Who Trolls the Trolls?

Session 4.03

1629, Sea Season, Disorder Week, Windsday through to Fireday

Dramatis Personae

PCs

Berra
Irillo
Lenta
Mellia
Varanis

NPCs

Salid and various guards
Jenr the Knowing
Cousin Rik
Tyr
An un-named Argan Argar troll
Kozang, Chief of the Sazdorf Trolls
Half a bison warrior
A gorp

Events

Varanis had a nightmare whilst sleeping in a private room at the Nunnery. Berra barged in and bullied her into going for a walk and a drink of water. Lenta was also woken, but she allowed herself to be brushed off. When Varanis headed back to bed, Berra insisted on staying on guard.

In the morning, no one said anything, though Jenr made it clear that she knew and was available if needed.

Breakfast had something for everyone, though Jenr warned against eating Rik’s mushroom broth. Mellia asked about how to find and negotiate with the nearby trolls, who were located at the Haunted Ruins. Jenr advised that they bring gifts.

Some discussions occurred over breakfast about how to proceed with things. It is decided that they go forward as a trade caravan. Salid recommended that they should arrive at dusk.

(Varanis obtained some herbs for sleeping from both Jenr and Rik. Rik’s are meant to be used with extreme caution and not around trolls.)

At Beasts Gather, no one wanted to help guide them to the Haunted Ruins. Berra asked for advice and then made a plan that put her in point, while Varanis stayed with the caravan. Varanis was told to take command if Berra got eaten. Irillo acquired some meat to bring as gifts to the trolls.

As they rode to the Haunted Ruins, the lands were looking like they were in the bloom of spring. Here and there, they spot dog-sized beetles flying up to carry messages. Irillo announced himself to one of the briar patches. There was no open acknowledgement.

The landscape was beautiful, but many of the party noticed that they were being followed by someone well-hidden. 

They were greeted by a large, scarred trollkin. Berra greeted him and passed along the conversation to Mellia, who mangled a greeting. Then Irillo stepped up and had Salid do the talking. The trollkin left to fetch a large troll, who came out looking very Argan Argar looking.

The large troll, Irillo, and Mellia talked and the troll decided to take them to the place of talking. They were brought to a large cave entrance. The troll offered to make sure their mounts wouldn’t be eaten. Irillo left most of the guards behind, but brought Salid. 

Varanis climbed the wall they came to and rigged up a sling to haul up Mellia and Irillo’s goods, plus made it easier for the others to climb. 

They were brought into a sort of receiving chamber, where they were greeted by a pair of Humakti trolls. The chief of the trolls greeted them and then sat in a huge chair, which led to everyone being more than a little bit confused. Irillo made a pretty speech and was told that the chief of the Sazdorf would be happy to talk more after receiving his gifts. Irillo presented various yummy things. When the gifts were deemed acceptable, he said that he would be willing to listen to Mellia.

Mellia asked for safe passage to and from a spirit of Chalana Arroy and said that she hoped the spirit would come back to be a wyter. Kozang, the chief, said that he knows of a likely spirit and that he could provide safe passage through their lands, but that was as far as he could go. He asked why he should do so and Mellia told him her story.

The chieftain and his beetle wandered away for a while. During this time, Berra and the Humakti trolls talked for a bit and she offered to help introduce them to one of the nearby Humakti temples.

When Kozang returned, he told them that what he wanted was for them to get him magic from the Six Hags. (A magic for meat preservation.) Irillo asked about some mushrooms that Rik was after and Kozang agreed to trade with Irillo. 

When they returned to their mounts, it was to find three cave trolls lurking, but they left quickly enough.They got some directions to a safe area to camp from the floppy hat trader. During the night, Varanis woke from another nightmare. 

They were watched through the night by various trolls and trollkin. The remainder of the watch was handled by Varanis and Salid.

They returned to Beasts Gather. En route, Varanis was dozing on horseback. Lenta and Berra spotted some vultures circling ahead. As they rode closer, they realised that it was a dead bison and a person trapped under it. Berra cast Detect Enemies and the thing under the bison lit up.

Irillo cast disrupt, which caused the creature inside the bison to come out to attack him. Varanis lightning-blasted it, Berra hit it with something, and Tyr stuck a javelin into it after racing towards the creature with more speed than anyone else felt comfortable about. 

Berra prepared the corpse while Irillo looted the bison.

From there, they returned once more to Beasts Gather.

“Oh… tea steeps better if you pour the boiling water over the leaves.” – Varanis

“I was just about to grab my knitting when I realised that I’m likely taking notes again. Which led me to remember that I forgot to post the last sessions. I should be fired.” – Varanis
“… If we fire you, do we have to do the work?” – Berra
“I was just trying to work out how to basically say that in an entertaining manner, but Berra beat me to it.” – GM2

“I promise you I THINK I am muted.” – Berra
“And yet you are not.” – GM2
“I know, right?” – Berra

“Berra’s going to be in the communal area.” – Berra
“Sleeping deeply. If for about 4 hours.” – Berra

“Crap maps are our stock in trade.” – Berra

“Too bad Xenofos is not here for the architecture…” – Lenta
“It’s amazing EWF carvings, he might not leave” – GM1

“Can I have a First Aid tick? It may not have been necessary.” – Berra
“You can indeed.” – GM2
“YAY!” – Berra
“I like this GM… Nicer then I am.” – Berra
“Yeah, this one’s a soft touch.” – GM2

“rqg_heroes thread has such gems as ‘if you press Enter, the entire form will reset’. I dealt with that one.” – Berra
“Important, as pressing Enter on the stats was one way of recalculating the sheet.” – Berra

“nodding ooc with camera off is so useful” – Lenta

“Dripping hunks of meat are not actually Berra’s thing.” – Berra

“Is Varanis eating?” – Lenta
“Somewhat. Enough to be polite.” – Varanis

“Cousin Rik has made a special mushroom broth for breakfast….” – GM1
“Does it have vegetables in?” – Berra
“And why is Jeny saying not to eat it.” – Berra

“I’m OK with eating sentient mushrooms.” – Berra

“Berra keeps on baring her teeth at Salid. She looks like she means it.” – Berra

“I was going to pause and think about that, but luckily, Dom and Berra were already saying no.” – GM

“Jenyr? Jenr? Spelling?” – Varanis
“Jenyr I believe” – GM1
“I thought it was Jenr.” – GM2
“And I’m Queen.” – GM2
“Jenr the Knowing it is!” – Berra

“They’re the cost of doing harmony.” – Irillo

“Half a day. About.” – Berra
“Depends if you’re charging down there after Praxians, I guess.” – Berra
“Or if the Praxians are chasing you back.” – Berra
“And the season.” – Berra

“If they have any of the dried white speckledy mushrooms, that would be good.” – Rik

“That’s the sort of thing we can pay in cash for.” – Berra
“‘We’.” – Irillo

“Lenta lets the taxidriver know she is doing wonderful job” – Lenta
“That makes her very happy and she offers to try and go faster for you!” – GM2

“Fail Scan – such pretty flowers.” – Lenta

fumbled tradetalk – Berra
“Did he just tell them to come at him?” – Berra

“The briarpatch vibrates in a friendly way.” – GM
“I mean, I can deal with that, but there are a lot of briar patches.” – Berra

“Pretty flowers… 32 on scan of 30” – Lenta

“Snowman?” – Varanis
“Berra mimes having six breasts and points to Mellia.” – Berra
“And shows lots of respect by moving away a little.” – Berra
“The mime that Irillo gets is some spear stabbing and then three fingers held up.” – Berra

“Berra does the mime thing again, just quickly.” – Berra
“Humakti has spear to hand.” – Berra
“Casual-like.” – Berra

“Varanis is openly wearing iron. Because … Varanis.” – Varanis
“Always the diplomat.” – Lenta
“Does she even know how much trolls abhore iron?” – Lenta
“Nope. I checked my troll lore.” – Varanis

“Yeees, attempting to guilt Berra.” – Dom

“Maybe glowing mushrooms are part of Dormal’s secret…” – Varanis
“Mushrooms have a flared base, if it’s the right species.” – Berra

“One Humakti, plus Salid, and short scary Humakti.” – Irillo
tries to look nice – Berra

“Berra’s happy to tell the other Humakti to do the muscle work.” – Berra

“Clan name in writing please.” – Varanis
“Sazdord” – GM2
“Sazdof?” – Lenta
“Szazdorf?” – Berra
“Argh. Sazdorf.” – GM2

Berra mutters to Irillo, “You could tell him that the mustard’s from a shama… oh never mind he’s talking.”

“Berra’s looking like she has Stuff To Say. And doesn’t.” – Berra

strokes his tusks – troll boss” – Berra
“Berra rolls out her shoulders a bit.” – Berra

“The troolkin returns with a small bucket of ….er…looks meal worms” – GM1
“NOM NOM NOM <<<Boss troll eats as he listens” – GM1

“The wolves have gone from the North, mostly.” – troll boss
takes notes – Berra

“Mellia, could you be wonderful, and tell me which of these drinks are compatible with human life?” – Irillo

When Lenta gets closer to the trolls, Berra is there making sure of being in the area.

“Just THINK of Eril’s face if you initiate either of these…” – Irillo
“Am.” – Berra
“I was thinking of that.” – Varanis

“Are they able to see that Berra is a Wyter priest of sorts?” – Varanis

“I would never join a club that would have me as a dismembered.” Groucho Saiciae/Irillo

“Berra looks thoughtful, and is apparently counting things up on her fingers, just not actually using her fingers.” – Berra
“Tasty horses?” – Berra
“Oh, HERD.” – Berra

“And if you have food that lasts longer, there will be less need for you to hunt the tasty horses.” – Irillo
“Yes! Tell them that!” – troll boss

“What time is it?” – Berra
“21:35.” – GM
“I meant in-character…” – Berra

“Salid, you know how you recently fucked up being on watch?” – Berra
“Maybe?” – Salid
“Fancy trying again?” – Berra

“We won’t do anything too major without you. xoxox” – GM2
“….just a tinysmall ambush? Right? 😄” – GM2

“Berra’s cutely asleep and does not wake up.” – Berra
“Awww. I have fumbled.” – Berra

When Lenta goes to sleep, Varanis doesn’t wake the next person on watch. She just takes the rest of the night with Salid.
“Will Berra find out about that?” – Berra

“For the record, I am currently dismounted.” – Berra
“As I fight best on the ground.” – Berra

“Lightning sets things on fire if they are dry… hadn’t thought about that.” – Varanis

“NO! STAY BACK!” – Berra
“&c.” – Berra
“Berra is yelling for Tyr to get back.” – Berra
“Tyr!” Varanis yells.
“Is this what it’s like dealing with me?” Varanis asks the air.
“No, no. You also don’t say how you’re feeling.” – Berra

“What was that?” – Varanis
“A splitch. Well known chaos creature.” Tyr looks like she might even believe what she’s saying.” – GM2

“And Varanis will attempt to stay up and worship.” – Varanis
“Is she just too afraid to go to sleep?” – Lenta
“Maaaaaybe.” – Varanis

“Gorp attack with acid hugs.” – Berra
“Disrupt the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure” – Irillo