"I'm not going to play him mean; I'm going to play him ugly."He also rolled HP and true to form, rolled a 5 and a 6 on 4d6 for extra HP . . . dang it! He took the average instead.
We started with a not-so-brief digression on the strengths and weaknesses of various systems. I won't repeat that here.
We get started reminding ourselves what we're doing. M is the demesne of Mori the dragon. The E is the elven land of Loshain, and the H is the halfling land of the Limerick Shire. We ask Maud if Mori lives near the river; she says it's dangerous to go down there due to . . . dragon turtles? The river plan is modified to accommodate not getting eaten.
Ugly Wizard: "Greetings, gentlemen. I heard you were looking to travel downriver!"
Marcus: "So much for operational security."
Keyar: "You look trustworthy! Please join us."
Ugly Wizard: "And I know the location of convenient outposts that makes me inherently valuable to your quests!"
All of Us: "Welcome aboard!"