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The Murder Hobos – Episode 64 – Mind Games – The Final Push

The water pummeled Thia’s body, driving her to the floor. The large drops fell in a torrent, pushing the breath out of her lungs as it washed over her. In the growing light, she saw the blood flow away from her as the deluge subsided. The rivulets began to run clear, no longer tainted. Her soul, though, was still drenched with guilt. Nothing would wash that away. And she knew it. “Get up,” a woman commanded her. A towel was thrown down near her hand. Thia sat up, grasping at the rough fabric, and covered herself. Herasta stared at her. “Thank you,” she muttered. Her mother snorted, “For what? A towel? I knew you’d be weak when you came out of me. I should’ve kept you, or made sure you died. ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 63 – Called Away

Adam nodded, knowing no one else in his group saw his Patron. None but him heard the voice. “I understand. And I will comply. But why now?” The Solar pulsated once. Letting out a deep breath, Adam nodded again. “Caelynn, as well? But,” he hesitated, “you know what’s about to happen. I’d like to see this through if possible. Please.” The celestial pulsated again, brighter and more insistent. “Adam? What’s that?” Caelynn asked. “You see it?” She nodded. “It’s my Patron. You and I are needed elsewhere. Stay here, I’ll go tell Jinnaari.” “What about Thia?” she grabbed his arm, stopping him. “He says all will be well. I have to do what he says, Caelynn. We both do. If we don’t, Thia’s doomed.” He...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 62 – Mind Games pt. 2

The blackness was thick. Even with her ability to see within the darkness, she couldn’t make out her own hand in front of her face. Thia kept her left hand on the wall; her fingers trailed against the smooth surface, ready to warn her if it changed. She didn’t know how she got here, but it wasn’t that bedroom where Aust’s ghost was. Nor was it the cocoon Lolth had wrapped around her. It could be an illusion. Trust nothing. Lolth’s going to twist everything until I see it Her way.        The texture of the wall changed. Thia stopped, turning toward her left. Her fingers began to trace the outline of a door.  Her heart beat a little faster with the hope that it was a way out. Her right hand fo...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 61 – Mind Games pt. 1

“Thia?” She stirred, her mind struggling to push away whatever fog permeated it. “Thia? Are you awake?” The voice was male, but not one she recognized. Part of her screamed a warning, but the fog quickly silenced it. It can’t be Lolth, she reasoned. it’s a man. Remember what they taught you. Observe, don’t react. They’re coming for you. Kelemvor won’t leave you here.             She was laying on something soft. The ropes that bound her were gone, and she could feel cloth on her. She wasn’t in the cocoon any longer, and dressed. Was that Lolth’s doing? Or had Jinnaari and Pan found her already? “It’s okay, Thia. No one else is here but us. You don’t have to be afraid.” Someone sat down near ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 60 – The Aftermath

Pan carefully rolled up Thia’s gear in her bedroll, making sure that all the smaller pieces were tucked safely within the fabric. Her armor he set off to the side. He’d have to put that into his bag separately. “We’ll get her back, Pan.” Jinnaari’s voice was just above a whisper, but confident. “We have to,” he insisted. “I made promises to her. Ones I intend to keep.” “What sort of promises?” Pan opened up his bag and eased the bulk of her gear inside. “My mother would want to meet her. Our entire family would. I promised to take her there. She’d have a home, if she wanted it.” He leaned back. “This is my fault.” “No, it’s not. It’s no one’s fault. Not even Moon’s.” The dragonborn knelt in ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 59 – Taken

Thia took a sharp breath as the black veil fell away from her brain. She was being carried. No. She was in a box that was moving. She took a few deep breaths, trying to calm the panic that rose within her. What had Adam and Jinnaari told her? Stay calm, learn your surroundings, observe. Evaluate everything so you’re ready to act if opportunity comes. Focus on what happened before to find clues on what’s happening now. They’d made camp for the night. She remembered taking off her armor and, using her cloak as a blanket, laying down on her bedroll. The Underdark wasn’t the warmest place, but it wasn’t like a blizzard raged just outside. Between her clothing and the cloak, she should’ve been wa...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 58 – Ding, ding, ding

Moon absently raised the dark blue gem toward her eye and peered through it. The light in the room was subtle; no source could be found. But ever since they’d set foot into this…what had Adam called it?…conduit? Yeah, that was it. Though that word didn’t describe it. She preferred spidey bones or mummy webbing. Every time she’d said that, though, Thia and Pan shot her a dirty look. Ding             Her ears perked up at the sound. It was hauntingly familiar. Ding             Her head swiveled up, searching for the source of the sound. A small hole, about fifteen feet up the wall and just shy of the ceiling, was a small dark spot on the opaque white walls. Ding She looked at the door. The hea...
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Doing what I can

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So, day 1 of my unplanned vacation is going okay. I spent time cleaning out my closet this morning. Taking the winter stuff to the closet in my daughter’s bedroom (she’s at college), bringing some of the spring stuff into mine. Getting rid of stuff I don’t wear or have shrunk out of. Organizing my shoes. That sort of thing. It actually was nice to do. I opened the curtains in our bedroom to add some extra light. We’re having great weather today, and that helps. When you’re cooped up inside, it’s good to see the sun. Plus, the cats love that I have the door open. They can go in/out at their leisure. And sunbeams are back! The Murder Hobos are still meeting online this week (sob!). But I think...
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A gift of sorts

Hey! So, it’s day something of being in a quarantine zone. Honestly, I’ve lost track of how long this has been a problem around here. At least a month, I’m certain. It feels sooo much longer. The retail chain I work for gave the green light for our store to close today through April 1st. I expected it, honestly. What I didn’t expect is that all associates are being paid for the time we would’ve been scheduled. I got two weeks of paid vacation dropped in my lap (I did my early shift and went home before the store even opened, as we were on modified hours of operation) today. Two weeks where I can binge watch shows. Sleep in, as Muse lets me. Breathe. Take walks. Drive to the coast and back. W...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 57 – Grasping at Straws

Thia grasped the fabric of her cloak tightly, moving the edge closer to her chin. Almost everyone else was sleeping. Adam was moving around on the floor below her, where Jinnaari, Caelynn, and Moon slept. Pan was up here, with her. Where Helix was, no one knew. She shifted again. Her body was used to sleeping on the ground. And she was so tired. Every muscle ached tonight. Jinnaari had set a quick pace when they left Vizeran’s tower. Now she knew why. “Thia?” Adam whispered. She opened her eyes and watched him emerge from the opening in the floor. “What?” she asked. “Why are you still awake? Is something wrong?” He moved near her and lowered himself to the floor. She laughed, but there was n...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 56 – Setting Watch

Adam climbed down the ladder, glad to be out of the room. The look in Thia’s face wasn’t one she normally wore. There was no mistake; she’d overheard them enough to realize something was being kept from her. And she didn’t like it. “Everything okay?” Caelynn asked him as he reached the main floor of the fortress. “Yeah,” he said, forcing himself to be calm. If it wasn’t, they’d know it soon enough. Not that Thia was one to scream when she was angry. But he didn’t think the discussion would stay silent, either. He looked at the bard and Moon. “Jinnaari wants us to set up a watch. I’ll take first, he’ll take last. Who wants the second and third one?” Moon’s ears twitched, “Why do we need a wat...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 55 – Shifting Attitude

Thia tossed the cloth back into the bowl of water. They’d been able to bathe at Vizeran’s tower, but getting some of the dust off her face still felt wonderful. All she wanted was to have this over, behind her. Once she got back to the surface, there was no way she’d go back into the Underdark again. Not willingly, anyway. If Jinnaari defeats Lolth, I won’t have to. She sighed, correcting the thought. Not if, when. He has to do this. Otherwise… Her mind shied away from the idea. If the paladin couldn’t take down the Goddess, she was defeated as well. She could resist for a while, would fight against whatever She threw at her. Eventually, though, that will would crumble. Especially if Lolth o...
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We played D&D today! Sort of….

So, The Murder Hobos were back in action today. We set up a game on the Roll20 platform and did our best to muddle through it. Some fights happened. No one died. Well, no party members anyway. The system isn’t perfect. One player had serious microphone issues. Another drained his iPad during the final fight. But it was better than not playing! We’re all thinking that in person is the best, but this will do for now. If we’re really lucky, we’ll be done with this whole ‘social distancing’ stuff in a week. By the way, I’ve rarely ever seen THAT level of luck. So, we’re planning for another online session. With a few stories in between, of course! My son is going to work with me some before the ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 54 – Educated Guessing

Jinnaari waited for Moon to walk away before he tried to talk with Adam. Turning to the warlock, he asked, “What’s going on?” “We were right,” he said. “Vizeran put more than he said into this.” He held up the cylinder. “I’m not entirely certain what, but my Eldritch sight gave me enough information to limit it.” “Damn,” the dragonborn breathed the word. He’d anticipated this, talked about it with Adam. Still, he held out a small sliver of hope that the Drow wasn’t as evil as they suspected. “The passage does exist though, right?” Adam nodded. “Helix brought me a map. I don’t know where or how he got it, but he did. It showed the route, and the tunnel we need. Just not how to find or access ...
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Level 4


Hey. Things are messed up here. In 4 days, we went from a level 2 quarantine to a level 4. All public and private schools in 3 counties (including the one we live in) are closing by March 17th and staying that way through April 24th. Once my son gets home today, he’s got a 6 week break. None of us, including him, are looking forward to it. Broadway’s gone dark. I’ve got to try and reschedule or cancel our trip. Our D&D game is moving online. A good friend and one of the players is being tested for COVID-19 today. We’re self-quarantining this weekend. One more errand to run today or Sunday, then we won’t leave the house before Monday. Hubby will go back to work then (unless they tell him to g...
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We will get through this.

I’m up way too early for having the day off, but my mind won’t rest. Grocery run, a trip to Seattle to get my dress & shoes, laundry, dishes, and either D&D prep or writing.  Oh, and cleaning the house. The SCA kingdom I play in recently made the tough decision to cancel ALL events/gatherings for the remainder of the month due to the Coronavirus. Gov. Jay Inslee will be announcing later this morning that all public events – concerts, sporting events, meet ups, etc. – will be limited to 250 people. My daughter’s university switched to online classes last night from today through the 20th. Don’t come whining to me about how stupid any of these choices are. Because this isn’t about YOU being in...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 53 – Tick, Tick, Tick

“What’s that, Adam?” Moon pointed at the cylinder that hung from the warlock’s belt. She’d not seen it before. He looked down as they walked. “It’s the device Vizeran made.” “What’s it do?” “It’s supposed to show us a hidden passage that’ll lead to Lolth’s lair without us being detected.” Her whiskers twitched. “Really?” Quickly, she pulled at it and it broke free of Adam’s belt. Turning it over in her hands, she marveled at the smooth surface. There had to be a way to open it! “Hey, Moon,” Adam kept his voice down. “I don’t think you should be doing that.” She held it to her ear and shook it. “Did you know it makes a noise?” He stopped and looked at her. “What sort of noise?” “It’s like…tic...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 52 – Back on the trail

Thia stood near the door while Jinnaari and Adam talked to Vizeran. Pan and Caelynn were nearby. Judging by the way her cousin was wincing at every sound, his hangover still raged. Jinnaari was right; Pan had to suffer the consequences of his drinking this time. “Ideally,” the Drow mage was saying, “this should be carried by someone who’s at least part Drow.” She shifted, turning her head away and refusing to meet his gaze. After the way he’d pressed her the night before, tricked her into talking to him alone, she wanted to be gone. If it wasn’t for them needing this one bit of magic, she would’ve talked Jinnaari into leaving after dinner. She wasn’t anxious to confront Lolth or her mother b...
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Spending a day in a city battling with an epidemic

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Morning everyone! Happy first day of daylight savings time! My body handles the time change fairly well, though I have friends who seriously don’t do well twice a year because of it. Muse wasn’t thrilled, either. Haha. But she never likes letting me sleep in long past her treat time. Yesterday, we spent part of the day in downtown Seattle. One of my co-workers and her husband have season tickets to the Seattle Sounders and invited us to the game. We went up early, did some shopping and a LOT of walking (we logged over 5 miles in!), and enjoyed the day. It was strange, though. Seattle’s almost ground zero for the Coronavirus right now in WA state. We’re taking all the recommended precautions ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 51 – A hangover he deserves

Pan woke up, his head screaming in pain. He didn’t want to move. Every single part of him hurt. “I know you’re awake,” Jinnaari said. “Do you have to talk so loud?” Pan whined. He raised one hand to his face, shielding his eyes from the meager light the tower gave them, and opened them. The paladin leaned against the wall across from him, near the door to Thia’s room. “I’m barely above a whisper, Pan. What did you drink last night from that jug?” He sighed, “I started with the beer. When that was gone–” “You drank ALL THE BEER? Again? And kept going?” “It seemed like a good idea at the time. That thing makes really good beer,” he said. “You were supposed to be watching Thia’s room, making su...
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