GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
03-30-2018, 04:49 AM
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GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower

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Two days spent trudging through thick undergrowth of what, for all intents and purposes, appears to be a deciduous rainforest. Tremendous oaks larger than any found in most of the old world rose to dizzying heights and whose branches so ensconced the ground as to provide a veritable roof to the forest. Yet in spite of this, the undergrowth was positively brimming with life, birdsong, both familiar and exotic chirped, the sound of insects busying themselves with their work, the gurgling of creaks and waterfalls both distant and near, and underbrush so thick as to make one wonder how any light reached them to make them green let alone thrive.

Madam Bangle in particular found wonderful amounts of strange herbs and plants she would like to study more of and document, and managed to make quite a few herbal remedies for known illnesses, the rest were more... experimental. Figaro Tullys, meanwhile, proved invaluable in finding safe foodstuffs scavenged from the forest's bounty, and avoiding the many pitfalls and dead ends to the expedition's travel to the lost city, as well as finding easy to reach water sources, avoiding the territories of any larger animals. They had not seen much more than exotic birds, and unusually coloured forest lizards and flying squirrels, but Fig was insistent on several detours based on droppings he had found. He did not lead them astray.

At long last, with compass and cutting knife, they found their way to their destination, the first signs of which was the ground itself changing from dry dust, dead leaves and sticks and stones, to much more regular and shaped cobblestone streets. More and more the trees gave way to hard formed stones of what must have been outer walls and buildings of the lost city. They had still a ways to push through to get to the tower, however, but the expedition cheered when they were finally in sight of their goal.

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03-31-2018, 01:29 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Lord Harvey felt edgy about this whole thing. Strange jungle land, new animals and plants, unknown surroundings and atmosphere, was slightly getting to him. The change to ancient streets helped slightly. "We should set up a camp around this outer perimeter before going onwards to the tower, in one of these abandoned buildings, and see what we can learn from this area before going to the tower. Perhaps there is a hint of the main building's nature."

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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03-31-2018, 03:09 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Hubert Reginald Twinesworth was looking around with stars in his eyes. "Good God, a whole lost city..." he said, keeping a tight grip on his umbrella. "Marvellous, simply marvellous! This is the discovery of the decade! Of the century! There are more discoveries to be made here than I've ever seen in one place before! This is simply wonderful! We- what?" He turned to Harvey. "Set up camp in one of the buildings? Are you quite mad? You don't know how much ancient history you will be disturbing! No no, that will not do at all! We will have to camp out in the open, find some open space where we won't be disturbing the ruins! We can't just go around sleeping on history!"
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04-01-2018, 04:32 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Rovyn was pretty jovial throughout the trek. He was pleased that he'd brought along someone whose skills were already coming to good use. Whenever Figaro pointed them in a particular direction, he hummed and followed along, making note of whatever it was that caused the detour. When they reached the city, his mood only improved.

"A whole city! We're in luck, plenty of things to find in a city. We'll need weeks!"

He interjected himself in the argument, saying,

"Now, I'm no preservationist, but I agree with the professor here. We should build a camp for the long haul. If it was a few days' work or just my team I'da said we could camp in a building, but we've got a lot of people. Best we set up kip and watches and such. Depending on how long it takes, we might want to clear a road back to the colony too in case we need more supplies."

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-01-2018, 07:07 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
The supplies they had would last them all a solid two weeks, three if rationed appropriately. The men began clearing the local area around the patch of road they had stumbled upon, clearing the great oaks, sycamores and stranger trees would take significantly more work, they were tall enough to guarantee damage if not felled correctly, and broad enough to take hours apiece to cut. Creating a clear road back to the colony would take a much heftier investment of time and manpower.

However, clearing away the underbrush, digging a latrine, and creating simple embankments to prevent flooding should a storm come again and guaranteeing dry places to pitch tents, and the men got to work creating them. They could safely camp upon the road itself, but camping within some of the ruined buildings would clearly grant a superior degree of protection from the elements.

A flight of strange, broad winged, orange birds erupted from the trees overhead, disturbed by the activity, and flew up and away, cawing their protest.

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04-01-2018, 12:15 PM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Harvey looked, slightly scornfully at Rovyn and Hubert over the preservation of buildings, but, didn't wish to burn bridges if they both were against it. "Very well then." He sent his people off to explore, keeping an eye out for anything disturbed or attracted to their presence, and to look for any kind of large empty building or such to use as camp or defensive positions, in case they had to anyway. They'd need to figure out what animals/plants could be eaten out here too, or what poisonous bioforms to watch out for so he asked Madame Bangle to make sure to spread that information. Didn't want anyone using this place's equivalent of poison ivy to clean their ass.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-01-2018, 01:00 PM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Rovyn, satisfied that the colonists are setting up the camp, picks the closest building to explore with his crew.

"I'm going to check this building. Best to know what we're sleeping next to."

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-01-2018, 01:09 PM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Rovyn and his party explore the nearest building. It is surprisingly smaller on the inside, the bottom floor not extending the full length and bredth of the building's exterior. There is solid stonework stairs leading upstairs, upon which lay a faded and worn carpet with what looked to have intricate designs on the few sections that had not faded due to exposure to sunlight. There is quite a lot of broken crockery alongside intact pots with beautiful and distinct designs on them., and carved wooden furniture that has long since collapsed or fallen to decay. There are several boxes in the back room, as well as what looks like a large carpet rolled up lying against the back wall of the upper floor, there is a small statuette of some figure lying on the ground of the upstairs amidst broken splinters of wood, torn cloth and tree leaves. There's the glint of light shining from something underneath the detritus covering the nearby dining table.

Harvey, meanwhile went and found the most in tact looking set of walls possible for fortification. He finds a large building with high and thick stone walls, with only a few entry points and smashed and destroyed interior walls to use to help fortify the entrances. There was no ceiling. Hubert's soldiers could be useful in setting up proper choke points.

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04-01-2018, 01:16 PM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Harvey looked around a bit, then ordered people to collect the various nearby rubble to set up more defensive points and so on. After that, he'd need to send out some trios of people to start setting up maps of the immediate areas. Finally, he himself would inspect the nearby buildings and the large building itself, make sure it was all okay and safe, no horrible traps or zombies or zombie traps.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-02-2018, 12:12 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Several soldiers help in setting up fortifications in and around the destroyed building using the rubble to make embankments, it wasn't long until the long building, whatever it may have been in happier times, became a strong point which the expedition could fall back to in case of trouble.

After that, Sir Robin, Sir Swanson, Madam Bangle and Bobby set out with a colonist and a soldier apiece to explore the nearby streets. They quickly discover that the larger streets all head in the same direction, towards the tower which is presumeably at the centre of the city, with many side streets creating 'blocks' of buildings inbetween these streets. These presumeably once lively district are full of unforseen pitfalls, such as terraces of second floor buildings made of rotted wood that collapse under duress but which are not noticed until some poor fool finished climbing a hill of earth and trees roots. Or a depressed square below street level that has become swampish, filled with brackish water and decayed plantlife. It seems while there are no traps specifically laid to catch out would be interlopers, the city itself was clearly ancient and decaying, caution would be the watchword here.

Moreover however, they have found many examples of metallic chasis throughout the streets, almost lost beneath the overgrowth, strange vehicles of imperial make, some of which look to have some partially intact materials or components some with wheels, some evidently of hoveercraft or flying capability. It is hard to estimate wether some of these thing crashed at some point or where moved post collapse, many such vehicular husks seem to be parked normally in the streets.

They also found most of the houses are filled to the brim with a great deal of silver, in the form of cutlery, vases, busts, statuettes, as well as many surviving high quality copperware, or apparent copperware, the metal has a strange sheen to it. There were also prodigious amounts of surviving lampposts apparently made of cast iron and blackened with a kind of tar to protect against the elements still surviving, their curled accents, and spiked light holders had no depression where any kind of light may be held by the street ornaments, and most examples were being strangled by vines and some were unfortunately enough to be grown around by some of the towering trees. There were a great deal of street statues made out of Black marble shot through with white depicting many otherwise naked humanoid figures with hoods over their faces, their arms outstretched to the Earth below them. All of them seemed to be facing the direction of the tower.

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04-02-2018, 03:13 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Harvey shuddered. This place unnerved him. He was quickly deciding that outside of his main quest, he could leave discovering the nature of these devices and such to the other groups. What mostly upset him was a lack of body it seems. Yes, this place had clearly been abandoned for a long time, probably in a hurry, but he'd have expected some bones or clothing in a pile or something. They hadn't reported any sightings of a graveyard yet either.

"This is a wretched place." Harvey himself set out to explore the land around the inner and outer perimeter of the ring of buildings. It'd make sense to have graves or something outside the main civilian buildings.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-02-2018, 04:04 AM
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Rovyn takes a closer look at the statuette, and motions for one of his crew to check out the glint.

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04-02-2018, 04:55 AM
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HR Twinesworth was a kid in a candy shop. He couldn't help himself from flitting this way and that, hastily scrawling notes in a notepad and trying to see everything. These were remnants, whether of a regional part of the old empire, an offshoot or something entirely new and undiscovered! He rushed around, looking at everything, carefully making note of the locations of everything he moved to take a look at what was beneath - or removed, when he took samples of anything that could be picked up and somewhat conveniently carried by the help. Much of this needed to go back to the old world with the supply ships for analysis, he didn't have the archaeological labs here - but the amount he could learn! The sheer breadth of discovery here!

Yeah, he was gonna be difficult to talk to for a while.
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04-02-2018, 06:07 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Ellie checks out the glint, wiping off the caked in dirt and detritus from the table, revealing a glass table top, covering over an immensely beautiful, gilted, embossed surface beneath it, depicting Imperials in the course of daily life. Icons of the sun and moon in various states of eclipse at the same time over different parts of the sky where evident, with the stars appearing through the sky during sections with the sun, but nothing with the sections depicting the moon. The Imperials were depicted in a festive manner. This embossed image was immaculately preserved beneath the glass and was clearly worth bounds more than the rotten wood it was attached to.

The Statuette Rovyn lifts up from the ground depicts a humanoid figure, sitting down, his hands on his lap, a wide brimmed hat over its head. It had Rovyn's face.

Twinesworth whirled about the camp, allowing himself to get lost amidst the ruins, now that the expedition knew the main streets all lead to a central place, getting lost in the city was now much less of a danger. As he takes pieces and samples and throwing it at beleagured colonists to carry themselves. A thought struck him, this city was circular, all the old imperial cities and outposts in the old world. There they were always in a trapezoid formation, with the thinner edge pointing towards the sea, from whence the Imperials came.

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04-05-2018, 04:55 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Rovyn's a little freaked out by the statuette.

"Hey guys, come over here. This statue's got my face on it"

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-05-2018, 05:38 AM (This post was last modified: 04-05-2018 05:39 AM by Galloglasses.)
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
When he looked back a the statuette, the face was blank and featureless, as if the maker didn't bother to make a face at all.

"Boss, I think you might want to see this." Ellie called out.

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04-06-2018, 02:23 AM
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Harvey began exploring the suroundings on the outer edge of the city, judging proximity by the cobblestone and sometimes smooth stone roads and density of ruined buildings vis a vis the surrounding forest. The city was turning out to be a large one, and some of the outer edges of the city didn't line up with one another, with some city blocks extending beyond the typical city limits and others more withdrawn into the city itself.

The buildings got pretty big the more he explored, but most did not reach the heights of the towering super oaks. And the forest was so overgrown in some places as to make distinguishing between forest and ruins hard. He was quite a distance from base camp when he found what he was looking for almost by accident. A headstone, or what appeared to be such, half buried in the roots of a dead tree that had grown up and around it. Looking closely he could just about make out several more headstones, half buried in the forest's detritus.

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04-06-2018, 02:34 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Hmm. Well, there were graves, so good sign. Bad news was that he doubted he'd be able to learn much without destroying what he was looking for. This was probably a duty for archaeologists like the others. He did a sweep of the area first though, so long as there were others with him. Didn't want to get caught in a swamp by himself or something. Friends were important. Anyway, he wanted to get a vague idea of the area of this graveyard and if there was anything in it of note, larger graves, etc.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-06-2018, 02:37 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
There did seem to be one grave with a large statue on it, made out of simple stone rather than the marble statues in the the ruins. It appeared to be a weeping angle, tilted at an angle and covered in vines.

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04-06-2018, 02:39 AM
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HR Twinesworth was still investigating and categorizing all of the things. He'd already noted the unusual shape of the city, and had now moved on to trying to make a list of all of the buildings.
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04-06-2018, 02:45 AM
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The majority of the buildings in the outskirts of town seemed to house people with buildings toward the interior being longer and multistoried, with the bottom most buildings appearing to be stores and shops of every kind. Machine shops, art, clothing, food, electrical, alchemical, as well as stranger shops that seemed to have a random assortment of materials and antiques to which he couldn't adequately define. There was a king's ransom of artefacts to recover here.

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04-06-2018, 03:09 AM
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Hmm. Angels. The statue was different than the other hooded ones in town. It was weird that the unique one was made of stone over marble.

Harvey clambered over there to inspect it better, out of curiosity.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-06-2018, 03:16 AM
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While clearing away the vines he discovered that the statue's head was actually made of a different stone, crudely plastered to the rest of the much older body, as were the wings. Someone had changed it to resemble the traditional image of angels common to many old world religions. Harvey didn't know what the Imperial's faith was, they were infamous for their insularity on the matter, but whatever this statue was, it wasn't the typical humanoid angel figure initially.

He noticed something metallic jutting out near the foot of the angel.

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04-06-2018, 03:57 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
...

Harvey tssked at himself. No, this was a job for professionals. There were no tribes of angry natives guarding their sacred artifacts, or deadly traps, or poisonous animals guarding this, so an actual scholar could inspect this, rather than some daring adventurer. "Alright lads, stay here, keep an eye on things, I'll be back in a jiffy with some of the scholar types to check this out." He said, patting his companions on the shoulder and striding back to the main camp.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-06-2018, 03:58 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
The scientists were all back at the colony. It'd be a four day round trip to gather them up. So far the only scholar they had to hand was Professor Twinesworth.

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04-06-2018, 04:00 AM
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That'd do. He'd go find the man.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-06-2018, 04:46 AM
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Making his way back to camp,he saw the soldiers setting up tents in the fortified building he had chosen, while some bored and curious colonists wondered around, smoking, joking and drinking.

One of the men informed him Twinesworth was off further down the streets, wondering gleefully from building to building documenting whatever he found. He was apparently on his own.

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04-06-2018, 08:12 AM
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Rovyn rubbed his eyes and went over to where Ellie was pointing.

"What is it?"

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04-06-2018, 08:22 AM
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Ellie directed Rovyn's attention to the stunning table embossing.

"Looks like money to me, boss." Ellie said with a smile.

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04-06-2018, 08:26 AM
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Rovyn grinned and said,

"Aye, bet a lot of rich folk back home would pay a pretty penny for that. Let's try and get the plate out of that rotten wood without breaking it. You're good with delicate work, what do ya think Ellie?"

He looked to the others and said,

"Check out those chests too, see if there's anything worth our while there too. The pottery might be worth something, so try not to break it either. Remember, this is archaeological expedition, not a smash-and-grab. We've got time to clean the whole place out."

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-06-2018, 09:20 AM
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RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
His crew happily obliged. The house contents revealed to have been some sort of rich clothier, as many of the contents were miraculously preserved fine silks and garments, especially one cloak that Min-Ji was convinced was enchanted, but she wasn't sure what kind of magic it was. Ellie carefully laid the table on the side and moved a chest to hold the glass plate in place as she began methodically prying away the wood to get at the gold plate from its underside without scattering glass shards everywhere. Iasi found some potions and what she assumed was some kind of recreational drugs. Fig started prying particular boards off of the walls, no one was sure why, he said something about 'Rare wood.'

"Potions lasting for ages is not unusual." She explained, "Imperial potions, probably last far longer than most, its worth a lot but I am pretty sure these can do for healing injuries in a pinch."

Benji disappeared for a few minutes before returning, whistling innocently.

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04-06-2018, 09:58 AM
Post: #32
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
Rovyn nodded at all of his team members.

"Good work. Is there any way to find out what the potions do without, well, tasting them? And Min, try and get a better read on that enchantment."

He also handed her the figurine.

"And this too, is it magical at all?"

When Benji came back, Rovyn clapped him on the back and leaned in.

"So, have something for me mate?"

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04-06-2018, 10:02 AM
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Min scrutinised the cloak but couldn't get a good feel until she put it on, before letting out a surprised noise.

"Huh, the cloak changes temperature around me. Its not as hot as it was a second ago." she then picked up the statue after Rovyn put it down and let out a yelp, throwing it to the ground and clutching her hand. Everyone stopped and looked at her. she nervously laughed. "Sorry, sorry just..." She looked at the statuette, "Its not a good statue."

Benji, after Min's outburst smiled back at Rovyn. "For you? Nah, got nothin' mate."

Benji's coat pocket bulged with something and he was lying through his teeth, and knew Rovyn knew it.

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04-06-2018, 10:08 AM
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Rovyn sighed and held out his hand expectantly to Vitaly.

"Come on, cough it up."

He looked over at Min and the statue on the ground.

"Not good? What do you mean?"

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04-06-2018, 10:10 AM
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"I mean I'm not touching it again, bad." Min clarifies, unhelpfully. Benji scratched his chin and dug it out of his pocket.

It was a solid gold dagger.

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04-08-2018, 10:08 AM
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Harvey wandered off to go find Twinesworth. He was pretty pleased to see people setting up in the building. He could live with some history being lost in order to make sure everyone was safe. Still, if Twinesworth was on his own, ideally he could pouch him over to the graveyard.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-09-2018, 07:18 AM
Post: #37
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Rovyn nods at both of them and takes the dagger.

"All right, so bad magic. That means there might be curses on some of these things, so we should be careful. Let's get this stuff back to camp - statue excepted - and set up whatever wards or sigils we need for you to be comfortable."

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04-11-2018, 05:00 AM
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Min nods and immediately produces a stick of chalk with a sickly green colour and began drawing inscrutable sigils in an area around where the statue fell. But she seemed fine with the cloak itself.

They packed up the various goods they found and brought it back to camp.

[Treasure x 12]

Harvey went in search of Twinesworth, finding him two streets over and several blocks down from where they set up base camp, scribbling furious in his hardened notebook while staring in awe at the ruined architecture around him.

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04-11-2018, 08:28 AM
Post: #39
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Rovyn also goes in search of Twinesworth.

"Hey, Professor-man, d'you mind? Have some artifacts recovered from that there building," Rovyn waved towards it without looking, "that we thought you might want to take a look at."

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04-11-2018, 10:02 AM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2018 10:03 AM by Demonsul.)
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Twinesworth was hard at work taking notes when suddenly everyone approached him! "Yes yes, give me one moment, I just have to- oh my, what is all of that? Where did you find it? How was it laid out? Show me at once!"

Twinesworth rushed over and set about inspecting the pile o' treasure being carried out of the building for its historical merit and unusual properties, since Sul doesn't know exactly what is in it!
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04-12-2018, 03:40 AM
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Harvey glared at Rovyn, having snatched up the scholar guy before he could. "Well, when and if you're interested professor. I found the location of a graveyard, with what appears to be altered statues, different than the hooded figures around the town." He did stick around to see the reveal of these other knick-knacks though, mildly interested.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-12-2018, 06:22 AM
Post: #42
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Twinseworth got a good look at the grand plaque they had recovered from the house, along with the golden dagger. Strange potions along with fine silks and rare textiles miraculously preserved as well as some planks of wood pried from the skin of the house's interior by Figgs, he seemed proud of them for some strange reason. As well as an enchanted cloak Harvey's occultist wore about her shoulders.

He also spotted the statuette on the ground within the building, surrounded by occult wardings. It had his face, it was smiling at him.

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04-15-2018, 02:44 PM
Post: #43
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Rovyn goes over to set up a small alchemy workshop for his people and try and figure out what the potions' possible effects can be. After all, if one building has intact potions in it, it stands to reason that there will be more lying around.

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04-16-2018, 03:03 AM
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Setting up an alchemy stand proved easy, though he lacked many of the more specialised equipment, the basics of the workshop could easily be cobbled together from gathered supplies. Some routine experiments on drops from several of the potions revealed most of them to be restorative in nature, as Min suspected from her occult prognostication. One of them, a yellow one, had unpredictable reactions to tests, none of them volatile, but none of them consistent with repeated testing. A green one seemed to create a small plant-like moss on the petri dishes when tested.

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04-17-2018, 03:38 AM
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Harvey tapped his foot on the ground, annoyed at all this science nonsense going on. "Tcch." Well, whatever, none of this was relevant to him or his goals right now. He looked around for the tallest building around, he'd perch up there to try and see what looked interesting and to help sketch out some more mapping of the area.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-17-2018, 04:24 AM
Post: #46
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Leaving the nerds behind, Harvey begins scouting, looking for the highest point. Thankfully the deeper one went into the city, the smaller and younger the trees seemed to be and the taller the buildings seemed by comparison. He saw one particularly high perch and managed to climb up most of the building normally before having to get creative and manoeuvre himself over destroyed sections to reach the apex.

From his vantage he was able to see most of the city this side of the Tower. He did notice further towards the tower there seemed to be a row of collapsed buildings running diagonally right through the city, noticeable because of the unusual gap between buildings from his perspective. It seems something had destroyed a portion of the city, but it is not clear from where he stood exactly what the damage was. He noticed a lot of large flying creatures circling the tower up ahead, they did not look like birds of any kind he was familiar with, but they were too far away to be anything more than sillhouettes. They seemed to nest somewhere in the upper tower and dive off into the surrounding forest every now and again.

That would have been all he had seen until he saw something very large blur passed rows of low standing buildings several blocks ahead of him but it disappeared again into the ruins.

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04-18-2018, 11:29 PM
Post: #47
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
A short tremor rumbles through the ground of the base camp, shuddering the trees, and shaking birds from their nests.The ground quakes and the buildings shake alarmingly before the tremor passes. It is followed by a loud, low, groan in the far distance, indistinct in direction.

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04-19-2018, 02:31 AM
Post: #48
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
The tremor jerked Harvey from his position. He'd been intending to see if he could catch a glimpse of that blur again, but he felt it's existence was now confirmed. He pulled out his gun and fired it into the air, the bullet cracking through the groaning echo. Then he leaped from the building and spread his arm-wings.

"To the fortifications!" He yelled, plummeting rapidly towards a near building, hitting the ground rolling and springing into a running sprint for the building he'd had barricaded earlier. He had no idea what that was, but the time for safe spreading out to search this place was past.

“One day you wake up and realize the world can be conquered.” - Doctor Impossible
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04-19-2018, 04:33 AM
Post: #49
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
The soldiers started tripping over themselves to take up defensive positions in the fortifications. Most of the colonists abandoned the rest of the camp to take up safe position within the fortified building behind the soldiers. Harvey's animen did likewise.

The tremours had stopped, the birds had long since fled the neighbouring trees, and the smaller animals had disappeared. The ordinary low drone of life that was the music of every forest on the planet had suddenly dissipated.

Silence weighed heavily on them all.

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04-19-2018, 06:13 AM
Post: #50
RE: GGG: The Lost Empire, Expeditionary Journal - The Lost Tower
The tremor disturbs Rovyn, and he looks up from the alchemy table. He cocks an ear to listen, noting the silence of the animals and the disappearance of the birds.

"Somethin's coming. Get ready."

He grabs his sword and guns and finds a place on the fortifications with a clear view of what's going on.

The one, the only, Vancho!
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