You change back in your old outfit and fake off that form-fitting, leather-and-bone horror the Deathlord handed you. You don't really want to come back from your meeting with the Tyrant looking like she just converted you to the Dark Side or anything like that.Especially considering that you've got big trouble to handle, and you're not too sure HOW. The Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water, also known as the Silver Prince.You never had the chance to deal directly with the Silver Prince, but you've known that he's been spying on Tianna and trying to find the location of the Titan for a while now.And now, thirty ships are heading towards Tianna under the War Flag of Oblivion, and will be here in five days.He's certainly still after the Titan, but it looks like his main objective now is to take down the Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine. Either as a rival, or as a traitor to their dark masters.On one side, five days is a laughably short time to get ready for anything.But on the other, many preparations have already been done beforehand, in case Tyrant ended up attacking you. And what would work against one undead army, could work against another. Mostly.Your coffers are overflowing with the treasure you looted and pillaged from the Lintha, and you have the full support of a considerable number of Exalted, gods and spirits, on top of the mortal population of Tianna.You just have to decide how to use your resources.(cont.)
You glance at the distant hilltop darkened by the evil Essence seeping from the Dark Omen, Tyrant's airship. She's gathering her army and preparing to move close to Pearl. Your pet project, your future manse and holy city. You're still not too sure that that was a smart decision.Speaker for the Dead, Tyrant's Moonshadow-caste Deathknight, who you picked as a... liaison, of sorts, is caressing the thick neck of the undead monstrosity that flew you here, up to the gates of Tianna City."Will that thing... Are you going to just leave it here?" You ask her. The soldiers and farmers you scared by landing the ornithopter here are still keeping a rather large safety distance from the monster. You can't blame them."Don't worry." She grins, clearly amused. "It won't eat anyone unless I tell him to." She looks up to the fortified walls of the city, bristling with worried-looking soldiers. You see the thick metallic barrel of an essence cannon peeking from the battlements, trained on the ornithopter. "So, did you just need a lift up to here, or...?">Yeah. You can head back to the Dark Omen. Thanks for the help.>No, I need you to stay and speak for your mistress. You can leave the ornithopter here.>No, I need you to stay and speak for your mistress. You can send the ornithopter back>(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 1 (1d10)>>38484226I thought we all voted for Reken to help liase between us? What happened to that? It seemed it had no opposition when we voted for it and you said it would happen.>No, I need you to stay and speak for your mistress. You can send the ornithopter back
>>38484254Sure is quiet in here tonight...
>>38484254>I thought we all voted for Reken to help liase between us? What happened to that? It seemed it had no opposition when we voted for it and you said it would happen.Sorry, left that out from last thread. Reken will join you later, since she's busy with Baron with organizing the withdrawal of Tyrant's army.
>>38484355Ah cool, its easy for such things to get missed when theres more 'critical' matters taking everyones attention.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38484220AWSHITNIGGAH
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38484226>No, I need you to stay and speak for your mistress. You can leave the ornithopter here.
>>38484226>No, I need you to stay and speak for your mistress. You can leave the ornithopter here.EF, pls. I needed to work today.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38484226>Yeah. You can head back to the Dark Omen
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38484226>>No, I need you to stay and speak for your mistress. You can leave the ornithopter here.
"No, I need you to stay and speak for your mistress." You shake your head, giving one last glance at the magical weapon pointed at the undead flyer. "You can leave the ornithopter here." You hope.You head through the gates and up Main Street, and the soldiers and citizens of the city crowd around you as you pass. Many suspicious glances are directed at Speaker, but no one says or does anything in merit.The city certainly seems ready to sustain a siege. Soldiers are everywhere, especially on the walls. Barrels of water and of salt are at every street corner. Windows are closed, and several civilians are armed - normally not that brilliant of an idea as they could get in the way of the actual, trained soldiers, but the presence of Exalted in the city means they have a better chance of being directed well and to accomplish something useful in the chaos of a battle.It's impressive how tactics and strategies change completely from what common sense would suggest, once you factor in the Champions of the Gods.You half-expected Amata to rush down from the castle and head to meet you, since at this point she probably knows you're here. Heck, she can probably see you from the castle's windows.But it's more likely that she doesn't want to meet you in the middle of a crowd on the street. The soldiers guarding the castle gates keep the crowd out as you, Speaker and a handful of other guards push through and enter.If the city seemed ready for a siege, the castle is even more so, with piles of supplies stacked out of the way, in corners and unused rooms, and soldiers, officers, bureaucrats and civil servants of all sorts busily running up and down the corridors.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38484226>No, I need you to stay and speak for your mistress. You can leave the ornithopter here.Or like in some stables somewhere
"Maka!" Amata rushes out of a door - you remember it being the dinner room re-purposed as the castle's room. "You're alright!" She runs up to you, distressed, and flies in your arms. "Oh, I was so worried! What happened? How did it go?">Explain the situation with Tyrant at the best of your ability. Take your time doing so.>I'm alright. It's a bit hard to explain, but Tyrant is not our enemy, and will fight the Silver Prince with us. You can trust me on this.>No time to explain. We have work to do. Where are the others? >(Other?)
>>38484819>I'm alright. It's a bit hard to explain, but Tyrant is not our enemy, and will fight the Silver Prince with us. You can trust me on this. I'll explain when we have time but we need to get preparations underway quickly.>Where's Tia and the others?
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38484819>>Explain the situation with Tyrant at the best of your ability. Take your time doing so.
>>38484819>I'm alright. It's a bit hard to explain, but Tyrant is not our enemy, and will fight the Silver Prince with us. You can trust me on this.Wife sure is cute when she's worried about us.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38484834forgot mah dice
>>38484819>Explain the situation with Tyrant at the best of your ability. Take your time doing so.
>>38484819>>I'm alright. It's a bit hard to explain, but Tyrant is not our enemy, and will fight the Silver Prince with us. You can trust me on this.We can go into detail everyone is here.
"I'm alright. It's a bit hard to explain, but Tyrant is not our enemy, and will fight the Silver Prince with us. You can trust me on this." You whisper, stroking her hair.Still hanging on to you, she shoots a fiercely suspicious glare sideways at Speaker, who seems quite nonchalant. "And who's this?""I", begins Speaker with a grandiose gesture, "am Speaker for the Dead, Deathknight of the Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine. Pleased to meet you, Dragon-blooded."Of course she knows Amata's name, she just made a point of underlining her nature as a "lesser" Exalted. Amata's sullen look worsens."...Do you really trust these sort of undead clowns, Maka?""We're on the same boat now. The Silver Prince is coming for her as much as us.""Yeah." She gently lets go of you, and grabs your hand, pulling you towards the war room. "Or at least this is what they're saying.""Are you calling my mistress a liar?" Speaker follows you with long steps and a sliver of ice in her voice.Amata doesn't respond. The war room's doors swing open.Everyone is inside. Amata sure did a great job of gathering everyone who matters in Tianna in the same room in preparation for your arrival.(cont.)
Amid the cheers that greet your return you spot Mikahil and Five Tails, Samiel and Irene, Zaan and Talon (who seems to have recovered completely and greets you with a nod of his massive head), Valeriana (amid a stack of books and papers) and her assistant Leah, and Zareen all decked out in the stuff you found in the Titan.Your three captains, Alexei, Iohannes Quint and Rubel Sareni are sitting to one side of the large round table, Iscariah of the Black Talons on the other, still clad in her power armor as well, now all decorated in a rather barbarian fashion with furs and hanging talismans.You also spot Roan Denzik, Amata's contact with the Denzik trading corporation, clearly feeling ill at ease being surrounded by all these absurdly powerful creatures.The absence of Admiral Hazaakaa doesn't escape your notice. You have to wonder if you'll ever see him again.The gods and spirits are also missing, but that doesn't surprise you. What does surprise you is seeing Pyre Spark sitting at the table like everyone else. Looks like Amata decided to call her despite her own past decision that it would be politically unsavvy to make such a religiously loaded decision.Karas isn't here. You have to wonder what happened to him.However, you don't have time to even think about it. Above all other noise in the room, Tia's scream of "MAKAAAAAAAAAAAAAA~" literally shatters a wine-filled glass on the table (causing a predictable mess) as she leaps a dozen meters across the room, over the table, headbutting you like a battering ram on a fortress gate and sending you both down for the count.(cont.)
"Tia." You cough out."Maka! I've missed you so much!""It's been half a hour, Tia." You sigh, trying to stand back up in the general laughter and chuckles from all around the room."Yeah, but we were on a mission. I was nervous and didn't want to do something wrong so I didn't do anything."And now she clearly wanted to do everything, you realize as you feel her becoming way too happy."Tia." Amata coughs. "Don't do anything improper to Maka. We have a very important meeting to take care of first."Meanwhile Tia does look like she wouldn't really mind picking you up, slamming you down in the middle of the table, and do all sort of unspeakable things to your body in front of everyone assembled.>Let her. She's been patient, she deserves a reward.>Stop her. There'll be time later for that.>Scold her. Now is not the time.>Call for help.>Try and change the subject. (to what?)>(Other?)
>>38485320>Call for help.Zaan, Talon! Do some Lunar stuff or something!
>>38485320>>Stop her. There'll be time later for that.If you're good we'll tell you about how we bang the Tyrant, spoilers we won.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38485361Muh dice
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38485320>Stop her. There'll be time later for that.>(Other?)Whisper into her ear "Tia darling, if you can hold on for just a little bit longer until this meeting is finished, we can then have some fun while the others are making their preparations."Then take a seat and make Tia sit in our lap.>>38485331>>38485361remember your dice anons
>>38485320>Let her. She's been patient, she deserves a reward.Maka can Multitask
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38485320>>Stop her. There'll be time later for that.LATER
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38485320>Let her. She's been patient, she deserves a reward
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38485320>Let her. She's been patient, she deserves a reward>proceed with the meeting anywayThis is so wron that I need to vote for it.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38485320>>38485368This, especially >Then take a seat and make Tia sit in our lap.>>38485394Anon your drunk voting, turn off your dice, give me your keys and step into the back of the patrol car.
>>38485409thats a terrible reason to vote for it...also theres only 7 voters and yet 9 votes, with some very very obvious timing....
>>38485320>Let her. She's been patient, she deserves a rewardJust because of how she was treated earlier
>>38485429Seriously, stop samefagging, the IP counter still isn't going up and you're not fooling anyone.
>>38485320>Let her. She's been patient, she deserves a reward.
>>38485320>>Stop her. There'll be time later for that.Lets at least try to actually warn everyone about what is coming.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38485320>Stop her. There'll be time later for that.Really need this shit under control
We are still pregnant right? So about how much trauma is needed to negatively effect the baby for an exalted because having Tia constantly headbutting us might not be that good.
>>38485492Children have the same protection as their exalted parents while in the womb.So the kids are basically immortal until they pop out.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38485492At this point they would probably need to stab us in the womb, I mean we've gone through some heavy injuries.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38485501>we've gone through some heavy injuries.That's... putting it rather mildly.
>>38485320>Stop her>Wishper in her hear that we'll do it exactly like she wants it afterward
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38485533I think they two worst injuries would probably have to be the Lintha Death Ray and that time Deled punch us with his Water Dragon heart stopping punch, and that time we chugged a bunch of Maiden's Tea gets special mention.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38485548Dice
>>38485557That's lunar babies for you, they survive everything.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38485582Gotta share credit with that Zenith womb too.
>>38485593Man our children with Tia will be fucking amazing and terrifying
>>38485601How she impregnated us in the first place ?
>>38485615She can shapeshift into a dude, dude.She's boasted about her collection of penises more than once.
>>38485629Oh right, Lunar.
>>38485615On our first official date after telling her she needed to properly court us we discovered an island off the coast, then promptly demolished it while having sex.
>>38485601Imagine Tia with Maka's Social
>>38485642Hellos comabt and social monster. Goodbye, mental stats.
>>38485693Tia has Mental stats?
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38485762We were actually tied for the longest time, even now we're barely only like one dot ahead of her.
>>38485783I know. I'm being facetious.That said Maka hasn't been the most intelligent of Exalted in the past...
The idea tempts you sorely. You do need to kick back and relax. Tyrant was a particularly harrowing example of performance anxiety. But...Well, Amata has gone through the trouble of calling everyone here. You can't well ask them to wait until Tia is done with you. It could take days.Or until you are done with Tia. It could take weeks.Under several embarrassed/disapproving gazes, you whisper to Tia: "Later. I promise."Tia makes THE SADDEST FACE EVER OH GOD and lets you stand up, keeping hold of your hand however, gently squeezing it from time to time.You sit down at the table, with her on your right and Amata on your left. Speaker just stands behind you, still half-smirking from the scene."I'm sure you all know what's going on." You begin."More or less." Mikahil mumbles. "Thirty ships from the Silver Prince, heading here.""And supposedly the Tyrant will be on our side." Amata groans.Some chatter ensues across the table."I don't trust Tyrant. But I trust Maka, and if Maka tells me to trust Tyrant, that's good enough for me."Mumbles of general consent follow, interrupted when Speaker bows to the assembly."I am Speaker for the Dead." She introduces herself grandiosely. "Here to liaise between you lot and my mistress."Valeriana immediately raises a hand, like a schoolgirl with a question for her teacher."Yes?""Is it true that Skullstone has the capability to produce Swift Midday Brilliance-class first-age warships?""Yes."Now Irene's hand rises."Are those thirty ships-""Yes."Irene raises her hand again. Speaker sighs."What do I need to do to get my hands on one?" She grins with delight.>Let's talk about those ships>Let's talk about defenses in Tianna>Let's talk about defenses in Pearl>Let's talk about Tyrant's forces>Let's talk about Tyrant herself>Let's talk about the status of our fleet>(Other)
>>38485881>Let's talk about the status of our fleet>Let's talk about defenses in Pearl>Let's talk about Tyrant's forces
So what gods should we ask if we want to get a lot of stone moved to get at the titan and should we look into doing that?
>>38485881>>Let's talk about those shipsWhat kind of firepower are we looking at here?> first-age warshipsWell it's not like I was expecting a walk in the park or anything
>>38485881>Let's talk about defenses in Tianna>Let's talk about defenses in Pearl>Let's talk about the status of our fleetWe're an Admiral short. A naval fight will pose a problem.
>>38485881>>Let's talk about defenses in Tianna>>Let's talk about defenses in Pearl
>>38485881>Let's talk about our forces>Let's talk about the Tyrant's forces>tell them the Prince will probably focus on the Tyrant, at first>>38485902Dancing Smoke and no.
>>38485881>Let's talk about Tyrant's forces>Let's talk about defenses in Tianna>Let's talk about those ships
>>38485881>Let's talk about those ships>Let's talk about defenses in Tianna>Let's talk about defenses in PearlThese ships sound inportant.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38485881>Let's talk about those ships>Let's talk about defenses in Tianna>Let's talk about the status of our fleetSomeone mentioned this before, but Tianna is actually in a pretty good place to defend itself from a naval attack, being located at the end of an inland passage it would force a naval fleet to come in from one direction and it would limit how many could come at once.On the other hand these are First Age warships, I'm worried about them being able to actually fly and ignore that chokehold.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38485996dice
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38485910Right dice
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38485899mah dice
>>38486035We had a navy barely fending off lintha pirates before. Now we're short one DB admiral. Even with two eclipses, whom may not have invested into Sail, a straight fight against a 30 strong war fleet with who knows how many Exalts is not a winning proposition. Terrain is not a good enough advantage. Of course, letting them make landfall unopposed and wreak havoc would be even worse.
>>38485881>Let's talk about those ships>Let's talk about defenses in Pearl
>>38486078Time to turn the titan on? Can Valeriana solve the issue of not destroying the island while doing so?>Let's talk about those ships
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38486078Good thing we have the local water elementals next to Tianna and Pearl as allies and friends...
>>38486078If we let them land we could just use BTD on the extras and let our exalted fight the rest.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38485918>>38485973>>38486007>>38486031>>38486081>>38486091TURNONYOURFUCKINGDICE.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38486078We know Mik has points and charms in Sail, but yes we don't want to rely on any one advantage to save us, I was mostly just making an observation
"What can you tell us of those ships?" You ask your resident tech expert."The Swift Midday Brilliance ships are generally twenty-six meters long. Crew is fifteen, plus twenty-five passengers...""Well, that's not so bad." Valeriana sighs in relief."...Or two warstriders." She shuts up."Maximum speed is 44 knots, under own power. Regardless of wind. Hull is made from an organic, self-healing metal, comparable in sturdiness to tempered steel. Each ship can have up to four essence discharge weapons mounted in swiveling platforms with overlapping arcs of fire."Mikahil is white as a sheet."And..." Iriel turns around to face you again. "...mom? I want one."...Why does she sound so damn happy? Well, okay, you know why. She shouldn't. But what can you SAY?"...What about defenses here in Tianna?"(cont.)
>>38486264"And..." Iriel turns around to face you again. "...mom? I want one.">momDaaaaawww. We need to capture a couple of the ships for her, whoever Iriel is.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38486264>"...Or two warstriders."FuckI mean we need to steal some of them, but fuck.I hope they're actual Warstriders and not like, Bonestriders or something
>>38486264>IrielYou mean Irene right?
>>38486332Ef has a hilarious track if getting Irene's name wrong.
>>38486264>momIsn't Irene older than Amata?
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38486378No?Irene is Amata's daughter, she wasn't joking when she said that
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38486378....How the fuck can you even think that?She's our stepdaughter for fucks sake, we knew she was Amata, our lover's daughter when we banged her shortly after Exalting...What the fuck are you smoking?
>>38486332(yes, sorry, mistype. damn tablet ate my post two times, had to type it three times, sanity fraying)"If they try and sail the ships in the harbor, they're dead. I don't care if they're made out of wood or copper or steel or goddamn jade." Samiel boasts. "With the spirits controlling the waters around the island, we can keep them in low tides. The access to the bay would be narrow enough that they have to sail in one, two at a time, if they don't want to run aground.""Turkey shoot." Mikahil mumbles."On the other hand, they could hit the ground anywhere in Tianna and unload anywhere between... Zareen does the math. "750 soldiers, assuming they keep the crews on board. That doesn't sound like TOO MUCH.""750 soldiers or up to sixty warstriders." mumbles Irene."I doubt they'll have more than a few of them." Speaker says dismissively. "The Prince's strategic doctrine is about naval power, not land power.""But if I could only carry 750 soldiers, I'd make damn sure they're the best of the best." Amata notes. Everyone agrees and nods."What about Pearl's defenses?" you ask Valeriana, but you already know the answer."A wooden palisade, and an untrained volunteer citizen militia formed by off-duty construction site workers. Armed with shovels and pickaxes. Plus a Fair Folk.""And us." Tia notes."And us." You reply.>And Tyrant. She will help us reinforce Pearl.>We need to fortify Pearl.>We need to evacuate Pearl.>We need to finish building the Pearl manse>(Other plan?)
>>38486396>>38486393Sorry, Mistyped, meant to say "Isn't Irene older than Maka"herpaderpadoo
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38486397>>And Tyrant. She will help us reinforce Pearl.Potentially, but more importantly>We need to finish building the Pearl manseCan we do it?>>38486404Oh right, yes she is, but she's accepted that Maka is going to marry her mom so that makes Maka her mom too. Super cute by the way.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38486397>We need to evacuate Pearl of all the workers and civilians and fortify it, also with the Tyrant's help if it won't draw too much attention to it away from her main forces.
>>38486397>And Tyrant. She will help us reinforce Pearl.>ask Valleriana about finishing Pearl or if her help would be better in Tianna.
>>38486397>We need to finish building the Pearl manseCan we do that in time? Because if we can, it would be really helpful
>>38486397>And Tyrant. She will help us reinforce Pearl.>where's my brother at the moment?>Can we finish building the Pearl manse in time?
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38486397>OtherAsk Valeriana about Pearl, whether she can finish it, how it can be fortified, with or without the Tyrant's help and all that, she knows it best.
>>38486397>we need to fortify PearlOur gem outside of Gem!
>>38486434>>38486444>>38486447TURN ON YOUR DICE
>>38486397>We need to finish building the Pearl manseWe can't win a fight, even if Tyrant commits it'll be a bloodbath. Time to do something desperate and maybe crazy enough to work.Also, i want the Sun to grace us with his presence when we complete and consecrate the thing. As i said before>Big ceremony, much dancing, then the Sun personally coming down to bless the temple. Maybe with lewds.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38486444dice
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38486456Yeah yeah.
>>38486466Not seeing how any of your reasoning is meant to help us win and survive the coming fight, rather it sounds like you want to party hard and then accept death...
>>38486466Tyrant did ask for a miracle, and we are - or about to be - Sempai's favorite student.
>>38486466A solid plan, but the celebrarion should be left for after surviving the assault. What defenses does the manse have anyway?
>>38486322HNNNNNG. Damn Irene, why you so cute?
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38486397>And Tyrant. She will help us reinforce Pearl.>We need to finish building the Pearl manseIf Pearl fell, wouldn't that also mean a super-powerful manse falling into the hands of the Silver Prince? If we can rush construction, I'd be he could, too.
>>38486397>And Tyrant>we need to evacuate Pearl
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38486571dice
>>38486505>>38486511It's not a celebration, but a ceremony that consecrates the manse. It's also to a certain extent, preparation. For the ancients once said "Eat, drink and be merry. For tomorrow, you may die." A fight with a Deathlord is a dicey proposition even for an Exalt.
>>38486620>A fight with a Deathlord is a dicey proposition even for an Exalt.I don't think the Silver Prince is personally coming, so it's just a fight against 700 elite undead
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38486708>I don't think the Silver Prince is personally coming, so it's just a fight against 700 elite undeadShit this is actually a good question, can we expect him to show up personally?
>>38486727We should assume so, to do otherwise is foolhardy.
You've had this idea in mind for a while. Even if it's pretty stupid."Valeriana?" You call the Twilight."Yes?""Can we finish the Manse in one week?"Stunned silence follows. Conversations around the table die out."...I'm sorry?" She shakes her head, like she's trying to force herself to wake up from a bad dream."Can we finish the Manse in one week?" You repeat, unfazed, putting up an impassible face."You're-" She pauses, and stares at you.She cracks a smile, like she's thinking "Oh, oooh, okay, I get it, very funny Maka."...And then her smile slowly dies down as she sees you keep a serious expression, like she's thinking "Oh. Oh you're actually serious.""...You're asking me if we can complete in seven days a construction job that should, by all rights, take us about a couple of years.""...Yes." You nod. "Yes, that is exactly what I am asking you.""That's the... that's the most insane thing I've ever heard." She stands up. "Are you alright, Maka?""I'm perfectly fine, Valeriana. Can you answer my question now?" You try and keep calm.She glances sideways, in turn, at Irene, Mikahil, and Zaan. They all look right back at her, dead silent as well. Then Amata. Talon, Pyre Spark. Roan Denzik."Finishing the Manse in a week?""Yes." You nod."That's bullshit.""I know." You nod. "Can we do it?"She looks at the others again."We have a plan."You make yourself more comfortable on your chair. Looks like they've been talking in your absence. "Go on.""Well. Less like a plan. Let's call it an idea. A concept.""A theory, actually." suggests Zaan."More like an experiment." Amata sighs with a glance at Irene."Haphazard guess?" Talon doesn't sound too convinced."Miracle." Is Pyre's suggestion."Too optimistic." Mikahil shoots her down. "I liked the first term.""Plan?" Valeriana asks."Bullshit." He replies.You groan. "I'm still waiting."(cont.)
>>38486743Best warcouncil EVER!I gotta sleep now, thanks for the thread EF.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38486743>"I liked the first term.">"Plan?" Valeriana asks.>"Bullshit." He replies.I love our Circlemates
Everyone else in the weird, mismatched group looks up at Valeriana, Zaan and Amata, who seem like the ringleaders of the entire idea."It's very long and difficult to explain." Starts Zaan. "And if it doesn't work, which is not unlikely, we'll have lost the time and chance to either normally fortify or properly evacuate Pearl. So it's do or die.""And it has a small chance of blowing up the western side of Tianna island, anyway." Valeriana adds.>I'll need to know what you intend to do before i can agree to this... "plan". Try your best and explain it.>Just give me the short version.>Tell me what you need and you'll have it.>Well? What are you waiting for?>(other?)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38486783>>Just give me the short version.> So it's do or die.We're are in a do or die situation
We ahould grab the essence recovering charm. Maka is definetly going to get hurt a lot, and we always burn essence in a flash.
>>38486783>Just give me the short version.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38486783>Valeriana, Zaan and Amata,Sorcery shenanigans?
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38486783>Just give me the short version.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38486783>I'll need to know what you intend to do before i can agree to this... "plan". Try your best and explain it.Haha, time to fail mental!
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38486783>Just give me the short version.>Tell me what you need and you'll have it.In that order. I'm 100% on board no matter how crazy the idea is, I just want to hear it first.
>>38486783>Well? What are you waiting for?We're mostly likely going to say yes anyway.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38486783>Just give me the short version and the short version of how to get the titan on line in the same timeframe
>>38486760I love every one of these characters
>>38486783>>I'll need to know what you intend to do before i can agree to this... "plan". Try your best and explain it.
Rolled 2 (1d10)Hey, Exaltedfag? When you get a chance - it doesn't need to be in this thread, but eventually - can we get a map of Tianna including the layout of the leylines between the manses/demesnes? Those will need to be fortified at some point, to keep people from diverting their flow to our manses through bombings, and we might be able to build a mass transit system between manses using the leylines themselves to power them.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38486899See, this is something I love about Exalted. As soon as magically-capable people get involved, civilian populations turn into standing armies, and leylines replace rivers as sources of transit and wellsprings of settlement. It's a setting that actually rolls with the sociopolitical implications of its magic's effect on the setting, instead of the medieval homeostasis of generic fantasy settings.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38486783>just tell me the short version>then tell me more if I don't shoot it downWe have 4 days. It's probably not enough but there is a chance it is
"Give me the short version." You ask.Zaan stands up from his chair. "...There's a sorcery spell that can erect a Manse in a short time.""How short?" It's not going to be so easy, right?"For our Demesne? Normally it would be irrelevant, since neither of us is powerful enough to cap such a big and unconventional Demesne. But, in theory, five weeks."Figures."So, the plan - or however you want to call it - is to combine your spells together?" You ask, and then glance at Valeriana. "...Wait, I thought you said you didn't know Sorcery.""I don't." She confirms. "Yet."This is sounding worse and worse the more you learn about it."The idea is to combine this spell, other two or three, the use of summoned Elementals and summoned Demons, plus mortal and Exalted workforce, and jury-rigging Tianna's essence-discharge weaponry to be used in construction work, plus Irene's Armor of the Earth Dragon's earth-moving powers, plus all the blessings we can force Dancing Smoke and Yaraon to give us." Zaan explains in one single run-on sentence. "Mash everything together and hope that we can find a way to somehow get a Manse out of it."A collective groan rises from the table.>That's bullshit. Let's just fortify the place, it's more reasonable.>That's bullshit. Let's just evacuate the place, it's less insane.>That's bullshit.>That's bullshit, but I believe it.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38487039>That's bullshit, but I believe it."And I'll help too, with my ridiculous super-strength and ability to lead and coordinate men."
>>38487039>That's bullshit, but I believe it.>let me throw in some prayers to the UCS, too
On the one hand it's utter and complete bullshit, but this is also exalted so....>This is bullshit, but I believe it
>>38487039>That's bullshit. We start now. Bring on the Glorious Solar (and Lunar and Dragon Blooded) Bullshit!
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38487039>>That's bullshit, but I believe it.Yeah alright, let's throw in Silk, whatever else Tyrant can give us and lots and lots of prayer.Well since Prayer can be anything we can make the act of building the manse one huge prayer.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38487072>Well since Prayer can be anything we can make the act of building the manse one huge prayer.Good idea. This too. Lead everyone in an enormous, collective, five-day prayer-construction resulting in a Solar cathedral-city.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38487039>>38487058This
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38487072>>38487081Fuck yes, we turn it into one giant prayer ceremony to UCS sempaiAlso EF, we picked Soc5 last thread and UCS for mentor, will that be showing up in the story soon?
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38487072>let's throw in SilkYeah, she might not be able to help much but we still need to give our pet attention, its been more than a fucking year since we've seen her.Fucking seriously we need to see her ASAP.
>>38486899That can happen once all your demesnes are capped, but for that you'll need more time.>>38487095It will.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38487072>e can make the act of building the manse one huge prayerUCS does prefer acts done over prayers and wishes.>I AM ALWAYS LIKE THIS. I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK THAT A PRAYER AND A WISH IS WORTH AS MUCH AS A BRICK LAID, A HAND SHAKEN, AN OBOL GIVEN, OR A SWORD DRAWN.
>>38487039>That's bullshit.But what good will completing the manse now do? Does it have any defense or whatever?
Rolled 3 (1d10)Fuck yes. Everyone hop on board the Hype Train, destination the Greatest Prayer Every Built.>>38487126It's a fuckmassive, consecrated, Solar city-manse. Best case scenario, it protects the entire island from Creatures of Darkness with its lighthouse-steeple. Worst case scenario, yes, it does have less-divine but still magical defenses designed into it.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38487126The manse will basically be a fortress against any Creature of Darkness, ignoring all the powers that will go into our 5-dot manse, it being a temple manse will force a debuff on all CoDs in the area.I think we talked about a huge fucking laser at the top of our Cathedral-lighthouse-tower too
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38487151>I think we talked about a huge fucking laser at the top of our Cathedral-lighthouse-tower tooNot quite a laser, I think. Perfect orichalcum-adamant lenses and mirrors designed to concentrate the light of the sun itself into pure beams of holy 'fuck you.' You know, the type of beam that's normally used in conjunction with a volcano to be able to blast gold into orichalcum itself.
>>38487167You know what? I'll take it.
>>38487039>that's bullshit, but I believe it>we're going to need a work song good enough to coordinate everyone involved>what if we factor in the Tyrant's help ?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38487263
>>38487039>>That's bullshit, but I believe it.BELIEVE!
"That's the most insane, nonsensical, desperate thing I've ever heard of." You inform them."More than Tia's ramblings in bed?" Amata asks.You hesitate. "Alright. Second place." You admit. "Can you even give me a likelihood that this entire plan will work and not blow up in our faces and leave us defenseless?""No." Valeriana shakes her head. "Frankly, I have absolutely no idea of our odds here." She looks around. "And a lot of it relies on each of us working independently because, well..."Mumbles from the crowd."The problem is." Irene tries to explain. "I don't know anything about sorcery.""I'm not as knowledgeable as Irene is on Essence-channeling machinery and material sciences." Zaan adds."And I have no idea what you're even talking about." Roan Denzik meekly whispers. "But I can organize shipments of raw materials here and little else, I guess.""Alright, It's okay if each of you works to one specific bit of the project as long as someone coordinates everyone." You nod. "You know, to make sure we don't end up with a hideous monstrosity of a manse. Speaking of which, do we have a finished blueprint?""No." Valeriana sighs. "Still have to finish it. We don't have time to just wait for it, we'll have to start by building the parts that I have designed, and while they come together I'll go on designing it bit by bit, moving up the tower."That sounds like a recipe for disaster. The real problem is... what can you do?>I'm pretty strong, I can help with the construction.>I'm good at organizing things and coordinating people. I'll oversee the project.>I'll focus on rallying the populace to get as much manpower as possible.>I'll focus on prayer. This insane plan can only work if the Unconquered Sun watches over us.>(Other?)
>>38487303>I'll focus on prayer. This insane plan can only work if the Unconquered Sun watches over us.It's a Solar manse
>>38487303>>I'll focus on rallying the populace to get as much manpower as possible.>>I'll focus on prayer. This insane plan can only work if the Unconquered Sun watches over us.We have better workers, and administrators around. TUS seems to like us, though, so it can't hurt to pray. And we are a social monster, so lets focus on that too.Also, what if we factor in the Tyrant's help ? Maybe she will be able to fill in the gaps there.
>>38487303>I'll focus on rallying the populace to get as much manpower as possible.>I'll focus on prayer. This insane plan can only work if the Unconquered Sun watches over us.
>>38487303When are we supposed to roll? There doesn't seem to be any pattern to it in this thread.
Wait, what will the Manse do to the Tyrant ?Also, won't putting all our ressources there leave Tianna and Freeport defenceless ?
>>38487303>>I'm good at organizing things and coordinating people. I'll oversee the project.>>I'll focus on rallying the populace to get as much manpower as possible.Our prayer will be a tower stretching into the sky, brick by brick.
>>38487303>I'll focus on prayer. This insane plan can only work if the Unconquered Sun watches over us.>I will also recruit as much manpower as possible without undermining Tianna's defense efforts.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38487303>I'll focus on rallying the populace to get as much manpower as possible.>I'll focus on prayer. This insane plan can only work if the Unconquered Sun watches over us.>>38487345Always Roll. Always.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38487303>>I'll focus on rallying the populace to get as much manpower as possible.>I'll focus on prayer. This insane plan can only work if the Unconquered Sun watches over us.We can do these, get lots of people and then help out. Well we might want to leave the prayer bits to Pyre, not completely, but she'll help loads.We'll talk to Tyrant and see if we can get any help from there too.
>>38487346Nah, the Tyrant is bait for this Prince dude, best as I can tell, so they're going to bypass Freeport & Tianna - that's the whole reason for having her chill at the manse.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38487328Seconding. I'd also offer to help with our strength, but we're not the only strong Exalt (or the strongest). Play to our true strengths.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38487303>I'll focus on prayer. This insane plan can only work if the Unconquered Sun watches over us.And a little bit of anything else we have free time for.
>>38487353L-lewd. This temple will be so phallic...I love it.
>>38487366That's a good assumption, but I hope (well, expect) that we actually confirm that as the plan soon. No way we're leaving Tianna and Freeport hanging.
>>38487303>I'll focus on prayer>I'll oversee the project>Speaker, what do you think ?
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38487328>>38487303Hold up a sec.Would the tyrant have knowledge of the sorcery?She's a first age solar, after all. At the very least, she'd have someone who does, right?Nevermind the undead labour she could potentially offer.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38487303>>I'll focus on rallying the populace to get as much manpower as possible.>I'll focus on prayer. This insane plan can only work if the Unconquered Sun watches over us.Like an anon said, once we start building we can lead the workforce in prayer, us building the manse will be one big ceremony.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38487303>>(Other?)Just an odd thought but would our new undead friends be willing or even be physically able to help build this thing? They could at the very least help with manual labor of raw materials.
>>38487345Generally it doesn't hurt to always have a 1d10 loaded. For now, you're not really doing any actions that require rolling, but it's hard to predict when I could need a roll. (since I also use them for NPCs sometimes)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38487303>>38487413Right, ask Speaker if there's anything Tyrant can offer to the insane project?
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38487408>Would the tyrant have knowledge of the sorcery?No.>At the very least, she'd have someone who does, right?Unlikely.The Deathlords lost all access to Sorcery but gained full access to Necromancy, and they tend not to bother teaching Sorcery to their Deathknights, since they can access at best Celestial Circle, which means it's a dead end compared to pursuing Necromancy too.The undead might be helpful, as long as they don't taint our consecration or get destroyed by it. Remember, undead in this setting actually are unholy beings, not merely negative energy-animated constructs.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38487407>>38487303Forgot to add> Can the Tyrant or this "Doc" person help us here ? Or anyone you know?
I'm worried about Karas. He must be the most stressed exalt about the Prince's coming. We should dress him up to help him relaxI'm also interested in his merting with Pyre, though we can ask her that.
>>38487434Access isn't knowledge, yo, and that's what we're missing. This is an opportunity for TEAMWORK!
>>38487447He must also be pissed off about Gem
>>38487328>>38487342>>38487353>>38487363>>38487364>"Guys! I know you're all scared by the undead horde on its way to slaughter you all and drag your souls screaming into the Underworld where eldritch horrors want to feed on them.... but look at how pretty I am!">*ding* Morale has improved greatly!
>>38487434We've only seen Zaan use Terrestrial Circle, so having access to Celestial Circle is nothing to sneeze at. We also have a couple Exalts who have said that they're going to learn Sorcery. Tyrant might remember some powerful First Age spells that she can't cast but could teach.
You consider the situation."...I think we can get a lot of help from Tyrant."Mumbles of general disgust and disbelief.You clear your throat, and the table falls silent all of sudden. "Listen to me."Silence. Everyone is waiting. You can FEEL Speaker's smug smile just behind you."I'll be perfectly honest. I don't really care what each of you thinks about Tyrant. You're free to not trust her. Heck, I'm not even one hundred percent sure I trust her myself. But I think- no, rather, I have decided she deserves a chance. And she will have one. She will have the option to help us build Pearl. The first manse - and city - consecrated to the Unconquered Sun since the First Age." You take in a deep breath. "And, hopefully, one with a better fate, and a better future in store for her."You turn to Valeriana, Zaan and Amata. "I believe she can help you a lot, if you let her. Will you give her a chance?"Social + Zenith = 5 3 5 3 1 4 3 2 1 8 = 1 successNo one seems particularly thrilled by the idea. After some long, hard stares, you manage to get a few nods of consent out of them, but enthusiasm is appallingly low.>The morale damage of letting the Tyrant help with this project probably outstrips any help she could give. Let's backpedal.>I'll have to persuade them one by one later, after the meeting, even if it will waste valuable time.>You'll have to accept the Tyrant's help even if you don't want it, and that's final. Deal with it.>This is Tyrant's battle to fight, not mine. She must earn their trust and respect, not me.>(other?)
>>38487525I'm not saying Celestial Circle is shit, I'm saying most Deathlords refuse to allow their Deathknights to learn Sorcery because Deathknights can learn and Deathlords and teach the highest circles of Necromancy instead. Any of the Tyrant's five Deathknights knowing any Sorcery at all is extremely unlikely.
>>38487603>Social + Zenith = 5 3 5 3 1 4 3 2 1 8 = 1 successThis is exactly the reason why I believe we should be notified when we need to roll and when its applicable to use charms etc, otherwise we're just stumbling around blind like a headless chicken.
>>38487603Great, not knowing when rolls will be used just fucked us up the arse.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38487603>>This is Tyrant's battle to fight, not mine. She must earn their trust and respect, not me.As much as I'd like to get them all on board, I don't want to waste too much time on it, we'll drop it for now.
>>38487603>This is Tyrant's battle to fight, not mine. She must earn their trust and respect, not me.They've consented, it's up to her now.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38487603>I'll have to persuade them one by one later, after the meeting, even if it will waste valuable time.
Well, fuck, I'd have voted to use a charm if I had realized the convincing was done now
>>38487682Yep. So would have I, this is why I'll never back down from thinking EF's 'system' of handling rolls in this quest is stupid and puts us at a direct disadvantage for no reason.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38487603>>The morale damage of letting the Tyrant help with this project probably outstrips any help she could give. Let's backpedal.If it's going to slow everyone down then it's not worth it right now.
>>38487699No one complains when the same thing happens with a very positive roll full of successes. I wonder why.
>>38487682>>38487699This time in particular is a really good example of that. We should have known a roll was needed. How else were we to know activating charms was even an option?
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38487699No, wait, I think I got a handle on this. I'll just make 4-5 shitposts between his, and roll each time. SO MANY ROLLS!
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38487751Hey, I just got here and was confused. But a shit ton of posting = more rolls, right? Seems kind of like a cheap way to get more posters and less lurkers.
>>38487751Because they need a reason other then randomness of the system to justify their failurer here. even if they really don't. Everyone fails sometime at something they are good at, that just happened
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38487603> I believe in us working together>Talk To The Heart>Wishper to Speaker: "talk to them now"SHE is the Tyrant's representative here. Time for her to use this silver tongue of her for other things than clashing with ours.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38487751It's cool EF, I can post as many rolls as you need. Probably more even. 'snot like I'm going to have to worry about final destination rolls, now, am I?
>>38487751Because people don't want to use charms to boost what is already a success?
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38487784Adding dice
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38487603>>(other?)RE-RALLY! Tell them to not believe in the Tyrant, but to believe in us who believes in the Tyrant. The fleet is coming to push her shit in just as hard, so she should be even more motivated. Lets use some charms too!Roll with me, guys!
>>38487751Because everything turned out fine, so our frustration doesn't exceed our laziness. We should still be informed either way. How else do we know when it's charm-using time and when we're just giving an unrolled statement? I, for example, thought we were just putting an idea on the table, rather than trying to make a convincing argument. A not-insignificant amount of strife could be avoided if you'd simply put denotation like [Social Roll] or [Combat Roll] next to actions which require rolls and therefore benefit from dice charms. Otherwise we're just making guesses as to when charms are even appropriate, and that's been a shitstorm-spawning problem even when things have gone right.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38487787Seconding this. I'll wager that Fleurdelis is the most sociable of the Abyssals since I think she's our mirror, but I'll be Speaker can be pretty convincing if she tries.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38487603>>You'll have to accept the Tyrant's help even if you don't want it, and that's final. Deal with it.WE ARE THE LAW
>>38487827Only when adding TTH and explaining her longing for redemption
>>38487603>>You'll have to accept the Tyrant's help even if you don't want it, and that's final. Deal with it.Lets do this guys.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38487859>>You'll have to accept the Tyrant's help even if you don't want it, and that's final. Deal with it.Don't let them push and shove you around!
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38487859Fuck this is annoying. Forgot dice
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38487603>>You'll have to accept the Tyrant's help even if you don't want it, and that's final. Deal with it.>>38487827Don't tell me what to do!
>>38487840>>38487859>>38487870Three posts with the same vote, all exactly one minute apart, and just enough to be the majority vote. That's an interesting coincidence.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38487827Lets do this. FUCK YOU LACK OF SUCCESSES AND CHARMS.
>>38487906See >>38487794Track the speed of the rest of the votes.>>38487827But you could do this instead if you want.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38487906I told you, I would give you as many rolls as you need.>>38487936OOPS HAHA FORGOT MY DICE.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38487906>>This is Tyrant's battle to fight, not mine. She must earn their trust and respect, not me.OR THIS!It's cool, though, I don't actually have all day to do this, so I'm pretty much done vote spamming. Just
Rolled 9 (1d10)
>>38487906To be fair, I haven't even voted. I didn't see a good option, so I decided to just sir back and let anyone with an opinion pick. I'd someone cares enough to samefag and I don't even care enough to vote, I'm inclined to just let him have it.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>384876> >This is Tyrant's battle to fight, not mine. She must earn their trust and respect, not me.Ugh, vote spam is the wurst. Can we just do this already?
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38487906>>38487603I change my vote form this >>38487787 to this >>38487827 + >>38487843+ > Tell Speaker to talk to them
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38487972I've been making all the votes, anon. Disregard actions, acquire dice rolls!
I don't care much if you make multiple posts to give extra dice rolls (within reason), but don't vote multiple times.I like making this quest on /tg/, I don't want to be forced to move it to a different website or something.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38488010Well, at least we know THIS ONE isn't me spamming. Seriously, though, I don't even know whether it's only linked posts that vote, or how you guys choose to use charms, or anything like that. EF, you're a good writer, but kind of a shit organizer.And who let this quest go magical realm with the preggo shit? What, we going to discuss our characters poops and meals next? Are we going to be punished for choosing ASPARAGUS?Or maybe I've just had bad experiences with DMs playing the pregnancy card in the past.
>>38487476Preeeeetty much, yeah. Maka's beauty and rarely contained sexuality are tools/weapons without equal. We need that horizon to horizon charm to maximize them. We might want to change her outfit to do this, something more provocative and eyecatchingIn Exalted, Rule of Cool/Sexy > common sense.>>38487603>This is Tyrant's battle to fight, not mine. She must earn their trust and respect, not me.Damnit, dice.By the way, Is the board being terrible to post on for anyone else?
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38488048I haven't noticed anything
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38488040Does it count if I've been voting for multiple things, at least? Is it samefagging, if I balance the votes out so none actually get ahead?But seriously, why can't you at least let people know an even is coming up, so ask if they want to use a charm? You wouldn't even have to change your vote system.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38488048Preggo bitches are gross, though.Also, I'm posting fine.
>>38488047You're letting your bad experiences twist your judgement, anon. We've been through the pregnancy reveal already, stop raising dead topics.
>>38488084I'm abandoning ship until this troll leaves. I love this quest, but not this much.
>>38488084What? Maka's belly hasn't grown a milimiter yet, her being pregnant changes nothing of her appearance.>>38488071Anon, stop that, you're being disruptive.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38488089>>38488119>>38488127Dice it up, dooders, I told you I ain't got time to actually shitpost all day.Now, do you want to bitch about my shitposting, or actually vote on shit? Are we going to re-roll and use our charm, or say fuck it the Tyrant can handle it?
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38488184Of course if Re-rally won then we want charms up
Man, your head hurts. You really can't wait to be finally able to relax a minute. Especially considering that there's going to be a terribly busy week ahead of you."...Fine, don't listen to me. Listen to her." You turn to Speaker for the Dead, standing behind you. "It's your turn."[TALKING TO THE HEART][ESSENCE 5/6]She sighs like a teenager that's just been forced by her mom to tidy her room. "For what my word's worth to you people... My mistress REALLY has no ill intention. She's confused, and worried, and scared. She's tired of the Neverborn and looking for a new direction in life. Unlife. However you want to call it. Maka offered one to her."She pauses for effect, letting her eyes wander around the table."Honestly? You all should feel HONORED and HUMBLED to have the chance of working with the Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine. And you better BE. Because she's taking everything she is, everything she built, and thousands of years of commitment, and putting all of that in your hands. And that's more dedication and more trust than ANY of you will ever give her."She steps back. Mumbling around the table resumes. Seems that, at least, they're willing to give her a chance.>Speaker, head back and inform Tyrant. We'll meet her in Pearl tomorrow as planned.>By the way, can any of you tell me where my brother Karas is? I haven't seen him yet.>That's it, everyone, get to work. We don't have time to waste.>(Other?)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38488210cool brah.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38488218>Speaker, head back and inform Tyrant. We'll meet her in Pearl tomorrow as planned.>By the way, can any of you tell me where my brother Karas is? I haven't seen him yet.We should know where our assets are.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38488218>>By the way, can any of you tell me where my brother Karas is? I haven't seen him yet.Also any word on Rajan?
>>38488218>Speaker, head back and inform Tyrant. We'll meet her in Pearl tomorrow as planned.>By the way, can any of you tell me where my brother Karas is? I haven't seen him yet.>That's it, everyone, get to work. We don't have time to waste.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38488218>Speaker, head back and inform Tyrant. We'll meet her in Pearl tomorrow as planned.>By the way, can any of you tell me where my brother Karas is? I haven't seen him yet.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38488218>"Honestly? You all should feel HONORED and HUMBLED to have the chance of working with the Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine. And you better BE. Because she's taking everything she is, everything she built, and thousands of years of commitment, and putting all of that in your hands. And that's more dedication and more trust than ANY of you will ever give her."Well it worked I suppose.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38488218>By the way, can any of you tell me where my brother Karas is? I haven't seen him yet.She is so eloquent, I'm impresses.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38488218>>Speaker, head back and inform Tyrant. We'll meet her in Pearl tomorrow as planned.>>By the way, can any of you tell me where my brother Karas is? I haven't seen him yet.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38488218>She sighs like a teenager that's just been forced by her mom to tidy her room.Maka is slowly raising up her Mom ability, is that Zenith?
"By the way, can any of you tell me where my brother Karas is? I haven't seen him yet." You ask.The uncomfortable silence that follows really worries you, but it's fortunately immediately broken by Talon.Talon? You weren't expecting him. Him and Karas must have barely have time to meet while you were away."...As soon as Tia came back with the news, he immediately insisted to leave.""...Leave?!" You're not sure what to think. "Wait. WHAT DO YOU MEAN, LEAVE?!"Knowing him, he's probably sailing towards the Silver Prince's fleet alone, on a rowboat."Well... we've been talking a bit while you were away. He was curious about the... special... relationship between you and Tia, so I told him about Lunar Mates and the general idea behind it. He didn't know much about Lunars, so he had a lot of questions.""...Go on."You don't like where this is going.Zaan and Five Tails start giggling. They KNOW where this is going."Actually." You stop him. "Let me guess."The enormous wolf-man waits."He went out to look for "his" Lunar Mate.""Yes." He admits.You facepalm."Did you explain to him how inane the entire idea is?""Didn't have time to.""What does he know?""He knows where a few of our meeting spots are."You scratch your head. Fumble for words a bit. Think about your brother and how retarded he is. "...Did he go out there to look for potential allies for our cause, or because he wanted a girlfriend?"He doesn't answer, and you slam your fist into the table."Damnit.">Alright. Nevermind this. Let's get to work. (details? or just let everyone do their own thing)>Mikahil, can you go after him and bring him back before he gets himself in trouble?>(Other?)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38488455>Alright. Nevermind this. Let's get to work. You know your jobs, I'll be there to help if necessary.
(i'll be AFK for a bit, new posts as soon as I get back home)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38488455>>(Other?)Does Amata have the Sorcery Cord thing?We need a Infallible Messenger so we can scream at him personally.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38488455>Alright. Nevermind this. Let's get to work. (details? or just let everyone do their own thing)Karas will have to take care of himself. Sending someone after him would probably make things even worse. He's an awesome shit-kicker, but we can't keep him under control, and that's proven to be a liability more than once. Hopefully, if he returns, his boyfriend will be better able to keep him in line.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38488455>Alright. Nevermind this. Let's get to work. (details? or just let everyone do their own thing)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38488502>Infallible MessengerOh shit, changing my vote to that, from this:>>38488521
>>38488455>Alright. Nevermind this. Let's get to work. (let everyone do their own thing)>(Other?)I need someone with Infallible Messenger to reel in Karas.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38488502>Sorcery Cord thingIs that one time use, or can we tie another spell after we use it?If we can't then we shouldn't bother.
>>38488521I think as long as he's not rushing head-first into certain death, he'll be fine. I mean, he wouldn't go ask Raksi or Maha-Suchi if they were his lunar mate, would he?... Okay on second thought we might want to talk to him.
>>38488455Ahahahahhahs, oh fuck, Karas you are the best.I'm tempted to let him do as he pleases, in hopes his mate does exist.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38488502Infallible Messenger for the win. We're going to need our freaking Dawn Caste here.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38488455>>(Other?)Infallible Messenger him.He has to be back in time for the fight, if he isn't I swear to Sol we will make his next 5000 years a living hell only the way an older sister can.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38488584>he wouldn't go ask Raksi or Maha-Suchi if they were his lunar mate, would he?If he knew about them, no.Well that and they're on the other side of Creation, almost literally.
>>38488654It's KARAS. Even if he DOES know about them, he STILL might!
>>38488635He will be back in the most heroic manner with his mate as a sidekick and save Maka.Just like how the admiral will show up with a ship ou of the bottom of the ocean.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38488738>Just like how the admiral will show up with a ship ou of the bottom of the ocean.We should we ask Father ocean about it or let it be a dramatic super cool moment?
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38488584Considering the fact that Raksi is completely unknown outside of the few Lunar Elders who know she exists, and Ma Ha Suchi is a scary story even where he operates? And BOTH of them are on literally the opposite side of Creation from where we are now? There's about a 0% chance he could even find them. It's shocking that even Tia managed to make it from Ma Ha Suchi to here.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38488813Yes, really. They're more than ten Silk Roads away from here. They're 'circumnavigate the globe in a rowboat' traveling time away. He's more likely to meet Leviathan by far, especially with these Deathlord ships fucking their way through the waves.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38488455Okay If he does go out searching for his fucking girlfriend then at least we can give him some tips so he doesn't make an absolute idiot of himself.He needs to go around asking for help and if one of the Luanrs is his girlfriend then she'll offer on her own. Barging into a moot and saying you're looking for a girlfriend is, lots of kinds of dumb.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38488879Actually finding your Mate can be a centuries-long journey, if they're not making a big name for themselves somewhere. Imagine if Tia hadn't been on the same island as us, and if we weren't a public-as-fuck Solar. That's where Karas is right now. His Lunar mate isn't here, and he's not well-known. They're never going to meet.
>>38488860One day, /tg/ will understand jokes.
I hope he finds his Lunar mate but it's a dude and they like each other as best bros
>>38487353Maybe it's just me watching Metropolis recently, but I cannot help but think of Babylon.
>>38489114That's the best kind of Lunar relationship. No need for waifus and husbandos. Just a couple of bros.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38489114Karas getting a battle brother Lunar mate will forever be one of my top five moments in the quest if it happens.Battle Brothers are my favorite type of Lunar mate.
>>38489144Stamped, signed and officially recognised
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38488455>Alright, let's go back to business>Though, If anyone has a way to tell my brother that there will be a big battle and that being a well-know warrior would help him find his mate, without it costing us ressources we need, I'd be grateful.
>>38489134>>38489144To be fair, that's supposed to be the default. The Solar/Lunar bond is supposed to be based on Gilgamesh and Enkidu. It turning into a weird marriage thing is all fanbase.
>>38489230It turning into a weird marriage thing is entirely canon. It's how it worked in the first age. But still, battle brothers are best solar-lunar relationship.
>>38489252They are not mutually exclusive.
>>38489393Battle Butt Buddies?
>>38489407Of course.Though considering he is similar to Maka, his mate might be similar to Tia.
>>38489497Eh. He's pretty, violent, and bares a strong family resemblance, but that's about it. I'm hoping for a big, hairy bear of a strongfat warrior Lunar interested in topping Karas's trappy ass.
I hope a calm Lunar to counter his hot headed-ness and to stop him from running of with crazy ideas
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38489662A Mental focused Lunar?That would be cool too.
>>38489614>>38489662Strongfat Lunar Wits+Manipulation Lunar? All about his Elsewhere palace, political cunning, and thinking before acting? Stamina+Wits+Manipulation?
>>38489230Gilgamesh and Enkidu were pretty much boyfriends, you know
So, ExaltedFag wants me to tell you he can't currently post on 4chan for some strange, magical reason.Please wait warmly while he wrestles with his internet connection.
>>38489720I honestly don't care. I'm a lot more invested in our little sister turning out to be a Flash Awareness/Athletics Night Caste.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38489861Tell him we said we'll be waiting warmly.
>>38489861Hello, best girl. Tell him we will be waiting like excited puppies.
>>38489861This would be a good application of twilight crafting magnificence: GLORIOUS SOLAR INTERNET CONNECTION ...just imagine how great it would be...Also we'll wait for EF, we owe him that much and more after all
Rolled 1 (1d10)So while we wait I want to throw out an idea I had last night while I was falling asleep.We want to redeem Tyrant, but a big hurdle is the fact that she's been lobotomized and can't feel emotions anymore. Could we craft her an artifact that would let her fake emotions?I was thinking something based on a Fair Folk's Graces, you know how Silk doesn't actually have emotions but she's fallen so far into her role that she's become it? I'm hoping for a similar kind of effect to happen to Tyrant
>>38490209Yeah, that could work, but let's go on the 'fantastical psychiatrist'-road first and start crafting artificial feelings later
"...alright. The less time we waste on my little brother's idiotic escapades, the better."A bit of snickering around the table."You know what your job is, and you're competent enough to do it. Valeriana, complete that project, then work on sorcery or something. I don't even know how you learn sorcery in the first place. Just do your thing. You know it better than me.""I'll try and have the design finished by tonight. I'll come and see you later for the last adjustments and the things that you should advise me on.""Zaan, do all the sorcerous work you can do without Valeriana's help, then coordinate with her.""Sure thing.""Samiel, focus on Tianna's defenses. Just make sure we're not caught with our pants down while we focus on Pearl. Most of the Exalted will spend the next week there working, so you'll mostly be in charge. I know you can keep the people here safe.""I will." He replies, confident."Irene. Go crazy with your stuff. I know it means lowering Tianna's artillery defenses. Plan things ahead. I want those weapons back on the battlements in a week. But until then...""Not a problem.""Zareen. You're counterespionage in Tianna. Fivetails. You're in Pearl. We know we have spies of the Silver Prince around. Root them out.""With pleasure." "Yes.""Talon. All the help you and the tribes can give us.""They're not skilled with construction work, but they can serve as a mix of brute manpower, for some alchemical and thaumaturgical issues, and to hunt for fresh food for the crews in Pearl.""Iscariah?""I'll be with them."(cont.)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38490293>not solving all your problems with artifactsBoo
>>38489861>Magical PrincessAre you Karas?
"Excellent. Alexei, Iohannes, Rubel. Guys?""Your orders?""Get all the essence weapons off the ships and into Irene's hands, then press the crews into work groups. They're not going to like it, but we're desperate. Promise them higher pay. With Rajan gone, you're in charge of the navy.""Woohoo!" *high five* "Score." "Call me Admiral Alexei!""Mikahil? Mr. Denzik? Get everything we need, as much as possible, as fast as possible. Money is no object. I don't care how badly we go in debt.""If we can get our hands on even one of those ships we can repay it all and then some." Mikahil grins."Pyre?""Divine Maka?""Hug." You spread your arms, and she flies to you with a squeal of bliss.Holding her, you finally turn to Amata. "Please, get a sorcerous messenger to that idiot and tell him to be back immediately, which he's not going to, or at least in seven days, which I HOPE he's going to.""On it." She smiles with a serious face that really sends a message across.By now, you know Amata. That face means that she has something to talk about in private.Everyone begins to stand up and get their stuff done. Tia has been silent and holding your hand for the entire meeting.>Private meeting with Amata>Private time with Tia>Have a chat with Pyre>Follow Valeriana's work>Go see Regis and Millian>Discuss trade with Mikahil and Denzik>Talk with Irene about magitech>Ask Zaan about sorcery>(Other?)
>>38490449We're a Zenith, not a Twilight. Twilight/Mental are our dump stats. Suggest Zenith things.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38490461>>Private meeting with AmataBut tell Pyre to start gathering all the Cult members and anyone she can to start heading to Pearl.
>>38490461>Private meeting with AmataPriorities. >Private time with TiaThis can be next.
>>38490295Karas was never the icon of dependability, but Silver Prince aside, who leaves a city preparing for a siege with a Deathlord on your doorstep while your sister goes out alone to meet them?! Maka's shield my ass.Guy must be blueballing like mad, though.
>>38490461>>Have a chat with PyreLots to talk with her, we can go to Amata soon after.
>>38490489Erm... dancing therapy?>>38490461Also just rolling for whoever wins
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38490461Let's go see Amata.
>>38490461>Private meeting with AmataLet's start here.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38490461>>38490551... aaaand forgeting to roll apparently
(Fucking finally. Thank you MP, sorry for the trouble. My internet just decided to not let me post on 4chan for a hour or so.)
>>38490461>Tell Tia to get ready for a "private talk">Tell Pyre to gather the Cult soon>Tell someone to prepare a room for Speaker>Private meeting with Amata
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38490461>>Private meeting with AmataAnd then we go find Regis, we got him back and we haven't even seen him once since.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38490623dice
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38490461>>Private meeting with AmataSomeone's probably curious what was said about the Titan
>>38490461>Private meeting with AmataBusiness before pleasure.
>>38490507I already voted for Amata, but doing this or having her wait until we're done with queeny is good.
You give a quick kiss to Pyre. "Give me a moment." You whisper to her, standing up and walking out of the room with Amata and Tia. Speaker, fortunately, hangs back. Together, the three of you head to Amata's room.Once there, predictably, the first thing Tia does is pick you up and toss you on the bed, which squeaks distressingly with your impact."Tia! Just a moment!" You scold her."But Maka!" She complains. "How long are we going to wait?""...Sorry, Tia. But I and Maka have to talk about something very sensitive." Amata tries to be diplomatic."If it's about the Titan, she knows now." You explain.Amata's eyes widen. "Speaker." You explain."Who else knows?""No idea." You shrug.Amata slumps in the bed next to you. "...Sorry for keeping it a secret from you, Tia. I had no choice."Tia lies down on the other side of you, looking quite uninterested in the conversation, like she's just waiting for you to be done with it."...So. The big question." Amata asks eagerly. "What does she need the Titan for?">She wants to use the Eye of Judgement on the Primordials.>She wants to use it in the Underworld, not in Creation.>She wants to use it to destroy Tianna.>She wants to use it to destroy the Realm.>She wants to use it to destroy the Silver Prince.>I don't know.>She told me to keep it a secret.
>>38491245>She wants to use it in the Underworld, not in Creation.
Rolled 5 (1d10)Did she ask us to keep it a secret?
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38491245>She wants to use the Eye of Judgement on the Primordials. and me being the one running it is ok.
>>38491245>>She wants to use it in the Underworld, not in Creation.>I told her no and proposed an alternative
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38491245>>She wants to use the Eye of Judgement on the Primordials.We managed to convince her to not do that, she wants to be free of them and she thinks shooting them would fix her. We promised to help fix her without doing that, or at least not yet.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38491288No, I don't think she did
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38491245>She wants to use it in the Underworld, not in Creation.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38491245>She wants to use the Eye of Judgement on the Primordials.>She wants to use it in the Underworld, not in Creation.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38491377No secrets then.>>38491245>>She wants to use the Eye of Judgement on the Primordials.>>She wants to use it in the Underworld, not in Creation.We've managed to give her an alternative for now, I think she's backed off of the Titan.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38491245>Well she wants to use it in the Underworld and is okay with me running it.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38491245>>She wants to use it in the Underworld, not in Creation.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>She wants to use the Eye of Judgement on the Primordials.>>38491345>>38491410Yeah, it's important to tell Amata what her intentions were and what we shifted them to.>>38491459A good point. If we REALLY want to be forthright, we could mention how crucial we and our approval were in Tyrant's plans for the Titan.Also, since we're telling everything, maybe we could ask Amata who she sold her soul to that she can't talk about it at all?
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38491651>we could mention how crucial we and our approval were in Tyrant's plans for the Titan.Yeah that's something I don't mind telling her.>Also, since we're telling everything, maybe we could ask Amata who she sold her soul to that she can't talk about it at all?I've gotten the feeling it's Sidereals, we should ask her about those too. At least I think Maka should know about them now, she heard about them in her First Age flashback
"She wants to use it in the Underworld. Not in Creation.""That's no excuse to give it to her.""I talked her out of it." You reassure her."Did you really?"You hesitate. "Honestly, I'm not too sure. I think I bought some time. Gave her some hope. Helped her find a better solution to her problems than blowing them up with the biggest cannon she could find.""Mh." She mumbles. "Maka."That tone of voice means business. "Yes?""I'm about to ask you a very important question. Even if we're in an emergency, I want you to take your time and think about it. We have to take a decision, and it will be a very important one. One that might shape the future of Tianna and maybe all of Creation.""...Yes?"Amata collects her thoughts for a moment. "Do we intend to reactivate the Titan?"She can't be serious. "...You mean, RIGHT NOW?""No. We couldn't do it right now even if we would. I mean in general. We can start stripping the Titan down for materials with which to build not just Pearl, but also better fortifications for Tianna, more weapons, all sorts of things which would come enormously useful for us in the short term.""But permanently cost us the Titan in the long term?""More or less. Depends on how much we take.""...I've been wondering something. Suppose we, or... suppose someone activated the Titan, and lifted it up. Out of the sea. And suppose everything worked perfectly. What would happen?"The entire island of Tianna would take to the sky.""Intact? No damage?" That doesn't sound believable."Intact.""But we did a geological analysis, remember? Most of Tianna is sand and loose soil. It should crumble down in a massive landslide.""I'm sure by now it must be obvious to you. Someone BUILT Tianna to hide the Titan."(cont.)
>>38491744Wait, someone built an island around the most powerful first age fortification to exist and made everyone believe that Island was always there and mostly uninteresting?? that would take CRAZY amounts of manipulation, scheming, essence and favors from different gods, not to say coercion... yeah sounds like the sids
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38491841It's gotta be, from Maka's memories we know one of the last living Exalts in the Titan was a Gold Faction Sidereal. He would hie it to make sure it didn't fall into the DB's and the Bronze Factions hands.
"I suspected as much.""Whoever did that, made sure that the island could be kept attached around the Titan, intact, as camouflage. Technically, the Titan could take off without causing damage to Tianna and Pearl.""How do you know this?" You ask her.She stays silent."...Who are you working for, Amata? Who did you sell your soul to?"She stays silent. Her hand closes around yours."...Fine.""...Why was Tyrant so obsessed with you? And how does she know of the Titan?">She's the ghost of my previous incarnation. >She used to be the commander of the Titan. In the First Age>She sees me as her chance to return to the Unconquered Sun and free herself from the Primordial's influence.>She said she's willing to leave command of the Titan to me even in the Underworld>Tell her everything>I still don't know.>(Optional) (Another question?)
>>38491904>She used to be the commander of the Titan. In the First Age>She sees me as her chance to return to the Unconquered Sun and free herself from the Primordial's influence.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38491904>Tell her everything
>>38491904>>She used to be the commander of the Titan. In the First Age>>She sees me as her chance to return to the Unconquered Sun and free herself from the Primordial's influence.She doesn't need to know that we shared an exaltation.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38491904>Tell her everything>¨No Secrets.¨
>>38491904>She sees me as her chance to return to the Unconquered Sun and free herself from the Primordial's influence.Ok, while I live Amata, I can't trust the sidereal she is working for.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38491904>>Tell her everythingI don't mind.
>>38491904>Tell her everythingWe trust her, no secrets
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38491958That won't stop her from having to keep her own secrets that she can't reveal.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38491904>She sees me as her chance to return to the Unconquered Sun and free herself from the Primordial's influence.>She said she's willing to leave command of the Titan to me even in the Underworld
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38491989>We trust herMaybe YOU do, but until I know who she's working for, I don't
>>38491904>>She sees me as her chance to return to the Unconquered Sun and free herself from the Primordial's influence.>>She said she's willing to leave command of the Titan to me even in the Underworld
>>38491841Mt Metagalapa is one of the Titans, too, and everyone thinks it's just a floating mountain.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38491904>>(Optional) (Another question?)I don't mind how much we tell her, but any chance we can make a reference to Sidereals in general to see how she reacts?Something about agents in heaven or maybe starry-eyed spies or something. Assuming Maka does know about them.
Just want to point out that calling the woman the Tyrant used to be our previous incarnation is a misnomer. We were never her. She's a completely different person who happened to have the same exaltation. Her soul is even still around, not-reincarnated, as a ghost. She's our predecessor, and we are her heir, not anything to do with reincarnation.
>>38492015That's a fair point. She might not just be kept from telling us, she might also be compelled to tell whoever they are. A late-night Infallible Messenger is all it would take for them to know a Deathlord wants us to pilot a Titan for them.
>>38492093Maka doesn't know about them. Why would she? Her Lore and Occult are barely passable, let alone good enough to know about the most secret beings in existence.
>>38491904>Tell her everythingDo we know that>She's the ghost of my previous incarnation.is true or is that a guess you're letting Maka make?
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38492196We saw them in our First Age flashback and the Tyrant referred to them by name.
>>38492205I think it's confirmed now after Tyrant apologized for the vision we had from our First Age self.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38491904>>She sees me as her chance to return to the Unconquered Sun and free herself from the Primordial's influence.>>She said she's willing to leave command of the Titan to me even in the UnderworldNo mentioning that we inherited her Exaltation
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38491904>>She sees me as her chance to return to the Unconquered Sun and free herself from the Primordial's influence.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38492257>>>She said she's willing to leave command of the Titan to me even in the UnderworldOn second thought, leave this out too
>>38491904>>Tell her everythingOnly answer
>>38492236I guess it all depends on whether Maka can connect the dots.
>>38492239>I think it's confirmed now after Tyrant apologized for the vision we had from our First Age self.>>38492257>No mentioning that we inherited her ExaltationOK I didn't get how it worked. I was assuming that she would still have our Exaltation and get her power from that.Exalted is weird and I should have known there was no need for an answer I would understand.
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"...She sees me as her chance to return to the Unconquered Sun and free herself from the Primordial's influence.""Because you have the Titan?" She asks back. "Or because you're a Zenith?""...Both. I think. It's hard to get in her head."You spend some more time in the bed, staring at the ceiling."She said that she doesn't mind putting me in charge of whatever she wants to do with the Titan in the Underworld. To reassure me that she really wants just that."Amata doesn't reply, but you know that she's listening. You WANT to tell her more, but..."So?" She suddenly asks."What?""What should we do with the Titan?""...Would taking it apart compromise the solidity of the island?""...Not if we do it properly. But if we disassemble the core parts completely, Dancing Smoke might die.""What?" You ask her, surprised."The volcano is nothing other than the reactor's heat vent."Of course it is. You saw it too.That means..."...So Dancing Smoke is not a volcano goddess at all.""She might even believe herself to be one, but no. No mere volcano god, not even a very powerful one, has draconic traits. That's something only the most powerful gods or elementals have. She's... I think she's whatever's left of the patron goddess of the Titan itself.""...So that's why I've never met Tianna's island god.""Because Tianna isn't a real island. Dancing Smoke would be the closest thing. Or rather..." She sighs. "The being Dancing Smoke used to be, before she lost her power, domain, and memory."[Session End]
>>38492404Here's the deal. An Exaltation is an add-on to a persons soul that empowers them. When said person dies, the Exaltation goes to another worthy person. In theory, the God of Exaltation Lytek scrubs the memories off the Exaltation before it goes to a new bearer. In practice, there tends to be baggage attached.No matter how you slice it, the words 'inherit' or 'reincarnate' have no place in the process. Dead is dead, and even if you become a ghost, the Exaltation will still fly off and attache to another soul.
Base: +2 XPSeven Days Left: +1 XP
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38492539>"Because Tianna isn't a real island. Dancing Smoke would be the closest thing. Or rather..." She sighs. "The being Dancing Smoke used to be, before she lost her power, domain, and memory."Whoo, damn and she's gonna make babies with our little Sammy boy.Thanks for the thread as always EF, can't wait for next time.
>>38492577>Seven Days Left: +1 XP>Majora's mask.pngSpookyQuick question, I know we have Soc 5 now, but has our actual appearance gone up, are we legendary pretty yet or are you waiting for a properly dramatic moment?
>>38492539Would fixing the Titan fix Dancing Smoke's memory? If so I think it should get bumped up our to-do list
10 XP.Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)Summoning the Loyal Steel (Permanent. Can call any owned but unwielded weapon back to your hands. Can store up to [Dawn] owned weapons in a pocket dimension)Shockwave Fist Technique (Permanent, every other Unarmed attack can be carried out at a range of [Dawn] meters)Respect-Commanding Attitude (1 Ess, Scene. Interrupts everyone and anything going on, in order to deliver a statement that will be heard)Terrifying Glorious Presence (upgrades Majestic Radiant Presence: on top of its effect, all social attacks have 1 automatic success)Essence-Gathering Temper (Permanent. Every time Maka loses a health level, roll 1d10. On a success, she regains 1 Essence. On a 10, two.)Kiss of the Sun (1 Ess. Grants Awakened Essence to a Mortal. Can only have up to [Social] Mortals blessed by this charm at a time. Blessing cannot be withdrawn.)Horizon-to-Horizon Performance Method (Permanent. Everyone witnessing you, even indirectly, is automatically targeted by a unaugmented social attack, up to once a month)Sun-King Radiance (Permanent. Anyone loyal to you uses your mental defense rather than their own to resist being tempted to betray you, if your score is higher.)Lore-Master's Gaze (Scenelong, 1 essence, +3 to Knowledge rolls)Wise Artisan's Skill (Scenelong, 1 essence, +3 to Crafting rolls)Lightning Speed (permanent, vastly improves your running speed)Thunderbolt Attack Prana (Permanent, +1 damage to your first attack in a fight if you charge, run or leap into battle)Shining Ruler's Benevolence (1 Ess, Scene, add +3 to all politics or organizational rolls for the scene.)Mastery of Small Manners (1 Ess, you learn the short-term objectives of people in the scene. Gives straightforward ideas, but does not reveal complex plans
>>38492704>Kiss of the Sun (1 Ess. Grants Awakened Essence to a Mortal. Can only have up to [Social] Mortals blessed by this charm at a time. Blessing cannot be withdrawn.)Let's reward Regis next thread.Hey EF, if we use this can our kiss be his psuedo-caste mark?
>>38492602Oh snap! And I personally love that the patron goddess of a First Age flying fortress made by Solars is far and away more powerful than what you would expect of a goddess of a *mere* volcano.
>>38492539Thanks for putting off the decision on the Titan, EF. With that reveal about Smoke, I think we need some time to talk about what to do with it.
>>38492681It did, but it's not an absolutely repentine change. Once you and others will have some off time to unwind instead of being tense and only thinking about work and emergencies, it will show.>>38492703From Maka's understanding of how gods and domains are interfaced? Yes. In fact, it would be the only possible way to truly restore her.>>38492740Yes>>38492777The answer to Amata's important question (important because it will shape the direction of the Quest in a major way) will be a choice in the next thread. I felt it was for the best.
>>38492572But some Exaltations were let out of a box by some bad things as part of a job offer right? I get the 2 souls plus an Exaltation make an Exalted.
>>38492704Bank the XP.We should spend it on something that WILL be useful later. And there are no pressing demands right now. Best hold off for now until we get enough information to decide.
>>38492704Horizon to horizon and essence gathering temper are great to have.
>>38492704>Kiss of the Sun (1 Ess. Grants Awakened Essence to a Mortal. Can only have up to [Social] Mortals blessed by this charm at a time. Blessing cannot be withdrawn.)
>>38492777Also keep in mind that dismantling the titan is not going to be a purely binary affair. it has various "parts" that you can decide to dismantle or keep independently, such as the structure, the flying system, the essence reactor, the main cannon... and who knows what else, you'd need to explore it better. It might still be full of hidden stuff.So it won't be "destroy titan yes/no" but rather "how do you want to keep it? as intact as possible? take out the parts it needs to fly? take out the main cannon and dismantle it? dismantle everything but keep the reactor intact?" and so on.
>>38492797All the Solar Exaltations used to be locked up and when THE BAD GUYS broke open the prison half of the shards got away and became normal Solars, the remaining half got tinkered with and are used to make Abyssals and Infernals in the normal game, Infernals aren't in this quest though.
>>38492704>Sun-King Radiance (Permanent. Anyone loyal to you uses your mental defense rather than their own to resist being tempted to betray you, if your score is higher.)This is something we should save for, down the line. Skullduggery is afoot, and being able to resist social attacks is always A Good Thing,>Shining Ruler's Benevolence (1 Ess, Scene, add +3 to all politics or organizational rolls for the scene.)I think this should be our main, what with having to prepare for war. Being able to administrate things effectively will be vital as we prep for The Silver Prince's invasion.
>>38492704EGT would be so great to get rid of essence problemsBut Kiss of the Sun would let us reward our follower so immensly... and we couls trin Millian to be a social juggernaut as well!My vote goes to Kiss of the sun
>>38492704>>38492789>Yes>Kiss of the Sun (1 Ess. Grants Awakened Essence to a Mortal. Can only have up to [Social] Mortals blessed by this charm at a time. Blessing cannot be withdrawn.)Okay that is too cool to pass up.
I'd also like to point out that, in case anyone is wondering, Fists of Iron is a prerequisite for many other Dawn unarmed combat charms, if you choose to develop that aspect of Maka's skills.Also i accidentally gave you 6 Zenith charms instead of 5. Take out Essence-Gathering Temper.
>>38492572Let me add on to this, since it confused me for a while even though I'm fairly well acquainted with the setting. Deathlords are the ghosts of First Age Solars. While that may make you think they have Exaltations, all their power actually comes from blessings given to them by the Neverborn. They just use the knowledge they kept from being incredibly powerful Exalts to turn that power towards crafting powerful Charms and such for themselves (and is also why the Silver Prince knows how to build First Age warships). When the Neverborn acquired Solar Exaltations, they were twisted into Abyssals and given to the Deathlords to hand out. As ghosts (though ridiculously powerful ones), Deathlords can't use the Exaltations themselves, as they're designed to attach to living humans and no amount of tinkering can change that.
Hey guys, what do you think of >>38485962 as an outfit for Maka? It seems like a good festive or even formal wear for her.
>>38492932It's been there for quite a while in the list.
>>38492932>Fists of Iron is a prerequisite for many other Dawn unarmed combat charms, if you choose to develop that aspect of Maka's skills.Is that our Solar Hero tree set?Probably want to go in that direction later then.
>>38492932>>38492980That's right EF and while it has been there for a while Respect-Commanding Attitude is in the same boat except for getting ever enough votes to even be considered useful
>>38492875Thanks, EF. Just as food for thought, I think we need to have Maka ask someone knowledgeable about whether Tyrant's plan has any chance of success. There is out-of-character doubt, but I'd like to an in-game ruling.
>>38492886Got it. Two last question kind anon, does the tyrant have one or two parts of her soul? and what is giving her Exalted status?>>38492875We should look into getting it working for the battle.
>>38493048The Tyrant and all other ghost only have one part of theirs souls and the Deathlords aren't Exalted, not anymore, they're just incredibly strong ghosts.
>>38493048Is me, just spoted>>38492947
>>38492704Kiss of the Sun.
>>38492948Hmm, sexy. Need to lose the whatever the fuck these things on her sides are.
>>38493033Who'd you ask about it? You'd need someone who knows much about the true nature of the Primordials and/or someone who knows exactly how powerful the Eye of Judgement is.>>38493048You'd have to drop the secret on the Titan and got everyone to work on it, in order to get it fixed in time.It can be done, it would just require breaking your promise to Amata.
>>38493048I'll take this one. I put a post about some of that: >>38492947Short answer, she doesn't have two parts of her soul. She's a ghost, and is all that's left of her high soul when she was alive. She's what would be left of Maka if she died, lost her Exaltation (which happens when you die), and went to the Underworld. It's a thing that happens to souls. Some First Age Solars used to visit people who had just died in the Underworld before they went to be reincarnated. Tyrant isn't Exalted, per se, but is as powerful as an Exalt from the power and blessings given to her by the dead Primordials, the Neverborn. They saw her soul come down after the Usurpation and saw a chance for a powerful minion.
>>38493135It's not something I want to do honestly, I assume if Smoke is this messed up from the Titan being off then taking it apart would kill her, or just make her lose herself even more.Plus I do want the Titan intact, I'm not sure for what yet, but for now I want that option open.
Thanks for the thread!
>>38492932We can't afford YET ANOTHER essence-costing combat charm. It takes almost our entire pool to power up as it is. If it was a permanent upgrade to Solar Hero Style, maybe, but it's not, and so we can't. We're reaching the point in your system where essence-costing buffs are worthless to take because, unlike vanilla exalted, we're not regaining essence with every action we take.And no, Essence-Gathering Temper does not fix that. I'm not saying this to suggest you need to changing, I'm just saying this to let you know that it's never going to happen, no matter what it unlocks.
>>38493179I'd also like to know why so much trouble went into covering it up. It could have just been that it was impossible to destroy with the resources left after the Usurpation, but there might have been another objective. Especially if the Gold Faction was behind it.
>>38493214I am actually working at a general reworking of the system. I wanted to "release" it with the one-year anniversary of the quest, but couldn't finish it in time. It should come into use soon enough though, hopefully. Unfortunately lately I haven't had the spare time to sit down and actually work at it, and i have prioritized running threads over hammering at the new system...
I think we should tell her everything, next time. That might help us piece together who Dancing Smoke is or was.
>>38492908It would also probably be really good for the battle coming up. If nothing other than to protect our precious mortals.
>>38493275Speaking of this, I'd like for everyone who has been playing to post his ideas and impressions for the way the system has worked up to now, complete with any question on the inner workings, on the ask.fm. (a lot of questions have already been asked, but don't worry and post yours. some are way back, and some I've read but never really answered because I didn't really have an answer to give back then. But I read everything that goes in there.
Instead of disussing charms and stuff, hiw about enjoying some waifu time? http://imgur.com/1UmyjaVPicture is courtesy of toorops, and very cute, not lewd. Also NSFW.
>>38493315Who do we want to upgrade?Each spot is precious with only five mortals period that we can bless.Regis is a given, I want to bless Millian too, but I don't want to force her to do anything she doesn't want to either.Pyre is a pretty strong contender, we've already trained her up as a Tiger Warrior and she's head priestess of our cult, she would benefit a lot from a blessing.
>>38493275Oh cool, do you think you can make it in time for the upcoming war?
>>38493135Maybe we could ask our new Mentor? Kidding mostly. Thanks for raising a good point.
>>38493485>Maybe we could ask our new Mentor?Actually not a bad suggestion once we get the chance.
>>38493391Keep in mind one thing: you can't withdraw Kiss of the Sun, and it only applies to five mortals. If you use it on five mortals, and you want to take it back, the only way is to kill one (or make it die, or wait for it to happen)....I don't want to sound callous, just pointing out how the charm works.>>38493425I hope so.
>>38493391Pyre and Regis are mandatory to bless, with Millian... I'd like that very much, the rest of the Blessings should be withheld for mortals that are impressive in their own right and/or those that would rally even more people to our cause
>>38493531>Keep in mind one thing: you can't withdraw Kiss of the Sun, and it only applies to five mortals. If you use it on five mortals, and you want to take it back, the only way is to kill one (or make it die, or wait for it to happen).Yeah, it's something we can't just hand out to our favorites just because.Hey on the off chance they exalt on their own would that open up a free spot again?
>>38493383Ooh, tits. Nice.
>>38492704>Lightning Speed (permanent, vastly improves your running speed)Not an honest vote, but I love permanent Charms.We also still have the option of the Dawn charm that kills armies with our attacks. And probably other charms I'm forgetting.
>>38493549Pyre is actually someone I'm on the fence about, these 5 will be people we want to go with us everywhere we go, to fights, to Gem, to the underworld and back. So on top of people that are absolutely loyal to our cause I feel like we should be the most important thing in there lives, if we bless Pyre she would either have less time for the cult or less time for us, and we know which she'll choose so we'll need to find another head priest/priestess for our Cult.
>>38493275>>38493337I'd strongly encourage letting us regain 1 essence per action, in the same way that 2e gives you essence back for every stunt, and 3e gives you 5 essence back per combat turn. It wouldn't let us spam all of our rad moves non-stop, but it would do a lot to alleviate the very strict limit to the number of combat charms we can even possess, and it would hopefully keep us from being in the super boring realm of 'well, we're out of essence, I guess we have to wait five threads before we can survive being in a fight again.'The degree to which combat ability is currently based on Twilight charms and the Mental stat due to strict essence restraints and a total lack of essence regen instead of being based primarily around Dawn and Physical is bad. So, there's my suggestion. Give us essence for doing things. Running dry with no way to recover is boring and awful. The way your system is set up strongly encourages conservative, passive, defensive play instead of active, aggressive radness.
>>38493659>We also still have the option of the Dawn charm that kills armies with our attacks.That I think is something we can put off for this upcoming war, it would normally be really useful, but as long as our enemy is a Deathlord we can take out his mooks with Banish the Darkness.If he has non-dead soldiers we can leave that to our other Exalted friends and focus on where we can hit the hardest.
>>38493531The Kiss blessing is basically turning them into half castes right?Does that include life span extender?
>>38493728Ah, that reminds me of the campaign I played in where the GM ran a custom version of Exalted he had made that removed mote pools. Good times.
>>38493728To do that, I'd also need to rewrite most charms costing essence to be instant rather than scenelong. Nearly every charm that costs Essence in this system has a duration, which means that once you paid your cost, you have no more expenses, and thus you keep gaining essence that you have nowhere to spend.>>38493848Yes.
>>38493135So step one is asking Amata if we can do it.>>38493159The soul she's missing is the feelings one right? Could that explain her not having guilt and stuff?
>>38493728>essence every actionThat would so break the quest if we ever got Adamant Skin Technique
>>38493874>To do that, I'd also need to rewrite most charms costing essence to be instant rather than scenelong.Just give them an upkeep cost. (not that anon)
>>38494103I have a different plan, but I'm still working to smooth it. Just to tell you that I am aware of the "Essence problem" and working on a fix. Anything else you want me to worry about?
>>38494070Afraid not (that would make things simple). The low soul that she's missing is the one that animates the body during life. It gets immediately recycled by Creation. She exists as the high soul, a person's personality and identity. She doesn't feel things because the Neverborn did a lot more to her than just give her power.
>>38494070No, not really.Her being emotionless doesn't have anything to do with her being a ghost or missing lower soul.
>>38494070the Low Soul, or P'o, houses the "low feelings", the base instincts. Food, hunger, urge to mate, survival instincts, fight-or-flight impulse, maternal instinct, possession, things like that. The High Soul, or Hun, holds logic, reason, and elaborate emotions like love, appreciation for beauty, desire for entertainment, etc.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38494141>Just to tell you that I am aware of the "Essence problem" and working on a fix.Good enough. That is overwhelmingly the biggest problem with the system right now. It's the biggest impediment to play, and seriously unfun any time we need to get into more than one fight per day. The main alternative that I can think of for way, way better essence recovery rates is making way fewer essence-costing charms and way more permanent upgrades to existing charms. I'll withhold any judgement until I get a look at what you've been working on, though.And the only other thing I'd urge is something like [Social] or [Combat] - or even just [Roll] - on options which will feature rolls, and which therefore benefit from dice-manipulation charms. That's more of a QM-style choice than anything else, but it would really, really help to fix some confusion that's cropped up more than once. It'd smooth out a lot of things, insofar as having to educatedly guess when certain charms are applicable is concerned.
>>38494146>>38494150>>38494188So no, got you. I want to stick the tyrant in charge of a prison/prisoner to see if she can care for someone who is trying to escape but doing that might make me a bad person.>>38494141>I have a different plan, but I'm still working to smooth it.I'll let you work it out then.I think 4 replys in a row is my record.
>>38494413I can answer that.She won't. Might not even bother to pretend.
>>38494486but it will help her learn to be a better person anon, don't you believe in the power of friendship and love?
No new chara sheet EF?