Friday, 10 June 2011

King Slayer: The story so far - Votes 1-14

You pull on the reins, slowing Windmane to a canter. In the west, the forest. In the east, the coast. In the north, the army. Which way?

King Slayer vote no.1: will you go west #trpg1a east #trpg1b or north #trpg1c ? Cast your vote now!

King Slayer Vote no.1 is now closed! The winning choice was 'West' #trpg1a - we're heading into the forest! 2nd vote on its way shortly!

- x -

Spurring your steed onwards, you depart into the west. You travel throughout the day, reaching the edge of Lane's forest at dusk falls.

King Slayer Vote no.2: will you continue into the forest = #trpg2a or set up camp and rest for the night = #trpg2b ? Place your vote now!

King Slayer Vote no.2 is now closed! We have a tied vote, so has been called in to decide - the winner is 'rest' #trpg2b !

- x -

You find a suitable spot to camp on the shore of a nearby lake. An undisturbed night of sleep leaves you refreshed and ready to continue.

Mounting your steed, you ride onwards, along the edge of the forest. You see a village in the distance, farmers tending the crops.

King Slayer Vote no.3: will you avoid the village and head into the forest = #trpg3a or ride into the village = #trpg3b ? Make your choice!

King Slayer Vote no.3 is now closed. It's quite unequivocal - we're going into the village! #trpg3b

- x -

As you near the fields, the farm workers drop their tools & scurry away in the village, hiding in the houses. You continue warily.

A man approaches you as you dismount at the village edge. A big tree of a fellow with a shaggy beard, he carries a vicious-looking poleaxe.

"State your purpose," he barks. "I'm travelling north," you reply. "I'm tasked with hunting a rare beast." The man stares silently.

He lowers his axe. "You seem truthful. Outlaws struck our village last night, taking a boy, but I can't leave to hunt them. Can you help?"

King Slayer Vote no.4: will you help the villagers = #trpg4a or continue your journey = #trpg4b ? It's your decision.

King Slayer Vote no.4 is now closed: the winning choice was 'help the villagers' #trpg4a !

- x -

Gordos, the village guardian, shows you where the outlaws ran back into the forest. You leave Windmane behind, entering the trees on foot.

As you travel stealthily thru the woods, the outlaws are easy to track, having left a careless trail of cracked twigs & flattened grass.

You see their camp in the distance, three rough men sat around a fire. The boy is tied to tree - he looks terrified but unharmed.

You silently creep closer. The outlaws [low threat] are completely unaware of your presence, talking & eating. You prepare to strike.

King Slayer Vote no.5: will you use your bow (-3 arrows) = #trpg5a or attack with your sword = #trpg5b ?

King Slayer Vote no.5 is now closed: you're fighting close-range! #trpg5b

- x -

You leap into the midst of the men, slashing at the nearest outlaw. He instinctively dodges aside, evading your strike.

The outlaws grab their weapons but you are too quick - their blows miss you.

You attack the nearest opponent, slashing across his arm [-5 HP].

He lashes back out, catching you with a glancing blow [-2 HP 14/16].

The second outlaw manages to strike you, but his weak attack doesn't damage you. The third man's attack misses.

You plunge your blade through the first man, felling him viciously [opponent dead].

Screaming with rage, the other outlaws attack clumsily. You easily evade them.

Unleashing a strong stab, you cut into the second man [-7 HP].

Rolling away, you move fluidly past the men's strikes.

Leaping back towards your opponents, you slash across the second outlaw's midriff. He falls to the ground. [opponent dead].

His companion lunges at you - you dodge his attack.

Your blade strikes the third man's shoulder - he roars with pain [-7 HP].

The final outlaw surprises you with a strong attack, cutting your leg [-4 HP 10/16].

Your returning strike ploughs through the man, killing him instantly [opponent dead].

King Slayer Vote no.6: use provisions = #trpg6a or do not use provisions = #trpg6b ? [HP: 10/16]

King Slayer Vote no.6 is now closed: the winning choice was 'do not use provisions'. #trpg6b

- x -

You gently lead the frightened boy back to the village. The people greet you joyfully, the boy's parents embracing him, tears running down.

"Good job, friend," booms Gordos, slapping you on the back. "Let us feed you & dress those wounds - as payment for your service."

King Slayer Vote no.7: will you accept the villager's offer = #trpg7a or continue on your way = #trpg7b ?

King Slayer Vote no.7 is now closed. The result: you all want something to eat - 'rest at the village' wins! #trpg7a

- x -

You enjoy a homely meal at the boy's house [HP restored, +1 base HP]. Gordos queries your purpose in the north - you evade the question.

A breathless man bursts in through the door. He waves a scrap of paper in his hand - a bird's message. "The Skavs - they've taken Herran."

"What?" shouts Gordos incredulously. You grab your kit. You need to get to Herran fast - before sneaking in is impossible.

"Wait," growls Gordos. You stop. "We're not as stupid as we look," he says. "You've a purpose with the Skavs. Let us help you again."

King Slayer Vote no.8: will you accept Gordos' help = #trpg8a or make your own way into the city of Herran = #trpg8b ?

King Slayer Vote no.8 is now closed: the winning choice was "accept Gordos' help." #trpg8a

- x -

The villagers pack a horse-drawn cart full of grain & food, hiding you within the supplies. You set out on the road towards Herran.

After an uncomfortable day's ride amongst the sacks, you reach the city. You peek out - Herran looks undamaged, the people must have fled.

The cart's driver pleads with the soldiers at the gate to accept the food as a peace offering. The guards mock him, but eventually relent.

The cart is left in store courtyard - the driver leaves. When you are sure you are alone, you climb out, preparing to sneak thru the city.

King Slayer Vote no.9: will you wait for the cover of darkness = #trpg9a or try to find a disguise = #trpg9b ?

King Slayer Vote no.9 is now closed - the winning choice was 'wait for the cover of darkness.' #trpg9a

- x -

Night has fallen. You creep out onto the deserted street, the sound of Skavian soldiers echoing around the city. Which way to go?

King Slayer Vote no.10 is now opening: will you got thru the marketplace = #trpg10a or go thru the living quarters = #trpg10b ? You decide!

King Slayer Vote no.10 is now closed: it's off to the marketplace! #trpg10a

- x -

Sticking to the shadows, you make your way onwards. As you enter the market square, a platoon of soldiers march in opposite [test SPD].

[test SPD = success] You duck behind an empty stall. The soldiers are unaware. You sneak back the way you came, towards the living quarters.

The streets outside the houses are littered with debris from the Skavian soldiers' looting. Most of the doors are smashed open.

King Slayer Vote no.11: will you take the streets = #trpg11a or make your way over the rooftops = #trpg11b ?

King Slayer Vote no.11 is now closed. It's time to climb the rooftops! #trpg11b

- x -

You enter the nearest house. The furniture inside has been strewn about, glass & splinters scattered on the floor.

As you approach the stairs, a soldier [low/moderate threat] enters the room from the a side door - he draws his sword: you'll have to fight.

King Slayer Vote no.12: will you use your bow [-1 arrow] = #trpg12a or attack with your sword = #trpg12b ?

King Slayer Vote no.12 is now closed: you're going with your strengths; 'use your bow' wins! #trpg12a

- x -

Your arrow strikes the soldier thru the heart - he falls to the ground, instantly dead. You climb the stairs to the top of the house.

You climb out of the window, hoisting yourself onto the roof. The city lies below you; which way to go?

King Slayer Vote no.13: will you head for the north gate = #trpg13a or head directly to the wall = #trpg13b ?

King Slayer Vote no.13 is now closed. 'Head to the outer wall' wins! #trpg13b

- x -

Jumping from roof to roof, you make your way towards the wall, careful not to attract the attention of the soldiers in the streets below.

You leap off the rooftop onto the outer wall of Herran. Peering over the edge, you look down at the sheer drop - too high to jump down.

"Oi!" You turn to see two soldiers [moderate threat] climbing the stairs onto the wall, swords drawn. You'll have to make this quick.

King Slayer Vote no.14: will you use your bow [-2 arrows] = #trpg14a or attack with your sword = #trpg14b ?

Updated: 10/6/11

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