You are Ssen, a Lamia raised by a human Paladin who adopted you after killing the ones who birthed you. You are grown now, and Father has passed on. You have decided to see the world, and possibly become a Paladin like your Father. You are accompanied by your best friend from childhood, the insect druid Tricia; Mage, a magic user who ran away from his family of cannibal raiders known as the Ghouls (Yes, his name is Mage. It was his idea); Persephone, a 22-year old thief/ex-guerllia fighter (She goes by Peri), and Mary, a 13-year old prodigy scholar/now sniper, who has her mind and soul trapped within Peri's body; and Lea, a deeply religious musician/martial artist, trained by her father, a famous trainer for arena fighters, she's covered from her mouth down in bandages to hide the horrific state her body has become thanks to the 'cures' that saved her from cancer.Your journey continues...( Opening theme song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvZgKRAacFc )http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Quest
Anyway, do we as a character know that peri/mari are faking us? If so, CONTINUE DISSAPROVING VISAGE.if not, "Too long".
>>23815898You clear your voice and the woman do a look at you, which turns into a double take, which turns into a triple take, which turns into her just standing there. Looking at what she's doing."We...we thought that we could..." There's a pause and she shakes her head."Ugh, oh damnit Mari, I told you we weren't going to wear this dress...wait...where are we?""I only said that it looked pretty, and I wanted to go visit Ssen, but you said we needed the money. How long have we been here?" They look at you with a fervent hope that you're going to buy their act.You just sigh, and look at her disapprovingly.They hang their head. "Sorry," They mumble. "Guess we aren't that good at making sure that the other stays a good person, are we?"
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>>23815967They clearly need a hug"It's okay."
>>23815967taken from replies in last threadHand on their should, turn them around, show them Tara, and say."Five weeks."and hug them before the waterworks start from seeing Tara in the pit like that.
>>23815967>remorse has been achievedDISAPPROVAL FACE SUCCESS.Now commence operation forgiveness storm.
>>23815967"No. That's what you usually have me for."
>>23815967"Well, between the two of you, you're a good person. So you're each about half good, I'd say."
>>23815975No don't. Citadel knows only pleasure, so keep the stern face up until we leave then we can reveal our hugs.
>>23815993Naw.They decided to stick together because they make each other better.That's saying that "no it wasn't them sticking together that made them but but us."
>>23815967"You're pretty good at it, actually. But you're up against something more serious than your own tendencies for megalomania, and that's really saying something."
>>23815967You point at Tara in the middle of killing another Naga."Five weeks.""Yeah...we know." Peri said."We actually thought that something was weird when we found her here." Mari says. "She was fighting other minotaur girls back then. If you think THAT'S bad, it's really really disturbing to see someone beat someone to death while she's crying.""So, we thought we'd be clever. Cause she wasn't listening to anything we said, but when we offered to sponsor her and put her against a naga, she jumped on the idea." Peri says. "We thought we were making progress, she stopped killing them at least.""Then...well...things got easy, and there was all the money." Mari sighs. "We aren't going to be able to collect on these, are we? There's something screwed up here, isn't there?" She gestures to all the betting slips that little the floor of her private box.
>>23816049Yeah, we need to get Tara out of here, and try to get Isen too.
>>23816049"You can try, but I doubt it. Do you know a way to get Tara out of here?"
>>23816049"Yes, There is, but we cant talk about it untill we are out of the city. We need to get Tara out of of there, and speak to Isen."
Time for us to go talk fight[\spoiler]with Tara.
>>23816106This, but: tag in for the naga currently fighting, go up against Tara, look at her, and just say "What would Isen think of this?"
>>23816083"You can try, but I doubt it. Do you know a way to get Tara out of here?""No clue." Peri says, gathering up a few decent marks. "Just leave 'em." Mari says. "We can do better. You can head down to the arena over there, but...well..." Tara's finished the last of the Nagas and is screaming and roaring at the crowd's pleasure. "Unless you're ordering her to kill something, then she's not really up for listening.""Good luck though." Peri says as she takes the damaged Medallion from Tricia. "Not a word bug-girl!""Five weeks of material...I'm going to save it and stretch it out over a life time." She grins.
>>23816129... But Isen and her relationship started with her being a pit fighter-champion for him....I'd go back to the "Isen misses you." line.
>>23816141Clutch our amulet and prey to the light that she'll hear us when we do.
>>23816151You makes your way down to the arena level, take a deep breath and slide over the barrier. You've got Tara's bronze necklace in your hand, and a lot of fervent prayers.Tara turns to look at you. She scowls and walks towards you, cracking her knuckles."Isen misses you." You say.Roll 1d20
>>23816151>I'd go back to the "Isen misses you." line.That works. We may not have seen Isen yet, but we know this'll be true.But there's something priceless about doing it in the middle of an arena fight. Heck, play off Citadel's tendencies here and take advantage: tell Mari to start taking bets from people who think the Hero of Citadel will win against the bull, or lose. And collect on both when it's a draw.
>>23816230Thank the Light I was late rolling.
>>23816242>>23816230>>23816210the light:It won't grant you a miracle.But it will keep you from fucking up so badly you ruin everything FOREVER.
>>23816249Almost as good as the Light.
Don't we get a reroll thanks to 1d12 BRIAN BLESSED?
>>23816306save it for when we completely bomb a roll(1-5 on d20)
>>23816306oh, come on. We don't need a reroll if we don't one-line tara.We need a re-roll if tara has stabbed us twice already and we are woozy of dying.
>>23816306If you really want to use it on this. A 9 is ok and we can handle being beaten up a bit before she comes to her senses.
Rolled 12>>23816291Well, you're sure she realizes who you are, but she's not in a good mood. You're pretty sure she's about to use your face as a medium to express upon her displeasure at the injustices of the world and her sorrows of life, using her fists as her paintbrushes.Roll 1d20 vs. Hers
>>23816357Time for art.
>>23816357GOD, her punches still pack one hell of a wallop. Thankfully you're not that winded.So, that was her constitutive argument, by what way do you make a rebuttal?
>>23816342>>23816357Same old song.
Rolled 7>>23816357"Dammit Tera, we're friends, what would Isen think of this?""Stop this nonsense!"
>>23816380Tail whip is my rebuttal.
>>23816380We communicate the only way we know how.THROUGH OUR FISTS.
>>23816380Kiss her on the cheek.
>>23816380Just like old times, eh Tara? That's okay. I know it's not me you're mad at.
Rolled 8>>23816394Also punch her in the face.
>>23816380>>23816383dare we risk a headbutt? Relive the days we've been down before?
>>23816380Grab her by the horns, if she has any, bring her down to eye level and say "Do you think Isen would be proud of what you're doing here?"
>>23816380...was I not supposed to roll? Otherwise, punch her right the fuck back."Snap out of it, Tara!"
>>23816407So, you're going to fight her, not talk?
>>23816397yes. communicate through your fists.>>23816394Communicate with your words, too, if you like.
>>23816396>>23816401These two together: pin, kiss (cheek, very important that it's on the cheek, we're with Tricia now), shock into silence.
>>23816418I'd like to give talking another go, but whether or not we do it while fighting is up in the air.
Rolled 19>>23816380And before you kill me, we still need to settle that tail-wrestling match.
>>23816436Can we use this roll? Please?
We're still weak from the 3 month coma we came out of yesterday, we can't really fight her properly.
>>23816403I like this. While fighting her.
>>23816418No, we're not seriously going to fight Tara, except to the extent we have to dodge and pin to get her attention. Nothing offensive; play defense and grapple.
Rolled 4>>23816418No fight and talk
If only we had an Isen the Audacious brand business card woodprint lying around...
>>23816444It would use one of the rerolls you acquired.
Rolled 19>>23816418No, we talk.
>>23816436>>23816462>Fight or talk>Both roll 19>whynotboth.jpg
stop rolling until Echo prompts it.
>>23816466I like it.Let our fist express our love for her, our disappointment, and our empathy for all that the world heaped on her.So>>23816403
>>23816480>Take this! My love, my anger, AND ALL OF MY SORROW!I'm so disappointed nobody else wants to G Gundam this shit up.
>>23816455Alright, you don't want to hurt the girl, too much, but you can't reach her while she's like this. You just need to get her to listen to someone other than that angry, sad, girl inside her own head.Roll 1d20 to try and constrict her...gently. It's the best move you have that will slow her down enough to listen to you.
>>23816455No! Save those for something serious, and this farce of a fight isn't. We need those for the next time a major character is going to die if we don't roll well. :)
Rolled 3>>23816499Here we go...gently
>>23816502Dammit, I've been second three times now.
>>23816501Meh, OK, it didn't work. Try again.
Rolled 8damn, guess I should have waited
Rolled 13>>23816501You miss, and Tara gets another swing at you."It's not fair!" She growls. "We were HAPPY!"
>>23816535"And we can still be!"
>>23816535"Then help me save him!"
>>23816535She missed. For once. It was a damn close thing, though, her fist brushing past your ear.Roll 1d20 to try and constrict again.
Rolled 15>>23816418Nah, just get her wrapped up. Easier to talke to a captive audience. We have only been conscious for a couple of days now. Having her put us back under so soon would blow.
>>23816543You, and you still can be.
Rolled 3>>23816549Oh come on.
>>23816535"How would you know what happy was if you were happy all the time? Now do you want to go get Isen and see if you can be happy again, or do you want to keep complaining?"
Rolled 1>>23816550At least they don't have to be linked :3
>>23816560>>23816562Yeah, dice. Way to go dice. Go dice!
>>23816571Hey man, this guys the first roll>>23816550
>>23816582Fuck you Citadel.>>23816569If I recall right, they need to be.
>>23816403Still voting this.
>>23816593I don't remember that ever being the case.Which is why we're supposed to roll when it's called for.
>>23816582Citadel pls go. Not-Asia is more appealing right now.
Rolled 11, 4 = 15>>23816550(I'll be nice and say it's this one)You manage to wrap her up in your tail."No, NO! Stop it!" She yells.Tara gets two chances to break free
>>23816565I like this one.
>>23816569>>23816600its supposed to be first linked, but echo has forgotten before.
>>23816614You manage to hold her tight.She has no choice but to listen to you at this point.The floor is yours.
>>23816626A many times. Or when he plays 'nice' which fucks with the rules.
>>23816634"Tera, please listen to me, calm down, we're going to go see Isen. Please come with us, we need your help."
>>23816634You're not a pit fighter. You're better than this. You're a hero! Besides, I still owe you that rematch!
Rolled 8>>23816614Now that she's wrapped: "Whatever he said, he was just scared you would end up like me!"
>>23816658"Tera, please listen to me, calm down, we're going to go see Isen. Please come with us, we need your help." You say. "You want to be happy? How would you know what happy was if you were happy all the time? Now do you want to go get Isen and see if you can be happy again, or do you want to keep complaining?"Roll 2d20
>>23816634I say this>>23816413maybe some of this>>23816565as well
Rolled 8, 7 = 15>>23816696
Rolled 12, 6 = 18>>23816696
Rolled 10, 10 = 20>>23816696Oh boy.
Rolled 19>>23816696Dice gods and the Light, guide my roll!I am only taking one of them though.
Rolled 8, 3 = 11>>23816696
jeesh the dice are horrible
>>238167072nd again, damn you Citadel.
>>23816703>>23816707>>23816708>>23816711these fucking dice...
>>23816717except for the holy one>>23816710
Rolled 9, 4 = 13>>23816722Which rolled wrong.
Rolled 8, 4 = 12>>23816696Say this, too.>>23816683
>>23816703Tara blinks and frowns. "I should have jumped in front." She says. She looks miserable. "They won't let me see him, or anything."I'm sorry about your hair. It still looks pretty...sorta." She sniffs.
>>23816758Is that I real book.
>>23816762What if you are given the chance?Come with me and I will bring you to him.
>>23816762Smile"If you jumped in front, it probably would have killed you. And I would feel terrible about you never getting that rematch with me!"
>>23816762"Hey, you stop that right now. No death wishes. There's enough death around taking the unwilling without you going and wanting it."
>>23816762"It'll come back in time... maybe.""Tara, we'll get in, I promise you. Come with me, get out of this place."
Rolled 13>>23816762I have a plan. But I need your help with it. You see Isen is my paladin sponsor and he will have to attend. I say once we have him in our clutches we grab him and run!
>>23816768Do you doubt GW's thirst for cash, anon?
>>23816784"If you jumped in front, it probably would have killed you. And I would feel terrible about you never getting that rematch with me!"She smirks. "Okay, so no death wishes. There's enough of that around already." You say. "Also, lets go find the dummy.""Can I hit him when we find him?" She asks.
>>23816806Sure. He will survive it.
>>23816806"Yes, but only after we get you and him out of this damn city."
>>23816821... I think
>>23816802I see a very odd article that looks like an april fools joke.>>23816806Once we get out of this city and he's just Isen again.
>>23816806"Well, somebody needs to hit him, and somebody needs to kiss him, and I'd rather kiss Tricia. So I get to hit him."
>>23816835Ha, I like this.
>>23816835"Well, somebody needs to hit him, and somebody needs to kiss him, and I'd rather kiss Tricia. So I get to hit him."She laughs. "Oh! My necklace!" You uncoil yourself from her and she takes it. Then she looks around at the heaps of carnage that are around her. She sobs again and hugs you in a rib cracking grip. "Never do anything like that again! I don't do nice things when I'm angry, and I'm not smart like you are to keep from getting angry."
>>23816835>Implying Tara doesn't do both at the same time
>>23816891"I promise I'll try to never get poisoned and knocked out for three months again. Now let's go get your lover-boy."
>>23816891But you ARE a good person Tara. I know it, and He knows it.The others are waiting for us.
>>23816891"Tera, you don't need smarts to not give into your anger, you just need faith in yourself."
>>23816891"Someone's gotta be there to snap you out of it before you hurt yourself." Smile and return the hug.
>>23816891"You're smarter than you think, Tara. And new for Isen.
>>23816951Ffffffff...all of my hate, cell phone."And now for Isen."
>>23816921"But you ARE a good person Tara. I know it, and He knows it." She just you tighter as she sobs. "The others are waiting for us." She nods and lets you lead her out of the arena.The crowd doesn't seem to care, or notice. You can see behind new new people enter the arena and begin to fight again. The cheering never really stops, and the blood keeps on flowing and flowing.The six/seven of you all are at the outside of the arena. "So, before we try to get anywhere near the Castle," Mage says. "I would really really like to get caught up on what in all the myriad darknesses is going on. And don't give me that 'Tell you later' stuff. I need SOMETHING or I'm going to think I'm just going crazy in a different way."Tricia nods. "It would be nice to get everyone up to speed. Is there anywhere where we can go to talk, at least a little?"
>>23816976>She just you tighter as she sobs.Just hugs*
>>23816976Only thing I could think of would be the place where our fathers statue is. I don't recall any citadel influence there. Either that or outside the city proper.
>>23816976"I'm trying to tell you, it's this whole damn city that's the problem. I don't think there's ANYWHERE in it where it's safe to talk freely."
>>23816976Okay, someone verify for me that this is a good action. I think it is:Dramatic pause"We could go to father's statue."
>>23816976"Within the city? Hm.." make appropriate Lamia in thought gesture. "Back at the Caligo Clairus(sp) shrine near Father's statue. I have a feeling that place will be safe of prying ears and eyes."
>>23817003I am in agreement with this. We can stand in front of our forefathers and feel safe.
>>23817003>>23817016This sounds good. But still, only a quick, safe, circumspect version until we get Isen and get the hell out of here.
>>23817021>>23817016this, but only tell them of the Dramatae, save the fact that the city is 'alive' till after we are outside.
>>23817031Make sure do we do a prayer to the light for protection while we're there.Something about protecting our minds and souls from the influence of the Citadel.
REMEMBER THE WARNING OF THE NAGA MATRON HOWEVER.do NOT tell them too much. Just something.
>>23817036Oh, good call! That provides enough of an explanation, including Peace as the assassin, without actually going into anything dangerous.
>>23817036>>23817076These are important.
>>23817036Yeah, we don't want them hating the Citadel while they're in the Citadel just yet.
>>23817082actually the dramatae alone are pretty hot information.buuut...they already know. They know about the rage guy. They know about peace. They saw them.I don't know if helping them put 2+2 together is safe, but they might do it on their own OUTSIDE of the influence of the Light.
>>23817021"Within the city? Hm.." You snap your fingers, got it.You head back to the Cathedral, though Lea is slightly hesitant, but she relaxes when you go to the Paladin wing of the place. Paladin Odette is nowhere to be seen. You all hike up the stairs to the top, pull down the ladder, climb up it (A little slower for you than the others) and close the door behind you. As the others introduce Tara to your Father, you notice something by the absence of it...a kind of numb tingle at the back of your head is gone. You feel a little more relaxed. Yeah...this place is safe...well...safe-er, than out there."Okay, so..." Mari asks. "Why did we all lose our fucking minds these last three months, who was that guy that shot you, and when can we get out of here?"
>>23817134Make sure they all touch their representations of the medallion, and get Tara to hold yours with you. "May the Light blind the eyes of malice, and may its ears hear only his Teachings."
>>23816976"Ok, but only a little. There is a force that manupulates all in the city. I can't say any more. Just be observant and you will see it."
>>23817134"Okay, so to start, I can't tell you large swathes of this until we actually leave the city for direly important reasons. But I will help you with what you already know, since you guys do deserve to know something. Remember the man in the angry mask, back in the sands? He was related to the man in the peace mask. They're conspirators with wide reaching power."I don't submit dialogue much, so sorry if this is too wordy or not wordy enough or something. Also, someone vet it for need to know info.
>>23817134"The guy who tried to shoot Isen was Peace. The guy at Purple Sands was Rage. They're a group of mages who style themselves after the dramatae. Over the last couple of months you've been acting how they think you should. We're nowhere near strong enough to fight them yet so we're getting out of here as soon as possible."
>>23817161Certainly do this first. Before anything else.
>>23817161You motion for them all to bow their heads, and you place your hand on Tara's head. "May the Light blind the eyes of malice, and may its ears hear only his Teachings." You say.A moment goes by, everyone looks up at you, quietly and reverently, waiting for what's going to come next.
>>23817182This seems better worded than mine, I would suggest you use it over mine. If that's the choice.
>>23817171>>23817182Both of these. Explaining that it is actually Citadel itself can come later.
>>23817188"Remember the guy with the mask from Purple Sands, outside the Underside's lair?""He was wearing a Rage mask. The assassin that nearly killed me? He was wearing a Peace mask.""There are others of this same group, I am calling the Dramatae for now, working for a Power in the area and are responsible for some of the wierdness, the Purple Sands attack, the attack by the Ghouls on Stone Hall, and other things.
>>23817181I like it.
You know something, once we get our paladinhood, first thing we gonna do is go back here and sign our names in the book.
>>23817181"Okay, so to start, I can't tell you large swathes of this until we actually leave the city for direly important reasons. But I will help you with what you already know, since you guys do deserve to know something. Remember the man in the angry mask, back in the sands?" Peri/Mari nod. "He was related to the man in the peace mask. They're conspirators with wide reaching power.""Who are they?"">>23817182>The guy who tried to shoot Isen was Peace. The guy at Purple Sands was Rage. They're a group who style themselves after the dramatae. Over the last couple of months you've been acting how they think you should. We're nowhere near strong enough to fight them yet so we're getting out of here as soon as possible.""Wait, so...these Dramate people...they're the ones manipulating the city?" Tricia asks."That's horrible!" Lea gasps. "We can't just let them do that to all these people! How can you say we should leave, if the threat is right here?"
>>23817220That will be next time we are back in town, after we bring an army to convert Citadel.
>>23817220We're already paladins, we're just awaiting confirmation. We could sign it now.
>>23817237Not now. The Light does not need earthly confirmation like this.
>>23817235They have too much power. Too much influence. Its not just citadel, though they are strongest here. Its everywhere? Remember your father? THe wasp witch? They did all that.
>>23817235"Because of the parts of the story I can't tell you right now! I said I can't tell you most of it."
>>23817235"Why would they want to hurt Isen? Is he in danger right now? We need to get to him!" Tara says."How powerful is this spell of theirs?" Mage asks. "I mean...if it took them three months of that crap to make us all go weird,""A month and a half." Tricia says."Shut up." Mage snaps. "But, look, we can shake it off, right? So we find them, or whatever they're using to cast the spell, do our thing, and voila, problem solved. Right?"
>>23817188"Remember the Dramatae, weavers of the story? Either the real ones or some imitators of them are weaving a story, with the whole world as the stage. The Light holds their influence at bay, but after the ball, you all eventually got caught up in that story. It's a story that makes you feel happy and content. But it's the same story for all eternity, and its idea of 'happy' is more like a cheap whore that distracts you from true love. And content people are quiet and don't make trouble.Let's go make some trouble."
>>23817272I wish it was that simple. I really do. But we don't have the full picture. We need to learn more and staying here is dangerous.
>>23817272I am afraid it is far more complicated.Right now, we have no hope of opposing it.
>>23817272"It's not that simple. The Citadel is where they're strongest. They have literally the entire city at their disposal. No, our best bet is to get out of this city and regroup."
>>23817272It's bigger than that. I know that this is a lot to ask and it's frustrating but please, I can tell you all the rest once we leave the Citadel. Even if you never trust me again just trust me this one time.
>>23817316I like this.Also, add that our mind is not our own in Citadel.
>>23817308supporting, because it will make sense to them, without revealing the true power behind them.
>>23817272"Before we got to this room, did you feel a little feeling in the back of your mind, a feeling that just wanted you to be happy, and play along? That's how powerful they are. No, we're getting the hell out of this hell as soon as we get Isen."
>>23817272"Please trust me, it's not something we currently have the power to oppose, we need to get Isen and get out of the city, they want him dead because he can't be controlled due to his outrageous personality.
>>23817316I gotta support this one over the one before it, because it's more honest about the information we are withholding.You don't know how hard it was to choose between them posts.
>>23817235Nowhere is far enough from the citadel, remember what Granny said.Explain, somewhat, about the power. Finally, explain that the virtues of the Caligo Clarus should help protect against it.
>>23817337But in lands with a land spirit, Citadel should not reach as well.
"Hey Tara? Personal question, but bear with me. When we get Isen and get safe, you're going to want to go enjoy each others' company in private for a while, right?" (Wait for obvious answer.) "So you're going to stay in your rooms and do that 24 hours a day, because what could be better. Right?"
>>23817303"I wish it was that simple. I really do. But we don't have the full picture. We need to learn more and staying here is dangerous.""And the other things we've done in our life have been oh-so-secure in their safety." Mari says."I know, I know, but there are parts of the story I can't tell you right now! I said I can't tell you most of it." You sigh.The others frown. They want to trust you, and they do, but you admit, if the roles were swapped, that would be one hell of a gap to jump.Tricia takes your hand and nods. "Okay."The others nod as well."Damn, it's getting late." Peri says. "Are we going back to a Traveller's or the apartments in the Castle?""I don't want to go anywhere in this place." Lea says turning away from the window. "The sooner we purge it of the taint within, the better...this is worse than the ghouls...they at least left your soul intact.""Has anyone looked in these?" Tara says. She's been poking her nose in the boxes that had been stored up here. "We've got some blankets, a couple of thick prayer rugs, and...more blankets and prayer rugs."
We really should just tell them and have faith that the Light will protect us. Right now we're withholding information from them, keeping them in the dark, we're supposed to bring light to the darkness.
>>23817337no, Citadels power is less outside of Grand Citadel, note how only THIS city sees its benefits, and is controlled by it.wait for the Citadel explanation till we are outside of its mindcontrol reach
>>23817355I am really curious as to what you are getting to.
>>23817358We sleep here for tonight. Tomorrow we plan on springing Isen and getting out of this city. All of us. I was thinking of using the paladin confirmation to do so.
>>23817358I think we need to go get Isen as quickly as we can, and not dawdle. But first, can we go by the inventor for a bit, and get some supplies? This time around, we don't need to worry about convincing Isen, we need to "convince" his guards.>>23817371Too much of a good thing, and Citadel's perma-happy fugue state. Plus lightening the very tense mood.
>>23817358"Does it count as divine providence if the providence happens in a house of the divines? I think I'll take it."
>>23817377"We sleep here for tonight. Tomorrow we plan on springing Isen and getting out of this city. All of us. I was thinking of using the paladin confirmation to do so." You say."Not a bad plan." Mari says. "HOwever, you'll have to convince the Blue Occuli that Isen's not in any danger any more...even with Odette having caught the guy...that was just her making it up, right?""Told you!" Mage says."Yes, yes, you're very smart." Mari says. "Anyway, if they're all weirded out by the Dramatae, why are they going to let him out to be at your confirmation? I mean, they tried to kill him."
>>23817417"How about a personal escort by the Hero of Citadel? Let's tell his guards that we're going to take him to see his true love. We'll just fail to mention who that might be, and that she's right around the corner. Right Tara?"
>>23817377If we can a private confirmation say in the castle's private chapel, we have a good chance of sneaking him out. And we have to sneak/fast talk him out, any violence and we're screwed.
>>23817355>>23817371he was thinking that the Dramatae don't like the lightbringers having sex.which is why it probably wouldn't work, unless Isen and Tara are the two lightbringers.>>23817417"The Dramatae only has five members, at least as far as I know, most who wear the masks are innocents completely unrelated to the group"
Apparently the illuminated one is demanding tradition be upheld.
>>23817445Uh, no. Just trying to make a point about Citadel's little play and keeping people subdued by giving them what they "want".
>>23817438"How about a personal escort by the Hero of Citadel? Let's tell his guards that we're going to take him to see his true love. We'll just fail to mention who that might be, and that she's right around the corner. Right Tara?""As long as I don't need to dress up in those Phoenix Empire clothes, they look itchy." Tara says."Barring that, if we can get a private confirmation say in the castle's private chapel, then we'd have a good chance of sneaking him out.""Past the castle, the Blue Occuli, and every other Paladin in Citadel." Peri sighs. "This isn't going to be easy."Lea puts a blanket over Father's statue, and Mage gets his own little exile to a corner. The rest of you make...well...you hate to say it, but it's more of a nest than anything else. The room is big but not that big."Heh," Tricia says as she squirms up next to you. "What do you think's going to be happening when we wake up tomorrow? Fire from the sky, or just an invasion from the Phoenix Empire?"
>>23817515"Let's worry about that tomorrow. For now, let's just rest, with our minds clear." Kiss Tricia, snuggle up, and sleep.
>>23817515Attempt to hide legitimate fright as to what citadel will do tomorrow.Fail.
>>23817515"If only it was that straightforward. But let's not worry about that."
>>23817515"It wont be nearly a visible at that."
>>23817547"Let's worry about that tomorrow. For now, let's just rest, with our minds clear." You kiss Tricia, and she returns it."This is fun!" Tara says as she grabs both you and Tricia in a hug. Both of you two let out an 'urk' noise."Tara...can't...breathe..." Tricia says."Oh, sorry." Tara lets go and scoots away to her own pile of rugs and blankets. "Good night." She says."They don't even ask me to turn away." You hear Mage mutter. "They really do think I'm the baby brother..." He groans."If you don't shut up and let us sleep, we'll think of you as the group eunice!" Peri/Mari snaps. "Go to sleep!""Yeah, yeah." He mutters.Lea's already out, and she snores...loudly.Tricia giggles. "Takes more than a mind-controlling city to mess us up, huh?"
>>23817609>She knows!SHE KNOWS!
>>23817622Did we tell her btw?
>>23817622She thinks it's the spell in general, that the Dramate are making the city do it, not Citadel itself.
>>23817609>>23817624the nervousest of laughs possible.And then change the subject.
>>23817637doesn't prevent that from being unsettling as all hell that she knows anything close to "mind controlling city".PALADIN WORRY SLEEP IS GO.
>>23817609"Everyone got caught by an obsession. You were sleeping in a chair for 3 months. I'm just lucky you got obsessed over me. And I look forward to returning the favor."
>>23817609It messed us up for months without trying. We need to remain vigilant.
>>23817639You laugh a little, and twitch your tail a bit in nervousness."Oh!" Tricia squeaks. "Don't twitch there, I'm ticklish." She says. (It's the small of her back)You grin and twitch again. She laughs and smacks you in the shoulder. "Cut it out Snake.""Wait until you're alone." Peri/Mari moans. "Please!""I hate my life." Mage mutters in his corner, feeling very very alone."EYES!" Mari snaps.He turns around.
>>23817609"Aheh. Heh. Yeah, tricia, a lot more. Sleep well."attempt to sleep well.
>>23817682Everything we ever do makes it worse for mage in some ephemoral way
>>23817682I feel bad for mage.WE SHALL TAKE HIM TO BARS.AND FIND HIM A GIRLFRIENDAND IT'LL TURN OUT THAT SHE HAS A BITING KINKAND HE WILL BE DISTURBED
would it be uncouth/lewd/unpleasant for him in an anime harem protagonist way to invite mage over?
>>23817733 With Dad in the room? Come on, you're classier than that. >>23817682You dream. The boy is in a squalid apartment. He's coming down off a long long bender. He feels like crap. How could his life had gone so wrong? Why did he push her away? Everything he touches turns to shit. He sobs into his knees as he looks at the shattered pieces of his life.The door opens, and there...in a halo of light, with a face of concern and love, is the girl.They embrace."Well done." Comedy says."Thank you. I apologize for taking so long," Tragedy says. "I did not wish to break him too far down."Peace nods. "There was no rush. She is satisfied." He looks at the scene. "I am impressed, break him down, build him up...a Lightbringer who has fallen, but redeemed himself. That has not been given to her since the second age, and not nearly half as well done as this one.""Thank you." Tragedy says. "What happened after that one was given unto her?""Citadel doubled in size." Comedy says. "This could all end up being a happy accident. We could get even more now.""Exponentially." Peace says. You dream of a giant pile of coins that are white as snow, and sing when they strike the ground."I'm sorry for letting go of them." The Fifth says. "I thought I could hide them better if I let Citadel have them just a little. I was certain that you'd be able to reach them...but I should not play with their lives. I'm sorry."A pause."We have some time, you're in a safe spot for once. I'll answer any questions I can, as completely as I can, but you'll understand if I have to leave some things out."
>>23817682"Tricia obsessed over me for 3 months trying to keep me alive. Now we're cuddling together in a chapel and trying to sleep, and tomorrow we might die. We'll try to celebrate being alive a bit quieter, sorry."
>>23817803"OK, I know I should start with something important here, but I can't help but ask: why the heck is my metaphorical representation a boy?"
>>23817825Thats an actual lightbringer dude.
>>23817832The metaphor is pretty thick here, and it seemed like the most obvious interpretation...
>>23817803I suppose this is how the others felt. *chuckle*The other one that I see in my dreams, the Lightbringer. Will I have to stop him? He seems so nice.
>>23817847No, you're seeing the poor bastard that the Dramate picked to be the next Lightbringer.
>>23817803"OK, what *is* Citadel? Is it the Dragon of old, or something else? And most importantly, how can I stop it, permanently?"
>>23817825we can think of a better question. I think I got it!"What ARE dragons?"
>>23817847There is no metaphor.
>>23817847except it does not fit us at all, we never pushed Tricia away etc, if anything it sounds like Isen and Tara.>>23817803"Is Citadel the Dragon Who Was Of Shadows reborn?
>>23817803"Who are you, and what are you doing to us?"
"How do we break the cycle? How do we bring the light permanently, so that boy over there doesn't have to try again?"
>>23817854"The other one that I see in my dreams, the Lightbringer. Will I have to stop him? He seems so nice." You ask."Hopefully not." The Fifth sighs. "But, you and the Dramate are in opposition, so expect trouble. If you must, kill him. Anything is better than what would happen to him and the girl if they complete their 'heroic quest.' Trust me.""What are Dragons?""It depends on what the Dragon is." He holds up his hand. "I know, I know, but that's one of those things I can't talk about to you without risking your safety.""Is Citadel the Dragon Who Was Of Shadows reborn?""No." He says. "But they are related. You could call this the..." He chuckles. "The Human Daughter that was raised by the Dragon." He shakes his head. "Although, not really.""Who are you, and what are you doing to us?""I am...I am what holds. All that are within myself are defined by me, and...oh screw this...you had a name for me long long ago, but now you call me Citadel Kingdom, and Purple Sands, and White Tree, and even River's Crossing...but I had another name, before the damn monster showed up and started to take over." He sighs. "As for what I'm doing to you? I'm trying to stop Citadel, and save as many lives as I can. Also, I've got some...requests...from another source and I REALLY can't say anything about THAT."
>>23817927If he can't tell us this, then"Where should I go to find the next piece of the puzzle?"oh, how about"How can I get evidence that Paladin Odette was behind the assassination attemp?"
>>23817950"Is there any way to reverse the... consequences of the Glass Scorpion venom?"
>>23817927"How do we break the cycle? How do we bring the light permanently, so that boy over there doesn't have to try again?""If I knew, I would tell you. The old Naga tried the direct route, long ago, attacked the Lightbringers. Didn't work well, and she got really badly beaten by the Humors. I thought that if you could derail the story, before they GOT to it, that would work, or give us an opening...but it seems that the only thing it's doing is compounding the chaos, and the threat." He shrugs. "Which means there's hope...but we're really off the rails here."
>>23817950"The Human Daughter that was raised by the Dragon? Subtle that wasn't. Can Citadel be saved, then, rather than destroyed? How can we influence its thinking, shape its story, without having it retaliate?"
>>23817968What consequences? We look a bit more unusual than we did before. Sure, at some point we might want to look into fixing that, but it isn't even remotely a priority.
"Are you the Light?"
>>23817979It's still nice to ask. At the very least we would have hint as to where to go to fix it.
Oh hell hes the original citadel spirit.
he's THE DRAGON REPENTEDthat is my wild theory
>>23817993I doubt it.
>>23818010Oh, I love this. I hope that's the truth. It would fit so well with the theme of this story. And it would explain why he can't tell us that bit right at the moment."What really happened to the Dragon? What was the Lantern, really?"
>>23817954"Where should I go to find the next piece of the puzzle?"He gestures to the piles of white coins that make music notes when they hit the ground. "This is what I got. I think it's Bronze Peak too, because it's cold. Other than that, you're seeing what I can get from what I can do that doesn't tip off Citadel.""Is there any way to reverse the... consequences of the Glass Scorpion venom?""Yeah," He shrugs. "Dragon blood. Ultimate panacea. Plus they're doing all sorts of strange stuff with alchemy these days. Though I recommend leaving something, scarless consequences are...too perfect, too Citadel.""The Human Daughter that was raised by the Dragon? Subtle that wasn't." "Wasn't meant to be.""Can Citadel be saved, then, rather than destroyed? How can we influence its thinking, shape its story, without having it retaliate?""First you need to get the Humors out of the picture, and that means getting them away from the Lightbringers. They aren't risking anything with them now." He sighs. "I've got NO idea how you've been able to spy on them so accurately for so long, but uhh..." He points upwards. "Isn't saying, and I don't ask. But once you can get the Humors out of the way, then things will be a bit easier. Citadel's not that smart without its servants, and without a Lightbringer sacrifice, it'll starve to death really quickly. Although, you'll need one hell of a King who can get that monster of a city through the dark times that will come." He sighs. "No matter what...a lot of people are going to die when the change comes...but it so desperately needs to come."
>>23818034"Well, there's one way to keep it from getting a Lightbringer sacrifice. Not die. I like that plan."
>>23818031"What really happened to the Dragon? What was the Lantern, really?"He frowns and shifts his shoulders. "Those are the perfect questions to ask...and of course, I really can NOT answer them. Sorry. Not my call."
Thank you for telling me this. Bronze Peak it is then. Light be with you.
>>23818034Anyone up for grooming Isen to be the best king there ever was?I mean, he truly doesn't want the job, which is already like 7/10ths of the qualification for being a good king.
>>23818059he is a ways down in terms of succession though, if I remember right he was something like 10th, and any children his older siblings have would bump him further down.
>>23818059Im thinking the same thing. However making it so he survives kinghood is gonna be tough. Citadel already doesn't like him. Then theres the problems with all the troubles its fall will bring
>>23818069Odds on any of those nameless jerks surviving are...
>>23818059Short of a mass Royal Family massacre, I don't see how he could end up on the throne.Of course, if we leave long enough for the city to self-destruct, we might get just that.> He frowns and shifts his shoulders. "Those are the perfect questions to ask...and of course, I really can NOT answer them. Sorry. Not my call.""That's enough of an answer, though. Thank you, from one monster to another."
>>23818069thats simple. Kings can declare one of their children as heir over the others. We'd just have to convince the King that its the best choice.... not easy though I admit.
>>23818058"Thank you for telling me this. Bronze Peak it is then. Light be with you.""It always is." The Fifth says. "And I know it's become a bit of a running theme with you and yours, but you'll probably want to not stop for breakfast." He shrugs. "What can I say, Citadel's as cliched and unoriginal as the Humors. Personally I preferred it when you used to hang people from trees at sunset by having them stand on a horse and then moved the horse." He bows. "Thank you, Paladin of the Guiding Light."This time, you don't smell Father's leather and stew...you feel his hand on your head as you blink in the dawn. You see him smiling as he looks over you and Tricia. He nods in approval at the two of you. "This is not the hard part." He says.
>>23818082I think this is plan alpha>>23818080royal massacre is plan beta.Also, I agree with the thanks from one monster to another. See if that pierces his visage.
>>23818089Kiss Tricia awake, wake everybody up quietly, and get out of here.
Everyone up. We have work to do.
>>23818089>he prefers the REAL old waysHE IS TOTALLY THE FUCKING DRAGONI AM CALLING IT AGAINWHEN IT TURNS OUT TO BE TRUE I AM GOING TO YELL LIKE A MADMAN
>>23818091we are NOT going to massacare the royal family.we are not even going to think about doing something so foul.
>>23818119I mean we were going to do it.I meant if we failed to get isen on the throne, they would all DIE during the TERRIBLE PERIODS OF MISGOVERNMENT. sorry for being unclear.
>>23818119we probably won't have to. When Citadel starts to die of hungers its going to lash out. And theres nothing so tempting as a scapegoat like the fat, ineffectual royal family
>>23818089You blink, and it's his statue that you're looking at. You smile as Tricia nuzzles into your shoulder. You really don't think you could go back to sleeping alone, without another person coiled around you, or you around them. The world's too dark and lonely. No wonder Peri and Mari don't want to split up."Mmph!" You hear a muffled cry. "Hlp mi!"You look. Apparently Tara got lonely during the night and decided to sleep besides Mage. Now the poor fool is trapped under a, very asleep, very heavy, very immovable, woman. He's enjoying it far less than you imagine a person would in that scenario, but given that he's probably having trouble breathing..."
>>23818123>I mean we were going to do it.I meant we WEREN'T going to do it. Fucking... typos.
HAH!Help the guy out. Tell everyone you have a bad feeling about today.
>>23818128>mage needs to breathe>ghouls need to breatheHuh. Learn something new every day. Help him!
>>23818128"And you complained about Tricia and I?"
>>23818131You gently wake and untangle yourself from Tricia. Who helps you gently lift and shift Tara enough so Mage can scamper out."Two...hours..." He mutters. "Just be quiet and get dressed." Tricia say, smiling at him."I think I smell like her now...if a wild bull tries to jump me, or worse, if Isen does...then I will NOT be responsible for my actions!" He snaps.
>>23818128"Good morning everyone! Let's go get me my paladinship and then immediately become criminals for absconding with a prince!"Help mage out of cowlock
>>23818146"Alright, don't have a cow, if you can help it. C'mon, we've got a castle to storm."
>>23818162>Don't have a cowI am all for using as many puns as we possibly can.
>>23818149"Good morning everyone! Let's go get me my paladinship and then immediately become criminals for absconding with a prince!""We have the best plans." Mari says.Lea begins her bandaging routine as she goes through the morning prayer.Tara wakes up with a snort. "Aww, where'd my pillow go to?""I swear, I was safer with the people who ATE people!" Mage snaps. He pauses as he looks out the window. "Hey...Peri, you got your spyglass?"She tosses it to him. He looks through it through the window for a while. "Uhh...okay. Hey, Ssen. Good news, we don't need to talk your way into a Paladin ceremony to get Isen to come out." He hands you the spyglass and points. "The central area of the market. The stage."
>>23818182Before we go, we might actually want to put our name on that book.If our plan goes according to plan, we are NOT getting a second chance in the forseeable future.
>>23818182take a look... and e prepared to start running.
>>23818182>isen>on a stage>in marketHE IS GOING TO GET HUNG AND THEN SHOT BY ASSASSINS AND THEN BEHEADEDOH GOD
>>23818186Better: take the book with us.>>23818182Hmmm. I wonder if this is going to be his (arranged) wedding?
>>23818182We should get a shield, are there any in the room?
>>23818182There's the Newgate Royal Family, and there's Prince Itzak, looking very unhappy and uncomfortable at just being one of many. It's amazing at how much his appearance seems to change when he's being forced to be Itzak. Maybe it's how his face is all tight, and how unhappy he is. When he's Isen, he seems to always be trying to fill the room with his personality and ego. Itzak just tries to vanish as quick as he can.The blue occuli are everywhere around them, and you can see a squad of Red Occuli, and, yep, there's Odette, and Julian too!
>>23818196>we should get a shieldyou are SO RIGHT
Lets head to the market.
>>23818202Ah, hmmm. Lynching of Odette's purported assassin?That raises an interesting possibility. How about we offer to take his confession?
>>23818196Nope. No weapons, just the statues and the book.There's actually two stages though. One that has the Newgates, and the other has four wooden stakes hanging on it. There's a guy in a leather hood waiting to the side. He's carrying a giant iron bar in his hands.
>>23818211I say we first spend a moment identifying the source of hubbub, so we know whether or not we need to run there.
>>23818219>>23818220okay, source identified. they're executing someone.I really don't know what to do here, so someone else, come up with a good plan.
>>23818218you were right. though I don't like the look of those four stakes.
>>23818225they're going to do something horrible, like impalement.or spalling.
>>23818225yup, poor guy. I wonder who they pinned it on... maybe donovan?
>>23818219I shouldn't say hanging, I should say jutting out of the stage."Hold on." Mage looks, apparently one of the little panels in the great window can open."-IMES OF ATTEMPTED MURDER, TREASON, CONSPIRACY, AND OTHER CRIMES AGAINST CITADEL!" A voice yells from below. "THEY SHALL BE LASHED TO THE STAKES, AND BEATEN FIVE TIMES WITH AN IRON BAR!"The crowd roars in approval.You scan the crowd a bit more, and then you see the prisoners in an iron cage off to the side.Robin Goodfellow, Gregory Garish, Barney Pits, and Ambrose Trapp are locked inside.
>>23818238or Robin, or any of the many outcasts..>>23818240i knew it!
Oh... Fuck... Me.
>>23818240AaaaUUUUGHHHHI don't even know if that's a lethal sentence or not. It probably is. Shit. Fuck. Hell. This was not in the plans.Do we want to just... go spring all of them? and isen? Somehow?
>>23818240>>23818245>>23818249>>23818251WHATEVER we do, get moving. We have to go there to do anything.
>>23818240How high up are we? How insane would it be to go out the window to get there faster?
>>23818249"Oh... Fuck... Me." You say.You hand the scope to Tricia and she looks. "Shit! We need to go. NOW!""I think, perhaps, we should start waking up at noon." Lea says. "It would stop all of our rushed mornings."
How the hell did they pin it on an old man, a tailor and an inventor? Robin I can at least understand... he IS a rebel after all.
>>23818265well, we have to save them. Somehow. Either with trickery, or being INCREDIBLY STUPIDAND NOBLE. Both of which we have been known to employ.
>>23818264OK, let's think. We're not going to succeed here by battling our way out of Citadel. And a lynch mob isn't the time to attempt to present evidence, even if we had any. So, we're either going to need to talk our way into some subterfuge that lets us sneak the four of them out (but then we'll just have a headstart from the lynch mob when they catch on), or we need some way to turn Citadel's narrative into something it'll enjoy more than a lynching.
>>23818264Thankfully, public executions are rare fun-filled family entertainment for all. That was just the opening act. There's comedic re-enactments of how the loathsome conspirators were caught. Testimony given by the courageous Paladins. (Yes, plural.) And lots of breaks for frivolity, dancing, another one of Citadel's merry plays, and other things to amuse the masses and the Newgates.You get to the celebration grounds at about 10, and the big even't not scheduled until noonish.
ghoulish indeed.can we approach Julius or Isen? We need answers.
>>23818295Oh, thank goodness. Time for plotting and scheming is good.We have several good excuses to get close. First of all, we're a "wronged" party as well: we got shot, and we have a lovely visual aid to show it. Second, Hero of Citadel for saving Isen. And third, taking a confession.
>>23818295You can throw spoiled food at the conspirators like the other kids. Or see if you can get anywhere near the Paladins, who are surrounded by Red Occuli, or the Newgates, who have Blue Occuli around them.Roll 3d20This is for three different spot checks.
>>23818295Okay. Okay.Okay. We have some time. Lives are on the clock. We've been under similar pressure before. I think we should greet the prince first, if at all possible. We could leverage him into possibly holding off the execution? Transferring the prisoners?getting them BANISHED FOREVER, NEVER TO RETURN TO THE PARADISE OF CITADEL?
Rolled 6, 14, 8 = 28rollin>>23818312
>>23818312Is Julian with the Red Occuli? If so, head towards the Paladins and talk with Julian. See if he's onboard with this travesty.
Rolled 4, 15, 18 = 37>>23818313May the Light guide my dice!
I think Isen would be best. He knows Barney after all.
>>23818320MissGregory is yelling at Barney, and Ambrose is looking out in every direction of the cart. They seem upset and panicked, and not in the 'we're about to die' way.Miss.
>>23818327was supposed to go to>>23818312but that doesn't matter since it was too late
Rolled 17, 14 = 31>>23818335Can we make another attempt? We've got 2 hours after all.
Send Lea over to the prisoners. Shes a recognized preacher and should be able to talk to them. Get their stories.
>>23818345Yes, but there will be consequences.
Rolled 10, 7 = 17>>23818354For trying again, or for failing if we do?
>>23818354Burn a reroll?
>>23818352>>23818354I think we should send lea to check with the prisoners, it's a good plan.I don't know whta the rolls precisely are for, other than "spotting". Can we do that while talking to isen? Or julian?
>>23818362(Sorry, forgot to delete my roll.)
>>23818363No, let's not burn a reroll on the spot; we'll need it for whatever insane plan we come up with.
>>23818354You have time and you can dispatch people to do certain things. You have 6 units of time before the Executions begin. Partnering up people will increase chances, or you can burn two time units for an auto-success.
>>23818375does peri/meri count as a "partnering up"
>>23818365>I think we should send lea to check with the prisoners, it's a good plan.My first instinct is "don't split the party", but we need to get all the information we can, and doing everything as a group here is suspicious. And if battle breaks out, we're screwed anyway.>>23818375OK. Tara and Ssen should go to Isen. Does Mari and Pari count as partnering? If so, send them to Julian. Lea and Tricia can go to the prisoners.
>>23818381They've got one body between them. I really doubt it, except in very specific circumstances.
>>23818375Two time units for each success, or two time units for each group to succeed at what they're trying?
>>23818386Peri and Mari don't count as two people, but they can grab Mage.
I kinda want to send Peri with Lea as Robin will most likely talk to her.
>>23818397maripari/lea to prisoners, mage and tricia to julian (tricia knows julian? a little?) ssen and tara to isen.sound right?Also, are we supposed to be rolling spots now?
>>23818414sounds great to me
>>23818414Okay, so do you want to roll for those things, or drop down to four units of time?(Success will get you more info and more options on what to do.)
>>23818399Good call. Mari/Peri with Lea to the prisoners, Ssen and Tara to Isen (we need Ssen to have a good chance of getting close), and Mage and Tricia to Julian. And burn two time units so they all succeed.
>>23818424If we fail the rolls, will that just burn 1 unit of time and let us try again? Or will trying again have consequences?
>>23818433Burn the time. Try again. Consequences happen when the shit hits the fan and you have NO idea as to what to do.
honestly with the way our dice have been behaving I kinda want to just say hell with it and do the auto-successes.
>>23818438OK. Then I'd say let's burn two units of time on the initial information gathering so we're guaranteed to have most of the information and options and 4 units of time. Then we can try a few things in the next 2 units, and burn the last two as a guaranteed success with our crazy plan.
>>23818447I bow to this man's game theorist explanation.We'll spend the first action safely to gain information, and THEN take some risks. So, 2 time units. Sadly.
>>23818453Actually, wait: if we get a guaranteed success, we don't need the bonus of partnering people up. Could we do six parallel bits of information gathering and succeed with them all? Do we have any more things we could do besides checking with Julian, the prisoners, and Isen?
Okay, you and Tara slowly make your way through the Blue Occuli. Your status is what gets you through, but the Occuli aren't taking any chances. Still, you eventually make your way to the Newgates, and in front of Prince Itzak."Hey Baby, hey Sexy Scales." He sighs and waves at you. "Glad to see you're both okay. Dig the white hair, very hot." He smiles weakly.
>>23818461SHIT! Planning is hard! So roll our first two time units?
>>23818465Sappy tara/Isen reunion!And then pump Isen for what he knows!I am not giving suggestions on how Tara/Isen reunion will go because neither of those are player characters.
>>23818465Looks like we're committed to 2, 2, and 2, burning 2 time units."Hey Isen. Sex later, talking now. We already know at least one of those folks is your friend, and apart from attempting to enhance your manhood he hasn't actually committed any crimes against humanity. Talk. Fast."
>>23818485"Hey Isen. Sex later, talking now. We already know at least one of those folks is your friend, and apart from attempting to enhance your manhood he hasn't actually committed any crimes against humanity. Talk. Fast.""Dad's out for blood!" He shrugs. "No one's tried to kill a Newgate since...ever! So, when Paladin Bitch-face over there comes in with the elf she dragged up, I thought it was fine. Then he starts getting all paranoid, and next thing I know is that Odette's got 'perfect evidence' against these guys. The Conclave held a closed door trial, and now this. Her Illuminated Self is upset about this, but the only way it seems like anyone will listen to her is if there's some get sign from His Light above." He sighs. "I know, I know Barney's harmless...and Greg's a cool guy, and old Trapper's just a sniffling old dude...but they caught them with that guy who keeps trying to steal your badass horse!"
>>23818505>clear sign from the light aboveDAMN our entirely subtle deific figure!
Damnit, we can't really ask the Fifth to do a miracle. The Citadel would definately notice that. Also it figures Robin would seek out the other Citadel misfits... jeesh. Alright thoughts: We really need what evidence they have beyond they talked to one another. If that was evidence I'd be among them as I talked to all four before attending that party.
>>23818505OK, so when we talk to the prisoners, one of the things we need to find out is why they were with the one stupid enough to try to steal our Nightmare. But even he doesn't deserve *this*, so maybe we don't really care why they were associated.Sign from His Light, huh? That has potential. What are the odds we could stage divine intervention in the middle of Citadel and pull it off? Could we pull off taking a confession and getting possessed by His Light? When we talk to Julian, let's get more details on the Conclave and about what form a sign might take.
>>23818525>Damnit, we can't really ask the Fifth to do a miracle. The Citadel would definately notice that.He said last night he couldn't tell us certain things *yet* because it would draw attention. Which might have sped up bad things happening, and drawn us in. But I think we can ask *now*. And it isn't like we need a miracle, just a sign; we'll pull off the miracle.
>>23818505"But... horse-theft isn't punishable by death! No matter how badass the horse!"
>>23818537Wait a minute, that's the key detail here. The other three were guilt by association, so we primarily need to figure out what "evidence" they have against Robin (who even Isen is suspicious of because of the Nightmare). We do need all the details we can get from the Conclave, though.
Why not suggest a different execution? Like hanging, by a tree, at sunset ...Just a thought.It would buy us more time if we can get it changed.
>>23818527What Julian said to Tricia:"The four men were found together. They had a map of Citadel with them, and the three humans were paying the elf known as Robin Goodfellow a sum of gold for 'services.' The elf has refused to elaborate, even during 'confession.' The men have also remained silent. Paladin Odette has found other evidence that she...submitted to the Conclave behind closed doors, citing that it was needed for her investigation into the assassination attempt." He shakes his head. "I have my doubts about that. Odette's record is...spotty, especially now thanks to the shelling incident, and the assassination attempt happening right under her nose. I have no cause to doubt her...but I know that she's under a great deal of strain to prove herself. If she has made some...poor judgement, then I will correct it. But this is without a doubt true, those four men were doing something as a whole."Also, Mage says that Odette looks ready to snap in half in a sharp breeze. Also, there's the news that your confirmation as a Paladin is going to happen right after this. That's also not helped her temperament.
>>23818587well, we obviously need to get the story of the prisoners. Honestly. Quickly.Also, maybe talk to odette. She could be helpful.And, I am not suggesting this, but I am mentioning: If we did the evil thing and pushed odette overboard, it may discredit her in the case. May.
>>23818587Hmm, should we rub in Odette's nose that royalty will give us our paladinhood, as a later action? May drive her over the edge and give us a motive rant? What do you think?
Alright lets hope Lea and Peri can get the final bit of information we need.So far we have two possible avenues of getting them outta this. Getting the real reason they were discussing the CItadel and proving Odette wrong. Or a sign from the Light that they are indeed not guilty.
>>23818587Peri/Mari and Lea didn't get to talk to the four, but they were able to snoop on them and hear a whispered conversation:"You said you destroyed it!" Gregory snapped at Barney."I destroyed the blueprints, not the model! Anyway, it's harmless. You need power, wadding, none of which I have or keep in my shop!""That's not the point!" Ambrose snapped. "She saw what it did. That's dangerous enough.""You were the one who asked to see it!" Barney snaps."Like it's going to matter," Robin sighs. "We're dead anyway. MIght be cool to see though.""You shut up. I didn't pay you to make comments." Gregory snaps."Right, sorry I failed to reclaim your property." Robin says. "You want a refund? Or would you like me to do something else, like die first, or pray?""You can always pray for a miracle like at the Fall of the First Leaf." Ambrose says. "Or you can be useful and look. We have to find her before she does something foolish.""I keep telling you. The thing's useless!" Barney says."Not in her hands...fuck it...Robin, if your people find her first...would they...""They'd take her to get it trained and under control, too useful to kill. Even the Ghouls know that." He snorts. "But don't count on that happening, I don't bring in my people in this far into the city. Makes them crazy.""Sssh!"
>>23818643I would really like a sign from the Light, but I am afraid we would have to fabricate it.And I do not want to fabricate proof of the Light.
>>23818587>>23818641Let's wait for the information from the prisoners to find out what more we need, but Odette definitely seems like an important detail for the next round of actions. I like the idea of seeing if we can get Odette to publically show her bigotry. It would just take one big public slip of the tongue, in front of Citadel and a party of heroes who serve as living counterexamples for that bigotry. That'll expose this whole thing for a witch hunt. Hey Citadel, what's more traditional as a story than a "hero" whose people turn on her and tear her down?
>>23818665>they have a plan>needs the badass horse>and perhaps one of us evenGET SSEN OVER THERE. Ssen has CLOUT, and can probably talk to the prisoners! Send two members of the party to fetch the nightmare! Keep it a bit away from the crowd, not right in the middle, until we need it.I don't know what to do with the rest of the people, ideas?
>>23818665>"I destroyed the blueprints, not the model! Anyway, it's harmless. You need power, wadding, none of which I have or keep in my shop!""You need powder, wadding, none of which I have or keep in my shop!"*The extra d was important.
>>23818665> You need power, waddingI assume this was "powder"?> You can always pray for a miracle like at the Fall of the First LeafThis is important. Without spending any actions to find out, what do we already know about this?> We have to find her before she does something foolish.We need to figure out who "her" is here, preferably without spending more actions to do so, but we should if we have to. Ideas?
>>23818707>> You can always pray for a miracle like at the Fall of the First Leaf>This is important. Without spending any actions to find out, what do we already know about this?Roll 1d20
Rolled 7>>23818706oh fuck... a cannon.>>23818712
Rolled 20fuck it dice why do you do this too me
>>23818690Yeah, Ssen could get close; she has a personal reason to see them, and she's a hero. And yeah, we need the horse; who does it get along with best?We also need to keep pursuing the miracle, and figure out what it would take to expose Odette.
>>23818727I vote we spend a reroll to make redaeth's roll count.
>>23818722>>23818727 aaand the dice have taken to taunting us.
>>23818737(redaeth's *second* roll, obviously.)
>>23818722You don't know it, but Lea does. It's a story about something that happened in White Tree during the Second Age. Short version: If your execution fails three times, it's seen as a message from His Light, and you're freed/given a new trial/exiled only. (It varies as legends do.)
>>23818722>>23818727sh...should we use a reroll here? It might be too soon, but this execution deal changes the entire plot. If we pull it off right, NOBODY DIES! We're still legal citizens!
>>23818722>oh fuck... a cannon.Not quite. But close, I'll give you another hint about what's going on though.What would Gregory be so desperate to hire Robin to find?What do the Ghouls value enough to not eat?Why are those all VERY bad things to put together in Citadel AND in a stressful scenario like this?
>>23818750Looks like we don't need it:>>23818743OK, we now know the rough idea for how to pull off a miracle. We could perhaps replace the iron bar with something that won't kill them? Or, we could destroy the platform with the stakes on it, perhaps with a cannon?Let's still pursue the public discreditation of Odette in parallel, though.
a musket then? Though even gunpowder alone would be bad enough.
>>23818765I'm going to level with you here echo.Due to poor scheduling, I've not slept in days and have no idea what is going on.I am glad there are other posters.
>>23818743Any way Mage could mysteriously vanish or melt the iron bar or the stakes at an opportune time?>>23818765Oh! "her"! What about Gregory's sister?
>>23818765the invention is probably a pistol or such.and Gregory's sister is a spellcaster!
>>23818768we need an actual gameplan though. And a choice of roll or safe.I say we take two roll time periods. In time period one, we need to send tricia to get the nightmare, since it likes her. We will also send tara, because she might need some muscle stablehanding if anything is not ready at the nightmare area.We send Ssen and perimeri to get the truth out of them. Between the two of them, they should be able to get in and get the info.Lea and tara, I am not sure about. Someone needs to visit odette, but the most effective person to do that would be... ssen. What to do with lea and tara?
>>23818787It is late. and I hate to do this right here, but I have to call it. But I'll make a few things clear.Gregory's sister just started to manifest mage powers, having turned 19, and thus she got a mindful of Citadel, she freaked and took off. Gregory hired Robin to find her, and Barney and Ambrose volunteered to help. Also, Sophie has a flintlock pistol taken from Barney's collection.An unstable mage, has a pistol, at the public execution of her brother, with royalty present.
>>23818807>>23818813haha, called shot!
>>23818813damnit I wouldn't have even peiced that together if you didn't tell me. Great. now I'm worried.Also, when's the next thread? I remember last friday or saturday or something you had to delay it until late due to work, will that recur this week?
>>23818813 So i have work and a crap ton of assorted things (TM) to do tomorrow, so I cna't put as firm a time on it as yesterday, so next thread most likely 3-22-13, 5-7 pm PSTThank you for your continued interest. Hope to see you next time, His Light be with you.
>>23818797Hmm could be. Very well could be. Time to put Mage on tracking down Gregory's sister. Send Tricia with him. She should be nearby. Both should use their talens to the utmost. Send out the flies!Send Tara and Lea to get Nightmare. We might need a getaway for our intrepid heroes.Ssen and Meri should grill Gregory and company and get them to confess just what they were doing. Bargain with the Paladins for exile instead of execution.>makelyg talentsometimes you worry me capthca
>>23818835all right, see you then echo. I'm going to pass out now.
>>23818765Continuing to not spend any actions yet, just trying to think through possibilities. We want to put together all the information we have before we go for the next round of actions. (And by the way, this is an awesome mechanic.)So, the "her" in question that Gregory hired them to find was probably his sister. If she's a spellcaster (thanks>>23818807), then that might be the "it" to get trained and under control, rather than the Nightmare (which might be a red herring). Also, "in her hands", a gun of some kind could potentially be made to work via magic.Still stumped on what the Ghouls value enough to not eat. Magic and spellcasters?>>23818838>>makelyg talentThat's strange, I got the exact same captcha.
>>23818838>use tricia to find the sister or to help the nightmareBUT TRICIA IS GOOD WITH NIGHTMAREBUT TRICIA IS GOOD AT FIND SISTERBRAIN HURT
is someone archiving this?
>>23818813wow, just realized, Citadel is trying to get Isen killed with the execution, and Sophie is its puppet assassin this time.>>23818873yes, I already did, and updated it after Echos last post.
>>23818838Tricia and Lea seems like a better choice to get the Nightmare, though I hesitate to not have her bug powers around. But I'm also worried this is a red herring. We don't want a getaway here; we want a full rout or this is going to go really badly for us. Besides, if we can help it we want to get our Paladin on today.Tricia seems like the one who could find the sister, with insect help. Mage is the only spellcaster around; perhaps he could help sense her powers, and help her get it under control (perhaps with the staff?).
>>23818880the other reason Mage is a good idea is because they were sweet on each other.
well instead of sending them out to nightmare we could send them to heckle Odette. Though honestly Peri would probably be better. SHes the most worldly of us. For maximum hate send Tara with her. Those two would rile up her bigotted ass like no other.
>>23818885Oh, right! Yeah, definitely Tricia and Mage then. And now that we know that "find the mage" is critical, I'm tempted to say the next round ought to burn 2 time units again for guaranteed success.Now, what should the other four do?We now know enough that I'm not sure we'll get more value out of talking to the prisoners, plus since Lea failed to get close, Ssen is the only one that could really pull that off, and I think we need her for other things.We want to make sure Sophie doesn't even get a shot off here, and preferably doesn't get seen with a gun, because we don't want her to get subjected to any of this either. And in any case, nobody's diving in front of a bullet today for Isen; we've done that already.The other two big things to do: setting up a repeat of the Miracle of the First Leaf, and Odette/evidence/conclave/etc.Metagaming just a bit here: we rolled a 7, and yet somehow we still got the story, through Lea. Did we miss something important? Do we need to learn more about that story?
>>23818940(I think Echo was just being nice and had my 20 count. Its not like we could really put the information into immediate use though)
>>23818940Actually, on second thought, the secret conclave seems pretty clear now: Odette needed to show the details about the pistol, but Citadel didn't want that kind of change spreading around, hence the secrecy. There might still be a few details of evidence to piece together, but I think we've got close to the whole picture of the case Odette painted. The map of Citadel hopefully just was part of searching for Sophie, and not something else.So, proposal for next round: Tricia and Mage finding Sophie, Mari/Pari and Tara talking to Odette, and Ssen and Lea designing a miracle.>>23818959Good point, perhaps your first roll was for Ssen and your second for Lea. :)
>>23818984Actually, hmmm. It does keep coming up, and it seems so tempting: any chance Tara could get the Nightmare on her own, while Mari/Pari talks to Odette? Especially if we take an automatic success for all four actions.
>>23818992We'd probably have to roll for it.
>>23818984Honestly the best way to get the executioner to fail would be to weaken him some way. Like a wasp sting on his hands so he can't swing the iron bar well. And we should do it right before the execution starts.I personally think Ssen could be better used getting a confession from the 'criminals' and presenting that to Julius. He already stated that he'd help us out that way if we could do it.
>>23819035Good catch! We succeeded with Julian, but we could do more with him indeed.Regarding weakening the executioner, though: remember that the sentence is to be struck five times with an iron bar, and the execution has to fail three times. If it fails once, they'll probably just try again another way, and perhaps with another executioner.Still, we should line up a pile of ways it can fail, preferably all different so they can't stop subsequent attempts.Bugs on the executioner is one good one, though we'd have to take care that it wasn't overt since that might implicate Tricia rather than divine intervention.How about replacing the iron bar somehow?Or having Mage do something to the bar, like turn it red-hot and make the executioner drop it, or have it disappear? Again, he'd have to avoid having the spell visibly come from him.Let's also not dismiss the idea of praying for real divine intervention, or draconic intervention.
>>23819035Doesn't necessarily need to be *right* before the execution starts; Tricia might have some good slow-acting toxin that doesn't have any overt effect other than muscle weakness. Still, that'll only buy us one failed execution.I can see two possibilities with Julian, if we can convince him of the four's innocence and that they were trying to find Sophia. First, since this would be pretty clear poor judgment on Odette's part for not investigating well enough, Julian might manage to pull something off there, but I don't see how he could get the prisoners released in front of a Citadel lynch mob; we probably still need the miracle to convince the crowd. So, we could wait until after the miracle to go after Odette; it'll certainly kill any remaining credibility she has. Second, Julian doesn't seem like he'd be above the idea of getting justice indirectly, by helping you to stage the miracle.Sophie could probably help with the miracle too, with magic.
>>23819128Julian outright stated that if Odette was wrong he'd correct it.
>>23819203Julian has proven himself pretty easy for Odette to manipulate, if we hadn't been there to convince him before, he would've gone along with her.We need to make him see that she's actually doing something wrong.
>>23819082The executioner's on a wooden stage,right? Get Tricia to weaken an area with termites in front of him so when he walks over the area, it will collapse and splinter. That should injure him so he can't do his job.
>>23819434And the First Sign.
>>23819434Then Mage uses a classic grease spell so the rod slips and flies out of his hands at the first swing?