Archive for augusztus, 2011

[Campaign Journal] Sword, Sorcery and Rayguns #05

csütörtök, augusztus 25th, 2011

by Gabor Lux

Since Premier was sadly not able to participate in this session (and although he sent me his character sheet via e-mail, I forgot to print it, so his character was also absent), I took his place for the journal. Therefore…

PART XXXVII: SHOWDOWN IN GOAT CITY

The Minotaur defeated and the sages reunited, the remaining thing to do in Immah Wel was to plunder it of its remaining riches. Gwyddion, who had to pay obeisance to his harsh god, retreated into the Temple of Uthummaos (ordering his companions to keep the Minotaur’s head safe), while the others weighed their options. Plans regarding the bronze colossus and the dragon were shortly rejected, and the characters turned their attention on the villa of the now departed Red Sage. The building appeared deserted: the bone-filled antechamber, then a bare atrium, two side-rooms (a long-abandoned sleeping chamber and a small kitchen), a storage room with mundane supplies and finally a workroom. Here, in addition to discarded tools resting on a long table, the characters found two upright crates, both boarded shut. Taking one of the crowbars laying on the table, Zaxtaros quickly broke off the front, revealing yellowish, hard-packed earth inside, and Licar, who has had some proficiency in alchemy, immediately noticed it was unlike the island’s soils. Removing clods of the matter, Zaxtaros found himself face to face with the empty eye sockets of a mummified corpse; body turned into a tough, leathery blackness. The curious memento exhibited no signs of unlife, but it bore a small, crude iron talisman around its neck. More examination revealed that the talisman was magical, and, according to the glyphs, served some protective function.

Zaxtaros at once reached for the magical treasure, easily tearing the old cord. Yet barely did he turn when, with a monstrous growl and unseeing eyesockets, the mummy attacked, only to be cut down by spells and laser bolts. More carefuly now, the party proceeded upstairs (but not before Licar carefully collected the valuable mummy dust that remained — a potent alchemical and magical material on Fomalhaut!). Here was the Red Sage’s lab, where a thorough search first found various alchemical writings and a small, forked metal wand among the mortars, jars and other equipment, and then a floor niche revealing a more unusual treasure: a preserved human head with flowing hair and miniature goat horns, as well as brass arrowheads. As neither were magical, and as the villa had no more secrets (or so they thought), it was time to finally rest off the wounds of the titannic battle.
(tovább…)

[Campaign Journal] Sword, Sorcery and Rayguns #04

csütörtök, augusztus 25th, 2011

by Kalman Farago
Wherein a mighty thing is slain and surprising events unfold

After returning to the White Sage’s lair, we rest a night and prepare to move out again. Since the past has become very hot for us, we decide to proceed along the main courtyard and check out some areas to the east and north, while hopefully catching a glimpse of the supposedly invulnerable bronze colossus guarding a conspicuous doorway along the west edge of the yard.

The first doorway leads into an area directly to the north of the segment where we can get into the past; it’s also pretty close to the magical axe that can kill the Minotaur. A scary flight of stairs leading up, decorated by shadowy black figures on the wall that disappear when light falls on them. We’re stopped by a shade, a guardian who warns us that we’re drawing near the Judge of the Dead — a good thing, as we want to talk to it anyway. We follow the corridor, finding a dead garden — strangely indoors, a door which we ignore as it seemingly leads back into the area stuck in the past, and a metal door held closed by some tremendous force, decorated with the image of a man holding a bull’s head — maybe we can pass through here once we’ve slain the Minotaur. We come to a small, walled-off garden right at the east edge of the palace complex, but it looks ominous — the dragon is marked as living somewhere very near on our map, and this place has no roof. Zaxtaros the thief scouts ahead into the garden, and his sharp ears pick up some deep rumbling… he turns, runs out of the garden, and we close the door, but nothing seems to be coming. We explore on, finding in the next room the way to the magical axe, protected by a barrier of solid light that throws back the coin we chucked at it. This seems to be a dead end for now: there’s another door here as well, but it’s been warped by some tremendous force and we cannot get it open. Reluctant to turn around, we fire a raygun at the energy barrier to no effect, then I borrow Licar’s gun and fire it at the warped metal door… and roll a 20 on a “12 or higher” ruling to break it down! The door is blown backwards, and we cautiously peer into the room beyond, seeing a large mass of charred corpses — animals, beast, monsters. A door leads on from here, but in the next second we hear something from beyond that door… perhaps the breathing of something BIG — it must be the dragon! The Red Sage is still brewing the fire resistance potions for us, and we don’t feel like fighting the thing on its own turf, so we turn and run. (Someone: “I pick up the door and place it back.” Laughter, yeah, that will stop a dragon.)
(tovább…)

The Gods of Fomalhaut

csütörtök, augusztus 25th, 2011

by Gabor Lux

Due to its great distance, the gods of our world are generally unknown on Fomalhaut, or are of such a weak power that their presence is all but unnoticeable. In its later cycles, shortly before the planet’s long decline and return into the ice from where it was lifted by the sages of older eras, several new or long-slumbering gods declared their powers and assumed the leadership of new-found followers. Some came from the deep chasms of the underearth; others from the dim reaches of space between the stars. Yet others were mortals who had acquired divine powers, and drunken with it, started testing the extent of their might. So it was in the last years before the coming of the glaciers.

On Fomalhaut, relations between gods and mortals differ from the conduct of other worlds. Indeed, very few consider them a reliable moral compass, and those who do are usually dangerous fanatics. Common men, and even most priests, assume a considerably more pragmatic, even cynical perspective; the basis of deals is common self interest. On the other hand, approaching gods, even directly, is a less involved process: it may be accomplished with little trouble if the reasons are good and compensation attractive.
(tovább…)

Városi Találkozások II.: Éjszakai Táblázat

szombat, augusztus 20th, 2011

írta: Lux Gábor

28 oldal, háttér városi kalandokhoz.

Nappal megkeresett pénzüket könnyelműen elmulatók, a bűn és a balsors számkivetettjei, céljaikat eltökélten követő magányos megszállottak, és azok, akiknek az éjszaka nem fenyegetés, hanem ígéret. A Városi Találkozások második része 300 találkozáson keresztül mutatja be a nagyvárosok sötét oldalát, az utcákat és tereket benépesítő furcsa, vagy éppen nagyonis kiszámítható alakokat. A találkozások felhasználhatók játék közben, városi kalandok megalkotása során, a függelékben közölt egyszerű módszer felhasználásával pedig a város életét átszövő titkos társaságok és összeesküvések kidolgozásához is.

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[Campaign Journal] Sword, Sorcery and Rayguns #03

péntek, augusztus 19th, 2011

by Kalman Farago
In the city of Immah Wel

As you’ll remember, we were preparing to leave the island city of Khonón and sail for the ruins of Immah Wel, where we were tasked by the magic shop-owner Artothrokus to assassinate three sages, men of power and unknown magical powers who were also exploring the place for their own purposes. While preparing, Licar had the great idea of asking for sponsorship from the local temple of Fedafuce in the form of a high level spell he could learn. Well, for better of worse they agreed, and now our Imperial wizard will need to return with some pretty spectacular haul to pay off the loan.

But anyway, off we were, and a short sailing took us to the island where we hid the boat and headed for the large complex visible even from sea. Near its northwest corner, we found an abandoned amphiteatre with strange translucent orbs hovering in the air and breaking with a loud noise when touched. Our dextrous thief Zaxtaros weaved his way through them and found a trapdoor to a storage cellar, where he looted a couple of player’s masks of some value. As he was coming back, we became aware of a dark procession approaching from the east, and hid in the theatre. As they passed by, the marchers were found to be translucent human shapes, the spirits of the dead. Remembering something mentioned by one of our Khonón contacts, we joined their columns at the end as they turned south along the main complex’s outer perimeter. Soon we reached a gate which opened for the dead, and we slipped in before it would close. Inside, we waited a bit for the spectral procession to move away, then started exploring. There didn’t seem to be much of either value or peril in the immediate vicinity, except for some melon-sized poisonous spiders which we managed to torch by throwing flaming oil into their web-filled room.
(tovább…)

[Campaign Journal] Sword, Sorcery and Rayguns #02

kedd, augusztus 16th, 2011

by Kalman Farago
Oh, who wouldn’t be a sailor lad and sailing down the main?

With this post I’m going to jump back to the point when we entered the Sea of Emerald Idols, and recount events linearly from there.
Cast: as previous post, with the following differences.
- Zaxtaros has not joined yet.
- Instead, the player runs Beristo, a tall, bald, not too handsome cleric of Mereskan, the bat god of thieves. The second most senior member of the party, he’s been around ever since the (IIRC) third session. A conniving, thieving, embezzling bastard, his eventual death was not a particularly painful blow to the party. The simultaneous destruction of all valuables on his person, however, was.
(tovább…)

[Campaign Journal] Sword, Sorcery and Rayguns #01

hétfő, augusztus 15th, 2011

[Note: This series is a repost of Premier's campaign journal, originally featured on Dragonsfoot. It covers the last one and a half years of our first Fomalhaut campaign, started 13 January 2007 and concluded 3 October 2010, starting after the first Isles on an Emerald Sea arc. I have made no substantial changes to Premier's writing except to correct simple mistakes and lapses of memory, but I have added notes and comments, some I made in the original thread and some new -- along with extra scanned diagrams, maps and other illustrative material. -- G.L.]

Sword, Sorcery and Rayguns #01
by Kalman Farago

Well, whenever Melan decides to post English-language bits of his Fomalhaut setting, there seems to some interest and positive feedback. Since we’ve just toasted his campaign’s 2nd birthday a few weeks ago and an “official” campaign journal by him seems unforthcoming, I guess I’ll step up to the plate. I’ll endeavour to recount the general movements of our campaign – only going from fallible memory -, and see how far energy, free time and enthusiasm takes me. With two years of history, perhaps I’ll be excused for not doing this linearly. Instead, I’ll begin by recounting our recentmost adventure, then go backwards in time.
(tovább…)