The black-steel airship, launched at flank speed, screams and smashes through Tianna's outer layer of city walls.The tall fortifications, built from ancient, solid grey marble, shatter like a pane of glass being headbutted by a buck ogre.The noise produced is also rather similar.You pick yourself up from the dust of your city's streets, still reeling from the shock.The blast, at least at this distance, knocked everyone backwards several meters. Into walls, through windows, onto the lowest branches of the trees lining the streets in some cases. No one else is in the condition to stand back up right now. Just you.The metallic airship's prow slashes through the walls and into Main Street, parting buildings like waves.You glance up at the immense size of the damn thing. It's at least ten stories tall, and you have no idea how long. The top deck is lined with animated skeletons, clad in polished steel armor, odd-looking metallic backpacks, and red-and-black cloaks, looking down on you. Their shields bear the device of an elaborate gearwheel, silver on black.Well, at least it's not skulls. As far as deathlords go, this is pretty original.(cont.)
"PEOPLE OF TIANNA!" You're shaken out of your train of thought by the voice echoing from the ship. You can't spot its source exactly. It's a female voice, strong and assertive. Arrogant, but beautiful."REJOYCE! For starting today, you belong to the Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine! Submit, and no harm will come to you!""Uh. Er. Fleurdelis? We... we just wrecked their city." A second voice, masculine, and sounding a bit confused, replies."No FURTHER harm will come to you!" The first voice corrects itself. "Still got to do some show of strength, or no one will take our liege seriously."It's amazing how well you can hear their exchange above the din of the crumbling city, since the skyship didn't bother being slowed down much by the fact that it's plowing through the city walls and the Riverside Quarter. In fact, it's not slowing down at all. It's cutting through Main Street, heading straight in your direction.You know you're supposed to be terrified. But for some reason, all you feel within you right now is..."...You can do this.">Jump sideways through the bakery window?>Tactical retreat? It's gonna stop sooner or later, right?>Climb/Run up the hull and try to reach the deck?>Plant your feet, brace, try to stop it barehanded?>Something else?
>>30368796>Climb/Run up the hull and try to reach the deck?
>>30368796stop it head on, you can do it
>>30368796>Plant your feet, brace, try to stop it barehanded?THIS HAND OF MINE BURNS WITH AN AWESOME POWER
>>30368796>>Plant your feet, brace, try to stop it barehanded?IT'S BURNING GRIP TELLS ME TO GRASP VICTORY
>>30368796> plant your feet, brace, stop it with your bare hands
You clench your teeth, plant your feet, raise your arms. You can hear the panic and fear of the meople massed around and behind you, still shocked, still in the direct path of the incoming mass of black steel.The airship rams into you with the force of a collapsing mountain. The shock drives your feet into the ground up to the knee.You feel the airship's frame and your own bones creaking in unison. It's only after it has pushed you back almost ten meters, digging a small trench into Main Street with your own two legs, that its momentum begins to die down.With a scream of tortured metal, the flying ship slowly stops in its tracks, coming to rest in the middle of the Seaside Quarter of Tianna like a vast beached whale.You tentatively lift your hands from the hull. The imprint of your palms and fingers has left a very deep dent on its surface. The noise dies down. Crumbling buildings around you give their last agonizing cries, but then, silence falls on your city.The rest of the world seems to slow down around you, bathed in a warm, golden glow. You keep staring at the two imprints on the hull, trying to wrap your head around the fact that you somehow managed to do THAT. What left that imprint?>Large, manly hands?>Slender, feminine hands?>Other?
>>30369125slender, muscular, scarred, feminine, hand
>>30369125>>Other?>Slender, feminine but 100% male hands.
>>30369172nopls noplz NO
>>30369125>>Other?>Large, manly but 100% female hands
>>30369172Absolutely not.>>30369125Slender feminine hands
>>30369178>>30369193 So much LCD in this thread it's pathetic
>>30369125carpenter handswe can count up to 7!
>>30369125>Slender, feminine hands?
[Exaltation chargen: +1 physical][Exaltation chargen: Female][spent 1 Essence. Essence: 4/5]"...What happened?" the male voice from the ship wonders, breaking the unnatural silence.You hear some shuffling around, and the first line of skeletons is pushed aside. A head pops up, peeking beyond the edge of the airship, down to you.Pale, white skin. Blonde, nearly colorless long hair. A black rose in a headband. An elegant black and white dress. Pretty like a doll, and about twice as creepy.She frowns deeply upon seeing you, and a strange glow flares up in her eyes."...A Solar happened."Several of the skeletons around her peer beyond the railing, wielding large horn longbows. "...Shit." The male voice replies. "Tyrant's not gonna like this. What do we do?""We remove her, and then get back on our busy city-conquering schedule." She says, like it was obvious. She's an Abyssal. An Abyssal Exalted. A demigod of mayhem and destruction. You heard stories of lone Abyssals slaughtering entire armies single-handedly.And she's looking down on you right now.Not with an air of superiority. Not like a bug to be squashed. But with a worried, concerned expression.Staring back in her eyes, you see from where that light comes. It's reflected from you. You look back down, at the bent metal of the airship.It's not quite polished to a mirror, but you can vaguely see your own reflection. You are surrounded by a golden aura, and a symbol glows on your forehead, exceedingly bright.What symbol is it?> A sunburst with eight rays?> A solid golden circle?> A circle, the upper half full, the lower half empty?> A thin, hollow circle?> Two concentric circles, the outer hollow, the inner solid?
>>30369392> A solid golden circle?We righteous fury nowpic not related
>>30369392>A solid golden circle?
>>30369409Pic OBVIOUSLY related
>>30369392> Two concentric circles, the outer hollow, the inner solid?
>>30369392> solid gold circle.They should be more worried. I would be more worried
>>30369392> A thin, hollow circle?Can we not play the most boring caste for once?
>>30369523No one's voted for Dawn.
>>30369535>Zenith>DawnPoint well taken
>>30369577Right, why play a warrior/general when you can play a cleric/despot?
>>30369659I think you mean God/King.
>>30369684Please, Gods (even the capital 'G' ones) are pretty weak in this setting, as are kings.
[Exaltation chargen: Caste: Zenith][Exaltation chargen: +2 Zenith]When you realize you should be looking up instead of staring at your own reflection in the doom ship of death, the arrows have already been loosed. They scream as they cut through the air and impact in the ground all around you. You dodge and weave in a panic, trying to avoid them. Until one manages to connect, striking you square in the chest. It shatters in a shower of steel and wooden splinters, flying through the air around you.Well, so much for avoiding them. It... it still hurt like hell, but you're pretty sure you should have been skewered from side to side.No time to worry about that now.As the last arrow stabs the ground, a moment of silence falls on Main Street again."...Did you really think it would work?" The make voice asks, halfway incredulous. You can hear him walking closer to the ship's ledge."...Just keeping her busy." Is her reply. "I'll leave you in charge here, Phoenix. SKELETONS! GO!" She then orders, with an imperious gesture towards the city centre, where the royal palace stands. Not exactly a stone's throw away, but maybe two or three.And with a roaring noise, the skeletons take off from the deck on their firedust jetpacks, leaving thick, greasy smoke trails through the sky. They begin to land here and there, hissing and surrounding the bunched-up citizens of Tianna that took shelter behind you.Following the large team that took off towards the royal palace, the Abyssal evidently called Feurdelis leaps out of the ship, onto a nearby roof, and keeps up her momentum from rooftop to rooftop....What do you do?>Try and beat Feurdelis and her skeletons to the royal palace?>Pick up the first improvised weapon you can find and fight the skeletons threatening the citizens near you?>Rally the citizens and try and organize some resistance?>Jump into the airship before the second Abyssal can leave it?>Search for a proper weapon, or for the city guard?>Other?
>>30369767>Other?Ask if they take on contractors.Because honestly as they're not slaughtering people I'm not sure why I should care.
>>30369767>Rally the citizens and try and organize some resistance?
>>30369767>>Pick up the first improvised weapon you can find and fight the skeletons threatening the citizens near you?Captcha: buinete BROKENI don't know what a buinete is, but I think Captcha wants us to kill a skeleton with it.
>>30368775When I see that picture, first thing I thought was, "ah, the chocolate MC, her harem of hos, her dino hitman/enforcer and her ninja squad."I'll get my coat.
>>30369767>Try and beat Feurdelis and her skeletons to the royal palace?Break for their main objective.
>>30369808I like the way you think.
>>30369767Grab the fleeing vessel, tip it sideways, rip off a chunk of metal, kill skellies.Fuck bitches.
>>30369843No, see, if the Abyssals clear out the Leadership, then we clear out the Abyssals, that makes us Queen, right?I don't see how any part of this plan could fail to work.
>>30369879What if you're already the queen of Tianna?We didn't estabilish the PC's background yet.Also that would invalidate the possible plan of marrying her in the future.
>>30369918B-but we're a girl. Girls can't love girls.
>>30369767>>30369918Alright then1). Clear out the Abyssals on the ship2). Defeat Feurdelis' group3). Make Feurdelis our wife
>>30369929Sure we can. We're exalted. We can love who-ever and what-ever we damn well please. Speaking of which that Boat shouldn't dress like that if it doesn't want to get torn apart and used to dust skellingtons.>>30369918We are Exalted, we only take only Harems or epic love quests. No in-between.
>>303699613). Make Feurdelis our wifeI like where this Quest is going.Motivation: Wife Everything?
>>30369973>Boat >torn apartWhy destroy such a nice gift?It would be rude not to take it.
>>30369767>Rally the citizensGodKing Go!
>>30369992This is Exalted, so maybe? You saying you don't want a cute little yandere death knight waifu?
>>30369767You doing ok OP?
Exalted Quest!?Female Zenith Solar?>Pick up the first improvised weapon you can find and fight the skeletons threatening the citizens near you?
>>30369767>>30370243Woops didn't link the last Post.>Pick up the first improvised weapon you can find and fight the skeletons threatening the citizens near you?We excel at skeleton smashing. Taking on the Abyssals directly without knowing our capabilities is failure-bait.
Acting on instinct, you grab a nearby chunk of wall and lob it at the approaching skeletons.You hadn't considered the wall's structural integrity, but in the end, that went to your benefit. The bit of archtecture breaks apart in mid-air, turning into a shotgun-blast of high-speed bricks impacting against the small formation of rocket-propelled skeletons.Skulls are smashed, bones broken, and a few bricks hitting their jetpacks in the wrong way (or perhaps the right way after all) ends up in a large explosion of fire and smoke, scattering bits of animated skeletons of a large area. The cowering citizens are shocked and scared, but mostly unharmed, and relieved in seeing that you're definitely on THEIR side. And also by the fact that most of the undead horrors seem to have other aims for the moment. They fly overhead, and accelerate towards the royal palace of Tianna.No time to intercept them anymore. A black and red shape falls from the airship, landing barely a meter or two away. It unfurls before your eyes, emerging from a vast, flowing cape held together by black armored plates.About a head taller than you, this man is made even more impressive by his armored shoulderpads and large cloak, concealing most of his body under a thick curtain. His eyes are yellow and feline, and you can't help but be drawn to them hypnotically. A silver helmet covers his forehead, desperately struggling to keep his bunchy, spiky hair in place.He takes a couple steps towards you, invading your personal space with a dry smile on his lips. The people around you draw back, terrified: as he walks and his curtain cloak parts, you can see a large blood-red orb-like gem set in his armor's chestplate. It glows and swirls like a living thing, and pulses like a heart."...I'm really sorry for my associate's actions. I was opposed to this kind of..." He looks at the mayhem and destruction all around. "...Well, yes. Can we talk about it? I don't want to cause even more damage."
What do you do?>Declare that you intend to fight him unless he falls back.>Sucker punch him in the face.>Try and talk him down.>Ignore him, jump on the airship.Ignore him, run to the Palace.>>30370230(Yes, sorry. My update speed is slow because of circumstances. Thank you for being patient.)
>>30370377>Try and talk him down.Perfectly awesome warrior of the sun we may be, but as of right now unarmed and unaware of our true powers.Let's test our gift of gab and hope we can get out of this without getting wrecked, hmm?Besides, this one seems reasonable.
>>30370377>Try and talk him down.
>>30370343"...You just sent another couple dozen skeletons off to wreak havoc in my home and then you claim to want to talk? Ever hear that saying about actions speaking louder than words Mr. Hair Spikes?"
>>30370398>Besides, this one seems reasonable.Oh really?
>>30370414>I'm really sorry for my associate's actions>You just sent another couple dozen skeletons off Can we not say this? It makes us sound like an idiot.
>>30370418Well, you know, comparatively speaking. Some Abyssals are more gung-ho about serving the Neverborn than others.
>>30370377>Declare that you intend to fight him unless he falls back.
>>30370377This orders were to keep us busy.Talking is busy.Fighting is busy.Declaring is busy.I say we ignore him.He clearly isn't used to that.> captcha: insLich mural
>>30370377>>Ignore him, jump on the airship.
[Exaltation chargen: +1 social]You slowly lower your guard and take a cautious step backwards, but decide to try and talk this over like reasonable adults."...You're evidently here to take over Tianna." You say, still trying to keep on top of things."Well, yes, but-" Phoenix starts, but you interrupt him."Yes. If you don't want a fight on your hands, leave. Right now."You have no idea where this sort of confidence comes from, but you're thankful that you can actually talk with the Abyssal monster in front of you instead of curling up in fetal position and wait to die.He seems to actually consider your proposition. "...Sorry. I have a master, and her orders are absolute for me." He says after a brief pause. "And she wants Tianna added to her conquests. We can argue on how that happens. I'd love it to happen as easily and bloodlessly as possible, for example. We can work on that. But..." He looks towards the royal palace, where the oily smoke of the jetpacks is slowly fading away, scattered by the wind.He leaves the sentence hanging, waiting for your reply.>Agree to leave them the city provided they don't harm anyone?>Bargain for time to reach a diplomatic solution?>Give him an ultimatum?>Attack him?>Run to the Palace?>Other?
>>30370642>Snap him in half?
>>30370695he's an abyssal and probably significantly longer on the job than we aresolars are powerful but come on
>>30370642>Run to the Palace?Poor Lunar...
>>30370642>Give him an ultimatum?They can have Tianna if we are allowed to evacuate the people. Unprepared or not, we're going to have to fight the Abyssals if they insist on massacring everyone while this guy acts like he would prefer a "bloodless" conquest.Besides, conquering Tianna obeys the letter of the order, while evacuating the citizens lets us save the people from what appears to be certain death.If he shoots it down, we just have to go in guns blazing and save who we can before we have to bail out (hopefully we can bail out).
>>30370709>His eyes are yellow and feline, and you can't help but be drawn to them hypnotically. A silver helmet covers his foreheadI'm not sure he's an Abyssal.
>>30370642>Run to the PalaceUnless we plan on having compassion 5 we should go off to fight Tianna. We can save more lives that way.
>>30370709He seems like kind of a Social Guy. When asked to slow us down he tries to get all chummy, vaugly hypnotic, and talky.Ve vill break him.
>>30370642>>Bargain for time to reach a diplomatic solution?"How about I go to the palace and sort this out in a way we both can live with. But while I do promise me you won't go gouging any more trenches in my city, alright?"
[chargen: Night +1]"...You're trying to keep me busy while your partner Feurdelis wrecks the palace and Government Quarter of the city, right?" You narrow your eyes, taking another step back."...Weeeeelllll..." He grins, and draws out a long breath. "...Not EXACTLY... see, I really hope we can talk things over. Unfortunately, Feurdelis is... different. She's more... well, she loves explosions, let's say."You turn to the castle.A powerful blast shakes one of its towers, which then loudly crumbles and falls to the ground.You turn back to him."...But I'm not responsible for what she does while you spend your time with me, of course." Phoenix now has a bottle of champagne in hand, a skeleton holding two flute glasses to him. "Speaking of which, I'd really love to get to know you better. Maybe over dinner?"You give him a forced smile and lift a finger. "...One moment."And you make a run for the castle.>Run as fast as you can!>Get there with some organized resistance, either civilians or city guard.>Find some equipment, or even just get there with some kind of plan of action.>Approach and enter the castle stealthily, figure out what's going on.>Other?
>>30370914>Get there with some organized resistance, either civilians or city guard.might as well put our caste to good use, we can also inquire if anyone has a decent weapon
>>30370914>Get there with some organized resistance, either civilians or city guard.I suppose we could try. We don't have war but we do have presence. as a caste ability. We could at least get the guard to stop running away from the skeleton's
>>30370914>>Approach and enter the castle stealthily, figure out what's going on.Because really.really
>>30370914>Get there with some organized resistance, either civilians or city guard.Performance time. Maybe some War. Let's lead the entire city's population like the pied goddamn piper meets General Patton.
[chargen: Dawn +1]As you run towards the castle in the (not so) distance, you stop now and then to motion to citizens and what little city guard you can find around to follow you. Tianna's guards are scattered and without leadership right now. Everything was too sudden, and in any case they are definitely not trained or equipped to deal with the Exalted: they wear long leather jackets with blue and green cloth stripes, light steel helmets, and a mix of well-crafted weapons. Suited for fighting crime and policing a city. But this? This is insane.As the chaos and confusion settles down and the people following you begin to question what is exactly happening around them, a few of them look at you in amazement."...You are...!"What do they say?"...her majesty the queen?!""...the royal princess?!""...an Officer of the Guard?!""...a member of the Guard?!""...from one of the Noble Families?!""...from one of the Merchant Families?!""...one of those scholars from the Academy?!""...from the Artisan Quarter?""...from the Docks?""...just a commoner!""...an outsider?!"[other]Next update will take a hour or so because i will AFK and change PC. Will be back. Meanwhile decide who our PC is. Feel free to post pictures for proposed avatars.
>>30371244>"...her majesty the queen?!"Fresh off our coronation and ready to lay the smack down.
>>30371244>"...the royal princess?!"Trained from an early age to lead and kick ass, we shall inspire our fellow citizens as we save our city from this outrageous attack!
>>30371244>"...the royal princess?!"Adventuring and Harem building falls under princess purview. Queens have to administrate and shit or they suck at their jobs.
>>30371244>>"...her majesty the queen?!"
>>30371244>"...an outsider?!"I'd prefer to not be affiliated with a kingdom and become a big damn hero that they kiss the ass of.
>>30371244>"the royal princess?!"
>>30371244>"...an outsider?!"Yeah, don't want to be royalty. Responsibilities and shit.
>>30371244>"...the royal princess?!"
>>30371244>"...an outsider?!"Pls no royalty
>>30371244>"...the royal princess?!"Heh, why not. It would be fun to do Elodie if she was in exalted.
>>30371244>"...an outsider?!"I'd vote for commoner, but I'd like for something other than "conveniently royalty" to win, so Outsider it is!
>>30371244>"...an outsider?!"Here to do a delivery job. (Solar express.)
>>30371461>>30371577>>30371649>>30371663>>30371680>>30371693>>30371773compromise: outsider princess, exiled from her own lands
>>30371828how bout no ?
>>30371828I would accept this.
>>30371828I'm good with this.
>>30371828Yeah, that works.
>>30371828I like this too.
>>30369929>Girls can't love girlsEveryone is bisexual in Exalted.Except for that one lesbian and gay dude who are married, deeply in love, and gendershift so they can have sex they'll actually enjoy.
>>30372024There's also the Lunar couple, Rain Deathflyer and Silver Python. Rain is a hard straight, and Silver Python gendershifts every 20 years, so there's 20 years where her/his lover is just squeamishly adamant about not getting busy. Which amuses Silver Python to no end.
>>30371793If Solar Exalts aren't already royalty they will be soon.You know how all those Greek heroes (Perseus, Theseus, Odysseus...) also founded and ruled their own city-states? Solars are that kind of hero.
>>30372246That seems a little rude on Python's part. Can't just make himself a lady long enough to make with the sexytimes at night?
>>30372271It's a ritualistic thing he/she (she doesn't even remember her original gender anymore) does in praise to Luna, so no.
>>30372301Of all the gods I'm pretty sure Luna would understand making an exception for your lover. Considering the whole Gaia thing.
>>30372254Yes, that is a good point. However, instead of starting at the top I'd rather make my own path and have others recognize and follow me for it. Also nobility is tied to a specific place which limits the ability to go out and get stuff done (without neglecting the home front), but that's possible to deal with.
>>30372327True. A number of those Greek heroes founded city-states AFTER doing the crazy awesome shit they're famous for. Odysseus was king of Ithaca to begin with, from what I remember, but most of those others weren't kings yet.
"...An outsider? And an Anathema, exactly like those wrecking our city?Why should we trust you?!"You're about to give a rather stern reply to the soldier voicing his doubts, but you have to admit: he kind of has a point, doesn't he?You briefly consider replying to him that, even if exiled and disenfranchised,you are still royalty, but then you hit a conceptual brick wall:"...Anathema?" You reply, confused.Everyone around stares at you like you're out of your goddamn gourd....Actually, makes sense. That explains the superstrength and the surviving an arrow to the chest and the lightshow hanging around you. No time to act absolutely terrified now."...don't you think that it would make more sense to consider me "one of the ones that are trying to SAVE your city"? As opposed to THEM?" you point out, quickly recovering your lost charisma. The palace you're pointing at is shaken by another explosion.The soldier seems to struggle with the concept for a moment, but then nods in agreement."Can you stop them?" Another man asks, thick mustache and a baker's white apron wandering in your view as they emerge from the crowd around you. Many others echo his question.You know what the best reply is."WE can."There are about 50 people around you, man and women from all walks of life. Less than a third seem to be militiamen, armed with a mix of weapons and clad in light leather armor and a simple steel helmet. The others quickly gather what they can, as far as improvised weapons go. Being in a urban area, the stereotypical scythes and pitchforks aren't as common, unfortunately.Of course, the militia seems to hold you in high regard. Either that or they're absolutely terrified of you. The glow and castemark probably have something to do with it.What will you requisition from the militiamen as your main weapon?(cont)
>>30372707>A longsword and wooden shield?>Two longswords?>A greatsword?>A wooden longbow and bodkin arrows?>A bundle of five javelins in a leather bag?>A leather belt with seven throwing knives?>A long wooden staff?>A broad-pointed infantry spear?>A halberd?>A flamepiece and a firedust pouch?>Two firewands and relative firedust pouches?>A pair of armored gauntlets?>A long chain?>Nothing?>Other?
>>30372779>>Nothing?We are an unarmed Swordsage. We stab things with our hands and have absurd strength.
>>30372779>A broad-pointed infantry spearAlso rinspect soldiers and make mental notes on Harem assignment.
>>30372779>A halberdLets get a Halbred. It can function as a spear and an axe at the same time
>>30372836Yeah, lets go with our hands being our most lethal weapons.
>>30372779I must admit I don't think any militia equipment would be of much use.That aside...>A longsword and wooden shield?Sword and Board is the stuff legends are made from.
>>30372779>A pair of armored gauntlets?I'm tempted to go for nothing but when offered gauntlets I'm forced to vote for them.
>>30372843>>30372882either of these are good with me
>>30372779>>Nothing?We're so hero we don't even need a weapon.
>>30372987Solar Hero Style IS pretty brutal.
The decision to not even pick up a weapon certainly does its part in making the people following you even more impressed.Which is good, because it's time to move. "Follow me." You simply say, beginning a sprint towards the now-smoking castle.Tianna is a large city-state, and its castle is proportionate in size. Large, beautiful gardens. A tranquil pond. Tall, grey stone walls. Powerful fortified towers all but unconquerable by even the most determined mortal enemy.Of course, it seems that Feurdelis basically powerwalked through them with little effort, judging by the large hole you can spot on said walls.A scant handful of militiaman are scattered about on the green grass of the garden. A few are bruised and knocked out. Another handful are shocked out of their wits, hugging their knees and crying. only one is dead, apparently hurled against the walls so hard that he exploded leaving only a large, unsightly red smear. Seems like one casualty is all it took for the militia's morale to break, and you can see that even the resolve of those that are following you wavers.You can't really blame them. That's some nasty shit.Still, it does seem like these Abyssals are trying to keep casualties low for some reason. You don't know much other than legends and word-of-mouth about them, bit this certainly seems to contrast with what you assumed their modus operandi was.As you're about to lead your men through the breach, you notice that a contingent of about a dozen jetpack skeletons lurks in the castle's courtyard, just beyond the opening. Armed to the teeth and expecting you.>Order the charge?>Lead the charge?>Order your men to stand back, charge them alone?>Approach calmly?>Find another way in?>Other?
>>30373201>>Order your men to stand back, charge them alone?One woman army time.
>>30373201>>Approach calmly?Walk over there, alone, like you're fresh out of fucks
>>30373287Yeah, so long as it's alone, we can do this as well.The moment they start attacking we unleash pure whoopass.
>>30373201Use some Holy Peformance to scream these Creature of Darkness mooks to ash. We are Zenith, after all. There's a Performance charm that does exactly that.
>>30373201>Lead the chargeWe need to conserve our strength because we are a newly minted solar, however we also need to keep our ragtag group of mortals alive.
>>30373201>Lead the charge?Gotta show them they are capable of fighting the skeletons. It does them less good to show them we could handle this on our own than it does to help them understand they don't have to give up.
>>30373328We can do that by going alone. They'll only get in the way.
>>30373317I don't think we got any charms at the moment. We should get some dodge charms when we can. They are the answer to everything.
>>30373373We're Zenith. We get Soak charms. And considering the fact that we stopped that ship with our bare hands and took an arrow to the chat like we were made of steel, we definitely have at least Athletics and Resistance charms. Probably Thrown too, after what we did with that wall. We should scream those skeletons to ash.
>>30373443We don't have any charms that we're aware of. Also, since we got Chargen +1 Night and +1 Dawn, it might not even be certain that we're Zenith. Zenith is just in the lead with +2.
>>30373339Then what's the point of bringing them?Making sure she has witnesses for her heroic deeds?
>>30373481>Making sure she has witnesses for her heroic deeds?I don't know why we are.It's far more heroic and legendary to enter alone and be the only thing that leaves./
>>30373474...no, we're definitely Zenith. We got the caste mark and everything. The QM is using some version of the Exalted Quickstart or Qwixalted. It condenses all the abilities into five Caste scores. So, we have points added to Night, Dawn, and, when we chose our caste, Zenith. Regardless, we should scream at these mooks and, I don't know, be surprised or something when they turn to ash.
>>30373505Because we have Performance and War. Zeniths are leaders of men, not lone badasses. That would have been Dawn, which we didn't go with.
>>30373547Ah so that's what it is. Alrighty.
>>30373574I honestly don't know much about Exalted, but now I think we should become dawn or act as dawn if possible.
>>30373505>not wanting to be a legendary leader who inspires the hearts of men
>>30373594We're already Zenith Caste. What's done is done. We're leaders of men, indestructible of mind and body, able to survive anything thrown at us. We're social/tough, and people get made badass as long as we lead them.Our caste abilities are:> Survival> Resistance> Integrity> Presence> Performance
>>30373594Solar Castes in a nutshell:>Dawn: fighty-types. Lone Achilles-type badasses and generals>Zenith: Priests, technically, but basically you're a charismatic leader and will likely end up as the central figure of a personality cult whether you try to or not>Night: Spies, assassins, and acrobats. Sneaky sneaky dextrous types.>Twilight: scientists, craftsmen, doctors, and lorekeepers. Nerd Solars. Also SCIENCE!! Solars.>Eclipse: Diplomats and ambassadors. Talky Solars. Also capable of binding and sanctifying oaths with actual metaphysical power behind them.
>>30373641Meh, it's alright so long as we make the first move I guess.One-man army is just way more romantic to me.
>>30373443>took an arrow to the chat>>>>=========[>Ouch...
>>30373725Don't forget that Zeniths are goddamn indestructible mentally and physically and that Eclipses are the best at all forms of travel n
As you walk closer, you slowly realize that, rather than being mad or angry, you mostly feel sorry for these skeletal undead horrors.Despite he great care that obviously went in their manufacture, and maybe even something akin to a very twisted form of love, they're still nothing more than empty shells filled with necromancy and orders to obey. Whatever soul inhabited them has long, long left.They follow you with their empty eye sockets, expressionless and vacant Pale mockeries of life.You feel a shiver rushing down your spine, and what happens next is all driven by some deep instinct you never know you had, or perhaps just acquired."You can release them."You breathe in, close your eyes, and gently touch one of the skeletons on the forehead with your index finger.With a soft *pop* *pop* *pop* noise, the bones come loose all at once, as the energy keeping them together is unraveled. In a matter of seconds, all that's left before you are twelve neat little piles of white, bleached bones.A second later, they combust in a flash of pale white ghostfire, and are gone in the blink of an eye.A chorus of impressed "ooooh"s from behind you breaks the pathos of the moment, followed by someone quickly calling dibs on the swords or the longbows that these skeletons carried.You're not too sure of what you just did, but you certainly improved the morale of your impromptu band of followers.Now the passage is free. Confidently, you walk into the dark, smoke-filled castle. That Abyssal, Feurdelis, is in there somewhere, doing... something. You're sure it's something bad.And once this thing is over you'll have to sort out exactly what happened to you with all this Anathema business. But, right now, you're really happy that you have something else to keep your mind off that.[Ability gained: Zenith Caste Power "Banish the Darkness" (spend 1 Essence, destroy all undead extras in scene)][1 Essence spent. Current Essence: 3/5](End first session. OOC talk follows)
>>30373745We can lead from the front, sure, but we're ultimately better leaders than fighters. Mind you, we can still be a superhuman fighter. We'll just be better at leading.
>>30373793Nice session OP.On another note, things still look bleak for opposing the Abyssals.
Alright. This is a first time for me, and all experimental, so thank you for your patience.Some basic things you should be informed of:1) This quest will update a bit slower than people are probably used to. I'll mostly run it when I'm not at my home computer for some time, and while doing so I might be also busy with other stuff. Also English is not my native language. All this will conspire towards slow updates.2) Nothing about the PC (name, gender, caste, appearance, stats, etc) is predetermined from the start, other than the fact that he/she is a solar and a citizen of a large city-state called Tianna, which is in an uspecified location of the Exalted setting. Details have been, are, and will be filled by you as we go on.3) This game runs with an extremely streamlined version of the Exalted system. You just have "Physical", "Mental", "Social", and "Dawn", "Zenith", "Twilight", "Night" and "Eclipse" scores. 5 HP, 5 Essence. You can spend Essence to do really outrageous stuff, or I'll spend it for you if you try to do something that would require it. Sometimes, usually when learning/acquiring a power, you will spend one point reflexively for your first use of said power.3.5) Actions during this intro phase will increase your scores until you've gained a total of 5 points in Phys/Men/Soc and a total of 7 points in Dawn/Zenith/Twilight/Night/Eclipse. All of these start at 1, by the way. 4) When you ask for an action, roll 1d10. Action resolution is stat+skill+1d10 vs. a difficulty I'll set. I'll also pick the roll randomly with my own randomizers, among the rolls of all the people that supported an action.5) I will change, ignore, alter, misrepresent, bend, break and rape the Exalted setting to suit the game. Stuff will be different from the books, so knowledge of the book's settings will only be of metagame use for you up to a certain point. New players don't need to know Exalted, and veterans will still see new stuff and be surprised.Questions?
>>30373793nice job OPany chance of us picking up Sidereal Martial Arts in this Quest? They're a fun time
>>30373945What are our stats and known charms thus far? How much do we have left before character creation is over? Are scores still 1-5?
>>30373745the generally accepted problem with the dawn caste is overspecialisation. they are great at all forms of fighting, but any given character doesn't really need to be great at all forms of fighting, just one. for instance, if we're planning on being a great martial artist then it's irrelevant to us that dawns also make great archers and swordsmen, we don't need those abilities. so most of the caste is wasted on us, and we don't have the ability to do much aside from punch people.we can still be a badass as a zenith, but we'll have other options too.
>>30373977Shame you can only learn Sidereal Martial Arts if one of those monsters teaches you.
Other little details:Will continue in approx. 14 hours. with Session 2I can't draw, so no custom art. I'm really sorry for this, because I really believe that quests should have at least some custom art.Sometimes I'll even post with no images if I don't have anything appropriate and can't find anything that fits, rather than delaying a post even more. Again, that feels cheap, I know.Up to now, the images I posted are either portraits for the NPCs or good approximations thereof. Of course text description takes precedence over the image if they clash, but that shouldn't be a big issue.We're not going to use charms or many Exalted mechanics you might be familiar with. Essence is a generic action booster (like excellencies and simpler charms), and then there are Powers (which you can call Charms I guess, gonna use a more neutral term out-of-game to be more newbie-friendly) which are either "always active" or "spend 1 Essence, stuff happens".Where relevant: I am definitely both pro-waifu and pro-harem. Also, in (my) Exalted everyone is bisexual. I don't really have interest in ERP, but sexytimes can happen, and will be fade to black if they happen.Also: I like my Exalted magitech-heavy, and I will call it Magitech both IC and OOC.
>>30374150too bad too. I'm a big fan of the gossamer crafting one
Can we get a magitech arm like this one to accommodate our punchiness?
>>30374158Are you the same Exaltedfag as the one doing the TLs for Quick Start?
>>30373977Difficult but possible.>>30374020Physical 2 - Social 2 - Mental 1Dawn 2 - Zenith 3 - Twilight 1 - Night 2 - Eclipse 2Health 5/5 - Essence 3/5Powers: Banish the Darkness (1 Ess) destroys all undead extrasStill unallocated: 3 stat points, 2 skill points, 4 powers.
>>30374268I'm the same. And since now with my new daily routine i have a lot more tine in front of PCs i might be able to get a few translations done too.Although I have to repeat once more that I AM NOT A TRANSLATOR AND I WISH A REAL TRANLATOR PICKED QUICKSTART UP.
>>30374230Maybe there's a way to steal the knowledge somehow? That or we could just make our own, better, Solar Martial Art style.
>>30374158>and then there are Powers (which you can call Charms I guess, gonna use a more neutral term out-of-game to be more newbie-friendly)I would really prefer if you call them Charms, just because, you know, Exalted. I'm definitely going to be calling them that, at any rate. Anyway, consider checking out Qwixalted. They have charms as keywords that can augment Abilities by spending Essence. For example, you could spend 2 essence to activate both Overwhelming (an excellency, basically) and Holy (unsoakable damage to CoD) if you know them for Performance in order to do a bunch of damage to every CoD in range.Here, take a look.
>>30374261Yeah, possibly. Alternative, a smashfist.
>>30374343nah, let's just make friends with some sidereals.
>>30374425I'm basing myself on Qwixalted, but going a lot, lot simpler.You're free to call them Charms, and in-game people still call the powers the Exalted have "charms", but i want to keep the OOC nomenclature as "powers" because it's broader and simpler.
>>30374343celestial martial arts are fun but not as powerful. We should definitely try and learn Glorious Solar style though
>>30374467You're actually going more complex in some areas. Having both skills and attributes, for example. Still, I understand why you're going with certain things, and you are the QM, after all.I'm just super jealous because I've been spending the past week and a half preparing my own Qwixalted hack for an exalted quest and you sniped me. You bastard.Will the charms (powers) be under specific skills, or will they be more generic than that?
>>30374325Do you have a link to raws? I might be able to apply my 1 semester of Japanese.
>>30374457[Disappointed Look]>>30374474I agree, and most in the thread seemed to want to go barehanded so we might as well class up the place.
>>30374474Canonically, you have to master a Celestial style before you can even start on a Sidereal style anyway, and you have to be, like, a goddamn century old before you're powerful enough to pick up said style. Also, the QM doesn't seem to be going NEARLY that in-depth into charms, so it's a moot point regardless.
>>30374512Sorry for sniping you. Didn't mean it D:Some charms (powers) will be generic, like Banish the Darkness. Some will be specific for some skill.
>>30374665>Sorry for sniping you. Didn't mean it D:No, it's... It's fine. You monster.I imagine all combat charms will be under Dawn or something, right? Also, are we going to get the 'goddamn indestructible' and 'feats of strength capable of stopping a ship bare-handed' charms (powers) or were those just one-offs because we just exalted?
>>30374660"Combat styles" will be a thing. By picking unarmed now, you're progressing along that path, and if you stick to unarmed you will eventually develop unarmed Powers. If you switch weapons often you will develop more generic combat Powers that work with all weapons. Martial art styles are single powers (essentially like Form charms) that require someone training you. If no one trains you, you develop your "natural" style (Solar Hero) instead.
>>30374732I want us to learn kung fu grecco-roman wrestling. Pankration, body-slamming a dude to the ground, snapping limbs, that kind of thing. Solar Hero tends to be more about throwing people through walls and punching out all of someone's blood. Would Solar Hero also be viable for the stuff I mentioned, down-and-dirty, no-frills, efficient brutality?Or is that more Terrestrial Hero?
>>30374512>I'm just super jealous because I've been spending the past week and a half preparing my own Qwixalted hack for an exalted quest and you sniped me. You bastard.Run one where the MC is not a Solar. They are now distinct enough.Bonus points if it's a Sidereal quest.
>>30374704>I imagine all combat charms will be under Dawn or something, right? Also, are we going to get the 'goddamn indestructible' and 'feats of strength capable of stopping a ship bare-handed' charms (powers) or were those just one-offs because we just exalted?You will gain those charms, during the chargen period (this first few introductory sessions), if these kind of things keep happening. Keep doing impressive feats of strength and you'll gain strength powers, keep putting yourself in harm's way and you'll gain resistance powers. Once the chargen period is over, there will be character progression, but it will be slow, and more traditional. Not actual character points, but you will be informed when you gained a stat or skill point and asked where to put it. for powers, you will be informed of the gain and will be presented with a list of powers from which to choose.
>>30374806I was planning on having you start as a heroic mortal and exalting near the end of the first session, with the splat being determined by your actions throughout. Anything from Lunar to Infernal to 'oh god, you guys did exactly zero heroic things... uh, shit, you're Sidereal!' would have been options. But, without being able to call it Exalted Quest - and with this one being currently active - it just wouldn't be right.I'll run a Princes of the Earth Quest someday maybe. For now, though... Well, I should have acted while I still had a chance. C'est la vie.
>>30374785>I want us to learn kung fu grecco-roman wrestling. Pankration, body-slamming a dude to the ground, snapping limbs, that kind of thing. Solar Hero tends to be more about throwing people through walls and punching out all of someone's blood. Would Solar Hero also be viable for the stuff I mentioned, down-and-dirty, no-frills, efficient brutality?Yes. Styles are quite varied and flexible. Solar Hero is anything from kickboxing to wrestling in my book.(Especially WWF-style wrestling)
>>30374830Alright, well, since we still have four powers open, I'll be pushing for the following. I'll let the other players toss in some input on whether they want the same:>Indestructibility; not true indestructibility, but having a body like armor, so mooks don't stand a chance of cutting us, and we can fight unarmored. Plus, it's in-caste for us.>Crazy strength. Stopping massive things unarmed, lifting entire walls to throw, maybe even super-jumps? Crazy strength is sweet, and is literally the entire reason we exalted.>Leadership abilities. A combination of Performance, Bureaucracy, and War, being able to rally folks and get people to quickly subordinate themselves to us and get buffs to their general effectiveness at most things in return. That's how we instantly got fifty dudes following us, after all.>Solar Hero. Punching, wrestling, throwing dudes. It's not flashy, and it's more boxing/kickboxing/wrestling than kung fu, but it's fucking sweet, and goes well with the indestructibility.With all that, we can be a fantastic queen/general/whatever who, when the cards come down, is indestructible even in her night gown, can hammer-toss an elephant, and is just as deadly naked and unarmed as someone fully kitted-out.
>>30374910Good, good. I'm 100% on board for Solar Hero, then.
>>30374858> 'oh god, you guys did exactly zero heroic things... uh, shit, you're Sidereal!'
>>30374949Solar Hero has always been my favorite Martial Art, although if I remember probably, there was an Abyssal martial art charm somewhere that inflicted aggravated damage that I always wanted...Maybe I'm just remembering wrong.
>>30374951Hey, it's that or dragonblooded. They're the only two that can exalt with no real stimulus, and honestly, I'm not willing to assume that /tg/ would be heroic enough to be a Solar, persistent enough to be a Lunar, or incompetent enough to end up dying/failing superhard like an Abyssal/Infernal. With my luck, they would have decided to open up a sports bar and just relax for the weekend.
I think we should be a brown-skinned, blonde-haired Southerner. Chosen of the Sun as fuck. Opinions?
>>30375032>Brown-skinned, blonde-hairedYou mean Easterner?
>>30375052No, that's definitely a Southerner. Dark skin is a Southern/Eastern thing, while blonde hair is a Northern/Southern thing. Eastern hair colors tend towards browns and occasionally greens.
>>30375082Easterners are pretty much specified to all be varying flavours of delicious brown.
>>30374999I just thought that was a funny statement. Definite thumbs up material, imo.Anyhow, aren't Sidereals pretty much predicted from birth in most cases? I need to reread their rulebook.Infernals are premised on being failed Solars, IE someone who had a chance to seize glory but backed down, chickened out, or otherwise failed to overcome themselves. I could see that happening in a first session.I don't remember Abyssals well enough, but isn't Abyssal Exaltation like an opt-in? You get an offer and you take it because "reasons"?
Also you'll have to decide where in Creation Tianna is sometimes.
Has this thread been submitted to the archive?
>>30375654No idea. As a general rule, I'm not going to do it myself.If you guys think my threads are worthwhile, archive them. If not, let them be forgotten.
>>30375261>most casesThe Sidereal exaltation and Fate itself know in advance, but the Sidereal bureaus have a harder time predicting it. Between only having so many man hours to scour the Loom and Fate becoming a little fuzzier everytime something Outside Fate goes on a rampage or fuck-fest in Creation, they often have a hard time locating the new Sidereals in advance.But yeah, it's fairly easy to just go, 'Uh, you were fated to be Sidereal, I guess!'Both Infernals and Abyssals are opt-out-able. Infernals have to chicken out of a badass or fuck up beyond all belief but survive anyway, and they're offered a second chance by a representative of the Yozi. Abyssals have to attempt something Solar-tier, fail to exalt, and die in the process. They're offered exaltation at the instant where they're hovering between life and death.
>>30375154Yeah, so are Southerners. Easterners, on the other hand, are fairly universally not-blonde, while Southerners can be.
>>30375625One of the pissant citystates out in the Scavenger Lands.
>>30375769If you're going East at least go far East where the setting becomes crazy bullshit.Otherwise do South like people have been suggesting.
>>30375895Actually, I'm one of the people suggesting our protagonist be a Southerner. She's a foreigner; we can do both.
>>30376003Eh. I really feel like having two different Exalted quests running at once is even worse than having multiple Magical Girl quests running at once. Massive oversaturation.
>>30376241You'd need to have the setting and feel be very different. Sidereal doing internal affairs and detective stories in Yu-Shan, a game set in Autochthonia, an Infernal quest set almost entirely in Malfeas...
>>30376266But to reliably do that, I would have to give players less freedom than I had wanted. I wanted to start as a heroic mortal and go from there. What's done is done; maybe I'll do Princes of the Earth Quest someday, but for now, it's going back on the backburner.
>>30376698Fair enough. Not starting with an intended premise and feel in mind in favour of giving players maximum freedom is an entirely valid way to run a quest.
After looking over Quixalted, I'm never playing regular Exalted again.
Anyone gonna archive this?
>>30377649I'm still trying to figure out how to properly handle Internals. I'm going with new Abilities based on each Yozi's purview and adding a few charm keywords, but NOBODY in the Exalted Generals have been giving me even a trace of input, critical or otherwise.
>>30377955Well, as a Solaralike you would only have to come up with one keyword, since their first one should be Overwhelming. The Abilities would be cut and paste from the splat.Maybe something that messes with success? Triples on a 6?
>>30377955Oh, and for point of reference, the Abilities I have so far are:Slayer>Tyranny>Destruction>Pain>GloryMalefactor>Desolation>Faith>Law>ProvidingDefiler>Hierarchy>Knowledge>Shaping>AnalysisScourge>Speed>Silence>Murder>DetachmentFiend>Trickery>Corruption>Darkness>FreedomNow, first of all, all of them are missing at least one Ability. Second, at least half of them could use better names. Third, some of them, like Darkness and Desolation, are esoteric enough to be hard to picture using in mundane ways. Fourth, some of them, like Tyranny/Glory, Destruction/Pain, and Desolation/Providing seem to overlap way too much, so I really need a way of fixing that too.For charms, what I have so far are:>TrainingSome kind of training effect that lets someone instantly gain traits in exchange for possibly being pounded into XP debt. I have no clue how to limit the amount of points provided or the range of Abilities that can be improved in a balanced way.>LingeringFor things like bleeding attacks, blighting an entire landscape, and other such shit that Infernals are supposed to be able to do. By default, the effect would recur at the one die level one turn after the first action, modified with Paced and Overwhelming and such. Not sure how to balance this one either.>SorcerousLets you do a non-standard thing with an ability, for things like Mind-Hand Manipulation. Balanced by 1e required just for mundane uses before other charms.Help?
>>30378134The problem with that is that Infernals are SUPER DIFFERENT. Their excellencies are tagged off of Yozi themes, Malfeas is the one with the soak and health levels, SWLIHN has telekinesis, the biggest and best charm tree in Cecelyne is all about granting wishes, and blighting an entire landscape with persistent nuclear fire is, you know, a cheap thing for Infernals. Just having them be green Solars is really inappropriate, as far as executing them is concerned.
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=TiannaThere's the archive page.
>>30378199What do you Soak with? Glory? I'd say Pain overlaps more with Murder and Destruction overlaps with Desolation.At least when I think of applying them to a victim. Pain/Murder applies Goremaul directly to forehead, Destruction/Desolation knocks over his house, burns his fields, and salts his earth.
>>30378884Pain is a massive Malfeas theme, and it would be the Soak stat. One of Malfeas's big thing is that he's in constant pain, that he's scarred and always hurting himself more to get stronger. Desolation is about places of desolation, which are huge for Cecelyne. Empty deserts, barren fields, and so forth, whereas Malfeas is way into destruction - tearing down old things, demolishing buildings, killing people, burning objects. They have some amount of distinction, and are both ridiculously central to the Yozis in question.Glory would be something of a Performance/Presence stat, and Tyranny some form of Presence/Bureaucracy. There's a lot of overlap between those two, which I find very problematic.Murder doesn't really overlap with Pain because Adorjan's thing is about killing suddenly and without warning - about instant, silent, and indiscriminate murder. Malfeas is more into pain, sadism, and cruelty.Make sense?
>>30378199Is Knowledge distinct enough from Analysis to warrant being a separate ability?
>>30379011Analysis is a hybrid of elements of Investigation and Awareness, while Knowledge is a hybrid of things ranging from Occult to Lore to Linguistics. I would say it's distinct enough, but that's a great example of needing better names for these Abilities that still evoke what the Yozis in question are all about.
>>30378980You know what? The overlap is good. Slight redundancy balances out the occasional increase in efficiency when purchasing charms, so you can keep it at 4 skills per ability without needing to screw with charm price. Come up with one charm keyword and it should be cut/print.
>>30379236Well, Training and Lingering are going to be generic keywords. The special Infernal keyword is Sorcerous. If I'm going to have less than five Abilities per Yozi, though, I would sort of like to narrow it down into a trinity of concepts for each Yozi. Do you know what I mean?
>>30376266You have no idea how badly I want to play in a Dark Heresy meets Yu-Shan/Sidereal game.