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UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

quote:

For a long time, we were at war with The Jackals. Now, finally, we've driven them off, and we're left with this: a year of relative peace. One quiet year, with which to build our community up and learn again how to work together. Come Winter, the Frost Shepherds will arrive and we might not survive the encounter. This is when it will end. But we don't know about that yet. What we know is that right now, in this moment, there is an opportunity to build something.
This is Seasons Unknown (game A), a game of The Quiet Year for the following people:
  1. UnCO3
  2. Tyrannosaurus
  3. Basic Chunnel
This is our turn order. Our setup thread is here.



Who are we?
We’re reindeer people in the snowy hinterlands. We hunt beasts and tend to our deer, we craft our cloaks and yurts of animal fur and drink the milk of our herd, and we live generously. Too generously, it seems. A fellow tribe here, the Jackals, asked for our aid not long ago, and betrayed us and shattered the bonds of friendship we offered. This blow to our dignity and our tribe was so severe that we called a council, erected the War Stake, and voted to go to war, to descend from the steppe we called home in a tide of vengeance and sweep away these vermin who wear the faces of men, who spit on our hospitality and kill and steal. We fell upon them, and ended the war they started.

Now we inherit their land – an island in the middle of a crater lake, with strange idols and constructs. To the Northeast of their – our – island stand the Midwives, two stone giants who bring fertility through mystic means, or so the elders say. To the Southwest on the far shore is the Satellite Eyrie, a range of metal giants who play host to a vast number of birds of an enormous number of kinds. Here the old and the new come together and it seems that this year, anything could happen.

quote:

The Satellite Eyrie
These towering metal chalices host vast flocks of birds in black, white, gold, and red plumage, from specks to raptors - they all nest up there. It's almost otherworldly, the way they take flight and move as one body, for so many separate beasts to be of one mind. It can even distract people from their daily tasks. They simply look to the Southeast every time the swarm rises, and forget themselves for a while.

quote:

The War Stake
Here we held a vote that would change us forever: to continue to follow the herd and ignore familial oaths and bonds; or to split from it, to move down from the steppes, to seek vengeance against those who spit upon the sacred rites of hospitality, those thieves, killers, deniers, who wounded us after we came to their aid. We voted. And then we demonstrated the difference between jackals and wolves.

quote:

The Midwives
These two solid structures, just over 5 mounts in height, straddle the tip of the island's northwest peninsula. Elders among the folk claim that the areas of water swept by its shadow during the day yield exceptionally robust catches of both freshwater and saltwater crustaceans at night. Folk who sleep at their feet report pleasant dreams, and pregnant women have begun pilgrimages, claiming to meet their unborn children during sleep beneath them. Any who have seen them will recognize a drawing of them, but written or spoken descriptions vary drastically from person to person, with none accepted beyond their own teller.









How do I take my turn?
First, you access the Roll20 tabletop and draw a card from the current season's deck. This will tell you to do something, often answer a question. In this custom variant, there are more than 13 cards per season. Treat the 13th card as the last one, ignoring the remaining cards in each season.

Second, you resolve the oracle instructions, changing the map and performing actions as necessary.

Third, you reduce the count of every Project by 1. When a Project reaches 0, it's finished – whoever started it describes how it ends. Projects that end prematurely due to the oracle's instructions are described by whoever drew the card.

Fourth, you take your own action (unless the oracle says that you don't act this turn) – Start a Project, Discover Something New or Hold a Discussion:
  • If you Start a Project, pick an appropriate duration from 1 to 6 Weeks and draw it on the map (or add an image).
  • If you Discover Something New, add it to the map.
  • if you Hold a Discussion, start out with a question or a statement. Everyone else then gets to make one statement representing a sentiment in the community. If you started with a question, you then end with another statement. Add a red dot to the map near the subject of the Discussion.
Fifth, you export the map from RealtimeBoard as an image.

Sixth, make a post in the following format:
Season and Week
Oracle question
Resolution to Oracle question, with image if you used one
Resolution to finished projects, if you started them
Your action, with image if you used one
Updated map
Projects list (mark out Projects that reached 0 this turn with e.g. bold or sirens)
Abundances list
Scarcities list
Contempt list



Game Tips
  1. Make every turn count! We only get 40-50, so they all need to meaningfully move the story forward. Make use of existing characters where you can, and introduce and name new ones when they add something new. Say where the windfall of food comes from. Tell us the stranger's name. Reintegrate, change our circumstances, add new details, push the story forwards.
  2. Resources are there to influence how we play, define what's reasonable for the community to do and guide their actions, rather than as traits to be min-maxed.
  3. Abundances and Scarcities are only for when we have far more or less of something we need. Otherwise, we have just enough (or it's not important).
  4. Intangible Resources (e.g. mercy) can be great themes, but if we focus too much on them the story can become ungrounded.
  5. Keep it short – 2-3 sentences is good for an action or oracle resolution.
  6. Characters are important, but the game is about the community as a whole, not just a few people.
  7. Everything that happens must come from player actions and card draws. There are no free actions. You can add immediate consequences, but not longer-term follow-ups (unless you use another action/card).
  8. If a card tells you to take an action (e.g. Start a Project), you still get your normal action on top of that unless explicitly told that you don't. If a card asks you to draw more cards, do so even if you cross over into the next deck.


Thread Rules
  1. Post within 24 hours when your turn or a Discussion comes up, or let us know you're writing it. If you don't, you'll be skipped to keep things moving.
  2. No OOC chat about the narrative content of the game (utility stuff like questions about the Roll20 tabletop is fine).
  3. Remember to describe your finished projects (unless they get terminated prematurely) – this will usually happen on someone else's turn.
  4. Only draw your card when you've got time to post, just in case you draw, don't have time after all and get skipped.
  5. When you take a Contempt token, name the action that caused it.
  6. During Discussions, just post your statement whenever you can rather than in the turn order.

UnCO3 fucked around with this message at Mar 10, 2019 around 16:13

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UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Spring – Week 1

quote:

A place of strength is discovered. Where is it, and who finds it?
Bloody-knuckled Larsa is not the first one to find the rope on the shore, but they are the first to pull it, and so the first to startle everyone with their discovery of the great bell in the tower on the water. We heard this from afar night after night as we plotted our assault over the waters and the Jackals feasted and fattened themselves on treachery’s provender. Now their land is ours, their hold is ours, and the bell is ours, and we will ring it as we please.



Action – Start a Project: We desperately need food. Many of the birds at the great eyrie will be nesting at this time of year, and will not miss a few score eggs. A foraging party sets out to cross the lake, take stock, and see what they can pilfer without raising alarm.





Projects: Thieve eggs from the Satellite Eyrie (3)
Abundances: furs
Scarcities: caution, dairy
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (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

Spring – Week 2

quote:

There's a large body of water on the map. Where is it? What does it look like?

While there is much to this land we do not yet know, we are not without our secrets. We know of hidden caves in the northern mountains, quiet and cool and safe, invisible behind frozen waterfalls. And while we went to war, those caves sheltered our very, very young and our very, very old. Now it is safe. Now it is time to retrieve them.



Action – Start a Project: The inseparable Triplets volunteer for the task. They pack their deer with rope and sturdy wood. Not everyone in the caves can walk. Some will need to be pulled by sled or carried. Thankfully, the Triplets are very strong.





Projects: Thieve eggs from the Satellite Eyrie (2), Retrieve our family from the hidden caves (2)
Abundances: furs
Scarcities: caution, dairy
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



Spring - Week 3

quote:

There's another community somewhere on the map. Where are they? What sets them apart from you?

Upon scaling the Satellite Eyrie, our foraging parties have reported white-clad figures skulking on all fours through the marshlands immediately to the west. A scout sent to investigate saw them flee into the tall grass to the south and could not follow, but heard "chirps and screeches" retreating through the thick foliage. The foraging party has taken to calling these figures the Ghost People.



Action - Hold a Discussion: A herder woman barged into the village assembly claiming to have observed portents in a dream. She claims that the stars have revealed to her that people the Triplets are due to retrieve from the hidden caves are not the people that we left in them, and that we risk disaster if we allow them to be brought into our midst.





Projects: Thieve eggs from the Satellite Eyrie (1), Retrieve our family from the hidden caves (1)
Abundances: furs
Scarcities: caution, dairy
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)+

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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

"Well, that's just absurd."

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Take them home!

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Spring – Week 4

quote:

Someone new arrives. Who?
She rides one of the old dead machines over the shallows, and when she sees us come out to greet her rather than shoot her down like a lynx, she rides up, takes off her helmet, and introduces herself. Asmaan.

This isn’t her first time on the island, and what little she says about that tells us that the Jackals were not the first people here, not by a long shot. Though she’s surprised – and, we can tell, disappointed – to see us here instead, she still offers us trade in barter. The only things she’s willing to give are stories and trinkets, though – not her full stock.



Action – Discover Something New: We haven’t yet opened every place the Jackals held here. Though much of their home was broken stone supporting lean-tos, there are a few well-hidden redoubts carved into the earth that the Jackals failed to reach under our assault. In one of these we find something out of place – a stone statue, smoother than a child’s skin, of a veiled woman. It doesn’t look like it belongs in the dismal hole we found it in. Asmaan refuses to go near it.





Projects: Thieve eggs from the Satellite Eyrie (0) , Retrieve our family from the hidden caves (0)
Abundances: furs, eggs
Scarcities: caution, dairy
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

Project completed: The foragers return with plenty of food, only a little shaken from their encounter with the Ghost People.

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: We are all together once more!

The children, having known only yurts and travel, seem somewhat confused by the concept of all these stone, static buildings. But it doesn't take them long to begin eagerly exploring.

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

Spring – Week 5

quote:

An old piece of machinery is discovered, cursed and dangerous. How does the community destroy it.

One of the children, Cayana, uncovers a strange container hidden in the ceiling of her new home. She doesn't have a word for "incubator," none of us do, but we all marvel at the warm eggs we find inside. At least until we crack one open. The resulting mess is foul-smelling and green and yolk-less. Unnatural. Strangely, almost every home seems to have one such machine tucked away in the ceiling. We smash all the eggs and let the children use the incubators as target practice.

At night, our dreams improve.



Action – Start a Project: We have neighbors to the south. They startled us. Yet we, no doubt, frightened them, as well. Let us make amends (or at least friendly contact) before misunderstanding leads to conflict.





Projects: Contact the Ghost People (2)
Abundances: furs, eggs
Scarcities: caution, dairy
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



Spring - Week 6

quote:

A charismatic young girl tries to tempt many into sinful or dangerous activity. What does she do? How does the community respond?
Arban, one of the young ones brought to settlement from the caves, is brought before the village assemby. She has just been caught slaughtering a healthy reindeer cow and mutilating the carcass. Called to explain herself, Arban says that through drinking fermented reindeer milk indoors (a practice, elders are quick to point out, has been taboo since time immemorial), she saw "the stars in the ceiling". From within the din of uproar she exhorts the community to slaughter milk-producing cows and augur with their innards so that the stars might be communed with, and good fortune acquired.

The elders' action is swift - the girl and her father are put on a boat with two weeks' rations and sent west of the crater. All fermented reindeer milk is then collected from family dwellings and placed in the care of the Triplets, who have taken an oath of abstinence from the drink. Access to the milk is restricted to ceremonial purposes only.

The seasoned warriors grumble, as they've relied on the fermented milk to soften their nerves and their memories.



Action - Discover Something New

Herders arrive from grazing their reindeer near the Midwives, shouting about great horned goats they saw drinking from the lake on the far shore. The elders are certain that these are descendants of goats spoken of in old stories regarding a tribe of shepherds in the mountains who have not been seen in many generations. The goats, the stories say, were prized for the quality of their milk.





Projects: Contact the Ghost People (1)
Abundances: furs, eggs
Scarcities: caution, dairy
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Spring – Week 7

quote:

Our community considers one location sacred and we make regular pilgrimages to it. What is it? Mark it on the map.
Every season we make a pilgrimage to Point Theta Four Gamma, where the pilgrims commune with their ancestors.

In Spring, for their wisdom on the coming year.
In Summer, to reveal a bounty of the world.
In Autumn, to reveal a mystery of the world.
In Winter, to judge our conduct over the past year.

In all the busyness of breaking with our traditions and slaughtering the Jackals, we failed to make the pilgrimage last Winter. Our ancestors may be angry – or understanding.



Action – Discover Something New: Asmaan disappeared for a few nights, leaving her steed behind, then returned on foot from the West. She doesn’t say why she went there or what she did when she met Arban and her father, if she met them at all, even after Larsa’s best intimidation.





Projects: Contact the Ghost People (0)
Abundances: furs, eggs
Scarcities: caution, dairy
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (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: Our neighbors to the south are skittish and flee when approached. But Belek is patient. He sits atop his reindeer for many days, watching them and sketching them in his notebook. They are bugeaters, pitiful hunters of long centipedes and fat larvae. Limited as our own supplies may be, Belek still leaves small offerings of cheese and yoghurt; food which is mistrusted but nevertheless taken by the hungry people.

He is pleased by this. It is a start!



Spring – Week 8

quote:

Are there distinct family units in the community? If so, what family structures are common?

Do men crawl out of acorns? Do women sprout up behind old wood like mushrooms? No. Each of us is born in the same way. Each of us, every person on this earth, is family. So we must be generous. Generous in gifts, in food, in love, in recognition of brotherhood and sisterhood and kinship. But we must be equally as harsh-- cruel even-- in the face of selfishness and betrayal. The world is too dangerous. To cast one's lot against the family of man is the ultimate sin.



Action – Start a project: Goat milk is inferior in all ways, yes, and goat cheese is even worse... but... it will be winter again before the migrating herds of reindeer return. We should catch some goats.





Projects: Catch some goats (2)
Abundances: furs, eggs
Scarcities: caution, dairy
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



Spring - Week 9

quote:

How does your community punish transgressions?
The folk do not kill our own kind, but nevertheless the life we lead does not permit ambivalence in the face of trespass. Those who sin against the community are typically sent away - much as a herder must cut the tumors from her cow's flesh to keep it healthy, so must the folk, occasionally and always regrettably, cast away our own sicknesses. They are sent with supplies and the tools to make their own solitary lives, but once they pass the threshold they are dead to us.



Action - Start a project

While the crater lake provides a clear and formidable obstacle to those who might do us harm, the fact that we were able to dislodge the Jackals from this place proves that we do not live in total safety. The warriors who took this land have begun construction on three watch towers around the island. If whatever strange things that live in this land come for us, we will at least be prepared for them.





Projects: Catch some goats (1), Build island watchtowers (2)
Abundances: furs, eggs
Scarcities: caution, dairy
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

Basic Chunnel fucked around with this message at Mar 11, 2019 around 02:50

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Spring – Week 10

quote:

You see a bad omen. What is it?
Our ancestors are calling us, and they are displeased. They wave their cloak over the sky as if to say “you are burning your forests and slaughtering your herd”. Who has done wrong, what has been done wrong? They do not say, and we cannot say.



Action – Hold a Discussion: Who among us is worthy to make the pilgrimage? Who is our best representative? Whoever they are, they must leave as soon as possible.



Projects: Catch some goats (0) , Build island watchtowers (1)
Abundances: furs, eggs
Scarcities: caution, dairy
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



Belek embodies many qualities that the ancestors find favor in - patience and generosity foremost among them. In the face of their most gentle child, perhaps the ancestors will find calm.

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

Perhaps Arban and her father? Her strange behavior might have been the first sign of our ancestors' displeasure.

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Surely a warrior like Larsa would be the best?

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: The goats we catch are irritable and irritating creatures.

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

Spring – Week 11

quote:

What resource is the most important to us? How do we protect it?

Our reindeer carry us, feed us, warm us with their fur. And they ask so little in return. A watchful eye against predators. A helping hand with a difficult calves. And, when the time comes, a quick and painless death. They are not human. We do not think of them as family. But they are human enough to be of great comfort in times of distress.



Action – Start a Project: Grandmother Karakat has outlived several children, a few grandchildren, and even a couple husbands. She is nearly blind and can hardly walk. Yet when she says-- no, declares-- that she will make the pilgrimage north, no one argues.

The Triplets eagerly take the chance to volunteer to be her escort. As it turns out, guarding reindeer milk is a dreadfully dull affair and they've grown quite bored with it. They quickly build Karakat a sled and then depart.





Projects: Build island watchtowers (0) , Travel to Point Theta Four Gamma (4)
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy
Scarcities: caution
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



Project completed: Our scouts now have eyes over the coastlines and much of the island's interior.

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



Spring - Week 12

quote:

What is the most beautiful thing in this area?

Across the crater lake to the north, near where the folk have traditionally lived, a snow white reindeer roams wild. The beast carries profound dreams in its wake, and we are forbidden from approaching it - but every herder hopes that it will find its way to one of their cows (though now, obviously, the logistics of that scenario make it unlikely). When it is sighted across the water, the children gather at the shore to watch it until it returns to the trees.



Action - Discover Something New

West of the crater, The Splayed Hands can be distantly seen. The strange and decrepit wire structure slowly spins on occasion, and judgments are divided as to whether it is the wind which animates it, or something else. The sharp-eared among the scouts claim to be able to hear its screeching protest from the western shore. Recently more than one night fisherman has claimed to see it light up, briefly.





Projects: Travel to Point Theta Four Gamma (3)
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy
Scarcities: caution
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Spring – Week 13

quote:

Are there children in your community? If there are, what is their role in the community?
First, assisting with tool-making and other crafts. Fine hands make for fine work, with proper teaching.

Second, the wisdom of children. Those who are not so caught up in the ways of the world already have a wisdom all of their own. Children are often silly, yes, but sometimes there are precious stones amidst the mess they speak. Other times… well, wisdom and madness are two sides of the same leaf.



Action – Start a Project: Our strange kin to the South continue to fascinate Belek. He tries to imitate their chirping calls out of curiosity. He sketches them from memory when he is idle. He sees them across the waters and in his dreams. Eventually the itch to make contact – to really speak with them – becomes too great to bear. There’s only so much you can say with meagre gifts of food, after all. He crosses the lake the next day, taking just a few others to help with his plans.





Projects: Travel to Point Theta Four Gamma (2), Speak with the Ghost People (5)
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy
Scarcities: caution
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (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

Summer – Week 1

quote:

Outsiders arrive in the area. How many? How are they greeted?

We hear them first. In the distance. A distinctive, rhythmic tata-tata-tata-tata-tata. Finally, on the horizon, we see them. Faceless drummers wrapped in strange straw costumes. They do not answer us when we call out to them. They carry no weapons. No food. And their feet are bloody. As if they've walked for miles without stopping. They beat their drums and march forward towards us, towards us, into the water, up to their waists, up to their shoulders, their heads, they don't stop! They don't try to swim. They begin to drown.

With a great cry, we rush out and pull their bodies up for air. We save as many as we can. They do not fight us. They do not speak.

Who are they? What are they doing here?



Action – Start a Project: We place the drummers in a stone building and tie them to a sturdy pillar. We pull off their straw masks and see that they're human, at least. And they eat and drink when offered. But.. still they say nothing. Just stare ahead with blank eyes Perhaps, with time, they will recover their senses? Perhaps not. We shall see.





Projects: Travel to Point Theta Four Gamma (1), Speak with the Ghost People (4), Watch the drummers (2)
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy
Scarcities: caution
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



Summer – Week 2

quote:

A contingent within the community demand to be heard. Who are they? What are they asking for?
In the moons since the exile of Arban and the confiscation of fermented milk, many of the surviving warriors at the fore of our push to displace the Jackals have become agitated. They take needlessly long shifts at the watch towers and cannot be dissuaded. Their hands are always trembling.

The heat of the nascent summer has worsened the warriors' condition, to the point that they openly doubt even returning to the fermented milk would be of help. Moreover, they are starting to remember their dreams, and there is growing concern that they might spread.

To contain their danger and give the warriors purpose, they are requesting to be exiled - to go into the wilderness where their vigilance and violence is not dissonant with daily life. There are 13 warriors, in all.



Action - Discover Something New

Since the Splayed Hands began to flicker at night, scouts at the towers have also reported a general nighttime glow to the west. To allay fears, scouts were sent to investigate. They discovered a place that they called The Light Orchard - vast, precisely planted fields of limbless iron trees, each with two bright and cold torches affixed to their crown.

The scouts did not tarry long - the light was so bright that they could not see the stars but for them, and this gave the feeling of both isolation and being watched. One older scout claims that this may have been a farm for the large metal insects whose shells we sometimes found on mountain paths, but no such husks were seen. They could not tell how far the Orchard went - it's possible it stretches the many kilometers to the Splayed Hands. For all we know, the Splayed Hands may have sprouted from that arid, tar-strewn soil.





Projects: Travel to Point Theta Four Gamma (0) , Speak with the Ghost People (3), Watch the drummers (1)
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy
Scarcities: caution
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (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: Grandmother Karakat enters alone. After a few days, she returns to the Triplets stone-faced and serious. She says the message is clear.

We must finish what we started.

The Jackals were merely a means to an end...

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Summer – Week 3

quote:

An unattended situation becomes problematic and scary. What is it? How does it go awry?
A baby is a beautiful and terrible thing, a storm wrapped in a blanket. Thus, not everyone who dreams beneath the Midwives enjoys their dreams. At least, not at the time, even if they do look on them fondly after they wake up.

Ráfi is just a few months from birth. She doesn’t wake up. The elders do what they can to save her soul, and Asmaan ministers to her body with strange tools, but she doesn’t wake up.

For now, we stay away from the Midwives.



Action – Hold a Discussion: Dreams are not to be trusted. We should allow the warriors to drink again – or exile those that wish to live apart. What will it be?



Projects: Speak with the Ghost People (2), Watch the drummers (0)
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy
Scarcities:
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



We need our most seasoned warriors... especially if we understand the ancestors' message to Grandmother Karakat as an exhortation to gather our strength. They claim to doubt the effectiveness of the fermented milk, but should we not at least try to keep them here?

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

"We should never have stopped them in the first place."

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

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College Slice

Then let them drink, and forget.

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: Slowly, slowly, slowly... The humanity of the drummers returns. They see us, speak with us, answer what questions they can. Yet their memories remain elusive. We know that they came from the West. But not precisicly where. We don't know why they dressed in straw nor why they walked headfirst into the waters.

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 4

quote:

You discover a cache of supplies or resources.

Add a new abundance.

The drummers, they don't remember their names. So we give them some of ours. Aldar. Khertek. Kezik. Syed. Good names. Strong names. Names from brothers and sisters and cousins who have ridden ahead and who no longer need them.



Action – Discover something new: In the middle of the night, Larsa attacks the Midwives. He swings and swings but they are far too sturdy to be broken by his weapon. In fact, it is his weapon that ends up broken. He moves to the far side of the island and sulks.





Projects: Speak with the Ghost People (1),
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy, able bodies
Scarcities:
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



Summer - Week 5

quote:

Spoilage in supplies threaten's the community's efforts. A project fails as people keep resources to maintain stocks.

Belek has made significant, almost miraculous progress in advancing our relationship with the Ghost People, even managing to tour the strange, waterlogged huts of their village in the tall grass while the People mill about, seemingly unconcerned. He is coming to understand the significance of phrasing, of trills and glottal noises in rhythm. He is beginning to understand their meaning. As he leaves he's certain he recognizes key concepts - rock, reaction, dream, beneath.

He goes through his collected journals, condenses and synthesizes his notes, flexes his vocal cords in strange ways to imitate Ghost Speech. In the new week he is due to return to their village and, at last, begin dialogue. The morning comes and a heavy fog has fallen over the marsh. The dwellings seem to have sunken, submerged. Belek, as seasoned a tracker as we have, determines that that the Ghost People - possibly all of them - fled suddenly to the south in the last week, to where the grass is taller and thicker, like a soft forest.

Unfortunately, we had anticipated meeting the Ghost People, not chasing them. Belek desperately wants to pursue them but he doesn't have the manpower or resources to do so through difficult terrain with what he has. The village assembly denies him immediate approval of more resources, saying more discussion is needed before more warriors and hunters are sent away from home.



Action - Discover Something New: Belek, driven to anguish by his thwarted passion, did manage to leave his protesting party and went into the southern tall grass by himself. Some hours later he reappeared looking dazed. Most of what he spoke seemed to be of the Ghost People language that none of the others knew.

According to their reports Belek told of what he called "Brothers", a brief description of three strange rock-metallic structures towering out of the high grass not far south of the submerged village. We have not been able to persuade him to repeat this information, or anything else he might have learned during his pursuit.

Belek continues to forcefully insist that we find out what happened to the Ghost People. He also steadfastly refuses to sleep indoors.





Projects:
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy, able bodies
Scarcities:
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

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UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

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College Slice

Summer – Week 6

quote:

Dangerous flood waters sweep someone off. Are they able to be saved?
The caustic un-knowing eats away at Belek and he pales and sickens like a diseased man. One rainy night it wraps itself around him and drags him out over the lake, over the rising marshes, and he vanishes into the mists. Larsa is the only one to spot him leaving, and even then, they don’t catch up in time, and withdraw from the tendrilline fog, and bitterly blame themselves as weak.



Action – Start a Project: The rainfall begins to erase the drummers’ tracks, and our only clear clue as to where they came from before they were here, who they were before they were us, and what they were… before. Larsa, wanting to do something, anything, useful, sets out with some hunters to track the sinking footsteps.





Projects: Follow the drummers’ footsteps (4)
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy, able bodies
Scarcities:
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (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

Summer – Week 7

quote:

The weather is nice and people can feel the potential all around them.

Start a new project.

Almost mockingly, the weather clears. The day is beautiful, warm, and the children are ecstatic. They crawl out of yurt and stone to go play in the sun. The adults are more somber, their thoughts on Belek and the other strange occurrences that seem to plague us.

The newly named Khertek and Syed follow the children and some of our youngest are surprised to learn that adults exist within the community who can not ride reindeer. Cayana gleefully offers to teach them.

The wisdom of children, indeed!



Action – Start a Project: The Triplets decide to create a Calling Stake, something like the War Stake except the purpose is for bringing Belek back. It is not a real thing. It is a concept they have made up. But it gives their grief and frustration an outlet.





Projects: Follow the drummers’ footsteps (3), Teach Khertek and Syed to ride (3), Build a Calling Stake (1)
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy, able bodies
Scarcities:
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

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Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



Summer - Week 8

quote:

The eldest among you dies. What caused the death?

Grandmother Karakat, eldest of elders, is found in the morning. At the foot of the veiled woman she lies, the handle of a knife protruding from her chest. The body is moved from its sight with haste. In confidence, the boy who found her says that she lay with her arms at her sides and her eyes wide open, face calm.

Asmaan has vanished in the night. A feast of mourning is planned. Tempers run high.

Action - Start A Project: Find Asmaan
Surely Asmaan’s departure can be no coincidence. Larsa rouses a party and they depart for the west of the crater - if she is making for her steed then all haste must be taken to catch her.

Projects: Follow the drummers’ footsteps (2), Teach Khertek and Syed to ride (2), Build a Calling Stake (0) , Find Asmaan (2)
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy, able bodies
Scarcities:
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (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: The Calling Stake stands unfinished. The Triplets now hunt for Asmaan, as well.

UnCO3
Feb 11, 2010

Ye gods!


College Slice

Summer – Week 9

quote:

Summer is fleeting.

Discard the top two cards off the top of the deck and take two actions this week.
Action – Start a Project: With Grandmother Karakat dead and so many of us searching for her presumed killer, there are few candidates left to make the pilgrimage and so little time to do it. Aud, one of our swiftest hunters, volunteers to go alone. There’s no opposition to quell this time.

The journey will be easier on her this season, but still harder when her heart is here, with us, hunting for Asmaan. And yet, someone must go.



Action – Hold a Discussion: First the Jackals, then Belek and the Ghost People, now this – we can’t trust anyone any more.



Projects: Follow the drummers’ footsteps (1), Teach Khertek and Syed to ride (1), Find Asmaan (1), Travel to Point Theta Four Gamma (3)
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy, able bodies, fear
Scarcities:
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



The land has never been a gentle place, but this is a different sort of menace. We must redouble our efforts to regain the favor of the ancestors.

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

Our ancestors were generous. We are generous. Our ancestors were vengeful. We are vengeful.

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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 10

quote:

A headstrong community member decides to put on of their ideas in motion.

Start a foolish project.

Liske starts digging a hole. No one asks why. Ráfi was the love of his life and grief so often dances in strange clothing.



Action – Discover something new: One of our riders finds Asmaan's strange steed and sets fire to it. The ensuing explosion lights up the night sky. It is beautiful and terrible, no doubt a sign of her great guilt. She'll be found soon, no doubt. And shot down like a lynx, if she's lucky. A quick death, if she's lucky.





Projects: Follow the drummers’ footsteps (0), Teach Khertek and Syed to ride (0), Find Asmaan (0), Travel to Point Theta Four Gamma (2), Dig a hole (5)
Abundances: furs, eggs, dairy, able bodies, fear
Scarcities:
Contempt: UnCO3 (0), Tyrannosaurus (0), Basic Chunnel (0)

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