CupcakeTrap provides a quick narrative overview of this week’s Espionage rolls. This is part of World Systems, which combines Summoner decisions and some random elements to develop the story and throw some twists into the gameplay.
Bilgewater delivers the moonstone to the Marai
Nami’s people, the Marai, live in an underwater kingdom which has historically been protected from the monstrous titans of the depths by the power of the moonstone, an artifact forged by mysterious landwalkers and ritually bestowed upon the Marai anew every one hundred years. (Hmm. Landwalkers who know a lot about the moon, but are really sneaky for some reason, and just recently disappeared. Have you cracked the mystery? GOOD JOB, SUMMONER!) As the moonstone’s light fades, the monsters come closer; the Marai are being devoured one city at a time.
Bandle City devoted a significant amount of its research during the Hextech Revolution to helping the Marai. With the aid of the yordles, the Marai had made several breakthroughs, but time was running out. Using secrets of elemental magic gleaned from its explorations in Nyroth, Bilgewater found the missing pieces of the puzzle. With this information assembled, they were able to persuade Diana to join their cause, by providing her with lost secrets of the Lunari’s magic that she could use to begin restoring her sacred order.
Beneath a full moon at the height of the Harrowing, Diana struck a beam of moonlight through an abyssal pearl enchanted by the Marai. Ghostly apparitions of the slain Lunari appeared and lent their strength, and a new moonstone was created.
Several proposals were bandied about among Bilgewater’s Summoners, including a rather strikingly cynical suggestion that they ought to put the moonstone up for auction, in order to extort the last of the Marai’s dwindling riches. In the end, they chose to continue their path of charity, and gave it to the Marai freely. They have begun to reclaim their abandoned outlying cities and rebuild their society.
Bilgewater gains a Strength 7 military unit, a special expeditionary force of Marai warriors who until now have been too busy fending off monster attacks to assist with Nyroth. A contingent of Marai scholars, likewise newly free, grant Bilgewater a +5 Research bonus as the Marai move closer into the nascent Bilgewater alliance. Finally, Diana is now a potentially unlockable Tertiary Champion; she can be recruited by petition to the League.
Bilgewater and the Freljord each chose to keep their operatives close to home, focused on discovering foreign agents. (Counter-Espionage; bonus to Espionage defense.)
Ionia dispatched a spy to Bilgewater’s shipyards, to see if he could uncover anything about their naval plans. (Steal Research; targeting Bilgewater.)
The Shadow Isles have sent a spy to infilitrate the circle now working to rebuild the Kinkou, with the goal of nipping the effort in the bud with some well-placed arcane sabotage. (Sabotage Research; targeting Ionia.)
Bilgewater discovers Ionian spy
At a recent Council session, Bilgewater produced an Ionian man, bound with chains, and declared that they had found him trying to open a safe in the design center of their naval yards. Ionia denied any knowledge of this man’s activities. No evidence directly linking his actions to Ionia were discovered, but the Council had some stern words for Ionia’s delegates, and they have issued token sanctions. (Lost 10 Favor; rolled “Meh”-level Sanctions; result: Ionia will be purple side in all Featured Matches this weekend.)
Ionian monk possessed by demonic force
An Ionian monk who had been helping to rebuild the Kinkou Order suddenly disappeared while researching the ancient texts that underlie the Order’s principles of balance. Akali was sent to check on him. She found him in the depths of the archives, in the center of an arcane storm of enchanted books and scrolls. He had been possessed by the spirit of an evil dragon slain centuries ago. Akali was forced to kill the monk, severing the dragon-spirit’s connection to the mortal plane, but was badly injured in the process. While she recuperates, she is examining the texts in the archive, searching for clues as to how this possession came about. (The Shadow Isles succeeded on their Sabotage Research roll, depriving Ionia of research this week and doubling its “Danger Level”. It then failed its Danger Level check, and got a Champion MIA result; Akali was randomly selected. She will be unavailable for one week.)
Specific Roll Information
This section, by Naggarok, goes into the details of the World Systems rolls that, together with Summoner decisions, generated these twists and turns in the storyline and gameplay of the arc.
Bilgewater has decided to straight up give the Moonstone to the Marai as a gesture of friendship and because they aren’t jerks. In their elation, the Marai have solidified an alliance with Bilgewater, who will grant them a 7 strength military unit freed from defending the Marai, and they have pooled their research together, granting a +5 to research. Diana got roughly what she expected from the deal and will be available to Bilgewater as a tertiary hero.
Now then, onto the drama of Espionage,
- Steal Research(50%, 50%, 10) from Bilgewater
- Mission Success:15(Auto Failure)
- Evasion:78(28 margin of success)
- Bilgewater Counter Espionage Attempt 1: 15. Auto failure
- Bilgewater Counter Espionage Attempt 2: 92. Critical success.
- Ionia is caught and must roll sanctions
- Ionian Sanctions
- -10 Favor(101->91)
- Meh Sanctions
- Roll: 4. Matches
- Purple Side for Ionia in all Featured matches this weekend
- Sabotage Research(50%, 50%, 10) for Ionia
- Mission Success:93(Auto success)
- Ionia will not gain any research this week and has a double danger roll(10%)
- Secret of magnitude 10 is added(may go up to 20)
Research, Industry, and Danger Rolls(Research and Industry totals will be calculated after the island/mainland events)
- Research Roll: 41
- Critical : roll 1d3 for potential bonus
- Roll: 1
- +35 research progress
- Industry Roll: 7
- Failure rate 5%
- Roll: 9
- Research Roll: 11
- Industry Roll: -47
- Failure rate 5%
- Roll: 72
- Research Roll: None
- Industry Roll: -36
- Failure rate 10%
- Roll: 7
- Fail by 3. Roll 1d3 to see exact consequences
- Roll: 2
- A random champion has gone MIA for the weekend’s featured matches.
- Roll 1d10 to see exact champion(left to right on the following list)
- Akali|Irelia|Karma|Kennen|Lee Sin|Yi|Shen|Soraka|Varus|Ahri
- Roll: 1
- Akali will be unavailable to play. Maybe Karma shared some of her books.
- Shadow Isles Espionage secret goes up to 20.
- Research Roll: 5
- Industry Roll: -49
- Failure rate 7%
- Roll 49
The rolls for the island/mainland events will be done later today. Bilgewater’s will be done before the featured matches.