You're finally back home.You haven't been here in Tianna that long, actually, but it feels like it's been years already. When did you start thinking of this island as your "home" over Gem, the place where you were born, the place where you grew up?And yet, you already have a lot of good (and a lot of not-so-good) memories about the West already.Your trip back here has been no less adventurous than your first trip from there to Gem. even with the wonderful Azure Chariot spell, taking you four days of flight over the vast ocean, spending the nights wherever you could stay without drawing attention. Even so, Zareen, Mikahil, and... most of your "new friends" from Gem stayed behind.Valeriana and Aexel, your two available sorcerors with mastery of that particular spell, just dropped you off here in Tianna. They will leave for Gem again tomorrow, to pick up the second flight.Other than the wood-aspect and the eclipse-caste, they need to load up Hotau and Ayzir, the two slaves that Arras Sahlak "gifted" you as a souvenir (and memento for the beautiful nights spent together), and Engine of Salvation, the Alchemical Exalted who you just barely convinced to not move war against Creation....As well as loading their chariots with all sort of riches, in gold and gems, that Tianna's coffers sorely needed.It's about sunset when finally Valeriana drops her passengers off in Pearl: you, Tia, and your new pet Ari.Ari has been... quite well-behaved on the trip back home. You were worried that being loaded on a magical chariot flying at huge speeds through the sky over the ocean would make him crabby, but he tolerated it remarkably well. His wounds are slowly healing, though he will probably keep a few scars. You need to take good care of him now.As Valeriana and the others, dead tired from the trip, make a bee-line straight for their rooms and beds in Golden Reach, you spend a moment on Pearl's beachside, staring at the setting sun with Tia and Ari at your side."See?" You turn to your husband with a smile, remembering her paranoia from just before the trip. "Meeting my dad wasn't so terrible after all.""I was so scared." She admits, clinging close to you. And Tia doesn't admit that easily."Nothing to be nervous about." You put an arm around her back. "We're here together. I'm here with you."You spend some time relaxing and watching the breath-taking sunset on the ocean together. After how frenetic everything has been recently, taking it easy for at least some time sounds like the perfect idea.Once the sun is beyond the waves, you stand up and dust the sand off yourself. You don't feel sleepy yet.So, back in Tianna, at last. What should you do first?>I need to see Amata. I miss her.>Quality time with Tia.>Let's see how Pearl is shaping up.>Is Five Tails still in hiding? What is going on with that girl?>Better check that Silk didn't do anything inappropriate.>(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 vast amount of allies and friends, and defeated every threat to Tianna up to now, though not without difficulty.You recently discovered that Tianna is actually an artificial island, built around a First Age Titan: an almighty flying fortress. Your forces have crushed the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water, a Deathlord who tried to usurp its power for himself.And now, on the day of your wedding, the Unconquered Sun Himself appeared to you and crowned you Princess of Creation, asking you to be an example for others in these dark times.After securing the alliance of the nearby realm of Neck (or Okeanos, as they prefer to be called), you returned to your homeland of Gem to put your own family back on the throne, crashed a wedding, and avoided an interdimensional war with a machine world called Autochton. One of their champions, an Alchemical Exalted called Engine of Salvation, will be staying with you to make sure you uphold your promises. In exchange for peace, you will help them save their dying world, either by providing raw materials or by finding the legendary Eye of Autochton.It's fine. it's not like you have a lot on your plate already...>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=Tianna>System?Dicepool-like system. When performing an action, everyone rolls 2d10 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/0wl5obxcwuakgdj/Exalted%20Quest%20-%20Threads%2001-101%20%5Bpdf%5D.rar?dl=0Meanwhiles: http://pastebin.com/u/Exaltedfag
A few words on my circumstances.I'm hitting a very busy spot in my life, so after this thread there will be a brief pause, probably until around halfway into next month.In any case, after trying Akun with Exalted Sidequest, i think I've gotten the hang of it.I have a lot less free time than what I had when I first started Exalted Quest. Making and following threads on /qst/ takes up quite some time, and this troubles me.I've decided to move Exalted Quest to Akun. This is not due to any sort of innate dissatisfaction with /qst/, which I will continue to consider one of my core 4chan boards, mind you. I don't even exclude the diea of one day running something else here.But, as of how my life is now, moving Exalted Quest to Akun would make things much easier on me. I hope you'll understand, and will be willing to follow me over.Together with the move, I've decided to change the game system slightly, making charms and Essence management simpler and more streamlined. I'll talk about this change some other time - since we're not using those particular changes in this specific thread.As usual, if you have any question, feel free to ask me, here or on twitter, ask.fm, Akun, or wherever, and thank you.
>>1512842>I need to see Amata. I miss her.We can do all the important Queen-y things in the morning and we can ask her if anything huge went down while we were away.Nice to have you back EF, even if it is just one last time on here. Will this be another week-long thread like last time?
>>1512861I'll try and keep it more intense. Dedicate maybe a few days to it nearly full-time. But I can't make promises, and that's the core of the problem. Here's the calendar.As a heads up, this thread will mostly be about tying up loose ends before the jump, and to offer some space to plan a considerable downtime.Exalted Quest is long overdue for some downtime where Tianna and Pearl can be developed, long-term plans can be made, politics and economics can happen, and so and so.
>>1512842>>I need to see Amata. I miss her.Glad to have you back EF.
>>1512842>>I need to see Amata. I miss her.Eh, personally I can say my participation will definitely definitley go down with the move to Akun.
Also, because it's a question that has been asked me often: Exalted Quest on Akun will have about the same NSFW level as it does on 4chan. That is, "debatable but very low". I might take a few more freedoms on a site that does not abide by "blue board rules", but that's it."Exalted Sidequest", on the other hand, will have no such restriction. Right now, the story it's doing is rather sfw, but in general it will use its "sidequest" status to go a little beyond the "main quest"'s standards.As a mildly related issue, the downtime planned for this thread would also be the ideal moment to fill in Maka's new five costume slots. Or, rather, four, considering one for ReiDuran's art piece.>>1512874I'm sorry to hear that.
>>1512842>>I need to see Amata. I miss her.
>>1512877Forgot to mention: it's also possible to replace some costumes outright. If there's something in the current lineup that you don't like, say so, and if there's a very strong consensus for that i'll just take it down.It's a wardrobe, it's meant to be changed.
>>1512877It's just a mix of how Akun's structured, that I only care about your quest there and would just bookmark it, as well as my experience with the Sidequest until now that lead to my prediction.
>>1512860>I'm hitting a very busy spot in my life>Making and following threads on /qst/ takes up quite some time, and this troubles me.more than understandable and if the structure of Akun is more supportive of the challenges you face, just go for it>I've decided to move Exalted Quest to Akun.which makes me hope they will, one day make a version that is more tablet friendly, because holy shit is it impossible to do anything on mobile there.
>>1512904>which makes me hope they will, one day make a version that is more tablet friendly, because holy shit is it impossible to do anything on mobile there.I know that pain. I have to use mobile myself fairly often and that's just... uuuurgh.
>>1512842>>I need to see Amata. I miss her.oh yes, I forgot
>This will be the last thread on /qst/ before the move to Akun!another one bites the dustwas fun while it lasted i guess
"I'm going to see Amata." You inform Tia, while both heading into Golden Reach. The warm glowing lights of your palace welcome you. "Are you coming?""I really want to see her too, yes." She nods, thoughtful. "Though I'm also worried about the Black Fangs. I've been gone for a while. I hope they're all right."You honestly admit to yourself that you would've never thought that Tia could do the job of tribal chief, or take it seriously rather, Instead, every time Tia mentions the Black Fangs, that tribe of local barbarians that she led into battle against the Fae and that later elected her chief, you feel a bit proud for her.You reach into Elsewhere and produce your Swift Rider, in its portable mode. "With this, or will you carry me?" You ask.She smiles. "I'd rather ride with you." Tia answers, mellowly.She's in a good mood tonight.Not Tia's usual "good mood" written in scare quotes, which usually means rowdy, horny, and violent. Genuinely good. You guess all the tension of meeting up with your father and the fear of his disapproval melted away.You climb atop your Swift Rider, and Tia hangs on to you from behind as you push the throttle and blaze through the night, across the brand new road connecting Pearl and Tianna City.The ride is not overly long, and leaves you time to think. You don't have anymore narrow deadlines or impending dooms right now, at least for another season. You're doing well in every way.Maybe the big crises are over and you'll finally have some time to take it easy in Tianna.A random thought strikes your head. "...Say, Tia?""Yes?" She asks from just behind you. In the roar of the wind, her words come more like a vibration from her chest to yours than as real talking."I, uh. I didn't say anything on the trip back home because, well... I thought you were doing it for some particular reason."You feel a puzzled pause coming from her. "What?""You're still black." You hold back a giggle. Did she forget?She had changed her skin color to somewhere close to your own tone when you first arrived in Gem, both to draw less attention and to offer her more protection from the heat and the fierce southern glare. When, on the last day, she "went for a walk" outside, in the searing sun of the desert, she shifted to an even darker tone.And she's kept that on her trip back, and still has that, even here in relatively northern Tianna.Well, it's not like it changes much. Tianna has warm and mild weather for most of the year, and people of all sort of skin colors live in the region..."I forgot." She cheerfully admits. "Should I change back? How do you like me more?">Stay like this. It reminds me of home.>I liked it better when we matched!>I prefer the original color. It's how you were when we first met.>(Other?)
>>1513009>>(Other?)"I don't mind either way, you're still all you after all!"
>>1513009>I prefer the original color. It's how you were when we first met.Brown Tia a cute, but base Tia a cute too. Also when our kids are born it'll be weird if one of them turns out white and neither of us are.
>>1513009>I prefer the original color. It's how you were when we first met.Actually, is that even her "real" skin color either? I never really though about it before, but Tia is from the East, and skin that pale is normally indicative of the North.
>>1513009>I prefer the original color. It's how you were when we first met.
>>1513021>Actually, is that even her "real" skin color either? I never really though about it before, but Tia is from the East, and skin that pale is normally indicative of the North.She once mentioned being originally from the north-east, around the parts of Halta.
"I'll take the original." You answer. "It's the one that's... you. You had it when we first met. I can't help but think of you looking like that."You feel her nod in reply, and her hands (the only part of her you can see right now) change to their usual color.Once you reach Tianna, you make for the palace. It seems nothing dramatic happened while you were away. The city is still standing at least....You've learned not to take anything for granted.You wheel into the castle courtyard, and find Amata sitting there, on a bench, leisurely reading a small book. She closes it as soon as she hears you arrive, with a wry smile."...You were waiting for me?" You're not sure if you should be surprised. You did inform her of your return, but not that you'd come to Tianna City right away..."I have my tricks." She replies, taking your hand and lightly tugging on it, inviting you inside. "Everyone's been missing you, you know."Despite the late hour, both Samiel and Irene are awake, waiting for you in the dinner room. They clap at your and Tia's arrival."You're back!""How did it go?""You'll have to tell us everything!"The table is filled with all that a light meal would need, including hot tea, pastries and cakes, fresh bread and spiced wine. They're making such a production out of this.Well, every excuse is good for a dinner together. You and Tia sit down, and regale them with an account of all that happened in Gem. Samiel seems more interested in the city itself, drinking up all of your descriptions of locales that are, to him, strange and exotic. Irene, predictably, is ecstatic at the mention of the Alchemical Exalted and their strange technology, and starts interrupting you with technical questions that go way above and beyond your ability to give answers to.Amata is silent, but listens intently to every word. It slowly dawns on you an uneasy feeling. Are you being interrogated, under this guise of a cheerful dinner and a "welcome back" party?...Or is that just how it always is with Sidereals?(cont.)
When you finish both eating dinner and telling stories, dawn is approaching. Samiel and Irene return to their rooms to get at least some sleep before tomorrow comes knocking at their doors, and you remain alone with Amata and Tia."I thought you wanted to know a lot more about the Alchemicals." You admit, surprised by how quiet she's been."I do." Is her reply. "But I don't think they told you the sort of details I'd like to know. The size of their armies, geography of their world, and such."You shake your head."And in any case, one of them will be here next week, right?" She continues, with nonchalance. "I'll just ask her.""Be gentle with her." You say, only halfway joking. "She's a bit on the tough side.""Oh, I'm tough as well, you know." She grins. "That doesn't mean I don't know how to be gentle." She turns to Tia. "Speaking of which, you've had Maka to yourself for the entire trip. Can you leave her to me for a couple days?"You lift an eyebrow, witnessing the exchange between your two spouses."We didn't do much." Tia complains. "It was always... work, run, hide, fight, talk with people, don't draw attention, don't flare your anima...""Still, I didn't have any Maka at all for the last two weeks!" Amata replies, grabbing your right arm and pulling you at her side."I'm not a skin care product." You weakly protest, but the two are already making arrangements on your behalf."Alright." Tia concedes. "You get Maka for yourself for two days, then we go back to sharing.""I'll transfer my exclusive Maka rights back the day after tomorrow, then. Thank you for being reasonable, Tia."These girls, honestly."I'll go check on the Black Fangs and on Five Tails, then." Tia excuses herself. "Have fun, you two."You're left alone in the empty dinner room. Amata gingerly takes your hand and invites you to follow her."So, what did you want me for, mistress?" You joke, letting yourself be gently dragged along. "A massage? Watching the sunrise together on the beach? ...A bath?""Oh, all those things sound beautiful. But we had our fill of classy quality time spent together in a sophisticated manner during our honeymoon in the Neck, right?""I guess?" She leads you up to the door of her bedroom. She slams it open, revealing silken sheets, feather pillows, scented candles and mood lighting. She's been preparing this for quite some time while you were gone, it seems."I just thought I'd take a page from Tia's book, for once, and bang the living daylights out of you to satisfaction." She proudly states. "Now get that outfit on. You know the one."(cont.)
Two days later...You return to Pearl with a refreshed, happier, shinier Amata. According to her, Tianna City doesn't really need her to pay particularly close attention to day-to-day administration right now, and she just wants to properly tour the new city of Pearl and give her opinion on how things are coming along.Millian, Regis and Pyre Spark finally welcome you back home properly. They've been worried, of course, and Pyre even suggests throwing a large festival in town to celebrate your success in Gem!It sounds like hassle right now, honestly, so you try and put her down politely.it seems Pearl has been peaceful, too. Well, except for a weird, winged Fair Folk that arrived a few days back. Regis informs you that she "claimed to have been sent by you, Maka. But not a lot of what she said made much sense. Anyway, Silk dealt with her. We haven't seen her around since."No one seems to be particularly worried by that. "Good riddance", it seems.Speaking of which, you wonder if Silk is okay. She usually takes you leaving for an extended amount of time fairly hard...>Go check on her.>Tease her a bit by not showing up. Let's see how she reacts.>Send Karas to check on her, instead!>She can wait. You should worry about the administration of Pearl, in any case.
>>1513080>Go check on her.
>>1513080>Go check on her.More Anathema role play with best wife huh.I guess let's go check on Papi and Suu
>>1513080>>Go check on her.
>>1513080>Go check on her.>shinier Amata.I wonder what a shiny Amata looks like. I mean, a shiny Tia obviously replaces her green with blue.
>>1513107She goes full shoujo.
>>1513126>Shining, Shimmering, Splendid
After dealing with the pleasantries, you walk up to the door to Silk's room/alternate reality and slam it open unceremoniously.last time this place was filled with her goblin-maids throwing tantrums (and brooms) at you, but right now you can't see anyone.You take a few steps into the strange world of Silk's Wyld. You don't really feel like looking for her... this place looks positively huge, after all.Usually, she's the one who comes running every time you walk in-Suddenly, traitorously, from behind, you're slammed and tackled to the ground by one big goopy mass of Silk. Nothing new."MAKA! YOU'RE BACK!" The amorphous Fair Folk rejoices, enveloping you in her own particular brand of hug."Can we stop doing this every time I show up?" You wonder, trying to wrestle your way out of her viscous body mass....Still, she seems a lot better than last time you had to leave her alone for a few days. No tantrums, no rebellious attitude or supervillain complexes..."...Are you alright, Silk?" You have to wonder, managing to pull free of her."Yes!" She replies, cheerful. "Oh, right, thank you for the gift! I've always wanted a pet of my own."Pet? "I thought you might be feeling alone, what with being, uh, alone, and not allowed to eat people and such, so when I met this other Fae who wanted to, ahem, play, I decided to send her your way."...Where is Silk keeping her? You have to wonder. You don't see that Fae anywhere."It was a great idea!" Silk insists. "It was boring having to play with myself all the time, but now I have a pet to play with!"...Is this how it normally works between Fae, or is it just Silk?>Is... is she alright? What did you do with her?>What do you know about the court she comes from? Court of the Fanged Spears, is it?>Would you like to have more pets to play with?>Having someone to play with means you don't have any reason to bother Mortals anymore, right?>(Other?)
>>1513160>>Is... is she alright? What did you do with her?Hope she didn't break her new toy, yet.
>>1513160>>Is... is she alright? What did you do with her?>Would you like to have more pets to play with?Our empire shall stretch across Creation and the Wyld, from the spires of Yu-Shan, to the depths of the Underworld, and even Malfeas.
>>1513160>Is... is she alright? What did you do with her?>Having someone to play with means you don't have any reason to bother Mortals anymore, right?Or does she still need the Gossamer from them, that's honestly my biggest concern for expanding her court, I don't want it to get to the point where we're actively hurting our subjects.
>>1513160>What do you know about the court she comes from? Court of the Fanged Spears, is it?>Would you like to have more pets to play with?
>What do you know about the court she comes from? Court of the Fanged Spears, is it?>Would you like to have more pets to play with?
"Is she alright?" You instinctively ask.You're not sure how much you care yourself - she's a Fae. Fae are - well, they're not real people. Every time you tell yourself that, it sounds just wrong, demeaning and insulting, but you also know it's absolutely true."Oh, she's alright!" Is Silk's energetic response, as she pulls you into the central palace of her strange cityscape. "So... you're enjoying having pets? Would you like to have more?""Oh, that would be awesome!" She grins. "I'd love to have an entire court all to myself! I'd have so much fun with them."The first thing you notice as you move beyond the door and into the corridors of the barren building is a pile of maids, neatly stacked up like so much firewood, and about as lively. Does she just turn them on and off at will and stock them in rooms when not in use?She drags you into a room deeper inside the complex. Here, the white stone surfaces give way to a sort of bluish, oily, slicky matter that feels like Silk herself. Like you're inside her, and standing right next to her at the same time. Every now and then, the floors, ceilings and walls undulate and vibrate and grow something out of them, a tentacle, an arm, a leg, a head, or something weirder. (The heads look all like Silk's, and distressingly expressive on top of that.)You spot the Amber Herald in the middle of this insane room, suspended in mid-air by a host of bluish, semitransparent tentacles and pseudopods connecting to her from every corner of the room, going into her and out of her from some places you never thought it was possible (and several where you were fairly confident it was). She has a thousand-yard stare, eyes glazed over and unfocused, and a completely blank expression interrupted every few seconds by powerful twitches."What... what the hell are you doing to her?" You mutter, staring up at the twitching Fae."I'm training her!" Silk replies with her usual cheer.(cont.)
"...More like breaking her.""Same thing." She waves a hand at you. (one of the many) "I guess we had a bit of a fight, so I'm making sure it doesn't happen anymore by completely crushing her mind and reprogramming it from scratch the way I like it.""...A fight?""Listen to this!" Silk's voice comes from a different Silk now. The original(?) Silk you walked into this room with has started melting into the pavement, and now you're essentially talking to the room filled with partial Silk bodies you guess. "This girl came here and thought she was supposed to be your pet! Isn't that ridiculous?""Um..." You mumble. "...Why is it ridiculous?""Well, because I am your pet, right? So I told her that the best she could hope for was being your pet's pet. So she didn't take it well and we had a fight and now I'm remaking her properly, so that she'll know her place. I won't share you with another Raksha!"You make a mental note of looking for a way to carefully introduce Silk to Ari in a constructive way... sometime later.>...Alright, you look like you're having fun. Enjoy your new pet! Don't break her beyond repair.>You're going a bit overboard, Silk. You're both my pets. Of course, you have first place.>You're going too far, Silk. You're both my pets, and I want you to treat each other as equals.>Stop it, Silk. She's my new favorite pet now, so you best be respectful to her.>(Other?)
>>1513270>"Wait, what's the point of completely breaking her and retraining her? I thought you were bored because your minions were boring and predictable."
>>1513270>>1513281Supporting calling her out on her own bullshit.
>>1513267>Fae are - well, they're not real people.But they CAN be. They just need LOVE!I think. I might be remembering wrong. No reason not to try, right?>>1513270>You're going a bit overboard, Silk. You're both my pets. Of course, you have first place.It's Silk's court, or will be, but they are all our pets.
>>1513270>You're going a bit overboard, Silk. You're both my pets. Of course, you have first place.Also we have a pet lion now too. You're Boss Pet, but they all belong to us and we expect you to take care of them.Where is Ari by the way? We need to introduce him to Regis and Milly so he knows not to bite people.
>You're going a bit overboard, Silk. You're both my pets. Of course, you have first place.>"Wait, what's the point of completely breaking her and retraining her? I thought you were bored because your minions were boring and predictable."She's head pet, but still just a pet. And pets don't have pet, they have playmates
>>1513296>Also we have a pet lion now too. You're Boss Pet, but they all belong to us and we expect you to take care of them.I wonder if Silk will take that as an invitation to "enhance" Ari.
>>1513309I wouldn't mind a YUGE winged lion Ari
After a few seconds of thoughtful silence, you turn to... well, to "Silk"."...I have several questions.""Yes?""You said you want to play with people.""Yes!""Why can't you play with your maids?" You gesture to the backroom from earlier, stacked full of maids on stand-by."Well, I do play with them a lot, but I made them with my own Glamour. It's essentially like playing with myself, since they just respond to my whims.""And." You gesture at Amber Herald, suspended in the middle of the room, twitching and unconscious. "What are you doing to her again?""I'm reprogramming her into a more obedient pet that will follow my every whim?""...""...oh."The twitching stops."Silk, did you ever wonder why i leave you relatively free of doing as you wish nowadays?""...Because you trust me to not do something bad?""...That, true, but also because you're entertaining." You smile. "Let her be herself, and even you'll come to enjoy it, just like I've come to enjoy you being yourself.""You did change me, though." Silk points out.You shrug. "A little bit. But just a little bit. Otherwise we wouldn't be having this discussion right now. Right?"She frowns. "...This is that "logic" thing that you Creation people like so much, right?""I guess." You shrug, as she lowers the winged Fae back to ground level. Her eyes are slowly returning normal, and she's struggling to cling to you. "Ma... ka...""There, easy, easy." You pat Herald's head, and she shivers as you touch her. "It's all right now, Silk will play nice now." You glare at her. "Won't you.""Absolutely!"Fae sure are a handful.They must've missed you, too. You wouldn't mind spending a bit of quality time with them as well.You snap your fingers "Silk? Close the doors and activate your time bottle thing. It's time for the owner to play a bit around with her pets."Sometimes it's troublesome to be so popular.>You probably took care of all urgent matters.>There's still one urgent matter you need to take care of. (What?)(Basically, let me know all you'd like to take care of in actual play before we move to downtime management)
>>1513357>There's still one urgent matter you need to take care of. (What?)I'd like the chance to ask Amata about the Eye of Auto before Engine gets here in case theirs anything she doesn't want to say in front of her.
>>1513357>There's still one urgent matter you need to take care of. (What?)See if we can make a library of memories. If it's feasible and what would be needed.Go check on Five TailsPrepare a festival to celebrate the second group's returnI guess that's it?
>>1513357>You probably took care of all urgent matters.
>>1513402>See if we can make a library of memories. If it's feasible and what would be needed.>Prepare a festival to celebrate the second group's returnThese are things we can do during downtime, but I do want to talk to Five Tails before that.
I'll put the thread on hold and continue tomorrow for now.
>>1513126A smile that must be protected at all costs.>>1513365Seconding. I'd like to know what the agent of Yu Shan has in mind.I'd also like to take some time to commune with Sol Invictus about all that's happened. Auto and the Alchemicals. Admiral Sand. Plans going forward. We have SIX dots in Mentor and are the Daughter of Hope. I think we're at least allowed to drop in and say hi.
>>1513481>I'd also like to take some time to commune with Sol Invictus about all that's happened. Auto and the Alchemicals. Admiral Sand. Plans going forward. We have SIX dots in Mentor and are the Daughter of Hope. I think we're at least allowed to drop in and say hi.At the very least, he deserves to know what's up with Autochthon, he's practically an Incarna, or at least used to be.
>>1513498Yeah. He was also the one, according to the Alchemicals manual, who delivered the ultimatum of the Solar Deliberative to Autochthon, which ultimately drove him to leave Creation. Might be interested to learn what happened because of that. >>1512860Since you're changing up the system, have you given any thought on how to represent the Great Curse? I know it's been problematic in the past, so I was curious.
>>1513547>He was also the one, according to the Alchemicals manual, who delivered the ultimatum of the Solar Deliberative to Autochthon, which ultimately drove him to leave Creation.It's weird what pieces of fluff I do and don't remember. I thought the Ultimatum was delivered by a Twilight Caste. Or a Group of Twilights. I remembered UCS being neutral in the matter.
>>1513357Let's not forget to hand out those souvenirs we brought back. Also while we're visiting Five Tails maybe we can drop by Zaan and see how those Essence in a bottle are coming along if they;re ready we can give them to our captains along with the booty.
>>1513562Well, I had to check the manual to be sure. If it were just him, I don't think Sol would have given a fuck, but the Solars were his pride and joy at the time. The Twilights loved Auto more than any other Caste or Exalt type, if I recall, and were saddest at his departure. More than anything, though, I'm really curious what reaction EF's more active UCS is going to have. >>1513587Shit. I completely forgot about those. What were we trying to do with them, again? A poor man's Kiss of the Sun or something?
>>1513627They were a way to unlock essence in mortals.
I just wanted to say that I don't like the essence potion idea. It feels too cheap for what it's worth it.I'd rather have some intense trials and tests of character to help mortals awaken their essence on their own.
say... do we even know when Tia was born or how old she is?
>>1514027The few times we've played her and got a look at her stats I think indicated that she was an Elder. The legit kind, not the "cheated their way there early" kind like Maka. Other than that, the only info we really have is what WF said here, >>1513024, that she knew Ma-Ha-Suchi, and that it wasn't pleasant, not that you'd really expect it to be.
>>1514526You mean the first time we switched POV from Maka? Tia had five dot caps on all her stuff. She's been around longer than Maka, sure, but I don't know of any other source pointing her to Elder Essence. Could be wrong. It's a big archive.
>>1512860I just wanted to offer a counterpoint to the Anons who are unhappy with the Akun transition. They're entitled to their distaste, but I wanted to let you know that, personally, I enjoy Exalted Quest enough that I'll follow it wherever it needs to go.
>>1515023Really? I thought she had at least one 6, and no Charm/Artifact to explain it as anything other than age. However, looking back you appear to be correct.As a side note, I find it unfair that Lunars only have 6 stats to manage rather than 8 like Solars, Abyssals, and even Mortals if Regis's sheet is to be believed.
So I'm thinking of doing a write-up of Maka and Tia lewds for Exaltedfag as a sort of welcoming present to anonkun. Any suggestions are more than welcome from Exaltedfag and other anons, especially concerning ways Tia can abuse her shapeshifting (I'm not well versed in the setting and what mythical beasts exist she might shapeshift (parts of herself) into).
>>1515268Tia has (canonically) shaped up as a tiger to bang Maka. And tentacles. And...well, a lot of things, including other characters.
>>1515268>I'm not well versed in the setting and what mythical beasts exist she might shapeshift (parts of herself) into).Lunar's can change into anything that they have hunted down through a certain ritual. certain charms, called Knacks, widen the range of creatures they are allowed to hunt. They can also modify their various form's appearances with other Knacks, which is why Tia can look like a dark skinned version of herself and didn't need to hunt down a dark skinned person to disguise herself as in Gem.>>1515368Didn't she once leave during trip to a neighboring island to hunt a shark because Maka heard a rumor they had two penises?
>>1515382She totally did. She even carried the shark's corpse back to the castle.
>>1515368I forgot she shifted to other people, thanks for the reminder.>>1515382I got most of that, but what I'm looking for is specific creatures she could shift to.Also, unless someone has a specific suggestion, I'll probably just hunt down the last time Maka and Tia banged without other people involved and use that as the setting.
>>1515425You see that stat call "Heart's Blood" on Tia's character sheet? That's a ranking of how many forms a Lunar can take. At rank 4, a Lunar can take between 21-40 distinctly different forms.Keeping in mind that her most impressive showing has been a full-size KRAKEN, pretty much anything should be fine. Except for elementals, dragons, and gods. it doesn't look like she has the knacks needed to hunt those.
>>1515441>Except for elementals, dragons, and gods.And Fair Folk, that's yet another knack which she does not appear to have.
>>1515441Where can I find a list of "canon" exalted creatures?
>>1515459I'm pretty sure there is no such list. Exalted doesn't have a "Monster Manual" that lists it's non-human creatures in a neat and tidy manner.
>>1515459What the previous anon said, though you can find some stuff listed at the end of the Oadenol's Codex and the four Compass of Terrestrial Directions books.
>>1513547>Since you're changing up the system, have you given any thought on how to represent the Great Curse? I know it's been problematic in the past, so I was curious.I still want to keep the Great Curse as something outside of the mechanics of the game system.>>1515268Well, you can't turn into "mythical" beasts because you need to physically hunt them down and eat their hearts, but I think I get what you mean. Apart for giant or unique varieties of normal animals, Tia doesn't have any animals in her Heart's Blood library that do not also exist on Earth. (for now.) The only exception might be the kraken.She can shift into other people she hunted down and killed, but she can also taste a person's blood (just a little bite) and temporarily acquire the capacity to transform in them.Monsters and creatures in the Exalted setting are unfortunately scattered throughout several books.New post soon.
Mikahil is still in Gem for now, but nonetheless you're worried about Five Tails. According to Regis and Millian, she hasn't shown herself around in two weeks.Well, she is a LUNAR specialized in STEALTH, so you're not even sure if she's findable at all. Even Radiant Starfall is dubious on the issue when you consult with her, but she suggests trying to just spread the news that you are looking for her, for important reasons. Not just in Tianna and Pearl, or in the small surrounding communities and villages, but among the barbarian tribes of the northern part of the island.But then the two of you come up with a better idea: if she's still in Creation at all (and why shouldn't she be?), you could just send her an Infallible Messenger.After asking Aexel to do you this favor, you wait in your room, and hope this will work.Time passes, and after a few hours, a small tabby wildcat starts pawing at your window.The little silver-streaked beast is clearly nervous and flighty, and you have to approach it cautiously and slowly open the window to let it in.As soon as the window is open by anything more than a crack, the cat rolls into your run, transforming into Five Tails in mid-roll, and immediately turns and slams the window behind herself."We were all worried." You note, trying to parse her strange, paranoid attitude. She glances left and right, as if to make sure that you're really alone in the room."You ARE Maka, right?" She mumbles, staring you down.You groan and extend an arm. "It's me."She unceremoniously grabs your wrist, pulls it lightly, and sinks her teeth into your forearm. Her teeth are sharp, sharp enough to draw a bit of blood. You wince at the pang of pain, instinctively.She looks again at you, this time with kinder, yet worried eyes. "...Alright, yes, you're Maka.""Sometimes you Lunars are nearly as much of a handful as the Fae, you know?" You rub the bite mark."You have no idea." She gives off an exasperated groan, fetching a chair and sitting down. She looks... tired. Tired and stressed. "Is Mikahil alright?""He's dandy. He'll be hone next week. We had to make two separate trips, and he wanted to stay back and do some Eclipse stuff."She answers with a half-smile. "That's so like him.""What's going on, Five Tails?" You insist. "You've got everyone worried."She takes a deep breath. "Five Talents has called for a Moot on Tianna."You sit down as well, trying to parse that dreadful declaration. "...Alright. I know what a Moot is. It's a formal gathering of Lunars allied with the Silver Pact."(cont.)
""Formal" is a bit of an euphemism. Don't expect to see any Lunars in a shirt and a suit. But yes.""But who's Five Talents?" You ask. "Is she the person you're so afraid of?""...Yes." She hugs her knees. "I'm sorry I disappeared. I panicked and ran. And the longer I hid the safer I felt.""...This Moot. It's not right NOW, right?"She shakes her head. "There hasn't been an official call, for now.""Then why-""Because it stands to reason that the organizer of the Moot will go on location and prepare the place beforehand." She replies. "So she might be already here, somewhere.""Calling a Moot in someone else's territory without asking for permission is kind of rude, though.""Five Talents doesn't... think highly of Solars. Or of us Lunars in Tianna, for that matter. The only one she respected a bit was Talon, but...""Who IS this Five Talents, anyway? I mean, actually? Why is she so scary?" You tap your foot, impatiently."She's an Elder Lunar. Not quite a First Age survivor - but almost. She might be one of the strongest active Exalted in the West. I mean, Leviathan would vastly outclass her, but Leviathan is mostly... doing his own thing, I guess." She takes another deep breath. "She's a strong supporter of the Thousand Streams River project, and really wants to tear down civilization and rebuild everything from the ground up. She'd especially want to bring down nations that rely heaving on having Solars at the lead.""Is she coming here to start trouble?" You ask, starting to feel annoyed at this Five Talents character already."She's not the violent type." Five Tails explains. "I mean, she's scary strong, but that's not how she does things.""How does she do things, then?"Five Tails hesitates a moment. "...She talks people into doing things for her. Seduces them. She wins their love and devotion, or their servitude, depending on what she asks for. She can make you do... unreasonable things."(cont.)
"You mean, the sort of things I do?" You try and keep her spirits high. "Relax. I'm an expert at that game. You'll see. If she comes here and tries to start trouble, I'll take her down." You pause. "Is she cute?""Take this seriously, please." Fivetails berates you, but you did get a smile out of her. "She's... scary. I've only seen her once, and avoided her ever since. And I'm worried that you'll be... especially vulnerable to her charms. And I mean both her capital C Charms and her lowercase c charms.""Maybe she'll be to mine." You reassure her. "Let me know when she shows up, but don't worry. No need to be so paranoid and... scaredy-cat."She punches you in the shoulder. "That was terrible.""You're smiling.""NOW I am, idiot." She says, stifling a giggle. "You're taking this lightly.""We've taken over a Lintha fort, defeated a Deathlord, survived a war, built a city, saved another city and avoided an interdimensional war. I think I'm going to enjoy life one day at a time, considering how crazy it can apparently get. When Five Talents shows up, I'll start worrying."You pause, and point at her thoughtfully. "Mhh. Five Tails. Five Talents...?""No relation." She points out, giving up on you.>More questions on Five Talents and the Western Lunars (what, specifically?)>Move on to the next item on the to-do list: talk to Amata about the Eye.>(Other?)
>>1516291>>Move on to the next item on the to-do list: talk to Amata about the Eye.
>>1516291>(Other?)Mika said we needed your permission to sleep with him. A threesome is fine too.Also looks like we'll be needed even more Social Defense charms soon, it's a good thing we started on that road already with THM. Still that's too bad, I was hoping to get a little punchier.
>>1516291>>More questions on Five Talents and the Western Lunars (what, specifically?)On an actual serious note, how big is the Moot going to be? Does Five Tails know when it might start? Is there anyone they trust to call to help keep her in check?An Elder Lunar is a pretty scary thing to have to fight against.
>>1516291>>More questions on Five Talents and the Western Lunars (what, specifically?)How many lunars should we be expecting to show up for this moot?
"So, how many Lunars do you think will be there? A Moot is kind of a big deal, isn't it?""I think she's calling the Moot specifically to call us Lunars of Tianna into question." She replies."Oh?""Like... that we've stopped fighting for the good of Creation, working on the Thousand Streams, things like that. Basically, it's an accusation.""So you don't expect many Lunars from outside to show up?""Depends on who she called. She could get pretty much however much support she wants from the Silver Pact if she bothered to ask, but it's help she'd have to pay for in favours - even persuasiveness and seduction can only get you far enough. I'd say... maybe about other five Lunars other than us here? I'm just guessing.""And it'll start...?""I don't know. I just know she intends to call it. The official proclamation might come tomorrow or next year or in five years. I know that Five Talents is the kind of Lunar that takes the long view... her own Thousand Streams project is an island tribe that she's been training and shaping and culturing for several centuries.""In any case, between communication and the Moot actually happening there'll be time, right?""Oh, yes, you need to leave time to all who have been invited to get their business in order and arrive. Usually there's at least a month. Larger Moots are called several months in advance."You scratch your chin. "...Actually, is there anyone we can trust to keep her in line?""Well, she seems to like Talon, though she might have lost some respect for him recently, what with him associating with you Solars and whatnot. Most other Lunar elders in the West are busy doing their own things or are not on speaking terms with her or anyone.""...I see." You pat her head, trying your best to sound reassuring. "Then go tell him, and cheer up. You can always count on us. No sense hiding yourself for something that hasn't happened yet. I want you to be bright and cheerful for when Mika will return, alright?"She nods, feeling a little bit better.Once she's left, you think about what else needs to be done.Engine of Salvation will be in Tianna relatively soon, and she'd surely be impressed if you could already produce a clue on the Eye of Autochton!(...)"Impossible." Amata shot down your idea in a single word."B-but... I thought you knew everything.""I don't know EVERYTHING. I only know NEARLY everything." She replies, sounding very proud of herself. "But, seriously, it's impossible to track the Eye of Autochton, at least with Heaven's surveillance system. It's an entity entirely outside of Fate, and that moves freely through space and maybe even time. Don't you thin we would've already secured it if we could track it? That thing is basically a reality bomb.""A... reality bomb?"(cont.)
"Everytime and everyplace it shows up, it completely wrecks everything. It creates entire cities and continents from nothingness, violates causality and all sorts of natural laws, then moves on. It's basically a living nightmare for us of the Fivefold Fellowship. There's huge rewards for anyone who can give clues as to its whereabouts, and an entire sub-bureau just dedicated to cross-referencing information from throughout Creation to try and find it, or predict where it will appear. And it never worked.""So, it's untraceable?" You groan, feeling down."Essentially.""...What would your opinion be on, you know... Let's say we find it. Would it be wrong to just... give it to them?"She smiles. "Believe it or not, we've had a lot of discussions about this in Yu Shan. What would you do if you found the Eye, that sort of thing.""...and?""Split opinions, of course." She makes an exasperated gesture. "About one-third of my peers would want to keep it under some kind of lock and key, under control, as an emergency measure in case it's ever needed. One-third would want to see it returned to Autochton, or destroyed forever, or banished, basically anything that could remove it from Creation permanently. The remaining third has all sorts of wild, zany schemes for using it to fix all of Creation's problems.""Where do you stand?""Myself? Somewhere between the first and second group. It'd be great if we could just keep it in a storehouse for a rainy day, but it doesn't seem like it's possible at all, judging by how it seems to behave. On top of that, even if we could store it, what if someone decides to use it, or steal it? And besides, it'd be basically a Kukla Switch: using it might prove to be worse than whatever catastrophe you were trying to fight.""...What's a Kukla Switch?" You wonder, puzzled.Amata laughs. "Oh, just a Sidereal joke. Believe me, it's a good thing that you don't know."Mysterious as usual. "...okay. So, you wouldn't be opposed to returning it to Autochton?""Autochton suffered a lot in the late First Age, and it was mostly the Solar's fault. Returning his Eye would go a very, very long way towards mending relations. Plus, it would keep it out of Creation, and make a war between them and us wholly unnecessary." She points out. "So yes, I'd give it away. Do you think you could, if you found it?""...What do you mean?""The Eye of Autochton is... not quite omnipotent, but very, very close. It can make and unmake just about anything. Would you be able to resist the temptation of using it?" She suggests."...I'd like to think I would.""I guess it's the sort of thing you can never know for sure unless you end up being in that actual situation." Amata muses.Heavy stuff.>More questions. (what?)>Other things to do. (what?)>Enter downtime / management phase.>(Other?)Slow replies from now on. Sorry.
>>1516334>>Enter downtime / management phase.
>>1516334>Other things to do. (what?)I'd like to talk to Zaan about the Essence thing, but I guess it's also something we can do during downtime assuming he'll come tell us when they're done.
>>1516334>Enter downtime / management phase.
>>1516334You know, the Eye is outside of fate, but couldn't you use the Alchemicals to look for a kind of resonance since they're both from the same place?
>>1516334>>Other things to do. (what?)We should Try talking to UCS about Autochthon. He's our Mentor and the only guy we have access to who knew him. Let's get his take on things, even if it's just "thanks for the info, I trust you to handle it."
>>1516351Maybe, but you remember that the Alchemicals knew nearly nothing about the Eye itself, so you can't be sure that such a "resonance" will even occur.>>1516342Zaan is coming up with the formula, but he still doesn't have anything of practical use. He's working on it.At this point, he can make a potion that has a decent chance of awakening Essence in someone, but it's untested, risky(he says it could cause damage or even a small chance of death), and cannot be made in large amounts yet.>>1516364The next day, assisted by Pyre Spark, you gather in prayer on the roof of Golden Reach at noon, communing with the Unconquered Sun. You get no booming voices, glorious appearances, or forceful declarations in response. You know your prayer reached him, but he does not answer at first.Yet, when you first mentioned Autochton, you did feel something. A silent, deep sense of shame. A sense of goodwill betrayed and hopes dashed.You don't need to ask. You know the tune by now: another thing the old Solars did that the Sun regrets, or perhaps blames himself for not stopping. ...The rest is up to you, you feel.
>>1516334>>1516364Yeah, at six dot's the guy should be able to take a minute or two from his day to answer a couple questions about an old friend of his.
>>1516382>A silent, deep sense of shame. >A sense of goodwill betrayed and hopes dashed.I guess he doesn't know anything about the eye, or he'd probably offer to at least point us in the right direction given how much he seems to regret what happened.So who else can we ask for a lead? We've tried Sidereals and the Greatest of the Gods, SOMEONE has to at least be able to say "It's somewhere over there."What about praying that God of Secrets Known Only to One Person, whose name is on the tip of my tongue? Even if the Eye is outside of Fate, maybe someone who knows about it isn't. Even if we can't find out for certain where it is now, getting a definite last known location rather than one based on rumors would be useful.
>>1516382>...The rest is up to you, you feel.We got it Senpai.
>>1516394>God of Secrets Known Only to One Person, whose name is on the tip of my tongueNara-O, that was their name.
Is there anything you want to handle before the downtime? I don't think there are many critically important things left to address, but there might be something I'm missing.On the not-critically-important side, I can think of the wardrobe, and welcoming your wives from the Neck that are being sent to Tianna as part of how the Necklanders make political alliances.What else is there?>>1516394Nara-O, unfortunately, is not in the business of divulging such secrets. Otherwise, as Amata explained, the Sidereals would've already obtained the Eye long ago.
>>1516403>wardrobeThere is one image that caught my eye, but it's NSFW, so I was going to wait until we moved to Akun to suggest it.But I could always put it on imgur if you want it now..
>>1516403>and welcoming your wives from the Neck that are being sent to Tianna as part of how the Necklanders make political alliances.Also, can you refresh us on this. These aren't those two dragon-bloods we were trying to woo, but were only making progress on one of them, are they? Those are the only people I remember from that trip.
>>1512877I've had a few ideas for new clothes, but I would actually love the chance to get our wedding dress remade since we lost the original. I don't even mind if we don't keep it in our Elsewhere pocket, just having it back would be lovely.It would also be a nice to see how Ioula, the tailor's apprentice, is doing.
>>1516403Maybe ask Amata if it would be a waste of time to just ask Jupiter where it is.
>>1516411>But I could always put it on imgur if you want it now..Fuck it I need to go to the garage and all my images are on the house computer, so here http://imgur.com/a/Hmyj1. Ignore the nails obviously.Pic related was also something I was thinking about, and is safe to post here.
>>1516403Oh speaking of the West don't we still need to send over Mika and Karas to talk defense and trading?
>>1516420I like those. However, I'm worried by the amount of gold in our wardrobe. We could use more color variation. Still, design wise I'm fine with both of these.
>>1516420I guess I don't really mind the one you posted, but I don't like the imgur one.
>>1516415>Also, can you refresh us on this. These aren't those two dragon-bloods we were trying to woo, but were only making progress on one of them, are they? Those are the only people I remember from that trip.No, they're not. they're mortals from the tribes. It's a Neck custom (and, more generally, a western one) where all political alliances are sealed with a marriage.Rulers are nearly always male and polygamy, especially for the rich and powerful, is not just normal, but a status symbol, as it shows that you are able to support many wives, and western society, especially in the Neck and Wavecrest, so it makes sense. The practice of giving away one of your women as a wife is a more formalized and civilized version of hostage-taking, essentially.Since you're a foreigner and a ruler, the Necklanders are essentially pretending that you are male. Your actual gender is not as important as your social role to them, in any case. On top of that, your being a Celestial Exalted (equivalent to being a local god in their eyes) means that marrying with you would increase the status of both the bride and the clan, because god-blooded are held in high regard in Neck traditions. (The Realm did his best to stamp this out, but with mixed success.)The Neck is split up between five main clans (Cyanin, Porphura, Smaragdi, Squalus, Tautoga), and as part of your alliance with them (which is essentially a soft annexation) you are expected to take one young bride from each clan, but you have not decided what to actually "do" with them, since this is an unconventional situation. (you could take them into a harem of your own, or combine the marriages between them and other people in Tianna, etc)As a reminder, the main terms of your agreement were:- The Neck maintains most of its self-governance. Tianna handles their foreign affairs, but it's not a big change because the Neck has always been very isolationist in that regard.- Tianna provides for the Neck's defense and clears its waters from pirates.- Free trade and movement and open ports.- The isle of Cormorant, occupied by Skullstone, is to be returned to the Tautoga clan whenever Tianna will be able to.You trusted Mikahil to hammer out some favorable terms on the more specific side (taxation etc), you didn't go into details yourself. What matters is that you've convinced the Neck to buy into your idea of slowly forming a great western nation.It's an idea that resonates powerfully with them, because they consider themselves the last heirs of Okeanos, the vast First-Age nation that occupied the west in the distant past.
>>1516475I could have sworn we came up with a more specific governing structure a while ago and people agreed to it.
>>1516416>I've had a few ideas for new clothes, but I would actually love the chance to get our wedding dress remade since we lost the original. I don't even mind if we don't keep it in our Elsewhere pocket, just having it back would be lovely.I'll add it to the options. You can definitely get another copy done.>>1516416>It would also be a nice to see how Ioula, the tailor's apprentice, is doing.Still at her job. It's successful, thanks to rumors that you got your wedding dress from them drawing a lot of business, but she's been swamped with work recently and hasn't had time to do anything else.>>1516417>Maybe ask Amata if it would be a waste of time to just ask Jupiter where it is.Well, the same rule applies: if the Sidereals could know where the Eye is, don't you think they would've already found it?>>1516422>Oh speaking of the West don't we still need to send over Mika and Karas to talk defense and trading?Yeah. That's something that will happen in downtime. You don't need to "send them", they're good at doing their jobs on their own even without you micromanaging them :DIn general, with the amount of people and things going on in this quest, you should give up on micromanaging things and focus only on what you need/want to handle yourself. Trust that your circlemates will be competent.>>1516476>I could have sworn we came up with a more specific governing structure a while ago and people agreed to it.There has been talk of it (see here: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/45574749/#p45580464), but no conclusive, "official" votes, msotly because it felt like the kind of thing that should be organized in downtime. So, now is the ideal time to talk about it.Also, feel free to keep posting or linking outfits. I'm compiling a gallery.
>>1516484I guess we're officially in downtime?I don't think it's been that long since we last asked, but how have things been going on in Creation? Any news we've heard about?How have our allies been, I assume Moray already left for Skullstone at least, any word from him? Has The Realm responded to the us taking Neck?>Also, feel free to keep posting or linking outfits. I'm compiling a gallery.I liked this one to be our regular Swift Rider outfit since I always thought our old one, #18, was kinda plain.
Oh boy, wardrobe change! One of the most serious and competitive votes this quest has.I thought we would be proposing outfits and voting on them after the move, since we can post nsfw things there too.
>>1516417With Jupiter its more like she would just give a knowing smile unless it was the right time to release that knowledge, also just getting a resevation to meet Jupiter would be a herculean task of its own.
>>1516403Oh man I just remembered we haven't had a chance to discover the Mountain Folk below Tianna.
>>1516550>Oh man I just remembered we haven't had a chance to discover the Mountain Folk below Tianna.What Mountain Folk? :^)>>1516542You can link me off-site images, for now.Also, just to be clear, the black and gold dress from Rei's art is going to be in the wardrobe by default, agreed?
>>1516568>Also, just to be clear, the black and gold dress from Rei's art is going to be in the wardrobe by default, agreed?Of course, can't go without that.Blue is a Zenith color and I'll never not love Sona's cleavage dress.>What Mountain Folk? :^)What I meant to say was, we should give Engine a nice tour of the Titan when she gets back.
>>1516550I have a feeling they'll be interested in making an introduction once Engine shows up and takes a tour of the Titan.
>>1516568Agreed.>>1516571Ooo, I could get behind adding some Sona to our outfits. I wouldn't mind a culling, either, since several of those outfits look similar.
>>1516571With this, I got a library of 150 images up. I'll wait half a hour or so for any extra images you guys want to post, then we'll open the vote.
I think we should wait to be on anonkun for this, but I'm not wasting a chance to put shuten douji's outfit in here.
>>1516582>I got a library of 150 images upI actually had a small folder of stuff I had been thinking about, but geez. I think I'll leave it at that.
>>1516593Fortunately body paint counts as "an outfit" for this Charm.
>>1516599That's not paint, it's actually a very thin, flexible metal, I think.
>>1516610By the master himself
Something like this. But without the top.And (nsfw) http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/2738935Most of the stuff I'm suggesting is from FGO...
>>1516643>Most of the stuff I'm suggesting is from FGO...I noticed.>>1516610>>1516619Not including this because there are already very similar outfits in the list.Compiling the gallery now.
>150+ imagesThis is gonna be a clusterfuck.
>>1516656>over 150 picturesDon't we only have like, 4 new slots not counting possible replacements?
>>1516683It IS.>>1516690Yes, but this vote is a "do-over" for the entire wardrobe, so those outfits are up for vote too. They might get changed. Changing clothes is a thing people do, especially rich people who get tired of old outfits.So we're effectively voting for 29 slots.
http://imgur.com/a/UMvnkHere's the gallery. I'll keep this vote up for a few hours to give time for everyone to vote.Here is how the vote works:Each of you has 10 votes and 5 vetos.A veto cancels a vote. You don't HAVE to use it, it's just to point out outfits you really really don't like and lower their chances of making the cut.You don't have to use all of your votes, or all of your vetos.You CAN vote/veto multiple times for the same outfit if there is one you REALLY like (or hate), but only up to 3 times (so no piling 10 votes on one outfit for example).Outfits that were in use up to now win ties and start with 5 free votes.Please list your votes like this for (my) ease of readability:(this is an example)VOTES>#211>#211>#211>#316>#317>#330>#330>#333>#334>#350VETOS>#201>#203>#300>#300>#300BEGIN VOTING!
>>1516727Ok, wait a minute, this is over 150 images and the album is not in a grid layout. Before we do this, how do we force it to be in a grid again? That'd make things MUCH easier for us.
>>1516730http://imgur.com/a/UMvnk/layout/gridBecause Imgur got dumber.
>>1516737>http://imgur.com/a/UMvnk/layout/gridThe problem with this layout is that it doesn't display image numbers, keep in mind.
>>1516727The wedding dress is already in the new wardrobe, right?VOTES>#010>#021>#044>#055>#063>#075>#105>#119>#137>#145VETOSGonna save them for later, if I may.Can we change out votes if we have a change of heart?
>>1516784>The wedding dress is already in the new wardrobe, right?If by "wedding dress" you mean the outfit we got from UCS, then yes. That one is in no matter what, and is our "default," as in what we wear if no one calls a vote to wear something else.
I just remembered I wanted to suggest adding this to the wardrobe. Ah well, it can always be thrown in next time.
>>1516784>Gonna save them for later, if I may.>Can we change out votes if we have a change of heart?Yes, as long as you clearly link to your earlier vote. Do it only if absolutely necessary, because it's going to be a hassle to count all this stuff already without having to also account for this.
>>1516727I didn't end up voting for the old blue wedding dress, but I'd still like to remake it just to have after the vote.VOTE>#12>#19>#44>#67>#69>#82>#104>#105>#124>#126
>>1516484>There has been talk of it (see here: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/45574749/#p45580464), but no conclusive, "official" votes, mostly because it felt like the kind of thing that should be organized in downtime. So, now is the ideal time to talk about it.I would like to say that I largely agree with the statements, but that I want there to be an explicit right to recruit troops from all territories because I want my tiger warrior godblood legion.
>>1516820The old blue wedding dress is #150.
>>1516816>it's going to be a hassle to count all this stuffI got your back, senpai.Also, one or two outfits are repeated in the album.
>>1516834Sorry I did see it, but eventually picked something else over it. I meant more even if it doesn't win I'd like to have it made again and maybe keep it in a wardrobe in our room or something.
>>1516727I hate you. You have no idea how hard it is for me to do this on a phone.
>>1516840>Also, one or two outfits are repeated in the album.Fuck. They are? I thought I checked. Can you point them out?Also, thank you. God's work, etc.>>1516844>Sorry I did see it, but eventually picked something else over it. I meant more even if it doesn't win I'd like to have it made again and maybe keep it in a wardrobe in our room or something.Oh. Sorry, I misunderstood what you meant. Yeah, that will be arranged.>>1516845>I hate you. You have no idea how hard it is for me to do this on a phone.I'm sorry, but on the plus side i am going to keep this vote open for quite a while (probably until tomorrow), so you'll probably make it to a computer in time?
>>1516859109 is the same character and clothes as 010, just in a different pose.138 and 139 are so similar I thought they were the same at first, but they have different details.
>>1516859>>151687767 and 146 are the same character as well, but the former is more detailed.
>>1516877>109 is the same character and clothes as 010, just in a different pose.Wow. did NOT spot that. How did I miss this?>138 and 139 are so similar I thought they were the same at first, but they have different details.yeah, they're different versions of similar outfits.
Could the Fay find the Eye? what's there deal with Fate?
>>1516845You could instead just pick three outfits you REALLY like and vote for them three times, instead of voting for ten outfits once. The would be easier probably.>>1516901>yeah, they're different versions of similar outfits.And yet by the logic you presented here >>1516656 that should disqualify one of them.
>>1516925No one knows. Just because both fae and the Eye are outside Fate, it doesn't mean they have any connection. just like you could have two people who both "do not live in New York" and they have nothing to do with each other (one lives in New Jersey, the other in Angola, for example).>>1516936Oh, I'm not saying that I did it on purpose. I did not realize how similar they were when I put them up.
>>1516727>>1516818Sooo. I fucked up in reading the numbering correctly and meant everything on these lists to be +1.Sorry, EF and you, counting anon.
>>1516976I did the same mistake when voting.I'll fix it.
>>1516978>I did the same mistake when voting.Correction, I did it when I was typing my votes before posting. My voting post is not wrong.
>>1516978Did you edit your post, or are you fixing your mistake on your end?
>>1516925That raises an interesting read: terrible idea. Could we mindbreak (Maka style, not Silk style) more Fae and have them scout Creation for us? We'd take their Swords, of course, and have them swear extensive Oaths. Don't feed on humans except passive emotions, don't approach the Eye, just report back, etc.>>1516290>I mean, Leviathan would vastly outclass her, but Leviathan is mostly... doing his own thing, I guess.We should really reach out to Leviathan one of these days. Maybe during our downtime. We're building a Western kingdom, after all. He might be interested in that.
>>1517036>He might be interested in that.Probably not that, but Val has memories of being friends with Leviathan's old love interest. She might recognize him if they met.
>>1517036>We should really reach out to Leviathan one of these days.I just want to formally introduce him to a diplomatic party with Dynasts in it. It would be so much fun.
>>1517038Actually Maka is super similar to his old love interest, she was a super compassionate Zenith Queen just like us.
>>1517060I was wondering what caste she was. The write-up I saw didn't say. Do you know what caste his Solar mate was?
>>1516727I hope I got the numbers right, choosing was a nightmare.VOTE044055119063075089107075119055VETO67127070120
>>1517069His Mate was an Eclipse who was actually her Husband
>>1517072My IP changed? I'm the cellphone guy, >>1516845
>>1517072I forgot a veto for 146
You still on it, counting anon?
>>1517978Yes. I haven't used my vetos yet too.How long you going to keep the vote open?
>>1518039I'm about to go to bed, so I'd say about... eight to ten hours?While the vote is ongoing and I'm asleep, you're all encouraged to discuss what to do in the downtime, of course.
>>1518052>While the vote is ongoing and I'm asleep, you're all encouraged to discuss what to do in the downtime, of course.Beyond the usual of managing Pearl and Tiger Training our troops I was hoping to see if we could attract any Martial Artists to the island to set up shop. I'm hoping a Golden Janissary comes along, but I'll take who we can get even if it's just inviting Zha over from the Neck to teach Regis and maybe our captains Seafaring Hero Style.
Votes:>011>011>011>044>044>044>120>120>120>137Vetos:>025>025I'm pretty good as long as we keep a tabard. And stay away from stuff that looks overly modern.
Perhaps we could explore the caves that shooting the Titan created. Prepare a major sports competition a la Olympics, but with exalted sports(tm). Maybe also an art equivalent, with painting, statues and jewel smithing.The memory/dream library, that I really want to see happen. New on skullstone and the solar we gave a ton of money/ships to, and get our own army ready.Also promote fertility and raise the birth rate for a while, cause invading an abyssal's island fortress is going to plummet our numbers quite a bit.Also, redoing my vote here.>>1516784VOTES>#055>#055>#055>#063>#075>#105 >#107>#107>#107>#119VETOS>#67>#67>#133>#05>#133With this, I'm turning in 4 hours later than I should. I'll send the count to EF through his ask.fm.
>>1519450Thank you. I will begin computing the votes right now.
>>1519450>Also promote fertility and raise the birth rate for a while, cause invading an abyssal's island fortress is going to plummet our numbers quite a bit.That doesn't really help us in the short term with actually dealing with any loses we take, we'll want to increase immigration to Tianna to deal with that so the Olympics idea could work as a huge tourism event. Make it a huge festival and offer a prize to the various winners to entice people to come over, we could even make it a Martial Arts tournament to try and attract those martial artists I wanted. Plus I think our people deserve something like this, a big happy festival to celebrate our initial victory against the Silver Prince since I don't think we ever did that after we won.
>>1519603If anyone is late to the party and has yet to cast a vote, now is the time. I've had to delay the finalization of the votes because of IRL bullshit happening, so you still got some time.
man, I forgot to bring up the point of martial arts to Amata.
>>1519915What did you want to ask?We can still probably bring it up during downtime.
I was worried that I showed up too late. Am I still in time?VOTES:>21>21>104>105>105>105>107>107>107>126VETOS:>7>8>26>53>70
>>1519985Yes, you're still in time, but I'm closing the vote here.
>>1520001Whew. Sorry fr taking so long.
Here we go, your new selection.Back to our business now then.
>>1520043>Queen of the SunLewd.
>>1518052Off the top of my head:-Have Engine, Valeriana, and Irene start repairs on the Titan. Or at least draw up a plan of action to repair the critical systems and see if the island can be made to fly.-Try and find Leviathan to make a formal, friendly introduction to the most powerful Exalt in the West-See if we can negotiate/beat the Storm Mothers into behaving for our shipping? Would help with making nations want to join us.-Experiment with Valeriana's Twilight abilities in Silk's Wyld Zone, see what we can make (I think she mentioned wanting to do this before)-Set up regular regimens of Tiger Warrior Training for Tianna/Pearl's troops (or get Karas to handle since I think he has the Charms)-Develop Social/UMI Defense suite for when Five Talents arrives-See if a Wyld highway can be developed between Tianna and Gem-Check in with our friendly neighborhood Abyssals, particularly Fleur. See if she's interested in trying to become a Solar again (might be more than a simple downtime activity).-Continue looking for leads on our side quests (the Eye, Ocean Father's dagger, looking for viable candidates to marry Old Man Arbani's daughters, etc.)-I like this suggestion, as well >>1519915Also, to marry off the Neck girls or add them to the harem? Hmm...
>>1520043We could get an official vote on this out of the way. >http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/45574749/#p45580464
>>1520104>which Pearl is folded into for administrative reasonsNo>although as a practical matter she's co-equal with Tia and Amata.I have no problem with Amata being our unofficial equal, but Tia cannot be trusted with that level of responsibility. She is doing a good job with her tribe, but that doesn't mean she's ready to help rule multiple nations.
DOWNTIME:>>1516831>Work on the details of the deal with the Neck.(difficulty: easy. time: one week spent in diplomatic talks)>>1517036>Try to get more Fae, have them search for the Eye around Creation(difficulty: hard. time: unknown, at least a month.)(probably better handled in actual play than in downtime.)>Contact Leviathan(difficulty: unknown. time: none)(requires sending a Lunar on the mission, unless you want Maka to do this personally)>>1519338>Manage Pearl(difficulty: easy. time: none; ongoing action as long as it's ordinary administration.)>Tiger Warrior Training(difficulty: easy. time: up to 6 weeks, assuming Karas also helps. Double that if Karas is assigned to other duties.)>Draw terrestrial martial artists to Tianna(difficulty: easy. time: two weeks spent moving around, campaigning, writing letters, etc.)>>1519450>Explore the caves under the Titan(difficulty: unknown. time: unknown.)(assumed to be delegated to someone. If done by Maka in person, best done in actual play.)>Sports Festival & Culture Festival(difficulty: easy. time: about three weeks of organization and actual event, assuming others help with the organization. Depends if you want to do something with just the people you have or if you want to draw attention outside Tianna)>Dream Library(need more details. What do you mean, exactly?)>News from SkullstoneEasily obtained: Moray Darktide has started a guerrilla/piracy war in Skullstone's border islands and their territorial waters. Without its leader, Skullstone is losing badly, Morale is low, and their society is beginning to come apart at the seams. The Silver Prince's remaining Abyssal Exalted have assumed leadership and doing their best to fight back Darktide and hold on to their territories.>Promote Fertility(difficulty: easy. time: two weeks spent reviewing laws and incentives for families, immigration policies, etc)>>1520103>Start repairs on the Titan(premature, as both Valeriana and Irene are already busy with other projects, namely Pearl+Golden Reach, and refurbishing Tianna's First Age Weapon supply)>>1520103>Deal with the Storm Mothers(difficulty: medium. time: unknown.)(assumed to be delegated to someone. If done by Maka in person, best done in actual play.)>See if a Wyld highway can be developed between Tianna and Gem(Experts say no. For now, Azure Chariot is the fastest transportation, it seems.)>Check in with our friendly neighborhood Abyssals, particularly FleurEasily done: the Abyssals are doing their stuff in the Underworld side of Tianna. Phoenix explains that the destruction of the Silver Prince drew a lot of attention. Other Deathlords sent people to see what happened, but no one seems willing to take overt action. Fleur is missing, no one knows where she went.>>1520103>>1519915>Martial Arts to AmataWhat about martial arts and Amata, exactly?
This is what has been mentioned this far. To all this I'd add:Valeriana intends to invest the cash you brought home from Gem into completing Golden Reach. She believes she can be done with it in about one season, so in time for Nysela's Summer Camp. (Shining Jewel agrees.)Karas and Samiel are reorganizing the armed forces. You can let them do it on their own, or get involved.The administration of Sapphire Palace (your water-aspected manse, on loan to the water spirits) is going well. Glorious Tide got the hang of it, and she's doing a good job right now.Irene is forcing Engine of Salvation to help her with warstrider engineering. (But not after losing her mind over her for a good three days and trying to dismantle her no less than ten times) She is perfecting the Dragonkaiser.Flame That Marched Against The Sea is stable.The Realm is massing forces, and the political situation seems volatile. Troops and ships are being pulled out of the West, too.Regis and Millian are forced to wear the matching outfits you brought them from Gem as a souvenir. (picture related.)Pyre Spark is oddly clingy. I mean, a bit more than usual.Also, yes, the five girls from the Neck. Marry them off, take them for your own harem, etc.(OOC note: been looking all over the place for a picture with five fantasy-styled slightly exotic-looking girls that do not look like they're wearing another goddamn school uniform.)
>>1520188>Irene is forcing Engine of Salvation to help her with warstrider engineering. (But not after losing her mind over her for a good three days and trying to dismantle her no less than ten times) She is perfecting the Dragonkaiser.I'm still going over other stuff, but at one point we wanted to construct a Royal Warstrider for Maka. I assume we still do, so we should mention that to them and Val. It's not a priority, but something to plan long term for. It takes a year to make one after all.
>>1520188How is our Magitech Navy looking? I would think with Engine around we could be building it up faster than ever. Also what does she think of the tech compared to her home?
>>1520185So we have 13 weeks to camp>Contact LeviathanSend Talon, he's the most diplomatic of our Lunars, and the most respected.>Tiger Warrior Training7 Weeks left>Draw terrestrial martial artists to Tianna5 Weeks left>Explore the caves under the TitanIrene and Engine of Salvation. Maybe Val too.>>1520188>Karas and Samiel are reorganizing the armed forces. You can let them do it on their own, or get involved.Just have them run any big changes by us.>Irene is forcing Engine of Salvation to help her with warstrider engineering. (But not after losing her mind over her for a good three days and trying to dismantle her no less than ten times) She is perfecting the Dragonkaiser.As I said here >>1520188 we should bring up our plans for a Royal Warstrider.The Realm is massing forces, and the political situation seems volatile. Troops and ships are being pulled out of the West, too.Another reason getting Leviathan on our side would be good.>Regis and Millian are forced to wear the matching outfits you brought them from Gem as a souvenir. (picture related.)Be sure to mother them extra hard.>Pyre Spark is oddly clingy. I mean, a bit more than usual.We should also Talk to Pyre Spark>Also, yes, the five girls from the Neck. Marry them off, take them for your own harem, etc.Ask Amata if there are any families that it would be advantagous to marry them to. Otherwise keep them for ourselves. It should be an all or nothing kind of deal, we marry them all or keep them all, otherwise it looks like we're playing favorites.
>>1520202I take it we'll need some intercontinental ballistic makas.
>>1520185>What about martial arts and Amata, exactly?Specifically? If she knows someone or something that might help us improve upon our inherent style. There are so many martial arts, having different ideals or philosophical ideas and since Amata is informed about>NEARLY everythingI'd love to know if she knows some styles that roughly conform to our views.Also getting her point of view interest me very much since she hasn't shown to be the stereotypical martial arts master a Sidereal is supposed to be and a discussion about what ranges from killing people by ripping someone's heart out and offering it to UCS-senpai as sacrifice and poisoning others by poisoning yourself to sitting besides them and have them die three days later would be delightful if that happens.
>>1520185Here is what I want.>Work on the details of the deal with the Neck.>Tiger Warrior Training>Draw terrestrial martial artists to TiannaNotes: We should do the deal with the Neck first, as if we can get Godblooded we absolutely want to train them. 8 dicepool mooks is obscene and I absolutely want it.
>>1520233>As I said here >>1520188 we should bring up our plans for a Royal Warstrider.Fuck, that was meant to quote >>1520202>>1520185>Martial Arts to AmataI forgot earlier, but I've been interested in having Maka learn Unconquered Arms Style, since that Style let's you punch people while also proclaiing how great UCS is, letting Maka do two of her favorite things at once.
>>1520188What's happening with our airship?
>>1520185>Work on the details of the deal with the Neck.That's something we can leave to Karas and Mika like we planned.>Tiger Warrior TrainingWe definitely want Karas helping as soon as he's done back from the Neck, it's only about 4 hours a day so he can work on that in between his other work. We should also top off Regis, Milly, and Pyre too. >Draw terrestrial martial artists to TiannaSure, make sure to ask Zha to come over for a bit as well if he can. Ask Amata if she knows anyone who could come over or for recommendations, if she knows a Golden Jannisary marry her all over again.>Sports Festival & Culture FestivalHow about we keep it small time for now, just a fun holiday for the island so they can enjoy themselves.>Promote FertilityWe definitely want that population bump>Explore the caves under the TitanThis is something we can do while we give Engine a tour of the Titan. In play is fine I suppose.>Also, yes, the five girls from the Neck. Marry them off, take them for your own harem, etc.I think back when it came up in the Neck we considered the option of marrying the clans off with the our Water Court, their numbers would make it easy and honestly I don't want to have too many of Maka's kids running around just yet. I want to give birth to our current ones first before we even think about expanding.>>1520233>Send Talon, he's the most diplomatic of our Lunars, and the most respected.I'd rather send Lynne so we have Talon on hand in case Five Talents shows up early especially since we don't know how long the mission would take. Also because he's squid.
>>1520233>We should also Talk to Pyre SparkI just realized having the T in talk accidentally capitalized means this could be misconstrued. I want to have an actual, played out talk with her to see if something is bothering her.
>>1520188Have we told everyone about Admiral Sand and his shiny new Crown?We should keep in touch with them. It doesn't have to be often, but even something like a monthly Messenger to touch bases.Also any news from the rest of the world?
>Tiger Warrior Training 6 weeks >Work on the details of the deal with the Neck. 1 week, most important to me personally >Promote Fertility two weeks>Draw terrestrial martial artists to Tianna12 weeks of work and we finally get to do some political world building which I've been interested in from threas 1
>>1520313>>Promote FertilityWe were revered as a goddess of Dance, War and Sex by our cult if I remember correctly, so that should not be a problem.... some many thoughts on that last one and the book that was mentioned the other thread
>>1520188Oh we should write some super cheesy romance novels in our spare time!Maybe a journal too, something for history.
>>1520202Oh, believe me, Irene and Valeriana already have plans.>>1520205By the month of Resplendent Fire repairs will be completed and your forces will count on 10 fully-rigged and armed First Age-class ships.Engine doesn't think highly of your technological level, She does admit that parts of it are "adequate", though "different from how we do back home nonetheless".She helps out, but you definitely feel like she'd not doing as much as she could (she probably still doesn't trust you fully), and on top of that she's still getting used to your different tech.>>1520233>Just have them run any big changes by us.Essentially, five main armed forces.Army: Commander: Karas. Three Dragons (3x500=1500 men) of medium infantry. Best training and equipment, prepared and outfitted for independent operations both in Tianna and outside. Includes elite commandos, some portable Essence artillery (10 gun-sized Essence Cannons, 5 bazooka-sized), and the ability to field up to 5 common warstriders.Engineers:Commander: Irene. One Dragon (500 men) of medium infantry. Perfectly capable of fighting alongside the frontline forces, but more specialized: sappers, artillery corps, etc. Carries a variety of Essence artillery: 5 Lightning Ballistas, 10 Medium Implosion Bows, 10 each of gun-sized, bazooka-sized and howitzer-sized Concussion Essence Cannons, plus a Storm Hammer. There are not enough hearthstones for all, unfortunately.Guard: Commander: Samiel. Around 1000 men. Essentially a police force. Can take the field as two Dragons of light infantry if needed, but is mostly meant for peacekeeping.Navy:Commander: Rajan. Totals around 1000 men, but only about 500 of them are actual combatants. (Can take the field as one Dragon of marines if needed.) Includes the pirate crews you merged into Tianna's navy. Has 5 First Age ships, plus a complement of normal ships relegated to noncombat roles. Each ship mounts a Medium Implosion Bow and a Medium Concussive Essence Cannon, but there are not enough hearthstones for all.Horde: Commander: Tia. (heaven help you all) Totals around 1000 barbarian warriors grouped in warbands of mixed light and medium infantry and cavalry. Undisciplined but strong and skilled at mobile warfare.These are full-readiness armed forces. Tianna would not be able to raise additional as militia or volunteers effectively... it's already a very high proportion of military to civilian. Under peacetime, you'd have about one-third to half of these numbers available.
>>1520367So really, we just need a journal.>>1520373>Oh, believe me, Irene and Valeriana already have plans.I can only imagine what kind of Warstrider AI those two would create.
>>1520185>Fleur is missing, no one knows where she went.SHEEEIT. Unless>Redemption Questin which case, SHIT YEAH>>1520313>Water Court and Neck bridesThe Neck would like that, I think. Considering they're elementals, would the fact that we're giving them brides instead of grooms matter much? I will second asking our resident Sidereal for political advice. >I'd rather send Lynne so we have Talon on hand in case Five Talents shows up early especially since we don't know how long the mission would take. Also because he's squid.Not a bad idea. Leviathan would take well to a squid Lunar, methinks. >>1520302>Arms of the Unconquered SunYeah, it's been brought up before. It's a decent style, and not an entirely bad idea. I'm not trying to shoot it down, but it is even more Charms when we're already into Solar Hero, which itself is a pretty great style. Though I would LOVE to see Maka wrecking someone with Meditation Upon the Spear I do like the thought of at least someone among our group learning actual Martial Arts. Karas might be a good contender?>>1520313>This is something we can do while we give Engine a tour of the Titan. In play is fine I suppose.Yeah, that sounds fun.>>1520331Agreed>>1520349Regular check-ins seconded.>>1520373>Military statsWow, that's pretty impressive, actually. Can we replicate the Lightning Ballistas and Implosion Bows yet? Beamklaives when>but there are not enough hearthstones for all.*sigh* Always something
>>1520373>(she probably still doesn't trust you fully)How much does Engine know about the Wyld?I really wanted to run that idea of just making the materials she needs from the Wyld instead of having to harvest it.Bonus points for having Gem right on the edge of Creation so if we set up shop their we could easily ship it to Autochthonia. In general I guess this is something to ask our smart people if it's viable, but we could at least show off the theory of it with Silk in our Wyld Zone.
>>1520373Technically, we also have the Fey forces which were already designed a long time ago.
>>1520273>Specifically? If she knows someone or something that might help us improve upon our inherent style.>>1520302>having Maka learn Unconquered Arms StyleAmata's response is "the best trainer you could ask for for your particular brand of martial arts is actually Nysela. I mean, out of all the people I know."Also, her styles are... utterly incomprehensible to you, even when she tries to teach you something. Apparently you "lack the proper mindset to grasp the true form of Sidereal Martial Arts" or something.>>1520310>What's happening with our airship?Not really coming along. Irene and Valeriana are estimating about one year of development, assuming nothing goes wrong, and it might.When offered the option between dismantling the Titan and using its parts to make a smaller airship quickly, and keeping the Titan intact, you picked the latter.>>1520367>Oh we should write some super cheesy romance novels in our spare time!Sure, no problem.>>1520313>We should also top off Regis, Milly, and Pyre too.Done.Are we forgetting anything? Just want to get all the stuff to do in one neat place.Incidentally, for reference:Assuming we're ending this timeskip at around the start of Ascending Fire, that is, the Summer Camp, by then, with immigration, the completed unification of the Neck and access to its food surplus, and the general prosperity that Tianna can enjoy thanks to Gem's money plus a bunch of bureaucratically-skilled Exalted managing the government (ensuring very low corruption, very low crime, etc) brings the total number of inhabitants of the island of Tianna to about 300.000 people.It can't easily grow larger than this unless you gain access to more food supplies, which means either conquering more land, making big trade deals, or expanding agriculture in the barbarian plains (and that would probably make Tia and Talon crabby).
>>1520400What does the Neck have militarily speaking?
>>1520385>>Fleur is missing, no one knows where she went.Wait, fuck I missed that.>Redemption QuestStop, I can't afford to get a boner right now.>but it is even more Charms when we're already into Solar Hero, which itself is a pretty great style.We haven't really invested heavily in it yet though. Yes, we have a couple charms from the style, but not enough that we should feel committed to it if some we like more, like AotUS, comes along.
>>1520373Do any of the crafters have time for maybe making or upgrading a few Artifacts?Besides my eternal love of Wings of the Raptor, I'd like the chance to upgrade our boots and gloves to maybe have a shield form or a kind of pilebunker attack. The rest of our circle can take priority if they want/need something though.And don't forget we wanted to make a new crown for our super cool new Kingdom. Something that would be complimented with our Crown of Thunders.
>>1520185>>Dream Library>(need more details. What do you mean, exactly?)It's an idea that came up a few times during the gem arc. It was supposed to use the dream pearls we hoped to buy in gem before returning to tianna, but maybe there's another way.The gist of it was to build a an archive of sorts of Maka (and/or others') memories or dreams, so she would never forget who she used to be. It could work as both a journal and a way to (hopefully) fend off the Curse. And open a dream parlour like Gem's with the right dreams.By the way, how did you settle for the outfits with only a single vote? I had expected a complete overhaul of the wardrobe.
>>1520400Well, we've got the invasion of Skullstone coming up. What other nations in the West can we approach? Should we approach Wavecrest now that the Realm has pulled back some?>>1520408I hear you. I say we ask Nysela about it in play during the Summer Camp, then. It'd be the best time to start learning it, anyway.>>1520410While Wings of the Raptor are hard to beat, I actually like the way 3E redid Eagle-Wing Style.
>>1520385>The Neck would like that, I think. Considering they're elementals, would the fact that we're giving them brides instead of grooms matter much? I will second asking our resident Sidereal for political advice.She makes a few considerations, the main of which is that "they're spirits, they're not women, or men".When marrying to a supernatural ally, what matters is that the marriage produces god-blooded. That's something spirits, especially water spirits (who are natural shapeshifters), can accomplish. "They'd like that" in the sense that they understand and are used to deal with "water spirits", whereas "Solar Exalted" are a weird and new and scary thing to them. So yes, that would be more familiar to them.On the other side, it means that their alliance and tribute is to the Court (and in this case specifically Glorious Tide, being the leader of the court), not to you. It's up to you how much you care about this technicality. (After all, Glorious Tide is in your service)Essentially, how much you want to centralize rule over the Neck in your person, or if you're alright with a more indirect approach. Some could argue that the Neck wanted to follow you, and not some water elemental who is also your underling, for example.>>1520385>Yeah, it's been brought up before. It's a decent style, and not an entirely bad idea. I'm not trying to shoot it down, but it is even more Charms when we're already into Solar Hero, which itself is a pretty great style.I'll point out that you're still at Dawn 4 and haven't still unlocked the capstones of Solar Hero. And, the "elder charm unlocked once you've bought an entire Charm tree" system works for Martial Arts, too!
>>1520349>We should keep in touch with them. It doesn't have to be often, but even something like a monthly Messenger to touch bases.You do keep in touch. They're doing their own things along the southern coast. You can't tell long stories via Infallible Messenger, but you feel like they have a lot on their plate.Please imagine another completely independent Exalted Quest set there with different characters but just as much going on.>>1520385>Wow, that's pretty impressive, actually. Can we replicate the Lightning Ballistas and Implosion Bows yet?No. You'd need a serious factory-cathedral for that. We're looking at years if not decades of work on infrastructure alone.>>1520390>How much does Engine know about the Wyld?Basically nothing. Val can try and explain to her, but it's even more alien to her than it is to you.Valeriana explains that it's technically possible to obtain those materials from the Wyld, but the amount they need is so vast that there are serious logistical considerations at that point. For example, how to bring millions of tons of raw materials from the deepest of the deep Wyld (the only place where you could create so much) to Autochton. Also how to not get your face eaten by Unshaped Fae.>>1520394Silk can join the fight with her own goblins but you're not sure how you should count them and Karas is kind of nervous about having anything to do with Silk again considering what happened last time.>>1520407>What does the Neck have militarily speaking?Practically nothing. Some small boats, canoes, pirates and raiders, tribal warriors, a coast guard. Their forces actually have a very high concentration of god-blooded, but are small, poorly armed, poorly trained. The Neck has never been a warlike nation. Their main defensive strategy is "Let others fight, submit to the strongest power in the region, and, when all else fails, surrender as fast as possible." It's always worked, and the Neck has never been in any real wars.
>>1520400We should take Ari out hunting every now and then so he doesn't get board, maybe give him a cute ribbon on his tail so people know he's ours.>>1520455>I'll point out that you're still at Dawn 4 and haven't still unlocked the capstones of Solar Hero. And, the "elder charm unlocked once you've bought an entire Charm tree" system works for Martial Arts, too!I am in favor of getting punchier. Could we train in our downtime, would that accomplish anything here? I guess even if it wouldn't I'd like to take the time to do so if we have the time. Something like practicing against Tia or Amata or Silk's hoard.
>>1520455>Essentially, how much you want to centralize rule over the Neck in your person, or if you're alright with a more indirect approach. Some could argue that the Neck wanted to follow you, and not some water elemental who is also your underling, for example.Those are good points. I was on the fence on what to do with them before, but now I'm on the side of taking them for ourselves.
>>1520462"Are Maka and Karas training again?""If by training you mean Maka trying to make Karas wear one of her old dresses and Karas violently resisting, then yes."
>>1520456>For example, how to bring millions of tons of raw materials from the deepest of the deep Wyld (the only place where you could create so much) to Autochton. Also how to not get your face eaten by Unshaped Fae.That's what the Titans for.>>1520470>Essentially, how much you want to centralize rule over the Neck in your person, or if you're alright with a more indirect approach. Some could argue that the Neck wanted to follow you, and not some water elemental who is also your underling, for example.Same here, maybe ask Amata's opinion on how she feels about us doing so, I really want to make her pregnant before we do anyone else. I'm still a little anxious about just impregnating people we don't know, but we can hold off on that until we're ready as long as we keep them.
>>1520470Yeah, me too. It'll also help more people get used to dealing with Solars.
I'd like to spend some time with people we haven't been able to in awhile. Ever since we got married we've been neglecting some of our people, especially the Dragon-Bloods.And by spend time with I mean it in the sexual and non-sexual sense. When was the last time we just had a non-business talk with Samiel or Irene?
>>1520485Well we had dinner when we got back from Gem, but I do know what you mean.
>>1520400>Also, her styles are... utterly incomprehensible to you, even when she tries to teach you something. Apparently you "lack the proper mindset to grasp the true form of Sidereal Martial Arts" or something.I KNEW IT. She's just subtle about it.
>>1520410>Do any of the crafters have time for maybe making or upgrading a few Artifacts?>Besides my eternal love of Wings of the Raptor, I'd like the chance to upgrade our boots and gloves to maybe have a shield form or a kind of pilebunker attack.You can't easily upgrade your weapons now, because the "physical" part of them (the orichalcum, metal, etc) is as good as it can get for a hunk of magical metal that hits people in the face. Any further improvement has to come in the shape of enchantments and mystically imbued abilities, and that's a very long and difficult procedure that also requires exotic and unique materials.As for Wings of the Raptor, Valeriana explains that she knows the basics, but she'd need to put in a massive amount of work and resources to try and make them. That is an option, but means delaying the construction of Golden Reach by quite a while, and she'd also need to dismantle the Swift Rider.>>1520410>And don't forget we wanted to make a new crown for our super cool new Kingdom. Something that would be complimented with our Crown of Thunders.Oh, it's just gold and gems and a bit of orichalcum. Valeriana can make that by hand in an afternoon. In fact, she did. (I have an idea in mind for what the crown looks like but there are no close enough pictures on the internet and am out of budget to commission an artist, let me know if you care to know the description.)>>1520420>It's an idea that came up a few times during the gem arc. It was supposed to use the dream pearls we hoped to buy in gem before returning to tianna, but maybe there's another way.>The gist of it was to build a an archive of sorts of Maka (and/or others') memories or dreams, so she would never forget who she used to be. It could work as both a journal and a way to (hopefully) fend off the Curse. Not a bad idea, but the problem is that the Dream Opals store dreams, not memories. Gem has professional dreamers who are KINDA SORTA capable of deciding what to dream, but they can't put decide to put anything accurate in the gems. Generally, they dream over and over until they get something "marketable".You only have the Dream Opal given to you by Arras. I mean, you COULD go and get some extra Dream Opals and have enough to start a dream parlor, but that is a lot of work and you're not sure if a dream parlor would be successful in the West. No one knows what one is, cultural differences, etc.(Incidentally, you try sleeping with Arras' Opal, and it's one of the strangest experiences ever.)(After a couple of nights, you can't find it anymore and begin to suspect that Radiant Starfall might have stolen it.)
We should being the Neck under our direct control, Exalted are just some much better then mortals at running thing, even if very hands off.Skip the wings. Go find that dream Opal
>>1520474It's training AND a bonding experience, that's efficiency!>>1520477>That's what the Titans for.Well, we also need a metric fuckton of materials to fix the Titan, so we can get the 10 metric fucktons needed for Autochthon
>>1520188>(OOC note: been looking all over the place for a picture with five fantasy-styled slightly exotic-looking girls that do not look like they're wearing another goddamn school uniform.)Is there a particular look you want?As an aside I was hoping for a group that was a little musically talented so we could have cute backup vocals whenever we wanted.>>1520509>That is an option, but means delaying the construction of Golden Reach by quite a while, and she'd also need to dismantle the Swift Rider.I don't mind the latter myself, but let's focus on Golden Reach for now.>(After a couple of nights, you can't find it anymore and begin to suspect that Radiant Starfall might have stolen it.)Good job girl.And yes, I'd love to hear the description.
>>1520488And then we went off to be alone with Amata. When is the last time we were alone, or "alone," with them? Do we even know how they'd feel about doing that now that we're married to their mom? I know that we were an active "participant" in Samiel and Dancing Smoke/The Flame That Marched Against The Sea's relationship, is that no longer the case? And we used to sleep with Irene semi-regularly, how does she feel about that now?I just don't like it when cast bloat causes once important characters to become side-notes
>>1520509I'd be interested in the description. I do draw from time to time.>begin to suspect that Radiant Starfall might have stolen itSilly girl. We really need to whammy her one day with our sexing Charms.>>1520529There's also Terrestrial Edification Program, if Val or Mikahil would learn it.
>>1520509>(After a couple of nights, you can't find it anymore and begin to suspect that Radiant Starfall might have stolen it.)It's either her or Five Tails right?
>>1520509>Not a bad idea, but the problem is that the Dream Opals store dreams, not memories.I wonder which our First Age flashbacks count as, or if they're neither.
>>1520425>Well, we've got the invasion of Skullstone coming up. What other nations in the West can we approach? Should we approach Wavecrest now that the Realm has pulled back some?Wavecrest has no love for Skullstone, but they also are not a martial or powerful nation (thought they'd be more useful than the Neck in a straight fight that's for sure).The other big Western nation, Coral, is... a whole other story. It's powerful and aggressive, but their main consideration is monetary profit.>>1520462>We should take Ari out hunting every now and then so he doesn't get board, maybe give him a cute ribbon on his tail so people know he's ours.Done. Ari has healed his wounds and gained weight. He's now big and strong and healthy, though he kept a scar around his eye. That, however, only makes him look even more badass than he already is by virtue of just being a lion.You have a lot of fun going out on hunting trips in the forests of northern Tianna just you, Ari and Tia.>>1520477>Same here, maybe ask Amata's opinion on how she feels about us doing so, I really want to make her pregnant before we do anyone else. I'm still a little anxious about just impregnating people we don't know, but we can hold off on that until we're ready as long as we keep them.Amata is already expecting, incidentally.>>1520485>I'd like to spend some time with people we haven't been able to in awhile. Ever since we got married we've been neglecting some of our people, especially the Dragon-Bloods.>And by spend time with I mean it in the sexual and non-sexual sense. When was the last time we just had a non-business talk with Samiel or Irene?I'd assume that whenever you have spare time you do this, especially during this downtime. By this point, Exalted Quest has upwards of 30 named NPCs within arm's reach in Tianna alone. As much as I'd like to, it's hard to manage everything and have occasional slice of life with them while also trying to push the game along and not be boring or slow.>>1520529>We should being the Neck under our direct control, Exalted are just some much better then mortals at running thing, even if very hands off.If you want direct control, you'd need to have someone Exalted move over to Amphiro and stay there as local governor or what-have-you.>>1520529>Go find that dream OpalRadiant denies everything.>>1520532That one is cute. I found a few others, will post later. Thanks.Women of good upbringing do traditionally learn musical arts in the West.Man, i can barely keep up with this thread now.
>>1520558>Amata is already expecting, incidentally.Woo. Wish we could have done that reveal in play.
>>1520558>You have a lot of fun going out on hunting trips in the forests of northern Tianna just you, Ari and Tia.I bet Tia has no end of fun showing Ari how she can be a better lion than him to try and impress us.>Amata is already expecting, incidentally.MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
>>1520558>The other big Western nation, Coral, is... a whole other story. It's powerful and aggressive, but their main consideration is monetary profit.If that's the case, letting rumors of our affiliation with Gem circulate may be useful. Of course we shouldn't confirm them, doing so could get dad and sis in trouble, but letting them "know" we have the backing of such a rich nation could be quite useful in initial negotiations.
>>1520558>If you want direct control, you'd need to have someone Exalted move over to Amphiro and stay there as local governor or what-have-you.Something to keep in mind if/when we pick up a more civil servant guy. Unless Amata has one hidden away somewhere that she thinks deserves the position.
>>1520599This raises an interesting thought. Can we make suggestions for what Charms and abilities the rest of our Circle should be learning? Not in a dictatorial sense, but sitting down with them and talking about goals. Like how Karas and Maka both use Tiger Warrior to improve our military.
>>1520619I have on several occasions said we should suggest everyone learn Tireless Hero's Soul. I don't know if other Exalt types have a similar charm, but if they do they should learn it too. Being able to go for longer periods without sleep has been one of our most use upgrades.
>>1520619To go with that, I don't want to push it, but I've been wondering if any of our DBs have thought about starting a proper House for themselves.
>>1520567>Woo. Wish we could have done that reveal in play.Well, you both (all three of you, actually) did your absolute best to make things happen on that fateful first night, after your wedding, while using for the first time the Hearthstone of Gender Change.(I use the term "night" loosely, of course.)Over the course of this timeskip, Doctor Zaan certifies that the deed is done. This comes as no surprise to Amata, who probably already knew it (or helped) due to weird Sidereal shenanigans. (She IS a Serenity, after all.)(Notice that Amata gave you the "safety talisman" only the day after.)>>1520594>If that's the case, letting rumors of our affiliation with Gem circulate may be useful. Of course we shouldn't confirm them, doing so could get dad and sis in trouble, but letting them "know" we have the backing of such a rich nation could be quite useful in initial negotiations.It could, but Mikahil points out that it could also make every ship leaving your ports a target for privateers.His suggestion is to do your best to maintain cautious neutrality with them.He also reminds you that he has an evil masterplan for going to Azure's casinos and make all of the money.>>1520599>Something to keep in mind if/when we pick up a more civil servant guy. Unless Amata has one hidden away somewhere that she thinks deserves the position.There are a few dragon-blooded civil servants in Tianna that you have not met yet. Amata knows someone who could fill that particular position, but she also thinks that it's best to do things by steps, and so you should slowly integrate the Neck rather than gobble it up in a single bite.>>1520619>This raises an interesting thought. Can we make suggestions for what Charms and abilities the rest of our Circle should be learning? Not in a dictatorial sense, but sitting down with them and talking about goals. Like how Karas and Maka both use Tiger Warrior to improve our military.Within reasonable limits, yes. You can suggest people to invest their future XP in specific directions.Also, since this is downtime, you can spend your own XP, too. You can spend it freely. I'm not going to post a full list of charms, but i'm sure you can dig through archived threads for good charms you'd like to see.A new charm you unlocked by getting Friend of Creation:BEAST-LORD’S BLESSING: (FREE) A natural animal chosen as Familiar becomes semi-intelligent, can be trained (as per Tiger Warrior Training Technique)(I have an entire small tree of Familiar charms. You couldn't use them on Silk because she's not a natural animal, but they work on Ari. And yes, there is an Elder Charm at the end.)
>>1512860>I've decided to move Exalted Quest to Akun.Is it possible to increase the number of viewable posts in the side bar thingy? It seemed to delete them after not too many making it difficult to follow some suggestions if you looked away for a few minutes.
>>1520633>I have on several occasions said we should suggest everyone learn Tireless Hero's Soul.They're working on it. Not everyone is a Zenith!>>1520638>To go with that, I don't want to push it, but I've been wondering if any of our DBs have thought about starting a proper House for themselves.That's actually a thing Amata also wanted to talk to you, in sort of a "we should start thinking about marrying the kids off" tone.The prospect scares her because she wants to keep her babies at home, of course. But still, she realizes that it's something that must be addressed sooner or later.Samiel is kind of committed with Flame. As awesome as that might sound, it's unlikely to produce any dragon-blooded in the long term, unless you also got him some sort of dragon-blooded mistress somehow?Irene is generally unsociable and doesn't seem particularly interested in starting a family. Though you could put some pressure on her.As for the others:Rajan has... a physical problem, unfortunately.And Amata has been trying to set up Aexel and Zareen together for quite some time. She's still working on it.
>>1520682Whatever the next charm in the social defense tree is. And the one after that.
>>1520685Yes. Just keep on the same page and it will continue to expand since its in your local memory. It will immediately reset if you change chapters though.
>>1520685I'm still figuring things out myself, sorry.As for the description of the crown, as mentioned a billion posts ago:it's tiara-style rather than crown-resting-on-top-of-head style. Gold. It has a curved structure, like this one.Central, at the top, has a very large white pearl. Along the sides of the crown, left and right, four and four tear-cut sapphires pointing upwards and outwards (the sharp point pointing down and inwards, roughly in direction of where the castemark would be).At the bottom, almost hanging down from the crown, Golden Reach's hearthstone (which is a large, transparent, heart-cut topaz), placed so that it's directly in front of the castemark (so the castemark shines through it).All of the rest liberally studded with small brilliant-cut diamonds.>>1520690>Whatever the next charm in the social defense tree is. And the one after that.That'd be Phoenix Renewal Tactic.
>>1520687>They're working on it. Not everyone is a Zenith!I understand that, I just want them to understand how awesome that Charm has been for us.
>>1520687>Rajan has... a physical problem, unfortunately.BALLS!>And Amata has been trying to set up Aexel and Zareen together for quite some time. She's still working on it.That sounds absolutely adorable. If I were a faster writer, I'd do a fic on the "courtship">>1520690>>1520709For reference:>PHOENIX RENEWAL TACTIC: (3B or 1C) Deny one succesful social attack.
>>1520687>Also, since this is downtime, you can spend your own XP, too.I was really hoping to save our XP to buy up Dawn 5, but I'm not really against climbing the Social Defense tree.>The prospect scares her because she wants to keep her babies at home, of course. But still, she realizes that it's something that must be addressed sooner or later.Amata is the cutest wife.It wouldn't hurt to talk to them about, probe the idea of an arrange marriage to them if only for the kids. We'd have to be really gentle with Sammy on it since the last time he tried this with the Realm everything went sideways. We could look into Threshhold DBs looking to set up shop somewhere.>Rajan has... a physical problem, unfortunately.Oh no I forgot, can Zaan not do anything about it?In a very hypothetical situation, if he were to becomes a lady somehow, would he have working ladybits and would he be against this whole idea?Maybe we should look into seeing if we can't hire a Twilight Doctor somewhere.
>>1520682>BEAST-LORD’S BLESSING: (FREE) A natural animal chosen as Familiar becomes semi-intelligent, can be trained (as per Tiger Warrior Training Technique)>Ari with Zenith 6THE LORD OF LIONS DEMANDS YOUR RESPECT>>1520687>unless you also got him some sort of dragon-blooded mistress somehow?Not an uncommon thing for DBs. >>1520720I also like the idea of finding another DB like Zareen who is of good breeding and doesn't want to deal with the Realm that Sammy might hit it off with. Guess we can keep an eye out.So long as Rajan's, ahem, condition counts as Crippling, Twilight Medicine should be the answer.Also, If we're in the process of clearing through downtime, did we ever sit down to talk with Pyre Spark?
>>1520738>THE LORD OF LIONS DEMANDS YOUR RESPECTI love it.Next time, I swear.
>>1520720There is an argument to be made for Dawn 5, considering we have the Summer Camp coming up and will likely be talking to Nysela about martial arts. How much XP are we talking, anyway? Once we make back the XP we spent on Friend of Creation, we can bump Dawn. Then it's only 8 for a Zenith Charm, right?
>>1520759Dawn 5 is currently 12 XP so we're only two short, we could have it by the end of the thread.
I'm for buying/saving for Dawn 5. Or Night 4 for Athletics. Both would be useful at Summer Camp.
>>1520720>Oh no I forgot, can Zaan not do anything about it?"I'm a doctor, not a sorceror, Maka.""You're ALSO a sorceror.""Technically, I'm not even a doctor. In any case, sorry, but, unfortunately... no. Medicine does not work like that, charms or not.">It wouldn't hurt to talk to them about, probe the idea of an arrange marriage to them if only for the kids. We'd have to be really gentle with Sammy on it since the last time he tried this with the Realm everything went sideways. We could look into Threshhold DBs looking to set up shop somewhere.This is best done in actual play because it promises hilarious rom com shenanigans.>>1520720>Maybe we should look into seeing if we can't hire a Twilight Doctor somewhere.>>1520738>So long as Rajan's, ahem, condition counts as Crippling, Twilight Medicine should be the answer.You're not sure how that works but a Solar medic sounds like the only option. You don't know any, unfortunately.>>1520738>Also, If we're in the process of clearing through downtime, did we ever sit down to talk with Pyre Spark?We'll handle that in a vignette later, promised.>>1520766>>1520759Sure, i was going to give 2 XP anyway, so that's an option.
>>1520773>Medicine does not work like that, charms or not.">You're not sure how that works but a Solar medic sounds like the only option>the Sorcery talk all over againSorry Zaan, Solar Bullshit strikes again.Next time we're in contact with Admiral Sand see if they know anybody or if they could put out some feelers for us.>Sure, I was going to give 2 XP anyway, so that's an option.And in that case I'll be voting for Dawn 5.
>>1520773By the way, do we know WHERE camp is taking place? Because if Nysela is taking us to the Daystar, my vote is changing from "Dawn 5 or Night 4" to "Night 4," so that we can sneak around and get into shenanigans.
Also, this is the image i'd like to use for the five girls from the Neck (i could have a vignette with them later too), but i don't have time/effort to photoshop the correct hair colors unfortunately.(redhead on the left -> purple)(greenish-greyish girl in bottom right -> proper bright green)(blondie in the back -> grey)(white-haired girl on the right -> light blue)
>>1520791Well, Jasara was a Twilight herself. She might have specced into some Medicine Charms.Now that I think about it, Sammy is setup to be our best best for a strong house and powerful heirs. If he gets a DB waifu, they can start a lineage, and with Flame we get powerful god-blooded.
>>1520795>By the way, do we know WHERE camp is taking place?She didn't say but Amata suspects it might actually be in Yu Shan.She is worried sick about it and absolutely wants you to be on your absolute best behavior and definitely do not break out of the very restricted area you will be asked to remain within to cause mischief around the city of the gods.
>>1520798It's good to be the Queen
>>1520798>greenish-greyish girl in bottom rightThat's the bottom left
>>1520811disregard that i suck cocks
>>1520809That's no fun at all! It would be a waste to visit Yu-Shan and not see Senpai! And we can visit Amata's boss to see if we can get any embarrassing secrets out of her! It'll be great! What could possibly go wrong!?
>>1520809"Fiiine."Amata leaves. Maka speaks to the room,"Hear that? I'll be counting on you, Starfall!"From nowhere,"You got it!"
>>1520814Well if you're going to go that far it's also really more of the middle left, but I wasn't going to e that not-picky.
>>1520809>She is worried sick about it and absolutely wants you to be on your absolute best behavior and definitely do not break out of the very restricted area you will be asked to remain within to cause mischief around the city of the gods.Our absolute best behavior, but if she had to guess, what would she say is Senpai's Daily Schedule and regular hangouts?
>>1520821>but I wasn't going to e that not-picky.to be that nit-picky.This is what happens when your try and be a smartass on the internet. Typos, typos are what happen.
>>1520809It's also technically not breaking out if we convince Nysela we can get Senpai to give us some time with Him if she lets us out (and comes with, of course).
>>1520839Yeah we just need a proper chaperone. According to Yu-Shan law an Eclipse caste and his Circle are allowed access to Yu-Shan and are protected people while inside so Mika counts.
>>1520798It's good to be qu- >>1520810Ayyy >>1520828 This had better end in us raiding his underwear drawer. Real talk EF, I came here kinda late, but I think we should take the Okeanos girls for ourself. It would be a sign of respect, and I'd love a vignette introducing them all.
We should finish banging everyone in our circle and their mates.
>>1520819This is canon now>>1520865>We should finish banging everyone in our circle and their mates.Not everyone is okay with being banged by you, though
So if we're going to leave Downtime and going back into Playtime, we should break in our new wardrobe.>>1520043#08, without the blindfold. Unless we're training with someone, then leave it on.Even if we're not going to switch right now, it sounds like we have some scenes to play out before the thread ends, so we might as well get this choice out of the way while we discuss other things.
>>1520896I don't mind #08, but leave the blindfold I like it.Can we even see with it on, is it magic?>>1520877And speaking of clothes, did we get a copy of the wedding dress to save?
>>1520906I assumed we couldn't, and even if we can, it's rude to not make eye contact with people when you talk with them. So I don't mind if we wear it in non-Social situations, like training or combat, but in Social situations we should leave it off.
>>1520906>Can we even see with it on, is it magic?It's just not a "real" blindfold, it's actually thin cloth you can see through of easily! Just a little trick.Though I'd like to know who designed that outfit. It sounds like one of Amata's less sensible ideas, honestly.Or one of Maka's average ideas.>>1520906>And speaking of clothes, did we get a copy of the wedding dress to save?Yes.
>>1520916We can take it off if it's important, but honestly I really like the mystique of it. It gives off a super magical/holy feeling.
>>1520931It also seems like something a First Age Solar would do, refusing to meet the eyes of those "lesser" than them, which of course is everyone who isn't them. That was the first thing that came to my mind.
>>1520846>This had better end in us raiding his underwear drawer.Now I'm thinking of the bit in the 2E Lunars book index where Sol, Luna, and Gaia's pants get refereed to each other, then the last item in the chase is "Lost Forever"
>>1520954>It also seems like something a First Age Solar would do, refusing to meet the eyes of those "lesser" than them, which of course is everyone who isn't them. That was the first thing that came to my mind.I had a different train of thought and i had to physically restrain myself from calling that outfit "blind guardian", to be honest.
>>1520954That's a stretch.It's no different that choosing to wear a hood or a mask. It only becomes a negative thing if you make it that way, treat people with love and respect like we always do and nothing changes. I mean we aren't refusing to acknowledge people here.
Ah, I just remembered, we also talked about opening a night club or parlour in Tianna/Pearl. Or considered discussing it, during gem thread. How's the entertainment industry looking like in the island?
>>1520960Holy shit I just checked. That's hilarious.
>>1520988>That's a stretch.It really isn't.A hood's main purpose to keep the weather off you. A mask's is to disguise you.A blindfold's is to keep you from seeing the world around you. And if you put that blindfold on yourself, it means you are the one who doesn't want you to see that world. The reasons can vary, but for some reason, you don't want to look at the world. And the first reason that came to my mind was "First Age Solars would want to meet the eyes of their inferiors."
>>1521030>Speedo of GaiaFuck, what.
>>1521039If you really want to know, ask Luna.Carefully.
>>1520991>Ah, I just remembered, we also talked about opening a night club or parlour in Tianna/Pearl. Or considered discussing it, during gem thread. How's the entertainment industry looking like in the island?Pretty basic. It has the usual pubs and bars and taverns.The cutting edge is the Sapphire Palace, your manse loaned to the sea spirit. They turned it into essentially a high-class brothel, but a very cheap one.Glorious Tide set prices that are perfectly accessible to the average sailor who is willing to save a bit of cash for it, even though similar experiences in the west would cost literally a king's ransom.Mostly because water nymphs are sex-crazed maniacs who don't really care about human money. So Glorious Tide uses the income to improve on the place, and the process keeps both the nymphs and the sailors happy. As for her, you suspect she gets more than a bit of prayer from her customers, but there's nothing wrong with that (in moderation).Sapphire Palace's popularity is soaring, and the fact that the Immaculate Order officially condemned it as a den of perdition only helped business.
>>1521030I always knew Exalted was an Anime, but I never knew it had a beach episode.
>>1521051Hey, Senpai lives with Five Maidens and he's still Unconquered.
>>1521051You're going to have a summer camp.People have been discussing a sports festival and a culture festival in this thread.Tia has tentacles.You're anime as fuck.
>>1521032Anon, sometimes fashion is just fashion.Trying to look at every single thing we do as "but what if the First Age did X too" is just as bad as ignoring what they did.Yes maybe there were some First Age Solar who actively chose to avoid eye contact with people they thought were inferior, but we aren't them. We don't have to go out of our way to prove we aren't them in every single facet of our life.
>>1521044>The fact that the Immaculate Order officially condemned it as a den of perdition only helped business.Solars confirmed for cool kids and Immaculates as boring adults who just don't get it.Also, random tangential thought. We still aren't sure whether the Silver Prince is coming back or not, but (I think) we're pretty sure that Tyrant's soul was purified and passed on to Lethe beyond the reach of the Neverborn. So, should we have to face down another Deathlord and win, why don't we just do that again instead of worrying about trying to find a bigger, badder gun?
>>1521056>he's still Unconquered.>implying he and Luna have not "comforted" each other over their girlfriend troubles.We gotta appeal to all the demographics.>>1521058I know, I was just surprised by this particular instance of it.>>1521067You misunderstand. I think it's rude regardless of any other points. The fact that it seems like something a First Age Solar would do is just icing on the cake.
>>1521082I mean we can try, but I always thought a big part of the reason that even worked was because of how much the Tyrant wanted to be saved in the first place.
>>1521082>Also, random tangential thought. We still aren't sure whether the Silver Prince is coming back or not, but (I think) we're pretty sure that Tyrant's soul was purified and passed on to Lethe beyond the reach of the Neverborn. So, should we have to face down another Deathlord and win, why don't we just do that again instead of worrying about trying to find a bigger, badder gun?Because it was a fairly unique event, caused by the fact that the Tyrant WANTED to be redeemed in the first place.GOD I CAN'T FUCKING WAIT TO BE ON AKUN AND NEVER HAVE TO LOOK AT A CAPTCHA FOR THE REST OF MY ENTIRE FUCKING LIFE
>>1521093>>1521095>Because it was a fairly unique event, caused by the fact that the Tyrant WANTED to be redeemed in the first place.Woo
>>1520798>the five girls from the Neckwho again?
>>1521285The girls we're adding to our harem, or marrying off, (though that option appears to have lost) to secure the Neck's allegiance.
>>1520818actually, I'd very much love to see what happens if Maka inhales the scent of Venus
>>1521290when did THAT happen???
>>1521297It was arranged when we went to The Neck. They arrived just now during this timeskip.
I have an idea I want to run past you guys. Really just me thinking out loud.So while we're going to be the one marrying the girls from the Neck most likely, what do people think about letting Tia/Amata impregnate some of them so that we can get more variety. It doesn't have to be the first go round, we can make sure all the firstborns come from us, but having access to Lunar, and especially Sidereal, Half-Castes would be very useful. Tia I'm sure would be more than happy to do it if we asked, however I'm not sure how the girls, their families, or Amata would take it.Really I just want more people with Sidereal charms without having to deal with more Sidereals watching over us.
Let's sum up the things we kinda sorta agreed on, then.- Regular management of Tianna.- Finish work on Golden Reach.- Restructure the armed forces, and finish training them.- Try and draw terrestrial martial artists to Tianna.- Have events and festivals to brighten the mood.- Send scouts under the Titan.- Try and contact Leviathan.- Finalize the alliance/protectorate with the Neck. Take in the princesses into your harem.- Get Dawn 5- Spend some good quality time with the people around you.Most other things that we discussed were not really particularly agreed-on, or at least it doesn't feel like that.Am I missing anything?
>>1521445> Restructure the armed forces, and finish training them.especially that last one.>Take in the princesses into your harem.at this point I don't bother voting against it, marrying them of to our adopted kids or to cement political bargains would have been better, but eh, old decisions.>Spend some good quality time with the people around you.it feels strange that 'good quality time' is at thingalso if we want to breed dragonblooded pairing them of with lesser gods and godblooded will result in ' often too early and violent' exaltation of the child for your interest.
>>1520558>Amata is already expecting, incidentally.I feel robbed of the revelation and character reactions.Especially since this IS Amata we are talking about
>>1521445Looks good to me. >>1521504As far as establishing a house goes, I am firmly in the camp of DBs breeding with other DBs. Another lesson from the First Age is to keep the Terrestrial Exaltation pure or it'll wane.
Only thing I would like to else I would like to see. Is having Silk make some flying scouts for the invasion.
How about remodeling the city and add lots of statues and parks and the like?
>>1521504>it feels strange that 'good quality time' is at thingIt shouldn't be, i'm just making a point of it because people wanted to be sure it was happening.>>1521533We'll have a scene with that, I promise. I just thought i'd mention it because it's one thing that comes up in the timeskip.
>>1521564Not a bad thought. It does raise the question of how much focus completing Golden Reach is going to take from Val and if she'd have time to work on Pearl proper.
>>1521564>How about remodeling the city and add lots of statues and parks and the like?>>1521679>Not a bad thought. It does raise the question of how much focus completing Golden Reach is going to take from Val and if she'd have time to work on Pearl proper.The city is growing along planned lines, but naturally. There are blueprints and guidelines, but building Pearl is not something Valeriana has to pay attention at specifically: there's a lot of skilled mortal architects and engineers capable of following instructions.Once Golden Reach is completed, she will dedicate herself more closely to the city. And also take a vacation, she informs you.
>>1521707It's been ages since we talked about the manse, so refresh me on whether we'll have access to any nifty things before the AI grows in?
>>1520685Click on the "Latest" button at the top of the chat and it'll let you change pages.
>>1521707>And also take a vacation, she informs you. This is why mad scientists need minions.
>>1521445>- Have events and festivals to brighten the mood. Can we have matches with our Exalts against each other for the public to watch and bet on? I'd love to see Karas v. Tia or Maka v. Talon. I also think it'd be good for people to see Celestial might when we aren't fighting for their lives.
>>1521445>- Spend some good quality time with the people around you.Pyre Spark and the Dragon Bloods specifically for me.Pyre Spark because something seems to be bothering her, and the Dragon Bloods because it's been a long time since they had any screen time.>>1520896I'm fine with #08
>>1520682In regards to Charm direction, can we ask Val to look into Medicine? After Tireless Hero's Soul, poor thing. She could form a study group with her mate Zaan. Besides, I've always loved the idea of the Solar medic, curing the impossible and making people's lives tangibly better. It's like architecture for the body!
Outfit #08 is good for camp. Blindfold is good too, keep it.
>>1522200What this man says.
>>1521707Oh, we need to get her more minions. Does the Neck have any good crafting godblooded?
>>1522311I don't know about good, but they have a lot, maybe we could recruit a few to train and teach so she had them in the future.
>>1521445And before I forget if it's not too late, I'd like to stay in touch with the two DBs in the Neck. Maybe start sending them letters and try to become penpals.Start with the Big One and apologize for how we acted last time. That conversation we had about changing the Immaculate Order really stuck with for a while.
>>1522439>Start with the Big One and apologize for how we acted last time.But we're not sorry. Or at least I'm not. The other one seemed totally fine with it, and I fully intend to continue if we meet them again.
>>1522508And I bet just as many people actually are sorry, but it doesn't matter how any of us felt about it. She hated it enough to throw us out, so yes we apologize for making her mad last time we met or else she'll just keep hating us.It's fine if you still want to sleep with them, but we need their trust and respect them first to show them we aren't a bad guy.
>>1522439>That conversation we had about changing the Immaculate Order really stuck with for a while.Very much this, I'd like to have them around for a bit.
>>1521758>It's been ages since we talked about the manse, so refresh me on whether we'll have access to any nifty things before the AI grows in?The manse is 100% dedicated to utilities. The hearthstone has no power save that to act as a key to the Manse, but Golden Reach:- Is massive, with several hundred rooms.- Is a heavily fortified strongpoint.- Is fully equipped to act as government and bureaucratic center to a vast kingdom.- Has a lot of unique features (wyld containment unit, Essence-powered forges, etc)- Can relay some of its power to the city at large (street illumination, etc)>>1521892>Can we have matches with our Exalts against each other for the public to watch and bet on? I'd love to see Karas v. Tia or Maka v. Talon. I also think it'd be good for people to see Celestial might when we aren't fighting for their lives.Why not organize a bona fide martial arts tournament? It would be fun and might attract attention from martial artists around the West.For added appeal, think of a good reward for the winner.>>1521907>Pyre Spark and the Dragon Bloods specifically for me.>Pyre Spark because something seems to be bothering her, and the Dragon Bloods because it's been a long time since they had any screen time.Will do.>>1522132>In regards to Charm direction, can we ask Val to look into Medicine? After Tireless Hero's Soul, poor thing. She could form a study group with her mate Zaan. Besides, I've always loved the idea of the Solar medic, curing the impossible and making people's lives tangibly better. It's like architecture for the body!Yes, but you think it'll be a while before she can perform any "miracles".>>1522311>Does the Neck have any good crafting godblooded?Not particularly skilled at crafting, but they do have godblooded.>>1522439>And before I forget if it's not too late, I'd like to stay in touch with the two DBs in the Neck. Maybe start sending them letters and try to become penpals.>Start with the Big One and apologize for how we acted last time. That conversation we had about changing the Immaculate Order really stuck with for a while.Will do.
>>1523489>Why not organize a bona fide martial arts tournament?Tournament arc? Tournament arc.
>>1523489The manse can also support an AI right?How's that coming along?>Why not organize a bona fide martial arts tournament? It would be fun and might attract attention from martial artists around the West.>For added appeal, think of a good reward for the winner.Sounds fun.As for a prize, off the top of my head we could do one of a few things>a single boonThis is kinda vague and might be too open>Personal Tiger Training from MakaThis one wouldn't be that useful for any Exalted that entered or even those that have already reached physical peak. If we seperate the Tournament into Essence Users and Mortals we could offer this to the winner of the latter. If our Essence bottles were ready we could offer those, but oh well.>a chance to have Maka as a sponserThe idea behind this would be something like we would help set them up with their own school or dojo here in Pearl, maybe even a place inside Golden Reach.>a weaponEither a personally crafted one or just something that we already have on hand.>cash prizeSimple and easy
>>1523513>>1523489>Martial Arts tournamentI see this ending up as a step stone to Heaven and Earth Invitational
>>1523526>The manse can also support an AI right?>How's that coming along?The manse SORT OF has an AI. Meet Shining Jewel. Technically Yaraon of the Plains and Dancing Smoke's son. (gods are weird.)He didn't have a lot of screentime and he's not very talkative either, but he's the Manse's administrator.>>1523526>As for a prize, off the top of my head we could do one of a few thingsYou could have two "leagues" for the tournament, one for mortals and one for Exalted, yes. I'd write off Tiger Training for the latter because it's useless to Exalted, but it might be useful to mortals that are not maxed out. Plus the idea of a mortal warrior winning a martial arts tournament and winning, as a reward, magical training with a supernatural being, is deliciously xianxia.Sponsorship works well with your idea to attract mortal MA masters.The weapon is a good idea. Valeriana and Irene could design an artifact for that. It probably wouldn't take them too much time to make a daiklave or something. It wouldn't be too amazing (no special powers, just an artifact 2 or 3), but still nothing to sneeze at.Cash price is also an option. You're doing fairly well economically. It wouldn't be super fantastic, though, because you're also having huge expenses.I'd say to keep Tiger Warrior + sponsorship as the mortal-level reward, and vote on the Exalted-level:>A single boon.>An artifact weapon.>A cash prize.I don't have any other ideas, but i'm open to more write-ins.
>>1523565>I see this ending up as a step stone to Heaven and Earth InvitationalRight, you also need a name.
>>1523566>two leagues for the tournamentSplitting up mundane and supernatural martial arts seems like a good idea>Tiger Warrior + sponsorship as the mortal-level rewardSeems reasonable>A single boon.>An artifact weapon.I am torn. One could interpret the first one to enable the second one.Now, how do we go about the winners after their prize? We can always ask them to set up a school, that's something we could decide on a case by case basis to further increase the number of martial artists in our kingdom. Maybe we could set up a huge mixed martial arts school on a water demesne we have?
>>1523593>Now, how do we go about the winners after their prize? We can always ask them to set up a school, that's something we could decide on a case by case basis to further increase the number of martial artists in our kingdom. Maybe we could set up a huge mixed martial arts school on a water demesne we have?Well, for the mortals, you could let them use some rooms of Golden Reach. It's HUGE and has a lot of unused space.
>>1523566>An artifact weapon.Let's keep this simple for now. We can make this a yearly thing and maybe upgrade the prize next time. Or have a bonus final round, give them a chance to fight Maka or Karas, maybe even Amata if she doesn't mind showing off her Super Kung Fu skills, and offer a single boon if they win that round.And I thought Shining Jewel was just Pearl's City God, he's both?>>1523576>Right, you also need a name.Sunlit Diamond InvitationalI kinda want something precious gem-ish for a name. A huge part of me is hoping Running Swallow shows up for this, I really miss him.
>>1523606>Sunlit Diamond InvitationalI can shiggy, need a picture of Ari with a diamond on his brow as the tournament's mascot/seal for the invitation.
>>1523606>Sunlit Diamond InvitationalEh, I don't know, most tournaments reference the place they are held and if you want to reference senpai with sunlight...How about Diamond Seas Invitational? As in how the western Ocean looks when the light of the sun scatters on the waves in summer to look like thousands of glimmering diamond? We can hold it right after the Summer Camp.Yeah I want our monk to return as well.
>>1523617>Eh, I don't know, most tournaments reference the place they are held and if you want to reference senpai with sunlight...I had thought to name it something like Western [X] whatever, but then I went, well we are hosting it in a Solar manse so a sun reference wouldn't be too bad.Diamond Seas is pretty good too, I wouldn't mind it either.
A boon is a good prize. maybe the winner will ask for a date.Our missing martial artist friend might make an appearance. That'd be cool.
So, after transferring Exalted Quest to Akun, I will put up a synopsis of all the crap that happened up to now, and then take care of a few vignettes, essentially some slice of life, before getting back to the plot.Vignettes:- Slice of Life with Amata, Tia, Irene and Samiel.- The girls from Okeanos. Also some dealing with the Neck.- Maka getting to Dawn 5.- Heart-to-heart talk with Pyre Spark.- Some "DB House" talk.- Showing Engine of Salvation around.- A talk with Flame That Marched Against The Sea.Short arc:- The Diamond Seas Invitational Martial Arts Tournament (split in Mortal League and Exalted League)Then, we go on with Nysela's Summer Camp.Missing anything? Anything that you'd want me to add?
>>1523709>- Slice of Life with Amata, Tia, Irene and Samiel.>- Heart-to-heart talk with Pyre Spark.>- A talk with Flame That Marched Against The Sea.If you're going to give all of them scenes, you might as well give one to Regis and Millian too. Maybe have them showing the ropes to our new slaves, what's expected of them as our servants and the like. Also Maka acting like a mom towards them. Momka if you will.
Only else I can remember is setting up system, for mortals brave enough to go questing in Silks wyld.
>>1523720Are you asking if they dare enter her magical realm?
>>1523709Econ talk with Mika.Relaxing with Val. (Girl needs some sleep at some point)
>>1523718>If you're going to give all of them scenes, you might as well give one to Regis and Millian too. Maybe have them showing the ropes to our new slaves, what's expected of them as our servants and the like. Also Maka acting like a mom towards them. Momka if you will.Good point. Adding that:- Millian and Regis + Ayzir and Hotau.>>1523720>>1523724Adding:- Dare you venture into Silk's Magical Realm?>>1523728>Econ talk with Mika.Let's call it:-Tianna's Ordinary AdministrationOn top of all this, there MIGHT be a few... "Interrupt Events" that you do not expect. Minor trouble suddenly happening, etc.Incidentally: I have been working at SORT OF a management sim rules layer for Exalted Quest (as a thanks for the support my Patreon received!), but i started wondering if people would be interested in that or if you'd rather handle all this politics stuff on a more abstracted level.Be reassured that it's not as bad as the Mandate of Heaven minigame is. I hope, at least.
>>1523736>Incidentally: I have been working at SORT OF a management sim rules layer for Exalted Quest (as a thanks for the support my Patreon received!), but i started wondering if people would be interested in that or if you'd rather handle all this politics stuff on a more abstracted level.It would probably be better to ask that after we've done it once. I personally am not interested in it, and prefer interacting with people on a personal level, either through punching or talking, and so want to get this kind of thing over as fast as possible. But if it's entertaining enough it could change my mind.
>>1523736>Incidentally: I have been working at SORT OF a management sim rules layer for Exalted Quest (as a thanks for the support my Patreon received!), but i started wondering if people would be interested in that or if you'd rather handle all this politics stuff on a more abstracted level.Sure, sounds like it could be fun.
>>1523736Incidentally: I have been working at SORT OF a management sim rules layer for Exalted Quest (as a thanks for the support my Patreon received!), but i started wondering if people would be interested in that or if you'd rather handle all this politics stuff on a more abstracted level.The best way would be to test it and find out. Though i personally prefer the 'Mika, go make me all the money!' approach.
It was about time to update this.Pick four new Demesnes (colored numbers without the Manse icon under them) to cap during this timeskip. Each capped Manse has a 50% chance of getting its level raised by 1.
>>1523786The level 3 Fire south of the Keshi river.The level 2 Earth on the Crownfall PlainsThe level 2 Wood to the southeast of PearlThe level 2 Air on that island off to the east.
>>1523786>Fire 3>Wood 2 nearby Pearl>Earth 2>Air 2
>>1523786Well, to get the biggest numbers, we could grab the 3 Fire that's close by, and then each of the 2 Wood islands. I remembered us promising some of the manses to the tribes, waaay back in the day. Is that just my imagination again?
>>1523786>>1523790Also we should work on building more roads between Manses. I notice some are already capped but are still hard to get to.It'll also give us more places to settle once we stat growing our population.
>>1523786Lvl 1 water near PearlLvl 3 fire near PearlLvl 2 wood near PearlLvl 2 air on NW island
>>1523799>Lvl 2 air on NW islandThe demanse on the nw island is wood. The air demanse is off to the east.
>>1523786What >>1523790 and >>1523792 said.>>1523795 also this.And I take it that the anchors on the map are supposed to be ports, but if that is the case the city of Freeport doesn't actually have one.
>>1523801True, messed up my directions still it's the only air one on the map
>>1523794We split the manses with the Lunars back when our alliance was still shaky, technically we also gave a bunch to Tianna, but then we all got married and so things are less formal now.
>>1523806Yes, but we needed to clarify whether yo messed up the direction or the element you wanted capped.>>1523794>>1523808Tia is in charge of the Black Fangs, right? If so she can have the Earth Manse, and the Wood Demanse near it which we'll probably be capping next chance we get.
>>1523794It's not. Generally speaking if a manse/demesne is in tribal lands you can assume that it's theirs. That means that your Lunars will use the buildings and the hearthstones.Keep in mind that there might be demesnes that are still unreported on this map, as in, you have not discovered them yet. They will probably be of low power.(Keep also in mind that access to hearthstones is a big component in how useful all your Essence Artillery is. Some weapons can work off single-shot cartridges, but it's inefficient, wasteful, and wears down the machines very fast.)>>1523808True. It's not like they won't let you use hearthstones if you ask for them, I'd imagine.>>1523804>And I take it that the anchors on the map are supposed to be ports, but if that is the case the city of Freeport doesn't actually have one.It doesn't have a SERIOUS dock, let's say. Up to now. Remember, it's been a pirate hive and scum and villainy up to now. The anchor represents a proper useable commercial port.As of now (end of the timeskip), Freeport has been completely incorporated into your government and constructions for a more proper dock has begun.Image: More maps. This one is pretty accurately to scale: one hex in the map I posted earlier is 6km.If you want to know, those unmarked islands between Tianna and the Neck are islands that are largely uninhabited or inhabited by a scant few tribes of savages and Wyld barbarians, infested by kaijuus, or stuff like that. they have no real government or political presence.(If you're wondering if you can expand there: yes, you can, but not overnight. For now, your focus has been to organize the actually populated and manageable places you have: Tianna and the Neck.)
>>1523810Val knows a way to make Terrestrial aspect demanses Celestial. So if we're giving one to Tia, shouldn't we make it Lunar?I'm assuming Val is going to be at least tangentially involved in capping these demanses. If she isn't, ignore this suggestion.
>>1523815Val can try, but it's not a thing that you can always do on every manse and it always works. Some demesnes are more receptive, others less, the process requires special materials, etc.Start rolling me d2s. a result of 1 means that manse will not get a +1, a result of 2 means it will. First 4 dice rolled count. Fifth dice checks if you can turn one of these demesnes to a Lunar manse. (not that you WILL, just that she CAN. Whether she does or not is up for discussion.)
>>1523786Level 3 fire south of Keshi RiverLevel 2 wood southeast of PearlLevel 2 earth in the Black Fangs Tribe turfLevel 1 water in the lake within the Keshi River
>>1523815Maybe Tia wants a regular terrestrial aspect demanse. I wouldn't know why, but eh, maybe. I think it's a "ask, expect a yes, but still ask" situations.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>1523824
>>1523826Tia is not an expert in this sort of thing but trusts Zann when he says that "a Lunar-aspected manse would probably be better".
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>1523824Flip a da coin.>>1523826Also the Earth manse could be more valuable an asset than a Lunar one depending on what they choose to make.
>>1523736>Incidentally: I have been working at SORT OF a management sim rules layer for Exalted Quest (as a thanks for the support my Patreon received!), but i started wondering if people would be interested in that or if you'd rather handle all this politics stuff on a more abstracted level.I'd be interested.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>1523824
>>1523824>a result of 1 means that manse will not get a +1, a result of 2 means it will.I read that backwards and was ecstatic about >>1523828 >>1523830 >>1523831 >>1523832.Then my dreams were crushed.>>1523841At least SOMETHING went right.
>>1523841>>1523829Well that's fine then.Let's leave the decision up to Tia or I guess Zaan on whether or not to change it.
>>1523828>>1523830>>1523831>>1523832That's just improbable. I think a Sidereal messed with our rolls.
>>1523854You know, that makes me think that there probably is a Sidereal who specializes in gambling.
>>1523709>Diamond Seas Invitational Martial Arts TournamentGreat, now I've named the manse and the tournament.. exactly as expected
>>1523813>If you want to know, those unmarked islands between Tianna and the Neck are islands that are largely uninhabited or inhabited by a scant few tribes of savages and Wyld barbarians, infested by kaijuus, or stuff like that. they have no real government or political presence.>(If you're wondering if you can expand there: yes, you can, but not overnight. For now, your focus has been to organize the actually populated and manageable places you have: Tianna and the Neck.)Oh that's going to be a lot of fun. I'll never pass up the chance to go beat up giant monsters.
>>1523709>>1520188>Irene is forcing Engine of Salvation to help her with warstrider engineering. (But not after losing her mind over her for a good three days and trying to dismantle her no less than ten times)I'd love to see their first meeting by the way.
Done. I'd assume that Irene gets the Air 2, Tia gets the Lunar 2, and Maka gets the Wood 2 and Fire 3, unless you want to give them away to someone.Your new crown counts as a hearthstone amulet, so it contains one hearthstone slot. That's where you keep Golden Reach's hearthstone. It counts as clothing, so you can keep it Elsehwere with Kaleidoscopic Garment Dance. Essentially you only need it to oversee the functions of Golden Reach, so it doesn't have a practical use.Your brawling aids (Love&Justice and Hopes&Dreams) have a total of four hearthstone slots, of which one is occupied by the Hearthstone of Gender Change. ...Incidentally, only your highest-rated hearthstone counts for giving you extra Essence, but all attuned hearthstones still give you their own unique powers.I will decide what the hearthstones came out as, but i'm also open to suggestions.
>>1524005How about we give the Fire Hearthstone to Karas, he could use the essence in combat especially since his Mental score isn't all that great.For the Wood Hearthstone, I like the way Jewel of Youthful Suppleness sounds both for the Athletics dice and for the sexy times applications of being hyper flexible, but it's only a one dot stone so it might be a waste.
Give Val the wood two stoneWe did promise to see about getting her one.
>>1524005>and Maka gets the Wood 2 and Fire 3Does Samiel have a manse yet? If not he can have the Fire one. And while I'm not opposed to Irene getting on, it should be an Earth aspect. Too bad we just made the last uncapped one Lunar. Oops.
>>1524042Tianna already had an Earth and Fire manse built, but I assume they were used for powering the essence weaponry.Actually now that I think about it I kinda of want to give the Wood one to Zareen as a thank you for her help in Gem. She's a good girl who deserves rewards.
I kinda want to use the manses nearest to Pearl for sometype of community work
>>1524075You're gonna gave to be more specific, or my vote goes for Samiel getting the Fire one, and Maka or Zareen getting the wood one.
>>1523813>>1523899"Get the Dragonkaiser and your pith helmets! We're spreading some Western civilization!"inb4 the kaiju are just Lunars having fun between managing their own Thousand Streams River projects>>1523834I'd also be interested.>>1524035Seconded. We need to spoil her more.>>1524058Oh, also a good idea. She did join us to advance herself. While I consider her loyal by now, it's good to show we remember that. So Val could get the Fire 3 one. Which is honestly better for her, since a number of the really nifty things that require hearthstones demand at least three dots. On another matter, I was thinking that we might want to try and improve our mortal bureaucrats. Considering how often we've had and will likely continue to have to leave Tianna to deal with something, it'd be good to have people we can trust to run it effectively. Not that we don't already, but I'd like to improve them through Harmonious Academic Methodology or something. I think that'd be something up Mikahil's alley, if he'd want to investigate the Charm tree. It'd kind of be a Thousand Streams River Lite with a Solar twist. We'd be the best when we're around, but we don't have to worry when we aren't.
>>1524079Wood could be used as somesort of super garden with the manse aiding in the growing of exotic plants and/or farms near it. If we didnt have a shithing work related manse the Fire one could be used for that.
>>1524083I'm against Val getting a hearthstone. Not because I don't want her to have nice things, she is best girl after Maka and deserves all the nice things, but because other people need it more and it would be more useful to them. This is also why I want Samiel to get the Fire manse rather than Karas.
Work on Golden Reach is officially declared completed by Amata on the 20 of Descending Wood. There are still a lot of empty rooms, but it's "made to grow into", she says.The "base" of Golden Reach (and the part that had been completed before the timeskip) is three stories tall, plus an expansive underground section. This portion of the manse is heavily fortified.Underground: Hearthstone focal room, arsenal, military facilities, command room, secret passages.Ground floor: Weapon emplacements, fortifications, servant's quarters, workshops, storage area, baths, temple to the Unconquered Sun.(The ground floor is meant to be a common area. The non-military sections are open to the public.)Second Floor: Administrative offices, libraries, Maka's throne room. AI core. Silk's Wyld containment room.(The offices and libraries are generally open to the public.)Third Floor: Gardens, open air auditorium, plazas. Has a retractable roof cover.(This area, too, is generally open to the public)From the third floor, the "tower" portion of the Manse emerges. This is unfortified (still sturdy, but useless in case of a siege for example, and generally not of any military or administrative use)A lot of this is empty spaces that can be repurposed in the future. It's 200 meters and 30 stories tall and absolutely dominates the relatively flat landscape of western Tianna.(Valeriana is sad that she couldn't build much higher, but she was worried that a taller structure might have been unstable in case the Titan was ever to take to the skies. She could've made it five times taller, she says, given time and materials. She's boasting, but you don't think she's lying.)Your bedroom is in this portion of the Manse. Tia has given the specifications to Valeriana. That probably explains the extra-sturdy, extra-bouncy, olympic-swimming-pool-sized bed.The entire manse includes amenities like water taps, Essence lights, self-opening doors, and much more.
My vote is for Samiel getting the Fire and Zareen getting the Wood.
>>1524083>On another matter, I was thinking that we might want to try and improve our mortal bureaucrats. Considering how often we've had and will likely continue to have to leave Tianna to deal with something, it'd be good to have people we can trust to run it effectively. Not that we don't already, but I'd like to improve them through Harmonious Academic Methodology or something. I think that'd be something up Mikahil's alley, if he'd want to investigate the Charm tree. It'd kind of be a Thousand Streams River Lite with a Solar twist. We'd be the best when we're around, but we don't have to worry when we aren't.He'll work on that. Improving Tianna's governance is right up his alley.I have to leave shortly, so no replies from me for a while, but i'll read everything when i get back home, and reply.
>>1524093>(Valeriana is sad that she couldn't build much higher, but she was worried that a taller structure might have been unstable in case the Titan was ever to take to the skies. She could've made it five times taller, she says, given time and materials. She's boasting, but you don't think she's lying.)Don't worry, when we take the Blessed Isle, it will be her job to build a place for our new Celestial Deliberative, and that will need to be as fancy, and as huge, as possible.
>>1524075>>1524079>>1524089Don't confuse the manse for the hearthstone, we can do those things with the actual building and still have the jewel to give to whoever we want.
>>1524100It'd basically be a space elevator between Mount Meru and Yu Shan, so gods and Exalts can go up and down it to do their business. The Deliberative chamber can be a blossoming section in the middle that expands outwards miles above Creation.>>1524090Come to think of it, Val is probably doing a lot of the manse design. She might already have some ideas in mind of the ideal manse and hearthstone she'd want for herself. Though I think every Twilight should at least have a Memory Stone
>>1524104No, using the manse to improve the area around it makes the hearthstone powerless. That's why the Hearthstone on our crown is just a pretty rock despite coming from a 5-dot manse.>>1524110>Come to think of it, Val is probably doing a lot of the manse design. She might already have some ideas in mind of the ideal manse and hearthstone she'd want for herself.When I eventually give Val her own manse I want it to be a 5-dot Solar one, so she can do what she wants with it. That may be a pipe dream, as we had to convert a regular terrestrial manse into a Solar one, and then pump background dots into it to make Golden Reach into the 5-Dot Solar manse it is today, but ideally that's how I'd want it to play out.
>>1523566Is a night with Maka a good reward? Cause that could be a thing.
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>>1523813>Keep in mind that there might be demesnes that are still unreported on this map, as in, you have not discovered them yet. They will probably be of low power.This and the uninhabited islands really makes me want to put together some kind of Lewis and Clark expedition to get us ready for expansion when the time comes.>>1524112A 5-dot manse may be out of reach for a while (since you could make a Factory-Cathedral if you had one), but there's still good stuff Val can set up on weaker ones. Per Oadenol's Codex, a three-dot power:>WORKSHOP MANSE>Appropriate Craft (for us, Twilight) at 5>Built for a long-ago craftsman of the Shogunate or before, the manse is one of the most well-equipped workshops in Creation today. The player chooses a Craft, whether mundane such as Water or esoteric such as Magitech or Genesis, to which her Workshop is dedicated. Those working there have the tools to repair virtually any wonder falling under that Craft’s purview. It is a flawless workshop for artifact construction (see p. 28); if for Magitech or Genesis, it is a four-dot workshop for purpose of repairs on such items (see Wonders of the Lost Age, p. 9).
>>1524146In theory I'm not opposed to the idea. However, it might discourage some people from coming who otherwise would.On the other hand, it might encourage some people who otherwise wouldn't. On the third hand, I'm not sure if we want that kind of person, ie martially capable perverts, hanging around. I mean yes, several of our circle mates, and Maka herself, fall into that category, but they have proven they can behave themselves. Offering "sex with the queen" as a prize in a martial arts tournament might give people the impression that we're trying to build a different kind of city than we actually are. Yes, we're perverts, and yes, sometimes we can go a bit far when convincing people to have sex with us. But we've never physically forced anyone, and I can't remember using charms to talk people into sex. Though we've certainly used them during it.
>>1524178>But we've never physically forced anyoneActually, I just remembered that one Immaculate Monk. But he raped us back so I call it even.
>>1524178Sex with Maka could fall under a boon if the winner chose.
Incidently, a three dot fire manse is able to produce one of my favorite hearth stones:The Fire Dragon's Scale. When striking the bearer of this hearthstone, the weapon in question is superheated to the point of the offender taking damage and usually dropping the weapon.
>>1524180>¨We're raping each other. It's complicated.¨That was the best response in any quest. Ever.>>1524181Imho it does. But we should be careful not to allow mortals to do that. I mean sex with Maka would be as unhealthy as the GoD or that siddie charm that temporally transforms a mortal into an elemental riding Dragon.
>>1524284Yeah, I glanced at that one, too. I'd say it would be great for our weaponless Twilight, but we never bring her to combat as it is.
>>1524296It's a fair choice for them, and an easy reward for us to grant. It could even motivate them to do become better.
I'm back home!Getting settled down and reading everything soon.
We should build an Exalted Catapult to throw our exalted at the enemy. Use it for dynamic entries and combat drops.
>>1524177>This and the uninhabited islands really makes me want to put together some kind of Lewis and Clark expedition to get us ready for expansion when the time comes.Definitely doable.>>1524181>Sex with Maka could fall under a boon if the winner chose.better to just have it an option. Not everyone is interested. (Amazing, I know.)As for the hearthstones, you'll give the Wood 2 one to Zareen and the Fire 3 one to Samiel.Zareen is flattered and hyped by the boon. She did honestly admit that she joined your service because she was expecting advancements and rewards while also doing some good (given that her previous employ was a mere assassin and she felt like she was wasting her talents). This goes a long way towards making her feel rewarded.And Samiel, who already enjoys the benefits of quite a few artifacts, with the added power of this hearthstone has become an even more skilled fighter, closing the gaps with the celestials.Neither Manse has any particular utilities for the land surrounding them. Valeriana did not design them to give any, because, she reasoned, you already have Golden Reach, which has as an extra effect that of increasing fertility on a vast area. That's why it's a 5-point manse creating a 0-level hearthstone. She felt like its effect was good enough.On top of that, having too many manses close by all having the same or similar wide-area effects can upset the local geomancy, she explains. There might be ways to make arrays of manses working harmoniously over a vast area, but it's a very long-term, very large-scale project that she doesn't feel comfortable tackling now.Incidentally, Valeriana enjoys the idea of a martial arts tournament. Her idea is to use this chance to experiment with multi-metallic artifacts to create a black jade Grand Daiklave (a magic material of which Tianna has a small surplus right now) with both orichalcum and moonsilver mixed in the construction.She ropes in Zaan to help. He complains.A few days later the Grand Dailkave "Ocean Dream" is born.
>>1525546>She ropes in Zaan to help. He complains.Our Circlemates are so cute.Refresh my memory, Talon was Val's Lunar mate, right? Which would make Zaan Starfall's. Or have we not confirmed that yet?
>>1525546>A few days later the Grand Dailkave "Ocean Dream" is born.Neat.Does it do anything special, other than be really fancy even by Daiklave standards?
>>1525572Talon is Starfall's mate.Zaan and Val hit it off but we aren't sure they're Mates or just mates.
>>1525546>A few days later the Grand Dailkave "Ocean Dream" is born.eeeeeee!
>>1525572Exactly opposite, in fact! Maka did catch Val and Zaan in a moment of comfy intimacy (cleaning Zaan's ears), and he confirmed that they're mates. And, reluctantly, that they've done the deed.
>>1525595Huh, I was almost positive Talon was Val's.>>1525610I remembered that, but I remembered her cleaning Talon's ears.I guess my brain just mixed them up somehow.
>>1525546>a magic material of which Tianna has a small surplus right nowSo, Superheavy Plate for Rajan?
>>1525546>Zareen is flattered and hyped by the boon. She did honestly admit that she joined your service because she was expecting advancements and rewards while also doing some good (given that her previous employ was a mere assassin and she felt like she was wasting her talents). This goes a long way towards making her feel rewarded.Always keep your assassins happy.
>>1525546>As for the hearthstones, you'll give the Wood 2 one to Zareen and the Fire 3 one to Samiel.I'm curious as to what kind of Hearthstones people ended up getting. Irene and Tia too. I mean, they know what ours does.
>>1525584>Does it do anything special, other than be really fancy even by Daiklave standards?No.>>1525638>So, Superheavy Plate for Rajan?Not his style.>>1525690>I'm curious as to what kind of Hearthstones people ended up getting. Irene and Tia too. I mean, they know what ours does.Eeeehh, i might make a list later, right now it's super late here.I'm going to sleep for the night, will be back tomorrow for the last details. Meanwhile keep the ideas, suggestions and questions coming!
>>1526013I'll be working on the Maka x Tia lewds tonight, hopefully I'll have something for you by the time you wake up tomorrow. Look for that in the topic section of the akun quest.
>>1526030>I'll be working on the Maka x Tia lewds tonight, hopefully I'll have something for you by the time you wake up tomorrow. Look for that in the topic section of the akun quest.Godspeed to you, anon. May the ancient spirits of porn watch over your work.
>>1526013>Not his style.It's definitely something I want for Karas when we get the chance.Something I wanted to ask Amata, but kept forgetting. Let's ask Amata about the language Pyre was speaking during our wedding Senpai came down. I'd love the chance to learn High Holy next time we raise Eclipse.
I've been reading through old threads looking for inspiration, and I'm reminded of how much I love that scene with the two Dragon-Blooded in the Neck. It's just a perfect demonstration of Maka's character.
Alright, I've figured out where in the timeline the write-up will be: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/44541263/#p44547985But it's pretty late here too, so I'm probably going to just head to bed and get an early start on this tomorrow. Hopefully I'll see you guys tomorrow night with the finished lewds.
>>1525546>Black Jade, Orichalcum, MoonsilverFlow like water, always adapting to your enemy, to the utmost perfection.>>1526052I wonder how rich the God of pornography is... with Dream Stones and the like, I suspect pretty well.>>1525595Wrong. Talon just finds Starfall really damn cute. At least that's what he feels. Could be a case of simply being wrong.
>>1526424>It's definitely something I want for Karas when we get the chance.Agreed, but heavy Orichalcum armor needs a lot of material and work.>>1526424>Something I wanted to ask Amata, but kept forgetting. Let's ask Amata about the language Pyre was speaking during our wedding Senpai came down. I'd love the chance to learn High Holy next time we raise Eclipse.She doesn't know that language, but she obliquely hints that she "knows people who can teach you that".Assume that next time you raise Eclipse something relevant happens. (if i forget remind me. I'm gonna have to juggle a lot of stuff to remember here and something might slip me by.)
>>1527355Could we have one of the preliminary rounds of the Tournament involve Silk playing the super villain?Also would like to see her military designs IC
>>1527375>Could we have one of the preliminary rounds of the Tournament involve Silk playing the super villain?Silk isn't really a martial artist, but you could arrange something like that.
>>1527375If we get a ton of contestants we could have a qualifier round of having all of them fight against her and whoever survives that round moves on, but I worry she might be too much for the mortals to handle and I don't think we'd get enough Exalted participants to necessitate a qualifier round.
>>1527442>If we get a ton of contestants we could have a qualifier round of having all of them fight against her and whoever survives that round moves on, but I worry she might be too much for the mortals to handle and I don't think we'd get enough Exalted participants to necessitate a qualifier round.I more meant that she sends her soldier goblins against them while laughing like a supervision. Really, its more an excuse to see the soldier goblins that I designed a year ago.
>>1527451>Really, its more an excuse to see the soldier goblins that I designed a year ago.We could just go see them if you want, I mean if EF is still taking suggestions for vignettes then one could be a wargame set up for training or even just going to check them out.
>>1527473>Maka suggests that Karas play with Silk's soldiers. >Karas is nervous, but his harem personal guard is really interested in seeing the Wyld Bottle. >Finds a full-sized battlefield waiting with troops to place and is starting to get excited to teach the girls. >They nod to Silk. >The soldiers turn to maids and hold Karas down while his guard starts to strip him. >"NOT AGAAAIN!"
>>1527546Why is Karas surrounded by so many bullies? At least when Maka is bullied by Amata and Tia she can take it out on Karas. Who does Karas have to relieve all his pent up frustration on?
>>1516286>Mikahil is still in Gem for now, but nonetheless you're worried about Five Tails. According to Regis and Millian, she hasn't shown herself around in two weeks.Was she under Limit Break? Did Five Talents scare her that much?
>>1527635>Maka is bullied by Amata and Tia>Karas is bullied by Silk and his haremDo you think Eskarin is bullied by Rankar Jr?
>>1527774Probably.Mom and dad also probably bullied each other relentlessly. It is the only way I can fathom such bullyable children being conceived.
>>1527774I don't know, Eskarin gives off that feeling of being the black sheep of the family. Not in a bad way, just how she's smart and short with brown hair instead of tall and dumb with white hair.I could honestly see her being the full-time bully.
>>1527796>>1527803You both make convincing arguments. Clearly more research into the genetics of bullying is needed.
>>1527840I'd say that this is the perfect point where to wrap up the thread.I'll be busy for some time in the future, but as soon as i get some free time, i'll migrate the Quest to Akun with some of the vignettes and small scenes we agreed to run during the downtime.It will feel strange to no longer be in 4chan, but I also think it will be for the better. I can't wait to not have to see another fucking captcha as long as I live, at the very least.Thank you everyone for following Exalted Quest. I hope you'll still want to follow me even on the new site.If not, then thank you for sticking with me for this long. I hope it was fun.
>>1528248Thanks for everything, I'll see you on akun.
>>1528248Thanks for continuing to run! See you on Akun.
>>1528248It's over!Thanks for the thread and for three years of Exalted Quest. I'll see you over on A-kun when you make the move.
Samiel and Flame having a cute or dramatic moment together.Irene's adventures before Maka came to Tianna. Probably with the maids or something.I wish I had thought of this earlier.
For this thread, the timeskip, and your participation up to now in Exalted Quest: Have the usual 2 XP per thread, plus 10 bonus XP as a special thank you prize.Bought Dawn 5.More XP are available to be spent, especially because I'm going to remove from the system the success-adder upgrades to your "excellency" charms, so the XP will be refunded.You bought Dawn 5, and have 26 free XP. We'll spend those over on Akun when Exalted Quest restarts.See you soon.
Akun link: https://fiction.live/undefined/Exalted-Quest/rGuuvtEgXBX7uxKJr
>>1530601I also just remembered something I wanted to ask Mika. I wanted him to started up a secret net of information dealers and spies around the West and then the rest of Creation later on so we can lay the groundwork to find the knife Ocean Father wants and eventually the Eye the Alchemicals want.Really this would better be left in the hands of Amata and Mika, a part of me thinks they might already have something like this going.