(Last thread you bought Body-Mending Meditation for 8 XP, I'll add it later)Together with Tia, you walk up to Tianna's docks. The entire area is abuzz with preparations, man-at-arms carrying supplies and weapons onboard, engineers in their white cloaks mounting and servicing the few energy weapons that have been brought here on Irene's command.Compared to the tension you were feeling just a few moments before, talking with Tia, the military preparations and the prospect of the upcoming battle are almost nothing. You briefly wonder if you should be more worried than this. You spot, in the crowd, several tough-looking, tall individuals, men and women, dressed in leather and pelts, looking maybe a bit out of their natural element and keeping mostly to themselves. You spot Iscariah among them, and Tia, shaking the stressed, frowning, pained expression she wore up to now, cracks a smile and waves back at her.The three captains, Alexei, Iohannes and Rubel, are out there as well, directing the work crews. You see your three ships outfitted with a prow-mounted concussive essence cannon, each a long brass tube covered in wires, circuits and gemstones, with three shorter, wing-like protusions venting from the back. There is some more work going on, the engineers installing something else on the ships' prowsides, but you can't make it out clearly.(Cont.)
Congrats on 50 threads EFEven though it's technically been fifty since a while back
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Tia gently squeezes your arm, and you turn to her."I should go and get Zaan, right?" She mumbles. You can see that she's really trying to forget what just happened, and wear a smile on that.You review the plan in your mind. You have your three ships, on top of Zaan's navy, which includes two frigates, larger than your vessels, and four sloops, smaller. Nine ships, being outfitted with Essence discharge weaponry right now, loading their crews, supplies, and some extra Black Fang muscle.Zaan, Tia and Five Tails scout ahead. The Gloria, with Mikahil at the rudder and Amata coordinating everyone with sorcery, supports.And this is the main strike force.Admiral Rajan was quite terrified of the Lintha flagship, describing it as an insane, demonic monstrosity. If he's right, then this force is pretty inadequate to take it on... but then again, it's not like you have anything more to field.And you need to get this show rolling as soon as possible.>Try and cheer Tia up>Wish her good luck>Keep her focusedCombined with>Meet with Rajan>Meet with Iscariah>Meet with Zareen>Meet with your three captains: Alexei, Iohannes and Rubel.>Inspect your ships>[Other]
>Who are we?Maka, an exiled noble Exalted as a Zenith-caste Solar. She was 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 and friends, have a powerful Manse under construction, and are unifying Tianna in a great nation under your overwhelming charisma.You just discovered the reason everyone seems to be so interested in Tianna: an enormous magical fortress lies buried underground, a relic of the First Age with enough firepower to destroy anything...>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=Solar%20Quest>System?Dicepool-like system. When performing an action, everyone rolls 1d10 when posting. the first X rolls are considered, where X is equal to attribute + ability. Yes, this means that the more people are posting, the stronger Maka is, up to a limit of her attribute + ability.>XP?Attributes cost [current score x5] xp. Abilities cost [current score x3] xp, except Zenith costing [(current score x3) -1]. Charms cost 10 xp, except for Zenith-based charms (related to charisma and physical/mental fortitude) which cost 8 xp. At the end of every "session" (thread) you will be presented with a list of possible acquisitions.>Twitter?@exaltedfag>Any questions?http://ask.fm/Exaltedfag
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35683752>Wish her good luck>Meet with your three captains: Alexei, Iohannes and Rubel.A kiss for luck, maybe tell her we don't think anything has changed between us
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35683752>Try and cheer Tia up>Meet with your three captains: Alexei, Iohannes and Rubel.Sad Tia is the worst.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35683752>Try and cheer Tia up>Meet with your three captains: Alexei, Iohannes and Rubel.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35683752>>Try and cheer Tia up>Meet with your three captains: Alexei, Iohannes and Rubel.Sad Tia is killing me
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35683752>Try and cheer Tia up>Meet with your three captains: Alexei, Iohannes and Rubel.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35683791>>35683799>>35683809>>35683817>>35683833At least we got one success and avoided a botch
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35683846We can always use MRP if we ned more dice, not like we're low on essence at the moment
>>35683752>Meet with your three captains: Alexei, Iohannes and Rubel.>Keep her focused
Has anyone guess our local deathlord is the first age bearer of Valeriana's exaltation yet? Because I'm 90% sure that's gonna be the case.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35683880People thought she might be the previous bearer of Maka's Exaltation because of how she knew about the Titan, but since we played as her recently that seems less likely now
>>35683901Almost certainly it was one of !maka's circle, but with the whole tech gimmick it was probably the twilight, ergo !Valeriana.
>>35683856We will need the essence soon.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35683941Soon-ish, we'll recover essence when we sleep and unless we find the ship on the very first day we can expect to go into the battle in top shape, full essence and health
Social + Zenith = 5 1 9 2 3 10 7 6 = 4 successesYou bite your upper lip. Despite everything, you're not even too sure of what you're supposed to tell her to cheer her up. What is going on inside her right now."Tia." You start.She turns to you. She looks expressionless. "..."Nothing. What can you say that would mean anything right now? You take a deep breath, and put a hand on her head.You look into each other's eyes.After a few seconds, she breaks into a light smile. A genuine one. "...What?" She asks you, a bit confused by the prolonged silence.You stifle a giggle and keep staring into her eyes.A few seconds later, you're both grinning like maniacs for no reason at all.She slowly puts your arms around you and squeezes you in a light hug, as your laughter dies down."I'm-" She mumbles, but you put a finger on her lips.A few more seconds later, reluctantly, you both let go of each other.She nods, still silently, and turns around. In a flash of light, her shape bends and shifts into a large, grey vulture. With two fierce wing flaps, she goes airborne, a couple feathers fluttering through the air behind her.There she goes. You turn to the small inn where your three officers always meet up. You're fairly sure that they're there, discussing the last tactics and ideas before the operation.Or getting drunk.Or both, you realize when you open the door and walk inside. The pub has been entirely co-opted as a sort of improvised command center, and Rubel, Iohannes and Alexei are there on their usual table, with a few crewmen, soldiers, barbarians and engineers all around them, with maps and instruments all over the table, pinned down by several empty or half-empty mugs."Oh, boss." Rubel snaps a half-assed salute at you, and the others turn at you and nod or acknowledge your presence.You take a seat at the table.>Ask about the crews>Ask about the ships' new weapons>Talk about an attack plan>Talk about which Exalted rides on which ship
>>35683979>Talk about an attack planDown a mug of whatever is on the table.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35683979>Ask about the ships' new weapons>Talk about an attack plan
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35683979>>Talk about an attack plan>Ask about the ships' new weaponsAre they used to the new ships and cannons, if I remember right, Vale upgraded all the shipsAlso ask them about any rumors they might have heard, anything we can use would be helpful
>>35683979>Talk about an attack plan>Talk about which Exalted rides on which ship>Ask about the ships' new weaponsThe second two are related to the first, so covering them all at once shouldn't be that hard
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35684003>Vale upgraded all the shipsVal's been working on Pearl, Irene was the one who upgraded the ships>>35684017Forgot Dice
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35683979>A few seconds later, you're both grinning like maniacs for no reason at all.Tia is a cutie, I'm surprised we managed to hold out on lewding with her so far>Ask about the ships' new weapons>Talk about an attack planI'll also second asking about anything they know of the Lintha, they have been here longer than we have, it couldn't hurt at least
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35683979>Talk about an attack plan>Talk about which Exalted rides on which ship
>>35684064>hold out on lewdingClearly EF spent XP under the table on temperance.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35683979>Talk about an attack plan
You are handed a mug of grog while the officers at the table bring you up to speed."Do we have a plan?" You ask, looking at the maps and charts filled with arrows and lines and notes."Barely." Rubel admits. "We don't really know the enemy formation or the strong and weak points of the enemy flagship. From what Rajan told us, it's barely a ship in the loosest sense of the word anyway."You scratch your head. You'll admit that they're right, it's pretty hard to make a sensible plan. "What do you have here?" You ask, pointing at the charts and papers."The general idea is that the flagship is alive, right? I mean, it's a demon. Boarding it sounds like a bad idea." Alexei notes.For mortals, at least. You think, without saying it out loud."The general idea is easy." Rubel continues. "If there are other ships, normal ships, escorting the flagship, we focus our artillery on them and clear the sea first. We don't move to board them unless we have a good chance. If we surprise the flagship without an escort, we line up and shoot away.""What about me?" You ask. The very question sounds pretty silly.It IS silly. The three pirates look at each other, confused. They clearly have no idea themselves. How do you even handle Exalted in a naval battle?Rajan's voice rises from behind the pub's counter, quickly followed by himself with a full bottle of rum in hand: "What about you indeed." He replies."Oh, there you are."He drops the bottle on the table and sits down next to you. "So, you really think we can take out the ship-""The Murdering Heart.""Sorry?""The name of the Lintha Flagship"Reassuring.(cont.)
>>35684175>"The Murdering Heart."Lintha aren't exactly subtle, are they?
"Anyway, no. Not just with artillery." He replies, uncorking the bottle."So what?" You ask back."There's me, Irene, Samiel, Valeriana and Zareen." He mumbles. "Plus, you, Mikahil and Amata on the Gloria. Let's assume we manage to hit the Murdering Heart all together. All ten ships.""That's the plan." You nod."What then?" he asks you.You narrow your eyes. You get the feeling that he already has a plan, but wants to hear yours.>(Plan?)(feel free to ask clarifying questions)
>>35684240Exorcise it to Malfeas, of course.
>>35684240tia goes Kraken inside its skull, of course. if a kraken in the brain doesnt kill it, it will at least kill everything else aboard
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35684240Preferably I'd like to blast it from afar until it dies, but I assume since it's a demon we need to do a special thing to properly get rid of it, was it summoned with a spell or something, could we kill the caster and get rid of it like that?
>>35684264Killing the summoner does not banish the summoned in Exalted.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35684240>(Plan?)Keep it simple I guess. Exalts try to board and scuttle The Murdering Heart while the other ships provide supporting fire.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35684240I doubt we will be able to just laser it to death, that sounds too easy, we'll probably end up having to board it, from there we can try to kill it from the inside, stab it's heart directly, actually i think Rajan has mentioned it having three hearts or something like thatBy the way did Rajan pick up any Jade, I assume he can use the spear Deled had
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35684240I wonder if Rajan is going to be the drunk who is going to tell every one is going to dieNah, he probably has more sense then that. Anyway. The Murdering heart has the advantage of choosing the battleground. We need to take that advantage away.We need to use the Gloria to lure the Murdering heart. Perhaps disguise it as a merchant vessel, who will try to run away at "normal" speed when the Murdering heart is spotted. Then when the artillery ships are in range we use our lunars to pin the ship in place so we can unleash a barrage.Well, I was about to say that the next part is boarding the ship, but since this ship is alive. It could simply submerge parts of it underwater until everyone on it dies.Oh yea, we also need to jump on board and kill anyone that looks "sorcery" enough. We need to keep jumping around the ship and never get bogged down
>>35684240>(Plan?)What do we have in the way of explosives?
>>35684256>>35684271how big is it compared to Tia the Kraken? if need be ask Rajan the size
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35684343I think Rajan mentioned that he didn't get a good look at it before his naval force was crush by it and he lost his balls
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35684240If we do have to board it, I'd like to clear the ship room by room, start with the deck and work our way down,but I kind of worry about that taking too much time,alternatively we could just go straight for the heart with our heaviest hitters and have the rest keep the crew off our backs
>>35684340Several barrels of firedust.Also when you people talk about boarding, you mean just you Exalted, or your mortal followers too?
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35684371I'm assuming mortal followers too, I mean tia brought those barbarian warriors along for specifically that.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35684371I would like to take them, that's why we brought them along after all, but I don't know if the ships environment would let them board without outright killingthem
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35684371I think we should lead with the exalted, and have the Mortals keep any enemy ships from reinforcing the big ship via aggressive counter-boarding.
>>35684371If we're boarding we may have to take just the exalts. I have the sick feeling that mortals will get zapped trying to get aboard. The mortals will probably have their hands full dealing with The Murdering Heart's escorts
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35684371I'd take them if I wasn't sure the ship would just kill them as soon as the boarded
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35684393Let's not commit them to anything yet since we dont know if the Murdering Heart has fleet escorts or if it just acts as the tender for the lintha raiders.
>>35684371The Exalts need to focus on the Flagship, what the mortals do depends are whether or not it has escorts and how many.
>>35684264>>35684333>>35684375>>35684392>>35684403All these ones... An ill omen indeed.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35684416I think we should assume that Amata or Rajan should stay with the rest of the fleet to coordinate the other ships in the battle. That way the mortal crews will have the edge of exalted leadership
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35684371When I meant boarding I did mean the mortal followers. There are probably thousands of Lintha pirates on the ship and we are not strong enough to take on entire armies... yet. Perhaps there is a way for a small team to kill the thing by doing something to its internals. There is always cutting the head off.But yea, perhaps it's best to tell our pirates to hang back incase any escorts show up and only board when told otherwise.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35684431I think so too, but we should leave Mik there too, he's our Solar with Sail charms after allActually that time Rajan fought The murdering Heart was it alone or did it have escorts?
>>35684371>Several barrels of firedust.Can these be detonated on the water? Is it possible to use them as makeshift mines to put a hole below the waterline?
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35684455I dont think we have enough for them to be practical as mines. We can take them on board with us though and plant them.
>>35684455How does Firedust work, anyway? Is it basically Not!Gunpowder?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35684416I think we need to take only our heaviest hitters to the flagship, not all of the Exalts are suited for combat or would be better off leading the assault, I'd like to leave Amata and Mikahil out in charge leading the fight, maybe Rajan too depending on what he wants to do
>>35684455>>35684477Firedust acts more like napalm than gunpowder. It burns rather than exploding.
>>35684494Well, it look like that idea is nixed, then.
>>35684483Didn't Amata say she has her own suit of power armor, as well as, until recently, Tianna's only artifact weapon? I think she'd be better off in the boarding party, and leave commanding the vessels to noncombatants like Mikhail and Val.Though that only leaves one Solar in assault team.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35684521I also wanted to keep her on the ship so she could Infallible Messenger the boarding party in case shit started to go down outside
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35684521>Though that only leaves one Solar in assault team.Our punchiest Solar, well we still aren't sure how punchy Mik is, he's got to be decently skilled considering he's been a Solar longer than we have
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35684545Based on how Mikahil is I don't think he's anywhere past modest in terms of exalted combat.It seemed to me that he relied on Five Tails for any wetwork nonsense when his schmoozing failed.
"...I don't think we can take it out with artillery. Despite Alexei's justified doubts, I suspect that we'll need to board it to take it out for good. Storm it good and proper." You mumble. "Just us Exalted. Keep the crews in reserve, or in defense in case we get boarded ourselves.""Not a bad plan." He admits. "We keep them uncommitted and keep our tactics flexible. We don't know enough about the Murdering Heart's capabilities to plan in detail."Alexei scratches his head. "Are we supposed to shoot at the Murdering Heart while you are on board?""Preferably not." You smile awkwardly. "Like Rubel said, focus on the escorts, or soften up the Murdering before you board it. What do we have?""Each of our three ships has one class-4 Concussive Essence Cannon, prow-mounted. Self-recharging, about three shots a minute. And a turreted Lightning Ballista amidship, each with five shots.""That's not much." You reply."That's what we have." Rajan notes. "Irene is finishing the last checks. As for the other ships, my two frigates have four class-5 Concussive Cannons each, in broadsides of two. The four sloops have a smaller class-3 Concussive Cannon, turreted.""The Gloria?""Two Ballistas, turreted."You think about it. You really are not sure how much firepower that is, but you'll have to deal with that..."Are we going to try and board the Murdering Heart with all the ships together? Or are we focusing on getting just one or two boats in contact while the rest supports?">Let's all stay on one ship.>Let's spread out and attack from different directions.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35684561>Let's spread out and attack from different directions.Try not to put all our eggs in one basket, as it were.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35684561>Let's all stay on one ship.I'm leery of having the entire fleet press in close so we can get all our exalted boarders on the Murdering Heart. At that point they will have zero ability to maneuver and they'll be fodder for whatever heavy essence weapons the flagship undoubtedly has.Hell we have two lunars. Can't Tia and Five Tails just CARRY the exalted boarding team aboard the flagship?
>>35684561>Let's all stay on one ship.Trust in Mik's caste Sail ability.
>>35684561>>Let's all stay on one ship.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35684561>Let's focus our main attack party on one ship and have the rest on others as backup
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35684561>>Let's all stay on one ship.It'll be easier letting one ship get close to board than having to do it for multiple ones
>>35684588Except you earlier agreedto have Mikahil and Amata on the Gloria and everyone else on the other ships. Unless you want to change the plan?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35684618Then what's the point of this vote, it would be better if we were voting on how they attack from their planned positions instead of redoing the plan
>>35684618Vote was to split the party, i was one of the minority that went with concentration of force.So i really can't speak to the plan.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35684618I'm confused now, because what Rajan is asking and what the vote options are do not match up...
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35684636I think the idea is that if we spread everyone out onto the rest of the fleet then when it comes time to board we will have to bring in every ship together to get us on board the flagship.But if we focus up on 1 or 2 ships we can get the entire boarding party on the flagship and still have others to keep an eye out for escorts or returning raider ships.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35684618Can we focus our exalts on our pirate ships and leave the rest available for watching out for returning lintha ships?Tia's warriors are on our ships and rajan's ships are better suited for naval combat at range.That way if we need mortal backup we can have tia's warriors storm the flagship with us and rajan can smash any lintha who show up to help.
>>35684661This is what I was thinking. We also gave Iscariah one of the suits of power armor, it would be a shame if she didn't get a chance to use it.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35684649>But if we focus up on 1 or 2 ships we can get the entire boarding party on the flagship and still have others to keep an eye out for escorts or returning raider ships.I kind of want to have them split up until we find the flagship, then have our main attack party on the ship that boards it, with the rest spread on 2-3 other ships to hit from the sides or act as a reserve force
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35684661This sounds like a good idea>>35684561>>35684661This
>>35684636>>35684627Well, you have nine ships here. Gloria is the 10th and it's the one you decided not to keep your Exalted because it was going to act independently.That leaves you with 9 ships. Are you putting all your eggs on one ship, or spreading them out? That's the question.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35684737Let's spread our eggs out on our pirate ships and leave Rajan's proper naval vessels free to tackle escorts and reinforcements.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35684737Right, then I'll stick with my vote in >>35684681
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35684737Ah in that case let's spread them out some
>>35684737Keep them on the pirate ships for the reasons >>35684661 said.
"I think that we'll be lucky if we manage to get one ship within boarding range. The Lunars can help a bit by carrying us while flying, but they can carry a few people, not an entire boarding force." You reason."Let's use the Bloodshark as a flagship." Rubel offers. "It's slightly faster than the other ships, except for the sloops, but they're too small."Iohannes exchanges glances with Rajan and they both nod. "It's balanced. Good idea. I'll get everyone on board. The other ships will focus on cutting a path for the Bloodshark and the Gloria once the fight starts. Sounds good?""Sounds good enough. If we get in any sort of trouble, we'll improvise something." You finish your grog, fill up every mug on the table, and lift yours up. "Gentlemen?"Everyone else in the small, smelly pub does likewise. >To victory.>To booty.>To Tianna.>To a pirate's payback.>To the Sun.>To us.>To the battle ahead.>To luck.>(Other?)
>>35684843>>To victory.Something all of us want
>>35684843>To a pirate's payback.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35684843>To victory.>To luck.No reason we can't have a multi-toast.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35684843>To luck.>To the battle ahead.>To Tianna.
>>35684843>To victory.>To Tianna.
>>35684843To the annihilation of the Lintha, may they forever rot in Malfeas's asshole.
>>35684880Yeah lets go with this
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35684843>>To luck.And >>35684880
Rolled 10 (1d10)Forgot my dice
>>35684843>To victory.>To us.
>>35684843>To victory.And rotting lintha.
>>35684843>>To victory.>>To the Sun.GLORIA SOL INVICTUS
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35684843
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35684843>>To victory.[Cue Theme Music]
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35684946I had totally forgotten we had done this, still nice
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35684843>To victory.>To the Sun.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35684954>>35684946>>35684903>>35684894>>35684866>>35684936Incoming GLORIOUS SOLAR TOASTdem rolls.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35684866>>35684877>>35684894>>35684903>>35684936>>35684946>>35684954>10 SuccessesI think everything's going to be alright
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35684964>>35684966To luck indeed
>>35684843>To victory.>To the Sun.>Praise the sun option appears>people don't vote for itI thought I was reading Exalted Quest
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35684993We praise the sun for the aftermath of the battle, not in a pre battle grog slog.Don't worry anon, Senpai will notice us yet.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35684993We need to do another midday naked dance prayer to UCS sempai before we head off to battle, and bring Pyre along too
>>35684993Who cut off two of UCS-senpai's arms?
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35684993Actually pirates and sailor are pretty devout aren't they, for a given value of the term at least, we should Praise the Sun
Social + Zenith = 10 6 1 6 10 6 10 10 = 8 successes"To victory." You cheer as the mugs clash noisily together. "And to the Lintha."You don't have to fill in: the officers and crews burst out laughing and jeering at the mention of the name of everyone's most hated assholes of the seas.You head to the Bloodshark with Rubel and Rajaan and part of the crew, half-drunk and singing.Well, morale is high. Let's hope it stays that way.On board, in the next few minutes, arrive Iscariah with a cadre of chosen warriors (seeing a barbarian in power armor is so weird), then Samiel and Irene in full battle regalia, including their new weapons, accompanied by Valeriana. Irene is carrying a large shoulder-mounted gun on top of those."...And then I tried fitting it with a Silversheen gem to stabilize the tail end of the flux.""Wow. Did it work?""No way! It resonated the wrong way, burned out half the circuit, and spiked the motal channeler.""No way. Did it blow up?""Punched a hole in the roof as big as my head!" They both start laughing. "Mom was so mad at me."Samiel looks at you with imploring eyes. He says nothing.You stifle a giggle. "We're waiting for Zareen.""No need to." The dancer/assassin's voice answers back from the docks. You see her outfitted in her new armor and weaponry as well, and carrying a large sack over her shoulder. She tosses it onboard, and quickly follows it with an agile leap. "I'm here.""I guess we can set sail." Rajan seems somewhat worried. You know that face. It's the face of someone wondering if he forgot something, if he's missing anything. It's the face of someone about to leave on a trip with no real guarantee of returning from it.It's the face of someone about to face a nightmare, his own inner demons.You feel a lot more relaxed than him. Almost anxious. Your plans are about to come together. A new city. A new chance. A new life.Plus, punching demons sounds fun.>Let's do this>Wait. We're missing something (what?)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35685028>>Let's do this
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685028>Let's do this
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35685028>>Let's do thisLet's go
>>35685028>>Let's do thisVal and Irene are adorable
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685028
>>35685028>Wait. We're missing something (what?)Red hair dye.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35685028>>35685068This
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35684843We may be smart in leaving one or two exalted back so that the Lintha do not make a gambit of counterboarding our ships to strand us in the middle of the ocean if we sink their ship.I mean they are demons around who would be ok with loosing all Lintha if they can fuck up the emerging naval power of Tianna.Also, considering that Exaltedfag said that Tianna is rather strong on the ground i would like to see that reflected. We should have a a overabundance of fighters per ship ready to fuck shit up too - the only reason they be not boarding is because the ship might sink with them on board if it is alive and can close up its access ways to take us down with it.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35685028>Let's do this
>>35685028>Wait. We're missing something (what?)Red hair. All of the women need red hair.
"Let's go." You order, leaping down the ship and back on the docks. "Best of luck, everyone. See you on the battlefield."They all cheer back at you as you leave, run across the docks, and leap on the Gloria just as it is about to set sail."Is everything ready?" Asks Amata, standing on the many-sailed vessel's prow."As ready as we'll ever be." You reply, flexing your hands and fingers, staring at your new weapons. "Now all that's left is to fight the battle. That will answer all our questions.""Alright." Mikahil is at the back, holding the ship's wheel. You have to admit, he looks confident. He looks utterly at home here.In a few minutes, the Gloria is freed from the moorings and picking up speed towards the open seas. The wind is stiff and favorable, and feels like a pleasant breeze on your skin and in your hair.In the meanwhile, you have explained the specifics of the strike fleet to Amata and Mikahil. The slower ships are lagging far behind you.That's fine, you're meant to scout ahead anyway."I probably won't be able to take part in the fight, Maka." Amata warns you. "I'll have to use a lot of Essence to coordinate everyone with sorcery. I'd just get in the way.""I see." You nod. "You don't have to prove anything, Amata. I know you'll do your best. And frankly, proper coordination will be more useful than anything else. Especially done by you." You smile. You're sure she'll manage to surprise you somehow."I'll prepare my stuff in a room. It's... probably not the best idea to do sorcery on the deck of a ship, especially not if a fight could start at any time. If I lost my concentration, weird stuff could happen." She says, leaving the deck (not after a kiss) and heading down.(cont.)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35685137Well, shit. Without red hair, we're going to need to spend as much of the trip below decks as possible.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35685145Isn't that only a danger if we really head out into the sea, I mean unless there are any storm bitches inconveniently hanging out around Tianna
Remember to use our charms. Especially Heroism-Encouraging presence and IKB. We are only at 4/5 HP.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35685153we're gonna have time to rest and recover to max before the battle begins. We're only just about to cast off so we can assume there's some time before we hear from Amata that they've located the flagship.
>>35685165Then why didn't we use MRP just for the extra successes?
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35685152Nope. Basically every spirit has charms that make them broadly aware of the entire area in which they have influence - even the eyes of their priests, not just their lands and temples.Now, the Storm Mothers might not decide to fuck with us today. But we're Social 4, which means we're superhumanly, impossibly beautiful, and we'd be gambling on them not getting their hate on for that. And if they do decide to fuck with us, we don't have spirit-touching or spirit-killing charms to deal with that fact.So, basically, we should stay below decks. If we don't have red hair, we're basically painting a target on the ship for the Storm Mothers to come smite.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685176Eh we just didn't think to use it when we were toasting the fuck outta that victory.No worries I mean we're gonna have our work cut out for us shortly.
You're left alone with Mikahil on deck. You decide to leave him to his job, without distracting him.Amidst all the calls and yells and orders and screams of the rest of the crew handling the ship, the noise of the wave, and the whistle of the wind, he stays utterly silent, eyes focused ahead. A pale golden glow radiates from him, and seems to meld and vanish with the wooden planks beneath his feet.You get the feeling that the Gloria is just picking up more and more speed. Is the wing really that strong, or is it just Mikahil's charms? Looking at him, you're pretty sure it's the latter.After a couple minutes, you see his face turn into a frown."Something is weird." He mumbles, almost silently, but somehow, despite the noise, you maanage to hear him.You come closer and whisper back. Maybe he doesn't want to worry the crew. "What's wrong?""A small boat is moving parallel to us."You look around, confused."You'd have to be in the crow's nest to see it." He explains."Why can you see it, then?" You ask back at him. "Charms?"He nods. "I can see what the ship sees."That sounded weird, and he seems to realize that."...In any case, what about it? Is it Lintha?""Doesn't seem so. Too small. It's barely a fishing boat.""What's the problem then?""It's keeping up with us. We're sailing at twenty-seven knots."You sigh. What now?>Ask for Amata's opinion.>Head for the mysterious ship.>Fire a warning shot in that direction.>Ignore it.>(Other?)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35685215>Ask for Amata's opinion.
>>35685215>Head for the mysterious ship.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685215>Ignore it.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35685215Jump up to the Crow's Nest. Take a few hops along the rigging if we need to. We have acrobatics charms that can have us up there to take a look and then back down on deck in a matter of seconds.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685226My Dice
(concerning the Storm Mothers: if the weather starts turning back, everyone has red hair dye. But even that is not sure to work...)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35685215This >>35685233
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35685215Seconding >>35685233
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35685233Seconding for some flips n' shit.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35685233Sure let's head up there and check it out, let's also send someone down to tell Amata about it, if she' not still busy doing Sorcery I mean
Rolled 7 (1d10)If we check out the ship we should get under cover below decks fast
>>35685233Don't forget a telescope. Maka hasn't invested heavily in awareness charms, if I remember correctly
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35685258Yeah I'm sure Mik has one we can use at least
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685258Hmmm. I wouldn't mind picking up a super-senses Night charm at some point.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685215A small boat that can keep up with us?It must be artefact ship>>35685233Seconding this
You pat on Mika's back to signal him to wait for a second, and leap up to the Crow's nest, almost giving a heart attack to the poor lookout there."WHA- Oh gods- it's you. Erm, apologies, Exalted One...""Don't get formal on me, come on." You scan the horizon. "Got a spyglass?"He fumbles for it, hanging from his neck on a leather string. You point north. "Can you see it?""...A single sailed, single masted boat." He mumbles, clearly amazed. "Mikahil spotted it." You concede, allowing yourself some modesty as you take the spyglass from his hands.It's a small sailing boat, as described. It's single, triangular sail, immaculate white, is filled with wind, and the white trail blazing behind the small vessel is a tell-tale sign of its amazing speed.You can't see clearly enough to tell who's riding on it, but..."Crew?" You ask, handing the spyglass back."For that? One to three.""Weapons?" Probably a stupid question.He shakes his head. yep, a stupid question."Alright. Thank you. Keep an eye on that, but without neglecting the rest of the horizon. We're looking for the big bastard, remember.""Aye.">Ask for Amata's opinion.>Head for the mysterious ship.>Fire a warning shot in that direction.>Ignore it.>(Other?)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35685309>Ignore it.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35685309>>Head for the mysterious ship.Might as well, who knows they might have seen the lintha
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35685309>>Ignore it.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685309>Head for the mysterious ship.
>>35685309>Head for the mysterious ship.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35685309>>Head for the mysterious ship.Well shit it's right there
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685309This is a tricky situation. I'm tempted to fire a warning shot, but we have no idea what it's carrying.I don't think we should redirect the ship to find it. We are already on a time limit.And I guess it's too far away for us to jump to. >Ignore it.See what it does.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685309>Head for the mysterious ship.Gotta know if it's a lintha spotter or whatever else.Can't just ignore a thing like that.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35685309Intercept the mysterious ship.We cannot have more unknowns in the battlespace. Especially if its a Abyssal. It would be nice to have another solar though.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685383I can just see it a psychotic Dawn caste humping a artifact ship looking for ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS! (Because a Night caste one with just the same objective would be stealthed- rogues do it and all that)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35685383>Especially if its a Abyssal.Shit I hadn't even thought of that, could be Baron if it is though, he had a bunch of Sail charms if I remember right
>>35685309We are not ignoring a superspeedy ship.Superspeedy ships usually carry a highly explosive or valuable payload.I do not want to risk said valuable thing or explosive thing become a nasty surprise to us.>Head for the mysterious ship.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685401>he had a bunch of Sail charmsMost of those only applied at night, and they tended to be about stealth.More to the point, an Abyssal-helmed ship wouldn't leave a bright white trail.
>>35685401Didn't Baron get a really big boat to sail with Ms. Ican'tdecidehowtospellmyname?
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35685401He was given a full ship with essence artillery and a ghost crew though. Not a single sail paddleboat.
>>35685413If you're so worried about it exploding, why are you saying we should head towards it? Blow it out off the water if it worries you so.
You leap down from the crow's nest, landing gracefully next to Mikahil."Intercept it." You tell him."We'll waste time." He mumbles in response, but turns the wheel nonetheless."I know." You concede. "But I'll feel a lot safer."A minute after turning in that direction, the lookout informs you. "It's turning onto us!""They know we've noticed them. No sense hiding anymore." You reason. "This means they don't fear us." Adds Mikahil. "Or they'd run. If they can be as fast as us, they can just turn away and keep distance, or try and lose us.""So, not Lintha.""Probably not."It's not long before you can see the ship better. It's something like a small fishing boat, but with improved rigging and sails, turning into a fast messenger boat.Only one person is on board. You see him (or her?) wrapping himself up in a thick grey cloak and tunic.>Hiding something?!>Come onboard, you!>Leap on board as soon as the ships are close enough>Order to open fire on the boat with a Lightning Ballista>It's not a Lintha, ignore it. Let's go back to our mission.>(other?)
>>35685452>Leap on board as soon as the ships are close enough"Hello, need something?"
>>35685452>Come onboard, you!
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35685464Eventually I'll remember my dice the first time
>>35685452>It's not a Lintha, ignore it. Let's go back to our mission.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35685452>Come onboard, you!
>>35685452>Leap on board as soon as the ships are close enoughHello. Lost a turn somewhere? You must have gone right instead of left by that red corals, and wondered in here. Sorry, private party going on in here so I am afraid I will have to ask you to leave, what with this being invitation only and all that...
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685452>>Come onboard, you!
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35685452>>Come onboard, you!Lost, might want to steer clear of this area soon thoughLet's put on MRP too, no sense holding back now
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685452>>35685480Channeling Jack Sparrow?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nXSX3s976s
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35683513I'll second activating MRP if we're going to talk
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35685452Leap aboard, if its not horrifically mutated, try to talk to it
Rolled 4 (1d10)Don't forget your dice now people
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35685452>Leap on board as soon as the ships are close enough
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685480BLUFF CHECK TO MAXIMUM
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685452>Flash Tits
>>35685547We'll certainly flash more than that if we leap over there if we've still wearing our tabbard.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35685452terrible terrible dice.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35685564We did alright, 4 successes on 8 dice, very average at least
"Hey, you!" You call out to the figure wrapped in the thick cloak. "Come onboard!"A rope ladder is tossed overboard and the mysterious individual climbs it and leaps on the Gloria.He feels somewhat masculine, with bits of long grey hair peeking out of the hood, and is either quite well-built and bulky, or wearing armor, but not both. You don't see any obvious weapons, but he could be hiding anything under that cloak. You can't even see the face clearly, as it's covered by a wooden tribal mask, something very Archipelago."Did you get lost?" You ask, half joke, half provocation."No, not at all." The voice is hard to pin. It sounds fairly masculine, but not absolutely so. Besides the mask muffles it a bit. "I wanted to meet the famous Maka. I was heading for Tianna, but...""But you met me at sea... and started following me? And why the mask?""I wanted to meet you, but I did not want you to meet me."That statement confuses you for a few seconds, but after that you think you understand what he means. Not WHY, though."...Why?" You just ask."We could be allies, you and I. But first I wanted to know who you really are. I didn't plan on being found so easily..." He honestly admits."You wanted to spy on me?" You smile."Yes." The individual calmly admits. "I wanted to know if you're some kind of enlightened ruler or a debauched demon. There are several different stories going 'round about you, and I wasn't sure what to believe.""...That's a lot of honesty for someone going around with a mask. Can I have a name, at least?"He thinks about it for a second. "Bob. Bob of Wavecrest.""You just made that up.""Yes.">Take off that mask and we'll talk.>Alright, come with us then.>We'll have to do this some other time. Please go back.>Wait for me in Tianna then. Kinda busy right now.>I'm afraid you'll have to wait in the brig for now.>(Other)
>>35685615Are you an exalt.jpg
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35685615>>Alright, come with us then.No time for anything else right now, learn by watching I guess, how good are you in a fight?
>>35685629Try what kind of exalt
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35685615>He thinks about it for a second. "Bob. Bob of Wavecrest.">"You just made that up."There is nothing wrong with the name Bob. My last 5 characters have been named a variation of Bob.>Take off that mask and we'll talk.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685615Ummm, are you good at fighting? If so, your invited to the party
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35685615>Take off that mask and we'll talk.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35685615>(Other)"Do not play games. Tell me who you are or begone."
>>35685615>(Other)Well then 'Bob', just swear on oath that you won't stab us in the back and we can have a nice long chat later.Or now if you don't mind chatting while Lintha try to kill you.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35685615We're kind of on a tight schedule here, I don't really want to waste too much time talking and without anyone back in Tianna to watch him we might as well bring him along
>>35685633>>35685638>>35685639>>35685646Wow, the dice are shittier than usual
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35685615We cant send him to Tianna since its bereft of Exalted...
>>35685615>Alright, come with us then.We're getting rid of the Lintha at the moment. Can you fight?
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35685615Well, if he wont stab us in the back its going to be ok.But with the mask it means that he is someone we met already, or someone who will have to interact with us regardless of the outcome of this here expedition.So if we did not meet then he can drop the mask since at this moment we are to busy for bullshit and we wont change our behavior for some vague presence in the future. We have enough shit to deal with in the present.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35685615That's probably not Dancing Swallow right?
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685615>Alright, come with us then."All-right 'bob'. I'll let you have a front row seat."
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685685nah he's already met us so if he came back he'd do so openly.Plus the guy said he hated secrecy and deceit and shit so this obtrusiveness isn't something he'd do.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35685694Yeah I figured, I was just remembering that Dancing was also shit at lying, but he handled it by not saying anything
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35685615>Take off that mask and we'll talk.
>>35685615>Other"So you were just here heading to Tianna and then you just decided to come out here to see what I was doing. Bullshit. How did you know I was here with this fleet while you were in this dinky little boat?"
>>35685731>How did you know I was here with this fleet while you were in this dinky little boat?We're not with the fleet, we're scouting ahead of it.
>>35685638I know right, plain names and colorful characters are always a fun contrast.
"See..." You scratch your head, trying to find the best words. "We're kind of heading out to kick some Lintha right now.""I like that." The mask replies.Meanwhile the men on deck, who had been focusing on the mysterious individual up to then, begin to relax."Can you fight?""Kind of. You want my help?""You said you wanted to ally with me." A strange feeling is beginning to crawl into your head. Why does this person not want to show his face? Do you know him? You try and focus. He feels familiar? Or is it just because you're TRYING to detect anything you can recognize in him.Or maybe he's not hiding his face just from you? Is he wanted? Or just hideously scarred? Maybe not even human?"You don't trust me." He says, bluntly."Well, no. How can I trust you? I have no idea who you are! You probably know more about me than I do about you."He nods thoughtfully. "That is true. But how do I know that you're really you? Anathemas are possessed by demons and turned inside out. How do I know you're not just a monster wearing a skin?"That's a fairly good point, but Mikahil lifts his eyes from the rudder wheel and says: "His ship was coming FROM Tianna when I first saw it matching route with us.""From Tianna? Not TO Tianna?" You turn back to him. He shrugs. "Who are you really? Take off that mask."A long sigh. "I'd like to do that in... private.">...Alright, follow me to a room>No way, take off that mask right now or I'll take it off you myself>No deal. You're too suspicious now. Get lost>No deal. You're too suspicious now. To the brig with you>Try and take the mask off, catching the man by surprise>(other)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35685764>...Alright, follow me to a roomI think it's Swallow.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35685764>>...Alright, follow me to a roomBut we are heading out though, can't go wasting anymore timeIt's totally Swallow, he totally Exalted as a Dawn caste probably
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35685773Was Swallow even an exalt though... I mean this guy was keeping pace with a solar on the seas.>>35685764>...Alright, follow me to a roomI'm pretty sure this guy isn't an assassin or something.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685788>Was Swallow even an exalt though...He wasn't.He might be now. That's some serious Chosen of Journeys shit he was doing, and the "A strange feeling is beginning to crawl into your head" bit feels Sidereal to me too.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35685764>Try and take the mask off, catching the man by surpriseFuck this man of mystery shit.
>>35685764>...Alright, follow me to a roomJust keep him clear of amata's room. She doesn't need a distraction.
>>35685776Ah, yes. The good 'ole diehard Immaculate Exalting as the thing he hates.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35685764>...Alright, follow me to a room
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685797Seems awfully fast for him to go on a soul searching journey and come back a few weeks later as a celestial exalt with badass superboat.Plus he'd mention something about us already so we'd have an inkling of who he was. No, I think this is someone new.
"...Alright, follow me." You gesture to him to follow you. Mikahil eyes him suspiciously as he takes back the wheel in his hands.Once downstairs, you lock the door behind you. "So, spill the beans."The figure folds his arms and stares at you. He hesitates, then says, in a deeper tone of voice: "The melancholy of the skies, mixed with wind and rain and dust..."You stare at him, dumbfounded. What the heck was that?He stares you down. "The melancholy of the skies, mixed with wind and rain and dust...">...What the heck?>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.>Try and make up an appropriate reply. Maybe you can guess it, or maybe it's some poetry or song you can try and remember...>He's casting a spell or something! Attack him right now.>Alright, you've really stopped making sense now. Take off that mask immediately.>Alright, you've really stopped making sense now. Get off my ship.
>>35685764>...Alright, follow me to a room
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35685886>Alright, you've really stopped making sense now. Take off that mask immediately.STRANGER DANGER
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35685886>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35685886>>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.I've no clue at all
>>35685822Probably a Sidereal who is unsure wether he should kill us or help us.Did we ever discover what Caste the sidereal who killed the previous owner of our exaltation was?
>>35685886>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685886>>...What the heck?>Try and make up an appropriate reply. Maybe you can guess it, or maybe it's some poetry or song you can try and remember...>>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.
>>35685886>>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685886>Try and make up an appropriate reply. Maybe you can guess it, or maybe it's some poetry or song you can try and remember...
>>35685909Tia's prior incarnation pulled the trigger. A sidereal poisoned her, but we don't know who or how or what. Or anything really.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35685886>Try and make up an appropriate reply. Maybe you can guess it, or maybe it's some poetry or song you can try and remember...Hope Maka actually listened to her lecturers.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35685886>Try and make up an appropriate reply. Maybe you can guess it, or maybe it's some poetry or song you can try and remember...So, he's probably the Sidereal who almost killed Past Maka.Let's try remembering our past life.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35685886Quick, someone reread all the threads and look for hints! I can't do it alone!
>>35685886The desperation of the earth, mixed with rock and soil and sand?
>>35685886>>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.Maka officially confus
>>35685931Nope, not!tia shot him too. Blew his head off.Tia's probably got a thing about guns, now. Ptsd or something.
>>35685931Maybe we should have atopped to think about the past, after all.Damned looting instincts.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35685931No that guy got his head rezoned for a bullet sized tunnel. Could be another sidereal though.Or it could be an abyssal.... I mean they have some crazy ass names like that.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35685886>>Try and make up an appropriate reply. Maybe you can guess it, or maybe it's some poetry or song you can try and remember...Like legit try and think if it's familiar not you know, make something up
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35685886
>>35685956An abyssal? Maybe somebody from Gem?I'm trying to think familiar, but Maka's exalted acquaintances are mostly spoken for.
Mental + Twilight = 9 1 4 7 2 = 2 successesYou have no idea. If it's poetry, you never heard it. Rings no bells. You could try and make up something... Or not.>Make something up.>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.>Alright, you've really stopped making sense now. Take off that mask immediately.>Alright, you've really stopped making sense now. Get off my ship.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35685986I'm thinking you might be onto something with the Gem idea since something something ash and melancholy sounds like a volcanic city that is constantly in a state of fucked.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35685998>>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.Welp that was a decent try at least
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35685998>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.I think this guy is trying some sort of patience test to see if we can deal with some guy being an obtuse asshole instead of defaulting to death threats and punching.
>>35685998"Sorry, not ringing any bells."
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35685998>>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.Man, we need more dice.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35685998>Make something up.Welp, time to improvise some poetry
>>35685998>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35686011Right, forgot to roll.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35685998>>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35685998>>Wait, is that a password? A code word? I'm sorry, I don't know it.Dais
>>35685998>Make something up.The desperation of the earth, mixed with rock and soil and sand?Again, trying my best guess.
You shake your head. "If it's a code word, I don't know the response.""Are you sure?" He asks back.You think about it again. "...Pretty sure, yes."He clears his throat: "Always these ancient walls I've held dear...">"...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear.">Wait. I know this. Why do I know this?>Enough. Get out.>Enough. Off with that mask.>Rip his mask off.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35686143>>"...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear."Time for some DESTINY
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35686143>Wait. I know this. Why do I know this?>"...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear."This is our First Age Lunar Husband. He wasn't our Mate, like Tia is, just a Lunar our predecessor fell in love with.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35686143>Wait. I know this.>"...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear.">Why do I know this?
>>35686143>"...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear.">Wait. I know this. Why do I know this?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35686143>>"...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear.">Wait. I know this. Why do I know this?
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35686143Dice
>>35686162>>35686167>>35686174The Maidens approve
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35686164It could be that other Sidereal that showed up, not the one that was trying to kill us the one that came with our Lunar Husbando, the Gold Faction one
>>35686143>"...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear.">Wait. I know this. Why do I know this?>Enough. Off with that mask.>writing spastswWhat do you mean, Captcha? You think he is someone from our past?
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35686143>"...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear.">Wait. I know this. Why do I know this?
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35686143>"...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear.">Wait. I know this. Why do I know this?OF HAPPENINGS
>>35686143>>"...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear.">>Wait. I know this. Why do I know this?
Rolled 3 (1d10)It's always weird when the dice agree with Maka
>>35686143>Wait. I know this. Why do I know this?Sidereal inbound.
Yes.This pleases the spiders.
>>35686164Or the guy that brought the First Age Lunar Husband back to Maka, not-Maka, ohgodamIthesamepersonasthatvisionpleaseno
>>35686143>"...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear."
You remember this."...for the shining lights, the smiles of friends, and the dream of life without fear." You continue, almost mechanically.Why do you know this?You close your eyes. Come on! A vision. A nightmare. Anything! What does this mean?The ship shakes and rocks. An impact, very close, lifts a thick, noisy spray of water, interrupting your train of thoughts."It IS you." The figure mumbles, rushing back upstairs. "...I hope. But I'll trust you."You're about to scream "wait!" to him, but your moment of panic and confusion is interrupted by the Gloria turning hard to port, nearly sending you headfirst into a wall.You rush upstairs.Far in the distance, a small black dot floats over the horizon.You catch a glimpse of a large black sphere darting through the sky and impacting dangerously close, lifting another huge spray of water."How the hell are they shooting at us from this distance?!" You scream above the chaos and the panic of the crew."It's the Murderous Heart." Mikahil shrugs, like that explains everything. Well, it probably does.. "You dealt with that?" He nods sideways. You follow him.The grey-cloaked man has just jumped back onboard his small ship, which immediately unfurls its sail and picks up speed, heading straight for the Lintha ship.Too much stuff happening at the same time!"Amata?!" You ask him, a one-word question as you squint at the thing in the distance."Contacting the others. We should have replies shortly.">Move away! Their range is insane. Let's wait for our fliers at least!>Full speed ahead! Let's close in and bring them within range of our Lightning Ballistas!>Keep this distance. Work on evasive maneuvers.Combined:>Get the mystery man to follow you rather than charge in>He can take care of himself>Open fire on him>Try and catch him>Abandon the Gloria, leap on his boat before it's too far
>>35686325>Full speed ahead! Let's close in and bring them within range of our Lightning Ballistas!Combined>He can take care of himself
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35686325>>Full speed ahead! Let's close in and bring them within range of our Lightning Ballistas!>>Get the mystery man to follow you rather than charge inCan't let their flagship back off.
>>35686325Evasive maneuvers. But always moving slowly closer.Abandon ship, demand answers
>>35686325The lack of vision means it's probably not first age shit, it might just be Gem shit from when we were too young to remember clearly.>Full speed ahead! Let's close in and bring them within range of our Lightning Ballistas!>Abandon the Gloria, leap on his boat before it's too far
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35686325>Move away! Their range is insane. Let's wait for our fliers at least!>Get the mystery man to follow you rather than charge in
>>35686325>Keep this distance. Work on evasive maneuvers.>Get the mystery man to follow you rather than charge in
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35686325>Full speed ahead! Let's close in and bring them within range of our Lightning Ballistas!>Get the mystery man to follow you rather than charge inLet's see if we can't take out some of those cannons, or whatever it's shooting us with
>>35686325>Full speed ahead! Let's close in and bring them within range of our Lightning Ballistas!>He can take care of himself
>>35686325>Keep this distance. Work on evasive maneuvers.No point moving away now that our cover is blown, and charging in alone would be suicide and would limit our fleet's ability to open up once they get here. We need to keep a visual on them while we wait for our backup to arrive.
>>35686325>Full speed ahead! Let's close in and bring them within range of our Lightning Ballistas!>Abandon the Gloria, leap on his boat before it's too far
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35686325>Full speed ahead! Let's close in and bring them within range of our Lightning Ballistas!>Open fire on him
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35686325>Keep this distance. Work on evasive maneuvers.>He can take care of himselfHere I had feared to only get to catch the ending.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35686325>Move away! Their range is insane. Let's wait for our fliers at least!>Get the mystery man to follow you rather than charge inWith only one ship going against that its insane.And the ship would be better used to haul in more exalted than just us and the mystrey manWe should have our fliers here and the boat so we can drop of full exalted squad in.The speedboat is great because its going to be hard to hit.And we need the fleet to play wolfpack to pin the ship down even if they stay out of range.
>>35686325>Keep this distance. Work on evasive maneuvers.>He can take care of himselfHe sound like he's got an angle, so clearly he's not going to up and off himself in a suicide rush before he's scoped us out. He's probably got some convoluted Sid plan.
Rolled 1 (1d1)>>35686450So the plan would be keep out of range until flyers and some exalted are here plus one or two extra ships,Then use the ships to encircle even out of range they can threaten to full speed ahead for a boarding so it will pin the ting and then fly and speedboat in as more ships come for the encirclement.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35686325Wow, they pretty much fired on us without trying to plunder us. They must have been tipped off >Keep this distance. Work on evasive maneuvers.>He can take care of himselfIf the guy managed to catch us while travelling at faster then normal boat speeds. He must be exalted himself. Thinking about it, its strange that Rajan was left alive. Do you think he's only alive because he agreed to become a Lintha spy
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35686325>Move away! Their range is insane. Let's wait for our fliers at least!>He can take care of himself
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35686325>Full speed ahead! Let's close in and bring them within range of our Lightning Ballistas!>Abandon the Gloria, leap on his boat before it's too far
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35686325Why is everyone voting for a maximum Leeeroy J-J-J-enkins?With both the ship and the speedboat?
"Mika!" You scream over the chaos."What?!""Full speed ahead!"A grin spreads on his face as his Anima blaxes to full power. "AYE!"Immediately the Gloria gets a jolt of extra acceleration, nearly tossing you and other men overboard.A very tired-looking, dishelved Amata pops up from underdeck, surrounded by a faint blue glow. "Are we going in?"You nod. "Reports?""Five Tails is five minutes away. Zaan fifteen. Tia got in a tangle with a Lintha warship on patrol, says she'll be here right away, but didn't give me an exact time."You roll your eyes. "The main force?""Half a hour behind."You turn back to Mikahil."Five minutes and we're in Ballista range." He answers your implicit question. "Ten and we're in boarding range."You glance sideways at the samm ship skipping, like a stone, from wave to wave, alongside your boat.>Head into gun range and hold there. Artillery duel time.>Let's try and just keep it busy until we get reinforced.>Head straight for a boarding. I want to get on that boat no matter who else is there.>(Other?)
>>35686533Yes, let's not forget that right now it's one speedboat and one (not terribly large) ship with the vital-in-many-ways Amata on board, rushing against a horribly deadly demon ship.
>>35686579>>Let's try and just keep it busy until we get reinforced.Board at 15, once we've got zaan and five
>>35686579>Let's try and just keep it busy until we get reinforced.
>>35686579>Head straight for a boarding. I want to get on that boat no matter who else is there.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>35686579>Head straight for a boarding. I want to get on that boat no matter who else is there.SURPRISE IS THE ONLY ELEMENT WE NEED
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>35686579>Let's try and just keep it busy until we get reinforced.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35686579>Let's try and just keep it busy until we get reinforced.Let's at least wait for the Lunars and from there we'll get us on board
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35686579>Let's try and just keep it busy until we get reinforced.I don't mind waiting for a kraken
>>35686579>Let's try and just keep it busy until we get reinforced.We have superior man/exalt/essence-power on the way. See if Maka can do anything to block those shots.If it comes down to boarding, we can split the Exalts into tiered teams. the terrestrials focus on blinding and hobbling it. The Lunars focus on clearing the deck of opposition. Maka kick-stomps her way through the decks until she reaches the demon's heart, then rips it out and offers it to Tia and Amata as a wedding gift.
>>35686612They have spies all over Tianna and can see us coming (we know the latter because they are shooting at us). Where the hell is our element of surprise?
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35686579>Let's try and just keep it busy until we get reinforced.We don't have the numbers to board and I guess they got more guns then us. So we need to use our mobility to our advantage. Are we close enough to get a good look at it yet?
"Keep 'em busy, Mika!" You yell at the Eclipse."How?" he asks back."Improvise!"He makes another hard turn right. "Open fire!" He orders.The artillerists look at each other, confused. "But... we're out of range, sir...""Do it anyway!" He replies. "Give them something to think about."The two magitek artillery pieces spit, with a roaring noise, thunderbolt-like lines of white-bluish light that arc through the sky and disappear on the horizon, near the large black dot.Mikahil zigs and zags like crazy, your ship leaving a thick, convoluted white trail on the ocean behind it. The small fishing boat mirrors your every move.Impacts dot the sea all around you. A few impacts are really close, but none hit, and after a couple minutes, they cease fire."Out of range for us, not accurate enough for them." Mikahil grins. "Stalemate."Stalemate. But for how long?(AFK, will continue later)
>>35686746You'll need a new thread mate.
Rolled 5 (1d10)Does Graceful Crane Stance let us run across the surface of water? I'm pretty sure the equivalent does in actual Exalted.It's mostly a moot point, since this ship is moving at so many knots that it's way faster than we are on foot anyway. I'm just curious.
>>35686957No, the charm that does that is, I think, Night 4.At least it's Athletics 4 in normal Exalted
>>35686957I think we might be able to pull that off if we also had Lightning Speed. As it is, I don't think we'd have the momentum to stay above the waves.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>35686957No that's a separate charm, in the corebook that's Feather foot style
>>35686746(back, gimme a sec)
Then, something startling happens, just as your mind begins to catch back up with all the things going on: A well-placed cannonball, a single aimed shot to save ammunition, hurtles towards the Gloria.The smaller ship gets in the middle, right on the projectile's trajectory, and you see the cloaked individual slapping the cannonball aside.Your eyes follow the now-deformed lump of bronze as it arcs lazily through the air, all its momentum lost, and falls in the ocean nearby."...What." Mikahil, for a moment, forgets the evasive maneuvers."Man, I wished I could do something better." You hear the figure say."Better than THAT?!" you can only reply."I mean, a better appearance. I wanted to spy on you a bit more, make sure that you're really who you claim to be. That I can trust you again. But I'm not cut for spy business, maybe even less so than you." The figure pulls away the cloak. "And then I'd reveal myself at the moment you need me the most and swoop in like a dashing hero.""What in Malfeas' cursed ribcage are you even talking about?" You mutter. That way of speaking...That piece of poetry."Zebia the Unforgotten." It's not from a past life or anything like that. It's a poet from... RY 500? Or so? A minor one, and basically unknown all over creation except in his homeland.Zebia of Gem."You always had a hard time memorizing that one." He grins. "But after the teacher drilled it hard enough into your tough skull, you managed to learn it by heart. I thought that it was a good way to find out if it really WAS you."You're speechless."Stuff happened. To both of us, it seems. But it's nice to see you again."Your brother Karas turns around with a smile, holding his hand, clearly trying to not think how much it hurts. A sunburst castemark burns on his forehead."You're ALIVE?!"He giggles. "News of my death have been greatly exaggerated."[session end]
>>35687437Two Solars from the SAME family? Oh my, that's exciting. Thanks for the thread Exaltedfag!
>>35687437Sunburst. Dawn?Interesting. And pretty damn cool.
>>35687437Well, that's exactly what I wasn't expecting.
>>35687437Our brother kind of looks like a chick.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35687437Fan-fucking-tasticGreat thread EF, absolutely can't wait for next time
>>35687437Aww, man, now HE'S going to be the punch-stuff master.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35687437Because everyone in Maka's family is a brown-skinned, light-haired, gem-eyed, pretty slut!As if we would have it any other way.
>>35687500Runs in the family. Keep him away from Tia.
>>35687508nah we got a big ass sword waiting for him at home
>>35687508But we still look better doing it in heels. I hope.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>35687515Don't forget being punch-masters. She comes from a family of natural pugilists and exalted-tier heroic fools, it seems.
>>35687519>Implying he won't be in our bed with Tia within the next two threads
>>35687524...Huh. I guess that was foreshadowing.
Thanks for playing, and thanks for sticking with me for 50+ threads.2 xp+1 XP (battle joined!)As usual, keep in touch with the twitter and ask questions on the ask.fm!
>>35687524Oh that's right, I'm glad we didn't melt that thing down then.
>>35687525I don't know about you but if our brother manages to look good in heels in any context, I will approve.Now taking bets on the countdown to incest. Non-curse-related doubles your odds.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35687534Maka's sheet is out of date, right? We picked up the faster-healing charm last session, and are now up to a total of 3 xp?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35687548Man, I'd be shocked if he didn't look great in heels. Just look at the type of appearance that runs in the family.
>>35687548There is no stigma attached to that in Exalted. Remember, most dragonblood families are fairly insular and related via a complex network of arranged marriages.
>>35687548Come on, hwta do you think we are, Dragon-Bloods?Though he IS very pretty...And it not like we couldn't use more Males in our harem...This is not a decision to be made as lightly as I first though
>>35687482Maka's family sure is amazing
>>35687581It's more about people in the thread rejecting it than everyone else.
>>35687548Please anon, Maka is just learning about self-control
>>35687534>Thanks for playing, and thanks for sticking with me for 50+ threads.How can we not? You consistently deliver quality threads and keep it fresh.On a side note, I expected mask-guy to be that one male fae who's obsessed with us, stepping in with a new form/disguise. Nice bait-and-switch.
>>35687609Maka nothing. What happens when Tia realizes she can have two Makas at once and her pick of genitalia?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35687581>There is no stigma attached to that in Exalted.That's a huge fucking lie. There's definitely an incest stigma. Nobility can get away with fucking cousins, just like in the real world, but sibling or parent/child incest? That's still wildly taboo in Creation, just as in the real world.Even the Dragon-blooded don't fuck their siblings, parents, or children. They get married to distant cousins, usually from other branch-families of their House, or even other Houses entirely. That's half the reason the Houses adopt Lost Eggs (like Samiel) from the Threshold so aggressively, because they're both aware of and want to avoid incest.So yes, there is absolutely a stigma attached to incest in Exalted.
>>35687515I still like the idea of Maka having a Gemstone Godblood parent
>>35687635Oh well, guess we'll have to overcome that stigma with some social shenanigans then.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35687641That's definitely what I'm assuming. That people in her family don't have golden eyes, they have gemstone eyes. Amethyst, ruby, sapphire, and so forth. Radiant, crystal colors, rather than rich, metallic ones.
>>35687626Well, she'll have to she'll have to share with our brother's lunar mate when we find them.Speaking of which, is he our Big Brother or our Little Brother?
>>35687657I'm just worried about the futurama-fry-foaming-at-the-mouth-hyperventilation-collapse. We're mid battle. We can't afford for her to go into convulsions just yet.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35687657>is he our Big Brother or our Little Brother?That's something I would very much like to know too. If I remember right, though, Maka's the middle child, with an older brother and a younger sister. We reflected on how her father/brother were probably dead, and her mother/sister - if they were as pretty as Maka - might be in a harem somewhere in Gem right now.
>>35687635I forget, does Taboo Inflicting Diatribe have an opposite?You know, hypothetically speaking.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35687689No, because you can just splice in a negative. Create a taboo against disliking incest, for example. All of a sudden, people who dislike incest are treated the way the US treats racists - as embarrassing assholes to be avoided socially.
>>35687689Doesn't need one. The description, IIRC, states it can inflict *or remove* social stigmas and long cherished beliefs. And I know Lunars get social charms that are designed to modify entire tribes at once.
>>35687689This is the part where you go 'I can do X, but should I do X' Which should be the Exalted motto.
The most pressing matter is how in the world did our brother pick up either a magic boat and/or the sailing charms to rival a well travelled eclipse?
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35687738By having Eclipse as his secondary the way we have Dawn as our secondary? Exalted are still fucking fantastic at their secondary specialty.
>>35687738It's not too hard , I mean we're punchy despite not being a Dawn, it's just that it cost us more to go in the tree, doesn't make it impossible or even worse at using the charms
>>35687437Awesome thread Exaltedfag, any idea when next thread will be?
>>35687726But that's the most boring step.>>35687754The question is, even if he has Eclipse as his secondary, why would he take sail charms? We come from the desert.
>>35687437I know that only Zeniths are guaranteed a vision by UCS, but do you think our brother saw him?Do you think he mentioned us?
>>35687809I'm pretty sure wind gliders and sandboats count under sail
>>35687754Maybe, but he's still pitting his secondary against our guy's primary, and with a lesser ship to boot.
>>35687685Got any thread number for that?
>>35687841>>35687809See this makes me think it's an artifact, or possibly a hearthstone, not a charm.
>>35687437Aw nigga, fucking YES!Didn't even expect Maka's family to show up, ever, but damn yes, I'm squeeling like a little girl.Can't wait for the incest.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>35687809>The question is, even if he has Eclipse as his secondary, why would he take sail charms? We come from the desert.First of all, in Exalted, deserts are crossed by sandships and thermal gliders as often as they're crossed by camels. They're called dune seas for a reason.And second of all, he's in the middle of a fuckhuge ocean, and he's been in that ocean for AGES if he's this far out. We're talking thousands upon thousands of miles from the nearest truly major landmass. It'd be more surprising if he didn't have Sail charms, if he favors Eclipse.
>>35687841It's not like the charms are any better just because they aren't from your primary, they still work the same
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>35687857Nope, sorry, just what I remember.
>>35687893Maybe, but Mikahil very likely has more of them, not to mention that if they're just roll boosts or additional dice like many of our charms then Mikahil should still have him outclassed in sheer numbers, not to mention having a much better boat to work with.
>>35687437Sweet! Good show, EF! Now we have not only another Exalt to throw at the Lintha, and not only another Solar, but a Dawn. Awww yisss. Maka's past has been turning up all over the place recently. I like it.
>>35687857We talked to Irene about it in thread 32
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>35687437>>35685398 I WAS RIGHT IT WAS A DAWN!AND MORE THAN THAT IT IS OUR BROTHER!
>>35688059Yep. That means we have a Zenith, Twilight, Eclipse, and Dawn now. almost a Perfect Circle.
>>35687657>>35687685Does not matter any way.I have this feeling that we treated all siblings as younger ones that need to be protected and aided.Even if we ave notorious poor impulse control, it seems that too runs in the family and we may be one of the more restrained ones, before the Exaltation fucked it all up.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>35687922>but Mikahil very likely has more of themSays who? Mikahil could have as few charms related to sailing as we do to animal husbandry. Just because Sailing is part of Eclipse doesn't mean Mikahil has to have invested any more in it than we have in Zenith's Survival.
>>35688132I am betting one simple double that the first think we do next thread is having Maka scream "ZEBIA!"Run over to his boat and tackle hug him into the water, and not letting go, unless we realize it is dangerous for him.
>>35688172His name is Karas at least according to the filename, Zebia was from the poem
>>35688171What Attribute+Ability would you role for Animal Husbandry anyway?Is that Craft(Genesis)?
>>35688171He's specced for spy work and maintaining contacts in an island chain. Getting around fast is a necessity.
>>35688171>Mikahil could have as few charms related to sailing as we do to animal husbandryWell considering he's confirmed to have at least one and Sail is a pretty sizable portion of Eclipse chrams...Frankly I think it's more likely that our brother, knowing that he had a whole lot of fucking sailing to do, decided to invest a disproportionate amount of XP into sail charms.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35688220Intelligence + Survival. Managing animals is a Survival roll; I think farming might be too. Craft (Genesis) is for scientific genetic engineering, not normal animal breeding, training, and care.>>35688222Which means he might only have a single Gofast Sail charm, the same way we only have a single Survival charm - the one that lets us swim in volcanos and fuck on the bottom of the sea. It isn't even remotely unreasonable that a Dawn might have more Sail charms than an Eclipse, if the Eclipse is much more invested in espionage and diplomacy, while the Dawn is invested in ship-to-ship warfare.
>>35688246Maybe he just grabbed a sailing artifact or someshit?That seems far more reasonable
>>35688268Or a hearthstone.Or he headlocked a sea-god until it agreed to push his boat.
>>35687437I don't know why, but this picture made me want to hook up our brother and Valeriana
>>35687825"Yeah, we talked for a bit. He seemed disappointed that I wasn't nude or dancing. Said he figured it ran in the family?"
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>35688432Dragon-blooded can be warrior badasses too; they're more powerful than the vast majority of beings in Creation, even if they aren't as powerful as Celestial exalts.
>>35688457Their primary advantages are numerical superiority and highly efficient charms. Their charms are never as powerful as Celestial charms that do the same thing, but they get 75% the effect for only 50% the cost. Or less, as there are certain rather common items designed to make their charms cheaper, something very rare amongst the celestials. Only the Sidereals have comparable efficiency.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>35688620...yes, and? I'm saying they're vastly more powerful than the majority of Creation, but weaker than Celestials. Comparing them to terretrial gods, mortals, god-blooded, and so forth, Dragon-blooded are still incredibly powerful. It's just easy to forget how powerful they really are when you start using Solars as a baseline.
>>35687581>There is no stigma attached to that in Exalted.That depends massively on which culture you're from. The Dynasty's tendency toward incest is viewed as evidence of their decadent corruption by a lot of their opposition.
>>35689548Well, they have the largest singular empire in the history of Creation, they must be doing something right
Has the thread been archived?
>>35687548>>35687581>>35689548Well, at the very least the newly reunited siblings will be spitroasting Tia
>>35690373I archived it during EF's afo incase he didn't come back in time