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UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Summer – Week 8

quote:

Something goes foul and supplies are ruined.

Add a new Scarcity.
One morning we awake to a horrific sight – much of our kelp farm has turned black and frail and is bitter on our tongues when pulled from the water. It’s not long before the entire farm is washed away by sea currents. All we can do is watch. Few want to speak for or against the gods in the wake of our impulsive decision to destroy the totems, though Lanuola, one of the few holdouts, has whispered darkly against Pule, Yota, Asoese, and now Isileli. It is retribution, she says; it is war.



Action – Discover Something New: The great white bird comes back the next night, and silently glides right over us as it did before. We come out of our shacks and tents to watch, and it’s plain to all that the creature flies lower than it did in Spring. What does it hunger for? Hopefully not us.





Projects: Investigate the star-watcher village (0) , Smelt unholy metal using ashes of the totems (3)
Abundances: seafood, fresh water
Scarcities: pre-war knowledge, gods, shelter, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (0), megane (0), Dog Kisser (0)

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megane
Jun 20, 2008



Project complete - Investigate the star-watcher village

When our scouts reach the other village, it is obviously deserted. They took most of the food, and what they left is rotten. Their homes lie empty, their tools are scattered, their boats are gone.

One odd thing stands out. In the center of the village, a building has been burned to the ground. Naught but ashes and blackened sticks remain. Where it stood, they erected what is clearly an effigy of the great bird we saw. Shai looks at it, at the sky, at the rotten food, then counts on his fingers. Ah, he says, they must've left about when it showed up the first time.

Tyrannosaurus
Apr 12, 2006

I failed to submit because I was so excited about New Zealander Tim Price winning the Burghley Horse Trials on the quirky but freakishly talented Ringwood Sky Boy

Summer – Week 9

quote:

A project finishes early. Which one? Why?

Sano stole the ashes! She returned in the dead of night and whisked them off to the water's edge. She scattered them in the waves. They're gone now.

But she tells us not worry. She prayed on the mountain for many days. New gods are coming. Gods who won't poison our waters when we believe in them or poison our food when we don't. She saw it in a dream.



Action – Start a New Project: Too many of us still lack proper shelter from the wild storms. Perhaps we should look less to the sky and more to one another.





Projects: Build shelter (3)
Abundances: seafood, fresh water
Scarcities: pre-war knowledge, gods, shelter, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (0), megane (0), Dog Kisser (0)

megane
Jun 20, 2008



Summer - Week 10

quote:

Summer is fleeting. Discard the top two cards of the top of the deck and take two actions this week.

Action - Start a Project

Our young people grow restless in the summer heat. Normally they would have kelp to tend, and swimming to amuse them, but now they sit around causing trouble. A group of them have gotten it into their heads to follow the strange tracks on the beach into the jungle, heading deeper and deeper into the south with each trip. They don't tell the elders about any of this, of course.

Action - Discover Something New



The taint has rendered our seas even more barren than usual. The spots where the coral still lives are shrinking, and the fish are less numerous than in previous years. But the area around the Scrapers is like an oasis. Our fishermen say that, if anything, it is even more vibrant than before, and the sharpness that pervades the rest of the water isn't felt there. Perhaps something there protects against the poison?



Projects: Build shelter (2), Follow the tracks (3)
Abundances: seafood, fresh water
Scarcities: pre-war knowledge, gods, shelter, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (0), megane (0), Dog Kisser (0)

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Summer – Week 11

quote:

An unattended situation becomes problematic and scary. What is it? How does it go awry?
Murder! Slaughter! Our ancestors have been slain and the tide stains the white sands red. Those who were awake early that morning heard the terrible roars of a great beast upon the waters. We know well where evil creatures come from.



Action – Start a Project: We are armoured, but not armed. Isileli and Asoese combine their experience and ingenuity and set to work making us cruel weapons, clever weapons, things to hurt and burn and kill.





Projects: Build shelter (1), Follow the tracks (2), Forge weapons (3)
Abundances: fresh water
Scarcities: pre-war knowledge, gods, shelter, kelp, seafood
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (0), megane (0), Dog Kisser (0)

megane
Jun 20, 2008



Taking Contempt.

Tyrannosaurus
Apr 12, 2006

I failed to submit because I was so excited about New Zealander Tim Price winning the Burghley Horse Trials on the quirky but freakishly talented Ringwood Sky Boy

Autumn – Week 1

quote:

You find a body. Do people recognize who it is? What happened?
We hear the screams first. Then we hear the tell-tale sounds of a man-eater. Our warriors rush forward and with spear and fire drive off the beast. It is only afterwards that we realize who we've saved. The face tattoos give him away. He is a Jackal. The enemy.



Action – Hold a Discussion: His name is Iosefa and he is dying. We could bandage his wounds and save his life or we could do nothing. Perhaps leave him out for a man-eater to finish off. He swears the remaining Jackals are weak and few in number and wish to join up with us. He promises that he is an emissary. He could be lying. He might be a spy. Do we save his life?



Projects: Build shelter , Follow the tracks (1), Forge weapons (2)
Abundances: fresh water
Scarcities: pre-war knowledge, gods, kelp, seafood
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (0), megane (0), Dog Kisser (0)

Project Completed: It's less "building" and more "moving" but it is done all the same. With the extra materials from the star-watchers' village, we are able to protect everyone now. At least from the storms. Who can about gods or beasts...

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Save him and keep him under close watch.

Dog Kisser
Mar 30, 2005

But People have fears that beasts do not. Questions, too.


Bind him and assure him that any funny business will see him off to the same place we sent the gods.

megane
Jun 20, 2008



Jackals can't be trusted. Let the man-eaters finish their work.

Tyrannosaurus
Apr 12, 2006

I failed to submit because I was so excited about New Zealander Tim Price winning the Burghley Horse Trials on the quirky but freakishly talented Ringwood Sky Boy

I don't know what's more dangerous: a desperate man or a hungry man-eater.

megane
Jun 20, 2008



Autumn - Week 2

quote:

Disease spreads throughout the community. You spend the week quarantining and treating the disease. Project dice are not reduced this week.



Red spots and coughing afflict the weaker members of our community. By now we do not even bother to curse the gods or bemoan our misfortune -- we simply do our best to heal them, irritably administering the herbs and poultices as the elders direct. Luckily it seems to be a normal illness, rather than (yet another) divine plague, and after a few days of misery the afflicted begin feeling better.

However, the question then arises: what brought this sickness? Many blame the Jackal Iosefa, others say it is a foul wind rising from the murdered ancestors, others point to contact with tainted water.

Action - Begin a Project

After a long argument, the elder Tal shouts everyone down. This is what will happen. It is clear now that a curse lies upon us. To undo the curse, a sacrifice is required. We will take Iosefa to the Vessel and we will seal him inside. The diving-suit will protect whoever must carry him down to the depths and close the horrible door. This is what will happen.



Projects: Follow the tracks (1), Forge weapons (2), Seal Iosefa in the Vessel (3)
Abundances: fresh water
Scarcities: pre-war knowledge, gods, kelp, seafood
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (0), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Taking Contempt.

Tyrannosaurus
Apr 12, 2006

I failed to submit because I was so excited about New Zealander Tim Price winning the Burghley Horse Trials on the quirky but freakishly talented Ringwood Sky Boy

Taking Contempt.

Dog Kisser
Mar 30, 2005

But People have fears that beasts do not. Questions, too.


Autumn - Week 3

quote:

Harvest is here and plentiful. Add an Abundance.

Though we traditionally keep well clear of the Scrapers, the bounty of fish - healthy fish! - surrounding them is impossible to ignore. Our fishermen chanced the waters around the ancient structures cautiously, then with increasing boldness as none were stricken down. Again and again, we turn to our distant ancestors for aid, and again and again they provide. We chose well when we cast the gods away!

Action - Discover Something New
Isileli has been busy since the return of the tools from the Vessel, dutifully cleaning and scraping them clean of muck, rust and taint. He has spent hours studying them, grappling with how they may have been used and how they may be used to better the present. He and Asoese (and others, like minded) have compiled their findings and shared it with the village. Much we had thought was magic or the work of the gods was nothing so mystical, it seems. We are learning.

Projects: Follow the tracks (0), Forge weapons (1), Seal Iosefa in the Vessel (2)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (2), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

megane
Jun 20, 2008



Project complete - Follow the Tracks

On their fourth expedition, the track-followers come across a huge ruined facility in the jungle, hung with vines and covered in rust. The tracks go inside of it, and they can see a great metal thing, reminiscent of the Vessel, squatting on the tracks just inside the entrance. A strange noise comes from inside, and they flee back to the village.

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Autumn – Week 4

quote:

Someone sabotages a project, and the project fails.

Who did this? Why?
Someone set Iosefa free the night before the ritual! There is darkness between and even within families until Pule steps forward. He is withered and burned, but his eyes glimmer with a different fire. No more sacrifices, he says. Tal, Sano, Lanuola, and the others try to speak, but he denies them. No more sacrifices. He stalks off into the night, withered and burned and whole. Over the next few days we see him in the far distance, on the shore near the Vessel, watching over it from the shade.



Action – Start a Project: There are more pressing matters at hand, in any case. Our scouts set out to track the maneaters, to find their nests and hunting paths. When we slaughter them, we will do so with one terrible cut.





Projects: Forge weapons (0) , Track the maneaters (2)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

Removing Contempt for the sabotage.

Project completed: The weapons are ready. Soon we will make this land ours and ours alone.

Projects: Track the maneaters (2)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood, weapons
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

Tyrannosaurus
Apr 12, 2006

I failed to submit because I was so excited about New Zealander Tim Price winning the Burghley Horse Trials on the quirky but freakishly talented Ringwood Sky Boy

Autumn – Week 5

quote:

Someone issues a dire warning, and the community leaps into action to avoid disaster. What is the warning?

Start a contentious project that relates to it.

The Vessel is the last totem!

No one is sure who whispered it first but the thought has burned through our community like an infection. We destroyed the rest yet still we are plagued! The kelp farms. The water. The compulsive desire to make sacrifices to it? Everything makes sense now. Truly, can we ever hope to find our new gods if we have yet to rid ourselves of the old ones first? Tal, always vocal, shouts in his loudest voice that we must tie our boats to the Vessel and drag it out past the Scrapers and let the Deep take it forever.

Pule says we'd need more men...

Action – Start a Project: If Iosefa was being truthful, if the Jackals really do wish to join us, then we could certainly use the extra bodies. The Vessel is heavy and stuck in mud. Pule sends his youngest sister Kala and several others out into the jungle. They seem to know where they are going. But if it is to their deaths, no one knows for sure.



Action -- Discover Something New: The Deep is the edge of the world.





Projects: Track the maneaters (1), Bring back the Jackals (3)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood, weapons
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

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megane
Jun 20, 2008



Autumn - Week 6

quote:

Introduce a dark mystery among the members of the community.

We awaken in the morning to a shocking sight.



Elder Tal's house is burning. We search everywhere for him, but soon the horrifying truth becomes clear: he must have been trapped inside. And in front of the house stands that same effigy of the great white bird, just as we saw in the star-watchers' village.

Action - Hold a Discussion
Who is to blame for this atrocity? And what is the meaning of this white bird?



Projects: Track the maneaters (0), Bring back the Jackals (2)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood, weapons
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

Tyrannosaurus
Apr 12, 2006

I failed to submit because I was so excited about New Zealander Tim Price winning the Burghley Horse Trials on the quirky but freakishly talented Ringwood Sky Boy

"If this is a new god, they would do well to court us. We've had our fill of threats and death. And we know how to use fire, too."

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Someone made that effigy and burned it deliberately. It must have been an experiment.

Dog Kisser
Mar 30, 2005

But People have fears that beasts do not. Questions, too.


Iosefa is to blame somehow. Was not Elder Tal the one to consign him to a grisly fate?

megane
Jun 20, 2008



We must keep watch for the white bird, if it returns.

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Project completed: We know where they nest and where they hunt. Now we are the predators. Our retribution will be swift.





Projects: Bring back the Jackals (2)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood, weapons
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

Dog Kisser
Mar 30, 2005

But People have fears that beasts do not. Questions, too.


Autumn - Week 7

quote:

The Parish arrives. Who are they? Why have they chosen your community, and for what?
Our fishermen out by the Scrapers have returned in a terror, babbling about the 'white bird coming for them'. Superstitious nonsense, but the village must stay vigilant. We armed ourselves with our finest weaponry and marched out towards the beach to see... a sky full of white birds.

Smaller than the other, to be sure, but... oh, they have alighted! Not birds at all, but men!

Action - Start A New Project
They call themselves the Parish of the White Bird, and they live atop the Scrapers. They have been watching us for some time, too cautious to approach, but as our boats have approached them more boldly, they know that the time of their isolation has come to an end. They invite us to ascend the Scrapers and visit with them!

Projects: Bring back the Jackals (1), Ascend The Scrapers To Meet The Parish (3)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood, weapons
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

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UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Autumn – Week 8

quote:

A group goes out to explore the map more thoroughly and finds something that had been previously overlooked.
The Captured Stars are not all dead! While scouting out the maneaters, a scout saw that familiar light of life in the inlet over from our home. It is dim, but it lives.



Action – Discover Something New: The white bird is back. Many hide in their homes, but a few of the braver among us stand and watch it glide above. After it passes we make sure everyone is accounted for.





Projects: Bring back the Jackals (0) , Ascend The Scrapers To Meet The Parish (2)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood, weapons
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

Tyrannosaurus
Apr 12, 2006

I failed to submit because I was so excited about New Zealander Tim Price winning the Burghley Horse Trials on the quirky but freakishly talented Ringwood Sky Boy

Project Completed
They should have returned by now...

Tyrannosaurus
Apr 12, 2006

I failed to submit because I was so excited about New Zealander Tim Price winning the Burghley Horse Trials on the quirky but freakishly talented Ringwood Sky Boy

Autumn – Week 9

quote:

A natural disaster strikes the area. What is it?

You focus on getting everyone to safety. Remove an Abundance and a project fails.

The gods know what we're trying to do! They know we want to destroy their last and final totem! They fight back. They send a furious storm. Our homes are battered by the fierce winds and heavy rain. Our tools are swept off by the ocean. Waves crash higher and higher and we rush to protect the young, the weak, and the infirm from being swept off, too.

Perhaps the Parish are safer up in the Scrapers. But down here, on the shore, we are seemingly at war with nature herself.



Action – Discover Something New: Sano, clutching a child to her chest, tries to run for another building after her roof is ripped off by the storm. She almost doesn't make it. As she is knocked over by the rising water, a man grabs her and carries both her and the child to safety. A Jackal. Kala found them after all. They help us outlast the storm. And while we were in no position to refuse their help then.... Now...

We do outnumber them 5 to 1...





Projects:
Abundances: fresh water, seafood
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

megane
Jun 20, 2008



Autumn – Week 10

quote:

(If no projects are underway,) the community becomes obsessed with a grandiose vision. Hold a discussion about this vision, in addition to your regular action for the week.

Action – Hold a Discussion:

Sano stands before everyone to speak. We have cast aside the old gods, and been punished! But a new God has descended: the white bird, protector and savior of our village! We must worship it! Praise the new God! Praise the white bird!

Action - Begin a Project:

The Jackals are all too happy to help us move the Vessel. Almost as if they expected us to ask. We will take our boats and towlines, and complete Elder Tal's command: we will cast the accursed thing off the edge of the world forever.



Projects: Dump the Vessel into the depths (5)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Old gods kill with poison, new gods kill with fire.

Dog Kisser
Mar 30, 2005

But People have fears that beasts do not. Questions, too.


Sheesh, new gods? We just got rid of the old ones!

Tyrannosaurus
Apr 12, 2006

I failed to submit because I was so excited about New Zealander Tim Price winning the Burghley Horse Trials on the quirky but freakishly talented Ringwood Sky Boy

What would Tal say?

Dog Kisser
Mar 30, 2005

But People have fears that beasts do not. Questions, too.


Autumn - Week 11

quote:

A project finishes early. Why one? Why?

Warily, we pooled our forces with the bedraggled remnants of the Jackals. We are, each of us, cold and tired of this conflict tearing at our hearts, and it is all to easy to turn that anguish towards the Vessel. The Vessel, symbol of the old ways, of the poisonous corruption of the past, of conflicts better left buried. Together, we will rip it out at the roots and cast it into the abyss.

When we arrive, bracing ourselves against the chill spray of water from the lingering storm, we are taken aback to find that the Vessel is gone. A trench leads away from its ancient resting site, a straight line cutting through coral that ends at the Deep itself. The task is complete, but we are denied catharsis. We return home slowly, plagued with doubts.

Action - Hold a Discussion:

Where has the Vessel gone? Has the White Bird taken it from us in recompense for our budding faith? Did the storm wash it away? ...Could the Jackals have removed it, somehow? What does it mean?



Projects: None
Abundances: fresh water, seafood
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

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UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

The gods have reclaimed it. Watch the seas.

Tyrannosaurus
Apr 12, 2006

I failed to submit because I was so excited about New Zealander Tim Price winning the Burghley Horse Trials on the quirky but freakishly talented Ringwood Sky Boy

Cowardly gods. Unable to face death with dignity. Good riddance. I'm sure they're off to find new people to harrass.

megane
Jun 20, 2008



The Vessel knew we were coming, so it left. Probably to plot against us.

Dog Kisser
Mar 30, 2005

But People have fears that beasts do not. Questions, too.


Well I for one am glad it's gone. Good riddance to old rubbish!

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Autumn – Week 12

quote:

The weakest among you dies. Who’s to blame for their death?
Everyone is so caught up in celebrating and cowering and debating that we don’t realise Pule’s disappeared until he washes up on the dead tide, having clearly perished days ago. The last anyone remembers is him looking out towards the deeps with a severe expression, as if he was standing sentinel. We begin preparations for his sea burial at once.



Action – Start a Project: We must go to visit the Parish. They may hold the answers to our questions about the great white bird, or at least a new point of view. A small delegation from the Jackals will come too, as a show of good faith.





Projects: Visit the Parish on the Scrapers (3)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

Note: We’re approaching Winter, where one of the cards announces the arrival of the Frost Shepherds and the end of the game. When that happens, the game ends immediately – you just post the oracle text. I also like to link some music in, but that’s up to you.

Tyrannosaurus
Apr 12, 2006

I failed to submit because I was so excited about New Zealander Tim Price winning the Burghley Horse Trials on the quirky but freakishly talented Ringwood Sky Boy

Autumn – Week 13

quote:

A project just isn't working out as expected.

Radically change the nature of this project (don't modify the project die). When it resolves, you'll be responsible for telling the community how it went

The Scrapers have gone awfully quiet. Since the disappearance of the Vessel, we have seen neither the White Bird nor the white kites of the Parish. The Parish had built a kind of... rigging to raise visitors to the top of their tower-home. A pulley system or a crane or something. But it was either destroyed by the storm or pulled up intentionally by the Parish. Either way, they aren't answering when we call out. If we want to see what's going on, we're going to have to climb. And it's a long way up. And they fortified the base so they aren't any handholds.

Yet. We can fix that.



Action – Start a Project: With the death of Pule, Kala has no family left. She decides to make her own. She declares that she is marrying the Jackal, Iorangi. It was not so long ago that we were killing one another. And now marriage? Some grumble that we are surely lost. More, though, rejoice saying it is a sign that we are finally free of the curses of the old gods.





Projects: Visit the Parish on the Scrapers (2), Kala's wedding (1)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood
Scarcities: gods, kelp
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

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megane
Jun 20, 2008



Winter – Week 1

quote:

All the animals and young children are crying and won't stop. Hold a discussion about this, in addition to your regular action for the week.

We have been busy, and worked hard. But a toll has been taken on our children; this year they have had to grow up quickly, and they have seen too much that is frightening and not enough of their parents and elders as they should. As the winds begin to chill, they grow scared and nervous, and watch both the jungle and the sea for terrors real and imagined. Pule was a brave face and helped them be strong, but now he is dead.

Action – Hold a Discussion:
How can we comfort our children? How can we make them feel safe again?

Action – Discover Something New:


Yota has returned. She simply walked out of the jungle one morning, the day before her sister Kala is to be married. She will not say where she has been the half-year she has been gone, but she is different. Being away from us has changed her. We try to tell her gently of her brother's death and her sister's marriage, but she says she already knows.



Projects: Visit the Parish on the Scrapers (1), Kala's wedding (0)
Abundances: fresh water, seafood
Scarcities: gods, kelp, peace of mind
Contempt: UnCO3 (1), Tyrannosaurus (1), megane (1), Dog Kisser (0)

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