The Stolen Century is the seventh story arc of The Balance Arc. It serves as a prequel to the events of The Balance Arc, and follows the adventures of the IPRE team as they travel to new planes of existence and flee from The Hunger.
Note: This arc does not use the traditional D&D fifth edition rule set, instead using a game of Griffin's own devising, also called The Stolen Century.
WIPThe arc opens with a crew of seven explorers within an organization called the Institute of Planar Research and Exploration (IPRE, Red Robes). Members of the organization, including Magnus, Merle, and Taako, are interviewed by different news outlets on their home planet about the journey they are about to take across different planes of existence.
As the team takes off in their spaceship, the Starblaster,
- Find out what The Hunger is.
- Prevent The Hunger from getting stronger.
- Learn how to stop The Hunger.
- Make yourselves strong enough to stop The Hunger.
- Gather resources in the form of bonds, assets, and experience.
- The Starblaster
- Cycle 0 - The IPRE Homeworld
- Cycle 1 - The Animal Kingdom
- Cycle 8 - The Mushroom Kingdom
- Cycle 17 - The Capital City of Jaden-Province
- Cycle 21 - The Beach World
- Cycle 30 - Tesseralia
- Cycle 47 - The Legato Conservatory
- Cycle 65 - The Judges' World
- Cycle 82 - The Empty World
- Cycle 92 - The Hanging Arcaneum
- Cycle 99 and Onward - Abeir-Toril
- Cycle ?? - Jello Town
- Cycle ?? - Puppy Town
- Cycle ?? - The Hamster Civilization
As of episode 65 the party has the following resources:
- 3 Assets
- 6 Bonds
- 5 Experience
- 0 Assets
- 11 Bonds
- 3 Experience
- 4 Assets
- 3 Bonds
- 10 Experience
As of episode 66, the party's Assets have been expended to create new equipment. As of episode 67, their Experience has been expended on levels and other benefits. As of episode 69, their bonds have been expended to summon allies from the bond engine.
Long-Term Significance Edit
- The Hunger's origins are discovered.
- The circumstances that caused the Red Robes to lose their memories are revealed.
- How and why the Grand Relics were created is shown.
|Ep. 60: The Stolen Century - Chapter One||April 13, 2017||Listen||1:36:38|
|We're nearly at our journey's end -- but before we can understand what lies ahead, we must first return to this story's true beginning. What brought our heroes together to the crisis they face today? What happened to the memories of their dear, forgotten friends? And just how long have they been running away? Taako learns a new language. Merle eats some beans. Magnus trains under an unlikely teacher.|
|Ep. 61: The Stolen Century - Chapter Two||April 27, 2017||Listen||1:27:56|
|Our heroes find themselves crossing between strange, deadly, beautiful worlds, pursued by a foe they cannot comprehend. Can they grow strong enough to defeat their cosmic enemy? Or will their journey take them down a road from which they can never return? Magnus leads an expedition. Taako is tempted. Merle leads his congregation.|
|Ep. 62: The Stolen Century - Chapter Three||May 4, 2017||Listen||39:25|
|Our heroes have earned a break, don't you think? Merle finds a place to settle down. Magnus keeps 'em on their toes. Taako dispenses some beach wisdom.|
|Ep. 63: The Stolen Century - Chapter Four||May 18, 2017||Listen||1:30:54|
|We're fairly deep into our trip down memory lane, but our heroes are no closer to figuring out how to stop the ever-evolving force that's pursuing them. With few other options, they'll have to adopt a new, remarkably costly strategy. Magnus helps out some Losers. Taako eats a fateful meal. Merle makes a powerful new friend.|
|Ep. 64: The Stolen Century - Chapter Five||June 1, 2017||Listen||1:05:57|
|Our heroes find themselves in a strange world where artists compete for national pride, submitting their works to a mountain that can make them known throughout the land. Can the team create satisfactory masterpieces before their year is up? Merle gets academic. Taako borrows some pearls of wisdom. Magnus meets a fateful friend.|
|Ep. 65: The Stolen Century - Chapter Six||June 15, 2017||Listen||1:25:36|
|The Hunger pursues, and our heroes escape. They’ve been keeping up the chase for decades now, evading without fail. But the Hunger’s getting faster. The journey’s getting harder. The team must take drastic steps, just to stay afloat. We’re nearly caught up, now. Merle writes his story. Magnus breaks his bonds. Taako plans a very good day.|
|Ep. 66: The Stolen Century - Chapter Seven||June 29, 2017||Listen||1:28:35|
|Our heroes' long, forgotten journey comes to an end.|