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1  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: Today at 07:54:13 PM

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Reaching over, Janus raps Creamor lightly over the head with her bone. "For a smart man you are very stupid."

"Firstly, the serving of the stew is a fixed point on their timetable, not ours," she ticks the point off on her fingers before rolling her eyes again while repeating Creamor's statement about dawn service sotto voce. "According to the local meat, it takes place in the early evening during the change of watch. The poison will take a little while to affect the meat, so we have up until then to eliminate to birds just in case this is their breaking point."

She ticks the next point off. "Replacing Barhold is foolishness. We have no idea of the sort of person he is or the way he interacts with others, and without the structure of the truth to weave itself through the lie is too easily exposed, yes? Besides, as the sole remaining captain it seems unlikely that a man doing the job of others in addition to his own will be in a position where his murder and substitution can take place. No, our hope for ensnaring the priest lies with the adulteress; although a pariah responsible for two deaths, I think the man I talked to following the murder of the barkeep is the sort of man who will respond to a cry for spiritual and emotional succor."
2  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: Today at 01:32:22 PM

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The plant woman rolls her eyes as Creamor again mentions confronting Tactitus. "As I've said before, his ice creature responds only to his voice, and I am the only one who both knows it and can replicate it, yes? The magister's death is not yours to perform. At least not alone. And unless dinner can be hauled to the castle and served in less than two hours, which is the limit of Thorn's crowns, I will be busy serving the poisoned stew."

She points her bone to Lars. "And your mention of your god brings up the problem of the man who serves theirs. I had  heard before I was laid low and taken to die at Brandescar that these Mitran clerics are known for their ability to heal the injured and ill." She chuckles as the name causes the prisoner to gasp in shock. "We must find some means of luring their god botherer from the castle so that he can be dealt with others infiltrate the tower through the tunnel and deal with the ravens before we give the meat guarding the castle their final meal."
3  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: Today at 07:49:22 AM

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Janus taps the gatehouse with a length of bone.

"A perfect task for the Professor, yes?" she points the bone at Creamor. "Timeon is the lightest of us; the two of them strike the top of the keep in the middle of the night, ensure the machine there cannot function, then fly again to the top of the gatehouse. Invite some of your devil friends along that know some way to kill sound as well as we kill the meat, yes?"
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: Today at 06:10:31 AM
Turns out that the the first of the Star Wars spin-off films, Rogue One, will focus on the theft of the plans for the Death Star. The absence of the Jedi is an omnipresent factor according to the panel at Celebration: God isn't coming to help us, so we've got to start looking after ourselves.

These standalones are being released under the banner of Star Wars Anthology
5  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: Today at 12:52:19 AM

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Janus taps the gatehouse with a length of bone.

"Clearly this must be the culmination of our assault upon the castle, yes?" she says. "Even if we can't sabotage the drawbridge, provided we hold the entrance this secondary bridge will provide the bugbears access to the castle grounds. Even though only having access to the smaller bridge will force them into a something of a bottleneck, it should be enough provided that we can turn these two big bow things around to fire on the defenders."
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 19, 2015, 08:44:07 PM
The first Fantastic 4 trailer has dropped.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: April 19, 2015, 05:46:43 AM
Star Wars Rebels season 2 trailer
8  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 19, 2015, 03:56:30 AM

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While the rest of the party are content to make do cannibalising the rations of the rangers, Janus and Grumblejack have a much more enjoyable meal as they shamelessly cannibalise the rangers themselves -- much to the unmitigated horror of her prisoner. After a few complaints, she makes a point of demonstrating that the horse meat she's readying for the return trip is prepared separately.

"Any thought of 'engaging' the magister is foolhardy," she counters. "He has the potential to be a formidable opponent, and as we saw tonight the magic we can muster isn't so great that it can be counted on to vanquish him quickly, let alone without drawing attention, yes? He must be silently murdered and replaced so that his ice monster can be safely set loose upon the tower."
9  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 19, 2015, 03:13:09 AM
The stew is the logical next step because it's a single act that will incapacitate the largest number of people. With any luck, we'll be getting back really close to stewday to capitalise on the absence of the rangers before it becomes untowards. Murdering the magister and the ravens could even take place that same night at which point we summon the horde.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 19, 2015, 02:59:36 AM
As a follow-on from the events of Man of Steel -- and of all the problems that film had, killing Zod will never be one of them because historically it was the moral horror of killing Zod & friends made him forswear killing anyone else -- DoJ is a fantastically logical next step.

Part of the problem with the Cinematic DCU is very arguably Zack Snyder, someone whose cinematic CV is basically felating Frank Miller. The fact that the trailer for a film from someone who so enthusiastically brings key 80s superheroic deconstructionist texts to screen shows us what is essentially the iconic scene from the end of The Dark Knight Returns is immensely diagnostic.
11  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 18, 2015, 05:37:32 PM
At what point do we hit the level up you mentioned prior to the final battle?
12  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 18, 2015, 05:31:15 AM
The shield is nothing a coat of (black) paint won't fix. The vambraces, greaves, and spaulders which I imagine are all doing a fine impression of the end of Fellowship of the Ring will probably similarly benefit but likely it won't matter because they'll only be seen when we're ready to start murdering everyone.
13  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 17, 2015, 10:05:28 PM
If no one else claims it, I suggest Barden get the superior bow to replace his own. Otherwise we can give it to Tim and increase his combat potential a little more; someone might suggest he take Varning's shield too if no one else wants to claim it.

Oh, and final bit of loot: 45 sp. I imagine it's just going into the mission pool, but as usual Janus has no immediate interest in it so split it up as you see fit.
14  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 17, 2015, 09:36:03 PM
As Buriz follows Drin's directive to confirm that the fallen are indeed truly dead before returning to the infernal realms, Grumblejack strides back over to the horse he crippled with his initial charge into combat. It shrieks in fear before falling eternally silent, head severed by a single mighty double handed blow. Sinking the blade into the earth, he tears off the broken foreleg, peels back the ragged flesh and starts sucking the marrow from the bone.

Once satisfied with his treat, he grabs up the dead beast's blanket and sitting upon a fallen tree uses it to clean his axe.

"After tonight, I shall call you Red Bloom," he rumbles with surprising poetry.



While battle aftercare takes place, Timeon industriously begins looting the campsite. Under Barden's direction, one of the less bloodied bedrolls is dragged into the clear and items of worth piled upon it.

While performing these labours, he recovers the short sword with which Varning had maimed the devil. Something about the infernal ichor has etched a pattern onto the surface of the blade almost like an oilslick and he finds it strangely alluring. Taking out his own blade, given him barely a year ago by his former master, he tosses it contemptuously onto the loot pile and replaces it with Varning's.

Deciding that the chainmail is too much of a burden to wear -- without an imposing physical presence, speed is a greater advantage on the field of battle -- he keeps the leather armour taken from the murdered sailors a fortnight past but augments it with some of the rangers' fittings. As it turns out, their similar builds means most of the reclaimed equipment comes from the one ranger who had managed to escape the immediate slaughter of her comrades.


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Janus returns to the ambush site as the others are preparing to go after the horses, her prize still on her shoulder. Skirting around the bodies and the assorted gore and viscera they've relinquished to the earth, she deposits the ranger at the back of the camp on what had been Varning's sleeping furs to ensure the cold of the night does not steal her away. Any appropriative interest in the barely conscious woman is met with a feral hiss and the exclamation "No, mine!"

Only after ensuring that the woman cannot escape -- by placing a noose around her neck, bending her legs back at the knee and tying the end of it to the thonging already around her ankles -- does she turn her attention to her companions.
15  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 17, 2015, 04:38:50 AM
Thanks for running that, Mr A, and apologies for treading on your toes re die rolls.  Off for a rather truncated trip to Peru tomorrow for the next 2 and a half weeks; hope everyone has fun while I'm away!

No biggie dude. Have fun!
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