We had two games on last weekend and things changed a lot.
One character found some cursed skis that took over and force her to ski until she can defeat the curse with her willpower or she dies from exhaustion. Or as she explained it, she found awesome red skis that are wonderful and made her realize how fun skiing is. You know, skiing for 48hours without a pause? Or going for a little skiing trip just for fun that lasts FOUR DAYS in a row and not realizing that there is anything strange in this? Skiing is love. Skiing is life. Nothing else matters... (She has been so close to death due to the curse...)
In other news the melancholic saga of Erkki "the unlucky" Lahi, the one armed hunter has finally reached an end that was, if not happy, at least appropriate.
After recovering from his injuries (apart from the missing arm of course) he was brought back home (and got accidentally shot in the back by another hunter, but he survived and recovered from that wound as well) there was a major religious celebration at the fort/town. Like many of those celebrations it included getting completely wasted with booze and overeating. Also wild extramarital sex was part of the celebration. (Old Finnish rituals, fuck yeah.) But since Erkki was not in mood for partying he just put on his clothes (with some help) and went into the forest all alone to have some privacy.
...You see, we roll for random happenings to the town and inhabitants and Erkki had managed to roll a "magical adventure" for himself (bunch of other characters got them in later sessions as well. Basically miniquests that offer some rewards to the person in question.) and as he wandered in the dark and snowy forest he heard someone cry. Tracing the sounds he found a young and not-appropriately-dressed beautiful woman sitting on a rock. He asked what is ailing her and if he may be of assistance and was told that it is too cold. (Get your minds of the gutter.) The problem was that the boulder she was sitting on was covered in ice so she could not return to her home (the boulder.) Erkki decided to help the damsel in distress by chipping the ice away.
*Roll 3d6, roll under target number to succeed* *Erkki needs 14 and rolls three sixes. Autofail and critical failure*
Erkki strikes the frozen boulder with the knife and accidentally stabs the rock. The woman screams and falls off the boulder, having been struck dead and Erkki notices that his wrist is bleeding as if he had cut it open. *Erkki rolls for first aid, with an extra dice since he only has one arm. 4d6 target number 9. Erkki rolls 6, 6, 5 and 6. Autofail and critical failure.*
And so Erkki bled to death in the middle of the forest, all alone with no one to help him. When the end came he wasn't even angry or sad, just confused at all the suffering that he had faced already and how his simple attempt at kindness was the cause of his death. Mildly amused at how much bad luck one person can have. Two days later, after noticing that Erkki was gone they finally found his body. No sign of the woman of course.
[The woman was a Nymph and had he managed to scrape enough ice away she would have rewarded him by healing his missing arm. Since the character was basically unplayable without the arm the GM would have turned him into an NPC if he had failed, but since the odds of having two crit fails was so low he decided to just kill him there and then. I agreed that it was a fitting end and had already declared that even though I won't have him commit suicide I will try to do something heroic and stupid that will either fix him or kill him.]
The joke is that now everyone thinks he killed himself.
Then I made a new character who is almost the opposite of Erkki. The one last thing I could mention was a little "whodunnit" mystery at the town... You see, someone was hitting people in the head when they went to take a piss at night and since waking up in a pool of your own piss and with a head injury is not anyone's kind of fun there was an investigation going on. Unfortunately only one of the victims had even seen anything (when he got knocked out for the second time....) and had failed in his awareness roll he accused someone who is NOT the criminal. *roll on the town inhabitant list.* He accuses... ERKKI!
What? We deduced that he must have seen an onearmed man and since Erkki (who had already been buried at this point) was the only one armed person they know the victim believes that Erkki has returned from the dead and is acting like a dick.