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Community Conversation / Re: Happy Hollidays ^v^
« on: December 24, 2019, 02:01:40 pm »
Merry Christmas!

Media & Mayhem / Re: What Drak's been reading
« on: December 24, 2019, 01:52:26 pm »
Though hey, if you're looking for something to read, I've been reading a lot of translated/webnovels as of late. Generally lower quality of writing (grammar/language-wise, since a lot of them are translated or have no editor) but a lot more willing to be creative with the plot or go into a lot more detail about things. Two best ones I've read so far are the following:

Lord of the Mysteries

Follows the story of Zhou Mingri (though he quickly adopts and uses the name of the person whose body he inhabits, Klein, and you rarely see his name again), a chinese guy who enacts a ritual from a book on Earth that sends him into the body of a guy who shot himself in the head in the setting of Lord of the Mysteries. The setting is cthulhu/victorian era-esque, something I don't actually normally like, and which put me off from reading it for a really long time, but once I actually started I found it was extremely well executed and came with a very compelling magic system.

There are a couple infodumps early on when Klein is training with Old Neil but you can honestly skim through most of those.

It's translated from a Chinese novel, so there are some sayings that are a little weird if you're not used to them, but I found it to be a pretty high quality translation.

I'd say the series is roughly halfway done atm, it gets another 2-3 chapters every day (which will likely slow down when it catches up to the author), and i'm fairly confident in the author's plan for the story moving forward.

Mother of Learning

Follows a moody little piece of shit teenage kid going to wizard school who ends up caught in a time loop. He quickly grows out of his asshole personality and spends a very long time in the time loop. Author sucks at counting, something you'll notice very quickly when he starts actually putting down hard numbers on how much time has actually been spent in the time loop, but that's an inconsistency you can mostly ignore. The writing very quickly picks up once the time loop actually starts, though you'll have about two or three chapters before that happens.

The writing's great, the protagonist quickly becomes very likeable, the setting and the progression of the plot is well-paced IMO, and the story is nearly done, supposed to be finished this month actually. I'd strongly recommend you read this one first, if you read either or both of these series/novels, since it's nearly done and you won't have to end up waiting for any chapters.

Media & Mayhem / Re: What Drak's been reading
« on: December 24, 2019, 01:30:09 pm »
Yeah okay i'm not liking what i'm seeing here, looked at a bunch of reviews and while i'm not thin-skinned enough to care that the story's filled with rape or creepy shit, there was a spoiler review describing the plotline here: which is really not what I wanted to so.

Especially the fact that everyone's memory is erased at the end of the novel. That's some cop-out shit right there. Obvious and probably necessary but a cop-out nonetheless.

Media & Mayhem / Re: What Drak's been reading
« on: December 24, 2019, 01:17:48 pm »
I was about to say that I don't like that because the series ended on a very, very final note, but looking it up it's actually set in-between the first and second book... and it's about the Lady and Soulcatcher's 3rd sister?

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: BHB OOC VI
« on: October 26, 2019, 01:22:18 pm »
Also, most of you have an idea of how old I really am, but just to drive it home, Lady Z and I are going to be grandparents LOL!  ;D

Congratulations BZ!

It's a shame but yeah, I was feeling the lack of enthusiasm all around. If we've all been losing interest it's for the best.

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Fortune Cookie Fix
« on: September 28, 2019, 04:27:27 pm »
"God Farking dammit Jacob", Crystal says, gritting her teeth as she does so.

"Shouldn't have given him the claymore."

She eyes Morrison up and down before continuing, "I'd say we should just kill him outright but if he's dead the JSPD might just not follow through with paying out the bounty. We should get get off-planet with him as soon as possible and publicly turn him in to a slightly less biased police force.

Butch, strip him before we get to the sub, I'll guard the entrance. See if he has any implants too, we really can't afford to be followed from here."

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: BHB OOC VI
« on: September 20, 2019, 06:52:43 pm »
Man, I gave it to D assuming he had the highest demolitions, but it's just a 7

Forge actually has the highest sabotage in our group

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Fortune Cookie Fix
« on: September 18, 2019, 10:56:37 pm »
"We should definitely rig the other sub just to be safe. If we have to escape in it later we can just disable the explosives ourselves."

Crystal retrieves a single claymore package and hands it to Jacob, perhaps a little overly stingy after his wasteful display back at the factory.

"Set this up somewhere on their sub just in case Jacob"

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Fortune Cookie Fix
« on: September 14, 2019, 11:16:04 am »
"Gil, can you get the camera?" Crystal says, donning her gas mask and looking over her weapons and armor as she makes sure she's ready for the forray into the mansion.

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: BHB OOC VI
« on: August 30, 2019, 06:03:25 pm »

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Fortune Cookie Fix
« on: August 27, 2019, 10:00:46 pm »
"But without you who will tame the dogs? You're the best with animals aren't you Gil?", Crystal says with a smile

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Fortune Cookie Fix
« on: August 21, 2019, 05:52:28 pm »
"Well, we could but..."

Crystal scratches the back of her head as she ponders for a second

"There's not much we can actually do to prepare for this outside of scouting the place, which we'll do from the sub anyway, right?

Police might have some of our faces too, I was wearing a mask when I was running to the factory but I don't think Butch or you were, we could have been identified and going back to the ship could be dangerous - you mind finding out if they know who we are Gil?"

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Fortune Cookie Fix
« on: August 18, 2019, 07:14:07 pm »
"A mansion on top of a private island, sounds like a pretty likely location doesn't it?", Crystal says.

"We'll have to see the place first but I'll bet it's fortified and guarded up the ass"

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: BHB OOC VI
« on: August 16, 2019, 04:08:11 pm »
Sweet, succeeded the phobia roll. Hitting the exact target is a crit right?

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: BHB OOC VI
« on: August 16, 2019, 04:07:52 pm »
Oh, also,
Rolled 1d20 : 14, total 14

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Fortune Cookie Fix
« on: August 16, 2019, 04:06:29 pm »
"Oh, that's not great..."

Crystal checks to make sure the submarine's drain pump is on.

"Better not go too deep underwater. Montoya, think you could patch the hull? Doesn't seem like too big of a breach"

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: BHB OOC VI
« on: August 16, 2019, 04:05:30 pm »
Damn, Samuel had our highest Fabricate score

You're up Forge!

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Fortune Cookie Fix
« on: August 14, 2019, 10:22:11 pm »
"Maybe it's the guy whose blood was on the fortune cookie we found?"

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Fortune Cookie Fix
« on: August 10, 2019, 08:59:06 pm »
“Not a clue”, Crystal says as she also heads down the hatch.

“Is everyone alright? No injuries that need healing?”

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: August 09, 2019, 03:58:39 pm »
The end of the campaign is in the 21st century and the demon Kupala's ultimate plan was to send out a bunch of plague nukes powered by demon magic to destroy the world. And when I say plague nukes I mean literal plague nukes, as in nuclear bombs infused with a magical plague

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: August 09, 2019, 03:57:26 pm »

I can tell you right now the ending of the campaign sucked ass and I was going to rewrite that

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Fortune Cookie Fix
« on: August 09, 2019, 01:19:13 pm »
Crystal rushes down the steps herself and looks around, worried that whoever was in the factory before they entered had already made off with whatever vehicles, if any, there were down in the (presumably) underwater passage.

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Fortune Cookie Fix
« on: August 07, 2019, 02:05:34 am »
Keeping a close eye in the celling as she moves, Crystal tries to open the door (and will swap to her shotgun to blow the lock open if it’s locked) while shouting to Gilbert and Montoya, “One of you get those pallets out of the way, we don’t have much time!”

Tales of the Dandy Desperado! / Re: Crystal (Drak's Psychic Survivor)
« on: July 27, 2019, 11:31:46 am »
Aye Aye Captain!

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: July 15, 2019, 08:28:13 pm »
What? ???

Reference to Chronicles of the Black Company, which Aman and I both read and absolutely loved, and which Forge probably read about in our discussion thread on it back when we were discussing books we were reading (dunno if he read it himself or not).

Highly recommended, great read. The first couple chapters are weak (it was his first book) but it picks up pretty fast.

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: May 14, 2019, 07:17:41 pm »
TBH I think Kiril already has the dark fate flaw at this point, though it's not on his character sheet

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: May 14, 2019, 06:44:46 pm »
"A Curse Upon Thy House
This affects not only a person upon whom it was cast, but his entire progeny and brood also. The caster rolls Manipulation + Intimidation (difficulty 8). One success is needed, but for every success thereafter, one other vampire is affected (beginning with the closest to the target). Each Willpower point spent likewise affects another vampire. They will all have the Dark Fate Flaw until the head of the house (the target) atones for the crime done to the curser. If the curser was an anarch, and the target was the prince, then the prince must somehow pay reparation to the anarch's memory. A "good deed" must be done to overcome the curse, or else all the brood are affected. If the target dies, then the next one who was affected by the curse takes on the responsibility of reparation."

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: March 31, 2019, 11:26:27 am »
Then again, did a little more research and it's the same writers from the original team at the now long-dead Troika, so hey, if it's the same writing it's looking good.

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: March 26, 2019, 03:38:54 pm »
I'm keeping my hopes in check - studio making it is paradox, they're like sharks when it comes to DLC, but it's great news nonetheless

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: February 27, 2019, 05:45:04 pm »

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: February 23, 2019, 04:03:57 pm »
Another? Goddamn!

Media & Mayhem / Re: Will save world for gold
« on: February 19, 2019, 05:17:41 pm »
Goddamn it only took ~2k pages but we finally got to Ardon's backstory

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: February 14, 2019, 06:57:13 pm »
Rolled 1d20 : 15, total 15

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: February 12, 2019, 05:04:12 pm »
crazy how I'm not even in the running for serial killer

It's always the one no one expects

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: February 08, 2019, 05:09:54 pm »
Understand, had it happen to me too, if you need to shelve it we can shelve it.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:20:45 pm »
Forge lives in Canada too he's got free clinics as well

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: January 19, 2019, 03:30:13 pm »
That's a weirdly long wait, I've taken the wife and lil man a couple times to a walk in and never waited more than like 20mins

This might be because you are yourself a medical professional?

It might have also been less crowded where you are. I went to a clinic at 6:48 AM, 3 minutes after it had opened, and when I was there there were already over twenty people in there. I was the 24th person to be seen, so I guess the actual wait time was just 10 minutes per person, though I still feel that's a bit excessive all things considered.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: January 18, 2019, 12:38:21 pm »
Or less time consuming.

Waited four hours for a two minute checkup at a clinic today :’(

Had a lump in my chest that I was 95% sure was just a small cyst but wanted to get it checked because i’m not a doctor and couldn’t actually be sure. It was a small cyst.

At least I had something to read though. Though there’s also always the risk that I caught something from waiting in a room for 4 hours with a large amount of diseased people.

Disciples / Re: Disciples OOC
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:03:21 pm »
Holy shit

Disciples / Re: Witches & Demons & Flies - Oh My!
« on: January 12, 2019, 06:24:54 pm »
"I would be able to control the flesh beasts if I were to exert my will on them. Depending on how many Life masters they have they could do the same on short notice. I think it might be too risky to bring along anything or anyone that isn't under our direct command," Killer adds.

"Though since the big ones are amalgamates of multiple beings they're likely to be much harder to control. On the other hand things would also go much worse for us if they did end up getting seized."

You will not be bringing them with you. Those "things" are people.

They're doomed. We could have them contribute to the Lord's cause one last time before they die.

No. I will only let you put them to rest. Nothing more. To even consider using those poor souls like that... I cannot believe Beats would suggest something like this.

Maybe he just doesn't think of them as human anymore? Can hardly blame him for the mistake, I doubt the people themselves even remember they're human at this point.

"I'm surprised they got their hands on Sarapheen though... was she conducting a personal investigation that we didn't know about? I had always assumed if she wasn't with us she was safe up in heaven."

"We should agree on when to next meet. We might not have much time to save Sarapheen but I think we need to recover and prepare. I'd like to ready myself and the rest of you as much as possible if we're going to challenge our enemy in the twilight. I'd like at least a day to prepare."

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Chapter 2: Venetian Nights
« on: January 12, 2019, 06:13:53 pm »
Anton nods.
"Stop us, yes. But they seem to be only targeting the venture delegation." Anton says, his dark wings flapping in the wind.

"But no matter. We should be reaching the Court soon." He says.

Anton can feel Aimery nodding along pleasantly, "Yes, good, it's about time we clear your name isn't it? I'll be sure to testify about the attack, as well as your saving my unlife. I will forever be in your debt for the service you've provided me."


While Saladin fumbles with his knife trying to cut at insubstantial shadows, Joseph finally returns (having lost Kiril's tail).

He sucks back in the shroud that he had coated the alley with - as he does so, the nightshade that assaulted his senses also fades away, much to his relief.

Joseph looks to Saladin, "Are you alright? Looks like you took a pretty bad wound". He nods to Saladin's stomach, which the assassin was holding closed with his arms.


Maximus scoops Steeple up and leaps out of the hole in the ceiling from where he'd crashed in, flying down to the entrance of the pawn shop that Heldric had busted through - the building was directly adjacent to the seamstress' shop he had crashed into.

"Human guards will be here soon. Should I slay them for you master?"

"We are rather low on the necessities," Maurice comments.

"It would also make Narses pretty mad", He says, though he says it like it's a good thing more than a bad thing.


Heldric leaves the scene with his blood brother and pet in tow.

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: January 07, 2019, 04:55:27 pm »
Bat - as in a gargoyle is very bat-like.

man, I really thought you meant rat for Minimus

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: January 03, 2019, 06:19:42 pm »
Took a break for christmas and new years and now i've got a bit of a fever, i'll resume updating once i'm feeling a bit better

Community Conversation / Re: Happy Hollidays ^v^
« on: January 01, 2019, 05:15:10 pm »
Happy new years :)

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: December 24, 2018, 07:27:35 pm »
Btw, where exactly is Anton flying to? Or is he just hovering middair right now?

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Chapter 2: Venetian Nights
« on: December 24, 2018, 07:26:12 pm »
“He was not present tonight either, was he?” Maximus asks regarding Kiril.

“The fiend must be plotting against you even now master. Him and the human monster who would threaten you. I beg of you master, send me to slay them both. The human isn’t worthy of feeding Eternal Thirst, black and foul as his blood must be.”


Though he tries, he cannot see any auras through the cloying darkness around him - he cannot tell if the reason for it is a lack of other beings present or an inability to see anything at all in the current circumstances.

Reaching into his pockets he pulls out a handful of ritual components  - a candle, some fragrant scented wood and the sending stone he uses to communicate with Al-Ashrad.

He telekinetically rubs the two pieces of wood together at a furious pace, striking the sensing stone against the nearby wall to shower sparks down on the wood, while dissolving the candle and pulling out the wick, mincing it into bits and spreading it out onto the spot where he wood was being ground together. After a couple minutes of this, he achieved a brief, minuscule flame that pushes back the cloying shadow around him maybe half an inch. Feeding the candle into the flame it grows to a distance of 3/4 of an inch. The nightshades are unswayed.

At this point he has, however, healed all of the internal damage - though his stomach won’t be repaired for a while.


Once he’s out of the shadows, Heldric feeds Andreas a bit more blood, after which his blood brother begins to stir in earnest.

It isn’t long before Mr Whitey finds them as well, the crocodile was not far from the fight and had been waiting close to the shrouded area for its masters to re-appear.

“Well, all things considered that actually went pretty well. Assuming Anton doesn’t lose Aimery,” Octavius comments.

“Though we probably have enough information to exhonerate ourselves at this point, just have to submit ourselves to Aliprando’s lie detection.”


Aimery shrugs, “We are their enemies. Our clans have been hostile or at war longer than the holy land has been contested. We plan to lead a raid into the heart of the muslim empire and perhaps even find and sunder Alamut. They don’t need much more of a reason to stop us do they?”

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: December 24, 2018, 07:05:55 pm »
Oh man, Saladin has a phobia, a curse, an intolerance and a compulsion and I don’t know what any of them are

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: December 22, 2018, 07:49:20 pm »
Man I keep on forgetting that Steeple only has one arm

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Chapter 2: Venetian Nights
« on: December 21, 2018, 12:47:54 pm »
Steeple teleports to the other side of Maximus - removing the Nightshade clinging to him in the process -  where, with extreme care and Maximus staying as still as possible, he restrains the tendril on Maximus’ wing and subsequently destroys it. Any mishap there could have deprived  Maximus of one of his wings, and there could be no crueler fate for such a skilled flyer as him.

It is with relief that Steeple moves on to the other 2 tendrils, destroying them both in quick succession. He accidentally shaves off a bit of Maximus’ skin on his leg when removing the last one but his servant suffers the wound without complaint.

Maximus sits down and closes his eyes, and Steeple begins to see His servant’s wounds knit themselves back together - the impossibly bent wings beginning to straighten out, the torn and bloody skin closing back up unblemished, his fingers twitch as the bones in his arm are knit back together. In the spot where he cut Maximus with Eternal thirst a small mark not unlike a bruise remains. Minimus squeaks cheerfully and runs up Maximus’ body to nuzzle his neck supportively.

“This is the second time I have been brought low by a shadow sculptor. I must learn to fight these foes. They are very dangerous, especially when in flight.”

His voice drops low, “I never even saw this one. I was spotted first. I am sorry to have failed you so horrifically master.”

Steeple suspects it will take Maximus another 12 or so seconds (~2 rounds) to finish healing.


Unable to see or hear anything in the shroud that Joseph pulled down, Heldric nonetheless throws his irreplacable retainer, blood brother and servant like an expendable sack of potatoes where he had last seen the insane assassin. Rushing forward himself he stabs the air where Kiril had been but hits nothing, Kiril having presumably moved after the shroud was pulled down.

There’s a heavy impact on Heldric’s arm when Andreas hits it on the way down.

Frustrated, Heldric leaps up against the wall and digs his claws into the wall, anchoring himself above the shroud so that he can see.

From there he sees Joseph also pulling himself up the wall, tendrils digging into the gaps between the stone and mortar, insubstantial as they are they fit through even the smallest hole. He disappears over the side of the roof, but if Kiril has made an escape it’s doubtful Joseph will be able to catch him.

Looking around he can’t see the assassin that Saladin had restrained midair. Kiril presumably took him with him before leaving.


Saladin finds himself incapable of banishing the shadows using his telekinesis. They both have and do not have any sort of physical substance. Perhaps if he was able to apply enough telekinetic force to bend light itself he could do so, but such an epic application of force is beyond his ability to even imagine, let alone perform.

From his time with Kiril he knows that fire can burn away most all Lasombra shadows, save for the moths that a Lasomrba can create specifically to destroy fires, or the extremely high tier shadows that can be summoned by elders. He does not know how much Husayn’s possession has enhanced Kiril but he is certain that Kiril’s Obtenebration is no stronger than it was before, as Husayn would possess no knowledge of advanced Lasombra magic.

Calming himself as much as he can in the suffocating and oppressive darkness, he begins to heal his internal wounds. It would seem that Kiril is no longer using Dagon’s Call on him, or if he is he cannot overcome Saladin’s enhanced stamina.

He is able to stand and walk in the general direction of his spilled-out organs, where he feels them out by hand and then cleans them telekinetically befofe reinserting them into his body - it would be much more taxing to generate new organs than to re-attach these ones.

Still the process leaves him drained. He’ll need to go hunting or receive blood soon or lest he  risk frenzy.


Though Anton does not looks at Aimery, he can feel his freeze up at that mention, then hear him sigh in resignation.

“I suppose I couldn’t have hid it forever. Though I never expected you to be the one to find me out.”

Curiously, despite being “found out” Aimery does not sound at all panicked. Nor does he struggle or attack Anton.

“I am an agent of High Lord Hardestat, I was sent here along with General Von Sachsen to keep an eye on the proceedings and ensure that there was no interference from outside forces, the Setites in particular - as our attack is aimed on their homeland, we predicted an effort to stall and misguide the crusade. You might have notes my distinct silence during most of the debates, i’m not much of a talker, I was really just here to root out any of our enemies in Venice.

It would seem that whoever your master is set you to the same task, if you’ve managed to find my name while investigating the Setite presence I cannot doubt your skill as an investigator. I won’t ask your master’s name, only give my gratefulness that despite our different alleigances we can still work together against the real enemy.”

Vampire The Masquerade / Re: Transylvanian Chronicles OOC 2
« on: December 20, 2018, 12:06:52 am »
Did... did you just toss your half dead blood brother at an insane Lasombra being possessed by the soul of the ancient assassin he devoured?

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