1628, Sea Season
Some of Rushes to Battle’s cronies
Some Storm Bulls that Rajar picked up in a pub well OK a temple really
Some Humakti that Berra commandeered also from a temple
Maalira began in Pavis and made her way to the Straw Weaver Beesons.1GM failed pronunciation. En route, she encountered a group of Impala Riders who tried to take her hostage. They changed their minds when they found out that she was a White Lady and offered to help her find her tribe if she healed an injured impala2The animal, not the rider. at their camp. She healed the impala and the leader of the riders tried to convince her to let him keep her or take her hostage. They took her to the Straw Weaver camp.
Rajar and Xenofos were on guard duty. The Storm Bull was singing and drinking kumiss, but Xenofos spotted an incoming dust cloud. Rajar sounded the alarm despite being certain he and Xenofos could take them. As the dust clouds drew closer, it became clear that they were a swarm of Impala Riders. Rajar decided to get some companions, leaving Xenofos alone to negotiate.
In his efforts to be courteous, Xenofos invited the Impalas to come get some, adding that he owned a fine harem of Morokanth.3Fumbled communication roll. The rider took the first shot, but his arrow bounced off Xenofos’ armour. Maalira heard the beginning of the conflict and decided she’d best pick up the pace.
Rajar heard the shouting and charged back. Things were not going particularly well back where Xenofos and the Impala rider were facing off. At the same time, Maalira tried to intervene by explaining that Xenofos didn’t speak Praxian. Rajar was recognised as negotiations proceeded. Based on this, and on the fact that Rushes to Battle might be in the area, Gallaf decided to move the clan closer to the Paps.
The Praxians safely made it to Boldhome, where they met up with Berra and Varanis. Berra had taken the chance while waiting for them to pay Rondrik’s son and the gate guards to keep an eye out, as a way of passing money to the gate guards. There was a lot of blethering, a tour of the new house where Maalira and Rajar were mildly horrified by Varanis’ attempt to make them a Praxian themed room, but neither of them reckoned it was so bad it was insulting.
They made for Blue Tree, accompanied by a couple of Storm Bull warriors that Rajar picked up. The village had a lot of added fortification in the form of earthworks. At the village, Berra hired three Humakti to join the party.
At Jonstown, Maalira visited the hospital and Xenofos the Library. Rajar took his Storm Buddies to the baths and threw them in, after which he took them on a pub crawl. Varanis paid her respects to Orngerin, the City Rex. Berra and her Humakti did her best to make sure that both Varanis and baby Berra were under guard, with brief visits for each to the Humakti Temple.
On the way out of the city, they passed Gunda riding in. Berra noted her to her friends as the biggest trouble in the city except maybe Sarostip, and Rajar lifted a hand in greeting. Gunda was very unimpressed, even when Rajar offered her beer. Berra piped up that he was with her, and told Rajar to move along, they were on a job.
En route to Clearwine, they discovered a sign warning that the road was out and a detour. Xenofos determined that the sign was made by a duck writing phonetically, and everyone immediately guessed at Devolin. They ignored the sign and came across a puddle in the road. Rajar decided to cross it, at which point he discovered that the puddle was deep enough to bathe both him and his bison. The others opted to ride around. Berra, to her joy and horror, blurted out that they were in the Hero Wars now and that meant that stories were entwined and THAT was why they would keep meeting him.
At last, they reached Clearwine and Varanis had Xenofos introduce them at the gate. A guide was offered, and they accepted, although they stopped for food and a night at the White Grape to freshen up and not surprise King Leika with their arrival.
“Xenofos, the civilisedest civilised person ever to civilise, is now an adopted Bison.” – Berra
“… Pavis, most magnificent city in Glorantha.” – GM
<<distrustful expression>> – Maalira
“The straw wyvern beaters…” – Berra
“I’m not going to fake my roll just to make you happy!” – Maalira
“Behave.” – Maalira
“Always.” – GM
“Behave well.” – Maalira
“You didn’t say that…” – GM
“…high chaparral…” – GM
“The ground’s smoking?” – Berra
“I’m going to have to sleep sometime or else I might fall of my bison. Fall of more than usual.” – Maalira
“I swear to god, dice…” – Maalira
“The impala stops trying to kick you…” – GM
“And so does the beast.” – Maalira
“You out of practice or something?” – Impala rider
“Yes, very out of practice. Very out of practice at this.” – Maalira
“We’ll show you to where your tribe’s camped. I don’t suppose you want to change out of the white robes so we can take you hostage?” – Impala rider
“Maalira’s about as short as a bison rider can be.” – Berra
“Berra feels happy around her.” – Berra
“We should tell someone. But there’s two of us here, so we obviously outnumber them.” – Rajar
“Buzz-trumpet is a ruder word than it should be.” – Berra
“That’s what we call stealth. There’s a bush over there. We’re nearly behind it.” – Rajar
“You’re the one who pulled the ‘cannot wash your hands in a buffalo’ line, Berra.” – GM
“Yesterday we had someone who washed his hands in a tusk rider. It was particularly yucky.” – Berra
“Fumbled Search roll.” – Berra
“Maybe he’s learned something from the time we met Rushes to Battle and he lost Billy.” – Xenofos
“Well, the last time we were together, you shouted Charge.” – Rajar
“fumble lore prax” – Xenofos
“Can I be helpful?” – Berra
<<horrified expressions>> – everyone else
<<is helpful>> – Berra
<<much headshaking and disappointment>> – Maalira
“The laddie doth protest too much, methinks.” – Berra
“Time for me to do a Ride Bison roll.” – Xenofos
“What are you doing? Charging?” – GM
“Apparently I’m discussing with the bison about moving…” – Xenofos
“She knows Xenofos, although it’s unlikely he’d ever be on a bison, so it can’t be him.” – Berra
“Apparently someone over there doesn’t find morokanth attractive…” – GM
“…okay…” – Rajar
“Is this the tribal idiot or something?” – Impala Rider
“Yes!” – Rajar
“Give me a charm roll, or an intimidate, if you want to take that tack with the Big Man.” – GM
“”So we all went to Boldhome.”” – Berra
“Scan rolls, all of you…. Not you, Berra. Those of you who are travelling through Prax.” – GM
“I’m very lost, OK?” – Berra
“You’re lost because you got drunk with Tennebris, Berra.” – Varanis
“Oh god. Did I do anything that would annoy the High Sword while I was drunk?” – Berra
“I know what I did while I was sober.” – Berra
“Yes. Varanis might even tell you.” – Varanis
“… Alright. Anything I need to apologise for?” – Berra
“Probably best not to speak of it. Ever. Maybe he’ll forget.” – Varanis
“He doesn’t. You know he doesn’t.” – Berra
“It’s confusing people” – Berra, looking delighted
“Maalira salutes Rajar silently with her drink and keeps drinking” – Maalira
“Could the Praxians make a Culture (Prax) lore?” – GM
“Is that a Customs (Shock) roll?” – Berra
“Yes.” – GM
“Kalis was generous with the bounty of Ernalda.” – Berra
<<looks at Varanis>> – Xenofos
“Maalira, have you ever been here before? The Blue Tree?” – GM
“Yes. There were shenanigans.” – Maalira
“Berra the TEEEEEEEEEEEENY is loud. Although what she’s shouting about is hard to understand.” – Berra
“There’s a Humakti Temple here too. The Malani can fanboysquee at Sarostip.” – Berra
“But not all at once, and he’s not allowed to talk to MiniBerra. He’s got previous.” – Berra
“Can we bio-break shortly, now we’ve reached the plot?” – Berra
“Why do I feel this is a trap?” – Maalira
“It is a bloody trap.” – Xenofos
“Berra’s relaxed. Gunda’s no threat, because we’re breathing.” – Berra
“It helps to be a fundamentalist berserker with a totally ambivalent attitude to personal survival in situations like this.” – Rajar
“Do you want me to be your herald, Varanis, or do you want to avoid battle?” – Xenofos
- 1GM failed pronunciation.
- 2The animal, not the rider.
- 3Fumbled communication roll.