Holding on to Tia's back like some sort of oversized koala (an image that you can't shake off your mind), the two of you climb the Tianna castle walls. The sight of the city at night is quite impressive, but the distant sight, outside in the darkness, of the barbarian camp's bonfire, reminds you of your current situation.You can only hope that Amata has been handling the Lunars alright, and that the Lintha don't have a plan B for wrecking everyone's day.Tia hoists herself up on the top of the wall, and you drop down inside the courtyard. She quickly follows. No one seems to have noticed you."...Why are we sneaking around anyway?" She asks, looking at you puzzled, while grasping your hand once more, and giving it a squeeze just to check if you're still real. "I thought you were friends with these people.""...I am." You point out. "I just want to spend a moment in the bath, and don't really want people to see us like this.""Like what?""Soaked in dirt and dust and demon blood?""Oh." She seems to realize only now that her white dress is now quite a bit less than white. She squeezes your hand. "We're taking a bath together:" She concludes, nodding sagely to herself....You can't really argue with that now, can you? You drag her around the corridors of the castle, thankfully empty - people are mostly guarding the exits or present at and around the conference. They should have already started the dinner by now, so you can imagine nearly all of the maids, Milliam included, to be currently busy there.You make way to the large indoor baths of the castle, a half-underground chamber filled with stair steps leading into warm water. You're not sure if it's heated by something, or it draws from a thermal spring - not unlikely, considering that you know Tianna to have an active volcano.You immerse yourself in water, and Tia, unwilling to let go of your hand, lets herself be dragged down with you.
As both of your clothes soak in water, the grime and dust sticking to them comes loose. The maids might get mad at you dirtying the baths, but it's an emergency (of a sort): you'll deal with the fallout later.You have to actually scrub it off Tia's clothes and hair and skin, however: she seems just content to sit in your lap doing nothing, and even just getting her to let go of your hand takes a bit of silent persuasion and a couple of forceful tugs.It almost feels a bit like taking care of a little child. Or maybe she's too emotional right now to care about the meeting. Or maybe she just wants to act spoiled.You gently dunk her head under water to get rid of the clots of blood in her hair, trying not to laugh at how ridiculous the situation has become. When she emerges, you notice a large set of gills around her neck, starting below the ear and going all the way down to the shoulder. They weren't there before, and they quickly disappear under your eyes once she's out of the water.While you're a still a bit off-guard after seeing this, she turns around and stares into your eyes.Innocently, she asks you: "How many lovers do you have, Maka?">[Truth] None.>[Lie] None.>[Truth] One.>[Lie] One.>[Truth] Two.>[Lie] Two.>[Truth] A few.>[Lie] A few.>[Truth] Several.>[Lie] Several.>Dodge the question.
>Who are we?Maka, an exiled noble recently Exalted as a Zenith-caste Solar. She's in the western city of Tianna as a guest of queen Amata (DB), an old friend. Abyssals are targeting the city for conquest, Lintha pirates have infiltrated it with spies and agents, and half the island is controlled by paranoid lunars. Fun times.Said lunars are in Tianna for some diplomacy. The Lintha tried to sabotage the talks, you and a lunar called Tia defeated them. And turns out that Tia is crazy obsessed with you for some reason.>Solar? Zenith? I don't know Exalted...This quest is as newbie-friendly as possible, and I want it to work as a newbie's intro to Exalted. If you have ANY question, ask in thread. For the setting, google "1d4chan exalted".>Archive?http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=zenith>System?Dicepool-like system. When performing an action, everyone rolls 1d10 when posting. the first X rolls are considered, where X is equal to attribute + ability. Yes, this means that the more people are posting, the stronger Maka is, up to a limit of her attribute + ability.>XP?Attributes cost [current score x5] xp. Abilities cost [current score x3] xp, except Zenith costing [(current score x3) -1]. Charms cost 10 xp, except for Zenith-based charms (related to charisma and physical/mental fortitude) which cost 8 xp. At the end of every "session" (thread) you will be presented with a list of possible acquisitions.>Twitter?@exaltedfag>Are we gonna spend our XP soon?Right now! Gimme a sec.
>>30605519>[Truth] Two.She's a lunar.She's going to be able to smell it.
>>30605519[Lie] A few. Certainly, a woman such as I am a popular target for men, and it's hardly sporting to turn all of them away. Yeah.
You have 10 XP. Pick how to spend:Mental 3 (10 xp)Dawn 3 (6 XP)Twilight 3 (6 XP)Night 3 (6 XP)Eclipse 3 (6 XP)Or one of the following charms for 10 XP (8 XP for the Zenith charms:[dawn]Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)Heaven Thunder Hammer (Permanent, succesful hits have knockback effect)[zenith]Iron Kettle Body (1 Ess, Scene. -1 damage suffered from all sources. stacks with Iron Skin)Ox-Body Technique (permanent, +1 HP)Husband-Seducing Demon Dance (1 Ess. A performance you give causes anyone seeing it to instantly gain a positive feeling for you (love, respect, starry-eyed admiration, etc))Respect-Commanding Attitude (1 Ess, Scene. Interrupts everyone and anything going on, in order to deliver a statement that will be heard)[twilight]Judge's Ear Technique (1 Ess, Scene. Can tell when a person lies knowingly)Courtier's Eye Technique (1 Ess, Can tell someone's backgrounds)[night]Graceful Crane Stance (permanent, gives you supernatural balance and lightness of step)Lightning Speed (permanent, vastly improves your running speed)[eclipse]Sagacious Reading of Intent (1 Ess, extra info gained reading letters and written documents)Mastery of Small Manners (1 Ess, you learn the short-term objectives of people in the scene. Gives straightforward ideas, but does not reveal complex plans)>How do you pick what Charms we have available for learning?1) something that is at least vaguely related to something you did or studied. So for example no "commanding soldiers" charm charms unless you actually tried it at some point in the past.2) your array of choices is equal to your score in that skill.3) i might change them around from thread to thread, rotating them to give you more choice
>>30605519>Dodge the question.
>>30605634>Husband-Seducing Demon Dance
>>30605634Graceful crane seems like it'd be useful with all the grappling people want to do. Would it extend to keep our balance in a fight?
>>30605735It wouldn't grant you numerical bonuses in combat. It's a mobility charm, not a combat charm.Still, it would let you do cool wuxia shit like standing on some dude's sword or running up walls and stuff.
>>30605519>>[Truth] None.Virgin Zenith
>>30605849We've already had sex with a DB and skinship with another (who was her mom incidentally). And who knows what we did before Exalting.
>>30605519>[Truth] A few.
>>30605519>[Truth] Two.Dos Fuckos giveno
>>30605634>Mastery of Small MannersOr >Respect -Commanding Attitude
>>30605634Mastery of Small Manners.We can't keep tripping over Amata's plans (and everyone else's) forever.
>>30605519>[Truth] A few.Before exalting counts right?Mastery of Small MannersThis is going to be unbelievably useful when it comes to the stateroom and backroom deals we'll be making shortly.
You're a bit worried she might get jealous, or crazy (especially considering how forceful she was just a moment ago, with her "you belong to me" speech), but you decide it's best to be truthful."...Two." You tell her."...Oh?" She frowns. She's clearly not liking it."Amata and Irene." You add. "The, the queen and her daughter." She might not know their names. She probably doesn't.She stands back up from your lap, soaked in water, dripping it everywhere, and turns to face you."What." She hisses. "Two lovers. You have two lovers."You eye her daiklave. She left it out of the water, near the entrance to the baths. A few meters away. "Yes." You admit."ONLY two." She crosses her arms and shakes her head disdainfully."...Beg your pardon?" You can't help but ask."You need more." She begins to pace back and forth slowly, as if sadly pondering on your inadequacy. "It's shameful.""...Shameful?" You repeat, sinking deeper in the water. You're trying to wrap your mind around her thought processes."People will look at you and point and laugh. Look at her. An Exalted and a queen, and she only has two lovers. And they will laugh at me too." She explains. "I will lose face.""...So it's a matter of status for you?" You wonder if that's how Exalted in general work, if it's a Lunar thing, or if it's just all in Tia's head, but you relax. At least seems she isn't going to be jealous."Not just that. Also, more people who follow you and are tied to you, more allies, make you stronger." You admit that that makes somewhat sense. "Also training."
>>30606524"Training?""You need to train your body to satisfy me properly." She states haughtily. "I expect nothing less. And I will train for your sake. I will also inspect your lovers.""...Inspect them?" The conversation is going too weird too fast. You can barely keep up."Check if they are good enough." She smiles. "I won't be too strict. You can use your body with who you want. And you are Exalted. Center of crossroads. Your heart must have many ties."Her pupils widen as her eyes stare deeply into yours. "But your soul belongs to me. And mine to yours.">Agree>Voice objection>Deny everything>Dodge the issue
>>30606530Um, agree? Not sure how to handle this...
>>30606530>AgreeSince we are exalted, we will have plenty of time to know each other but you will have to forgive me if I takes a while to get used to this. I haven't been exalted for long. >>30605634Husband-Seducing Demon Dance (1 Ess. A performance you give causes anyone seeing it to instantly gain a positive feeling for you (love, respect, starry-eyed admiration, etc))Need to start building our solar religion.
>>30606530>Voice objection"You don't get to set the terms of our relationship like that my dear any more than Ma-Ha-Suchi gets to use you like he did. If this is going to work neither one of us gets to dictate to the other."
>>30605634Iron Kettle Body, please.
>>30605634>Iron Kettle Body (1 Ess, Scene. -1 damage suffered from all sources. stacks with Iron Skin)Definitely Iron Kettle Body. A scene-long soak is infinitely more useful than our current soak charm. It gives us proper survivability instead of having to piss away our essence against every attack against us.
>>30606530>Lean forward and rest our forehead on hers>Voice confusion and ask how that would work>Also ask how many lovers she has
>>30606530>Voice objection"Right, there's still that whole thing...say, why are you so adamant on that anyway?"I like her, but just accepting that kind of statement is milquetoast as fuck.
>>30606530>Voice objectionWe literally don't even know her yet.
>>30606530>Suggest to talk about it laterWe should probably be getting to the dinner some time soon.Getting time to think about the whole suddenly having a Lunar mate that wants us to agree to something like that thing is probably a good idea.
>>30606674Good point.>>30605634+1 for Iron Kettle Body
>>30605634We agreed to go for a scene-long soak as our next charm, followed by something to attract followers and/or make us a better leader, right?In that case, we should pick up Iron Kettle Body this time, followed by Husband-Seducing Demon Dance or Respect-Commanding Attitude next time we have enough experience.
>>30606530Can we feel our Bond with her?
>>30606737Canonically? It's one-way. Lunars feel it, but Solars don't.
>>30605634Sounds like Iron Kettle Technique followed closely by Husband Seducing Demon Dance and Mastery of Small Manners, which fits what we've talked about in previous threads. Getting our final soak charm followed by picking up social charms, right?
Yea, I agree on that combination. We will need to do some investigation soon to rid the the Lintha spies and eventually to get rid of their base. We need a navy in order to expand and deal with threats before they come to our island.
>>30606950>our island.not really ours. Well, I suppose we have a 1/3rd stake in the Barbarian tribes at this point.
"...I'm not sure how to respond to that." You voice your doubts.She keeps looking back at you."...I mean, you're basically forcing yourself on me."She keeps staring."...I don't even know you.""You will." She smiles, walking out of the bath. Once on dry land, she shakes the water off her, spraying it everywhere.You REALLY hope the maids will forgive you for this mess. You walk out of the water and dry yourself a bit with a towel. Fortunately your dress isn't affected much by being wet.As soon as you're done, she immediately comes back to latch on you, grasping your hand."...we should probably move." You tell her. She nods.>Rejoin the rest of the diplomatic meeting. They should be in mid-dinner now.>Wait for the dinner to end, then rejoin them discreetly.>Send a message to Amata before deciding whether to rejoin or not, asking a maid to carry it.>Return to your room.>Other?combined with:>Let her hold your hand>Get her to stop holding your hand>
>>30607047>Wait for the dinner to end, then rejoin them discreetly.>Tell her she can hold your hand as long as she starts letting go when you need her to, without putting up a fight.
>>30607047>Wait for dinner to end, join them discreetly>Get Milliam to help acquire Tia a new dress until her wedding gown is repaired>Let her hold our hand
>>30607047>Wait for the dinner to end, then rejoin them discreetly.Combined with...>Return to your room.Tia probably needs to change, even if we might not.>Get her to stop holding your handBitch is creeping me the fuck out.
>>30607047>Wait for the dinner to end, then rejoin them discreetly.Might as well. Hope we're not too hungry!>Let her hold your handSure, at the moment.
>>30607109>Bitch is creeping me the fuck out.Agreed. I was fine at first, but she's gone from surprised and clingy to doing things like dictating she's going to test our lovers and describing our future together. She crossed the threshold from cute to 'what the fuck' a while ago.>>30607047>Send a message to Amata before deciding whether to rejoin or not, asking a maid to carry it.Let her determine when it would be best for us to rejoin. She is, after all, already in the social event.>Get her to stop holding your handSeriously, what the fuck.
>>30607167Dot 5 bond, guys.
>>30607176>Dot 5 bond, guys.Well, it's creepy, and Tia's fun is badwrong. I feel like she's about to try to staple herself to us or some shit. Bitch is rapey as fuck and crazy as hell.
>>30607047>Wait for the dinner to end, then rejoin them discreetly.Best not make a scene. >Let her hold your handBest not upset her at the moment.
>>30607047>Wait for the dinner to end, then rejoin them discreetly.>Let her hold your hand
>>30607198And yet completely valid for a Lunar whose first age incarnation was that close to our. Also, gills is hot. Means we can sit in the bath and "enjoy" her without her having to come up for air.
>>30607340>completely validAnd, it turns out, being creeped out as fuck and wanting nothing more to do with her is an even more valid response to this shit. I don't care if she has a rank 5 Solar Bond - and Maka doesn't even know that's a thing that can exist. What I care about is that she's already taken a sip of our blood and has already claimed us and is constructing a future for us in her head despite having met us, what, an hour ago? This is creepy as shit.
>>30607425Calm your tits.
>>30607459That's what I want Tia to do.
>>30607047Ok, this has been bugging me for a bit. Does Tia not have moonsilver tattoos? I feel like we should have noticed them in the bath, but that could be a flawed assumption.
>>30607497None of us took our clothes off.
>>30607511No wonder it was so difficult to scrub the grime out of her dress.
>>30607511Well, we didn't really have clothes on to begin with.
You move silently through the corridors, and find a small closet where to discreetly wait. It lies on the corridor leading to the dinner room. You can hear some noise, talking and the clinking noise of plates and knives. Seems like the reception os giong pretty well. the barbarians seem to be pretty noisy, but you can't hear the distinctive, low, growling voice of Talon. He's apparently not as loud as his mortal retainers.You let Tia hold your hand. To tell the truth, you ARE a bit worried by how she would react if you tried to forcefully distance you from her. She seems to have calmed down. She's following you along, silent and docile."Are we waiting?" She whispers after a few seconds."...Yes. It'd be awkward if we walked in there while everyone's eating. Let's be a bit cautious.""Okay." She replies. And waits.The small room you're in has brooms and buckets and other stereotypical cleaning implements. There are spare clothes for the servants and household items. You're sitting on a pile of rolled-up carpets. It's dark and dusty. All little details you notice while you're trying to escape the awkward silence between you and her."We're not eating?" She asks."...We'll eat something later.""Okay."Some more time passes. You hear plates being piled and carried away. Dinner must be almost over, but cleanup is probably going to take a while more.>Wait in silence.>Ask her to wait outside.>Ask her to go and rejoin the dinner while you wait there.>Ask her about the other Lunars of Tianna>Ask her about Lunars in general.>Ask her about her opinions on the situation in Tianna.>Ask her about her intentions.>Ask her about Abyssals.>Ask her about Lintha.>Ask her something else (what?)Multiple questions are ok.
>>30607642>>Ask her to wait outside.>>Ask her to go and rejoin the dinner while you wait there.>>Ask her about the other Lunars of Tianna>>Ask her about Lunars in general.>>Ask her about her opinions on the situation in Tianna.>>Ask her about her intentions.>>Ask her about Abyssals.>>Ask her about Lintha.Ask her everything.
>>30607642>Ask her about the other Lunars of Tianna>Ask her about her intentions.>Ask her about the Barbarians (is there anyone worth knowing besides the Lunars basically.)
>>30607642Darn, we should have had dinner sent to our room...oh well.>Ask her about Lunars in general>Asker her about the other Lunars of Tianna>Ask her opinions on the situation in Tianna>Ask about her intentions
>>30607642>Ask her about Abyssals.>Ask her about Lintha.Lets see if she knows, or cares, about either>>Ask her about the other Lunars of TiannaAfter this we should rejoin the party.
>>30607642How rough a state is her dress in and do we have time to get a change of clothing if necessary?
>>30607665fine by me
>>30607687It's a bit wet, but quickly drying up. It's undamaged. Just a bit roughed up basically. It seems to be fairly tough. not armor-tough, but solid and well-made.You're both alright with your current clothes. You can also try and go and grab a new set of them for both, but without Milliam you might not find what you're looking for and will have to settle for the first thing you find.
>>30607716Ok. For some reason I thought her dress had been torn in addition to bloodied in the fight. Since its still in one piece I agree there's no reason to swap it out.
>>30605634Atm i think we need Mastery of Small Manners a bit more than Iron Kettle Body.This way we can negotiate better with the lunars and such.
>>30607642>Ask her about the other Lunars of Tianna.>Ask her about her intentions.
>>30607844I disagree. Our current soak charm is borderline worthless because it drains one point of essence per attack. We're in desperate need of a scene-long just in case we run into something slightly tougher than a first circle demon in the future.By comparison, learning someone's short-term straightforward objectives isn't especially relevant for discussions involving long-term plans and complex politics.I'm not saying we shouldn't start progressing that direction eventually, mind you. In fact, once we have a scene-long Soak charm, I think our highest priority should be Zenith and Eclipse social charms. I just want us to get that soak charm out of the way so we can not worry about improving combat for quite a while.
>>30607844I agree. We also just picked up a body guard, so I think we can postpone a decent soak charm for a few threads.
Charm == Power? Not an item like artefact or something? Am I getting it right?t. n00b
>>30607902Yeah, charms are powers. They're basically something half-way between a spell and a feat, to use D&D terms. Supernatural techniques which you can learn and then spend essence on to use.'Charm' is the default term of Exalted, while this quest uses the more generic 'power.' Since it seems like a majority of the players of this quest are at least passingly knowledgeable about Exalted, it seems they tend towards habit and just say 'charm.'Does that help?
>>30607920Yes, it helps very much! Thanks, I'm in this quest from the beginning and it's very cool, but I don't know anything about Exalted. Here, have Russian Zenith caste Solar.
>>30607642if we have time,>Ask her about the other Lunars of Tianna>Ask her about Lunars in general.>Ask her about her opinions on the situation in Tianna.>Ask her about her intentions.>Ask her about Abyssals.>Ask her about Lintha.if not, prioritize Lunars, her intentions, and why she's so certain about us loving her despite just meeting us, is this something to do with Exaltation?
>>30607965Or maybe a small god of some or other architecture.
>>30607981seconding this, especially the certainty write-in; that's a good way to ask about Lunar Mates without knowing the word for it
"..:Say, Tia?" The turns to face you. If she has a tail, you're sure she would be waggling it. "...What can you tell me about your friends?""You mean Talon and Zaan?" She asks.You nod. You're interested in learning as much as possible."Talon is cool." She starts. "He's harsh, and strict, and stern. He makes rules and decisions, but when he makes rules for everyone, he follows them too. He leads by example. He is fair."After hearing her talk a bit, you begin to suspect that Seatongue might not be her strong point. She doesn't have a noticeable accent, but she keeps making short pauses, like she's stopping to think, or translating in her mind. Or maybe, that's just her manner of speaking."So he's your leader?" You ask her."Maybe." She doesn't seem to have put that much thought into it. "We don't have to do what he says. We choose to.""What about Zaan?" The image of the androgynous boy biting a rock in half like it's a ripe apple is stuck in your head."Zaan is a wise and powerful sorceror.""...We're talking about the same Zaan, right?" You make sure.She seems confused. "Short. Red tattoos. White skin. Pointy teeth." Yep, it's him alright."What about you?" You ask her, trying to shake the image from your head."I am a warrior. Luna has made me her champion in Creation. I have sworn to protect it.""...Luna, huh. You know, the Unconquered Sun appeared to me." You confide to her. "When I Exalted.""He does, to Zeniths."(cont)
"Zeniths?" You feel like you should know what that means."All Exalted are divided by caste. Castes have different roles." She gently pokes your forehead. "Shining sun is Dawn. Dawn are generals. Full sun is Zenith. Zenith are priests. Setting sun is Twilight. Twilights are scholars. Empty sun is Night. Nights are spies. Twin sun is Eclipse. Eclipses are diplomats.""So you're a Dawn?""Those are solar castes. We Lunars have others." And her castemark briefly flashes back to life, a full circle of silver light in the middle of her forehead. Identical to your own except in color. "I am a Full Moon, a warrior. Talon is a Changing Moon, a trickster. Zaan is a No Moon, a shaman.""That different, huh." You ponder. "So when you sprouted those gills...""We lunars are shapeshifters." She explain. "We can hunt animals. Eat their hearts, wear their skins. We also learn other tricks." She replies, vaguely."...What are you going to do now, by the way?" You ask."What do you want me to do?" She turns around the question.>I want you to stay with me.>I want to stay with you.>I want you to come with me.>I want to go with you.>I want us to go separate ways.>You should follow your wishes, not mine.>Other?
>>30608044>You should follow your wishes, not mine. Though I wouldn't mind you staying with me.
>>30608044>You should follow your wishes, not mine.
>>30608044>You should follow your wishes, not mine.Neither of us knows very much about each other, and we each have our differences and priorities. Tia seems... nice? But for all we know, we're about to come into political conflict between the city of Tianna and the northern tribes.But we would very much like to count her as an ally, at any rate.
>>30608073Don't encourage her.
>>30608044>Other?She isn't going to go anywhere now that she's found us. Have her stay- we can get to know each other, and she won't be sneaking around to stay near us.
>>30608073This seems good.
>>30608073thisadd in that we'd like to get to know her better, but we don't want to force any of her decisions-that kind of relationship isn't healthy
>>30608073>Though I wouldn't mind you staying with me.Don't say that much. The state she's in right now, she'll latch onto that as an actual suggestion. She's totally ceding all authority to us, and that's both bad and sad.
>>30608044>You should follow your wishes, not mine>...but I'd like to get to know you better.
>>30608044>You should follow your wishes, not mine.While the others guys say that this means that Tia will make her own choices, if she really does have Bond 5, that means she will be compelled by a supernatural compulsion to stay, rendering the 'choice' merely a way to easy our guilt.Still, can't hurt to try.
>>30608152That's much better than actually suggesting she stick around. That's something we properly want which doesn't conflict with her following her own wishes.
>>30608146>bad and sadThen go complain to Luna for the way she made Lunar Exaltation work
>>30608152i like this, changing vote from >>30608130
>>30608152changing vote to here from >>30608092it's much more reasonable
>>30608174Solar Bond 5 doesn't do quite that. It means she's very inclined to act in what she sees as our best interest, gains bonuses when she does so, and penalties when she tries to act against what she sees as our best interests. For example, on the issue of her testing our lovers? We would make exactly zero headway arguing against that if she sees that as the best thing for us.It's honestly an extremely powerful tool for non-submissive Lunars.
>>30608188She was kinda forced into it by UCS. At first he even insisted on making all Lunars subordinate to all Solars. She managed to haggle it down to one-under-one.
>>30608152Sure, go with this.
>>30608152That's a good one. Changing from >>30608086
>>30608152this is good
>>30608221It was more "I'll make mine subservient to yours if you let them be their equals" and then she giggled and made the bond one to one so the other 299 Solars had no power over any lunar but their mate.
>>30608152I like thislet's try and cultivate a real relationship, rather than creepy yandere tendencies
>>30608253Huh? Looks like I remembered it wrong.
>>30608209It also means we get 5 dice against her whenever we give an order, make a suggest/request etc.I'm also talking in not strict mechanical terms, but the fluff of exalted is open to interpretation so my views are mine alone.
>>30608277>It also means we get 5 dice against her whenever we give an order, make a suggest/request etc.No, it doesn't. It only means that when she ALREADY agrees with us. If we order her to leave us alone, but she thinks that would put us in danger, she would gain (in 2e) a +5 to her MDV for the purposes of ignoring us outright.A Lunar who disagrees with their Solar Mate about what is best for said Mate is extremely well-equipped to ignore them.That's how the fluff works too. They get to use their own judgement when it comes to deciding what is and isn't in favor of their Solar, not their Mate's judgement in the matter.
"...I want you to decide on your own. Although I'd like to get to know you better." You smile. "But you should act on your own desires, your own wishes. Make up your own mind.""Done." She replies instantly. That didn't take long.You hear a subtle knock on the closet's door, followed by Milliam's voice. "...Are you there, Maka? Was that your voice?"You open the door by an inch. "Dinner's done." She informs you. She's carrying a large pile of plates, in fact. "Amata was worried about you, but I had heard from some maids who had seen you sneaking around, so I told her you were alright. I think at least Talon wants to wait for you before getting to the serious talks.""Let's go then." Tia stands up. "We have to go and see the others."You wonder why she suddenly cares about them. It's like she suddenly had an idea, or realized something. This does worry you a bit, but you move along with her.After leaving the dirty plates to another maid, Milliam she escorts you to the dinner room, a large room, warm with braziers and carpets and tapestries and long silk curtains, giving it a cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere.The table has been cleared, and the guests have split in small groups. With the servants gone, the conversation seems to have taken an informal tone. Some of the barbarians have made a circle of chairs and are loudly discussing something together with-...that guy from the alley? With the black scarf and the throwing knives? He's here, apparently.
Samiel and few other men in rich clothes, clearly from Tianna, but whose appearances and faces are new to you, are talking more quietly around a corner of the table with the other few barbarians, and Zaan.The third group is just Amata and Talon, on the opposite side of the table, in front of two pewter cups and a bottle of wine, half-full. Both of their gazes are immediately attracted to you, and after a few seconds the room grows a little bit quieter as others begin to notice your appearance."Tia! Where have you been?!" Zaan stands up from his chairs and calls out to her, waving an arm. "We thought you got lost!"Amata smiles at you and gracefully nods, as does Talon. She seems to be handling herself fairly okay, but she's clearly relieved to see you're alright.>Join the group with the man in the black scarf.>Join the group with Samiel and Zaan.>Join Amata and Talon.>Wait and see what Tia does.>Other?
>>30608427>Join Amata and Talon"Sorry, something came up and we had to miss diner."
>>30608427>Wait and see what Tia does.And then make our judgement immediately after that. Whichever group ends up with the most Lunars, or, if Tia doesn't join one of the other Lunars, Zaan, since Amata is already working on Talon.
>>30608427>Join Amata and Talon.
>>30608318'each dotof the Solar Bond Background reduces the Lunar’s Mental Defense Value by one whenever her actions go against her bonded Solar' MoEP:Lunars P.110I can see why you'd read it that way, since 'act against her bonded Solar' is something that can mean both 'her interests, and 'her will'.
>>30608427>Join Amata and Talon."I apologize for my absence, we ran into some trouble and needed to clean up. Didn't want to interrupt dinner."
>>30608427>Join Amata and Talon.We're on her side, so it's the obvious choice.
>>30608427>Join Amata and Talon
>>30608460Since it's then described as stacking 'with the default Intimacy created by the Lunar's bond with the Solar' I took it to mean it works like an intimacy as well - i.e. you can defy someone you care about in order to help them. I agree, though, this is definitely a case of insufficient clarity of writing.
>>30608427>Join Amata and Talon.Amata might want to know where we've been.
>>30608427>Join Amata and Talon.Obviously. We need to make our presence with Amata known. We've been absent for too long.
>>30608427>Join Amata and TalonWe are supposed to be with Amata. So lets stay with her for the moment.
Amata welcomes you back and offers you a seat. Talon nods gruffly. "Everything alright?" She asks."Yeah." You explain. "A bit of trouble with some Lintha." You flash a smile at the huge Lunar. "Nothing serious.""They're pests." He nods."I and Talon had just finished discussing a few ideas on Tianna.""Yes?" you wonder. Tia sits down next to you. She and Talon exchange a slow nod, acknowledging each other."Talon here had just finished explaining me that his people have had some problems with the Lintha too. Their raid the tribes living near the shore for slaves, among other things.""It is one of our problems. The other is the Raksha of the swampland." He spits the word, tapping his heart with a claw five times like in some sort of little superstitious ritual.
"...Raksha?" You reply, unfamiliar with the term. "The Fair Folk." He explains, gritting his teeth in disgust, shifting his cigar from one side of the mouth to the other. He stares at you, as if expecting you to repeat his gesture. You do so, feeling perhaps a bit silly, and he nods approvingly. "Their hobgoblins and wyld-spawned monsters plague vast areas of the northern side of the island."Amata nods. "Some of them have threatened Tianna's outskirts and villages in the past." She admits."I've made my mission to keep them out of Creation." He explains. "If we can worry each about our own troubles, without being scared and driven paranoid by each other's presence, we can focus on our enemies and you can focus on your own. We have no desire to harm Tianna." He turns to Tia. "...Wnd what about you? What were you doing? Why did you disappear with Maka for so long?""Maka is my wife.">Reply negatively.>Reply affirmatively.>Explain you have no idea what she's talking about.>Dodge the statement, agree to Talon's idea of mutual non-interference.>Dodge the statement, try and see if you can persuade Talon to help each other rather than simple non-interference.>Dodge the statement, ask more about the Fair Folk.>Other?
>>30608719>>Dodge the statement, try and see if you can persuade Talon to help each other rather than simple non-interference.
>>30608719>Explain you have no idea what she's talking about.Tell him she hasn't explained, and light up our caste mark. Ask him about the solars and lunars connection.
>>30608719>Dodge the statement, try and see if you can persuade Talon to help each other rather than simple non-interference.
>>30608719>Explain you have no idea what she's talking about.
>>30608719>>Explain you have no idea what she's talking about.
>>30608719>Dodge the statement, try and see if you can persuade Talon to help each other rather than simple non-interference.I'm sure the northerners would have some use for our finished goods, and we would certainly be interested in their support against the Lintha and Abyssals - and likely they ours against the fair folk. After all, a Zenith's aura could likely dismiss goblins and other armies of fae extras as a simple matter of course. We could be of enormous benefit to them.
>>30608719>Give a 'see what I've had to deal with' look, ignore it.
>>30608719> Point out that is not, strictly speaking, true.
>>30608719"Tia, we're going to need to talk about a lot later, I think." Then try to persuade Talon into helping each other. The Lintha threaten both of us, start with that
>>30608719>Explain you have no idea what she's talking about.Wait, what?I like using this answer. Short, sweet and to the point. No further explanation required.
>>30608808Might also want to point out that if Lintha and the Abyssals cut some sort of deal, either one of them in isolation would prove extremely troublesome. Plus, combining forces to reduce casualties seems to just make sense.
>>30608719>"Still need to get to know you better first!"
>>30608719>Dodge the statement, try and see if you can persuade Talon to help each other rather than simple non-interference.Gotta have more allies on our side.
>>30608719>Carefully, with the grace reserved for nobility and exalted, come to rest our face in the palm of our hand.>"I like you Tia, but don't go deciding /those/ things without talking them over with me. Ok?"
>>30608888I kinda like like playing up the elements of 'I'm new at this and have no idea what i'm doing.' aspect of Maka, makes for better comedy.
>>30608719>Dodge the statement, try and see if you can persuade Talon to help Tianna rather than settle for simple non-interference.
>>30608719>Other:"I'm not quite sure about the details of it all, but there will be a few tests before I'll accept such a claim to be made of me."Give Tia a friendly grin and nudge with our elbow.Cause we're gonna need a hero, sweety.
>>30608992That's written like someone who doesn't know how conversation with actual people works.
>>30609004Sort of like someone declaring another person to simply be their wife!
>>30609017...yes? Are you saying Maka should be that dense and ineloquent too?
>>30609017Metaphysically speaking, she is already bound to us in a way far closer than mundane marriage allows.
Rolled 2>>30608719Dodge and hslp out for more than a NAP.Tia , we're going to work that out in detail soon. Talon, ditectly we just met you and Tianna as well, i know caution is waranted but times aree not whit us. I was considering the two forces of Tianna and the tribes represented here could help one another. Trade perhaaps or coordinated actions against mutual enemies. Nothing big or such but enoough that both sides can get to know one another and see if they could go for mote cooperation or if they want it. At the same time each fets a bit better of in the process.
>>30609017Er, she probably is our wife. She's just more in touch with her past lives than we are to it's to be expected that silly Maka can't remember yet.
>>30609069>past livesThose 'past lives' aren't us. They're a former host of the exaltation, but both their high and low souls were different. Even if previous holders of these exaltations were married, we certainly aren't.
Rolled 5>>30609064Sorry for atrociois spelling but i an on the phone and the tiles are tiny
>>30609069Maka is a bit of a ditz, yes.
>>30608719>Explain that you have no idea what she's talking about. I'd really like to push for the mutual assistance agreement, but dodging the statement might by an affront to Tia and Talon. Plus, another Lunar's perspective would be nice. Especially one who's known Tia for more than a few hours.
>>30609085Her exaltation married our exaltation. Her exaltation is part of her, ours is part of us. We are, by admittedly flawed logic, married to her. Whether its rational or not Maka doesn't know enough about spiritual metaphysics to refute the point. Amata would but she might hang us out to dry because she thinks this is cute/funny.
"...What?" You take one step back, taken completely by surprise by her statement.Talon takes a deep sigh and massages his eyes, with the look of someone who is used to dealing with this sort of stuff, or at least expected to. "Oh boy."Tia turns to you, apparently confused by your lack of approval. "...Do you prefer to be the husband? We can arrange it.""That's- That's not the issue-" You stop as you notice Amata. She has a huge grin plastered all over her face, clearly desperately trying not to laugh. You desperately shift your gaze to Talon, hoping to find a lifebuoy somewhere."...So you're the one she was so crazy about." He states. "I was hoping she'd never find... oh, well, it looks like you're it." He pats you. "Congratulations.""...Can you, at least, explain some of this? Does she make any sense to you?" You wonder."You're her Solar Mate." He explains, explaining precisely nothing."...And?" You prod him verbally."...Every Lunar has a connection to a specific Solar. Our gods decided it. Don't ask me way. I'm sure they had reasons. And no, we're not all as crazy as she is about it." He immediately adds. "But... it's an absolute tie, sculpted in our souls. It can't be changed, and it's hard to ignore. But... it can be twisted, or interpreted in many different ways." He looks at her, quietly sitting next to you, still clutching your hand. "So don't think you're going to get rid of her easily." He laughs."I... don't intend to. I just want to understand what I'm getting into." You raise your hand and hers. "Are we really married?""Maybe you were, if your previous lives. Some Lunars feel the Bond more strongly than others. For some, it was rivalry. For some, antagonism. For some, companionship. For others. friendship. For some, love." He nods at Tia, talking about her like she's not even sitting there. "Looks like you're stuck with this one. No refunds."Amata loses it. She starts laughing out loud. "Oh my dragons it's like a teen romance novel."
You're not sure you care much about either of their senses of humor right now. The worst part is that Tia doesn't seem to get mad about it, or even care about it. Maybe she doesn't realize she's being made fun of. Is she? You can't even tell.You decide to change the subject while you have time. "...Say, Talon."He chews on his cigar a bit. "What?""Would you consider an alliance? Both the Lintha and the Abyssals that attacked Tianna are a threat for your people as well as ours. Can I ask you to fight them together, side by side.""Your people have never cared about us. Now that you're in trouble, you start taking about an alliance. I'm not going to get my claws dirty with other people's problems. Not out of our good will: we have none." He grins.>In exchange, promise your help in the future against his enemies.>In exchange, offer your help against his enemies.>In exchange, promise to make it worth to him in gifts and trade.>In exchange, offer something else of import (what?)>Agree that you can't expect him to fight your enemies right away.>Other?
>>30609150>In exchange, promise your help in the future against his enemies.We're going to be a queen, and he seems to know Solars well enough to know this is an inevitability. He'll have the support of our future kingdom.Alongside whatever Amata wants to agree to for Tianna.
>>30609150>Other: 'What do you want?'Making offers won't help, just straight up ask what his demands are and negotiate from there.
>>30609150Offer a variety of options and see what he finds most-appealing. Trade goods, tools, and weapons from Tianna. Our personal help against the Fair Folk, with our Holy magic and Creature of Darkness-smiting ways.And, once our mutual enemies are out of the way, perhaps actual trade between north and south?Hell, we'll even engage in priestly negotiations with the local gods if that's what they need.
>>30609150>In exchange, offer your help against his enemies.Offer to help him oust the Raksha
>>30609133Also, you can decide to use TALKING TO THE HEART.brief AFK for me, see you in a bit
>>30609150>In exchange, offer your help against his enemies.Seems fair to me.
>>30609181>TALKING TO THE HEARTYes, let's use that. We'll personally do all kinds of things to help, as long as we can enter into an agreement that will make both our peoples stronger.
>>30609150Looks like we need to prove ourselvesSeconding this >>30609169"The deathlords effect us all, when they come back they will have an army with them. We need to stand together as a united island lest the dead overwhelm us all." Also support using this >>30609181
>>30609169>>30609181Yeah, i amend my vote to using TALKING TO THE HEART and asking what he wants.
>>30609150>Use [TALKING TO THE HEART}>>In exchange, offer your help against his enemies.
>>30609150>>In exchange, offer your help against his enemies.You're and Titiania's enemies are for the large part mutual, although some are more troublesome to you individually than others. Help Titania, help yourself.
>>30609150Oh? You wouldn't like my help with your fair folk problem? Think of this as a first step, our peoples finally start to forge bonds of understanding by aiding each other in battle. Later we can broaden and build on that with trade and further diplomacy. Yeah it's a little late, but trust and communication have to start somewhere, right?
>>30609150>Use [TALKING TO THE HEART}>In exchange, offer your help against his enemies.Not to mention that the Lintha are both our enemies.
>>30609181But if we do that Shark boy will know. Him being a shaman and all...
>>30609237so?It's not UMI, it's a communication tool
>>30609237Everyone will know regardless. It will make our caste mark flare. Our powers are never stealth.But it's fine. It's not mind control or something, it lets us magically find the perfect words/actions to express ourselves. It enhances our own ability to communicate - it doesn't mentally influence others.
Rolled 1>>30609150Well, i personaly can only speak for myself, but any time you are in a fight that is right if i can help you just have to ask. But everything has to start somewhere, and the idea is now on the table. People care about what they know. The two people here have sadly not been the most comunicative whit one another. I was thinking that could be remedied with regular trade. Of course this is not up to me now is it?
Rolled 5>>30609278If there is to be trade a exchange of the laws of each side would help traders know what to expect and how to act
>>30609316From what we've seen of the Lunars' tribes, they're extremely informal. Their laws are probably just 'don't be a dick.'
>>30609150A full alliance-trade and economic help, as well as military cooperation. At least if its acceptable to both sides
>>30609226I like this. >Use [TALKING TO THE HEART]>In exchange, offer your help against his enemies.
I voted already, but i think that strong arming the lunar is a very bad idea, dangling conditional help in front of a a lunar, who are known for being independent is an even worse idea, especially if it will mess with his pride. Far better is to have a pleasant chat, and yielding if need be. Our pride can be sacrificed to stroke his ego.
>>30609511Wouldn't someone independent balk more at unconditional help (i.e. charity) over a clean business transaction?
>>30609547We're asking what he wants, which i'm advocating over making blind offers or the strong arming or dangling.
> Use [TALKING TO THE HEART]> In return, offer your help against his enemies.
Rolled 6>>30609410>>30609454We are not a party to anytreaty. Amata and Talon &Co are. We need to convince both to work on the idea we put up. The how should be theirs to determine. I say we Talk to the Heart with both of themLikeYou have both been focused on defending your people from all sides. I just see and hope that at the core neither of the people you lead are that diffrent they cant get something better. It is up tothe two of you how and where to go. I just said fighting the fucks that pest all of us as a option. Or you could share the port and the mountains and woods. How to proceed and why and where is in tge end not up to me. I just like to say what i see and what could perhaps be better for both beyond bashing some heads in.Onece we plant that idea as a goal in bot sides heads they will find a way and we onlly need to gelp along
Rolled 2>>30609723>cant get somethingCan getDamn tiny tiles
>>30609779Honestly, it is barely legible.
>>30609278>>30609316>>30609723>>30609779Remember to roll people! We're looking to botch right now.
>>30609723Thing is, we have farming and fishing industry big enough to support a city, and an expert magitech crafter.Most likely they have resources they can't use but we could in exchange for either of those.
>>30609812I don't think we are rolling right now, are we?
>>30609812But Op didn't ask for a roll
Rolled 4>>30609150>In exchange offer your help against his enemies, starting with our common ones.>Use [TALKING TO THE HEART]
Rolled 9>>30609150>In exchange offer your help against his enemies, starting with our common ones.>Use [TALKING TO THE HEART]
>>30609828>>30609834Could be wrong, but I thought OP always asked people to roll when they proposed actions requiring rolls. Basically keeps the game moving rather than needing a roll call after the course of action's been determined.
>>30609850From what I understand that led to a bit of a clusterfuck last thread when people weren't sure what was being rolled if anything.
>>30609150>In exchange, offer your help against his enemies.Our enemies are mutual, and we live together on the same island. Why not coexist and aid one another in removing those enemies? We only need to act together when confronting threats to our mutual livelihoods, and those mutual threats only seem to be increasing in number.
>>30609850I do ask for rolls, and this isn't a roll yet, but it never hurts to add a "dice+1d10" when posting. :DI'm back, update soon
>>30610103Don't forget your trip!
Rolled 5>>30609812Most of that is me. Geti ng the dice off fron the phone is whay too hard in this cold
Everybody thinks Tia is unstable psycho and obsessive of Maka, but that's not true. She just knows and Maka doesn't ;__;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ab-vsDvkxUIt's late in the night, dancing is done The music has died, you're ready to run But you don't have a clue, this party hasn't ended yet Not for me and you, now you're just pretending You're hiding from yourself, Yes you are, yes you are Like golden rays of sun in the cloud We're meant to be one, I know we are If I am the sky, then you are my star Hey you don't have a clue, this party never ended Not for me and you, I know you're just pretending
>>30610305She is coming off as a little crazy though. That said, I've always wanted to give her a chance, especially now we know she's our Mate In-Character. We're going to have to talk to her about it in more depth tonight, after we finish that bath
>>30610305you have the completely wrong song for how Tia feels.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZnfoqxPSDs
>>30610305>She just knows and Maka doesn't ;__;...knows what? We're not reincarnated lovers, we're brand new people who inherited exaltations that once belonged to a pair of lovers. Exalted doesn't do reincarnation romance - thinking that way is just delusion riding on the memories of people who are now dead and gone.And she is acting fucking crazy as hell.
>>30610305It's just a scect of anons who don;t know how to handle actual societal interaction so when they see Tia being clingy they don't know what to do but yell "Crazy Bitch!" and treat her like a leper..
>>30610305she might not be unstable or psychotic, but she's definitely obsessive over us. That said, that might be because she's been having flashbacks of us for years, so she could mellow out now she has us. And we should talk with her, get to know each other a lot better over the next few days and nights. And of course, see if hse has any ideas for lovers to add to our harem
Talon sounds and looks like a tough customer if you ever met one. You breathe a lungful of air, clear your head, and try and smile a winning smile.[Essence Spent]"...I can't make promises for the city of Tianna. I don't have soldiers or nations at my orders. But I have myself."Talon seems amused. "Is that what you're offering to me?""Depends." You admit. "Is it enough for you?"He thinks about it. Both Amata and Tia shift their gazes from you to him and back again, nervously."Maka." The queen puts down her cup, still half-full of wine. "In my position, I can't promise any help to the island tribes against the Fae. We're stretched thin enough. And... frankly, I'd prefer if you stayed in Tianna in case we suffered another attack."You can understand her point of view. "But we need to help each other." You point out. "Together, we'll be stronger."She nods. "I can't give you order, nor do I have any wish to. And, I'll grant you this: you can go alone, or bring with you any volunteers you can recruit from Tianna's population. But only as long as they're not already in service of the armed forces, the bureaucracy, or otherwise indispensable."You have no idea of what it takes to fight Fae. You don't know if having other people with you would be a help or a hindrance, either. But you have to admit that Amata is giving you a lot of credit, and a lot of trust."I will come, too." Tia adds, proudly.Talon, who was following your exchange with Amata, turns with a smirk."I will follow you everywhere. We will be together forever." She adds, perhaps a bit too forcefully."That's... nice." You reply, trying to be polite and understanding.
(>>30610103 >>30610485 Goddamnit sorry. This happens when you jump from PC to PC all the day.)"If you will fight the Fae with us, we will fight the Abyssals with you." Talon nods with the tone of someone who makes a solemn proclamation. "But you alone won't be enough."You thought you had become a fairly big shot by being a Solar and all, so Talon's humbling remark brings you down hard. "...I'm sorry?""Bring more than yourself-""And me!""...and Tia, who was going to fight the Fae anyway because even though she might have forgotten about it she's still one of the Three Rivers.""Three Rivers?" You wonder."Our name." Tia explains to you, shrugging in her shoulders, not making a big deal of it."So, you want me to bring some larger force? Troops? Allies?" You ask for confirmation."What you can. Both to have more power to our side, and as a proof of your competence."Tia frowns at Talon implying that you might be incompetent, but you calm her down by gently squeezing her hand. "I will do my best." You reply. "Do it in three days. On the fourth, meet me by Azure Lake at noon with whatever help you can bring. We will make a plan against the armies of chaos then." He nods. Then, to Tia: "...let me guess: you're not coming back to the north with us?""A husband's place is by her wife's side." She replies, adamantly.>Refuse his terms.>Accept his terms, call it a night>Accept his terms, go talk with the man with the black scarf.>Accept his terms, go talk with Zaan White-Teeth and Samiel Tai Tianna.>Accept his terms, ask Amata for advice>Accept his terms, ask Tia for advice
>>30610390>Exalted doesn't do reincarnation romanceTell that to any reunited lovers in the underworld.Also>>30609133>Amata loses it. She starts laughing out loud. "Oh my dragons it's like a teen romance novel."Clearly Creation has some corny ideas about ideal romances that are not based on factual metaphysics that very few know anything about.Is Tia slightly wrong about how things are? Yes. Does she have reason to think she's right? Also yes. Does she have an intense, one-sided emotional bond with us that she's struggling to express? See a pattern? I'm not saying calm down and take it up the but from her. I'm saying we should try getting her to open up enough that we can have a real discussion and persuade her to look at this logically and court us like a sane person if she wants us the way she seems to.
Rolled 7>>30610505>Accept his terms, go talk with Zaan White-Teeth and Samiel Tai Tianna.
>>30610485>"I will follow you everywhere. We will be together forever.">"That's... nice."Romance!Also, your trip is still missing.>>30610505>>Accept his terms, ask Amata for advice>>Accept his terms, ask Tia for advicePersonally, I think it's time to start trying to get some of the island gods backing us. That would let us gather allies without hurting Tianna's readiness.
>>30610505>Accept his terms, go talk with Zaan White-Teeth and Samiel Tai Tianna
>>30610505>>Accept his terms, ask Amata for advice>>Accept his terms, ask Tia for adviceAmata we trust, and we should try and see Tia's perspective on things. It'll be interesting if nothing else
>>30610390A Lunar Solar bond do follow Exaltation, that's the whole point. It does matter that Maka and Tia were lover their previous exaltation was since that is seeping into Tia current incarnation. In a world like Exalted were reincarnation is the norm, I'm sure it isn't unheard of.>>30610505>Accept his term>Clarify with Tia that we'd prefer to be the Husband Not that exalted care about this usually
>>30610505>Accept his terms, go talk with Zaan White-Teeth and Samiel Tai Tianna.
>>30610505>Accept his terms, ask Amata for adviceAlso, >>30610543having a chat with the local god seems like a good idea
Rolled 6With recruiting and needing to convince the masses i say we thake seducing demon dance and start on some speches.
>>30610505>Accept his terms, ask Amata for advice>Accept his terms, ask Tia for advice>point out to Tia that we're both women, so both each other's wife
>>30610505>Accept his terms, ask Amata for advice>Accept his terms, ask Tia for advice
Rolled 9>>30610602>volunteers you can recruit from Tianna's populationAre they really volunteers if you use UMI?
>>30610564>A Lunar Solar bond do follow Exaltation, that's the whole point. It does matter that Maka and Tia were lover their previous exaltation was since that is seeping into Tia current incarnation. In a world like Exalted were reincarnation is the norm, I'm sure it isn't unheard of....I'm not sure what you're trying to say. What I'm saying is that Maka and Tia are not reincarnations of the previous holders of the exaltations. They are new people entirely. Tia is, unfortunately, suffering from an abundance of memories that didn't get cleaned off of her exaltation before being recycled, and an unusually strong link between her exaltation and ours.We are strangers regardless of her sudden feelings. We have literally never met - not in a previous life and not in this one - and the memories and links are causing her to act obsessively over us, a stranger.She doesn't know us. She doesn't remember a previous incarnation we had. She's just suffering from a magical compulsion and too many of someone else's memories. That's how exaltations work.
>>30610564Seconded>>30610602Now seems like a good time to use Seducing Demon Dance and Zenith it up like a boss.
>>30610505>>Accept his terms, go talk with the man with the black scarf.
>>30610598>having a chat with the local god seems like a good ideaGods, even. Ideally, we want to visit any spirit courts we can get into. The volcano god, for example, is definitely someone we want on our side.I think Amata once mentioned that she was close with the City God? We should try to talk to them and get some advice.
>>30610602>With recruiting and needing to convince the masses i say we thake seducing demon dance and start on some speches.Absolutely not. That charm is literally mind control. The idea that we would use that on the population of Tianna after Amata specifically asked us to just take volunteers is insanely disrespectful and morally repugnant.
>>30610602 I agree.
>>30610505>Accept his terms, quietly tell Amata she should swing by our room later. After we get dinner with Tia when this wraps up.>Then go talk to Zaan about what we sophuld expect when dealing with Fae
>>30610622if she has the Past Life background, she actually knows us, and Exaltation is a pseudo-reincarnation. Its an addition to someone's soul that carries bits of previous Exalts with it.
>>30610628>>30610666>>30610602>Now seems like a good time to use Seducing Demon Dance and Zenith it up like a boss.It's 'Husband-Seducing Demon Dance.' As in, we're a demon dancing to seduce away people's husbands. It's a mind control spell - like what the Pied Piper used to steal all the children from a town.
>>30610564I'd wonder why she's so focused on who is the husband or the wife when we're both women."Wouldn't it be wife and wife? Unless you've got some other tricks I'm not aware of."Watch, she totally has Twin-Faced Hero.
>>30610505>>Accept his terms, ask Amata for advice>>Accept his terms, ask Tia for advice>>30610676or this
Rolled 7>>30610680>she actually knows usno. She knows the person that had our Exaltion previously
>>30610659Personally, I think that morals should shift according to conditions.If we don't do it then worse things might happen to the city when the abyssals and the Lintha come back again. Also the abyssal might not be nice forever.
>>30610505>>30610676>quietly tell Amata she should swing by our room later. After we get dinner with Tia when this wraps up.do this no matter what we pick
>>30610680>if she has the Past Life background, she actually knows us, and Exaltation is a pseudo-reincarnation. Its an addition to someone's soul that carries bits of previous Exalts with it.The Past Life background is only accessible to Infernals and she still wouldn't know us, she would just have much more complete memories from the previous holder of the Exaltation.It's explicitly not reincarnation. You're always a new person entirely holding an exaltation that someone else used to have. The new holder of the exaltation doesn't have the same souls, the same personality, the same memories, the same life, or anything else that the old holder did because they're an entirely new and different person>Its an addition to someone's soul that carries bits of previous Exalts with it.It carries bits of SOMEONE ELSE's memories with it, which some exalts mistakenly take as their own. In the settings actual metaphysics, a new holder of an old exaltation is a 100% different person. The exaltation itself is where the link both begins and ends.
>>30610641>>30610598I do agree that having a RIGHTEOUS MARTIAL ART FIGHT with a god would be interesting
>>30610622You are right, but this is also a very metagamey way to look at things.Tia is obsessed with us. She either really loves us, or is convinced she does. If you notice, she didn't talk much about "previous lives". Talon knows more about it than she does. All she knows is that she loves us and that she's our husbando.All this talks of previous lives and who we REALLY are is really abstract and not something either Maka or Tia know much or care much about.
>>30610718If we do it, we might be mind-controlling a big chunk of the city's population into being led to their death in the island's marshes.Hell, we don't even have Tiger Warrior Training Technique - not that we have the time to even use it - which means that the people we're taking would be COMPLETELY UNTRAINED AND UNBUFFED EXTRAS, since Amata said we're not allowed to take away her soldiers.We would literally be leading bakers and school-teachers and shit to go die in a swamp due to a mind control charm. It's a fucking terrible idea.
>>30610727>The Past Life background is only accessible to Infernals and she still wouldn't know us, she would just have much more complete memories from the previous holder of the Exaltation.You mean the Merit? No, it isn't. Any celestial can buy 1-5 dots of it.
>>30610793>You mean the Merit? No, it isn't. Any celestial can buy 1-5 dots of it.No, I mean the Past Life Background, which is what that dude mentioned. It's an Infernal-specific Background because their exaltations don't get their memories removed from their exaltations between hosts. As for the merit - I wouldn't know. The merit and flaw system was universally trash and often directly conflicted with canon.
>>30610747Maybe we should go on a quest to look for those hidden dragonblooded and some heroic mortals and bring them instead? I agree that bakers and school-teachers are not the kind of people we should bring along.
>>30610814Actually, I was referencing the Merit in Scroll of Heroes. First part is"Your character occasionally has flashes of memory from a prior existence, whether they are a Solar’s hazy recollections of the glory of the First Age or a mortal’sremembrance of a prior existence."that sounds like it at least indicates reincarnation of a sort, and if you bought it as a 4 or 5 point merit, you have some extremely vivid memories
>>30610747This. Also we apparently have a husband now.
>>30610814What Past Lives Merit does is indicate how much Lytek missed when scrubbing your spark clean of memories. 1 is dreams or bits and pieces, 5 is perfect recall. Celestial Exaltations aren't like mortal upper souls, which get reprocessed and remade into a blank soul, there's a god who has to clean them up every time the host dies.
>>30610505>Accept his terms, go talk with the man with the black scarf.This fucking guy...
>>30610864Lytek is a jackass. We should add kick him in the nuts to our quest goals
Clarifying two things:1) You don't have Husband-Seducing Demon Dance yet. XP expenditures are finalized at the end of the thread though, so if enough people agree you might end up with it.It *IS* UMI. It does mean you are changing people's minds, tastes, wishes and desires to suit your needs. It's a very forceful act.This is not an automatically "evil" or "monstrous" act. (in Exalted, very few are). It can be jsutificated. It can be done for good reasons. It can even be virtuous. But it's quite likely that Amata will see it as a betrayal of her trust in you... IF she finds out.2) Concerning all the "past lives are not actual previous life" discussion concerning the setting metaphysics: By canon, it's true.It's also a very metagamey way of considering the issue: neither Maka nor Tia understand how Exalted souls and past lives work.Plus who's to say that in my version of Exalted there isn't a total identification between Solar Shard and Mortal Soul? Maybe they ARE the same thing. Maybe Maka and Tia ARE the same person, the exact same person, they were in their past life.You don't know, and you shouldn't know, and you should find out by playing, not by cracking open a book and rummaging in the setting's metaphysics as a purely out-of-character exercise.In the first thread I did mention that I was going to freely change anything I wanted to from the canon setting without warning, after all.
>>30610846>hidden dragonbloodedThey were specifically described as being part of the military/bureaucracy system, and would without a doubt be considered essential.>heroic mortalsWe would want something less 'attract a crowd of followers' for that and more 'just fucking talk to them.' Honestly, though, we're a Zenith. We should be trying to attract god/spirit allies. We're actually quite well-equipped for that.Regardless, Husband-Seducing Demon Dance is just plain not-useful right now.
>>30610896Ok, you make a good case. So what do you think we should get?
>>30610893>you should fine out by playingFinally, an OP willing to put every piece of setting cannon on the chopping block and not tell us what's been replaced! You just made my day EF. Thank you.
>>30611001Iron Kettle Body, then we Go beat up some god enlist some god
>>30610893>Plus who's to say that in my version of Exalted there isn't a total identification between Solar Shard and Mortal Soul?That she had the Mortal Soul long before she Exalted? Unless the Exaltion eliminated her Mortal Soul and completely wiped out the actual Maka.I mean, they're built to be superweapons, I can see them doing that
>>30611001different anon, but we should probably grab Mastery of Small Manners or Respect-Commanding Attitude
>>30610747>we don't even have Tiger Warrior Training TechniqueI think this is the most important point. We don't have the means to actually use any of the mortal followers we might attract in Tianna yet. If we're going to hunt for allies, we need to find already-competent - ideally supernaturally-competent - individuals and try to convince them to help us fight the fae.That means enlightened mortal martial artists, island gods and spirit courts, even ghosts and such.Getting a bunch of untrained commoners to follow us would, frankly, be more harm than good.
>>30610893Fuck yeah. Canon yields to story. Thanks, EF.Also, Husband-Seducing Demon Dance is sounding like a really bad idea for recruiting. Useful one day, sure, but just not for that.
>>30611022Let's go with that then, but this makes me wonder if mind control is not useful here then where would it be useful? Would it work on gods or Raksha?
>>30611004Nobody cares about your day even your mom.P.S.It's true.
>>30611024Make the immaculate religion real? No thanks.
>>30611001This is completely overlooking that we shouldn't be using Husband-Seducing Demon Dance to recruit already neutral people. It's supposed to be for using on people we don't want to fight but other wise would. tl"dr: Demon Dance only sounds bad because you using it wrong.
>>30611001I actually agree with this dude:>>30611022Let's make ourself impervious to the attacks of non-essence-users and highly-resistant to the attacks of even essence-users. That will allow us to fight much, much better in what is sure to be a very serious conflict.Aside from that, we need actual powerful beings as allies. Island gods, ghosts, supernatural martial artists, and so forth. Not the rank and file commoners of this city.>>30611087Husband-Seducing Demon Dance is useful when you actually have charms that train mortals, or grant them supernatural buffs. If we had charms to turn a ditch-digger into a skilled swordsman overnight, or to protect an entire regiment we lead against attack, then it would be useful. We don't have any of those things yet, though, so all it would get us are a bunch of worthless lackeys.
>>30611090I am aware, just want to express the extent to which I find EF's attitude refreshing. You're right though, the nature of my day is of no interest to anyone but myself and thus should not nphave been commented on. Will keep your advice in mind going forwards, thank you anonymous poster.
>>30611130>Husband-Seducing Demon Dance is useful when you actually have charms that train mortals, or grant them supernatural buffs. If we had charms to turn a ditch-digger into a skilled swordsman overnight, or to protect an entire regiment we lead against attack, then it would be useful. We don't have any of those things yet, though, so all it would get us are a bunch of worthless lackeys.Or if we had Ashigeru armor or something like that But it would still require us to train and buff them anyways
>>30611097It's the only way "you're your Exaltion" makes sense. Either the you after Exaltion is the you before the Exaltion, in which case your Exaltion has nothing to do with what sort of person you are, or the you after the Exaltion is a completely different person, which wouldn't make sense because why would the Exaltion need someone heroic if it completely replaces them
>>30611164Yeah. If we had literally anything that would help us improve a bunch of untrained extras into skilled/powerful somethings, then it might be useful here. But leading a bunch of Amata's subjects out to get slaughtered by fairies wouldn't do us any good, would probably make Amata angry at us, and would probably be seen as not-real-help by Talon.We're a priest. We should be working with the island's gods. Surely they don't want Raksha in their domain, and would benefit from extra worship to boot. We have tons of bargaining chips, and they're the sort of troops we need for this kind of fight.
>>30611200Which is why the Exaltation is basically a third soul, not a replacement. You're still you, but more.
>>30610893>you should find out by playinglet's see which information we already gained by playingbefore Exaltion, Maka was Makaafter Exaltion, Maka is MakaConclusion: You're not the same person as the previous bearer of the Exaltionwell, that was easy.
>>30611004It is my firm belief that the setting of Exalted in its entirety exists only for the purpose of being wrecked to pieces by the campaigns you play in it.Nothing is sacred, everything can change.
We clearly need to sit down with the self-proclaimed 'husband' and have a chat about how she'll have to woo us through a series of challenges of intellect, strength, trust, and other things one values in a soulmate.And we might need to chat about the husband/wife titles.
>>30611302Third point. The exaltation could have gone to someone else, and they wouldn't have been Maka, and Tia is only attracted to the exaltation itself. Tia is just an orichalcum-digger.
>>30611351Oh, I definitely like the idea of forcing her to woo us. I love the idea of being romanced instead of the other way around.
Rolled 10>>30610505Ok,no demon dance. Then soak def. Respect aura wouuld be nice since we could force people to listen. We could talk the raksha army in place for hours.Anyway if gods o the island dislike them and can come and fight it would be nice.Now lets talk fast with zaan to get him on board too and also wwith scarf man and the barbarians.
Putting in my vote for...> [Heaven Thunder Hammer]... despite noone else voting for it. I honestly think this one is a lot better than it looks at first glance. Being able to knockback on every successful hit can be used as a sort of soft-avoidance if they have weapons.
>>30611352>orichalcum-diggerThe term is "Seneschal of the Sun Kings."
>>30611460It's not nearly as useful as a scene-long soak. A scene-long soak means non-essence-users can't even hurt us, and even exalts need both a damage charm and to spend essence actively to harm us.
>>30611352eh, we don't really know the contents of her 'visions'. Whether they were the exaltation's old memories, or actual visions of maka.
We should ask how strong the Raksha are. I mean, Talon isn't confident enough to attack them with FOUR Celestial Exalted and a bunch of barbarians. FOUR CELESTIALSOne of them is a sorcerer and should have a small army of demons' too
>>30611648It couldn't have been visions of Maka, because it wasn't guaranteed that Maka would get that Exaltion, or exalt at all.
>>30611678Exactly this. Fate and, by extension, prophecy, go out the window completely where exaltations are concerned. Maka's Destiny was liked to be crushed to death by an Abyssal airship. (This is wrong and I know it - undead and Abyssals are Outside of Fate, so her fate was probably to keep fucking around in Tianna for a while. It's just an example.)But she heroed up, went Solar, and as a result, Fate and Destiny were given a big golden middle finger.
>>30611678>>30611736She sold her old master info to what are likely siderals that told her we'd be here though.
>>30611678>>30611736unless Exaltedfag changes it so Lunars can always tell where their mates will exalt.That must suck for the poor Solars who's Lunars like to murder their mates
>>30611678Or, EF has house rules for acceptable time shenanigans.
>>30611748Sidereals can't predict who will exalt Solar in any way. Only Sidereal exaltations can be predicted like that.Whomever this information came from, it's a source that goes above the Maidens somehow. Shit like Samsara rather than Fate/Destiny.
>>30611788Above Pluto who may or may not exist in this setting?
>>30611788or the Sidereals bullshited her and somehow she got lucky>yeah, go to this tiny backwater island, she'll show up there eventually. Now, about that secret?
"...You're on." You reply to the wolf-lunar. You shake hands on it. "Good luck then."He then stands up and says: "I'll leave you to your preparations then. I'll go check that Zaan isn't eating your furniture or anything.", leaving you with Tia and Amata."...Now. Where the heck I can find help?" You ask the queen."What, I thought you had a plan already." She playfully teases you."The island pirates." Says Tia. Amata frowns, disliking even their mention apparently. "They're vermin.""They're not vermin, they're... more... like... a mix of predators and scavengers." She points out, apparently very precise about her human-to-animal comparisons."They're not allied with the Lintha?" You ask her, and she shakes her head nin the negative as a response."They're a plague on shipping and commerce second only to them. Some of them operate straight out of Coral, but down here we mostly got the small fish thinking they're some big terror of the seas. They hide in the archipelago, sailing from little hidden havens and pillaging what few commercial routes we can manage." Amata clearly has no love for them."They value freedom and respect strength. They are ferocious fighters. You might manage to win a crew to you.""If you do, by all means, I would love you taking out some of those ruffians." Amata downs the rest of the wine. "I won't humor them by pretending they're an actual threat, but they seem to enjoy the fact that our naval force is spread too thin to properly sink them down to Siakal's Locker a bit too much. Some punching might be in order.""That might be helpful, but it would only give us a force strong on the seas. Besides, I might not know much about fighting the Fae, but a crew of mortal pirates with no supernatural assistance might not be of much use to us.""But you will be leading them." Tia replies, with undying faith in you. "You will find ways to make them strong. I know you will."
>>30611812That's possible.>>30611803We're talking the tier of that sleeping primordial who knows the infallible future if/when he awakens, thus only allowing free will as long as he remains asleep.
"...How do you know for sure?" You can't help but ask. You really envy her dedication, at least."Because having you nearby makes me stronger." She replies.Uh-oh. Amata is about to start laughing again. Better keep the conversation going."...Regardless, I'll still need someone else. Amata! You once mentioned the city god, remember? Wouldn't you mind introduc-""He has a job, you know." She replies, trying to stay serious between fits. "Sorry, but I need him here. But I can introduce you to him! He can probably put a good word for you to the other main gods of the island. The god of the volcano is the most powerful, you might want to try to meet her. Unfortunately I don't know much about her. We're in... we have a strained relationship.""Howso?" You wonder."Well, volcano gods love human sacrifice. Which is not something I'm particularly keen on. Plus I don't want to encourage her too much. I prefer sponsoring our city's god, for reason I'm sure you understand."You nod. You can really see where this is going."But, if you're looking for more help on top of that, well..." And she's interrupted by the scraping noise of someone pulling up a chair and sitting next to her, and someone going "May I join you?"It's that man with long hair and the black scarf and the long cloak. The one from earlier tonight.He seems very thin, almost malnourished, under all those layers of clothes - which are also weird, because it's fairly warm in here. He still has that slightly sickly, slightly tired look, like someone who sleeps too little or doesn't eat enough, but he gives you a pleasant smile and offers to shake your hand."I'm sorry we haven't had time to talk in person until now." He says, in a surprisingly deep voice now that you pay attention to it. You notice a flicker of golden light on his forehead, between his hair, faintly vanishing almost immediately. "I'm Mikahil of Tianna."
>>30611840Maka the Pirate Queen?A nice title until we can regain our proper one I suppose.
>>30611882we should ask for some cold iron
>>30611851Or maybe the creature she "talked" with and told them where Maka was/would be is, like... Something weird.Her own conscience. A vision. Her own Exalted Shard. Or maybe she's crazy enough to have hallucinated it completely.
>>30611882...motherfucking Eclipse.Anyway, we DEFINITELY should pursue an alliance with local gods.
>>30611882Aw shit, he's an Eclipse.CAN WE BONE HIM
>>30611933>Her own conscience. A vision. Her own Exalted Shard.None of that would help.>Or maybe she's crazy enough to have hallucinated it completely.That would mean actually finding Maka was dumb luck which, honestly, is a possibility.
>>30611882another Exalted?do Half-Castes get glowing foreheads?
>>30611940We can add him to our growing harem!
>>30611940IS THAT A TRICK QUESTION
>>30611968>do Half-Castes get glowing foreheads?No.>another Exalted?Seems that way. Thus far, Tianna has, at the very least, two Solars, two Abyssals, and three Lunars. I don't know what's up with this island's Destiny, but shit's going down here. World-shaking shit.
>>30611851How lucid are that primordial's dreams and has someone figured out how to make them talk yet?
>>30611882"I'm Maka thank you for the help with the Lintha. We were talking about who I could enlist to help with the Raksha that wouldn't take aways forces from Tianna."
>>30611968Yes, they can optionally. It's a negative mutation.
Could we please ask how powerful the fae are that we need more than threee lunars and a solar to take them out, please.
>>30612003>How lucid are that primordial's dreamsNot very. They're fuzzy enough that you can use them to unreliably predict the future, but not enough to invalidate free will, thank fuck.>has someone figured out how to make them talk yet?Anyone with the power to do so is EXTREMELY invested in keeping him asleep. As soon as he wakes up, 100% of the rest of time is objectively predetermined.
>>30612027We should, instead, be talking about how fucking pivotal this island must be to have at least 7 of the 700 Celestial Exalts on it - so far. That's 1% of all of the Celestial Exalts that can possibly exist at one time all on a single island.That's a big fucking deal.
>>30612060Ehh, it's not really that big of an issue.Until it is.But it's not yet.
>>30612060if >>30612026 is correct, then it could be a Half-Caste.Also, I don't think the Abyssals are only on this island, it sounds like they're operating in the region and conquering lots of nations
>>30612060So, being a complete new guy to Exalted, that means that we're completely missing something about this island, it being anything from magic power to hell I don't even know. But I bet we'll find out!
>>30612060Of course the island's a big fucking deal. WE'RE here. Why wouldn't there be crazy pivotal stuff happening around us? We're the goddamn PC.
>>30611788>Sidereals can't predict who will exalt Solar in any way.In canon, but what about in my games? You'll have to find one and ask him to find out, and then hope he's saying the truth!>>30611302>well, that was easy.Wow, you really figured out everything. Especially considering you only started playing Maka from the moment she Exalted.>>30611954>None of that would help.You don't know!
>>30611940Do we really have to fuck people on THIS shallow grounds? Like, the prince, sure, Talon, eh I get it, this guy...he has one sentence and our only knowledge of him is he fucked up something as basic as sending a message.
>>30612093Its in scroll of heroes. Of course, Being an adult Golden Child at this time seems kinda unlikely.
>>30612060Well the two abyssal want to conquer it so it could be rather important. We're also rather far to the west and there isn't really any realm presence so I'd say it's a good place for Lunar Exalt to hide. Lintha have an unnatural obsession with the island too.
>>30612110>Of course the island's a big fucking deal. WE'RE here. Why wouldn't there be crazy pivotal stuff happening around us? We're the goddamn PC.This.OR IS IT
>>30612110Even if we aren't the PC, we're an Exalt. We attract craziness
>>30612181Yeah, but running into six celestial exalts all within less than a week of exalting is a special level of craziness.I'm not saying it's unreasonable. Just that it's a big deal suggesting that even more serious shit is about to happen here that we haven't even begun to guess at yet.
>>30612134I agree completely.We can't be some shallow slut when we so clearly need to have our self-proclaimed husband woo us. There must be standards we stick to, damn it.
>>30612198And somehow Ma-Ha-Suchi is involved.
>>30612249hey, we just sleep with them. She wants marriage
>>30612250He's on the opposite side of the world, I'm not that concerned about him.
>>30612264She also said us having only had two lover would shame her And we only slept with one of those.
>>30610485>"I will follow you everywhere. We will be together forever." She adds, perhaps a bit too forcefully.>"That's... nice." You reply, trying to be polite and understanding.Gold.
>>30612249Hey I never said we should try to MARRY the guy.Just, you know, fuck him a bit. Just a bit. Only a few times. Around ten or so. Maybe invote Samiel for a three-way. And Milliam and Irene can join.So can Amata.
>>30612312Look, I don't mind fucking Samiel or Talon, but this guy...he's not up the our standards. I mean, he sent a coded message to someone clueless! Come on!
Since we're visiting the pirates, should we talk about Husband Seducing Demon dance again? Using it on civilians is one thing, but using it on lawless pirates that deserve death is completely different
>>30612340It's cool, people make mistakes.We should rail him to show there's no hard feelings.Okay maybe one hard feeling.
>>30611024>Unless the Exaltion eliminated her Mortal Soul and completely wiped out the actual Maka.Nah, then she'd be Misho from Keychain of Creation and would remember her First Age life and not this one.
>>30612249Hey, the guy helped us stop the bombs, even warning us about it while we were heading there. Fucking him a few dozen times is just a courtesyPlus were Exalted, who the fuck is gonna judge us as "sluts", were demi-gods, we can fuck how many people we want, Tia even said we need to expand our sexual horizons
>>30612312I just imagined Tia watching from the sides, gnawing at her dress in consternation at not being allowed to join in.
>>30612312Timing!Lets wait until we trounce the fair folk and come back with a fleet of pirates who have sworn their loyalty to us. We can have the orgy to celebrate!
>>30612289I bet Amata would love to hear that, assuming we can get a few minutes away from Tia to tell her.
>>30612340true, incompetence is a turn-off. Maybe if he proves himself>>30612366unless the Exaltion steals the Soul's memories before wiping it out
>>30612346A fair point, this. That soak is also attractive considering we're preparing for a large scale battle.
>>30612381>unless the Exaltion steals the Soul's memories before wiping it outpossible. Exaltions are made by Autobot and he's eating souls just to survive
>>30612346I'm against using UMI.Instead of doing that, we should just be our awesome Zenith self, and rouse them to our cause legitimately. There's no reason to completely change them. That sort of a thing becomes a slippery slope.
You stare at his forehead. "...You're a-""Yes." He nods, pouring himself half a cup of wine."Remember?" Amata grins. "I told you you weren't the first one I met.""I'm..." He takes a sip. "...invested in some other business off-island, but decided to lend a hand at Amata for a bit, considering her dire circumstances.."So you're M." You frown, and lean in closer. "What was up with that message? You better explain.""Well, I wasn't sure how far you could be trusted. I wanted to find out." He calmly explains."I told you I trust her." Amata notes."You trust her not to have further motives and to be friendly and loyal. I wanted to test her skill at handling subtle matters.""Maka isn't... very subtle." Amata admits with a giggle."Subtlety is for the weak!" Is Tia's proud statement.Mikahil smiles politely at her, then continues: "Their first base in Shark Alley was well-prepared. They had hideouts, escape routes, everything ready. I couldn't attack it myself, not without risking one of them seeing my face and running away, blowing my cover. I didn't have time to find out who I could trust and who I couldn't in the militia, and I couldn't get to Amata without suspicion. But you were less under control." He explains in detail."So that's why you wrote only to me? Both to defeat the Lintha ambush, and to test me?" You ask."You can say that. The way I saw it, in any case you would've defeated the ambush.""...You knew that I would let the secret out, that the Lintha would find out, and that they would move the ambush three roads uphill?""I didn't know that you would accidentally let the secret out, no. But, I was prepared for either case. You would've either defeated the Lintha, or raised enough of a ruckus to force them to move the ambush there."You remember the alleyway where you fought. "A narrower space. Less paths of escape. Less hideouts."
>>30611882>The god of the volcano is the most powerful, you might want to try to meet her. Unfortunately I don't know much about her. We're in... we have a strained relationship.">"Howso?" You wonder.>"Well, volcano gods love human sacrifice.Oh, right, we're in Wavecrest aren't we?Fucking Wavecrest volcano gods.
>>30612340Not up to our standards? He's a Solar who helped us out and is clearly a bro. Thats good enough for a romp in the sheets. Stop being such a prude.
>>30612410Piracy is punishable by death.I'd say getting UMId into fighting for good instead of raiding is more than just.
>>30612409The basic parameters of an Exaltation are made by Autobot. The Incarnae then customize them to fit when producing the final product. I don't remember Sunny eating any souls.
>>30612346With the soak charm we could just pound them into submission without risking any injury to ourselves and without Tia's help. Beating the whole crew single handedly would do much to inspire respect.
>>30612411>"Remember?" Amata grins. "I told you you weren't the first one I met.">"I'm..." He takes a sip. "...invested in some other business off-island, but decided to lend a hand at Amata for a bit, considering her dire circumstances..>"So you're M." You frown, and lean in closer. "What was up with that message? You better explain."So the first Solar Amata met is even more of a fuckup than Maka is.No wonder Amata's so patient with us, she knows to expect this sort of thing from Solar Exalts.
>>30612461>Piracy is punishable by death.Unless you work for the Guild!Then you're just an enforcer.
>>30612477we couldn't trust them at all, then. We sail off with one ship and everyone not in our sight deserts
>>30612461Or we could sacrifice one or two to volcano goddess. It can't be that bad every once in a while
Since I am sensing an impending change of wardrobe soon, let me just use this moment to say that regardless of further outfits, Maka's signature look should be no panties.Bonus points if she's wearing a skirt or something like the tabard we have on now.All in favor?
>>30612493But he isn't a fuck up, he was testing us and had planned for whether we could keep it secret or not.
>>30612514not if we make the rules>>30612519use Tia, she'd do it
>>30612520I only agree to no underwear
>>30612520I vote for some kind of lewd leotard if theres a choice, freedom of movement and show off her sexy legs
>>30612519We don't have to sacrifice anything. We have both a Zenith AND an Eclipse, here. We're pretty much guaranteed to walk out of there with a loaded deal in our favor.
>>30612346I would still rather have a soak charm, especially since dealing with the island's gods is much more bang for our buck than trying to rope in some mortal pirates in a mere three days.
>>30612520>I'm going to go fix my dress!>What dress?
>>30612544>>30612519If you want to ask Tia to sacrifice herself to volcano goddess...
>>30612518We do have a good chance of convincing them to our cause without the mind charm. How big is the pirate group anyway? The can't have too many ships and we can put Tia and maybe Samiel and Irene to watch the others. It does not matter if only some of them desert.
Word of god: Stockings are a must. Bonus points for white stockings. Nothing less will pass.
>>30612532we can keep a secret if a friend tells us, instead of sending a mysterious letter>>30612601she thinks that she's the same person as the last host of the Exaltion, so she shouldn't mind if she REALLY believes that, as long as we promise to find 'her' next incarnation
Thigh-highs are better. *nods sagely*
>>30612544Pretty sure asking a powerful ally of ours to throw herself into a volcano is a terrible idea
>>30612544absolutely notwe throw Lintha and Sidereals into it
>>30612631>powerful, mentally unstable allybut yeah, it was mostly a joke
He nods. "Bingo. Easier to take them out there. By the way, they had a runner, but I took him down myself. Also the barrels have been recovered.""You planned everything." You're not sure if you should admire him for the deviousness of the plan, or punch him for using you as a pawn, but you decide for the former. It IS pretty impressive, and the guy, Exalted or no, looks like he could break like a twig if you shook him too hard. "Well, not everything. I had a plan A and a plan B.""What was the plan C?" Amata asks.Mikahil bites his lips. "Expose myself, take on a bunch of Lintha and two First Circle Demons myself, silently weep for my bitter failure for the rest of the day. Maybe get a bit drunk.""You can do that anyway." She pours him a bit more wine, then empties the bottle in yours and Tia's.The lunar's reply is: "I like this plan C. Make it a plan A next time." She gulps down the whole goblet in a slow but uninterrupted go, and then slams it back down on the table. "With slightly less crying maybe. Well, no. It's alright for you to cry after all.""...Why is that?" He decides to humor her. "Because your wife is not as amazing as mine." She beams with pride.Both Mikahil and Amata have a hard time staying serious as the Lunar grabs the bottle and inspects it to check if it's really empty. Apparently she enjoyed it. "Did you meet her?" The Eclipse then asks."No." She admits, with a noncommittal shrug. "But it's a reasonable guess."He rolls his eyes.>Ask Mikahil to come with you to fight the Fae.>Ask Mikahil for advice.>Spend the rest of the evening in idle chatter with Amata, Mikahil and Tia.>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.>Go and talk with Samiel and Zaan White-Teeth.>Go and talk with the barbarian chieftans.>Go and talk with the Tianna dignitaries.>Return to your room, call it a night.>Other?
>>30612601I was talking about pirate sacrifice though
While I think social charms and pirates should definitely be a priority, I think a final soak charm and diplomacy with gods should come first. Thoughts?
>>30612626She might be a little upset about us sending her away after she finally found us again. And the insulting implication that a volcano's god might be more usefull to us.mactually, she might kill the volcano god to prover herself to us, leaving the island with an unrestrained natural disaster...
>>30612664>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.
>>30612664>Ask Mikahil for advice.>ask Amata for Cold iron>Ask Mikahil to come with you to fight the Fae.if he has nothing else to do
>>30612520The most covering thing Maka should wear should be oil.
>>30612664Ask him for help our advice when it comes to chatting up deities and spirits.
>>30612664>Ask Mikahil to arbitrate our PARRRRLEY with the volcano goddess>Go talk with Samiel and Zaan
>>30612664>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.we've got a lot to talk about, and most of it should probably be in private. And the Lunars are easily our strongest allies
>>30612703Cold iron isn't a thing. It's literally just any iron.
>>30612664> Go and talk with Samiel and Zaan White-Teeth.Let's find out what little shark-boy can summon.
>>30612520I'll support the no panties thing, if only to tease our self-proclaimed husband.>>30612289>[Tia] also said us having only had two lover would shame herWe could make expanding our list of partners to not shame her a sort of reward for her successes at wooing us.Also, reserving romps for allies or to seal treaties of alliance. Just because every other exalted is a slut doesn't mean we can't be more reserved and also use the suggested no panties idea to send mixed messages.Life isn't fun if you're not screwing with the mind of both friend and foe.
>>30612664>Go and talk with Samiel and Zaan White-Teeth.
>>30612652I wouldn't necessarily call her unstable. Just extremely focused.
>>30612664>Ask Mikahil to come with you to fight the Fae.
>>30612664Ask for Mikhail's help with the island gods.
>>30612664>>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.
>>30612664>Ask Mikahil for advice.
>>30612765Definitely on-board with all of this.
>>30612765>Life isn't fun if you're not screwing with the mind of both friend and foe.This is something we should be doing regularly. We're a Zenith anyway so I'm 100% in agreement.
>>30612664>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.I want to de-crazy her as soon as possible
>>30612841>Wanting to de-crazy the potentially-yandere LunarI don't think you know how this works.
>>30612520>Skirt with front and back but no sides>>30612622>White stockings>>30612629>White thigh-high stockings>BrawlerSo we're Kasumi from Dead or Alive, except without panties?
>>30612664>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.I may be crazy, but I like her
>>30612891>I may be crazy, but I like herreally?Out of the three lunars, I like her the least
>>30612664>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.and maybe Amata>>30612856Tia isn't yandere, she wants us to fuck a bunch of people
>>30612664>Ask Mikahil for advice.Is it just me, or have people stopped reacting to our outfit?
>>30612664>Ask Mikahil for advice.His last plan was getting a brawl, so I don't think he'd want to come along for a battle. He might have some good thoughts, or be willing to help otherwise.
>>30612664>Ask Mikahil for advice.>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.i feel like we can probably do both of these
>>30612664>>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.We are just married and we should find out more about our husband.
>>30613000>We are just married and we should find out more about our husband.no, we weren'tshe still has to woo us and pass our trials
>>30613000Like why she's insisting on calling herself "husband."
>>30612909I like her the most myself. Talon is pretty close, Zaan seems bleh.
>>30613033for me it'sPrincess>Queen>Prince>Talon>Zaan>Tia>Mikahil
>>30613033Zaan seems to be "really old guy who only looks like a kid" and likes to use it.
>>30613055I'm at Irene=Tia=Queen>Prince>Talon>Mikahil>Extras>Zaan
>>30613055Tia > Queen > Princess > Talon > Mikhail = Zan > Redhead soulless abomination of a prince
>>30613055Huh, if you swapped Prince and Tia you'd have my list. Cool beans.
>>30613033>>30613055Popularity ranking?Queen>Princess>Millian>Tia>Loli deathknight>Dick brigade>WoofWolf McLupine
>>30612664>Ask Mikahil for adviceTHEN>excuse ourself politely, as there are some things that need to be dealt with.>Tia, in private, sort shit out
I refuse to rank our allies until the token loli comes along.
>>30612909Yeah, I don't like her very much either. She's annoying.
>>30613055Oh boy.Queen>Princess=Tia>Prince=Talon>>Mikahil>>>>ZZaanTia, Princess, Talon looking to improve their standing, Prince and Queen need to get to work!
>>30613055Queen=Tia>Princess>Talon>Mikahil>>>>>Zaan>Popo's stool>The worms in the dirt>The Dirt>Yamcha>Prince
>>30613214W-what did the prince do to you?
"Were you listening?" You ask Mikahil."About the deal with Talon? Yes." He admits. "Good luck with the fae, by the way.""You're not coming?" You ask him, trying to sound offended.He pulls back a bit. "I'm... not really a good fighter. I'm the guy of choice if you'd want to talk with them, though, thanks to the Eclipse's Gift. But it seems the situation is way beyond that now.""Eclipse's gift?" You ask him, as Milliam quietly wanders by and drops another bottle of wine by your table."We Eclipse are Chosen by the Sun to be his emissaries in strange places. There are very ancient, very powerful oaths that grant us safe passage when we're on official diplomatic missions to other realms, and they extend their protection to our entire entourage. Spirits, demons, ghosts, the fey." He says, uncorking the bottle.As soon as he's done with that, Tia snatches if from his hands. "We'll talk with the fey when they'll be off our island! It will be mostly calling them names." She pours it to you, filling to the brim your half-empty cup, and then then just dumps the remaining content down her throat, under Mikahil's astonished and depressed gaze. "Until then!" She continues, cleaning her mouth with the back of her hand. "I plan to make myself a drinking cup from a Raksha prince's skull! Or maybe a full set." She taps on her heart for five times with her finger and then slams the bottle back on the table.Mikahil looks like he's about to cry. Amata looks like she's about to start laughing again. "Please, Tia... Until you get your set of faerie-skulls drinking cups, just use the normal ones.""I can't! I'm making an oath now. No more drinking until I can drink from the skull of a fey prince." She says proudly. "Drinking from the bottle doesn't count?" You wonder as you carefully sip from your almost-overflowing cup."It doesn't." Is her immediate reply."Then don't drink straight from the bottle!" Mikahil complains. (cont)
>>30612909funnyI like her the most
>>30613232Offer our cup to Mikahil, very carefully.Admonish Tia for not offering all present a pour of the bottle.Manners will clearly have to be part of her wooing...
>>30613232Milliam is a goddam sidereal I tells ya!
>>30613297Maybe. I guarantee that Chop Chop will hear of use once we start saving Gem though.
He sighs and sinks a bit deeper in his chair, slouching a bit. "...I can come with you to meet the volcano god. With the two of us, we can probably push her around a bit. But not too much, remember! Gods have always friends, and, worse even, they have people they can complain to. Or, in the worse case, hostages.""A city built on a volcanic island sounds like quite the hostage situation." You admit. "We'll have to handle her carefully. Ah! Milliam! Can you bring another bottle? Yes, another, sorry." Then to Tia: "And don't drink this one too."She nods, clearly displeased. Bit by bit, one by one, the people that have been hanging around up to now are starting to leave. The atmosphere is one of a successful night's end. The barbarian leaders and city dignitaries slowly part ways, and only a few are left. "...I still haven't talked to Zaan or Samiel." You mumble, as the maids begin to put out the lights and Mikahil finally can enjoy some wine in peace."Well, Samiel's had a field day, I imagine. He's probably gone to sleep by now." Amata notes, looking around the room and not spotting him. "Zaan's still around.""He's nocturnal." Tia helpfully informs you. You can, in fact, spot him sitting on a chair on the opposite corner of the table, slowly and carefully sampling some of the leftovers. The maids seem a bit too unnerved by his presence to get near to him to clear the table."I'm not." Replies Mihahil. "I'm going to get some much-deserved sleep. Maka?"(cont)
"Yes?" You turn back to him."I'll be around the palace tomorrow, looking up intelligence reports and such. If you need me, I'll be in the library. I'm going to leave the island the day after tomorrow, so if you want to go and visit that goddess, there's just tomorrow if you want to do it together with me.""I'll keep that in mind." You reply as he leaves tiredly."I think he sleeps once every five days or something like that." Explains Amata as he abandons the dinner room. "Unless you need something, I should probably go to sleep too. Today's been nerve-wracking.">Ask Amata about her experience with Talon.>Ask Amata more about Mikahil.>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.>Go and see Zaan.>Call it a night.
>>30613451>Go and see Zaan>Give a goodnight kiss to the Queen
>>30613451>To Amata "Would you like some company unwinding?"
>>30613451>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia
>>30613451>>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.seconding the goodnight kiss for Amata though
>>30613451> Call it a night
>>30613451>>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.
>>30613431>Go and see Zaan.We should at least learn some more about the Fae from him. He might even know more about the volcano god.Though a goodnight hug for Amata would not be amiss.
>>30613451>Ask Amata about her experience with Talon.>Get goodnight kiss I guess>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.Seems good to me.
>>30613451Such a good time to try for a threesome with Amata and Tia, but...>Go and see Zaan.Give Amata a kiss though.
>>30613451>Go see Zaan.We need to talk to him. Remeber we actualy only did a deal with Talon. Tia is well, Tia, so we will have to deal with the mortals actually, and Zaan is another thing entirely.We need to set up a connection with them if we want to form a federation a la Haslanti, Caribbean Rum Boogaloo.
>>30613451>Spend the rest of the evening talking with Tia.We really do need to find out more about her.
>>30613475Voting this as well.
So, it sounds like we want to get the scene-long soak charm and go visit with the volcano goddess first thing tomorrow - ideally with Mikahil and Tia backing us. Is that right?
>>30612765Like this? (sans panties?)
>>30613903Yes, but maybe some kind of battle-crown too. We are royalty, after all.
>>30613903Get Milliam on acquiring that for us.
>>30613939Oh yes. Maybe reward her by forcing the volcano lady to use that spirit charm from scroll of the monk on her?
>>30613903>>30612765>>30612520No. The Lunar will like it, and expect it. Instead have a very slutty underwear. String bikini that makes a camel toe.Enough so one can claim there is something but just little enough to make the whole thing even more lewd.
(Voting more or less equal, picking one choice myself to give thread better closure and keeping other choice open for next thread)You lean in, and Amata smiles like someone who has to spoil a spoiled child and you exchange a goodnight kiss.As she leaves, Tia, who was staring, asks you: "She was one of your lovers?""I told you, didn't I?" You reply. You wonder if she had forgotten, or if she didn't understand you meant."...I'd like to have a chat with Zaan, but it's so late." You muse. It's already pitch black outside, and the lunar has left too."You'll probably be able to meet him tomorrow." Tia consoles you."At the camp you mounted outside?""No.""He's staying in the castle?""No.""...In the city?" You begin to take it as a guessing game."...Almost.""...In the bay?" You dare to guess, remembering his many shark-like features. She nods in response. "...I see. Well, we should probably move. We're in the way of the cleaning."She latches back to your hand. "Bring me to your bedroom." She demands.Well, it's not like there's much more to do, you reason. Even the option of a romantic walk on the battlements is out, assumed you were thinking about it: They are full of soldiers and weapons right now.Your trip through the corridors is a silent one. As usual, Tia doesn't seem to start conversations unless she's responding yo something someone else is saying, or if she has something important to say. You're starting to wonder if she just naturally enjoys moments of silence."Your room is disgraceful." Is, however, her first statement upon seeing it.
"It's a guest's room. It's not very rich or large or elaborate. I'm just a guest here after all." You justify yourself, or, rather, your host's kindness, but it turns out that Tia was complaining about something else."No luxurious animal pelts to sleep on. It's like you want everyone to know you never felled a devil-lion bare-handed. Or a buck-ogre. Or a-" "Again, Tia, not actually my room. I don't have any of my stuff with me." It's best to let her think that you have a stack of whatever-lion pelts at home, probably."Where are your concubines?" She then asks.You roll your eyes in exasperation. "Not here, obviously." You can't resist some sarcasm at this point.""Who warms up your bed then?""No one. It's cold." "I thought you lived a life more befitting of a Zenith queen." She says, taking it personally. "Wait." And she lets go of your hand and sneaks in your bed ahead of you. "Don't come in until I say you so."Maybe you should be grateful that this is the first time she's actively keeping a distance from you, but, as usual, it's hard to follow her line of thought. "...What about your lovers and concubines?" You decide to flip the question around, just to see how she reacts."I've been travelling a lot. I couldn't carry them with me always.""See, it's the same with me." You reply."But wherever I've stopped I tried to get some. To assuage my loneliness."Those words have some real sadness behind them: To you, her obsession might be something like a bizarre annoyance, but to her, it must have been... depressing. You can't imagine feeling strongly for something the way she seems to feel about you... and being away from it."But now, I don't need them anymore." She states. "Because I have you."
>Flip her argument around: by not having any, YOU are disgracing MY image.>Promise: it's all right, I will be everything you'll ever need.>State that you don't care much about her needs either way.>Say that she shouldn't be concerned about your needs.>Change subject.Combined with:>Get her out of your bed.>Wait for her to say that the bed is warm enough for you.>Get into bed with her before she says it's ready for you.
>>30614119>Promise: it's all right, if she wants only us we'll honor her wish>Wait for her to say that the bed is warm enough for you.
>>30614119>>Promise: it's all right, I will be everything you'll ever need.>Get into bed with her before she says it's ready for you.
>>30614119>Change subject.>Get into bed with her before she says it's ready for you.
>>30614119>Change subject.Why does she see herself as a husband instead of both of us being wives? Also, ask about the extent to which Lunars can shapeshift.>Wait for her to say that the bed is warm enough for you.We can undress and brush our hair or something.
>>30614119>Say that she shouldn't be concerned about your needs.>Get into bed with her before she says it's ready for you.
>>30614119>Promise: it's all right, I will be everything you'll ever need.Combined with:>Wait for her to say that the bed is warm enough for you.
>>30614119> Tell her that she should throw away any preconceived notions of your life or life-style if she wants a cordial relationship.And>Wait for her to say that the bed is warm enough for you.
>>30614119>Flip her argument around: by not having any, YOU are disgracing MY image.I want to see her try to seduce someone>wait
>>30614119"I don't care about your needs..." Say that as you lean in, kissing her."But I promise, you will never be alone again." As you look into her eyes. Fade to black as you entwine yourself with her in bed.
>>30614096>Say that she shouldn't be concerned about your needs.>Get into bed with her before she says it's ready for you.Just lay near her, grab her hand and say nothing. After moments of silence start with "I am lonely too. And scared. You can't wish it all away, at the end we tread on lines of Fate alone, balancing on them alone. Alone in face of our Fate." "We can see each other though, our Fates in a distance and shout to each other. Give each other hope and company. Now, hush Tia, listen to my frightened voice and hear about beautiful Gem in a land far, far away...."
>>30614119>Ignore all options and substitute my own>>sit down on top of the bed, on top of the sheets, and gently hug Tia to us>>"How long we're you looking for...me?">>"Tia, I'm not going to be what you're expecting, I'm me and I'm new at this. But if you can get passed my occasional screw and bear with me as I figure out who and what I am now, I'll always make a place for you at my side."
>>30614119>Promise: it's all right, I will be everything you'll ever need.>Wait for her to say that the bed is warm enough for you.
>>30614168I second this.
>>30614268Oh, I like that.
>>30614268This one x1000
>>30614268God, no, the fuck?Maka's a moron, but she's not an autist.
>>30614455You should let the samefag vote himself to victory
>>30614119>It's alright, I'll be everything you need.>Wait for her to say its warm.When we're both in there, we should start telling her about us. Could be a nice way for Maka and Tia to get to know each other, just talk until you pass out.
>>30614119>Flip her argument around: by not having any, YOU are disgracing MY image.She's expecting so much from us, but she's just the same! Turn that shit around.>Get into bed with her before she says it's ready for you.No one decides when our bed is ready. Take some initiative! I like Tia, but we're not going to just roll over and take it!
>>30614530>No one decides when our bed is ready. Take some initiative! I like Tia, but we're not going to just roll over and take it!Remember that argument we had when she pinned us to the ground in the alley? Me neither.
>>30614268Why the hell are you trying to go all romantic on her? We've known her for ONE WHOLE NIGHT. Fuck that.
>>30614591>>30614530>Girl tell us to wait while she warms our bed>Stop getting rolled over by herSo when she ask us to wait for her finishing cooking we'll eat it raw because she told us to wait?
>>30614626Well, I think the plan WAS to fuck that until Tia can't walk.Incidentally, that'd probably be a pretty decent first start to taming her/him(I'm pretty sure the husband references weren't a joke and are actually a statement of intent)/whatever
>>30614653She wants to control our life, it's plain as day.>>30614656Well yeah, but if she's going to show up and declare that she's our husband, we're going to show her what that entails. Plus, she doesn't seem to like it when people aren't direct, so instead of this bullshit, let's just fuck her.
>>30614653well if it's steak we better eat that shit rare
>>30614707I'll go get my 55 gallon drum of petroleum lube and some zucchinis, let's get this rolling
>>30614653Well, when do you suggest we take initiative? Next week?Also that was a horrible analogy.
>>30614653>So when she ask us to wait for her finishing cooking we'll eat it raw because she told us to wait?She's a Lunar, why would she cook the steak?So much better when it's still warm, bloody, and twitching.
>>30614774I feel the same way about women.
>>30614656She said the opposite can be arranged. So... i would take that at face value.>>30614096For some reason i would like if we play a less extravagant Zenith. A Ascetic Exalted?There is little point in wasting energy with being outlandish if we know what we are and what we have to do.>>30614119>So, just so we are clear, I actually have more lovers than you do. Joke aside, you have been searching for a long time on the memory of something that was. I am, but I was not, just like you are but you were not. Do you understand what i am trying to say? We are. We were not. If this link is true, we are going to find for it our own way, not simply remake the ones that are remembered. >Lay on the bed, and sleep. Get her to sleep to. We are all exhausted and have a long, long shit to get on with tomorrow. All work, no play sadly.
>>30614800This. High Integrity wise no-bullshit* Zenith.* unless absolutely required. rules than to have fuzzy exceptions.
>>30614800>For some reason i would like if we play a less extravagant Zenith. A Ascetic Exalted?That's actually one of the default forms of Zenith. That's why, among other things, they have Resistance and Survival. But Maka is royalty. She's full God-Queen.
>>30614862>God-Queen>Don't let other treat her as one because "rolling over us"I can't wait for us to have a kingdom with problems to solve.
>>30614927Not all anons are the same.
>>30614862The big thing is that Tia doesn't care who's dominant, as long as one of us is.
Page 10, did somebody achive yet?
>>30614862>>30614927Even as former royalty we could go with something like how anon said here:>>30614848Discipline.Integrity. Diligence. Loyalty. Dedication. Perseverance. Determination. . Dignity. Purpose. Freedom.
(a lot of interesting votes. I'll try and go with the overall gist of it.)"...Tia." You approach the bed, and look down at her. She almost worries you, but with how genuine, how proudly displayed, how worn on her sleeve are her emotions... you can't really help it. "It's... It's all right now.""Yes." She seems ABSOLUTELY sure about it.You sit down on the edge of the bed. "You've been waiting for me. You've been looking for me.""Yes.""...Now I'm here. I'm not going to run away. You can relax. You can stop worrying." You whisper to her. "But... I might not be what you were expecting.""I don't care." She immediately rejects that argument. "It's still you that I want."She lifts the blankets, and a wave of dry heat washes over you. You can only presume that her shapeshifting extends also to control of her body temperature, because your bed is now wonderfully warm."And I want you now." She invites you. Seeing her still fully clothed in her grand wedding tress under the blankets is a weird contrast.For your part, your dress isn't going to be anything but a hindrance under the blankets, Fortunately, is something you can easily and quickly remove.You have just done that, and the expression on Tia's face is that of someone so incredibly happy that she looks like she could die any second. You're actually a bit scared by it, but try and play it on a laugh. "What's with that reaction? I was almost naked already."She doesn't look like she's in any condition to reply right now, so you edge her on a bit. "Was what you wanted me, or just my body?""No reason I can't be glad for having both." She finally manages to mumble an answer. As you begin to climb into the bed and get into range, she practically snatches you and pulls you to her. The frills and soft fabric of her dress give, in the heat, a fresh and gentle feeling against your bare skin.
"Right. We still have a wrestling match to settle." You twist and pin her down to the bed, catching her by surprise. "First, let's get you out of this." You add as you slowly remove her dress. The fabric slides on her smooth skin almost effortlessly. On a whim, you decide to leave her shoulder-length silk gloves and thigh-high stiletto boots on.While you're removing it, however, she comes back to the counterattack, tossing you about the bed. Like before, she's not holding back her strength. You worry for a moment that you might damage it, but you don't think Tia would understand or care for your concerns.While you're tussling about and trying to remove the dress without damaging that, at least, a thought hits you. "... You earlier said that I'm your wife. And that you're my husband.""Yes." She grits her teeth, putting her strength against yours, arm against arm, trying to get back on top of you."What did you mean by that? We're both women, so we should be wife and wife." That thought kept nagging you. "You also said that the opposite can be arranged..."Finally overpowering her for a moment (or perhaps, she's let you overpower her), you pin her back to the bed, back down and stomach up, so hard that you distinctly hear one of the bed's legs giving way with a resounding crack. You'll worry about that tomorrow: you grasp the chance to fully remove her silky dress."I can be as much of a woman, or as much of a man, as you'd like." She explains proudly. "Whether you prefer me to be your husband, or your wife, or both." As the dress flies away and out of the bed, you understand what she meant. "Shapeshifter, remember?"In that moment, you get a shiver down your spine. Like the sudden realization of having locked yourself in a narrow room together with a dangerous predator. You look down and meet her eyes, glowing red in the darkness.[end]
>>30615497>On a whim, you decide to leave her shoulder-length silk gloves and thigh-high stiletto boots on.Naturally. We have TASTE.
>>30615497Buy IRON KETTLE BODY because we're going to need it tonight!
>>30605634>Iron Kettle Body Fuck damage.>>30615497Regarding Charms, Each new time you give us the opportunity to get a upgrade do not list charms you have already done so but allow choosing charms from the archive.This way you can brows through charms faster and get a broad selection at a better pace. Unless there are no new charms available and then you can post those that you feel are more appropriate.
>>30615497>Knows Twin-Faced HeroCalled it!
>>30615677We'll probably need Iron Kettle body to soak Fuck Damage tonight, yes.
>>30615613>>30615677Agreed. Iron-Kettle Body.
>>30615449>Discipline.Integrity. Diligence. Loyalty. Dedication. Perseverance. Determination. Dignity. Purpose. Freedom.Me LikeHere appropriate theme for them, and perhaps a expansion on those Values.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTGiAo5CU30We are after all Justice proclaimed by the unconquered sun to bring and show justice. Opulence for its own sake is not the way to go.
>>30615677The list of what we have available to purchase apparently is generated in response to what we've been doing recently. So that might not work.
>>30615677>Regarding Charms, Each new time you give us the opportunity to get a upgrade do not list charms you have already done so but allow choosing charms from the archive.I want to divorce myself from the books and published materials a bit, so probably not. Also not all charms make sense in my system.By the way, seems like the crowd wants Iron Kettle Body. We'll go with that.also:[2 XP] base[1 XP] Lunar Diplomacy[1 XP bonus] First night with your husband/wife
>>30615543Her wedding outfit includes shoulder-length opera gloves and thigh-high stilletos?We're not the only one with taste.
>>30615762As a general rule: how are you dealing with charms that cost willpower? (temp or permanent)
>>30614800>>30614848Judging from the way Maka's responses have been written up she's a little wishy-washy about all this, or at least unwilling to put her foot down.Of course that's because half the thread is all for this and the other half is against it.And also Tia is crazy.
>>30615497Thanks for running!Shapeshifting could certainly make for a fun lover.
>>30615762I was talking about our game archive on sup tg or foolz, not books.Thus far it would mean we can only learn the charms you listed in this thread. the next update its going to be this one + whats in the next update, etc.....You can repeat your posts, if we do not have the chance or prerequisites to get a new option so you can control the diversification of options.
>>30615850Well, it's been, what, three or four days now and she's stopped an abyssal attack, gotten it on with her host's daughter, hauled back a retarded amount of stone on her back, stopped a Lintha attack, and met her Lunar mate. You'd be a bit bewildered too.
>>30615750...Ok, I am on board with this too.King Solomon blended with Franciscan Monk and the Laughing Buddha.This is actually imho our best way for Maka to go. Royalty, but king maker. Noble by birth, by exaltation and more than anything by deed and action.
>>30615942Considering how big Solomon's harem was...
>>30615850It's because the thread is undecided, so Maka is undecided as well.>>30615869Oh! sorry, misunderstood. I'll consider it.
>>30616014>Experience Points: 14 free/8 spentIn that case can we buy something else?
>>30616014SO how much EXP do we need to rank up Zenith?Since it's not listed and all.
>>30616014You might eventually want a separate page for powers. Also, I recommend a pastebin for the power tree. Lastly, uh you said we'd normally be getting 2-3 Plot XP per thread, when we've never gotten more than one yet. Has it just been slow, or should we revise our expectations?
>>30616014Abilities: current score x3 -1so 4x3 -1 = 11 free XP.