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Mumbling and grumbling like he's more mad for the trick you played on him by locking him up in Silk's realm than impressed by the carnage of the magical artillery duel going on in the background, you see Karas leave (with Silk in tow) to prepare his equipment for the fight.

He's still in time: the first ship in the Silver Prince's formation is quickly sinking, and the rest of the force is still distant, even though it IS closing in very rapidly.

Every thirty seconds, your thoughts are interrupted by a thunderous flurry of lightning bolts exploding from those black ships darting instantly in straight, beam-like lines against Golden Reach, your fortress. Pearl, your city. And, most importantly, the trenches dug on the beaches, designed to repel the Deathlord's invasion, and now under the fleet's withering fire.

Every now and then, your own guns respond in kind, but there's no discussion about who has the greatest firepower in this battlefield. Your own magical artillery fires into the night, but to little effect as of now, your gunners shocked and stunned by enemy fire and unable to efficiently track small, moving targets in the darkness and fog of the night.

A night that will be pretty long, you fear.

Peering down from your position atop Golden Reach's walls, you see Tia, a ghost-like figure wreathed in silver light and tattoos, blade in hand, screaming something, probably challenges, probably insults, above the din of artillery, exposing herself from the trenches and beating her fist on her chest as some soldiers desperately and fruitlessly try to drag her back into cover.

Your heart sinks for a moment as a blinding flash of lightning explodes exactly where you're looking, striking her head-on in the chest by an incredibly lucky - or incredibly well-aimed - blast.

(cont.)
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Your vision disappears for a moment, and when you regain it you see the soldiers all around her having dispersed and gone to ground, while Tia herself, her dress and hair ablaze like a living torch, calmly stands back up and goes back to screaming her head off at the invaders.

Looking around her and taking in the situation around the trenches, you see that they are being really wrecked by the enemy fire, the Lightning Ballistas easily cratering and collapsing them. You see charred and mangled corpses strewn about...

Even considering distance, the enemy fire is scarily accurate. You have no way to gauge casualties, but you're afraid they might be high. At this rate, you might not have numerical superiority anymore, once the black ships hit the shore...

You finally see Karas appear on the trenches at a dead run, clad in his ornate armor and with Giant Boxcutter, his daiklave, carried in hand, which he uses immediately, upon arrival, to bat aside a lightning bolt, sending it flying high into the sky.

...Something moving in the ocean, near the shore, catches your eye. ...A red crest, drenched wet, followed by a black metal helm.

Followed by armored shoulders and an absurdly large sledgehammer, the handle a spine (likely not human), the head a huge, roughly-cut block of white marble.

Ebon Siaka, who evidently was on the ship your artillery just sunk, arrives on the shore after her brief work on the oceanic floor, water escaping her full plate armor as she emerges.

(cont.)
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>There's Karas and Tia down there, and the others are lurking around. They don't need my help, they can handle this.
>This looks bad. And the rest of the fleet is not far behind. They'll need every help they can get down there. I should drop down.

Combined with:

>The soldiers NEED to stay on the shore, even if it means facing enemy artillery. If they retreat inside the Manse, we're going to end with a siege we can't win.
>I wasn't expecting their artillery to be this accurate. I can't leave my men out there, they're just going to get slaughtered before even having a chance to fight. Fall back inside the manse!

(Posting with stupidly small versions of normal images because for some reason my connection today reverted to a 56k and captcha keeps timeouting before ANY image can be uploaded)
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>Who are we?
Maka, an exiled noble Exalted as a Zenith-caste Solar. Queen of Gem, now ruling the western island of Tianna. You have gathered a lot of allies and friends, and have a powerful Manse under construction.
But Tianna is actually an artificial island, built around a First Age Titan: an almighty flying fortress built in an ancient, forgotten age, and although this is kept secret, two Deathlords are seeking to obtain it.
The Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine, ghost of your past incarnation, seeked it as a weapon to cut her ties to the Neverborn. But you have persuaded her to try and seek redemption in the eyes of the Sun in other ways, and count her as an unlikely ally.
But now the Silver Prince is coming, to punish her and claim the Titan for himself in the name of Oblivion. And this looks like a battle you won't be able to talk your way out of...

>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

New System Info: http://pastebin.com/pvAZpsJ6
Characters info (player-made): http://pastebin.com/5WnD47jp
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>>40556641
>This looks bad. And the rest of the fleet is not far behind. They'll need every help they can get down there. I should drop down.

>The soldiers NEED to stay on the shore, even if it means facing enemy artillery. If they retreat inside the Manse, we're going to end with a siege we can't win.
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Also, an errata: Up to now I've been referring to Adamant Skin Technique as costing 2 Burn motes, but it's because I've been referencing a typo'd version of my system notes. It should be 3 Burn, like all other Perfect Defenses. (Sorry, my bad.)

This being said, since you bought it under the impression that it would cost 2B, do you want to have the XP back, or are you sticking with AST?
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>>40556641
>>This looks bad. And the rest of the fleet is not far behind. They'll need every help they can get down there. I should drop down.

not sure on what to vote for the second option, how the fuck is it that ships assaulting in the night are shitloads more accurate against the small beach defenses than our emplaced stationary artillery firing against vessels moving in straight lines? that's just entirely fucking backwards
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>>40556712
no idea and without the actually legible versions of the char sheets, I won't be casting a vote on that until the other smarter anons chime in with their input but thats seems pretty shitty to nerf it like that when we bought it as it previously was 2B and then you go "well now its a shitload more expensive or your can just not have it anymore", getting the XP back or keeping i with that change are both not what we spent that XP for nor satisfactory.
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>>40556641
>There's Karas and Tia down there, and the others are lurking around. They don't need my help, they can handle this.
>The soldiers NEED to stay on the shore, even if it means facing enemy artillery. If they retreat inside the Manse, we're going to end with a siege we can't win.
EF, what is wrong with your ISP?
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>>40556641
>>There's Karas and Tia down there, and the others are lurking around. They don't need my help, they can handle this.
>>The soldiers NEED to stay on the shore, even if it means facing enemy artillery. If they retreat inside the Manse, we're going to end with a siege we can't win.

>>40556722
mortal vs exalted gunners?
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>>40556763
war charms maybe. No way they have enough exalts to actually man the guns. And there aren't any canon artillery archery charms.
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>>40556641
>>There's Karas and Tia down there, and the others are lurking around. They don't need my help, they can handle this.
>The soldiers NEED to stay on the shore, even if it means facing enemy artillery. If they retreat inside the Manse, we're going to end with a siege we can't win.
They're our combat monsters, if they can't handle her then we're fucked anyway.

And I say we keep AST, even if it is more expensive we still need it for that fucking sword.
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>>40556763
They can't have that many exalted gunners and where the fuck are ours? We have DBs who specialize in this shit.

>>40556712
Sooo we get nothing for that fuckup in compensation? Not happy with either option presented though if thats all you'll give us then keeping it in its nerfed state is better than nothing.
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Wooo, you are back!
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>>40556641
>There's Karas and Tia down there, and the others are lurking around. They don't need my help, they can handle this.

>The soldiers NEED to stay on the shore, even if it means facing enemy artillery. If they retreat inside the Manse, we're going to end with a siege we can't win.

HEP, scenelong if not on already.

AST, stick with it.

Hold them on the beach. We have to weather the opening volleys and stick to the plan.
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>>40556763
tiger warrior equivalents vs normal mortals more likley.
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>>40556819
>HEP, scenelong if not on already.
We should have it up, but yeah we want to keep it active for this whole war.
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>>40556606
>>40556613
Can we have the versions of those pics meant for human eyes and not ants? Kind of important right now...
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>40556606
>>40556613
What are these, Character Sheets for ants?
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>>40556836
EF is having internet problems, but I can put up the most recent ones, they won't have AST on them though.
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>>40556778
These are also first age warships, they might have some sort of magitech fire control.
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>>40556836
>>40556854
EF said his internet is worse than third world grade shit right now and he can't post with normal size pictures attached.
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>>40556869
Plus this and we also have one Essence Commited
>ADAMANT SKIN TECHNIQUE: (2B) For one turn, you suffer zero damage from all attacks.
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>>40556883
uhh you might want to change that to 3B considering EF fucked up and instead of keeping the harmless mistake decided to nerf it to 3B
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>>40556762
>EF, what is wrong with your ISP?
Fucked if I know.

>>40556778
Archery charms work with artillery. Maybe not canonically, but they do when I run Exalted.
(I'm not saying that this bizarre case of accuracy is due to charms, I'm just pointing out how Archery works for me.)

>>40556758
>>40556786
I'm sorry for the mistake I made and the confusion I accidentally caused, but I'm not going to let you use a charm for 2B when everyone else uses it for 3B, and I'm not going to rebalance combat in the entire system because of a typo I made once, either.
And if I gave you XPs every time I make a typo or a mistake, Maka's XP score would already be in the four digits.
So I don't really understand what "compensation" you're talking about.

>>40556836
Sorry, I tried but my ISP is still fucked. My captcha now even timeouts on posts WITHOUT any images, just text. I have no idea what is going on.

>>40556834
HEP is already up, and yeah, I'll assume you just keep it up for as long as relevant. Remember, you can just keep Commit essence committed to keep scenelong-effect charms up all the time.
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Well fuck.
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>>40556949
Stop crying, you faggot.
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>>40556953
>And if I gave you XPs every time I make a typo or a mistake, Maka's XP score would already be in the four digits.
It's kind of in a different league to a regular typo though.
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If going from 2B to 3B is a "harmless" mistake, then it might as well be 3B. After all, it's harmless, right?

Christ, I dread thinking what people like you would be like in an actual tabletop roleplaying group.
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>40556641
>There's Karas and Tia down there, and the others are lurking around. They don't need my help, they can handle this.

>I wasn't expecting their artillery to be this accurate. I can't leave my men out there, they're just going to get slaughtered before even having a chance to fight. Fall back inside the manse!
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>>40557017
/tg/ is full THAT GUY in denial.
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>>40557017
You might want to try replying to someone in the future anon lest you look like you're just shouting into an empty room. Also that anon is in an actual tabletop roleplaying group, although the tabletop in question is /tg/ he's in this quests playerbase, same thing really.
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>>40557015
Bitch, he already said that we could have our XP back if we wanted sincee he fucked up, what more do you want?
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Biting your lips nervously, you resist your impulses of leaping down into the fray and to order a retreat into the safety of Golden Reach.

Another flurry of lightning bolts slams into Pearl as Ebon Siaka steps out of the ocean and swings her giant hammer grandiosely, screaming something. Karas and Tia respond in kind, and there seems to be a bit of banter going on as the three of them close their distance. Meanwhile, you see other survivors from the shipwreck emerge from the sea, though not quite so eager for a fight as the Abyssal is.

Keeping their distance, your men stick to cover and respond with arrows, but they're too scattered and disorganized to focus their fire properly, and only net a few casualties. Some of the survivors also look like armored troops with face-covering helms. Maybe they're the "Vodaks" that Lynne told you about, the Prince's elite heavy infantry in powered magical armor? They certainly seem resilient and cool under fire, though nowhere close enough to being an effective force on the battlefield right now as they're just emerging from a disastrous shipwreck.

The artillery duel continues, and you see the black ships, ever closer, stray their fire away from the beach, their thunderbolts hitting the manse's walls and the fields and improvised, fragile, and thankfully empty buildings around it. Are they diverting their fire because of Ebon Siaka and the survivors on the shore, or was the accurate fire up to now just a stroke of luck?

As your artillery responds in kind, you see one of the ships in the formation, struck by your Lightning Ballista, go up in sparkling, colorful flames, as the blow doubtlessly destroyed some critically important component. Your concussive cannons follow the main weapon's example, and begin to strike the other vessels with more accuracy, denting armor and blowing crewmen into the sea with the force of their blasts.

[Men + Nig = 10 10 7 4 8 = 6 successes]

(cont.)
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>>40556606
Awwww yeah, I'm in time for this!
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As you clench you hands on the fortification's parapet looking at the battle down, just as you see Karas charge into Ebon Siaka, you suddenly feel a sharp sensation of unease.

Armored steps behind you, approaching. Normally, you'd think it a soldier carrying a message or running an emergency errand like there can be many in a battle. Going to fetch a surgeon's kit, or spare arrows or shields, maybe.

The moment you hear the telltale steel-on-steel noise of a weapon being pulled free of its sheath, you turn around, just in time to catch a man clad in dark clothes and armor about to plunge a sharp dagger in your back.

You lift your gauntlet-clad hands and, even if you don't manage to stop the blade in time, you lessen the impact and cause the would-be assassin to abort his lunge and just resort to a quick jab and then a swift leap back to put distance between the two of you.

[HEALTH: 8/9]

The blade left a deep gash on your chest: knocked aside from its intended target of your heart just in time, it instead left a painful, bleeding cut from just above it all the way to your left shoulder.

You hear the assassin curse softly under his breath as he glances around, clearly internally debating his chances and avenues of escape.

>Stomp a step in his direction to scare him off. (s+z)
>Immediately close the distance and kick him. (p+d)
>Charge into him and wrestle him to the ground. (p+d)
>Keep your distance as well, and keep your guard high.
>Drop from the ledge to escape him. (p+n)
>Feint, then make a run for it, trying to lose him in the Manse's corridors while looking for help. (p+n)
>(Other?)

(p.s. I used the last leftover dice from last thread. Turns out you were lucky. I didn't warn you of a roll because, of course, this was a surprise attack, which is one of the few cases in which I'm going to not tell you, and pick dice from other past threads or if necessary roll them myself instead of using your rolls.)
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You know, defeating this Ebon Siaka would be an incredible boost for moral AND prevent the Prince's forces from having their city destruction expert on the case.
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>40557520
>>Immediately close the distance and kick him. (p+d)
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>40557520
>Charge into him and wrestle him to the ground. (p+d)
Uh, not an exalted assassin?
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40557520
>>Immediately close the distance and kick him. (p+d)
Commit everything, SHS, 5BS, and both AiRS.

Might as well prepare for that now
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>>40557520
No evidence that he's using charms?
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40557520
Dice
>>40557568
That seems overkill.
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40557520

>Immediately close the distance and kick him. (p+d)

Ass, meet Boot
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>40557520

>>Immediately close the distance and kick him. (p+d)
>Grab him and use him as throw weapon against Ebon Siaka
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>40557581
They'll last for the whole war, might as well turn them on now to have them on for later.
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>>40557520
>Immediately close the distance and kick him. (p+d)

Spinning bird kick!
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>>40557520

Commit everything, SHS, 5BS, and both AiRS.


>>40557581

Nah, we really need this. After that, battlefield
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These fuckin rolls
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>40557608
I don't know, I find it hard that the entire battle will be a single scene.
Also, the dice are absolute shit today. Thank god EF used rolls from another thread.
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

Worst dice I've seen in Exalted
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>40557636
We can keep charms commited for multiple scenes
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Rolled 3 (1d10)

>>40557636
Oh my fucking god, this is going to be a fucking botch.
>>40557390
>>40557520
Oh, did your connection improve? Could you post the OP with decent size, if that is the case?
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>40557520
Wow, just wow at those shit dice.
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

What's up with the dice?
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>40557520
>Charge into him and wrestle him to the ground. (p+d)
Activate SHS
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Let's not turn on SHS, in a weird case we'll do better if we leave it off.
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>>40557669
Let's not actually, I'm on board with Fivefold and AiRS though, if we leave it on it's jsut a failure, but if we turn it on it's a botch.
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>>40557670
Our only successes are on roll 12 and 13. Normal dice pool is giving us a botch.

I think we need the charms.
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>>40557563
>>40557566
>>40557568
>>40557581
>>40557586
>>40557590
>>40557608

0 success.

fucking hell
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>>40557698
We only have 10 combat dice, Phys 4 + Dawn 3, we can add three more with SHS, but those are the ones which we don't want right now.
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>>40557716
Oh, that's right. I was using the wrong stats.
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>40557520

>Charge into him and wrestle him to the ground. (p+d)
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

I don't know you, but I think we need to beat up someone important to make up for that embarrassement
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>>40557751
>>40557777

...
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Before the assassin has the time to consider his options, you scream "WRONG!" And leap at him in a butterfly kick.

[p+d = 6 2 5 5 5 2 6 = 0 successes]

Startled by your sudden response, he raises his right arm in defense while tossing deftly his knife to his left, and you feel your kick stop dead against the metal vambrace.

Without saying a single word, he turns his parry in a grab by your ankle, flips and slams you painfully into the pavement, and stabs the knife into your chest.

Pain lances through your body, screaming through your lungs and nerves, and as he pulls the blade out your vision is filled by a spray of your own blood.

[HEALTH: 6/9]

He then immediately stomps his right foot on the wound, grinding his armored heel down and interrupting your first attempt to stand back up. You painfully hit your head on the floor and your vision fills with sparks for a moment.

When you come back to, one instant later, he's keeping you pinned to the ground, about to slash your throat, when all of sudden a blast of light washes over him. You feel the rush of oncoming air and the distinctive, eardrum-shattering FOOM! noise of a Concussive Essence Cannon being fired dangerously close to you, and, when the light is gone, so is the assassin.

"Are you alright?! I'm so sorry!" A very concerned Radiant lightly leaps by your side, offering a hand to help you stand back up. She's covered in sweat and dust, and a couple of scrapes and bruises. Her rifle is still smoking from the muzzle and barrel. "I have no idea how he got in without me noticing!" She apologizes profusely.

She heaves you up, and your low blood pressure makes your head feel uncomfortably light, even though your wound is quickly closing. As you're regaining your bearings, you hear just about the least reassuring thing you could imagine right now.

"...Oh, crap." Radiant mutters.

(pretend I'm posting radiant_starfall.jpg. ISP being shit again)

(cont.)
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Following the direction Radiant's looking at, you see the assassin, who has been smashed into a nearby wall by her rifle blast, slowly emerge from the rubble, blood leaking from pretty much anywhere. His right leg and arm are clearly broken and kept at wince-inducing angles, but still move of his own accord, though you have no idea why or how. It's like the impact just have him an extra joint.

With bloodshot eyes, he draws a second dagger and launches himself at the two of you.

"...A stitched!"

"Sutured." You correct her, raising your guard, as you recall Lynne's briefings.

"Whatever!" Is the magical girl's reply as she attempts to bring the rifle to bear once more, respite it being clearly not the best weapon for close combat...

>Keep your distance and try and buy some time.
>Make a run for it.
>Leap out of reach, leave Radiant to handle him. [MONKEY LEAP TECH.]
>Grab Radiant, leap out of reach with her. [MONKEY LEAP TECH.]
>Put your dukes up and punch him in the face when he closes in. (p+d)
>Wait for his attack, then try and grab his wrist and put him in an arm lock. (p+d)
>(other?)
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>>40558247
>>Put your dukes up and punch him in the face when he closes in. (p+d)
Commit SHS, Fivefold Bulwark and 2x AIRS
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40558247
>>Put your dukes up and punch him in the face when he closes in. (p+d)
Okay, now Commit everything.

Where's Regis?
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>40558247
>Put your dukes up and punch him in the face when he closes in. (p+d)
Guess we can't really interrogate a living corpse like this?
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>40558247
>>Put your dukes up and punch him in the face when he closes in. (p+d)
Commit SHS, Fivefold, and both AiRS.

He's undead right?
That mean we can use ECSJ if we need to?
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>40558247
>>Wait for his attack, then try and grab his wrist and put him in an arm lock. (p+d)
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>40558247
>Put your dukes up and punch him in the face when he closes in. (p+d)

SHS, 2x AIRS.
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>>40558247
Turn on SHS, Fivefold, and AiRS.
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>40558247
>>Wait for his attack, then try and grab his wrist and put him in an arm lock. (p+d)

Another vote to commit those charms.
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>40558247
Dice
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40558247
>>Put your dukes up and punch him in the face when he closes in. (p+d)
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>40558247
>Put your dukes up and punch him in the face when he closes in. (p+d)
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>40558247
Another die
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40558247
>>Put your dukes up and punch him in the face when he closes in. (p+d)


Let's kill the guy, and then us and Starfall will stop Ebon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_2q0Mm__sA
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>40558264


Forgot my dice
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>>40558247
Can we hit this guy with Enemy Castigating Solar Judgement?

He's gotta be undead with the creepy broken bone shit right?
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>40558247

Commit everything
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>>40558463
We don't need to worry about her, she's about to face Karas and Tia together.

That bitch is dead, she just doesn't realize it yet.
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Rolled 3 (1d10)

>>40558247
>Put your dukes up and punch him in the face when he closes in. (p+d)
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>40558247

>Put your dukes up and punch him in the face when he closes in. (p+d)
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"Alright, that's quite enough with you." You grumble, trying to shrug off the pain, and pumping your bones and muscles and skin so full of Essence, that your Anima flashes brightly in a pillar of warm golden light.

You see the assassin's only visible eye go wide in mid-charge, as if suddenly realizing he's in for something he didn't sign up for, but a second too late.

[p + d = 5 10 6 6 4 8 4 5 2 8 5 = 4 successes]

Your cross-counter slams straight into his face, sending him reeling backwards from the impact, and causing him to lose both knifes, which clatter noisily to the ground. You feel bones in his skull breaking, and his nose leaks blood like a hose, but he doesn't seem to realize, and, trying to evade you, he makes a run for the parapet and leaps off.

He's caught in mid-jump by a second blast of compressed Essence, which hits him right in the small of the back, and propels him away in the night.

"And that's for not leaving me time to do my introduction." Radiant sends him off, angrily shouldering her rifle. "Are you alright? I'm so sorry!"

"I'm, I'm alright." You try to put up a brave front as your wounds slowly stop bleeding, but damn it, you weren't expecting this. That assassin didn't manage to sneak up on you, but he got in two lucky hits, and you still feel the pain. Things are starting to look grim right now.

You glance down, at the beach. About half of the remaining ships are hanging back to provide fire support, which is mostly aimed straight at the artillery emplacements on Golden Reach right now. Without any success, fortunately: the fortress holds, though your artillery is so badly suppressed by enemy fire it can't do much more than take badly aimed snap shots.

(cont.)
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It's clear why they're not firing on the beach anymore: the other part of the fleet, numbering six ships, has reached the shore, pouring black-clad warriors out of its hulls onto the sand. The battle has begun, and you see the frontlines coming into contact, with clash of blades, volley of arrows and firewand shots, in a disordered, confused struggle on both sides.

From the ships that made landfall, you also see tall, armored black shapes standing up from trapdoors opening in the structure, climbing out of them, armed with oversized daiklaves and powerbows. The warstriders.

And, in the middle of the fight, two points of light: Karas and Tia, burning essence, locked in a fight with Ebon Siaka. You see her lift that stupidly huge sledgehammer and slam it down, trying to swat Tia, and the Lunar morph into a vulture and fly away just in time before the ponderous weapon collides, only to turn back human just above her and fall down, trying to grab and wrestle the black-plated Exalted into submission. Karas, reeling from a previous blow, is trying to reach her, but four armored soldiers with dual blades are between him and Siaka, two more loosing arrows that he bats aside with a daiklave swipe.

Bringing you eyes back up to the fleet, you see more individuals disembarking after the first wave of soldiers, engaging your own. A tall man, muscular, white-haired, bare-chested except for some armor on arms and shoulders, wielding a daiklave made from bone and soulsteel glowing fire-red.

And a tall, ghostly pale, proud and calm figure in fine clothes and elegant robes, looking more like a tranquil nobleman than a soldier...

"I don't really see the need for all this bloodshed." He speaks, softly, but his words are somehow heard over the din of battle, and for a moment the fight seems to slow down, as if everyone were suddenly paying attention to him...

(cont.)
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"We just wanted permission to land peacefully. Our quarrel is not with you, but with the Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine. Let us pass through, and no one has to get hurt."

He looks down on your soldiers around him, who are lowering their weapons and backing up in abject terror, and that's when you notice he's a good meter taller than any normal human being has any right to be. "Our first ship merely had a diplomat to discuss terms. He was under a truce flag. Why did you have to shoot first? But, I'm a magnanimous ruler. I will forgive everything. Just sheathe your swords, and let us through."

And, despite Karas' angry screams as he keeps up the fight, you see your men starting to step back, making way for the Skullstone forces.

While all this happens, Tia and Ebon Siaka are still wrestling in the shallow water. You see the Abyssal put her in a neck lock, and Tia trying to crane her neck behind at a physically impossible angle to bite her head off with a set of suddenly-manifested shark teeth.

>Do nothing.
>Signal to Karas and Tia to stop fighting. He's right, after all.
>Drop down and confront him personally. (s+z)
>Drop down and confront him personally. PHYSICALLY. (p+d)
>Run down to the artillery emplacement, order them to redirect fire on him. (s+d)
>Panic.
>Do something stupid.
>(other?)
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>40559113
>Drop down and confront him personally. (s+z)
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>40559113
>>Do something stupid.
Fuck your social shit, you don't get to try and be diplomatical with 20 First Age warships at our shores.
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>40559113
Why did we attack, again?

>Drop down and confront him personally. (s+z)
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>40559113
>>Drop down and confront him personally. (s+z)

saying he's being diplomatic while leading a large warfleet to a sovereign nation is classic gunboat diplomacy and we wont stand for it.

Also Burn for IPS and have the manse amplify our voice. I want all of our soldiers to hear our response.
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>>40559156
Because he wants the titan? I think it was something like that.
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>>40559113
Ho shit, nigga.
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>>40559187
I see; fuck him then, let's kick his punk ass out!
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40559113
>Silver Prince
Fuck him, pop IPS and hit him with ECSJ, he's a Deathlord so we can get him for double successes
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>>40559113
>Redirect fire onto the Silver Prince.

We are obligated to nuke his ass into a mirror of Malfeas. Also making him burn Essence will make him less dangerous.

We should also rally our troops and remind them of what exactly they're fighting and why it's important to not listen to anyone but us, their moral and mighty superior. We are Solar, we can do no wrong!
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>40559113
>Drop down and confront him personally. (s+z)
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>>40559113
>Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine Seeks redemption in the eyes of the Unconcered Sun. Untill that matter is sorted she is under my protection. If you wish to speek of peace return at dawn.
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>>40559209
We should tell him that he should stop fighting first, since he's the intruder!
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>40559113
>>Drop down and confront him personally. (s+z)
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>40559233
forgot dice
I'm too use to being on my phone.
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>40559218
Seconding ECSJ
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>>40559113
>Run down to the artillery emplacement, order them to redirect fire on him. (s+d)

Does ECSJ work on cannons? It should, since we're firing ALL of them.
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>40559113
>Drop down and confront him personally. (s+z)
be sure to bring a whip
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Rolled 3 (1d10)

>>40559113
I'll second ECSJ against him, every chance we can hit him with it we should
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>>40559113
>Run down to the artillery emplacement, order them to redirect fire on him. (s+d)
>Signal Karas to help Tia
Time to counter socialing with socialing
And make short and bloody work out of his abyssals
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>>40559282
we should strive to keep 3 burn essence in the bank as our AST last line of defense.
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>40559113
>>40559285
Also good evening from germany EF
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40559307
Right
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40559113
>Drop down and confront him personally. (s+z)
Would enemy castigating solar Judgement work if we want to make him look like a complete prick to everyone else?
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>>40559144
>>40559145
>>40559156
>>40559184
>>40559218
>>40559231
>>40559251
>>40559268
>>40559270
>>40559281
>mfw all these successes

So, now that the dice are swinging in our direction for a change, fuck this guy and his big stick ideology
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>>40559334
I think it should, I mean we're basically attacking his social position to bolster our soldiers and give them strong resolve to fight the Prince to the bitter end.
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Yeah, we should use ECSJ.
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>>40559334
I don't know if it can help with how it will appear to everyone else, but at the least we can fuck with him, try and goad him into breaking his fascade.

>these dice
THE UNCONQUERED SUN IS WITH US.
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Be sure to commit MRP and/or IPS as well as activating ECSJ
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>>40559356
>>40559113
In which case I am totally in favor of explicitly calling him out on everything he's done. That is, being a first age solar, turning his back on the unconquered sun, swearing loyalty to the very beings exalted were created to fight, and soul forging the majority of his citizens.
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>40559375
>>40558247

This
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>>40559380
Don't forget his devotion to the Truth of Oblivion and his overall objective to destroy everything everywhere.
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>>40559334
No, because the people we'd be trying to convince aren't CoD.
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>40558247
DICEEE
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>>40559380
>turning his back on the unconquered sun
That would make it all the more awesome if we get a certain overkill-eque spear to finish him of by calling him out so hard the heavens hear it
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>>40559218
I agree with ECSJ and MRP!!
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>>40559113
>Do something stupid.
Ok, I'm biting. What would this option do?
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>>40559375
Just MRP, the latter rolls aren't worth committing IPS to
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>>40559409
It'll work anon, we're attacking him and his bullshit beliefs socially but we're attacking him really loudly so all of our soldiers can hear it.

It's basically a social duel between us and him and the prize is the commitment of our soldiers.
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>>40559433
Maybe you don't wanna know, anon.
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>40559113
>Drop down and confront him personally. PHYSICALLY. (p+d)
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>>40559409
But trying to lower his standing by calling him out is a case where that would work
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>>40559440
They don't stack so it's one or the other, well we can pop both of them, but they work for different cases
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>>40559451
Yeah I do.
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>>40559462
We should use IPS, this is a social attack at the prince but the intended audience is all of our soldiers.
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>>40559456
No it wouldn't, because we'd be making an attack against people who aren't CoDs trying to convince THEM the Silver Prince is a dick.
ECSJ would only help in convincing the Abyssals and the Silver Prince himself of the Prince's dickishness
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>"Silk?" You ask the fae with a knowing tone of voice.
>She gives you an "okay" sign.
>"ACTIVATE IT.
Who else is hype for Silk's thing?
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>>40559479
Whichever we can, I'll leave it to EF to pick the right one, likewise for ECSJ, if we can pop it we will but if we can't then it won't work.

Last time we tried to use ECSJ on someone it would have no effect on we didn't lose any essence.
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>>40559490
We aren't making a social attack at our own soldiers, we're socially duelling with the prince and the prize is that our troops actually stay in the field and fight.
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>>40559426
Seems kinda unlikely. Pic related might drop by though if he's dumb enough to start insulting UCS sempai.
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>>40559113
We should totally mention UCS if we can, you know he spoke to Moray when he Exalted?
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>>40559544
>We aren't making a social attack at our own soldiers
Yes we are, to counter the social attack the prince has made. We need to convince THEM not to listen to the prince, what the prince thinks is unimportant.
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>>40559564
I think Moray is with the ship in Tiana.
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>>40559544
We'd still want to pop ECSJ because it might convince some of the slags who follow the Prince to doubt him
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Well, looks like it's time.

As the battle grinds to an unnatural halt (with the exception of Karas and Tia to the sidelines), you leap down from the ramparts and land amidst the broken and shattered trenches, filled with the mangled corpses of your own men. Pirates, recruits, Tiannan soldiers, mercenaries... Your heart sinks.

"Oh, glad you could deign us of your presence, finally. I guess the lives of your men aren't important enough for you to actually keep your boots on the ground with them?" The impossibly tall, impossibly pale Deathlord smiles.

His teeth are sharp.

Next to him, King is clearly restless. He keeps glancing sideways at Ebon Siaka, struggling on the beach against Tia and Karas. They seem to be about matched, you notice, which is a scary thought if she needs BOTH of your favorite combat monsters to be fought to a standstill...

Walking through the dead, something clicks inside of you.

You KNOW dead. You've seen dead people. But... these people died for you. In every sense: both because of your orders, and for your sake. You could have avoided this...

But, maybe it would have been worse. Maybe it would have spared their lives in the short term, but caused a lot worse in the long term.

Maybe. You have no way to know. You're not perfect. You can only do your best.

[TOUCH OF GENTLE REPOSE]

You brush your fingers against a broken hand jutting out of a pile of rubble at a hideous angle, and the corpse briefly glows before dissolving into fine white ashes and a slender wisp of smoke.

It seems natural. It seems right. It was probably something you always knew how to do, but never had a chance to. Never found yourself so close to so many dead.

One by one, as you walk by, the bodies, friend and foe alike, dissolve, the souls still trapped within released by your passage.

"You." You point your finger at the Deathlord.

[ECSJ]
[IPS]

[s + z = 10 6 8 7 5 8 7 10 8 9 3 8 5 = 11 x2 = 22 successes]

"You shut the hell up."

(cont.)
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>>40559574
Yes but to do that we attack what the prince is saying.

We're socially attacking the prince's position and beliefs to bolster our soldiers.

Hence ECSJ working, we're socially attacking the prince directly and our soldiers tangentially.
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>>40559591
>[TOUCH OF GENTLE REPOSE]
>[s + z = 10 6 8 7 5 8 7 10 8 9 3 8 5 = 11 x2 = 22 successes]
Hold on, I think I just came.
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>>40559550
But seeing the God-Spear of all-searing in action would be awesome in its own right
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>>40559591
>22 successes
>all this awesome Maka
>zenith all up this motherfucker
I have no image that can convey my reaction.
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>>40559591
>[s + z = 10 6 8 7 5 8 7 10 8 9 3 8 5 = 11 x2 = 22 successes]
>"You shut the hell up."
I LOLed, I mean that.
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>>40559591
I AM HARD LIKE DUAMOND
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>>40559654
Truly the finest of social manipulation by a Princess of the Earth
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>>40559591
>>40559650
Maybe this?
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>>40559667
No, but I will be saving that, thanks.
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>>40559632
True, but she might give us a limited edition Ketchup Carjack bobble head if she likes us.
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>>40559591
>[TOUCH OF GENTLE REPOSE]
>[s + z = 10 6 8 7 5 8 7 10 8 9 3 8 5 = 11 x2 = 22 successes]
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>>40559591
>[s + z = 10 6 8 7 5 8 7 10 8 9 3 8 5 = 11 x2 = 22 successes]
holy shit
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>>40559631
>TOUCH OF GENTLE REPOSE
So wait, was this like a request from someone? Is that why we got it?
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>>40559659
DIAMOND. FUCK MISPELLINGS
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>>40559698
Where does this bobble head thing come from?
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>>40559698
┬ĘCollect all eeight to gain one of the limited Incarnae bobble heads.
DISCLAIMER: The buraeu of destiny is not responsible for sudden death, maiming, incineration, expellation from society, drowning, attack by angry gods, fae, elementals and dragon-blooded, as well as loss of favorite shoes and feelings of being watched caused by possession of bobble heads.
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>>40559752
I'm not sure, but it's a canon Zenith anima ability
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>>40559753
... I was just about to ask if Duamond was your lover...
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>>40559591
>>40559631
>>40559714


Touch Of Gentle Repose

Cost: 5 motes

Duration: Instant

Type: Simple

Minimum Medicine: 2

Minimum Essence: 2

Prerequisite Charms: Flesh-Mending Discipline

Death is often a welcome release from suffering. With this Charm, an Abyssal can grant that release to a willing individual. The Exalt need only lay his hands on the subject and whisper a prayer of dedication to the Malfeans. If the patient truly wishes to die, she may spend a point of Willpower to painlessly end her own life. This decision cannot be coerced in any way, or the Charm fails. Subjects of this Charm never rise as hungry ghosts, although they are no more or less likely to linger as actual ghosts. Characters cannot use this Charm to facilitate their own suicide.

For those not aware of the full charm
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>>40559591
>"You shut the hell up."

Maka, year 1 of the Unconquered Sun
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>>40559752
>It was probably something you always knew how to do, but never had a chance to. Never found yourself so close to so many dead.
It's like Banish the Darkness, not a charm, just a thing we get for being Zenith
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>>40559794
I'm guess in this case, it's in dedication to the Celestial Incarna and not the Malfeans
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>>40559763
Canon. After ketchup tried to have her killed off she decided to walk around Yu Shan carrying a bobble head of his and dared him to do something about it. He didn't.
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>>40559794
It reads more like the anima ability, he might have just taken the name from it.
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Utter silence falls on the battlefield. Even Karas and Tia and Ebon Siaka stop, mid-headlock, to look at you.

"You have NO RIGHT to pretend you're not an invader, Silver Prince."

"You fired first." He replies, weakly, caught by surprise by your sudden outburst.

"I'm not talking about invading Tianna." You step closer and closer. "I'm talking about CREATION."

He tries to play it cool, batting his eyelashes nonchalantly while making a dismissive gesture. "I am recognized as the lawful ruler of-"

"I don't care what convoluted plan you set up to dupe people into thinking you're the savior of Skullstone. Your authority is not recognized in Creation."

Something... something is off. You step even closer, mere inches from him. King, who at first seemed bored by the prospect of listening to a speech instead pf stabbing people, now seems to regard the current situation as an interesting diversion, and has taken a few steps back, a wide grin plastered on his face.

The ghost lord, instead, hesitates in front of you. "A-and who are YOU to decide who is-"

"I am a Zenith-Caste Solar! Pillar of the Sun! Hammer of Heaven! Princess of Earth! And, whether you, or I, or anyone else in this rotten world wants it or not, until the Inconquered Sun turns his true face back to Creation, I am the closest thing you'll find to a supreme judge here!"

He takes a step back as you jab a finger at his face, the radiating glow from your blazing anima, growing in strength more and more with every word you say, hurtful to his very eyes.

"And I pronounce you GUILTY."

For every step back he takes, you take one forward.

"I'm not even bothering to call you guilty of invading Creation, or of setting yourself up as a cruel god-king of a realm you have no right ruling, or of tricking its people into accepting you. Not even guilty of stealing their very souls and forging them into your arsenal."

(cont.)
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>>40559835
Yurika's Campus Life?
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>>40559858
>Inconquered Sun
Fuck, not now Great Curse, we are doing a thing here.
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>>40559791
ONLY IN MY MIND, SWEET ANON. ONLY IN MY MIND
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>>40559865

Indeed
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>>40559858
>Something... something is off.
>WORRY.jpg
>BUT ALSO HYPE.png
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Question: AST as a PD is a perfect soak. Not parry or dodge. We still get hit but don't take damage. If the sword does it's mind control thing, does it count as Bad Touch, and hence ignores AST?

If it works like that...we need to get the hell out of reaching distance.
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>>40559900
We have AST in the tank anon, nothing the Prince can do will hurt us.

Spoilers, he's gonna take a swing at us with his sword.
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>>40559858
Now he's going to get it!

Now he's going to get it!
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>>40559885
>Inconquered
... well he IS old... and he sheds light all over creation...
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>>40559916
In order for his sword to give him control of us he has to actually cut is with it and draw blood with the cut.

With AST he can't do that, so we'll have time to back out of range.
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>>40559916
It's got to do damage, according to what Lynne said it has to draw blood and by RAW it has to do more damage than our MDV, which is 4.
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>>40559916
It needs to draw blood
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>>40559858
>"You fired first."

Makashotfirst.jpg
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>>40559961
>inb4 maka shot first becomes creations jet fuel can't melt steel
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>>40559858
>"I am a Zenith-Caste Solar! Pillar of the Sun! Hammer of Heaven! Princess of Earth! And, whether you, or I, or anyone else in this rotten world wants it or not, until the Inconquered Sun turns his true face back to Creation, I am the closest thing you'll find to a supreme judge here!"
>This feeling of awe
Maka is cool, way too cool.
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>>40559982
The Usurpation was an inside job!
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>>40560006
>conspiracysolar.jpg
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You're both knee-deep in water, and with the eyes of everyone turned to your back and his face.

"As far as I care, you're only guilty of one thing, GHOST."

Your pointing hand closes in a fist, and you slam it into his face as your Anima goes fully iconic, your vast heart-shaped crest exploding with golden light above and behind you.

Instantly, his body shatters and melts, the ghost leaving its broken physical corpus behind and retreating back to its immaterial shape.

"Of wasting my time." You turn your back to the quickly-dissipating face, and point your eyes on a grinning King of Uncloaked Steel.

He lets out a long, amused sigh. "...Jig's up, I guess."

"Where. Is. He?" You spell out to him, as, behind him, the Skullstone forces, thinking they just saw their god-king destroyed, waver and hesitate. You see officers trying to reassure the soldiers, to keep them from routing, trying to explain that it must be a trick and the Silver Prince cannot possibly have been defeated that easily, but with only some success.

Lies have a way of backfiring, you guess that's the moral of the story.

"Sorry, cutie." He points his massive, glowing-red daiklave at you. "I'll admit, that was really impressive, But I don't know either. Not that I care. I came here for a good fight, and I hope I've got one right here."

>Raise your guard.
>Try and persuade him that the Silver Prince isn't worthy of his loyalty. (s+z)
>Try and persuade him that if he wants a good fight you're not really capable of giving him one. (s+z)
>Plant a fist in that grinning mouth of his. (p+d)
>Close in, grab his sword-arm, and try to throw him to the ground. (p+d)
>Time to fall back to your own lines, rally your troops around you. (s+d)
>(Other?)
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>>40560006
to be fair, it was. Most coup's are like that.
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>Silver Prince right now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SvhLaHRvUs
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>>40560034
>Try and persuade him that if he wants a good fight only Ebon Siaka here capable of giving him one. (s+z)
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>40560034
>>40560063
This should work
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To clarify: I'm using only the name of Touch of Gentle Repose, but yes, it's part of the Zenith's caste ability to sanctify the dead and send their ghosts back into the cycle of reincarnation. Maka had it up to now, but never found herself really face to face with enough dead to trigger her knowledge of the ability.

Also, I'll have to briefly AFK now, sorry.
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>40560034
>Try and persuade him that if he wants a good fight you're not really capable of giving him one. (s+z)
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Rolled 3 (1d10)

>>40560034
>>Plant a fist in that grinning mouth of his. (p+d)
>It was a fake
At least it was cool.

So we have to at least fight this guy once according to Lynne.
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>40560034
>>Try and persuade him that if he wants a good fight only Ebon Siaka here capable of giving him one. (s+z)
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Rolled 3 (1d10)

>>40560034
>Try and persuade him that if he wants a good fight you're not really capable of giving him one. (s+z)
>But Ebon or the Prince should.
Damn, that was so hype.
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40560034
>>Try and persuade him that if he wants a good fight only Ebon Siaka here capable of giving him one. (s+z)
FUCK YEAH RECRUIT KING!
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40560034

Seconding
>>40560063
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>40560034
>Close in, grab his sword-arm, and try to throw him to the ground. (p+d)
Ten Ox Meditation
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>40560103
Not with these dice. D:
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>40560034

>Try and persuade him that the Silver Prince isn't worthy of his loyalty. (s+z)
>>Try and persuade him that if he wants a good fight you're not really capable of giving him one. (s+z)

>Do you really think anyone in my forces can measure up to you, right now? Ebon is fighting my two best fighters to a standstill. Really, you'd have a better time fighting her.
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Dicegods, why are you so fickle?
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>>40560118
>>40560119
>>40560092
Well, three successes isn't terrible, hopefully our previous social attack c
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>>40560034
>Try and persuade him that if he wants a good fight you're not really capable of giving him one. (s+z)
>But Ebon or the Prince should.

Redirect!
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>40560034
>"Where. Is. He?" You spell out to him, as, behind him, the Skullstone forces, thinking they just saw their god-king destroyed, waver and hesitate. You see officers trying to reassure the soldiers, to keep them from routing, trying to explain that it must be a trick and the Silver Prince cannot possibly have been defeated that easily, but with only some success.
Yeah fuck you guys

He better not be going to Tianna
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>>40560133
*Well, three successes isn't terrible, hopefully our previous social attack carries over and helps with this roll
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>40560034
>>40560063
>Try and persuade him that if he wants a good fight only Ebon Siaka here capable of giving him one. (s+z)
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>>40560034
>Every power player in creation will come at me after this so stand down until I tell you to fight and
>Fuck it my luner's over there just don't make a mess.
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>40560034


>>40560122

They're actually not bad
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>40560034
>>40560063
Seconding.
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ENEMY-CASTIGATING SOLAR JUGDEMENT
Abyssals are creatures of dorkness
>>40560063
>>40560034
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Did we commit IPS for the scene? I think we better
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Can we use Husband-Seducing Demon Dance?
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>>40560214
We have 3 burn essence left anon, We save it for AST in case of emergency.
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>>40560214
Let's not, the double successes we would get wouldn't be worth it.
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>>40560214
No, man, we need to save that essence. I'd rather we commit essence to IPS for the scene then waste more burn essence
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>>40560227

Let's use HSDD, then.

Talking about fighting probably count as seducing for this guy, and Maka can bring good "arguments" on the table
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>40560214
>>40560214
>ENEMY-CASTIGATING SOLAR JUGDEMENT
Seconded. The potential to turn this motherfucker to our side trumps literally anything else we might spend that Burn on.
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>>40560257
IPS won't work on King, it only effects large scale social attacks, we need MRP for one person.

>>40560272
Let's not because it doesn't.
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>>40560272
Seducing him with talk of fighting will involve actually fighting him. According to Lynne this dude is practically asexual except where combat is concerned.
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>>40560284
Then pop MRP, we need some kind of leverage here for this scene
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>>40560214
>ENEMY-CASTIGATING SOLAR JUGDEMENT
Agreed.
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>>40560227
>We have 3 burn essence left anon
4 Actually I think. One recovers every turn, which I take to mean every time we get an option to vote.
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>>40560281
No it doesn't. AST is essential. We HAVE to hold the last three burn essence in reserve.
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>>40560225
Chances of seducing him are slim, he's more asexual then anything
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>>40560290

HSDD would work if we're trying to sell how awesome fighting Ebon would be.
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>>40560281
I'm against it, it's going to come down to fighting him and I want to save our essence for the fight.
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>>40560311

With fighting, anon.

If anyone is capable of selling other's combat prowesses, it's Maka
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>>40560214

I'm against it
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>>40560320
It shouldnt be a hard sell anyway.

She was fighting karas and tia to a standstill and they were the best warriors we knew.

Clearly she's the toughest bitch on the beach right now and the only one who the King might have fun fighting.
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Are you faggots insane? if we manage to get him to figh Siaka we have TWO abyssals out of the game and Tia AND Karas are free for slaughtering soldiers
Also. it opens up the prospect of recruting him later
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>>40559591
"You shut the hell up."
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>>40560281
I'm for it if EF is persuaded with the argument that we're seducing him fight sexually
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>>40560383
>Are you faggots insane?
Paranoid, mostly. They're absolutely fucking terrified that the very second we slip below 3 Burn, the Silver Prince is going to explode out of the shadows and mind-control-shank us.

So, they're actively screwing over our odds of success, and of seizing a MASSIVE possible advantage, in favor of hyper-paranoia.
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>>40560214
I want this guy on our side, so yes
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>>40560214
>ENEMY-CASTIGATING SOLAR JUGDEMENT
Thirded? Fourthed? Whatever, we should do this.
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>>40560369

And that's why I'm advocating for HSDD
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>>40560391
Heh. I am amused. Simple drawing. Pretty damn funny.
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>>40560415
Fair point.

>>40560214
>ENEMY-CASTIGATING SOLAR JUGDEMENT
+1
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>>40560214
Yes, no to being a miser and saving burn essence when we can possibly secure a massive advantage
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>>40560447
We have 2 commit essence left and we haven't activated Spirit Cutting Attack or Fists of Iron.

That will take the last of our commit which leaves HSDD off the table.
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>>40560214
>ENEMY-CASTIGATING SOLAR JUGDEMENT
Yes!

>creatures of dorkness
kek
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>>40560391
Nice!
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>>40560391

bretty gud!
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>>40560391
Pretty awesome there, also you've hit the deathlord supremely good
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[back now, writing new post]
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>>40560684

Welcome back.
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>>40560415
>They're absolutely fucking terrified that the very second we slip below 3 Burn, the Silver Prince is going to explode out of the shadows and mind-control-shank us.
Your anti-paranoia rant is kinda hampred in effect by the fact he could totally do exactly that, and would make perfect sense for him to do that because it would be a winning strategy.
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>>40560684
We're at four Burn essence right?

We should have gotten one back now that it's a new turn I think.
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And while we wait, have general rules for exalted
6) A Fire Aspect is not allowed to take three dot specialities in "When On Fire" in every Ability.
59) Intimidating weather gods because I'd rather have sun-shine is considered tactless and doesn't help with official relations to the Bureau of Nature.
>65) Drowing the entire West in the Wyld doesn't constitute a 'Creation-saving measure'
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>>40560796
>6) A Fire Aspect is not allowed to take three dot specialities in "When On Fire" in every Ability.
I call bullshit
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>>40560796
Not sure if the first two are joke or not, they seem too sensible.
Number 65 is complete bullshit, though.
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>>40560741
Well it was kinda fishy that the Prince would hit the field at our sector first.

He's here to punish the Tyrant so he's probably directing the half of the fleet he's sent at the Dark Omen.

I'm wondering where Moray Darktide is. On the one hand if I were the prince i'd want him away on the other front so he wont be exposed to anything that could turn him against Skullstone.

On the other i'd keep him damn close so if anyone tried that I could immediately counter.

Moray is probably with the prince then.
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>>40560796
>6) A Fire Aspect is not allowed to take three dot specialities in "When On Fire" in every Ability.
Why? A Fire Aspect shouldn't actually be on fire all that often. That's the equivalent of a Solar taking the Specialty "While at Bonfire Anima or Higher."
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[+1 BURN]

[s+z = 4 2 3 8 3 5 5 2 9 9 1 9 2 = 4 successes

"Well, if you want a fight-" You start, and are immediately interrupted as King sends his daiklave in a lazy but well-aimed swipe at your neck, which you narrowly avoid by ducking just in time (and losing a bit of hair in the process. "Hey!"

"Sorry, but I'm bored." He cracks his neck left and right, stepping forward, blade in hand, not bothering with a proper stance. "Can we fight now?"

"Like I was saying! If you want a fight-"

"Okay!" He cheerfully replies, lunging at you, and you narrowly bat the glowing red blade aside, nearly burning your fingers off in the process despite your armored gauntlets. "Come on now, I'm even taking it slow because you're wounded, try and make this fun for me."

You open your mouth to reply, but close it when you realize that he's nor interested at all in anything you have to say... and also because he doesn't leave time to, following with a wide vertical slash from the top down, leaving his blade slamming against the sea, cutting it and embedding itself in the sand. The water boils and vaporizes, vanishing before even touching the blade.

"Now, take me seriously or I'm going to take it out on your little soldiers down there." He threatens you.

You cast an aside glance at your lines. The Skullstone officers have managed to rally some of their forces, consisting mostly of Vodaks and more lightly armed seamen pressed as infantry, and are pressing against your ranks. The fighting is messy and the battleground is a nightmare of broken trenches and rubble, but they seem to be holding on...

And then you see the Warstriders. Just as you look,m you see one being nailed by a Concussive Essence Cannon and falling backwards in pieces, but eight others have reached the beaches and are wading through the battlefield, ignoring the struggling but well-covered infantry around them and instead heading straight for the artillery emplacement in Golden Reach's walls, and its gates.

(cont.)
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>>40560934
I probably shouldn't but I kinda like King.
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>>40560972
Nah, King is awesome
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>>40560934
I hate king. I want him to die.
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>>40561030
>I hate king. I want him to die.
Well, duh. He's a boisterous, unrepentant monster. He has light-hearted fun brutally murdering people and threatening loved ones to force people to fight him.

>>40560972
>I probably shouldn't but I kinda like King.
You really, really shouldn't. He's a smiling monster.
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>>40561064
King is my waifu who'll ruin your laifu
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>>40561064
What would you propose to activate to kill him? We still have to get a commit essence back... what do we do?
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>>40561119
Fuck if I know. I want him to die, but he's WAY out of our league when it comes to physical fighting. We simply do not have the combat acumen to stand up to him without backup.
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>>40561141
Did he beat us already in the past?
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>>40561154
No, he's just a massively-combat-specced exalt whose entire character motivation boils down to 'kill everything, because fighting is a fun game.' Combat is barely our secondary specialty.
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Once they get there, your artillery won't be able to target them, and they might manage to wreck the gates or the emplacements apart, leaving your fortress open.

You've got a more immediate problem to face, however: King, who is keeping up his attacks at you, increasingly eager and increasingly annoyed. And...

You spot a shadow with light silver and gold streaks crawl up behind him. Keeping some distance as to not alert him, but with a long moonsilver knife held in hand and eyes locked on the prey.

Five Tails. King hasn't noticed him, it seems She makes a very subtle motion with her head, and then looks straight at you.

>Nod at her affirmatively. You're not going to take on King in a one on one. Let's even the playing field. (p+d)
>Shake your head negatively. You're going to fight King one on one. Besides, she's more needed elsewhere. (p+d)
>Pretend to surrender to King, but subtly nod to Five Tails. (s+z)
>Nod at her, and then run away. Leave her to take care of him.
>(Other?)
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>>40561224
>>Shake your head negatively. You're going to fight King one on one. Besides, she's more needed elsewhere. (p+d)

We may not have the chops to beat King but we're really really durable.

Let Five Tails do her job and assassinate the vodak officers to break their unit cohesion.

We'll keep King busy.

Commit Fists of Iron.
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>40561224
>Nod at her affirmatively. You're not going to take on King in a one on one. Let's even the playing field. (p+d)
We cannot possibly survive without her help.
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>40561224
>Nod at her affirmatively. You're not going to take on King in a one on one. Let's even the playing field. (p+d)
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>>40561188
>>40561154
>>40561141
>>40561119

How about we scream "every artillery pieces shoot this junk, NOW!" ?

I mean, the guy can probably dodge their fire, but I don't think he can dodge and fight us at the same time
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>40561224
>Nod at her affirmatively. You're not going to take on King in a one on one. Let's even the playing field. (p+d)
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>40561224
>Nod at her affirmatively. You're not going to take on King in a one on one. Let's even the playing field. (p+d)
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>40561224
>Nod at her affirmatively. You're not going to take on King in a one on one. Let's even the playing field. (p+d)

Well, let's fucking do this!
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>40561224
>>Nod at her affirmatively. You're not going to take on King in a one on one. Let's even the playing field. (p+d)
Alright then.
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>40561224
>Pretend to surrender to King, but subtly nod to Five Tails. (s+z)
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>40561224
>Shake your head negatively. You're going to fight King one on one. Besides, she's more needed elsewhere. (p+d)
The damn robots! and where is our megazord and giant monster?
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>40561224
>>Nod at her affirmatively. You're not going to take on King in a one on one. Let's even the playing field. (p+d)
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>40561224
>>Nod at her affirmatively. You're not going to take on King in a one on one. Let's even the playing field. (p+d)
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>40561224
>>Pretend to surrender to King, but subtly nod to Five Tails. (s+z)

or

>>Pretend to surrender to King, but subtly nod to Five Tails. (s+z)
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>>40561295
Do you really think that King would accept our surrender? He already is trying to take our head while we parley!

You want us killed!
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>40561224
>Nod at her affirmatively. You're not going to take on King in a one on one. Let's even the playing field. (p+d)
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>>40561263
>>40561270
>>40561275
>>40561280
>>40561286
>>40561294
>>40561295
>>40561296
>>40561312
>>40561314
Six successes, not terrible
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>>40561321

I think the idea is to make him try to attack us, so that Five Tails can find an opening
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>40561296
>megazord and giant monster
The Dragon-Bloods are probably arguing about who gets to be the head and Silk, being a Raksha, is trying to decide if this moment is dramatic enough for her to reveal herself.
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>>40561224
What are we at 4 Burn?

We should hit him with Fists of Iron for that damage boost.
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>>40561360
...

He's already attacking us. Literally as we speak.
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>>40561374
We should Commit Fists of Iron We need all the dice we can get.
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>>40561392
We can do both
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>>40561374
Yeah, we should be at 4 burn...

I second this! ACTIVATE FIST OF IRON!
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>>40561379
It's to keep him distracted and engaged, rather than bored and looking for new targets.
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>>40561410
The best way to do that is to fight him! Dude, can't you see you're boring him by only dodging his lazy attacks? Show some balls and attack him back, that'll distract him long enough for five fingers to slip five inches of steel into his skull.
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>>40561427
Oh, I hadn't paid attention to the conversation to that point. Yeah, trying to surrender is full retard. He'd just kill us for being boring and move on to someone else.
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>>40561448
Good, now that we're in unison, let's kill him!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fCL1B5gPUg
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>8. My duck totem Lunar doesn't have to say "I am the terror that flaps in the night" everytime he does a join battle roll.
>>8.1. Nor "let's get dangerous".
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You give Five Tails a slow shake of your head while dodging blows, and she picks up your cue. The knife disappears in her hands, and, without a sound, she turns and leaps off, vanishing in the darkness, doubtlessly to go and wreck some damage where the fight is at its thickest.

[p+d = 2 7 9 1 7 10 6 4 4 8 = 6 successes]

The following blow, a jab aimed straight at your face, you block with your gauntleted hands. The heat radiating from the blade burns your fingers, but you endure, clench the blade harder, and shove it aside.

"Oh. Good to see that you finally-"

You cut his own words short with a flash step into his guard and a hook to his stomach.

[FISTS OF IRON]

Your sudden counterattack must have caught him by surprise, because he didn't seem to put up a defense in time. You slam into his torso and the force of the impact lifts him off his feet by about one meter.

While he's handing in mid-air, you juggle him, keeping him aloft with another blow, then grab him by an ankle and slam him down into the sand. He bounces of the beach with a loud, dull WHACK! and rolls around a bit before stopping and standing back up.

He laughs. A hearty laugh.

"Oh, boy, this is good..." He makes a motion to hold on a moment by raising a hand, bends over to the side, and piked what was probably today's dinner into the ocean.

You wait, patiently, hands crossed.

"Are you done?" You ask, after a second.

"Done." He turns back to you, looking none worse for wear other than a large bruise on his chest where you hit him. "Finally, no more bullshit or plans or diversions or lies or obfuscating shit like that." He points his sword at you, and then lunges, lightning-fast.

An order of magnitude faster than he's been up to now, his castemark - a black shining sun bleeding darkness outwards - appearing on his forehead and a black aura following his movements, just lagging behind him.

(cont.)
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>>40561669
>You give Five Tails a slow shake of your head while dodging blows, and she picks up your cue. The knife disappears in her hands, and, without a sound, she turns and leaps off, vanishing in the darkness, doubtlessly to go and wreck some damage where the fight is at its thickest.
What the fuck? We voted to go for it.
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>>40561669
>You give Five Tails a slow shake of your head while dodging blows
I'm not even sure how you miscounted that.
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>>40561669
>You give Five Tails a slow shake of your head while dodging blows, and she picks up your cue. The knife disappears in her hands, and, without a sound, she turns and leaps off, vanishing in the darkness, doubtlessly to go and wreck some damage where the fight is at its thickest.
What the fuck is this shit?
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>>40561736
>>40561729
>>40561692
Calm down anons, he just miscounted. To err is human
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>>40561758
There were 2 vote for shaking head, I can't really imagine how you would miscount that against the six or so for nodding.
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>>40561692
>>40561729
>>40561736
I don't see the problem
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>>40561263
>>40561270
>>40561275
>>40561280
>>40561286
>>40561294
>>40561312
>>40561314
>>40561332
Nod affirmatively.

>>40561295
>>40561318
Pretend to surrender.

>>40561296
Shake head.

>>40561669
You fucked up really badly, EF.

>>40561758
He went with the option that got only a single vote instead of the option that got nine. That's a lot more than just miscounting.
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>>40561784
>He went with the option that got only a single vote instead of the option that got nine. That's a lot more than just miscounting.
>ib4 the great curse did it somehow
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>>40561784
Let's give EF the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he's got something up his sleeve that we haven't seen yet or Five Tails decided to stick around anyway and help.

This isn't the end of the universe.
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>>40561771
Over where I am it's pretty late. If I were EF, I'd be prone to make a few mistakes right about now.

>>40561784
Yeah, you're right. Let's wait and see what happens now.
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>>40561798
It's either a really off mistake or there's some social magic going on here, it doesn't necessarily have to me the Great Curse but it could be weird Exalted magic shit.
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>>40561821
We're going to go full dawn caste on that bastard now!
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>>40561806
I'm all for accepting mistakes as mistakes, but there is no way this was amistake, given that it was literally just one vote for it.
So clearly it was intentionally, for whatever reason we have yet to see.
I'm not saying we should panic and start flinging shit, just saying it was definitly not a mistake.
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>>40561821
It might be Great Curse shit.

Every time something like that has happened in the quest EF has gone things we didn't vote for.

I'm gonna wait and see since this is not unprecedented in the quest.
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>>40561821
>It's either a really off mistake or there's some social magic going on here
Eh, he has already before sometimes ignored winning votes in a fight even without social magic or similar because he preferred it that way.
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>>40561835
You make it sound like
>I'm not racist but...

4real. But I do agree that we shouldn't fret because of it. I have faith in EF
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The blade strikes you square in the chest, but doesn't bite too deep - however, it fills your head with a searing, blazing pain as it both cuts and burns you.

[HEALTH: 5/9]

He pulls it back, at the ready, his guard now high rather than his old no-guard posture, clearly impressed. "You're tougher than you look. I guess those giant boobs aren't just useless fat after all."

You follow up with a high kick, that clashes against his raised blade as your movements spray water and sand all around the two of you. "Why do you fight for the Prince?!"

"Gotta do that sometimes." He responds, calmly, swiping at your legs aiming at trouncing them off from you, to which you leap over his daiklave and sommersault above and behind him, putting yourself between Golden Reach and him. "He IS my boss."

"Your boss is a jackass."

"Well." He avoids a quick combo of punches, dodging around two and batting one aside with his armor-covered forearm. "I didn't pick him, he picked me."

Roundhouse kick. Nothing, he ducks below it and answers with a low leg swipe you narrowly avoid, despite the damn sand slowing you down. He's GOOD. Fast, strong, skilled and experienced. And he's going EASY on you, you can tell that. You're in full iconic anima and he's barely got his castemark lit up. "And I don't want to piss him off TOO much, so I've learned to just give him what he wants sometimes."

"A good lesson." As things are now, you've got to fight with everything you've got just to keep up with him.

But that's all you're trying to do, after all. Buy time. "You know, I learn pretty quickly too." You add. He takes a swipe at your neck just after you've finished saying that, but you backstep that, and the tip of the blade grazes your throat.

"Not fighting, I'd say. You're good, but not great." He replies, smug.

"No, but I learned something about you." You point out. "Your armor just covers your back and leaves your chest open. That tells me you don't like people sneaking up behind you."

(cont.)
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>>40561900
Oh... so that's why, maybe... he didn't want five tails to die?
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>>40561900
Aight, sorry for the noise.
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>>40561938
>>40561955
That still doesn't explain why the vote got directly ignored. If he didn't want that, then why put up the option at all?
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>>40561955
It's okay
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>>40562011
This has happened before anon, every time there was some external effect on us that steered us to a particular action that we didn't vote for.

Give it time and it'll be come clear whatever EF had happen to us.
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>>40562038
>This has happened before anon, every time there was some external effect on us that steered us to a particular action that we didn't vote for.
Thats actually not true. Not every time EF ignored a vote did it have a IC explanation.
For example the fight on the demon ship where we voted to throw the opponent into the eye so he stays between us and the beam, and EF made us punt the opponent out of the sahip and just stand in the beam, because reasons. Despite having a huge amount of successes.
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>>40562070
That one actually had a kinda IC thing that happened too. We got to see Karas go HAM.

And even then that's one case out of the few that have happened with an IC reason.

I'll give EF the benefit of the doubt.
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>>40562070
Uh, no, you are thinking of two different scenes.
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>>40562096
>That one actually had a kinda IC thing that happened too. We got to see Karas go HAM.
That wasn't IC that was Meta, since Maka wasn't affected by it at the time.

>I'll give EF the benefit of the doubt.
If I were bothered by railroading I wouldn't be here anymore. I'm just pointing out that saying it always had a IC reason isn't true.
It might in this case, we'll see.

>>40562111
No, I'm not.
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>>40562011
Maybe slow shake means "Not as you're planning to do it" and 9 is about to attack.
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"It's in poor taste." He grins. "Good thing you told her to get lost. I would've trounced her for interfering."

"For someone who doesn't like sneaky stuff, you were pretty good at pretending to not have noticed her." You grin back, as the fight between you and him slowly calms down, both keeping your guard high, entirely focused on each other.

He just grins. "Picked up a few tricks."

"Five Tails did too." You suddenly lower your guard, leaving him surprised for a second. "Speaking of learning, there's two things I've learned about her. One is that she's very good at picking up visual cues and gestures."

There. You made him look behind himself. He was probably expecting Five Tails again.

He was right. He turns around just in time to see one of Skullstone's warstriders careening out of control, suddenly stepping out of the fray and towards the beach and the two of you, the cockpit plating wrenched open by brute strength, the cheetah-lunar keeping the pilot in a headlock as they wrestle for the controls.

"Two, she's very good at fighting armored opponents." While his attention is divided, you swipe a low kick and knock him off his legs, just as the out-of-control warstrider trips and falls in your direction.

Fivetails turns into a hummingbird and darts away. You leap back into the ocean. King loses that second trying to get back up, and the massive metallic automata falls on top of him.

Of course, you've got no doubts that that's not going to keep him down. And he's gonna be PISSED. But right now, you bought some time.

"I hope you've learned something as well." You slam your fist into the crashed warstrider, slamming it deeper down into the sand (and into King). "If you threaten my friends and my people, then the fair-fight gloves come off."

(cont.)
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question: can Maka remove clothes from someone using her "storing clothes in hammerspace" charm?
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>>40562221
>it was a trick
Oh okay.
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>>40562221
I am so happy to read this right now!
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The hummingbird flitters up to you and its tiny head zips in a series of movements. You know what she means to say: "Took me a moment to understand what you meant. Is this fine?"

"I was just improvising, so anything's good." You give another good kick at the Warstrider. "We got a war to win now."

She nods and zips away. You briefly survey the battle.

>Jump into the frontline and rally your troops against the Skullstone ground forces. (s+d)
>Kick 'em while they're down. Lift the warstrider's carcass and give King the finishing blow. [TEN OX MEDITATION] (p+d)
>Karas and Tia are still fighting Ebon Siaka. Damn, that girl's TOUGH. Maybe they need help. (p+d)
>Time to head back to the fortress. You're not really meant to stay out here in the open.
>You have to take down those Warstriders before they rip Golden Reach apart, or at least but some more time. (p+d)
>(Other?)
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>40562311
>Karas and Tia are still fighting Ebon Siaka. Damn, that girl's TOUGH. Maybe they need help. (p+d)
Lets help them, so they can help us finish of the King when he comes free.
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>40562311
>You have to take down those Warstriders before they rip Golden Reach apart, or at least but some more time. (p+d)
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>>40562227
No, it only work on "your" clothes.
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>40562311
>Karas and Tia are still fighting Ebon Siaka. Damn, that girl's TOUGH. Maybe they need help. (p+d)
Things went better than the expected.
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>>40562311
>>Karas and Tia are still fighting Ebon Siaka. Damn, that girl's TOUGH. Maybe they need help. (p+d)

More hands to help us out is always good.
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>40562311
>>Jump into the frontline and rally your troops against the Skullstone ground forces. (s+d)


Let's smash up the Vodaks and ease the pressure off our troops.
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>40562351
Forgot dice
>Karas and Tia are still fighting Ebon Siaka. Damn, that girl's TOUGH. Maybe they need help. (p+d)
>>40562311
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>40562311
>Jump into the frontline and rally your troops against the Skullstone ground forces. (s+d)
If Karas is busy punching faces we need to be a face and lead the troops.
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>>40562386
If we help them now, then they can help us kick King's ass when we're done with Ebon Siaka.
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>40562311
>>Kick 'em while they're down. Lift the warstrider's carcass and give King the finishing blow. [TEN OX MEDITATION] (p+d)

Guys, let's not be James Bond villains, here.

When an opponent is down, you either destroy them or convince them to work for you. And that guys made clear he didn't want to work for us.
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>40562311
>Jump into the frontline and rally your troops against the Skullstone ground forces. (s+d)
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>>40562311
>Tell King he should join us when he gets out.
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>40562311
>Karas and Tia are still fighting Ebon Siaka. Damn, that girl's TOUGH. Maybe they need help. (p+d)
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>>40562452
I think he can take more hits than that.

That's why it would be best to go help our allies dispatch the other big wig and then kill King.
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>>40562311
>Karas and Tia are still fighting Ebon Siaka. Damn, that girl's TOUGH. Maybe they need help. (p+d)
Punch first, ask no questions. also make tias need to show off stronger
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>>40562452
I'm all for finishing him, but I doubt we can if we go for it now.
I think our chances are better finishing off Siaka, and then offing the King with Tias and Karas help.
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>>40562452
Nigga that means burning our essence lifting the warstrider off of King, who is probably totally okay and extremely pissed, and letting him back up immediately after pinning him.

We can get useful things done while he's dislodging himself from that.
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>40562311
>Kick 'em while they're down. Lift the warstrider's carcass and give King the finishing blow. [TEN OX MEDITATION] (p+d)
Don't let him get back up, you fucking morons. We just proved we're an interesting fight who cheats. He'll kill the shit out of us.
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>>40562457
How many dice do we have for this roll? until this one, its 9 sucesses.
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>40562311
>Jump into the frontline and rally your troops against the Skullstone ground forces. (s+d)

Our soldiers need our support more then Tia or Karas
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>>40562527
>Don't let him get back up,
So, you rather HELP him get back up by lifting the strider for him?
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(if the little trick I played on you felt a bit too cruel, I apologize, but in my defense I'm fresh from watching today's episode of Jojo and that show is a terrible influence on me whenever I run games.)
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>>40562529
We have a pool of nine
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>>40562529
10 dice if we attack, 11 dice if we lead the army
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>>40562509
Good anon!

>>40562527
He's probably not going to die though and if we lift that shit he's liable to kill us first.

>>40562530
Officers are stronger and they can actively help us take care of the bigger threat... King! The latter is pinned under a giant robot, our officers are pinned in a fight against someone they can't handle alone. Do we see a theme here?

Let us help them and they will help us. When we crush King, the rest of the army will lose a lot of morale and maybe rout!
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>>40562527
Why do you want to burn our limited remaining essence getting the warstrider off of him.

>He'll kill the shit out of us

This guy was going to do that anyway, that's his ENTIRE character motivation.
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Some people have no strategy...
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>>40562572
Hey we got to juggle King in the air and it got cleared up in the end, don't worry about it.
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>>40562311
>You have to take down those Warstriders before they rip Golden Reach apart, or at least but some more time. (p+d)

Warstriders are the immediate threat (about to wreck the Golden Reach defenses). Ebon Siaka is by comparison, at least stalemated
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>>40562587
Yes but we might not have an army left to rout! Casualties are high and things are looking pretty grim, whereas Karas and Tia are fine on their own
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>>40562572
>(if the little trick I played on you felt a bit too cruel
I'm still not really sure why Makas own internal dialogue needed to lie too.
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>>40562632
But can those defenses kill King reliably?
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>>40562632
I think we can safely ignore the Striders anon.

We haven't seen Silks big surprise and Voltron is still getting ready.

It would be deliciously dramatic for them to emerge from the fortress gates right when the remaining enemy warstriders arrive.
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>>40562311
I still want to know what Silk ACTIVATED.

Behemoth?
Super Fae trick?
Super Mode?
We left it up to her in the end if she couldn't get a Behemoth going.
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>>40562646
They aren't fine! They are being outmatched by one enemy! That one enemy also probably bolsters morale of their troops, seeing him fall will make them waver for sure!

What good are all of our soldiers if King gets back up again! One swing of his sword means dozens of them die regardless of morale.
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>>40562703
They are stalemated, not outmatched. The longer that fight goes the better their chances of beating her.

Ebon Siaka can only have so much essence for combat before they overwhelm her.
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>>40562423
Whereas if we ignore the troops who aren't supernaturally reinforced, we'll have officers but no army to fucking lead it
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>>40562311
If hitting Ebon wins we should pop ECSJ and Heaven Thunder Hammer, get her the fuck off our island.
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>>40562739
We don't have the Burn to do that until a few more turns.
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>>40562311
>Jump into the frontline and rally your troops against the Skullstone ground forces. (s+d)
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>>40562729
Army and defenses can be rebuilt. Killed officers cannot be resurrected. That's all I'm sayin.

>>40562725
In the meantime King gets back up and whoops our collective asses.
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>>40562790
They can't be rebuilt in the middle of battle, and our officers are officers for a reason. Tia and Karas are Exalted, they can take care of themselves
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>>40562790
Dead armies can also not be resurrected. Fewer and Fewer people will willingly sign up if we don't fight to save their lives.

Trust in our Circle Mates to get their jobs done and let's focus on leading our soldiers and breaking the forces of Skullstone.

And yes King will get back up but not right now.
While he's getting back up we do other things.
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Thing is its obvious that the Deathlord is not hear but probably at the Airship, or trying to go for the Directional Titan.

We kind of have to find out what the fuck is going on, while winning the fight.
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>>40562311
>Jump into the frontline and rally your troops against the Skullstone ground forces (s+d)
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>>40562767
We should have enough to do at least ECSJ I think.
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>>40562819
Problem is, we can't. When King pops free he's gonna killmurder us so badly and then take Tia and Karas aswell.

>>40562827
What good will it be if we rally them right now? They might fight a little bit better, but the enemy forces will still outmatch them.

Do you have a plan for what to do while king is under that thing? What could help us get an advantage against them?
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>>40562883
*take out Tia and Karas
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>>40562311
>Karas and Tia are still fighting Ebon Siaka. Damn, that girl's TOUGH. Maybe they need help. (p+d)
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>>40562883
We're gonna be fighting alongside them. We'll be smashing the vodaks ourselves and leading the charge.

We break their combat formations and unit cohesion and then our mortal soldiers will tear the remaining bad guys to pieces.

This will reduce the casualties we take and really speed up the destruction of the Prince's forces. Then our guys can retreat into the manse or reorganize to move north to beat the other half of the Prince's forces.

Yes the King is dangerous but don't treat him as this utterly unbeatable juggernaut of combat skill.
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>40562311
>>Jump into the frontline and rally your troops against the Skullstone ground forces. (s+d)
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>>40562311
>Karas and Tia are still fighting Ebon Siaka. Damn, that girl's TOUGH. Maybe they need help. (p+d)
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>>40562972
>Yes the King is dangerous but don't treat him as this utterly unbeatable juggernaut of combat skill.
We shouldn't treat him as what he clearly is?
Thats a losing startegy if I ever saw one. If we don't help Kartas and Tia get rid of Ebon Siaka, King will fuck their shit up when he stands up.
They are tied with Ebon Siaka, Siaka + King will murder them.
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>>40562972
Like I said before, I doubt it will take him THAT much time to lift that shit up and come to get some revenge on us.

We'll probably have barely the time to tell our troops they're doing a good job, that he'll be at our throat again.
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>>40562311
>Jump into the frontline and rally your troops against the Skullstone ground forces. (s+d)
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You look at the fight going on between Skullstone's small, demoralized, but highly elite forces, and your own larger and determined but vastly less well-equipped and trained forces. Maybe they need your help-

That's when you see appear from literally out of nowhere a floating monstrosity that almost feels like a hallucination: a discolored being with a distinctive feeling of unreality, chimerically fusing the torso and head of what looks like a mutated young woman, the horns of a bull, the body of a serpent and the wings of... something. Alright, you give up.

"WHAT THE HELL IS THAT THING?!" You're not sure who screamed that, but you really empathize with that statement as the being slowly lowers itself on the battlefield and its quasi-human head (still as large as a warstrider's head, though) opens its mouth and from it, without any synch with its actual lip motions, comes a song with incomprehensible words made from the noise of water flowing on a rocky riverbed.

"AHAHAHAH!" You hear a very distinctive maniacal laughter on top of it, and, squinting, you see Silk perched on top of the monstrous, sanity-shattering creature's shoulder(?) "Your time has come to an end, puny mortals! Witness my power unchained! Witness your doom! Witness THE SONG THAT ENDS YOUR WORLD!"

You linger on the scene just long enough to make sure that it's only the Skullstone soldiers who start falling on their knees, sobbing, crying, stunned, or mindbroken, before turning around.

...You'll have to schedule some counseling to your own men after the battle, maybe. But at least that front seems covered.

"Need a hand?" You walk up to Tia and Karas, who are trading blows with Ebon Siaka, with calculated poise and calm. They all seem fairly wounded and bloodied, and the stretch of beach around them is more cratered and messed up than your kitchen the last time you tried baking.

(cont.)
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>>40563035
Oh good, Silk showed up
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>>40563035

>the stretch of beach around them is more cratered and messed up than your kitchen the last time you tried baking.

It was our fault, really. Shouldn't have asked Tia to give us some sugar for our cupcake
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>>40563035
Ah, at last something went well for us after dropping that pile of scrap metal on that bastard.
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>>40563035
Well, alright I guess this is a pretty good use of Gossamer, I hope Voltron comes out before the Warstriders gang up on it
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>>40563035
I find myself trusting Silk less and less as time goes on.

Never trust a Fae
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Warstriders are going to fuck up our manse and then their navy wins the artillery duel...
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>>40563117
We have voltron sitting in the manse anon, have faith.
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>>40563035
>"Need a hand?" You walk up to Tia and Karas, who are trading blows with Ebon Siaka, with calculated poise and calm. They all seem fairly wounded and bloodied, and the stretch of beach around them is more cratered and messed up than your kitchen the last time you tried baking.
Smack her in the gob with ECSJ
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>>40563117
Because Manse can't be rebuilt.

And we can't help Voltron after dealing with the hostiles outside.

That and the manse would have Zero chance if King or Ebon get a hold of it!
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>>40563142
We're out of B points, anon.
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>>40563115
Why? Even fae aren't immune to solar social charms. She may think she can stop liking us whenever she wants, but she's deluding herself at least as much as a smoker thinking "I can quit whenever I want." OP has described her as addicted for a reason.
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>>40563207
Well the entire reason is because her addiction is part of a self imposed character. I don't trust the fae because literally everything they do is an act.

I worry that she'll play the good pet and for her "faithfulness" we'll let her get away with more and more shit that is abusive to our people.
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>>40563113
>Voltron and Energised Monster (of the week) working together
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>>40563249
Fae actually can't change their intimacies at will unless they're in the deep wyld.
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>>40563249
Not the guy you're taking to, but no, intimacies to Creation-things are real emotions, much to the surprise of a fairy who tries to discard them. Silk could decide to change everything about herself tomorrow but, try as she might, she'd keep her intimacy towards Maka. It wouldn't even change context.
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>>40563249
>Well the entire reason is because her addiction is part of a self imposed character.
Actually, its the result of solar social charms. The 2nd ed mechanics that >>40563299 correctly refers to aside, "I'm a fae" is not and has never been a perfect defense against social attacks. Especially ones coming from a social powerhouse like Maka.
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>>40563249
Her entire presence is self imposed, its how fae interact with creation at all. They still treat their self impositions seriously; they have to
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>>40563299
>Silk becomes The Cloth that Smothers the World
>Still likes it when Maka pets her head.
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>>40563035
Hahaha, awesome!
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>>40563296
>>40563299
>>40563343
So Silk would remain a willing pet to us but my concern about her getting more and more rope to gather her own gossamer still stands.

We already gave her the okay to feed on our people in a limited fashion and I frankly don't doubt for a second that she'll want to feed more and more to get more gossamer to be a good pet or whatever she says.

I'm just saying to be wary of her trying to get away with some shit I guess.
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>>40563299
So is Silk like a gamer attached to her toon and its guild now?
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>>40563409
>toon
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>>40563387
We also told her to err on the side of caution with that, we also are going to be looking into alternatives to her feeding, including raiding other Raksha and seeing if we can't get Val and Irene to craft up some artifact.
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>>40563387
Basic population growth will massively increase her gossamer supplies as is anyway.
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>>40563431
Yeah but Fae can have curious ideas on what constitutes "acceptable limits". I can't trust her on that.
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"I'll kill you!" The Abyssal in the black suit of armor rants, swinging the giant hammer over her head, her black aura glowing fiercely. "I'LL KILL YOU ALL!"

"I'm almost starting to miss King." You grumble.

"How did that turn out?" Tia asksleaping out from under the maul's impact point and slashing past Siaka, her daiklave pinging loudly against the Abyssal's armor.

"Five dropped a warstrider on him." You reply, taking position. With the three of you, you can surround her completely now. "He's gonna be pissed, so I kind of need your help there."

Ebon Siaka swings her hammer in a circular motion, just as Karas was about to leap in. The hammer knocks him aside, painfully it seems.

She has a good guard, but she can't keep up a guard against all of you if you all attack at the same time. Even if she spins her hammer around like that, it's still going to take time for it to complete the circle. Especially if that

Tia steps forward, slams her daiklave deep in the sand to provide an anchor point, and, holding on to it to keep herself from being knocked away, does exactly that: she headbutts the oncoming giant hammer.

Her head, obviously, cracks like a ripe coconut under, well, under a hammer, but that STOPS the hammer just around there, getting Siaka's weapon stuck just long enough...

[p + d = 6 9 9 5 10 7 2 10 2 6 = 7 successes]

To let you leap into her guard with a roundhouse kick to the temple, which connects with one of the loudest noises of metal on metal you've ever heard as your boots dent her helmet.

Her response is swift and brutal. Without letting go of the hammer, still blocked by Tia's forehead, she shifts her weight and slams a powerful rising kick into your stomach.

[HEALTH: 4/9]

(cont.)
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>>40563426
>greentext
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>>40563477
>Especially if that
EF, I think you forgot to finisht this sentence.
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>>40563477
>Even if she spins her hammer around like that, it's still going to take time for it to complete the circle. Especially if that
Lost a couple sentences.
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>>40563477
>Her head, obviously, cracks like a ripe coconut under, well, under a hammer, but that STOPS the hammer just around there, getting Siaka's weapon stuck just long enough...
Lunars are kinda gross
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>>40563035
Myria from Breath of Fire 3.
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>>40563543
>>40563477
"especially if that motion is slowed down."

Sorry, It's getting late here. Gonna sign off soon.
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>>40563477
Man what does she have three dice specializations in swinging hammers, hitting stuff with hammers, guarding with hammers, hammering with hammers, fighting exalted with hammers, fighting mortals with hammers, fighting multiple opponents with hammers, getting hammered, and miscellaneous hammer action?

She's one tough bitch.
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>>40563592
We're past Bump limit anyway.

I hope the Silver Prince at least heard our bomb ass Supreme Judge speech.
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>>40563596
She can do anything you can and quite a few things you can't do with a hammer and has perfected most of them. She's the hammer bitch, the arch-bishop of hammerbury, three times Creation whack a mole champion.
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>>40563035
Here's a pic for comparison.
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>>40563578
>>40563661
Bah, you had to spoil it?
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>>40563654
Ironically she can't hammer a nail in worth shit.
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You reel from the pain, and the impact is strong enough to lift you off your feet and send you flying in a high arc through the air.

Her hammer locked by Tia and her unarmed fighting balance used to strike you, she is defenseless for a moment.

Long enough for Karas, lying down in the sand all black and blue and broken, to lob his Daiklave at her.

The giant blade spins straight at her in a straight trajectory and hits her square in the chest, knocking her several dozen meters away. You see her skip once, twice, three times on the surface of the ocean like a flat rock on a tranquil lake, leaving dots of crimson blood where she touched the water.

She sinks like a rock as well. You're not sure if she's down for the count or just out of the fight for a bit-

Your train of thoughts is interrupted by your painful landing onto the hard sand of the beach, where your impact leaves a non-insignificant crater.

Trying to stand back up despite your everything hurting, you see a battered and bruised Karas trying to help Tia back to her feet. Tia's head is a mess of white and red, and you can't make out exactly the damage at this distance, but she seems to be still standing. Which is more than you can say for yourself, you reason as you have to summon a minumental effort to get back into an upright position.

"NOOO! MY ULTIMATE COSMIC POWER!"

You turn your head to the source: Silk's voice, who cries in distress as her behemoth, punctured by three warstrider-sized arrows, is quickly deflating like a full waterskin pierced by, well, pierced by an arrow.

You hit your head too many times in the last twentyfive hours to think of good metaphors anymore.

(cont.)
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>>40563704
RIP Behemoth, didn't have a chance to shine.
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>>40563704
>You turn your head to the source: Silk's voice, who cries in distress as her behemoth, punctured by three warstrider-sized arrows, is quickly deflating like a full waterskin pierced by, well, pierced by an arrow.
We really should have thought about the fact that Warstriders were more or less built to take out Behemoths
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>>40563704
>"NOOO! MY ULTIMATE COSMIC POWER!"
Truly the greatest tragedy of this conflict.
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>>40563704
Aww, the Behemoths don't seem too powerful in this game. One got killed in like 2 rounds solo and the other didn't even last a round. RIPerino in peperino big guy
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>>40563801
Behemoths have power determined by how much gossamer is allocated to them. This one got very little.
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>>40563849
If only Karas had returned a day or two earlier.
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You see Silk groaning in the... bizarre... ruins? corpse? What the- okay, you give up. You see Silk groaning, kneeling in what's left of her Behemoth, muttering: "...That's what I get for doing this thing on a budget...", as the Warstrider close in on her and on the fortress walls. "But next time... NEXT TIME..."

You're about to try and take a step in her direction, while also trying to run in your head a scenario of how you would take on, bare-handed, a fifteen meters tall mechanical monster (probably punching it, though. It generally works), when suddenly one of them, in the corners of your field of vision, explodes in a shower of sparks.

"HOLD IT!" A magnified voice echoes through the battlefield, ear-splittingly loud.

"Oh gods." You can hear Karas mumble while holding up Tia, rolling his eyes to the sky. "It's THEM."

The other remaining five warstriders stand the battlefield, looking around, but neglect to look up, and one of then is caught entirely by surprise as another, slightly larger and vastly more colorful warstrider appears, planting his right foot into his face with a crunching sound as it leaps from atop Golden Reach's walls.

"VILE EVILDOERS!" Irene's voice, vastly amplified, reaches you, and, you guess, everywhere else in the battlefield, as the Jade warstrider points a finger towards the sea.

"For no longer will your presence be tolerated upon these shores." Definitely more restrained, But still obviously enjoying this, Aexel follows.

"IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE! WE! ARE THE ONES WHO WILL KNOCK YOU DOWN!" And that's Rajan. Amazing he's already recovered. He DID recover, right? You hope he did.

"For the heavens call for vengeance. and we are the ones who will carry out the sentence! PREPARE YOURSELVES!" Zareen. Did they PREPARE this?

The Warstrider draws a long slashing sword, and knocks aside an incoming warstrider arrow before lunging at its attacker. It's amazing how these things can be so clumsy and yet so fast at the same time.

(cont.)
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>>40563849
I'm gonna admit I know next to nothing about Exalted so thanks for telling me. This quest is pretty much my only exposure to it.
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>>40563895
I bet Radiant is having the time of her life.
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>>40563895
Fuckin' A.

We have a googirl, Voltron, and a magical girl on our side. We can't lose.
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>>40563895
Starting to get close to the edge of page 10, EF.
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"BECAUSE TOGETHER WE ARE ONE! TOGETHER, WE ARE JUSTICE! TOGETHER, WE ARE THE STEEL KEEPING CREATION'S FOES AT BAY!"

Samiel got WAY into it. You recognize that sword posture from seeing him practicing swordsmanship in the castle courtyard... and you see flames crawling up the blade as he traces an arc with it.

Glowing fire explores from out and behind of the warstrider as it strikes a pose for a moment, dazzling its opponents, and, as all the soldiers cheer it on, it cuts the opposing war machine into two with a diagonal slash.

"TOGETHER, WE ARE DRAGONKAISER!"

The jade warstrider turns its back to its defeated opponent, and slowly sheathes its sword. One moment after the blade is returned to its scabbard, the critically damaged automata explodes.

All together: "And if you do not fear our power... COME AND FACE US!"

[SESSION END]
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>>40564004
Dragoon-Bloods are super silly.
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>>40564019
Dragonbloods are amazing.
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Base: +2 XP
Nexus City Shuffle: +1 XP
Defenser of Creation: +1 XP

Bit late for buying stuff, so we'll hold it until next thread?
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>>40564004
Totally worth occupying five of our Exalted for.
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>>40564004
>"TOGETHER, WE ARE DRAGONKAISER!"
Our kids are amazing.

I have to go get my sides checked now.
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>>40564019
>>40564029
These things are not mutually exclusive.
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>>40564054
Sure.
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>>40564054
How much XP are we at anyway?

By the way EF, if you still want t get in touch with Jukashi he apparently still hangs out in that tgchan drawthread.
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>>40564054
>Nexus City Shuffle: +1 XP
What?
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>>40564004
Great thread EF but now I must slumber.
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>>40564092
We bought out when we picked up AST so this gives us 4.
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Wait, does that text in the pic actually translate to something?
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>>40564054
Pure curiosity, but was the ghost we ganked anything special?
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Oh yeah, someone mentioned an idea in one of the previous threads and I decided to steal it and ask toorops to draw it out. Here is the sketch. It's going to remain a sketch.
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>>40564240
I was the one who mentioned that.
It's every bit as glorious as I thought it would be
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>>40564189
Fine, now I gotta.

I'll figure it out
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>>40564180
You'll never know~
(just a properly-trained stand-in. Which begs the question of what is the real Silver Prince doing right now...)
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Also, have an accurate depiction of Maka's wardrobe charm.
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>>40564383
>Which begs the question of what is the real Silver Prince doing right now...
You can't just say things like that at the end of the thread.
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>>40564412
More like
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>>40564383
My money is on sneaking into the titan from underwater. Flow's court might know an underwater entrance.
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>>40564120
It's a reference to Lucky Number Sleven, to the Kansas City Shuffle - making someone look one way while you go the other. It's what we did to King.
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>>40564383
He's already in the Titan, I'm sure, with the ships that disappeared from the main fleet.
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>>40564445
>>40564473
Gotta wonder where Flame has been
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>>40564498
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>>40559865
Incidentally, Yurika's Campus Life is a perfect example of the stunts Maka could (and does) pull off by sheer social firepower. The entire manga is what would happen if you'd lock a social-specialized solar in a campus with a bunch of mortals.



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