Grok whispers: GM question. Is there any animal influence component to survival? It allows training of an animal, but nothing along the lines of calming or such.
You whisper to Grok: There are rules for calming an animal….somewhere…in the mounts section? I think it has to do with pinning it in a grapple. There is also the option of trying to improve it’s disposition until it stops hissing and fleeing.
Player “Ah,” is not connected.
You whisper to Grok: Ah, heh, calming an animal with Grapple is on p220 in the description of mount/dismount actions
You whisper to Grok: You can achieve the same result (Animal submits to the inevitable) the same way here though.
Seiankornai: ((so shall we start now?))
Grok whispers: so I just have to get within grapple range?
Dragonhawk: I guess I should say this to everyone: you have options to deal with the cat. You can subdue it by grappling per teh rules for an unwilling mount on pg. 220 if you can get a hand on it. You can attempt to raise it’s disposition towards you and then coax it down. You can catch it in a net or box or something (maybe) with a good ambush setup.
Dragonhawk: If you attempt to grapple it and it attacks you, your armor only applies if you have “fittings” since it is attacking your hand (gauntlets) not your torso
Malaina: ((Well, I do have points to try to raise disposition))
Seiankornai: ((I’ve got Charming to increase disposition by 5))
Dragonhawk: Also, you can kill as many dire-squirrels as you want (Old lady says: delicious squirrel meat!) but NOT the cat (Old lady says: They kille my poor kitty! Boohoohoo!)
Seiankornai: ((of course, I’m also a drake, so that has disposition decreased by 10 already :P ))
Grok: ((someone has raise cat dead, right?))
Malaina: • Charming: Once per session, you may improve the Disposition of any 1 non-adversary NPC by 5.
Malaina: • Charming: Once per session, you may improve the Disposition of any 1 non-adversary NPC by 5.
Dragonhawk: Right now, it has disposition -20 to all “folk” due to whatever the old lady did to drive it crazy.
Dragonhawk: That would help, yes.
Grok: ((you have a page # for the disposition rules?))
Malaina: • Double Boost: You may spend and roll 2 action dice to boost Charisma-based skill checks
Malaina: would that help too?
Dragonhawk: The old lady still has a fish on a spear, incidentally. Someone with better eyesight and less shaky hands might sucdeed in using that to greater effect than she did (say, by not accidentally hitting the cat on the head with it 9.9 ))
Seiankornai: ((Disposition 373))
Dragonhawk: Malaina, probably. As part of an “Impress” check, I think.
Dragonhawk: You can probably use Impress with survival providing a synergy bonus, or the reverse, for this domestic animal
Malaina: What would I need to roll?
Malaina: ((I have a +10 to Impress, but don’t have anything for Survival))
Seiankornai: ((just the +10 then))
Dragonhawk: You need to A) be within line of sight of the cat; treetrunks interfere; B) Do something that might get a cat’s positive attention, and C) roll the impress skill check as normal to see if it works
Malaina: ((What gets a cats positive attention? Like some kind of toy?))
Dragonhawk: The cat rolls resolve, and it’s disposition changes by 1/2 the difference in the results per an influence check. Since you have no survival training, you must use the -4 penalty due to not having the same language.
Dragonhawk: ((yes, like that. the old lady tried food, but accidentally bopped it on the head instead of feeding it))
- Grok looks for fish in the water in front of him
Grok sees small, active fish; also frogs.
- Malaina goes to ask the old lady if the cat has a toy it always plays with
- Seiankornai keeps track of the cat from underneath
- Grok attempts to grab a fish and then throw it on the ground near the cat
Granny: “Toy? Oh, yes, yes, he has a rag-rat he plays with.”
Malaina: “Can I see it please?”
- Granny fetches a ragged toy with large mouse ears and many tears in the body. It may or many not ever have been sewn shut; it seems to have a bunch of rags sewn into the “neck” instead of stuffing per say.
Malaina: “What is the cat’s name again?”
Granny: ((Grok should roll forage vs 18; there’s lots of fish, but they move fast.))
Granny: “Missus Fluffykins is her name. Oh ,please get her down before the squirrels get her!”
- Squirrels 9 throws a bola nut at the interloper, hitting Seian at « 1d20+6 = 19 + 6 = 25 » for possible « 1d4 = 1 » subdual
- Squirrels 6 throws a bola nut at the interloper, hitting Seian at « 1d20+6 = 16 + 6 = 22 » for possible « 1d4 = 3 » subdual
- Squirrels 4 throws a bola nut at the interloper, hitting Seian at « 1d20+6 = 8 + 6 = 14 » for possible « 1d4 = 2 » subdual
- Squirrels 7 throws a bola nut at the interloper, hitting Thurirl at « 1d20+6 = 7 + 6 = 13 » for possible « 1d4 = 1 » subdual
- Squirrels 16 throws a bola nut at the interloper, hitting Thurirl at « 1d20+6 = 12 + 6 = 18 » for possible « 1d4 = 3 » subdual
- Malaina hops onto Vari’s saddle and tells him to go at it slow, not wanting to startle the cat
- Seiankornai shouts, “Hey lady, do you mind if I break branches down? So your cat has fewer places to run to?”
- Squirrels 14 throws a bola nut at the interloper, hitting Axhar at « 1d20+6 = 4 + 6 = 10 » for possible « 1d4 = 4 » subdual
- Squirrels 15 throws a bola nut at the interloper, hitting Axhar at « 1d20+6 = 19 + 6 = 25 » for possible « 1d4 = 3 » subdual
- Squirrels 13 throws a bola nut at the interloper, hitting Grok at « 1d20+6 = 8 + 6 = 14 » for possible « 1d4 = 1 » subdual
- Grok attempt to get a fish « 1d20+8 = 1 + 8 = 9 »
- Squirrels 18 throws a bola nut at the interloper, hitting Fluffykins at « 1d20+6 = 8 + 6 = 14 » for possible « 1d4 = 3 » subdual
- Grok pulls out cannon, and shoots into the water
- Missus Fluffykins saves for « 1d20 = 20 » vs 14
Grok kills two frogs, and splashes a fish out of the water, and does 2 stress damage to every animal in the vicinity
- Fluffykins saves for « 1d20 = 9 » vs 15
- Seiankornai whinces
- Grok looks for dead fish to throw down for cat
- Fluffykins faints away from shock at the terrifying loud sound (well, that and existing bola-nut head injuries)
Grok: ((got him!))
Fluffykins: « 1d4 = 3 » on a 1, remains in the tree
- Seiankornai yells again, “Nevermind!”
- Malaina goes to retrieve the cat
- Seiankornai tries to catch the kitty
- Fluffykins is now unconscious and drowning in a pool of swamp water
Seiankornai: ref « 1d20+6 = 3 + 6 = 9 »
- Grok goes over and grabs kitty
- Seiankornai misses
Fluffykins: cough sputter Hiss….
- Fluffykins protests weakly, having more-or-less come to at the shock of the cold water
Seiankornai: “Feisty little creature.”
Seiankornai: “I’m surprised the humans keep them instead of killing them, they look like they could be dangerous to them.”
- Fluffykins claws ungratefully at her captor, hitting « 1d20+4 = 16 + 4 = 20 » for possible « 1d3+1 = 3 + 1 = 4 »
- Grok holds the little monster by the scruff of his neck and takes it over to the woman
Seiankornai: “Do you have a cage for it?”
Granny: “Oh, my poor Missus Fluffykins! Did the bad squirrels conk you out? What? Cage?!? I would never do such a thing to my poor sweet kitty!”
Granny: “…if only she wouldn’t run off and get pounded by those squirrels whenever she got upset…”
Grok: W “Where I put it?”
- Granny makes baby noises at the cat
Granny: “Oh, just bring her inside young fellow – my you’re a big one”
Seiankornai: “Ah, you can understand our fine ogre here?”
- Granny understands woanish but insists on speaking Melios…
Granny: “Oh, yes, my husband tought me. He was a sunchaser back in the day, just like you!”
Seiankornai: “Ah, right, your relation mentioned that.”
Granny: “He’s gone now (Avva light his soul) but I still have a soft spot for sunchasers, don’t I Missus Fluffykins?”
- Grok brings cat inside when her words are translated.
Fluffykins mews at Granny and runs off to hide under the bed.
Grok: W “Rescuing cat good deed among humans?”
Granny: “Oh, yes, it’s practically traditional you know.”
- Malaina goes to give Fluffykins back her toy
- Seiankornai comments to himself, in Susuran, “And your has a sharp spot for them.”
- Seiankornai translates for Grok
Seiankornai: “Congradulations Grok, you’r part of human tradition now.”
Fluffykings is drawn out just far enough to get a claw on the rag-toy, then retreats to the furtherst corner with it
- Granny wanders around the house, looking for something
Grok: W “Humans have strange traditions.”
Seiankornai: W “That they do.”
Jamshid par-Bahadur: “My people never had a tradition of this sort”
- Jamshid par-Bahadur gets up from where he had been sipping a cup of expensive coffee
Granny: "It’s because of the bola nut trees we lived here, and the same is the reason nobody else wants to live here. My husband made bolas, you see, sold them in his old age, but nobody else wanted to have the squirrels always hitting them in the head with halves of weapons…where did I put that?…so there’s not much of a neighborhood, hehe.
- Granny looks at Jamshid
Granny: “What, really? Your young heros don’t rescue kittens from trees to show their good hearts? What do you do instead?”
- Grok pats cannon. W “Good Vera.”
Granny: (( *snerk ))
Jamshid par-Bahadur: “scalped trolls mostly”
- Granny frowns
Granny: “Well that isn’t very nice, now is it? Not that it doesn’t need doing every so often, but still.”
Granny: “Any old villian might scalp a troll, but only a truly noble hero will take the time to save a kitten.”
Malaina: “Heh, that was one of the first jobs me and Vari did as we grew up.”
Granny: “Kittens or trolls, miss?”
- Granny rummages in a trunk while you talk
Malaina: “Kittens. Older people or little children would come to me to get their cats down, me and Vari got pretty good at it.”
Seiankornai: “Hess, we drakes don’t keep cats, so we don’t have this problem.”
Granny: “There you see, young man? And that’s how they knew she would grow up to be a hero. Hold this.”
- Granny shoves a wad of fabric at Jamshid
Granny: “Where if she was just for killin’ vermin instead, then they’d know she was for a warrior.”
Malaina: “Heh, don’t know if I would grow up to be a hero, just knew it was the right thing to do.”
Granny: “Exactly! Hold this, please.”
- Granny hands something folded to Malaina
- Seiankornai translates for Grok
- Malaina takes it gently
Seiankornai: W “Yes, I think that sums up a requirement for being a hero, doing the right thing when it needs doing.”
- Granny mutters “Funny kind of drake, sayin’ everything I say over again…where did I…ahh, here we are.”
Seiankornai: “Oh, well Grok the Ogre doesn’t understand Melios.”
Seiankornai: “And not all of us understand Woanish either. So translations are necessary.”
Granny: “Here we go! Every sunchaser should have a good bola!”
- Granny has a handful of two-nut bolas. They are heavier than the plain nuts, beign weighted as well as carved, polished, and attached to sturdy cord. She passes them out to everyone, blithely ignoring any protest (such as Isabis’ attempt to explain that she doesn’t know how to use this exotic weapon)
- Malaina checks out the weapon, smiling “Wow, never seen something like this before. Must have taken a long time to create.”
Granny: “My husband just loved to carve the nuts! Even when he was sick and never got into town to sell them, he still made these – to keep the time from piling up on him, he said.”
- Seiankornai begins to protest “But I ca-” but is interrupted before he could finish as she hangsa bola on his nose
Granny: “You can tell they’re his by the patterns – anyone in the swamp knows his mark.”
- Granny beams with pride as she finishes passing them around, then takes Malaina’s burden and thrusts a pair of old boots at her.
Granny: “Here, take these.”
- Malaina blinks in surprise, but takes the boots
Malaina: “Ummmm…thank you?”
- Vari happily checking out his bolas
- Jamshid par-Bahadur agrees with the notion that everybody should have at least one bola
Granny: “Don’t worry about having the same foot size as my husband – they’re /magic/ boots, they always fit whoever’s supposed to have them.”
- Granny beams
Malaina: “Wow, thank you! Can I ask what they do?”
- Grok stores bola around his vest
- Granny looks thoughtful, then puzzled
Granny: “You know… I don’t rightly recall.”
Granny: “He always called them his seven-league boots, but they aren’t really, I know that for sure.”
You whisper to Jamshid par-Bahadur: Granny doesn’t know a lieutenant from a sunchaser, and gave Axhar a bola too, for the record.
Malaina: “Well, if you feel I will do them some good, then it would be my honor to take them in his memory for you.”
Malaina: ((I guess you could say I am using that Charming special thing I have))
Granny: ((Granny gave them to you, because you were the one that thought of the cat toy and the one that responded best to her “rescuing cats is traditional” blather ))
Seiankornai: ((plus they fit your feet))
- Malaina decides to put on the boots now, storing her other boots into her pack
Off the one side, the son rolls his eyes and tells whoever is closest “See, I tol’ you she’d be pushin’ gramps’ old boots off on you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you or nothin.”
Seiankornai: ((ok, I suppose they could fit Jamshid’s, Jessaila’s and Isabis’ as well, and maybe Thurirl’s, but I wouldn’t put it past granny here to have tried giving them to me or Grok :P ))
Granny: ((hehe, she totally would. “Just take them dearie, you never know when they’ll come in handy!” ))
You whisper to Malaina: for the record, this is a magic item and constitutes a “prize” for reputation/renown purposes (see p187)
- Malaina wiggles her feet as she looks at the boots
Malaina: “Well, they are comfy!”
Grok: ((Granny said they would fit anyone. so it should fit me, Seian, and Vari as well))
They are very comfy, astonishingly so, but you don’t feel different otherwise
- Malaina likes comfy boots and thanks Granny again
You whisper to Malaina: They have one greater essence: “ACP Negation, Greater.” They allow you to ignore armor check penalties.
Granny: ((Grok would probably be fine. Seian and Vari might have trouble, as their feet are different shapes rather than just a different size))
Granny: “Will you all stay to dinner?”
- Granny takes back the cloth (old shirts?) from jamshid and repacks the trunk.
Grok: ((Some weak magic then))
You whisper to Grok: ACP Negation, actually
Seiankornai: “I don’t know, have you ever fed a drake, or an ogre?”
Granny: “Never have yet, but I got plenty ’a squirrels now!”
- Granny holds up a couple of dire squirrels you killed
Granny: “Which would you rather, squirrel stew, squirrel casserole, or squirrel pot pie?”
Seiankornai: “I’ll have a whole squirrel, actually.”
Grok: W “Squirrel stew please.”
Grok: W “Need more squirrels?”
Granny: “Wouldn’t hurt me any, young fellow. Get those frogs you whalloped while your out there, eh?”
Malaina: “Vari will have a whole squirrel, I suppose having the stew won’t hurt.”
- Grok goes and gets some more squirrels and frogs
- Granny dresses a couple whole squirrels for roasting on a spit, and stews enough for everyone else with vegetables (including swamp potato AND real potatoes)
Seiankornai: “So where’d your husband used to go sunchasing?”
Granny: “Oh, all over everywheres. Let me think… he did some ruin delving down in Anmai a couple of times. Once he met a monster made of broken elvish crystal near 15 feet high!”
Granny: “He and his partner took turns hammering it with their wall-opening pick and hiding in a hole in the floor until they picked off enough bits that the thing finally decided they were too tough for it and went away, he said.”
Granny: “Another time, they took a chancey sunpool and it landed them way out in the Anvil somewheres. He told me the transition took an unnatural long time, most an hour wandering in the mist and wondering if they’d ever find a way out he said.”
Seiankornai: “That sounds very unusual.”
Granny: “He told me the water was in the very top of a turret of an old castle, buried right up to the batlements in sand dunes!”
Granny: “He brought me back the prettiest jeweled brooch from there. Said they didn’t find much else, though, on account of the inside being mostly full of sand too.”
Seiankornai: “Grok, you came from the deserts, didn’t you?”
Granny: ((Grok, do you need to get off now?))
Grok: “Should have looked in sand. Valuable stuff there.”
Grok: ((unfortunately, yes. Youth retreat this weekend, and I’m already behind on sleep.))
Granny: ((OK, we’ll close up early then and recommence next week with hopefully more players for the return trip etc))
You all feast on squirrel (who knew?) and return late to the inn with Granny’s grumpy grandson. That sourpuss didn’t have a good time, but it wasn’t Granny’s fault or yours – you all spent the evening trading new stories for old.
The scholar’s week of research time is almost up – soon you’ll be back on the water heading north.
Grok: ((no exp for defeating the mighty dire squirrels?))
Malaina: ((Yea, I don’t think we got the xp from the last battle
Granny: ((yeah, I’ll figure it out for the end of the adventure. This lighter mini adventure will be over next week or the week after most likely.))
Grok: ((good to know. See you all next week.))
Grok is disconnected.
Malaina: Yay, I got boots!
- Seiankornai asks Malaina and Jamshid, “Are many humans this… peculiar?”
Malaina: “Well, some older ones who lived good lives. They aren’t peculiar, they just don’t have a reason to look down on life. She had a good husband and obviously loves to tell about him. Nothing peculiar about that.”
Seiankornai: “No, not that… it’s mostly the cat thing.”
Malaina: “Well, yes, some folks can get like that with their pets.”
Seiankornai: “Also she put a bola on my nose.”
Isabis: “At least she didn’t leave you out of her misplaced generosity just because you’re not human.”
Malaina: “Well, she said you were taking it, and some people won’t take no for an answer.”
- Isabis examines her bola
Isabis: “It looks like excellent craftsmanship. I guess if nothign else I can hang it on my wall and pretend its a trophy or something.”
Malaina: “Yes, she was very generous to give us items her husband had….most old widows don’t really want to part with things that remind them of those that passed.”
- Seiankornai tries twirlying it with his tail outside. Ends up hitting himself.
Jamshid par-Bahadur: ((ok I’m off for the night — later all))
Isabis: “I got the idea her family thinks she should be passing them down, rather than passing them out. Maybe she just wants them to go to actual sunchaser and be used.”
Jamshid par-Bahadur is disconnected.
Malaina: “True, her son certainly didn’t look the adventuring type, nor the happy type with his attitude.”
Seiankornai: “He was having issues in the stomach, couldn’t you smell it?”
Malaina: “Seian, do remember, we don’t have the same senses you do.”
Isabis: “Probably brought on by being sour about her letting magic items go to kitten-rescuers, if you ask me.”
- Isabis chuckles
Seiankornai: “…I keep forgetting.”
Isabis: “Not that I don’t see his point too, in a way.”