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    222 KB Totemist Quest VII Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/29/11(Sun)21:35 No.15097150  
    Standing before you is the source of more spiritual power and malevolence than anything you've ever faced. Calling itself Evaleii Myoho, it claims to have made a deal with your Master and the Spirit of the Mountain for a particular child living in your village. If you do not acquiesce to its demands, it will attempt, and very likely succeed, in totally annihilating the village. If you accept its demands, however...

    Pierce has silently informed you that Elana is the child that Myoho seeks. Whether this is true or not, and how he came by this information, you do not know. What you do know is that time is currently of the essence, as the raging figure before you grows ever more impatient. You are equipped with the following items.

    > Bound Foci:
    Modi Magni (Ancestral Spear)
    Rock Turtle ( Cloudwalker's Step)
    Cordia, Bone Warden (Mirror of True Sight)
    Amal (Amber Pednant Focus)
    Tryd (Charcoal Charm Focus)
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/29/11(Sun)21:35 No.15097158
    You are Osyki, newly promoted Totemist and first line of defense for your village against the rabid Behemoths wandering the land. Your master, the previous Totemist, fell in a battle against a terrible Basilisk Wyrm, leaving the duty of defending your settlement to you. After barely surviving a vicious series of fights against a pair of deadly creatures, you've decided to take a few days off from the hunt and get yourself a little better prepared. Your day has been somewhat less relaxing than you expected, though you did manage to experiment with your Foci and make a contract with Boand, a local Spring spirit, before being rudely awakened by Myoho's entrance.

    Myoho has stated that it can feel the girl's presence nearby. Will you give her up for the village, Osyki? Or is it time for something foolhardy, reckless, and exasperatingly heroic?
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)21:44 No.15097247
    Something reckless and heroic!

    I don't really have any ideas, though, since we have no idea what this thing is.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)21:57 No.15097406
    Where is everyone else?
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:00 No.15097431
    ...It appears that amongst other things, Evaleii Myoho is a fellow Totemist, if that skull in his hand is any indication.
    Perhaps our first move should be to knock that thing out of his hands, assuming it will prevent him from summoning that fuckhuge dragon?
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:02 No.15097446
    I don't see what we can do but try to catch him offguard by attacking immediately but I doubt that'd work. Logistically we should give Elana up... hopefully we'd be able to pursue but we can't know that he won't harm her... I don't see how we can draw him away from the village either. I'm voting for attacking him.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:05 No.15097484
    Unfortunately the only options are to comply with Myoho who almost certainly doesn't have good intentions with Elana, or to attack him immediately, before Elana has time to show up. Because Elana would totally do the noble thing and submit to Myoho for the sake of the village/to spare our life. That's why we need to desperately hope that Myoho is arrogant enough to not be prepared for a sucker punch/stab.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:07 No.15097499
    ...Honestly unless his power is a trick of some kind the only tactic other than 'stab him and hope for the best' we seem to have is trying to unbind Modi Magni, which isn't a strategy at all given he hates humans.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:08 No.15097509
    I have an idea. Posting momentarily.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:08 No.15097511
    We could always grab Elana and run.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:08 No.15097520
    That's what I was thinking but he almost certainly is. I'm afraid we may need to admit that we're outclassed here and that for the good of the village we need to give Elana up. We can't be selfish here, we're the totemist.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:11 No.15097548
    Giving up our people to malicious entities to spare our village is not something we should ever consider. Better off dead than selling people for safety.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:13 No.15097565
    True but... I highly doubt that a being like Evaleii Myoho wants Elana merely as a consort or a meal. The only reason he would have any interest in her is if her presence can help him accomplish some sort of goal, which I would suspect to be bad.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:13 No.15097567
    So you'd rather that all or most of the village be dead including ourself and likely Elana than give up our girlfriend?
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:14 No.15097581
    That's good then, that gives us a chance to grow stronger and retrieve her. We cannot beat him at the moment and opposing him now will only result in death.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:17 No.15097617
    Unless to accomplish his goal she would serve as a sacrifice. That's a definite possibility.
    Whatever power or gift Myoho can get from Elana is something we should prevent. Someone as wicked as he cannot be allowed to gain more power.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:19 No.15097636
    We have help on the way in the form of Sylvia, who is pissed at this spirit and looking to take it down.

    And we have no reason to honor ANY deal that removes people from our village. There's only seventy-five of them.

    We also have a Greater Avatar bound in out weapon.

    I say we do the following: Ask Evaleii Myoho when you'll get the girl back. If he does not answer that you'll get her back soon, tell Evaleii Myoho that you're looking for the girl, but she is terrified and in hiding and you will return with her as quickly as you can, could he step outside the village walls please.

    Then call Boa and ask where Sylvia is, and that you plan to try and stall this spirit or thing while she gets there as it is demanding to take your people hostage.

    Send Amal and Tryd to your master's workshop to find advanced methods of binding spirits in his notes and then scribe the runes when you tell them to.

    Go to Elana, tell her to have a look at Evaleii Myoho and see if she can see anything you can't - maybe her special vision will help you out in some way. After that, tell her to hide.

    Call Boa again, get Sylvia's response.

    At that point we decide whether to engage or not. If we do, our job is to stall until help arrives and the spirits find out how to bind this fucker.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)22:19 No.15097646
    Fighting him will likely only result in our and other's deaths. He may still get Elana even then.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)22:20 No.15097663
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:21 No.15097669
    I'd rather everyone be dead than give up anyone. Even Walther. You don't sell people to monsters.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:23 No.15097699
    Have we tried looking at Myoho himself in the Mirror of True Sight? I'm pretty sure that dragon thing was merely a spirit he bound.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)22:25 No.15097718
    We can debate idealism and the ramifications of it later, can we at least agree to do >>15097636 for now?
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:26 No.15097730
    We only saw smoke and darkness, and we have only circumstantial indication that he is a totemist.

    Like Magni, he is anthropomorphic and his presence makes you feel ill. OP also mentioned spiritual pressure. I'm going to assume he's an Avatar, and we have one of those in our weapon.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)22:26 No.15097737
    We should try to do that as well.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:27 No.15097749
    This is the only plan we have that isn't 'stab and pray' so yeah we should go for this.
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/29/11(Sun)22:27 No.15097750
    [[ Sorry for the delay. Post incoming in a minute. ]]
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/29/11(Sun)22:28 No.15097760
    I don't think having Elana come out side where it can see her is the best idea, but whatever.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:29 No.15097773
    This post was an answer to >>15097699
    Letting every powerful spirit in the area know you're giving people up for the sake of a shakedown is actually worse than the village not having a totemist.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/29/11(Sun)22:30 No.15097783
    He's a behemoth. That I remember.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:31 No.15097794
    We don't know that for sure.

    He displays the same effects on us to a certain extent as Magni Modi did when we were granted an audience with him.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/29/11(Sun)22:33 No.15097811
    You're right, just checked the old thread. I somehow got it into my head that he was one. Sorry.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:33 No.15097819
    No worries, brosef. A behemoth is something to watch out for.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)22:34 No.15097829
    I'm not saying it's something I'd be happy about doing. I'm not even that concerned about ourself in regards to this problem, someone else could assume the position. But what right do we have to sentence the villagers to death in order to save someone who we care for? I'd give Walther up in the blink of an eye to save two people. I wouldn't be happy about it. We need to become stronger so that we can stop this shit from happening but right now I don't think we can.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:37 No.15097850
    But if we back down know, we destroy the faith the villagers placed in us, as well as any cred to other spirits.
    Honestly the best thing to do would be to stall until Elana shows up, and be unable to prevent her from choosing to accompany him.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:37 No.15097853
    I have reason to believe that we have offensive capabilities equal to our opponent, and a strong ally on the way.

    I think we should see if we can improve the situation to our benefit.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/29/11(Sun)22:38 No.15097862
    Well the way I see it, Overwake is dead.

    The deal died with him. The village is under our protection now, so we'd be happy to hear him out.

    But if he's going to keep killing lesser spirits and yelling then it's our job to keep him polite.

    Actually. Is there protocol for this? Did our master leave notes?

    Are we being impolite?
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:38 No.15097867
    Nobody's been mentioned as running off to wake her. I don't think Pierce would do it, frankly.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/29/11(Sun)22:40 No.15097886
    Implying the big fires and screaming didn't wake her up.

    Honestly we can probably talk to this guy. We just, you know.

    Have to figure out what he wants. And how we can make it conflict as little as possible with what we want.

    And if that's impossible get him with the spear. And if the spear's not enough, lure him somewhere, triple bind the spear, and have at him.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:41 No.15097899
    We're a player at the table and get to determine any such protocol.

    You tell me if you want human sacrifice or hostage-exchange for no reward except promising to leave us alone to be part of protocol.

    To me, it sounds like Dane-Geld, and the Dane will keep asking for more unless you don't pay any and break his face in a few times.

    Let the word ring forth that no deal will be made that does not favor both sides and grant contentment and benefit, is my position.
    >> Cidolfas Orlandu, aka Thunder God Cid !gYjELVKQn6 05/29/11(Sun)22:41 No.15097902
    Send Amal or Tryd back to search for Overwake's notes. See if they can dig up anything on Evaleii Myoho. Honestly, I'm all for not making a deal with this guy, for three reasons:

    1) We don't know what the hell he *is*.
    2) Overwake's dead, why is he coming *now* to collect on his bargain?
    3) As Boa said, Sylvia's the guardian of these lands. Evaleii's beyond his domain, here.

    I propose we stall him out and wait for Sylvia. Basically say that we had no knowledge of this bargain, Overwake's dead, and he needs to clarify what the hell he wants before we start chucking people his way.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)22:42 No.15097903
    I'm seconding your stall and gain information thing, I'm merely saying that if he is in fact much stronger than us we may need to give her up.

    The villagers faith would be destroyed yes. But that very well may be necessary.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/29/11(Sun)22:43 No.15097921
    That was my thought but if there's actual rules and this isn't what we're supposed to do.

    We should throw the rulebook at him and explain the new ones. I just wanted to know if we should find a book to throw.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:44 No.15097943
    We MAY need to give her up, but we don't know that.

    I feel we're arguing from a position of strength, and this figure doesn't know the danger he's in.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:45 No.15097948
    Didn't our master have a locked chest full of (potentially dangerous) goodies that was mentioned in the first thread? Maybe we should have a look whats inside, can't really do more harm then we are already in.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)22:47 No.15097962
    I feel like you're forgetting that Ayren, the guy who bound Modi Magni, felt that he needed to bargain away one of the members of his village to this thing. Either this thing is super fucking strong or Ayren was secretly a huge dick.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:48 No.15097966
    We should when we have time, but there was also something mentioned about us not being able to call on any spirit focus he bound because he was the one that made the pacts with them, not us.

    Still worth a look to learn what we can.

    Good thinking, though.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/29/11(Sun)22:48 No.15097976
    Some of the talking with spirits implies the latter.

    And we don't know how strong he was when he bound the spear versus negotiated with the guy at our door.
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/29/11(Sun)22:48 No.15097983
    You narrow your eyes, keeping the point of the spear between you and Evaleii Myoho, for all the good that will do. You slowly take a step back, nodding.

    "Very well." you say, gripping the haft of your weapon with white-knuckled grip. "Give me a moment, and I will search for the girl. It is likely that she is terrified, and so in hiding. Will you wait outside the village walls for me to retrieve her?"

    "I will wait precisely where I am, Totemist." Myoho says, its four eyes narrow. "You will bring the girl to me expediently or I will find her myself, and I do not particularly care what or whom I have to go through to achieve my goal."

    You bow stiffly to the thing, leaping down from the roof. As soon as you are out of sight of the being, you clasp your hand around the pearl pendant and call out to Boand.

    "Boa," you think, your tone urgent, "How far away is the Forest Spirit?"

    "I just saw her pass by. She's moving fast. She'll be at the village outskirts in a few minutes."

    You glance around, formulating your plan of attack. Summoning Amal and Tryd, you send the both of them to your workshop to rifle through your master's notes on advanced spirits, possibly to rig up and advanced circle of binding.

    With a sudden breeze, you can breath again. The spiritual pressure oppressing your every sense lifts with a sudden smell of flowers, and from your left you see a figure kicking up a cloud of dust in its wake. Skidding to a halt in front of you, you can see the spirit of the forest, her long hair rippling in the breeze her own movements have created. In place of a harp, her hands hold an ornate bow and arrow. The looks down at you, her eyes stern.

    "What's going on?"
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:49 No.15097988
    Not secretly.

    Boa told us in the last thread that he was quite the obvious manipulator, saying whatever he had to say and 'meaning none of it.'

    He was TRANSPARENTLY a huge dick and didn't associate with the guards, judging from Pierce's statement about you being seven shades different from him. He also pissed off Sylvia.

    The man had flaws, what can I say.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:52 No.15098023
    A being of immense power and malice named Evaleii Myoho (or at least that's the name he gave me) claimed that my mentor negotiated a treaty between him and the Spirit of the Mountain. From what I'm able to understand, the gist of the treaty was that in exchange for leaving this village alone, Ayren would deliver him Elana, a girl who seems to possess the True Sight.
    I am ill-inclined to acquiesce to his demands.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)22:53 No.15098030
    Yeah but I don't think he was evil.

    We need to tell her what's going on along with an assessment of Evaleii Myoho and ask if she believes that the two of us could take him.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:54 No.15098041
    Don't give out her name. Also don't say you don't want to do what he is asking right in front of the guy.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)22:56 No.15098062
    Ah good point.
    Perhaps we should simply quote him and say he was promised "a girl with the talent for seeing the true order"?
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)22:57 No.15098080
    good idea but I don't think we need to worry about him overhearing us.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)22:58 No.15098093
    "Honored spirit, I beg your aid.

    This creature has come and claimed to have the right to take one of the people from my village due to a pact brokered by my former master with the spirit of the mountain.

    This is not their territory, so I am at a loss, and I fear worse may come if I give in. Its name is Evaleii Myoho, or so it says.

    I have a mind to fight it and protect my people, but will follow your advice in the matter if you care to give it. I beseech you to help me if the matter comes to blows. We are few - every one of us in this village counts, and he asks for our next healer."

    Tell her about the Greater Avatar in your weapon if you need to.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)23:02 No.15098126
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)23:02 No.15098130
    Seconding/adding this to my suggestion.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)23:03 No.15098138
    Yeah, this seems pretty solid.
    >> TOTEMIST QUEST FUCK YEAR KARANDRAS 05/29/11(Sun)23:03 No.15098140
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    what he said.

    Also, we should talk to modi magni. There's the possibilitywe might e able to draw on a shitload more power from him, knowing that it would result in the death, or at least binding, of a being that is associated with his scaly non-friends.

    Raise your hand if asking modi magni seems like a sensible action.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)23:04 No.15098148
    Also mention that you do not trust a being such as he has good intentions and may wish to use her to give him even more power, since she seems to be kind of important.
    I suspect the whole 'see the true order' isn't the same as our Mirror of True Sight.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/29/11(Sun)23:04 No.15098151
    Doesn't he owe us a conference from the Bone Warden?

    Or does that not count as a person
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)23:05 No.15098160
    I don't see how it can hurt to try.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)23:07 No.15098168
    idk we can try though.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)23:07 No.15098175
    He is only accessible when we kill something.

    We have to kill things to 'be granted an audience.' He said so himself.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)23:09 No.15098198
    The Bone Warden, I think, counts as a spirit, not a living being. We didn't kill it - we just bound it.

    Some input from OP on the matter would be peachy-keen.
    >> KARANDRAS 05/29/11(Sun)23:10 No.15098204
    Zog. Does killing microbes count? Ants?
    Can we call on old kills? Fucking up the Bone Warden's shit should be worth an audience.
    I mean, C'MON, it was a goddamned dervish of death that we lightninghammered into the ground. that should be worth a couple'a minutes of parlay, shouldn't it?
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/29/11(Sun)23:12 No.15098232
    You bow low, averting your eyes from the furious face of Sylviannis.

    "Honored spirit, I beg your aid.

    A being of immense power and malice named Evaleii Myoho claimed that my mentor negotiated a treaty between him and the Spirit of the Mountain. From what I'm able to understand, the gist of the treaty was that in exchange for leaving this village alone, Ayren would deliver him a girl who seems to possess the True Sight.
    I am ill-inclined to acquiesce to his demands.

    This is not their territory, so I am at a loss, and I fear worse may come if I give in. I have a mind to fight it and protect my people, but will follow your advice in the matter if you care to give it. I beseech you to help me if the matter comes to blows. We are few - every one of us in this village counts, and he asks for our next healer."

    You look up to see Sylviannis is a state of muted rage. Her fist shakes with anger as she brings her bow to bear, nocking an arrow in its string.

    "Evaleii Myoho is not the spirit's name, Totemist." she says, casting her gaze toward where the spiritual pressure is centered. "It is an insult in the old tongue, inferring that the one you speak to is unworthy of your time. I know the beast now by its presence and its mark. He was a man, once, before his corruption."

    She sighs, shaking her head.

    "This is not a being to trifle with, young one. His power is greater than you know."

    "I may have something capable of striking a substantial blow." you say, hefting your weapon. At Sylviannis's raised eyebrow, you explain. "A greater Avatar of Wrath, a being known as Modi Magni, is bound within this spear. If I unchained this being, I expect that it could fight this being on even terms."

    "That would be exceedingly foolish, Totemist." Sylviannis says quickly. "You trifle with powers you do not know the full extent of. The collateral damage of such a brawl alone would consume your village, my forest, the mountain, and everything else within sight."
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)23:14 No.15098250
    Evidently not, as it's been two days and we haven't been granted an audience.

    Plus, when we talk to Magni, we're laid out flat on the floor and unable to move. This is not a great position to be in when you're trying to deal with a dangerous presence in your hometown, intent on beating your stupid ass raw and then burning everything to ashes if it doesn't get what it wants.

    I say we pick Sylvia's brain and go from there.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/29/11(Sun)23:15 No.15098264
    "If this thing gains the ability of true sight, I fear things would become far worse."
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)23:16 No.15098281
    "What are we to do? Can we use the threat of the brawl to push the corrupted one back? Can we face him down at all? I suppose if I must, I can go ask my friend the Healer's apprentice to choose if she will go willingly, or try to bind this wretched thing somehow."
    >> KARANDRAS 05/29/11(Sun)23:18 No.15098305
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    Well, shizm.
    But....we do not need to fight him per-se. Perhaps just bully him-her-it into leaving by making a display of potential power? Perhaps an honorable duel on even terms, on a different location.

    Let's have a mexican standoff: We don't back down. It's a lose-lose situation. if we back down, we lose elana, if we don't the fight kills her, and everyone loses.

    I donno what do to guys. I just don't wanna pull a Roland here.
    >islanders, ofrogi
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)23:18 No.15098306
    Do you know for what purpose he would want the girl? Does he desire a bride or a servant?
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/29/11(Sun)23:19 No.15098319
    [[ Fffuuuu-

    Being forced to switch locations, gentlemen. I may be a while. Keep the thread alive for me, please. I'll be back. ]]
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)23:19 No.15098324
    second. Although she may think us stupid just for suggesting that we could bind him.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/29/11(Sun)23:19 No.15098331
    He wants her because she posesses true sight, whatever the hell that means.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)23:20 No.15098333
    Is it too much to hope for that this guy has some potentially exploitable weakness, like silver or a child's laughter or something like that?
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)23:21 No.15098344
    True but we don't know if that's an ability he covets and doesn't possess already. Maybe that's what he considers good wife material.
    >> KARANDRAS 05/29/11(Sun)23:24 No.15098376
    Ack wait, would we have to kill her ritually?

    We didn't kill tryd or amal to bind them, did we?
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)23:25 No.15098387
    Eh. I really don't see how binding Sylviannis will increase her powers at all. If anything it would do the opposite. I mean Modi Magni is definitely not at full power is he?
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)23:26 No.15098392
    A ritual binding involves a fight. We only know one way to get spirits into items, and that's to stab them with a knife after putting runes everywhere.

    I don't think we have time for that, myself.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)23:28 No.15098420
    That actually isn't how we bound Amal or Tryd, I'm pretty sure.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)23:29 No.15098424
    Good point, we don't know about them.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)23:29 No.15098435
    I'm liking the threat of unleashing Modi myself, although we'd need to be convincing.

    To Evaleii Myoho- "I do not want to give her up but it seems that if I don't you'll destroy this town. Yet I think it'd surely be wrong in the long term to give a being such as yourself what you wish. So I figure if there are no positive outcomes for me then I should make sure there are no such things for you either" *gesture with spear* "leave now or I will unbind this greater avatar."

    Alternatively we could ask Sylvia to let us bind her.

    I think we can do noncombat bindings on willing spirits-Boa, Amal
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)23:30 No.15098440
    Then again, they're more like loyal servants than bound to items. They have foci and everything.

    We could actually ask Sylvia to help us make him leave, to drive him from this place.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 05/29/11(Sun)23:31 No.15098455
    I have an idea, that you all might enjoy, what if we bind amal and trynd to items that might give them offensive capabilities? therefore increasing our fighting strength
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)23:35 No.15098504
    Crap. We already told him our name. If we somehow pulled this out of our ass I was gonna suggest that if he asked for our name we tell him "The same as yours" or something to that end.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)23:43 No.15098591
    They're pretty weak spirits though so weaponizing them may not be worth the time.

    We should at least ask about binding slyvia

    "Depending on the power of the spirit, it can go one of several ways. You can form a Link, which will allow to spirit to stay in one place while advising you from afar. You can bind the entire spirit, as you did with Amal, if they agree to the terms of a contract that you negotiate. Particularly powerful or influential spirits can split off a portion of their essence to act as their representative, and Totemists can bind that in the stead of the entire spirit." -from last thread
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/29/11(Sun)23:46 No.15098618
    I'm thinking along these lines myself. Maybe also with the added line "I'll even let him enter my body to fight you, if that's what it takes. It will not be a battle you will escape from unscathed."
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)23:46 No.15098619
    Why do you think a bound Sylvannis can do anything Sylvannis can't do on her own? On what basis are you getting this from?
    I mean we only have a fragment of Modi Magni's power.
    >> KARANDRAS 05/29/11(Sun)23:46 No.15098621
    So what if we bind some of Sylvia, just a piece, to our glove, and tell her
    "Please give me what power you can!"
    and then we Genki-Dama that Evil Eye's schtick?
    I distincly recall Goku calling on the lifeforce off of flowers.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)23:47 No.15098625
    Offer a contract that lasts until the offending intruder is gone from the village, or until dawn, whichever comes first.

    The aim will be to display sufficient power to get the intruder to leavel.

    If she says that this is bone stupid and useless, listen and do as she suggests.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/29/11(Sun)23:48 No.15098633
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    YOU. Stop posting.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)23:49 No.15098636
    So we want to ask about bluffing?

    "Do you think we could use the threat of that brawl to get him to flee?"

    And about binding her when she shoots that down as stupid.

    "Then could I bind you? Or are we truly outmatched here?"

    If that's the case we should then go to Elana.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/29/11(Sun)23:50 No.15098640
    Really don't think binging Slyvia will do us any good at all.
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)23:51 No.15098653
    It's at least worth asking about, if it truly won't do us any good she'll let us know that.
    >> KARANDRAS 05/29/11(Sun)23:51 No.15098654
    Sounds reasonable, seconding these two.

    Calm down, if I'm bothering you, Just tell me what's wrong and I'll stop doing it.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)23:52 No.15098659
    Seconding, simply because there are few other options to try.

    If this is a plot point that OP's setting up for us, we might as well get past it.
    >> Anonymous 05/29/11(Sun)23:53 No.15098669
    Asking to bind the Great and MIGHTY forest spirit sounds to me like it's a bloody insult.

    Do we really want to insult our only significant ally?
    >> RockTurtle 05/29/11(Sun)23:54 No.15098681
    I think she'll understand that things are dire and that we're scrambling for a way to deal with this threat.
    >> KARANDRAS 05/29/11(Sun)23:57 No.15098703
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    I believe that at this point pooling our forces would not be an insult, as we'd be working against a common enemy in order to save ourselves, our village, and perhaps more importantly to sylvianna, the forest itself. And I've heard that pissed of elves really go momma bear when it comes to their forests.
    Dunno really, as usual, much of the world is still vague enough that untill Diarca says something, we're in the dark about what could happen.
    Just adds to the fun of it.
    >> Editor 05/29/11(Sun)23:57 No.15098706
    We should ask if it would be any kind of good idea, and do so while stressing that we don't mean anything by it and are simply a desperate person between a rock and a hard place.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/29/11(Sun)23:59 No.15098723
    You've offered nothing but horrible ideas, annoyance, and weeaboo bullshit. That's what.

    >has pledos
    Also, captcha says you have pledos.
    >> KARANDRAS 05/30/11(Mon)00:02 No.15098751
    Understood, Mr. Serious guy. I cannot comply tough.
    If it angers you so, use your greasemonkey addon to hide my posts.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)00:06 No.15098788
    While I don't think I'll tell you to shut up, I wouldn't mind it if you dropped an octave or two with the anime references. They're generally impenetrable to me, which makes your posts sort of so much gibberish.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)00:07 No.15098791
    "Just tell me what's wrong and I'll stop doing it."
    "Understood, Mr. Serious guy. I cannot comply tough."


    >> KARANDRAS 05/30/11(Mon)00:08 No.15098806
    Sorry, english is not my native language. I slip up at times.
    Doable. Sorry if it was cryptic. Altough not getting something out of DBZ? Seriously?
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)00:11 No.15098842
    It's not gibberish to me.
    It is asinine though.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)00:12 No.15098853
    I grew up in a house where getting a half-hour of cartoons a week was difficult, and as such I never had a chance to remotely understand anything about all this anime crap, let alone western cartoons.

    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)00:14 No.15098868
    You called it the Genki Dama, not the Spirit Bomb, and plenty of people haven't watched DBZ.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)00:16 No.15098882
    With that all out of the way, let's do a show of hands:

    For bluffing with modi magni

    Asking Slyvia what she thinks we should do

    Ask Slyvia for a little power boost so we can try and kick this thing's ass actually.

    OTHER(please write in the blank)
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)00:16 No.15098883
    I think Sylvia should stay free. She seems willing enough to help on her own, and restraining her in an item would be counter-productive.

    IIRC, we can 'feed' a spirit to another spirit to increase its power. Maybe we could feed the rock turtle spirit to Modi. Or Tryd. What kind of fires could he create with that much power to draw from? Something to consider for later, though.

    Ask Sylvia if there's anything she can do or tell us to help us resist the overwhelming effects of his presence. Also ask if Sylvia can call on any allies to come aid us. I think this is a bit of a 'code red' situation. Whore ourselves out to any benign or neutral spirit that will help us put this bitch down.

    Most of us aren't particularly fond of DBZ, others never got interested enough to watch or simply don't care. It is considered by many to be low quality anime. Try not to mention it too much and you should be fine.
    >> KARANDRAS 05/30/11(Mon)00:18 No.15098905
    Man I feel dat. Tell you what, when I was ten through to 13, just the saturday morning cartoons time, we had to move to france so my folks could study something about architecture, and since they were pretty bohemian folks, stranged from the rest of the family, we had a small budget. 3 years, no TV, no cartoons. Thankfully during this period I discovered a pasion for literature that allowed me to not become a total fuckwit and mental degenerate, and I found some old 2ed rulebooks in a flea market. the rest is history.
    Also, the reason why I called the technique by it's japanese name is because in the spanish translation for the show, they kept the japanese names for all techniques. Go figure.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)00:19 No.15098909
    My vote's still for bluffing with Modi Magni. Mr I'm Better Than You would come out fucked up and minus the important ability he came here for if he fought.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)00:19 No.15098916
    I stand by my previous posts here:
    And other seconding.

    They all hinge on getting Sylvia's input, though.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)00:21 No.15098930
    Bluffing is the key word.

    If we screw up and he calls the bluff, the collateral damage would be all kinds of bad.

    Let's not fuck around.

    Also, where are Amal and Tryd with those damn notes?
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)00:23 No.15098943
    [[ I LIVE.

    It seems like the majority of people are for asking Sylviannis' input on bluffing Myoho with the threat of Modi Magni. Is that correct? From what I can see, it seems like people are against the idea of asking to bind her. ]]
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)00:24 No.15098952
    I think I'm for all of those things.
    Maintaining this as my suggestion.
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)00:25 No.15098964
    crap.... I just remembered something. The OP once answered a question about binding human spirits. He said that you can, but it's usually pointless since they don't have supernatural powers, the best you'd get is a talking spirit that couldn't fuel an item. But if someone had a supernatural power in life, that might be transferred over. Jackass probably wants to kill and either bind or consume Elana's soul for her vision abilities.

    On a side note, if we had bound the lightning turtle to a bracelet, would could have been charging it this entire time. I don't know if there's a aximum charge to one of those lightning balls. We could have been storing up a killer bolt by now. Alas, hindsight 20/20.
    >> KARANDRAS 05/30/11(Mon)00:26 No.15098978
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    Yes, that's the gist of it, but suggest that if she could let us bind a small portion of her essence to give us a power boost, if only for today, would be greatly apreciated
    I have no proper images, so have some sulla.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)00:28 No.15098994
    Yeah I feel like our choice of bindings was stupid, we've got jumping and a mirror, nothing combat oriented. should have done the bone boots and the bracelet imo but yeah that's pointless to think about now.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)00:29 No.15099008
    Being able to jump 20 feet from a standing position and not taking fall damage has no combat use?

    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)00:30 No.15099016
    I warned you about stairs, bro.
    People seem to be going for the idea of asking Sylvia's advice in general, and specifically in regards to the bluff and to heading off the spirit with her aid.

    Or that's my position, anyhow, and I don't feel like I'm wholly alone >.>
    >> KARANDRAS 05/30/11(Mon)00:30 No.15099017
    Vs. the ability to throw lightning bombs that disintegrate anything they come into contact with?
    Sounds like an even pairing to me.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)00:32 No.15099026
    I thought the bracelet just constantly formed lightning balls without our input and would actually fuck up our hand if we wore it for too long.
    It seemed like it had its drawbacks.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)00:32 No.15099028
    Against this guy? Versus being able to move around fast while covering greater distance (spear & boots) combined with shooting lightning at him? Yes. If we knew a good weaponization of the bone foci the jumping boots would be good but as such we've essentially wasted the bone foci for this conflict.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)00:35 No.15099050
    Except didn't the boots fuck with our momentum?
    Also I honestly think shooting ball lightning at him would just make him angry.
    I mean if Sylvannis thinks that him fighting Modi Magni will destroy everthing, that means that he's strong enough that Magni won't just instantly slaughter him.
    >> I apologized on 4chan for being an asinine faggot. KARANDRAS 05/30/11(Mon)00:35 No.15099053
    What do you think was the effect the bone foci had on the drake wing? I remember it becoming elongated and hard, and altough no sharpness was noted specifically, it was implied that it was somewhat sword-like. Perhaps that would be an useful battle-focus for our next session...if we get to experiment again, that is.
    Anyhow, just a grain of sand. In any case, you get your wish, I wont post more for the night as it's bloody late. Don't let me down rockturtle.
    G'night everybody.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)00:35 No.15099055
    Nah, it formed them when we wanted it to.

    It DID definitely hurt a bit the one time we used it, though.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)00:37 No.15099078
    They wouldn't have contributed to momentum. I think. Op never gave a ruling on that.

    But yeah this guy would even with that combo probably outclass us pretty bad, but as is we need to get up close and stab him versus hitting him from range.
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)01:03 No.15099291
    --Note: Ask Sylvia if there is an old word in the same language as this jackass's supposed 'name' that means 'nobody'. We'll use that word to address him.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)01:04 No.15099300



    Come baaaaaaack, OP.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)01:05 No.15099308
    Nah we already offered our name in exchange for his.
    In retrospect probably not the best idea but we thought that was the custom.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)01:11 No.15099360
    seconding, just for laughs.
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)01:15 No.15099390
    "...Can it be bluffed?" you ask, thinking. "If I threatened to release Modi Magni, to make even a victory here a hollow one, do you think that it would be enough to drive the beast away? It's a temporary solution at best, but it's not a bad idea."

    "If you think that you can be convincing, it may be a viable strategy." Sylviannis admits, nodding. "But you must be very careful, playing with fire like that. The slightest mistake will be your last around this being. I do not think it wise, but there are very few good options here."

    "What of you, Sylvia?" you ask, glancing over your shoulder. "Do you possess the strength to aid me in fighting this being off? I cannot do it alone, this much I know, but with the aid of a spirit as powerful as you we may have a chance."

    "I think that should be a last resort, Totemist." she says, her eyes downcast. "I am not as powerful as I used to be. Time has been unkind to my forest, and though I disliked him, the passing of your master undid a great many useful bonds and bindings. Is the idea of losing this girl so loathe to you? I understand that you need as many in your village as possible, but weigh the cost of life."

    "Her loss would mean the loss of our next Healer, of one of our viable women, and of a good personal friend." you say, shaking your head. "It would not be acceptable."

    She thinks on this for a moment before shrugging. "If you think that you can bluff this being, do so now. If not, you'll need to think of a way to smuggle this girl away from the village, or to bind this terrible foe."

    You glance around at the mention of binding. Amal and Tryd have yet to return, though you suppose the volume of notes they have to rummage through is fairly impractical for expedient information gathering.
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)01:15 No.15099394
    Well, he negotiated in bad faith. We gave him our name and he told us a lie and insulted us twice (once by not giving us his name, and once by tricking us into calling him by a name that denotes subservience to him.)

    maybe his connection is acting up. I hope note. The suspense is almost unbearable.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)01:17 No.15099413
    Oh man I missed a lot of somethings.

    Okay so Sylvia says he corrupted. What is that? How did it happen?

    How can we play it to our advantage?
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)01:19 No.15099428
    We need to give Elana up. Bluffing is too risky and could very well result in many deaths.
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)01:20 No.15099438
    "How would we bind him? I are still fresh-faced in this profession, and have yet to memorize everything I need to know. Please, anything you could teach me would be of great help."

    Incidentally, the 'unbind and unleash Modi' thing? Not a bluff. If it comes down to a losing fight and it looks like he'll get Elana anyway, I'm voting we open pandora's box in his face.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)01:22 No.15099451
    A thought occurs.

    What's stopping him from killing us once he has Elana
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)01:23 No.15099460
    And kill everyone? We can't put so many lives on Elana. Giving her up is wrong but not giving her up is moreso.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)01:24 No.15099470
    Ask Slyvia the old tongue word for Nothing, then let's get to the bluff. I'm thinking we could say something along the lines of this:

    "Alright, mr nobody, there seems to be a problem. You see, you're scum. You've worn your greed for so long, you forgot what else it means to be human. Now, take a good look at this guy here. (our spear) This is Modi Mundi, and he is a greater avatar of wrath. And you know what he hates? He hates greed. Specifically, he hates greed in humans and dragons. And you know what I see before me?

    A human who got too greedy. Now, I could let you have the girl, but then that would just let you use her power to further your greed. So we're going to make a new deal: Leave, and you walk away unscathed. Stay, and not only will your prize also be sundered, but you yourself will be if not dead, sorely wounded and easy prey for the many beings your greed has surely effected."
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)01:24 No.15099475
    But even beyond our personal feelings, isn't there a risk in giving this being what he desires? Can he use her to make himself more powerful or wreak destruction he otherwise would be incapable of?
    What does it mean to see the true order?
    Because I would hate to save my village only to learn later that I may have placed the world into peril.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)01:24 No.15099480
    What has stopped him from walking in here and taking her killing everyone? He seems to respect his deals.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)01:25 No.15099485
    Assuming he's negotiating in good faith. If he's not we die anyway.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)01:26 No.15099498
    That's a good point. Overwake is dead, so the deal he made is likewise void. This guy could just take her and torch the village.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)01:26 No.15099500
    Because he doesn't know who she is. That's the card we have over him.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)01:27 No.15099504
    Yeah it's bad but what's the world without the village? If he has some plot we can grow stronger and stop it.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)01:27 No.15099505
    You don't understand, he doesn't want Elana to spite us. Beings like him are all the same, he wants to use her to make himself more powerful or as a guide to give him more power.
    You tell us to think bigger and yet fail to think past our tiny outpost village.
    A man like him is clearly invested in obtaining Elana for himself, and the consequences of giving him what he wants will very probably be dire.
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)01:30 No.15099532
    Too much. Try;
    "The mountain spirit has no authority here. Overwake is dead. Your claims are rejected and the contract is void. Leave peacefully, or I will unbind Modi Magni. He has sworn to destroy any human who is overcome with greed. Leave or face Wrath itself."
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)01:31 No.15099541
    Ayren bargained her to him, thusly assuming he was not evil, Ayren believed that him having her power would not be an entirely dire situation for the world. We can save the town here and then we can save the world, or we can kill everyone in the town and maybe save the world.

    What we need to ask is- isn't this village the world to Osyki?
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)01:33 No.15099557
    Again, assuming. We're hearing that Aryen wasn't the best at dealing with spirits. Or people. It's possible he just didn't care about the consequences, or thought he could handle them.

    This could be why he was after the basalisk.
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)01:37 No.15099583
    again, he's already negotiated in bad faith once, on something as trivial as his name. He. Can. Not. Be. Trusted.

    The world will still be here without the village. But if he gets Elana, he could hunt down progressively more powerful spirits and consume them. He could consume every spirit in the forest, including Sylvia. I'm guessing Elana's sight is a lynchpin to his plans. If he gets her, there'll be no stopping him.

    Quick! Ask Sylvia if there is a plant or poison or anything she can do to fake Elana's death. Once he stops sensing her, we just tell jackass that we killed her to keep him from her power. He'll be furious and want revenge, but not enough to risk his welfare for zero gain against an unbound modi.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)01:42 No.15099636
    I don't think we have time to fake her death, otherwise that's brilliant.

    I'm opposed to the "The world will still be here without the village." bit as Osyki only knows the village and surrounding area, yes he has vague knowledge that there are other places but to him is this not the world? He should not be willing to give his world up for peoples that are to him entirely imaginary.
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)01:46 No.15099671
    We're also doing for every single spirit in the forest. We're an emissary of the World Without, remember? We bear a responsibility not just to the village, but to the entire spirit world. And you want to unleash this thing on them after taking away their ability to hide?
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)01:46 No.15099672

    He has no proof that this assmonger will honor his bargain. He's negotiating in poor faith.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)01:49 No.15099700
    Releasing Magni would definitely kill them wereas you're merely suggesting that that may occur. Bluffing with Magni is akin to using Magni as if he calls our bluff which is quite likely then we will be forced by him to unleash Magni as at that point why not take him with us?
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)01:52 No.15099723
    The exchange of names was not a bargain, he snubbed us. He very angrily demanded that the bargain be honoured, we have the threat of modi and as long as we make it clear that if he pushes us too far we'll unleash modi then he'll honor the bargain.
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)01:55 No.15099745
    you hope. It depends on which is stronger, his honor or his ego.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)01:55 No.15099746
    Until he has the girl. Perhaps in his mind, once he's paid, the bargains over.

    He certainly has no reason to not kill us right here, right now, save for he doesn't have the girl.

    And it was, it's a trade. A name for a name. It's fair. He failed to pay up.
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)01:55 No.15099752
    [[ *Twiddles thumbs*

    Tell me when you guys come to a decision on what to do next. No rush. ]]
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)01:58 No.15099773
    I think I'm outnumbered. Do the bluff thing.
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)01:59 No.15099784
    Sorry about that. Let's put it to a vote;

    1Who here wants to bluff with Modi?
    2Who here wants to Threaten with Modi? (not a bluff)
    3Who here wants to lay out that his deal is void?
    4Who here wants to give up our childhood sweetheart?
    5Who here wants to fight?
    6Who here wants to smuggle her out? (unlikely since he can sense her presence)

    My vote goes for 3 and 1.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)01:59 No.15099786

    All it takes is a "Hey, you're scum, and this focus holds a greater avatar of wrath. Get lost, or I make sure you get little more than a chunk taken out of your skull."
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)02:00 No.15099791
    derp. Meant 3 and 2. And on y own list/post, too. Damn i'm an idiot.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)02:01 No.15099797
    3, 2.

    I've been pushing for 3 since the get go.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)02:01 No.15099799
    4 backed up with 2
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)02:02 No.15099805
    1 or 2, whichever seems more likely based on other votes.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)02:04 No.15099817
    Right, I'm casting my vote for the bluff.

    Jump up on the chimmney. Either show him the reflection of the spear so Modi Magni is in the mirror, or just slash him across the face and tell him this:

    "You felt that, didn't you? Haven't felt anything like that in a long time, have you? Been safe, thinking you're top dog."

    "Here's a thought - I have a Greater Avatar's power at my beck and call, and I have the Spirit of these woods ready to do battle. And I don't think you'll win, but even if you do you'll be good and wounded by the end of it."

    "And your prize will be gone, you liar, you nameless, senseless mass. I've been told what you are, how you betray my kind. I'll not give you what you seek - and if you force the issue, it will be destroyed one way or another. So to hell with your deal, and to hell with your threats - you visit doom on me, but I reflect it to you. And if you don't believe my willingness to lay it all on the line, say the word and we'll go round and round."

    "Just understand you're wagering your miserable existence as well as mine."
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)02:11 No.15099886

    [[ Go with this speech? ]]
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)02:12 No.15099894
    Or a close approximation thereof, yes.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)02:12 No.15099896
    Looks like a tie between 3,2 & 1 which are fairly similar but to break it I'll change mine to 3,2
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)02:16 No.15099920
    I count four votes for two, three for one, and three for three.

    Also, the speech I supplied sort of covers all that.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)02:19 No.15099946
    Yeah seconding your speech.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)02:26 No.15100002
    >> The Batman 05/30/11(Mon)02:34 No.15100066
    Voting for the Speech and bumping the thread
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)02:37 No.15100085
    You nod at Sylviannis, letting out a long, low sigh. "If you can keep close to keep the pressure off of me, I'd appreciate it." you tell her. "I have a feeling that I'll need my wits about me for this."

    "I'll be nearby, Totemist." she says, nodding. "Best of luck."

    You empower the spirit in your boots, surging into the air once more. The being watches you approach, flexing its claws slowly. Your expression is hard as you draw your spear forward, its tip resting a few inches from your enemy's chest. You call to Modi Magni with all your might, holding the Mirror of True Sight in your other hand in a firm grip.

    "You felt that, didn't you?" you say, your voice steady for the first time communicating with this monster. "Haven't felt anything like that in a long time, have you? Been safe, thinking you're untouchable. I can tell."

    You angle to mirror so that the lying spirit can see its surface, holding back the urge to sneer.

    "Here's a thought - I have a Greater Avatar's power at my beck and call, and I have the Spirit of these woods ready to do battle. And I don't think you'll win, but even if you do you'll be good and wounded by the end of it. Your prize will be gone, you liar, you nameless, senseless mass. I've been told what you are, how you betray my kind. You insult me when I ask for your name, the most basic respect that a being can give. I'll not give you what you seek - and if you force the issue, it will be destroyed one way or another."

    The twitching of Myoho's claws has become more and more erratic, and you can see two pairs of eyes, each the size of a house, slowly superimposing themselves into the air behind it.

    "So to hell with your deal, and to hell with your threats," you continue. "You visit doom on me, but I reflect it to you. And if you don't believe my willingness to lay it all on the line, say the word and we'll go round and round."
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)02:37 No.15100088
    >Taunt and Threaten
    The proper response to THAT is to kill the totemist on the spot before he can unbind the spear.
    Think of something else.
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)02:37 No.15100091
    With a final flourish, you bring your spear back to your side, your eyes like steel.

    "Just understand you're wagering your miserable existence as well as mine."

    The roar that emanates from your foe's mouth is enough to nearly physically knock you from your feet. You dig your heels in, reaching for the cord binding the White Claw to your spear, just in case. As the solid wave of sound comes to a slow halt, you can see the physical tear in the head of Myoho where the roar burst forth like a torn dam. It stares long and hard at the spear in your hand, its fingers twitching uncontrollably. You can see the skull in its hand begin to glow with a sickly yellow light.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)02:43 No.15100127
    Perhaps we should have been just a little more respectful, without compromising firmness.
    Too late to do anything about it now though.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)02:44 No.15100134
    Man. Even if he doesn't have all the answers, Osyki has balls.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)02:44 No.15100139
    ...What if it thinks Modi Magni is a better prize than Elana?
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)02:44 No.15100140
    'Kay. Let's do it, then. Nothing left but be proven hollow or capable, and Modi Magni doesn't like hubris or greed.

    This guy is the embodiment of both.

    Raise spear, sever hand that holds skull.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)02:45 No.15100142
    Well, time to jump around like a dumbass to dodge the counterattack that's coming.
    And get ready to hold Elana hostage, release Modi Magni, or both.

    If we had more time, we could smuggle Elana out of the villiage, and spend 95% of our time outside the villiage. That way anyone in the villiage can say "The Totemist ran away with the Truesight girl to prevent you from getting her".
    At the very least, we could have the avatars fight away from the villiage.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)02:46 No.15100157
    Okay this could be going worse. Next part of the plan, make a break for the mountains.

    Because fuck, that bitch who made this stupid-ass deal. She has to deal with this doucemonger too.

    If we live we need to go talk to the mountain spirit.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)02:47 No.15100164

    See we've put ourself into a situation where we kill ourself, Elana, and everyone else.

    Let's hold out for a moment to see if he backs down. We've got the spear at the ready to be unbound if necessary. We should probably jump backwards to get us some space though.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)02:47 No.15100167
    Guys, I think Diarca is still writing what happens next.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)02:48 No.15100180
    maybe, wish he'd put the (cont) to let us know
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)02:49 No.15100184

    There is a story about a boy who went with a poisonous snake far from the place of his birth, and it bit him, and the poison was killing him. And the snake asked him why he'd gone so far following it when this foregone conclusion loomed up ahead.

    "I didn't follow you, I drew you away from my birthplace and the people I loved. You followed me."

    And then he died.

    Let's chase this fucker into the mountains, stabbing him and kicking him in the face the whole way with Sylvia at our back, and waste him.

    If Amal and Tryd come and tell us how to bind him, all the better.

    If we have to die, we'll at least try and chase him away from the village while we're doing it and die a good death.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)02:50 No.15100195
    Unbind Modi Magni, tell everyone in the villiage to GTFO immediately (and take Elana with them).

    We're gonna need a weapon to assist in the attack.
    Hopefully Sylvie can give assistance to Modi Magni, and Modi Magni will tie the dude up long enough for at least the rest of the villiage to Evac.
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)02:50 No.15100197

    [[ I am waiting for your reactions. Sorry for the confusion. ]]
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)02:51 No.15100203
    If we have time, I will once more suggest operation Triple Bind.

    What's the worst that could happen? Modi breaks loose? Kills everyone?

    Everyone's dying right the fuck now.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)02:52 No.15100222
    So attack him? Second I suppose.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)02:53 No.15100225
    We were specifically told by an experienced spirit that unbinding him would annihilate everything.

    If we fight him ourselves first and unbind Magni as a last resort, we have the advantage of knowing we unbound him after exhausting all other options.

    Otherwise, we could be sealing certain doom on the village.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)02:53 No.15100226
    How long would it take to put the Bone Warden's focus into a spear?
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)02:53 No.15100229
    In any case, mountains. Us. Let's Go.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)02:53 No.15100230
    far too long to do it this close to combat.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)02:54 No.15100233
    Long enough to get us killed.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)02:55 No.15100248
    why are you wanting to go to the mountains? he's still here in the town standing right in front of us.

    You want us to turn and run towards the mountains assuming he'll follow when what he's looking for is in the village and we're the one thing standing between him and that thing?
    >> F5 EditorF5 05/30/11(Mon)02:56 No.15100250
    F5F5F5F5F5...I mean, uh. Anyone else feel like this?

    Nice job instilling the narrative with tension, OP.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)02:56 No.15100256
    We're the one thing he's very angry at. And if he doesn't follow, hey, we can flank him. At this point
    Mad>Want Elana
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)02:56 No.15100257
    I vote we slowly begin saying the words of unbinding, only with very subtle errors that would have no effect.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)02:57 No.15100260
    We need to distract him long enough for Elana to gtfo.
    Exactly what form that distraction takes, does not matter.
    we -can- piss him off and taunt him. That will work.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)02:58 No.15100263
    He can sense Elena's presence.

    Exactly how long do you think she OR the village will last if we don't take him out?
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)02:58 No.15100264
    You don't know that anymore than I knew he would honor his deal.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)02:58 No.15100265
    That is a good point. Have we angered him enough that he's willing to go out of his way to hunt us down?
    In case he isn't yet, smack the fingers (claws?) of the hand holding the skull with our spear.
    That should piss him off enough to chase us.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)02:59 No.15100271
    He's roaring. At us.

    That's not a sign of "Hey let's be pals"
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)02:59 No.15100273
    This gets my vote.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)02:59 No.15100276
    If you're going to do that, why not try to cut off the hand entirely? That should piss him off plenty more.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)03:00 No.15100286
    reiterating my second of this.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)03:01 No.15100288
    And it might net us the skull.

    Which we might need. To bind him. It might just be a good thing to have.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)03:01 No.15100292
    I almost want to say, do this WHILE slashing at him.

    But now we're assuming he knows anything about totems and binding and whatnot.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)03:02 No.15100298
    He in my opinion gave pretty clear indication that he would honour the deal, he's gearing up for a fight he's not an idiot. We leave he gets Elana and kills everything.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)03:03 No.15100303
    And is rational enough to care.

    In any case. It appears we want that skull.
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)03:03 No.15100310
    [[ Alright, guys. In the name of expediency, let's get another vote going like the last one. I'm going to make a cup of tea and re-caffinate so I can be up later than usual writing this session, since we got started late. Be back shortly. ]]
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)03:04 No.15100315
    We're still in disagreement about that. I like my plan, but I'm abandoning it to support operation "Take That Skull".

    On account of it has a better chance of happening. I say if we can we lure him to the mountains though.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:05 No.15100323
    Slash his hand as it holds the skull.
    Tell the rest of the town to GTFO.
    Start saying the unbinding ritual, don't finish it.
    Run away and try to get him to chase us.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)03:06 No.15100330
    Vote tiem.

    Indicate what you want done, ranking choices in order of descending preference.

    1) Fight
    2) Try to cut off his hand, whether to get the skull or deny him its use
    3) Rap his knuckles with our spear
    4) Say the words of unbinding
    5) Try to get him to retreat to the mountain
    6) Run away to the mountain
    7) Wait and see what happens.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)03:07 No.15100336
    While fighting if we can drawl him out of the town that'd be great but we shouldn't bank on it and we can't count on him pursuing us if we just hightail it.

    Voting for attacking him, more specifically attacking the hand holding the skull. We don't need to get the skull we just don't want him to be holding it.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)03:07 No.15100339
    Appending 8) Attempt to do anything with Elana or the village while fighting a giant fucking monster.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)03:08 No.15100342
    2, 4, 1, 5 for me.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)03:08 No.15100344
    2), 4), attempt 5) and regardless of if 5 works then 1
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)03:09 No.15100350
    2 while begging 4, we can stop if we succeed or get close to finishing them, into 1 while being mindful of drawing him out of town perhaps into the mountains.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:09 No.15100352

    I also vote for taking that skull.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)03:14 No.15100379
    Still voting for the words of unbinding (done slowly and slightly wrong.)
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:15 No.15100387
    What does the skull look like in the mirror ?
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:15 No.15100388

    This is still my vote.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:16 No.15100397

    Also, lets try to take the skull the second he lets go of it.
    I wouldn't be surprised if hed grow another arm or 2.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)03:22 No.15100437
    Oh, how I wish we had the time to so much as catch a glimpse of it.
    Five for attacking with an aim to take the skull or sever the hand that holds it.
    Five for saying the words of unbinding incorrectly, or beginning to say them.
    Three for fighting the enemy.
    Two for trying to push him towards the mountains.
    >> Bad Newbie !u8dVJyyGAs 05/30/11(Mon)03:28 No.15100488
    One more for the words of unbinding. I only post for tie-breakers. >_>
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:29 No.15100497
    ohhh, finally caught a live thread! just chipping in to say that you are an excellent writer, Diarca, and you regular players are giving him a run for his money.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)03:32 No.15100513
    Yay, someone wants to guarantee spirit-apocalypse ><

    Oh welp.
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)03:32 No.15100524
    Your spear dances out as time slows, its bladed edge lashing out at the wrist holding the illuminated skull. The blade of your weapon struggles for a moment, as if against some invisible force. Then, with a roar of grinding gears and true rage, the spear forces its way to its mark and bites deep into Myoho's flesh. Though it shows no immediate reactions of pain, the hand holding the skull opens and drops the relic to the ground. You sweep your spear downward as it falls, catching the underside of the draconic bone and tossing it off of the edge of the building. Sylviannis can take care of that. You've got bigger fish to fry.

    As your draw your spear back, you feel a push on your right shoulder. Your body spins to the right, just in time to avoid the blast of indigo fire arcing through the space that your head had until very recently occupied. Another shove from an unknown source sends you onto your back, directly beneath a sweeping arc of blue flame. You bring your legs up and spring back to your feet, giving Myoho a cocky grin.

    "Your task complete, your purpose well served. Release your holds now, monsters, and find respite in your Totems once more."

    For those uninitiated, it would sound like the beginning of a ritual. A few tweaked words can go a long way toward ruining the precise magical formula that most pacts and contracts specify. You spent weeks on end memorizing the proper incantations. Botching one isn't a problem whatsoever.

    With a sudden flicker of movement, Myoho has vanished from sight. You hear a sound like leaping electricity as the titanic humanoid flickers into existence above you, jumping back and forth in space as though unsure where it should actually exist. You slide backward, toward the mountain, as you carefully watch the jumpy basta-

    Oh hell, where did he go?=

    > Roll 1d20. First three responses.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)03:35 No.15100537
    rolled 4 = 4

    Find that son of a bitch!
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)03:35 No.15100542
    rolled 15 = 15

    Let's go!
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)03:36 No.15100545
    Welp, I'm not rolling anymore. Remember to use allcaps when you roll, guys.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)03:37 No.15100553
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:37 No.15100556
    Am I counted? I'm >>15100323
    2, 5, and 1 if it's necessary for 5, and the start (but not the end) of 4.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)03:38 No.15100561
    okay so all caps doesn't work for rollan.

    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)03:38 No.15100564
    rolled 10 = 10

    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:39 No.15100568
    rolled 20 = 20

    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)03:39 No.15100570
    I didn't mean use allcaps in your ROLL, I meant use allcaps on your post to roll. /tg/'s dice gods respond to rage.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:40 No.15100573
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:40 No.15100577
    rolled 1, 16, 17, 2, 10 = 46

    Guys, seriously, wait for me to roll. :[
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:40 No.15100583
    rolled 12 = 12

    You guys. YOU GUYS.

    We have a MIRROR of trueseeing. SCAN THE AREA WITH THAT.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)03:41 No.15100590
    rolled 1 = 1

    Dammit why weren't you faster than me! ...*considers deleting his roll posts*...naw that'd be cheap.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:41 No.15100594
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    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)03:42 No.15100600
    At least that wasn't your roll.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:42 No.15100603
    rolled 6, 5, 3, 11, 15 = 40

    Jump up
    Hold the mirror to the side of our face, in front of us - whenever something flickers in it, we know we're facing the right direction.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)03:43 No.15100607

    that's a good idea but he'd probably just stab us in the back if... we should hold the mirror so that we can see behind us!
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)03:44 No.15100613
    Brilliant! We should invent those glasses that let you see behind you. Then bind the Bone Warden to that.

    Put that in possible future projects.
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)03:44 No.15100617
    Maybe if we live.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)03:45 No.15100620
    That /was/ the idea
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)03:54 No.15100653
    Anyway, secondan using the mirror of true seeing to find the enemy and fuck it up.

    If it used to be a man, it may have other artefacts.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)03:54 No.15100654
    Yowzerz, over 3 Std Deviations lower than the mean.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)04:02 No.15100694
    >Rolling 3d20 when only asked for 1d20
    Why do people insist on doing this in every quest ever?
    >> Editor 05/30/11(Mon)04:03 No.15100696
    'Cause we're nuts.

    Who wants to take odds on Diarca having fallen asleep again?
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)04:04 No.15100703
    wouldn't be surprised. I'm starting to nod off myself.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)04:04 No.15100704
    Could be there's a lot to do here. He might be deciding what the rolls mean.
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)04:05 No.15100710
    That's 5 d20. I dunno what he's up to.
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)04:05 No.15100717
    Let's give it another half hour then archive if he hasn't posted.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)04:07 No.15100729
    rolled 5, 10, 7, 5, 7, 2, 8, 6, 3, 5 = 58

    Let's make this really ridiculous then. Rolling like I'm playing an oWoD game.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)04:15 No.15100782
    rolled 1, 6, 2, 1, 4, 1, 6, 3, 1, 3, 1, 5, 5, 1, 2, 3, 2, 4, 2, 5 = 58

    Rollin' like it's shadowrun
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)04:16 No.15100792
    Whatever you were trying to do, you botched.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)04:19 No.15100809
    Nah, if you want TRULY ridiculous rolling, you gotta roll like you're rolling Vader's force dice in the original Star Wars RPG.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)04:27 No.15100872
    rolled 1 = 1

    rolling a ball
    >> RockTurtle 05/30/11(Mon)04:31 No.15100909
    Someone archived.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)09:22 No.15102520
    Hm... I'm tempted to think that he's headed straight for Elana and we should move to intercept, but it's possible that that's exactly what he wants us to think and lead him right to her.
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)09:50 No.15102537
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    He doesn't know where she is. He'd have to stop and hunt for her, exposing his back to us and Sylvia. No, he's probably trying to sneak behind us to attack.

    Pic is a little something i threw together in Heromachine3. This is how i see Osyki the Prepared.
    >> Perverted (and Paranoid) White Knight 05/30/11(Mon)09:55 No.15102593

    Mirror! And stop from going too far into the mountain. Don't go to Elana, but instead yell at the villagers to...
    Fuck, what should we tell them to do?

    Also, I think Sylvia is helping us dodge most of I-don't-wanna-call-him-Myoho-anymore's attacks.
    >> Magus O'Grady 05/30/11(Mon)13:20 No.15103094
    I still think we should call him 'Nobody'.
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)14:01 No.15103357
    [[ > Be Totemist Quest GM
    > Go to make cup of tea
    > Hear clicking sound from the other room
    > Laptop flipping the fuck out, screen seven sorts of messed up
    > Force shut down
    > Wont start back up
    > All computer places closed

    One new laptop, here I am again. The universe seems to conspire against this quest some days, but I will persevere!

    Would the elegen/tg/entlemen care to continue now, or wait for the next thread at the usual time? ]]
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)14:21 No.15103533
    rolled 83 = 83

    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)14:32 No.15103653
    I'm cool with finishing things now, although waiting might also be good.
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)14:35 No.15103693
    [[ One more bump to see if folk are still around to play. If not, we'll resume tomorrow at the usual time. ]]
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)14:36 No.15103713
    bump for a 3rd player
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)14:39 No.15103739
    I've finally read through the quest and am now ready to participate.

    So player 4 here.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)14:46 No.15103813
    rolled 57 = 57

    Haven't yet read the last 2 threads but will bump for bumpety sake.

    Also, start a new thread, people might think this is being bumped by players' discussion
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)14:48 No.15103830
    Guess I might as well jump in. First time posting in totemist quest.
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)14:48 No.15103833
    I'm down.
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)14:52 No.15103867

    [[ Not a bad idea. New thread will be up shortly. ]]
    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)14:58 No.15103906
    Dont forget to link
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 05/30/11(Mon)15:05 No.15103968
    this thing is on?
    >> Gilbert Bilge 05/30/11(Mon)15:07 No.15103995

    >> Anonymous 05/30/11(Mon)15:28 No.15104186
    It's been like half an hour.

    Any word?
    >> Diarca !!rV8GTu4cyt+ 05/30/11(Mon)15:31 No.15104226

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