After the dinner, or rather most of the dinner, the guests stand up, move around exchange places, or pull up chairs and form little circles and groups of discussion here and there, chatting and gossiping among themselves in a cheerfully informal atmosphere, all the while still drinking and eating. The servants never stop bringing food and drink, although most of the food now comes in small bites rather than full courses.You are very clearly the talk of the party, and you long stopped counting the glances that people shoot in your direction after losing count around the hundredth-and-something. Curious, scared, disdainful, interested, intrigued, paranoid, thankful, suspicious, shaming, nervous, mentally-undressing, wondering-how-they-could-make-a-profit-out-of-you...Despite all this interest, no one dares to actually come and just talk to you, probably waiting for someone else to do it first.>wait and see>chat with someone you know already (who?)>strike a conversation with someone staring at you>ask Amata/Irene/Samiel to introduce you to someone(Character sheet is old: you also have Inspired Performance Style (1 Ess, Scene. Add +3 to all social rolls to influence large groups of people through oratory or performance). I haven't been at home much lately and forgot to make an updated version. Apologies.)
>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.>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
Rolled 6>>31466032>ask Amata/Irene/Samiel to introduce you to someonewe don't know whos who here, they dowheres all the other anons?
>>31466032>ask Samiel to introduce you to someoneWe came here to meet people, so lets do that.
>>31466032>ask Amata/Irene/Samiel to introduce you to someoneCourtly introductions
>>31466032>ask Amata/Irene/Samiel to introduce you to someone
>>31466032>>ask Amata/Irene/Samiel to introduce you to someoneWho do we need to know, who do we need to avoid, and who, if anyone, should we get in the pants (or dress) of?
>>31466032>Ask Amata to meet and greet with all the hot and slutty persons of importance>Continue to ignore the sidereal in the corner, it's what she'd want.
You discreetly approach Samiel, who is pleasantly chatting with a couple of guard officers. You can't help but notice that Smoke's dress sense has made him a target of many ogling glances as well (mostly but not exclusively from female guests), a fact of which he seems to be blissfully unaware.As he notices you, he excuses himself and approaches you with a sip of his drink."Hey, Maka. Enjoying the dinner?""It feels like everyone is looking at me but no one wants to talk to me." you say. "Couldn't you help me break the ice and introduce me to someone?""YOU are being shy?" he replies, utterly amazed."Of course not." you brush him off with a disdainful sigh. "Bet you one talent I stand on the table and strip.""No bet." he says before you even finish your sentence.It would be really short anyway, you reason internally, since you're only wearing a single item of clothing. "I just don't really know who should I talk with. I don't know who all these people are.""Well..." the dragon-blooded looks around. "There are the ambassadors from Wavecrest and Coral, representatives of both the Guild and the Denzik Merchants, several of our guard officers and governors of the countryside provinces of Tianna, the director of the academy, a couple guests from the nomad tribes of the Three Rivers, the head priest of our city god, the guildmasters of various artisan's corporations in the city...""...any Immaculates?" Tia, who has been overhearing the conversation from next to you, wonders."Not officially. Some of these people might be immaculates as personal beliefs, but there are no official representatives of the cult here. Nor of other cults, apart for the city god. Mom likes to keep them out of this kind of social events.">leave the dinner>wait and see>chat with someone you know already (who?)>have Samiel introduce you to someone (who?)
>>31466820What if the Sidereal is a Chosen of Serenity?
Rolled 2>>31466850>have Samiel introduce you to someone (who?)lets chat up those ambassadors, they might be able to help with our Lintha problem when we deal with it
Rolled 1>>31466850>chat with someone you know already (who?)I agree with talking to the ambassadors. It would be helpful to know Tianna's relationship with her neighbours
Rolled 7>>31466850>have Samiel introduce you to someone (who?)Either the ambassadors or the priest of the city god
>>31466853Then Maka and the sid have been friends for the last twenty years. That's how sids roll.>have a big pow-wow with all the city and regional governors/executives/etc
>>31466850>>31466940Whoops, forgot to link right.
Rolled 6>>31466940So you're saying we've already slept with the Chosen of Serenity we haven't met and who may or may not exist.
>>31467013Yes.Resplendent Destinies and Sidereal charms are some shit.
Rolled 1>>31467013>>31467030We should find this theoretical Sidereal and have her teach us Sapphire Veil of Passion Style, for maximum lewd in combat
>>31467127I'd rather squeeze for a round trip to Yu-Shan.
You take a better look at the ambassadors of the two other western nations.The one from Wavecrest is a dignified-looking man in his 50s, clad in a toga and with a rather showy necklace of colorful seashells. He has quite a group around him, listening to what appears to be, at a glance, a lengthy monologue about some sort of hot political topic.On the other hand, the Coral ambassador is rather businessmanlike, younger and sporting a short, well-trimmed beard and an impeccable suit, of the sort that you imagine would be quite expensive. He's sitting on his own with a glass of wine , his previous conversation partner having just left him to go and meet Amata.After a glance and a nod, Samiel fills his own glass and accompanies you to them. "Gentlemen. I don't believe you've met Maka already?""A pleasure to meet you." You lightly bow to them, polite but neutral."Likewise! Shelen Sar, here in Tianna as a representative of the Sea Lord and Coral's interests." He raises his glass to you. "I've heard a bit about you. So you rounded up some of the marqueless pirates operating in these waters. Will you be issuing them letters of marque of some kind, or integrating them in Tianna's navy?""Probably the latter, though the issue is still been discussed. For now, they are in admiral Rajan's care.""Oh, yes, Rajan." He stares into his glass. "Poor fellow. Anyway, would you be interested in entrusting these sailors and their ships' maintenance to the Coral Archipelago, instead? We can guarantee far greater monetary returns than any kind of operation you could undertake in this waters, we assure you."Meanwhile, the other ambassador stays silent, focusing his gaze on your forehead.>I'm interested, tell me more.>sorry, all my assets will stay in Tianna. >what do you mean, poor fellow?>what can you tell me about your nation's relationship with Tianna?>is there something on my forehead?>(other)
>>31467359>what can you tell me about your nation's relationship with Tianna?>sorry, all my assets will stay in Tianna.>wanna do it on the table
Rolled 4>>31467359>what can you tell me about your nation's relationship with Tianna?>is there something on my forehead?>>31467395business then pleasure
Rolled 9>>31467359Meanwhile, the other ambassador stays silent, focusing his gaze on your forehead.He's expecting our Caste Mark to suddenly show up and give everyone sunburn. um...>what can you tell me about your nation's relationship with Tianna?Lets just say we will think about the matter now that it has come to our attention. Lets just change the subject now and not burn bridges.
Rolled 10>>31467359>what can you tell me about your nation's relationship with Tianna?>sorry, for now all my assets will stay in Tianna.
Rolled 10>>31467359>what can you tell me about your nation's relationship with Tianna?>is there something on my forehead?
Rolled 2>>31467359>what can you tell me about your nation's relationship with Tianna?>sorry, for now, all my assets will stay in Tianna.
Rolled 9>>31467359>sorry, for now, all my assets will stay in Tianna. >what can you tell me about your nation's relationship with Tianna?>is there something on my forehead?
You smile politely, ignoring the Wavecrest ambassador for now."I'm sorry, but I plan to stay in Tianna for the foreseeable future.""You don't need to leave it." He points out. "I'm just saying that it would be a lot more advantageous for you to associate yourself with us. Strictly speaking business.""Yes, I understand." You reply. "But I'm not motivated by monetary gain here.""What is it that motivates you, then?" He takes a sip. "Whatever it is, I'm sure that-""What is your relationship with Tianna, incidentally?" You interrupt him."Oh, well, not much. Tianna has very little shipping, and is not a very rich nation. Although it has a decent infrastructure and a strong land army, it also has no power projection so it's not much of a player in ocean politics. We receive a small yearly payment and in exchange put an exception on our letters of marque for their shipping. Which, of course, caused a surge in small-time unsanctioned piracy along your coasts, but you seem to be taking care of that problem.">so we pay protection money and in exchange you don't attack our ships?>what do you mean, small-time piracy?>ask about lintha>ask about abyssals>ask about (what?)>turn to the other ambassador>say goodbye, meet someone else (who?)
Rolled 8>>31467758>so we pay protection money and in exchange you don't attack our ships?>ask about linthathen>turn to the other ambassadorand ask him what he thinks about this cheap racketeer
Rolled 1>>31467758>what do you mean, small-time piracy?>ask about lintha
Rolled 2>>31467758>ask about abyssalsNot sure if we know about the Skullstone Archipelago. I wonder all ships from that place are granted automatic protection from pirates because of lol!Abyssals.
>>31467868You do.(If there are people not familiar with the Exalted setting right now who have no idea what's going on, please say so)
Rolled 8>>31467886I have no idea whats going on or what these places are
>>31467758We could easily work with dancing smoke to export obsidian, and with silk to export small quantities of luxury glamor items.> ask about linthaBecause everyone hates lintha> ask about coralAnd by extension ask about him. > turn to the other ambassadorAnd you sir? What is wavecrests interest in tianna
>>31467758Ask about the Lintha and Abyssals. He probably knows sow things about both.
Rolled 9>>31467886some more context about the nations and people being discussed would be nice, I've no idea about anything exalted that hasn't been covered by this quest, so I'm only assuming Tianna is the small fish in the region and Wavecrest and Coral are the big bullies
Rolled 6>>31467898Here's a map of creation minus Tianna, as it is a creation of EFThe Skullstone Archipelago is a shadowland, a place where creation and the underworld (Realm of Abyssals and their Deathlord masters) touch
Rolled 3>>31468016For reference, Tianna was said to be part of Wavecrest geographically but not politically, and large enough that it would require redrawing the map
>>31467758>Ask about Coral and himself, let's keep him talking
Rolled 6>>31467758>>ask about lintha>>ask about abyssals
>>31468030What's the Isle of Shadows?
Rolled 10>>31468041I smaller shadowland, every dark place on the map is one
Rolled 8>>31468016>>31468030so waavecrest are the closest and potential buddies, while Coral are further away and douchebags?
Rolled 10>>31468041There's a legend on the map right above Skullstone that would have told you this >>31468054
>>31468076When it says "Wavecrest archipelago," it means "in the area," not "buttbuddies"
Rolled 8>>31468125I know, and I assumed that them being 'in the area' would mean they are neighbours and you tend to not want to piss them off so make friends with them, like I said, I've no idea about the setting outside of this quest, so I've no idea what their stance is on things and how they would see Tianna
>>31468054Right, but what is it? Shadowlands can be and usually are very different from each other. Is it somewhere we should consider as a potential Abyssal staging ground? The fact that we're trading with Coral without having to go through Wavecrest means we're probably near the northernmost bit of our archipelago, which should put us about as close as Wavecrest ever gets to that Shadowland.
Rolled 8>>31468145Wavecrest is a satrapy (colony) of the Realm with a democratically elected President advised by Priestesses and local mayors, it provides most of the grain products in the west.
Rolled 6>>31468187>(colony) of the RealmSo I'm guessing we don't like them very much
>>31468076Wavecrest sacrifice all of their criminals to volcanos. We promised to carve out a kingdom from their islands and give Quint back his former home. It would be more accurate to call them nearby enemies than buddies.
Rolled 1>>31468194right, thanks for the info
>>31468193The realm isn't really that bad, though.You can undercut the immaculate faith aspect, which is really the most offensive part of it to non-DB exalts.
Rolled 10>>31468185>>31468185I don't know, all I have to go on is the posted map, a few memories of campaigns I've played that may not apply, and my copy of exalted 2E core which doesn't mention the isle of shadows, only skullstone
>>31468198>You can undercut the immaculate faith aspectFor a time.>which is really the most offensive part of it to non-DB exaltsThat and the fact that even those without the Immaculate Faith will still see non-DB exalts as punk bitches who don't deserve the rightful authority that DBs have at best, and someone to call the Immaculates on at worst. The Realm and its people have a MASSIVE vested interest in being the big kids on the block, even when the Immaculate Order isn't involved, and WILL try to knock down anyone they see trying to step up.Just look at what house Mnemon almost did to Tianna.
>>31468000Coral is a plutarchy and a powerful nation based on being essentially a giant trading/pirate/mafia hub. They believe that if you're not strong enough to protect your stuff then you deserve to be robbed, basically. What other nations consider corruption (paying state officials and magistrates to have favor treatment, etc) is the way things normally work there. They issue letters of marque and basically base their power on the fact that they can grant you immunity from (most) pirates... or sic them on you.Wavecrest is a loose alliance of large but rather poor islands. Think oceania/micronesia, with tribal customs, volcanoes, etc. They are a Realm client state, but don't contribute much in taxes because they don't HAVE much in the way of conventional wealth - heck, seashells are legal tender there. They are, however, a very large nation, geographically and in population, and the main source of not-fish food and freshwater in the west by virtue of having most of the land.Skullstone is a nation that has been taken over by a Deathlord, who represents some sort of undead messiah for them. He made an utopic/dystopic (depending on who you ask) nation where the dead and the living work side by side, and is the elephant in the room of western politics. They're obviously a superpower but play nice with all their neighbors and don't act particularly hostile , which makes them either misunderstood good guys who are victims of anti-undead prejudice, or conniving bastards playing a very deep game, again, depending on who you ask. Tianna has no embassy or contact with them (because they're fairly distant and because Amata is firmly in the "bastards playing a very deep game" camp).Any other questions?
So, during the last Exalted General, I learned a lot about Gem. Apparently, it's like an old west boom town that never stopped growing. Money and might make right, and noble/royal houses rotate in and out as fast as fortunes rise and fall. People there are so brutal that people often get sold into slavery over debts, and debtor families will often sell their children into slavery to at least make sure they have a say in who their kids go to.The current king - or Tyrant - is Rankar, a cunning, ruthless, and short-sighted man, who doesn't give a rats ass how Gem continues after he dies. He wants luxury and power, and everyone else can figure his shit out after he's gone. It's canon that he usurped his way into his current position with a small army of well-paid mercenaries, and to this day collects a 'licensing fee' from every business in Gem instead of taxes.What all this means is that Maka's family was probably in charge of Gem for a time before Rankar. They probably had some kind of lapse in funds, and Rankar used that opportunity to take over. Most of Maka's family is probably dead - and those who aren't dead have likely been sold into slavery. If beauty runs in her family, they're likely in someone's harem somewhere, and in dire need of rescuing.There was also mention of betrayal. That likely means at least one family member was helping Rankar - to undermine the house's finances at the very least.Thoughts?Here's a picture of a likely sibling.
>>31468311Where is Tianna located? It's geographically part of the Wavecrest, but the archipelago uis very long. Is it to the north,as some assume?
Rolled 10>>31468311Thanks for that EF, no other questions for now, I'll ask them if they pop up
>>31468339South-east, actually. put it somewhere in square C8 I guess.. Maybe in the future I'll make an edited map.
Rolled 10>>31468318Well, that's possibly the least PAULDRONS picture of armor I've ever seen.Aside from that, that sounds like a fairly likely backstory based on what little I know about both Gem and Maka's background. If some of Maka's family actually are in slavery, then that means we should move the timetable on reconquering Gem up dramatically. If they're not, then we should continue at our current pace.I'm wondering if Exaltedfag could chip in on how much of this is accurate. That could really quite dramatically affect how we aim ourselves long-term one way or the other. Or, at least, it could for me.
Rolled 9>>31468359Okay, so over a thousand miles from the Isle of Shadows. That's probably not the Abyssal staging ground, then. Thanks.
"What are your relations to the Lintha?" You ask him casually."Unfair competition." He replies. "And therefore, a threat to be removed. I hear they cause some trouble in Tianna from time to time."You nod. "Well, yes, Tianna's navy suffered a crushing defeat against them some time ago.""Yes." He repeats: "poor Rajan. Anyway, best of luck on removing those pests. They're a threat to legitimate businessmen everywhere.""I... see. Do you have any contact with Abyssals?""Why, yes we have an amicable relationship and a trade treaty with the Silver Prince and Skullstone. Some of his emissaries come and visit us every now and then, and we have a stable friendship."You scratch your head. he's so casual about it.>ask about pirates>ask about (what?)>turn to the other ambassador>say goodbye, meet someone else (who?)
Rolled 5>>31468394>turn to the other ambassadorWe need to at least make a token gesture of recognizing him, even if he doesn't want to talk.
>>31468394>turn to the other ambassador
Rolled 3>>31468394>turn to the other ambassadorWe haven't heard much from you
Rolled 2>>31468394>>turn to the other ambassador
Rolled 3>>31468318I like that backstory a lot, though if Maka's family are like her, they probably don't mind the "being a part of someone's harem" part so much as the "being a slave" part>>31468394>turn to the other ambassadorI don't like this one, he's a jerk without actually being an asshole, if that makes sense.
Rolled 2>>31468394>"Yes." He repeats: "poor RajanThe dude lost his balls didn't he?
Rolled 4>>31468425>he's a jerk without actually being an asshole, if that makes sense.Smug, the word you're looking for is smug>>31468451My memory is a bit hazy on the subject, but I'm 99% sure that Lintha castrate all non-Lintha
>>31468318Can someone correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the current Despot of Gem the son of the one who did the last coup?That would mean that our family is less likely to be enslaved, and that we weren't really a part of the ruling family during our life, since the coup happened many decades ago.
Rolled 6>>31468466It's not like we can't change it if it makes the story better, which in this case it does
>>31468481Not really. I though tit was hamfisted, contrived and, in general, bad and cliche.Don't use the "we," word unless you're talking about sex or beer.
Rolled 2>>31468504>I though tit was hamfisted, contrived and, in general, bad and cliche....too bad? We're already confirmed as a royal of Gem, usurped within our own lifetime. If the current ruling family of Gem has been ruling for multiple generations, that either means we're part of Rankar's family or that he usurped us.And the only time he used 'we' was to say that 'we' could change the story if we wanted to. Which is accurate, you cunt.
Rolled 9>>31468504Okay but we were confirmed to be Royalty in our lifetime, a Princess specifically according to the votes in the early threads, and we had to have had family at SOME point, and some people were obviously wondering what happened to them.I like this theory/explanation and hope EF goes with it, and so do at least a couple other people, so yes, "we" is appropriate
>>31468536You're awful salty about someone having an opinion that isn't your own there, mate.I said that your fanfiction was poorly executed and thoroughly cliched, not that what was already in place was bad. (Even that is ALSO thoroughly cliched, it's a very understandable/relateable/basically standard hero story)>>31468548I'm aware. I'm not refuting the existing story but expressing my distaste for what was just presented.I prefer the "betrayed by family (or whatever)," narrative more.
>>31468466I'm pretty sure that extent of our backstory hasn't been revealed so we don't know for certain, but given a comment Maka made about being driven our of Gem I'd wager that the coup/rebellion happened within the last few years. I doubt the leadership of Gem has changed hands in that small window of time and I suspect whatever members of our family survived are either also living under the radar in exile or suffering one of those horrible fates befitting ousted royalty.
Rolled 9>>31468563>I prefer the "betrayed by family (or whatever)," narrative more.Then tell us an alternative, for fuck's sake. Explain an alternative that fits in with Gem as-written while changing as few things as possible. I think, after all, that's what the point of that original post was.Also, you really were being a cunt. It's all in the presentation, and this?>Don't use the "we," word unless you're talking about sex or beer.That's cuntish.
Rolled 6So, I think it's definitely time that we need a confirmed backstory from Exaltedfag, since it's clear that some of us have conflicting ideas of what Maka's backstory might be.
Details will be decided during play as normal. We're not following the story as outlined in the official books strictly, and it might differ wildly in the end.The more you will choose options related to your past in Gem, the more chances to define it you will have.
>>31468587Presuming that you speak for everyone is cuntish.Unless you're suggesting having a dissenting suggestion is cuntish, which is an entirely different kind of cunty behavior.
>>31468598Just don't let them do anything moronic until I wake up in the morning.It's 5:30a, I'm clocking out.
Rolled 5>>31468563>I prefer the "betrayed by family (or whatever),">>31468318>There was also mention of betrayal. That likely means at least one family member was helping Rankar - to undermine the house's finances at the very least.They are not mutually exclusive, but if I had to pick one, I'd go with >>31468318 as it seems more thought out and while cliche, less so than "betrayed by family member"
Rolled 9>>31468598thank you for bringing that pointless argument to a closeas far as I can see, that sort of thinking when we don't know that knowledge about things relating to our families current state is metagaming pretty hard
Rolled 9>>31468600No, I'm saying that:>Don't use the "we," word unless you're talking about sex or beer.That right there? That's about the most cuntish, presumptuous, and rude way you could have put that. And, again, the guy wasn't speaking for everyone. The ONLY time he said 'we' was when saying that we could, collectively, change Gem's story. Not that 'we' had a consensus to that effect.You massive cunt.
Rolled 9>>31468610>but if I had to pick one, I'd go with >>31468318 as it seems more thought out and while cliche, less so than "betrayed by family member"Good thing you don't have to pick one then!Refer to >>31468598>>31468600>>31468623SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADYThat argument has outlived its usefullness and is now badly off topic, if you want to continue it, take to the QTG or /b/
Rolled 5>>31468598If you say so. I still feel like, until we know more about our life's situation in Gem, we'll just keep ignoring it. Knowing more about our backstory could extremely dramatically affect the direction we want to go with all this.For example, if it's confirmed that Maka has family members who are now sex slaves in someone's harem? That'll get me off my ass and wanting to go to Gem. As long as it's all an enigma? My default assumption is that there's nothing too important back there, and we may as well just stick around Tianna.
Rolled 5>>31468672I think we should, not now but soon, have a vote about the the status of Maka's family at least, who's alive, who's dead, the status of the living (who escaped, who was exiled and who was enslaved, and if anyone of the was a traitor)
Rolled 7>>31468702Yeah, I definitely agree with that. Maybe have a chat with Tia/Amata to that effect tonight after the celebrations, as an infodump?
Rolled 8>>31468718>tonight after the celebrationsAnon, we're not going to be doing any talking after the celebrations, atleast not serious talking, until well into tomorrow
Rolled 6>>31468748'Well into tomorrow' we'll be in an underwater gang bang. Tia and Amata need to know sooner, rather than later, our history, since they're our fiances. They'll be inheriting our drama with our marriage, the same way we're inheriting all of Tianna's drama and the drama of Ma Ha Suchi from them.
Rolled 5>>31468748The celebrations will probably go into tomorrow, since they're starting at night.I agree with >>31468702 and >>31468718 though first chance we get afterwords should be family related infodump to our harem
Rolled 8>>31468770I doubt we'd go straight to the underwater orgy tomorrow, we'd likely need to rest after today and prepare for it seeing as its 24hrs of being the oceans plaything
Rolled 2>>31468805I don't know how much longer we can afford to delay it. We were originally supposed to do it immediately after victory against the Fair Folk. That's going on a week ago, at this point.The ocean is not a thing you want to offend, because it's incredibly unforgiving.
Rolled 5>>31468770>drama of Ma Ha SuchiI had almost forgotten about that>>31468815Where is Flow anyway? We'll likely need her around for this.
Rolled 5>>31468830>Where is Flow anyway? We'll likely need her around for this.The ocean. I think it's literally a matter of just wading into the harbor and letting them know that our body is ready. Flow was just one representative of the Water Elemental Court anyway.
Rolled 4>>31468839Is the ocean all one big thing or was our agreement with a specific part of it?
Rolled 5>>31468850Our agreement was with the entire Water Elemental Court of the waters around Tianna - but yes, different regions have different courts, all answering to the Ocean Father. He's sort of the emperor of these regional courts.
After exchanging some pleasantries with Shelen Shar, you turn to the other abbasador. "...excuse me, so I have something on my face?" You ask with a dry smile, startling him.He takes a step back, suspiciously. He keeps his eyes on you, like a man lost in the forest, trying to stare down the tiger that suddenly appeared in front of him."...greetings?" He replies, incredibly guarded. He looks like he's desperately looking for an excuse to walk away.>toy with him>intimidate him>treat him gently>reassure him>seduce him>be friendly with him>be formal with him
Rolled 6>>31468885>reassure himalso>seduce himbecause I must pick this option every time it comes up
Rolled 6>>31468885>treat him gently>be friendly with him>be formal with himHe's clearly not in his comfort zone. No need to antagonize.
>>31468885>be friendly with himHe might be important. Let's not fuck over Tianna just to have some fun.
>>31468885>>reassure himLet's not cause an incident, but:>toy with himjuuuuust a little.
>>31468885>be friendly with himWhile messing with his head would be entertaining, he is a diplomat. So best be 'normal'.
>>31468885>toy with him>be friendly with himCake, eat, etc
Rolled 5>>31468885>be friendly with himLet's not freak him out, I'd actually rather not just out and reassure him, it'd be like a bear walking up to you and saying don't worry I won't eat you
Rolled 9>>31468885>treat him gently>seduce him
>>31468885>>be friendly with him>>be formal with him
Rolled 5>>31468885>be friendly with himCelestial exalts make people in wavecrest nervous.>Celestial Exalted are regarded with far more trepidation, not to say outright terror. If they are setting up a permanent base, then word is passed to the satrap with a request for Dynastic assistance, but if they are merely passing through, then Wavecrest islanders are likely to give the Celestial Exalted anything they may ask for, in order to get rid of them.
Rolled 9>>31468885Let's remember what Amata said>Don't hide it, be honest about it, but don't flaunt it. Don't use the A-word, not even to deny it
Rolled 2>>31468885>treat him gently>be friendly with him
>>31468885>seduce him>be friendly with him
Rolled 3>>31468968If he, or anyone, asks if we Anathema the correct response is "Yes, we are Exalted"
Rolled 7>>31468997>asks if we Anathemaif we ARE Anathema
Rolled 4>>31468997No, not 'yes.' Never 'yes.' The correct response is, "We are exalted" or "We are the chosen of the Sun." Even just something as simple as "We are a priestess of the sun" works. But NEVER say 'yes' to being asked if we're an anathema.
Rolled 3>>31469013Yeah that sounds better, I was more focused on avoiding using Anathema and overlooked how bad that "yes" could make us sounds
>>31469011We anathema now
>>31469013Yep, sounds right. And the 'Priestess of the Sun' answer should become the default answer to any such questions in the future. It's safe and simple.
Rolled 3>>31469029And perfectly, 100% true. Even when we aren't evangelizing, we're still a priestess to the sun.
Rolled 8>>31469013>Even just something as simple as "We are a priestess of the sun" works.we could say "We punch things in the face for the ball of fire in the sky for a living"
Rolled 8>>31469029That's hiding it, which is not following Amata's advise, and she seems to know what she's talking about most of the time, I prefer "We are Exalted"
Rolled 3>>31469043>ball of fire in the skyThat isn't even close to what the sun is in this setting.
Rolled 6>>31469051care to enlighten the unenlightened?
Rolled 1>>31469056The sun is a divine sphere. It's not on fire, made of fire, or involved with nuclear anything in any way. The light it casts is literally magical essence sent to burn away Creatures of Darkness and give light and life to those beneath it. It's the god-body of the Unconquered Sun and - if he were ever to die - it would come crashing down onto the world below in the form of a TRULY ENORMOUS starmetal meteorite.Ligier - in Hell - is the sciency version of the sun, that gives people cancer and stuff.
"Don't worry, I'm not going to eat you." You say, with a hint of humour, but seriously enough to let him know that no, you REALLY aren't going to eat him."Are you an Anath-""A Solar Exalted." You correct him. "I'm not a monster or a demon.""I... See." He doesn't seem all too reassured.A few seconds of extremely awkward silence follow."So... You're the ambassador for Wavecrest here in Tianna. What are your relations?" You try and strike up a conversation."W-we..." He hesitates. "We're friends, really.""The Feathered One, ruler of Wavecrest, considers Tianna to be part of the Archipelago." Samiel helpfully chimes in from behind you. "We, of course, disagree and stay independent.""We- we've never been at war or anything.""Sure, you never pushed your claim." He puts an arm around the nervous emissary's shoulders in a gesture of friendship. "Mostly because we have a stock of First Age weapons, right?""M-my nation rejects war as a means of aggression and conquest.""Even if you believe us to be a rebellious part of your nation.""We never used that word." He protests. In response, having clarified his point of view on te situation, Samiel takes another sip of wine and waltzes away.Leaving you two alone with each other again.>so, I kind of have plans to conquer you. Nothing personal.>I hope Wavecrest and Tianna will continue to enjoy peaceful relationships.>What can you tell me about the Realm?>we can probably unify Tianna and Wavecrest in some way in the future.>(other subject)>leave him alone, move to someone else
>>31469107>What can you tell me about the Realm?
>>31469107>What can you tell me about the Realm?Oh boy, let's get info.
Rolled 3>>31469107Don't say anything about alliance, uniting, or conquest. That's clearly a touchy subject, and NOT appropriate for this meeting.>What can you tell me about the Realm?This should be good. Understanding how he sees Wavecrest's status as a satrapy could be illuminating.
Rolled 7>>31469107>What can you tell me about the Realm?Lets change the subject.
Rolled 2>>31469107>What can you tell me about the Realm?This certainly couldn't be taken as fishing for information about future conquests
Rolled 9>>31469107>What can you tell me about the Realm?
Rolled 7>>31469107>>I hope Wavecrest and Tianna will continue to enjoy peaceful relationships.>>What can you tell me about the Realm?
Rolled 4>>31469107>What can you tell me about the Realm?
>>31469107>>What can you tell me about the Realm?Wavecrest's perspective could be interesting.And give us SOCIAL LINKS
"...and what can you tell me about the Realm?" You try asking."We enjoy the protection of the Realm as their most powerful ally in the West!" He blurts out like it was a magical litany of Protection against Anathema. "We export wheat, fruit and wood, as well as cowries, to the Realm in exchange for metals and goods, and shelter a considerable portion of their Western Fleet in our harbors."He is certainly eager to let you know that they have the Realm on their side and they will protect them if you try and start anything. You do have the suspicion that he's over-exaggerating Wavecrest's importance to try and intimidate you.It's not really working. Even if you are trying to make him feel at ease, he's sweating bullets. His fear of you is likely not particularly religious in nature: you don't see holy terror or fear of blasphemy in his eyes, but a very practical nervousness, the fear of a man that realizes he's locked in a metaphorical cage with a superhuman who is closer to a foe than to a friend.>make a proposal (what?)>ask him something specific (what?)>idle chat about non-political matters>leave him alone, move to someone else (who?)>other?
>>31469303>Tease him a little, then move on and see who Amata is chatting with.I can't resist the tease.
>>31469303Move on. No reason to antagonize the poor thing.
Rolled 6>>31469303seconding >>31469328
Rolled 6>>31469328Just a little bit
Rolled 10>>31469303I'll second >>31469328 but add in >I hope Wavecrest and Tianna will continue to enjoy peaceful relationships.
Rolled 8>>31469303>leave him alone, move to someone else Lets see what Amata is getting up to. I am still wondering what we should say on when we have to give a speech to everyone.
Rolled 4>>31469328this could be fun
>>31469303>>idle chat about non-political mattersI kinda want to fail horribly at calming him and make him even more neverous.
>>31469303>idle chat about non-political matters
Rolled 6>>31469303>>idle chat about non-political mattersthen >>31469381
Rolled 1>>31469303>leave him alone, move to someone else (Irene)
Rolled 10>>31469428>I kinda want to fail horribly at calming him and make him even more neverous.As funny as that would be, that will actually likely have massive, long-term repercussions for Tianna's political and military future.
>>31469328secondingwhy is he so scared of us? Sure, we could probably kill him, but so could Samiel or Amata or the city god
>>31469616Because us solar exalted are known for our incredible charisma and mind control.
Rolled 6>>31469616Because The Immaculate Order has been preaching for the about a millennium (longer than the Scarlet Empress has been around at least) that Solar Exalted are the equivalent of the devil, and that we want to corrupt his soul for no reason other than us being THAT evil
>>31469616Because everything he's ever been taught tells him we're a horrific demon wearing some woman's body like a freaky flesh puppet and is out to destroy creation, 's why.
>>31469616The Immaculate Order has a better PR department than us.
>>31469648>you don't see holy terror or fear of blasphemy in his eyes, but a very practical nervousness, the fear of a man that realizes he's locked in a metaphorical cage with a superhuman who is closer to a foe than to a friend.
The two of you keep chastting for another few minutes out of politeness, witho really adding much. After a bit, you glance at Amata, who is virtually surrounded by sycophants and attention-seekers. She blinks at you while keeping up an empty smile, a silent and desperate plea for help.You nod back at her, and then, to the Wavecrest ambassador: "It's been a pleasure talking with you, but I think queen Amata needs my assistance. I really hope that Tianna and Wavecrest can keep enjoying peaceful relationships in general."He lifts an eyebrow, suspicious at your "in general", but says nothing."...and if you ever come to regret your choices of allies, I'll always be there for you." you smile."...do you mean the Realm?""I might." you nod pleasantly, then turn and walk up to Amata, taking brief notice of Tia soundly sleeping on a chair, together with the two barbarian representatives and a prodigious amount of empty bottles scattered all around.The moment you join Amata's group, bit by bit almost everyone excuse themselves and leave, or quietly fall in the background staying silent. "Thank you." she whispers. "Are you bored yet?""Not really, though I have the feeling that you left the most interesting people I could meet out of this dinner on purpose." you reply."Exactly." she admits. "Because interesting also means troublesome."
Rolled 3>>31469668he most likely see us as a very powerful unknown figure, and has likely heard of our antics on and off the battlefield whereas with Amata, she's the queen of the country he deals with as ambassador, so she is a known quantity and not likely to use his face as a loincloth
>>31469668If a demon wearing a pretty girl as a fleshpuppet was chatting to me I'd be more worried about it eating my guts than any sort of theological implications.
"What about me?" you joke."You're the most interesting, and the most troulesome." she replies, grabbing your hand and taking a few steps towards the table, drawing attention. "And if you want troule..."As everyone's heads turn towards you and Amata, she raises her voice above the buzzing noise in the dinner hall: "A moment of attention, please!"The noise dies down."My good friend and ally Maka, a Chosen of the Sun who recently saved Tianna from a vicious Abyssal attack, dealt with piracy along our shores, secured an alliance between Tianna and the Northern Tribes, and put an end to the Wyldland of the Black Marsh!" she introduces you.The ensuing applause is incredibly weird, a mix of forced clapping, ironic slow claps, some enthusiastic noise and cheer, and occasional bouts of silence."I'd like Maka to do a little speech for us." she grins and pushes you in the centre of the room.Someone hastily and quietly leaves it, but most of the guests stay, staring you down with varied expressions.The noise dies down, leaving you complete silence. You can almost hear your own heartbeat.Talk about pressure.>what are you going to talk about?
>>31469616Millennia of both natural and UMI propaganda that those who claim to have powers from the Sun or Moon are actually abominations possessed by demons.
>>31469693>>what are you going to talk about?Tits.
Rolled 3>>31469693Whatever we talk about (I'm still deciding) we should use Inspired Performance Style since we can use 1 essence without flaring our anima
>>31469693>what are you going to talk about?How we're going to deal with the Lintha?
Rolled 5>>31469693>what are you going to talk about?We have to give another speech in front of the citizens of Tianna, would it matter if they were similar?
Rolled 5>>31469693>what are you going to talk about?Our deep respect and appreciation to Tianna and its people. Make it clear, from our tone, that WE are thanking THEM for taking us in during our time of need. We're not trying to lord over them or presume anything - we're grateful, and everything we do stems from that gratitude.And use our new Performance charm too.
Rolled 2>>31469693Well we made absolutely no preperation about this. So what do we talk about?Other than the general stuff like thanking allies, promising we will work for the good of Tianna and such.
Rolled 8>>31469740Nah this is more of an informal victory speech, we should say something along the lines of us doing for our dear friend Amata who helped us when we needed it, we would do anything to help her and this city
Rolled 6>>31469750Eh, this works.
Rolled 8>>31469750Sounds good to me. Amata and Tia can play up our accomplishments - we should stay humble and, instead, play up Tianna and its allies.
Rolled 4>>31469771> Amata and Tia can play up our accomplishmentsThey'll need to if our rolls keep being this shit
>>31469750secondingmaybe add in how we're glad we could give something back by dealing with the Wyld.
Rolled 9>>31469693Seconding >>31469750and use Inspired Performance Style
Rolled 2>>31469754>thanking allies, promising we will work for the good of TiannaShould be about enough. We don't need to tell much.
Rolled 4>>31469783forgot by rolland use our Performance Charm
Rolled 9>>31469693Something like >>31469750, but framed as a victory speech rather than a thank you speech>>31469731Defiantly use our new charm, and try to suppress our anima
Rolled 2>>31469727Also ass
Rolled 2>>31469731>since we can use 1 essence without flaring our animacan we? I didn't know we could do that
Rolled 1Definitely activating IPSI hope no one here can detect essence use, that would suck
Rolled 10>>31469819EF confirmed that the first mote spent in a scene doesn't flare our anima, and that the second shows off our caste mark.
Rolled 6>>31469819I think EF mentioned that at one point, it's to represent the personal pool from regular exalted I think
Rolled 1>>31469797seconding this
Rolled 2>>31469831ah cool, so if I understand, the celebration will be a different scene, so could use the same charm then without flaring our castemark?
Rolled 9>>31469862We actually WANT to show off our caste mark and anima during the celebration scene. This is our public debut - we don't want to hide who and what we are. Neither flaunt nor hide it - that's what Amata said. For now, though, it's better not to flare it, which is fine, because we won't.
Rolled 4>>31469862The first dot is meant to represent the personal pool I think, it won't flare unless we want it to, the rest I believe represent the peripheral pool, and will always flare
Rolled 9>>31469797Thirding. Gratitude and celebration of Tianna (and us) kicking butt.
Rolled 10>>31469797I just noticed I used Defiantly here when I meant Definitely, that's a BIG difference, so I'm making it known, even though I'm pretty sure people got my intent anyway
So dragon blooded women are supposedly really picky about who they have kids with since pregnancy makes them age like crazy.Wonder if Amata's having fantasies about having Maka's kids?(Tia could probably arrange something. Or lel wyld)
[INSPIRED PERFORMANCE STYLE] [ESSENCE 4/5]Social + Zenith + IPS = 3 5 5 2 4 8 6 8 4 9 =3 succesesYou flash a smile at the small crowd. "That's... Way too much praise, Amata. I did none of those things on my own, nor could I have."You look around, involving the people around you in your speech."This, all of this, has definely been a success born out of teamwork. Starting from the Queen herself and the royal family, down to everyone who took part in these operations. Everyone gave its best. And, probably, I've been the one whose life have been saved by you. Ever since long before I was Chosen, I was a guest of this beautiful kingdom, which I consider, by now, my second homeland. I can only hope that what I've done can begin to repay this kindness you've showed me."Some more clapping follows. The crowd seems a bit appreciative of the humility you're showing. At least they don't think you're a power-mad god-queen.Or, perhaps, they've decided that you're good at hiding it. Still, at least some of them seem to genuinely appreciate your short speech."Incidentally." Amata steps forward, grabbing your hand, this time not to pull you anywhere, but as a genuine gesture of affection. "I and Maka also have an announcement to make."Samiel and Irene begin clapping and grinning already. The rest of the room grows silent again. It takes you a moment to realize what she's about to do.She looks at you with a big grin and winks suggestively, seeking your approval....you have NO IDEA of the political fallout making the announcement now would cause, and you have to wonder if Amata considered it or just wants to cause some chaos.>nod affirmatively>shake your head negatively>take charge (say it yourself)>take charge (change the flow of the speech)
>>31470021Pregnancy only makes them age like crazy IF they have em more than every 5 years or so.
Rolled 5>>31470021One kid every five years doesn't make them age extra fast, though. And half the reason she picked Maka was probably to let her have a loving concubine that didn't risk getting her pregnant. Honestly, if anyone were to switch sexes so someone's baby could be born, she would probably want to plant one in us.But we're already probably pregnant with Tia's love child(ren).
>>31470034>nod affirmativelyYeah, we Queen soon
Rolled 3>>31470034>nod affirmativelyThe queen needs to be the one to announce it. Otherwise, it really would look like we're grabbing for power. Blush and look like she's the one in control - which she may well be - when she announces it.
Rolled 1>>31470034>nod affirmativelyfuck if we know whether politically its good, thats Amata's job, we just punch things if they disagree with her, then fuck them
>>31470045>she would probably want to plant one in us.As if Maka's kids won't already have enough issues figuring out whether to call people mom or dad...
Rolled 7>>31470050>>31470064>>31470067guys, turn those dice on, we don't know if we need them or not, but its better to have them anyway
>>31470034Uhh, have we even talked to Amata about how things would even work with holdings?
Rolled 2>>31470098For real. Just saying, though, if sex-change magic is going to be used, you can be sure that Amata will want to be on the end that doesn't make sex with a man for the next five years a serious health risk.
Rolled 5>>31470034>nod affirmativelyWavecrust guy is gonna shit a brick if he's still in the room.
Rolled 6>>31470034>nod affirmativelyWe should totally be grabbing her butt as more encouragement
Rolled 7>>31470021Neomah my friend, the solution to all your reproduction related problems
Rolled 10>>31470148Even simpler, Tia can learn a knack that would let her temporarily shapeshift someone else, she could just turn us into a dude for a while
Rolled 10>>31470034>nod affirmatively>>31470159but then the children only have 2 parents, with Neomah you can have our entire harem be the (genetic) parents
Rolled 4>>31470159>she could just turn us into a dude for a whilesee >>31470130>you can be sure that Amata will want to be on the end that doesn't make sex with a man for the next five years a serious health risk.
Rolled 9>>31470130I get that. I just think that since it kinda looks like she married politically and gave up on love for her nation, she might jump at the chance to have at least one kid with someone she loves.Not that I think in the slightest that she regrets having her current kids or anything, but, y'know.
Rolled 5>>31470034>nod affirmativelyWhat's the worst that could happenThe Immaculate Order preaching to the population that the royal family have fallen to the evil Anathema plots and that they will need to rebel or be slaves to a horrific demon forever.
Rolled 1>>31470034>nod affirmativelyOh, Amata. You saucy, mischievous minx.
Rolled 10>>31470178Right. I can understand that. But if she's going to be switching it up, she may as well try being a father too. It's what all of the cool kids in Maka's harem will be doing these days.I unironically want Maka to have Tia's gold-and-silver twins.
Rolled 4>>31470207We are everyone's waifu
Rolled 5>>31470207>Maka to have Tia's gold-and-silver twins.So do I anon
>>31470178I suspect that Amata's husband will be making an appearance in the future after this announcement.
Rolled 4>>31470207It'll give us an excuse to start being domestic, a full year we can't go around being punchy is time we'll spend doing Bureaucracy stuff
Rolled 3>>31470241Solars that are pregnant stay punchy for a surprising long time
Rolled 8>>31470241>a full yearIt's only a full, 15 month year for DB mothers. It's the normal nine months for Celestials, unless I'm mistaken.Yet another reason Amata would be better-off being the father.
Rolled 6>>31470207Also a good point.Maybe they'll take turns making kids?
Rolled 1>>31470280>an entire herd of Solar/Lunar half-castes with strong DB bloodlinesIt's like you're TRYING to engineer a race of super-offspring to carry on after we die in a few thousand years.I approve.
Rolled 10>>31470265>That awkward moment when you catch two of your three moms having a quickie with your half-sister from mom#3(who is technically your dad, but is your half-sister's mom)
Rolled 8>>31470316Well, my brain hurts now. Thanks.
Rolled 7>>31470316>>31470332>That awkward moment when you catch two of your three moms having a quickie with your half-sister from mom#3(who is technically your dad, but is your half-sister's mom)>That awkward moment when you catch Maka-Mom and Tia-Mom having a quickie with Irene, your half-sister from Amata-Mom(who is technically your dad, but is your half-sister's mom)It's narrated from the perspective of a child who has Maka as a mother and Amata as a father who walks in on Maka and Tia plowing Irene.
>>31470360>Jaded Regis walks in, carrying tea, "You get used to it."
Rolled 10>>31470360thank you for explaining, now I am aroused
Rolled 6>>31470360There's less incest in that scenario than I thought.I disapprove
Rolled 8>>31470408I'm picturing Regis ending up the Alfred/babysitter/bodyguard to our children, the first recipient of each new permanent minion-buff that we unlock.
Rolled 7>>31470411The royal family kids now assemble family shrubs in primary school projects.
Rolled 1>>31470422With Millie as the nanny.
Rolled 1>>31470435Yes, also badassified using Solar training charms.
>>31470422>yfw we'll never be able to give Regis Youth Restoring Benison
>>31470435>>31470449>Ninja Nanny Maid looking after childrenI like those women.
Rolled 2>>31470449She'll need Maxed Zenith just so Physical 3 Regis doesn't completely break her in bed.
Do we know about the various essence unlockers Op mentioned in character? I ask because if we do we could suggest to Smoke that she organize a mortal tournament in her honor, the prize being awakened essence. Make it a semi regular thing, and she all of a sudden gets much more popular.
>>31470449Brawler butler and ninja maid!
Rolled 2>>31470463Sooner or later, they're both going to be Physical 3, Zenith 3, Dawn 3. Probably later, rather than sooner, but still.
Rolled 2>>31470473Swashbuckler butler. Comes from a pirate town, after all.
Rolled 10>>31470473>Within a month the 13-year-old butler and maid are two of the most physically powerful people in the kingdom, on a par with some of the weaker dragonbloodedOh boy
Rolled 9>>31470522Assuming each started at Dawn 0, Zenith 1, Physical 1, it would take exactly 7 days apiece to train each of them to 3/3/3.
Like the master politician she is, Amata lets the suspenseful silence longer just long enough to leave people wondering and curious without stretchving the wait too thin, before sliding an arm around your waist and proclaiming: "We plan to get married sometime soon."Then, in the stone dead complete silence of the vast dining hall, in front of everyone, she kisses you. Deeply.About other ten seconds pass by before the room completely explodes with the noise of everyone talking with everyone else at the same time. You can easily imagine what most of those conversations are about, and the crowd even manages to win its suspicion of you as it closes in in confusion.Some talk about appropriateness, other about religion, some about state concerns, or forbidden love, or political ties, or the Crown or Gem, or technicalities of the laws of succession, or motivations."Above every other noise, however, Amata's voice rings crystal clear: "This is not about alliances, or about uniting the crowns of Gem and Tianna, or any other political concern. This is about love. And I wouldn't give Maka up for the Scarlet Throne."It's better to leave everything in her hands. She seems in control. Besides, she NEEDS to be in control, in front of these people.And she is. You see her standing proudly, positively shining, the focal point of the room. She sweeps you gently off your feet, lifting you up in her arms. "With this, we will be taking our leave."The questioning crowd follows you up to the doors of the room in a whirling chaos, but they are closed just after your exit. Millian, standing just behind them, gives you a thumbs-up.You look up to Amata. "How long do we have before the festival and dance?""I'm the queen." she replies, picking up speed, steering towards her bedroom."I'm not complaining." you point out. "I could do with some warm-ups first."(Cont.)
Rolled 5WaitwaitwaitThe coral ambassador said they're on good terms with the abyssalsThe abyssals who attacked us had explicit orders to not fuck up the cityTHE WHOLE THING WAS A CORAL-SPONSORED TAKEOVER
>>31470546>some talk about forbidden loveseriously? poor plebs.
Rolled 3>>31470546>She sweeps you gently off your feet, lifting you up in her arms.Maka the Solar Waifu
Rolled 9>>31470546AMATA ALSO AWESOME HUSBANDO
>>31470559Nope. They're friends with a different set of abyssals.
Rolled 3>>31470559'Abyssals' are not a unified faction, and Skullstone is literally on the opposite end of the West, more than 3,000 miles away.It wasn't the Silver Prince's faction.
Rolled 3>>31470574We are SO best waifu, collecting all the husbandos
Rolled 2>>31470574I'm 100% okay with being the waifu of all of these husbandos.
>>31470586We don't know who those two work for, but they have to have some kind of support base to operate that airship.
>>31470615We were told OOC that its a homebrew abyssal.
Rolled 5>>31470608>>31470594Maka's Milkshake brings all the gender-fluids to to her yard
>>31470546>This is about love. And I wouldn't give Maka up for the Scarlet Throne.Making this awesome lady happy. You're doing Conky's work, fellow anons.
Rolled 1>>31470620No reason he can't be based in Shiny princie's realm tho
She slams the bedroom door behind her and gently drops you on her bed."You're not going to lock it?" you wonder."Two nights ago you didn't seem terribly opposed to more people joining." she gently tugs at your dress' neckline to the sides, climbing in bed with you.You meant guests from the dinner disturbing you, of course, but thinking about it, you could probably leave the door open and no one would still be bothering you."And why does everyone want to drag me to a bedroom?" you ask a bit ironically, as most of your past days have been spent that way. You're not complaining about that, either."Because doing it on the table would have been a bit undignified. Before being married, at least." she replies, as your little dress flies away."Why did you decide to tell everyone now? I thought you wanted to keep it a secret." you're struck with one more question, as your hands gently peel Amata's own elaborate dress off."Immaculates in Tianna are seeking assistance from the Realm to drive you out. All covert, of course. Meanwhile, there's a rather sizeable minority in town who is growing very supportive of you. Making our marriage official will legitimize you and give support to this faction, while keeping the Immaculates from acting too rashly, since they don't want to move against me.""Doesn't it make the situation more volatile?"'Yes, but there was no way around it and I had to act quickly. At least like this we're balancing them out."(Cont.)(Might AFK a bit)
>>31470634She. The guy might be her Lunar mate.
Rolled 3>>31470644>>"Immaculates in Tianna are seeking assistance from the Realm to drive you out. All covert, of course. Meanwhile, there's a rather sizeable minority in town who is growing very supportive of you. Making our marriage official will legitimize you and give support to this faction, while keeping the Immaculates from acting too rashly, since they don't want to move against me.">"Doesn't it make the situation more volatile?">'Yes, but there was no way around it and I had to act quickly. At least like this we're balancing them out."Amata, you are fucking BEAUTIFUL when you make swift and decisive political maneuvers.
Rolled 5>>31470653Abyssals have lunar mates?
Rolled 1>>31470644This womanThis fucking womanHoly shit you ballsy, brilliant MILFMaka attracts the BEST partners ever.
>>31470677Abyssals are corrupted solars so yeah.
>>31470668That she is. That she is.
Rolled 1>>31470644I'm so glad we decided to marry Amata
Rolled 1>>31470668>Amata, you are fucking BEAUTIFUL when you make swift and decisive political maneuvers.Agree, Amata is a beautiful politician and Tia is a beautiful general (ramp of corpses best strategy of all time).Maka is best waifu with best husbando's
>>31470668And she's so hot when we talk politics while having sex.
Rolled 4>>31470677Abyssals and Infernals both have Lunar mates. They're 150 of the original 300 Solars who got stolen and corrupted by the Neverborn and Yozi, respectively. That means, of the 300 Lunars, 150 of them have corrupted mates.Tia would have been heart-broken. And would have dragged us onto a redemption quest if we weren't on one already.
>>31470714> "Oh yeah baby, lay out your plans for the annual budget for me. Give me some of that foreign policy action! Unf!"
Rolled 9>>31470677The are corrupted solar exalts, not in the sense that a solar exalt became one, but in the sense that the death lords stole 150 of the 300 solar exaltation and used 100 of them to make the Abyssalthe other 50 are Green Sun Princes, Servants of the Yozi.An Abyssal can be redeemed through hard work to return to Solar Exalthood, and finding their Lunar Mate can help with that, provided they aren't just okay with the Abyssal being an Abyssal.Green Sun Princes can't be redeemed because they were changed to much by the Yozi
Rolled 9>>31470725Tia was pretty crazy when we first met her, she might have been okay with us being an Abyssal/Green Sun Prince(ess) if it meant she got to stay with us
>>31470761Yeah, you know. Amata and Tia (so far).
Rolled 5>>31470761Archetypes, bro.Also Tia is male half the time anyway so what the fuck ever..
Rolled 8>>31470769>>31470770I think it was the apostrophe. Husbando's is possessive - husbandos is plural.
>>31470767"You want to kill Creation, and I'm good at killing in general. I don't see a conflict."
Rolled 7>>31470770Man I wonderGiven Female Maka's stonking huge titsIf genderflipped Maka's equipment would be proportionately sized
Rolled 7>>31470770>Also Tia is male half the time anyway so what the fuck ever..What utter nonsense is this? She's only male a third the time, female a third the time, and 'other' a third the time.
Rolled 7>>31470767I think she was more crazy from not having found us, and finding us and realising we want to be with her and do love her made her cool downshe's still crazy and I love her for it though
Rolled 6>>31470795>your face when gender-flipped Maka is still super feminine>slender frame, tiny genitals, super-trap
Rolled 7>>31470644>"And why does everyone want to drag me to a bedroom?"we really need to diversify our sex locations
>>31470743>Green Sun Princes can't be redeemed because they were changed to much by the YoziWhich is fine, Infernals have their own 'opt out' clause, if they're crafty enough. They can become their own Yozis
Rolled 1>>31470783well our husbando's are possessive>>31470814nah, she's be beautifully bronzed with abs carved from granite and VERY well endowed
Rolled 9>>31470767You are now imagining Midnight Caste Abyssal Maka and Malefactor Caste Infernal Maka
Rolled 5>>31470795Very yes.
>>31470800male Tia 2edgy4me
Rolled 9>>31470825>BoyTia and DudeMaka spend all night posing and comparing their chiselled abs
Rolled 6>>31470817>They can become their own YozisPrimordials, actually. Yozis are all crippled and stuck in Malfeas.
Rolled 10>>31470817>>31470856My point was, they can't become Solars again unless someone managed to steal the actual Exaltation and return it to the Unconquered Sun for cleansing
>>31470787It's more that a high bond can override their instinct to protect creation. ( See: Five Waves Fury from KoC)
Rolled 8>>31470743Doesn't I also say in MoEP: Infernals that Infernals are brainwashed to become evil after they accept their infernal exaltation?
Rolled 10>>31470885True, but they can turn prison snitch against the Reclamation and get a full pardon from Heaven while still alive.
Rolled 4>>31470903Nope. There was a bit in chapters 1/2 about getting gang-raped by demons, but anyone who actually treats those chapters as canon is a fucking moron. Infernals go rogue all the time, and are actually supposed to be constantly exploiting Acts of Villainy to cheese it up and get out of the consequences of their Yozi masters.
>>31470926Actually, being 'raped into submission' by unthinkable horrors which predate and constructed reality is probably the reason so many Infernals go rogue in the first place.
>>31470714Ok, now i think i might have a new scheme for our people who want to go Federation or Fleetlord.We build up our pirate fleet up work with Tianna Admiral and go about hunting Lintha and other problems, and perhaps in doing so court the Coral Archipelago for admission in their trade/piracy club so we can have our navy do legitimate buisness and benefit from their conrtacts and support.We could then slowly social-fu them into something that both we, our DBs and Lunars like somewhat and work someway to make them a serious naval and ecconomic power.considering we are supposed to have a strong land army on the island, Celestial Exalted, access to small ammounts of gossamer and with the new Manses and First age weapons we could become a considerable powerblock in the Coral political arena enouch to find out allies in the plutocracy and shape it into something we can use.And then take over and invade Wavecrest with Coral support. We are going to take the lions share of it since we will be the land army and marine, of course and we are going to use said massive population to increase our growing superiority in manpower in comparison to other coral factions. Use that to reinforce our armies and jumpstart a ecconomic rebirth, and have a Archipelagos united in the west.
Rolled 2>>31470950>And then take over and invade Wavecrest with Coral support.Coral wouldn't support that. They're pirates and merchants, not conquerors. With how they have the politics and economy set up, they would have nothing to gain and everything to lose by having Wavecrest conquered by a strong, cohesive power.
Rolled 3>>31470970>>31470950Given the way the Coral ambassador was talking it seems pretty obvious that Coral's behind most, if not all the problems - Pirates, Lintha, Possibly abyssals...
>>31470970Well the idea behind it would be that we are going to be in Coral.And its not hard to get people to do things that are against their comunal interests., if one is on the inside.It will enssentialy mean that Coral can get a flat fee on trade in Wavecrest without bothering to piracy there, and its not like they have much prizes there or most likely they are aslo bought off their back.Also its easier to take the coral from inside and then break it up and reform it into a cohesive force, than actualy try to fight them or having to buy their assistance against potential realm military aid in wavecrest, only to be outbidded by the realm..
Rolled 2>>31471004...what? No, they're definitely not. Coral detests the Lintha because they're the worst possible competition to their privateers and NOBODY allies with the Lintha, and Skullstone is way too far away to be the Abyssals targeting Tianna. Hell, even Tianna's pirates are freelancers, because Tianna pays their tithe to keep the privateers off their back.Coral is, if anything, actively the least-antagonistic party to Tianna.What the fuck are you talking about, dude?
Rolled 1>>31471032Less complicated optionAPPLY FIST
Rolled 6>>31470950If we deal with Wavecrest we will have to deal with the volcano gods. Not really sure how we can deal with them.What we really need is to get a Misho to join us, then we have have fun with Artifacts and Wyld shaping.
Rolled 6>>31471064My shadowruns will be vindicatedyou'll see
Rolled 3>>31471032Coral just plain wouldn't be into it. It would require WAY too much extremely-unpopular reform on their part when they already have a good thing going. Alliances are built on offering something that someone else wants but doesn't have, not offering them something that's no real improvement and requires additional effort on their part.Our best strategy is to keep them neutral to what we're doing.
>>31471065I do not understand. Please explain.What is this less complicated option?
Rolled 6>>31471075>If we deal with Wavecrest we will have to deal with the volcano gods.>Not really sure how we can deal with them.Punch, fuck, force submissionrinse, repeat
>Tia never takes off the gloves and stockings>Because they're her tell>Male Tia has gloves and stockings.
Rolled 1>>31471075>If we deal with Wavecrest we will have to deal with the volcano gods.>Not really sure how we can deal with them.Same way the Immaculate order deals with uppity human-sacrificing gods.Except instead of applying Immacculate monks we use various allied exalted and/or tiger-warriored heroic mortals.Really, apart from the whole "fuck Solars/Lunars" bit the Immacculate faith is quite efficient for dealing with uppity gods.
Rolled 7>>31471113no idea about anything exalted outside this quest, but whats a 'tell'?
Rolled 7>>31471113I think they're thigh-high boots, not stockings.Still, tell me that form-fitting leather boots on those toned thighs isn't hot as anything.
>>31471139All Lunars have something that shows through on all of their forms, marking them as a Lunar. Could be a group of feathers or something.
Rolled 7>>31471113>Because they're her tellNo, that's not how that works. A Tell is always a feature from your totem animal form. Tia's green hair is probably her Tell.
Rolled 3>>31471139Lunars, supposedly the best shapeshifters among the Exalted have something that they have no matter what form they take, so you can always identify them.
Rolled 2>>31471162It's psychically hard to notice, though, and can be made even harder to notice with certain knacks.
Rolled 8Anyone got that "stop jerking off to the Immaculate texts" comic?
Rolled 3>>31471154>>31471162rightnow I'm imagining kraken form Tia and all her various "I must ravish Maka like the world is ending" forms, with her elbow length gloves and thigh-high stockings/boots still showing, while she's transformedshe just gets more adorable every second
Rolled 1>>31471190>now I'm imagining kraken form Tia and all her various "I must ravish Maka like the world is ending" forms, with her elbow length gloves and thigh-high stockings/boots still showing, while she's transformedWell, you shouldn't, because those boots and stockings literally cannot be her tell. They're just a fashion choice.
Rolled 5>>31471203aww, can it be a fashion choice to keep them through her transformations?
Rolled 8>>31471216Sure. They're just not her Tell. The Tell is ALWAYS a physical feature from their totem animal form. Which, for her, is a praying mantis.
>>31470970Coral wants to be conquerors. They however don't really know what their getting into. They're mortal military is quite good, but thier magical division is terrible, and they don't quite know how bad it is, or how important magical support is.
Rolled 2>>31471270>Coral wants to be conquerors.No, they really don't. Their entire culture and infrastructure is built around trade and privateers. They're fully aware that turning conqueror would ruin their revenue streams, and by extension their ability to sustain themselves. We would have to offer something that outweighs that MASSIVE drawback for them to want to start conquering.ESPECIALLY if their supposed target of conquest is a Realm satrapy.It's just a bad idea all around.
You spend an enjoyable half a hour with your future wife, wishing it could be longer. But, in the end, you have to leave the bed and move to the wardrobe room, where with her and Regis' help you get ready for your dance. The butler has helpfully brought Tia over as well.You were worried she might have been drunk as hell by now, but apparently she holds alcohol magnificently....actually, knowing her, she could probably drink under the table all of the Three Rivers tribes and walk out of it only a bit tipsy."...so what did those two barbarians want with you, Tia?" you ask her. "I thought they were here in Tianna on some kind of official mission or something, but all they did was stay with you and drink a lot.""They were pretty noisy, too." Amata mentions. "Well, at least until they passed out.""Oh, they wanted to know if I really intend to leave the Three Rivers.""What did you answer?""Yes. Then they said that they want to stay with me."You and Amata exchange glances, wondering what sort of tribe would be one willing to stick with Tia like that."I thought you weren't interested in the barbarian tribes of the north." Amata remembers."I didn't spend much time with them." she replies. "I don't hate them or anything, I just didn't care much. But a tribe, after the battle, decided to come with me. They asked me to be their chieftan.""And...""I said I'd be thinking about it." she makes a short pause. "I don't know. I'm not sure I can be a good leader like the two of you are. Maybe they're making a mistake. And I don't know what kind of life I could give them, or how much they'd have to change their customs and traditions to adapt. What should I tell them?">to follow you>to return to their lands
>>31471162The base DV on the protection from noticing it is 12, so it's really hard to see unless you know you're looking for a Lunar or actually know the Lunar. In practice the effect works like the Somebody Else's Problem field: it's always there and clearly visible, but everyone just can't see it.
Rolled 3>>31471301>to follow youThey've made their choice, and are apparently willing to change. You aren't forcing anything that they aren't literally asking for on them.
Rolled 5>>31471301>to follow youmore minions, why not>>31471305it's still retarded
Rolled 7>>31471301>to return to their lands and watch us as we shape the world, then decide whether they want in or not
Rolled 10>>31471301>>to follow you
Rolled 9>>31471301>>to return to their lands
>>31471289Yes they do. Its a terrible idea, but that doesn't mean the don't want to do it, at least according to 2nd ed fluff.
Rolled 9>>31471301>to follow youWe'll help you and give you advice if you think you need it, but if it's something they want to do you should let them know they might have to change and if it's what they really want
>>31471129>Really, apart from the whole "fuck Solars/Lunars" bit the Immacculate faith is quite efficient for dealing with uppity gods.Less so at the bureaucratic corruption that plagues Yu Shan.
Rolled 1>>31471301>>to follow youWell, all the rest of us has mortal backup now, so it's only fair.Perhaps they can be the nucleus of our new city in the reclaimed lands.
>>31471231They may be covering her tell. Maybe her tell is spiky/chitinous protrusions like on a Mantis' arms/legs and the gloves hide them. You can hide a tell with clothes, you know.
>>31471356Well it means it wont be that hard to convince them to help us out and then go on a campaign to reforge them ito something we like a bit more.>>31471301>If they know what you are all about they made their choice, I guess. We could see about beeing certain of this but this is in essence your choice.I am thinking Marines. Marines for our fledgling flotilla. That or civilians for our western parts of the island.But that would depend on Tia and how she wants to go about it
Rolled 6>>31471399Perhaps. Personally, I expect it's just her hair. I wouldn't be too surprised if she had limbs covered in armor-like chitin from the knee/elbow down, though.
>>31471301Tell Tia to lay it out honestly to them. That if they follow her, they'll likely have to change their practices and beliefs. If they still want to, then OK. Then go to Amata and ask if we can gradually incorporate the Tribesmen values of self-reliance and hard work into Tianna.
You think about it for a moment."...I think you're not giving yourself enough credit, Tia. I think you can be a good chieftan for them. And, if you don't know how to... You can learn."She doesn't reply, but you can tell she accepted your answer and will ponder it later.While both of your future spouses are cheerfully applying the oil on your skin (maybe a bit TOO cheerfully), Amata, apparently feeling a bit moody, sighs: "Sometimes I really envy you, Maka"."Why?" Tia asks back. "I mean, they're not as huge, but you've got a very nice pair yourself-""...I didn't mean that." she frowns. "You're so sure of yourself, so honest. I mean, the Exaltation really brought that up, but even before... You were always like this." she looks at her toes, momentarily depressed."...what's wrong?" you ask."I'm wondering... Do I really deserve to be as happy as you're making me? I'm a bad person.""You're not." you reply without hesitation."I lie. Lying is my job. Lying, cheating, tricking and manipulating peole is how I keep together my kingdom." she looks straight in your eyes, and you see a flicker in hers. They well up, full with tears. "...I've lied to my kids, too. Even to you.">I don't want you to lie to me from now on.>then tell me the truth right now.>you can lie for a good cause.>as long as our love is real, I don't care.>it's okay. I trust you.
Rolled 8>>31471580>as long as our love is real, I don't care.>it's okay. I trust you.
Rolled 4>>31471580>as long as our love is real, I don't care.>it's okay. I trust you.There's nothing wrong with using Manipulation instead of Charisma
Rolled 8>>31471580>as long as our love is real, I don't care.>then tell me the truth right now.We'll accept anything as long as we can trust her, and she can tell us anything if it hurts that bad to lie and keep secrets.
>>31471580>>it's okay. I trust you.There will be less time-pressing occasions for heart-to-heart confessionals.Given that this is a bunch of women, it'll probably be while on a couch scarfing an ungodly quantity of icecream or other confection.
>>31471580>as long as our love is real, I don't care.Amata best waifu. Tia best husbando. There's nothing we can't do with them by our side, and nothing they can't do with us by their side.
Rolled 10>>31471580>you can lie for a good cause.>it's okay. I trust you.She's the politician among us, lying is part of her job
Rolled 9>>31471580>you can lie for a good cause.>as long as our love is real, I don't care.>it's okay. I trust you.Such is the realities of rulership. But does it matter? >>31471620Might look like pic related.
Rolled 7>>31471620>Given that this is a bunch of women, it'll probably be while on a couch scarfing an ungodly quantity of icecream or other confection.Or while in the large baths of our new manse
>>31471580>There is little point in liying to me considering we are to be wed, and if you belive i have your best intrest at heart. Who knows i might be able to help out or figgure out some exit strategy out of this mess together, because it seems that right now you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. I can imaggine how it is you know, a piece of wall was enough to put me down after all...
Rolled 5>>31471580>it's okay. I trust you.>you can lie for a good cause.>as long as our love is real, I don't care.Basically, we know she's good at polticiking and lying and manipulation. Doesn't mean she's bad at all. It covers a lot of the bases Tia and Maka are shit at anyway.Basically we've got to convince her her strengths aren't inherently bad.
>>31471665>>31471665>>31471606You are aware she could be in league with the Abyssals or something similarly bad to save Tianna from destruction by becoming a vassal or something similar.iIf we had said information we might use it.
Rolled 9>>31471746If it's that bad she's probably about to come out and say it anyway.I really don't think it's that bad,I expect this is more about her "husband", given the context.
>>31471580>>I don't want you to lie to me from now on.>as long as our love is real, I don't care.
Rolled 5>>31471664>>31471665We’re not going to hold it against her, yeah. I mean it's her job and she's damn good at it.
Rolled 10>>31471580>it's okay. I trust you."Now time for a quick make-up make-out, sugar."
Rolled 1>>31471580>as long as our love is real, I don't care.>it's okay. I trust you.I'm fine with her lying to us if she thinks it snecessary, I trust her judgement on things like that, I'd like to know eventually, but we'll never hold it against her or anything
Rolled 8>>31471580"Lying and politics is a part of being human, Amata. It's as natural as fire is to nature. It can be used badly, but I know you of all people would do it with good reasons and the best of intentions. It's one of the reasons I love you like I do.You are not a bad person at all. You're the farthest thing from it. And I know I wouldn't have the chance to be who I am without you making it possible. I rely on you and your skills more than ever now."
Rolled 10>>31471580>you can lie for a good cause.>then tell me the truth right now.As much as I trust her, I'd really like to know exactly what it is that's eating her up.
You gently put your finger on her lips."...Do you love me?" You whisper to her.She nods."Do I need to know anything other than that right now?"She shakes her head.You remove the finger and kiss her, sliding your body against her. Your oiled skin slips and slides on her effortlessly."You have a more public performance in a few minutes, Maka." Regis, helpful as always, suggests. You cut it short with a second kiss before parting ways. "We'll pick up from here later."You and Tia quickly finish getting prepared and head out in the castle courtyard.The preparations have been carried out here: there are dancers, musicians, torch-jugglers and flag-wavers, and Dancing Smoke is the centerpiece of the show, riding on a large, ornate palanquin, open on all sides, sitting on a throne of etched volcanic rock. The palanquin, lined with bracers, is actually more like a cart, riding on four large wheels, although it's built to keep them concealed so that the people pushing them rather look like they're actually lifting it.Or, to be more precise, it's more about "controlling" it than actual pushing, since the road you'll be doing is a light descending slope from the plaza in front of the palace, down Main Street, all the way to the docks and southern city gates.The surface of the palanquin comes with a large pedestal surrounded by low torches, in front of the throne, where your dance is meant to take place. Seizing it up at a glance, you notice it's a bit smaller than you expected. You're not going to have problems, but Tia might want to take it slow.(cont.)
"Nervous?" You ask her, trying to project confidence. You're amazed you're able to do that, being covered in oil and jewelry and nothing but the most minimalist and least covering bikini your and Tia's combined lewd imaginations could conjure. But, oddly enough, you feel pumped and ready to go. Must be all the practice you did. Or the kiss."...A bit. It's small.""I'll catch you if you trip or lose balance." You reassure her. "Don't worry about missing steps or messing up. No one will mind. Your footing is-" You blink a couple times, staring at her feet. You hadn't paid attention, or maybe just plain didn't notice up to now, but... "...why are you wearing your high-heeled boots? I mean, they're classy, but for this dance, they're not really...""...What high-heeled boots?" She asks back.You shrug. Must've been your imagination. It's been running wild lately. "Her Highness wants you to do your speech right before the dance, but not from Dancing Smoke's palanquin." Millian's voice startles you a moment a she emerges from the crowd of people doing the final pre-show checks."Oh." You had forgotten about making a speech in front of the entire city. For a moment, you wonder if you've been premature to change in this bikini. Should you hold the speech in this, or get changed real quick?>The bikini is fine>Change into your tabard>Change into your corset>Do a quick raid on Amata's wardrobe room.>Other?
>>31472120>Change into your corset
>>31472120>The bikini is fineOf course best husbando has best tell
Rolled 10>>31472120>Change into your corset>"...What high-heeled boots?" She asks back.so it IS her tell
Rolled 4>>31472120>Change into your corsetQuick change, then quick change back. Should be fine.
Rolled 2>>31472120>Change into your corset
Rolled 10>>31472120>Change into your corsetIf we have time we should put on the corset, if not or if it would mess up the oil>Change into your tabardWe can just slip it over our bikini
>>31472120>Change into your corsetAwww yisss.
Rolled 10>>31472120>Change into your corsetLet's save the bikini for the dancing.
>>31472120The bikini is fine. We're already all oiled up anyway. It would take too long to put something new on and then change back again.
>>31472120>The bikini is fineYou people disappoint me in ways I never thought I;d be disappointed by people in
>>31472120>The bikini is fine
Rolled 5>>31472120>Change into your corset
>>31472196>Not letting people see Maka's glorious splendor in BOTH corset and bikini fashion.You're so cruel anon.
>>31472120>The bikini is fineif we change, we mess up the oil and get it on our other clothes. bad choice
>>31472120>>The bikini is fine
>>31472120>The bikini is fineThe bikini is DEFINITELY fine. And honestly I'd prefer getting rid of it and just dancing in jewelry and copious amounts of oil.
Rolled 10>>31472120>The bikini is fineWe are already oiled up. Changing would mess up the oil and the clothes.
>>31472120>>Change into your corset
Rolled 5>>31472120>Change into your corsetyou can't hold a speech while wearing a bikini. We have to show we're more than a slut
>>31472120>The bikini is fineWe'd have to get re-oiled if we changed into something else, and that would give people time to leave after our speechAlso we'll be using Inspired Performance Style for both the speech and the dance right? It's not like we're hiding our Exalted status during the festival.
>>31472260>you can't hold a speech while wearing a bikini.Zenith. We can be in a clown costume and still have enough charm and charisma for people to take us seriously.
really hoping all these 10s count for the speech
Rolled 9>>31472120The bikini is fine.Also, does this count as a new scene for IPS? If so, can we activate it again and will it be in effect for both the speech and dance?
Rolled 1>>31472299They won't we're wasting all of them
Rolled 2>>31472120>The bikini is fine
>>31472120>Change into your corsetwe'er activating IPS, right?
Rolled 3>>31472299agreed>>31472307Every change of scene or every 20 minutes is a new scene
Rolled 7>>31472319Of course
>>31472260It's not just a bikini anymore. As soon as we put it on and oiled up, it became ceremonial garb for Dancing Smoke's future priestesses (and possibly priests). She has no official cult, so we're making the rules as we go.Remember, this is a setting in which 'puritanism' and replicas thereof has never existed. They are as open-minded about the body as the ancient greeks, assyrians, and maori tribes. We've got this.
Rolled 2>>31472120the bikini is fine
Rolled 1>>31472120>the most minimalist and least covering bikini your and Tia's combined lewd imaginations could conjure.Sometimes things make me laugh more than they should. This is one of those things. also>The bikini is fine
[INSPIRED PERFORMANCE STYLE] [Essence: 3/5]Social + Zenith + IPS = 10 4 2 10 10 5 10 5 9 1 = 9 successesYou think about it, but quickly decide against getting changed. On one hand, it would look more dignified. But... you reason that you should aim at making the biggest impression possible the moment you show yourself. You've already been walking around town in various state of undress. Wearing more now would be seen as trying to change your image for the convenience of the moment. Plus, being a foreigner from a far away land, you can probably get away with wearing something like that in public and pass it off as a "serious", even official dress. And finally, you don't want to ruin your other clothes, or waste too much time.You rush out to the castle's balcony on the plaza, where Amata is waiting. You can hear the last words of her own speech to the populace as you rush up the stairs: it sounds like a well-worded but fairly innocuous and normal speech.She's probably preparing them for your entry, you realize.You reach the balcony and look down. The plaza is all lit up by bonfires and a large crowd is gathered. There's noise as you appear, mostly (but not only) cheers, but it falls silent as Amata introduces you: "You've gotten to know her over the last few weeks. She did much for us, and repaid our hospitality tenfold. But she never had a chance to talk directly to you. Busy as she's been. I hope that you'll all grow to love her as much as I do. People of Tianna... Maka, queen of Gem in exile, and my future spouse."You step in front and smile waving at them, and the crowd below you instantly goes wild with a roar of approval.Well, you made your first impression.>Show your castemark/anima>Don't show your castemark/animaCombined with:>What are you going to talk about in your speech?
Rolled 9>>31472549>Social + Zenith + IPS = 10 4 2 10 10 5 10 5 9 1 = 9 successessweet. I hope this roll is for our entire speech>Show your castemark/anima>What are you going to talk about in your speech?The same stuff we talked about in our earlier speech, about how we're glad we could repay the city for it's hospitality and how we're planning to deal with the Lintha next
Rolled 6>>31472549>Show your castemark/anima>What are you going to talk about in your speech?Make this another thank-you speech to the people of Tianna - this time thanking them directly. Despite what Amata says, WE are indebted to THEM. They took us in, SAVED us, and the only thing we're doing now is repaying their kindness. They've earned EVERYTHING we've done - as Amata said - tenfold. We are not above them, we're just serving from a position of power.Thank them for giving us a new home. Thank them for saving us from our old life. And thank them for accepting us.Thank you, Tianna! Thank all of you!
Rolled 9>>31472549>Don't show your castemark/animaSomething similiar to earlier, but we should play up how much we love Amata and the city, how we would do anything to protect both of them
Rolled 3>>31472549>Don't show your castemark/animaRepeat the aforementioned 'for the good of Tianna' stuff and keep the humility. It worked just now, shouldn't fix what isn't broken.
>>31472549If we're at Essence 3/5, shouldn't it be showing already?
Rolled 5Remember to roll
Rolled 8>>31472549>Show your castemark/animaA repeat of the old speech, but in greater detail and thanking all of these people directly. Leave them with the impression that we're 100% genuine, and we're both mutually grateful to each other. It's a good foundation for a relationship with some subjects.
Rolled 6>>31472636It doesn't show up if we only spend essence one at a time
Rolled 6>>31472636The dinner was a different scene, apparently.
Rolled 2>>31472549>>Don't show your castemark/animaThat can wait until the dance>What are you going to talk about in your speech?We should talk about the recent battle, and about Dancing Smoke, thanking her especially. Also maybe our Upcoming marrige
Rolled 4>>31472603>>31472615+1 these, though I'm not sure about showing our castemark. Might that count as flaunting it?
Rolled 6>>31472549>Show your castemark/animaWe're not ashamed of what we are, neither do they need to fear it.>What are you going to talk about in your speech?Gratitude, lauding the great people of Tianna, expressing pride over calling it our new home, and promising to do our best to lead them toward a future as bright as the sun.
Rolled 2Whatever we do now, make sure to activate Majestic Radiant Presence when we perform the prayer. Dancing for the crowds is definitely covered under Inspired Performance Style, but a prayer is issued directly at the deity receiving it. We want Majestic Radiant Presence for that - and maybe even Talking to the Heart to make sure she receives it in the best way possible.SOCIAL AS FUCK.
Rolled 5>>31472668>>+1 these, though I'm not sure about showing our castemark. Might that count as flaunting it?Amata SPECIFICALLY told us on the previous day that we should let the people of Tianna see our castemark to help them get used to it. There's a difference between flaunting it and letting people see it at our public debut.
Rolled 6>>31472549>Don't show your castemark/animaTalk about how much we love Amata and the city, everything we did was because we wanting to protect both our new home and our new wife
Rolled 5>>31472684I agree on all counts. Let's make this a night to remember for both Tianna and Dancing Smoke.
Rolled 5>>31472700Oh. I didn't realize that. In that case, yes, definitely show our caste mark.
Rolled 10>>31472700When was that?
>>31472746Yesterday, in-game. She said not to flaunt it, but that we should still wear the mark with confidence in our big speech. To be proud of who and what we are without totally focusing on it.
>>31472684Agreed. MRP and TttH both for the prayer.
>>31472810so do the dice
Rolled 2>>31472549>Don't show castemark.Us being a Solar isn't the point of this.Spend this time talking about Tianna and Amata. Also, since this is about Dancing Smoke, we DEFINITELY need to talk about her and talk her up.
>>31472863>Spend this time talking about Tianna and Amata. Also, since this is about Dancing Smoke, we DEFINITELY need to talk about her and talk her up.Agreed. Also talk up teamwork and Tianna's strength. Word will have leaked out by now of the fight with the Abyssals. We need to downplay our role and talk about how we were just part of the effort that drove them off. Honor the soldiers and guards, praise Samiel and Irene and Amata. We have to make it clear that we're not taking center stage.
Rolled 4>>31472863Actually, this is our public introduction to Tianna. Smoke's celebration comes immediately after, but right now the attention is exclusively on us. Not to say that we shouldn't laud our allies, of course.
Once the roar has quieted down, you speak, letting the light on your forehead gently build up until it becomes noticeable."...I want to thank you all.""When I came here to Tianna, I was an exile. A refugee. And I was lucky. Incredibly lucky.""Lucky because I was taken in by incredibly kind, helpful, gentle people. I'm not just talking about the royal family: I'm talking about everyone. All of Tianna. Not everyone is as lucky as I have been.""...I think that maybe the Unconquered Sun Exalted me to give me a way to repay your hospitality.""Or maybe, maybe he Exalted me only after I had a chance to test your kindness and generosity. So that I could learn them by example."You bow to the entire city. "I hope I have learned enough, and, if I haven't, I hope I will. Until then, I will stay. I'll be happy to do my best for Tianna, and I'll be even happier if you all could - now, or in one year, or ten, or however many it will take - accept me as one of your own, even though I was born in a distant land."You bow again, and step back, once again drowned by a deafening roar.[Session end]
>>31472863Throw in something about Dancing Smoke driving off the forces of the Wyld to the north. Her burning out a legion of hobgoblins really REALLY helped us make headway there.
>>31473034Thanks for running! Definitely a fun session this time.
>>31473034Very classy, Maka. Very, Very Classy.
Rolled 9>>31473034Nice, thanks as always for the session EF
>>31473034...a positive or negative deafening roar? Their reaction as described was pretty ambiguous. Anyway, experience time?
Rolled 3>>31473034>Nothing about Dancing SmokeDamn it allStill, really enjoyed today's session
>>31473081Dancing Smoke comes after this, dude. This was our public debut. Now the festival starts.
>>31473034And THAT'S how a Zenith wins over a populace.Thanks, EF!
>>31473076Their reaction was obviously positive.>with a roar of approval.>and step back, once again drowned by a deafening roar.
Rolled 9>>31473034>Ending before the danceYou tease
>>31473118It was initially positive. I just want to make sure it still was after the speech concluded.
2 XP (Base)1 XP (Speech)
Rolled 1>>31473034Cool session, bro
>>31473167Hey EF, is prayer presence or performance?Well I guess I just want to know what charm were going to be using MRP or IPS
>>31473196There isn't a distinction in this quest, so both can work. They don't stack though.
>>31473196MRP would be for a prayer directed at a specific entity, considering its text. The performance charm, but its description, would be for leading a crowd or praying to a pantheon - like the water elemental court. We may as well have both activated, one for our impression on the crowd and the other for our impression on Dancing Smoke.
>>31473167Ah shit, we could have used Talking to the Heart to get that ambassador to stop being scared of usOh well I guess
>>31473228So far, our scene-long social charms have only been lasting a single action. Will our activation for this speech still apply for the dance/prayer?
>>31473228Hey EF any idea when the next session might be?
>>31473167Hey EF, you're pretty fucking based.Semi-related: Writing tips for someone with little to no experience?
>>31473370>Will our activation for this speech still apply for the dance/prayer?Yes. (if i forget about this, remind me)>>31473472probably day after tomorrow.>>31473518Read a lot, write a lot.Everyone is born with about 10000 shitty words inside of him. The sooner you get them out on paper, the sooner you can get to the ones that MIGHT be good.They count only if you make others read them and they laugh at you and make you wish you could dig a hole and bury yourself in it.
>>31473167>those backgroundsI kinda wanna buy Social 4 to see what our 4 dot background would be