Tuesday, 9 April 2019

GURPS DF Free Cities Season 2 Session 23: Across Hot Springs Island

Archer Arrowsmith - Human Scout (272 points)
Argua - Half-Orc Barbarian (271 points)
Masha Deathfoot - Human Martial Artist (265 points)
Puddin' Noddington - Gnome Thief (299 points)
        Mahk Strawngmussle - Human Labourer (76 points)
Quintin Nenno - Dragonborn Swordmage (250 points)
Vaelcor Treehippie - Human Druid (280 points)
        Jahn the Bear - Bear (209 points)

Avandry 39th 2546, Swordfish Bay, Rand's Retreat
Quintin met the party while drinking in Rand's Place, and was brought on to the team thanks to his experience in the ruins, where he'd lost a team to shadows, and his martial and magical abilities.  He told them that the next ship to Hot Springs Island was leaving tomorrow at dawn, and would be landing on the western shore.  They made plans to head to the center of the island, where Vaelcor would be able to cast Beast Summoning with the least penalties and find the golden kujibirds (if they existed).

Avandry 40th 2546, Dawn: Swordfish Bay
The party stocked up on enough rations for a week and a canteen with some holes in it (to hold a poison dart frog, if they could find one) and headed out to the shore, where the Siren's Folly was waiting to ferry adventurers over to Hot Springs Island.  A group of adventurers bypassed the boat entirely with a Fly spell, which gave the party some ideas.  The tent city had emptied out, as dozens of foolhardy treasure-seekers without groups lined up and tried to get somebody else to take them along, but the party decided they didn't need anybody.

Morning: Southwest Coast, Hot Springs Island
After disembarking on a black sand beach, and checking which ways other adventurers went (Argua's "boyfriend" seemed to be going towards the ruins), the party started their way into the jungle and towards the central volcano, with Argua Navigating.  Several hours later, the party arrived at a lake at the base of a colossal waterfall, over 1km tall.  While they circled it, gouts of steam intermittently burst out from the cliff behind the falls.  Argua was interested in investigating it further, but they ignored it instead.

Monday, 1 April 2019

GURPS DF Free Cities Season 2 Session 22: Journey to the Swordfish Islands

Archer Arrowsmith - Human Scout (272 points)
Argua - Half-Orc Barbarian (271 points)
Masha Deathfoot - Human Martial Artist (265 points)
Puddin' Noddington - Gnome Thief (299 points)
        Mahk Strawngmussle - Human Labourer (72 points)
Uncle Ruckus - Human Wizard (250 points)

NPCs:
AA Ron Rogers - Human Agent (??? points)

Avandry 1st-19th 2546, Isserno
The party placed some orders for gear and hung out in and around town; Archer was forced to hire a henchman because shopkeepers kept kicking her out, and got extremely ripped off when AA Ron Rogers, Agent extraordinaire, rolled negative on his Loyalty.  Masha got a Cloak of Blur from the displacer beast pelts she brought back, and picked up the Amulet of Haste that she'd commissioned about a month ago.

Argua headed back to the now rebuilt Shadowmantle Manor to find that a small village had sprung up.  Having no ties to the Shadowmantle name, she renamed it Ashina, and paid more money to expand the village and erect a small keep to guard the lands.  Cost of living is $0 in a domain that PC controls, so Argua stayed around Ashina and made sure that new heraldry was made up: a great axe on a field of ... leopard print.

Puddin' went back to Brunnhilda Bronzespire to find out more specifics about the contracts they'd have to make to get to the Swordfish Islands.  A week later, she was told that they'd be indebted to the Martel Company for $10k each, and would have to pay it off before being brought back to the mainland.  Apparently, several people had made it back with vast riches, but it wasn't clear if they were genuine or just Martel plants.

Monday, 4 March 2019

GURPS Galactic Merchants Session 2: The Best Laid Plans

Characters:
Agent 57 - Sol Federation Assassin
Neo Anderson - Chronically Depressed Tech Specialist
Capt. Richard "Dick" Falcon - Alcoholic Pilot/Ex-Cop
Bob Glob - Merchant Prince/Face Man

Nidalvar, Quann - 3 Days Until Party
Dick and Neo evaluated the defenses and sensors of the Quann Customs and Orbital Services HQ, but headed back to the Patrick when Neo remembered that his Honesty would prevent him from bugging the building or hacking their computers and Dick realized that neither of them had any applicable social skills.  Neo decided to spend the next two days working on an electronic skeleton keycard for Alack Robenn's hovermansion, and thanks to a crit on Electronics Repair (Security), it would work perfectly.  Dick did some Research and found that Quasar Shuttle Services was the company that would be ferrying guests to Robenn's party.

Quann Customs and Orbital Services HQ - 2 Days Until Party
While Neo continued his work, Agent 57 headed out to Quann C&OS HQ disguised as a pest exterminator and used Acting to bluff his way in ("I'll need to check every room, including the evidence room." "Uhhhh okay I guess").  After putting on a decent show, he found an empty office, and went through the police databases on Robenn, which revealed more info about the vanishing shipment:

  • The shipment was seized when Ren Kolat, a known smuggler with suspected ties to the Pirate Princess Reena Neeb of the Mentak Coalition, was arrested.
  • Ren Kolat was still in the holding cells in the basement, and had a long list of prior convictions like smuggling, petty theft, and grand theft spaceship.
  • The shipment consisted of two packages: one addressed to K'Sani Murch care of Alack Robenn, the other to Moh Intergalactic Trading Company.
  • C&OS officers were unable to contact Moh Intergalactic.
Agent 57 somehow talked his way into the holding cell area, but with an officer escorting him.  He walked through the halls, "checking for space roaches", passing by force-shielded cells until he found Ren Kolat, a red humanoid with floppy tentacles on top of his head, at which point he started looking for "any crates or cabinets where [he] could hide a body".  He found a janitorial cabinet full of cleaning supplies and, after failing to swipe the officer's taser, somehow tricked his escort into being sprayed in the face with space-Windex with default Fast-Talk, and, after getting the officer to the bathroom to wash out his eyes, went back to talk with Kolat.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

GURPS Galactic Merchants Session 1: You're Invited!

Characters:
Agent 57 - Sol Federation Assassin
Neo Anderson - Chronically Depressed Tech Specialist
Capt. Richard "Dick" Falcon - Alcoholic Pilot/Ex-Cop
Bob Glob - Merchant Prince/Face Man

Glob Family Villa, Centauri
The party (minus Agent 57, who had not yet joined them) were gathered at the Glob family space-villa, relaxing amongst the various marble statues of Bob, when a Sol Federation shuttle landed nearby and a functionary trailed by a pair of armed guards walked out to meet them.  Facing the slow collapse of his family's wealth, Bob had agreed to work for the SolFed in exchange for them repairing his ship's hyperdrive, a technological art now lost to all but a few.  The bureaucrat invited Bob and the party to a meeting with Captain Carl Anders aboard the Second Horizon space station, which he accepted.

Centauri Orbit - An Offer You Can't Refuse
Shortly after leaving atmosphere, the sun disappeared behind the looming shadow of the Sol dreadnought SFS Genghis Khan, a constant reminder that, though Centauri had rejoined the Federation peacefully, they hadn't really had much of a choice.  As they neared the Second Horizon station, which was now under SolFed control as a dual-purpose spacedock and administrative hub, they could just make out the distinctive hot pink paint job of the Glob family's Gambit-Class armoured freighter, the SS Patrick.

After docking with the station, they were lead to a large office with a breathtaking view of the planet below, and asked to take a seat by Carl Anders, alongside a silent, bald man of indeterminate age dressed in a crisp suit and holding a briefcase.  Anders launched into the details of the mission they'd be undertaking as part of the Civilian Retrofit Program: they were to negotiate for and acquire 170 tons of hoverbikes from Winslett-Bentzen Industrial Technologies on Gral, a Mars-like planet in the Centauri system, and deliver them to the SolFed embassy on Quann, a system close to the Beta Wormhole, for 16.7 million credits.  In addition, they would carry an encrypted datacore with messages for SolFed civilians in the embassy.  Their contact on Quann would be Lieutenant Diane Morry, a member of the Logistics Service.

Friday, 8 February 2019

GURPS DF Free Cities Season 2 Session 21: Against All Odds

Archer Arrowsmith - Human Scout (260 points)
Elana - Human Holy Warrior of Melora, goddess of the wilderness and sea (278 points)
"The" Lukas Zombanyi - Human Cleric of Bahamut, god of justice and protection (263 points)
Masha Deathfoot - Human Martial Artist (265 points)
Puddin' Noddington - Gnome Thief (292 points)
        Mahk Strawngmussle - Human Labourer (72 points)
Vaelcor Treehippie - Human Druid (280 points)
        Jahn the Bear - Bear (209 points)

NPCs:
Odo - Human Wizard, definitely not a necromancer (??? points)
Thrunvir - Dwarf Initiate, Crippled (??? points)

Amothius 46th 2546, Farmland Outside Isserno
Archer loosed an arrow into the eyeslits of the deformed warrior who had charged her, and he exploded into a cloud of acid.  She managed to drop and dodge just in time, and shouted out a warning to the others.  The armoured man launched a flurry of blows at Elana, the second as a Beat which put her at -11 to Parry, but she dodged the third, as well another trio of All-Out Attacks from deformed warriors in the Pollen Cloud.  Another charged at Lukas with his maul, but he blocked it, and the wolf-spider missed a bite on Jahn.

Fresh from the nega-zone, Masha appeared on the enemies' flank, along with another deformed warrior, and took a halberd to the torso.  She dropped her displacer beast pelts and kicked him again, but bounced off of his armour.  Puddin' managed to Disappear, while Elana stabbed a warrior in the eye, killing him and causing another acid explosion; she dodged back and out of the way, but some of his friends standing too close started smoking slightly.

Jahn bashed the spider demon twice, while Vaelcor All-Out Defended, and a Defensive Attack from Lukas was dodged.  While everyone else was distracted, Odo, having cast Flight, seized the opportunity and silently flew away from the battle.  The big bad continued pressing Elana and made three Rapid Strikes with his greatsword; she parried the first, but the second and third were both crits.  The third attack came up 3x damage on the crit table, and she was hit for 69 damage and instantly killed, cut cleanly in half at the waist.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

GURPS DF Free Cities Season 2 Session 20: The Long Way Home

Archer Arrowsmith - Human Scout (260 points)
Elana - Human Holy Warrior of Melora, goddess of the wilderness and sea (278 points)
"The" Lukas Zombanyi - Human Cleric of Bahamut, god of justice and protection (263 points)
Puddin' Noddington - Gnome Thief (292 points)
        Mahk Strawngmussle - Human Labourer (72 points)
Vaelcor Treehippie - Human Druid (280 points)
        Jahn the Bear - Bear (209 points)

NPCs:
Odo - Human Wizard, definitely not a necromancer (??? points)
Thrunvir - Dwarf Initiate, Crippled (??? points)

Player Absent:
Masha Deathfoot - Human Martial Artist (265 points)

Amothius 40th 2546, Dirhin Mountains
Vaelcor, somewhat out of ideas, threw a 2d bolt of Lightning at one of the storm archon casters, and hit, but it was fully resisted.  Jahn tried to jump on one of the floating motes of earth surrounding the peak but crit failed and clotheslined herself instead.  The living storm elemental knocked Masha harmlessly off of her mote, and Archer crit an arrow at one of the archons, but their Homogenous nature meant it had little effect.

Seeing that they were losing, the archons both flew away, followed shortly by the elemental, which flew straight up.  Archer fired off a parting shot but a failure on Fast-Draw meant she didn't get a second.  The floating bits of stone fell down, and the storm quickly dissipated.  The party scooped up some of the dead archons' dust (a valuable reagent) into empty bottles, and Lukas grabbed the leader's longsword, but they left the rest of the weapons and armour, as nobody had room.

Amothius 41st-42nd 2546, Swamp
Using Pathfinder to navigate, the party made decent time, but lamented their lack of gryphons.  Over the day, the swamp air grew oppressively thick and warm, leaving everyone exhausted.  While resting on some dry ground, they debated setting camp early; Lukas asked his god for guidance, and interpreted the silence to mean "Press on".  Archer said "I'm staying here" and lay down before falling asleep, followed by Odo.  None of them could be woken up, so magic was probably involved.

Friday, 11 January 2019

GURPS DF Free Cities Season 2 Session 19: He's an Acne Cream Entrepreneur

Archer Arrowsmith - Human Scout (260 points)
Elana - Human Holy Warrior of Melora, goddess of the wilderness and sea (278 points)
"The" Lukas Zombanyi - Human Cleric of Bahamut, god of justice and protection (260 points)
Masha Deathfoot - Human Martial Artist (265 points)
Puddin' Noddington - Gnome Thief (292 points)
        Mahk Strawngmussle - Human Labourer (72 points)
Vaelcor Treehippie - Human Druid (280 points)
        Jahn the Bear - Bear (209 points)

Amothius 38th 2546, Kral Aklaz (Cont.)
The party looked around for a place to rest, and some scouting found a room with curtains hung around inside, blocking the Tapestry of Glasswall, another which was lit and probably occupied, and a third which smelled horrific.  They ultimately decided to just rest half in the room with the battering ram and half in the hallway, and were uninterrupted.  Lukas drank another two minor health potions, and they headed back to the "curtain room", which Masha was sent in to scout.  On the other side of the curtains, she found Odo and 5 skeletons.

Odo and Masha had a conversation about whether they'd defeated the ghost and what they were doing, at which point Lukas rushed in and told him to cease his foul necromancy.  Odo claimed that he was just a wizard, but the five skeletons ("I'm just holding them for a friend!") gave him away.  Lukas said that he was under arrest, and Odo came peacefully and "dismissed" his skeletons, though the party agreed to bring his smoking cauldron of "water and some other stuff" instead of emptying it.

The party and their new prisoner headed over to the farm to check out the throne room, and Puddin' scouted to find that Sturri was having some sort of conversation with the giant chief, and that the rest of the giants seemed upset.  Before leaving, they decided to try stealing the chieftain's necklace with the rod segment and gave Puddin' an Invisibility Potion from the Phial of the Mad Alchemist followed by the Flight Potion.  Invisible, she flew into the throne room just as Sturri was leaving, and "Pickpocketed" the giant chieftan's necklace with the rod segment right off of him without anybody noticing.