Adventures in Time

The Sumerians, Session 5
3300 B.C; The 120th Year of King Enmerkar, June 21
Name CP CP Unused Player CP Earned CP Spent CP Issued
Aurora 25 90 Aurora 0 2 0
Sabetha 23 2 Ananda 0 0 0
Tristan 25 85 Tristan 0 4 0
The Sumerians, Session 4
3300 B.C; The 120th Year of King Enmerkar, June 21
Name CP CP Unused Player CP Earned CP Spent CP Issued
Ananda 25 5 Ananda 1 0 0
Aurora 25 90 Aurora 1 0 1
Tristan 25 85 Tristan 2 0 1

Aurora wakes up to find herself in the ox stall, and realizes that her encounters with the dogs and the young noble were merely an unusually vivid dream. She rises and decides to head to the market in hopes of getting some food or encountering Tristan. As in her dream, she finds significantly more success than in the past, gaining two loaves of bread for her troubles. She eats one for breakfast and saves the other for the future.

Tristan also rises, from the filth-encrusted corner he found to sleep in. Starving and lost, he attempts to find his way to somewhere that has food and/or friends. In his wandering, he encounters a river—not the canal they found before, but a wide and bustling river, filled with boats, with men fishing and unloading goods on the shore. He attempts to beg some food from the fishermen, but is brushed away disdainfully. Finally, he conceives of asking for directions to the marketplace, where he may be more likely to find kindhearted souls to donate to his bleak cause, or, just possibly, his siblings.

He approaches what seems to be some kind of foreman—he is is standing at a table on a stone pier, seemingly overseeing the transfer of goods from a river raft to the shore. He is putting clay tokens of various shapes—pyramids, cubes, spheres—into clay bowls. He responds to Tristan’s request for directions with dismissive haughtiness, but inadvertently gives him the information he wanted in the process of telling him off and explaining the importance of the counting he is doing.

Tristan follows the directions he was given, but before he can reach the marketplace, he encounters two snarling dogs fighting over a meaty bone. Aurora, hearing the same commotion from the other side and remembering something similar from her dream, warily approaches the scene. By throwing bits of bread, she manages to first distract one dog so that the other has the chance to scoop up the bone and run away with it, and then distract it again so that she and Tristan can exit the alley and flee to the marketplace.

The Sumerians, Session 3
3300 B.C; The 120th Year of King Enmerkar, June 21
Name CP CP Unused Player CP Spent CP Issued
Ananda 25 5 Ananda 0 0
Aurora 25 90 Aurora 2 1
Tristan 25 85 Tristan 0 0

Aurora, having had a somewhat restful night in the ox stable, emerges to pursue her newfound career of panhandling. Clearly she has put some thought into how best to accomplish her ends, because she has much more success than in the past, scoring a loaf of bread, some fresh fruit, and a small container of butter in her first hour of begging. In the process, she hears snarling coming from around a corner, and while moving away from the sounds, sees two dogs fighting over a meaty bone coming toward her. Deciding that discretion is the better part of valor, she retreats, and continues her panhandling, netting some additional bread. Moving to a new location, she encounters her old adversaries: Enlip and his crew, accosting a well-dressed but defiant young boy. Aurora throws a hunk of mud-brick at Enlip, but misses and hits the boy. This diverts the attention of the thugs for a moment, so the boy attacks, kicking at Enlip. Aurora turns to flee, but runs face-first into a palace guard, who grabs her and accuses her of assaulting the boy, whom he calls Gilgamesh. The thugs quickly melt into the distance, leaving Aurora protesting her innocents while she is being dragged to the palace to face justice. When she arrives in the temple district, she marvels at its beauty and asks where she is. She is informed, somewhat incredulously, that she is at the temple of Inanna, and that any citizen of Uruk should know this.

The Sumerians, Session 2
4100 B.C; The 120th Year of King Enmerkar; June 19
Name CP CP Unused Player CP Issued
Ananda 25 5 Ananda 1
Aurora 25 91 Aurora 1
Tristan 25 85 Tristan 1

Our heroes, battered and bruised from their encounter with the local toughs, take temporary respite in a pleasant garden. Unfortunately, Aurora’s curiosity gets the better of her and she feels the need to first knock on, then attempt to open, the door at the back of the garden. This gets them both forcibly evicted from the garden by its owner.

Their rest interrupted, Aurora and Tristan, tired and injured, wander around the city attempting to find some measure of sustenance. Aurora conceives of finding some sort of receptacle for their desired alms, and discovers the cast-off bottom of a broken clay pot lying forgotten in some corner. This apparently helped her chances, as she managed to score a couple of old-but-edible vegetables through her pleas. Tristan, accompanying her, has no such luck, and Aurora consumes them alone.

Meanwhile, Ananda, having wandered the city in hopes of having better luck on her own, similarly fails to beg any scraps of food from passerby. However, having a keener observation and greater appreciation for her surroundings provides her a fillip of solace.

Eventually, night falls, and each child attempts to find his or her own place to sleep. Ananda makes her way back to their original alley; Tristan wanders for hours attempting to find it and eventually collapses in a corner between buildings; and Aurora knocks on doors until she finds a kind soul who allows her to sleep in the back with his oxen.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

The Sumerians, Session 1
4100 B.C; The 120th Year of King Enmerkar, June 19

[The Campaign Date is wild speculation on the part of the GM, and the in-game dating is pure fancy. Enmerkar might possibly have existed, and may have founded Uruk. There history ends.]

Name CP CP Unused Player CP Issued
Ananda 25 5 Ananda
Aurora 25 91 Aurora
Rrrraareerwrr 25 85 Tristan

The characters awake in a dank, dark alley, quickly discovering themselves to be quite hungry. As they regain their bearings, they realize that they are not quite themselves; they have brown skin, are dressed in rags, and seem to be speaking a language other than English. After further enquiries of their fellow alley-denizens, they uncover the fact that they seem to have been transported here with their siblings—possibly. Their identities seem somewhat muddled. The smallest of them identifies himself as an incoherent growl.

As the day brightens, their hunger and thirst move them to explore their surroundings. They move to exit the alleyway, which they can now see is narrow, cobbled with stone, and bordered by mud-brick buildings. As they do so, Aurora and the character formerly known as Tristan find themselves splashed with the contents of a chamber pot that has been dumped out of a second-story window.

After some futile attempts to gain some intelligence from passerby (who seem to be as brown-skinned and dark-haired as they, and are wearing loose clothing and often pulling carts), the characters make their way down to a canal to have a drink and wash the refuse off their bodies. Somewhere in this process, Ananda becomes MIA.

Their hunger now exhibiting itself fiercely, they travel to the local bazaar to attempt to beg some food. After some hours of unsuccessful groveling, a kindly old man gives them a hunk of cooked meat and an earthen jug of wine. This seemingly happy event was to turn out to have unfortunate consequences for the remaining PCs.

The characters retreated into the solitude of an alleyway to consume their treasures. After they had imbibed no more than a few bites of the unidentified meat and a sip or two of wine, they are accosted by three teenaged ruffians who demand their spoils. Tristan begins to flee, at first successfully evading the thug who takes off after him. Aurora refuses her accoster’s demand, which earns her a violent kick in the abdomen. Tristan, out of overconfidence or a desire to help his companion, reverses direction and bolts full-speed back up the alleyway. This unwise decision takes him right past his pursuer, who reaches out and snags him.

Meanwhile, Aurora agrees that the food and wine is better off in the hands of her attacker (now identified by one of his companions as “Enlip”), and limps off, without further molestation, to find a place to collapse and recover. Tristan attempts to exchange blows with his captor, but comes out much the worse in the exchange. He, too, relinquishes his victuals, and the battered pair wind up collapsed in a private garden which opens off the alleyway.

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