A Paranoid Tea Party

It was cold in the woods, the frost had only just started to thaw in the late morning sun as it shone into the clearing, the fallen trunks of Oak trees lay  haphazardly around a fire. They had clearly succumb to the same disease  that now drained the vitality from the surrounding still standing trees, a blood disease spread by the Wildborn and their misguided journey into things that should not be contemplated… but despite that proper manners said it was time for tea.

This was exactly what NAME was going to do and as she did every day, but today it was especially so as she had a guest. She and her family had been so lucky to find Jack lost in the heavy fog that hung like a dank blanket most nights in this area of her territory. She was certain that her incantations had nothing to do with the fog, but it was an excellent side effect to protect her family and that was all she was trying to do after all!

He wasn’t the most chatty of people but that was OK as SISTER was more than capable of filling a silence with her beautiful  sing-song voice, how often NAME had thought that she would be a rare talent for any theatre even those at the distant Broadway. Admittedly the occasional bloody phelm projectile that would gargle up and out of her mouth may upset some but they are always those that don’t appreciate real art. 

‘please SISTER we have guests wipe your mouth’

‘Now Jack you must tell us how you came to be in this area?’

‘………’ 

‘really well it was lucky we came across, there are some scary and bizarre  things in this wood’

‘………’

‘I totally agree, although may I ask you not to be so forward with my sister please. It isn’t me I long to see her happy but GOAT and SNAKE are very protective  you see’

At the mention of their names both GOAT and SNAKE entered the clearing and settled between Jack and SISTER as to reinforce the point.

‘Now you two behave, Jack is our guest and no harm was meant. Am I right Jack?’

‘………’

‘ you see now no more nonsense it is time for tea!’

‘Loren dear please pass out the finger food we have, I most apologise Jack we can’t find decent plates out here,

As Loren steps forward and offered up rather gruesome selection of small bloodied appetisers  to the assembled party.

‘………’

‘Are you sure jack? I admit I should watch my figure as well but I can’t help myself these are so delicious.’

As NAME devoured the morsal and the slight warmth as it trickled down her throat, nearby on a small fire a cast iron kettle began to whistle.

‘what perfect timing please GOAT if you would’

with surprising dexterity for a massive creature GOAT added the stewing liquor to the vessel held by NAME.

‘mmmh I do love Earl Grey it just reminds me so much of home, wouldn’t you agree SISTER’

Garbled noises of agreement rose from the ruined throat of SISTER

‘Shall I be mother?, excellent ‘

‘Loren how many sugars was it again?”

Clip Clop Clip

‘ah yes 3 sugars, you teeth won’t last long if you keep that up’

Loren shifted uncomfortably without making eye contact with NAME.

‘I am afraid we only have the one cup you don’t mind sharing do you jack?’

‘……..’

‘thank you so generous, well this has been most enjoyable we must do this again Jack’

‘………’

‘you tease, till next time’

6 days later

The search party can across the clearing in the afternoon, all hope was lost days ago but it was the priority to ensure Daniel wasn’t used for something else. What the party found was something no-one could believe.

Next to a burnt out fire was the headless corpse of Daniel it was also missing all his fingers, however some where found close by on a piece of bark…..some had animal teeth marks and looked half eaten…

However what was most bizarre was the head found at the far end of the clearing, it had been hollowed out and left.

What was bizarre was the tea leaves at the bottom…

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Do You Have A Flag? – Creating Fluff

If you ever fancy writing your own fluff or wargaming related story (why havent you entered the Shellcase shorts??) then I think you may find a great post on Do you have a flag about creating your own fluff.

This is a post I’ve wanted to do for a while, but have put off because it actually needs a bit of thought. It’s also one that feels like I’m stating the obvious, but a few people have expressed an interest to me about such a post so here it goes… The focus is very much on 40k, because that’s what I know and love best – but I’m sure the principles apply to many other sci-fi and fantasy games.

As I’ve stated before, for me fluff is very important. It seems in world of Warhammer for a while the fluffy player is second best, it’s the tournament types that seem to have been the most vocal. This all seems to be shifting with 6th edition, and I’m rather happy about that. Even beyond the games of GW, fluff is till important. I don’t care how good the rules are or how pretty the models are, if the fluff is lacklustre I’m not going to invest in that game or model set. And I love well-written rules, they’re important, I love beautiful miniatures, I am a big fan of conversions big and small- but without the fluff the game and the miniatures are pointless and lifeless. The fluff gives them purpose and a whole other dimension. You’re painting a particular faction and maybe know why they have such a livery, the models your converting have a reason they look like they do. Colonel Scipio’s posts particularly bare this out (as would mine if I wasn’t so lazy…), our games contribute to a continuing and interconnected story.

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Freebooter’s Fate Week – Day 1

Arrr me hearties!!

Welcome to Freebooters Fate Week here on my little old blog!

Having picked this game up by trading some stuff thought I would give it some love and run a few posts with different things happening, from review of the rules to battle reports!!

So first of all I thought I would do some background to the FF universe!

So we enter the FF world on a tropical island (oh bugger no sun cream). A small part of a world spanning empire! A little slice of paradise, a haven for weary travelers from the old world to the new! A bountiful place where the fishing is good and the locals are friendly (nudge nudge wink wink)…

Most will find themselves on Leonera the main island of a cluster of islands! Once docked at Leonera, they can explore the Harbour and capital city of Puerto Alto! At a time of so much expansion and trade into the new world they need protectors! This is where the Imperial Armada become necessary they patrol the islands and the surrounding waters for trouble, and they do a very good job – truly a good age!!!

BUT

Alas problems begin to occur when; a shorter route to the new world is discovered removing the essential need for Puerto Alto! Life becomes harder as the once bountiful riches bypass the islands. Then to compound matters the Gobernador who was hoping for an easy drift into retirement isn’t exactly very good at his job (typical bureaucrat)!

The Imperial Armada struggled to keep control but the pirates gained a huge part of Puerto Alto fully half of the capital belongs to them and they have renamed it Longfall!!!

Then don’t even get started on the assassinations and the Goblin infestation…………..

Tomorrow I will look at the factions

WIP back story for Archon

May I introduce to you Archon Yanaki Daezaliyn (the white shadow bringer) Leader of Kabal Khousseaghymn (heirs to the forgotten ways).

Still a relative young Kabal it grew alongside Vects rise to power, although a true-born rather than a simple slave!! Yanaki was one of the Archons that sided with Vect during the coup (c.M35), seeing a chance for power. However Yanaki then sided with El’uriaq of the Shaa-dom (c.M37)! Hoping to gain more power however he did not realize just how powerful Vect was!

As Daemons ripped apart El’uraiq, Yanaki made his escape into the webway! Losing a lot of his Kabal and gaining the wrath of Vect which resulted in all his true-born and many Kabalite followers being turned into Grotesques! Yanaki happily did his after all his survival is all that matters. Yanaki learnt that Vect is far too dangerous to face so openly! He has had to bide his time till he could once again be powerful enough to challenge Vect, such is life in Dark Eldar politics!

So after his fall from grace, due to the useless El’uraiq! Yanaki has spent the following 4 millennia, regaining his lost numbers and recreating his powerbase within the webway!

He has had to fight off several challenges not only to his leadership from within but also the possible annihilation of his remaining troops as on numerous occasions Vect has sent the very grotesques that were his ‘trusted’ lieutenants and offspring against him! Vect apparently has not entirely forgotten what Yanaki did nor will he let him forget!!

This was made worse as the Kabal had to face off against several hellion gangs for over a millennium! Until an agreement was reached with the Baron, what this agreement is no one knows.
His ability to survive these attacks has allowed Yanaki to again reach passed the mediocrity/curse Vect placed on him and once again reach towards the heights of high Commorragh itself.

Then the Kabal had a re-birth and change in fortune when several unused and forgotten Webway portals were discovered, one of these led to a gateway to a relatively small unused region far from the reach of Commorragh! What has made this so helpful to Yanaki was this region contained an unknown sun that was not controlled any of the Commorragh Kabals! In addition to this there was an old Haemonculi laboratory that had been abandoned for reasons unknown, except for some large claw marks!

After making a deal with the Coven of Malaise and the Ancient Ponoz to inhabit the laboratory. The Khousseaghymn are now ready to strike out at all the inhabitants of the galaxy to grow stronger and once more challenge Vect as that is the wish of Yanaki and that will unfold!!