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    Barbarian in the Playground
     
    RogueGirl

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    Hey everyone

    I would like to try out a small creative writing game which uses Magic The Gathering Cards as prompts!

    It would work this way; In every post we continue to tell a fantasy story in a "pass it on" sort of way - BUT what you write is inspired by one of two Magic The Gathering Cards the previous poster has picked and the post after yours is inspired by two Magic The Gathering Cards you pick!

    So after I start a story I'll post two Magic the Gathering cards from The Gatherer and the person that posts next (first come first serve) can use one of the two cards as inspiration for their part of the story (the inspiration can come from the art, the name, the flavor text - even the rules mechanic) and then afterwards they pick two cards from The Gatherer (maybe even random cards) for the next person to use and so on. After let's say 10 rounds every player has the option to end this particular story. Their two cards are then the prompt for the beginning of the next story.

    I'll start!


    Once upon a time there was a King who had three sons and one daughter. They were all skilled with sword and word, but the sons were also arrogant and greedy and cruel to everyone around them, while the princess, her name was Celena, was kind and and treated everyone with compassion and fairness. She often tried to explain to her brothers that they could accomplish so much more for everyone if they tried to see the world through different eyes and treated everyone with respect, but they only laughed about her supposed foolishness. Nevertheless, over time they became weary because of the love the people in the Kingdom showed their sister.

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    Troll in the Playground
     
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    One day, Celena's youngest sibling came home with a new fiancee whose ardor and guile he admired. This noble heiress, Siku, hailed from a neighboring oligarchy known for its lavish castles and webs of influence and less known for the downtrodden commoners the noble houses presided over. Needless to say, there was some culture shock; governed by the judgments of the king and now by Celena, this so-called monarchy's rulers lived a relatively humble lifestyle.

    After several nights spent at the castle, something in Siku suddenly snapped. She didn't join this monarchy just to be handed a moderate share of power by some naive princess! A royal family was supposed to have the entire wealth of its kingdom at their personal disposal! How could Celena not see this? Why did the king insist on grooming her for succession instead of her smarter, hotter brother? Perhaps she had some kind of mysterious magical leverage that Siku wasn't seeing. At any rate, she had to go, and Siku would have to make it happen herself, in secret. Otherwise, Celena's loyal fans might freak out and take advantage of the castle's stunning lack of security.

    What will happen?

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    RogueGirl

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    So when Siku one day heard of Princess Celena's plans to leave the palace in a secret diplomatic mission to broker peace between the Mountain Kings of the North, she used her talent for illusion and shadow magic to disguise herself and sneak out of the palace to seek out the help of a band of Dwarven mercenaries, who had a reputation for doing anything for gold.

    Siku soon found them in a tavern outside the city walls, where in her disguise she offered the Dwarven commander, a gruff Dwarf with ritual scars all over the body, seven of her precious moonsilver rings to attack the Princess' soldiers and kill her.

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    [BTW: Dr.Gunsforhands, did you pick the Nightshade Assassin?]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp View Post
    [BTW: Dr.Gunsforhands, did you pick the Nightshade Assassin?]
    (Yes.)

    Celena reviewed the reports regarding the Northern dispute. It seemed that the Moon King had declared war on the Sun King over several raids by barbarian soldiers on what was once Lun Mountain's finest library. It took all week to get her hands on her eldest brother's reports on those barbarians' movements. Much to her dismay, the culprits were apparently launching their attacks from within Epharia - her own kingdom.

    In the tavern, Siku found herself in a long, frustrating conversation trying to explain what moonsilver was. It was an export of her homeland, but it wasn't found under the Sol mountains where the dwarves were taught about metallurgy. Unconvinced of the magical metal's value, the commander intuited correctly that she was not being honest with them, even if he did not realize exactly which part of her story was the lie - and Dwarves famously can not stand deception.

    In the castle, Celena went to the chapel to meditate, seeking guidance from Epharia's patron goddess. Before peace could be made, the raiders had to be confronted and their intentions revealed. How could she do that safely, with so little time before the summit...?

    Siku was quick on the draw, but a barbarian's rage was even faster. The dwarves' specialized axes cut through her magic and broke her ostentatious blade. With no guards to back her up, she found herself pinned to a wall, facing execution at the hands of the men she intended to hire, when suddenly a third party came in the tavern door, invoking the name of the goddess and making some very heinous accusations.

    Recognizing Celena, the mercenaries moved to attack her rather than defend themselves, only to suddenly vanish as her divine spell completed. They were banished from the premises, leaving their equipment behind for her perusal.

    It was a lot for Siku to process, and she couldn't provide a good answer to how she wound up in this near-death experience. Celena was suspicious of her future sister-in-law at first, but searching the dwarves' stuff revealed that they already had a contract on Celena's life before Siku even left the castle. What the heck was going on? At least she had the evidence she needed to save the summit. Since Siku was already involved, it seemed prudent to bring her along too; her expertise was valuable for a secret mission like this, after all. Perhaps this meeting was the goddess' plan all along.



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