15.9.05

Exploration!

Drablak is a thoom, is male, and is an Explorer Mystic!



With PTF we went to Gungla Island [GI] recently. I want to find a way to enter the Sul'ran Oasis and visit the temple in there. The Oasis is in the Gungla Desert which is in the northwest part of the island. I had an idea that I thought had merit about how to gain access to it but we tried it a couple of zodiacs ago and it didn't work, so we decided to go in search of clues.



I had never been to the Gan'Vara part of the island and I was interested in visiting so there we went. Azriel has mapped the island extensively and so he was chosen to be our guide, except for the castle for which J'jh is the designated tour guide. It's a very beautiful place and I'd like to go back and spend more time there. The Headwater Grove is especially nice.



On a side note, I want one of those nice offices in the castle. It needs a little dusting but it's otherwise very well decorated.

We didn't find anything yet but I'll look at my notes and see if I can figure out something else to try.

I've continued my cloud research also, and once I tried to jump from the cloud with the help of Shakyamuni and Connie. Cold and Snowy was particularly busy and we had to retreat a couple of times before we could jump.



Then this morning I was coming out of the librarie just to put up a Koppi ad and BAM! all of a sudden I'm the focus of a 113 rats, 28 GV, one (?) vermine and one LDV. A good thing Geo was around to save me.

8.9.05

Formally/formerly

I have a new look. I decided to walk around in formal attire until further notice. Why? A couple of reasons.

The major reason is that I won't spend 1600c to mend my shirt. I'm not rich and I'd rather spend my coins on a higher education (libraries) than on clothes. My former shirt was a gift from Jeanne and was in the color of the Sundragon clan. It's very nice and I was proud to wear it, but it's just too expensive for me. So what are my options? I tried the tan shirt and, well, it doesn't work with my complexion. Really.

Now I thought about it and healers get cool shirts and pants, and fighters get belts. What do we get? Ceremonial robes. They're very cool but usually only used in formal occasions. Not anymore. And it comes with a hat! I always wanted a hat. Did I mention that?



So I'm going to wear that until further notice. Plus we have apprentices that wash clothes every day, what more can you ask? I always liked dark blue.

There is another reason to change clothes but I'd rather not talk about it here, since I don't want to give the wrong impression about my reasons for doing it. The title may give a hint of what I'm talking about.

In other news, I've been continuing my study of the cloud and its various controls. Being able to tell the position of the cloud has proved very useful and I still hope to decipher some of the books on the shelves in the cloud control room.



I'm also working on reviving an old project of mine which I hope will become a success this time around. More on that when the time is right.

We had great fun the other day with Ansset and Mary Jane when we came to town center in row boats! Too bad there weren't any pirate or navy people around ;-)



Ansset joked about charging people to build them land boats, and of course he wasn't serious, but a few minutes later Malkor showed up. Coincidence? I think not!

5.8.05

Cloud People

Who build the Cloud? Is it build, or was it a natural phenomenon that was harnessed? In any case, someone built the mirrors and the portals, and someone built the control room on the Cloud.

We don't know anything about who they were or where they went. I wonder who the Cloud People were...



Perhaps we'll find clues in those books in the control room. I've managed to decipher some of that triangular script so at least I can tell where the cloud is now. I'll start to study the books themselves and hopefully I'll be able to learn more about the Cloud People. Perhaps in one of those books are the answers I seek. Who were they? Why have they left? How did they use the Cloud and the Portals? Why aren't there any structures on the Cloud (except the control room), no sign of habitation? Perhaps we've not found them yet. Perhaps in one of those books there will be a clue telling us where to dig to find other signs of the Cloud People.

21.7.05

Strange Stone indeed!

I've been studying how to use a strange stone almost exclusively for the past six years now and I've been without a stone for about 3 years. The first time I got a stone was at my wedding, four years ago. I got a stone then but I didn't keep it for very long. I used it once on a Foothills trip with the Pitch Assault Group [PAG] and then I loaned it to another mystic who needed one for a PAG trip and he broke it. After that Sor gave me a stone he had bought from a lucky fisherman but it broke the first time I used it. And I've been without a stone ever since.

So I was eager to acquire one and decided to try my luck yesterday. Azriel was nice enough to send a message to PAG with the time and date and ask for help. K'vynn, who recently organized a successful trip, told me he'd help. I was a bit disappointed with the number of people that showed up to help. K'vynn was there, and Talin came too. And that was it for a time: two mystics and a great healer. But we called for help and a good group eventually gathered in meadow. Veer was there and graciously accepted to lead the rodding team and to help organize things.

This was only the second time I tried to get a stone for myself. I participated in several full moon orga camp raids [fmocr] but it was only the second time I was the one trying to get a stone.

FMOCR 101
Normally this is the way a fmocr goes: at noon the day of the full moon, an orga magician appears in the fourth orga camp snell [OC4]. A group needs to reach OC4, and kill the magician. When the magician dies, there is a big explosion that kills all the orgas in the snell (probably a result of a magical link between him and the orgas) and a mystic can enter a small glade and, if lucky, get a strange stone. This has been done many times, and generally you gather a group 30 minutes before noon, go through to OC4, wait a bit with a good rod for the magician to appear, and then kill him, grab the stone and you're back in town 10 minutes after noon. There are variations of course, but this is basically the way these things work.

Not this time!
Well it was not a normal fmocr at all. First the group met with extreme resistance from the orgas in OC1. There were a lot of orgas there, including a couple of rare fearless . So much resistance in fact that almost everyone fell right there, in the first OC snell and we had to be rescued...


The fearless is in the lower left corner.

Dandelion and others came to our rescue, with Shen Calin departing because a blooblader was needed to kill a Hatred. The rescue was successful and that actually worked in our favor since it attracted more people who stayed to help with the fmocr. So after being rescued we proceeded to advance through the orga camps which went pretty well. OC4 was packed but the group managed it well and we were soon in position near the magician and ready to mount the final assault. Normally this is a matter of moving the rod and then killing the magician and the snell clears. Not this time!


Just before we launched the first assault.

Everyone did as planned, we moved, the magician was killed, and then, instead of all the orgas dying in a blaze, they all stayed up and I think more appeared, along with large death vermines. And we all fell again.



The magician falls (ooc: although its health bar is still yellow, it then became green and disappeared).

Now that was really strange. The body of the magician stayed there among us as we lay there fallen, discussing options. The other orgas threw lightning at the corpse too. And some of the orgas glowed with a light. Normally I don't get to see them much because when I reach that place they usually all disappear, so perhaps the glowing is normal. I don't know why the magician's body didn't disappear though, or why the other orgas didn't vanish. I always thought that the magician's magic ties the orgas to him and when he dies it kills all the others because of that link, or control, he has on them. In any case, this time was different.



As we lay dead after the slaughter.

K'vynn generously offered to depart and lead a rescue team to get us. At that point we thought we'd lost our chances at the stone, as the glade wasn't open. A number of people got ported to OC by zealots, which helped fill the ranks of the rescue team. I eventually got ported as well, just as the group was ready to leave OC2, so I joined the rescue team. Again OC4 was difficult but we managed to get into position and made chain runs to get the fallens out of the pit. When everyone was up we decided to try to hit the magician's corpse and it worked! We killed the corpse... And the glade opened! Lundar who had joined the last rescue team sneaked in the glade ahead of me and retrieved the stone but he gave it to me afterwards, much to my relief.

After that we all went back to town, or in some cases to meetings, and I opened a couple of casks to celebrate, and managed to fall to excessive drinking. Connie would have been proud of me I'm sure! And I have a strange stone!


Drablak has fallen to excessive drink.

I'm very sorry for those who had to depart due to time constraints, and I'd like to thank everyone for helping me get a stone. Thanks!

24.5.05

Another milestone

Well I was thirsting for fermented fish oil, you know how that is I'm sure, so I tried to enter Pucks and almost fell down on my face inside as I stepped right in the front door without so much as a pause. I was so expecting the usual scowl from the burly doorman that it took me a moment to realize I was actually inside.



Now that Bree fellow knows how to size his customers as he immediately offered me exactly what I wanted. Hmmmm! I considered never leaving the pub but then decided instead to go buy a couple of kegs to drink with Connie in town center, but by the time I went to the bank and to the brewery she was gone and so I'll tap them open when more friends are available to drink with me.

THOOM!

16.5.05

Cloud in the sky

I've been on a few adventures recently but I've been remiss in updating my journal. Among the events of recent times there is also a great sorrow as one of Puddleby's finest is going on a trip to distant shores. Sor's contribution to Puddleby are many and I can say I was fortunate enough to have travelled a bit with him. He is someone that made you stand straighter, go further and push you to be a better person. He could be exasperating at times, but he always said his mind and stayed true to his ideals. His departure is a great loss both to Puddleby and to the Sundragon Clan, and also to myself. His departure also makes me rethink of my place in Puddleby...

On the flip side I had the pleasure of seeing Babajaga in the lands again recently. Baba was nice enough to give me a chance when she accepted me into PTF almost 15 years ago, when I was just a recently accepted apprentice. Before that I had read stories of her adventures and explorations and I thought I'd never be part of such great adventures. I sent my application without really believing I'd be accepted into that select group of elders. It turned out I was invited as a guest to an exploration of Kismia's Island [KI]. It was exhilarating and it seems I did ok, since I was invited in the group shortly after that. It was the beginning of a long and joyful journey with a group of people interested in solving mysteries and exploration. Recent years have been less and less challenging to this type of group, with little to tickle our minds and drive us forward. PTF became some kind of hunting group since there is nothing to explore nowadays. Babajaga has not been seen in a while and many in the group have left completely. Seeing Baba again in the lands was very nice. She asked me where my scrolls were and since I can't refuse her (I owe much to her) I put them back in their usual place. I don't plan to update them but who knows...

So we went to the Ethereal plane [EP] with Babajaga to gather ethercles. Nothing has changed in EP in recent years. The ability to dispel ethereal clouds is still eluding ethereal scholars. That ability would have been useful on our trip when we crossed a passageway and there was a cloud in the destination snell. The very first time I went to EP was the subject of my very first journal entry in the summer of 544. I've explored EP many times since and eventually became an ethereal scholar. Not that great an accomplishment considering that all the fighters and healers I know find EP to be a boring place.

In our previous trip with PTF we went to the Orga Outback [OOB] to have Azriel check for advanced paths. I had plenty of opportunities to test my OOB makro, which can determine a path through OOB between any two snells. I decided to write this makro some time ago after a trip to OOB were I felt I had let Yor down because I couldn't tell him how to go fetch someone (ok, it was Baba :) who slipped. I used it repeatedly on this trip as we wanted to check all the snells and at one point Shaky slipped and I could easily tell Yor how to fetch him and come back.



I also participated in a failed attempt at getting a group to Faleen Sfoft Peak where you can buy parachutes. From a mystic's standpoint cloud driving is the most boring experience you can have, frankly. I kept getting this mental picture of a cylindrical object with a copper top for some reason... Basically our participation is to sit down in a place that is more boring than town center while others run around trying to move the portal(s) and jumping off the cloud. It would be nicer if we could at least have a sense of where the cloud was, but we have no way of knowing that.



I don't know who build the cloud (if it was built), and I wonder who were those who build the control room. This is a strange puzzle, and we have no clue at all about it. I guess some day it'll become clear when some new information literally falls from the sky...

18.3.05

Orga Ire

So we sensed that there was a special orga that was hiding somewhere. Apparently this orga is part of a new tribe or orgas. People went to all places to try and find it and Andarius was the one who found it. I happened to be close and located him after he fell to an Orga Ire. He was in Greymyr Village (I was hiding at the quarterstaff vendor). I went to see what it was and check on Andarius but I met a group chaining him and luring the Orga Ire out of the passes as they were going through the south pass well. It seems that my irresistible smell attracted it and it immediately started to run after me!



After that it went downhill (did you know that Greymyr Village is higher than East Forest?). It seems that this Orga Ire is part of a new tribe that isn't in good terms with the usual orga tribe that lives around Snaggy. I'm not sure why exactly, and I guess that it's one of the things we might have learned if things had gone better. A massive group of Old Tribe Orgas fell on us in south pass entrance and slaughtered us (well I'm sure I was a 'slaughter', perhaps Althea was a 'kill').



Most of those in south pass departed since the whole area was filled with lightning and BROs [Big Red Orgas] and things were bad elsewhere too. We joined the rest of the exiles who were trying to lure the Ire to the Orga Camp [OC]. Kani was doing a fine job of luring it but somewhere in Tanglewood when the support team fell back and we lost cohesion. I was chained back to town to be raised and went back to East Field to join the forces but by then the Old Tribe Orgas had taken the field and I fell to lightning a few feet from the East Farms fence.

By the time I was raised I had to leave but I heard that the battle continued long into the night and that it was ultimately unsuccessful in the sense that we failed to learn more about that new tribe of orgas. It is intriguing and I hope we'll be able to learn more in the near future.