The vast monstrosity carved out of blood, bone, flesh, stone and wood towers above you."...Alright. I'm sure you have a plan." Zaan whispers to Samiel, keeping his eyes fixed on the Behemoth as it gently rolls towards you, gliding on the shifting substance of the Wyld beneath it. From the fluid part of its body, snakelike monsters form and grow in length, and hideous human-like beasts of horn and fur leap out, staring at you with hungry eyes."...My plan was to get you and hope YOU had a plan." The dragon-blooded admits, sword drawn."Oh? What's it?" A new voice rings out, clear as a crystal bell. "Is this all the forces you could muster against me? I'm insulted.""Show yourself!" Samiel calls out."But my dear, I HAVE shown myself." Your attention is drawn to the greenish gem set in the monster's chest. You can see a humanlike figure sitting on a vast, elaborate throne within. "...What did you do with Talon?" You ask back, raising your fists in a guard."Talon? Oh, that wolfman? He's-" Then the voice shifts to a derisive tone. "...why should I even tell you?"The figure inside the gem makes a slight gesture, and the snakelike appendages of the monster dart towards you, baring their fangs.>Avoid the giant snake, leap on its head>Avoid the giant snake, run past it and head for the main body>Grab the fangs, grapple the snake>Strike back at the fangs, counterattack>Other?
Rolled 9>>31115628>>Grab the fangs, grapple the snakeWe're good at grappling snake.Rip it's head off.Also, Since this seems to be Dorian: [SOLAR HERO STYLE ACTIVATE]
>Who are we?Maka, an exiled noble recently Exalted as a Zenith-caste Solar. She's in the western city of Tianna as a guest of queen Amata (DB), an old friend. Abyssals are targeting the city for conquest, Lintha pirates have infiltrated it with spies and agents, and half the island is controlled by paranoid Lunars. Fun times. She has joined an assault on the island's Wyld land as part of the plan to forge an alliance between Tianna and the Lunars, and it's time for the final (maybe?) showdown.>Solar? Zenith? I don't know Exalted...This quest is as newbie-friendly as possible, and I want it to work as a newbie's intro to Exalted. If you have ANY question, ask in thread. For the setting, google "1d4chan exalted".>Archive?http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=zenith>System?Dicepool-like system. When performing an action, everyone rolls 1d10 when posting. the first X rolls are considered, where X is equal to attribute + ability. Yes, this means that the more people are posting, the stronger Maka is, up to a limit of her attribute + ability.>XP?Attributes cost [current score x5] xp. Abilities cost [current score x3] xp, except Zenith costing [(current score x3) -1]. Charms cost 10 xp, except for Zenith-based charms (related to charisma and physical/mental fortitude) which cost 8 xp. At the end of every "session" (thread) you will be presented with a list of possible acquisitions.>Twitter?@exaltedfag
Rolled 9>>31115628>Grap the fangs, grapple the snakeIf it's really Dorian I guess I'll second>>31115653
Rolled 5>>31115628seconding >>31115653
Rolled 6>>31115628>Grab the fangs, grapple the snakeIt's both our forte AND should make for a good spectacle.
>>31115653Yep, let's go for it.>Grab the fangs, grapple the snakePop Solar hero.
Rolled 4>>31115653Yeah okay.INTO THE MAW OF DANGER! SOL INVICTUS!
Rolled 10>>31115806Forgot to roll.
Rolled 3>>31115628>>Avoid the giant snake, leap on its headSnaaaaake suuurfiiiing
Rolled 8>>31115628>Grab the fangs, grapple the snakeactivate Solar Hero Style, Ten Ox Meditation and maybe Iron kettle Body
Rolled 10>>31116068Hell no, that's literally all our remaining essence.Unless we see a clear opportunity to gank Dorian, we shouldn't burn any more than the solar hero style at this point.
Rolled 7>>31116079it's scene long effects and he's here.and we regenerate essence faster when empty
>>31116088And if he runs away?We're stuck with no essence in the middle of the wyld.We need to pace ourselves. If we see a clear opportunity to hammer him, or need to throw up some emergency defences against mooks, sure, we can burn that essence at the time.Prudence is a valuable thing when our essence pool is as limited as it is.
>>31116138different guy, but we need to hammer him NOW, and we will need defenses before he swings. Plus, Dorian knows he's the final boss, he won't run. He will, however, transform into gradually scarier creatures before finishing the fight as a humanoid
Rolled 4>>31115628Grab the fangs, grapple the snakeuse Solar hero Style and Ten Ox Meditation
>>31116193We're not even close enough to hammer him yet. We've got to deal with the snake first.Also we don't actually know it's Dorain for sure. It could be the last unaccounted fae noble who works for him.This doesn't seem dramatic enough for Dorian given how Silk profiled him.
Rolled 2>>31115653>>31115683>>31116037>>31116068>>31116079we're apparently very good at killing giant monsters>>31116219>We're not even close enough to hammer him yet. We've got to deal with the snake first.probably counts as the same scene
>>31116219the other noble got fucked up by everyone while we were sleeping. There's the off chance its Garnet though
Rolled 10>>31115628>>Grab the fangs, grapple the snakeactivate all relevant charms, we have people here to impress
Rolled 8>>3111623010 ox is for one attack, solar hero and iron kettle are scenelong.
>>31116233Granted, but again; this feels off.I'd have expected Dorain confront us in a far more dramatic manner.
Rolled 6>>31116248oh, I forgot that it works differently in combat. I just thought >wrestling giant snake = need super strength
[Solar Hero Style] [Essence: 2/5]Physical + Dawn + Solar Hero Style = 9 9 5 6 4 3 10 3 8 = 5 successesEverything happens so fast.The heads lunge at your group. Samiel rolls sideways and disappears from your field of view as one of the snakes crashes on the ground where he was standing a moment ago. Zaan leaps above another head in an agile somersault, and lands on top of it, trying not to get thrown off.As for you, you meet your opponent head-on, and grab the fangs as they come. The head smashes into you, but you plant your feet and latch on to it.Putting your strength against it, you bend it sideways, and slam its head on the ground like in a giant match of arm wrestling.With a scream of effort, you pull the two fangs one against the other, smashing them in pieces. They disintegrate into some kind of horrible red-black blood-like substance.Before you can strike back again, though the head pulls back, and several of the human-sized, beast-like creatures march in and surround you, acting as if moved by a single mind and purpose.They are all red and white, although some seem made from blood, some fur, some bone, or wood, or other indistinguishable substances. they are shaped as hobgoblins, lizardmen, beastmen, men and women with bestial, or feylike, traits, and horrendous mutations, no one identical to the other or even similar."MAKA! SAMIEL!" You hear Zaan scream from atop the snake-head as it raises in the air. Some of these creatures, born with wings, are flying up to him. "NEED A HAND HERE! BUY ME TIME!""NO CAN DO!" You can't see Samiel from here, but his voice makes it clear that he has enough trouble on his own.>Focus on dispatching the beasts around you>Break through the encirclement, head for the main body>Try and jump to the snake body Zaan is riding on>Try and grab one of the fliers
Rolled 3>>31116514>Try and jump to the snake body Zaan is riding onuse Iron Kettle Body, I'm sure we're about to take damage
Rolled 10>>31116514>Try and jump to the snake body Zaan is riding onactivate Iron Kettle Body
Rolled 8>>31116514>Try and jump to the snake body Zaan is riding on[ACTIVATE IRON KETTLE BODY]
Rolled 2>>31116514>Break through the encirclement, head for the main bodyTry to grab their attention.
Rolled 8>>31116514>Help Zaan>Use flyers like stepping stones to reach him
Rolled 2>>31116514seconding>>31116558but activate Iron Kettle Body
>>31116558Oh, right. Add activate Iron Kettle Body to this vote post.
Rolled 10>>31116514seconding >>31116558with IKB
Rolled 4>>31116514this>>31116558with IKB
Rolled 6>>31116558Let's put on a show.
Rolled 7>>31116514>Try and jump to the snake body Zaan is riding on
Rolled 10>>31116514do >>31116558
Physical + Dawn + Solar Hero Style = 3 10 8 2 8 2 10 4 6 = 6 successesSeems that Zaan has come up with a plan. At least you hope.No time to waste. As the beastly offspring of the Behemoth charge you, you send the first one reeling back with a fractured skull, assuming it even has one. When the second arrives, you kick high and plant your foot on its horned head, then use that as a platform to jump above him.Temporarily airborne, you intercept one of the flying beasts in mid-air and grab onto its leg.The flesh is wet and slippery, but you manage to hold on to it, at least until the creature notices your hitch-hiking (which doesn't take long).Once she goes, it becomes practically impossible to hold on to it as it shakes left and right in an effort to get rid of you. As if that weren't enough, several other fliers are now swarming around you, lunging at you in an airborne chaos of horns and claws and fangs.You slip off your first ride and land on the back of another beast as if was flying below you, and before it slams to the ground you manage to leap of it towards a third......that's when you see the main body of the Behemoth turn its head towards you, a glow of light gathering in its mouth.>Abort your attempt to get to Zaan and use a flier as a shield.>Try and leap away, from flier to flier, too fast for the main body to track.>Jump on a nearby snake body (which is not the one Zaan is on) and defend yourself there.>Other?
Rolled 4>>31116840>Jump on a nearby snake body (which is not the one Zaan is on) and defend yourself there.If it looks like we'll be hit, use IKB
>>31116840>>Jump on a nearby snake body (which is not the one Zaan is on) and defend yourself there.by jumping away at the correct time, leaving the snake holding the bag. Or the beam as the case may be.
Rolled 9>>31116840>Jump to a nearby snake body while taunting the behemouth
Rolled 5>>31116840>Jump on a nearby snake body (which is not the one Zaan is on) and defend yourself there.Use IKB.
Rolled 2>>31116840>Try and leap away, from flier to flier, too fast for the main body to track.
Rolled 2>>31116840>>Try and leap away, from flier to flier, too fast for the main body to track.
Forgot to mention, since everyone is asking for it you are activating [IKB] too. [Essence 1/5]
Rolled 2>>31116840>Jump on a nearby snake body (which is not the one Zaan is on) and defend yourself there.use IKB
Rolled 5>>31116840>Jump on a nearby snake body (which is not the one Zaan is on) and defend yourself there.
Rolled 2>>31116840>Jump on a nearby snake body (which is not the one Zaan is on) and defend yourself there.really shitty dice on this roll
Rolled 1>>31116840seconding >>31116887
>>31116928Hey, we got a 9, so we didn't fail.
>>31116940do you really think whatever we're doing is difficulty 1?
Rolled 7>>31116940We didn't critfail.No way in hell we actually succeeded with 1 success, though.
>>31116940We didn't botch, that doesn't mean we didn't fail.
>>31116840>Jump on a nearby snake body, then jump away so it hits the snake
>>31116949>>31116958>>31116970Ah, right. Played too much nWoD, I guess.
Rolled 3>>31117006forgot my roll, it case it matters
[Iron Kettle Body][Essence 1/5]Whatever is about to come your way is certainly not healthy. You drop your "ride" and land heavily on one of the snake-bodies jutting out of the Behemoth's main body."MAKAAA!" You hear Zaan call out, now invisible to you as the snake he's on is much higher than yours."GIVE ME A SEC!" You scream back, running down the snake's body as the head slowly tracks you...Until, at least, it breathes, or rather spits, a jet of multicolored, liquid fire at you. You act on instinct, putting on a spurt of speed and trying to avoid it, but the wave of fire washes over you and the snake alike.[HP: 4/5]Your entire body begins to burn as a horrible, acrid smell invades your nose. More like acid than fire, the liquid burns through your clothes and skin, and eats through the snake's body almost instantly.Detached from the rest of the creature, it begins to fall down, putting even more distance between you and Zaan. You have to act fast.But how? What can you do?In the distance, the voice laughs, enjoying the spectacle.>Leap, grab onto a flyer.>Leap, grab onto another snake head.>Ride it to the ground, try to regroup with Samiel.>Ride it to the ground, then charge the main body.>Turn around, jump across the gap burned by the acid, try and leap onto the half of the snake still attached to the main body.
>>31117023(your roll was used, by the way: 4 9 5 2 2 2 5 2 1. 1 success, not enough to damage the Behemoth in any way. sorry, i'm still a bit feverish and forgetting bits and pieces around.)
Rolled 1>>31117023Are we still on fire?>Lap to another snake head
Rolled 6>>31117023>>Turn around, jump across the gap burned by the acid, try and leap onto the half of the snake still attached to the main body.
Rolled 9>>31117023>Leap, grab onto a flyer.We need to get to Zaan!
Rolled 4>>31117023>Leap, grab onto another snake head.Going up! Next floor: death, acid, fire, snakes and bailing out one lunar in a tight spot.
Rolled 8>>31117023>Leap, grab onto another snake head.
Rolled 8>>31117069>one lunar in a tight spothe should be able to get himself out if we distract the behemoth enough
Rolled 5>>31117023>Leap to another snake head
Rolled 6>>31117023how many heads does this thing have, anyways?
Rolled 4>>31117023>Leap, grab onto a flyer.
Rolled 7>>31117023>Leap, grab onto another snake head.boss figth time
Rolled 1>>31117057>>31117075>>31117085>>31117152not bad, let's hope we do some damage.I wonder what our allies are doing.
Rolled 5>>31117189>not bad, let's hope we do some damage.We're not trying to do damage, we're trying to save Zaan.>I wonder what our allies are doing.At least one is seriously occupied, and the other is in need of saving.
Rolled 6>>31117198>the other is in need of saving.but why? he's on the head of a snake, that's the perfect place to hit the snake from
Rolled 4>>31117213...have you not been reading? He's been screaming for help for the past three posts after he lost his good position.
Rolled 4>>31117224yes, I have. What I'm asking is WHY he's screaming for help? It's not like the snake is eating him, he's just sitting on its head. How is that a situation that requires saving?
>>31117249He's trying to do something (presumably sorcery) to fix this clsuterfuck and he's getting swamped by flying mooks in addition to snakehead.
Rolled 10>>31117249Presumably because he's stuck on the head of a dangerous snake head as flying creatures harass him and he can't do anything other than defend himself, while he really needs to cast some sorcery, because he's a sorcerer.
Physical + Night = 1 6 9 4 8 = 2 successesBefore the flying monsters can swarm you again, you seize the opportunity and, with a running start, leap onto another of the snake heads before you hit the ground. You almost miss your timing, though, and have to grasp the scales to avoid slipping down.Looking at the ground, about fifty meters below you, you see... the ground-based monsters are starting to sprout wings and take to the air, one after another. Some javelins made from a red, coagulated blood-like substance are chucked at you.Trying to keep a cool head, you climb up on the snake and avoid the projectiles. Of course, in the meanwhile, the ones that were ALREADY airborne have started to reorganize and have gathered in a small squadron, about to swoop down on you. On the other side, the snake you're on lifts and rears its head, spotting you. It bares its fangs, either about to spit poison or to just try and chomp you.You cast another glance to the flying monsters, the other half of the pincer attack, to see them being enveloped in a fireball. Following the trail of smoke to the ground you see Samiel, on the ground, shrouded in fire, leaping into a formation of beasts before they can take flight.Looks like you only have this snake to worry about right now.>Run away from the head and towards the main body>Run towards the head, punch it out>Stand your ground, prepare to counter any attack>Other?
>>31117344Which direction is Zaan in?
Rolled 5>>31117344>Run away from the head and towards the main bodywe need to hit the actual main body, taking out heads won't do us much good. (I assume there's a lot more heads)
Rolled 6>>31117344>Stand your ground, prepare to counter any attackIf it spits, get the fuck out of the way. If it bites, guide its fangs into the head you're standing on.
Rolled 9>>31117344>Run towards the head, punch it out.
Rolled 6>>31117376>we need to hit the actual main body, taking out heads won't do us much good. (I assume there's a lot more heads)We've been trying to get to Zaan, not take out the heads.
>>31117384Okay, are there, like, obvious bindings or ornamentation like the gaudy gold shit on the watersnake we can punch?
>>31117384Oh god dammit. Wait, gravity is still pointing down, right?
Rolled 5>>31117344>Other?Make for Zann, see what he needs.
Rolled 7>>31117344>run towards the main body>try to aggro as much shit as possible to give Zaan whatever time he needs.I'm not convinced this is a good idea, but I don't have a better one.
Rolled 7>>31117344>Run away from the head and towards the main bodylets see if we can't climb it
Ok, so running along a moving Snake body is probably Twilight, right? So we have one success.Prepare to be poisoned guys.
>>31117515It's Night. Acrobatics and shit.Twilight is mental.
Rolled 1>>31117515>TwilightNight, you mean. Twilight is the scientist/sorcerer/doctor skillset. Night is the ninja skillset.
Rolled 7>>31117344>Run away from the head and towards the main body
Physical + Night = 5 6 9 6 5 = 1 successesThe snake lunges at you.You run.The fact that you're running towards a nameless abomination spawned out of pure chaos, a few hundred meters tall, carved from bone and blood, and piloted by an insane fey lord, doesn't make you run any less fast.With no space where to dodge left and right, you don't have a lot of choices, after all.The snake's head, lightning fast, gains more and more ground on you, and your footing becomes more and more slippery as you approach the liquid-like base of the monster, from where both the snake heads and the flying beasts sprout.You suddenly slow down, your feet sinking softly in the no-longer-solid substance of the snake body.Turning around, the head is way too large, with its mouth way too open, and approaching way too fast.>Dive into the liquid>Jump, try and grab onto the behemoth's torso>Jump, try and grab onto the base of the snake body Zaan's in>Wait for the head to hit you and attempt to ride it>Other?
Rolled 2>>31117666>punch the snake head
Rolled 5>>31117666seconding >>31117687Maka's good at punching and sex, not at dodging or running, so try to solve our problems with one of the two
Rolled 5>>31117666>Jump, try and grab onto the behemoth's torsoclimb the thing
Rolled 8>>31117666we suck at jumping>punch the snake head
Rolled 3>>31117687>punch the snake head
Rolled 4>>31117666>punch the snakewe have 4 more dice for punching than we do for jumping
Rolled 1>>31117666>Jump, try and grab onto the base of the snake body Zaan's in
Rolled 1>>31117687>punch the snake head
Rolled 6those dice...
>>31117666Try to climb to Zaan.
Rolled 9If we go for punching then this is the last roll
Rolled 4>>31117666>punch it out when it tries to hit you
Rolled 10>>31117666>ride da snake!"guys, let's make Night our dump stat guys..." [/grumble]
Rolled 1>>31117666seconding >>31117687man our dice are mediocre tonight
>>31117899Eh, I think they're about average.
Rolled 4>>31117873>thinking going from 7 to 8 dice will help against the wrath of the dice gods>implying 2/5 is a dump stat
>>31117937It's turning out to be significantly more relevant that the posters I assume are more familiar with the system have previously implied. That's all I'm saying.
Physical + Dawn + Solar Hero Style = 2 5 5 8 3 4 1 1 6 = 1 successNot trusting your footing or momentum enough to attempt a leap, you turn and raise your fists. Zaan will have to wait.As the head rushes into you, you punch it.It opens its mouth, your fist hits nothing, and instead you are swallowed whole.You are dropped into a world of burning darkness. You can feel your clothes melting away in acid, turning into bugs that attempt to borrow into your skin, into needles trying to scratch your bones, into drops of fire soaking into your flesh, bone piranhas mauling you, and countless other horrors.. You can feel the raw energy of the Wyld just assaulting your very being, and it's only thanks to the Unconquered Sun's blessings that your very being is not irrevocably changed into who-knows-what.[HP: 3/5]Despite the overwhelming pain and burning and the chaos in your head, you try your best to think clearly. You stretch out your hands, trying to find the walls of the beast's stomach, or its skin, or any surface you can manage to find and break free of.Yet, the darkness seems to stretch forever in all directions. You're keeping your eyes absolutely shut, horrified of what they might see if you'd open them.Then, a current in the acid begins to pull you sideways. You flow with it, helpless, wondering where it's bringing you, and if you will get there alive at all...(cont.)
>>31117985It provides, on average, .5 additional successes per +1 to a dice pool. Compared to the bonuses we get from charms, that really is insignificant. The main purpose of our skills is to unlock access to more-advanced charms. That said, once we get the other charms on our purchase queue, I would be on board for grabbing those mobility charms from Night.
...when all of sudden a flash of light breaks through your eyelids and you feel yourself in free-fall, as a horrifying wet noise echoes in your ears.Opening your eyes again, you see Samiel grabbing your acid-coated hand, his sword in the other as you both fall from the severed snake-head."Hang in there!"With a grunt of effort, he tosses you up high, falling down dangerously close to the Behemoth's base in your place.Airborne again, you try and get your bearings, and see Zaan below you, wounded and bleeding, with silver blades jutting out of his forearms, defending himself against an onslaught of flying blood-and-bone monsters. The snake head he's standing on, now you see, is the last one, though the liquid base of the main body seems to be in the process of slowly extruding a new one.>Aim for Zaan>Aim for the Behemoth's head>Aim for the gem on the Behemoth's chest>Aim for the new snake head that's still forming>Other?
Rolled 6>>31118078>Aim for the gem on the Behemoth's chestTime to make use of Samiels help!
Rolled 6Hm, while my system instincts aren't exceptional by any standards, i got the feeling that the best bang for our buck XP wise in a quest and system like this is buying up as many permanent charms as possible, since they grant nifty effects and don't cost valuable essence.Like Heaven thunder hammer (check the archives, it's permanent back when it was offered) , Graceful Crane stance and the like. Thoughts?
Rolled 7>>31118078Aim for Zaan. He clearly needs our help.
Rolled 1>>31118078>Aim for the gem on the Behemoth's chestWe need to end this fast. Where's Tia when we need her?
Rolled 8>>31118078>Aim for ZaanBut leaving Samiel seemsto be a bad idea.
Rolled 1>>31118078seconding >>31118126where is Tia?
Rolled 3>>31118118Kinda. The issue with the permanent charms is that they offer much less effect. For example, the permanent soak charm at Zenith 5? That only lets you apply the soak once per scene, like normal armor. It's a balancing act no matter how you cut it. Personally, I like charms that provide brands new options or permanent upgrades to existing charms. For example, IKB is a permanent upgrade to our old soak charm, and Tiger-Warrior Training Technique will provide a ton of new options as far as utilizing followers is concerned. That's where I stand on the issue.
Rolled 9>>31118150Guarding our minions with Silk, where we tools her to be.
Rolled 3>>31118078>>Aim for the gem on the Behemoth's chest
Rolled 7>>31118078Aim for Zaan. He needs our help, and I don't trust being able to take out the behemoth in a single blow by punching that gem.
Rolled 9>>31118078>Aim for ZaanWish Tia were here...
Rolled 2>>31118126>>31118150She's with the pirates. We left here and Silk with them. Hopefully she'll get antsy and come look for us anyway.
Rolled 2>>31118078Save Zaan.
Rolled 9>>31118078Aim for Zaan.
Rolled 2>>31118078>Aim for Zaan
Physical + Night = 6 6 7 1 8 = 2 successesYou hang in the sky, weightless, for a second, before gravity grabs a hold of you. Twisting, you redirect your plummet towards Zaan, and finally slam through two or three flying monsters and into the snake."Took you long enough!" He protests, immediately getting back to back with you."Sorry. Had some issues getting here." You reply, punching out a couple of oncoming blood-monsters, which seem to have gotten a lot more wary now. "What's the plan?""Buy me thirty seconds." He explains, succinctly, as his castemark, a hollow silver circle, lights up with a flash and a flicker."What for?""Sorcery." He replies, as his glowing, silver anima flows outwards in darker waves, and a pearl of energy coalesces in front of him, slowly growing in size as more and more Essence gathers into it.You look around. About ten flying wyldspawns surround you from all directions, and with the advantage of being able to attack from any angle.This isn't going to be easy.>Focus on shielding Zaan from attacks, with your body if necessary>Focus on striking any monster that gets too close>Hit the snake head you're riding on, to make it drop down and leave the cloud of monsters behind.>Other?
Rolled 7>>31118361>>Focus on shielding Zaan from attacks, with your body if necessaryBut preferably with their bodies
Rolled 2>>31118361>>Hit the snake head you're riding on, to make it drop down and leave the cloud of monsters behind.Zenith Stronk!
Rolled 8>>31118361>Focus on shielding Zaan from attacks, with your body if necessaryWe have IKB running, we can take it.
Rolled 9>>31118361>Focus on shielding Zaan from attacks, with your body if necessaryThis is gonna suck...
Rolled 1>>31118465Hey, if we're shielding it'll use Resistance, which is Zenith. Physical+Zenith is a pretty good pool.
Rolled 1>>31118397I'm pretty sure it'll make Zaan lose concentration and spell will fizzle which is NOT good.
Rolled 6>>31118361>Shield the Zaan!>preferably with the corpses of our enemies!
Rolled 8>>31118361>Focus on shielding Zaan from attacks, with your body if necessaryThe only thing worse than being pounded on by ten fae monsters would be Zaan's spell exploding with us at ground zero.
Rolled 3>>31118361Be the meat shield!>>31118566Pretty much. Well, there is getting caught in catastrophic spell failure which our enemies miraculously dodge, but they have to roll for that.
Noob question for the experts in the thread. Would HEP help us at all in this scenario or do we have to be issuing commands to everyone else for them to get the benefit?
Rolled 1>>31118628It's only useful if we're actually leading people. Fighting with two allies each doing their own thing is not leading people. Basically, HEP is used to inspire the troops and design tactics for them. It's the charm a general uses, not a soldier.
Rolled 7>>31118361>Focus on shielding Zaan from attacks, with your body if necessarydon't let the sorcerer get hit while he's castingalso if we get hit we can get more nurse Tia
Rolled 2>>31118361>Focus on shielding Zaan from attacks, with your body if necessary
Physical + Dawn + Solar Hero Style = 7 2 8 9 1 1 6 8 3 = 4 successesYou decide that, whatever Zaan is doing, must be incredibly important and worth protecting with your life for the next thirty seconds.It better be.The swarming wyldspawns leap into actions, some swooping down onto Zaan, others tossing acid javelins. For every strike you intercept with your hands or gauntlets, one slams against your forehead, or your stomach, or your back. Your Essence-toughened body manages to resist to the assault and shield your Lunar friend, but one too many time you feel like all that's needed is just another attack to make you lose balance and fall down from your precarious footing.Meanwhile, while doing his best to stay within your cover and dodge the blows, Zaan is gathering Essence in his hands while chanting in a language you can't make sense of.Then, you see the gem on the beast's chest popping open, and its passenger, or perhaps pilot? Stepping into view."My my, are you annoying." He mumbles. "I was hoping you'd put up a more interesting show. Maybe beat me here and force me to make a final stand at my palace? It's not very dramatic if I win here, right?"He mumbles to himself, looking distracted for a moment. "...I wonder, should I go easier on you?">An opening! Leave Zaan and jump at the gem.>Stand beside Zaan, keep protecting him.>Grapple a monster, try tossing it at him (even if that means lowering your guard).>Other?
Rolled 7>>31118924>Stand beside Zaan, keep protecting him.
Rolled 6>>31118924>Grapple a monster, try tossing it at him (even if that means lowering your guard).
Rolled 3>>31118924>Protect the ZaanFuck, he's going to ditch us and go after our crew.
Rolled 10>>31118924>Stand beside Zaan, keep protecting him.It is only 30 seconds. Let's not go into the path of his spell accidentally.
Rolled 10>>31118924>Stand beside Zaan, keep protecting him."In case you hadn't noticed, we're currently winning"
Rolled 9>>31118924>Stand beside Zaan, keep protecting him.
Rolled 9>>31118949>>31118977>>31118985Finally! I hope Zaan blows his away!
Rolled 10>>31118924>Stand beside Zaan, keep protecting him.
Rolled 1>>31118924>Stand beside Zaan, keep protecting him.
Rolled 6>>31118924>Stand beside Zaan, keep protecting him.common Zaan, this better be useful
Rolled 2>>31118949>>31118977>>31118985>>31119011>>31119017>>31119019Now I wish we had gone for attack, we'd probably oneshot him
>>31119056>we'd probably one shot himRemember that in the Wyld the Laws of Engaging Naratives are in effect. The story probably dictates that we can't truly defeat him yet, best we can do is drive him back to his lair.
Rolled 5>>31119135that's how the Raksha like it to be.Too bad the Exalted have a tendency to come in, flip the table and punch everyone in the face with glorious golden fire
Rolled 2>>31119135We're also a Creation-born who wields Essence. We can say "Fuck you" to the laws of Wyld if we try hard enough.Also, we're still half in Creation
>>31119162I'm just saying that "you though I was dead but in truth it was a clever ruse designed to lull you into a false sense of complacency!" sounds like something Tarien Dorien might think is cool.
Rolled 4>>31119186to bad every creationborn permakills fae and they can't shape themselves back alive
Rolled 8>>31118924Keep protecting Zaan. We REALLY don't want his spell to explode.
Physical + Dawn + Solar Hero Style = 7 6 3 10 10 9 9 10 1 = 9 successes"In case you hadn't noticed, we're currently winning!" You scream back at him, defiantly. as you keep his minions at bay."Hardly." He replies, extending his arm towards you. You focus on that point for a moment, covering Zaan against any attack, but you aren't prepared for what's about to happen.Rather than from his hand, from the hand of the Behemoth, which holds a smoking, spinning sphere of floating bone and wood, a blast of rainbow-colored acid, its tip as sharp as a spear, explodes towards you."Seeing as I'm about to end you here and now."Even though the attack catches you completely by surprise, you don't hesitate and immediately jump into its path, receiving it square on. The javelin pierces your chest, though it doesn't go all the way through, and throws you off the snake, leaving Zaan vulnerable and mid-casting.[HP: 2/5]"Too bad, really. You had potential. Still, I'm not about to lose my kingdom to a bunch of Creation ruffians like you."A second blast from the sphere hurtles against the defenseless Zaan, who, blocked by his own spellcasting, can only close his eyes..."Ruffian? I AM A QUEEN!"Barely in the nick of time, you pull yourself up from the snake's side, desperately struggling against its slippery scales, wrapped in a cloud of smoke emanating from the hole in your chest, and the smell of burned flesh.As the javelin is about to slam into Zaan, you meet it with your iron-plated fist, and the projectile explodes in a circular spray, washing all over the fliers and monsters filling the air around you. They melt in horrible screams.[Iron plates on gauntlets lost]"And you aren't going to be the prince of ANYTHING anymore."His spell finished, Zaan tosses the pearl of essence into the air, where it shines bright as a beautiful star, then explodes in a firework-like spread, revealing the shape of a spiked, vicious-looking circular blade.(cont.)
>>31119281>we wasting time and health for Flying GuillotineWell, shit
>>31119281>"Ruffian? I AM A QUEEN!"that's right, you're a beautiful Queen and not a ruffian, Maka. Now suckerpunch him several times while screaming profanities
>>31119330I told you guys he's the worst sorcerer ever when he didn't have an army of bound demons
Rolled 8>>31119281This is the party where 'Princes of the Universe' dramatically swells in the soundtrack, right?
"...Flying Guillotine." He states, calmly, but with a fire of anger in his eyes, and his jagged, saw-toothed grin even more prominent than usual.The blade starts spinning with a buzzing noise, Speeding up to a point where it lust looks like a solid, polished red-and-silver disc.You can hear the slamming noise of the gem closing itself as the blade flies away, under Zaan's command, and slices off the monster's orb-wielding arm with casual ease, prompting a jet of smoking, acrid blood to erupt from it.The blade then homes back in a wide, circular trajectory, decapitating the snake head you're standing on along the way.You feel weightless as the snake's body limps down and falls, eventually slamming into the ground in a geyser of blood and gore. The little creatures panic and retreat, leaping towards the behemoth's base and merging back with its substance.>Find and rescue Samiel!>Rush the main body!>Keep covering Zaan!>Ask Zaan to propel you up to the monster's head!>Ask Zaan to propel you up to the monster's chest gem!>other?
Rolled 7>>31119281Zaan, I fucking hate you right now. I mean, you could have at least used Thunderwolf Howl
Rolled 8>>31119411>Ask Zaan to propel you up to the monster's chest gem!
Rolled 5>>31119411I have no idea what to do in this situation... I guess keep cupovering Zaan while he slices up the Behemouth?
Rolled 10>>31119411>Ask Zaan to propel you up to the monster's chest gem!
>>31119411>Ask Zaan to propel you up to the monster's chest gem!We need to crush the fey bastard
>>31119411>Ask Zaan to propel you up to the monster's chest gem!I hope Samiel will survive
Rolled 4>>31119411>Find and rescue Samiel!Crap. He could be really hurting if we're this bad off. Zaan can keep the Behemoth busy while we regroup?
Rolled 7>>31119466Forgot me roll
Rolled 3>>31119411>Ask Zaan to propel you up to the monster's chest gem!who cares about Samiel?
>>31119411>Find and rescue Samiel!that was really disappointing. All this build-up and all it did was cut off one of the monster's arms?
Rolled 3>>31119508His mother, his sister and his town. Also, Talon and Sam seem to have bro'd up.Changing my gem vote to Sam vote
Rolled 8>>31119411>Find and rescue Samiel!Note to self, ignore sorcery, punch assholes in the face
Rolled 7>>31119517I'm starting to agree with the guy who calls Zaan the worst sorceror ever. Personally I was expecting Death of the Obsidian Butterflies to murder all the extras or for him to nuke the Prince with Flight of the Brilliant Raptor
Rolled 3>>31119517I'm pretty sure it's a scene long weapon
..:Well, it did more damage than we did.
Rolled 6>>31119411Make sure Sam is okay.
Rolled 4>>31119552FoBR would be great for destroying mooks attacking Sam, actually
Rolled 5>>31119555it isn't in canon, let's hope EF changed it>>31119561we killed one of the heads, and we just spent like 3 turns defending him.
Rolled 8>>31119411>Find and rescue Samiel!save the guy that's actually useful
Rolled 9>>31119555nah, Flying Guillotine's a shitty one-off sorcery
Rolled 4I liked Zaan when he was introduced and everyone disliked him but he's slowly loosing points in my book.We should have left him at the ship to defend it and taken Tia.
Rolled 1>>31119644Well, we didn't know he kinda sucks as a combatant. He still might be a good utility sorcerer or a thaumaturge.We know he's a good doctor, at least
Rolled 6>Physical + Dawn + Solar Hero Style = 7 6 3 10 10 9 9 10 1 = 9 successeswe could have used those to punch the monster but noo, mister 'I like to cosplay as a shota aren't I kawaii' had to try in-combat sorcery
Rolled 1>>31119684Never again. Next time, we're taking our husband and Zaan can sit on the ship and learn spells with maximum range of several miles
Rolled 9>>31119644I'm willing to extend him the benefit of the doubt. After all, spell books are incredibly rare. I'm willing to assume this is just the best attack spell he's been able to learn so far.
>>31119561EF probably used our 9 successes for this attack
Rolled 6>>31119671so he's useless in combat and doesn't summon demons. I guess he can play glorified taxi or send messages.Does he even have CCS? Because otherwise a freaking DB or even mortal could replace him>>31119703if the only combat spell you have is shit, don't use it in combat and just use your native charmset instead
>>31119714>combat spell you have is shitThey're all pretty shit. Only Death of Obsidian Butterflies is kinda-more-or-less good for killing lots of mooks
Physical + Dawn + Solar Hero Style = 7 8 5 10 4 7 3 3 8 = 6 successes"...Now YOU cover ME!" You call out to Zaan, dashing closer to the main body and its convoluted mess of decapitated snakes, melting blood, and monster corpses. "Gotta find Samiel!""Alright." He replies, calling the spinning blade back at him with a gesture, then sending it back into the fray. You briefly catch sight of it intercepting several flying wyldspawns before they can rejoin the main body of the Behemoth, slicing them in half, before it disappears from your sight.As you venture into the field of corpses, you are startled by the snake decapitated by the Behemoth's acid breath suddenly popping back to life, snapping its jaws at you while trying to lunge."Damnit, you scared me!" You instinctively reply, slamming a karate chop right on its jaw hinge, producing a very satisfying cracking noise.To stop the thing from thrashing around more, and to get it out of the way, you then grab it from the underside of the jaw, now narrower and thus more manageable, and, arcing backwards, slamming it on the ground in a majestic suplex."SAMIEL?!" You call out, finding a moment later, with much relief, one of the bodies drenched in blood and ichor littering the floor weakly raising a hand."...Here..." He mumbles, weakly. You grab his hand and gently pull him out of the ground."Anything broken?" You ask him, loading him on your shoulders."...Everything..." He coughs. Well, at least he's still alive.As you head back away from the mess, you hear Zaan's warning: "LOOK OUT ABOVE!" as a hideous wet chainsaw-going-through-a-watermelon noise rings above you.You look up, and are greeted by the Behemoth's face looking rather surprised in turn as it tumbles in mid-air, severed from the rest of the body, trailing bloody rainbows, on a collision course with the ground.You leg it double time, still mindful of the wounded DB on your shoulders, and clear the area in time.(cont.)
Rolled 5>>31119411>Keep covering Zaan!maybe it is a scenelong and he can direct it?I still have hope in him
Rolled 8>>31119714That's assuming he has the spare resources to invest in mundane combat. He seems to be more of a sage/medicine man than a warrior. Saying he should be invested in combat is a bit like saying Maka should have skipped out on Dawn in favor of sorcery and crafting.
Rolled 10>>31119731...I take back everything
Rolled 1>>31119731Cool, it is scene-long.
Rolled 4>>31119736called it.This would be more impressive if EF's post hadn't appeared before mine, but I swear it wasn't there when I wrote that
Rolled 1this is an emotional roller coaster, I'm not sure my hearth can take it.We're loving Zaan right now, right?
Rolled 2>>31119820He's unexpectedly better than he could be if FG was like it is in canon.
>>31119731>failing to princess carry Samiel to safety.Our Maka still has a long way to go before I'll consider her a true Queen.
Rolled 3that's the last Behemoth, right?
>>31119844Canon FG is shit
Rolled 3>>31119411>Find and rescue Samiel!
>>31119901Canon [Spell] is shit
Rolled 10>>31119999summon demon is pretty good
>>31119999Hey, Summons and memory rewrite and splitting waters and pretty much entire Solar Circle are pretty great
Rolled 10>>31120023Most of Solar Circle is actually either too flashy, too specialized, or too overkill to be used often enough to justify the purchase. There are just a few gems that make it all worth it.
Rolled 9>>31120023stormwind rider and infallible messenger are good, too
You drop Samiel (gently) by Zaan's feet. Since he hasn't moved at all other than to gesture to the spinning blade, you guess he probably can't walk away from that spot as he's directing it, or he must keep his mind focused or something like that."Hit the gem!" You point."Tried! It's hard as heck!" He replies. Though you guess that, by now, the Behemoth is all but defeated, having been reduced to basically a stumpy torso with no arms or head. It's not moving anymore.>Ask Zaan to propel you there.>Ask Zaan to tend to Samiel, you'll finish the Behemoth.>Ask Zaan to carry Samiel back to the main force, you'll finish the Behemoth.>Ask Zaan to finish the Behemoth, you'll carry Samiel back to the main force.>Head back to the main force, all of you.>Search for Talon.>Other?
Rolled 2>>31120116Zaan should tend to Sam. He's a doctor, after all. We'll go crack the gen with our damage-booster.
Rolled 1>>31120116>Search for Talon.
Rolled 2>>31120116>Search for Talon.
>>31120116>Search for Talon.
My personal canon is that all "combat" spells are first-circle, and actually useful in certain specific kinds of fights. Mostly anti-army, anti-fortress, or anti-monster.Combat spells in general are not very effective against other Exalted or similar creatures. (because that's a niche spellcaster shouldn't be intruding into). But as anti-army, anti-fortress, or anti-monster spells, they're VERY useful, provided that someone with actual combat skill gives cover and support to the spellcaster.Death of Obsidian Butterflies is anti-army. Magma Kraken is anti-fortress. Flying Guillotine is anti-monster.Second and third level sorcery doesn't have direct combat spells (apart for a few anti-fortress type spells), because it's too slow to cast.
Rolled 9>>31120116>Search for Talon.common dice
Rolled 7>>31120116>Ask Zaan to propel you there
Rolled 3>>31120116>Talon is probably inside the behemoth>Tell Zaan to make an entry way into that things stomach and then send us over there to finish this.
Rolled 6>>31120116seconding >>31120255
Mental + Night = 2 1 2 2 (botch!)"...Keep at it, Zaan. I'm looking for Talon." You say, running back into the battlefield."...Please do." He replies, sounding very concerned as well. "Anyway, I think Dorian left.""Of course he did." You grumble, slowly realizing that your entire body hurts like hell. "He said it himself. He's waiting for us at the final stand."As the buzzsaw springs back to life above you, plunging into the broken monster's body, you scour the battlefield, searching for Talon's body... but you quickly give up. "...we'll never find him here like this." You mumble. The battlefield is too vast and chaotic, has too many bodies, and it's not even a guarantee that he's here rather than someplace else, or kidnapped by Dorian, or dissolved in acid, or who knows where.>Return to the main force, march onto Tarien Dorian's castle.>Return to the main force, break off the attack, fall back and regroup.>Return to the main force, make camp and try to carve a safe island of Creation where to rest.>Return to the main force, bring it here, have them comb the area looking for Talon.>Head for the castle on your own.>Other?
>>31120190And Flight of the Brilliant Raptor. When you absolutely, positively need to set everything on fire from a mile away
Rolled 10>>31120326>Return to the main force, bring it here, have them comb the area looking for Talon.we're not leaving him behind
Rolled 1>>31120326Let's get the main force searching for Talon. Searching like this is best done with actual search teams.
Rolled 7>>31120326>Return to the main force, bring it here, have them comb the area looking for Talon.
Rolled 2>>31120326>Return to the main force, bring it here, have them comb the area looking for Talon.
Rolled 10>>31120326>Return to the main force, bring it here, have them comb the area looking for Talon.
Rolled 4>>31120326>Return to the main force, bring it here, have them comb the area looking for Talon.
Rolled 5>>31120326>Return to the main force with Samiel, send Tia back here to serparch for Talon.
>>31120326Yet another example of usmusing Night more often than it was sold as...
Rolled 1>>31120445changing my previous vote to thisbetter let Tia search, she should be good at that stuff
Rolled 5>>31120474What is her animal, anyway?
Rolled 4>>31120474...why should she be good at searching? Perception is Mental - that's Zaan's thing.
Rolled 3>>31120505Preying Mantis.At least her Warform had the traits.
Feeling defeated, you head back to Zaan, who has dropped the spell, it seems, and is now trying to clean Samiel's wounds."...You didn't find him.""I don't even know where to BEGIN!" You protest. "Can you hold the fort here? I'll go and get the others and bring our manpower here to comb the area."He nods, and you run back, retracing your steps towards the location where you left your main force.You find it resting amid a battlefield much like your own, with piles of lizardmen bodies slowly melting away all around, mixed with a few of your own people, both pirates and barbarians. Towering in the middle of the carnage, the corpse of a smaller behemoth than the one you just faced, a faceless humanoid giant whose chest has been viciously opened and its innards blended together in a rather gory way.The men are intent to retrieve arrows and scouring the battlefield while tending to the wounded, but you immediately spot Tia and Silk on the lookout. The fae seems... a bit smaller than before, and her blue body is stained red from, probably, absorbing blood, whereas Tia has several wounds, though none seems particularly dangerous.Upon seeing you, your Lunar immediately charges you headlong, slamming int you with a powerful hug. "MAKA~! I MISSED YOU!""No you didn't!" You reply, still reeling from the charge and trying to deal with the pain."...AH! What happened to you?!" She finally notices the large, gaping wound in your chest. "Are you all right?"You sigh. You're really feeling terrible, but no sense worrying her too much. "I'm fine."She sighs. "Thank the heavens. I don't know how I could survive if you lost your breasts."(cont.)
Rolled 8>>31120627>She sighs. "Thank the heavens. I don't know how I could survive if you lost your breasts."At least she's brutally honest.
Rolled 1>>31120627Oh, Tia, you adorable, perverted flatterer...
Rolled 4>>31120627Tia, you're wonderful. Don't ever change
Rolled 2How much Zenith would we need for a Permanent charm that increases our healing rate to be identical to our essence recovery rate? Nothing fast enough for use in combat, but enough to let us recuperate rapidly?
You decide to let that slide. "...What happened here?""Shortly after you left, big guy with no face attacked us with a small army. We killed him." She reports, succinctly as ever."Losses?""About a dozen dudes." A bit less than five percent of your total troop strength, you mentally compute. Not good news, but still on par with your most optimistic predictions. "This is two out of three of Tarien Dorian's Behemoths, right?" You ask Silk, who is casually plucking stone-tipped javelins out of her transparent body."Yes. At this point, his troop strength should be low enough that he can't do much more than fortify." She replies."Problem is, we didn't find Talon." You explain. "We need the troops to advance and everyone to comb the battlefield. He could be there somewhere.""Time is on Tarien Dorian's side, you know." Silk reminds you."I know, but Talon's...">[Compassion] A friend.>[Conviction] Very useful.>[Temperance] Part of this operation.>[Valor] A large part of our fighting strength.>[Willpower] Someone I want to save.
>>31120792>[Temperance] Part of this operation.
Rolled 6>>31120792Very useful. We don't know him well enough to call him a friend.
>>31120785Zenith 4 is enough, but you'd need to get an Ox-Body first as well.
Rolled 7>>31120792>[Compassion] A friend.
Rolled 3>>31120792>[Compassion] A friend.>>31120785Why only out of combat?
Rolled 9>>31120792>[Temperance] Part of this operation.>[Compassion] A friend.both, but leaning toward temperence here
>>31120792>[Conviction] Very useful.Also, Talon's death would probably result in us being the dominant power in the three rivers. So, it wouldn't really be ethical for us to write him off.
Rolled 3>>31120792>[Compassion] A friend.Compassion is best virtue>>31120838Could we get an in-battle version?
Rolled 1>>31120792>[Compassion] A friend.
Rolled 4>Why only out of combat?...because our in-combat essence regen is 0? So healing matching that would also be 0?
Rolled 1>>31120792>[Compassion] A friend.>[Willpower] Someone I want to save.We don't leave people behind>"This is two out of three of Tarien Dorian's Behemoths, right?"Didn't we kill 3 so far?
Rolled 1>>31120917No. One was Garnet's.
Rolled 6>>31120792>>[Compassion] A friend.We should ask Silk what the last Behemoth can do
>>31120837>>31120845>>31120864 Maybe three successes.Also, since the scene's over I assume our combat charms are down?
Rolled 8>>31120792>[Compassion] A friend.Remove iron collar and ask Silk for some healing salve
Rolled 8>>31120792>[Conviction] Very useful.
Rolled 1>>31121029didn't we remove the iron one a while ago?
Rolled 9>>31120792>[Compassion] A friend.
Rolled 5>>31120792>[Compassion] A friend.Remember we're talking about one of her friends here, I don't think Conviction or Valor are going to go well
Rolled 5>>31121074Not her's, the one we're wearing as protection
"...been a good friend until now, and if he's alive...""RIGHT!" Tia interrupts you, screaming at the top of her lungs. "You heard the boss! March! Keep your eyes open!"So you head back to the battlefield with your full force. Along the way, you ask Silk: "So, he's left with just one Behemoth. You know anything about it?""Not much. He kept a lot of secrets from us just in case someone tried to revolt against him." She explains, sliding along. Yes, she's DEFINITELY smaller than before, you notice."Sounds like not a very popular guy." You note."Very much a "love him or hate him" situation." She nods. "Anyway, I just know that it's inside his palace, probably never left it. Maybe can't.""...A really small Behemoth?" You wonder."Well, ain't no rule that they HAVE to be big. Though they usually are." She admits."...Say, weren't you taller and a lot more... fuller earlier?" You ask her, pointing at her height. She's about as tall as your waist, and her normally curvy body flat in all directions."I burned a lot of Essence in the fight." She explains. "...And Tia smashed my house, so I can't draw it from there. I could try and drain it from the Wyld, but there's too much iron around." She complains.Meanwhile, you have arrived to the battlefield. Your men are shocked at the carnage and the size of the monster you felled. Tia is organizing them on her own, sending patrols around, assisted by your three captains.>Join the search.>Help Tia organize the search.>Ask Silk what she thinks about Talon's disappearance.>Other?Combined with>Ask Silk to stay here and either help Tia or Zaan.>Tell Tia she's free to venture in the deep Wyld to recharge her Essence.>Other?
Rolled 9>>31121128>Ask Silk what she thinks about Talon's disappearance.>give the poor girl a hug>Tell Silk she's free to venture in the deep Wyld to recharge her Essence.assuming it's safe
Rolled 5>>31121128>Ask Silk what she thinks about Talon's disappearance.>Ask Silk to stay here and either help Tia or Zaan.
Rolled 5>>31121128>Ask Silk what she thinks about Talon's disappearance.>Tell Silk she's free to venture in the deep Wyld to recharge her Essence.Just don't take TOO long. And watch out for Dorian.
>>31121183seconding thispoor Silk loosing half her body
>>31121128>Ask Silk what she thinks about Talon's disappearancethen>Join the searchcombined with>Can Silk eat/absorb the essence/matter of the Behemoth's corpse?if not>Tell Silk she's free to venture into the Wyld to recharge her Essence, if she likes.if not>Ask SIlk to help Zaan or Tia
Rolled 8>>31121128>Ask Silk what she thinks about Talon>Attach leash and take familiar for a walk
>>31121360thisshe's our pet, we should definitely do this
>Tell Tia she's free to venture in the deep Wyld to recharge her EssenceIts not like fae can kill each other. Its one reason why wars between the two tend to last forever. The other is they don't really want to win, because they're really just passing time.
Rolled 2>>31121128>Help Tia organize the search.>Tell Silk she's free to venture in the deep Wyld to recharge her Essence.
>>31121360as funny as that would be, I don't think it would be an effective use of our time
>>31121386>Its not like fae can kill each other.no, but he could take her Graces if he defeats her and use her against us
Rolled 9>>31121183do thisafter we find Talon, ask Tia if she wants to do >>31121360 with us
"...What do you think about Talon's disappearance, by the way, Silk?" You ponder as you watch your men comb the battlefield fruitlessly."My best bet? Tarien Dorian killed him." She replies.That was harsh. "Second opinion?""Kidnapped, dragged to his fortress, brainwashed." She adds."Talon doesn't look like the kind of person who gets brainwashed easily." You note."Granted." The fae replies. "But Dorian is really good at it.""...How long do you think he could hold out?" An idea is forming in your mind. "A day?""What's a 'day'?" She asks, looking up at the sky, covered by a thick layer of fog and clouds. Same way it's been since you ventured into this cursed Wyldland."...Good point." You concede. "We really don't have a lot of time. Go in the Wyld and get a recharge as fast as possible, be right back.""Are we going to march on his fortress right away?" She asks.You look at your own wounds, and Tia's. Then at Samiel, who Zaan is helping standing back up, and at your own exhausted men.>Yes.>No.>Other?
>>31121128Wait, what happened to the three rivers soldiers and commanders?
Rolled 1>>31121557"Recharge to full, then we'll head out"
>>31121557>Yes.given the circumstances, I don't think we have a choice.I'd rather have 4 exhausted Exalted vs. one Noble faethan 4 fresh Exalted vs. one Noble fae and one brainwashed Exalted you can't really hurt out of fear of killing a friend
>>31121577They're there. You have about 100-150 pirates and 100-150 barbarians. Zaan handles them, mostly.
>>31121557tell her yesbut set every on up to rest encase she runs to tell her old boss
Rolled 5>>31121557>Recharge our essence and then head out.
Rolled 1>>31121557>No.We need to at least get back some Essence. Ideally heal a little too. Making a suicide run won't save Talon.
>>31121652I'm sorry, what?
>>31121557>Yes.once we have enough essence to activate our combat charms
Rolled 6>>31121685I think he's saying to allow Silk to recharge, but to rest in case we get ganked?
Rolled 5>>31121557Unless someone wants to write up an epic motivational speech, I'm leaning towards "No" on the attack now front.
Rolled 5>>31121557>Yes.can't let them have a brainwashed lunar
Whelp, looks like we're going and we just botched our preparation/travel roll.
>>31121763I think this bit is rolless
Rolled 4>>31121557>No.No choice feels like a good one.[And I love it.]
Rolled 1>>31121557>Yes.once we've regained some essence
"...Just the time needed to catch our breath, for Samiel to walk if he's in condition to, and for you to get some Essence out of the wyld." You reply. "We can't waste time. And I don't want to face a crazy Talon in battle."She nods. "I can understand that. By the way, Tia obviously didn't say anything, but your usual thing happened." She says."...My usual thing?" You're a bit puzzled."Well, you fight without armor, just relying on powers that make your skin harder and your body tougher." She points out. "Which means that, when you take hits..."That's about when you notice that there isn't much, or just about anything, of the shawl you donned this morning left over you. All you're wearing right now is a thick iron chain around your neck, it seems."...Damnit, this is becoming a habit." You mumble, as Silk giggles. So that's why most of the men haven't been looking directly at you."A HABIT I'M VERY HAPPY ABOUT." Tia reminds you."It's fairly normal for most Exalted who rely on physical toughness over armor." Zaan notes. Well, HE is rather scantly dressed, as is Talon. "Some invest in particularly tough clothing, like Tia." He notes.Well, that explains why her clothes seem to suffer damage, but never be completely destroyed, and seem to repair themselves over time, you muse."Some don't concern themselves over it too much." He continues. "And other take more unorthodox measures."You sit down on a rock and catch your breath. Since you have to wait for Silk anyway, who is meanwhile merrily trotting into pure chaos, best to get a bit of rest as well. "TIA! Stop the search and get everyone to rest and prepare. We attack Dorian's palace in a few hours!" You shout to her.>Find something to put on.>Ask something to Zaan (what?)>Ask something to Tia (what?)>Just rest.
Rolled 1>>31121982>Find something to put on.Obviously.
Rolled 5>>31121982>replace our gauntletsI think they were destroyed
Rolled 6>>31121982>Find something to put on.We should be wearing Silk right now.
Rolled 3>>31121982>Ask Tia somethingAsk her advise on getting more resilient clothing
>>31122013Only the iron plating, but I'm assuming that you replace it between scenes.
Rolled 6>>31122034When she gets back.
Rolled 2>>31121982>Just rest.Cuddle with TiaWe don't need clothes
>>31122043Yeah, let's do this. Even if we don't mind being nude, it's still annoying to ruin all these great get-ups.
Rolled 10>>31122043I concur.
Rolled 2>>31121982>Find something to put on.
Guys, I just had a horrible thought. Fae are all about lies and stories, right? So the worst Fae villain ought to be Shhamalan-like with pointless plot twists all over the place and poorly landed foreshadowing. What if, and yes this is a massive leap, what if Talon's been under TD's control since the very beginning? What if this was all designed to weaken us as we walk into a trap?
>>31122286Nah. Lunar=hard as fuck to control.
>>31122286You're a fool. The big twist would have to be that Talon was Tyler Durden all along, not the other way around.
"...Alright, I'll put something on." You sigh, but Tia rushes at you, looking very distressed."Why would you do that?!""...Because it's troubling and distracting the men?" You suggest. "It's their fault for not being able to handle you~" She giggles, putting one arm around your waist."...Tia, where did you get that dress, by the way?" You decide to ask."This? Oh." She tugs on the skirt gently and does a pirouette in front of you. "Gift of my mentor.""...You mean Ma-Ha Such-""NO." She interrupts you, rather vehemently. "...Once I left him, another Lunar took me under her wing. We've long parted way, but she left me with Skullopener and my dress.""...Skullopener? Oh, your sword." You wonder if the name was also inherited, or if Tia renamed it. "So your dress is kind of an artifact?""Not really an artifact, though it has some magic. All it does is repair itself, though.""...Why a wedding dress?""Because I want to be your husband~""...Why then a BRIDE's dress." You still don't get it. "What do you mean a bride's dress? This is a wedding dress." She replies, completely missing the point. "Anyway, if you want a dress, I can just leave you this~" She says, beginning to unbutton it."No! it's okay, really! Besides, that would just move the problem around, not solve it." You block her. "And you, er, uh, your dress isn't my size...""It's a bit elastic... and besides, I'd love to see you spilling all over..." She mumbles, more to herself than to you a this point, drooling a bit."I, uh, I'll see what I can find to dress myself around here.""Can I try? So you can just focus on resting." She offers.You're not sure what the heck she'll end up presenting to you.>Yes, please.>No, don't worry, I'll do it myself.>Other?
Rolled 6>>31122542>Yes, please.It's not like our outfits can get MORE revealing
Rolled 5>>31122542>Yes, please.Oh, boy!
>>31122542>Yes, please.Let's see what she can do!
Rolled 6>>31122542>Yes, pleaseThis ought to be good...
You are going to regret this.You are going to regret this SO MUCH."...Sure.""Thanks~! I'll do my best!"[session end]
Rolled 6>>31122924>You are going to regret this SO MUCH.I'd be fine with going naked, I don't see how we could regret this
>>31122924I don't believe you!
>>31122924How distracting for us (and Tia) is this going to be.
>>31122924Will we be wearing more or less than dental floss?
2 XP (base)1 XP (defeated a Behemoth)XP Expenditures:Mental 3 (10 XP)Dawn 4 (9 XP)Twilight 3 (6 XP)Night 3 (6 XP)Eclipse 3 (6 XP)[dawn] (10 xp)Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)Heaven Thunder Hammer (Permanent, succesful hits have knockback effect)Tiger Warrior Training Technique (Permanent, trains followers increasing their Physical, Dawn and Zenith scores by one dot per week of training, up to a maximum of either 4 or your score, whichever is lower.)[zenith] (8 xp)Ox-Body Technique (Permanent. +1 HP)Respect-Commanding Attitude (1 Ess, Scene. Interrupts everyone and anything going on, in order to deliver a statement that will be heard)Tireless Hero's Soul (Permanent. Vastly increases resistance to tiredness and fatigue)Essence-Gathering Temper (Permanent. Every time Maka loses a health level, roll 1d10. On a success, she regains 1 Essence. On a 10, two.)[twilight] (10 xp)Spirit-Discerning Glance (Permanent. Allows you to always see spirits, even when they are invisible or dematerialized)Courtier's Eye Technique (1 Ess, Can tell someone's backgrounds)[night] (10 xp)Graceful Crane Stance (permanent, gives you supernatural balance and lightness of step)Lightning Speed (permanent, vastly improves your running speed)[eclipse] (10 xp)Mastery of Small Manners (1 Ess, you learn the short-term objectives of people in the scene. Gives straightforward ideas, but does not reveal complex plans)Sagacious Reading of Intent (1 Ess, you select a statement you either heard or read, and can discern the true reason that caused its author to utter or write it, and what he intends to gain from it.)
Rolled 1>>31123030no new charms?I know we wanted Tiger Warrior but the upcoming fight's probably going to be pretty though, maybe we should buy something else
Rolled 2>>31122542>Yes, please.YES, PLEASE.
>>31123030>Ox-Body Technique (Permanent. +1 HP)Voting for this. We really need it right now with our health being as low as it is for the fight ahead and with it we could also get access to an regen charm.
Rolled 8>>31123030>Tiger Warrior Training Technique (Permanent, trains followers increasing their Physical, Dawn and Zenith scores by one dot per week of training, up to a maximum of either 4 or your score, whichever is lower.)Definitely this one. I'm 100% on board.
Rolled 10>>31123030I think we agreed on Tiger-Warrior last time, right?
Rolled 4>>31123030>Ox-Body Technique (Permanent. +1 HP)we need this for healing charmsit's a shame to not get TWTT but I'd rather not die
>>31123030>Graceful Crane StanceWould have been very useful in the last battle and should probably help with running and fighing on top of yet another behemoth.
Rolled 7>>31123149the last behemoth is a lot smaller, according to Silk
>>31123030>Tiger Warrior Training Technique (Permanent, trains followers increasing their Physical, Dawn and Zenith scores by one dot per week of training, up to a maximum of either 4 or your score, whichever is lower.)
>>31123030I'd say Respect-Commanding Attitude because any assault or siege we begin can be dramatically ended by challenging Tarien to a duel.
Rolled 9>>31123030>Tiger Warrior Training Technique (Permanent, trains followers increasing their Physical, Dawn and Zenith scores by one dot per week of training, up to a maximum of either 4 or your score, whichever is lower.)let's hope we survive the next fight>>31123180not really. We're wounded, he hasn't been hurt yet. We outnumber him 4 to 1, we should use that
Rolled 4>>31123030>Tiger Warrior Training Technique (Permanent, trains followers increasing their Physical, Dawn and Zenith scores by one dot per week of training, up to a maximum of either 4 or your score, whichever is lower.)TIME TO FINALLY GET IT.
Rolled 81>>31123030Ox-Body Technique (Permanent. +1 HP)We are low on health and have one essence.TWTT can wait.
>>31123114>>31123137Right now we should definitely pick OBT for a 33% health boost in the short term. It could be the difference between life and death.After resting will only be 3/5 at most. With this charm it will be at 4/6 and we will get access to a regen charm and should we buy Essence Gathering Temper later on it will be much more effective. With a regen charm and EGT and a few more levels of OBT we would be real tanks being able to fight to near death one day and get fully healed with only a day's rest.
>>31123167To me "smaller" means "more mobile." My guess is we're about to fight a souped up metal gear.
Rolled 9>>31123253I disagree. I don't think it will be a deciding factor in the battle, and if we don't get Tiger-Warrior right now, I think we'll never get a chance to use it.
>>31123030>Ox-BodyWe've been playing as a tank so we might as well make sure we have the constitution for the job.
>>31123190I'm operating under the assumption that we'll have time to heal somewhat before we actually arrive at his fortress. Plus having a fortress in the wyld will seriously skew the odds in his favor unless we undertake a long siege. Assaulting castles was a last resort for a reason and his entire strategy has been "what will look the coolest". If we storm the gates we'll probably win through but we WILL take losses because tarien will have just enough forces to maul ours. Plus if Tarien agrees to the dramatic one on one duel with the golden glowing god queen. (He will). We can get him to agree to let us heal to full for the fully dramatic battle that he craves. A battle that he stands no chance in.
Rolled 6>>31123030>Tiger Warrior Training TechniqueLet's finally do this!
>>31123268>if we don't get Tiger-Warrior right now, I think we'll never get a chance to use it.Why do you think that? If we die, we will definitely not get a chance to use it.
Rolled 2>>31123030>Ox-Body Technique (Permanent. +1 HP)not dying is more important than super mookslet's hope we get lots of xp for defeating the big bad
>>31123268You are aware that we plan to utilize TWTT over timeskips, right? So we'll be able to use it anytime we aren't actively doing something.
Rolled 6>>31123307>If we die, we will definitely not get a chance to use it.If we die, the quest ends. I'm assuming there will be consequences for failure other than death. Especially since EF said that 'no exalt dies unless you intentionally deal a coup de grace.'And I cannot believe that a single health level will be the determining factor in whether or not our pooled armies succeed.
>>31123030>Essence-Gathering Temper (Permanent. Every time Maka loses a health level, roll 1d10. On a success, she regains 1 Essence. On a 10, two.)we keep on running out of essence. and we take damage. this uses one to solve the other.
Rolled 1>>31123340I'm saying that I think that, if we don't get it now, we'll just keep putting it off forever.
Rolled 5>>31123358we only have 2 health levels remaining, at best it will give us two essence if we're really lucky
Rolled 8>>31123030>Tiger Warrior Training Technique (Permanent, trains followers increasing their Physical, Dawn and Zenith scores by one dot per week of training, up to a maximum of either 4 or your score, whichever is lower.)
>>31123368Ok, I don't fine that convincing since we're building Maka to be a Warrior-God-Queen, but I see where you're coming from.
Rolled 3>>31123030Tiger-Warrior time!
>>31123030In this thread we rolledDawn - 7 timesZenith - 0 timesTwilight - 0 timesNight - 4 timesEclipse - 0 timesI suggest we raise night since it is pathetically low and we keep on using it.
Rolled 6>>31123030I'm ready for Tiger-Warrior Training Technique now. I don't think any of the other charms will sway the battle one way or the other, and I want Tiger-Warrior for the aftermath.
>>31123343What have exactly our armies done so far? Not a damn thing, in fact we kept them away from the big monster!A single point of health if we go from 3 to 4 will be 33% so we have a very good short term reason to get it. And it will make EGT much more effective and unlock regen in the long term.We have to get Ox Body now. We can get Tiger Warrior later.>I'm assuming there will be consequences for failure other than death.Can we not just brush aside the consequences of going to zero.
Rolled 5>>31123030>Tiger Warrior Training Technique (Permanent, trains followers increasing their Physical, Dawn and Zenith scores by one dot per week of training, up to a maximum of either 4 or your score, whichever is lower.)
Rolled 4>>31123446>What have exactly our armies done so far? Not a damn thing, in fact we kept them away from the big monster!That's why we need Tiger-Warrior Training Technique. Our armies are literally useless for any of our purposes without it.
>>31123446>What have exactly our armies done so far? Not a damn thing, in fact we kept them away from the big monster!We kept them in reserve on purpose. They're here to siege the palace, but they're not equipped for fighting giant monsters.
Rolled 6>>31123030Tiger warriors now, please.
>>31123030>Ox-Body Technique (Permanent. +1 HP)EF, what will happen if we go to zero hp during our fight with Taren?
Rolled 5>>31123494Tia goes berserk and murders his shit?
Rolled 7>>31123030>Tiger Warrior Training Technique (Permanent, trains followers increasing their Physical, Dawn and Zenith scores by one dot per week of training, up to a maximum of either 4 or your score, whichever is lower.)
>>31123472Yeah, but we do not need to get it right away. We will get it after the danger has passed.
Rolled 6>>31123523After the danger is passed, we won't have opportunities to get more experience until new danger has arisen. We need to get it BEFORE our downtime or there will never be time to use it. And we'll just keep putting it off like you're talking about right now.
Rolled 5>>31123030>Tiger Warrior Training TechniqueThis one.
>>31123472You realize that it takes a week of training to raise our army's stats, right? Not really applicable with us attacking ASAP.
>>31123494The obvious answer is that it depends. we are knocked down and can't more anymore. at which point our allies now have to carry the day (since it takes some effort to coup de grace us at that point). Our allies either continue the fight (and might have a chance of winning) or try to collect us and beat a retreat. Depending on the situation at that point the results could be1. Our allies win, then tend to us.2. Our allies retreat with us, some die3. Our allies are defeated and we are all captured alive for some nefarious reason.4. Our allies are totally wiped and the quest is over.
>>31123494You will pass out and the battle will continue without you, with you being at the mercy of the winning party.
>>31123540You realize we have politicking and the Lintha to deal with right after this? We aren't hurting for XP opportunities.
Rolled 5>>31123579It'll be applicable as soon as the fae war is over, which should happen next session - not enough time to earn enough experience to actually purchase the charm for our impending downtime.
>>31123540>After the danger is passedthe danger will never pass, there are a dozen quest hooks dangling in front of us already and we can always find more. and if we don't, they will find us
>>31123609Which then puts us in a constant combat situation.
>>31123615>It'll be applicable as soon as the fae war is over, which should happen next sessionProbably optimistic. There's at least one more behemoth and Dorian himself to go through, assuming there are no issues besieging the palace and that Talon doesn't show back up, brainwashed, to start wrecking shit. I'd guess three more sessions at a minimum.
>>31123672No, there's plenty of organization and logistical work to do in Tianna, especially if Talon ends up dying this campaign. And we need to survive our day and a night with the water elementals. And we need to devise a dance and ritual for Smoking Dancer. We have a lot to do, not all of it combat, and plenty of XP to earn in the process.
Rolled 7>>31123712I wouldn't guess that at all, considering how fast this session punched through stuff.
Can we have a lorebin with some Q&A from previous threads?For example, what does dawn, zenith, twilight, night and eclipse stand for on our character sheet?
>>31123615When do you think the down time's coming? Because that might be where we're at odds with each other.
>>31123733You mean how it took a whole thread to deal with one behemoth probably weaker than Dorian's final one?
Rolled 10>>31123775As soon as the fae campaign ends - which I expect to happen by the end of next session - I'm expecting we'll have enough free time to spend four hours per day - which is all Tiger-Warrior needs in EF's game - to spend training out troops.The only thing keeping us from having four hours to devote to that right now is that we're currently on 24/7 aggressive war footing.That's all 'downtime' means to me.
>>31123750Connected to Solar castes.Dawn: all weapon and combat skills, and military tactics, strategy and leadership. "warrior" skillset.Zenith: direct social skills and fortitude, both mental and physical. "priest/leader" skillset.Twilight: lore, occult, medicine, crafting, and investigation. "scholar" skillset.Night: athletics, stealth, awareness. "ninja/spy/thief" skillset.Eclipse: travel skills, bureaucracy, politics. "diplomat/magistrate/trader" skillset.
>>31123803OP, is it asking too much to know if >>31123598's right about us getting a break instead of fulfilling our obligations and playing clean up after the Fae Conquest Arc?
>>31123803it would still be at least a weak before we see a single point bonus from it.Meaning we could get it in 2 days and just be 2 days "behind' on army training (but not on other stuff; because it takes us a a whole day to recover essence and DAYS to recover HP; during which we aren't training anyone)Actually, now that i think about it, didn't we spend the majority of quest time (in days) since exalting bedridden and waiting for our HP to recover?
>>31123803+1 defeat the last behemoth+1 defeat Tarel+1 save Talon+1 fuck the water elementals afterwards+4 base of two sessions minimum.That would bring us to 10xp and the end of session 23, just in time to get Tiger Warrior.
Rolled 10>>31123907That's assuming it takes two sessions and we get experience points for each of those. Which I don't expect it will or we will. You're making a lot of assumptions instead of just going for the sure-thing and getting it now, while we're sure we'll have it for the future.
>>31123852You probably misclicked the post you wanted to reference.Anyway, I can't really tell anything about what will happen afterwards, right? Besides, I don't know either. It depends too much on what you people do. You're not being railroaded, and I don't plan that far ahead on purpose.(Or maybe I do and I'm lying and you're being railroaded so skillfully that you haven't realized yet!)
Rolled 1>>31123937I'd say 2 sessions are a save bet and EF has been fairly generous with xp.Maybe we get more than 1 xp for defeating Tarel? He's been the main antagonist for the entire fae war arc, after all
>>31123145We could just try not soloing everything.
Rolled 7>>31124131You mean like by using highly-trained mortal warriors to back us up?
>>31124131That would be easier if our allies we're constantly getting knocked about. Or we actually came up with game plans for these fights.
>>31124150I'd rather have a competent dragon blood at my back. Hopefully one of our guys will exalt on screen one of these battles...
Rolled 4>>31124186Hey, Tiger-Warrior Training Technique works on everyone.
Rolled 6>>31124172Ox-Body Technique (Permanent. +1 HP)
>>31124224Again, when we have time.
>>31124172I have a plan for the next fight. 1. March up to castle2. Assume defensive formation3. Have Zaan sorcery the castle to pices. 4. Attack, while Zaan charges up a bethmoth killing spell.
>>31124224Might not work on Fae actually. In 2nd ed they tend to have to high attributes and skills for it to really be useful.
>>31124243I wonder if he has enough essence.
Rolled 1>>31124274I'm pretty sure Silk has pretty crappy dawn/physical
>>31124310Fae by cannon don't have access to any dice adder charms, so its probably higher than you think.
Rolled 7>>31124399all dice adder charms do in this is add 3 dice
Since this looks like a very divisive subject, and unlike plot decisions I don't have a problem doing this for XP expenditures:http://strawpoll.me/1397402You have 1 hour.
>>31124768any idea when the next thread will be?
>>31125383I'll try and make one tomorrow. No promises.