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Gramps' quest for a stable family (HP / Overlord/Homm crossover quest)

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  1. Vanbers

    Vanbers Not too sore, are you?

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    Honestly, we should lambast Moody about how badly he fucked up, and his "friends" just so happened to get past him and try to outright murder us. One of which was our daughter, who is well known to have tried to murder us before.

    Really, this is just step 1 in subverting Moody, because we can hint how Aife is deep into Dumbledores secret club like he is, so why wouldn't Dumbles know about it, hm? And Dumbles just so happened to get there right before his minions failed and Aife was about to die? Hm? Suspicious, eh? Given how Moody is all "CONSTANT VIGILANCE" it should be easy for a massive Intrigue Dace to put together the pieces and accuse Moody of being in on it, which would push Moody to get suspicious.
     
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  2. Nicaea

    Nicaea Monomaniac Penguin

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    As expected from a (Super)Minion! You're the first to point it out. This will have some repercussions.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... No.

    What, and spoil the surprise of her next move? Nah.

    In his defense, and it'll be explained in turn 3 planning phase, Aife and her group got the drop on him and left him tied up up in a closet when he refused to help (he joined before the unpleasantness with the necromancer, so he knows Dace didn't do it.)
     
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  3. Soulwave

    Soulwave Unless you're Merlin

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    Yeah i'm perfectly ok with him then, in harry potter ending up being shoved in the closet is surprisingly valid excuse
     
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    Nicaea

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    Turn 3: September 1983




    This summer was a catastrophe, but Dace has survived worse.

    The manor was totaled, the protective spells were gone, his staff was injured, his apprentice was having a psychotic break, his (grand) daughter was having nightmares, and his pride was injured.
    Still, nobody died, which was a plus, and he was still healthy. And rich.

    Good news was that his insurance delivered, and the people of the Ministry, whom he helped, were more than happy to help with the paperwork where they could.

    Gained 900 000 Galleons, remaining loaned money repaid.

    Furthermore, nothing of value was lost! (Scry-block, potions, and research autopasses still active!)
    After a bit of reorganizing the wreck, some resources were even acquired from cannibalizing the remains:

    +40 Stone.

    However, even if they were comfortable, sleeping in a tent was humiliating!

    The bigger news, however, was that Dumbledore came up and delivered the Order members who attacked Dace to the aurors, noting that Aife escaped. Looking at the photos, it seemed like they had snuggled with a few dementors with how traumatized they looked. He then proceeded to step onto the podium at the Wizengamot and revealed the existence and goals of the Order of the Phoenix, before apologizing to Dace in front of the assembly and stepping down from his post of supreme mugwump.

    If nothing else, that should leave him with more freedom to move.



    Turn 3 Possessions:

    Gains:

    -Animal (mundane and magical) Ranches: +45,000 Galleon (after salaries and charges), 1d6 Epic animal components/ Turn
    -- 1000 Employees, payed 544 G/t on average.
    Greenfire (Floo powder producers since 1930): + 10 000 Galleons/ Turn
    --200 Employees payed 500 G/t on average
    Potion shops 'Montmorency' in England: + 60, 000 Galleons/ Turn
    --500 Employees payed 550 G/t on average
    Medjica (Healing salves and potions): + 30 000 Galleons/turn
    --150 Employees paid 770 G/t on average
    'George's Inferno': +6 Sulfur /turn, +6 Mercury /turn

    Spendings:

    Gwallawg Academy of Superior Learning: -40,000 Galleon / turn, 1d6 Chance of producing a Druid, 1d100-80 chance of Loyal Hero Unit. (Muggleborn population: 95%)

    Manor employee salaries: (50 of them, 380G/t on average) (Paid vacations/medical leave)

    Salaries: Agatha (1 000), Jason Swallows (1500), Mad Eye Moody (1000)

    = 82500 Galleons / Turn
    GASL Rolls
    d6: 3 Druids joined the army
    d100-80: 40 Nope.
    Elizabeth roll
    99: Amber necklace: Necklace of ???
    Animal ranches:
    1x Unicorn horn

    Treasury:
    991 100 Galleons
    12 Mercury
    12 Sulfur
    3 Crystal
    6 Gems
    40 Stone

    Skylight: A sapphire that seems to shine with an inner light. +10 to results if used to create items with [Life/Order] Attribute.
    Nature Anchor: Allows to soak up a zone with Nature energy, necessary to build a Rampart.
    Magic Book: (Need to translate to use fully)
    Dragon Rearing book
    Dragon nest plans (Need to translate to use)
    Necklace of ???

    Ingredients:
    Hydra venom
    Chimera heartstrings

    Jobberknoll feathersx4 (Truth and mind potion ingredients)
    Unicorn horn
    Inventory:
    Cloak of Crystal: Gain 1 Crystal / turn (Value: 5000 G)
    Still Eye of the dragon +1 Troops Morale, +1 Troops Luck (Value: 2000 G)
    Quiet eye of the dragon +5 Troops attack damage, +5 Troops attack defense (Value: 2000 G)
    Pendant of free will: Immune to mind magic and hypnosis. (Value 8000 G)







    Event roll: 50 – Absolutely nothing of interest happened. Dace heard about some important artefact being unearthed, however the building in which it was found was trapped and the item was destroyed, along with everything in its close vicinity, including the researchers.

    Rumor mill: [Locked] Sadly due to your current living conditions keeping tabs on the mill is impossible.





    Turn 3






    Diplomacy: Adviser – Elizabeth Gwallawg: Actions: 2

    Elizabeth is feeling a bit under the weather, but that doesn't keep her from rifling through your papers with gusto. More than one time, you've heard her muttering about 'ruining them' and 'plundering their accounts'. In any case, be glad that her jewelry and Cleopatra wardrobe survived the mansion's destruction.

    [] Have a chat with Dumbledore. You've put it off long enough, and as much as you loathe the old man, he is a major player and you shouldn't let him run around unchecked. This will open up funding/trade/information/socializing (ugh) options.

    [] Trials! Trials everywhere! Don't look at him like that, he's the victim here!

    [] Visit the Ministry, try to build up contacts. The people over there like you well enough, but you never know who you can meet and what you can find.

    [] Attend Academy graduation. You are, after all, the owner, founder and the one who funds the Gwallawg Academy of Superior Learning, located in Cardiff. This will increase your chance of people with exceptional potential stepping up, such as Oliver and Agathe. Miss Evans is currently indisposed and cannot give a speech, sorry.

    [] Attend a ministry function. The current affairs are dreadful, truly dreadful.


    Stewardship: Advisor – Oliver Lapierre: Actions: 2

    Oliver, despite the one-track mind he has, is quite efficient when he comes to administration. Of course, he'd rather raise the wolves, but for now, he'll do as your steward.

    [] Develop your budding empire, you need to spend gold to earn more gold, after all. Costs 10 000 G. Gains variable.

    [] Real Estate Hunt (step 2). The people who take care of the real estate have encountered a bit of a snag when it comes to the property you want to buy. There is an infestation of trolls. Because of that, you can buy it at a reduced price, but you'll need to deal with them. Cost 800 000G.

    [] Find sources of building materials. Your contacts went out of business not that long ago, and you need good sources. Guaranteed access to Wood and Stone production facilities. Chance of getting access to Gem, Crystal, Sulfur, or Mercury production facilities. Cost variable.

    [] Takeover. You're well placed in your country, due to both luck and shrewd management. Now is the time to launch your attack and corner the potions market! Cost: 100 000 G

    Martial: Advisor(s): Alastor (Madeye) Maugrey, Jason Swallows. Actions: 3

    Madeye is almost spitting nails at having been beaten by a bunch of wet behind the ears newbies, and, shame of shames, he was left tied up in a closet! In a broom closet! They didn't even have the decency to knock him out and he had to chew through his bindings to get out of it! Of course, this led to the ex-mercenary ribbing him, which ended up in a duel that left them both out of commission. After being scolded by a scary mediwitch, those two seem to have reached somewhat of an understanding.

    [] Animal pens. Crudely explained, you need a place to store your dragon, his mothers, your pet dog wolf, his pack, and the fairies that are about to overrun the small woods near the charred ruins of your manor. [May only be taken if [Rampart: step one] is complete]. May only build one per turn for stealth reasons.

    -[] Wolf den: Produces 10 Wolves / turn, 1 year after construction. Costs 10 Wood, 2000 G
    --[] Direwolf den: Produces 10 Direwolves / turn, 1 year after construction. Replaces Wolf den. Costs 10 Wood, 3000 G
    -[] Pixie huts: Produces 15 Pixies/turn, available immediately. Costs 20 Wood, 1000 G
    --[] Sprite huts: Produces 15 Sprites / turn, available immediately. Replaces Pixie huts. Costs 10 Wood, 2000 G
    -[] Dragon Cliffs: Produces 1 Green dragon/ turn, 5 years after construction. [Needs [Dragon rearing book] and [Dragon nest plans] to be translated.] Costs 30 Stone, 20 Crystal, 20 000G
    --[] Dragon Lair: Produces 1 Golden dragon/turn, 5 years after construction. Replaces Dragon Cliffs. Costs 30 Stone, 20 Crystal, 40 000G

    [] Hire more security staff. -10 to enemy infiltration rolls. 2000G

    [] Combat drills. You have units, but they don't know how to fight as an army.
    -[]Wolves
    -[]Dragons
    -[]Pixies
    -[]Druids
    -[]Treants

    [] Military expedition:
    -[]Yr Wyddfa

    Intrigue: Actions: 2 (1+ Intrigue over 25)

    You're not sure you'll find anyone you trust with this to help you, save for your wife, but you need her more where she is right now.

    [] Plots are good for your health! Plot against: (Will receive intel on their moves, plus additional actions if the opportunity arises.)
    -[] Dumbledore's little club of vigilantes.
    -[] Voldemort's band of hooligans. Well, what remains of it, anyways.
    -[] The Overlord of Chaos faction
    -[] Riddle. He's tried to kill you thrice already.
    -[] Aife. Better keep tabs on her.

    [] Plots are good for your purse! With all those people being arrested left and right...
    -[] Plot to take over shops in Diagon Alley (England, London).
    -[] Plot to take over shops in the Green Alley (Wales, Cardiff)

    [] Compulsive plotting is also good for the morale!
    -[] Go on a matchmaking spree. Chance to increase Diplomacy, RP with some people, reputation.
    -[] Go on a trolling rampage an adventure! Chance to increase Intrigue, cripple enemies, RP with some people.

    [] Plotting is an excellent bonding activity!
    -[] Plot with Oliver: +10 to Stewardship action rolls (+2 RP with Oliver)
    -[] Plot with Elizabeth : +10 to Diplomacy action rolls (SL MAX)
    -[] Plot with Scáthach: +2 RP with Scáthach, Scáthach gains 1d2 Intrigue to base score. She's still a bit young, but better get started early!

    Learning: Actions: 2 (1+Learning over 25)

    You're not letting anyone not from your family handle those books. Ever. You'll have to wait until either Elizabeth finds herself a newfound passion for reading, or until little Scáthach decides paper isn't for eating and learns to read. You have a feeling the latter will come earlier.

    [] Translate books. Knowledge is always useful.
    -[]Dragon nest plans [Takes 1 session] (reduced because you have a live dragon to experiment with)

    [] The old tales are sometimes true. Brush up on your knowledge, after all each time something supernatural happened, a wizard was behind it.

    [] On the other hand, you could also brush up your management skills... (due to owning Nature Anchor, this will cause the emergence of some skills.)
    -[] With all of the things going on right now, you need to brush up on your Estates management.

    Mysticism: Advisor: Agatha: Actions: 2 (+30 to rolls)

    It stings a bit that you're just on the lower spectrum of powerful, but you'll deal. After that unpleasantness this summer, you've learned how much you are limited, however, and this displeases you. This displeases you greatly. On other news, Agatha's work with more... Enthusiastic...Colleagues of hers is continuing at a steady pace. It would be easier if she could give up on those 'Tolkien elves', but at this point, Dace'll take her just keeping the explosions away from camp.

    [] Rampart: Step one (must complete all of those to unlock step 2)
    -[V] Find a suitable location.
    -[V] Find a full roster of Nature-themed creatures.
    -[] Spare resources for the building: Pay 30 000 G, 30 wood, 30 stone. (0/30 000, 0/30, 0/30)
    -[V] Investigate the Nature Anchor

    [] Work on the Magic Book. Its powers have saved you multiple times, and yet, you know nothing of it.

    [] Investigate the necklace your wife sent you. It's obviously magical, but you don’t know what it does.

    [] Y Ddraig Aur. He emerges once every thousand years and is currently chewing on a few cows in what remains of your backyard, but this time, it was early. Why?

    [] You've been having ... Dreams, lately. So, did Scáthach to be honest, and you're fairly sure that Aife and her spawn will, too. They aren't particularly alarming; however, they are abnormal. If anything, you should investigate what they mean.

    Personal: Actions: 6 (1 + Stewardship Advisor + Diplomacy Advisor + Mysticism advisor + 2 Martial advisors)


    [] Spend time with one of your SLs: +2 RP (you can choose any of your SL)
    -[] Spend time with Scáthach: +3 RP, chance of ???
    -[] Therapy Spend time with Lily: +3 RP, +1/? to recovery


    [] Personal supervision. Supervise an action from the other sections. Gain +10 to rolls if Martial, Stewardship or Diplomacy action, +20 if Leaning or Mysticism action, +30 if Intrigue action. (May be used multiple times, but not on the same actions.)

    [] Train. You hate doing it, and it hates you back, but if it makes Madeye shut up, you'll do it.

    [] Ollivander has finished rifling through your mother's wands and now wants to teach you how to make wands because 'so much natural talent wasted is a crime against wizardkind and you should be ashamed not to use it!'. Seriously, what was it about you that made crazy old men nag at you all the time?

    [] Extra action. Use your own free time to do stuff. (May only be taken once, may be used as substitute for AP)







    Huh, would you look at that, Event-chan is giving you a breather and went to bully someone else! Praise Event-chan for her mercy!
    Freyja be spitting as many nails as Madeye right now tho.
    And [Queen of Shadows] procced!

    Now, for a bit of an announcement, let's all cheer for Blonddude42 who joined my cult the team as a minion Beta!
     
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  5. Soulwave

    Soulwave Unless you're Merlin

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    So can we know who been arrested or does that have to wait till we take the action?
     
  6. Blonddude42

    Blonddude42 Versed in the lewd.

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    Cross posted from SV for your convenience

    [] The Invisible Hand

    Diplomacy:
    -[X] Have a chat with Dumbledore.
    You've put it off long enough, and as much as you loathe the old man, he is a major player and you shouldn't let him run around unchecked. This will open up funding/trade/information/socializing (ugh) options.
    -[X] Trials! Trials everywhere! Don't look at him like that, he's the victim here!


    Stewardship:
    -[X] Develop your budding empire,
    you need to spend gold to earn more gold, after all. Costs 10 000 G. Gains variable.
    -[X] Real Estate Hunt (step 2). The people who take care of the real estate have encountered a bit of a snag when it comes to the property you want to buy. There is an infestation of trolls. Because of that, you can buy it at a reduced price, but you'll need to deal with them. Cost 800 000G.


    Martial:
    [X] Combat drills.
    You have units, but they don't know how to fight as an army.
    -[X]Dragons
    -[X]Druids
    [X] Military expedition:
    -[X]Yr Wyddfa


    Intrigue:
    [X] Plots are good for your health!
    Plot against: (Will receive intel on their moves, plus additional actions if the opportunity arises.)
    -[X] Aife. Better keep tabs on her.
    [X] Plotting is an excellent bonding activity!
    -[X] Plot with Scáthach: +2 RP with Scáthach, Scáthach gains 1d2 Intrigue to base score. She's still a bit young, but better get started early!


    Learning:
    -[X] Translate books.
    Knowledge is always useful.
    -[X]Dragon nest plans [Takes 1 session] (reduced because you have a live dragon to experiment with)
    -[X] The old tales are sometimes true. Brush up on your knowledge, after all each time something supernatural happened, a wizard was behind it.


    Mysticism:
    -[X] You've been having ... Dreams, lately.
    So, did Scáthach to be honest, and you're fairly sure that Aife and her spawn will, too. They aren't particularly alarming; however, they are abnormal. If anything, you should investigate what they mean.
    -[X] Work on the Magic Book. Its powers have saved you multiple times, and yet, you know nothing of it.

    Personal:
    -[X] Spend time with one of your SLs:
    +2 RP
    --[X] Spend time with Scáthach: +3 RP, chance of ???
    --[X] Therapy Spend time with Lily: +3 RP, +1/? to recovery

    -[X] Personal supervision. Supervise an action from the other sections. Gain +10 to rolls if Martial, Stewardship or Diplomacy action, +20 if Leaning or Mysticism action, +30 if Intrigue action. (May be used multiple times, but not on the same actions.)
    --[X] Plot against Aife

    -[X] Train. You hate doing it, and it hates you back, but if it makes Madeye shut up, you'll do it.

    -[X] Ollivander has finished rifling through your mother's wands and now wants to teach you how to make wands because 'so much natural talent wasted is a crime against wizardkind and you should be ashamed not to use it!'. Seriously, what was it about you that made crazy old men nag at you all the time?

    -[X] Extra action. Use your own free time to do stuff. (May only be taken once, may be used as substitute for AP)
    --[X] Investigate the necklace your wife sent you. It's obviously magical, but you don’t know what it does.


    So much to do, so little time. And with this final plan of mine, I make the transition to Beta. I'll be avoiding voting from here on out (and am strictly hands off in plan posting).
     
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  7. Nicaea

    Nicaea Monomaniac Penguin

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    The latter. You know Aife's in the nature somewhere, but other than that...
     
  8. Soulwave

    Soulwave Unless you're Merlin

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    Is Aife actually vulnerable or does she have a super secret base she fled to I wonder? Don't answer that I know that depends on rolls
     
  9. Minion #Q

    Minion #Q Experienced.

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    it seems like all the planning is being done on SV; anyway I don't actually have a plan this turn but I don't care about his trial. I mean Dumbledore going down is bad and all but admitting everything and resigning means that it's really unlikely to go to jail. I do admit I want James to go to jail but then Lily wouldn't be able to feed him to a werewolf. The real estate market takes almost all our cash but we really want to live somewhere and this attack is a good pretext to go somewhere defensible. I don't care about martial copy paste and from what I can tell we are already at the highest we can get too with our wife. Personal actions are fine. I should probably put up catagories but I can do that if someone votes for me. Have to go.

    [] Plan Mostly the same
    Edit Invalid Plan.
     
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  10. Blonddude42

    Blonddude42 Versed in the lewd.

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    The fact that planning takes place on SV was just that I tended to be the first (and often only one) to make plans. But now that I'm a beta that won't be happening.

    Also you're gonna want to fix your plan up some. Just off the top of my head you have several actions as subvotes to things they aren't subvotes for, and you have personal attenion to the "Plot against Aife" action without actually taking that action.
     
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  11. Nicaea

    Nicaea Monomaniac Penguin

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    Hm.... HMMMMM. She's in less danger than you are.

    I'll add that some times, QQ actually won the votes.
     
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    Minion #Q Experienced.

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    Alright I'm back; I would like to say that this is the same plan but it really isn't. I did check after the quotes and yes the plan was a mess. That was my fault I had been in a hurry and had tried to copy and paste the current plan while only switching a few actions I didn't like and the whole thing fell apart. This new plan is different but it actually works. I did want to find the sources of building materials and finally bring up the rampart but I couldn't fit the actions In.

    I really wanted to interact with our wife because the flavor text said she wasn't feeling well and adding hero's adds to the number of actions we can take so the Acadamy should always take an action because with Agatha it's already paid for itself. Given that the bonus was already on diplomacy I picked up the other actions that fit there. I still don't care about the military actions though so I would be open to any changes there.

    [X] Plan Something completely different.

    [X] Have a chat with Dumbledore. You've put it off long enough, and as much as you loathe the old man, he is a major player and you shouldn't let him run around unchecked. This will open up funding/trade/information/socializing (ugh) options.
    [X] Visit the Ministry, try to build up contacts. The people over there like you well enough, but you never know who you can meet and what you can find.

    [X] Develop your budding empire, you need to spend gold to earn more gold, after all. Costs 10 000 G. Gains variable.
    [X] Real Estate Hunt (step 2). The people who take care of the real estate have encountered a bit of a snag when it comes to the property you want to buy. There is an infestation of trolls. Because of that, you can buy it at a reduced price, but you'll need to deal with them. Cost 800 000G.

    [X] Combat drills. You have units, but they don't know how to fight as an army.
    -[X]Dragons
    -[X]Druids
    [X] Military expedition:
    -[X]Yr Wyddfa

    [X] Plot to take over shops in the Green Alley (Wales, Cardiff)
    [X] Plot with Scáthach: +2 RP with Scáthach, Scáthach gains 1d2 Intrigue to base score. She's still a bit young, but better get started early!

    [X] Translate books. Knowledge is always useful.
    -[X]Dragon nest plans [Takes 1 session] (reduced because you have a live dragon to experiment with)
    [X] On the other hand, you could also brush up your management skills... (due to owning Nature Anchor, this will cause the emergence of some skills.)
    -[X] With all of the things going on right now, you need to brush up on your Estates management

    [X] Work on the Magic Book. Its powers have saved you multiple times, and yet, you know nothing of it.
    [X] Investigate the necklace your wife sent you. It's obviously magical, but you don’t know what it does.

    [X] Extra Action
    -[X] Attend Academy graduation. You are, after all, the owner, founder and the one who funds the Gwallawg Academy of Superior Learning, located in Cardiff. This will increase your chance of people with exceptional potential stepping up, such as Oliver and Agathe. Miss Evans is currently indisposed and cannot give a speech, sorry.
    [X] Spend time with one of your SLs: +2 RP
    --[X] Spend time with Scáthach: +3 RP, chance of ???
    --[X] Therapy Spend time with Lily: +3 RP, +1/? to recovery
    ---[X] Spend time with Elizabeth she's feeling under the weather. Diplo action bonus
    [X] You've been having ... Dreams, lately. So, did Scáthach to be honest, and you're fairly sure that Aife and her spawn will, too. They aren't particularly alarming; however, they are abnormal. If anything, you should investigate what they mean.
    [X] Ollivander has finished rifling through your mother's wands and now wants to teach you how to make wands because 'so much natural talent wasted is a crime against wizardkind and you should be ashamed not to use it!'. Seriously, what was it about you that made crazy old men nag at you all the time?
     
  13. Soulwave

    Soulwave Unless you're Merlin

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    I would prefer to do the trial rather than building up contacts
     
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    shanagan I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    [x] The Invisible Hand
     
  15. Bla

    Bla Not too sore, are you?

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    [X] The Invisible Hand

    Welp. There goes the insurance money.
     
  16. Nicaea

    Nicaea Monomaniac Penguin

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    Yep, there it goes.

    CLosing the votes!
     
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    Nicaea

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    Honestly, back then, I'd thought Deathquest would have won, and after dithering for a while, I decided to post it anyways. I still have dice to roll and stuff...









    So here it is, it's supposed to be shorter because more revelations.
     
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  18. Soulwave

    Soulwave Unless you're Merlin

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    I see what you did there.


    September 12th 1983

    -[X] Real Estate Hunt (step 2). The people who take care of the real estate have encountered a bit of a snag when it comes to the property you want to buy. There is an infestation of trolls. Because of that, you can buy it at a reduced price, but you'll need to deal with them. Cost 800 000G.
    Luck activated! Score raised: 59 + 20 = 79


    Well, the first thing to do, Dace supposed, was to secure another base of operations. Still, having his house destroyed before he even finished paying for its ameliorations was annoying. At least that was paid back using the insurance money, leaving him with a lot more than what he had when he was younger. Therefore, he went, along with his granddaughter and his wife, to the real estate agent.

    The place was sober and clean, which was all he wanted from it. One could easily gauge the level of competence from a business that way. Those who used lots of decorations were bound to use them as distractions, whether it was from the fact they were fleecing their customers or their own incompetence didn't really matter. The person receiving them was a no nonsense greying woman with square glasses and a squarer jaw that looked like she could chew a galleon and spit a nugget out, which made her smiles mildly terrifying. He liked that.

    "Mister Gwallawg." She held out her hand for him to shake which he did, before she sat behind her desk, and his family in front of her. "Desidera Swallows. I have received your message about your interested in one of our lots. However, our people have run into some... Difficulties... Along the way, therefore, I have called you here to inform you about the situation."

    Dace raised an eyebrow but said nothing, signaling her to continue with a move of his hand and seating himself more comfortably on his seat.

    "As you probably do not know due to your current circumstances, this is mating season for the trolls, and they have invaded the property you're interested in. After failing to negotiate with them, my superiors have called the exterminators and opened up several other places that would correspond to the criteria you imposed, but-"

    The man raised his hand, eyes closed, before opening them back with a faint smirk on his lips. The wheels in his mind were turning, and a plan began to take shape.

    "I'll take it."

    The woman looked slightly perturbed but readjusted her glasses and gave him the contract. She even gave him the contact information of some builders she knew.

    Spent 800 000 Galleons. You now own the tallest mountain of Wales, in the middle of the natural park of Snowdonia.



    September 14th 1983


    Martial:
    [X] Combat drills.
    You have units, but they don't know how to fight as an army.
    -[X]Dragons Luck activated! Score raised: 81 + 20 = 101 :Critical success! Dragons combat ready.
    -[X]Druids 24 / 200 until combat ready
    [X] Military expedition:
    -[X]Yr Wyddfa 68

    "...And that's why you're all here today." Dace explained, looking immensely proud of himself, as he showed the grey shapes milling around the mountain, the wind carrying their terrible stench. The young graduates of the Academy, that Agatha swindled into convinced to become the first druids of your personal army looking at each other nervously, while the giant flying murder machines looked at you intently with an intelligence far from animalistic. Among them was the golden dragon, who had just reached maturity and was almost twice as big as the other dragonesses. Looking at the mountain, his reptilian eyes narrowed in what seemed to be calculation.

    It then got up on its hindlegs, raised its head high, and let out a long, guttural roar that shook the air around and took flight, followed by the others, in direction of the mountain. Then, the mountain lit up as the dragons began circling it, spewing gouts of fire each time they saw a troll. Screams of agony reached their ears, and one of the younger druids began vomiting as the scent of burnt meat filled their nostrils. He'd have to train them a lot more before he could drag them onto the battlefield, it seems...

    Slaughter Battle results : 40x Trolls killed
    Dace Current exp: 1261 / 2000
    Fight result: Victory!
    Exp Gained: 1600
    Dace current exp: 2861 / 3000 Level up!


    As he did in the last fight, Dace felt something. However this time, he tried to pinpoint the feeling, and he got the Anchor out of the back. Then, as he looked at it, he finally noticed brown wisps of something coming from the mountain, suffusing the cube, who was pulsating, and coming within him.

    [] This calls for an investigation.
    [] There's too much to do right now.

    In any case, there is nothing he can do about it right now, thus, he instead began to shape the energy within him.

    [] Spells that seemed more complicated before now were more accessible to him... Gain Advanced Wisdom.
    [] The air around him sang with a song he was beginning to understand... Gain Advanced Air Magic
    [] Clarity struck his mind, he's been doing it wrong all along! Gain Basic estates.
    [] The earth beneath his feet, the leaves in the wind... He could understand that emerald radiance... Gain Basic Earth Magic.


    Dace's current skills: 5/8 Slots taken.
    Basic Wisdom: allows your hero to learn third level spells.
    Basic Intelligence: Basic intelligence increases a hero's normal maximum spell points by 25%.
    Basic Air Magic: allows your hero to cast air spells at reduced cost.
    Basic Diplomacy: allows you to negotiate with monsters in exchange of gold and reduces the cost of surrendering by 20%.
    Basic Luck: increases your hero's luck by 1


    After spending a few days cleaning up and inspecting the land, Dace was pleasantly surprised by what he found.
    Territory cleared! Land bonuses discovered:

    Growth:

    Fairies: ++
    Wolves: +
    Moon does: ++
    Elves (unavailable): ?
    Treants: +
    Druids: +
    Dragons:++

    Resources:

    Low amounts of gold : 5 000 to work the resource, 1 000 G/Turn, 1d6-3 Native Gold / turn afterwards.
    Massive amounts of high quality stone: 20 000 to work the resource, 16 ore / turn, 1d6-3 Flawless Marble afterwards.
    Massive amounts of high quality crystals: 40 000 to work the resource, 8 Crystal / turn, 1d6-3 Flawless crystal afterwards.
    Massive amounts of gems : 40 000 to work the resource, 8 Gems/turn afterwards.

    Well, as expected, the mountain was rich with resources, though that would cost him a pretty penny to buy the tools and workers to process them. Oh well, one needs money to make money...


    October 6th 1983


    Stewardship:
    -[X] Develop your budding empire,
    you need to spend gold to earn more gold, after all. Costs 10 000 G. Gains variable.
    29

    Dace didn't know why his house being destroyed would in any way affect his ability to make money, however, the problem was that people did, and therefore refused to sell to him.

    At least, he got his money back.

    Failure!



    October 25th 1983

    Personal:
    -[X] Spend time with one of your SLs:
    +2 RP
    --[X] Therapy Spend time with Lily: +3 RP, +1/? to recovery 59

    Lily was in a bad shape here. None of her wits, all of her temper, and whatever Dumbledore did to her left her unable to act on her visibly murderous impulses. He wouldn't enjoy what he was about to do. Dave levelled his wand at her and muttered a spell that, if he was caught, would get him a one-way ticket to Azkaban.

    "Imperio."

    There wasn't even a struggle, no resistance whatsoever to the spell, almost as if there wasn't a mind here at all, only an all-consuming rage, that ebbed and flowed. He made Lily get up and inspected her critically, before calling for his wife on his way out. He'd rather not have to witness his apprentice being bathed and fed.

    After a few hours, Lily, now clean, clothed and fed was sitting in front of him like a doll, with some restraints just in case his countermeasure failed. On his hand, he held a modified calming draught that he made her drink. It seemed to have an effect, as control of her body was brutally yanked away from him and the young woman began convulsing on the seat, hands gripping the armrests, the wood breaking under the strain. She spent some time howling and groaning, but after she stopped, she looked at him with something approaching recognition in her eyes. At the very least, she didn't try to attack him.

    "Good morning Lily."

    She just blinked at him in incomprehension.

    "Uuuuh."

    Dace had a bad feeling about that, but he continued talking to her.

    "One groan for no, two for yes, do you understand me?"

    "Uuuuh."

    Well. At least, she understood when people talked to her. Though, her mind was probably similar to a newborn's right now.

    Then, a gust of wind made a dark cloth near the tent's opening flap and she tried to pounce on it, growling.

    He bit back a sigh. It seemed she behaved herself around him because she knew him on an instinctual level, but her mind was closer to that of an animal, rather than a child's. An animal in perpetual fight-or-flight state.

    It seemed more sessions would be in order.

    Lily is a bit better and won't try to rip your head off anymore.
    +1 to Recovery score, +5 RP (stored until she's cognizant enough to acknowledge something as complex as interpersonal relationships).




    November 12th 1983
    Learning:
    -[X] Translate books.
    Knowledge is always useful.
    -[X]Dragon nest plans [Takes 1 session] (reduced because you have a live dragon to experiment with) 72

    It was long and arduous, and there were many terms that couldn't be translated, but Dace finally did it. It probably helped that now he had the mountain under his nose, it made him easier to project the hypothetical dragon nests, especially since his dragons had taken to napping around it. It seems that they liked high altitude, rocky areas where they could fly around.

    Plans translated, Dragon nest construction available once Rampart tier 1 is complete.




    AN:
    Yeah, Snowdon got really good rolls, and even a bit of gold despite the maluses. Still, Stone got 115 and Crystals got 104, which allow them to produce supposedly rare materials that aren't important yet but would normally be hard to find. So, yay, I guess.

    More importantly, my loyal minion has pointed out something that he felt was rather important I tell you: here, I play each and every faction you don't control, and all of them move towards their own victory conditions. Therefore I strongly advise you to try and be proactive. I will tell you this however:

    Riddle wants to become a God, the Overlord seeks to achieve domination, Dumbledore wants to wipe out chaotic / evil factions, ??? wants the throne, ??? wants to defeat ???, ??? wants to create a legacy that will last forever and all are in search of the Holy
     
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    Vanbers Not too sore, are you?

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    Not sure if you meant to, but the Autumn turn is in the threadmarks before Summer, rather than after September
     
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    Nicaea Monomaniac Penguin

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    Fixed. Thanks
     
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    Soulwave Unless you're Merlin

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    Well our new home is shaping up to be an excellent investment.
     
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    Nicaea Monomaniac Penguin

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    It was a 99. THough, you'll need a lot more investment before you can get anything out of it.
     
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    Nicaea

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    Turn 3: Winter 1983



    November 24th 1983

    Intrigue:
    [X] Plots are good for your health! Plot against: (Will receive intel on their moves, plus additional actions if the opportunity arises.)
    -[X] Aife. Better keep tabs on her.
    Personal:
    -[X] Personal supervision. Supervise an action from the other sections. Gain +10 to rolls if Martial, Stewardship or Diplomacy action, +20 if Leaning or Mysticism action, +30 if Intrigue action. (May be used multiple times, but not on the same actions.)
    --[X] Plot against Aife

    It was more a stroke of luck than anything else by this point, Dace thought, as he read the report from one of his spies, that his daughter bought something from one of his shops. Of course she altered her appearance, however this didn't change the fact that even with black hair, brown eyes, a dirty face and a few fake moles, she was still eye-catching. Or, more probably, it was because of it that she was more easily noticed. After all, a poor woman wouldn't buy a costly fever reducer.

    Still, it was an adequate enough camouflage, he supposed. His investigators tailed her, using the tracker in the bottle, and arrived at an empty flat, recently deserted. They just missed her, but it didn't matter. After all, if she was up and about, the potion was for her child, which meant that once he drinks it, Dace would have a reliable way to track her whereabouts by using her son.

    The team came to his manor and dropped a few items, maps, books and baubles. After a bit of analysis, he managed to break the simplistic code on it and now, all he needed was time to spend over trying to understand what exactly his wayward (ex) daughter was after. After all, one didn't investigate old Myths and Magic lightly, even she knew that, or at least, he made sure to impress that upon her mind when she was younger. He still didn't know if it stuck or not.

    Tracker placed on Aife! New option available next turn: Investigate Aife's plot.




    December 1st 1983

    Learning:
    -[X] Translate books
    . Knowledge is always useful.
    -[X]Dragon nest plans [Takes 1 session] (reduced because you have a live dragon to experiment with)

    It took some time and was frustrating, especially considering dragon rearing wasn't his thing, at all, but he finally managed to translate the plans in their entirety, before throwing them in Oliver's way and proceeding to try and calm the headache it caused.


    -[X] The old tales are sometimes true. Brush up on your knowledge, after all each time something supernatural happened, a wizard was behind it.

    The problem with lore is that there are so many different interpretations of the same myth that nobody even remembers the truth behind it. Not even Dace's archives are immune to that, but at least, he does know which ones have truly happened, at the very least. For example, while Arthur existed, his sleeping with his sister Morgana was a hoax. In the end, there was too much data to find anything worthwhile if one was to look around aimlessly. However, he found some interesting things about the necklace his wife found. The implications were worrying though...
    Mysticism:
    -[X] Work on the Magic Book. Its powers have saved you multiple times, and yet, you know nothing of it.

    Translating it was surprisingly easy, considering how much of a pain the dragon plans were, and it paid off. Dace finally knew what was up with that book, and when he did, he was both awed and horrified.

    Magic Book becomes Book of Air!

    If there was a book for the four elements, did that means there were books for the factions too? The thought of Riddle having a book containing so much magic about Death... He closed his eyes. This wasn't him. He didn't deal in what ifs. If there's a possibility of him having that book, then Dace needed to act as if it were on his possession already, and make contingencies.

    Book of Air: Allows its owner to cast any spell from the school of Air, provided they have the necessary mana, regardless of the spell level. (List of spells : Air Magic Spells - Heroes of Might and Magic III / Heroes 3 )




    December 28th 1983

    Diplomacy:

    -[X] Have a chat with Dumbledore. You've put it off long enough, and as much as you loathe the old man, he is a major player and you shouldn't let him run around unchecked. This will open up funding/trade/information/socializing (ugh) options.

    Dace arrived in a flash of green fire, dusting his robes as he strode through the room, heading towards the seats, not bothering with introductions. Dumbledore's eyes followed him hands steepled over his ornate desk, the portraits of the old directors of Hogwards protesting his impoliteness as he sat. His blue-green eyes scanned the room, from Dumbledore himself, clad in those garish mustard robes that he was sure he wore to annoy him, to the multiple odds and ends clutteres on tables on the side, to the phoenix that was looking at him with piercing eyes. He stopped a bit, trying to understand why the animal looked upset then remembered.
    “You had your chance, remember? It isn't my fault you were slower than the dragons.”

    The bird seemed to huff, before breaking eye contact and beginning to comb its feathers with its beak. The silence fell down on the room, where Dace and Dumbledore looked at eachother, gauging, judging.

    “Nigh'mare...”

    The door suddenly opened, and a toddler entered. Blond haired, brown eyed, he looked like somebody took Frank Longbottom and shrunk him down. This was most likely Neville Longbottom.

    Dumbledore got up from his seat and walked towards the toddler, grandfatherly persona firmly in place, and smiled at him gently, rubbing the boy's head.Meanwhile, the gears in Dace's mind were turning. Why would he be at Hogwarts? Well it was the 'safest place in Britain', where Dumbledore could keep an eye on him.

    “Is that so? Well, this is problematic. Have you called on Whimsy and Dozy?” The old man asked while waving his wand and making the boy levitate, eliciting delighted giggles on his part.

    “They weren't here, so I came for you.”

    Albus frowned, but it disappeared quickly.

    “Well then, we should remedy to that, shouldn't we?” He wrote a note and had his familiar pick it up, teleporting away to its recipient. The boy then looked around, eyes fixed on Dace, before he looked away again towards Dumbledore, babbling excitedly as the man sat back on his chair, the child on his lap. Dace closed his eyes, counted up to ten and got up from his seat, his voice smoother than he would have thought.

    “It seems I am intruding. I'll be on my way.”

    Dimbledore sighed as the room flashed green.

    "Grandpa? Who was that?" Nevilled asked him innocently, having likely picked up on the tension between the two men unconsciously.
    "A mistake, Neville. The biggest mistake I have made in many years." The man seemed to sag, looking as if every year of his life finally caught back to him.

    So Prophecy was all it took, huh...


    Failure.




    January 10th 1984

    Intrigue:
    [X] Plotting is an excellent bonding activity!
    -[X] Plot with Scáthach:
    +2 RP with Scáthach, Scáthach gains 1d2 Intrigue to base score. She's still a bit young, but better get started early!
    Mysticism:
    -[X] You've been having ... Dreams, lately. So, did Scáthach to be honest, and you're fairly sure that Aife and her spawn will, too. They aren't particularly alarming; however, they are abnormal. If anything, you should investigate what they mean.
    Personal:
    -[X] Spend time with one of your SLs: +2 RP
    --[X] Spend time with Scáthach: +3 RP, chance of ???


    Winter had pretty much become the season Dace devoted to spending time with his heiress, though most of that time was used to teach her valuable life lessons. Today was no different.

    "So," Dace began today's lesson with a slightly sour expression. " today, we're going to be talking about 'needs must'. Someday, you'll find yourself in a situation where you need to cooperate with people you don't necessarily agree with.... Yes?" He stopped, seeing that his granddaughter has raised her hand with an oddly concentrated expression on her face.

    "Like you and Dumbledore?" She asked innocently. Dace twitched, before breathing in and out and nodding.

    "Yes. Exactly like Dumbledore and I." He acknowledged, before continuing, a hard look in his eyes as he looked at the fire in the chimney." In fact, you may find yourself needing to cooperate with people you absolutely despise for the sake of your goals, whichever they may be, knowing perfectly well that they are nothing more than giant, irresponsible liabilities..."

    "Grandfather, you're doing it again. “This time Scáthach interrupted him as he was going into one of his rants. "Grandmother told me to stop you when you do that, but why are you doing it in the first place?"

    Dace deflated like a balloon and sighed uncharacteristically, running a hand through his hair.

    "Dumbledore... It's complicated. " He started, trying to find some way to talk about it. "Some think him a great hero for defeating Grindelwald, but they forget he's the one who enabled him in the first place. They say he's the only one the Terrorist ever feared, however, according to that Chamber of Secrets mess, he couldn't even reign him in when he was a student. It's true he's strong, and a genius. However, he limits himself too much when it matters and that causes him to become inefficient." He was hesitating to say more about it when he was interrupted.

    "Don't mind him sweetheart." The doors opened dramatically, and Elizabeth entered, clad in a periwinkle dress embedded with small sapphires. " Getting anything personal out of him is like trying to pry off a cerberus' tooth. Dace here has a bad history with Dumbledore." She continued, sashaying around the room and plucking the little girl off the seat. " Honestly, it's a miracle he managed to last that long without insulting the man. He's not necessarily wrong, mind you, but there are things better left unsaid until later." She gave him a pointed look, before bringing the girl out with her, leaving Dace alone in his office.

    The man covered his eyes with one hand, pinching the bridge of his nose, before absentmindedly flicking his wand and sending a paper knife sailing through the air towards a copy of the older man's photograph on the journal. It struck true, a dull thud could be heard, but Dace didn't feel any better.

    And then the dreams started.

    A rocky island that was lapped at by the sea. A gigantic beast struck by a spear, its body, cut up and broken down into materials, a battlefield, a glowing figure falling down to the ground, a flash of red, and then nothing.

    This wouldn't be that unusual, save for the fact that he dreamed of it every night, and it just so happened that dream interpretation, of Divination in general, wasn't his specialty. In fact, he was pretty inept at it. Still, it didn't take too much to guess what it was about, which is why he was unsurprised when Scáthach came to him one evening, clad in her pink nightdress, holding Amalthea in her arms and looking worried, talking to him about the dreams she had, identical to his.

    There were only few reasons why they would both dream about the Isle of Skye and the Ulster Cycle, after all. It seemed he'd have to investigate his granddaughter's namesake.

    Go on an expedition?
    []No
    []Yes Costs 10 000 Galleons + 100 / person/creature

    Bring people with you?

    []No
    []Yes
    -[]A small retinue : Higher risks, Smaller detection chances
    You will go with a dragon, 2 druids, Oliver and your granddaughter.
    -[]A medium retinue : Middling choice
    Same as above, with 3 more dragons and another druid
    -[]A large retinue: Lowest risks, Higher detection chances
    Same as above, with one last dragon ( Sigurd), Hassan the wolf and a group of fairies.
    -[]Write in:

    Note: For the write in : Humanoid creatures generate little to no attention while those vastly unusual generate lots.




    +5 RP with Scáthach, Scáthach gains 1 Intrigue, Dace gains the trait Stressed.

    Stressed : -1 to all stats, -10 to all rolls. All work and no play makes Dace want to go away ~



    Sorry for the lateness, illness.
    Dumbledice strikes again! And this time, Dace's the one paying for it~
    On another hand, Queen of Shadows at hand. Yay? I mean, it was bound to happen since it was selected in character creation, but still, it's a bit early.
     
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  25. Bla

    Bla Not too sore, are you?

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    Out of curiosity, what exactly did happen between us and Dumbledore? Were we friends until he betrayed us or our differences became to stark?
    Was he a bully in our youth?

    I feel like I'm missing something important every time he's brought up.
     
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    Sorry, keeping that reveal for when it should have maximum impact. Aka, turn 4 - 5. The dice gods have taken pity on you and hastened the process. The hints are already there, however. At least someone noticed something was afoot, SV was persuaded it was just Dace being a prideful, bitter old man.
     
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    shanagan I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    How many creatures do we have at this point that we can bring on the expedition?
     
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    Edited the chapter to give clearer vote options. Decided to leave the write-in in case you guys have ideas.
     
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    shanagan I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    [X]Yes Costs 10 000 Galleons + 100 / person/creature

    [X]Yes
    -[X]A medium retinue : Middling choice, 1 000 Galleons
    Same as above, with 3 more dragons and another druid
     
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    Well, I guess I'll close the votes with a grand total of 2 votes. Medium seems to have won. Expect an update later today.
     
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