Remember

Posted in Life, Love, Poem, Poetry, Writing with tags , on February 14, 2018 by darkjade68

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Love isn’t just now…

It’s then

It’s not perfect or proud…

It bends

Remember those you’ve loved…

And those who’ve loved you

And if you’re loved now…

Value it to the end

If you’ve been loved before…

You may be loved again

Until then…

Remember

DarkJade-

 

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Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter XI

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , on February 14, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blu Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo – CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight – CHAPTER VIII – Welcome To Tru – CHAPTER IX – Chimera – CHAPTER X – Session 11

CHAPTER XI – Into The Mountains

What we were about to attempt, was dangerous…

…if not madness.

Yes, we have an extremely capable group of Adventurers.

But to risk our lives so blatantly from the get go…

I will say, each of us was going for our own reasons…

I, in the hopes of finding some remnants of magic within the dungeon beyond the Chimera’s Lair.

Z, because he’s a Rogue, it’s what he does.

Chi is Adventure bound, whatever the particulars may be.

I can’t say I know Stryke enough to know why she’s going, but I suspect it has more to do with the ‘challenge’ of it, than the potential riches.

Kinner longs to perform/deliver stories of great deeds within the taverns of the lands, which is why he tagged along with the Cleric Zahn…

Zahn is truly a great man.

I can’t say I know one thing about Thalo, but it was he who suggested our Party try to circumvent the Chimera, and go directly for the dungeon…

…my insticnt says he was inclined to try and protect us from the mythical beast.

Laris… She is more difficult for me to discern.

A Paladin of the Ancients…

A… ‘Green Knight’.

When it comes to the Chimera, perhaps she’s thinking of the unsuspecting travelers who it may feast upon.

Though, we hope not to face it, we’ll have to successfully sneak by it in order not to.

But the dungeon, I’m not quite sure why she’s willing to go with us there.

Just then Laris walked by me, winked, and smiled, then readied her horse.

…unless.

Nah, it couldn’t be.

And so we mounted our horses, and headed north to the mountains north of Tru…

Our Marching Order was Chi and Stryke in front… Then came Kinner and Laris… Behind them me (Ren) and Z, and Thalo behind us.

We made our way into the mountains with no problems, but on the third watch that night, Thalo and Stryke were on watch, and Thalo heard a noise…

“Stand back,” he spoke, and suddenly an ogre entered the camp holding up a large club.

Thalo, being a Black Dragonborn, let forth an Acid Breath wounding it a bit.

Chi then woke, and spoke some words, “VENATORES MARCAM,” and a blue glow, only seen by him, appeared above the Ogre’s head.

He then drew back his bow, and shot it in the side.

Thalo then went into a FLURRY OF BLOWS throwing 4 punches at the Ogre, but only hitting with two…

…still, it was most impressive.

I stepped forward and started to cast, “CHROMATI ORBIS!” and an orb of lighting appeared in my hands…

…just as I was about to toss it at the Ogre.

“WAIT!” yelled Laris, who then drew her sword, “MERAMUR PROTEGENTE ERIPI PERCUTIAT!” and she strikes it…

…the Ogre suddenly seems terrified, and runs off.

“Ahh, we had it,” spoke Stryke in frustration.

“We needn’t kill everything we come across,” spoke Laris cleaning her blade.

Stryke shook her head, “Paladins…”

PICTURE CREDIT – Ogre

Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter X

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , on February 13, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blu Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo – CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight – CHAPTER VIII – Welcome To Tru – CHAPTER IX – Chimera

CHAPTER X – Session 11

Another week had passed…

The end of Session 10 left much to think about.

When I arrived at Johny’s house, everyone was already there…

…it was the first time I was the last to arrive, and I’m always 10 minutes early.

Trevor gave me a nod…

…as did Barry.

Johnny and his sister Stacy had made sandwiches for everyone, and once again snack food had made it into the olive green bowl in the middle of the coffee table.

Lisa gave me a glance with a half smile, and Mike gave me a smack on the back as he returned from using the restroom.

Roger, who was the newest Player in our group, was studying his Rogue Character Z, which doesn’t surprise me, as there’s a lot to them.

Johnny put his blue Dungeon Master cape on once more…

“Lets begin,” he spoke.

Within one of our rooms in ‘The Gnoll’s Leg’ tavern and inn, the whole Party came together.

I even invited Thalo who reluctantly complied.

“So this thing has dragon’s breath and can fly…” spoke Laris.

“Aye…” replied Chi.

“Crazy,” spoke Kinner.

“We can take it… And when we do, we’ll plunder the dungeon as well,” spoke Stryke enthusiastically with a fist blow to the desk.

“What do you think Z?” I questioned our Rogue.

“I do believe we stand a chance… But unless we strategize correctly, I also believe Chi is correct… We may lose one or two of us to its’ fiery breath,” he replied.

“The lot of you are mad… ‘Fight a Chimera’… Why not just sneak by it, and plunder the dungeon alone,” spoke Thalo.

The room went quiet.

“Not a bad idea,” interjected Z.

“I’m not sure all of us are stealthy enough to get by a Chimera…” spoke Stryke.

“Worse case scenario, we will fight it if we’re found out,” replied Z.

The room went quiet again.

They all looked at me for a decision.

“All in favor, say aye,” I spoke…

…and all 6 of them said aye.

Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter IX

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , on February 13, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blu Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo – CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight – CHAPTER VIII – Welcome To Tru

CHAPTER IX – Chimera

The next day, after a good nights rest at ‘The Gnoll’s Leg’ tavern and inn, several of us met down stairs to eat breakfast.

Though Thalo hadn’t officially joined our Party, he did seem to continue to hangout outside the tavern entrance.

Z, Chi, Stryke and I were all sitting at a table when two Tru Guard entered the tavern and made their way to the bulletin board on the back wall.

There it was that able bodied Adventurers would find work in the form of Posters.

The two guards hammered up a large yellow and black poster.

BY ORDER OF LORD MAYOR SHAYMUS, 1,000 GOLD PIECES IS OFFERED TO THE GROUP OF MEN, AND/OR WOMAN, WHO CAN DESTROY THE CHIMERA IN THE MOUNTAINS NORTH OF TRU!

“1,000 gold is a bit low for slaying such a beast,” spoke Z, “1,200 would have been better.”

A Chimera… A Mythical creature I’d only heard about in stories…

“We could probably take it… But we may lose one or two of us to its’ firey breath…” added Chi.

Just then, the Barbarian girl Stryke overheard a conversation at the next table.

“There’s more to it then the Chimera… Rumor has it that there’s a Dungeon in those mountains, and the Chimera is either protecting it, or claiming its contents as its’ own…” spoke an old woman to her friend.

Stryke took me aside and told me of this.

“We need to speak to BARON KRAYDOR…” she explained.

“He’ll tell us everything there is to know,” she concluded.

Stryke went on to tell me within the walls of the city of Tru, there were another set of walls, though not quite as tall as the ones surrounding the city itself, which surrounded several important city landmarks…

The KEEP OF TOR, which housed the Duke himself, and sometimes his Royal Court.

The wall also surrounded 5 large homes, belonging to the Nobles, as well as Lord Mayor Shamus.

It also surrounded the MAGE TOWER, which not only homed Tru’s High Wizards, but also the Teleportation Circle of the City.

Also within its walls there were 3 guard houses, specifically housing the Royal Guard.

For us to gain admittance to see the Baron seemed most unlikely.

Suddenly the Baron himself entered the tavern with 6 Royal Guard surrounding him.

“DRINKS FOR EVERYONE!” he proclaimed, and the occupants of the tavern cheered half hazardly.

“Except for you 6,” he spoke with humor to his Royal Guard.

He then took a booth in a corner where the barmaids hurried to serve him.

Though the Baron appeared to be handsome, noble and well dressed, there was a certain humanity to him it seemed.

“Now’s are chance,” spoke Stryke.

Suddenly Kinner pulled out his fiddle, and started to play, and sing.

“He Came From Galdur, To Conquer, And Quest…

His Use Of Magic…

Was Simply The Best…”

I slapped  my forehead, and Stryke started to laugh, “Is he singing about you Ren?” she spoke.

I simply gave her a glance.

But Kinner had a flare none could dismiss, he sang and played and the Baron loved every moment of it…

When he was done, the Baron invited Kinner to his table, and before I knew it, Kinner was waving me over.

I gulped, then made my way over to the Baron’s table.

The 6 Royal Guard gave me quite a glance, but did not stop me from joining the Baron and Kinner.

“You’ve got youself quite a Bard here Tiefling,” he spoke with a gritty smile.

“Thank you my Lord… Though he is not mine,” I replied…

…which caused the Baron to laugh, as he chugged down more wine.

“Indeed…” he replied.

“May I bring my Barbarian friend over my Lord… She has some questions she wishes to ask you in regards to the Chimera…” I explained.

With this the Baron intuitively waved Stryke over.

“Hello Baron… How have you been,” she spoke.

“Good girl… Good,” he replied.

She then sat.

Stryke spoke to the Baron about defeating the Chimera and what she heard the old woman speak about a dungeon.

“There is indeed a dungeon beyond the Chimera’s Lair… And what you find within it is your business…” he spoke.

“Now leave me, no more talk of business tonight, I’ve come to drink!” he proclaimed.

And so we left his table.

 

Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter VIII

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , on February 12, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blue Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo – CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight

CHAPTER VIII – Welcome To Tru

As we approach the gates of Tor, the walls surrounding it are some 80′ plus tall, and they stretch on and on…

The city of Tor has some 12,000 plus inhabitants, and is surrounded by a dozen or so villages…

…apparently the City is simply booming.

As we entered, two of the City Guards seem to take an interest in our group, and who can blame them.

Seven unlikely travelers, including a Drow (Dark Elf) and a ‘Blu Hob’ (Half Hobgoblin, Half Blue Orc)…

Fortunately we came upon a tavern, ‘The Gnoll’s Leg’, immediately inside the city, which we headed to…

…and the guards returned to the city gates.

“I’ll stay out here,” spoke Thalo, and so he did.

Inside there were maybe 20 or so occupants…

Dwarves, Halflings, Elves, Gnomes and a handful of Humans.

We took a long table in the middle of the tavern, and ordered ale, wine and food…

I will admit, it was good to be off the road, though the Woods of Fairelight were quite remarkable.

Perhaps I will return there some day to learn what magics the Elves there might hold…

But for now, Tru.

After I finished eating, I decided to check out one of their Potion Shops…

As I exited, Thalo, who was waiting outside the Inn/Tavern, asked if he might join me…

Unbeknownst to me, Z was going to trail me in the shadows for my protection, but changed his plan when he saw Thalo had joined me.

When Thalo and I entered the Potion Shop, there was an elderly Gnome gentleman sitting behind the glass counter, looking through a one eyed eye piece at some goods…

“Hello,” I spoke.

The man removed the eye piece and smiled slightly at me (Ren).

“Well hello there… How may I be of service…” he replied.

“Healing Potions… I was wondering if you might have any in your Store…” I spoke.

The Gnome gave me a squint, then looked at Thalo who was very calm.

He then fetched a sliver box from the shelf behind him, and opened it.

“I do in fact have one,” he sat a circled vial with swirling red glittery liquid inside it on the counter.

“How much?” I asked.

He paused for a moment…

…”Well… You two seem like decent folk… How about 60 gold,” he spoke.

“I’m not decent folk,” spoke Thalo who sat 70 gold on the counter.

I pushed Thalo’s money back to him.

“60 gold is fine… Thank you sir,” I spoke, and we made the exchange.

Just as we were about to leave, the shop keeper took Thalo’s wrist, “Don’t judge yourself to harshly boy… You keep good company,” he spoke.

Thalo glared at him, and he removed his hand from his wrist.

We headed back to the tavern…

Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter VII

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , on February 12, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blue Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo

CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight

The woods of Fairelight were truly magical…

Fairies throughout, you could see pink, blue, yellow, green, orange and purple lights in the distance, though we never got close enough to actually see their little forms.

A couple hours into the next day of traveling, we came across four Wood Elves of Fairelight…

“Traveling to Tru I’d imagine,” they spoke to Chi.

Chi, is also a Wood Elf, but from the forests of Galdur…

They were friendly, and wished us well on our journey.

I could tell seeing them made Chi miss his homeland, but he longed to Adventure as much as I.

Further in we came across a Party of Halflings who were even more friendly, giving our Party biscuits and jams for our travels…

That night, Thalo showed up at our first watch, and asked if he could stay the night…

…I then offered him to join us on the rest of our journey to Tru.

On the third day we exited the Woods of Fairelight and entered the hills south of Tru…

Four hours into the hills, we came across a group of 6 Tru Guards, who were quite friendly, and told us we’d probably need to travel into the night to reach the walls of Tru…

We thanked them for the information, and decided that’s exactly what we’d do… It would do us well to sleep in an actual bed tonight.

As nightfall came, Stryke and Chi spotted what looked to be a Hill Giant coming directly towards us…

“PYTHONISSAM PRESSULUM…” I speak, and a beam of crackling blue energy exstends out from me towards the Hill Giant striking it in the chest…

It growls…

Stryke takes a step back.

Chi then speaks some words under his breath, and a blue glow appears above the Giant that only Chi can see…

…he draws back an arrow, and shoots hitting it in the arm.

Z moves forward and seems to disappear and reappear behind the Hill Giant slicing it not once but twice in its back…

…it howls in pain.

Laris then runs towards the front, long sword in the air, shield on the other arm, “MERAMUR PROTEGENTE ERIPI PERCUTIAT!” she yells as she strikes it…

…blowing it back a step with a gashing wound in its’ side, the creature suddenly feels terrified, turns, and runs…

“YEAH KEEP ON RUNNING!” she yells, then wipes her blade, and returns to the back of the Party.

Z rejoins her in the back of the group, “Impressive…” he speaks.

“Well I couldn’t let you kill it, now could I…” she speaks and winks at him.

Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter VI

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , , on February 11, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blue Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10

CHAPTER VI – Thalo

As the Party traveled eastward through the grasslands to the south of Dwarfport, the air was crisp, and new.

Our Marching Order was Stryke the Barbarian girl in front, with Chi, our Wood Elf Ranger, at her side… Laris, our Paladin of the Ancients, aka ‘Green Knight’, and myself, Ren, a Wizard, behind them… And in back, Kinner, our Drow (Dark Elf) Bard and ‘Z’, the Blu Hob Rogue, in back.

I have to admit, beginning our Polus Adventures was a bit strange whilst only truly knowing half of the Party… But that’s how all great Adventures begin I imagine.

A couple hours in we came across the Black Dragonborn Monk Thalo Laris and I saw battling in the Arena-esq games in Dwarfport…

…he was traveling on foot.

“Hey there…” spoke Laris who rode up next to him.

He looked up, then back to the grasslands before him.

Our Party passed him by, and Laris joined us quickly after.

An hour or so before nightfall we reached the WOODS OF FAIRELIGHT, and Stryke suggested that we camp just outside of them for the night.

“Not on your life,” spoke Chi, who had come from the forest of Speahr Torn in Galdur, and longed for the trees…

Chi would lead us in for an hour or two before we made camp.

On first watch would be Laris and Kinner, second watch myself and Z, and third watch, Chi and Stryke…

On third watch the Black Dragonborn Monk Thalo came into our camp.

“May I use your fire once you leave,” he spoke.

“Sure,” spoke Stryke who began to ready her horse for departure.

Chi didn’t say anything, but did give the Monk a glance.

“Thalo,” he spoke as he extended his hand to Chi.

Chi smiled, “Hello there… I’m Chi.”

“Are you heading to Tru?” questioned Thalo.

“Yes…” replied Chi.

Stryke gave a glance over at them, then went back to her horse.

I (Ren) then awoke, “Hello Thalo.”

Thalo waved slightly to me.

“Thalo…” spoke Laris friendly, “Like some food and some hot brew?”

“I’m alright,” replied Thalo.

When Z awoke he noted how quickly Thalo seemed to notice him, though he was behind him.

Kinner woke up rubbed his eyes, “Morning all…”

Z then sat next to Thalo, “Somehow I feel like I know you,” Z spoke to him.

Thalo looked at Z slowly, “Not likely,” he spoke.

They stared at one another for a moment, “Perhaps not,” added Z.

“We should get going,” spoke Stryke.

And so we said our goodbyes to Thalo, and went on our way through the Woods of Fairelight.