Monday, August 31, 2015

The Exodus: Session 10

While, given my other posts, it is obviously not true to say that I have no time to write, but I have other things to spend it on, so we'll stick with just notes for now.


By the body of a dead Holy Mountain Beast
    Vadim is wrapped up, in the mud, by two giant acid-spitting snakes
        Ithunn, Pinky, and Khut quickly kick its ass
    Then, of course, there was a giant fresh Holy Mountain Beast...WOO MEAT!
    Ferrik, a very short member of the Dust, shows up and helps himself
        says he knows where the stuck Tradestoners were

We find the Tradestoners...circled up with torches...
    being circled by two full-grown, voracious landsharks
        one tackles Petrana (tradestone general) and starts rolling...
    AND it is night...and overcast...so Vadim and Khut can't see...
    We shoot into the darkness...hit some Tradestoners...
    THEN
    Sorq wild-casts some fire to make a light...and Confuses everyone
    THEN
    Vadim feels some eggs hatching...under his hands...
        AND lots and lots of baby landsharks start crawling out of the ground...
    Ithunn leaps in and stabbity-stabbity the one on Petrana...
        Squee sings and sends pointy thorns impaling the other one...
    Vadim wades towards the Bull Landshark, grunting like a Landshark in heat...
        and tags it with ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP...
    Khut shoots right through a gout of swamp gas...
        AND hits a wagon lightning it on fire... to cries of "NOT THAT WAGON!"



The Landsharks charge...one eats Ithunn...
    the other leaps and crushes & knocksout Squee and Ado...
    Barruk tries to leap up on a Hillock...but goes unintentionally swimming...
    Ado and Ithunn leap up on the back of an attacking Landshark...
    Khadagan rushes in and tips the burning wagon...dousing the fire...
        but finding a man with a tube full of imperial fireworks pointed at him...

Vadim rides off with "Swampy" the Bull Landshark...
    Swampy snacks on the landshark-fry as he swims by...
        Khut grabs Squee and books it out of there in Swampy's wake...
       
The Landshark lady rolls and crushes Ado...
    And the swarm of fry roil over Ferrik...
    Barruk shoves it up out of the water, half onto a hillock with his horns...
        Where Sorq blasts it with fire and Ithunn proceeds to stabity-stabity
       
Squee drops a thundering depth charge into the middle of the baby-landsharks
    Swampy swims through and eats them all...
   
Mama landshark leaps and pins Barruk three-feet under the water...
    But gets an arrow from Ferrik strait into the brainpan...
        and then gets skeletonized by the fry...

The hatching baby landsharks spread like froth on the water...
    thousands of them in every direction...
    Vadim rushes by on Swampy and tosses two lengths of heavy hempen rope...
        Petrana grabs one and anchors it to a wagon...
        Khut rush swims for another wagon...barely grabs on to the wagon...
            with the rope tangled around his ankle...AND hangs on for dear life...

Khadagan rights the fireworks wagon and throws a keg of gunpowder...
    Ferrik pegs it...
        AND there is a BIG BOOM...dead baby landsharks everywhere...
       
Everyone books it for the wagons...
    accompanied by Squee's depth charges and Sorq's icy flashes...
    hooking the other wagons onto the train...
        Which are classic Tradestoner praerie-schooners, barges with wheels...
            Desperate hornbeasts trying to swim along as Swampy drags them...
        Barruk makes a flying leap into the last (rootabega-filled) wagon...
            Ferrik grabs Ado and leaps on behind him...

Sorq, standing on a floating hillock, pulls out her thunderbird-feather...
    and electrifies the fry-filled water...
        vaporizing much of it, creating a huge bank of fog...
        AND falls off her hillock...
            vanishing in a flash of flame just before she hits the water...
            only to reappear, precariously balanced, on yet another hillock...
    Khad lights up another keg and chucks it into the water...BOOM!
   
We get free, cut up the holy mountain beast
    (and feed the rest to Swampy who promptly goes to sleep)...

Petrana introduces us to Broken Tusk...the boom-powder maker...
    He greets Sorq as a "fellow initiate of the burned eyebrows"
    We convince her of the wisdom of a diverse multi-racial "tribe"...

We push hard through the night until Vadim is almost dying from exhaustion...  
    But finally get out of the mud...
        Khut tries to talk to Petrana...
            But finds her truly dying from exhaustion...
                And everyone piles on and manage to bring her back from the brink...
There is some argument with Vadim who wants to go see the Gray Lady...
   but finally we strike W by NW around the fens to catch Drowned River...
   
We find a cairn with 4 dead Drowned River outriders (sans beasts)...
    shot to death...and stabbed with pikes or lances...

We catch up with the caravan...
    Vadim works with the cattle...Blacky gets Rosebud pregnant with triplets...
    Ferrik makes some challenges within the pack...
    Barruk chats with Ganbaatar, finds out that they lost a patrol...
        and that something has been running ahead of the Clan...
        and flushing out/burning out all the food...

TIME TO GO HUNTING
Khadagan sends up a ripclaw (somehow seeing through its eyes)...
    it gets taken down from above and behind...
We find a dead, long-rotting hornbeast calf...
    and some signs of it being dragged/dropped off a cliff...
    And then we get pounced by a "Sabreclaw"...
        big slothlike thing...looking sick and enraged...
            Quothe Sorq "It must be saved...with fire"
        Vadim turns the ground to spikes...
            Khut pushes it back to keep the distance...
        Barruk charges and cleans its clock with his axe...
        Ado drags it through the spikes with a thornwhip...
        Khadagan runs up and gets in its grill...
            And gets shot back onto the spikes by Khut...
    AND then it slams Barruk into the spiked cliff-face...
            impaling him and knocking him out cold...
        Ferrik shoots but it goes wide as the rock he's standing on collapses...
        Sorq summons up some weird black tentacle arm things...
            and slams Barruk, Kahadagan, and the beasty...
        Then Khadagan takes its head...
            AND its rage floods into Khad making him even ragier...
            AND takes its claws as a trophy...to be converted into weapons...