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[D&D] More Annals of the Black Company, in which justice is served and a new challenger appears

I am still gradually catching up my D&D game session logs toward present time. Things you should know that will make your life easier:

1) Several characters have changed in some slight or extensive way as we learned the system and found things we didn't like, or as we had new releases open up possibilities to the players. This is probably over now, but tragically, it'll be a while yet before I catch up to the point by which I mean "now".
1a) Tragically for the narrative flow, is what I mean.
2) I have not read the book yet, but some of the core concepts, including some names, are drawn from Glen Cook novels. Even if I had read them, I would not know to what extent to expect themes or events to map directly.
3) These annals are written by a displaced kender that experiences occasional head trauma. Though this is nearly over too. (The head trauma part, I mean,
which was always an excuse for when I missed a session, why it didn't make much sense but could still be annalized. The plane-shifted kender part is permanent.)
4) If you have previously read these in another format, be aware that they may be edited for clarity (okay, not really) and lyrical flow.
5) They are also sometimes retroactively annotated from a non-specific future point of view.

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Penguin dreams and stranger things II: The Dreamening

Here are weird dreams I have had in the past week:

Twice in a row last week, on consecutive days, I had dreams in which whales beached themselves in front of me, in the style of Free Willy if he had not made the jump over that embankment. At least one and maybe both of them were across a bridge surrounded by water, like you might see while driving south in the Florida Keys. I'm pretty sure they were blue whales? In any event, they were enormous. Other things probably also happened in these dreams, but I didn't remember them then and still don't know.

On the same day as the second whale dream, I had a dream about being in a car crash with someone else. Spinning was possibly involved? And then a mundane discussion about fault and things. One side of my car was messed up, I cannot remember how the other person fared. Unlike the whale dreams, it was realistic enough to leave me unsettled as I tried to separate dream memory from actual memory; that said, it's nothing as bad as the one from last night.

I was at my parents' old place, where packing was occurring, probably for their move? Except they moved well before MCAT died, so the timing fails; still, this never crossed my mind as concerning in the dream. Anyhow, there are all my cats wandering around in the house, and I spot MCAT, in his bony old man stage, and I pick him up and drape him across my left shoulder, as you do, but I'm trying not to freak out about the fact that he's suddenly just there, alive, and I know it doesn't make sense, but everything else in the world does, and I can feel him there, purring. So I find my dad and am explaining what has just happened, with the huge visual cue covering half my chest, and he says I'm just holding a bundle of rags. But the weird thing is he doesn't seem the least bit concerned about the weirdness, and all the time, MCAT is just sitting there, tiredly purring in my ear, and I know my dad's explanation is more likely since I know he died, but I have no idea what to do about it, because I try to take the knowledge that my sensory input is wrong and get it to tell me the truth instead, and nothing is changing.

So now I both miss my cat more than usually and also have the unsettling feeling of what being crazy is like, but I still mostly really wonder what is the deal with the whales??
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[D&D] More Annals of the Black Company, in which judgments are rendered and minotaurs foreshadowed

I am still gradually catching up my D&D game session logs toward present time. Very gradually, these days? And there's no good reason why! Anyway. Things you should know that will make your life easier:

1) Several characters have changed in some slight or extensive way as we learned the system and found things we didn't like, or as we had new releases open up possibilities to the players. This is probably over now, but tragically, it'll be a while yet before I catch up to the point by which I mean "now".
1a) Tragically for the narrative flow, is what I mean.
2) I have not read the book yet, but some of the core concepts, including some names, are drawn from Glen Cook novels. Even if I had read them, I would not know to what extent to expect themes or events to map directly.
3) These annals are written by a displaced kender that experiences occasional head trauma. Though this is nearly over too. (The head trauma part, I mean,
which was always an excuse for when I missed a session, why it didn't make much sense but could still be annalized. The plane-shifted kender part is permanent.)
4) If you have previously read these in another format, be aware that they may be edited for clarity (okay, not really) and lyrical flow.
5) They are also sometimes retroactively annotated from a non-specific future point of view.

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Trapped

See, the thing is, I cannot afford to skip work today. But in an even more literal (or at the least, more immediate) sense, I cannot drive up the road at the end of my driveway. Because of the inch of sleet on it, you see.

And here in the land where snow tired and plows don't really exist? That, as they say, is that. Even if it does get sunny later today, it won't get warm, so all I can really imagine happening is the sleet turning into a sheet of ice as the day progresses.

I hope my neighbor doesn't mind me being parked on the road in front of his house. Because getting back *to* my driveway was impossible, much less back up it.
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Egypt

If I accurately understand what I am hearing, people are being gassed and shot in Egypt because they don't like the current elections in progress and decided to protest about them, and the whole "being gassed and shot" event is being suppressed from getting out to the general world news because the authorities I guess figure people wouldn't care for that? And the internet has been shut off inside those borders to keep people from talking about it that way; that part, at least, I can confirm.

So, um... that sucks, and it makes me wonder if I've been naive to assume that Egypt has been a pretty decent country these past 10 or 20 years, or if this is a sudden new thing?
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[D&D] More Annals of the Black Company, in which we track down clues the only way we know how

I am still gradually catching up my D&D game session logs toward present time. Things you should know that will make your life easier:

1) Several characters have changed in some slight or extensive way as we learned the system and found things we didn't like, or as we had new releases open up possibilities to the players. This is probably over now, but tragically, it'll be a while yet before I catch up to the point by which I mean "now".
1a) Tragically for the narrative flow, is what I mean.
2) I have not read the book yet, but some of the core concepts, including some names, are drawn from Glen Cook novels. Even if I had read them, I would not know to what extent to expect themes or events to map directly.
3) These annals are written by a displaced kender that experiences occasional head trauma. Though this is nearly over too. (The head trauma part, I mean,
which was always an excuse for when I missed a session, why it didn't make much sense but could still be annalized. The plane-shifted kender part is permanent.)
4) If you have previously read these in another format, be aware that they may be edited for clarity (okay, not really) and lyrical flow.
5) They are also sometimes retroactively annotated from a non-specific future point of view.

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So...

If you find yourself unusually tired, basically all the time, with a starkly defined starting point of about 72 hours ago, and you have no other symptoms besides 30 minutes of coughing this morning and a weird sticky feeling that is pronounced in one eye (mostly where the eyelids intersect with the eye) but still present in the other eye, and the sticky feeling has coincided with the extreme tiredness...

Is that bad?
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[D&D] More Annals of the Black Company, in which we win a moral victory via a tactical defeat

I am still gradually catching up my D&D game session logs toward present time. Things you should know that will make your life easier:

1) Several characters have changed in some slight or extensive way as we learned the system and found things we didn't like, or as we had new releases open up possibilities to the players. This is probably over now, but tragically, it'll be a while yet before I catch up to the point by which I mean "now".
1a) Tragically for the narrative flow, is what I mean.
2) I have not read the book yet, but some of the core concepts, including some names, are drawn from Glen Cook novels. Even if I had read them, I would not know to what extent to expect themes or events to map directly.
3) These annals are written by a displaced kender that experiences occasional head trauma. Though this is nearly over too. (The head trauma part, I mean,
which was always an excuse for when I missed a session, why it didn't make much sense but could still be annalized. The plane-shifted kender part is permanent.)
4) If you have previously read these in another format, be aware that they may be edited for clarity (okay, not really) and lyrical flow.
5) They are also sometimes retroactively annotated from a non-specific future point of view.

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[D&D] More Annals of the Black Company, in which we are more mercenary than heroic

I am still gradually catching up my D&D game session logs toward present time. Things you should know that will make your life easier:

1) Several characters have changed in some slight or extensive way as we learned the system and found things we didn't like, or as we had new releases open up possibilities to us. This is probably over now, but tragically, it'll be a while yet before I catch up to that point.
1a) Tragically for the narrative flow, is what I mean.
2) I have not read the book yet, but some of the core concepts, including some names, are drawn from Glen Cook novels. Even if I had read them, I would not know to what extent to expect themes or events to map directly.
3) These annals are written by a displaced kender that experiences occasional head trauma. Though this is nearly over too. (The head trauma part, I mean,
which was always an excuse for when I missed a session, why it didn't make much sense but could still be annalized. The plane-shifted kender part is permanent.)
4) If you have previously read these in another format, be aware that they may be edited for clarity (okay, not really) and lyrical flow.
5) They are also sometimes retroactively annotated from a non-specific future point of view.

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