Monday, January 16, 2017

Sofia is Out of Daggers ~ Round 4

Following Sofia's move, both Enrico and Ibrahim are able to take action.  Note I have not changed Kismet's facing; stunned, he was not able to do so.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sparring ~ Round 3

Following Kismet and Sofia's move, here's the layout.  Ibrahim is stunned again, falling back to 1409.

Enrico can take a move.  Remember, there's a -1 AP penalty for leaving any hex adjacent to a combatant.

As Kismet is stunned, Sofia is the only one who can move.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sparring ~ Round 2

Ibrahim is stunned, but Enrico's armor blocked Sofia's dagger.  Enrico can take an action first.

Following Enrico's move (I presume he has 3 AP in his armor), Sofia and Kismet can go.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sparring Redux ~ Round 1

Very well, from the beginning.

This time around Enrico and Ibrahim clearly have the initiative.  If those two could please take their FULL round, doing whatever they can with their AP.  Both have 5 AP.


After Enrico and Ibrahim's move, here is the map:

Sofia and Kismet, in your good time.

Saturday, January 7, 2017


I'm removing the content from this post because, rather than act upon it, the result was to address difficulties in the campaign and sort out the participants.  This was meant to be part of the first combat round for a sparring combat, but it did not work out that way.

I'm leaving the comment thread untouched.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Rocky Field ~ Sparring 1

Ready to Rumble

The above is the clearest part of ground you could find.  It takes 3 AP to climb up on top of one of the large boulders; they're large enough that if you're hit and stunned, you must make a dex check or you will take 1 damage from falling off.

The smaller stones will not block movement, but if you stand in a hex with a small stone in it, your armor class is reduced by 2 points due to stumbling over the stone.

I need Sofia and Nine-toes to each roll a d6 for initiative.

The monks move.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What is This?

At the moment that Ibrahim stumbles across the description of the artifact in the Baskunchak as being Jewish, there is a distant shout and cry that compels the party's attention.

Philoctetes has been steadily climbing the slope away from the party, up to the church above you, and now the he has turned about and is shouting exuberantly from several hundred feet up.  He's too far away to be heard clearly, of course, but now he comes bounding down the slope.

Ibrahim may feel the need to read a bit more ~ it says in the diary that the Jewish Artifact is from the Khazar Dynasty, that ruled the area until the 11th century, when the Kaganate was broken by the Mongols.  The artifact is not named in the diary, however.  And that brings us to the last page, the text of which was described in the next post.

By then, Philoctetes has gotten close enough that he can be heard shouting, "It's there!  It's there!  I tell you it's there!  I've seen it!"

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ramona's Diary

As Ibrahim opens the book to the front page, he reads,

January 17, 1650
I write this in dedication to you, Mother, because upon your deathbed, you swore you would read every word I wrote down if I would attend to my letters as you fought to have me do so hard as a young girl.  All this time I have resisted doing so out of resentment, but as it looks like soon I will join you in whatever dark hell you've come to occupy, I shall begin writing to warn you of my arrival.
It appears that I have plundered my last English ship.  They are looking for my ship from the Canaries to Iceland, it is only a matter of time before they find me.  As I am bound to meet English ships around the Horn of Africa, and being that I am in no good stead with the Amacuro Pirates who know me in America, I shall try to slip past Gibraltar and make my last stand in the Mediterranean.  It will be warmer there.  I have sent word to Victor a month ago that I shall come to Leer, but received nothing back. 
 Ramona Salvador

It does indeed appear to be a diary.

There are two places in the book where the binding seems to be broken ~ and upon a quick glance, about two thirds of the book, the back part, lacks any writing at all.

On the last written page it reads,

It isn't here.  We've been lied to, and undone.  It is clear that this has all been part of some plot that has nothing to do with us ~ but it has damned us to hell just the same.

The first place where the binding seems to break, the one that is earlier in the book, reads,

January 7, 1651
Of all the coincidences, I have met two of the same fellows who were mixed up with Victor and that business in Leer.  They have asked to be taken to the Black Sea and I am ameniable ~ but I wonder at coincidences.  They have a mage with them now, some fellow named Lukas.  I do not trust him; he watches everything.
I wonder, too, about the one called Ahmet.  What does it mean that he has the same name as my first mate, who gave me up five years ago.  And what does it mean that his voice goes through me like a razor.

The second place where the binding is broken reads,

May 15th, 1651
They are back, and I find that he has brought the little bitch with him.  She stares at him with love in her eyes but I can see there is something less in his.  Well, I hope they will be happy together.  After not much longer I will be rid of the pair of them and be about a better business, I think.  I have been promised transport in Constantinople, so long as I perform some service.  The Gnomes have not yet let me know what that will be . . .

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Old Man Emerges

As I said, the old man swims from where he has surfaced, until he reaches the rock where, I believe, Sofia is standing [though she may be in the boat, things got quite confusing there for a time].  As he climbs out, Kismet and Nine-toes will both notice that the guards seem quite taken aback, but at the same time there appears to be some recognition in many of their eyes.

The old man is dripping as he hauls himself out of the water.  At the same time, Enrico, Yuliya and Ibrahim may all climb into the boat or onto the rock as well.

If no one has any objections, the old man will begin wringing out his clothing, sighing, "Dear me, dear me!  That was a long time to be a fish!"

Sunday, December 18, 2016

3rd Dive ~ Ibrahim First

Ibrahim, since you did not specify the point of your dive, I'll put you back where you came out of the water, diving to 0605b, where you emerged from the Mess porthole.  You use the rest of your first round underwater swimming through the porthole, then the doors, to reach 0404.  The old man is still floating in 0303, but now his eyes are open.  He has risen into a position that is halfway to upright.  As you come in the door, he stares at you, apparently wary of what you might do next.

Enrico will drift into the doorway right behind Ibrahim.

Your action?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2nd Dive ~ Investigating the Captain's Cabin

Here is the lower deck below the top deck.

If I had more time, I'd redraw this ship, with labels; the captain's
cabin is the 0300s and 0400s on the image above.

To recap:

Sofia says that the masts were cut intentionally but I must have the divers express uncertainty.  No one moved more than 15 feet closer to the masts, and remember that in water it is hard to have any clarity at a distance of greater than 6 feet without a mask of some kind.  No one was close enough to any mast to know how they were removed.

Enrico has dived back into the water, to 0703a ~ he can use his momentum to propel himself down a deck, to 0703b on the image above (one deck down); as he can do this in 2.4 seconds (diving), he can still move 2 hexes from his position on the lower deck.  He has been on the ship, so he will know that 0603 was the cook's kitchen.  I myself can't remember what 0604 was ~ can anyone remember, save me time looking?

Either will get Enrico to the Captain's cabin.  The doors of both are hanging open.

I'm going to count Ibrahim as diving a round later than Enrico; so for the moment, he hasn't actually dived; we'll work out Enrico's next move and then Ibrahim will dive to the same 0703b that Enrico is at now.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

1st Dive ~ Looking over the Top Deck

As the small ship's boat the party has entered bobs on the surface of the water above the Petrel, Ibrahim and Enrico dive into the water.  Ibrahim has stated that he is checking out the hex at 0501.  Here is a reprint of the Petrel's top deck:

Where would the others like to examine?