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The long awaited tale

July 7, 2004 12:03 am

Since Carmen and Crunch have been waiting oh so patiently for me to get my act together….

I know corrections will be forthcoming – the following will be changed accordingly. Unless it’s funnier not to.

Tae was sitting by her self in the tavern of the inn she’d been staying at for the past few days. After the whole big mess with the Temple of Elemental Evil, everyone had felt the need for a little R&R or alone time or something like that. Carmen had wandered back into the wilds to look for her beloved Lurk, and had Odette tagging along, looking for a new owl. Similarly, Athena was doing her druid thing, and Crunch was fighting the Xill again. Something like that. And then there was Petra. Into mischief somewhere, no doubt.

So here was Tae at the Fox’s Tail Tavern – an establishment Carmen would have adored, no doubt. And sure, it was a reasonably clean, nice place. The atmosphere was cheerful, and there was a red-haired bard entertaining the patrons on the other side of the room. Sitting next to her is an old man with a tanned, weather-beaten look to him. He looks Tae over, saying “From the looks o’ ye, I’m betting ye could spin a tale more wonderous than that weaver o’ dreams over there. But I don’t reckon you’ve heard of Miralana.”

Tae had to admit that she hadn’t, and he told her that Miralana was the Queen of the Fey, a monarch renown for holding a gracious court and welcoming guests in need of her help. He hinted at a great number of tales about the feasts and balls she held and the great deeds performed by her knights. He went on to claim that he had heard that “Miralana herself has been looking for a healer such as yourself!”

Tae took the plot hook like a good PC, and the old man gave her directions and a map, which I’m sure was much better than my pathetic representation of it, since he had been a ranger for many years. She left a note for the innkeeper for her friends, and set off.

Oh – before leaving town, Tae rented a horse called Arpha – the economy model, naturally.

On the road, she was attacked by bandits, but she found that they were already being tracked by a half-drow wizard called Nadrak who was more than happy to help her fight them off. They chatted a good deal on the road, and the DM was half expecting Tae to want to start a civil rights movement for half-drow, but that’s another story. 😉

After coming to the ruins of a temple to Olidammara, and carefully going around it, Tae and Nadrak fought off a second band of bandits. In due time, they come to Miralana’s castle, at which point your narrator is going to pause for the night because she is exhausted from a gruelling day of playing Civilzation: the Boardgame with Graham, Ben, and Mother. We’re on the cusp of the Modern era, so we left it up for tomorrow morning. I’m doing pretty well at the moment, though Graham is sulking a bit because we were beating up on him…but he left some prime property wide open!! I just sailed right in – it’s not my fault his belligerent fleet let me through!

Jane Austen’s Bath

June 29, 2004 10:28 pm

The Big Question:

Bubbles or Not?

As I’m sure you can guess, there have been a lot of jokes to that effect around here recently, but the good news is that I’m done! With that one, anyway, but I have breathing room on everything else.

And that means that I have time to prepare this campaign! After all, Elf needs a title.    😉

Hello summer!!

June 19, 2004 12:01 am

I’m not commenting on the June 17th entry title.

For anyone who was wondering, Jen and I did get to the Gulfarium on Monday, and had a good time, despite the rain! Rain just seemed to follow us that day… Mother Nature would trick us into coming outside with a little sunshine, then bring back the rain clouds.

Despite that, I think we did quite a lot in five and half days! We were out at the beach on three separate occaisions, spent an afternoon at the pool (which was deserted…even the lifeguard left before we did!), biked down to Meigs park, and watched several good movies! Went to go see Troy, too, for that matter, which was better than some of the reviews had suggested. I rather liked it. Anyway, we had a wonderful time!!

I’ve also taken up the DM’s hat again for a while. I’m putting the campaign together myself – and despite having had at least six months’ warning, I’m still playing half off-the-cuff. I meant to write it this spring, but there never seemed to be time or inspiration. Until I starting studying for final exams – go figure. So I took the time to outline it then, and I’m detailing it now. Also tying everying together…. The biggest problem here is that my players can’t interrogate anyone very effectively, because I don’t know the answers, either! Tae and Petra had problems with that today….sorry gals!

I’m about to start school work again. We have to do a lot of the reading and writing for the courses I’ll be taking in England this fall over the summer. That way, we don’t have to lock ourselves in our rooms and do it while we’re there – VERY good. The only tripwire is that I realized (when the first of my internet-ordered textbooks started arriving this week) that I have a paper due at the end of June. It’s not long, but does require a little research, and I haven’t really started to think about it. I’m not terribly worried – I don’t have any other imperatives at the moment – but it did startle me when I saw the due date! I have other papers, etc. to write this summer, but everything else is due in mid-August. Anyway, starting tomorrow, my life is going to be devoted to Jane Austen and the city of Bath for the next week and a half.

A lovely non-productive evening

February 8, 2004 10:06 pm

Dueled Crunch this evening – came out pretty close, but I lost this time. He knocked Odette unconcious before admitting that when he came out of rage, he had only 1 hit point. A good fight.

And just for fun…the first one I found on Stephanie’s blog, the other I just happened across.

Ballet Shoes
Ballet shoes- beautiful, graceful, and creative,
you enjoy dancing writing and music. You are
often very poetic and sometimes dramatic. You
keep to yourself aside from a few close friends
that you can relate to.

What Kind of Shoe Are You?
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Oh, yeah, that’s me. *trips over her own feet* 😉
I’d love to have the time to get back into ballet… *sigh*

Blue Dragon
You are a blue dragon! You are reliable and
steady. You are known for being able to work
for long periods of time without tiring. You
are intelligent and very perceptive, and a good
judge of talent. You are good at finding
humans who would make good dragonriders. You
tend to set reasonable goals, and almost always
succeed at what you set out to do.

What color of Pernese dragon are you?
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The non-initiated who don’t get this one can go read Anne McCaffrey, who is one of the most awesome fantasy writers I know of.