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  1. *suddenly feels like the Bat-Cave* Can we have poles to slide down? And a butler? Gurly wants a large walk-in closet. Grit would like a heated mud bath spa.
  2. [November 4, 2019] *The mysterious woman with the warm smile reads the text and makes another blood offering. Again, she calls forth undead beings. She ponders, wondering what component she is missing. The beloved pets of the child called forth something more.... didnt' they?* *She pauses, turns at the sounds from down the corridor. She gathers her things and dashes through the zombie horde she had summoned and hides *
  3. Details coming soon. All dates tentative. [November 11, 2019 Prologue] Book Club (Earlier in the day) Aruncus rides along the North Road. She overhears two girl rangers giggling. Pausing to eavesdrop, she over hears them chatting about That Book. Between the girls' giggling fits, she catches the name... Canon... and speculation he may be giving a reading during the book club later that day at the Annakol Theater. Aruncus nudges her horse along and heads back to camp to prepare. (later that night) It was standing room only for the event at the Annakol Theater. Dime, Kothgar, Locks, and Smash were a few familiar faces in the crowd waiting to hear Canon. He appears in a flash and jumps right into a reading from his book, Horselords: A Complete History. He then moves to questions from the crowd. Answers were.... less than insightful and he often had an out of focused look to his eye. Aruncus appears in the back of the crowd and asks about her less than flattering portrayal. Canon only has praise for Aruncus and calls her the heart of the Horselords, a confusing contradiction based on his writing. Another question comes from a Mysterious Woman with a warm smile. She asks Canon to read a passage from Chapter 1. Canon does, but she has a follow up question: will Canon read it again, but BACKWARDS this time. Canon, never one to disappoint a fan, begins to reread the passage and in doing so chants in Abyssal and opens a passage to the First Circle of Hell. The audience runs off, leaving Dime, Kotghar, Locks, and Smash to wrestle with the Hell Archers summoned forth. The Mysterious Woman disappears taking Canon and Aruncus with her. Dime explains, "We need the Horselords!" [December 2, 2018] The Horselords are gathered around the campfire in Sidonia's keep. They are busy mending their boots, cooking, and caring for their horses. The conversation causally turns to the whereabouts of Aruncus, when Dime and Kothgar burst into the camp. They exclaim that something happened at the Annakol Theater involving Canon and a portal to Hell. The riders give a lukewarm response to hearing of Canon in peril. When Dime and Kothgar mention Aruncus is also in danger, the Harras spring forward and ride to her aid. In the city, they encounter the Annakol Theater in flames and denizens from the First Circle of Hell moving about. The riders defeat the Hell-beasties, resurrect Smash, and close the portal by countering Canon's incantation. Lady Sidonia appears at the theater and apologies, to the surprise of the Horselords. She explains that she and Zamboni grew concerned over Canon's book about the Horselords. In it, he detailed the lives of the rider's in too much detail, so Zamboni enchanted Canon, twisting his writing into a nonsensical story. But the magic that cloaked the Horselords was not impervious to all spellcraft. It appears a Servant of Loki has discovered the magic and a way to corrupt it further. When read backwards by Canon and other likely bards portals to Hell can open. Sidonia tasks the Horselords, Dime, and Kothgar to track down the Servant of Loki and stop them, rescue Canon, Aruncus, and the others (here, here) in their midst, and stop the chaos from spreading across the lands. [December 9, 2018] Aruncus lands with a hard thump as she is thrown into the back of the covered wagon. Canon lands nearby, with a loud groan, but not from him but from a larger framed, bound man with a striking resemblance to Canon. "They finally got you," says a caged third man from the dark corner of the wagon. Aruncus pulls herself up only to be suddenly thrown back to the floor as the wagon lurches forward at travels at a great pace. From the sounds of the wheels, Aruncus can tell they are moving across the paved streets of Annakol, and then onto the dirt road, and then into the woods. She quickly grabs her copy of Horselords: The Complete Story and rips a page. She slides it out through the crack under the wagon door. Canon gasps at her action, and asks what is she doing! Aruncus, somehow finding the energy to smile, looks at Canon and tears another page from the book. "I'm leaving a crumb trail," she says as she takes another page and slides it out the crack. Even though she isn't entirely sure what is happening to her, she finds the satisfaction of tearing a third page from the book while Canon watches. The Riders dash out of the Annakol theater, confused and looking for clues. A passerby informs them of a covered wagon speeding away, offering a lead that is quickly corroborated with a torn page for Horselords: The Complete Story. They dash through the gates of Annakol, along the North Road, and into the Annakol woods, following the trail of pages and past the chaos literally left in the wake of the wagon! The Horselords follow the trail to the ferry landing outside of The Shire to learn the wagon boarded a boat and headed down river to Tharbad. Boarding a nearby boat, they make their own way down river.... [December 16, 2018] [no games December 23 and 30] [January 6, 2019] The wagon lurches to a stop, throwing Aruncus, Canon, and the other captives forward. There's the sound of a woman barking orders and after a moment the sound of the lock clicking open. The wagon door swings open, blinding everyone inside. "Time fer another show, pretty boy" slurs the stout dwarf blocking their way out. "I think not!", says Canon. The dwarf replies, "Let me give you some encouragement, pretty boy." The dwarf grabs Fat Canon by the ankle and yanks him out of the wagon. "Yer be singing or yer brother gets it!" warns the dwarf. Canon argues "He's not my brother..." but is cut off as the woman with the warm smile appears in the doorway and quietly says, "You perform again, Canon, or else we will kill each and everyone in this wagon, and then the people you love." Canon glances, helpless, to Aruncus and Willam, for support. With an audible gulp he climbs out of the wagon to do as he is told. The ferry hits the Tharbad docks and the Horselords stampede off the boat in pursuit of the wagon. Pages from the book lead the riders to the Tharbad arena and the second portal opened to Hell. With a bit of effort, they succeed in breaking Canon's enchantment. With only a moment to catch their breath, they spur on their horses and ride at a break neck pace to catch up to the wagon. [January 13, 2019] *RIIIIIPPPPPP* The sound cuts over the thundering hooves and the creaking wheels as the wagon races onward. Canon winces at Aruncus tears as she slides another torn page under the wagon's locked door. "Must you enjoy it so?" he asks. She pauses, looks at him, and reads the next page, "Aruncus climbs onto the rock and begins to luridly tease the team of dwarves nearby...." She stops and looks at Canon. "Why did you write this about me?" Canon, beginning to show strain from his forced spell casting, "I didn't write that.... what in the Hells are you talking about?" Before the conversation could continue, the passengers are thrown to the side as the wagon takes a hard turn and comes to a stop. Aruncus hides the book and prepares for their captures to open the locked door. Canon, pales, as he braces himself to again deliver the enchantment. The riders push hard through the woods along back trails that rarely traveled. Twists and turns. Hills and plains. They finally emerge in the Northern Meadows and find the third portal on the hill. They race to it, slaughtering the Hell Spawn that is crawling forth. Entering the portal they are greeted by...... Krago?! The Dwarven Wizard has divined himself to relay the message the the Servant of Loki is behind this and , forcing Canon to push harder and harder with the enchanted portals through Limbo and into the depths of Hell itself. Krago tells them to keep up the chase, keep after Aruncus and the other captives, and to close the portals as they encounter them. With that, Krago fades, and the Horselords dash deeper into the enchantment, slaying the demons and devils in their path, and again break the spell cast by Canon. Porting back to the hillside, they are met by a drifting torn page from the book, indicating Aruncus is still leaving a trail for them to follow. [January 20, 2019] The wagon jostles the captives as it bounces along at a rapid pace. The sound of the creaking wheels is only broken by the occasional RRRRIIIIPPPP as Aruncus pulls a page and carefully slides it under the door. Canon, weakened even more, slumps against the wagon wall, as his hefty look-alike and the sallow man look on. Aruncus has learned the sallow man has worked as a man servant for a well to do lady in Annakol and was kidnapped for his literary interpretation mistaken as a keen spellcraft. "Excuse me for being well read and worldly," he sighed with sarcasm during their conversation. The Canon doppelganger just had the bad luck of mistaken identify; "I'm going to pick my shows my carefully if I ever get out of here" he hopefully shared. Canon, on the other hand, just rocks with the sway of the wagon. Beaten. Defeated. Finally, he asks, "Aruncus, what do you read on those pages you loathe so much?" She pauses mid tear and looks from him to the page.... questioning his question. She begins reading a passage about some insane story about a ship and traveling through space. As she struggles with the nonsensical words of "flux capacitor" and the confusing story line, the words shift into poetry for a second. Surprised, she looks up at Canon, and then back to the page not knowing what happened. Again, the letters swim before her eyes and the story becomes one of heartfelt appreciation and beauty written by Canon about the Horselords. Her eyes tear up as she rereads the book. Suddenly, the brakes and they come to a halt. There is a commotion outside and when the wagon door is thrown open, the prisoners are greeted with the smell of sea air. [for this game, Safia played the part of Aruncus; Kothgar, Fat Canon; Dime, Willam] The captives are pulled from the wagon and tossed into cages, except for Canon, too weak to do anything. Aruncus, Fat Canon, and Willam try their best to get out of the cages but with no success. The vagabond travelers holding them captive take turns taunting the prisoners and abusing Canon. The Mysterious Woman then appears, revealing she is serving her Master, Loki. She states she no longer has a need for Fat Canon and Willam and infers their freedom. But, she refers to Aruncus as Canon's understudy. With that, the Woman and her henchman pull Canon up and force him to begin another incantation. Aruncus, Fat Canon, and Willam protest loudly from the cages. A vagabond traveler approaches. With a spell he kills Fat Canon, but Willam manages to escape. Aruncus watches on in horror as another portal opens. [January 27, 2019] The Horselords near the coast. They encounter a travel worn William, having escaped from the caravan. He warns the Riders of the perils ahead before they press onward. At the coast, they find another open portal, hellhounds and goblins, and the bloodied corpse of Fat Canon. After dispensing of the hellspawn, the Horselord revive Fat Canon. He shares that the Servant of Loki is forcing Canon to open portals and that Aruncus is another captive. Fat Canon runs off and the Horselords close another Hell portal. Open returning from the Limbo planes, the Horselords see a ship on the horizon flying the Flag of Shorembo. [no games February 3 and 10] [February 17, 2019] The Horselords board Shorembo's ship and are in pursuit of the Servant of Loki by sea. Rough waters slow their travels but they make their way to the shores of Roseberry. [February 24, 2019] [March 3, 2019] [no game March 10] [March 17, 2019] [no game March 24] [March 31, 2019] Aruncus and a weary Canon are roughly moved from the ship to the shore and loaded onto another wagon and hurriedly carted away. Canon falls to a heap on the floor and Aruncus cradles his head in her arms. "I can't do this again..." Canon says to Aruncus, "... it's going to kill me". Aruncus gently strokes his hair trying to offer comfort. She realizes her disdain for him has morphed into an understanding of the situation. Canon didn't intend to do harm to her or the Horselords but was manipulated into this situation, and now exploited by this Servant of Loki. She strokes his hair to offer comfort, "It will be alright... we'll get through this". Canon smiles weakly and falls asleep. Aruncus listens to sound of the wagon wheels pass hurriedly along the road. The wagon abruptly halts, the doors thrown open and Aruncus is blinded by the sunlight and smells the salty air of the ocean. The dwarf grabs Canon by the ankles and yanks him out of the wagon. "No!" Aruncus cries out, but her fight to hold the bard back is useless. The wagon door is shut and locked again. She hears the Servant of Loki berating Canon as she demands he opens another portal. Aruncus hears the sound of Canon being hit and kicked, but he does not read from the book. Things then go silent. Meanwhile, in a nearby town, an old woman sits down at her writing desk and begins a reply to a letter. Dear Mr. Locks, I want to express my appreciation for your nicely drawn image of Canon. Once again, you truly capture his spirit and the joy he brings to the world. I think it surpasses the others you have sent to me! I will display it with honor next to your other works at our Headquarters. Your artistic renderings continue to be popular with visitors. I wish you luck in getting tickets to Canon's upcoming book discussions. I hear they are proving to be quite popular. She continues with other platitudes, gossip, and a few bits of Canon-lore. She ends the note with her name and title, President of the International Canon Fan Club. The old woman then hangs the image on the wall next to the others from Mr Locks. The Horselords enter Barrydale and discover, to their surprise, the headquarters to Canon's Fan Club. The old woman greats them in the garden and invites them all in for a tour. There is the early works of Canon including childhood writings, rare images of Canon's boyhood, an impressive if not eclectic collection of fan art, and Canon's boyhood bedroom! The old woman is Canon's mother and the headquarters is his childhood home. And, the old woman reveals his name isn't actually Canon but.... Ralph Piorkoski. As the Horselords ponder the name, shouts are heard from outside. The Riders rush to discover Canon's unconscious body has been discarded from the back of a wagon outside the gates of town. It was last seen heading across the farmland. As the Horselords prepare chase, Zamboni appears to remove the original enchantment he placed on Canon to mask the writing and details of the Horselords. In conversation, the Horselords reveal to Zamboni that Aruncus is still in the hands of the Servant of Loki, which draws dire concern from Zamboni. He urges them to get to Aruncus before she is forced to open a portal! With this, the Horselords follows the trail of the wagon to the Mouth of the Misty Blue River. It is too late! Aruncus lies in a coma having been forced to open a portal. The Servant of Loki watches as the Horselords have battle with the wagon driver and demons. The Horselords defeat the Servant of Loki, but are unable to revive Aruncus as her soul is now bound to the Plane of Hell. In an attempt to rescue her, they enter and find themselves not in limbo as previously, but deep into the 9th Circle of Hell! The Horselords battle demon after demon... they keep coming! From above, Zamboni reaches across the plane to rescue everyone and is able to pull Dime and Kothgar back to the world. The Magic within the Horselords keeps them bound and he is unable to rescue them. The Horselords are trapped in Hell. Epilogue POV: Dime [April 7, 2019] [April 21, 2019] [April 28, 2019] [May 5, 2019] Time passed in a blink of an eye. Time dragged on for eternity. Aruncus saw Dime and Kothgar pulled from Hell as the demons swarmed them. She looked to the sky, drawn by its power as if someone was calling her name but the owner of the voice could not be seen. The silence was deafening. The roar was painful. She fought. They fought. When one Hellgoblin would fall two more would take its place. She was excited. She was exhausted. The battle never ended. Yet they fought on and on and on. The light was blinding. The light was warm. Was that something different? Did the monotony change? Was that a familiar face? Was that a friendly hand? She was lead forward and out of Hell. Shew awakes safely in camp. [no game May 12] ***************************************** ***************************************** ***************************************** *****************************************
  4. [September 9, 2018] The 4 Steinhammers make their way down the ramp from the Historic District Park. The Mysterious Woman and 3 gypsy travelers watch on. *Gypsy traveler, exotic accent* Seems we are not the only one looking for the bard. *Mysterious woman with warm smile* No, no we are not.... make sure our guests are.... comfortable. I wouldn't want anything unfortunate to happen to them.
  5. [in the alley in the south end of Annakol City, a bard hits the ground a loud thump.] Fat Canon: *sweating and looking up at the bathroom window he just scaled out* Ugh... I should not have ate that Groo before going on.... Gypsy Traveler: *exotic accent* Good evening sir... Perhaps I can have a word with you? FC: Uh.... now, isn't a really good time... *holds his stomach* GT: Oh, Yes it is... *Darkness is cast and the Canon impersonator is hoisted into a nearby wagon and carted away* *A loud flushing sound echoes out of the bathroom window*
  6. [Later that evening after the book club at the Feisty Chicken] *the Mysterious Woman with the warm smile knocks on the door to Ludmilla's House of Waxworks* *Willem, the manservant, carrying a tray of tea for Ludmilla's night cap, answers the door* W: Good evening. I was not expecting to see you again so soon. MW: *coos* I really enjoyed your views on the book earlier this evening. I was hoping to further our conversation. W: *slight blush* This really isn't the best of times.... *glancing to the tray* MW: Oh, but it is... *pulls back her hood to reveal her warm smile paired with cold eyes* *Darkness is cast and 3 pairs of rough hands grab the manservant and pull him out the door. The tray of tea crashes to the ground and is all that is left when the darkness dissipates* *Ludmilla calls out from her reading room*: Villem! Vhere is my tea!
  7. Chapter 2 Game Schedule (Tentative) 7pm to 9pm Central Time June 5: Chapter start (please log in by 6:30 for gear) June 10: June 17: DM will be returning from a conference this day- Tentative June 24: No DM (out of town) Feel free to RP in the Starship Horselord as the Aruncus 5000 is offline for an update. July 1: July 8: DM will be returning from a long weekend with parents. He WILL need to kill something this night. July 15: July 22: DM will be returning from Chicago... Feel free to RP in the Starship Horselord as the Aruncus 5000 is offline for an update. July 29: Chapter end Due to personal commitments, the 6 games for chapter 2 will likely be scattered over the months of June and July. Nights I'm unable to make it I will let others PA lead and you are free to RP in the Starship Horselord.
  8. Aruncus picks up The Book— it’s now how she refers to it — and again opens it. How can it be any worse? She flips to the next section and begins to read aloud. Chapter 2: Horselords and the Guardians of the Star Trek Galactica. A long, long time ago in a galaxy really, really far away the Starship Horselord 1 sets off on its maiden voyage to explore the multiverse. Equipped with the most stately state-of-the-art AI technology, the Aruncus 5000, the highly trained crew has set off to go where no humanoid has gone before. Our story begins with the crew receiving a distress signal from a nearby planet…
  9. With new players popping on, some of us server relics thought we would reintroduce ourselves to all the new comers. I am Mike. You can see me log on under mkmddx and appear as DM Mykkal, the Druid Mykkal, the bard Canon, as well as a number of other characters. I’m based out of Madison, WI (Central time zone, same as Chicago). I usually run a Sunday night campaign, typically Horselords. I like epic battles with with strong role play. As a player, I steer away from front line meat shields and prefer support positions in the party. I first logged into Realms of Annakolia in July 2005. I’ve made some great friends here over the decade and have managed to meet a few of you in real life! I have two bits of advice for new players. First, keep it simple! Don’t worry about a long, complicated back story with your character. As a DM, I don’t know nor care. Live in the moment and have your story develop as you play. Second, get involved in DM games and get to know us. Of course, we are evil and are trying to kill you. But, isn’t that why you are here?
  10. Aruncus picks up The Book— it’s now how she refers to it — and again opens it. How can it be any worse? She flips to the next section and begins to read aloud. Chapter 2: Horselords and the Guardians of the Star Trek Galactica. A long, long time ago in a galaxy really, really far away the Starship Horselord 1 sets off on its maiden voyage to explore the multiverse. Equipped with the most stately state-of-the-art AI technology, the Aruncus 5000, the highly trained crew has set off to go where no humanoid has gone before. Our story begins with the crew receiving a distress signal from a nearby planet…
  11. I'm game, depending on the campaign schedule. As you have noticed, I'm not a night owl but could make it past 9pm Central once a week if need be.
  12. CHAPTER 2: Rules (still under development) For the entirety of Chapter 2, players will be required to use items provided in game ONLY and the following starter gear: Adventuer's Warming Cloak (can be modified in appearance, but colors should be limited to basic red, blue, green, and yellow) Boots of Speed Belt of Guiding Light Any helm +1 and modified to be the types used in Horselords. More information will be provided. Character Types: (to be assigned) Captain (Kirk, Picard, and similar) #1 (Spock, the guy with the beard) Communication Officer Engineering Medical List to be expanded upon....
  13. Aruncus settles by the fire with the book. She opens the cover and turns the pages to the first chapter. Here eyes move across the first paragraph and into the second. As she reads, her brow begins to tighten. She pauses and looks down at her modest brown dress. A concerned look appears on her face. She returns to the book and rereads a few sentences. She looks back down at her dress and then back to the book. Her brow furrows with rage and she yells, My neckline does NOT plunge and my bosom does NOT spill forth!! Angered, she continues reading.
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