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Fields of Challenge / Re: Tell me the story of this picture...
« Last post by Tusserk on October 02, 2016, 06:32:59 PM »

The signal had slowly grown stronger over the past month since it was first detected by the telemancers of the Signal Corps within the Celestial Navy. The Shay-el, Aether-class exploration ship, floated in orbit above the ninth planet within the solar system, cloaked from observation by the scout mages aboard.

“Sir, the signal has increased threefold within the past point.” The ensign’s face was lit up by the monitors glow as he adjusted the formula shown to keep the signal within observational range.

The admiral leaned in close to the monitor. “Impossible ensign. Recalculate the formula for interference from the systems star and scan again.” Straightening up, he turned to the second station. “Any indication that the inhabitants of third planet has noticed our presence?”

“Negative sir. All scanners show cle…” Alarms rang out as the ensign checked his monitor again. “Sir! Contact moving out of the shadow of the planet. Unmanned and automatous.”

“Sir… the signal just increased in strength again. It has reached a dangerous level, the shielding cannot withstand another increase at this rate. We have to increase the distance between us and the origin or else it will overwhelm the buffers.”

The admiral watched the small blip on the monitor as it slowly drew closer. “Negative. If we move then the satellite may detect us. There is no telling what would happen if the beings of this system were to discover the reality of other races among the stars. Increase the buffering, draw power from the engines. We will ride out this storm until the satellite passes.”


Telemancer Yanir felt the signal screaming in his mind as his fingers traced the archaic formulas to help focus the random bursts into a workable language. He could hear the multiple voices, like a choir not quite in tune, but could not make out the words. Scanning the monitors that surrounded him he noticed that the admiral had boosted the buffers. A frown crossed his face slightly as he overrode the buffers to get better access to the signal. In a moment he regretted his decision as his face contorted, his last thoughts were of dreams shattered. This was not Naôth, this was Aaneval and Hahahaal, Lords of Despair and Instability, working together. Blackish ichor oozed from his eyes as his mind decayed within his skull.


The satellite New Horizon continued on its journey past the planet Pluto, unaware of the deaths aboard the Shay-el and unable to detect the energy emanating from the planet it was orbiting. The Dark Lords had awakened and Earth was blissfully unaware for several decades to come.
Citadel Tavern / September 2016 Highlights
« Last post by Kevin Cook on October 02, 2016, 12:17:29 PM »
If you are not interested in new or rare dice that were added to the worlds largest collection of dice this month ... Please ignore this post

To see the highlights of dice added in September 2016 
Click on the photo of the Precision Gaming Solutions Damascus Steel XLP die above

Fields of Challenge / Re: Freetext Friday
« Last post by Dragonlordmax on October 02, 2016, 09:54:49 AM »
Holy smokes, Fridays have been slippin' me by! I'm a bit late for even this past Friday, but Chariot it is.
Fields of Challenge / Re: Tell me the story of this picture...
« Last post by Tusserk on September 24, 2016, 09:59:18 PM »

“As soon as the sky burns with fire, a surrender shall mark the age of the overthrowing of royalty.”

Paladin First-Class Sismus Einn let his gaze drop as the words of the prophecy left his lips. The beacon ships of the Lizor Confederacy had penetrated the atmosphere above the Temple of Black Sails, their brilliant beacons lighting the sky. A signal of the end of his way of life. The war would continue and the Paladins of the temple guard would continue to fight but they all knew the prophecy, the end of the royal class and the birth of a new age.

His gaze descended down the chasm before him and his enhanced eyes picked out the figures below in their tell-tale armor, Paladins setting up defense batteries to continue the assault on the beacon ships. Destroy enough of the beacons and the Confederacy would be making blind jumps from orbit, no signal to lock onto, no reinforcements to swell the massive number of troops that would be dying as the temple guard rushed to defend the temple.

Hefting his shadowcaster, a Paladins iconic rifle, Sismus made his way to the bridge that led to the entrance of the temple. His life for the preservation of decadence, as it is was etched into his DNA and encoded into his enhancements. As it had always been with every Paladin.
Citadel Tavern / Re: [THACO's Hammer] Splatbook updates
« Last post by DMRendclaw on September 23, 2016, 08:18:24 PM »
We follow Wheaton’s law in this episode! Join DMs Glen, Brian and Fulongamer as they take on a mixed bag of topics. After a round of emails, the fellas get to work. First, they cover a Dragon magazine article covering DM etiquette, then they take a look at the powerful, bewitching lamia, and then wrap it all up with the beginning of a new five part series covering the novice player.

You can find us on Osrgaming.org, d20radio.com, Tumblr, Facebook, iTunes, Planetadnd.com and Twitter (@thacoshammer), as well as our home page at http://www.thacoshammer.info. If you are looking for an RSS feed or a different way of downloading the show directly, the address is: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/94174. If you are looking for our Actual Play (AP) podcasts, you can find them on iTunes (search for WGP's OSR AP Podcasts), or you can go to http://feeds.feedburner.com/osractualplaypodcasts. You can also email the show at thacoshammer@gmail.com, and you can leave a voicemail for the show at 405-806-0555.

Email from DM Josh Merritt (solo adventures)
Email from DM Sidney (“encouraging” PCs away from the longsword)
Voicemail from DM Cojo (reaction to Episode #118)

Rule Zero - The Referee’s Code of Honor (Dragon Magazine #184)
Snipe Hunt – Lamia
99% Perspiration – Tips for Beginning Players, Part One: Learning the Game
Citadel Tavern / Re: [THACO's Hammer] Splatbook updates
« Last post by DMRendclaw on September 23, 2016, 08:17:23 PM »
Well we record on skype rather than broadcasting... I have been toying with the idea of streaming it on twitch or something, but the logistics of it are a bit of a nightmare...

Welcome aboard! We have been doing this for 5 years, and we appreciate your listenership!

Citadel Tavern / Re: So, what's your "crack"?
« Last post by Longspeak on September 20, 2016, 10:05:43 PM »
Right now M:TG

Max, you're near me, I think. My local coffee shop / game store has an M:TG draft on Fridays evenings that my wife and son have gone to a couple of times. Very low key, my wife is pretty new but the players she's met have been very patient. You should check it out. Uptown Espresso & Gameporium in West Seattle.
Citadel Tavern / Re: So, what's your "crack"?
« Last post by Moonlake on September 19, 2016, 09:05:34 PM »
Looks like my childhood passion for jigsaws is coming back with a vengeance. Just looking into them again as potential rewards for myself to finish novella conversion on time for own bday and then I can't stop peeking at the online puzzle store to check out different pictures etc.
Weavers Guild / Re: I Weave, Therefore I Am
« Last post by Moonlake on September 19, 2016, 07:14:55 PM »
Well, since the official Guild Leader says you're in, you're in  :wink:

I guess it does get lonely up at the Journeyman living quarters given that the only Journeyman in our Guild is chased away by the Cataclysm and at least at the Apprentice block, there are me and Val who will always be around (or at least we wonder back in periodically)

Weavers Guild / Re: I Weave, Therefore I Am
« Last post by Longspeak on September 19, 2016, 02:38:59 PM »
I was peeking at Val's Journeyman thread, and realizing I never actually replied to my welcome. I should say thanks, but also... I didn't actually fulfill all the quest requirements. I still started putting Weaver on my subs, though. :)

Moonlake asked me if I was going for Journeyman, but I think I'm happy just to weave what I weave, and not sweat the details.
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