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Half a HendersonThis story has a lot of background to it, but I’m just going to include the essentials for the sake of time. Today, one of my players managed to pull a .5 Henderson on my campaign, completely screwing up my plans for his character and making me end the session early to figure out how to proceed.
This character is a female elf named Keres. Keres was a lawful neutral-tending lawful evil member of The Order of Holy Judgment, a group that essentially functioned as the judges in Judge Dredd but with magic and stuff. Then I killed her and resurrected her as an unwilling servant of the gods. Her player (a guy, just for clarification) gave me very little backstory other than that she was missing an eye and that she carried a picture of the man that cut her eye out so she could exercise revenge if she ever saw him again. The group’s previous adventure led to the world’s capitol city being captured by the BBEG and the group seeking refuge in the El
Bored During a SermonAlone in the dark,
Strike a match and light a lamp.
Alone in the light.
The inscription read,
“Only gold lasts forever,”
On the gilded tomb.
Awake, my lovelies.
Brush your teeth, comb your hair, wash.
Don’t be late for school.
Where are my legs, mate?
What are legs, sir? What is mate?
No! Not this again!
Lawrence of ArabiaA candle flickered amber
A solemn face illuminated,
Etched in the wrinkles
Of worry and pain.
Lawrence of Arabia
Observed a unique practice.
Whenever he extinguished a candle
He did so by squeezing
The live flame between his fingers.
When asked what was his trick
He replied, “The trick
Is not minding that it hurts.”
A thumb and a finger,
Scarred and calloused,
Closed on the flame.
Darkness, a hiss
And the acrid odor
Of burning flesh.
My trick is
I cannot feel pain.
Preview of Currently-Untitled Space Western A dull-grey transport-class ship landed on one of the many metal landing platforms that surrounded the outpost city of Old Red. The city, built mostly from the same dull-grey metal, sat in the midst of a sea of crimson rocks. The planet was almost entirely covered in rocks, with only a few freshwater springs breaking the lifeless monotony. These springs were the only reason an outpost existed on the planet in the first place; there were no other useful resources, unless you were a rock collector. Even so, Old Red was a fairly popular travel stop because it orbited in the Estus system, right at the doorway of Cumberland Exploration’s “exploitation zone,” as many locals called it.
The transport hissed as it cooled from the entry head, and it quickly lost all hints of red. A dock worker removed a hose from a compartment and doused the boarding ramp with water, filling the air with steam a
Pokemon Apocalypse: Tribute “Welcome to Viridian City!”
I heard the voice of a man, muffled through the market wall, but still understandable.
“Where is it?” The was the voice of a younger man. The voice was harsh and demanding.
The first man replied quickly, tripping over his own words. “You’ll find it all in order in the gym!”
“Lead the way.”
Heavy footsteps were heard, clearly those of a large Pokémon. I followed the sound to the back of the market. I pressed my ear against the wall.
“Where is the gym leader?”
“Ngh!” the man nearly choked. “He… left!”
A Pokémon roared.
Pokemon Apocalypse: The Package A few fights later, I saw a building peeking over the trees. A quaint cabin soon came into view, and within moments an entire city was before me.
Viridian City, the city of eternal green.
The view was incredible. Lush, vibrant evergreen trees seemed to merge seamlessly with the architecture. However, there was one exception: an enormous metal building with the image of a Pokéball on the front that I immediately recognized as one of the infamous gyms. The gym was a truly hideous building, some parts rusted, other parts covered in anti-Elite graffiti. It was a jarring juxtaposition on the otherwise pristine cityscape.
I stepped out of the clearing and into the city. A few people passed nearby, but they seemed too busy to notice me. An old woman pulled a cart full of various vegetables, and a young man hurried off to the city center,
Pokemon Apocalypse: Swarmed Once again I found myself at the arch of trees that separated Pallet Town and the wilderness. Never in my life had I stepped beyond this symbolic doorway. Once outside, the safety of civilization would give way to the dangers of the wild, with only my Pokémon between me and death.
I removed my Pokéball from my belt and held it up to my eyes, building confidence in Charmander.
I put the ball down, took a deep breath, and stepped through the arch.
Nothing happened. No wild monsters attacked, no bandits jumped out from behind the trees.
With a sharp exhale I started my trek. The path had a slight upward incline, with an occasional cliff ledge that I had to walk around. I wasn’t much of a climber.
After a few minutes I came across a cliff that was surrounded by tall grass and trees
Pokemon Apocalypse: Rivalry “Charmander, go!” Yelling just felt natural. The Pokéball flew from my hand and Charmander burst out.
“Squirtle, take care of this punk!” Blue yelled.
The two tiny creatures faced off at the entrance of the professor’s lab. Charmander stood about knee height (to my waist) and Squirtle was just a bit shorter. I felt an instant connection to Charmander, that indescribable bond between trainer and Pokémon.
“Charmander, attack!” I yelled, pointing at Squirtle. The lizard dashed forward and slashed at Squirtle with his claws.
“Tackle him!” I heard Blue yell.
Squirtle lunged at Charmander and knocked him over.
“Get him off! Scratch him!” I yelled. Charmander flailed his claws, landing a
Pokemon Apocalypse: True Beginnings I was living in a shantytown with my mother. We called it “Pallet Town” because most of the buildings were made of worn-down planks and pallets. Pallet Town was directly off the coast of the sea, and we were able to make a living off fishing. The town used to be a lot bigger, but a year earlier a bunch of the men, including my father, left to join the Resistance. This was during the Occupation, so times were tough for everyone. I’m sure even you can remember those times. It was hard enough making a living without the men, but because we also had to make the Tribute, we were constantly near starvation.
As a kid, I was mostly a drain on the town, but I had heard of the great Trainers and aspired to be one someday. I wanted to be the very best, like no one ever was. But first I needed a Pokémon.
One day, my mother woke me up with a shake
SWtCW: Pyrrhic Victory pt.1A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away....
The Clone Wars: Pyrrhic Victory
The Galactic New Year approaches as the Clone Wars rage on throughout the galaxy. With neither side able to gain the upper hand while both Confederacy and Republic forces consolidate their gains and push against the defenses of their foes. It seems that for every step forward the Grand Army of the Republic gains, they must either take three steps back as they brace against the Separatist assault or find that the Separatists have outmaneuvered them. Still, there is hope in perseverance and with new ships and new armies joining their ranks with each passing day, hope remains that a crushing blow may yet be struck.
On the planet Malastare, one such victory is hoped for as both sides throw more and more forces into the fray. Having allied themselves with the Dug inhabitants of the planet, the Republic hopes to drive the Separatists from the resource rich planet and ensure that its precious fuel supplies
My Alien Girlfriend (Chapter 7)
I walked back inside the house after running to the store for a few hours. Yumi was sitting in the middle of the den, unmoving and completely still, just as I had told her to act. She smiled as I walked in and I tossed her a bag full of clothing. Without knowing her dimensions and size, it was hard to know what kind and what size the clothes needed to be, but I felt that these should do fine.
“Try these on.” I said. “You can’t wander around nude anymore.”
“I do not know how these are…worn.” Yumi muttered. I groaned and rubbed the back of my head.
“Well…that’s a shirt and it is put on…well…I guess I better show you huh?” I asked. I groaned and took off my own shirt. “Okay, so you hold the shirt like this…and you slide it on…like this…” I began slowly going through the steps needed to put on a shirt, sliding my arms carefully through each arm hole and making sure she was foll
Infected - Chapter Eight Duncan sat alone inside the cell. Shards of glass laid all around him from the walls of his clone's cell, broken weeks ago when the infects attacked Yoglabs.
He had hoped that perhaps Lalnable would have been killed in the attacks, but just his luck... This wasn't the first time he had had a run in with Lalnable. No, the first time he was rather pleasant. He was more of a funny sort of crazy back than. Not much unlike Duncan himself.
At the time, they had been defending Duncan's castle from the first fleet of nagas and Duncan had been, unfortunately, drunk. But Lalnable was there upon a visit from Lewis asking what he should do with him and the two geniuses had worked together to fend off the snake-like beasts. Lalnable had helped him rebuild the damaged parts of his castle, too. He'd given him the idea for where to put his flux as well.
Duncan wasn't sure what had happened that had made the clone go insane, but whatever it was, D
Shatter Me - Chapter Three - Clanker It felt so weird, having my goggles on my head again. I kept wanting to reach up and take them off, but… I kinda liked it. Gah, who was I kidding, I really liked it. I missed this so much. And all of my friends... It was good to see Venom being all sarcastic and Ginger being his ginger-y self.
I walked down the hallway beside Wolf in Kevin in a daze. I saw Seto walking towards the library excitedly, and Ty teaching some new recruits Parkour101 as we passed the training hall. Jerome was with Mitch in the mess hall again, the two having a food fight and laughing. Oh my god, Jerome was laughing. With Mitch.
As I walked, I couldn’t stop smiling and only one thought circulated through my mind.
It was so good to be home.
Here For You (Jain) It was always fun when Jack visited the base. The entire team would take as much time off from training as they could and they'd hang out almost all night. Every time, Jack would crash in Kevin's quarters, whether he had the Lieutenant's approval or not.
Sometimes Kevin would wake up for training some random day and there the Ender hybrid was. Curled up at the end of his bed like he was just meant to be there.
One of these times, Kevin found something out he didn't really want to know.
Kevin had had an exhausting day and decided to turn in early, knowing he would have another early day tomorrow. He pulled off his usual armor and boots and flopped onto his bed in his long sleeved white shirt and brown pants without bothering to change.
He sighed and sat down on the floor by his desk. "G'night..." He murmured in exhaustion and curled up right there on the floor, falling asleep almost instantly.
He had been
SWtCW: Pyrrhic Victory pt.2Planet Malastare, Doge's Palace
Anakin followed their escort with Fordo and Ahsoka at his side. Having the ARC Captain with him was reassuring oddly enough. Like Alpha before him, Anakin had been through a lot with Fordo and so found his presence reassuring and even enjoyable though Fordo was more businesslike than Alpha had been. He'd also been with Obi-Wan and Anakin during the whole Dark Reaper mess among some of their other early battles in the ongoing war.
“Do you think they're going to do it?” Ahsoka asked idly.
Fordo didn't turn to look at her as they continued.
“They're not going to have much choice if they want our support.”
“And they do want to ensure that their planet remains theirs.” Anakin provided. “They need that deal with the Chancellor to ensure that happens.”
“We could just take the fuel supplies ourselves after we beat the Seps.” Ahsoka said offhandedly.
Anakin glanced at her for a moment before shaking his
Battalia: SunshineThe team that set forth from the Derelict Industries base had been on the road for a week, having taken some time to ensure they had a steady means of transportation. Two had been developed, the first being a vehicle Chase and a few of the REND scientists had created.
Based on Chief Beil’s own vehicle, the one dubbed “Joyride” was made so the Battalia could fit in comfortably and drive it. At the moment Eva was flying above the machine, while Chase drove.
“Chase, are we close to where Graveyard was last seen?”
“Yeah, we’re near Agleam, the city of bright ideas.” Chase said, pointing to a figure in the distance. They had gone from a wasteland area to one where grass was starting to grow. The place looked elegant and almost like a utopia, with tall white skyscrapers and proper roads. It was far more polished looking than Mechanicsville, though the town was growing quite well.
“City of bright ideas? That sounds a bit arrogant.” C
Shatter Me - Ch. 1 - DarkMinecraftia has long since fallen. It’s cold now… and dark. And sad. Half the people I used to know are dead. Years have gone by since I was just an apprentice and I had thoughts of Skylordship and the world thought it was winning against the squids. Oh, those were the days.
I missed my old friends terribly. Venom, Logan, Jack; all dead. I never expected to outlive the enderman. Never. But he was one of the first to go, which was a big shock to all of us. For a while it was the stimulus that caused us to fight, but then it became the thing that caused all my other friends to die. Kevin was quiet most of the time now. I knew he missed them too; especially Jack.
I was alone now; the Sky Army had become so very small. The Commander had gone down, along with Deadlox, Bajan, and Seto. Many others had fallen as well, such as Xephos, Lalna, Rythian, and countless others. No one had ever tried to count them, but I estimated around three fourths of the population had been murdered.
Heroes Aren't Born - Ch. 7 - Blast Off? "So where did you come from?" Duncan asked. "Really?"
"What are you talking about?" Lewis retorted. "I told you last night, remember?"
"No you didn't." Duncan said. "You just asked me if I believe in life on other worlds..." His voice trailed off and he stopped walking.
Lewis stopped a few feet ahead of him with the ghost of a smirk crossing his lips. "Thought you'd figure it out. I'm starting to think you're even smarter than me."
Duncan stared at him with wide eyes for a moment, then he let out a small, "Huh..." And the corner of his mouth twitched up into an astonished smile. "I always wanted to meet an alien. Ever since I was a kid."
"Well... I think the term, 'alien' is rather harsh..." Lewis turned and continued walking down the path in the woods. Duncan ran up and fell in step beside him again. The pair of them had been walking for several hours now; it was nearing sunset by now.
Dr'gog Day Choose Your Own Adventure IYou groggily awoke from your sleep. You wanted to stay in bed, but you had too much to do. Slouching, you walked over to the counter. The chrono said that the time was 3, Dr'gog Time. You weren't sure what exactly that meant, but it felt early. You fumbled through your belongings in the drawer, eventually finding everything you needed. Satisfied that you had everything, you looked up into the mirror hanging on the wall. What did you see?
A young human male with a reckless smile on his face and a blaster pistol on his belt.
A young human female with a warm smile on her face and a lightsaber on her belt.
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