Game of Chickens

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

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After some brief arguing and weighing of options, the group decides to go ahead and investigate the unexpected kobold threat. Froderick searches for Shaghorn to try to have the curse of only having half a visible head removed, but Shaghorn has used all of his spells for the day. Froderick retires to a bedroom in the mansion, only to discover that sleep can be very elusive when your eyelids don’t block out visual stimuli. He finally resorts to wrapping a sheet tightly around his eyes, and is able to gain some form of rest.

Chickens relaxes in a nice bath, scrubbing himself free of rabies infested bear’s blood. As he’s finally getting out and drying off, his curse manifests itself. Against his will, he becomes his own target. The magic floods over him in an emotional black wave, sinking him to his knees. He is filled with foreboding as he finds sudden clarity in the fact that there is an apocalypse coming to this world. An end to life as all races, both good and evil, know it. Chickens is given the understanding that bringing about this apocalypse is his destiny. It’s the very reason for his birth. Trying to force back the weight of the responsibility forced upon him and trying to exhaust himself to bring about the release of sleep, he practices wielding Headsplasher with a vengeance. Through all of this, the ghostly butler stands impassively, features shifting away from his face just as the mind tries to grasp them.

The magic curse bursts forth again before sleep can claim him. This time, Chickens is able to control the target. Looking quickly about the room, Chicken focuses the outburst of raw magic upon the room’s mirror. With a puff of smoke that leaves a faint taste of oil upon the air, suddenly there are four monodrone Modrons standing in the room. Whirring and clicking, They inspect the room, Chickens, and each other before attacking the mirror mercilessly. Once the mirror is shattered, and seemingly destroyed, they focus their malice upon the shards scattered about the floor. One modron, spotting a tiny piece of mirror on another modron, begins attacking the tiny piece of mirror. Each strike inflicts damage on the other modron. Within moments the room is in complete chaos. The only point of calm in the room is the translucent butler, who stands calmly watching the mess be created that he will soon have to clean. Russellbob faintly hears the ruckus, and follows the sound to Chickens room. When he opens the door he is stunned at the scene before him. Chickens exits the room without drawing the modrons’ attention. He asks the butler to retrieve his belongings, and moves to another room. One last glance back in shows the little round creatures still determined to send every last reflective piece of glass to oblivion.

Russellbob returns to his room, and Chickens manages to locate another without disturbing anyone else. After lying down, Chickens is able to attain a fitful sleep.

Finally gaining sleep, Chickens finds himself standing in the burning plain near Midway Lake. The first figure he sees is Ketanja. Her skin is shriveled, nearly unrecognizable. It’s hard to see life ever inhabiting her body. Chickens sees Vancras, whose twisted and crushed body hobbles towards him. He also sees many Calenthian soldiers, some on fire, and all bearing terrible burns. Every corpse has an arms raised, with a finger pointing accusingly at Chickens as they silently shamble in his direction. Chickens awakens in the morning covered in sweat.

Froderick is anxious to get moving the next morning, and the group exits the magnificent mansion amid the tearful goodbyes of the translucent, ghostly butlers. One in particular weeps upon another’s shoulder, tears falling from eyes that shift and slide off of it’s face. Russellbob waves a cheerful goodbye, which only brings further tearful waving from their semi-opaque host.

Tomas identifies the creatures that were in Chickens’ room as Modrons, and is fascinated that Chickens summoned them. He wishes he could have seen them, and informs Chickens that he could have controlled them.

They find Shaghorn giving the morning services and blessings to some gnomes that will be working on particularly dangerous inventions that day. After sending them off, Shaghorn sees to the party’s wounds, and brings everyone back to full health. Turqeel’s broken ribs and punctured lung are repaired, as are Podmidor’s stab wounds, and Froderick’s chest wounds that he received from Chickens’ curse harming him a couple of days prior. Shaghorn is delighted to hear that they will undertake the quest to find out why the kobolds have suddenly become so…well….bold. He makes good on his offer to equip the party for dispatching the rabid bear by asking them for a list of what supplies they need.

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Heads or Asses?

Where Chickens horribly mangles his mother’s wish for him to get his ass to church.

Chickens tries to make his way back to Shaghorn’s Temple of Reorx. He falls flat while trying to sneak across the street, and is seen by four other gnomes. They are stunned to see him, missing a nose, covered in blood, and supposed to be run out of town. He is instantly surrounded, and flooded with questions and accusations. Shaghorn hears the commotion, and extricates Chickens from the barrage. The party realizes that they haven’t eaten all day, and how hungry they are. One of the gnomes is sent to Graden’s Tavern for food. They party discusses the battle, and comes to realize that a major problem with kobolds may be afoot. Shaghorn offers the party 100gp to eradicate the kobolds. Just as platters of roast goat, cheese, steins of ale and vegetables are delivered, Chickens suddenly begins braying very loudly, like a donkey. When he stops, and comes back to himself, he sees everyone just stopped dead, staring at him. Chickens has no recollection of this, and is wondering why everyone is staring at him so strangely. A couple of moments later, a donkey walks into the temple through the open door. It is soon joined by another. Another tries to come through the door, but gets stuck, as it’s pulling a wagon. The gnome in the wagon is furiously trying to regain control of his transport. The donkeys all just stand and stare at Chickens, as if waiting. It is Cues that realizes that Chickens has summoned them. When Chickens tells them to leave, they leave the temple after gifting it’s floor. They stand in the street, again staring towards chickens. At this point there are five altogether. He tells them to “Get out of here”, and they all wander off different directions. The gnome in the wagon is still trying in vain to regain control. Tomas creates another magnificent mansion, and the party enters, sans Podmidor and Turqeel, to bathe and rest. Froderick and Tomas get into a major disagreement whether to move on to find Mandretch or to try to help Tinkerhaven with it’s kobold problem. During the planning and argument, Chickens’ curse flairs again, and the top of Froderick’s head from the cheeks up becomes invisible. What is seen is a horizontal cross section of his head. Froderick is stunned and extremely angry, as he appears to be a person functioning with just the lower third of his head intact.

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The Bear Something Something Something

An unexpected trap is sprung.

Froderick, Podmidor, Tomas and Chickens check out the house with the open door. As they cross the front yard, a mangy, obviously diseased bear bursts from the home. During the fight, Chickens is completely covered in a shower of its blood. The blood soaks his clothes and hair, and pours into his exposed septum.

Immediately upon the rabid bear’s dispatch, the real trap closes, as kobolds attack first with spears from the trees, then drop down for hand to hand combat. In the battle, Chickens is at the bears corpse, surrounded by kobolds. In all of his first level badassery, he grabs a spear from over his shoulder from a kobold behind him, and rams it forward DIRECTLY INTO THE FACE of a kobold in front of him. Said kobold discovers that though Chickens can live with a hole in his face, he himself cannot. The kobolds are pushed back, but Podmidor is seriously wounded.

Froderick is furious with Tomas for freezing up during the battle. Russellbob awakens, and convinces Cues to go find Froderick. They take an excruciatingly long trip across the village via pushmobile, and Froderick meets them as he comes back north on a conjured steed, gently cradling a shrunken Podmidor. He is delighted to see that Russelbob is awake, and the party is reunited. Chickens remains behind until his curse goes off again, and then launches himself across the village by gnomeflinger.

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A Bird's Eye View

Back and forth and back and forth and back and forth WHEEEEEEEEE!!!

Turqeel is just brought back from the brink of death, but is too weak to go with the party to the south end of the village to go bear hunting. The group was sent south of village to try to resolve the issue of a rabid bear that is killing gnomes, and were promised by Shaghorn to be resupplied as a reward. Russellbob also stays behind, as does Cues, who is out of spells. Chicken’s drooling and ice saliva curses were removed.

Froderick had his patience tested riding through the village in a pushmobile, which is a horseless wagon with three levers in the front. Two or more gnomes will push the wagon backwards about twenty feet until the clicking noises stop. They then climb into the wagon, and release a lever. The wagon then trundles forward about 30 feet and comes to a halt. The gnomes then climb out and repeat this process. Sometimes, as foot traffic is passing by, other gnomes will cheerfully stop to assist pushing the wagon backward. Froderick’s stomach was then tested by traveling the rest of the way to the south end via gnomeflinger, which is essentially a huge adjustable catapult. After careful calculations involving weight and wind direction are taken into account, travelers are launched to a landing net suspended about 10 feet above the ground. It’s best not to think about those that miss the net.

After everyone arrives safely at the South Landing net, the party works towards the very southern end of the village. They notice that it is a ghost town. There is no foot traffic. They spy a house in the woods with no signs of life, but the front door is open. Tomas catches up to the group as they plan how to best approach the house.

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A Pecking Order Established

Hey! Random poultry can be food AND protection!

While waiting for Podmidor to return, Turqeel wanders off, searching through the odd metal debris. While trying to figure out the magic he had just learned, Turqeel tries to cast a simple light spell, and instead finds himself surrounded by chickens. Turqeel, embracing opportunism, starts killing them for food. The party is found by tinker gnomes of the village who are shocked to see Chickens, and his condition. Shaghorn, the wisest cleric of Tinkerhaven asked the party to remove the threat off a rabid bear south of the village. Turqeel and Froderick get into a confrontation over party leadership, and Pod joins in. The remaining chickens come to Turqeel’s defense, and attack Froderick and Pod mercilessly. In the ensuing melee, magic is miscast, chickens are exploded, a blizzard of feathers covers everything, and Turqeel is flung bodily into the crater, where he fractured ribs and punctured his lungs. He remains in a state somewhere between life and death. Seriously, though. It was a LOT of feathers.

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Home Is Where The Crater Is

Where Chickens’ outie childhood home has mysteriously become an innie.

After waking up, the party debates about what direction to head. When Ketanja’s death is referred to, Podmidor stomps off. Finally, deciding to go to Chicken’s village in Gnomehome long enough to stock up, the party gathers up a still blissfully sleeping Russellbob, and leaves the mansion. Once outside, they find that the smoking wasteland has now turned into a muddy wasteland. Upon fastening on to Tomas like so many leeches, the party teleports to Chicken’s childhood home, only to find a large, burnt crater where his house once stood. Pieces of twisted metal lie scattered all over the landscape. Chickens is stunned, and tries hard to put together what happened. Podmidor leaves to get supplies, while the rest of the party waits in the crater. Tomas passes the time trying to help Chickens gain an understanding of magic, while Turqeel looks on.

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Bye A Nose

Kiss Kleenexes goodbye forever.

We pick up mid-idiocy.

While in Tomas’ extra dimensional mansion, Chicken’s curse caused his nose to rip itself from his face, rocket across the room, and batter itself against the wall. This has left a large hole in Chicken’s face, fully exposing his nasal cavity. This, combined with a condition of constant drooling, and saliva that is always ice cold and freezing solid in his beard, caused Chickens to weep in despair. Empathizing with Chicken’s continuously worsening situation, Tomas offered to assist Chickens in suicide to escape his misery. Finding an inner resolve fed by a desire for revenge, Chickens refused. Turqeel, who is having an issue with his laundry at the moment, has experimented with his bathwater. Night has passed in the mansion, and people have started to wake. Turqeel has tried to heal Chicken’s nose, only to be repaid by having a resurgence of the curse focused directly into his head. The ramifications of this remain a mystery.

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The Curse

“Your life shall be filled with uncontrollable chaos. Never shall you remain welcome or find solace again. You will sorrow for all your days.”

Then the casting began…

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