[Thorn's Chronicle] Masks of Dreaming Night

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Re: [Thorn's Chronicle] Masks of Dreaming Night

Postby Angelika Tatsu » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:11 pm

:shock: Grellk is quite the taskmaster.
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Re: [Thorn's Chronicle] Masks of Dreaming Night

Postby RobJN » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:17 pm

Angelika Tatsu wrote::shock: Grellk is quite the taskmaster.

Well, when his own best interests are on the line -- and keeping his own hide in one piece (or, keeping that one piece from, say, liquefying and running off his bones) -- Grellk tends to get a bit bossy. Well, more bossy than he usually is....

And welcome to the active readership, Angelika :D
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Re: [Thorn's Chronicle] Masks of Dreaming Night

Postby Angelika Tatsu » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:33 pm

RobJN wrote:
Angelika Tatsu wrote::shock: Grellk is quite the taskmaster.

Well, when his own best interests are on the line -- and keeping his own hide in one piece (or, keeping that one piece from, say, liquefying and running off his bones) -- Grellk tends to get a bit bossy. Well, more bossy than he usually is....

And welcome to the active readership, Angelika :D
Lol...and thanks! ♥
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Re: [Thorn's Chronicle] Masks of Dreaming Night

Postby Chimpman » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:06 am

I'm a ways back (viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8377&start=100#p149767), but wanted to comment. Thorn's Chronicle is superb... I'm ashamed I was away for so long...

Anyway, a couple of things:
1) Do you have any maps related to the underground realm of the dwarves (Kurest Hurgon and surrounding environs)? The more you describe it, the more intrigued I am by the realm. I'm assuming this post (http://thornschronicle.blogspot.com/201 ... .html#more) describes the area. I see Vilch on the map but not Kurest Hurgon. Is that the southeastern most outpost, or am I totally messed up?
[I'm now realizing there's probably quite a bit I've missed from your blog as well, so I'll probably spend some time catching up with those posts too.]

2) This caught my eye:
Behind the dwarf, in the shadow of the brazier’s light, came a jangle of chain and rattle of plate. Two figures, even taller than Varis, shifted their weight. Their arms were crossed across broad chests, but I had very little doubt that they could have hands on weapons in the time it would take to blink.

I'm assuming these dark figures are members of House Tharashk (from Eberron - the half-orc House of Finding)? If so, I like the take, and I'm really interested to learn about how this house came about in Mystara (with what I'm assuming is half-orc/half-dwarf members). Is there more info on these guys somewhere?

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He had deep chestnut hair and beard, nearly but not quite black. Where his eyes should have been a like deep brown color, though, they shone a yellow tinged with red about the pupils. What little of his skin that was visible under the dark steel helm also held a pale, yellowed cast to it.

This description reminds me of a dwarf from the Shimmering Lands :twisted:
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Re: [Thorn's Chronicle] Masks of Dreaming Night

Postby RobJN » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:59 am

Chimpman wrote:I'm a ways back (viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8377&start=100#p149767), but wanted to comment. Thorn's Chronicle is superb... I'm ashamed I was away for so long...

Anyway, a couple of things:
1) Do you have any maps related to the underground realm of the dwarves (Kurest Hurgon and surrounding environs)? The more you describe it, the more intrigued I am by the realm. I'm assuming this post (http://thornschronicle.blogspot.com/201 ... .html#more) describes the area. I see Vilch on the map but not Kurest Hurgon. Is that the southeastern most outpost, or am I totally messed up?
[I'm now realizing there's probably quite a bit I've missed from your blog as well, so I'll probably spend some time catching up with those posts too.]

Karrnath's Realm Notes wrote:Kurest Hurgon
(population ~600; ~70% (420) dwarven, ~10% halfling (60), 10% (60) orc, 5% (30) gnome, 5 (30) % goblin)
One of the few mines still in operation. The Dwarves use orcish and hin slaves to dig out every last kernel of silver. The caves are thick with the smell of burning coal, and what isn’t coated in a fine layer of soot sports a dusting of ash. Kurest Hurgon is a dirty, dingy village of hovels and lean-tos. The only notable exception is the Foreman’s manse, a fortified house carved into the back of the main cavern. It is surrounded by a curtain wall, secured behind heavy iron gates. The access tunnel can only be reached through the manse’s side courtyard.

The regular tramway broke down long ago, but the Karrnath still sends regular coaches every two weeks to pick up the refined silver and iron.

The foreman has learned not to hold anything aside for himself, nor to question the Karrnath’s collectors. To do so would see the foreman cast into the mines himself, and left to the mercy of the slaves. After several examples were made, other foremen quickly got the hint that the Karrnath would allow no skimming of the Imperial treasury, despite the remoteness of the mines.

Kurest Hurgon is the initial mining settlement Thorn & company had to sneak through to steal the iron carriage.
Chimpman wrote:2) This caught my eye:
Behind the dwarf, in the shadow of the brazier’s light, came a jangle of chain and rattle of plate. Two figures, even taller than Varis, shifted their weight. Their arms were crossed across broad chests, but I had very little doubt that they could have hands on weapons in the time it would take to blink.

I'm assuming these dark figures are members of House Tharashk (from Eberron - the half-orc House of Finding)? If so, I like the take, and I'm really interested to learn about how this house came about in Mystara (with what I'm assuming is half-orc/half-dwarf members). Is there more info on these guys somewhere?

Not yet....

Chimpman wrote:
He had deep chestnut hair and beard, nearly but not quite black. Where his eyes should have been a like deep brown color, though, they shone a yellow tinged with red about the pupils. What little of his skin that was visible under the dark steel helm also held a pale, yellowed cast to it.

This description reminds me of a dwarf from the Shimmering Lands :twisted:

There aren't very many full-blooded dwarves left in the Glittering Empire, so they've adopted.... other means.... of extending the various bloodlines.... I have some notes for a full-blown article on the population dynamics, primarily within the capital city. Maybe I should get that written, one of these days...
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Re: [Thorn's Chronicle] Masks of Dreaming Night

Postby Chimpman » Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:26 pm

The bad part about being all caught up is that there is nothing more to read... :(

Sar-Gaar is shaping up to be quite an interesting place. After that last passage, I imagine it to be some type of huge, city-wide foundry. Still trying to puzzle out what the initial danger was that the twins smelled in the air. My first reaction was that perhaps the dwarves were using some type of radiance power in the city, but I'm not sure. The effects on their cloaks seemed like a perpetual fog of acid rain is hanging around the city (probably due to the industrialized nature of Sar-Gaar).

Despite being a thoroughly despicable and shady grump, I also really like Grellk.
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Re: [Thorn's Chronicle] Masks of Dreaming Night

Postby RobJN » Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:49 am

Chimpman wrote:The bad part about being all caught up is that there is nothing more to read... :(

Sar-Gaar is shaping up to be quite an interesting place. After that last passage, I imagine it to be some type of huge, city-wide foundry. Still trying to puzzle out what the initial danger was that the twins smelled in the air. My first reaction was that perhaps the dwarves were using some type of radiance power in the city, but I'm not sure. The effects on their cloaks seemed like a perpetual fog of acid rain is hanging around the city (probably due to the industrialized nature of Sar-Gaar).

Despite being a thoroughly despicable and shady grump, I also really like Grellk.
<best Grellk impersonation> Write more now. :mrgreen:

Sar-Gaar was just a pass-through, the southern town in the waterfall cavern on the map. The big, smelly, bustling city-full-of-toxic-fog is Kor-Karrest, the capital of (what remains of) the Glittering Empire.
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Re: [Thorn's Chronicle] Masks of Dreaming Night

Postby Chimpman » Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:31 pm

Oh! :oops: I hadn't realized they made it all the way to the end yet! That makes more sense with regards to Grellk's other appointments. Most of his important clients would be living in the big city.
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Re: [Thorn's Chronicle] Masks of Dreaming Night

Postby RobJN » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:57 pm

Chimpman wrote:Oh! :oops: I hadn't realized they made it all the way to the end yet! That makes more sense with regards to Grellk's other appointments. Most of his important clients would be living in the big city.

Important? Yes. Living...? Sort of ... :twisted:
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