Monday, November 6, 2017

Rogue Trader RPG Session 7: Magoros Prime


Lord Captain Regis Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Captain Mikkos Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Cort Gillam (Astropath Transcendent)
Torian Aurelius (Navigator)
Atticus Fidelus (Arch-Militant)
Brother Bron (Missionary)
Athena Veritas (Seneschal)
**CLASSIFIED**(Explorator)
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+++DATE 2720017 M41
+++REF 2410/LOG/RKX
+++AUTH RKRELLX 0823.74
+++RE MAGOROS PRIME
+++THOUGHT: THE EMPEROR'S MERCY IS NEITHER TO FORGIVE NOR TO FORGET BUT TO ACCEPT...
+++START LOG ENTRY
-INVESTIGATION OF MAGOROS SECONDUS, THE SOURCE OF THE ENGERY SIGNAL AND ORK SPACESHIP.
-SEVERAL STRANGE MAZE-LIKE STRUCTURES, SIMILAR TO WHAT IS FOUND ON MAGOROS PRIME.
-APPEARS TO BE BEAMING ENERGY READINGS TO THE PLANET.
-ELDAR USED THIS "ENERGY WEB" BUT THE STRUCTURES ARE NOT ELDAR-MADE. OFF-WHITE MATERIAL. FEATURELESS.
-PLANT LIFE DETECTED.
-NOT BREATHABLE ATMOSPHERE.
-FAINT ENERGY SPIKES AND VOLCANIC ACTIVITY.
-ORK SPACECRAFT APPEARS TO HAVE CRASHED. LARGE CRATER ON APPROACH.
-THERE ARE SEVERAL "TOWERS" CONSTRUCTED OUTSIDE OF SHIP. TRAIN TRACKS AIMED TOWARDS PLANET. ORK BUILT WITH BLACKENED/SCORCHED TOPS.
-MAGOROS PRIME: DUSTY PLANET WITH NO PLANT LIFE. SIMILAR BUILDINGS/STRUCTURES BUT PERHAPS A SIMPLER, MORE ELEGANT DESIGN.
-SOME PSY-WARP SENSATION DETECTED IN THE CITY LIKE STRUCTURES.
-AN UNIDENTIFIED LIGHTER TOOK OFF FROM NEAR THE SUPERSTRUCTURE UPON OUR ARRIVAL. TRACKS LEADING INTO THE MAZE.
-RAGS DISCOVERED. TORN COARSE CLOTH. POPPING NOISES HEARD IN THE DISTANCE.
-TEAM LEAD BY ATTICUS FIDELUS AND CORT GILLAM ENCOUNTER A GROUP OF SIX HUMANS FIGHTING SIX ORKS.
-THE LEADER OF THE HUMANS WAS LADY ASH OF THE FEL HAND.
-ENTERED LARGE CRYSTALINE STRUCTURE. AUDIBLE WIND-CHIME TYPE NOISES AND HUNDREDS OF SMALL LIGHTS FLOATING AROUND THE INTERIOR. BOTH LUMINOUS AND DARK, SEEING STRANGE ANGLES. INTERIOR IS VASTLY LARGER THAN IT SHOULD BE.
-MIRROR-SEA OF STARS AND PLANETS. CAN MOVE EVENTS FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS IN TIME. CORT GILLAM CONNECTS WITH THE PSY ENERGY IN THE STRUCTURE AND WITNESSES THE TREASURE SHIP CRASHING INTO THE SHARD HALO.
-WITH LOCATION NOTED, PARTY RACES BACK TO SHIP, LEAVING LADY ASH BEHIND...AND IT APPEARS THE FEL HAND LEFT HER BEHIND ON MAGOROS PRIME AS WELL.
+++END LOG ENTRY
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Rogue Trader RPG Session 6: Footfall to Magoros




Lord Captain Regis Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Captain Mikkos Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Cort Gillam (Astropath Transcendent)
Torian Aurelius (Navigator)
Atticus Fidelus (Arch-Militant)
Brother Bron (Missionary)
Athena Veritas (Seneschal)
**CLASSIFIED**(Explorator)
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+++DATE 2711017 M41
+++REF 1710/LOG/RKX
+++AUTH RKRELLX 0823.74
+++RE FOOTFALL-MAGOROS
+++THOUGHT: IT IS NOT THE HORROR OF WAR THAT TROUBLES ME BUT THE UNSEEN HORRORS OF PEACE.
+++START LOG ENTRY
-NOTED THAT CAPTAIN MIKKOS KRELL'S SHIP SHALL HENCE FORTH BE RECORDED AS GERÁNIA, WITH A FULL CREW OF 9,000, WITH APPROXIMATELY 3,000 OF THEM BEING SERVITORS. THE SHIP CURRENTLY IS CREWED BY  3,000 SERVITORS AND APPROXIMATELY 2,000 MEN.
-BOARDING PARTY ACTION WITH STYGIAN REAVER PIRATE SHIP. WE ESTIMATE THEIR LOSSES AT 1,000 MEN. WE LOST 18 MEN AND HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 54 WOUNDED.
-5,360 PEOPLE PROCESSED AS PRISONERS WITH 4,200 SUITABLE CANDIDATES FOR HOUSE XERXES AND 1,160 TRANSFERRED TO GERÁNIA TO BE PROCESSED INTO SERVITORS.
-TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: 8 HOURS.
-SECURED AN ADDITIONAL 4 ARVUS LIGHTERS AND 4 HEAVY CARGO MOVERS BRINGING OUR TOTALS TO 12 ARVUS LIGHTS AND 6 HEAVY CARGO MOVERS.
-CREW DISCOVERED A SPACE MINE ATTACHED TO THE HULL OF THE HAMMER OF HEPHAESTUS. DETERMINED TO BE A LEECH MINE THAT FORTUNATELY FAILED TO DETONATE.
-CONTINUED TRAVEL TO FOOTFALL, TAKING APPROXIMATELY 6 DAYS OF TRAVEL TIME (~10 DAYS REALTIME).
-ARRIVED AT FOOTFALL AND RENDEZVOUSED WITH CAPTAIN HUYDERMAN AND HIS CREW OF 12, WHO WERE SENT AHEAD FROM PORT WANDER TO ESTABLISH HOUSE XERXES PRESENCE AT FOOTFALL.
-LEARNED 3 MEN WERE LOST TO A GUNFIGHT WITH NARCO GANGERS.
-DISCOVERED MY FATHER NEVER ARRIVED AT FOOTFALL AND WAS LOST SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PORT WANDER AND HERE.
-THE FEL HAND ARRIVED HERE 6 HOURS AGO AND QUICKLY LEFT, WE ASSUME TOWARDS MAGOROS.
-DECIDED TO LEAVE 50 PEOPLE HERE ON FOOTFALL TO ESTABLISH TRADE AND POSSIBLE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES. 25 ARMED GUARDS AND 25 SUPPORT STAFF. LEAVE THEM THE OBSCURA OBTAINED BACK ON PORT WANDER TO SELL.
-SISTER ATIKAI IS DELIVERED TO FOOTFALL, WHERE SHE WILL CONTINUES HER CRUSADE.
-PREPARE TO LEAVE FOR MEGOROS, APPROXIMATELY 10 DAYS TRAVEL TIME.
-MEGOROS SYSTEM IS DOMINATED BY A WHITE DWARF DYING PULSAR WITH RADIATION BLASTS OCCURRING EVERY 102 MINUTES. FROZEN ASTEROID BELT KNOWN AS THE SHARD HALO.
-MAGOROS MINOR IS THE PLANET CLOSET TO THE PULSAR, A BURNT CINDER OF A WORLD WITH HIGH RADIATION LEVELS. DEAD PLANET
-MAGOROS PRIME IS THE LARGER PLANET AND CONTAINS A NUMBER OF RUINS, APPEARING IN AN ALMOST LABYRINTH-LIKE DESIGN. ONE OF THE RUINS ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE PLANT DISPLAYS AN ENERGY READING. DETECT AN UNUSUAL STRUCTURE ABOVE, ALMOST AN ELONGATED PYRAMID. ENERGY AND POWER SPIKES APPEAR TO BE TRANSMITTING FROM THE MOON, MAGOROS SECONDUS, TO BE RECEIVED AT THIS STRUCTURE.
-MAGOROS SECONDUS, THE LONE MOON OF MAGOROS PRIME, APPEARS TO BE A MOSTLY FROZEN WORLD WITH REMNANTS OF A ONCE JUNGLE CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT. BLASTS OF STEAM CAN BE DETECTED ON THE SURFACE.
-A CRASHED ORK VESSEL DETECTED ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON.
+++END LOG ENTRY

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Rogue Trader RPG Session 5: The Battleground





Lord Captain Regis Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Lord Captain Mikkos Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Cort Gillam (Astropath Transcendent)
Torian Aurelius (Navigator)
Atticus Fidelus (Arch-Militant)
Brother Bron (Missionary)
Athena Veritas (Seneschal)
**CLASSIFIED**(Explorator)

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+++DATE 2702017 M41
+++REF 1010/LOG/RKX
+++AUTH RKRELLX 0823.74
+++RE THE BATTLEGROUND
+++THOUGHT: TRUE FAITH IS BLIND AND JUSTIFIED.
+++START LOG ENTRY
-REVIEWED STATUS OF THE HAMMER OF HEPHAESTUS, HAVOC CLASS MERCHANT RAIDER
-24,000 FULL CREW, CURRENTLY AT 20,500 (85.4%)
-WOLF IN SHEEP CLOTHING. DISGUISED SYSTEMS INCLUDE SUNSEAR WEAPON, BARRACKS AND RETRO THRUSTERS.
-SHIP IS REBELLIOUS.
-BEFORE LEAVING PORT WANDER, REQUEST RECEIVED FROM PRIEST JOHANES, TO TRANSFER SISTER ATIKAI AND HER RETINUE TO FOOTFALL. DISCOVERED HER RETINUE CONSISTS OF 220 FANATICAL FOLLOWERS, MOST ARMED WITH WEAPONS.
-SMALL CEREMONY HELD FOR GENERAL ZERO, WHO SURPRISED US WITH GIFTS INCLUDING A MONO-MOLECULE DAGGER, SINGLE-SHOT HAND CANNON, HIGH-END PROVISIONS AND FOUR FIGHTER JETS COMPLETE WITH MAINTENANCE CREW. GENERAL ZERO'S GENEROSITY SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.
-DEPARTED PORT WANDER VIA ZONE 15, THE SAME ZONE THE FEL HAND LEFT FROM. DISCOVERED MY FATHER LEFT VIA PASSAGE 27, WHICH IS CURRENTLY BLOCKADED FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON.
-ASSISTANT NAVAGATOR JESSE BENNETT WAS ABLE TO NAVIGATE COMPLEX WARP EDDIES THAT PROVED DIFFICULT FOR TORIAN AURELIUS, WHO HAS BEEN RECOVERING FROM MENTAL FATIGUE.
-AFTER APPROXIMATELY SIX DAYS, THE HAMMER OF HEPHAESTUS ARRIVED AT THE TEMPLE, ONLY TO RECALIBRATE OUR SYSTEMS AND PREPARE FOR THE NEXT JUMP.
-THE TEMPLE APPEARS TO BE A DEAD SYSTEM, COMPLETELY SYMMETRICAL AND OFTEN USED AS A SYMBOL IN THE EMPEROR'S TAROT DECK.
-CONTINUED TO AREA KNOWN AS THE BATTLEGROUND, WHERE THE WARPSTORMS WERE CLEAR, BUT MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF SHIP AND HULK DEBRIS RESULTS IN AN ALMOST JUNKYARD APPEARANCE.
-AUGERMASTER DALTON RECEIVES A FAINT DISTRESS BEACON CLAIMING TO BE FROM THE PENITENT TRAVELER, A KNOWN PILGRIMAGE SHIP CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY 2,000 PASSENGERS. VISUAL CONFIRMATION RECEIVED.
-RECEIVED VOX TRANSMISSION FROM KNOWN ROGUE TRADER JON QUIN SAUL, AN ASSOCIATE OF MY FATHER, WARNING US THAT WE ARE HEADED INTO A TRAP, BUT THAT WE WERE TO NOT ADJUST OUR COURSE.
-THE HAMMER OF HEPHAESTUS'S GELLER FIELDS ACT UP. JUMPING INTO THE WARP IS NOT AN OPTION.
-HELMSMAN PAYTAS LONG CAUTIOUSLY BRINGS US TOWARDS THE PENITENT TRAVELER AS TWO WOLFPACK RAIDERS FROM THE STYGIAN REAVERS PIRATE CLAN EMERGED.
-BLESSINGS FROM THE EMPEROR GRANTED US VICTORY AS ONE RAIDER SHIP WAS DISABLED AND THE OTHER FLED THE BATTLEGROUND.
-PHYROUS DUMARFAK CONTACTED FROM THE PENITENT TRAVELER. ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE WITH ROGUE TRADER JON QUIN SAUL TO DIVIDE ANY SPOILS FROM THE ENGAGEMENT.
-DUE TO INCREASING INSTABILITY WITH SISTER ATIKAI'S FOLLOWERS (AND SOME OF OUR CREW), IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT ATIKAI SHALL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE OTHER SHIP, WHERE HER ENERGIES CAN BE SPENT HELPING TO CLEANSE ANY WARP TAINT LEFT ON THE SHIP. ARBITER LARSON TO HEAD TRANSFER.
-THE PENITENT TRAVELER IS TO REMAIN AT THE BATTLEGROUND UNTIL REPAIRED.
-BOARDING ACTION INITIATED AGAINST DAMAGED RAIDER SHIP.
+++END LOG ENTRY
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Rogue Trader RPG Session 4: Nina Cairo




Lord Captain Regis Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Lord Captain Mikkos Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Cort Gillam (Astropath Transcendent)
Torian Aurelius (Navigator)
Atticus Fidelus (Arch-Militant)
Brother Bron (Missionary)
Athena Veritas (Seneschal)
**CLASSIFIED**(Explorator)

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+++DATE 2697017 M41
+++REF 1209/LOG/RKX
+++AUTH RKRELLX 0823.74
+++RE PORT WANDER
+++THOUGHT: RUTHLESSNESS IS THE KINDNESS OF THE WISE.
+++START LOG ENTRY
-ERRATA: REGAN KRELL PURCHASED MAP FROM CARTOGRAPHERS GUILD, NOT THE NAVIGATORS GUILD AS PREVIOUSLY NOTED.
-JOINED BY MISSIONARY BROTHER BRON AND SENESCHAL ATHENA VERITAS.
-LEARNED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF OECONOMICS DOES NOT HAVE THE PROPER RESOURCES TO FULLY INVESTIGATE THE CAIRO OPERATION AND THEIR APPARENT LACK OF TITHES HERE ON PORT WANDER.
-LEARNED THAT THE MYSTERIOUS "VARGO" WHO SOLD REGAN KRELL HIS MAP BELONGED TO A SECT THAT DIDN'T WANT THE EXPANSE TO BE EXPLORED. WAS THE MAP A TRAP?
-MNEMOLITH INVESTIGATED. ROD WITH AN IMAGE OF A SYSTEM/STELLAR LOCATION. STAR IN CENTER OF SYSTEM IS A PULSAR, A DISTINCT NEBULA. DUST-WORLD IN A FROZEN HALO.
-REVIEWED INFORMATION ON THE LOST TREASURE SHIP, THE RIGHTEOUS PATH AND IT'S WARLORD/FREE CAPTAIN RYN.POSSIBLE RICHES ACQUIRED MAY INCLUDE THE PEOPLE/GENES OF TALISAR. RYN AND HIS SHIP RUMORED TO BE CAUGHT IN WARPSTORM AND LOST FOREVER.
-POSSIBLE ACTIONS AT THIS POINT:
1. INVESTIGATE TREASURE SHIP THE RIGHTEOUS PATH
2. INVESTIGATE LOCATION OF REGAN KRELL
3. FOLLOW UP WITH CAIRO FAMILY MEMBERS NINA AND MASON
4. INVESTIGATE HOUSE FEL ACTIVITY
5. REPAIR DAMAGED SHIP ICARUS SOARING
-OBSCURA TRANSPORTED ON LORD CAPTAIN MIKKOS KRELL'S SHIP
-ARRANGED MEETING BETWEEN LORD CAPTAIN REGIS KRELL AND NINA CAIRO AT SITE OF FORMER OBSCURA MANUFACTORUM. CORT GILLAM ABLE TO DETECT LIES TOLD BY CAIRO, WHO WAS THE ONE WHO CHANGED THE DEAL WITH STONE NEWMAN. NINA CAIRO ASSURED US THAT MASON CAIRO WILL NO LONGER BE AN ISSUE TO HOUSE XERXES.
-MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION WITH HOUSE CAIRO ESTABLISHED AS PLANNED. OBSCURA MANUFACTORUM TO BE TRANSITIONED TO A REJUV FACILITY.
-GENERAL ZERO APPOINTED TO HEAD HOUSE XERXES OPERATIONS HERE AT PORT WANDER UPON RETIREMENT.
-RECORDS OF THE STATION LOG REVEAL THE FEL HAND SHIP LEFT PORT 6 HOURS AFTER THE INCIDENT AT THE COURT OF THE DEAD.
-DECIDED TO LEAVE 200 TROOPS WITH GENERAL ZERO AT PORT WANDER AND WILL BRING THE REMAINING 300 TROOPS WITH US.
-ATTICUS FIDELUS INQUIRED AT LOCAL DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT AND DISCOVERED THAT THE MEGOROS SYSTEM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MAW MAY MATCH THE MYSTERIOUS NEBULA SYSTEM FROM THE MNEMOLITH.
-SCRIBNER JOURN, MASTER MAPMAKER PROVIDED INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET TO MEGOROS FROM FOOTFALL. COMMON QUALITY ASTRONOMICAL DATA. ALSO REQUESTED TRANSPORT OF 10-15 BOXES OF BOOKS.
-WHILE NOT EXPLICITLY HERETICAL, THE BOOKS CONTAIN TRAVEL JOURNALS WRITTEN IN FORMAL AND HIGH GOTHIC.
+++END LOG ENTRY
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Rogue Trader RPG Session 3: The Court of the Dead




Lord Captain Regis Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Lord Captain Mikkos Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Cort Gillam (Astropath Transcendent)
Torian Aurelius (Navigator)
Atticus Fidelus (Arch-Militant)

**CLASSIFIED**(Missionary)
**CLASSIFIED**(Explorator)

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+++DATE 2683017 M41
+++REF 0509/LOG/RKX
+++AUTH RKRELLX 0823.74
+++RE PORT WANDER
+++THOUGHT: BETTER CRIPPLED IN BODY THAN CORRUPT IN MIND.
+++START LOG ENTRY
-TOOK CUSTODY OF FOUR GUNMEN AND EIGHT LAB TECHNICIANS FROM OCSCURA MANUFACTORIUM FACILITY. WILL DETERMINE FATE OF SURVIVORS AT LATER DATE. CONSIDERING INCORPORATING TECHNICIANS INTO HOUSE XERXES OPERATIONS.
-ASTROPATH TRANSCENDENT CORT GILLAM WAS ABLE TO USE SANCTIONED PSYCHIC ABILITIES AND INTERROGATE TECHNICIAN, LEARNING THAT THIS WAS A PROJECT OF ONE MASON CAIRO, A NEPHEW OF NINA CAIRO, WHO IS ALWAYS FOUND WITH HIS BODYGUARD "CUZ."
-IT WAS KNOWN THAT THE ADEPTES ARBITES AND DEPARTMENT OF OECONONICA WAS INVESTIGATING THE CAIRO OPERATION FOR FAILURE TO FILE THE APPROPRIATE TITHES.
-DISPATCHED OUR MISSIONARY TO INQUIRE WITH LOCAL ECCLESIARCHY.
-NAVIGATOR TORIAN AURELIUS RETURNED FROM NAVIGATORS GUILD LEARNING THAT THE INDIVIDUAL WHO SOLD REGAN KRELL THE MAP WAS NAMED VARGO, WHO IS CURRENTLY UNACCOUNTED FOR.
-TORIAN AURELIUS MET WITH FELLOW NAVIGATOR PONTIUS, WHO OFFERED A COMMON QUALITY MAP TO FOOTFALL, WITH 4 JUMP POINTS: BATTLEGROUND, THE WITCH CURSED WORLD, THE TEMPLE, THE HERMITAGE AND FINALLY DEWAIN'S FOOTFALL.
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COMMANDER ILMAN PROVIDED A TOUR OF THE BATTLE DAMAGED SHIP, ICARUS SOARING. CURRENTLY THERE ARE NO WARP CAPABILITIES.
-POTENTIAL FOR REPAIR/UPGRADE
-RESPONDED TO MESSAGE TO MEET WITH DR. ORBEST DRAY AT LOCAL MARKET AREA KNOWN AS THE COURT OF THE DEAD. DRAY APPEARS TO BE A LOYAL HOUSE XERXES SERVANT, CURRENTLY DEALING IN SALVAGED ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS. SERVED UNDER GREAT GRANDFATHER REMUS KRELL ON THE EMPEROR'S TESTAMENT WITH A CAPTAIN VOSS KARLORN. OFFERED GENE-SEALED SCROLL UNLOCKED UPON TOUCHING. RECEIVED A DISTRESS MESSAGE/ECHO FROM THE WARP ALLUDING TO THE FAMED TREASURE SHIP, RIGHTEOUS PATH.
-A CYBERNETIC BIRD DESCENDED AND TOOK SCROLL AND WE WERE AMBUSHED BY 4 INDIVIDUALS HIDING IN MARKET. NAVIGATOR AURELIUS AND ASTROPATH TRANSCENDENT GILLAM DETECTED PSYCHIC PRESENCE WATCHING INCIDENT FROM WALKWAY ABOVE. ROBOTIC RAVEN AND ASSAILANTS NEUTRALIZED, REVEALING SYMBOL OF HOUSE FEL AND HADARAK FEL.
-SGT. TARGOS OF LOCAL ARBITES OFFERS ESCORT BACK TO XERXES CHAPTER HOUSE. TARGOS INTRODUCES US TO HEAD OF LOCAL ARBITES, KYRA BALKYRAN.

+++END LOG ENTRY
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Rogue Trader RPG Session 2: Obscura




The Dale Wardens were able to squeeze in another session of Rogue Trader this week. The investigations at Port Wander led us to a rival family's obscura den/manufactorum operating on our turf. Unacceptable!

Lord Captain Regis Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Lord Captain Mikkos Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Cort Gillam (Astropath Transcendent)
Torian Aurelius (Navigator)
Atticus Fidelus (Arch-Militant)

**CLASSIFIED**(Missionary)
**CLASSIFIED**(Explorator)

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+++DATE 2603017 M41
+++REF 2208/LOG/RKX
+++AUTH RKRELLX 0823.74
+++RE PORT WANDER
+++THOUGHT: A BROAD MIND LACKS FOCUS
+++START LOG ENTRY
-WELCOMED LORD CAPTAIN MIKKOS KRELL OF HOUSE XERXES TO PORT WANDER.
-SENESCHAL VINEOUS D
ISCOVERED THAT BEFORE HE DISAPPEARED,  REGAN KRELL PURCHASED WARP ROUTE MAPS FROM SOMEONE AT THE NAVIGATORS GUILD WHO IS NO LONGER EMPLOYED THERE. DISPATCHED NAVIGATOR TORIAN AURELIUS TO INVESTIGATE.
-VINEOUS ALSO SUGGESTED INQUIRING WITH GENERAL ZERO ABOUT QUESTIONABLE DEALINGS HERE AT PORT WANDER.
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SELECT ADVISORS ACCOMPANIED LORD CAPTAIN MIKKOS AND MYSELF TO DINNER WHERE WE LEARNED MORE OF HOUSE XERXES BUSINESS DEALINGS AND ARRANGEMENTS HERE AT THE PORT.
-STONE NEWMAN, WHO HAD BEEN IN CHARGE OF HOUSE XERXES OPERATIONS AT PORT WANDER HAS GONE MISSING, POSSIBLY RELATING TO NINA CAIRO AND RECENT OFFERS OF MONEY LAUNDERING USING HOUSE XERXES ESTABLISHMENTS.
-AFTER STONE NEWMAN'S DISAPPEARANCE, JAN CARON TOOK OVER HOUSE XERXES OPERATIONS.
-RECENT ARMED ROBBERY OF A HOUSE XERXES GAMBLING FACILITY AT APPROXIMATELY 3PM. MANAGER LEO SHOWN ON VIDEO ENTERING BACK DOOR BEING FOLLOWED BY A SURGE OF ~10 MEN. NO SHOOTING. JAN CARON OPENED SAFE FOR ROBBERS, WHO TOOK APPROXIMATELY 3 DAYS WORTH OF REVENUE.
-INVESTIGATION OF MANAGER LEO'S HAB UNIT REVEALED NOTHING. ASSUME MANAGER HAS FLED PORT WANDER TO AVOID REPERCUSSIONS OF HOUSE XERXES AND/OR CAIRO.
-NINA CAIRO HAS ENCROACHED ON HOUSE XERXES TERRITORY AND SET UP AN OBSCURA DEN/MANUFATORUM.
-ARCH-MILITANT ATTICUS FIDELUS AND ASTROPATH TRANSCENDENT CORT GILLAM SENT TO DISRUPT OPERATIONS WITH SMALL DETACHMENT OF HOUSE XERXES TROOPS, INCLUDING GENERAL ZERO AND MR. THETA. MET WITH SIGNIFICANT RESISTANCE. SEVERAL TECHNICIANS APPREHENDED AND WILL BE QUESTIONED.
-FUTURE OF OBSCURA FACILITY UNCERTAIN.

+++END LOG ENTRY
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Rogue Trader RPG Session 1



We had our first Rogue Trader RPG session this week. Here are the characters so far:

Lord Captain Regis Krell of House Xerxes (Rogue Trader)
Cort Gillam (Astropath Transcendent)
Torian Aurelius (Navigator)
**CLASSIFIED** (Arch-Militant)
**CLASSIFIED**(Rogue Trader)
**CLASSIFIED**(Missionary)
**CLASSIFIED**(Explorator)

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+++DATE 2587017 M41
+++REF 0108/LOG/RKX
+++AUTH RKRELLX 0823.74
+++RE PORT WANDER
+++THOUGHT: THE MACHINE KNOWS NO HERESY
+++START LOG ENTRY
-HAMMER OF HEPHAESTUS DOCKED AT PORT WANDER, LAST KNOWN LOCATION OF LORD REGAN KRELL OF HOUSE XERXES.
-SENESCHAL DISPATCHED TO REFERENCE PORT WANDERS LOGS AND RECORDS IN SEARCH OF INFORMATION ON LORD REGAN KRELL’S ACTIVITIES.
-MET WITH PORT OFFICIALS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF HOUSE XERXES INCLUDING GENERAL ZERO AND MR. THETA.
-ASTROPATH TRANSCENDENT CORT GILLAM AND NAVIGATOR TORIAN AURELIUS LATER EXPRESSED CONCERNS OVER THETA RELATING TO UNEXPLAINED ‘PSYCHIC VERTIGO.’
-INSPECTION OF CHAPTER HOUSE XERXES AT PORT WANDER. NOTE, SEND UPDATED CREST AND SIGIL SPECS.
-CONFIRMATION THAT NO CONTACT HAS BEEN MADE WITH LORD REGAN KRELL, SIGNIFICANTLY OVERDUE AT FOOTFALL.
-NO CONTACT REPORTED FROM ANY OF THE POSSIBLE LOCATIONS BETWEEN PORT WANDER AND FOOTFALL.
-INFORMED OF GENERAL ZEROS IMPENDING RETIREMENT AND RECEIVED OFFER OF 500 TROOPS. SPECIFICS SHALL BE OVERSEEN AND COORDINATED BY ARCH-MILITANT.
-RECEIVED REQUEST FROM OBRES DRAY FOR MEETING IN MARKET AREA.
+++END LOG ENTRY
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Grim Dark Modular Board Sections









We've been testing out some ideas for scenery and terrain to use in an upcoming Rogue Trader rpg campaign. As with our Pathfinder and The One Ring campaigns, we'd like to supplement the traditional pen and paper rpg experience with miniatures and terrain, especially during combat. The concept was to make modular boards that could represent the interior of a giant spaceship, or any other interior location we might need for the grim dark sci-fi setting. So far we have four 12"x12" pieces that can join to form a 2' square. This will be expanded to nine pieces, allowing a 3'x3' board with some 16"x20" pieces to accommodate larger spaces if necessary. We've been experimenting with a variety of surface textures that while are visually interesting, don't interfere with placement of the miniatures. So far so good.




Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The One Ring RPG - Battle of the Ringfort

Map of the Wilderlands
Normally when we do the One Ring rpg, it's a fairly minis-lite theater of the mind style of game.  We have figures for our characters (pretty much a requirement as we are figure painters), but we really only use them for markers on the combat stance chart, or to get a relative idea of positioning.  The One Ring rpg is a more of a story telling game, so we don't get into the "props" of gaming like we do for Pathfinder/AD&D etc. and wargames.  When we found out that we were going to be involved in a battle in the ring fort, we decided to make the fort and do a more tabletop visual game.


** Be warned:  Spoilers Ahead for the One Ring rpg's adventure The Battle of Ringfort.**

Characters:
Ock - Dwarf Treaure Hunter of Erebor
Nock -  Dwarf Slayer of Erebor
Kalla daughter of  Kol- Wanderer of Dale
Saelduin son of Cassulf-  Warden of Dale
Greensong - Elf of Mirkwood
Ebaric - Woodman Scholar

After wintering at Woodland Hall, the company decided in the early spring of 2947 to return to Dale and Erebor.  Ock and Saelduin's trade endeavors had proved moderately successful, and they had a store of goods from the Woodfolk that they hoped would sell in their homelands.  The others had engaged in a variety of activities during the winter, but for all of them, healing and rest after the journey to the hall was the most vital and welcome.

After preparing their pack train with provisions, they set off north to the Forest Gate and Elf Path of Mirkwood for the journey home.  Several days into the journey the company came across the newly constructed Easterly Inn.  The Battle of Five Armies had much reduced the threat of orcs in the northern regions of the Misty Mountains and as a result, more traveling, and with it trade, was occurring through the pass.  Dody Brandybuck and brother Dindy came across to (oddly for hobbits) seek their fortune in the Wild by opening an inn.  Beorn had given them his blessing for their endeavor and promised protection.  The Brandybuck brothers, helped by their dwarf friend and partner Frier, as well as their families, were doing their best to make a comfortable way station in the heart of Beorn's country.

The Easterly Inn


Conversation with Dody Brandybuck revealed that his brother had left the previous fall to get supplies from Bree and his party's return was overdue by several weeks.  Dody engaged the company to search to see if they could find out what became of Dindy's group.

The company's plan was to make their way to the High Pass, looking for any clues to the fate of Dindy, and then proceed on west through the mountains and west.  They traveled 90 miles south, crossed the Anduin and headed toward the pass.  Although prepared for a potentially long journey, the company found Dindy and his entourage trapped on a hill only a couple days walk from the ford...


Dindy's Caravan at the Ringfort
It was closing dusk.  Greensong's sharp elf vision saw the smoke of a bonfire on a hill a great distance away.  


Bill the Bowman, Andy Blackthorn, and Tom Lumpy were guards hired in Bree.  Igwar the Beorning (far right) was the caravan's guide and most experienced traveler.


The Company has found Dindy's caravan in a rather tough spot.


The company made its way to the hill.  Saelduin announced to Dindy's party that they had been sent by his brother to search for him.  Igwar the Beorning hailed them and bade them them come up.

All is not right....
Igwar, who had received a wound from an orc arrow, told the harrowing tale of the past several days.  Dindy's caravan had been harassed by goblins since they had entered the mountain region.  At first by only a few, but their numbers and boldness grew.  Some of the caravan pack mules had been killed and run off and supplies lost.  Igwar knew of an old and primitive defensive structure that they could try and make a stand at:  the Ringfort.  It was a steep hill with a dirt and rock berm ring at the top.  It was infrequently used by people journeying in the area as a campsite.

Igwar and the Breelanders were making a bonfire to illuminate the area.  Dindy was nearly incoherent with fright as he had no experience with this sort of violence.  He apologized for not making tea in all the excitement.  The party ordered him to make several types of tea to give him a task and take his mind off of what was to come.

Greensong looks into the gloom of the failing sunlight:  a large war party of orcs is gathering in the distance. 

The searching eyes of Nock the dwarf find a cave under some fallen rocks...

...that leads to the base of the hill.  A potential escape?  Or a flaw in the defense?

Dindy hides under the baggage.  Greensong keeps one eye on the cave's top entrance.  Hopefully the goblins will not discover it.

Igawar and the Breelanders defend one side.
The ringfort has two paths leading up to it on opposite sides of the hill.  It is decided that the caravan guards will defend one side, the company melee fighters the other, and the archers Kalla and Greensong stay behind the berm, looking for climbing orcs, and send arrows to either direction that needs help.
Ock, Nock, Ebaric, and Saelduin guard the other path.
A rain of arrows comes in on the defenders.  Kalla is injured slightly.  Greensong and Kalla return fire with their bows.
The goblins launch a probe attack to test the defenses.  The are quickly repulsed.
Igwar, Andy, Bill, and Lumpy battle the first attack.


Goblins ascend the path towards the company taking arrow fire.

Seeing the strength of the defenders on the hill, the orc Captain Ubhurz orders his forces in!  Kalla and Greensong take out 5 by the time they reach the hill.

The guards battle on as more goblins charge in.

Goblin forces contact!

Despite taking casualties the goblins press on.

Greensong spies a group of orcs scaling the side of the hill.

Igwar and the guards are pushed back...some goblin break through to the baggage.

Ock the dwarf comes over to try and hold the goblins off.  A goblin tries to backstab Greensong. 

Pushed back again!  Another goblin sneaks through.

Nock, Saelduin, and Ebaric slay some goblins, but are being surrounded by the mass.

Captain Ubhurz goes into melee with Kalla, Ock faces three goblins, and Greensong battles on.


Things are looking dire...


Ubhurz and Kalla in hand to hand combat.  She is hit hard by the wicked blade.  Between that and the arrow earlier, she is not doing well...

Ock makes his way to assist Kalla.  Ubhurz must die!


Another hit on Kalla.  She falls.  Ubhurz raises his blade for the finishing blow.

Ock uses his dwarven strength to push through the goblins and take a swing at Ubhurz. 

Andy Blackthorn falls to the goblin's blade.

Ock hits Ubhurz hard.  He lets out a growl, proclaims victory and "We've done what we want...get outta here!"  ...and orders the goblins to break off the attack?!
The guards sigh in relief at the retreating enemies.

The goblins that climbed the side of the hill break contact.

When things were looking the dark the goblins fled.  Ubhurz had saved his own skin.  The group does a quick assessment of how everyone is doing when Nock notices, "Where's Dindy?"

The orcs have taken him.