(No animals were hurt in the making of this photo.)
My involvement in a 5.5. game on Trollbridge has come to the end with the death of my wizard Khloemar. I'm not too sorry as it proved really hard terrain in terms of character advantage and (for me) never rolling a dice in anger (the GM did this) left a distinct lack of association. Charlie's PC, Winip, also died -rather famously, I think, hurling vomit at a demoness with his CON on 1 after a nasty fall). In fact, 4 of the party of 6 died in the Darksmoke Dungeon, making it one of the most bloodthirsty games I've participated in for many a year, Ken's Fellowship of the Vine game included.
In another ongoing game, one on a fairly grand scale and driven by the GM's narrative, my humble warrior woman has risen to become a member of the aristocracy in a Lerotah'h-less Khazan. Here is the latest:
Brevail surreptitiously casts, "Huge Bonus to Charisma and Ignore Fear of Public Speaking" on Lil.
"I...um, we...er...I.."begins LIl, clearly out of her depth.Then a serene smile passes over her face and an inner radiance shines forth that she, perhaps, is unaware of.
One Thousand hands applaud, 500 voices shout, Hip, hip, Hugh ray.
Lady Ulstar rises, “Lady Ovthaphalli, you and your friends have in the short time you have lived in Khazan, have shown a dedication to the common good. Whatever the need might be you have, without promise of reward or safety, done what was necessary to help other citizens of Khazan. Your efforts enable the human families of Khazan to obtain the way and means to rebuild our neighborhoods, resolved a conflict between Uruks and Goblins. Cleared the names of two visitors to our city, and rescued Te Ro-Zen, Sun Te Quan, and Sun Tu Rhee from imprisonment. Khazan now has a very profitable trade with the Amazon Nation and the raiding of their lands by pirates has stopped. When the mad man and his giant destroyed the Digs and the Wizard’s Quarters of our fair city, drove many of our productive citizens from Khazan under a threat of death if they remained, who have since returned to strengthen Khazan one again, it was your actions that reopened the gates of Khazan to these kin, who now serve as honored members of our City Council and sit her at this table provided by you. When our sister city of Khosht was attacked, you and your friends raised the banner, encouraged others to meet the need of Khosht and with minimum fighting broke the siege, destroyed the violent leaders of the Uruks, and made peace with the Uruks, who have returned to Khazan. In the process, discovered the long lost Holy Forge of the Dwarves. Without asking for a reward, immediately returned the control to the Council of Dwarven Elders, whose leader, Her Royal Majesty Queen Brrgrd has graced our city with her presence this evening and who I now recognize and yield the floor to her, Your Highness, we await your pleasure.”
Queen Brrgrd rises to speak, “I have traveled here for the singular purpose of acknowledging the great debt the Dwarf-kin owe to The Four Adventurers, Lady Lil, Brevail Amandil, The Red Warrior, and Utento the Vicious. Who lead Captain Tul Dar, now Elder Tul Dar, to the Uruk infested cave on the north coast of the Dwarven Sea, liberated the cave and restored the Holy Forge to the rightful owners, The Dwarf Elders. We, the Dwarf Elders, recently presented them with tokens of our appreciation, and in recognition of their great deeds tonight We sincerely acknowledge their honesty, loyalty, and service to the Dwarf Nation by Our presentation to each of them of the Medallion of Eternal Fidelity between the Dwarf Nation and each of them, Prince Dorval, please present the Honorees with their Medallions.”
The Prince Doral stands and walks to Lil, He opens a small velvet covered box and withdraws a fine gold chain with a star-diamond pendant. He slips the chain over her head and adjusts how it hangs, he then slips a matching award on Brevail, Red and Utento. (Brevail detects magic radiating for the star-diamond pendant.)