[Natural Healing: 5/5 HP]Sunlight filtering through heavy curtains and the soft buzzing distant noise of the castle servants beginning their working day, bit by bit, wakes you up from your restful sleep.You sit up from the tangled blankets of Irene's large canopy bed and stretch and yawn yourself awake.You'll have to add this to the list of experiences and sensations that Exaltation has radically changed, you think to yourself as you playfully prod the still-asleep princess' cheek.And not just because normally, to a mortal, someone like Irene would be considered way out of any possible league, barring amazing amounts of luck. As you peel the blankets away from her, you consider that she really does look like a marble statue, masterfully sculpted according to a canon of idealized physical perfection in beauty and athleticism alike.On top of that, it took a while to adapt to the use of vastly increased strength and endurance. At first you thought Irene was being way too rough to you, especially considering that it made a stark contrast with her rather gentle personality.You dismount from the bed and pull the curtains open flooding the room with light. Ireme loudly complains.As you get dressed, you idly wonder if the damage to the bed's wooden frame was caused during the battle two days ago, or if you two should feel guilty about it.>Return to your room>Go meet Amata>Go meet Samiel>Go to town>Leave town>Train (gain physical power)>Climb back in bed (gain social power)>Go to the library (gain mental power)>Other?
>>30475070>get dressed>return to room and acquire appropriate clothing for training (not a ballroom gown)>training for physical soak ability (I have no idea how to discreetly accomplish this aside from sparing intentionally badly with Irene or Samiel, hopefully someone with a better suggestion will show up)
>>30475070>Go meet AmataI think that's enough time for her to calm down.
>>30475070>Go meet Amata
>>30475070Get dressed really well, and then go meet Queen Amata, yes. Be as full of manners and class as possible to warm up to her.
>>30475207Acquire UMI power? I like how you think anon.
>>30475070C'mon you guys, you can't ditch someone you just banged the shit out of.>Stay with Irene, get dressed, have breakfast
>>30475218Nah, just friendly. We need that soak.
>>30475226She's the princess, she going to kick us out the second she realizes we're still here.
>>30475218No, no UMI power. If we wanted an UMI power, we would just go back to Irene I guess, at least per OP's description.Right now we just kind of need to establish ourselves in this city and kingdom - and we can start by rekindling our acquaintance with the Queen, who apparently knew us before.P.S. Welcome back OP, you're making me sad I don't have a group to play this with!
>>30475245...did you miss everything she said last thread?
>>30475257Nope. Did you forget that she has actual duties to attend to?
>>30475284Lonely teenaged daughter whose (")responsibilities(") are almost totally self-assigned.We're going to have to agree to disagree about this I guess.
You get dressed and have a bit of breakfast in the room together with Irene. The maid keeps shooting you really proud yet silent looks. She seems to really appreciate the situation. And Irene seems blissfully unaware of the subtext.After eating a bite and having a brief bath, you go and meet Amata, as Irene gives you a warm goodbye and gets back to her defensive works in the castle's fortifications.Amata is well on her way back to full health, seems. She still has an arm and a leg in casts, wearing simple and comfortable indoor clothes as she sits in her office (the throne room is still wrecked, yes. It'll be a while.)It's a comparatively small yet tall-roofed chamber whose walls are stacked with filled book-cases, most of which seems to be occupied by binders of old paperwork and governmental archives. Servants and maids sometimes pass by, entering and leaving the room silently and without bothering to knock, carrying or leaving with letters and documents.As she sees you entering, Amata sets aside her quill pen and inkwell (she was halfway through writing an official-looking letter) and leans back into her chair. "...Maka, what the heck did you do?" She sighs, exasperated, massaging her eyes with ink-stained fingertips.>Talk about clearing the rubble.>Talk about Irene.>Apologize.>Justify yourself.>Dodge the issue.>Other.
>>30475346>Apologize issue, dodge the issue(s)
>>30475346>Apologize about ruining Irene for marriagebut seriously, Acknowledge that we messed up.
>>30475359Balls. My thinking after two beers could be better.>Apologize QUICKLY, dodge the issue(s)
>>30475346>The maid keeps shooting you really proud yet silent looks. She seems to really appreciate the situation. And Irene seems blissfully unaware of the subtext.>Wait did we Shiki our servant?I had to hurry away yesterday so I dropped out circa where we talked with US.
>>30475392I don't know what that verb means but we unintentionally made tiny maid happy, I guess.Waiting for her to reveal herself as a lunar or sidereal or realm or lookshy plant.
>>30475392Short Maid Best Maid.Though she seems happy that Irene finally got the V
>>30475454>I don't know what that verb meansIt's an old-as-dust reference to the game Tsukihime in which there is an option to rape the MC's/player's maid. Said MC is called Shiki.
>>30475482> the VI don't care enough to bring this up again, but in the spirit of Exalted I strongly suggest a mixed harem approach. Debouched bisexuality just has something I feel would fit the spirit well.
>>30475526I don't think anyone's against riding a dick like it's a horse, but the only cantidate thus far has been Samiel. He hasn't gotten much screen time, but might as well knock out the rest of the family, right?
>>30475541[X] Acquire Sidreal D.
>>30475561I'm pretty sure between Citrine Pox and Obsidian Shares you can both punch out lactic acid and also make clones of yourself with better to fuck bitches and bros.
"...I'm sorry.""You should be." She slowly brings her head on the desk with a dull *thud*."I thought I didn't have to explain this but... apparently I do. So let me be super clear. The people of Tianna are scared. They're being targeted by supernaturally powerful enemies with access to vast resources and powers specifically geared towards spreading terror and death. They want to feel safe. They do not want to see someone famously associated to legends about demons and monsters of infinite cruelty walking around town and openly displaying their powers.""...It won't happen again.""You know, it doesn't matter anymore." She slumps back. "It's too late to keep your powers hidden. By now you're the talk all over town. Everyone knows about you. They mostly know wrong things, of course, and there are Immaculate preachers in town saying that I'm giving asylum to a devil that will destroy my kingdom from within and probably then devour their firstborn children or something.""I... see. But about those Abyssals, there's-"She slams her fist on the desk. "No changing the subject, Maka. If you want to stay here, we'll have to prove to my citizens that you are under my control. That's what the people want to know. They want a stable kingdom, safe from all outside AND inside threats.""Now." She takes a very deep breath and calms down. "I'd like to hear any ideas you might have, before i try and find a solution myself.">Plan?
>>30475662>Look away>Cough awkwardlyactions_have_consequences.gif
>>30475662>Assign me a official looking person you can spare>Have them order me around as I help fix things around the city.Nothing draws sympathy from the common person than seeing someone have to deal with an annoying bureaucrat.
>>30475747Hmmmm...Might as well try this one.
>>30475662Well, we are a Solar and we have received guidance from the Unconquered Sun to spread out word.Let us do just that then. If this town has a chapel (or at least a really big town square, let us hold an announcement there - Irene or any other member of the royal family can introduce us to the people as the priestess of a sun god.We can also make a very convincing speech with one of our newly acquired social powers.
>>30475826>Show up out of the blue smashing things>Next day start preaching at the chapelIt's like you want them to think we're a cultist or the exalted anti-Christ. That shit's suspicious in any setting.
>>30475826waitwhatare we reading the same things?
"Maybe I could go help fix up the town-""...go on..." She interrupts you, evidently not liking where this is going."...With someone overseeing me and ordering me around. Gives the right idea that I'm working for you and thus under control.""And what is stopping you from turning this person into a fine paste?" She asks you back."...You know I wouldn't do that.""I know, but do they? Or will they just see through the trick?"You both silently think about it for a few seconds."Samiel." She nods to herself."Samiel?" You echo her."He's Exalted, The people will feel safer if they see you with him. You'll have to be on your best behavior, of course. At all times." She relaxes a bit. "But it should work. Not a bad idea. Bit simple, maybe. But sometimes simple ideas work best.""Alright.""And you'll wear a maid uniform."You do a double-take."As punishment." She grins."...Now you're just bullying me." You whimper."Nonesense. If I were bullying you I'd include a sign slung around your neck saying "BLOODY STUPID", and probably include a pet's collar as well." She replies. "Now, unless you have a better idea, get to it before I change my mind about the sign and collar and, mhh. I could add a chain, or...">Propose alternate idea>Accept (normal version)>Accept (bullying version)>Refuse
>>30475956>Ask if we can wear the collar anyways>We can class it up with a sterling silver heart that reads AMATA <3 MAKA
>>30475978Shouldn't she be wearing the collar?
>>30475956>Accept (normal version)The bullying version seems kind of counter-intuitive if the idea is to normalize us to the populace...well, so does the maid outfit, but eh.
>>30475988I don't quite understand. Maka's collar with a novelty heart on it, like something a teenager buys his girlfriend from Tiffany's
>>30475956Amata a best.Irene and Samiel can be fuckbuddies/casual fucks.
>>30475996Bullying is wearing a sandwich board that reads "WHAT'S GOT TWO THUMBS AND NO BRAINS? THIS GUY (GIRL)" with an arrow pointing up at Maka's face.
>>30475956Accept the maid's uniform. We will collect all of the frilly dresses, and the maid's uniform is no exception~
>>30475956>>Accept (bullying version)(kinky mother daughter orgy time?0
>>30476000I meant that usually its the dragonblooded following the solar around on leash and collar, not the other way around. Seems against the natural order of things
>>30475956>Accept (normal version)Suggest the public may be unable to handle bullying version.Nothing wrong with going through with it in private.
>>30475956>Accept (normal version)
>>30476046/tg/ fucked up the "natural order," by doing the exact opposite of what Amata asked several times.
>>30476046It's what happens when the solar fucks up.
>>30475956>Accept (normal version)>>30476046 has the right of it, but we can't do that yet
>>30475956"Okay, maid uniform it is. I think we'll save the collar for later."
>>30476060So >Accept (normal version)but also tease her with>Accept (bullying version)?
>>30476046Why don't you go be Admiral Arkady somewhere else?
>>30476094Pretty much. Bullying is for private only.
>>30476110First Age Solar Admiral. Emowhale's solar mate. Used his Dragonblooded underlings as personal slaves and fucktoys. And brainwashed them so they couldn't tell anyone for a good measure.
>>30475956>Accept (bullying version)
>>30476137I don't want to brainwash anyone. Seems lazy.
>>30476137hey man, Leviathan only got weird Arkady got, well...super fucking shittastic.
>>30476152I don't think it was direct UMI, I think it was Arkady using his Eclipse caste power to make his slaves/bunraku dolls/etc swear oaths OR ELSE.This was after the Primordial War and pretty well into the First Age, so by then his essence was closer to 10 than not.(Eclipse Oath, in printed Exalted anyways, scales off the Eclipse's permanent Essence. More Essence, more bad things happen to whoever breaks the oath)
>>30476171still doesn't really change my point. I just want to mostly accidentally effectively takeover the kingdom in exalted fashion.
>>30476200I know, I wasn't so much refuting any information presented as just clarifying, since the two effects only share a handful of similarities at best.
>>30476200so "The queen and her exalted kids are currently wearing my collars and deferring to me... did I just stage a coup? Uh... OOPS."
You decide to accept, quickly, fast, before Amata comes up with some more extravagant punishment, and, with her blessing, return to you room.After a breather, you go and look for that short maid (Irene called her Millian yesterday), and explain your circumstances to her."I'll go look for a uniform your size, assuming that one exists." She says, inviting you to wait in the room. "And I'll go and explain this to prince Samiel too. We had to basically tie him to his bed to get him to rest his wounds, but he's feeling a lot better today. We can probably release him now."She return, accompanied by other three maids, a few minutes later, carrying a uniform for you and some tailor's tools. And good thing she did, because she was right: your maid dress manages to be a bit tight in a few points here and there.Over a couple of hours, they flawlessly and expertly adjust it for you.After you give it a few spins, Samiel arrives."...What did my mother set you up for?" He wonders, looking at your new set of clothes. "I swear to heaven, sometimes I can't understand her." You can't help but smile."I guess we have work to do, in any case." He seems to realize that he's staring a bit too much, and slightly averts his eyes. "I was talking with Irene about the smashed city walls, and we had an idea. Rebuilding them properly would take months just for baking the bricks required, but we need to plug the hole right now. We can't afford to keep such a large garrison there." He explains."So how do we fix it?"(cont.)
"There's a stone quarry not too distant from the city walls. With you, me, Irene, and a decent crew of specialists, we could pull some large slabs of rock and carry them back to Tianna." Samiel points out"...Amata mostly wanted me to work inside town. You know, to show people that I'm not a baby-eating monster and that I'm your ally and so on. With this plan, I'd be seen by a lot less people. Make a smaller impact." You voice your doubts."Mhh. True." He admits. "But it would also quickly fix a very large hole in our defenses.">Go with Amata's version of the plan.>Go with Samiel's version of the plan.>Propose a third solution (what?)
>>30476266>Go with Samiel's version of the plan.
>>30476266>Maybe you and Irene can get them from the quarry and I can move them around once they're in town. Wouldn't that be faster anyways? Like a fire brigade bringing in water...
>>30476247best plan, ever.
>>30476266>>Go with Samiel's version of the plan.The way I see it, we can do both - but this one is time-sensitive, the other not so much
>>30476266>>30476279 is a nice compromise. I like it.
>>30476279This.Also tell him we don't mind him looking.
>>30476322"Drink up, hot stuff"Whatever Maka says, it needs to be a fire pun 'cuz of Samiel's fire aspect.
>>30476322>>30476341I don't mind, like, fucking him (later, not now, we have work to do) but it would be nice if the quest wasn't just constant innuendos/come-ons.
>>30476322This. >>30476358Oh certainly. We're an Exalted. It should just come naturally to us, rather than being the constant unfunny teasing mortals concern themselves with.
"...Well, your plan is really overall part of Amata's plan in a way." You rationalize. "...Are you sure she's not going to get mad again?""Pretty sure, don't worry. We'll do our best to show everyone that you're working for us." Nods Samiel. "...I'm actually surprised.""By what?" You wonder back at him, as you both leave the room."That you're going through with this." He explains. "You're Exalted now. Are you just doing this because you feel indebted to Amata? For giving you asylum and shelter, both back when you were mortal and now?"You're about to reply, when you notice an envelope lying on the ground next to your room's door.It's addressed to you "To my dear Maka", but there is no sender's address or name and you don't recognize the calligraphy.>It's about repaying a debt.>It's about sticking together.>It's about trust.>It's about friendship.>It's about love.>It's about (something else).Combined with>Ignore letter>Pick up, read later>Pick up, read now (alone)>Pick up, read now (with Samiel)
>>30476412>It's about friendship.>Pick up, read now (alone)
>>30476279Very good idea.>>30476322Let's not be too straightforward... we are a lady after all. A few elegant gestures would be enough for him to catch the wind.
>>30476412Ugh, picking just one reason seems kinda stupid. So I'm picking multiple, and fuck the man!>It's about sticking together.>It's about friendship.>It's about love.And>Pick up, read laterWe work now!
>>30476412Also tag your statement to Samiel with (lie) or (truth)
>>30476412>It's about repaying a debt.>It's about sticking together.>It's about trust.>It's about friendship.basically all of the above,>Pick up, read now, silently>Hope that Irene isn't a super clingy yandere
>>30476412>It's about friendship.>It's about love>>Pick up, read now (alone)
>>30476412>>30476438>Truth, 'cuz it's the truth
>>30476437I swear, I've never seen someone make dialogue choices so unnecessary complicated.
>>30476412(truth but too smooth) "Samiel, these people are shaken to the core. I want to give them some hope.">Pick up, read later
>>30476450>I swear, I've never seen someone make dialogue choices so unnecessary complicated.Really? It (the lie/truth thing) happens from time to time, though usually with fewer options.
>>30476450Well, it's a nuanced game (quest) revolving heavily around social interaction...it makes sense that there's a greater sense of fidelity than what we usually see.
>>30476435>Truth for all!I like the multiple options as long as we can pick multiple, though customs combining them might be smoother, and while probably unnecessarily in this particular circumstance, the ability to clarify truth/lies is also nice.
>>30476412I'm guessing its from the other Abyssal/Lunar guy?
>>30476480My guess is(was) Irene
>>30476480In that case there's a 50/50 on this being a surprisingly nice gesture or an embarrassingly awful love confession.
>>30476477I don't have problems with people picking multiple choices, but i'll assume you're putting them in order from most to least important in order to weight votes properly, and try to wave that in into the narrative.
>>30476532Oh. Is that going into effect this vote, or starting next?It'd be a real mess for everyone to redo everything...although I do like the system.
>>30476532>putting them in order from most to least importantBua? You know everyone just keeps them in the order that you post them, right?I need to keep a notepad of all the sub rules and shit you do EF.
"It's because we're friends." You reply, as you idly bend down and pick up the letter lying on the floor. "We were friends before, when she was Exalted and I was mortal. One exaltation more or less is not going to change this fact." You reply. "She's a very, very important person to me.""I'm glad to hear that." He replies, lifting an eyebrow. "You have mail?""...Yeah. Don't know from who. Give me a second." You rip the envelope open and pull out the letter, written in an elegant flowing calligraphy on high-quality white paper, faintly scented.He stands back leaving you your privacy, and patiently waits.>"My dear Maka,>>I hope this letter finds you well! Again, I would like to apologize about that whole dreadful mess the day before yesterday, >We have orders we must follow, and those orders are absolute to us. I'm sure you can understand. Still, we're left with the freedom to decide how to accomplish the desires of our liege in the way we find more fitting.>>I would very much love to find a diplomatic solution to this little crisis of ours. Not all of my brothers and sisters share this sentiment, however.>>I assure you, however, that our aim is to capture Tianna, as in, the city itself, with as little damage as possible.>>I am very much looking forward to the next time we'll be able to talk to one another. I must say that it was brief, but I found your presence absolutely delightful, and would love to spend more time with you.>>Perhaps getting to know each other a little better before we actually try and tackle these, let us say, "business" issues?>>If you would like to reply to this letter of mine, perhaps with details of a place and time where to meet, leave your message where you found mine, tonight, once the servants have gone to bed and the castle is asleep.>>I guarantee that no one will find out, but I would also like to ask you that you keep our little correspondence a secret!>>With admiration, >>- Soaring Crimson Phoenix."(cont.)
>>30476640Eeeeeeeeeh.On one hand, at least he's courteous. On the other, very presumptuous and I'm not a fan of flowery language. And we already have the royal family to mess around with. AND this would complicate things politically. Not a fan of starting anything with this guy.
>>30476640Pfffffffffffft.This fuckin' guy. I look forward to maintaining a cordial but textual relationship.
>>30476412 If I am not a baby eating monstrosity what would be the point of staying if said stay upsets Amata and destabilizes her city? Especially now that it is under immediate perilous threat of Abyssal nefarious plans.True there is some feeling of debt but we both know that i could have easily walked away once the fighting was done. Then of course there is the thrust between the two of us since I already trusted Amata to come here in the first place and she trusted me not to bring or make a mess, well not this kin of mess anyway. As for other motivations, personal and such thrust had to come built upon previous feelings between the two of us.But mostly i think it is about doing the right thing. I was here and helped you defend against the Abyssal attack. Where i not here they may have succeeded, but now that they have not they will come with a vengeance, and I doubt they will be so restrained a second time.Thus why I like your use of my abilities. As for the public display of control, please be polite. I want this to work.Now on to the practical part of things, are you sure we want to just build up the breach in the wall? We could hide a gun or a trap there, should they come again from the same direction.>Pick up letter, read once Samiel gets out or leaves us alone.
You pocket the letter. "Enjoying the view?" You joke at Samiel, who has been intently looking at you the whole time.He makes a strange, surprised noise and turns away immediately.You giggle. "It's okay, I don't mind." You say. But, at this point, he's too ashamed to react right away.You meet up with Irene, back in armor, and a crew of specialized stonecutters by the city gates not long after.She doesn't react much upon seeing you again, certainly not as Samiel probably would have. She's friendlier than before, but she was still pretty friendly since the first time you met her. She acts perfectly normal, and seems mostly interested in just organizing the work to be done. She's back to her competent, professional self.You prepare yourselves in a small caravan, and leave the city.What lies outside Tianna's gates? Where are you?>A large western island, part of a small archipelago.>Northern mountains defining snow-filled valleys and a rocky seaside.>An Eastern woodsland, quickly turning into thick jungle.>The small fertile strip surrounding a Southern river, surrounded by desert.>The green, fertile plains of the River Province.
>>30476640Trap!Where is Admiral Ackbar?
>>30476755>Can I vote for a big fuck off river somewhere near Great Forks?
>>30476755>An Eastern woodsland, quickly turning into thick jungle.Jungle time!
>>30476755>>The green, fertile plains of the River Province.Probably the safest place to be. Scavanger lands, and Lookshy nearby.>Northern mountains defining snow-filled valleys and a rocky seaside.Safe-ish. Somewhat more realm presence but enough people and powers to deter them.The other options imho are not so nice...
>>30476755>A large western island, part of a small archipelago.Other wise I'd have to wonder just how we got all the way out here. And at least that Soulsteel ship makes sense now.
>>30476755>>A large western island, part of a small archipelago.Because ships and pirates
>>30476830>>30476842Or if we are in the north they bought or stole a airship from the Haslanti League and then bolted soulsteel on it.
>>30476842Airships are a thing, and have been for a while. A Deathlord would have ample resources to construct one, seeing as how all you need to make soulsteel is people to turn into it. Not as rare as the other MMs.
>>30476866And that would mean Haslanti interest in Tianna because why the fuck did their airship flew here? And more importantly can they recover it.Great, now if we pick the north Amata needs to balance between the Haslanti and the Realm.
>>30476755>A large western island, part of a small archipelago.
>>30476755I'm in favor of Eastern woodland.
>>30476866Probably not. Haslanti airships use gas bags, meaning a hull too heavy prevents it from floating and doing something like ramming a city wall would probably rupture it, if they even built up enough speed to crash through. A normal Haslanti airship is a wood-framed zeppelin powered by whale oil. Their dreadnaught was probably one if generally first age design specifications.
>>30477308Or it might work on twelve thousand Windslave disks
(Fairly small margin on this vote, but we're apparently in the west!)After a couple of our of walking, you reach the foot of the mountainous region that lies in the centre of this large island, moving along a dirt road traced through the hills and valleys and farmland villages of the countryside. "...Something's weird." Samiel breaks the flow of idle conversation as you approach the rocky, harsh hillslopes that are your destination."What is?" Irene wonders, alarmed. Apparently she hasn't noticed anything."This is the third deserted village we see." He points at a small hamlet on a nearby hilltop, fields of wheat on what flatland they could wrestle from the jagged terrain, and lines of terraced vineyard where they couldn't."People have been moving to Tianna from the countryside. Maybe they were scared when the abyssal airship passed over them." Irene wonders."We're north of Tianna. The airship arrived from the south." He points out."...Are there any dangers on this island?" You ask. Since you have been Amata's guest you never ventured beyond the city much."Southern side of the island is civilized." He explains. "North has trouble.""Trouble?" you ask."Mountains and forests and marshes, and past the coast a constellation of small islands and treacherous seas. Pirate havens and hideouts, tribes of savages and barbarians, sea monsters, unruly gods. Things like that.""Business as usual." You note. "Think some of that trouble came down to pay us visit?"As you walk above and past a hilltop, you reach the quarry, half-hidden behind it. The site of the operation is littered with corpses and signs of struggle, both fairly fresh."Maybe." He replies.>Investigate personally>Let the DBs investigate, protect them>Secure the caravan first>Turn around immediately>Extract the stone you need as fast as possible(this is an action, roll 1d10 when replying)
Rolled 3>>30477384>Let the DBs investigate, protect themWe're not exactly a great investigator, but we are a fantastic bodyguard.We should also discuss some type of training to up our endurance/soak. We really need to make sure we develop some type of soaking charm while our powers are still in flux.
>>30477308Well its not impossible. You use a very thing soul steel foil. And then have your crafter make it one solid piece that has more form retention resistance than the wall.Doable, and less costly than a First age airship.Flyers however are another thing. If we could make or get some fliers and mount Essence cannons on them we could have a viable air defense against the airship. They would need however two crew and probably a revolver or belt style loading mechanism. or its going to be slow going. And i doubt a city with less than a dozen exalts has that many essence to spend.However if we stay here and the location is going to be the western islands i think that going Haslanti with a good navy that has excellent logistics and some carriers and submarines for force multipliers would be a good mirror to Lookshy who went army, and guerrilla to defend against Realm Legions. Heh, Already making plans for when we become a serious local power.Our problem sadly is not Realm Legions but the freaking Abyssals with a soulsteel airship and the Wyld, if we go west or east
>>30477384>Secure the caravan firstDBs have a chance to survive, but a caravan of mortals not so much, considering the troubles.Plus we want to get people more comfortable with us. Playing or presenting the image of a leashed monster instead of a benevolent entity that does so on its own accord is vastly diffrent.
Rolled 8>>30477459>>30477347forgot the dice.
>>30477418We've already gone West.I think we should get to work beseeching the god of this island, in the name of the Sun, to help us round up an army of spirits so we can tell the Abyssals to go fuck themselves. As a Zenith with Social 3 and Zenith 4, we're quite literally miraculous when it comes to prayer rolls. The local gods would quite literally have no choice but to at least listen to us, and once we have that, it's only a matter of being sufficiently convincing.
I like you guys talking theories and conjectures, but i have to come out and say that the airship the Abyssals had was very clearly magitek. It had a thick armor, essence engines, and no gas balloon or anything else that could sustain it apart for magic. Definitely not Haslanti. I apologize if I didn't explain it properly.
>>30477472I like this. I mean Gods should dislike the general direction of Abyssals, and should as a rule oppose them on principle at every turn since the Abyssals are out to destroy creation and everything in it.
>>30477493Nah, it's fine. I was totally aware of that - people just like to jump to Haslanti theories when it comes to the crazy-secretive airship folk.
>>30477459I like this. It allows us to protect and help the mortals and even socialize a bit to dispel their fears. We have our social rating high enough to manage that at least. Start our own rumors about us to counteract the ones put forth by the immaculate preachers.
>>30477495Exactly. We can further leverage using the prayer of the people of Tianna, and add a little element of 'and if you don't help us, I'm going to kick your ass.' If we handle it right, we should be able to get most of the major gods of the island on our side, along with the others in their respective courts.Dealing with gods and prayer, leading mortals, and being tough as fuck are basically the cornerstones of being Zenith.
>>30477555>Dealing with gods and prayer, leading mortals, and being tough as fuck are basically the cornerstones of being Zenith.You forgot 'fucking Creatures of Darkness a new asshole.'
When you talk about dealing with the islands' gods, you mean right now? or are you discussing a more long-term plan?
Rolled 2>>30477384>>Secure the caravan firstAbsolutely this. We can't let people die needlessly AND we're a Zenith, commanding is our forte.
Rolled 4>>30477592I am thinking medium to long after we fix the hole in the wall and get our fifth charm. Right now we got people to protect.After that we can go and court the various gods to amass a force large enough to cockblock a deathlords forces with a soulsteel magitek airship, and magitek jumpjets skeletons.
>>30477592Oh, long-term, for sure. Sorry. I already voted on my choice and went off on tangents about future plans.
>>30477645Going off on future plans, socially should we try to lead people towards a trade infrastructure?there may be pirates but if we remove them somewhat we could foster archipelago trade and could have served as a stop over from the shout to the north bypassing the realm, but the only relevant thing in the south is An Teng. And that is a Satrapy.Still we could have trade between An Teng with the Haslanti via our island, for all those people not so hung over by the imaculate stuff. And if we manage to deal with our pirates in the west be that by recruiting them or by fighting them we should have the means to do the same with the southern ones, dispelling the reason An Tang is a Satrapy in the first place.
>>30477741>but the only relevant thing in the south is An TengMost of Creation is unmapped. There are dozens, hundreds, of even thousands of countries unmapped, unfluffed, and unnamed in the MASSIVE empty spaces between the borders of other nations. I'm sure there are dozens of other island nations in the near West alone that we can trade with, and thus far, we don't know the state of Tianna's economy one way or the other.And the distance between us and Haslant or us an An Teng is probably staggeringly huge. The Haslanti League is in the FAR North, and if we're a decent distance into the West, we're thousands of miles from An Teng.So let's hold off on all those assumptions.My list of priorities is:>Keep the caravan and Amata's children safe.>Solve this mystery.>Get stone back to the city.>Tell Amata that the Abyssals are leaving correspondence for us (DO NOT KEEP THIS SECRET, IT WILL END FRIENDSHIPS).>Train up in a soak charm as our final character creation charm.>Get gods on our side before the next Abyssal attack.
>>30477802As long as Russia. Or a bit more pending where we are in the archipelago. With something akin to galleons we could have trip done in two weeks, one month for a two way trip.But since there is little presence in the Western Islands and those where my best option as far as my knowledge goes.On the short term i however fully agree. We cannot afford to lose any DB or make the populous dislike us any more.Another thing I would consider is to talk to a few of the more influential mortals in various neighborhoods and have a heart to heart with them. If we can paint ourselves into a good light and perhaps discredit the Immaculate preachers on the subject of our personal self, we would lessen the tension in the city and even cement loyalty to Amata while getting a infrastructure for prayer, through those influential people...
>>30477893>With something akin to galleonsCreation, barring certain factions like the Guild, is pre-Age-of-Sail. They use triremes and such.>Another thing I would consider is to talk to a few of the more influential mortals in various neighborhoods and have a heart to heart with them.This is a bad idea. People are already nervous about us. Pulling them into direct interaction would just make things worse for the scared little bunnies. Amata's got her fingers on the city's pulse - she'll tell us when it's a good time to make some personal appearances.
>>30477931>They use triremes and suchAnd, not forgetting Chinese influence, lotsa junks
"...Go and check what happened, I'll cover the caravan." You tell Samiel and Irene. The two of them are immediately at it, rushing ahead into the quarry as you turn back to the three wagons carrying the stonemasons and their tools.They're understandably distressed and confused, and look at you, the DBs and the corpse-filled quarry in shock."Everyone, calm down." You tell them, raising both arms to draw their attention. "The princes will examine the quarry and ascertain if it's safe and figure out exactly what happened! For now, wait patiently. I'll protect you."An uncomfortable silence falls down on the caravan, with a lot of people gazing at you, but they have calmed down at least.It takes ten minutes for Samiel to return. "Mostly barbarians. It seems they were squatting here. Put up some tents, some fireplaces. About fourty, a small tribe, probably an offshoot of one of the northern clans.""What got them?" You ask. "Abyssals?""Nah. Not enough blood everywhere. Bodies are still there, besides. Abyssals usually recycle." He turns around to inspect the carnage once again. "But still pretty sure it was an Exalted.""What made you think so?" You wonder."They didn't fight among themselves. And if it had been another tribe, there'd be dead with markings of both tribes. A large predator would have still been wounded, lost blood, left a trail into the woods. A REALLY large predator would have left deeper tracks. Plus..." And he holds up an old, rusted sword, probably some spoil of war or loot from a raid (since these barbarians don't look like they have the capabilities to smelt and work metal).The blade is shattered near the point and along the cutting edge."Nearly all of their weapons are broken. They tried to hit something tough enough or armored enough to do this, and who took out all of them singlehandedly.""...Irene?""Down there, checking tracks coming and going. What do we do?"(cont.)
>>30477957The most common ship in the West is probably one of those Polynesian long canoes.
>Dig the stone quickly>Dig the stone carefully>You dig the stone, I'll look for this Exalted>I dig the stone, You look for this Exalted>Let's leave>Other?
>>30478014>You dig the stone, I'll look for this ExaltedIt's huntin' time!
>>30477957>>30477931Considering where we are Galleons are not far off to imagine, if we drive towards trade and with Irenes technical mind behind it an a island outlook that admits a lack of manpower in general and more consideration towards ships and impressive range if you want anything done outside of the archipelago.We might have to start with Carracks, but i doubt Irene would be satisfied even with Galleons if she gets a taste for it.I just hope she does not go off on a tangent and makes magitech steam ships. Those would be a bitch and a half to maintain an fuel. Either through essence or with coal. That would e a irony. Getting vastly superior and expensive ships that we cannot use to the fullest because we don't have the infrastructure to fuel them.
>>30478014They should dig the stone while Irene and Samiel stand guard. We'll go looking for the exalt, or at least prowling around the edges of the quarry to serve as an advance guard if we can't find a trail.
>>30477977>Mostly barbarians. It seems they were squatting hereOh no! Russian invasion!
>>30478027agreed. My money's on lunar. Though it could be pretty much any of them.
>>30478069>My money's on lunar.I'm inclined to agree. Are we about to find the Enkidu to our Gilgamesh?
>>30477977>Dig the stone carefully, The two DB provide over watch if they are good with tracking and stuff.If that is the danger is a Exalt we should stay with the party, or risk them getting assaulted.If the Exalt comes to us Maka can wrestle and talk it to some sensible agreement. If it Does not Maka digs rock and then helps build up the wall. We can come back later for the Exalt.Protect the civilians and protect the two DBs we have.
>>30478078>>30478069>>30478027Hunting a lunar, or perhaps a Night or Dawn caste is not going to end well. They are going to give us the slip an take on the caravan, if they don't like them all that much.
>>30478078It could always be an extingent or sidereel. ALWAYS
>>30478123Or another solar since they do have a tendency to pop up in circles.
>>30478084>If that is the danger is a ExaltIt's actually pretty odd to assume it's an Exalt. There's probably 3-4 thousands of Exalted (Terrestrials included) in the whole Threshold and Creation is MASSIVE.More likely it's Rakshas having fun, a drunk god or a demon rampaging.
>>30478144I was more making the joke that literally any act could be the result of sidereel PLANS! or extingent diversity.
>>30478118That's true. Yeah, we should definitely not stray too far from the caravan. If push comes to shove, I doubt Irene and Samiel can handle an angry Lunar by themselves. Changing my vote from trying to track down what did this to helping the masons and being ready for anything.
>>30478167I thought the dragonblooded numbered in the millions.
>>30478179There's about 20,000 in all of Creation, most of them in Lookshy and the Realm, last I heard. They numbered in the millions in the First Age, but between the Usurpation, the Great Contagion, and the Balorian Crusade, their numbers... Slimmed.
>>30478179It's around 10,000 in the Age of Sorrows. It was millions in the First Age.
>>30478179Back in the First Age. There's still many thousands of them but not a million. And I specifically said Threshold, because most Dynasts tend to hang on the Blessed Isle (it's Russia-sized, let me remind you).Though I seem to have forgotten about Lookshy, so disregard this number.
>>30478167>>30478179Indeed my interpretation was that DBs numbered more than a few thousand. You get to break the thousand mark easily only with celestials, and DBs are supposed to be the foot soldiers. I would wager DBs are in the millions, especially with hereditary exaltation, and their drive to fuck like rabbits.
>>30478204It's actually the size of two Australias.
>>30478210>You get to break the thousand mark easily only with celestialsActually, there are exactly 700 Celestials. There USED to be millions of DBs, but the events of the past thousand years have cut the entire population of Creation by significantly more than 90%, DBs included.
>>30478202No, they're called Ten Thousand Dragons because in old Oriental texts "Ten Thousand" is a way to say "A whole fucking lot". And they were called that whole way through their existence. There's not actually 10000 of them.
>>30478233Right, but in the Age of Sorrows, they still only number in the tens of thousands. 90% of everyone, dragonblooded included, died in the Great Contagion. That's not counting the people who died in the Balorian Crusade, the people who died due to loss of First Age infrastructure, the people who died due to Shogunate infighting, or the people who died during the Usurpation itself, when weapons of mass destruction were deployed frequently and casualties were phenomenal.There were once millions of dragonblooded. There may yet be again. But in the Age of Sorrows, they number in the uncounted tens of thousands.
>>30478271>But in the Age of Sorrows, they number in the uncounted tens of thousands.That's more like it, aye.
"...You watch things here.""Good call." Samiel nods. "We'll start cutting up the stone. You go give a look around."You nod and slap each other's shoulders as you walk past each other, him on the way to the stonemasons' wagons, you striding into the forest.The trees are not terribly thick, but foilage is low and undergrowth is tall, and the hilly terrain the woods stretch over makes finding your footing quite hard.Handing you a very short-skirted version of the palace's maid uniform might have been playful ribbing (or perversion) on Amata's part, but now you're grateful that you're not saddled with a long skirt or a cumbersome apron. You manage to make good time and press on into the woodland, searching for tracks, or some kind of trail. You find none, and, after about half a hour of searching, you are about to give up, when a low, threatening voice echoes from the thick of the undergrowth."Turn around and go back." >What do you want?>Are you the one who killed them? If yes, why?>Who are you?>Turn around and leave.>Threaten.>Attack.>Bluff.>Other?
>>30478343>Are you the one who killed them? If yes, why?
>>30478343>Are you the one who killed them? If yes, why?But don't take a single step forward yet, to avoid provoking them. In fact, take a half-step back to make it clear we're not yet trying to impose, and are in fact willing to appear vulnerable.
>>30478343>Are you the one who killed them? If yes, why?Let's make it clear we're keeping our distance for now.
>>30478343Why? I came to find you, to see you, to talk to you.If I were to do that walking over here would have been quite the pointless exercise. I don't do pointless stuff.
>>30475541Hey, Samiel did help make sure we didn't die, and he is of good breeding.
>>30478343>Bluff."And why should my Godly self take orders form you little one?"
>>30478343Let's go full Beowulf>Show yourself, Murderer!
>>30478375 This is more befitting a priest. Say this while not moving an inch.
>>30478386I'd rather go full Gilgamesh, honestly.
>>30478229you forgot Exigents
>>30478343>Are you the one who killed them? If yes, why?I hope the next guys that show up aren't descried using the worlds "alien" and "beauty" in the same sentence
>>30478401We don't know about Exigent populations yet, nor whether they count as Celestial or Terrestrial, so I'm completely ignoring them for now.
>>30478401We don't really know anything about them and their rarity yet
>>30478343>>Other?After I came all this way to speak to you? Nonsense.
>>30478343>Who are you?Follow-up with>What do you want?Question first, fight later.
>>30478375>>30478375Silver tongue priest that can fight if she has to.Lets do this.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeNBS1IY3pY>>30478415Lets not throw accusation just yet.
>>30478343>Other?Use our fancy new social charm to explain that we just want to find out what happened back there and why, if he would be so kind as to explain.We have charms for a reason, guys.
>>30478455Let's not waste essence until we know what we're dealing with here
Yes! Exalted quest! Never played it, but read all of your previous threads and it's awesome so far :3
>>30478455>Use our fancy new social charmOh shit, this. Regardless of which option we pick, using that charm should really smooth it over.
>>30478375I vote this. We're not the smartest, but we could at least not act like an accusational asshole. Wisdom, people.
>>30476640>Abyssals>having freedomPull the other one
>>30478343Actually, I'm changing >>30478386 to >>30478375
>>30478474We actually are fairly smart, according to what the QM said about our stats. Mind 2 is about as smart as a smart mortal, with most mortals having 1 in all stats. We're just not smart by Exalted definitions of smart.
>>30478477He's likely a Deathlord-affiliated Lunar
>>30478380>>30478380HereYeah >>30478375 sounds fine.
>>30478511God dammit.>>30478343I am>>30478380And I pick>>30478375Stupid fucking buttons.Stupid fucking captchs.
I think the consensus, at any rate, is a diplomatic/inquisitive approach, right?
>>30478542If we go with >>30478375 then this is basically our approach.
>>30477472>We're in the westWell, that explains the soulsteel ships. Someone's been taking notes from the Silver Prince.
>>30478637And explains the low level of DBs. We are seriously out in the boonies.
>>30478637That might even be their deathlord.
>>30478704No, they're under a homebrewed DL
"Why? I came to find you, to see you, to talk to you.""No. You came to find out who killed those people. If you hadn't found them, you would've never wandered here. You would have cut your stone and returned to your nice walled city." The voice replies.You feel the creature shifting his position, gliding silently through the forest around you, preventing you from pinpointing its location."And I'll tell you what you really want to know. I'm not here to harm your stonecutters. I'm not your enemy. But only as long as you leave this forest now. That quarry is now a border. You can go there anytime you want, but not one step further north. Warn your people when you return with your stone. Move north of the quarry, and you will start a war."The voice draws closer, and you can barely see a humanoid outline in the shadow."Now leave.">Leave forever>Leave, ask permission to return to meet him>Leave, ask for future contact>Ask who he is>Ask why he is doing this>Other?
>>30478756No, you move.
>>30478756>Ask who he isWe need to know who we might be starting a war with, after all.
>>30478756>>Ask who he is>>Leave, ask permission to return to meet him
>>30478756>Listen guy, while I personally have no interest in this area, I'm sure you'll understand if I assume relaying this information to the queen will accomplish approximately diddly-squat. What, you think she'll just give up the area over a vague threat made to someone else, who didn't even see you? I'm not interested in fighting, but you're really not doing anything but making sure the next time someone comes around they'll be far stronger than me alone.
>>30478756>Very well, I will leave. But before I do, tell me who you are, and why I should.
>>30478756>Leave, ask permission to return to meet himWe can't afford to start a second war for Tianna when they're still struggling to recover from the first attack.>>30478791Absolutely do not do this. See above for the reason.
>>30478756>>30478756>"No. You came to find out who killed those people. If you hadn't found them, you would've never wandered here. You would have cut your stone and returned to your nice walled city." Without knowing you are why would I have walked in the first place? Regardless I it is your wish I will leave but before that i would like to know more about who you are and why are you ding what you do now. You say not to be my enemy but leave ultimatums. I would very much like to know more so I can judge for myself or can make a case to others. And you yourself should understand that I do not represent the city, I merely stay there for some time, and help out. I will relay your wishes to the ones in the city. It is their decision.That being said when I leave I would be remiss in not asking your blessing in returning to meet with you. We will be neighbors after all even if it may be for a little while.
>>30478938>Regardless I it is your wishRegardless if it is your wishAt least i start to write better on this tiny phone screen.
>>30478938What nauseatingly and unnecessarily florid prose.
>>30478959Ok, less florid prose:>>30478756>"No. You came to find out who killed those people. If you hadn't found them, you would've never wandered here. You would have cut your stone and returned to your nice walled city."Without knowing you are why would I have walked in the first place? Moot point anyway.I want to know who you are and what or why you are doing here? I just live in the city and am not the one to make decisions for them, they do that on their own.I will go, but I will also ask permission to come back and meet you again.>Considering this seems to be a barbarian lunar, less florid may be better, but we are a former noble or someone in exile with enough pull to know a queen. Florid prose comes kind of naturally.
>>30479037>less florid may be betterYou can never know. He might go full Spartan or might go skald>captcha: solar nediamiHow appropriate
>>30479116From how he's spoken so far, less-florid would be better.
"...Who are you anyway?""Just call me Talon. If you have any need to." He (you're very sure the voice is masculine) replies. You can feel the aggression almost leaping at you."I'm going to leave now." You state clearly, to avoid any misunderstanding."Good." Is his glacial reply."But I'd like to be able to meet you again sometime.""Why?""Meeting people is what I do. If you're claiming the territory north of Tianna, you're a neighbor. We'll need to meet again some time."He doesn't reply right away."...Talon?" You ask for confirmation."I heard you.""And what do you say?" You insist."It's not a decision I can take on my own." He says, thoughtfully. "But if you really must insist... However, you will not come to us. NEVER cross this border. WE will come to you.">Tonight.>Tomorrow.>In a week.>We will let you know when we're ready for your visitCombined with>I want to see your face.>Tell me more about you and these other people you have to consult.>Can you guarantee the safety of the people living near the border and working the quarry?>Leave quietly afterwards.>Other?
>>30479155>Tomorrow.We have things to discuss with Amata tonight, and possible a message to pass on for her, what with the Abyssal correspondence and this new ultimatum.>Leave quietly afterwards.We're trust-building right now. Questions, faces, that can wait for tomorrow.
>>30479155>>Tomorrow.>Leave cutely.Okay crazy Talon, I love you, buh bye!
>>30479155>Tomorrow>Nod, and leave. Quietly is optional.Better for him to know we're leaving.
>>30479155>In a week.We need time to solve lots of things closer to home.>Can you guarantee the safety of the people living near the border and working the quarry?If people start ending up dead, then that would be a problem for other people who won't be as so understanding
>>30479289It shouldn't be tonight for this reason:>>30479183We have a lot to talk to Amata about tonight.
>>30479155>In a week.>Can you guarantee the safety of these people?>Leave quietly.
"How about tomorrow?""T-tomorrow?" You can detect that you've caught Talon off-guard. He probably wasn't expecting anything so soon."Tomorrow at sunset? I'll get everything ready. You can just walk through the main gates."No reply."...Talon?""I HEARD YOU!" He screams back.You leave him a few seconds."...Tomorrow at sunset. If anything goes wrong, you'll pay for it.""Everything will be alright." You reassure him.In the next bout of awkward silence, you turn around and return to the Quarry.There, you can see Amata ripping and pulling out of the ground perfectly-formed slabs of stone with her bare hands, the glow of essence about her, channeled by her suit of armor. Samiel is helping the stonemasons roll them aside using cut-down logs as wheels, directing their work."Maka!" He immediately spots you emerging from the forest. "Was everything all right?">I couldn't find anyone>Give a vague answer>Explain your encounter in detail
>>30479155>Can you guarantee the safety of the people living near the border and working the quarry?>Tomorrow
>>30479343>>Explain your encounter in detailLike we have a reason to lie.
>>30479343>Explain your encounter in detailAlso, Amata? OP, I think you have the wrong character there...
>>30479343>Explain your encounter in detail
>>30479343>Explain your encounter in detailthe fae didn't tell us to keep it a secret, he told us to warn people
>>30479343>AmataDo you mean Irene?>Explain your encounter in detailThey need to know sooner rather than later.
>>30479343Someone just claimed territory north of the quarry, and threatens war on anyone who trespasses.Its ok, I talked him into visiting us tomorrow so we can get to the bottom of this. Until then lets get back to work.> Amata? Not Irene
>>30479368 If its a fae we want shaping defenses asap. Paranoia combat or not, those just lolnope you into a duck.
>>30479414Only in the Wyld. Their shaping is pretty shit in normal reality.
>>30479414It's a Lunar.
Balst. Sorry, I'm tired. I obviously meant Irene.Maybe I should take a break?
>>30479546If you really need to, it's cool. We know who you meant.
>>30479546Take a break if you need it, continue if you don't. I'll stick around regardless.
>>30479546Take a break, man. We'll still be here.
You briefly explain to Irene and Samiel what just happened."...A rogue god?" Wonders Irene."Mom would have been informed by the city god. You know they're on good terms.""Right, then some Exalted, possibly a Lunar Anath- er, a Lunar, or a Fair Folk.""Could be either." They conclude."How about the stone?" You ask them."It's cut." Irene motions to the slabs of rock, rolled aside and ready to be carried.They look frighteningly heavy, and should even push the limits of your Ten Ox Meditation power if you tried to carry them all at once.If you did two trips you'd be sure to carry them more comfortably, but that means double the vulnerability, and finally returning to town very late at night.>One trip.>Two trips.>Other?
>>30479854>One trip.No stones can beat us! This is just training!
>>30479854>One tripSee if we can use some sort of soak/resilience effect to boost how long we can handle that load without injuring our joints or growing exhausted, on top of Ten Ox. This sort of punishment and perseverance might be exactly what we need to pick up a good soak charm.
>>30479854Let's do it all in one trip. If we're sore the next morning, we'll get Sam and Irene to give us a massage.
>>30479854Since this is obviously a hook for a new (and our last) power. Is it just going to be another strength amplifier?
>>30479854Also, taking a short break. I think I might have a slight fever. Will definitely show up later though.
>>30479894Oh, I rather like that. I could definitely see this as training for a soak charm that doesn't involve having someone hit us repeatedly.
>>30479915>Since this is obviously a hook for a new (and our last) power.I hope not. "you are stronger" is pretty boring compared to what some charms can do.
>>30479918Going to make yourself some tea or something?Anyway, looks like consensus is one trip. Is there anything else you want us to discuss or consider before you return?
>>30479943Stockings or pantyhose? Discuss Stockings >>> shit >>> pantyhoseP.S. It's true.
>>30479936>>30479945>>30479915I kind of want to see it happen just to punnish Anon for being completely inept at reading blatant subtext.
>>30480056Agreed. Stockings are clearly superior.
>>30480073Exaltedfag usually mentions explicitly when something gives us a charm
>>30480056Classy Chinese lady agrees.Speaking of class, are western-styled clothes normal in Tianna or is it just your interpretation of the setting?
>>30480111It's mentioned that the royal physician wears a kimono, so I'm guessing at least a touch of Oriental. Irene's armor seems Western-ish, though.
>>30480164>Irene's armor seems Western-ish, though.And her evening outfit. And maids' dresses. And the red dress Maka wore. And Flower's dress. And Amata's combat gear.Sam is pretty hot-blooded animu.
>>30480202Yeah, but he's hot-blooded animu aping Western fashions.
>>30480111I assumed Tianna is majorly Western, with Eastern influences, especially when it comes to the healing arts. What I want to know is what Maka normally wears. She's from the South, so would she normally wear an Egyptian or Arabian style of dress?
>>30480231>What I want to know is what Maka normally wears.I kinda had it in my head that she wore a sort of bandeau or belt-like top with a short-sleeved jacket (that ends at the middle of her waist) on over it, and a pair of tight runners shorts and some boots.
>>30480231There's also all kinds of African, Indian, and so forth fashions in the South depending on which part you're from. Personally, I like to picture her normal mode of dress as a long, simple, white toga-dress. Something easy to untuck and let fall to the ground, and of a thin enough cloth that it leaves very little to the imagination to begin with.But, then, I'm a lecher.
>>30480255u w0t m8?
>>30480266So basically her character image in the OP?
>>30480266Togas are effectively overcoats, though.Going by OP's picture, I'd say a loose white long tunic, possibly some pants, Aladdin style, but not even going to the knees and a pair of sandals. Also, some jewelry if she still has any remaining.
>>30480279Less cleavage and a thinner fabric. But... Kinda? More like the culturally-insensitive egypt-dress that Cleopatra wears in cartoons.
>>30480287>royalty>wearing pantsNah, we're definitely a dress/skirt sort.
>>30480278A lot like that, really.
>>30480312Probably because I posted that picture in the first thread while we were talking about what Maka looked like.
>>30480302I really wrote pants because she's an exile on the run. Or was, at least.>>30480278A bit too modern, no?Picture unrelated but noice.
>>30480329Just because you're on the run doesn't mean you wear pants, it means you wear a less-restrictive skirt. You're still royalty, damn it.
>>30480340ARE we royalty, though? I know we're fugitive from our lands, but beyond that, we haven't really developed the backstory as much.
>>30480340Um, in exalted being royalty would probably required us to wear pants and/or powerarmor on most occasions, so you might want to start looking for reasons we're a cultural deviant. Also, Samiel is more likely than not to where a skirt casually, so there's that.
Something like this but with deeper cuts?
Why were we on the run anyway? I'm thinking younger dragonblood sibling usurped us.
>>30480387We're a child of a second marriage. Our older brother inherited upon our mother's death and decided that he did in fact want the throne he'd previously abdicated. He'd been acting strange for a while before he enacted his coup though...
>>30480377We are. A QM post in the first thread said we're exiled royalty.
>>30480383Exactly like that, but able to open on the front and loosely-bound with a sash or something.
>>30480378>Also, Samiel is more likely than not to where a skirt casually, so there's that.Ain't nothing wrong with a man in a skirt/kilt, especially in Creation, but why exactly do you think so?>>30480387Why Dragon-Blooded? Could've been a simple coup, Could be the next in line for the throne and our older sibling decided to kill up. Could've been a posse of God-Blooded usurping our kingdom.
>>30480417Which means we should be wearing pants dammit! Alas, look how far we've fallen. A maid get up! Oh what mother would say...ok, she'd tell us we look cute and tease us mercilessly, but still, the point is this is just wrong.
>>30480387>>30480410All we know is that we're exiled. We could be exiled because of an usurpation, or because of a power struggle we lost, or because the country was conquered, or even because we abdicated. All that we know for sure is that we're exiled royalty, and here due to Amata's protection and hospitality.
>>30480425>but able to open on the front A deep cut past cleavage and lacing going down?>loosely-bound with a sash or somethingYeah, a sash of a belt would do nicely.
>>30480426>Why Dragon-Blooded?because the justification our sibling used was might makes right. The look on her face when we show back up as an exalt would be priceless.
>>30480445Yeah, that works. I just have this image in my head of Maka turning around, untucking one tuck, and letting her whole dress just sort of slide off of her to the ground. And a thin enough fabric for it not to be too hot in the sun.And for her nipples to show through even when they're soft because of her dark skin.
>>30480446There's more than one way how might makes right. Not all of them involve Exalted. They're supposed to be fairly rare.
>>30480445How many fetish tropes have we included in Maka's outfit thus far? Cleavage, open-front, sheer fabric...Any slits for legs?
>Implying a Zenith princess wouldn't have multiple outfits for awesome Solar dress-up action.
>>30480478>leg slitsWasn't that a given?
>>30480481Now that we're a Zenith and not a blue-blooded hobo, we'll get a nice wardrobe.
>>30480522Well, we've never been a hobo. We were a princess for a long time, and then left our kingdom for whatever reason. Then Amata took us in, and we've probably been able to get by through her.
>>30480546There was this period between your second and third sentences.Also, we couldn't have been in Tianna for long if we've never met Amata's children
>>30480560Agreed. A week, at most.We could have been recently exiled, though.
>>30480567True, but you're forgetting the travel time in this setting. We were probably on the road for a minimum of a month, maximum of a year before getting to Tianna.
>>30480567There's also the issue of distances.We're from the South and now we're somewhere in the West, possibly in the southern part of it so there's at all possible for us to know Tianna even exists.And that means Lintha soon, fellow Exalt...
>>30480641>>30480657True that. We would likely have been on a ship for quite a while, and I don't imagine we could pass as a man well enough to be above deck.
>>30480657Hmm, I hadn't thought of Lintha. This could be fun.
>>30480676...we probably just booked passage on a ship with a female crew if that was an issue, which I doubt it was.
>>30480676>I don't imagine we could pass as a manCertainly not with that rack.Though I thought Storm Mothers were mostly active in the central and northern part of the direction. Might easily be wrong though.
>>30480056Stockings and pantyhose are both great. Stockings are clearly superior in most cases, though, yes.
>>30480698...what issue do you think I'm talking about? The Storm Mothers sink any ship with a woman above decks in the West. Woman sailors crossdress and pray to the gods that they pass as a dude.
>>30480800Then why can't they just stay below decks?
>>30480821Because they're sailors, they have stuff to do. Female passengers can move as long as Storm Mothers don't see them.
>>30480821They can. All I'm saying is that Maka would have had a very long trip without being able to get above decks. She's probably really enjoying no longer going stir crazy now that she's safe in Tianna.
>>30480858I wonder is she was invited by Amata or if she just tried a few places for asylum.
>>30480876We'll probably get to decide that later.
>>30480466Dresses that come entirely undone by tugging a single string are canon for DB party fashion.To everyone else in this thread who had ideas and suggestions for what kind of sexy/provocative/lewd clothes Maka might have or wear: yes.I'm back, new post soon.Have a Maka's maid outfit.
>>30481049...huh. The skirt's actually longer than I thought it would be.
http://i.imgur.com/hygiFEb.pngTried to get a body type down that would maybe work for Maka, but eh.
>>30481213Maybe a little more waist and a little less hips. She still looks like someone could break her in half. I would also like if the hair was a little less messy. Loving the arms, abs, and collar bone, though.
>>30481213Eh. I prefer the OP image myself. Long hair makes sense for royalty.
[Spent Essence x5][Essence: 0/5]As you slowly lift the stack of rock slabs above your head, your muscles and bones make actual, audible cracking sounds under the immense strain. You can faintly ear, in the distance, the amazed comments (and more than a few bets) of the stonecutters that accompanied you.With a final effort, you manage to load the entire stack on your back. Your skin and forehead blaze with the golden glow of your essence, but the mass of marble over your head conceals it almost entirely.Shaking and trembling under the terrifying weight, you take one step.Then another. And then some more.After what feels like an eternity of torture, you dare turn your neck and look behind yourself, and realize that you're made about ten meters....This is going to be a long day, isn't it?There are really no words to describe the literally sisyphean task that you've taken on yourself. Along the way, alone with your thoughts (which is, as always, a terrible place to be), the pain and strain brings you to question everything.Your loyalty to Tianna, which isn't even your homeland. Your debt to Amata, which could be considered re-payed by the fact that you have saved her life during the abyssals' attack. Your night of passion with Irene, merely a few hours of fun between two consenting adults. This blasted city, which still fears and mistrusts you after you arguably saved their bacon from a freaking DEATHLORD.Why are you doing this? Why are you doing this while wearing a demeaning servant's outfit when you have the chance of having much more, of doing much more, of BEING much more?>Screw this, I'm done.>[Compassion] I'm doing it because these people need it.>[Conviction]I'm doing it for loyalty and the sake of mutual assistance.>[Temperance] I'm doing it as punishment for my mistakes.>[Valor] I'm doing it because I want to be accepted.>[Willpower] I'm doing it because I want to do it.
>>30481328>[Compassion] I'm doing it because these people need it.>[Conviction]I'm doing it for loyalty and the sake of mutual assistance.Let's not be an asshole like our First Age incarnation probably was.
>>30481328Can I just cast and anti-vote? Because I vote specifically against this:>Screw this, I'm done.Literally any other options is fine with me.
>>30481328Hmm, i'd say a blend of >[Compassion]>[Willpower]
>>30481177In my mind Amata forced her to wear one of those fanservicey maid outfits with the ridiculously short microskirts, but i couldn't find proper pics that were also enough on the SFW side of things AND sufficiently classy.
>>30481328>>[Compassion] I'm doing it because these people need it.Nevermind the fact that Amata and her family run this place and have been really kind to us.Nevermind the fact that we're now a Solar, and we have the strength to get away.These people need us. They need all the help they can get. Unless we show them that we're here to HELP, they're going to be just as afraid of us as they are of the Abyssals. And the Abyssals are going to be back, anyway. Fuck pride. Fuck relationships. There are people that need to be helped, so we're going to help the SHIT out of them.
>>30481382>>30481353we're choosing a power. Choose one and only one.[Conviction]
>>30481328>[Compassion] I'm doing this because these people need it.Fixing the wall will go a long way to making these people safe, or at least they'll FEEL safe. Maybe next time you won't have to wear a degrading outfit. You might even get accepted.
>>30481328>>[Conviction]I'm doing it for loyalty and the sake of mutual assistance.
>>30481353 here.>>30481328>[Conviction]I'm doing it for loyalty and the sake of mutual assistance.
>>30481328>[Conviction]I'm doing it for loyalty and the sake of mutual assistance.Lets not get the heart of tears Limit Break
>>30481328>[Willpower] I'm doing it because I want to.
>>30481328>Why are you doing this while wearing a demeaning servant's outfit when you have the chance of having much more, of doing much more, of BEING much more?Because Solars live like 3000 years or something insane like that, and this is a very minor price to pay for useful allies and a reputation as helpful and dependable?I have no idea which option this falls under.
>>30481495conviction. Mutual assistance and whatnot.
When we can, I would like to try to get some kind of improved essence-regain charm. Something like 'when you spend a full scene communing with the sun, restore your Essence pool to full.' I don't think it should be as high up on the priority list as a soak charm or additional social charms, but I definitely want to get that.
>>30481495This is how a more experienced Solar could reason, but at this point Maka has no idea of how long the lifespan of Solars is.
>>30481328>[Conviction]I'm doing it for loyalty and the sake of mutual assistance.Amata took us in - SAVED us - when we were exiled from our home. Now she and her family are in danger, and we have the means to save them. Until they're safe, they deserve and are owed our help. Friendship is a sacred bond, and we don't forget our friends.
>>30481328>[Conviction]I'm doing it for loyalty and the sake of mutual assistance.Quite convicted.
Step after step on the incredibly long road back to Tianna, you spend your time with your own doubts and questions.It feels like you've crossed the entire Creation, down the great sea, through the blessed island's valleys and cities and rice paddies, up and down from the Blessed Mountain and the Mountains at the Center of the World, across the Inner Sea, up the River Province with its cities and its kingdoms, into the Far East.After eight million years, you lift your head, struggling against the load of stone put upon your shoulders, fully expecting to see the Elemental Pole of Wood before you.The gates of the city. Well, close enough.Finally, your strength, even sustained by Essence, fails you, and you are crushed beneath one thousand tons of solid stoneTime passes, in darkness.Finally, you are brought back to light. A fading light, of the red glow of twilight reflected by a thin, sparse cloud cover."Oh good heavens Maka please tell us you're alive." You feel a familiar voice calling you, and hands grab you and pull you up. Lifted from the soil, you catch for a moment the sight of a distinctly Maka-shaped imprint in the ground. It's so ridiculous you can't help but laugh."...I found my answers..." You croak."What the heck is she talking about?" You hear someone comment before a flask full of cold water is unceremoniously jammed in your mouth.You're brought back to life. Amaa, Irene and Samiel are all around you, as well as the stoneworkers and a lot of guard and citizens."...You never answered." Irene seems almost angry with you. "I was so worried!""Was... under...""No! Before! While you were carrying! We kept asking you if you were alright and if you wanted to take a break but you never answered! You just kept walking straight! We were worried as hell, but we couldn't exactly stop you now could we!" She protests."...Sorry if I worried you." you babble, before Amata dumps the rest of the flask on your head."Dragons above." She sighs.
>>30481882Hot holy damn we're stronk.
>>30481882That's pretty hardcore.
>>30481882"like mother like daughter, both cute when angry."
>>30481882Fuck yes.Wait, where does this put us, virtue-wise? Conviction?
>>30481972should respond with this if this is a 'wat do' moment
>>30482032Might be a two-part update.
>>30482056Exaltedfag, for future reference, could you put a [1/X] at the bottom of multi-part updates?
>>30481882OP, have we regained any personal essence yet? Might want to activate our social power for this conversation.
>>30482132we burned them all on that boulder.
[Exaltation Chargen: Gained new Power][IRON SKIN CONCENTRATION (1 Ess): Causes one attack suffered to deal 1 less point of damage (min. 0).][Character Creation Ended. Changes Finalized.][Backgrounds: +1 Influence][1 damage suffered, Health 4/5]It takes you a while to understand that you're being sheered. It takes you a moment more to realize that it's the people of Tianna doing it. They saw everything. You collapsed in front of the city gates, after all.It's not a lot of people. Some are silent. Some are leaving. Many, you imagine, haven't seen it, and will only learn through word-of-mouth, probably a distorted version, changed to fit the aims of the one telling it.But you don't care, mostly because everything in your body hurts and you are too pain to brain right now. You are hoisted up on Samiel's shoulder and carried back to palace, pieces and tatters of your ripped maid dress leaving a train behind you. You guess it was too much for it.You also manage to see a large wooden crane, slowly hoisting the slabs of stone so that they can then be dropped to fill in the hole in the walls....Another thing you notice worries you. It's just a glimpse, but there are arrows stabbed in the ground just outside the breach. A small pool of blood, here and there. Before you turn a corner and your line of sight is interrupted, you see weapons scattered about, and some bodies.You are then plonked on your good old bed by Samiel. Amata and Irene haven't accompanied you this far, likely taking their leave in order to attend their business. The short maid, however, is there, waiting for you with a large mug of smoking hot tea in hand and a platter of cookies in the other."...Take good care of her." Samiel smiles, patting her head. A gesture that she seems to enjoy. "Will do, master."He then turns to leave.
>Stop him, ask if you can talk to him (about?).>Stop him, ask him to call for Irene or to bring her a message. (what?)>Stop him, ask him to call for Amata or to bring her a message. (what?)>Let him go, talk to Millian (about?).>Ask Millian to bring paper, quill and inkwell.>Rest.>>30482076(I always try to put a (cont.) but sometimes forget to do so, but in general I'll ALWAYS write a selection of choices at the end of my final post so you know I'm done. Like now.)
>>30482229>Stop him, ask him to call for Amata or to bring her a message. (what?)Talk about the letter the Abyssal dude sent.
>>30482229>>Stop him, ask him to call for Amata or to bring her a message. (what?)That letter from the Abyssal. Also would be good to ask what was up with the blood and bodies.
>>30482187>sheeredlel I am dumb. was CHEERED. sorry, I checked and I AM running this with a fever. Ignore and try to make sense of any typos.
>>30482229>Stop him, tell him that the queen can question you about the encounter in the forest now, if she wishes.Should get this over with.
>>30482229>>Stop him, ask him to call for Amata or to bring her a message. (what?)Say you need to tell her about a letter, and can explain what happened with mystery guy outside the quarry as well.
>>30482229>Stop him, ask him ito call for Amata...We need to tell the queen about the letter and about the meeting we set up tomorrow night.
>>30482229>Stop him, ask him to call for Amata or to bring her a message.We got some explaining to do about that Abyssal's letter and our encounter in the north.
>>30482229>>Stop him, ask him to call for Amata or to bring her a message. (what?)We have things to talk to her about. URGENT things.
"Can you..." Man, was talking always this painful? "...Can you call for your mother?""Shouldn't you rest?" He asks, concerned."I AM resting." You tiredly point out. "I AM in BED."Defeated by your sound logical processes, he nods and leaves.Milliam approaches with tea and cookies and offers you the cup and platter.Lying down on the bed, moving a single muscle, you simply open your mouth. Even that simple level of exertion shoots pain through your skull so hard you actually wince, a full two seconds later (the time it takes, right now, for your reflexes to activate)Understanding immediately, the dutiful maid blows a bit on the tea until it's a bit milder, then slowly and expertly pours it down your mouth, tossing in a cookie for flavor every now and then."Must've been a rough day." She just notes. You barely manage to chew and nod to her at the same time without pulling a muscle.Then, you black out, and are woken up by the sudden jolt of a finger suddenly piercing your sides, just below he rib.Amata is kneeling by your bed, looking tired but mildly entertained by your reaction. The maid has left. The sun has went down. You must have dozed off for half a hour or so."I'm here." She just says, pulling herself up on the bed and sitting on it, next to you. Then, looking at the sorry, sorry, sorry condition you're in, she takes some pity on you."...roll over. You can talk while I give you a massage. You look like you pulled every muscle in your body." She says. "And while I do that, tell me everything."[end session]
>>30482229>Stop him, ask him to call for Amata.We have to tell her about the creatures in the North, and our meeting with them. As for the letter, we'll see.
>>30482596Yay! Massage!But how are we supposed to roll over if we can't move without blinding pain?Thanks for the thread, Exaltedfag.
Next thread will be... I have no idea. I'll TRY to run tomorrow but with the way my health is I promise nothing. Maybe you'll just get a slow thread typed from tablet at bed. I'll try and hang around. Discussions, questions, suggestions and criticisms are welcome.
>>30482642yo OP, you might want to get a twitter for the quest, to keep players up to date on scheduled run times/delays and link threads
>>30482642Thanks for running! I'm enjoying it a lot so far. Even I know nothing about Exalted.
>>30482639It's just bashing damage, we'll be fine in the morning.
>>30482596>massageYes. OH yes.
>>30482642Thanks for running the quest. Get some rest.
>>30482663Hadn't thought about that. Will look into it. Thanks. Incidentally, if I did this, how many of you would use it to keep up to date? (asking to see if i should bother)
>>30482750statsitically speaking, I and the 5 other anons that lurk probably would
>>30482750I would. Especially since you seem to run at a few different times of the day.
>>30482750I would, also a note about twitter/quest usage, most anons don't have accounts, so they'll bookmark the twitter page and check it for updates rather than make an account and follow, but it still helps
>>30482879I don't know about most, but yeah I have the Quest Runner Directory always open in a tab myself.
>>30482750I would definitely use it.>>30482642Critiques? Well, you're getting better at not extending posts out into 2-3 post long updates. The ideal rate for most quests is 2-3 updates per hour, with one or at most two posts per update. That keeps things happening and players responding often enough to be properly engaged. You're definitely moving in the right direction on that front.Now that we're done with character creation, how long and how much effort does training take? For example, if we want to get the scene-long upgrade to our soak charm, what would that take/cost?
Anyone gonna archive this?
>>30483295http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=TiannaIt's already archived. Remember to vote it up.
>>30483270>Critiques? Well, you're getting better at not extending posts out into 2-3 post long updates. The ideal rate for most quests is 2-3 updates per hour, with one or at most two posts per update. That keeps things happening and players responding often enough to be properly engaged. You're definitely moving in the right direction on that front.Lately i do a lot of travelling and waiting, so i'm not always in front of my PC. (which is why i tried to take up quest-running in the first place, to keep myself busy) which is why i sometimes update slowly / irregularly / with huge pauses. It's not optimal, but I literally have no other choice.As for mechanics, it will be based on a simplified character points mechanism (which i haven't detailed yet).
>>30484175Right, I've got you, I was more talking about post length. I don't know that there were any three-post updates in this thread, and there were quite a few in previous ones. Definite improvement.Can you detail it right now?