[Ben's Group] Fish You Were Here?

Ela, Rynata, Tio and Max

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[Ben's Group] Fish You Were Here?

Postby Pegasus » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:43 pm

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Getting this lot organised was going to be akin to teaching a bunch of feral cats to swim in a synchronised fashion, Tom thought as he beamed in delight at them. "Righteo, then! Let's work this out." They didn't seem chatty, had to be said, and there might even be some bad feeling going on with them. Still, he looked at his colleagues, Ben and Jim and decided that he'd just do what he needed to do and make the decisions based on.. well, based on what was what and who seemed to express a preference.

It didn't take him long. He had a quick mind and was able to work it all out fairly easily. So, he glanced around and then nodded, his brain ticking over and then he spoke again. "Alright then.Three groups, as I said. In this group here with me, we are going to the Western side and I'm taking Amaris, Devin, Hookor, Mercedes and Kura." He nodded to them and motioned for them to go and stand together.

"Then, the central group, that's with Ben here, and is Ela, Rynata, Tio and Max." Again, he gestured, this time for Ben and his group to go over.. there. "Which just leaves Jim, off to the East and he's got Rowan, Genuvah, Sephira and Lavana." He nodded then and smiled. "Tally ho, on we go and let's sort this out. Thank you."

And so, they were put into groups.


"What I heard," said, Ben. "Is that it's all to do with the fish. They're the source of it. The fish are infected because of some alchemical something, the animals eat the fish, other animals eat the ones that ate the fish." Shrugging he added, "My old mother used to say, Immortals rest her soul, that all the weirdness here is all in the water. Turns out that she was right." He made a sign, a sort of "ward off evil" kind of sign. "Rules. Don't touch anything unless you have to. If it's funny lookin' kill it." Everything about him told the truth of it. He was entirely serious. "Right. Weapons at the ready, we're going in two boats."



This group were travelling by boat. There were five of them so, two in one boat and three in the other. They made their way, fairly easily at first although it was slow going because of the shallow nature of the river and the lack of experience in using a boat any of them, except Ben, had. Still, it wasn't tricky and Ben suggested that those without experience take turns to build up their skills.

They had been travelling for maybe a break when they were navigating around some very rocky areas. Up until this point, things had been perfectly normal and they would be forgiven for thinking that there was nothing at all different about the place. However, as they looked down they saw something very strange indeed. Fish. Lots of fish. Literally, thousands of them.

Now, that in and of itself was unusual in and of itself. What was really odd, however, was the fact that they were all sorts, sizes and colours of fish. If anyone knew such, there were fish that shouldn't be in this river, tiny fish that should be being eaten by the bigger ones. They were all wrong, too. Not one example that they saw of the teeming mass was the correct colour or size, yet their shape was fine. Weird.

As they watched, one of the fish hit against another one, as is the way of large numbers of fish swimming in different, apparently random directions - and the smaller one just... popped, black ooze spewing out from it.


Consequences this round:

Achievement: Not like when I were a wee thing! Unlocked: All pcs shared a story of their childhood and this will award them extra loot at the end!
Achievement: The moment it started, I knew it was trouble! Unlocked: All pcs explained how they got here and this will award them extra loot at the end!


Consequences:Negative Max did not choose Good, Better or Best (Must-Do Objective 4). She has earned the wrath of the Evil Clown Fish of Doom and will infer a negative consequence at the end of the thread.


Consequences: Positive:
  • Ela, Rynata and Tio were all 30% in agreement with the I Fish I Was Popular Fish in Must-Do Objective 4. They have earned the pleasure of the Good Fishes and will reap a positive consequence at the end of the thread.
  • Ela, Rynata and Tio completed all objectives, they will earn two positive consequences from the Good Fishes
  • Max completed both can-do objectives and will earn a positive consequence from the Good Fishes




Map : Map of Sweetwine Woods
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Race: Human
Most obvious attribute: Strength
Cautious
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Prefers an axe
Superstitious
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 ! Pegasus wrote:
This thread is now CLOSED
 ! The Rules wrote:
The rules for this thread are as follows:
  • I will post once a week, on Sunday. If you all post sooner, I might do the same, and then you'll have another week. I will post again on the 22nd April 2018
  • There is no posting order throughout this thread.
  • This thread has objectives (both stated and hidden) and Achievements. These will impact the thread itself and the consequences at the end.
  • One post each between mod posts.
  • Do not control the NPCs (that includes the Mysterious Fishes)
  • If you've got any questions, PM me.
  • We're going on the old "three strikes and you're out" school of thought.
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 ! Points to Note wrote:
This is a potentially high risk thread. Your pc might be maimed, scarred, psychologically damaged, forced into strange and weird situations, killed or even forced to stop and take a long, hard look at their lives.
This thread will have an impact on all of Scalvoris.
No animals, trees or imaginary friends were harmed in the creation of this thread.
These groups are now set. No moving, changing, slipping around, etc.
This thread structure and objectives, achievements etc are following a way of modding which was done by a very good friend, Straylor. All credit to him for the ideas.
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 ! Must Do Objectives This Round! wrote:
1. Your next post must be no more than 600 words (word count at the end please?)
2.Include a single item you see which seems out of place. Reward for the best one / most integrated in (not just "Oh, look, a hairbrush"). This item must be YELLOW
3.Suggest a use another group member may have for your item in Objective 2.
 ! Can Do Objectives This Round! wrote:
1. Start every sentence in your post with a vowel to unlock an achievement!
2. Ask a PC or NPC a painfully personal question and then share your character's own answer to that question IC.
Please note: these are optional objectives. You can do one, both or none of the above.
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[Ben's Group] Fish You Were Here?

Postby Rynata » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:33 am

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As her name was called out among a list of others, Rynata good-naturedly strolled over to the man who had been introduced as Ben. It seemed she would get her wish and would be tasked with the central route. In a moment, other group members joined the gathering. One of those that approached was a rather fierce looking woman. A closer look drew Rynata’s gaze to her striking blue eyes, and although they were reminiscent of Biqaj eyes, their color was in stasis and the hue was a tad colder. Another was a guarded dark haired beauty that Rynata recalled had introduced herself as Max. A face she recognized was also present, accompanied by an adorable but spiky looking forest critter. After enviously eyeing the animal, she greeted those who would be her companions for the trip.

“I’m Rynata,” she said nodding to the women and Ben. “I suppose we should get to work right away!”

Along the riverbank, Rynata spotted a flash of pale yellowamong the mundane river rocks. Approaching it revealed a conspicuously shaped piece of stone that must have served as a spearhead before it had been lost in some hunt. As she was no hunter, Rynata picked up the find and held it out to Ela, who, out of those gathered, seemed most accustomed to the woods. It would do more good in her possession than among Rynata's collection of odds and ends.

"If you'd like it," she offered the weapon part. "It could be useful if you hunt or fish."

As Ben laid out his rules, Rynata couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow. It was just that the rules didn’t seem all too pertinent in figuring out what was going on. Especially, the bit about "kill on sight". Academics back in Scalvoris would surely appreciate samples if the problem truly was some alchemical imbalance. Even so, she took the man's advice to heart. After all, it would be foolish to simply dismiss local superstition.

"I'd like to ask, Ben," she started. "Uh, your late mother, what was she like? And what made her so suspicious of the waters? I wondered, because my mother never put much stock in, well, whatever strangeness Immortals and the like get up to. All over Idalos, I bet you couldn't find a more pragmatic woman," Rynata chuckled.

Understanding that they would be traveling by boat, Rynata happily climbed aboard one of the vessels, situating herself toward the rear. It was tricky at first to grasp how to manage the boat, especially because there were shallows that they had to maneuver around. On top of that, a boat was quite different from handling the sloop that she was used to. It was much lighter and without any sails but that also meant that the craft was more unstable and finicky. Even so, Rynata had a sense for the flow of water and gradually, she was able to help steer without directing them toward any obstacles.

A little more used to the boat, Rynata could divert her attention to what was happening in the water. Apparently, they had wandered amidst a giant school of fish, each of varying color and size. If her fishing clan family were about, surely, they'd have a field day. As she watched however, one of fish suddenly burst, leaking an eerie black substance into the water around it.

"Erm. I don't think fish are supposed to do that, yes? I suggest we get closer and see if other fish react in the same way."

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[Ben's Group] Fish You Were Here?

Postby Ela Wolfsdotter » Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:30 pm

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"Oh my... you mean...it's the fish?" Ela muttered, looking to the man with a look of confusion.

Admittedly, the fish weren't what Ela originally thought could have caused this. It suddenly made sense. If she was a small, flying, rabid bunny - what would she eat? Usually, for bunnies, predators and prey were too big, but fish were perfect. A demon rabbit could feast on them and nothing would fight back, fish weren't very good at hunting flying rabbits, after all. Interrupting her thoughts was a young woman offering her a small stone, shaped like a spearhead.
Ela glanced to the spearhead that Rynata offered, taking it in her hand and raising a confused eyebrow. As she went to speak and mention that she had claws, meaning she had no use for weapons, her mind wondered an important question - what was the last gift she'd been given? Although Kura was often generous to the Mortalborn, Ela got very little in the way of gifts or presents. Overwhelmed with sudden gratefulness and joy, Ela didn't know how to react.

After a few trills, the young Mortalborn smiled at the woman and nodded her head, her expression of genuine warmth. "I'll make good use of it, thank you" she said, almost reassuring Rynata that her gift would not be wasted. As determined as she had been before, she held the yellow stone in her hand and made her way on to the boat, making sure to be on the same one as Rynata. It was rare Ela made a friend, but she felt she had this time.
Even though the two had only just met, a thought bothered Ela. "Of everyone here, who would you say is the worst looking? As in, the ugliest" Ela muttered to Rynata quietly. After pausing for a second, she continued. "As a young girl I always used to think I was ugly, and I just...I don't know, everyone here seems so pretty, so I'm worried it might be me. It's not, is it?" she muttered, a slight whimper to her voice like that of a small dog.

As that question rang through her head, sadness still fresh for her, Ela glanced down and noticed something in the water. She had been told clearly not to touch anything, but this was different. It was gold, Ela thought, as she quickly reached down and grabbed it.It was a struggle, and took a few swings, but her hand finally grabbed the soft item. A yellow sponge, soaked with water, was resting in the river. Ela was confused, glancing down to the soft and weird feeling creation, having only used one when she was living with Karem in the Eternal Empire.
"Excuse me, you might need this" Ela said, offering the sponge out to Tio on the other boat. "If your boat gets any water in it, you can stop it sinking" she stated, like it was fact, before looking back to Rynata.

"Oh, I should add, I don't think you're the ugliest. Actually, you're pretty, if I do say so" the Mortalborn said, still awkward from the act of kindness that had been given to her. As she said those words, her eyes glanced to the fish, one popping and bursting. Ela was in shock, simply nodding in agreement with Rynata's idea, staring blankly at the fish - startled.


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[Ben's Group] Fish You Were Here?

Postby Max » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:09 pm

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As luck would have it, the broody woman was severed from the people that had been previously serving as her triggers toward behavior that was any less than pro-social. It didn't please her much that she was just as separated from Mercedes, but so went the roll of the dice when one left their role up to the fates. At the very least, this Ben character seemed just as knowledgeable about the pestilence they were investigating as he was strong. It mattered little what exactly was causing the disarray in the wilderness whether it was something of superstitious proportions of easily explained; only that identifying and fixing whatever was causing the disarray would be done with haste. A casual walk, nor a paddle, through the forest wasn't something Max was comfortable doing in her free time. It didn't take long for the wannabe adventurers to find their way into their boats to begin their journey.

Orchestrating a paddle rhythm that kept her in sync with the rest of her small crew was a bit of a tough feat for the Rusalka. As history would admit, Max had a far better track record with sinking ships of all shapes and sizes compared to properly maneuvering them. After a few bits of practice, she began to get a handle on the motion. Enough to help keep them moving in the right direction at least. Everyone once in a while it seemed someone had found an anomaly in their environment worth noting. A half break into their journey, Max dipped her paddle down into the moving water with a mirthful turn of her lips. Up came the paddle soon after to reveal a worn, ripped, yellow pair of what could only be underwear resting on the flat end of the tool.

"Anyone want to hold onto an extra pair before we get started?" Max teased the group in her fleeting moment of good nature. "Aw, not even just in case?" Once more the paddle dipped just below the surface of the water to set the discarded underwear free to float again. One could imagine just how the article of clothing might've be "lost" by someone out in the isolated forest. Eyes on Ela, Max couldn't keep herself from voicing life to the question that swelled in her mind.

"I saw you and Councilwoman Kura are anything but strangers," the Mixed Race announced her observation just loud enough for her voice to carry to the next boat over, though not so much as to make a spectacle of the floating crew. "I could be wrong, but that get-up doesn't convince me you're the lobbying type. Exactly how do you know each other?" It was not her place to ask about that connection by any means, but once again, the concept of boundaries didn't seem to strike Max as all that important. Each of the others in her team were still strangers to her. It was important she started unearthing details, figuring out just who she'd been surrounded by as a result of Tom's lottery.

Everyone's attention was rightly drawn to the unexplained gathering of fish of all shapes, sizes, and colors beneath their boats. Any of them might've been right in assuming Max was no fish expert or intellectual of any real kind, but she knew a real outlier when she saw one. "Uh," she looked to Ben with a hand on her sword hilt the moment one of the fish exploded into a thick, black cloud. "Is this something funny looking we should be placing in the 'kill' category?"

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[Ben's Group] Fish You Were Here?

Postby Tio Silver » Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:28 pm

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After a short discussion the party split up into three teams. Tio was put in the group led by the guy called Ben, along with three women who each had their own very distinct, very unique characteristics. Rynata he knew before, having fought through that whole blizzard debacle with her a season ago. The second was the lady with the (possibly blood) painted face, who was dressed in furs that had a distinctly primal theme going for them. Now that he looked at her more closely he realised that she was sporting a rather impressive set of claws on her hands. Was she perhaps one of those shapeshifting magicians? The third had a fighter vibe going for her as well but seemed more civilized in her practical, working family’s clothing, and immediately struck him as the one to hide behind if something big and hungry fancied making a snack out of them.

As they paddled along the river Tio watched the woods passing by and his reflection in the water, and lightly connected to his defiance spark to hear the voices of the elements around him. Away from civilization they were happy, free to stretch out and flow to their own accords instead of being imposed upon to follow mankind's will. It was thanks to their voices whispering to him that he noticed the object fluttering down from the sky; a long, pale yellow feather about the same shape as a swan’s. It didn't look like it came from any kind of bird he knew. Was it from a species unique to these woods?

“Aww, why thank you.” He said to Ela as she passed him the sponge. “Here, do you want this feather? It could probably make a nice arrow, and you seem more like the hunting type than I am.” A fond smile crossed his lips. “Hey, just out of curiosity have you ever accidentally shot another person while hunting? I went out once with step daddy number forty seven and… well, let's just say he's had a limp ever since.”

After a few breaks the boats passed through a rocky area and arrived in a more open section which was teeming, literally teeming, with fish. To make matters even weirder some of those fish seemed to be exploding! Tio watched with a raised eyebrow as one of the smaller fish swimming besides his boat popped into a cloud of black ooze.

“Okay… that's a new one.” He muttered, resisting the urge to dip a finger into the water and test the consistency of the black goop. “Hey Benny boy, mind if I nab a sample of this stuff? I’m not normally the sciency type, but this stuff looks kind of fun. Anyone want to try cooking one of these fish up? I bet they’ll taste like nothing you've ever tried before.”
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[Ben's Group] Fish You Were Here?

Postby Pegasus » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:11 am

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It seemed like a good start, Ben thought. Apparently, this lot were going to get on well - even to the point of exchanging gifts! Of course, there were some strange and unusual things happening and Ben knew that. Always best to be aware, after all. Even his mother, Immortals rest her soul, had understood that Scalvoris was a strange place. Oh, how true that was.

Anyway, a few things were exchanged. Ela received a gift from Rynata and, in return, gave one to Tio. As a gallant gentleman, he returned the gesture and offered Ela something. Avian plumage and a very fine example of it. Alas, Max's discovery of a pair of used underwear was not received as well by anyone, but her suggested use of 'keeping a spare' made some sort of sense. Except, maybe not that pair. It was nice, Ben decided, his group were getting on and that was important.

It took him by surprise, therefore, when Rynata asked him about his mother, but he smiled at her. Answering wasn't comfortable, but he did it. "I know everyone says it," Ben said, "but I had the wisest mother in the world. I don't know how she knew so much, but she did. Always right, the woman was." Eyes turned to Ela for reasons he couldn't explain, he added. "I reckon, aye?"

Asking questions, awkward in many places, was what happened for a while. And then? It was then that they saw the fish. It was, Ben decided there and then, going to be one of those trials. Odd things happening in odd ways, to him and those around him. A magnet for weirdness, that's what his mother had called him and, here it went again.



"I'm not sure, no, I think its best to just keep an eye for now, " said, Ben, in response to the general question. "I think Rynata has the right of it, lets hold fire on samples of killing until or unless something happens?" Eyes wide, Ben seemed unsure in truth, "It seems like we might just be making them angry, otherwise" Angry, it seemed, was bad. "It is funny looking, Max, aye, but they're not botherin' us at this point" Everyone could tell he wasn't entirely convinced himself but still, he urged them forward, slow and careful.

And so, they moved forward. "I'd rather you didn't just yet, Tio. And don't call me Benny boy, please, I don't like it. It's what my mother used to call me," he said. Emotion was evident in his voice and his demeanor, but he kept a friendly smile. Onward, therefore, they went and about five bits had passed, with the strange fish teeming around them.

And teeming was the right word. It quickly grew so that they were having trouble moving the boats. Every time one of them put an oar in the water, fish exploded and the water was turning black. It was just then that the smell reached them. A pleasant, almost floral but with undertones of something else, smell assaulted them. Olfactory assault was the word for it, it was overwhelming.

As they breathed it in, the effects of it began almost immediately. In the form of vivid, strange hallucinations. Illusionary creatures, people, experiences, each one of them fell on to the crew of the two boats that trial. It was sudden onset, a few bits after they first noticed the smell and it was all encompassing; they existed, for a time, in the hallucination.



Consequences this round:

Achievement: The Constant Non-Consonant Unlocked: Max, Ela and Rynata all completed the "all sentences start with a vowel" objective and will earn an item at the end.
Achievement: Totes Awks! Unlocked: All pcs asked their awkward questions - and this will award them extra loot at the end! Ela, Rynata and Tio also answered theirs, so will get a double hit of Good Oooze News.
Secret Achievement: The Cringe! Unlocked: Tio, Ela and Rynata have all asked really really awkward questions, which were enough to make me cringe. Good ooze for you all! Extra 'reward' at the end - it'll be cringe-worthy.


Consequences: Positive:
  • Max, without doubt wins the "best item" reward. There is Good Ooze in Max's future, as she has earned a positive consequence.
  • Ela wins the "best use of the item" for making me snort aloud. That sounds like Good Ooze too and Ela has earned a positive consequence
  • Max completed both can-do objectives and will earn a positive consequence from the Good Fishes




Map : Map of Sweetwine Woods
NPC : 
Ben
Race: Human
Most obvious attribute: Strength
Cautious
Good with boats
Prefers an axe
Superstitious
Very attached to his late mother
Doesn't like being called Billy Boy
OOC Info : 
 ! Pegasus wrote:
This thread is now CLOSED
 ! The Rules wrote:
The rules for this thread are as follows:
  • I will post once a week, on Sunday. If you all post sooner, I might do the same, and then you'll have another week. I will post again on the 29th April 2018
  • There is no posting order throughout this thread.
  • This thread has objectives (both stated and hidden) and Achievements. These will impact the thread itself and the consequences at the end.
  • One post each between mod posts.
  • Do not control the NPCs (that includes the Mysterious Fishes)
  • If you've got any questions, PM me.
  • We're going on the old "three strikes and you're out" school of thought.
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 ! Points to Note wrote:
This is a potentially high risk thread. Your pc might be maimed, scarred, psychologically damaged, forced into strange and weird situations, killed or even forced to stop and take a long, hard look at their lives.
This thread will have an impact on all of Scalvoris.
No animals, trees or imaginary friends were harmed in the creation of this thread.
These groups are now set. No moving, changing, slipping around, etc.
This thread structure and objectives, achievements etc are following a way of modding which was done by a very good friend, Straylor. All credit to him for the ideas.
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 ! Must Do Objectives This Round! wrote:
1. If you were asked a direct question in the last round, please answer it.
2.Please include a description of your surround sound, 360 degrees, total immersion hallucination. This might be funny, dark, whatever. Keep in mind - it will have consequences!
3.Your pc will suddenly emerge from the hallucination, when they do they immediately notice.... (insert item of interest here).
 ! Can Do Objectives This Round! wrote:
1. Include the words Cool, Cornucopia and Concubine in your next post.
2. Have your pc say the words "I swear, mine's the biggest" in a way which makes sense.
Please note: these are optional objectives. You can do one, both or none of the above.
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