The Worlds of Katherine Kurtz

Role-Playing and Other Games => Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming => Topic started by: Bynw on September 01, 2017, 02:22:57 pm

Title: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on September 01, 2017, 02:22:57 pm
This is the thread to use to talk about the game(s) but  not in-character. This is where questions can be asked of the rules or any other game related issue.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on September 02, 2017, 12:02:46 pm
I have never played this kind of game. Sounds fun. Can you give us a little run down of what is expected of the players.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on September 02, 2017, 12:13:58 pm
Yes once I get everything ready to be posted. Most questions will be answered in the Lite Rules postings that will be coming.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bifph on November 08, 2017, 10:26:13 am
You mentioned:
Quote from: Bynw
The Tiny Dungeons RPG is required.

Is this something your players should look into purchasing? If so, recommend me some places where I can get it.

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on November 08, 2017, 11:52:47 am
Sure it would give the basic rules that this is based off of and give you more info.  It's available at http://drivethrurpg.com/product/144545/Tiny-Dungeon-Print-and-Play-Bundle (http://drivethrurpg.com/product/144545/Tiny-Dungeon-Print-and-Play-Bundle)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on November 08, 2017, 12:48:37 pm
Ooh, interesting!  Downloaded.  ;D

This is also the same website where I found the sound files of medieval ambiance that were designed to help create the sounds of various medieval settings during a gaming campaign. I think I have Medieval Feast, Medieval Village, Medieval City, Medieval Tavern, and maybe one more. I used them as background sound while writing parts of Visionaries. I can't remember the actual titles of the files or who created them, but they are a cool resource.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: MidnightBlue on November 08, 2017, 02:07:00 pm
I can't remember the actual titles of the files or who created them, but they are a cool resource.

If you have a DriveThru RPG account that you bought the files from, then you should be able to click on your library and see the details of those files.  If you were curious.

I've been reading the couple of characters that you all have posted so far.  Very cool!

 :)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on November 08, 2017, 02:33:45 pm
Aha! Found them!  I thought they were all by one company, but apparently not.

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/139474/Medieval-Banquet-Hall--from-the-RPG--TableTop-Audio-Experts

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/118295/Pro-RPG-Audio-Daytime-Medieval-City

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/76419/Prosperous-Tavern

I could have sworn there was at least one more, because I thought I had a Village soundtrack that was a little different from the City one, but I guess not.  Maybe I just listened to one but didn't actually buy it, or maybe it was a download from some other website.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on November 08, 2017, 03:04:09 pm
DrivethruRPG is a great site
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: MidnightBlue on November 08, 2017, 08:47:02 pm
DrivethruRPG is a great site

Agreed!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on November 09, 2017, 07:28:22 am
OOh I would love to get involved but am too busy and tired at the moment. I worked out that it will be another 7 years before I can afford to retire (unless DH's condition deteriorates but that's not a hoped for solution) so please don't kill each other off before then!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on November 09, 2017, 09:10:45 am
OOh I would love to get involved but am too busy and tired at the moment. I worked out that it will be another 7 years before I can afford to retire (unless DH's condition deteriorates but that's not a hoped for solution) so please don't kill each other off before then!

Even if the current party gets annihilated, chances are fair to middling that another campaign will start, with all new characters.  So be of good cheer!  :D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on November 09, 2017, 10:00:05 am
I am not the GM that goes all out to kill the characters. That is our beloved Katherine.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on November 09, 2017, 10:02:49 am
I am not the GM that goes all out to kill the characters. That is our beloved Katherine.

LOL, no, I know that.  You enjoy throwing curve balls at your player characters, but you don't usually try to get us all killed off.

What I meant was, should the current incipient campaign end before revanne has time to join, a new campaign is a fair possibility.  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on November 09, 2017, 12:25:36 pm
Oh, come join us Revanne. You know Jorum wants to play.  Write up a quick character sheet and then when you can, perhaps during those late insomnia nights he, or another character of your choice, can portal into the game for a few rolls of the dice anyway.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on November 09, 2017, 05:35:02 pm
I was going to look for a picture of a young, brown-haired woman with a single braid, preferably wearing medieval clothing, and post it as a profile photo for my character. One would think it would be relatively easy to find a medievally dressed brunette on Google with a braid (just one) down her back, or over her shoulder, or something!  But no. It would seem that every young female gracing Google Images in quasi-medieval garb is either a blonde or a flaming redhead, and/or has more braids than an octopus has tentacles.  I can just imagine my Aliset at the start of every adventure.  "Excuse me, Bynw, I've got to braid my hair first."

Bynw:  "OK, roll a 2D6 to see how many minutes this is going to take.  No, wait, make that a hundred-sided die.  Two hundred-sided dice if you plan to stick flowers in all those braids too...."

Aliset: "Screw it! Ain't no adventurer got time for that!"   ;D

Or this alternate scenario:

Bynw: "You all wake up with a start, even though it's still an hour from dawn, because your sentry has alerted you that the enemy has snuck up on you unawares and is just now cresting the hill 50 feet away. What are you doing?"

Wash: "I'm grabbing my sword and shield."

Darcy: "I quickly climb up a tree to hide and get a height advantage on our attackers."

Aliset: "I'm still braiding my fluorescent red hair."

Aliset takes an arrow from the exasperated Game Master as the enemy descends upon the campsite.... 
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on November 09, 2017, 06:13:50 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on November 09, 2017, 06:29:49 pm
I have now downloaded the rules.  Hopefully, I won't have too many questions....

Darcy Cameron shakes his head.  "Oh for goodness sake, just go with it, woman!"
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on November 09, 2017, 06:48:01 pm
I am just home from the dentist, a not so fun way to spend a day off. I read the above and I break into a laugh.
Dear ladies, how I needed that!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on November 09, 2017, 07:14:25 pm
Evie see if any of this photos works
One braid but a black and white image from the back  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/457185799646531659/

Burnett, hair may be braided.  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/457185799657256507/

I think her hair is braided.  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/457185799653157886/

My favorite for your Aliset:
A few semi-permenent braids to keep the bangs back. but no time to braid the rest.  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/457185799655146103/

Unless your looking for that true sorcerers look.  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/ASVh4SJja0wK2qlkBi00lfgXvuTsbeVt8lu4FdXm-3eVKH9YxIknalw/

Love it.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on November 09, 2017, 07:27:27 pm
Here's a picture with directions for a style involving TWO braids, and it's from the 15th C., so maybe a bit late.   She's shown putting a headdress on over the style, but it might work, and she has brown hair.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AUuYiNbVsLN3BJwRoE74w2EQVIveaSNTd4xAv_ihXvUQL1XA37GJcvs/
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on November 09, 2017, 08:06:29 pm
Here is an image you might like for your pretty lady.  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/184014334752102871
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on November 09, 2017, 08:09:07 pm
Laurna's first link (the black and white picture) comes closest to what I was looking for, plus she's wearing a gown that would fit the right general era too. Although if you look at my character profile, I've added a picture now.... ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on November 09, 2017, 08:19:39 pm
Here is an image you might like for your pretty lady.  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/184014334752102871

I didn't see this one before, but this could work also.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on November 29, 2017, 04:02:44 am
My Lady Jerusha, Hah!. You almost had me there! Took me all night at work to formulate an answer to Darcy's flames at the kitchen door.
But now I fear I may have to roll the dice. If I fail, I do hope you are there to get us out of this. LOL.
What oh What have I gotten my self into. ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on November 29, 2017, 05:58:56 am
Well done, my lady!  I was thinking along the same lines myself.  :)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on November 29, 2017, 05:59:24 am
Yikes - hope nothing too drastic happens before my character works out how to arrive. He'll have the wherewithall for the last rites though.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on November 29, 2017, 08:55:40 am
Maybe it's just me, though I suspect it might be a good idea to put out that fire so the kitchen doesn't collapse onto the people you are trying to save. (Not to mention those attempting to rescue them.)  Aliset would say something about it, but right now she's out dealing with fractious horses....  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on November 29, 2017, 09:51:12 am
Quick question for Bynw re: dice rolls in game play, since this is a story based game.  If we are writing a scene in which something happens that will call for a dice roll, is it OK to just go ahead and do the dice roll on that page (sending you the results, of course), and then continue writing the scene accordingly to whether we succeeded (rolled a 5 or 6 on any of the dice) or not?  For instance, in Laurna's last scene, could she have gone ahead and done a dice roll and then ended the scene with Wash either succeeding at using his telekinesis power or failing at it and needing to take another action (or stepping back to let Darcy try something)?  Or do we need to wait for you to confirm the dice roll?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on November 29, 2017, 10:44:03 am
Writing my scene. Laurna, is Washburn riding Night Dancer or the destrier?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on November 29, 2017, 11:20:48 am
All the above are good questions that I have for Bynw as well.  I did a practice roll of the  dice last night, No I did not send it , Really was just practice, and It was not pretty. lol. Which got me worried if Bynw does call for an official dice roll.

Evie out of fear for what may happen now and in the future, I will say that Night Dancer is happily eating hay in Grecotha. and this is just a nice black destrier out of the Grecothan stables.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on November 29, 2017, 11:44:05 am
Good point about the fire, Evie.  Hope my little post doesn't conflict with your scene.  I already had this mostly written in my head by the time I saw your post.   :)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on November 29, 2017, 11:47:15 am
OK, good to know. Although since a destrier, by definition, is still a trained war horse, and this one doesn't know me, and is currently possibly spooked by the nearby fire/smoke (although as a trained war horse he is probably reasonably bomb-proof), I shall proceed with all due caution.  Sure you don't want to make my life easier and make him a rouncey gelding like Sextus' Murray?  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on November 29, 2017, 12:03:23 pm
Good point about the fire, Evie.  Hope my little post doesn't conflict with your scene.  I already had this mostly written in my head by the time I saw your post.   :)

No worries; I'm outside in the stables at the moment, so there's no conflict with your scene at all.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on November 29, 2017, 02:49:41 pm
Has anyone heard from Bynw yet about if I am supposed to roll. I take it the roll will be a 3d6 Right?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on November 29, 2017, 02:54:13 pm
Has anyone heard from Bynw yet about if I am supposed to roll. I take it the roll will be a 3d6 Right?

Telekinesis is one of Washburn's listed traits, and your character template says your average difficulty for this would be a 2D6 roll, but if what you are trying to lift is heavier than usual (it was a beam, wasn't it? Not just something small like, for instance, a tankard?), then my guess is that you might need a 3D6 roll.  But yeah, that's more of a call for Bynw to make, and I suspect he's at work right now.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 01, 2017, 03:43:44 am
Revanne, Wonderful to have you join us. Yay! I do hope this means you are starting to feel better. To discover the best way to pronounce Priest Columcil's name, I found Saint Columcille (kŏl´əmkĬl´) [Irish=dove of the church]. Will this pronunciation do. I am glad Father Columcil can handle animals as well as his father does.  ;D

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Darcy wondered what he could do.  He was no physician, though he knew a few remedies for seasickness he was sure the nobleman would not appreciate.
LOL. For Washburn's sake, I am going to say "No, please No," to the seasickness remedies.  LOL.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 01, 2017, 05:25:15 am
Thank you for the helpful research Laurna, yes that's the pronounciation.

I am feeling in less pain but actually the reason fr being able to join you is being off sick gave me the time to create my character. Oh dear, I do seem to have it in for Dhugal!

Now to see if I can work out how to do a dice roll.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 01, 2017, 07:30:23 am
Quick question for Bynw re: dice rolls in game play, since this is a story based game.  If we are writing a scene in which something happens that will call for a dice roll, is it OK to just go ahead and do the dice roll on that page (sending you the results, of course), and then continue writing the scene accordingly to whether we succeeded (rolled a 5 or 6 on any of the dice) or not?  For instance, in Laurna's last scene, could she have gone ahead and done a dice roll and then ended the scene with Wash either succeeding at using his telekinesis power or failing at it and needing to take another action (or stepping back to let Darcy try something)?  Or do we need to wait for you to confirm the dice roll?


Just getting caught up on the threads. Yes what you are doing is fine. Just go about the roll if you think it is needed. All part of the free-form aspect.

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 02, 2017, 10:12:21 pm
I had myself a little giggle earlier in the day (as I put up my outside Christmas lights) about how my writing partners would handle the bath. Nicely done, and discreet from all sides. I was not certain if monastery medieval baths were accomplished in a common bathing room, or if individual tubs were brought into the private room of the guest. It could have gone either way, and I was waiting to see how it would play out. I was giggling as to how Aliset was going to wiggle her way out of a common room bathing scene. But... fortunately discretion and valor have won out, and we need not worry about that. LOL

No, just Nightmares of the disheartening kind and enemies not far behind.  :o
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 02, 2017, 10:22:57 pm
LOL!  Yes, baths would likely have been a bucket or two of heated water poured into a shallow washtub at most (assuming an actual proper bath and not just a pitcher and basin to sponge off with), not the sort that would take a whole lot of water to fill, but a shallow amount sufficient to sit or squat in while scrubbing up and rinsing off.  There were larger multiperson baths available too, but those are more the sort of thing one might find in a bathhouse (aka 'the stews'), not something that would be used by multiple bathers at once in a monastery.  (Since all sorts of other things besides merely bathing could and did sometimes end up happening at public bathhouses, they eventually gained a disreputable reputation, as the bath attendants sometimes offered services of a much more personal nature. This in turn led to bathhouses being looked at very much askance by the Church, but it generally wasn't personal cleanliness that was looked down upon, but the vices that went along with people of both genders bathing together leading to other, more illicit activities.)

[Edited to correct spelling error, though I guess multiperson baths were also multipurposed at times, much to the consternation of the Church!  LOL!)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 04, 2017, 02:32:50 pm
Evie, I was looking hard at Aliset's picture. The emblem on the dagger isn't perfectly clear but it looked like an eagles head to me. If it is other than that. let me know I and i will change the description. I should have asked you, but it was one am my time when I wrote that; then I forgot to ask this morning.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 04, 2017, 02:55:46 pm
Evie, I was looking hard at Aliset's picture. The emblem on the dagger isn't perfectly clear but it looked like an eagles head to me. If it is other than that. let me know I and i will change the description. I should have asked you, but it was one am my time when I wrote that; then I forgot to ask this morning.

LOL! I honestly don't know what's on that dagger.  It was just a pendant that KK sent me along with a bunch of fabric for the Mini-Deryni.  Here is the link to the original photo on Flickr, if you want to zoom in and see the fine details, though honestly an eagle would be just as fitting a design as any other, as far as I'm concerned.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4562/37723467524_b092074bd5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZtuCCu) (Click on photo to get to Flickr page, and then you should be able to click on the photo there to zoom in for a close view.)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 07, 2017, 02:26:49 am
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“Lord have mercy,” Darcy muttered as he drew the hood of his robe up to cover his head.

Jerusha, You know how to make me laugh. ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 07, 2017, 02:54:35 am
 That's right Jerusha. Add to poor Fathee Columcil's worries. Still, if he gets caught up in a lightening strike aimed at Darcy he won't have to worry about awkward questions any more.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 07, 2017, 05:51:10 am
*Looks contrite, sort of*

I do what I can.   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 07, 2017, 08:36:03 am
Does this Washburn look like Chris Hemsworth also?  Trying to imagine Chris Hemsworth with a tonsure here....   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 07, 2017, 11:48:08 am
Columcil saw the covert smirks of his two remaining companions but years of needing to cover his amusement under the appropriate priestly demeanour stiod him in good stead, so he contented himself with remarking  "Well, Sirs, I'd best be about fitting out Spean with the new harness m'Lord Abbot has kindly provided me, if we're to be off within the hour, as his young  Lordship orders,"  before turning and heading towards the monastery stables.

As he went he pondered as to where he had seen that blazon, if only he could remember! It was clear from the casually given instruction which expected unquestioned obedience that he was a young man of some rank. He would have to find a way of tactfully suggesting a more humble demeanour, if the monkish subterfuge was to succeed - though he had no desire to give offence to one of the nobility. This looked like being an interesting journey. He amused himself briefly with the idea of returning to the Abbot and begging for an easier penance - there was an island somewhere of the coast of Meara with a summit which penitents climbed on their knees. He snorted in amusement at his fancy and turned towards the whicker of greeting that Spean gave him. He ran his hands through the horse's mane and took comfort from the physical contact and the loving touch of the animal's mind.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 07, 2017, 11:53:11 am
This looked like being an interesting journey. He amused himself briefly with the idea of returning to the Abbot and begging for an easier penance - there was an island somewhere of the coast of Meara with a summit which penitents climbed on their knees.

LOL good one Revanne.LOL

Love it. but please post a copy of this onto the story thread.  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 07, 2017, 12:07:13 pm
(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/7e/ff/2a/7eff2a984985a8b4b982b2d21735ee6d.jpg)
Washburn Morgan with short hair.  ;D  Not to sure about that Tonsure though. :o The things one does for friends.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 07, 2017, 01:00:47 pm
Thanks to Evie for rescuing me from my misposting  here.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 08, 2017, 05:31:52 am
This one is meant to be here.

Is it allowed to put small buts of dialogue in the mouths of other characters ?obviously they won't  be the focus of the scene, and would be in character.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 08, 2017, 05:34:43 am
Morning Revanne.
Yes you may, as we all seem to have done it so far. Just try to keep it in character.
I am just in the process of posting a short addition. I hope this does not interfere with what you are writing.

And now it is posted. And I am going to bed.
Good Night Revanne.   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 08, 2017, 10:33:45 am
Good thought about the timings  Laurna.  We don't want any mishaps with those elastic roads.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 08, 2017, 12:24:19 pm
 It's hard for me to imagine a hot and humid Meara when there's ice and snow all around me right now. The view outside my window looks like Narnia! ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 08, 2017, 01:11:10 pm
You have snow?! Fantastic! A White Christmas!
Stay warm.

Let's compare. California: We haven't seen much rain since last spring, with none in the forecast. 4 days of gale force winds. Yesterday the parking garage elevator was out due to the winds. I had to park on the fourth floor. Walking from there to the hospital was like walking through a wind tunnel on open throttle.   Today the winds have subsided and right now it is 79 degrees. I do hope the Fire fighters can get a handle on the big fires today.

Can you Portal over some of that Snow, Please.
Make an snow angle for me! 
One thing though, Please Drive Safe, safe, safe!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Demercia on December 08, 2017, 02:20:44 pm
Whoops, I think the portal backfired.  We have snow here too.

Bad news about the fires.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 08, 2017, 03:54:19 pm
How much snow would you like, Laurna?

We had snow squalls all day, which means heavy snow, strong winds and zero visibility.

Fortunately, I had arranged for a vacation day today and didn't need to travel.  So I made Christmas cookies today.

And guess what they are called:  "snowflakes."   :)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 08, 2017, 04:02:00 pm
How much snow would you like, Laurna?

We had snow squalls all day, which means heavy snow, strong winds and zero visibility.

Fortunately, I had arranged for a vacation day today and didn't need to travel.  So I made Christmas cookies today.

And guess what they are called:  "snowflakes."   :)


Perhaps I will pass on the snow squalls. I don't have cloths for that. lol BURRRR

Now, a "snowflake" Christmas cooky, served warm with hot cocoa will do just fine.    ;D Yum!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 09, 2017, 07:38:46 am
You folks can keep all of that snow down south. I don't want any of it this year.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 13, 2017, 05:57:42 am
Bynw, how do we handle additional characters?  Can I introduce the one that Darcy and Washburn are now seeking, or does that fall to the game master?  (Although we sort of already did this with the townsfolk at the tavern.)  Just want to stay within the rules.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 13, 2017, 07:21:47 am
In non-free form style games. All of the NPCs (non-player characters) would be played by the GM (game master). Although some control would be given over to the players for important henchmen and retainers. However, this is semi-free-form. So there is more lattitude allowed. As players you drive the story. I'll step in from time to time to give it a push or kick in a specific direction, but it's mainly all you.

You can play the locals, unless I step in with something specific in mind for an encounter. You can play those that add to the excitement or otherwise drive the story. Such as whomever it was that has been spotted. Chances are its not Oswald himself, he's not that close yet. It could be one of his men. It could be someone completely innocent as well. Just enough paranoia to cause issues with the party heading to Rheumth.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 14, 2017, 09:04:01 pm
Bynw, does every action in a fight require a roll of the dice?  For example, a defensive move that is not directly related to a strength?

If so, with the luck we are having today, I fear our heroes may not survive until morning!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 14, 2017, 10:12:20 pm
Also, when can we be able to use an advantage roll of 3d6? Especially when the move is related to one of three character traits?

I had been thinking, that if Wash had been able to do a successful trueth read, than I was considering rolling a 1d6 to determine if the NPC was lying (a Roll of 1, 2, or 3) or telling the truth (a roll of 4, 5, or 6). Would that be acceptable in the future? That kind of rolling is strictly to help pick the direction of the story when things could go either way.

Evie, I love that you filled in some NPC detail for us. That helps a lot.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 15, 2017, 07:53:53 am
Bynw, does every action in a fight require a roll of the dice?  For example, a defensive move that is not directly related to a strength?

If so, with the luck we are having today, I fear our heroes may not survive until morning!


In combat the first thing is an Initiative Test, which is 2d6 but they are added together for the total. The highest number goes first and the others follow in order of the total rolled.

During the characters turn they have 2 actions. Generally Move and Attack. But it can be Move and Move, or Attack and Attack. Or even change weapons is an action, as is picking something up or giving something to someone else. But you only get 2 each turn in combat.

Movement is limited to a maximum distance of 25 feet, if there is nothing hindering that movement.

Attacking is simple if you are within range. If you have Mastered a weapon you get an Advantage with it. So roll 3d6. If you are just Proficient with the weapon it is a Standard roll of 2d6. And if its any other kind of weapon you are at a Disadvantage so only roll 1d6.

If you are successful in the Attack, all weapons do only 1 point of damage.

There are 2 special actions available in during combat.

Focus. This gives you a success on your next attack roll if you get 4 or above.

Evade. Choosing this action allows you to Test at a Disadvantage (1d6) when you are hit in combat. If you succeed, then you take no damage. This only lasts until the start of your next turn.


Normally there are no rolls made to defend against an attack in combat. Unless you have some Trait that allows for it to happen. Otherwise you would have to choose Evade as one of your 2 actions every combat turn.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 15, 2017, 07:56:18 am
Also, when can we be able to use an advantage roll of 3d6? Especially when the move is related to one of three character traits?

I had been thinking, that if Wash had been able to do a successful trueth read, than I was considering rolling a 1d6 to determine if the NPC was lying (a Roll of 1, 2, or 3) or telling the truth (a roll of 4, 5, or 6). Would that be acceptable in the future? That kind of rolling is strictly to help pick the direction of the story when things could go either way.

Evie, I love that you filled in some NPC detail for us. That helps a lot.


The specific Traits detail when one gets an Advantage generally. There are other circumstantial events that may cause that as well but they would all be on a case by case basis.

You can determine if the NPC is lying anyway you want to do it.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 15, 2017, 09:17:56 am
Also, when can we be able to use an advantage roll of 3d6? Especially when the move is related to one of three character traits?

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Evie, I love that you filled in some NPC detail for us. That helps a lot.


The specific Traits detail when one gets an Advantage generally. There are other circumstantial events that may cause that as well but they would all be on a case by case basis.

You can determine if the NPC is lying anyway you want to do it.

OK, so applying this to my character, I am assuming since she has mastery in Dagger, then she would roll 3d6 when she uses that, but as far as other light melee weapons go (her proficiency), she would just roll 2d6, and if she was trying to use something out of that category, such as a broken bottle in a tavern brawl, her difficulty would go to 1d6.

I think where it's harder to determine is that for our specific traits (especially specifically Deryni ones), the sourcebook seems to attach a standard 2d6 roll for average use of those traits even though they are things the average human can't do, which makes it a little bit harder to determine when it should be considered a task of harder than average difficulty or easier than average.  Though I would think tasks that we do on an everyday basis or have done since childhood (or at least puberty, whenever our talents first manifested) would fall into the lower difficulty range--things like being able to manifest handfire, or simple Mind-Speech to someone we are in direct contact with if they are not shielding against it, whereas things we are encountering active resistance against, or that would be more difficult even for a trained Deryni, would require raising the difficulty of the dice roll.

To pull a few examples from the top of my head, Alaric might have average difficulty establishing a mind link with an acquaintance or even with someone he doesn't know, but who is open to the idea. He would have little difficulty (barring unforeseen circumstances) establishing one with Richenda, since they already share a deep rapport.  He would probably have to force a mind link on an avowed enemy if for some reason he had to establish one at all, there would almost certainly be active resistance, and both the unfamiliarity and the resistance would raise difficulty.

So looking at my character template, my guess is that for spell-reading, most magic scrolls would have spells of average difficulty on them. However, someone might have bothered to write a magic scroll for something as basic as "How to light a candle," so that might be 1d6, while something like "Create a moving ward" might be difficult, and "Ward an entire army on the march" might be phenomenally difficult.  (Can you roll a negative number of dice?  ;D)

I would assume that for game-playing purposes, Aliset's family grimoire is essentially a book of (mostly simple, but perhaps with a few surprises) magic scrolls that have been passed down through her family?  In which case she might require a dice roll to see if there is a spell in there that would apply to the situation she needs it for, and then maybe a second roll to see if her use of it is successful.  Does that sound like a fair way to use that item in game play?

And you're welcome, Laurna! I had to figure out something to do while Aliset was getting her beauty sleep!  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 15, 2017, 09:30:53 am
Bynw, does every action in a fight require a roll of the dice?  For example, a defensive move that is not directly related to a strength?

If so, with the luck we are having today, I fear our heroes may not survive until morning!


In combat the first thing is an Initiative Test, which is 2d6 but they are added together for the total. The highest number goes first and the others follow in order of the total rolled.


LOL! I hear you about not surviving, Jerusha!   ;D

OK, so we have four players who often post at wildly different times of the day/night.  I am most often able to post during daytime hours these days.  I usually see Laurna's and Darcy's new posts when I wake up the next morning or very late at night.  Revanne posts when she can, often but not always during (my) late afternoon.  So when we are rolling for initiative, do we have to wait on each player to roll their dice and post the results separately (which may delay any further game play for 24 hours or more), or can one person (maybe with the agreement of the others in the OOC thread, if preferred) use the dice roller page to do 4 initiative dice rolls all at once, using the comment window to specify "Dice 1=me, Dice2=Wash, Dice 3=Darcy, Dice 4=Columcil" and then post the results to the game thread, then let the individual players react accordingly in their scenes?  I think that might be one way to keep combat from dragging on for days, with simply figuring out who moves first taking up hours that could be better spent actually coming up with and writing our scenes. Or maybe if it looks like we are about to end up heading into a combat scene, we could PM Bynw to roll initiative for us and post the results, and then we could take up our scene writing from there?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 15, 2017, 09:47:58 am
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There could be circumstances where rolling at a Disadvantage would come into play or even rolling at an Advantage. You could potentially play a Deryni character who doesn't know they are Deryni and has no training or something of that nature and roll their Deryni traits at a Disadvantage.

I think that was one reason for the request for clarification, as we have two player characters who are Deryni but either don't know it (Darcy) or are aware of it but aren't trained (Columcil).  Can we assume that if someone untrained has at least managed to use a trait in a specific way successfully before (even if they didn't consciously know they were using a Deryni talent to do it), they would have less difficulty doing it again in future, which would raise their chances at a second or later attempt to 2d6 rather than 1d6?  Or would it still be 1d6 until they receive training?  I can see Columcil, for instance, being experienced enough in Healing by now to be able to roll 2d6 even though he's not trained in it, just like Alaric and Duncan were able to develop their Healing talents without formal Healer training.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 15, 2017, 10:11:43 am
Bynw, does every action in a fight require a roll of the dice?  For example, a defensive move that is not directly related to a strength?

If so, with the luck we are having today, I fear our heroes may not survive until morning!


In combat the first thing is an Initiative Test, which is 2d6 but they are added together for the total. The highest number goes first and the others follow in order of the total rolled.


LOL! I hear you about not surviving, Jerusha!   ;D

OK, so we have four players who often post at wildly different times of the day/night.  I am most often able to post during daytime hours these days.  I usually see Laurna's and Darcy's new posts when I wake up the next morning or very late at night.  Revanne posts when she can, often but not always during (my) late afternoon.  So when we are rolling for initiative, do we have to wait on each player to roll their dice and post the results separately (which may delay any further game play for 24 hours or more), or can one person (maybe with the agreement of the others in the OOC thread, if preferred) use the dice roller page to do 4 initiative dice rolls all at once, using the comment window to specify "Dice 1=me, Dice2=Wash, Dice 3=Darcy, Dice 4=Columcil" and then post the results to the game thread, then let the individual players react accordingly in their scenes?  I think that might be one way to keep combat from dragging on for days, with simply figuring out who moves first taking up hours that could be better spent actually coming up with and writing our scenes. Or maybe if it looks like we are about to end up heading into a combat scene, we could PM Bynw to roll initiative for us and post the results, and then we could take up our scene writing from there?


That is one of the advantages and disadvantages of play-by-post. There is a higher degree of lag time between actions of the various characters since the players are not always online at the time time. But it also gives the players more time to think about that is happening in any given situation.

For the initiative right now it would be 3 rolls. The bad guy (which can be rolled by anyone, even me.) And Wash and Darcy. The other characters are not currently involved in the combat area right now so they wouldn't be able to roll for initiative as they are occupied elsewhere.

To speed things up. One can make multiple rolls in advance of needing them. They would be used in order as needed until depleted. That does require some record keeping as the rolls aren't done on the spot. But it gets a little crazy doing every roll like that. So maybe just to the initiative rolls in advance.  Or of course have 1 person make the rolls for everyone involved in the combat as well. Except one would still have to wait until the next person posted to see what that person does in combat.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 15, 2017, 10:20:25 am
OK, I think I've got it now.  Thanks to all!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 15, 2017, 10:41:44 am
OK, I think I've got it now.  Thanks to all!


you are doing great!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 15, 2017, 02:43:49 pm
Jerusha and/or Laurna, about how far out from the church do you envision Darcy and Wash are? I imagine it's going to be several rounds of combat (and probably post-combat) before Aliset makes it to where they are, since I can't imagine they're just across the road given your previous descriptions of how you got to your present location, but since she seems to be making her headstrong way in that direction, I figure it might be helpful to know that. LOL! She's likely to come wandering up soaked to the skin (I'm guessing if there's lighting and thunder close by, rain is starting to fall by now) and completely out of sorts long after your encounter is resolved at this rate. LOL! And God (or at least Anne) only knows if she's managed to wake Columcil or not!   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 15, 2017, 03:08:25 pm
I'm thinking at least a mile.  Washburn had them walk through the stream for about a mile, so it's about a mile back to the main road and then a little farther beyond that junction.  Aliset and the good Father may actually meet them partway along the path, if Darcy and Sir Washburn are dragging their injured captive back with them.  I suspect Austin has not wanted to actually get himself killed.  But I could be wrong on that.  And Sir Washburn may have other thoughts.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 15, 2017, 03:46:16 pm
Aliset, muttering darkly to herself: "Are we really caring what Austin wants?"  But she might have a somewhat biased view of things....   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 17, 2017, 09:51:58 am
Well since Evie brought it up. I did find this Critical fumble table in one of the other Tiny 6 rule books.


Critical Fumble Table
If you ever roll all “1s” on your Test, roll 3d6 and consult the below table:
3: You accidentally harm yourself. Take 1 damage.
4: You drop whatever you are holding due to the pain.
5: You stumble and fall. You must spend an action to stand back up.
6: You accidentally break or ruin a tool you are using or carrying.
7: You accidentally cause a random ally to drop something they’re carrying.
8: You accidentally offend someone you shouldn’t have.
9: You make a mistake and forget your next step in the plan.
10: You’re off balance. The next time you Test, you have disadvantage.
11: You unintentionally mislead someone. Give an NPC or player bad info.
12: You accidentally break a minor law you were unaware of.
13: The equipment was faulty and causes a glitch that causes a random detour.
14: You accidentally misplace 1d6 Gold Coins.
15: You find something that belongs to someone else.
16: You accidentally harm an ally. Deal them 1 damage.
17: The next person you kill wasn’t who you thought they were.
18: You deal yourself 2 damage on accident.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 17, 2017, 12:39:52 pm
Oh Nooooo!   To the critical list above. LOL Lots in there that we DO NOT Want to happen.

I think we need someone to play Austin for his next two moves (recovery from the fall and attack/ or recovery and run). Bynw or Evie  or even Jerusha. Who wants to play Austin? I certainly do not.

Oh and sorry, I will miss chat today.  I am off to a Christmas Tea and will be back late this evening.  Every one have a good chat and please tell KK Happy Yuletide for me.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 17, 2017, 07:50:40 pm
LOL, I think the entire point of a Critical Fumble table is that things happen that you don't want to have happen!  But that said, this looks like a list that really only works under combat situations and the like. For instance, when I rolled the double 1 rolls, I was just trying to shapeshift back into my assumed form after briefly showing my true identity to someone. There really wouldn't be any way to realistically incorporate any (or at least most) of these consequences into the story in a way that would make sense. Me failing to shift back into my disguised form is hardly likely to make my ally in that scene (Columcil) drop any object, or cause him harm in some way, and there wasn't any opponent or enemy around during that scene. So using a Critical Fumble table only makes sense if the circumstances of the scene are such that the sort of mishaps on the list can actually happen. I prefer the idea of using an "all ones" roll as meaning you somehow failed badly in what you tried to do, but write the scene to reflect that failure in such a way that it makes sense for that particular situation you were rolling for.

Had a busy weekend, so I'll have to take a look at the game thread to see what I've missed. But I don't mind writing from Austin's POV if needed.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 18, 2017, 05:57:28 am
I never thought to roll the dice to see if Austin survived the fall from the horse.  Probably because I thought is was somewhat controlled versus "how did that happen?"  If he had died, it would not have been much of a scene.  No, wait.  Washburn could have done a death reading, and what would Darcy have thought about that!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 18, 2017, 06:28:44 am
Given that anger is one of Columcil's Traits do I get an advantage for that.?  He is already feeling very protective towards Aliset.

Also is the monastery they are taking Austin in Culdi or the church where Aliset and Columcil are taking refuge?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 18, 2017, 08:42:08 am
I never thought to roll the dice to see if Austin survived the fall from the horse.  Probably because I thought is was somewhat controlled versus "how did that happen?"  If he had died, it would not have been much of a scene.  No, wait.  Washburn could have done a death reading, and what would Darcy have thought about that!

LOL! I wanted to see if he would land on that injured shoulder with the dagger in it and harm himself further, or nick an artery and bleed out.  Since, you know, Washburn so obligingly skewered him for us....   ;D  But that's fine; I'm sure all that rolling around on it didn't help matters any for him!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 18, 2017, 08:48:26 am

Also is the monastery they are taking Austin in Culdi or the church where Aliset and Columcil are taking refuge?

LOL!  Oops! Did we forget where we are this round?  Um, maybe they've taken shelter in the church associated with another monastery along the way? (Though that wouldn't make much sense since surely a monastery would have a guesthouse.) Or maybe we should edit the past few scenes to say "church" rather than "monastery," in which case I will also need to edit Austin's expectations accordingly, since a church wouldn't have an infirmary.  Or maybe there's another monastery nearby that Wash and Darcy are dragging Austin off to, which is just a bit further down the road than they initially wanted to go before stopping for the night? (Though that also wouldn't make much sense, given we were being pursued. Why would we want to sleep in a less secure church rather than sleeping in a presumably walled-in monastery?) I agree this needs clarification one way or another.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 18, 2017, 08:53:48 am
Given that anger is one of Columcil's Traits do I get an advantage for that.?  He is already feeling very protective towards Aliset.

Looking at that trait on your character profile, it says "When you are down to your last hit point, your anger-fueled attacks do 2 Hit Points of damage. You cannot flee, stop fighting, or heal yourself until the encounter is over."  So my read on this is that basically when you are badly wounded (down to your last hit point), you basically go into berserker mode, and any successful hits on your enemy during that round cause double damage to him. 

The downside is that once this "berserker" mode kicks in, you can't flee, stop fighting, or heal yourself until the fighting ends. (In which case, let's hope they haven't managed to get a blow in to eliminate your last hit point first, or you might end up needing to use your Hero Point to survive, or one of us might need to suddenly discover a Healing gift or have some spell handy that can restore enough health to you to let you Heal yourself properly!)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 18, 2017, 08:57:15 am
Hopefully it won't  get to that.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 18, 2017, 09:01:01 am
Of course, you're welcome to fly into a rage-fueled attack on Aliset's behalf anytime. It's just not going to give you any special advantage to do so until you're nearly on death's doorstep.   ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 18, 2017, 09:40:06 am
Oops, my bad.  It should be the church they just came from.  I don't know why I turned it into a monastery; maybe a slip of the brain due to the monk's habits they were wearing. 

I'll edit it back to the appropriate church. 

On second thought, I changed it to "back with us."  There could be issues with them showing up without their habits and dragging a wounded prisoner.  This still could happen, but I thought leaving other options open was the better way to go.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 18, 2017, 10:54:13 am
Hey, Bynw, who does Austin answer to directly? Or is that up to us?  In what I wrote earlier, I was assuming he reports directly to whoever is pulling the strings behind Oswald's power grab, but I don't know if you have a particular as-yet-unintroduced shadowy figure in mind for that, or if we can just expand on that as we see fit.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 18, 2017, 03:29:03 pm
have fun with it
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 18, 2017, 03:32:55 pm
Evie, Is Alister still dressed as a monk? Does he/she have the hood up or down? Or is he/she in normal cloths?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 18, 2017, 04:18:14 pm
I am wondering who might be left to be a threat in Meara? Laurna, you're the geneologist, what do you reckon?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 18, 2017, 04:29:21 pm
Evie, Is Alister still dressed as a monk? Does he/she have the hood up or down? Or is he/she in normal cloths?

I didn't change her out of her monk's clothing. I figured she probably would feel self-conscious changing clothes in front of a priest, even in her borrowed male form.  And since it's wet out, she probably has the hood up, though she might lower it to show Washburn it's her and not someone else. :)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 18, 2017, 04:33:09 pm
I am wondering who might be left to be a threat in Meara? Laurna, you're the geneologist, what do you reckon?

Whoever it might be who considers himself (or herself) a just claimant to the Mearan throne, I'm also wondering if perhaps there is someone meddling with local matters from outside the Kingdom in order to cause headaches (and a possible distraction) for Kelson.  Teymuraz was killed by Duke Alaric, but he left heirs who share his pretensions to Torenth and his hatred for Gwynedd.  Maybe some descendant of Teymuraz is meddling in Meara affairs, trying to set up a puppet ruler there who will distract Kelson's focus away from some larger, more insidious plot?

But hey, that's just me and my evil mind awhirl....   ;)   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 18, 2017, 07:17:18 pm
http://www.rhemuthcastle.com/index.php?topic=2145.msg17663#msg17663

This is my list for descendants of the Prince of Meara.  It is as yet incomplete. not all births and deaths are recorded.  Make of it what you will.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 18, 2017, 08:38:50 pm
I am wondering who might be left to be a threat in Meara? Laurna, you're the geneologist, what do you reckon?

Not all would-be kings need to be prince's or decedents of prince's for that matter. If one has the proper backing or can exhibit power and vision. You can be anybody and be elevated to rank, title, and privilege.

Look at Warren de Grey.

The field is wide open on who could be the mastermind behind it.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 19, 2017, 01:55:32 am
I'm a Brit,  Bynw, I do hereditary principal!
A bit dodgy maybe ( Im thinking of you, Henry Tudor) but in the bloodline somewhere.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 19, 2017, 08:35:13 am
Well played, revanne; I was trying to come up with a pretext for Aliset to go for that amulet herself!   ;D

So did you actually Heal the poor guy or not before cutting away most of his power and protection?  It looked like the dice roll for Healing was a success, but then you yanked Columcil out of that healing trance so fast, his head probably spun! LOL!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 19, 2017, 09:24:09 am
Columcil pulled out before the healing as I wasn't sure whether the amulet would block it and figured the dice roll was for the healing trance. I've added a couple of sentencez to make it clear.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 19, 2017, 01:15:04 pm
Wow! You get me into the Descendant thing and I forget all about reading and writing. I need to catch up. :P
(After I feed: Horses, dogs, cats and peacocks. Oh and Dad his lunch!)

.... later....
OH Ooch! I almost feel sorry for Austin. Almost.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 19, 2017, 02:59:40 pm
Without me looking for it and rereading it, does anyone remember how much info Wincent had gotten out of Derry's amulet when he took it from him. Did he know that it was Alaric's or did he use it? My memory is falling me on the subject.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 19, 2017, 03:05:38 pm
I don't remember offhand, but it needn't be the same sort of amulet/medallion in any case.  I think Austin's master would have imbued his amulet of protection with whatever specific magics he wanted to give it, which would probably have included some way to enhance and expand on his psychic link with his minion to aid in communicating with him and keeping track of his whereabouts, but also would have enhanced Austin's ability to block against some forms of magic/psychic interference that his own natural (albeit human) shielding wouldn't have been strong enough to protect him from.  It would also serve as a focus for Austin if he needed to send a psychic message back to his master, especially if he needed to do so at some other time than their prearranged interval.  So I guess in those ways it is very similar to the St. Camber medallion Alaric gave Derry, except that I don't recall Derry's medallion having specific powers to block Mind-Reading, Truth-Reading, or other psychic interference, so it might be different in that respect.  Then again, it's also been a few years since I read HD.

Since I doubt that Austin's master is the overly scrupulous sort, it could be that he's programmed that amulet for a few darker functions as well, such as tripping a Death-Trigger on Austin if he ever gets into a situation where he's irretrievable and likely to reveal too much information. So maybe it's a good thing it's no longer around his neck....  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 09:02:21 am
I had an idea just now, but it would involve using Ward Cubes, and looking back over my character profile, I realized that it doesn't specifically say anything about having Ward Cubes, and I don't think anyone else thought to add that into their list of equipment to begin with either!  Yet I can't imagine that a party of Deryni adventurers in a time period where being Deryni is mostly accepted wouldn't have at least one set of Ward Cubes among them somewhere. Should we maybe roll a d6 to see if we happen to have a set in our travel kit?   I mean, I could even imagine Darcy being attracted at some point in his history to buy a set of attractive dice, not realizing what drew him to them is that they're actually Deryni ward cubes. LOL!  The idea I had isn't completely dependent on us having a set of Ward Cubes to use, but I thought it might be handy to know if we have some with us or not for future reference.  I'll go ahead and roll for Aliset.  1 to 3= No, 4 to 6=Yes.

((Dice roll 2, Validation #2vn7tjk78x))

Well, dagnabbit, she must have fled her home too quickly to grab all her magical supplies.  *sigh*
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 20, 2017, 09:34:32 am
Remember that pouch Darcy has secreted in his sea bag?  The one he accepted from the Deryni Quartermaster before the man drowned?  He did have a look inside it, to make sure he wasn't carrying anything that might get him killed.

Odd dice, that tingle ever so slightly when he handles them. 

Does this require a dice roll?  It was in my plan early on.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 20, 2017, 10:01:18 am
That is something you can spend a Hero Point on. Hey look I do have Ward Cubes. Minor alterations in reality that can help you are OK as long as they are not earth changing of course. An object in the right place. A friendly helpful NPC.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 10:24:43 am
That is something you can spend a Hero Point on. Hey look I do have Ward Cubes. Minor alterations in reality that can help you are OK as long as they are not earth changing of course. An object in the right place. A friendly helpful NPC.

This brings up the question, when we decide to spend a Hero Point, do we have to declare we're spending it before we roll the dice? Or can we use the Hero Point to ensure success without having to roll the dice at all?  Or if we've rolled the dice but failed by one point (or just failed, period), can we then use the Hero Point to turn it into a success roll? Or all of the above?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 20, 2017, 10:34:58 am
Of all the people in our group, Wash should have ward cubes. But if he doesn't have them, I don't think I am willing to waste  a hero point for it. Right about now, I think he would rather do a Death Reading of his friend's killer, than concentrate hard enough to create a ward.  Sorry.

I am going to be out of town for today, Wednesday. Just know that if Alister's killer does anything stupid, the black knight's dagger is in hand and prepared to be used. Also his bow is on his back, ready. Anyone can play him for me, if needful.

See everyone tomorrow.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 20, 2017, 10:37:27 am
Hmm.   Darcy has ward cubes, but he doesn't know what they are or how to use them (I'm not sure rolling at a disadvantage would enable him to use them).  So a Hero point would be required for him to show them to one of the others and ask something like "Yo, do you happen to know what these are?"
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 10:39:15 am
Hmm.   Darcy has ward cubes, but he doesn't know what they are or how to use them (I'm not sure rolling at a disadvantage would enable him to use them).  So a Hero point would be required for him to show them to one of the others and ask something like "Yo, do you happen to know what these are?"

Nope, I considered that already, so that's why Aliset specifically mentions that even regular dice could be useful.  LOL!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 20, 2017, 10:44:11 am
So I could do an advantage roll (Darcy has that lovely memory) to see if he remembers the funny cubes in his sea bag,  and if he still fails, use the hero point?  (Though I agree with Laurna, I'd kind of like to not use it for this.)

Correction, that would be 2 dice but I succeed on a 4, 5, or 6.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 10:58:16 am
My thought is that if Darcy remembers he has "dice," then Aliset, Wash, or even Columcil would quickly pick up on the fact they aren't ordinary dice the moment they touch them.  Wash probably has the most training in how to use them, but if he doesn't succeed, then Aliset or Columcil could try.  Aliset is pretty tired by now (though she might try a surreptitious fatigue banishing spell again if it doesn't look like we'll be heading to our beds anytime soon, or another Deryni could offer to do that for her).
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 20, 2017, 11:16:22 am
Unfortunately, if Darcy remembers he has those funny dice, they are in his sea bag, which is back with the horses at the church.

Unless Father Columcil happened to dart in the stables as he was chasing after Aliset, grabbed the bag, and brought it with him.

"Oh by the way, my Son, I brought this along just in case you might need it."  I think that might cost a lot of hero points!  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 20, 2017, 11:18:18 am
Columcil could use them. I'm thinking of that bit in The King's Justice when Ciard gives Kelson the rings he has taken from Loris and Goronwy and says something along the lines of "I wouldna touch these unless I was well-warded". I can't remember how the rest of the conversation goes but the implication is that warding is part of those unexplained Borders skills.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 20, 2017, 11:24:01 am
Sorry the good Father was too worried about distressed horses and missing maidens in disguise to bother about lost property.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 11:29:25 am
Ok. I guess someone could roll for Wash to see if he happens to have his on him at the moment (which leaves open the possibility he owns some but they're not with him just now, if the roll fails). I think that should fall under fair use for his character, especially as Laurna has given permission for us to use him in her absence, though I'm at lunch and only able to access the internet via phone at the moment, so maybe someone else could give it a go. Or another idea would be to make it back to the church using similar concealment to what Aliset used to cloak the party during their travels, but she is possibly too fatigued to do it just now, so that might need to be remedied first. Or maybe Wash knows a similar but different diversion? He didn't seem to know how Aliset was doing that cloaking earlier, so that's why I don't suggest him doing the exact same thing.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 11:37:41 am
Columcil could use them. I'm thinking of that bit in The King's Justice when Ciard gives Kelson the rings he has taken from Loris and Goronwy and says something along the lines of "I wouldna touch these unless I was well-warded". I can't remember how the rest of the conversation goes but the implication is that warding is part of those unexplained Borders skills.

Good point. And if the roll fails, that could be explained by the Border folk having other ways of warding things that don't necessarily involve Ward Cubes, so maybe they are too unfamiliar a type of warding for him to work out. Or since Ward Cubes attune themselves to their user over time, it could be that someone who hasn't used those particular cubes before might have more of a problem using them at first, and might fail their first attempts. Lots of ways to explain a failure roll. But this also leaves open the possibility of creating a Border-specific method of warding without needing Ward Cubes.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 20, 2017, 11:51:18 am
I firmly believe that Deryni and Deryni-like (aka Border folk) can Ward without Wards Major (aka Ward Cubes). It's harder to do and not as powerful as using the Cubes which contain abit of their own power. But it is possible, and useful if having Wards Major is difficult to explain or dangerous to possess. Or just simply not available.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 20, 2017, 12:03:34 pm
I can roll for Washburn, but if it fails, it fails (no hero point, but we have other options).  I'll post the results here.

2 dice, 2 + 2 = 4.  Verification number 565s83271f.  Sigh....
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 12:07:59 pm
I can roll for Washburn, but if it fails, it fails (no hero point, but we have other options).  I'll post the results here.

Sounds good. I strongly suggest the roll just be for whether he has them on his person at the moment, so that Laurna can still roll later for whether Wash has any with him on this trip at all if that dice roll ends up failing, since you never know when having a set of Ward Cubes with us (that we actually know about) might come in handy later.  For that matter, Aliset's book of family spells probably contains a basic Ward Cube activation spell in it, or she might happen to know how to do that off the top of her head, so any one of us could whittle a set of wooden cubes for her to activate at some later time.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 20, 2017, 12:15:20 pm
Results posted above and again here:  2 dice, 2 + 2 = 4.  Verification number 565s83271f.  Sigh....

We appear to be on an unfortunate roll.  Maybe that amulet is influencing us?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 12:22:32 pm
Yeah, it seems that way!  Dratted nuisance, it is!  ;)  I've had an idea for how we might get around the lack of Ward Cubes to create a similar effect (assuming the dice roll succeeds...grrr!), using "an old Border method" (which may or may not actually be an old Border method, but our prisoner needn't know that!), but don't have time at the moment to roll for it and write it up, so I will leave that idea unexplored for now.  Perhaps if Anne gets a free moment, Columcil can come up with some cunning plan.  Otherwise, I think I can come up with something that might work, hopefully even without completely blowing Aliset's cover.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 01:45:41 pm
OK, I finally got a chance to write the scene based on my idea.  And I found this interesting paragraph I'll leave here, which may spark some similar ideas for use of Borderer folk magic that could have some cross-applications with regular Deryni magic:

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunwise (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunwise)

"Some of the poorer sort of people in the Western Isles retain the custom of performing these circles sunwise about the persons of their benefactors three times, when they bless them, and wish good success to all their enterprises. Some are very careful when they set out to sea, that the boat be first rowed sunwise, and if this be neglected, they are afraid their voyage may prove unfortunate. I had this ceremony paid me when in Islay by a poor woman, after I had given her an alms. I desired her to let alone that compliment, for that I did not care for it; but she insisted to make these three ordinary turns, and then prayed that God and MacCharmaig, the patron saint of the island, might bless and prosper me in all my affairs. When a Gael goes to drink out of a consecrated fountain, he approaches it by going round the place from east to west, and at funerals, the procession observes the same direction in drawing near the grave. Hence also is derived the old custom of describing sunwise a circle, with a burning brand, about houses, cattle, corn and corn-fields, to prevent their being burnt or in any way injured by evil spirits, or by witchcraft. The fiery circle was also made around women, as soon as possible after parturition, and also around newly-born babes. These circles were, in later times, described by midwives, and were described effectual against the intrusion of ‘daoine-sìth’ or ‘sìthichean’, who were particularly on the alert in times of childhood, and not infrequently carried infants away, according to vulgar legends, and restored them afterwards, but sadly altered in features and personal appearance. Infants stolen by fairies are said to have voracious appetites, constantly craving for food. In this case it was usual for those who believed their children had been taken away, to dig a grave in the fields on quarter-day and there to lay the fairy skeleton till next morning, at which time the parents went to the place, where they doubted not to find their own child in place of the skeleton."
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 20, 2017, 02:35:34 pm
Interesting article.

Columcil apologises for his disastrous dice roll.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 02:55:02 pm
LOL!  Thanks for those snake eyes, "Father."   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 20, 2017, 03:08:55 pm
😀
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 20, 2017, 04:12:03 pm
Is there a good alehouse our heroes can repair to, to seek refreshment, drown their sorrows?

Oh, by the way,  Laurna, we created mayhem while you were away😢.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 04:18:14 pm
Is there a good alehouse our heroes can repair to, to seek refreshment, drown their sorrows?

Oh, by the way,  Laurna, we created mayhem while you were away😢.

LOL!  Yeah, I suppose if there's a church nearby, it wouldn't be in the middle of nowhere, so there'd be a village nearby as well.  And therefore probably an alehouse.  Though whether we want to just leave an unexplained body in the middle of the path (or wherever we are) while we flee the premises is another question altogether!   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 20, 2017, 04:19:55 pm
True, sadly.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 04:23:14 pm
I guess the next scene can open with Fr Columcil doing the Last Rites, Sir Washburn anticipating Kelson's reaction and proactively falling on his own sword, Darcy swearing loudly about Deryni in general and our group in particular, and Aliset keening to the tune of whatever the medieval equivalent of "Taps" is.  LOL!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 20, 2017, 06:05:22 pm
Or they dig a deep pit, Washburn and Darcy grip Austin by hands and feet, swing him a few times, toss him in, and cover it over.

Oh, sorry; wrong fanfic.   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 20, 2017, 06:40:50 pm
That just means he wont be found right away. Bury him in a field.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 20, 2017, 07:38:13 pm
Or they dig a deep pit, Washburn and Darcy grip Austin by hands and feet, swing him a few times, toss him in, and cover it over.

Oh, sorry; wrong fanfic.   ;D

ROFL! Um, let's not. The last time that happened, a vengeful succubus showed up!  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 21, 2017, 01:46:32 am
Is there a good alehouse our heroes can repair to, to seek refreshment, drown their sorrows?

Oh, by the way,  Laurna, we created mayhem while you were away😢.

"WOW! I am gone for what... 15 hours and.....  WOW! LOL!
I will have you know, I was at Knott's Berry Farm riding Log rides, steam trains, stagecoaches, and playing bumper cars. The couple I was with did a few roller coasters too, but I was perfectly content to keep my feet on the ground. It was chilly and it even rained for about 30minutes. So before heading off to an early bed, I chose to do a little catch up.

Dang man, Austin down, without even a chance to learn his name.  Washburn's rolls have been disastrous. Which has been No Help. I am going to need the night to get back in tune to the story. Unless you don't mind Wash regaling the story of Virtual Reality Gaming with head gear showing a computer to your eyes, and laser pistols in hand.  Where you had to stand, turn, and dodge an invasion of monstrous spiders. That VR game with the three of us was crazy!  :o
Ohhhh. Wait. Need to get back to Medieval times.

P.S. I was unable to sleep until Washburn could do his best to make things right.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 21, 2017, 05:35:12 am
A query, Laurna. Is Washburn still in disguise as he rides off, and when he reaches the manor?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 21, 2017, 10:35:41 am
Hello Revanne.
No, Wash and Darcy had left their monks robes in the shed row church barn with their horses. I am contemplating whether Wash first rode Austin's horse back to that barn to get his own horse, before riding on to the Manor house. He just needs to be stealthy about it and not be seen.  Even so, he will not go put the monk's robe back on. Not unless he goes inside the church.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 11:22:07 am
 Hopefully too many questions won't be asked at the manor house about why Wash decided to get a haircut and shave himself a bald spot. LOL!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 21, 2017, 12:19:54 pm
LOL Oh dear. LOL!  It is raining. Let us hope he has a cloak with a hood in his saddle bags.  Yes?
**** looks through character sheet****
Yes a cloak in included in the standard kit. Shheeeshsh!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 12:35:32 pm
Washburn Morgan:  "Lovely. My traveling companions are bedding down to the night in the company of a lovely young maiden, and here I ride through the rain, somewhat the worse for wear, looking more prematurely bald than I appeared just a week ago, and with a corpse over the saddle.  Lucky me.  Damned Morgan sense of responsibility!"   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 12:41:25 pm
BTW, I modified my character profile today to add a few extra photos, because it dawned on me this past weekend that the actress who plays Jyn Erso in Star Wars: Rogue One looks surprisingly like the doll I dressed up in the Lady Aliset costume!   ;D  I noticed the resemblance while rewatching the movie on Netflix.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 21, 2017, 12:55:18 pm
Ack!

Evie, you got your post in first, and mine doesn't quite match (lunch hour got interrupted).  Is there a way to post mine just before yours?  It would work in that case.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 21, 2017, 01:14:58 pm
Not without removing it and then reposting it. Too much trouble it's fine the way it is really.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 01:15:44 pm
Jerusha, if I copied my text, deleted the original post, let you post yours, and then pasted my text to a new document, that could work. However, Laurna has just posted her scene also, so read that and then let me know if you want me to remove my scene and repost it after yours or if it would be easier just to post a modified version.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 01:17:13 pm
Another possible solution might be for me to edit a sentence or two in my post to better match whatever you had in mind for Darcy, which I don't mind doing if that would help.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 21, 2017, 01:18:15 pm
For a collaboration story such work would be helpful. however for the narrative a game. it's not that important. only if you want to go through such trouble.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 21, 2017, 01:20:02 pm
Evie I was thinking just copy it, remove it then re post it after Jerusha's post. It would work better after what I just posted as well.
Although it is not that big a deal.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 01:22:52 pm
For a collaboration story such work would be helpful. however for the narrative a game. it's not that important. only if you want to go through such trouble.

Everyone currently playing is a storyteller at heart, and having things out of sequence or not dovetailing properly would probably drive us all guano, so it honestly would not be too much trouble for me to ctrl+A my text and cut/paste it to Notepad, then repost it once Jerusha posts her scene.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 01:26:05 pm
Jerusha, I've removed my last scene and saved it elsewhere for reposting later. You are good to go with yours.  :)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 21, 2017, 01:26:42 pm
What every you want to do I'm OK with it. But yes I can see how it would drive some a little crazy. Like people who say 'backslash' for one of these / drives me crazy in web addresses. That is not a backslash :) So post on and move as you need to so it works out nicely for you.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 21, 2017, 01:34:46 pm
Since it came up about how many HP our bad guy had. Here are a couple of a examples that would be usable of course we are free to give the NPCs as many HP as we like really.

Acolyte
HP: 1
Attack: Melee and Ranged
Movement: 25 Feet
Description: Acolytes are typically the blind followers and devotees of demonic creatures. The can come in the form of any sentient creature, Human, Deryni, or Human with power. Completely enthralled to their master, they are usually nothing more than protection and pawns for their masters.


Bandit
HP: 3
Attack: Melee or Ranged
Movement: 25 Feet
Description: Nearly anyone can take up the life of a bandit. Bandits usually hide and ambush unsuspecting travelers along roads far away from cities to prevent their capture. They can be equipped with any weapon an Adventurer could come across.
Traits:
Sneaky

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 01:41:23 pm
Austin was already 3 HP down even before Darcy started laying into him, thanks to some of my dice rolls for him.  Oops, my bad!  No wonder he's currently pushing up daisies!  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 21, 2017, 01:47:06 pm
With a little modification of my post, mine will work just fine after Laurna's and yours will work too.

Bless you Evie; Darcy had a line or two I wanted to keep.   :)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 01:47:44 pm
OK, just let me know when you're done and I'll repost mine.  :)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 21, 2017, 01:53:22 pm
I'm done, Evie!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 02:00:46 pm
And now mine has been slightly edited and reposted.  (I reread it and noticed I had her finding the chamomile in her pouch and then apparently going straight to bed without doing anything with it. LOL!)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 21, 2017, 02:28:12 pm
Darcy Cameron led Father Columcil down the narrow passage.

"Are you sure this is a good idea?" the priest asked.

"Are you kidding?  With the luck we've been having, none of us are likely to survive this adventure," Darcy responded in a low voice.

Quickly, he pried a narrow door open with his dagger.  He tossed four dice into the dice roller, then closed the door.

"All the faces on those dice are sixes.  Now maybe we have a chance."

 ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 02:34:59 pm
 ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 03:01:47 pm
Oh, Laurna!  I meant to tell you earlier, last week at church we had a special speaker who looked an awful lot like he could be Chris Hemsworth's younger, skinnier brother.  Same basic hair color and length as Thor's, similar features, a beard and mustache.  Is Sir Washburn moonlighting as a missionary to Rwanda these days?  LOL!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Demercia on December 21, 2017, 03:19:34 pm
Sadly work takes up too much of my energy to join in the game, but I'm really enjoying following it. 
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 03:23:46 pm
I'm enjoying playing it.  Except those dice rolls.... LOL!   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 21, 2017, 03:23:55 pm
Sadly work takes up too much of my energy to join in the game, but I'm really enjoying following it.


That's part of the fun to read along with it.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 21, 2017, 03:25:26 pm
I'm enjoying playing it.  Except those dice rolls.... LOL!   ;D

I'm glad you are having fun in the game Evie. Those dice help drive the story. Sometimes in places you didn't want it to go. But that's how RPGs work, it's fun that way.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 21, 2017, 03:25:43 pm
Darcy Cameron led Father Columcil down the narrow passage....

Quickly, he pried a narrow door open with his dagger.  He tossed four dice into the dice roller, then closed the door.

"All the faces on those dice are sixes.  Now maybe we have a chance."

 ;D

ROFL!  I truly hope that works  ;D ;D ;D

Oh, Laurna!  I meant to tell you earlier, last week at church we had a special speaker who looked an awful lot like he could be Chris Hemsworth's younger, skinnier brother.  Same basic hair color and length as Thor's, similar features, a beard and mustache.  Is Sir Washburn moonlighting as a missionary to Rwanda these days?  LOL!

I would not know. However, since Washburn has  a name sake in two different centuries, why not another in our century. LOL. I bet you don't even remember what the speaker was saying, yet you sure noticed his hair color and features.  ;) ;D ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 03:27:34 pm
Sadly, he was also young enough to be my son, so yeah, once I got over the initial shock of Baby Thor being a missionary to Rwanda, I had no trouble keeping my attention properly focused.  LOL!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 03:29:05 pm
I'm enjoying playing it.  Except those dice rolls.... LOL!   ;D

I'm glad you are having fun in the game Evie. Those dice help drive the story. Sometimes in places you didn't want it to go. But that's how RPGs work, it's fun that way.

LOL, yeah, a story/game adventure in which nothing ever goes wrong would be boring, but I still reserve the right to gripe loudly about some of those dice rolls.   ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 21, 2017, 03:35:29 pm

LOL, yeah, a story/game adventure in which nothing ever goes wrong would be boring, but I still reserve the right to gripe loudly about some of those dice rolls.   ;D  ;D  ;D


Spoken like any other long time gamer. We dont like it when the dice are not with us.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 03:37:26 pm

LOL, yeah, a story/game adventure in which nothing ever goes wrong would be boring, but I still reserve the right to gripe loudly about some of those dice rolls.   ;D  ;D  ;D


Spoken like any other long time gamer. We dont like it when the dice are not with us.

*Jedi hand wave*  "May the dice be with you always...." 
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 05:05:41 pm
Yay! My Christmas vacation begins as of right now, so I will not be sitting at my computer for 8 hour stretches again until 3 January. However, I do have a direct link to this forum on my phone, which I check several times a day (plus I have this thread and the game thread set up to send me email notifications if any new posts appear), so I should still be able to keep up.  Plus I'll have my laptop available most of the time unless I am out and about somewhere with no wifi access.  So if it looks like I will be offline for a large part of the day, I'll let y'all know and give you carte blanche to play Aliset as long as you don't break her.  But I don't see that happening too often.  Me being offline that long, I mean, not y'all breaking Aliset!  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 21, 2017, 05:47:44 pm
I'm likewise likely to be offline a fair bit over the next few days so feel free to use Columcil - be nice to him though. As much as those dratted dice allow. 
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 21, 2017, 05:53:31 pm
Just to be picky Laurna, you refer to Washburn a couple of times as Sir Morgan - it should be Sir Washburn as the title Sir is always followed by a forename, although you could put Sir Washburn Morgan if you want ti emphasize the damily name. Perils of playing with a Brit!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 21, 2017, 06:54:14 pm
Hmm.  I could have Aliset fall madly in love with Darcy, and Father Columcil could perform a hasty betrothal ceremony. 

No, I'll behave.  I promise. *fingers crossed*   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 21, 2017, 07:08:15 pm
Father Columcil hastily replaces all the "6"'s with "2"s.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 07:49:39 pm
Thank you for not replacing them with 1s! Aliset would really rather not fall in love with Darcy's horse!  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 21, 2017, 07:54:58 pm
ROFL!


Duly noted about the Sir Washburn. Thanks Revanne.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 21, 2017, 08:22:39 pm
I think we are in a good place to slow the pace of our posting for the story/game. This does not mean that we need to quit altogether.
Please, oh please, if something comes to mind, write it and post it. Trivia here, Lord Adam Trillick is a real character from the Codex listed under Lester Trillick on page 155. I literally just opened the codex up to a random page to see if a name popped out for me to use. Lester's surviving heir was prefect. (I just noticed that Lendour is listed on those open pages so that is likely why the book opened there. but it still works.  :D)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 21, 2017, 09:36:15 pm
I agree, Laurna.  I have a small post in mind that I may pursue, but I think we will all be busy with the holidays.  And hopefully will have some time set aside to relax with family and friends.

Though a hasty betrothal for Aliset and Darcy's horse does have some interesting possibilities.... riding off into the sunset.... ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 21, 2017, 09:48:57 pm
I dunno...is Darcy's horse better looking than Chris Hemsworth?  LOL!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 21, 2017, 10:43:00 pm
I dunno...is Darcy's horse better looking than Chris Hemsworth?  LOL!

(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/10/89/50/108950fb9445eefa2b0e1503d03b6df3.jpg)

or(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/7e/ff/2a/7eff2a984985a8b4b982b2d21735ee6d.jpg)

LOL
That's a tough choice    ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 22, 2017, 01:44:01 am
Father Columcil glares sternly at the company and reminds them that Canon Law would not permit him to preside at a betrothal between a young maiden and a horse. He further reminds them that he is a beast speaker and that Darcy's horse's interest in Aliset is limited to anything good to eat she might have about her person.

Nice pics, though.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 22, 2017, 05:32:40 pm
Someone has told Jerusha  how grumpy I am at being disturbed in the morning.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 22, 2017, 05:33:41 pm
Speaking of pics, I've been scouring the interwebs for photos of young men around Darcy's age with very pale blond hair and ice blue eyes, but who don't look too obviously like they've had a ton of bleach dumped on their head or like they have such pale coloring due to albinism. (I have a friend whose family carries that trait, and in addition to the pale skin and hair, unfortunately it can also carry extreme light sensitivity and vision problems, so she and her brother are both unable to drive, and she can only see well enough to read or embroider if she holds the book or fabric about 8" from her face.  In a warrior culture, that would not be helpful!)  So looking for Scandinavian-looking lads with enough coloring to make them stand out, but not so much so that you'd think you'd fallen into an elf fantasy, I found these on Pinterest:

(http://78.media.tumblr.com/2d9e2889c46d71ffa9f02c6595bd50be/tumblr_mh0bktanya1rzdrqzo1_500.jpg)

(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/e9/15/b5/e915b5837ac923f8bb8a0ab4a4ee18d0.jpg)

(OK, this guy's hair might owe more to Clairol than nature, but I can see a day's growth of stubble looking nearly invisible on that chin, even though even on a golden-blond man's face, his beard is more likely to come in darker.)

(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/b9/dc/b4/b9dcb4a965a8f189eda799f4b2a23871.jpg)

(Ditto about this guy, but if the ultimate reason for making his a pale blond is so his brother might eventually spot and recognize him in Rhemuth, then I'd think this pale a hair color would definitely get him noticed! Granted, it will also get him noticed by everyone else who encounters us, so that's a bad thing as well as a good one! LOL!)

And given the difficulty in just finding usually pale-haired blond men, I didn't even try to add the braid to the image search!   ;D  Actually, those last two might be the same kid, now that I see them both on the same page together.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 22, 2017, 05:41:37 pm
I have also been cooking up a bit of potential backstory, given the setting description and year Bynw has given us to work with, just so we can have names and motivations for our shadowy villains and have some idea what we're up against.  That is, we players will know a bit more about who is against our characters (like for instance, what is our shadowy Deryni mastermind's name, what's his interest in Oswald's machinations, who are those Mearan Separatists rallying around, etc?), which can spark ideas for future encounters with them. Our players are still quite in the dark about what's going on, I'm sure. Hopefully I can get a "meanwhile behind the scenes" scene written from that POV later on tonight, but first dinner!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 22, 2017, 05:42:14 pm
Someone has told Jerusha  how grumpy I am at being disturbed in the morning.

 ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 22, 2017, 06:23:48 pm
revanne, that happened by chance, but I'm glad it fit.  ;D

Evie, the last two pictures are closer to Darcy's appearance, almost white blond without albinism. There is the slightest of silvery sheen to mute what could be a starling white.  It is not an appearance that would blend into the crowd.  But in Isles, it has served well as a rallying point when needed.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 22, 2017, 10:22:25 pm
Someone has told Jerusha  how grumpy I am at being disturbed in the morning.

 ;D

Revanne, Love it.

Evie, I am not sure what Jerusha thinks but the top pic is closest. Only need to tan up the skin a bit. He has been living on the ocean for some time. When I lived on a sail boat, I had a substantial tan that took three years to fade.

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 22, 2017, 10:33:36 pm
Someone has told Jerusha  how grumpy I am at being disturbed in the morning.

 ;D

Revanne, Love it.

Evie, I am not sure what Jerusha thinks but the top pic is closest. Only need to tan up the skin a bit. He has been living on the ocean for some time. When I lived on a sail boat, I had a substantial tan that took three years to fade.

Tan skin and silver-white hair?  Naw, that's not going to stand out in a crowd. Not at all!  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 22, 2017, 10:42:35 pm
lol  Evie.


Ok, acting for Lord Trillick, is there any reason, which I can not think of, that in the morning he would not trust what Washburn has said the night before.

Also would there be any chance that a retainer of his would recognize Austin?

Or do I just move on with the morning as if all is good?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 22, 2017, 11:21:17 pm
I can't think of a reason he'd distrust Wash, unless he simply has a kneejerk distrust of knights who like to keep their hoods half up indoors.   ;D

You might want to read the scene I just added, though. It might generate some ideas for future scenes.  The character mentioned at the end of it is also better known to our adventurers (who know nothing of all this thus far) as "our late stalker's Deryni master." 
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 22, 2017, 11:49:37 pm
OOOOOOOHHHHH!
And the game/story plot thickens.   Oh dear, of dear!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 23, 2017, 12:18:13 am
I will need to go back and re-read Aliset's family history in her profile as well as what Bynw wrote at the beginning of the game thread about the setting, but I am thinking maybe Aliset's late father and brothers were in the service of that loyal Mearan that Kelson ended up giving the Barony of Trurill to after Brice of Trurill was attainted for treason and executed. The Codex merely says those lands reverted to the Crown, but doesn't mention Kelson giving them over to someone else, but he could have done so after 1130, which is when the Codex stops recording events.  The location of Trurill (and therefore presumably any other manors connected with that barony) is west of Culdi, according to the Codex, which seems to fit in with Aliset riding in the direction of Culdi to meet up with Sir Washburn before continuing on to Rhemuth.

Also, Grand Duke Valerian (the masculine version of his Byzantyne mother's second name) is not mentioned in the Codex. I am imagining him born around 1134, therefore 30 years before the events of this story. His older twin brothers Iskander and Imre are already claimants to Torenth and Gwynedd (in Iskander's case, unless he's generous enough to pass Gwynedd on to his younger-by-minutes twin in the unlikely event they manage a coup in both kingdoms) and the Duchy of Marluk (Imre's claim), so hardly likely to be interested into marrying into backwater Meara, although I could certainly see them being willing to support the separatists just to harass Kelson and keep his attention westward.  But an ambitious third son must seek his fortune as best he can, and for Valerian, Meara would both offer him a potential kingdom of his own and put him in a great place to support Iskander's bid for power in Gwynedd.  Who knows, if Iskander is grateful enough and manages to eventually beat Liam-Lajos too, he might be willing to allow Valerian to rule a combined Meara and Gwynedd from Laas or Ratharkin. Wouldn't the Mearans like that?  Imre might not, but I suspect the sons of Teymuraz are well practiced at sibling rivalry....
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 23, 2017, 03:31:57 am
I love the way the plot is thickening.
I'm wondering if Kelson might have given Trurill to Jass  MacArdry for his loyalty and service  (maybe at the same time he gave the Earldom of Kilshane to Jatham which was, according to me in Generosity, formally ratified  at the Christmas Court of 1135). He's not Mearan  but his border roots are solid and when we first meet Brice of Trurill, at the beginning of TBH, Transha and Trurill men are co-operating to keep the peace in their bit of the Borders. I suspect the fact that he is relatively a local lad would have gone down well with the people of Trurill, and his proven loyalty would have strengthened both Rory and  Dhugal's,  and therefore Kelson's, hand in the region.
He's local enough to Meara to still have been regarded as a traitor to the separatist cause.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 23, 2017, 07:27:36 am
You know as we pen this together with the dice sometimes determining our fates. This narrative for the game could become part of the Deryni canon if herself decrees it to be so ...
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 23, 2017, 09:01:43 am
Jass is also a cousin (albeit distantly) to the late Sicard MacArdry, so his support of Kelson rather than Sicard's Queen would not have gone over well among her loyalists.

On the other hand, if separatist barons are snatching manors on his lands right under his very nose, either Jass is in grave danger, already dead, or currently away from Trurill with no idea what is going on there yet.  Preferably that latter option, because I've already promised Ailidh she gets to die before him due to her terror of losing anyone else she loves. :)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 23, 2017, 09:03:54 am
You know as we pen this together with the dice sometimes determining our fates. This narrative for the game could become part of the Deryni canon if herself decrees it to be so ...

LOL! Right now our fates suck, so let's hope this doesn't all turn out like the final chapters of KJY!  😂
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 23, 2017, 09:13:38 am


On the other hand, if separatist barons are snatching manors on his lands right under his very nose, either Jass is in grave danger, already dead, or currently away from Trurill with no idea what is going on there yet.  Preferably that latter option, because I've already promised Ailidh she gets to die before him due to her terror of losing anyone else she loves. :)

I'm sure that something could be arranged  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 23, 2017, 09:23:17 am


On the other hand, if separatist barons are snatching manors on his lands right under his very nose, either Jass is in grave danger, already dead, or currently away from Trurill with no idea what is going on there yet.  Preferably that latter option, because I've already promised Ailidh she gets to die before him due to her terror of losing anyone else she loves. :)

I'm sure that something could be arranged  ;D

Hopefully by that you don't mean Ailidh's death happening first! LOL!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Demercia on December 23, 2017, 09:27:34 am
TBH isn't the first time we meet Brice.   Brian knights him in, I think , The Kings Deryni.   I have wondered what went wrong as that was intended to, and should have, cemented his loyal. 
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 23, 2017, 09:51:19 am


On the other hand, if separatist barons are snatching manors on his lands right under his very nose, either Jass is in grave danger, already dead, or currently away from Trurill with no idea what is going on there yet.  Preferably that latter option, because I've already promised Ailidh she gets to die before him due to her terror of losing anyone else she loves. :)


I'm sure that something could be arranged  ;D

Hopefully by that you don't mean Ailidh's death happening first! LOL!

Would I suggest anything so unkind? *Looks innocent*
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 23, 2017, 09:56:46 am
TBH isn't the first time we meet Brice.   Brian knights him in, I think , The Kings Deryni.   I have wondered what went wrong as that was intended to, and should have, cemented his loyal.

Maybe he became disillusioned by the fact that Haldane Kings, Brion amongst them, only seem to have visited Meara on punitive expeditions. Certainly even at Transha, Kelson wasn't at all assured of his welcome and he had to work hard (including a bit of nifty footwork) to win them over.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on December 23, 2017, 01:18:31 pm
Some more info on HP (thats hit points) for the bad guys.
(see the actual rules for more details)

Threat Level     HP
Fodder             1
Low                 2
Medium           3-5
High                6-8
Heroic             9-14
Solo                15+


The Grand Duke Valerian Tiberios Hogan Marek Phourstanos of Byzantyun is most certainly at High if not more than that.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 23, 2017, 03:54:23 pm
I read "Solo" and thought, "What is Han doing here?!"  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 29, 2017, 02:01:04 pm
Um...if our adventurers have left Culdi heading for Rhemuth and now they are in Cassan, they're hella lost!   ;D

Maybe this map will help. Or maybe I should post this to a separate thread to make it easier to find again?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ol6jdvd9ld754kq/Gwynedd%20Map%20Cropped.jpg?dl=0

(Map courtesy of the Deryni Adventure Game. It's the same version printed in the more recent series of Deryni books.  Hopefully this scan will constitute fair use, since we're not attempting to profit from using it.)

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 29, 2017, 02:08:15 pm
Where in relation to Culdi is Caer Mariot?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on December 29, 2017, 02:16:40 pm
Um...if our adventurers have left Culdi heading for Rhemuth and now they are in Cassan, they're hella lost!   ;D

Maybe this map will help. Or maybe I should post this to a separate thread to make it easier to find again?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ol6jdvd9ld754kq/Gwynedd%20Map%20Cropped.jpg?dl=0

(Map courtesy of the Deryni Adventure Game. It's the same version printed in the more recent series of Deryni books.  Hopefully this scan will constitute fair use, since we're not attempting to profit from using it.)

I went ahead and reposted the map link to its own thread under The Deryni Series -> General, and I set the topic as sticky so it stays fairly near the top of that sub-forum.  That way people can find the map if needed.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 29, 2017, 02:29:36 pm
LOL!  OK ,I misspoke about Cassan, I was thinking that the full duchy of Cassan went as far south as the word Culdi Highlands on that same map.  My Bad.(I am from Cowryn and Lendour what do you want from me) LOL!

I suspect our group is half way between the "i" and the "s" in the words Culdi Highlands over the mountain range just south of the town of Culdi. I was thinking the Eleyde river starts where the "s" in highlands is and that river travels southerly (mostly) joining the Eirian river which travels to Rhemuth.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 29, 2017, 02:41:57 pm
Where in relation to Culdi is Caer Mariot?

I think Aliset and Darcy were already, what, a day or two out from Caer Mariot when they met Wash in Culdi? (Though some of that time might have been spent evading pursuers rather than simply traveling straight there.)  And if they were heading for Rhemuth, it would make little sense to meet Wash somewhere too far off the direct path, so I would think Caer Mariot is maybe somewhere west of Culdi and northeast of Ratharkin, in that general area between Meara and Transha. It might be near that river that runs north of Culdi. Would you say that's in the same general area that Brice of Trurill and Dhugal MacArdry were patrolling together a generation earlier?  I think perhaps when Brice lost his lands to the Crown due to his treason, they were later given by Kelson to some other, more loyal, retainer who later became the Baron Aliset's father owed his direct allegiance to before Oswald came in and took over the manor.  (That baron is possibly away at Court or something and hasn't learned what has happened back home yet. Or something. Details as yet unfolding.)  And the mountain castle the Pretender Queen and Grand Duke Valerian are hiding out in is probably somewhere in the Rathark Mountains fairly close to Ratharkin.  Based on the description in my scene, my guess is that their current path follows that river down from Culdi through the mountain passes, and they might be somewhere nearish to Cuilteine now.  Valerian wants them stopped before they get to that open land in the vicinity of Arx Fidei, because it would be much easier at that point for the party to head in any number of generally southward directions and make their way to Rhemuth without being boxed in anywhere and ambushed.  River passage would also become more available, which might make their travel faster since they'd be heading downstream.

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 29, 2017, 03:09:03 pm
I had us on the east side of the Culdi highlands not on the south west side. Just note that whatever river that is that runs from Cuilteine to Culdi it runs north to Transha. That is an unusual north running river. ( I am using the Codex maps more than the main map)
 I will let you all come to a consensus on our direction of travel to Rhumth.

Lookin up in the Codex, There is a St Brigid's Abby near Cuilteine, which is on the boarder between Meara and Gwynedd. Codex says the Cuilteine road is the one Dhugal escaped with the captive girl Saldana   
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 29, 2017, 03:24:27 pm
OK, so it looks like we can make one of two choices:

1.  We can take that more northerly route you propose, though if we end up doing that, I will need to delete Valerian's last scene since it would make no sense if we go with that route. (Aliset and her companions are already in open country, so it would be too late to try to head them off before they get there, plus there is no way to send anyone on a short cut from the Rathark Mountains to that location to do anything effective, unless that person is being sent somewhere further south to intercept them instead, but even then the scene would need to be substantially rewritten.)

or 2. The party could have gone south through the mountains, in the same valley pass the river is flowing through, though as you mention not actually traveling via that river since it is flowing the wrong way.  That would be a fairly narrow valley that much of the area travel would logically go through since it's easier than going directly over each mountain ridge, but the downside (for our travelers; it's an upside for the story) is that it increases the potential for Oswald's and/or Valerian's retainers to attack from a variety of angles. And they'd all be pretty desperate to stop our party from getting to the open land at the end of the valley, because then we'd be less restricted in what direction to take to get to Rhemuth.  Plus once that land opens up, we could get to other rivers that flow southeastwards in the direction we want to go.

They could logically get to Rhemuth from either route, really.  But I think Route 2 will require less of an extensive rewrite of previously written scenes.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 29, 2017, 04:05:07 pm
Very well, your last scene makes more sense to me now that I know where you intended us to be. I could not see how anyone could take a short cut to get ahead of us from the route I thought we were on. lol.  Does our Game Master then concur. While I am a work, I will let everyone agree upon it.  Are we on the south road to Culteirne? (Far greater risk for losing our necks, I say) Oh dear, oh dear.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 29, 2017, 04:06:43 pm
Route two makes sense to me in that it means less of a rewrite. It also increases the likelihood of attack which is presumably why we have our hero points.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 29, 2017, 04:11:19 pm
It also occurs to me that two of our heroes are sons of Alaric and Dhugal respectively and they, of course, would never have taken the more dangerous route.😉
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on December 29, 2017, 04:33:53 pm
LOL! It could be the more dangerous route, though not necessarily so.  The way through the mountains gives attackers more places to hide, but then again it also gives our party more places to hide as well.  It's also probably a more direct route south, at least as long as the travelers all stick to the valley rather than trying to go along any mountain trails.  The more northerly option would give attackers less places to hide, but we would also have the same disadvantage, plus it's a longer route overall to Rhemuth if we went that direction, and we'd need to be sure to swing a bit east to avoid the mountain foothills as much as possible if we want to take more advantage of having open ground to pass through quickly.  (Not to mention making it harder for enemy archers up in the mountains to simply pick us off as we ride over clear land below, which is perhaps less of a danger in the narrow valley since there would also presumably be tree cover between the higher ground and any clearings along the river banks.)  So it's sort of "six of one, half a dozen of the other," aside from the fact that the river valley also brings us a fair bit closer to the hidden fortress where Grand Duke Valerian is masterminding things before it takes us further out again, but then again we don't know that yet, do we?  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 29, 2017, 06:44:18 pm
I'm thinking that whichever route gets them out of the mountains faster will be the route they wish to take.  While the lowlands leave them more exposed, the same logic applies to their followers/ambushers.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 30, 2017, 08:15:46 am
"Would you say that's in the same general area that Brice of Trurill and Dhugal MacArdry were patrolling together a generation earlier?  I think perhaps when Brice lost his lands to the Crown due to his treason, they were later given by Kelson to some other, more loyal, retainer who later became the Baron Aliset's father owed his direct allegiance to before Oswald came in and took over the manor.  (That baron is possibly away at Court or something and hasn't learned what has happened back home yet. Or something. Details as yet unfolding.)" Quote from Evie.

Yes, I would think about in that area. And I would still lobby for the lands having been given to Jass MacArdry.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 30, 2017, 02:25:53 pm
I agree Jass would be a good baron of Trurill. I suggest that Jass and Alidha are up in Cassan possible Ballymar, where Dhugal would be holding Summer court. They are far enough away to not yet have learned of the treacheries in Meara.

So I have a Question about Cassan. Is Ballymar the home seat of the Duke of Cassan? The Codex does not say. We know Duke Jared kept his home mostly in Culdi. Yet Culdi does not seem to even be in Cassan lands.

Other odd details about Culdi.
Camber was the Earl of Culdi, yet he never lived there. He stayed near the king's court in Valoret. The closest Camber came to Cassan's duke was his sister, who married a the MacLean, who was the Earl of Keirney. It would be several generations before Camber's descendants married into the Cassan lines. Richard Haldane was the Earl of Culdi, yet he was never there. When Richard left Rhemuth, he married the Hort of Orsil's daughter and moved to Orsalis.
Meara's capital was Laas and then Ratharkin. Why do the dukes of Cassan seem to use Culdi as its capital when the earls of Culdi do not use it.

Just Inquiring? 
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 30, 2017, 06:03:14 pm
Just a reminder to our current scenario that Master Darcy has ward cubes in his sea bag.  I have not thought of a way to introduce the fact (and pending a possible roll of the dice).  A sudden "Hey, looky what I have in my sea bag!  Dice!" does not seem to be the best approach.   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 30, 2017, 06:29:01 pm
I have not forgotten, Jerusha, but as yet, I have not seen a way to have Darcy up-end the contents of his bag so that someone would see them. I doubt he would randomly get them out to play a dice game. At least not until everyone is retiring around a camp fire at night. LOL.  Ward cubes are only good about once a week. We may need them in the nights ahead. So find a fun time to get them out and surprise everyone with them. 
For this current task, I am more inclined to use Camber's method of three people making the circle of warding. We can all share in the energy link and we can include Darcy without expossing his unknown heritage. He might even find it intriguing.

It also occurs to me that two of our heroes are sons of Alaric and Dhugal respectively and they, of course, would never have taken the more dangerous route.😉
I do think I detected a bit of sarcasm in that emote wink, Revanne?  LOL

So we are all agreed we are on the road to Cuilteine.(My dyslexia is having the hardest time spelling that name) It is noon time now. If we spend an hour doing magic then a half hour recuperation. We should be back on the road at mid afternoon. That would place us at Cuilteine (Codex page 73) or at the Abbey of Saint Brigid's by sunset.
And just a quick mention about the passage of the bad guys getting the letter from the Trillshire priest. That would happen after this coming sunset. 
Boy oh boy, are the Mearan bad guys forming up in a fierce que, making Oswald look like a little guy.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on December 30, 2017, 06:30:09 pm
Camber and his family didn't spend a lot of time at his seat in Cor Culdi; most of the time, they preferred to live at Caerrorie, IIRC.  But I think he did have to spend some time at Cor Culdi for official business.

Also, there wouldn't be much left of the residences of the earldom of Culdi from Camber's time (official or otherwise) any more anyway, because the Regents tore down basically anything associated with Camber after the passing of the Statutes of Ramos.  Whichever Regent (Manfred MacInnis?) who became Earl of Culdi in the Regency-era creation of the title didn't want any more association with Camber than he had to have simply from the title itself.

In The Quest for Saint Camber, Kelson et al. had to go looking pretty hard to find the tombs of the MacRories prior to the Haldane Restoration.  I think Cathan was the last MacRorie to be buried there.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 31, 2017, 07:15:46 am
I don't have the books to hand but wasn't Cathan buried at Caerrorie ?  Caer is Welsh for castle or stronghold and the name suggests that it was the original seat of the MacRories.

I can understand why Culdi would be the seat of the Dukes of Cassan. There are no sizeable towns inland in the heartlands of the Cassan peninsula. Ballymar would have very limited communication by land with Rhemuth and even by sea it would be fairly inaccessible  once the winter storms began. Take it from one who has spent many winters living in the north-western coastlines of England..

 Being based at Culdi also gives the possibility of keeping at least one eye on what's going on in Meara. As I write I'm also being niggled by some sort of memory that Cassan and Meara were once one Kingdom (or have I made that up?) in which case Culdi would be central.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on December 31, 2017, 07:23:19 am
Just a reminder to our current scenario that Master Darcy has ward cubes in his sea bag.  I have not thought of a way to introduce the fact (and pending a possible roll of the dice).  A sudden "Hey, looky what I have in my sea bag!  Dice!" does not seem to be the best approach.   ;D

I have a thought as to how to introduce them but Columcil has other possibilities if we want to save them for later.

Laurna, yes I figured the messenger couldn't get to Culdi before late evening. Sunset in late June that far north would be around 10pm and full dark nearer 11, so the communication with the Grand Duke is probably not far off midnight. So that bit of the story is a tad out of sequence.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on December 31, 2017, 08:12:57 am
I don't have the books to hand but wasn't Cathan buried at Caerrorie ?  Caer is Welsh for castle or stronghold and the name suggests that it was the original seat of the MacRories.

I can understand why Culdi would be the seat of the Dukes of Cassan. There are no sizeable towns inland in the heartlands of the Cassan peninsula. Ballymar would have very limited communication by land with Rhemuth and even by sea it would be fairly inaccessible  once the winter storms began. Take it from one who has spent many winters living in the north-western coastlines of England..

 Being based at Culdi also gives the possibility of keeping at least one eye on what's going on in Meara. As I write I'm also being niggled by some sort of memory that Cassan and Meara were once one Kingdom (or have I made that up?) in which case Culdi would be central.

Yes, I'm sorry, I wasn't too clear.  Cathan was (IIRC) the last of the MacRories to be buried at Caerrorie.

And yes, Cassan is ~one-half of Meara as it existed at some point in the past.  I know Cassan was an independent duchy in Javan's/Rhys Michael's time, so Cassan and Meara must have already split by that point.
 However, there's a comment in The Bishop's Heir (I think around the time that the "messenger" lad with the merasha-poisoned dagger makes the attempt to assassinate Duncan), about how if Cassan escheats to the Crown because Duncan is (as far as we know at that point) the last direct heir to Cassan, Meara (under Caitrin) could easily re-annex it, which they might want to do since it had at some point in the past been part of Meara.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on December 31, 2017, 12:50:13 pm
Just a reminder to our current scenario that Master Darcy has ward cubes in his sea bag.  I have not thought of a way to introduce the fact (and pending a possible roll of the dice).  A sudden "Hey, looky what I have in my sea bag!  Dice!" does not seem to be the best approach.   ;D

I have a thought as to how to introduce them but Columcil has other possibilities if we want to save them for later.


Master Darcy is content to keep a few tricks up his sleeve (or in his sea bag) to save until later.  Even though he has no idea at this point what those funny looking dice are capable of.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on December 31, 2017, 01:07:55 pm
Brief Meara/Cassan history.
Sovereign Prince Aldebert Quinnell rulled the principality of Meara from 731-755. Cassan as a duchy did not exist.  Aldebert had two sons: Janus and Armon. Janus became Sovereign prince in 755 but died in 761. He was married to Princess Ostrythe and had a son, Prince Alphonse. Alphonse was just a toddler.

Prince Armon took the Sovereignty from his nephew, which split the loyalties of the people of Meara. Princess Ostrythe escaped with Prince Alphonse into Cassan. Battles ensued. August 6, 770 a treaty was signed where as Meara and Cassan became separate Sovereign monarchies. However one of the treaty statements was that if one family no longer had a male heir the one would revert back to the family that did have a male heir keeping the Quinnell's in power.

Meara was the first to not have a male heir in the year 877 when Prince Alban Quinnell died leaving only a daughter Princess Jorianna, She married a distant cousin, a MacAdam Quinnell and the Mearan line continued until 1025(Killingford) when only the twin princesses Roisian Quinnell and Anniland Quinnell were left as heiresses. You know the story from there. Malcolm Haldane married Roisian and assumed the Mearan rullership, Although the Mearan separatists formed saying Roasian forfeited her rank by marrying the enemy and Anniland was the new Sovereign Prince of Meara. (They do not call her princess of Meara due to the old treaty of no female inheritance.)

Now for Cassan, Prince Ambert Quinnell knew he only had a daughter with no sons. So on September 22, 916 he signed a treaty with King Cinhil I Haldane to give his lands upon his death over to Gwynedd to become a duchy of that kingdom so as to keep Meara from taking over the lands. Therefore in 921 his heiress, Princess Anna, became the duchess of Cassan. She married  Fane Fitz Arthur, the son of Tammoran Firz-Arthur who was one of Gwynedd's Evil regents during the Regency. From then on, their descendants were the Fitz-Arthur Quinnells.

It would become 1025(Killingford again) when there were no male heirs left and the heiress Adelicia Fitz-Arthur Quinnell married Arnall McLain and thereby the family name for the dukes of Cassan changed to McLain.

KK most certainly knew how to build a history.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 01, 2018, 02:41:28 pm
Thanks Laurna, our mistress of genealogy.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 03, 2018, 09:28:21 am
So I have a Question about Cassan. Is Ballymar the home seat of the Duke of Cassan? The Codex does not say.

For the purposes of my own fanfic, I have assumed Dhugal's seat in Cassan is Ballymar, since that seemed the most logical location for it, although I assume he also makes a regular progress through his other lands, so probably spends some time in Kierney and Transha as well, at least until his heir gets old enough to take on more of those responsibilities.  (Or heirs, since Transha follows a tanistry system, so it needn't be Dhugal's eldest son who becomes their clan chief after him.  They could just as well pick one of his other sons whose attention would be less divided. In my fanon, I have Dhugal's first son by Mirjana being his heir apparent for Transha, and Duncan Michael as the young Earl of Kierney and Dhugal's ducal heir.)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on January 03, 2018, 09:56:09 am
So I have a Question about Cassan. Is Ballymar the home seat of the Duke of Cassan? The Codex does not say.

For the purposes of my own fanfic, I have assumed Dhugal's seat in Cassan is Ballymar, since that seemed the most logical location for it, although I assume he also makes a regular progress through his other lands, so probably spends some time in Kierney and Transha as well, at least until his heir gets old enough to take on more of those responsibilities.  (Or heirs, since Transha follows a tanistry system, so it needn't be Dhugal's eldest son who becomes their clan chief after him.  They could just as well pick one of his other sons whose attention would be less divided. In my fanon, I have Dhugal's first son by Mirjana being his heir apparent for Transha, and Duncan Michael as the young Earl of Kierney and Dhugal's ducal heir.)

Do we know where Jared held the seat of Cassan to be?  I rather got the impression that when Jared was still living, the Cassani ducal family spent a fairish amount of time at Culdi.  However, I could be mistaken and my books are all boxed up so I can't really look up anything.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 03, 2018, 10:07:57 am
It's not really clear in the books, or at least I couldn't find a clear reference to it, so that's one reason why I decided it was in Ballymar at least by Dhugal's time.  Though you are right, Jared did spend a fair bit of his time in Culdi. Maybe he thought the climate was more pleasant there than on Gwynedd's northern coast. LOL!  That's been a confusing point we've been wondering about on the forum for years. I remember Annie, Alkari, and I trying to work it out ages ago, given that Culdi doesn't appear to be in Cassan or even part of the Morgan lands, and that the current heiress to Culdi (according to the Codex) is one of Richard Haldane's daughters, so we couldn't figure out any logical reason why Jared spent so much time at Culdi!   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 03, 2018, 10:18:15 am
Just a reminder to our current scenario that Master Darcy has ward cubes in his sea bag.  I have not thought of a way to introduce the fact (and pending a possible roll of the dice).  A sudden "Hey, looky what I have in my sea bag!  Dice!" does not seem to be the best approach.   ;D

If Darcy agrees to join the rest of us in the attempt to destroy the amulet, we'll discover soon enough that he has shields. Granted, it's not too unusual for a human (which we still assume him to be at this point) to have shields if he's been around Deryni long enough, but that discovery (and telling Darcy about them) might be enough to make him curious about why he has shields, and that could prompt further investigations.  Did Darcy know that the person whose belongings he is carrying in his sea bag was a Deryni?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 04, 2018, 05:44:12 am
Yikes - thanks Laurna! It's all down to poor Father Columcil
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 04, 2018, 05:50:29 am
I gave Columcil an advantage in his dice rolling since he is using holy water and invoking divine assistance. Hopefully this isn't counted as cheating.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 04, 2018, 07:13:15 am
Sounds good to me. This time anyway. Wont be so easy next time if it is required.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 04, 2018, 08:53:07 am
Just a reminder to our current scenario that Master Darcy has ward cubes in his sea bag.  I have not thought of a way to introduce the fact (and pending a possible roll of the dice).  A sudden "Hey, looky what I have in my sea bag!  Dice!" does not seem to be the best approach.   ;D

If Darcy agrees to join the rest of us in the attempt to destroy the amulet, we'll discover soon enough that he has shields. Granted, it's not too unusual for a human (which we still assume him to be at this point) to have shields if he's been around Deryni long enough, but that discovery (and telling Darcy about them) might be enough to make him curious about why he has shields, and that could prompt further investigations.  Did Darcy know that the person whose belongings he is carrying in his sea bag was a Deryni?

I didn't read this until after I posted my latest scene, but Aliset discovering Darcy's shields worked out very well for me. 

Darcy knew that his Quartermaster was Deryni, though few of the rest of the crew were aware, and it may be the Captain was not even aware. Mariners can be a very superstitious lot.  The Quartermaster discovered Darcy was Deryni, and that was the reason he took him under his wing.  He taught him nothing about magic but made sure he was educated enough otherwise to rise through the ranks.

If Aliset were to look more closely into Darcy's mind, she would discover expertly set training controls. Darcy comes from a very old Deryni family.  These controls, however, are beginning to weaken over time, and more of Darcy's inherent magic abilities may break through.  Though if we are depending on a roll of the dice for that, it may never happen!   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 04, 2018, 09:30:30 am
Just a reminder to our current scenario that Master Darcy has ward cubes in his sea bag.  I have not thought of a way to introduce the fact (and pending a possible roll of the dice).  A sudden "Hey, looky what I have in my sea bag!  Dice!" does not seem to be the best approach.   ;D

If Darcy agrees to join the rest of us in the attempt to destroy the amulet, we'll discover soon enough that he has shields. Granted, it's not too unusual for a human (which we still assume him to be at this point) to have shields if he's been around Deryni long enough, but that discovery (and telling Darcy about them) might be enough to make him curious about why he has shields, and that could prompt further investigations.  Did Darcy know that the person whose belongings he is carrying in his sea bag was a Deryni?

I didn't read this until after I posted my latest scene, but Aliset discovering Darcy's shields worked out very well for me. 

Darcy knew that his Quartermaster was Deryni, though few of the rest of the crew were aware, and it may be the Captain was not even aware. Mariners can be a very superstitious lot.  The Quartermaster discovered Darcy was Deryni, and that was the reason he took him under his wing.  He taught him nothing about magic but made sure he was educated enough otherwise to rise through the ranks.

If Aliset were to look more closely into Darcy's mind, she would discover expertly set training controls. Darcy comes from a very old Deryni family.  These controls, however, are beginning to weaken over time, and more of Darcy's inherent magic abilities may break through.  Though if we are depending on a roll of the dice for that, it may never happen!   ;D

Maybe we should use the Quartermaster's dice for that roll, then.  I'm sure they're luckier than the dice in the dice roller!

Oh wait, the Quartermaster died, didn't he?  Let's hope it wasn't from rolling those dice....   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 04, 2018, 09:55:14 am
Noted. In my experience works like that in the real world too😊
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 04, 2018, 11:18:27 am
Yikes - thanks Laurna! It's all down to poor Father Columcil

Perfect Revanne.LOL
Well done.
I did intend to make a focused advantage roll of 3d6 once Wash had the blessing. But knowing his luck, I still afraid of messing even that up. If that had happened, I had planned to remove the amulet from the pouch and make a direct strike. That however had it's own risks.  I would have to roll to see if the amulet affected anyone near by before Wash could strike it. Would not that have been fun?

NO? 

It worked out perfectly the way Columcil did it.  Thankyou.

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 04, 2018, 02:46:47 pm
I found it hard to write about the destruction of the smulet because the image that was playing in my mind the whole time was of Ron Weasley destroying the locket horcrux with the sword of Gryffindor. Oops wrong fandom!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 04, 2018, 03:45:54 pm
I found it hard to write about the destruction of the smulet because the image that was playing in my mind the whole time was of Ron Weasley destroying the locket horcrux with the sword of Gryffindor. Oops wrong fandom!

Thats too funny. I did not think of that.
KK did not give words to the counterspell that Kelson used to diffuse the Jerraman cyrstal after it had killed Kevin and Bronwyn. But that crystal had been spent of most of its power with only residual magic remaining as Kelson walked in. I figured this crystal was active and needed a stronger form of destruction. The counterspell Wash used would be one that evoked the four archangels and used the blessing of the Lord as its energy source to turn the magic. The dagger then destroyed the gem to keep the magic from returning.

Question: should be bury the gem shards, scatter them in the river, or bring them with us? I am thinking of burying them.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 04, 2018, 04:46:44 pm

Question: should be bury the gem shards, scatter them in the river, or bring them with us? I am thinking of burying them.

Hm, let's not kill the fish.  ;)  And I don't think we'd want even the last shards of something with a dark taint journeying with us.  Can we bury it, sprinkle the burial site with holy water, and scorch the ground it's under?   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 04, 2018, 05:05:21 pm

Sounds reasonable.

Question: should be bury the gem shards, scatter them in the river, or bring them with us? I am thinking of burying them.

Hm, let's not kill the fish.  ;)  And I don't think we'd want even the last shards of something with a dark taint journeying with us.  Can we bury it, sprinkle the burial site with holy water, and scorch the ground it's under?   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 04, 2018, 05:44:42 pm
Not sure why my "sounds reasonable" appeared in an odd place.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 04, 2018, 07:01:30 pm
 Looks like you clicked inside the quoted section by accident before typing your reply, so it ended up prefacing Laurna's quote. Next time, just make sure you click somewhere after the end quote code (the one that looks like </quote> but in square brackets) before typing.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 05, 2018, 02:52:31 am
Thank you.

Comes of typing late at night on my phone with a small screen. #middle-aged problems.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 06, 2018, 02:23:53 pm
Hehehe
I found a perfect image for Washburn. Check out his character page.

I am in love.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 06, 2018, 02:41:00 pm
The horse is pretty gorgeous too.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 06, 2018, 03:42:23 pm
Wow!
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Post by: Demercia on January 06, 2018, 03:54:52 pm
Very nice
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 06, 2018, 06:33:10 pm
Sorry about that dice roll, Laruna.  I wanted to use an advantage roll with Darcy as a ranged weapon. but I didn't think Bywn would let that fly (pun sort of intended).
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 06, 2018, 08:20:33 pm
Yikes! Jerusha!

Here I was imagining it was just a woodland boor boar and everyone was going to laugh at Wash for being so tense over it.

One hit point down. Still have five left. Not out yet.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on January 06, 2018, 08:41:19 pm
Yikes! Jerusha!

Here I was imagining it was just a woodland boor and everyone was going to laugh at Wash for being so tense over it.

One hit point down. Still have five left. Not out yet.

Nope, but I'll wager Wash is gonna wish he lived in a century with orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists.  (Evie can attest, as can I, that shoulder injuries hurt like hell!)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 07, 2018, 01:55:08 pm
Sorry folks -Columcil intended to bash the attacker over the head with his staff but I was in Church!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 07, 2018, 02:10:54 pm
Wow, I can't leave y'all alone for one day without mayhem happening! LOL!  I'll try to add a scene later, though it might be after chat since tonight is (presumably) early chat and I have stuff I need to get done first. It's a good thing we have a Healer in our group! Too bad that Healer's player decided to load our dice roller with 2s. Maybe if Aliset promises never to marry Darcy's horse, no matter how many 1s we roll, we can get more 5s and 6s in there?  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 07, 2018, 02:22:41 pm

Here I was imagining it was just a woodland boor and everyone was going to laugh at Wash for being so tense over it.


A woodland boar (I imagine you meant a wild hog and not a rude man living in the woods :D ) would be well worth being tense about in any case. Several hundred pounds of mean-tempered, undomesticated omnivore who would be as happy to kill and perhaps even eat you as you would be to kill and eat him is nothing to let your guard down around, trust me!  There was a reason boar hunting was done in groups and was considered a test of skill and courage. I think we might be better off with our unknown attacker, who at least is presumably some human (or even Deryni) minion who is lower in hit points than we are. ;D (I assume Valerian hasn't high-tailed it over here to do his own dirty work. )
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 07, 2018, 02:49:11 pm

I think we might be better off with our unknown attacker, who at least is presumably some human (or even Deryni) minion who is lower in hit points than we are. ;D (I assume Valerian hasn't high-tailed it over here to do his own dirty work. )

Valerian has not high tailed it over himself. He is not about to bloody his hands directly, at least not yet anyway.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 08, 2018, 04:44:20 pm
Is this the part of the story where I say "Oh God, oh God, we're all gonna die"?   :o  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 08, 2018, 05:51:13 pm
Only if you roll the dice.   :o  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 08, 2018, 06:04:28 pm
 I'm more afraid of those dice than I am of Valerian's henchmen!  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 08, 2018, 10:37:00 pm
Is this the part of the story where I say "Oh God, oh God, we're all gonna die"?   :o  ;D

It's looking that way! Remember, the goal is to reach Rhemuth, ALIVE!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 08, 2018, 10:38:59 pm
I'm more afraid of those dice than I am of Valerian's henchmen!  ;D

Agreed!

Here I am at work, good thing I have a long lunch! And I can not touch the dice roller from my laptop.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 08, 2018, 10:50:43 pm
The dice roller doesn't work on your laptop?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 08, 2018, 10:57:13 pm
The dice roller doesn't work on your laptop?

HEHE! not exactly that it doesn't work. I just have not set up the web page nor do I have my password for that. Also my lap top does not have a very good spell check. It tells me the word is wrong but does not give any possible solutions. So I usually have to wait to get home to edit out the bad words on my PC. I guess I could go to the dictionary, but lunch is not that long. In fact it is just about over. See you all soon.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 08, 2018, 11:03:00 pm
Heh. I keep the dice roller open in a separate browser tab on my laptop, office desktops, and even my smartphone, so it's always handy if I get a moment to add a scene. Finding those moments is the bigger problem.  :)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 09, 2018, 02:13:59 am
We are all going to die!

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 09, 2018, 02:46:19 am
We are all going to die!
Yes, we are, but let us hope not today. Tomorrow maybe!  ;) ( oops is it already tomorrow?) ;D

Revanne, One thing: I will swear to you that Wash would never say "Now do as I say!" LOL  Really, honestly, he wouldn't. He may be a lord due to his family, but he is not heir, as Kelric has at least one son maybe two by now. So Wash has no lands and no titles other than Sir. He is hoping to earn a title from Kelson by doing good deeds for the kingdom. but in reality he lords over no one and would not presume by making such a demand. He might find a better phrase to try to be persuasive, but my brain can not think of one at this instant.

(edited: how about this "For your love of God, go! The devil will be on my heels when I catch site of you again." or something like that.)

I am half expecting all three of you to look at Wash and tell him he is delusional and they then drag him off and they do their own thing. Of course, I do think my idea is the best plan at this given moment.  We shall have to see how this plays out.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 09, 2018, 04:08:11 am
Ok - Laurna I'll edit.  I didn't mean it in a negative way. There are times when leadership, which would have been bred into Washburn is about taking authority and there isn't time to argue. Just remember I live in a country which still has remnants of hierarchy and work in a distinctly hierarchical organisation ;D

But fair point - if it comes across as Wash being lordly in a bad way that wasn't meant.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 09, 2018, 04:32:45 am
I've modified my story (happy to do so)- I hope that comes across as better Laurna.

As I remember TKJ where St Brigid's is mentioned, the town is being looted and brutalised by Ithel and his men before Kelson shows up. I am assuming no love for troublemakers there so there should be help if only those dice will help. I'm sorry I mentioned those 2s.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 09, 2018, 09:03:51 am
Do you think we could get the dice roller loaded with dice that didn't come from Torenth?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 09, 2018, 09:05:29 am
Do you think we could get the dice roller loaded with dice that didn't come from Torenth?

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 09, 2018, 09:16:04 am
Do you think we could get the dice roller loaded with dice that didn't come from Torenth?

No. Torenth makes the best dice in the Eleven Kingdoms. It's one of their major exports.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 09, 2018, 10:43:22 am
Do you think we could get the dice roller loaded with dice that didn't come from Torenth?

No. Torenth makes the best dice in the Eleven Kingdoms. It's one of their major exports.

 :P :P :P
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 09, 2018, 10:48:12 am
Darcy, enjoy your wild ride behind Aliset in that last scene I just posted. It might be the only time you'll get to slip your arms around a medieval high-born lady's waist with impunity without being married or otherwise related to her!  Never mind she currently looks like a young monk with a tonsure and a day's growth of beard stubble.... ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 09, 2018, 10:56:23 am
And probably does not smell like she just stepped out of a hot bath (but then neither does Darcy).

Actually, thank you. I could not figure out a way to proceed without having to do a dice roll, which we know by know would not have gone well.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 09, 2018, 11:06:33 am
Do you think we could get the dice roller loaded with dice that didn't come from Torenth?

No. Torenth makes the best dice in the Eleven Kingdoms. It's one of their major exports.

 :P :P :P
Drat and double drat to those Torenthi dice.  LOL

Actually we may have to use them again. We have tarried overlong. When our two pursuers come around the bend, they may be in crossbow range. Remember they each have one, and they would already have loaded them sometime before.
Bwyn would they be at a disadvantage to shot accurately while riding at full tilt? Fortunately they only get one shot each.

Still, eecK!

Oh, more story posted,  let me go read!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 09, 2018, 11:30:58 am
Do you think we could get the dice roller loaded with dice that didn't come from Torenth?

No. Torenth makes the best dice in the Eleven Kingdoms. It's one of their major exports.

 :P :P :P
Drat and double drat to those Torenthi dice.  LOL

I'm sure they must be an illegal import.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 09, 2018, 12:45:18 pm
Ok, what should I roll for the enemy, 1d6 advantage  1d6 advantage focus, or 2d6? Can anyone answer me  quickly, I am nearly ready to post.
Jerusha, I am going to roll for the pursuer aimed at Wash, I am going to let you roll for the one aimed at Darcy.  I do not want to be responsible for that roll. ***heavy sigh***
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 09, 2018, 12:48:49 pm
They are aiming for people who are galloping away from them and quite likely veering somewhat in their course to make themselves less easy to hit (or at least Aliset would be).  Since the horses are facing away rather than broadsides towards them, they would also be a narrower target.  And if we are leaning forward over the horses to help increase speed, we are also smaller targets. I would say give them a disadvantage (1d6).
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 09, 2018, 12:50:20 pm
My heart is racing as I make this roll.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 09, 2018, 12:54:26 pm
Curse those illegal Torenthi dice. The only 6 I have rolled in days and it for the enemy.  :'( :'(

We are going to die
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 09, 2018, 01:27:53 pm
Thank God we sent our Healer on ahead of us, because we're sure going to need him!   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 09, 2018, 02:00:35 pm
AACK! another 6. Evie, that is so wrong!

Bynw, I don't suppose in the coming scenes that there is any possibility for Wash to discover a hidden family Healing trait to help augment Father Columcil's (hopefully) successful uses of his talent.

I don't know how many Hit points Wash is down to. Two hits taken. but do I have to subract off a hit point (or two) for riding hard before getting help.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 09, 2018, 02:18:42 pm
AACK! another 6. Evie, that is so wrong!

Bynw, I don't suppose in the coming scenes that there is any possibility for Wash to discover a hidden family Healing trait to help augment Father Columcil's (hopefully) successful uses of his talent.

I don't know how many Hit points Wash is down to. Two hits taken. but do I have to subract off a hit point (or two) for riding hard before getting help.

Well to get an extra Trait is gonna cost a Hero Point. And it would be at a Disadvantage.

It's 1 HP per successful attack unless something says otherwise. Additional damage is up to you.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 09, 2018, 02:57:36 pm
OK, it might seem a little odd for Darcy to be carrying Lord Alister, but he is a bit guilt ridden at the moment.  I contemplated Aliset not being able to hold her disguise due to pain and shock, but I didn't feel I should take that dice roll on Evie's behalf. If you think I should, I can do so and add that little bit in.

This is probably Darcy's only chance to exhibit such gallantry.  And Washburn is in no position to object.
  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 09, 2018, 03:05:09 pm
In the books (and the Deryni RPG), apparently shapeshifting doesn't really have an energy cost to maintain once you've changed shape, just to change the shape in the first place, though we've already seen exceptions to that in this story, and it's also possible that Aliset is drifting in and out of consciousness right now, so that could affect matters.  I'll go ahead and roll for it.  With my rotten luck, I'll probably roll double 1s and shift into a toad.  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 09, 2018, 03:29:05 pm
Their disguises are probably a lost cause by now.  I doubt that Darcy's hood has managed to stay up, so his untonsured head is clearly evident.  And whoever is assisting Washburn to get to where they are going might wonder at the presence of chain mail beneath a monk's habit.

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 09, 2018, 03:32:21 pm
LOL!  Yes, plus they've lost their usefulness anyway, since our pursuers clearly aren't fooled by our disguises anymore, nor are they at all fooled by Aliset taking on male form, so that's more for the sake of her reputation than a true disguise at this point.  I suppose whatever guise they decide to adopt when they attempt to sneak out of the village will need to become a topic of conversation between them at some point.  You think we can talk Sir Washburn into dressing up as a nun?   ;)  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 09, 2018, 03:40:15 pm
BTW, I have Darcy carrying Aliset away from the gatehouse primarily because I figure our heroes would seek out somewhere a little more sheltered than right in front of God and everybody to start doing stuff like attempting Deryni Healing, etc.  Not to mention Aliset has suddenly turned from a young man to a young woman.  Her loose robes might help prevent that change from being too obvious, but hopefully no one was studying her face too closely just at that moment!  LOL!

I am guessing that this is a monastic village that is part of the abbey's estate (i.e., these villagers live and work on monastic lands and support the abbey with their tithes).  If so, then it could be that the walls encircle the entire estate, or at least the most populated portion of it, and the actual abbey is just on the other side of the village.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 09, 2018, 05:21:45 pm
Rats -I've just lost my draft and am too tired to post again tonight but the good news is that I have a dice roll which will enable Columcil to heal Washburn. I'll  try again tomorrow  -about 3 am EST.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 09, 2018, 06:05:13 pm
Oh no! If that happens often, you might want to consider composing the reply in Google Docs (since it auto-saves) and then just copying and pasting it into the game thread. That way even if the forum eats the post, you can try again, and if it's a finger fumble that closes your window before you're done writing, the auto-save feature should let you pick up where you left off.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 10, 2018, 02:44:54 am
Thankfully it hasn't happened since we have had the draft facility. I blame Torenth myself.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 10, 2018, 02:51:47 am
That finger fumble thing, I have lost posts that way a few times. Frustrating. I have a page on Google docs called "Washburn's posts". It is currently 35pages long. These are the drafts I bring over to the board and then I do a final edit there. Actually as you can tell I find errors after I post and correct them as I see them. Or as Evie sees them  ;D. If I type directly onto the board as I am doing here. I have learned to copy it every few paragraphs. Because I have lost long posts too.

Thanks Revanne. Nice words for Wash and I loved Culumcil's attacking a boar in the bushes.  LOL

First those imported Torenthi dice and now the Torenthi fumbling posts. What will the do to us next?  Don't answer that.  :o
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 10, 2018, 05:59:39 am
I will definitely NOT do a dice roll to find out!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 10, 2018, 09:58:51 am
I see I'm still laid up this morning. Ah well, I have a gallant young man sweeping me off my feet and holding me in his strong, protective arms. Could be worse.   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 10, 2018, 10:00:41 am
Hopefully not for much longer, though that depends on the dice as Columcil has a roll to heal Washburn but then it's in the lap of the gods - or rather the Torenthi.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 10, 2018, 11:31:51 am
Columcil has discovered a helpful gatekeeper - it's about time our heroes had some help.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 10, 2018, 11:54:19 am
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"I can cut the arrow out of his bum too, when you give the sign- it won't be the first time. Though it's usually from a hunter whose mate canna tell a human bum from a pig's backside."

A chuckle*** I was looking for a butt joke but could not think of one. Thank you for saving Washburn's health and his honor. I feared he would be showing his bare butt to the Lady Aliset and that would have been almost as distressing as the injury.  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 10, 2018, 12:58:39 pm
I have the image of Master Darcy pacing in the colonnade outside the infirmary, wringing his hands, and generally being more worried every-time someone comes or goes from that room. He is already stressed from magic, lost his horse(did the loose horse make it passed the gates before they were shut? I am certain he would have followed the others. just a bit behind. ) and now he can do nothing for his charge. poor man.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 10, 2018, 01:17:05 pm
At the moment he is sitting on the ground, his back against the wall, as close to the infirmary door as he can get without blocking it.  It was a long, fast walk up that hill.  Nevertheless, he is staining to catch any sound that will hint at what is going on within, rising quickly to his feet when anyone comes in or out, though no one will tell him anything.

He is comforted by the fact that the nuns will probably not be rolling the dice.  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 10, 2018, 01:19:29 pm
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"I can cut the arrow out of his bum too, when you give the sign- it won't be the first time. Though it's usually from a hunter whose mate canna tell a human bum from a pig's backside."

A chuckle*** I was looking for a butt joke but could not think of one. Thank you for saving Washburn's health and his honor. I feared he would be showing his bare butt to the Lady Aliset and that would have been almost as distressing as the injury.  ;)

Wash, Aliset says that if there are to be any revelations of your bare butt in her direction, there had better be a ring on her finger first!  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 10, 2018, 01:34:12 pm
At the moment he is sitting on the ground, his back against the wall, as close to the infirmary door as he can get without blocking it.  It was a long, fast walk up that hill.  Nevertheless, he is staining to catch any sound that will hint at what is going on within, rising quickly to his feet when anyone comes in or out, though no one will tell him anything.

He is comforted by the fact that the nuns will probably not be rolling the dice.  ;D

LOL!  Well, probably not for removing the arrow and stopping the bleeding, anyway, though for faster than average healing, our good Father Columcil is probably still her best bet.  He can at least speed up her body's natural healing processes (or try to) after the nuns are done with her, to save days or even weeks of natural healing time.  Though as far as HP are concerned, since she's had her injury tended to, I expect she'll have fully restored hit points after a good night's sleep, since IIRC the game manual is kindly disposed that way. I guess in story telling terms, that would mean she is recovered enough for normal activities, but might still have some achiness in her shoulder that will take a while longer to go away?  It's one of those game mechanics thing that works out in the players' favor, but is a bit unrealistic in real world terms, since it means theoretically I could have ended up half eviscerated on the convent doorstep, and as long as I'm patched up enough to keep my HP from going to 0 and get six hours of sleep afterwards, I'd be all right as rain the next morning!  I know they're a praying lot, but still!  LOL!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 10, 2018, 01:42:47 pm
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"I can cut the arrow out of his bum too, when you give the sign- it won't be the first time. Though it's usually from a hunter whose mate canna tell a human bum from a pig's backside."

A chuckle*** I was looking for a butt joke but could not think of one. Thank you for saving Washburn's health and his honor. I feared he would be showing his bare butt to the Lady Aliset and that would have been almost as distressing as the injury.  ;)

Wash, Aliset says that if there are to be any revelations of your bare butt in her direction, there had better be a ring on her finger first!  ;)

And there in lies the reason for his consternation. Never before this has he ever contemplated marriage. He wanted to earn some title before settling down... at an older age. Being bare butted before a lady, even when it wasn't his fault, could have injured her reputation and earned him scorn at court.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 10, 2018, 02:13:48 pm
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"I can cut the arrow out of his bum too, when you give the sign- it won't be the first time. Though it's usually from a hunter whose mate canna tell a human bum from a pig's backside."

A chuckle*** I was looking for a butt joke but could not think of one. Thank you for saving Washburn's health and his honor. I feared he would be showing his bare butt to the Lady Aliset and that would have been almost as distressing as the injury.  ;)

Wash, Aliset says that if there are to be any revelations of your bare butt in her direction, there had better be a ring on her finger first!  ;)

And there in lies the reason for his consternation. Never before this has he ever contemplated marriage. He wanted to earn some title before settling down... at an older age. Being bare butted before a lady, even when it wasn't his fault, could have injured her reputation and earned him scorn at court.

Well,  yeah, to a point, though medieval double-standards being what they were, male nudity or near-nudity wasn't considered quite as scandalous as female nudity, at least when it happened in a nonsexual context.  There wouldn't be a scandal raised if a lady happened to see a farmer out in his fields in the summer heat clad in nothing but his braies; in fact, there are lots of paintings illustrating just that.  Or if she happened to venture out with her maidservant for a ride and came across a group of men having a swim au naturel, that might provoke giggles but no scandalized horror, since why would they expect anyone to go for a swim in expensive, time-consuming to make clothing? (Even peasant garb was more expensive by their standards than our ready-to-wear, machine made clothing from Walmart.)  The same could not be said of ladies out skinny dipping, though, which is why men were more likely to know how to swim than women, unless they'd learned as young girls. 

That said, a nobleman probably wouldn't drop trou in front of an unrelated noblewoman under normal circumstances, and even under extreme circumstances like this one, they'd probably insist on a chaperone if one was available.  Although that same nobleman might not have a problem baring all in front of a bathhouse attendant or a castle servant assigned to scrub his back and wash his hair.  (Again, while a nobleman might be offered a female servant to assist with his bath, a lady wouldn't be offered a male servant to assist her with bathing. In the first instance, succumbing to temptation might result in the natural consequence of ending up with an illegitimate child, but in the second instance, succumbing to temptation could inadvertently lead to an illegitimate heir, or at least an heir whose true parentage the lord couldn't be certain of, hence one reason for such double standards.)

So if Aliset had been the only Healer available to help Wash, or if Columcil couldn't Heal him and he'd had to bare his bum to all those nuns in the infirmary, that might embarrass him, but it wouldn't cause him to lose honor at court. Though the more witnesses to show he didn't take advantage of the situation, the better, which might not have been very helpful for his sense of modesty, but at least would prevent any scandals.  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 10, 2018, 02:35:38 pm
I have a game mechanics question, so this should probably be addressed to Bynw, though I'll trot it out here since we're all playing Deryni characters (even if some don't realize it and/or aren't trained).

I was wondering last night about how some of the higher Deryni traits work in terms of game play. In your character creation thread, it says:

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Spell Master (Deryni): Be prepared to be impressed. You have learned to push your inherent magical abilities to their upmost potential. This Trait is more powerful than the Spell Slinger Trait. With a successful Test, you can affect an even wider area, numerous targets, or create a greater result. As always, the Game Master is the judge of what you can and cannot attempt to do. The most powerful spells still pale in comparison to the most powerful scrolls. You can dispel the magical effects created by someone using the Spell Slinger Trait, and you also gain Advantage when using the Spell Slinger Trait. This Trait requires the Spell Slinger Trait.

Spell Reader (Deryni): P as in phylactery. You have spent years learning the sacred language of the arcane, allowing you to read power-laced words from magic scrolls.

Spell Slinger (Deryni): That’s not bad, but watch this. You are more adept at channelling the arcane power flowing through your veins and can empower greater magical effects. This Trait is more powerful than Spell-Touched, but less powerful than Spell Master. With a successful Test, you can affect a wider area, more targets, or create a more powerful result. As always, the Game Master is the judge of what you can and cannot attempt to do. You can dispel the magical effects created by someone using the Spell-Touched Trait, and you also gain Advantage when using the Spell-Touched Trait. This Trait requires the Spell-Touched Trait.

Spell-Touched (Deryni): It runs in the family. You were born with an arcane heritage, and while the centuries have diluted the power, you are still able to subtly influence the world around you by merely willing it to happen.

Two of these traits (Spell-Touched and Spell-Reader) appear in the Tiny Dungeon RPG manual, and the more advanced spells I am guessing you made up to reflect the ability for Deryni to do higher level magic with more training.  Is that correct?  So if I am reading this correctly, a Deryni who has the trait Spell-Touched will normally roll 2d6, but if they are trained to the point of being able to add the trait Spell-Slinger, this will add the advantage of an additional die to each roll (3d6 as their baseline roll), and if they ever manage to become a Spell-Master, their baseline roll would increase to 4d6, which would explain why someone like Sofiana or Denis Arilan (presumably Spell-Masters) might hardly ever have their spells fail, but someone who is partially trained (like Alaric and Duncan in canon, maybe?) might have a higher rate of failure than a Master, but a higher rate of success than, say, Dhugal (in canon), who has only recently discovered he's Deryni and therefore hasn't had much training yet.  So I could see Denis's baseline roll being 4d6, Duncan's being 3d6, and Teenage Dhugal's being the average 2d6 of someone who has Deryni power but not much training.  Or am I interpreting this all wrong?

If this is the case, then what is the distinction between the Power trait and Spell-Touched? (Or even if I'm misinterpreting how the added advantages work, I still can't quite see a difference between these two.)  Is it that anyone born Deryni, whether they know it or not, and whether they've been trained or not, has Power, but someone who is conscious of their Deryni heritage and has at least basic training in it is Spell-Touched as well?  Right now as the descriptions stand, I'm not really seeing what advantage this trait has over basic Power aside from it being a stepping-stone that might eventually lead to being able to acquire the Spell-Slinger trait with further training.  Unless maybe someone with Power but no training has the capacity to do magic, but only at a 1d6 level, in which case adding Spell-Touched with its 2d6 baseline due to having had some basic Deryni training makes more sense.  But in that case, I would think Spell-Touched should also be an automatic trait when creating a character, if that character is going to be a Deryni with a basic level of training, and players who choose to play an untrained Deryni could add on a different trait instead and then, if they get training later, work up to being Spell-Touched, then a Spell-Slinger, etc.  Or maybe that's how it already works, and I'm just horribly confused?  :D

I should add that with the Spell-Reader - Scribe - Artificer progression, it makes more sense that each of these should just give you 2d6 as a baseline even though they all build on one another, because one has to first be able to read magic scrolls before one can learn how to write them, and then once one masters that skill, it should be easier to learn how to make non-scroll magic items. So with each new level of mastery, your baseline is still 2d6 for that particular new skill.  But if I'm reading the Spell-Touched - Spell-Slinger -Spell-Master progression correctly, each new level gives an advantage to someone who had the previous one, but the only real difference between levels is that you can do bigger and better, more wide-ranging spells, whatever those spells might happen to be. It's not so much that you learn new skills as it is that you get progressively better at doing them, or at least that's how the descriptions read.  So I'm just trying to get some clarification of whether my understanding of how those work is correct or not.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 10, 2018, 05:57:31 pm

I am not going to attempt to do quote based reply on this post. But yes the Traits of Spell-Touched and Spell-Reader do come from the base rules for those that did purchase it. The other 2 Traits that enhance the Spell-Touched Trait but giving it a couple of more levels came from another Tiny 6 Rule book.

The Power Trait is a rewritten (very slightly) version of the Tiny 6 Psionic's trait. Mainly because it has always been my observation and from the words of Katherine in Deryni Magic that the Deryni Magic is more aligned with Psionic powers than your standard Fantasy Magic ones.

Yes I did include the other Traits in an attempt to include the higher powers of those Deryni Adepts of old. Or at least those who are well trained and have long held the tradition of being trained in their abilities.

I really think in re-reading those Traits and gaining Advantage is not really clear. There is no 4D6 rolls in Tiny 6 games. The creator of it didn't really explain it well. In fact, he didn't explain it at all.

I knew that the system would encounter some bumps at some point and need to be tweaked. No, we wont be tweaking the dice unless you all want to come to my place and roll them in a live game.

But it seems that we have ran into a bit of a snag with the Deryni Magic. Which is where I thought we would run into trouble eventually.


These are the Deryni Only Traits:

Artificer (Deryni): This sword was forged with dragon’s fire. You have learned to create magic items other than scrolls. To use this ability, describe what you want the item to do and perform a standard 2d6 Test. Failure means you do not how to make the item in question without further research. If successful, you know the proper recipe of ingredients needed to create the item. The Game Master will tell you what you need and how long it will take to craft the item. It is up to you to gather all the items. Once you have everything on the list, you must work uninterrupted until the item is complete. This Trait requires the Scribe Trait.

   I think this one is a keeper. Maybe reworded a bit though to fit more into the Deryni point of view. But this is how one creates many objects that are "Magical" within the Deryni stories. Including the ability to create Wards Major.

Awaken (Deryni): I can give you power, but the priests say it will take your soul. You can give Deryni like power to a Human. Thus they have the ability to learn further Deryni only Traits, with the Game Master’s permission. The newly Awakened has the Power Trait automatically and can gain any others that the Deryni using this Trait has on a successful 1d6 Test.

   This too is a keeper. It's how you make a Human into a Deryni. It is how the Haldane's all have the powers that they have when they become king. (Not counting those Haldane's who are also Deryni)

Beastspeaker (Deryni): He has a way with animals. You are able to communicate with animals. This form of communication is primitive and very simplistic.

   This is a good one too. The Late General Morgan can charm the deer to the very gates of Rhemuth.

Blocker (Deryni): Make mommy clear! You have the ability to make any Deryni into a human by blocking their Psionic abilities with just a Standard Test. You can also restore any blocked Deryni with a Standard Test. This Trait requires the Healer Trait. There is no save Test against this Trait.

   This is Rhys, Tavis and others. The ability to remove Deryni power from any Deryni and make them Human.

Healer (Deryni): I’ve seen worse, son. You’ll pull through. As an Action, you can Test 2d6 to heal another creature or Test 1d6 to heal yourself. If the Test is successful, the target creature is healed for 2 Hit Points or 1 Hit Point if used on yourself. This Trait can also be used to cure poison, disease, and other physical ailments that are non-magical. You must be next to the creature to heal it.

   Its good to have more healers back.

Power (Deryni): Also, I can kill you with my brain. You have power because of your species or you are a human that has been granted power by another Deryni. You can read minds of others, create hand-fire or light a campfire or candle, you can tell if someone is lying. And you can communicate telepathically with others. Doing this is an action, and you must make a standard 2d6 Test. If you are trying to manipulate an object or creature, you must have eye contact with it. You can also perform a simple Ranged attack, such as throwing a ball of kinetic energy, which is treated just like any other Ranged attack in Combat.

   This is what I used for the basic Deryni powers. All Deryni have this Trait. Even if they are untrained. Even if they don't know they are Deryni. Refuse to acknowledge they are Deryni. Thus those that are the latter two .. get to roll at a Disadvantage instead of a Standard Test.

Scribe (Deryni): Spells cannot match the power of a well-crafted scroll or charm. You have learned to create magic scrolls. To use this ability, describe what you want the scroll to do and perform a standard 2d6 Test. Failure means you do not how to make the scroll in question without further research. If successful, you know the proper recipe of ingredients needed to create the scroll. The Game Master will tell you what you need. It is up to you to gather all the items. Once you have everything on the list, you must work uninterrupted for a full day to create the scroll. This Trait requires the Spell Reader Trait.

   This one. I don't know. There really aren't any good examples of Deryni Scrolls that are Magical. There are ones that teach you about specific powers and abilities but nothing really that is power themselves.

Shapechange (Deryni): The best way to hide in plain sight. As an Action, you can Test 2d6 to transform into someone else, compleating changing one’s appearance and even gender. You can revert to your normal form as an Action.

   A handy Trait used by Camber and his kin.


Spell Master (Deryni): Be prepared to be impressed. You have learned to push your inherent magical abilities to their upmost potential. This Trait is more powerful than the Spell Slinger Trait. With a successful Test, you can affect an even wider area, numerous targets, or create a greater result. As always, the Game Master is the judge of what you can and cannot attempt to do. The most powerful spells still pale in comparison to the most powerful scrolls. You can dispel the magical effects created by someone using the Spell Slinger Trait, and you also gain Advantage when using the Spell Slinger Trait. This Trait requires the Spell Slinger Trait.

Spell Reader (Deryni): P as in phylactery. You have spent years learning the sacred language of the arcane, allowing you to read power-laced words from magic scrolls.

Spell Slinger (Deryni): That’s not bad, but watch this. You are more adept at channelling the arcane power flowing through your veins and can empower greater magical effects. This Trait is more powerful than Spell-Touched, but less powerful than Spell Master. With a successful Test, you can affect a wider area, more targets, or create a more powerful result. As always, the Game Master is the judge of what you can and cannot attempt to do. You can dispel the magical effects created by someone using the Spell-Touched Trait, and you also gain Advantage when using the Spell-Touched Trait. This Trait requires the Spell-Touched Trait.

Spell-Touched (Deryni): It runs in the family. You were born with an arcane heritage, and while the centuries have diluted the power, you are still able to subtly influence the world around you by merely willing it to happen.

   All four of these are questionable. As they are more akin to Wizards or Harry Potter magic than Deryni Magic.

Telekinesis (Deryni): Moving without moving You can move small objects just by thinking about it. You must have eye contact with the object and make a standard 2d6 Test.

   Most Deryni have never been very good with TK abilities. Small things. Maybe a coffin or something large with a group. But their havent been any Deryni lifting X-Wings around the 11 Kingdoms anyway. But it's still a keeper for those that have this little handy power. As it is good at openiong locks too.

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 10, 2018, 06:20:20 pm
I think all of that could be easily adapted, and if the game doesn't allow for 4d6 even for the highest masters of an art, then maybe Spell-Slinger could be eliminated and you could just have Power (most basic level that all Deryni have, which will give you at least 1d6 if you aren't trained), Spell-Touched (under this or some other name, like the perhaps too logical "Trained Deryni" or "Spell-Trained," which is your baseline 2d6 level for anyone who has received training in their Deryni power), and Spell-Master for those who have mastered the Deryni arts. 

As for powers like Telekinesis, it could be that Alaric and Duncan are able to pick locks because they both have this special trait, but other Deryni can't do it even though they're better trained. But I think it would also be possible that all Deryni could do this with small objects to some extent (like picking those locks) with varying levels of success, but if you want to take it as a special trait, that means you have a much more uncommon ability with it which would let you pick up heavy rocks, furniture, etc., though yeah, probably even with that level of giftedness at it something the size of an X-wing might be right out.  That would make it a bit more like the Deryni equivalent to something like, for instance, musical ability.  Some people can't carry a tune in a bucket.  Some people can, especially with a little bit of training, sing pretty well and/or play an instrument decently.  But the vast majority of people, even among those with decent musical talent, can't sing well enough to join an opera cast or play in an orchestra.  To do those things would take more dedicated training (and years of it) than the average music-lover would be willing and able to dedicate, even if they were born with a natural gift for music.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 11, 2018, 05:42:30 am
Aargh  -Columcil turns his back for a moment.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 11, 2018, 12:23:09 pm
Aargh  -Columcil turns his back for a moment.

LOL. Revanne,  I know what you mean.   ;D ;D ;D

We are an awfully eager group to get our characters into one trouble right after the last.   :P

I am hoping Columcil went to gather his strength in the church. and I am hoping that church is within the convent grounds. so that Columcil has access to Aliset. Or would the church just be in the town and outside the convent?  I don't know how medieval convnet towns work.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 11, 2018, 01:03:40 pm
I think in most cases, the Nunnery would have its own small church. While the nuns would care for the sick in the community as required, in general they would keep themselves apart.  Sometimes they had stewards and in this case I've allowed them a gatekeeper.  At least until Darcy looses his temper and does away with him.   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 11, 2018, 01:06:19 pm
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Telekinesis (Deryni): Moving without moving You can move small objects just by thinking about it. You must have eye contact with the object and make a standard 2d6 Test.

   Most Deryni have never been very good with TK abilities. Small things. Maybe a coffin or something large with a group. But their haven't been any Deryni lifting X-Wings around the 11 Kingdoms anyway. But it's still a keeper for those that have this little handy power. As it is good at open iong locks too.

My thinking about the Telekinesis trait is to have the ability to move standing still items in any direction and or have the added power to control the trajectory and velocity of an item in motion: such as rocks, arrows and spears. A character with the trait can make his own arrow go further with greater accuracy. He can deflect arrows, and other projectiles to veer off from their original path. Alaric was very good at this. Kelson picked it up quickly once he saw how Alaric did it. Dhugal and Duncan learned the trait from Alaric. I presume that this takes a bit of training.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 11, 2018, 01:08:59 pm
I think in most cases, the Nunnery would have its own small church. While the nuns would care for the sick in the community as required, in general they would keep themselves apart.  Sometimes they had stewards and in this case I've allowed them a gatekeeper.  At least until Darcy looses his temper and does away with him.   ;D

LOL  oh dear oh dear.  Do we really want the whole convent and towns people stringing us up and lighting flames under our feet?

NOOOO!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 11, 2018, 01:45:22 pm
I swear, I can't leave you folks alone for a minute!   ;D

OK, let me catch up and see what I can add while I've got a few quiet moments to think.  I was looking forward to our three-day weekend coming up, thinking it would be another mini-holiday, but when my hubby and I got home late last night, we were greeted by the sound of running water...in our garage!  Turned out that our washing machine hose had burst, and the result of that in our garage reminds me of an old movie title--A River Runs Through It.   ::)  Fortunately he was able to get the hose switched out last night (because to add insult to injury, the valve to the hose is so old it was also stuck and he couldn't just turn off the water supply to the washer, he had to turn off the water main), and find our old dehumidifier, and I was able to get much of the water off the floor with a shop-vac, but unfortunately we also had a bunch of old clothing and other stuff down in that area either in storage or awaiting laundering so we could donate them elsewhere.  This was both fortunate and unfortunate in that the pile of stuff acted as a sponge to keep the water from flooding the entire garage, but that means now we've got to go through it all and decide what to discard and what to try to salvage before mold sets in. So I expect my nice "vacation" is going to be spent doing piles of laundry and drying out the garage so we don't end up with a black mold problem.  And there's at least one section of drywall that will almost certainly need to be replaced.   >:( 

All of that to say that I will continue to check the game thread and contribute as I can, but if I go absent for too long and the story bogs down to the point that no one else can move it forward until Aliset does something, then please feel free to use her as you wish in your scenes. Well, within reason of course!  I trust I'm not going to find Aliset turned into an exotic dancer, or deserting her quest in order to take holy vows because she's tired of receiving unseemly propositions from Master Darcy's horse!   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 11, 2018, 02:41:26 pm
I swear, I can't leave you folks alone for a minute!   ;D

 I trust I'm not going to find Aliset ...deserting her quest in order to take holy vows because she's tired of receiving unseemly propositions from Master Darcy's horse!   ;D

My feelings exactly - I thought it was safe to leave poor Father Columcil! And what is wrong with holy vows?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 11, 2018, 02:42:55 pm
I was planning on replying to Bynw's post last night before I discovered all hell breaking loose in the garage.  Some bits of his post snipped for brevity, since I didn't have comments to add for them.


The Power Trait is a rewritten (very slightly) version of the Tiny 6 Psionic's trait. Mainly because it has always been my observation and from the words of Katherine in Deryni Magic that the Deryni Magic is more aligned with Psionic powers than your standard Fantasy Magic ones.

The innate powers are definitely psionic, though trained Deryni (or Empowered Haldanes) also know how to do ritual magic, which seems to go beyond mere psionic powers, so maybe that should be a separate category? (More on this thought below.)

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But it seems that we have ran into a bit of a snag with the Deryni Magic. Which is where I thought we would run into trouble eventually.


These are the Deryni Only Traits:

Artificer (Deryni): This sword was forged with dragon’s fire. You have learned to create magic items other than scrolls. To use this ability, describe what you want the item to do and perform a standard 2d6 Test. Failure means you do not how to make the item in question without further research. If successful, you know the proper recipe of ingredients needed to create the item. The Game Master will tell you what you need and how long it will take to craft the item. It is up to you to gather all the items. Once you have everything on the list, you must work uninterrupted until the item is complete. This Trait requires the Scribe Trait.

   I think this one is a keeper. Maybe reworded a bit though to fit more into the Deryni point of view. But this is how one creates many objects that are "Magical" within the Deryni stories. Including the ability to create Wards Major.

This seems logical.  Also I would think jerraman crystals might fall under this. If the spell is set wrong, you could end up with the sorts of unfortunate results that Kevin and Bronwyn experienced. (Bethane must have rolled snake eyes when she set that spell.   ;D)
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Awaken (Deryni): I can give you power, but the priests say it will take your soul. You can give Deryni like power to a Human. Thus they have the ability to learn further Deryni only Traits, with the Game Master’s permission. The newly Awakened has the Power Trait automatically and can gain any others that the Deryni using this Trait has on a successful 1d6 Test.

   This too is a keeper. It's how you make a Human into a Deryni. It is how the Haldane's all have the powers that they have when they become king. (Not counting those Haldane's who are also Deryni)

Would it also be how Wencit was able to give some minor powers to Bran (and possibly Lionel, unless Lionel was actually Deryni and pretending not to be to help lure Bran in, since Codex seems foggy on that issue), or how Morgan was able to give Derry the ability to contact him (in coordination with using the St Camber medallion)?
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Beastspeaker (Deryni): He has a way with animals. You are able to communicate with animals. This form of communication is primitive and very simplistic.

   This is a good one too. The Late General Morgan can charm the deer to the very gates of Rhemuth.

And Bronwyn could call birds to her hand, Dhugal had an uncanny way with horses (and apparently cheetahs), etc.

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Power (Deryni): Also, I can kill you with my brain. You have power because of your species or you are a human that has been granted power by another Deryni. You can read minds of others, create hand-fire or light a campfire or candle, you can tell if someone is lying. And you can communicate telepathically with others. Doing this is an action, and you must make a standard 2d6 Test. If you are trying to manipulate an object or creature, you must have eye contact with it. You can also perform a simple Ranged attack, such as throwing a ball of kinetic energy, which is treated just like any other Ranged attack in Combat.

   This is what I used for the basic Deryni powers. All Deryni have this Trait. Even if they are untrained. Even if they don't know they are Deryni. Refuse to acknowledge they are Deryni. Thus those that are the latter two .. get to roll at a Disadvantage instead of a Standard Test.

So if you don't know or refuse to acknowledge you're Deryni (like Darcy and Jehana), you roll 1d6 to attempt a Deryni skill, but someone like Columcil who knows he's Deryni but just lacks training could roll 2d6?  Or still 1d6 due to lack of training?  (I wasn't sure if you were counting "refuses to acknowledge" as separate from "doesn't know" or if those were meant to count as one category.)

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Scribe (Deryni): Spells cannot match the power of a well-crafted scroll or charm. You have learned to create magic scrolls. To use this ability, describe what you want the scroll to do and perform a standard 2d6 Test. Failure means you do not how to make the scroll in question without further research. If successful, you know the proper recipe of ingredients needed to create the scroll. The Game Master will tell you what you need. It is up to you to gather all the items. Once you have everything on the list, you must work uninterrupted for a full day to create the scroll. This Trait requires the Spell Reader Trait.

   This one. I don't know. There really aren't any good examples of Deryni Scrolls that are Magical. There are ones that teach you about specific powers and abilities but nothing really that is power themselves.

Yes, I agree for the most part, although I could see this altered just slightly to refer to the ability to create magic scrolls/books (like Orin's writings) that are written in a cryptic style, or coded, or perhaps with special meanings hidden via spells that have to be unlocked in order for the secret meaning to emerge.  After all, if you are part of a persecuted race (or one with a history of having been persecuted until the recent past), you're not going to write your incriminating ritual magic lore and other arcane secrets down in a way that allows just anyone to read and understand them. ISTR Evaine having to figure out what some ancient writing meant because there was more than just a translation issue going on, though I might be misremembering.  Also, this might include being able to add a message psychically imprinted in seals on an otherwise innocuous looking text.  So I think this could still be made to work in a Deryni framework if it's interpreted that way.  In which case Spell-Reader  could just be the reverse of this, but requires this as a prerequisite since reading and deciphering another Deryni's cryptic secrets would be more difficult than simply creating one's own, I would imagine.  In game terms, it could be that Aliset's family grimoire contains instructions on doing types of magic that are encrypted in a way she and those of her bloodline can read easily, but another Deryni opening that book might only be able to read what looks like their family cookbook unless they are able to see past that magical protection to the true meaning hidden on those pages.

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Spell Master (Deryni): Be prepared to be impressed. You have learned to push your inherent magical abilities to their upmost potential. This Trait is more powerful than the Spell Slinger Trait. With a successful Test, you can affect an even wider area, numerous targets, or create a greater result. As always, the Game Master is the judge of what you can and cannot attempt to do. The most powerful spells still pale in comparison to the most powerful scrolls. You can dispel the magical effects created by someone using the Spell Slinger Trait, and you also gain Advantage when using the Spell Slinger Trait. This Trait requires the Spell Slinger Trait.

<Spell Reader snipped since I dealt with it above--Evie>

Spell Slinger (Deryni): That’s not bad, but watch this. You are more adept at channelling the arcane power flowing through your veins and can empower greater magical effects. This Trait is more powerful than Spell-Touched, but less powerful than Spell Master. With a successful Test, you can affect a wider area, more targets, or create a more powerful result. As always, the Game Master is the judge of what you can and cannot attempt to do. You can dispel the magical effects created by someone using the Spell-Touched Trait, and you also gain Advantage when using the Spell-Touched Trait. This Trait requires the Spell-Touched Trait.

Spell-Touched (Deryni): It runs in the family. You were born with an arcane heritage, and while the centuries have diluted the power, you are still able to subtly influence the world around you by merely willing it to happen.

   All four of these are questionable. As they are more akin to Wizards or Harry Potter magic than Deryni Magic.

As they're currently worded, I have to agree, although again I think they can be tweaked easily enough to fit a Deryni framework.  If "Power" is the basic 1d6 trait all Deryni have, maybe "Spell-Trained" could indicate the character has also had basic training (2d6) in their powers, then instead of "Spell-Slinger" maybe there could be a trait called "Ritual Magic" (still 2d6, since it's just a different area of training) which would require "Spell-Trained" as a prerequisite since you need to be trained in the basics on how to use your powers before you can move on to the more difficult arcana.  In which case a "Spell-Master" would be someone who had advanced-level skills in both Spell-Trained and Ritual Magic, so that mastery would allow them to roll 3d6 when attempting either.  Would that work as a Deryni work-around?

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 11, 2018, 02:43:38 pm
I swear, I can't leave you folks alone for a minute!   ;D

 I trust I'm not going to find Aliset ...deserting her quest in order to take holy vows because she's tired of receiving unseemly propositions from Master Darcy's horse!   ;D

My feelings exactly - I thought it was safe to leave poor Father Columcil! And what is wrong with holy vows?

Well, for one thing, it might be difficult for me to leave a legitimate heir for Caer Mariot if I'm a nun! 
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 11, 2018, 02:49:37 pm
And what is wrong with holy vows?

Well, for one thing, it might be difficult for me to leave a legitimate heir for Caer Mariot if I'm a nun! 

Or dead  :o
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 11, 2018, 02:51:11 pm
And what is wrong with holy vows?

Well, for one thing, it might be difficult for me to leave a legitimate heir for Caer Mariot if I'm a nun! 

Or dead  :o

True. Though if I were dead, I would no longer need to worry about Darcy's amorous horse.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 11, 2018, 02:53:20 pm
Let's not be too hard on poor Master Darcy's horse that is now roaming the countryside, lost and alone, looking for his lady-love.

No wait, I turned her into a mare.  Maybe she'll just serve as Sister Aliset's trusty mount.  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 11, 2018, 02:55:00 pm
"So if you don't know or refuse to acknowledge you're Deryni (like Darcy and Jehana), you roll 1d6 to attempt a Deryni skill, but someone like Columcil who knows he's Deryni but just lacks training could roll 2d6?  Or still 1d6 due to lack of training?  (I wasn't sure if you were counting "refuses to acknowledge" as separate from "doesn't know" or if those were meant to count as one category.)"

I have assumed that Columcil could roll a 2d6 because I think he would have some basic training even if he is more inclined to think of his skills as part of the border "second sight". Again I'm thinking of Ciard who knew how to ward, could sense that there were people approaching Transha when Dhugal first took Kelson there and IIRC taught Duncan and Alaric the basics of dowsing when they were looking for Dhugal and Kelson in QfSC.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 11, 2018, 02:58:06 pm
"So if you don't know or refuse to acknowledge you're Deryni (like Darcy and Jehana), you roll 1d6 to attempt a Deryni skill, but someone like Columcil who knows he's Deryni but just lacks training could roll 2d6?  Or still 1d6 due to lack of training?  (I wasn't sure if you were counting "refuses to acknowledge" as separate from "doesn't know" or if those were meant to count as one category.)"

I have assumed that Columcil could roll a 2d6 because I think he would have some basic training even if he is more inclined to think of his skills as part of the border "second sight". Again I'm thinking of Ciard who knew how to ward, could sense that there were people approaching Transha when Dhugal first took Kelson there and IIRC taught Dncan and Alaric the basics of dowsing when they were looking for dhugal and Kelson in QfSC.

Well, that's true. There are other forms of magic power such as Borderers might have, and therefore it stands to reason different types of training besides standard Deryni training.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 11, 2018, 03:04:59 pm
Aack to the water leak problem. Hope that gets cleaned up soon.

I am having similar trouble. We just had our first rain of the year, I guess I didn't clean out the cutters. Water backed up and rain down the inside garage wall. Trouble is my garage is a work room, carpeted and full of fabric. I had to pull up a corner of the carpet and for two days I have been running a fan under it with the doors open during the day time.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 11, 2018, 03:20:27 pm
"So if you don't know or refuse to acknowledge you're Deryni (like Darcy and Jehana), you roll 1d6 to attempt a Deryni skill, but someone like Columcil who knows he's Deryni but just lacks training could roll 2d6?  Or still 1d6 due to lack of training?  (I wasn't sure if you were counting "refuses to acknowledge" as separate from "doesn't know" or if those were meant to count as one category.)"

I have assumed that Columcil could roll a 2d6 because I think he would have some basic training even if he is more inclined to think of his skills as part of the border "second sight". Again I'm thinking of Ciard who knew how to ward, could sense that there were people approaching Transha when Dhugal first took Kelson there and IIRC taught Duncan and Alaric the basics of dowsing when they were looking for Dhugal and Kelson in QfSC.

Actually I would leave that to you to decided. Maybe you do get the Standard Test on some things and Disadvantage on others.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 11, 2018, 03:22:21 pm

As they're currently worded, I have to agree, although again I think they can be tweaked easily enough to fit a Deryni framework.  If "Power" is the basic 1d6 trait all Deryni have, maybe "Spell-Trained" could indicate the character has also had basic training (2d6) in their powers, then instead of "Spell-Slinger" maybe there could be a trait called "Ritual Magic" (still 2d6, since it's just a different area of training) which would require "Spell-Trained" as a prerequisite since you need to be trained in the basics on how to use your powers before you can move on to the more difficult arcana.  In which case a "Spell-Master" would be someone who had advanced-level skills in both Spell-Trained and Ritual Magic, so that mastery would allow them to roll 3d6 when attempting either.  Would that work as a Deryni work-around?

Let me think on it ...
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 11, 2018, 05:05:41 pm
I was sitting in my chilly study - the main central heating having gone off for the night- writing Columcil's latest tale and being too lazy to go upstairs for a jumper wrapped my cassock around my shoulders. Seemed strangely appropriate ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 11, 2018, 05:08:54 pm
I was sitting in my chilly study - the main central heating having gone off for the night- writing Columcil's latest tale and being too lazy to go upstairs for a jumper wrapped my cassock around my shoulders. Seemed strangely appropriate ;)

;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 11, 2018, 05:11:27 pm
I think that I have worked the timings right so that Columcil gets in the gate when Darcy is climbing the bell-tower. I have some thoughts as to what has happened to Kieran and none of them good.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 11, 2018, 05:20:07 pm
OK, offline for now. I'll try to peek in again later tonight, though whether I'll have a chance to write anything remains to be seen. At least Aliset is in bed sleeping like she ought to be, unlike some people....  *glares at Wash and Darcy*  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 11, 2018, 06:44:00 pm
It has been suggested that Darcy should know his place.  No good will come from that notion!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 11, 2018, 08:58:45 pm
OK, offline for now. I'll try to peek in again later tonight, though whether I'll have a chance to write anything remains to be seen. At least Aliset is in bed sleeping like she ought to be, unlike some people....  *glares at Wash and Darcy*  ;) ;D

"Gads!" It's not Wash's fault that a "clanking Bell" caused me, him to think the worst.

"Revanne,, Gads and double Gads," me Wash is fast regretting his "Cowardice."
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 12, 2018, 07:52:38 am
Aack to the water leak problem. Hope that gets cleaned up soon.

I am having similar trouble. We just had our first rain of the year, I guess I didn't clean out the cutters. Water backed up and rain down the inside garage wall. Trouble is my garage is a work room, carpeted and full of fabric. I had to pull up a corner of the carpet and for two days I have been running a fan under it with the doors open during the day time.

I hope you are nowhere near the awful mudslides.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 12, 2018, 08:30:39 am
LOL!  I think you need to do a sanity check on poor Wash, Laurna! He seems to be losing it. Get that man some sleep!  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 12, 2018, 08:32:11 am
LOL!  I think you need to do a sanity check on poor Wash, Laurna! He seems to be losing it. Get that man some sleep!  ;D  ;D  ;D

Laughs menacingly.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on January 12, 2018, 09:10:01 am
LOL!  I think you need to do a sanity check on poor Wash, Laurna! He seems to be losing it. Get that man some sleep!  ;D  ;D  ;D

Laughs menacingly.

Hey, this isn't Call of Cthulhu here!  No one is supposed to be losing their sanity!  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 12, 2018, 09:16:59 am
Don't let Washburn get lost on the way back down to the gatehouse Laurna.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 12, 2018, 10:14:49 am
I wasn't sure if I needed to do a dice roll to see if Simon would provide the information.  I decided not to, since Darcy wasn't actually trying to beat it out of him, and if Simon didn't tell Darcy, he would certainly tell the Reverend Mother.  So it was likely to be divulged no matter what the result of the roll was.

And if I had my usual success, Simon might have beaten Darcy to a pulp. 
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on January 12, 2018, 11:28:39 am
Reading Jerusha's most recent post, it's a darn good thing that Darcy fixed the broken rope for the convent's bell!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 12, 2018, 11:55:56 am
I'm desperately hoping that Sir Washburn doesn't rush back to see what the danger is this time or Columcil is a goner.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 12, 2018, 12:00:47 pm
Yes and double yes to all the posts above. (except the mudslide, Horrible, horrible real world thing that is.)

Wash had intended to get sleep at the gate house, but then some stupid bell made a bad 'clang'. (sorry Jerusha, I don't know if you meant that to start all this trouble or not. but it is the catalyst if you ask me)  ;) Then he intended to get some sleep in the convent once he learned Aliset was ok, but then he ran into 4 Mearan thugs.(Ok, they are my fault, but someone earlier on said we were being herded toward trouble ahead, so I figured at least one of the enemy's men was trained to hear Grand Duke Valerian's  Rapport and he conscripted the few locals of Mearan loyalists that it was time to act.) Then Wash meant to hide from the thugs and sleep at the Gate. But No, he reasoned the thugs were dangerous to more than just him. (and someone descided to go to sleep in the most dangerous location in town. the gate house) Laurna shakes her head. Now, Wash has to contend with said thugs before all hell breaks loose. He better not be late or get lost.  He better make this work! He better be able to get some sleep when this is over. (Laurna looks at her other three partners- one at a time.) :P Fortunately I got some sleep, even if he didn't. ;D Unfortunately I have to take dad shopping this morning, so give me a little time. Please! (Gads!  LOL!)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 12, 2018, 12:48:09 pm
I'm desperately hoping that Sir Washburn doesn't rush back to see what the danger is this time or Columcil is a goner.

I worried about that after I posted it, but by then the die was cast.   ;D

And Laurna, I also figure by this time they could use a good meal.  And a large jug of ale.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 12, 2018, 04:43:30 pm
The cavalry have arrived and even though the battle rages I can now go to bed recently confident I will have a character to write in the morning. Hope you got to work ok, Laurna.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 12, 2018, 10:49:32 pm
The cavalry have arrived and even though the battle rages I can now go to bed recently confident I will have a character to write in the morning. Hope you got to work ok, Laurna.

I am still recovering from my "simi free-form berserker mode" that occurred to me as I tried to beat the clock to get  a post in before work. I swear my heart was racing as badly as Wash's was. I did make it to work but only by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin. Wash and I are both ready to crash, so if anyone wants to finish off the bad guys part of  whats left of this battle scene, be my guest.

Jerusha , your invitation for a jug of ale enticing, What time can I portal over?  :D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 13, 2018, 08:57:51 am
OK I have made some changes to the line up of Traits. This is your 1 time opportunity to make any changes to them that you wish as long as it doesn't go against what we know your character is capable of doing already.

The Traits of Scribe and Spell Reader have been eliminated as they do not fit the general Deryni way of doing magic.

The Artificer Trait has been reworded.

The Power Trait has been reworded and dropped a Disadvantage roll for all character without the new Spell Trained Trait.

The Spell Touched Trait has been replaced by the new Spell Trained Trait.

The Spell Slinger Trait has been replaced by the new Magic Ritual Trait.

The Spell Master Trait has been reworded.

All of the descriptions are updated on the Character Creation thread.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 13, 2018, 12:28:03 pm
Since Spell Reader has been eliminated rather than just renamed, does that mean I can replace it with something else entirely so Aliset retains the same number of basic traits?  If so, I think Ritual Magic would be the most consistent substitution for her character, given what she's done in the story thus far (figuring out how to get Valerian's amulet to give them information about its source). I guess that would make her family grimoire just a written collection of how to work a variety of magic rituals, which I can still imagine her wanting to protect from prying eyes by making it look like a cookbook, but that would just be regular Deryni illusion magic in that case and wouldn't require a separate trait in order to read it. (Aside from the regular ability to spot and see past the illusion given a successful test roll, that is.) That could work.

What would things like warding (without Wards Major) fall under? Is it a basic Power ability or a ritual that requires some level of training? I ask because in the story I've had Aliset drawing upon her Deryni training (plus some basic acquaintance with Border magic lore and adapting it to the type of magic use she is more familiar with) to make ward circles, and Columcil draws from the similar-yet-different Border traditions of his upbringing to create his.

I like the rewritten traits and think they sound clearer and easier to interpret according to what we've seen Deryni able to do in the books.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 13, 2018, 12:40:43 pm
Bynw,
The telekinesis trait has been shortened up considerable. And the sharpshooter trait is not a Deryni trait. So what would you call the trait that Alaric uses to always hit his target with a ranged weapon and to be able to deflect other peoples projectiles from a distant. I don't have room to add the two traits separately, yet in my mind they should be one and the same.  What should I do?

Second question: If and when Washburn finds time, can he sit down and take some training with Archbishop Duncan or some other master to get Spell Training completed.  He is Richenda's son after all. He should have gotten most of the training. but may have not completed it, finding warrior training more important. Since Alaric was not fully trained until after he married Richenda, Wash did not think it that important until he just discovered his Power trait has now been dummied down at only a disadvantage. So how much time does he have to spend with the masters to gain that additional trait, In game time that is.  LOL
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 13, 2018, 12:52:42 pm
Bynw,
The telekinesis trait has been shortened up considerable. And the sharpshooter trait is not a Deryni trait. So what would you call the trait that Alaric uses to always hit his target with a ranged weapon and to be able to deflect other peoples projectiles from a distant. I don't have room to add the two traits separately, yet in my mind they should be one and the same.  What should I do?

Dhugal (or was it Kelson? ) also used this to beat Conall at archery, IIRC, and Kelson used it to make sure his aim was true when he executed Sicard with an arrow through the eye, so that ability definitely seems like it should be in the Deryni trait arsenal somewhere. (Telekinesis seems most logical to me also, since it involves Deryni magical ability, not simply the ability to fire a ranged weapon with uncanny accuracy.  And I think the shortened version of the trait description would still apply to this use, since an arrow is a small object. It's not like Wash is deflecting large boulders shot from a catapult!  I assume "small option" in the description was meant to say "small object. ")
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 13, 2018, 01:06:26 pm
Ok my next question is about Sharpshooter and Marksman. Marksman actually gives a success at a roll of 3,4,5, or 6. That is strong. Perhaps that should be considered the Deryni trait that I am looking for.

Silly question. Does the Deryni world even have zombies?  I found Undead Repellant:

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 13, 2018, 01:14:55 pm
Since Spell Reader has been eliminated rather than just renamed, does that mean I can replace it with something else entirely so Aliset retains the same number of basic traits?  If so, I think Ritual Magic would be the most consistent substitution for her character, given what she's done in the story thus far (figuring out how to get Valerian's amulet to give them information about its source). I guess that would make her family grimoire just a written collection of how to work a variety of magic rituals, which I can still imagine her wanting to protect from prying eyes by making it look like a cookbook, but that would just be regular Deryni illusion magic in that case and wouldn't require a separate trait in order to read it. (Aside from the regular ability to spot and see past the illusion given a successful test roll, that is.) That could work.

What would things like warding (without Wards Major) fall under? Is it a basic Power ability or a ritual that requires some level of training? I ask because in the story I've had Aliset drawing upon her Deryni training (plus some basic acquaintance with Border magic lore and adapting it to the type of magic use she is more familiar with) to make ward circles, and Columcil draws from the similar-yet-different Border traditions of his upbringing to create his.

I like the rewritten traits and think they sound clearer and easier to interpret according to what we've seen Deryni able to do in the books.

All forms of Warding would fall under Spell Trained. Unless one starts calling the Quater Guardian Angels then that moves it into Ritual Magic.

Your spell books can still be written in code making them more difficult to decipher. It doesn't take magic to read it Just takes a sharp mind that can figure out the cipher used.

And yes that does mean you get to remove the old Traits that are no longer active and replace them with something else more appropriate.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 13, 2018, 01:17:24 pm

Second question: If and when Washburn finds time, can he sit down and take some training with Archbishop Duncan or some other master to get Spell Training completed.  He is Richenda's son after all. He should have gotten most of the training. but may have not completed it, finding warrior training more important. Since Alaric was not fully trained until after he married Richenda, Wash did not think it that important until he just discovered his Power trait has now been dummied down at only a disadvantage. So how much time does he have to spend with the masters to gain that additional trait, In game time that is.  LOL

This leads me to something else that I wondered about? Can we train each other, at least in the rudiments of what we already know?  For instance, since Aliset is Spell-Trained, can she teach Columcil or Darcy some pointers so that they can eventually learn to use their powers that they already have and/or raise their skills in those powers?  I am assuming if they attempt to use their power to do a specific thing and they succeed in their 1d6 trait and can therefore consider this a learned trait in future and start using 2d6 for it? (Assumption made since that's how new skills were learned in other games I've played. ) Or would they have to succeed several times before it's considered an added skill?  Surely they wouldn't have to go to a Deryni Master for training on a basic level, or Vera would have had to have been more powerful than we've seen depicted for Duncan to be trained in the basics. (Alaric could potentially have received what training he got from Sir Se, but Duncan would have had less opportunity to learn from a master level Deryni, and Dhugal even less so. )  Can you tell I'm itching to get Aliset into Darcy's head and discover he's got powers? LOL! I imagine any Deryni with even rudimentary training would be able to pass on what they know, although I can see requiring training from a Spell Master for more advanced skills being logical since what the average Deryni can't do, they certainly can't teach.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 13, 2018, 01:20:02 pm
Bynw,
The telekinesis trait has been shortened up considerable. And the sharpshooter trait is not a Deryni trait. So what would you call the trait that Alaric uses to always hit his target with a ranged weapon and to be able to deflect other peoples projectiles from a distant. I don't have room to add the two traits separately, yet in my mind they should be one and the same.  What should I do?

Second question: If and when Washburn finds time, can he sit down and take some training with Archbishop Duncan or some other master to get Spell Training completed.  He is Richenda's son after all. He should have gotten most of the training. but may have not completed it, finding warrior training more important. Since Alaric was not fully trained until after he married Richenda, Wash did not think it that important until he just discovered his Power trait has now been dummied down at only a disadvantage. So how much time does he have to spend with the masters to gain that additional trait, In game time that is.  LOL


I would always say that the Deryni that move arrows to hit their targets or miss a target in some cases are using Telekinesis. If a mere Human were doing it, I would call it damn lucky or a sharpshooter.

Yes one can add more traits. Given Wash's in game previous use of his powers. He will currently succeed on a 4-6 on a Disadvantage roll. I will add a new post for character advancement sometime this weekend when I have the time to do it.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 13, 2018, 01:22:03 pm

Silly question. Does the Deryni world even have zombies?  I found Undead Repellant:

LOL! Probably not in the conventional sense, though if Valerian's training in the dark arts extends to necromancy, we might still need to be able to ward off undead attackers. Quick, what did we do with Austin's body?!   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 13, 2018, 01:23:28 pm
Ok my next question is about Sharpshooter and Marksman. Marksman actually gives a success at a roll of 3,4,5, or 6. That is strong. Perhaps that should be considered the Deryni trait that I am looking for.

Without looking at the rules I assume that is a Standard roll with 2d6. And that actually is even better than having an Advantage (3d6 succeed on 5-6) That's up to you on which way you would want to go.


Silly question. Does the Deryni world even have zombies?  I found Undead Repellant:

LOL yes I left that one in the list still. There are certainly creatures that can get called up. Maybe there are zombies ....
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 13, 2018, 01:25:51 pm

This leads me to something else that I wondered about? Can we train each other, at least in the rudiments of what we already know?  For instance, since Aliset is Spell-Trained, can she teach Columcil or Darcy some pointers so that they can eventually learn to use their powers that they already have and/or raise their skills in those powers?  I am assuming if they attempt to use their power to do a specific thing and they succeed in their 1d6 trait and can therefore consider this a learned trait in future and start using 2d6 for it? (Assumption made since that's how new skills were learned in other games I've played. ) Or would they have to succeed several times before it's considered an added skill?  Surely they wouldn't have to go to a Deryni Master for training on a basic level, or Vera would have had to have been more powerful than we've seen depicted for Duncan to be trained in the basics. (Alaric could potentially have received what training he got from Sir Se, but Duncan would have had less opportunity to learn from a master level Deryni, and Dhugal even less so. )  Can you tell I'm itching to get Aliset into Darcy's head and discover he's got powers? LOL! I imagine any Deryni with even rudimentary training would be able to pass on what they know, although I can see requiring training from a Spell Master for more advanced skills being logical since what the average Deryni can't do, they certainly can't teach.

I will cover that in the advancement post that I will be writing up this weekend. (Please note my weekends are Sunday-Monday) since I work on Saturdays.

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 13, 2018, 02:29:56 pm
I might need a bit of help with this.

I'll give Columcil the traits of an ecologist rather than anger issues if I'm allowed to make that change - don't remember seeing that before but if I just missed it and he's stuck with anger so be it.

If I understand it now as a healer Columcil still rolls 2d6 but for any other Deryni traits he now has to roll 1d6?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 13, 2018, 02:34:24 pm
I might need a bit of help with this.

I'll give Columcil the traits of an ecologist rather than anger issues if I'm allowed to make that change - don't remember seeing that before but if I just missed it and he's stuck with anger so be it.

If I understand it now as a healer Columcil still rolls 2d6 but for any other Deryni traits he now has to roll 1d6?

Yes you can make that change. I really haven't noticed any anger issues played out so it would be OK to change it.

For the other Deryni powers he possess for now lets do the same for him that we did for Wash. Roll 1d6 but you succeed on a 4,5, or 6 as the result.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 13, 2018, 02:38:47 pm
Are there any special traits for a holy man. Priests should have some special trait, whether human or Deryni. Traits that come with knowledge and faith.

This might include dealing with demons and those undead we discussed earlier, especialy if one is Deryni as well.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 13, 2018, 03:05:06 pm
Are there any special traits for a holy man. Priests should have some special trait, whether human or Deryni. Traits that come with knowledge and faith.

This might include dealing with demons and those undead we discussed earlier, especialy if one is Deryni as well.

Nothing in the core rules on Traits for priests other than the Undead one that is ... and of course the various magical traits that exist.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 13, 2018, 03:11:56 pm
Are there any special traits for a holy man. Priests should have some special trait, whether human or Deryni. Traits that come with knowledge and faith.

This might include dealing with demons and those undead we discussed earlier, especialy if one is Deryni as well.

Columcil isn't keen on dealing with demons or the undead!

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 13, 2018, 03:13:37 pm
But for healing it's still 2d6 and succeed on 5 & 6?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 13, 2018, 03:33:34 pm
But for healing it's still 2d6 and succeed on 5 & 6?

yes. the percentages for success are very similar.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 13, 2018, 04:02:56 pm
Thank you for your patience.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on January 13, 2018, 04:41:32 pm
Silly question. Does the Deryni world even have zombies?  I found Undead Repellant:

LOL yes I left that one in the list still. There are certainly creatures that can get called up. Maybe there are zombies ....

Bynw:  "Mine is an evil laugh!  Mwahahahaha!"  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 13, 2018, 06:28:04 pm
Bynw, just to confirm.  For Darcy, who does not know he is Deryni, for anything related to a Deryni power he may be able to tap into, he will roll at a disadvantage as he did before?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 13, 2018, 07:23:10 pm
Bynw, just to confirm.  For Darcy, who does not know he is Deryni, for anything related to a Deryni power he may be able to tap into, he will roll at a disadvantage as he did before?

That is correct! :)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 13, 2018, 08:43:02 pm
And now the rules for learning new Traits is posted.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 13, 2018, 09:18:44 pm
And now the rules for learning new Traits is posted.

Yay!  Thank you! Looks good.  :D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 13, 2018, 10:18:47 pm
Quote
from Aliset thinking to herself. "... practically from the moment they'd arrived, her companions had scattered seemingly to the four winds!  Annoyance welled up in her.  How very much like men they were, wandering apart and dashing hither and yon acting all heroic rather than sticking together and covering each other's backs like sensible folk! She stifled a laugh as the irony dawned on her.  Of course they were acting like men, daft creatures!  They were men!  .... She'd grown curiously attached to the lot of them in the past few days, even though keeping up with them right now seemed to be more useless than attempting to herd cats."

ROFL ;D
It is impossible to herd cats. Yet doing that would be easier than herding this group. Honestly we do keep trying to get together, if it wasn't for all these obstacles.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on January 14, 2018, 05:44:15 am
Quote
from Aliset thinking to herself. "... practically from the moment they'd arrived, her companions had scattered seemingly to the four winds!  Annoyance welled up in her.  How very much like men they were, wandering apart and dashing hither and yon acting all heroic rather than sticking together and covering each other's backs like sensible folk! She stifled a laugh as the irony dawned on her.  Of course they were acting like men, daft creatures!  They were men!  .... She'd grown curiously attached to the lot of them in the past few days, even though keeping up with them right now seemed to be more useless than attempting to herd cats."

ROFL ;D
It is impossible to herd cats. Yet doing that would be easier than herding this group. Honestly we do keep trying to get together, if it wasn't for all these obstacles.

On cat herding: 
(A commercial that originally ran during the Super Bowl some years ago.)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 14, 2018, 10:55:57 am
Herding cats is a pretty good description of being a parish priest.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 14, 2018, 03:59:15 pm
Happy to wait Laurna but there's a lot of blood here so get those dice sorted would you  ::)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 14, 2018, 07:02:48 pm
Darcy Cameron sneaks down the passage again and approaches the dice roller.  Again he pries open the door.  From his belt pouch he pulls forth six dice, all marked only as sixes.  On the corner of each, clearly marked, it says "Made in Gwynedd." He throws them into the roller.

"Our friend will be avenged, Torenth!"
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 14, 2018, 09:45:01 pm
Oh no! so sorry Revanne! That makes it really hard on your real day, doesn't it. I know it's a game, but I am feeling it.
Thank you Jerusha, I hope that will help.

Bynw, I think I now understand why the GM rolls for the enemy. It is too hard on the players to get good rolls only when playing the enemy and never for yourself. I think the roller is programed to think you are getting good rolls every three times like the odds should be, but it doesn't account for the fact that every third roll is not for yourself. Would it make a difference if we each had a separate account to roll for the bad guys, not the same account that we roll for our own characters. Remember computers don't really understand total randomness, no matter how well they are programed.

Better Yet, I am willing to let Bynw roll for the enemy, so any of my good rolls don't feel don't feel like utter destruction when they go to the advantage of the bad guy.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 14, 2018, 10:31:55 pm
Remember, even if the enemy scores a hit, that doesn't mean you have to write every hit as a life threatening blow!  Remember, we PCs have 6 hit points, after all, so if you are writing each hit as if it were a potentially mortal injury, we'd bleed out long before we ever get to that final hit point!  LOL!  I mean, sure, if the enemy not only managed to hit a PC but did so with all 6s (or if we attempt to evade and roll all 1s), then sure, you might want to write that as a spectacular success or failure, but it seems far more likely in a fast paced combat scene that some of those blows are likely to hit their target but be shallow slashes, blows that momentarily daze the PC but not be totally incapacitating, etc.  One reason PCs get more HP than NPCs is to help keep it fun for the players rather than traumatic, since no one wants to lose a character they've invested a lot of time and energy in creating.  (Been there, done that!)  And if one of us does die....well, this is Gwynedd, land of the Blessed Saint Camber.  Miracles do occasionally happen, at least if we can manage to shake those pesky ones and twos out of the dice roller.  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 15, 2018, 12:39:33 am
Oh no! so sorry Revanne! That makes it really hard on your real day, doesn't it. I know it's a game, but I am feeling it.
Thank you Jerusha, I hope that will help.

Bynw, I think I now understand why the GM rolls for the enemy. It is too hard on the players to get good rolls only when playing the enemy and never for yourself. I think the roller is programed to think you are getting good rolls every three times like the odds should be, but it doesn't account for the fact that every third roll is not for yourself. Would it make a difference if we each had a separate account to roll for the bad guys, not the same account that we roll for our own characters. Remember computers don't really understand total randomness, no matter how well they are programed.

Better Yet, I am willing to let Bynw roll for the enemy, so any of my good rolls don't feel don't feel like utter destruction when they go to the advantage of the bad guy.
On the other hand it feels more realistic thst bsd things happen to good characters. And Kieran had a much easier death than he feared he might.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 15, 2018, 01:06:05 am
Scene posted, one thug left injured but alive for questioning, and now Columcil can show Wash how Healing works, assuming the dice roll is favorable and he doesn't roll snake eyes instead and harm himself or Wash in the process. LOL! I'm headed to bed.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 15, 2018, 02:13:55 am
Thank you so much Evie.  thank you for staying up to finish that. I think we can now all go get a good night's sleep.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 15, 2018, 08:58:31 am
I made a slight edit to my previous post.  I realized I had overlooked that the other door from the infirmary led through a courtyard to a back gate, so I fixed that. 

Just in case the fifth Mearan sympathizer Laurna mentioned decides to surface.   ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 15, 2018, 10:12:33 am
I had good luck rolling this way:

[10:10] <bynw> !roll 1d6
[10:10] <@derynibot> 6 == 6  (success)
[10:10] <bynw> !roll 1d6
[10:10] <@derynibot> 1 == 1 (fail)
[10:10] <bynw> !roll 1d6
[10:10] <@derynibot> 3 == 3 (fail)
[10:10] <bynw> .
[10:10] <bynw> !roll 2d6
[10:10] <@derynibot> 3, 1 == 4 (fail)
[10:10] <bynw> !roll 2d6
[10:10] <@derynibot> 2, 6 == 8 (success)
[10:10] <bynw> !roll 2d6
[10:10] <@derynibot> 3, 5 == 8 (success)
[10:10] <bynw> .
[10:10] <bynw> !roll 3d6
[10:10] <@derynibot> 3, 5, 6 == 14 (success)
[10:10] <bynw> !roll 3d6
[10:10] <@derynibot> 4, 2, 3 == 9 (fail)
[10:10] <bynw> !roll 3d6
[10:10] <@derynibot> 6, 4, 1 == 11 (success)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 15, 2018, 11:12:02 am
 Those rolls were in our chat room, yes? So it's ok if we use that as an alternate means of dice rolling, since either way you'll see the results? That might be easier, since the other site has a habit of assuming it knows what I want to roll better than I do, or changing my subject line back to a previously used one at random moments. I swear that thing hates me!   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 15, 2018, 12:23:24 pm
Off to run several errands in town before the freeze hits, and get a few major chores completed. Feel free to use Aliset as needed.  (Within the bounds of good taste and common decency, that is. Remember those nuns are watching you!   ;D )
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Demercia on January 15, 2018, 12:54:49 pm
As a harmless bystander, please can we have a stress free couple of days.  At least let them get out of Meara alive.  Pretty please.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 15, 2018, 01:19:47 pm
Those rolls were in our chat room, yes? So it's ok if we use that as an alternate means of dice rolling, since either way you'll see the results? That might be easier, since the other site has a habit of assuming it knows what I want to roll better than I do, or changing my subject line back to a previously used one at random moments. I swear that thing hates me!   ;D

Yes those were in the chatroom and since I'm always in the chatroom you can use it to roll dice if you want to as an alternative. But sometimes, as my past player DesertRose will tell you. Even those dice are not always friendly towards you.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on January 15, 2018, 01:40:14 pm
Those rolls were in our chat room, yes? So it's ok if we use that as an alternate means of dice rolling, since either way you'll see the results? That might be easier, since the other site has a habit of assuming it knows what I want to roll better than I do, or changing my subject line back to a previously used one at random moments. I swear that thing hates me!   ;D

Yes those were in the chatroom and since I'm always in the chatroom you can use it to roll dice if you want to as an alternative. But sometimes, as my past player DesertRose will tell you. Even those dice are not always friendly towards you.

LOL, indeed!   Sometimes the dice just hate you.  ;)
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 15, 2018, 02:33:57 pm
I was trying to do the math, but my math brain totaly escapes me.
1d6 rolloing a 5 or 6 is 33%       1d6 rolling a 4,5,or 6 is 50%   no math required there
2d6 Rolling a 5 or 6  is  ?%   (is that 4/36?  that can't be right because that is 1/9)   
3d6 rolling a 5 or 6   is  ?%   Brain freeze!


I reviewed my dice rolls.  I have done 32 rolls total, 10 rolls with a 5 or 6 showing that is 31%. that is acceptable.
Rolls for Wash 19, 5 rolls with a 5 or 6 showing  that is 26%. below average
Rolls for other than Wash 13, 5 rolls with a 5 or 6 showing  that is 38%  above average.  This is why the bad guys are doing so much better.

I admit that I am not including the few rolls Wash has used focus to make a 4 count and once he used hero point to make a 3 count. Those are supposed to improve your average to above 33 % not bring it up to 33%.
So if I roll for the bad guys I will roll them on a different account or on the chat room instead.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 15, 2018, 04:00:34 pm
When doing the math on the odds of rolling the dice. Most of the time when multiple six sided dice are concerned the math is done against the sum total of the 2 or 3 dice in question. So the odds of rolling a 5 or 6 on 2d6 is very good, if you are looking at the total. Because it can be done with 1+5, 2+4, 3+3, 1+4, 2+3. But we are looking at rolling a 5 or 6 (most of the time) on any single die. Sometimes we only get to roll 1 die, other times we get 2 or 3 which of course increases the odds.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 15, 2018, 04:27:23 pm
Help - you are talking to the person who only passed my Maths "O" level (Exams taken at 16 when I was at school- they are called GCSEs now unless that has changed again) because Demercia forced a few vital bits of information into my head.

I have no idea why we have plural Math this side of the pond - singular would have been more than enough for me.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 15, 2018, 04:31:06 pm
Off to run several errands in town before the freeze hits, and get a few major chores completed. Feel free to use Aliset as needed.  (Within the bounds of good taste and common decency, that is. Remember those nuns are watching you!   ;D )

I take it that doesn't include Columcil so far forgetting your status as to ask you to wash his bloodstained robe.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 15, 2018, 05:48:53 pm
Off to run several errands in town before the freeze hits, and get a few major chores completed. Feel free to use Aliset as needed.  (Within the bounds of good taste and common decency, that is. Remember those nuns are watching you!   ;D )

I take it that doesn't include Columcil so far forgetting your status as to ask you to wash his bloodstained robe.

LOL!  Well, you can ask, but be prepared to be met with a puzzled stare before she shrinks your robe, never having done her own laundry before, much less anyone else's! ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 15, 2018, 09:06:24 pm
Due to the nature of this being a play-by-post game. I'm adding a nifty feature.

Anytime you roll all 6's for a Test for your character you get a Hero Point.
So on a Disadvantage Test, that's just one 6 needed since you only have one die.
On a Standard Test, then you need two 6's to get the hero point.
And on an Advantage Test, all 3 of them need to be 6's.

I've reviewed the posts for the game and it hasn't happened very often yet. But it has happened twice so far ...  PMs coming with your point totals.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 15, 2018, 10:28:31 pm
That's totally  awesome Bynw.  Thank you.

Giving up on figuring this out the mathematical way. I resorted to counting. Not sure about my accuracy as I am doing this quickly on my lunch break.

To have a success roll of a 5 and/or 6
1d6  total different outcomes 6     those with a 5 and/or 6 are 2            2/6      =33.3%
2d6 total different outcomes 36    those with a 5 and/or 6 are 20        20/36     =55%
3d6 total different outcomes 216  those with a 5 and/or 6 are 152     152/216   =70%


Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 16, 2018, 05:54:00 am
How are you rolling dice in the chatroom? I have no clue!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 16, 2018, 06:03:44 am
I'm wondering what is going on outside the walls of the town while mayhem is taking place within. I can't think that there can be very many assailants - half a dozen to a dozen perhaps - as Valerian wouldn't want to show his hand this near to the Gwynedd border and would want to make sure that those acting for him in this instance would be taken for a band of bandits or reivers. Valerian is clearly being kept informed by someone within the town, and my sense is that he would call off the attackers in the short term, there is still a distance for our heroes to cover where they will be more vulnerable.

I am thinking of writing something to that effect but what does anyone else think?
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 16, 2018, 07:03:08 am
That's totally  awesome Bynw.  Thank you.

Giving up on figuring this out the mathematical way. I resorted to counting. Not sure about my accuracy as I am doing this quickly on my lunch break.

To have a success roll of a 5 and/or 6
1d6  total different outcomes 6     those with a 5 and/or 6 are 2            2/6      =33.3%
2d6 total different outcomes 36    those with a 5 and/or 6 are 20        20/36     =55%
3d6 total different outcomes 216  those with a 5 and/or 6 are 152     152/216   =70%

You got it!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: DesertRose on January 16, 2018, 07:12:42 am
How are you rolling dice in the chatroom? I have no clue!

In the field in your chat window where you would normally type your comment, type "!roll [however many]d6" without the quotation marks.  So if you needed to roll 2 dice, you'd type "!roll 2d6."

It's sort of like the "/nick New_Nickname" or the "/me does something" command, except that the slash tells the server that a command is incoming, but the exclamation point lets the chat bot know you're asking it to do something.

It also works for other dice besides six-sided, but y'all aren't using any other type of dice, so that's immaterial to the Ghosts of the Past game.  (For example, if y'all were playing a D20 system and you needed to roll a 20-sided die, you'd type, "!roll 1d20.")

I hope that helps.  If it's not clear enough, say something.  :D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 16, 2018, 07:16:59 am
How are you rolling dice in the chatroom? I have no clue!


If you are in the chatroom just type: !roll 1d6
or if you need 2 dice it would be !roll 2d6
or for those 3 dice it would be !roll 3d6

Just remember to start with the explanation point
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 16, 2018, 08:55:53 am
Thanks DR and Bynw.  I'll try that next time.  It's almost too easy.   :)

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 16, 2018, 08:58:51 am
I'm wondering what is going on outside the walls of the town while mayhem is taking place within. I can't think that there can be very many assailants - half a dozen to a dozen perhaps - as Valerian wouldn't want to show his hand this near to the Gwynedd border and would want to make sure that those acting for him in this instance would be taken for a band of bandits or reivers. Valerian is clearly being kept informed by someone within the town, and my sense is that he would call off the attackers in the short term, there is still a distance for our heroes to cover where they will be more vulnerable.

I am thinking of writing something to that effect but what does anyone else think?

I agree, revanne.  I was thinking that Laurna's "fifth man" would call off his attempt to break into the monastery now that Washburn and Columcil have arrived.  Shall I leave this to you?  I plan to do a little "welcome back, you look awful" scene.   ;)

And besides, our group needs to move on to the next part of the disaster adventure.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 16, 2018, 09:06:29 am

I agree, revanne.  I was thinking that Laurna's "fifth man" would call off his attempt to break into the monastery now that Washburn and Columcil have arrived.  Shall I leave this to you?  I plan to do a little "welcome back, you look awful" scene.   ;)

And besides, our group needs to move on to the next part of the disaster adventure.

Unless Laurna and Evie want to write anything in the meantime I'll probably post and write a scene this evening my time so mid-late afternoon Eastern/Central time
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 16, 2018, 09:14:32 am
Our heroes also need at least six hours of sleep to replenish their HP before setting forth again, remember, and downtime not used in directly fighting off attackers can also be used for necessary character interactions (time for teaching/learning new things, time to restock our travel bags...or for that matter, track down missing horses with saddle bags, etc.). Granted, we can't linger here for days, but we could do with 12 to 24 hours to catch our breaths before the next attempt against us! ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 16, 2018, 09:43:17 am
It's been asked about the use of Hero Points.

They do have to be declared BEFORE rolling.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 16, 2018, 09:53:52 am
I wasn't thinking that they would leap onto their horses and fly singing into the dark ;D. Not least because Darcy hasn't got a horse at the moment!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 16, 2018, 11:57:09 am
I wasn't thinking that they would leap onto their horses and fly singing into the dark ;D. Not least because Darcy hasn't got a horse at the moment!

Opps, good point.  ;D

Quote from: Jerusha
And besides, our group needs to move on to the next part of the disaster adventure.

LOL  oh dear.  there's more?   ::)

Whole heartily agree it is time to settle, interact, and replenish travel bags and traveler's souls.

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 16, 2018, 01:12:52 pm
I modified the Ritual Magic Trait. It now reads:


Ritual Magic (Deryni): Given the Sacred Space and nothing is impossible. You are more adept at channeling the arcane power flowing through your veins and can empower greater magical effects through rituals. There are specific rituals for nearly every purpose. With a successful Test, you can affect a wider area, more targets, or create a more powerful result. As always, the Game Master is the judge of what you can and cannot attempt to do. You can dispel the magical effects of Artificer objects. Ritual Magic is a Standard Test that succeeds on a 4,5, or 6 due to the focal nature of Rituals. This Trait requires the Spell-Trained Trait.

So it is a Standard Test (2d6) but you succeed on a 4,5, or 6 when preforming something in a Ritual setting.

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 16, 2018, 01:54:15 pm
Thank you, Bynw!  That will be helpful, not to mention it makes sense that our attempts would be more likely to succeed when we are doing something requiring that much focus.

I've just done a brief scene, and off again to do more chores (still trying to salvage some stuff from our basement leak last week, plus some other chores that have been left to pile up), and get a craft project or two out of the way while I've got some unexpected time off.  My workplace is closed today due to the expected snow and ice, and I just got notice that we won't reopen until 1:00 pm tomorrow at the earliest (possibly not even then if the weather turns out worse than expected), so I'm trying to take advantage of the extra time at home during daylight hours.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 16, 2018, 02:58:45 pm
[quote author Evie]I can't promise they'll fit properly, but at least you've been saved the need to wear nuns' habits while your clothes dry.[/quote]

Eeck! There you go trying to dress Wash up as a nun, just as someone had threatened to do days ago. 'After all I've done, after all I've been through...'   LOL!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 16, 2018, 03:06:07 pm
Darcy awakes suddenly from a disturbing dream.  He was searching for his horse while dressed in a nun's habit....
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 16, 2018, 03:07:14 pm
LOL
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 16, 2018, 03:11:47 pm
OK, locally we have a band of snow coming through town, as well as temps dipping to the single digits (Fahrenheit, so well below freezing rather than just above it), making me wonder if somehow Alabama has migrated to Ontario.  :D  What this means as far as the game is concerned is that any time we get any sort of severe weather (including ice storms), we have an increased chance of power outages, which I am definitely hoping won't happen because I don't want to be stranded here in single-digit temperatures with no way to cook or keep warm but blankets and a fire in the fireplace, and horror of horrors, no internet access!   ;D

BUT if the worst should happen and y'all need to take over the story for a while without me, here are the thoughts foremost on Aliset's mind right now:

1.  Restocking provisions.  We want to get more foodstuffs suitable for travel, for one thing, not to mention make sure our clothing is clean, mended, and suitable. Since our monk disguises have long since been seen though, should we just go ahead and ditch those robes and find some other clothing in the village, or maybe have someone go into town to procure some for us? If they decide to take stock of what belongings they managed to retain and what has gone missing, maybe that would afford an opportunity for Wash or Aliset to recognize Darcy's Ward Cubes for what they are rather than just a useless set of dice.

2. Finding suitable mounts.  Maybe someone in the village has managed to spot and capture Darcy's horse? Or are we going to need to acquire one?  Just because she has no plans to marry Darcy's horse doesn't mean she wouldn't miss it!  Darcy can hardly travel the rest of the way to Rhemuth behind her, after all.  She likes him well enough, but those strong arms wrapped around her the whole way might be just a little distracting, not to mention really uncomfortable after a few hours of close proximity in the summer heat!  ;D

3.  Is there any way to get a message to Kelson ahead of our arrival? Maybe he could send reinforcements to help us.  Sending a messenger ahead of us?  Carrier pigeon from the convent's dovecote?  Deryni magical means? Might her St. Camber medallion or any of the spells in her family grimoire help with that latter option?

4. Curiosity about what she is heading towards at Court, and how it will affect her future.  Is Kelson more likely to want her to remain in Rhemuth as his ward, now that her family is dead, or will he decide to send her back to manage her manorial lands after sending an armed force to reclaim Caer Mariot and secure it for her?  Or will he require her to marry a strong lord who can return to Caer Mariot with his retinue and reclaim it for her in her name?  She has no idea what she's walking into, and that concerns her, although not as much as staying behind to be forced into marriage with Oswald!  Not that she doesn't trust King Kelson to provide well for her and her people, but she's still a bit nervous about the unknown future before her, and might want to pick Washburn's brain re: his impression of what Kelson might be most likely to decide.

5. Curiosity about Darcy's shields.  Is he Deryni, or has he just developed those from being around the rest of them? She really wants to investigate that, if he is willing to let her.  If he is Deryni, maybe he can be trained in at least a few basic skills.  She'd be willing to try.

6. Curiosity about Columcil's power. She wonders if he is full Deryni but just uses magic with a more Border 'flavor," or if he is one of those Borderers with a similar-yet-different source of power and magical tradition. Either way, he's intriguing, and maybe they can learn from each other.

7. Their departure.  How do they plan to sneak out of the village, since she is certain there are enemies keeping watch and waiting for them to do just that?  What sort of disguise would work? Might she be able to cast an illusion on their party to make them look like traveling merchants?  Nuns traveling to a convent in Rhemuth? (LOL at the thought of Wash and Darcy's reaction to that!) Or might a merchant or peddler be able to sneak them out of the village gates in his wagon, with someone else meeting them further down the road with their horses?  They need to decide how to get out of town while throwing off pursuit for as long as they can manage, to give them a head start ahead of their enemies.

That's all that's coming to mind at the moment, but those are the sorts of things Aliset is likely to bring up once she can get a moment alone with her companions.

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 16, 2018, 03:37:09 pm
Hope you keep warm and safe.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Laurna on January 16, 2018, 04:16:25 pm
Lots to sounder as I go off to work.

Let me add that Wash sent off a letter to Dhugal, only just that morning, (that was a very very long day), I want to do a little story to see if the courier makes it to Balimar or if he gets way laid. How many days from Culdi to Balimar if  the courier is moving fast.  Would there be a private portal for Dhugal to use, if the letter reaches him. Although the letter may not spark enough concern to inform Kelson, not yet, however, it should have Dhugal looking into the Oswald problem. Maybe we can get Jass involved. ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: revanne on January 16, 2018, 04:22:08 pm
Lots to sounder as I go off to work.

Let me add that Wash sent off a letter to Dhugal, only just that morning, (that was a very very long day),

Maybe a quiet day tomorrow ? ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 16, 2018, 04:57:45 pm
OK, locally we have a band of snow coming through town, as well as temps dipping to the single digits (Fahrenheit, so well below freezing rather than just above it),

Would love to have single digit temps. We have had some below zero ones lately.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 16, 2018, 05:31:35 pm
OK, locally we have a band of snow coming through town, as well as temps dipping to the single digits (Fahrenheit, so well below freezing rather than just above it),

Would love to have single digit temps. We have had some below zero ones lately.

It's predicted to fall below zero before morning. Fortunately we got a band of dry air directly over Birmingham, so while we got a fair bit of snow and ice to the northwest and southeast of the city, there is a corridor over the city (including the suburb where I live) that I swear looks on the weather radar as if someone was doing a weather working!  I wouldn't say it was perfectly clear, because we did get flurries, but what fell was so light and dry that it blew away immediately, and the temps never got above freezing, so it didn't melt on the roads. The fear was that the temps would rise just above freezing after a thick snowfall, and that the higher temperature plus traffic melting the snow on the roads would lead to them becoming ice-slicked after sundown once the temps dropped again.  That didn't happen here, although it's apparently happened on either side of us.  Granted, the night is still young, so it could get worse later, but I just made a brief run to our neighborhood grocery store about an hour ago, and at that time the snow was so dry and powdery that it just flew straight off my windshield with a flick of the wipers and didn't leave even a trace of moisture.  That is definitely not our usual sort of snow when we see any in these parts!  We usually get huge, sloppy, slushy, feather-like flakes rather than this fine sand-like stuff!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 16, 2018, 06:13:04 pm
It's all your fault, Evie, for the hamster wheel that is my brain considering all sorts of scenarios.  Including:

A scene in the bath where our three male adventurers (sorry Aliset, you can't be in this scene!) come clean about parts of their past.

A Casablanca moment, when Washburn and Darcy learn that Aliset will be betrothed a an earl ten years her senior, they decide to join the Forcinn Foreign Legion.

"This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship," Washburn says as they ride through the gates of Rhemuth.

"Only if we don't kill each other first," replies Darcy.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 16, 2018, 06:16:25 pm
LOL!!!

Or a crossover fic....

Aliset looked into her grimoire, trying to figure out how to conjure up Moaning Myrtle to eavesdrop on the men's bathtime conversation.  Perhaps if she could find the right spell, she could even see through Myrtle's eyes by scrying in her wine goblet.... 

 ;D

Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Jerusha on January 16, 2018, 06:19:57 pm
Oh my goodness, Bynw and revanne.  These are dark turns indeed!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 16, 2018, 06:21:52 pm
On the news right now, TV reporter to state trooper. "I know right now you have your ear literally on the roads of Alabama...."

Um, no, I hope not!  His ear would freeze stuck to it, and I'd hate to see that workman's compensation report! LOL!
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 16, 2018, 06:22:58 pm
I'm just borrowing from my own native RPG campaign. There is one group that has a long standing tradition of not liking the Deryni in my game world. The entire army there uses crossbows with Merasha dipped bolts. Just to take care of those kind. Easier to capture a Deryni when their mind is muddled and they cannot call upon their powers.
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Evie on January 16, 2018, 06:38:14 pm
Yeah, I was just laughing because apparently merasha-tipped arrows shot by a skilled archer with a longbow aren't sufficient for us, we get to worry about the much greater force (and even higher chance of fatal injury to unarmored folk) of crossbow bolts to be wary of on top of that!  Thanks, boss!   ;D
Title: Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
Post by: Bynw on January 16, 2018, 06:50:08 pm
Hiding a long bow or even a short bow is sometimes difficult. A crossbow is easier to hide. Fortunately in this game there is no difference to the damage. Everything does 1 point. See I saved you :D