IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

The headline in the newspaper reads 'Huge Hounds Haunt Hockomock'. The police have closed the case as only being coyotes and a crazy farmer. But you know better when it comes to stories that don't seem quite right. Where do these black hounds come from, what do they want (besides their nightly chicken dinner)? And how do you stop them?

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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:17 am

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This time Eddie can hear the chanting.

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Listen roll (55% skill) near the clearing:
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby Rooter » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:22 pm

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Listen 50%
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94

Bret can't make anything out.
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:44 am

Maria still can't hear anything strange.

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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby BenTheRat » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:34 am

You crept forward until the woods stopped and a small clearing is ahead of you. You see the people in robes circled around the large jagged black obelisk.

Spoiler:
its hard to make out what they are chanting, but you think you hear, "Oh great Daoloth, open our eyes and draw..." the rest is tough to make out.


As everyone is paying attention to the cultists no one noticed the large hound that raced by you just 5-10 feet to your right and out into the clearing. A chicken feather fluttering behind it and towards you.

The hound runs up to the people in robes, it opens its mouth and a someone takes a live chicken out of its mouth and puts it into a sack. And a large cheer comes from the group. Someone else steps up and seems to be doing something with his hands, the hound shimmers and transforms into a young man of 19 to 20 years old.

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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:44 am

Maria

Spoiler:
SAN 52: Listen: 1d100 96
SAN loss: 1d6 2


Hearing about it is one thing, but seeing it is another. Maria cannot believe her own eyes. What has happened to these people?
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:22 am

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Eddie only avoids succumbing to madness because he does not quite understand what is happening.

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I just noticed that I never rolled Sanity when I saw the second hound, so I'll roll for that here retroactively:
Sanity roll (current level 41) for seeing the hound:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
46

Sanity loss for seeing the hound (maximum of 4, as I lost 2 previously):
Mr. Handy rolled 1d6:
3


Sanity roll (current level 38) for seeing the transformation:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
59

Sanity loss for seeing the transformation:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d6:
6

Idea roll (60% stat) to avoid temporary insanity - failure is good:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby HelplessBystander » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:52 am

As Tobias saw the sudden, rapid transformation of the beast into a human being. Some inside of him broke. "hahahhahahaohmygodwouldyoulookatthatWhatahorrifyingthingbutisn'tthatwonderousOhhahahahhahathisisgreatIsawitIsawsomething. How unexpected. Ohisthatwhatthey'vebeendoingallthistime? SotheyarealltryingtoturnthemselvesintoHoundsandtheyarealltheHoundsandthathasalwaysbeenhappeningaroundhere? How unbelievable. Hahahaha—HAAH!!! August of 1927. How absolutely disgusting. Haha; must destroy. This is something. I'll fight it. How unbelievable..." Some countless strings of words and thoughts poured out of his mouth in seemingly random order as he held his head in horror and confused and some nauseating disgust as he witnessed the gross transformation.

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HelplessBystander rolled 1d100:
83

San loss
HelplessBystander rolled 1d6:
5

Idea Roll 70%
HelplessBystander rolled 1d100:
14

Temporary Insanity type = babbling, incoherent speech
HelplessBystander rolled 1d10:
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby Rooter » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:10 am

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SAN 80
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25

"Holy moly..." Bret reaches for the camera then thinks better of it. "That's a pretty neat trick you guys did there. Mind explaining how it's done?"
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby BenTheRat » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:06 pm

Tobias begins to chatter incoherently, while the rest of you held your calm.

After the young man transformed, he dropped to the ground, meanwhile someone in the group looked your way and pointed. "Someone is in the woods."

The man on the ground began to convulse and appeared to be in a seizure. Someone knelt to help him, but the others began to run, someone grabbing his arms, dragging him away from the seizing man on the ground.

Lucy screamed out "JOE!!" and broke cover running towards the pillar.

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you cannot act, you just stand there spouting gibberish unless someone guides you to move. And then it will only be a walk. I will provide your insight when you come out of your Temp Insanity.
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:48 pm

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Eddie also rushes forward to try to help Joe.
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby HelplessBystander » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:02 pm

Tobias giggled nervously and only trembled harder.

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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:43 am

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"Lucy! Come back!" shouts Maria. She takes off running after her anyway.
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby Rooter » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:47 am

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While the others are helping the stricken man Bret inspects the pillar curiously.
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby BenTheRat » Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:49 pm

Everyone rushes forward. It takes a good 10-15 seconds before you arrive. Lucy kneels next to the convulsing man, "Oh Joe, what's wrong." As she grips his hand.

Maria and Eddie also go to help Joe on the ground. Bret sees the others are handling things and is mesmerized by the black pillar. It is about 12' tall and made of black obsedian but it isn't straight, it is roughly broken into the 3 parts. All 3 are covered in ruins, the bottom one has blood on it.

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if you go here you can see a picture of it, just scroll down to the first picture.


About this time you notice Tobias isn't with you.

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the symbols seem to be calling for you, your head begins to swim with the ruins, you feel light headed.
OOC: take a Sanity 1/1d3 test. If you fail, you walk forward and place your hand on the ruins and begin to trace them. If you pass you resist the urge.
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:52 pm

Maria

Using her knowledge of first aid, Maria attempts to ensure that Joe doesn’t swallow his tongue during his seizure. She has some success in calming him.

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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby Rooter » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:37 pm

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SAN 80
Rooter rolled 1d100:
40

Resisting the strange urge to touch the runes, Bret takes a photograph of the pillar for his story exposing these weird cultists.

OOC:   Photography 40
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"I'm guessing this blood belongs to Joe here, or at least some of it. I'm also guessing this pillar is some kind of relic of Indian origin, right, professor? Professor?"
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:10 am

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Eddie helps Maria, but she seems to have matters well in hand.
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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby BenTheRat » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:27 pm

There isn't much you can do for a seizure, just clear the area, reduce stimuli and talk calmly to them. After a minute the seizing stopped and Joe relaxed. Lucy was holding his hand, "Oh Joe I thought I lost you. What happened?"

Tobias finally comes out of his babbiling and realizes he is alone in the swamp, while everyone else is over by the pillar.

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You realized the small stone and the large one are connected. A spell is conjured by the larger stone and the smaller stone is used to end it. The bottom symbols obviously allow a person to transform into the hound creature. What the 2 other portions of the pillar must have other spells on them. Without the small stone, it would be extremely dangerous to mess with.


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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby HelplessBystander » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:15 pm

Tobias coughed harshly as he tried to clear up his raspy throat and took a quick swig of some water before looking at the two obelisks. Clearly, they've around there for as long as there's been Indian residence there. However, these obelisks felt less like ancient artefacts that belong in a museum and more closely exuding a feeling of entering an ancient mass grave. "These stone pillars, they seemed to be really dangerous. I think...I'll need to talk with the other later to see whether I should destroy this goddamned thing." He muttered to himself, before creeping very slowly towards them.

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Re: IC: Ch 3: Swamp Delving

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:15 am

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"Are you all right?" Eddie asks Joe. "Do you have epilepsy?"
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