Things have gotten a bit more calm and slow-paced lately, after the frantic action, battles, and new meetings of your first days as a Solar Exalted.As you pace about in the courtyard of Silk's tower, you calmly consider your situation.Valeriana is busy laying down the plans for your future Manse and the city around it. The design process might keep her busy for days, maybe even weeks. But she did leave to your command the Gloria, her brand-new sailing ship. While non-magical, with good wind this vessel outperforms nearly every other non-magical ship in the entire ocean.That's going to be useful.To fund the construction, you decided you'll try and sieze the treasure piled up by the Lintha pirates of the area, which should be stored in a place named the Black Atoll. Of course, knowledge that a horrifyingly overpowered demon-ship roams the seas as well, and is based there, does not cheer you up.Finishing Regis' training will probably take you three more days. Millian's, around five. On the other hand, properly training your fleet and men before the attack will take much longer. You'll have to work by weeks, not days.If that's where the money will come from, as for workforce you have three potential sources for now: immigration from Tianna city, Freeport (but you'll have to make it happen), and the Black Fangs (people here seem to like that color as an adjective: Black Marsh, Black Atoll, Black Fangs... Might be a western cultural thing?), Tia's barbarian tribe. Probably unsuited to civilized life right away, being nomadic hunters and gatherers, but they could be of help.You don't have any specific deadline, but the longer goes without news of the abyssals, the more worried you are. When will they attack? Are you going to be caught unprepared?
>(If that's alright with you, this seems like a good moment to start planning for some timeskip, so we can move on to your operation against the Lintha (or... Well, who knows if something will happen first?). Alternatively, we can keep playing day after day, if you prefer.)
>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, an old friend. Abyssals are targeting the city for conquest, Lintha pirates have infiltrated it with spies and agents, and the Realm is probably planning to get rid of you. Enjoy.>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?@exaltedfagAlso damn it, messed up the images. Here's the sheet.
Rolled 7>>31797605A short time skip sounds good, something long enough to get our mend trained and the groundwork for our projects started and off the ground.I'd like to take 3 weeks to train our men, 4 at most, with Regis and Millian's training taking place a day or two a week in that time, like if we give our men a break day from training we train Regis and Millian instead.I've got to run some errands now but I'll trust my fellow anons on sorting out the other details of the timeskip and our plans.
>>31797550Alright, so.Have Tia bring her tribe.Gather farmer families, mostly from Tianna, by giving them land. These are the people that will feed themselves, and other when they come. We need them since we can not afford the time and money to importing food. They will also provide some workforce for building. Also, where there is food and simple work, simple men will come. Others can oversee their imigration.Meanwhile we train our troops. Drill them hard. Work them to the bone. They should be fine soldiers in a month.
>>31797880What would be the tribe's role here in your scenario?
>>31797917They do what they do best. Hunt and gather mostly for now. You can't just put them in a city, we do not have a city anyways. So they camp close to the city(demesne right now) and go out to hunt and gather. Those that are not out hunting provide workforce for the manse.
>>31797880We'll want to discuss this with Mikahil, when's the best time to start moving people, what to start with that kind of thing, he's the one that is designing the city, he might already have an idea about what to do, but i think we can move Tia's barbarians fairly early, they don't have to settle in a city, but having people living on the land will help develop that new god faster
>>31798019Once some people are here, we should hold a prayer. Just before we leave for fight is a good time. There will be tribesmen, migrants and soldiers. Should get a new god going for us.
>>31797550>as for workforce you have three potential sources for now: immigration from Tianna city, Freeport (but you'll have to make it happen), and the Black FangsI'm not sure how Amata will feel about us just stealing people from us, but we might want to start with Freeport, without the pirates their local economy is suppose to be draining and that is kinda our fault for taking them
>>31797550>the Black FangsWho is this again?
>>31798071It's literally a few words after it. Tia's tribe.
>>31797848>I'd like to take 3 weeks to train our men, 4 at most,Yeah, we should definitely start training our troops, hopefully we can train up the sailors and Tianna's army, but we should probably put priorities on who were gonna take to fight the Lintha
Rolled 2>>31798289Oh yeahDice
>>31798289How about fuck you, pally.
Rolled 5>>31798305you cunts not turning your dice on has fucked us over before and yet you've still not learned, ffs EF has said he wants everyone rolling with their posts because he does not know when we need dice or not so shut up and roll your fucking dice
Rolled 3We still haven't named our manse now that i think about itSome people threw out Sol's Benevolence the last few threads, but it didn't really seem that popular
>>31798342'cuz it's kind of shit. The manse is the city which was confirmed for Pearl?Am I missing something?
Rolled 2>>31798360No, EF asked us for a separate name for the manse specifically after we had named the cityI do think we can come up with something better than that though
>>31798382Oh. I didn't see that in the archives, then.
>>31798382Well, you don't HAVE to name it, but if you don't, someone else will.
Rolled 5>>31798399>Tia names it Maka's Glorious Sex Palace
Rolled 7>>31798410I fail to see the problem> the locals will just refer to it as the sex palace no matter what.
Rolled 4>>31798399I've no idea what to name this manse, we should ask Pyre Sparks for tips, she probably knows something about UCS that would give us ideas
>>31798630"Unconquered Boner Casino"
Rolled 7Timeskip sounds ok.
Since it's still pretty early i'll leave the thread going for a bit more to collect ideas, plans and other input before progressing it.
Rolled 8>>31798630She'll probably name it something related to flowers.Can you imagine her reaction when we tell her we're building a temple city to UCS?
>>31798737Iron Lotus Memorial Hospital for Injured Athletes and Exalts.
Rolled 9We should spend some time during the timeskip to socialize wuth our new minions and our fellow solars.Visit Talon to see how he's doing and when he'll be ready to attack.Hold at least one prayer at the Sun Cult
Rolled 8>>31798778Yeah this is a good idea
Rolled 5>>31798778>Visit Talon to see how he's doingyeah we should do thatgood ideas anon
Rolled 6>>31798778>our fellow solars.And try to get into their pants
Rolled 4>>31797550We should get Mikahil's opinion on things, but we'll probably want to start with farmers to start preparing the land before we start moving people in large numbers
>>31798778>Hold at least one prayer at the Sun CultWe should make sure people are doing all 4 prayers, most people in this age have stopped doing the midnight one>>31798825>And try to get into their pantsof course
Rolled 1>>31798778>Hold at least one prayer at the Sun CultWe should try and make this a fairly regular thing, if we do it enough we might be able to raise our cult rating
>>31798888>Maka hosts a weekly variety show that includes a half hour prayer to big manI'd watch the Maka & Friends Weekly Variety Show.
>>31798927>Maka & Friends Variety Showaka >Exalted Quest
>>31798936It's a self-narrated, satirized version of Exalted Quest presented as a viewer-driven create your own choice adventure where the audience votes in on what fictional-Maka & Friends should do.
Rolled 3>>31798927>>31798936We also have to get Valeriana to design the laugh track and make it indestructible.
>>31798966But every vote would just end in 'fuck' winning.
>>31799006That's just being Authentic!
>>31799006Just like the real quest.There'd probably be a VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED before the porno happens.>>31799002Magnificent.
Rolled 8>>31797550Well. I think the Millian's training can wait. We should focus on all our training on our troops. We can throw Regis into the training regime when we teach dawn 3 or start the zenith lessons.We should also get people from Freeport to move to our city. There they can set up the farming and the fishing infrastructure that our city will need. We also need to integrate the barbarian's into our city. However that will have to be a gradual process. They might have 1E lunar views on civilisation which are essentially BARBARIANS STRONK!"Since Valeriana left us the plans for the Gloria. We should look to producing our own Gloria's but I don't think that's going to matter with the Lintha battle considering now long ships take to make. The only worry is that the abyssals could attack like we start on our anti-Lintha campaign. Perhaps we can delegate Mikahil to doing that while we do other domestic things. Although I think the Abyssals are going to go the long route and try to help get a Wyld hunt here. Because after that they can go and mop up.>>31798778Yea. I agree with praying with Sun Cult. They have been waiting of an Exalted to show up and not paying with them will disappoint them.
>>31797550>Finishing Regis' training will probably take you three more days. Millian's, around five. On the other hand, properly training your fleet and men before the attack will take much longer. You'll have to work by weeks, not days.Let's Time skip then
Rolled 10>>31799129>Since Valeriana left us the plans for the Gloria.You think we could send the Gloria out to do a little shopping for us?It might be fast enough to get past the lintha ship so we could get some Jade for our DBs
>>31799159It won't be. the lintha ship probably counts-as artifact, which means some integral/structural speed bonuses, in addition to having charms/essence spent.
>>31799180The lintha demon-ship is only one. It doesn't automatically intercept every boat in the water: it makes shipping more dangerous, but a fast ship can still trade. Remember, despite the lintha tianna still manages to get some trade done.
Rolled 8>>31799180While I mentioned in >>31799129>The only worry is that the abyssals could attack like we start on our anti-Lintha campaign. I think that we need to take a few exalts with us to take down the lintha ship.One idea we can do is launch Tia via catapult into the lintha ship an in mid flight Tia turns into a Kraken.
>>31799211I imagine word will spread pretty quickly about "that weird new ship," leading to the lintha ramraiding Maka's asshole like Tia on a bindle of coke.That's what I'd do with a bindle of coke, anyways.
Rolled 5>>31799211I think it's worth the risk of getting us some Jade, it's not liek we can't build more ships eventually, and it did just arrive, the lintha probably don't even know about it, actually now that i think about it, do the Lintha only fuck up Tianna's ships or do they also go attack other islands?
Rolled 3I don't think we can afford enough jade to be worth it.
>>31799224We should use this to lure Lintha into Tianna's home waters. Then Flow can stop them, and the rest of the fleet will surround them. Or Tia will turn into a Kraken and get the ship on land. I'd like to capture it mostly intact.
>>31799256And then...what, with it, exactly?
>>31799266Leave to Valeriana for reverse engineering? Use it to get close to Lintha base without alerting them? Remake it into something less scary and give it to Tianna as a flagship for their navy?Are you really, honestly asking what to do with a magical ship?
Rolled 9>>31799256>I'd like to capture it mostly intact.No. You do not want to capture Lintha ships. However the rest of your plan is sound, I am just worried about the Gloria getting caught before the other ships can close the trap.
Rolled 10>>31799289it's not just some Artifact ship, it's an actually living lintha as a boat, we can't do any of that
>>31799289It's literally(? - possibly metaphorically, this is a thing yozis can do) a demon in a boat.There's not really...you know. Any engineering in it.It's more warhams 40k daemonengine than it is, well, any other non-possessed object.Generally what >>31799299 suggests.
Rolled 6>>31799254Not us personally, but it doesn't seem like Tianna would have much trouble buying Jade, or at least it's only been the lintha ship preventing them from trying, plus if we send Mikahil we could get a deal on purchases and with any Sail charms he knows he might be able to avoid the ship completely
Rolled 3>>31799318Could Tianna make enough Artifacts before we attack the Lintha?
>>31799361Tianna doesn't have any magical materials
>>31799375Well...as per oadenol's codex, you don't actually technically need THE magical materials, as in capital M-agical capital-Materials.You just need "exotic," materials which I'm sure Tianna/Amata/etc could roundup, plus whatever Silk can make out of gossamer.Just requires some applied creativity.
Rolled 6>>31799375I think he means if the Gloria goes to buy some magical materialsI'm not sure though, it would depend on what EF changed about crafting mechanics
Rolled 3>>31799375I meant if we get the Jade.This whole plan to send the ship on a dangerous mission to get some MM seems too risky for too little gain
Any chance we could have Mikhail ferret out some kind of first age loophole allowing a condemed prisoner to be judged by a different god?If so we could spread the information in wavecrest and sour thier relationship with the volcano deities while simultaneously increasing Dancing Smoke's cult and authority. Could be a big help for when we need to carve a chunk out of wavecrest.Assuming the celestial bureaucracy has some odd convenient law for that.
Rolled 6>>31799408It'll be fine if we send Mikahil probablyHe's made it to the island safely at least three times
>>31799423Legal eagle is an under-appreciated Eclipse specialty, so I'm in favor of having Mickey research ten thousand years of common/precedent law with the sole purpose to dick over/annoy other nations.It's like a tiny, fictional UN.
Rolled 1I think think that, as soon as our pirates are ask trained up, our primary goal should be figuring out where to find Black Atoll. None of our other ideas mean shit if we can't late the damn place, and Lintha are too loyal to get the information beaten out of them.So, what's the plan for FINDING Black Atoll?
Rolled 5I know we talked about, buying Soc 4 and SRB next, but since it looks like we're going to time skip to fighting lintha what do you think about buy a new combat charm instead of soc 4?
Rolled 1>>31799441Oh yea. We do need a plan for finding the place.
Rolled 9>>31799449Exactly. All of these plans we're throwing around are fucking worthless if we don't know how to find the damn place. Doing anything other than figuring out how to locate it is stupid as hell.
Rolled 7>>31799441If we damage the lintha ship but don't destroy it, it might lead us back to Black Atoll
>>31799448Soc 4 would improve our backgrounds, which I'm hoping would mean we trip over an artifact of some kind, like a smashfist or armor like pic related
Rolled 9>>31799467They fight to the death. Try again.
Rolled 7>>31799473It improves our SOCIAL backgrounds, like Allies, Followers, Cult, and so forth. It doesn't do shit for backgrounds of other types, like having Artifacts.
Rolled 2>>31799473Still don't like that armorI do want some high-heeled God Kicker Boots though
Rolled 8>>31799448I still think we should still get soc 4. Since we are making a social character our greatest strength is our social backgrounds stuff >>31799473I wonder if we can get GLORIOUS!SOLAR!PLATE! In his system.
>>31799483Really? I must have remembered wrong. I'm still for upping it, unless we can somehow get to Night 4 and buy the charm that lets us walk on water, but that would take much more experience than we have, and could justify getting in a time skip
Rolled 6>>31799489High-heeled boots and arm-length gloves are definitely the style we should have for our artifact boots/weapons.
>>31799441> strand ourselves on a lifeboat in a popular shipping lane with our hair died and skin lightened> if regular pirates show up, new crew> if lintha show up stranded and helpless so grateful they saved us> horror when actually lintha> our family won't stand for this> who is our family, why we are related to the royalty of tianna! We are engaged to a noble in wavecrest and were on our way to be married.> they take us to the atoll for ransom> we can probably convince them not to rape us> infallible messenger or locate maka charm (tia could do it)> the fleet attacks the atoll while ww wreak havoc inside.
Rolled 1>>31799509>and could justify getting in a time skipHmmm. Do we get timeskip experience?
>>31799448Hm, i'd say we rush for Soc 4 before combat. But Heaven Thunder Hammer is going to DO WORK on ships.Back then we drop kicked a guy through the deck. With HTH i'm thinking of drop kicking a lintha through the keel as well.
Rolled 8>>31799508He mentioned us being able to get Glorious Solar Saber fairly early on, i imagine GSG is on the table too
Rolled 9>>31799519>they take us to the atoll for ransomThat's where you fucked up. Lintha don't ransom. They mutilate, rape, and then chuck us overboard. The only way we're preventing that, by your retarded plan, would be to fight the entire ship of dudes - which we would lose, since they're largely essence-users and demons.
Rolled 10>>31799531>i imagine GSG is on the table too>spending MORE essence on ANOTHER soak charmThat's fucking retarded.
Rolled 8>>31799473that can be our jewelry anon, not our armor, our armor goes over the top of that
Rolled 1>>31799542He's suggesting it as magitech forcefield projecting armor - which, yes, is a REALLY stupid idea. It works better as body jewelry.
Rolled 5>4 hours and not one update:S
>>31799542Then what's the point?
>>31799473Not a big fan of that. Would rather get a Silken Robe version of the tabard.
>>31799573I like the tabbard too, I'm just trying to add a little variety
Rolled 8>>31799586I don't mind more variety, but that armor is to absurd, I mean Maka should be lewd while still leaving something to the imagination
>>31799627To be fair, we wouldn't be flashing our vagina every time we kicked someone in the armor like we do in the tabbard
>>317995331 chill2 dude its not like the lintha is ONLY composed of super god-slayers who floss thier teeth with neverborn toenails and shave with the wire thin hair of She Who Lives In Her Name.And its not like thier going to send thier strongest and toughest to prey on the relatively poor shipping lanes around tianna. Yes they have a demon ship yes they are evil as hell, but they are also interested in making money, improving thier standing in the organization, and they CAN be defeated. If that weren't true there would be no point
Rolled 8>>31799663Right, but we don't have the martial skill to beat an entire ship of them solo, and they DON'T do ransom - period - they cut bits off and then pressgang the castrated men while chucking the ladies off the ship as a sacrifice to that fucked up shark goddess. The plan is bad because they won't take us in the first place, and even if they did, we would have to fight an entire ship of them to keep from getting mutilated, raped, and thrown overboard.
Rolled 8>>31799548to look bitching and I'm sure we could enchant them with stuff, I dunno how armor and pasties work in exalted
Rolled 2>>31799697>enchantThat's not how magic item creation works in Exalted. They're magic from the get-go, forged into the very design, and pasties that provide an armor bonus would be magitech. That would mean they would require Essence to activate and would need maintenance after every battle.Your body jewelry is cool, but it's a really bad idea for armor in Exalted.
>>31799682Well in that case... fuck itWhy dont we make big news about how we are going to purchase an ass ton of jade.Stow all three solars, tia, any other capable fighters in the trade ship.Lintha spies inform the lintha who set upon the shipSurprise.Murder everyone and search the ship for charts.
>>31799713They don't have to be magitech. In fact, everything points to magic pasties etc. being more like the solid state, simplistic artifacts that don't need repair.
>>31799441Rajan tried failed but still finding Black Atoll before, maybe Tianna has some info about it that we don't know about
Rolled 8>>31799724That is a MUCH better idea than trying to get ourselves taken captive. It's still pretty shaky as far as plans go, but it could at least hypothetically work. Now, the question is, how would we get the information to them without them knowing it's a trap?Subtle is not our specialty.
Rolled 2>>31799713>Your body jewelry is cool, but it's a really bad idea for armor in Exalted.hence why I said to the anon who originally proposed it they'd work better as body jewelry and we can have separate armor
>>31799724A good plan in theory it just hinges on the lintha not being suspicious of a highly publicized trade ship carrying a large cargo of jade and other precision instruments for magitek weaponry having zero escorts. Also the ship itself being "highly publicized".They might suspect a trap and just blast the ship out of the water. They're evil after all, not stupid.
Rolled 10>>31799746...what the fuck are you talking about? Yes they do. In order for them to project a force field, they need to be magitech, and if they don't project a force field, they can't provide an armor bonus, because Exalted isn't that nonsensical.
Rolled 10So do we have a plan yet or is this thread just a complete waste of time?
>>31799746Or, its gossamer forged as an artifact, i don't got to explain shit
Rolled 3>>31799762The closest we have to a plan is 'train up our pirates while Mikahil plants rumors of a big jade shipment trying to sneak its way into Tianna. Trojan Horse them when they try to capture the ship.'
>>31799759You seem weirdly angry about something. Anyway, I'm not going to bother to argue especially since I like the tabard thing better, but I'm sure you can find some precedent, if nothing else, just hearthstone sockets socketed with protective stones, I guess.
Rolled 7>>31799766>gossamer forged as an artifactThat's also not how that works. Gossamer is one of the materials specifically ineligible to be an artifact, and gossamer armor still has the same amount of skin-coverage, even if it's no longer made of the same materials, as mortal armor. If it projects a field of force to protect the body, it's magitech and requires essence to activate and periodic repairs. If it doesn't, it's body jewelry. That's all there is to say.
>>31799756 Exactly we AREN'T subtle. Barge into the seediest dock bar flashing everything as we kick the door in. Demand sailors only the most daring will do ABSOLUTE secrecy.And if the lintha don't bite... then we can trade for some jade
Rolled 10>>31799786We would need a hearthstone that provides some kind of armor bonus - which we don't have - and then they would just function as a Hearthstone Amulet/Bracers, which is - you guessed it - magical jewelry.
>>31799790Or it could be a perfectly transparent micro thin body suit with pasties thats as strong as steel.
Rolled 3>>31799814>perfectly transparent micro thin body suitThe closest thing to a material that does that in Exalted is Adamant. If you find us a supply of Adamant, bring your idea back up then.
>>31799795.....But our complete lack of subtlety is going to send a red flag up regarding any potential jade deal. I mean if it's a ridiculous unsubtle person attempting to plant a subtle rumor then that's gonna be unbelievable to the lintha.Unless we're doing some ridiculous multi layered deception. We throw up as many red flags as possible to get the lintha to bite because fuck SOMETHING is going down and they wont let Tianna pose a threat to their operations in the region.The ship we send? Empty. Maybe propelled by our water court allies......AND CREWED BY PHANTASMS FROM THAT CHARM WE CAN PURCHASE. While they waste time fucking with that empty ship we bring in a REAL shipment of jade and instruments so Irene can really equip our nascent fleet. Then we can go toe to toe with the Lintha and win.
>>31799814Or we could just not get them at all
Rolled 10>>31799831That's a really shitty version of the plan. Like, seriously, that's super bad. Just let Mikahil handle the rumors.
>>31799401Crafting is a bit faster than by the book, depending on help and the artifact in question. Small thing can take one week. Large, epic artifacts, years or decades or centuries.>>31799423In the first age there weren't any human sacrifices in volcanoes. It's a thing that the volcano gods came up with in the second ate, when they were sure that they could get away with it.They are all in flagrant violation of heaven's laws, but... everyone is.>>31799522No.
>>31799851Seriously we have allies better suited to this shit than we are, let's asked them to start digging up information while we do our thing
Rolled 8>>31799861>No.that defeats any incentive we have to not play this out day by day
Rolled 9>>31799874>that defeats any incentive we have to not play this out day by dayExcept boredom. If we don't do shit, we're just going to get a day per post, no experience at the end of the thread, and people leaving because they're so fucking bored. Stop being a minmaxing shitheel.
>>31799831Well if we get flow involved why not just build four twenty foot long steel harpoons and drag the entire demon ship bleeding to the bottom of the ocean?Then keep the entire crew as flows sex toy until they die, drown, or start talking.
>>31799851>>31799863That was the overall point I was originally getting at before I went off on that tangent.We aren't suited to deception and rumor mongerin'. >>31799888Amata told us earlier that the demon ships can corrupt and pollute the seas they travel as a stick to threaten sea gods that are hostile. Flow getting that direct with them would mean the end of our friendly water court via polluted demon ocean.
Rolled 6>>31799888except then the Lintha would pollute the ocean and fuck our friends in the water up...they ain't going to be lifting a watery finger to help us until we take that ship out
So, let's see:-gather Tia's tribe, visit Freeport and incentivize immigration to the future city.-drill the crews for 3 weeks.-Mikahil handles the details of city-building.-organize a prayer (Valeriana says that if you hold it on the demesne it will actually help in her job of turning it to a Solar one).-visit Talon.This is stuff you all seem to agree on.The discussion is on trying to lure the Lintha with a trap vs. Scouting the sea to find the Black Atoll. Let's vote on that.Also any other questions or proposals.
Rolled 10>>31799996>lure the Lintha with a trapThat's my vote. Get Mikahil to do the actual baiting.
Rolled 2>>31799996>lure the Lintha with a trapWell if we're going to try and sink the lintha ship we might as well go with this one>-organize a prayer (Valeriana says that if you hold it on the demesne it will actually help in her job of turning it to a Solar one).Then let's do that
>>31799996Talk with Swallow. Have a chat with Tianna's city god.Lure vs Scouting. Lure. And ask the merchants if they know anything.
Rolled 5>>31799996We also want to do general socializing with our people, unless that was obviously included>lure the Lintha with a trap vs. Scouting the sea to find the Black AtollJust to be clear would we be doing this after we train our dudes?
Also, by now it's no longer mere curiosity but actual social combat strategy, with the way you're playing Maka, so this becomes a relevant question: who do you sleep/try to sleep with in this time? (And/or if you have other social objectives)
>>31800050Yes, unless you decide you have other plans.
Rolled 2>>31800051I'm against sleeping with anyone unless we absolutely have to, I think we're good at social stuff enough to not actually need to sleep with everyone
>>31800051I was hoping to bed our new circle mates at some pointAs for bedding people to accomplish an objective, the downside of timeskip is we don't know when/where that will be effective, or useful
Rolled 10>>31800051If we can bed Vale and Running Swallow that would be great, Mikahil too but I think he has a wife and I don't want to NTR her
>>31800122Speaking of Mikahil, what was that cat and horse on the boat with him?
Rolled 8>>31800051I want to minimize sleeping with any men until we confirm that we're pregnant with Tia's baby or confirm that we're on maiden tea. Can you confirm one way or the other right now?
Rolled 10>>31800051I do want to sleep with Pyre Sparks but I want that to be onscreen, so like get closer to her but don't sleep with her just yet
Rolled 8>>31800131Familiar and mount. Eclipses are amazing horsemen.
Rolled 4>>31800051Circle mates, our new party members, as well as our standing obligations (Royal Family, Tia, and Silk) should be bedded as time allowsalso >>31800141
>>31800131The cat was a cheetah and apparently some sort of trained pet, the horse is his horse.>>31800135Maiden tea is really common and easily accessible, so yes.
Rolled 7>>31800157>Maiden tea is really common and easily accessible, so yes.Okay, so we're not currently pregnant? Because we were banging Tia without maiden tea or protection for quite a while before we got back to Tianna. Just making sure.
>>31800051I say stay the course as far as bedmates goes. If one of our circlemates or followers approaches us, maybe. But some of our followers give off odd vibes and both of our circlemates seem distracted or unavailable.
Rolled 5>>31800051I'm with >>31800073we should only take to bed those we care about or those we must
>>31800051I don't mind the general lewdery of Exalted, but this just turns it into a chore. Not even politicized or commodified, just straight-up chore.
Rolled 5>>31800051Seconding >>31800148 & >>31800141
>>31800163You're probably not - unless Tia managed to bang you so hard that no amount of Tea would suffice, which is something that you think about only HALF-jokingly.
Rolled 6>>31800175I couldn't agree more. All of this lewd is getting really meh. I'm incredibly desensitized because of how blase it's all become.
Rolled 6>>31800051EVERYONEBut seriously, we should at least try our circlemates, if it doesn't work, no big dealif it does, then we go after EVERYONE
Rolled 4>>31800175yep...I said as much during the big orgy after smokes festival, but the lewds have lost their meaning and impact over time and just going "oh yeah, you also slept with X, Y & Z during this timeskip" diminishes it even furtherI'm all in favor of spending sexytimes with our loved ones, but it shouldn't be a chore or a fucking footnote
>>31800199To be honest, this seems more like "who do you want to manipulate sexually" than "who do you want to sleep with".Because its harder to set someone up for betrayal when they broke your hips last night.
Rolled 5>>31800141Speaking of Pyre Sparks we should see if we can learn anything about UCS from her, technically Maka is a priestess of his but I doubt she knows as much as an actual trained and studied priestess
Rolled 2>>31800051I'm for sleeping with anyone we can talk into doing it.
Rolled 3>>31800278that kind of attitude caused the festival orgy fuckup and would be oddly our of character with Maka's character development in the aftermath of that
>>31800223It's what i meant, yes. It's a form of social combat and influence and Maka has been using it a lot, so i was wondering how you wanted to handle that. "Take a break" is a perfecly legitimate answer.
Rolled 4>>31800296Then my answer is 'just with loved ones for now.'
>>31800051Definitely for not sleeping with anyone yet.
Rolled 10>>31800296yeah going to have to go with taking a break and >>31800304
Rolled 5>>31800296Ah, in that case I'm all for taking a break, let's stick with the people we love for nowBut I still think we should get closer to Pyre Sparks because she's cute and to learn about UCS because Maka loves him
Rolled 3>>31800289I was one of the people who was okay with the orgy. I don't see what the big deal is
Rolled 3We really should take over Freeport and remaining pirates there peopleIf we are set on fucking up lintha WE NEED SAILORS, AS MANY AS WE CAN AFFORD.THUS WE NEED TO TAKE OVER THE REMAINING PIRATES THAT HAVE ARE NOT OF A MIND TO LEAVE FREEPORT WITH THE WHOLE LARGE EXALTED PRESENCE ON THE ISLAND AND TIANNAS STRENGTHENING.IF WE DO NOT MOVE ON THIS THEY WILL LEAVE AND WE WILL BE ONLY WITH TE REMAINING SAILORS. WE NEED MORE SAILORS. THUS LETS TAKE OVER THE PIRATES.
Rolled 8>>31800319>because Maka loves himI still want to have the UCS's incarnablooded baby.
Rolled 5>>31800329>remaining pirates thereThere are none. We got all the pirates. Freeport is a small-as-fuck town. EF already lampshaded that Freeport is currently a doomed town because we took all of their pirates.
Rolled 1>>31800320well you should at least recognise that that event changed the character and defined them in certain aspects, and your opinion of what is fine is no longer in character
Rolled 10>>31800341Then I vote against it, hoping she has another character shift back towards what I want. And if it doesn't happen, well I won't be HAPPY, but I'll accept it
Rolled 3>>31800376Jesus christ your petty.It already happened, and you can't vote against it, so deal with it and accept it already.
>>31800341Noone is saying that maka needs to spend eighteen hours daily pressganging groups of twenty at a time into her pleasure seraglio. In fact aside from the incident maka has kept to a fairly small group. For an exalt.
Rolled 3>>31800420I meant in future "Do you want to sleep with this person/people" votes, I will always be voting yes to sleeping with the max number,, and I said that if things didn't go my way, well, fine, it's just a quest on the internet
Rolled 1>>31800426wasn't saying that at all, maybe you should try following the conversation before replying
Rolled 8>>31800445So now you're just outright ignoring whats in character and what is not for Maka?
Please, just give me your opinions without escalating to arguments. As usual, we'll decide with votes.
Rolled 10>>31800051Circle mates. We'll need their loyalty once more Solars turn up so.
Rolled 8>>31800482Sleep only with loved ones and have Mikahil bait the Lintha. For fuck's sake, can we just continue already?
Rolled 3>>31800482Yeah I think at this point we're all pretty much agreed, let's stick with loved ones and move on
Rolled 4>>31800520Calm down, you don't need to take it out on EF, especially since the "Sleep only with loved ones" is far from unanimous
>>31800482Sleep only with loved ones and bait the lintha. If we actually managed to find the atoll what would we then do? We cant tackle the atoll just yet we need to take care of the local lintha ship/s so we can import the materials we need to properly arm our navy with essence weapons and the like. More jade will also be invaluable for Irene and Valeriana to make some useful gadgets for our new nation.
So, after getting organized for about a day or so of discussion and coordination with your circlemates and friends in Silk's tower, you put together your plan of action.If nothing problematic happens, the plan for the Manse, the first construction materials and the prospection team should all be ready in a week, two at best.Valeriana will have to stay here, of course, and you agree that it would be better if Mikahil did, too, to handle all of thpse little organizational details that obviously Valeriana has no head for.On top of that, when you mention your cult in Tianna, the Twilight mentions that blessing the Demesne in a grand prayer to the Sun would actually be a big help in transforming it to a Solar aspect.You'll have to talk to Pyre Spark about that.For now, your first stop should be Freeport. Without its pirate crews supporting the city's livelyhood with their raids and spending, they don't have much future. You, on the other hand, have something to offer them.>talk with whoever's in charge>show up in the streets and talk directly to the people>spread rumors and word-of-mouthCombined with:>how will you persuade them to move to Pearl?
Rolled 5>>31800482Loved ones + Circle
Rolled 7>>31800051- Loved ones- Circle mates- Zareen- Pyre Spark>>31800551>far from unanimousone or two votes against more that 10 does not make "far from unanimous"
>>31800650>Visit the tavern and what merchants are around, talk to them.Anyone still trading will likely see the best traffic for rumors to spread, and they're more likely to ensure that whoever thinks they're in charge looks for us.And the people at the tavern likely will remember us
Rolled 9>>31800650>show up in the streets and talk directly to the people>mention the safety offered by the manse and the presence of multiple Exalted and Tianna's army.>unclaimed, fertile land is rare in the west, they can have a (small) farm>It will grow into a big port city in the future, the sooner they move there the more they can profitLet't avoid mentioning that they'll starve in freeport because no pirates will come, because we caused that and they could blame us.
Rolled 6>>31800650>talk with whoever's in charge>show up in the streets and talk directly to the peopleIf we can convince boss man he can help convince everyone else>how will you persuade them to move to Pearl?Incentives, our new city will give them a better standard of living, people will be cared for and protected
Rolled 3>>31800714>unclaimed, fertile land is rare in the west, they can have a (small) farmThey probably won't care about that too much, Freeport was mostly a port town ,if anything they would have more experienced fisherman than farmers
Rolled 9>>31800677For loved ones only>>31800165>>31800169>>31800304>>31800315>>31800319For expanding by at least one>>31800108>>31800122>>31800141>>31800148>>31800193>>31800278>>31800654>>31800677I may have missed a couple, I was skimming>>31800650>talk with whoever's in charge>show up in the streets and talk directly to the people>Sleep with themThat was a joke. Maybe
>>31800650>Talk to whoevers in chargeNever did find out.>We can promise them a better life, a safer life. Schools for thier children and jobs for anyone who can work. Food, shelter, trade, education, and work. We aren't saying it will be easy, but we are saying it will be better.
Rolled 6>>31800650>show up in the streets and talk directly to the people>how will you persuade them to move to Pearl?Talk about an opportunity to move to a new land, where the land is fertile, where they and their families will be safe and there is a whole wealth of opportunities for everyone.Essentially the standard promises of wealth, security and stability. We should use MRP and IPS.
Rolled 1>>31800724>Incentives, our new city will give them a better standard of living, people will be cared for and protectedWhat's stopping them from waiting until the city is actually built before they move?
>>31800788Food, money, income, security?
Rolled 4>>31800788Their local economy is gonna start taking a dive without the pirates to raid, depending on how long it's been since we've taken the pirates they might already be feeling it
Rolled 1>>31800742And we have a Water Court that will help with any fishing.
>>31800775IPS will be the correct charm in this instance.IPS and TttH will get our message across excellently if EF will let us get away with using TttH to perfectly explain our deal.
Rolled 10>>31800842Yeah we should totally bring that up too, we have the local water court on our side and we convinced them to stop drowning sailors after they sleep with them
Rolled 4>>31800842Yeah, we should bring up the water spirits
Rolled 8>>31800894>who likes sleeping with nymphs and not dying?>you're welcome
Rolled 2>>31800051Talk Tia into developing a sex change charm and then we can play Maka like Rance with a supersex charm. Which is actually normal Rance now that I think about it.We'll call it...Wife Seducing Demon Rape!Make it happen!
Rolled 9>>31800650Before the timeskip, I would like to investigate the Underworld first.
Rolled 5>>31800915The men will like it but their wives won't.
Rolled 7>>31800964>investigate the UnderworldHOLY JESUS YES.I can't believe I forgot about that. We NEED to spend a night in the Underworld. Bring along someone with Occult - Amata or Pyre Flame should work - and Tia as a bodyguard. We've been ignoring the Underworld this whole time - we NEED to see what Tianna's Underworld looks like.
Rolled 1>>31800975Don't we need to find a shadowland, say in it until it turns night in order to get to Underworld Tianna?EF hasn't mentioned anything about a shadowland near us.
You hit the streets of Freeport and for a bit consider actually going to have a word with the major or whoever's in charge of the place....but as soon as you show up, a large crowd starts following you and gathering about you. You're not exacltly inconspicuous, and word of you and your deeds has probably gotten round.You turn to the crowd and clear your throat.[IPS]Social + Zenith + IPS = 5 7 9 6 3 9 6 1 4 1 = 3 successes.The result is not exactly enthusiastic, but you definitely manage to get the idea in their minds. The first signs of poverty and depression are already showing up in this village, which wasn't really prosperous before anyway. You'll have to see how this plays out.After doing some more persuasion around, you briefly return to the site to inform Valeriana and Mikahil, and then travel to Tianna with Amata on the Gloria, while Tia rounds up the Black Fangs.Your ship are all repaired, and, with a bit of convincing, you manage to get Irene to surrender a few of her pieces of essence artillery for fleet use (much to Rajan's relief) and to train some men in their use.You prepare to spend time drilling your men alongside the dragon-blooded admiral. You spend some more time with Pyre Spark as well, informing her of your plans around the new city of Pearl. Of course, her reaction is enthusiastic.She wants to immediately move there, and move the entire cult, and it's hard to get her to calm down. But still, her support will be very helpful.(Cont.)
Pyre consequently parades you to her cult, which meets in a small but cozy building repurposed as a temple in downtown Tianna (which seems to be her house as well, or, at least, she sleeps and eats here).You inform her of your intention to bless the site of the future manse with her and her cult, and she starts organizing the whole thing on her own. She is incredibly hyped.Meanwhile, you put Rubeni, Quint and Alexei and their crews through the grinder. The question of what to do with the Gloria is also mentioned.>Give it to Quint and promote someone to captain of his old ship.>Give it to Rubeni and promote someone to captain of his old ship.>Give it to Alexei and promote someone to captain of his old ship.>Give it to Rajan as his flagship.>Put Mikahil in charge of it.>(other?)
>>31801374The Gloria? Isn't it a trade ship, not a warship?
Rolled 5>>31801374>Put Mikahil in charge of it.Yea, I think Mikahil would be best suited for captaining the Gloria
Rolled 10>>31801374>>Give it to Rajan as his flagship.>>Put Mikahil in charge of it.One of these two things.>>31801399It's an Age of Sail in an age of Triremes. It's whatever the fuck we want it to be.
>>31801399It can be repurposed. Ships of the age of sail like the Gloria can easily act as either.
Rolled 1>>31801374>Give it to Rajan as his flagship.I was thinking of giving it to Mikahil but it might be better off as the the boat to our actual Admiral
>>31801374>Put Mikahil in charge of it.No point slinging an unfamiliar crew into it a week or so before a battle.If its that much faster than the other ships, sling some essence weapons on it and have one of the solars blast shit.
>>31801374>Put Mikahil in charge of it.see >>31801420
Rolled 5>>31801374>Put Mikahil in charge of it.
Rolled 9>>31801399>>31801420>>31801432dice anons, dice
Rolled 2>>31801420I assume they would have either time to train or would just use the crew that came with the original boat, we still have about 2-3 weeks before we plan to attack the lintha
>>31801374We should spend some time with Pyre too, she's fun to tease.
Rolled 10>>31801218>You spend some more time with Pyre Spark as well, informing her of your plans around the new city of Pearl. Of course, her reaction is enthusiastic.>She wants to immediately move there, and move the entire cult, and it's hard to get her to calm down.Pyre is super cute
Rolled 10>>31801374>Put Mikahil in charge of it.Mikahil would be a good admiral for the battle with the Lintha.
Rolled 5>>31801582>Mikahil would be a good admiral for the battle with the Lintha.Maybe, it would depend on how much experience he has doing actually naval combat rather than just having sail charms, we still want him there of course, but Rajan is Tianna's Admiral of the navy
>>31801533yes she isI hope she stays like that forever
Even if loaded with a Lightning Ballista, the Gloria still isn't designed as a warship, so you decide to leave it in Mikahil's capable hands. You spend your spare time doing some research on Tianna's Underworld, but can't find much. Tianna doesn't have very deep ties with its dead, and you don't think there are any shadowlands in the vicinities.This, of course, means that the Abyssals' airship, if it came from the Underworld (and it probably did), must have crossed the boundary in an unknown shadowland, or via some kind of sorcery.There is no sign of the archer who tried to kill you during the dance, and the local Immaculates are... Oddly calm. So calm that you're actually a bit worried. They're OBVIOUSLY planning something.>continue training>try and see what they are up to>2 weeks is enough, return to the demesne with pyre for the prayer
>>31801728>try and see what they are up toPriority 1. Looks like we'll be pausing the timeskip for this.
>>31801728>try and see what they are up to>by entrusting someone else with itMaka can't into subtle, let someone else deal with it
Rolled 6>>31801755Yeah this, let's send someone else to spy, someone that can into subtle
Rolled 7>>31801728>try and see what they are up toBring Valeriana along. She should be better at investigation than us.
Rolled 7>>31801755I don't think we have anyone that can properly do subtle, I mean I think we can send Tia as a small animal to spy and to tell us what she heard and to not murder everyone if they're planning shit, but honestly I'm not sure how much we can trust her with anything involving not murdering shit
Rolled 5>>31801728seconding >>31801755
>>31801815The Db Dance Assassin maybe?
Rolled 9>>31801728>you don't think there are any shadowlands in the vicinitiesWait, what? Seriously? Not even a fucking haunted house or something? Most shadowlands aren't hex-sized fields of deathly death. They're the bedroom where someone was murdered and a spectre can sometimes be seen through the window at night.Anything - ANYTHING - haunted should be a shadowland.There aren't any haunted houses, haunted graveyards, or whatever else in Tianna?
Rolled 6>>31801728>try and see what they are up to>Delegate it to Mikahil. He's used to sneaking around. Besides he's is supposed to be the spymaster.Well. When the temple manse gets set up the wyld hunt coming to kill us becomes pretty much inevitable but it would be nice to get a advance warning.
Rolled 4>>31801755forgot my roll
Rolled 8>>31801728>try and see what they are up to
Rolled 1>>31801728>2 weeks is enough, return to the demesne with pyre for the prayerAsk Amata to look into the db business - Mama is as subtle as a brick to the face delivered by a naked woman
Rolled 6>>31801728>try and see what they are up toLeave it to someone else.
Rolled 1>>31801846>in the middle of a giant sacrifice>the face of the Wyld Hunt when the UCS intervenes I know he's addicted to the celestial Xbox but it would be fun
>>31801835Nah, wood caste don't do stealth, that's Air casteMikahil might be able to do stuff, he acted as Amata's spymaster, we could ask him to look into it
Rolled 4>>31801845Well. I guess that Tianna is pretty much like Chiaroscuro, where miniature shadowlands form all the time but they get erased quite quickly. Then again I suppose we where looking for a place that the Abyssals can fit an airship.
Rolled 5>>31801855>Maka is as subtle as a brick to the face delivered by a naked womanThat is an astoundingly accurate analogy
>>31801845Depending on who you ask to, every single thing on the island could be "Haunted". According to many sailors you chat up in pubs, this is a particularly common quality among bottles of rum. You, however, don't manage to find a single actual shadowland on the island.Besides, it seems unlikely that they could fly an airship out of a window of a room where someone was murdered, or out of an empty rum bottle.
>>31801755>try and see what they are up to>by entrusting someone else with itIf we can't then I guess Maka will have to at least try to be a little subtle
>>31801898Hmmmm, maybe a shadow land out in the water?
Rolled 10>>31801879>Then again I suppose we where looking for a place that the Abyssals can fit an airship.No, we were looking for a haunted closet somewhere so we could spend a night in the Underworld asking around the ghostly version of Tianna about stuff. Something big enough to fit ourselves through, not an entire airship. It's INCREDIBLY IRREGULAR for there to be no haunted anythings in Tianna.>>31801898I'm not asking for a shadowland that the airship came from. I want a shadowland we can use to visit the Underworld ourselves. So we can poke around and do some investigating. The fact that we can't find even a single room-sized shadowland confirmed ANYWHERE on the island is a huge fucking deal.What's going on causing that total lack of shadowlands? I'd say that Creation might be bizarrely stable here, but a huge chunk of the island used to be Wyld, and some still is. What's keeping shadowlands, even tiny, short-term ones, from forming?
>>31801898>airship flying out of an empty rum bottleI'm still not well versed in Exalted, but...Who says the airship has to fly out of an empty rum bottle? Couldn't it just use a portal?Search for rumors of anyone that collects ships in bottles!
>>31801936It's not particularly irregular. The realm has next to no shadowlands because they're very careful about that, and as part of the immaculate philosophy they should be sealed up because you don't encourage ancestor worship. Tianna has a decent Immaculate minority and quite a few essence-users, and most dead are cremated.
Rolled 1>>31801977It's still very irregular for there not to be at least a few around, unless the Immaculate Faith is a lot more active here than we thought - any particularly grisly murder would make the room where it happened be fairly likely to develop a very resistant shadowland. So, either the Immaculate Faith is a lot bigger here than we thought, or some other force is either preventing or shutting down even the tiny Shadowlands that are normal... Regardless, this is something we should investigate, just to know which it is.
Rolled 5>>31802018Watsonian reason: Tianna is preventing them from formingDoylist reason: EF doesn't want us to go deal with shadowlands when we're busy with the Lintha
Rolled 9>>31802060I prefer in-character rather than metagame approaches, so I'll go with Watsonian reasoning until EF presents it in Doylist way.
Rolled 8>>31802104Tianna has lots of first age magitech.My bet is on a first-age 5 dot manse burried in the center of the Island stabilizing creation.Maybe it's a factory cathedral
Rolled 8>>31802425>Tianna IS, in fact, built over a tomb>A First Age Solar tomb>With a still-functioning Reality Engine>Valeriana and Irene lose their collective shits
Rolled 9>>31802425Sure, that makes sense. Some type of anti-ghost/anti-shadowland device? Maybe it's only partially active, which is why the Abyssals are trying to conquer the island - to keep someone from using it against the Deathlords.SOME set of situations or circumstances are preventing Shadowlands here - preventing them to a degree not normally seen off the Blessed Isle. That's something to be investigated, since we apparently can't investigate the Underworld itself.
Rolled 2Maybe it's related to the higher than average number of demenses.What could cause an increase in elemental Essence?
>>31802425well something on the island has a magitech focused deathlord willing to commit his forces. considering he's a first age solar ghost with nigh on overwhelming personal power its probaly something special.>personally hoping for maka's long lost temple/tomb with its attendant golem army and glorious transparent sexy warstrider. Or some first age outfits, either would be cool
>>31802520>super robot army>pretty clothesI'd want the clothes too
>>31802520>implying first age maka wore clothes
Rolled 3>>31802495Remember that for some reason they tried to take the city intact and minimize causalities. Maybe they were scared that too many murders involving underworld Essence would set the device off?
>>31802018No, it's the way i run the setting normally. You can't make a shadowland just with one murder, unless you actually want to do that and know how - a priest of death trained in occult, murdering someone in a ritual way with an obsidian dagger and painting blasphemous glyphs and magic circles and mandalas all over the floor, walls and ceiling with the blood of the victim while chanting hymns to the nephwracks or neverborn, that sort of thing.Otherwise, you'd need a lot of death and carelessness, or a lot of magic, to create a shadowland.Also people tend to not want to live next to an open portal to the world of the dead. Urban shadowlands will be reported, sealed with salt, and purified with rituals and talismans until they vanish.Of course, not all of them are noticed, so there probably are some, hidden (or maybe kept hidden), but you didn't find any of these to a cursory examination.The one more likely to know about shadowlands in Tianna is its city god and his high priest. You could have a word with them if you want.>>31801975I... Was being funny about the cursed rum bottles. It wasn't serious, just a joke about sailors being drunk. Just clearing that up, i don't want to cause misunderstandings.By the way, you have two words with Amata about the Immaculates, and she confirms: a trade ship from the Blessed Isle came to port a week ago, on a regular run, bringing a cargo of copper ingots. On the ship there were several visitors, including a monk of the Order and a few travelling companions, or so they have been described to her. All perfectly legitimate business, so her hands are tied: she can't exactly kick them out or arrest them, and that would sour relations with the Realm even faster. She tried spying on them, but the spies were almost immediately exposed.You could recall Mikahil from the Demesne. Or handle it yourself. Or put on the job anyone else of your allies and followers. Or leave it to Amata.>Who?
Rolled 1>>31802570Or the added ghosts from their conquest could set the device off.>thousands of ghosts>suddenly ground starts rumbling, golden light everywhere>"UNDERWORLD ESSENCE THRESHOLD REACHED, INITIATING PURGE PROTOCOL "GOLDEN DAWN">GLORY TO THE SOLAR DELIBERATIVE"
>>31802543yeah I mean sure, 20,000 imperishable essence driven killing machines with essence cannons and daiklaves would help retake Gem, but would we look AS GOOD without our old clothing?>>31802579I say we leave it to Amata, at the very least she can probably give us a heads up if the nascent wild hunt leaves the city to kill us.
>>31802579I say we let Amata lead and we remain present to help. We have the social fu to back up her delicious political maneuvering and it'll be a nice way to spend some time with amata solo in a capacity that isn't pure lewd.
>>31802579>rum bottlesOh, I know you were making a joke. But how awesome would it be to have a fleet of ships stored away as a collection of ships in bottles? Any chance of this actually being possible?
Rolled 9>>31802520>implying this deathlord won't be Maka's First Age predecessor>implying they won't turn out to be a hyper-chaste monk-technician horrified their shard went to a violent, oversexed minxPrevious holders of Maka's shard aren't her previous incarnations and don't have to be anything like her. All they definitely were was Zenith.
>>31802579>On the ship there were several visitors, including a monk of the Order and a few travelling companions, or so they have been described to her. All perfectly legitimate business, so her hands are tiedShit shit shitI guess we just have to trust Amata to handle it, have her keeping an eye on them and to warn us when shit starts getting realWe're going to want a strong convoy with us when we take our cult over to Pearl
Rolled 3>>31802579I say we at least go talk to them, let them know we're aware of them, but let Amata deal with them.
Rolled 9>>31802579leave it to Amata but have her people watch their activities as covertly as they can
>>31802714>>31802711>>31802703Amata has already tried keeping an eye on them but that eye got spotted almost immediately. We should offer to help but let Amata lead.
Rolled 5>>31802579Ah, that's super lame. No ghost stories and haunted houses from terrible and tragic deaths? That's just throwing away tons of story hooks for no good reason. Oh well. That's the way you run it, so that's how this version of the setting works. Nevermind on going Underworld Noir, then.
>>318026744,000 years from now when we rule most of the West and South as a Cardinal Potentate of the Reborn Deliberative they will ask us,>how did you learn to rule with such divine authority? Did the unconquered sun teach you of perfected one?and we will respond.>No. Lather more oil on the nude prayer bitches and I will tell you of the greatest ruler to ever live...
Rolled 6>>31802579Tell Zareen to coordinate with Amata to investigate them. Also have a word with the city god and the high priest about the shadowlands.
Rolled 9>>31802520>personally hoping for maka's long lost temple/tomb with its attendant golem army and glorious transparent sexy warstrider. >Or some first age outfits, either would be coolI want this so bad now, but I know it won't happen>>31802579>Amatabut let her know to ask if she needs any help from us or our allies
>>31802579can someone give an uneducated anon some info on how bad a 'monk of the Order' and the others is?Should we not simply go and politely introduce ourselves in public?
>>31802579Let Amata handle it then, tell her to call us if she needs someone schmoozed over
Chill out with the shadowlands obsession. If there's nothing in tianna proper, chances are the barbarians can direct us to more than a few.
Rolled 9>>31802810We, as a Solar, are almost literally their Satan. The believe we are a demon who stole the power of the sun and is possessing an innocent mortal. They will not believe anything we tell them without significant persuasion
>>31802579We should be warning Mikahil and Valeriana about a potential wyld hunt
Rolled 7>>31802579We and our DB will investigate, with Tia staying close as emergency backup
>>31802845Also something to note, it's possible that the monks travelling companions are actually DragonBlood that want to kill us
>>31802810The immaculate order really hates celestial exalts. They really, REALLY hate celestial exalts.According to their teachings we're walking demons named anathema that are responsible for insane depravity and anything that ever went wrong in the past. Solars are the worst of the bunch and they will be compelled to report the fact that there is a reborn solar creating a new nation in the west.This is BAD news because if we become a big enough problem the various houses of the Realm will get their shit together and form a Wyld Hunt to kill us.
Rolled 3>>31802810The Immaculate Order is basically Confucist Catholicism that preaches that Solars and Lunars are literally Satan and organizes small armies of dragon-blooded to murder them before they can accrue enough power to be dangerous on a geopolitical scale. So, yes. Using our powers in front of them would be dangerous if we weren't already completely out of that closet. New we just need to keep in mind that they're predisposed to being scared and hateful towards us.
>>31802810best case its an itinerant monk travelling the world.worst case it is a dragon blooded martial artist monk (or several) who already knows who we are from local immaculates.implausably terrible case? This is the precursor to a full on wild hunt including multiple terrestrial exalted with artifacts backed by non-exalted troops.horrifyingly possible case. sidereal exalted assassin, not that those exist, because they don't. not that we in any way rate the last possibility.
Rolled 8>>31802810what >>31802845 and >>31802889 saidbut I wanted to add that the higher ranks in the Order know the truth and work with Sidereals, celestial Exalted like Solars and Lunars.They still want to kill us because we threaten the Realm
>>31802810In combat terms, a immaculate monk can be anything ranging from simple mortal monk to 'knows all five celestial dragon styles ultra super bad ass martial artist' monk. It varies.The wyld hunt is 'in theory' the cream of the crop the realm has to offer. In reality, they are as strong they need to be thanks to internal strife in the realm.
>>31802810though... depending on who it is and what thier mission is, having amata invite them to the royal palace for dinner and then showing up to talk to them might not be a bad idea.
>>31802579Leave it to Amata.
Gents' we're gonna have to stop the timeskip to handle this. This isn't the kind of problem that we want to blow over.Let Amata handle it but we should be on hand to help.
>>31803030we could just make ourselves scarce, I doubt the immaculate is going to try to take on all of Tianna. especially if we aren't around "spreading our evil influence".
>>31801374>>Put Mikahil in charge of it.Do we have any experienced fighting sailors that can advise Mikahil?Also would dressing Irene up as a statue and hiding her in a park be a prank that might actually work, or does not not look marbelly enough?
>>31803095We could spend the next few bits visiting Talon, that was also on our to do list, we'll want to leave Zareen and Running Swallow to take care of Pyre Sparks, don't want those immaculate jerks messing with our cute priestess
>>31803095They probably wont try to take out Tianna but the potential for an escalating Realm response isn't one that we can just handwave. Making ourselves scarce isn't a bad idea though. If only to protect Amata and Tianna from Realm retaliation.
Rolled 2>>31803095We were publicaly announced with a massive orgy and parade as the Solar Exalted bride of this nation's queen.The Order IS going to get involved. The only thing that not getting involved will do is cause them to go home with only the public opinion instead of our side of it.
Rolled 8>>31803172Yeah... No reason to try to lay low now.
>>31803172>go home with only the public opinion instead of our side of it.Well since the festival a fairly large part seems to like us, or at least they had didn't riot during our speech and danceSo hopefully the only bad shit they'll hear will be from the immaculate order that they're staying withWho's opinion they'll care about more
>>31803207>>31803172There's no way we can convince them to not report this to the realm without extended social contact so let's see if we can get them to stay on the island if the risk of them running to the Realm is high enough. That way we have plenty of time to work on them and get them to swing the way we want them to.
>>31802738The stories are there, but if any murder instantly created a shadowland and mortals had no way of pushing them back (which is the logical consequence of your scenario), then there wouldn't be a Creation anymore.
Rolled 1>>31803258Exactly. 'Anathema flashing her caste mark and marrying the queen' is material that gets reported. Period. It doesn't matter whether the people like us or not.
Rolled 4>>31803296No, I'm talking about particularly grisly ones having a small chance of creating tiny ones. That's cool. It leads to cities having a half dozen to a dozen real, actual haunted places. You're tossing away all those hooks entirely.But, like I said, it's whatever. It's how your version of the setting works. That's how it is.
>>31803116Hm, Talon is changing moon caste. Think he can misdirect the immaculates?Is it an option at least? The hunt has no love for lunars after all.
So for now it looks like we're going to let Amata try and deal the monks and we're either going to fo see Talon or hang around to help depending on what she say>>31803368Isn't he still hurt from the Fae Campaign?
Rolled 7>>31803368Misdirect them to WHAT? The word is out. We aren't just out of the closet, we burned the closet and salted the earth as we went. It's WAY too late to be subtle.
>>31803391>Isn't he still hurt from the Fae Campaign?We healed from almost dead to completely healthy since then, he should be fine by now
Rolled 10>>31803425He's probably still psychologically damaged, though.
>>31803435He tore that shitheads arms clean off when Tia freed him. He's probably fine.
>>31803368There's 6 Celestial Exalts, at least 4 DBs on our side, armies, multiple local gods, and a tamed Fae. We're already past the size of force that the Realm can send a Wyld Hunt against.
Rolled 9>>31803453...Zaan said he was psychologically damaged. That his mind needed to heal. Being able to rip your abuser in half doesn't mean your mind isn't fucked up.
Who's up for some psychotherapeutical sex?I'm jokingmostly
>>31803472We're not really worried about a small group trying to kill us, they're fail super hardNo it's after the Realm finds out their hit team failed they'll start sending out bigger and bigger shit until they say fuck it and toss a Soulbreaker Orb at us
Rolled 3>>31803472Not quite, but we'll be there within the next year or two.That alone is enough reason to almost guarantee them committing one against us sooner rather than later. They do NOT want another Bull of the North, and we're rising faster than he did. They would have won against the Bull if someone hadn't been sabotaging Tepet from within. They'll want to make sure they can stomp us before we finally take off.It's a matter of 'when,' not 'if.' It's either going to be soon, or even sooner, depending on how we deal with immaculate scouts.
>>31803472The Wyld Hunt isnt the Realm sending 5 Dragonblooded with attitude. It scales depending on the threat.The bigger the threat the more magitek, exalted, soldiers, etc. they bring to the party.At this point with an island with a small first age arsenal they'd probably send a portion of their western fleet from Wavecrest to blockade and destroy Tianna. At worst the houses of the Realm will stop their infighting just long enough to put together a force to kick our ass into our skulls.
>>31803518the current realm is too busy with their civil war to do that.
>>31803531Feh, if they were to stop their infighting, the bull's head would be on a pike. It ain't happening.A fate ninja death squad is a more worrying prospect.
>>31803565It's admittedly not likely that they'd actually stop the infighting but if shit got real enough the possibility is there.
>>31803565>squadthey are incredibly overworked with stopping actual dangers to creation like ShadowlandsI think a single assassin is the maximum we have to expect
>>31803565Even then, there might be just as likely to be some who show up to help us instead.
Rolled 3>>31803539>civil warYou mean the one that hasn't started, and might not for years or decades to come? As long as we're less threatening than the Bull of the North, we could easily be a big enough threat to unify the realm against us.>>31803565As a general rule, the Bronze Faction is too busy trying to stop deathlords and yozi to give a flying fuck about Solars that might actually be helping with the current threats. A full-scale flotilla of Realm airships is more likely than getting Sidereal assassins after us.
>>31803531Given that a Solar conquering most of a direction wasn't enough the last time, it's unlikely to happen this time.
>>31803618Ah but after we finish with the West we're gonna take over the South. That's two full directions. That's as many as two ones. And that's a potential full scale Realm Shitstorm.
Rolled 5>>31803618>wasn't enough the last timeWhat the fuck are you talking about? They sent multiple Tepet legions after him, with supply trains from Peleps, funding from Ragara, support from Cathak, and so forth. The only reason they even failed was because someone was sabotaging it from within to make Tepet fail on purpose (it was Scarlet herself).So, yeah. There's a HUGE chance we're going to get our assholes pounded by the entire Peleps fleet.
>>31803336>No, I'm talking about particularly grisly ones having a small chance of creating tiny ones.Isn't that pretty much what he said? Also, way to be passive aggressive, bro.
>>31803653we probably dont have to really start worrying until after we conquer Gem.THAT will get the realms attention almost certainly.so when we do that, we need to do that with an army, and a navy, and an airforce, and a sexy outfit.
>>31803666Nope. The attack on the Bull was a disaster, which means no house would send troops
Rolled 9>>31803669No, he said that short of massive massacres or intentional magic/ritual murder, Shadowlands don't get created. Small, gruesome murders apparently have zero chance of making one.And I'm not being passive aggressive. I told him that his decision to handle it this way is shitty because it throws away possible hooks for no reason, but that it's his setting and I don't care enough about this to say more than that. That's called being 'frank' or 'actually aggressive.'
Rolled 8>>31803711>The attack on the Bull was a disasterThe attack on the Bull was an almost-victory until mysterious orders from above broke the Tepet formation and killed most of their legions. They were roflstomping the Bull until they got sabotaged by someone (The Scarlet Empress) because the Realm is a Big Fucking Deal. They can, and would, be able to literally level Tianna. Grind it down until nothing but an unusually shallow bit of ocean is left.
>>31803714>It is a plothook, therefore X has to happen despite not making any sense.
Rolled 1>>31803777...except it does make sense, because that's how it works in the vanilla setting. Listen, you're clearly way more upset about me not liking how EF is handling Shadowlands than I am about the Shadowlands themselves. Chill the fuck out. I think EF's version of Shadowlands is dumb and shitty - I don't give enough of a fuck to say anything beyond making that comment.You, however, seem a little high strung. Relax. Have a nap. Maybe some juice if your blood sugar's getting low?
Lots of discussion but hard to follow exactly and you'd want the next course of action to be. You seem to kind of agree to drop out of timeskip mode at 2 weeks and work with Amata on figuring out what's going on with the immaculates.Give me an official vote, then.>No, return to the Demesne and lay low for a while.>Continue training and working, business as usual, lay low.>Look into the shadowlands in the area, alone.>Look into the shadowlands in the area, contacting the city god and his cult.>Agree on a plan with Amata for countermeasures.If you vote for the countermeasures:>Just the two of us>Get Mikahil's help>Get Zareen's help>Get Swallow's help>Have Regis and Millian take part in the investigation>Get someone else's help (who?)
Rolled 3>>31803831>Look into the shadowlands in the area, contacting the city god and his cult.>Agree on a plan with Amata for countermeasures.>Get Mikahil's help>Have Regis and Millian take part in the investigationThese.
Rolled 3>>31803831>Agree on a plan with Amata for countermeasures.>Get Mikahil's help>Get Swallow's help>get Tia's 'help' (by which I mean emergency backup if they attack us)
Rolled 5>>31803820The locals not closing what shadowlands show up doesn't make sense. They have like a dozen DBs, they could close any shadowlands trivially.
>>31803831>Agree on a plan with Amata for countermeasures.>Get Mikahil's helpLet's see if we can't get him to take some time out of city building to help us deal with thisMeanwhile>Get Zareen's help>Get Swallow's helpI want these two staying with Pyre spark in case the monks stop by her cult, if they are here about us then it makes sense that they would stop buy the local Sun cult
>>31803831>Continue training and working, business as usual, lay low.
Rolled 1>>31803820>makes like 4 different posts about his super-favorite plothook and insults the OP>one line reply>lol U mad Chill out
Rolled 7>>31803900What the fuck are you talking about? It takes serious time and effort to actually close up Shadowlands like that. Like, 'Extremely active Immaculate faith' time and effort. We have Blessed Isles levels of 'no Shadowlands.'But, again, that's not even how it's working, because that's not how EF is doing it. They're not opening in the first place because it either requires massive massacres or dark magic to open even the smallest of shadowlands.There aren't any haunted houses in EF's Creation. Anywhere that's haunted was the site of a battle, a genocide, or necromancy. THAT is what I find shitty. THAT is the point.
>>31803831>Agree on a plan with Amata for countermeasures.>Get Mikahil's help (tentatively)>Get Zareen's helpWe should also call Tia to head over to the city just to be the backup in case "immaculate monk and his companions" means "Hit Squad".Zareen would also be useful as a dragonblooded from the realm so she will ideally know their language in case they try to use the language barrier to hide shit.
>>31803831>continue training and working, business as usualand>Agree on a plan with Amata for countermeasuresvia infallable messenger if she thinks we should lay low, in person if we have nothing to hide>get mikhail and swallows help
>>31803831>Agree on a plan with Amata for countermeasures.>Get Mikahil's helpI read that some wyld hunts have taken the covert direction. If we face one of them I suspect they will go after our cult first. Like kidnap Pyre Spark and tell us to go to location X alone otherwise she dies.
Rolled 7>>31803831>>Agree on a plan with Amata for countermeasures.>Get Mikahil's helpSmall group of smart(except us) and social(especially us) experts assemble!
Rolled 7>>31804017Oh yea. Dice time!
Rolled 6>>31803965> a single murder can't make a shadowland unless you know what you're doing != no haunted houses
Rolled 1>>31804017>Like kidnap Pyre Spark and tell us to go to location X alone otherwise she dies.This is actually something I'm super worried about, we should either have her move in with us or have a few of our dudes stay with her
Rolled 4>>31804056>a priest of death trained in occult, murdering someone in a ritual way with an obsidian dagger and painting blasphemous glyphs and magic circles and mandalas all over the floor, walls and ceiling with the blood of the victim while chanting hymns to the nephwracks or neverbornThose were his exact words. So, yeah. No fucking haunted houses, unless you're dealing with necromancy and death cults.
>>31803831>Look into the shadowlands in the area, contacting the city god and his cult.>Agree on a plan with Amata for countermeasures.>Get Zareen's help>Get Swallow's help
Rolled 9>>31804098or ordinary serial killers, like H. H. Holmes and his Murder Castle.
Rolled 5>>31804109>or ordinary serial killersNo, that's not what Exaltedfag said. You either need quantity - battles, genocides, etc - or you need someone occult trained with proper ritual tools and the right words to speak about the neverborn and necromancy. That is NOT something that even a serial killer gets up to. We're talking necromancers and necromantic thaumaturges specifically and intentionally making a site into a shadowland.So, yeah. No haunted houses outside of areas with necromancer cults.
>>31804154I lost count of how many posts you made specifically fixating on a single setting detail. If it's really that incredibly important for your enjoyment of the quest that creation HAS "haunted houses that can be created by accident or chance with a single murder", I can give you all the haunted houses that have been created by accident or chance with a single murder you want.
Rolled 10>>31804154He said a single grisly murder can only cause a shadowland if you do all that cult stuff. It's only logical if a medium number of horrible and painful, but not cultist murders also open a shadowland.
Rolled 3Pretty sure he's a troll. Ignore him and move on.
Rolled 3>>31804209I really don't give that much of a shit. I just have a problem with people restating my point incorrectly or citing facts wrong. If nobody had tried to do that to my post, I would have left it at a single comment. I dislike the way you're handing shadowlands, but you're doing fine - it's a minor issue.>>31804244I'm not a troll, people just keep replying and restating my point wrong. I really don't give that much of a fuck about shadowlands. It's the 'incorrectly rephrasing my point or EF's facts' that bugs me.
Rolled 1>>31803831>Agree on a plan with Amata for countermeasures.>Get Mikahil's help>Get Zareen's help>Get Swallow's helpAlso on board for setting some kind of guard around Pyre Spark until she and the cult relocated.
Rolled 10>>31804295>Also on board for setting some kind of guard around Pyre Spark until she and the cult relocated.We should get her to move in with us while we investigateWe have absolutely no ulterior motive in doing this
Rolled 10>>31804106>Zareen>SwallowHow the fuck are they supposed to help with this?
>>31804318>hey maka... what happened to all the clothes I packed?oh... uh I dont know. whatever we will um find them later, right now we have.... religious duties.>what kind? (eagerness dripping from her voice.you'll see... heh heh heh.
Rolled 3>>31800340There were 9 fucking Ships operating Freeport. We were told in episode 5 or so i believe.We only got the 3 ships that were in port6 were on deployment.
Rolled 8>>31804528>There were 9 fucking Ships operating Freeport. We were told in episode 5 or so i believe.[Citation Needed]Only three ships operated out of Freeport. EF has confirmed that time and time again since then. You don't know what you're talking about.
Together with Amata, you agree to send a letter via ship to the Demesne and ask Zareen, Swallow and Mikahil to return to Tianna to deal with the issue.Meanwhile, Amata posts some extra guards around city, especially in the vicinity of Pyre Spark's temple. Just as a precaution, she doesn't expect them to stop any serious disturbance, but just by being there they're probably going to deter any hotheaded action.Hopefully.The next day, the Gloria returns with Zareen, Swallow and a letter from Mikahil."Dear Maka,Sorry, but right now the first workers are arriving to the demesne, and Valeriana is all busy laying down the floorplan of the Manse. It's a lot of work, and she keeps scrapping and restarting looking for the "optimal geomantic configuration" or something like that. I need to stay here, or these poor guys will get fed up with her and just leave.But I have someone in Tianna who can probably help you out. She'll meet you tonight at midnight, on the roof of the castle. Don't make her wait.You can trust her completely, although you'll probably have a hard time getting her to trust you.Mikahil."In any case, you and Amata explain to Zareen and Swallow the situation."Ok. Nice." is Zareen's first comment. "And... what you expect me to do, exactly? Are we tangling with the Immaculates?""I have no intention to cause an all-out war." Amata replies, surly. "And attacking an Immaculate monk would certainly be a good step in that direction.""Mhh." She thinks. "Do you think that they're here just to check, or they're a strike team?""I have no idea." You admit. "We don't have any sort of intel on them.""So getting this intel is our first step?" She asks.Amata nods. "People don't know you in Tianna. Almost no one knows that you're working for Maka, in any case. You could probably approach them. Plus, you're a Dragon-Blooded. They're not just going to ignore you.""Of course not." She replies. "So, how should I act?"(cont.)
>Be cautious, try and gain their trust>We need answers, make them talk>Just hang around and keep your eyes open>Pose as an official representative of Tianna, ask them what's their business here>(other)>>31804528>>31804551Some ships were outright based there, others only visited every now and then.
Rolled 6>>31804671>>Be cautious, try and gain their trust>>We need answers, make them talkA combination of these.
Rolled 3>>31804671>Be cautious, try and gain their trust>pretend to be interested in their religion
Rolled 6>>31804671>Be cautious, try and gain their trust>Just hang around and keep your eyes openWe want info but if we push they might guess she's up to something
>>31804671>Pose as an official representative of Tianna, ask them what's their business here
>>31804671>be cautious, try and gain their trustexcellent! who knows how many pirate captains we could pick up by replacing the town with a small recruitment port.The local inn/whorehouse could be called the Golden Lady
Rolled 2>>31804671>Be cautious, try and gain their trust>Just hang around and keep your eyes open
>>31804627>Be cautious, try and gain their trust>Just hang around and keep your eyes openBe a friendly face and just see what they say. You aren't from around here so they may not consider you a friend of the solar that they have probably heard was on the island.
>>31804627I am concerned about Swallow. He might be a stoic fellow but he has to give some indication of what he's thinking.He's an unknown quantity at this point and that might make him unreliable.
Rolled 5>>31804671>Be cautious, try and gain their trust>We need answers, make them talkunless the second involves violence, in which case, ignore it
You warn Zareen to act carefully and in a friendly manner and not to spark needless antagonism, most of all. The rest is up to her, as long as she makes it back with some important information."Of course. I might not be a professional spy, but I know how to act discreet, Maka." She says, leaving.Leaving you and Amata alone in the room with Swallow."...I'm not a spy either. And I don't know how discreet I can be considered."You and Amata trade glances. You're not too sure in what function you can employ him either.>Pyre's bodyguard.>Follow me around for now.>Gather some rumors.>Go and meet the Immaculates, see if you can learn something.>(Other)
Rolled 3>>31805133>Follow me around for now.For now having an extra body around is enough
Rolled 2>>31805133>Pyre's bodyguard.
Rolled 10>>31805133This reminds me, we were going to hang out with him at the end of the last thread to learn more about him, how did that go?
Rolled 6>>31805133>Pyre's bodyguard.He's an unsubtle martial artist. Go have him do thug things.
Rolled 10>>31805133>Pyre's bodyguard.As a just in case I guess>>31805214We didn't end up doing it
Rolled 3>>31805133>Follow me around for now.
Rolled 6>>31805133>Follow me around for now.
>>31805214You spent some time with him but didn't manage to gain any insight on him. He's been acting very reserved, evidently not still fully trusting you.
Rolled 5>>31805133>Follow me around for now.
Rolled 7>>31805278>>31805133Let's spend more time with him then>Follow me around for now.
>>31805133Amata has sent men to guard Pyre, lets have Swallow follow us so we can clear the air and find out what his deal is.
Rolled 9So, it's been long enough now since we met Tia that, if we're not pregnant, we should have had our period. Did we?
"You just stick with me. For now." You tell the martial artist.He doesn't react, just staring at you for a second longer as if expecting you to add something, then he just nods. "Okay."You consult Amata on the timing and location of patrols around the city in order to have maximum coverage in case something goes wrong, and then, with the sun already below the horizon for the day, decide to go on the roof and wait for this mysterious agent Mikahil should have contacted. (How, if he's staying in the Demesne? Did he send a letter? How? That man likes to keep some secrets, does he. Must be the reason he gets along so well with Amata.)As you sit there, above the lights of the city, in the cold night breeze, you remember a little detail that was left buried in your memory until now.Amata's men have been spotting the mysterious dark silhouette with the silver helmet at night, in Tianna, only when you were in town as well.Maybe Phoenix is somewhere out there, too.You squint into the night, as if expecting to spot him right now.Instead, a large cheetah with a leather collar drops onto the palace's roof, and into into your field of view, all of sudden, as if gracefully jumping down from some tree or structure above you.There aren't any. The large feline... sighs, in a rather exasperated and very human way, and then lifts its yellow eyes, staring into you full of suspicion. It paces towards you, as a sliver of waning crescent moon appears on its forehead, glowing blue-white."You know." You mumble, more to yourself than to the cheetah. "This doesn't actually surprise me as much as it should."[Session end]2 XP (base)
Rolled 2>>31805704>It paces towards you, as a sliver of waning crescent moon appears on its forehead, glowing blue-white.>His Lunar MateI am so surprisedI bet ours is prettier
Rolled 3>>31805704she could have introduced herself earlier.Letting us think she's a pet was pretty rude
>>31805729I was half expecting his mate to be leviathan actually.
Rolled 3>>31805704>Maybe Phoenix is somewhere out there, too.We should spend some time looking for him, if I remember correctly Phoenix was fairly okay, we might be able to switch to our side if we can give him what he wants
>>31805704Called it!I knew that 'familiar' thing was a smokescreen.
>>31805555No.Available powers are:[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 (Permanent. When being intimate or seductive, your social attacks can build or remove an extra +3 points of intimacy)Respect-Commanding Attitude (1 Ess, Scene. Interrupts everyone and anything going on, in order to deliver a statement that will be heard)Terrifying Glorious Presence (upgrades Majestic Radiant Presence: on top of its effect, all social attacks have 1 automatic success)Phantom-Conjuring Performance (Perm. can fashion phantasmagorical images and sounds from your own Anima) [twilight]Judge's Ear Technique (1 Ess, Scene. Can tell when a person lies knowingly)Courtier's Eye Technique (1 Ess, Can tell someone's backgrounds)[night]Shadow Arts (1 Ess, add +3 to all stealth rolls for the scene.)Lightning Speed (permanent, vastly improves your running speed)[eclipse]Shining Ruler's Benevolence (1 Ess, Scene, add +3 to all politics or organizational rolls for the scene.)Sea Wolf Style (1 Ess, add +3 to all ship-handling rolls for the scene.)
>>31805843How much do we need for Soc 4 again?
Rolled 3>>31805843social 4
Rolled 6>>3180588115XP we can afford it right now, it'll probably do us some good since for now we're starting social campaign against potentially a wyld hunt
Rolled 5>>31805843Shining Ruler's Benevolence, please.
Rolled 10>>31805843One order of Social 4, please.Heh, it's a bit weird to see a Solar raise attributes instead of abilites. Which only means that EFs system works.
Rolled 10>>31805843Yea, I still say social 4
Rolled 3>>31805843Social 4
Rolled 1>>31805843Social 4? Social 4.
>>31805843We are a social character. Social 4.I do want to raise our mental stuff, but gathering allies is important.
>>31805969But is social the only attribute that gives a benefit or are the others have their own benefits other than additional die roll?
>>31806084Mental gives us essence Phys gives us health
Rolled 2>>31806084I think Physical gives health and Mental gives Essence
>>31806103Right, and since the additional essence charm is twilight 3, its cheaper to raise our essence in this fashion anyway.
>>31806128There's a Zenith essense charm that's behind Essence Gathering Temper I think it wasUnless I'm remembering wrong, but yeah after Mental three it's better to go after charms
Rolled 4>>31805969I disagree. The way he's set it up, there's now no reason for Lunars to invest in Skills - for anyone to unless they're trying to get more charms. Skill-based exalts SHOULD want skill overwhelmingly more than attributes.Oh well.
Rolled 5>>31805843Fourth Dot of Social is my vote.Does it actually make us hotter, by the way? I would not mind getting hotter.
>>31806084Something to remember, physical also gives us bonus damage
Rolled 1>>31806153That gives us a CHANCE to REGAIN essence when we're critically wounded. It's shit.
>>31806193no. He mentioned another one
Rolled 9>>31806184No, it doesn't. That's one of the things that it specifically does not give us.
Rolled 5>>31806173>I would not mind getting hotter.I have a hard time imagining any of the people who follow this thread would. If they do, they're probably following the wrong quest
>>31806173Social includes appearance, so yes. Any idea when the next thread is?
>>31806193Behind it, as in after we buy that, at it's every time we lose a health level, not just when were low on health
Rolled 2>>31806215No, he definitely didn't. That's what Essence Gathering Temper does in his system.
Rolled 5>>31806237No, it's only when we lose health box 2 and 4. We regain, on average, 1 essence by the time we're at 1 health. It's a shit charm.
>>31806242Do we decide how we want those points used?
>>31806289Yeah , he realized that and went oh man that's shit let's change and he did
>>31806242Could we get a quick explanation of the mechanical/story benefits of each background? Like if we ask for ally, will another DB show up randomly in like a week or so?
>>31806289From session 21 after he changed it>Essence-Gathering Temper (Permanent. Every time Maka loses a health level, roll 1d10. On a success, she regains 1 Essence. On a 10, two.)
Rolled 1>>31806242Put a bunch of points in Cult and one point in Resources. Boosting our cash south's make tackling the Lintha slightly less urgent.
>>31806242I don't suppose we can take the Artifact background?
Rolled 3>>31806393Represented by our booming popularity also bringing in generous donations to the church, eh? ;)
>>31806393Backgrounds are capped by our Social stat, iirc.
Rolled 4>>31806373So now it's an average of 2 essence regained by the time we hit 1 health. It's less shit, but it's still really shit. Losing, on average, two health for one essence is a terrible tradeoff. We'd be better off simply getting more Mental or something to prevent losing health even more. We're not an HP tank - not at all. We're a never-take-damage tank.
Rolled 4>>31806242Put everything into Resources and Influence.
>>318062422 into cult, 1 into resources, 1 into followers i say.
>>31806393buying up Cult now seems like a waste, we'll probably get a boost to it once the temple manse is completed
Rolled 10>>31806463...yes? And we just went up to Social 4. So, Cult 4, Resources 4. That should get enough money to keep funding manse construction, and we definitely want more Cult for manse consecration and essence regen.
>>31806484That's not even possible.Also, guys lets avoid voting until we learn the effects of each option. Like, what would happen if we asked Familiar to be raised? Because I have no idea
Rolled 7>>31806488That looks like a good spread. More followers, more money, more essence - probably all related!
Rolled 1>>31806522I've already figured that out, thanks.
>>31806488Sounds like a decent Idea. I do want to know what grabbing additional allies or familiar would mean though.
>>31806597Point. I'm... not actually sure how we'd raise familiar normally anyway. So that might be a higher priority than it otherwise might be.
Rolled 9>>31806637Since Silk is our familiar, I expect by expanding her territory and giving her humans to harvest gossamer from.
>>31806698That sounds less like something we'd be doing anyway. Maybe drop the follower or one of the cult increases for that?
>>31806698She can also reliably get gossamer from us fucking her apparently
>>31806737I'd be in favor of dropping Follower for Familiar
Rolled 8>>31806737Our backgrounds increases still come from somewhere. If we use our points on this, it would probably represent people choosing to go live with Silk because they want to help us - it's still the same thing, just less effort. We may as well keep with Followers - that will give us more forces for fighting, managing our businesses, and so forth.
Rolled 7>>31806698I don't think Familiar counts as a social background. That means it's ineligible for this. Familiar is a mental/mystical bond.
Rolled 4>>31806747>She can also reliably get gossamer from us fucking her apparentlyIs there any problem sex with Maka can't solve? If you said yes, you haven't had enough sex with Maka
>>31806874I think we haven't been given clear instructions
>>31805843.....no we didn't have our period? So we're pregnant?
Rolled 3>>31806480It becomes better as we get more HP. Something to keep in mind for the future. The next thing we should get is Zenith 5, so we can get the essence enlightening charm.
Rolled 8>>31806945Nah, we south's get the bureaucracy dice-adder next, so we can manage our organization, keep up with Mikahil a little, and never have to worry about Eclipse ever again. THEN we should focus on Zenith stuff.
>>31806973>>31807046Now I am befuddled.
Rolled 7>>31807027With Mikahil around we won't need to nearly make as many Eclipse rolls as we would otherwise.
>>31807090It helps to have that dice adder when he isn't available though. We ideally won't be caught flat footed in some bureaucratic nightmare while Mikahil is busy somewhere else.
Rolled 1>>31807090Right. So, that one charm, and after that, we never have to worry about it again. Just enough to lead and manage our personal followers and keep up with Mikahil and Amata while making plans. One charm, and then we don't have anything else to distract us from Zenith. Simple.
Rolled 4So, I take it we're not spending those background points this time around?
It's worth noting that, if we go Cult 4 from Cult 1 in such a short time, it's going to attract a fuckton of attention. Nevermind that worship apparently gets Maka extra horny.
Rolled 7>>31807672We're already basically at the highest-profile we can be. Anyway, consensus seems to be going up to Followers 4, Resources 4, Cult 3, not Cult 4.
>>31807731Seems to be some argument between followers and familiar. Also, a lot of people asking for more explanations.
Rolled 6>>31807773>some argument between followers and familiarYeah, but it looks like there's more on Followers than Familiar. Anyway, it's pretty clear that EF's left and the thread's about to 404. We're not going to spend the points this time anyway.Also, I seem to recall EF saying back when he made the system changes that he was going to spend the points, not us. They're semi-random, and we don't have control over them. So this whole conversation is probably a moot point.