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The Kaidan Campaign - Session #2

Second session of the Kaidan campaign took place on Monday. No Monkey Boy but we did havelucybrant ’s barbarian, named Bar Bar A, who is blond, Amazonian and wears a chainmail bikini. The evening was devoid of any combat, and indeed, much in the way of common sense from the PCs.

First off we went to talk to Li Kao the sage. Unfortunately the “slight flaw in his character” is that he talks in riddles and sometimes lies. Anyway, he answered our questions about the goblins and the Yen halflings. Turns out we all want to travel to the island of Kaidan (for different reasons) apart from Iago who is keen to travel to a different, much smaller island he saw in a dream in which he was an eagle. The river I’m looking for is on the west coast of the island but there are a lot of rivers there so it could prove tricky finding the right one. He also told me that I’d like to meet Jo Yang, a weaponmaster who I later found out is a litorian. Serl droned on for hours at Li Kao and tried to get him to pay us for giving us information but eventually we dragged him away and went to see the Yen halflings who bought all of our goblin weapons, earning us 96 gp each. Iago, being an oddball who has sworn a Vow of Poverty asked me to carry his share around for him in my pouch as well as the wand we took from the goblins. He apologised to me too for calling me a vicious killer last session which was much appreciated.

The Yen halflings told us about an Alban priest who is stirring up trouble for the nonhuman races in town. We might have to go to and listen to his sermon tomorrow to find out what he’s up to.

By this time it was getting late so we decided to head to the Golden Eel (home of the infamous Ben) and get some rooms. Iago, being an oddball, sat with us while we ate dinner and then went off to sleep in an alleyway. Very strange. Later on, Ben returned with his bodyguard and his girlfriend. I climbed up on to the balcony outside his room to see what he was up to but my Spot rolls of 5 (three times) and Listen rolls of 4 (twice) meant I was none the wiser. Serl and Bar came up with their own “plan” involving having a very loud row outside Ben’s room in which Serl called Bar a “strumpet of ill repute”. They got told off by the inn staff for being too noisy so Serl’s next tactic was taking out the bodyguard with a sleep spell. They didn’t know what to do next so they managed to wake everyone else in the inn again.

The following morning, half elf Watch Investigator Chang climbed up on to the balcony outside my room and told me we were all attracting too much attention. I think he could be right. After he’d gone, I found a little origami white flower he’d left behind. I wasn’t sure what to make of this. Surely it meant more than just a film reference by ninthcouncil?


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May. 15th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
It was certainly an unusual session. I think we might have to keep a leash on Serl's 'negotiating' otherwise we won't get anything done! Although his comment to Bar 'With a face like yours you don't need a lock on the door' did make me laugh.

I think the origami flower is simply a tool for those trying to help us to point us in the right directionin the future. Although if we start getting attacked by rogue warforged then we'll know its more than just a passing reference to the film I'm thinking of!
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May. 15th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Who are you calling a louse infested wretch - me or Iago? Aren't you supposed to be the smooth-talking "face man" of the party? So far, I'm not feeling very beguiled by Serl!
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May. 15th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, the oddball! Just checking as you were calling me Kitty or some such on Monday night!
May. 15th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
I think a bit of interparty character conflict always adds some spcie to the adventure. All the characters heading in the same moral direction can be a bit dull!
May. 15th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, as long as it doesn't turn into full on PVP violence. I think there's a lively mix of PC personalities from what we've seen so far.
May. 17th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
Oh I don't know. I've never found PVP violence a problem as long as the players themselves don't take it personally!
May. 17th, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
In my experience, the players always take it personally and the feud is sometimes transfered to the replacement characters (eg Chong kills Monkey Boy; Jeff's new character kills Chong). Are you planning on starting something? I thought Iago was a hippy!
May. 17th, 2008 08:37 am (UTC)
Well I can see him trying to intercede if some of the characters try anything too immoral. For instance Serl considering a coup de grâce on Ben while he was asleep when the only evidence we had against him was the word of a goblin!

I'm hoping that after a few months my goodyness will become so grating that when I'm killed off Graham will be begging me to play that Dread Necromancer I've been wanting to :o)
May. 17th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
Yes, we were a bit hopeless last week, weren't we? I just wanted to search the room for clues! If only Monkey Boy had been there - I'm sure he's good at opening locks etc (assuming he has opposable thumbs).

Now you've revealed your dastardly plan, expect us all to do everything possible to keep you alive. Wait a minute... you're not double bluffing, are you?
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May. 17th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Is that a fancy way of saying "put him to sleep"?
May. 17th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
And who are you to judge the 'consequence' of a person? Be careful less it is you who suffers the consequence of your actions.
May. 17th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, it's all kicking off!
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May. 17th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
party harmony
Ale mug wisdom? LOL!
May. 17th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
It is amongst 'animals and the dirt' that reality is best realised for there is no pretence there of 'finer' nor refined mysteries.

Your dislike of animlas must be why you cram your familiar into a dimensional space. How noble and refined of you.

Finally, if one seeks the 'benefits' of ones actions then the action is misplaced.

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May. 18th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
The two of you are confusing me with your philosophising. I would like to go and see Jo Yang now. Perhaps you can try out your wisdom, ale-enhanced or not, on the hatred-preaching Alban priest at midday?

When Serl does acquire his familiar, we look forward to seeing him sitting on your shoulder as per your avatar, free to fly away at the first sign of trouble, and playing an active role in the game like Kiaphas' hawk (RIP), rather than forgotten about like Johan's (alive or dead, no one knows. In fact what kind of animal was it? A weasel?).

Edited at 2008-05-18 09:04 am (UTC)
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May. 18th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I don't think a tapeworm would be of much use - it hasn't really got the mobility of the toad, let alone the hawk or raven. I can't see it conferring any bonuses. Also, who'd want to empathise with a tapeworm - yeugh!

Good to hear that you're going to look after the next one carefully!

Edited at 2008-05-18 05:56 pm (UTC)
May. 16th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
The official version is now up...
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