Stonegate Project

Singing Elders and Insect Repellant

Insights were had, bugs were squished

o Sitting on the street corner with CCPW during one of his standard performances. Captain and his hired crew approach us based on me being a translator and him being a perpetuator of Pango lore. We were hired by them to get into the library.
o A hysterical Pango starts preaching doom and gloom in the street: “The Gods are dead! The world is ending! Boo!” The security scarabs begin pushing him away. Captain intervenes—makes him nauseated. The Pango vomits and the bugs move off, thinking he was just sick. Captain then cures his nausea. The Pango used to be very religious, so when the Gods died, his world crumbled. He wasn’t dealing with it well and one day snapped.
o Then we went to the library. We were expecting it to be full of books, But instead there’s a bunch of old Pangos sitting in a circle with beetle drum chorus. Captain inquires of the eldest Pango after prompting from CCPW, how did your magic work before the Shattering? The Elder replies, “How do you mean?”
Captain: “How did you used to control the bugs using magic? How did you enhance them? Magically infuse them?”
Elder: Looks distraught, almost sad. “They used to speak with the bugs. How to do tasks, they would listen. It wasn’t hard. We only had to ask nicely. We did this for many generation—insect and Pango alike—and has created the bugs you see here. We did this with the homestones.”
Captain: “Where did the homestones come from? How did you use them?
Elder: [explains homestones] Sections of plate from Pangolin, encased and infused with metals and items and other personally important items. Generally you’d carry the stone of an ancestor. Given when you’re born, generally this is done in high profile families with important ancestors. But it’s not uncommon to allow a Pango to grow to age and allow them to create a homestone or adopt one of an ancestor. Most do this. They create homestones in the hopes that their descendants will want to claim it. It became standard to fit the magitech device. They still do it just in case.
o So then we have to go past the spiders. We devised a plan to sneak past the spiders to get to the insect hatchery to find out how they used to bemagic the insects. We eventually decide that waving torches at them is the best method. Tangan is certain this will be the last adventure he partakes in.
o They go down and instead of spiders find worker scarabs and digger beetles. A scarab rushes us. CCPW attempts to calm the scarab and succeeds. The bug wanders out of the tunnel. A few steps more and one of the diggers starts charging. Zo’sha attacks it with her FUCKING GIANT ASS ANCHOR. And hits, but not entirely squished. Then Keith runs up and attacks with his fists. Tangan shot it twice in the head and it died. Then a spider leaps up, but is promptly crushed to death by Zo’sha with her anchor.
o Two more scarabs approach. Keith charges up a bigass punch and it ends up being like, punchES. Squish. Then Tangan shoots two arrows at another scarab, briefly deterring it. Then CCPW finishes the song with a prompt bonk to the noggin with his didgeridoo and boom goes the dynamite. Cleared tunnel.

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