Saturday, 23 April 2016

GURPS Free Cities Session 4

Arc Sol - Human Cleric of Pelor, the god of the sun (254 points)
Aurum Red-Brand - Human Wizard (264 points)
Mor'ath Enanqua - Elven Swashbuckler/Thief (251 points)
Zaxod - Half-Orc Knight (250 points)

Day 6 (Cont.)
Arc scooped out the wyvern's remaining eye for alchemical purposes, but ruined the teeth, while Zaxod removed one of the beast's feet as proof of its death and Aurum failed to extract its poison.  After resting for a bit, and curing Zaxod of the wyvern's poison, Arc tried healing him again but failed thanks to stacked penalties from earlier castings of Major Healing.  The party then headed back to Carda to hire a tanner, named Orric, to come out and remove the hide, and then returned to the forest with his cart and mule.  On the way back, Arc tried healing Zaxod again but accidentally did 15 damage when he crit failed his roll, earning Zaxod the quirk Distrusts Clerics.

The group left Zaxod in Greenbrook, worried he couldn't make the climb to the wyvern's lair again.  The half-orc returned to Alderman Tobias to inform him that they had killed the beast, presenting the leg as proof, but Tobias didn't like the look of the blood-covered half-orc brandishing a severed leg and asked to wait for the rest of the party.  While that was going on, Orric the tanner removed and then purchased the wyvern hide, minus his 30% fee (and some more for it being heavily burned), for $1848, which he would pay them once back in Carda, and then the party removed the (250lb) head as a trophy.

The rest of the party reunited with Zaxod in Greenbrook while he was cleaning the wyvern blood out of his everywhere, parted with Orric the tanner (who took the wyvern head into Carda for them) and presented themselves to Tobias.  He thanked them, sent a messenger pigeon to the Adventurer's Guild reporting their success, and invited them to the harvest festival the next evening.  The group spent the night in Greenbrook, with Aurum benefiting from Healing Slumber.

Day 7
Arc healed Zaxod some more, after much arguing over just how good he was at his job (turned out he was very good, because he crit his next casting of Major Healing), and then the group headed back to Carda, where they stopped by the Adventurer's Guild to collect their pay for the wyvern job (10gp), and grab the wyvern head to sell to the Duke.  At the gates of the Duke's District, the party asked the pair of guards standing watch to ask for a meeting to negotiate the sale of the trophy.  The meeting was set for the next morning, at the Jovial Unicorn tavern.

After grabbing their pay from Orric the tanner, refilling power items, and buying some Potions of Minor Healing from Bruno the Crimson's Splendiferous Magical Goods, the party walked back to Greenbrook for the harvest festival.  Shortly thereafter, Alderman Tobias gave a short speech and asked Arc to lead the village in a prayer to Pelor, thanking him for the bountiful crop.  Tobias then started the feast, and stated that the games of skill would begin shortly.  Arc held back and socialized, while Aurum, Mor'ath, and Zaxod all entered the games.

While they were eating, an older man came by and gave Arc a gift of 2 canteens of his finest mead as thanks for stopping the wyvern.  Shortly after, the games of skill started with arm-wrestling, the first of four competitions.  Aurum and Zaxod both lost in the first round, while Mor'ath made it to the second round before losing.  The winner was Ed the Woodsman, a fairly beefy villager, who received a red ribbon as proof of his strength.

In between events, a gaggle of children approached Aurum and asked him to show them some magic.  Safety being of no concern to wizards, he shot off a Fireball, and then cast Water Jet, knocking one of the children back 2m and off his feet.  The kids loved it.

The second competition was climbing.  The first to climb to the top of the oak tree in the center of the village and grab the yellow ribbon would win.  Mor'ath managed the climb with ease and won the yellow ribbon, with Zaxod a close second.  After winning, Mor'ath was approached by a local farmgirl who "needed his help", and led him around the corner to make out.

The third competition was one of skill: throwing canvas bags filled with dirt into a barrel.  Aurum missed the first shot, at 5m, while Zaxod and Mora'th moved on to the next round.  While waiting for the next round to start, some drunk guy shoved Zaxod for lookin' at his girl funny.  Zaxod yelled something about axes in an Intimidate-ing manner and shut the drunkard up.

Distracted by a look from the girl in question, Zaxod missed his next throw, while Mora'th advanced to the final round.  Finally, Mor'ath won in the final round by sinking 2/3 throws and won the blue ribbon.

While the mugs and tables were being set up for the final competition, a drinking contest, Arc was asked to bless a baby, which he did, and received some more gifts, this time 4 hooded wool cloaks from one of the sheep farmers.  He tried to say it wasn't necessary, but the old woman insisted.  Meanwhile, Aurum had come up with a plan.

Losing the previous three events quite horribly had bruised his ego, and so he decided to cheat in the drinking contest by continually casting Purify Water, pouring the ale through his fingers, and hoping nobody noticed.  Somehow, nobody did, and after using Luck on his first casting, which he critically failed, Aurum handily beat out Ed, Zaxod, and eventually Mor'ath, and won the green ribbon.

The games complete, Mor'ath was gifted with a crown of flowers and pronounced champion of the festival.  A short while later, with the festival winding down, Arc cast Neutralize Poison on Aurum, Mor'ath, and Zaxod, and the party walked back to Carda and returned to the Jovial Unicorn tavern, where Don the innkeeper berated them for being out so late.

Day 8
In the morning, a messenger from Duke Arthund Vynce of Carda stopped by and negotiated the sale of the wyvern head for 10gp, and then left, cursing how early it was.  The party decided to check out the contract for the mines.

I was surprised Zaxod lost the arm-wrestling given his 15ST, but the dice gods are fickle.

Aurum bought off Frightens Animals and took a quirk Scares Animals to replace it.

2 for success
2 for roleplaying well
MVP was Arc for all the healing

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