Because I'm that epic.
Pinguis Mediocris of The Sagitta Pabulum looks around suspiciously at his fellow leaders. He strokes his salt-and-pepper beard thoughtfully. He knows that in a month, anything can change. Uros seems peaceable enough, but this Jim fellow is a mystery. Mysteries are potentially hazardous in this world and should be treated with extreme caution. He decides to answer the question, though only because a name could not be used against him in the long run.
"I am Pinguis Mediocris of The Sagitta Pabulum. I hope to leave this world without bloodshed, and I hope for all our sakes that you feel the same." His chubby cheeks jiggle slightly as he speaks. He wants desperately to go back to his village but knows that intel is needed.
Jim looks at all these chubby people in amusement. He himself is rather thin, and while he's not entirely proud of it, at least it's not a problem. He's smart enough to know that Pinguis' claims of being the peace-loving type could be entirely false, but decides to trust him... for now.
"Personally I have no qualms with bashing you chaps heads in, except that your villagers might retaliate and there may be some point where I'd rather have you alive," he says with a cheerful smile.
Pinguis looks at his four counterparts. The one called Jim, despite the implied threat of yesterday, has not eliminated anyone yet, so he takes that as a good sign. The other two, Uros and Ashko, didn't seem interested at all in violence, though they could just be charismatic. The silent stranger from yesterday is still an undetermined risk. He decides that he will keep attending these meetings until any aggression arose, in which case he would stay at his camp to guarantee that he isn't collateral damage.
"So..." He states somewhat awkwardly, "How did everyone's first day go?"
"No one from my village has died, yet." Jim looks at the relic, his eyebrows furrowed. "I sure wish that thing would talk, though. What if they've forgotten us? Why do we even trust them?" He lifts his chin and makes eye contact with each leader gathered around the relic, a challenge in his eyes. "Maybe we should focus more on building some kind of society. I say we trust each other a little more, all of us. This would be easier if I knew a thing or two about where we are." After a moment, he nods to himself and begins to walk off and find a spot sitting against a tree. Before he was completely out of earshot, he said, "Come talk to me personally if you're willing to let us help each other."
lol moved this message down if someone could delete this.
Pingius gathers Ashko and Uros in a sort of huddle. He doesn't actually want anyone too close to him, but close enough to be heard while talking softly.
"What do you two think of Jim? He basically threatened that he would kill us if he felt like it yesterday. Now he seems to be doing some kind of kumbaya routine."
And with that, Pingius decides that he will probably not share his location with Ashko. Trade and such could still happen, but at an agreed point like this. He also decides to announce to everyone that H1 is coastline, just to help out a bit. He then leaves towards his villagers, making sure to take a path where people would either lose him or be spotted following him.
you gotta be like that ):
Just an observation and what the character would more than likely notice.
Oh I know, I was kidding.
But, food for thought:
Maybe Jim is lonely. Maybe poor Jim has ran into some issues already and is in a tough spot. Maybe he doesn't wanna spend all his time expanding his map and would much appreciate it if someone would provide him with help in this area and is willing to basically do anything to be interacted with because basically I'd much rather have a devious side plot going on than be a complete loner.
But yes I might kill people. But not friendly people!!!
e: I can now see how my Jim might be hard to trust. Yeah, he's crazy. But then again so am I XD. The problem here is I wish to make drama (teenage girl speaking) and the best way to do that is to have a partner in crime. So while I might be a very treacherous character who really really really wants to kidnap and possibly wound other village's villagers (it's not winning if everyone else wins too!!), I also... want... friends...
This is complicated. How to be a trustworthy bloodthirsty person...
^^see, he's even talking about himself in third person, to himself, by himself, or maybe it's to the tree
Glad that's established.
Ummm what I want all the food. Since no one else is around to claim it can I just, you know, take it?
I mean what, no...
The thought briefly crosses Jim's mind but he dismisses it. Let them have their share.
Pingius looks suspiciously at the food before him. As much as he would like to trust this gift, it is just too odd.
"No fast acting poison, anyway..." mutters Jim, slightly upset at himself for not even considering that it could be poisoned.
Jim takes his one hundred units and eyes the others warily.
Pinguis looks at the guy who hasn't said anything, wondering if he will say anything or take the food, before grabbing his 100 units. He makes sure to grab anything with potentially useful bones or seeds.
"If the silent guy over there doesn't get his food, I say we split the last 100 units between the four of us equally."
He's gonna go blind from staring at the sun so long.
"Name's Whiz, but you can call me Big," the man appears to snap out of a delirious state of daydreaming. "And I need that food, dammit!"
"He speaks!" Jim takes a startled step backwards. He'd almost taken for granted that "Big" was either deaf or mute or both.
Pingius shrugs. "None of us are dead. That's about it."
Jim rushes to the relic, ecstatic. "Yes! Yes, we're alright, we're here, we're alive!"
"Five of us are here currently, and we each have our own groups. I believe we all started with the same amount of people, five, but I can't guarantee that everybody else has managed to keep their villagers alive. Everyone in my village is nice and accounted for," he replies. After a moment of thought, he frowns.
"Why do you ask? Is there not enough room on your ship?" His tone grows increasingly frantic.
"Yes, send more food." Jim has a slightly childish, hopeful look in his eyes. "Much food."
Side note: wait, were there implications of cannibalism in your words there Uros? HmMmMmm
Pingius looks at the relic. He tries to concentrate on observing the relic and the other four leaders, but his arm is in too much pain. "Is there a chance that medication could be sent down?"
Big, who continues to remain silent, looks nervous and tenses up when he hears the word cannibalism.
"Well, at least we know that Icarus hasn't forgotten us," Jim says in an attempt to make conversation.
"I have a solution: do your foraging, go fishing, hunt. Then you won't run out of food."
"No extra food here," Big states.
"Sadly I have no food to share, though I wish we were so fortunate." Pinguis says.
"Oh. I mostly just use spears, but it's not the greatest method unless there's big game in the area. Had sheep recently."
"I don't really need a single loaf, I'm not that hard up." Jim grins with a slight pride. "What about the rest of you?"
After a second of thought, he adds, "Maybe Ashko should get it, since he left the one unit during the feast. Maybe this is his repayment."
Pinguis looks longingly at the bread. His brain and his stomach begin debating on whether morals or hunger are higher on the list of priorities right now. He ultimately decides that he is not the kind of person to be controlled by his appetite. His arm was a little better, but the new pain in his leg is about equal. He decides that he needs to distract himself.
"We have not seen any of the iron men." He states, answering the question. "I think that it won't be long before someone or something finds us though."
"Well, shall we share the bread then? Assuming nothing happened to it overnight to make it inedible."
"The bread is bad omen, Big Whiz will not touch," Big says resolutely.
"It would seem that Pinguis is also missing. None of my tribe members have disappeared, though. Who was it who was saying something about the metal men yesterday?"
"I would suggest not feasting upon it," says Big Whiz.
Jim sidles closer to Uros, whispering under his breath in hopes the crazy lady won't hear. "Maybe we should just... get rid of her?"
"By feast, I think she meant the 500 units of food. Well, 499 since you put the one back. Do you have 500 units of spare food?!"
"I still think we should've done away with her," Jim says, pouting a little as he watches her leave.
Whiz grunts affirmingly.
"I'll go along but I'd have to try and scavenge food. It's not a short supply but someone fished my fishing spot clear so I currently don't have much to spare. I'll see what I can bring tomorrow."
Big Whiz grunts several times. He clears his throat and begins, "I will avoid this feast entirely, and I will not help, uh, process."
Jim brings forth the 125 units he brought. "Hunting was good last night," he elaborated. He smiled a little, proud of his offering.
He then turns to address Pinguis' poor tribe member. "If you want, you may come and join my tribe. We'd be delighted and honored to have you with us."
Then he speaks to the group. "We should bury Pinguis. He deserves at least that much."
Poor guy. Oh well, he can die on his own out there I suppose.
Big Whiz arrives with 25 food units, in the form of an assortment of small fish. He leaves without saying a word.
"Is that enough to satisfy you?" Jim asks the strange woman.
Hurriedly, Jim darts to his village, then arrives back with 75 more units of food. "Can anyone else help, just a little more?"(Never mind about my attempt to save Uros' cowardly ass)
His eyes seem to rest on Attentum in an eerie way. "I wonder how many units of food a fresh body could provide..."
What if I tell her what I'm doing beforehand
"Coward!" cries Jim.
With a sigh, Jim goes to attack the woman in Uros' defense. "I'm taking the units of food you brought with me after this is over, as payment for your life."
Shh don't point out Jim's only flaw like that lol
Well that still leaves me safe, as another not very dangerous person.
Thank you Ashko for providing backup to my non thinking bravado. May the gods look at you with favor.
Big Whiz's villagers, done with their tasks for the day, gather atop a nearby hill with roasted corn kernels to watch the spectacle.
"Attentum! Attentum, please do something! We didn't sacrifice you to her! We could've! Please!! Save us!"
Jim wishes he would've stayed out of this stupid fight over stupid food and stupid gods.
"That would be absolutely spectacular!"
A petulant cry of "Stop laughing at me!" almost escapes Jim's mouth, but then he thinks better off it and just shuts up.
Beat by a freaking woman...
Any chance I could cut my losses and just sneak away at this point
Aw, how nice of him. As soon as he's done I'm bolting. Sorry Uros, I truly tried.
Antagonizing her would be suicide, and Jim has already tempted death once today
Nah, he made his choice. I'm sure you'll do fine.
"Yeah, he's dead, and good riddance."
Jim spits on the ground. "I don't have time for all this. I have a revenge to plan and resources to regather. A certain someone raided my village yesterday, even after I so kindly RETURNED their villager after a mistaken kidnapping."
"I should've bashed his head in harder. I should have thrown him in the river. I should've crunched him up and ATE him. After the kind of mercy I showed you, you cowards go and do THIS!" Jim keeps mumbling to himself, ignoring that the target of his rants isn't even there.
"All your talks about peace and goodwill, and then you turn around and betray everything you've ever suggested." He's practically shaking with anger. "Hypocrite! Liar! Coward!"
Finally, he turned and stormed back to his camp.
"Man, that was fu--fucked up! Y'all really got dismantled by that random woman. Well, I have no food and no medicine to spare, so good luck finding Uros and good luck fixing yourselves up!"
Whiz turns to leave, but hesitates. After a second he speaks again, "Oh, before I forget, there's traps surrounding my village. If you guys are visiting, let me know ahead of time so I can show you the correct way. I wouldn't want you taking the wrong way, because anything I find in those traps is getting killed and eaten! Step carefully, friends."
Jim nods in agreement, though Icarus can't see that.
"I'd offer to help, but someone ransacked my fucking village," Jim mumbles petulantly.
"Nope. No, too risky. No way." Jim's shaking his head vigorously. "I'll take my chances."
"Then let's take a vote."
"Well, I actually care about most of my villagers, and would rather not leave them to die here. So I vote no."
"@PerforatedPenguin and @WizzyCat still haven't officially voted," says Jim. "Do you two have any thoughts on the matter?"
"We'll all be able to leave, all of us, if we just wait a little longer."
Big Whiz arrives for the day, and begins talking despite the new faces around him, "I will go. I also suggest Josephine from my village as an option. As for defenses, I have ideas."
"I thought an idea would come to me after saying that, but I'm actually kind of at a loss. Maybe, uh, more traps?"
A tall, lanky fellow stumbles into the clearing. He introduces himself as Forest. He says, "Hungy" into the relic and then turns to the other tribespeople. "Hungy. Build trap here. I help if get food."
"All this talk of metal men... it doesn't sound like we have a plan, and I'd rather not tangle with them. Actually, I'd rather just stay in my village, where it's safe," says Jim. "I'll send another one of my tribe members to join you in your space mission tomorrow."
Whiz finishes flexing his pecs and speaks up, "Oh, does anyone want to move some rocks from our camp to this site? We might be able to keep the metal men away for a little longer!"
I may not have been able to finish this out myself, but it was fun going through it when I had the time. At least Attentum made it.
So how do I save scum this???
Seriously though, thanks for running this Killa, it was actually a lot of fun. Personally, I think that after the holiday season calms down we should run another round (I'll also be able to respond more efficiently at the beginning of the semester rather than the end). I also really want to figure out a way to kill one of these robot fuckers at this point.
That makes sense, but I feel like people have a better idea of how the actual game works at this point, so it'll be more fluid to run a second round. On the other hand, it was still fun to do this as a one-off adventure: it's also up to you if you want to run more of this or not.