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(Message started by: Lazybones on Oct 27th, 2003, 11:27am)

Title: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Oct 27th, 2003, 11:27am
This thread is reserved for discussion of my run of my Legends of the Sword Coast campaign on Sunday mornings (7:30-9:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time).  

The first session is posted here: http://www.neverwinterconnections.com/games/index.cfm/fuseaction/displaygame/id/9162.htm

Currently I have sufficient players, but I am always willing to add to my waiting list for prospective new players, should an opening occur in this or other campaigns.  

Feel free to use this thread for discussion, feedback, in-character posts, or other purposes relevant to the above campaign.  You may also use the Tavern thread for more general IC posting.  

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Oct 28th, 2003, 1:50pm
Following the defeat of the Druid, Kalek was overwhelmed at the outpouring of gratitude from the island's populace. Everywhere the group went they were bought drinks and treated like visiting royalty. Through these celebrations Kalek continued to remain aloof from the general celebrating. Now and then a well meaning citizen would approach Kalek with congratulations, only to move on to another member of the group when Kalek responded with only a grunt or a mutterd "thanks".
Still, deep down he was pleased with what they had accomplished, an evil had been stamped out and the world was better for it. Kalek often took solitary walks to the ruins, where he would stand looking out at the sea crashing against the cliffs. Enthralled by the natural beauty and majesty.
Growing bored with lounging in the tavern, Kalek considered joining the local guard. The evening before he planned to approach the Captain he was returning from one of his walks. He nodded to the gate guards as he entered the town and was headed towards the smithy when he overheard one of the guards quietly say to the other, "aye, a strong one he is, though twould be easier on the rest of us if he purchased a nice full helm from yon smith!"
The two guards chuckled at their joke while Kalek continued on, pretending not to hear. The next day he took a job at the docks loading and unloading ships.
As the weeks went by he occassionally saw his companions from the Druid quest and spoke with them briefly but remained solitary the majority of the time.
One evening the Elf Twiggerty came by Kalek's table. Kalek could little understand that one, at times thinking him mad and at other times believing that a deep wisdom lay concealed within him. Kalek nodded to Twig, awaiting one of the sarcastic barbs the Elf often enjoyed sending his way. "So Kalek, enjoying your new life here on the islands?"
Kalek merely grunted in reply.
Twig stroked the rat riding on his shoulder. "I meant to tell you the oddest thing. When Squeek was young I kept him in a small box. One day I bought some gorgeous saffron died scarves and took them from the box they came in. I had not realized that while putting my things away the lid fell off of Sqeek's little box. Do you know what he did? The silly fellow gained his freedom and ran straight to the other box. It's funny how silly little rodents can be isn't it?" With that, Twig winked once and turned his attentions to the barmaid.
Kalek sat back as if struck by lightning. He resolved to book passage off the island within a week.

ooc: Whistler, hope you don't mind my borrowing Twiggerty!

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Oct 29th, 2003, 8:46am
Having spent a short time in this group Noose feels a new bond forming. Rarely in his life has he felt this close to anyone, only Duuko.. he recalls.

After the council meeting - where Noose notes the members are very gratuitous in words only 'nothing new there..' - the group meets at the inn where the members are welcomed once again with open arms. Levity in the streets brings a new dawn for this island. This threat gone, much of the town returns to as it once was.  

Daily, Noose travels out into the wilds, still looking. Always looking. Threats are still prevalent, but the taint is gone.  

One day, Noose notes absently with a slight grimace the picked over bones of the orcs he had been tracking when he had 1st met the group. Much was different now both he had changed as well as the lands.

His search for 'It' had brought him to this island. He searched much of the island before he had met his new comrades and now he had looked over the whole island. The ranger in his heart now knew that 'It' had moved on. Taken what 'It' could from this land and was now once again on the road.  

The trail now cold, the ranger curses, and starts heading back to town. "'It' could be anywhere by now!" Noose says to a passing elk. The elk looks at him with her dark brown eyes and bounds off into the woods and vanishes from sight. Noose sighs.

"Aye it is time to go. Perhaps the others tire of this island as well."  

As he walks along a little-used trail he spots a carcass in the brush off a slight distance. If he had not looked at that moment as he walked along he would not have seen the rotting corpse.  

Carefully he moves up a hand near the hilt of his sword. As he nears, he sees the tell-tale signs of 'It', deep gashes and the serrated teeth..  

Backing away he looks about. Fire... aye, he muses.

Gathering kindling and some cutting some wild brush, he starts tossing it on the corpse. The body was once of an elk like the one he had seen earlier but it was not picked over as the orc dead was even though this one was probably dead longer. A deathly aura hung about it now. No scavenger would come close.

Clearing the brush and dead wood in a circle around the carcass, Noose lights a brand with his flint and steel. Stepping back he tosses it onto the pyre. The dead wood and kindling catch fire quickly.

He will wait until the fire has burned down and make sure it is all burnt. Crouching upwind, he takes out a knife and idly whittles away at a fallen branch of oak.

Title: Planning Ahead
Post by Lazybones on Oct 30th, 2003, 1:19pm
My wife and I will be taking our trip down the coast that we postponed from October over the weekend of Nov. 8-10.  No game that weekend.

Legends of the Sword Coast is finished, pending some playtesting/bug fixing.  I anticipate it going 5-7 sessions for our group, as I will likely skip the "Shrine of the Eth'barat" content since several players are quite familiar with it.  

This game should take us through at least the end of December.  I'll be out of the country over New Year so we'll probably take a hiatus around Christmas and pick up in early January with Return to Torgan's Delve.  This module will require Hordes of the Underdark.

If any of you get tired of the campaign at any point, just let me know and I will arrange for a replacement.  But I encourage all of you to continue... this is a great group!

LB

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Oct 31st, 2003, 9:06am
Sounds good Lazybones, Nov10 weekend I will be at a Vancouver Canucks game so that works out well! :)

Looking forward to Legends and then the Return!

Count me in still! ;D

Cheers,

Sleet

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Oct 31st, 2003, 9:25am
Same here!  You don't get rid of us that easily...  ;)

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Ochobee on Oct 31st, 2003, 1:34pm
Schedule looks good to me as well. I look forward to each session- this has been the most rewarding gaming experience I've had in recent memory...

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by gonesailing on Nov 1st, 2003, 5:26pm
After the defeat of the druid Daria spends her days wandering about the island trying to learn as much as she possibly can.  She returned to the monastery and spent many a long hour in the library there.  Back in Kinnisfrae Daria returned to the inn and spent many hours in deep conversation with Neddah the Sage and the Gnomish wizard.  Through practice Daria discovered that she could now cast a few new spells.

All these new sights and knowledge sustained Daria for a time, but soon she found herself wandering the docks more frequently and examining the ships that would pull in and out of the small port.
When next she came across Stanislaw she had a small confession to make
"Slaw, I thought I had had enough of adventures.  I know I'm not the heroic type of person, but lately I feel stifled on this island.  If I don't leave soon I'll be stuck here through the entire winter.  What do you think?"


Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 2nd, 2003, 8:09am
For campaign segueways: 200xp to Daria, Kalek, and Noose.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 5th, 2003, 11:19am
Greetings, players.

Just a heads-up note, that I have implemented a new base module that I will be using starting with our next game session.  I've gotten tired of HCR, with its huge footprint and numerous bugs. The new base consists of the following components:

HABD (Hemophiliacs Always Bleed to Death, by OldManWhistler and Demetrious)
HABD is a fairly forgiving bleeding system that draws its name from the fact that you will ALWAYS bleed a bit before dying, even if knocked directly down to -10 hp, or if you fail your save against an instant-death spell.  Note that you will still have to be quick on your feet to save a dying comrade, as you can bleed to death in thirty seconds or less if seriously injured by an attack. All players are issued simple bandages that they can use to attempt a DC15 Heal check to stabilize a dying comrade.  Any standard healing (including the Lifesaver Salve pouches) will also automatically stabilize a dying comrade.

The use of Raise Dead magic will impart an experience penalty of one level loss.  Resurrection, while more expensive, has a much smaller penalty of 10% of one level.  

For more information and a complete readme, visit http://nwvault.ign.com/Files/scripts/data/1061531334485.shtml.

SBR (Supply-Based Rest, by OldManWhistler and Demetrious)
SBR replaces the old HCR time-based rest limitations.  Rest is now limited to "Restful Objects" like beds in inns, or to supply kits that are purchased in stores.  Supply kits are heavy and expensive, although a special version for rangers and druids (who can "live off the land" better) that is lighter and cheaper is available.  Supply kits are a fairly abstract concept and are supposed to represent food, blankets, tents, and other gear needed for survival in the wild.  To use a supply kit, just hit "R" twice.  If you have a kit, you will create a temporary campsite that can be used by everyone in the group to rest.  
More information about SBR can be found at http://nwvault.ign.com/Files/scripts/data/1055903555000.shtml

DMFI (DM-Friendly Initiative) Wand Package 0.4a2 for SoU
I've implemented the latest version of the DMFI package, updated for Shadows of Undrentide by Brin_Shadar.  This wand package contains additional emotes, and the DMFI Voice is now fully implemented in the base (allowing you to activate emotes using the *emote* commands in the chat bar, if an NPC/animal companion/familiar is nearby).  Racial languages are also supported.  

Various spell and other minor script fixes/changes (details TBA)

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Nov 5th, 2003, 12:04pm
I like it, the supply based rest sounds really interesting and adds another element of realism to the game.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Ochobee on Nov 5th, 2003, 4:23pm
Sounds like a good plan to me. I really like whistler's HABD system- it is very very cool.

Also, I'll be feverishly praying to the ISP gods this weekend for their continued blessings. I'm in San Diego, so the fires that recently swept the area have created all kinds of weird disruptions of services, but this week has been pretty steady and I'm hopeful.

Not knowing too much about what took place Sunday, I'll await an idea of how to incorporate Slaw's absence from the last session. I wouldn't put it past him to have slept in after a night of drinking and missed the boat...

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 5th, 2003, 5:26pm
Keep in mind that we will not be playing this weekend; the next session of LotSC will be on 11/16.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Ochobee on Nov 5th, 2003, 5:40pm
Oops- Sorry about that. I now recall the PM you sent me... No problem. That gives me an extra week of supplication to those ISP gods.   ;D

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Nov 5th, 2003, 8:19pm
Glad to hear your only worry with all the fires was ISP disruption! Slaw's heal'n and hammer'n was definately missed last session!

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Mulu on Nov 8th, 2003, 6:05pm
(OOC A little late...)

Drake wipes the sweat from his brow with a smile.  The monastery still needs quite a bit of work, but it is presentable and useable in its current state.

"Drake," Brother Korik says, "please, come into my office."

Brother Korik had turned a room in the basement into a crude suite, both office and living quarters.  Boxes were used for most furnishings, with a dilapated door laid across two boxes as a large "conference table."

"Of course, brother," Drake said, brushing dirt off his clothes in a hopeless attempt to spiff himself up for the meeting.  He had spent most of his waking hours in the monastery for several months now, doing hard labor and menial tasks, and loving every minute of it.  Even though it was dedicated to Ilmater, the monastery was an important feature of the Isle of Kinnis, and the brother had promised to keep teachings and literature of Heironeous in the Monastery as well, as a payment for Drake's hard work.

The two men sat on boxes, both trying to look dignified.  "Drake," the brother started, "I couldn't have asked for a better assistant in this rebuilding process.  Though your hands are better suited to the sword than the construction hammer, with your selfless help we've been able to make great strides here."

"It has been an honor to serve, brother," Drake says.

"And it has been an honor to have you serve," Brother Korik says.  "But what now?  I cannot expect you to stay on here, your faith to Heironeous must be served."

Drake nods.  He had been trying to avoid this moment, instead throwing himself into the task at hand.  He had already proved himself in battle, made good friends, even taken a lover.  The rebuilding was satisfying work, and he maintained contact with his comrades in arms, for the occasionally rowdy night of story swapping.  They had become almost rote:  The story of the Northmen raiders, The story of the Haunted Northmen Isle, The story of the Crows, The Story of the Sewers, and of course, The Final Story of the Druid, each time told with a little more embellishment by Twig.

"And what of Moira?" Brother Korik asks.  "Do you intend to marry?"

Drake looks to his calloused hands, "I would not have her share the risks of my lifestyle.  Marriage... is a luxury I cannot afford at this time."

Brother Korik nods.  "As I would have advised.  I am confident that you will prevail in your tests and tribulations, however, at a minimum, finding those very challenges would take you from our fair isle.  Though Moira has found the faith of Ilmater, I would not want her suffering needlessly."

Drake nods, "Nor I, Brother."

"Then, we both feel the same currents flowing," the brother says.

"Yes," Drake says.  "My work here is complete.  Unless I am to retire from my profession and settle here, it is time to return to the mainland."

Brother Korik nods slowly.  "Then it is settled.  I wish I could pay you something for your service here..."

"I wouldn't accept it," Drake says with a smile.

"No, I suppose you wouldn't," Brother Korik says.  He reaches down into a nearby box, and pulls out a worn journal.  "Here, I want you to have this.  It has no value, not intrinsically anyway, but I've found it inspirational at times."

Drake accepts the old journal graciously.  He opens it, careful not to tear the worn strap, and reads the first page.  "I recognize this name from temple.  Why this is..."

Brother Korik places a finger on his lips.

Drake looks up, amazed.  "How did you get this?"

Brother Korik smiles.  "It was a donation, by a well-traveled bard.  May it give you courage in the face of danger, and faith in the quiet times between."

"Thank you brother," Drake says.  "I will cherish it.  And one day, I will return it."

"Go with peace in your heart, Drake Avatar."  With that, Brother Korik turned to some paperwork, and Drake left, gingerly holding the worn journal under his arm.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Mulu on Nov 8th, 2003, 6:25pm
Drake held the railing. With a lot of effort, and a little luck, the party had managed to get the old, foreign vessel sailing in a direction that seemed to be correct. Well, there were seabirds flying in that direction anyway, so presumably there was land out there... somewhere.

It had taken three voyages, one that failed, for Drake to gain some semblance of sea legs. He was usually able to keep his breakfast down now. Usually. Though breakfast consisted of what little seawater-soaked hard tack they had scavanged from their packs and the occasional sea bird, shot expertly by Noose or Laslo. They had tried fishing, using birds feet as bait, but with no luck. Twig claimed he could weave a net with some of the rope, and for awhile it looked as if it would work, but the first strong pull by Kalek to retrieve it had destroyed it.

At least there was fresh water. Light rains had fallen every couple of days, just enough to keep the barrels full. They even had enough water to bathe a little, for those who took such indulgences.

Kalek maintained the wheel, proving to be the only one strong enough to control the aging lever. Twig stayed on lookout most of the time, rotating with Laslo and Noose. Twig was looking worse for wear. His seemingly indomitable spirit had fallen into a dark gloom. Even his rat seemed defeated. Drake feared his adventuring days were over. His trainers had called it "the eyes of fear," a condition seen in some war survivors. Many never recovered from it, lost to an unsettling state of constant aversion. Only time would tell if the elf had the inner strength to overcome it.

Well, if they didn't find land soon, they would all have far worse things to worry about.


(OOC that was weird, s-a-l-t-w-a-t-e-r = saltwater)

(OOC/edit: Oh, I get it... it's t-w- :P -t)

(OOC/second edit: And the Twig thing is due to Whistler posting he is leaving NWC....)

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Nov 10th, 2003, 4:31pm
Kalek strained at the tiller, taking steering directions from Drake and Daria who used their lore of the heavens to provide course adjustments as needed. He found the spray in his face and the battle with the mighty currents refreshing, especially after the claustrophobic horror the group had encountered on the island. On the ships bow, Noose and Laslo appeared to be having a contest as to who could knock down the most sea birds that ventured over the ship looking for scraps. While most of the birds they hit were lost to the water, several fell on the deck where they could be thrown into a stew cooked over a fire that was warily tended by Stanislaw.

While Drake fretted over the time required to make the voyage to the Sword Coast, Kalek found that he really did not care. In spite of the hunger gnawing at his belly and the ache of his muscles he felt a sense of contentment greater than any he had known. Throwing any thought of the future out of his mind he continued his battle with the sea... a grim smile illuminating his misshapen features.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Nov 11th, 2003, 11:30am
The seaspray splashing his face on occasion as Noose perches at the bow of the small craft.  
 
Until his voyage out to the islands, the ranger had never been on more than a lake or river craft. At first the constant roll and occasional storm wreaked havoc on the young man but now he had his sea-legs and enjoyed the better days on board.  
 
Kalek was a rock at the tiller, taking what little food and water while steering. After putting out a few barrels on a rainy day, they had enough water to last for a week or more. Food. That was a different thing. Shotting down some gulls near the island was  done but many fell to the ocean and not on board deck. Many arrows wasted.  
 
Noose decided to use the scraps and guts to do some fishing off the stern. More often than not, a nice fish caught the food off the hook made by Stanislaw and swam off but on one occasion, a tiny halibut was caught and cooked over the fire. One early dawn, a large swordfish nearly yanked the short fishing pole out of Noose's despondent hands.  
 
A battle of strength and wills started. The line nearly breaking, Noose called out to Laslo, both were weary and Kalek about to leave the tiller when the two men heaved the fish on board!  
 
That night, all ate until their bellies were full. Some smoked meat was made for later days as well.. A new bond even stronger than before was forming.  
 
Noose's hands were raw from the fishing, so he took a few days off to lookout at the bow once again.  

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 14th, 2003, 9:36am
ooc

Great posts, all... I look forward to resuming our journeys this Sunday.  I have ported the entire module over to a new base with HABD and SBR implemented, along with the newest DMFI package.  It runs fine in tests but I'm sure we'll iron out a few bugs as we go.

ic

A full tenday passes without you seeing land.  Short on water and food, you nonetheless adapt and survive.  Camraderie allows you to weather the strain born of long travel in such short quarters, and fight together to preserve the ship during the frequent storms that blow past you to cascade against the shores you know must still be somewhere ahead of you.

Then, on the tenth day, Noose spots a very reassuring sight... a sail!  You approach to find just a small single-masted fishing bark dancing across the waves, but the two men that comprise its crew are able to give you very welcome news.  The Sword Coast lies just a few hours ahead, and the two fishermen reveal that they hail from a small town, called Timberton.

You sail on, and soon a welcome line of green appears on the horizon, broken by the squat gray outlines of buildings.  

Timberton.


Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Nov 14th, 2003, 2:09pm
Kalek leans into the tiller, tacking against the wind coming off of the shore.  He gazes at the landscape ahead and the small, squat buildings dotting the shoreline with mixed emotions.  

Once again we return to the strife and pettiness of the mainland, Kalek thinks.  Looking at the rolling hills far on the horizon he imagines the bands of Orcs and other foul creatures that may roam those lands, threatening decent folk.  

Even as the others point and cheer the impending landfall, a black mood descends upon Kalek and he merely stares through slitted eyes at the fast approaching Sword Coast.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 16th, 2003, 8:02am
For good background/IC posting: 200xp to Drake, Kalek, and Noose.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 17th, 2003, 9:11am
ooc

I have made repairs to the OnActivate script of the module, and the HABD items work fine now.

ic

The storm breaks with the coming of dawn, and your journey back to Timberton would actually be pleasant, if you weren't burdened by the memories of the destruction wrought by the minions of the enigmatic Master and the Tome of Secrets.  You take comfort in the chatter of the freed villagers, merchants, and guardsmen, however, knowing that you've done well.  By the time you can see the squat forms that are Timberton's buildings along the edge of the Sea of Storms, the villagers are already talking about returning to Longshadow and rebuilding their little community.

Leaving the villagers and the others in the custody of friends in the town for now, you return to the Laughing Dragon, and your well-earned reward.

ooc

We will begin the next session back in the tavern, so feel free to RP any specific elements of the journey back, or after your arrival in the tavern.  

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 18th, 2003, 1:13pm
In case you are interested in the future, I have posted some information about the "Return to Torgan's Delve" campaign in the Announcements thread.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Whohangs on Nov 18th, 2003, 1:18pm
Laslo wakes suddenly with a frightened look on his face.  Images of dozens of zombies still swirl in his mind, images left over from the recent undead battles.  He looks around at his comrades who all seem to be sleeping uneasily.  Even the steady and quiet Kalek tosses a bit.

Laslo slips on his cloak and walks down the path they had just travelled.  Laslo thinks about the day he boarded that boat weeks ago to get away from the dull city life and perhaps earn some gold.  His thoughts then turn to the deeds that this unassuming "vacation" party have accomplished.  Surprisingly, he finds himself smiling with some inner knowledge that more adventures will soon cross their paths.  He continues to smile as he circles back towards the camp, takes his place next to the still smoldering fire, lies down, and precedes to have a restful and deep sleep.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Nov 19th, 2003, 2:32pm
Kalek drifts to sleep next to the sputtering campfire.  His sleep is disturbed by images of mindless zombies relentlessly pursuing him through the night.  In his dream he draws his mighty sword and stands against the wave of putred, walking flesh.  In a matter of moments he is overcome and borne down by the horrors.  
He wakes with a start and sees Laslo walking away from the campfire, in the distance he can hear muted conversation coming from some of the villagers.  Frowning, Kalek muses that the dream felt much like his daily life.  Awake and unable to return to sleep he sits quietly by the fire and oils his blade, trying to drive the thoughts of doom from his mind.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Nov 22nd, 2003, 11:00am
Noose sits near the fire, the evil spirits are gone from here but still linger in his dreams so sleep stays far away.

Gazing into the flickering flames he dozes and rests the body, his mind racing.

He looks forward to returning to the Laughing Dragon. Perhaps more can be learned of the Master and tome he muses, idly poking at the embers.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by gonesailing on Nov 22nd, 2003, 6:36pm
Sitting by the campfire, Daria looks intently at several scorched bits of paper she secreted out of the tower.  What follows is an excerpt from her personal journal:

It seems hard to believe that a book can be inherently evil.  Knowledge itself isn't good or evil, it just depends on what use that knowledge is put to.  
This art of Necromancy that the wizard in the tower practiced seems unusual, but I just imagine that there could be interesting uses that it can be put to.  I am not ready yet, but perhaps one day I can learn more about this


As Daria finishes writing a black shape appears out of the gloom.  With a loud "Caw!" the giant raven joins the group once again.

"Avral! It has been so long I thought I had lost you"
Daria actually hugs the large bird to her.  For his part the bird suffers her embrace and then looking to her open journal with the scraps of paper tucked inside he quickly takes the scraps in his beak and tosses them into the fire where they vanish with a flash.

Avral gives his mistress a long glare then with a jump flies to a tree above to settle in for the night.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 23rd, 2003, 8:05am
+200xp for forum participation to Daria, Kalek, Laslo, and Noose.

P.S. Nice post in the tavern forum thread, GS.  If others would like to post what's going on with their high-level characters, feel free; I'll be asking for more "development posts" as we draw nearer to Return to Torgan's Delve.  RtTD will start several years of game-time after we last stopped play with that group.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 25th, 2003, 9:54am
Issue: HotU/1.33

I intend to upgrade to HotU almost immediately after it comes out (12/2 in the US).  Hopefully the 1.33 patch will come out about the same time as the expansion this time, avoiding the compatability problems that we saw with SoU's release.  I wasn't planning on including HotU material in the current campaign, as this would require flagging the module as HotU-only.  However, if EVERYONE upgrades, I can put in things like robes, etc.

So let me know when you are planning on upgrading to HotU.  Note that the expansion will be required to play in the "Return to Torgan's Delve" campaign.

Assuming 1.33/HotU are nearly simultaneous, the 12/7 game will be the first one that will require EITHER the expansion or the 1.33 patch to play.

More info as it becomes available.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Nov 25th, 2003, 10:16am
I plan to buy Hordes right when it comes out.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Nov 25th, 2003, 12:05pm
Aye.. I will be getting it as well as soon as it comes out.

Cheers. :)

Sleet

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by gonesailing on Nov 25th, 2003, 3:26pm
I worry a bit about compatibility issues too.  I will of course always be at the current patch.  Buying Hordes is already decided.  I will get it and soon.

However, I have many European players in my Saturday morning campaign and do worry a wee bit about those issues.  I will almost certainly have a multiple install, but I still worry about installing it too soon.

That said once I buy it I will still be eager to try it out.



Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Ochobee on Nov 25th, 2003, 3:50pm
OOC:

Sorry for the spotty attendence of late folks. I seem to have acquired the Curse of All Things Electronic in my household. I'll be running on an older machine for the next few weeks while I wait for my video card to be replaced, but I am *stable* at last. Know that Slaw and I have missed you all very much.

Oh and I also have plans to pick up a copy of Hordes within a week of it's release.

(Crossing my fingers that Fry's has a sale like it did for SoU)

IC:
Fitful sleep and frightening dreams have tormented Stanislaw Opalbright, cleric in the service of Moradin. Images of foul, undead creatures and evil beings of great power chase the dwarf through the twisting halls of slumber with each corner turned bringing some new terror.

Throughout he can hear the faint echoes of voices: his new comrades crying out for help, calling to Slaw as if they could not find him. The voices come from everywhere and nowhere, as they often do in dreams, and the stout cleric runs this way and that in search of his friends. He begins to panic as his frantic searching brings him no nearer to his goal.

In a rage Stanislaw Opalbright, cleric of Moradin stops where he is and draws forth his hammer.

"This ends now- I will run no more from you! Show me your face so that I may bring my hammer down upon your skull!", screams the cleric.

From the still quiet of the darkness around him- the darkness that had once held held the gibbering nightmares that relentlessly persued Stanislaw Opalbright bfore being silenced by the dwarf's screams- a small dwarf appears, smiling broadly.

"Don't be so quick to anger, young one."

The words of the All-Father rumbled as strong as the belly of a volcano, yet Slaw felt comfort.

"Remember that it is through control that the Master smith bends steel to his will. Reckless emotion will lead to your undoing. It is the calm hand that strikes true with the hammer.", and with this the All-Father brings forth his beautiful hammer and strikes down against the ground with a resounding ring of steel on stone.

As Slaw wakes and rubs the sleep from his eyes, the ringing of Moradin's hammer still echoes in the young cleric's ears...

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Nov 27th, 2003, 9:57am
Resting for a moment and bandaging his wounds, Kalek's eyes are again drawn to the imprisoned celestial.  He has never seen a creature of such beauty and purity.  That it stands behind the bars of a cage is an abomination and he fights an urge to jump up and hack at the bars with his sword, knowing that it would be an effort in futility.  As the others also mend their wounds and prepare in their own way for the coming battle, Kalek's muscles tense, straining the straps of his armor.  Soon Laslo will find a way to open those doors and the thing that did this will pay.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Nov 29th, 2003, 1:15pm
Noose, continues to stalk the area, looking for tracks and other signs of the enemy.

The encaged being troubles him. something powerful enough to trap a celestial... they will have to marshall all their skills and powers to fight this.

"May the gods take all Barons, Dukes and Kings to the Abyss! Always they ask the common man to do their dirty work for them." Noose mutters as he scans the cavern halls. He spits and takes out his pipe. Moving to the fire he takes a smouldering twig and lights a pipeful of halfling weed.

Taking out his recently aquired longbow, he strings it and checks his quiver of arrows. Nodding satisfied, he then takes up the fine blade they scavenged off the creatures guarding the bridge. Shaking his head in wonder at the craftsmanship, he carefully oils the blade, even as his eyes continue to scan the surrounding area and passage ways.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 30th, 2003, 8:17am
+200 forum XP to Kalek, Noose, and Stanislaw.

Stanislaw wakes from the nightmare with the sound of hammers on anvils still ringing in his ears.  He staggers slightly as he lifts himself out of bed through sheer force of will.  His memories of the last few days are vague, but his lingering weakness testifies to the strength of the fever that had gripped him.  Yes.  He was at the Laughing Dragon, in his room.  But where were his companions?

He girds himself in his armor and takes up his weapon, then heads downstairs.  The common room is nearly deserted, but the smells from the kitchens nearly steal his resolve.  First things first.  He notices an elf, clad like some sort of nobleman, sitting alone at a table that the companions used to frequent.  He sees Slaw and rises, approaches.

"I don't have time for you, I need to find my friends," the dwarf says.

"Indeed," the elf replies.  He reaches out a hand, and speaks a mystic phrase...

The world swims out of focus, and Stanislaw is traveling...

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Nov 30th, 2003, 8:40am
Anyone having problems connecting?

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 30th, 2003, 10:30am

on 11/30/03 at 15:40:05, egpaul wrote:
Anyone having problems connecting?

Must have been a local problem, everyone else was able to join.  Missed Kalek's presence, hopefully everything will work out for next session.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Nov 30th, 2003, 10:42am
Sorry I missed it, @#&*!  >:(  I kept putting in the IP and just couldnt connect, typed and retyped it, no luck... even logged into a persistant world just to make sure gamespy was working.  I'd appreciate it if someone could fill me on on what I missed.   :'(

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Nov 30th, 2003, 4:38pm
If you get stuck next time, try the RolePlaying category in GameSpy... I'll list my server in there in addition to giving the IP to you guys.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Nov 30th, 2003, 4:44pm
Yeah, I tried there too and didn't see it.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Dec 1st, 2003, 9:04am
Noose's recolletion is hazy so anyone who sees something incorrect jump in. :)

We prepared for the fight with the demon and Laslo was able to disarm the trap on the large door. A fight with some quasits and thent he big fight with the Skull demon. It seemed one needed magic weapons to hit so only a few of us continued to do damage. (Noose was swinging away with a dagger in one hand and a tower sheild in the other! :)  )

We were able to vanquicsh him in the end. He turned to dust except his heart which we used to free the Archon. He gave us a nice magical sword (twohander even.. stop drooling Kalek! ) and said we could call on hmi in dire need once..

After resting we moved onwards and found a maze. An interesting riddle or saying based on one's view on life was 1st seen. (I have it in my journal) Quite the place with, beetles as tough as nails, undead skeletons of blue and red who fought each other.. 2 steel golems...  :-X We will come back to those..

We finally found the exit and confronted this wraith who said it would help us if we brought it a scroll guarded by the 2 steel golems. We did not trust it but went away and were able to destroy the golems. Laslo was able to sneak by but they became aware as soon as he touched the scroll.
Tough battle. I cannot recall but I think everyone went down or nearly everyone did at one or more in this session. :)

We went back to the wraith with the scroll (ressurrection btw) and wanted more info from it before we gave it the scroll. It got pissed off and teleported us since we did not pass it over.

We are low on supplies, out of healing (except for Slaw's excellent faith and god of course! ) and resting kits (I think we have one left). I think the big battle for the staff is coming up next.......

Will be good to have you back Kalek!

Cheers,

Sleet / Noose

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Dec 2nd, 2003, 6:06am
Thanks for the summary!  Hopefully I don't have the same problem this week...

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Whohangs on Dec 3rd, 2003, 4:07pm
As the party makes camp in there new environs (thanks to the strange wraith), Laslo seems uneasy.  After the party settles down around the camp, Laslo speaks, "When I fell to that beetle, I've never been so afraid.  Even after you raised me, I still have the chills from that moment, and feel much weaker.  Like some kind of shroud is hanging over my head, it's difficult to explain.  I pray that my weakness will not set you back, as it almost did when fighting the stone guardians.  I just wanted to get away from them after they detected me.  This fear seems to have tapped me to my very bones."  Laslo looks down to the dusty slabs of the ground with a frown.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Whohangs on Dec 3rd, 2003, 4:56pm
Yep, it'll definitely be good to have another sword in the party, we were pretty much avoiding as much combat as possible, especially in the maze.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Dec 5th, 2003, 6:46am
While the group rests prior to combating the demon all are asleep except for Noose who is currently on watch.  Kalek drifts in and out of sleep until he and Noose both hear a noise from the area they had already explored.  "I'll check it out, let them sleep" Kalek rumbles.
Before Noose can reply, he is down the passage and around a corner.  He definitely hears a kind of swishing sound, something is moving but manages to keep just ahead of him.  The warrior continues following, coming to several open secret doors so cleverly hidden the group did not even recognize their presence earlier.  As he passes through the doors he does not see them slide closed behind him.  
After a long while he loses his elusive quarry in the darkness, straining he cannot hear a thing.  As he attempts to backtrack his path he realizes that he is hopelessly lost.  He gnashes his teeth in frustration as he wanders the halls, looking for signs of his companions.

 Shortly after Kalek's departure Noose rouses the rest of the group however they find no sign of Kalek or the source of the sounds, it is as if he has simply disappeared.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Dec 5th, 2003, 6:48am
LB, can you post a link to any of the HAK's I need for this module?  I want to load them on my non-HOU pc in case I need it.  Thanks!

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Dec 5th, 2003, 9:09am
The three haks are in a ZIP that I keep on my website: http://lazybones18.tripod.com

I did this to avoid problems with conflicting versions, since coulisfu has made a number of changes since I built the module.

I tested the mod with HotU and it seems to be working; there were a few minor glitches but nothing that I shouldn't be able to handle in the DM Client.  

Note that I haven't upgraded the MODULE to HotU yet, so hopefully people who can't upgrade will only miss one session until the compatability patch comes out.  Once everyone has upgraded, I will put in things like skies, robes, etc.


Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Dec 6th, 2003, 7:48am
"A strange place this is.." Noose murmurs as he stands watch. Looking about he feels the evil that exudes from this laybrinth tomb.  
 
Shaking his head he looks about, seeing his comrades slumbering uneasily, no doubt having nasty evil dreams he muses.  
 
Laslo especially, seems to be troubled in his waking hours and sleep since the search for this staff started. Noose sighs, "To the nine Hells with all Barons, let them do their dirty-work for themselves."  
 
Hoping that Kalek will reappear soon from his jaunt out into the maze, the ranger kicks himself mentally for letting the warrior stalk off into the dark alone.  
 
Sitting near the small fire they created with broken furniture, an old sarcophagus and some kindling of paper, he pours a mugful of hot tea brewing in a battered old pot.    
 
Wrapping himself tighter in his weatherbeaten cloak as a chill passes through him.  He then continues once again to stalk the edge of the firelight, one hand on sword pommel and mug in the other.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Dec 6th, 2003, 9:37am
I wasn't able to make it out on my lunch hour yesterday and last night I went to Best Buy but no HOU   ???  I'm hoping to find a copy today.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Ochobee on Dec 6th, 2003, 10:09am
OOC:

Well HotU is now firmly in my grasp and I have set up a fresh install to put it on. Pretty impressive so far (although my backup PC is chugging a bit when a lot of SFX happen).

I assume that tomorrow's session will be running 1.59?

IC:

Slaw sits quietly with his back against the crumbling wall of the tomb. His eyes flit back and forth, scanning the area for any sign of danger, and he is mumbling softly to himself.

"Where does the dream stop and reality begin? Perhaps this is no dream after all? The pain is real enough, and the All-Father says that forges in dreams rarely burn the flesh."

A smile cracks the dwarf's face then, and he stands upright. Doing his best to exude an aura of calm, he approaches his companions. "While I don't know the extent of the power of our wraith host- it would seem that he is not so powerful as to dispatch us himself.  He has shown us weakness in the guise of supernatural strength- I believe that this wraith has more to fear from us than we from it. Buck up fellow travellers! The hammer of ol' Slaw is here to help- and the All-Father backs causes done in good faith. Woe to those that stand against us!"

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Dec 6th, 2003, 11:02am

on 12/06/03 at 17:09:48, Ochobee wrote:
I assume that tomorrow's session will be running 1.59?

That is correct.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Dec 6th, 2003, 1:34pm
I got it!  I'll be loading Hordes this evening and see you all in the morning!

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Dec 6th, 2003, 9:24pm
I have not been able to get the expansion. I understand it will be in on Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

Have a good game and see you all next week!

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by gonesailing on Dec 6th, 2003, 9:45pm
I too was unable to get a copy of the expansion...have fun and good luck!!

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Mulu on Dec 7th, 2003, 1:00am
Me either... sold out locally.  :(

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Dec 7th, 2003, 8:08am
Well, the module won't really work with only three players, so I've cancelled the session.  I've sent all of you a PM to that effect.

Hopefully the compatability patch will be out as Bioware promised.  See you all next week.

LB

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Dec 7th, 2003, 8:12am
Bummer, but it definitely wouldn't be the same without the whole group.  Guess I'll jump into the single player Hordes campaign.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Dec 7th, 2003, 8:19am
I moved today's session to next Sunday, so you don't need to rejoin.  Please let me know if you can't make it next week ASAP, so I can make changes to the module (a few of the upcoming encounters are heavily dependent on the presence of two of you... I'm not saying which two ;) ).

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Dec 7th, 2003, 8:47am
I'll be there!

Whooo suspense on which two it is..

Noose scans the group, eyes narrowed then remembers it might be him and.. gulps

Sad you guys cannot play, but glad in a way since we won't miss anything!  ;)

Salute.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Dec 7th, 2003, 11:46am
Kalek will be there with bells on.... and maybe a little santa hat?  No, I guess that wouldn't quite suit his temperment.   ::)  

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Whohangs on Dec 8th, 2003, 4:58pm
I'm good to go for next Sunday, didn't have HotU either, am going tonight to see if they've got it in by now.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Ochobee on Dec 8th, 2003, 8:55pm
It sounds like the group will be ready to go next session with a new sense of purpose...

I almost feel sorry for the wraith who banished us... almost.

;D

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Dec 8th, 2003, 8:57pm
HOTU installed and good to go!

See ye next weekend!

Noose. :)

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Whohangs on Dec 9th, 2003, 9:46am
Installed last night and started the single player campaign.  I'm good to go! ;D

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Mulu on Dec 11th, 2003, 12:07am
HOTU arrived today, still not installed (can you believe it, I've had it for 12 hours now and I haven't installed it yet!)

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Dec 11th, 2003, 10:41am
I have upgraded the module to include a selection of HotU content (robes, dyekits, etc.).  I haven't implemented skies yet, as there are apparently issues with them from the posts on the Bioboards (apparently there's only one sky thus far actually implemented [even though five are listed in the drop-down menu in the Toolset], and it doesn't change with weather or time of day.  

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Dec 14th, 2003, 8:03am
IC forum xp to Kalek, Laslo, Noose, and Stanislaw.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Mulu on Dec 14th, 2003, 11:06am
Drake writes in his journal:

Victory! We were able to find the staff amid the myriad traps and nearly undefeatable monsters within the ancient pyramid, and returned it to the strange Baron. The gods must have been watching over us to keep us alive in there.

A foreign man has laid claim to the sword I found on the island. He was willing to pay a handsome price for it, so I parted with it, against the party's expressed wishes. They are suspicious of his motives, as was I, but if indeed this blade has a legacy that needs to be fulfilled elsewhere, then I would have it in the hands of its rightful owner.

Now we are told that a nearby village is under attack by raiders who call themselves the Crimson Blade. They are apparently non-humans, creatures known as hobgoblins. I've never actually seen one before, but after facing the unnatural and powerful enemies within the desert, I can't help but think we shall easily overcome them.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Dec 14th, 2003, 9:39pm
Kalek warms his hands by the campfire as the group rests for the night after spending the day searching for the threatening Hobgoblins.  All day he has been gruffer then usual with his companions, clearly demonstrating his frustration at every stop or delay.  He stares into the flames, his sword resting on his lap.  Images of humanoid monsters raiding towns and carrying off women and slaying all else crowding his mind.  He pushes down the thought of his own conception and the horror that must have surrounded that event.  Picking up a whetstone he sharpens his blade as his teeth grind together in fury.  

Soon there will be a reckoning.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Dec 15th, 2003, 2:09pm
A whirlwind of events have kept the party busy these past days, Noose mused.

The staff for the Baron, the stranger who was traded the fancy eastern blade, and now the threat of the evil Crimson Blade band on the village nearby.

Sitting in the crook of a nearby tree, Noose looks down to his companions around the small fire. A cold wind blows up and nearly starts the ranger's teeth a-chatter.

Well hobgoblins are known to be crafty.. as well as have allies that are even more powerful. Noose shakes his head ruefully.

The young man looks out into the darkness and takes up a mug of spiced apple cider in both hands. The heat penetrates his gloves and he smiles. It is good to be out in the lands again. Rain or shine he always enjoyed the road.

Sitting up slightly he hears the scrape of the sharpening stone on metal. Looking down he frowns at Kalek's hunched form. The muscles bunch and tension is thick around the formidable warrior. There is more to this but the large man speaks less each day.

Noose takes a sip and sighing, he continues to look out into the dark..

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Dec 15th, 2003, 8:36pm
Satisfied with the edge on his new sword Kalek glances up at the Ranger perched in the tree.  Twin blades at his sides and a steaming mug in his hand he stares alertly into the darkness.   'I am more fortunate than I deserve to have companions such as these' the warrior muses.  'Together we shall slay every last one of the vermin we chase.'

For a moment his eyes meet the Ranger's and Kalek seems about to speak, but he turns away, brushing at some dirt on his armor.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Dec 16th, 2003, 9:08am
Just a reminder that the next session (12/21) is the last before our winter break.  We will resume play on January 11, 2004.

I'm not sure if we'll finish Legends this week.  I'm perfectly happy to continue it until we're done, then moving on to Return to Torgan's Delve with our high-level characters.  If you're particularly eager to return to that group, we can start the latter mod Jan. 11 instead (the module is currently about 80% ready).  

While I do have some ideas for a true epic campaign, building RtTD has taken a LOT of time and I'll likely take a break from building for a while once this mod is finished, get some of my other work ready for the Vault.  I expect the RtTD campaign to last at least two months of play.


Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Dec 16th, 2003, 5:47pm
Sounds good Lazybones!

I am most willing to continue Legends and then get back into the high-level campaign with Sleet's comrades! ;D

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Dec 16th, 2003, 7:15pm
Agreed, I'm having a lot of fun with legends and am happy to continue further.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Dec 17th, 2003, 8:49am
On the Bioware site:

1.61 Update Now Available!

The latest update for all English versions is now available! 1.61 includes fixes to the HotU campaign, compatibility for HotU and non-HotU owners, and adds the Demonflesh Golem. Full details about 1.61 and how you can update can be found in the patch section. Update 1.61 is available for for Mac, Linux, and Windows, as well as the Stand-Alone Server.


http://nwn.bioware.com/index.html

Shall we upgrade for Sunday I presume? ... I just hope we don't see a demonflesh golem too soon...  :-X

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Dec 17th, 2003, 9:07am
If you have HotU, you already have the demonflesh golem.  I put the model to good use in RtTD...

But yes, go ahead and update for this weekend's game.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Ochobee on Dec 17th, 2003, 10:44am
I too am enjoying Legends thoroughly and would be happy to continue...

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Mulu on Dec 17th, 2003, 4:51pm
Well, I actually prefer low-level play, so we can spend as much time in Legends as you like :)



Gametime says 7:15 (PST). Change in time or mistake?

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Dec 20th, 2003, 1:50pm
As the sun rises and the group breaks camp Kalek hefts his pack, weighted down heavily with provisions and supplies he shrugs the load onto his back.  The warrior checks the straps to ensure he can shrug it off quickly should the need arise.  Placing his greatsword over his shoulder he stares into the distance, impatiently waiting for his companions to prepare for the days march.  

The muscles in his misshapen face tighten as he silently vows that the Crimson Blade shall fall.  Barely audible, he mutters, "If not, let this be my last sunrise."

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Dec 20th, 2003, 2:17pm

on 12/17/03 at 23:51:36, Mulu wrote:
Gametime says 7:15 (PST). Change in time or mistake?
Error, just fixed it.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Dec 21st, 2003, 8:22am
+200 forum xp to Drake, Kalek, and Noose.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Dec 22nd, 2003, 9:16am
I've posted the next session of our campaign, for Jan. 11, 2004.  Until then, have a great holiday and New Year.  Feel free to post here or in the new Return to Torgan's Delve thread (for your old high-level characters) in my absence.

LB

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Jan 5th, 2004, 5:34pm
Greetings all, just got back from my trip (*yawn*).  Looking forward to our next session; hope everyone had a great holiday.    

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Jan 5th, 2004, 5:40pm
Hey Lazybones!

Holiday season was most excellent. Our young son (turning 1 on the 19th of January) Connor had an awesome time. It really is for the kids. :)  (I hope all had a great one)

So how was the trip? Where did you go? Any good pics that you can post etc.?

Looking forward to the game! Tried the campaign for HoU and it is pretty good. Would be better of course with a group.

Cheers,

Sleet

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Jan 5th, 2004, 8:47pm
Welcome back and happy new year all!  Had a nice, quiet holiday.  Look forward to getting together with the whole gang again this Sunday.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Jan 6th, 2004, 2:02pm
Forgive my memory, but I don't recall where we left off...?
Thanks. :)

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Jan 6th, 2004, 3:50pm
Went to Paris and London.  Was a lot of fun, but COLD.  New Year's Eve in Paris was a blast.  I think I put on a good 10 lbs with all the eating.  

RE where we left off: the party has returned to the village of Greenford to recuperate after a disasterous encounter with cave trolls.  These beasts apparently dwell in a cave a short distance off the road that runs south of the village.  As you rest and tend your hurts, the party makes plans for how to deal with these brutes, who were noticeably tougher than normal trolls.  You can only assume that there will be more than the three that nearly killed the entire party last time.

Still ahead lies a confrontation with the giants that drove the hobgoblin bandits from the Trollbark Forest further south.  You realize that you'd best make what preparations you can, for from what you have heard, giants make trolls look puny by comparison...

And there's the matter of the two outlanders, Lo and Han, who are both seeking the last of the three lost swords of the "Emperor" of their distant land.  The motives of these two men are still unclear, although Han Fei Tzu did save your lives in the process of recovering the second sword from the hobgoblin chieftain.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Jan 6th, 2004, 4:38pm
OOC: Ahhh yes, now I recall the debacle we were in... :-X

IC:

Noose looks about the room that the party was using to rest. Shaking his head he slowly stands, favouring his right leg.

Limping out into the common room he sits down in a chair near the hearth and rubs his hands briskly.

Recalling how the hobgoblins and then the trolls took the party out he sighs heavily. "Trolls and giants.. damn brutes all. We will have to plan in detail how to take them down." He mumbles to no one in particular.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Jan 6th, 2004, 8:59pm
Kalek winces as walks to the table, a bit of blood still oozeing from a deep gash in his side.
"We fought as fools and nearly paid the price."  The mis-shapen warrior slowly takes a seat.
In a moment of quiet introspection Kalek looks across the table at Noose.  "I wonder, would it have been so bad had we met our doom and left this world of evil and suffering?"

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Mulu on Jan 9th, 2004, 2:39am
Well, I wouldn't call it "disastrous," I mean we won, right?   ;)

See you all Sunday.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Sleet on Jan 9th, 2004, 5:26pm
"Ahh Kalek my friend the pint glass will always be half empty for ye won't it?" Noose shakes his head and smiles.

"Buck up m'old friend! We survived by the skin of our teeth! All live and we have a good pint of ale in front of us all," Noose raises his mug and takes a long quaff. Wiping the foam from his growing moustache he continues, "good ale, good food and best of all a good group of friends."

Grinning, Noose looks at each of the party members. "Indeed, comrades I would fight and die for.. if needed!" With a wink to Kalek.

"But onto the matter at hand. Trolls and Giants! What are our plans? We should start using tactics one and all."
Noose takes another sip of ale and ponders the dilemma.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Jan 9th, 2004, 9:52pm
Kalek acknowledges Noose's toast with a barely perceptible nod.
"Aye, best we plan for this battle."  The warrior pauses, thinking back to his garrison training.
"For the Trolls mayhap it would be best to draw them out into an ambush of our own, much like they did to us.  Perhaps we lay a trap or two and lure them to a defile or other area where our flanks are secure.  A few of us can battle the beast head on while supported with healing and battle magic.  Best to avoid a battle on open ground where they can choose who to attack.  Let Drake and I bear the brunt, with sufficient healing we can fell the beasts."
Kalek looks around self conciously following his speech and mutters, "if ye all feel such a plan be worthy..."
Looking down, he fidgets a bit and takes a sip of his tea.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Mulu on Jan 11th, 2004, 12:55am
Drake listens calmly to the discussion, sipping some wine.  "I hope, dear Kalek, that we are done with the trolls.  I went in that cave pretty far, and I believe all followed us out, and that we dispatched them.  But if a few stragglers remain, they do not concern me as much as the possibility of facing giants.  For them, we should consider our strategy, as well as our tactics, since strategy includes diplomacy... and retreat."

Drake thinks about purchasing a keg of ale, and some sort of sleeping powder....

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by Lazybones on Jan 11th, 2004, 8:01am
+200xp for forum participation to Noose, Kalek, and Drake.

Title: Re: Legends of the Sword Coast Sundays
Post by egpaul on Jan 11th, 2004, 9:17pm
Kalek leans heavily against the wall in the giants cave and slides down to sit heavily on the floor.  Covered in both his own blood and that of their foes, he looks to his weary companions.
"We did well this day."  With that, the brutish looking warrior closes his eyes and passes from consciousness into a deep sleep.



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