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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Curunir on Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:55 pm

When Sleipnir goes to wake Zane for the next watch, Zane notices as he rolls over to get up that a certain itchy scratchy sensation is gone from the side he rolled over- the burrs were gone from his legs. Most of them had dropped off during the day's travels, but a number had been stubbornly clinging on even up to the point he had gone to sleep- you remember rolling over them as you were getting comfortable for sleep. You can hear something- or somethings- scuttling about nearby in the camp, towards the direction of the camels' belongings

That's not all you can hear. Book Smart is snoring, quite soundly asleep. It may take a little extra effort to wake him if the need arises. Cau'rha seems to be dreaming pleasantly, and Anenome is sleeping lightly outside, temporarily awoken by the shift change before drifting off again. It would be very easy to wake her.

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For those of you who had good perceptions, if you're woken during an earlier shift you can use that roll for then instead to help whoever's on shift- or save it for your own shift. Meanwhile, I'm also using it to show how deeply asleep you are- Anenome is about as aware of her surroundings as one can be while asleep, while Book Smart is completely oblivious.

Sleipnir and Zane are awake at this point, and Anenome is or just was awake, and can be easily woken again. It probably wouldn't be too hard to wake anyone else, with the possible exception of Book Smart

And Zane, I'll probably give you a little more for your critical perception success after you respond to your initial observations upon awaking.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Quietkal on Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:05 pm

As intrigued as he is by the disappearing seeds, Zane figures the rustling sounds are more important to investigate and walks in their direction.
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Did Caden/Silver Steele drop out? Or has Caden just not had a chance to respond? Or has Silver mysteriously vanished from the party?
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Caden2112 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:09 pm

Steele was pretty much dead to the world, sleeping soundly for now...

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1d20+10 = 2+10 = 12. >.>

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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Curunir on Wed May 01, 2013 3:21 pm

Spoiler:
Oops, I also should have noticed you hadn't posted yet, sorry. I thought I had counted...

Zane walks towards where the camels are sleeping. There is definitely some rustling in their bags, and you can see a number of very small shapes moving about inside through the cloth. You can also hear the sounds of little mouths nibbling, munching, and crunching on the camels' supplies.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Quietkal on Wed May 01, 2013 3:38 pm

Zane whistles quietly through his teeth, attempting to summon one, if not all, of the rustling noises.
Call Animal:
Zane's using Call Animal on one of the creatures, if "small, making rustling noises, and eating" is an accurate enough description to call them.
If not, Zane's just going to whistle at them and hope some of them come.
Sound level should be quiet enough that lightly sleeping creatures could wake to it. Meaning preferably Anemone and not the camels. I'd demonstrate, but...you know. Internet.
Also, calling it now, Parasprites.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Ramsus on Wed May 01, 2013 3:44 pm

At the noise Anemone opens her eyes but remains lying down and just listens.


Perception: 19 + 11 = 30
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Curunir on Wed May 01, 2013 3:51 pm

The rustling immediately ceases as you let out your whistle, and one of the creatures that is compelled to answer your summons. It cautiously pokes its head out, still holding a chunk of bread in its tiny mouth.

It appears to be exactly the same size and shape as some of the burrs you had acquired in the forest, looking in fact exactly the same except for that now you can see it has enormous insect eyes, and that some of the spikes are in fact legs, as it combination walks/rolls towards you.

"Chiirp?" it chirps at you, and looks like it recognizes you. <Oh! It carried us!> some quieter munching can be heard to have started up again in the bags

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Good call, yep, they look exactly like parasprites, except prickly and without wings.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Azureink on Wed May 01, 2013 6:06 pm

Sleipnir does not hear the rustling or the whistle after the shift change, and so goes to sleep.

Perception:
Nat 1. Critical Failure.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Ramsus on Wed May 01, 2013 6:16 pm

Deep Focus: 19 + 13 = 32. +2 Bonus

Knowledge on briar creatures: 5 + 2 + 18 = 25
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Quietkal on Wed May 01, 2013 9:54 pm

Zane looks confused at the creature for a moment, before quietly making the connection.
"Ah! So you are what has happened to prickling seed!
I am shamed that I did not already recognize your breed."


What is this check:
Hah, it's a double entendre.
I'd like Streetsmarts (because highest modifier) to know about these guys, but I have no idea where Nature falls into roll categories.
I'll go ahead and roll Streetsmarts in case that's what it is.
1d20 + 12 = 20 + (10?)
8 + 12
...I'd like to magic point that if we've had an extended rest. And if that's the appropriate skill.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Curunir on Fri May 03, 2013 10:55 pm

Most of what you know about these creatures come from your elders or parents, as part of warnings to not waste food or leave it lying out. Fairly uncommon, they tend to live in the even more remote parts of the steppe, where they survive by hibernating, camouflaged as a prickly seed, waiting to latch on to a creature that can take it to a reliable source of food. Once they find food, they are voracious eaters- they never have enough to eat, because once they've had their fill they very efficiently convert their food mass into producing more of themselves. They have a variety of names depending on where you're from, but a common one is "paraspike"

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When did Zane spend a magic point earlier? In any case, you haven't gotten through an extended rest yet, you will by the time the nights done though (if any more actual resting happens...). Streetsmarts is an applicable skill in this case, although a history would probably be okay too.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Grey Pen The Flawed on Sat May 04, 2013 12:32 am

Cau'rha's dreams dealt primarily with spirits, and his dreams were never far from him. Just another joy (or curse) of shaman-hood. Thankfully, said spirits apparently found him favorable tonight; so far the experience was reasonably pleasant.

The Spirit Of Laughter almost invariably presented herself as a bright pink earth pony, with a tangled mess of even brighter, pinker hues; Cau'rha had never seen her flank, however (it was always covered by some ridiculous dress, or under a table as now, or otherwise out of sight) and so it was impossible to know if she might have an avatar. And of course it would be exceedingly offensive to ask.

Cau'rha dearly hoped she didn't. The thought was truly frightening.

"So then I said, 'Oatmeal!? Are you crazy!?' And she was like - oh wait let me get you some more punch - she was like 'These are MY tickets, I'll decide who to give them to' so then I went to gather up ponies for a super-duper party and hay, what's wrong Cau'rha?" She suddenly stopped and stared at the goat.

His response was very quiet in comparison. "I thought I heard something, Muth Gusha."

Translation:
"Muth Gusha" means "Silly Mother", very appropriate for Pinkie Pie. (Yes, goats consider all females to be mothers, regardless of children had. I'll explain later.)

"Well, DUH! I've been talking this whole time, of course you heard something, sillygoat! Me!" She blew a stray hair out of her face.

"No," he spoke a little louder. "Something else. Something in the campground. Voices... a whistle? Something rustling, I think. I'm afraid I should probably look into it..." he said with a resigned sigh.

"Okie Dokie Lokie! I understand! Your friends come first! But wait, I'M your friend! But wait, they probably need you more! But come back later, okay?"

"Hai, Muth Gusha," he bowed his head towards her respectfully.

"Huh? Oh, right!" She put a hoof on his head. "Fasat Muth La luthat tha," she said with a deliberate slowness that, in any other context, would have been very odd coming from the normally speedy talker.

"Shashav, Muth La. Shashav, Muth Gusha."

Translation (Again!):
Yes, Silly Mother.

May The Mother Spirit guard you.

Thanks to The Mother Spirit. Thank you, Silly Mother.

Cau'rha sat up quietly and looked around. He was once again in his own tent. Listening carefully, he let his ears lead him to Zane, where he saw the paraspikes...

"GAH!" he shouted, immediately seizing the moment and wrapping them in the spiritual energies to form a magical cage with the miniature monsters inside...

Arcana Check:
What Cau'rha wants to do is create a magical barrier/forcefield around the briarsprites, effectively separating them from anything they might possibly eat and simultaneously restraining them, so that they can be properly rid of. Assuming the spell works, we'll go from there. If not, I guess we'll see what happens. Never mind.

Result:
1D20 ( 20 ) = CUTIE MARK CRITICAL WHOO HOOO!!!

Sadly, I have no way to prove it... Sad We'll see how the GM reacts.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Quietkal on Sat May 04, 2013 12:39 am

Zane's eyes widen briefly, before he gives an uneasy smile to the paraspike.
These are definitely not creatures I should have carried here! To think I had forgotten the tales of destruction! And if that were not enough, to bring them here where I have been invited as a guest! Mother would be forever shamed. No, I must bring them back to their habitat, somehow. The stories did not tell much though...perhaps the others might know.
Zane thinks for a moment, before continuing to whisper to the paraspike.
"I...imagine you and your kin must be more than ravenous....though, I cannot say you've found much of a buffet.
My friend, however, is capable of procuring a concoction gelatinous; capable of sustaining for no less than a full day!
If you and the others come with me now,
he might be convinced to make the chow."

ZANE THEN GASPS AS CAU'RHA NINJA'S HIS PARASPIKE ACTION AND THE RHYMES THAT TOOK SO LONG TO PUT TOGETHER.
Spoiler:
Now that you mention it, I don't think Zane did use a magic point earlier. I mentioned possibly using it for Honesty, but we went with the Pinkie Promise instead.
Would another Streetsmarts check be required to know a way of dealing with these creatures? Or would that be included in the other roll?
Also, I'm probably jumping from the frying pan to the fire with Zane offering Book's royal jelly. Especially considering it hasn't refilled for the day. Eh, we'll cross that paraspike when we come to it.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Curunir on Sat May 04, 2013 2:02 am

At first Cau'rha's forcefield only manages to contain the paraspikes within the satchels of food they were infesting, but as though responding to his will (perhaps assisted by the number of spirits gathered to the circle he had drawn)the sphere began to contract and float upwards, pulling the paraspikes from their food source and isolating them in midair within a sphere. They let out alternating cacophonous chirping and hacking noises, some of them in the process of coughing up more paraspikes. The field is strained, but holds, expanding again to allow for the new paraspikes, until you are left with an orb filled completely with wide-eyed paraspikes. It's hard to tell how many there are they are so closely spaced, but a quick guess would be about two dozen by now. They managed to eat a lot of food, but you did manage to save much of the food as well.

The ball of pests then floats to the ground like a bubble, and then begins bouncing in place- perhaps a lingering effect of the spirit that had visited Cau'rha's dreams?

"chirp!" "chiiirp!" "squeak!" "hack!" "chirp!" "wheeze!" "cough!" "squeak!" "chiiiiiiiiiiiirp!" "chirrrrp?" "chirrpp!"
<hey!><HEY!><*hack*><hey?><Huh?><hey!><wha?><hey!><ow!><*cough*><*wheeze*>

Cau'rha's shout, and the endless squeals of the paraspikes manage to wake Ibn, although Zheng seems to be as oblivious as Book Smart to the happenings, and is snoring loudly.

"Hm, goes on what here? What?" Ibn says groggily. His eyes widen, noticing the noticeably more empty bags of food, but not the sphere of paraspikes yet. "The food! What have done with you the food?!"

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I have no reason to disbelieve you, Grey Pen, unless you make a habit of rolling nat 20s too often Very Happy

Zane: as far as dealing with the paraspikes is concerned, they are not particularly mobile (they don't have wings) so if removed from both a food source and mode of transportation, they will likely revert back to their hibernating state.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Ramsus on Sat May 04, 2013 2:06 am

Does Anemone know where the Red Hoof tribe might be right now based on her scouting? Specifically their supplies?
Streetwise check since I can't imagine the answer is just "yup, no roll!": 11 + 14 = 25
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Curunir on Sat May 04, 2013 2:10 am

Despite being in Redhoof territory, you've seen practically no sign of any recently- the closest ones are probably the same ones you saw at the meet, and had apparently gone off in a different direction than you after leaving the mountains- and probably don't have too many supplies, as they are either returning to the main camp or hunting for what they need.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Grey Pen The Flawed on Sat May 04, 2013 8:35 am

"'We' didn't do anything. They," Cau'rha explained, stepping aside to allow Ibn to see the bouncing ball of ravenous hunger. "Did quite a lot, however, and would have done more left unattended. Soooo, it is now a question of what do we do with these... things," he spat the word out, the sight of the briarsprites being an offensive one to him, bringing up many painful memories...

He stopped and looked - and smelled - and listened - around himself, trying to determine if his spell might have missed any of them.

Perception:
Did we get them all? DID WE!?!

Result:
1D20 ( 11 ) + Horse-Sense ( 8 ) + Training ( 3 ) = 22




((OOC: Can the force-field be moved around, similar to Ponykinesis? Or would that require another check?))
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Curunir on Sat May 11, 2013 5:20 pm

You are quite certain you couldn't have missed any. You wouldn't normally be able to move your field around without some effort, but it doesn't seem to be very normal. Between the enhanced spiritual presence and your spectacular success in containing the briarsprites, and the peculiar bouncy nature of the field, you could move the sphere around as easily as though it were an actual ball.

"Ah, good job containing you the problem then." Ibn inspects the orb of briarsprites "They are what? Never have I seen these creatures in travels... Hmm, think have heard I stories of similar blights in my homeland. How came they here?"
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Grey Pen The Flawed on Mon May 13, 2013 11:32 am

"They are briarsprites, they are pests, they are monsters. Pick one," Cau'rha explained rather vaguely, clearly offended by the sight of the 'monsters'.

"That orb should hold for quite a while. If you want it elsewhere, just pick it up or kick it or whatever. I am going back to bed," he hurriedly explains as he tromps back to his shelter.

As he fell back to sleep, the pretty pink party pony returned... and unusually, said nothing for a minute, merely putting a knowing pair of hooves around him...
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Ramsus on Mon May 13, 2013 2:22 pm

"They eat everything and multiply." Anemone explains. She looks to the others and suggests, "We could have Red take the orb back over to where the Redhooves are perhaps."
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Curunir on Wed May 15, 2013 2:40 am

Through Zane, you relay the possibility to Red, who enthusiastically supports the idea, and boasts that he should be easily able to find the Redhooves before the field dissolves and the briersprites are freed. <"Ha! Pony will try to give orders, and instead will get head covered in spikeballs!">

"Ah, well, am not I one to meddle in Steppe politics- do with you the vermin whatever pleases you, so long as no longer raid them our food supplies." says Ibn.

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I'd like another perception check from anyone who is awake.
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Ramsus on Wed May 15, 2013 2:58 am

Perception: 19 + 14 = 33
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Curunir on Sun May 19, 2013 2:43 am

Zheng said earlier he thought Ibn was acting a little strange- and despite the fact that Anenome doesn't know him very well, it would seem that statement is accurate. Right now, he seems a lot more on edge than he should be considering the situation with the briarsprites seems taken care of. You don't know if foreigners behave differently than steppe folk, but you would almost think he was hiding something else as well...
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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Paper Shadow on Tue May 21, 2013 7:23 pm

It has felt like so long since the spirit had felt the call of a summoning circle, and while this one was not looking for any specific spirit, it was good enough in his eyes. Wearing the Red Hoof armour he was bound to as it should be worn, he arrives at the circle, and stands on the perimeter of it, slightly impressed with how round it was. However, it just wasn't the same. He felt distant from all the other spirits, and the armour prevented him from moving as freely as he would. Still, the spirit stood on guard, his spectral form ebbing ever so slightly, as whatever part of his spirit that wasn't bound enjoys the round ritual circle...

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For those wanting a physical description of The Spirit of Conquest, he is similar to other spirits seen though different media. He is like a slightly transparent light blue glow in the shape of an Earth Pony, wearing real Red Hoof armour which floats in the air as if he was wearing it. The fact that he is bound makes him visible, even though other spirits can't be seen with normal eyes (which is perhaps a reason I should have kept Magical Attunement). I don't know what Red Hoof armour looks like, but if it exposes the flank, then his cutie mark would be a crown...

Also, I shall be referring the Spirit as a he, because I feel it flows better than it, and he currently doesn't have a name, since spirits don't use one...

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Re: Khan of the Steppes

Post  Ramsus on Tue May 21, 2013 7:34 pm

Anemone leapt up in alarm and drew her bow and was about to cry out to the others, having immediately recognized the Red Hoof armor, and then instead, realizing it wasn't worn by a living pony, demanded, "What and who are you and what are your intentions!?"


That's a good point, I hadn't considered that.
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