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In Topic: Amber&emerald: Chapter 49

10 December 2019 - 03:34 PM





"Surprised you? Why is that?". "Last time I met my...My father, he made it clear that he meant to disinherit me and I thought he had made good to his word". Bylanna blinked, "Truly? But there is no written proof that he meant to cut you off of his legacy. Quite the contrary, your father’s will states clearly that you are his only lawful heir". He was stunned, "What? But he...He always said that I was worth less than nothing. Why...".

As I understand it, this sort of thing is actually pretty common. Most people don't like to think about their eventual death too much so they talk about their inheritance they may not get around to making an actual will. 


Well, Cor did write a will when he was younger, way before his addiction took over him completely, but afterwards he was too deep in the cups to care about aything else that wasn't his drinks, so he luckily didn't make good on his promise to disinherit Anomen.

Margaret Dawn smiled and took his hand in hers, "Isn’t it a good thing, love? It means that deep down, despite everything, he cared about you". "Or maybe he was simply too busy drinking himself unconscious to actually bother to go to the court and change his will", Edwin muttered under his breath, earning himself a glare from the Ilmatari.

I hope it's the former, but I honestly agree with Edwin on this one. 


Unfortunately for Anomen, Edwin is right this time. Truth be told, Meg suspected it too, but she wanted to cheer up her beloved regardless

The young Helmite took the quill and lowered it, but suddenly he stopped, unsure, "Maybe I should talk to my sister first...She is entitled to half of it". "Not according to the will", Bylanna reminded him, impatience slipping into her voice, "You are free to come to my office again and make a lawful donation to your sister if that’s what you want, but for now, you are the only heir, so you are the one who must sign this document". He hesitated and turned to his betrothed, "Meg?".


Male inheritance only I suppose? But Anomen is a good guy, and I'm sure he'll take care that his sister isn't left without. 


Yes, I thought it would be consistent with the Medieval-like setting, where the male firstborn gets the whole cake, or at least the biggest part of it. And you're right, Anomen will share the inheritance fifty-fifty with Moira

He bought...Ah, I mean, he was granted a license to practice magic within the city borders five months ago, his name is Darcin Cole". "Where can we find him?", the young guard asked. "He used to live in the Bridge District, with the tanner, but now we...", the wizard gulped, "We seem to have lost track of him, heh. It happens sometimes, they should come and tell us their new address, but some of them forget about it, you know how it goes".


Ah, Darcin Cole! I like what you did here, I always wondered about that in game, since he's referred to but you never get to actually meet him. It makes me think the Skindancer quest might have originally been intended to carry on. I also like you tying it together with Corneil and Mekrath. 


Thank you, glad you like it! I remembered that Darcin Cole is said to be the one who should 'complete' the skin armour Reijek was making and i decided to connect the two into a bigger quest. And Mekrath hiding in the sewers always made me think he's got something to hide, so I thought he could easily be their accomplice.

They followed the corridor to an ascending staircase, but before entering the chamber at the end of it, Meg sent Imoen to scout ahead. The pink-haired thief came back after a couple of moments, "There’s half a dozen Mephits in there, going from fire-type to dust-type and I’ve also seen a trap in the floor. I can’t disarm it as long as the little buggers are alive, though". "No problem. Edwin, can you cast a “Fireball” at them, please?".


And so you just made his day. :)


So true, nothing cheers him up like casting a huge Fireball! xD Well, nearly nothing: in one of the next chapters, he'll get something that will make him very, very happy :-)

Margaret Dawn whispered her instructions into Anomen’s ear, so he silently moved forward and with a quick gesture, he slammed his fist on Mekrath’s spine, shattering the first and the second vertebra and causing the wizard to lose control of his limbs and fall like a sack of potatoes on the cold floor.

Ouch! Yep that'll take care of him. 


*nods* Being a cleric means having a deep knowledge of how the human body works and sometimes, it can be useful also to take out an enemy without killing him

Darcin tried to shake his head, but all he achieved was to have it twitching slightly, "Don’t say a word, you idiot! Look at the robes of this one, she’s an Ilmatari: she would never do something so cruel, it’s just a bluff!". Meg nodded, "Oh, I am an Ilmatari, yes. But just for the record, I’m also a Bhaalspawn and you know what they say about my kin, no? The cruelty, the love for violence, the thirst for blood...Actually, I am feeling a bit thirsty right now", she added, licking her lips with a crocodile-like smile.


"All right, I’ll tell you everything, but spare me!", Mekrath shouted, terrified, "The people we captured are in the storage room, we keep them caged, but they’re still unharmed: the Rune wanted them alive, you see...". "The Rune?". He uselessly tried to nod, "Yes, the Twisted Rune: they have a lair in a different plane, but it can be accessed from a house in the Bridge District.


Aaaah, so we're off to the Rune next then? Again, I enjoy you tying these sidequests together. 



well, the next chapter is a sort of preparation for the fight with the Rune, but the battle is in the one immediately after that...And the Slayer will have a part in it too

Thanks for commenting! :-)


In Topic: Amber&emerald: Chapter 48

09 December 2019 - 03:14 PM




"So what? Finders keepers and I found it! C’mon, gimme my hammie", she tried to take it, but he was quick to keep it out of her reach, a mischievous grin curving his lips. "Sorry, but I took it up first, so now it’s mine". "Not fair! Meeeeeg! Your boyfriend is being mean to me!", the little thief whined dramatically, pointing an accusing finger towards the Helmite.

Well, he has a point! I'm sure you can find a nice, pink weapon of your own. :)


Or she can enchant her weapon to turn it pink: I bet she has a spell for it somewhere in her spellbook  :smile:

Abbil?, Meg thought, That must be a Drow male...And I think I know this voice. As if to confirm her suspicions, the first speaker snapped, "The Hells I calm down, Drizzt! It’s easy for you, it’s not one of your scimitars that’s gone lost! It’s my thrice-cursed hammer!". A wide smile curving her lips, the Ilmatari walked into the clearing, "Hello Drizzt, it’s good to see you again!".

How did he even manage to lose it I wonder? It's pretty big after all. 


I've wondered that myself when I first met them in the clearing, actually. My guess is that, while they were sleeping, some animal may have stolen it mistaking it for food and then dropped it when it realized its mistake


Solaufein hesitantly stepped forward, "Venduì, Drizzt". "Venduì, Solaufein. I am glad to meet a follower of Lady Silverhair", the ranger said in Common and then the two of them spoke for a while in their native language, the musical tones of their voices making a weird contrast with the harshness of the idiom.


Anomen shot a glance at his betrothed, "Do you know what they are saying, love?". "Only in broad outline: it seems like there is a secret village of Drow devoted to Eilistraee somewhere in the North and Drizzt has offered to lead Solaufein there after the mission is over". "That is good news: we won’t have to worry about his safety later and he will have a new home". "True. Ilmater be praised".

That's nice, I'm glad he'll have some peace at last. 


I've always wanted poor Sola to have a happy end :-)

Finally, Drizzt shook hands with his kinsman and turned to the Ilmatari, "Say, during your travel, have you seen a, uh, a pink hammer?". "Damn you to the Nine Hells, Drizzt, it’s not pink! It’s RED! Red, I tell you!", the Dwarf, Bruenor, shouted, his cheeks flushing scarlet as his companions snickered. "Oh, I don’t know, Bruenor", a woman in leathers said, eyes sparkling with laughter, "Since Cirine cast that spell on it, it does have a certain pink shine...".


Nope, definitely pink. 


The pinkest hammer of the Realms! xD

Before they could reach the Slums, though, a messenger approached them, carrying a sealed scroll and his eyes fixed on Anomen, "Hello, m’lord". The Helmite smiled at him, "Ah, hello, Terl, it’s good to see you again. Why so glum?". Terl handed him the scroll, "I’ve a letter for you and it’s nothing good...It’s from magistrate Bylanna Ianulin".


Letters from Terl are *never* good news. 


I know that the saying goes "don't shoot the messenger", but in his case, I was tempted to make an exception: every time he showed up, it meant more pain for poor Anomen


She hugged him and stroked his hair gently, "I’m sorry". The Helmite held her to his chest, taking comfort in her closeness as tears flowed on his cheeks, tears that no-one would have expected to see, considering how badly the old drunkard had always treated him. After a long moment, he dried his face and sighed, "I...Forgive me, I didn’t mean to...". "Shush, no need to apologize.


I think it does make a lot of sense that he'd react like this. As abusive as he was, I'm sure there's a part of Anomen that still longed for his love even though he knew he wouldn't get it. 


Unfortunately yes and that's the saddest part of it: he knows Cor doesn't deserve his tears or his love, but he can't help his feelings.  Every child yearns for their parents' love, even more so when they don't get it, I think

"Good to hear", she bit her lower lip, turning to the druidess, "What about the Harpers? Would they help?". "I...", Jaheira hesitated, "I don’t know, child. Surely a Vampire as powerful and evil as Bodhi is a threat to the Balance, but...". "But I am a Bhaalspawn, so I am a threat to the Balance as well", her charge concluded. "I didn’t mean that! It’s just...If we want to get something out of them, I will have to meet them on my own. I am one of them, they will listen to me".


I hope so, but I don't feel overly optimistic. 


Neither does Jaheira, truth be told, but she still hopes she can reason with them

Meg sighed, "Okay, then. As soon as Anomen’s problem has been solved, we will split up: Anomen, Minsc, Boo and Aerie will go to the Order headquarters, you will go to the Harper base and Edwin, Immy, Yoshimo, Solaufein and I will talk to Linvail. Oh, wait: there’s the Church of Helm too, they could help! Right, love?", she asked Anomen. "Truth be told, my lady, the members of the Church are mostly priests, not warriors...". "Even better: priests have spells against the undead, so their help would be extremely useful.

Turn Undead is the best thing to use there, even better if you just happen to be Protected from Undead at the time. 


So true! That's why Meg wants the Helmites on her side so badly: she has Anomen and Aerie in her party, but the more protection they get, the better

Rats, why am I feeling so guilty about a scrap of parchment? It’s not like I’m cheating on him or anything, I’m just...It’s just a note about my mace, nothing else, she thought, but a part of her kept on ruminating over the fact that it was written in Common, instead of Elvish. It’s nearly as if...No, that’s just crazy. He probably just meant to sell the mace to a smuggler, like he did with the stuff we had before our capture and the note would help him get more gold for it, that’s all.


Hm, so Irenicus is trying to use her to take out Bodhi is he? Interesting idea!


Thank you! I've always wondered why he gave the Lanthorn to Bodhi, even knowing that she would be no match for the PC and the only explanation I could find for it is that he wants her dead and he needed to give the PC a good reason to go after her

"Nobody could blame you for that", the young woman said, sitting down beside him, "He was a monster, he treated you worse than dirt and made your childhood a living nightmare: it’s perfectly normal to be happy at the idea of him finally being out of your life for good". "But...What if Helm thinks me unworthy because of it? I mean...Monster or not, he was still my father".


You can't help your feelings though, only your actions. 



And his feelings are more than understandable, even a deity as stern as Helm cannot ignore the reasons he has for resenting Cor.

Thank you for the review :-)

In Topic: Throne Of Cards 81

05 December 2019 - 03:59 PM

Hello Laufey! I'm really glad to see you back and to hear you're fine now, I was getting worried :-)



Quote: “Hmpf. Well, I suppose this proves once and for all who the superior warrior is, and who would have won that fight back in Baldur’s Gate if not for somebody cheating…”


Of course, Sarry dearest, you're the best warrior ever, the most magnificent fighter of the whole Multiverse, an invincible and unstoppable war machine in a stunningly hot body! The fact that you were defeated and killed is just a minor insignificant detail *grins*


Quote: “He had forgotten all about Sendai already,” Dekaras said. “Would you have liked to risk him forgetting who we were – or remembering one of us in particular?”

“Er. Perhaps it is for the best.”


I'm so with Dekkie on this. Though it would have been fun to see Nevaziah's reaction at hearing the infamous tale of the Nether Scroll incident *hides to avoid a giant Fireball* xD



Quote: “It may well be,” Dekaras said in a rather bleak voice, “That the dead were the lucky ones.”


Merciful Ilmater, those poor people... *sniffles*



Quote: Two enormous earth elementals emerged from the rock, each one twice as tall and wide as a large man. Mostly flat skulls sat directly on their broad shoulders, and triangular red eyes glowed an angry red from otherwise blank and featureless faces


I like a lot this description, very well done!



Quote: Minsc had got to his feet by now and had tackled the elemental menacing her. “BAD ROCK!” The large man shouted. “No touching Minsc’s Witch!” He rammed the elemental shoulder first with all his might, and though he didn’t make it fall he at least made it sway and turn towards him.


Good ol' Minsc, he's such a big heroic buttkicking teddybear :-)



Quote: The skin on Diyatha’s face was just as loose and flaking as that on her hands, as if it was in the process of simply melting off her flesh and bones. Here and there trails of slow dark blood and viscous pus oozed out through the cracks


Eeewwww! I agree with Imoen, that is gross. But at least it seemed to give Diyatha a lot of power, so...No, no, on a second thought, I don't think it would be worth it



Quote: “Ceremorphosis,” Viconia replied in a toneless voice. “The process by which…”

“Ah, I know this!” Edwin eagerly interrupted. “I remember studying it in the past. It is the process by which an illithid tadpole attaches itself to a live victim, gradually eating away at its brain matter and replacing it until a fully formed illithid is formed from the victim. Curiously enough, they may also absorb the memories of the host, and even share them with the colony and the Elder Brain. It…” He suddenly fell silent as he realized the implications. “Oh.”


Ouch, that is not good news at all. Funny detail of Edwin jumping in to show off his culture! He really couldn't help himself, could he? xD

In Topic: A Melicamp story (one-shot)

09 September 2019 - 04:06 PM

Hello Grayswandir, nice to meet you :-)

Indeed, Irenicus paid dearly his mistake of underestimating the butt-kicking abilities of a magically enhanced rooster xD

I'm glad you liked my little story and thank you for the review!

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25 August 2019 - 03:41 PM

Hello Vmort, I'm Nimloth, welcome to the Attic! :-)

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