Re: GV response

Date: Sat 24 May 1997 - 01:03:43 EEST

> Glen Bailey asked some questions re: the superb Gaumata's Vision scenario:-

Some clarifications: I'm using Rolemaster and had to fudge a lot of
scenario character data (i.e. skills) on the fly (so I wasn't well prepared).
I burn out fast as a GM so I have no desire to repeat a scenario. I have
a campaign goal I wish to reach before I burn out.

Also, the players are
far from being Gloranthaphiles and don't seem to be too interested
in Gloranthan details (this is discouraging to me especially after
writing up some of the Orlanthi cults' tests, benefits, duties, etc in
Rolemaster terms).

> >One of the ogre children shot
> >at them after giving the warning, then fled but was caught.
> >As there were only 4 characters they
> >went back to their post with the captive child.
> This is probably a point of personal taste and "IMG", but why was it so
> easy for the party to escape with the child? Did they fly/teleport? I'm
> not suggesting any of the village inhabitants are omniscient or
> but I would have made it a darnsight harder for them to escape, especially
> with an ogre child in tow! MGF, I feel, to have a difficult and tense
> escape from the village. From what I can see you:-
> a) Dropped the barn right in their laps, which was perhaps understandable
> if they weren't getting anywhere I suppose, and you really needed them to
> find the barn. IMG I would have had them leave clueless, and have the
> forces of the village (now much stronger, as described in the scenario)
> menace the PCs at some later point in the game.
> b) Had a _single_ ogre child attack them? I don't understand.... were
> trying to achieve an easy resolution fo the party? Why not more ogres,
> c) Made the escape for presumably slow-moving characters (now here I am
> assuming they didn't have mounts right with them at the barn, and were
> carrying a fairly heavy child over long distances) very easy, despite the
> tough, resourceful villagers. Admittedly the villagers may not have
> realised the child was gone for a while, giving a head-start, but no, I
> wouldn't have made it this easy.

The barn is 5-10 kms from the village. The PCs didn't bother searching
the barn but torched it almost as soon as they got one good look inside
(of course they didn't find any "treasure", and Penliss will be very mad).
Not much time for villagers to reach the barn.
The PCs have horses. Why one child? It was the "guard" for the
barn and probably should have tooted the horn and left. It had a good
chance of escaping but the torching of the barn caught me (and the child)
by surprise.

> All IMO, of course, but you _did_ ask. BTW, I'm trying not to be _too_
> specific here since I don't want to ruin Gaumata's Vision for anyone who
> hasn't played it yet.
> >The army will send a stronger detachment to deal with the villagers
> >and divinations should reveal the truths. I plan on having the
> >characters follow the trail of the chaos children to Dyskund Caverns
> >instead of taking part on the village assault. Which brings up
> >the question "What will the villagers and the mistress do knowing
> >that they've been found out and the army will return in force?"
> OK, so the characters return with an ogre child. Obviously very
> However, this does _not_ prove to the army commander(s) that the entire
> village is associated with chaos; I would have them send a stronger force,
> indeed, but not an Apocalypse Now-style village razing force by any
> standards. The stronger force could be the PCs bolstered by a few
> and would still have investigative goals. Can the army _really_ afford
> resource-wise to send a large contingent marching on a village out in the
> middle of nowhere because of a single ogre _child_?

Reading the end of GV talks about the punishments for harboring chaos.
They seem pretty severe. They caught one ogre child but saw many
other children, and they noticed the name thing.

> As to divination... what was Gaumata's vision in the first place but a
> very successful divination? IMG divination almost always manifests as an
> enigmatic vision, into which many truths could be read, but there is
> usually enough content to glean _something_ of value. Why would further
> divination reveal anything more? If divination was so cool, why was the
> party sent out to investigate? Surely it would have been cheaper to sit
> there divining the exact nature of the problem? Remember, Divination is
> particularly weak in the strongholds of your enemies. Careless divination
> could even confuse matters.

Okay, so divinations aren't as powerful as I thought first. I still don't
want to repeat the scenario so what I may do is have a stronger
army contingent check out the village while the PCs work as scouts
behind the village to catch escapees and they'll spot the trail to DC.
> However, to answer Glen's actual question, if the villagers were
> that the army would return, I suspect they'd vacate the area, leaving
> behind a false trail probably and as much confusion as possible. The
> question arises as to what portion of the villagers would leave, given
> their various natures (I don't want to go into too much detail for the
> reasons explained above, I'm sure Glen knows what I mean). Some of them
> would end up as trail rations I suspect! They could then feasibly head off
> in the direction of the Dyskund Caverns, continuing the adventures this
> Expecting flames,
> Paul.
No flames, but close (I cooled off after making dinner)



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