just

one attack actually. IF I'm correct. Since after a move action that's longer than a 5 foot step,you can only make 1 melee attack. Am I right? Or is there some bonus that I don't know about?

edit: I'll assume I'm right, to continue this game.

new question: In the Ravenloft campaign setting, who was the second darklord to be pulled in the demiplane of dread? The first one, of course, being Strahd himself.

Posted on 2007-03-11 at 08:51:20.
Edited on 2007-03-11 at 18:46:03 by Almerin

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

I must admit that I'm rather pleased with the quality of the posts you guys make. Thanks for that extra effort!!

Posted on 2007-03-11 at 08:41:46.

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

Thanks for the notice Grugg.

Updates are in. If the group is totally bored with introductinos than I can go to the next 'scene'. But I personally feel like they are not completely over, and it would be a waste to rush them now.
Let me know what you guys think.

Posted on 2007-03-10 at 18:36:32.

Topic: The Chakran Portal - an Adventure in Audalis
Subject: Gothard needs to go

Khordal Kingdom
Warrens of Caelbo
Granitefingers Residence
23rd day of the 7th month: Pfier
6:03 pm

Another face arrived in the study, another Khord and a woman of bad breath and worse behaviour. Loda had rejoined the party after a wild night of drinking with her animal companion. Gothard, a grubby wolf with watery eyes, howled softly as Loda introduced herself. He looked at the other wolf in the room, who still had a smile on his face from the cidal’s attention, and shook his head. Then he went to find a private corner between two bookcases, where he squatted down to relief himself of some of the dirt he had imbibed the night before.

Introductions weren’t precisely going smooth as could be. Despite the initiate politeness the general feeling was still official and concise. Perhaps it was Draven’s dark presence, or the tension of awaiting what their mission would be. Still, Guland was nowhere to be seen, so the waiting continued.

Maelamin Kingdom
25th day of the 7th month: Pfier
9:48 pm

The innkeeper was found when he came out of the kitchen with a tray of steaming food. He nodded at Elessar in acknowledgement of her presence. After he placed the tray on a table with three waiting elves, his only customers present, he returned to the bar. There he motioned for the new bladesinger to come closer.

“Welcome to the Pines Reaching, dear miss, the place where the pines reach the sky. And the cooking isn’t so bad either. What can I do for you this evening?”

A little later Elessar went up to find the room to be more than she expected. Organically decorated furniture and natural colours made the room into a refreshing and relaxing space. Its richness showed that the innkeeper cared greatly for his enterprise and tried his best to make his customers at home.

(OOC: The paper you have for the horse covers everything. The money that was in the pouch is purely for food and other things. Costs for lodging and food in the Pines Reaching is 5 sp. In the morning you can go as you please.)

Posted on 2007-03-10 at 18:11:47.

Topic: DND Trivia Game
Subject: DND Trivia Game

I suddenly realised this game has not been restarted since the old inn went away. So, here it is!

It works as follows: You post a question that has to be fantasy or dnd related. Once somebody gives the right answer they earn the right to post the next question.

Let's start with an easy one:

My question is: In "The Hobbit" the group stays the night in the home of a man, who turns into a bear from time to time. What is his name?

Posted on 2007-03-09 at 21:34:03.

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

Or are you just running from me and my giant baseball bat?

anyways... I need at least a post from Valimar in order to conclude or continue introductions.... this is your time to have a good conversation, I suggest you use it. I don't want to rush into things without proper interaction.

Posted on 2007-03-09 at 10:55:45.


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