Chapter 1:Horselords and the Chamber of Sorcerer's Hallows
[March 4, 2018] The story opens with the Horselords encamped in a rainy city with Pigwitz School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Safia attempts to woo Kothgar with her cooking, with a lovesick Vin nearby. A hefty Gus keeps an eye of the spry youth, Tobin. A sultry Aruncus offers supplies. Duglar Sconeblood and Dime chat away nearby.
Larry, Rob, and Heather enlist the Horselords to help their friend, Hagrid, rescue a unicorn from the Forbidden forest. After defeating a nest of Acromantualas, the Horselords heal the injured unicorn. Before its departure, the unicorn emotes to everyone the coming of a great evil and the need to help Larry, Rob, and, Heather in a task.
Rushing back to the school, the Horselords learn from the students a great evil, Lord Zindemort, has been trying to kill them for years! Larry, Rob, and Heather must destroy Lord Zindemort's soul, but they can't do it from detention. They ask the Horselords for their help in completing a Potions Assignment. The Horselords agree to help them find Sidonia's Diary, Shorembo's Locket, Krago's Cup, and Zamboni's Ring.
[March 11, 2018] The Harass makes camp outside of Sidonia's castle and a delegation of Riders enter the castle to meet with The Lady. They are instructed to wait in the library until Lady Sidonia is available, but Gus gets separated from the group. In the library, a strange sound echoes from the walls. First a hiss. Then a clang. Then unintelligible words that implied danger. Suddenly, the floor shakes as if there's a cave in deep.
A ghost, Moanin Myrtle, appears and asks for help as someone is in her toilet. The Horselords enter the lavatory and find a passage way to a hidden chamber deep below the castle. Upon entering the hidden passage, they learn the sounds in the library were created by a large basilisk, and its intended victim was Gus!! Oh no!! The Horselords defeat the basilisk and save Gus. Upon returning to the castle, Lady Sidonia greets them with much appreciation and freely hands them her diary to complete the first task in their quest.
[March 18, 2018] The Horselords enter the City of Durin and find Krago in the Crude Anvil and Hammer. The great wizard is thrilled to see them! He offers them all his elixer and they find themselves wandering through a dream-world forest and into a magical maze. magical portkeys are scattered about and the Horselords must work together to solve the riddle of the maze. The last portkey whisks them away to a dark cemetery where they come face to face with Lord Zindemort and his Deatheaters. A magical battle ensues!!! The Horselords then awake from their magically induced stooper to be gifted with Krago's Cup from the Mage himself. After emotional farewells, the Horselords ride to find Shorembo for the next item.
[March 25, 2018] The Horselords arrive at the entrance to the Elven City, Elommen. A dark mood comes over Aruncus. The Riders enter the city at night and find a bereaved Shorembo. His favorite cat, Crookshanks, has gone missing. The Horselords agree to help find the prized pet, described as having a locket around his neck for a collar. Upon searching the city, the Horselords encounter numerous Dementors and Inferi. With the defeat of the dark demons, the air of dispare disappears from the city and the Horselords find Crookshanks up a tree. Upon return the cat to Shorembo, he grants them their wish of obtaining the locket.
[April 1, 2018] Captain Ego von Canon delivers the Horselords to Zamboni's Isle. They make their way through his garden and find Zamboni in his Keep. If they want his ring, they must reclaim it from his fortified cellar, where it is guarded by an ancient white dragon. The Horselords complete the task and now have all 4 components of the quest. They make their way back to the ship in order to return to the school.
[April 8, 2018] The Horselords arrive back at Pigzitz School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with the 4 items. Larry meets them at the gates and collect the items. But, in a sudden turn of events, it is revealed he is Lord Zindemort in disguise!! Lord Zindemort grabs the items and Aruncus and dashes into the school. A great battle ensues in the hallways of the school. Tobin cries for his mother, as they fight off spiders, deatheaters, basilisk, dementors, and cave trolls. When it looks as if all hope is lost, they defeat Lord Zindemort and free Aruncus in a dramatic ending.
[April 15, 2018] BOOK CLUB AT LUDMILLA'S HOUSE OF WAX WORKS.
A healthy discussion of chapter 1 ensued, lead by the non-verbal half-orc and with the participation of the Girl Rangers. A mysterious woman intent on seeing the author, Canon, revealed herself to be Aruncus seeking retribution against the bard.
Chapter 2: Horselords and the Guardians of the Star Trek Galactica.
[June 3, 2018] The Starship Horselord, in midst of exploring parts unknown in the multiverse, receives a distress call from a nearby planet. Crew jump to light speed and race to the source on the planet Tatooine. Aruncus 5000 transports the away team as close as she can to the signal of the source, into a spaceport filled with beings from a number of other planets. As the away team moves through town they are accosted by a Darth Zin's guard team searching for droids and think the DAGLAR model traveling with the away team is one of the missing machines. Using an old Jedi mind trick, they avoid a confrontation and continue to move towards the signal source outside of town.
The Tatooine desert leaves little to the eye as they push through the sand toward the source. Closing in on the source, they find a starship that has plunged to the planet. Two droids-- Shorem 3BO and Krago D2- great the away team and convey a holographic message from Princess Sidonia. The message is addressed to Zamboni Won Kenobi and thatthe droids carry the top secret plans to defeat Darth Zin.
The Horselords, with the two droids, are then transported back to the Starship Horselord and set course to help deliver the message.
(Cameos: Lady Sidonia, Shorembo, Krago, and Zabmoni; references: Star Trek, Star Wars)
[June 10, 2018] The Starship Horselord intercepts a distress call from a nearby planetoid, LV 426. The away team beams downs to discover the body of Science Officer, Lino. Upon revival, he reveals his team is scattered throughout the facility and he would appreciate the teams' assistance in finding his missing science crew, including his wife. The Horselords explore, encountering a strange alien that is impervious to all but fire. Thankfully, they have flamethrowers! Each science officer is found, alien eggs are destroyed, and the Away Team returns to the Starship Horselord safely.
(Cameos: Lino and notable characters from the Feisty Chicken; references: Alien and Aliens)
[July 1, 2018] The Starship Horselord responds to a distress signal from the planet Bananakolia. They are ported to the planet's surface outside of the major city, Bananakol. The inhabitants are intelligent apes and are wary of their "naked", alien visitors. The away team finds the source of the distress signal, an old waxwork statue of a human rider on a horse. Before they could discern the reason or logic behind the signal, the Horselords are jumped by a hostile gang of apes. In the midst of battle, Aruncus gets a fix on their location and Captain Sunni orders them transported out of the situation immediately.
(Cameos: Jania and the population of Annakol City; references: Planet of the Apes)
[July 8, 2018] Glitches plague the ship. Static on the screens. Squelches on the audio. Things escalate to full blown technical chaos on the ship with flux capacitors blowing on nearly every deck. Aruncus goes offline and a number of the crew are trapped in the holideck. The ship comes to a halt near the planet Arrakis and an away team is assembled to gather supplies to rebuild the flux capacitors and repair the ship.
The away team is beamed down and encounters the local inhabitants, The Frenemies, and are warned of worms and of Baron T<>'s iron rule of the planet. The away team explores, gather the necessary spice, and survive an attack by the Baron and his men. Arunucus comes back online, beams the away team back to the ship. Flux capacitors are repaired and replaced and the Starship Horselord resumes its course.
(Cameos: Dahlia and other residents of The Shire, Baron T and his guards; references: Dune)
[July 15, 2018] The crew of the Starship Horselord are transporting the Tholian Ambassador when the first sign of trouble appeared-- a tribble in the engineering deck. More began to appear in cargo, sickbay, and on the bridge. At the same time, a distress call from the nearby planet moon of Pandora is received! It is decided all members, including the ambassador, will beam down to the moon surface while Aruncus conducts a biopurge of the ship.
On the surface, the crew encounters a lush jungle environment and Dr. Thadeus Kelmer. The doctor is distraught at how his machines are being used to destroy the planet. He directs the crew to the Na'vi, the natives of the planet. Galadriel, the leader of the Na'vi, directs the crew to the Gnomish mining camp. Members disengage a mining golem on the way and then proceed to dismantle the remaining machines in the camp. Aruncus completes the biopurge of the tribbles into the airspace above and then transports the crew back onboard the Starship Horselord.
(Cameos: Galadriel and the Rangers of the North, King of Gnomar, Dr. Thadeus Kelmer; references Avatar)
[July 22, 2018] The Starship Horselord arrives at the planet, Ahch-To in order to deliver the droids Shorem-3-P-0 and Krago-D-2 to their rightful owner, Zamboni-Won-Kenobi. Upon transporting to the surface they meet Master Lo Chi Min who warns, "All it seems, it is not!" The away team presses on through several encounters and barriers until they reach Zamboni-Won's treehouse.
Upon entering, they find Zamboni-Won having tea with Darth Zin. The results of genetic testing shows that Guth and Saf are sibling, Kothgar is result of the coupling of Zin and a groupie, and everyone else is a Cylon replicant.
(cameos: Zamboni, Krago, Shorembo, Sensai, Zin; references: Star Wars, Alien vs Predator, Terminator, Battlestar Galactica)
[July 29, 2018] BOOK CLUB AT FEISTY CHICKEN
A mix of bibliophiles joined the Steinhammer twins for a lengthy discussion of chapter 2. Lino revealed he isn't too happy about how he was portrayed. And, rumor has it others important political-types aren't too happy about their character assassination in the pages.
Worth noting is the kindled rapport between Ludmilla's manservant, Willem, and the mysterious woman in attendance.