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    151 KB Omnipotence Quest X: Redux Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)18:04 No.14536106  
    Hovering over the docks, you watch the newly expanded party of heroes board the ship for their final leg of the trip to Kaza. It will take almost three months, but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. You aren’t terribly sure why the wizard doesn’t just teleport them there, at first, but it soon becomes obvious that his orders entail simply following along and aiding the team rather than doing everything for them. Ah well. At least he looks appropriately wizardly; ornate robes, a staff, and a long flowing white beard that reaches to his waist. He is bald, of course, and though you half expected him to be an embittered old man he seems rather accepting. Part of that might have to do with his liking for enriched halfling pipe-weed, but it could also be part of his personality you suppose.

    “Quorin, Lann, Liss, do any of you you require anything else before we endeavour to depart?” Tissa asks. Lann and Liss shake their heads, “No, we just need to finish getting our stuff stored and we’ll be good.” Lann replies, causing the paladin to turn to the wizard. He simply shrugs, “I could use some time to ward the ship. After that we can get underway.”
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)18:05 No.14536114
    Satisfied, you flick away and sail across the continent to Kaza once more. Returning to the tower, you are surprised to find half of Laressa’s bodyguard present yet she herself conspicuously absent. As you ponder returning to Melport to search, however, a portal opens in the throne room and she strides out, flanked by Stella and her half-orc bodyguard, “--sure that the information is accurate before we move.” Whatever she said doesn’t appear to sit well with Stella, however, “Lessa, I’m impressed by what you’ve done but don’t you think that’s reckless? Ranor is going to be pushing the nobles to invade and kill you in a ‘preemptive strike’ you know, I’m not entirely sure it’s the best time to potentially start a war over a cook.”

    Your elf smiles before giving her reply, “Oh, I think it is. Besides, we won’t need to go to war as long as your team isn’t caught, right?” As they reach the throne and Laressa sits Stella simply sighs and places a hand over her eyes. “Fine, whatever, you’re the boss, boss. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” With that she turns and snaps her fingers, pointing to two of the others, “Let’s go, you heard her.” The two elves jump to their feet and stride through the portal after the red-haired elf, leaving Laressa and two elven guards (plus the half orc) alone in the chamber; the only sound her quill scratching on the stack of reports.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)18:06 No.14536126
    It has been too long since you took more than a broad overview of Laressa’s dealings, you decide. Hovering low, you first look through the reports she is currently reading and signing; standard rulership items for the most part. Minor unrest here and there across the island, growing pains as her new territories are incorporated into the Imperial bureaucracy, and some funding issues for the enormous army she has constructed so far. The last is not a particularly troubling issue you note as you shift to the backdated reports in a record room lower in the tower. Instead of the usual economy it seems your elf has begun transforming to a state-run force of producers. Clothing, weaponmaking, horse breeding, shipmaking, and even farming have all been slowly shifted toward a command structure. To facilitate this your elf has ordered the construction of entirely new suburbs for each labor division around the capital, self-contained production sites. Not only have costs been cut by over half, but production has skyrocketed as long transport times are eliminated and disputes are resolved quickly.

    The relocations and shift have, sadly, not proven entirely popular with the peasantry from what you gather in the reports and brief overflight of the territory. That has hardly been a concern, however, considering the now battle-hardened force and constant air presence she maintains above every major city. Her inquisitors, now a force almost twenty thousand strong with unlimited powers, roam the country in search of dissent -- usually backed by at least one airship and a force of 2500 crack troops. Overall the measures have worked extremely well and the underclasses are slowly adapting. In a hundred years they will have not known any other way and react violently to any attempt to return them to the old way, you imagine. Unfortunately, there is one drawback you note: godly intervention.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)18:07 No.14536134
    Oh hell yes, Omnipotence Quest.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)18:07 No.14536135
    It seems that several gods do not take kindly to the revolution your elf has undertaken. Blanketing her lands and falling especially heavy upon her are several curses of misfortune, bad harvests, and reduced productivity. Though her new economy far outproduces any of the neighboring lands -- even larger ones -- it could be much more so without such power working against her.

    Satisfied with your inquiry, you shift to following the elven team that was just dispatched. Just to see where it goes, you hop through the portal... to find it exits into the royal palace back in Melport, the throne room to be exact. Many changes have happened here as well from what you can see, Laressa’s austere elegance replacing the baroque displays that were present last time you were here. The “emperor” stands among the servants to either side of the throne, you note with a small measure of levity. It is indeed oh-so-clear who truly runs this state. Annoyingly, though, you don’t see the elves.

    Casting about, you note that they are nearly outside the city already... and moving quite fast, a great distance above the ground. Curious, you snap to their location and find an invisible airship with them aboard. The most interesting thing of all, though, is that it appears to be on a direct course for the city-state you placed the archlord’s daughter in. It seems word of her talents spread quickly.

    Quite an intriguing state of affairs. You wonder now, however, what your next course of inquiry should be... Follow the three elves? Investigate the country further? Speak with your elf in person? Or perhaps flicker over to the elven nation and make inquiries there? Hmmm.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)18:09 No.14536146
    Part 1: http://archive.easymodo.net/tg/thread/14304400/
    Part 2: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/14309655/
    Part 3: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/14330103/
    Part 4: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/14365301/
    Part 5: http://archive.easymodo.net/tg/thread/14397582/
    Part 6: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/14420843/
    Part 7: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/14452357/
    Part 8: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/14474488/
    Part 9: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/14498610/

    >Sorry about last night, I think the consensus was split between talking to Laressa and following the strike team?
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)18:10 No.14536157
    Can we present ourselves to one of the gods cursing Laressa’s land? I'm curious as to how a god will react to us.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)18:13 No.14536189
    ...of course you can. I'm not sure why you would want to do so, but it's hardly difficult.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)18:31 No.14536367
    No peoples today?
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)18:48 No.14536526
    Investigate the gods but do not appear before them or allow ourselves to be perceived. For the moment, I see no good reason why we have to tip our existence and give the gods time to associate ourselves with the recent turn of events. Even if we are omnipotent, them being aware of us could be problematic for our pawns and our game at large. It might be more fun for us if the gods are kept in the dark about our existence.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)18:57 No.14536602
    This works too.

    I assume that its within our power to possess a god and use him as a puppet.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)19:00 No.14536623
    >Investigate the gods
    They're gods... what do you want to know? I can't possibly just list the couple hundred+ that are worshiped by various races and nations, you know.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:00 No.14536634
    To clarify: This would be used if we wanted, for some reason, to interact with other gods without actually giving ourselves up. Also to possibly do some more obvious dickery while remaining undercover.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:03 No.14536659
    He meant investigate the Gods that are hindering our elf. Get a lowdown on why they're mad, their sphere, etc.

    But for actions: Reverse the plagues and go follow the three elves
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:05 No.14536673
    I wonder if the goddess the Paladin is serving is one of the gods that cursed the land? Investigate the Goddess Loris, but remain undetectable to her. At the very least, it's about time we observe the god's communications regarding our actions.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:06 No.14536683
    I don't think we should be investigating the gods right now. Either we should follow Laressa or the strike team, both of which are much more time sensitive than the gods.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:10 No.14536716
    We're not all knowing. How do we know which gods are causing this? Like Vedibere said, there are hundreds of gods, any one of which could have done this. If we want to keep up with the present, we can't spend all that time investigating the gods.

    I, for the record, vote for us to watch the strike team.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:11 No.14536718
    Reputting forward my suggestion from last time.

    Monitor the cooks retreval, once she has her then give her a choice. Tell her we can bring the gods working against her to our dinner party in order to give her the opprotunity to convince them to stop. (with wards in place to stop the soul-sucking, if she can stab a god then good for her).

    Or she can try to deal with that herself and we can have our 1-on-1 time.

    I want to see which she would choose.

    Method for getting the gods is a polite invitation in person. If they say no then they will be made to attend. We won't influence ther decision to keep annoying her beyond that though
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:11 No.14536722
    Strip the gods who are interfering of all their powers, and dump them, naked and mewling, in some backwater. Leave them a note saying, "Enjoy your short pitiful lives."
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:12 No.14536744

    Why are we going to treat the gods with anything approaching fairness? They certainly wouldn't extend the courtesy to us.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:16 No.14536783
    more a matter of not doing everything for her.

    Remember, our whole schtick with her is we give her the opportunity and see what she does with it. Not jsut gunna rock up and say "godsnope!!" because that would be boring, the very thing we want to not do.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:18 No.14536802

    We aren't just destroying gods for her.

    Give her the opportunity to convince them to stop, don't do it for her.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:18 No.14536806
    I like the idea of not treating the gods like anything at all. I think it'd be fun to troll the hell out of them. Never reveal our existence to them and have them be continually clueless to what's going on.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:19 No.14536818
    That would be fun for MAYBE one post, more interesting would be to see how our elf deals with it.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:23 No.14536848
    I don't get why everyone is saying we should directly intervene against the gods. Why not just tell Laressa that the gods are fucking with her and see how she deals with it? Or even better, just hint at it in some way?
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:24 No.14536860
    She doesn't have the powers to go up against the gods directly. She'd need to get another god on her side to deal with the gods without us. Mortals are one thing, but gods are their own set of ugly problems and egos.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:27 No.14536888
    You and I aren't actually disagreeing. I don't mean literally messing with the gods, but more not interacting with them and keeping ourselves hidden from them, so they're continually clueless about the events going on in the mortal world and what is interacting with it that is influencing the events. I like the idea of the gods having absolutely no clue what is messing with their own world.

    I actually agree with you on the elf, I'd love to see how she deals with the gods when shes powerful enough to start messing with them - or when she gets some gods to help her out.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:28 No.14536902
    No shit. That's what I want to see. I want to see how she gets other gods on her side. That's way more fun to me than just giving it to her.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:29 No.14536911
    casting my vote here.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:30 No.14536918
    Just leave the gods alone and go watch the strike team do their cooknapping. Laressa's the most powerful person we're watching and she's still out-producing her neighbours even with the curses so I don't see why we need to help her out here.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:32 No.14536936
    Oh my fucking god.

    No, We're not stopping the gods.

    We fucking told Laressa she was to do this on her own. And now, whenever something she's supposed to FUCKING OVERCOME rears it's head, you pussies are all "OH NOES, WE MUST HELP OUR LITTLE WAIFU".

    You did it when she warred against Ugantu by giving her nation a goddamn air-force, you're doing it NOW by trying to smack down gods for her. The incessant insistence that shes you're "little sun tzu in hot elvish waifu form" is becoming extremely grating.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:34 No.14536950
    as the person who initially suggested giving the elf the gifts and then seeing how she used them I feel it necessary to mention that this option goes with what we have been doing with her so far.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:37 No.14536976
    I'm doing it more to troll the gods than out of any compassion for our elf. I've always been partial to maintaining an ambiguous relationship with her, and just completely obliterating her (Teleport in, pin to wall, devilish smile, explode into atoms) at the height of her power.

    Her reaction would be amusing, to say the least.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:38 No.14536985
    I have to agree. I myself am more interested in watching her plans go forth and perhaps intervene if necessary. Perhaps give Stella a warning to give her about the gods interfering and see what she does on her own about it. Do we always need to step in right away the second something might interfere with her? I know we all seem to like her but I thought part of this was to watch and see how she does.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:40 No.14537008
    Completely agree. Although it's not just Laressa. We've really done this for everyone. We even tried with Ugantu until everyone gave up on him. We're just really bad at letting characters go, even though I personally believe it'd be more interesting if our characters could actually fail.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:44 No.14537039
    I have no problems with adjusting events to allow for the perpetuation of the game (for our amusement).

    >Give one of them heretofore UNHEARD OF military might in the form of airships, SPECIFICALLY so she can hard-counter one of the gifts we'd given another
    >Kill gods and undo their works for her
    >Force Gods to meet with her. She'll have the chance to mindslave them, yay!

    Thats where I lose it.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:45 No.14537047
    To be fair us taking action so often is probably caused by (in part atleast) Vedibere asking for our input. I don't think /tg/ ever said "Nah, let's do nothing this time around, just let things progress on their own" because it is sort of implied that we should take action when given the opportunity.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:45 No.14537048
    Go invisibly to a few temples in various places and swipe a few texts on general overviews of religion while remaining otherwise undetectable, so that we can get a good, thorough overview of the gods. Make copies and then put the books back undamaged so that we don't leave evidence of our existence.

    My idea here is to read through them so that we know who all the godly players are, or at least most of them (in-character, not necessary out of character for the sake of OP not wasting time), and can select them effectively for whatever purposes we have.

    Personally, I'd like to pick an ambitious and hateful demigod or two and set them on the path to successful warfare against the various more powerful gods, both for shits and giggles and so that the divine realm is thrust into chaos as a backdrop to what's happening in the mortal realms.

    Other matters. I would like to pull up a past-scrying device (not that lets us influence past events, just see them like a 3D movie) and track things back to watch the first meeting that Laressa had with any of the members of her current elvish posse after she began her rise to power. That seems like an interesting scene which should give us a few nice tip-offs as to what's going on with her.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:46 No.14537056
    We're somewhat pushed by Vedibere to be more active, though. He doesn't seem to be a fan of our "Watch everyone, interfere little" strategy, as he assumes we're wasting our potential. But there's nothing wrong with patience when we have no time limit and no threat.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)19:52 No.14537115
    How about if we troll gods NOT involved in Laressa's life? I just want to fuck with some self-righteous shitheads.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)20:03 No.14537214
    The gods... they will need to be dealt with soon, you suppose. Setting aside the ‘how’ for now, however, you turn your attentions toward the red-haired Stella and her compatriots. At present all three are on deck and speaking, thus you judge it as good a time as any to listen in. “Okay, so we’re going in blind but this is hardly the first time we’ve done that. The really tricky part is ensuring we aren’t identified. This skyship is invisible, but it’s entirely possible some mage or random guard with a detection item. will see it, so we’re going to be landing a few miles away and infiltrating the city. We have horses so it shouldn’t be much of a problem. Questions?”

    One of the to raises his hand, a handsome brown haired elf with green eyes, “Yeah, Stella, why are we really here? Lessa isn’t the kind of woman to do this for some cook, no matter how good they are.” She shakes her head in reply, “Don’t know. Not even I can figure this one out. I guess we’ll see eventually. Hopefully it won’t turn out like her plan to infiltrate the royal chambers.” At the last part she cracks a smile and the other two chuckle. The rest of the flight is spent in minor smalltalk about how everyone is enjoying the ‘human lands’ and preparing the vast array of weapons that are secreted about each of the assassin’s bodies. Eventually the airship crosses the border into Kardava and touches down, the crew unloading both horses and elves then proceeding to attempt making mundane camouflage for the ship.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)20:04 No.14537220
    The trip into the city proper is, honestly, tedious and boring. You frequently feel your mind wander but to their credit each of the elves remains sharp and alert the entire way, though they do an excellent job of hiding it. Standard tolls at the gates and they are within. Though the entire union of city-states has been preparing for war, they apparently have not been preparing security for assassins... at least not of this caliber. Immediately the third elf, raven haired and pale, breaks off with a telepathic communication; “Going to scout escape routes.” The others give no response, presumably because this was expected.

    After securing a single room as lodgings they quickly split up and begin a thorough investigation of the Duke’s mansion and the surrounding city proper. A few inquiries by Stella proves the cook’s reputation, it seems everyone in town knows about the skills of his cook, Arina. Further investigation reveals that she hardly ever leaves the estate now that she has both residences there and understaff to fetch ingredients for her. The brown haired elf seems to have brought quite a bit of finery with him, and after changing immediately moves to locate any noble parties being held that night. One quick wall scaling and several bluffs later he has used both looks and charm to ingratiate himself with a half dozen noble ladies, finding out that it’s rumored that Arina has taken up with the Duke himself, a young man in his early twenties and unwed. They say that he means to even /wed/ her, a peasant and commoner! Positively scandalous, what with all the noble ladies vying for his attention already.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)20:04 No.14537230
    An hour past midnight all three have returned to the inn (somehow the dark haired one knew where it was...) and begin sharing their findings. Plans are made for the morrow, and all are agreed that it will be moderately difficult but hardly impossible to infiltrate a Duke’s bedchambers and abduct his lover without ever being seen. Impressive. With that, however, they take to bed, each taking a watch during the night. Hardly required, but thorough. The next day follows much as the first, but instead of rumor gathering all three begin making meticulous layout drawings of the Duke’s palace. This continues for three more days and even requires occasional infiltration inside, until finally they have a complete structural drawing of the entire castle and a working map of guard patrols around it.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)20:05 No.14537241
    More than enough to make a plan, it seems, and said plan is wonderfully complex: Before entering they will find a woman with the same basic build as Airna and render her unconcious. They will infiltrate past the guards with the woman, enter the duke’s bedroom after he and Arina have fallen asleep, and use a disabling poison to render Arina unconcious prior to killing the Duke. After the two men have spirited Arina away Stella will throw the random woman from the window of the duke’s keep tower.

    The murder will have a threefold purpose and is a command decision by Stella, you note; first, it will mean that the duke’s death will seem to be a freak murder-suicide, his just retribution for holding a peasant woman so close. Second, the instability caused will make future invasion by Laressa easier. Third, it will ensure Arina has no reason to refuse employment. By posing as foreign friends of the now-dead Duke who spirited her away, they will tell her how his enemies within the nobility attempted to have both of them killed. The cook’s loyalty will be assured and indeed, it makes ironic sense; who would go through such trouble to maliciously abduct a mere cook, after all? A last gift by her beloved seems far more palatable.

    All that is left is the execution.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)20:14 No.14537329
    Sounds like a good plan that may very well go off without a hitch. We can't have that, it would be boring. We should poke a guard to make him change his patrol route and run into them.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)20:16 No.14537344
    I don't mind you letting things stew and watching, provided you're doing things somewhere else. But the fact is, if I wanted to just write a story I could have done it and done it better than the quest so far. I don't.

    I would be glad to turn OQ over to someone else if that's what you guys want and then start another different more interactive Quest/RP thing. But no, I don't want to run No-InputQuest: The Writening three times a week.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)20:34 No.14537520
    I agree. Let's see if they can adapt and prevent anything major from happening. Perhaps this Stella will be just as amusing as Laressa.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)20:38 No.14537547
    I'd rather you not (You are a good GM and writer), but the entire premise does lend itself to hands off play rather well.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)20:50 No.14537655
    Whelp, lets see the execution.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)20:51 No.14537666

    We're an invincible being, we can play it however we want.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)20:54 No.14537685
    True, but brute forcing everything to go our way isn't exactly entertaining, now is it?
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)20:54 No.14537695

    The brute force isn't, but the reactions and outrage would be.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)20:55 No.14537699
    Made me laugh.
    Check on the chef, does she actually love the duke?
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)20:56 No.14537712

    Well, in the mean time, can we go see which gods are causing Laressa harm and exactly why? I propose that after she's gotten the cook to make us our divine meal we reward her by giving her that info(as opposed to more power, which she really doesn't need). As for other machinations, I still suggest we make an undead out of Ugantu and pair him the the blood guy as an anti-god bodyguard.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)21:01 No.14537766
    From what you've observed in the past few days, yes.

    Going to pick up some take-out while you guys decide what you want to do. So far there are a lot of suggestions that have 1 supporter and can't be combined.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)21:08 No.14537845
    I like a lot
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)21:17 No.14537948
    If this whole operation turns to easy for them let try to create a situation for them to overcome, something that would not result in their mission failing immediately, but would make it harder, perhaps in some kind of awkward or unexpected way maybe
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)21:20 No.14538006
    Nice idea, let just make sure he IS going to go after revenge first and not be a huge ass about.
    The only thing he ever did after his take over was sit on his ass and enjoy a boring life with no ambition
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)21:36 No.14538184

    it's going to be hard enough on them when the chef wakes up and finds out their bringing her to Kaza. I don't know if you were here for the previous threads but she was the daughter of one of the archmages of Kaza before it fell. Then Ugantu made her into his personal concubine until we took an interest in her. When she finds out where she's going, well, I doubt she knows Ugantu is dead. She might just kill herself.

    We do nothing, it'll be more entertaining to watch Stella and crew get blamed for costing Laressa her dinner date with us.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)21:38 No.14538214
    I'm getting tired of us sitting on our hands. Laressa has proven herself pretty capable, very ambitious, and quite smart. Let's hurry this along.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)21:44 No.14538287
    Deciding to check back in after the three of them have put their plan into motion, you move instead to the godly damnations hanging over the Partihian Empire. Close inspection reveals four separate curses and two boons, proving that the gods are, as always, a bunch of infighting curs. The boons come from Vaul and Hesperax, while the damnations come from Parthos (from which the former Parthian Empire took its name), Sylvus, Korvus, and Illistria; both lists in order of strongest to weakest.

    Vaul you have already researched, and it seems he has either not forgotten the worship Laressa once paid him or approves despite being forsaken. Hesperax is the human Crone Goddess presiding over the domains of Hierarchy, Order, and Forced Submission; it is fairly easy to see why she granted your elf’s empire a boon.

    On the other side of the coin, the four gods and goddesses who have laid curses upon it are the human god Parthus, god of Light, Defense, and Honesty; Korvus, dwarven god of Industry, Invention, and Crafts; Silvus and his wife Illistria, elven god and goddess of Light, Right to Rule, Warfare, Strength, Creativity, Forests and Fertility, Family, Freedom, Growth; respectively. Parthus’s curse seems especially vindictive, and will fall most heavily upon Laressa and her soldiers in the midst of battle.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)21:50 No.14538355

    Let's visit Korvus and find out what his beef actually is. He's the only one in the group of gods who's interests don't really fit his punishment of her.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)21:51 No.14538366

    Well, the Dwarven god might be our fault, for giving her those airships. Parthos is obviously because she's usurped his former empire as means to her own ends. Next time we see her we'll have to ask her if she did anything to piss off the elven gods before we met her.

    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)21:53 No.14538396

    Nah, the elven gods are angry because of Right to Rule and Freedom being in their interests.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)21:55 No.14538426
    If this were an empire in the elven lands sure, but those are elf gods. Why would they care about what happens to a bunch of humans? Plus the elf army is mobilizing and elf assassins are being sent on missions to kill her but going lolno instead.

    Something is up, and it has to do with Laressa's past.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)21:57 No.14538441
    Yeah, but then there's warfare, strength, creativity and perhaps growth which should be in her favor. Unless they don't count because she doesn't worship those gods?
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:03 No.14538519
    Can you plan that out a bit more? I mean, what do you expect us to do? Just plop down in front of Korvus in all our Omnipotence and start bombarding him with questions?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to the idea of explaining some things to the dwarven god. I'm positive that the only reason he's pissed is all our fault anyway, but we should at least have a specific plan of how to portray our self before we do anything.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)22:05 No.14538530
    As a general rule gods mostly only deal with their race and those of other races who specifically worship them, mostly because those are the only ones who empower them. The dwarven god of honorable combat might not really like seeing a human warlord butcher women and children, but he's not going to actively intervene to stop it because it would be wasting power he could be using to help his people and worshipers.

    There are exceptions, of course. But not that terribly many.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:09 No.14538578
    In that case, I would give Laressa's holdings a once-over for worshippers of Korvus. There's obviously some kind of deific power flow from worshippers; locate that and backtrack it, if we can. There must be enough of them and they must be somehow in a bad state in order for him to be getting pissy.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:10 No.14538593

    I suggest we go with this. Pop into Korvus' chambers, perhaps disguising ourselves as a divine being. Mention we are interested in the Parthian Empire and figure out why he's so mad at her. It would be interesting to know why the god of invention dislikes a nation that has advanced so much.

    Also, I would like to lay a boon of luck upon the elven infiltrators. Just a little something that will cause them to avoid bad luck. If the plan is good, they will succeed on it's merits and not be foiled by curses or pure happenstance.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)22:11 No.14538609
    Your scan found that there are a few dozen dwarven traders or craftsmen that worship him across the empire, but that hardly justifies the enormous amount of power expended in cursing an entire empire.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:16 No.14538655

    Let's do this. We should use our powers to ensure things happen at least.

    Also, Vedibere. One thing I've noticed is that you tell us something, and then we want to know why. This leads to a lot of debate and planning on how to do it and generally slows the quest down. Perhaps rather than just telling us that a curse was laid by god X, you could also tell us why in 1-2 sentences? We're omnipotent, so summoning the info into our minds shouldn't be difficult at all. It would speed up the quest and let us do more cool things than just ask for more info.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:19 No.14538699
    In Laressa's lands how active are the gods? Is to the extent where we find examples of our dear paladin or are they merely observers watching ants in what they believe to be their farm.

    Essentially what I'm asking is how active they are and what would happen if we were to force them to take a more passive role and not spread the blight.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)22:22 No.14538721
    >Perhaps rather than just telling us that a curse was laid by god X, you could also tell us why in 1-2 sentences? We're omnipotent, so summoning the info into our minds shouldn't be difficult at all. It would speed up the quest and let us do more cool things than just ask for more info.
    Yeah, okay, sure. I hand you everything and (ignoring the fact that would basically be omniscience and defeat the entire purpose of trying to be surprised and such) suddenly you have absolutely zero interaction with the quest at all. 90% of the already minimal interaction you have had in the past five threads has been finding stuff out. The 10% that would remain after doing that would consist of posting "Continue observing."

    Once again, if someone wants to take over and run Writequest: The Bookening then I'd be glad to step down and let them. But while I'm running it there will either be player input or I'll just close it down and try something else.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)22:28 No.14538779
    About 30-40 gods of various races (mostly human) empower clerics within it and receive prayers from worshipers There are paladins or holy warriors, but they are mostly occupied with 'doing sidequests' as it were, basically aiding villages beset by bandits or guarding temples and things like that. Virtually everyone within the empire pays homage to a pantheon, and many have a god they favor.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:28 No.14538789

    I'm sorry for suggesting that Vedibere. I wanted to speed the quest up, but I understand where you're coming from

    I'm would still like to fuck with the dwarf god though.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:30 No.14538807
    What benefits does Vauls blessing confer?
    >> Tripe 04/09/11(Sat)22:31 No.14538816
    Alright, I think I'd prefer if we tried to figure out this God problem in Laressa's lands. We helped the Paladin and the Twins to avoid being...well...imploded and not kill each other so I'm not sure why we shouldn't help Laressa in a task that seems beyond her capabilities to deal with...well...unless it's within Laressa's power to deal with it. What are some of the easiest methods we can use to determine what gods are targeting her lands?
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:33 No.14538830

    we were given profiles of them earlier in this thread.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:34 No.14538844
    If we are going to pose as a divine, what kind of divine should we be? It has to be something that would have a reason to be interested in this one empire, and also specifically go to the dwarven god. A minor deity of innovation perhaps?

    Actually, what specifically does the curse of Korus do?
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:35 No.14538853


    >> Tripe 04/09/11(Sat)22:37 No.14538870
    Ah, well it seems a bit more obvious then as to why they hate Laressa...I mean if it's that simple. The dwarf god could be envious that we're out producing his people. The elf twins? Well I'd attribute that too the possible oncoming war. Vedibere has been hinting at some drama in the elven lands for sometime and the possibility of another attack is most likely in reference to the elven nobles? Perhaps I'm just grabbing at strings. The human god...that's interesting. I suggest working something out with the Dwarven god first and then the human one. We have directly intervened before, shall we inform Laressa and give her the capabilities to negotiate on her own with them?
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:38 No.14538883
    Dude, the human god is the easiest one of all: He's pissed that an empire that was named after him has been usurped by an elf.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)22:39 No.14538889
    Mostly domain-specific. I'll give a list:

    Vaul: Increases the ability and stealthiness of the empire's covert operatives and assassins, increases their ambition and drive to succeed at their missions.

    Hesperex: Increases loyalty, reduces unrest, causes people to mostly accept that they are underlings and obey.

    Parthus: Reduces combat ability at critical times.

    Korvus: Stifles imagination and productivity.

    Silvus: Causes people to question Laressa's legitimacy and reduces combat ability slightly.

    Illistria: Poor harvests, increases in stillbirths, and makes the people more willing to rebel and seek freedom from oppression.
    >> ­ 04/09/11(Sat)22:41 No.14538898
    When the Assassins try to kidnap the cook, make sure that the disabeling poison fails.
    Observe the actions of the cook and the assassins and don't intervene until it seems like there is no escape for the assassins, then slightly grant them a little bit "luck" and let them escape with the cook captive.
    I think this could prove interesting.
    >> Tripe 04/09/11(Sat)22:41 No.14538901
    Oh snap, how could I have missed that? Well in that light how do we deal with this then? If this really is the case we can't really have a land whose on god is working against them. I think someone suggested substituting ourself as God of the land? What about looking for another god to take his role and relocate them towards our land?

    I forget what are the exact implications of forcibly changing someone's mind? I know mind break occurs on occasion with plebes, but what about with a deity?
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:41 No.14538905

    We don't need to pose as anything, but if we do pose, we should pretend to be something he'd find completely alien, like a hypercube.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:42 No.14538916
    I believe Vedibere said the same thing occurs when fucking with a deity's mind
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:45 No.14538937
    Thank you that was very helpful.

    Okay, we go in to talk to Korvus posing as a (minor?)deity of innovation and creativity who's somewhat pissed that he's fucking with our domain. Best to set up a small number of out of the way shrines to our self in the empire to legitimize who we say we are.
    >> Tripe 04/09/11(Sat)22:45 No.14538939
    So they become a lifeless puppet. In that case could we program them in a way? Have them respond to certain prayers and still give blessing based on a "If x then y" type of scenario?

    Admittedly this only has a shred of working if the Gods aren't all buddy buddy...on that note are they? As in do they visit each other frequently, by mortals standards, and chat about...lets say...the weather.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)22:46 No.14538947
    Oh, and remember these are all of varying power. Some might sound worse than others just based on what they do, but Parthus's damnation is quite strong while Illistria's is comparatively weak.

    So, for example, though Parthus only effects combat at critical times, it fucks your shit /up/, whereas Illistria's curse just lowers harvest yields and birth rates and crap.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:49 No.14538976
    We must NOT allow the lesser gods to become aware of our existence. If we could slighty reduce the curses without makeing our tampering apparent that would be ok, but if not I vote for leaving them be for now and maybe go after the source of the gods power later on.

    Then we do this.

    And afterwards I say we see how the cook will take to her new master and if we should consider dining with our loyal follower.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)22:55 No.14539030

    Why? They literally can't do anything to us, we're on a cosmic level of power here.
    >> Tripe 04/09/11(Sat)22:56 No.14539046
    I'd be amused if we did something like make a few random gods disappear, enough for it to be extremely odd and attract the attention of the gods away from the mortal realm. Make them search and wonder while we lead them on a goose chase of sorts for our own amusement....unless we've done that before.

    It'd be a blow to our paladin though >:
    >> tha/tg/uy 04/09/11(Sat)23:00 No.14539081
    We don't really have to neuter the god completely, just his ability to curse.

    That said, I say we pull the plug on the pally god's curse.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:05 No.14539129
    Why don't we cast a temporary boon to counteract the first one, and link it to a bunch of gods he hates.

    Then add a curse to them from "Parthus" to potentually start a war among the gods.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:06 No.14539135
    I really want to know why Korvus is upset, and we've always gotten the best results by just showing up and making demands.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:06 No.14539141
    NO! Laressa needs to suffer a crushing defeat! Remember the Kamada know about the elven military build up and are prepared to offer aid to whoever is on the receiving end of the elves aggression. This will be great! Laressa loses an army to the elves and gets a secret society working to her benefit.
    >> Tripe 04/09/11(Sat)23:06 No.14539144

    I'd say it depends on how the Gods wage their war. If it involves those who praise them to be involved then I would say no. The kingdom might split or be forced to take action against a people that are not entirely feasible for Laressa to take on according to her timeline. She seems to have a lot planned and this could throw a huge wrench into it.
    >> tha/tg/uy 04/09/11(Sat)23:07 No.14539146
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    This, a thousand times.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:08 No.14539153

    Are you retarded? They'll have no use for someone without an army. If they're going to offer help, they'll need to know before she loses everything.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:08 No.14539159
    personally i think we should expend some power to stifle the powers of the curses, not remove them entirely but make it look like another god is putting his hand in and messing with them. we might even be able to start a war in heaven in we make it look like one of the gods that has bad blood with the others
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:09 No.14539161
    I said loses "an" army. She has more than one.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:09 No.14539170

    An angry hypercube appearing before Korvus and demanding answers would be pretty fun.
    >> Tripe 04/09/11(Sat)23:11 No.14539187
    Hmm could we douse their powers then create a giant hypercube programmed to be an enemy for the Gods? A rival of sorts that they'll have to find and defeat as it siphons their powers somehow?

    Y'know give them their own lil' quest so they don't feel left out.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:14 No.14539213

    What kinds of quests? How much of their power do we have it steal? How would they kill it?

    The devil is in the details dude.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:14 No.14539216
    >Before entering they will find a woman with the same basic build as Airna and render her unconcious. They will infiltrate past the guards with the woman, enter the duke’s bedroom after he and Arina have fallen asleep, and use a disabling poison to render Arina unconcious prior to killing the Duke. After the two men have spirited Arina away Stella will throw the random woman from the window of the duke’s keep tower.
    Let's prepare an illusion to make the infiltrators believe that they have succeeded in killing the duke, but use our powers to keep the duke alive and asleep.

    He'll awake tomorrow, quickly identify that the woman lying dead outside his window is not, in fact, his beloved. Not that he'll be able to prevent her abduction.

    Let's have him become Laressa's next opponent.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:16 No.14539236
    I thought we were willing to reward good planning. This team has a good thing going, let's just watch what they do.
    >> Tripe 04/09/11(Sat)23:16 No.14539237
    We are merely in the proposal stage right now, I was just wondering if there was any interest at all in the possibility and then develop on it.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:19 No.14539261
    lets not start playing spy vs spy yet.

    i think it would be better to use this as a way to gauge the elves abilities, once we have more of an idea of what they are capable of we can start testing their ability to improvise
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)23:19 No.14539264
    You survey the empire and frown. This will not do, Laressa is yours and for these... /pathetic/ deities to presume to touch her or her works is unacceptable. You reach out and send a wave of spiraling power through the curses and boons alike, negating their effects but leaving them in place in such a way that the gods who placed them will be unable to tell the difference. Satisfied, you adopt your true form and cast outward, searching, searching. Farther and farther into the cosmos you spiral, until you reach the deific planes of this reality. It is time to play this Korvus a visit.

    You quickly locate his personal demiplane among the metaphysical area the dwarven deities congregate in, a vast layered underground workshop with an infinite number of floors both above and below. It is filled with a legion of spectral dwarves hammering away at works both fantastical and mundane, or perhaps arguing over schematics and blackboards while designing new ones. The central level, if an infinite space can be said to have such, is where you find Korvus himself; a great heavily muscled dwarf bare-chested and laboring over an anvil and forge. Each swing of his hammer causes the lab itself to shudder. Naked from the waist up, his skin shines almost un-noticeably with a divine golden radiance, though his eyes blaze with both light and the intelligence required by his work. You manifest behind him and wait, but after several minutes it seems he is too absorbed in his work to notice you. Frowning, you speak up, “Korvus, I presume?”
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)23:20 No.14539268
    At first the god makes no sign that he heard you, but after another few blows he gives a wave of his hand and snuffs the forge, then turns to quench the blade in his hands. Retrieving a towel from nearby, he turns to you while wiping the sweat from his brow. A great braided beard reaches halfway down his chest, and he slips his great forge hammer through a belt-ring before addressing you, “Aye. Ye’ve quite the power to come here unannounced mortal, though I’ve respect fer yer skill to do it. Be quick about your purpose, ‘fore I send ye back where ye came from.”
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:23 No.14539292
    i think we should relax our grip on the boons, as long as our people don't see the gods intervention and worship them i don't see a problem with them providing support for our elves new empire
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:23 No.14539295

    "I have a question. Why are you investing so much energy into a curse over a realm you've not more than a few score followers in?"
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:23 No.14539297
    "What problems do you have concerning the elven mortal Laressa of the Parthian Empire? In all my years of study it surprises me that you, a god of invention and smithery would curse her for the efforts of her airship."
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:28 No.14539350

    "Why place a curse upon (Insert Laressa's Kingdom)? There are less than 20 dwarves within, and gods tend not to care about isolated numbers like that."
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:29 No.14539366
    don't mention Laressa. Just say the Parthian Empire
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:30 No.14539390
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:31 No.14539393
    Shouldn't we make up a reason as to why we care that he is messing with the Empire? Or are we doing this as a "I ain't gotta 'splain a ting" omnipotent?
    >> ­ 04/09/11(Sat)23:31 No.14539394

    These two
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:31 No.14539397
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    Just got here. I think we need to be a lot more specific with actions that we want to do.

    I dunno why you guys even want to help Laressa out at this point. She's already way too powerful compared to the other forces we have in play. If several Gods weren't already messing with her empire, I would have suggested concocting some disasters ourselves.

    In any case we're already talking to dwarf god. Let's ask why he is interfering with the mortal while NOT giving away that we are in favor of Laressa. Maybe try t point Korvus to our group of heroes and have him offer aid (and a dwarven champion party member).
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:35 No.14539431
    Ohhhh, pretend to be a new god.

    One worshiped by the Parthian Empire.
    Your strength is connected to the strength of that empire and you have full dominion over it, but nothing else.

    If he asks, tell him that.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:35 No.14539434
    we like to see things pan out with an equal playing field.

    gods dicking around in our experiment does messes with our fun and to be honest it can be amusing intimidating or misleading those who think they are all powerful
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:36 No.14539441
    That's not a great idea if that isn't how gods work in this setting. We should make sure that makes sense before we consider doing that.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:37 No.14539453

    I'd recommend pretending to be against Laressa. Say that our goals coincide. Don't come off as too powerful. If he tries to affect us (maybe by trying to banish or imprison us), act like it's affecting us, or maybe make it seem like we're exerting an immense ammount of effort to keep him at bay.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:40 No.14539475

    Exactly my point. Laressa is already way too powerful right now. The gods are a hindrance, but ultimately she will prevail if things proceed as they are. She doesn't need our intervention just yet.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:40 No.14539480
    maybe you are the 'new generation' of divinity.

    these old fuddy duddies are obsolete and you and you 'brothers' are where it's at now.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)23:41 No.14539494
    You give a small smile and a tilt of your head, “I come with but a question, what issue do you take with the Parthian Empire? Their recent inventions, their greater production, their curiosity and ability to think beyond the normal... surely you of all gods would appreciate that? And to use such power for so few of your worshipers within it... I find myself curious.”

    He scowls and his eyes narrow, “Ye’ve a set of brass ones to question a god within his own realm, mage. But aye, I’ve a fondness or invention, but not what be going on there.” He shakes his head and finishes drying off and begins evaluating the blade he just made while he continues, “My people don’t be needin’ tha likes of you folk destroyin’ our trade and such. Tha northern dwarves ‘ave been holdin off tha great orc clans fer generations, like their fathers and their fathers before ‘em. I’ll not let ‘em all be starved or lose their rightful place ‘cause some upstart elf bitch got it in her head ta’ think she’ll be outproducin’ ‘em or out-inventing ‘em. Now begone with ye.”

    With that he waves his hand in your direction and you feel godly energies surround your form, attempting to transport you back to the world...
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:43 No.14539505
    oh please.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:44 No.14539519

    Then WE would be the focus of the conflict, not Laressa. At that point we might as well go BWAHAHA EVIL OVERLORD and destroy everything ourselves.

    And besides, being underestimated is the best fun.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:45 No.14539524
    "nuh-uh, we're not done yet, Godling."
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:45 No.14539525
    It would be too telling if we didn't pretend to go along with it. We got our answer, it's time to move on.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:46 No.14539537
    Just laugh.

    "So the mighty god Korvus is a merchantilist, is he? Perhaps its just that your dwarves are old and outdated. You'll never know what they're capable of if they're not challenged. Or they could all whither and die."
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:48 No.14539553
    ok then, just resist it a little, we need to make them get a bit spooked so that they will start doing stuff.

    make the show more interesting.

    Leave with a snazzy one liner
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:48 No.14539557

    Indeed. We pretend to be whisked away.

    Then we settle on Enjoying Ourselves with whatever his plans and worshipers are doing in the furute.
    >> ­ 04/09/11(Sat)23:49 No.14539558
    Act like the deity's power is forcing us out of his plane.
    Then lets Check out the assassins.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:49 No.14539570
    Nonono! LEAVE HIM COMPLETELY UNAWARE. It'll be even more glorious when we show up later to ruin his day.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:50 No.14539574
    We don't want the gods to be aware of our existence. Showing some power would just draw more attention to our elf. We want her to succeed on her own merits, after all.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:51 No.14539586

    Let's get out of here guys. There's no need to reveal ourselves to him. We want him to continue opposing Laressa.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:51 No.14539590
    "Are you implying that your dwarves are threatened by this? Can they not surpass this challenge from mere humans? Or are you not creative enough to do anything but curse any other race that shows a bit of creativity?"
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:51 No.14539592
    Show just enough power in staying to be confused for a god.

    NO MORE.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:54 No.14539617

    let him think he banished you

    we must leave them unaware of our true nature if we want to keep things interesting.

    remember any other time the gods have become aware of us we ended up imploding a universe, we don't want that happening too soon, we are having fun for the first time in millenia
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:56 No.14539627
    god of Boredom and bad pick-up lines.
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:57 No.14539636
    you do realize that we would be the most powerful ever.

    just that we would also be a laughing stock
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/09/11(Sat)23:57 No.14539641
    ...and you allow it to return you to where you were, but as the energies take hold you allow yourself a smile. "Oh? Perhaps it is simply your dwarves turning old and outdated. Progress favors the bold, and it seems that they are just not measuring up." With the slowly reddening face of the god as your last sight you once again appear into the world, hovering a mile above the Kardavan Union. You quickly discorporate rather than fall to your death or float, and wait. You didn't really have any particular plans post-arrival, after all..
    >> Anonymous 04/09/11(Sat)23:59 No.14539657
    magnificent, ain't it?
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/10/11(Sun)00:00 No.14539665
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    Oh, right, this is a rough approximation of your face during the last post.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:00 No.14539674
    Whisper into your little elf's mind that if she doesn't compare you will kill her
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:00 No.14539675
    So what are we going to do next? Check up on the adventurers? Or maybe just wait and see how the mission to kidnap the cook went?

    Actually come to think of it we haven't looked in on the druid and mage in a while, have we?
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:01 No.14539684
    So, the chef kidnapping, I'd like it if we rigged it to fail.

    Both the duke and the Chef alive, and still in their castle, and the assassin elves uncaught.

    Also, start the true rumor covering the chef's parentage. Specifically, her relation to the now dead archmages.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:02 No.14539688
    why would we do that?
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:03 No.14539698
    Yeah, unless there's a specific reason we shouldn't interfere there.

    I think we should check on the druid.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:04 No.14539708
    Why should it fail? Are you afraid of having to meet with Laressa again?
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:06 No.14539724
    I vote for adventurer shenanigans.

    Artefact lootan, team buildan, party recruitan.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:06 No.14539726

    our elf has never done anything but please us with her actions so this should not even be considered

    i agree that we should not be screwing with the kidnap attempt, for one i like the idea of lying to her about what happened and two we want to reward thinking like the assassins have shown not punish it.

    if you really want to mess with it then maybe she could be pregnant with the dukes child when she is kidnapped which can lead to a war upon Laressa for kidnapping the heir to the throne
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:10 No.14539778
    >adventures on a ship

    obligatory ancient sea monster battle

    I suggest a combo between the kraken and a hydra
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:11 No.14539796
    perhaps both, AT THE SAME TIME!! dun dun dun!
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:12 No.14539803
    This isn't a bad idea. We need to power them up if they're going to be interesting when fighting the villains we've created.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:12 No.14539804
    > pregnant with the dukes child

    Poor girl can't catch a break. I like it.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:12 No.14539808

    Pregnant with the duke's child? That would give her MORE power. And also a casus belli to invade that city state in the future as well as a useful puppet with legitimate blood ties to an ancient ruling family.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:14 No.14539825

    and by "her" I mean Laressa.

    Let's see what the adventurers are doing!
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/10/11(Sun)00:14 No.14539833
    >Vedi: Hey guys, could you jump around less? Or at least do more stuff before you do? Thanks.
    >Hey, hey guys! Let's go find out about Laressa!
    >Transition, watch some stuff happen, have a short chat.
    >Okay, done here! Let's jump somewhere else!
    >Vedi: fffffffffff--

    Sigh. Calling it then, vote for where the thread picks up Monday.

    >Dar'an (Elven nation)
    >New area (List parameters and objectives.)
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:15 No.14539837

    why else do you think i would suggest such a thing?
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:16 No.14539856
    and by combo I mean a krakenhydra.

    A giant octopus/squid thing that grows more tentacles every time you cut one off.

    Also it's blood is incredibly poisonous and melts wood.
    (mage better hope those wards were awesome)
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:17 No.14539864
    actually, it wouldn't, as the cook is unwed, so the child would be a bastard, and thus not have a legitimate claim to the throne.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:18 No.14539877
    I really am not a fan of how he 'banished' us. I vote that we turn in into a Dwarf, stripped of all powers and leave him with his peoples; his image changed such that they wont recognize him.
    I'd hope that he'd be seen as mad man claiming to be a deity.

    also chop off his hands.
    Dwarfs love that.

    Whist he's in exile make it look as if he's attacking the other gods, particularly the Parthion one. Don't allow them to try and contact him or his relm. make it look as if HE isn't open to communication.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:19 No.14539885

    Sorry Vedi, my shift only allows me to catch the last hour of your quest or I'd have tried to push stuff to actually happen more.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:19 No.14539889

    man, this is why I wanted to mess with ol dwarfbeard, so we do something.

    Ah well, voting heroes, krakenhydra attack.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:20 No.14539905
    well i have to say vote for checking in on Stella and her team for the kidnapping and then maybe troll the gods a bit by setting their curses up to conflict with each other, we don't want to be too overt in our dickery but having some fun with them and maybe even leading to a heavenly war could be fun
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:20 No.14539910
    my vote is this as well
    >> Green-ranger !!rEkSWzi2+mz 04/10/11(Sun)00:23 No.14539939
    When did this quest get so derp?

    I say we start making preparations for our elves next test of strength. Visit one of the dukes sons/ brothers with visions of war after his brothers "death" and a future in which he "defeated" the elf with magical mcguffin X or some sort of specially trained combat force.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:23 No.14539943

    As if that would stop Laressa. Not the first time a bastard tried to muscle in on a throne.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:24 No.14539953
    have you never heard of how much fuckery went on with bastard children trying to claim thrones in history?

    they might not have a proper standing to get it but they have the fact that she was engaged to the Duke from what we hear and if we make her pregnant then it sets up for her child to be a very strong claimant.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:24 No.14539960
    Or would in the midst of their kidnapping we could have a natural disaster strike. See how they modify their plans mid earthquake. or a tsunami that could bring a sea monster.

    Lets flood the king's kingdom!
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:28 No.14539995
    The problem with this stuff is that it takes too long to come to fruition and the author is getting bored and frustrated with us just orchestrating and listening without having any interesting impact.

    When we just started, me slapped an elf girl with super elfness and helped her slay an orc.

    I say we go back to our roots and just make interesting stuff happen, screw the consequences.

    If she can't survive without our direct intervention for a while then she was not worth it. ( I know she can, remember, we are sendign teh heroes her way for a reason)
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:31 No.14540025
    is that a second vote for flood kidnapers? eh comrade? :D
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:34 No.14540049
    Well that is kind of extreme,

    but a fire would be interesting.
    A huge fire.

    or another set of assassins that have their own plan, assassins that we have boosted.

    make things interesting without making them horribly one sided.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:34 No.14540056
    I vote we go to the dwarven city and exalt a dwarven with legendary creativity and the secrets of mass production with the condition that he uses it to help us (posing as a new or rival god) to sustitute Korvus in the dwarven pantheon effectively fucking him with exactly what he wanted.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:36 No.14540079
    Yeah... I really enjoy your writing and the idea of this quest but people jump around way too much and don't do much. People really need to decide to be more active and stop sitting back.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:37 No.14540089
    the problem is we are missing so much that is happening to our various pets while we are away and most of us are finding them quite interesting so we want to know whats going on before doing much else
    >> Green-ranger !!rEkSWzi2+mz 04/10/11(Sun)00:43 No.14540143
    I interpreted the authors duress differently, in that there wasn't enough input from the readers for this to be considered a quest.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:48 No.14540186
    Next time aside, this is the best quest thread I've ever followed on /tg/. Don't get discouraged, vedibere. I'm really enjoying the scenario.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:48 No.14540188
    Do this in a manner that requires said dwarf to opposite the dwarf god. Maybe make him an antitheist, in that he is against any and all gods.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)00:49 No.14540194
    A fire then. Wouldn't take much. A spark here. An explosion there.

    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)01:00 No.14540301
    yeah we don't want to miss the action and in the other hand every time we hop around we encounter something cool if Vedi would just said "ok you hop to the heroes nothing new to report what do yo do?", we would be less motivated to hop around.

    Personally i like the idea of empowering a lot of different people at different degrees and then only turning their way when they clash or do something awesome rather than to have a handful of people and holding their hands all the way, and besides the initial sometimes gradual empowering only intervene when they encounter something that they cannot handle yet and would be a waste to lose them (like the heroes and the org). To this i end i propose we abduct orphans make them ultra loyal to us and give them scrying and psychic greater than the gods so they can keep an eye on our toys and inform us when they are about to do something awesome.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)01:10 No.14540414
    spark? explosion?

    we tell the goddamn universe that things are going to burst into flame and they do it.

    no need to be subtle when we are influencing things people wont be in any position to notice
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)01:16 No.14540466
    You know Vedibere, it doesn't help that people who want to do one thing often are only here for the end of the quest. So you have the people who vote to find out stuff about Laressa post at the end and then based on their posts you set up the opening of the next thread. But it's all different people at the start of the new thread and they deal with what you set in front of them and then go about their own interests. Leaving those of us who wanted to learn more about Laressa (like me) to come in at the end of the thread and facepalm at how little was actually discovered.

    Oh, I vote to start the next thread with a quick creation of a ship crewed by the undead (but nothing too challenging for the ships crew and our heroes) to attack Tissa, Lann, Liss and the new wizard while they're traveling, but don't stay and watch the battle. Then move on to the poisoning of the duke and kidnapping of the chef, then possibly move on to Laressas reaction to the success or failure of that mission and possibly her dinner invitation.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)01:20 No.14540502
    Problem is, the whole point of giving away powers is for the entertainment value. If we're not sitting back and being entertained, the hell is the point?

    Stick with Laressa, or rather with things related to her. I consider the elven nation an extension of the Laressa storyline. And I still want to dig up her backstory. The thing is, Laressa is honestly the best girl we've got- because we don't really need to do anything where she's concerned, she provides good entertainment on her own. Which is exactly what we want IC, but exactly what it seems that we aren't supposed to have OOC because it means that the quest becomes pure writefagging. Ironic, that the quest's very goal is something that the OP is opposed to us coming close to.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)01:28 No.14540588
    there would be plenty of opportunity to still interject with whatever and whoever we are watching we just need to think of something
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)01:40 No.14540721
    I want to watch the past. Specifically I want to watch the periods of time in Laressa s life when she was working or training under this "Master Koris", who we saw ever so briefly before /tg/s ADD forced a scene change. There has to be a way to do it without paradox. That guy from Stephen King's The Dead Zone could see the past. And I'm sure there must be spells that can be used to such an effect.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)01:45 No.14540781
    Yeah entertainment is the goal but no matter how good they are no one is going to be entertaining all the time, right now laressa is siting in her throne managing a growing empire or planing how to expand not really amusing, it would be way more entertaining learning about her plans when she sets them in motion and it will be way more entertaining to learn of her ties to the elven kingdom when those ties come into play (we are spoiling ourselves).

    As i said in >>14540301 we should be creating more villains, more heroes, more unprecedented natural disasters, more legendary monsters, etc... most of them would serve as stepping stones to another's (ala ugantu) some would self destruct and a little handful would become entertaining toys at same level or above laressa.

    I think we should stop obsessing over our #1 Fan maybe attend that dinner we promised but going as far to make custom made challenges for her to prover her worthiness when we could be empowering people who could rise to become as powerful or more than her and then pit them would be far more entertaining.

    TLDR. More macro less micro.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/10/11(Sun)01:58 No.14540895
    >Ironic, that the quest's very goal is something that the OP is opposed to us coming close to.
    While I've been refraining thus far, I would like to point out that this is complete and total bullshit. Being entertained does not mean sitting back in the sky watching your chessboard move into position on its own.

    >Which is exactly what we want IC
    This is the part that is wrong. You just want to be entertained. Sitting back and watching is one way of being entertained, so are active participation and other methods.

    It doesn't mean that you exclusively dick around and do nothing other than get updates. You could have gone an almost infinite number of ways to keep yourself entertained early on. You chose chessboard-style, and that's fine. I obviously do not object to it, as I've been basically doing that for going on ten threads now.

    Now, it has been firmly established that you like sitting back and watching your puppets dance. I am fine with that, and it's honestly a great idea with good story potential. Problem is, it's not compatible with the current quest format, and this is partly a limitation on my part. I can /not/ crank out walls of text in the quantity you guys require by hopping around and saying "I observe, I observe, I observe, I observe." It's easy for you to just say watch, but every time you watch I have to throw out between 500 and 2000 words (funny story, we're over 50k words total so this quest qualifies as a novel now) in a somewhat reasonable timeframe. It has made me a better writer too, because crafting an interesting multiple-plot story where the main character does not participate at all is hard as BALLS.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)01:58 No.14540903
    Even if we start throwing gifts to random people we have the same problem: /tg/ can't fucking agree on anything. We'd bumble around trying to figure out the right people to give stuff to. Then we'd bumble around trying to decide the scope and nature of the boons we should bestow and OOC it would take just as long as any other action we could try with our current crop of VIPs.
    >> Vedibere !!O+eQDn0BBx8 04/10/11(Sun)01:58 No.14540904
    Anyway, after Monday I'm probably going to take a hiatus to try and work out a way to make this viable without just saying "lol u guys can't play liek u want" or anything like that, because that is one thing I will never do. Sadly, I am somewhat doubtful a 4chan quest thread is capable of sustaining it. It's just not a format for such large amounts of text between meaningful decisions. If I can't manage it I might just have to call it off or hand the quest over to someone else, sadly.

    tl;dr: Due to both writer and 4chan quest thread limitations the way you've chosen to play might not be viable.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)02:20 No.14541132
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)02:22 No.14541151
    yeah its not perfect but we would be doing something instead of just observing also the process of empowering would get smother with time and if we stop trying to get laressa type results every time we empower and lower our standards sooner or later it will stick.

    If we limit our involvement to empower, feats compatibles to conquering a nation and death then we wouldnt be wasting time observing boring parts or OOC Vedi wouldnt have to pull out something interesting for every character every other thread and could just write when as the inspiration to write for certain character and then have our scrying/clairvoyant orphan tell us who is doing something awesome this could even to the decision to who to watch in action and who to watch the outcome.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)02:26 No.14541182
    You know, this stuff with people wanting to know more about Laressa is only going to be more "hands off and observe"? So why not do something like what >>14540721 posted? But instead of making that the focus of the thread, just write it all out ahead of time and then dump it when the session is over? Then the thread can focus on more action oriented things and the people who want to learn more about certain things/characters get the info (short story) they are hoping for?
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)02:36 No.14541270
    I don't know. I still think part of the problem is we have too many characters. It's not that people get bored with one and want to jump to another, it's that people get caught up thinking out courses of action and then get easily derailed when someone comes up with something cool that could be used with another character or done to a new person or place. If Vedi would put his foot down and say "OK! for this thread this is who we are working with. No switching unless it's obvious that no other progress will be made." then the jumping around wouldn't happen so much.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)03:04 No.14541503
    I still think its better to empower some orphan to tell us when something interesting is happening with someone and meanwhile we empower people left and right and let things them follow their natural course if our toys become interesting or not, if they isolate themselves or not or if they waste they power or not let it up to them while we make other things.

    I think our greatest failure are the heroes as they have done nothing worthwhile and we have been holding they hands since day one, its more our fault of how we chose to empower then but still.

    The one set of characters for thread could work maybe Vedi should implement it to see how it goes anything better than him dropping the quest.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)05:42 No.14542819
    Sorry vedi, we got to focused on our chessboard-style, that it became too much of a burden on you.
    Probably because the begguining of the quest was so amazingly crafted that decided to just stick with it

    Let see how monday sesson goes maybe we will figure out how to make this work here
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)07:19 No.14543254
    Im not a /tg/ regular and I stumbled onto this thread and read all the previous threads. Great stuff. I guess we abandoned the druid as a potential rival villain.

    He seems to be the only entity left who can match our elf's power. Lets appear before him and just out right show him what we are like we did with Laressa. Dont tell him we have anything to with Partihian Empire's rise to power. Just tell him we want it destroyed and give him to the tools to do it.
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)07:36 No.14543330
    Hey guys, I wanna start reading through this quest, but the suptg archive's first omnipotence quest thread doesn't work. Is there anywhere else I can read it?
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)08:36 No.14543699
    the list of working archives is in a post near the top

    In the interest of making something meaningful happen, I vote we speed things up with our heros. I want to see if they can actually put up any kind of a fight against Laressa's ridiculous military machine.

    Speaking of which, they don't really have much motivation to fight her right now it seems. We were originally going to have them butt heads with Ugantu as a warm up, but Laressa just went in and wasted him.

    Currently their goal is to find...some kind of vague magical something in Kaza to cure Tissa's king/?

    Hmm. Does Tissa's homeland happen to sit anywhere near the current borders of the Parthian empire?
    >> Anonymous 04/10/11(Sun)10:24 No.14544381
    I guess we could just waste the pope guy and make it seem like Larissa is responsible.

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