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Midway Mining Expedition (PbP)

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Taka amplifies his hearing as well, but for a different purpose. He wants to sleep, but with the Deviard so close, he wants to be extra wary as well. He figures that the improvement to his hearing will make him more in-tune with his surroundings, and help him wake quickly, should he hear the Deviard begin to approach.
 

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Kwargrow

Gamer Extraordinaire
After the Deviard settle in their camp, Coldtree intends to return to his hiding place to rest. He will take the canine teeth from inventory to increase his strength for weaponless fighting.
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full wellness
Harnin arrows: 17
Tunic: 60 - 2 - 2 - 3 = 53
Taka: full wellness
Hauberk: 60 - 3 = 57
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full wellness
Tunic: 60 - 3 = 57
Coins:
Standard Earnings: 360 shillings / 10 days
Shillings: 501

Animal Parts:
Ant Pinchers: 5, (Cohesion +1)
Ant Stingers: 5, {Toxin x2}
Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
Duck Feathers: 1 set, (Cohesion +1)
Goat Jawbone: 1, (Will +1)
Harvester Feather Talisman: 1, (Health +1)
Peccary Tusks: 1 pair, (Confluence +1)
Viper Skull: 1, ?
Snakeskin: 20% coverage

Ores:
Tin: 1, (Persona +1), {- Mind x 2}
Zinc: 7, (Health +1), {+ Body x 2}

Plants:
Berserker Flowers: 1 measure, {+ Strength x2 / - Mind x3}
Fire Weed: 5 measures, {heat x 2}
Mend Leaves: 1 measure, {+ Body x 2}
Soothe Leaves: 5 measures, {+ Mind x 2}

Stone:
Bloodstone: 1, (Health +1)
Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
Heartstone: 1 (Confluence +1)
Slate: 8, {Sound x2}

Oddities:
nothing here
Taka amplifies his hearing...
... Coldtree... return to his hiding place to rest...
Essence + Confluence + Collegiate + Aberrative
Taka: 23%
Even with a marginal amplification, Chi no Taka quickly realizes the error of his thinking. Everything is too loud. He cannot even rest his eyes, much less sleep. He laughs at himself, thinking ~live and learn.~ Fortunately, the amplification only lasts 14 minutes; after which, Taka is able to sleep quite well.

By the predawn light of the morning, both Coldtree and Taka are no worse for wear. Tehn is still not quite there and hopes to be able to delay any strenuous activity for another few hours. Coldtree almost decides to approach the Deviard encampment several times before the sun fully rises. Apparently the Deviards naturally sleep later than any of the members of the DWAC. Once the enemy is obviously awake and moving, the three explorers have already eased their bladders and quietly consumed some rations.

The Deviard move back to where their comrades lie, searching in more earnest for the cause of their demise, looking up to scan the area, possibly hoping to see movement. If uninterrupted, the seven of them give up their investigation just after another hour. The idea of ambush tactics is tempting, but any assault is not likely to affect enough of the enemy. The seven move back westward, seeming to discuss further plans. It cannot be determined from anyone's current location, if the Deviard turn toward Midway or away.
OOC: Each character receives 4 DP.
 

Kwargrow

Gamer Extraordinaire
Coldtree advises no fire for breakfast and is willing to settle for a cold meal. He says to T&T, "Should we follow this group and attack again, or wait and see. They might set a trap for us, so I am against following them. Once Tehn is healed, I think we should head quickly back to Midway and check in. If this group causes more trouble, we can deal with it then."
 


MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full wellness
Harnin arrows: 17
Tunic: 60 - 2 - 2 - 3 = 53
Taka: full wellness
Hauberk: 60 - 3 = 57
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full wellness
Tunic: 60 - 3 = 57
Coins:
Standard Earnings: 360 shillings / 10 days
Shillings: 501

Animal Parts:
Ant Pinchers: 5, (Cohesion +1)
Ant Stingers: 5, {Toxin x2}
Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
Duck Feathers: 1 set, (Cohesion +1)
Goat Jawbone: 1, (Will +1)
Harvester Feather Talisman: 1, (Health +1)
Peccary Tusks: 1 pair, (Confluence +1)
Viper Skull: 1, ?
Snakeskin: 20% coverage

Ores:
Tin: 1, (Persona +1), {- Mind x 2}
Zinc: 7, (Health +1), {+ Body x 2}

Plants:
Berserker Flowers: 1 measure, {+ Strength x2 / - Mind x3}
Fire Weed: 5 measures, {heat x 2}
Mend Leaves: 1 measure, {+ Body x 2}
Soothe Leaves: 5 measures, {+ Mind x 2}

Stone:
Bloodstone: 1, (Health +1)
Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
Heartstone: 1 (Confluence +1)
Slate: 8, {Sound x2}

Oddities:
nothing here
Coldtree advises... says to T&T, "Should we follow... or wait and see... I am against following them..."
Taka nods, "I agree..."
Enough time had passed in simple observation of the remaining Deviard that upon decision, Tehn is as able bodied as the others.

"If they turn south, so be it. If they turn north, we will need to deal with it."

Perhaps it was the loss of some of their members, perhaps something else, but the motivation is irrelevant. The Deviard turn south, the way they had come, instead of north, toward the Midway Mining Encampment. The members of DWAC quickly return to town to report what they so desire of the encounter and low possibility of further involvement.
OOC: Each character receives 5 DP and improves in Deviard proficiency by 1%.
 

Kwargrow

Gamer Extraordinaire
Back in Midway Coldtree reports and states, "I do not think that tribe will bother this community, but if they do let us know."
He will shop around to find if he can buy a better tunic than pigskin, or if he can have one made.
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full wellness
Harnin arrows: 17
Tunic: 60 - 2 - 2 - 3 = 53
Taka: full wellness
Hauberk: 60 - 3 = 57
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full wellness
Tunic: 60 - 3 = 57
Coins:
Standard Earnings: 360 shillings / 10 days
Shillings: 501

Animal Parts:
Ant Pinchers: 5, (Cohesion +1)
Ant Stingers: 5, {Toxin x2}
Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
Duck Feathers: 1 set, (Cohesion +1)
Goat Jawbone: 1, (Will +1)
Harvester Feather Talisman: 1, (Health +1)
Peccary Tusks: 1 pair, (Confluence +1)
Viper Skull: 1, ?
Snakeskin: 20% coverage

Ores:
Tin: 1, (Persona +1), {- Mind x 2}
Zinc: 7, (Health +1), {+ Body x 2}

Plants:
Berserker Flowers: 1 measure, {+ Strength x2 / - Mind x3}
Fire Weed: 5 measures, {heat x 2}
Mend Leaves: 1 measure, {+ Body x 2}
Soothe Leaves: 5 measures, {+ Mind x 2}

Stone:
Bloodstone: 1, (Health +1)
Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
Heartstone: 1 (Confluence +1)
Slate: 8, {Sound x2}

Oddities:
nothing here
... Coldtree reports... will shop... better tunic...
Tehn adds to the report, because he wants to not because he feel there is any need. "We were able to reduce their number. Like Coldtree said, if any Deviard do return, it should be some time. Let us know."

Even though the Midway Mining Camp is rather small for a community, really only having the purpose of procuring desirable ore from the mountains, its chief hunter not only provides meat but also competent leather goods. The pigskin or thin leather tunics worn by Coldtree and Lunnaya that are beginning to show significant wear could be replaced with either light leather or pliable leather, each of which is made from sheep or goats and is of a better durability than pigskin.

Items can be adjusted to size if a day is allowed for it. Vests, shirts, and tunics, in order of increasing coverage, are available for torso protection and kilts are available for lower body protection, as well as some leather accessories like belts.
OOC:
StyleHinder / 10%DeflectSoakCost / 10%
Light Leather34220
Pliable Leather46340
Each character receives 4 DP.
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Taka likes the idea of an upgrade; but what he wants is kind of pricey. So he comes to the group in private, before the evening meal.

Taka says, "I'd like a new tunic, and new boots. And I'd like to add a belt as well, to cover my guts. I can trade my old tunic and boots, if necessary. And I plan to haggle, but here are the base costs."

Light Leather Boots = 40 Shillings
Light Leather Belt = 40 Shillings
Pliable Leather Tunic = 200 Shillings
TOTAL COST: 280 Shillings.

Taka says, "How much are they going to pay us for warding off the Deviard band? And how much is Coldtree's new tunic going to cost? I am not against going last, when it comes to the upgrades, since what I want costs so much."
 

Kwargrow

Gamer Extraordinaire
Coldtree decides on the pliable leather. He says to T&T, "Maybe we can get a better price by asking any leather workers in town to do the work for free, since we are using these items in defense of Midway."
Manipulate leather workers: 27
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full wellness
Harnin arrows: 17
Tunic: 60 - 2 - 2 - 3 = 53
Taka: full wellness
Hauberk: 60 - 3 = 57
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full wellness
Tunic: 60 - 3 = 57
Coins:
Standard Earnings: 360 shillings / 10 days
Shillings: 237

Animal Parts:
Ant Pinchers: 5, (Cohesion +1)
Ant Stingers: 5, {Toxin x2}
Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
Duck Feathers: 1 set, (Cohesion +1)
Goat Jawbone: 1, (Will +1)
Harvester Feather Talisman: 1, (Health +1)
Peccary Tusks: 1 pair, (Confluence +1)
Viper Skull: 1, ?
Snakeskin: 20% coverage

Ores:
Tin: 1, (Persona +1), {- Mind x 2}
Zinc: 7, (Health +1), {+ Body x 2}

Plants:
Berserker Flowers: 1 measure, {+ Strength x2 / - Mind x3}
Fire Weed: 5 measures, {heat x 2}
Mend Leaves: 1 measure, {+ Body x 2}
Soothe Leaves: 5 measures, {+ Mind x 2}

Stone:
Bloodstone: 1, (Health +1)
Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
Heartstone: 1 (Confluence +1)
Slate: 8, {Sound x2}

Oddities:
nothing here
Taka... "I'd like a new tunic, and new boots. And.. a belt..."
Coldtree decides on the pliable leather... "Maybe..."
coerce + various Collegiate + d100
Coldtree: 20 + 27(muddle) + 27 = 74
Lunnaya: 30 + 23(muddle) + 136 = 189
Average: 131

Huntsman: 40(skepticism) + 12(analysis) + 59(d100) = 111
bargain: 131 - 111 = 20%
Once the report has been completed and a written record has been made, the DWAC are paid their agreed upon 360 shilling stipend, bringing the party's total available expenditure to 287 shillings, each. As the men have better than average competence, Foreman Gebbrik shows the DWAC the finance ledger and explains the numbers, so that it is not necessary to physically carry so many coins. The numbers make sense.

The interesting approach to negotiation proves a futile tactic when dealing with a skeptic. "Ha! Nice try. Don't work for free, but I like you guys. I will go a 20% discount for you."
StyleCoverHinderDeflectSoakCost
Pliable Tunic602463192
StyleCoverHinderDeflectSoakCost
Light Boots2064232
Light Belt1034216
Pliable Tunic602463192
StyleCoverHinderDeflectSoakCost
Pliable Tunic602463192
After a few days of enjoying being in town but before becoming antsy, Foreman Gebbrik comes to the men. "Normally we trade with a Kozzog community about once a cycle. They come to us from the north, on the eastern side of the Dragon's Spine. They bring titanium in exchange for tools. It is a good trade. They have not come this year. We do not know exactly where they reside, but it must be farther than two days' travel. I would like you to check on this community. No need to carry trade. It may be that the vein played out, but I think it best to investigate. What say you?"
OOC: All characters receive 5 DP and improve in written Orngaddrin by 10%
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Taka nods, "I would be happy to go."

Taka's new equipment leaves him with 47 shillings to spare. He will inquire about picking up a few javelins, but he will ask if stone spearheads can be made, instead of the metal ones; if asked why, he will cite the traditions of his people, who revere the old ways, and whom consider the stone spearheads to be sacred, since they are of the earth.
 


MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full wellness
Harnin arrows: 17
Tunic: 60 - 2 - 2 - 3 = 53
Taka: full wellness
Hauberk: 60 - 3 = 57
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full wellness
Tunic: 60 - 3 = 57
Coins:
Standard Earnings: 360 shillings / 10 days
Shillings: 237

Animal Parts:
Ant Pinchers: 5, (Cohesion +1)
Ant Stingers: 5, {Toxin x2}
Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
Duck Feathers: 1 set, (Cohesion +1)
Goat Jawbone: 1, (Will +1)
Harvester Feather Talisman: 1, (Health +1)
Peccary Tusks: 1 pair, (Confluence +1)
Viper Skull: 1, ?
Snakeskin: 20% coverage

Ores:
Tin: 1, (Persona +1), {- Mind x 2}
Zinc: 7, (Health +1), {+ Body x 2}

Plants:
Berserker Flowers: 1 measure, {+ Strength x2 / - Mind x3}
Fire Weed: 5 measures, {heat x 2}
Mend Leaves: 1 measure, {+ Body x 2}
Soothe Leaves: 5 measures, {+ Mind x 2}

Stone:
Bloodstone: 1, (Health +1)
Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
Heartstone: 1 (Confluence +1)
Slate: 8, {Sound x2}

Oddities:
nothing here
Taka nods...
Coldtree nods...
GM: Stone weapons are not available by market. If desired, they must be manufactured or located by the character.

Taking a couple of days to relax seems in order. Feeling refreshed and having gathered desired supplies, the crew departs early in the morning. A fog is heavily settled upon the ground that morning, but the road is known, and dangers are not suspected. By mid morning the fog has burned off and the risen sun is bright in the face of the eastern direction.
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Coming out of the pass, the DWAC notes that there is a foot path lying along a northerly route beside the mountains. It is not much used by people but probably serves opportunity for animals.
perception + analysis
Coldtree: 18 + 26 = 44
Taka: 21 + 22 = 43
Lunnaya: 26 + 23 = 49
Of all the ironic events that could occur, mid afternoon of the first day, strolling in the middle of the path is nothing other than an ambling skunk, but it appears a bit larger than the one from the past.

OOC: Each character receives 5 DP.

MID is for Midway. The numbers are mine shafts.
 
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Kwargrow

Gamer Extraordinaire
Coldtree shrugs and lets lightning play over his fingers as he says, "Target practice, might be useful. I'm staying at distance attacks, though. I'm not getting sprayed again."
85, 25
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full wellness
Harnin arrows: 17
Tunic: 60 - 2 - 2 - 3 = 53
Taka: full wellness
Hauberk: 60 - 3 = 57
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full wellness
Tunic: 60 - 3 = 57
Coins:
Standard Earnings: 360 shillings / 10 days
Shillings: 237

Animal Parts:
Ant Pinchers: 5, (Cohesion +1)
Ant Stingers: 5, {Toxin x2}
Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
Duck Feathers: 1 set, (Cohesion +1)
Goat Jawbone: 1, (Will +1)
Harvester Feather Talisman: 1, (Health +1)
Peccary Tusks: 1 pair, (Confluence +1)
Viper Skull: 1, ?
Snakeskin: 20% coverage

Ores:
Tin: 1, (Persona +1), {- Mind x 2}
Zinc: 7, (Health +1), {+ Body x 2}

Plants:
Berserker Flowers: 1 measure, {+ Strength x2 / - Mind x3}
Fire Weed: 5 measures, {heat x 2}
Mend Leaves: 1 measure, {+ Body x 2}
Soothe Leaves: 5 measures, {+ Mind x 2}

Stone:
Bloodstone: 1, (Health +1)
Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
Heartstone: 1 (Confluence +1)
Slate: 8, {Sound x2}

Oddities:
nothing here
Taka... "... rematch...."
Coldtree... "... I'm staying at distance..."
Tehn smiles a wry grin. "Rematch? Ha! I have no intention of fighting fair. Sprayed once was enough for me too. I think I can roast it from here."

The skunk continues to amble toward the party, unconcerned, but it is merely an animal. Instinct gives it a sense of superiority. It cannot know the capacity for mystical talent harbored by a person, or more specifically some people.

The rematch is over and done in a few heartbeats. The insides of the animal are heated and cooked with acid without it being able to do anything other than lay over. Though having more lifeforce than the two previously encountered, possibly equal to both of those combined, the skunk was not offered the opportunity to get close enough to use its spray. Vital fluids spill from its mouth, nostrils, and tail end as it lays in the path.
anatomy + clarity + d100
Lunnaya: 37 + 24 + 80 = 141 - 80(difficulty) = 61%
Of the three, Tehn has the most skill at cleaning animals and does a moderately competent job of collecting the hide but is unable to collect the scent gland, once again being sprayed in the process. He grits his teeth, spits, and then manipulates chemical waylines, at which he is most talented, to negate the effect. He offers the animals thumb claws to whomever might want them but keeps the tail of the animal for himself.
OOC: standard leather: coverage 24%, max value 48
fowler claws: 1 pair

Feeling successfully compensated for the past failure, despite the cleaning mishap, the DWAC continues on until late afternoon. Here the path splits, one diverting uphill back toward the eastern peaks. The inclined path seems to be the correct one to follow, come morning.

Once a small cookfire has been made and suitable places are being scoped for sleep, attention is called toward the flatter path, from the scraping sound of smaller animals walking, later accompanied by verbal noises that sound vaguely like a rodent. Now visible and moving toward the campsite are a pair of never before seen animals of similar size to the previously killed skunk. These are brown and their hide seems to be covered with giant cactus spines.
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OOC: Each character receives 5 DP.
 
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Kwargrow

Gamer Extraordinaire
Coldtree laughs at the strange animal. Practicing his Centrin, he says, "What shall we call these things? Needle rats?" Since he never saw the point of being needlessly aggressive towards animals, he is content to let these critters go on their own way.
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full wellness
Harnin arrows: 17
Tunic: 60 - 2 - 2 - 3 = 53
Taka: full wellness
Hauberk: 60 - 3 = 57
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full wellness
Tunic: 60 - 3 = 57
Coins:
Standard Earnings: 360 shillings / 10 days
Shillings: 237

Animal Parts:
Ant Pinchers: 5, (Cohesion +1)
Ant Stingers: 5, {Toxin x2}
Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
Duck Feathers: 1 set, (Cohesion +1)
Goat Jawbone: 1, (Will +1)
Harvester Feather Talisman: 1, (Health +1)
Peccary Tusks: 1 pair, (Confluence +1)
Viper Skull: 1, ?
Snakeskin: 20% coverage, max value 50
Standard Leather: 24% coverage, max value 48

Ores:
Tin: 1, (Persona +1), {- Mind x 2}
Zinc: 7, (Health +1), {+ Body x 2}

Plants:
Berserker Flowers: 1 measure, {+ Strength x2 / - Mind x3}
Fire Weed: 5 measures, {heat x 2}
Mend Leaves: 1 measure, {+ Body x 2}
Soothe Leaves: 5 measures, {+ Mind x 2}

Stone:
Bloodstone: 1, (Health +1)
Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
Heartstone: 1 (Confluence +1)
Slate: 8, {Sound x2}

Oddities:
nothing here
Coldtree laughs at the strange animal.. he is content to let these critters go on their own way.
OOC: Posting on behalf of Tellerian Hawke.
Taka said:
Taka lifts his eyebrows at the strange pair of rodents, then moves out of their direct line of travel, peaceably watching them go by.
Tehn nods twice. "Needle rats seems befitting."

He climbs atop a boulder and watches them continue down the path from which the DWAC members had arrived. Once the pair of varmints is about 5 strides distant, he can't seem to help himself. He takes a stone and tosses it at them. It lands with an unnaturally loud, booming sound. The two rodents hop sideways and sling a barrage of quills. Perhaps it is nearsightedness, but as everyone is plenty distant from being struck with a quill, the two calm and continue on away.

Tehn laughs. "That was interesting. I hope we do not catch one of those in a snare." He then proceeds to set some snares in hopes of fresh meat for the morrow.
OOC: Each character receives 5 DP.
 


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