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Welcome one and all! 

 

 

 

I hope you all enjoyed the frivolity of your respective holiday festivities, but - Hurry now, there be no time to waste!  There is an adventure afoot!  Leave no side quest left uncomplete, no rock left unsearched, and no wise old NPC left ignored.  You'll see tavern security issuing everyone their cloaks, armaments, and adventuring gear, our beloved Rebellion blacksmith is a quick lap to the east if your equipment needs a quick repair or upgrade, and the travelling alchemist is around here somewhere for all your health and combat potion needs.

 

If you need it, that scroll with the challenge dates for 2023 scrawled upon is nailed to the Messaging Post, make sure to check them out, and don't forget to invite your adventure parties along! 

 

As for me, I'm ordering a tankard of the barkeep's finest winter warmer for the road!  My mount is hitched, my saddlebags are packed, and my weapons keen and sharp for the January 2023 challenge!  See you out there B) 

 

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[Level ??] Rurik, the Hexbane 

Class: Witcher (Blood Hunter/Ranger)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment: School of the Wolf armor, Wolven steel sword & Deargdaith silver blade, adventurer's pack with alchemist's kit.

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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On 12/23/2022 at 9:13 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Black coffee for me barkeep, there's badassery afoot!

Make that two! Because I still don't get enough sleep :D 

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I'll have what ^they're^ having -- I had to give up coffee IRL so I will enjoy it here in all its glory! 2023 ahoy! <clinkslosh> 

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A small commotion rattles the back of the (airily large, yet cozily snug) inn as a small, plump Ranger tumbles into a seat, her round cheeks rosy from the icy cold and frowzy hair frazzled by her enormous furry hood. Her land of origin is blanketed in snow, and dirty chunks of frozen slush stick to her tall, fur-trimmed boots.

 

"The weather is offensive and I need something hot," she announces to no one in particular. "Make that a large cinnamon latte with extra whipped cream, barkeep. I need energy for adventuring!"

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The Silver Archer, Ranger Level 49

Jesus-follower | Writer | Encourager | Resident Myers-Briggs and Enneagram Geek 

"Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people." - Fred Rogers

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The door to the tavern opens and shuts quickly, letting in the brisk cold for a few seconds before an Adventurer, clothed in a hooded furry cloak, shuts it behind him. A wolf is standing by his side. Both the man and the wolf shake the snow from their furry coats. The man mumbles something, and the wolf sits obediently as if guarding the door.

 

"Evening," the man says, nodding to the other tavern guests. He removes his hood and approaches the bar. "Something warm and strong," he says. "And a treat for Nashoba here." The man nods his head towards the wolf.

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Resets

Past Challenges: 

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Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals MoreWolfDreamer Embraces His Wild PoetThe Mad Poet Becomes SupernaturalWolfDreamer, The Mad Poet, Becomes SuperhumanWolfDreamer ElevatesWolfDreamer Becomes IronBornWolfDreamer Wakes the White WolfThe Mad Poet Recovers by Keeping it SimpleWolfDreamer Clears His Mind to Find His Wild Heart

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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The low burning candles on the tables gutter briefly as a tall, hooded figure in a sage green cloak scoots past the wolf guarding the door and closes it behind them. Rubbing their hands together briskly, they strip off their gloves and blow warm breath over their chilled fingers. “Tea, if you please, GoodSir? With a shot of amaretto in the cup if you have some?” 

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Ranger Hal steps up beside Sovalis. "May I have tea as well? Very strong peppermint, please." After collecting the steaming cup, she heads over to a dark corner near the fireplace where she can watch the room.

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Another Ranger pushes the door open with a gust of wind, does a double take at the wolf by the door, and promptly trips over her own feet, sprawling across the threshold. She gives a tentative pat to one of the large paws beside her face before scrambling up and finally wrestling the door closed. Straightening her cloak, she casually strolls to the bar. "I need a little something to take the chill off, Barkeep, and I'm not talking tea."

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"For God did not give us a spirit of fear; but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline". - 2 Timothy 1:7

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -Gandalf

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The Adventurer turns at the sound of something thumping onto the floor. He looks with concern at the Ranger who had just tumbled onto the floor next to his wolf companion.  He is pleased, though, to see that the wolf responds well to the Ranger's fall and gentle pat, and to see that he recognizes the Ranger as @Artemis Prime.

 

"Good boy, Nashoba," the Adventurer says. "Don't mind him," he says to the Ranger. "He's a softy indoors. It's out in the wild you'd need to worry."

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Resets

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Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals MoreWolfDreamer Embraces His Wild PoetThe Mad Poet Becomes SupernaturalWolfDreamer, The Mad Poet, Becomes SuperhumanWolfDreamer ElevatesWolfDreamer Becomes IronBornWolfDreamer Wakes the White WolfThe Mad Poet Recovers by Keeping it SimpleWolfDreamer Clears His Mind to Find His Wild Heart

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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The ranger turns to smile at @WolfDreamer. "He startled me, is all. I've seen those eyes circling my campfire at night. Didn't expect to see them in the tavern, too."

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"For God did not give us a spirit of fear; but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline". - 2 Timothy 1:7

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -Gandalf

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The Adventurer nods to @Artemis Prime. "That's good you've seen them," he says. "It means you're protected." He glances over at the wolf with a clear look of wonder and pride.

 

"So what burdens have you come to unload in this place?" he asks.

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Resets

Past Challenges: 

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Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals MoreWolfDreamer Embraces His Wild PoetThe Mad Poet Becomes SupernaturalWolfDreamer, The Mad Poet, Becomes SuperhumanWolfDreamer ElevatesWolfDreamer Becomes IronBornWolfDreamer Wakes the White WolfThe Mad Poet Recovers by Keeping it SimpleWolfDreamer Clears His Mind to Find His Wild Heart

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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5 hours ago, WolfDreamer said:

"So what burdens have you come to unload in this place?" he asks.

"Oh nothing particularly burdensome. But the trails are dark and cold this time of year, and the load starts to weight a bit heavier. A good drink with good friends, though," she lifts her glass in a toast to the tavern at large, "that lightens it considerably."

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"For God did not give us a spirit of fear; but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline". - 2 Timothy 1:7

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -Gandalf

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I've had to (95%) give up drinking IRL, but my protagonist is on a long long journey and needs all the frothy malty/hoppy calories she can get:

Our protagonist steps in. In addition to her weapons and usual winter cloak, she's hauling a. lot. of. stuff. Her horse is on holiday. The stuff is heavy. As if Santa's sack and a 105 L backpacking pack got together and hatched a terrible terrible plan. It looks compact and neat until you start walking around it and realize it's as big as her torso and twice as deep. As for the contents? Let's just say the Tardis could learn a thing or two. She ditches it by the door and is instantly 3" taller. It falls over. Naturally.

 

Unburdened, she strides to the bar, reaches over it for the BIG tankard, and thunks it down in front of the barkeep. He doesn't dare raise an eyebrow. Her cheeks are hollow. He fills it up and shoves and equally large bowl of stew and hunk of bread her way.

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1 hour ago, DarK_RaideR said:

"I see you know the proper way to drink coffee," the paladin says with a smile as he punches his coffee to keep it in the mug.

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"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

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Wolfdreamer hears another thud by the door at glances at the Ranger who just entered. He stares wide-eyed at the large pack the Ranger just dropped by the door. Even the wolf sits up and gives a concerned groan.

 

"Quite the satchel you got there," he says to @DaemonCorax. "Looks like you have already 'unburdened' yourself." He chuckles and looks around the tavern. Then, his face looks strange as words come to him seemingly out of nowhere.

 

"If at night you sing your tired chin to sleep, it's not a metaphor, it's a tragedy." 

 

Wolfdreamer clear his throat and looks around the tavern again.

 

"Apologies," he says. "That happens sometimes." A little nervous and embarrassed, he makes eye contact with the wolf and seems to calm. He bows his head, looks at his drink, and sighs.

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Resets

Past Challenges: 

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Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals MoreWolfDreamer Embraces His Wild PoetThe Mad Poet Becomes SupernaturalWolfDreamer, The Mad Poet, Becomes SuperhumanWolfDreamer ElevatesWolfDreamer Becomes IronBornWolfDreamer Wakes the White WolfThe Mad Poet Recovers by Keeping it SimpleWolfDreamer Clears His Mind to Find His Wild Heart

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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A small, wearied ranger slowly approaches the bar. "A strong, tall cup of peppermint tea, please." She says, barely loud enough to hear. She looks gratefully at the barkeep, smiles, and finds a small, cozy corner to watch the tavern from.

 

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A wood elf enters the tavern, accompanied by a blast of icy wind which he hurriedly shuts out. Though bent and bowed under the weight of his pack, he seems to grow slightly taller as the warmth of the hearth reaches him.

 

"Pint of the black stuff, barkeep," he says, settling into his bar stool as a smile slowly creeps across his features. "Nice to see so many people here already."

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20 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

"I see you know the proper way to drink coffee," the paladin says with a smile as he punches his coffee to keep it in the mug.

It is the only way to drink coffee. Add any extras and it's no longer coffee, it's something else.

 

We'll call it "covfefe" instead

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Shaking the snow off her green cloak, Chris looks around the bustling tavern before winding her way to the bar.  "Something hot, please .... " she asks while looking around the assembled wanderers.  "Do we expect a bard to be performing later ... or is something else afoot?"
 

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3 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

Shaking the snow off her green cloak, Chris looks around the bustling tavern before winding her way to the bar.  "Something hot, please .... " she asks while looking around the assembled wanderers.  "Do we expect a bard to be performing later ... or is something else afoot?"
 

I'm pretty sure only feet can be a foot.

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"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

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Yes, hello. So, for my drink, just pour a lot of clean, hot water into that there swirling portal to an unnamed dark and clammy dimension, please, barkeep. Some rosemary and lemon would be fine. Or other things that would be at home in a bath. 100 litres. For my drink. Yes.

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