Ran the third part of my Dragon World Hack
3-part mini-campaign. Chaos quickly reigned as inconvenient gods and fiancees were dealt with more or less, the fabric of reality itself was threatened (several times!), and the conniving thief got his heart's desire, good and hard! There was a lot of conflict of various sorts, but no actual combat.
As usual, I asked the players questions by email between games. The questions and their responses before this game were: Light Inverse, Master of the Wrath of Abraxas
- Who was the last person to unlock the Mobius Flower?
- Did he survive the process? In what condition?
If anyone has unlocked the Möbius Flower since the founder of the Guild of Passions locked it, they have not survived to tell the tale. No one knows definitively where it has been between Eustace the Rogue 370 years ago and Thunder-in-Silence this year. However, I'm sure we could persuade our demi-god to answer a few questions...
- Are the terms "innocent bystanders" or "collateral damage" just words to you?
Much of a mage's philosophical debate is just words. Who is truly innocent? Where is the fine line between bystander and accomplice by inaction? Intent, as in all magiks, is key to this question. Was it the mage's intent to harm innocents? Was it the mage's intent to include bystanders in the attack, or were they merely collateral damage? How much effort did the mage waste in trying to minimize collateral damage?
However, when it comes to the Zero Spell, there is no collateral damage. Not because innocents aren't likely to be effected, but because the spell is so absolute in its nature. The intent, when cast, is to harm all in its path, regardless of their state in life and their relationship to the mage. How many innocents can die at the hands of the Zero Spell and yet leave a mage with a clear conscience? Luckily for them, lesser mages do not have to answer that question with their soul, merely their intellectual curiosity.
Lord Woodchuck Stingray, Viscount of Shadows
- What do you have planned for you and Shadowy's (The Lord of Shadows) 3rd date?
- Those guys from the Red Scorpion Battalion aren't really following you around, right?
Hell, I dunno.
- You're getting letters from Sheela the Pirate Queen -- are you reading them?
- After last time, surely someone owes you a title -- who?
Better to ask who does not. I have proved myself invaluable to the Lord of Shadows yet again; a promotion would be most appropriate. I helped deliver the errant demigod into the hands of Illuminata's holy order; a bishopric or other title would seem fitting. I secured the Mobius Flower and bestowed it upon my loyal retainer Mr. Inverse, who, while not directly able to grant me a title, certainly could arrange matters to our mutual benefit. Perhaps we shall go forth and conquer new lands for me to rule and him to study as he wishes. And Tim's university should see about granting me some honorary degrees or a professorial position (with stipend) as soon as possible. After all, I am providing an unparalleled educational experience to their promising pupil free of charge.
- What possible uses have you figured out for the Tyrant Demi-God, Thunder-in-Silence?
Hmm, other than the obvious lightning-throwing pyrotechnics sufficient to awe the masses, I had not given it much thought. Much will depend upon how he responds to Illuminata's conversion. I suppose he also could be a bargaining chip with his exalted mother, Tempest-Becalmed, who would undoubtedly be interested in his welfare.
- You've been seeing Red Scorpion Battalion troupers out of the corner of your eyes occasionally. What, if anything, do you do about this?
It may be time now to see about the ritual that is rumored to be able to bind the spirit of their founder under my authority. Yes, it requires a wizard and a priest working in concert, but with my current retinue it should be a small task. Then, I can assert control over the Red Scorpions and wield their might in securing my legacy and leisure.
- What sort of place is your temple located in (little village, town, big city)? And what's the place's name?
The Temple of the Moon is located in the heart of the jungle of Kriis. The priests of this temple tend to their own needs so there is really not much of a village.
- Are you in charge of it? If not, who is?
Oh heck no. I have a tendency to break things. The priest Sol-tin is in charge.
- Where are you confining Thunder-in-Silence while you're trying to convert him?
He will be taken to the difficult conversion cell (DCC) beneath the Temple of the Moon.