Archive for April 26th, 2016

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Tuesday Magic Item – Venturers’ Indispensable Satchel

26 April, 2016

An unusual venturer“I am so glad we were able to acquire these satchels,” said Voddick chewing on a piece of bread.

“Well, we did save that enchanter life, thrice; we earned them,” said Gollaon.  “But I think you like them because you never go hungry as long as you have it.”

“Only one of its many wonderful features!” agreed Voddick.

Venturers’ Indispensable Satchel

These useful items come in a variety of styles made from an even wider variety of materials with decorations to match.  What is uniform about them is the high quality of the satchel, the surprising number of pouches and pockets and a compass rose embroidered or otherwise incorporated into the design.

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Venturers (A to Z Challenge, V)

26 April, 2016

Those that wander the Sea of Stars seeking their fortune and, occasionally, performing acts of heroism are known as venturers.  They are immortalized in play, song and story and also vilified in the same mediums, how they are viewed in a local area depends greatly on how the last group of venturers treated the locals.  Unfortunately for venturers, good memories fade quickly, but poor ones quickly harden into lasting prejudice.

Wise venturers, a surprisingly rare breed,  try to build on the legends of successful and well regarded past venturers, creating a chain of positive associations.  Paying bards and actors to spread heroic stories and even printing books of tales to present the right side of the tale.  A friendly populace is useful, often vital, providing support and information, while a neutral or hostile one makes life much more difficult on almost all levels.

The stereotype of the venturer as a big talking and overconfident but ultimately barely competent and cowardly is well established and the basis of most comedic portrayals of venturers.   Venturers are common stock characters in popular comedies and show up quite often.  Venturers are rarely played as deliberate villains in the comedies but they often accidentally make things  worse in the stories by their blundering.

While venturers are nearly universally outsiders, they are needed, they fill roles that many communities do not have people who can.  Dangerous beasts, magical outbreaks, sometimes even just bandits, venturers are hired to sort these out when the locals, or their rulers, cannot.

Notes: I just like the term venturer over adventurer, perhaps because merchant-venturer has been stuck in my mind since I was young.  Also, another minor way to differentiate the setting.

 

 

 

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PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Hellpuppies” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

26 April, 2016

To understand what is going on here, you had best read the first PinkCat: Running in the Shade post, but short summary, this is a campaign report for our Shadowrun campaign set in NorCal through the filter of a cartoon made by one of the team members.

Episode Twenty: Hellpuppies

Guest Starring: Clawz and Double Up (cameo by DD).

It is just another day at school when one of the students (named Ben) sees an unattended puppy, he cases it off screen and then is a gout of flame and a comically soot blackened Ben staggers back into the frame.  Someone has dumped an unwanted litter of hell hound puppies near to school and they are causing all sort of comedic havoc.  Pink and Glitter set to work trying to round them up before they or someone else gets hurt, meanwhile the mean rich kids from the Upside Academy are trying to catch the puppies for their own nefarious ends.  Pink and Glitter do things like luring them with food or music which then get interrupted by mad mechanical contraptions from Upside Academy which then fail in some humorous way (usual with a push from Glitter, Pink or one of their friends).  In the end, the puppies are all rounded up and sent to a nature reserve where they can be watched by fireproofed drones.  Pink’s school gets a ribbon of thanks for their hard work protecting the animals and the Upside Academy gets a lot of burned thing to explain to their principle.

What really happened:

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