Take 10s

August 27, 2009

Take 10s are responses to some questions players have asked about the game world, from the perspective of “What could I find out in Husk?”

Feel free to ask questions in the comments for this post, and I will give a “Take 10” answer to it.  Mention what skill you’re using to give me a context.

Streetwise: The Waster named Scrub has already left town (as of 10th of Marks ’37).

Nature: Gecks sometimes gather around a few empty shallow basins to the west (around where Tripper’s Steps gives way to Scrubland).

Arcana: Sometimes gecks even manage to conjure some water for a time, but it usually ends up fouled and dried up after not too long.

Questions begin:

Who should I not piss off in town?

Streetwise: Hymerset Buchmond is the Mater, she pretty much runs the town.  She’s a tough old broad, and she doesn’t suffer fools.  Of course, you don’t want to get on the wrong side of Barius, the old Tiefer that runs the Tack shop – he can make things very expensive for you.

But serious trouble?  Well, that’s why Husk’s own Sherser, Edwall Bastaff.  He and his deputies keep the peace, and do a damn good job of it.

Then again, I’d say the toughest guy in town is Old Bern.  He’s tangled with scurves, gecks, and whatnot more times than I could count.  He helps keep the outfields clear of hyenas and such else that things there’s good hunting too close to town.

Can we have patrons to fund expeditions?

Streetwise: Patrons?  You’ll find those down at the bar.  Isn’t that what you folks do?  Get some wild turkey idea and then recruit a bunch of fools at the Stout to go chase it down?

Who are the reknown/celebrity adventurers in Husk?

Streetwise: You mean fools?  Who’s the biggest fool in town?  You sure you want to ask me that?

History: It’s been about 30 years since there were any really active adventurers in Husk.  But really, it was a hundred years ago that going out in the Wastes became extremely dangerous.  That was when the Big Tribe met its end, no cress there.

Of course, the most famous “adventuerer”, if you could call him that, was Tag, the waster who helped found the town with the help of Calia Crucius.  They said he was daft to try to settle so close to the Husk, but a few hundred years on, and we’re still here.

What do folk in town think of adventurers?

Streetwise: Are you crazy?  What do you think you’ll accomplish out there, anyway?  What, you don’t like farming?  You know, there’s lots of poor souls out in the Wastes not lucky enough to be able to farm a decent crop, much less keep it safe like we do in Husk.

Can we have hirelings?

Streetwise: Go out in the wastes and risk my neck?  No thanks.  I’ll keep dirt farming.

What kind of things do people bring back from the wastes?

There’s not a lot of “usual” adventures, but stories from back in the day talk about the dozens of ancient ruins beneath the Wastes, where all sorts of magical artifacts can be found.  Of course, gold still goes a long way in Husk, and remains a currency among Wasters that live beyond Husk’s surround.

How long does an expedition usually last?

Streetwise: A few days to a month.

History: Back in the days of the Big Tribe, there were some that would be gone from Husk and live to come back years later.

What kinds of things should we pick up before we head out? Essential supplies? Shiny beads to bribe the natives with? Extra underwear?

Dungeoneering: Good boots, wrappings for cuts and scrapes, and skins full of water. Since so much of the Wastes are broken, hilly land, rope and pitons are also standard gear.  An axe or a sledge is a good bet, but a sling or a bow is even better.

Arcana: One of the wonders of the old Domes was a network of magical conduits which could allow nearly instantaneous travel between destinations.  Some of these were reactivated for a time in the early days of the Big Tribe.

What is the old Dominion?

History: Before the current Age, before the Big Tribe, many lived under the old Dominions.  There were two, The Eastern Dome-under-sky, and the Western Dome-under-sky.  The mountains of the Spine was supposed to mark their border, but as time went on they fought incessantly over those mountains.  Husk, which is in the foothills east of the Spine, was not discovered until after the fall of the Dominions.  The Eastern Dominion was said to be brought down by the creation of their greatest war-machines, the Vulgar Gods.  Tiefers were very populous in the ruling class of the Eastern Dome-under-sky.

Who are these monks?

History: After the fall of the Eastern Dome a group of Wasters known as the Cycloptic Order became known for their might.  The Cycloptic Order blamed Tiefer magic for the creation of the Vulgar gods, and saw Tiefers’ horns as evidence that they were irredeemably touched by demonic magic.  Tiefers who lived under the “protection” of the Cycloptic order largely fled, and some tell of Tiefers who were slaughtered in their homes.  Some tell that Crucia, the wizardess who founded Husk with Tag, was a survivor of a Cycloptic purge.

Religion: Cycloptics worshipped an obscure Angel, and made pilgrimmages to a fortress-like temple up located up in the mountains of the Crown.

Anyone in town feel strongly for/against monks or Dominion?

Diplomacy: All that is ancient history. 

Streetwise: Once in a while some Wasters might try to gang up on Tiefers, or vice-versa, but those low-brow ruffians aren’t much the kind for deep historical reasoning.

History: Wasters and Tiefers sometimes had an uneasy relationship in the era of the Big Tribe, and to this day there are “Waster neighbourhoods” and “Tiefer neighbourhoods” in Husk.  While there have been ugly incidents in every generation, Husk does not have what you’d call a history of racial segregation.

What about this poisoned pond? Natural, accident, malevolent?

History: The local legend is that it is the pool came from the tears of a maiden enamored of Crucia, who was captured by a demon.  The demon attempted to control Crucia through the maiden, but as Crucia did not love the maiden in return, the demon failed.  The maiden died at the demon’s hand, weeping for the dearth of Crucia’s affection.  Tales say that the at the bottom of the poisoned pond you can still find her skull, and from that skull flows the poisonous water that makes up the pond.

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6 Responses to “Take 10s”

  1. ronCidious Says:

    (‘Bel will be my filler role char. so my Prime Char. is Brance Talliford)

    From Brance – History 7/ Streetwise 5/ Diplomacy 8:
    Who should I _not_ piss off in town? i.e. potential patrons, gangbangers, or psychotic xenomorph cultists etc.

    History 7/ Streetwise 5/ Diplomacy 8:
    Can we have patrons to fund expeditions?

    Who are the reknown/celebrity adventurers in Husk?

    What do folk in town think of adventurers?

    Can we have hirelings?

    Maybe I should just get in a game, eh? 😛

  2. stoughton Says:

    Updated. And yeah, you should totally launch an expedition.

  3. David Says:

    What kind of things do people bring back from the wastes? (Loot, treasures, strange infections).

    How long does an expedition usually last?

    What kinds of things should we pick up before we head out? Essential supplies? Shiny beads to bribe the natives with? Extra underwear?

    • stoughton Says:

      Updated. Thanks Dave.

      • ronCidious Says:

        Fr. Brance regarding map:

        What is the old Dominion? History 7

        Who are these monks? History 7/ Religion 4

        Anyone in town feel strongly for/against monks or Dominion? Streetwise 5/ History 7/ Diplomacy 8

        What about this poisoned pond? Natural, accident, malevolent? History 7

      • ronCidious Says:

        Oops. My take 10s been a new reply


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