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pendell
2014-07-31, 05:51 PM
We have one vote to improve ecology and one vote to improve agriculture. Rolling on random.org in the order they were suggested:

Ecology: 43
Agriculture: 84

Agriculture it is.



I never thought , when I went to the magical academy, that I'd be walking around on a plot learning the importance of farming, but now that was my job. We set up a crop rotation scheme, discovered better fertilizers, and redesigned the magical pesticides which were a little *too* vigorous and were endangering the honeybee population. Eventually, we began to see a suprlus, which we then sold to other nations, improving our treasure was well.



Kingdom: +5



King Travis tried very hard to be a good king, but King Gareth's reign tainted everything he did. There were many people who did not want him on the throne. He was nervous, timid, and had no training as a king. With the kingdom in tatters, the nations surrounding Daria were nervous ... or imagining opportunities at our expense. I knew that I would ahve to do something to keep Daria safe until things settled down. Unfortunately, King Gareth had made the nation a stench in the nostrils of all the surrounding people. Orcs in their lairs, elves in their forest, and dwarves in their mines were united in their contempt for the king. I had my work cut out for me.



* I went to the Elf Queen.
* I went to the Dwarf King.
* I went to the Orc Chieftain.
* I stopped working on foreign relations and turned my attention elsewhere.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Cuthalion
2014-07-31, 07:14 PM
Queen Iszlandí of the elves needed to know first.

pendell
2014-08-01, 04:50 PM
All right. The name was originally Melian (stolen from Tolkien), but I'll happily change it to Iszlandí.




I mounted Hippocampus and rode deep into the heart of the Aelderhart forest. I had not ridden far when I was confronted by a lone elf who rose from the leaves in front of me. Knowing that when one elf showed himself another twenty were nearby with leveled bows, I showed him the king's seal and told him I came on official business. He nodded, and I aws soon escorted into Oneiduin, the city among the leaves. I was ushered into the presence of the queen. More exactly, I went right past the impressive throne room of state directly into a small room with quills, pen, ink, and scrolls. This was the queen's working office. She wanted to get down to details as soon as possible.

She also gave me permission , as a fellow elf, to use her elvish name Iszlandí rather than the name Melian, which she used among humans because she couldn't bear to hear the name mangled. I was grateful, so Iszlandí she was to me ever after.

She unrolled a large map with three sets of boundary lines transcribed across it ; the original set, the set which King Gareth claimed, and the third showing Greater Elfdom. The third boundary took almost all the forest bordering the two, and would cripple the kingdom's loggers, hunters, and trappers. This was not something we could easily afford, given the state of our economy. It would also require two small human villages to relocate entirely.

"You may remember", she said, "that this boundary dispute provoked the raid that killed your first love. I have had all I can do to restrain the more militant of my people from taking advantage of your military weakness. So it is not just me you must satisfy, but them as well. Otherwise fools may try to take all of Greater Elfdom by force, dragging the rest of us into war with them. "

"We can prevent the war here, now, if we try."


Geography: +5

Vote 162:

* I negotiated a fair boundary that would please everyone [50 diplomacy and 50 geography]
* The Elf Queen was very reasonable after I explained the whole situation [65 elf faction]
* I agreed to her demands.
* I refused her foolish demands.
*I enchanted theElf Queen into dropping the issue [65 enchantment]


Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-01, 05:02 PM
I negotiated a fair boundary that would please everyone.

Targ Collective
2014-08-01, 05:26 PM
Seconded. Seems sensible.

Cuthalion
2014-08-01, 06:51 PM
Seconded. Seems sensible.

Thoided. :smallsmile:

pendell
2014-08-02, 04:47 PM
All right, diplomacy and geography FTW!



I studied the map, then drew a fourth line. I talked to the queen. She frowned, took the pen, and drew a second one. She explained her reasoning. I talked through the one I had drawn. Pots of tea were sent for. The night drew on and turned into early morning. There was shouting, there was weeping, there was much drawing with pens and, at one point, a torn map such that we had to send out for a new one.

By the time the sun came up on our weary eyes, there was a single line across the map. We looked at each other. Had we finally come to an agreement ?

Yes. The map gave 80% of the territory to the elves but most of it was simple waste space, from the human point of view, unsuitable for anyone. When you looked at the map from the viewpoint of valuable lumber, game, and resources -- things humans cared about -- more than half of it was on the human side of the line.

She looked at me. I looked back. Slowly, we both nodded.

She clapped her hands, scribes came in and, while we sat and drank tea, coped the map into a fair hand as well as wrote up a treaty to accompany it. She signed it on behalf of the elves, and I sealed it with the King's seal ring that Travis had given me before I left, and which I had used with the elvish guards to prove I had come on official business. Thus signed, the treaty was secure. No one was especially happy about it, but when the chest-beating ceased no one was angry enough to fight over it. We had secured a peace.



Kingdom: +30 [145: MAX]
Elf Faction: +30 [95]
Geography: +10 [95]
Diplomacy: +10 [100: MAX]


Vote 163:
* I went to the Dwarf King
* I went to the Orc Chieftain
* I stopped working on foreign relations and turned my attention elsewhere.


Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-03, 07:46 PM
5 away from 100? :smallfrown:

Help Orcs next.

Targ Collective
2014-08-03, 11:56 PM
I vote for dwarven affairs, just to be difficult.

pendell
2014-08-04, 12:20 AM
Sorry guys, my internet is out and the phone isn't adequate. I'll try tomorrow.

pendell
2014-08-04, 04:51 PM
Well, my DSL modem is dead but I think I have an update adequate for the moment.

One vote for orcs and one for the dwarf king in that order:

Orcs: 49
Dwarves: 71

So we are going to help the dwarves.



My trip to the Grey Mountains was much nicer this time since it was midsummer, and there was no risk of snow. Hippocampus had no trouble with the foothils, and I soon found myself greeted by the dwarves and ushered below the mountains.

Low King Foli had a scowl on his bearded face when I met him. I bowed before him for quite some time before he grudgingly permitted me to rise. He glared at me, arms folded.

"Your king has been very unfair to us."

"In what way?"

"The tariffs; they are too high. You are our largest trading partner but nobody can afford our weapons and armor. I should think that being forced to rely on HUMAN toys might have some effect", he sniffed, "but evidently your previous king preferred his own people to be badly armed and us to be economically wrecked. Hardly a recipe for peaceful times."

Again I found myself confronted with the need to avert a war.


Vote 164:

* I decided to increase the tariffs.
* I set the tariff to a fair level [25 economics]
* I agreed to fully remove the tariffs.
* I used the dragonwish.
* I set the tariff to a level that would seem fair, but would in fact benefit the kingdom [30 economics, 30 smithing]
* The Dwarf King was a reasonable ruler and came up with a great solution [65 dwarf faction]


Respectfully,

Brian P.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-04, 05:21 PM
Set the tariff to a fair level [25 economics]

Come on she studied it in school, this can only end well.

Also love this series, but I read it all in one go! My poor tired eyes. It's like a drug, I couldn't stop. Choice of Games' products are very addictive like that.

Targ Collective
2014-08-05, 09:42 AM
Seconded. Seems like the best solution we have.

pendell
2014-08-05, 04:56 PM
Very well, we'll use our leet math skillz to set the tariff to a fair level.



We argued long into the night. The king had read his Smythe and argued we would both benefit from free trade without tariff. I pointed to Kines, and pointed that we did not live in a Utopia but in a world where our kingdom was prostrate. We would need taxes on internal goods, and to offset that we would need external tariffs as well, as Smythe had said in a different work. This led the dwarf king to the verge of tears. But I could do tears better.

We argued long into the night but when it was over we had come to an agreement -- tariffs would for the most part be lifted but some specific tariffs would be targeted for portions of the market. This would allow the dwarves much greater access to the market while protecting our own smiths and increasing the flow of income to our treasury.


Kingdom: +10 [MAX]
Dwarf Faction: +20
Economics: +10
Diplomacy: +10 [MAX]



My next visit was to the Orc Chieftain. Once again I travelled to the High King's encampment, and once again I was escorted by red-sashed soldiers into his yurt.

The King had much to talk about. As mentioned previously, there had been a war twenty years earlier which I had negotiated an end to. However, the peace was again at the breaking point, this time over the issue of orcish prisoners. In addition to the prisoners taken in war proper, more orcs had been taken over the intervening years, some in raids, but others simply grabbed while about legitimate business. Traders. Merchants.

They were all imprisoned without trial and had languished in the kingdom's dungeons, sometimes for decades.

The orcish leader took me to the edge of the encampment and showed me a cluster of tents. They flew a black flag with the emblem of an orc behind a fence and the slogan "YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN."

"I have an obligation to get those prisoners back. If I don't, they'll depose me and get them by force."

I responded, thinking of some of what the criers had told as prisoners were taken away "Some of those were very bad people and deserve not prison, but the hangman's noose. Azog the Slayer was captured after slaughtering and eating the children in an orphanage. You aren't getting him back."

"Don't care", he responded "an orc is an orc. I want 'em all back."



Vote 165:
* I used my divination to determine who was innocent [65 divination]
* I released the orc prisoners, regardless of guilt or innocence.
* I had the orc prisoners executed.
* I used the dragonwish.
* I secretly killed all the prisoners and then raised them as my undead slaves[75 necromancy]
* The Orc Chieftain was a great help [65 orc]


Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-05, 05:01 PM
I used divination to figure who was guilty

Targ Collective
2014-08-05, 06:01 PM
Seconded. Seems sensible.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-05, 06:39 PM
Thirded. Let's use divination. Penance stare those prisoners, and Let The Guilty BURN!

pendell
2014-08-06, 05:09 PM
Divination it is.



I returned to the capital with a plan. We formed an Assembly line and, on after the other, each of the orc prisoners looked straight into my eyes. I looked deep into them -- their past, their present, their future. All there was and would ever be of them.

I tried to be very careful about it, because this spell, when run at full strength, would kill even petty shoplifters. And I wasn't out for people who had stolen a loaf of bread, but for serious war criminals. I also judged with great care, for an after effect of this spell was at some future time I would be called to the same account to which I called others.

Most of the orcs I simply nodded to, after a moment, and they were free to go. They joined a caravan which we intended to march from the city to their homeland.

The others were separated off as I quickly dictated to interns what I had seen in their backgrounds -- murder, arson, capital crimes. They were given the opportunity to speak in their defense. The number of the condemned dwindled still further.

At last, when we were down to about fifty hardened criminals, they were brought one at a time to the public square, where their crimes were read out in full. For it was important that they not just be executed, but that all the world knew it was an act of justice.

After their crimes were catalogued, I turned the full force of the Penance Stare on each of them, and each of them suffered precisely what they had done to others, in equal measure.

For most of them, it was a horrifying site that left even the hardened crowds of the city sick.

With that done, the innocents were taken back to the Orcish lands under armed escort, with adequate food and water, and returned to their homes and families. I also returned a scroll containing an exact accounting of all the prisoners who had not returned, and WHY.

And so, within a week, there was not a single orcish prisoner in Daria who wasn't a citizen of the kingdom.



Orc Faction: +40
Divination: +10




It was time at last to turn our attention back to the kingdom's internal affairs


KINGDOM REPORT
Tax System: Terrible
Agriculture and Farming: Poor
Foreign Relations: Terrible
Kingdom Defense: Terrible
Kingdom Faith: Terrible
Culture and education: EXCELLENT!
Infrastructure: Terrible
Ecology: Terrible
[/quote]

Vote 166:
* Hire an advisor [5000 gold] [may be done repeatedly]
* Improve the tax system [current skill: 60]
* Improve foreign relations [current skill : MAX]
* Improve kingdom defense [current skill: 75]
* Improve kingdom faith: Temples and shrines [current skill:85]
* Improve Infrastructure: Roads, bridges, public buildings [current skill: MAX]
* Improve Ecology: Mines, sawmills, fishing [current skill: MAX]
* I took some time off for myself, doing nothing to improve the kingdom.
* Improve agriculture and farming [Skill: 30]

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-06, 05:15 PM
Improve ecology

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-06, 10:05 PM
Foreign Relations

CoreBrute23
2014-08-07, 09:08 AM
Pay for advisor twice:

1st for tax.
2nd for farming.

Then for action do ecology.

Targ Collective
2014-08-07, 03:40 PM
Disagree with advisor.

Agree with ecology.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-07, 03:54 PM
disagree with adviser. There is no rush and we can do that last to shore up what's needed.

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-07, 03:59 PM
Disagree with adviser.

pendell
2014-08-07, 05:37 PM
Woah! Amazing how fast the response was when 5000 gp was on the line.

SO ... we've agreed to improve the kingdom's ecology.



Natural resources of wood, stone and ore were essetnail for our building projects, defense equipment, and roads. The previous king had been very interested in natural wealth, and had embarked on an initiative of strip-mining and clear-cutting. While this showed short-term profit, in the long run it mean that the land could not sustain the rate and revenues began to fall. The falling revenues encouraged the king to take ever more extreme measures to pull wealth out of the land, resulting in ever more degradation, until parts of the country began to resemble the legendary Mordor.

Using my knowledge of the natural world gained among the elves and my own study, I began to carefully manage the output of mines and lumberyards such that, in the short term, they would produce less but they would be able to do so in a sustainable fashion. The kingdom took a short-term loss, but in the longer term output began to creep back up and the land became more livable as well.


Kingdom Faction: +20



It didn't take long to see that King Travis wasn't going to have an easy time as a ruler. I knew that he wasn't trained to be king, but I hoped that with my knowledge he could learn. Unfortunately, I couldn't teach him confidence and strength. He had been a timid and nervous lad, and now he was a timid and nervous king. I began to question my decision to put him on the throne.


...



More trouble arrived a few years into my time as the royal court wizard. The Elemental Plane of Fire seemed to declare war on Daria; suddenly every open flame became a portal to that dimension, and elementals poured into the land. The fire creatures killed many citizens and burned down many homes. Most of the kingdom thought it was the wrath of the gods, but I was certain that there had to be an arcane reason for the incursion.


Vote 167:
* I knew about summoning, so I sought to unsummon[banish] them all [70 summoning]
* I used magic to find the problem [40 divination]
* I communed with the gods [65 religion]
* My ruby ring, which held a great fire affinity, was glowing like crazy.
* I used the Dragonwish.
* I had no idea how to stop the onslaught.

...

I find it interesting that more people are showing up now that the adventuring part of the career is over. Is running a kingdom more fun than chasing dragons, I wonder?

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Targ Collective
2014-08-07, 07:00 PM
Summoning requires the highest skill, so must logically be the best outcome.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-07, 10:59 PM
Banish them all

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-07, 11:55 PM
Send them back from whence they came.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-08, 04:03 AM
Koi reaches into her deck of cards she kept at her side. She hasn't played with these since she was a little girl, but her years studying summoning had taught her these were more than simple cards. They were sources of power, creatures from another realm.

Pulling one of the most powerful, she tossed into the sky above her. It grew to about 10ft tall. Koi declared,

"I play the spell card Black Hole!"

Soon all the fiery invaders were sucked into the swirling vortex, back to where they came from, screaming, "that cards way to OP!"

Koi smirked as she tucked the card back into her belt. "Now if only getting Mack to play it with me could be so easy." She remarked.

banish them! Banish them with summoning!

1337Noooob
2014-08-08, 04:31 AM
Ooooooooooo...... My turn. I spent like two hours reading this entire thread and it is now five AM. GG, sleep.

Anyways, voting Divinations. I'd like to see where these guys are coming from before I send them back

pendell
2014-08-08, 10:37 AM
Thank you for joining us 1337Noooob! Please highlight your vote in red so I can distinguish it clearly from narrative and discussion.

Your vote for divination is noted, nonetheless.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

1337Noooob
2014-08-08, 01:51 PM
Thank you for joining us 1337Noooob! Please highlight your vote in red so I can distinguish it clearly from narrative and discussion.

Your vote for divination is noted, nonetheless.

Respectfully,

Brian P.


Yeah, I was on Mobile and for some reason I couldn't get the keyboard to appear for more than 2 seconds so I wasn't able to do any kind of formatting. Edited, though.

pendell
2014-08-08, 07:54 PM
Thank you :).

Bonus points to CoreBrute23 for the cool flavor text.



I set to work with my best demon-banishing gear and set to work. I pulled out my black hole card and , in one cataclysmic blast, the entire elemental horde disappeared from the face of the planet?

OP? Hellz YEAH.



Summoning: +10



And so Daria had peace.

For a day.

The next day, more elementals started pouring in from fires all over again.

And again, I used a terrific spell to send them out.

And again, the next day even more came back.

I realized that even the dreaded Black Hole wouldn't be enough, so long as whatever-it-was on the other side of the portal kept sending nasties through.

I decided to take the fight to the enemy. With the assistance of my apprentices, we opened a gate to the elemental plane of fire and I prepared to cross over.

The first problem to consider was how to survive in a world of fire for more than a few seconds without being BBQd. Once that was solved, the next problem is how to find my way around in a gigantic fire.


Vote 168:
* My magic told me where to go [70 divination]
* I knew the geography of the Elemental Plane of Fire [65 Arcana]
* I used the dragonwish.
* I didn't know where to go.


Respectfully,

Brian P.

Targ Collective
2014-08-08, 08:08 PM
*NOW* it's time for divination.

1337Noooob
2014-08-08, 08:51 PM
Told ya we should a picked Divynashions

Bought the game, by the way.

Best 3 dollars ever.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-08, 09:10 PM
Divination to this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdiKAa0_Ay4)soundtrack.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-09, 01:41 AM
Divination to this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdiKAa0_Ay4)soundtrack.

I've never seconded something more in my life.

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-09, 12:14 PM
Divination to this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdiKAa0_Ay4)soundtrack.

Thirded. So Thirded.

1337Noooob
2014-08-09, 07:19 PM
thirded. So thirded.

quadruple-kill

pendell
2014-08-09, 10:46 PM
This thread just became about 1000% more awesome.

So... we use divination. While rockin' out. Got it! :)



A rock band stood on the other side of the portal and went completely metal. This allowed me to enter a trance and, with Corals' help, we followed a trace .. a thread, really, It led us through a desolate wasteland (http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-16/rift-plane-of-fire.html) to an iron castle, I stepped inside , using a touch of ice to push aside anyone who got in my way, until at last I stood face to face with the Firelord.



...

BOSS BATTLE! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2ehDtwFR34)



The Fire Lord was ten feet tall and continuously engulfed in flames. The smell of brimstone hung in the air as he looked down upon me. He seemed to be more curious than angry at my intrusion.


Vote 169:
* I battled him with ice [60 conjuration]
* My cloak of protection saved me.
* I used the dragonwish.
* I offered him the lives of a hundred peasants.
* I ran away. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZwuTo7zKM8)
* I talked to him [55 personality]



Respectfully,

Brian P.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-09, 11:07 PM
conjuration!

Targ Collective
2014-08-10, 12:53 AM
I've never been so tempted to run away in my life. :)

Seriously though, Conjuration.

Eternis
2014-08-10, 05:41 AM
Conjuration.
In the words of Mr. Freeze...
Tonight, Hell Freezes Over.


HOLY BALLS I'VE PLAYED A LOT OF FORUM GAMES TODAY.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-10, 01:22 PM
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Targ Collective
2014-08-10, 03:06 PM
Ah, fantastic, I do see

A poem to spur our victory.

Nice to see I'm not the only one

Bringing forth poems for fun

Did you get the idea from me?

Or is this an original victory?

Forum Explorer
2014-08-10, 05:23 PM
Ah, fantastic, I do see

A poem to spur our victory.

Nice to see I'm not the only one

Bringing forth poems for fun

Did you get the idea from me?

Or is this an original victory?

There once was a man on the internet
who read poems to his non regret
he really liked the one
and he thought the quote was fun
But the original is the poem to get.


(It's a quote directly from an old poem I read once and really really liked. )

pendell
2014-08-10, 06:29 PM
A bit late
we have a date
to bring a frigid fate
to the fiery hate.



I reached out, into the depths of space where 'heat' is a laughable memory and brought forth diamond dust (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bJFw4YfPug) .

Our battle raged for the better part of a day. Fires leaped up and collided with stalagtites of ice, erupting into steam. We were on his plane but I had opened up a portal to the depths of space, and absolute zero would chill even the greatest fire.

In the end, he fell, collapsing into the fires from which he was born. Perhaps one day he would reform, but that would be many thousands of years in the future.

I returned to the portal, and I received a hero's welcome. There followed a great feast of fish as the people gave thanks to Blamorb for their deliverer. After a few days it got so I never wanted to look a flounder in the eye again.


Fame: +1
Conjuration: +10
Kingdom Faction: +10
Kingdom Faith: Improved.




It was time to turn our attention back to the kingdom again.


KINGDOM REPORT
Tax System: Terrible
Agriculture and Farming: Poor
Foreign Relations : Terrible
Kingdom Defense: Terrible
Kingdom Faith: Poor
Culture and Education: Excellent
Infrastructure: Terrible
Ecology: Excellent


Vote 170:
* Hire an advisor [5000 gold]
* Improve tax system
* Improve foreign relations [skill: 100]
* Improve kingdom defense [skill: 75]
* Improve Faith[skill:85]
* Improve infrastructure: [skill: 100]
* I took some time off for myself, doing nothing to improve the kingdom.
*[s]Improve agriculture and farming [Skill: 30]


Respectfully,

Brian P.

1337Noooob
2014-08-10, 06:47 PM
Foreign Relations :D

Forum Explorer
2014-08-10, 07:50 PM
Foreign Relations is fine by me.

Cuthalion
2014-08-10, 11:04 PM
Tax Situation

CoreBrute23
2014-08-11, 12:06 AM
improve infrastructure.

Targ Collective
2014-08-11, 08:14 AM
Just to be difficult I vote infrastructure.

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-11, 11:03 AM
Foreign Relations

pendell
2014-08-11, 04:38 PM
3 votes for foreign relations, 2 for infrastructure, 1 for tax.



It wasn't just the elf, dwarf, and orc nations that needed to be dealt with. There were also the barbarian clans to the north, the mariner nation to the east, and the desert empire of Jilal to the south. Formal treaties, better tariff laws, increased trade, and solid borders meant safety from foreign invasion and increased gold for the royal treasury.


Kingdom: +20



I returned home from the tower one day to see Mack, and to greet our eleven-year-old son, Finn, when he came home from school.

We waited, and waited, and waited. But he never showed.

The next day I was becoming frantic and worried, but what came to my house was not Finn but a scroll, which read as follows:

"Deliver 5000 gold to the coal cellar on Apple road or you will never see your son again."



Vote 171:
* I used divination to find out who was behind it [70 divination]
* I posted a reward [1500 gold]
* I paid the full ransom [5000 gold]
* I used the dragonwish.
* I did nothing.


Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-11, 04:44 PM
We find them with divination.

Targ Collective
2014-08-11, 05:50 PM
Divination FTW

1337Noooob
2014-08-11, 08:48 PM
Divynashions

I love Divynating

CoreBrute23
2014-08-12, 12:41 AM
divination

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-12, 09:46 AM
Divination

pendell
2014-08-12, 04:46 PM
Divination it is.


I looked into the nearest pool of water and gazed intently into it, using my connection to my son to power the magic. It wasn't long before an image appeared in my mind. I saw that Finn was being held in a small cottage just outside Tornassa. I went there immediately.

The weather mirrored my mood as I stood in front of the door.


Divination: +10

Vote 172:
* I kicked the door down.
* I levelled the entire cottage with an enormous lightning strike [40 conjuration] [note: This will probably kill everyone inside]


Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-12, 04:48 PM
I kicked the door. Then remembered I'm a mage not a fighter, and just opened the door instead.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-12, 04:54 PM
Kick the door down, screaming, "Get your presumably Eleven hands off my son!" not realizing the irony given his son is half-elven. Hey, it takes time to get over preconceptions OK? If a wizard didn't do it, an elf probably did.

1337Noooob
2014-08-12, 05:42 PM
Confidently kick the door
"What u do with mah sun"

Or we can destroy the house our son is in with lightning. Good idea.

Targ Collective
2014-08-12, 07:37 PM
Kick, kick, kick the door down!

pendell
2014-08-13, 04:46 PM
Boots it is.



I stepped back from the door and cast Summon Giant Boot. Bigby's boot appeared from nowhere and, a second later, the door exploded inward in a shower of splinters.

The first thing I saw was a table. Three men sat around it playing cards. A quick scan saw a door on the other side of the room, and in it I saw my son, tied up and blindfolded.

This should be fairly simple, but I had an immediate problem to deal with: The three men were starting to get out of their chairs and grab weapons.


Vote 173:
* I killed them with my bare hands [50 fighting]
* I blasted the kidnappers with fire [40 conjuration]
* I shrunk their belts, magically cutting them all in half [60 transmutation]
* I used the dragonwish.
* I was caught by surprise and did nothing.
* I commanded the kidnappers to obey me [60 enchantment]


Hmm ... for the transmutation option, I offer as an alternative to shrink them, rather than their belts, then set Coral on them. Or I suppose we could shrink them without killing them, but I suspect our heroine is quite angry.

Roleplaying is encouraged. If it's cool enough I'll put it in the narrative.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-13, 04:51 PM
I shrunk them.

5a Violista
2014-08-13, 04:57 PM
The Transmutation one - especially shrinking them then sending Coral - is a cool idea. Although, it's nice to know that we can kill them with our bare hands still.

How it happened, though:
Thanks to all the training when I was younger, I knew I could easily beat them. Either by burning them or by taking their weapons away and defeating them that way. But, since they threatened my family, they weren't even worthy of that. Because they threatened my family, the only thing they were worth was as snake food.

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-13, 07:25 PM
Transmutation.

We're very angry, I suggest shrinking their underwear.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-13, 11:15 PM
Transmutate them! Transmutate them into teacups!

smuchmuch
2014-08-14, 04:37 PM
>Transmute them into mice and feed them to corral ! Oh no better into woodentoys for our child for that extra 'poetic justice' flavor

pendell
2014-08-14, 06:09 PM
Smuchmuch! Welcome back!

Hmmm ... I think we'll go with shrinking. They don't spell it out, but remember how much trouble Koi had converting a metal statue into ruby. It's difficult enough to transmute one substance to another -- I suspect changing one living creature to another would be very difficult indeed, especially in the heat of battle.



As the men rose up with knives in their hands, a red mist seemed to cover my vision.

"Small-minded fools, to kidnap the daughter of a wizard for MONEY?" I snapped my fingers. "Be in body what you are in soul."

The kidnappers tried to rush me but stumbled, as suddenly their clothes were no longer quite where they expected them to be. There were shrieks of panic, for they were shrinking but their clothes and weapons did not shrink with them. After some hasty scrambling, small pink things crawled out of the mass of clothing. They looked very much like little mice, as were used in the alchemy lab.

I wasn't the only one who noticed the resemblance. Coral slipped off my shoulder and began slithering over to the little creatures. There were squeaks of fear and the three scattered, Coral close behind.

I had other things to worry about. I pulled the blindfold off my son and held him close. "It's okay. Mommy's here. It's okay, it's okay. "

He had been holding it in, trying to be brave, but when he realized that it was over and he was safe, he began to heave great , heaving sobs. Coming to myself, I untied him and we just stayed together for awhile, crying and laughing until we had no more breath.

Eventually, we got up to leave. Coral rejoined me. I have no idea whether she was able to make a meal of the kidnappers, or they were eaten by the other vermin of the house, or whether they escaped.

Well, that wasn't entirely true. As I was walking out I happened to catch site of a spider's web. Evidently one of the kidnappers had not been paying attention as he ran, and had escaped the snake only to find himself trapped in a spider's web. It was too late to help him, though, even if I wanted to, as a spider had already eaten at least half of him and was working on the rest.



Transmutation: +10



We returned to my tower. I got in touch with Mr. Pump who agreed to watch over Finn while I was out, until we could reach a better solution. my next thought turned to who was behind the kidnapping. It was no longer possible to interrogate the kidnappers.


Decision point 174:

* I divined the truth [60 divination]
* I never did learn who was behind the kidnapping.
*I raised them and learned of their plans anyway [50 Necromancy]

Hmmm... y'know what? I'm going to assume we use divination. We have the option and I suspect we will get not a single vote to just let this go.

So I'll skip the vote and go directly to divination.

Divination: +10


I gazed into the world beyond and threw into it my love for Finn and the terror he had experienced.

The image formed quickly: Duke Peter, husband of the late Princess Emily, murdered by King Gareth.

I strode through the palace and went rapidly to his corridors. His door explodeded inward in a shower of splinters as I strode in. Duke Peter stood up from his writing desk and looked me in the eye. There were guards in the room, but one look at me convinced them this was not the time to intervene.

I looked him in the eye and spoke a single word: "Why?"

He looked down, then up again. "Vengeance for Emily, whom you killed."

I raised an eyebrow . "Not so. Princess Emily was dead when I found her."

He looked back with scorn. "Killed by an assassin who just happened to use fireballs? There's only one woman in this palace capable of such a feat."






Vote 174:
* I publicly denounced the Duke and brought him up on charges.
* I personally tortured and killed the Duke.



The second choice is obviously evil, but if we do that I'll entertain suggestions.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Targ Collective
2014-08-14, 10:04 PM
Denouncement.

Because we're 100% good and I see no point in spoiling that.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-14, 10:22 PM
I wish there was a forgive option. Book him boys!

Eternis
2014-08-15, 06:08 AM
...
Wait, I'm a latecomer to this, and much too lazy to bother looking through the archives.
Did we kill Emily?
However, I should point out that IF the duke is put on trial, and IF he's a trustworthy bloke apart from the attempted kidnapping, then we're going to suffer if we let him go.
If we didn't kill Emily...
Denounce and Arrest the Bugger
If we did, then
KILL HIM WITH PAIN

pendell
2014-08-15, 11:04 AM
Wait, I'm a latecomer to this, and much too lazy to bother looking through the archives.
Did we kill Emily?


No, we didn't. Emily was murdered by King Gareth so she wouldn't produce a child who might be a potential challenger to his throne and to Prince Eric, his son.

When we came on the scene, King Gareth had just finished killing Princess Emily with a crossbow and was reloading to kill Prince Travis, Emily's son. He ordered us to kill Travis in cold blood.

Well, we refused to let that happen. We fried him with fire, but Prince Eric was too close and so he was killed too.

Afterwards, King Travis and I lied through our teeth. We said an assassin had done the deed and killed all three of the royals and the previous royal wizard, Fraledan.

That story was suspicious, though, and evidently the Duke picked up on it. He correctly concluded we were lying (there was no assassin) and that the killing was done by people in the room, but that's where he went off the rails: He inferred from these facts that we were responsible for *all three murders* when in fact we were not responsible for Princess Emily's death. And if we hadn't done what we'd done, we'd have been a Just Following Orders stooge who would have performed a cold-blooded murder on Gareth's behalf.

Sometimes there are no good answers, even for an Exalted character.

So , much like Miko in OOTS, the Duke leaped to a conclusion unsupported by the facts. Unlike Miko, the Duke thought the best way to deal with the fact that the royal wizard had murdered his wife -- again, something we did not do but he believed us guilty of -- was to kidnap her only child.

I think it's fair to acknowledge that , right or wrong, he IS politically powerful and that taking this matter to trial may bring renewed inquiry into, and discussion of , Princess Emily's death and the manner in which King Travis succeeded to the throne. But if we're going to continue to be Exalted Good, that is a price we're going to have to pay.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

pendell
2014-08-15, 04:54 PM
We have decided to hand him over to the law.



I showed the king's seal ring and said "You are hereby bound by law to answer for the charge of kidnapping. Please come with me to the magistrate."

For a minute it looked as if he and his guards would resist, but thought better of it when he recalled that I had been the one to dispatch the dragon Parnaxxus. We walked together to the magistrate.

It took some work on my part. Though divination was not directly admissible in court, it led me to all number of witnesses and physical evidence which was. The Duke attempted to confuse the issue and called in every favor he could, but I had the King's seal and so only King Travis could help him now. He chose not to, and permitted the law to take its course.

In short order the case was proven and incontrovertible. He was sentenced to die, and a short time later he walked to Tower Hill and death by beheading at the hands of the king's executioner.

King Travis wasn't happy with me, but the rest of the kingdom respected me for acting according to the law. This became a significant footnote in Darian history, marking a significant shift from the tyranny of the previous kings to the rule of law -- a shift which would still be present, so far as I can see, decades later.


Fame: +1
Diplomacy: +25
Kingdom: +15
Kingdom Culture increases.



I spent a lot of my days doing paperwork, as there always seemd to be some detail that needed to be looked into. It was through the paperwork that I learned of my next challenge: A blight on the land.

Farmers were complaining that they couldn't pay their taxes because of a poor harvest. This wasn't strange by itself, but when I compared it to previous years, I could see that the area of trouble was growing. I left for the troubled farms immediately.

When I arrived, I saw that all sort of vegetation was under attack -- trees, grass, crops. Everything seemed to be turning yellow and rotting, despite all efforts to save the plants.



Vote 175:
* I used my knowledge of nature to try to clear the blight [70 nature]
* I used a divination spell to find a solution [70 divination]
* The fey creatures of the land spoke to me [70 elf faction]
* I summoned a wood sprite to help me [65 summoning]
* I used the dragonwish.
* I didn't know how to stop the blight.


Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-15, 08:22 PM
I summoned a wood sprite because I don't remember having that option.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-16, 01:21 AM
divination hasn't led us astray so far. We're only on 99 right?.

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-16, 04:52 AM
Fey creatures of the land. Because elf faction increase dang it.

Eternis
2014-08-16, 04:54 AM
Summon Wood Sprite because FAVOURS
OR fey creatures.
Either is good.

Targ Collective
2014-08-16, 11:49 AM
Fey creatures is my Birthday wish.

pendell
2014-08-16, 04:43 PM
I'm going to interpret this as three votes to speak to the fey creatures, so that is what we will do.



I walked into the woods and waited by a particular tree. After a few minutes a small creatures with wings fluttered down and faced me.

"Rotting, rotting, all is rotting all is bad.", she said.

" I am here to help", said I. "Tell me where the problem is."

"There is a tree in the middle of the forest. It spreads evil, and all the other trees listen to it. Please, stop it."

I traveled to the tree, in the center of a small forest of rotted vegetation. It was obviously not natural, but it was also not readily apparent exactly how it was spreading disease.



Vote 176
* I had an idea what was happening [religion 70]
* I chopped down the tree.
* I used the Dragonwish.
* I left the tree alone, allowing the blight to continue to grow.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Targ Collective
2014-08-16, 05:47 PM
Religion use is my second wish. :)

CoreBrute23
2014-08-16, 11:22 PM
Religion use is my second wish. :)

I agree with the birthday pony. Religion guide me!

Forum Explorer
2014-08-17, 02:24 PM
When in doubt pray to a fish.

pendell
2014-08-18, 08:22 AM
Aw fudge. I didin't respond on time, did I? Well ... if we don't get any votes by 5:30PM EST today I'll delay another day. At any rate, gimme that old time religion!



The power and seemingly random nature of the problem made me think a god was behind it , or at least a supernatural being of great power. An evil god, one of corruption and disease.

I searched arouned the tree and, sure enough, found an ancient altar. A short creature covered in pus-oozing lesions stepped forward from behind the altar.

The pus-covered man said he was the god of Pestilence, Corruption, and disease. He said that we was being worshipped by a new cult of followers, and the blight was his gift to the world.


[Religion: +10]


Vote 177:
* My angelic nature drove him away.
* I attacked the man.
* I used the dragonwish
* I begged the man to allow me to serve him.
* I left the man alone.
*I talked him into giving the gift directly to his followerrs [50 personality]
* I forced the man to stop spreading the blight [50 enchantment]



Respectfully,

Brian P.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-18, 08:27 AM
We worked hard to be gifted that angelic nature. Let's use it!

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-18, 10:26 AM
Angelic Nature!

Targ Collective
2014-08-18, 10:30 AM
Angelic Light, heal this blight!

pendell
2014-08-18, 09:54 PM
:Hums 'Earth Angel':

Segues to Nightwish' I Wish I Had An Angel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfi_G8PzXzc) [from their official channel] :



I normally kept this under wraps, as it tended to frighten the stuffing out of shopkeepers and normal people, but now was the time to show forth what I was ... my encounter with Blamorb had exposed me to the Shekinah glory, and now it was time to reveal it. I cast aside my normal cloak which covered this and Allowed the being to see my true nature (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpziRCtcQgM)

He stood in my presence of a few seconds, but in the end, the presence of this much holiness was too much for him to bear, much less combat. He winked out of this plane of existence, not to be seen again in my lifetime.

I veiled myself again, pondering that this did have its drawbacks. There was a reason I had only the one child. Such a bright glow could be quite off-putting.

The blight went away in short order, and the vegetation became lush and green once more. If anything, the farmland became more bountiful than before, and many in the kingdom were happy.


Kingdom Ecology Increased.
Kingdom Farming Increased.
Fame: +1



It was time to turn my attention back to the kingdom.


KINGDOM REPORT
Tax System: Terrible
Agriculture And Farming: Tolerable
Foreign Relations: Excellent.
Kingdom Defense: Terrible
Kingdom Faith: Poor
Culture and Education: Excellent
Infrastructure: Terrible
Ecology: Excellent



Vote 178:
* Hire an advisor [5000 gold]
* Improve the tax system
* Improve Kingdom Defense: [skill: 75]
* Improve Kingdom Faith: [skill: 95]
* Improve Infrastructure [skill: 100]
* I took some time off for myself, doing nothing to improve the kingdom.
*[s]Improve agriculture [skill: 30]

Note that, because kingdom faith is poor instead of terrible, it can be improved to EXCELLENT at this juncture just as infrastructure can.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-18, 11:03 PM
Infrastructure.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-19, 01:56 AM
Infrastructure.

Targ Collective
2014-08-19, 09:49 AM
Infrastructure seems to be where we can do the most good.

Cuthalion
2014-08-19, 10:21 AM
Nevertheless, I say tax system.

pendell
2014-08-19, 07:16 PM
The vote is 3-1 for infrastructure, so that's what we'll do.



The raods and bridges had been left to complete disrepair under King Gareth's domain. We needed them for trade, military defense, and to discourage banditry. Putting people to work also meant fewer people living by banditry, so that helped.


Kingdom Faction: +20



King Travis tried to be a good king -- TRIED. Unfortunately, his timid personality and lack of confidence worked against him. The nobles smelled weakness and began acting to take advantage of him. Smelling blood in the water, the sharks were circling.

I decided it was time for some attitude adjustment.


Vote 179:
* I used religion to try to strengthen his character [75 religion]
* I taught him the mistakes of previous rulers [75 history]
* I gave him techniques to use on some of the nobles [75 diplomacy]
* King Travis listened to my advice [75 royal faction]
* I slapped the king and called him names gave him wall-to-wall counseling, as well as a solid bright slap (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEy6hgdKtbw)
* He caused many troubles for the kingdom.


Feel free to roleplay your speech to the king. If it's cool I'll work it into the narrative.

---

I think I should add something: I know it's an option so I added it, but it is a BAD idea to try slapping some sense into a person in the real world; people get fired for it. If the only motivational skill you have is in your fists, you have no business leading men. Or women, for that matter.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Targ Collective
2014-08-19, 07:29 PM
We're angelic. Religion.

Blamorb teaches to be graceful like a fish; to be rigorous like a salmon, giving your life against the current of opinion and even good sense where the cause is great; to be dexterous like an octopus, with arms anywhere; to defend well like the oyster...

Indeed. Blamorb teaches us many things. I have prayed to Blamorb for guidance on how to counsel you.

So speaking, I leapt into a detailed discussion of Blamorb's light and grace and inspired the King. His character duly strengthened, I considered my work done.

By the fluid grace of Blamorb, I brought forth changes in the King. So it goes.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-19, 10:16 PM
We're angelic. Religion.

Blamorb teaches to be graceful like a fish; to be rigorous like a salmon, giving your life against the current of opinion and even good sense where the cause is great; to be dexterous like an octopus, with arms anywhere; to defend well like the oyster...

Indeed. Blamorb teaches us many things. I have prayed to Blamorb for guidance on how to counsel you.

So speaking, I leapt into a detailed discussion of Blamorb's light and grace and inspired the King. His character duly strengthened, I considered my work done.

By the fluid grace of Blamorb, I brought forth changes in the King. So it goes.
Seconded. All this. Blamorb is love. Blamorb is life.

Eternis
2014-08-20, 06:56 AM
Diplomatic Techniques
Teach him to be a MASTA MANIPULATA

5a Violista
2014-08-20, 05:57 PM
I used religion to try to strengthen his character because that's really helpful. After all, that's exactly what happened with Harrop Otter helping Koi. If it wasn't for that instance, Koi would probably still be an elf-hating elf. (Of course, if she wasn't an elf-hating elf, she wouldn't have befriended Harrop in the first place, so there's that.)

pendell
2014-08-20, 08:20 PM
We're gonna do some PREACHIN!



I arranged for the king to go to the old time revival services being held at the temple of Blamorb and took it upon myself to tutor him in the ways. A great deal of water was involved, but I pressed in on him the idea that all men[and women/elves/orcs/dwarves] were created equal and that we should always work in the knowledge that we would be called to account by our actions. That a king was not a god, but placed in his position by the gods, and what they gave they could take.

King Travis was already a good boy, and with extra training he learned to study his decision from every angle. He strove for the greater good , which usually aligned with the needs of the kingdom. He was still a timid ruler, but he made fewer mistakes.


Religion: +10 [religion is now MAX]



King Travis had been on the throne for a few years when we received a missive from a distant northern duchy. The duke asked when we would be picking up the taxes that he had stockpiled for years. It had been a clerical error. We hadn't realized the oversight. We decided to send the money to Tornassa by caravan immediately.

Unfortunately, word of the caravan got out, and we got word that every bandit in the kingdom was preparing to ambush the caravan.

It would be nice if they fought each other over the spoils , but we would take no chances. I went to the duchy to escort the caravan personally.

"Thank the gods you've arrived!" , the duke said.

He was a good and honest man -- a rarity at those levels -- and had collected the money without spending it. I commended him for his integrity and left with a cargo train of gold.

We had barely left the northern city when trouble arrive.d The caravan master -- a dwarf-- and his guards tried to double-cross us by demanding a higher wage than we had negotiated before leaving.


* I attacked the caravan master and his guards, keeping the gold for myself.
* I paid the bribe out of my own pocket [1500 gold]
* I fired the dwarves, calling their bluff.
* I let the guards take a large share of the tax money.
* I used the dragonwish.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

smuchmuch
2014-08-21, 05:53 AM
Let's call their bluff

pendell
2014-08-21, 04:57 PM
All right, we sack 'em.



The dwarves stood dumbstruck for some time, but finally they laughed and walked away. They weren't thieves, they were just attempting , ah, "aggressive negotiations".

So here I am in the wilderness with several saddlebags of gold.


Vote 181:
* I returned quickly to the duke and hired more guards [200 gold -- out of our own pocket]
* I carried on without any guards.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Cuthalion
2014-08-22, 08:58 AM
Returned. :smallsigh:

Targ Collective
2014-08-22, 01:47 PM
Agreed. We could probably attempt to blast our way through without guards, but I see little point in taking unnecessary risks.

smuchmuch
2014-08-22, 06:12 PM
*Shrug* Well that seemed the best option of all the one presented. And paying 200 is better than 1500.

let's hire guards, we're not going to carry those sacks ourself.

pendell
2014-08-22, 08:48 PM
*KACHINK*

That is the sound of gold being spent on more reliable bodyguards.



Illusion allowed me to return to the castle without being attacked. I hired a new group of guards -- checking carefully for reliability -- and tried again. This time I went with a round-headed black kid, a red-headed rogue, a wizard of indeterminate gender, a psychotic halfling, a stubborn dwarf, and a completely useless blonde guy who sang at bad guys. After much negotiation the team agreed that they would pay ME to take him along, so I would pay only 200 gold instead of 250 -- 50 per person.

It was a boring journey right up to the point a large band of raiders attacked us -- in a gully. They blocked both sides and rained arrows down from the cliffs.



Vote 182:

* I let the guards do their job.
* I struck out at the bandits with chain lightning [85 conjuration]
* I created an illusionary fog [65 illusion]
* I used the dragonwish.
* I let the bandits have the money.
* I cast a spell of fear on the bandits [85 enchantment]



* BTW, our guards are just starting out their adventuring career. Assume this is a sidequest before they ever got to the first dungeon.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-23, 12:34 AM
Conjuration!

Also I thought the bully from the childhood had joined up with this universe's OOTS? Or...is this his son?! Dear god, there's two of them! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!

smuchmuch
2014-08-23, 07:20 AM
'know illusions was the very first school of magic we ever mastered but we barely use it anymore, it's divination and conjuration all the time. When did we become so Vish ?

(oh yeah when we started to want to max other school of magic but still, even if the chain lightning is probably the best option, let's indulge in a bit of nostalgia: Illusionary fog)

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-23, 01:56 PM
Conjuration

pendell
2014-08-23, 06:36 PM
Two votes for chain lightning, so it's on.




I had guards, but I didn't get to practice my own skills very often. So I said, "Stand back!" to them. Then I raised my hands ...

I who stand in the full light of the heavens
command thee, who opens the gates of hell
COME FORTH HOLY LIGHTNING!
This ends now!
INDIGNATION (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaNPRx1u74A#t=66s)!

There wasn't much left of the bandits when I was left.

Then the bandit leader stepped forward -- or rather, flew. The guards stepped forward to fight them but she rained fire and lightning down upon them, subduing them in a matter of seconds.

Next, she turned her attention to me. I felt an enchantment spell entering my mind.



Vote 183
* I used the dragonwish.
* I fell to her will.
* I fought off the enchantment[50 willpower]
* I dispelled the magic [90 enchantment]


Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-24, 12:41 AM
I fell to her will.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-24, 12:52 AM
Bend to his will.

pendell
2014-08-24, 06:53 PM
We fall to her will.



I had a split second to use the dragon wish, but in the end I decided such a powerful artifact was more important than even years of taxes in arrears. I succumbed and said " I will do whatever you say!"

"Ah-HA!" she said! "Now I have bent you to my will!" She cast aside her cloak, and I saw she was clad in leather and carried a whip ...

... then I remembered this is a PG-13 story, so cut to the next day as I am giggling to myself on the road, along with the guards , singing "St. Louis".

...
Of course, I used divination to try to track down the bandit chief as soon as the enchantment wore off and I returned to my tower, but it was too late. She had been backstabbed almost immediately upon returning to the lair. The bandits had then fought to quarreling over it , then other bandits had joined in , and the long in the short of it is that the gold was now scattered across the kingdom, in various taverns, houses of ill repute, and gambling halls. So I guess the kingdom benefited from the wealth after all ... just not the way I expected it to.

Live and learn, I guess.

I returned to my magical studies.


Vote 184:
* I decided to focus on alchemy[39]
* I decided to focus on enchantment[15]
* I decided to focus on healing [93]
* I decided to focus on necromancy [8]
* I decided to focus on summoning [84]
* I decided to focus on transmutation[79]
* I continued to study a little bit of everything.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-24, 07:16 PM
I focused on Summoning.

pendell
2014-08-25, 05:36 PM
Okay, we focus on summoning.



I went down to the local magic store and bought another couple of decks to supplement the one I had, then spent a fair amount of time learning how to bring them -- and the corresponding creature -- out when I needed it. I wondered why I hadn't thought to do this to the bandit chief.


Summoning: +20 [MAX]



I also continued my other studies as well


Vote 185:
* I studied arcana [85]
* I studied agriculture [30]
* I studied economics[60]
* I studied fighting[65]
* I studied smithing[25]
* I studied thievery[30]
* I studied warcraft[75]

ANALYSIS:
I suspect smithing and thievery are of no more use to you. Obviously agriculture, economics, and warcraft would improve your ability to help the kingdom. However, if you want to become the archmage you MUST have arcana of 100. So you'll have to make your choices. I don't know if we'll have an opportunity to boost arcana in some other way before that event occurs -- but of course then we won't be able to help our kingdom as much. Tough decisions.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

smuchmuch
2014-08-25, 05:40 PM
(Dang, didn't though our willpower was this low)

Studied Arcana (We're close enougt that it should be worth it)
My second choice would be Warcraft.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-25, 09:55 PM
agriculture.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-25, 10:29 PM
Arcana Wow are we bad to not have it at 100 already. :smalltongue:

pendell
2014-08-26, 07:27 PM
1 vote for farming and 2 for arcana, so we'll study arcana related to growing things



I applied myself to the books and was attracted to the strange magic of life -- the magic that brought seeds out of the ground , the magic that brought my son in to the world, the life that woke up at the end of each winter. It was very profitable for my education, and I became known as one of the most learned scholars in the world


Arcana: +25[MAX]



It was time to tend to the kingdom again.


Vote 185
* Hire an advisor [5000 gold]
* Improve the tax system [60]
* Improve kingdom defense[75]
* Improve kingdom faith [100]
* I took some time off for myself, doing nothing to improve the kingdom.

Remember that you can hire an advisor multiple times, although there will be other uses for 5000+ gold.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-26, 10:46 PM
Is this our last chance to improve the Kingdom? If not let's go for Faith.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-26, 11:38 PM
I vote for Faith

pendell
2014-08-27, 08:14 AM
Fudge, I didn't give you all the information you needed .The state of defense and taxes are both TERRIBLE while the state of Faith is POOR. Agriculture is also POOR but we don't have enough skill to boost it above its current level.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Cuthalion
2014-08-27, 09:00 AM
Taxessss. :smallcool:

Forum Explorer
2014-08-27, 02:07 PM
Faith. Not our last chance to improve stuff, but we're not in a good position either.

pendell
2014-08-27, 05:55 PM
Faith it is. PREACH IT BRUTHA!



Faith wasn't really the business of government, but the gods WERE real and it paid both to keep them happy and the populace content. So I sent out the call for preachers, encouraging those which argued for stability and showing those who called for violent revolution the door.


Kingdom faction: +20



When I reached my 60th birthday, I realized that I wasn't a young person any more.


Vote 186:
* With age came wisdom
* Despite my age, I stayed physically fit


Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-27, 06:08 PM
with age came wisdom

CoreBrute23
2014-08-28, 12:13 AM
Wisdom. Lots of wisdom.

Targ Collective
2014-08-28, 04:41 AM
I think we might regret this later, but what the hey. Wisdom.

smuchmuch
2014-08-28, 09:09 AM
Both. we're an elf damnit ! And an exalted good
But let's go with wisdom if we have to choose.

pendell
2014-08-28, 07:34 PM
In this world, the life span of an elf is about the same length as a human; the long life is an exaggeration.

So ... let' get old.

Body: -25
Fighting: -25
Thievery: -25
Alchemy: +5
Conjuration: +5 [MAX]
Divination: +5 [MAX]
Enchantment: +5
Healing: +5 [98]
Illusion: +5 [MAX]
Necromancy: +5
Summoning: +5 [MAX]
Transmutation: +5
Arcana: +5 [MAX]
Agriculture: +5
Diplomacy: +5
Economics: +5
Geography: +5 [MAX]
History: +5 [MAX]
Religion: +5 [MAX]
Smithing: +5
Warcraft: +5



I found it hard to believe when Finn turned 18.


Vote 187:
* As court wizard, I pulled some strings to find a really good job.
* I didn't play favorites.

COMMENTARY: The text is misleading. I don't consider helping your son to, say, set up a blacksmith shop to be 'playing favorites'. More like 'give him a hand' .

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-28, 08:35 PM
What good is magic if you don't help your family with it?

CoreBrute23
2014-08-29, 12:04 AM
What good is magic if you don't help your family with it?

Seconded. He's our little baby, we can't leave him alone to 'find himself'. We didn't raise no hippy. Nepotism for the win!

pendell
2014-08-29, 05:33 PM
Very well. What kind of job do we want to get him?

Vote 188:
* I made Finn an officer in the army.
* I spoke to Marlin and Dory, the archmages of the Academy.
* I bought a smithy [500 gold]

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-29, 06:36 PM
Normally I go for Archmage, but I'm curious, Send him to boot camp!

smuchmuch
2014-08-29, 09:43 PM
Let's contact those archmage, our little boy will be a mage and manipulate reality with a flick of his fingers just like mama.

CoreBrute23
2014-08-30, 06:52 AM
I've never seen the smithy option. Let's do that [Buy him a Smithy]. We made golems in our youth-our son should have the same oportunity to make a best friend.

pendell
2014-08-30, 08:40 PM
We have one vote for each option, so we'll find out from the random number generator in the order it was received.

* Army [ 84]
* Archmage [87]
* Smithy [45]

So ... you're a wizard, harry!



I discussed my son's future and gently tested his desire to work with magic. Assuming he had the affinity.

"blow s[] up with my mind? Cool!"

This wasn't quite the attitude I was looking for, but it wasn't negative. I did, however , conjure up a sprite to wash his mouth out with soap. You don't speak like that in front of your 60+ year old mother.

The next stop was to see Marlin and Dory. Dory was delighted at the idea. Marlin, looked down at his desk then up at me.

"He has to have the affinity for it, and don't think I'll go easy on him because he's your son. In fact, I'm going to push him twice as hard."

"I wouldn't have it any other way", I responded.

And so in due time Finn received an owl through his window carrying a letter inviting him to present himself at the academy to determine his suitability for a lifetime of magic. he was out the door almost before he'd had time to read the parchment.

I checked in on him regularly. While I wouldn't dream of interfering with his schoolwork, I made arrangements for him to receive private tutoring from the best wizards in the country, including myself. This meant I had to brush up on my own skills to stay ahead of him. He was quite intelligent and had a strong work ethic. I saw a bright future for him.



Arcana: +20. [MAX]



I was interrupted in this task by a barbarian invasion. The barbarian clans to the north had always been disorganized ,leaderless. But now they were united, and our villages were being raided frequently, by large war bands. I left Tornassa to check on the border myself.

The village I stayed in reminded me of where I grew up, making it especially difficult when the attack came. As the screaming bearded men rushed the village, I experienced a flashback to that very day, all those years ago, when Goldie had died.

For a few minutes, I struggled with the vivid memories and fought the urge to crawl into a ball. But that wasn't an option today. I wasn't a ten year old weaponless child any more.


Vote 189:
* I sent waves of fire against the attackers. [70 conjuration]
* I organized the villagers into an excellent fighting force [75 warcraft]
* I hired fighters from the Fighters Guild to protect the village [60 fighter faction, 500 gold]
* I used the dragon wish.
* I [deliberately] allowed the barbarians to destroy the village.
* I failed to defend the village.
* I raised the local cemetery to fight for us [65 necromancy]



In some ways that's a pity. I could write a book of flavor text on the zombie defenders of the village. BRAINNNSSS....

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-30, 10:58 PM
Burn baby burn. Disco Inferno! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_sY2rjxq6M)

Eternis
2014-08-31, 12:35 AM
* I organized the villagers into an excellent fighting force [75 warcraft]
You're not going to be around forever, you need to teach these villagers to fend for themselves!

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-31, 06:31 PM
Training Montage!

pendell
2014-08-31, 09:01 PM
Training montage it is (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN_us-YBMZM).




A 60+ year old female seemed an unlikely candidate for drill instructor, but drill instructors didn't typically have snakes and enchantment at their command. I pulled together whatever veterans I could find and, using their expertise, trained a cadre. Then that cadre trained another group, and another , and another...

When the barbarians showed up they encountered, not waves of magical fire, but embattled farmers with spears, bows, and a fortified camp. The barbarians attempted several charges (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1csr0dxalpI) on the fortified village, but the villagers did not panic and the attacks broke in blood each time. The barbarians soon realized there would be no easy loot here, broke camp, and returned to the wilds. It would have been nice to pursue, but peasant militia can only be expected to do so much.

I left the men behind with hard-faced grins. They knew well that, if it happened again, they would be able to stand fast without my help.



Warcraft: +10
Fame: +1



Just as I was prepared to take my leave, some of the peasants brought in a barbarian. He had been quite badly wounded in the fighting.


Vote 190:
* I healed the barbarian[60 healing]
* I tortured the barbarian for information.
* I let the barbarian die and didn't raise him back.
* I used my magic to enchant him to follow me [65 enchantment]
* I let the barbarian die, but then I raised him as my undead slave [80 necromancy]

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Lord Ruby34
2014-08-31, 10:46 PM
Treat his wounds.

Forum Explorer
2014-08-31, 11:55 PM
Healed him.

pendell
2014-09-02, 12:20 AM
Okay, we heal him.



The barbarian was surprised when his wounds closed up. I had healed him. "My people would have tortured you to death if the situation was reversed."

"Ah, but I am not a barbarian", I replied.

he was not without a certain sense of honor. I had saved his life ... now he owed me a life in return. As partial payment, he warmed that the barbarisn were going to attack Tornassa, by sea.

I hurried back to Tornassa, taking him with me.



Healing: +10
Good: +20

Vote 191:

* I went up into my tower and began casting fire down on the ships [90 conjuration]
* I used my wizardly staff.
* I used the dragonwish.
* I stood back and allowed the capital city to be raided while protecting my tower.
* I tried to stop the barbarians, but I failed.
* I turned the water into air. .. then back again [90 transmutation]

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-02, 01:40 AM
I cast meteor swarm!

CoreBrute23
2014-09-02, 05:07 AM
double the meteor storm! Double the fun!

pendell
2014-09-02, 05:03 PM
We will burn them with fire.



I stood on a high promontory overlooking the harbor as the ships approached. Fortunately, they were still some distance away, so I could hit them without fear of damaging the harbor.

Power gathered around me. I was kind of looking forward to this -- I had spent years pouring over tax receipts and crop yields and road surveyor reports. It wasn't often I got to uncork my powers to their fullest potential. This was probably the only chance of my life to really show what I could do, and I wasn't going to waste it. That is why both my son and my barbarian captive -- Throm -- were on hand to watch.

Slowly I gathered the power about me and began to incant.

"Open the gateway to the sacred land
and let fly the arrow of judgement against evil ..."

I could feel the power take and was wrapped up in ecstasy and I cried out the next lines as if the power of the sun itself was coursing through me.

"Small mercy for the wicked!

NO ESCAPE FROM CATASTROPHE!!

METEOR SWARM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTfRJkMNiPE)!!!


The meteors fell. Fiery lights in the sky, like shooting stars they fell. And fell. Ship after ship was caught in the fiery ruin and blazed like a torch. Still more, those which were not directly hit, were overwhelmed by the rage of the water stirred by the blazing inferno.

I confess I got a little carried away, but fortunately this happened far enough out at sea that the sole effct on land was that the tide rolled a bit further in than it might. The power it took to wipe a fleet from the face of the earth was as nothing compared to the power of the mighty ocean. Which is why I worshipped Blamorb instead of claiming the mantle of godhood myself.

At any rate, the next day there was scarcely a ship afloat, and the 2 or 3 survivors were making all way back where they had come from. Tornassa would not fall in this generation. Not by sea, at any rate.


Conjuration : MAX.
Healing: MAX
Fame: +1



It was time to end the war one way or the other, and this would be resolved by dealing directly with the new ruler of the barbarians who had united them. Throm , sworn to my service, agreed to guide me there.

We travelled to the far north, seeking the enemy stronghold. The north lands were cold and beautiful. I had never crossed the Gray Mountains before. I had visited them, of course, when resolving the dwarves' problems but never gone beyond them.


Geography: MAX



I found my way to the stronghold, guarded by thousands of men in furs, armed with spears, bows and arrows. A meteor storm was out of the question -- this was not the open sea and my magic would be mostly wasted on the rough, broken terrain. I would kill many but would be overwhelmed in the end. An alternate approach was called for.


Vote 192:
* My barbarian companion led me through the warriors.
* I cast an illusion to make myself look like a barbarian [70 illusion]
* I used the dragonwish.
* I had no way to get past the warriors so I went home.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Lord Ruby34
2014-09-02, 08:55 PM
Our Barbarian companion will see us through.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-02, 09:10 PM
Using illusions. :smallsmile:

pendell
2014-09-03, 04:42 PM
We have one vote for Throm and one vote for illusions so we'll roll it off.

Barbarian: 60
Illusion: 34

So Throm will help us.



Throm agreed to help me enter the citadel and this is how we did it. He put a rope around my neck and led me in as a "captive." I endured the taunts and jeers from the guards, but fortunately no one asked why a sixty year old woman was being led captive ; as an elf I didn't look anywhere near that age.

He led me into the throne room where I set fire to the rope , let out a blinding flash of light, and stood before the Barbarian king in all the glory of an angelic being.

Some members of the court had to shade their eyes, and some of the guards fled in terror.

I looked the king in the eye. " I am Koi, royal wizard of the kingdom of Daria, and I am here with a gracious offer: Cease your raids, and your people will be spared."

I had to give the king credit as he sat on his throne, heavily muscled and black-haired. Although he had to shade his eyes somewhat he was not daunted.


Vote 193:
* I talked him into ending the raids [80 diplomacy, 40 personality]
* I challenged him to a magic-free duel [we will have the option to cheat]
* I used the dragonwish.
* I gave up and went home.
* I used magic to force him to listen to my words [90 enchantment]


Respectfully,

Brian P.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-03, 05:05 PM
talk damn it! Talk with all your might!

Cuthalion
2014-09-03, 06:56 PM
I gave up and went home.

smuchmuch
2014-09-03, 07:43 PM
Let's provoke him to a... "non magic" dual
(Just so we're clear I'm very aware this probaly a terrible idea and you probaly sholdn't vote for him if you want sucess but I'm jsut too curious to see how we can cheat)
My second choice is talking

Lord Ruby34
2014-09-03, 07:48 PM
Let's D-d-d-duel!

Forum Explorer
2014-09-04, 04:19 PM
Look I could just blow you all up by summoning more meteors but this is my good cloak and I'd hate to get the ashes of your fallen in it. Do you know how hard it is to get human ashes out of silk? Let's talk this over.

pendell
2014-09-04, 05:04 PM
We have two votes to negotiate and two votes to challenge to a duel. So we will once again randomly draw in the order the requests were made.

Negotiate: 53
Duel: 54

Fight's on!



The king looked straight at me. "I think not."

As I prepared to speak further, he cut me off. " I do not talk to women. Are there no men in your country, that they send you? You must be a weak people."

Obviously talking would be no use. But his testosterone-driven foolishness gave me an idea.

"It is not that we are weak; it is that our women are better warriors than your strongest men."

I looked him straight in the eyes. "As I will prove that *I* am a better fighter than *you*.

A challenge. I'd read about this male stupidity, but sure enough it worked.

"We shall see" , the king said.

And so it was the next day I was in a great circular arena, carrying a sword and shield. Two men enter, one man leaves (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHU6K47qgc8)

He held a battle axe in both hands. It looked large enough for a frost giant.



Decision point:

* I fought fair and won [needs 90 fighting and 30 body]
* I cheated.
* I lost the duel.


We've already stated we're going to cheat so I'm going to go directly to that choice.



Vote 194:
* I blasted him with fire [30 conjuration]
* I poisoned my blade [30 alchemy]
* I distracted him with a flash of light.
* I used the dragonwish
* I distracted him with an enchantment [40 enchantment]

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Lord Ruby34
2014-09-04, 05:35 PM
Poison. Heh, all they said was no magic.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-04, 05:37 PM
Poisoned blade. Because fire seems a tad obvious.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-05, 04:15 AM
Poison. Heh, all they said was no magic.

i like the way you think.

smuchmuch
2014-09-05, 11:16 AM
I'd say let's take a page from a famous explorer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anEuw8F8cpE) and blast him with fire but I like the sneakyness of poisoning the blade

pendell
2014-09-05, 04:45 PM
Poison it is, then.



I didn't want to be too obvious, so I added a mild sedative to the blade. He came on with overpowering strength but I did manage to get a cut in. Then two.

The drug made him just a touch sluggish, uncoordinated, his reactions a bit off. It would appear to the watchers that their lord had allowed himself to become out-of-shape, easily fatigued. I waited out his attacks with almost total defense, but continued to wear him down with continued cuts until at last he left himself open, and I hit him right in the heart with the point. End of fight.

I demanded they leave Daria forever and pay restitution, and this was readily agreed. Throm took over as the new barbarian king, and I returned to Tornassa in triumph.

As I returned, a white owl settled near me. I could feel a sense of connection to it and wondered what would have happened if I was not already bonded to Coral.


Evil: +10
Kingdom Foreign Relaations Improved
Alchemy: +10
Fame: +1

KINGDOM REPORT:
Tax System: Terrible
Agriculture and Farming: Tolerable
Foreign Relations: Excellent
Kingdom Defense: Terrible
Kingdom Faith: Excellent
Culture and Education: Excellent
Infrastructure: Excellent
Ecology: Excellent

Vote 195:
* Hire an advisor [5000 gold]
* Improve the tax system [65]
* Improve kingdom defense [90]
* I took some time off for myself, doing nothing to improve the kingdom.
* Improve agriculture [35]

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-05, 05:45 PM
Improve our defenses!

Lord Ruby34
2014-09-05, 10:39 PM
Defense! WHIIITTTE TEXT!!!!1!!!11!

Cuthalion
2014-09-06, 09:03 AM
Taaaaxes. :smallyuk:

pendell
2014-09-06, 07:41 PM
All right, we improve the kingdoms' defense.



The events of the last few months convinced me we could no longer ignore our defenses. The force which had defended the frontier town served as cadre for the rest of the army. We created a military academy, reached out for mercenary trainers, and put both blacksmiths and architects to work on improving our defenses. It wasn't long before we could mount a respectable army, which meant we were no longer such easy prey as we had been.


Kingdom Faction: +15



I resumed work. While researching in the royal library I came across a book which detailed the existence of a necromancer's laboratory, in which she had conducted experiments on the nature of life, unlife, and death.




Vote 196:
* I recognized the historical period and knew where the passage referred to [70 geography and 70 history]
* I used my magic to divine the location of the crypt [80 divination]
* I never did find out where the crypt was or what was in it.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-06, 07:55 PM
Both geography/history and divination are maxed out. Thus I'l pick History/Geography. If it could be found so easily by magic, than a previous court wizard would have done it. I like the idea our girl is so smart and well traveled she can figure out what numerous other wizards had failed to do so.

Get out of your dusty libraries you stuffy grey beards, this is real magic research!

pendell
2014-09-07, 09:29 PM
History and Geography it is.



I did some reading and, after a good deal of head-beating, got a pretty good idea where the crypt was. So I set out onHippocampus and rode to a small town in the center of Daria. The crypt was tightly locked and appeared to be impenetrable to magic, even mind.



* I picked the lock without magic [75 thievery]
* I spoke to the priests.

Forced.



I spoke to the priests about the crypt. Their head told me they themselves did not enter it, and they were reluctant to help me do so.

Perhaps I could find new ways to motivate them.


Vote 197:
* I knew where the key should be kept [80 religion]
* I beat up the priests [40 fighting]
* I roasted the priests in fire [40 conjuration]
* They couldn't help me.
*I talked the priests into getting me into the crypt [50 personality]
* I charmed the priests into letting me into the crypt [70 enchantment]



Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-07, 10:22 PM
I knew where the key was kept.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-08, 08:13 AM
Let's go for fighting. What, we haven't had a work out in a while. I'm sure these are the sort of monks who know Kung Fu. Perhaps we will impress them with our prowess?

And if not we still have some left over goodwill to ensure we go to heaven.

pendell
2014-09-08, 08:07 PM
One vote for knowing where the key is, and one vote for fighting. Roll 'em!

Religion: 38
Fighting: 79

So we're gonna beat up some monks.




" I need to know where the key is."

"And we don't need to tell you.", the priest replied.

As I began to settle into a fighting stance, his eyes went up. "Oho! A fighter!"

I hesitated. "Yes, I'm good at more things than just books."

His eyes gleamed. "As it happens, we sponsor a death tournament every year. Compete and win in this tournament, and we'll tell you the answer."

And so it was (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEElB5UTv-4). I had a hard time with the one blue guy who shot cold out of his hands, and the crazy guy with six arms pummelled me neraly to oblivion, and the head abbot himself was most annoying, as he kept shape-shifting into all the previous opponents. But in the end, I kicked, punched, and hurled him into submission. FLAWLESS VICTORY!


Fighting: +10
Evil: +10



The crypt was amazing. It contained an entire alchemical lab, workroom, and library. Everything a wizard would need to transform into a lich, undying and eternal.



Vote 198:
* I burned down the crypt, destroying the evil equipment.
* I broke down the equipment and sold it.
* I started going over the equipment, eager to try the transformation that would damn myself for eternity. [>100 evil]

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-08, 08:27 PM
I broke down the equipment and sold it.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-09, 11:58 AM
Sell it all! Everything's on sale, guaranteed mummy root, do you think your evil enough to live forever? you can try now for half off! We also guarantee at least half of the world undead.

Lord Ruby34
2014-09-09, 12:38 PM
Burn it all!

Cuthalion
2014-09-09, 01:44 PM
Burn.

We don't want to slide all the way to evil, fellers.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-09, 03:33 PM
Burn.

We don't want to slide all the way to evil, fellers.

Weirdly I think selling it is a good act.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-09, 03:38 PM
Weirdly I think selling it is a good act.

Destroying it gives us good points. Selling it doesn't give us good or bad points. I guess the potential someone else could replicate the procedure from the individual parts outweighs the good of taking it apart. Also, if your being good for a monetary reward, are you really being good?

No right or wrong answer here. Just makes you think.

pendell
2014-09-09, 04:50 PM
Selling the equipment is a neutral act, presumably because you're intelligent enough to sell the pieces widely enough so that they can be re-purposed. It nets you money but neither good nor bad points.

Burning the equipment provides no financial reward, but offers good points.

Lichification, of course, is evil points and changes you into a lich. But if you're becoming a lich you're already kilonazis evil, so far across the moral event horizon already that a little more won't do much.

We have a tie so we'll roll it off.

sell it: 4
burn it: 91

The RNG has spoken. It shall be burned.



I wrestled with my conscience for a day and a night. The money for selling this stuff would really help the kingdom -- but could I really allow such equipment to remain in the world, even broken down and repurposed?

I decided, in the end, that the answer was no: I could not leave a world to Finn in which a zombie apocalyps might occur. It would have to go. I entered the lab, raised up my ruby ring, and brought forth the fire.

It blazed brightly and I could swear I heard a howl as the crypt was purged clean, so that not even ash remained. I didn't know if any undead were caught in the blast or not, but I felt much better knowing that such magic was gone forever.


Good: +20



I was in my early sixties when Marlin and Dory retired from the academy. Not wishing to face death, they opened a portal to an alternate universe where they would live a new life as fish. I heard something about his son 'Nemo' -- perhaps the child had been changed into a fish and banished there? Now it was their turn to finally track him down?

The retirement party was quite jolly, and a week after that all the graduates of the Academy came together in Concave, a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of all mages to decide the next Archmage of the academy.

I realized that I would most likely have the deciding vote in the process.


Vote 199:
* I voted for myself [100 Mage guild faction, 20 fame, 80 arcana]
* I voted for Finn [40 personality]
* I voted for Harop Otter.
* I voted for Master Durgan, the doorkeeper.
* I didn't vote.


Apologies; I thought you needed Arcana of 100 to qualify for archmage, but evidently you only need 80.

Respectfully ,

Brian P.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-09, 05:27 PM
I vote for myself!

Come on Finn, nepotism will only get you so far. Your time will come when your in your 60s.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-10, 04:08 AM
I vote for myself! I'm curious, do the late game familiars have a purpose?

Lord Ruby34
2014-09-10, 01:41 PM
Some of them get you bonus points towards Peace or War at the end of the game.

pendell
2014-09-10, 04:46 PM
I'll take LordRuby's word for it. TBH, I never picked up a late-game familiar. There's an opportunity cost associated with them, typically, and I wanted the other options.

So we're going to vote for ourselves. Yay!



I put out the word that I would consider the position if it were offered. It didn't actually require much in the way of politicking -- considering the defeat of Parnaxxus and the repeated saving of the kingdom from barbarians and extraplanar invasions, there wasn't anyone to match my record of accomplishments. Nor had my academic credentials suffered; I had some of the greatest knowledge of Arcana in the land and had published a number of papers which had only enhanced my credibility. Dragon-slaying is all very well, but in Academia one must publish or perish anyway.

I was duly dunked in the tank and awarded the ceremonial fishing rod as the head of the academy. When I realized this meant I would now have access to the Archmage's personal library, I could scarcely contain my lust for knowledge.



Vote 200:
* I read many books about fire.
* I read about the true nature of the gods.
* I learned how to summon a dragon [50 summoning]


Respectfully,

Brian P.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-10, 04:54 PM
...is this even a question? Wake the Dragon!

Hey a GOT reference. Have we had one yet in this game?

Cuthalion
2014-09-10, 07:29 PM
* I read many books about fire.

I wanna see what happens.

smuchmuch
2014-09-10, 10:09 PM
We should read about the real nature of the gods themselves !
(i want to see if the game or pendel are going to go for the obvious fourth wall breaking joke here)

Forum Explorer
2014-09-11, 01:05 AM
I summoned the dragon

pendell
2014-09-11, 05:04 PM
We have two votes for dragon summoning. Technically, we get a second vote on whether or not to actually SUMMON the dragon, but I think you've made your desires sufficiently clear.



I studied the dragon lore found in the library intently. My son was a bit diffident about it. "You don't want to wake the dragon, do you? What could possibly go wrong (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2tQ12lYz-c)?"

Nonetheless, I persevered. And at last, on the night of the full moon, I spoke the name of ...



Vote 201: What is the Dragon's name?

Also, any other details I should know? Color, for example?

ETA: I have never watched Game of Thrones before today, but now that i have I suggest our character resembles Daenerys Targanyen (http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Daenerys_Targaryen), at least in appearance. Agree/ Disagree?



Respectfully,

Brian P

CoreBrute23
2014-09-11, 07:47 PM
Isn't our character pushing 60 at this point? And we already established Elves do age, so she won't look as young.

I have no opinion on dragon names and stuff. Perhaps something fish like, since that seems to be this Let's play's theme.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-12, 02:24 AM
We summoned the mighty dragon Cephalopoda!

pendell
2014-09-12, 05:00 PM
She's ... 64 , actually. But just because she ages doesn't mean she can't be beautiful. A few more wrinkles, a little more silver in the hair , a little plumper, but still recognizably the same woman.

So we're going to summon the dragon Cephelopada!



"... Cephelopada." I spoke to the wind.

Nothing changed for a few minutes, then a breeze picked up, changing to a wind.

Then I realized it wasn't a wind at all, but the beating of great wings. Great, golden wings supporting a massive weight.

The mighty dragon alighted in front of me and looked into my eyes. Unafraid, I looked back. There followed an endless moment in which we plumbed the depths of each other's character and soul.

It seemed like forever, although in real time only a minute or two passed. But at the end of it, an understanding was reached. Cephelopada would be my partner for the rest of my life. We set to work digging a den for him in the castle, and diverted some of the royal treasury to his own horde. Henceforth enlarging his horde would be just as much a goal of the kingdom's tax revenue as it would be to pay any other subject of the crown. The 'worker is worthy of his hire', after all.

A short time later, a messenger came from my home village: My parents had died. Mack, Finn and I packed up and traveled with Cephelopada to the funeral.

I would be .. lying a great deal if I said I was greatly grieved at their deaths. Judging by the nearly empty funeral service, not many people did. We found something pleasant to say about them, however, and managed to make it through the dreadful service without too much trouble.

Afterwards, going through my parent's things, I came across an amulet which my parents had owned , and learned the family secret -- my grandfather had been a necromancer. He had conducted forbidden experiments , but one had gone out of control and brought him to a grisly end. Afterwards, my parents had chosen to flee the elven lands rather than deal with the disgrace and cold looks every day from their neighbors. My father had evidently attempted to follow in grandfather's path, but had evidently possessed the magical talent of a rock. And so , rather than powerful wizards, they had lived out their lives as exiles in human lands.

At first, I felt a little better toward them. Then read on and learned that necromancers gained power through the sacrifice of a loved one. That was why I had been conceived, and my life had only been spared because my parents had discovered their lack of talent while I was an infant. So I was right back to being glad they were gone.

This heirloom of my grandfather's was the only thing of any significant interest. The rest of my parent's possessions, including their house, was sold.


Vote 202:

* I donated the money to charity.
* I kept the money.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-12, 05:23 PM
I kept the money. We've got a dragon and a kingdom to fund. We need more money.

Cuthalion
2014-09-13, 11:52 AM
I kept the money. We've got a dragon and a kingdom to fund. We need more money.

Seconded. :smallyuk:

pendell
2014-09-13, 05:55 PM
All, right, we keep the money.



I kept my parent's inheritance. I could certainly put it to good use.


Gold: +2200.

[quote=Story]
It was time to consider improving the kingdom again.

KINGDOM REPORT
Tax System: Terrible
Agriculture and Farming: Tolerable
Defense: Good

All other aspects of the kingdom are rated EXCELLENT.
Gold: 21760

Vote 203:

* Hire an advisor [5000 gold] [we may do this more than once]
* Improve the tax system: [Economics: 65]
* Took time out for myself.

That's all we can do. Our skill level is too low to improve agriculture or defense above what they are now. We will either need to improve our skills in those areas or hire an advisor.

Note that all categories must be a minimum of GOOD to achieve a golden age -- Defense meets this minimum criteria. Agriculture is one step below what it needs to be, and taxes are three steps below what it needs to be. With a tax skill of 65, I suspect improving the tax system this go round will improve it to TOLERABLE, one step below the minimum.

However, we aren't going to be tested on that for awhile yet, so it may be worthwhile holding onto the money for more magical training. Peace Points are also acquired by having magic skill at 100 in various disciplines. We will have the opportunity to purchase such training at 5000 a session.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-14, 02:08 AM
Hire an economic adviser,
Hire an Agriculture adviser
Improve Tax System.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-14, 04:42 AM
Hire an economic adviser,
Hire an Agriculture adviser
Improve Tax System.

Seconded. Good plan all around.

pendell
2014-09-14, 11:33 AM
Are you sure you want to do that? See, I think there's a ceiling to how far you can raise your tax with your current skill. I think that your current skill can only get you up to tolerable regardless of your starting point. So you can either go from terrible to tolerable or from poor to tolerable, but if you want to get it up to *good* you have to use the tax advisor next go-round, not this one. I think hiring a tax advisor at this point will just waste the money.

Nonetheless, if I haven't heard from you by 5:30PM that's what we'll do.

ETA: I COULD be wrong, but I don't think so.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Lord Ruby34
2014-09-14, 11:42 AM
Hire an Agricultural Adviser.
Improve Economics.

pendell
2014-09-14, 03:13 PM
I'm going to postpone today's move until tomorrow, 17:30PM Eastern time. I feel I didn't give you all the information you needed. Once that time is up, however, I'm assuming we're good with our current choices and push forward.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Targ Collective
2014-09-14, 04:16 PM
Agricultural Advisor

Reflected-sounds-of-underground-spirits (echo-gnomics) (cookie if you get the reference)

Forum Explorer
2014-09-14, 04:39 PM
Are you sure you want to do that? See, I think there's a ceiling to how far you can raise your tax with your current skill. I think that your current skill can only get you up to tolerable regardless of your starting point. So you can either go from terrible to tolerable or from poor to tolerable, but if you want to get it up to *good* you have to use the tax advisor next go-round, not this one. I think hiring a tax advisor at this point will just waste the money.

Nonetheless, if I haven't heard from you by 5:30PM that's what we'll do.

ETA: I COULD be wrong, but I don't think so.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

I am under the impression that your skill level determines the number of degrees a category goes up, and that if it was at a better point then we'd reach good.

But if you are positive we get another go around then sure, we can wait.

pendell
2014-09-15, 07:47 PM
I am not 100% certain , but I am certain enough to make the recommendation. And I am dead certain this won't be your last chance to improve the kingdom. If I'm wrong, you can always do it later. And if I'm right, you save 5000 gold.

Forum Explorer, Targ Collective, and Lord Ruby34 seem to agree to hire an ag advisor and then improve economics, so that's what we'll do.



I hired a master farmer and set out to reform the kingdom's tax system. For starters, I constructed golems to perform the tasks of mathematics and assessment. They were completely impartial, and we assessed a flat 5% tax on all sales and increase in farm produce in the kingdom. It may not have been the best choice, but at least with taxation now occurring on a regular and predictable schedule, rather than arbitrary seizure little better than robbery. It wasn't perfect, as economics went, but it was much better than it was .



Gold: -5000

Farming is now good.
Kingdom Faction: +10



Meanwhile, it was time to see about Travis. He was now of an age to marry, and quite straight -- I knew this from the , um, literature I found in his room ... but he seemed too afraid to approach any directly. I decided to take matters in hand and see if I could introduce him to someone.



I introduced Travis to:

Vote 204:
* Yasmine, the Elf Queens daughter [elf faction: 95]
* Gretchen, a human girl raised by the Dwarf King [Dwarf faction : 65]
* Kragpok, the Orc Chieftain's daughter [orc faction: 40]
* Gwen, a rich young merchant's daughter from Tornassa whom I'd seen Travis looking at.


ANALYSIS:
Whomever you marry him to will, of course, improve your standing with that faction. This is important because you must have all factions at 100+ OR have a personal ambassador to the faction in order to bring about a golden age. However, there may be ONE more opportunity to improve your standing with the factions beside this one.

I don't believe marrying Gwen will improve your standing with any faction. It might, possible, result in money coming in from the merchant. But I can't say for sure.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Cuthalion
2014-09-15, 10:02 PM
Gretchen, I suppose.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-15, 10:51 PM
Gretchen. We have a orc ambassador, and we can be an elf ambassador.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-16, 03:47 AM
Gretchen. Wait who is our Orc Ambassador? It's our old cleric buddy right?

pendell
2014-09-16, 04:46 PM
I suspect that is entirely correct. We expect ol' Harrop the half-orc to persuade the orcs to go along with our plan for peace and prosperity.

So ... Gretchen it is!


I sent a letter to the Low King, asking as to the health of his daughter and mentioning in passing the dynastic issues facing the kingdom of Daria. It didn't take long before a suitable pretext -- a holiday, if I remember rightly -- was found for her to visit the kingdom and pay her respects to the king.

Gretchen was short, stocky, and a real charmer. I could tell the king was delighted in her, and I encouraged him to call on her. Happily, she was a woman who knew what she wanted, and between my gentle encouragement, the wise words of my husband, and her own determination we were able to lure King Travis out of his shell and to strike up a genuine, loving relationship. Within a reasonable time, they were betrothed.


Dwarf faction: +30



The day of the wedding was a once-in-a-lifetime event. The dwarves came with a large retinue, and the entire city was awash in celebration.

And then, just as the festivities came to a peak, disaster nearly struck. As the king mounted the stage to address his subjects, a crossbow bolt whistled towards him!



Vote 205:
* I turned the bolt into liquid [70 transmutation ]
* The bolt hit Travis in the chest but I healed him [70 healing ]
* I turned the bolt to ash in midair [80 conjuration]
* I used the dragonwish.
* I threw myself in front of the bolt.



Respectfully,

Brian P.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-16, 06:01 PM
I transmuted the arrow into Archmage Pepper, so when it landed in the king's mouth, he just went 'mm, tasty."

This sponsorship is brought to you by the mage academy-because since all our funds are going to fix up the kingdom, we're broke!

CrimsonKnight
2014-09-16, 06:34 PM
Seconded. I foresee a new dangerous but silly dinner fad to come amongst the nobility afterwards if this goes well.

Cuthalion
2014-09-16, 09:54 PM
I threw myself in front of the bolt.

Lord Ruby34
2014-09-16, 11:49 PM
Transmute the bolt.

pendell
2014-09-17, 04:41 PM
Okay, we transmute the bolt.



With a twitch of my fingers, I changed the crossbow into allspice and cinnamon. It hit the King, who smacked his lips appreciatively.

I later found out this started a dangerous underground game in which either mages, or mages on hire, would transmute bolts into food items at progressively closer distances to the mouths of the gamers until someone chickened out (and therefore , lost the bet) or was actually hit in the mouth. It kept our doctors, and the city guard, quite busy.


Transmutation: +10



All eyes turned to the balcony. I raced across the court towards it.


Would-be decisions:
* I turned the air solid and climbed up to the balcony (70 transmutation)
* My atheleticism allowed me to catch the would-be assassin. [70 body]
* When I got there, the balcony was empty.

====

Y'know what? I'm just going to go directly for the transmutation option. Is there any voter reading this who seriously wants to just let the assassin go? Do we have to wait a day for that decision? I think not.

Transmutation: +10. Transmutation is now MAX.



The people below watched in eye as I walked on air...

*Believe it or not, I'm walking on air, Never thought I could feel so free....eee*

Ran up to the baclony and cornered the assassin a few rooms away. The assassin was short, heavy, and sagged into a chair, out of breath.

It was the Dowager Queen, Queen Audrey, the mother of the King Gareth and Princess Emily. Her only weapon appeared to be the crossbow, now empty.

She gasped and wheezed for breath, but it was obvious I could fry her long before she reloaded, so she didn't try.

"Why?" I asked.

"Why?" She laughed, a strange sound as it came out between wheezes. "Why? Because you're a murderer that's why! My children are dead! Gareth is dead, and Emily is dead! I saw the bodies! I had them exhumed! They didn't die at the hands of an assassin, did they? You and Travis killed them to take the throne, didn't you? Those who live by the crossbow must die by it!" At this she flourished the weapon.


Vote 206:

* I put the old lady under guard for the rest of her days, but I kept her identity as the assassin a secret.

* I had the old lady publicly executed.

* I killed the old lady in secret.


Respectfully,

Brian P.

CrimsonKnight
2014-09-18, 10:42 AM
Execute her publically. Better to be upfront about her treason than to risk the general population misreading our actions as some kind of conspiracy.

smuchmuch
2014-09-18, 11:13 AM
Execute her publically. Better to be upfront about her treason than to risk the general population misreading our actions as some kind of conspiracy.

You mean like some kind of conspiracy to cover up the fact that her son and her husband weren't killed by assassins but by us ? Cause we can't have that, we're a good person.

Which is why we will codly order the execution of that woman maddened by grief and looking for justice for a crime that we did kind of haf commited.

Lord Ruby34
2014-09-18, 01:05 PM
Lock her up. She can do penance in the temple or something.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-18, 04:02 PM
Locked her up.

pendell
2014-09-18, 05:05 PM
I'm glad I didn't do this early. Two votes for ol' Sparky and two votes to put her away quietly , eh? Let's let random.org decide.

Execute her publicly: 31
Lock her up, quietly: 50

The wimpy .. excuse me, the MERCIFUL option wins out.



I sat down with the Dowager Queen and explained, carefully and calmly , what had happened and why. I was able to use my skill at illusion to SHOW her what I had seen and why I had seen it.

It took some doing, but after a few days she came around. And even if what happened HAD been a crime, shooting the king and throwing Daria back into anarchy wasn't the answer. It wouldn't bring Gareth, Emily, OR Eric, the child I had helped bring into the world, back from the land of no return.

"So what's going to happen now?" She asked.

What is going to happen is that she took oaths as a nun and was duly sent away to a convent on the far side of the world, with a pair of golem guards who were absolutely loyal to me. They would prevent her from coming to harm, but they would also prevent her ever setting foot in Daria again.

And so the situation was resolved. King Travis was pleased that the royal family had not been embarrassed and he wouldn't have to cut off his own grandmother's head.

The wedding ceremony proceeded without any problems. The dwarves showered us with gifts for the wedding, especially materials and craftsmen for the kingdom's roads. I myself was presented with a beautiful book filled from top to bottom with geological lore.


Royal Faction: +15
Kingdom Infrastructure improves.
Agriculture: +20
Geography: +20
Smithing: +20



A year later, the queen gave birth to a beautiful boy by the name of Kyle. The kingdom was ecstatic, not only for the wellbeing of the royal family but the arrival of an undisputed heir, which meant there would be no game of thrones on Travis' departure. Meanwhile, the king and queen were deeply in love ... and my own love towards Mack increased as well.

Things were going quite well in Daria, and rumors began to circulate of a golden age.

My magical might had grown considerably over the years, and I began to lay out serous money to conduct arcane research into various fields.


Gold: 16760

Vote 207:

* I researched the fundamentals of alchemy[currently 54] [1000 gold; can repeat]
* I researched the basics of enchantment [currently 20 : needs 1000 gold : can repeat]
* I researched the basics of necromancy [currently 13: 1000 gold, can repeat]
* I researched no more.



ANALYSIS: This is an important decision. This is your second-to-last chance to improve your magical abilities through training. You will get ONE more chance to improve ONE discipline, so if you want to do any serious effort, now's the time to do it.

This is what you've been saving your money for. That, and hiring advisors to improve the kingdom. IIRC, there's nothing else to spend money on.

For every 1000 gold you can improve your skill in one area. As your skill improves, the subsequent gains become smaller.

For instance, I *think* that if you purchased necromancy now, your skill would jump upward from 13 to around 25 or 30. But the same money, at a skill of 80, would only bump it to 90.

I forget the exact curve, but IIRC you get a terrific bonus until your skill hits 50, a smaller bonus until you reach 80, then it's 10 points per 1000 gold until you reach 100. You cannot improve your skill past 100.

Also, at this stage of the game, a magical ability skill of LESS than 100 in any discipline probably means you're going to fail the check.

So here's what we're going to do:

Tell me EXACTLY how much money you want to spend on each discipline. BUT , tell me if you want another go-round. That way, say, we can have multiple sessions. Instead of spending 4 rounds on enchantment (say), we could spend 2 rounds, then decide if we wanted to keep spending money on that, move to something else, or proceed with the game.

So you don't have to spend all your money on this one vote! We can take a couple vote if necessary to get all the money spent.

So tell me 1) How much you're going to spend on each discipline.
2) Whether this is all you want to spend, or you want another session devoted to this tomorrow as well.

Again, this is your second-to-last chance to get magical training. The only other thing you have to spend money on is hiring an advisor to improve the kingdom status, which I believe is below-excellent in Taxes[tolerable], Agriculture[Good], and Warcraft[good]. Every advisor we hire is 5000 gold.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-19, 03:53 AM
Why did you not include our total gold in that post?

Regardless, we have to keep 5000 gold to bump up taxes. Then I say we spend all the money we can on getting Alchemy to 100. If we have any left over we'll pump it all into enchantment.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-19, 05:41 AM
Why did you not include our total gold in that post?

Regardless, we have to keep 5000 gold to bump up taxes. Then I say we spend all the money we can on getting Alchemy to 100. If we have any left over we'll pump it all into enchantment.

Good idea. Seconded.

pendell
2014-09-19, 07:30 AM
Why did you not include our total gold in that post?


I *did*. It's directly above the words "Vote 207". Gold: 16760. It's in blue, perhaps that's what was confusing.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

CrimsonKnight
2014-09-19, 08:04 AM
Why did you not include our total gold in that post?

Regardless, we have to keep 5000 gold to bump up taxes. Then I say we spend all the money we can on getting Alchemy to 100. If we have any left over we'll pump it all into enchantment.

I'm good with this as well.

pendell
2014-09-19, 05:29 PM
Very well . I'll spend money on alchemy and enchantment until they are either both at 100, or we have 5000 gold.



I put in a lot of effort into researching the higher studies of alchemy. While I wasn't able to change lead into gold, I did find a number of other formulae and relationships which greatly benefited healing and other pursuits. I had also struggled with enchantment, so Coral and I practiced together until I could pull the "These are the the elves you're looking for" at the drop of the hat, even on a resistant target.


Gold left: 6760



Finn had graduated from the academy and was doing quite well as a wizard.


Vote 208:
* I visited a lot.
* I didn't visit very often.


Respectfully,

Brian P.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-19, 06:03 PM
Of course we will visit. And wear our old alma mater robes, with the little Fish themed flags.

Then get horribly over protective when he wants to hang out with his friends for the evening, and tracking him down with a devil dog ("I was worried son, you didn't pick up your mini crystal ball for 3 minutes! You could have been kidnapped-again!"). Essentially ruining his social life for all eternity.

Cause that's what mothers do.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-19, 06:08 PM
Of course we will visit.

pendell
2014-09-20, 09:06 PM
Such good kids ... *sniff* .



Mack and I came over frequently to visit with our son, and all of us enjoyed our visits. Regrettably, it seemed our son's first love was magic .. he never did get married or fathered any children of his own, so grandchildren would be an unrealized dream. Perhaps I could summon some.

Meanwhile, things began to ahppen in the academy. Several of the masters claimed that human magic was the strongest and the we should ban all other races from the academy. The human masters promised to use their free time to teach me their best spells in return for making the decision.

Strangely, they don't seemed to have noticed the pointed ears. But I had a decision to make.




Vote 209:
* I supported the decision to ban all other races from the academy.
* I turned down the idea entirely, knowing that it would make the elves, dwarves, and orcs very angry.


No indication whether the wizards in question wore green robes or not.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-21, 04:02 AM
I told them I would turn down other races the day one of them beat me in a duel.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-21, 05:32 AM
I told them I would turn down other races the day one of them beat me in a duel.

And in said duel, I would not use my human magic, but the spells I've learnt from among my time with the Orc shamans, the dwarven artificers and the elven Druids.

pendell
2014-09-21, 05:13 PM
So it shall be . We refuse to ban the other species from the academy.



I swept into the council chamber and took off my hood, allowing full view of my ears before letting my Aaasimer nature shine through, blinding brilliance.

"I am an elf and the daughter of an elf and I say we will continue to have orc shamanism, dwarven smithcraft, and elvish spell-binding. And I will fight anyone who says me nay!" I raised my staff. Coral hissed.

There were no takers.


Elf: +15 [MAX]
Dwarves: +15 [MAX]
Orcs: +15 [55]



Things were peaceful until my early 70s. I studied my grandfather's heirloom amulet, a little-known wizard and necromancer who had traveled to the southern kingdom of Jellal. Evidently he had murdered another, very powerful wizard for this amulet and held it for his lifetime.

Analysis revealed that the amulet had a unique property: The ability to unravel magic. It would have been a world-class artifact, if only I could get the ability to work reliably. Instead, the effect happened on seeming whimsy, in no predictable pattern.

The day it happened, I was reading in my tower. Prince Kyle, a rambunctious five-year-old was playing at my feet while King Travis and Queen Gretchen held court. My husband was visiting my son at his home, most likely trying to convince him that grandchildren would be a wonderful thing.

Suddenly, my grandfather's amulet began to glow with a light I had never seen before. I scrambled to my feet and studied the situation with my arcane sight. The amulet was active and nullifying all magic in the room! Without warning, I found myself falling and falling...

I awoke with the sun beating down on my face and a large, gap-toothed man hovering over me.

From my prone position, I couldn't see any buildings nearby, just the man standing over me with a few other men standing around a wagon nearby.

He was going through my pockets with the thoroughness of a veteran adventurer and had already take away most of my personal belongings.



Vote 210:

* I sent a jagged bolt of ice through his chest [60 conjuration]
* I took over his mind [70 enchantment]
* I summoned a pack of wolves to defend me [65 summoning]
* I turned the ground to mud [70 transmutation]
* I created the image of a giant attacking him from behind [55 illusion]
* I sensed that something was wrong.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

pendell
2014-09-22, 06:47 PM
No votes? We'll try again tomorrow, then.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Cuthalion
2014-09-22, 06:48 PM
Took over his mind.

smuchmuch
2014-09-23, 01:48 AM
I created the image of a giant attacking him from behind

CoreBrute23
2014-09-23, 07:28 AM
I sensed that something was wrong.

Lord Ruby34
2014-09-23, 07:46 AM
Ground to Mud

pendell
2014-09-23, 05:22 PM
Four votes for four different things, so it's over to random!

* Took over his mind [17]
* I created an illusion of a giant [94]
* I sensed that something was wrong. [61]
* Ground to mud. [97]




I raised my hand and began to chant the words of power .

Nothing happened.

The man looked at me funny. I was a bit shocked, myself. For some reason, my magic wasn't working.

My years of arcana led me to the rapid conclusion that I must have somehow been planeshifted -- this was an alternate Prime Material Plane, and my magic simply didn't work here. The amulet had, been, perhaps, the perfect tool for disposing of mages, since I couldn't simply pop back.

Coral, also, was missing for some reason. This as the first time we had been apart since we had met, back in summoning class all those years ago when I was a 20-something and she was .. the same as she was now.

The man finished stripping off my belongings, then made to shackle my wrists.


Vote 211:
* I punched the man in the nose.
* I ran off into the woods.
* I let him take me.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-23, 05:51 PM
Time to implement an old adventuring tactic. RUN AWAY!

Targ Collective
2014-09-23, 06:49 PM
Time to flee!

Trufflehound
2014-09-24, 01:54 PM
Punch him in the nose.

CrimsonKnight
2014-09-24, 03:11 PM
Run away. We are a squishy wizard, we don't do the violence bit.

Cuthalion
2014-09-24, 04:54 PM
Punch him in the nose. If we run away we lose our stuff.

pendell
2014-09-24, 05:02 PM
3-1, we bravely run away!





I pointed behind him. "Look! A three-headed monkey!"

Possibly by the sheer chutzpah of the lie, his head rotated. By the time it came back I was already legging it for the woods as fast as I could.

He chased me, of course, and he might have caught me on the flat, but heritage and years of study had made me at home in the woods, even strange ones like these. I soon found myself completely alone.

I made myself a small shelter among the trees and looked around for fresh water, trying to recall camping in my adventuring days ,nearly 30 years ago.


* I was able to find food and water [40 nature]
* I returned to the slavers.
* I raided the slaver's farm for food [65 thievery]

Since we have the nature skill, I'm going to go right ahead with that option. I think you've made it pretty clear that's what you collectively wanted to do -- if we wanted to return to the slavers, we'd have surrendered outright.



Those first few days were the hardest, but I found water and a bush of edible berries.

I stayed in the trees, keeping out of sight. Days turned to weeks as time went by. I felt very isolated , but at least I was free. As the temperature began to lower, I became nervous.


Nature: +10[MAX]

* I spent the winter in the woods [70 nature]
* I raided the slaver's farm many times to get through the winter[80 thievery]
* I returned to the slavers.

Continuing with the nature path; same reaoning.



I used my knowledge of woodland survival to build a more solid structure and catch animals for their pelts [nature: +15]

Spring found me sitting under a tree and watching the river flow quickly from spring runoff. My reverie was cut short by the sound of many marching feet. I was forced to climb a tree as a large army passed below me. I caught snatches of their conversation -- they were going to invade another world. Mine? Was there a portal I could use to get back home?

The chaos of the army made it easy for me to fall in with them. I disguised myself as a camp-following fortune teller , and nobody looked at me twice. I learned that the people on this side called themselves the Vallorn. They were honest, hard-working people [aside from trying to invade my world, and aside from being slavers -- wait, what? ] with no magic of their own.

We marched fro two days until we came to a hole in the air. The army marched through, and I passed through with them. The instant I crossed through, I could feel my magic return.

I looked past the soldiers around me and saw the outline of Tornassa in the distance. They were marching on the capital city. The Vallorn people had no magic -- their very world made the mystical arts cease to function -- but they were very fierce warriors. Add to that their enormous population, and it was easy to see how they had made it to the steps of the kingdom's capital. The wizards of the Academy had helped a bit, but even they could not hold out against the sheer tenacity and determination of the Vallorn. Once a few wizards had been killed, others stopped volunteering to help, and the tide of the war turned against the kingdom.



Vote 212:

* I made myself invisible and hurried to the castle ahead of the advnacing army [60 illusion]
* I laid waste to the army around me [75 conjuration]
* I sent out waves of fear, making the soldiers flee before me [70 enchantment]
* I summoned swarms of demons [or any other summonable creature, if you prefer] to attack the army [60 summoning]
* I waited for the army to attack Tornassa and then entered with them.


Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-24, 05:41 PM
I summoned an army of fish men to win the battle

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Cuthalion
2014-09-24, 06:10 PM
* I made myself invisible and hurried to the castle ahead of the advnacing army [60 illusion]

Angsty Anubite
2014-09-25, 02:45 AM
Flee before me, maggots!

CrimsonKnight
2014-09-25, 10:06 AM
I conjured up a meteor storm and proceed to introduce the soldiers to the simple concept of "Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies."

Lord Ruby34
2014-09-25, 10:32 AM
Fish men. Definitely Fish men.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-25, 10:34 AM
I conjured up a meteor storm and proceed to introduce the soldiers to the simple concept of "Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies."

I gotta go with the TPK over here.

pendell
2014-09-25, 05:06 PM
We have two votes for fish men and two votes for Meteor Storm. So it's up to Random to break the tie.

Summoning: 67
Conjuration: 95

So we're going to lay waste to them.



I rolled up my sleeves. I had a feeling this was probably going to be my last rodeo, so I wanted to make it a good one.

"Open the gateway to the sacred land! And let fly the arrow of judgement to strike down evil! METEOR SWARM ! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRmaBEKBWK4)

That started it off. Once I'd let that loose, I went on to a full demonstration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_MdxrTtBrc) of what I was capable of. Lightning fell from the sky evaporate entire battalions at once. Mighty Stalagmites leaped from the earth, skewering many. Water solidifed from air vapor, freezing the enemy.

I was just barely getting warmed up, when there was a tap on my shoulder.

It was Finn, his eyes shining. The battle was over. The enemy was in full retreat.

I returned to the capital , where the King and my husband greeted me warmly. Prince Kyle had been found alone in my tower, but safe. The invading armies had shown up several montshs later, but they never connected the two events.

The happy time did not last. Within a short time more armies arrived and once again surrounded the city. It seemed likely the Vallorn would keep sending army after army, never stopping.



Vote 213:

* I went out and negotiated a peace treaty with the general [60 diplomacy]
* I marshaled the troops and led a brilliant counterattack[60 warcraft]
* I created the illusion of great defenses. [60 illusion]
* I created a devastating firestorm, killing everyone outside the castle walls, friend and foe alike [70 conjuration]
* Tornassa was invaded.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Forum Explorer
2014-09-25, 05:45 PM
Time for a brilliant counterattack!

CrimsonKnight
2014-09-25, 06:51 PM
Counterattack. They invaded without provocation. With any luck, we can drive them back and liberate their camp follower slaves as well.

pendell
2014-09-26, 05:12 PM
A counterattack it is!


The old adventuring group got together. It seemed like old times. I planned out the attack for night, when the darkness and confusion would favor us more than them. When the time came, I supplemented our numbers with illusions to magnify them and to deceive the enemy into believing there were relieving forces approaching. Mr. Pump led the attack, while Harrop marshaled the healers and ensured, with me, that all our troops were able to communicate. The enemy force rapidly fell into confusion and disarray. Whenever an officer seemed likely to stem the panic, Ilse, for whom darkness was no handicap, would step in and efficiently dispatch him. It wasn't long before the enemy was running and we were hot on their heels, cutting down anyone who didn't throw down his arms and beg for mercy.



Warcraft: +10



So now we were faced with the issue of an entire nation lcose to use yet not on any map. I spent days in my tower, trying to find a solution.

The issue was that my amulet, it turns out, was NOT a mage-assassination tool. Instead, it was an artifact for traveling between planes, and it had loosened the planar seal, dumping me unceremoniously into this other world and opening a gateway for their armies. I believed that if I could get the amulet back, I could seal the planes shut for good.


Vote 214:
* I enchanted an [enemy] officer to do my bidding [60 enchantment]
* I bribed an officer to get my things back.
* I killed an officer and raised him as my ghoul [70 necromancy]

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Targ Collective
2014-09-26, 10:10 PM
Enchantment seems our best option.

CoreBrute23
2014-09-27, 10:22 AM
Well as my good friend Yuri Lowenthal would say, "Enchantment? Enchantment!"

CrimsonKnight
2014-09-27, 04:23 PM
Enchantment. Why buy the amulet when we can get it for free?