It's been a busy day.You managed to "persuade" the Immaculate agents sent to Tianna to back off and return to the Realm. You're sure this isn't the last you'll be seeing of them, and that they might even return with a full Wyld Hunt maybe, but at least you bought some time....And, you met with Phoenix, the Abyssal that's been spying you, and managed to buy some more time there as well: He promises that you won't get backstabbed by them for one week. One week to find the Black Island, solve the Lintha problem, sink or rout their demon ship, put your hands on their treasure, make the sea around Tianna safe for trade again, and re-invest all that booty into the city of Pearl.And pay the prospectors which you have required to inspect the "new land" created where the Wyld has retreated, as well. Finding useful metals would be a boon on an island as poor in useful ores as Tianna is.Of course, you'll have to meet again with Phoenix, and bring Mikahil. You know he has the power to sanctify and enforce oaths....And, Phoenix also mentioned an exchange of hostages.Choosing someone to be sent to the Abyssal's place (wherever that is) is NOT a responsibility you want to have, but this entire deal is your idea... you can't exactly ask someone else to come up with a name.With these heavy thoughts on your mind, you return to the roof of Tianna castle.>Sleep here (alone, you don't want to talk about this with others for now.)>Sleep here (in Amata's bed. But don't tell her anything.)>Sleep here (in Amata's bed. Hear her opinion.)>Meet someone else here (Samiel/Irene/Zareen/Five Tails/Pyre Spark/Millian/Regis/Admiral Rajaan/The Three Captains/someone else?)>Return to Pearl (alone.)>Return to Pearl (get Five Tails to carry you.)
It's been a while. Sorry, but I've been busy with lessons and with stuff.Let's get back on track.>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. But things are also looking up. You have gathered a lot of allies, have a powerful Manse under construction, and are unifying Tianna in a great nation under your overwhelming charisma.>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?@exaltedfagAs usual, if you have any questions, ask them in the thread.
Rolled 3>>33060146IT LIVESglad to see you back EFwhat time of day is it? if the sun is still up we should pray to UCS-sempai and see if he notices us, if its nighttime then>Sleep here (in Amata's bed. Hear her opinion.)
>>33060238It's around three in the morning.
>>33060146>Sleep here (in Amata's bed. Hear her opinion.)
Rolled 10>>33060146Welcome back EF it's been too long.>Sleep here (in Amata's bed. Hear her opinion.)Let's pick that brain of hers.
Rolled 9After reading 40+ threads, I am here for the actual thing. Huh. >>33060146>One week to find the Black Island, solve the Lintha problem, sink or rout their demon ship, put your hands on their treasure, make the sea around Tianna safe for trade again, and re-invest all that booty into the city of Pearl.No pressure. >Sleep here (in Amata's bed. Hear her opinion.)
Rolled 6>>33060146>Sleep here (in Amata's bed. Hear her opinion.)She's the brains of this operation.
WIth a few easy leaps, you reach the roof of the castle from the city. Learning how to use your Essence to propel you through the air in higher jumps is a neat trick, in fact. Useful, too.It's late, and everyone is likely asleep. You walk around the dark corridors of the castle, remembering their layout by heart, silently as to not wake up anyone. Finally, you reach the royal bedroom....and notice a sliver of light from under the door. She's awake? At this time?For a moment you suspect she might still be working, but... well, she'd do that in her study, not in the bedroom.Maybe she's reading a book? you consider the idea for a moment, before noticing soft noises coming from inside. Her voice and the voice of someone else. A man, but you can't recognize it or understand what they're saying. Maybe if you got closer...>A bit of eavesdropping never hurt anyone, and now you're curious.>She's busy, you'll come back later.>Let's just knock on the door if she's awake.>Who is that? You want to find out. Slam the door open without warning.
Rolled 6>>33060517>A bit of eavesdropping never hurt anyone, and now you're curious.
Rolled 7>>33060517>>A bit of eavesdropping never hurt anyone, and now you're curious.Solar voyeurism style
Rolled 4>>33060517I'm curious.
Rolled 5>>33060517>A bit of eavesdropping never hurt anyone, and now you're curious.inevitably seques into>Who is that? You want to find out. Slam the door open without warning.We aren't very good at eavesdropping
Rolled 2>>33060517>Who is that? You want to find out. Slam the door open without warning.Maka's the name, subtle's the game.
Rolled 7>>33060517>Let's just knock on the door if she's awake.But enter without waiting for an answer.
Rolled 4>>33060517>A bit of eavesdropping never hurt anyone, and now you're curious.>>33060576>>33060582Maka understands subtle, she's just not good at it
>>33060517>Let's just knock on the door if she's awake.
Rolled 10>>33060605Most eavesdroppers would quietly hide outside the window, we're so incredibly clever that we avoid the obvious eavesdropping spot and take a surprise approach.
Rolled 8>>33060517>Let's just knock on the door if she's awake.i really want to know but, she tells us, if and when she tells us
Rolled 1>>33060643>but, she tells us, if and when she tells usI'm getting kind of sick of us having this attitude, given that she has told us absolutely nothing about anything despite the number of lives on the line.
Rolled 6>>33060669fucking thisher secrets getting in the way of fucking everything is getting really fucking annoying
Rolled 4>>33060517>>A bit of eavesdropping never hurt anyone, and now you're curious.then>Who is that? You want to find out. Slam the door open without warning.
Rolled 3>>33060517>A bit of eavesdropping never hurt anyone, and now you're curious.>>33060669>>33060679Really, it's becoming increasingly clear that as much as we trust Amata, she clearly doesn't trust us.
Rolled 2>>33060669>>33060679>>33060706thank you
Rolled 10>>33060706I get the feeling that even though she might want to trust us her habits as the queen of tianna for however long are keeping her from just being totally honest with us whenever we ask about a thing.These habits need to stop.Fortunately we're a MASTER at using our tongue to get answers and results.
Rolled 3Honestly, some of the secrets I'm okay with her keeping. As much as I'd like to know the deal with her husband is, I understand that it's probably a painful memory, given that he's no longer around. But the things relevant to the Abyssals? That's shit we NEED to know. People are going to die if we can't stop them. If she know WHY they're so interested in Tianna, she needs to be sharing that information.
Physical + Night = 6 7 4 5 2 = 1 successYou fight your impulse to make your presence known, and quietly approach the door."...kind of sand makes an uniform layer everywhere on the island." That's Amata's voice."...I can't believe it." That's... Mikahil's voice? You weren't expecting that. "But Tianna has mountains, too. How is that possible? There's even a volcano!""I'm not sure of the details. I wasn't the one who did it, after all." She replies. "But it's a good camouflage.""It's not just good, it's amazing." He sounds almost out of breath. "...The Lintha?""I'm fairly sure that they have no idea. But the Abyssals obviously know. That's why they want the island.""...And what would they do with it?""Honestly? I have absolutely no idea. They're not acting like they're your stereotypical insane mass murderers. Their motives are the biggest puzzle in all this." She makes a short pause. "...Of course, our oath extends to this conversation as well. You are to not mention this to anyone, for any reason, ever, without my consent.""...Does Maka know about it?" Mikahil asks back after a few seconds of what you imagine must have been stunned silence."...No. No, she's probably suspecting something, but I never told her anything.""Why not?" He asks back."You know Maka. She's bad at sneaky, stealthy stuff. Isn't that right, Maka?"What?"You can come in now, Maka. I know you're there. Oh, close the door behind you."...>Play it dumb, stay hidden behind the door>Run away>Open the door, get inside. Demand explanations.>Open the door, get inside. Don't say anything.>Open the door, get inside. Say it's up to her if she wants to talk or nor.>(other)
Rolled 1>>33060776>Open the door, get inside. Say it's up to her if she wants to talk or not.MAXIMUM GUILT TRIP.
Rolled 7>>33060776>Open the door, get inside. Say it doesn't matter because the Abyssals already told us. Say that it's a real bitch move that she didn't tell us earlier.BLUFFBLUFF AS HARD AS WE CAN
Rolled 4>>33060776>Open the door, get inside. Don't say anything.Oh boy
Rolled 5On a note not related to Amata's secrets, at the end of the last thread we were talking about switching up our look.Here the list of option we initially had available when we picked our tabard.I'm found of second from the left, though replace the bottom with a loincloth of some kind so we aren't breaking Maka's "never wear any panties for any reason" rule.>>33060776>Open the door, get inside. Don't say anything.If they don't start talking>Demand explanations.
Rolled 10>>33060776>Open the door, get inside. Don't say anything.Smile, smile!
Rolled 10>>33060776>>Open the door, get inside. Say that these kind of secrets are the kinds of things WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IF WE'RE DEALING WITH THE ABYSSALS AND ALL THIS SHIT
Rolled 1>>33060794A bluff might actually work if we blow some essence and get some gud rolls. I'm voting for using MRP
Rolled 8>>33060776>Open the door, get inside. Shrug, smile innocently. >arcadian reedlyeThat's an exotic component, if I ever heard one. Probably grows in the Wyld.
>>33060776I'm seconding >>33060803. Both his vote and outfit choice (including the loincloth).
Rolled 10>>33060776demanding explanation like >>33060803 suggests sounds good.
Rolled 10>>33060803>I'm found of second from the left, though replace the bottom with a loincloth of some kind so we aren't breaking Maka's "never wear any panties for any reason" rule.sounds good, though the first also works well, but yeah, loincloth because no panties
Rolled 7I hope this counts as Social+Zenith. Because holy fuck we've got a lot of successes.
Rolled 10>>33060776I'll second >>33060803>>Open the door, get inside. Don't say anything.>If they don't start talking>>Demand explanations.
Rolled 5>>33060776>Open the door, get inside. Don't say anything.>>33060803While I'd like all those outfits eventually, Glorious Solar Bikini (with Loincloth) is a good starting point.
Rolled 6>>33060818>>33060832>>33060838>>33060845>>33060847of course these rolls come late
Rolled 1>>33060845no matter what we do>Demand explanations.is on the top of the list
Rolled 9>>33060803I like the first and second on the left.Remove the panties from the first so it just has the long loincloth, and replace the panties with one in the second.
glorious solar loincloth bikini... sounds validalso we should get this guy as our dawn
Social + Zenith = 1 7 4 5 10 10 1 8 = 6 successesYou sneak inside the room and quietly lock the door behind you.Amata is in her bed, in her pajamas, relaxed. Mikahil is sitting on a chair nearby, by the window. Frowning."...You were spying on us?" He asks you."It's okay, Mika. Don't hold it against her. I HAVE been keeping secrets from her for a while now." She turns to you. "For good reasons."You roll your eyes, sitting down on the corner of the bed. "You don't trust me to keep a secret.""That's part of the reason." She cheerfully admits. "But it's also a secret that I've sworn to protect. So, if I told you, I would have been the one who doesn't keep secrets."You just stare straight at her, annoyed, but without saying anything."...I think it's time I show you at least something. We're probably at the point where not knowing would be more harmful than knowing." She nods to herself. "But, would you tell us what transpired from your meeting with the abyssal first?">No, first you come clean, then I'll talk.>Alright. (tell everything)>Alright. (tell ALMOST everything. What are you keeping hidden?)>Alright. (lie. What are you going to say?)>(other?)
Rolled 1>>33060930>No, first you come clean, then I'll talk.
Rolled 8>>33060930>Alright. (tell everything)We don't have anything to hide. But don't let the conversation get distracted. Answers after we're done.
Rolled 7>>33060930>>Alright. (tell ALMOST everything. What are you keeping hidden?)Don't say how we offered to redeem the Abyssal.
Rolled 9>>33060930>>Alright. (tell everything)We haven't bullshit her yet. Let's not start now.
>>33060930>>Alright. (tell everything)We're the stupidly honest one after all.
Rolled 3>>33060930On second though, change >>33060943 to >>33060945
Rolled 3>>33060930>>Alright. (tell everything)
>>33060930One moe for >>33060945
Rolled 10>>33060930>Alright. (tell ALMOST everything. What are you keeping hidden?)Well yea, perhaps we can leave out the redemption thing. Its not important anyway. Its not like there are any Abyssals that have redeemed themselves
Rolled 4>>33060945On second thought, yeah, keep this part hidden,>>33060963change my vote to>>33060945
Rolled 5>>33060929I like the Glorious Solar Loincloth Bikini, But I'd like a Sidereal (preferably a Chosen of Serenity that can teach us Sapphire Veil of Passion) before anything else.
am I the only one who thinks it's noteworthy that he views himself as a hero?also, don't be like amata here, keeping secrets never is a good lives are on the line
Rolled 1>>33060984Why should we limit ourselves to a single glorious solar outfit, when we can have an incandescent wardrobe of solar majesty.
Rolled 1>>33060998It might be an lever that we can use to get some influence on the guy. He think's he's a hero to the dead but being a hero to the dead doesn't mean you make everything ELSE dead. We might be able to seduce him from whoever deathlord he serves as a double agent through reasoned discourse.
Rolled 5>>33060998Abyssal can be heroes under very specific circumstances (usually involving the dead or their Lunar mates) it just harder for them than it is for other Exalts. Even Green Sun Princes have any easier time once they figure out how to mange their Urge.>>33061001I want one too, but we need to start somewhere, and the outfits in >>33060803 are a good a place as any. And of them, Glorious Solar Bikini is my favorite
Rolled 8>>33061016Yes, more members for our harem throne... I mean, yeah, no seducing Phoenix is a total legitimate strategy
Rolled 2>>33060930>Alright. (tell ALMOST everything. What are you keeping hidden?)The redemption thing. Not like it went anywhere.
Rolled 3>>33060930>Alright. (tell everything)
Rolled 2>>33061027Totes agree, we need to build a fabulous wardrobe and glorious solar bikini is a good start. Plus, the last two outfits look like they'd be a better fit for Tia and Amata
>>33061029our harem shall become so large, it will be known to everyone in creationalso, an abyssal would kinda balance things out, just hoping out immaculate monk comes back
Rolled 8>>33061049Which one? We've got like three that want to bone us
>>33061054how about all of them?
You tell her everything. Well, ALMOST everything. The redemption part is a solar thing, after all. It doesn't concern her. It's not important anyway.You also learn from Mikahil that Valeriana has been finding bits and pieces of Orichalcum and trying to put them to good use, which is great news.And... you also learn about Valeriana's doubts on the weirdness of Tianna.After the chat is over, Amata looks at you, very seriously, and says:"...By now, you've probably noticed that the island of Tianna is somewhat off, right?"You nod vigorously. "A lot of things don't really add up.""It's a secret that I'm keeping." She explains. "I have sworn oaths and made promises. I am the queen of Tianna, but my job is also to protect this secret that has been entrusted to me." She brushes her hair back, a bit nervously perhaps. "...But now we have reached the point where not sharing it with you, who are helping me to keep it safe from the Abyssals, might be more dangerous than keeping it."You cross your arms and wait for the full story, but instead she just stands up from the bed and takes your hand."...What?" You ask."I can't tell you about it, but I can show it to you. On one condition: You must swear that you're going to keep this secret, and never share it with anyone else. Not even to someone you trust blindly. Not even to Tia, for example."You think about it. Tia isn't exactly the best person you can imagine when it comes to keeping secrets....this must be how Amata feels about you.>You're breaking your promise, and you're expecting me to keep it?>I'll keep it up to the point where it makes sense, just like you are breaking it now.>I'll keep your promise, absolutely. (truth)>I'll keep your promise, absolutely. (lie)>(Other?)
Rolled 3>>33061054I think he meant the non dragon-blood. Something-Swallow. The first part kept changing. Like how that Abyssal can't decide between Fluer-de-lis and Feur-de-lis
Rolled 9>>33061070>>I'll keep your promise, absolutely. (truth)
>>33061070>I'll keep your promise, absolutely. (truth)we might need to be geassed, so we can't accidently tell anything
Rolled 1>>33061070>>I'll keep your promise, absolutely (truth)
Rolled 1>>33061070>I'll keep your promise, absolutely. (truth)Tia trust us absolutely anyway. Yay for 5 dot Solar Bonds.Though I wonder if Irene, or any of her children, know about this. Whatever "this" ends up being.
>>33061070>I promise not to TELL anyone about the secret you are revealing to me. Do exactly what she is doing.
Rolled 6>>33061070>I'll keep your promise, absolutely. (truth)We got an Eclipse around, we can do an oath thing if it makes Amata feel better
Rolled 5>>33061070>>I'll keep your promise, absolutely. (truth)
Rolled 10>>33061070>I'll keep it up to the point where it makes sense, just like you are breaking it now.Unless it's Eclipse-bound, probably - in that case, we'll have to keep it. Otherwise, circumstances could change too much.
Rolled 10>>33061070>I'll keep it to the point it makes sense. You'll have to trust me to be discrete but know when it is absolutely necessary for this information to be shared, like you are now.
Rolled 10>>33061070>>I'll keep your promise, absolutely (truth)
Rolled 1>>33061081>>33061100I'd prefer not to be oathed.We can intend not to tell anyone anything, and be completely sincere about it, but the time might come when we HAVE to, and I'd prefer not to be penalized in that case.
Rolled 1>>33061070>>I'll keep it up to the point where it makes sense, just like you are breaking it now.
Rolled 6>>33061070>>I'll keep your promise, absolutely. (truth)
>>33061070>>I'll keep your promise, absolutely (truth)
Rolled 1>>33061120I agree. I sincerely intend to never tell a soul about whatever is about to be shown to us. But, sometime in the future it might become imperative that say, Val knows just like we need to now.
Rolled 1>>33061145Then let Amata decide to say anything, it's her oath.
Rolled 6>>33061152What id Amata isn't available?
>>33061120I'm with you man. I think a lot of the group are forgetting we have an eclipse in the room who will happily oath bind us if Amata asks...
Rolled 2>>33061070>I'll keep it up to the point where it makes sense, just like you are breaking it now. Let's be realistic about this.
Rolled 7>>33061070>>I'll keep your promise, absolutely. (truth)
>>33061152Amata is already physically incapable of telling anyone what's going on. That's why she's "showing" us instead. I think her ability to rapidly disseminate this information has been compromised for a long, long time.
Rolled 10>>33061120>>33061158all to aware of these facts, but keep in mind: Maka is THE ditz if it comes to secrets... sneaking... or not making a ruckus
Rolled 5>>33061178She doesn't have to be, if we would just at least one dot in Mental.
>>33061070Oh bugger we have full essence don't we?Is it too late to pop [Talking to the Heart] to try and convince her that swearing us to an absolute is not the best idea?
You nod. "I promise. Do you want Mikahil to seal the oath?"She squeezes gently your hand. "...I might not trust you to not let some words slip by, but I trust you to be honest with what you promise." She says, gently pulling you out of the room. Mikahil is left behind."...Where are we going?" You ask her, noticing that she's dragging you towards the dungeons. All she replies with is: "...Don't ask me anything. Just keep your eyes open. You'll have to figure it out on your own."You are pulled into the underground levels of the fortress, a large first-age armory with racks upon racks of magitech parts and weapons, most of them damaged or partially assembled or disassembled.This looks like Amata's workshop, where she takes apart multiple damaged artifacts to assemble functioning ones. It has a massive guard detail, with dozens of soldiers and essence weapon emplacements behind thick stone fortifications, chokepoints, killzones and overlapping lines of fire. You're taken through all those defenses in a rush, so you don't have time to analyze them properly, but you get the feeling that even a full Realm legion would have some trouble if they tried to take the armory by storm.Then... Amata pulls you to an empty wall at the end of a corridor. Racks full of strange magitek parts line the walls to either side, but the one you're in front of has nothing."...Don't tell me, secret passage?"She smiles smugly. "...Look away and close your eyes until I tell you you can open them, Maka.">Do it.>Sneak a peek.>Refuse.
Rolled 1>>33061194>>Do it.
>>33061178Sneaking and non-ruckus making are Night deficiencies on Maka's part I admit. The inability for /tg/ to keep a godamn secret for more than one thread is on the player majority's shoulders, not any particular PC.
Rolled 3>>33061194>Do it.We're getting some answers finally, lets not ruin it by getting caught cheating.
Rolled 2>>33061194>Do it.
Rolled 3>>33061194DO IT
(incidentally, the author (Houtengeki, look it up, he draws some crazy sexy stuff) also made a panties-less version of that costume.)
>>33061215finally someone who know artist(s)
Rolled 10>>33061215Perfect, though I still like it slightly less than the Glorious Solar Bikini (with Loincloth)
Rolled 8>>33061194>Do it.
Rolled 10>>33061215Glorious >>33061194>Do itShe is already trusting us so far, lets not violate it.
Rolled 7>>33061194>Do it.
Rolled 2>>33061215oh god yes we need that outfit
Rolled 5>>33061194>Do it.
Rolled 4>>33061207One of the only things I don't like about EF's modified system is that, the way we've played Maka, our Athletics score should be 3/4 by now, while our stealth/larceny should be a 2 at most. And if we raise Night to improve our Athletics, out Stealth/Larceny would go up alongside it, which to me at least would be some Maka wouldn't care about raising in Vanilla Exalted
Rolled 3>>33061247>be some Maka wouldn't care aboutbe someTHING maka wouldn't care about
Rolled 1>>33061215Replace Ankhs and Egyptian symbols with stylized sun, and it's perfect
>>33061215Yummy. Swap the ankhs for symbols of the Unconquered Sun and we're golden.Also, it occurs to me that we still haven't found an excuse to force Amata and Tia into sexy attire on a regular basis. We could (and I think should) work on that.
Rolled 5>>33060803So we want >>33061215 and the Glorious Solar Bikini, with the Loincloth replacing the panties.Also >>33061048 has a point, the two on the left would look better on Amata and Tia than us. Not that we couldn't have a set as well.
Rolled 8>>33061270We need to force boy Tia into girly clothing, because reasons
Rolled 6>>33061276She wears a Wedding Dress 24/7. That's pretty girly
Rolled 9>>33061285Let me rephrase: we need to force boy!Tia into MORE girly clothing.
Rolled 6>>33061247I agree, Maka having more points in Stealth and Larceny just feels wrong somehow. It goes against the personality we've built for her. But at the same time we need to add points to Night for more Athletics and to a lesser extent Dodge, which are skills it really seems like shed have.
>>33061294But boy Tia wears a Wedding Dress 24/7 (with the exception of religious ceremonies requiring him to wear a loin cloth and oil himself up). It has frills and lace and a freeking veil, you can't get girlier.
Pfft... any half fit woman can be sexy in a micro bikini. I say get Maka a burkha and watch her sluttify that particular piece of unflattering clothing.
It takes almost a full minute, that you spend entirely with your eyes closed, for Amata to finish... whatever she's doing.You heard mechanical noises, magical-ish noises, felt surges and flows of essence, and flashes ans shifts of light, as well as a light sense of vertigo and acceleration.You have NO IDEA what happened, but when Amata tells you "it's okay now", you open your eyes to find yourself somewhere else: At the end of what looks like a roughly-dug cave, tunneling into solid rock and snaking downwards at a rather steep angle.The floor is cut into uneven steps, forming a dangerous-looking stairway flowing down along the path. The air is dry and hot. There is no light save a long copper scepter that Amata is carrying, with a hexagonal prism set on the tip shedding a bright white light. Some sort of magical torch.She starts walking down, and you follow her."...I thought that Tianna was soil all the way down?" You ask.She doesn't answer. Looks like she means to keep silent while down here.You follow her, keeping your mind busy.Mental + Zenith = 1 3 2 3 10 8 = 3 successesYou're not 100% sure, but... you don't feel like you've been spun or turned around (thought what Amata activated was probably either a moving platform, or a lift going down, or both), so, judging by the direction you're going to... this tunnel is heading towards the volcano, wile reaching deeper underground at the same time.(narration will continue assuming you follow Amata's tour, but feel free to ask any question or request any action of Maka.)
Rolled 8>>33061316I think >>33061294 meant more as in a bigger variety, not clothing which is girllier.
>>33061294yeah, since our preparations for smokes festival we know maka has a thing for blushing, insecure boy!Tiaalso this is hilarious
Rolled 9>>33061324I guess just inspect the tunnel as we follow Amata, look for alcoves, machinery, etc. and see what we can piece together.
Rolled 2If were talking about clothes I'm still a huge fan of putting Maka in a sundress, not all lewd has to be about wearing as little clothe as possible after all
>>33061321It would constantly get caut in gusts of wind affecting no one else and press itself so tightly against her that it might as well be a second skin, revealing everything "hidden" underneath. And then whatever culture invented burkas in Creation would complain that a woman was wearing the male specific garment.
Rolled 7>>33061338Yeah, but Maka's specific brand of lewd seems to. It's her style.
>>33061349doesn't make sundesses less awesome
>>33061339That's kind of what I was thinking. It's not the revealing of flesh that's sexy, but rather the threat of flesh being shown and leaving the rest to the imagination that really gets motors running.
Rolled 1>>33061324I suppose alternate between paying close attention to our surroundings and to the way our fiancé sways her hips as she leads us. Seconding any good questions, but I don't think Maka's got quite enough information to start asking the right ones yet...
>>33061349Mama doesn't wear underwear and the dress would probably be clingy, backless and slightly transparent.
>>33061369That's not really Maka, though, she doesn't leave much to the imagination because she need to. She's proud of her beauty and body, and wants to flaunt it openly and lewdly (probably a touch of the Great Curse there, but eh)
Rolled 6>>33061364I'm not saying Maka would look good in a sundress. as >>33061321 and >>33061339 have established, Maka would look good in ANYTHING. I'm just saying, something likre the stuff here >>33060803, or pic related is more her style of dress
>>33061387*she doesn't need to,gah shouldn't be typing first thing in the morning
You travel down for a long, long time, step after step. Everything feels same-y, almost to a mind-numbing degree. For a bit, you feel like you're going crazy. The further you go down, the hotter and dryer it feels, to the point where you get the impression that your skin might fly off you any second now.The pressure, the impulse, the drive to just call it quits, bet back upstairs and take a cold bath is overwhelming. Fighting it might have been one of the strongest efforts of willpower you've ever done.But finally, FINALLY, you reach SOMETHING.At a certain point, the corridor splits.One side stays more or less level, no longer moving further underground, and at the end of it you see a dull, red light. A flow of incredibly hot air comes from that direction.The other path heads down even faster, to the point that it starts to look more like free-climbing than walking down a stairway. That direction is darker and cooler, and also somewhat spookier: you feel a distant metallic echo of any noise you make bouncing back to you from that direction.Amata looks at you, as if inviting you to pick one.>Towards the light>Towards the darkness
Rolled 8>>33061389>I'm not saying Maka would look good in a sundressI'm not saying Maka wouldN'T look good in a sundressI'm making a lot of typos today
>>33061389We need an excuse to stick our Twilight in that pic related.
>>33061395>Towards the darkness
Rolled 3>>33061406>implying GLORIOUS SOLAR DRESSUP needs excuses
Rolled 5>>33061389Maka isn't and shouldn't be limited to one sense of style, the girl needs more variety in her wardrobe>Towards the lightLet's check out door number one
Rolled 6>>33061395>>Towards the lightWe will probably run into dancing smoke while we're here. From the sound of things we're in some kind of first age factory or whatnot that is probably powered by the volcano itself.She might be a willing tour guide if she knows anything at all about this place.
Rolled 3>>33061387>>33061394This, this here is what I was trying to get across here >>33061389. The reason Maka wears so little isn't because she needs to in order to attract attention, it's because she ENJOYS the act in and of itself, and the attention it brings is just a (very welcome) bonus.>>33061395>Towards the light
Rolled 3>>33061395(Looking at the red light)"So, Smoke is also aware of what lies down there?">Towards the darkness.
Rolled 4>>33061395>Towards the darknesscan we get our anima so bright it makes people scream "The Light! IT HURTS!"?
Rolled 4>>33061395>Towards the darknessThe light path is probabily the forge where gold is distilled. The dark place is probably the warehouse place where all the good stuff is.
Rolled 4>>33061395>Towards the darknessTo hell with that heat - if Amata needs us to go the other way, she'll have to drag us. But no, really, that's where the First Age Factory Carthedral, gates to Autochtonia and UCS's secret celestial wine stash are.
Rolled 2>>33061421>>33061395Whoops forgot to link to here
>>33061399At least we have one success...
Rolled 9>>33061416>GLORIOUS SOLAR DRESSUPWe will invite Mikhail, and hang a little sign on the door that says "Chosen of The Unconquered Sun only"Tia will be SO jealous.
>>33061421No, she have more then one style of clothing, but that doesn't mean her sense of taste can't influence the styles she's into. It doesn't have to all solar bikinis and tabards, it could be translucent dresses, pasties, leather, etc.
Rolled 9>>33061421>Maka isn't and shouldn't be limited to one sense of style, the girl needs more variety in her wardrobeThat's why we're picking new outfits. But the theme of "doesn't cover much" should stay because, while Maka would look hot in literally anything, what she personally enjoys wearing is stuff that bares as much skin as possible.
>>33061395>>Towards the light
Rolled 3>>33061492Ah but that's where we have the most important character development of all. Appreciation for outfits that cover more and are still sexy as FUCK.
Rolled 9>>33061395>Towards the light
>>33061504Maka's character actually developed into wanting to wear dresses and clothing with less skin; it's been stated by EF in-game that Maka was not nearly this brazen in her sex life or wardrobe before this. The development has already happened.
You begin to climb down the passageway. Amata follows you.It doesn't take long before you end up in a horizontal corridor at the bottom of the well. The floor is metal, as are the walls, lined with pipes and machinery. You're clearly inside a First Age structure.The place feels ancient, with a thick layer of dust over everything. The outer layers, where the structure is in contact with the island's rock, are basically crushed, but now that you're deeper inside, it feels fairly intact.And the structure seems to be made from that brass alloy that was found as sand in a strata of the island's soil....If it was found both around Tia's tribe AND near Pearl... just how large IS this structure? It should be as large as the island itself...You wander around the corridors. This wasn't built underground. There's no rock or stone used in its construction, anywhere, not even for walls or pavements. It's all metal and machinery.You're seeing... barracks, training rooms, workshops, but also larger corridors acting as roads with more civilian-style housing and even... is that a shoes store? This place had even shops.Everything is a strange mix of a military installation and a civilian area, built to resemble what you imagine must have been a densely-packed first-age city. But it's all built on levels, in three dimensions, and as a single, giant unit. Everything is connected and built together."...You know, at first I imagined that this big secret would be some sort of first age factory. But this isn't a factory." You know she's not going to reply, but you still voice your thoughts out loud. "...what IS this?">Return upstairs>Check the other corridor with the red light>Explore the structure>Find a way down to lower levels>Force an answer out of Amata>(other?)
Rolled 6>>33061529>Explore the structureLet's look around for a bit
>>33061529>>Check the other corridor with the red light
Rolled 8>>33061529>Explore the structure
>>33061504We should get some of those for Amata. Remember, even with her exalted constitution she and Tia are probably going to get nasty sunburns when we take them home (to Gem) if they don't cover up. We, in contrast, will probably show a little more skin for enhanced comfort in the heat.
>>33061529>>Check the other corridor with the red lightRed Light district, anyone?
Rolled 9>>33061529>>Explore the structurethen >Check the other corridor with the red light
Rolled 1>>33061529>Explore the structure
>>33061529>Explore the structure>Check the other corridor with the red light
Rolled 9>>33061529>Explore StructureTry to find but not accidentally activate the on switch.
>>33061539...what? Um, have you seen Maka's skin? Sh
Rolled 1>>33061539>she and Tia are probably going to get nasty sunburns when we take them home (to Gem)That's assuming Gem hasn't blown up to fuck already.
>>33061529...What was the name of that continent that sank in canon? I realize it originally ended up in the underworld but your creation may vary after all
>>33061558Solaris don't get sunburns. Job perk.
>>33061558*She's got melanin all up the wing wang, she likely doesn't get sun burns.
Rolled 3>>33061492>But the theme of "doesn't cover much" should stay because,No the theme "Solar Sex Goddess" should stay and there is multiple ways for that to happen, I'm not saying we should stop wearing skimpy clothes, but there are so many other options were leaving out if we're just going less fabric over and over again, we could be wearing short skirts, formfitting dresses, loose kimonos, arabian style, or even just some sexy armor, there's more than one way to do sexy
Rolled 1>>33061539>We, in contrast, will probably show a little more skin for enhanced comfort in the heat.Something like pic related? Because That's all I have that shows more than what we have on now while still covering our naughty bits. If you want to go even further then well...NSFW: http://i.imgur.com/Ds7dunD.jpg
>>33061563>Maybe Gem'd dun gone BOOM!That would just make rebuilding it in our image that much easier.
Rolled 7>>33061569Why shouldn't the theme doesn't wear much stay? Maka doesn't like to wear much anyway. Half the time she's perfectly comfortable going naked
Rolled 1>>33061529>Explore the structureMaybe it is actually a piece of Autochtonia. Are there any writings?
Rolled 9>>33061529>>Check the other corridor with the red light>>Explore the structure
Rolled 8>>33061569Can we just agree to disagree, everything I want to say has been said by me or someone else. I personally think that Maka would, if she had the choice, walk around naked half the time, while you have a different opinion. Let's leave it for now and put it to a vote when the time comes.
>>33061569Maybe, but I tend to see less revealing sexy-wear as Amata's territory, not Maka's.
Rolled 3>>33061529>Explore the structure
>>33061594this is the reason cloth discussion normally follows AFTER the main thread
>>33061612We need to kill time. Plus I'm hoping this mess gives EF some idea's for our compainion's wardrobes.
Rolled 9>>33061579I'm saying we should mix it up not stop flat-outWe can keep wearing revealing clothes, hell I'll argue if someone wants us to stop, I'm just saying we can expand our wardrobe
Rolled 10>>33061633And from what I've seen, most people are for mixing it up, but still in a similar vein of of showing skin because she likes it that way
I wonder who made her swear the oath in the first place. I'm still hoping Mountain Folk
You start wandering around, inspecting here and there.There's a few bones and signs of struggle here and there. They've clearly been picked clean by scavengers, probably by Amata herself (or people working for her). Some desperate struggle has been fought here, but it's impossible to understand exactly what happened.Exploring the ancient structure, you finally reach what must be an external wall. It has a round window, still intact, looking towards a wall of sand and soil pressing against it. This thing is completely buried. But.You use the window to check the walls' thickness. Even if your perception might be distorted by the refraction, it feels like it's about two meters trick, or even more.Nearby, an open door to the "outside" has been flooded with soil rushing in and blocking the passage. It features a door that can probably slide open and back closed if activated by some machinery, but what's more interesting is the fact that the soil has clearly been recently dug to unearth something beneath it. And you see a swivel mount."...There was an artillery piece mounted here. I guess you took it, right?" You glance at Amata.She stays silent.Mental + Twilight = 6 8 9 1 = 2 successes"...This wasn't a building or a base. It's all too sturdy and uniform. And that kind of artillery emplacement..." You turn to her. "...Was this a giant ship? A floating fortress or city?"Her expression doesn't even change.>Return upstairs>Check the other corridor with the red light>Find a way down to lower levels>Force an answer out of Amata>(other?)
Rolled 5>>33061664>>Check the other corridor with the red light
Rolled 10>>33061664>Check the other corridor with the red lightLet's check the other passage before we head down lower
Rolled 1>>33061664"You can't say, can you? Your oath extends that far?"
Rolled 1>>33061664>>Check the other corridor with the red light
Rolled 1>>33061664>Check the other corridor with the red light
Rolled 9Okay, lets try this again without fucking up completely.>>33061571>NSFW: http://i.imgur.com/Ds7dunD.jpgI think even Maka would hesitate before going that lewd. She still might do it though.>>33061612We've discussed it after the thread several times, and yet we still haven changed our outfit, which I why I brought it up in-thread this time.>>33061664>Find a way down to lower levels
Rolled 9>>33061664>the entire island is a mobile assault platformJuice worth squeeze.>Check the other corridor with the red light.Hopefully HSS applies to this heat...
Rolled 1>>33061684>>33061688>>33061694>>33061697>>33061703Two successes, not terrible I guess, but jeeze all those ones...
Rolled 3>>33061712>>33061713Fucking /tg/ dice.
>>33061664>>Check the other corridor with the red lightRed sky at night, sailor's delight.
Rolled 6>>33061664Ask Amata if there's a shadowland down here, if there is and for some reason the Abyssals can't access it it might be what they're after
Rolled 3>>33061732Yeah, but those weren't used for anything. So I must reiterate what >>33061733 said.Fucking /tg/ dice.
Rolled 6>>33061745What do the Abyssals want that's down here, when we asked Phoenix if he was after Tianna's First Age weapons he said not really, so maybe an artifact or a structure, probably something the Deathlord used in before she died?
>>33061748Actually, I'm pretty sure the first two of those tens were used since social+zenith is 8 dice, but since we chose the lowest dc option and there was no real benefit for over succeeding I'm not surprised the roll wasn't listed.
You climb back up and head down the other corridor.You're feeling... frustrated for the lack of straight answers, but happy that you get to explore this place and finally understand what the fuss is all about.So, there's a gigantic structure under the island. Even though it was picked clean by Amata, it's enormous and it was clearly designed for military purposes.However, it's completely buried. Why do the Abyssals want it? They think they can surface it? Without completely wrecking the island above? No, how would they even do it, even in that case?You're getting closer.This corridor is... incredibly hot. You're fairly sure that a mortal would have fainted by now. The heat is almost unbearable, and the further you go in, the hotter it is. Past a certain point, you're sure that your clothes would have caught fire if they weren't made from gossamer.Finally, you reach a vast, open round room, or rather cave. Or rather, caldera, because a massive scalding lake of lava occupies most of it, filling it with warm, noxious fumes.You glance up and see a sliver of clear night sky."...DANCING SMOKE?!" You scream."Bluh? Wha?" Startled by your scream, the goddess in question springs up from the lava, half-asleep and frantic (and naked). "What the heck-" She turns around, confused, and sees you. She screams, covering herself up and reimmersing herself in lava up to the waist."What are you acting embarrassed for? After all the stuff we did?" You sigh."...Maka? What are you doing here? How did you get down here?!"You point back. "I used the passage.""...There's no passage." She replies, looking at you like you have three heads.You turn around. It's there. Can't she see it?>Ask her about the volcano>Ask her about the structure>Ask her about the passage>Ask her about Valeriana>(other?)>Return to the castle>Return to the structure, try and go further down
>>33061776They want a mobile assault base. Either they need parts to build it or they intend to repair the wreck under Tianna enough to fly it out of here.
Rolled 1>>33061796>Ask her about the volcanoLet's see what we can find out about it generally,If she can't see the passage then she probably doesn't know about the stuff under Tianna but we should ask just in case>Ask her about the structureAlso because it's funny>Ask her about Valeriana
Rolled 7>>33061796Crap. Time to deflect.>Ask about Valeriana and the project Smoke is helping her with.>Meanwhile, start teasing Smoke with our hands and complement her on her "hot spring">then ask (for Amata's eavesdropping benefit) about her intentions with Sam.
Rolled 5>>33061796>ask about the passage."What are you talking bout? It's right there, I'm pointing at it.">other"You weren't doing something naughty, were you?' And if you were, why didn't you invite me?"
Rolled 3>>33061571>NSFW: http://i.imgur.com/Ds7dunD.jpgI wouldn't object to Maka getting an "outfit" (and I use this term VERY loosely) like this for use in private. And maybe not so private eventually.>>33061796>Ask her about the volcano>Ask her about ValerianaAlso join her in the lava... We can do that I think.
Rolled 8>>33061796>"What the heck-" She turns around, confused, and sees you. She screams, covering herself up and reimmersing herself in lava up to the waist.It can't be helped Maka, this is the deepest anyone has ever been inside of her, it's her most secret parts
>>33061865Maybe we should...go deeper?
Rolled 2>>33061796>Join her in the lava (after removing our tabard of course)>Ask her about the volcano>Ask her about Valeriana
Rolled 4>>33061892>>Join her in the lava (after removing our tabard of course)We totally can do that
Rolled 1>>33061796>Lava bath>Ask her about the volcano>Ask her about the structure>Ask her about Valeriana
Rolled 2>>33061886We should be taking a dip with herSo I was thinking, we would probably be best to go to the Abyssals for the hostage exchange, it would be pointless to send in someone strong or sneaky considering they would be kept a close eye on by 4 or 5 other Solaroids, but if it's us we could talk some info out of them or even sway some of them to our side
Rolled 1I think I got a theory about what is going on.This complex is some kind of fast travel system keyed to either specific points around Tianna, or possibly throughout Creation
Rolled 6>>33061932More likely it's a fast travel system around itself.This flying thing sounds like a flying city that was buried and the island of Tianna was formed around it.The city might have had some kind of internal subway analogue so the inhabitants could get to where they were needed.
Rolled 2>>33061932Maybe, it would be super useful for when we head to to Gem and it would clear up Phoenix being shifty about him not wanting a weapon exactly
>>33061932That would both make sense and be sufficiently terrifying to warrant the secrecy.
Rolled 9>>33061886We're totally going inside her hot, smoldering magma.
Rolled 6>>33061796If a god of a volcano can't see a passageway into the volcano that they are assigned to then first age dickary is obvously involved.
"Oh, hi, Smoke." You nod at her while casually removing your tabard. You can see Amata hanging back and laughing."Don't- What do you mean, hi?" The poor goddess is at her wits' end. "Don't be so casual about this- Wait, how did you get here- DON'T ACT LIKE THIS IS NORMAL! WHY ARE YOU TAKING A BATH IN MY LAVA POOL?!""Well, I thought I'd join in." You reply, swimming next to her. She's still defensive, though. "I didn't know your volcano went in... so deep.""It- it's a very private thing! I don't remember inviting you here!""Oh, believe me, I just ended up here by accident. Say, don't you go any... deeper?""What's with the double entendres?" the pot calls you black. "And no, this is the bottom of the volcano! What do you want from me?""...Soooo you don't know of anything further down?""What the heck are you talking about." She's keeping some distance from you. How rare to see her embarrassed like this."Oh, I heard from Mika that Valeriana has been around here.""Um, yes. She wanted my help to heat to the melting point some orichalcum she found while digging around. She just left... I might be able to call her."Amata shakes her head in a negative gesture. For some reason it seems Smoke can't see her, probably because she's lurking in the passageway."...Nah, it's okay. I'll see her later when I get back to Tianna.>Ask her something else (what?)>Leave through the tunnel (and go where?)>Ask her to lift you up to the top of the volcano>(other?)
Rolled 4>>33061796>Ask her about the volcano>Ask her about the passage
Rolled 5>>33062011>>Ask her something else (what?)Ask her how old her volcano is, I think she mentioned a while back she used to be around during the First Age, was she goddess of this volcano the whole time?Also molest her a bit
Rolled 5>>33062011>Ask her something else (what?)"Are you okay? You seem a bit... jumpy."
Rolled 8>>33062011seconding >>33062027especially >Also molest her a bit
Rolled 6>>33062011Thirding >>33062027 Also splish splash with the lava.
Rolled 8>>33062027>>33062037She used to be the Goddess of a whole mountain range if I recall, but then something happened and she had to move here.>>33062011>Ask about the passageI really want to know why she can't see italso>Molest he a little bit
Rolled 4>>33062027She did mention that the original volcano she was assigned to ended up getting unmade>>33062011>Ask how's things getting on with Samiel
Rolled 6>>33062011Indeed. Ask how how old the volcano is and whether she finds it something unusual about it.
>>33062027We should also ask her how she and fire boy are doing and if she made any more friends
Rolled 4I'm re-reading Dancing Smokes introduction in another tab, and I have to say, it's really making me miss Tia.>"Maka is terrific in bed." Blurts out Tia. Mikahil silently facepalms, as Dancing Smoke nods sagely in acknowledgement.>"But, you use what you have, and the Unconquered Sun evidently saw fit to grant you this set of skills." Mikhail replies diplomatically. "And you're using them magnificently.">"Maka being this good in bed is a divine blessing." Tia gives the short version and is promptly ignored.
Rolled 4>>33062121I do miss her a whole bunch, Tia is a best husbando, makes me regret telling her to be chief a little
Rolled 5>>33062121It'll be all right anon our waifando will be around eventually to completely destroy a section of Tianna's palace with us.
Rolled 4>>33062121I know, I miss her too anon, it just does not feel as fun as it used to without Tia here by our side.
So, I just woke up, and I'm definitely in support of the 'let's give Maka's wardrobe a little more variety' anons. Maka's current style of lewd doesn't even feel lewd anymore. The lewdest moment of this quest, for me, was when she prayed to the sun in the buff, and accidentally flashed the guard as she tried to leave the tower. Everything since then has been more and more desensitization to the lewd, and less and less of interest.Plus, the tabard, while nice, is getting seriously old, and just swapping it out for something that's lewd in pretty much the exact same way isn't really any more interesting.That's my two cents.
"Are you okay? You seem a bit... jumpy." You say, moving up to her and putting your arm around her shoulders. She seems to be calming down. "...Y, yes. I was just... surprised. To, well, to see you here...""I need to ask you some... personal questions." You lean in."Your face is too close..." She mumbles, but that's when you gently push her down and... "Okay, okay! I'm talking!""Good girl". You smile. "Say, how old are you?""...That's an unfair question.""I'm sorry. It's just that I remember you saying that you used to have a different volcano.""...Yes. It was eaten by the Wyld at the end of the First Age. But fortunately the Bureau of Nature found me this one where to stay." She sighs. "I used to be such a powerful and important goddess...""Who was in charge of this volcano before you?""I... don't know? I think it didn't exist before.""Didn't exist?" Now that's a puzzling statement."I don't know, I never heard about it before." She replies.You're on to something. "...Is there anything weird about this volcano?""I don't know. It's been so long, I'm used to it by now. It feels like home." She answers. Figures. She's been here for how long? Probably nothing about it seems weird to her. You'd have to inspect it yourself. But still...You decide to ask about something else. "...So how are things going with Samiel?"You see Amata making a face.Smoke sighs. "...I think his mother doesn't like me.""That's a shame." You grin."I miss him so much. He was so passionate and assertive." She mumbles, lost in fantasies for a moment. "Ah... I want him to play with me more..."You leave her to her own mental trips, enjoying Amata's expressions for a bit more.>Ask her something else (what?)>Leave through the tunnel (and go where?)>Ask her to lift you up to the top of the volcano>(other?)
Rolled 6>>33062011>"Hmm, you and Val must be working very intimately if she's visiting you down here. My, my, Sam might be jealous he didn't get to come here first."
Rolled 6>>33062197>>Ask her to lift you up to the top of the volcano>Forget to bring our tabard
Rolled 10>>33062197>>Leave through the tunnel (and go where?)deeper into the structure, down in the lower levels
>>33062197>"I miss him so much. He was so passionate and assertive." She mumbles, lost in fantasies for a moment. "Ah... I want him to play with me more..."Dancing Smoke going from a big, demanding goddess to Samiel's enthusiastic, clingy sub is hilarious and adorable to me.I have not suggestions for what to do next.
Rolled 1>>33062197>Leave through the tunnel (and go where?)Go deeper into the complex
>>33062197>Ask her something else (what?)"You say the Bureau of Nature assigned you this Volcano. I'm assuming they keep records. Do you think it would be OK if I took a look at the authorization and transfer documents? Or talked to someone in the Bureau who handled the transition?"
Rolled 6>>33062239forgot my dice
Rolled 10>>33062197>>Leave through the tunnel (and go where?)Let's see if we can't head deeper down from the dark room
Rolled 1>>33062197>Ask her to lift you up to the top of the volcanoLet's take a look around. who knows what Dancing Smoke might have missed the same way she missed the passage
>>33062226The same thing we do every thread pinky.Try and seduce the WORLD.
Rolled 7If this place is a fast-travel network, I can see why the Abyssals want it.Sneaking an army into a noble's house, destroying it, then appearing back in Tianna sounds quite useful.It'd be more useful for us, though. Less travel-time.
I think she doesn't like gods in general. She seems to think you guys are lazy and wnt worship without working hard enough to deserve it. So prove her wrong about you.
>>33062273>If this place is a fast-travel networkIt isn't. Why would you even think that? It's a giant sunken boat-city. It's a city surrounded by massive walls of Admiral's Brass with portholes, airlocks, and external gun emplacements. It's a massive fucking island-sized city that got sunk and buried over at some point to hide it.
Rolled 8>>33062197>Ask her to lift you up to the top of the volcanoLet's take a look around>>33062216>Forget to bring our tabardI'm okay with that as long as we don't forget it
Rolled 3>>33062273I don't think it is. From the description.... Have you ever heard of modern aircraft carriers being described as 'floating cities'? What about 'arcologies', which are supposed to be self-contained small towns condensed into a single tower or other structure. I think that's what we're looking at. a first-age mobile city-fortress that was hidden during the usurpation.
Rolled 5>>33062311The question is, why can't Dancing Smoke see a passage leading to the inside of her Volcano?
Rolled 4>>33062197I'm certain they keep papers, but I'm not sure if the give them out - and Smoke's among those very unlikely to keep track of such things. Still, let's interrogate her on the matter, even though I'm not sure she'll be of much help.
>>33062278So convince Smoke to actively help out so she can win Amata's approval and Sam's heart? Sounds good to me. Not sure how she could help beyond volcano stuff and maybe that god blooded blessing thing, assuming she can do that.
Rolled 4>>33062197>Ask her something else (what?)"Well, why do you think Samiel's mother dislikes you? What do you think you could do to help her like you more? And do you think Samiel is worth doing it for?"May as well play relationship councilor while we can. And Smoke's candid thoughts to us when she doesn't know Amata is listening can tell Amata a lot about her.
>>33062311If there is some kind of fast travel network thing, it'll only exist in the city itself.An internal subway system if you will. Makes sense since this thing would be ludicrously massive and I doubt the crew was entirely exalted who could run at the speed of sound.
>>33062338>>33062197Yeah, relationship advice is cool.
Rolled 10>>33062332Would the Terrestial Court be that organized?I thought they were more feudal lords than proper bureaucracy
Rolled 10>>33062350Fuckin dice.>>33062352Chinese Celestial bureaucracy. Full on paperwork aspies, yo.
Rolled 7>>33062328It's obviously blocked from her sight. The How would be useful. The Why is intriguing. That's why I suggested asking about the transfer paperwork. I'm not sure Smoke WAS originally a Volcano Goddess. I think she was something else, and had her nature/memories altered to fit her new form and disguise.
Rolled 5>>33062197>Ask her to lift you up to the top of the volcanoAlso talk about her relationship with Samiel while we're looking around
Rolled 5>>33062362question comes to mind: would the god of a flying city look dragon-esque?possible if unlikely imho
>>33062362I'm fully on board with wheedling some divine bureaucrat to get the paperwork but we ARE in a time crunch to settle affairs with the Lintha, Let's not get bogged down in paperwork investigation while destroy the lintha hell ship.I say we shelve that investigation for after our immediate goals.
"Say, Smoke, can you lift me up to the top of the volcano?" You ask her."Uh, sure. Give me a moment to get dressed." She dives into the lava."I've seen you naked plenty of times. Besides, it's not like your normal clothes cover much." You reply.She pops back to surface, fully clothed (well, "normally" clothed) And picks you up, spreading her wings and gaining altitude."...Say, what about YOUR clothes?" she wonders, halfway up. "Or are you going like this?""Oh, damn it. Well, for now let me see what's going on upstairs, then I'm going to go and grab them.""...There's nothing special going on upstairs." She sighs."Maybe." You comment. "...You know, Amata dislikes all gods in general, not just you. She seems to have some bias against the category. Maybe bad experiences."She sighs. "What can I do for her to accept me?""She thinks gods are lazy and demanding. I think she actually opened up to you when you agreed to not receive human sacrifice. All you need to do is just be as helpful as possible, I think.""...Okay, I'll try that."Meanwhile, you're on top of the mountain. As she promised, there's nothing special. Everything is the way it was when you first came here: you can see all of Tianna from up here, shrouded in night. The lights from Pearl and the sight of the massive construction site give you a good feeling.>Okay, leave me here. (go where from here?)>Let's go back down? (go where from there?)>Dive to the lava lake a few kilometers straight down from here.>(Other?)
Rolled 6>>33062411Depends on the god's power and influence.
>>33062427>>Let's go back down? (go where from there?)Head back to the tunnel with amata.>Dive to the lava lake a few kilometers straight down from here.This is how we GET back down.
Rolled 3>>33062427>Let's go back down? (go where from there?)Let's check our thayt dark room again, see if we can't find a deeper level
>>33062427>Let's go back down? (go where from there?)Head back to the tunnel with amata.
Rolled 8>>33062427>>Dive to the lava lake a few kilometers straight down from here.Dive Dive Dive
Rolled 4>>33062427>>Dive to the lava lake a few kilometers straight down from here.we kinda did leave our 'clothes' down thereand I want to see whats in the lower levels of that structure
Rolled 2>>33062427>Let's go back down? (go where from there?)Head back to Amata and keep exploring
Rolled 6>>33062427Though for now I guess we gould head back to the dark room, we should keep this exit in mindHow close is Pearl to Silk's Wyld zone?Because we could get our Artifacts and our new outfits all at once maybe. And also see what Silk's like since we leveled up familiar.
Rolled 8>>33062427Seconding >>33062447Let's challenge Smoke to a diving competition.
>>33062427>"...There's nothing special going on upstairs." She sighs.>(Other?)Too easy Smoke, Give me a HARD one
Rolled 6>>33062411>Let's go back down? (go where from there?)I don't think she's the goddess of the whole thing. Just the Power Core. Or possibly Main Cannon. Still, this bears serious investigation.
Rolled 8>>33062421>Let's not get bogged down in paperwork investigation while destroy the lintha hell ship.couldn't have said it better>Dive to the lava lake a few kilometers straight down from here. Without giving a warning. So we have time to get into that tunnel.
>>33062496i'd really like to see that conversationbut it might be slightly untimely
>>33062427> diveOk lets plunge ourselves deep into her caldera. With vigor.
You eye down the volcanic well stretching down to the lava lake."...Maka, you aren't thinking about-" You jump, and Smoke's screams of protest vanish behind you almost instantly as the jagged walls of volcanic rock scream past you on your way down.Of course, lava is much more dense than water, and even leaping into water would hurt you from this height, so you activate your [Iron Kettle Body] charm on your way down and focus on making a perfect headfirst dive for 10 points.Body + Night = 6 3 8 4 2 = 1 successBut, of course, diving wasn't a sport you ever trained in when you were in Gem, so you clumsily and painfully slam on the lava surface. Your blessings might protect you from the heat, but the impact is still really hard and you sink deep into the thick, cream-like molten rock.The further down you sink, the more liquid and fluid and hotter it is, and then......You suddenly find yourself in a bubble of air filled with light, hitting your backside against a metallic surface upon landing.You stand up, confused. What happened? Where are you? It takes a lot for your eyes to get adjusted to the light in this bubble.You look up: the bubble you're in, several meters across, is semispherical: an irregular dome of molten lava hangs above you, kept floating by a terrifying pressure of essence.The floor is a metallic surface, with a hole, or rather, what looks like an extremely hi-tech vent in the middle of it, releasing waste essence upwards. This essence forms a bubble of empty space before getting absorbed by the rock - and melting it.(cont.)
Rolled 7>>33062787Remember the words of Tia. If there is a hole, we must enter it.
Rolled 10>>33062817>waste EssenceSacrilege!
>>33062857Just makes me wonder what is producing enough "waste essence" to fully form a volcano
>>33062817>essence ventCLAIM THE MANSE. OH HOLY SHIT.
[Health: 2/5]You feel your entire body shaking and burning up. Any other living thing in creation would have been disintegrated by this kind of energies.Your environmental charms seem to grant you protection from this sort of improvised furnace created by essence discharge - probably by design, so that Solar technicians could repair and inspect this conduit without having to turn it off? But still, there's a limit: you know that, unless you leave immediately, all this essence flowing through your body will just burn you to a crisp....So, the heat of the volcano comes from this discharge vent. Something is still active and working. And incredibly powerful, if it can just power an entire volcano as a mere secondary effect of its waste heat and essence.You can't manage to look straight down the vent: it just feels like an all-powerful force pushing your eyeballs into your skull with spikes made of light and fire. Trying to stay in control of your body despite the overwhelming energies coursing through it, you manage to leap up, reverse-diving into the lava, and drift up to the surface.Finally, after way too long, you return to your senses on the shore of the lake of lava, with worried-to-tears Dancing Smoke looming over you."Are you alright?! What happened?!">Claim you just hit your head>Explain what you saw>Tell her it's nothing, leave (for where?)>(other?)
>>33062871Some kind of crazy-tier manse. Maybe a Manse N/A.
Rolled 6>>33062871See >>33062521
Rolled 10>>33062880>Claim you just hit your headI just wanted to see how long I could stay deep inside you, got a little carried away. Don't worry about it.
Rolled 6>>33062880>>Claim you just hit your headlets spend some time getting cuddled back to health with Smoke while giving her relationship advice
>>33062880>Explain what you sawSmoke deserves to know what going on in her own Volcano, even if we have to keep what we see elsewhere a secret.
Rolled 7>>33062880>(other?) Is she REALLY a volcano goddess? It seems to me like having the caldera in her volcano be entirely artificial from crazy first age technology would be instinctively known by the supposed goddess of the volcano.
Rolled 3>>33062874>>33062871>>33062883Are you telling me the whole volcano is a side effect of an underground manse?That's really cool>>33062880>Claim you just hit your headTell her were fine and were sorry for worrying herand then let's go back to Amata
Rolled 9>>33062817Wait, the five dot manse on the character sheetLooks the one in Pearl is unchanged. It looks like this is the powerful one our social point spending has conjured into existence. >>33062880>Claim you just hit your head
>>33062883>crazy-tierseems like this is a job for... us>Claim you just hit your head
Rolled 2>>33062880>Tell her it's nothing, leave (for where?)Go back to Amata and keep exploring.>Other"Well, that was bracing!"
Rolled 4>>33062921>>33062880forgetting to roll for who ever wins
Rolled 7>>33062915Unless she's bound by an oath like Amata to never reveal anything and kill anyone who finds out. Magical oaths are serious stuff in Exalted. To Gods, Demons, and Fae even more so than mortals.
>>33062880>Explain what you sawWhat the fuck?
Rolled 1>>33062880>Explain what you sawWhat >>33062915 said
>>33062880>Tell her it's nothing, leave (for where?)I don't care where we go, but we should keep this a secret if she doesn't already know.
Rolled 2>>33062915The fact that the volcano is entirely artificial leaves two logical choices.A. Dancing Smoke is a vapid moron who was given the volcano gig because everyone knew she was too stupid to realize something was wrong.B. She's the caretaker and Distraction to protect a crazy powerful piece of first age magitech.We have no idea which of these she really is so we need to be really fucking careful right now.
Rolled 6>>33062880>Claim you just hit your headWe did promise Amata we would keep this whole thing a secret, if you really want to tell Dmoke let's at least make sure Amata doesn't mind
Rolled 3>>33062932>>33062427>...There's nothing special going on upstairsSeems like she was TRYING to get us to look under the lava to me.
Rolled 8>>33062880>Explain what you saw>>33062969Amata not only would be Oath bound to stop us, she hates Dancing Smoke to begin with.Actually, when we leave the Volcano and meet up with Amata there IS something a want to ask her, why would she agree to an oath like this? What is she getting out of it?
>>33063001doesn't that also beg the question whom she is oathed to?
Rolled 7>>33063040It does. Really, this whole thing bringing up more questions than it's answering. I can't think of anything she could be getting that would be worth never being able to give anyone a straight answer about whats going on here, especially given that her ENTIRE KINGDOM AND EVERYONE IN IT is on the the line.
"I...It's okay. I just hit my head." You reply. "Has... has that thing always been there?""...You mean the bottom of the pool? Of course it has." She replies, helping you back on your feet....She doesn't know? Just like she doesn't know about the passage? Or is she playing dumb on both counts, and very convincingly?Still in a daze, you wander away, thanking her, and head back into the passage, where Amata is still waiting for you. From the smirk on her face, you guess that she knows what's under the volcano as well.It also seems Smoke suddenly thinks you've vanished, and starts calling for you for a moment or two before giving up....then you head back and retrieve your tabard before heading back down the passageway."She doesn't know ANYTHING?" You ask her. "I'm not an expert, but isn't this kind of sealing really hard and complex to do? Did you do it?"As usual, she doesn't answer. Instead, she just walks off, probably expecting you to follow her."...Why are you even keeping all of this a secret? The abyssals probably already know about it, or they wouldn't be so determined with seizing the island. Why all the secrets then?"She doesn't reply, instead simply climbing down the well and back into the structure.>Follow her.>Return upstairs to the palace.
Rolled 6>>33063164>Follow herNo point in stopping now.
Rolled 8>>33063164Poor Smoke.>Follow her.
Rolled 1>>33063164>Follow her.I can't imagine she's keeping these secrets because she wants to, not if they're giving her this much trouble, there's more to this we don't know
Rolled 9>>33063164>>Follow her.Let's see how far down the rabbit hole goes.
Rolled 6>>33063164>Follow her.Duh.
Rolled 1>>33063164>>Follow her.
Rolled 10>>33063164>Follow her.>>33063192We should poke our head back out and tell Smoke we're fine. I really do feel kind of bad for her, there's all this stuff going on in her Volcano she doesn't even know about.
Rolled 5>>33063164>It also seems Smoke suddenly thinks you've vanished, and starts calling for you for a moment or two before giving up.That makes me really sad for some reason.>Follow her.
Rolled 7>>33063164>Follow her. Spew other Theories like crazy.
Rolled 2Thinking about it, you've been gone a week EF, have you seen the 3e leaks?
>>33063164>Follow her.Amata, you so cool.
>>33063164>Follow her.So its unbelievably clear she's sworn an oath mikahil style to 'Not tell anyone'. That's why she can only show us, as she's cheating by only obeying the word of the oath.
>>33063421But WHY and to WHO are the questions I want answered now, I can't see any reason she would make such an oath.
Rolled 9>>33063453Check out the Exalted General thread
Rolled 2>>33063462I can think of some. What's the most important thing to Amata? Her people. If the person or entity she swore the oath to promised to keep the people of Tianna safe from something, Amata would gladly swear an inconvenient Oath. And it's not like she ever EXPECTED ~us~ of all people to Exalt as a Solar and start poking around.
She's not LEADING you, per se. More like... going somewhere and not caring if you follow her or not. It might seem like a small difference, but it's how it feels.She quickly reaches back to the level you briefly explored and into a side room. A light flickers on as she pushes buttons and twists knobs on a panel, and you get in the room just in time: the door closes on its own, and you suddenly feel an acceleration downwards."...An automated lift? Still working?" You mumble, even more surprised.After a couple minutes, the lift stops and the door opens with a mechanical noise. And... you're in a vast war room, with chairs around a round table and the walls filled with machinery, screens, projectors, indicators and gauges, levers and buttons and all sorts of things that make your head spin.Some lights are working. Some buttons, some screens. This stuff is still active."...I'm still wondering why you know all this. What your role was in all this. Why no one else knows anything, not even Dancing Smoke. How did the Abyssals find out, or just how much they know." You tell Amata, who is, meanwhile, sitting on one of the chairs.Finally, she speaks. "...Please don't ask me those questions. I can't answer them now. A time will come, I'm sure, when I will, or maybe you will notice on your own. But for now... don't ask me. I shouldn't even let you in here. I might get in an enormous amount of trouble for this." She pushes a button, and a trapdoor springs open, leading further down."What IS this place?"Silence.Feeling frustrated, you leap into the trapdoor. Further down, there are what feels like dozens of meters of ladders, passageways, conduits, machinery, small doors and rooms and corridors. Some sort of engineering or maintenance quarters. The real guts of this thing.Amata doesn't follow you. She stays in that room. But you start to explore.(cont.)
>>33063500>an enormous amount of trouble for thisDoes that mean the person she swore the oath to is still around and observing?But if they are why haven't they intervened against the Abyssals?
Rolled 3Well, no wonder why the Abyssals don't want to slaughter everyone on Tianna. If they end up creating a shadowland then all this first age tech would stop working.
>>33063574Because Sidereels MASTER PLAN!Also, pretty sure this is a directional fortress, though its bigger than I thought it would be. Also doesn't explain the lack of conventional artifact weapons.
This place is immense. Even realizing that you just explored a small piece of it, its size boggles your mind. It MIGHT be as large as the entire island, or close to. It also requires an enormous amount of arcane machinery to move, or perhaps for some other function as well.You can't translate the signs, but you follow them, and your instinct, going with the flow and hoping to end up somewhere important.You end up in the most important place ever, probably.An enormous room, circular, the roof probably... a kilometer tall? something like that. The blinking lights lose themselves into darkness. It's hot and dry here, and a giant structure occupies the centre of the room, growing from the ground up, accessible from all side like a delicate machine that needs the maintenance of a lot of people to function properly. You can feel it channeling essence, pumping it through the conduits of the ship like blood through veins. This is a heart.You can't see it, but something tells you that, if you could crawl up those pipes, you'd end up into Smoke's caldera, popping up from the essence vent you just saw. Dead, likely, but still. The lines, the design, the look of the technology is identical. That was the vent, and this is the reactor. On stand-by, probably, or functioning at minimal output, but working.You look at the commands, the buttons and levers and knobs all over the room. If you knew what to push...>Push something.>Resist the urge, return to Amata>Keep exploring.
>>33063574Oaths automatically trigger when you break them. The person you swore them to can be long-dead.
>>33063605...is the reactor here a manse? Can we attune to it? If so, try to figure out how to do that. If not, keep exploring.
Rolled 6>>33063605>Push something.HNGH...... This is so incredibly tempting, so let's do it. What's the WORST that could happen?
Rolled 9>>33063605>Keep exploring.
Rolled 3>>33063605>Keep exploring. Let's not push the shiny button without knowing what it does.
Rolled 10>>33063605>Keep exploring.FuckLet's look around for a bit firstReally super tempted to push big buttons though
>>33063605>Keep exploring.Let's not fuck with anything though, it might draw the attention of the person who has Amata's oath.
Rolled 8>>33063605>Keep exploring.Pushing random buttons is never a good idea. Might as well keep exploring, we will never know when we can get down here again. If this is a manse, then we could find the hearthstone chamber.We never promised that we wouldn't take anything
Rolled 7>>33063667forgot my dice
>>33063605>>Keep exploring.Oh shit.We're on the 'Flame that Marched against the Sea' aren't we ?
Rolled 7>>33063687Gonna have to elaborate on that for me anon. What IS the 'Flame that Marched against the Sea'.
Rolled 2>>33063632I think this is bigger than a Manse. We MAY be able to attune to it, theoretically. But this is BIG.There are several things I think it could be, but since Maka herself has no possible way of knowing anything about them, I'll stay silent.
Rolled 8>>33063633something along the lines of... either the island vanishing or something similar bad, so...>Push something.>Keep exploring.
Rolled 1>>33063605>You can't translate the signs, but you follow them, and your instinct, going with the flow and hoping to end up somewhere important.What languages does Maka know? Flametongue and Seatongue obviously, but I always imagined Old Realm too.
Rolled 10>>33063716Well we can't have that.... All our stuff is on the island.>Keep exploring.
Rolled 1>>33063704..... It's something that dates back to the Primordial War, when Exalts were first created to subdue or kill the things that made the gods. I doubt it is, but it might be something from that same era. But Maka has no knowledge of the Primordial times.
>>33063738on the other side, what would happen if we could attune that thing??
Rolled 3>>33063723>Old RealmI doubt it, High Realm is more likely if she dealt with the Realm often or Riverspeak if she had Guild dealing more
>>33063723>What languages does Maka know? Flametongue and Seatongue obviously, but I always imagined Old Realm too.>Eclipse 2Well, she knows three languages. My guess would be Flametongue, Seatongue, and High Realm. There's almost no fucking in-character reason for anyone other than priests, archaeologists, and other ancient scholars to know Old Realm. There just isn't enough interaction with gods/demons/ruins normally.
>>33063704In the First Age there were four Weapon-Platforms that were both the most massive weapons in the Exalted Arsenal and equipped to recreate Creation in the Event of a lost war against the Wyld. More than City sized Superweapons made to kill Primordials or destroy entire Wyld-Invasions.One of them is by Canon in the East and confused for a floating Mountain.
>>33063765Mt. Metagalapa is awesome even before you find that out.
Rolled 7>>33063759>>33063764She might know Old Realm if she didn't reach Eclipse 2 until after becoming a Zenith, and thus a priest of The Unconquered Sun
>>33063747Wrong, its something that goes back to the mid/late high first age, when the solar exalted were at the height of their power and it took them decades to build.
Rolled 1>>33063765Would it be crazy of me to assume that the Imperial Manse on the Blessed Isle is one of those mega weapon platforms?The scarlet empress did use it to face fuck the fae after all.
Rolled 9>>33063751...right before we explode.
>>33063791The fact that she can't read this language strongly suggests otherwise. I would very much like Exaltedfag to tell us what her third language is, though.
The more you explore this structure, the crazier it seems. It's definitely not a manse, and it's definitely a magical fortress.The final nail in the coffin, however, is when you finally get to the lowest level, and manage to sneak in a room, an enormous, insane room, circular, and about a mile wide. The floor is a giant lens made from pure crystal. Past it, just soil and rock.Above you, you see an assembly of other lenses and conduits instead of a roof. This room is part of some kind of giant assembly that channels and focuses Essence downwards.It's a giant Essence cannon. Pointed downwards. Which means that this massive city used to fly.But the craziest thing is that this city is called "The Flame that Marched against the Sea".How do you know that?And how did you manage to not get lost, exploring this maze of corridors and passageways miles deep and thick through the belly of a forgotten flying fortress?[Session end]2 XP (Base)1 XP (Explored a Directional Titan)
Rolled 3>>33063765The mobile platform in the west, called moble platform 3 or Luthe, is under da sea.Unless Exaltedfag has changed it so its Tianna instead. .
>>33063804No the Sword of Creation is something else, the Imperial Manse is "just" the Control room for all the War manses across the Blessed Isle. Although it has a direct link to the Directional Titans.
Rolled 7>>33063826Lytek was slacking when he scrubbed our Exaltation it seems.
Rolled 7>>33063815I'd assume it was High Realm we WERE royalty after all.>>33063826FUCKAlways a pleasure EF glad to have you back for however long until your internship.Any idea if you can sneak in another thread or two before you begin?
>>33063826>The Flame that Marched against the Seaaw shit
>>33063804>Would it be crazy of me to assume that the Imperial Manse on the Blessed Isle is one of those mega weapon platforms?Yes. Its The Sword of Creation. which is the single strategic weapon in existence more powerful than a directional titan
Rolled 4>>33063826>"The Flame that Marched against the Sea".Shit, I need time to find a pic that correctly expresses how hard my dick is right now
>>33063836Nah Luthe is something else.
Rolled 9>>33063826Does that mean if we had pushed a button we could have made this bitch fly?I want that despite how irresponsible that is
>>33063842We're royalty from somewhere about as far from the Realm as you can get. We're talking, 'Wait, so you're saying the Aztecs didn't know Arabic?' levels of distance here. We're a LOOONG way from home right now.
>>33063864It would probably destroy the island. And making a DirectionaL Titan usable requires massive amount of MagiTech Engineers.But HOLY SHIT A DIRECTIONAL TITAN.-No wonder the Abyssal are so hard for it. They probably want its Reality Engines or something like that.
Rolled 7>>33063849Will this do?
Rolled 1>>33063841Or he chose not to. UCS may have slipped him a special request.
Rolled 4>>33063880well no but the Realm is a major global power and Gem would have regular dealings with them. It's not far fetched to assume that the royalty from various city states and nations outside of the Blessed Isle wouldn't learn High Realm simply as a matter of practicality.
>>33063836The mobile platforms were bases used to prosecute the primordial war. Directional titans were made during the first age, and are the basically mobile platforms on steroids.
>>33063864Either that or it nukes the island and everything within a several kilometer radius is blasted to atoms.
>>33063826Oho, prvious life shenanigans~
Rolled 10>>33063849>>33063892It gets better.We have memories of this place leaking in from our Exaltation. That means our first age self probably owned, or at least worked here.It will probably respond to our Exaltation when we finally try to pilot it.
>>33063842>Any idea if you can sneak in another thread or two before you begin?Not today, since I have to leave in a bit. But I'll stick around for Q&A.Sorry for making so few threads lately, but my circumstances have changed since when I started. I have less free time and so on.Things might improve once I get back from my internship abroad and return to my lessons. Or not. (but I hope they do).Speakking of Q&A, time for XP.
>>33063606She's breaking the spirit of the oath but not the letter of it and is worried about trouble. A magical oath won't care about breaking the spirit and won't get her into any trouble.
Rolled 3>>33063952What language to we know other than Flametongue and Seatongue?
Rolled 7>>33063952How would we go about learning other languages, do we have to pay XP or find someone to teach us?By the way have you seen the 3e leaks EF?
>>33063951Yes, this is great
Rolled 2>>33063951Is it possible that our friendly resident deathlord knows about the directional titan because she's one of our previous incarnations when she was alive?
[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]Ox-Body Technique (Permanent. +1 HP)Terrifying Glorious Presence (upgrades Majestic Radiant Presence: on top of its effect, all social attacks have 1 automatic success)Essence-Gathering Temper (Permanent. Every time Maka loses a health level, roll 1d10. On a success, she regains 1 Essence. On a 10, two.)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]Mastery of Small Manners (1 Ess, you learn the short-term objectives of people in the scene. Gives straightforward ideas, but does not reveal complex plans)Sagacious Reading of Intent (1 Ess, you select a statement you either heard or read, and can discern the true reason that caused its author to utter or write it, and what he intends to gain from it.)>>33063969High Realm.>>33063966Faerie oaths care about the letter of the word, but celestial oaths (like the ones Eclipses do) bind to the spirit, not the letter.
>>33064023I'm pretty sure thats the case. Not many people can know about this. If the Sidereal would find out. they send the entire Realm against us.
>>33064029I'm personally in favor of mental
Rolled 7>>33064023Her name makes her sound more like she was a Twilight than a Zenith, and only Lunar Exaltations change Caste between incarnations. She might have been part of our circle though.
>>33063994Increase Eclipse. Or if you want just to learn the language, find a teacher, study it, and spend 2 XP.I didn't read the leaks. I don't want to start internet arguments with the people that like it, so let's just say that I am not interested.
>>33064023I used to think she was the Solar who used to rule this area, but I assumed she was a Twilight caste, what with all the magitech she's got going on
Rolled 9>>33064051Yeah a directional titan, even a nonfunctioning one, in the hands of a solar exalted? If there was a thing that would get the Realm to throw the fuck down, it's specifically this.
>>33064051See, that's assuming the sidereals want the realm to have access to a directional titan
Rolled 4>>33063826>The Flame that Marched against the SeaOK, new plan! We go back to Amata, nod to her, walk back to Smoke, have her help us get to Yu Shan itself, and once there we find a god powerful enough to erase our every memory of this place, what it is, and what it does. This is the DEFINITION of 'Too Powerful For Mortal Minds To Be Responsible For'. We're out.
>>33064029>Heaven Thunder Hammer (Permanent, succesful hits have knockback effect)We've been wanting that for quite a while now. Now that we have sufficient Mobility charms to jump between ships, this will be AMAZING in shipboard combat, and regular combat too.
>>33064029>Ox-Body Technique (Permanent. +1 HP)more health to soak damge even better, is always awesome, but fists of iron and heaven thunder hammer, sounds good as wellmeh what ever, my vote stands
>>33064029>Phantom-Conjuring Performance (Perm. can fashion phantasmagorical images and sounds from your own Anima)Just so Maka can play a tune for her to dance to, while praying or seducing. Or praying *and* seducing.
Rolled 6>>33064029How much is it to increase Zenith to 5 again?but yea, I think we should get >Heaven Thunder Hammer (Permanent, successful hits have knockback effect).
Rolled 10>>33064029Heaven Thunder Hammer (Permanent, succesful hits have knockback effect)I remember we were torn between this and that jump good charm we picked up last thread. Let's get HTH now and we will have all the tools we need to fuck the lintha up
>>33064029>Judge's Ear Technique (1 Ess, Scene. Can tell when a person lies knowingly)I want people to not be able to lie to us, I hate shadowruns, especially since Maka isn't specced for itAlso I was thinking, we're going to have to do a hostage exchange with the Abyssals, if we decide to go ourselves we won't need HTH for the lintha and JET would help us sort out the lies once we start digging for answers from everyone
>>33064125>Or praying *and* seducing.Meh. The line kinda blurs at this point.
>>33064125soooo... pray seducing the sun is our next goal?
>>33064029>Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)
>>33064023Yeah, she seems like a Twilight. Hell, she might have designed the damn thing. I wonder if the people who betrayed her were the ones who made Amata swear to silence.
>>33064093No No. Thats assuming the absolute worst thing the Bronze Faction can imagine is a bunch of Solars getting access to a Directional Titan. And it is. They never need to tell the realm about this, just send them to clean up the Island.If we get this thing somehow running, we can pretty much remake Creation however we want, and unless someone gets access to the Sword of Creation again, no one can stop that.
>>33064134>if we decide to go ourselvesWe won't. Why the fuck would you ever think we'd be the exchanged hostage? We're vitally important for the Lintha operation.
Rolled 8>>33064145Nah we secured a stretch of time where the abyssals will leave us alone. We're gonna use the week we have to fuck the lintha up.Once we've ensured the safety of Tianna we will see if UCS senpai has noticed us yet.
>>33064145Where have you been?Seducing UCS has been a goal for awhile now.That's why we're building pearl, so senpai will notice us.
Rolled 9>>33064185>so senpai will notice us.and we can fuck his brains out
>>33064029>Heaven Thunder Hammer (Permanent, succesful hits have knockback effect)
>>33064185We want him to lick our pearl?
Rolled 3>>33064159Does the Flame have an AI construct to help run the place? Maybe Amata swore an oath of secrecy to the intelligence itself?
>>33064029>Heaven Thunder HammerAs we planned.
>>33064225bothalso we need to get zaan and tia to play sharks while we are fighting the lintha, will be hilarious
>>33064163.... There are contingencies. And a lot of collateral damage that Maka and Amata probably wouldn't like to see happen.
Where can I read more about the Directional Titans?
>>33064163>Sword of Creationnow i want to hear that story
Rolled 10>>33064029>Heaven Thunder Hammer (Permanent, succesful hits have knockback effect)For the Lintha fight, and beyond!
>>33064051>>33064163This why we need a Gold Faction Sidereal to show up, so we can plan for this. I mean right now we don't even know what a Sidereal is.
Rolled 2>>33064255That collateral damage is obviously the reason the abyssals want it. Clearly any possibility of dealing with them has just buried it's head in the wyld.
>>33064185>Seducing UCS has been a goal for awhile now.Also getting Nysla laid. Because:1. She really, really needs it.2. We are all about praising the sun. And we can't do that without showing respect to the person who is actually the sun 90% of the time.
>>33064279It's the Realm Defense Grid, a superweapon on the Blessed Isle powered by a network of manses and controlled by the Scarlet Empress herself - that's how she ascended to the throne, she was the first one to get through the security systems and turn it on in centuries. It was used to end the Balorian Crusade, and quell dissent, but using it causes earthquakes throughout the entire world, so it's only ever used incredibly sparingly. It's the type of weapon that can burn an entire army or smite and entire nation with a single button-press, though.
>>33064264In the First Age, the Solar Deliberative built five massive flying fortresses known as the Directional Titans. Each was five miles across at its widest point and were effectively flying cities. On board were workshops, factory-cathedrals, warstrider bays, skyship hangers, thousand-forged dragon launch tubes and hundreds of essence cannons mounted on point-defence turrets. Their most powerful weapon, however, was the Eye of Judgment. By opening outward into a siege configuration (adding another four miles to its width), the mile-wide crystallized orichalcum lens of the Eye of Judgment would be opened to the sunlight, which it would aggresively absorb from the area and convert into a coruscating pulse aimed directly below the citadel that could ignite an entire First Age metropolis with a jade-melting holocaust of solar fire.Their hulls were practically impervious to damage and able to self-repair while anything that had a chance of causing hull damage could be negated by a powerful essence shield that the commander could deploy around the Titan. They required a crew of 5000 to operate and all five have been lost since the Usurpation. Should one be discovered and restored to full operational capacity, there is very little that could stop them.http://www.myth-weavers.com/showthread.php?t=136854
>>33064255There are no contingencies against a Directional Titan, except another one. Those things were meant to kill uncrippled Primordials. We could take this thing into the Wyld and make our own Creation.>>33064279The Sword of Creation is basically a giant MagiTech Cannon set in the Imperial Mountain by Autochthon (the guy who made the Exaltations", its what the Scarlet Empress used to blow up the last big Wyld Invasion.>>33064264The main source would be "Return of the Scarlet Empress" which deals partly with one being discovered, and "Dreams of the First Age".
Rolled 7>>33064163That's the thing. I wonder what would drive us into restarting the "The Flame that Marched against the Sea" and using it to blast things?The locus crusade? The Great Contagion 2.0? The 2nd Balorian Crusade? Return of the Scarlet Empress?
Guys. We CANNOT allow this to fall into Abyssal hands.Also, it's pretty fucking evident to me that the Deathlord we're dealing with is the former bearer of Maka's exaltation.
>>33064335But the Deathlord struck me as more of a Twilight than a Zenith
Rolled 1>>33064335>the Deathlord we're dealing with is the former bearer of Maka's exaltation.thats going to make defeating them with sex interesting
>>33064330I hope really nothing. It takes massive effort and expertise to use a Titan, trying to get it to work would be a story for itself. I think we should better focus on keeping it safe in our hands, before we might tell the "Buerau of Humanity" about it. There the only ones we could even remotely trust to help us here.
Rolled 1>>33064335I don't recall seeing enough of the deathlord in that brief stint as mr brand new pirate abyssal to get the impression she was our past life. she seemed too...uh.... smart.
>>33064351I think they're a Zenith with Twilight favored. Something like a Directional Titan requires a high priest of the sun onboard just to keep it functioning. Prayers and sanctification were often more important to high-tier magitech than actual technical skills.
>>33064335I don't know, she gave off more of a Twilight caste than Zenith, she could have been part of our former Exaltation holders Circle though
>>33064365Previous Hosts of your exaltation aren't your Past Life. In Exalted souls have normally two components, and the Exaltation is a third one. While there is a connection between the different hosts, its not really a reincarnation.
>>33064365>our past lifeFormer holders of your exaltation are not your past lives. The only thing they have in common with you is that they had the same exaltation. You can have a Zenith who's all about fighting and tanking and entirely cruel have shared the shared the same exaltation as a Zenith who's all about diplomacy, education, and mercy. They're not the same person at all.
>>33064369just impress the pattern spiders enough and everything works
>>33064309How big is tiannia? Because I think its bigger than 20 miles across.
Rolled 6>>33064360Oh yea, We can't let our Valeriana know about this. Otherwise she would go nuts and start working on getting the thing running.
>>33064383See here:>>33064369I'm thinking a Zenith who treated Twilight the same way we treat Dawn.
>>33064396doesn't really matter, point is this thing would wreck the island, and our motivation pretty much boils down to protect the people>>33064400which we might want to do regardlessin case we need to evacuate tiannas population into the thing, as in turn tables and beat the abyssals with the thing they want
Rolled 4>>33064400We are gonna have to thank Amata PROPERLY for her trust in this. This was a huge thing that she did for us.
Rolled 1>>33064357>thats going to make defeating them with sex interestingI'm going to have to ask you to, respectfully, reconsider that idea. Attempting to seduce a deathlord is deeply and profoundly unwise.
>>33064400Isn't there a Sail charm that let's you pilot a ship by yourself as if you had a full crew?Get Valeriana to fix it up, Mikahil to pilot it, and Maka get's a sweet as Captain's hat
>>33064029How old is Maka supposed to be, anyway?
Rolled 10>>33064469oh I never said we would try to seduce her, just fuck her brains out
>>33064478Somewhere in her 20's.
>>33064478>>33064491around 25 if the pdf is canon
>>33064478I've always gone with 25 or 26
Rolled 9>>33064432I would love to have a functional D. Titan at our disposal but if there was ever a thing that would make the realm collectively band together and throw literally everything they had at us, A functioning titan under the control of a solar is exactly that thing.The Bronze faction Sidereals would also throw the fuck down and support the Realm from behind the scenes with whatever they could do.We are gonna have to sit on this thing and just see what happens.
>>33064509>behind the scenesThey would mobilize EVERYTHING OPENLY.
>>33064518>>33064509i'm torn between "FIRE EVERYTHING" and "Get... everyone."
>>33064509Chejop Kejak would come personally to kick our ass over this.
>>33064299... Actually, I'm getting a different vibe from the Abyssals. They'll still inflict the collateral damage, the death of everyone on the island as it rises from the depths to fly once more most likely (though they did ask Maka to evacuate the whole island, which is what's striking me as odd), but this.... if modified, the Flame could be used to push a Neverborn all the way into Oblivion, erasing it permanently. Or create a New Creation from scratch in the Wyld where the laws of Death don't apply and they'd be safe from Resonance and Neverborn. This is setting-redefining stuff here.
Rolled 9>>33064528FIRE EVERYONE!
>>33064509>>33064518>>33064534Usurpation 2: Usurp harder
>>33064509We at least need it up, even if we don't use it it's way too useful to not have upAnd we do need it, we're Queen of Gem, you know how many ways that place is fucked?
Rolled 9>>33064556The problem is that it's usefulness makes it a huge target. The Realm might not know we have a D Titan that we're repairing... but the Sidereals would. The instant that became a possibility the bronze faction goes into FUCK THIS mode and throws the Realm, themselves, and every single weapon, favor, mercenary, city state, etc. that they have influence in at us. This is not including any and all Deathlords who hear about a directional titan from the first age being fixed on some podunk island in the west. Or the Fae hearing that one of those fuckoff mega weapons from the first age getting fixed.The usefulness of having a partially functional Titan is currently MASSIVELY outweighed by the massive target that this thing really is.
>>33064509>The Bronze faction Sidereals would also throw the fuck down and support the Realm from behind the scenes with whatever they could do.'Behind' the scenes nothing. If we got it operational under the command of a circle of Solars and Lunars? The Sids would throw everything they had at us. Starmetal Warstriders, Soulbreaker Orbs, Sunfist Shakrams, murdering pattern spiders and directly grabbing threads on the loom to erase us from existence despite the fate errors it would cause.....Fuck. Lytek is the god of Secrets. He's friends with Carjack. We agreed to keep this a secret, which means Lytek now knows that we know about it, which means Carjack knows, which means the Bronze Faction knows. Crap in a hat.
>>33064598*sigh* okay, but we need to get val down here at some point, and someone who know how to treat aneurisms
>>33064635... Val would have an aneurgasm.
>>33064620>which means Lytek now knows that we know about it, which means Carjack knows, which means the Bronze Faction knows. Crap in a hat.Nope. He's the god of secrets only one person knows.
>>33064620Lytek is the god of Exaltation and hates the Sidereals. Nara-O is the god of Secrets Known to Only One Person, and is Kejak's friend.
>>33064620Lytek isn't the God of Secrets.And this isn't a secret only known by one, so its not even in Nana-Os department.
So, sounds like we're getting Heaven Thunder Hammer?
eitherway, we're fucked because we know, aren't we?
>>33064670No, even if she knew she can't go telling secrets like that
>>33064670As long as at least one other person knows, Nara-O doesn't.
>>33064694does Nara-O qualify as a person?
>>33064713I don't think so, otherwise his title would be "God of Secrets Known Only to One Person and Nara-O"
>>33064670... Maybe, maybe not. Who are we going to tell? Most exalts don't know this thing ever existed, so we'd have to convince them that something like this is POSSIBLE, then that it's REAL, then that we FOUND IT, without sounding stark-raving-mad. So it's not like we're going to be blabbing this a lot. >>33064713He's a god, so no.
>>33064736Oh, and Jupiter, since she's the Goddess of all Secrets.
>>33064678Cool. Does hitting someone straight up so they fall, or into a solid object, just do +1 damage? I mean, obviously knocking people off of/away from things has its own utility. I'm just wondering what all we can do with this.Oh, and how far, exactly, do we knock things?
>>33064678Can we choose to not send someone flying if we want?
Rolled 1>>33064670We aren't automatically fucked. We're just in serious danger.>>33064738Has the right idea, The big kicker is that we cannot let the bronze faction learn that we know what we know. If they do then we're fucked.
Rolled 7>>33064647Nara-O is a rather ambiguous being - he may or may not share what he knows with Kejak. And even then, he has to "look it up" in his archives. And finally, it doesn't belong there - it's a secret known to more than one person. Obviously, we still have to keep a lid on this thing and forget about restoring it for a century or so, unless and until we are powerful enough to have a chance at using it. It would be worth it to murder Abyssals if only to make sure THEY don't leak the secret.
>>33064738Amata knows about it, though she may not know what it is. Same with the person she made her oath to.
>>33064779We can 'knock them back' directly into the ground. I'm actually a big fan of pounding people into the dirt like tent stakes.
>>33064779we can also knock them into the air and watch them die by falling damage
you know, battling the lintha and their demon ship that can make the ocean "friendly" actually has become funny
Rolled 1>>33064850Be honest anon, you're laughing mad at the revelation of the island sized minefield we're standing in and it makes the lintha almost adorable in comparison.
>>33064850We finally have the tools we need to do it. We can jump straight from ship to ship and, with a single blow, send sailors flying right into the water. Between those two charms, we're now a goddamn human cannonball.
>>33064869i thought more of kimbery but, yeah that as well
>>33064869I know we have these potential donager in just having this and knowing what it isI almost want to get in a giant shooting match with the rest of Creation over this
>>33064893>that might be the reason why shouldn't press any buttons here
>>33064893>>33064911>that might be the reason why should press all the buttons here
>>33060146Sooo.... which artist drew this pic?Are there any nudes?
Rolled 2>>33064309Heh, now I remember what it reminds me of
>>33065168it's the same that drew the other picture he postedhouten...houtengeki?
>>33064764It doesn't increase damage unless you knock them into something really harmful like spikes or vats of acid. How far you knock people depends on scored successes, their defense, damage, and circumstances. But imagine early DBZ knockbacks.>>33064779Sure.>>33065168>>33065227Not houtengeki. ran'ou. (a.k.a tamago no kimi)
>>33065378Hey Exaltedfag are you going to be running on the first again?Great thread as always by the wayI hope you internship goes well, any idea when that starts?
>>33065452I hope so, thank you, and not yet, respectively.
>>33065378just throwing names and meanings into each other, sorrythat aside, thanks for the threat, as always, you're doing a great job
>>33065494>no yetSuffering. I thought you had already left.To think that you will be another two months busy and unable to run teh quest pains me.