You are Regis, the butler of the Zenith-caste Solar Exalted Maka. And you have no idea where your mistress is.Sure, she often leaves for one reason or another without requiring your presence or assistance, but she usually lets you know that.It's not like you're worried about her, of course. She's an Exalted, she can take care of herself perfectly fine. Right?You know she left, during the night, to talk to the Abyssal Exalted lurking around town. You also heard - from some guards at the castle - that she returned, so it's not like she was captured or anything. But it seems she disappeared right afterwards: no one has seen her since dawn.Now, it's about late morning, and most chores are taken care of. The servants of Tianna Castle are skilled and efficient, and there seems to be no need for you.In short, you have nothing to do.You could try and use this time to figure out where Maka disappeared to, or try and find some way to make yourself useful. Or you could consider it a break and have fun as long as you're free.>Investigate Maka's disappearance>Ask around Tianna Castle if anyone needs a hand>Take a break and find something fun to do
>>33308875>Regis QuestAW SHIT NIGGAH>Take a break and find something fun to doLike the maid. Whatshername.
>>33308875>Investigate Maka's disappearanceHuh, I thought Regis would have dots in Mentor, what with being taught be Maka.
Rolled 5>>33308875Huh, Regis has some pretty solid stats for a teenaged heroic mortal.>Investigate Maka's disappearance
>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?@exaltedfagAlso, a few updates on my situation:I'm very busy with preparations for my journey to England, and after that I'll be even more busy with actually working there. I'll try to get some threads in before I leave, but once I go, I'll have to take a break from the quest until October, when hopefully I'll be back to March-April posting rates, since I'll have once again what are my ideal conditions for questing.As usual, I encourage everyone following this quest to keep an eye on my twitter for updates.
Rolled 6>>33308875>>Take a break and find something fun to do>2 dots in night and mentalimpressive.jpg
Rolled 7>>33308904Oh and Dice
Rolled 9>>33308875>Investigate Maka's disappearance>Regis QuestNeat
>>33308875Investigate Maka's disappearance. Just to be safe.
Rolled 9>>33308875>Take a break and find something fun to doDo we not count as a mentor for Regis?
>>33308904That's a good argument, for some reason I didn't think about that.>>33308907Mostly thanks to Maka's training charms.
>>33308875Try to find Maka.I want some wacky hijinks.
Rolled 5>>33308875>>Take a break and find something fun to do>Whatshername.Millian.
Rolled 5>>33308944The Dawn and Phys dots, sure.He's gotten those night and mental dots all on his own though which is more impressive for a kid his age.
>>33308944>Mostly thanks to Maka's training charms.He had Physical 1, Dawn 0, and Zenith 0 before, right?
>>33308875>>Take a break and find Millien to do
>>33308875>>Take a break and find something fun to do
Rolled 7>>33308964derp forgot to roll, its been that long
>>33308875Oh hey Exa->playing as someone else>playing as shotaSee you next time.
Rolled 9>>33308982If you can't fap to young boys, why are you even on 4chan?
Rolled 1>>33308875>Take a break and find something fun to do>>33308944Yeah, Regis should probably have one less dot in Allies and two in mentor.Speaking of which, I'm guessing his non-Maka allies are Millian and Tia, right?
>>33308875>Investigate Maka's disappearance
>>33308875Just how shota is Regis?
Rolled 7>>33308875>Investigate Maka's wardrobe, because hot damn they defy physics, might need Millien's help though...
Rolled 5>>33309166That sounds like something fun to do to me.
Rolled 9>>33308875>Investigate Maka's disappearanceWe know where she is, but let's make an excuse to see how everyone is doing, the Captains, Pyre, Zareen, get a status report on things to tell Maka once she get's back>Wake up see thisGlad to see you back EF and I'm glad you got that internship too, even if it does mean we have to go on hiatus for a while
Rolled 10Who here would be totally on board with Regis exalting as our circle's new Dawn/Night or Slayer/Scourge in the last post of today's thread?
>>33309249Nobody but a few stupid chucklefucks.
Who are you kidding? You ARE worried about Maka. The fact that she's an Exalted AND your mistress doesn't help with that. You wonder what's happening, and if the Abyssals somehow have something to do with this....But, the truth is that there's not a lot that you can do. You're just a mortal and a servant, and you don't even know where to start. You've asked around, no one knows, what next?You sigh, reassuring yourself that's she's certainly fine. She punched a Behemoth, after all. Is there anything she can't handle?You resolve to spend your time for yourself, and just keep your eyes and ears open. For now, you'll just wait.So... how should you spend this sudden and unexpected vacation?>Go to the docks and meet up with the captains>Take a walk around town, do a bit of exploring and sightseeing>Request a meeting with Queen Amata / Prince Samiel / Princess Irene>Call Millian, ask her if she has some free time>Go and meet this Pyre Spark person>Other?
Rolled 3>>33309249I'd be entirely on board for that. >>33309261Fuck you too, guy.
Rolled 7>>33309272Go meet Pyre Spark. She's working with our mistress on religious kung fu or something?
Rolled 2>>33309272>Call Millian, ask her if she has some free time
Rolled 1>>33309272>Go and meet this Pyre Spark personShe's some sort of holy sun ninja...?
Rolled 8>>33309272>Call Millian, ask her if she has some free time>Other?Play dressup with Millian and Maka's wardrobe
Rolled 7>>33309272>Call Millian, ask her if she has some free time>Go and meet this Pyre Spark personI kinda want to invite Irene too, but for just goofing off that may be too much.
Rolled 5>>33309272>Call Millian, ask her if she has some free time>Go and meet this Pyre Spark personLet's see what Regis's future wife is up too first
Rolled 6>>33309323>wifeWives. >implying he's not going to bag Pyre once he comes of age
>>33309308I second this suggestion.Regis should want to experiment with clothing.
Rolled 1>>33309272>Call Millian, ask her if she has some free timeIf not, we help her finish her duties early so we can nab her and go have some fun.
Rolled 9>>33309336Pyre belongs to Maka first and foremost
Rolled 2>>33309308>Regis puts on one of Maka's slut tabards on over his normal clothes like a real tabard>Maka never even considered that these tabards might have been intended as accessories for layered outfitsOh, Maka, you silly bitch...
Rolled 9>>33309272>Call Millian, ask her if she has some free time>Go and meet this Pyre Spark person
>>33309380Regis should be more interested in imitating Maka's own fashion style though, hence the dress up.
Rolled 4>>33309351So does Regis.
Rolled 8>>33309308>Play dressup with Millian and Maka's wardrobeI imagine Pyre being there when they open Maka's wardrobe and gasping while say "So this is how a priestess of the Sun should dress.">>33309380I believe when Millian first presented it to us she presented JUST the tabard, so you should blame her for this one.
Rolled 4>>33309386Please anon, not everyone is this quest needs to be a slut
>>33309391We gotta make this scene happen, man.
Rolled 5>>33309402But Maka's endgame is to unite Creation in lewd worship of UCS-Senpai so he will notice us and takes on awesome joyrides in the Daystar.
>>33309402It's not being a slut if you're just a boy playing dress up.
Rolled 1Alright, heading for to funeral today /tg/. Don't get our shota butler killed while I'm gone.
Rolled 9>>33309453>Don't get our shota butler killed while I'm gone.DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO.YOU'RE NOT MY REAL DAD.
Rolled 7>>33309453>Don't get our shota butler killed while I'm gone.While I will certainly try to make sure Regis survives today's session, I can't stop /tg/ from being /tg/.
First of all, Millian. At this hour of the day, she's usually tidying up Maka's room, and should be almost done. You head on location and knock on the door out of habit, and, as expected, Millian's voice replies from inside: "Mistress Maka is away.""I know." You respond, opening and entering. The room is perfectly clean and in order. You're not sure if that's because Millian did a good job as always, or simply because Maka didn't sleep here. You never know, with her. "Any idea where she went?"The maid shakes her head as she finishes to inspect a closet. "Wasn't she out dealing with Abyssals in town?""She returned later that night, but no one knows where she went after that." Right, she was probably already asleep at that hour."So she disappeared inside the castle." She notes, before blushing slightly at the thought of the implications. "...Again?""...No, I don't think she went on some of her... "adventures". I would have known."Short pause as her stern gaze pierces through you. "Do you spy on her?"That's... not what you meant. But you're not going to walk out if this without giving an answer, it seems.>Yes>No>Tell the truth>Lie>Evasive maneuvers!
>>33309272>Request a meeting with a member of royal family.Someone of them, who is easier to approach. Maybe Regis would assume that they know where the Solar is. Or, at least, they have something useful for him to do - you know, expand the skills, broaden the horizons. Also, let's not meet the maid. No petty distractions.
Rolled 1>>33309541>Tell the truth
Rolled 4>>33309541>Tell the truth>Yes
Rolled 3>>33309541>Tell the truth>Yes"You don't? She needs someone looking out for her."
Rolled 2>>33309541>Tell the truth>NoWe don't, I'm pretty sure we don't at least
>>33309541>Tell the truth>Yes
Rolled 4>>33309541>NoRegis has been desensitized to Maka's shenanigans for a long time
Rolled 7>>33309589>Regis has been desensitized to Maka's shenanigans for a long timeBecause he spies on her.
Rolled 4>>33309541Do we? What's the truth? Does Regis have some magical sense of when Maka comes?
>>33309541>Tell the truth>Yes>>33309574"For someone so capable, she seems to utterly lack common sense"
Rolled 9>>33309541>Also"Do you think she'll ever realize that you're allowed to wear something under a tabard?
Rolled 8>>33309541>Roll eye's"I'm her butler. It's my job to anticipate her needs before they arise and to do that I generally need to know what kind of mess she's about to make.">Happens to be the truth.
>>33309640"You are?"Remember, Millian is the one who have Maka her tabard in the first place.
(Social + Zenith = 1 4 = Botch!)You stare back at her right in the eyes, puff your chest out, breathe in deeply, and like the real man you are, you reply, brimming with confidence:"Er... um. Well. Y- yes?"That sounded better in your head."...I'm her butler, you know." You add, defensively."...Yes. I know." She sighs. You thought she'd be angry, but apparently knowing that just made her... sad? Why? And why does talking with women feel like a minefield sometimes?"I meant that I need to-""Can we drop the subject?" She asks, slamming the closet door, face completely flushed.Yeeep. Definitely a mine. You need to steer this conversation somewhere else, fast.>So... want to look for her together?>I have some things to check in town, want to tag along?>Why don't we take a walk around town today?>Why don't we go and see the docks today?>I wanted to visit this Temple of the Sun downtown. Are you coming?>We have a chance to just laze around the castle all day!>I think this means we have some free time now. Is there anything you'd like to do?>(Other)
Rolled 6>>33309779>I have some things to check in town, want to tag along?>I think this means we have some free time now. Is there anything you'd like to do?>not always being a Social MonsterIt's a weird feeling
Rolled 6>>33309779>I wanted to visit this Temple of the Sun downtown. Are you coming?
>>33309779>I wanted to visit this Temple of the Sun downtown. Are you coming?Wow, botching a social roll feels weird.
Rolled 10>>33309779>Why don't we take a walk around town today?>I have some things to check in town, want to tag along?>I think this means we have some free time now. Is there anything you'd like to do?Suggest going into town, mention that you wanted to check out the temple, but totally give her final say/suggestions.
Rolled 5>>33309779>>I wanted to visit this Temple of the Sun downtown. Are you coming?PYAAAAAHHHH
>>33309828>Wow, botching a social roll feels weird.Could be worse. I once got the attention of a behemoth by botching a perception roll.
Rolled 6>>33309779>Botch!Better work on them social skills, boy!
>>33309800>>33309823Ah, that feel of continued failure...
Rolled 10>>33309861Regis is made of spaghetti it seems
>>33309779>"Want to play dress up with Maka's wardrobe?"Let's do this.
>>33309854Next chance we get we're training up Regis's Zenith.
>>33309779>I wanted to visit this Temple of the Sun downtown. Are you coming?
>>33309995It's always a good time for dressup.
Rolled 66So when are we going to exalt as a dragon blooded?
Rolled 8>>33310085>Implying Regis isn't fated to Exalt as a SiderealActually not possible but I like the idea
"Oh, um... See, since Maka isn't around and we don't have much to do, I was thinking of spending some time in town." You explain to her. She keeps staring at you. Now with less hostility, but like she's waiting for you to finish."You know, there's a lot of places we haven't visited yet. And I've never been to this sort of huge city before, so I was curious."She smiles. "Well, I can show you around a bit if you'd like.""Thanks! I also wanted to visit the temple of the Sun that Maka told us about.""Sure. We can check it along the way. I managed to sneak just a peek at it... it didn't seem like much. But then, they ARE going to move to Pearl, after all...""Yes, but I wanted to meet Pyre Spark, the priestess there."Millian's expression drops in a frown once again. "...Is she the reason you want to go there?"Oh gods. What made her angry this time?>Yes>No>Be vague
>>33310101Why not? He's young enough that they may not have grabbed him before Maka did.
Rolled 10>>33310119>Be vague
Rolled 9>>33310119>NoWe wanted to check up on them for Maka, that's exactly what it is we swearRegis is cute
Rolled 3>>33310119>>NoGiven our boss is, y'know, a solar, it'd be a good idea to meet the person who's kind of devoted to worshipping her/her boss.
>>33310119>Be vagueOh wow are we bad at this.
Rolled 1>>33310119>>NoWe sort of want to check out the temple anyway,She's kind of Maka's Highest current priestess, it'd be at the very least polite to meet her though.
Rolled 8>>33310134>>33310101Most Sids actually don't get grabbed early anymore. After the Balorian Crusade and the widespread situation of creatures Outside of Fate infiltrating Creation, destinies and reading the loom is basically educated guesswork. They're quite clear about that in MoEP: Sidereals.>>33310119>YesWe want to meet the other person she's been teaching kung fu, obviously. She's a Tiger Warrior just like us.
Rolled 2>>33310140>>33310147Eh, we're good.
Rolled 6>>33310119>Partly. I want to see the city, I want to see the temple, I want to meet Pyre Spark. It is kind of a free day and we rarely get those. Come on, it would be more fun with you.
>>33308875Damn is that PC? Sign me the fuck up.Are there archives?
>>33310394There are. But that is actually an NPC. We are playing him for this thread.
>>33310394No, we're usually a deliciously brown, superhumanly hot Solar.The first thread each month we get to play a one-shot of a different character in the story.
Rolled 5>>33310394in the 4th post anon, though if you mean Player Character, we're playing this char only in this thread
(Social + Zenith = 10 9 = 3 successes)"Well, partly." Before she can reply, you add: "After all, she received Maka's Tiger Warrior Training as well, and to a greater extent than either of us. I wanted to see if I can learn something from her. Besides, we should be in touch. You know, just normal courtesy. We're all on the same side, after all."This seems to put her at ease.The two of you leave the castle and take a peaceful stroll down main street, amusing yourselves with come harm less idle chatter. "...so THAT's the story behind the tabard?""Yes! I never thought she'd actually put it on. And now it's almost weird to see her without it. Although with that kind of body she'd make anything look good."Up to now you've mostly considered your relationship with Millian something strictly professional, or, to be more precise, you never thought much about it at all. But you have to admit you feel comfortable with her around.And she seems to enjoy your company as well. It's weird. You've never had someone your own age around you, or..."Oh, we're here."You're shaken from your thoughts by her voice. "...This is the temple of the Sun?" You ask her. She nods. "I told you, it's not much.""I can see why they want to move over to Pearl. I wonder how the work there is going on.""They're Exalted. I'm sure they'll pull off something completely amazing." She replies, stepping inside the small, dusty old temple. You follow her. "Miss Pyre?" You call out. The words echo, but no real answer comes. The building feels deserted. The blinds are shut and the inside is dark."...Did we end up here at the wrong time?" She wonders. "But it's almost noon, they should be getting ready for prayer..."Maybe they've already packed up and left for Pearl, you think. But, before saying that out loud, you realize it's unlikely. They would've at least locked the door.>Search the place>Investigate the entrance>Leave, head somewhere else (where?)>Talk to Millian (what?)
Rolled 6>>33310469>>Investigate the entrance
Rolled 2>>33310469>Investigate the entrance>Search the placeIs there a note or something around?I suppose it's possible they're praying somewhere out in the open, but I don't like this
Rolled 7>>33310469>Search the place
Rolled 4>>33310469>Search the placeMYSTERY! Detective Regis on the job!
Rolled 9>>33310469>Investigate the entrance>Search the placeWell, our Perception+Awareness (Mental+Night) is pretty high. Our Perception+Investigate (Mental+Twilight) isn't as high, but still pretty decent.
Rolled 1>>33310469>Search the placeWe took care of the Immaculates. She should be fine.R-right?
Rolled 2>>33310685Pyre herself should be fine unless she gets into a fight with a DB somehow, but if people are still harassing the other cult members, she might have gone to try and do something about itRemember we got her up to the max allowed under Tiger Warrior, she's the strongest mortal on the island
Rolled 6>>33310685I'm actually expecting that they're organizing a massive zenith (noon) prayer somewhere. After all, didn't Maka recently promise Pyre Spark that the two of them would lead a prayer together? I'm expecting the whole city to get drawn into it.
>>33310469>Search the place
Rolled 9>>33310469>search the placeThis can't be good...
>>33310469>Search the placeLying godsdamned abysals
>>33310469>Search the placeCheck the roof.
Mental + Night = 6 2 7 4 = 1 success"...I hope this isn't the Immaculates." Millian mumbles, now visibly spooked. The floorboards creak under her steps as she walks to a window and tries to undo the latch keeping the wooden blinds closed."I know they had a history of bullying and threatening the people of this temple, but I thought Maka had-"Your words are cut short by a sudden gust of wind, slamming the door closed.Full of dread, you pull the handle and try and get it open. Nothing. The metal feels cold and dead to the touch.You turn around. "...Millian?""...I can't open the windows, either. Are we locked in?"You kneel in front of the door. You've had some experience of burglary, and you know your way around a locked entrance....And this door isn't locked. The mechanisms are broken.Or rather: they're frozen solid."...Something evil is going on." This feels like one of those circumstances where you feel justified in saying that without fear of sounding corny or over-dramatic. "...I'm sorry to have dragged you here, Millian.""Don't be silly. You didn't drag me. And neither of us could have known." She deftly grabs a nearby broom, left propped against a wall, and decapitates it with a kick, leaving her with a sharp piece of wood. On your part, you unsheathe your cutlass, feeling nonetheless inadequate.Whatever is going on here, it's obviously supernatural. And doesn't want you to leave."...Wasn't this place supposed to be holy?" Millian wonders, trying to sound brave. But you can tell by her voice she's scared out of her mind, pointing her improvised spear at the darkness.You're not any better. "Try telling that to... whatever this is." you mumble. If only you had a torch or a source of light...>Try and break down the door>Try and break down a window>Make a run for the altar>Slowly search around the temple>Other?
Rolled 3>>33310897>>Make a run for the altar>Pray to SUN
Rolled 2>>33310897seconding >>33310929also pray to Pyre and Maka's 'sun's
Rolled 4>>33310897>Make a run for the altar>Pray to Big Boss SolOh man this is spooky
Rolled 1>>33310897>Slowly search around the temple>Other?Say a quick prayer to The Unconquered Sun for the safety of both yourself and Millian
>diceWe are curssed.
Rolled 3>>33310897>Slowly search the templeNo time to panic.
Rolled 8>>33310979Hopefully Milly did a better job at praying than we did
>>33310993It's a botch, so probably not.
>>33311013Wait, normal fail, never mind.
Rolled 8>>33310897>Pray to DICE GODS
Rolled 5>>33310897>>Make a run for the altar
>>33310897>Slowly search around the temple
Rolled 9>>33310897>>Make a run for the altarAnd pray to Maka's glorious tits, also Pyre's if we've seen them, if not, we need to, just to make Millian jealous and make her move on Regis already
Physical + Dawn = 3 2 4 1 3 = botch!"...actually, that's a good idea." You whisper at her. Just as you do so, you see... something.Red eyes suspended in darkness. Smoke and frost. A cold breeze passing on your skin. A shiver on your spine..."What?" The presence is just behind Millian, drawing closer."THE ALTAR! RUN! NOW!" You shove her aside, just as the presence suddenly gains weight and substance.You hear its feet slamming loudly on the wooden floor, which creaks under its weight, and feel a terrifyingly cold blade sliding effortlessly into your side, piercing through your ribs...[Health: -2] [3/5]For a moment, your mind goes completely blank with cold, fear and terror. You hear malicious laughter echoing in your ear......Then, suddenly, it turns into an annoyed scream as Millian slams her pointy stick deep into its semitransparent body.For a moment, you're entranced with the sight of this ancient, ghostly warrior, ethereal blade in hand, staring at the piece of wood embedded in his chest. You can even see the part of the former broom handle stuck inside him, albeit with some difficulty, like through murky water.Before you have time to react, the presence turns immaterial again, dissolving in fog and smoke, and the improvised spear clatters to the ground with an eerie noise.You both take that as your cue and make a mad dash for it if what you hope to be the right direction.(cont.)
Rolled 10>>33311355>[Health: -2] [3/5]Shit! He might actually bleed to death from that!
>>33311426I don't know if ongoing damage is a thing in this system. We've never had to worry about bleed damage before, even right after Deled's water dickery turned most of our internal organs into jello.... but then again, Regis is mortal. Dis sum bad shit, mang.
>>33311455Nooooo not Captain Shota!
Rolled 10>>33311355We totally should have stayed in the castle and played dressup...We'd be balls deep in Millian by now instead of bleeding to death.
Rolled 6>>33311455Yeah Exalts can just not bleed out if they want tobut this is pretty bad, hopefully we can turn this around
Rolled 10>>33311455In Exalted, exalts don't really have to worry about bleeding to death - they can reflexively choose to stop bleeding - but mortals do. Mortals are every big as squishy as in real life. Regis has a serious chance of bleeding to death, having permanent disability, dying of an infection, and other horrible fucking things that happen when someone shoves a piece of metal roughly through part of your body.
Rolled 3>>33311426>>33311484>10, 10well I hope those get used...
Rolled 9>>33311484With these rolls? We would be bleeding to death regardless.
>>33311503>>33311495>>33311484>>33311426DICE.WHERE WERE YOU WHEN WE NEEDED YOU.
Rolled 6>>33311495>>33311426Wow, BOTH of those were me.
Rolled 2>>33311511letting our favorite adorable butler die...
>>33311495OTOH he has access to a bunch of high-powered solars, lunars and dragonblooded. If none of them have some sort of recovery charm i'd be astonished.
Rolled 9>>33311495Luckily some of these things can be countered with the right charms or just good medical attention, Valeriana might not know any Medicine Charms but here dicepool for that is still pretty great
>rolls that matter>botch>leave the dice on between story posts>three crits in a row/tg/ dice are in fine form today
Rolled 10>>33311511The dice gods giveth, and the dice gods taketh away.They also delight in the misery and suffering of mere mortals such as ourselves.
Rolled 5>>33311547Valeriana is on the other side of the island...
>>33311544That would require that some of said exalts arrived before he bleeds to death.So, like, within the hour, maybe. Probably longer if Millian knows how to tie a bandage properly.
Rolled 4>>33311547>implying he would survive being transported all the way to Pearl if he starts bleeding out
Rolled 3>>33311547Val ain't anywhere near close enough, I just hope we find Pyre before we die from something so random
>>33311553STOP WASTING OUR CRITS, JESUS.
Along the way, you stumble and trip several times, your strength failing you. You feel cold and numb all over. But, with Millian's support, you manage to slam open a door and break into a dimly lit room - still better than the total darkness near the entrance.You hear Millian slamming the door behind you, but you have the suspicion that it's a completely futile gesture. However, once your eyes decide to work again, you realize that you made it to the alter room. Little more than a wooden desk with a black cloth covering it, embroidered with the golden eight-ray sunburst of the Unconquered Sun. On the altar rest two golden (likely brass) candelabra filled with a forest of lit candles, dripping and almost entirely exhausted. "...We're here, I guess." You mutter weakly. "I hope this will hold him at bay.""What WAS that?" Millian tries not to panic."...It looked like a ghost. It had a horned helmet... or maybe horns himself. Curved sword. Weird armor...""Why would a ghost haunt a temple of the Sun?" She drops to her knees next to you. "...You're bleeding.""Thanks, I noticed." You mumble, trying to stay focused.You hear Millian ripping her dress and feel her trying to bandage your wound, but you keep your eyes fixed on the door.That creature can turn immaterial, so there's no reason he shouldn't try to attack you again. Unless...You are interrupted by the most wonderful sound in the world right now: something slamming loudly on the door."...Why are you grinning? He's trying to break down the door!""Because he can't walk through it. The altar IS protecting us." You try and stand up. Everything hurts and you're all covered in blood, but Millian seems to have done a good job.She pushes you down, forcing you to sit, and then quickly moves to a nearby pile of chairs, pushing them against the door. "That's good but now stay down. You need to rest!">Rest and catch your breath>Help her barricade the door>Pray to the Sun>Search the room>(Other?)
Rolled 3>>33311584>Pray to the SunI think we may finally have a tiny Shadowland that Maka can use to visit the Underworld!Bueno.
Rolled 2>>33311584Pray like a motherfucker. All those 10s had better count for SOMETHING.
Rolled 8>>33311584>Rest and catch your breath>Pray to the SunPleasepleasepleaseDon't die Regis
Rolled 4>>33311584>Rest and catch your breath
Rolled 1>>33311584>Pray to the sun>Pray to his mortal emissary, Maka
Rolled 9>>33311584>>Pray to the Dice Gods
Rolled 5>>33311611But why the fuck would a tiny shadowland have formed inside a shrine to the UCS? That's just about the last possible place something like that should happen.
Rolled 5>>33311644It formed everywhere EXCEPT the shrine.Something fucked up happened here - but, considering the appearance of the ghost, it might have been an ancient thing that got reawoken by Abyssals/Maka's fucking around with the Directional Titan. I'm expecting a lot of ancient things thought long buried to start unearthing themselves as the situation beneath the island becomes more and more apparent.
Rolled 8>>33311671No, it's still inside the shrine, just not in the room with the alter proper.That would mean that some fucked up shit happened in this building, and the cult was a good bit weaker than we thought before we arrived, if their prayer only managed to consecrate one room. A cult in good standing would have that effect over the whole building and probably banish weaker ghosts in the alter's presence outright.
Rolled 9>>33311584>Pray to the SunSOL INVICTUS
>>33311584>Rest and catch your breath
Rolled 8>>33311584>>Pray to the Sunpray to Maka's blessed tits
You look at the altar. Maybe..."...Can you hold him?" You ask Millian, who is busy piling all sorts of things onto the door."I can try." She stops a moment, turning to face you. "Why?""I want to try something." You reply. And then: "You look good with a short skirt."She blushes. "You- you stop trying to be brilliant and try and find out what the heck is going on!"You turn back to the altar and search around a bit. Finally, you find what you were hoping to see: drawers hidden under the cloth. And spare candles in one of them."...I've never been a very religious person." You whisper to the candles as you start lighting them and replacing them on the candelabra. "Always thought gods wouldn't have much reason to care for me, so it was only fair to act the same to them. Besides, what would I have to gain from them?""But I guess you just saved my life here. You probably didn't even notice it, but still, I should thank you. I have no idea how to pray, but..."You are interrupted by another crash on the door, louder and stringer. But the barricade holds."...Unconquered Sun, please see us through this. It's all I ask." You conclude quickly, then lift up the altar and bring it to the door. "Move aside, Millian." You ask the startled maid, putting down the altar as part of the barricade, the candles still on top and burning brighter than before.The room is definitely better illuminated right now, and feels warmer and safer. The ghost has also stopped trying to batter the door down."...We're safe?" She whispers."We're trapped." You reply, ignoring the pain and looking around. There are two other doors, leading to the back of the temple, and now that you have more light you can see that the entire altar room is a mess. There's been a fight or struggle of some kind here...>Talk with Millian>Search the altar room>Investigate the other rooms>Other?
Rolled 5>>33311988>Search the altar roomLet's look around firstThanks Sol, you da best
Rolled 8>>33311988>Search the altar room
Rolled 4>>33311988>Search the altar roomWe need to figure out what happened.
>>33311988>>Talk with Millian>Hope that someone will come
Rolled 4>>33312147This too, if Pyre isn't here then she probably left to go get help or will be coming back soon
>>33311988>Search the altar roomIngis Divine is a total bro.
Rolled 5>>33311988>>Investigate the other rooms
Mental + Twilight = 5 8 4 = 1 successTaking advantage of candlelight, you and Millian begin to search around the room, not feeling safe enough to move to another part of the building.And, now that you have once again silence... you can hear a weak, whispery noise coming from the floor..."...Can you hear that?" you ask Millian."On it." She grabs and extra candle and begins searching. You follow her.After a couple of minutes of searching, you find the source of the whispering: a bundle of heavy blankets thrown in a corner of the room.As you undo them, you are caught completely by surprise by what lies underneath: Pyre Spark, pale and shivering."...Miss Pyre? What are you doing here?" You ask, trying to shake her. But as soon as you touch her shoulder, you pull our hand back: she's frighteningly cold, as cold as dead.""...Pyre Spark? Can you hear us?""Is she...""No. She's breathing, and I feel a heartbeat, but she seems... She can't notice us?" You lean closer, trying to listen to her whispers."I don't know where it is... I don't know where it is... I don't know what you're talking about... She never told me anything... I don't know anything...""Is she in... a trance?" Millian wonders."Seems like that. Not a good kind of trance. Something got her. And... is asking questions.""So this isn't just an incident." Millian gestures to the... well, your entire situation. "It's a planned attack.""Damned Abyssals." You mutter. You're out of your depth here. You have no idea what you should do with her.>Drag her closer to the altar>Try to warm her up>Try to shock her awake>Try and communicate with the ghost in the other room>Try and explore the remaining rooms for clues or something useful>Other?
>>33312659Shit's on now.>Drag her closer to the altar>Try to warm her upEverybody cuddle together for warmth.
Rolled 5>>33312659>Drag her closer to the altar>Try to warm her upWell shitFuck these spooky ghost and their spooky bosses
Rolled 1>>33312659>Drag her closer to the altar>Try to warm her upwell so much for that Abyssal's word...
Rolled 7>>33312659>Drag her closer to the altar>Try to warm her up>Resume praying to Maka
Rolled 10>>33312659>>Drag her closer to the altar>>Try to warm her up
Rolled 6>>33312659didn't we have a deal with the Abyssals? a deal that was already done and covered things like this not happening?
>>33312659>Drag her closer to the altar>Try to warm her upShould have brought Samiel or Irene with us. We are way out of our depth.
Rolled 1Told you guys we should have played dressup...
Rolled 6>>33312782We made a sort of impromptu agreement with one of them, who himself has a boss that he has to take orders fromThat doesn't make this even a little okay, but if Tyrant said do this their's not much he could have done to stop her
Rolled 9>>33312659>Drag her closer to the altar>Try to warm her upAnd pray.
Rolled 10>Exaltedfag @Exaltedfag>It's been a while, but I'm going to start a new thread today, in a few hours, to tie some loose ends before my departure (in a week or so).>to tie some loose endsThis is just making me ask more questions with even less of an idea of whats going on, on this totally not an island.
>>33312659>>Drag her closer to the altar
Rolled 5Well I was hoping we'd get some SoL funtimes with Millian this thread, but its getting damn late here and doesn't look like it, a shame.Good night anons, I need sleep, don't get us or any of Maka's other adorable servants killed.
Rolled 6>>33312957>don't get us or any of Maka's other adorable servants killed.Can do anonProbably
You and Millian drag the frozen priestess closer to the altar and try to warm her up a bit. You briefly consider starting a fire of some kind, but quickly realize that it would turn the entire building in a smoking ruin. Bad idea."She seems to..." mumbles Millian, leaving the sentence hanging. You can see it for yourself, however: She regains a bit of color and warmth, and seems to sink in a deeper, more peaceful sleep. But no sign of waking up, quite the contrary."...What's going on with her?" The maid grumbles."...I don't know. I'm not sure." You reply. Your wound seems to have stopped bleeding, but it still hurts. And feels so cold...You feel like closing your eyes...WHE̷R̀̕͞Ȩ̛͡ ͢I͘͠S̶͘͏ ̵́͘T͢͜HÈ ̨͜E̷͠N̢T̵͏R̀A̢NCE ̶Ò̴F ̕͏T͟H̸҉E̶ T͟IT̶A̕N̢͏?̶̨͡You jump up, startled awake."...What?" Millian asks, scared by your sudden jolt."...Millian...? Did you... Did you hear that?""That what?" She seems more and more worried."The... the voice. That horrible voice?"She slowly shakes your head. "...Are you alright?"You're not alright. You feel cold.You can hear him walking around the temple. Stalking it. Looking for a way to enter the altar room while materialized......And you can hear his voice.>"Must have been my imagination.">"...I think it got me, too."Combined with>Confront the ghost>Try and break down a window>Move to another room>Start a fire>Wait>Other?
>>33313205>"...I think it got me, too.">>Start a fireA fire can act as a signal, and maybe lead other people to this temple. Poor Pyre Spark, shota butler and loli maid...
Rolled 8>>33313205>"...I think it got me, too.">Have Milly search the other roomsHave her search for anything we can use, prayer strips, any religious artifact can helpPyre and Regis shouldn't stray too far from the altar, it seems like it's keeping the ghost at bayWe should at least get materials to start the fire, whether or not we light it now or later
Rolled 2>>33313205>WHE̷R̀̕͞Ȩ̛͡ ͢I͘͠S̶͘͏ ̵́͘T͢͜HÈ ̨͜E̷͠N̢T̵͏R̀A̢NCE ̶Ò̴F ̕͏T͟H̸҉E̶ T͟IT̶A̕N̢͏?̶̨͡Man fuck you ghost
Rolled 7>>33313205>"...I think it got me, too.">Start a fireHopefully someone notices like >>33313246 said and alerts a dragon-blood or Mikhail. This is way above Shota Butler and Loli Maids pay grade.
Rolled 5>>33313205>"...I think it got me, too.">Try and break down a windowWe need to get out into the sunlight.
Rolled 5>>33313205>"...I think it got me, too.">Start a fireAt least they're moving soon, so it doesn't matter if we burn down the temple.
Rolled 6>>33313246>>33313320We should at least wait until Pyre is awake before we potentially set the building on fire
>>33313205Man, this ghost is an idiot. Nobody here even knows about the fucking titan. The number of people who know about it could be counted on one hand immediately after a 4th of july kegger.
Rolled 9>>33313205>"...I think it got me, too.">Try and break down a windowWe need to get out of here, then we need to find Samiel, Irene, Five Tails, and Mikhail if he's still around
>>33313205> I think it got me too> otherWarm up pyre.
Rolled 6>>33313205>"...I think it got me, too.">Try and break down a window
Mental + Twilight = 8 2 7 = 2 successes"...I think it got me, too.""...What got you?" She frowns."The... I don't know."WH̴E̸͘R̷E ́͠I̢̡͢S͜ ̨͜T̷͠H̕͢͞E ́E̸̴͡N͏T͢ŖĄ̢͘N҉Ç̶̡E͘͘?҉"I said I don't know!""Alright! Sorry. Didn't want to pressure you.""...I wasn't talking with you, Millian.""Who were you talking to, then?"So cold. So sleepy...You force yourself to stand up."...Are you alright?" She asks."I'm NOT alright! Whatever got Pyre is getting to me, too. I hear... voices. Questions. And I don't know the answers, but I don't know how much this ghost cares.""...You mean he wasn't sent here to cause damage... but to-""To find the Titan." You reply, instinctively."Titan who?" She asks. "I have no idea... And it's not a person. I think. It must be a place. It's asking me where is the entrance.""...If something's large enough to be called a "Titan", don't you think we'd have seen it if it was on Tianna by now?""I have no idea!""No, I was talking to the ghost."Enough of this. You rip the blankets off Pyre Spark and toss them on a pile of books and shattered wooden furniture. Then, you grab one of the two candelabra..."Wha- what are you doing, Regis?""Trust me. I have a plan." You lie, tossing the lit candles on the bundle. It catches fire rather quickly, producing a thick smoke that makes your eyes and throat sting. But at least you feel alive again, even though your side and torso is so cold...(cont.)
...so cold? You quickly inspect the sleeping Pyre Spark, and your suspicions are confirmed: she has a shallow but visible stabbing wound on her back. The skin around the wound is discolored, as if frostbitten."...Of course. It got me when he managed to wound me with his sword." You realize, while Millian tried to break down a window.You feel the cold spreading, the pain dulling, and the questions in your head becoming more and more powerful. You need to do something NOW.>Remove the barricade and open the door>Run to another room>Help Millian break down a window>Cauterize your wound>Other?
Rolled 1>>33313741>Cauterize your wound
>>33313741>>Cauterize your woundTHINK OF THE UCS AND MAKA'S TITS
Rolled 7>>33313741>Cauterize your woundWhat could go wrong>"Trust me. I have a plan." You lieI love it
>>33313773>>33313770great start...we are so dead
Rolled 8>>33313741>Help Millian break down a window
Rolled 4>>33313741>>Cauterize your woundFire>FrostJust close your eyes and think of Maka, then it won't hurt as bad.
Rolled 4>>33313713>Mental + Twilight = 8 2 7 = 2 successesBetter than most of Maka's rolls
Rolled 7>>33313741>Remove the barricade and open the door.If we don't re-kill it it will kill us.
>>33313770RIP Regis, died stabbing himself with a lit candle. As soon as we fuck the abyssals into submission and get access to somebody who knows necromancy, we're totally raising you, I swear.
Rolled 10>>33313741>Help Millian break down a windowIt'll let the Sun in, and the smoke out so people can see it.
Rolled 5>>33313944>raising youNot a thing in Exalted. We might be able to find his ghost, if he's unlucky enough not to reincarnate, though.
>>33313962Can you not shove a ghost in another body?
Rolled 10>>33313944If he dies he might have a chance at getting an Abyssal ExaltationOr he could go Infernal if shit really starts to go down
Rolled 8>>33313944> implying the deathlord won't immediately turn him into an abyssal perma-shota.
>>33313994>>33314005I would be moderately OK with this.
Rolled 7>>33313988Sure you can, but that's just an intelligent zombie, and then you have something with an entirely-worse body than just a ghost body.
Rolled 9>>33314012I wouldn't be
>>33314013Yeah, but you can't /ss/ a ghost.
Rolled 1>>33313741>Help Millian break down a window
Rolled 4>>33314024...yes you can. Ghosts in Exalted are just dudes. They have to use charms to switch between material/immaterial.Shoving him into a corpse is an entirely worse idea than him remaining a ghost. He can even have kids if he's a ghost.
Rolled 5By the way, I changed my vote from >>33313770 to >>33314034.
Rolled 7>>33314024Actually you can. Theres a charm for that.
Rolled 8>>33313741>>Help Millian break down a windowlets get out of here fucking already so we can at least collapse and bleed to death somewhere that ain't haunted
>>33314046Exalted ghosts are weirder than I thought, it seems.
>>33313741>Cauterize your wound
Rolled 10>>33314068So theres a charm for that, but not reviving someone...
Rolled 6>>33313741>>Cauterize your wound
Rolled 4>>33314103There are only two things that are impossible in Exalted. Reviving the dead, and Time Travel.ANYTHING else is possible. ANYTHING.
Rolled 5>>33313741>Help Millian break down a window
I just wonder what the would've happened if we didn't decide to come to the temple.Pyre wouldn't just die 'off-screen', so to speak. So, what would happen then?
Rolled 10>>33314141>Pyre wouldn't just die 'off-screen', so to speak.Unless she would have.
Rolled 1>>33314147that would be pretty fucking piss poor on EF's behalf is that was the casebut we still should have played dressup
Rolled 4>>33309453I ask ONE THING of you people, and you can't even do that right. Fucking Hell.>>33313741>Help Millian break down a window
You know what you must do now, but you don't like it one bit.You hold your cutlass' blade over the roaring fire as it starts spreading, attacking the wooden pavement, the furniture, licking the walls like hungry tongues.W̵̐H͈̟̗͋ͣ̂̈E̫̘R̺̝͇ͦ̕E̱ͯ̌ͬ̎̄ͬ ̮̟̦͌ͬͦͧ̅I̶̪̱ͩ́̔ͦS̜̖̿̔ͩ͞ͅ ̯̼̼̰̙ͪ͋̽͒Ţ̮̘̫̑͒̎ͤ̇H̝̰̥͕̼̏̈̒̄È͙ͯ͑͛̋ ̭̫̫͈̥͌ͬ̀̓ͦͮ̌E̛̲͔̟ͮ̉̋̓ͣ͂̓Ṉ͔͈̻̤͙̟ͣ̈́͗̒̆ͤͬT̶̲̠̹̬̣̽R̴͍̹̘̬ͪ̍Ȃ͉̺̫͙N͎͇̄̍C̬̝̘ͅE͈̮̙͕͉̙̗͂͂̐͠ ͚̺̥̟͌͐̾͜T̬̙̤̜̥̫͉̐̎͋ͬ͌̚O͚̻ ̡̗ͪ̾̅͑̇T͖̮̖̬̬ͨ͗͟ͅH̥̺̃͛̆̀͂ͨ͑͠E̸̩̻͚̪̯̥ͫͯ ͌ͫͮͭ͐T̡̠͈̀͗̒͂̉I̧̹̊̅̎T̷͇̫̙̗͚͙͕̆̒̋͊̋͑ͭAN͍̗͇̼̗͍?̷̮̮̝̣͔͋ͯ!͖͇͚ͫͤͤͮ̔ͫ̚You take a deep breath, undo your bandages, and, once the flat of the blade has turned to a dull red glow, press it against your frozen wound.Your scream draws Millian's attention, and she finally notices what you're up to. "Wha- ARE YOU INSANE?"The smell of burnt flesh fills the temple. It feels weird to think that it's your own. You're even amazed that you can so much as think right now.The pain washes over you, and you feel as if it had dragged something dark and cold away with it. Your head feels suddenly clearer."...No. Not anymore." You reply, shoving the blade back in its scabbard (metallic, fortunately for you) and picking up the fainted Pyre Spark in your arms."And now what, genius?" Millian screams in a panic. "I can't get the window open! We're going to burn in here?"Physical + Night = 1 7 8 4 4 = 2 successesYou briefly put the priestess down, grab the frozen-shut window blinds with both hands, and rip them out of the frame. The sunlight shining in Tianna's streets and alleyways greets you.Millian falls silent, and you chuck the blinds into the fire behind you and pick Spark back up. (cont.)
Rolled 2>>33314260dropped your trip EF
Rolled 10>>33314260...I so want this calm-as-fuck badass to be our new Dawn/Night caste.
Together with Millian, you leap out of the window and into the street. A few passerbys notice you, and the smoke flowing out of the broken window. Someone screams "FIRE!" in the distance.At least the alarm is out. Now, you have to wonder, will that ghost give up, or-Nope. Forcing itself to a solid form, the ghastly shape of the horned warrior emerges from the fire blazing from the temple's window, screaming in anger.>Let's run.>Let's stand and fight.>Take Pyre and run, I'll hold him here.>Other?
Rolled 2>>33314260>You briefly put the priestess down, grab the frozen-shut window blinds with both hands, and rip them out of the frame. The sunlight shining in Tianna's streets and alleyways greets you.Damn Regis, you're one cool mother fucker
Rolled 9>>33314260>You briefly put the priestess down, grab the frozen-shut window blinds with both hands, and rip them out of the frame.We are so fulfilling Millian's fantasies right now.
Rolled 6>>33314311>>Let's run.
>>33314295Yes, sorry. >>33314260 and >>33314311 are me. Sometimes I post in other threads and then forget to put the trip back on.
Rolled 8>>33314311>>Let's run.AND PRAY TO MAKA'S SUN BLESSED TITSalso, still dropped your trip EF
Rolled 4>>33314260Huh, I expected a Mental+Twilight Roll for cauterizing our wounds. That's why I voted against it.>>33314301Only if Millian get to be his Lunar mate.>>33314311>Let's run.Back to the Palace to Find Irene or Samiel.
Rolled 4>>33314311>>Let's run.Run boy, run!
Rolled 10>>33314311>Take Pyre and run, I'll hold him here.There's no exalts around to help yet, and we're a TIGER WARRIOR. Let's do this.
Rolled 4>>33314311>Let's run.We out of here
>>33314311Time to book it like a motherfucker. Take side roads, but not alleyways. If that thing chases us into the main road there's going to be panic and collateral damage, but we still need a pretty direct route to palace.
Rolled 9>>33314388>and we're a TIGER WARRIOR.Pyre was a better Tiger Warrior than us and look what condition she's in.
Rolled 7>>33314311>>Let's run.
Rolled 3>>33314412Doesn't mean we aren't the only one who could possibly hold him back here.
>>33314412Remember? Her wound was in the back. She was caught by surprise. We aren't.
>>33314388You realize the kid is almost dead, right?
>>33314388You say that as though it means absolutely anything. Tiger Warrior training isn't intended to let us fight shit like this; it's intended to help us SURVIVE the process of RUNNING THE FUCK AWAY FROM THINGS LIKE THIS.If we stand and fight, we're fucked. It's a ghost, we have no charms, holy gear, or even a particularly good weapon. If we book it and find Maka, she has a charm that literally amounts to "fuck that ghost, no save, and also every other ghost in the general area."
Rolled 9>>33314447...and? He's still the only one who can stand up and try to protect people. And that's EXACTLY what his sole hero/role model would do.
Rolled 7>>33314426We are already heavily wounded, if we die here no ones gonna save Milian and Pyre.Fighting would be the glorious thing to do, but running is the right thing to do for others.
>>33314463His sole role model is fucking superhuman and probably not to hot on the idea of her subordinates throwing their lives away grandstanding for no benefit
Rolled 9>>33314311>Let's run.
Rolled 2>>33314447and you realize he's a pirate right?and all his training and experiences with Maka have told him that his job is to get people out and find those who CAN fight the big scary things instead of just being another mook to squish
>>33314463Not really. I don't see Maka dying for a bunch of random nobodies who may or may not be in mortal danger.
Rolled 6>>33314507derp, missed and meant to link to >>33314463
Rolled 6>>33314494>>33314515She was just a human when she decided to stop a soulsteel dreadnaught with her bare hands.You know, in the first thread?This is exactly what she would do, powers or no.
Rolled 7>>33314537and we ain't her, we're her butler
Rolled 10>>33314515I'd wager on them being safe. The ghost appears to have been sent specifically after people who were involved with Maka. Running away and leading it with us (and hopefully into the waiting Charms of some Exalts) would be the safest thing to do for the bystanders, actually.
Rolled 6>>33314560She's still our sole role model and hero.And we're still the only one that stands even a snowball's chance in hell of protecting people.
Rolled 2>>33314537This is why I am not a fan of PoV switches, because we don't know how to play the character and can't play the character properly, we know and play the MC, anything else and the voices in their head erode their 'wholeness'
Rolled 5>>33314311> lets stand and fight.Honestly we aren't THAT badly hurt, and this thing will only hurt more of Makas friends if we don't stop it. Plus meido already hurt it so we know it can be killed.
Rolled 9>>33314571Except we don't stand a snowballs chance in hell against a ghost here.>>33314537And her willingness to do outrageous stunts like that is one of her defining character features. Her character features. He isn't Maka.
Rolled 3>>33314537>Young Regis asks Sol Invictus for help to get through this ordeal>Wounded but brave, stands his ground and fights an angry ghost with his trusty saber.>Exalts as Dawn Caste
Rolled 10>>33314574This has nothing to do with proper roleplaying and everything to do with dice. If we had been rolling hot all thread every anon here would feel it was Regis duty to protect meidos and follow in Makas footsteps
Rolled 10>>33314311I think this was my vote >>33314339, but I'm not sure. I'm changing it to>Take Pyre and run, I'll hold him here.Have them get to the palace and alert Samiel or Irene>>33314622What you Ecalt as has more to do with you personality and what Exaltations are available than the deed you performed to exalt.Regis would probably be a Night Caste.
Rolled 9>>33314665It wasn't your vote
>>33314656If he had full health, sure. He is close to death now.
Rolled 1>>33314311>Take Pyre and run, I'll hold him here.
Rolled 4>>33314665This was my roll.I change it to>roll over and die
Rolled 1>>33314681Well then I don't know which one it was.The important part any way is I originally voted for>Let's run.and am changing it too>Take Pyre and run, I'll hold him here.
Rolled 1>>33314311>Let's run.I honestly don't want him to exalt as Dawn Caste,not for this, Heroic Mortals can be just as cool and interesting, not everyone needs glowiness.
"...Now what?" Millian murmurs, transfixed by the sight of the ghostly warrior."Now we run. A lot." You nudge her until she gets the hint, then flee as well, with all the speed your broken body, searing pain and short breath will allow you, not to mention carrying around the surprisingly-heavy Pyre Spark.Physical + Zenith = 2 9 6 8 = 2 successesSnarling, the ghost gives chase. You don't dare turn around, but you feel its ice-cold breath on your back.You run out of the alleyway and aim for main street, intending to run for the castle, when all of a sudden a random passerby steps in Millian's way, who was just ahead of you, and shoulder-checks her into a wall just before you can get out of the alley and into the open.The event is so sudden and unjustified that you skid to a halt, staring at the man's face. He seems a normal citizen, a man around his 40s, maybe an artisan judging by his leather apron......pierced by a frozen wound on his chest, his eyes blue and empty.Damnit."WHERE IS THE ENTRANCE?" The possessed screams at you, blocking your way entirely as the ghost...Wait, where did the ghost go?"He doesn't know." A cool and calm voice from the roofs above replies in your place.(cont.)
Rolled 2>>33314740>Physical + Zenith = 2 9 6 8 = 2 successesShouldn't this be Physical + Night? Athletics (running) is a Night skill. Not that we would have gotten another success either way, mind you, that fifth roll was a 4 or something.
Rolled 3>>33314791I think this was more for running while heavily wounded. So Resistance more than "losing him".
Before you can even raise your eyes to see what's above, he's already come down, letting himself fall onto the possessed citizen while grabbing his head and slamming it on the ground.He's an imposing figure, clad in a billowing black cloak that seems as if it were a living thing of its own. He wears a silver helmet and a large, glowing blood-red stone is set in his chest.He turns to face you, and you feel immediately awed by his piercing gaze.Meanwhile, Millian seems to be down for the count...>Evade him and keep running.>Attack him.>Ask him who he is and what he wants.>Other?
Rolled 7>>33314853>Ask him who he is and what he wants.Are we about to be those "hostages" he talked about?
Rolled 2>>33314853>>Ask him who he is and what he wants.Well, we can't really carry both Millian and Pyre.
Rolled 9>>33314853>Ask him who he is and what he wants.>Get between him and Milly and Pyre
Rolled 7>>33314853>Ask him who he is and what he wants.With sword drawn. Stand between him and Millian.
Rolled 1>>33314853>Ignore him and go to MillianIf we ignore him he will ignore us. R-right?
>>33314853>Ask him who he is and what he wants.Fucking PhoenixPyre doesn't know either, you dick
>>33314853>Ask him who he is and what he wants.>Get between him and Milly and Pyre
You draw your cutlass, still incandescent, and point it at the stranger. "...Who are you now?"He smiles, apparently regarding your pointed blade as no threat at all. "You've been a brave little kid up to now, but you can put that away. If I were here to hurt you, you'd be already dead."A symbol appears on his forehead: a black, hollow circle, like a scar or a tattoo on his pale skin. He's an Abyssal!You lower your sword. "...Are you... the one that was-""-to meet Maka? Yes. Call me Phoenix." He looks down at the passed-out citizen. He's not dead, you notice with some relief. "...So they're making their first move.""Who is?!" You gesture at the burning building in the distance. "You mean that it wasn't your people who did this? Attacking Pyre and us-""We didn't. We have a truce, as of yesterday night.""Doesn't seem that way to me." You reply, kneeling next to Millian. She seems to be alright, just passed out."We're not the only ones with ghosts at our command and an interest in Tianna, boy." He grins."Who were they, then?""...I don't know yet, precisely." He admits. "But some other part is interfering. Probably agents of a different Deathlord. We've rooted out a few spies in our ranks, but didn't manage to make them talk yet."You can't even begin to imagine how torturing a ghost for information would even work. You glance nervously at the alleyway behind you: nothing. You guess the abyssal already dispatched your other pursuer?>Leave as fast as possible, carrying the two unconscious girls with you.>Ask something to Phoenix (what?)>Other?
Rolled 4>>33315233>Leave as fast as possible, carrying the two unconscious girls with you.I don't trust our social skills enough to talk with an abyssal, even a relativity friendly one.
Rolled 10>>33315233>Ask something to Phoenix (what?)"How do I fix what's wrong with Pyre Spark?"
Rolled 7>>33315233>Leave as fast as possible, carrying the two unconscious girls with you.>Thank the AbyssalThread's really slowing down.
Rolled 4>>33315233>"We're not the only ones with ghosts at our command and an interest in Tianna, boy." He grins.Shit, Tianna is in middle of a fight between Deathlords>Leave as fast as possible, carrying the two unconscious girls with you.I can't think of anything we really need to ask him, so let's get out of here and get patched up
Rolled 9>>33315233>>Leave as fast as possible, carrying the two unconscious girls with you.They need a doctor, or something.
Rolled 4>>33315233>>Leave as fast as possible, carrying the two unconscious girls with you.>Thank him.Fair is fair.
Rolled 2>>33315299Seconding this, with some awkward gratitude for dropping in.
>>33315233>>Leave as fast as possible, carrying the two unconscious girls with you.
>>33315400Yeah, dunno why. I've been kind of eyeballing the thread, though admittedly I'm not as invested as I could be. There's real no mechanical reward for these threads, just plot, but I'm alright with plot
"...Did you take out the ghost?""No need to thank me." He replies....You don't really have tome to chat with this individual. With a nod of acknowledgement, you put Pyre Spark on a shoulder, Millian on the other, and run away, leaving the scene.You run like crazy, until you're in the only place that feels safe right now: the castle. There, concerned-looking guards lift the girls off your back. Everything is hazy in your mind as your adrenaline drops and the pain and exhaustion takes a hold of you. You just have this image of Millian waking back up and smiling tiredly at you."Not bad fir a first date." She said, weakly.Then, you passed out, you guess.You wake up, fresh and rested, in a soft bed in the castle."Welcome back, little hero."Was that the voice of-Yep. You're frozen with the sudden realization that queen Amata herself is in the room - Maka's room, you now recognize: you're sleeping in her bed.To top it all, she's made herself comfortable, it seems, wearing only a loose housecoat."Um, yo- your highness?""I'd like to know what happened, exactly. If you feel like talking now." She smiles expectantly.>Tell her what you saw>Tell her what you saw, minus the meeting with Phoenix>Tell her that the abyssals broke the truce>Tell her you need to speak with Maka. Where is she?>Ask her what is this Titan thing.
>>33315233The plot thickens.Phoenix is a cool dude, I wish he was on our side.
Rolled 3>>33315830>Tell her you need to speak with Maka. Where is she?We're Regis is loyal to Maka first and foremost.
Rolled 8>>33315830>>Tell her what you sawMake sure to mention that Phoenix said it wasprobably another Deathlord behind this.
>>33315830>Tell her what you sawNo reason to keep secrets here. Amata will probably suspect treachery on the part of Phoenix, but I don't think she'll act on it without further proof.
>>33315830>"Not bad fir a first date."
Rolled 5>>33315830>Tell her what you saw>Tell her you need to speak with Maka. Where is she?>Ask her what is this Titan thing.
>>33315830>Tell her you need to speak with Maka. Where is she?>Tell her what you sawWe trust god damn itWell we do, Regis is probably ambivalent about her, we need make sure what Phoenix said about the other Deathlord
Rolled 9>>33315830>Tell her you need to speak with Maka. Where is she?>Tell her what you saw
Rolled 6>>33315830>Tell her you need to speak with Maka. Where is she?And for the record, I'm against telling Amata ANYTHING before we've talked to Maka.
Rolled 9>>33315830>Tell her you need to speak with Maka. Where is she?
Rolled 10>>33315830>>Tell her you need to speak with Maka. Where is she?Let's get Maka in here first.
"...Where is Maka?" Is the first question on the top of your head. She probably knows. If there's someone in Tianna who knows, it's gotta be her."I'm not sure." She replies, dashing your hopes. "She definitely returned to the castle after speaking with the Abyssal yesterday night, but I have no idea where she is right now.""...I thought you knew.""No, sorry, but I don't know where she is. Nowhere in the castle, that's for sure." She replies. "Won't you tell me what happened?">Tell her>Don't tell her
>>33316057>Tell herI trust Maka's wife
Rolled 3>>33316057>Don't tell herI'm for not saying anything to anyone until Maka comes back.
Rolled 1>>33316057>>Tell her
Rolled 5>>33316057>>Don't tell her
Rolled 1>>33316057>Tell her
>>33316057>Tell herher country will be under siege soon, she needs to know that there are even more groups interested in taking Tianna.
Rolled 9>>33316057>Tell her basics.>Ghost attacked.>Tell that you have more to tell when Maka comes.
Rolled 3>>33316057I'll second this >>33316225. We should talk to Maka before anyone else about the Abyssal thing.
Rolled 4>>33316225>>33316406>implying Maka didn't get taken by the Abyssals
Rolled 6>>33316422How would she have been taken from the depths of the Titan?Also, why is Amata lying about not knowing where Maka is? She went down with her, even if Maka didn't return from the Titan, she knows where she is in a general sense at least.
Rolled 5>>33316057>Tell herShe s the Queen and Makas wife.
Rolled 9>>33316481Because she can't tell him that Maka is in the Titan ?
Rolled 2>>33316526But she can say she knows where Maka is. Why lie about that?
The real queen is with Maka, showing the tutan...
You tell her the whole story, without omitting anything.She listen to all of it, every single word, with extreme care. Often, she interrupts you to ask about more details. Some of her questions sound a bit weird. Like if you remember what the ghost was wearing, or a more accurate description of your wound and of the voice talking in your head.You give her all the details you can remember. At the end, she falls silent for a few minutes, like she's trying to make puzzle pieces fit together in her head."...Probably Phoenix was telling the truth. It seems there's another force aiming for Tianna, it seems." She looks straight at you. "I should also tell you this: we managed to secure a truce with Phoenix's faction, but part of the deal requires us to exchange hostages."Why is she bringing this up- wait. "...You mean me?""I'm not going to order it to anyone. It must be a voluntary choice. I don't think there are any serious risks involved but I can't force someone to do it.""But, with Maka away...""Knowing Maka, she'd probably offer herself as a hostage. Which would be really silly, because we need her leading the assault on Black Island.""Whereas I'm expendable." You reply."As a hostage, you'll be kept safe." She reassures you, but the fact that she didn't deny it doesn't escape your notice."...I'd like to talk to Maka about it first.""I'd like it too, but we don't know where she is, or when she'll be back. In any case, we can't wait for her.">Alright, I'll go with the Abyssals as a hostage for the duration of the truce.>No, my place is with Maka. You'll have to find something else.
Rolled 3>>33316057>Don't tell herAmata's acting shifty again.
>>33316057>Don't tell her.It's a trick, Tianna is not here, she's with Maka.
>>33316583>>No, my place is with Maka. You'll have to find something else.If she gives away Millien, there will be some domestic violence when we turn back to Maka.
Rolled 6>>33316583>Alright, I'll go with the Abyssals as a hostage for the duration of the truce.So wait, who are we getting from them?
>not realizing something is upYou guys deserve whatever is coming. I will watch with amusement.
>>33316680dont be a dick
Rolled 9>>33316583>Alright, I'll go with the Abyssals as a hostage for the duration of the truce.Man, Amata is such a high Manipulation characterI love her
>>33316583>>Alright, I'll go with the Abyssals as a hostage for the duration of the truce.
>>33316583>Alright, I'll go with the Abyssals as a hostage for the duration of the truce.
Rolled 2>>33316583>No, my place is with Maka. You'll have to find something else.This is shifty. We have two priorities: Serve Maka, and make sure Millian is alright. We can do neither if we leave. Also still wounded.
Rolled 4>>33316583>Alright, I'll go with the Abyssals as a hostage for the duration of the truce. This is clearly not a trap, nor someone using Amatas face as disguise to lure him away.
Rolled 3>>33316583>No, my place is with Maka. You'll have to find something else.
This thread is really rustling my jimmies, and anon is starting to annoy me. I think I will just leave.When will you return EF?
"...I'll go." You decide, in the end. It wasn't an easy choice. She nods. "I'll do my best to keep you safe, don't worry.""And how, if I'll be in the land of the dead?" You sigh. "What ever could keep me safe there?""Well, praying for luck won't work, probably..." She mumbles to herself with a strange tone of voice. "But I'm sure everything will be alright nonetheless. But I'll need you to keep your eyes and ears open, alright? The things you might see and hear could turn out to be very useful intelligence once you return."Well, at least she didn't say "if"."...Is Millian all right?""Just knocked her head a bit hard. She'll be fine." She reassures you."...Can I please ask you to keep an eye on her, your highness?""Don't worry." She smiles. "You have my word that I'll do everything in my power to keep the two of you safe and sound. No matter what."[Session end]
Rolled 9>>33317426>[Session end]Thanks for the thread Exaltedfag, I hope your internship goes well
>>33317545Thank you. I hope I'll manage to get another thread in before I leave.Having reached this point, I think it's only fair to ask you people how you think the story and the game in general is going and evolving. (nevermind my bad thread pacing please)Also, unrelated personal curiosity: how many of you people who play in my thread also read my (bad) scanlation of "QuickStart!!"?
>>33317426Nice thread, thanks for runningSee you in October!
>>33317636Its going okay. I'm a bit worried that the superweapon will overshadow our attempts at nationbuilding though.Speaking of, if Maka has a good handle on the internal layout, expect us to go for the DB armory to pick some stuff up
>>33316578>tutanI know what you meant anon, but I couldn't help but giggle at the thought of Maka telling Amata about the Tootan
Rolled 10>>33317636I'm enjoying the story and have been since I started reading.Today was the first time since I started reading (it was the thread after the one where we we took control of Tia) that I didn't have fun, but I think that was due to low mortal dice pools screwing us up in the beginning and coloring how we acted through the rest of the thread. I don't have any real complaints about anything, and the only thing I would add is my often repeated request for a Sidereal to show up and join us.As for your second question, I don't even know what you're talking about, so the answer would be no.
>>33317636>Having reached this point, I think it's only fair to ask you people how you think the story and the game in general is going and evolving. It's good. Story pacing is nice, plot is being revealed at reasonable intervals and with sufficient amounts of impact. Your characters are well written and generally fun to read. Your worldbuilding is solid and easily accessible.If I had to identify a point for improvement, off the top of my head, I would say that you should work on long term character direction. Some of the minor characters have undergone a lot of change in (what seems to be) a short space of time (In reality, it's been a fair while, but given the timeskips in threads it feels like less time), which is fine, but there is a chance that it's going to blot out what they originally were.
>>33317636I'm pretty happy about the where the quest is going, especially once we start getting into the kingdom managementAlso you gave us a Directional Titan, holy shit that's greatI've read QuickStart, it's cuteActually I've been a bit curious, how much did you have planned when you started, like was Tia always going to be our Lunar Husbando, or was the Titan always down there?
Rolled 1>>33317636I share the fear of the Titan subplot overshadowing our nation building and the until now prominent threats like the Pirate base. Otherwise I'm happy with where this is going as an Exalted quest. Although there has been far too little Makafucking Tia recently.I hope we can get a bit of focus on our realm building, especially in regards to setting up our new city.
>>33317636It feels very Exalted. It's a good thing.
>>33317849>the only thing I would add is my often repeated request for a Sidereal to show up and join us.Who said that it didn't already happen?>>33317855>If I had to identify a point for improvement, off the top of my head, I would say that you should work on long term character direction. Some of the minor characters have undergone a lot of change in (what seems to be) a short space of time (In reality, it's been a fair while, but given the timeskips in threads it feels like less time), which is fine, but there is a chance that it's going to blot out what they originally were.I'll keep that in mind, thank you. It was a point I was worried about as well, and hearing someone else mention it confirms it.>>33317883>Actually I've been a bit curious, how much did you have planned when you started, like was Tia always going to be our Lunar Husbando, or was the Titan always down there?A good game master never reveals what's going on behind the screen.To everyone who is afraid that the Titan will overshadow worldbuilding: I'll keep that in mind. Don't worry about it. I'll do my best. This was actually one of the things i was wondering about, just how much "main adventure plot" vs. how much "kingdom building/management" you wanted.
>>33318137I'm heavily on the building management side. Also looking forward to conquering wavecreast
>>33318137>just how much "main adventure plot" vs. how much "kingdom building/management" you wanted.I'm probably in the minority but I've enjoyed adventuring parts, the going out and beating up fae and leading the army to warI don't want pure adventure of course, but a nice balance of the two would make me happy
>>33318137I like how you've been handling that particular balancing act so far.
>>33318137I was actually kinda aad to see it was a directional titan. I basically wanted the deathlord to decide that we were not worth the effort so we could spend more time conquering the west. Now it looks like we're actually going to have to defeat a deathlord first, which is a campaign in its own right, and not one I particularly want to play
>>33317636Game feels exalted and is pretty fun. Keep at it.QuickStart!! is hilarious and I love it. I didn't know you did the scanlation of it though.
Rolled 8>>33318137>Who said that it didn't already happen?Fucking Sidereal Plans.As for the Titan/Kingdom Building question, I'm holding off forming an opinion on the matter until we figure out how much work it would take to get the thing active. And either way, my favorite part of this quest is actually when we take some downtime and talk to our allies. You're awesome at making interesting, likable characters and sometimes I just want to skip the other stuff so we can go back to hanging out with them.
>>33318301I'd argue that leading an army is a mix of the two. When I think of adventure plot I'm thinking small numbers of exalts dealing with a superweapon or other plot device. Which I'd prefer to pass on.
>>33318137>>33317636I'm not very sure, but I feel like there is too much going on at the same time. I honestly like the downtime more. The characters are incredibly fun, and kinda overshadow the plots, heh.I am afraid of. However, too many new characters in Maka's circle. Once there is a certain number, personalities mesh (or clash) with each other and the characters lose some of their unique flair.
Don't get too hooked on kingdom building, Exaltedfag. They tend to slow down any quest, and the best part of your quest are the characters, not the kingdoms.
>>33318422This is true. I'm totally fine with leading an army to expand our kingdom, or queendom, whatever. The titan subplot I could basically pass on entirely.
>>33318137I'm a little bit sad to see people didn't like the Titan reveal, I was quite excited last thread when that happened and I'm waiting to see where you go with that
>>33318622I liked it. But the thread ended right after we found out what it was, so we have 0 idea where EF is going with it.
>>33318622It seems like it will get in the way of what I want to do though, which is conquer the west. Either its broken and just another thing we have to defend or its fixed and conquering the west just became trivial. I've never found win by plot device to be fun
>>33318693Why only the west? I thought people wanted to unite all Creation under the Banner of Solar Queen Maka, that would be a task even with a Titan once Sidereals, Lunars, and other Solars, not to mention the Realm and Lookshy, get involved.