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    15 KB Abyssal Quest HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)09:14 No.18751953  
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:16 No.18751969
    Did you forget the rest of your post?
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)09:17 No.18751973
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    Creation is a big place. Big, full of wonders from ages long lost, races fallen and forgotten, magic both deadly and wonderous. People fill it's ever corner. Small people, fearing about small things--where the next coin will come from, if the next harvest will be enough. You... are one of these people, though you are destined for things greater than you can ever comprehend. Where in Creation do you hail?

    The North, that icy land near the Pole of Air?
    The East, in the forests and jungles near the Pole of Wood?
    The South, in the deserts and volcanic regions near the Pole of Fire?
    The West, in the many oceans and islands near the Pole of Water?
    The Scavenger Lands, the near-eastern plains and river kingdoms?
    Or the Blessed Isle, center of Creation, and home of the Pole of Earth?
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)09:17 No.18751980

    Also, no, but I didn't want my first quest to start auto-saging, and apparently leaving a blank first post solves that problem.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:18 No.18751988
    The west.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:19 No.18751990

    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:20 No.18752001

    Well, it is good as any other so I'll cast my vote for the west too
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:22 No.18752011
    North. The Haslanti League are STEAMPUNK VIKINGS.

    STEAMPUNK. VIKINGS. How fucking metal is that?
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)09:26 No.18752031
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    You hail from the seas and islands of the west. A beautiful, savage place--as anywhere else in Creation would be. Here, cowries are used for currency, and women do not sail unless pretending to be men, for fear of the wrath of the storm-mothers. Where in the west do you hail?

    The Wavecraft Archipelago, the largest, oldest state of the West, with it's easy-going trade ports, wealthy fields, and rites of human sacrifice to appease ancient volcano-gods?
    The Neck, a collection of small, tribal islands that get by on fishing and gathering?
    The Coral Archipelago, richest and wealthiest of the western states, with little resources but great potential?
    The Skullstone Archipelago, where the dead walk among the living, and all serve the undying Silver Prince?

    From where in the west do you hail, Mortal?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:26 No.18752034

    Must be West, so that we can raise an army of totally radical skeleton surfers.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:27 No.18752040

    Coral Archipelago
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:28 No.18752044

    The Neck.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:28 No.18752045
    Coral or Skullstone
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:29 No.18752051
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:29 No.18752054
    One of the pseudo-Viking countries in the Northwest.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:30 No.18752060

    Let's do Coral.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:30 No.18752061

    2nd vote for the Neck.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:30 No.18752062
    Go stab yourself in the eye with a rusty spork.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:31 No.18752072
    3rd vote.
    >> Origin UPdate HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)09:31 No.18752076
    Figure I will post the votes. I'll let voting on this run for ten minutes more, so feel free to spam your choice as often as you can in the hopes of being democratic.

    as of this post: >>18752061

    The tally looks like this.

    Coral: 2 1/2
    Neck: 2
    Skullstone: 1/2
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:32 No.18752081
    Why the fuck would you want to be some primitive Stone Age islanders? That's not very Metal at all.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:32 No.18752087
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:33 No.18752094
    And one write-in vote for one of the Northwestern pseudo-Viking Coastal countries.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:33 No.18752095

    Our myths across the globe tell of mortals killing the immortals. It just feels right!
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:34 No.18752100
    So how many of you in here only come to /tg/ for quest threads?

    How many of you in here come MOSTLY for the quest threads?

    Be honest.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:35 No.18752111
    But why be some primitive with a stone axe when you can be a Viking, and crank the Metal to the max? We can totally be the dude on those Fantasy-metal album covers!
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:42 No.18752161
    Go make Heavy Metal Viking Quest then. You're as bad as the people who try to ram their fetishes into quests.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)09:43 No.18752168
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    You hail from the Neck, a collection of islands ruled by tribal chieftains, stretching just south of the Skullstone Archipelago. Tell me, Mortal, what did you do in life?

    Were you a man? A woman?

    A fisherman, a pearl-diver, a warrior, a gatherer?

    You lived, as all mortals do. But how was it that you did, Mortal? What did you do in Life?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:45 No.18752176
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:46 No.18752179
    rat catcher (gatherer)
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:46 No.18752181
    I cast my vote for the neck as well!
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:48 No.18752198
    Woman, pearl-diver.

    We have an impressive set of... lungs.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:49 No.18752202

    This sounds good.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:53 No.18752224

    Pity about being nearly flat-chested, but having high Dexterity, Stamina and Athletics has its own rewards. And that way we don't end up with the stereotypical 'tits always on display' Abyssal thing.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:54 No.18752229
    How about... Woman, Pearl Diver?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:54 No.18752233

    DFC are just as good as megatits.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)09:57 No.18752254
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    You were a woman. A pearl-diver. The clam beds in the Neck were never as rich as those from Coral, but they provided some amount of pearls to send to the Realm in tribute. It was tough work, that took athleticism and stamina, and you had to compete with god-blooded for the best pearl sites rather often... but you always managed to eke out your living nonetheless.

    I have but two more questions more for you, Mortal.

    What is your name?

    And how did you die?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)09:59 No.18752271
    Electrocution, while meddling with some First Age magitech you found in the ocean.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:00 No.18752273

    My name is Saphire Argenta

    My death was by my jealous husband's hand.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:00 No.18752276

    Considering we're female pearl divers? I'm thinking something Japanese, like the ama. Maybe something like Umi.

    As for death, we got caught under some sort of diving cave and couldn't swim out.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:01 No.18752277
    I vote eaten by sharks
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:02 No.18752290
    Got hired by a DB covertly working for the Realm to retrieve a cache of magitech from an underwater cave. Trapped in a net afterwards and left to drown on the seabed to keep it a complete secret.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:03 No.18752295
    >im thinking something japanese
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:04 No.18752298
    The Neck are pseudo-Polynesians, not Japanese. The pseudo-Japanese are the Lookshyans and the Shogunate Dragonblooded they're the heirs of.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:05 No.18752310

    Died trapped underwater under a rocky ridge that fell, also stabbed, but it was mostly the rock thing.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:09 No.18752326

    Polynesian names then? Mere means sea water, and also means "Bitterly Wanted Child".
    >> Voting Update HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)10:10 No.18752333
    Allright, given the choices, let's narrow it down:
    Selena, Saphire Argenta, or Umi.
    Drowned accidently (Trapped in a cave while exploring), drowned on purpose (by dynasts or a jilted husband), or death by first age magic gone awry.

    Ten more minutes.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:10 No.18752336
    Name ideas: Wokani, Leilani, Malie
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)10:11 No.18752340

    Also, add Mere to the list of names to vote for, since I like that one.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:11 No.18752341
    Aren't they supposed to be long names that are odd?
    Argent Swimmer
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:12 No.18752350
    Vote for Mere. Already voted for Death By First Age Magic Gone Awry.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)10:12 No.18752353

    Abyssals are, yes.

    But you aren't an Abyssal (yet), are you, Mortal?
    >> Fortitude 04/17/12(Tue)10:13 No.18752355
    You can't roleplay in here! This is /tg/!

    I don't want to hijack the narrative, but doesn't this one need more context to it than just "how"? I thought Abyssals need the potential for greatness somewhere in their history. As in "standard heroic backstory, signs were right, about to get the call of adventure, LOL dead." Abyssals could have exalted as Solars, but they died first.

    So I vote for knifed in a back-alley. She'd been saving away for her entire life, dreaming of a larger life, owning her own ship, seeing what lay over the horizon, maybe joining the Tya once she became an experienced sailor. Eventually, at long last, she saved enough to buy a single person skiff, said goodbye to her family, and took a pouch of pearls and coin to the docks. And then she got knifed in a back-alley because someone noticed she was on her own with a heavy purse. The end.

    Except not.

    Or do something else. That's just how I'd do it.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:13 No.18752357

    That's the title-name that comes after Exaltation, especially for Abyssals (who suffer Resonance if they use their original name).
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:14 No.18752368
    That's *after* we die, become an Abyssal, and lose our mortal name. Probably because He Who Holds In Thrall lost his when he died and was no longer Mardukth.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:14 No.18752369

    I vote this one.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:14 No.18752373

    I'm voting for this and voting for Mere on this. Especially with the "bitter" connontation, even if it's more of "Bitterly Wanted Child".
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:15 No.18752380

    How about knifed went back out to sea to make get more pearls and ended up trapped because she couldn't swim as well with the blood loss?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:16 No.18752387
    I really like the name Mere, it just sounds nice. And I think I'll vote for First Age Magic gone awry.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:18 No.18752402
    Abyssals die in the moment of heroism that would see them Exalt as Solars, because they didn't Exalt as a Solar. So, for instance, getting electrocuted by a First Age device that you could have repaired had you Exalted as a Twilight Caste Solar would cause you to Exalt as a Daybreak Caste Abyssal.
    >> Fortitude 04/17/12(Tue)10:23 No.18752443
    If you're keen on drowning (and why not, since we're in the West), maybe she handed over her money to the man who she thought was going to sell her the skiff, and then he stabbed her and pushed her off the pier into the bay. Or maybe she had an anchor tied to her (which would take much longer, and implies that people would have heard her scream for help and done nothing).

    Either way there's the possibility of dramatic brutal vengeance, but the thing I like is that if you put someone in that situation and the offered them the deal that this young woman is about to be offered, they wouldn't need to be a frothing killer to say "Yes".
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:24 No.18752454

    Drowned on purpose.

    Combine with earlier idea; she was one last pearl-dive, the last she'd need to raise the funds to ship herself out to the wider world, when left to drown by a competitor who then stole all her accumulated money.
    >> Fortitude 04/17/12(Tue)10:29 No.18752489
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    I think that's overly literal.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)10:29 No.18752494
    Your name... your name was Mere.

    But if you take this offer, it shall be Mere no longer, Mortal. You had potential. You had the chance for greatness. You were special... you had a destiny before you.

    And now, here you lay. Bleeding out in the shadows in your small tribal village, all your preciously-saved wealth gone, all your carefully managed money vanished into the hands of another.

    But you can live again. Cast away your old name, your old destiny. Live to serve the Neverborn, the masters of death. Destroy that which destroyed you. Take the Black Exaltation. Take the Last Breath.

    Let it catalyze within you. Let the dark essence of death flow through you. Take up your title as it comes to your mind, as blood stains a pearl.

    Can you feel it within you? Your caste, made manifest, the sum of your abilities, your drive? You were an athlete, a runner... a fighter, too, when you had to.

    What now comes to the fore? An army at dusk, or the knife in the alleyway, in the bright sun of the day?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:33 No.18752524
    That's not disproving me. If he had Exalted as a Solar during that fight, he'd have survived, easily, and fighting Panther (an undefeated gladiatorial champion) is easily worth a Solar Exaltation in its own right, especially if you're as scrawny as that dude looks.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:36 No.18752541
    I'd say Day caste probably fits her better, given her background, but Dusk has a vastly superior Anima power.

    Eh. Dusk.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:37 No.18752558
    I really don't know what the differences are.
    So I say Day. I like the sun.
    >> Fortitude 04/17/12(Tue)10:38 No.18752565
    Didn't say it did, I just think you're being overly literal. Pretty much everyone ever to die would have been saved if they'd Exalted instead. Including Crimson Pearl here. (Or The Crimson Pearl of Bitter Regret if you prefer.)

    Dusk. Never be weak again. Kill everyone who let this happen to you.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:38 No.18752568

    Day Caste, with a splash of Martial Arts, Sail, Resistance, Presence, and Survival.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:41 No.18752594
    I'd say Dusk Caste, sounds fitting
    >> Voting Update HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)10:44 No.18752614
    Currently 3 for dusk and 2 for day. I'll let voting continue for another ten minutes. Also, if anyone wishes to input for Mere's new abyssal name, feel free. I dropped a hint in the post for a good one, but ultimately, of course, the decision... is up to you.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:47 No.18752642
    Oh well, yo hurry the things I'll change my vote from sun to dusk. This is my previous post >>18752558
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:47 No.18752650
    Day caste.

    we shall clearly be the Delightful Vampire Dolphin
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:48 No.18752658
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:50 No.18752668

    Dusk, name being Blood Stained Pearl.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:52 No.18752694
    the bright sun of day
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:54 No.18752701
    >name that's originally serious but seems incredibly silly to other Abyssals

    I like this idea.

    Dolphins are crazy murderous assholes.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:54 No.18752702
    Eh. I dunno; even the more ambiguous cases have clear-cut moments of heroism where they Exalt. Take Panther, for instance.

    Panther Exalted as a Solar when he looked out the window, and realised that all his years of living a life of selfish hedonism didn't truly make him happy, and he was hurting people to indulge in those selfish pleasures. He then Exalts and decides to turn over a new leaf.

    An Infernal Panther might exalt when he looks out the window at the sunrise, realises that his life is empty and he's hurting people, and shrugs. If he stops, the people he's victimising are probably going to be victimised anyway, and why should he deny himself his creature comforts for the cold comfort of idealism? Then, as he turns to go and snort a line of cocaine off a whore, a wasp made of brilliant multicolored glass appears and offers him power and luxury beyond anything he has ever known if he agrees to serve the true masters of Creation, and he agrees.

    An Abyssal Panther stands up and looks at the sunrise, and begins to realise that his life is empty hedonism, when his heart explodes from the prodigious amount of cocaine he'd snorted off of whores the night before. As he lies dying on the floor, a voice whispers to him, offering him the ability to continue living if he agrees to help destroy the world. In despair, he accepts. Having felt the cold touch of death, he realised the pointlessness of indulgence, and turns over a new leaf.
    >> Fortitude 04/17/12(Tue)10:58 No.18752717
    For informed decision-making, the Dusk caste are the generals and warriors of the Abyssal Exalted, while the Day caste are the spies and assassins.

    Skimming over the general feel of the mechanics without going into the specifics of the system...

    Dusk caste Abyssals can use every weapon of war in existence (including exotic magictech, siege weapons, and more abstract things like tactics and leadership). The Dusk battle aura makes them supernaturally terrifying to the point that it's difficult to look at them, let alone attack them.

    Day caste Abyssals are supernaturally skilled at movement, perception, stealth and stealth support skills (basically anything a Rogue can do. I should speed up, 10min and all that.) They can suppress their aura to not give themselves away, or activate it to conceal their identity behind swirling energy.

    So basically, magic Fighter or magic Rogue. Bear in mind that, except for the aura thing, they learn each other's powers.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)10:59 No.18752722
    I vote Day, and some kind of dolphin-related name.
    >> Fortitude 04/17/12(Tue)10:59 No.18752724
    Those work.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)10:59 No.18752727
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    An army at dusk, an army of the dead, rising as a tide to wash the living from the land.


    You were Mere. You were a simple pearl-diver from the Neck. You had saved up, your entire life, to purchase a boat. Another--someone from your village--killed you for your pearls and cowries on your way to the dock.

    Now, you are alive again. You are lying in an alleyway. The sun beams down from on-high, a painful, wicked thing. Blood leaks from your forhead--there, you feel, a symbol has been carved.

    You can see a man standing at the entrance to the alleyway. He looks familiar... one of the villagers. Maybe one of the fisherman. His name is not important. He is calling out to you, asking if you are okay.

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:03 No.18752756
    Leave the alleyway from the other direction and say nothing
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:04 No.18752761
    Find the one who killed you. We burn with vengeance.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:10 No.18752795

    Greet him very happily.

    Stare at him with a very broad smile while blood pours down our face until he just goes NOPE.avi and backs away all the way into the ocean.
    >> Fortitude 04/17/12(Tue)11:11 No.18752805
    Ask Johnny NPC where the as-yet unspecified guy who knifed us went. If we saw them, and weren't just knifed in the back.

    Then ponder why he flees in acute religious terror at the sight of me and my forehead, assuming any monks have ever been to the island. He might even start gouging his own eyes out if Pearl's anima banner is at full. Did anyone mention yet how much being a mortal sucks in this setting?

    In fact, what'd really be hilarious would be if we started doing this >>18752756 , then he caught up, saw our face and went into apoplexy.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:12 No.18752817

    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)11:16 No.18752842
    You ignore the fisherman--you remember his name now, Santoso--and leave the alleyway, towards where you last sun the man who murdered you running. Santoso walks up to you. "Mere, hey, what's wrong? There's alot of blood on the ground, are you hurt? Say something!" He says, obviously worried. He's one of the younger fisherman.

    You think he may have felt something for you, now that your mind is less addled by the majesty of near-death.

    He reaches out to grab you by the shoulder. He hasn't seen your face yet.

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:16 No.18752844
    *look at Anima banner around hands*
    "I think I just became an Anathema, but I don't feel like I got possessed by some sort of demon."
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:24 No.18752917
    >Did anyone mention yet how much being a mortal sucks in this setting?

    Well, I'm unfamiliar with the setting. Wish OP would take that into consideration, that not everyone is bound to know what's up.

    Look at him... I guess?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:25 No.18752920

    "Santoso, if you're ever going to trust me about anything, please turn around and leave. Right now."
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:26 No.18752931

    Grab his arm, and proceed to break the fuck out of it, that'll show him to be, friendly!
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:29 No.18752951
    Second this, we don't want to mix people we like with the death hero thing.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)11:30 No.18752963

    I'm purposefully not explaining things about the setting because I want to see how those unfamiliar with it would react. J. Average Mortal from the neck lives a life not entirely terrible, despite the closeness to Skullstone, they probably haven't seen an Anathema, only a few would have seen a dragonblooded, they'd be used to dealing with Godblooded mortals as they're rather common in the neck, and while, yes, 'life sucks' for motals in exalted, most mortals are content--or at least terrified into complacency--with their lot in life.

    So yes, you don't know what's up. our Pearl here is only slightly more clued in than the average mortal, and that only because she spent about thirty minutes, subjectively, talking about her life and getting an Abyssal Exaltation.

    If this is displeasing to my players, I'll do an Infodump Post before continuing on with the story.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:31 No.18752976
    He'll be the first.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:32 No.18752989
    be nice to fisher boy and lets go get some vengeance

    nah, keep going man, as long as you didn't start the quest assuming everyone'd know the setting
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:33 No.18752997
    Man what's with the psycho answers?

    We just had a near-death experience, but that's time for freaaaaking ouuuut, not for being an instant sociopath.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:35 No.18753011
    3rd vote. Largely because she probably isn't full swing into how to be an Abyssal yet. All she has had to clue her in was a short conversation with her Deathlord
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:36 No.18753018
    I blame the fact that our soully thing just got shoved full of death essance.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)11:38 No.18753027
    "Santoso, if you're ever going to trust me about anything, please turn around and leave. Right now."

    Your voice sounds different. Maybe emptier, a bit hollow. Santoso pauses, as if he can hear the difference too.

    "O... okay, Mere. You were gonna go buy a boat today, right? Hey, uh... good luck with that. If you want help crewing it, come find me, yeah? We're friends, don't forget that."

    He squeezes your shoulder, and leaves. Shaken... but still your friend.

    You feel the wound on your forehead slowly closing, the blood no longer leaking so freely from the symbol carved on your head. You reach the end of the alleyway. You saw your murderer turn left, before vision left you entirely.

    Towards the chieftain's hut, and the jungle beyond.

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:40 No.18753040
    For those unfamiliar with the setting, consider that Abyssals have no actual requirement to be Evil Bad Guys, they've just got sort of an unholy aura that follows them around and fucks shit up if they don't destroy things enough (but, then, those things can always be other bad guys).

    Vampire Hunter D would fit well as an Abyssal, for example, despite being a "good guy" much of the time, complete with crosses and holy symbols around him physically warping as he passes through an area.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:41 No.18753041

    Follow wary of any other people we see on our way.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:41 No.18753044
    >I'm purposefully not explaining things about the setting because I want to see how those unfamiliar with it would react.

    It's alright. It kinda felt like people were supposed to know what's up.
    For example, I would have expected Dusk to be rogue/spy thing and not the Sun.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)11:43 No.18753061

    Fair enough, and I probably could have explained that a bit better, but that's why I used the imagery I did--an army verses a knife. Which is my bad.

    But this can be treated as a learning experience for us all, so.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:43 No.18753062

    Follow. Hunt.

    Drag him into the sea and let him almost drown, and then in the last possible moment let him live if he swears total obedience to us. Make it clear that his life was, and from that moment will always be, in our hands.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:44 No.18753069
    go by the chiefs hut, probably went here with your pearls
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:44 No.18753072
    What is a god-blooded? it's been mentioned that they're in the place where we live. Are they like Heracles or whoever. (What are they half gods of, like who's their parents?)
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:44 No.18753073
    >Towards the chieftain's hut, and the jungle beyond.

    So... did he go to the jungle or the chieftain's hut?
    Eh, anyway, go in the chieftains hut and see if there are any signs of the murderer. Don't spend much time, if no obvious, immediate signs then go to the jungle following the trail.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:45 No.18753081
    second vote
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:46 No.18753087
    I think that is supposed to be ambiguous. We lost sight of our killer as (s)he left the alleyway
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)11:46 No.18753089

    God-Blooded are the children of a mortal and a god.

    Note that Gods in exalted are... more shinto than greco-roman. Rice Grains, for example, each have their own individual god. Most godblooded from the Neck are the children of various sea, island, and storm gods--major for the area, but overall minor in the grand scheme of things. More powerful than a mortal, but much less powerful than an Exalted.


    To answer this question: You don't know. You only saw the direction he went in. Perhaps he stopped at the chief's hut, or fled into the jungles. You'll have to find out.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:48 No.18753101
    Let's check out the chief's hut.

    I wanna know if this was a conspiracy to kill us. Great excuse to burn the town down.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:48 No.18753104
    Children of a god and a human. Their level of power depends on the god who was the parent; the local ones would probably be the children of fairly minor storm/ocean/island gods, personally potent but more like "humans with magic tricks" than Hercules level or what an experienced Exalt can do.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:57 No.18753153
    Alright, so can you be a child of a major god of the area, like the War goddess or say an elemental dragon or something?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:58 No.18753155
    Then go to the chieftain's hut since if he did not go there, we don't have to backtrack.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)11:58 No.18753157
    Those things tend to not have sex with mortals.

    The Greater Gods are busy playing divine WoW, and the Dragons are doing whatever they do.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)11:58 No.18753159
    You approach the chieftain's hut--tall, risen up on stilts. Your village's chief--Mokone, a tall, broad-shouldered man, a Godblooded. Child of the local Volcano God, Varn Of The Fire, Mokone won his position through guile and fighting skill.

    You feel like that's not going to matter for much longer.

    This time of day, there's usually very few people in the hut, but you can hear voices coming from within.

    "Here is my gift to you, father. Pearls, dried and fresh from the sea, gathered with my own hand from hidden beds," you hear. The voice is familiar. It is Rakase, the chieftain's young son. A drunkard, a bully, and a thief.

    And, you realize now, a murderer. He is gifting pearls--your pearls, your wealth, your life--to his father, a tradition of your village, that the son give gifts from his personal wealth to the father on occasion.

    There is one door, and two windows--no glass, of course, simple things with wooden panes that can be closed at will. Your murderer and his father are inside.

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:01 No.18753176
    Okay, what are our powers as an.... Abyssal (right? We're "abyssal", that's what it is called?) since I'm thinking how to murder that asshole. Also, are we much tougher? Can we be hurt by normal weapons?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:02 No.18753179

    Offer a friendly greeting, ask if they have seen someone with a knife come by, and stare down Rakase, but don't do anything else yet.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)12:03 No.18753193

    From what you know, your powers are centered on combat. You are much, much better at Killing Things. Destroying Things. Leading Armies. Murdering Things.

    You can be hurt, you can be killed, but you are tougher than your standard mortal. You do not bleed, unless you wish to, and most poisons and diseases will not effect you.

    Oh, the manifold benefits of the dead!
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:04 No.18753194

    Confront the son in front of his father. Demand life of the son in servitude in repayment for the death he would have inflicted on us.

    Turn the anima banner on if necessary, but not to the "mortals start clawing out their eyes" level.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:06 No.18753213
    How about our physical attributes? Do we move faster? Are we much stronger?

    Servitude? Do we really want him to serve us? I think it's much better just to kill him and make his father serve us, as a punishment for his son.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:06 No.18753214
    storm in there and fuck him up, tell his dad why, then kill him slowly
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:06 No.18753219

    A beginning Exalt can make like a wuxia character and perform impossible combat tricks, but can still get stabbed to death at an inopportune time.

    A moderately experienced Exalt can be casually immune to sneak attacks and being overwhelmed by numbers, but can still be ground down by powerful attacks or if they get themselves buried under a lot of weak enemies.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:08 No.18753226
    We are a Dusk Caste Abyssal. We are the best warriors and generals of the Exalts. It is our duty to lead the armies of the dead to conquer and slaughter both the world and Heaven itself. We can be hurt by normal weapons, though not badly. Right now we are possibly unarmed, unarmored, and we don't know exactly what are powers are.

    I vote to boldly walk in the front door and claim the son to be a liar and a thief
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:08 No.18753227
    Well I do know that Abyssals are necromancers and spirit callers. Lots of DOOM AND GLOOM type abilities, though it has been some time since I last looked at the Abyssal handbook.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:08 No.18753228
    Physically, we're pretty much maximum human in raw capability and skill. Our real power comes from our magical tricks, like being about to automatically no-sell any attack (though that costs a lot of magical power). Fights between Exalts are usually determined by who runs out of magical power first.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)12:09 No.18753233

    Somewhat stronger, and somewhat faster, but your special abilities, as an Abyssal, are more about what you know--skills, talents, learned things--than what you can do--raw strength, speed, or intelligence.

    It can be safe to assume that you have any of a dozen ways to kill everyone and everything on this island. Those ways will be made manifest by your choices and decisions.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:10 No.18753241
    Long story short on the setting: Primordial uber-gods that were the fundamental expressions of cosmic concepts and living worlds unto themselves made a world from the infinite chaos of the Wyld, to define what reality truely is and provide power for Games of Divinity they planned to play to distract themselves. They populated it with various creatures they made, and gave the tedious busywork of running it to janitor-spirits now called "gods", while they retired to play the Games of Divinity in the Heaven they made. The mightiest of the gods, the Celestial Incarnae, grew sick of being forced to work for no reward while helplessly watching the Primordials tyrannise the lesser races they created, and plotted treason. However, the magic of the Primordials prevented them from harming the Primordials directly, so they were unsure of what to do.

    Then one of the Primordials, Autochthon the Great Maker, overheard their plotting and offered to help them, for he held a grudge against his siblings for their cruelty. He was sickly and physically weak, and his siblings often made sport of bullying him, and damaging and destroying his creations. So, in true Columbine Massacre style, he proposed forging autonomous weapons to kill them. Luna, one of the Celestial Incarnae, seduced her lover Gaia to assist them, for they genuinely loved each other, and Gaia was one of the most compassionate of the Primordials, and did not like their cruelty and indifference the other Primordials showed.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:11 No.18753246

    Think wuxia movies in term of physical tricks to start with, verging into superhero/high end anime over time.

    There are also social and large-scale effects possible, like laying down dark laws and instantly knowing if someone breaks them, or magically seducing someone until their will breaks and they become an empty shell, or making corpses spontaneously rise to aid you as organized units on the battlefield.

    There's a shitload of stuff possible over the long term, as long as it fits a combination of deathly/underworld/dark avenger themes and an extension of human abilities (like Presence for seduction, or Socialize for lawmaking, or War for zombie armies).
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:11 No.18753247

    So, they got together, and decided on a plan. They would use humanity as their weapon, for they were too weak for the Great Geas laid upon the gods and the more potent beings of the land to affect them, as they were made to be weak and helpless, lacking even the most basic magic, and thus provide a steady stream of prayers for the Primordials and the spirits underneath them.

    They forged the Exaltations, shards of magic empowered by their patrons that attach themselves to worthy heroes, empowering them to overthrow the Primordials. And the Exalted did so, slaying the unkillable Primordials and breaking reality in the process, creating the Underworld. The remaining Primordials surrendered and were imprisoned inside the body of their king, while Gaia and Autochthon, fearful of Exalted power, both buggered off to worlds beyond creation. The gods took over Heaven, granting Creation to the Exalted to rule.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:12 No.18753254

    And rule it they did, with the mightiest and most glorious of the Exalted, the Solar Exalts, Chosen of the Unconquered Sun, taking control. And they ushered in an age of great wonders and magic, such had never been seen before; however, the death curse of the Primordials lingered within them, and over time they grew mad with hubris. Their experiments threatened the very fabric of reality, and the Sidereal Exalted, the Chosen of the Maidens and tasked with the duty of maintaining the fabric of reality and advising the other Exalts, called a meeting on what to do. They saw that if they did nothing, Creation would lie in ruins and darkness forever; if they tried to help the Solars, there were a few good timelines where the Solars fixed the problems and ushered in an even greater golden age, but many more where Creation was destroyed outright, and if they killed the Solars and imprisoned their Exaltation Shards, Creation would be lessened but would definitely survive. The Sidereals who supported the second option murdered the ones who supported the first, and began hatching a plan. Recruiting the Dragonblooded (the Chosen of the Elemental Dragons, who are five of the souls of Gaia) to their side, who were the Solar's superpowered soldiers, servants, and lieutenants, they launched a coup, the Usurpation, and slew most of the Solars at a great feast, held to celebrate the end of the year.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:13 No.18753257

    I say we loudly enter the room, grab the fucker by his neck, lift him up and call him a liar. Then kill him painfully.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)12:13 No.18753258
    You burst open the door.

    Or, rather, you kick the door, and it flies off it's hinges and hits the wall opposite, falling into a hundred pieces of decayed wood.

    "Those pearls are rightfully MINE," you snarl. Blood wells from your forhead again. "And you killed me for them, you lying swine!"

    You point a finger at Rakase, and color drains from his face... and from the room, and his father, and your vision. His father, Mokone, slumps back into his chair, face pale and eyes wild. "What are you?!" He stammers out. "Mere? Anathema?! WHAT ARE YOU?!"

    You can see the bag of pearls drop to the ground. It opens, and they roll out.

    Anathema. Demons, devils, terrible spirits inhabiting mortal flesh.

    Seems as good a term as any.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:13 No.18753259

    They then broke into the office of the God of Exaltation, and raided his cabinet for all of the Exaltations of the slain Solars, and stuffed them in a Jade Prison they hid on the bottom of the ocean while the Dragonblooded set about ruling Creation, a time known as the Dragonblooded Shogunate.

    However, as they did this, the some of the ghosts of the slain Solars made unholy bargains with the undying Primordials known as the Neverborn, receiving great power rivalling that which they once had in exchange for their loyalty in destroying the world, for once the world was destroyed, they would plunge into Oblivion and their eternal torment would end. Most of them then proceeded to dick around in the Underworld, doing little of note, but one actually intended to follow through on her bargain, and unleashed a terrible plague that destroyed 90% of everything living. As this was happening, another Deathlord, realising what was happening, invited the Fae in from the Wyld, hoping that his contribution to destroying Creation would earn him enough favor to rule over significant portions of the Underworld while existance crumbled away.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:14 No.18753266
    Not done yet.


    Unfortunately for him, the chaotic energies of the Fae cancelled out the necrotic energies of the plague, and he wound up inadvertantly saving Creation. He was forever painfully bound inside his armor in punishment. However, as the Fae army was seeming to reign supreme and waves of chaotic power washed across the land, one junior Dragonblooded officer managed to wrest control of a superweapon originally forged by Autochthon and later enhanced by the Solars: the Sword of Creation, also known as the Realm Defense Grid. With this weapon, she scourged the Fae from the world, at the expense of causing massive amounts of collateral damage from insufficient control of this power. With this superweapon, she declared herself Scarlet Empress, ruler of the Blessed Isle and the Dragonblooded Host. That was 768 years ago.

    Five years ago, she dissappeared. Shortly afterwards, the Jade Prison, the cage of the Solar Exaltations, was found by the Deathlords, and the Neverborn, with the assistance of one of the imprisoned living Primordials, devised a way to corrupt captured Solar Exaltations to channel their power instead. So, they sent out the Deathlords to destroy it and capture the Exaltations. Unfortunately for them, something went wrong, and rather than punching a small hole in the Jade Prison, the whole thing exploded, and as a result, they only captured half of the Solar Exalted. Fifty of those Exaltations went to the living but imprisoned Primordials for their assistance; the remainder were corrupted to serve the Neverborn and distributed to their Deathlord servants, with a few of the ones left over left to roam freely.

    That is what we are: an Abyssal Exalt, one of the Chosen of Oblivion.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:15 No.18753271

    I don't think the large and boring infodump is needed, especially after OP said he wanted the people to learn by playing. More specifically, I think you are faggot, but I will stay polite for the sake of this quest.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:15 No.18753275

    "I'm pissed off about being killed is what I am!"
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:17 No.18753282
    "I am one of the dead. I have come to claim my vengeance upon the one who has wronged me. Stay out of my way and you might not join him."
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:17 No.18753283

    "If I am Anathema, that is a thing separate from your son being a murderer and thief."
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:18 No.18753292
    Thanks for the dump.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:18 No.18753294
    Boring? Bah, I went out of my way to be evocative, while describing what we are in the context of the history of the world we live in.

    But if you want the TL,DR? We're the reincarnation of an ancient hero, the weapon that slew the creators and rightful rulers of the world reforged to be the weapon that destroys the world and bring them peace in doing so.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:20 No.18753307
    "Anathema? Maybe I am, maybe I'm a ghost possessing my own corpse. I don't know, but either way, you're fucked."
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:21 No.18753319
    And what are we supposed to do as an Abyssal? Anything we want or do we have some overarching task?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:22 No.18753331
    Ignore the small man

    "You will pay thousandfold for those pearls!"
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:23 No.18753337
    so far all our Deathlord has told us to do is wreak our vengeance upon the world. Other than that, we are free to do as we please
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)12:24 No.18753343
    You pick up Rakase by the neck. The young man thrashes in your grip.

    "Your son, Chieftain, killed me for the pearls I was going to use to buy a new life."

    You squeeze. You feel your fingers sink into the flesh of his neck, blood welling around them.

    "Anathema or no, what I am is angry. He would have escaped justice."

    Rakase is trying to scream, but your grip is to tight. Only a small, quiet little hiss escapes from his mouth. His eyes roll up into his head.

    "A death for a death, chieftain."

    There is a popping noise.

    Rakase's body slumps to the ground, blood spilling, glorious, red, dripping blood.

    His head falls over, off the top of your hand, leaving you holding a handful of bloody vertebrae.

    Mokone stares in disbelief. He makes a quiet croaking noise... and off in the distance, you hear horns sound.

    The horns of war. The horns of dread.

    Skullstone's Armada approaches.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)12:26 No.18753359

    Those horns have sounded twice in your life. Both times, your home was invaded by the walking dead, zombies and ghosts and worse things. You dreaded those horns, everyone does. Even now, you know, people are running--warriors to the boats on the docks, fisherman and women and children to safe cellars and caves.

    The chieftain should be going to lead his people in the defense of the island. But now, it seems, he is to stunned to move.

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:27 No.18753365
    "It seems as though his will not be the only death today, Chieftain. What will you do to protect what pitiful power you hold?"
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:28 No.18753370
    I like this response best.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:29 No.18753371
    fucker was lucky he didn't suffer more.

    grab the pearls, hide the mark thing, see what is up
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:29 No.18753380
    As a Dusk Abyssal we are and excellent commander and can lead armies right?
    Lets take over the commanding position and lead our warriors to glorious victory.

    But first, there must be a symbol of a chieftain, be it an ornate hat, a sash, or shield. Take it off the chieftain.... also, he should have the best weapon in the tribe, take that too.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:31 No.18753388
    Remember what the OP gave you for knowledge of Skullstone:
    The Skullstone Archipelago, where the dead walk among the living, and all serve the undying Silver Prince
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:32 No.18753392
    Grab your pearls and offer the chief your services in battle, price being a damned good weapon.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:33 No.18753399
    The Chieftain's been a good man, even if his son wasn't. Let's at least give him the chance to get things started, so as not to humiliate him fully. We can take over if it's really needed, and give enough displays of personal prowess in the battle that the village should willingly hand over the leader position to us.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:34 No.18753403
    Silver Prince is probably another Abyssal Exalted.

    We could sign up with his crew and have him teach us how to be more badass if he's willing, or we could strike out on our own. Either way, the undead won't attack us, we all serve the same masters now.

    I would like to at least chat with the guy and see what's up.

    Alternatively, the town will likely try to defend itself. We could cripple their defenses from the inside, break walls, kill commanders, that sort of thing.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:35 No.18753415
    Don't we have our own say on what we do? Just because we're Abyssal doesn't mean we should murder our old friends and family.

    I say we defend the village.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:37 No.18753431
    Yes, you have complete control of what you do. You will know when you have done something you aren't supposed to
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:39 No.18753448
    Deathlord, actually, and a giant deceptive asshole. Those ships are probably here to grab us. I don't particularly want to let them.

    [X]Grab a weapon, and lead the warriors to glory by example from the front; trying to get them to follow us before then is liable to lead to ridicule, since we're not a warrior.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:43 No.18753484
    We're Dusk Caste, commanders of the undead.

    Here's a nice little army, probably with no immediate command. Silver Prince is probably across the ocean.

    We could try to commandeer this army ourselves, and set up our own rule someplace.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:43 No.18753485
    Seconding this
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)12:46 No.18753496
    "It seems as though his will not be the only death today, Chieftain. What will you do to protect what power you hold?"

    Mokone splutters, but composes himself. He stands and draws his weapon--an ancestral sword, one of the few metal weapons on the island. He snarls. "Whatever you are now, you killed my son. But my people are in danger. I will handle this later." He pushes his way past you, and towards the docks and beaches.

    Following, casting aside the vertebrae, you reach the docks, where there is some confusion... the Skullstone armada is flying a white flag--the traditional flag of truce across all Creation. At the bow of the foremost ship, so close as to be almost grounded on the island, stands a figure. He is tall, and pale... and a circle of darkness is risen on his forehead, leaking blood down his face.

    "I am the Deathknight Crowned Son Of Darkened Waters! I am sent by the Silver Prince to reclaim one of our one!" he calls to the island. "Send our new sister over, and we shall leave your village in peace. Fail to do so in the next hour, and we shall leave your village in pieces!"

    Your caste mark has disappeared again, by this point, but the Chieftain catches sight of you all the same. He quirks an eyebrow at you, questioning.

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:49 No.18753521
    Come close to this knight and make him shorter by head
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:49 No.18753522
    Activate Glorious Carnage Typhoon and Crypt Bolt Attack.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:49 No.18753531
    Walk toward Crowned Son of Darkened Waters. I want to know what I have become.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:50 No.18753535
    ...Oh, it's not a battle...
    Well damn.

    Lets go then. The only thing we should take, I thing, is a single pearl from our hoard. Preferably one stained with our own blood when we were killed.

    Eh, wouldn't he be stronger than us, being an Abyssal as well but an older one?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:50 No.18753537
    I assume if we go with him, we will be drafted into the army? Meh, I still say go for it.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:51 No.18753543
    Walk out and talk, be prepared to swim away, I don't want to work for anyone but myself.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:53 No.18753555
    Glorious Carnage Typhoon is an anti-mass combat unit charm. We can use it to wipe out the crew of his ship, if not the ship itself.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:55 No.18753577
    Let us go with our unholy brothers
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)12:56 No.18753578

    Well, I suppose we have a talk and then tell him "thanks but no thanks". Tell him that our deathlord gave us free reign on our actions and we don't feel like following another.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)12:58 No.18753601
    You glance at the chieftain, and walk out, wading towards the ship.

    The Deathknight, Crowned Son of Darkened Waters, looks at you as you do. A grin splits his handsome, pale face. "Are you her, then? Our new sister in death?"

    "I believe I may be," you reply, "But before I go, I wish to ask a few questions." You allow your caste mark to open--again--to reveal the truth behind your statements.

    "Then, by all means, Sister. Ask away. We're working for the same people, after all!" The other Deathknight's grin never wavers.

    His eyes are dead, and empty. They remind you of a shark, hunting for prey in water freshly blooded.

    "But do tell me what your name is? Your real one?"

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:01 No.18753622
    no fight eh?

    go on, lets go, not much we can do here with a father that wants us dead and a village soon to hate us.

    again, lets go back, grab the pearls and if we don't like these new guys we can use the pearls for a boat and do our own thing, windwaker style
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:01 No.18753627
    "Kireeki's Bloody Daughter. Because I'm not going to stand for any sharks."

    Activate Crypt Bolt Attack.

    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:02 No.18753633
    lady wobblehosser Von dolphinfuck
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:04 No.18753643
    Be honest, tell him our name.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:04 No.18753647
    Wasn't our real name Mere?
    Tell him that.

    And our new name is Blood Stained Pearl, right? Or just Pearl for short.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:05 No.18753653
    are we making a new name?

    how about pearl?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:05 No.18753657
    For those that don't know, Kireeki is the Goddess of Dolphins and the Western Goddess of the Hunt. She's also a major rival of Siakal, Western Goddess of War and Goddess of Sharks, and who is a major goddess worshipped by pirates.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:09 No.18753681
    I like pearl it goes against the trend of Abyssals always having long names. Also we should not give this fellow our real name as in creation names have power (like in fairy tales).
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:09 No.18753682
    Keep our real name secret. Speaking it causes trouble for us, and it might be a key to controlling us in the future.

    Give him our Abyssal name, if we can think of one.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:11 No.18753696
    Blood Stained Pearl
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:11 No.18753700
    IT DOES?!

    Don't tell him our name then!
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:11 No.18753703
    Auspicious Dolphin beneath Red Tides
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:12 No.18753712
    Or just Bloody Pearl.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:13 No.18753721
    Kireeki's pearl?

    but bluff a fake name
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:14 No.18753732
    Does this name >>18753703 work for you then? I think it would be a nice name and has Dolphins in it.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:14 No.18753734
    I vote for pearl short sweet
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:14 No.18753738
    Hmm? No, they don't; not really. There are a few effects like demon and ghost-summoning that require you to have the name of a particular spirit you want to summon (that aren't relevant to us, since we're an Exalt, not a spirit), and a couple oddball Sidereal charms, but other than that, I can't think of any special effects knowing someone's "true name" might have. Not like it matters, since we lost our name when we became an Abyssal anyway.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:18 No.18753763
    But Pearl is just sort of bland
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:18 No.18753764
    I like Blood Stained Pearl and it can be Pearl for short
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)13:20 No.18753776
    "My... name is Blood Stained Pearl," you answer. "Where are you going to take me? What are you planning to do with me?" you ask.

    The deathknight with the shark's eyes chuckles from the bow of his ship. "Why, take you to Skullstone, sister. Our master wishes to meet his newest servant."

    The warriors on the beaches and docks are muttering to themselves, low enough that you cannot hear, but it seems Chieftain Mokone is keeping them calm and position.

    Knowing the defenses of the village as you do--every member does, just in case--you imagine the village thaumaturges are entreating the local gods and elementals to come to the island's defense, for all the good they are likely to do against this Deathknight.

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:20 No.18753781
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:20 No.18753784
    I like this one.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:21 No.18753790
    go get them pearls real quick!

    then give everyone a warm goodbye and hop on that boat
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:22 No.18753791
    But that just sounds so obvious, we were killed diving for pearls
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:22 No.18753798
    Use Crypt Bolt Attack and damage-enhancers; sink his ship.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:22 No.18753799
    "It would be in poor form for me to come to our master without a gift." *sweep hand across the beach toward the villagers*
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:23 No.18753801
    this. Tell that dude from earlier well see him around and he's been a good friend.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:23 No.18753802
    >Newest servant

    "I'm flattered that you'd do so much to meet me, not so much by the 'servant' thing. Who is your master, and what does he want with me?"

    I'm torn on this. If we go, we'll pretty much be following his orders for a long, long time. Not bad, but not great either.

    If we refuse, we'll be on our own, and a lone exalted gets hit by the Wyld Hunt.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:24 No.18753808
    Oh, bah. Let them come. Free loot.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:24 No.18753810
    We're a brand-new exalt. We don't know any of that.

    Working for the Silver Prince will help us learn a lot of things, but we'll be his servant.

    If we strike out alone, we'll have to find out for ourselves what we can do.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:24 No.18753815
    Ask this and see if we can't ask for more time, this is all very new to us and we need some time to think. See if we can't pray to a god and see what they know about us?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:25 No.18753821
    >Wyld Hunt
    >in the West
    >where a bunch of the most powerful and meddlesome gods of Creation stomp around all the time
    >and there are undersea fae everywhere
    >and fucking SKULLSTONE

    Yeah, don't think we have much to worry about them, at least to start with.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:27 No.18753833


    We ain't giving up these villagers. We may be an Abyssal now, but we're not an insta-sociopath, revenge incidents aside.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:28 No.18753837
    How do you know what charms we've got? The GM never actually said, so it's a valid course of action to take.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:28 No.18753840
    maybe go for the pearls buy a boat real quick and sail it to this skull place alongside the armada?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:29 No.18753851
    Before going we should say that we need to get something and then go and take our pearls or a single bloody pearl. Do not appear in a hurry, walk there and back. Shouldn't take more than 5 minutes anyway.

    He's not threatening the village though.

    Buy a small fishing boat and sail in it along a fleet of combat ships?
    eh, would look incredibly stupid. Lets not.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:32 No.18753872
    Dude, we just exalted. That is serious business. The Silver Prince, Deathlord of these lands, sent an entire fleet to pick us up.

    If we decide to go with him, we'll get the best quarters on the ship. We're a Dusk Caste Abyssal. We'd be the general of his armies, driving hordes of the undead into the delicious flesh of mortal armies along the coasts.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)13:34 No.18753880
    "I'm flattered that you'd do so much to meet me, not so much by the 'servant' thing. Who is your master, and what does he want with me?"

    The Crowned Son laughs. "Why, our master is the Silver Prince, ruler of Skullstone, sister. And he wants you to serve his will, just as all his deathknights do."

    His face splits in a grin again. "It's very enjoyable work, sister, trust me. Much more enjoyable than living in this pitiful little village full of fools and the soon to be dead."

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:35 No.18753890
    Get the pearls that led to my death and join him.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:37 No.18753898
    "Soon to be dead?
    You're not planning attacking the village are you? I wouldn't like that, for better or worse, this has been my home during my mortal life"
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:38 No.18753911
    the pearls man, the pearls!

    warm goodbye to everybody maybe apologyse to the chief, it's not his fault his son was an asshole, or maybe it was, whatever.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:40 No.18753927
    I Vote for this
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:40 No.18753929
    *energy crackles around fist*
    "That had better not be a threat."
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:41 No.18753934
    Do we have our pearls? If not we need to do absolutely anything everything in our power to go get them.

    If we don't have them tell the guy that we need to go get them, and on the way tell the chief that they may attack and kill everyone even if you leave with them.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:45 No.18753958
    I vote against this
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)13:47 No.18753969
    The Son smiles. "Why, no threat, Sister. But it would be a shame to visit your master without some sort of gift, wouldn't it? The bodies and souls of a hundred freshly dead would certainly be appreciated for the industry of Soulstone.

    He waves his hand dismissively, and aboard each ship--there must be ten, fifteen of them--skeletons and zombie raise weapons made of blackened, rusted steel. Deadly enough.

    You can feel more than see the men on the beach behind you ready their weapons, spears and daggers of bone, the occasional metal sword or spear or mace. Rag-tag, nearly defenseless in comparison.

    Time seems to slow for a moment. You find yourself holding a bag full of pearls. Your pearls. You don't remember picking them up, but you must have.

    The Crowned Son grins wider. "So, what will it be... Sister?"

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:49 No.18753987
    join him
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:50 No.18753999

    "I suppose that I am going to steal one of those skeletons weapons and kill you with it then, mostly for pissing me off, but also on principle that you said that you would leave in peace."

    Also then do this.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:51 No.18754008
    cue up inspirational fight theme

    something bouncy J-pop that's completely incongruous with a lethal fight scene
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:51 No.18754009
    Offer to go freely with him in exchange for sparing the villagers.

    They live, he gets what he wants, we get to progress the plot.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:53 No.18754017

    I will bring master presents some other time... from other place. If you disagree.. then I'm afraid you wont be calling me comrade in future.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:54 No.18754026
    Join him and leave the village to it's fate
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:54 No.18754034
    how about offering half our pearls?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:54 No.18754036
    That seems reasonable. Seconded.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:55 No.18754044
    Note that for Exalts, "fuck you dad I'm doing what I want" is a fundamental part of the plot.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)13:55 No.18754046
    Can we please NOT attack the older, more experienced Abyssal who is also backed up by an armada and army of the dead?

    We're not superman yet. We're just a good deal tougher than what most mortals can aspire to.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:01 No.18754085
    that seems reasonable
    >> Voting Update HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)14:01 No.18754089
    So far it seems to be a tie between 'start kicking ass and taking names' and 'go with him, if he agrees to leave the villagers alive.'

    I'll let voting go another ten minutes.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:04 No.18754106
    I'd like to cast my vote for the second option.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:06 No.18754120
    I can't realistically see how we could kick his ass. Second option, I guess.

    I already voted though with this post >>18754017
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:10 No.18754146
    Skeletons? Bah, we'll go through those like chaff.

    Activate Glorious Carnage Typhoon and kill them all in a single flurry of necrotic blasts.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:14 No.18754178
    You keep calling that technique but do we know it?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:16 No.18754186



    We don't know what "Glorious Typhoon Carnage" is, let alone how to activate it. And yeah we can take the skeletons even as we are, but they are led by AN OLDER, MORE POWERFUL, MORE EXPERIENCED ABYSSAL. WHO IS THE SERVANT OF A DEATHLORD.

    Attacking now is signing our death warrant. Even if we manage to escape (because victory here is impossible) we'll be hunted anytime we show our faces here. We'll have to stay in the areas where the Wyld Hunt has power, and that's just as deadly.

    Our only options are to go with him, or to flee.

    I reaffirm my earlier vote to go with him in exchange for the village's safety.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)14:17 No.18754195
    "I'll go, but only if you leave the villagers alone," you say.

    The deathknight frowns. "Well, that's hardly sporting... but fair, I suppose. Though you'll come to regret it in the future. Sailors! Toss my sister down a ladder, would you?"

    A rope ladder is tossed off the side of the lead boat, within easy swimming distance.

    Your heart aches for a moment, a twisted ache born from the depths of the underworld. You feel, for a moment, what you understand, instinctively, to be the displeasure of dead titans.

    But this was your home. Even if you are now dead.

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:20 No.18754217
    We cannot destroy our home just like that, we have been abyssal just under an hour. Maybe in the future will we become jaded enough to murder our friends and family.
    Anyway, it is a small price to pay.

    >waht do?
    Nothing really, just wait till we arrive
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:21 No.18754223
    We don't know what it is, but that doesn't mean we don't have it. Exalted Charms are the natural outgrowths of their abilities; they go "I need to kill a whole lot of dudes", and their magic responds to that desire.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:24 No.18754247
    Climb the ladder, sail off to Skullstone
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:24 No.18754250
    Ask this deathknight more about what we can do. Ask for specifics.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:25 No.18754259
    Wait for the sun to go down while we're well out to sea, then sink all of their ships one by one by blowing a hole in them below the waterline from the inside, then sneaking up to the next ship from underwater to do the same. Given our former profession, we almost certainly have the charm that lets us ignore the requirement to breath, and the other Abyssal probably won't. Then we swim back towards home (leaving the other Abyssal to succumb to fatigue and drown), and go to sleep on the bottom of the ocean once we're fairly sure we're far enough away the zombies won't see us.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:26 No.18754268
    Ask about what we will have when we arrive, like will we get weapons and armor? Could we have custom weapons and armor made? If so think about ways to use the pearls in such designs.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:26 No.18754269
    Get on the ship and let's get going.

    Along the way, ask our host about all of this. What we are, what we're to do, about the Prince, etc. Infodump time.

    The Prince probably has a nice big library full of info about Abyssal powers.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:28 No.18754279

    Second this.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:28 No.18754284
    We can get loot any number of ways. We're an Exalt, it's not difficult for us. Worst case scenario we can just beat up some spirits and take their panoplies.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:31 No.18754307
    give village a warm goodbye and set off
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:31 No.18754308

    Yes but I'm more focused on the when, also I want custom weapons and armor with our pearls embedded in them.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)14:31 No.18754313
    You climb up the ladder. There, to greet you, is the Crowned Son of Darkened Waters. He's smiling as he offers you a hand up. You take it--it's cold as death.

    "So, I'm curious," you say. "What can you tell me? What can I do?" A million questions run through your head. The older Abyssal laughs. "What can't you do now, sister?"

    He smiles, and leads you belowdecks, into a room larger and more opulent than any you have ever seen before. Mother-of-pearl furniture, a huge four-poster bed, bonecarvings from all over creation. "You're a chosen of Death now. It's our job to kill Creation. Your own talents will reflect that. He motions towards the bed, and has a seat in the chair of the room. "You're of our Dusk caste. Warriors, generals. You'll be leading our forces in destroying the hated living, more than likely. Our master, The Silver Prince, could always use more admirals."

    He smiles, waiting for your reaction. "I'm afraid I'm simply a messenger and a greeter. Not as glamorous as the work you'll be doing, but just as important to our goal."

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:33 No.18754325
    I don't. We have no need for anything the Prince is selling; we're perfectly capable of doing this on our own and he is a DICK. We're not villains, we're heros, or anti-heroes at least. Fuck the Silver Prince; we'll go our own way.

    Wait for nightfall, then sink all the ships by stealth. We're a superpowered demigod, we can do this and it's unlikely that he'll have the charms that'll let him survive getting stranded hundreds of miles out to sea. We almost certain do, because *swimming is what we do*, and Exalted powers grow from mundane competencies.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:33 No.18754337

    "Ah, yes. A messenger and a greeter. With a small fleet crewed by the dead at his command."
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:34 No.18754344
    He's a social-fu character; little better than a mortal in combat. Kill him, sink the ships, and swim home.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:35 No.18754349
    ask what he meant by regretting not killing the villagers
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:38 No.18754375
    Make sure to loot his corpse before you sink the ships. Soulsteel items are obviously supernatural. Being as black as night and covered in the wailing faces of souls trapped in eternal torment is pretty obvious.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:38 No.18754378
    Let's not.

    "Admiral? That's a step up from what I was. Still, I only just became... this. Will the Prince be able to teach me or train me?"
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)14:41 No.18754405
    "Ah, yes. A messenger and a greeter. With a small fleet crewed by the dead at his command." You quirk an eyebrow. The crowned son laughs again.

    "Why, yes. Barely a legion of dead at my disposal, and these are simple ships of bone and wood. This is hardly a warfleet, after all. It's simply an escort."

    This news is rather disconcerting to you, since this is the single largest fleet you've heard of leaving Skullstone. Of course, you'd only ever seen two others, but to call this simply an Escort...

    "And, out of curiosity, what did you mean, by regretting leaving my village alive?"

    "Well, first, it's not your village anymore. Second... well, we're chosen of Death. To do anything that affirms life--such as sparing others the gift of death--causes the ire of our Master's Masters, the neverborn. You'll be able to learn more once we reach Darkmyst Isle, along with getting your equipment, meeting the Prince and his other Deathknights. We may even throw you a party."

    He smiles, and stands. "Now, if there's nothing else, Sister, please, enjoy yourself. Relax, look through the room, explore the fleet if you wish. Mingle with the fellow dead. I should go inform the Prince we are returning now." The Crowned Son starts to walk towards the door to your room, back turned to you.

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:42 No.18754408
    Why not? This is a dead end path, straight to villainy. Kill him, and rinse our hands of the Silver Prince. Become a vigilante hunting pirates, a leader of a guerilla movement against the Dragonblooded, a slayer of spirits and raksha who prey on sailors, or something awesome like that.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:43 No.18754418
    Kill him, loot his corpse, sink the ships, and swim home.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:45 No.18754448

    While I can't say I am against this, I say that at the least we should sink the ship first. The terrain should be shifted into our favor before combat.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:45 No.18754453

    Really? Just kill him? Are we to be no better than the man that murdered us?

    The best revenge is the one taken by being a part of someone's plan, then turning on them. But right now, we know very little, we have little understanding of the world outside the Neck, so we stay quiet and watch and listen.

    We can hurt these raiders of our home far more if we destroy them from within.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:47 No.18754467
    WE DON'T NEED HIM FOR TRAINING. We've got the memories of a thousand-year-old demigod in our head; any training we need we can do ourselves. We can literally go from Melee 0 (totally untrained) to Melee 5 (maximum human skill) in the blink of an eye if we have XP to spend, and that goes for any skill we are focused on (in our case, Resistance and Athletics for swimming and diving, Sail for obvious reasons, and probably Awareness and/or social skills for the last two).
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:50 No.18754502
    yes, but that knowledge is metagaming, not roleplaying
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:52 No.18754527
    This quest is several kind of awesome. Between the rule munchkins, the peace-lover, the metagamers, the people still trying to follow the plots, and the people knowing nothing about the world of exalted...

    It's like a dream comes true.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:52 No.18754528
    We can get that knowledge from other sources, like friendly gods and spirits. We are the reincarnation of one of the rightful rulers of Creation, after all, even if we're disturbingly death-tainted.

    The only thing we lose is necromancy, and we have no real use for that anyway; we're not going to go around making undead war machines, and Sorcery tends to be better at blowing shit up anyway.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:52 No.18754530
    Did you miss the title of this quest?

    WE ARE ABYSSAL. We are sworn to destroy all things. The destruction of all that is, is engraved into our very soul. Our masters demand it and we cannot disobey.

    We are a villain. A new one, but a villain nonetheless. We are the darkest, most evil, despicable thing to ever walk Creation. Everywhere we go we will spread death and misery. The living will fear us and their bodies will rise up in our service. The forces of all that is good and holy will rally to grind us down and we must destroy them.

    The Neverborn will not be satisfied with a vigilante murderess. They want servants who will create Deadlands, not happy little villages.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:54 No.18754546
    search the room and mingle with the crew
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:55 No.18754553

    Explore the room, I guess.
    But I think it better just to timeskip till we arrive to our destination.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:55 No.18754555
    THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD DEMIGOD. IN OUR HEADS. This shit is basic, and isn't going to change; it's safe to say that we know it.

    The Exalted were designed to be able to rapidly replenish losses during the Primordial War; it's why they reincarnate the way they do, and this sort of basic knowledge isn't going to be erased.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:56 No.18754571
    The Neverborn will be perfectly happy with a vigilante murderess; every murder makes their release that much closer, no matter why you do it. The Silver Prince won't be, but fuck the Silver Prince, seriously.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:56 No.18754582
    I don't remember that knowledge being given to us in this quest.
    OP might have taken that setting but he can modify things as he sees fit and as of now we don't shit about shit
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:57 No.18754584
    the fuck are you guys doing?
    what the hell was the point of saving the village and sailing away if we were gonna be assholes and kill the deathknight?
    we would have been better off stealing or buying our own boat and exploring like the fucking wind waker
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:58 No.18754600
    We are sworn to destroy things. THAT DON'T MAKE US VILLAIN. Killing him, right here, is an act of destruction. Killing evil people, killing slavers, killing barbarian is still what we can do. What is asked of us.

    If nothing, the Neverborn ask for destruction, but destruction don't make us any more villain than everybody.
    >> Voting Update HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)14:58 No.18754604
    Currently there seems to be a tie between 'kill him, sink the ships, swim back home' and 'just go and mingle'.

    I will give ten minutes more for voting.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)14:58 No.18754610
    Because this way we can kill him without worrying about his zombie minions killing our friends.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:01 No.18754641
    just go and mingle
    we wont gain anything by killing him
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:02 No.18754649
    just mingle/timeskip
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:02 No.18754658

    Search the ships and mingle
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:03 No.18754663
    This. Fuck the Silver Prince. Don't care about being a vigilante or nothing, but being the minion of the Silver Prince ? Not in my watch.

    We are an abyssal. Killing is what we do, what every fibre of our body thrive for. So ? On an impulsion, we decide to kill this smug face.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:03 No.18754671
    Mingle, get equipment, THEN go rogue.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:04 No.18754692
    He is like us.

    Killing him would be frowned upon by our masters.

    The Neverborn want us to kill the living, not the dead.

    I vote for going and mingling. We'll get gear and training, and it'll be a lot quicker than if we just went out in the world and waited for our exaltation to start giving us combat infodumps.

    We'll also be an admiral under the Prince. Our own fleet, a real fleet of great magical and mundane strength, full of undead soldiers.

    Once we have that we can do just about anything we damn well please. The Prince will tell us to go kill things, and we will. For you guys who want us to be heroes, we can go destroy pirate enclaves, slaver cities, and the like. We'll be able to to a lot more "good" with an army at our backs.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:05 No.18754693
    Mingle n' timeskip. If you are going to go rogue, you might as well wait to borrow some cool gear.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:09 No.18754731
    With even just a War Excellency, we'll be able to train our village into an elite band of warriors without much difficulty. It'll just take a little bit longer. Trust me, we'll be entirely capable of acquiring everything he can offer us elsewhere.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:10 No.18754741
    MIngle for a bit to put him off-guard, snag some gear, cripple the ship, and give the smug bastard a lesson in sword-swallowing.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:12 No.18754755
    I vote for sinking the ships
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:12 No.18754760
    i think our girl, pearl, would like some info and see what's up before she gets homicidal
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:15 No.18754786
    Yeah. What's up with the "hurr lets kill everything without learning or thinking about anything xD"?
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)15:15 No.18754792
    You let him leave, and stand up. The room is, indeed, filled with wonders--just small things, to anyone with money, you suppose, but... sundials, sand-clocks, devices made of jade and gold.

    You open one of the many cabinets in the room, to find clothes like you have never seen. Blacks and reds, for men or for women, fancy things of silk and threads of metal.

    Eventually, you go out to mingle with the crew--mostly ghosts handling the tasks. They greet you with respect, and more than a little fear.

    The Crowned Son seems to have taken his place at the bow of the ship again. Night is swiftly falling, and at the edge of the horizon, you can see Darkmyst Isle, capital of Skullstone, home of the Silver Prince.

    Your new home.

    If you believe it to be.

    This is your last chance, otherwise.

    What do you do?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:18 No.18754825
    Go and see what our "new home" has to offer. We can always bolt later. We have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:19 No.18754833
    Whatever life we might've had in town, we left it behind when we accepted the Last Breath. Our future is here.

    Let's meet the Silver Prince.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:20 No.18754842
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:20 No.18754848
    lets go

    i don't suppose we could dive into the water and swim wherever?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:22 No.18754873
    Let us go see our "new" home.
    Also I think dressing in red would be appropriate
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:23 No.18754880
    Backstab with Crypt Bolts, then jump off the ship, sink it and any other Second Age ship we see, and swim home. Beat feet immediately if we see so much as a hint of a First Age vessel.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:23 No.18754881
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:23 No.18754892
    Why would Mere want to do that?

    She'd recently died, on the theoretical side become an ancient boogeyman that eats superheroes for breakfast, and on the practical side become a murderer.

    I don't see the motivation for her to run right now.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:24 No.18754896
    That is also an option, but if we do that, he might turn around and go right back to our village and kill them all.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:26 No.18754917
    Because the Silver Prince is an evil motherfucker, even if he puts up a facade of being a divinely prophesied savior? Hell, religious reasons alone might be a good enough reason for us to bail, even if this fucker didn't threaten to murder our family and friends.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:27 No.18754937
    Would we really be worrying about religion right after becoming a demon?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:28 No.18754942
    not suggesting we swim away, just wanting to know if it's an option
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:29 No.18754953
    Of course it's an option. A very bad, last-resort-while-panicked, option, but an option it is.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:30 No.18754956
    Even if we did, that's no reason to go sign up with the Silver Prince! They worship death and dying, dreaming of a life after death rather than the concerns of this one, and denying the spirits their rightful due.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:31 No.18754975

    Um dude, I think you missed the part where we died, and came back.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:31 No.18754978
    Signing up is not even on the table yet.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:33 No.18755002
    Yes, it is. The GM explicitly said that it was our last chance to back out.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:34 No.18755021
    and yet we are sailing straight toward the capital
    of the Silver Prince
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:38 No.18755064
    Think of this from the point of view of Mere. She has no fucking clue about most of this other than "skullstone bad!" was repeated for most of her life. Just like "walking dead bad!", even though she is one of them now and "anathema bad!", even though she is one of them now as well.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)15:39 No.18755079
    You go back to your room, and dress yourself in fine reds. The bag of pearls you tie to your hip, just in case. The clothes fit well on you, though you are unused to wearing such finery.

    The ship docks, and you and the Crowned Son walk off... into an entourage. Heavily-armed, heavily-armored war ghosts surround a tall, handsome figure wearing a robe of plated soulsteel blades. He extends a hand towards you, and the Crowned Son bows.

    "Welcome, my newest Chosen," the man intones, voice loud and booming. "Welcome, Blood Stained Pearl, to Skullstone. I am the Silver Prince... and we have much to discuss.

    You take his hand. You, the Silver Prince, and the Crowned Son Of Darkened Waters step onto a palanquin, drawn by the dead. As it approaches the Silver Prince's palace, a grand edifice of stone and steel, you breath, for the first time, true necrotic essence. It comforts you. And, perhaps, worries you as well.

    You are Blood Stained Pearl, Abyssal Exalted. A scant day ago, you were a pearl-diver from the Neck. Now, you are a Dusk Caste, and will perhaps become one of the most important admirals for the Silver Prince.

    Time will tell. And as the sages say... There once was a maiden.


    Thus ends Abyssal Quest, Part 1. Feel free to use the thread for discussion, talking about the plot, asking questions about it, complaining about how I ran it, et cetera. This is my first quest ever, so it's a learning experience. I did enjoy it, however, and I hope you did too.

    I'll run Part 2 next Tuesday, though probably a bit later in the day.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:41 No.18755125
    I did enjoy it, been wishing for an exalted quest for a very long time.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:43 No.18755147
    So... long term options.

    Either go full glory of death mode and work for the neverborn.

    Go wangst mode and rogue it out while despairing about resonance and lot in life.

    Go purity sue and try to redeem self into a solar exalt.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)15:45 No.18755180
    Allright, thread's archived, and it actually seems I ended it right as it started autosaging.

    Fancy that, it's like I Planned it or something.

    I don't want to clog up /tg/ and make a discussion thread for a newly-made quest that I myself made, but if someone else wants to do it, feel free. And post a link to it here.


    Glad to hear it! I've been hoping for the same, and basically just gave up and decided to run one of my own.


    Those are the three usual longterm options, yep. Which way do you see Pearl going?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:47 No.18755195
    Personally I would very strongly prefer the redemption option but I'm not about to try to force it if others don't want it.

    Rogue would be interesting as well.

    I just dislike the thought of a loyal abyssal.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:48 No.18755211
    rogue, we do what we want
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:49 No.18755222
    Option two is a transitional state; every Abyssal will inevitably wind up in one or three if they don't die first. It is the option I encourage, however, minus most of the angst. Just take what loot we can from the Silver Prince, do what we can to ignore everything he says if he starts speechifying about the Void and the Neverborn, and walk out into the ocean and swim home once we're done. Preferably before he takes us to meed his Neverborn master.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:50 No.18755235
    Lets go full glory. We don't get to play as a ruthless general of an Evill BBEG often.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:51 No.18755253
    Well the loyal abyssal route leads to being a general...

    The other two lead to being a king.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:51 No.18755257
    I vote Option 4: Go full glory of death mode and fuck the Neverborn, because some dead asshole doesn't get to boss me around.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:52 No.18755267
    That's option one, by metaphysical design. You can't NOT work for the neverborn while you are still an abyssal, no matter how hard you try.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)15:59 No.18755378
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)16:00 No.18755398
    Also, what would people like to see more of? This was a bit light on many things, admittedly, but it was the first time and Pearl is newly-exalted.

    I'll also take votes for her favored abilities (Athletics, resistance, and sail are locked in, unfortunately, but there's two more to pick. If you don't know the system, just say what you think she'd be good at! We're all friends here, we can help out) and her virtues--indeed, it does need to be decided which one of hers is Flawed. (To those who don't know: The virtues of exalted are Compassion, Conviction, Temperance, and Valor, and are fairly self-explanatory.)
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:05 No.18755466
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    Athletics and resistance I can see, what with her profession and probably-highly-physical lifestyle seeing as she exalted as dusk, but there was nothing in the backstory about her sailing much, simple fact of living on a n island aside.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)16:07 No.18755495

    She at least knew enough to feel like she could buy a boat and strike out on her own and survive, is my reasoning behind locking Sail in as one of her favored abilities.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:08 No.18755510
    I vote for integrity and bureaucracy as well as investing in melee and war.

    Make her a proper general.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:09 No.18755520
    As far as virtues go... Valor seems like the obvious choice?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:11 No.18755543
    What does integrity do?
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    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)16:15 No.18755597

    Integrity is mental resistance, ability to resist torture, sales pitches, and supernatural mental influence.


    Her Valor is probably her highest, yes, or Conviction given she saved up those pearls for years.

    Also, as I forgot to explain it: each Abyssal suffers from a Flawed virtue, one that has been, for lack of a better term, broken. Using that virtue to aid their tasks costs the Abyssal resonance, which is a force that the Neverborn use to punish their chosen knights, causing the things they love to explode, fall ill, or simply die, or cuasing stigmatic wounds to appear on the Abyssal, among other things.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:18 No.18755638
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    How's this then?

    Flaw can be either conviction or valor like this.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:21 No.18755664
    Or maybe it would be better to just keep the mechanical details under wraps for the most part.

    Things like which melee charms we can use and what flawed virtue we have are important, the smaller details are not in the context of a quest and us not knowing them will make your job easier, OP.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:22 No.18755677

    Well, it does make sense that she would have a bit of compassion seeing how she didn't let her village to be destroyed. I guess that leave temperance to be flawed then.

    This is true. I find quests work the best when they are not boggled down by mechanics and crunch
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)16:25 No.18755701

    That's the plan, really. We aren't doing full character creation here, but things like favored abilities, which virtues are high/low, which one is flaws--additionally, Motivation and Intimacies--will help me. We aren't going to be rolling dice except for Actual Draws after Vote Updates to pick one choice or another.

    But I do think it's important for /tg/ to know just how good Blood Stained Pearl is, what she's capable of, and, well, what they *want* her to be capable of. She's your character, after all.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:27 No.18755728
    Alright, if you're willing to keep track of it I'm not gonna complain.

    I don't really know what her motivation could be, honestly. Right now she probably needs to find one after her... death and all.

    I have no idea about intimacies either.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:29 No.18755742
    We can find a motivation in the future threads.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)16:30 No.18755755

    And that's fine! Motivation and intimacies can change, and right now Pearl's are probably in flux right now anyway.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:34 No.18755828
    As an undead.. sorry, as an Abyss do we still capable of emotions? Can we still love and enjoy of fleshly pleasures?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:36 No.18755853

    Yes. Lots of emotions, really.

    Think Greek heroes and flippin' out in passionate vengeance alla time.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)16:38 No.18755875

    Oh, certainly! You still think, and feel, though most abyssals tend to get fairly morbid. You're not quite fully dead, after all, not yet. Very nearly so. You can think, feel, taste and touch, and even enjoy life.

    But doing things that are life-affirming (like, say, consensual sex just to have fun with someone, or saving someone's life, stuff like that) cause resonance, which can make your life difficult.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:39 No.18755886
    I don't wanna do the redemption route. I want to go full "Undead evil general/Neverborn Champion."

    I've played a lot of quests, and most of them have us as the hero. Aside from Evil Quest, which is twice dead, and the original Dragon Quest, there's not many where we're the bad guys. Even that Deity Quest where we were some ancient chaos unleashed turned out to be a typical "hero overthrowing the evil order" shtick.

    I think we should try to be something different. We're Abyssal Exalted, death, destruction and evil are our watchwords. I want this quest to be the darkest, grizzliest adventure /tg/ will ever go on.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:43 No.18755927
    I'd prefer rogue abyssal if we aren't doing redemption like I hoping we would.

    Besides, don't forget that solars are the biggest monsters in the setting here.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:47 No.18755969

    Can we become redeemed as an Abyssal though?
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:48 No.18755982

    Neverborn =/= Oblivion.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:49 No.18755994
    Yes. An abyssal can redeem themselves "back" into a solar. They are opposites, basically.

    It's supposed to be a very long term thing though. Mere wouldn't be able to even be aware of the possibility right now.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:51 No.18756025
    And the moment we start trying, every Abyssal in Creation is going to be sent after us. Probably a good chunk of the Infernals too.

    The Neverborn are not going let an exaltation escape them.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)16:55 No.18756076
    If we are rogue at the time it's not necessary they, or even Mere for that matter, would know about it happening soon enough to stop it. It doesn't need to be a conscious effort.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)17:00 No.18756146
    Resonance, remember?

    The Neverborn are always looking through our eyes. There is nothing we can do without them knowing it.

    When we spared that village? Neverborn got a little angry with us.

    If we threaten to run away with one of the few exaltations they stole? They will order EVERY abyssal to kill us before we can finish the job.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)17:05 No.18756220
    Nah, I don't think that's how it works. The neverborn are asleep for the most part. For the other part they think resonance takes care of everything. According to what they thing an abyssal is unable to do anything but further their cause.

    If what you are saying was true, redemption woudln't really be possible as it's presented in the game.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)17:09 No.18756280

    Word of God is that Resonance is something inherent to the Abyssal condition, and that any connection to the Neverborn is one of resonance (forgive the pun) rather than any actual direct control the Neverborn have over the Abyssals.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)17:24 No.18756492
    Actually, canonically, every Abyssal realises instinctively that there's something wrong with them, and that it's possible for them to atone and fix it. Granted, many of them ignore the feeling, but it is there.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)17:26 No.18756513
    That's a very subconscious thing. I don't think it invalidates what you are quoting.
    >> HeWhoHoldsInThrall !!UBAoSf1GcwA 04/17/12(Tue)17:56 No.18756926
    Well, looks like this is petering down, so I'll end it with one final question: Are there any canonical characters you'd like to meet, or specific End Of The World Scenarios (other than the Deathlord one) you want to help/prevent (the locust crusade, the reclamation, et cetera) over the course of this quest? like any Exalted game, I feel like this should be ran based off what the players want, primarily.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)17:58 No.18756959
    I don't know about anyone else, but I don't particularly care.

    We can just find out where this leads organically.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)18:02 No.18757011
    I'm not familiar with the setting so it doesn't matter to me at all.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)19:20 No.18757970
    The Yozi's end scenarios should be opposed. Reclamation among them.

    The Neverborn wish for the death of Creation, not it's conquest. If the Yozi take over, it's just switching the targets around, and the Yozi might be an even harder opponent than the Incarnae all things considered.
    >> Anonymous 04/17/12(Tue)19:58 No.18758492
    Nobody said we're supporting the neverborn's agenda though.

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