You wake up from your sleep feeling, for once, rested and refreshed.It's noon, obviously. If someone judged you only from the hour you wake up at, he'd probably end up having a very unflattering opinion of you.TIa is still sleeping blissfully next to you.Still in bed, staring at the roof, you think about your schedule for the day.Dinner is at 8. It's going to be a large, important and formal dinner to discuss the current situation between important personages in Tianna, and probably your chance to get to know them better as well.Of course, dinner STARTS at 8, which means that it would probably be a good idea to show up sooner. The earlier you'll be there, the more time you'll have.After sunset, the celebration for Dancing Smoke will take place along Main Street, the large road that from the castle cuts the city in two and goes all the way down to the docks. There will be bonfires along the way, music, and, of course, your dance.You know that Amata wants to consider that feast as more of a generic victory celebration (and probably a good PR event for both her and you) and less as a purely religious festival for Dancing Smoke.On the other side, you DID promise to the goddess that this would have been her celebration....And, on the third side, your dance is also meant to be a prayer and a thanks-giving to the Unconquered Sun and Luna, the way you thought of it. This will probably not sit well with some people.You just hope that you'll manage to handle things so that no one ends up offended... Or at least without any major incidents.Besides, if you want to spend your four daily hours training your followers, you better hurry.>Meet Amata>Meet Irene>Meet Samiel>Call Millian>Call Regis>Go down to the docks>Other?
>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.It's the day of your victory celebration over the Wyld. Things are about to get political. And dancy.>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
Regarding the UMI debates that keep popping up every now and then:I've seriously been considering removing UMI altogether from this game if that helps defuse the situation, but that would effectively mean siding with one of the two groups, and I don't want to do that.I'll repeat how I treat UMI in this game: UMI make or destroy whole intimacies in a single shot, while normal persuasion builds them slowly over several attacks. UMI is a very powerful tool for social characters. That's it.It's not inherently evil. Of course, Immaculate propaganda disagrees with that, but then again Immaculate propaganda disagrees with everything you'll ever do (except turning yourselves in).So, I've decided to keep UMI an option, that you will be free to buy or not buy, and, if bought, use or not use. If you want to discuss if UMI is inherently evil or mindrape, or if it's a legitimate application of social powers, that's for the Exalted General, because it would be off topic.My main problem with the UMI discussions is that they make the thread almost unreadable, especially for newcomers or people not used to Exalted, and it eats postcount like crazy, sending the threads faster into autosage. If you don't want this to happen, please limit yourselves to the normal one vote per person for buying charms, or for using them, like normal.
Rolled 8>>31380816>Go down to the docksGet that training done so we can get the remaining 4 hours to do something else.And i think the XP count is missing from the character sheet. We got THS but nothing else?
>>31380816>Call MillianFood plz maid (also outfits for dinner?)>Call RegisTRAINING (Boost phys to 3 dots)
Rolled 3>>31380816>Call Millian>Call RegisSo we wear the corset and jacket to dinner, it's a bit more than we normally wear but this is a formal occasion.
>>31380816>>31381079Please not Regis, we can train him after the captains leave. Also we should train their Zenith to make their recruitment efforts go better instead of Dawn or Physical.
>>31381020Damnit. Forgot to make that layer opaque.(I don't even have access to photoshop now, so I'll fix that later when I get back home.)Yes, you have still 8 free XP. there was a lot of consensus on THS but very few votes for other stuff.Current list is:[dawn]Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)Heaven Thunder Hammer (Permanent, succesful hits have knockback effect)Mob-Dispersing Rebuke (1 Ess. Say something threatening or make a show of strength, roll social + dawn. Unless a unit has a heroic leader who can beat your roll, the unit immediately routs and disperses.)[zenith]Husband-Seducing Demon Dance (1 Ess. A performance you give causes anyone seeing it to instantly gain a positive feeling for you (love, respect, starry-eyed admiration, etc))Terrifying Glorious Presence (upgrades Majestic Radiant Presence: on top of its effect, all social attacks have 1 automatic success)Inspired Performance Style (1 Ess, Scene. Add +3 to all social rolls to influence large groups of people through oratory or performance)Phantom-Conjuring Performance (Perm. can fashion phantasmagorical images and sounds from your own Anima) [twilight]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]Graceful Crane Stance (permanent, gives you supernatural balance and lightness of step)Lightning Speed (permanent, vastly improves your running speed)[eclipse]Sea Wolf Style (1 Ess, add +3 to all ship-handling rolls for the scene.)Merchant's Wisdom (1 Ess, Scene, add +3 to all commerce, economy and bureaucracy-related rolls for the scene.)
Rolled 7>>31381203We had a lot of votes for Eclipse 3 as well
>>31381198I guess, but Reggie is our guinea pig.
>>31380975This is a clash of fundamental viewpoints and will be difficult to resolve by arguments. Just today thought it occurred to me that it could be possible to resolve scientifically.We could prove that persuasion works like mind control in Creation. It would require us to be an asshole, but Maka's 10 social dice are in fact like mind control when compared to a 2 dice commoner. We could pick one at random and over a span of a week talk him into throwing himself into the volcano without using UMI. Also we could prove that Talking to the Heart is UMI that way.That would settle the debate.(EF, I am sorry if this sets off another shitstorm. I am weak and have an urge to play optimally which works like an UMI against me...)
Rolled 2>>31381187No, activity outside that might end in combat would call for the corset and jacket.The tabard should be the catch all formal/casual outfit.
>>31380816[x] do >>31381079>>31380975>If you want to discuss if UMI is inherently evil or mindrape, or if it's a legitimate application of social powers, that's for the Exalted General, because it would be off topic.Or you could have Maka think on whether she considers it either, and put it to a vote at some point. Because the character's opinion of the morality of the abilities available to her is not off-topic, and is frankly something you've been glossing over.>>31381203>Inspired Performance StyleWe're gonna be needing that really soon. Since I probably won't be around for the end of the thread, I'm just gonna lodge a vote for it now.
>>31381229Merchant's Wisdom should be worth more than Eclipse 3 if we have to organize stuff.
>>31381203While Phantom-Conjuring Performance would be neato gonna vote Inspired Performance Style for GodEmpress mode.
>>31380816>>Go down to the docksBest use of our limited time for now.>>31381203>Inspired Performance StyleThe whole city will be watching. So best to put on an awesome show
Rolled 6>>31380816>Call Millian>Call Regis>>31381203Inspired Performance Style
You silently get out of bed, leaving Tia to sleep peacefully, and, after a quick bath, get dressed with your tabard, freshly cleaned by Millian.You don't feel particularly hungry, though, especially not after the maid warns you: "If you can stand it, I'd suggest skipping lunch.""...Is dinner going to be that big?" You wonder."Yes. A bit of a tradition here for large formal dinners. You have to get there with an appetite. Don't worry, there will be enough to eat for everyone.""I see." You reply. "Do you have any idea where Regis is?""I have no idea." She replies. "Maybe at the docks in that horrible tavern, getting smashed with those other filthy pirates."You sigh. "I don't think he's like that. Plus, be a bit more respectful of them."She pouts."Oh, if you're looking for Regis", a passing maid who overheard your conversation remarks, "He's down in the laundry helping out.""Can you please call him?" You ask her.After a few minutes, Regis, wearing an apron over his uniform, reaches you. "Called for me, Maka?- oh. Uh, hello Millian."She doesn't reply, and they both keep you between them.You shake your head.>Train Millian>Train Regis>Preparations for dinner>Preparations for festival and dance>Talk alone with Regis (about?)>Talk alone with Millian (about?)>Talk with both (about?)>Other?
>>31381676>Train Millian>Train Regis
>>31381676>SHUT UP AND KISS YOU TWO>it's time for hands on sex ed.
Rolled 34>>31381676>Train RegisDoing some Zenith training should give him more stamina for MORE training, plus we can ask him whats up between those two during or afterword.
>>31381716What's up is an insane amount of sexual tension.
>>31381676>>Train RegisWhile we're doing that, we can discuss with Millian:>>Preparations for dinner>>Preparations for festival and dance
Rolled 1>>31381676>Preparations for dinner>Preparations for festival and dance
Rolled 20>>31381815Clearly, but why?Does he have a thing for maid uniforms?Does he have a thing for stern commanding women who know what they want?Does he find her relative lack of overt sexuality approachable?Did she accuse him of being a lustful pirate marauder who just wants to ravish poor submissive civilized girls?Did he find that offensive?Was she hoping he was?Are they just two people in the throes of puberty who hang out with veritable sex gods and aren't getting any?All of the above?
>>31381676>Train Regis Let's get him to Phys 3 for shits and giggles>Preparations for dinnerLet's go over what ettiquette and customs we'll need to know about or dinner.
>not wanting musclemaidguys cmon
Rolled 5>>31381891>All of the above?yyyyyup>>31381897Later. We want to finish off our guinea pig and captains first.We have ages to make little musclemaid.
"So, Regis!" You try and break the uncomfortable silence. "How are you feeling?""Uh... okay? Why?" He asks."Oh, I was wondering if you're up for some training."After another glance to Millian, he replies, looking up to you: "Well... okay!""Right! to the courtyard then! Millian dear, can you go and check on the preparations for the dinner and the festival? If it's all right then come and meet us again there, we'll be there for a while."She nods and leaves, coldly.Once she's gone, as you start walking towards the courtyard, Regis sighs. "...I can't figure out what's her problem. Are girls all like that?""I'm a girl, too, you know." You smile.He stares at you like he doesn't get the point."...What, you weren't thinking of me as one?" You joke.As you walk in the courtyard, you see Samiel already there with a team of Tianna soldiers, practicing sword swings with them. "Oh, Maka. Where were you?""Sleeping." You admit. "How are things going on your end?""I wanted to handle security at the festival, but mom insists that since I took part in the battle I should take part in the celebrations as well." He replies, not looking too thrilled about it."You're afraid Smoke will do something inappropriate."He blushes. "I'm SURE Smoke will do something inappropriate.""Good point." You reply. "So, Regis." You continue, turning to him.>train Physical.>train Dawn.>train Zenith.Combined with:>Just focus on the training, take his mind off Millian.>Give him advice.>Encourage him to talk and just listen.
>>31381676>Preparations for dinner>Preparations for festival and danceWhay are we training Regis and not our captains who will be leaving soon?
Rolled 1>>31381954>train Physical.Because a Phys 3 13-year-old is too Hilarious to pass up.>Encourage him to talk and just listen.Let him vent for a bit and he might figure it out himself.I wouldn't trust /tg/ to write-in good relationship advice anyway.
>>31381954>train Zenith.So he can talk it out with Millian>Encourage him to talk and just listenWoo, I'm only two hours late to exalted quest this time
>>31381954>train Physical.mini hercules is go.>Encourage him to talk and just listen.let's learn what's up with them.
Rolled 8>>31381982Supporting this
>>31381954>train Physical>Encourage him to talk and just listen.
Rolled 28>>31381954>train Zenith.>Encourage him to talk and just listen.
>>31381203>Phantom-Conjuring PerformanceThis sounds fun, but i think were trying to keep this performance as unoffensive as possible, I'm pretty sure were failing but let's keep tryingSo I guess I want>Inspired Performance Style
Rolled 5>>31381954>train Zenith.>Give him advice.
Rolled 7>>31381954>train Physical.He already knows we want him to be responsible with all this power.>Encourage him to talk and just listen.Listening is a very important communication skill. Not to mention making informed decisions is the best course of action if you have the time.
>>31381954>train Zenith.>Give him advice.
>>31381954>>train Zenith.>>Give him advice.
Rolled 5>>31381954>train Physical.>Encourage him to talk and just listen.
As you run laps around the courthouse with Regis, you casually ask him: "...So, what's the problem with Millian?""I don't know!" He complains. "She just... keeps acting hostile to me, gives me the cold shoulder...""Do you have any idea why?" You poke him verbally."I think she hates pirates, and she thinks I'm one.""She keeps blushing and being shy around you. Besides, when I saw her yesterday she was reading an adventure novel about pirates."Regis speeds up."I think she likes you." You catch up with him."Th-that's stupid." He replies. "She keeps badmouthing me. She's ironic and sarcastic and abrasive . She's self-important. She looks down on me.""What about you?"He slows down. "What... what do you mean?""How do you feel about her?"You run a whole lap without a reply from him."Well?""...She could be cute if she wasn't so annoying all the time." He admits."She doesn't know how to handle you. You don't know how to handle her either." You grin. "First girlfriend?""I- She's NOT my girlfriend!""She could be if you play your cards right, mark my words." You run beside him, lowering your voice as you notice Millian arriving in the courtyard and looking around until she spots the two of you. She sits on the palace's stairs and waits, looking nervous."I-I-I don't WANT her to be!" He lies."I don't know who's being less honest about this: you or her." You notice he hasn't spotted her yet. "Oh, look, there she is.""WHERE?" Caught by surprise, he stops and looks around frantically. "I, I mean.""Keep up your pace!" You urge him to keep running. He clumsily picks up.These two are so cute and innocent.While you keep up your training (and notice that Regis is training three times as hard and seriously now that he's being watched by Millian, even if she tries to not make it apparent and pretends to be bored and uninterested), you mull about it a bit.(cont.)
Rolled 9>>31381954>>train Physicallet him walk da walk>Encourage him to talk and just listenand talk da talk
>Let's leave the situation to develop on its own.>Let's quietly help them both from the sidelines.>Let's plan something to make them get closer to each other.>Let's organize things so that they end up being alone together someplace secluded.>Let's take direct action personally.
>>31382353>>Let's quietly help them both from the sidelines.We can talk them about their feeling time to time. They will get around to confessing t eventually.
>>31382353>Let's quietly help them both from the sidelines.
>>31382353>>Let's organize things so that they end up being alone together someplace secluded.
Rolled 5>>31382353>>Let's plan something to make them get closer to each other.
Rolled 7>>31382353>>Let's quietly help them both from the sidelines.We should meddle a little, but be subtle.like a cool older sister.
>>31382353>Let's plan something with Amata to make them get closer to each other.Older women scheming to play match maker together? Yes. Also it would be nice to distract Amata from thinking about Dancing Smoke and her son with something light hearted and harmless for awhile.
Rolled 6>>31382353>Let's leave the situation to develop on its own.
Rolled 11>>31382353>Let's plan something to make them get closer to each other.I wonder if Regis knows how to dance, either way Millian should be his instructor/partner.
Rolled 4>>31382353>Let's organize things so that they end up being alone together someplace secluded.
>>31382353>Let's plan something to make them get closer to each other.
Rolled 7>>31382398Forgot roll...
Rolled 3>>31382353>Let's quietly help them both from the sidelines.Let's let young love develop... but keep an eye open so they don't fuck up too badly.
Rolled 7>>31382353>Let's take direct action personally.
Rolled 6>>31382353>>Let's quietly help them both from the sidelines.
Rolled 7>>31382353>Let's quietly help them both from the sidelines.
>>31382353>Let's take direct action personally.
Rolled 10>>31382353>Let's plan something to make them get closer to each other.
Rolled 7>>31382353>>Let's quietly help them both from the sidelines.Interfering too strongly could drive them apart.
Rolled 5>>31382353[x] >>31382398Ara ara brigade, ready for duty.As for Smoke, well, how do people feel about using MRP and TttH to add a volcano goddess to our personal harem?
Rolled 10>>31380975Here's my stance on the issue - I'm going to make this one post and be done.When we went to the Exalted General to discuss it, someone made a point that I found convincing.UMI is cool. It's a neat thing to explore when you're a single person controlling in a single character. It's cool because it IS a slippery slope, kind of shady, and dubious. All of that makes it neat, because your character can have internal drama over what to do, and when to use it.But that kind of drama is TERRIBLE for something consensus-based like a quest, because it will lead to unending arguments. It will lead first to argument over whether to get it, THEN to argument over whether to use it, AND THEN to argument over whether using/getting it in the first place was justified. It's bad news, and will keep being bad news, basically forever, because this kind of controversial stuff - despite being the bread and butter of character-drama in a normal game - is basically toxic to the Quest format.For all of those reasons, my suggestion would be to remove UMIs entirely from the quest. Even if we can agree to get them without massive shitstorms - which seems impossible - they'll just lead to even more, and possibly even worse, shitstorms down the road. They're bad news, and that bad news isn't going to get better, because they're endlessly controversial.I think you're inviting a world of grief.Anyway, that's the last time I talk about UMI until voting comes.Good luck.
Rolled 8>>31381203There's serious risk that I might not be here for the end of the thread, so let me cast my vote in advance:I want Eclipse 3 or Merchant's Wisdom. An excellency for commerce, economics, and bureaucracy should be incredibly important in the coming weeks and months, and Eclipse is important for the same reason. Either is fine.And now I'm off to class. Have fun with today's thread, everyone!
Rolled 10>>31382509Or we can just hold on vote on how Maka views them and anyone who complains after that gets reported for shitposting.
Rolled 5>>31382353>Let's quietly help them both from the sidelines.Too much interference will just scare them off of each other, but a little help couldn't hurt.
>>31382555i like this
Is OP still here?
Rolled 4>>31382555>>31382760Any important vote will get proxyvoted to death, as it happened recently.>>31382873He comes and goes as his work allows him to. He may come soon or in another hour.
Rolled 5>>31382925>Any important vote will get proxyvoted to death, as it happened recently.Doesn't actually matter. So long as we have something to point to and say 'we voted, stop arguing', the problem of mass arguing will be solved.
Rolled 6>>31382555>>31382760That'll lead to nothing but samefagging and accusations therein. It'll solve nothing.
>>31382938You're cure when you're this naive. I mean that sincerely.But we should stop talking about this before it gets out of control and EF just up and stops
Rolled 3>>31382555It'll just add the vote itself to the list of things being argued about. We're looking for an ACTUAL solution, not something that people can feel vindicated and yell 'shitposting' about.
Rolled 6>>31382938>Doesn't actually matter. So long as we have something to point to and say 'we voted, stop arguing', the problem of mass arguing will be solved.Until a new massive argument starts about WHEN to use it, EVERY TIME someone wants to use it. It's toxic to this format.
>>31382873Yes, sorry, just got back home. bus got stuck in traffic. will post ASAP.
>>31383183Well, looks like I'm going to be gone for the rest of the read, so let me just throw out a vote for [Phantom-Conjuring Performance] so we can turn the ceremony in honor of Dancing Smoke into a rave.
Rolled 10>>31382353>Let's quietly help them both from the sidelines.
You quietly think about it, lap after lap.Your personal experiences with the other sex, or with sex in general, have been many and varied (and have gotten only crazier with your Exaltation), but despite this, or rather, BECAUSE of this, you're not terribly sure you know exactly what to do in this situation.You decide 'tis best to be discreet about it. If something will happen between them, it must happen naturally, without being forced by meddling outsiders like you.No matter how hard you want to meddle!Still... A BIT of meddling is gonna be alright? Right?You keep Regis bust for the afternoon, helpung him build up stamina and endurance. You have him punch through sand in a barrel and kick a wooden post, until he manages to break both, to teach him how to use strength and economy of motion.Finally, you have him do stretching and aerobics and try things like handstands, splits and sommersaults.By the end of the training session, Regis is, understandably, destroyed, drenched in sweat.You release the Essence patterns you had vowen in him, hoping his body will readjust without problems. it's probably going to be easier on him, since he's so young, than it would be on someone older.You think that, as far as physical strength and agility go, he should be about on par with what you can do without spending Essence.Endurance-wise, it's another matter: You don't feel tired or winded at all, despite four hours of continuous exertion. You smile to yourself, satisfied by the knowledge that you are learning better ways to control and manipulate your own body's capabilities."Millian, can you help regis up and carry him to his bed? I might have gone a bit too hard on him." You ask the maid, who is still staring at the shattered barrel, mouth agape.(cont.)
You look around: it's about five in the afternoon, and the dinner is probably being prepared if not ready by now, with the guests arriving to the castle. It's a bit early, so you might have time to do something else first, or you could just show up.Samiel has left the courtyard some time ago, kidnapped by some maids who, under Amata's orders, wanted to put him into some actually fancy clothes instead of his usual armor, by the way.>Go see Tia>Go see Amata>Go see Irene>Go see Samiel>Go see Smoke>Go see your captains>Prepare for dinner (how?)>Go to the dinner early>Other?
Rolled 9>>31383376>carry him to his bednot having her bath him?what a wasted opportunity
Rolled 3>>31383413>Go see IreneWe haven't talked to her for a while
>>31383414Maka thought that would be a bit too forceful right now. (she would have if a certain other option had won the vote)
Rolled 8>>31383413>Prepare for dinner (how?)Gotta put on our party clothes.
Rolled 6>>31383413>Go see SmokeShe really needs to make a better impression on Amata.
Rolled 4>>31383413>Go see AmataLet's go ask about the guest that will be there, who has problems with us, how we can impress them, ask her about what to wear
Rolled 8>>31383413>Go see Smokemake sure she doesn't do anything too inappropirate
Rolled 8>>31383413>Prepare for dinner (how?)By putting on our conservative outfit. So our dancing outfit will be a bit of a bigger surprise.>Go see AmataGet the inside scoop on the other guests!
>>31383413> go see ireneAlso.Why did noone think of wearing ornate non-slutty clothes. Made of paper. With prayers written on them. That smoke burns off of us as we dance until we are clothed only in oil, ash, and wisps of smoke?
>>31383413>Go see Irene
Rolled 1>>31383481>By putting on our conservative outfit.Is that the Tabard, or the Corset+Jacket?
Rolled 6>>31383413>Go see Smoke
Rolled 8>>31383413>Prepare for dinner (how?)>Go see AmataAsk her about the guest and the clothes we should wear, we don't want to offend everyone
Rolled 6>>31383413>>Go see SmokeBehave thee, wench
Rolled 2>>31383496I think it's the Corset+Jacket, but if we can ask Amata she might give us a fancy dress to wear if that would be more appropriate, she lent us one pretty early in the quest before
Rolled 6>>31383517The one that got destroyed by the water thingo, right?
Rolled 1>>31383517Amata enjoys dressing maka in fetishy outfits. Not that she would show up to dinner with maka on a leash or anything. But it would be something she'd enjoy. Like mother like son I guess.
Rolled 2>>31383540No it was an actual big frilly fancy dress, not the Tabard, we wore it on our date with Irene
Rolled 2>>31383556>Dragon-blooded nobility with a Solar on a leashSo THAT'S what Ketchup Carjack's porn stash looks like.
Rolled 9>>31383562>actual big frilly fancy dressI miss that dress. Having Maka be permalewd is actually starting to make the lewdness really bland and blase.
Rolled 4>>31383556... You just gave me a brilliant idea for earning the trust of the civilians.
Rolled 4>>31383570He painted the picture seven years before we were born.
>>31383413>Prepare for dinner (how?)We should take a bath since we didn't take one earlier, and then see if Amata has anything we could wear like >>31383556 said, so we can keep the dancing outfit a surprise
Rolled 2>>31383606Nah, in his porn stash it's the Scarlet Empress leading around Merela. Us getting dominated by Amata is still his unyielding Bronze fetish, though.
Rolled 6>>31383621>We should take a bathI don't see how that's exclusive with seeing either Amata or Smoke.Or both.
Rolled 5>>31383413>Prepare for dinner (how?)by>Go see AmataThe guy asking for an outfit has the right idea.
Rolled 3What kind of charm would it be to always look perfect? Dirt and blood slide off us like we're a no-friction surface - except when they stick around long enough for a battle-maiden look, then slide right off at the end of the scene - our hair is always perfect, we never get body odor, and so forth. The charm equivalent to the Collar of Dawn's Cleansing light.Would that be Resistance? Integrity?
>>31383652I'm not saying it is, I'm just saying we should take one.
>>31383413>>31383556I agree, Amata might have something fetishy that didn't leave us naked in front of a bunch of important peopleNo underwear though, that is a line we cannot cross>>31383621Also yes a bath might be a good idea first
Rolled 8>>31383734>No underwear though, that is a line we cannot crossThis much is a given, we could probably talk to Amata while we take a bath if she's not doing anything important
>>31383556Yeah, but this is a formal occasion. We should try to at least dress somewhat appropriately.
Rolled 3>>31383746Smoke too! Gotta discuss the cute maid/butler couple!
Rolled 6>>31383746She's probably busy with last minute prep, this was put together kind of short notice after all, otherwise I'd have suggested inviting her into the bath myself.I have no problem doing so if she isn't busy however. Irene can come too, we haven't talked to her since we got back
Rolled 7>>31383773We should build up expectations of us we aren't ready to fufil
Rolled 2>>31383805*shouldn'tDamn typos
Rolled 1>>31383805>>31383815>wear something that is at least halfway to 'decent'>have a wardrobe malfunction>don't notice>nobody has the heart to tell us
There's a lot of things and not a lot of time, unfortunately.First of all, you head for the throne room, in hopes of finding Amata there, and manage to intercept her just in time as she was about to leave."Oh! Maka! Here you are." Looks like she was looking for you too. "Man, you look a bit messy. Didn't Millian clean your tabard yesterday night? It's already all dusty, not to mention you.""Yes, I trained Regis in the courtyard a bit." You say, noticing. "...I should probably get a change of clothes and a bath? Are any of your maids free?""Well, some" She stretches. "It's been a busy day for me, but I have a bit of free time right now. Come with me." She grabs your hand and opulls you across the corridors of the castle, up to the bathhouse."Amata, you're the queen here. You shouldn't really involve yourself in this kind of busywork.""Consider this personal thanks for dealing with the Wyld and securing an alliance with the Three Rivers, then." She smiles, checking the water's temperature. The castle has a water heating system, which you're fairly sure can be blamed on either Amata or Irene, but, in either case, a great invention.Gem, being a volcanic city, had easy access to hot water, of course, but it was different.She invites you in the bath with her as you both undress."So, are you ready for the big event?"You let the hot water soak into you. You weren't really feeling tired, but this is still a great sensation. "I have a dance routine ready. I'm going to pair with Tia.""Can Tia dance?" She wonders, stepping in right after you."Don't ask her that." You reply. "She's afraid she'll ruin everything. I wasn't expecting her to be so nervous.""Really." She notes. "She's usually even more shameless than you. I mean, the things she did to us on that bed~"You nod knowingly. "But don't worry, we practiced together and she's good enough. I'll carry the performance.""Do you have a speech ready?"You weren't expecting that. "Speech?">Yes>No
Rolled 9>>31383841>NoBut it's okay, I have a bit of time to make one up and if it comes to it I'll just flash everyone
Rolled 4>>31383841>NoIs one needed?
Rolled 1>>31383841>NoWe're pretty go at improv though. Also >>31383858
Rolled 7>>31383841>>NoWell, we'll see how it goes.
Rolled 5>>31383841>NoBut we've got time to smash one together if we need one. We're fucking MAGNIFICENT at public speaking.
Rolled 5>>31383878We'll be THE BEST if we've picked up Inspired Performance Style, both for the dance and the speech
Rolled 2>>31383891That's a damn good point. We really need to pick that up, sooner rather than later. MRP applies to actual prayer rolls, but not to the crowds they're performed in front of. We need to fix that.
>>31383891Yeah, if we are putting on a show, we better go all the way.
Rolled 5>>31383841>NoIf she thinks there's something important we need to cover we're all ears, but since this is sort of for Smoke, I can't see big flowery formal speeches being a big deal.
Rolled 5>>31383841>YesAre we voting on whether or not we'll give a speech, or answering Amata on whether we prepared one? In any case, my vote is for the former. We are awesome at all things social and inspirational. It would probably also help our image.
Rolled 9>>31383937I think it's whether or not we had one prepared, I still want to give one, we'll be great at it, plus if it's expected of us it'll sway more people in our favor
"...No? What do you mean a speech?""The after-dinner celebration." She grins, leaning on to you."...Isn't that just the dance?""The dance is for the FESTIVAL, which is a religious event for Dancing Smoke. But before that, this is a celebration of out alliance's victory on the Wyld, which means you'll have to nto just talk about it at the dinner, but also make a speech in front of the populace that will assemble in the square.""...You think about everything." You have to admit, it's brilliant. "Even if it's a feast for Dancing Smoke, you still want to use it to your own ends.""The people of Tianna have seen you coming and going for the last couple of weeks, but there's still no real official statement or proclamation from you." She says, pouring maybe a bit too much liquid soap on you. "You need to think of something to say that they will like. Something reassuring and non-threatening, but meaningful and important, that will still make an impression on them.""And without showing my castemark." You note."Everyone knows you're an Anathema by now." She uses the word deliberately. "Don't hide it, be honest about it, but don't flaunt it. Don't use the A-word, not even to deny it. Don't get religious, and don't address the Immaculate elephant in the room." She suggests."Why are you groping my breasts." You interrupt her."The real question is: why shouldn't I?" She replies, sounding very professional about it.After playfully molesting each other another bit, you leave your tabard in the laundry bin and follow Amata to the wardrobe. "You need a dress, of course. Something appropriate.""You do have a lot of clothes here." You state the obvious.>Classy>Elegant>Formal>Martial>Priestly>Seductive>Flashy>ModestPick one or more. write-ins and posted images accepted.
Rolled 2>>31384040>Formal>PriestlyLet's dial down the lewd for once.No underwear, of course.
Rolled 6>>31384040>Classy>ElegantNot Priestly, she just said not to mention religion
Rolled 7>>31384040>Formal>SeductiveWe don't want to be super lewd, but we have to be least a little lewd>"Why are you groping my breasts." You interrupt her.>"The real question is: why shouldn't I?" She replies, sounding very professional about it.Amata a best Milf Queen
Rolled 9>>31384040This but in white or gold
Rolled 8>>31384040>Classy>ElegantThere's more than one way to strut our stuff.
Rolled 8>>31384040>Formal>Seductive>>31384089that's way too slutty
Rolled 7>>31384040>>Classy>>Elegant>>FormalThat's the perfect combination. We're going to be one of their queens. We want to make a good impression - nothing too lewd, religious, or militant.
Rolled 6>>31384104No THIS is way too sluty
Rolled 8>>31384040>>Elegant>>FormalLet's try Red and Black for once.And completely floor everyone.
Rolled 3>>31384040>Elegantwe want to charm the people. plebs love an elegant exocit beauty.
Rolled 2>>31384129seconding this
>>31384126I actually kind of like that, I'm probably the only one who'll vote for it, but I am
Rolled 8Sounds like people want classy, elegant, formal, and seductive, right? We weren't asked to pick only two, so we should be able to have all four. A classy, elegant bit of formalwear that shows plenty of leg and cleavage?
Rolled 1>>31384129Well that's cool.It's a pity there's no front-on of the white dress, but the black's cool too.
Rolled 7>>31384129>Let's try Red and Black for once.I think that's a bad idea. This is our public debut, and we're a Zenith. Whatever we wear should be dominated by white, gold, and the occasional splash of blue (which is also a Zenith color). We can save colors other than that for future events.
Rolled 6>>31384089Seconding this
Rolled 6>>31384154>classy, elegant, formal, and seductiveSounds about right.>>31384196>white, gold, and the occasional splash of blueAlso sounds good.
Rolled 10Well, given our powerset...
Rolled 10>>31384196This anon makes a fair point. If we're finally addressing the public, it should be in something that shows who we identify as.
Rolled 8>>31384154>>31384196Yeah these sound right
Rolled 6>>31384040> martial> naval> elegantAnd let Amata pick what we wear UNDER it. Knowing her itll give us a -1 due to distraction...
>>31384196I have to agree with this one. Bright colors, especially white and gold.
Rolled 4>>31384247>wear>under... what?
Rolled 9>>31384228>>31384234>>31384196Well, Ragyou is pretty much Bang-on for a high-conviction Elder Zenith...
Rolled 9>>31384260I'd be fine with that, but a bit less silver and a bit more gold. White, gold, and blue.
Rolled 6>>31384154>>31384196It occurs to me that it might finally be time to wear the outfit in the OP
Rolled 4>>31384260[Ominous German Chanting Intensifies]
Rolled 4>>31384277Hey, now would be a great time to wear that
Rolled 7>>31384277>it might finally be time to wear the outfit in the OPYES.IT IS TIME.
Rolled 4>>31384277Yes, it is a good time to use that.I regret that we didn't make a gossamer version of it back then.
Rolled 8>>31384277>>31384288>>31384289Honestly, the OP dress and Ragyou's dress, apart from the gloves, are pretty damn similar waist-up.
Rolled 2>>31384291We we're running pretty low andOH CRAP WE FORGOT TO INVITE SILK TO THE PARTY
Rolled 9>>31384279>>31384260>>31384228Well, I hope you're happy.We've officially constructed our archetype such that it looks best in a BBEG's outfit.
Rolled 5>>31384318Switch the silver to gold and that's PERFECT for Maka.
Rolled 4>>31384228>>31384260>>31384279This is mildly hilarious when you consider how much of a NUDISTO BEEEEEACH Maka is.>>31384318We're brown, though, so it's fine.>>31384316Eeeeeh dunno about that mate.We can have another party once we're done murdering the fishpeople.Also, we never did kill Garnet. He's still out there somewhere.
Rolled 10>>31384318>>31384332Ragyou outfit < OP outfit
Rolled 4>>31384294>>31384318I think if we lose the feathers and add gloves to Ragyo's dress it would be perfect for what we want
Rolled 4>>31384349Apart from Gloves and and the gold/silver jewellery thing, they're almost identical.
Rolled 10>>31384349Eh, lose the feathers and they're basically the same from the waist up.
Rolled 4>>31384318And it'll show off our girl abs
Rolled 10>>31384294>>31384366>>31384369The outfit in the OP has a slightly less BBEG feel about it though, which is important in making a good impression
Rolled 2I think we're missing something important;How the hell do we pull off the rainbow hair?
>>31384040>Elegant>Formal>Seductivesoo exactly like the pic in >>31380816, except have the neckline plunge aaaall the way down to just above being dangerous
Rolled 8>>31384410which is bascially >>31384318
Rolled 4>>31384397>Phantom-Conjuring Performance (Perm. can fashion phantasmagorical images and sounds from your own Anima) We could even get Blumenkranz booming when it's appropriate or cool
Rolled 1>>31384397Phantom-Conjuring Performance? I mean, I was going to go with Inspired Performance Style, but if you want rainbow hair, it's possible>>31384410Yes, this is what I want
Rolled 6>>31384431Inspired Performance Style IS custom-made for swaying the people of Tianna in our favor with the speech.
>>31384425I don't like the whole cape of feathers thing it has going on, would prefer the elbow length sleeves to that
Rolled 10>>31384431We can get it later, right now we want IPS, it's our Speech and Dance dice adder
Rolled 3Honestly they're almost identical
Rolled 3>>31384427>>31384431We really need IPS more.
Rolled 1>>31384467Yes, elbow length gloves give us a bit of class. We ARE royalty.
Rolled 4>>31384467>>31384475yup lsoe the feathers, add the gloves, and replace the silver with gold
>>31384475left has elbow sleeves and is less complicated, looking like 1 piece of material folded into a dress, and right has the whole feathers-cape thing going on
Rolled 10>>31384467>>31384475Yeah, just chuck out the feathers.
Rolled 4>>31384475Lose the feather cape, and the silver waist/neck things From ragyou, then give it the Jewelry and detached sleeves from the OP pic.
Rolled 2>>31384509On further though, keep the one at the waist and make it gold, but I like the necklace better than the silver neck thing on Ragyou, even if you made it gold
>>31384509>>31384527Yes perfect, this is how it should look
Rolled 7So, basically, we're just going to have our OP outfit, maybe with a couple minor tweaks. Got it. 100% on board with that.
In the end the dress you both end up selecting for you is fairly nostalgic. It reminds you of your old outfit in a way, the one you wore when you Exalted. It is just a bit more elaborate.White silk, shiny and sheer, hanging from your shoulders and going down to the floor in a long, one-piece dress. The neckline is as low as it could possibly be without showing anything, but still plunging all the way below your navel, and the skirt is parted both ways up to the waist."...Why do you have this dress?" You wonder, wearing it. It's just right for you, fitting almost perfectly."Why do you have to ask that embarrassing question every time I lend you a dress?" Amata replies with a giggle. "Don't dig in the past of an old lady like this~"You'd like to point out that Amata, even though she is quite shapely, doesn't have your same sizes, but you decide it's best not to ask now.You experiment with a bit of jewelry, and decide to limit yourself to a golden collar and a couple of bracelets and earrings. Nothing too showy."What about my hair?""Your hair is perfect, dear." She replies. "I'd say you're ready.">Still misses something (what?)>Thank her, go meet Irene>Thank her, go meet Smoke>Go to the dinner>other?
Rolled 6>>31384555How much time is left before dinner "officially" starts?
Rolled 6>>31384555>>Thank her, go meet SmokeShe needs to BEHAVE
Rolled 3>>31384555>Thank her, go meet Smoke
>>31384567About a hour and a half.
>>31384555>Thank her, go meet Smoke
Rolled 8>>31384555>Thank her, go meet SmokeThe better she behaves during dinner, the harder we'll fuck her in public during the party.
Rolled 5>>31384555>Go to the dinner
Rolled 2>>31384555>Thank her, go meet SmokeI guess we should go tell her to behave, although if we go to dinner early we could schmooze over some of the guest before it officially starts
Rolled 2>>31384555>Still misses something (what?)Personally, I want some kind of circlet, tiara, or bindi that will emphasize our caste mark. A piece of jewelry that will go across our forehead that will emphasize our mark, and make it all the more amazing for it.Know what I mean?
>>31384555I kinda wish that the slits in the sides of the dress came up to the navel, too, just to show off the lack of panties, but...>Thank her, go meet Smoke
Rolled 7>>31384604This exactly this
>>31384196>Whatever we wear should be dominated by white, gold, and the occasional splash of blueSo, Junketsu?Satsuki is totally a Solar anyway. Ryuko is an Infernal.
>>31384616The light from the mark would play marvelously on something like that.
>>31384616Maka would look good in that.Just make it brighter to contrast with her skintone. Dark-skinned people look great in bright clothing/jewelry
>>31384707...Didn't Amata tell us "no castemark"?
Rolled 7>>31384754>Don't hide it, be honest about it, but don't flaunt it.Was what she said two posts ago
>>31384754Not really>"Everyone knows you're an Anathema by now." She uses the word deliberately. "Don't hide it, be honest about it, but don't flaunt it. Don't use the A-word, not even to deny it. Don't get religious, and don't address the Immaculate elephant in the room." She suggests.
>>31384475I fixed your colours
Rolled 6>>31384672If done right and it covers our castemark, it might leave people wondering if it's just a really shiny jewel. Could be neat.We should get some shoulder-length gloves before >Thank her, go meet Smoke..though I really want to choose Irene.
>>31384707>>31384782Wearing jewely specifically to make our caste mark look even cooler might be considered "flaunting it", I suppose.
>>31384838Ypu can't cover your caste mark even with a metal helmet. It would just shine through.Jewelry, though, would catch some of the excess light and disperse it sideways. Or that's what I imagine
Rolled 2>>313848362/10 missed the eye colorAmata said don't hide it but don't flaunt it either, so probably no to the forehead jewelry and let's not make it appear if we can help it
Rolled 9>>31384847>>31384905Yeah, that's probably prudent for what's basically our societal debut.
EF is kill
Rolled 2>>31385406Damn it man, I flipped the tab open thinking it was an update, don't do that to me
>>31384940>>31384836I'd rather we use Maka's OP pic dress than the other one.Maka's is a less threatening and seemingly more harmless and innocent than the other one.Also it does not look like evil exec outfit.
After parting ways with Amata and having a bit of a stroll around with your new dress, you ask around for where Smoke might be.The answers of the palace's servants bring you to... Samiel's room.Why aren't you surprised by this?As you enter, you're greeted by a half-undressed Samiel being chased around the room by Smoke. Both screaming."What the heck are you people doing?""MAKA! Help me! This maniac is-" Samiel calls out to you, but this distraction proves fatal. Dancing Smoke grabs him by the ankle and without hesitation just slams him on the ground, then tosses him on the bed, still stunned and with the air knocked out of him. She proceeds to undress him."What." You reply. You're about to move in and stop her, when you notice that you are not assisting to a case of rape, but rather, she is changing his clothes by force.It sure looks like it, though."What are you doing." You reiterate. Smoke just replies, without turning to look at you: "No, well, see, I wanted to see how well Samiel would look in this, but then he said no, and then I said that I wanted to see it real bad, and he said that it wasn't going to happen, and so."She takes a step back."...There. Don't you think he looks irresistibly sexy?">Yes>No>Leave the room>Other?Combined with>Scold her>Praise her>Ignore her>Other?
Rolled 9>>31385469>Leave the roomLet's go see Irene
Rolled 10>>31385469>Yes>Praise herjust remember to behave yourself in public, please
>>31385469>Yes>Comment on her great taste
Rolled 10>>31385469>Yes>Scold herBut you can't go assaulting the prince like this in public, but seriously Samiel you're not changing from that
>>31385469>Yes>BUT Seriously DS that is linda the sort if shit you meed to not do tonight to get on Amata's good side. She's already cranky about your taste for her son, no meed to make it worse.
Rolled 7>>31385469>Leave the room>Ignore herNot our problem.
Rolled 9>>31385469>Yes>Scold herThis is unacceptable behavior for the dinner, the festival is for Smoke, so she can do whatever she likes there as long as no one gets hurt
Rolled 3>>31385487>Leave the roomIrene, yay!>Scold herDammit, Smoke, this is exactly the kind of thing we were helping him get over.
>>31385469>Leave the room>"I forgot I left my ship... in the harbor"
>>31385469>Yes>Ignore and leaveLet her have her fun.
Rolled 4>>31385469>YesBut that's beside the point.>Scold her
>>31385469>YesIt's probably a little too prettyboy for his liking, though. Try to find him something more dignified.>Scold herWhat did we just learn about Samiel and overbearing women? Let him feel all manly and in-charge when you want him to do things.
Rolled 1>>31385469seconding >>31385521
I hope she doesn't get too caught up with him and kidnaps him or something. It's not like smoke is a childish god or something right guys?
Can we Zenith-magic them into being a better couple, or is Dancing Smoke being pushy and obnoxious going to be a permanent thing?I mean, it's amusing, but it's not really very good for the people she's messing with.
"Now, now, now." You step in and forcibly separate the two, just as Samiel recovers and tries to stand back upright.Disheveled hair. A black shirt, buttonless, open down to the navel. A pair of clingy black low-rise satin trousers. A half-done necktie hanging loosely around his neck giving his outfit a touch of red....You have to agree on this one. it's maybe a bit too dark, uniformly black and dark red like that. But maybe that's her taste, and it's not something excessively inappropriate. Well, not anymore than your own outfit at least. Could be worse.But."...I understand that you don't do a lot of... social events, Smoke, but this kind of behaviour? No. Just no.""...What. What did I do wrong?" She frowns. She really doesn't realize it."...You don't really know how to behave, and that will hurt you if you're not careful." You point out. "It will make you unpopular, and hated. Especially by Amata. And Amata is, I'd like to remind you, both the person granting you this festival, and the mother of Samiel."Samiel who is, meanwhile, back on his feet, furious. "...Yes! Exactly! Stop acting like this, damnit! Do you want this to work or not?! You..." She grabs her by her bone-like tail as it swings around idly, prompting a sudden, surprised cry from her. "...stupid..." With a large swing, she lifts her in air and stars spinning her around..."...BITCH!" And with a last effort, she brings her down in the exact way she just did with him, slamming her face, hard, against the pavement, which cracks under the impact."...ok, look, I'm sorry..." She mumbles, obviously unharmed. "I just... couldn't help myself. I thought you looked great like this, and want... I want you to keep it for the dinner! Will you do it? For me?"Samiel, who, still mad as hell, was clearly about to set fire to his clothes, stops as he hears those words. He turns to you. "Um, Maka?"(cont)
>>31385723>Do you want this to work or not?!Have they officially progressed to a relationship now?Also is that Fire Aspect Limit Break or do they just like to get really rough with each other?
>>31385783I think they just really like it rough
>mfw everyone thinks having more dots is worthless>mfw everyone wants more worthless skill when more dots will get us *better* skills...this shit is getting old.
You nod. "You look fantastic. You could try rocking that look for a night and see the reactions." You turn to the goddess. "But, reallym, you need to ask in a nicer way.""I'm sorry..." She stands up, looking genuinely worried, like she really wasn't aware that forcing your way like that was a social pas faux."Say it to him." You point at Samiel. She's like a kid sometimes."...I'm sorry." She repeats, addressed to the dragon-blooded this time.It seems that Samiel has become a little more confident around her at least, you think. If he'll be able to keep her under control, and if this relationship will last, you have no idea. But, at least for now, things are progressing. Slowly.You can only hope they aren't going to completely ruin something important today.>Talk to Samiel>Discuss festival with Smoke>Go meet Irene>Other?
Rolled 8>>31385723>She grabs her by her bone-like tailuhh, did Samiel just change genders mid paragraph?
>>31385723she? That's Sam right? Cause he's referred to as she more than once there.
Rolled 9>>31385804>Discuss festival with Smoke
Rolled 2>>31385829it was very confusing as I had no idea Samiel had a bone-like tail and thought it was Smoke doing the swinging
>>31385804>Discuss festival with SmokeWhat's Smoke doing during the festival anyway?
Rolled 1>>31385804>>Discuss festival with Smokewhat's it she wants
Rolled 6>>31385804>>Go meet Irenelets go fondle the step-daughter
Rolled 3>>31385804>Discuss festival with Smoke
Rolled 5>>31385804>Discuss festival with SmokeWith some Irene to follow.
>>31385804>>Discuss festival with Smoke
>>31385851I thought she was having a multiple personality disorder moment and somehow slammed herself into the pavement.
Rolled 3>>31386009yeah, thats what it read like to me
>>31385804>Discuss festival with SmokeAlso I'm surprised Samiel did't react to us wearing actual cloths.
>>31386123He's been through some shit already.
>>31386123He's too busy fighting with his new waifu.
While Samiel tries to deal with his new look, you pull up a chair."So, now that that was made clear, Smoke.""Yes?""About the dance... I have prepared a routine together with Tia? Are you fine with her participating? Even if she's not an expert dancer like me.""Oh, don't worry. It's fine." She smiles. "I'm sure it'll be great.""Another thing: Our dance Will also be symbolically dedicated to the Unconquered Sun and Luna, our patron gods."She makes a funny face."You don't like it?" You ask her."...I thought it was...""For you? Yes, it is. But I am the priestess of another god, who is your superior. I can't very well ignore him now, can I?"She grumbles a bit."...Look." You drag your chair a bit closer to her, sitting on the bed. "I don't know what your standing is with the Unconquered Sun, but... if you want to associate with me, you should work on improving it, right? You only have to gain from it.""Okay, okay." She replies. "But make sure that the festival will be AMAZING.""It will." You promise.>But don't do anything inappropriate>Use your best judgement>Feel free to go crazy, it's your festival>Other?
Rolled 10>>31386325>But don't do anything inappropriate
>>31386325>Use your best judgementAsking Smoke to not do anything inappropriate will probably backfire. As will telling her to go completely crazy.
>>31386325>Use your best judgementI feel like making bad decisions today.
>>31386325>Use your best judgement
Rolled 6>>31386325>>But don't do anything inappropriate
>>31386325>Use your best judgementIs what we should say. But what it comes down to is...>Feel free to go crazy, it's your festival
>>31386325>Use your best judgementI think she got the memo with our little talk just now. I'm sure NOTHING could possibly go wrong.
>>31386325>Use your best judgementYou want good relations with Amata if you want to keep boinking her son.
Rolled 3>>31386325>Other?It sounds like Samiel's going to be with her most of the time. Just default to his judgement.
>>31386325>Feel free to go crazy, it's your festival
>>31386325>But don't do anything inappropriate
Rolled 9>>31386470Sorry bro. You'll have to play goddess guardian during the festivities.
Rolled 7>>31386325>Feel free to go crazy, it's your festival
Rolled 2>>31386325>>Use your best judgementbut if we're going crazy>Feel free to go crazy, it's your festival
Rolled 1>>31386325>Feel free to go crazy, it's your festivalJust don't hurt anyone
"Just... don't overdo it.""During the festival, you mean?" she asks."Yes. Use your best judgement. Remember that this will estabilish your cult in Tianna, and might influence Amata. You want her to see you as someone responsible, right?""I AM responsible." She says, with conviction."Suuure you are." Samiel giggles.You give a pat on her shoulder. "...Don't do anything you'll end up regretting. That's all.">Join the dinner>Go meet Irene>Other?
Rolled 10>>31386724Do we have more than an hour left? If yes>Go meet IreneIf no>Join the Dinner
Rolled 8>>31386724>>Join the dinnerBe there early.
Rolled 6>>31386724>>Other?Go get Irene then join the dinner together
Rolled 9>>31386724>Join the dinner
Rolled 3>>31386757This, I'd like to meet with Irene, but I'd also like to get to the dinner a little early
>>31386724>Go meet IreneWonder if she's doing research at the moment.
Rolled 7>>31386830Probably not this close to the dinner, as their isn't time to clean up afterword
Rolled 3>>31386757Seconding this, as well.
Rolled 4>>31386724Seconding >>31386757
>>31386724>Go meet Ireneand if there's not a whole lot of time, take her to the dinner
Rolled 2>>31386757this is a good idea
>>31386724>Join the dinner
After leaving Samiel's room and checking the time of the day, you head towards Irene's. You still have about one hour before the dinner officially starts, which should be about at sunset.As you open the door (forgetting to knock) you find Irene wearing her best military dress uniform, in front of her room's mirror, trying to get the perfect fix on her hair. "Maka!" She turns to you noticing your entry."Hey." You wave, then hesitate as you see her launching towards you "Makaaa!"The collision is pretty hard, but it's just a breeze compared to Tia's tackles, really. You spin her around a couple of times. "I missed you!""Yeah, I did, too." She replies. "SO SAMIEL TOLD ME WE CAN INCREASE OUR HEARTHSTONE SUPPLY!""Well, we'll need to build the manses first, but sure." You reply, a bit surprised."Did you find anything interesting? Any fae-built weapon, any hidden giant robots-""Uh, just fought a bunch of Behemoths." You make light of it all. "How were things here?""Boring." She gently pushes you on the bed. "Very boring.""Uh, my dress-""You look better without." She climbs on the bed as well, gently sliding her hands into it, looking very determined."But last night-""Last night Tia and mom completely monopolized you." She complains. "I want my fill too.">As long as we don't arrive late>Arriving fashionably late will be fine>We can't right now, but I promise I'll make it up to you>Other?
>>31387548>As long as we don't arrive lateThis is very important. If possible, get a servant to alert us.
>>31387548>As long as we don't arrive lateQUICKIES ONLYAlternately we can make her wait all throughout the ceremony.
Rolled 9>>31387548>As long as we don't arrive lateOne hour is plenty.
Rolled 2>>31387548>>We can't right now, but I promise I'll make it up to you
>>31387548>As long as we don't arrive late
Rolled 8>>31387548>As long as we don't arrive lateSeriously I need to look good in front of these people
>>31387548>>As long as we don't arrive latewe got a few hours sleep last night, so we can properly spend some time with her after the festival and all that
Rolled 3>>31387548>any hidden giant robotsHow turned on would Irene be if we found her a Warstrider?
>>31387548>"Uh, my dress-">"You look better without."Did she just insult our fashion sense?
Rolled 9>>31387725To be fair Maka does look great naked
Rolled 2>>31387548>As long as we don't arrive late
Rolled 4>>31387548>dat Irene
Rolled 9>>31387548>As long as we don't arrive latewe spent 24 hours and some people still aren't satisfied? We really need to work on our orgy skills
Rolled 5>>31387793It's cool, with THS we don't need as much sleep and don't get tired as fast, and it already took us a while to get tired, I'm pretty sure if we wanted we could fuck Irene for like week straight
Rolled 3>>31387793I'm pretty sure that's a subcategory of performance, which is a subcategory of Zenith. So by becoming a better God-Queen, we will simultaneously learn how to better please our harem.
>>31387725She insulted anon's taste, yes.
"I don't want to arrive late, and neither should you." You warn her with a smile, taking her in your arms as she takes you in hers."I just need to recharge my batteries a bit." She replies."Charge all you want." You invite her."You're trying to get me addicted.""Is it working?" You think you can allow yourself to be a bit smug here.About half a hour later, you both join the rest of the table together with the other late-ish arrivals, which include Tia, who arrives just a moment after you.The room is already quickly crowding with people, some familiar, some entirely new faces. The seat reserved for you is next to Amata, one of the most prestigious places at the table. Tia is on your other side. She steals you a kiss (a rather long one... less like stealing and more like full-on bank robbery) before sitting down. "You look great.""Thank you." You nod, and simultaneously wave to Irene as she takes her place on the other side from Amata.As the first plates begin to appear, carried by the castle's maids and servants, you fix your attention on the man in frond of you: weirdly overdressed, eyepatched, and sporting a manic grin."You're the famous Maka I hear so much about, YES?" He asks all of sudden, brandishing a chicken wing in your direction."...yes?" You wonder what his deal is."Right, I haven't introduced you yet." Amata nods. "Maka, meet admiral Rajan Hazaakaa, the commander of Tianna's navy.""What's left ot it at least." He replies immediately, putting the chicken wing back on the plate and cleaning his hand with a towel before offering it to shake. "A PLEASURE! What do you have to say?">Ask him what he's talking about>Be polite but try to ignore him>Rely on Amata as an intermediary>Other?
Rolled 5>>31388088>Ask him what he's talking about
Rolled 3>>31388088>Ask him what he's talking aboutIs this about the pirates?Cause I can totally explain that
Rolled 7>>31388088>Ask him what he's talking aboutis this about the navy we got him?If yes he's welcome
Rolled 4>>31388088>Ask him what he's talking about
>>31388088>Ask him what he's talking about
>>31388088>>Ask him what he's talking about
Rolled 5>>31388179forgot to roll
Rolled 8>>31388088>Ask him what he's talking aboutEveryone's always going on about the pirates
Rolled 8>>31388154Hey now, he can borrow them
Rolled 8>>31388088>Ask him what he's talking aboutHe seems fun.
Rolled 1>>31388088>Ask him what he's talking aboutI'll see about reigning my pirates in if that's what on your mind.
"Uh, is this about the pirates?" You mumble, a bit worried. This guy doesn't look like he has all his marbles. "If that's so, I can explain...""Pirates? Oh oh oh. No, no. Her Higness told me about them. The pardon and whatnot. Nice move, by the way." He laughs."Uh, thank you." you reply."No! WHAT I MEAN is when you're going to get rid of Death Atoll.""..:Death Atoll?" You ask, turning to Amata."The suspected Lintha base in the vicinities." She explains with a sigh."Suspected MY BALLS, your Highness." He slams an empty bottle of wine on the table before uncorking it and slowly pouring it into his glass. "I still don't understand why you don't believe my reports!""It's not that I don't believe them." She groans. "Last time you tried to find this "Death Atoll" place, you lost two triremes." "Which proves that I was right." He chugs it. "It's in that area, otherwise they wouldn't have sunken me ships." He turns his head to you with a jerky motion. "Am I right or what?""Uh... maybe?" You concede. "Why weren't you able to defeat them, by the way."He stares into the distance. "They have a devil ship, gal.""A devil ship?""Devil ship, yea. Hundred fifty feet from stern to prow." Refill and rechug. "Does forty knots in a calm sea. Turns water to blood. Shoots spines of bone large as ballista bolts. Fires curse beam from the eyes, that boil the flesh away. Crew of the meanest motherfuckers this side of Bluehaven and that's saying something." Refill, and chug again. "And captained by the black-heartedest bastard that ever set sail."You're not too sure that that counts as a word. "And you want me to defeat that monstrosity.""Nay." He fills YOUR glass now. "I want you to help me take it out. But I'll be the one to sink a harpoon in each of its three blasted, coal-black hearts and to hang its captain from the mast of my ship.""It's personal." You note."Personal as BALLS." He stares into your eyes.(cont.)
>It sound scazy, I want no part in this>It will have to wait until after the abyssals>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleet>We can work on it right away>Other?
Rolled 1>>31388541>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleet
Rolled 7>>31388562>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleetthey promised they'd come back as the best fleet ever or something like that
>>31388562>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleet>We can work on it right awayIf those are literal hearts I want Maka to go full Temple of Doom on its shit and yank its still beating from its chest.Ful on neo-aztec lizardmen whose name I forget.
Rolled 5>>31388562>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleetThe pirates will be back in about a month and we'll want to get them up to 3/3 at least with TWTT, so about in about two months or so and we can go fuck up that gross ass boat, unless it's urgent or something, we could do a surprise attack while the boat is docked
>>31388541>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleetHis fleet too. Tiger Training ahoy!
>>31388541>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleetIf he plans on doing that, though, we'll need to invest a day or two training him up for it.
Rolled 1>>31388562>>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleet
Rolled 1>>31388638I don't think TWTT works on exalts, we could totally train up his dudes though
Rolled 7>>31388562>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleet
Rolled 10>>31388541>"Devil ship, yea. Hundred fifty feet from stern to prow." Refill and rechug. "Does forty knots in a calm sea. Turns water to blood. Shoots spines of bone large as ballista bolts. Fires curse beam from the eyes, that boil the flesh away. Crew of the meanest motherfuckers this side of Bluehaven and that's saying something." Refill, and chug again. "And captained by the black-heartedest bastard that ever set sail."That's one gross sounding boat
Rolled 2>>31388562>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleetYou don't get much more personal than balls.
Rolled 5>>31388562>>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleet3 vessels that are meant to catch lightly defended prey vs such a monstrosity? Nah.And If he's got a scew loose because this thing's his white whale, we're in for a ride.
>>31387548Man, I completely forgot how boneriffic Irene was.
Rolled 9>>31388562I need to train my men, reinforce my fleet, and practice combined naval stuff, and the thrice fucked abyssals may attack in the meantime, BUT the lintha are a scourge and I would enjoy killing them.
Rolled 2>>313887313 vessels plus whatever he has left, we should take the time to train up his dudes along with the regular army while we wait for our pirates
Rolled 7>>31388562>>Other?>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleet and if the Abyssals don't start any more shit than they're trying.
Rolled 3Would ship handling be Mental + Eclipse or Social + Eclipse?We'll want to pick up Sea Wolf Style at least before we go fight a Devil ship, put a point in Eclipse, see what other charms we could get
>>31388562>It will have to wait until I manage to reinforce my fleetThere's a lot of shit going on right now, and there's no way we can take something like that on with the small bit we have.
>>31388618We could probably have Maka and Tia play human torpedo.
Rolled 5Did you know that (naturally) red-headed women are protected from the storm mothers by another god?Some female sailors dye their hair red and hope the gods don't notice.Something to keep in mind if we ever want to lead our fleet.
Rolled 6>>31388889Nah Tia is going to be full on Kraken on that ship
Rolled 2>>31388889>Tia play human torpedo.a waste of her kraken-imitating talents
>>31388910>>31388924True, I forgot about that. Maka could, though.Knowing Solars she'll probably torpedo her way through the bottom of the ship, burst out onto the deck and immediately begin duelling the captain.
Rolled 1>>31388910>>31388924with her 'infinite strength' charm she should be able to just rip the thing apart
Rolled 7>>31388897No one messes with the Ginger God since he keeps all the souls for himself.
>>31389029Actually the god in question is a badass pirate queen who enjoys smacking storm Mothers upside the face.We may want to have Alexei take her on as his patron, if he ever goes on his "free all the bitches" mission.
Rolled 8>>31389011"Horrible floating abomination, you say? Tia?""Back in a bit."
You rub your temples, trying to follow this Rajan fellow. "Alright. Shipping is important for Tianna, and taking the Lintha down a peg was something I wanted to do anyway. I have three crews, but they're on small, light vessels, underarmed and untrained. This action will have to wait until I'm ready.""If you could get Princess Lez there to agree to mounting her Essence cannons on ships it would go a lot finer." He whispers."Princ- oh, you mean Irene." You wonder if you should act offended at him for calling her like that, but you decide that, well, you can't blame him at all for being right. "She's really afraid to lose them in the sea.""But if we could get better shipments without the fear that they're gonna get raided to hell and back by those monsters, we could import Jade ore and precision components from Coral." He points out."A compelling argument." You admit. "Did you try making that point to Princess Le- Irene?""Billion times." He shrugs wildly. "She says she's not willing to risk. but maybe you can talk her into it." He elbows you. "I mean, you two have a thing going, no?""Whatever do you mean?" You play it dumb."You waltz in here together, your dresses perfect except so slightly messed up, hair likewise. You're a damn sexy gal. Irene probably went through every single maid of this palace. Do the math."You break a smile. "Irene? Wasn't she supposed to be pretty clumsy in social situations?" You point at her, who is apparently "entertaining" a magistrate with the technicalities of Type-4 Motonicvalve dischargers and their application in building of harmonics-proof solid state essence impactors.(cont.)
He just makes a really weird sneer at you that you have a hard time understanding and then refills his glass of wine. You take a sip from yours. "How long?""I can't be sure. I have a pretty busy schedule, and so do my men. We could leave tomorrow to reunite our crews. My officers have a complete cycle of rearming, repairs and recruitement planned after that, but I don't know how long that could take.""Off-island?""...I was thinking, yes, but knowing of this kind of monster...""What if they run in the Lintha?"You drink your wine. "You make a good point. Could Tianna arm and repair the ships?""Depends." He grins. "How about joining forces?""Aren't we already?" You wonder."Literally, not metaphorically." He points out. "Incorporate your ships in the Tiannan navy."Right, no one else knows of your and Amata's plans to marry. Once it happens, your fleets will effectively be a single force, at least administratively and legally. How should you answer?>Okay, as long as you treat them fairly.>Okay, but no giving them orders without my consent.>I'd keep our forces separate, actually.>Other?
Rolled 10>>31384940I love it but, personally, I think her lips and nails would work better in a dark-gold color. If you adjusted it to that effect, I would save it for future reposting in this quest.
Rolled 2>>31389260>Okay, but no giving them orders without my consent.
Rolled 10>>31389260>Okay, but no giving them orders without my consent.They're going to get merged anyway, and he needs to get used to the idea of being his superior sooner or later. We're about to be a second queen, after all.
Rolled 1>>31389260>>Okay, but no giving them orders without my consent.
>>31389260>Okay, but no giving them orders without my consent.This is not a bad offer. We could keep them here and offer to train the whole navy. How big is Tianna's navy?
Rolled 10>>31389260>Okay, but no giving them orders without my consent.After all,we hired them to be privateers, not a defense force
Rolled 2>>31389260>You will have to wait, but i will deal with this as soon as i can.
Rolled 2>>31389344>How big is Tianna's navy?Basically nonexistent. Every time they put a fleet together, the Lintha sink it.
>>31389344>>31389383As of now, two triremes, which are larger and more powerful than your sailing ships, butmuch more costly (essentially only an actual country like Tianna can maintain them), and several small vessels used for scouting and coast patrol (smaller than your ships; basically little boats)Overall, a bit more firepower than you, probably better trained. Still undersized for Tianna.
>>31389383I wonder if we can get some more pirates under our command in Freeport? We could also take over that place while we are at it.We could always siphon some men from the regular army if our ships are undermanned.
>>31388618>If those are literal hearts I want Maka to go full Temple of Doom on its shit and yank its still beating from its chest.They probably are. Kimbery is fond of twisting some of her first- and second-circle demon progeny into aquatic vessels for favoured Lintha.The ship itself would be alive, and a demon.
Rolled 1>>31389414For context, this is a trireme. It has a sail for long-distance travel, but they're small, which makes it slow for long-term transit compared to a proper sailing ship. It has oars that need to be manned with a large crew when traveling short distances and engaging in combat. The oars let it be EXTREMELY maneuverable and quite fast.The main downside is that they're slow for long distances and absolutely require a large crew compliment. They're limited to only sails when using a skeleton crew, while a sailing ship can operate at somewhere approximating normal capacity with a skeleton crew.All in all, if we have the technical expertise to build Age of Sail ships, we should. If not, these are a SOLID choice too. Junks would also be a good option.
Rolled 5What's the stance on slavery here?Are the triremes oared by slaves?
>>31389414So he lost fully half of Tianna's triremes?
>>31389607They're oared by marines. Unlike your ships, whose main tactics are hit-and-run, archery and small siege engines, boarding only when the enemy is weaker or weakened, triremes mostly aim at slashing the oars off enemy oared ships, ramming them, and/or directly boarding them right away using their larger crew complement.In Tianna slavery is allowed, but uncommon. Most of them are debtors, since Tianna diesn't engage in many wars of conquest and has little outside trade. There are laws protecting them against mistreating, though they don't have full citizen rights.>>31389692Yes.
>>31389260It makes a kind of sense to incorporate them, since we're doing the same with Amata. Still, I really like how our captains have developed under us as their sole boss. I don't want to mess with that. I think one of them would probably be a good admiral one day, anyway.
>>31389713>Yes.I can see why Amata's not a fan of this guy, or of trying that again.
You point at him. "I'll leave my men under your orders, but I want you to treat them properly. Or I'll get angry.""Don't worry, gal." He reassures you. "I'm actually glad ta get some people with experience and actual ships. Skips all the training parts and goes right to the point.""Still, training is important, and I know some Charms that improve it." You point out. "Wouldn't you mind if I helped your men as well?""Well, at this point they're ALL my men." He points out. "So you can be sure they'll only have the best I can provide. Can't fight a war on bad ships, or bad men.""About that." You reply. "I'll be honest here.""I LOVE honesty.""How do I know I can trust you as a commander? You just admitted you lost half your fleet in your last battle. That isn't a very good record."His face sullens. "Did you ever lose a battle? Did you ever REALLY lose a battle? Broken, defeated, completely crushed beyond all hope. Seeing good men do their best and still die through no fault of their own, crushed by an overpowering foe against which no skill or power you have is a match? All blamed on yourself, because you unknowingly accepted a battle you had no hope of winning?" He leans closer, and you can see a hint of madness under the layers of regret clouding his one good eye. "Did you ever cry bitter tears?">Yes>No
Rolled 1>>31389844>"I'll leave my men under your orders, but I want you to treat them properly. Or I'll get angry."uhh, isn't that not the one we voted for? because that awfully looks like option #1 which didn't receive a single vote
>>31389844Yes on losing (during the civil war for Gem). No on crying.
>>31389915>uhh, isn't that not the one we voted for? because that awfully looks like option #1 which didn't receive a single vote(Maka was about to get to her conditions for leaving her men under his command, but Rajan's outburst interrupted her. She's going to deliver them later.)
>>31389844>Yesdon't forget, we were a queen before we came to Tianna.
You slowly nod, trying not to be too emotional about it,but it's hard to face a trip down Memory Lane.Memory Lane is not a good place to be for you. A bad story about betrayal, death, greed, and a lost home."I... did." You admit. "I've decided that I'm not going to let my past mistakes cripple my future self.""Then you know how I feel." He leans back on the chair. "If there's something that I can do to earn your trust, tell me. I'll do it.">Reply?
>>31390204Nothing for now. Just bring my men back alive.
>>31390204>"I'll have to see your competence first hand for that. Luckily for you that shouldn't be too long from now."
Rolled 5>>31390204Hmm, I'm drawing a blank here, he's obviously expecting us to ask something of him, but I can't think of any good ideas, so I guess I'll just second >>31390240
>>31390204Nothing at the moment. Well visit him after the festival is over with for conducting training.
Rolled 10>>31390204seconding >>31390240 mixed with >>31390226
Rolled 1Heads up EF, threads on page 9
You think about it for a minute, but nothing comes to mind."...I'll trust you with the lives of my men for the moment, Rajan. Until you've proven yourself in battle. But.""But?" he asks."But with some conditions.""I'm listening." he invites."First of all: I'm still their leader. When you command them, you respond to me."Amata, who was following your conversation, chimes in: "Rajan, you will consider Maka's orders as if they were my own.""As you wish." He replies."Also, you're not going to set sail or commit my men to battle or life-risking operations without my approval."He nods. "That all?""That's all." You say. "Was that clear?""Clear as balls." He nods. "Just..." You relax in your chair. "...bring them all back alive. My men, yours... yourself as well.""I'll do my best." He nods.As the dinner continues and the courses become lighter and smaller, you find out that people start standing up and changing seats every now and then, to chat with other people or groups around the table. Now, with the stomachs full and the alcohol flowing, conversations become more involved.This might be your good chance to get to know some other people around the table. Make more friends and allies....Considering the news that Amata will drop on them in the near future, it's probably a good thing to do.[Session end]2 XP (base)
>>31390204Have him sail back with our crews and earn THEIR trust?
My computer is wrecked unfortunately, so I don't have access to a photoshop to edit the character sheet. But we're at 10 XP if I remember correctly.And I think most of the votes are for Inspired Performace Style, right? for 8 XP.
Rolled 6>>31390654>And I think most of the votes are for Inspired Performace Style, right? for 8 XP.yes
>>31390607This guy really likes talking about testicles.We should get him and Alexei in the same room.
>>31390660Well he's fighting against the Lintha, so...
Rolled 8Thread Archived
>>31390769I know if I was a normal guy fighting against lintha I would be thinking "Balls, Balls, My nuts will be protected. Balls, nuts, testicles, My balls will be saved."
>>31390654I am fine with that.
>>31390654>Inspired Performace Style, right? for 8 XP.sounds good to me, threads on page 10, cya next time EF
Rolled 9>>31390654>And I think most of the votes are for Inspired Performace Style, right? for 8 XP.Yeah, for the dance/speech.