As Ned Salter, we manage a stable of fighters, a music group, and a reality tv show off the XWF franchise, the Extreme Warfare Federation, where superpowered humans beat the daylights out of eachother in the most successful Pay_per_view event in the history of mankind!**********Starting a bit late today because I had no internet, sorry
I was late getting here, so no worries
>>29701328I'm here as well
>>29701638>>29701578>>29701471Uff the sound alarm isint working. sorry i didint notice your replies earlier
>>29701691Happens. Hopefully the other two are still around.
The room is only dimly lit by the light of the holo near the wall. The movie is old enough that the holo is in screen mode, projecting a flat image in the air instead of the three dimensional ones almost everyone is familiar with already.The movie is so bad it goes around and becomes good out of sheer badness. There's about a dozen empty pizza boxes on the table, about as many beer packs, and Mai is leaning in against you as you both laugh at the actress as she cries and runs through a wood, fleeing from a badly designed alien robot as it somehow manages to roll on tiny wheels through the unever floor.As expected, she tumbles and falls.Mai: "Oh wow, so that's where that cliché got started, uh?" -she's dressed in comfortable cotton pants and a sleevless tshirt, her hair actually loose for a change, leaning on your right side.Ned: "Well, even bad traditions had to start somewh--" -you turn to speak to her and end up staring at eachother just a inch apartMai: "..Ami is always telling me how much you take care of her at work..." -she says, holding your gazeNed: "Well, she's a really nice girl, and a hard worker, so it's my pleasure."Mai: "Is it?" -as you nod- "Ned... you know a bit about my past, right? I'm actually completely new when it comes to... well... actual relationships." -she lingers where she is*****Want me to write this whole bit up or want options? you can also make suggestions
>>29701761Well, I kinda prefer Mako, so yeah.
>>29701818This is a white wolf RPG...
>>29701761As tempting as it would be to have Ned give her a sales pitch for coupledom, I think it might be more appropriate to see him..struggle is the wrong word, but something akin to that or just holding himself back while trying to be completely sincere and genuine. Maybe mention that we might not be the easiest guy to make a go of it with, we're a bit of a workaholic and only going to get busier in the foreseeable future, and maybe we don't exactly have the best track record (or any track record if I'm remembering our bio correctly) but we think she's worth making the leap for. Hopefully we'll be able to figure this stuff out together.That kind of general idea is all I got.
>>29701818Well, I got the impression the others preferred Mai, but I guess I can just make a neutral advance towards a romantic relationship and steer it towards a friendship with Mai unless the others say otherwise>>29701860and? needs angst?***********Ned: "Well, this right now is fine, isin't it? being pizza and bad movie pals, I mean"Mai: "..yeah, this will do..." -she smiles and gets somewhat more comfortable against your side, cuddling up a bit- "you can get more comfortable too, you know?"Ned: "Alright" -you reach over and half hug her with your left arm. She smiles a little, and both of you continue watching the movieAs morning comes, you wake up to the scent of breakfast. She's walking around on shorts and a fresh shirt, with that so enjoyable "fresh from the shower" aura that girls get, preparing a large breakfast.Ami is already sitting at the table, and having pancakes.Mai: "Morning. You can use the bath in the second floor if you want. Im sure some of Ami's clothes would fit you if you would like to get changed into something clean."Ami: -chokes a little on honey and pancakes- "Wh- what do you mean my clothes will fit!? we are the same sizes!"Mai: "Yes dear, but your clothes are more guy-oriented, and usually elastic. Cant really give Ned girly clothes, right?"Ami: "...fine"A shower later, everyone is enjoying breakfastMai: "Ami, isin't it a hassle to drive all the way here from the studio every day? I was wondering when you are going to get an apartment in town"Ami: "Are you kicking me out...?"Mai: "Of course not! I mean it, isin't it troublesome to drive an extra hour both ways?"Ami: "A little... but I love it here"Mai: "Ned, what do you think? wouldnt it be convenient if Ami was closer to the XWF studios?"*******Want to support Ami moving to the city?
>>29701968Eh, I was mostly making a half serious reference to Exalted and its usual habits.That said, I do prefer Mako as well
>>29702000Ah, is the dragonblooded being bitter about no longer being the solar's sex toys during the first age, leading to the rebellion, the sex androids, the heroin-pissing dinosaurs, the lunar's crazy-as-fuck sex habits, or the origin of the beastmen?or is it about those fucking pants and the mountain?
>>29701968"Sure." Give Ami a teasing glance "Want me to ask Eldric to help you find one?"
>>29702017The total incomprehension of monogamy, really.
>>29702036So the joke goes something like "This is a White Wolf RPG. The correct answer is both."
>>29702018Ami: "Why are you both kicking me out of here, you idiots!" -she puts the fork down and leaves the kitchen, going out to punch some bouldersMai: "...is because of that attitude, that I think she could use some interaction with more people than just me everyday" -sigh- "Well, if she doesn't wants to, she doesn't has to. Do you want more honey on those?"******With the weekend here, do you want to organize some activity for your people, take them to the beach for a bbq, to a park, leave them alone, something else you would like to do, or just ff to monday and welcome back Python as he arrives at the airport, then just go back to work
>>29702067I'm fine with Fast Forwarding.
>>29701968>support Ami moving to the cityYes. Are any of our fighters clustered in a given neighborhood? Oh, wait, we have the show thing. Hmm, not sure how close I actually want her living to that, but it'd be nice if she had some friends near wherever she moves.
>>29702067I'd say FF to Python, but have take a look at some apartments/houses with Eldric - just to see what her options are - and us continue taking Mako around and acclamating her to American culture and norms. Also, we probably should get Ami or Mia's help filling out her casual wardrobe at some point.
>>29702103Well, Eldric lives in a penthouse near the studio. Aura, Okaba and the silver fighters all share the penthouse and top two floors of a luxury building. Brass has his own house inside the studio grounds, so he can enjoy having a old-fashioned house with a white fence but still have a lot of security, a manor which he doesnt really use that much, and a vavation house on Italy. Python has a penthouse and a small apartment in his olf neighborhood he never got rid of. Except for Aura, Okaba and the silver guys, everyone is pretty spread out.>>29702166Uhm... sounds like everyone wants to get Ami closer to the studio, so okay I'll type that now, hold on
>>29702182Actually, while youre at it what's the living situation for our music project? I know it was mentioned but no idea what it was at this point...
>>29702182In the end, together with Mai, we convince Ami to move into town. She can go back to the ranch whenever she wants and she'll keep her room there, but it won't hurt to at least have a place close to her workplace to have a change of clothes and extra stuff.A phone call is all it takes to get Eldric to happily volunteer himself to help Ami hunt for a floor.Taking Mako out shopping is a more complicated experience, and we get Mai along to help with picking out her wardrobe, trusting she will feel more comfortable with spmeone she has been spending time with. Somehow, Aura got wind of this and decided to tag along as well.Mako: "I like my dresses..."Ned: "You look nice in them, but you should get new clothes from time to time"Aura: "I can't wait to play dressup with a princess-like real-size doll!"Mai: "Don't."********Roll 10d10+3d10 for style to see how the new clothes fit her. She gets +3 extra successes to it.
Rolled 4, 7, 1, 5, 5, 10, 10, 1, 2, 3, 1, 5, 4 = 58>>29702359Oh Aura, never change!
>>29702379Uh, maybe I'll just put my dice away for the day...
>>29702237Bella and Stella decided to share a floor. One tends to rebel against clothes and the other is basically jungle girl so they get along fine anyway, plus they decided to work on their songs as an overarching theme-epicLyann actually owned a building so she just moved to the first-to-tenth floors. You arent sure which one is she actually living on and which ones are clones.Euphry is just staying at a hotel's VIP suit and making life a living nightmare for the staff with her habits and requests.Aleksander seems to be comfortable in one of the XWF dorms, actually.Mako is still in the hotel we placed her at, and you suspect she won't move unless you move her.
>>29702379Okay 3 successes with 3 extra automated successes is 6 and 2 explodey dice
Rolled 10, 8 = 18>>29702437Bah rolled wrong, rolling here again
Rolled 3>>297024448 successes, and one more explodey dice, rolling it
>>29702460Well, with 8 successes, she could probably cause cars to crash for miles if she was to parade on a swimsuit at the beach, and a few heart attacks as well.******Mai: "I think we should get her more skirts to exploit her girlyness"Aura: "Mircro skirts?"Mai: "Sure, why not? will build confidence"Mako: "Mister Salters, help!"Aura: "Mwahahaha he can't help you in the female sanctuary that is the changing booths!"Mako gives up a soft girly cry as they drag her back into the changing booths. Almost every store manager tried to get the black-haired beauty to model some clothes for posters and the like.In the end, her new street clothes are soft, fashionable, and knee-lenght or around as she begged until her tormentors gave up on making her wear anything more daring. Tho they took full advantage of the store posters and her never having seen one before to sell her on whatever they thought would be a good-looking swimsuit for her,Aura: "Ned, when can we have a company-hosted beach trip?"Mai: "That sounds so mea-- I mean fun... anyway, I think this should be enough for today?"Mako: "Today!?"Mai: "sure, you are going to be a star, right? just these many bags are nowhere near enough"You consider this carefully, while carrying what you feel is a small truck's worth of shopping bags.********As her manager, want to get Mako involved with modelling for the stores? maybe get her started on a modeling career?
>>29702579>create new career opportunities for MakoOf course, but we should probably make damn sure she's comfortable with it first. And probably write a clause donating a good chunk of her earnings from such endeavors towards the construction, renovation and maintanence of orphanages in the places most in need and create an international fund to promote opportunity through education and training for children in poverty. Probably should also focus on hunger among children, but that's probably a collaborative front to fight on.
>>29702671Well, I think convincing someone as shy as Mako to do modeling work would take at least 3 successes on a diplomacy roll. You can suggest other skills you feel would help, of course. The current difficulty is 3 successes. Ned's Diplomacy is 10d10 + 1d10. We do have the persuasive quality so we can reroll any 10's as explodey dice
I see that lacking super strength hasn't saved Ned from carrying bags. Sure, lets get some sponsors ship for her. Focus on companies thats Chinese manufacturers pay their workers decently
>>29702913Use mega white enhancement to get more dice by coming up with a plan.
>>29702947Is there anything we can't use that for?
>>29702926Well, is a lot of bags but its more bulk than weight.Chinese company, paying well to its factory floor workers? damn thats gonna be hard to find. Im not even joking>>29702947I dont know if thats applicable somehow... you are gonna make a plan to convince her?Also remember you can "burn" mega dice so instead of rolling the extra 1d10 you can not roll it and lower the difficulty by 1. So roll 10d10 and try to get 2 successes instead of 10d10+1d10 and try to get 3 successesIf you can explain the plan to me, I'll allow it
>>29703025Not much. Its kinda awesome for a character like Ned
>>29703052Plan: Focus on the upsides: Money for orphanages, helping encourage good corporate actions in her homeland (such as there is) and promising no fanservice like shots. I suppose we should also pick our moment and such
>>29703179Mako: "What is fan-ser-voi-ce?"Aura: "Oh, you have to do that to make your fans happy. Is no big deal, don't worry. You'll be fine!"Mai: "..I sort of want to explain it... but it will be funnier to have Ned do so"Aura: "You are kind of mean, aren't you?"Mai: "Like you are one to talk. So, mister Salters, explain to our new arrival everything about modeling and fan service, please"
>>29703179Addendum: explain that she will have the final word on whether she models for any product or company, and explain that we won't have her undermine who she is for the sake of a few photos. Show her both Ami and Aura's portfolios so she can see just how divergent these things can be (also assure her that she won't be following in Aura's footsteps).
>>29703252"The use of sexual attractiveness to entertain fans. Usually involves revealing clothing."
>>29703252"Hmm, well I suppose it's characterized by the use of more revealing outfits and daring poses whose purpose is to excite and entice the audience. It'd be stuff prod imminently aimed at men, though a fair number of women enjoy that stuff though most for reasons I simply don't understand: personal comparison, fashion and behavioral tips? You might want to ask Aura about that. But, I suppose since they're egging me on to be crass it's a sub genre of modeling aimed at marketing products and raising a model's profile by not so subtly selling the promise, or the illusion of the promise, of sex.""Probably should have just said sexy poses in revealing attire..."
>>29703252"Fan service is...eh, I'll show you Aura's portfolio later."
>>29703502This is probably the best explanation, but i'll go with >>29703481because it's funnier to have Mako say...Mako: -blinks, as a tumbleweed rolls in the background- "I am apology, mister Salter, but can you say that in chinese, please? I hear wrong english, probably"****Now have him say in chinese >>29703502****Mako: "Alright"Mai: "Are you filming this?"Aura: "Yup" -holing her phone up-Mai: "You are terrible. And I want a copy"Aura: "Sure"You'll explain things in more detail to Mako later at your office, but it will really boil down to this:(Imagine this is happening in your office, with a tomato-red Mako holding Aura's portfolio on both hands as she sits in the chair across from your desk)Mako: "W-would you like to see me li--l-like th-this, Mi-mister Salter?" -she says with a whisper of a voice as she looks down
>>29703619How we answer very much depends on whether we are alone with her in the room and how confident we are that Mai (or whomever) didn't plant a camera bug to record Mako's reaction for posterity.
>>29703619"You are clearly uncomfortable with it, so no. Aura is considerably more daring than what I was intending." Now show her the tamer parts of Ami's work. "This is closer to what I had in mind."
>>29703619As a man? Yes. Which is the point of fan service. As your manager? No. You are clearly uncomfortable with the idea and a large part of my intent in recruiting you was to give you the opportunity and resource to do the work you love on a global scale without ever having to resort to being a pretty face on someone's arm again. And while this is entirely different from that, I feel like I'd be violating the spirit of my promise if I had you do it. No, my idea is to help you find your own voice, your own image, and then support you in every way I can so that you'll be able to bring attention to those in need and coordinate the response in helping them.
>>29703696Yes, you are, because its funnier>>29703709Still pretty much the same reaction, tho. It's all off the scale she had on levels of exposure so it doesn't really registers as different. I mean, you can see their ankles! and more!Mako: "..." -she said something, really softly, which may have been an "I will do it"Ned: "If you are sure...?"Mako: "If I... do it... would you... english me, yourself?" -looking down as she squishes the picture folder between her hands a littleNed: "Are you uncomfortable with Mai?"Mako: "No... miss Morgan is... nice. I just... you are... nicer" -.she shows you a whole new level of bright red on her normally porcelain-colored skin-
>>29703921"Thank you Make, that means a lot to me."
>>29703921Wait, wasn't she walking around in a knee length skirt earlier? Was she wearing boots? I feel like Aura would have talked/forced her into saddles or heels or something...Tl;dr Wasn't she showing her ankles all afternoon? [Spoiler]I'm stalling because I have no idea how to handle this behind saying "Of course. Let me make a few calls."[/spoiler]
>>29703921Euphry: "and when he said "As a man, I do", he said she would do it"Everyone else on the band, plus Aritsu and Mai, from the office next door: "D´aaaw"Aura: "Super hearing it's awesome"Euphry: "Shh... it's not unidirectional, you know? keep quiet!"Aura: -nods->>29704052Yeah, but you were around and she can be brave to show off in front of you, at least as much as her legs up to the knee.Anyway...Roll 13d10+3d10 for arranging her a meeting with a modelling studio, and the contract minutia and such. Getting her a standard contract would just need 1 success, since she is quite beautiful, but getting one with all the "buts" you want would probably take at least 4 successes.Want to sacrifice the mega dice to lower the number of successes needed on a 1:1 basis?
Rolled 2, 6, 6, 4, 10, 8, 1, 1, 9, 8, 3, 4, 2 = 64>>29704143yes
Rolled 8, 9, 9, 7, 2, 5, 6, 10, 5, 1, 1, 10, 2, 6, 7, 3 = 91>>29704143Dice don't fail me now!
>>29704209To be clear, I didn't read that last sentence until after I rolled. But what's done is done and I'm fine with it.
>>29704176>>29704209Alright, check successful on either post. You get her a modeling contract with surprising "modesty" clauses on it. Just in case, you'll get to okay anything before they use it.*******On monday, Python arrives back to the US, and gives you a call from the airport as the company car picks him up.Ned: "Samuel, how was Tibet?"Python: "Beautiful, think you could arrange purchasing one of those time-forgotten monasteries for me? I think I just fell in love with the landscape"Ned: "Probably. Are you done training, then?"Pythin: "I don't think I'll ever be done training, but I did get my foot down on a new path, I guess. I know it's a little over a month before my next fight, but do you know who it will be against or is everyone at the office going nuts about the omega division's new season start?"Ned: "Exactly that. Well, get back on the rythm of things and let me know when you are ready for a business lunch. I'll let Brass know, as well"Python: "Alright, see you later, man"***********Want to stop here for today? Im gonna go get lunch. I'll keep monitoring the thread and answering questions as they come. Did you check Lyann's sheet yet? its nowhere near done, tho
>>29704348I'm happy to keep going, but if you've got things to do this is a pretty good pause point.
>>29704411Well, im gonna be responding really erratically, so I prefer to just keep going out the story itselfAlso this made me laugh. Start watching at 4:20http://youtu.be/W_9mRXo-fYE?t=4m20s
>>29704348Lyann is an interesting character. She gets a truly astounding number of dice.
>>29704548I thought her taint aberrations would be the most interesting, tho. I haven't decided on a pic for her sheet yet, tho. Should I go with something anime-like, as with everyone else, or something else. Often, deciding that takes me a long time
>>29704894anyway im back from lunch if anyone wanna say/ask anything