Thick, grey clouds cloak the sky, obscuring the sun and bringing a great shadow over the wastes. No birds singing, no more sounds of children. Just the wind and several miles of lifeless barrens. You haven't had a morning this perfect in years!You are Victarian Mortas, formerly Chovan, Necrosavant and ruler of the Southern Wastes. Unfortunately, the Southern Wastes is a shit place to rule. You've got far grander plans, but it will take time and effort to see them through.You've ransacked a village, experimented with children, created some abominations, and now taken a young protege under your wing to raise as your future heir. The little brat is quick to acclimate but slow to acquiesce. You'll win her over eventually, you're sure.>TOTAL FORCES: 52 regular zombies, 2 abominations, 1 Necrowurm, 1 precocious apprentice.>38 days' worth of food, now that the children have gone.>Known Civs: Goblins, Nation of Sirren>1 Brooding Tower, 1 Fortified Outpost, 1 Dark DungeonThe day is young and possibilities are many. Reports have been coming in of warriors from Sirren patrolling the ridge near your conquered hamlet, and you know that those righteous twits aren't going to wait very much longer.>Explore (Direction)>Scavenge>Head into town (loot, raise dead, other)>Research Necromancy>OtherYou can also take some time while your minions complete the first task to do something else:>Discipline/Teach Octavia>Attempt Diplomacy (Goblins or Sirren)>Experiment with potions
>>36761332Bring our largest and most intimidating abominations and zombies, along with the necrowurm, and approach the goblins, perhaps we can enslave them
>>36761332Awwww yeah, been waiting for this thread all dayI vote we send a few zombies to go continue looting the hamlet, maybe bring back anymore bodies for us to raise, while we research some new necromancy
Alright, we've got 1 vote for Attempt Diplo, and one for Head into Town.I can do those both, or would you rather I flipped a coin between research and looting?
>>36761613I say just flip, the quicker we can get this thread moving the more people we'll likely get in herealso should I make a name for myself or can I just keep posting anon?
>>36761403 Seconding this.Sending the skeletons to the village would lead the enemy right to us!
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>36761661No reason for names unless Mortas starts getting some non-undead minions.2 for diplomacy, flipping for which we'll do as the main action.1 - Loot hamlet2 - Research Neromancy
>Necromancer Civ Quest #2So, is this the second thread or the continuation of another series of threads?
>Mortas dies of old age>Octavia, now of age takes over>Octavia gains a ton of power and artifacts>Raises Mortas from the dead as a power lich in her service>Mortas overwhelms her and takes overCallin' it
>>36761707The former.>>36761734>implying I've planned farther ahead than the end of the week>>36761705Writing.
Rolled 41 (1d100)Lacking thread and sewing supplies, you think it'd be good to try and research some other ways to craft flesh. That red potion gave you an idea, but you want to verify it...You toil in your study for hours, poring over ancient tomes and forbidden manuscripts. Octavia sits in a chair and reads some book or another, probably one of those vampire novels. Is that what kids read? You don't know.Finally, in the Infernal Compendium, you locate a passage about merging flesh by twisting together the muscle beneath. It makes for awkward shapes and flapping skin, but physical appearance is hardly among your concerns.>You can now craft Abominations without thread, but roll 1d100-10 for success.Exiting your library with Octavia in tow, you get another message - a scout's just been shot down approaching your outpost. You've got knight woes, yeah. But at least with your outpost you can keep an eye on them. You haven't heard anything about those boggarts in ages.Gathering your two abominations, Octavia, and a dozen other ghouls, you head to parley with the goblin's chief, Ckakat. "Now, child, you will see how proper negotiations are done with the lesser beings."(Rolling for how well diplomacy goes.)
Been looking forward to this thread since we called it quits yesterday.Legitimately the most interesting civ game I've seen.
>>36761876More people should run their civ games without regard for "rules" and "standards of practice".>>36761868Writing, then.
>>36761868>41Looks like we'll be making green hamburger out of these fellas
>>36761868meh, 41 isn't badhopefully negotiations go well, the last thing we want is goblins and Sirren against us
Does anyone have a link to the last thread?
>>36761988Whoops, I namefagged, I'm running another civ and forgot to wipe the name
>>36761909Agreed.I can't get into the other civ threads because they're too inflexible and have too much number crunching to keep the story going in an interesting direction. The rule of cool is the way to go I reckon.The Volcano and Lizardfolk ones have been good too.
>>36762002http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/36726607/Here you go
>>36762006Heh, I feel sort of bad now, my civ threads are heavy number crunching. Then again, I'm running a civ or robots, makes sense they'd want to do all the numbers.
>>36762043That's really the only way to effectively run a robot civ.Its working well.
>>36762043Nothing wrong with that, I think the sweet spot is number crunching but to a minimum and keeping the rule of cool.
>>36762043Machine civ is awesome thought node.
>>36762055How do you know it's working well? Are you in the thread?
Goblins scurry and skitter around your group as you approach the lair of Ckakat, parting in fear of the lurching abominations. You briefly regret not bringing your necrowurm, but it's busy on guard duty.Standing in front of a simple wooden throne, adorned only by feathers and a plump, elderly goblin, you kneel and instruct Octavia to do the same."Your boggishness, Lord Ckakat of the Iron Hills. I come as ruler of the Southern Wastes, seeking to parley with you."With a wave, Ckakat dismisses the various goblins around his seat. A pair of bugbears slump behind him, eyeing your group. So, the greenskin wants to try some intimidation of his own? Incorrigible, these things. You raise your head, offering a confident smile. "We wish to negotiate an agreement with your esteemed clan, one that will hopefully bring prosperity to both parties.">41/100Ckakat frowns. "A snake's hide is pleasant indeed, but its teeth are sharp. Ckakat does not believe you have our 'prosperity' in mind. Say what you truly desire, or do not waste Ckakat's time."As stubborn as they are unintelligent. This one will make a fine footstool in time. Your face does not betray your thoughts, however, and you spread your arms wide. "My desire, your boggishness, is peace! Conflict does not benefit anyone, and if we are on good terms than we can both work towards our own goals!' The chief points his sceptre at your zombie slaves. "Conflict benefits no one, hm? Conflict means death. And death is your goal, it fuels you. Give Ckakat reason that he should not have you all killed right now."Well things could be going better. You'll need to convince Ckakat that you're not malevolent.>Offer your wealth>Offer knowledge>Offer slaves>Offer Octavia>Other
>>36762096Ya I've been reading it since it started.Just lurking though. The fellas there are more clued in than me since I've never seen a machine civ campaign before.
>>36762158How quick can we cast that instant death spell?, we need to kill Ckakat an seize power over the remnants of his tribe.
>>36762171Well, feel free to chime in, the number crunching is just a problem for us GMs. All you really have to do is show up and vote for actions. If you are confused about what resources or set rules exist, just ask, well be more than happy to answer.
>>36762158How many gold we have atm?
If Ckakat dies, we kill his bugbears and bellow out that we are the new leader, kill anyone who say's otherwise, and take the goblins and their resources to establish our settlement better
>>36762249What little gold we have on our person isn't going to sway him much. He'd have to take your word that you'll offer him the wealth in your coffers.>>36762302>>36762231You want to try regicide? Is that what we're doing now, killing the chief in full view of hundreds of his servants?
>>36762231I agree. This stubborn bastard seems to be calling the shots.Goblin slaves would be a bit more use than goblin zombies if we can seize control, even if just for the sake of experimentation and letting Octavia practice her powers on them.Maybe we should promise to give him our gold and come back with our full horde of undead instead?
>>36762302Yeah but only if he dies. And plus we only have 12 ghouls. That said, I can't think of anything better.
>>36762325Who here thinks a single one of those goblins has a speck of honest loyalty in them? Kill the head and the body can still be sewn into an abomination
>>36762329Shock and awe might be the only way to get control.Otherwise we come back with our horde and he has time to prepare his forces and put them between us.
Rolled 11 (1d100)Aight, regicide it is! Mortify is going to happen either way, but we'll just roll for a different sort of diplomacy.
>>36762378... well now I just feel like an idiot
>>36762378Is low or high good?
>>36762378Well it was a good run guys. Lets just hope the child survives.
>>36762378>11Well this ought to be good
>>36762400We'll always be rolling high in this quest, unless I decide otherwise for some odd reason and say so.>>36762378Hoo. Writing it up.
>>36762405Ckakat is still dead, we may just not get any goblins
>>36762378We get a bonus if we roll dubs though r-right guys?
>>36762433Heh heh he-no
This diplomacy has gone unresolved long enough. You never were a patient dark lord. You stand and step directly in front of Ckakat, giving him your most imposing expression."Leave Ckakat's presence at o-uuaaaagggh!!"The goblin chief's statement is cut off as you hold his eyes. Black veins run down his face, thickening and twisting around his eyes and mouth. The flesh where it travels shakes and festers, skin melting off of muscle, muscle shriveling to leave only blackened bone behind. You withdraw your hand as the last of his face is rotted off the skull, Ckakat's corpse slumping over and falling out of his throne.>11/100The bugbears roar first, mostly out of confusion rather than rage. Alerted to the sudden demise of their chieftain, the goblins clamor and shout. Blades and torches are raised, and the warrens start to swarm with greenskins. Things are not looking good for you right now.You turn to your retinue, and to Octavia. "RUN!" Your protege barely needs to be told twice, hoofing it out of the chamber as fast as she can. You send your minions to stem the tide of angry goblins. You'll make sure that girl lives, even if it means your own life. Hey, wait! Why would you risk yourself to save that little shi-">Cont.
>>36762669Ooh character developmentTune in next time for, does Mortas have feelings for Octavia?
>>36762694If he does then he's not a very good heartless tyrant.
>>36762694Wait, how old is she? We may kill people randomly, butcher women, children and elderly for personal amusement, and desecrate the dead to work as slaves, but feelings for a little girl is, like, totally immoral for a necromancer
>>36762742She's nine, if I recall correctly
Its like Leon the Professional, but with 60% more zombies and Goblins.
>>36762694>>36762742Every Good BBEG needs a herald or a "Mouth" I mean look at Sauron. Plus if any heroes get lucky we need a flower to raise us back from the dead, or at least reanimate into something workable.
>>36762789need a follower* ugh stupid autocorrect.
>>36762803I was wondering.
You are Octavia, son of Ederus and Horatia. You're currently running as fast as your legs will carry you from the throne chamber of Lord Ckakat, ex-chieftain of the Iron Hill goblins.Victarian said often he was going to rule the known world. He couldn't even handle a minor tribe of greenskins.You look back one last time, seeing the abominations bogged down by boggarts and swinging wide swaths of destruction. The regular peons have already fallen, cut to ribbons by a hundred tiny blades. Victarian slices his own blade through the ever-growing horde, trying to cut his way out. A large axe arcs through the air, and you hear a cracking of bones and the death cries of the Necrosavant as it cleaves into his shoulder.You can't look, turning with red eyes to the forest ahead. That miserable old bastard kidnapped you, killed your family, everyone you knew, starved you, demeaned you... saved you. The midday sun is choked out by thick clouds, and the forest casts heavy shadows on your face. No goblins, at least. They didn't notice, or just didn't bother. But you keep running, you have to keep running. >Cont.
I guess that one anon got pretty close to calling it>>36761734
>>36762803You had me onboard with the flower idea, even if it was a little gay and Spanish soap-opera-yA follower works too, though.
>>36762957>>36762851Considering our current situation..... We might end up waiting a bit. Girls need to git gud before she can do Mortas justice with a good reanimation/raising.
>>36763017But where will she learn?
>>36763017Did she even manage to learn anything? I don't think he had time to teach her something. She could go to his tower and read the books he left behind, but what power does she have over the undead? At best they're passive now without command, or they're wild and will kill anything.
>>36763052>>36763062We're going to have to find out won't we? Only other way he could come back would be self resurrect which I don't think we're strong enough to do.
>>36762851The trees wither and gnarl as you enter the wastes, and you can see the distant peak of the Brooding Tower far ahead in the distance. Several ghouls pass you, but they make no moves to stop you, or even think about where their master has gone to. These boneheads don't understand loyalty, they only understand power and those who have it.You reach the tower, chest burning and skin shining with sweat after your run. Opening the door, you collapse into the meager cot in your room. Your eyes are puffy and cheeks wet, but you can't remember crying. Exhaustion overpowers all other thoughts, and you drift to sleep...---------------------------------The next morning is dreary, grey clouds still rolling across the sky. Clacking and groaning echoes in the bedroom, and you rise to see several dozen zombies standing around you, reaching down into the stairway. They look like they're awaiting orders? But you're not Victarian! He only kidnapped you a couple weeks ago, this is ridiculous! The undead pay no interest to your complaints or your history. They are a race in need of a master. The only question is, what to do now?>Become the Necrosavant>Order the zombies to line up for re-deadening, it's time to get rid of these horrors.>Flee to Sirren>Other
>>36763096>Become the Necrosavanteveryone starts somewhere.
>>36763096You were always the victim, because you didn't have power. Now it's in your grasp. Now you can be in charge of your own destiny.>Become the Necrosavant
>>36763096>Become the NecrosavantLet's be honest we all know she wouldn't make it to Sirren alive, too far without supplies for a kid.
>>36763128Yup become the necrosavant
>>36763096[x] Become the NecrosavantIs this even a question?
>>36763017Ya I don't think we can count solely on our necro powers for a while.Stupid idea here, but could we go to Sirren as a "refugee" of a goblin raid and see if they would send a small force to wipe out the "rampaging" goblins?That would give us a solid stockpile of corpses to reanimate and improve our powers on no matter how the battle pans out.Also, what happens to our structures since we picked Ensorcelling? Do they fall apart? Do we get to choose a new Necro specialization when Octavia gets more powerful?>Ensorcelling - Raw magic holds your constructions together. It's the fastest to make new ones, but if anything damages you or alters your connection to the mana then your army will become vulnerable, or fall apart.
>>36763096>Become the NecrosavantLet's go and become necro-bookworms.
>>36763166Hmm... for some reason they haven't fallen apart, as they ought to. Certainly an odd occurrence. It's probably nothing, right?Alright, clearly we're becoming the Necrosavant. Writing...
>>36763166Woops, took too long to post and didn't see the updated status.>Become NecrosavantLet's make the world burn for our own mistakes.
>>36763166I think sending an emissary to siren would be good. Plus we could catch the the knights they send off guard after they finish killing the goblins. Unfortunately, then all the tin cans will come after us, and were not that strong.Were Mortas last thoughts why would you risk your life to save that little sh-?
>>36763241We'll get him back. Some day
I think sending a small zombie force to bait the Goblins into charging in the general vicinity of the knights could be a good idea. Hopefully the bastards will fuck each other up and leave us alone.
>>36763277Worth a try. Escape tunnel if it goes horribly wrong.
>>36763241The Necrowurm is still in action I think, so it could potentially gobble up the stragglers and earn us some new equipment and corpses.Plus, if the Sirren-folk wipe out the Goblin camp, or if the goblins flee to rebuild, that leaves us with a few hundred corpses to bolster our numbers.
>Become the NecrosavantYou've spent the last two weeks abused, neglected, and ordered around by a megalomaniac with a morbid obsession. But you're not angry about that. Not nearly as livid as you are about how damn STUPID that man had been! He had the chance to take the world for his own, and throws it away in a fit of impatience! He wanted to raise you to be like him, but that would have been an insult to your potential. Victarian threw you into a world of darkness and confusion, and you won't let his greed and incompetence sentence you to the same end. This world is yours to claim, and you won't be making the same mistakes as he did.You stand, raising your hand to the throng of undead in an order to salute. Nothing.These fleshbags, as you mentioned, only recognize power, and they're too dim to see the power inside of you. You'll have to make them obey, respect your authority...>Make yourself a vision of strength and dominance>Demonstrate your conviction in some evil display>I've changed my mind I'm getting the hell out of here.>Other
>>36763369Make ourselves a vision of strength and dominance
>>36763369>OtherShow your power by making undead. Even if it's as small as reanimating a puddle of blood into some slime monster.
>>36763369>Make yourself a vision of strength and dominanceOnly evil conviction action around here we could do would be swearing to a dark god or something, and I doubt we know the right ritual.
>>36763369Strength and dominance.
>>36763369>Make yourself a vision of strength and dominancelet's see just how commanding our new little necromancer can be
>>36763369>Other/Make yourself a vision of strength and dominanceWhat kind of power would they recognize? Would it be solely power? What about Hunger? What about Infection? Could we make them obey by impersonifying an aspect of their being?
>>36763418>I doubt we know the right ritual.Would make for a handy plot device to get the knowledge we require
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>36763417We don't currently have any skills in dark magic. Victarian started teaching us, but he was a pretty shit teacher.Alright, don't mind me, just rolling some dice that are surely unrelated to becoming a vision of strength and dominance.
>>36763475Well I hope that is promising roll.
>>36763475Excellent, a very imposing new form indeed! Writing/drawing...
>>36763510All will come in due time
>>36763577Ah, so that is from Alice
>>36763598Yes I was looking for dark child artwork.
>>36763510Can we show our dominance eating our rotlings?
These ghouls are weak, they won't follow orders unless they have a strong leader. And if that's going to be you, you need to look the part.You find one of Victarian's rib-clad robes, dark black (as all of his outfits were) and with a strange, arcane symbol on the chest. Tearing off the excess portions - perhaps more torn than you'd like, you slip it one. Covering your lower half with a long grey cloth, you strap two leather pieces, adorned with bone chimes that jingle as you walk, across your legs, putting on your usual boots.Two thick, blood-red pauldrons rest on your shoulders, covered slightly by a large neck piece interlaced with thick bones.For the finishing touch, you find a shiny gold diadem, wearing it loose on your head and strapping your hair into a ponytail. Picking up your old master's staff, you once again greet the crowd.>19/20The clothes really do make a man. At your new visage, the ghouls bow their heads in deference, groaning some odd form of assent as you pass them. It's good to be a dark lord (dark lady? Whatever). But now you need to actually do something with these rotters.>Explore (Direction)>Scavenge>Head into town (loot, Raise Dead, other)>Research Necromancy>Research Dark Magic>Other
>>36763967Research Dank Magic, gotta learn and be ready for them goblins
>>36763967>Research Necromancy>Research Dark MagicWe need to learn what he knew so we can surpass it.
>>36763967Research dark magic, you seem to know enough about necromancy
>>36763967Research Necromancy. Let's narrow the gap in knowledge we have with our former master.
>>36763967>Research NecromancyJust how much does Octavia know? Does she even have enough power to raise the dead? I feel like she didn't have long to study any of it
Rolled 90 (1d100)>>36764003We don't actually know about Necromancy, we can command dead but not raise new ones or alter them.Also worth mentioning, we have:>40 regular zombies, 0 abominations, 1 NecrowurmIn any case, looks like we'll be trying to git smart.
>>36764069Well shit looks like we'd already be Our old master's level if he was a better teacher......
>>36764069Bout damn time our luck started turning around.
>>36763967>Research Necromancy>Research Dark Magicneed to get good.Pre-teen necromancer girls are the best.
>Research Necromancy and Dark MagicHaving a small force of ghouls is nice, but you know you won't get far at all if you don't have any way to make more or boost your power. Time to hit the books.Ordering the zombies back to their old duties (6 guarding outpost, 4 on chef duty, 30 idling), you cloister yourself in Victarian's old study. A large pile of books, from beginner's guides to infernal casting to advanced treatises on Occult Resurrections, you've got yourself a modest store to learn from.>90/100The knowledge practically flows into you, your mind absorbing each vile passage with uncanny intuition. It's as though you were born to do this! After just an hour, you've run through three books and have the basics of raising dead and channeling the black magic of the obscene at your disposal!Choose a type of necromancy (existing zombies will be unchanged):>Ensorcelling - Raw magic holds your constructions together. It's the fastest to make new ones, but if anything damages you or alters your connection to the mana then your army will become vulnerable, or fall apart.>Wakedancing - You're not just a necromancer, you're a necrodancer! Using the long-forgotten art of shamanistic rite and ancient dirges, you bring the dead to life. This method takes the longest, but zombies risen this way will be much harder to sever from your commands.>Alchemy - Victarian probably has a few of those "New Life" tonics in his cellars. Zombies risen this way take an average amount of time, but the tonic can sometimes be unpredictable, resulting in mutations or unsuccessful attempts.Choose a magical ability:>Mortify - Kills any one target instantly, requires physical contact. Usable once a day, but never fails against any target.>Entrance - Weave dark magic to tempt and enthrall those around you. Gives you a bonus to diplomacy and to convincing others to do what you want.>Ghastly Presence - Conjure an image of the demonic during battle to instill fear in your foes.
>>36764417>Wakedancing - You're not just a necromancer, you're a necrodancer! Using the long-forgotten art of shamanistic rite and ancient dirges, you bring the dead to life. This method takes the longest, but zombies risen this way will be much harder to sever from your commands.Quality of quantity, one of Victarian's many mistakes.>Entrance - Weave dark magic to tempt and enthrall those around you. Gives you a bonus to diplomacy and to convincing others to do what you want.We're a little girl but damn will we be listened too.
>>36764417Entrance, and wakedancingAlso we should really send some of those idle zombies to go xcout or something, we really don't know much about what's around us
>>36764452Seconded. Necro-vocaloid in da haus
>>36764417>EnsorcellingWeaker but more numerous is pretty fun.>Entrance
>>36764506Let's use them either to gather bodies (or bodymass) or to set up a trap For Goblins/Knights like I said before
Alright, Entrance and Wakedancing it is. Writing...
>>36764520Not too mention this cultivates our muscles and voice. We make it to adult we'll be in shape and have a very memorable singing voice, combine with enthralled we can bend heroes like putty.
I wonder what some of the highest level necromancers are capable of.Can they make undead simply out of dead skin follicles lying everywhere?
>>36764614They don't have to since they're butchering villages every day. They can raise more powerful beings though, while controlling more numbers of undead in the tens of thousands.
>>36764614More like they either create massive monstrosities out of hundreds of corpses or can zotz one guy and create 7-8 things that could wreck our current force.
>>36764659What about getting powers from different concepts of death. Such as:Decay -Death of the BodyInsanity -Death of the MindDespair -Death of the Soul
>>36764721Sounds like curses. Depends on the setting but necromancers often use sigils to curse their enemies. I'm not familiar with many examples except when reading a story of a priest-commander realizing 60% of her army was rotting from the inside after a battle last night with the undead, and purified them. There's also the psychic plague of undeath in the Warcraft universe.
Where exactly is the village we razed in relation to our swamp tower? Also how big is our swamp, where is Sirren and the Goblin settlement?I'm just about to make a crude map to help us visualize our exploits a bit better, but I have no clue where everything is or what scale we have been operating on.I'm also a complete scrub at photoshop, so it wont be anything too fantastic, but I've been interested in getting into map making for a while.
You saw Victarian's works, you can see them even now. Weak husks held together with paltry magic. If this is the best he could do, you'll have to do better. The tome before you demonstrates the ritual of Wakedancing, an old art. Well, you were always light on your feet. After a few hours learning the movements and practicing the art of the eldritch tango, you feel confident you could probably raise a few boners - er, skeletons, with these techniques.But new servants won't help you in the world of the living. It was difficult enough for these mindless sacks to serve you, let alone adults! You scan a text called "How to Win Thralls and Entrance People", and shortly discover that you can amplify your 'charisma' with some dark magic. Perfect, this should help if you ever try to do diplomacy better than that old fogey did.You order a few zombies to keep watch along the tower, and head off to bed, mind and body invigorated by the vile magics your old teacher couldn't utilize.And with that, I'm out. I'll probably return in about 2 hours.
>>36765017Thanks for doing this. It's been a great couple threads.Hopefully this is just the beginning.
>>36764868I'm guessing just a random human village on the border of an empire, pioneers reclaiming hostile terrain (as evident by the undead, the natural diseases and the goblins).
>>36765085This is just the beginning, anon. We've met two civs max (barely encountered one of them) and only plundered a single village! We've yet to hit the big time.
Rolled 91 (1d100)rolling to resurrect op.
>>36766996better get his ass back here now
>>36766996>>36767024I'm writing already! I said 2 hours, yeah?
>>36767042Technically he is right, it has been 2 hours, and ten minutes, I suppose 4channers are impatient
You awaken to a new day, one full of possibilities that only last week you would never have dreamed of! The clouds overhead have thinned at last, and a little bit of sunlight trickles in through gaps in the light gray cover.Well, you suppose the weather couldn't always be perfect. The thought briefly strikes you that you've never seen it rain here, despite the plentiful showers both in the north and southwest.Your undead minions, those 30 that are still idle, stand outside the tower awaiting orders.>Explore (Direction)>Scavenge>Head into town (loot, Raise Dead, other)>Research>Other
>>36767130Explore, spy on the goblins
>>36767130Explore try to find either another hamlet of settlement in an area we haven't gone before.
>>36767130ResearchOn topic, could evenrually create zombies full of rot-gas (methane?) that could be used as walking bombs? Like another zombie throws a torch to one and it blows up? Or full of maggots and infective substances? Same story, but biobombs.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>36767252It's definitely possible, disease-ridden zombies and those bloated with gas are very common among some of the more advanced necromancer armies.2 for exploring, so I'll flip to see which one.1 - Spy on gobbos2 - Find another town
>>36767290Cool, let's find us a new lootie place!
Rolled 95 (1d100)You've got that old town of yours subjugated, but with the Sirren presence it may be better to shy away for the time being. Good thing you already cleared out the perishables.You send out a party of 15 zombies, along with yourself, to find some new place to conquer on your slow path to glory, headed directly west.(Rolling)
>>36767426Victarian really was just the unluckiest poozer ever, wasn't he? Seems like Octavia has favor with the archdemons of luck.Writing.
>>36767448Hell at this rate we might be able to recover our old master's remains. That'd be nice for a laugh.
>>36767507Let's get his soul back instead, maybe we could put it into a phylactery and have him give us advice
>>36767570Phylacentrym that's for lichens right? It might be too late to get his soul, that usually requires some advance planning.
>>36767570That'd be hard especially if his soul already left his body. Worth a shot though we'll see when we get there.
>>36767597Yeah, I used phylactery as a generic name. I was thinking more along the lines of some kind of native resonance of the soul, like a ramshackle tuning of an object to Victarian's residual energies that could maybe steer Octavia towards the best choices via simple feelings. Then again, I'm probably overthinking this stuff.
If Victoria's was an ensorcelling necromancer, then why didn't his zombie army fall apart? I think it might be possible that he is still alive and we should try to take the goblins village as soon as possible.
You stop short as the wastes are overtaken by grass and sparse trees. Rolling hills, interspersed with great and ancient stone monoliths, spread throughout the western region. In the distance, you see some sort of town. Well, that's what you came out here for! Time to investigate!Slinking behind a small grove of trees, you scout out the area. The town is small, with no walls or towers to speak of, and wooden houses fortified with stone spread wide from each other in the town 'center'. You see many humanoids walking the streets and moving about. Their tails and coarse fur inform you that this is a small tribe of sedentary leonin! They don't farm, being carnivorous hunters, so the surrounding area is untilled grassland. This place makes an easy target, and so close to your base too!>Go back and prepare an attack.>We've got some warriors now, let's charge!>Try and get some diplomacy.>Other
get the wrym then come back for a reckoning
>>36767769Go back and prepare, we gotta do this right
Ain't no one wants to try diplomacy these days. Alright, writing for war preparations.
>>36767769>Go back and prepare an attack.We need to do this carefully, not rush it like Victarion did with the goblins. Get all of our forces except the home guard then go into town.
>>36767769>Go back and prepareWe should set up an advance scouting post with a regular relay to understand their habits and be informed when they do something major/different
>>36767769If they are carnivores, maybe we can infect some local wildlife, send them near the town so they get hunted and eaten and the leonin get infected in turn
>>36767887Seconded. If possible, wells/water sources too.
>>36767769I agree with going back to prepare, want to make sure we don't do anything stupid againWhen we come back though we might want to try some diplomacy, shouldnt be hard with our enthrall ability, and it might help to have some not dead friends in the long run
Rolled 98 (1d100)You decide a sudden attack, while certainly taking them by surprise, is ill advised. This will be a victory of planning and attrition, not raw strikes and uncoordinated blitzkriegs like your predecessor tried. You return to the tower, zombies in tow, and decide to formulate a plan. Something that will cripple these furballs and make your progressive conquest easier. Poring over tomes of ancient battles of the Lich-kings and their seditious tactics, you discover one of the oldest rotten tricks in the book - poisoning the well.Of course, these things are carnivores so infected water won't be enough. They seem to enjoy catching and eating meat raw... without cleansing, a diseased animal will spread infection like wildfire.You resolve to do this, posting sentries at the edge of the wastes as you move personally into their region to begin your slow but steady victory...(Rolling for success.)
>>36768029Rotlings, tonight we shall feast!
>>36768029These rolls thoughAll hail Octavia!
Doodled up this map.First attempt ever at making a map, so not sure how much use it is. Just thought that it might help new people get an idea of what's going on.
>>36768029>>36767426Octavia's going places, man. Since we've performed so well, I'm going to offer you all the opportunity to choose just what kind of infection she spreads (quite successfully, of course)>Some sort of virus/bacteria (write in)>Some sort of mental disease (write in)>Some sort of magical infection (write in)>Other
>>36768084Thanks muchly man, for your first time that's really good!
>>36768086ohhh a magical infection that makes them part of Octavia's horde would be rad
>>36768086Some sort of magical disease. The locals start to suffer from gangrene, but that's only how it looks. Soon afterwards, they either collapse, their brains rotted out, or they turn into zombies, or sentient undead as the magic courses through their veins.
>>36768084Holy shit that's great>>36768086Mental seems best, I doubt they have the herbs or magic to fix that.
>>36768086>Some sort of magical infection (Something that cause them to waste away and hunger no matter how much they eat, eventually they die, their corpses are prepared by the disease to make wonderful necromantic components and to be raised into undead or amalgam easily)
>>36768086Mental DiseaseSomething so they slaughter each other. You could just come in and pick up the pieces.
>>36768086Question, can we weave a magical illness for different life stages so to speak, like the first infection is where it begins to take over and atrophy their muscles but then when exposed to our own magic it replaces the muscles more effectively and makes the zombies we make from them stronger?
Alright, we seem to agree on a mix of mental degradation, but the rest is not very unanimous. Any other thoughts?
>>36768086I vote for a mental disease, something that makes them more willing to join Octavia, or follow her commandsCaptcha: Yapprot comes
>>36768086My vote is cast for some kind of endonecrosis focused on the respiratory system, seeing as we wont have a use for it when we reanimate them. Also, what about the possibility that (kinda) critical success of our rolls makes their derma thoughen up, becoming leathery and more difficult to Pierce through when they are reanimated? (don't want to be op, just tryna be creative)Virus anyway
>>36768198>>36768203This, or something that makes them easier to convert to zombies
>>36768203>>36768133Hmm, these two could be combined. After all, who says a necromancer's servants all have to be dead?
>>36768227Works for me, besides we seem to be building Octavia as more of a charismatic leader than a stereotypical necromancer
>>36768227Sounds good, if it makes them easier to raise/better undead when raised that'd be great as well.
>>36768227Combined eh? It could be mental/magical where the victims are constantly starving and see the unaffected as wildlife
>>36768309The Plague of TantalusI like it
Alright, I'll write that up!...in about 30 minutes. Got a bus to catch!
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>36768624i roll for OP to have a scroll of speed
Rolled 59 (1d100)>>36768665And safety to not gut mugged on the bus
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>36768897He gets away with a few cuts and bruises!Extra random encounter chance, it cant be more than 70!
>>36768977it isn't, OP makes it home for the most part safe.
>>36768991Boring, but fortunate.
Alright alright you guys, I'm back. Writing to make the mental/magical servitude disease.
>>36769895Yay, I was afraid this story would wither away
>>36769971Wise guy eh? Surely this GM wouldn't abandon such a nicely created civ adventure.
>>36769971That wont happen.If op gets SARS or corrosive dick cheese or something, one of us will take over.It might not be as good, but Octavia deserves better than to be forgotten.
You slink into the savanna under cover of night, making your way through the monoliths and trees to the village's well, just half a mile out of town. It's unguarded, of course. These leonin are surprisingly naive for being so close to the wastes. Pouring the vial of liquid - enough to be potent without being detectable - into the well, you grin malevolently as it bubbles and mixes into the water. Your first task done, you set about step two. The night is quiet, and a full moon illuminates your travels from behind thin clouds as you reach a small herd of gladebucks. They're asleep, standing up as they tend to do. Gladebucks are weird. But leonin love them, so you hope that they'll be easy prey and set about your malicious task.Reciting a memorized incantation, you wave a hand to the modest herd. A few shudder, a couple slump over, but they quickly rise and go back to insensate dreaming. There's no visible change among them, but if everything goes according to plan the curse they now carry will infect any who consume them. You just hope there are no wolves out here.Your task complete, you spirit yourself back to camp, giddy thoughts of your newest plot whirring in your head as you sleep.>cont
>>36770089Sorry mate, first time I try to follow this kind of threads.
>>36770193No need to say sorry. I'm new too.It wasn't a correction, I was just trying to say that we are all enjoying the campaign far to much to let it teeter out like other ones tend to.You picked a great one to start following though.
>>36761332I can't find thread 1 on either archivei am guessing it had a different thread title because the players had to select which civ they wanted?anyone got a link?
Pretty glad I brought in the chillins in the last thread. turned out pretty awesomely.
>>36770376http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/36726607/Here you go.
>>36770376previous threadhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/36726607/search for author name victarian
>>36770261Thanks then man. It really easy an awesome start, let's keep it up!
>>36770376Just search civ since the last 2 days, you find it, it starts with Victorian being exiled from the kingdom, but he doesn't have a name yet till later in that thread, just search around.
The next morning, you assemble your forces, including the cooks. 34 zombies look to you for command. From your outpost in the demolished hamlet, reports fly that the nation of Sirren is amassing a sizable force, one that's headed your way! Estimates range from thirty to three hundred, but the message is clear - Sirren isn't going to tolerate your presence for long.The delegation from Sirren will arrive in 2 days.Until then, there's work to be done.>Explore (Direction)>Scavenge>Head into hamlet (loot, Raise Dead, other)>Head to leonin village (attempt diplomacy, try to enthrall them)>Research>Other>>36770261>>36770028>>36769971I don't deserve such accolades, surely! This is my first civ thread, after all!
>>36770456Raise dead at hamlet, we need the extra forces>>36770377You know about the lizardfolk civ thread right? Were you involved or had a name?
>>36770456>Head into hamlet (loot, Raise Dead, other)We need more and better servants to survive.
>>36770456Oh shit. I don't think we could hold our ground unless we get those Leonin equipped and integrated into our ranks.>Head into hamlet, raise deadNeed those additional forces ASAP, will have to get Leonin tomorrow
>>36770456Raise dead in the hamlet, let the disease work its magic on the mane-headed. Could we get a couple undead critters, like squirrels, to go assess the enemy forces heading our way without getting spotted?
Rolled 58 (1d100)Alright, wakedancing in the town it is. Rolling for how many out of the remaining civilians we can get.
>>36761332still catching up on prior thread... but I would like to point out that just one necromancer is not a civ, nor sustainable.Basically, need two things:1. conquered peoples - they reproduce, providing a replenishable supply of corpses to animate. And they produce goods and tech and services.2. undead nobility - vampires, liches, etc. Can't rule alone. Gotta have a whole hirarchy. Preferably magically bound to obey you.It is also best if the people are not unnecessary oppressed. Having elders "retire" into sapient undead and Shepard their descendants would be ideal. Patriarchs and matriarchs of families who have their descendents best interest at heart, converted at an old age. Incidentally, this also means our necromancer should produce some heirs of his own, and then become a lich king. And lines can be connected as well, by having arranged marriage for your descendents with those of the other liches
>>36770837Valid points, at the moment we are too small for any of them yet. We're working on getting living followers right now.
>>36770837Well the idea was definitely to raise an heir, become a lich, and gather a retinue or capable leaders to form a hierarchy.You'll find out what happened to that whole plan when you've caught up on the reading.Our empire is still in its very early days though.
>>36770897Oh, certainly. an aspiring lich king can't shy away from butchering a few villages and converting every last person into a zombie to swell his army.Just something to keep in mind for the long term.
If these soldiers mean war, and knowing Sirren they probably do, you're going to need to get more warriors of your own! Taking a rather small retinue and setting the rest about gathering weapons and building supplies, you head into the hamlet once more.The ghouls there have been keeping a sleepless watch, and done well, but the dim nature of their connection makes any reports vague at best. Damn Mortas and his inferior creations! Well, you came here to raise the dead, so you'd better prove you can do it better.You gather together the corpses of your old friends and neighbors, laying them out around you. You curse your small body, leaving the task to more physically capable zombies. Once they've all been arranged, you begin the ritual. Several zombies stand aside, clapping in time as you start to perform the age-old rites of ghoul-raising.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_qbGJuxCYYAs the verses leave your mouth, the various corpses around you shudder and shake, some twitching in time to your movements and the tune of your vile dirge.>58/100From the assembled pile of the dead, many start to rise. Your dance picks up speed as the clapping grows faster, more erratic. As you chant out the final lines of the ghoulish tune, the dance stops abruptly. Almost sixty zombies stand around you. No silly sigils, no volatile magic. These ghouls will serve you unwaveringly and effectively.However, the prolonged nature of wakedancing means you hardly have time for any other activity! With your new retinue, you return to camp.>GAINED: 58 regular zombies.>Cont.>>36770837Definitely. We're small time currently, but the leonin are our first step into a proper empire.
>>36770837Undead and demon civs are the closest to quest threads since they involve very few characters. But it enters civ mode eventually. The undead are your people, and you generally aspire to reach Lichdoom. Sometimes named hero units are added for variety.
>>36771090The night is uneventful, troubled more than a little though you are by worries over the coming army. Reports mention a governor with the Sirren delegation. Why would they send a politician to war?The next morning, you stretch and greet your now-enlarged army. 98 ghouls, nearly a hundred, stand ready for their commands. As you slept, the last unscavenged reaches of the wastes were dredged to produce several working rifles and a few axes, as well as enough wood to use for construction.You've got enough time to visit the leonin and have your much larger force divided into other tasks. This is crunch time, after all, and you need to manage these bags of flesh well!Choose up to three, dividing the 98 idle zombies as preferred. Octavia can only be present for one action, so visiting the leonin means you can't do research, and vice versa.>Head into hamlet (loot, other)>Head to leonin village (attempt diplomacy, try to enthrall them)>Construct (write in) - you have plenty of wood, and a little stone to use.>Research>Other
>>36771384>Construct (write in) - you have plenty of wood, and a little stone to use.Try to build palisades and earthworks around tower>Head into hamlet (loot, other)Loot for more construction materials.Also >Research!
>>36771438This we have enough ghouls we can multitask and we can study after the negotiations.
>>36771384How many leonin are there?
>>36771384Have about 30 of our undead buried shallow surrounding where we expect to meet our enemy. That way we can spring an ambush on their archers and vulnerable flanks if battle is met.Or have the wurm dig a tunnel and keep some ghouls in it as hasty reserves for the battle to be deployed where the enemy is weakest.We absolutely have to be tricky if we are facing a superior force.
>>36771455>>36771438Octavia can, as mentioned, do only one such action herself. So you can send some to loot and some to construct, but zombies can't research for you, and they certainly can't negotiate with/enthrall the leonin. Would you like me to flip?>>36771492Approximately fifty.
>>36767507Didn't our old master carry a magic tome of evil with him everywhere? that was what was used to corrupt octavia (and kill a couple of kids who couldn't handle the exposure)this is certainly worth recovering.
>>36771511Loot and construct about evenly, send Octavia and a few undead to enthrall the furries
>>36771511Enthrall furries, then.
>>36771384>Construct - Have about 40 zombies work on fortifying our defenses with the materials we have, if it turns to fighting with this Sirren force we need to be ready.>head to leonin village - Bring the rest of the forces to the village to at least see how our magical mind disease is coming along, if enough time has passed we may be able to enthrall them all, an extra 50 leonin would certainly help in a fight
>>36771511Send 40 to loot, 40 to construct the defenses, and the Doc Oct to research.Send the worm to help with defenses like pittraps.
>>36771574This, also use worm to help make trenches and pitfalls
Alright, writing for construction of palisades and tunnels with ~40 ghouls, looting the hamlet with about 40 more ghouls, and checking on the leonin with the rest.
>>36771575The shit. Why did this take so long to appear?
>>36771511Guys, remember how our predecessor died? he left most of his zombies working and only took a tiny retinue.If we are going to enthrall the leonin we need to bring 100% of our force. because if enthralment fails and we only bring in a measly 20 zombies we will !DIE!
>>36771684Also, why are we so attached to this tower? take our books and leave. The sirren army is way too big for us right now.We should only settle down when we have a sizeable troop and a reason to settle. until then, nomad life
>>36771511Oh right, put wurm in designing traps and pitfalls that goes with the fortifications. make sure to funnel enemy soldiers into 'killzones', areas designed to give the attacker disadvantage but the reverse to the defender.
>>36771684We could also not make a death lunge at their leader, since we could have avoided mortas death by being a bit more patient
>>36771755The goblin chief was asking "why should he let us live" from a position of strength. We could have made promises... and he could have still ordered his men to kill us.Also, we are coming to magically enthrall people whom we poisoned and cursed. What if they have a shamen who detected and broke that and would recognize us as the source? It just seems like a ridiculous risk to go in person to a potential hostile force with only 20 regular zombies while the rest of our force is tasked with other stuff.And besides, we should vecate the area anyways (noting really for us here) to avoid the force from sirren. 30 we can take, 300 we can't
There's plenty of work to be done before the Sirren warriors arrive tomorrow. You gather all your minions, new and old, together outside the tower. The weakest ones, those your old master constructed, you order to go loot what weapons and resources from the hamlet they can find. They shamble off dutifully, and you turn to the others.To the others, you order them to set about construction. Your necrowurm digs tunnels just below the surface, allowing passage behind enemy lines and letting your defenders lunge out of the thin earth for an ambush. The regular ghouls set about making palisades to slow and separate the enemy, digging shallow trenches and placing makeshift wooden walls about the area and more thickly around your tower.With such work being undertaken, you call the remaining 18 zombies and tell them to travel with you. You were hoping to wait a while longer, but with the Sirren coming you'll likely not get a better chance. Retinue in tow, you make your way over the prairie and to the village...>Cont. >Would you like to greet the leonin with your slaves, or without?
>>36771709Why not have our wurm dig us a underground lair since we only have a small force.
I'd say we get the fuck out of dodge after we scavenge the hamlet and check on the leonin whether or not we can zombify them
>>36772045I say without, but have them close enough that if we need them they can come to our aidIf our magical disease hasn't done it's work we don't want to appear like too much of a threat
>>36772050that is doable for hiding our zombies from this one force. if we successfully enthral the leonin we can hide among them while our zombies hide out from the army. The only thing of value is our books anyways... oh, and the food. And the leonin could hunt for us on a regular basis meaning no more starving to death all the time. (although I hope we can counteract the well poison)
>>36772045>withoutbut have them close at hand to help us if things get a bit hairy.
Rolled 77 + 20 (1d100 + 20)You think better of bringing your assorted zombies. It may look better to go as you are, and making their enthrallment easier. The leonin are surprised, understandably, to see you approach. They make no move to harm you, or even stop you, and gather in the square where you stand. They are likely telling themselves they've come to see this odd little human before them, but you have an idea as to the real reason they've gathered so conveiniently.(Rolling to enthrall, +10 for Entrance and +10 for a very successful poisoning.)
>>36772278Damn Octavia, I wish my rolls were half that good...
>>36772278>>36772311I guess we just entered the civ phase.
You stand in front of these meek and worthless villagers, ready to turn them into something valuable."Where is your prideking?"A wizened leonin steps forward, his mane droopy and graying and his body bearing a lifetime of scars. With a nod, he acknowledges you."Good." silently, you drive forth that latent corruption that you have so masterfully planted. "And WHERE is your leader?"The prideking looks perplexed briefly, but despite his confusion points to you. He pulls back his hand, startled at the unintentional response, and looks to you with an expression of worry."Calm, pet, calm. You have lived idly. You hunt, you build, but you are meager. How can you call yourselves leonin, heirs to the great pridelands of old?"Your silvery tongue and imposing demeanor make each word resonate within the dim minds of your new thralls, pushing aside thoughts of doubt and confusion with talk of strength and new lives. "You will become strong! You will have lands unending to hunt upon, and wealth uncounted in your coffers! But it will not be with the old ways!" You motion to the prideking, and the crowd gives him a look of sudden contempt. You have shown them greatness, and by comparison he is weak, inhibiting. Telling them as such, you continue."Do you WANT to be strong?" the crowd roars, almost literally. "And do you know who will make you strong?!""You!""But strength is not given." you hush the crowd, quieting their voices but kindling their conviction. "It is earned! You must cast out weakness and all who allow it!" stepping back, you aim your staff to the prideking. The command is never said, but each leonin hears it.They leap upon the elder statesman, claws tearing at his clothes and raking into his flesh. The prideking wails and screams, but he is quickly overwhelmed by the townsfolk. They flay him with dozens of bloody swipes, biting into exposed flesh and swarming the leonin like wild dogs to carrion. After a time, the pained screams fall silent.>cont
>>36772646With a single command from you, the leonin disperse. Their maws and hands are matted back and red, lines of blood tracing back to the mauled remains of their former king. You briefly consider reanimating him, but think better of it. These new thralls haven't yet been introduced to the more typical form of your dark arts.>GAINED: 52 leonin thrallsYou ponder your next move. What are you going to do with these thralls?>Arm them and make them auxiliary warriors>Convert the town into a new base of operations (this will take a few days)>Bring them to the wastes for menial labor/research and experimentation.>Keep them here, make them the first tributary state to your empire.
>>36772773what is the difference between>Convert the town into a new base of operations (this will take a few days)>Keep them here, make them the first tributary state to your empire.
>>36772773Feel free to respond, but for now I'm off to bed. Tomorrow, around 12 EST, we'll get to that battle scene.>>36772804With the former, you're building things and moving your books/potions/zombies over to the town.With the latter, you're letting them be, just collecting tribute and calling them when needed.
>>36772773Arm them, and then bring them back to the wasteWith the Sirren army approaching we want to keep all our forces close. When the fighting is done we can find another use for them, but for now they are most useful to us as warriors/defenders
>>36772773>Convert the town into a new base of operations (this will take a few days)We can leave some of the undead at the old base for when the small army arrives. They come, kick their arses while the rest hide under a rock somewhere in a forest. When they don't find a necromancer they go search for em and perhaps they stumble upon a certain clan of Goblins that just so happen to have killed one recently.Meanwhile we hide out in the Leonin village and wait out the storm.
>>36772773>Convert the town into a new base of operations (this will take a few days)Don't even bother facing the sirren army. Also, you still need food and they can provide for you.>>36772874nice
>>36772773>Convert the town into a new base of operationsHave the thralls collect materials related to construction of walls/fortification and we hide in the village.
>>36772773Convert town, leave a small group at tower for misdirection.Night GM
>>36772773>Convert the town into a new base of operations (this will take a few days)And take 4/5ths of your zombies, along with relevant supplies, to the new base. Have remaining zombies scatter Themselves between the fort and goblintown
>>36772962>Have the thralls collect materials related to construction of walls/fortification and we hide in the village.that can/should be done after/if the misdirection succeeds>>36772999Probably better to hide them in the dungeon ruins or the swamp... or just underground tunnels, rather than bringing them to our new locale and risking the army tracking them
>>36772773>Convert the town into a new base of operations (this will take a few days)Have the wurm dig a underground base, one tunnel leading to your own house and the other tunnels leading away from the town. The some zombies scatter nowhere near the town.