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 To Save a Kingdom
Zodang
Posted: May 8 2012, 04:24 PM


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The kingdom of Algarth lay between four natural boundaries in each direction. To the North, plains and dense forests lead to the Zenar Mountains, from which barbarian raids often came. To the East, fertile plains and farmland until the Galor Peaks, tall spires through which no natural path has ever been found. To the West, swampland and an ocean crystal blue and big as the eyes can see. South lie rugged hills and vast deserts, which few have dared travel and from which fewer still have returned.

Humans inhabit the central city of the Ralsa, which lies in a fairly temperate center of the kingdom. Living within the Galor Peaks are the stocky Mountain Dwarves, greatest masons and architects of the kingdom. Of the Elves, there are three species in Algarth. In the forests to the North are Wood Elves, lithe and tall, experts with the bow and disguise. To the South and East are Plains Elves, bulkier and tanner versions of their Wood Elf brethren. To the West, most at home in their marine environment, are the Water Elves. Water Elves are generally the shortest of the Elves, with bluish and scaled skin, and webbed hands and feet. Rarely are they seen away from water, though colonies are known to exist along rivers and in swamps across the kingdom.

Humans have a religion dominated by the Holy Light, and through worship of it there are people known to enact miracles that others simply call magic - but even "true" mages don't know where the energy from these "divine" spells come from. Some Dwarves are known to also worship the Light, but few Elves seem interested.

Every species of Algarth is known to practice magic; however, most Dwarves forego any such "nonsense". Most Humans lack significant gifts, but for the select few, there is every reason to expect a call from the Mage's College in Ralsa. The magic perfected by these humans is often called High Magic, to distinguish it from the Divine Magic produced through worship. Wood Elves are not known to practice High Magic, instead using the poorly named "Wild Magic," a magic focused on natural balance and exchange.

A decade ago, a large scale incursion by Northern Barbarians lead to all-out war, ended decisively when a forced rock slide crushed much of the army and blocked their main route of entry. Some speak of ill-tidings, and that the "war" was in fact fabricated by the Mage's College as a way of exploring the Barbarians' magic, and that they will seek revenge using dark magic.

Recently, a plague has swept through the kingdom from North to South, sparing few towns in its wake. Not everyone seems to fall ill, but there is no notable connection between those that do. The King - son of the beloved leader a decade past - has closed Ralsa to all traffic, leaving it cut off until the plague passes. This has paralyzed the army, and led to a marked increase in bandits and lesser creatures prowling the roads and even attacking towns.

One town in the North East - Jadeglen has called for mercenary aid, and while the main guild has had no dealings since Ralsa closed, a handful of members appeared, ready for coin, self-fulfillment, or whatever their personal reasons.


"Traylen, behind you!" Without even thinking about who had said it, Traylen, a Plains Elf, turned and thrust his spear straight through the poor man attempting to stab him in the back. The spear went straight through the bandit's heart, and his arms quickly fell. Traylen watched as the life left his eyes. It felt like minutes, but it only took a second. The dead man collapsed, and Traylen found he could not simply pull the spear out one handed. Bracing his foot on the body, he drew his spear back out, and turned to find a dozen more bandits had appeared.

"When they say they have a bandit problem, they certainly aren't lying!" Traylen mused, before diving straight into the new wave that had appeared. He did not fear death, but he also knew the other Mercenaries with him would not fall to simple bandits.

((Jump in with whatever. I figure we did the other two "big" settings of contemporary and sci-fi, so why not finish the tri-force with a fantasy setting? The intro stuff is purposely shortened/sparse, but should be pretty basic with any rules. I hope the difference between magics is clear))


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Kosmopolite
Posted: May 9 2012, 12:08 AM


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"Stupid plain elves."

Ayla didn't really think that. She just noticed they always seemed to think things were further away than they appeared. That was probably the 'plain' part.

She ducked a poorly-aimed longsword and got her head back into the game. And her knife into a throat. The bandit was dead before he hit the ground.

She saw the elf run towards the new wave of enemies. It seemed like everyone else was tied up at the wagon. She chased after him muttering certain choice xenophobic slanders.


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Posted: May 9 2012, 03:02 PM


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Brahman swore under his breath the minute he saw the fray. He was back at the wagon, helping to shoulder the changing of a broken wheel when the fighting started. Quickly he handed the work off to someone else, and grabbed for his bow.

Though, he was a dwarf and not lean like the elf fighting ahead, he was an expert marksman, and even from here he could pick off one or two to help finish the fight.

He lined up each shot effortlessly once he had his quiver and bow, sliding the quiver over his shoulder and brushing his beard aside a moment. He narrowed his eyes like a hawk lining up his kill, and each shot he let loose landed perfectly at its mark.

One shot to in the heart to the man about to clobber Traylen in the back.

One shot above the knee to wound and cripple the man rushing Ayla.

Then, he grinned at his work and waited to see if more were coming.


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And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems...."
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Kosmopolite
Posted: May 9 2012, 07:27 PM


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The thing about most bandits was that they had no finesse. They usually had numbers and/or size, so didn't really worry about how to fight a rag-tag band of adventurous-looking bodyguards. Ayla had fought one crew the previous winter who had captured a cave troll. They decided that they didn't need to get involved in the fight because they had, quote 'a great bloody troll'. When a colleague downed it with a single arrow, they scattered like scared bunnies.

Ayla like to make a dance of the whole fighting thing. She was gracefull, fast and without peer with rapier and dagger. She also liked to show a little bit too much cleavage above her jerkin. She found the distraction worked in any situation where men were involved.

"Swashbuckler!" she yelled as she ran another idiot thief through the gullet.

A voice from somewhere replied, "What?!"

"That's what I'll call myself on my ads. I'm no warrior, barbarian or huntress. I'm a beautiful swashbuckling venus!" She grinned. "Ha HA!"

The second 'ha' acompannied the passage of her shorter blade through another man's throat. She was no lady, but she was a sight to be seen.


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Zodang
Posted: May 9 2012, 08:46 PM


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"You need a buckler to swashbuckle!" Traylen said, laughing, as he dropped, kicking a bandit's legs out from under him before crushing his neck with his shield. He heard someone behind him take an arrow, and added another to the tally of how many times he owed Brahman his life. Next place with beer or mead that wasn't water with honey he'd owe that Dwarf half their stock.

He stabbed and pulled his spear out from another bandit, when he noticed the rabble began to flee. But something wasn't right. The ground shook, but so slightly most would not notice. Not a Plains Elf, though. He turned, and his eyes widened for just a moment. "Jalek!" he yelled, pointing back. He almost slapped himself when he remembered he was the only one that would be able to see the thing from so far away. "It's coming straight for the wagon! Everyone, move!"

Jalek were the size of small houses, with six legs, two tails, and spikes all over their body. They also tended to breath very thick and very flammable acidic saliva. In other words, a delightful way to spend an evening, if you were the better half of a regiment. It might be a bit harder, with just the rag-tag group of mercs. This one was about three minutes away, and seemed to think the wagon would look better completely flat.


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Posted: May 9 2012, 11:07 PM


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"I could swashbuckle your skinny behind and nearly break a sweat - buckler or no buckler!"

Ayla yelled this while taking down the final bold idiot who was running towards her. Then she heard Jalek shout.

"Shit," she muttered with feeling and followed the Elf at a more human gallop.


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Posted: May 10 2012, 12:31 AM


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Brahman thought he heard a word he did not wish to hear. Then, he looked out toward the direction the elf was frantically gesturing to, and realized he had heard exactly the word he didn't want to hear.

"Alright you rabble, leave it! Leave the wagon! Run!" He shouted at the others who were still unsure what was happening.

Then the creature came into view, large, spiked and snarling right toward them.

"RUN DAMN YOU RUN!" He screamed at the other men, and watched them scatter. He'd not leave a man behind if he could help it, but he sure as hell wasn't going to stick around to get smashed or have his flesh eaten away by that things saliva!

He rushed further down the hill toward Ayla and Traylen, sizing up the situation with a few quick glances over his shoulder. He'd gotten enough distance between him and the beast, and he hoped that the other two didn't have any crazy ideas in their heads about taking this thing down.


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"We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems...."
~~Arthur O'Shaughnessy
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Zodang
Posted: May 10 2012, 01:20 AM


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The things mouth, easily the size of two wagons stacked atop one another, came into view. It's horrid, gasoline-like stench also became noticeable. these creatures normally travelled in small groups, but this bull - easily determined by horn configuration - was alone. They also inhabited regions significantly further south.

As Traylen, Ayla, and Brahman met up, Traylen grabbed his forehead, cradling his spear in his elbow. "That guy must be lost if he's this far North. We need to either redirect it or put it down before it runs into a town, and both of those will be very hard without any magic." He looked at his comrades in turn, and asked, "which will it be?"

He did not know anything about the group that hired them, but he sincerely hoped one of them was secretly a Mage, or he was not going to enjoy the next few hours...if he lived, of course.


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Brahman grumbled for a moment, nodding in agreement to the elf. This whole situation could get bad very quick, and he didn't want to see innocent's smashed to bits by a wayward creature. The nearest town was less than two miles away, and the thing would no doubt keep roaming in that direction if something wasn't done.

He slung his bow over his body and let out a sharp whistle to the trees. Traylen was right, they needed magic, and he hoped they weren't so far that their need could not be met. He had a friend in the area, and she was more than likely watching.

"Fae!" He called out, "We need ya, luv! Now is as good a time as any!" He watched the creature smash the wagon to bits and then turn snarling for something else to destroy. It's large form squared up and looked in their direction.

"Damnit Fae! I'm sorry I angered ye! Just come out, the dumb bull is going to kill us!"

He knew his companions were confused, and he hoped the woman would appear soon so he didn't look as crazy as he felt. He was always a little uncertain around magic, and Fae didn't make that any easier on him. But, she was beautiful and sweet, and he'd loved her once. He hoped she still remembered that.

The forest got eerily silent around them. The beast even stood still and listened as if it could sense what might happen next. Then a sharp blast of blue crystalline light hit the monster from the left and singed its skin. The beast roared and toppled into some trees, trying to get its bearings.

Brahman grinned, and looked to the direction the magic had come from. There she was, beautiful and blonde wearing green robes that would have cloaked her presence in the forest easily.

He'd never thought in a million years his heart could skip a beat over a human.


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"We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems...."
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Posted: May 10 2012, 03:18 PM


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Traylen almost cheered, but decided against attracting an angry Jalek toward him. He thought he recognized the woman, but then again humans tended to look alike to him.

"Alright, now we need to get it to open its mouth and have her set it ablaze. Brahman, shoot its eyes and get it blind. It'll roar, and that's our cue to set it alight. Ayla, that's our cue. We need to get it to charge pointlessly till it is exhausted. Then... It'll be the easy part," He said. Unfortunate to kill such a healthy male, but it looked like the only option. They didn't have the time to herd it back south, and it needed to be stopped.

He looked at his companions in turn, and then asked, "Ready?"


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Posted: May 10 2012, 04:38 PM


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"This is not on my shwashbuckling resumé, but let's do it!"

She was determined to make the title stick. Even if it was just for her tombstone.


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Brahman shook his head out of his reverie staring at Fae as she continued to blast the monster.

"right then!" He rushed a few feet forward, grounded himself and then drew his bow back off his shoulder. He readied an arrow and took a deep breath.

here goes ole boy..... He thought to himself, remember that ye never miss....

The first arrow leashed and hit the beast in the right eye. The thing squealed and began to lash about. For a moment Brahman's heart nearly stopped when he realized it could have smashed Fae to bits because she was so close! But, the human was quick and she dodged back out of the way.

From this distance he could even see a little smile on her face. She always did love excitement.


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"We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems...."
~~Arthur O'Shaughnessy
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Posted: May 10 2012, 07:25 PM


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Ayla sheathed her weapons. It wasn't like they were much good versus a giant, anyway.

"Oi, beastie!" she yelled, running away from the robed mage and Brahman's arrows. "C'mon, I'm all tasty and ready for ya, you big ugly thing ya!"

She whisted, yelled and invented a couple of obscenities in her attempt to hear the ugly thing. Like Traylen said, getting it to chase her wasn't really the hard part. Staying in the lead, however...


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From almost out of nowhere a robed figure with a spear came flying at the giant. The figure was promptly grabbed out of the air by the leg and flung into the nearby forest. Seconds later a massive ball of fire flew from the forest, melting against the giant, spreading fire all around it. It was soon followed by dozens of much smaller balls of fire, many of which missed the intended target.
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Posted: May 11 2012, 10:00 AM


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Fae continued to throw large bolts of blue power against the beast, recognizing what they were trying to do. Once she got her bearings again from the beast thrashing, she found a safer stance and tried to keep the beast moving away from the road.

Brahman readied another hour and started to flank the beast to the left. He waited to see what his companions would do, makings sure to fire a few shots now and then to keep the beast on task.

He saw the second figure briefly launch itself at the beast and get thrown. He only got a chance to wonder for half a second who that was, when flames erupted around the monster.

Fae rolled and moved to a better position, barely missing getting hit by the flames herself. She nodded to Brahman now that she was much closer to his position, and he moved over and helped her back to her feet. "Good to see ye." He smiled.

She couldn't help but smile back, but didn't say anything because she was determined to stay focused. "We've got to push it back further into the forest." She pointed, "There's a clearing not too far where it'll be easier to take the monster down."

Brahman nodded and whistled at Ayla who was trying to lead the beast. "East! Go east! There's a clearing!" He yelled, hoping she could hear him over the chaos.


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"We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems...."
~~Arthur O'Shaughnessy
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