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ANNOUNCEMENT

I’ve been needing to make this announcement for over two weeks, and I just don’t want to do it. As much as this game has sputtered, I really do love it.

But I have to face reality.

When I started this session, I had a very different home and family life, and very different stressors to complicate my abilities to deliver the adventure.

Reluctantly, I have to conclude that the family and work stress—from taking in a teenage family member into our home, to my husband losing his job of eighteen years, to the passing of our dear pug at seventeen and a half (and the health decline that accompanied it)—has resulted in my own health and well-being being compromised.

I have a huge list of tasks in any given day and I used to juggle those with only occasional difficulty. Lately though, this game, as much as I love it, is one of the things that I can’t bring myself to get to. It’s not just a time issue. My social anxiety, usually confined to in person interactions, has escalated to include social media and internet interactions, and so while I might spend hours making tokens for the game and getting the map just right for the impending barroom brawl (which I have), I am currently not capable of taking the step to get that online, to post the interactions, and to be social and role play.

I am no longer meaningfully recovering the energy that allows me to be social and deal with people. That has occasionally happened to me in my life, but never to such a degree that even online interactions, usually the lowest of low stress, were implicated.

I was really impressed with the quality of you all as a group.

Finlogan: You were reliable, and showed sparks of roleplay that made me really excited for this adventure. As a healthy fighter with arcane talent, you were the ideal recruit for the Living God, and I was looking forward to that interplay.

Venssa: You played in character perfectly, coming up with actions that made perfect sense for a gnome and a druid that I was never quite prepared for. It was refreshing and I always looked forward to your understated contributions.

Hansyn: You showed an ability to really play with a character’s background and especially after Rankev returned, I thought we had some really great opportunities. I wish we’d been able to explore those more.

Rankev: You managed to be an instigator and verbose and it was wonderful. I missed you after your departure from the first adventure, and I was looking forward to seeing you here.

Lodric: Man, this was an interesting character, and seeing how Lodric would react to the agents of the Living God, especially as a clerk who wasn’t anxious for bloodshed or fighting? That had me so anxious to see that happen.

You were great players. I wish I could continue. But right now I can’t even guarantee a weekly post, and that’s not fair to any of you.

I am, with reluctance, shutting the game down.


Male Were-Cabbage Secretary 12

ANNOUNCEMENT

I’ve been needing to make this announcement for over two weeks, and I just don’t want to do it. As much as this game has sputtered, I really do love it.

But I have to face reality.

When I started this session, I had a very different home and family life, and very different stressors to complicate my abilities to deliver the adventure.

Reluctantly, I have to conclude that the family and work stress—from taking in a teenage family member into our home, to my husband losing his job of eighteen years, to the passing of our dear pug at seventeen and a half (and the health decline that accompanied it)—has resulted in my own health and well-being being compromised.

I have a huge list of tasks in any given day and I used to juggle those with only occasional difficulty. Lately though, this game, as much as I love it, is one of the things that I can’t bring myself to get to. It’s not just a time issue. My social anxiety, usually confined to in person interactions, has escalated to include social media and internet interactions, and so while I might spend hours making tokens for the game and getting the map just right for the impending barroom brawl (which I have), I am currently not capable of taking the step to get that online, to post the interactions, and to be social and role play.

I am no longer meaningfully recovering the energy that allows me to be social and deal with people. That has occasionally happened to me in my life, but never to such a degree that even online interactions, usually the lowest of low stress, were implicated.

I was really impressed with the quality of you all as a group.

Finlogan: You were reliable, and showed sparks of roleplay that made me really excited for this adventure. As a healthy fighter with arcane talent, you were the ideal recruit for the Living God, and I was looking forward to that interplay.

Venssa: You played in character perfectly, coming up with actions that made perfect sense for a gnome and a druid that I was never quite prepared for. It was refreshing and I always looked forward to your understated contributions.

Hansyn: You showed an ability to really play with a character’s background and especially after Rankev returned, I thought we had some really great opportunities. I wish we’d been able to explore those more.

Rankev: You managed to be an instigator and verbose and it was wonderful. I missed you after your departure from the first adventure, and I was looking forward to seeing you here.

Lodric: Man, this was an interesting character, and seeing how Lodric would react to the agents of the Living God, especially as a clerk who wasn’t anxious for bloodshed or fighting? That had me so anxious to see that happen.

You were great players. I wish I could continue. But right now I can’t even guarantee a weekly post, and that’s not fair to any of you.

I am, with reluctance, shutting the game down.


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Losing a pup is horrifying. Even when she was so clearly telling us it was time. For it to come at a time when I couldn't take off work to deal with it sort of made it a little explosive.

It was time, and that's horrifying and I miss her horribly. But seventeen is a very very very old age for a pug.

My mom suggested we keep an eye out for a rescue from a place where she's rescued from before. In a case of perfect timing, they had a beautiful litter of beagle-mix puppies. We've spent the last two weeks getting the rescue scads of information and our application was accepted, so one of those pups came home to us from Tennessee over the holiday weekend.

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Game stuff. I think what this needs may be a more forceful push. I'm not going to do anything so forceful that there aren't options, but it will be an overwhelming push... so some of how it turns out may be luck.

I know you aren't thinking this way, but there is a little bit of a clock... there was an elven woman who Kassen adventured with who he purported had the third part of the key. The ghost seemed quite determined that the three pieces being united again was a bad thing.

I'm setting up tokens and a battle map, but this will evolve shortly into a combat encounter. I don't think Rankev is wrong in that those do tend to inject some energy into the game, and I think that's what the game needs.

Puppy permitting, that will go up tonight, but if it doesn't, I do have tomorrow off (I took some time now that Commencement is over to help make sure the pup gets housetrained properly. The fewer accidents early, the better for that). So certainly if it doesn't happen tonight it will tomorrow.


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I lost my seventeen year old pug this weekend, and am still out of it. I will try to post by tomorrow.


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Broken glasses definitely suck. I'm officially old, I'm getting bifocals, which is the wait - they finally came in today. Getting used to them is a trick though, and I'm getting headaches just putting them on. I'm told that's normal and not to worry unless it lasts more than a week.

My eyesight has been lousy most of my life, but my eye doc read me the riot act. computer glasses. bifocals. I'm spending a month's salary on glasses and being glad the insurance at least covered most of the appointment with the eye doctor.

Lodric: Thanks for the heads up. We'll keep you mostly on autopilot until you get back


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I just wanted to post an update. I'm glad to see some activity and I feel bad because I've been now a week without posting. For once this is completely mundane. I broke my glasses Easter weekend and literally cannot read without them. New pair was due in at the end of last week, but hasn't arrived yet. They're saying now Wednesday.

I'm trying to make due with a twenty year old spare pair, which is getting me through work but the headaches are horrible. It's sufficient for distance, but not even close for reading.

I'll be back on and posting very soon.

(Hansyn: The mod expects you to infiltrate by trying to join the church. It wasn't that characters didn't get the possibility, it's that those who did dismissed it immediately as too dangerous - and they're not wrong. It is dangerous. You're working on an alternate plan. It's okay.)

Hold in there a couple more days so I have my glasses and can read more than two sentences without getting a spliting headache.


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Sorry I missed posting last night. I broke my glasses and my backup pair is only good for distance, not reading.

Sadly the opticians were all closed for Easter, so I couldn't even go to LensCrafters.

Catching up now.


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I see that Rankev posted this morning. It's Easter, and I have commitments early in the day, but will post this evening to try to help with the regrouping.


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I can't assume that this is what you all want, as it's a major choice for the party with potentially some significant downsides... someone needs to make the decision and act.


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Rankev "Power" Davis wrote:

I'm sorry., I just...this game has so much potential, but has had so many hiccups that I'm willing to try anything to build up som momentum again.

An overly-complicated plan about setting up ambushes and then stealthing in a complex so that we can...what? I don't even know what we'd be hoping to find, or what we'd then do with it once we found it.

Combat is always good for the life of a game. I'd rather TPK than see this game end because no one can think of a post. (We're actually in a decent position, tactical-wise. We're all together and in one group.)

Somebody say something in game or talk me out of this.

It's not what you're "supposed" to do. But you're off script. I was about to post about you regrouping at the inn, but that's based on what you were last about to do.

I'll hold off to give you time to make a decision.


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Lodric Aegilson wrote:
Just checking...Lodric is with the group here, right?

Yes.


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As I said, it's okay. You're going off script a bit, and there's nothing wrong with that.


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I'm sorry to have been a little absent this week. I work in public relations at a college and we had an incident implode that had us at all hands on deck.

Thankfully news cycles are short.

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This is dragging because frankly I couldn't post for almost a week, and you're deciding to go off the script of what the adventure expects, while I'm trying to point to the hints of what's expected.

You haven't gotten it. And that's okay.

Going off script is fine.

It's going to make this more complicated, but that can be the spice of adventure.

I'm heading into the thread to respond to everyone. Now that I have some clarity on where you thought this was headed, I can maybe steer things a bit better.


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thanks for letting me know, Fin!


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I'm not able to post tonight, but will update the gameplay thread in the morning.


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Rankev "Power" Davis wrote:

Sweet!

(Um, that doesn't leave us a bit short in the "someone needs to stand in the front and get beaten" department?)

It leaves Fin as the only "tank", but in combat, Venssa usually also goes into melee. Hansyn also has combat as part of his skill set.

Remember also that Cole preferred ranged combat when he could, firing arrows as often as entering melee.

Does this create a more fraught and thoughtful combat situation for spell-reliant? Probably.

Rankev will love it.


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Excellent! This brings us back to five players and means the party has all the crucial roles adventures are built around.

Now that I know who is back, I'll build a reintroductory post to bring the game back into place. I expect that will post sometime tomorrow evening Eastern time.

Thanks for bearing with me during the hard time and I look forward to getting this game running again!


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So, in good news some folks have been answering messages (and posting here).

I'm still waiting for a few responses. Here's what we have so far:

Aldelenna: out (left paizo boards entirely)
Rankev: in
Finlogan: in
Lodric: in
Cole: out (has already replaced the game in his roster)
Hansyn: ? - waiting on response
Venssa: ? - waiting on response

I will send additional messages to the remaining two folks today, but it is a weekend, and a number of our players had struggles posting on weekends... I don't want to count them out after my own long absence because they might be on a family trip or some other such over a weekend.

That said, I think three players having interest in the game continuing is enough to safely say the game is salvageable. If we can't get Venssa and/or Hansyn to return, we can turn to Rankev's reserves for an additional player, or reopen the discussion thread.

The structure of the adventure would let us start the game back up without having to actually wait for that new player to join, because there are several logical spots to have that new player join in coming up pretty much immediately.


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Rankev -

I've sent messages to everyone else remaining except Aldelenna, who already posted about bowing out of the Paizo forums entirely.

For the party not to have a major deficiency we need, in addition to you:

At least one of: (fighter/melee role)

Cole or Finlogan

At least one of: (healing and supplemental spell casting)

Venssa or Lodric

And importantly:

Hansyn (rogue stuff + supplemental casting)

An NPC might be able to patch one of those three roles fairly well, or two with some deficiencies. For now we just have to wait to see if folks are willing to take a chance on the game again.


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Okay, so that's a disappearance I'd rather not repeat.

I have a chronic medical condition. One that has been, for the most part, under control until recently. This flare up hit pretty seriously and while, looking back, there were signs, I didn't catch them early enough to do the proactive thing and call a temporary hiatus.

That left you all in the lurch. I'm so sorry!

It's with a lot of sadness that I'm returning to find that we've certainly lost Aldelenna as a player.

If folks are interested in continuing, I am trying to pull the pieces of my life back together, and that includes bringing this game back on track.

As long as enough players are interested in continuing, I will start this up again with posts this weekend, with the anticipation of returning to a daily (or nearly so) posting schedule.

Let me know in this thread, so I can work in appropriate fates for characters who don't wish to continue.

Again, I'm so sorry. My condition is magnified by stress, and between a family job loss and additional live-in family members, and two part time jobs on top of my full-time day job, there's been quite a lot of that.

No hard feelings if folks aren't comfortable continuing. I'm just trying to assess whether the game is salvageable for any who do.


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You are investigating the defilement of the tomb at Kassen. There's suspicion (based, admittedly, on the ravings of a ghost) that someone was trying to assemble a key of some sort, of which amulets worn by Kassen and his erstwhile foe were a part.

According to the ghost the key was extraordinarily dangerous.

There's a fair amount of evidence that the priests of Razmir were involved or even behind the theft, and that the mission to steal the keys originated here.


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have a good trip!


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Lodric Aegilson wrote:
So would it be too hard to write Lodric back in? Would it be preferable for me to make a new character?

Lodric has remained with the party but has been preoccupied with the voices in his head. I was going to have him waylaid to be found by the party later if you decided to rejoin us, but they hadn't gotten to the appropriate place yet, so you're still there and welcome to chime in whenever you wish.


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Just as a note, we have a major snowstorm coming this weekend. I fully expect to be home and posting, but it's snow and ice, which means power outages are likely, so if you don't see anything, don't panic, it's probably just the weather being unkind to me.


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Welcome back Rankev!


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My plan to quietly be at home for the holidays got sorta shot to the nine hells. Not so fun.

But congrats to you Lodric. I think if we can get this moving we'll be able to finish this leg of the journey before October-ish.

I'm going to push a bit more this year to keep us going. I let that go, and that's on me.

So, upwards and onwards.... it's a new year.


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For many in the US and abroad the next week is filled with holidays... obviously post if you can, don't worry if you can't. I will still be updating as I am home for the duration and blissfully spared the usual family gatherings.


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Lodric: Let me know and I'll write in a prompt for you. If we don't hear anything, I'll write something that'll allow for an absence.


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We're just getting restarted. I had an exit strategy that would allow you to rejoin later if you resurfaced, but you're welcome to chime in now.


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excellent. I've made a first post in the game play thread ... there are spoilery things for everyone.

I'll try to see what's going on with Lodric, but I have an exit strategy that would allow him to be re-introduced later if he doesn't re-emerge. So, forward we go!


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Okay. So that was a bit of a false re-start, but I'm going to try again. If you're still up for the game, please indicate so here.

I won't even get into the craziness going on here at home, but I'm going to get this thing restarted if it kills me.


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I want to apologize for disappearing over September. I several different family emergencies all hit at about the same time, resulting in, among other things, us entertaining a new resident at home.

It's been more than a little crazy, and not helped by my husband being injured and me being ill for most of it.

In my life the only thing that I could set aside to make life feasible was the internet... all of it except work. So that's what went.

Now that I'm on the mend, I'm trying to pull everything back together. I know I said that after the access kerfluffle at the beginning of September, just before all the craziness hit, but I hope folks are willing to continue.

I'll catch up on messages (it doesn't look like there's many) tomorrow and post something leading forward by Thursday of this week.


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thanks!


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Ok, everyone -

Boards appear to be back up. I'm sorry about the brief absence since they came back; I was in England visiting my dad when they finally went workable and the internet there wasn't reliable enough to post (figures that their technology would start to work at exactly the time mine stopped!)

Now that I'm back and have no scheduled vacations in the near future, I'm hopeful we can return to regular posting schedules.

Breaks can be good.

Now for some excitement.... the Molthuni are closing in!


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thanks for letting us know Cole


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Lodric Aegilson wrote:

Learning magic is for losers.

Just sell your soul to an extraplaner being whose name you can’t pronounce and who tells you to burn things from time to time. It’s SO much easier.

His older brother Zandre did that. I suspect that's made Hansyn wary of the practice. Of course, Zandre made his bargain with something a bit... darker.


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Lodric Aegilson wrote:

I have returned! My apologies for the continued absence.

Could the last campaign be marked as complete so it leaves my active campaign tab?

This is done


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Hansyn Vargidan wrote:

Ok Koldoon, Hansyn would certainly not be afraid of steeling Turik’s spellbook, but I don’t want to shoot the character in the foot either. As long as there is a path for him to learn spells, that is most important. It may mean that he return’s to Kassen to a very angry wizard, it may just be he buys his own spellbook and teaches himself how to cast spells.

If he steals it, do you want rolls or just describe it?

You can just describe it. Turik is young and naive, if very smart. Importantly, his inability to recognize things like the possible theft of his spellbook marked him as not ready to the town elders, which is part of why he wasn't chosen.


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Let me know what you want to do. I'll hold off on the Silvers post until I hear.

Also, my apologies, my schedule was SUPPOSED to return to sanity. But some layoffs and short staffing at work have resulted in strange and unpredicatable piles of work at inopportune times.

In a sense it's good, since Grumbaki was also gone. I'm hoping he's back and able to post soon.


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Easiest way is probably a brief role play meeting with Fin and Holgast after the meeting. You're right there.

I'm fine with that if that's what you want to do.


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As for Fin's question on loot. except for a few items deliberately distributed to individuals, you were having Rankev hold the treasure.

I will check on what the amounts came to. All special treasure I think was already distributed, but I'll come up with a list of what I don't think made it onto character sheets and post it here.


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Greycastle: Sorry about that!

Grumbaki (Lodric) will be out until this weekend. Sorry for the confusion!

Aldelenna: It's okay. We have a few absences that are slowing things, but that's okay, it's just getting started.


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We will now continue the adventure in Masks of the Living God

Please post new discussion posts in the discussion forum for that adventure.

Also as a note, please remember that Greycastle (Lodric) is going to only be sporadically available to post until the 23rd. Bear this in mind if you have a roleplay post that involves him directly.

See you in the new thread!


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Welcome back everyone. We'll be getting started here in the new thread. If you have an active roleplay element in the old one that you want to continue, that's fine, but anything new from this point should go in the gameplay thread for this adventure.

Excited?

Obviously it was a blow to lose Rankev, and I know the wrap up of the last adventure suffered. Part of that is my fault. I haven't been able to post as much lately as this has been my crunch time at work, made worse by the passing of one of our cherished college presidents.

But that's done. I'm back, Crypt of the Everflame has wrapped up.

The intro post has been made. There's a spoiler with a little more information for each of you.

Hansyn got a little extra in his because he asked to do specific things.

Per the gameplay thread, Arnama recruited Hansyn to deliver the invitations to go to Holgast's tower.

The sun is low in the sky, this far into Neth the days are getting shorter.

If you have anything you want your characters to do before the formal start, this is the time. Bear in mind that per his post in the discussion forum back at the old thread, Lodric is on a little bit of an autopilot until the 23rd, so we may need to do some mild retrorevision if your roleplay activities involve Lodric directly.

As a reminder: Holgast is the absent-minded town sage and mystic. He lives in a tower on the east side of town that you swear leans slightly to the south.

Cygar is an outsider, and the townsfolk are naturally wary of him. He's been staying at the Seven Silvers, dresses in dark colors, and keeps mostly to himself.

Looking forward to starting this new portion of the journey with you all!


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I will take a look this weekend.

Please note as you wrap up your role playing interactions that the initial post for Mask of the Living God should go up tomorrow, so if you have any role playing posts you want to get through before the meeting with Cygar and Holgast, please let me know or get them going in the game thread.


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All players from the original group: Fin, Venssa, Cole, and Aldelenna should now level to 3rd.

You have two days in town before the meeting... this means Venssa can arrive, and players are free to decide what they want their players to do. There is an air of celebration, trepidation, and urgency in the waiting, but at the same time, you all know you'll learn nothing more before the meeting.

This also counts as downtime, so if there is a downtime task you wish to work on, please feel free to put that in the gameplay thread also.

At the conclusion of the two days I will put a direction pointing to the new thread and we will start up with the Masks of the Living God, of which this meeting is essentially scene 1.


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Lodric Aegilson wrote:
from gameplay thread - I have found that I have to go to some national guard mandatory fun in June. From the 3rd to the 23rd I’ll have limited internet connectivity. While I’ll finally learn how to use an m249 light machine gun...it’ll limit my posting. My apologies in advance.

Greycastle: Yuck. That sounds distinctly unfun. Post as you can.


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My apologies for the delays in posting... this is my hell week (it's graduation at the college I work for), and I've had less time than I expected. Posting should, I hope, return to normal. And with everyone getting back to town, that means finally getting started with the next adventure! We'll transition to the new thread very soon.


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This is a fair question. You were level two, but the original group (Finlogan, Cole, Venssa, Aldelenna, Rankev) will level to three when they return with the everflame (this includes Venssa, who has returned to the burrow).

Hansyn and Lodric were already level three, as they were made to participate in part two of the adventure.


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This wrap down time for the first adventure has taken longer than expected, for which I apologize. But we should have it wrapped up soon and then we'll shift to the new thread hopefully by next week.

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