Apheori (GM): HI. Ganelon: Hello. Apheori (GM): YOU ALL ARE IN A VACANT LOT. RHU DISAPPEARED, GRAVY DUG A HOLE, AND YOU FOUND A CONE. What am I missing? Gaurav: ... an ice-cream cone? Finally, some treasure. Apheori (GM): Strange dark sand and a cat skeleton were in the cone, and Radek is now disenchanting it. Also Rhu just fell out of the air behind Greibel. Ganelon: Well, I'm disenchanting the sand. Rhu falls out of the air and lands flat on his face Ganelon: The cone was from an old, old rocket. Gaurav: Is this vacant lot sandy or soily or grassy or dusty? I forget. Apheori (GM): There is a winged cat sitting on Rhu. It's grassy and dusty and has some random junk and weeds. Ellemerr: Oooh. That's probably my cue to NOT come on. Apheori (GM): You don't like winged cats? Ellemerr: I love winged cats. Apheori (GM): Good! Wait... Oh, whatever. Do whatever you feel like. Ellemerr: I will. Gaurav: It's worth mentioning that the winged cat is, like, 2-3 ft tall at the shoulder. This isn't an adorable little furball. (From Ellemerr): Unless you have something that I *ought* to do. For plot or whatnot. Rhu: Oof. (From Ellemerr): If I do come on, though, I assume either the Cat or I will notice one another. Or both. (From Ellemerr): Recognize. I mean. Greibel looks around Greibel: Guys! I found the winged cat! (To Ellemerr): Cat probably won't. It's not terribly smart, or at least not very aware. You might, but... you can do whatever. Radek: Shut up and let me work. (To Ellemerr): Basically it just followed Rhu out of the City of Death. (From Ellemerr): Well, damn. Poor Rhu. Gaurav: Would it be possible to put the cone down on the map? I'd like to see where Greibel is relative to Radek and Gravy in the hole and me on my face. (To Ellemerr): Wait, was there a winged cat earlier? Why did he say 'the'? (To Ellemerr): Oh crap. >.> Ganelon: Spatial relations? You've just gotta use your spatial imaginations, man. Apheori (GM): Something like that. Gaurav: Thanks! Apheori (GM): Maybe not so far away. Basically Greibel was just off to the side. Rhu opens one eye, sees Greibel. Rhu blinks, then closes his eyes again and rests his weary head on the ground for a moment. Greibel waves at Rhu Rhu: (eyes still closed, to Greibel) ... so on the plus side, Hazz'ridan says he'll help us find a solution to this hole trouble we're having. On the minus side, I don't think he knows how. (To Rhu): The world crashed back. All the exhaustion, the confusion, the time spent outside of time sits on your butt like the weight of the world. (To Rhu): Wait, no, that's a cat. (From Rhu): A sphinx! Waaaaaaay cooler. (From Rhu): and unfortunately heavier Rhu opens his eyes an inch again Ganelon: Given how rituals generally involve concentrated chanting, don't expect any contribution until Radek gets done. Apheori (GM): Don't insult Hazz! Rhu: (to Greibel) Well, you're still there. That's progress, I guess. Apheori (GM): Or do, but... Apheori (GM) starts cackling. Greibel: Hazz sounds a little confused for a God Amadi: Psh. Not hardly. Amadi rolls her eyes at Griebel and yawns. Rhu looks at Greibel, wondering if it's worth engaging with him on the off chance that he turns into a tentacle. Gaurav: So where's Amadi relative to us? Apheori (GM): I'd say floating three feet in the air... Ellemerr: YES Behind you. Apheori (GM): Yes. Ellemerr: Three feet behind. And three up. Gaurav: oh good. Rhu doesn't see her yet. Rhu starts to rise, which is when he notices that a large winged cat is sitting on his butt Rhu: (to cat) Excuse me. (To Ellemerr): Also for Amadi, Hazz is very large, and in many places, like a big mass with tentacles sticking into different universes. She needn't say anything about that, but just for reference in case I never mentioned it. A sphinx: Storiessss. Greibel: Huh... Ganelon: "Excuse me" has never once in all of recorded history been enough to move a cat from its resting position, has it? Apheori (GM): The cat's a sphinx. Rhu: I'd say you're getting to live out a pretty exciting story, but I'll be glad to tell you another one if you'll ... *makes a get-off-my-butt motion* Apheori (GM): Right, never. Bear Soup Guy: XD Gaurav: Not when they're sleepy, but an awake cat is glad to be politely asked for things. The sphinx moves up Rhu's back and settles on his head. Rhu: ... Ganelon: Yeah, this is an accurate depiction of a cat for sure. Rhu tucks his feet under him, then reaches up to steady the sphinx while getting to his feet, cat and all. Greibel claps in appreciation of Rhu's difficult task The sphinx digs in its claws. Rhu pauses midrise with a pained look on his face Rhu continues standing up. He is now standing up with a sphinx balanced precariously with one foot on his shoulder and the rest on his head. Apheori (GM): Gan: Finish whenever you feel like and roll something for me pretty please. Rhu: ... I don't suppose you're comfortable up there. Amadi blinks a little, nods her head sleepily and disappears again. Apheori (GM): Greibel, Rhu: d20s please Rhu: (to Greibel) He's from the City of the Death. He followed me here. Can we keep him? Greibel: rolling 1d20 ( 11 ) = 11 Rhu: Dead* rolling d20 ( 13 ) = 13 Greibel: No reason I should have a pet if you can't Amadi: You don't - don't keep... Ganelon: Something? A d20? Greibel nuzzles Rasputin Apheori (GM): Sure. Amadi yawns again. She's standing on solid ground this time. Amadi: It keeps you. Ganelon: rolling 1d20 ( 4 ) = 4 Daaaamn. The sphinx jumps down and walks up to Amadi. Greibel makes mock ghost noises and waves his arms around at Amadi's insinuation Rhu heard that. He whirls around -- luckily, seconds after the sphinx jumped out -- and then looks at Amadi like he's never seen her before. Rhu: You -- you were -- in the other place. Apheori (GM): You got 372g worth of dust. If that's reasonable. Ganelon: 'Tis. Amadi: No no. That wasn't me. Ganelon: Thank you. Amadi shakes her head groggily. Frezak (GM): What Sphinx? The sphinx rubs against Amadi's legs. Rhu squints as if he's trying to remember something Gaurav: FREZAK! Ellemerr: Rhu fell out of the sky with a sphinx. Gaurav: hullo Apheori (GM): Rhu just fell out of the sky with a sphinx on his butt. Bah, too slow. Gaurav: Apheori: you make him (her?) sound like a fashion accessory Amadi gives the sphinx a reproachful look. "Why did you wake me? I liked that dream." Frezak (GM): Gravy will shrug and get back to burying the cat bones. Radek: Rocket's clear, guys- is that Rhu? Rhu: Oh, hey, Radek. *waves* The sphinx: Dreams are storieessss. Amadi: No, it's Jem. Oh, THAT guy. No, that's not Rhu either. Radek: I thought you were devoured. And possibly exploded. Rhu: He needs a name. Unless he's a she. In which case she needs a name. Amadi: This cheeky bastard woke me for breakfast! The Gravedigger: You owe me some rope. The sphinx hisses at Gravy. Rhu: I fell onto a beach. Then things went weird for a long while. There was the bit with the tentacles, and then the city of the dead and ... Kyral? Kurul? Something? Then she showed up *points at Amadi* The sphinx: KYRULE! The Gravedigger gives the sphinx a blank stare. The sphinx cowers away. Rhu snaps his finger The sphinx hisses. Rhu: That's the one. Thank you, sphinx. Do you have a name? The sphinx: No namess. Amadi scratches the spinx absent-mindedly behind the ears. The sphinx: Names eaten. Devoured. Rhu: (actually, make that "large cat", since Rhu doesn't know what he's called yet) The Gravedigger: What a bout a title? Nick-name? Serial number? Rhu: Devourer is a nice name for a cat. The Gravedigger: Rank? The sphinx: Sphinxess. The Gravedigger: Devourer sounds a bit ominous, given all the holes. The sphinx: They call us that. The devoured. The eaten. Rhu: Sphinx is also a nice name for a cat. The Gravedigger: If an eaten thing calls you something.... sounds like shit talking. Ganelon: Do any of us know about sphinxes? Frezak (GM): BADUM TSSSSH The sphinx: And the storiesss. Gone. Greibel: How about...Lardball ^_^ Rhu: Are you kidding, it's an adorable name! "Devourer". I wonder if he hunts mice. Apheori (GM): Amadi might! But... uh.. no. Amadi: Yeah... I guess you must be hungry. 'Twas still not nice to wake me. Frezak (GM): Wait, you got two breakfasts? Rhu: (then, looking worried) Actually, the mysterious woman said they eat ... elves, I guess? So we should probably keep an eye on him ... or her? Rhu attempts to determine if the sphinx is male or female The sphinx: Eats stories. Hungry. Amadi nods. Amadi: So very hungry. Greibel: Does anybody know a good story? Rhu: rolling d20+7 nature check ( 12 ) +7 = 19 Apheori (GM): The sphinx appears to be genderless. Rhu: Oh, right, you said. Hmm. Have you heard about the Great War? Frezak (GM): THE GREAT WAR Gaurav: Was that Gravy? The sphinx: So many... Frezak (GM): No, that was me. The Gravedigger: I know some stories. If I tell one, do I get it back? The sphinx: Back? The Gravedigger: Because i'm not going to lose a story for some cat. Greibel nudges Gravy "Tell a story you never liked in the first place." The sphinx: No back. Never a back. Can't go back. Amadi sits down just a few centimetres off the ground and picks up the sphinx to put it in her lap. The Gravedigger: I don't remember any stories I didn't like. That would be silly. I remember the good ones. The sphinx sticks its face in Amadi's face. Radek: Once upon a time. The sphinx whirls around and stares at Radek. The Gravedigger: What. Radek: A genius scientist invented something new, as part of one of his experiments. The Gravedigger: There was a mummy diode and a daddy diode. Bear Soup Guy: XD Amadi rolls her eyes and pushes the cat's face away, taking up scratching its chin again. "Yeah yeah. Hungry," she mutters, slightly less sullen. Gaurav: Damnit. Now I need to hear the story of the diodes. The sphinx looks back between Radek and Gravy. Radek: He had been speaking to a strange creature which called itself a sphinx, and claimed to eat stories, but had no way of telling if it was true. So he invented one, and fed it to the sphinx. The Gravedigger: The diodes wanted a baby. Ganelon: Do I need to declare an end? The Gravedigger: But they couldn't have one because they were diodes. So they hatched a plan instead. Ellemerr: Yes. When a story starts with "Once upon a time" it needs an end. "The end." should suffice. The sphinx hiss-barks at Radek. Rhu meanwhile wanders over to the hole to see what is going on there. Gaurav: Is the cat skeleton still visible? Radek: The end. Apheori (GM): Gravy buried it. Frezak (GM): WITH GREAT SKILL Gaurav: Phew. Rhu examines the now-empty cone in the sand. Rhu: rolling d20+12 perception check on the cone ( 4 ) +12 = 16 The sphinx puts its ears back, then stares hungrily at Gravy. The sphinx: Story. Gaurav: Ellemerr: I thought "Once upon a time ..." needs to end with "... and he/they lived happily ever after"? Apheori (GM): Rhu: It's an old metal cone. It was probably important. You don't know why. The Gravedigger: I'm not going to tell the whole thing. You have to savour it. Ellemerr: That is another good one, yeah. Ganelon: Radek couldn't honestly claim that he would live happily ever after. The sphinx hisses. The Gravedigger: Just guzzling a story down is rude to the story. Greibel: And you could get indigestion or stomach cramps. The Gravedigger: Yeah. That too. The sphinx looks confuses, relaxes slightly, then curls up on Amadi's lap and starts licking a wing. Frezak (GM): IT WORKED. HOW DID THAT WORK. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO FIGHT A FLYING CAT Radek: I thought cats were supposed to be capable of fending for themselves. The Gravedigger: Maybe winged talking cats are different? Amadi looks up at the others. "You know you have to keep doing this regularly, right? Or it might start actually eating elves. Or it'll just keep dragging me out of my dreams, and you wouldn't like THAT, either." Radek: Who ever heard of one that needs to convince us to tell it stories? Greibel: Wait a minute. All we need is some books on tape Rhu: Literally indigestion is a lovely idea. Apheori (GM): Sorry, Frezak. This cat is a bit... off. Frezak (GM): Past it's sell-by date? Rhu: I wonder if it can hunt stories? How would you stalk a tale? The Gravedigger: Possibly with pens. Rhu: (to Amadi) these dreams of yours ... they wouldn't involve ... tentacles, would they? Er, I mean Or beaches? Or sundresses? The Gravedigger: Tentacles and sundresses? I thought you were a holy man. Amadi: Or moons, or bunnies. You talked with Hazz. I'm not telling you pennies. Rhu: I ... it's a long story. And unfortunately, Devourer knows most of it, so we can't use it to feed him. Her. It. (to Amadi) I am not familiar with that expression. How would you ... tell me pennies? Amadi: Penny for a tale? Rhu is confused, then checks for a penny Frezak (GM): EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Gaurav: ... which gives him a chance to see if all his items are there, and maybe see if another rock has mysteriously slipped into his pocket? Frezak (GM): I'lllll tell you a tale for a penny. One you cannot hear anywhere else! No, not anywhere else. Gaurav: Save it for Devourer! Frezak (GM): I heard it from a birdy It doesn't end purdy It doesn't end well. No. It never ends well. Ellemerr: Sorry. I should've anticipated this. :P Frezak (GM): Sadly Gravy won't know that song :P Ellemerr: anticipated. ... Is that right? Frezak (GM): Yes? Radek: Yes. Ellemerr: Kay. Thanks. Ganelon: OOC yes. Apheori (GM): Rhu has the usual pile, a small tentacle stuck in one pocket, and that other rock the not Amadi gave him. Rhu starts to throw the tentacle away, then thinks better of it and puts it back into his pocket. Frezak (GM): Ew Amadi: That wasn't me, you know. Nope. That was someone else. Someone later. Earlier? Someone. Not me at all. Ganelon: I'd like to go check out this excavated rocket. The sphinx: You. Amadi: Nope. Not me. Now shush. The sphinx: Wasn't you. Amadi rubs the sphinx's belly. Apheori (GM): The rocket! The Gravedigger: So... you learnt anything useful, Rhu? Apheori (GM): It's full of jiggits. Ganelon: Of what? Rhu looks at Amadi suspiciously Apheori (GM): Contraptiony thingies. Ganelon: Oh. Apheori (GM): Controls and jiggits. Rhu: Oh? Er, nope. I have a feeling that it might be important, but, uh, I usually do, don't I. Apheori (GM): Whatchamajiggits. The Gravedigger: Dammit. ONE DAY WE WILL MAKE PROGRESS. Rhu: Do you want to take this cone with us? We could bring CAR and load it in. Why we would want to take it back to the hole or the commune is beyond me, though. Amadi: One day you will bury the moon! Ganelon: Well, in order of importance, can I find out: - If there's anything sitting around down here other than controls and jiggits? - What may be keeping the thing from being powered? - Where/how empty the fuel supply is? Rhu, it's big enough to climb inside. Frezak (GM): I thought it was just the nose? Rhu: Oh? (looks back at the cone) It looks so small from up here. Frezak (GM): I thought it was cat-sized >.> Ganelon: Am I wrong? I thought this was a spacefaring vessel. Apheori (GM): Yeah, it seems to just be the nose (a sort of landing module?)... It's about big enough for one person, and there are some odds and ends, bit it's hard to tell what they are. Scraps of cloth (or worse, cat)? Controls that fell off? A coffee mug? Ganelon: Undamaged!? Frezak (GM): MAGIC MUG Apheori (GM): So yeah, you could stuff Rhu in. Apheori (GM): Roll a thing to tell power. Ganelon: rolling 1d20+10 ( 4 ) +10 = 14 Apheori (GM): It's a it dented, rusted, and crap, but no obvious damage. Ganelon: Bluh. Rhu disapproves of being stuffed into a landing craft Apheori (GM): You don't see any signs of the power source. Ganelon: Aw. If it was a pristine coffee mug, I'd totes loot that. Frezak (GM): But we found it pointing up, right? Can we check the dirt for.... space dust? To see whether it was snatched from space or a planet? Because the former would be a very bad thing. Ganelon: I want to get at the fuel supply. From the inside, that could probably be quite difficult. But if there's fuel, well... fuel's combustible. Apheori (GM): The mug is chipped. Frezak (GM): NOOOOOO THE MUUUUUUG Apheori (GM): Frezak: ROLL A DIRT CHECK. Ganelon: Actually, I can magic it whole. So I WILL take the mug. Frezak (GM): I'll turn on my badass power. rolling 1D20+20 ( 16 ) +20 = 36 X-RAY EYES ENGAAAAGE Apheori (GM): And yeah, it's pointing up, and yeah, Radek would fit inside this. Gaurav: "snatched from space or a planet"? If it's nose-up, it might be a landing craft with a heat shield on the lower side which was ejected before it landed. Ganelon: Is thing small enough to pull out of the dirt completely? Gaurav: We've pulled a zombie below under CAR. I think we can probably use it as a crane. Maybe. Apheori (GM): Frezak: You discover that it WAS snatched. The sand that was in it was the remains of what it had been sitting in, presumably some vast desert of a sort you'd not seen before. It'd be very hard to dig in. Gaurav: ... doesn't anybody here have lift-objects magic powers? Ganelon: I don't have lifting powers, no. Gaurav: Griebel could turn into a flock of ants and dig it out. Frezak (GM): I have powers to make the earth roil. The Gravedigger: This. Was desert sand. Radek: Gravy, could you turn this thing around? I want to get at the back. Frezak (GM): Can I? Apheori (GM): How strong are you? Frezak (GM): I have 18 str. So.... Apheori (GM): You know what? Roll a thing. Frezak (GM): I could break Arnie's arm. rolling 1D20+5 ( 1 ) +5 = 6 Str check. GODDAM WHY DO I ALWAYS FAIL STR Apheori (GM): Ahahah. Frezak (GM): My third Str check. My third 1 on str. Gorram. Bear Soup Guy: noodle arms Gaurav: Arnie the action figure? Radek: Er... Frezak (GM): Gravy is really perplexed. Gaurav: The one recalled for having easily breakable arms? Radek: Never mind. Apheori (GM): Frezak: You fail to turn the thing and nearly impale your face on it. Radek: Forget I asked. Frezak (GM): Gravy just flaps his arms like that super amazing inflatable waving arm noddle man Apheori (GM): In doing so, however, you notice something else - under the pattern of rust and stuff, the metal looks corroded, like with acid... The Gravedigger: THe metal looks... melty. Burnt. Eaten. The porridge flops off Greibel's shoulder and bounces over to the sphinx. Ganelon: I'll inspect the corrosion. Apheori (GM): SCIENCE. Ganelon: rolling 1d20+10 ( 15 ) +10 = 25 Greibel: I'll smoke a plant! The sphinx stares down the porridge. The porridge stares down the sphinx. Amadi untangles the hand that isn't scratching the sphinx and reaches out to pet the porridge. (To Amadi): When he smokes the plant, you feel kind of funny. Gaurav: ... how does an eye-less porridge stare down a sphinx Apheori (GM): IT JUST DOES. Ganelon: It loses the stare-down. That's how. Bear Soup Guy: It wrinkles its porridge skin like eyebrows Gaurav: Two eye-sized clumps of dry porridge appear on its surface, then move slowly together. hahaha porridge eyebrows YES Apheori (GM): Gan: The corrosion was done over quite some time, as though by plants or something else wrapping around it. Frezak (GM): Oh dear. Apheori (GM): Trying to eat it. (From Amadi): Don't I always feel sort of funny? Radek: This is corrosion, and it didn't happen all at once. (To Amadi): Probably, but this is a different sort. Bear Soup Guy: if I were any good at visual arts I'd totally draw the porridge staring at stuff (To Amadi): For a moment. (To Amadi): At least. Radek: The plants in this area might be carnivorous. (From Amadi): Riiiight xD Greibel: That's unsettling Frezak (GM): What about the acidic tentacles that ate my rope? (To Amadi): >.> The Gravedigger: What about the acidic tentacles that ate my rope? Rhu glances at Radek, then does a double-take, then quickly inspects the plants in this vacant lot with a wary eye. Greibel: rolling 1d20 nature check some random plants ( 12 ) = 12 err The Gravedigger: That's a point. Greibel: rolling 1d20+12 nature check some random plants ( 6 ) +12 = 18 The Gravedigger: WHy weren't you all melted, Rhu? Amadi goes stiff for a moment (probably completely unnoticed), then suddenly dumps the sphinx and strides over to Greibel, staring intently on his... weed-thingy. The porridge refuses to back down in light of the sphinx. The porridge bounces away. Apheori (GM): Greibel: You find some useful herbs. Rhu: (looking confused) I ... landed on a beach? I don't know. The water looked kind of icky. Bear Soup Guy: heh heh The Gravedigger: Hmm. Rhu suddenly realizes something Apheori (GM): Greibel: Nothing very dangerous unless you make a potion first, though. If you even can, I dunno. Gaurav: Hey, i forgot to ask: was the beach Rhu landed on similar enough to the one we saw through the hole using Radek's eye-robot? Bear Soup Guy: Probably can't The sphinx lands in an ungainly pile and swipes a pawful of claws at Amadi, then skulks off away from the porridge. Rhu: (to Devourer) Hey! You okay? The sphinx: Radek saw something tropical-like. Apheori (GM): Er, wrong character. Rhu: You did not see it. Only Radek did, and he told you. Gaurav: But Radek did actually see it? It wasn't just described to him by the robot? Apheori (GM): Ask Radek. Ganelon: Well, it's a magic robot. Rhu: The beach I landed on ... you said there was a beach on the other side of the portal, right? Full of holes, you said? Radek: Just one large hole. Rhu: The portal through the hole in pool by the tree with the little tree on it. Hmm. There weren't any holes on the beach I landed. What was the water like? Ganelon: I don't think I specifically asked about that at the time. What was it like? Apheori (GM): Blue and tropical and pretty-like. Rhu: The sea I landed beside was black and oily. And strangely calm, like there weren't any waves on this sea. Amadi looses interest in Greibel and turns away to look for the porridge. Radek: It was unremarkable. The sort of thing you might see on a vapid postcard. "Good tidings from the beach next to this horrid space-warping rift!" "Wish you were here!" Amadi: (over her shoulder) ... You should sell that one. Rhu giggles Apheori (GM): Amadi: You find the porridge on the sphinx. Apparently they worked out their differences and the sphinx is now wearing the porridge as a hat. Rhu: Different beach, then. Still, all these beaches ... it's a pretty strange coincidence. Amadi: Aaaw, look at you! Radek: Maybe the universe is simply taking revenge upon carefree vacationers. Gaurav: That is adorable. Amadi smiles at the two and attempt scratching them both at once with one hand. Bear Soup Guy: ^_^ Radek: If so, I could hardly blame it. (To Amadi): Something I forgot to mention - or did I mention that? Either way, there's something weird about Greibel's hands. Amadi picks up the sphinx again, this time draping it around her neck as a scarf. Then she walks over to the thingmagog everyone seems so interested in, and the discussion of beaches. (To Amadi): A black cone... the focus of terrible energies... poured out on the blank sands, the black sands... Radek: So, these holes. Would you say they were similar to what we've seen already? (From Amadi): They're black, yes? I think I remember reading about black hands. From the porridge? Rhu realizes he's forgotten something, sits down and prays to Hazz'ridan with thanks for bringing him back to what appears to be some form of relatively stable reality. Amadi: A black cone... the focus of terrible energies... poured out on the blank sands, the black sands... (To Amadi): Yeah. (To Amadi): You don't need to repeat it. XD (To Amadi): But you can, of course. (From Amadi): It was really appropriate. I thought. Mind you, I'm probably mad. (To Rhu): The universe is broken. Rhu: (nods as if he understands what Amadi is saying) A cone is a symbol of Hazz'ridan. The pointed end symbolizing the dead end at the end of all paths. (To Amadi): Heh. Rhu: I read that on the inte-- Rhu frowns. (To Amadi): Ahahahah. (From Amadi): See, that's what I said. Appropriate. Radek: Yeah, well this is the nose of an Artiilie spacecraft. Rhu: Yes, it does look that way. Maybe that's should be our first goal? Try to figure out where these holes go? Maybe there's one planet somewhere with nice beaches and crap beaches that all the holes end up in. Amadi: Hazz is a meany. Next time you see him, tell him he can't have them, not on my life. Rhu: I don't suppose Sarathi have beaches? has* Apheori (GM): It has beaches. The rest of you can probably guess that, at least. Rhu looks at Amadi, then looks vaguely skywards, indicates Amadi, and shrugs. Amadi narrows her eyes at Rhu and harrumphs. (To Amadi): Have what, my lady? (From Amadi): Hm? Oh, nothing. The china. I think. China? Is there still a China? I liked China. (To Amadi): You're on. (From Amadi): Oh, bugger. I think I forgot my lines... Rhu: A sort of Central Station for holes. A final terminus. The Gravedigger: Isn't that HERE? The sphinx wanders off. The Gravedigger: Since we're finding all kinds of holes to various places tied to here. We're in the junkyard of the universe. Radek: There could very well be more holes elsewhere. Amadi attempts picking the porridge off the spinx's head as it rises from her neck. Rhu: There's only one permanent hole here. The only other one we've found has been temporary. Oh, and the one we got here through, I guess. Gaurav: I wonder if Rasputin has a sense of smell. The sphinx falls off in a clump, having forgotten it hadn't been on the ground. Bear Soup Guy: He probably has a cute crinkly faux-nose sometimes ^_^ Amadi: Use your wings, silly. Gaurav: 18 cute crinkly noses! :-P The sphinx looks up at Amadi, confused. The sphinx: Wingss? Amadi: Yes. Flapping. Flying. Like this. Amadi attempts flying. Nothing happens. Amadi frowns. The sphinx: The ground hungerrss. The sphinx takes an experimental flap regardless. The porridge wrinkles a nose for no apparent reason. Apheori (GM): Amadi: You realise you don't have wings. You also realise you COULD have winds and it'd be really easy to do. Then you realise you could have pretty much anything, including cake, if you wanted... Amadi: I want cake. Does anyone else want cake? Rhu nods Radek: No. Amadi: Awesome! Don't blame me if it tastes of blood. Amadi makes cake. Rhu: ... Radek frowns intensely. Rhu is suddenly not very hungry at all Greibel: Is that like a blood pudding? Frezak (GM): Is it chocolate? On a big glass plate? (From Amadi): Did I just pick cake out of the blue? Amadi: I don't know. You should try! What happened to your hands? Apheori (GM): Amadi basically just pulled the cake out of the blue. For clarification. Amadi hands Greibel what appears to be cake. Apheori (GM): Er, picked. And pulled. It's black and frosted. Greibel: Hmmm Works for me Greibel takes a big bite out of the side of the cake Apheori (GM): Greibel: d20 Amadi: [sings] One side will make you bigger~ [sings] And the other side... Greibel: rolling 1d20 ( 7 ) = 7 The sphinx: Smaaaaall. Greibel: Well, that's creepy. Apheori (GM): Greibel: The cake is very sweet. Frezak (GM): DEVILCAKE Gaurav: We need to discuss taking food from spontaneously vanishing strangers with Greibel. Ganelon: Yeah, he needs an intervention. Rhu gets up Amadi: I am not strange! I am - Greibel: MMM! Gaurav: Amadi: that was me, not Rhu! Rhu would never say such things, especially since he thinks Mrs. Teatime is pretty darn wise. Amadi looks around confusedly, then mutters to herself (or possibly the porridge) "I'm perfectly normal." Ellemerr: I'm perfectly aware. The sphinx: The kind master. This one remembers. This one HUNGERSSS. Ellemerr: She's saying this out of the blue. Rhu: So we can't move the cone thing. I suppose in there, though. Should we go check out that note the strange woman handed Radek in the market? Apheori (GM): Also you had that journal. In case you forgot. Which you apparently did. The Gravedigger: Sure. Gaurav: Ellemerr: damn. Amadi's one of those people who takes the glass out of the window pane on the fourth wall and then laughs when people walk into it, isn't she. The porridge wiggles. Ellemerr: Especially the laughing part, yes. Gaurav: Rhu forgot about the journal, like, eight tentacles ago (To Gaurav): She's not the only one. Gaurav: But the stone-note thing is important. Ellemerr: I sort of pity Rhu. Rhu looks up at the sky and winks. (To Gaurav): That was to you, not Rhu. >.< Gaurav: Why? There's much to pity him for, but none of it's come up yet. He's reasonably happy. He seems particularly relaxed after the trip through the tentacles, actually. Not sure why. Apheori (GM): Because he's an oblivious fruitcake? Ganelon: That would be my next guess on where we're going next. (From Gaurav): Oh, Amadi and Hazz are allowed to break the fourth wall but Rhu isn't? *winks* Ellemerr: ... Now I want fruitcake. I'm gonna produce fruitcake. Apheori (GM): Also there's a guard standing in the entrance to the lot watching you. He doesn't seem to want to actually approach, though. He looks rather young. Ellemerr: I HAVE MAGIC TOO Rhu backs away from Amadi Frezak (GM): I don't have much magic. (To Gaurav): Rhu isn't a very powerful god. So... bno. Frezak (GM): BUT I HAVE A SHOVEL. Amadi: Now what! It's not like I had a lot of time to rehearse! Amadi sighs. (From Gaurav): ... yet. He's a young elf yet. Gaurav: So: to the address on the note? Frezak (GM): WHY NOT Rhu: We should get a move on before ... (gestures vaguely at Devourer) Gaurav: Gan? Greibel? Anything else you can think of doing in here? Whatever happened to all those nature checks Greibel was making? Ganelon: I've got nothing else to do here. Bear Soup Guy: I got USEFUL HERBS Ellemerr: Moving on is probably wise. Frezak (GM): ONWARDS INTO THE FUTURE Ellemerr: I have no mad knowledge to help at this point. Frezak (GM): OR TEATIME WHICHEVER COMES FIRST Gaurav: I guess we leave the vacant lot and head towards the address on the note, taking care to remember where this particular vacant lot is? Apheori (GM): The guard is blocking the entrance to the lot. He seems to want to say something, but is unable to actually form the words. What do you do? Frezak (GM): Wave cheerfully. Gaurav: I think we're going to have to kill him. It's the only way. Frezak (GM): GIVE HIM DRUGS Greibel thrusts a piece of cake in the guard's direction Greibel: HAVE SOME CAKE Gaurav: ... Amadi: Yes, do. There's words in it. You need words, yes? Apheori (GM): He stares at the cake, takes it fearfully, and runs away. Rhu: Hey! That was our blood cake! Frezak (GM): Ungrateful bastard. Amadi: Huh. He must've been more starved than he looked. Greibel: It's okay, teatime can always make more Apheori (GM): He was terrified of you What do you expect? XD Amadi: Yes... there tends to be cake for tea, doesn't it... Greibel: Or biscuits! Amadi: I hope the words will do him good. Frezak (GM): Oh, wait. It IS time for tea. Greibel rubs his stomach cheerfully Amadi: It's time for war! It's time for blood! It's - what time is it? Rhu checks his watch The sphinx runs part of the way after the guard, then stops randomly in front of a random guy going about his business. The guy nearly trips over the sphinx, does a double take, and makes a wide arc around it. Rhu: rolling d20+12 perception check on my wrist watch ( 4 ) +12 = 16 The Gravedigger: TIME FOR TEA. Rhu: Devourer is totally harmless, dude. The Gravedigger: Any tea with that cake? I'm parched. Apheori (GM): You have a wrist watch? Er... it says it's some random time. Amadi: No. The china was stolen. Possibly China too. Do you know China? Rhu: At least it's still working. The Gravedigger: Can't you just have it in a... jug? Amadi gives Gravy a disgusted look. "Would you dig a ditch with a fork?" The Gravedigger: Well, I might start. Rhu: We usually get our spaceship to make us tea ... The Gravedigger: If the dirt needed loosening. Bear Soup Guy: RIP SHIP The Gravedigger: I have a pick somewhere for that. Radek: I have a mug. The Gravedigger: Aha! Tea is still on the cards! Amadi: You're all mad. When were you going, again? Radek: Of course, it's meant for coffee and somewhat damaged, but I won't be needing one. A passing philosopger runs past, screaming about 'holes for eyes'. Gaurav: If we're going to drink something, we should go into a teahouse or bar or something, so we can have a random encounter. The sphinx wanders through some other random passerby on the street, randomly grinning at them. Amadi yells after the philosopher, "Tell them he's watching!" Rhu: (to Amadi) Who's watching? The Gravedigger: AND THAT HE WANTS MORE HATS A passing philosopger screams, flails, and dives into a doorway. Amadi: The... hat-guy, apparantly. I really did think you were supposed to be elsewhere then. It was in the script, I could swear. Rhu: They should tied mattresses on all the walls in this town. I imagine a lot of philosophers end up splattered against walls. Rhu looks at Amadi a little suspiciously Gaurav: TO THE MYSTERIOUS ADDRESS? Apheori (GM): A few folks do look up at this, and watch the guy until he disappears. "Mushrooms," you hear one say, shaking her head. Amadi: I forgot my lines. It's not my fault. They should've given me more time. Amadi starts walking in a direction. The sphinx trots after her. Rhu starts walking after them Greibel follows suit Ganelon: ...I'm not following the crazies. Rhu: I'm pretty sure the address is this way. The gate we came in from is this way, and I think it was a few streets off from the market? If we can get back to the main gate, we should be able to find the market easy. Ganelon: You're following Amadi. Ellemerr: And he thinks she's going the right way? Or is he saying this to turn her around? Or is he suddenly going another way, not caring where she goes? Rhu stops, looking around, confused now. Gaurav: Nah, he was saying it to Radek. But he really does think she's headed in the right direction. Apheori (GM): As a reminder, Amadi has your pets. Gaurav: This is also true. Ganelon: She doesn't have my robots! Ellemerr: [sings while walking] When the men on the chessboard Get up and tell you where to go And you have just have some kind of mushroom And your mind is movin' low... Ganelon: I'm going to go ask for directions! Ellemerr: Except Amadi does that too. Rhu stops, turns around and follows Radek instead Radek: Hmph. First sensible thing you've done all day. Frezak (GM): I'm just going to plod behind Radek. Ellemerr: Does Greibel keep following Amadi? This is very important. Gaurav: he is pretty close to Rasputin. let us not split the party though. Ellemerr: Aaaw, party-pooper... Gaurav: on the other hand, i split the party last week and it was awesome Ellemerr: Yeah, see? Solo adventures. They're great. Greibel keeps following Amadi Bear Soup Guy: Sorry, was afk for a minute (From Ellemerr): The thing, of course, is that if it was anyone else following she would turn back because he has her key, but if he follows... So, what are your thoughts on party-splitting? I have no idea where Amadi's headed but I should go to bed in half or max a whole hour. (To Ellemerr): I have no issue with it splitting so long as it doesn't get confusing. Apheori (GM): Hmm. Okay, so chrome-covered Radek asks someone for directions, huge-arse Gravedigger behind him, while Amadi and Greibel wander off. Amadi is still singing about chess and pills and mushrooms and white rabbits and might not even notice that her tail detaches. Ganelon: Yep! Ellemerr: And Rhu also goes with the sense-party. Gaurav: yup. he's going to regret this. Greibel tries to harmonize non-word syllables with Amadi's singing Ellemerr: Two mad people out and about! Whee! All alone in the big city with nobody to keep them off the 'shrooms. :3 Bear Soup Guy: Muahahahaha Gaurav: Twoooo madmen ... off, to see the world ... there's such, a lot of holes, to see ... Apheori (GM): Radek: Who do you want to ask? There's close folks, there's other folks, there's guards... Amadi: Greibel has shrooms. Gaurav: btw: I'm at home dogwatching, so I'll need to leave a little earlier than I usually do. I probably have about an hour left here. (From Ellemerr): You'll have to let me know if we get anywhere. (To Ellemerr): It all depends on how long you have to wander... Bear Soup Guy: Greibel /does/ have shrooms... (From Ellemerr): Well, *I* have to go in shorter and shorter time, so if we want to get something mad done it has to be close enough for that... I guess. O_o Apheori (GM): Okay. Amadi, Greibel: You wander down a few streets. Nobody pays you all that much mind since you look fairly normal, even with the sphinx. Ellemerr: I love that. Apheori (GM): The sphinx grins at a lot of people. They mostly ignore it. Some grin back. It seems to be very happy for some reason. Amadi tells a lot of people to "Go ask Alice!" since that's the refrain of her song. Gaurav: good for it. nobody likes a unhappy homicidal feline. Bear Soup Guy: XD Gaurav: soulicidal? Apheori (GM): A lot of people give Amadi strange looks. One guy nods and says, "She'll know." Ganelon: That's deep. Amadi eventually finishes her song (playing the last instrumental bit very, very well on an air-guitar) and stops. Taking a few bows to nobody in particular, she eventually tells Greibel, "We're here." Apheori (GM): You're in the temple district. There are a few of them, and a few statues, and a few trees, and a few people standing around. Frezak (GM): Bah. Gods. Greibel: Here looks pretty groovy Gaurav: I dont suppose it is at all likely that this is coinidentally near the address the rest of he party is heading towards? Apheori (GM): Yes. Amadi: There's a thing. Do you go inside? Amadi: Good songs lead good places. Shall we? Greibel: We shall, m'lady Amadi takes Greibel's arm and walks him inside. Apheori (GM): Amadi, Griebel: It's a small building tucked away behind one of the temples - unassuming and pleasant with a lot of potted flowers by the door. Amadi opens the door and you head inside, greeted by a room that is thoroughly dominated by a massive and vividly coloured rug on the floor. Frezak (GM): THE RUG IS ALIIIIIVE KILLLL IIIIIT Bear Soup Guy: That rug really ties the room together Frezak (GM): DEMON RUG Apheori (GM): REST OF THE PARTY: Radek gets directions from a random passerby and you wind up heading toward the temple district as well, but when you get there you're not entirely sure what to do from there. Also a guard tries to stop you on the way there saying something about a fine, but you just go around himor something. Frezak (GM): I just smile at him until he leaves. Bear Soup Guy: I love these incompetent guards Amadi: Yup. We are definitely... here. Greibel: Okay. So what are we looking for? Apheori (GM): A man holding a taped-up metal contraption stumbles out of another room, saying "I don't know what you expected, but this isn't actually quite..." He trails off when he sees you. "Oh. Are you...?" Amadi: I think you're looking for clues. About the Cataclysm or - yes. No. I was. ... Will be? Apheori (GM): "No, no, this isn't," he says, and turns around and goes back into the other room. Amadi waves a hand as if it doesn't matter. Greibel: What a nice man Amadi: Clues. Because all the holes are bad. They need patching. You think. He thinks. We'll see, I guess. I have holes. Apheori (GM): This is basically a hallway, with a couple tables and odds and ends on them. There are three doorways - the one the guy came from, one with a sign that says 'perfectly ordinary basement' on it, and another that's unmarked. Ganelon: Do we not have an address to a specific temple? Apheori (GM): Gan: You have a specific address, but they didn't give you any specific indication of where that is within this area. Gaurav: beware the leopard Apheori (GM): Something about flowers, though. You can search for flowers. Gaurav: Gan: we could ask someone, I guess. Or just knock on doors. Ganelon: Sure. Flowers sounds like a solid enough lead. Greibel: Amadi, dear. Do you think anything suspicious might be happening in that perfectly ordinary basement? Ganelon: I was going to complain loudly about this being some whack religion's attempt to get us to go to church, as it were. But maybe it still is. Amadi: Everything is suspicious. Do you want to go there? A lot of suspiciousness will be amassing there if we enter. Greibel: Ah, so we're the suspicious ones? Apheori (GM): Gan: Roll a d6. Amadi: You are veeeery suspicious. I've got my hair on you. Ganelon: rolling 1d6 ( 4 ) = 4 Amadi: C'mon. Amadi opens the door to the basement. Greibel: Glad to be of hair-holding service... Greibel follows Apheori (GM): Gan: You wind up in a garden with a well. Lots of flowers. Quite nice. Probably not what you were looking for, unless there's something about the well. Gaurav: I would watch a TV show that's just Amadi and Greibel wandering around solving crime. Frezak (GM): THE WELL Ellemerr: TREACLE Gaurav: They'd take about half a season to find the crime scene, but ever so entertaining. Bear Soup Guy: Gaurav - I was just thinking the same thing XD Ellemerr: AHAHAH Apheori (GM): Amadi, Greibel: The stairway is dark and narrow and seems to go on for entirely too long, first straight, then curving. Do either of you actually notice? Ellemerr: Psh, this is Amadi. She wouldn't notice if she fell asleep in the middle of it. Tell me if it starts playing jazz, though. Gaurav: BSG: did you just spell my name correctly? omg yay! It's always fun when that happens. rolling d20+12 perception check the HECK out of that well ( 1 ) +12 = 13 ... Ellemerr: TREACLE Bear Soup Guy: "DUHR WHAT IS WELL" Ellemerr: Please please please find treacle :3 Apheori (GM): Gaurav: You fall in the well. Bear Soup Guy: And yeah, Greibel is totally down with walking down an endless staircase Apheori (GM): Gaurav: You also realise it's actually a secret entrance to something. Ellemerr: At least the company is good! Rhu: Hey, what's that thing over theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Rhu lands with a sickening thud Bear Soup Guy: XD Gaurav: how deep is it? is the entrance at the bottom? Ellemerr: Now you're gonna drown in treacle :3 Bear Soup Guy: =D Apheori (GM): Yeah, there's an entrance. Amadi, Greibel: You come to a door. It is large, menacing, and black. Amadi opens the door. Gaurav: Ellemerr: how would you draw treacle in a well? There's not enough light. Ganelon: Is there a safe way down? Rhu: Guys! There's -- oof -- an entrance down here. Ellemerr: *squeeeeee* Rhu rubs his head. Greibel: Ominous black door. Nothing bad can come of this. Apheori (GM): Amadi, Greibel: There's another huge rug on the floor inside. The sphinx runs inside and curls up in the middle of it. Radek: Were you even looking for an entrance? Amadi: I'm already bad for you, Killion. So are you. Rhu: ... yes? Yes. Of course. That's what I came down here for. Greibel: Awww, that's what my mother used to tell me Rhu: You, er, might want to lower a rope or something, it's pretty deep. Amadi: She wasn't really your mum. She bought you from a man. Gaurav: ... Apheori (GM): Gravy: There's actually a ladder built into the side. Amadi goes around the room. Apheori (GM): OF the well. Greibel: Oh... The Gravedigger: Hey. Ladder. Greibel starts looking around the room Gaurav: well, this game actually got a whole lot darker. Ellemerr: *cackles* Rhu: What ladder? Ellemerr: Sorry, I didn't play WoD yesterday. The Gravedigger picks up Rhu and points him at the ladder. Bear Soup Guy: Shhhhh, we're genre-bending! Gaurav: Ellemerr: WoD? Rhu: Oh. Yes. That one. The ladder ladder. Bear Soup Guy: World of DEATH Ellemerr: World of Darkness. I DM a thingy. It's dark. I must be trying to get it out here instead. Rhu: I knew that. Apheori (GM): Amadi, Greibel: It seems to be a sort of underground hideout, a series of rooms and passageways with blue magelights affixed to the ceiling. Frezak (GM): NOW GO FORTH Apheori (GM): There are a couple passages from where you are. Frezak (GM): AND BE BRAVE Rhu: Ellemerr: oooh, sounds interesting! Gaurav: err, sorry Bear Soup Guy: Reminds me of home. Well, the most recent one I had anyway. Amadi: Pretty blue light... Little Will'o's. This place is... nice. Radek climbs down the ladder. Frezak (GM): Gravy will go last. Possibly once the other guys are clear. Apheori (GM): Roll a thing to see if Gravy fits. >.> Amadi: Are you coming, Chess? Apheori (GM): Radek, Rhu: The door at the bottom is locked. The sphinx gets up slowly, relishing the space. The sphinx: Stories here. Old. Hungry. Amadi: Yes. So very hungry. Greibel: Should we feed it before it starts eating us? Ganelon: Would you believe I'm actually trained in thievery? Gaurav: YAY! Ganelon: No dexterity to make it any good, mind you, but it's an important skill for alchemy. Steady hands and all that. Amadi: If it could it would probably have eaten me already... I'm very tasty. Greibel: I can only assume so Ganelon: So I'm going to roll to pick this lock. Greibel covers his eyes and starts pointing at doors saying eenie-meenie-minee-moe Greibel: That one! Ganelon: Er, if this door is even locked in that manner. Is it? Greibel: Shall we investigate? Amadi nods. "Yes. That one." Greibel opens the door Bear Soup Guy: brb checking the mail Amadi whistles to the sphinx. The sphinx: Gan: Roll. Apheori (GM): Oops. Gaurav: Why would there be mail in an underground dungeon? Ganelon: rolling 1d20+6 ( 13 ) +6 = 19 Apheori (GM): Gan: Actually, can you just take 20 for this? Ganelon: It takes quite a bit of in-world time, but that would be up to you, not me. Ellemerr: Charming a lock for 20 mins? That's dedication. O_o Apheori (GM): Well, you just failed to open it. Ganelon: Alas! Apheori (GM): Or you could just keep rolling until it works. Ganelon: I probably would keep trying. Sure. Ellemerr: Or until you roll 1 and it gets hopelessly stuck. Ganelon: 22 Huh, and I was even expecting to do a lot of these and used inline to save space. Gaurav: How do you do inline? Apheori (GM): Amadi, Greibel: The passage is full of fungi clinging to the walls, but it's not long. It leads to a shrine of sorts. A figure of a cat-headed woman sits on the table. Also there are skulls all over the floor. Ganelon: Double brackets "[[" and no /roll. Apheori (GM): Mostly rodents, some not rodents. Gaurav: 11 fancy! thanks! (From Ellemerr): Statue of anyone familiar? Apheori (GM): Gan: So you get the door open. Behind it... is another door. (To Ellemerr): It's totally Bast. (To Ellemerr): Except not. Rhu: There's nothing quite as annoying as a path pretending to be a dead end. A fake dead end is a pretty rotten thing. Greibel: What a charming little shrine. (From Ellemerr): Well duh. Who would Amadi think of it as? :P Amadi: Oh hey, it's you! Amadi skips happily over to the statue and pats it on the head. (To Ellemerr): Herself, her sister, someone named Fred, Yika, Ariasna, Alyre, or Enry. Greibel: Is that, erm... The cat woman? Ganelon: This one had better not be locked. Apheori (GM): It's locked. Ganelon: Ffffrrgh THUNDERING ARMOR Amadi: Yes, no, I should really not be doing this. It's really... but then again, I always liked it, right? As did she. We? Me. Us. Yes. Or maybe we hated it. In which case this is even more fun! Take that, you. Hah. Apheori (GM): o.O Ganelon: [Implement Attack] rolling 1d20+5+0 ( 15 ) +5+0 = 20 Greibel: You have quite the way with words. Frezak (GM): Since no-one has called up I'm going down the ladder to investigate. Ganelon: Actually that's outdated and it should be +6. I thought you climbed down with us already. Amadi: Hm? Oh, words! You should give me words! Her. Words. Prayer! Do you have a hookah? Apheori (GM): Frezak: Did you roll if you fit? Frezak (GM): What? No! Greibel: I have a bong Frezak (GM): First, what DO I roll? Secondly, i'm seven feet tall, not seven ffet wide. Apheori (GM): Gan: So that hits the door in some way or another and it comes open. Gaurav: phew Amadi looks uncommonly suspicious for a moment. "Yesssss... you do..." Ganelon: It's basically just concussive force. Apheori (GM): Frezak: Dexterity-related. Greibel raises an eyebrow Apheori (GM): Gan: Okay. The door came open. Frezak (GM): oh dear. rolling 1D20+1 ( 16 ) +1 = 17 Gaurav: Frezak: I feel like squeezing in (and possibly breaking some of the well in the process) should be a strenght check, maybe athletics? Apheori (GM): Yeah, alright, you fit. Not well, but well enough to go up or down without moving in any other way. He had to get in at all. That's totally dexterity. The Gravedigger: YOU HAVE DOOR PROBLEMS? Gaurav: mm, yeah, that makes sense Ganelon: Is there a third locked door past this one? Apheori (GM): Yes. Radek: YES! Amadi: Will you... pray, with the...? The Gravedigger: GRAVY POWER Amadi gives Greibel a hungry look. Frezak (GM): I'm gonna charge with my horns. The sphinx gives Amadi a hungry look. Amadi makes a suspiciously cat-like hissing sound. Frezak (GM): rolling 1D20+10 ( 14 ) +10 = 24 That's Goring Horns + Charge. Gaurav: WOAH nice Apheori (GM): The third door falls off its hinges. Greibel: Um... Okay sure, let's pray Apheori (GM): Radek: Perception. Gaurav: go on, then. tell us about the fourth door. Frezak (GM): The fourth door is made of LAVA Apheori (GM): Also there's another door behind it. All the doors have been different styles, but this one is really different, like from another culture entirely. Gaurav: hmmm Rhu: hmmm I wonder if this is some kind of mental or magic trick. Like Telestorian dolls. Radek: rolling 1d20+8 ( 9 ) +8 = 17 Apheori (GM): Okay. Radek: It's a frustrating one regardless. Frezak (GM): Isn't it Rhu's turn to do a door? Rhu: rolling d20+12 perception check to see if the culture makes any kind of sense to me ( 2 ) +12 = 14 Apheori (GM): It's a door. A bunch of doors. Like someone collected random doors and used them for something weird because this is weird and you don't feel quite right. Rhu: That door is many doors, you guys. Radek: Great. Make it many splinters. Rhu: RADIANT VENGEANCE Apheori (GM): Greibel, Amadi: What's up? Rhu: rolling d20 + 5 vs reflex ( 4 ) +5 = 9 hmm my vengeance was not very radiant Apheori (GM): Rhu: Nothing happens. Amadi nods vigorously and turns back to the statue. "This isn't going to hurt one bit. I promise." And then she disappears into thin air again. Rhu: I'll just hit it with my maul? Greibel: Huh... Rhu: rolling 1d20+3 vs AC ( 15 ) +3 = 18 Greibel: Disappearing into thin air sure seems like it would be pretty painful Greibel scratches his head and looks around Apheori (GM): Rhu: You put a dent in it. Rhu: I'm not big on damage, most of my stuff is with giving penalties to enemies and suchlike. Could one of you guys get this? Sorry. Apheori (GM): Greibel: Perception check. Frezak (GM): You want another Gravy charge? Greibel: rolling 1d20+10 ( 20 ) +10 = 30 Bear Soup Guy: I KNOW EVERYTHING Ellemerr: Man, you do O_o Bear Soup Guy: THE SLIGHTEST FACIAL TICK BELIES YOUR ENTIRE SCHEME Apheori (GM): I regret this. Gaurav: hahahaha nice roll, BSG Ellemerr: Well now I have to stay and see what you learn. Gaurav: I'm out of here in like 5 mins btw Ellemerr: Yeah me too. As usual when Ama goes poof. :P Apheori (GM): Greibel: The bones on the floor were offerings, hunted objects for the lady. The shrine itself is a live, the inside of something larger, but also outside of what you needed. You entered the wrong door, but before that you entered the wrong door. Finding the right door is pointless. You need to find the other wrong door. Other other. The sphinx is staring at you. Bear Soup Guy motions to the sphink and porridge Bear Soup Guy: Come on, we have to find the wrong door! The porridge moves back to Greibel's shoulder. Bear Soup Guy: Err IN CHARACTER The sphinx: And the master? She was here. Her shadow. Her part. Heeeeere. The sphinx paws at the ground. Greibel: If I know Amadi she'll be meeting us again further on. The sphinx: Not her. Not... The sphinx hisses and runs out the door. Greibel: Oh, you mean...oh okay Greibel follows the sphinx for a bit Gaurav: okay, I gotta run now. Bus in two minutes! BYEEEEEEE The sphinx: Right, let's call it a time. Apheori (GM): Er, sorry. Gaurav: have fun with the sphinx, Greibel! don't let Devourer eat you! Bear Soup Guy: BYE RAVEY Gaurav: see you everybody! Ganelon: See ya. (From Amadi): (to Spinx, if she has that power) *groans* Nooo, let us sleeep for a bit, won't you... We're not ready to... to... (But then again, maybe that's just in her dream-thing.) (To Ellemerr): Totally can. Sphinx doesn't seem to understand, though. (From Ellemerr): Well, nobody ever does. (To Ellemerr): Heh. Ellemerr: Good time-of-the-day, y'all. Sweet daydreams and nightmares. Bear Soup Guy: Adios! Frezak (GM): HAVE FUN PEOPLES OR WILL BEAT YOU WITH SNAKES Apheori (GM): Heh. Sweet nightmares. Ellemerr: ^____^ Apheori (GM): Next tuesday, then! Bear Soup Guy: Next Tuesday!