Sunday, July 29, 2012
Actual Play - 5th Game - 27 Jul 12
I let my players know there would be in-game benefits if anyone wanted to write up the details of the adventure... Player S.H. rose to the challenge, writing in character as Cinnia of Clan Gower... Thanks!
Well, our adventures resumed after Gildas and Lykaios returned to the Valley, and Delphi rejoined our group. That left Zaccheus, Lairgnen, Tiernan, Delphi, and I, Cinnia, at our scouting encampment. The leader, Dimitrius of Clan Savakis, announced that he was tired of us and the prisoners just sitting around and eating their food. Unsure of what else to do, we decided to build a pit to store our prisoners in - we wanted them alive so they would be good for prisoner exchanges if any of our people were captured. To save ourselves from the intense work, we had the prisoners dig their own pit. We, however, built the spiked wooden fence the keep them from escaping because we believed it would not be good to let them be in the proximity of sharp pointy objects.
Apparently, spending more than two weeks on that wasn’t what Dimitrius wanted us to do either, so using Dephi’s clairvoyance, we located another small scouting party of Uruki. By the time we reached them, a two and four person group had joined, so we successfully ambushed the party of six. In our first volley, we brought down four of the Uruki. The remaining two fled, but we shot them down as well. All of them were alive, but unfortunately, while we were binding them so they couldn’t escape, two succumbed to their injuries. We took the prisoners and the deceased and returned to the camp. None of our group sustained injuries.
Finally, Dimitrius was pleased. He even gave us the good news that while we were away, four of our initial captives had sworn allegiance to the Ardeni. We stayed at camp to recoup for a bit and then found another group of Uruki to ambush. This was a party of eight. Although we had more difficulties with this group - Delphi and Lairgnen sustained injuries and Tiernan was knocked unconscious - our mission was successful. Lairgnen, however, killed one of the already unconscious prisoners. Delphi, after using her medical abilities to assist herself and Tienan, saved all but one of the prisoners from their severe injuries. Zaccheus telepathically requested for mules to be sent to carry the wounded and deceased because not enough had regained consciousness so we could move them by ourselves.
Our return was once again praised. Dimitrius informed us that other of our scouting parties had not met as much success as our group. Also, he told us that four more of the Uruki prisoners had changed sides. Well, now, we had four dead Uruki in our camp, and we had to deal with them, so we left for the Uruki encampment to return their dead. Zaccheus led our group carrying the white flag.
As we entered the camp, a path was cleared for us to their leader’s tent. He told us to leave the bodies there. Then, he offered us food and shelter for the night. The food was good. Once in our accommodations, their leader came to see us. For the sake of a peaceful stay, we bound and gagged Lairgnen. Although the leader questioned this, we must have provided a suitable explanation. The leader’s name was Dylan, advisor to the Uruki High King. He believed that the king had ordered war because of the Ardeni’s lack of honor and was surprised to see that we were honorable enough to return their dead. Our actions had pleased him and he offered to speak with his king to see if they could rethink the war. I will admit now, I wish we hadn’t just hidden the first Uruki we killed in the bushes, but it’s a little late too retrieve him now.
After a generous breakfast from the Uruki, we returned to our camp and reported the events to Dimitrius. He then told us that we should return to Ossian. We did and he called a meeting with our clan chiefs and us. He informed us that we had brought great honor to our clans and inquired whether we wished to resume fighting Uruki, or if we wished to investigate the threat from space. Believing that we had done as much as possible for the war, we chose to investigate space. But first, we wished to improve or skills for our journey. After a month of training, Lairgnen, Zaccheus, and Tiernan came away with new skills. Delphi and I were not as fortunate. I guess I am not meant to learn the mysteries of the Vacc-Suit. I hope no crisis will occur that will require it. We wrapped up our time picking what to bring on our ship to trade - our clan chiefs will pay for the goods we choose to bring. Most likely, our credits will not work on other planets. Until next time - Cinnia.