Midway Mining Expedition (PbP)

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Taka frowns, in a joking, mocking manner: "These men were more stubborn than mules. And more resilient, as well. But what they made up for in constitution, they lacked in intelligence."

Taka does not hesitate to laugh at his own joke, before searching the deceased Graggs and the surrounding area for anything valuable or useful.
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Concealment + various collegiate + d100
Concealment: MInd + Commercial + Knowledge + Motility
Coldtree:
Taka:
Tehn:
Effectiveness: readiness + speed + clarity + d100
Readiness: Body + Combat + Motility
Speed: Mind + Commercial + Knowledge
Clarity: Essence + Collegiate + Cohesion
Coldtree:
Taka:
Tehn:
Coldtree:
Taka:
Tehn:
Effectiveness: aggression + accuracy + fury + d100
Aggression: Body + Combat + Strength
Accuracy: Mind + Commercial + Knowledge
Fury: Essence + Collegiate + Confluence
Coldtree:
Taka:
Tehn:
Effectiveness: defend + avoidance + analysis + d100
Defend: Body + Combat + Motility
Avoidance: Mind + Commercial + Knowledge
Analysis: Essence + Collegiate + Adhesion
Coldtree:
Taka:
Tehn:
Effectiveness: Avoidance + Analysis + d100
Avoidance: Mind + Commercial + Knowledge
Analysis: Essence + Collegiate + Adhesion
Effectiveness: bending + task + d100
Bending: Mind + Commercial + Knowledge + Will
Taka:
Coldtree:
Tehn:
Coldtree: full health
Taka: full health
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full health
Coldtree... will help search the Graggorid. He will also search the area of battle.
Taka frowns, in a joking, mocking manner: "These men..."
... searching the deceased Graggs and the surrounding area...
Tehn sneers at the corpse at his feet before pushing his sword through her throat. "This one is a woman... or at least she has breasts. I'm not lifting that loincloth to make sure!"

Looking around his immediate area, Coldtree examines the signs of the battle, attempting to map the movements in his head from the scuffs and scrapes upon the ground. It does not appear that anything might have fallen loose during the fight. In addition to his undesirable garments, the man is carrying a rudimentary bag that is full of collected nuts. The nuts are edible. There is a talisman of harvester feathers tied to his left arm and a a gray stone with dark red flecks tucked into a small pouch.

Taka, likewise, is amazed at the marks left by such a short scuffle but finds no lost items. His unconscious female opponent has a similar bag to the one by Coldtree, containing a different kind of edible nut. She also has another shotty satchel of dried meat. The meat seems edible. Lastly, she is wearing a pair of peccary tusks strung about her neck.

The woman at Tehn's feet is carried some dried meat, which seems edible, and is wearing a talisman of songbird feathers on her left arm and has a semi-translucent, dark burgundy stone in a pouch.
Coins:
  • Shillings: 377
Animal Parts:
  • Ant Pinchers: 2, (Cohesion +1)
  • Ant Stingers: 7, {Toxin x2}
  • Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
Stone:
  • Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
  • Slate: 1, {Sound x2}
OOC: Each character receives 2 DP.
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Taka reaches down and rips the cord from the Gragg's neck, taking the tusks for himself. He will then attempt to determine the tusks' individual proclivities in relation to Way.

Taka says, "They live like animals. Look at how ratty their clothes and equipment are. It's as if they care about nothing outside their own, selfish gratification. It's sickening."
 

Kwargrow

Adventurer
Coldtree does not take or eat any of the food from the fallen. He does collect all the items, feathers and stones, that are left. He replies, "Why let it sicken you? It is merely the way of things. In every race there are those that fall behind and are eventually disqualified." He gives a wide grin at his analogy. He does not bother to kill any of the opponents that are still alive, considering them no longer a concern.
Later Coldtree will sit with the feathers and stones to determine Way proclivity.
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full health
Taka: full health
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full health
Taka reaches down and rips the cord from the Gragg's neck, taking the tusks for himself. He will then attempt to determine the tusks' (possible) proclivities. "They live like animals. Look at how ratty their clothes and equipment are. It's as if they care about nothing outside their own, selfish gratification. It's sickening."
Coldtree does not take or eat any of the food from the fallen. He does collect all the items, feathers and stones, that are left. He replies, "Why let it sicken you? It is merely the way of things. In every race there are those that fall behind and are eventually disqualified." He gives a wide grin at his analogy. He does not bother to kill any of the opponents that are still alive, considering them no longer a concern.
Later Coldtree will sit with the feathers and stones to determine (possible) proclivity.
Tehn shrugs and holds up both hands in a quizzical gesture. "It's instinctual. Perhaps they lack the faculty to progress further."

He smells the dried meat that was being carried by his Graggorid and keeps it for himself. Having no qualms about eating their food, he will also collect a satchel of nuts from one of the others. The nuts appear to be the rather large acorns that are found on the stunted, evergreen, gnarlwood trees that grow in these mountains. "If you do not want these, do not be asking me for any later when you smell them roasting in the fire."
Ecology + Analysis + d100 => 80
Ecology: Mind + Commercial + Knowledge
Analysis: Essence + Collegiate + Adhesion
Coldtree: 15 + 21 + 50 = 86, success
Time: 10 days / 86 = 2 hours, 48 minutes
Taka: 12 + 16 + 50 = 78, failure
Tehn: 23 + 14 + 75 = 112, success
Time: 10 days / 112 = 2 hours, 9 minutes

As he holds each item in question, separately, Coldtree seems to go into a trance. He appears unaware of his surroundings for a considerable amount of time before blinking open his eyes and nodding to himself. This same process occurs with the feathers and the stone, noting that both items augment the same ability.
OOC: Harvester Feather Talisman: +1 Health
Bloodstone: +1 Health


Despite his overwhelming desire to do so, Taka is unable to sense any particular proclivity by adorning the peccary tusks. Taka is also interrupted by his Graggorid showing signs of regaining consciousness. Before she can do so, he takes his short sword and punches it into her throat.

Like Coldtree, Tehn seems to lose touch with his surroundings as he studies his two items. He chooses to keep both items.
OOC: Songbird Feather Talisman: +1 Persona
Heartstone: +1 Confluence

After so much time has passed, the three men figure that the last two miners to make the trek to shaft 9 are not likely to be returning.
Coins:
  • Shillings: 377
Animal Parts:
  • Ant Pinchers: 2, (Cohesion +1)
  • Ant Stingers: 7, {Toxin x2}
  • Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
Stone:
  • Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
  • Slate: 1, {Sound x2}
OOC: Each character receives 2 DP.
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Tehn said:
"If you do not want these, do not be asking me for any later when you smell them roasting in the fire."
Taka will take some of the nuts as well, and will sniff the meat. If the meat does not smell rancid, he will make some skewers from nearby sticks and branches; when Tehn begins to roast the nuts, Taka will pass the meat through the fire, just to be on the safe side. ~Besides, warm meat tastes better than cold meat any day.~ he muses to himself.

Taka says, "It can't be any worse than Opossum."
 

Kwargrow

Adventurer
Coldtree shakes his head with a smile at T&T claiming the Graggorid food and says in Centrin, "After we used poison corn to help kill those ants, I don't want eat any food found on strangers that tried to kill us immediately."

After Coldtree finishes studying the items, he looks around at everything in a strange manner, as though seeing some things for the first time. He motions to a stick not far away and manipulates Way to Heat it without touching it. He says in Hebrian, "I have ascended to a new level of ability, although my journey is still in its beginning phases."
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full health
Harnin arrows: 17
Taka: full health
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full health
Taka says, "It can't be any worse than Opossum."
Coldtree shakes his head... and says in Centrin, "After we used poison(ed) corn to help kill those ants, I don't want eat any food found on strangers that tried to kill us, immediately."
Tehn laughs. "Yuck! I don't think that even a Graggorid could eat opossum."

After Coldtree finishes studying the items... He motions to a stick not far away and manipulates (thermal) Way(lines) to Heat it, without touching it...
Tehn's eyes widen. "Woah! Now that was something!"

The encounters having occupied enough time to cause a delay, the three decide to make an early camp so as to not arrive at the mine shaft at sunset. The night is peaceable and cool. Nothing disturbs the normal sounds of the environment. Coldtree does not partake of any of the roasted nuts, though the other two have no qualms about consuming them.

They set out at sunrise, wanting to get an early start on bringing this dilemma to a conclusion. It is yet early in the morning as they arrive at the entrance, a manufactured placard marking the number of the mine. Not a sign exists of the other two miners being about and no sound is heard coming from the shaft. Approaching the landing, slowing, and looking about intently, the men hear the peculiar call of an unfamiliar songbird before seeing it. Perched on a scrub brush, jutting out from a steep outcropping, some few strides out of reach of the cliff edge are two beautiful, deep-red songbirds.
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Coins:
  • Shillings: 377
Animal Parts:
  • Ant Pinchers: 2, (Cohesion +1)
  • Ant Stingers: 7, {Toxin x2}
  • Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
  • Harvester Feather Talisman: 1, (Health +1)
  • Peccary Tusks: 1 pair, ??
Stone:
  • Bloodstone: 1, (Health +1)
  • Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
  • Slate: 1, {Sound x2}
OOC: Each character receives 2 DP.
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Tehn said:
Tehn laughs. "Yuck! I don't think that even a Graggorid could eat opossum."
Taka laughs in return, "You'd be surprised what you can eat when you're hungry enough."

Taka takes notice of the songbirds, and for some reason, gets a feeling that there is something special about them. He closes his eyes, and calms his thoughts, relaxing his entire body. He reaches out with his inner self, trying to sense whether or not these birds are connected to the Way.

(68)
(17)
(91+42)
(98+21)
Wow, last two were great rolls.
 

Kwargrow

Adventurer
Coldtree sees the songbirds and wonders how they taste. He will manipulate waylines to attempt to reach out in friendship to these birds to get close enough so he can knock them over the head.
09, 27
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full health
Harnin arrows: 17
Taka: full health
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full health
Taka takes notice of the songbirds, and for some reason, gets a feeling that there is something special about them...
Coldtree sees the songbirds and wonders how they taste. He will manipulate waylines to attempt to reach out in friendship...
Coldtree: 15(readiness) + 15(speed) + 26(tranquility) + 9(d100) = 65
Taka: 22(readiness) + 12(speed) + 17(clarity) + 68(d100) = 119
Tehn: 14 + 23 + 15 + 39(d100) = 91
Mourners: 5(readiness) + 30(speed) + 50(tranquility) + 44(d100) = 129
Coldtree: 100(muddle) - 65 = 35
Mourners: 200(song) - 129 = 71
Mourners: 30(bending) + 40(song) + 44(d100) = 114
Coldtree: 18(bending) + 24(muddle) + 27(d100) = 69
Mourners: 40(skepticism) + 50(tranquility) + 44(d100) > 69
Coldtree: 18(skepticism) + 26(tranquility) + 27(d100) = 71
damage: 114 - 71 = 43% * 20 = 9
Will: 3 - 9 = -6, Mind: 10 - 6 = 4, dazed.
Taka: 16(skepticism) + 17(clarity) + 133(d100) > 114
Tehn: 26(skepticism) + 15(clarity) + 39(d100) = 80
damage: 114 - 80 = 34% * 20 = 7
Will: 3 - 7 = -4, Mind: 10 - 4 = 6, dazed.
The beautiful singing is a lie. The cheerful sound is a ruse. These birds are fully malevolent and likely the cause of the demise of the previous miners. By complete stroke of luck, Taka is completely unaffected by the song but confirms, in no uncertain terms, that these avians can indeed manipulate waylines. Coldtree by newly acquired mystical affinity and Tehn from skepticism are both able to somewhat resist the urge to jump from the cliff, but both are moderately dazed.

The location of the birds is part of their malevolence. They are aware that they are just out of reach. Their singing continues unabated. Even with the mental fog, Coldtree and Tehn realize that if something is not done to silence these birds, they will soon lose their drive for life.
Coins:
  • Shillings: 377
Animal Parts:
  • Ant Pinchers: 2, (Cohesion +1)
  • Ant Stingers: 7, {Toxin x2}
  • Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
  • Harvester Feather Talisman: 1, (Health +1)
  • Peccary Tusks: 1 pair, ??
Stone:
  • Bloodstone: 1, (Health +1)
  • Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
  • Slate: 1, {Sound x2}
 
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Kwargrow

Adventurer
Embarrassed at being bamboozled by a couple of birds, Coldtree reaches out to manipulate waylines and Heat the scrub brush that the birds sit on.
In Hebrian he says, "Let's turn that song to screeches, shall we?"
95+22, 25
 

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Taka picks up a stone, and holds it in his hand; he begins to concentrate on the surrounding waylines, manipulating them, in an effort to turn the stone into his own, personal messenger. He attempts to imbue the stone with sonic force, just before throwing it at the birds!

71, 80, 83
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full health
Harnin arrows: 17
Taka: full health
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full health
... Coldtree reaches out to manipulate waylines and Heat the scrub brush that the birds sit on...
Taka picks up a stone... manipulating... sonic force, just before throwing it at the birds!
71, 80, 83
Coldtree: 15(readiness) + 15(speed) + 26(tranquility) + 9(d100) = 65
Taka: 22(readiness) + 12(speed) + 17(clarity) + 68(d100) = 119
Tehn: 14 + 23 + 15 + 39(d100) = 91
Mourners: 5(readiness) + 30(speed) + 50(tranquility) + 44(d100) = 129
Coldtree: 35 + 60(dazed) + 100(manipulate) = 195
Taka: 100(manipulate) - 119 ~ 0
Tehn: 100(manipulate) - 129 + 40(dazed) = 11
Mourners: 71 + 200(song) = 271
Mourners: 30(bending) + 40(song) + 89(d100) = 159
Coldtree: 18(bending) + 24(muddle) + 117(d100) = 159
Taka: 16(bending) + 16(thump) + 71(d100) = 103
Tehn: 26(bending) + 15(heat) + 94(d100) = 135
Mourners: 40(skepticism) + 50(tranquility) + 89(d100) = 179
Coldtree: Will: 3 - 9 = -6, Mind: 10 - 6 = 4, dazed.
Tehn: Will: 3 - 7 = -4, Mind: 10 - 4 = 6, dazed.
Though he has never before seen it nor had any instruction or guidance in such, the inherent talent to manipulate waylines requires no such teaching. Going on instinct alone, Taka, who had been unaffected by the song, reaches down, picks up a small stone, and tosses it at the birds. The stone strike the shrub which vibrates, reverberantly, but the malevolent birds seem unaffected as they continue to emanate their song.

Tehn, slower to act because he is slightly dazed, also instinctively throws a stone. Choosing heat over sound, the stone strikes the brush a mere 11 tics after the one Taka threw, too fast for a mind to recognize the difference. The brush does not ignite, but its leaves instantly curl and die, as if infected with some blight.

Coldtree, being even a bit slower to act a second time due to the haze upon his cognition, has no need to throw a stone, for he manipulates the waylines running through the shrub, themselves, not directly attacking the sentient birds. Having already been heated once, the once green bush ignites in flame a little more than half a second before the birds can formulate a new assault.

The tiny tree is in such a location so that its flame is not a risk to spreading to anything else, except the birds, who panic and fly as their beautiful plumage begins to singe. Being clear of thought, Taka throws a second stone after the departing birds, just for good measure. Coldtree and Tehn will require several more minutes for their heads to clear, but neither is at risk of launching himself from the cliff.
Coins:
Shillings: 377

Animal Parts:
Ant Pinchers: 2, (Cohesion +1)
Ant Stingers: 7, {Toxin x2}
Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
Harvester Feather Talisman: 1, (Health +1)
Peccary Tusks: 1 pair, ??

Stone:
Bloodstone: 1, (Health +1)
Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
Slate: 1, {Sound x2}
OOC: Each character receives 5 DP and those not fluent in Hebrian increase proficiency by 1%.
 

Kwargrow

Adventurer
Coldtree shakes his head and says, "Nasty little critters. Next time we'll know what they are and kill them before they can manipulate Way."
Carefully Coldtree will look down the side of the cliff closest to the nest and try to find the missing miners.
36, 52
 

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Taka will aid Coldtree in his search, by looking around for any possible (safe) ways down to the bottom of the ravine (narrow switch-backs, etc.)

79,76
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Coldtree: full health
Harnin arrows: 17
Taka: full health
Boots: 20 - 7 = 14
Tehn: full health
... Carefully Coldtree will look down the side of the cliff closest to the nest and try to find the missing miners.
Taka will aid Coldtree in his search, by looking around for any possible (safe) ways down to the bottom of the ravine (narrow switch-backs, etc.)
Having the presence of mind to look over the ledge for the missing miners, Coldtree is rewarded with their discovery. Taka and Tehn both look over the edge, as well. Taka moves back down the path in the direction of arrival to look for a suitable decent route. Tehn offers some expressive profanity in the Amiradthan tongue.

Taka returns to express his disappointment that they may have to backtrack some considerable distance to find a way to get down below. Hoping for a faster option, the three decide to see what supplies may be inside the shaft. Finding a suitable length of sturdy rope, it is anchored to a nearby tree. Taka agrees to be the base and belay the line to allow Coldtree and Tehn, who are much smaller, to be lowered into the ravine.

Once at the bottom, the two confirm the identities of the other three miners. It is also noted that their eyes are missing and presumed eaten by the mourners. Additionally, the eyeless remains of a wildcat are found. The cat has apparently been dead for some time longer than the men.

Coins:
Shillings: 377

Animal Parts:
Ant Pinchers: 2, (Cohesion +1)
Ant Stingers: 7, {Toxin x2}
Beetle Elytra: 5 pair (deflect 4, soak 2)
Harvester Feather Talisman: 1, (Health +1)
Peccary Tusks: 1 pair, ??

Stone:
Bloodstone: 1, (Health +1)
Flint: 1, {Shock x2}
Slate: 1, {Sound x2}
OOC: Each character receives 2 DP and those not fluent in Amiradtha increase proficiency by 1%.
 
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Kwargrow

Adventurer
Staring at the corpses of the miners, Coldtree says in Hebrian, "Those are dangerous-ass birds. Who knows how many they could have lured to their deaths if we had not taken this mission?"
Coldtree will search the corpses and the area around where they fell to see if any valuables fell out. An idea strikes him and as he searches he attempts to determine if any of the corpses of the miners and the cat have any parts that show Way proclivity. Anything of personal value to the miners he will set aside to be returned to the families.
With a sly grin to his partners he says in Orngaddrin, "Returning the possessions will buy us more goodwill with the town than the coin is worth. Since we were able to drive the birds off, we can request to handle all the strange activity around town. No more menial labor for us. We would need a name for our group. What should we call ourselves?"
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Taka thinks for a moment, and suddenly, a grin spreads across his face.

Taka says, "Let's name ourselves in honor of what we did. Let's call ourselves the Birds of Prey."

It's really not a reference to my old Amtgard fighting company. But I realized that you both might think that, once I said it out loud to myself, lol. I was thinking more along the lines of the fact that our first, significant kill was a pair of birds who were trying to prey upon us; but they themselves became OUR prey.
 

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