I meant to do laundry before going off to do things, but failed.
* * *
Because my brain is small and narrow, I only got five books at the
library book sale. Still, two of them are sort of like research for
There was some spazzing around, but not too much, so we departed in a
timely fashion. On the other hand, it was very hot, there were five
people in the car, and traffic sucked, so it wasn't really the best
expedition we've ever undertaken.
Ayse and I got hungry halfway there, so we made Ken drive through an
In'n'Out and let us buy burgers. I now understand about In'n'Out, to
which I had not previously been exposed!
Late as traffic made us, it made Harold and his sweetie Chris later,
so we had some vague sort of moral high ground. This was not enough to
make gaming start before 15:00, however. :(
Amazon Quintet of Justice VIId: "The Road Ahead!"
Nothing is waiting to ambush the Quintet when they emerge from their
camping dimension, so they make their way out of the temple complex. When
they pass one point near the exit, the roof of the complex disappears,
along with the entire bulk of the hill above that point. This is
confusing, but not as alarming as the vulture-demon and squad of undead
lurking just outside.
Having handily defeated the first hit squad, the Amazons head back for
Tigris. Gabrielle experiments with her new harp, which clearly does
something, but no one can tell quite what.
That evening, as Amaryllis is standing watch, shadowy forms rise up
out of the earth and attack! Amaryllis dupes the vampire who thinks it
is mind-controlling her and gets all the undead grouped to fit within a
cone of cold, which is a good start to the fight that then breaks out.
Most of the Amazons are afflicted by various evil powers, but the undead
are nevertheless defeated, and Fresa fixes everyone up.
That seems to be the last of this batch of monsters, and Our Heroines
reach Tigris without further incident.
In their absence, alas, Hrogarth has been spreading word about the
coming Armageddon and generally rousing the rabble, which doesn't much
please the rulers of the city. Hrogarth, in turn, is displeased by the
Amazons not handing over the harp; what kind of feeble excuse is "We
have to save the world" anyway?
Dwayne reports to Alyra that the existing power blocs in the city are
not inclined to support any wars. Since Avalon's previous troubles
were a direct result of its allies abandoning it, this is probably a bad
Princess Lisbet sends a maid to bring Amaryllis, Alyra, and Marika to
a secret midnight meeting, where she expresses her support for saving
world. After some discussion, the plan formed is for Lisbet to stay in
Tigris, alert for opportunities to lobby her siblings, while the Amazons
travel to the four other remnant kingdoms of Avalon's allies, gathering
the remaining artifacts and trying to drum up support. Lisbet gives them
letters of introduction to people she believes will be sympathetic, and
agrees to host the gathering of emissaries from kingdoms that favor
saving the world.
* * *
That is about as far as we got, between starting way late and having
to dissolve into a mass of still-born dinner plans. We ended up with
Chinese delivery instead of sit-down at Claim Jumpers, sniff.
This Chris person seems to be okay. We are tentatively prepared to
let Harold keep her.
Ken may have sucked Al into Exalted. I suppose I will
have to die in a deep deep pit.
* * *
To no one's great surprise, I stayed up after we got home to play
more KoL. Kithug finally got all the parts of the pirate disguise, and
managed to hork a lot of meat from the pirates, but they got him so
drunk he passed out with quite a few adventures unspent. Well, it's not
like they disappear, at least not quickly.
I have made one of the items required for the Hey Deze map quest, but
I don't know where to get the components for the others. Still no idea
on the Orc Chasm.