GG3 week 16 – an end

20 December, 2011

Well, we had a big fight at the Temple of the Winds. It was getting late, real time, and the battle was grinding away. So the DM had an NPC drop a nuke that sent everyone to sleep. Our guys recovered fiorst, and gakked the bad guys.

We released Io, and he left the world, taking all the magic with him. The various D&D races became the humans we have now and tada. Kind of a middle-earth solution.

Well, at least Azroth got his wish. Lolth can’t touch him now. Ultimately, maybe it was a bad idea to release Io. Maybe not. Read “The Ones who Walk Away”, by Ursula Le Guin.

I have shredded Azroth’s character sheet. Bye dude. It was fun.

GG3 Week 14 – sorry, guys

29 November, 2011

Oh man, I broke Winky’s encounter again. I won’t even bother getting Azroth to describe it.

We had gotten our magic bolt-cutter from the dwarf (I picture it as a chunky hooked axe – heavy like a blockbuster or goliath hammer) and were heading towards an entrance back to the underdark. We were attacked by a big gold dragon and a bunch of demons. Veritas calls “save yourself, and get the MacGuffin the fuck out of here!”.

And that’s the set up for the combat: fight or flee? And, if flee, how to get everyone past the melee?

Unfortunately, I like mobility. I’m playing a druid. And I had levelled up Azroth to 16. 16th-level utility power: Dryad trees. Daily. Summon 2 trees within a burst 20. Any ally can tp from a square next to one tree to a square next to the other as a move action. And I rolled 19 for initiative, I was second of the PCs.

Azroth moved to the edge of the battlefield (taking a couple of AAOs), and dropped one tree next to Warryn (who was carrying the MacGuffin) and the other 20 squares that away, well into the “you manage to successfully run away” zone. I then left the table (our turns take a while – lot of players). When I got back, almost everyone was clear. The DM did drop a demon next to Azroth, but drow darkness + run away fixed that.

We finished early. Sorry guys – I broke the encounter. It’s kinda cool, but kinda sucks as well.

GG3 Week 12 – Ok. Now it’s just getting silly.

28 November, 2011

We join the refugee march. I – still attempting to escape my unwanted fame – adopt my form and travel on the underside of one of the wagons. On the second or third day, my unit is sent to scout a structure somewhat at the road, at which someone has seen some activity.

We form up, head out. There is debate, but I forget why. I examine the tracks around the structure, briefly, but determine nothing.

Another martial practice. It’s supposed to take 10 minutes, so Az wouldn’t have been able to do it … but the DM told me I found nothing, so that counts as a use, so I paid the price (1 healing surge) anyway.

Inside: Lolth! Whatshisname the traitor general (I’ll call him Fred) is there, and Veritas! Much is discussed. At the end, I am left with a few key points:

A lot of plot, a lot of story exposition.

Bahamut, it seems, ordered the black magisters to go to the temple of the winds. Two generals accompanied them. The generals were ordered that if the magisters attempted to free the bound dragon, they were to be killed. The magisters did so, and Fred disobeyed the order. Hence they were declared to be traitors.

I was, it seems, completely wrong about this bound dragon to which I spoke. Quite simply, I spoke to Io the progenitor. There is no other. Why the, did he reply yes that he was Kevin? Because it was true! What need has the progenitor of a name? If I call him Kevin, or Io, or whatever, then that is his name.

Io told me that he had been bound by “two infernal spirits”. Surely, Bahamut and Tiamat fit the bill. Likewise, he told me that he was bound by the souls dying in their names. What would better fit this, than their wars?

The problem here is that there are a few completely plausible alternatives.

Firstly, the standard story: Bhamut and Tiamat came from Io, and they contend with one another. The bound dragon may or may not be Io, but in any case if he were released then there would be catastrophe.

Secondly, Kevin’s version. Io was bound by two internals: Bahamut and Tiamat. They sacrifice mortals on the altar of war to keep him bound.

Or possibly, a hybrid – that Bahamut was recently deposed, or replaced by something else.

I am not goig to finish this before next game. I’ll publish it now. It’s incomplete.