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Thormun's Journal - The Swarm of the Marro Scenarios

Posted August 4th, 2008 at 04:02 PM by truth
Updated August 4th, 2008 at 04:15 PM by truth
There have been some recent updates to Thormun's Journal. These recent entries directly reflect the events played out in the scenarios that are included in the Swarm of the Marro Master Set.



Thormun's Journal has taken on a far more mature tone. I wrote these current entries back during a time when the game was still at Hasbro and I fully expected to have to tone them down in a second draft. You see, Craig and I had an ongoing deal, I would write the stories raw, I would write them the way I thought they should be told and he would just reel me back in where he thought I had gone too far for Hasbro's younger audience. However, as many of you know, the game has moved hands to Wizards of the Coast where Hasbro felt the game could be better marketed toward the hobby gamers (that would be us, we are mostly an older demographic here), and as a result I get away with things like this:

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My boot splashes into standing water and is sucked downward by the spluttering mud. The water is murky, an awful shade of rancid-green with a smell to match. I glance down at my slowly sinking foot and my eye catches on a floating object bumping itself up against my leg. Some itch in the back of my brain has me stoop over to make a closer inspection. I lift it slightly out of the water, the clinging algae drips away, and then I drop it in gut-wrenching horror. A bloated arm lies there in the dim pool, lurid, and streaked with blue veins. I take a step backwards and look over the water’s surface. More of the same morbid bits bob their way around the stagnant puddle. The dead surround us, left here to rot in the mire.


Before I can even begin to react to what I’m seeing, a new terror seizes me. I stand transfixed, as a pale arm reaches itself up out of the slime. Raelin screams. Raelin, who is always unmoved in the face of battle, always brave, always bold, is now gripped with fear. A dripping torso pulls itself out of the water. Then another body emerges, and another. It is as if the dead rise from their slumber to rejoin the living. But these are not the faces of the dead. These macabre faces belong to the marro. They’ve hidden themselves among the corpses of their previous victims, laying in wait to ambush us.
On a side note, I am a little disappointed that these first drafts are no longer being run through an editor. I'll be trying to submit some changes to clean up some of these already posted entries. Chris Schubach (copy editor) at Hasbro was too good to me, I miss her.
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champrjk's Avatar
Awesome. On my way over now!
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 04:04 PM by champrjk champrjk is offline
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Sweetcurse's Avatar
Nice Job!
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 04:04 PM by Sweetcurse Sweetcurse is offline
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Dark Lord o' THIRST's Avatar
Leaving this site now.
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 04:07 PM by Dark Lord o' THIRST Dark Lord o' THIRST is offline
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damja's Avatar
It seems like I already have read that exerpt....are there more changes? I must go find out...
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 04:10 PM by damja damja is offline
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truth's Avatar
I'm not sure how new some of these are actually. I just stumbled across them again today and had some things to say about them. Thus this post.
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 04:11 PM by truth truth is offline
Updated August 4th, 2008 at 04:30 PM by truth
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On a side note, I am a little disappointed that these first drafts are no longer being run through an editor.
I'm here to help.
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 04:12 PM by rdhight rdhight is offline
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On a side note, I am a little disappointed that these first drafts are no longer being run through an editor.
I'm here to help.
Irony.
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 04:16 PM by truth truth is offline
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STEALTHRULER's Avatar
I aready read this on the hasbro site, but I love it, Makes it seem more, believeable. Thanks!
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 04:23 PM by STEALTHRULER STEALTHRULER is offline
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Cleon's Avatar
Thanks truth! I'm loving the main page updates right now.
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 04:32 PM by Cleon Cleon is online now
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1Mmirg's Avatar
Thanks for the inside look at the change in tone, etc. truth. I'm fascinated by these kinds of subtle shifts and insights into HS back story, its genesis and changes. Again, thanks!
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 04:39 PM by 1Mmirg 1Mmirg is offline
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temp.nerd's Avatar
Yay!
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 05:03 PM by temp.nerd temp.nerd is offline
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Shades fan's Avatar
Sweet!
Thanks Truth!
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 05:06 PM by Shades fan Shades fan is offline
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CheddarLimbo's Avatar
Great job, as always, truth.
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 05:15 PM by CheddarLimbo CheddarLimbo is offline
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$$un's Avatar
Wow! Yet another way to entertain us! Thanks Truth
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 06:01 PM by $$un $$un is offline
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Annerios's Avatar
I wish they would post the rest of the entries already, so we can get the complete SOTM tale and move on to whatever is next. . .
Posted August 4th, 2008 at 06:13 PM by Annerios Annerios is offline
 
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