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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps, Tales Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Lieutenant, California—Central San Joaquin Valley. 422 posts (4,525 including aliases). 1 review. No lists. 1 wishlist. 12 Pathfinder Society characters. 15 aliases.


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"Fear. Death." She says the words before she thinks, then flushes. that's not helpful! Only an idiot wouldnt already know that. "Uhhh, what I mean is, they're scarier up close. Magical menace type of thing. It can be overwhelming." Frightful presence, 30 feet times age category. " and it only get's worse with age."

"They have senses like....well, I don't know what. They can see in the dark, better than orcs, and way better than humans...uhh, no offense. Even without sight, they can sense creatures nearby. Barrie! I don't think your vanish will help you there." blindsense, 60 feet

"They can cast spells! I know they look like lizards, but they're not animals. Like everything else, they get better with spells as they age." they cast arcane spells like a sorcerer, with their caster level going up as they age.

"They are hard to hurt and their skin grows tougher the older they get. Certain things can get through it, but what that is depends on the kind of dragon it is. I think." They have DR that goes up as they age.

" You'd think magic would help, but they're resistant to a lot of it. Like sleep and paralysis don't affect them at all. There are one or two other others things that they are immune to as well, but each type of dragon seems to be immune to different things." Spell resistance and immunities.

"I wish I could remember things about specific dragons. We think this one is black? I wonder what black dragons are vulnerable to?" Dandi wracks her brain trying to remember more. "I'm sorry, Im drawing a blank at the moment. I know it must be an adult or older to carry someone on its back, but.... how much older is probably important to know." CR11+

"Maybe the others will know more."


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Dandi stares at the feet, clutching Barrie's hand, "Nothing good can come of this. They will turn green in time, like the original."


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half-elf
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Barael de Gare wrote:
Barael breaks out in a chuckle. "We're always looking out for things, I forget some times that we forget to look inwards for things. But you don't. And I love you all the more for it..."

"I'm sorry, I was just curio..." She stops, her gaze jerking from the necklace to the man in front of her.

Just like that..."I love you all the more.." like it's nothing.

Barael de Gare wrote:
"....Corbinian for proper introductions, but..."

"I love you all the more..."

Barael de Gare wrote:
"... the seven larger ones there, those jewels,"

like people say it every day...

Barael de Gare wrote:
"...the ones that help you the most. Seems fitting "

"love you all the more..."

Barael de Gare wrote:
"... Don't you think?"

The heat of his hand contrasts against the cool mithral and pearls against her skin like the beat of her heart and the utter stillness of the rest of her.

"Barrie, I...."

Briar's voice rings in head, ice water and damnation and guilt all in one blow. She scrunches her eyes and silently, save to all but Wraith perhaps, curses the elf's impeccably bad timing.

"I...I guess we should go." She checks the scarf to see that its skewed aright and meets his gaze with star stuck eyes.

"Barrie? I uh..love you more...."I love it. Thank you."


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She is not sucked into the gem this time, but must force her way in. There is no vacuum now and something... some one.... needs be moved before she can enter. And isn't that the point anyway? Insistent, she shoves him out, sets him free to return to his body. It happens suddenly, the exchange. She tries to touch him, soul to soul, to offer comfort and regret, but there is none of that. He is there and she is not, then she is there and he is not.

She's never felt so...small.

From somewhere outside there is a cough, a gasp, but she cannot see his body anymore, can not be soothed by the sight of him waking. The world shudders, thudding against the gem, and she can see him once more, bent over her...her body! Sound is muted inside the gem, and sight distorted, but it doesn't deaden the pain as she watches his hands on her lifeless shell, the glisten of tears in his eyes.

Don't Cry! I'm here! I'm HERE! her words bounce loudly inside herself, useless to the world. She surges again, thoughtless save for being able to reach him, feel him. Tell him she's...

"...ok"

Her limbs feel leaden, but she reaches, her fingers finding his face. For now, it is enough.

"I'm ok..."


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"I mean, I'm pretty sure I can do it. I'll have to find someone that knows how, but how hard can that be in Kaer Maga? And OH! I need money. I'll need gems, and I have this... thing, I'm trying to do, but that's another thing and not this thing. This thing will need gems, though or maybe we could use one of those jar things. Do we still have any? Like an empty one? It would need to be empty. I don't think you can fit two souls in one jar." A fine blush creeps up her cheeks at some errant thought and she shakes her head as she tries to keep her mind on the matter at hand. "Well, what do you think?"


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“Just a few minutes, I promise!” Tired and haggard from the trip, she just wants a few minutes to freshen up. To fix her hair. To look nice, for a change. A bath! Oh web and weave she wants a bath! “I’ll meet you there, at the bistro.”

The water is heavenly, like silk over her wind-chafed skin. She could luxuriate in it for hours. Maybe even sleep. She jumps with a start! Too easy to drift off in dreams, but not here. Not now. Not alone. With a sigh she grabs a towel and blessedly clean clothing. Her hair twists itself out, then releases, a cloak of melted gold down her back. Over and over again, until it’s mostly dry. She twirls it into curls up on her head, a shiny cascade left to fall down one side. It is too girly for her, but she makes the attempt. She wants to take her time, do more, look better, but she’s hungry, and Barrie is waiting.

The laughter calls to her, but not as much as the delicious scent of whatever they’ve got on the fire tonight, and both pale compare to… She shakes her head with a laugh and speeds her step.

It's busy. Full of life. Too noisy, perhaps, a good place to get used to the living again. Dandi tries to make her way through the door, through the laughing crowds. and I thought coming in the back way would be easier.

On the far side of the room, there's a growl, and some loudmouthed storyteller slurs drunkenly at the crowds.

"...were! In the belly of the earth, searching for a rare blade indeed!” Dandi shakes her head with a laugh. It's Barrie. She would never think him capable of such boldness. But its good, isnt? She jumps, floats up to try to see, but the crowds are thick on the ground, and the smoke thick above them.

She slips through the crowds, skills from her youth coming in good stead as she slides one way, and nudges someone else to the other side.

Never a good reader of the people, it takes a moment to realize the tide is turning ugly. A woman screams and then another. "Hey Now!" grumbles a voice and a huge pile of a man lurches to his feet.

An icy wave of shock washes through her veins. Barrie-Barael... pawing at the waitress, his hand between her legs pulling some silver shining thing and waving it for all to see.

She freezes. Only for a moment, but hasn't she learned by now that a moment is too long?

"...eat, crap, and sleep, and for what?! So that your blood will satiate the gods of pain and torture! So that your souls will nourish nightmare hags!! You sheep, who wouldn’t recognize a wolf even if it walked right up and..”

His teeth, those same teeth that terrified her so long ago (was it only a week or three? truly?) snap! into the flesh of a huge man that tried to interfere.

"BARRIE!" She panics. Inside, she is a thousand places at once and none of them useful, none of them helpful. It is Kleestad all over again, and there is no Fondo to blame for it now.

"Out of my WAY!!!" She does not say it twice, and they don't wait for a second time. Not sheep, but cockroaches, the patrons flee, giving her room. What does it take to be a monster in Kaer Maga?!?!?! Whatever it is, they feel it in the room and flee.

Her hair whips about, the delicate twisted curls straightening of their own accord. Her feet leave the floor and her eyes glow as she whispers.

"Zastavit ... ve jménu lásky ... před zlomit mé srdce!"

The spell leaves her lips in a rush, full of desperation and insistence and fear. Her hands tremble. Her feet never touch the floor as she rushes to his side.

Someone, the proprietor? moves to intercept, but whatever he sees in her eyes makes him reconsider...

"Barrie...it's time to go." Her hair wraps round him, gathers him closer than close, as she tries to fly....


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Dandi's tone softens as she turns her focus to Barael, "She doesn't speak, not as such. And yet, to hold her is to begin to know her soul. You felt that, didn't you? That is a special thing to share with someone and may require more commitment than is immediately apparent, I suspect." A certain sadness touches her features as she reaches for Barael's hand and her voice grows whisper soft. A single step brings her within the warmth of him, but she can't quite meet his eyes.

Barrie, perception 21:
"But she would be able to protect you in ways I will never master. That would be a good thing, if it something you both wish."

Stepping back, she uncurls her hand from his paw with a heavy reluctance and sigh. She steps and turns back to the group as a whole.

"Normally, I would counsel a slow courtship, for someone so special. But we stand on the cusp of the Future of all Korvosa, and time crumbles from beneath our feet. There are few hours left for many niceties when Death's whisper calls our names ever louder. Seri cannot be oblivious to that, I think, or we would not have woken her from her slumber. Perhaps it would be best if each prospective partner state their case, and we let Charlie be voice, unless he too wishes to be considered?" And why not? They have so much in common. "But one should stand apart, and hear her clearly without need or motive or desire."


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Dandi looks at Fondo, her confusion on her face. "What does any of that to do with anything? Seri is not merely steel and tool, not only a means to an end. She is in there, and cognizant. To use her without her heed and choosing would be no more than to expect any of us to be naught but a tool to be waged to your whim, no matter how noble the cause. I would not place you in another's hand without your say so, for that is slavery, at the very root of it. That is not who we are. Seri should choose her companion, just as any of us should choose our own."

Tears sparkle in her eyes; so adamant is she in her plea for the rights of the sword to choose her own destiny.


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"What? No, of course he did, Briar! You just were too busy, with the elfing and the archery! Brala would not... *not* help us, not against such a thing! He wouldn'..t..." She stops, corrected by Fondo's own words.

Her head tips to one side as she listens to his explanation, Her mouth narrows and her brows curl in upon one another, her features darkening like an oncoming storm.

"And they call me foolish!!! Niko could have died! And if he did, the rest of us would follow quickly thereafter! *I* was useless, FONDO!!! My every spell and hex worthless to help finish it before that giant worm had us for lunch! But you...You are Desna's Blade and the People's best Hope! There is NEVER a time when you are not necessary to the fight!"


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Serra:
"Yes Sir!" He nods solemnly. He stands close but keeps his eyes on the cultists, just in case they should move to do more evil while Serra's mind is on teaching him. He bites his lower lip as he hesitates, then as one them spasms, reaches down and presses a finger to the man's lips, silencing his last breath.


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Barael de Were wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

Barael sidles back and forth, keeping both Laori and Ildervok in his line-of-sight.

Dandi smiles her sweetest smile, but shakes her head with a sigh.

@ Barael:
"I am not nearly as innocent as I wish, so she would likely fail, but... if she should try, I'll strip her of her magicks, and then her mental faculties, and then strangle her until the world is a better place for the lack of her in it. Don't worry, Barrie, I won't let her hurt me, nor you through me. Not for a second."

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With a rush the air shimmers, a sizzling and popping sparkle pulsing into a flash of flame. As the smoke slowly dissipates, saffron colored orbs are the first thing to pierce the fog. The haze dissolves to reveal a large, shadowy red wolf-like creature standing with majestic pride.

Piercing, expectant eyes scan the area, an umbral tail wagging vigorously as the keen nose scents the air. Looking at Grasker, the tail thumps excitedly at first, but after a few sniffs in the swordsman’s direction it shrugs. Trotting happily to Eli, he lets out a happy “woof” and the same expectant energy rises, and then stops suddenly after a snuffle or two. In quick succession, his dusky snout turns towards the others, sniffing towards Jurin, Cole and Serra, his tail rising and then dropping lower and lower after each.

Finally, his eyes catch sight of the little one, and great paws take a slow step or two towards the Gnome. With a tentative twitch, the great canine scents the small figure and stops suddenly. His head cocks to the side in confusion, and the eyes peering from the shadows narrow, looking at the runic R beginning to glow in red on Beagan’s forehead, matching the one on his own.

With a slow twirl, the canine’s tail begins swirling with color, eventually settling into stripes of fuscia, rose, and magenta. Ridges of multi-hued spikes in amber, azure and moss green sprout up from the red fur. Canine ears elongate into long, floppy lobes, hanging down from furry head that narrows, while two broad buck teeth spring out from under his snout. The brightly colored tail begins a slow, tentative wag.


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She laughs too, his burbling cackle infectious as he swings her around. She reaches out, finally able to touch him, and he's already gone again, like a whirlwind of life as he moves around and around.

Dandi gathers his loincloth as it falls, but waits until he slows down. The question isn't what she's expecting. "Fondo? Oh, no... he's gathering some things to help us." It's her turn to laugh as he realizes how closely this rebirth mimics the first.

"Here. I suppose you'll need to get dressed..." She's stared at him, willing him to breath, cared for him and held him and helped arrange his body for Briar. She's seen just about everything there is to see...but it was never him, never like this. Still, he looks so...weak,almost addled. She smiles and hands him his cloth, then takes his hand to help him to his other clothes. "You'll need to go slow. Not overdo things. It's ok, I'm here. I'll help...uh, we'll help, won't we guys?"

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Did I really just get warned *not* to vote for an item, by the item??? Yes, yes, I did.


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half-elf
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Dandi, staring so intently at the castle nearly misses as Barael's shade seeps in. His...voice... fills the room, her attention. She suddenly realizes he's here. HERE, in the gate house, not the castle. Not trapped, not chained, not enslaved. Here. In front of her.

Her face lights up, and she scurries to her feet, reaching out for him. Her fingers curl through him and she could kick herself for not memorizing one more spell that could let her touch him one more time.

"Y-You're....free." Her eyes fill with wonder and her smile, so faint just a few moments ago, blooms bright and full, one more time.


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Round 2

"You SAID We'd WAIT until KAER MAGA!!!"

Dandi mutters to herself, then flips into the room, fuming. casting damnation stride, then moving to T7 to touch folks.

acrobatics to avoid aoos: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (16) + 14 = 30

Reaching out, she touches any of her friends that will touch her back (up to 4, including Nikolay, Barael, Fond, and Laori) before stomping her foot and disappearing in a blast of fire and flame.

10 foot burst of flame centered on T-7: 4d6 ⇒ (5, 5, 1, 4) = 15, Reflex save of 22 takes half. Moving back down the hall to G06


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reroll at +4: 1d20 + 4 + 6 ⇒ (17) + 4 + 6 = 27

"You're right, of course. We can't let the shadows get to us." Dandi straightens her shoulders and forces a smile until she nearly feels it for a truth and not a wish.

She eyes each of her friends in turn,praying silently for their safety in the upcoming hours.

prayer:
"Lord of Dreams watch over these my friends, that we may better the tapestry of the World. Each is a unique thread, worthy of their continued place upon the loom.
Niko, Quiet but dedicated. With a vicious way with the blade, he is fearless. Aid his arm if you would; he is part of the wall of steel that makes the world a better place.
Fondo Not Quiet, but just as dedicated. He always seems to know just what to say to motivate the rest of us. Bless his tongue and his toes, that he might avoid stepping into anything too dreadful today.
Charlie Dear, sweet Charlie. He's generous to a fault, and like as not we'd all be dead without him. Keep him safe and don't let his drink spill before he has a chance to enjoy it when we are safe once more.
Briar ...uhm.... let's come back to him...
Barael... Don't judge him on his fur, though now that I look, perhaps it's not so greasy really. More like sleek. and poofy. But look at his hear. He's good, just good, deep inside. I doubt he even knows it. Ease his heart and bring back his luck, and if he must be a rat, let him avoid the traps that wait ahead. Oh! and Briar! He is good with a bow, so there's that. And still travels with us, though I'm never sure exactly why. Still, he is here. Aid his aim, and protect him from any uhm... unwanted? harm? With Majenko above him, and Laori at his side, let him always find the magic that is best for the world.

Jalkara Kal and your blessed consort, please, keep your eye upon Deyanira, wherever she might be, that her trouble is nothing she can't handle and lead her back through the pattern to us again. These things I pray, should it please you and fit your Will.


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Barael:
Quote:
”I’ve seen what not knowing has done to Mum, and I know now that it was wrong to keep it from her, why Da left her. I thought it would keep the pain away, but the imagination is worse than the truth. Because it changes. Finds new places to stab, new ways to hurt. It grows the pain.” Barael pauses, takes a couple of deep breathes.

She nods, soothing as she listens. imagination is worse than the truth... Her braid pets at his shoulder, and if he'd have it, her hand reaches for his, to make the telling easier.

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”My aunt took her to the countryside that night. She wasn’t going to let her lie around the apartment and risk another beating. She wouldn’t survive another one so soon, she was saying. She tried to get me to go with them, but I stayed behind.”

Barael looks into Dandi’s eyes, trying to measure how she’s receiving the story.

She keeps her eyes on his as the story weaves out of him, and into herself. Family, aunts, mums, sons, these are concepts she’s only really owned in her own imagination, but his thread of a tale looks nothing like what she'd imagined. Her eyes, too large and too blue, never leave his, though her pupils pulse with fear at the telling. ...I stayed behind... her hand shakes for him, the soothing stroke of her braid stills. She has to remind herself that he's here. That he lives to be here. Her fingers tremble but she gives a squeeze and nods.

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”My Da had a routine. He’d come home from the docks tired, and want to relax with a bottle, or three. Mum would be ready with supper. She’d try to get him to eat before he drank too much. That was her routine.”

”It didn’t take much to set him afire- a word, a noise, or even a look. He was always looking for it, so he found it when he needed to. He’d swing on her until he mostly regretted it, then he’d carry himself off to tavern. He’d drink some more, wait until she cleaned herself up, and come home to make it up to her, all apologies.” Barael grits his teeth, trying to keep his wagons on the road.

”That night was bad. Really bad. He left like he always did, but he was promising things before he did. Horrible things. I don’t think Mum really understood. She looked really bloody and swollen. So it was me did the running to get my aunt.”

Imagination is *so* not worse than the truth! Denial claws at her inside, trying to get out. This is not what fathers are like, not the way she imagines them to be. This... This is Lamm… and his goons…or the Spider King. This is not ever anyone that should love you! In her mind a fragment of a dream turns ugly. The benevolent smile of the green eyed elf hardens and sneers, becoming the father in Barael's tale. It is but a moment, a fragment of nothing, and unimportant to the here and now.

She focuses that much harder on the man in front of her, on his pain and his past. She listens, draws closer, as if that could protect him from his father even now. Wraith scuttles in, drawn by the scent of her fear for him, even the spider tries to reach out to ease his pain.

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”I went to the tavern next. Wasn’t hard to find him. I purchased a couple of bottles of Oldlaw, and I gave them to him. Told him Mum was really sorry, and ran me there with the money.” Barael shakes his head slightly. ”That was my first and last drink with the old man.”

”He worked himself into a stupor with those last two bottles. I followed him to the docks. It was easy enough staying out of reach when an angry thought crossed his mind. We sat there for an hour, before he finally passed out.”

She holds close to him, her hands, both now, holding his own. She breathes with him, and her braid wraps around his shoulders, as if she could protect him from the memory. She clucks soothingly in the back of her throat, but her eyes narrow and her jaw sets.

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Barael wipes his eyes. ”That’s when I killed him.”

“Good.”

It hangs there between them. She looks at her hands tangled with his, then back up to meet his gaze.

“Then I won’t have to when we get home.”


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Dandi sighs, her soul heavy with the continued pressure to be more than she was ever meant to be. "I love you brother mine, but not all of us are up to grand visions and world saving heroics. The Shoanti died in droves for those heroics just past; how do I look them in the eye and ask for more? How do I ask any of you for more? Some days, even words are too much."

She reaches out and touches his face, finding a sad semblance of a smile, for him. "Aye, I'll walk with you on whatever grand quest you've in mind, but don't ask me to believe exactly as you do. I don't have it in me to be more than I am. Befriend the Shoanti if you will, I'll not get in the way, at least not knowingly."


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... some several weeks later...

From the outside, it seemed everything happened in a rush. But for the people of the town, the wedding of Kast and Fleur seemed just the way to put things right once more. Each did their part, seeing the marriage of one of their own to one of the town heroes as a symbol of rebirth, a chance for the town to move beyond the ugliness. Once word had gotten out that Kast had proposed to Fleur, everyone pitched in, happily, as a way to set the small town straight. Some tongues wagged, suggesting that Fleur may have asked the shy young hero rather than the other way around, but neither one of them was telling.

Kimi scoured the field for flowers, promising a wreath of bluebells to adorn the bride’s hair, while Edgrin penned just the right tune for the ceremony. He and Tyran would play it, and play in the evening as well, for dancing. Bricks plotted and planned decorations for the gathering, promising flowers and pinwheels during the day and a thousand lights for the evening.

Will lead the loggers in setting up a Marriage Pole, while the women from the Rouge Lady decorated it with ribbons and bows, as was tradition in Falcon’s Hollow. Laurel produced a gown of dream spider silk, the opalescent hues promising to make the bride the most beautiful woman at the wedding.

A greased pig parade was planned, which prompted a call for other games, and soon it was clear that while the ceremony would be a sincere joining of two lives into one, the celebration afterward would commemorate the newfound life of the town entire. And all of it pulled together in just a few weeks.

Something smaller, or something later in the year would probably have been easier, but Fleur insisted they marry quickly, and Kast was too lovestruck to argue. She wanted to invite the entire town, and again, Kast was far too lovestruck to argue. She wished for an outdoor affair, and Kast was far too lovestruck to argue. She thought Eli might feel more a part of things as one of Kast’s best men, and Kast quickly agreed to please her. She wanted flowers and dresses and music and dancing and fine food for all, and Kast gave in to her every whim.

The only thing Kast wanted was Fleur and as long as he got that, he was going to be happy.

Watching Fleur, it was no secret to anyone (except possibly, Kast himself) that marriage or no, she was already his. Her eyes found him whenever he entered a room, and her smile shone brighter at the mere mention of his name. When he was near, she inevitably drew close, like a moth to a flame.

When all was arranged and the Day arrived, even the weather cooperated. Sun warmed the glade and a light breeze stirred the pinwheels that lined the aisle as the town filled borrowed chairs and benches.

Nimeon stood as Kast’s best man, with Chrystosm and Othoe beside him. Simon, freshly back from the Fey Queen’s court, stood facing the couple, ready to perform the ceremony. Llwynally watched from the sidelines, though the Cauldron was no where to be seen. It was Kast’s sole demand, and one easily accomplished, though some said they heard it knocking about in Simon’s cottage, disgruntled at being left out.

Kast, himself, would have normally felt quite awkward being the center of attention, but when it came to Fleur, nothing but perfection would be good enough. In a way, Fleur had issued challenge to Kast to be even better, to be even more perfect, to be a man worthy of her. This was not a challenge that Kast would shirk from. This would be a challenge of a lifetime.

While Fleur, of course, looked radiant, Kast stood resplendent in his polished armor, a tunic of pure white, and a deep blue cloak. As always, his signature weapon, the Iron Quill was nearby, held by his squire-at-arms, Hollin.

The Grigs came first, their song in tune with Edgrin’s new instrument. Their wings shimmered clean and iridescent in the spring sun. The sprites were next, alighting in the trees. Each carried an ageless blossom from the First World to celebrate the Wedding of the Shining One. They adorned the trees, and the glade blossomed with Fey-ish beauty. The townsfolk bristled at first, but surely these fey were as different as night and day from the fungus tainted others. Their grumbles turned to murmurs of awe as the final fey contingent stepped from between two trees of indescribable beauty.

Striding on two good feet, Berryk, the Rabbit Baron, lead the progression, the wingless fairy princess perched radiantly upon his shoulder. Lords Posey and Pixette followed after, their natural exuberance curbed by the dignity of station and stature. Still, their tails twitched and fluffed behind them, remembering their eternal scuffle even as they dampened it in honor of the wedding. Later, they would let loose the reins —viciously cuffing each other in a spinning raucous fight, chasing each other through the assembly at high and dangerous speeds with much growling and upticked fur— but for this singular precious moment, they were the epitome of honor, grace and duty.

”All hail the Queen!” croaked the toad, with all the fey present echoing the sentiment.

With each step, the glade grew more magical, as if with her very presence, Queen Syntira wrapped the First World about the place, drawing it into her realm. Several people claim that just prior to her appearance, a giant, dragon-like butterfly blotted out the sky. Huge wings — 40 feet across and of colors so indescribable that rainbows would pale in comparison — spread wide, blessing the gathering with a soft, dry shower of pixie dust . As it flew away, day turned to night, the sky above a velvety blanket of indigo studded with diamonds. All eyes turned to the sky for a single eternal moment before being brought back to earth by a shimmering undeniable presence; The Queen of the Fey had come to call. She strode bare foot to the altar, flowers popping up in her wake.

”Thank you, Simon. What a grand beginning that was. But if none might mind," —and surely, no one was brave enough, or crazy enough, to do so—" I’d like to continue from here.” Her voice strummed at a place deep within the chests of all that could hear her, though it was clear she had voluntarily dimmed her presence, for all stared in wonder, but none were struck blind.

With Simon and Katarynne standing in witness, She began:

"Brightest blessings, gentle people of Falcon’s Hollow. Kast Phaer and Fleur DeLys have chosen you, those special and important to them, to witness and celebrate the beginning of their life together. Today, as we create this marriage, we also create a new bond and new sense of family - one that will undoubtedly include all who are present here today."

She wove a blessing with her words, surrounding the two of them in love, acceptance, the barest beginning of understanding. Some say t’was not just Kast and Fleur she wed that day, but the town and the Fey that had gathered in that enchanted glade.


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sense you're joking, right?: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (5) + 1 = 6

If no one else points out a spot, Dandi searches for something appropriate, hopefully with sand, dust, or other debris nearby. Finding the most likely area, she begins spinning the very air itself into a web, eventually crafting a lightly sticky mound of faintly iridescent webbing 20 feet in diameter, with a door large enough for all but the biggest egos to enter.


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meanwhile, back and Chez Shivér

Laughing, she flies up and up, only to fall down again, into her father's arms...she knows him, knows the shape of his chin and his large elven eyes the shade of summer, trusting his strong arms that never fail to catch her again. Up and up she flies, then down once more.

But this time there are no arms to catch her, nor laughing elven eyes, to beam with love. She is alone ...and so she falls... down and down and down. Into the gutters of the streets of Korvosa. Ahead the shadows gather, but behind her, a wave of ugly green sin towers ever closer, sweeping the streets.

"A cleaner Korvosa holds no room for you..." A voice, imperious and sweet calls from atop the impending tsunami. "Surely you see."

She runs, on chubby baby legs she runs into the distance. Faster and faster she goes, not watching her way, or the world, just trying to survive. She runs until she can't possible run anymore, and once again she is falling, down and down... into a web as large as the world. At its center, a laughing spider of yellow and blue beckons...."relax. I have you. How bad could it be?" and over and over again, she falls.


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Dandi smiles at Nikolay, an odd shimmery look in her eyes, "Oh, but it's too late! I've cast this al...."her voice trails away as her body begins to shape. Iridescent wings take form behind her, and she begins to shrink and shimmer in a multiple of hues of blue and yellow.

Soon, she is no bigger than the spider beside her. There is some waving of antennae and flicking of wings for a moment before the spider spits a web at the dragon fly, catching her just as she soars upward. With a ferocious flutter of her wings, the dragonfly takes flight, towing the spider behind her.


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...gasping, she scuttles left, into an ancient alley built right into bedrock. She squawks, loudly, drawing the attention of the silent insectoid shadows that mirror her step. *This Way! Come this way* Her vision shifts, fragments, a myriad prism of possible realities in place of the usual singular point of view*

The shadow takes the form of man, wearing one of Barael's mask. she smiles, realizing that her mouth is not her own. Hard, sharp and chitinous arms beckon; they are her own, at least for now.

"Come then, if you would be a Mantis. Let's dance like Mantis do,feed and breed and bleed like Mantis do, little man. If you would worship a god of Chitin and guile, you need go no further!"

Dandi bolts upright, suddenly whispering, "nothing good happens in Kaer Maga" as she stares blindly into space.

Suddenly she blinks, then smiles sleepily at Fondo. "Good morning. Where are we going?"

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Central San Joaquin Valley aka verdigris

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I'm not sure that's ever really an appropriate alias, unless it means something other than what I think it means. There's no reason to be snarky most of the time, but it is especially out of order when addressing someone that says, "I'm a complete newbie to this".

Basically, if you have a choice between being polite to someone or not, being polite is usually better, even if you think they won't realize that you weren't.

When I go to a convention next week and someone asks how they can get information, I want to be able to point to these boards, knowing that this community will treat them right while they settle in and learn things. Pointing them to the Guide is helpful. Doing it with some acronym or a rude comment isn't.


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Lies and slander, Simon. I'm vicious. Just for that, you can lug around the kid while you try to save the world. That's much meaner than killing her off to free you up! ;)

Dorial and Nimeon, having gathered all the evidence they can without actually leaving their companions behind, return to the ruin to find a very relieved Simon with two living patients and two reluctant assistants debating just what to do now.

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Kyshkumen wrote:
Andrea Brandt wrote:
Kyshkumen wrote:
The Hotel is starting to mock me when I drive by it. That means Kubla is right around the corner.
*sigh* Now I want to go drive by the Hotel....
I am over by the hotel right now. I can take some pictures if you want :D

Yes! You should totally send me pictures! Never tease a convention addict. The results aren't pretty... ;)


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Dandi stalks about the house, chittering and frowning as she "talks" to Wraith.

spiderspeak:
"All I'm saying is you could at least consider it. I thought you wanted to have children of your own some day. It would take the spinning duties off your shoulders quite so much and I..."

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Kyshkumen wrote:
The Hotel is starting to mock me when I drive by it. That means Kubla is right around the corner.

*sigh* Now I want to go drive by the Hotel....


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Shush you! They're related. It's distant, some cousin with more cells than sense. snif!


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He sounds so...normal. So sane. She turns, then, facing him but her eyes not quite reaching his face, not daring to.

"...other night." She nods, swallowing hard. "Me too." But they didn't. His pale chest broadened again in her mind, greasy black fur spreading like mold across it. His body breaks and those horrible bulbous pulsing eyes stare back from inside her memory. Her own reflection wavers tiny and fragile in their depths, the only targets in a sea of rage. His...hers...He's ruined it! Ruined everything!

Her fingers curl tightly around the edge of the table, resisting the urge to throw herself at him, scratch those damned eyes out. Her hair, still in its braid, coils and flicks behind her. But she doesn't dare, doesn't call out the beast from its slumber. He could bite me...kill me in an instant...or worse...he could....

She shakes her head, flinging the images against themselves, letting them shatter into today...But he didn't...not then...won't now. See how sorry he is? How bad he feels? She gives a shake of her head and tries to smile. It is a miserable thing, weak, nothing, but she offers it up, the best she can do. A last ditch effort to hold on.

"N-no..it's ahh," ok....it's ok...it could be.... she wants it to be, wants so badly the nice normal family she'd been building in her mind, the one she's dreamed about. It's so close...if she just tries hard enough, it could be...

"fine..."


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“Oh good, you couldn’t sleep either? misery loves company, hmmm? Still, she can’t help smiling a little to have him join her.

“I had the weirdest drea….” Dandi’s nose wrinkles at the stench as she turns towards him, finding a nearly naked man instead of the companionable friend she was hoping for.

“Ba-rrie?” Her throat goes dry as her mind refuses to believe… Just another nightmare, just like before… just another nightmare not real…not realnot…...

“OhgodsNO, please!” In her head, it’s a shriek, a loud Clarion for the others. But her body lets her down….again. Barely a breath, a wheeze, no more than that as her lungs try to hide in her throat.
He shoves the tables out of his way like kindling and the one she hadn’t realized she’d been leaning on breaks against a wall. She’s sent sprawling, bent and bloody, but not quite as broken where she lands in one corner.

It is nothing compared to the HIM. Ridden by his Curse, he falters, arches and breaks, arches and breaks reforming again and again in front of her eyes…. noNOnoNOnoNO!!!!! The word pulses like the rocketing pace of her heart but serve no purpose ricocheting alone in her head.

He stands, his back to her. She knows now is the time to move…walk…RUN…scurry…scream…Cry….but she is frozen, caught like a fly between abject terror and horrified fascination. His narrow shoulders are long gone, broad muscle and unnatural fur in it’s place. He heaves, his breathing a warning she can’t ignore and can’t bring herself to heed. She can smell her own fear now, and a small dark voice in her head laughs at her previous reaction to his scent. not so different afterall….

Like some crab with her hands awkwardly beneath her, she begins to crawl….quiet as a mouse, quiet as a mou… Toolate TOOLATE!! He turns…Pulsating eyes of red and black, wild and throbbing and staring daggers right at her.

Too late, but she finally begins to scream…..


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Little by little, step by step, she makes her way to the neverending night at the center of the web.

He grows large, filling her view. His shadow swallows her path; strange things swim in depths of Him. She should be afraid, a wise woman would think twice. She soldiers on, one clinging thread at a time. Her past twists in upon itself, mocking her, the scenes playing out in surreal vibrant color, only to be sucked dry to a black and white nothing again and again.

In the corner, Fondo two-steps with a goat, his mouth growing horribly huge as he laughs while she stumbles over the strands.Vibrant red to maroon to gray, dead and gray and grasping the goat like a lifeline....gone.

Barael, working in the lab next to her, friendly smile as they talk potions and poisons...his hands, paws, curl to claws, knocking a vial from her hand, the equipment from the table. the scene covered in fur of gray and white and black...and gone....

Nickolay, stern and steady, a soldier in bearing if not in title, talking to his blade before it turns and talks back, his blood falling vibrant and red then seeping to black that takes her sight.

Briar, calm to the point of cold in the warrens side by side. Enraptured by the magic, no matter how small. The wall breaks and a thousand harlequin spiders pour through, swirl him up in the multitude of magical hues, then pull him under, into the depths of the river, washed out, gray to white to .....nothing.

"someone clean her up" Soothing cooling hands in the darkness, bright cleansing healing from beyond the veil. His voice comforts from the darkness...then chokes, coughs, hacks...and dies away.

"Charlie!"

The black abyss shudders, laughter rolling out in waves that shake her precarious balance. Web loops about her, tying her tight, cutting off her air. Her rainbows dance behind her eyes, rocking with the laughter, mocking from within, "did you think it would last?"

Strangled, she claws her way, closer, closer...

Large wings unfurl behind Him, more than twice His own considerable size. Wide spread, they block the night, shimmering with a silvery glow. Her light, his shadow, mingle and meld and become something else again."Who...who am I? and why?"

"Follow the web, feel the line, we will see you through in time..."

"Wh-why?"


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through the trembling haze...

"Follow the web, feel the line, it will see you through in time..."
Her feet dance over the webbing that stretches out, her eyes drawn to the huge black spider in its center. Below her, the spiral slips away into eternity, and above her as well, but she is caught somewhere in between.

"Charlie, your kit, please."

"Jalkara Kal! Father, I..." Failure overwhelms her and her feet stumble and falter upon the strands.

"Jel'enedra!"............"What can I do? What do you need? Do you need anything? Anything I can do?"..."Kuraf'te!"

The webs warp and waver, sending her sprawling. Faces loom up from the darkness, Elven, Varisian... Other. They mock, poisonous spittle flung in her face. "Get up, little one, get up!" He beckons, coaxes, that undeniable presence in its center and urges her to fight, to cling when she would otherwise fall down, or up, onto the spiral coil that awaits. So cling, she does.

"You can do it!"

The webs collect her, stabilize, set aright, but she must crawl onward, forward. Little by little, the faces fade, and she finds her feet again. And Jalkara Kal awaits.

"Someone clean her up..."

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Central San Joaquin Valley aka verdigris

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What a con! I was thrilled to see the Northern California PFS community come together for this incredible weekend. All those people mentioned above? They are every bit as great as the others have said. Maybe even more because we were so busy, no one could ever see everything going on at once, but no matter where you looked, there was someone somewhere going that extra step to make sure others were having fun and having a blast in the process.

We had brand spanking new GMs that jumped in feet first to run games. We had experienced players helping new ones get settled in to play. We had veterans sharing their minis and maps and pens and space; whatever it took to make sure everyone played.

I didn't see him mentioned so I want to give a special shout out to Richard Flynn, VL from Sacramento. Though not scheduled to be there, he came down to lend a hand and was right there in the thick of things with the rest of these amazing people.

We have Bookwyrm in March, Conquest Sac in April, and then the big one, Kubla Con on Memorial Day weekend; I can't wait to work and play with everyone again.

Grand Lodge

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Gorgeous illustration and a great read; what's not to love? I'm thrilled to have a halfling hero that looks and acts like an adult. Thank you!

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Howie23 wrote:
It's looking like I'm just gonna be around for the flea market this year, but will toss my opinion into the ring that this is a fun, very accessible convention. Highly recommended.

That's too bad, Howie. I was looking forward to getting to play with you again.

Mogre, I'll second (third? fourth?) what everyone else has said, Dundracon is amazing and whatever time you can be there, you should definitely give it a whirl. The PFS crew in this area is amazing, and nothing shows that more than the way they come together at a con.

oh and 18 days, folks! It's coming.

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Jerett Schaufele wrote:
verdigris wrote:

Porcine Pendant

Lets see, a dancing pig with spots that fascinates people. This is a little gonzo for my likes.

I dont think the game mechanic was the right choice. How would a dancing multicolored pig make people like the owner more?

I think the writing was good however.

Thank you for your critique. Your thoughts coincide with Jerry's that it was too much whimsy for this competition.

I do want answer your question regarding the charm person effect:

It is a fey pig, created using the fey animal template from Land of the Linnorm Kings. Using this template, a 0-3HD animal has either faerie fire or charm person as a spell-like ability. In this instance, I went with charm person. The multiple colors were from the hypnotic pattern spell. As for the dancing, well who wouldn't stare at a dancing pig?

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Porcine Pendant
Aura faint illusion, faint transmutation; CL 3rd
Slot neck; Price 3,500 gp; Weight
Description
This whimsical, multi-hued crystal pendant in the shape of a pig spins at the end of a silver chain. Once per day, the wearer may disconnect the pig from the chain and toss it to the ground. Doing so transforms the pendant into a small fey-touched pig, covered in spots of pink, green and blue.
The pig waddles up to 20 feet away and begins to dance. For 1 minute, it frolics and spins, creating a pleasing blur pattern of color that fascinates those within 20 feet. Upon completion of the dance, humanoid viewers’ attitude towards the pig and its owner shifts 2 steps closer to friendly unless they succeed on a (DC14) Will save. In addition, the pig’s fey-touched charm allows the wearer to make a Diplomacy check at +5 to convince affected creatures to do things they would not otherwise do, as per the charm person spell.
The pig returns to pendant form one round after the completion of its fascinating dance feature and must be connected to the chain and worn around the neck for 24 hours before it may be used again.
Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, carry companion, hypnotic pattern, craft jewelry; Cost 1,750 gp

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havoc xiii wrote:
Woohoo my item was actually seen. I was worried since I never saw it...and it wasn't culled....but still a failure Que Sera Sera.

havoc xiii, your item was NOT a failure. By submitting, you most likely battled and triumped over demons of self doubt, time thieves, and holiday madness. Just by submitting your item, you pushed it past the failure mark. Further, if it wasn't culled, that means you were in the TOP 75% of the entrants. That isn't failure; that is progress. Next year awaits.

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Thanks Eric! Your dedication was never in doubt, but this is pretty spectacular.

I count 810 on this list. I've copy/pasted it to a googledoc document. If anyone knows of any that aren't on this list, I'd love to add them to see just how complete a list we can get.

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We'll definitely be there!

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Central San Joaquin Valley aka verdigris

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Thanks, Dennis(you do know that "co-coordinator" thing stretches, right? ;) ).

Nah... it's too hard to fill out the paperwork when you've gone catatonic.

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