April 25th, 2008

Gaming

Things have a way of turning out so badly...

Various reflections on last night's game...

We're at the point now where I expect sessions to go one way, and they end up going rather differently. I really, really thought (fool that I am) the ghost/debil chil' plotline was going to end with last night's session, instead it lingers as yet one more hanging brick of DOOM. Then again, I thought (fool that I am) the Death Widow would end in Hellstromme's lab, too. Meanwhile, I have all these characters in my head scrabbling for air time before The Grand Finale in but a few sessions...

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The romantic in my head finds a steel toed boot slamming into his crotch every time Sam Otis (who seems to be living up to both aspects of his Gideon Sinon real name) has his "moments" (read: failures) with the enamored (Ms. Washington, Ms. Lancaster). The storyteller in my head, however, chortles with glee. The realist nods sagely. The pessimist says, "Hey, it'll get worse," wait'll he opens his mouth again (and is often right). The hopeful part still cowers inside the otherwise empty box.

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A passage from Watership Down (of course) is rattling around my head this morning, as I ponder last night's session. It is Dandelion's recounting the story of trickster hero El-ahrairah's meeting with Death personified (the Black Rabbit of Inle). Thanks to the power of Google Book Search, I can quote the full text, at least. It is taken from pages 273-274 of Richard Adam's book:

"The Black Rabbit smelled as clean as last year's bones and in the dark El-ahrairah could see his eyes, for they were red with a light that gave no light.

"'You are a stranger here, El-ahrairah,' said the Black Rabbit. 'You are alive.'

"'My lord,' replied El-ahrairah, 'I have come to give you my life. My life for my people.'

"The Black Rabbit drew his claws along the floor.

"'Bargains, bargains, El-ahrairah,' he said. 'There is not a day or a night but a doe offers her life for her kittens, or some honest captain of Owsla his life for his Chief Rabbit's. Sometimes it is taken, sometimes it is not. But there is no bargain, for here what is is what must be.'"
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    "The Kiss" from Last of the Mohicans