Hello, my name is Ricven. I’ve been tasked by the leaders of Brevoy to go to the Stolen Lands and help a group of adventurers take back those lands from the monsters and bandits that live there, and establish a new kingdom. I guess to start with I should describe myself. I am a young human male, 5’8″ 170 lbs with blonde hair. I am a Ranger. I spent much time in the forests around my home learning how to live off the land. I’ve become very good at what I do..

 

I decided since this is the first time venturing away from my home I wanted to start a chronicle of my adventures. After traveling many days from my home I managed to come across the group I had been looking for at a local temple. It was dark when I arrived, so I do not know to which god the temple was dedicated. When I approached the camp I saw the bard on duty and hailed him as I approached.

 

It was a tense few moments when he saw me and did not know who I was. I produced my charter and was able to convince him that I was a friend and not a foe. I settled down with everyone else for the night and got some rest. It’s a good thing I did too, because the next day was going to be a long one.

 

Upon waking in the morning I made my introductions to all my new companions. We set out following the path of the river. Then we came across some loggers who seemed to be cutting down the trees in one of our areas. We also noticed that there was a fairy who seemed to be pretty angry with the loggers as they were cutting down her home. After some discussion with the loggers we were able to convince (intimidate) them into moving further up river and leaving the fairy’s home alone.

 

In retribution for the cutting down of the trees that the loggers had taken we took several kegs of beer from them and loaded the kegs onto our horses. The fairy seemed indifferent to the whole thing, but she also knows that she owes us a favor. We then pressed on.

 

Much later, towards evening time, we came across a band of gnomes who had gotten their wagon stuck in the water. The fighter in our group, and I, both waded out to help. Out of our group we are the best with animals, so it was the logical choice for us to head out. The gnomes were thankful for our help, and agreed to sup with us.

 

While talking to the gnomes, they mentioned that they had a map of some unexplored by us areas. We tried to trade for the map, but unfortunately, the price was too high for us to be able to afford a copy of their map. They even offered us a discounted price since we helped them get their wagon out of the water, and it was still too high. The rogue in the party excused himself to go relieve himself in the woods. What we didn’t know at the time is that he was going to try and steal the gnomes copy of the map. Unfortunately the gnome leader was not quite as inebriated as we thought he was, and he did spot our rogue. The rogue was able to bluff his way out of the situation though as he himself had quite a bit to drink that evening.

 

Once the party died down we went looking for our ultimate goal. We needed to kill the Stag Lord, supreme leader of the bandits in the area. There was a bounty on his head. My companions had previously met one of the bandit party leaders while they were out raiding honest people, and so knew what he looked like. The bard cast a spell on our cleric to make her look like the bandit leader we had met before.

 

Stag Lord
Stag Lord

 

After giving the wrong password at the gate to the bandit camp, we managed to convince the guards at the gate that we were bandits returning with the spoils of war for our leader the Stag Lord. The guards sent someone to wake up the Stag Lord himself and come see what we had brought him. The Stag Lord appeared drunk when he showed up at the gate. We gave him a taste of the beer that the loggers gave us. He enjoyed it so much he immediately insisted the kegs be taken back to his tent.

 

As the Stag Lord was turning away, our rogue tried to attack him. Noticing his attack I immediately pulled my shield off my back and got ready to attack. The Stag Lord tried to run, the guards seemed a bit confused as to what was going on, and the combat broke out. The first thing I did during the combat was bash the closest guard with my shield. The guard fell dead at my feet on my first hit. Another guard tried to run away after seeing the first go down, and as that guard was running I managed to bash her with my shield. She also fell dead at my feet. This continued to go on for what seemed like forever.

 

Once the dust had settled and the fight was over I had 5 guards bodies laying at my feet. I do offer many thanks to my cleric healer who healed me twice during this melee. While I was fighting the guards my companions managed to take down the Stag Lord and also the Owlbear that the bandits were keeping in a cage. (This owlbear explains why I had so many guards running past me trying to get away.)

 

We also met a Paladin who had reluctantly joined the bandits in an effort to survive. This is where I will end my tale for now. In the interim, please see my sketch of the Owlbear we faced.

 

Owlbear
Owlbear

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( Mar. 10th, 2013 05:26 pm)

I recently started playing Heroclix, I played in my second tournament today. So I can remember this later on here is how I did in my first and second tournament:

 

1st tournament results:

 

Angelus
# Player Record Points
1 Angelus 3-0 1194
2 BionicArm 2-1 945
3 gKehagias 2-1 918
4 Deuse 2-1 725
5 CleverNickname 1-2 567
6 wolfear 1-2 518
7 Chino 1-2 386
8 Atereya 0-3 200

 

2nd tournament results:

Event Results

icyfighter
# Player Record Points
1 icyfighter 4-0 1450
2 Diesel 3-1 1264
3 BionicArm 3-1 1134
4 AlexUdinov 3-1 892
5 DragonParagon 2-2 1221
6 Angelus 2-2 1100
7 Pliskin 2-2 1033
8 Deuse 2-2 899
9 mcpostr 2-1 543
10 Chino 2-2 523
11 hbkjayb 1-3 762
12 legendaryjman 1-2 670
13 wolfear 1-3 659
14 greatswordmaster 0-3 350
15 CleverNickname 0-3 291
1 – 15

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Hunter S. Thompson, great writer, he foreshadowed our current political situation with the world one day after the world trade center and I will quote.

“The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for peace in our time, in the U.S. or any other country. Make no mistake about it: we are at War now- with somebody- and we will stay at war with that strange and mysterious enemy for the rest of our lives.”

“It will be a religious war, a sort of christian jihad,fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerrilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy.”

“This is going to be an expensive war, and victory is not guaranteed-for anyone, and certainly not for a baffled little creep like George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started a war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child- president, has been chosen by fate and the global oil industry to finish it off”

Page 90. “Hey Rube” letter dated September 12, 2001.

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I’ve heard from a distant relative that works on an American Air Force Base in Asia that we’re getting ready to bomb the crap out of North Korea. Keep in mind this is all circumstantial evidence. I know nothing for sure. Jets are being loaded with live missiles. The Air Force has been moving people to this particular base pretty heavily for the last 6 months. When my relative arrived there a few months ago there were so many people there that the relative had to rent housing off base. Also lots of jets have been relocated from an Arizona air base to this Asian air base. I’ve found out because the wife of this relative doesn’t know how to keep her mouth shut.

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Good morning brothers and sisters. I’ve been asked to speak this morning on how studying the gospel in Elders Quorum has blessed my life. I was asked to base my talk on Doctrine & Covenants, Section 88, verses 118 through 123. This portion of the Doctrine & Covenants was described by the Prophet Joseph Smith as an “‘olive leaf’ … plucked from the Tree of Paradise, the Lord’s message of peace to us.” From my preparations for this talk, I have learned to appreciate the many blessings I have as a member of the church, specifically I have learned to appreciate the Elders Quorum. The effect it has had on my life is one of peace and for that I am grateful. But Before I delve into the many ways Elders Quorum has blessed my life, I’d like to start off with one small disclaimer.
Any talk like this about Elders Quorum is really going to end up being a talk about our Elders Quorum president, Hunter Sprenger. As a convert coming into the church, Hunter has been exceptional about making me feel wanted here. He has taken me under his wing, so to speak, since he was once a new convert himself. He knows from first hand experience that there are a lot of things that are difficult to understand as a new member. He is always willing to help me to understand those things. Despite his help and despite being a member of this church for the past 3 years, I do still consider myself a new convert just because of the sheer amount of information that those new to this faith need to learn.
Heavenly Father knows this and understands this and so he has given us guidance on how to learn everything we need to know to be able to return home to live with Him again. In Doctrine and Covenants, Section 88, verse 122, it says “Appoint among yourselves a teacher, and let not all be spokesmen at once; but let one speak at a time and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have spoken that all may be edified of all, and that every man may have an equal privilege.” I think that is one thing I really like and appreciate about Elders Quorum. Everyone there has a chance to speak, to ask questions, to seek knowledge and to compare thoughts.
Being in Elders Quorum teaches me what the good things in life are and reminds me to appreciate them. In Doctrine and Covenants, Section 88, verses 119-120, the Lord speaks to us and says “[o]rganize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God; That your incomings may be in the name of the Lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord; that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High.” Elders Quorum has taught me how to make my house a house of the Lord and how to align my doings with His will for me. Being apart of the quorum has helped me realize what is important in life: the gospel, family and temple work.
Another thing it does is help me understand things that as a new convert I wouldn’t otherwise understand. Like what it was like to serve a mission, and the lessons that are learned on a mission. I find it interesting to compare what others learned during that time to what I learned during the same time frame of my own life.
Another thing I’ve learned from the times that I’ve missed an Elders Quorum meeting is that by coming to church and being in amongst a group of my peers I end up a lot better off than I would be if I had just sat at home and read the same lesson out of the book. Doctrine and Covenants, Section 88, verse 118 says, “And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.” In Elders Quorum, we seek out the best books of the church, our scriptures and our lesson manuals, but we also “teach one another words of wisdom.” I think it is getting that perspective from other people and hearing their stories that sometimes helps make the lessons in the book more relatable.
Getting back to President Sprenger, he has taught me a lot just by being the example that he is. One story I have is when Hunter was trying to round up people to do a race here in town called the Run-A-Muck. It’s a race where you have to go through obstacles (including a giant mud pit) to get to the end. As I’m sure you can tell by looking at me, I’m not in the best shape to do a race. I’m not in any kind of shape for that matter. However, he persisted despite all my complaining.
I finally agreed to do the race after he promised that he wouldn’t leave me behind. The two other guys who were in the race with us as a team, Doug and Josh, were also in much better shape than I was as well, so I was definitely the weakest link in the chain. True to their word, they stuck with me, encouraged me and helped me through the entire race.
Our experiences during the race reminded me a lot of life. There are obstacles and hard times, but with the church and its auxiliaries like Elders Quorum, we can get through everything in our path as long as we stick together and work as a team. The church links us, family history work and living ordinances link us and those links are strong enough to get us all home again to live with our Heavenly Parents.
One last example I’ll give of the ways in which Elders Quorum has blessed me, is that it teaches me how to use my priesthood. When I came into the church, I barely understood what it meant to use my priesthood. I’m only just now starting to really grasp the larger concepts of it. The biggest blessing I’ve received was when my lovely wife Ashley was sick, I was able to give her a blessing. Ashley was in a great deal of pain. It was about as bad as I had ever seen it. She asked if I could give her a blessing. I had been involved with doing blessings for other people before, but I didn’t really have an understanding of the proper procedure. I had to call President Sprenger over to help me with it. He didn’t even hesitate when I called and said he would be right over. He walked me through the whole process and helped me understand what it was we were doing. As a result, Ashley immediately started feeling better.
In closing I’d like to leave you with the testimony that I’ve gained from Elders Quorum. I know that the auxiliaries of the church are here to bless us. I know that through these auxiliaries we can be happier in our families. I know that Elders Quorum teaches us how to live good lives. I say this in Jesus Christ name, amen.

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