1879: The Expendables

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Psitanium
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Re: 1879: The Expendables

Post by Psitanium » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:35 pm

If he makes another one, he'll say it's the Croc of Aegis now because something out there in the Universe spoke to him. Sure that something in the Universe was Erica, but he probably won't admit it.

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Re: 1879: The Expendables

Post by LexiLiegh » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:17 am

Psitanium wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:35 pm
If he makes another one, he'll say it's the Croc of Aegis now because something out there in the Universe spoke to him. Sure that something in the Universe was Erica, but he probably won't admit it.
It's alright, she's used to no credit
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Re: 1879: The Expendables

Post by ChrisDDickey » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:44 pm

The journal of Lord Bentley Bootle, Day 33 out of Caracas.   

It has been a slow 4 days, as I am needing much time to recover from some serious wounds. As I stated in my previous entry, we had waited a day for Erica and McFly to recover from poison, then opened some boxes and a sarcophagus, and then waited another day for Erica to recover from the wound she took during the fight with a mummy. So the following day we tried opening the other sarcophagus, and then needed the last 4 days for me to almost recover from my wounds! I hope to be almost completely recovered by tomorrow. 

So 4 days ago, we expected to have to fight the mummy, so got all setup and ready for it. Smyth started to open the sarcophagus lid, but as soon as he lifted it a few inches, the mummy knocked the lid to the side and stood up. This mummy was female and clutched a scepter. We assume it used to be the wife of whatever king we fought the day before. We started to bang away at that mummy, who whacked Smyth with the scepter, which seemed to daze him, as he stopped attacking for a while. A few seconds later, the third sarcophagus also opened, and a 2nd female climbed out, who shot us (me) with her bow. 

The fighting was short but viscous. The first mummy got in several mild hits with her scepter before I blew her head off, but the other mummy got off two or three horrible hits with her bow before she was also destroyed. I know she got at least two horrible hits off, since both of the first two hits, hit me, and left horrible wounds. After the fight it occurred to me for the first time that since the priest Brahmpal Urha left our group in Caracas, we don't have anybody with any training in medicine. I remember discussing with him how many of what sort of medicines we should carry with us into the jungle, but unfortunately, he was the one who was carrying them and he seems to have taken them with him when he left. None of the rest of us have any skill in using medicine in any case. 

I finally asked Smyth to take the arrows out and bandage me up, which he did, and it hurt a whole lot. Erica and McFly went out in the jungle with the guide to look for some of the herbs, roots and whatnot that they had talked to the natives of that village about, and they found some. They must have helped a lot since my wounds miraculously did not become infected. From the look of it, unless things go horribly wrong, tomorrow (5 days after being shot with the arrows) the 2nd wound will finally close over. 

While I have been bedridden, the others have thoroughly examined the mummies, the sarcophagi and the things the mummies had. They tell me the golden scepter is magical, and the bowstring as well. This explains how a bow so old can still have any spring left in it, and how such an old bowstring can even work. They tell me it has powers beyond not turning to dust from age. Today I finally managed to hobble around enough to get our new finds photographed. I also took a few photos of the very large insects that seem to have come here through the gate.

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Re: 1879: The Expendables

Post by ChrisDDickey » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:23 pm

The journal of Lord Bentley Bootle, Day 34 out of Caracas.    

I forgot to mention in yesterdays journal entry that Erika, examining the "gate" on the day I was wounded reported some sort of miasma emanating from it. She seemed to think it was unhealthy and/or dangerous and so the decision was made to move out of the chamber with the game while I healed up.  We spent a ridiculous amount of time discussing how best to transport me, before finally agreed that in order not to aggravate my wounds I should be carried upon a simple common stretcher. We moved down the two hallways to the chamber upon this, the lowest level. Erika declared that the miasma was much lessor, but still noticeable. Closing the door as much as we conveniently could helped a lot, and Erika tells us it is now much less. She is worried that the miasma is not totally gone, but hopes that in this chamber, with the door closed, it is low enough.

During the days it took me to heal, Erika has been telling us that she thinks that the gate is emitting magic strongly. She thinks that possibly nobody enchanted the three mummies to rise and fight, she speculates that it might be a spontaneous expression of the high levels of magic in this pyramid. She has examined the scepter and the bowstring to see if she can tell if those are designed magics or a spontaneous expression of magic, but without success. 

Once I was healed, I of course wanted to continue our observations and experimentation's of the gate. Erika felt that we ought to return to London and give our preliminary report. I felt that would be a waste of time, and that we did not know what sort of access we might or might not be able to arrange about this pyramid in the 4 months or so that it would take another expedition to get here. I finally managed to convince them that we needed to at the very least conduct a very few basic probes of the gate. Namely poke sticks through it and see what happens.

If this goes well, I hope to convince the others that I ought to jump though the gate. Erika thinks doing so is a needless risk and that we ought to leave such explorations to people with greater knowledge and experience. However I am not certain that there are very many people with a lot of experience with this. OK, sure there is a large team of people who studied the Rabbit Hole in London, but with the death of Professor Grovesnor and his assistants, I don't think there is a single person in the world who can claim to understand the first thing about such gates as we face here. We are here. We should do what we can, rather than waste time hoping that somebody more competent than ourselves can be sent. A team here, willing to experiment is much more useful than a hypothetical team of "experts" (and the expertise might simply not exist) that is 5000 miles away.

The plans with the Guide and the letter of introduction to the British Console in Caracas that I wrote about a few entries ago were reviewed and renewed. 
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Psitanium
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Re: 1879: The Expendables - McFly's Journal

Post by Psitanium » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:30 pm

Upon further inspection of this room, spell lady alerted us to the possibility we may soon be glowing and grow a tail. Well, technically, she said that there is an energy in this room that may be responsible for the angry mummies and magical items, but that is all the same to me.

After a long debate over whether to build a litter or papoose to carry the hunter to a higher level, we dragged him back to the level above. While we were waiting for him to recover over the next several days, I proceeded to build him a shield, which might help if he encounters any more undead archers. It's not as nice as my own and much less resplendent with science, but it will do.

Once the hunter was back on his feet, we discussed how to proceed. He was intent on playing with the big energy portal thing, because poking the other side of reality with a stick is essentially our career now. Ironically, he suggested literally poking a long stick through the doorway. I asked the troll if we would get his commission if he were to meet an unfortunate end. His response was a mild affirmative, which I took as a sign the hunter should absolutely go through with his plans. Suddenly I felt compelled to help him build the necessary equipment needed to do his experiment.
For a moment, a notion passed my mind. Perhaps one of the hunter’s camera lenses could be augmented with astral sight, but whether our current film development technology would register such a thing. Might just keep that in my metaphorical hat for now.

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Re: 1879: The Expendables

Post by LexiLiegh » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:03 pm

Musings of Magic
Authored by Erica Withakay
Insights by Erica Withakay aided by Doctor Ferris McFly

<encrypted for Cartographers of the Compass Rose(12)>
Froward:
Within are observations on Theory of Magic, as observed by myself, Erica Withakay of the Ordos Arnoldus, Compass Rose branch, currently bestowed with Copper. This Expedition is in Venezuela, and I have encountered several things of note. Doctor Ferris McFly has assisted in providing insights to these processes. I am by no means claim absolute knowledge on the subject matter within, these are just my personal observations and theories of my experiences.

(The last few pages contain a Glossary of terms used, though not in any particular order)
Pattern: Much like how cloth can be woven with multiple colors of thread, all Living things are like a tapestry. Inanimate objects seem to be capable of having such things woven onto them to imbue them with properties that defy Natural Law.

Chapter One: Items
In this it is endeavoured to share observation of items of a Magical nature, either found as is or created.

Ring of Puzzles: This item was discovered in the possession of what used to be a Frenchman. It was five separate rings that formed one band, each one having a pattern unto itself. Once disassembled the Patterns started making more sense individually.
(Awaiting information from Game Master)
Ring 1:<illustration(8)>

Ring 2:<illustration(6)>

Ring 3:<illustration(4)>

Ring 4:<illustration(4)>

Ring 5:<illustration(5)><magic theory(31)>

Scepter of Influence: <illustration(10)> A Golden Scepter that created a bond towards the wielder of the Scepter. Within melee, it made a Troll Soldier hesitate in pressing the attack, though it did not seem to turn them against their traveling companions.

One theorizes that an event of Wild Magic imbued this with the properties observed rather than it being a deliberate creation.

Bowstring: The bowstring holds a pattern similar to the gun Fires of Saint Elmo, of design by Doctor Ferris McFly. It is unknown what the effect this had on arrows fired, but in observation the arrows may have been out of habit rather than necessity.

One theorizes that an event of Wild Magic imbued this with the properties that have yet to be defined rather than being a deliberate creation.

Rock of Crocodile(Croc of Aegis): A simple appearing hide shield made of a Crocodile. Upon activation a magical portion expands from it that provides better cover. <illustration(6)> Developed by Doctor Ferris McFly


Honeycomb: A deployable device that creates a barrier that does not impede line of sight but intercepts projectiles and prevents movement through it from the front. With sufficient force it perhaps could be breeched, though that has yet to have occurred on a catastrophic scale. <illustration(8)> Developed by Doctor Ferris McFly

Fires of Saint Elmo: While appearing to be a heavy handgun, this fires a bolt of energy instead of bullets.<illustration(17)> Developed by Doctor Ferris McFly

Goldblooms Revenge: A device that creates a small field that stuns small flying insects.<illustration(25)> Developed by Doctor Ferris McFly




(about a dozen pages are currently blank between Goldblooms Revenge and Chapter 2)








Chapter 2: Phenomenon and Creatures
In which one endeavours to describe creatures and phenomenon with a magical nature.

Cloakers: Long bipedal reptilian creatures capable of climbing. Within their Pattern it has been observed that they are capable of shifting colors to surroundings faster than the human eye can perceive reliably. <illustration(14)>

The Breech: This is an unstable breech in our reality, in close relation to what is known as the Rabbit Hole. It seems to have a miasma about it that one theorizes created the Wild Magic event or events that imbued the the aforementioned items with properties. In the instability it has been observed to cut and destroy objects, both living and inanimate, that has passed through our side to the other. Observation has shown that flora and fauna from the otherside of The Breech are capable of survival on this side of The Breech. As of yet, the certain creature from The Breech is the Volante, a flying creature encountered by the HMS Queen Anne. One theorizes that the bihorned creature, dubbed a bihnocerous, is from The Breech as well. (Authors Note: One of our Expedition insists that at the very least we must investigate the Breech further. Despite the various dangerous scenarios presented, the Lord that has named himself the De Facto Leader has stubbornly refused to listen to reason. Gods willing, I will be able to continue this entry at a later date.)

Mummy: One theorizes that these creatures were not an intentional creation, but a product of a Wild Magic event. Of the ones encountered, their nature appears to shield them from interference by Magic. Physical attacks were of brutal effect, with ‘Express rounds’ having a particularly devastating effect upon their body. With this encounter, it is likely that there is a basis of truth in the stories of Mummies coming from Egypt. One wonders if the Pyramids are built in areas prone to Wild Magic, either by chance or action.
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