18.09.18 Tuesday GURPS session.
Rain, Sunvar, Suki and Audrey get 2 xp each. Rain and Audrey and Sunvaar also get an extra xp for being on time. Plus everyone who writes up a journal
for the session either IC or OOC gets 1 extra xp.
Rain, Audrey and Salmissra are heading through the swamp following the Black Pharoah. However, Salmissra succumbs to the dreaded swamp fever. Meanwhile,
back in the Morning Sun village, Sunvaar has recovered from swamp fever and, after hearing that the others left the village, he sets out after them. Since
he can easily travel twice as fast as they can, he catches up to them.
This is fortunate, as the others have to stop to rest and the Black Pharaoh, pushes on without them, leaving them behind.
Audrey Audrey is pleased to see the large lizard catch up. “Welcome! You move quick!”
Frogtown is on the edge of the swamp. Sunvaar’s home village is just inside the swamp. The Morning Sun village is about 20 miles inside the swamp. The
party is about 10 miles past the Morning Sun village. The City in the Swamp, home of the territorial frog/fish/reptile folk, is somewhere deeper inside
Audrey: “So, we are looking to stop this city from attacking adventurers, right?”
Cee: Basically. And steal all of its treasure
Rain Undermire: “Basically, and take its treasure.”
Audrey: “Sounds good.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Sunvaar now has to carry Salmissra and Audrey as well as Rain. (Please calculate your new encumbrance level.) Sunvaar is extremely
strong and his movement is not reduced for being in a swamp, while everyone else’s movement is cut in half.
Audrey: “Hey big guy, do you think carry us all?”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): So the most efficient procedure is for everyone to ride Sunvaar, or be carried by him. He already has Suki and Taemo in his rough
Sunvaar Suleykaar looks over at the two of them, and nods a bit. “I am certain I could.”
Audrey smiles. “Great! Thank you. This will be fun.”
Rain Undermire “Thank you again Sunvaar”
Audrey: I believe we proceed in the direction we suspect the city to be in.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Sunvaar is slowed down to 2 mph instead of his usual 2.5 mph, but he’s still faster than anyone else in the party while you’re in the
swamp, even if you’re unencumbered!
John F. (NPCs) (GM): There is a ghostly spirit with a crocodile’s skull for a head, summoned by the shaman of Sunvaar’s village, and charged with guiding
Sunvaar to the City in the Swamp. Unfortunately it can only be seen by people who make a successful Perception+Magery roll.
The group sets off through the swamp, heading eastward, following the spirit.
rolling 1d4+1d6+1d600 for random encounter.
(Did Audrey and Cee and Salmissra take food with them from Frogtown? Is it listed on your encumbrance? Because Sunvaar’s “rations” are not really fit for
Audrey: Audrey has food in an extradimensional space.
Rain Undermire: Rain casts spells when that’s an issue.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): (Great, what about water? The water in the swamp is not really healthy for humans.)
Audrey: (The same. Along with Create Water as needed for refills.)
Rain Undermire: Also capable of casting create water
There is finger of quartz sticking out of the muck at an angle. Everyone who succeeds at the roll and has Magery can tell that it’s magic.
Audrey: “Huh. That thingy over there looks magic.”
Rain Undermire: “Sunvaar, what’s that quartz thing? It’s magic. That probably means it is worth at least a little bit. There is writing on this.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Inscribed upon the piece of quartz are runes of an unknown language. Or at least it is unknown to Rain, who had an isolated
upbringing in the Hidden City, and to Sunvaar, who is not very well educated at all, being a lizardfolk barbarian. And to Audrey.
Rain pockets the quartz, and the party continues its journey.
Audrey: As the group travels, Audrey will show them a picture inside a pocket watch. It is of a handsome young man with a family resemblance to her. She
asks if you’ve seen him, but it is unlikely that you have.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): (If there is a random encounter and the party did not have time to rest during it, we assume Sunvaar is down 3 FP for medium
encumbrance, although he does not suffer the additional FP loss for hot climate, because he’s adapted to it. However, the other party members, riding or
being carried by Sunvaar, are being bounced up and down as if they were in a wagon going cross-country (so they are down 2 FP for that) plus fatigued by
the heat — it’s well over 90 degrees in the swamp, and will get over 100 degrees by noon. (Down another FP for that.)
Audrey: (Audrey has the Coolness enchantment.)
John F. (NPCs) (GM): rolling 1d4+1d6+1d600 for random encounter.
Around noon the group is — I assume — preparing to stop for lunch and a siesta.
Audrey: Lunch and a rest sound great to Audrey.
Rain Undermire: Lunch is good
Audrey: When we stop for lunch Audrey finds a relatively dry place and materializes a steamer trunk. Out of that she digs out some rations and water,
offering some to the others.
Rain Undermire: Rain Undermire rolls 14 vs: Create Food 16
Rain Undermire rolls 6 vs: Shape Earth 16
Rain Undermire rolls 16 vs: Earth to Stone 16
Rain Undermire rolls 13 vs: Create Water 16
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Everyone spots that something has been gnawing on the stems of woody plants, blackberry canes and other brambles, and on fallen twigs
and branches, on the mound where you are pausing in the swamp.
Rain Undermire: “Wait I’ve heard of this. Could there be… rabbits nearby? I don’t think they’re dangerous”
Audrey banishes the trunk. “I wonder how big it is.”
Audrey takes a look and tries to get a sense of what did it.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): There are also some small, soft green spheres.
Rain Undermire: “Unless they are of the rabid variety of rabbits. Those curse you if you’re bitten, if I remember.”
Audrey: Weird looking spheres or plant looking?
Rain Undermire: “but I’m pretty sure those are carnivorous and these rabbits are obviously herbivorous.”
Audrey: Audrey rolls 11 vs: Survival (Swampland) 17
John F. (NPCs) (GM): It looks like the rabbit was about 2’ long.
Audrey: “The thing is probably a couple of feet long. So… I guess we should keep a look out as we rest.” (We continue with lunch, keeping an eye out.)
Rain Undermire: I bet its cute.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Nobody spots anything during lunch.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): After a light lunch of magically-created food, except for Sunvaar, who chows down on “jerky” that is simply strips of rotting meat,
marinated in spices, the party resumes travel.
Remember that lizardfolk are really more like crocodilefolk, at least on Terramar, and crocodiles often bury their kills and let them “ripen” before eating
Audrey: (Oh yeah. His food is probably real gross.)
Audrey: After lunch Audrey hesitates before getting back on Sundvaar. "No offense, but I’m betting that ride wasn’t any more comfortable for you than us.
Would you guys be okay with flying the rest of the way?"
Audrey: “Er… Unless you are really heavy, Sunvaar. It’s hard to tell.”
Rain Undermire: “I wouldn’t mind.”
Sunvaar Suleykaar looks over at Audrey, and shrugs a bit. “I am not sure how much I weight. Last I was told, almost ‘half a ton’.”
Audrey looks worried but replies, “I think that will be okay. We’ll be cutting it a little close, though.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Sunvaar is 12’ tall, the size of a large deinonychus or small Utahraptor. His arms are not tiny like a carnosaur’s, but he still
probably has a hard time wiping is @$$. (Now you know why T. rex was so mean!)
Audrey produces the trunk again. This time fishing out a carpet. It is 9-12 feet across and floats when unrolled. "Everyone on? Let’s see if this thing can
John F. (NPCs) (GM): (Hold on, you going to let Sunvaar sit on that thing, with his unwiped rear end??)
Sunvaar Suleykaar: (Sunvaar will lay on it, and everyone rides on Sunvaar)
Rain Undermire: Rain will hop on to the carpet
Audrey: (But yes. There will probably be some cleaning later.)
Suki (Housecat): Suki crawls out of Sunvaar’s rucksack, “’Sup?”
Rain Undermire: You’re awake!
Audrey almost squees at the talking animal.
Rain Undermire: “so we should plan for how we are going to liberate the treasure from the City in the Swamp”
Suki (Housecat): “As a cat I must take naps. It is our way”
Audrey: “That makes sense to me. Well, both the plan and the cat nap things make sense.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Also Suki was sick with the dreaded swamp fever (a/k/a player absence).
Rain Undermire: I vote we pretend to be travelers, try and socialize with them, wait until they inevitably brag about their treasures and show them off
Then we grab as much treasure as we can and fly out."
Suki (Housecat): (cat naps and swamp fever are one and the same)
Audrey: “I figure they’ll try to rob us, at which point we defend ourselves.”
Rain Undermire: Hmm… that works if they attack us, but why would they do that? There can’t be that many anti-social groups around and we already
Audrey: “There is a giant pile of equipment from their previous victims.”
Suki (Housecat): “We can have a trap set just in case, a non lethal one if they try to chase us”
Rain Undermire: Hmm… Maybe
Suki (Housecat): “What sort of enemies are we encountering anyway?”
Rain Undermire does not seem convinced
Audrey: “Lizardmen, I think.”
Suki (Housecat): “If we are preemptively convinced they will be violent perhaps we can preemptively poison them somehow”
Sunvaar Suleykaar will try to confirm if this is the work of lizardmen?
Suki (Housecat): “We can slip drugs into their food! How do lizardmen react to drugs anyway? Can they get high?”
Audrey: “Sunvaar, will you be able to follow your spirit from the air, or do I need to stay low?”
Suki (Housecat): “I’ve got fat rolls of catnip wedged into the fingers of my gloves hehehe”
Rain Undermire: “I’m not sure if anyone other than cats are affected by catnip”
Suki (Housecat): “Or if we don’t want to sacrifice the catnip perhaps we could prepare a distraction to keep them busy while we rummage about” (more
catnip for suki >:3 )
Audrey: “Wait, is it a good idea to be high on catnip out here?”
Suki (Housecat): “Once we succeed I will enjoy my catnip as a reward”
Audrey: “That seems fair to me.”
Suki (Housecat): “Thought I’d brought enough to share but now you say it only affects cats, oh well”
Audrey: “I mean, the more for you then! I brought some cognac for celebrating, so we won’t be left out.”
Rain Undermire tries to scratch suki’s ears
Suki (Housecat): “Excellent! I hope it compares to catnip” (Suki accepts the scritches)
Rain Undermire: “I don’t think its a good idea to be intoxicated while operating a magic carpet.”
Suki (Housecat): “When we succeed then!”
Audrey: “Fine… You’re probably right.” (Max lift, 2250 lbs)
Audrey: “So… How close do we want to get before landing? Also, don’t jump.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Everyone piles on to the carpet which is capable of carrying over one ton at maximum encumbrance. Since everyone combined, including
equipment, only weighs about 3/4 of a ton, the party is able to fly at 1/4 of the maximum speed for the carpet.
Since Audrey’s skill with the Flying Carpet spell is 20, its maximum speed is 20 so its speed at 3/4 encumbrance is 5, so the carpet can fly faster than
Sunvaar because Sunvaar only marches at 2.5 mph and the carpet can fly at 10 mph. . .. but it’s much more comfortable for him and everyone else.
Rain Undermire: I suggest we set down out of site.
Rain Undermire: So they don’t get envious and try to steal the carpet.
Audrey: “I agree. Once we can see it, how about we land a mile or two out?”
Rain Undermire: Also they hopefully won’t realize we can fly
Audrey: “True!” (The good news is flying avoids many hazards. The bad news is the hazards it doesn’t avoid are really bad.)
John F. (NPCs) (GM): After about an hour, you come into sight of the city (as shown on the “City in the Swamp” handout in the Journal tab above).
Audrey will look for a good place to land about a mile out.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): The City in the Swamp appears to have been constructed by no human hands. It looks . . . organic, with irregular curved surfaces
constructed out of some mudlike substance.
Suki (Housecat): “Goodness what a sight! I was expecting something a little grander but this is cool too”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): The citadel of the City appears to be covered with a translucent dome. The water and mud of the swamp do not stop at the edge of the
city, but continue into it as far as you can tell.
Audrey: “That is pretty impressive.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Area “C” on Map 2 is a gateway about 30 feet across, with towers on either side of the massive bronze gates.
Rain Undermire: “I wonder which spell variants they used to make that city? I’ve never seen stone like it”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): The entire City has a wall around it, which is intact (not ruined as depicted in the map).
Suki (Housecat): “Look at those gates!”
Rain Undermire: Must have taken quite a while to make, unless they had a lot of mages
Audrey: “Geeze. I was expecting this to be a lot more… primitive.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): (At one mile away, everyone has -18 to perception rolls, so you don’t get a lot of fine details. But when something is big, you get a
plus to perception rolls.)
Suki (Housecat): “I never looked at the map I just thought the whole thing would be made of shiny metal for some reason”
Audrey: “Well, shall we approach from the ground?”
Rain Undermire: Maybe the swamp degrades metal? Yeah, let’s land
Audrey: “It kind of does. Water does that.”
Audrey lands on relatively high ground and moves to put away the carpet.
The party landed in the swamp about a mile or two from the city.
Audrey: After a nice flush from her waterskin. :-p
John F. (NPCs) (GM): (Area “B” looks like it has some sort of creatures in it, and area “D” appears to be a tall building of some sort.)
Rain Undermire: Rain Undermire rolls 13 vs: Shape Earth 16
Rain Undermire rolls 4 vs: Earth to Stone 18
Rain Undermire rolls 6 vs: Create Water 18
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Rain shapes the mud into a bowl shape, and then turns it to stone, to make a stone bowl to put water in, and then casts Create Water.
Sunvaar Suleykaar looks around for a second, on alert.
Rain Undermire will ask "So what’s the plan? Just walk up and see if we can talk our way in? I suppose if we’re paranoid we could cast some defensive
Audrey: “We should. And watch for arrows.”
Rain Undermire: “How about Armor and Haste for Audery, Suki and I? They aren’t obvious spells, so we shouldn’t offend anyone.”
Audrey: “Not a bad plan. I should already be good, though.”
Rain Undermire: “Alright then, Suki you ready?”
Audrey: “We’re at least a half hour out now. Are they going to drain you?”
Rain Undermire: “Nope, I was going to cast them at their lowest energy. I can sustain that without drain”
Rain Undermire: “Can’t cast them on Sunvaar though since he’s so big.”
Rain Undermire rolls 9 vs: Armor 19
Rain Undermire rolls 10 vs: Armor 18
Rain Undermire rolls 9 vs: Haste 17
Rain Undermire rolls 11 vs: Haste 16
Cee: so that’s +1 to move, dodge and DR
for Rain and Suki
Audrey: Audrey will walk.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): The party sets off through the swamp toward the City. Sunvaar is carrying everyone except Audrey, who can keep up with him.
Sunvar can travel about 2 mph through the swamp over an extended period of time, so the party arrives in front of the city in about 45 minutes.
On the way, the party notices some strange-looking mushrooms on the ground. Their tops look like an old woman’s headscarf.
(People can roll against Pharmacy, Physician, Esoteric Healing, Poisons, Naturalist, and/or Survival. Also Herb Lore.)
Audrey avoids the creepy looking mushrooms.
Sunvaar Suleykaar: Sunvaar Suleykaar rolls 10 vs: Survival (Swampland) 14
Rain Undermire waves, hello!
Rain Undermire: “Hello! We are travelers who have heard of your wondrous city and wished to learn of its wonders.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): The towers of the gatehouse are manned — or creatured — by hideous-looking humanoid aberrations. (See the PDF posted in handouts
The creatures are humanoids standing 6-7 feet tall. Their flesh is scaled, with a glossy sheen to it. Their taloned hands and feet are webbed. Their heads
are their most inhuman parts, with large, black, unlidded eyes, no nose, a broad, lipless mouth, and ears made up of sharp spines connected by webbing. A
webbed, spined crest runs from the center of the forehead down the back of the neck. Their flesh is a shade of green, from very pale to almost black. They
wear no clothes other than equipment harnesses or crude jewelry.
Suki (Housecat): (that animal man is sure a sight lol)
Audrey whispers, “They don’t look friendly.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): They growl and shake their spears at you.
Audrey looks to Sunvaar, mostly. “Does anyone speak their language?”
Rain Undermire Rain whispers "Well, we probably just can’t speak their language. Honestly, I should have picked up borrow language before leaving the
Rain Undermire raises his voice to be heard “Do any of you speak Common?”
Cee: apparently common is what they call it in the hidden city
John F. (NPCs) (GM): The creatures roar back at Rain.
Suki (Housecat): Suki’s fur is on end, “hisssss”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): One of the creatures steps forward and shouts in broken Draconic, “Who you be??”
Suki (Housecat): Suki meows simply, she is merely a housecat
Audrey speaks softly, “Did anyone else make that out?”
Rain Undermire: “Not me.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Yes, like apparently every other intelligent reptilian species on Terramar, their tongue defaults to Draconic at broken level.
Sunvaar Suleykaar looks at the frogman, and raises a hand. “Hail. We are travellers.” He responds in fluent Draconic.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): “You big!”
Suki (Housecat): (oh wait can Suki understand him? I guess she can just meow bc cat) meow
John F. (NPCs) (GM): (Does Suki speak Draconic?)
Audrey looks relieved that Sunvaar can speak with them. He looks less like food than her.
Suki (Housecat): (nah she doesn’t) meow
Audrey: “Sunvar, I think they are impressed. Keep talking.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): “Where you from? Why you here?”
Sunvaar Suleykaar nods a bit. “I am Sunvaar from the Suleykaar tribe. We’ve come to explore and meet with whomever resides here.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): (You know Draconic is sort of a lingua franca especially for magic-users and other scholars. It’s kind of like Latin was in the middle
Suki (Housecat): (ah so maybe Suki should know this) Suki is too scared to speak
John F. (NPCs) (GM): (Of course, scholars know Latin as well, on Terramar.)
Suki (Housecat): she is puffed up and silent
Audrey quietly translates for the group while Sunvaar talks to the lizardmen.
Rain Undermire waits silently for the conversation, convinced things are gong well
John F. (NPCs) (GM): “You are he! You are he!” shout several of the creatures, until their leader shushes them.
“We take you to god-king-priest-chief,” the leader declares.
Audrey: “Wow… That couldn’t have gone better. Sunvaar, are you a chosen one?”
Sunvaar Suleykaar seems surprised for a moment, but nods a few times.
Sunvaar Suleykaar: “I would be grateful if you brought me to your leader.”
Sunvaar Suleykaar turns to look at Audrey. “I am something called a ‘Lizard King’. Perhaps this is what they are referring to.”
Rain Undermire: “See, I knew this would go well.”
Audrey looks impressed.
Suki (Housecat): “I wasn’t expecting this kind of welcome”
Audrey: “To be honest, I thought we were going to have to cut our way in.”
Rain Undermire: Well, there is nothing wrong with being cautious
John F. (NPCs) (GM): The leader croaks orders in the humanoids’ native tongue. One of the creatures lifts a snail shell to his mouth and blows through it
making a soundlike a horn. After a bit, the bronze gates open and you see another squad of the creatures armed with spears, knives, and crossbows, just
like the ones on the towers. And with them is a big lizard man, over 9 feet tall and armed with a trident — but he looks small next to Sunvaar.
The big lizard man looks annoyed, but he gestures for you all to follow him. He turns around, and his cape swirls around him. The humanoids surround you,
their spears and crossbows at the ready.
Sunvaar Suleykaar looks around him for a moment, but does not seem too concerned, and continues onward.
Rain Undermire follows oblivious to any danger.
Audrey follows, keeping an eye on the escort.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): As you cross the courtyard to the citadel of the City in the Swamp, you can see on your right the corral where they humanoids keep
giant frogs, and also the large temple-like building you spotted earlier.
Suki (Housecat): “I wonder what the giant frogs are for? Meat? Maybe transport?”
Sunvaar Suleykaar looks around left and right at the area, seeming to be taking mental notes…
Rain Undermire is looking for anything that might be a large pile of treasure.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): The big lizard man, and the guards, bring you into the citadel, which has more guards who open its gates to you.
They bring you into the central part of the citadel; if you look up you can see the translucent white dome overhead.
In the large central chamber is a throne with a strange creature on it.
Rain Undermire is impressed by the large dome.
Rain Undermire: “Hello!”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): The big lizard man gestures with his trident. “This our god-king-priest-chief!”
Suki (Housecat): “The dome looks beautiful from beneath”
Audrey performs a slight curtsy, but not nearly enough for a god-king-priest-chief.
Suki (Housecat): Suki bows her head unsure how a cat should curtsy
Rain Undermire bows
Sunvaar Suleykaar gives the god-king-priest-chief a bow.
John F. (NPCs) (GM): The creature on the throne looks like a huge frog or toad that is sitting upright, with thick, heavily-muscled limbs that end in
wicked claws with long talons, and a mouth filled with needle-sharp teeth. Its skin is covered with warts and spikes. It looks about eight feet tall.
Audrey just fails to hide a smirk.
Suki (Housecat): Anything with sharp teeth makes Suki nervous but she tries to look brave
Sunvaar Suleykaar looks on at the god-king-priest-chief, wondering just what had made them look like that. Were they a toad-like variety of a Lizard King?
John F. (NPCs) (GM): The god-king-priest-chief speaks in a rumbling, gravelly voice, but in surprisingly good Draconic. "Greetings. You are the One Who Was
Suki (Housecat): hahaha
John F. (NPCs) (GM): Everyone who makes a Perception+Magery roll can tell that he is magic. He is magic.
“You are the One Who Is Prophecied to unite the swamp.”
“You are the One Who Was Prophecied to come at the time of the green falling star.”
“But first, to prove the prophecy, you must defeat the Chosen Champion of Sess’Innek!”
He gestures at the 9’ tall lizard king with the trident, who bows to Sunvaar.
Audrey continues to translate, but is clearly concerned.
Sunvaar Suleykaar gives Sunvaar a bow back to the lizard king. “I see.”
John F. (NPCs) (GM): “If you fail, you and your companions will be sacrificed to the Toad God!”
The toad-thing on the throne licks his lips as he says those words…
Suki (Housecat): dun dun DUN
sorry I couldn’t be here from the start but it was fun!
Suki (Housecat): :o