Spider’s Bite Episode 6

Deep in the heart of Balgrendia, a plague strikes a small village. Desperate for help, the village sends three of its citizens to a nearby town for help, to bring a healer. This is their story.

Spider’s Bite is a Shadow of the Demon Lord actual play featuring Kendall and Chris of the Redemption Podcast and Christopher as players. Kendall plays the goblin Pecker Longfellow. Chris plays the changeling Nel. Christopher plays the goblin Nip. The story is game mastered by Devon.

Things get complicated as the group continues collecting their samples. Will they find the cause and a cure?

The music for this episode is ‘No Longer the Damaged One’ by Ars Sonor. Parts of the song were used for the intro and outro of the episode.

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Spider’s Bite Episode 5

Deep in the heart of Balgrendia, a plague strikes a small village. Desperate for help, the village sends three of its citizens to a nearby town for help, to bring a healer. This is their story.

Spider’s Bite is a Shadow of the Demon Lord actual play featuring Kendall and Chris of the Redemption Podcast and Christopher as players. Kendall plays the goblin Pecker Longfellow. Chris plays the changeling Nel. Christopher plays the goblin Nip. The story is game mastered by Devon.

The investigation begins in earnest as the healer asks the group to obtain samples from around the village.

The music for this episode is ‘No Longer the Damaged One’ by Ars Sonor. Parts of the song were used for the intro and outro of the episode.

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Spark of Ra #3

7-15-17 Session

Scene Setup: Retuning back to the compound of the Priests of Ra and I come upon my uncle, Rakunapten, being antagonized by some priests of Anubis.
Die of Fate: 2. No random event.


The long walk back to the compound housing the Priests of Ra is long and turns hot as Ra peeks over the horizon. The bright rays are in my eyes almost through the entirety of my journey.

Soon, I see the building that is my destination. Finally. I’m so very tired after the night’s events. As I finally relax, I hear a voice raised in anger. A familiar voice. My shoulders droop in disappointment. Of course, it had to be my uncle, out causing problems. Do I leave him to it and return to the compound or do I see what’s the matter and help him out? Decisions, decisions.

I opt for checking out the problem. I walk towards the sound of the yelling, ears open.

“Leave, now, or you will regret it!” I hear my uncle’s angry voice say, tight with… nervousness? My ears perk up. This could be interesting.

Course laughter responds to him and a voice says, “What? I would definitely regret it if I left now. We’re just getting started, Rakunapten.” I hear a blow and my uncle cries out in pain.

That sound makes me grin. I can’t help it. I’ve never cared for my all-powerful uncle very much. He’s such a horrible man. I peek around the corner to see what’s going on and the sight that meets my eyes makes me grin even more.

Three priests in dirty, dark robes circle my uncle, who is crouched down, his hands outstretched before him and above his head, as if he were blocking a punch. As I watch, another jumps forward, kicking out with a sandaled foot, catching Rakunapten in the side of the knee. He falls with a cry.

“Leave, or I promise Ra will strike you down!” He begins a chant, but another of the dark robed priests leaps forward, striking down at my uncle’s neck and the chant dies in a strangled gasp. His abusers all laugh and I find myself chuckling along with them.

A flash of light catches my eye as one of them draws a knife, brandishing it in plain view of my uncle. “Naughty boy! You know the gods don’t want to hear your filthy voice now! Maybe we’ll cut out your tongue so you can’t offend their ears with your whining!”

Before I realize it, I’ve stepped forward, my own knife in my hand. “Oh, this looks fun!” I say. “Can I join in?” Without waiting for an answer, I rush in, attacking he priest of Anubis wielding the knife.

Because this is hitting on one of my Beliefs, namely My uncle is a foul man. I will see him fall before I’m done, I think I’m going to make this a full fledged Fight. My instinct of drawing fights away from civilians is in play, as well. That’s the only reason I’m protecting Rakunapten.

We’ve both got the same length of weapon, so there’s no need to test for positioning. We’ll go straight into scripting. I have 4 actions. I’m going to script V1: Strike, Strike; V2: Block; V3: Strike. The enemy is a typical priest, Stats at B4, Skills at B3, Faith at B3. So, he’s got 4 actions as well. Strike is 2 of spades, Avoid is 9 of hearts, Pray/Strike is 6 of diamonds, Block is 9 of spades.

Flipping over his first action: 2 of spades = Strike. My first action is also a Strike. So, we’re both rolling v. Ob 1.

I rush in and, just before I get to him, I roll on the ground, grabbing a handful of dust and throwing it up in his eyes before I barrel into him, thrusting with my knife into his torso.

B3 Knives FoRKing in Brawling for +1D. Rolled 3, 4, 6, 6.

He coughs, swiping at his eyes and he tries to go low, underneath the cloud of dust and slashes out at my legs.

B3 Knives. 1, 5, 6.

We both strike each other. Now to figure out damage. For my strike, one success meets the Obstacle, so I’ve got two more. I’m going to spend both of adding to the damage, so I get a Superb strike. My Power is B5, +1 from the knife, + half that for Superb. B9 wound given to him. Since his Mortal Wound is B10, this is going to be a Traumatic for him.

His Power is B4, +1 for the knife. He has one success and he’ll spend it to add to the damage, giving him a Midi strike. So he does a B5 wound to me. That’s a Light wound for me!

Gotta make Steel tests. My Steel is B5, -1D for wound penalty, v. Hesitation of 6. Rolled 1, 1, 4, 6. Rolled another for the 6 and it rolled another 1. I hesitate for 4 actions. I choose to stand and drool.

His knife slashes across my leg and the pain catches me off guard. I grunt in pain, slapping my free hand over the wound as I gasp and shudder with the pain.

This guy’s Steel is going to be B3, -4D for his wound penalties. He hesitates for 6 rounds. He runs screaming.

The priest I attacked screams as my knife slashes deep across his torso. I think I see some of his insides peeking out. He drops his knife and takes off running, his cries fading quickly as he puts distance between us.

Do his two buddies stick around? I think the odds are Bad. GM’s Apprentice card says: No.

The other two priests look between me and my uncle, surprise written clearly across their ash streaked faces. They glance at each other and seem to come to an unspoken agreement and shuffle out of the alley we are in.

I collapse to a knee, gasping for air, my hand still clutching the slash I received. My uncle slowly stands up and approaches. “Are you all right? Thank you for your assistance, but I had the matter well in hand.”

I chuckle at his bravado. “Of course you did.” I slip my knife back into my belt and reach up. “Give me a hand. Let’s get out of here before they decide to come back.” He pulls and I hop up onto my good leg. Removing my hand from the wound, I see a cut with just a slight amount of blood seeping from the wound. Experimentally, I put some weight on that leg. The muscle aches, but I can walk. I look up at my uncle, “I’m good. Let’s go.” We leave the alley to soak up the blood the priest left behind.

We slowly make our way to our compound, a tense silence between us. When we arrive, he calls for water and bandages. When they arrive, I slowly pour water over the wound, washing out the dirt and blood, massaging it to make sure all the dirt gets out. Then I wrap it with a bandage.

Making the Health test to heal v. Ob 2. Rolling B5: 1, 1, 2, 2, 6. I’ll take the failure. Pain will fade after 19 hours.

I sigh in pain, shaking my head. “Bring me food, please,” I say to one of the attendants who brought the water and bandages. “I need food and rest.” He nods and quickly walks out of the room.

I turn my gaze to my uncle, who watches me warily from the corner of the room. I watch him back for several seconds before I inhale sharply and ask, “So, why were they attacking you?”

He snorts, and turns to look outside the window. “They are of Anubis. I am of Ra. What other reason do they need?”

I nod. “Of course. They might not need another reason, but knowing you, uncle, I’m sure you gave them another reason.” I pause, waiting for him to look at me. He doesn’t. “So, tell me what you did?”

His lips tighten and his eyes narrow and he does turn to meet my gaze. “What I may or may not have done is no concern of yours. I am a priest of Ra. You are but a temple soldier.” He spits out the last, as if it leaves a bad taste in his mouth.

I chuckle. “Your contempt for my station in life is nothing new, uncle. However, you will need my protection in the future. If you want it freely given, perhaps you should answer my question.”

Going to be rolling Intimidation. I don’t actually have the skill, so I’m rolling Will with Beginner’s Luck. His Will is B5, doubled, that Ob 10. Yeah, no chance here. I roll B4: 3, 3, 4, 5. Two successes.

His eyes glitter like a polished stone knife and the corners of his mouth turn up but I can tell he’s not really smiling. “Don’t you ever threaten me, my dear nephew Tekrinto. Your station in life is at your own choosing. You are below me in our society and as such, any threats leveled against me could land you in prison, or worse, an execution.” He steps forward, leaning towards me. “Do. Not. Ever. Threaten. Me. Again!”

It’s my turn to look out the window and he leaves the room.

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Spark of Ra #2

6-25-17 Session

Scene Setup: I’m taken to a dark chamber in a building to meet with a mid-level priest to decide what to do with me.
DIe of Fate: On a 6, a random even happens. The roll is a 6. Random event is: Halt, Eternal, Underling. A priest gets struck down?


I am blindfolded. They bring me into a building. I can tell because the humidity is higher and it’s cooler. Slightly. Also, torch smoke is heavy in the air. After stopping, they remove my blindfold and I see one of Anubis’s priests before me, skin streaked black with soot, loincloth hanging heavy with liquid. He shrugs to the assassins who bring me in. They tell him they caught me following them and I bear the sign of Ra. He smiles. Of course, I want revenge, yes? He calls on the power of Anubis to strike me down, but the dark cloud that begins to coalesce in his hand flashes and slams into his chest, burning a dark hole into it. He falls to the ground in silence.

This is my chance for escape. Turning, I punch one of the assassins in the throat, trying to disable him for a few moments.

That’s a Brawling attack. I’m rolling B3 v. his Speed of B4. I’m going to take an Advantage die because his priest just got taken out before his eyes. I’ll FoRK in Stealthy, as well, since I can make the move suddenly without him expecting it. Rolling 5 dice v. his 4 dice: 2 v. 2. He’s the defender so he wins.

He sees my strike at the last moment and ducks under it. I turn and run, trying to get out of what I presume is a temple.

Does the assassin give chase? Odds are good: YES!

As I flee, the assassin turns to give chase, yelling for other temple guards to come to his aid in catching me.

Going to roll my Speed v. the assassin’s Speed, but he gets an Advantage die because he has help. My B4 Speed: 2, his B5 roll: 2. It’s a tie so we’re deadlocked.

The chase goes out onto the streets of the city. It’s even later than before so there is hardly anyone out. The assassin and a couple temple guards are hot on my heels, chasing me down the street. I dart into a dark alley to lose them, leaping over a merchant’s wall, running across a stockyard.

Rolling Streetwise to use my better knowledge of the city streets to lose them in the chase. I’m going to roll v. their Observation. I’m rolling B2 v. their B3. If I fail, I’m fall into a pit behind the merchant yard. I’ll FoRK Stealthy. Rolls: 2 v. 1. Success!

I dive over the fence on the other side of the stockyard and then dart into a dark doorway and watch as the assassin and the guards look around for me, finally running down another alley. I’ve escaped.

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Spark of Ra #1

It’s no secret that tabletop RPGs are a big part of my life. If you want my Twitter or have listened to the show, I’m sure you know that I occasionally play solo games for fun. Spark of Ra is a Burning Wheel game set in a fantastic version of Ancient Egypt.

Session 6-14-17

Brand new character, Tekrinto, a scout who is cousin to Cumatuken, who is currently in a coma after being attacked and poisoned by assassins from the Priesthood of Anubis.

Scene Setup: Armed with descriptions of the assassins, Tekrinto is looking for them in the area of the palace.
Die of Fate: On a 6, the scene is interrupted by a random event. 4, so things start as planned.


The dark air is humid and the sounds of the insects and the river at night cling to me, running down my skin in small rivulets. I creep outside the palace, far enough for the guards to ignore me, if they even see me, yet close enough to see those going in and out.

It’s been three weeks since my cousin and uncle were attacked in chambers that were provided for them after the Priesthood of Ra was ejected from the palace. The assassins attacked in the dark of the night and gravely wounded my cousin. Even now, he lies in a coma and I’m not sure if he’ll ever awaken. The wound, while minor, must have been coated in some kind of poison. He was found convulsing and foaming at the mouth a slight distance away from his chambers.

I crouch a little lower in the reeds that border the river, keeping my eyes in line with the top of the stalks, watching the back doors of the palace, waiting for one of the assassins that attacked Ra’s Priesthood. Neither was apprehended, but everyone knows they are of Anubis’s priesthood.

Nothing really interesting is going to happen if I fail to spot the assassins, so I’m not even going to roll.

As the time passes, I get tired, watching and waiting in the dark. I almost miss the two people who skulk out of the back door, cloaks drawn down over their faces. I can’t see their faces, but those cloaks sure match the description of the assassins. I slowly make my way out of the reeds and onto the streets to follow them.

Intent is to follow them to wherever they are going. Task is an Inconspicuous roll. I don’t actually have that skill, so I’m going to be rolling Beginner’s Luck. That’s rooted in my Will, so I’m rolling 4 dice. Their Observation will be B3. Ob is 6 with the double Ob penalty. On a failure, they’ll notice me and draw me to a crowded area to confront me.
Roll: 4, 4, 5, 6. Is it worth a Fate? Probably not. Fail.

I walk through the crowds, keeping them in my line of sight. Suddenly, I realize that I can’t see both of them and then I feel the knife in my back.

“Don’t move,” a voice whispers in my ear. I freeze as the other figure, the one I could still see, turns and comes back to me.

A few people walk around in the dim torch and lantern light on the street and ignore me and the two assassins around me.

“Why are you following us?” The figure behind me whispers as the one in front flashes their knife.

“Following you?” I ask. “Well, I saw you come out of the back of the palace and was hoping that I could find a way to go back in with you. You see, one of the servant girls… well, I find her very interesting and wanted to pay her a visit.”

Of course, I’m lying. Intent is to get them a little friendlier to me. Task is a Falsehood test. I’m at B3 and their Will is B4. I’ll take an Advantage die because this is totally believable. Failure means they’ll take me captive.
**Roll: 1, 1, 5, 6. Fail.

The knife digs deeper as the one behind me growls. “You’re lying. And you’re coming with us.”

He grabs my arm and yanks, pulling me onto a side street, his knife still pricking he skin of my back.

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Spider’s Bite Episode 4

Deep in the heart of Balgrendia, a plague strikes a small village. Desperate for help, the village sends three of its citizens to a nearby town for help, to bring a healer. This is their story.

Spider’s Bite is a Shadow of the Demon Lord actual play featuring Kendall and Chris of the Redemption Podcast and Christopher as players. Kendall plays the goblin Pecker Longfellow. Chris plays the changeling Nel. Christopher plays the goblin Nip. The story is game mastered by Devon.

Our second session begins with the group’s arrival at their home village. But, things aren’t as they should be.

The music for this episode is ‘No Longer the Damaged One’ by Ars Sonor. Parts of the song were used for the intro and outro of the episode.

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Spider’s Bite Episode 3

Deep in the heart of Balgrendia, a plague strikes a small village. Desperate for help, the village sends three of its citizens to a nearby town for help, to bring a healer. This is their story.

Spider’s Bite is a Shadow of the Demon Lord actual play featuring Kendall and Chris of the Redemption Podcast and Christopher as players. Kendall plays the goblin Pecker Longfellow. Chris plays the changeling Nel. Christopher plays the goblin Nip. The story is game mastered by Devon.

This episode is the last of our first session playing SotDL and wraps up the 0 level story we were telling. What has become of the healer they set out to rescue?

The music for this episode is ‘No Longer the Damaged One’ by Ars Sonor. Parts of the song were used for the intro and outro of the episode.

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Pod Chatter 26 – The Phantom Menace

In this episode, Christopher and I get together and talk about Star Wars! Specifically, The Phantom Menace, a movie which we both love. This is a fun visit to one of our favorite fandoms.

Also, I announce that I’m retiring from the life of a podcaster. Thanks for listening all these years!

Episode Links

Damn the Man, Save the Music
She’s a Super Geek AP

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Poisoned Whispers 5 – Empire / Warrior / Hacking

In this episode, Christopher and I talk about the history of the Empire in the game and pick out some story seeds that would be fun to play. We also take a look at the Warrior novice path and then talk about hacking Shadow of the Demon Lord into other settings. Enjoy!

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Spider’s Bite Episode 2

Deep in the heart of Balgrendia, a plague strikes a small village. Desperate for help, the village sends three of its citizens to a nearby town for help, to bring a healer. This is their story.

Spider’s Bite is a Shadow of the Demon Lord actual play featuring Kendall and Chris of the Redemption Podcast and Christopher as players. Kendall plays the goblin Pecker Longfellow. Chris plays the changeling Nel. Christopher plays the goblin Nip. The story is game mastered by Devon.

In this episode, the characters continue their fight to rescue the healer.

The music for this episode is ‘No Longer the Damaged One’ by Ars Sonor. Parts of the song were used for the intro and outro of the episode.

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