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1 Digsites and Dragons on Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:03 pm

SonofGrimm

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There is a certain item that has come into the hands of the Faculty of Archaeology in the University of Absalom (see attached file).

Each of you, while of divergent life paths, are graduates of this fine and time honored department. However, something has made you wish to leave Absalom for a time. Perhaps it is the drudgery of teaching, your painful fellow members of the faculty, or the fact you broke a priceless ceramic vase. No matter what it is that drives you, you have collaborated with your fellow staff member in planning a venture into the deserts of Osirion.


Important Notes


Participants should generate a level 3 player character. Character must have graduated from the Faculty of Archeology in the University of Absalom, and have a willingness to cooperate with their fellow staff members.

Characters may have standard starting wealth, and be generated using 20 point buy.
Characters may have 1 trait.
Characters may gain an additional 2 background skill points per level, as per the background skill rules.
In place of a piece of clothing to begin the adventure, characters may allocate up to 50gp over 3 or more pieces of clothing.
Characters may begin with a very small but well maintained residence in Absalom. Their wages from the university will cover this residence as long as they stay in good standing with it.
Characters may each begin with a bottle of fine wine, to be opened to celebrate an accomplishment related to their expedition.

Play will begin with characters arriving by boat at the last settlement before embarking into desert. By that point they will already have traveled from Absalom by boat up the River Sphinx in Osirian to near the village of Djefet.

Prospective players should make post including the following:
Character Name:
Character Race:
Character Class:
Age:
Appearance: (This should include the attire the character normally wears)
Disposition:



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2 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:12 pm

SonofGrimm

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*Reserved Post*

Once the game begins, I would like a post rate of once per day, minimum. This could be changed readily if anyone requests it.

3 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:17 pm

Quark

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That file didn't seem to upload properly, so I've put it here. Also, I've given you DM powers on the forum.

I'll have a big offline period as I do stuff from the 21st onwards, but I'll just put in a placeholder here and put my character out, including character sheet (Since there's not any easy way of making a new character sheet on an account I'll make a new one when it comes to it). And join when I can or something.

Pooka:

Pooka is an excitable little pink-scaled kobold, born and raised in Puddles district of Absolom. Her unusual scale colour has made her somewhat of an outcast among the kobolds of Absolom, and while it's not openly discussed, there are some rumours of a brief affair her mother had with a certain brilliant and especially experimental Gnomish professor. It's never been proven of course, but she does have a certain gnomishness to her persona, and it would explain her scale colour.

Her black-scaled parents are disciples of the black dragon Asorazaklyn, who resides in a swamp past the Spire of Nex. As a hatchling, she was forced to visit and pay homage to him many times with her parents. While he was a dragon and thus worthy of respect, she couldn't help but feel that his violent temper and destructive urges made him... not the best choice of dragon to pay homage too. She kept a shrine to Apsu in her room in secret, and donated what treasures she could filch from Asorazaklyn's horde to it.

She's still not sure when it was that she started hearing the voice of Apsu from her shrine. She thinks it was after one particularly narrow escape from a jet of acid sprayed by Asorazaklyn for some imagined slight, and her fury at the black dragon for being so mean, but maybe it was always there. The little silver statuette of the dragon comforted her, and let her know that so long as she possessed his holy symbol, he would protect her. He would do his best to try to teach Asorazaklyn, and all the chromatic dragons, the error of their ways, or else ensure that no others could harm his pretty little kobold maid.

Taking Aspu's words to heart, the next time Pooka visited Asorazaklyn's lair, she boldy spoke to the black dragon about Apsu and encouraged him to reign in his temper. This, she realised in hindsight, was a particularly poor decision. She barely dodged the jet of acid that would have melted her on the spot, and then ran as fast as she could away in her terror. Injured from splashes of acid and hurting badly, she didn't realise the little Apsu statuette had been damaged until she stopped to rest and catch her breath by the base of the spire of Nex. A large hole had been burnt through the middle of the dragon's body, leaving just a small layer of silver on one edge. Had it not been for Apsu, that splash of acid would surely have killed Pooka.

Weeping and thanking Apsu for her safety, she promised to repair the statue as soon as she got back to Absolom. But the voice of Apsu spoke to her again, and lead her around the base of the spire. "Look up!" Apsu commanded her, and as she did so, noticed a small, bright object fall from the top of the tower, falling with a muffled thud nearby. Pooka searched for the object, and found a small ball of crystal, perfectly shaped for hole in Apsu's chest. "This crystal ball was once used by Nex himself." whispered Apsu, "Your bravery may be great, but you should have more foresight. The crystal is no longer magical, but look upon it to remind yourself to meditate before acting."

Pooka's parents were furious when she finally arrived home. She was given enough only time to gather up her few possessions before being unceremoniously kicked out of home. What meagre savings she had were taken up by magical healing by some clerics who didn't ask questions.

Pooka spent the next few years working as a tour guide for the many people visiting Absolom, staying away from the Puddles and black-scaled kobolds as much as possible. She learnt a lot about the outside world during this time, and became eager to explore it and leave the borders of Absolom. This was in part fuelled by Apsu's voice and encouragement to find a metallic dragon as a mentor and a curiosity fostered by Nex's Crystal to find out more about the missing Archmage.

Her chance finally came when by chance she met Duchess Lena Rogavia on a trip to Absolom and guided her through the city. Lena took a shine to the little pink Kobold, and once her business was concluded in Absolom, took her home to the fledgling nation of Eisard. Apsu was scathing of the development, but conceded that she seemed a good sort, if unwise. Pooka adored her, and spent a happy while in Eisard with the Duchess, becoming good friends with her. During this time she met many people, including a high-ranking group of pathfinders, who also took a shine to her. She even spent a brief while exploring with them, which only strengthened her lust for adventure and the thrill of discovery.

The dig site in Riverheart was another place the little pink Kobold enjoyed visiting, and she met several notable Chelish archaeologists there. Even though initially it was only Lena Rogarvia's word that let her get in to explore, Pooka's quick mind and charm made her friends there as well, and soon she was able to take part in the dig herself. She displayed enough talent that her friend, Doctor Jones, one of the prominent archaeologists on the expedition, recommended that she undertake formal training at the University of Absolom. Lady Rogarvia was sad to see her go, and as a parting gift gave her a pair of exquisite gold threaded gloves and paid for her education, on the promise that she would come back and visit her when she could, or otherwise stay in touch.

Three years later, Pooka graduated from the University of Absolom, specialising in Archaeology and the history of Northern Garund, specifically Nex, Geb and Ancient Osirion. The dig site in Eisard was long since finished, which disappointed Pooka, but a big new discovery was lying in wait for her. The newly discovered locale of the Tomb of Bel-Dar and the rumours of the artefact known as the Smaller Monk-Keigh were right up her alley. Her glowing recommendations from Doctor Jones, Duchess Rogarvia and her Pathfinder friends were easily enough to get her a place on the dig.

Apsu doesn't know much about it, but suspects that if anything of the power that the Smaller Monk-Keigh might have got out, the influx of dragons coming to seek it out could prove disastrous. He strongly suggests that Pooka try to find it, if only to stop any metallic dragons from getting it.

Character sheet will come later. But for now, a summary:

Name: Pooka
Race: Kobold
Class: Occultist (Possibly Reliquarian archetype, but more likely vanilla)
Age: 18
Appearance: Kobold with pink scales, some slightly blackened with small spots. Slender snout. Long, whippy tail. Spike 'hair', fairly long. Wears long white robes in this hot weather, with gold-threaded shawl. Crocodile-leather belt. Sandals. Golden gloves on each hand. Golden dragon earring in left ear. Hessian belt pouch containing a silver statuette of a dragon in flight with a crystal ball embedded in its chest. Three iron brushes on the belt. Backpack containing stuff. Belt pouch with various archaeological tools sticking out the top. (More coming with when I think of more gear I need)
Disposition: Cheerful, Affectionate, Enthusiastic.
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4 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:49 pm

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Sorry, I did not notice the file did not attach.

In Regards to Pooka
Pooka's life has afforded her some minor advantages. In her days in Eisard, Doctor Jones encouraged her enthusiasm with tall tales of her own adventures, and those of her fellow Archaeologists. She is aware that ruins seem to almost always have some amount of traps, and some amount of either wild animal inhabitants, undead monstrosities or animated constructs to contend with. Additionally, while travel to excavation sites frequently holds the natural perils of inclement weather, savage tribes or hostile wilderness monsters, most often the greatest danger of forays is other explorers.

In her tales, the villains often were greedy local warlords, foreign government agents or even a  brand of fellow treasure hunter out to claim the prizes of a temple or lost city for themselves. From these stories, Pooka can easily name off the top of her head the most famous Chelish explorers.

With Apsu's guidance, Pooka can find her way into several lesser known libraries of religious knowledge in Absalom, and as such can gain a +2 circumstance bonus on Knowledge: Religion checks when she does so. Also, Doctor Jones gave Pooka her permission to access her own personal collection of historical texts in her office to assist with her studies (as well as a key to gain access them), with the request that she gives the room a dust whenever she does (Doctor Jones tends to spend more time abroad than in Absalom). Pooka gains a +2 circumstance bonus to Knowledge: History checks when she utilizes this collection. Pooka may attempt these knowledge checks untrained when using these knowledge sources.

5 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:39 am

Quark

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I love it when NPCs just take on a life of her own. She was just a character I made up on the spot to guide Lena through Absolom and find stuff for her, but she was too much fun to leave alone.

Pooka's Character Sheet v3:

NG Female Kobold Occultist 3
Init +1; Senses Low-light vision; Perception +12
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________DEFENCE________
AC 13 touch 11 flat-footed 12 (1 size, 1 armour, 1 Dex)
HP 18 (3d8+3)
Fort +4 Ref +3 Will +5
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________OFFENCE________
Space 5 ft. Reach 5 ft.
Speed 20 ft.
Melee Iron Brush +1 (1 nonlethal)
Ranged mwk Shortbow +4 (1d4) 60ft range increment
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_________SPELLS________
1st (4/day) - Burning Hands (DC 14), Heightened Awareness, Shield, Detect Secret Doors
0th - Resistance, Dancing Lights, Detect Psychic Significance
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_____CLASS FEATURES_____
Implements Divination (Crystal Ball), Abjuration (Holy Symbol), Evocation (Gloves)
Mental Focus: 8 (6 Div, 2 Ab)
Object reading: Hold any item for a 1 minute, auto-identify its properties if magical (but not if cursed unless its CL is equal to or lower than mine). Learn 1 piece of historical information about the item. Learn 1 piece of information about last person to use it, so long as it was no longer than 1 day ago.
Magic Item Skill +1 to UMD
Focus Powers:
Warding Talisman (Su, Abj Resonant) +1 resistance bonus to save per 2 mental focus (max +1). Bearer only.
Mind Barrier (Sp, Abj Base) 1 focus as swift action -> barrier that prevents 6 damage, lasts until end of round or until gone. 2 focus -> same effect but immediate action
Aegis (Su, Abj) 1 focus as standard action -> +1 enhancement bonus to shield or armour for 1 minute, stacks with existing bonuses up to +5.
Third Eye (Su, Div Resonant) +1 insight bonus per 2 mental focus (max +3) (also other stuff irrelevant at this level)
Sudden Insight (Su, Div Base) 1 mental focus as swift action -> +1 insight bonus on any ability check, skill check, attack roll. Must be used before end of turn.
Danger Sight (Sp, Div) 1 mental focus as immediate action -> +1 insight bonus to AC if attacked or saving throw vs spell, spell-like or trap. Only applies to one attack/saving throw and needs to be used before end of round.
Future Gaze (Sp, Div) 1 mental focus as standard -> cast Augury using occultist level as caster level
Powerful Connection (Su, Div) Useless for the moment, but will see use later maybe.
Intense Focus (Su, Evo Resonant) +1 damage on instantaneous damaging evocation spells or focus powers per 2 mental focus (Max +2). Bearer only.
Energy Ray (Sp, Evo Base) 1 mental focus as standard action -> 2d6 ray, range 30 ft, pick element from (acid, electricity, cold, fire)
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Str 6 Dex 12 Con 11 Int 16 Wis 12 Cha 14
Base Atk +2; CMB -1; CMD 10
Feats Divination Guide, Extra Mental Focus (Subject to change if there are any teamwork feats)
Skills Perception +12 (3), Use Magical Device +9 (3), Sleight of Hand +7 (3), Stealth +13 (3), Diplomacy +7 (3), Spellcraft +9 (3), Knowledge(Religion) +9 (2), Disable Device +7 (1)
Background Skills Lore(History of Nex/Ancient Osirion) +9/+9 (1/1), Profession(Tour Guide/Archaeologist) +5/+7 (1/1), Knowledge(History) +7 (1), Linguistics +7 (1)
Languages Draconic, Common, Gnome, Undercommon, Ancient Osirianni
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Combat Gear
Iron Brush x2 (4gp), Mwk Shortbow w. 10 durable arrows (340gp, 1lb), mwk Silken Ceremonial Armour (180gp, 2lb), Page of Spell Knowledge(Detect secret doors) (1000gp),
Gear that will be used lots
Hot weather gear x3 (Free, 1lb), Pack Mule + whole lot of food for it + pack gear (20gp), A selection of books on the history of Ancient Osirion and Nex [mwk tools for Lore skills] (100gp, 2lb), Mwk Archaeologist Tools (50gp, 1lb), Fancy silk parasol (10gp, 2 lb), Mwk Thieves Tools (100gp), Spelunking Kit (174 gp), Smelling Salts (25 gp), 2x potion of cure light wounds (100gp)
Other Gear
Crowbar (2gp), Compass (10 gp), Mwk Backpack (50 gp, 1lb), Occultist Kit (45gp, 2.5lb) [the impliments, belt pouch, journal and ink], Periscope (20gp), 10 glass vials (10gp), Ornate silver mirror worth 30gp, Fine golden gloves worth 250 gp (.5 lb), Scroll Box (5gp), Shovel (2gp), Miner's Pick (3 gp), 2 vials each of antiplague and antitoxin (200gp), 2 doses of Padzahr (160gp), 50 doses chill cream (150gp), 16pp (0.5lb)

Note I've included gear bonuses in skills with the assumption that I'll always have ready access to them. Also I'm assuming that the pack mule carries most of my junk and so I've only included weight for things actually on my person (and has significant weight). Since my strength is so low, taking note of carrying capacity is necessary.
Carried Weight: 13.5
Light Load: 17
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Day Raider - Alternate Kobold Racial Trait. Lose Darkvision and Light sensitivity, gain Low-light vision
Carnation Scale - +1 Survival, Survival is a class skill.
Books Referenced: Occult Adventures, Kobolds of Golorion, Pathfinder Unchained, Ultimate Equipment, Inner Sea Gods, Alchemy Manual, Core Rulebook

EDIT: Now v3. Added extra gear. Changed a feat to something more suitable for background. Adjusted skills.



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6 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:59 am

SonofGrimm

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I am sorry, I did not make this clear. By standard starting wealth, I should have said recommended wealth for a 3rd level character.

7 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:49 am

Quark

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Well, I think I'm good to go now I can post regularly again.


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8 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:48 am

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Name: Janus Ethral
Race: Elf
Class: Bard (Archaeologist)
Age: Very Young Really (112)
Appearance: Currently draped in local attire - robes and a turban, to help with the sun. Usually Wears studded leather armour under a fairly heavy looking... mostly waterproof leather jacket, though that will hardly help much currently. Dark/browns for pants and shirt. He also has short blonde hair, and deep blue eyes.
Disposition: Friendly, but typically cautious. He prefers not to rush into a fight unless it seems necessary, and the quiver of arrows at his side and bow at his back make it clear sometimes it has probably been necessary.


The light sailship scrapes across the sand in the shallows of the river as the ship approaches the docks of Dejat. I say ‘docks’ but I truly doubt the word will be a fair description. More likely a pile of twigs tied together - civilisation we have left far behind us in the dust and dunes to the north.

The heat beats down from the harsh sky above, and I am glad I have switched to the local garb, a turban, scarf and robes. Glancing at them, I would have thought the getup sweltering but it seems to help insulate against the heat rather than trapping it as I expected at first. And now I look less obviously out of place; before I looked like a hopelessly lost elf, now I only look like a… well, a tall skinny human I expect, at a glance at any rate.

I touch my hand to the side of my head and wince. My ears were rather red before I donned my turban that one of the crew so generously loaned me. I itch at the bite of a flea or two, but I can’t complain, and I can always deal with the insects later.

‘Janus Ethral, Historian of the University of Absolom’ I think to myself. It still sounds odd, even a few months later, that in the blink of an elven eye - just four years, I was not only qualified, but investigating the map from the very tablet that had inspired me when I had seen it in the Elven palace as a child many years ago with my family. I swat at a loudly buzzing insect, ignore the smell and smile broadly. What a turn of events; and things could only get more interesting from here!

What could possibly go wrong?

9 Thrax Ternockl on Thu Dec 24, 2015 3:42 am

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Name: Thrax Ternockl
Race: Wyvaran
Class: Ranger (Dungeon Rover)
Age: 30
Appearance: Like most Wyvaran, Thrax is intimidating up close, with piercing yellow eyes and shiny blue scales, he has a small section of his right ear ripped off due to a childhood scuffle and is almost permanently seen with an amused, if somewhat predatory, smirk on his face. He typically wears his breastplate amour in day to day activities but otherwise prefers wearing expensive silk robes. Not just for the comfort of smooth silk on his scales, but the added comfort of having the knowledge he's wearing a peasants monthly salary.  
Disposition: Snarky, Condescending, Rude, but extremely Loyal.

I look once again at the piece of paper the humans had given me, I understand the concept of an "Archaeology Degree" in theory, but actually having one felt weird to me, trust the humans to come up with the concept of having a piece of paper just to prove that you knew something, A Wyvaran would have just asked. Then again this wasn't at all what I had originally set out to do. I'm just trying to find a decent, secure, defensible underground tomb to build my lair. I found out years ago about this group of humans would trade worthless ancient trinkets (They weren't even gold or gems! Just tablets with weird symbols and old dusty books) in exchange for the locations of possibly new homes. Every time I cleared one out for them and gave them their useless junk they would get really excited and fawn over the ancient almost ruined things.

Until last week, when they had a big ceremony and said that "In recognition of your continued support of the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Absalom, we hereby present to you this honorary degree for your efforts" Then they went on and on about some "great" artifact that they recently found, something about a map and Bel-Dar. But what really got me interested was when they mentioned the huge unexplored dungeon that this map leads to, could this be the home I have been searching for? Hmmmm, I may take them up on the offer to join the team that goes to retrieve this....whatever, in exchange, the temple it's in will be all mine!

10 Arrivals on Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:41 pm

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In Regards to Janus:
Of course Janus considers himself young, only now trying to settle into a profession, but his long life is already starting to catch up with him. In most capitals in the Inner Sea, there is SOMEONE who is either friendly or unfriendly towards him.

Additionally, elves in the world understand the similar struggles they go through in the world of the shorter lived. Janus receives +2 on social checks when dealing with other elves.

In Regards to Thrax:
Truly, the quest for a home is a hard and bitter one, and Thrax has explored more than one dead end. However, all was not for naught, as he has some  keen insights on the nature of underground housing. He against +2 on Knowledge: Dungeoneering and Knowledge: Geography with regards to determining the habitability of underground locations, and benefits as the ranger's Favored Terrain class feature when in an underground Halfling home.

Now, let us begin.

Prologue:
It all happened very smoothly. One day the stone tablet came in with much celebration, a week later Pooka, Janus and Thrax were asked if they would be interested in exploring one of the locations uncovered by it. Be it for religious reasons, nostalgia or home hunting, they each accepted. A week later, the aging, yet amiable, Dean of Archaeology payed each of them a visit, and explained that his secretary was finalizing plans for the trip. He also gave each of them a rubbing of the tablet and an up to date map of Osirion. After another week of consulting with his tiefling secretary, they found themselves at the Absalom docks, packed and bound on an adventure towards The Smaller Monk-Keigh.

Crossing the Inner Sea was not very enjoyable. The caravel-ferry the three were crammed into was packed with people, luggage, sailors, cattle, pickpockets, criminals who used both armrests and bards who performed when people were trying to sleep. It was a loud, creaking few days as the vessel groans it's way over the water and a relief when the three were firmly directed to disembark in the bustling ports of Sothis, capital of Osirion. Sadly, they did not have time to visit the Sacred Temples of The Crying Pharaoh, nor The Thousandfold Legion of the Sphinx, for several burly and friendly Osirions were waiting for them. They had been sent by the captain of the ferry that they would be taking up the River Sphinx, and happily carried the small grouped luggage while navigating back to their vessel, all they while acting as cathartic vents for the struggles the group had faced in the caravel.

The journey up the River Sphinx was almost enjoyable. The trip was on a wide galley, crewed by freemen. Several days were spent lazily slothing up the reed lined river. The half-orc captain was friendly and did everything she could to make the trip comfortable. The rowers, while normally exhausted, always threw the three passengers a smile when they went past. The senior members of the crew were more than happy to socialize with the bizarre (and as the three came to learn from them, well paying) archaeologists, and shared many delightful stories about other expeditions into tombs. Before the journey was finished, they had heard tales of explorers being crushed, eaten, poisoned, cursed, disintegrated, dragged to hell, kicked in the shins and buried in rockfalls: all deaths from pre-layed traps inside Osirion's deadly tombs and pyramids. They did however concede that the plunder was often worth a curse or two.

Before arriving, the captain informed the archaeologists that she has supplies to drop off further up the River Sphinx. The arrangement she has is that she will drop the group off in the town of Not-Djefet. Then, in 5 days her ship will return, and she'll ask the inn keeper for news of the group. If they are there, she'll take you back to Sothis. If not, she'll complete another 13 day cycle through the River Sphinx, and do the same again. This time, if there is still no word of the group, she'll report to Sothis that the three of them are presumed dead. She smiles broadly at that and says she's sure that won't happen, with Muscles (referring to Thrax), Brains (referring to Pooka) and Ears (referring to Janus).

Djefet and Not-Djefet:
Djefet is a cursed town. Any who live with in it for a fairly short amount of time become cursed to never leave. However, Djefet is located at a convenient point on the River Sphinx for trade and rest, and so a novel solution was devised. On the opposite bank of the river, a small town was built. Through this town commerce to Djefet proper would take place, and its residents would remain uncursed. It just so happens that Not-Djefet is the closest town to the marked location of the Tomb of Bel-Dar.

The Present:
The group has just arrived in the...unimpressive town of Non-Djefet. Behind the three travelers, the River Sphinx is busy with traffic, some cargo is being unloaded from the galley, and a half dozen fishing-boats throw out their nets. Before the group is a dozen crude wooden buildings balanced on pontoons, creaking occasionally with an eddy in the waters or a turn in the wind. It appears as though a fierce storm would knock all the buildings free of their support, sending the town to a watery destruction. Beyond the town, the hazy, burning desert of Osirion. And yet further on, the a cluster of mountains that can only be The Pillars of the Sun, and among them, the Tomb of Bel-Dar.

The three are probably eager to get going, but a few things draw their attention in the town. Near the galley, a naked Osirion child who had been fishing bellows something in Osirion while shaking a perch towards the group. Further in, behind a small stall covered with cheap looking jewelry a wrinkled old Osirion, hunched double and missing most of his teeth calls "Come travelers, buy a charm to fend off the heat of the desert, the ire of the gods, and the curses of the dead.

Only one building in town has any sort of sign indicating it as a business: hanging before the largest structure is a sign marked with a bed, a steaming bowl and a camel. That must be the inn. Before it, four camels are tied up, and a woman is sitting. She is writing on a sheet of paper while referring to a book. On a table beside her sits a small apparatus with a glowing blue gem spinning in the air an inch above it. Over her a burly woman looms, holding a parasol. On her arm is an obvious slave brand. On the sitting woman's shirt is a stitched version of the flag of Cheliax.

11 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Thu Dec 24, 2015 3:59 pm

Quark

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(Sorry, I'd like a little bit of time to get to know my travelling companions before we progress; this would likely happen on the ship from Absolom)

I dash up along the deck, pink tail whipping wildly around behind me through the hole in my newly-bought white robe. It's fun to be on a ship, with the salty air and cries of gulls, even if it isn't as fast as teleportation. I'll always remember this, the start to my first real adventure as an archaeologist! It's like a dream come true!

As my two great new friends come up onto the deck as well, I run over to them and dance around them happily.

Hey, guys! It's so exciting, isn't it? I've only just graduated, but I've already got this great job excavating this long lost ruin! We're going to make history, together! It's going to be so much fun!

Just in case you guys have forgotten, my name's Pooka! I've wanted to do this sort of thing my whole life, so this is all very exciting for me! I'm so honoured to be able to work with you! Especially the great Thrax himself!
I sigh dreamily. You look even cooler than I thought you'd be! So much like a dragon! You're one of my heroes, finding all those incredible ancient artefacts and looking like a dragon, and, and... I clamp my claws over my snout and turn away in embarrassment.

Um, sorry. I didn't mean to, um, come on to you so quickly. Um, I mean, come on to you like that. Um. Oh no, I keep messing up! I hope he doesn't hate me now. Maybe if I change the subject quickly they won't notice. Janus! He he he. You look pretty young, but you're an elf, right? You must have lived so long already! I bet you've seen all kinds of amazing things already, and know a whole lot of stuff about history! What did you major in? I can't remember if I saw you in class or not.


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12 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:35 pm

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Oh Susurex it's that talkative pink kobold, what's it's name? Puny? Putta? Snooker? Oh right, Pooka. How does a kobold even get to be pink anyway? Is it some kind of hybrid between a Red and White variant? Hmmm, if so it means that it could have strange powers. That or it's insane and dyed its entire body, either way I better play it safe until I know more. Wait, has it been talking this entire time? I'm used to kobolds fawning over me, as is the natural order, but this is just silly.

Thrax looks down at Pooka with a large obviously forced grin on his face.

Errr, yes, hello Pooka, it's very nice meeting you as well. I hope that we will become great allies throughout the coming ordeals. Feel free to ask me for any assistance that you may need, although if you excuse me I need to stretch my wings, going too long without using them makes them stiff for days.

Thrax displays his wings as wide as possible and with a few flaps starts to slowly fly around the deck of the ship.

That's right Thrax, build up the trust, see what the kobold is capable of. If she's useful then she will make a fine first edition to my kobold lair guards. Just like father used to have. If not then I can probably get her to run errands for me, or at the least go first into rooms to check for traps. The elf will also need a close eye, I don't trust anything with that fashion sense, at least it doesn't seem to talk as much as Pooka.

13 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:58 am

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As Thrax swoops over many a chorus of panicked cries erupt around from the multitude of barges and smaller ships that wind through the River Sphinx. However, on realizing that you aren't going to terrorize the fishermen or savage the merchants the clamor changes to whoops and cheers with each aerial maneuver. However, much to Thrax's alarm, a much larger scaled humanoid swoops before him from his peripheral: another Wyvaran. This dragon, dazzling in golden scales and runic armor, bares his fangs in a confident grin, before shoulder charging towards Thrax. The move is lightning quick, and before the blue wyrm has time to change course, the other dragon smashes through him.

Completely harmlessly, as the illusion slides through him and winks out of existence. From a larger, opulent barge below, someone lets out a cascading laugh at Thrax's fluster. Though the wyvaran had been intangible, the blow to Thrax's ego still stung.

(Just let me know when you want to get to the destination)

14 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:29 am

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I want the name, location and description of the mage that did this, Thrax is gonna have to drown someone on the way and make it look like an accident.

Failing that, at least the name of the ship.

15 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:47 pm

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What, he ignored me? I don't think he paid attention to a word I said! Guess a brilliant guy like him must get a lot of attention from adoring fans. I don't want to seem like another in a line of fan girls, so maybe if I just pretend I'm not interested he'll like me more. At least since he ignored me he won't have noticed my blunder and I can act cold towards him without him noticing.

I watch Thrax fly around a little, admiring his skill. When the illusion threatens him I gasp and take a step towards him to try to help, but then remember I'm trying to be cold towards him and laugh at him instead.

Te he he! I didn't think he'd fall for such an obvious illusion.


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16 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:50 pm

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I'd seen the little Kobold around but had not paid much heed to her until now other than to remark on the quite lovely and unusual shade of pink her scales.

As she greets me, I offer her my hand, and stoop a little to help match her height. "Hey Pooka, yes, I'm Janus. I honestly don't recall seeing you or..." I glance at the rather more intimidating looking Wyvaran, apparently momentarily stunned in the air by the illusion, ..."Thrax during my studies. I'll be honest, I spent most of my time at the university huddled within dusty corners of the library, working or aiding at digs." I pause, before continuing.

"My studies focussed mostly on history, with an emphasis on Inner Sea nations. I've always been very fond of Osirion history, it's nice to finally be here."

17 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:35 pm

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Thrax is easily able to identify the offending ship. Also an oared galley, but twice the length and breadth of yours, and manned with two levels of rowers rather than one. The white painted vessel also seems to lack a similar burden, and so is moving swiftly down river, the opposite direction to Thrax's ship. On the side is painted in black letters "The Everlight's Arc". In the middle of the main deck is a white marquee from where the laughter originated. Swooping low towards the ship, a half dozen burly and tanned soldiers level gilded spears at Thrax, panic, anger and surprise rippling through them. Behind them, the cerulean archaeologist spies his target; a dark lady in gold jewelry and white dress. She lounges on a pile of cushions, her long black hair filled with golden beads and blue-gem studded clasps. In contrast to the soldier's fiery response, she is smiling cheekily, giving Thrax a nod of recognition before chuckling once more, accentuating her crows feet. As Thrax studies her, he is sure he will recognize her on sight, for the skin, while otherwise dark black, is marked by a golden ankh on her right cheek.

Neither ship has halted, and as they are moving in opposite directions, Thrax will probably need to shortly make a choice of whether to resolve his feud now or continue with the ship.

(I promise I'll let you meet her again if you don't start combat in the prologue.)

18 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:45 pm

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I nod, appreciating that Janus has bent down. I like being able to see people's faces.

There's definitely a lot to see and excavate, even in Absolom. I've always wanted to try to get inside the Spire of Nex! It's such a mysterious place, I bet we could learn loads of stuff if only we could get inside.

It's exciting to be here in Osirion! I've done so much study on it, and its historical relationships with Nex. There are so many ruins and unexplored places, there's bound to be a bunch of archaeological treasures to find even before we get to Bel Dar.

Hey, you're looking a little sunburnt. I think I've got some chill cream around here somewhere if you want some.


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19 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:56 pm

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"Yes, this map we're following now was actually part of my inspiration to investigate the past as a child," I reply, "So I too, am quite thrilled to be here."

I smile, and touch my fingers to my rather hot, dry skin. "Many thanks Pooka, that would be lovely. I imagine your skin is a bit more resistant to this than mine!"

20 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Dec 26, 2015 12:07 am

Quark

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My tail twitches with curiosity. You got to see the tablet before it got donated to the University? Wow! No wonder you became an archaeologist! I thought it would be locked up somewhere hard to find or look at, maybe with a lot of other treasures. I rummage through my possessions until I find one of the pots of chill cream and pass it up to Janus.

(I've had enough time to gauge what the rest of the party's like now, and am ready to continue when everyone else is)


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21 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Dec 26, 2015 12:24 am

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Thax gives a large smile to the woman before heading back to his own ship I was going to teach the upstart a lesson, but someone of that level of wealth and taste deserves a more personal approach, she almost reminds me of a blue dragon.

As he lands on the ships deck he glances at any crew that seem amused at the little stunt that just occurred, and shoots them a withering gaze that screams "Sleep with one eye open" Before making his way to Janus and Pooka.

 "Greetings my new travelling companions, since this trip will take a while I was wondering if one, or both of you, could fill me in on what things and creatures I can and cannot break inside the tomb? Considering I have never attended a single class, ever, on the subject I thought it best to ask for your guidance. For that matter, what does the thing we are searching for actually look like anyway?"

He gives a quick glance at Janus "Forgive my crassness, but are elves supposed to have skin like that? I thought your people were usually pale?"

Oh Susurex, both of them are weird colors, what the heck have I gotten myself into?

For reference, Blue is speech, Italics are thoughts, and normal text are descriptions.

22 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:19 am

Quark

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(It's a good convention that I'm following as well, but with bold pink for speech)

Aaaahhhh! He spoke to me In Love! No, focus, focus! Don't act adoring for him, just pretend you hate him.

Um, aren't you a famous archaeologist already? Just keep doing what you always do when you find a new place, dummy. Whatever you're doing, obviously someone thinks you're doing it the right way. I give a little sniff of disdain.
No one knows what the Smaller Monk-Keigh looks like, or what it is. The name practically screams monkey, so maybe that's what it looks like? The records say that El-Dar stole it from the Order of White Sphinxes, and that someone was a master of it and used it to defeat his enemies. It doesn't make a lot of sense for someone to be a master of a non-sentient or immobile thing, and it has to be something actually physical since it was stolen, so my guess is it's some kind of construct, intelligent item or maybe some kind of bound outsider.


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23 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:55 am

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Thrax looks stunned.

Did that kobold just talk smack to me? A Kobold just talked back to me! How.......refreshing.

Thrax bends over and gives Pooka a genuine smile.

"In the 30 years of life that I have spent around grovelling kobolds I had yet to meet one with anything resembling a spine, and here you are acting all high and mighty! It's refreshing to see that dragon blood still pumps in those veins after all. I think we'll get along fine after all, Pooka the Pink."

(I'm also ready to skip the boat ride when others are)

24 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Dec 26, 2015 12:59 pm

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Captain Swart lumbers over, gold tooth on proud display as she thumps Thrax friendly on the back. "I hear you're asking for more tales of Osirion's crypts and perils, which I will surely oblige. Hmmm. I've got one in mind, it's about a slave..."

The Slave That Lived:
Once, a cruel tomb plunderer made to rob a great pyramid of all its wonders. He set out with a twenty laborers, twelve soldiers, twenty-four slaves and his favored magician to The Pyramid of The Burning Sun, the resting place of one of our lands many and glorious Pharaohs. When he arrived, he set up camp and demanded that the slaves be sent in to explore the pyramid first, so they may activate any perils that lay ahead and by their deaths he may be forewarned. His soldiers were loyal, the laborers where deaf to such talk and the magician was well payed, so there was no chance that any would ever discover this illegal and brutal order.

The slaves were sent in, and three days later, after many screams and howls of pain from the pyramid, only one emerged, alive and unscathed. On her face her hate for her master was clear, but he did not care when he heard her say "I have seen the heart of the pyramid and all it's golden prizes. And I know the way." Besides, most of his slaves gave him that look all the time.

"The way is treacherous, only the agile and swift can make it," the slave said, so the slave master sent her back in, leading his twenty laborers. Into the first chamber of the pyramid they went, but despite the slave warning to watch their step, the clumsy workers stumbled over pressure pads that the slave had marked for them to avoid. Spears sprang from the walls, ancient but deadly traps still, and all those laborers died. Even the other slaves had not died here. However, the bodies and gore of the laborers clogged the traps, making the room passable, so the master was happy.

"The way is treacherous, only the stealthy can make it, but none stealthy remain, so now it is up to the brave and strong," the slave said, so the master sent his twelve soldiers to follow the slave. Into the second chamber they ventured, uncomfortable with swords in hand rather than whips. They made boastful talk rather than remaining silent as the slave directed, and so the tomb shuddered, and from dusty sarcophagi and shallow insets sprang the vengeful dead. Howling, they fell upon the guards. Not one had a courageous bone in their body, and they broke ranks and were pursued to their deaths. However, in their retreat they blundered into side passages and false-ends, still laden with traps, which killed themselves and sundered the dark bindings on the vengeful dead, and so the way through the second chamber was clear. And the master was delighted, when his slave returned (she had simply remained silent and hidden while the guards had been slaughtered).

"The way is treacherous, only the powers beyond mortals have any hope of piercing the next chamber," the slave said, so the master tried to send in his magician, but the magician demanded that the master come too, and experience the same risk, and so the three ventured into the final delve. In the third chamber, spells and enchantments and magical traps and curses have been laid across everything, and so the magician did a great battle, blasting his will against the wild and ancient powers. And he succeeded in undoing all the spells except one. And then he said "I have succeeded in undoing all the spells except one. I can do no more until tomorrow." The final spell was a trap upon the door to the inner sanctum of the pyramid, and at the magician's words the master grew suspicious. He suspected his magician meant to return in the early hours of the morning, and claim the wealth of the tomb for himself. And so when the magician turned his back on the master, the master stabbed the magician between the shoulder blades, and the magician's body bled his magician blood onto the ground, and died a mortal's death.

"The way is treacherous, and only the mighty can pass this final seal," the slave said, and the master, pride and greed filling him, pushed to open the final door. He was a wealthy, respected and feared man. He was worthy to pass this final seal. And the door did open easily to his touch, and he looked upon all the wealth of the Pyramid of the Burning Sun, and cried in joy. For a moment, before golden light erupted from the door, searing him mortally. He looked to his loyal slave, hate still burning on her face, pleading, wanting to know why he was dying. "It is the mighty of virtue that can pass the final seal," she said, and then he died.

The slave spent several days returning the bodies of the dead to their families, reporting this story. Horrified at her mistreatment, and recognizing her loyal conduct regardless, they awarded her freedom. She lived a happy life for a year, before returning to the pyramid, easily overcoming its chambers and leaving with its wealth. She gained a place on the Council of the Sun and Sky, and even bought a boat called the "The Everlight's Arc".

"...but it seems we have arrived at our destination. I will need to guide the ship into harbor, but I wish you good luck on your plundering. I do hope you come back alive. Hahahaha." the Captain makes ready to bring the ship into dock, and it is not long before the three archaeologists see the sights of the small town of Not-Djefet.

(I know I'm pushing this along. Sorry about that.)



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25 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:33 pm

Quark

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A refresher:

SonofGrimm wrote:The group has just arrived in the...unimpressive town of Non-Djefet. Behind the three travelers, the River Sphinx is busy with traffic, some cargo is being unloaded from the galley, and a half dozen fishing-boats throw out their nets. Before the group is a dozen crude wooden buildings balanced on pontoons, creaking occasionally with an eddy in the waters or a turn in the wind. It appears as though a fierce storm would knock all the buildings free of their support, sending the town to a watery destruction. Beyond the town, the hazy, burning desert of Osirion. And yet further on, the a cluster of mountains that can only be The Pillars of the Sun, and among them, the Tomb of Bel-Dar.

The three are probably eager to get going, but a few things draw their attention in the town. Near the galley, a naked Osirion child who had been fishing bellows something in Osirion while shaking a perch towards the group. Further in, behind a small stall covered with cheap looking jewelry a wrinkled old Osirion, hunched double and missing most of his teeth calls "Come travelers, buy a charm to fend off the heat of the desert, the ire of the gods, and the curses of the dead.

Only one building in town has any sort of sign indicating it as a business: hanging before the largest structure is a sign marked with a bed, a steaming bowl and a camel. That must be the inn. Before it, four camels are tied up, and a woman is sitting. She is writing on a sheet of paper while referring to a book. On a table beside her sits a small apparatus with a glowing blue gem spinning in the air an inch above it. Over her a burly woman looms, holding a parasol. On her arm is an obvious slave brand. On the sitting woman's shirt is a stitched version of the flag of Cheliax.

Oooohhhh! We're finally here! How exciting! I charge off the deck of the ship and onto the docks and take a look at the surroundings.

It's a quaint little town. Reminds me a little of Lena's little holiday place near Lake Silverstep. Except more agricultural and dirty. And not quite so pretty. But are those talismans being sold over there? Those famous fake tourist talismans? That's got to be worth a look! And worth checking with Apsu about as well. Apsu, do you think those talismans are what the seller says they are? Would it be worthwhile buying one? (That's one of my many uses of augury by the way)


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26 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:51 pm

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As you step off the ship, and begin gather your power to question Apsu, you feel the approving gaze of the Waybringer upon you. "Ah, you have made it here without incident. This is good. My fellow Gozreh granted you clear skies, and Desna a quick journey, so now you may spent a brief respite in Eristal's hands before marching into the domain of Nethys's fickle whims. Oh, what is that over there? I hope your blue scaled companion does not rob that store for his hoard." The whispers of the Maker of All echo in your mind as his attention drifts to other concerns.

Augury gave result of "Nothing".

Pooka, after leaving the ship, stands still, with a contemplative look for a minute. Activity about the area continues in much the same manner otherwise.



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27 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:48 pm

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Oh, Apsu, you're a great god, but sometimes I really think you need to focus better. They're probably just fakes, anyway. And don't look that attractive, either.

So guys, let's go and hire some camels and get going! I'm very excited to go and explore the tomb! You've got all your stuff off the boat, right?

Oh, oops! I forgot Tyrant! He he, I just realised I forgot something myself. I run back onto the boat to find my pack mule and attempt to get him to walk off the boat, which he does happily.

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28 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:11 pm

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Egh, the Chelish. I hate those guys. Yearly updates to the history books, throwing away their vast and grand history in the name of House Thrune.

I wrinkle my nose slightly, but decide it might be best to just follow my little scaled friend's suggestion.

I wonder what time of day it is, gazing out across the desert sands, hand shielding my eyes from the sun.

I turn, and reply to the larger lizard;

Yes, well I'm a bit burnt from the sun. Probably not something someone with such a majestic set of scales needs deal with!

And yes, Pooka dear, I have everything with me, I reply, hefting my fairly heavy looking backpack. Anyone see a camel vendor?

29 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:46 pm

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I think that lady over there might own the camels in front of the tavern. Maybe she'll hire them out to us?

I approach the working human. Hey, sorry to interrupt. We're wanting to go into the desert, and were looking to hire some camels. Maybe a guide as well. Do you know where we can do that?


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30 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:51 am

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Ohh, a store selling trinkets! I should rob that vendor of his hoard, hmm, maybe on the way back. Let's see now, Chelish huh, always good for picking up some extra slave muscle, but I am low of coin at the moment, wait, that naked child just said something sounding like a curse! I will not be cursed by a naked man-spawn 10 minutes into the city!

I get the attention of the nearest dock worker "You, what the heck is that child saying, and why does it shake a perch at us? Is it some sort of local custom?"

Upon just hearing what my companions said "And is there a camel vendor around here somewhere?

31 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:00 pm

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The sun is sinking low, causing a hazy orange horizon. The full moon is already in sight. With clear skies and the dusk cooling, it will likely be excellent conditions for heading out into the desert shortly.

Kaboosh interrupts a mangy looking man heaving a barrel off the ship. "Oof. Ta boy is tryin' ta sell ya his catch. Nu-in mo. Fo' camel, ask Innkep. Now *grunt* some o' we be havin' worken." With that, the man struggles past you. The young boy, spotting Thrax's inquiry about him, approaches, flailing the fish around and holding up 4 fingers.

As Pooka trundles towards the Chelishwoman, the slave utters something. The Chelishwoman sits bolt upright, slams her book closed an shoves it in her bag and interrupts your question. "I am not here to ansver your dumme questions, dragon-scheiße. I am here on important business for ze Chelish crown. Goink sie irritate someone else viz your sub-human grofellink," she says in a thick Chelish accent through a sneer.

32 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:21 pm

Quark

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(Sorry, I was expecting more 'net access while I was away, but apparently it was not to be)

Well, that was rude. So typical of people who have just come into power. I bet she's just worried about her new job and that it won't go well and it's just stress making her act like that. I'm sure she's a nice person, really. I'll just wish her luck with her new job to help her relax, and ask someone else.

Um, sorry for disturbing you, miss. Good luck on your new job! I curtsey briefly to her, pretending I'm not hurt by her words.

Stress aside, that was still so mean of her! There was no call to be that nasty. Anyway, I'll go into the inn and ask someone there about getting some camels.


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33 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:56 am

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Thrax gives a snort before looking over the fish, seeing that it is of (somewhat) edible quality he gives the child four silver pieces and heads off to the tavern. Passing by close enough to hear Pooka try to speak with the Chelish woman. Seeing how well that turned out he enters the tavern proper and approaches the closest one that looks like they work there. "I have recently purchased a fish and would like it cooked for a meal. I offer two silver pieces as payment, 4 pieces if it is cooked well." He then looks around, "Now which of you sells camels?"

34 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:10 am

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I meander off the ship, following along behind Pooka and enjoying the hazy sunset. Overhearing the Chelish woman's harsh response, I am scarcely surprised. The Chelish think themselves above others and yet in reality, compared to the civilizations of the universe they really are still very young in the grand tale of history.

"Sorry my dear lady, we can't all be so charming as yourself," I comment, putting a hand on Pooka's shoulder and walking towards the inn with her.

"Not to worry," I continue more quietly to Pooka, "I'm sure we'll find someone before nightfall proper. There may be very few commodities in this town but as a small river town, I don't doubt that transport is one of them."

35 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:27 am

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The Chelish woman gives each of the archaeologists a disgusted look as each passes her by into the Inn.

The inn appears to be of less crude craftsmanship than the rest of the town (though this still ranks it as crude by most civilized standards of construction). Pushing past the heavy cloth hung in the doorway, the archaeologists see the main room of the inn. The area is dark and unwindowed, though this affords a reprieve from the heat. A few heavy wooden tables and chair a scattered about. A stern, olive skinned woman sits behind a table within the inn, pouring over several papyrus scrolls. Looking up from her reading, she nods in acknowledgement. "Welcome to my inn. I am Zin. I am assuming you are the travelers from the Absalom university?" She nods at your inquires about the camels. "The secretary of your department had made for such arrangements. I have received payment for three camels, as well as your choice of pack saddles or riding saddles, a week of camel feed for each, a week of fresh rations for three, two nights of board for three, meals for those nights and two others, each. I am sure you are tired from your travels, and you may want to rest your feet here this afternoon before heading out, or even until tomorrow. Please simply let me know of your arrangements. As to the fish, I will readily cook it now as part of the meal." Her tone is level and cool, not quiet what would be expected of an innkeeper, but not rude. She waits to answer any other pressing questions before taking the fish into a back room, and frying it into a plain, spartan meal.

The only other person in the room is a gnome, sitting prop up on a chair with a crate on it. With a shock of orange hair, he carefully examines a number of dusty antiquities through a loup. A engraved dagger, a small pot and an egg shaped object are lying on a piece of cloth in before him. His pocketed jacket seems jam packed with an amazing array of tools and sundry.

36 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:44 am

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Hi, Zin! Yep, we're the archaeologist team. My name is Pooka. I turn to my companions. I'd like to eat now and then head on out. I'm excited about getting to the tomb!

That gnome has some interesting looking stuff. I should go and talk to him while we're waiting for our food. I know he's a gnome and probably really attached to those things, but I wonder if they're newly looted from a tomb? I concentrate and subtly cast detect psychic significance


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37 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:47 am

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I glance at the gnome and ponder a moment the artefacts he's going over, wondering if I notice anything interesting about them. (Hist 17)

"Yes some food would be lovely, though I can begin the cooler air creeping in as the sun begins to set, and I am also keen to continue onward towards our goal. Any specialty I should order?"
I ask with a smile.

38 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:48 am

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{I've been told that the only thing that detects as psychically significant (unless you have anything) is something in the gnome's coat.
Also, GM should cast detect forum activity}

Welp, they're all not important, and whatever's in his coat is probably just some family heirloom. Maybe we'll have a chance to speak to him while we eat. I can consult my books for hints, too.

Fish and dates are a speciality here, right? I'll go for some local dish with those. Or whatever your speciality is.


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39 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:59 am

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Zin pretty readily nods in reply to the group's request, and quickly moves with the fish to a back room. The sounds and smells of cooking pass for a short while, before she returns with a heaped plate filled with an unexciting fish and date dish. She then nods and mumbles "enjoy" before returning to the adjacent room, the noise of dish cleaning ensuing.

History 17: The items are of Osarian make, and are probably recovered from a tomb. The egg shaped object most likely part of some warding system for a tomb from the reign of the Song Pharaoh. The dagger is simply particularly ornate.

As you begin to eat, a crazed looking Osirion man with a shaggy beard and wild eyes burst through the door. He says to the "Look here, three travelers clearly lacking something. And that thing is a camel. Now let me tell you, I have the camels you want. Yes they are slightly used, but it's only a few dozen miles and they've got years and exciting adventures to you in your care. Do you want a camel for exploring? I've got one that can see danger with clarity. Do you want a camel for removing curses? I've got one that is an ordained priest. Want one to do your paperwork? Crazy Husan has it all! I'm here to make a sale and I'm not letting you leave without benefiting from the amazing discounts and savings I have on Second-Hand Camels for you!"



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40 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:36 am

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Well, crazy is right, but he seems entertaining. Almost a pity Zin says she's already received payment for our camels. Better ask to see what's up.

Hey, Zin! I call out to her. You said we'd had camels paid for, right? A gentleman named Crazy Husan is trying to sell us some. Were you going to get them from him, or do you have them already?


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41 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:01 am

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Zin pokes out from the kitchen, shaking her head. "Yes, your camels are outside waiting for you. Please tolerate Husan. Though he is quite eccentric, he is my best customer." before she returns to her work scrubbing.

"Ah, little scaled one," Husan cries to Pooka, "So you've just purchased your first camel! Congratulations! In my culture, this is a big event! But a camel requires a lot of care and responsibility. And just think, you don't want to get your new camel dinged and ruined straight away. Better to use your new camel for the easy jobs, but have a second-hand camel for the more difficult tasks. And if one camel gets bogged in a sand trap or marsh, the other can pull it out! Hey, I'll even throw in a camel rescue kit with your new second hand camel free of charge! I'll make it pink too, to match your lovely complexion. You can't turn a deal like that! It would be almost as crazy as I am!"

"And you, pretty elf! Your long lived, so you want a second hand camel that you know will last! I've got a fine one, bred in Azir. It's bred in Azir, and when I got it off it's last owner they saw the death of Aroden himself, and I could trust him because it was Sacra the Trustworthy, not Sacra the Untrustworthy. Yet, the camel is still going strong, and even manages a galleon of water to the hundred miles! For you, I'll include a bonus camel maintenance kit, but it'll only need it every 25 years! What's that I hear, that I must be crazy? Well that's because I am."

"Oh and the burly one, surely you'll want a camel as strong and clever as you are. Well I have just the beast. Not only has won every camel fighting tourneys from here to Nex, but it also tricked me out of my breakfast this morning. So help a starving madman out and buy it off me. For a limited time only it's at a fantastic rate, and it even comes with it's favorite camel weight training kit! It'll be the best purchase you ever make, that's the Crazy Husan guarantee!"

42 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:06 pm

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Great, I don't know the first thing about camels. I don't want to drive him away though. Maybe... I'll make something up until we finish eating and can go on?

Um, I don't know a whole lot about camels, but horsepower is a thing for them, right? Good camels have lots of horsepower, don't they? RAM? Something with an animal name, I'm positive! These camels have a lot of those, do they? I think getting a good, powerful camel would be the thing I'd like.

I glance over at Thrax and Janus, gesturing that they should eat faster or help out until we can make our excuses and go as subtley as I can manage.


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43 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:48 pm

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Thrax glances over the crazy man, "I'll take your cheapest camel, as long as it's alive, can walk and not infested with some horrible disease it should suit my needs just fine."

Huh, just when I was wondering where I was going to get fresh meat on the journey, a human offers to sell me self travelling stew meat. Must be a good day.

44 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:39 pm

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He's going to buy one? Really? Wow, he's so kind-hearted and generous, giving this poor, deranged human the money he needs to survive! I'd bet he hasn't sold a camel in months. I'm so moved! I push my chair out and stand up. I'm going to have to leave to calm down to keep myself from throwing myself at him.

Yes, buy an extra camel, Thrax. I'm sure you'll enjoy its 'hump'. If you'll excuse me, I'll go and get our own camels ready.


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45 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:46 pm

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Thrax gives Pooka a strange look after she said that. Of course I'd enjoy the hump, it's the fat storage of the camel and the tastiest area, not to mention the best source of protein, why does she look upset? Oh, maybe she thinks I plan to keep the camel to myself?

Thrax calls after her as she leaves the tavern "Don't worry, there'll be plenty of hump to go around, I'll make sure you get some!"

There, that outta put her mind at ease.

46 Re: Digsites and Dragons on Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:49 pm

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"That certainly is an extremely impressive camel, friend," I reply, trying not to let my amusement show too obviously. I gulp down what remains of my food. "But I'm afraid I'll only be needing the one for my stay here in Osirion, which probably won't be for the rest of my life. Unless something unpleasant takes a liking to my spleen or some such." I stand, and incline my head slightly towards the strange man, before going to follow after Pooka. "Thrax... correct? We will meet you outside shortly, I imagine we have quite some way to go tonight beneath the soft light of the stars..." Unless a sandstorm billows in of course.

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