Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Secrets of Cats tARE c6s6b

The catnip heist

They do a few laps along the inner city wall searching for a delivery of catnip before finding one. They know that the humans deliver it from some heaven-like wood outside the city and then sort it up and trade it for their metal pieces they use to keep track of stuff they don't have. The smell is indescribable. They have all smelled small amounts of catnip, maybe in a toy or just a small small amount in a storage somewhere. This is like, well indescribable, fuzzy energised feeling run through their bodys and tickle their brains but as if they were tickled by someone that had known them and joyfully tickled them throughout their whole life and become the master of changing between tickling and caressing them. If they now just could find some focus and get on that wagon but the humans look like they're quick to whip someone with their canes and they're not the only cat around. As they follow the wagon to whatever forum it's headed for they see a cat getting to close and get a really nasty lash over his back (the game master prepared a -2 situation aspect, "catnip haze").

As they follow the wagon slightly more focused and obviously thinking of something special a cat approach them. He has eyes are like plates and he's jumping up and down and talks about him and his friend helping them stealing catnip. He's very unfocused and totally all over the place and very impatient. IT takes all three of them get him to go somewhere else.

When the wagon rolls into a forum they quickly come up with a plan. When the wagon stops and the humans has to unload stuff Svansglidaren casts his Warden magic that makes them hard to notice and then he starts to distract the humans while Grå and Tryggtass, who are the sneakiest and acrobatic cats of the three, sneak onto the wagon and in among the sacks and bags and grab a bag or two and runs away with it. What could possibly go wrong?

As the wagon stops and the humans suspiciously start to unload stuff from the wagon Svansglidaren cast his magic fails and starts to run by and jump onto the table and down again drawing attention to him without getting caught or hit. Grå and Tryggtass sneaks up on the wagon and Tryggtass helps Grå (who could probably creep under a closed door) get in amongst the bags and sacks.

A lot of Fate points are spent on aspects like; "catnip haze" (-), distraction created by Svansglidaren (+), "good hearing" (+), "legendary creeper" (+), "warden magic" (+) - failed, "getaway cat" (+). On top of that cooperation among two cats to succeed with a task of great difficulty.

The humans run around and try to catch and whip Svansglidaren and almost topple the stand and some of the goods thereupon. Grå and Tryggtass dive around among the sacks and bags to find the catnip haze they feel the smell of so well. Grå finds a bag approximately big enough and they run away hearing a whip and with exchange coins thrown after them. As Svansglidaren follow them he hear other humans laugh at the two with the spices and catnip.

As they gather around the corner the same weird catnip junkie appears and wants just a little twig of catnip. They drive him away and decide to go to Kattmyntetunga right away or rather run as other cats are gathering and they aren't even in their own region. They run with train of cats following them.

One idea is to just throw the catnip over the wall into the garden of Kattmyntetunga's burden's domus but what if there's actually more catnip then they need to pay. Then they want that for themsleves. Tryggtass is athletic and run along faster then Grå can do dragging the sack to alert Kattmyntetunga. She calls desperately for Kattmyntetunga who saunter out into the garden and then gets a almost drooling expression on her face as she feel what Tryggtass is smelling. "It's delivery like right now" tryggtass says and then they can hear all the cats coming like a small storm through the city. "Oh, I see" Kattmyntetunga says "Get it over the wall over there" she say "then it will land behind some plants and stuff". With the help of Tryggtass Grå gets the bag over the wall. Tryggtass and Grå guard the gard on the wall while Kattmyntetunga and Svansglidaren measures the catnip behind the small hedge at the end of the small garden. Kattmyntetunga is very obviously nervous about the other cats drawing attention to what's happening and making the humans come out.

Next up: Getting away from Kattmyntetunga's place with the excess catnip with very few Fate points available.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Secrets of Cats tARE c6s6a

In between last meeting and this the player of Gast decided to leave the campaign since he didn't feel motivated or attracted by the game world.

During the night Tryggtass seeks her way up to the top of the insula she has her territory in and goes to a secluded place to make an offer of a mouse to her forefathers. She likes the space because she can do on her own undisturbed and say what she wish to her dead relatives who still as a collective indirectly take part in the world of the living. Also the humans usually don't find her offerings and clean them away. She climbs down feeling less worried about the hearing that's gonna turn into an actual trial (Tryggtass' player succeed and gains an aspect "Supported by her forefathers" to use specifically during the trial, she's counting on managing to turn the hearing into a trial).

Svansglidaren searches for a Seeker mentor, specifically to learn about dream walking with the purpose of raising or easing nightmares. Later that day he meets up with Svanspekaren (Tail pointer). Some say that cats' magic is in the tail and so this seeker got the his name from magically finding and pointing to things and beings with his tail. They talk all night and Svansglidaren leaves with many new thoughts in his head (the player plans to use this to motivate to raise Seeker the next milestone).

The day passes mostly with rest and shortly before full night they gather and walk to the cat senate together (Tryggtass, Kattmyntetunga, Svansglidaren and Grå). When they have arrived they get an opportunity to mingle somewhat and talk to cat's of the middle territory class, maybe make a new connection although it's mostly Kattmyntetunga doing this. While talking to other cats they pick up a rumour about a cat's burden who got thrown out of their domus (city house) without much objection although definitely voluntarily (not Gast's burden). Some weird human behaviour led to this strange thing. The cats are gathering and it's soon full night and the humans are sleeping. Soon it's time for meeting.

The senate's princeps (the foremost cat and usually one of the oldest) arrives with the two consuls. Svansglidaren thinks he recognises the two companions to Skarpöra as the two other cats described by the corvids when he spoke to them. The group sometimes called the triumvirate. They seem to be taking this very lightly and jokes and seem in high spirits. Princeps declare the meeting opened and ask for any objections for the summoning for the meeting. No objections form the gathered cats and princeps call for Tryggtass who has called for this hearing.

Tryggtass steps out in the open space thanks the princeps and declare that she hereby accuse Skarpöra for unlawful attempts to acquire territory. The gathered cats fall even silenter and the the whispering starts. As Svansglidaren points his paw at Skarpöra a lot of cats look at Skarpöra who doesn't seem comfortable at all. All signs of confidence dwindle. The other two cats discretely distance themselves from Skarpöra to show a distance without really moving away and directly insulting Skarpöra.

Princeps turn to Skarpöra and asks if Skarpöra has anything to object. "Of course!" she says " That's only ... baloney and nonsense" The more experienced cats look at her and make faces at her weird statement, not formal at all and undisciplined and, well, maybe only "baloney and nonsense". "Ludicrous" Skarpöra continues. Even princeps seems to make a quick face and says "OK, that will be shown in the trial if there would be such. I will consult our two consuls and we will come back to you with an answer in a sleep" (approximately the same as the Romans' "a while" which is approximately an hour). Princeps and the consuls leave.

All groups gather and talk, talk, talk, almost so there would be a danger of waking up the humans in the insula.Tryggtass and Kattmyntetunga discuss Skarpöra's statement and Kattmyntetunga declare why so many thought it was so weird. "Of course you think it's luidcrious if you're innocent but either you confess or you or you declare why it's an unjust accusation and why there should be no trial and if  there in the end is a trial, the trial participants will find out whether you're guilty or not but 'ludicrious', heh, weird way of saying something". They are all agreed on that Skarpöra didn't expect that. Svansglidaren puts forth the idea of calling Högertass, Skarpöra's right paw, as witness because Högertass is probably neither capable of lying or using rethorics to avoid questions or putting forth the right answers. Therefore she could be a perfect witness for confirming that this or that happened, things that Skarpöra wouldn't mention.

Grå mingles somewhat and greets cats he know, neighbours and others and makes a good impression. Svansglidaren takes the opportunity of a break of a sleep's period to exactly that - sleep, partly in hopes of making Skarpöra and friends nervous because he seems so calm.

The Skarpöra triumvirat seems sort of abandoned by others and internally they also seem to be in conflict although trying to hide it.

Princeps and consuls returns and all fall silent - except one young cat who calls out "So, will there be a trial??" but he's quickly silenced. The consuls sit down and princeps declares the meeting opened and then declares that she and the consuls have found the accusation of Skarpöra as valid and the trial will be held at the next possible point in time which is the next night. No forefathers, gods, goddesses or their emissaries object to this. There's also no calendar events stopping this. She also names the ten cats that will form the jury and reminds everybody which consul that will be first in charge tomorrow and thereby lead the trial.Then she closes the meeting and finally everyone can talk again and discuss this. The princeps and consuls seem to leave quickly before they're questioned or before all fuss wakes up any humans.

Tryggtass and her company is just about to also leave when Kattmyntetunga suddenly calls "human". The cats spread out and fall silent. Svansglidaren casts an invisible spell over the major group of cats to hide them and to make it possible to sneak away easily. A drunk human stumbles out and starts to pee over the railing and hits the tail of one of the cats. The cat suddenly moves and probably would have exposed them for the human if the spell wouldn't have been there. He burps and shouts for more wine and then vomits down on the court. He shouts again for more wine and starts to wake up other humans in the insula. The cats slowly sneaks away under the spell's protection while humans come out and shout to each other and what everyone else is shouting about. Several cats give Svansglidaren approving nods when they pass him by. Kattmyntetunga leaves for her home.

Tryggtass returns to the sick child to warm her during the middle part of the night. Grå decides to follow Tryggtass at a small distance to be able to, with surprise, help out in case Skarpöra or some underling would try to attack or threaten Tryggtass. Tryggtass also tries to remember if she knows any laundry where she could steal some worn but soft cloth that could be used as a blinked for the child. Svansglidaren goes home to patrol and finds Högertass sitting there watching him as he passes by and makes sounds with the claws against the ground and walks away with claws out. Svansglidaren ignores her and struts up to his burden's domus and jumps up on the wall to check inside. When Svansglidaren returns to relive Tryggtass from comforting the child he sees Högertass again, sitting and waiting or scouting the area between Tryggtass' and Grå's insulas. Svansglidaren doesn't feel the smell of any other specific cat.

Svansglidaren tells Grå who sits guard outside the apartment where Tryggtass is comforting the child. Grå asks Svansglidaren to keep guard for a while. He sneaks away in the other direction and walks around the insulas and domuses and sneaks up behind Högertass and spies on Högertass from a domus roof. Högertass just sits there, formally in Gast's territory. He then walks up to her and sits down and asks what she's watching "eh, nothing, she says". Grå continues to bug her with uncomfortable questions about what she's doing mixed up with different reasons for why he, Grå, has be here to guard he's territory. He also recommends her to not be here if something's about to happen that concerns him. Högertass insists on just sitting in a third cat's territory and waiting a little. Grå stays and looking the same directions as Högertass. Sometimes he walks around here and stretches somewhat to show how athletic he after all is. After a while Svansglidaren recognises Grå voice but statys on guard as expected.

When the dawn closes in they all stroll away towards the inner city wall to find some delivery of cat nip that they can steal to pay Kattmyntetunga with. As they closes in on Högertass and Grå Högertass leaves. Svansglidaren and Tryggtass increases their cadence to catch up with Högertass leaving with Grå behind her. They taunt her somewhat and then leaves for finding catnip since they can hear the humans starting to haul gods and the noise of donkeys and oxen.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Secrets of Cats tARE, c6s5

It's two days and one night until the senate hearing. Tryggtass hasn't decided on whether to speak for herself or if she will give Kattmyntetunga the task of speaking for her. They have decided though to try to find out so much as possible about other cats and how Skarpöra behaves towards them. During discussions an idea comes up how to put Skarpöra i bad light. Her tactics to conquer only roads could be said to be a way to get larger territory without taking responsibility for any burdens. It's not that it's strictly wrong but it could still be ethically wrong and therefore something to lead against Skarpöra. As evening closes in Grå and Svansglidaren join Tryggtass as she leaves to meet with Kattmyntetunga.

Gast is at home but as much as possible keeping a distance to the humans since he's not that popular after the accident with the ornamented box.

They meet Kattmyntetunga at her burdens house and leave for the space in the park Kattmyntetunga seems to trust for delicate talks. Tryggtass and the others tell about how they found out that Skarpöra seems to be dominating and scaring cats away by discrete threats (e g of unfair fights) but still keeping at the right side of the line between right and wrong. Most cats are very withdrawn except some cats who speaks about how "tough but fair" Skarpöra is. It sounds very cliche and just another way of not telling that she's threatening cats into submission. It is decided that Grå and Svansglidaren should testify regarding earlier mentioned points and that they should ask Gast as well since they all four as been present when different things has happened. Tryggtass decides and ask Kattmyntetunga to speak for her. Its also stated that it's not to Skarpöra's advantage that at least one human dislikes her so much as to throw money after her.

After thinking a little Kattmyntetunga says that she thinks that they should call for a formal trial the first thing they do. As they look at her with great surprise she explains that if there's a hearing it will lead to a debate and finally in the end The Cat Senate will make a statement which of course bears weight and good cats follow that but it doesn't have any actual jurisdiction and probably wouldn't stop Skarpöra. If they on the other hand open a trial and accuses Skarpöra for something there will be an outcome that would have effects if contradicted by any of the involved cats. They decide that the prosecute Skarpöra for trying to threaten her way to parts of Tryggtass' territory - unlawful appropriation of territory. Kattmyntetunga is totally confident that they will win this with the gathered information and all the witnesses.

As they return to their homes Tryggtass take the opportunity to ask Gast if he can testify as well and of course he does that for his friend.

 It's Tryggtass turn to sleep with the baby (one of Tryggtass burdens) that almost gets sick because the family lives in an apartment at the top floor directly under the roof where the nights get cool and damp, especially since parts of the roof tiles fell down from the roof (and almost hit Tryggtass and actually did hit Skarpöra). Svansglidaren joins in since he has an idea that he should be able to dreamwalk with one of the parents and convince him or her to cuddle more with their weak baby, at least until she's better again. They sneak into the apartment between the almost shut shutters and as Tryggtass cuddles the baby Svansglidaren lays down close to the mother, starts to inhale her breath and tune himself to her. He soon enters her quite empty dreams or maybe there are no dreams at all. He starts to introduce thoughts of baby. He continues to introduce a dripping roof with the water dripping on on the child, cold winds and generally harsh inside climate. She takes good care of the child but in the end he puts the baby to bed not close to any of the grownups and even when Svansglidaren lets the child in the dream wiggle closer to the mother she moves away from the child. Svansglidaren is very frustrated over this, for cats, very obvious thing to do with babies.

Suddenly the whole surroundings in the dream become a big surreal swirling rapidly changing mess and a fear manifests very strongly and hits Svansglidaren hard. As he recover he's sucked into the mother's fear and nightmare of rolling over her baby and crushing it and hurting it bad and slowly painfully killing it. Svansglidaren is very overwhelmed and withdraw from the dream and with the nightmare echoing in his head he leaves the apartment. Svansglidaren stays a little while laying on the other side of the baby together with Tryggtass but then leaves to ponder this and right now he's to uncertain and shaken up to do anything tonight.

Svansglidaren returns home to check in on his burden and his territory. He has a short talk with the neighbour cat who tells him that there was a brusque cat straying in the area, especially around Svansglidaren's territory. From the description it very much seems to be Skarpöra. Svansglidaren gives his neighbour a quite angled description of Skarpöra and they greet each other and return inside each other's territories.

Tryggtass tries to introduce the thought of laying close to a small being to the father by crawling close to him. He soon notice this in an half-awake state and rolls away from Tryggtass. Tryggtass gets very frustrated and tries it with the mother as well but with the same result, maybe even slightly desperatly. When Tryggtass leaves the child it's sort of OK but still on the boundary to getting sick.

When Svansglidaren in the morning checks his territory he finds that when Skarpöra was here earlier she took the opportunity to pee and mark her presence with her scent on several, probably just out of spite. Svansglidaren covers all tracks of Skarpöra in his own scent and then meets up with the others at the usual street roof.

Grå has been around asking cats in more territories bordering to Skarpöra's territory but doesn't manage to get any info out of them regarding Skarpöra. Almost slightly suspiciously uninterested in talking with Grå but not impolite. Tryggtass and Svansglidaren appears first and indulge in some mouse tennis. Mouse tennis is a game where two cats face each other at a comfortable distance and then hits a mouse back and forth between each other. The cat to either miss to hit the mouse so it escapes or happens to kill it loses one turn and the other one gets to eat the mouse in case it didn't escape (or the .

During the morning, besides some mouse tennis, they discuss Kattmyntetunga's latest ideas and Svansglidaren's experiences during the dream walk. Svansglidaren decides to seek out a more experienced Seeker that can learn him more about dream walking but they also need to get hold of a hemina (about a quarter of a kilo) of catnip to pay Kattmyntetunga. Although they have heard about catnip growing free for fetching outside the city but they are city cats and are definitely more tempted by either do a lot of small deals to get hold of catnip or steal from one of these weird humans who have a lot of catnip and then do away with. No wonder they sometimes look very sad. They decide to do a heist during the late night when the humans do all their freighting into the city. Grå also tells them about Skarpöra's manoeuvres around his territory.