Mar 18

): Wed Mar 18 19:12:35 2009
[19:13] Happy: and now we can see where we all are and where we are going
[19:13] Shadowcaller: Yeah, the map is completed
[19:13] Murska: hai
[19:13] Shadowcaller: Hello
[19:16] Happy: so you're all getting ready to leave. there are 5 horses to split between the two parties
[19:16] Shadowcaller: ANd we are… 6 people
[19:17] Shadowcaller: Well, according to the new map, we call could tvle in one group
[19:17] Shadowcaller: *travle
[19:17] Shadowcaller: *travel
[19:18] Happy: Except for the stealth issue
[19:18] Shadowcaller: Well, we cna just drop off the others at the village
[19:18] Shadowcaller: *can
[19:19] Happy: yes
[19:20] Shadowcaller: THe only real negative side is that we are going to be slowed down by the person without a horse
[19:20] Happy: or we put two people on a horse together#
[19:20] Shadowcaller: I guess
[19:20] Shadowcaller: But who?
[19:22] Shadowcaller: I doubt the servants are going to share a horse with each other
[19:22] Happy: Cessie and Aegnor would be the lightest. Or she could double up with Happy.
[19:22] Happy: *pokes Murska*
[19:22] Murska: (nothing to say to the matter. :P)
[19:23] Shadowcaller: (send him the map?)
[19:23] Murska: (got it)
[19:23] Shadowcaller: (Who do you think should share a horse?)
[19:23] Murska: (Cessie with someone)
[19:24] Shadowcaller: (Who do it always have to be me…)
[19:24] Murska: (You've shared a horse with someone before in the IF?)
[19:24] Shadowcaller: (I guess I share a horse with happy then)
[19:26] Happy: You use the elixer of haste on the horses hooves then, and head south.
[19:26] Happy: Skirting the edge of the marsh
[19:27] Happy: Iwi has come along as well, of course.
[19:27] Shadowcaller: Indeed
[19:27] Shadowcaller: *sets off*
[19:28] Happy: Aegnor, the scale of the map is that one square = a day's journey on foot
[19:29] Murska: k
[19:29] Shadowcaller: (What are you doing?)
[19:29] Murska: (soldat. :P)
[19:29] Murska: (will finish soon)
[19:29] Shadowcaller: (Oh)
[19:30] Happy: (how much faster do horses travel than people?)
[19:30] Shadowcaller: All horses move naturally with four basic gaits: the four-beat walk, which averages four miles per hour; the two-beat trot or jog, which averages 8 to 12 miles (13 to 19 km) per hour
[19:31] Shadowcaller: The gallop averages 25 to 30 miles (40 to 48 km) per hour
[19:32] Shadowcaller: An average walking speed (for a human) is about 4 to 5 km/h
[19:33] Shadowcaller: So… lets say we walked about 5 KM/H every day
[19:34] Happy: i think the player's handbook says something about how far people can travel a day with various types of transport, but i can't find my player's handbook
[19:34] Murska: there's no IF player's handbook, make something up
[19:34] Shadowcaller: You got a players handbook? o.O
[19:35] Happy: dnd player's handbook :P
[19:35] Happy: (Link:
[19:35] Shadowcaller: In one day we would have walked 120 Km
[19:36] Shadowcaller: And yes, I knew it was the D&D handbook
[19:36] Happy: that doesn't seem possible. i don't think Cessie could walk that far
[19:36] Shadowcaller: Okay, that would be if we walked all the 24 hours
[19:36] Happy:
[19:37] Happy: anyway, ruling: normal horses can move twice as fast as we can, and speeded up horses can move twice as fast as that
[19:37] Shadowcaller: Sure
[19:38] Happy: or you can gallop them for short distances, but then they'd need to rest
[19:38] Happy: So you'll get to Minster around mid-day, since you didn't leave right at dawn
[19:39] Shadowcaller: hmm about 80 KM/day
[19:39] Shadowcaller: Depending how long you rest
[19:40] Happy: Now the important question - how much experience does everyone have riding horses?
[19:40] Shadowcaller: I have none
[19:40] Murska: I'm okay at it.
[19:40] Shadowcaller: We have already had horses remember?
[19:41] Happy: Cessie's never ridden a horse?
[19:41] Shadowcaller: Then they got stolen by bandits
[19:41] Shadowcaller: She is used to the city
[19:41] Happy: okay
[19:41] Happy: She's going to be pretty stiff and sore tomorrow then
[19:41] Shadowcaller: Indeed
[19:41] Happy: And she's very glad to dismount now.
[19:41] Happy: Happy is very comfortable with horses
[19:42] Happy: Some of the townsfolk recognize Aegnor and ask him to play
[19:43] Shadowcaller: (that was one fast journey)
[19:43] Murska: Aegnor explains to them that they'll have to evacuate, instead.
[19:43] Happy: "What are you talking about?"
[19:44] Murska: 'There's an army coming this way. They're gonna kill you if you don't get out of here.'
[19:45] Happy: "We can handle a few bandits."
[19:45] Murska: 'What about almost two thousand zombies along with powerful spellcasters and other types of undead?'
[19:46] Happy: Kilia: "We need to get everyone together and speak to them at once."
[19:46] Murska: 'Yeah. Well, let's get to it.'
[19:48] Shadowcaller: "There are a lot of people…"
[19:48] Happy: Someone rings the bells in the Town Hall
[19:49] Happy: and over the next twenty minutes, people gather, looking anxious. Happy, after letting Cessie down, rides around the town to hurry them along
[19:49] Shadowcaller: *is uneasy but the whole thing*
[19:49] Happy: eventually, several hundred people are gathered, and looking at you
[19:49] Shadowcaller: *having backpains*
[19:50] Happy: Aegnor can still feel sensation from the ring. It feels like he can *almost* understand it
[19:50] Murska: Aegnor attempts to explain the situation to the people.
[19:52] Shadowcaller: *is trying to cope with the situation that I'm now in*
[19:52] Happy: At first, they are disbelieving and argumentative, but Ai walks around in the crowd for a while, and your natural ability to read crowds can tell that you are influencing them
[19:53] Happy: Happy whispers "What's wrong, Cessie?"
[19:53] Shadowcaller: "I think I'm having chest pains or something…"
[19:53] Shadowcaller: "Maybe after the riding."
[19:54] Happy: Happy looks concerned, puts her hands on Cessie's shoulders, and sends some healing energy into her.
[19:54] Shadowcaller: "Thanks, I think I feel a bit better."
[19:55] Happy: Noel makes his way through the crowd and approaches Cessie. "I can't believe this is happening."
[19:56] Shadowcaller: "Neither can I… and you don't even know the half of it."
[19:57] Shadowcaller: "But he is right thought, we need to get out of here."
[19:57] Happy: Meanwhile, Kilia is grumbling about Ai influencing the minds of the townspeople to make them want to leave.
[19:58] Murska: *is convincing people*
[19:59] Happy: The town elders take over the evacuation plans, organizing wagons for food and transport and preventing people from overloading themselves with valuables. "Food, clothing, and weapons only."
[20:00] Shadowcaller: *just looks briefly at the working villagers*
[20:00] Shadowcaller: /this is so wierd/
[20:02] Happy: There aren't a lot of people with actual weaponry. But all of the able bodied men and most of the boys are carrying farm implements which can be used as weapons
[20:03] Murska: * helps out where he can*
[20:03] Shadowcaller: "We can't face those things, we need to retreat everyone back at the tower."
[20:03] Happy: After a few hours, you can tell that everything is well underway, and that it will progress even if you leave them.
[20:05] Murska: Aegnor gathers the group. 'Okay, I think you two should be able to handle the rest here, right?'
[20:05] Murska: @ the two evacuationists
[20:05] Happy: Kelaron doesn't look at Aegnor or respond.
[20:06] Happy: Kilia: "Yes, we will protect them."
[20:06] Shadowcaller: "So… now we are going against the druids." Cessie looks like its the first time she actually realize what they are going to do.
[20:07] Shadowcaller: "I'm not… I don't know if I'm ready for this."
[20:07] Murska: 'You can help the evacuation if you want to.'
[20:07] Happy: Happy looks at Cessie earnestly. "You can do this. I believe in you."
[20:08] Shadowcaller: "Going right into a army… thats not something I ever imagined I be doing."
[20:09] Shadowcaller: "Can you?"
[20:09] Murska: 'Life has a thing for suprising you with unforeseen events.'
[20:10] Happy: "I'm a warrior. I've never fought anything on this scale, but it isn't unimaginable to me."
[20:10] Murska: 'It's something that has to be done. I can do it, thus I will.'
[20:11] Shadowcaller: "What should I do?"
[20:12] Shadowcaller: "I don't like the thought of me fighting in some war, but these events seems to have forced me to."
[20:13] Happy: "Cessie, we can't force you to come with us. But I think we're meant to be together."
[20:13] Shadowcaller: "…"
[20:14] Shadowcaller: "I'm feeling a bit torn right now."
[20:14] Murska: 'You know, that can be interpreted in a lot of ways Happy.' *grin*
[20:14] Shadowcaller: "What?"
[20:14] Shadowcaller: *is oblivious*
[20:17] Happy: Happy just gives Aegnor a confused look.
[20:18] Murska: Aegnor feels as though his attempt to lighten the mood hasn't been received as well as could be hoped.
[20:19] Happy: "It has to be your decision, Cessie."
[20:19] Shadowcaller: *sigh* "What is your plan once you come there?"
[20:20] Happy: "Stealth. We try to avoid the zombies and kill the druids. Attack and withdraw whenever we find them."
[20:20] Shadowcaller: *Cessie looks uncertain*
[20:22] Shadowcaller: "What… would be your plan if something goes wrong?"
[20:23] Happy: "You desire the situation not to be. That is beyond Nega's power," Ai says sadly.
[20:23] Happy: "Cessie, something *will* go wrong. That is the way of warfare."
[20:24] Shadowcaller: "But you need some kind of reserve plan right?"
[20:24] Murska: 'I have a reserve plan.'
[20:25] Murska: 'Improvise.'
[20:25] Happy: "If we're losing the battle, then we run. We've done that before."
[20:25] Shadowcaller: "But the druids can fly…"
[20:25] Happy: "You can use your illusions to conceal us."
[20:26] Shadowcaller: "So can Ai…"
[20:26] Happy: Ai: "And I will do all in my power to protect you."
[20:28] Shadowcaller: "I guess I come, but only beacuse I can't around here if you die… or worse."
[20:29] Shadowcaller: *be
[20:29] Happy: Happy takes out the map and looks at it. "Which way are we going then? Through the stone forest, or around it?"
[20:30] Murska: 'It's their home turf.'
[20:30] Happy: "But they don't have as many people there as they do in Bearsted."
[20:31] Murska: 'Which isn't necessarily a good thing since we're attempting to find them.'
[20:32] Happy: "But we're hoping to pick them off in small numbers. And if we go around the forest, we might not find any of them before Bearsted. They won't have a reason to avoid the forest."
[20:33] Shadowcaller: "I'm good either way really…"
[20:34] Shadowcaller: "Our psirmary goal is taking out all the druids."
[20:34] Murska: 'It's a point. But then, they have no reason to be in the forest either.'
[20:34] Shadowcaller: *primary
[20:34] Happy: "Won't they take their army through the forst on the way to Minster then?"
[20:35] Murska: 'We do NOT want to meet the army when they're coming this way by walking at them.'
[20:35] Shadowcaller: "Well, our informant told us that there was a group sacrificing villagers in the forest, and one in Bearcrest."
[20:35] Happy: "I don't remember. Were there animals at all in the stone forest? Real animals?"
[20:36] Shadowcaller: "I doubt anything "real" could live there."
[20:36] Happy: "Then Aegnor's animals won't be able to scout in the forest."
[20:37] Shadowcaller: "I say we go against the smallest group first… that makes most sense."
[20:38] Shadowcaller: "We should be able to fin that temple again."
[20:38] Shadowcaller: *find
[20:39] Happy: "If we go into the forest, we should use the silence potion."
[20:39] Shadowcaller: "What do you think Aegnor?"
[20:40] Murska: 'I dont have a preference. We'll have to meet both groups eventually.'
[20:40] Shadowcaller: "Yeah… I say we go to the stone forest then."
[20:41] Happy: "Should we take the horses? We're faster with them, but we can move more silently on foot."
[20:42] Shadowcaller: "I think its best without horses."
[20:42] Murska: 'You would.' *smile*
[20:43] Happy: "They'll help the townspeople in their evacuation."
[20:43] Shadowcaller: "Look Aegnor… Happy, before we go I just wish to say its been good to know the both of you."
[20:44] Murska: 'Indeed it has. And lucky for us, we'll be together for a long time to come.'
[20:44] Happy: Happy hugs Cessie. "You two mean everything to me."
[20:45] Shadowcaller: *accepts hug* "Well… we are the only two people you know after all."
[20:45] Murska: *is hugged*
[20:46] Happy: Ai looks as if he/she wants to join in the hugging too.
[20:51] Happy: (Murska, do you need to go to bed?)
[20:52] Murska:
[20:52] Murska: (not yet)
[20:52] Happy: So the party leaves the horses behind and moves on towards the stone forest?
[20:52] Happy: Is Aegnor sending any bird sentries out?
[20:52] Shadowcaller: (can he?)
[20:53] Happy: (he won't know until he tries)
[20:53] Murska: (Nah, he won't think of it)
[20:54] Shadowcaller: *we enter the forest*
[20:55] Happy: As soon as you step into the forest, Aegnor can feel something change in his mind
[20:56] Murska: Aegnor wonders about it and tries to discern the cause.
[20:57] Happy: The flow of information seems different
[20:57] Happy: You still can't understand it, but it seems as if it's contaminated.
[20:58] Happy: or garbled
[20:59] Shadowcaller: "Its so silent here…"
[21:00] Happy: Aegnor seems to be blanking out.
[21:00] Murska: Aegnor attempts to stop blanking out.
[21:01] Happy: He can do it easily
[21:01] Shadowcaller: "What going on? Aegnor!"
[21:01] Murska: 'Hm? Right… just the voices in my head acting up again.'
[21:02] Happy: "Shhh… we'll be heard."
[21:02] Shadowcaller: "Sorry…"
[21:03] Happy: The forest is so quiet that your footsteps seem loud.
[21:04] Shadowcaller: "I guess we would need that potion when we come closer to the temple."
[21:05] Happy: The afternoon sun can barely pierce the gloom of the forest
[21:06] Shadowcaller: "You… you don't feel like passing out again right Aegnor?"
[21:06] Murska: 'No.'
[21:07] Happy: You hear movement
[21:08] Shadowcaller: 'Stops in her tracks*
[21:09] Murska: *silentifies and listens*
[21:10] Happy: it sounds like gravel
[21:10] Happy: coming from above you, ahead and to the left
[21:10] Shadowcaller: *is perfectly still*
[21:12] Happy: The sound seems to be moving closer, but still above you
[21:13] Murska: Is attempting to hide near a tree, has a dagger in hand.*
[21:14] Happy: Aegnor sees a shadow over Cessie's head, slowly approaching her from above.
[21:16] Murska: 'Watch out!'
[21:16] Shadowcaller: (do I notice this?)
[21:16] Shadowcaller: *looks up*
[21:16] Happy: You see legs… eyes… shrouded in shadow
[21:17] Shadowcaller: *runs*
[21:17] Shadowcaller: *uses shadows to hide myself*
[21:17] Happy: The shadow lands on the ground and makes a soft chittering noise. It's about the size of a large dog.
[21:19] Happy: Another shadow is on one of the lower branches of a stone tree. As it skitters along the branches, you hear the sound like gravel being disturbed as the branches are rubbed against each other
[21:20] Shadowcaller: *keeps using shadows to hide me*
[21:20] Shadowcaller: *searches for the darkers corner*
[21:20] Happy: There are lots of shadows, but as you move, the creature on the ground seems to sense you, and follow
[21:22] Shadowcaller: *hides behind some tree*
[21:22] Happy: the creature follows you. It doesn't seem to be hunting by sight
[21:22] Happy: the one in the trees is approaching Aegnor.
[21:24] Shadowcaller: *is perfectly still*
[21:25] Happy: Happy picks up a rock and throws it at Cessie's creature, attracting its attention.
[21:26] Happy: It skitters after Happy, and she waits for it to approach, continuing to make noise so it can track her
[21:26] Shadowcaller: *looks around, trying to confirm the situation is safe*
[21:27] Shadowcaller: *hide spot
[21:27] Happy: When it gets closer, she thrusts her sword straight down onto it. It makes a high pitched squealing sound.
[21:28] Happy: She stabs it a couple of more times, and the shadows around it disippate like smoke blowing away. It appears to be some sort of monstrous spider like creature, though it appears mammalian
[21:29] Shadowcaller: (can I see anything near me?)
[21:29] Happy: Cessie can't see any more near her, but Aegnor still has one approaching him.
[21:30] Shadowcaller: *looks out from behind the tree*
[21:30] Shadowcaller: (what do i see?)
[21:30] Murska: Aegnor will attempt to keep it at a distance with thrown daggers.
[21:30] Happy: It makes the high pitch scream every time a dagger hits it
[21:30] Happy: after the second blow, it skitters away
[21:31] Murska: and the daggers?
[21:31] Happy: you can recover one of them
[21:32] Shadowcaller: (how many daggers do you have now?)
[21:32] Murska: (11 counting the one I can recover)
[21:33] Happy: Happy whispers "Nasty creatures. I hope they didn't attract any attention to us."
[21:33] Shadowcaller: *cessie stops hiding (and use shadows)*
[21:33] Shadowcaller: "What was those things+"
[21:33] Shadowcaller: *?
[21:34] Happy: "Not natural." Happy shudders
[21:35] Shadowcaller: "…I guess we should continue."
[21:35] Shadowcaller: "I want to get out of here as fast as possible."
[21:35] Happy: As you move deeper into the forest, the voices in Aegnor's head become more and more garbled.
[21:35] Murska: 'I wish I wasn't this mad…' *very quiet voice*
[21:36] Happy: Happy whispers back "What do you mean?"
[21:36] Murska: 'Nothing.' *smile*
[21:36] Shadowcaller: *Cessie moves on carefully*
[21:37] Happy: You hear movement again, but this time it sounds like footsteps on the ground.
[21:38] Happy: approaching from the south
[21:38] Shadowcaller: *stops*
[21:38] Shadowcaller: *attempts to widen the shadows, to cover the whole group*
[21:39] Happy: The group is concealed in the shadows.
[21:40] Happy: The footsteps come closer. You can see several human-shaped figure approaching, but only one of them seems normal
[21:40] Happy: The rest of them have the lurching gait of the undead.
[21:41] Shadowcaller: *is trying to remain as quiet as possible*
[21:42] Shadowcaller: (what are the others doing?)
[21:43] Happy: Ai is quiet. Happy is quietly putting an arrow to the string
[21:43] Shadowcaller: (And Murska is playing soldat/something)
[21:43] Happy: (we'll say he's blanked out until he returns :P)
[21:44] Murska: And Aegnor is quiet, holding a dagger.
[21:44] Happy: The figures come closer. They seem to be searching.
[21:45] Shadowcaller: *remains in position, ready to cast a fireball at them (if its nessecary)*
[21:45] Happy: The living one is a druid
[21:45] Shadowcaller: (the others plan zombes/zombies guess?)
[21:46] Happy: (yes)
[21:46] Shadowcaller: *zombies
[21:46] Shadowcaller: *are plant
[21:46] Happy: human zombies
[21:47] Shadowcaller: *well we remain this way until they pass or find us*
[21:47] Shadowcaller: (plant zombies are also human, the difference is that they have been zombiefied by trees*
[21:47] Happy: As they start to pass, Happy draws back her arrow, preparing to shoot.
[21:48] Murska: Aegnor readies himself.
[21:49] Happy: She lets the arrow go. It hits the druid in the back. He whirls around, trying to find where it came from, but can't see you.
[21:50] Happy: The zombies are spreading out around him in a defensive perimeter
[21:50] Shadowcaller: *Cessie is close to utter some word, but stops herself at the last moment*
[21:51] Shadowcaller: (Um okay, we need to do something.)
[21:51] Happy: Ai steps out of the shadows and approaches the druid.
[21:52] Happy: "You don't want to attack us," he says in a quiet, mesmerizing voice.
[21:52] Shadowcaller: *casts fireball at the druid if he is in line of sight*
[21:52] Shadowcaller: *stops herself*
[21:53] Happy: The zombies start to lurch towards Ai at first, but stop after she speaks. The druid looks confused, and tries to back away.
[21:54] Happy: He's starting to shapeshift. Happy shoots him again.
[21:54] Shadowcaller: *fireballs him*
[21:54] Happy: Druid is burnt.
[21:54] Happy: The zombies stop moving.
[21:55] Shadowcaller: *Breaths out*
[21:56] Shadowcaller: "That was close…"
[21:56] Murska: 'Just a small encounter. I guess they've got their warning, but at least they still don't know what they're up against.'
[21:56] Happy: Ai turns away from them, and returns to Cessie's side. "The spider creatures were sentries. He was sent to investigate," he says.
[21:57] Murska: (forums work)
[21:57] Shadowcaller: "Looks like the mental control of thse zombies are limited… I wonder if the worm itself controlled the first zombies we met.)
[21:57] Shadowcaller: (we know)
[21:57] Shadowcaller: (happy said that some time ago:P)
[21:57] Murska: (ah)
[21:58] Happy: Happy approaches the nearest zombie and touches it. It collapses to the ground. She does this to each zombie in turn.
[21:59] Murska: 'Time to get out of here.'
[21:59] Happy: "I wish we could bury them," Happy says.
[22:00] Happy: "But they can't be controlled again."
[22:00] Murska: 'We just don't have the time. They'll be sure to investigate one of their own missing.'
[22:00] Murska: (31 to go…)
[22:01] Shadowcaller: (33 to go
[22:01] Happy: "I know we can't. Just wishful thinking."
[22:01] Murska: (oh right. :P)
[22:01] Shadowcaller: "So, they will know thawe are here soon.."
[22:02] Murska: (darn numbers, why don't they implant themselves into my long-term memory)
[22:02] Shadowcaller: "SO I guess we have to strike first."
[22:02] Happy: Ai says "If we see any more of the shadow creatures, we need to kill them before they report us."
[22:03] Murska: 'Or get out of that place fast. They still don't know who we are and hopefully they won't know where we are.'
[22:03] Happy: "Should we follow their tracks?" Happy asks.
[22:03] Shadowcaller: "Remember that your "friend" is around here Aegnor…"
[22:03] Shadowcaller: (Forums down again? o.O)
[22:04] Murska: 'We might bump into someone coming to investigate this one's disappearance.'
[22:04] Happy: "But we want to find them."
[22:04] Murska: 'Yep. But we do not want them to find us.'
[22:05] Murska: 'Go towards where he came from, but not using the same path.'
[22:05] Happy: Happy leads them onward then.
[22:06] Shadowcaller: (remember, Seos (the elf from the Aegnors dream) is here)
[22:07] Happy: (how much longer do you have, Aegnor? I don't want to start anything heavy)
[22:08] Murska: (not much. I should already be sleeping.)
[22:08] Murska: (so what about continuing this next time?)
[22:08] Happy: (okay)
[22:08] Shadowcaller: (sure)
[22:08] Shadowcaller: (The forums were up… for 15 minutes.)
[22:09] Shadowcaller: (even I start to get a bit anyoed by this.)
[22:09] Murska: (This begs the question… if the forums get up but there's nobody to f5 them, does it make a server crash?)
[22:10] Happy: heh
[22:12] Murska: so, night all
[22:12] Happy: goodnight
[22:12] *** Aegnor has left the conversation.
Session Close (Group Conversation 26528): Wed Mar 18 22:12:25 2009

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