The Fifth Adventure

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Post by mushgnome » Tue May 11, 2021 5:46 am

The Fifth Adventure

January 2nd, Hobbet Adventure Year 2 (HAY 2)

Wilbur the Quite Tall dreams he is at the prow of an enormous sailing ship. As far as his eyes can see, nothing but water. The only sounds are the gentle lapping of the waves and the rhythmic creaking of the ship's timbers. Look! There on the horizon: Land! A new world of Excitement, Possibility, and Adventure!

Wilbur awakens from this wonderful dream and is momentarily disoriented, unsure of his surroundings. The dream is gone, but the wooden creaking sound is real! Then it all comes flooding back to him: The toboggan ride, the body in the snow, crawling through dark tunnels, caverns full of giant puffballs, the battle with the ghouls. The terrible wound he suffered, and how it paralyzed him with fear! It takes a minute for Wilbur to realize he is safe. He looks around him and sees his new companions, snoring on their cots, snug as bugs in rugs.

The rhythmic creaking sound is of course the old windmill. The Hobbets have taken over part of the grain storage area as a makeshift Clubhouse. It's a place for them to sleep at night, store their equipment, and stay out of Frederick's hair when necessary. Last night was Wilbur's first night, but the others have been staying here for a couple of weeks and are used to the sound by now.

Each of the Hobbets wakes up feeling refreshed and well-rested. Everyone carefully checks their inventory, making sure they have everything they will need for the next Adventure. The only thing missing is PANCAKES, and it is high time for pre-first-breakfast, the most important meal of the day!

It's a cool and overcast morning, with a few snowflakes swirling in the air. There is a small clearing between the windmill and the House of Pancakes. As our Heroes are about to cross the clearing, they notice a group of three Human boys congregating at the front door of the restaurant. They are banging on the door and rattling the knob.

"Whadda ya mean CLOSED?!? T'aint no holiday. We want pamcakes! Yeah! Pamcakes! PAM! CAKES! PAM! CAKES! PAM! CAKES! Come on, this is stupid. Let's get out of here. Yeah. Stupid."

The boys give up and trudge back down the hill toward the town. From behind and if you don't have to listen to them talk, they are actually kind of adorable in their flannel snowsuits, with their shocks of curly red hair and their oversized earmuffs.

The Human boys don't appear to have noticed you. Do you call out to them, or do you let them go home?

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Post by coffee » Tue May 11, 2021 1:13 pm

Re: The Fifth Adventure

Wilbur the Quite Tall shrinks back a bit from the strangers. They may be welcome here, or not, but he doesn't know and doesn't want to make assumptions.
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Post by kipper » Tue May 11, 2021 2:04 pm

Re: The Fifth Adventure

Dame Simonetta remains stern and silent, she's pleased the humans seem to be leaving without causing any further trouble.

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Post by acodispo » Tue May 11, 2021 9:42 pm

Re: The Fifth Adventure

Willie peers after the departed lads. Normally he might engage them in some banter -- human children seem alright enough, though their parents are less so -- but not today. The day is dire when Frederick closes the House of Pancakes, and Adventure Club had better investigate.

"Let's go!" he says, and walks up to the door. He checks the street left & right to make sure no humans are lurking about, and then knocks on the door. He pushes his face against the door and says: "Frederick, it's us! The you-know-what Club!"
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Post by mushgnome » Wed May 12, 2021 11:45 am

Re: The Fifth Adventure

After a few suspenseful seconds, the deadbolt clicks, the door flies open, and Willie is unexpectedly hit in the face by a spray of champagne!

Frederick is standing there with a smile on his face and tears of joy in his eyes. "She's alive she's alive she's alive!" He glugs from the magnum-sized champagne bottle and then offers it to Willie.

Ursa is propped in her chair by the fireplace. Her eyes are open and she acknowledges our Heroes a weak smile!
With her CON of 9, Ursa has a 60% chance to survive adversity. She rolls d%=52. Ursa lives!

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Post by mgtremaine » Wed May 12, 2021 3:16 pm

Re: The Fifth Adventure

"Why, I never.. Ursa we thought the worse with you all covered in snow and such" Kiplyn is dumbfounded are her recovery.
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Post by mushgnome » Thu May 13, 2021 3:46 pm

Re: The Fifth Adventure

Ursa opens her mouth and tries to speak, but all that comes out is a faint "bbbbrrrrraaAAAAAaaaap!" that rises and falls in pitch, like a peeper frog. She gives a half-hearted shrug, as if to say, "whoopsie!" and smiles at you.

Frederick says, "You look like you are ready for another Adventure! I'm going to make porridge for Ursa. Will you have waffles and a mimosa with me, before you hit the dungeon?"

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Post by mgtremaine » Thu May 13, 2021 4:18 pm

Re: The Fifth Adventure

The idea of Waffles rattles around in the air.... Kiplyn nods energetically.
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Post by coffee » Fri May 14, 2021 1:17 pm

Re: The Fifth Adventure

"Yes, please!" says Wilbur.
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Post by acodispo » Fri May 14, 2021 2:03 pm

Re: The Fifth Adventure

Willie licks some of the champagne that's dripping off his face and decides he likes it, so he gladly accepts the bottle from Frederick and takes a big glug! Mmm, bubbly! He passes the bottle to the next hobbet.

"Ms Ursa! You're alive! But you can't talk quite right? That's okay, I'm sure you'll get better soon. We can't wait to hear what happened to you! Waffles, yes please, Mr Frederick, sir! What's mim-Oh-sa? I'll have that too!"

Willie is feeling fairly effervescent himself now and sets to making some fresh hot coffee for the entire House -- surely that must go with waffles & mimosa!!
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