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Hexenritter
May 20, 2001

Buncha slack-jawed faggots around here

1C and 2A seem prudent for now, also holy poo poo shrimpman won!

well anyway let me say you're welcome

further, the typo in question 2 now makes me want Manta men, hybridised with pistol shrimp for strafing shorelines and shipping

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Blasphemaster
Jul 10, 2008



C A

super sweet best pal
Nov 18, 2009

No need to sign, we'll take care of that.


Lipstick Apathy

C
A


After things calm down a bit we need to see if the village has some wise sage or healer we can kidnap and steal mystic secrets from.

super sweet best pal fucked around with this message at May 1, 2018 around 06:37

Nephzinho
Jan 24, 2008



Everyone seems to be forgetting "Please note, the Sapphire Isles are in the Reast Confederacy". We should be trying to be much stealthier than we have been.

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Your friendly croctopus overlord LP'er



A little bit of RnR.

“Guard the mines, Minion!” Sarga commands. “I shall be in my lab resting, only bother me if it is important!
“Yes Mistress.” The Mantis-pistol-shrimpman clicks in reply.

Sarga retires to her room, pulls out one of her books on Advanced Monstrology and begins to settle down.

The next five days pass quietly. Sarga takes the time to unpack properly, do a few homely touches around the place and above all rest. She has pushed herself hard the last couple of weeks, and resting in her properly attuned room allows her to rebuild her mana reserves.

The appointed day arrives, and Once more, The Albino dwarf appears before her. Once more he is rude.
“I hope you have this weeks delivery.”
“It is awaiting you, collector.”
“Acceptable. Be warned. We have reports that a Hero has been seen in your area. Athena Seaglass is a loner, but she should not be underestimated. We expect three more crates.” Before Sarga can even reply the dwarfs astral projection vanishes.
“Bastard.” She mutters.

The warning was helpful though. Not that she would ever let her “employers” know that. She returns to her room and begins to scry the village.
Sure enough, amongst the quaint thatched roofed huts, all on poles keeping them off the ground as protection against floods and smaller monsters, the villagers huddle around a figure. She is not dressed in the simple peasant garb, she is tall, with bright blue hair and silver armour. She carries a large bow and has a sword strapped across her back. She is of course beautiful, and is listing to the villagers with a expression of graceful compassion. She radiates “I am here to help.”

While she cannot hear what the villagers are saying, they are being animate and pointing a things, a quick shift of the orbs viewpoint shows an empty house, another point and shift, and a graveyard with two freshly dug graves. It seems that six people going missing or dieing in a short space of time is enough to get the attention of a hero! Curses!

What to do, it will take this Athena Seaglass time to find her mine, and even longer to find her lair, but once a hero starts looking, they seem to have the damndest luck! It may take her a week or two, but she will find what she is looking for!

Time to formulate a plan.

A - Do nothing. Maybe we can get another shipment out before she finds the mine.
B - Make more minions, prepare for a fight!
C - Call all the minions off the mine and send them hunting.
D - Go hunting for her yourself.
E - Call the minions and join them - Take no chances
F - Something else…..


quote:

Mana = 15/40
Gold = 1,000
Time until next delivery needed - 7 days.

Crates on hand - 0.55

Minions - 1 Mantis-pistol-shrimp man.
3 Crabpeople.

Mining rate - 0.75 crates a week. (0.11 per day)

super sweet best pal
Nov 18, 2009

No need to sign, we'll take care of that.


Lipstick Apathy

Disguise ourself as a beautiful mermaid and trick her into thinking Fisty is the culprit. Once she's weakened from the fight, capture her and turn her into a monster.

AJ_Impy
Jun 17, 2007



Yam Slacker

F

Embed the scraps left over from transmogrifications, personal effects from all our converts, into the possession of a plausible monster and have it roam the far side of the isles, a long way from our operations. Give her a trophy to hunt, an enemy to vanquish, get by with enough crabs to fulfil the contract.

HiHo ChiRho
Oct 23, 2010

Then you remember. You have a message to send.

Something everyone must know.

You have the power. You have the means.

Let it be known.




AJ_Impy posted:

F

Embed the scraps left over from transmogrifications, personal effects from all our converts, into the possession of a plausible monster and have it roam the far side of the isles, a long way from our operations. Give her a trophy to hunt, an enemy to vanquish, get by with enough crabs to fulfil the contract.

Interesting choice, although dependent upon the hero not realizing the monster is made up from a sorcerer. Still, a good delaying tactic. F

The Lone Badger
Sep 24, 2007



AJ_Impy posted:

F

Embed the scraps left over from transmogrifications, personal effects from all our converts, into the possession of a plausible monster and have it roam the far side of the isles, a long way from our operations. Give her a trophy to hunt, an enemy to vanquish, get by with enough crabs to fulfil the contract.

Let's go with this. But we're going need another human to be the chassis.

Rockopolis
Dec 21, 2012

I MAKE FUN OF QUEER STORYGAMES BECAUSE I HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH MY LIFE THAN MAKE OTHER PEOPLE CRY

I can't understand these kinds of games, and not getting it bugs me almost as much as me being weird


Any rules or customs on monologuing in this setting?

JesterOfAmerica
Sep 11, 2015


AJ_Impy posted:

F

Embed the scraps left over from transmogrifications, personal effects from all our converts, into the possession of a plausible monster and have it roam the far side of the isles, a long way from our operations. Give her a trophy to hunt, an enemy to vanquish, get by with enough crabs to fulfil the contract.

Lets go with this

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Your friendly croctopus overlord LP'er

Rockopolis posted:

Any rules or customs on monologuing in this setting?

Not until we make them!

Quorum
Sep 24, 2014

REMIND ME AGAIN HOW THE LITTLE HORSE-SHAPED ONES MOVE?

Grey Hunter posted:

Not until we make them!

That's Rule One of Dungeon Mastering, obviously. You must, on all occasions when you have a hero in your power, cackle and reveal your plans in a suitably villainous fashion, and may not kill the hero until the monologue is complete.

Nyaa
Jan 7, 2010

Q.E.D.



Quorum posted:

You must, on all occasions when you have a hero in your power, cackle and reveal your plans in a suitably villainous fashion, and may not kill the hero until the monologue is complete.
I seen way too much interrupt-speech sub-troupe lately.

Jossar
Apr 2, 2018


AJ_Impy posted:

F

Embed the scraps left over from transmogrifications, personal effects from all our converts, into the possession of a plausible monster and have it roam the far side of the isles, a long way from our operations. Give her a trophy to hunt, an enemy to vanquish, get by with enough crabs to fulfil the contract.

This. Was tempted to make the monster clever enough to pretend to be a mastermind, but that would probably give the game away so it's better to pin everything on a big angry monster and lay low for a bit.

Splicer
Oct 16, 2006

from hell's heart I stab at thee

HiHo ChiRho posted:

Interesting choice, although dependent upon the hero not realizing the monster is made up from a sorcerer. Still, a good delaying tactic. F
Put a wizard hat on it, go for the old "accidental self transformation" routine.

Nephzinho
Jan 24, 2008



Are there any mercenaries we can hire to help take care of this hero? Hell, even if they fail they could serve as a distraction and point to bandits in the area being responsible for the disappearances instead of monsters. This "it was a bigger fish" plan does not seem like it is going to fool anyone.

Outrail
Jan 4, 2009

www.sapphicrobotica.com


AJ_Impy posted:

F

Embed the scraps left over from transmogrifications, personal effects from all our converts, into the possession of a plausible monster and have it roam the far side of the isles, a long way from our operations. Give her a trophy to hunt, an enemy to vanquish, get by with enough crabs to fulfil the contract.

This is basically what I was thinking, pseudo false flag attack.

dont be mean to me
May 2, 2007

I'm interplanetary, bitch
Let's go to Mars




AJ_Impy posted:

F

Embed the scraps left over from transmogrifications, personal effects from all our converts, into the possession of a plausible monster and have it roam the far side of the isles, a long way from our operations. Give her a trophy to hunt, an enemy to vanquish, get by with enough crabs to fulfil the contract.

Love it.

Hexenritter
May 20, 2001

Buncha slack-jawed faggots around here

Yeah I'm going to Plan Aj_Impy

Relentless
Sep 22, 2007

It's a perfect day for some mayhem!




AJ_Impy posted:

F

Embed the scraps left over from transmogrifications, personal effects from all our converts, into the possession of a plausible monster and have it roam the far side of the isles, a long way from our operations. Give her a trophy to hunt, an enemy to vanquish, get by with enough crabs to fulfil the contract.

False flag! False flag!

(Do it.)

Rockopolis
Dec 21, 2012

I MAKE FUN OF QUEER STORYGAMES BECAUSE I HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH MY LIFE THAN MAKE OTHER PEOPLE CRY

I can't understand these kinds of games, and not getting it bugs me almost as much as me being weird


Too old fashioned.
F) Claim that the villagers are crisis actors and it is a false flag attack.
Release hallucinogens into the water and hire trolls to further muddy the waters. Hire a PR firm to spin for you. With enough luck the adventurer will take care of the villagers for you.

Hexenritter
May 20, 2001

Buncha slack-jawed faggots around here

Rockopolis posted:

Too old fashioned.
F) Claim that the villagers are crisis actors and it is a false flag attack.
Release hallucinogens into the water and hire trolls to further muddy the waters. Hire a PR firm to spin for you. With enough luck the adventurer will take care of the villagers for you.

Oh my.

dont be mean to me
May 2, 2007

I'm interplanetary, bitch
Let's go to Mars




Rockopolis posted:

Too old fashioned.
F) Claim that the villagers are crisis actors and it is a false flag attack.
Release hallucinogens into the water and hire trolls to further muddy the waters. Hire a PR firm to spin for you. With enough luck the adventurer will take care of the villagers for you.

I like your spirit but that's more effort than the existing bandwagon. Maybe if that fails?

Hexenritter
May 20, 2001

Buncha slack-jawed faggots around here

I really like the idea. We should definitely retain the services of a PR specialist once we can afford it, or perhaps figure out the correct hybridisation path to create our own without seein altering their appearance

Liquid Cannibalism
Mar 9, 2004

Delicious and Nutritious



Fun Shoe

I'm with Plan AJ_Impy, but a thought for later: where do the villagers get their water? Humans can't survive on saltwater, after all, and should their source dry up or go brackish...

Hexenritter
May 20, 2001

Buncha slack-jawed faggots around here

Liquid Communism posted:

I'm with Plan AJ_Impy, but a thought for later: where do the villagers get their water? Humans can't survive on saltwater, after all, and should their source dry up or go brackish...

I like the cut of your jib.


also can you fix the typo in the title? It's been bugging me inordinately.

Outrail
Jan 4, 2009

www.sapphicrobotica.com


Hexenritter posted:

I like the cut of your jib.


also can you fix the typo in the title? It's been bugging me inordinately.

[CYOA] Dungeon Master. Digging too deap.

Liquid Cannibalism
Mar 9, 2004

Delicious and Nutritious



Fun Shoe

Hexenritter posted:

I like the cut of your jib.


also can you fix the typo in the title? It's been bugging me inordinately.

Not my forum, so no mod powers in here. Ettin or the OP are your go-tos.

sheep-dodger
Feb 21, 2013



Hexenritter posted:

also can you fix the typo in the title? It's been bugging me inordinately.

Typos are an ancient tradition of GH LPs, I will not have you stray from it

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Your friendly croctopus overlord LP'er

To late, I already asked for it to be changed....

Or is it T00 late? Or Too late? or Two late?

Dun dun dun.....

Grey Hunter fucked around with this message at May 4, 2018 around 07:39

Splicer
Oct 16, 2006

from hell's heart I stab at thee

Hexenritter posted:

I like the cut of your jib.


also can you fix the typo in the title? It's been bugging me inordinately.
Deep is a place. We're digging to it. What's the problem?

Grey Hunter
Oct 17, 2007

Your friendly croctopus overlord LP'er


Killer distraction.

The idea starts of a small one, and is followed by a small laugh that quickly becomes a hearty cackle. The Hero has come to fight a monster - time to give her one.

Wasting no time, Sarga moves quickly to the piles of discarded clothing and, well, body parts that she has stored in her lab - never waste anything that could be useful. There is not enough to make a proper monster, but a pile of more useless chunks could be useful. Sarga goes outside into the reef and throws the chum into the water and waits.

The sharks don’t take too long to arrive. They never do when there is blood in the water. And Sarga is quickly able to find a nice large specimen.
Catching a shark is harder than it seems. The blood has driven them into a frenzy, and her first attempt at a spell fails - the shark senses fresh prey and turns its course, coming right at sarga with a wall of teeth.
“Down boy!” She shouts, flicking out a tentacle and hitting it right on the nose. This stuns the shark and she is quickly able to drag it into the lab.

The work she is doing here is different to the work she has done before, she needs this monster to be realistic, scary and a credible threat to the hero. The arms and legs are attached - she has plenty of crab legs, and the Sharkcrab quickly gains those, the arms are smaller than she would have liked, but four of them should make up for their size.

The trick is not attaching these things, but making them look natural - anyone can stitch together a hideous monstrosity, it takes skill to make this look like some form of unknown sea creature. She pushes a huge amount of power into the creature, it grows, soon it stands ten feet tall, eight legs and four arms, with a vicious shark head and fin. it’s black eyes gleamed with malice, and Sarga sensed its blood lust.
There would be no controlling this beast, but that was fine, it was not for controlling, this was to run rampant.
She prepared a first and final meal before she sent it on its way. Amongst the remains she places personal effects from her slaves, and the Sharkcrab eats them quickly. Now, when it is defeated, they will find the effects and declare the matter sorted.

“Go! Hunt for glory, hunt for food!” She commands the beast, and it jets from the lab with a solid tail kick, its legs tucked in to allow frightening speed beneath the water. Sarga grabs a bag of popped shrimp and settles down in front of the scrying orb.

The first few hours are quiet. The Sharkcrab murders some of the local wildlife, but does not venture onto the shore. It is only when dusk approaches and the tide goes out that it begins to haul its bulk from the water.
The first peasant it sees is mending netting on the beach. Apparently the mere fact of having a Hero in town has made him calm, as he barely gets a scream out before his head is bitten off. Blood arcs in a delightfully pleasing manner and the beast gets to work on the rest of the body.

Other screams follow, there are others who have seen this, and they flee the beech to the village. The screams die down, and are replaced with a chant.
“Seaglass. Seaglass. Seaglass.” They chant. Sarga can hear the wonder in their voices.

She strides onto the beach, blue hair waving in the wind, armour gleaming in the last of the warm sun. Bow in hand she turns and bows to the villagers before marching down onto the beach. She knocks and arrow, and loses it at the Sharkcrab. The arrow embeds itself into the beast and gets it’s attention, it roars and scuttles towards Seaglass. Another arrow follows, but they seem to have trouble getting through the creatures bulk and scaly skin. The third hits an eye, which causes the beast to rear up and roar all the louder - then dart in quicker than ever before.
Seaglass reaslies the range is closing fast, and drops her bow, drawing a magnificent sword, she brings it up to meet the beast.

He first slash moves down the chest of the Sharkcrab, blood is running quickly now, but it’s enraged, she makes another attack, but this time her sword gets trapped in the bony joint of one of the Sharkcrab’s many legs. Panic crosses her face for a second, then the head of the Sharkcrab moves faster than the eye can see.
Athena Seaglass stares at the stump of her sword arm for a few seconds as her blood joins the Sharkcrab’s on the sand. There is a sickening crunch as the monster bites down on the arm in its jaws, and the sword falls to the ground.
Then a let spears down on her foot, pinning it to the ground, another spears through her shoulder pinning ehr to the ground - the maw of teeth descends again, and Seaglass’s leg joins her arm.

The chants from the village have stopped.
There is only the sound of someone being devoured.

“Well.” Says Sarga to herself, as the Sharkcrab draggs the remains of the hero back into the waters, a trail of blood following it. “That was unexpected.”


quote:

Mana = 4/40
Gold = 1,000
Time until next delivery needed - 6 days.

Crates on hand - 0.66

Minions - 1 Mantis-pistol-shrimp man.
3 Crabpeople.

Mining rate - 0.75 crates a week. (0.11 per day)

Well, that was interesting. Someone was a terrible hero. Now there is a uncontrolled monster running around.

1 - Do we -
A - Try and tame it.
B - Leave it, the next batch of heroes is bound to be along in a bit.
C - Kill it. It’s too (to, two) dangerous and out of control.

2 - Any other business.

Blasphemaster
Jul 10, 2008



B.

Make a Croctopus peasant snatcher to abduct more subjects.

Splicer
Oct 16, 2006

from hell's heart I stab at thee

B

Don't be a helicopter mom.

Nephzinho
Jan 24, 2008



B.

While we're at it, now is a great time to abduct a few more specimens. Everyone witnessed what happened on the beach, even if we have to keep them in a cell for a few days until we have more mana it is a great opportunity to get it for free. More serious heroes are going to arrive next time - this amateur came in over a few missing persons, now there is a verified hero eating monster on the loose and the A team is going to come running. We don't want to have to venture outside while they're around.

Rockopolis
Dec 21, 2012

I MAKE FUN OF QUEER STORYGAMES BECAUSE I HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH MY LIFE THAN MAKE OTHER PEOPLE CRY

I can't understand these kinds of games, and not getting it bugs me almost as much as me being weird


Wow, guess the heroes are about as competent as we are.

B
No one's seen us, so we don't have to exterminate the village yet.

HiHo ChiRho
Oct 23, 2010

Then you remember. You have a message to send.

Something everyone must know.

You have the power. You have the means.

Let it be known.




Nephzinho posted:

B.

While we're at it, now is a great time to abduct a few more specimens. Everyone witnessed what happened on the beach, even if we have to keep them in a cell for a few days until we have more mana it is a great opportunity to get it for free. More serious heroes are going to arrive next time - this amateur came in over a few missing persons, now there is a verified hero eating monster on the loose and the A team is going to come running. We don't want to have to venture outside while they're around.

Agreed. B

dont be mean to me
May 2, 2007

I'm interplanetary, bitch
Let's go to Mars






B

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Not Alex
Oct 9, 2012


Nephzinho posted:

B.

While we're at it, now is a great time to abduct a few more specimens. Everyone witnessed what happened on the beach, even if we have to keep them in a cell for a few days until we have more mana it is a great opportunity to get it for free. More serious heroes are going to arrive next time - this amateur came in over a few missing persons, now there is a verified hero eating monster on the loose and the A team is going to come running. We don't want to have to venture outside while they're around.

Yep. Don't screw up though. If someone sees us and escapes all this has been wasted.

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