"...And her name is JI and PENG and LU and ZHOU!"Amata explodes in a flash of multicolored brilliance in front of your eyes. The small slip of prayer, roughly penned in blood, she was holding in front of her disappears in the conflagration.The next thing you see is swords of light come out of her fingertips as she slashes with both hands at the Silver Prince in a single, fluid motion.Caught utterly by surprise, the Deathlord becomes a black, rough, faint thing, and then a blur as he is launched backwards and through the piping and machinery at the far end of the floor, exploding the walls in showers of dust and rust and metal shrapnel and sparks of lingering Essence."And HOU TUI." Amata(?) adds, in a lower voice, stepping forward, wreathed in a seven-colored glow. Her skin is brass, her hair steel, her hands light, her eyes sapphires."...What just happened?" Tia steps closer to you, but clearly has no idea how to react other than getting between you and the fight.The emerald-eyed woman that's been with the Silver Prince up to now seems to be the only one who isn't surprised in the least of this turn of events. She holds up a long slip of black paper between two fingers. It's filled with elaborate glyphs in cursive Old Realm, almost unreadable, penned in white ink."...Once, there was a thoughtful maiden who broke her mirror, and dropped the pieces to the ground." She calmly recites, and black-green motes of Essence begin to circle her. The monogram of Jupiter appears in emerald light on her forehead."Not today, Lotus." Amata rolls her eyes, exasperated, and turns her guard to her, and the two face off, immobile in their respective guard stances for long seconds"What." Tia gives you a supremely puzzled look, clearly looking for a guidance you're not sure you can give her yourself.After all, you're not too sure yourself...(cont.)
>While Amata keeps her busy, let's take on the Silver Prince! (p+d)>Let's help Amata take out this woman before the Prince recovers! (p+d)>Let's use this chance to run up and help Radiant Starfall against the Day Caste upstairs!>Let's use this chance to run down and beat the Silver Prince to the Titan's reactor core!>(Other?)
>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.>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/ExaltedfagNew System Info: http://pastebin.com/pvAZpsJ6Characters info (player-made): http://pastebin.com/5WnD47jpQuest in ebook format (player-made): https://www.dropbox.com/s/i7oz3l0g5dvbebo/Exalted%20Quest%20-%20Threads%2001-82%20%5Bpdf%5D.rar?dl=0
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41644350>>Let's help Amata take out this woman before the Prince recovers! (p+d)Our wife is so fucking cool.Well I don't know about SMAs, but general beatdown knowledge tells me we should gang up on her while we have the chance.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41644350>While Amata keeps her busy, let's take on the Silver Prince! (p+d)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41644350>While Amata keeps her busy, let's take on the Silver Prince! (p+d)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41644350>Let's use this chance to run down and beat the Silver Prince to the Titan's reactor core!Man I love our Chosen of Serenity wife. Still, Tyrant might already be there doing unhelpful things.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41644350>While Amata keeps her busy, let's take on the Silver Prince! (p+d)Burn 2 HTH. Try to separate Silver Prince so he has less chance in randomly hitting someone with his sword.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41644479Dude's already gone flying through a wall
>>41644479Does he still have it? Amata knocked it aside. Did she knock it out of his hand? That would probably be too lucky...
>>41644350>Let's use this chance to run down and beat the Silver Prince to the Titan's reactor core!
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41644336So Amata is using PAoCS and it looks like Lotus is using Obsidian Shards
>>41644350>Look for the Prince's swordMight as well
>>41644492Still in the combat zone with Amata and easily in reach of exalted. What if the enemy decides to maneuver towards each other. One hit of his sword would put us in danger.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41644508it doesn't say anything about him dropping it, so I assume he still has it
Rolled 3 (1d10)More dice just in case we need them
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41644350dice are being shit today
>>41644518You don't see it anywhere. Looks like he kept it.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41644350They also seem to like being insulted, the fuckers.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41644598Maka she the dice have that in common at least
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41644350>While Amata keeps her busy, let's take on the Silver Prince! (p+d)Welcome back EF!
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41644679Wait I just remembered, isn't that the one that can freely redirect attacks and has an almost free PD and is generally considered the most broken of the SMAs?
Is SHS still active? P+D is only 8 dice, meaning >>41644584 and later rolls are not used normally.
>>41644830SHS is active as long as we have it commited so we're at 11 dice
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41644765That's the one. There's also a Charm in it's tree that removes the Essence cost from any other OS Charm. With some environmental stipulations, thankfully.
"...I..." You hesitate, giving a long look at Amata. She barely breaks concentration to throw you a single quick glance and the slightest of nods.She's busy.You tap on Tia's shoulder and run a semicircle to get around the two of them and reach the point where the Silver Prince crashed into the wall. She follows, eagerly."Alright, Silver Prince." You slap away a half-broken steel pipe dangling in front of the wrecked hole he caused. The cavity is full of smoke, dust and debris, and you keep your guard up. He might try to stab you by surprise... "Your plan obviously failed at this point. You lost your advantage. Just give up."Something's wrong.[p+d=1 6 5 4 3 7 4 2 3 10 9 = 4 successes]As the dust settles and the smoke clears, you see an horrifying figure clad in the blackest steel rise from the wrecked machinery."You clearly have no idea who you're speaking to." The voice, however, is the same."Silver pr-"His armored fist slams square into your chest, and you feel all the air escaping your lungs ad your entire field of vision becomes a blur.[HEALTH: 5/11]"I'm the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water." His voices reaches you only after his punch has launched you all the way across the room and into the wall at the far side.As the stars leave your field of vision and you struggle back to your feet, the first thought that crosses your mind is that you hope all this machinery your fight is wrecking is not essential.The second is that you're still quite a bit outmatched.As your still-damaged eyesight struggles to bring the world back into focus, you see Tia's sword blow, a powerful vertical slash, deflected by the Pri- by the Bodhisattva's blade.(cont.)
He still has that sword. It looks different now, longer and more jagged, but the hilt is the same. With one swift blow, she knocks Skullopener out of Tia's hands. The blade spins across the room and embeds itself in a lit panel of working machinery, running through and shattering a large yellow-reddish crystal embedded in it, that was softly glowing. The glow escapes from it as Essence is discharged in all directions, and you feel the temperature in the room rising.Then, the Bodhisattva slaps her with his bladed, armored glosed, and she flies ten meters backwards, trailing blood.At the same moment, Amata lunges, and her lightning-like fingernails slash at her opponent's midsection in a swipe so fast you could barely see it. "Listen to me, Lotus! A Phoenix-" She begins saying something, but...The emerald-eyed woman that Amata called "Lotus" evades the blow by jumping in five different directions at once. She ducks and rolls below it and to the side. She slides ahead and under Amata's legs. She somersaults backwards. She follows the blow and dodges to the side. She leans back just far enough to let the attack graze her.Amata's words, whatever she was about to say, is silenced when one of the five Lotus knees her in the sternum just as a second one elbows her in the back of the head.And then, the other three raise their blades and prepare two slashes and a thrust.>Get back in the fight. Tia needs your help!>Get back in the fight. Amata needs your help!>They can handle themselves! I need to go upstairs.>They can handle themselves! I need to go downstairs.>We need to fall back here, girls. We can't take them on both at the same time!>(Other?)
>>41644961(forgot to mention, the first two options are of course physical + dawn rolls.)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41644961>We need to fall back here, girls. We can't take them on both at the same time!Well, fuck. Is this his final form?
>>41644961>>We need to fall back here, girls. We can't take them on both at the same time!Right, he's pissed, we need some high essence help here.
>>41644961>>We need to fall back here, girls. We can't take them on both at the same time!We need to back up and get some more bodies down here, we've been fighting practically nonstop for the entire night and burning essence and this is the first he's really fought.Talon should be coming down and I'm pretty confident that Radiant can handle that abyssal we banged up.
>>41644961>Rush to the reactor!If we can get Dancing Flame and the Tyrant to join us, we can easily win this fight. Retreating will take us to the Day caste and Radiant, which won't tip the fight in anyone's favor.
>>41644961>We need to fall back here, girls. We can't take them on both at the same time!
>>41644961>>41644961>(other)>Area denial strategyBreak more stuff, leak more essence. (maybe a semi-major pipe on the reactor?), try to flood the reactor shaft with enough essence that it becomes uninhabitable.Maybe that will buy us time to get more allies in here.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41644961>(Other?)Help Amata get that bastard woman off her back and then, next step.>We need to fall back here, girls. We can't take them on both at the same time!
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41645034Seconding.
>>41645070This room seems like the reactor control room, if we wreck the place the reactor could blow and destroy the Titan and the whole island chain with it.
>>41645106then be selective in what you break.
>>41645228Yeah but we don't know what to be selective with.We've got some memories about the layout and whatnot but I doubt we have memories of the construction and crazy magitech that went into the Reactor.
>>41644336https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7zvmq24Sck>this started playing as soon as I started reading the threadAww yes, this is awesome!>>41644961>We need to fall back here, girls. We can't take them on both at the same time!
You HATE to be the one who has to do this."...Tia! Amata! Fall back! Let's get out of here!"Amata was already dodging when you said that. She slides between Lotus' sword blows, and though they cut her and draw blood on her arms and hands as she attempts to parry and deflect, neither wound is serious. She rolls away as the five images of the mysterious woman reunite in one, and takes advantage of that split-second delay to cover the distance between her and you in a mad dash.Tia stands back up, just in time to narrowly avoid the Bodhisattva as he attempts to chop her head off with the cursed sword. She rolls clumsily out of the way and counterattacks with a backhanded fist that doesn't even put a dent in his black armor.The two struggle for a second of deadly confusion, and then your blood freezes in horror as you see the Deathlord's left hand grab Tia's left arm, and squeeze it in a fight grip.She can't run. She turns her eyes to Skullopener, but it's too far for her to reach. and Lotus is about to return on the offensive, attacking both you and-Suddenly, The roof caves in, exploding downwards as Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine lands squarely on top of both the Bodhisattva and Tia just as he was about to put Howler in Darkness through her neck. A shower of metal debris follows immediately, and you lose sight of the three for a moment. That even takes Lotus' attention for a moment.>Now! Focus on this distraction and take out Lotus with Amata. (p+d)>Amata was trying to say something to Lotus. Maybe you can grab her and hold her down just long enough... (p+d)>Dive in the cloud of shapnel, get Tia out of it.>Jump into the melee, help Tyrant against the Bodhisattva. (p+d)>Use this chance to run away with Amata.>(Other?)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41645458>Now! Focus on this distraction and take out Lotus with Amata. (p+d)We NEED to narrow this down to fewer opponents, and as scar as a Sidereal Martial Artist is, I think the Bodhisattva will be harder to take out expediently.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41645458>>Amata was trying to say something to Lotus. Maybe you can grab her and hold her down just long enough... (p+d)Maybe Amata knows something that'll get Lotus to walk away without a fuss.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41645458>Amata was trying to say something to Lotus. Maybe you can grab her and hold her down just long enough... (p+d)Lotus has perfect defenses to dodge anything, we need to beat her in some other way.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41645458>>Amata was trying to say something to Lotus. Maybe you can grab her and hold her down just long enough... (p+d)Great timing Tyrant
>>41645458>>Now! Focus on this distraction and take out Lotus with Amata. (p+d)Maka, using this distraction flies over to Lotus, smashing her directly between the hips. Using her own attack to fling the other Sidereal into the mess of the Tyant, Silver Prince and Tia. Hopefully she'll end up impaled or caught in their crossfire.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41645458>Now! Focus on this distraction and take out Lotus with Amata. (p+d)Tyrant to the rescue!Let's curbstomp these bastards!
Rolled 9 (1d10)Also, fuck you dice for not being helpful when we needed the most. You little shits.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41645458mo' dice
Rolled 8 (1d10)You fuckers, stop rolling below 7, damnit.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41645539We have five successes on eight dice so far, you nerd. We're rolling REALLY WELL.>>41645458>Amata was trying to say something to Lotus. Maybe you can grab her and hold her down just long enough... (p+d)
Rolled 2 (1d10)You fucking faggots, you're supposed to be all 10s, you miserable little pile of luck.
Rolled 3 (1d10)I want to believe in you dice, don't let me down
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41645458>>Now! Focus on this distraction and take out Lotus with Amata. (p+d)
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Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41645458>Now! Focus on this distraction and take out Lotus with Amata. (p+d)Try to take her down non-lethally, if possible. Maybe Amata still wants to talk with her afterwards.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41645458>Amata was trying to say something to Lotus. Maybe you can grab her and hold her down just long enough... (p+d)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41645562Ah, damn. It was working so well. Fucking placebos.
>>41645458>Amata was trying to say something to Lotus. Maybe you can grab her and hold her down just long enough... (p+d)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41645458>Now! Focus on this distraction and take out Lotus with Amata. (p+d)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>that face when you samefagged>that face when you voted for different things every time you samefaggedThis is fun!
Rolled 2 (1d10)COME THE FUCK ON
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41645786Dude, we have more than enough dice. Calm the fuck down.
Just one word."Amata.""Yes."[p+d = 8 6 7 1 8 9 5 8 3 2 3 = 6 successes]You leap at Lotus, spin in mid-leap, and aim to grab her head between your thighs and slam her to the ground as hard as you can.Instead, your legs lock around thin air, and five different Lotus roll out of your aerial grab in five different directions. You land on your hands and flip back upright without missing a beat, but the mysterious woman completely vanished from your range of attack.You turn around frantically and see the five shards reunite a few meters away... to be instantly grabbed as Amata's lightning-like fingernails smash through her arms just below the shoulder, nailing her in place.She leans in, and whispers in her ear. You can barely hear above the noise."A phoenix who has lost all of its feathers to the fire, but whose heart still beats with the blood of its old life, has not forgotten what it means to fly, and the clouds and winds and skies still smile upon her soul."You see her eyes contract and become tiny black and green dots, fixed forward, as if she was suddenly having a seizure.(cont.)
>>41645860You can never have enough dice against SMAs.
Then, Amata knees her in the small of her back, which causes her to stumble towards you, apparently in a state of shock, trailing blood from the ten holes in her arms, five per side.You roundhouse kick her in the face and she collapses like a sack of potatoes.You exchange a glance with Amata. She nods at you."How long would it take to explain?" You ask her."Too long. Just roll with it." She replies, turning her eyes to the other battle.Tia emerges from the contorted mass of metal and radiating black Essence in the middle of the room. She's back in her human form. She's missing an arm, ripped off halfway below the shoulder.Behind her, the two Deathlords are engaged in one hell of a fight. Glowing like pillars of black steel and darkness in the brightly-lit room, they are exchanging blows with a fury that you've never seen before. Each impact tears up the metal floor around them, sending splinters flying, but neither of them is knocked back an inch. you see the Bodhisattva manage to slam the sharp of Howler in Darkness into Tyrant's arm, causing a shower of sparks, but the blow will not break her soulsteel-hard skin.However, it's indisputable that Tyrant lost much Essence, whereas the Bodhisattva seems still quite fresh. The blood-red Hearthstone that was on a necklace before is now set in his armor, and is glowing brightly.You can still see Tia's arm, lying on the floor, in a pool of blood, on the other side of the fight."...Tyrant-" You take one step in her direction."GO UP!" She screams back at you, without even turning your way. "...Moray followed me. He's up. Do with him what you do best. Get your friends." She seems to be smiling."...Maybe I can earn a bit of redemption here and now after all.">Go up the stairs.>Go down the stairs.>Attack the Bodhisattva. (p+d)>Attack the Tyrant. (p+d)>(other?)
>>41645876Amata must have rolled really good.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41645906>Go up the stairs.
>>41645906>Go up the stairs.Remember when anons said we should have social'ed Moray? Yeah.
>>41645924Actually, it's how that MA that Lotus' using works. You can automatically dodge any one attack with it, but if someone guesses or knows how your dodge works, and attacks you while you are "reforming", they can hit you.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41645906>Go up the stairs.Tyrant is such a good girl
>>41645906>>Go up the stairs.I don't think we're ready for the pro league with Tia missing an arm.
Rolled 9 (1d10)...I don't know what to pick. This is a pivotal moment. It'll have enormous impact on what's to come.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41645906>>Go up the stairs.Don't die Tyrant, you aren't allowed to
>>41646028I think we need to focus on what we can realistically do. Fighting the Bodhisattva is not one of those things.
>>41645906>Go up the stairs.Will Tia be okay? Will Tyrant be okay?
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41645906>>Attack the Bodhisattva. (p+d)Just one good punch is all I ask
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41646043I'm not sure if it's safe or sensible leaving the Tyrant unattended, is the thing. Especially not with that smile.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41645906>Go up the stairs.We need to regroup.
>>41646063I dunno, I think it's a smile that's saying "I might get my redemption by fighting to save Creation instead of doing what I want".If it's not then we'll smack some sense into her in a little bit.But a Deathlord brawl is a few dozen paygrades higher than what we're ready for.Best case scenario is that the Tyrant can keep him busy for awhile and drain some of his essence.
>>41645906>Go up the stairs.Let's go show Moray how to really praise the sun, because he's fucking awful at it.
>>41646044>Will Tia be okay?Yeah. Exalted healing and Medicine Charms will patch her right up.>Will Tyrant be okay?Weeell, if she dies she'll go back to the Neverborn like the Prince would if he's killed, right? Unless we can get Sempai to intercede for her, perhaps.
>>41646093And then we bring a converted Dawn to back us up. Might be too much to hope that he has ECSJ
>>41646104Plus remember how Tia ate a bigass hammer to the dome and regenerated from a head that was "split like a melon".I think if we grab her arm and stick it back on later she'll be fine.
>>41646114It won't be easy getting Moray to completely defect, It'll still be our word against his lords with no hard proof.We can sow the seeds of doubt though, we talk about Island Five and where the Bodhisattva gets his soulsteel from. We ask Moray if he knew about this bigass fleet of first age ships covered in a mystery magical material and then we tell him exactly how that material is made.I don't think he'll up and betray the prince right then since we have no hard proof but he might stop fighting for this battle and give us time to get real proof to him.Then he'll leave the Bod' and become the hero he should have been.
>>41646114>>41646157Pretty much this. If we're convincing enough, he'll give us the CHANCE to prove what we're saying is true. If we find evidence of what exactly goes down inside Island Five, he'll drop the Silver Prince like the misleading bastard he is.
You are assuming Moray is loyal to the bone. He might have his own doubts already and looking for a reason to turn on the prince. Don't overestimate enemies too much, guys.
>>41646230He should be full of doubts right now since according to Tyrant the Prince has kept him far away from Skullstone to hide his real activities.This whole fight means the Prince has exposed Moray to part of the fleet from Island Five and he has to be wondering just where the hell all of this materiel came from.But right now he's still in fight mode, we have to really get his doubts going and then he'll drop out of the fight and give us a chance to prove that the Prince is up to no good. If we try to get him to just straight up defect mid fight he's going to ignore everything we say because that's the kind of ploy an enemy would try.
>You can still see Tia's arm, lying on the floor, in a pool of blood, on the other side of the fight.Guys, what do we do about this? Do exalted have regeneration or whatzit?
You grab Amata and Tia by their sleeves and tug at them. Without any hesitation, the three of you run up, leaving the chaos of battle behind you. Along the way, Tia slows down a moment to extract her sword from the machine it ended up embedded into. The blade is red-hot, and the metallic panel is quickly turning to molten slag. You have no idea what got damaged there, but it doesn't look particularly good."I hope you got a plan." Tia wonders as you run up the stairs. There's noise of battle coming from upstairs too."I'm making it up as I go." You admit. "Amata? You always have a plan.""I have a few." She admits. "They're all terrible.""Hit me.""Help the Bodhisattva take down Tyrant and hope he really intends to leave afterwards.""Not happening.""Self-destruct the Titan with him inside.""Crazy and stupid.""Hide in a cupboard and REALLY hope that Tyrant manages to take him out despite all evidence to the contrary.""Rubbish.""Then I'm all for making things up as we go." She concludes with a sigh.You reach the top floor, where you first fought the Day caste.Now you arrive and see a room with an even more chaotic fight than what you just left behind you.(cont.)
>>41646230Don't know how EF will handle him differently, but as written Moray is utterly dedicated to Skullstone above all else. Until he's proven to be a detriment, that loyalty extends to the Silver Prince as well. I'm not saying he's unshakable, but its better to prepare for a hard fight than an easy one. Don't underestimate our enemies too much, guy.
>>41646157Think we can appeal to his exaltation as a solar to convince him?
>>41646326No chance. There are loyalist Solars and Rengegade Abyssals. Sids are Bronze or Gold faction. DBs can be noble soliders or oppressive tyrants.Exaltation type matters little compared to personal choice.
>>41646326if >>41646292is right about his loyalty to Skullstone then we need to work the Island Five angle.We talk about how the people of Skullstone are being used as raw materials by the prince and how they're all being soulforged to make the soulsteel in the Prince's secret arsenal.Hopefully his loyalty to the people of skullstone is greater than his loyalty to the prince and he'll defect to save them from the Deathlord who's killing them.
>>41646230By canon UCS spoke to Moray when he Exalted, it's something we might be able to use.
>>41646372Moray is a Dawn and the UCS only speaks to Zenith solars when they exalt.You're thinking of Falling Wolf, the Zenith that the Prince threw into a Monstrance and made into an Abyssal.
>>41646372Stop metagaming, nerd.
>>41646381Only Zeniths are guaranteed a message from him, but other caste can too if he feels it.
>>41646381>Moray is a Dawn and the UCS only speaks to Zenith solars when they exalt.Incorrect. The UCS is 100% guaranteed to speak to Zeniths. He's also free to talk with any others, and often does - there's just not guarantee, in their case.
>>41646273Yes, especially Lunars. As long as the crippling nature of a wound doesn't have magical corruption it can be healed, and even then Solars can heal that, too.
Five Tails is engaged in a close, fast, acrobatic fight with an elegant-looking young lady in a white dress, knife to sword. The two leap across the room trading blows at near-lightspeed, wreathed in their animas, both trailing blood from numerous shallow wounds.You see Five Tails attempt to grab her arm while in mid-air and twist it to launch her at the ground, but she wrestles herself free by spinning around and stabbing her needle-like sword through the Lunar's arm. In near-instantaneous response she locks her foot behind the Abyssal's neck and kicks her away, but the Midnight recovers by landing on her feet against a wall and using it as a springboard to return to the attack. Neither of the two is touching the ground, bouncing from wall to wall, from pipe to pipe, from wire to wire.Talon (boy are you glad to see him) is waving around one of the Skullstonians' Warstrider swords, its blade broken a couple meters from the hilt, mowing down the horde of Vodak and materialized ghosts that are storming one of the entrances to the reactor shaft, howling at the top of his lungs, covered in arrows like a pincushion, drenched in blood, but barely holding his ground against their leader: a pale man, dressed in a long, black leather coat. A scar mars his otherwise handsome face and crosses over one eye, which is covered by an eyepatch. His coat bears a white skull-and-crossbones insigna. And his forehead radiates gold.And Radiant Starfall, clearly wounded and probably with a broken leg, is kneeled to one side, covered in blood, cuts and bruises, propped up against a crumbled bit of wall, trying to line up a shot, even as Vodaks with swords drawn are creeping up on her position...(cont.)
>>41646455Pretty sure mundane wounds only heal on their own if the limb is still attached. We'd need healing magic to stick that bugger back on.But then again, Lunars.Still, might be worth retrieving the arm sometime.
>I'm going to help Five Tails against that Midnight-caste.>I'm going to help Talon against the troops, so he can focus on Moray Darktide.>I'm going to help Talon against Moray Darktide, so he can focus on the troops.>I'm going to rescue Radiant Starfall.>(Other?)Combined with:>Ask Tia/Amata to follow me.>Ask Tia/Amata to help the others.>Trust that Tia/Amata know what to do already.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41646496>>I'm going to help Talon against Moray Darktide, so he can focus on the troops.>Trust that Tia/Amata know what to do already.Commit MRP, we're gonna need it
>>41646496>I'm going to help Talon against Moray Darktide, so he can focus on the troops.>Trust that Tia/Amata know what to do already.Let's start the social fu.
>>41646496>I'm going to help Talon against Moray Darktide, so he can focus on the troops.Time to social. Outfit 02, Tabard. Bringing out the big guns.>Ask Tia/Amata to help the others.Tia helps Five. Amata covers Star.
>>41646496>I'm going to help Talon against Moray Darktide, so he can focus on the troops.>Ask Amata to follow me.>Ask Tia to help the others.And as >>41646509 said, commit MRP
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41646509Seconding
>>41646496>I'm going to help Talon against Moray Darktide, so he can focus on the troops.>Amata help Five Tails>Tia help Radiant
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41646496>I'm going to help Talon against Moray Darktide, so he can focus on the troops.>Ask Tia/Amata to help the others.Tia should help Five Tails while Amata goes to help Radiant StarfallAlso commit MRP
>>41646482>A Midnight is aroundWell, that complicates things. Let's hope our social mirror stays occupied, otherwise socialing Moray is gonna be messy.>I'm going to help Talon against Moray Darktide, so he can focus on the troops.>Ask Tia/Amata to help the others.
>>41646520Moray is a warrior, I think we would benefit more from wearing something like #19 instead.
>>41646496>I'm going to help Talon against the troops, so he can focus on Moray Darktide.>Trust that Tia/Amata know what to do already.>Change outfit to #04
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41646496>I'm going to help Talon against Moray Darktide, so he can focus on the troops.>Ask Tia/Amata to help the othersI wish we could send a message to our brother. We could use some reinforcements
"Talon!" You call out to the big tough lunar, leaping in the fray to his side. Judging by his appearance and the number of arrows in him, you'd think he must be long dead, but he doesn't seem to mind by much.The forces he's been fighting, a motley bunch of war ghosts and Vodak troops, are clearly tired and on the verge of breaking, and your arrival doesn't do much for their morale. They don't quite fall back, but they do put a bit of extra distance. The amount of crushed bodies that litter the floor here speaks volumes about how hard Talon was on them.Moray Darktide... he's another story. He's clearly been in more than a few fights today as well, as he has a definite Anima glow and several wounds already on him, but then again, so do you. He's carrying a long, slender sword, which doesn't seem made from a magical metal but is definitely of excellent craftsmanship, in one hand, and a pistol resembling a smaller version of Starfall's rifle in the other."And you should be Maka." He grins, catching his breath. "Good to finally meet you.""Moray Darktide." You reply. "I've been wondering what could cause a Solar to fight on behalf of a Deathlord.""I've wondered the same about you and Tyrant." He replies. "But then, the Silver Prince created a nation from anarchy, where people can live long and safe lives. The Tyrant is seeking to reactivate a world-ending weapon. You can't quite put them on the same level, can you?""Maka." Talon uses the brief lull in the fight caused by your arrival to pull a few arrows out of himself. "What the hell is this lunatic talking about?""I wonder." You groan.(cont.)
[MAJESTIC RADIANT PRESENCE]>Do you really think the Prince isn't here for the Titan as well? (s+z)>Are you talking about the Silver Prince, or about the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water? (s+z)>I don't know about those long and safe lives. Did your boss tell you where does all this Soulsteel come from? (s+z)>Tyrant is actively seeking redemption. The Prince is loyal to undead monsters who want to watch the world burn. That's the main difference. (s+z)>Attack him. (p+d)>(Other?)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41646768>Do you really think the Prince isn't here for the Titan as well? (s+z)>I don't know about those long and safe lives. Did your boss tell you where does all this Soulsteel come from? (s+z)I think these two are our safest bets.Now... dice.
>>41646791>I don't know about those long and safe lives. Did your boss tell you where does all this Soulsteel come from? (s+z)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41646791>>Are you talking about the Silver Prince, or about the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water? (s+z)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41646791>I don't know about those long and safe lives. Did your boss tell you where does all this Soulsteel come from? (s+z)>Tyrant is actively seeking redemption. The Prince is loyal to undead monsters who want to watch the world burn. That's the main difference. (s+z)Either of these two. Both, ideally.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41646791>Are you talking about the Silver Prince, or about the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water? (s+z)C'mon fuckers, roll high, roll high.
>>41646805forgot my dice
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41646791>I don't know about those long and safe lives. Did your boss tell you where does all this Soulsteel come from? (s+z)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41646791>I don't know about those long and safe lives. Did your boss tell you where does all this Soulsteel come from? (s+z)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>4164679110 or bust
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41646818fuck me
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41646791>>I don't know about those long and safe lives. Did your boss tell you where does all this Soulsteel come from? (s+z)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41646791Should we be hitting him with TttH too or should we save that for a low roll?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41646791>I don't know about those long and safe lives. Did your boss tell you where does all this Soulsteel come from? (s+z)He should have heard about the second dawn that exalted on skullstone. He's my bother and he told me that its no paradise.
>>41646875we're rollin' strong right now, let's save some essence for AST when he throws a tantrum from the truth bombs and swings at our face.
>>41646791>>Are you talking about the Silver Prince, or about the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water? (s+z)>>I don't know about those long and safe lives. Did your boss tell you where does all this Soulsteel come from? (s+z)How old are the oldest ghost you've seen? How many are there?Bodhisattva doesn't even let you on the island to find out
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41646901Forgot my dice
(i have to AFK for a bit, sorry)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41646768I really hope we convert Captain Harlock
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41646936No worries EF
>>41646936Don't worry about it. We'll be waiting and bumpin.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41646791>>Are you talking about the Silver Prince, or about the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water? (s+z)>>I don't know about those long and safe lives. Did your boss tell you where does all this Soulsteel come from? (s+z)
Dice are doing pretty well.If there was ever a time that they needed to be good, it's now.
>>41647108The Dice demand drama in all things anon.Right now is the build up where things go pretty well.Then we'll go back to fight the Bodhisattva and roll like shit until a final slam dunk 20+ success ECSJ.
>>41647216That would be amazing!
[s+z=4 1 10 1 3 10 3 8 7 10 9 2 2 = 9 successes]"I don't know about those long and safe lives." You respond to the Dawn. "Did your boss tell you where does all this Soulsteel come from?""From condemned criminals." He raises his sword and in one smooth movement slashes at Talon's shoulder, spins it his his hands, and lunges at your face.You react just in time to bat it slightly aside with the palm of your hand, and slide inside his guard following that motion. "Have you COUNTED the ships you came here in?"He steps back, avoiding your right hook, and discharges his gun in your gut from point-blank range, but you manage to clench your abs just in time, and the Essence blast, although painful, just launches you back by a couple meters from the force of the impact. "Thirty. Your point.""That's A LOT of criminals." You point out, trying to get some air back in your lungs.Talon sidesteps your fight and, after exchanging a quick nod with you, leaps into the enemy ranks. You quickly see sprays of blood and torn-off limbs fly in the air as he goes."I know you're suggesting that the Silver Prince soulforges other people as well, but don't you think that if citizens started disappearing, I would've noticed it?" He's clearly upset by your insinuations. "...Before the Bodhisattva's Advent, in Skullstone, life was cheap, short, and brutal. Now, people have at least a life to look forward to... many even two lives.""It might be less than you think." You reply harshly.>Shouldn't Skullstone be overrun by ghosts by now, going by that logic? (s+z)>The Bodhisattva who foretold the arrival of the Silver Prince WAS the Silver Prince himself. (s+z)>How can you trust a Deathlord over your own destiny as a Solar Exalted? (s+z)>I have no idea how harsh life was in Skullstone. But I do know that you're being deceived! (s+z)>Attack him. (p+d)>Leave the fight.>(Other?)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41647463>The Bodhisattva who foretold the arrival of the Silver Prince WAS the Silver Prince himself. (s+z)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41647463>>The Bodhisattva who foretold the arrival of the Silver Prince WAS the Silver Prince himself. (s+z)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41647463>>Shouldn't Skullstone be overrun by ghosts by now, going by that logic? (s+z)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41647463>Shouldn't Skullstone be overrun by ghosts by now, going by that logic? (s+z)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41647463>Shouldn't Skullstone be overrun by ghosts by now, going by that logic? (s+z)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41647463>Shouldn't Skullstone be overrun by ghosts by now, going by that logic? (s+z)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41647463We're at full burn now, we can pop TttH at any time now
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41647463>Leave the fight.Forget it, he's too stubborn
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41647463>Shouldn't Skullstone be overrun by ghosts by now, going by that logic? (s+z)We have to lead him to the conclusion on his own, not just shout statements at him.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41647706It's going to take more than one roll to convince him all he's known is wrong
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41647463>>Shouldn't Skullstone be overrun by ghosts by now, going by that logic? (s+z)
>>41647463>Shouldn't Skullstone be overrun by ghosts by now, going by that logic? (s+z)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41647463>>>Shouldn't Skullstone be overrun by ghosts by now, going by that logic? (s+z)we used up our awesomenessWe should use talking to the heart. As it allows us to auto-succeed a social attack
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41647463>>41647697I'll second a a TttH now, if we can use it now we might be able to get back all the essence by the time we make it back to the Bodhisattva
>>41647756Does it? Uh, might be a good idea then.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41647768Eh, why not? We can keep pressing an advantage, then.
>>41647756>As it allows us to auto-succeed a social attackIt lowers defense against the attack, mechanically iirc.
>>41647830It's a perfect social attack on top of it's regular effect, it makes it even if we didn't beat the MDV the attack goes through as if it had made it with zero extra successes
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41647463Wait, does Maka actually know that the Prince arranged his own prophecy?Regardless, >Shouldn't Skullstone be overrun by ghosts by now, going by that logic? (s+z)
>>41648092We heard the whole thing from someone already, Tyrant I think
[TALKING TO THE HEART][s+z=4 2 5 9 7 1 1 3 9 2 6 6 8 = 4 successes]"Shouldn't Skullstone be overrun by ghosts by now, going by that logic?" You shoot back at him."That's-" He starts thinking for a reply. "Not everyone lingers. Most pass through Lethe when dying...""How many?" You don't leave him a moment of respite."I don't-""Skullstone, the entire archipelago I mean, has around four hundred thousand inhabitants, right?" You recall the numbers both Tyrant and Lynne gave you."It does, but-""And the Bodhisattva faked his death in 243, and by that point the population was stable at that number and he New Order was pretty established.""He didn't fake it! He immolated himself when he realized that his work was done." He corrects you. "How can you say something like that?!""That's a population of four hundred thousand, and five hundred years of time. How many do you think pass into Lethe when they die? Nine out of ten? Ninety-nine out of one hundred? Nine hundred and ninety-nine out of one thousand? And how many died in the last five hundred years?"He falls silent as the numbers start clicking in his head. "I'm not an expert." He admits."Neither am I." You cross your arms, staring into each other's eyes as the battle rages around you."If the Tyrant gave you all this information, I'm sure she altered it to make it fit her propaganda." He replies.>Then go down that flight of stairs and then tell me if it's the Bodhisattva or the Prince down there. (s+z)>Can you, in good conscience, in good faith, discount the possibility that what I am saying is true? (s+z)>I don't know. Her numbers and figures are reasonable and explain what I can see with my eyes. Can you claim the same on your part? (s+z)>You're free to not believe me. But at least seek out the truth with your own eyes. (s+z)>If you refuse to see reason, then I'll have to stop you by force. (p+d)>(Other?)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41648130>>I don't know. Her numbers and figures are reasonable and explain what I can see with my eyes. Can you claim the same on your part? (s+z)They're backed by what Karas saw, you know him right?
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41648130>I don't know. Her numbers and figures are reasonable and explain what I can see with my eyes. Can you claim the same on your part? (s+z)>When was the last time you've been to Skullstone? How often have you been there?
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41648130>Then go down that flight of stairs and then tell me if it's the Bodhisattva or the Prince down there. (s+z)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41648163I'm absolutely for bringing up Karas, but would Moray know him?
The man used a necromantic blood ritual that used dozens of innocent of innocent people as sacrifices LESS THAN HOUR AGOAnd that was just to go down a couple floors!Open your eyes man!
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41648130>>Then go down that flight of stairs and then tell me if it's the Bodhisattva or the Prince down there. (s+z)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41648209Karas knew about Moray and he's not too bright so they probably met when he was getting away
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41648130>You're free to not believe me. But at least seek out the truth with your own eyes. (s+z)I'd also throw in something along the lines of "Ask yourself this: Why didn't you know about that fleet before now? Where did it come from? Who built it?"
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41648130>>Then go down that flight of stairs and then tell me if it's the Bodhisattva or the Prince down there. (s+z)>I don't know. Her numbers and figures are reasonable and explain what I can see with my eyes. Can you claim the same on your part? (s+z)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41648130Dice are being a bitch again
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41648130>You're free to not believe me. But at least seek out the truth with your own eyes. (s+z)getting dicey here
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41648130C'mon Moray, you should now better
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41648214And he unleashed a necromancy casting superghost on the town
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41648130>I don't know. Her numbers and figures are reasonable and explain what I can see with my eyes. Can you claim the same on your part? (s+z)
Rolled 10 (1d10)Point of correction, 'garda bird' is what phoenixes are called in Exalted. They're a type of elemental bird with a charm that makes them immolate and be reborn from the ashes when killed by anything other than a spirit-slaying attack.
>>41648658A Garda's firey bird form is referred to as it's Phoenix form.Roll of Glorious Divinity, page 117.Out-Grognard'd.
[s+z= 5 7 5 7 3 3 5 10 3 7 3 9 7 = 7 successes]"I don't know. Her numbers and figures are reasonable and explain what I can see with my eyes." You jab your index finger at him. "Can you claim the same on your part?""...My loyalty to the people of Skullstone is not in discussion." He replies, defensively. "It's my birthplace. It's my homeland. I will fight for it no matter what.""Are you loyal to Skullstone, or to the Silver Prince?"He freezes up for a few seconds. At first his eyes dart around nervously, then, as he calms down, he seems to look around himself in a more thoughtful manner.Silence falls between the two of you, broken only by the Midnight's broken body being mid-air suplexed by Tia, embedding itself into the metal floor head-first like a javelin. The shockwave from the impact washes over you, but still, he thinks."...The Silver Prince is Skullstone's ordained savior.""What happens if he isn't?""He is.""Suppose he isn't. Suppose he set himself up, exploiting his own immortality and powers to do so. Suppose he really does harvest everyone's souls upon death. Suppose it's all a lie. What happens then? What would you do?"Another pause. "I would destroy him.""Then go down that flight of stairs and then tell me if it's the Bodhisattva or the Prince down there:"He lowers his sword. Probably more because you managed to put the doubt into his head than because you have Tia, Amata, Starfall, Five Tails and Talon all looking down at him threateningly at this point. He doesn't seem much troubled by that."...I will go." He starts walking down the stairs. "Alone. No tricks on your part.">You're not getting away on your own.>You have five minutes. After that, ready or not, we'll be going down there to stop the Bodhisattva.>We'll be waiting for you here.>(other)
>>41648788>You have five minutes. After that, ready or not, we'll be going down there to stop the Bodhisattva.
>>41648788>>You have five minutes. After that, ready or not, we'll be going down there to stop the Bodhisattva.
>>41648788>You have five minutes. After that, ready or not, we'll be going down there to stop the Bodhisattva.I'm not sure that this whole "Go downstairs" plan is a good idea, since he's also going to see Tyrant doing deathlordy things, plus the Prince might have time to talk him around.That said, I don't think forcing our way in there will help matters.
>>41648788>You have five minutes. After that, ready or not, we'll be going down there to stop the BodhisattvaLets just hope he doesn't get unsocalised in that time
>>41648788>>You have five minutes. After that, ready or not, we'll be going down there to stop the Bodhisattva.Where the hell are our DBs?
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41648788>I will go with you, only the two of us. The others will go follow after five minutes.If he goes alone, the prince will have a chance of securing Moray's loyalty again.
>>41648788No attacking the Tyrant you hear me, i'm still worried about her
>>41648788>I will go with you, only the two of us. The others will go follow after five minutes.
>>41648788>>You have five minutes. After that, ready or not, we'll be going down there to stop the Bodhisattva.We're going down in like 2
>Sending down a Solar against a deathlord focusing on mental manipulation.He will come back 100% sure Maka is lying.
>>41648890something like this to stop mental fuckery.
Now that I think about it, would just seeing the Prince in his armour using Howler in Darkness be enough to do ANY damage to his image, or make him seem more malevolent than he's let on?He bloody returned to Skullstone as the Silver Prince looking exactly like that!>'When the Herald fi nally died, the fl ames around himturned to silver and erupted into a bonfi re. Out of thisunearthly blaze stepped a powerful fi gure, clad in robes ofsilver draped with razor-sharp soulsteel shards and wearinga mask of polished ivory who called out: “People ofSkullstone, behold your prince, the Bodhisattva rebornwhose coming was foretold! Peace unto those of you whokept my teaching of old, and woe unto those who havecorrupted my scriptures for your own purpose!”And with that, the Silver Prince pulled out hisgrand daiklave, Howler in Darkness, and instantlyslew those Dark Judges who had voted for the Herald’sexecution, as well as dozens of other prominent ghostsin attendance whose sins the Prince seemed to knowintimately.'Compass: West, pg 70.
>>41648890>>41648840I'll change my "You have five minutes" vote to these.
RAILROADING CHOOCHOO MOTHERFUCKERS!!
>>41648890I like this one if there's still time.
>>41649048>clad in robes of silver draped with razor-sharp soulsteel shards and wearing a mask of polished ivoryThat looks nothing like the Bodhisattva's pic from last thread, unless we have a very different idea of what a "robe" is.
>>41649309He's got a set if artifact armor that can turn to robes.
"You have five minutes. After that, ready or not, we'll be going down there to stop the Bodhisattva." You reply. "And I'm coming with you."He nods."...Wait me here." The gaze of everyone else in the room follows the two of you as you walk down the stairs, in silence.Then, Radiant Starfall, who was propping herself up against Talon with an arm around her waist to stay upright, exhales and slouches. "...Normally I'd complain that this is a very bad idea." She mumbles. "But I'm too tired and every bone in my body hurts. Taking five sounds... just right."You look around.She has a clearly broken leg and looks like she's been through a blender in the last fight. Her rifle is filled with nicks and scratches, like it was used as a parrying and melee weapon more often than it had any right to be.Five Tails doesn't look much better. She's covered in an intricate webwork of cuts and slashes, probably opened by the Midnight's sharp-looking needle-like sword, and clearly covered in her own blood from head to toe.Talon is still pulling arrows out of his hide. And as for Tia, Amata and yourself, well, you're wrecks as well.Distant below, you can still hear the noise of battle."...The Tyrant isn't going to last long." Amata mumbles. "We need to-""Five minutes." You ask them."You get two." Tia warns you. "After that, I'm coming down there. No matter what.""I'll make sure your arm is still there." You try to joke."I don't care about my arm." She replies, serious. "I care about you."She doesn't say anything else as you and Moray Darktide disappear into the stairwell."Your friends trust you a lot." Moray concedes as he walks down the stairs with you."You're not on good terms with your comrades?" You ask back.He looks away.Meanwhile, the noise of battle has ended. Not good. You hurry.(cont.)
>>41649344(er, that was me, sorry)
>>41649309Consider this image of his emergence as the Silver Prince from Compass West, pg 71, and he really doesn't look all that different.
>>41649417He'll look different to Moray. Moray only knows him as the Silver Prince.
>>41649464Possibly, if he doesn't wear that style much as a 'public face' like the picture suggests.
You reach the level where the fight was raging up to a moment before, to find it utterly destroyed. Nothing is left, not even the floor. It seems like several levels around the reactor shaft collapsed on top of each other. The bottom-most level, the one... the one with the essence pump, the cycling and firing controls... the one where you accidentally caused the reactor to overload last time you've been there. Oh, gods, that's not a good set of memories. And now that level is a contorted mass of smashed metal and machinery. The air is filled with wild Essence escaping from the many broken pipes and wires, and the temperature here would be almost unbearably hot without your charms.There, in the distant bottom, you see... but just barely......Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine lying in a crater, filled with her own metallic blood like an eerie circular pool, her back broken, but still moving, just a bit.And the armored shape of the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water rambling to himself, wandering around the broken machinery, looking for something... no, activating something. He stops every now and then. He flips levers. Pushes buttons. Flicks switches."Everything went wrong. Everything went haywire. It was all your fault. But by Oblivion I'm going to make you regret it dearly. I'm going to show you... I'm going to show them all. I'm going to show everyone. It was just a small detour from my original plan. It was just a risky gamble, but it paid off. With this I can shave five... no, ten years from my plan. With this, I can end Creation even sooner than I expected... That'll show them. That'll show you. That'll show everyone..."You give Moray a thoughtful glare. He hasn't spotted the two of you yet.His face darkens. "...What is he doing?!"(cont.)
>I'm not too sure... let me see (m+t)>Does it matter? You've heard him. We have to stop him! (s+z)>First, tell me: are you convinced now? (s+z)>Nevermind that. Go upstairs, tell the others I need them here now! (s+z)>Shh. Let's watch and stay hidden.>(Other?)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41649541>Does it matter? You've heard him. We have to stop him! (s+z)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41649541>>I'm not too sure... let me see (m+t)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41649521>First, tell me: are you convinced now? (s+z)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41649541>>I'm not too sure... let me see (m+t)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41649541>First, tell me: are you convinced now? (s+z)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41649541>He's trying to turn on the titan, of course. So that he can "End Creation." (s+z)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41649541>(Other?)He's trying to blow us all up. You heard him: he wants to destroy Creation. (s+z)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41649541>I'm not too sure... let me see (m+t)
Does it matter?He just said he is going to destroy all of creation! If you really think the exalted Sun is ok with that by all means go help him. Meanwhile I will try to save us all from a clearly evil death lord about to activate an ancient doomsday machine for his Own nefarious purposes
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41649521>...Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine lying in a crater, filled with her own metallic blood like an eerie circular pool, her back broken, but still moving, just a bit.Oh no Tyrant.
Where the hell is dancing flame?
>>41649695She's probably tromping around her reactor-sanctum complaining about whoever is turning the thermostat up.
>>41649695Eating popcorn while watching Tyrant getting trashed?
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41649673This guy is gonna get ultra fucked up for everything
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41649541Is MRP still up?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41649748It should be I think
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41649541I voted for the m+t roll, but more dice just in case it doesn't win.
>>41649673Do not doubt, Anon. We will save her or at the least give her a final redemption. Praise the sun.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41649802I'm just glad we came down with Moray
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41649541So I read up on the social combat rules. If my understanding is correct, we're probably looking at Moray having ~15-20 "intimacy points" toward the Silver Prince that we're trying to erode here, assuming that Moray's Motivation is more towards Skullstone than the Prince in particular. Also, Social defense is Mental+Zenith+charms, and damage is Social+charm damage+extra successes. So, since that's 5+threshold successes per social attack, and we've gotten three social attacks so far, then unless Moray has a surprising amount of Mental and Zenith for a Dawn, he might be about to completely break his intimacy to the Prince.
>>41649830Social soak is also Social + charms, we also can't forget about the chance that our Horizon to Horizon helped us out.
[m+t = 9 2 3 7 9 = 3 successes]"He's..." You squint. "...Of course. He's trying to route energy to the Titan's levitation system.""What do you mean, levitation system? This thing FLIES?"You give him a pitiful look. "...He didn't tell you anything, did he. Where did you think you were?"He remains silent."...Oh for Sol's sake. You don't even know where you are?" You groan. "You're inside a Directional Titan. A flying fortress built in the First Age. That huge pillar of machinery is both the main reactor and the focal point for its main cannon. The Light of Judgement. An energy discharge weapon powerful enough to burn a country to cinders. And he probably wants that to destroy the Elemental Pole of Earth or something on that level of supervillainy." You point down. "And the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water is trying to reactivate it right now. If it takes off, the entire island with all of its inhabitants will just peel off the surface and crumble into the ocean."Moray Darktide grits his teeth, and then leaps into the well. You almost give away your position with a surprised scream when he does so.He drops almost fifty meters and lands heavily atop a pile of broken metal, flattening with its impact.The Deathlord turns, blood-red eyes fixating on the Dawn. "Moray?" He seems just as surprised. "...Did you kill Maka?""No." He replies, stepping forward. "My lord! Why didn't you tell me anything about what's going on here?""It's not your place to know." He growls, turning his back to him to work a lever."I've been your loyal and faithful servant since before I Exalted! I've always been faithful to you! And yet, you never trusted me! You always sent me out on long campaigns far away from home! You always kept me busy and out of the way! You never gave me answers! I deserve to know!"With an annoyed grunt, the Deathlord turns to face him again. Moray can't see him from his angle, but you can. The Bodhisattva is reaching for his sword, behind his back.
>Jump to try and save Moray, even if you might end up getting in the way if the blow. (p+d)>Try and distract the Bodhisattva.>Wait and see.>Drop down to the bottom level, but don't get involved.>Run up.>(other?)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41650132>>Jump to try and save Moray, even if you might end up getting in the way if the blow. (p+d)Now we can finally use AST
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41650110Activate Adamant Skin Technique to shield him from the blow.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41650110>Jump to try and save Moray, even if you might end up getting in the way if the blow. (p+d)SAVE OUR HUSBANDO!!
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41650132AST
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41650132>Jump to try and save Moray, even if you might end up getting in the way if the blow. (p+d)>Adamant Skin Technique
>>41650157>Jump to try and save Moray, even if you might end up getting in the way if the blow. (p+d)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41650132>Try and distract the Bodhisattva.Yell, really loud. Call him a sucker and that all his deathknights are defeated. Tell him that Tia, who is a woman, has a bigger cock than him. The mention of Tia's penis should be enough to alert her that Maka needs her.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41650132>Jump to try and save Moray, even if you might end up getting in the way if the blow. (p+d)Use Adamant Skin Technique.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41650132>>Jump to try and save Moray, even if you might end up getting in the way if the blow. (p+d)Time for AST? yep, it's time.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41650132>Jump to try and save Moray, even if you might end up getting in the way if the blow. (p+d)Yeah, this is definitely Adamant Skin Technique time.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41650132>Jump to try and save Moray, even if you might end up getting in the way if the blow. (p+d)AST!
>>41650132>Jump to try and save Moray, even if you might end up getting in the way if the blow. (p+d)Use AST if it looks like we're gonna be hit
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41650132It's not like it'll fire though, we disabled that
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41650132>Jump to try and save Moray, even if you might end up getting in the way if the blow. (p+d)Time to activate Adamant Skin...
>>41650110We've been succeeding so many of these mental rolls, it's kinda spooky.
No time to think.You jump.[p+d=8 7 1 8 2 7 5 4 4 6 5 = 4 successes]The fall seems to take forever. You land between the two, slamming into the metallic ground with the force of a falling boulder, JUST at the right time.Howler in Darkness bites at your face, and the toothed points of the wicked blade slide on your skin without drawing blood."MAKA!" He screams. Gone is the tranquil and reasonable mask, it seems. The many fights and all the unexpected events of the last day must have taken a toll on him. He screams in utter rage and takes a second swipe at you, gut you grab the still dumb-struck Dawn and roll to the side. "It's your fault too! You got in my way... Everyone got in my way. You think you can win? I'm a Deathlord. I'm blessed by the Neverborn. I have powers the likes of you cannot even imagine. And without Tyrant, you can't do a thing against me!"Tyrant, still alive (is that even a word you can use in this case?), weakly rolls over on her side to look at you.You have no idea how to parse the emotions you see in her eyes."..:All this time, I was wrong." Moray Darktide stands up. "There are still many things I don't know. But now I know what I must do. I'll stop you.""HA." The Bodhisattva spits scorn. "You're just betraying me in my moment of need. Some loyal captain you are. Little matter. You'll burn with the rest."He lunges, sword in hand.>Focus on the defense, try and buy time. You don't want to get even a scratch from that. Counterattack only if you have the chance to. (p+d)>Try your best to disarm him. (p+d)>Try and leap back up or put some distance. (p+n)>Try and talk some sense in the Bodhisattva. (s+z)>Try and keep the Bodhisattva talking. (s+z)>Try and help Tyrant.>(Other?)
>>41650542>>Focus on the defense, try and buy time. You don't want to get even a scratch from that. Counterattack only if you have the chance to. (p+d)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41650542>In case we are the target>Try and leap back up or put some distance. (p+n)>In case Moray is the target>Try your best to disarm him. (p+d)Here goes something!
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41650542>Focus on the defense, try and buy time. You don't want to get even a scratch from that. Counterattack only if you have the chance to. (p+d)>Try your best to disarm him. (p+d)These two. Focus on defense and, if we have a chance for a counter, make that counter a disarm.
>>41650542>Try and help Tyrant.I see two reasons to do this. 1: Because we care about the Tyrant and we want to help her whenever possible, to guide her on her path to redemption. 2. Because holy shit we can't fight a deathlord one on one. Or probably even two on one.That said... rolling anyway.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41650542>>Try your best to disarm him. (p+d)How much burn are we at, if we're at six we can use both AST and ECSJ if we need to.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41650589forgot die
>>41650602 here, I agree with >>41650605So, here's the plan: we do our best to obstacle the Bodhisattva and help Moray, like grappling the enemy while the Dawn cuts at him or something!
>>41650617Or... not. I fucked up I guess.>>41650619By my estimation we have five burn to throw around.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41650542>Try and keep the Bodhisattva talking. (s+z)>"Your plan was awful. Did you really think it would last THIS long and WORK? Do you even know how to plan, plans are not supposed to last over centuries, you idiot."
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41650646We'll get one back next turn, giving us enough for both.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41650542>Try your best to disarm him. (p+d)Use ECSJ
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41650605>if we have a chance for a counter, make that counter a disarmThis. We need to survive long enough for our waifus to save us. Go full defensive, and try to remove the Bodhisattva's advantages only if opportunities present themselves.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41650542>Yell really loud for Tia.Guys, get the husbando. If Tia hears Maka, the whole group will come.
>>41650542>Try and help Tyrant.>MAKA CALLS FOR AID...
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41650602>>41650605>>41650619>>41650640>>41650670>>41650680>>41650690>>41650692Six successes on eight dice. If we use Enemy Castigating Solar Judgement, we'll probably successfully disarm this nerd. Do we have the Burn for that?
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41650542>>Try your best to disarm him. (p+d)Hit him with ECSJ and if gets close to hitting us block it with AST
>>41650542>>Try and talk some sense in the Bodhisattva. (s+z)Lets filibuster the guy.
>>41650542>Try your best to disarm him. (p+d)ECSJOnce we get that blade out of the way. We can fight!
Rolled 6 (1d10)Use Enemy Castigating Solar Judgement.Take that nerd's fucking sword.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41650542I wonder if we should pop FoI for that extra dice, but I'll second a ECSJ disarm, with AST as back up if he get's close to gitting us.
Someone help tyrant!
>>41650542I'd also like it if we could activate ECSJ
[ENEMY-CASTIGATING SOLAR JUDGEMENT][ADAMANT-SKIN TECHNIQUE](also forgot to mention that you activated AST last turn as well)[p+d = 7 9 10 6 1 1 2 10 1 1 5 = 12 successes]You grab Howler in Darkness bare-handed and you twist it, by the blade, until it finally pops out of the blasted Deathlord's hands.That's right when Moray Darktide acts: he fires one shot if Essence straight into his face with his gun, then dashes closer and stabs his blade at the monster's chest.The sword shatters on impact. The Bodhisattva's hand shoots out and closes around your neck. Letting out a long, tortured scream, he squeezes your neck, lifts you, and slams you down on the floor, cracking a crater open and putting you through the steel so hard it bends around your body as you leave an imprint.You struggle for air, for freedom, feeling the Essence you suffused in your body to make it temporarily invincible quickly disappearing. You don't have enough power to keep that sort of defense up for much longer...His other hand, now empty, twitches, and Howler in Darkness reappears in his palm, as his black, ghostly anima glows darker and darker with every second. He leans in, his black-masked armor faceplate concealing utter nothingness and two coal-red dots in place of eyes too near to you for comfort or sanity."Tyrant is dying. You can't save her. It's a matter if time. And my only regret is that when I kill YOU your soul isn't going to follow her to the Neverborn's torture-chambers." You feel your Essence and breath about to end, and your vision darkens as Howler in Darkness digs into your belly point-first, slowly beginning to sink as your skin softens...>Headbutt him. (p+d)>Struggle trying to get him to release his stranglehold. (p+d)>Insult him.>Explain to him that in any case his plan has already failed.>(Other?)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41651052>Headbutt him. (p+d)>(Other?)Scream his ears off!
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41651052>>Explain to him that in any case his plan has already failed.It doesn't matter if we die, as long as he's stopped good won this time.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41651052>Headbutt him. (p+d)Followed by:>(Other)"TIAAAAAAAAAA!" As we kick his sword across the room, before grappling him and attempting to hold him down.
>>41651052>Explain to him that in any case his plan has already failed.fffffffffffffffffffff
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41651052>>Headbutt him. (p+d)Eat every bit of shit in the West Bodhisattva
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41651052>Headbutt him. (p+d)EAT FOREHEAD, FUCKFACE!
Are you guys sure you want to trust the dice with this?
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41651104This.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41651052>>Explain to him that in any case his plan has already failed.I don't quite understand how, but eh, fuck that guy.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41651052>>Headbutt him. (p+d)It's got to have been five minutes already
>>41651152What would you suggest? It's not like he's going to listen to reason at this stage..
Uh, guys. His armor is impenetrable, headbutting him is not going to do anything. And the exertion may very well cause the sword to dig deeper into Maka.
>>41651052>Headbutt him. (p+d)We have to get him off before it draws blood! Otherwise we have lost
>>41651052>final ray of light mothafucka!
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41651052Lets fuck him up.>Explain to him that in any case his plan has already failed.
>>41651182His armor might be impenetrable but he leaned in close to us. Smashing his face with our face might make him stumble back and give us a window to get to our feet again.
>>41651052We gotta get him off of us.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41651190diceness
>>41651052>Explain to him that in any case his plan has already failed.He likes to talk. Remember that he does not deal well with surprises, springing something like this on him will make him pause and try to discover if it's true and where his plan failed. Enough time for Tia to come.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41651052Forgot my dice
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41651052>Headbutt him. (p+d)
>>41651052Do we have enough burn for a HTH to get him away?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41651052>Overcome fate with our words (can we 3 dice stunt if we can think something up EF?)
>>41651263>Do we have enough burn for a HTH to get him away?Oh that's a good idea, I'll second that if we can
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41651263>Do we have enough burn for a HTH to get him away?Oh shit, yes, do this.
You respond to him in the only way you can. Which is also the best way possible.[p+d= 2 8 1 10 3 3 7 9 6 8 3 = 6 successes]With every little bit of strength you have left, with every little bit of leverage your locked and tortured neck will give you, you slam your forehead into his helm's faceplate.It cracks, and falls apart, exposing the ghost inside.You see nothing, only an inky darkness like the ocean at night, and two distant dots of red light.He winces away from you, howling in rage, but does not release his grip.That's when your Essence finally ends, and Howler in Darkness cuts you open just he crushes your neck and windpipe.(cont.)
>>41651347>>>41651263Nobody bothered to Use Final ray of lightThe fuck is wrong with you guys ?
>>41651384Doesn't it activate on death?
>>41651347I warned you about this.
>>41651384It's automatic if we die.it's a safety net in case of exactly what's happening right now.
>>41651384It's automatic on death.We don't need to use it or spend essence
>>41651271I don't think fate has much say right here and now.
You fall in darkness.(cont.)
At least he didn't stab us in the guts
>>41651426Oh wait... we're pregnant.That won't affect anything, will it?
[FINAL RAY OF LIGHT]
THis time we'll make a Lunar
>>41651477Not dead yet, mate
YOUR JOB ISN'T DONE YET.
>>41651471THAT'S RIGHT YOU UGLY FUCKING GHOST
Time to get some revenge
>>41651471If Bodhisattva was having a bad day before, he's really gonna lose it now.
>>41651471It was, perhaps, a little foolish to hope that we could get through a fight with a Deathlord without needing that.
>>41651530It's not everyday you fight a Deathlord you know? And maka's still young, as an Exalted. More experienced exalted still can't handle deathlords as well as she can!
>>41651520I'm going to call it now, with our dramatic revival to smash the bodhisattva we're going to throw a huge ECSJ attack at him.And it's going to be a botch.
>>41651565You know what I think would be nice? Helping Tyrant.
>>41651498My body is ready
>>41651596How? By letting ourselves get killed?
>>41651538>Nysela in the background
>>41651602But your soul isn't
>>41651498YES YES YES YES YES YES
>>41651596Alright how do we do that?Im hoping an ally shows up soon so she can be healed or something
Not having any idea of how much time has passed, you blink. Your eyes are open. You can see. You feel no pain anymore. You aren't tired anymore.And you aren't alone.You feel the Titan shaking. The lights and displays on the reactor are going crazy. At the bottom if it all, in front of it, raising his arms up to the unseen sky, cackling like a madman, the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water has Howler in Darkness deeply embedded inside the heart of the machine. From the cracks, wild Essence vents uncontrollably.And something catches your eye.You have no idea if the machine will go critical anytime soon. Probably he does not know, either. He just knows that he can control it. Even without command codes or a working interface, or the will of its goddess, it will follow his orders."...What are we going to do with Tyrant, master?" Moray Darktide turns to face him. He has a nasty slash on his right arm, down to the bone. It's bleeding."I'm certainly not going to put her out of her misery." He giggles. "The Neverborn will have her fun with her anyway. Let me enjoy what she has left."You stand up."...Master. Maka is still alive." The Dawn warns him, though you can tell he doesn't believe his own eyes."Don't be an idiot, of cours-" He half-turns, and does the most satisfying double-take you've ever had the pleasure of witnessing."I'm back." You reply to him.Despite all his power, all his magic, all his superiority, in front of something as unplanned, as unexpected, as unexplainable as this, he cowers before you. "How." He can only say."The Unconquered Sun sent me back to finish my job." You reply, inching closer.He seems to regain a bit of confidence. Your Anima is in full iconic flare, but he looks at you and scoffs. "He's going to be very busy then, because you're just all alone down here. There's nothing keeping me from killing you over and over again."You smile, and look up."I'm not alone."
>>41651596She can't fight, but I want to at least make sure she doesn't die.
>>41651744We pull some dramatic solar action and cleanse her soul of the essence of the Neverborn and let her pass into Lethe with the forgiveness of the Unconquered Sun.That's pretty much her ideal end scenario
>>41651759We are never alone. Of all our Backgrounds, our allies are the best. And our mentor
>>41651769And how in the heavens do you want to do that? We don't know healing magic plus if we don't fight the Bodhisattva, We would've died either way, because Tyrant is out of the fight for good!
>>41651814We don't need magic to do some basic first aid.
>>41651759I sure hope Tia didn't see us die.
>>41651836....First aid to a gigantic ghost robot made out of soulsteel?
>>41651836How do we do basic fist aid on a mecha-ghost abomination with a pool of FIVE dice?
>>41651836>We don't need magic to do some basic first aid.Adding to >>41651856 how do you fix a broken back with basic first aid? And where would we get the time? We are Maka, not Dio. We don't have ZE WORRLD.>>41651854If she did, she'd be mighty, mighty mad. Would probably rip the Prince's head clean off.
>>41651856Yes. Its how Exalted work.
>>41651902We don't fix it, we make sure someone else has a chance to.
>>41651903Except you'd need turns, not ticks to give first aid. And in those turns, you'd be a pincushion for Howler in Darkness.
>>41651903>>41651856>>41651892Would we need craft or medicine for that...?
>>41651942It's all Twilight.
He looks up as well. A moment too late."THE IRON HAMMER OF JUSTICE!""...What.""THE HOLY HAND OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, CLAD IN INVINCIBLE STEEL, AND CARRYING THE SOUL AND ROAR OF THE DRAGON, WILL DELIVER ITS JUDGEMENT!""What in Oblivion's...""Its name is!""Miss Maka! PLEASE GET OUT OF THE WAY!""ITS NAME IS!"You dive for cover."ITS NAME IS!""...'s name is THAT?!""ITS NAME IS!""ROCKET-PROPELLED DRAGONSTRIKE FIST!"Five tons of jade-infused steel, trailing hot fire, oily smoke, and a thick metal wire connencting it to the rest of the body, plummet down on you from above, and obliterate everything.The explosive impact narrowly misses the reactor, fortunately. You bought enough time for them to line up the shot of a lifetime. And-(cont.)
>>41651902The Soundtrack now for this MAKA MOMENT is HOLY DIVER!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkysjcs5vFU
>>41651903I think you're confusing Exalted with Freeform.
>>41651759Damnit, he got Moray.I wonder if breaking the sword will help with that?
>>41651961>rocket punchOur Dragonblood are so good
>>41652014>BreakingNigga, sword's OURS.
>>41652014We need to keep the prince alive. He stabbed the reactor and can control the titan.
>>41652046That sword is all kinds of bad juju mang
>>41652046The sword is evil.
>>41652046You seriously want to take his evil mind control soulsteel daiklave as our own personal weapon?
>>41652046No it's not.The sword only works for him.
>>41652075When you say it like that, you make me want it too.
>>41652083It's a nono for us.
>>41652014Better hope, he's got the reactor and Mik too.
>>41652071But it comes with free frozen yogurt, which I call frogurt!
>>41652014Or we could kill him and the effect will lapse by the time he reforms.
>>41652115It's got a bad aftertaste of DEEATH
>>41651759>>41651961Where the hell is Flame That Marched Against The Sea?It seems like she basically did nothing to stop the Bodhisattva from jamming his mind control sword into her heart. I'm sure she's aware of literally everything that happens inside the Titan now that she is awake.She's like the one ally we have who has yet to make a proper appearance in the final battle
>>41652083https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6ucZsJQxbQWhat would sempai think?
-And he's still standing. He's holding up the giant steel-and-jade fist with his hands. He's bleeding, broken, wounded, barely still together. But the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water is still there.He grits his teeth audibly. An ice-cold silence falls in the bowels of the Titan after the impact's echo dies down."YOU FOOLS! I AM INVINCIBLE! I HAVE ALREADY WON!" He screams. "FLAME! FLAME THAT MARCHED AGAINST THE SEA! LISTEN TO MY ORDER! OBEY ME! FLY!"The Titan's structure shakes even harder. You see Flame manifest before you, forcibly pulled out of the reactor, the blade embedded in her chest.The look of unfathomable, resigned sadness on her face is heartbreaking."MISS MAKA!" Again Aexel's voice from above? "I WASN'T KIDDING! GET OUT OF THE WAY! NOW!"..:Wait, what?You look at the massive steel fist, still connected by a wire to the Warstrider that fired it. The Bodhisattva hefts it triumphantly and casts it off to the side, where it slams with a thick metallic noise.The metal plates slide one on another, revealing a glimpse of internal machinery, some modern, some looking very old... some reminding you of that burned-out robotic dragon bits Irene found here, in the bowels of this very Titan...>Get away. Now. (p+n)>Attack the Bodhisattva. (p+d)>Attack Moray Darktide. (p+d)>Try and grapple the Bodhisattva and stop him. (p+d)>Attack Flame. (p+d)>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)>(Other?)
>>41652163She's still playing off the limit break and sulking in the corner, probably. Even though she isn't a solar.
>>41652172>What would sempai think?Well. If we did it and controlled it? He'd think "FUCK YEAH MAKA, YOU'RE AWESOME. TEACH THAT BLADE HOW TO BE ALL GOOD AND SOLAR-Y!" >>41652191>>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41652191>>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)USE ALL THE CHARMS
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41652191>Get away. Now. (p+n)Run. Full run.There are times when a hero has to stand against impossible odds, and there are times when a hero has to run like fucking hell, not out of fear, but out of a simple acknowledgement that shit is about to fucking explode.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41652191>Get away. Now. (p+n)Better do as he says.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41652191>>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)Ten Ox Meditation
>>41652191Flame you are.worse then uselessYou could.have.helped.at ANY TIME....grab the blade from her chest
>>41652191>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)JUST DO IT.>>41652235>>41652225>>41652219Look at the dice. Look at your failure.
>>41652217>>41652203>>41652235>>41652233The Bodhisattva will just recall his blade, if you do that shit.
>>41652191>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)ten ox meditation and adamantine body.
>>41652191>>Get away. Now. (p+n)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41652251Call the Blade doesn't work if it's being held by someone else. Unless he has some sort of super call the blade.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41652191>>Get away. Now. (p+n)
These people have a deathwish apparently. Look at that!
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41652191
>>41652251Flame doesn't have blood. If we remove the blade from her, it will cease his control over her.
>>41652191>Get away. Now. (p+n)He won't ask again damn it
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41652251The blade won't be in Flame's chest though, that might free her from his direct control.Also voting to use AST in case what team sentai has in mind blows everything up.
>>41652251Yeah but we may have a chance to break/disenchant it will he is distractedGrab the blade
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41652278Dice favor "Awesome", much like Sempai.>>41652191>>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41652191>>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)We don't need to worry about damage, we got full burn.Prep a AST.
Guys, even if you do get the blade out of Flame's chest, she's the Prince's now. It's time to book it.
>>41652203>>41652217>>41652233>>41652235>>41652246>>41652257>>41652313What the fuck is pulling the blade out going to accomplish? Remember, it mind controls on a wound, it doesn't have to STAY embedded. Meanwhile we have an ally telling us to run away and a piece of a Thousand-Forged Dragon remote-controlled by them that's activating. Are you guys DENSE?
>>41652329Wow, gee. Deprive a Deathlord of his super-weapon. That's a BAD idea.
>>41652329It mind controls after it tastes blood.Flame doesn't have blood so presumably the blade controls her while it's inside her.
>>41652327It only controls if it's bloodiedRemoving it will free flame
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41652329If that were true for Flame the he would have it in his hand not stuck in her chest.
Some people fail to recognize when shit's fucked.>>41652343You operate based on assumptions. Good job.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41652191>Get away. Now. (p+n)RUN. The thousand-forged dragons has some hasty stuff. Its most likely going to use its Grasp of Hesiesh power
>>41652339>Deprive a Deathlord of his super-weapon.That has been shown in this very thread not to work.>>41651052>His other hand, now empty, twitches, and Howler in Darkness reappears in his palm
>>41652191>pssst tyrant. I know you are probably a little distracted by the whole broken spine/dying thing, but if you do happen to remember the Titan's override code, it might be worth mentioning it now with your last gasp. If you cant speak, perhaps write it on the deck with whatever that bodily fluid you seem to be leaking profusely is.
>>41652191Oh right, she's here now.Useless bint that she is.
>>41652394>That has been shown in this very thread not to work.Because we weren't holding it.
>>41652191>Get away. Now. (p+n)
>>41652191>>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)Ready AST and pop FoI for that last bit of dice.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41652191>>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)
>>41652426>and pop FoI for that last bit of dice.FoI doesn't add dice.
>>41652191>Get away. Now. (p+n)FFS, get out now!
>>41652440It adds one.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41652191>>Get away. Now. (p+n)The last time we ignored a warning to get out of the way, Tia dropped a boat on us
>>41652469When all the samefags voting to take out the sword from Flame will.
>>41652458The dice adder conflicts with our smash fists so FoI's biggest benefit is the Burn for damage.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41652191>>>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)
>>41652191If were staying then get AST ready.
>>41652191>Grab Moray and Flame and jump to safety
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41652191>Try and pull the blade out of Flame's chest. (p+d)>Then get away.
You decide to ignore Aexel's suggestion and instead rush past the Deathlord and reach for the sword sticking out of Flame's chest.[p+d= 9 1 4 9 10 5 7 3 3 6 1 = 5 successes][ADAMANT SKIN TECHNIQUE]"Oh, right, Flame. Kill her, too." He kindly suggests.And all of sudden, as you reach to grasp the blade sticking out of her chest, Flame slams her incandescent spear into your head. The blow impacts against your diamond-hard skin, but it's strong enough to knock your attempt to wrestle Howler in Darkness out of her backwards.Right into the Deathlord, in fact, who grabs you by one arm and slams you sideways into a wall.While you're still reeling from the shock, he summons the cursed sword back in his hands with a flick of his wrist and hacks at your legs. Without much success, but he keeps doing that over and over while keeping you pinned with his other arm, with incredible strength."I told you, didn't I?" He grins. Or at least you imagine he is: his broken helmet shows just black nothing inside his head. "Even if you come back, I'm going to kill you again and again and again and again AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN..."In the background, you hear the mechanical noise coming from the fist intensifying, but you can't see what's going on."Master, we should get away!" Moray tries to warn his liege, but he doesn't seem interested.>Struggle to get free. (p+d)>Kick him in the chest. (p+d)>Try and kick his sword away. (p+d)>(other?)
Where is Tyrant?
Rolled 6 (1d10)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41652687>Grapple him to hold him in place for the beam
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41652687>Struggle to get free. (p+d)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41652687>Struggle to get free. (p+d)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41652687>>Kick him in the chest. (p+d)Now we have enough for HTH
>>41652687>Struggle to get free. (p+d)
Now we're back to square one, only without the safety net of Last Ray of Light anymore, and that thing is probably a bomb or something that Aexel was warning us to get away from. Good job idiots.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41652687>Struggle to get free. (p+d)>Laugh at his attempts to kill youKeep him distracted and AST up.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41652687>>Struggle to get free. (p+d)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41652687>Struggle to get free. (p+d) Pop AST to avoid his sword again.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41652687>Kick him in the chest. (p+d)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41652687>Struggle to get free. (p+d)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41652687>Struggle to get free. (p+d)>>41652762I concur.Some people just go full retard.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41652687>Struggle to get free. (p+d)This is going to be fun
>>41652687>Struggle to get free. (p+d)Worth a try
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>>41652912>Poor rolls make a decision unjustified.Yeah, whatever you say.
Can we expend XP for Maka to get to where she should be? Like when we discovered the tyrant was going to the titan?
>>41652934I think hes trying to say that this was a dumb decision that couldnt end well in the first place. Which I am inclined to agree with. Why anons thought this was the best course of action is beyond me.
>>41653026He and you are allowed to believe what you want to believe, but poor dice performance causing a failure doesn't particularly prove you correct.
>>41653026Because they thought it was cool
>>41653026>Why anons thought this was the best course of action is beyond me.Because The Bodhisattva has been through a deathlord, multiple solars and exalted, a gigantic conventional battle and has been spending essence here, there and everywhere since he was doing so. I think there's a point where one would go "Maybe he's starting to run out of essence now". Which honestly I'd have pegged at "He fought another deathlord on equal ground", unless the Tyrant is for some reason much weaker than the Bodhisattva or managed to botch behind the scenes for some absurd reason.
[p+d=6 3 9 8 5 6 7 10 6 3 4 = 5 successes][ADAMANT SKIN TECHNIQUE]You desperately struggle against the Bodhisattva's grip, but he is simply too strong for you. His iron-gauntleted hand keeps you firmly in place, and gives you no escape. You keep burning your newly-refreshed Essence to keep him from just crushing you, but you're going to run out soon...You hear concerned voices from upstairs, ever so distant in your ears:"WHY DIDN'T SHE GET OUT OF THERE?!""I don't know!""Enough! Irene! Activate it!""I can't! She'll die too!""No she won't!""YES SHE WILL! I'm... I can't do that!"You weakly turn your head to the side."...Flame..." You meet her disapproving gaze."I'm sorry." She replies, slamming her spear in your chest. It doesn't run you through, sliding on your bare skin. "But he'll let me fly."Her words make you notice that the tremors are... getting lighter? Does this mean... is the Titan rising now? What's happening to the surface?Is everyone in Tianna and Pearl dead now?>Try and struggle free of the Bodhisattva's grip. (p+d)>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.>Try and persuade Flame that there has to be another way to fly. (s+z)>(Other)Gonna make a new thread.
>>41653075True. Just throwing my two cents in.
>>41653099>>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.One more AST.
>>41653026Exactly. Why you'd want to put yourself in danger, after just getting rezzed is just stupid, to be honest.It reminds me of another gif...
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41653099>Try and struggle free of the Bodhisattva's grip. (p+d)Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck
>>41653126One that doesn't in include killing thousands.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41653099>Try and struggle free of the Bodhisattva's grip. (p+d)>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.Activate AST
>>41653099>>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.
>>41653099>>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.AST to tank the damage.
>>41653099There's another way flame you moron
>"But he'll let me fly."What the flying fuck is this bullshit. What the fuck is this? Is this her being mind controlled? Did she let him stab her? Why did she not appear before? They were fighting in her heart and she did nothing? WHY?
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41653099>Try and persuade Flame that there has to be another way to fly. (s+z)
>>41653124>>41653075With the limited dice pool we had and the average rolls not going so much over 5, I'd reconsider before doing something that could lead to danger as great as this.Just my two cents.
>>41653099>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.Where is Tyrant?
>>41653164We don't have the essence for another use.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41653099>>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.We promise.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41653099>>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.>>Try and persuade Flame that there has to be another way to fly. (s+z)
>>41653211Dying most likely. Where are our other allies is a better question
>>41653226Then we're screwed.I'd like to thank all the kind anons who put us in this place and maybe ask them to learn from this grave mistake.
>>41653226This will be our last use, the Bodhisattva is too strong.We need that mystery weapon to get us free.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41653099>>Try and persuade Flame that there has to be another way to fly. (s+z)Didn't you want to be better?
>>41653256It's not our fault all of our allies caught the stupid and flame apparently is betraying us
>>41653256See: >>41653095Honestly I'm disbelieving of the Bodhisattva to actually be this strong. Yeah, sure, deathlords are strong. The same goes for Tyrant who was put out of the fight with barely a fucking whimper.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41653099>>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.>>Try and persuade Flame that there has to be another way to fly. (s+z)Please Flame.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41653099>Gonna make a new thread.You sure?Were a good way away from page ten
>>41653298He does seen kind of OP at this point... Maybe it'll work out for us though, he will NE shielding
>>41653298Well, just don't underestimate the enemy next time. Jumping away from explosions can be cool too you know?
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41653099>Try and persuade Flame that there has to be another way to fly. (s+z)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41653099
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41653099I kinda want to pop IPP in case it's shaping too.
>>41653357>He does seen kind of OP at this point...Yeah, gee. "Kinda."His forces simply decimated our combined army of the Tyrant's and Tianna's with barely an issue, personally he's managed to defeat... what, 5 solars, 2 Lunars, a deathlord and tank a Warstrider hit without missing a step? Not to mention somehow convincing Flame not to attack him or have her out of the fight somehow while the former was actually happening. And yet somehow he's still in a workable condition. Despite facing multiple people who should be able to dent him and one who should by all rights be his equal. "Kinda" OP barely covers it. He should've been almost dead after Tyrant and with barely any essence left.
>>41653099>Try and persuade Flame that there has to be another way to fly. (s+z)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41653099>>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.>>Try and persuade Flame that there has to be another way to fly. (s+z)Fuck Flame, don't do this.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41653099More dice.
>>41653099>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.
>>41653099>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you....where is Tia and the others?
>>41653521>...where is Tia and the others?Mysteriously out of the picture. Like Flame was. Like Tyrant is.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41653099>Scream at the Dragonkaiser crew to activate it, whatever it is, and not worry about you.>Try and persuade Flame that there has to be another way to fly. (s+z)DO EEET
[ADAMANT SKIN TECHNIQUE]"DO WHATEVER YOU'VE GOT! DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME!" You scream up into the darkness."But-"You're about to scream another, similar encouragement to them, but the Bodfhisattva slams your head against the wall to shut you up."Master, we should really leave!""SHUT UP!" He bellows back at Moray, apparently enjoying the moment too much.That's when you suddenly hear... like the noise of a thunderstrike behind him.The reactor's glow suddenly seems weaker. The temperature drops.And your Anima's glow diminishes all of sudden as you feel your (little) Essence being drained away. You feel weak, and cold.It doesn't affect only you, apparently. You see wisps and tendrils of dark Essence flow away from Flame and the Bodhisattva, too.Your Defenses fail. His grip crushes you. His sword cuts you. But, a moment later..."What the-" He can only mumble.The red hearthstone embedded in his chest pops out. Howler in Darkness falls down to his feet, suddenly heavy.In the chaos, Flame blinks, as if suddenly conscious of something, then slams her fist into the Bodhisattva's head.Then, from behind both of them, a sudden explosion of flames burns away everything into light.(cont.)
>>41653550Some kind of essence emp?I can dig it.
>>41653550Oh good, we can fix everyoneOr we already did
>>41653582>>41653584Something I wish we knew about BEFORE the battle. Maybe then we could have just ambushed and ganked him if we did.
>>41653590We are dead.
God Fucking dammit everything we did.after being revived was uselessWe couldn't even persuade flame
>>41653620>God Fucking dammit everything we did.after being revived was uselessBasically everything we did in this part of the thread was useless. It was just us being beaten around by stronger people.
>>41653602We have three health left
>>41653620>God Fucking dammit everything we did.after being revived was uselessYes. Because we stupidly charged back into the fight, instead of backing the fuck up when we got told to.
>>41653640Lolno. Bod is just going to slap us dead when he gets up in the next post. Do you take him for some sort of chump?
>>41653620Flame was being mind controlled. You can't persuade someone being mind controlled.
>>41653640Hope that dark water has thick skin to absorb what's coming
>>41653550No description of how our anima banner is currently at full iconic display?
>>41653620You tried to pull off a sword that mind-controls on a wound, not on being embedded, so pulling it off wouldn't have accomplished anything. The sword belonged to a Deathlord who had already demonstrated that he could recall it, so you couldn't disarm it either.And doing so put you between two powerful enemies.All this while an ally is telling you to "get away, seriously".I don't know exactly what you were trying to accomplish, to be honest.
>>41653674All of Maka's essence has been drained by the dragon robot thing.
>>41653664We've lost all of our charms but so has he. He doesn't have his sword anymore and presumably none of his crazy strength and skill enhancing charms either.It's still not looking good though.
>>41653664That dude got exploded.
>>41653702>We've lost all of our charms but so has he. He doesn't have his sword anymore and presumably none of his crazy strength and skill enhancing charms either.Right. Because all the other times he should have used up all of his essence that TOTALLY happened.
>>41653636>It was just us being beaten around by stronger people.No fucking shit. What did you expect to happen when we fought - primarily - a Sidereal Martial Artist and a Deathlord? For us to kick their asses? Those are literally two of the most powerful foes in the setting. You don't get higher-tier than that without fighting the Neverborn themselves.
>>41653733The Sid martial artist didn't directly fight us.The Deathlord had FOUGHT ANOTHER DEATHLORD AND CAME OUT PRIMARILY UNSCATHED. Yes, I did not expect that would happen. Why? Because of the reason you JUST mentioned.
>>41653727The difference is that he was using his own Burn pool but he had all of his big dice adding scenelongs committed.But now he's got nothing Committed, no sword, no strength, no skill, no nothing.Flame smashing his face also means that anybody under his control is now freed.
>>41653664I take him for a deathlord who had stretched himself far too thin by fighting half a dozen exalts, a deathlord, and a sidereal.
>>41653786Right now im hoping he has thick skin to shield us. Otherwise we dead
You wake up, your skin almost burned off, from sheer pain. You feel hot and cold at the same time, and every inch of your skin feels like it's been thoroughly sandpapered.You see a lot of tearful faces around you. Tia gently picks you up. Everything hurts, but you try to not show it. Amata supports you. Everyone is wounded and banged-up. You're not even the one in worse condition here.There's the Warstrider's crew with Samiel, Irene, Rajan, Aexel and Zareen. There's Five Tails and Talon and Radiant Starfall. And even Mikahil and Valeriana.There's Flame, a bit further away, not looking directly at you, like she's ashamed of what happened. There's Moray Darktide, as burned-out as you are, lying in a corner, looking still alive, but barely....And, on the ground, in a crater filled with quicksilver-like blood, there's Tyrant's body.>...Is this a dream?>...Wait. Where is the Bodhisattva? Is he still alive?>...Tyrant?>...Is it over?>(other?)
>>41653867>>...Tyrant?We kept our promise, she better not be dead either.
>>41653867>...Is this a dream?>...Tyrant?
>>41653867>>...Wait. Where is the Bodhisattva? Is he still alive?>>...Tyrant?
>>41653763The Prince walked in with an army. He came here from an established power base and a nation's worth of resources. When we fought him, he was 100% fresh.Tyrant walked in THROUGH an army, with no support. She did so coming from a single ship that's been on the run and unsupplied for who knows how long and JUST BARELY survived a major assault maybe four hours ago.No shit she got fucked up. If she had a third of her essense left when she punched the prince upstairs, she'd be lucky.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41653867>...Tyrant?
>>41653867>...Is it over?
>>41653867Tyrant of you are dead I am going to go to the mercenaries and kick their added so I can kick yours
>>41653867>>...Tyrant?You aren't allowed to die
>>41653985Sadly, people die. You'll have to deal with it, I'm afraid.
>>41653867>goddammit We can fix this please let there be a way to fix this
>>41654025No Final Light for Tyrant, I'm afraid.
>>41654005>Sadly, people die.Not in this case. In this case, she's going to respawn in a year and a day among the Neverborn, get tortured and re-mind-broken, re-enslaved, and then sent back after us to prove her freshly-established loyalty.If the Tyrant has been 'killed,' she's in store for a fate much worse than death. A fate that's going to come back to try to kill us again too.
Is Talon still handy? He knows some healing shit, I think. Get that nigga in here.
>>41654053That's what I meant with die.But if you feel the need to say it again, I don't mind. Repetita iuvant.
>>41654053Not if we kill the never born first
>>41654053Unless...We fire the Eye of Judgement into Oblivion in her place.
>>41654053Which is why we need to train in order to go on a rescue mission in exactly 366 days.
>>41654099>Not if we kill the never born firstWe had trouble with a single deathlord. A single one. We had over a dozen exalts on our side AND a deathlord.And where are we? WHERE ARE WE?
>>41654103>>41654099Hell yeah, let's do it!
>>41654117No, we need to arrive in exactly 366 days. We need to set out long before then.
>>41653867>...Tyrant?>...Wait. Where is the Bodhisattva? Is he still alive? If he is can we make him soul-steel?
>>41654117Year is longer than that.
>>41654124We're in a Titan.A Titan that has a weapon capable of killing things that cannot be killed.
>>41654154>If he is can we make him soul-steel?No. Bad anon. We will NEVER lower ourselves to his level.
>>41654176>We're in a Titan.Which is so heavily damaged it's basically out of the question.>A Titan that has a weapon capable of killing things that cannot be killed.Oh right. Because we can totally bring that out of Tianna. OH WAIT.
>>41654168>Year is longer than that.For reference.
"...Tyrant?" You gurgle, your voice coming out hoarse and damaged.The smiling faces around you immediately get more somber. Darker. Your heart sinks.Tia gently carries you to her side. Her body lies broken. A stab wound has pierced the heart. Her innards look more like those of a machine than of a human, but you guess that wound was fatal."She was..." Amata hiccups. "She was alive for just long enough to give Flame the firing codes.""Firing... codes?" You look up to the reactor. It's dead, spent. All its Essence discharged. You turn your head, painfully. "You... fired the Light of Judgement?"Valeriana steps closer. "...I and the Dragonkaiser boys found other bits of those dragon machines down here. The had already added parts of it to the Warstrider's fist, but we found... something special. An Inversion Field." She explains.You weakly nod, still disbelieving. "...That... that thing that sucked my Essence.""You all fainted down here. You, Moray, even the Bodhisattva." She nods. We... We dragged the Bodhisattva into the firing chamber and incinerated him with the Light of Judgement after I and Irene repaired it."Tia gently drops you down, and you fall to your knees next to Tyrant's ghostly corpse. It's already slowly disappearing before your eyes, decomposing into Essence, bit by bit.>...Why did you do this? It's all your fault. >...What should I do now? I wanted to save you...>...I guess it's for the best. In the end, you're the one who saved us.>...Wait. I... I can still... do something.>(Other?)
>>41654182I just want to keep him dead and will back other ways to do this.
>>41654205426 days, then.
>>41654238>>...Wait. I... I can still... do something.Touch of Gentle Repose plus a serious prayer and plea to the unconquered sun to forgive her and save her.
>>41654238>...Wait. I... I can still... do something.
>>41654238>>...Wait. I... I can still... do something.
>>41654238Can we Repose her?Send her to Heaven instead of Oblivion?
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41654238>...Wait. I... I can still... do something.Touch of Gentle Repose. She earned her redemption. Let her have her next life.Don't let the Neverborn ever touch her soul again.If we have to lose her, those monsters do too.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41654238>...Wait. I... I can still... do something.
>>41654238>>...Wait. I... I can still... do something.Touch of Gentle ReposePrayBanish the Darkness.
>>41654238>...Wait. I... I can still... do something.Touch of Gentle ReposeAsk Senpai to forgive her.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41654238>...What should I do now? I wanted to save you...>...Wait. I... I can still... do something.
>>41654278>Send her to HeavenThat's not how it works in Exalted. Souls are supposed to follow the cycle of reincarnation. Souls which refuse to pass on into their next lives become ghosts.But... yes, Repose should theoretically send her soul on, cleanly, let her finally be born again, pure, and clean.The way she's supposed to be.
>>41654193It might be Tiana doesn't exist anymoreFlame you stupid bint
>>41654238Well, at least they used the Eye of Judgement to kill the Bodhisattva. I don't think he can come back from that.
>>41654329We should also pray to the Unconquered Sun to forgive her and cleanse her soul, she's been hopped up on necrotic neverborn juice and that poison needs to be drained in totality.
>>41654342>Flame you stupid bintHey. She was literally mind controlled. You can't blame that on her any more than you can blame Mikahil attacking us on him.That was the Bodhisattva. The bastard.
>>41654363Let's assume that he will and work to dismantle the lie that is Skullstone so he has no power base when he returns.
>>41654369If she enters Lethe, the cycle of reincarnation which cleans every soul for its next life, it will be. No matter how long it takes.
>>41654342Flame was mind dicked.Once she wasn't she punched Bod in the face
>>41654238>...Wait. I... I can still... do something.Pray to The Unconquered Sun. Pray for Redemption.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41654238>"I'm sorry"I highly doubt that touch of gentle repose is going to do anything. Deathlords can ignore ghost killing charms due to their connection to the neverborn.
>>41654372Im not mad about that I'm mad how she sat out the.entire Fucking battle until dark water summoned her
>>41654372She didn't make a single effort to stop him from stabbing her in the heart, despite being able to manifest fully and being totally aware of what was happening.She WANTED to be controlled because 'muh flying'.She's a stupid bint and she deserves to sit in that corner of shame for a good long while so she has time to think about what she did.
>>41654363>I don't think he can come back from that.He'll reform in a year and a day at the tombs of the Neverborn.If Gentle Repose works on the Tyrant, we should find some ashes to do it to him too.Make sure that bastard never comes back by sending him on, clean and pure, to his next life.No stooping to his level involved.
>>41654411Anon, I kinda needed the laugh, thanks.
>>41654395Ordinarily i'd agree completely but this is a Deathlord who's been marinating in the Neverborn bullshit for who knows how long.A big prayer can only help in this case.
>>41654428Could've done a better job, but I had to do it in a few seconds.
>>41654426Light of Judgement is the most powerful weapon in creation. If he was destroyed by it, I think he was probably destroyed in totality.
You lean closer to Tyrant's body. She almost seems to be... smiling.[TOUCH OF GENTLE REPOSE]Gently brushing her body, you send the faintest spark of Essence still lingering in your body into her, and the fire consumes her. There is no smoke, no ash. She returns to nothing, even the blood disappearing.You look up. There's no sky above you, but you have no other real direction to look at at this point."...I like to think that, in the end, she really felt sorry for everything she did." You simply say. "And even if she didn't, she deserves a second chance. Because she tried."You hope those words will get to the right ears.[SESSION END]
>>41654435>A big prayer can only help in this case.It certainly can't hurt. Even if it doesn't do shit, it'll still thank the UCS for having survived this.
>>41654238If we had time we could sacrifice those incisions we found to UCS
>>41654447Still gotta hope otherwise. Maybe there's a bit of his blood still around here somewhere.Let's release that motherfucker into his next life.
>>41654453>[SESSION END]Bye bye Tyrant.Maybe you can be our child in a year.
>>41654511THAT WOULD BE SO ADORABLE
Managed to fit everything here, so no second thread.BASE: +2 XP
>>41654521>only base XPYep, fucked up.How HARD, though?
>>41654520Speaking of the kid, you guys better hope Final Ray of Light revived it too.Silver Prince did a real number on our guts.
So, to sum up the thread:>Maka gets beaten up>Everyone maka likes gets beaten up>We fail at doing just about everything right>Bodhisattva clearly OP as fuck>Bodhisattva is then OHKO'd by a bunch of DBs in one of EF's "Lol everything's actually fine" shit>Depite the whole mecha thing basically coming out of nowhere>Despite being a deathlord tyrant was slapped around like a second rate bitch much like Maka>And dies a pathetic deathHow disappointing.
>>41654511>Maybe you can be our child in a year.Yeah, in Exalted, infants don't have souls until their first breath.So the Tyrant could actually totally be one of our babies.
>>41654521Thank you for the thread EF
>>41654521Why was flame so useless? I am legitimately mad about this. We had a dragon deity on our side and we're fighting a battle in her heart where she obviously can manifest.Why didn't she show up?
>>41654582>>41654511We got stabbed in the stomach by Bodhisattva.I dunno if Final Ray of Light applies to unborn children.I hope so
>>41654606Why was Tyrant so useless? Better to ask that.
>>41654521This Is What Happens When You Don't Listen To People Who Tell You To Get Out Of The Way Seriously: -1You Really Thought You Could 1v3 Bodhisattva + Flame + Moray: -1Why Did You Try To Pull That Sword Out You Know He Can Recall It Anyway: -1Even If You Pulled It Out You Already Knew It Mind Controls On A Successful Wound And Doesn't Need To Stay In The Dude's Chest: -1This Is Your Third Friendly Fire Incident From Not Getting Out Of The Way When Allies Tell You To Get Out Of The Way And That Should Say Something: -1
>>41654622>I dunno if Final Ray of Light applies to unborn children.Children aren't alive before getting souls, so it would be considered a extension of Maka, and get restored like everything else with Final Ray.
>>41654606I think she was still in her big pity party crying about how all the Solars were assholes and whatnot.As a result when she had a chance to help and really sock it to the Prince she just sat there.
>>41654622100% of exalted everything benefits unborn children. The fetuses can't die unless the mother dies, and would benefit from super protections like Final Ray.They're part of Maka's body - no more, no less - until they take their first breath and get their souls.
>>41654646This shit is why Mental is our lowest stat.
>>41654646>Why Did You Try To Pull That Sword Out You Know He Can Recall It Anyway: -1>Even If You Pulled It Out You Already Knew It Mind Controls On A Successful Wound And Doesn't Need To Stay In The Dude's Chest: -1Okay I legit had a decent reason for that oneThe description was that Howler needed to taste blood, and Flame doesn't have blood, so I figured it miiiiiiight be a loophole.When it appeared as an option, I thought you were confirming that, but I guess not.But yeah not getting out of the way was dumb.
>>41654646EF, it's like you're typing my thoughts directly out onto 4chan.I love you, man.
>>41654646Now we get XP penalties. EVERYONE SURE KNOWS WE NEED THOSE.
>>41654646Maybe one day Maka will learn.
>>41654606The Bodhisattva obviously knew about her, since part of his plan was in getting down to the reactor and stab it with Howler in Darkness. Have you considered that he might have had some countermeasures in place to keep her from manifesting?
>>41654646Technically half of those are the same there points
>>41654710>Maybe one day Anon will learn.Fixed that for you.
>>41654646Maka is not a smart woman
>>41654683Then tell me this: if Maka's arm had been cut off and staunched upstairs, would we have regrown the limb on being stabbed?
>>41654727No chance of that though
>>41654709It's not real XP penalties, I was just being a smartass. You get the +2 XP and that's it, no penalties. Penalties are only for crapping the thread, spamming and so.
>>41654736>if Maka's arm had been cut off and staunched upstairs, would we have regrown the limb on being stabbed?Probably, yeah. Final Ray restores us 100% healed and intact.
>>41654747I'm so glad we managed to save Tyrant at the end.
>>41654747No bonus for sending the Tyrant to finally be at peace?I find that genuinely disappointing. I thought that was a beautiful moment.
>>41654646>This Is What Happens When You Don't Listen To People Who Tell You To Get Out Of The Way Seriously: -1Yes, because we obviously weren't informed about what it could do. Which is surprising considering how fucking ridiculous it was. It practically could have meant not every single people we cared about had half of their limbs broken in fact, if it wasn't used at the last second for no real good reason.>You Really Thought You Could 1v3 Bodhisattva + Flame + Moray: -1Bodh should have been dead at that time, even if he's a Deathlord. Or at very least out of essence, considering how he'd been throwing it out willy nilly.>Why Did You Try To Pull That Sword Out You Know He Can Recall It Anyway: -1Yes, because he's obviously got an infinite essence supply he can throw around recalling swords all day. Obviously he hadn't lost any of that.>This Is Your Third Friendly Fire Incident From Not Getting Out Of The Way When Allies Tell You To Get Out Of The Way And That Should Say Something: -1Maybe... Just maybe, we should actually know about what's coming first? Like knowing what the mecha is equipped with? Not that we should have needed it.
>>41654765>>41654778She just died and is gone. I guess its marginally better than being a Deathlord, but not by much.
>>41654424>>41654606>>41654654>>41654670pls don't bully the dragon god
>>41654789Not like we really could have done anything with our most powerful allies staying out of the fight or being useless.
Now you're just bring PettyYou said howler needed to taste blood, flame has no blood. When you presented the option to remove the sword it isn't that hard of a leap to assume doing do would end the.mind control.If it was a stupid idea it should have never crossed the non write in section
>>41654788NPCs and enemies also recover burn essence.
>>41654820Ghosts don't though.
>>41654820And surprise surprise, Bod has been fighting non-stop since he came into the goddamn Titan.
>>41654788>Bodh should have been dead at that timeDeathlords can't be killed except through very specific special means mostly unique to each of them.
>>41654789>I guess its marginally better than being a Deathlord, but not by much.It's far better. Reincarnation is the good and natural order of the universe - clean peace and a fresh start. It's where every human soul is supposed to go eventually, even those of the Exalted.It's the purest, cleanest, most Right redemption possible, even if it is bittersweet for those left behind.
>>41654850Oh, so I guess that's why Tyrant keeled over and died like a bitch within five minutes.
>>41654788Dragonkaiser didn't have that inversion field until they got in the Titan
>>41654819>>41654706I kind of agree with this. It was an obvious trap option that played on people thinking they'd found a secret loophole, and when they saw it as an option, they (or at least, I) thought we were being rewarded for finding it.It's not a huge deal, I'm still satisfied with the thread. Jus' sayin', you know.
>>41654870Holy shit, cut it out with being a salty cunt already.We get it. You're mad about how the fight went.Now go have a snack and a nap, because you're just being obnoxious now.
>>41654788You didn't know that the Dragonkaiser had that. Valeriana just said she added that in while wandering the Titan with them. There was no way she could've told you. Except maybe by screaming and thereby warning the Bodhisattva too.Were you expecting to act always with perfect information? Maybe you'd like to read the enemy's character sheets too?
>>41654856>It's the purest, cleanest, most Right redemption possibleWell the other option would be still being around. So while its certainly a nice thing, its definitly not the optimal outcome for the Tyrant, given that she is still gone now.
>>41654788>>Why Did You Try To Pull That Sword Out You Know He Can Recall It Anyway: -1>Yes, because he's obviously got an infinite essence supply he can throw around recalling swords all day. Obviously he hadn't lost any of that.We can change outfits at will, he probably has a custom charm allowing him to recall his special phalic rape penis representation at will.>>41654788>Bodh should have been dead at that time, even if he's a Deathlord. Or at very least out of essence, considering how he'd been throwing it out willy nilly.He had a heartstone that was pumping him with all the essence of a Demanse
>>41654870Tyrant was low on essence when she really went at the bodhisattva and he hadn't expended any of his. By the end of hte fight Tyrant was down for the count and the Bodhisattva had gone whatever iconic shit he has as a Deathlord.
>>41654870>Oh, so I guess that's why Tyrant keeled over and died like a bitch within five minutes.Honestly, that was kinda dumb IMO because of exactly that. Deathlords are not chumps.But I guess maybe the Neverborn played a role in that. Their immortality comes from them afterall.
>>41654788>Yes, because he's obviously got an infinite essence supply he can throw around recalling swords all day. Obviously he hadn't lost any of that.If the sword is attuned then the recall is free, just like our clothing charm.>Maybe... Just maybe, we should actually know about what's coming first?Maybe we could trust our allies to know what they're doing once in a while? This was the EXACT LESSON we SHOULD HAVE LEARNED way back in the Wyld where we didn't trust Tia to handle it, jumped in to try and help, and got Butterflied in the back for being a dumbfuck.Protip: if your battle buddy screams to get down, you don't ask why. You fucking GET DOWN. In the time it takes to ask, the fucking grenade will go off.
>>41654897So they.had time.to upgrade the kaiser during all this? Like twenty minutes?
>>41654453>[SESSION END]That was sweet in the end, I really do hope she'll be reborn as our child.Thank you for the thread.
Yeah, guys, when the QM tells you to leave and let a cutscene play, you leave and let a cutscene play, otherwise bad things happen, m'kay? Just like every other time in the Titan that leaving the Deathlord alone to further his plan and have someone else do something about him was the right option.
>>41654897>You didn't know that the Dragonkaiser had that. Valeriana just said she added that in while wandering the Titan with them.We didn't even know the Dragonkaiser could GET something like that. Nor that the Titan held anything like that. Or that something like that even exists. So from our IC point of view this was entirely in-character, we haven't even ENCOUNTERED anything like this before, why shouldn't we expect we could just soak it up? >Were you expecting to act always with perfect information?Partial information would be nice. Like expecting Flame not to help us for example. Maybe some IC hints that "THIS WILL NEVER WORK AND YOU'RE DUMB TO TRY" as well might be nice, since some options are quite obviously traps.
>>41654898It's not the optimal outcome for us, certainly. We'll miss her company, and her power.But it's definitely the optimal outcome for her. It's a rest, a renewal, something fundamentally natural and necessary for a human soul in this setting.Going so long without being allowed to pass on... it's like spending a millennium needing to sleep, but being unable to.This is her Good End. She was going to need to let go and pass on eventually anyway.If this was the real world, I'd agree with you - it would have been a pointless waste, a total loss.But with the way Exalted's setting metaphysics work, this - getting sent on to the next life by a Zenith - is the best ending imaginable for an undead creature, so mutilated she no longer truly even felt the pain, even if it fucking sucks for the people who have to keep on living without her now.
>>41654870Oddly enough, getting stabbed by a Deathlord probably qualifies as a special and unusual method of death? Fuck, who'd have guessed that a LORD of DEATH is good at making things DEAD?
>>41654994OH RIGHT. So I wonder why THAT WOULDN'T APPLY THE OTHER WAY AROUND EITHER.HMM, I DO WONDER.
>>41654898Nah, that was probably second best end Tyrant could have achieved, man.
>>41654942>So they.had time.to upgrade the kaiser during all this? Like twenty minutes?Valeriana and Irene work fast, you know that.>>41654928>But I guess maybe the Neverborn played a role in that. Their immortality comes from them afterall.>>41654908>He had a heartstone that was pumping him with all the essence of a Demanse>>41654886...Going by that logic, if Flame's blood didn't count as blood, not even stabbing her with the sword would have put her under the Bodhisattva's control, right?>>41654982>Partial information would be nice. Like expecting Flame not to help us for example. Maybe some IC hints that "THIS WILL NEVER WORK AND YOU'RE DUMB TO TRY" as well might be nice, since some options are quite obviously traps.Uh, you literally did have a friendly NPC telling you to get out of there. Twice. I guess that doesn't count?Anyway, it's gotten really late for me. See you next thread. For any questions, you know how to reach me.
>>41655009>So I wonder why THAT WOULDN'T APPLY THE OTHER WAY AROUND EITHER.Because she was literally out of essence at that point and badly injured, while he was still full up, you dumb nerd.Stop fucking whining, you bitch.
>>41654942A twilight caste in a first age ruin with a mostly-opperational warstrider and charms obsoleting masterwork tools?Fuck yes she had time. She probably could have thrown on spinners too.
>>41654986>It's a rest, a renewalIts really just scrubbing the harddrive clean of the person Tyrant so a new person can be saved on it.Ot has little to nothing to do with her, except she gets to be dead, but she could have always died if she wanted too.She could have just jumped into the Maw of Oblivion.
>>41655027>...Going by that logic, if Flame's blood didn't count as blood, not even stabbing her with the sword would have put her under the Bodhisattva's control, right?Well... Like I said, spur of the moment, people thinking that they'd found a hidden option and were being rewarded since it appeared just after some talk about exactly that, you know.
>>41655027But flame doesn't have blood. She is made of lava.
>>41655041...no. Her core personality, her true, fundamental core self remains. She just gets cleaned of the baggage and pain of that too-long life she led.This is the correct, natural, and positive thing to happen in-setting.
>>41655072Sometimes a stupid choice is just a stupid choice, you know.
>>41655041That's not how Exalted cosmology works. Being Grandmaw'd is literally the worst end possible.
>>41654982>So from our IC point of view this was entirely in-character, we haven't even ENCOUNTERED anything like this before, why shouldn't we expect we could just soak it up?Because our allies, who have repeatedly patched us up after nearly getting killed in situations just like this, and know exactly how much punishment we can take, TOLD US TO FUCKING MOVE.We can't even talk a wooden ship to the face, you wanna say we can just brush off First-Age shit that's being aimed at a DEATHLORD? JUST KNOWING HE'S THE TARGET SHOULD HAVE BEEN A HINT THAT SHOULD CHEESE IT.
>>41655096>Her core personality, her true, fundamental core self remains.No it doesn't. You don't understand how reincarnation works in Creation.Souls are just what personalities are saved on and then they get scrubbed clean in lethe, NOTHING of her person will remain if everything works right. Thats how its supposed to be.
>>41655104Hindsight is 20/20
>>41654936Lets explain this a different way.Deathlords are first Age Solars tier that got millennia more time to gather xp and resources and stuff.Exalted, even celestial's going against them is like New Style Planeswalkers went against fully powered Old Style Planeswalkers. They loose, and even if they win its only a setback for the Oldwalker.Not helping Tyrant when we had the chance and her dieing is as close to Bad End as we can get without ending the Quest, because we lost the most potential to be relevant. Restoring a First Age Solar in Creation atm would have made things a whole lot better. And the Directional Titan now shot its last shot too.The only thing we have is a band of exalted, and that is nothing new or expectational for this age.Solar Tyrant and Directional Titan were the most important bits and we lost them due to gross incompetence and negligence.
OH LOOK, IT'S THAT ONE SALTY CUNT AGAIN WHO WANTS HIS HAND HELD THROUGH EVERY DECISION LIKE A BABY. WHAT FUN.
>>41655027Technically flame wasn't even stabbed her control panel was
>>41655096>Her core personality, her true, fundamental core self remains. She just gets cleaned of the baggage and pain of that too-long life she led.No it doesn't. Souls don't work that way nor does reincarnation in creation work that way.Souls are not personality bound, there is a fixed number of them that gets recycled all the time.
>>41655009I direct you to >>41653945
>>41655110>Being Grandmaw'd is literally the worst end possible.Nah, Oblivion really just means you are gone for good. It means Creation is down one soul, but to the Tyrant it makes no difference.
>>41655140Solar Tyrant was never possible, the way this shit works.You're an idiot.
>>41655029>Because she was literally out of essence at that point and badly injuredAnd why Bod be either? He's literally been fighting non-stop here. Saying he's "Fresh" after fighting a dozen exalts is basically shitting over all of our efforts to a huge degree, basically saying the only way for us to actually win is the bullshit we were put with. The one where we can't do a thing.>>41655027>...Going by that logic, if Flame's blood didn't count as blood, not even stabbing her with the sword would have put her under the Bodhisattva's control, right?Gee, maybe she could have turned on him mid-fight or something. Would have made more sense than her not appearing, not helping Tyrant, not helping Maka and generally doing nothing at all.
>>41655130>>41655155No, you're the ones who don't understand how they work.Your core personality is hard-coded into your soul. Lethe scrubs memories, and only memories.And sometimes, even a few memories remain, though never as many as the number that stick to an exaltation.You genuinely don't know what the fuck you're talking about. Go actually read some more Exalted books - like Scroll of Heroes, which includes a merit for mortals with past life memories.Your personality - but not your memories - are hard-coded into your Higher Soul, and follow the soul between incarnations, tweaked and changed by their experiences, by the effects of Nurture on their Nature.The only thing you do 100% lose between incarnations is your Lower Soul, the seat of your base drives and desires - carnal pleasures and instinctive urges.The Tyrant will have a new life. She'll have new memories. She'll have new urges and instincts. But her higher personality, the core spark of her 'self' will remain intact, the perfect little something that makes her be her, even if her instincts, her body, her memories are completely different.This is the canon way that it works in Exalted. Any assertions that someone's memories are the actual core of who they are as a person is provably false in this setting - the true, fundamental core of their identity is their higher soul.
>>41655231>And why Bod be either?Anon, you're drunk, go to bed.And no, unlike the Tyrant, his forces did the overwhelming majority of the fighting right up until the very end.
>>41655231He was "fresh" because he came to the island with a full tank and spent nothing until we barged in on him.While Tyrant started the entire battle drained as fuck because SHE'S BEEN CUT OFF FROM HER ESSENCE SUPPLY FOR MONTHS.AND, she just finished single-handly fighting a goddamn army.
>>41655187If a Abyssal finds redemption it can be turned into a Solar.Thus a campaign goal for doing the same to Tyrant was our main thing since we met her.AND WE FAILED!
>>41655321Tyrant was not an Abyssal. She did not possess an Exaltation of any kind.
>>41655284>Your core personality is hard-coded into your soul.No it isn't. Its just shit you make up, cite one source saying that.> which includes a merit for mortals with past life memoriesYes because Lethe is fucked right now and doesnt work properly.>Your personality - but not your memories - are hard-coded into your Higher SoulNo they arent.You're just making some shit up you like to believe, but its just wrong.Reincarnation exists to recycle the Primodrials prayer batteries, its not some holy and goodly thing. Its the natural order of things as established by Alien Horror Gods from out of reality.
>>41655321No. No it wasn't. Because Tyrant cannot ever even possibly become alive, let alone a Solar. Our goal was for her to get back some of her humanity, and then hopefully pass on naturally.We half-succeeded, in a sad-as-fuck way.
>>41655301In which he went and fought a dozen exalts all in a row.>While Tyrant started the entire battle drained as fuck because SHE'S BEEN CUT OFF FROM HER ESSENCE SUPPLY FOR MONTHS.And so what? So fucking what? She's obviously not going to match him, yes. But she CLEARLY isn't going to just get bitchslapped to the side in five minutes flat, which she was, with barely a fucking whimper.
>>41655321Tyrant wasn't a conventional Abyssal.Deathlords are *extremely* different beasts, mechanically and metaphysically.
>>41655348How'd we remember stuff.from a.previous incarnation then?
>>41655371>Our goal was for her to get back some of her humanity, and then hopefully pass on naturally.No it wasn't, our goal was to 100% redeem her and have her work with us in saving creation.
>>41655374She entered that fight with literally 0 essence and already severely wounded from the fighting leading up to that point.
>>41655399*Your* impossible and setting-breaking goal, perhaps.Noone else was stupid enough to think that was remotely possible.
>>41655395We don't remember stuff from our previous human life, we remember stuff from the previous holder of our Exaltation because the guy who cleans them leaves stuff behind because he likes Solars and wants them to have an advantage.
>>41655395>How'd we remember stuff.from a.previous incarnation then?We remember stuff from our Exaltation, which is a different thing from your soul. Its basically a third soul portion that gets grafted unto the other two.Memories from previous lives over the soul are also a thing that sometimes happens, because Lethe doesn't work properly right now.But its pretty rare and not how its supposed to work.
>>41655395We didn't, actually - and I'm the guy saying that personalities are hard-coded into souls, which they are.Our 'past-life' memories are actually the memories of previous bearers of our exaltation - like the Tyrant, for example.We're not the reincarnation of the Tyrant, obviously, we just inherited the exaltation from her after she died.Memories stick to exaltations, you see, and people without very much Occult knowledge often think - as a result - that they're a reincarnation of the previous bearer, even though they're another person entirely.
>>41655321Deathlords are ghosts whose lives were as First Age Exalted. They are not Exalts anymore. Maka carries Tyrants Exaltation.
>>41655465>which they are>[Cititization needed]
>>41655399>ourNo. Maybe yours, but everyone else knew that was impossible and stupid. Our goal was for her to break her connection to the Neverborn and get her emotions back. That's it.
Technically.Flame never hot stabbed anyway her control panel was
>>41654646>his Is Your Third Friendly Fire Incident From Not Getting Out Of The Way When Allies Tell You To Get Out Of The Way And That Should Say Something: -1>That Should Say SomethingThe Curse is real.
>>41655501Flame and her control systems are the same being.
>>41655436>>41655495People posted on several occasions an excerpt from what was probably the Abyssal book saying that it is 100% possible.And that's not even mentioning the time that the Unconquered Sun explicitly said IN THE QUEST that it was possible.