Books and Battles Entry: 11/23/2015

Noralor’s Discovery

Moving through the tunnels with T-Rexes in tow, Noralor soon discovers the great catastrophe of the revolution. Although there are a few survivors, mainly children and some lucky men and women treating burn marks, at least half of the population of the slums has been slain. The massive crypt that has been their home has become a graveyard yet again.

Noralor fed some of the deceased to the T-Rexes.

After attempting to train them, Noralor and Sipele and wolf Momo and their new pets sniff out the party through the tunnels to arrive by their side before Dalygus.

The Library

It is then that the party devolves into chaos. One idea, Sipele’s, stands out among the rest.

“I vote,” Sipele says, “that we take all of the children out of the crypts and use them as a distraction while we break into the palace.”

Dalygus loves this idea and prevents any other, particularly Biskut and Flekt, from making any other option seem plausible. To prevent Noralor from causing him problems, he casts Reckless Infatuation on the half-drow ranger.

He then takes control of the party and leads them back through the crypts, calling to the children in a mesmerizing tune. He gathers 200 children and Bob and takes them through the passages, avoiding any other fights, until they come out above ground in the Palace’s parade grounds.

The Palace

The Palace is surrounded by walls of seeming glass that shimmers below the flashing red sky. The Parade Grounds are an empty acre of gravel and fine sandstone between these walls and the palace itself. The shape of the Palace is a steep mountain, with stairwells that defy all safety measures by wrapping around the outside. The grand entrance is two-stories tall with columns of twisted red glass and a massive stone door. To the left are stables and to the right is a second spire-palace twisting into the sky. No one waist for them outside.

Dalygus gives the signal for the party to begin their infiltration through the stables and begins to call down an illusion on the children. Bob is affected with the children. He begins to see the sky rain blood, each drop burning his skin. A whisper of a suggestion tells him, Screaam and it will all be over.

The party goes the stables and hears the screaming pleas of hundreds of children behind them. Biskut is traumatized with guilt, but the others move forward through the kitchen and a stairwell that leads to the dining hall.

The dining hall is adjacent to the Throne Room, their goal. A scout sees them and backs into the Throne Room, drawing his bow in threat. The party discovers the massive hall filled with dead bodies of well-dressed elves. Elias, their old bard friend, plays off-key music in the far corner of the hall. He looks stricken.

At the front of the room, seated on the deceased elven king’s throne, is the Sorceress. Standing beside her are two young men. Both boys share her dark hair and light eyes, but one of them seems sickened by the sight before him while the other’s eyes glint with mad glee.

Dalygus and the rest of the party arrive just in time for introductions.

“Good Evening, friends,” says the Sorceress, haltingly. “Please, let me introduce you to my boys. Maven.” She waves to the younger son who seems delighted with her attention. “And Cal.” She waves to the other, a much more muscular man who flinches at her motion.

Dalygus pales.

“No, they are not yours, traitor.” She sneers at the enchanter. “Enjoy yourselves.”

Without a goodbye, she leaves the throne room and the parties begin to fight a confused battle. The younger son Maven summons a monstrous creature made of the wrath of a mother and child murdered. This creature possesses the body of the scout. Elias the Bard flees. Dalygus become invisible, attacks the older son Cal, and disappears, forcing the infatuated Noralor to become staggered. A scream from the summoned creature prevents Biskut from attacking, trapping her in an infinite sorrow.

The older son Cal attacks the creature his brother summoned, causing mass confusion. Eventually the younger brother Maven, outnumbered, becomes invisible and leaves behind a death cloud that grows by the minute. The last thing the party hears before the fight to its close is a scream from Cal.

“STOP! NO MORE KILLING!”

The next Books and Battles meeting is December 7, 2015.

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Books and Battles Entry: 11/17/2015

This campaign began with cupcakes and ended with a one-armed enchanter making Bob lose intelligence points.

The team sent Noralor, Sipele, and their newly adorable T-Rexes back to their room at the bar and inn located in the lower slums. Noralor recommended that, to save them all some pain, the party should shoot Bob. Ignoring this statement, they decided to explore the emptied jail near their last place of battle.

The Outside World

In the jail, they retrieved Noralor’s lost items, including her bow and arrow, and looked out the barred windows to the chaotic outside world.

The sky outside the jail was dark, black clouds tearing open with spots of flame. Figures cut through the clouds, all angles and edges. Bob identified them as dragons and drakes and wyverns. The streets outside were empty of human or elven life. Crows sat along the edges of the rooftops. Cats with scales poking out between their fur devoured any bird unlucky enough to touch ground, although the birds were twice their size. Across the street, the courthouse was missing part of its roof. Replacing the roof section on the courthouse was a giant gelatinous blob the color of radioactive limes.

Into this chaos, ran Bob.

Coming down the street was a creature that moved with a lava blob forming its base and tentacled arms waving without bone structure or reason. A single eye protruded from one of these fast-moving tentacles. Lava trailed behind it in a molten slime.

Bob noticed this creature, attempted to imitate it to prevent it from getting closer to him, and ended up mocking it horribly. Its eyes zoned in on him and the battle began.

The party seemed hesitant to fight for Bob, but when he ran back inside, he forced them to take action. Biskut and their new dwarven friend rushed out to attack it only to discover that despite being a slow walker, its arms had 15 ft. reach. One attack by the creature turned Biskut into a cursed blob. Charlie begrudgingly removed the curse only for their dwarven friend to be cursed into a blob next.

After hacking and slashing and a considerable amount of water being dumped on the creature by Flekt, the party defeated the monster to much happiness.

The Library

Bob decided to go to the library near the courthouse and Biskut attacked a cat to get some of its teeth. The cat’s face peeled back to expose rows of teeth in a face made of petal-like flaps. She successfully turned it into jam and learned that the Chaos Plane creatures were cannibals.

Once all were in the library, Bob discovered an index that floated in the air as an open book and led them to his desired book, How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell.The party asked what order the books were in and they soon discovered that all the books in the library were organized by purchase date. All were aghast.

Biskut took charge next and demanded that the book show them information about the Chaos Plane. It went up and she followed it using the magic broom she received from an old hag in the slums market.

It brought her to a special Chaos Plane section, where the bookshelves turned loopy and it looked like eyes of indeterminate color stared out at her between the spaces of the books. It stopped on a shelf that held a single picture book, which Biskut took. When she attempted to read it, she saw only pictures and could keep none of them strictly in her mind. She attempted and succeeded a Constitution roll to keep one image locked in her mind for a time. She barely made it back down to tell the others what the image was like when she started to shake with unknown tremors, as if the image itself was trying to shake itself loose of her.

The image she saw was this: a boy with dark hair, not more than 17 years old, holding out his hands. Silver blood coated his arms.

The party went to the back of the library where Charlie had overheard the Sorceress talking with Dalygus a few games back and found Dalygus in a room beyond the shelves, missing an arm.

Charlie healed him. Without saying thank you, he began to insult the party and ask what they were doing in his office. He had been forced to cut off his arm when the spell was cast due to the poor job they had done to destroy the rune on it. The team discovered that not only was Dalygus one of the most gifted enchanters in the PhD of Magic program at the elven university, but he also had once dated the Sorceress when she was also studying for her degree.

They discovered the Sorceress had been kicked out of the university for killing her academic adviser. Charlie latched onto the fact that Dalygus had once dated the Sorceress, but when she pried further, he enchanted her to believing him to be their ally.

The party was then informed that the Sorceress had holed up in the palace, probably after killing the entire royal family. When Bob noticed something seemed off with their new ally, Dalygus enchanted him to be dumb.

That was end of this Books and Battle Program. Each person received 300 Experience Points and Biskut received extra for killing a cat and discovering the image of the boy in the Chaos Plane book.

Next Books and Battle Campaign was November 23, 2015 at 4:00PM.

Books and Battles Entry: 11/04/2015

New Book Alert: The BnB group has chosen Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard as their new choice for this month, November. You may click the link to reserve a copy of the book or visit the library to pick up extra copies from the Circulation Desk. Runner-up choices included The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, and Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.

redLast week, our intrepid adventurers had found themselves caught in a moral dilemma: save themselves or save the hundreds who had joined the rebellion? Our adventurers were marked by runes that, if triggered, would pull the very life force from their bodies to power an ancient summoning spell. These same runes marked the rest of the rebellion.

They had a few other options available to them: they could run and weaken the spell through distance alone or they could discuss options with the Sorceress’s less-than-happy drow subordinate, Dalygus. They chose to speak with Dalygus.

They discovered the drow marking runes on the tunnel walls bordering the prison. These runes, explosive markings that could be set off by magic or a reactant element, were being placed on the WRONG side of the prison walls. Before they had a chance to convert Dalygus to their cause, the team was interrupted by the black-clad thief. While the thief and Dalygus argued, Noralor noticed a length of long black hair expose itself from beneath the thief’s hood. Unfortunately, Noralor could make nothing of this.

“Hey guys,” said Noralor. “The thief has hair.”

It was Bob who realized that the length of hair matched the descriptions of the sorceress and made quick work to attempt to distract the sorceress through his mighty powers of… seduction?

More effective was Noralor’s wolf, who nipped Dalygus’s hand and destroyed the rune placed there. Free from the sorceress’s power, Dalygus fled. An angry sorceress followed and a slightly-enamored Bob followed after.

A series of events quickly followed. Flekt burned the party’s rune-markings to destroy their power. Bob was attacked by Kieran, the half-cat, half-snake Eidolon of the sorceress. He fled back to the party, who got caught up in the fight. The party tried to shoot Bob.

In the distance, an angry shriek pierced the halls, followed by a powerful incantation. Rats fled from the direction of the sorceress in waves, their minds speaking directly into all passers-by the words, “Burn the runes! Burn the runes!” Charlie, whose special ability allowed her to hear the voices of the dead, heard an awful cacophony of screams that faded into nothingness in the tombs beyond the tunnels.

The world split open, a jagged hole hanging in the air beside the Eidolon. Emerging from the nothingness was a baby T-Rex, not two days old.

The party’s reaction?

“I WANT IT,” said Sipele.

With quick work by the company, the Eidolon half-snake, half-cat creature was destroyed. During that time, Bob took a nap, Biskut was poisoned (again), and three more baby T-Rex’s and a Pteranodon appeared out of nothingness.

The only one who seemed slightly concerned about this change of events was Charlie, who consistently tried to inform the party.

“Hello? Why is no one freaking out that there are DINOSAURS appearing out of nowhere?” she said amongst a number of arguments concerning what they should name the dinosaurs.

In the end, the Pteranodon escaped, but the T-Rex’s were put under control by Noralor’s gifts with animals. They were subsequently fed with escaping convicts.

We ended the session with some primary questions unanswered. For example, how many people were able to escape death by the runes? And how powerful did the spell end up being? Next game, we explore the outside world and its possible destruction.

Looking forward to our next meeting, happening this Saturday, November 14th, at 12pm in the Library!

NaNoWriMo

Just a friendly reminder: it’s that time of year again! While you’re still wolfing down the candy from yesterday, try to write 50,000 words during the month of November and join in National November Writing Month.

50k words is the minimum amount of words needed to create a novel, so why not try your hand at it? The best way to go about this is to set up certain times either by yourself or with friends to write, so that you have a back-board to go off of. But if you already have an idea, there’s nothing stopping you.

There are no requirements to show your writing, so just grab a pen and go for it!

Books and Battles Entry: 10/05/2015

Several weeks ago, our adventurers survived the tombs only to arrive at the main sewage line, an underground river that many dissatisfied illegals have used to escape the city. Here our adventurers met a new friend, an intrepid dwarf who has been helping KRrrl assist escapees. Because their new friend had been stood up by his latest passengers, he joined our group with a bit of persuasion by Fleckt.

The team went directly to meet the thief of the ruby stones. While the barbarian Biskut and the new dwarf friend were able to either hide in plain sight or look inconspicuous, the rest of the team were caught up in the mystery of the arriving thief and setting potential traps. This mysterious character had stolen the rubies by order of the sorceress while said rubies were in the keeping of a gnome lawyer also under the employ of the sorceress. Is anyone telling the truth?

Negotiations with the thief went downhill quickly. The mysterious character demanded that the team join the sorceress’s rebellion in exchange for the ruby. Noralor agreed, in so many words. The thief made quick work of branding the rest of the team despite Noralor’s deft verbal gymnastics.

Now most of the team is held hostage by sorcery. They quickly went to work researching options for a way out of their predicament. Charlie went to the library and got lost thanks to her keen directional sense. Fortunately, she also overheard a terrifying conversation between the sorceress herself and her subordinate drow. She learned that the runes that brand the rebellion are also the same runes that trap and suck the energy from the souls in the crypt. The rest of the team discovers that they can break their bonds by defacing the rune that is branded on them. With this information, the group intends to break their bonds while defacing the runes in the crypt at the same time.

Will they succeed in escaping the city before the sorceress summons another dimension? Can they stop her at all?

Find out next entry.

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