"...It feels like flower petals... drifting through the air." Pyre Spark mumbles, lying in bed.The fifth confused metaphor you've heard from her in the last half an hour of stoned, confused gibberish."And the petals are on fire, and when I breathe them it feels... sweet, but a bit spicy. And I have, like, this big ball of fire inside me that feels a bit like dinner at Maran Kar's Garden Restaurant if you order a Spicy Fried Chicken Special."You sigh and nod, getting dressed. She didn't faint like Millian and Regis, when you Awakened their Essence with your Charm, but you suspect it'll still be a few hours before her brain gets back on track.Still, you'll admit that even being conscious and able to move and talk at all proves that she already had a somewhat innate grasp and understanding of Essence. You have to wonder if it was because she was already a priestess."Don't gooooo..." She mumbles, trying to grab you by the clothes, misjudging the distance, grabbing the bed's blanket instead, and looking very confused when it doesn't seem to work.You cast a glance at the door. There's a lot of stuff you should take care of, and there's just six days before the Silver Prince's fleet arrives.As much as you'd like to spend this time lazing around, relaxing, and playing with your followers and friends... well, it would be a bit foolish.On the other hand...(cont.)(Sorry for the old character sheet. You have 10 XP. Last thread votes were indecisive between Regiment-Slaying Strike and Fists of Iron, so I banked them for now)
>Stay with Pyre Spark and relax, the crisis can wait.>Go and explore the Titan some more like you decided.>Look for Tia.>Go and see if Amata is back on her feet.>Talk to Samiel, who should be organizing defenses in Tianna City.>Talk to Irene, who should be preparing machinery to be carted off to Pearl.>Talk to Valeriana, who is probably working on the Manse's blueprint.>Talk to Zaan, who is doing sorcerous work.>Talk to Talon, who is rallying the tribesmen and warriors in and around Tianna City.>Head to Dancing Smoke's volcano.>Talk to Mikahil and Roan Denzik, who are handling mercantile and financial issues.>Talk to Zareen, who is in charge of counter-espionage in Tianna City.>Head to sea to meet Ocean Father.>Meet your three captains.>Look for Speaker for the Dead.>Head to Pearl.>Head to Freeport.>You need to spend some time alone.>(Other?)
>>38624850>Ask Pyre how meeting Karas was likeI want to knoooooow
>>38624916>Talk to Zareen, who is in charge of counter-espionage in Tianna City.>Meet your three captains.>Talk to Talon, who is rallying the tribesmen and warriors in and around Tianna City.
>>38624916>Ask Pyre how meeting Karas was like>Talk to Samiel, who should be organizing defenses in Tianna City.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38624916>Head to Dancing Smoke's volcano
So many option...
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38624916>Talk to Zareen, who is in charge of counter-espionage in Tianna City.I just remembered we got that pass code from Kara's about the Silver Prince's spies, give it to her and Five-Tails if she's around.Nice to see you back EF, hey did our Cult rating go up last thread?
>>38625020>did our Cult rating go up last thread?It's not a full point yet (because Cult 3 represents a major local religion), but nearly. You'd need to either get a higher population in Tianna, to expand off-island, or to focus worship more on your own self (and you voted against that last thread) for Cult 3.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38624916>>Head to sea to meet Ocean Father.Everyone else would just dump a load of exposition on us and we'd go "uh huh".Let's see if Ocean Father would be willing to stymie the Silver Prince.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38624916>>Talk to Zareen, who is in charge of counter-espionage in Tianna City.>Talk to Mikahil and Roan Denzik, who are handling mercantile and financial issues.
>>38624850>If Pyre met Karas, did she molest him too?>Head to sea to meet Ocean Father.I think we can only go see one person at a time, guys.
>Speak to our captainsTell them to goto Freeport and organise its evacuationthen>Head to Dancing Smoke's VolcanoAsk for permission to restore her memories
>>38624916So what is the plan for this week, we know we have to get the rest of Freeport out of the city or be murdered when the Silver Prince gets here. If we're going to ask the Ocean Father to slow the fleet down we should have at least a small offering ready even if we make a deal with him for something else, we could also use the chance to ask about Rajan.
>>38624916>Head to sea to meet Ocean Father.The earlier he can start delaying them, the more they are delayed.This should be done ASAP.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38625200those are all good ideas we should do
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38624916changing >>38625104 to >Head to sea to meet Ocean Father.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38624916>>Go and explore the Titan some more like you decided.
>>38624916>Talk to Zareen, who is in charge of counter-espionage in Tianna City.
"Sorry." You flash her a smile. "But I've got work to do.""I want to come with you..." She mumbles, but she looks more like she's talking to the pillow than to you."Just stay here and rest." You respond. She probably can't even walk right now. "Take care of yourself.""Mistres Maka?" Oh, she remembered."What?" You stop on the door."You are amazing.""I know." You giggle, closing the door. "Now sleep it out."You have stuff to do, unfortunately.And first of all... you ask around for Zareen, who should be handling counter-espionage here in Tianna City. Five Tails has already left for Pearl, ahead of everyone else, to take care of the same problem there.You know for sure that the Silver Prince has spies here, after all.After a bit, you locate Zareen on the castle's roof, where she established a temporary command post for her operation. Messengers come and go, carrying reports and orders to and from one of the castle's fortified artillery towers.It might not be a conventional place where to put an intelligence office, but it has a great bird's eye view of the city, surrounding villages, docks and bay.You're lucky to find Zareen there. She's more of a field operative than she is an organizer, so you bet she'll spend most of her time down in the streets rather than here."Maka." She nods as you enter. "I just finished checking reports from all over the city." She groans, tossing a sheaf of papers on her table.The "office", having been improvised, is very spartan, mostly consisting of just tables and chairs, with Tiannan soldiers, officers and magistrates milling about. You actually feel a bit in the way, both because you physically are (artillery emplacements aren't very spacious, even once you have removed the actual artillery) and because many of the workers here are finding you very... distracting."Let me guess." You reply, grabbing a chair. "You didn't like what you found."(cont.)(votes very close, Ocean Father will be after this)
"I didn't, but not in the way you imagine." She replies. That... sounded weird."...What do you mean?"She tosses a map of Tianna City on the table. There are red crosses drawn in various locations. You recognize some of them: back alleys, abandoned housing, the docks. Looks like around two dozen marks."What are those?""Places where we found traces of incinerated undead." She explains. "Some of them with still-intact clothing that suggests that they might have been camouflaged as normal citizens. Others are traces of what Tianna's sorcerors and thaumaturges inform me it's the remains of slain ghosts."You stare at the crosses a bit more. "...I don't get it." You admit. "Neither do I." She nods. "Someone is taking out undead spies in Tianna.""Someone who?" You ask.She shrugs. "Some citizens talk of flashes of light and strange events that could be sorceries, magical battles, banishments or something like that. A lot of people are convinced that it's you who is doing this.""...Me?" You ask."Well, yeah. Word is going around that you summoned an "Angel of Light" with your sorcery, to purge the wicked from the city." She seems to find the idea amusing."...These people of course have no idea that the people being incinerated are undead spies. They think that I'm blowing up random people?"She nods. "Well, only some believe that. There isn't a popular consensus on what's really happening. Some actually talk of seeing "monsters" do battle with this "Angel of Light". And I'll save you the insane conspiracy theories.""Please do." You nod.>Try your best to hunt and apprehend or neutralize whoever is doing this.>Try and contact whoever is doing this.>Investigate on this, but don't act on it.>Just accept it as a good thing and focus your efforts on avoiding collateral damage.>Just accept it as a good thing and focus your efforts on creating a good cover story.>(other?)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38625453>Try and contact whoever is doing this.>Accept it as a good thing and focus your efforts on avoiding collateral damage.
>>38625453>Try and contact whoever is doing this.Give her the password too, if whoever is doing this is good then they won't know it and you two can work together, if they respond then it's some sort of trap and you can take them out.
>>38625453>Investigate on this, but don't act on it.Neat and useful. A secret collaborator, sidereal? Someone from the Tyrant? Lunar shenanigans?
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38625491Forgot my dice.
>>38625491>Give her the password too, if whoever is doing this is good then they won't know it and you two can work together, if they respond then it's some sort of trap and you can take them out.What.... That makes no sense at all.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38625453>Investigate on this, but don't act on it.Deal with it later.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38625453>>Try and contact whoever is doing this.NIGHT CASTE WHOO WHOO WHOO
Rolled 2 (1d10)Dice
>>38625544That was an excellent and worthwhile post....
>>38625530But Maka's sister is still on Gem being dotes on as the usurper's most prized harem girl
>>38625569And Maka's mother as well. Don't forget her.
>>38625453Phoenix was sneaking around earlier doing something very similar to this in the Regis Quest episode. >otherAsk the Abyssal representative (Speaker?) if our friendly Abyssals have someone continuing this work in the city.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38625595He wouldn't be described as an angel of light.This sounds like a Night Caste Solar using their anima power to hide their features.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38625453>try to contact whoever is doing this
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38625614We could try to find an undead and follow it until it's taken out
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38625453>Try and contact whoever is doing this.As nice as it is that this is happening we kinda need to meet whoever's doing this.
"...Sounds like an ally." You mumble. "Isn't this a good thing?""Is it?" Zareen responds, sounding frustrated. "We have no idea what this guy or organization wants, or is after. Can we trust what's happening?""Mh." You don't really have an answer. "Did you spot Phoenix again lately?""He's not in town, or if he is he's keeping his head very much down.""Any chance this could be him?" You wonder. "The flash of light could be some essence-discharge weapon he has.""Mh. It could be." The Wood-aspect replies. "He probably knows how to efficiently take out ghosts and undead. And if he's serious about us not finding him, I think we wouldn't have a chance to spot him." She hangs her head, disheartened. "Sorry, this kind of counter-espionage work is not something I'm very experienced at.""It's okay." You reassure her. "You just started. For now... I'd like you to try and contact this mysterious individual. Confirm his identity, and so on. But... until you have proof of the contrary, treat him as a mysterious benefactor rather than an enemy. If he's a possible ally, even an ally of convenience, I don't want to alienate him.""Ever the optimist, huh?" She grins. She doesn't seem to share your impression, but she seems willing to go with it. "Alright. It's a reasonable course of action. But let me tell you, this guy is GOOD. Someone that skilled in infiltration could've already caused untold damage to our forces with sabotage and misinformation and we would probably only realize once the battle starts."You take a deep breath, and pat her back. "...Do your best."She groans. "I'll try." She replies, grabbing a new report from one of the soldiers milling about as it's being offered to her.>Say goodbye, prepare to meet Ocean Father>Ask something else to Zareen (what?)>Head somewhere else (Where?)>(Other?)
>>38625683>>Say goodbye, prepare to meet Ocean FatherLet's see if we have anything nice to offer him.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38625683>Say goodbye, prepare to meet Ocean Father
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38625683>Say goodbye, prepare to meet Ocean FatherFind a suitable offering before going.
>>38625657To know who they are, at least. We can't have an unknown factor this powerfulbrunning around in time like that.What kind of offering would Ocean Father like ? Would the things we snatched from the pirates be enough, or does it have to be special ?
>>38625683>Say goodbye, prepare to meet Ocean Father>>38625552You know what, I'm never posting dice alone again. Fuck wasting precious posts for a 2 again.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38625683>Say goodbye, prepare to meet Ocean Father
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38625723I don't think anything specific is needed, like the more expensive the better in general though.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38625789So we could sink a boat full of precious things ?
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38625819It would work yeah, we don't really need to sink it though, just be like, hey take this stuff.We can't offer like anything too crazy because we still need to pay for Pearl and we need our ships to fight Silver Prince.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38625839Remember what we said to Mikahil when this plan got cooked up. Money is no object.Any salvage we can get from a first age class warship will pay for this. Plus Mikahil hasn't even done his red cowri Ponzi scheme.Besides, being dead kinds puts a damper on any potential financial success.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38625839Well, it isn't really a sacrifice if it's something we can spend without worry.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38625873Eh gods in exalted don't demand the sacrifice of something near and dear for every little thing.It's just that a sacrifice of that magnitude is worth more god-money for them up in Yu-Shan.Plus we're a Zenith, a prayer and sacrifice from the likes of us is worth FAR more.
You thank Zareen for her hard work and leave her improvised headquarters, going mentally through your "to do" list.Ocean Father.He's the main god of the Western Ocean. He's powerful, and, although you've only talked once, he seems to like you. You also asked him to see if he can find Admiral Rajan Hazaakaa, lost at sea in the battle against the Lintha.If you want to meet him in a more proper manner, you'll have to do things in a proper way. You'll need something to sacrifice, decide how and where to meet him...>There's a small temple to him in Tianna City, near the docks. You'll call on to him there.>You'll take a ship and head to sea, and handle it yourself.>You'll take a ship and head to sea, but first ask the temple's priest to come with you.Combine with:>You don't need to bring a sacrifice>As a sacrifice, you'll dedicate a song or dance.>As a sacrifice, you'll bring some minor trinket or gift.>As a sacrifice, you'll offer to him something fairly major and important.Combine with:>Pick a dress for the occasion
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38625902Could we create a dance specifically for Ocean Father ?This seems like a good offering to me.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38625942>You'll take a ship and head to sea, but first ask the temple's priest to come with you.>As a sacrifice, you'll dedicate a song or dance.#25
>>38625961I'm pretty sure thats what the song or dance option is, making one for him
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38625942>You'll take a ship and head to sea, but first ask the temple's priest to come with you.>As a sacrifice, you'll dedicate a song or dance.#22Bring a small gift like a necklace we often wear just incase.
>>38625942>You'll take a ship and head to sea, and handle it yourself.>As a sacrifice, you'll dedicate a song or dance.#16
>>38625982>Bring a small gift like a necklace we often wear just incase.yeah thats a good idea too
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38625942>>You'll take a ship and head to sea, but first ask the temple's priest to come with you.>As a sacrifice, you'll offer to him something fairly major and important.>White Mermaid QueenWe want to ask him to at least slow down SP's fleet, but we need to bribe him since he'll be worried about retaliation from SP if he does this, of course we can also mention that he won't have any problems if we just kill the Silver Prince.We also have to remember that he wanted to ask us something, if had a job for us we can't exactly do that if we're dead.
>>38625942>>You'll take a ship and head to sea, but first ask the temple's priest to come with you.>>As a sacrifice, you'll dedicate a song or dance, plus a small gift>#16
>>38625942>>You'll take a ship and head to sea, but first ask the temple's priest to come with you.>As a sacrifice, you'll offer to him something fairly major and important.>As a sacrifice, you'll dedicate a song or dance.#10
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38626016It's unlikely the Prince himself has come with this fleet. Mostly likely it's that dawn solar Karas mentioned way back. Him and whoever abyssals or dragonblooded the Prince can scrape up.That will keep Ocean Father from doing anything overt like smashing the fleet to pieces with a maelstrom.
>>38625942>You'll take a ship and head to sea, but first ask the temple's priest to come with you.>As a sacrifice, you'll bring some minor trinket or gift.>#16 OR #22Both costumes could be described as fitting, Maka tenda to dance as prayer and one of them hass a mermaid feel.
>>38626085I meant 25, not 22. Oops.Also, some of these outfits have interesting names. Can't wait to ise all of them, at least once.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38626085>one of them hass a mermaid feel.25 is literally called Mermaid Queen, but if we're going to dance then one of the others might be more appropriate.
You switch into an appropriate dress for what you have in mind with a thought, and head down to the docks to visit Ocean Father's temple in Tianna City....but, as you do, you feel something falling off you. You turn around, to see a bit of paper fluttering to the ground.it says, hastily written in pencil in rounded letters: "If you want to talk to me that bad, we can finally meet each other once you're back!"There is no signature except for a stylized smiling face in the corner.You glance back at the stairs leading up to the roof. ...It must've happened there.Was the mysterious agent there? ...disguised as one of Tianna's soldiers and officers, perhaps. Or just hidden very well? You hadn't noticed anything...You look at the paper again. It doesn't look like a threat.You focus on that word... "finally". How long as this been going on?Thinking about it, you remember Amata telling you about the first appearances of the "Angel of Light" around the time of the expedition to the Lintha base... Or maybe earlier?Shrugging, you walk into the temple. It's a small but luxurious marble building near the docks area, made from white, blue-veined marble cut in decorated pillars and a flat, triangular roof. Everything is adorned with aniconic imagery of flowing waves... probably an influence of the Immaculate Faith and its dislike of icons and images of worship. Pools of clear seawater, slowly flowing to keep it from becoming stale and algae-ridden, line both sides of the rectangular construction. In the centre, rather than an altar, a fountain has the seat of honor.A few worshipers, all with a distinctively seaman-ish look, merchants or fishermen or navy personnel (some of which are familiar faces, from your crews), are standing around, in silent prayer, or tossing coins or little gems in the fountain. (cont.)
One of the men standing around, a man with the grizzled, tanned look of a veteran seaman, nearly bald but sporting an impressive, greying beard outgrowing ancient dreadlocks, corresponds to the description you have of the high priest of the Ocean Father, going by the name of Kanaan.You nod to him. "I need your help. Will you listen to my request?"You see him nervously eyeing you, like he's unsure if he should throw himself at your feet or something like that. "D-divine Maka?"Has Pyre Spark been spreading that way of calling you around?"I wish to talk to Ocean Father. He and I had a meeting at sea not long ago, and I now need to see him again." You politely explain. "I was thinking of taking a ship out to sea and perform a rite for him. Would you help me?"He seems reassured by your comfortable, friendly tone. He was probably expecting you to ask him to kneel before you or something. "I... I, but I, I'm not worthy of such...""You're Ocean Father's priest here in Tianna, are you not?" You suggest. "I can't think of anyone more worthy, and even if I could just perform the rite and prayer myself it seems like a rude gesture to not include Ocean Father's chosen representative."He bows deeply. "You honor me." Some people around the temple spontaneously start clapping.You gesture to your crewmen in the temple. "Once you're done, meet me at the ships, alright?"(cont.)
You and Kanaan meet on the Bloodshark with its captain, Rubel Sareni, and explain the situation to him."Alright, you basically just need to go into deep waters." He understands. "I'll admit, ever since I started working for you, life has gotten certainly interesting. I never thought I'd get to see Ocean Father twice, much less actually go out to meet him."You smile. "How are the men?""Morale's high." he says, taking the wheel as the ship begins to build up speed and leave the docks. "We paid the men divvying up the Lintha's loot. It's more cash in a month than some of them have got in six months from pirating in these waters. Even those who didn't really feel like following your crazy plan was a good idea have come around.""...Did you handle compensation for the dead and wounded?""We did." He nods gravely. "That's also a good factor in the crew's high morale. They feel like they're being taken good care of, which is the most they can ask for.""...What do you mean?" That was worded quite oddly.He turns to you. "We're in a world of gods and monsters and incredibly powerful beings such as yourself. I and my crew are just normal mortals. We don't really have the ability to chose our fate or forge a path for ourselves anymore. The best scenario we can hope for is to have some of these powerful beings on our side. Taking food care of us. And hope that we can stay employed. That we don't become useless and obsolete, that those beings stay powerful enough to protect us and provide for us, but not so powerful that they won't need us any more.">It's just the way things are, I'm afraid. >Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)>Even if I didn't have *need* for you, I would still provide for you and protect you. It's about friendship and compassion, not mere utilitarianism. (s+z)>You're free to leave my service if you feel constrained. I wouldn't hold it against you.>(Other?)
>>38626421>Even if I didn't have *need* for you, I would still provide for you and protect you. It's about friendship and compassion, not mere utilitarianism.
By the way, due to popular demand, from now on I'll be adding a (x+y) note at the end of options that call for a roll.p=Physicals=Socialm=Mentald=Dawnz=Zenitht=Twilightn=Nighte=Eclipse
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38625942>>There's a small temple to him in Tianna City, near the docks. You'll call on to him there.>>As a sacrifice, you'll dedicate a song or dance.>>Dress #25
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38626421>>Even if I didn't have *need* for you, I would still provide for you and protect you. It's about friendship and compassion, not mere utilitarianism. (s+z)I don't mind a Talking to the Heart too
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38626421>Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)>Even if I didn't have *need* for you, I would still provide for you and protect you. It's about friendship and compassion, not mere utilitarianism. (s+z)
>>38626430You're very late anon, but thank you for the dice nonetheless.>>38626428You need to roll anon, you voted for the option that requires rolls.
>>38626421>Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)Being practical and all, and Maka isn't that close with the pirates for actual friendship.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38626429Neat, thanks EF.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38626443Dice, pfff.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38626421>Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)>You're free to leave my service if you feel constrained. I wouldn't hold it against you.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38626421>Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38626442When i voted, it was before the announcement.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38626421>>Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38626421>Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)This is what they want. This kind of reassurance, to be useful to be wanted around. Friendship is nice and all, but it just doesn't between regular mortals and immortal beings. The mortals would either be forgotten, replaced, maybe get in a fight and lose the friendship, etc.It's too frickle, friendship with mortals.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38626421>Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38626421>>Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)Voting for TTTH
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38626421>Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)roll'n
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38626421>Don't be silly...
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38626421>Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)>>38626474>It's too frickle, friendship with mortals.That's not it at all. It's much more that these pirates weren't our friends in the first place - they were our employees. Remember, we were royalty even before exalting. We go for friendly-but-not-actually-friends leadership by default, when we're employing people for a service.It'd be like making friends with the mailman or something. A few people certainly might, but most will just at best smile, nod, and thank them for a safe delivery.It's that they're our employees, not that they're mortals.>>38626434>I don't mind a Talking to the Heart tooI could be convinced of TttH. What's our essence currently at? We want to save enough for a really good prayer to the Ocean Father.Who's hoping that the Ocean Father drops big hints that we're now the UCS's favorite?
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38626421>You are a great help, and I can't imagine how you, or any sailors, would become obsolete. As long as one man will want to travel, you and your trade will be useful
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38626421>Don't be silly. You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary. (s+z)>Anyway, the Solar Exalted were put here to build a better world for all of us. That includes pirates, regardless of their usefulness. If you became obsolete, there's no way I would just discard you. >>38626429I'm uncertain about this. Won't this encourage people to weigh up the probabilities of success in rolls, rather than the relative merits of each choice?
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38626521We've got plenty anon. Talking to Ocean Father will just take the essence for MRP.Besides this session is shaping up to be a social one. We can drop essence for social stuff like nobody's business.
>>38626537well we don't want to waste essence early on and then not be able to use it later when we need to
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38626521We want at least two essence when we pray to Ocean Father, one for MRP and a Talking to the Heart too.I'm not actually sure how useful TttH is when praying but we've used it before and we've had the option to before so I assume it helps.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38626537>We've got plenty anon.Do we? We also need to save essence for the meeting with our mysterious benefactor after we return.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38626544Don't bother with TttH when praying. TttH is for saying something in a way that it will be taken the best way possible. It's wasted when we're saying something that can't easily be misinterpreted as offensive or insulting.
>>38626523Not really. Succeding your roll doesn't help if you're doing something stupid
>>38626523>I'm uncertain about this. Won't this encourage people to weigh up the probabilities of success in rolls, rather than the relative merits of each choice?That's the reason I didn't want to do this in the first place, but since everyone got enormously pissed and filled my ask.fm with flames and insults, now you also get to cherry-pick rolls to ensure you only get to roll the things you're best at.
With all the prayer we do, why isn't a prayer enhancement charm on the table yet anyway?
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38626545Well I'm basing this off the fact that we began this session at max essence. So yeah, we've got plenty.One now for TTTHOne for MRP with Ocean Father.That leaves us 4 for whatever we'll need it for.
>>38626571As much as the possibility is there for it to be potentially exploited, its better to have it and keep us informed, and we're more likely to go with stupid in character options rather than smart options anyway.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38626571>now you also get to cherry-pick rolls to ensure you only get to roll the things you're best at.We already did that. Now we get to know when we're supposed to activate charms too. This is much better, and I'm glad you've made this change, EF. Thanks!
>10. 1. 3. 7. 5. 3. 1. 8. 5. 6.We only got 4 successes. Hopefully, that's good enough against a mortal.
>>38626571Yeah, fuck them. You should keep doing what you were and ignoring the whiners. Things were fine, we didn't have that kind of complaint before, or at least not as badly.
>>38626571We kind of already tried to stick to what we're good at, now we just know when we should roll and when charms are applicable instead of not knowing what our character is actually doing...Don't worry though, we'll still pick the full retard options even when the dice won't be favorable.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38626593>Things were fine, we didn't have that kind of complaint before, or at least not as badly.There was a constant undercurrent of it, it just exploded recently after a particularly troublesome example of the problem. The change has been made; perhaps you should drop it now instead?
>>38626593No things were not fine, and we have been complaining about it from the beginning.When us the players, have no idea what our character is doing mechanically, and we're meant to be choosing our actions and using our abilities while being blind about when we can and need to roll, then we are not actually the players, we're just bystanders.This change has been a long time coming and I'm thankful that EF has finally deigned to let us know what our character is doing so we can actually play them.
>>38626571Cherry picking stuff we're good at but that doesn't help the situation is stupid
>>38626616Yep, it's nowhere near as exploitable as EF is paranoid about it. I'm just glad he's willing to be this transparent about it, we've needed this for a long time.
>>38626571I don't care so much what a roll is, so much as just knowing it's coming, so I can vote to activate a charm if need be.
>>38626631Well, I guess we can try it, at least.
>>38626593>Things were fine, we didn't have that kind of complaint before, or at least not as badly.Hahahaaa ahahaha ah haaaa....Clearly you need to be present in this threads more often>>38626644Exactly my point in needing this change, it won't change how we play Maka, she's still exactly who she is, except now we just know when we need to get crunchy
[TALKING TO THE HEART][ESSENCE: 5/6][Social + Zenith = 10 1 3 7 5 3 1 8 5 6 = 4 succ.]"Don't be silly." You tell him. "You are great help, and I can't imagine you and the job you do ever becoming obsolete or unnecessary."He smiles. "Thank you, Maka." Is his answer. "This... means a lot to me. And to my men.""You're not just a crew." You inform him. "You're my crew. And you're a great crew. And if you stick around me I'll make you the best crew that's ever sailed on the western seas.""Aye aye." He grins, as the Bloodshark sails into the deep sea.It's time. You step onto the prowside deck, cleared for the occasion. As the sun sets, Kanaan blesses you with saltwater mixed with perfumes, sprinkled from a small, finely decorated copper amphora. Under his orders, Rubel's men toss small coins and seashells overboard, and the ship folds its sails and slowly come to a halt.The rite starts. Kanaan solemnly puts in your mouth a perfectly cubic crystal of salt, as large as half a fingernail. As the taste spreads and numbs your mouth, he steps back and you begin your dance.>[use charms?](feel free to propose ideas for the dance itself)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38626674>[use charms?]Majestic Radiant Presence.And, considering the effects of Husband-Seducing Demon Dance, something seductive.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38626674We should probably pop MRP.The dance should be something flowy that is reminiscent of the oceans waves, maybe with the occasional sharp change in tempo and direction, to represent storms tides at sea.
"Oceans" Official Dancehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvDpoWNNQ6k
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38626674Definitely want MRP, I'll vote for TttH if it's useful too.As for dance ideas, I don't want to do the exact same dance as before, I still want the same feel of it, something that feels like the ocean waves if that makes any sense, maybe something that could be danced as a duet to include the Ocean Father.
>>38626674Something eye-candy, Maka is seductive to the max. Maybe some slow movements, use the hips as the waves, and raising the arms and lowering them one by one in repeated motions af if swimminh upwards?
>>38626720A duet with the high priest?
>>38626674MRPI would say ISP as well but I am not sure what qualifies as a 'large' group.As for the dance it should constantly shift like calm waves to raging storms. Also try to incorporate a flowing theme.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38626674>[use charms?]MRP since I guess this is a performance just for the Ocean Farther.>>38626727>>38626693A seductive tone to the dance is ok, but lets try to keep it a bit sophisticated too. We're a Queen on serious business, and need to command a degree of respect.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38626717The white folk in that video really couldn't dance.And neither could most of the black people.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38626674>charms?Yes. At least MRP, also HSDD if we get the relevant write ins.>dance?Maybe something that takes advantage of the rocking of the boat? Also, clearly we are offering up our current attire as part of our tribute to Ocean Father.
for fucks sake anons, turn on your dice.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38626735>Calling for MRP, but not turning on your dice
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38626720>I'll vote for TttH if it's useful too.It's not.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38626727My dice. Also, how about changing outfits mid dance? It's a free charm.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38626763I hope you realize the irony of that post.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38626735Just MRP is fine, or more like we can't take advantage of both dice adders at once.
>>38626749>Queen on serious business>implying Maka can't be seductive or sensual in any possible situation.Reminder that Maka flashed her nethers in diplomatic meetings when wearing the tabbard.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38626674Wave asthetic for dance, try to keep it at least a little regal
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38626674For the dance, I suggest something with a lot of movement from the upper body (head, arms torso), alternating between near stillness and quick, sudden but graveful and flowing moves, to suggest the waves and the changing nature of the sea, while the lower body only has few but powerful moves that leave a major impact, to suggest the strength and mystery of the oceanic depths
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38626749>A seductive tone to the dance is ok, but lets try to keep it a bit sophisticated too. We're a Queen on serious business, and need to command a degree of respect.>not redefining serious business as sexy business.Change the world to suit our advantages instead of changing our advantages to suit the world.I'm only half joking here.
>>38626800I wouldn't joke or half joke about that. That's pretty much what being a solar royalty is about, and Maka has no qualms about the sensual and the erotic.
Rolled 6 (1d10)We should think about upgrading some of our Social charms after we deal with the Silver Prince or at least expanding on what we have.
>>38626894and some more combat/survivability ones if there are any, we could very much use some.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38626903I believe the plan was to focus on combat charms and stuff while we plan for the upcoming attack.The last purchase option was a tie between two combat charms actually.
(Talking to the Heart is mostly useful to not be misunderstood and properly convey a meaning. You could want to use it once you make an official request to Ocean Father, but it's useless on a prayer roll)[MAJESTIC RADIANT PRESENCE][ESSENCE: 4/6]Your castemark light up, and you begin your dance.It starts low and sinuous, sensual, attention-grabbing. you gently weave through the deck in slow circles, your transparent veils sweeping behind you in suggestive trails.Then, bit by bit, you build up speed. You gyrate and sommersault, backflip, breakdance in wildly acrobatic movements. But, going with the rhythm, you then slow down once again, and then speed back up, alternating between the two styles and everything in between, crescendo and diminuendo.Finally, you end your performance on the very prow of the ship, facing the sea.In front of the still-astonished faces of the onlookers, Ocean Father rises from the waves in front of you. Tall as ten men, flowing with water and light, the entire Ocean reflected on his rippling surface."Kanaan." the God nods gracefully at his priest. Even though you're here, and you performed the prayer, he's sticking to godly etiquette: Kanaan is his ranking priest here, so he is greeting him first. And then Kanaan should introduce you appropriately.The priest bows deeply. "My sire, Lord of the West, Daimyo of the Seas. Maka, Princess of the Earth, Chosen of the Sun, desires an audience with you.""That I grant." The god turns, finally, to you. "It's a pleasure to meet you again."What are you going to ask him?>Talk about the situation but make no requests>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>Ask for help (provide help and supplies)>Ask for help (unleash a storm)>Ask for help (fight on our side)>Ask him to join you in an official, long-term alliance>(other?)(s+z all)
(sorry, forgot to include the Prayer roll in the post, but it has more than enough successes )
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38626931>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38626931>"The pleasure is all mine">Talk about the situation but make no requestsHe will tell us what he want to tell us. Let's see on what foot he dances before taking the lead.
>>38626931>Talk about the situation but only ask what he could help with.
>>38626931>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>Ask for help (unleash a storm)>Ask about the admiral.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38626931>Talk about the situation but make no requests>Ask about RajaanWe can get to requests after these.Now I need to get some sleep, thanks for the thread EF.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38626931Adding >Ask about Rajanto my vote here >>38626971
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38626931>Talk about the situation but make no requests
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38626931>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>Ask for help (unleash a storm)>Ask About Raijin
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38626931>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)Location and appoach direction of enemy fleet, number of ships carrying troops, number of ships carrying warstriders, number of exalted amongst them. Maybe he can have a minion point out specifically which ship carries what when they get closer.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627065>>Ask About RaijinI fucked that name up. I can never remember how to spell half our companions names
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38626931>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>Ask for help (unleash a storm)Two for one?>(other?)Did he find Rajan at all?I hope he got to him in time.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38626931If we have time we should also ask about that thing he wanted to talk about before or at least make a promise to properly have a nice calm chat about it when we aren't in danger.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38626931>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)He should at least be able to do that much without any risk to himself.>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)Bad sea states or seaweed fouling the propellars?>Ask about Rajaan
Rolled 2 (1d10)I really want more charms in general, it's an weird feeling, but spending essence makes me feel like what were doing is going to work or that it's going to be a huge success.
"The pleasure is all mine, Ocean Father." You make a deep bow."I presume this is about Skullstone's fleet." He gets to business immediately."You certainly know of everything of import that happens in your sea." You respond, suitably impressed. "Indeed, I and the queen of Tianna are worried about these developments.""As the god of this ocean, I am not supposed to take a side in this conflict, you certainly realize." He says. "As hated and feared as Skullstone is in my realm, that country is not an enemy of mine. Just like Tianna, Coral, the Neck, Wavecrest, all the other nations of the West, they trade on my waves, fish under my waves, and pay sacrifice to me. I am the Ocean Father, and the Ocean belongs to everyone." He says. "...I understand." You nod.You see a flash in his eyes. "A champion of the Silver Prince prayed and sacrificed to me to ask for my blessing for the upcoming battle, but I denied him for this reason. And then, he leans closer to the ship. His enormous face feels your field of view. "But you... Maka. What would you do, if I told you that I refuse to help you in whatsoever way?">I would try to persuade you, but nothing more.>I would threaten you. You do not wish to be my enemy.>I would offer you compensation in exchange.>I would accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality.>I would accept it, but resent you for it.>(Other)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38627133No, you want more essence in general. Our main limiting factor right now is not having enough essence to fuel all of our charms, forcing us into scene after scene where we're running on empty and unable to use charms at all. Buying more charms that cost essence just exacerbates that problem.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38626931>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>Ask for help (fight on our side)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627146>I would accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality.Seriously, if he's strictly neutral, that keeps Skullstone - with its MUCH LARGER economy - from influencing him against us.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38627146>I would try to persuade you, but nothing more.>I would accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality.
>>38627146>I would accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality.Is this a test?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38627146>I would try to persuade you, but nothing more.>I would accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality.
>>38627146>I would accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality.I'm pretty sure gods are supposed to fight enemies of Creation or at least try to hinder them somehpw, which a Deathlord certainly qualifies as
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38627146>I would try to persuade you, but nothing more.Theats and bribery are out, the abyssal probably already tried them.Pesuasion does not exclude accepting it with honor after it has been tried.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38627146>I would accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality.
(a note for your benefit and hilarity: in any moment during the quest, you can ask to change outfit. If there are even a few mentions for it and no one explicitly opposing it, I'll probably go with it.)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627146>I would try to persuade you, but nothing more.>I would accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality.If his final answer was no then we would accept it as so. Honestly that's pretty amazing as far as gods go, most would take whatever bribes they can from where they could to try and enhanced their position and there's nothing like the status of having a Deathlord at your back because you helped him once.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627191That's a question of short term vs long term, though.The Silver Prince hasn't tried to destroy Creation yet, so taking a side against him would make the other factions wary of Ocean Father's actions toward them.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38627146Can we combine two? Something like>I would try to persuade you, but should that fail, I would accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality.This is tough. On the one hand, I respect his neutrality. On the other, we could probably persuade him with even a decent roll.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38627146>I would accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality.Ocean Father is pretty cool, didn't Amata tell us a while back that most gods in the west were really corrupt?
>>38627146>I would try to persuade you, but nothing more.
>>38627213I thought the only reason someone would have a Deathlord at their back is if the Deathlord was looking where to put the knife
>>38627213Yeah, I'm kinda wanting to just let him be and ask about whatever he wanted to discuss with us. We could always go beneath the waves with him if it's private.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38627233not being corrupt is pretty nice, but he should still do this fucking job and not let Deathlords do what they want
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38627240Well yeah, but corrupt gods are arrogant gods.
>>38627240Especially if the Deathlord is an unabashed ally of Oblivion and thus invested in eventually destroying all of Creation. (As far as we can tell from the war flag, etc.)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38627146>I would try to persuade you, but nothing more.because>(other)It's not what I might do, but rather what the someone as hated as the Silver Prince may do, were he to obtain whats on the island.
>>38627146>I would accept it, but resent you for it.He's flying the flag of Oblivion, you dipshit. He is literally your sworn enemy and the enemy of your boss and the entire organisation you work for and you should be fucking fired for this!
>>38627227Yeah, Ocean Father seems to be the cool Switzerland of Western deities, and I like him for it.
>>38627178He's been around for a while, so he might be interested to see how we stack up to his memories of First Age Solars. Especially since by looks alone we're starting to get close to that point.
"Well, I'd try to persuade you." You admit."And if I still refused?" He suggests."I'd just accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality." You conclude. "In this day and age, where the corruption of the Earth is mirrored in the Heavens as well, it is a great show of honesty. Lesser gods would have milked both sides for as many benefits as they could possibly gather, perhaps even playing them one against the other even further."The vast god giggles merrily. "Oh, you really have a mistaken opinion of me. I'm nowhere that virtuous."But, a second voice speaks to you. It's Ocean Father's, but it echoes directly in your ears, a much closer whisper that must be inaudible to anyone else but you.<<There is one thing you might offer me to obtain my help. Directly if you own it, or swearing a bound oath that you will hunt for it and turn it to me in the likely case that you do not. This might make you think less of me, and, if so, I am sorry, but if you are interested in this offer, nod once. If not, stay assured that the Silver Prince's emissaries denied it. I will remain impartial.>>>Nod>Don't nod.
>>38627296Switzerland would actually take the bribe.
>>38627312interested doesn't mean we accept does it?>Nod
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38627146>>I would try to persuade youIf that failed,>>I would accept it, and appreciate your honorable impartiality.
>>38627312>>NodLet's hear it.
>>38627312Question: would nodding means that we agree to give it to him no matter what ? Or is it just to agree to listen to him ?
>>38627312>NodWe don't accept it if we do this, right? We only hear his offer
>>38627312>NodWhat's he asking for? I'm wary of making promises we can't keep.
>>38627312>Nod.Tell us your secrets, Ocean Father! What do you want so badly?
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627312>NodI'm definitely willing to hear him out.
>>38627312>NodSide quest get!
>>38627312I wonder if this has to do with what he wanted to talk to us about before.
>>38627337"Interested" in the offer.
Can someone explain how refusing to do his job but at least not working against us makes him honorable? And he did make this offer to the Silver Prince, so he /is/ corrupt.Why are you all so insistent on sucking his dick?
Inb4 he asks for a virgin
>>38627371>And he did make this offer to the Silver Prince, so he /is/ corrupt.That's not how corruption works....>>38627361Well we are dealing with a god who does make magically binding deals, that can mean all sorts of things, it can mean we're interested in hearing what the deal is, or we're interested in completing the deal, and we don't know which
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38627371>Can someone explain how refusing to do his job but at least not working against us makes him honorable?His job is literally to be a neutral facilitator of oceanic travel, fishing, and its ecosystems. Until the Prince's fleet is poisoning the ocean, or something, simply letting them pass without interference is EXACTLY his job.So yes, the lack of corruption on that matter is fairly honorable, and even if it wasn't, CALLING THE OCEAN FATHER A CUNT IS A BAD MOVE POLITICALLY.
>>38627371Why are you so stupid? That's not even anywhere near being corruption.
>>38627394>CALLING THE OCEAN FATHER A CUNT IS A BAD MOVE POLITICALLY.think we could maybe get him audited, then?He is taking a bribe right now, after all.
>>38627394What about offering him a cunt?
>>38627394Yeah. Although it turns out he is corrupt, just the classy kind of corrupt where he makes backroom deals in plain sight.
>>38627411I'll abuse my power to help me if you do something for me isn't corrupt how?
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38627415That would be a smart political move.>>38627412No. Heaven doesn't care, and even if they did, there's nobody to replace him.
>>386274121) He's too big for that.2) tfw no sidereal contact to pull the strings on the Heavenly courts>>38627415I think that would work better and more acceptable.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627371He's doing his job of being neutral. It just turns out he can be bribed, after all.>>38627312>Nod
I don't care one way or the other about him being corrupt or not, he's offering to help us and also saying either way he won't be one the Prince's side if we turn him down.That makes him okay with me, I'd vote to sleep with him if the option ever came up.
>>38627459>he's offering to help ushe made the exact same offer to the Prince
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38627459Yeah. When someone's position is 'worst case scenario, I'm not going to aid and abet your enemies, just not help you,' they're a reasonable individual.
>>38627459I would as well, anon, but only after the war is won. If Flow took aday and a night, imagine how long the ocean will last for.
>>38627412>He is taking a bribe right now, after all.If they can get him audited, then other major gods can also be audited because they and everyone else in Yu-Shan also take bribes regularly, and these guys will then use all the blackmail they have on other gods to drag them down with them amd in the end of the day we'll have Heaven in disarray, minor gods squabbling and picking up what spoils they can while the Sids run around doing their best to do some damage control.Meanwhile, Raksha, demons and other enemies of creation can run free because the Gods can't do their jobs well and the Sids are too busy to orchestrate their defeat.all because some Zenith floozy from bumfuck nowhere decided to audit The Ocean Father.
>>38627467Eh, they turned him down.I'm not going to mad about it.
Your spoken conversation goes on as normal."Did you find any trace of Rajan Hazaakaa, by any chance.""I did not. I have asked the current spirits, the totems of the many creatures dwelling within me, and of those who inhabit the oceanic floor, and the search is still going on. As my servants expand the perimeter of their investigations, I begin to suspect that either chance or a definite will has carried away Rajan Hazaakaa from the area. Either that, or hidden to my gaze.""A will? Could that will be his own? Could he be still alive and moving under his own power? He is a Terrestrial Exalted of the Water Aspect, and very much in his element within your domain.""It could be, but I have no guarantee of it."Meanwhile, the whisper continues:<<There is an item I desire over anything else. I will name it and describe it to you only if you accept to seek for it. It is not an information I ever released to anyone not oathbound to secrecy. I will grant any one any request, within my power, to anyone who would find it and turn it over to me. On top of that, swear that you will do your best to aid me in finding this item, and I will aid you against the Silver Prince.>>He must be detecting your suspicion, because he continues: <<Knowledge is power. If you knew what I seek, you could well retrieve it for yourself and then hold it hostage, or sell the information to others for your own benefit. If these conditions seem harsh to you, you are free to refuse. I will not hold it against you. As a ruler yourself, I am sure you understand.>><<If you agree to seek this item, nod once more. I will meet you in either Tianna or Pearl, wherever you and your circlemate Mikahil will be, so that he may sanctify our oath. If not, shake your head, and we shall speak no more of this.>>>Nod>Shake your head>(Other?)
>>38627479>stay assured that the Silver Prince's emissaries denied it.>>38627477so you're saying that he's too big to fail and we shouldn't even bother with justice. Okay, that's cool.
>>38627423Because thats exactly what his job is.Are you new here? Are you new to Exalted? This is not the first time such a thing has happened in this quest yet you pop up now like some retarded taxation office doing an audit, in a universe they don't belong in.
>>38627492>we shouldn't even bother with justiceYour fucking retarded, why don't you go and read about the setting and read the quest, then come back because at this point you are trying to argue the equivalent of auditing a horse for being brown.
>>38627488>>NodWe need the help
>>38627467And? He's the motherfucking OCEAN FATHER, GOD OF THE WESTERN OCEANS AND SEAS, THEY ARE HIS TO DO WITH AS HE WISHES.Fuck me you are stupid if you think this is 'corrupt'. This is his goddamned day job.
>>38627504>auditing a horse for being brownhow about you read about the setting? Gods being corrupt isn't a fundamental part of their nature or anything.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38627488>NodFollowing one of my personal rules of roleplaying: When in doubt, make things more interesting.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627492No, he's arguing that trying to sue the most-honest excessively major god in the West is like trying to impeach the president for smoking cigarettes. You don't understand the setting if you think jumping straight to auditing the goddamn Ocean Father is going to be a good idea.
>>38627488>(Other?)Will it harm Creation or Yu Shan?If it's something of sentimental, personal value or merely something that furthers your personal goals, then yes. This better be a damn big favor.
>>38627523That is a terrible terrible rule...
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627488>"How could I succeed in finding this item if someone as mighty as you couldn't ?"I'm not asking what it is, I'm just asking why he needs us. Knowledge is power, and we're not dumb enough to let OF keep it all for himself.Plus, people getting screwed for agreeing things without knowing the terms is the oldest and surest way for tragedy
>>38627518>This is his goddamned day job.>Offering to help a Deathlord acquire a superweapon to destroy all of Creation>It's cool, it's his job. We can't fault him for itare you actually serious?
>>38627536It's probably in the desert or something.>>38627488>Nod
>>38627492>so you're saying that he's too big to fail and we shouldn't even bother with justice.What I meant to say is that if he Did fail there would be a Political Shitstorm, and in a setting where Political Shitstorms involving the gods mean the laws of the Universe don't work properly, it's a horrible idea to try to get him to be fired over bribery.
>>38627492Eh, he's already shooting pretty straight, i don't see why you think he's corrupt.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38627488>>(Other?)"If you wish to keep the item in secrecy unless I accept I can propose a middleground, meed me in Tianna or Pearl, wherever me and Mikahil will be, and he can sanctify an oath that if I do not attempt to seek out this item to give to you, I will not seek it out for myself, to hold hostage either it in physicality or its information."
>>38627488>>NodAs long as it doesn't require us breaking any oaths or obligations we have.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38627502>>38627514>>38627523We don't need the help that much, guys.He'll have to tell us more if he want to convince me, at least.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38627520Anon, they can't be corrupt, that would mean there have to be laws and regulations in place to stop their 'corrupt' activities, and guess what, its perfectly fine for them to do whatever they want that you perceive to be 'corrupt'.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38627488>Shake your headSwearing an Oath to find a mystery item is fucking retarded. If we fail to comply after being informed, we get to eat Botches during the most important rolls for the rest of this quest. I'd be willing to swear an Oath of secrecy first, but swearing the Oath to do a thing before we even know what that thing is?That's literally suicidal.
>>38627488>Shake your headaren't we really fucking busy with getting the manse built before the Silver Prince arrives? I don't think we have the time to do this.
>>38627488Changing my vote from this >>38627536 to this >>38627551It's a good middle ground
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627488>NodTurn your dice on, faggots
>>38627542Yes, he can offer deals to whoever he wants, they are his seas and oceans, do you not understand who he is? How gods work? Fuckit, whatever you say can't be anywhere near a serious answer because either you shot yourself in the head with a nailgun as a child or you're trolling at this point.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627570Gods do not have permission to do with their domains whatever the fuck they want. They often do, yes, but they're not actually supposed to.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38627488>NodIf it's too valuable we can just punch him in the face and take it after we get it for him. We're a Solar, we can do that.I guess we can ask whether it'll be dangerous, but it seems like a lot of effort to come up with a roundabout way of insinuating those questions into conversation. The punch contingency is easier, especially when he can just lie.
>>38627488>>38627551This, I'm not going to agree without knowing how badly its going to fuck us in the arse.
>>38627594>Punching the Ocean FatherWouldn't that pretty much destroy any chance we or our allies have to ever use the sea again ?
You have your doubts, of course.But you nod nonetheless.<<Thank you.>>You see his smile brightening. "Very well, Maka. Regarding the Silver Prince... I will act on your side. Though I am worried about reprisals that the Silver Prince might inflict on me. He will certainly not be happy of me siding with you.""How might that happen?" You wonder, suddenly worried."The Deathlords are as imaginative as they are evil, and my realm, which spreads far and wide, is difficult to oversee and defend, even with all my power." He explains. "What will you ask of me?">Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>Ask for help (provide help and supplies)>Ask for help (unleash a storm)>Ask for help (fight on our side)>Ask for help (other)(s+z all)
>>38627488>NodMan, all this arguing could fool me into thinking we're playing a sidereal.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38627607>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>Ask for help (provide help and supplies)>Ask for help (unleash a storm)
>>38627488>>(Other?)"I will agree to have Mikahil sanctify an oath binding me to secrecy over this item, but I cannot agree to seek it out and hand it over to you without knowing what it is, not in this time when I have other things to worry about."
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38627607>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)
>>38627607>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>Ask for help (provide help and supplies)>Ask for help (unleash a storm)
>>38627589>he can offer deals to whoever he wants, they are his seas and oceansHe is not sovereign, he is a manager with superiors. He can't decide to help the enemy without becoming a traitor.
>>38627607>>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)>>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>Ask for help (unleash a storm)Any boats you sink you can keep.Not like we'll have a chance at getting them anyway
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38627607Well fuck, hopefully he'll accept a bound oath of secrecy over the item if its that bad when we find out.>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>Ask for help (provide help and supplies)>Ask for help (unleash a storm)
>>38627607>>Ask for help (intelligence on the enemy)>>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>>Ask for help (provide help and supplies)>>Ask for help (unleash a storm)>>Ask for help (fight on our side)
>>38627628>>38627642TURN ON YOUR DICE
Rolled 4 (1d10)Dice, my bad
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38627642Forgot my dice
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38627607>Everything>Some water nymphs as well, why not?>Is there anything else he'd like to have/receive/bed?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38627610That's what happens when you talk to gods.No matter what.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38627657Yeah, yeah.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38627657Right, right, right.
Rolled 3 (1d10)How about a charm? We are rolling rather poorly.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38627607>Ask for help (slow the fleet down)>Ask for help (unleash a storm)>Ask for help (fight on our side)Harry them, sink their ships, and make our harbours impregnable. We need nothing less.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38627650dice>>38627610a Sid would just force him to do his job instead of bribing him
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38627708Nothing we can really use at this point
>>38627607The more time we can delay, the more time we have to finish Pearl.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627724Sure there is. Majestic Radiant Presence would help, as would Talking to the Heart.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38627754MRP is already up, it's scenelong.TttH, might help, I don't mind using it.
>>38627754MRP is still active I'm pretty sure and TTTH wouldn't help much, its only good for getting our point across and not being misunderstood.
I know it's a bit late for this, but conspiring with Fair Folk, demons, agents of the Deathlords, or other enemies of Creation is a Severity 5 offense for gods, for all those that claimed he did nothing wrong and was within his right at stuff.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38627754MRP lasts for the whole scene, we should still be covered
[Social + Zenith = 3 1 9 4 7 1 9 2 8 3 2 8 4 = 5 succ.]"Everything." You grin.He seems taken a bit aback by your confident reply. "E... Everything?""First of all, I wish for you to provide me with all intelligence you have on the Prince's fleet." You inform him. "Then, fight him on the sea. Provide hostile currents and winds. Slow their fleet down. Call storms against him."He fidgets nervously."Finally, my future city of Pearl is being constructed. I plan for it to be complete before the Prince's forces arrive."He stares. "...You cannot possibly seriously hope for a city to be completed in seven days.""I do." You point a finger at him. "And you shall assist. Speed the Denzik ships carrying supplies and construction materials to Tianna, and provide from the bounty of the seas to aid the construction effort. Fish and seafood. Granite. Marble. Iron. Copper. Silver. Gold."You see him hesitate. "...You ask me much.""You can't provide it?" You reply, planting your fists on your hips and standing up to him."...I can, but this will mark me as an enemy of the Silver Prince.""As you should be, should you not?""If he strikes back at me in anger, will you aid me? Not as a mere gesture: do you have the power and the willingness to help defend my Realm from him just like I will do to you?">Your realm is your own problem, not mine. This is our deal. You are getting much from it, too. Is it not enough?>I will. He is not just my enemy, but an enemy of all Creation. As a Princess of Creation, it's my duty to protect you.>(other?)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38627791>>I will. He is not just my enemy, but an enemy of all Creation. As a Princess of Creation, it's my duty to protect you.We are a Solar Reborn, our enemies shall fall to our feet dead or in love.Plus he's after our Tyrant, can't have that.
>>38627791>I will. This is a powerful and excessively worthwhile alliance to make.
>>38627791>I will. He is not just my enemy, but an enemy of all Creation. As a Princess of Creation, it's my duty to protect you.
>>38627791>I will. He is not just my enemy, but an enemy of all Creation. As a Princess of Creation, it's my duty to protect you.And isn't the term 'Prince of the Earth' gender neutral?
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38627791>I will. He is not just my enemy, but an enemy of all Creation. As a Princess of Creation, it's my duty to protect you.>>38627840I prefer Princes of the Universe
>>38627791>I will. He is not just my enemy, but an enemy of all Creation. As a Princess of Creation, it's my duty to protect you.We would do this anyway, I think.If he withdraws his support from us later on, we can send Mikhail to tell him that the support we can offer him will decrease in proportion. Never to nothing, of course, but perhaps not enough to forestall the entirety of the Prince's wrath.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38627840Maybe when speaking of them in general, but if we're talking about a specific one, it's probably best to go with what fits the person.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38627791> I will. The same I would help anyone under threat from a Deathlord. >They are declared enemies of all Creation, Ocean Father. The Prince will hurt you as soon as he can.>Talk To The HeartTake this in the theeth, water coward
>I will. He is not just my enemy, but an enemy of all Creation. As a Princess of Creation, it's my duty to protect you.I can't blame Ocean Father for being extremely worried about getting on the Deathlords' bad side, even though he IS supposed to oppose them. They're basically undead ghost mafia.Allying with small Tianna against large and powerful Skullstone is an EXTREMELY hazardous choice from his point of view. One that's he's making exclusively because of two things:1) we're going to help him look for his thing2) we might be a small island but we have a large population of Exalted, meaning probably NO ONE has any idea of what exactly we can accomplish if we put our hearts and minds to it.(Not even ourselves, probably.)
>>38627791>I will. He is not just my enemy, but an enemy of all Creation. As a Princess of Creation, it's my duty to protect you.It's not like crushing him like a bug and adding his empire to our own wasn't part of our plan already.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>Tyrant was her past life>Silver Prince wants the Titan>Forsaken Lion wants her home cityMaka's life is filled with Deathlords.Thinking about it now, E-CSJ is really going to help us in the long term.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38627791>I will. He is not just my enemy, but an enemy of all Creation. As a Princess of Creation, it's my duty to protect you.Time to Solar up.
"I will. He is not just my enemy, but an enemy of all Creation. As a Princess of Creation, it's my duty to protect you." You say, brimming with confidence.Internally, you hope you aren't trading short-term help for a hideous lot of long-term trouble. but not a trace of that shows through."Very well. I am willing to form such an alliance with you. We will discuss this privately." He points a huge finger up to you, and from it a small, white pearl, smooth and white, emerges, landing in your hands. "At dawn, drop this pearl in a vessel filled with seawater, and we shall meet again.""Until then." You end the meeting with the proper observances and the god melts back into the sea. You order Rubel, still awed by the God's presence, to turn the ship around, and arrive to Tianna's docks around midnight.>Talk with Rubel>Talk with Kanaan>Talk with Pyre Spark>Talk with Regis and Millian>Talk with Tia>Talk with Amata>Talk with Irene>Talk with Samiel>Talk with Valeriana and Zaan>Talk with Dancing Smoke>Talk with Mikahil and Roan Denzik>Talk with Speaker of the Dead>Head to Pearl>Head to Freeport>Explore the Titan>Spend some time alone>(other?)>(change outfit?)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38627990Let's find our new friend.Except let's no go rushing out in a big show this time. Maka is learning and has gained a dot of Mental since then.Let's changed though, since it's already past night, how about #3 Noble Evening Dress
>>38627887I can blame him. He's already on the Deathlords' bad side since he's part of creation, and he knows he's going to be destroyed if the Prince has any say in the matter
>>38627990>OtherSummon all of the local gods and utilise them to be on our side next
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38627990Seconding >>38628016
>>38627990It may be short term help right now, but being in the West makes an alliance with him a really good thing long-term, as well. I'd say worth it.
>>38627990Lets re-meet hopefully our sister now.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38627990>>38628016I'll second looking for our note giver.So is it goign to be our missing Night Caste or will it be something else? Sidereal maybe?
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38627990>(other?)Meet our new friend
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38628016Yeah, I like this too. Let's get the unknown variable accounted for.
>>38628016I agree. And either Noble Evening Dress of the Formal Regalia.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38628016>Spend some time aloneOur sneaky friend is shy, he won't come out if we're always in meetings.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38628142Right.
>>38627990>Meet our scret admirer/helper>Formal regalia
>>38628095>meet the sidereal>they're an older sibling we forgot we had because of Arcane Fate
>>38627990>Spend some time alone>>38628016My vote goes for Black Curtain
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38627990>Spend some time aloneRight, it will come to us. Maybe.I support any of these: black curtain, formal regalia, noble evening dress and babydoll armor.
[ESSENCE RECOVERY 1]You have a fairly busy schedule, but...While walking around the docks area at night, heading back to the castle, an idea strikes you. You still have that note the mystery individual(s?) left you. They probably want to meet you privately.What better occasion than the docks, at night, in a dark alley? Assuming they are as good as they seem to be, they probably already know you're here... They might be following you right now, in fact.You can't help but feel a little bit paranoid. The shadows seem to shift at the corner of your vision, and every little noise makes you jump....Is this really a good idea? A show of trust and confidence could come to your advantage, but it could also be dangerous. If you are attacked here, no one will help you.>check if you're followed (m+n)>call out to the mysterious individual, hoping that he is indeed following you>wait and see>(optional) prepare for combat (what charms?)>(other?)
(Forgot to add that you do change in Formal Regalia then)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38628324>check if you're followed (m+n)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38628324>check if you're followed (m+n)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38628324>>check if you're followed (m+n)Won't hurt.You know if we aren't going to increase Night and Twilight by much we should think about buying the dice adder charms to make up for our low dice pools. Not now of course, but eventually.
>>38628324>wait and see
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38628337Sweet>>38628324>wait and see
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38628324>Wait and see
>>38628324>call out to the mysterious individual, hoping that he is indeed following youOut m+n is shit (by exalted standards), and we don't have any charms to boost it.>>38628337I just noticed that that one doesn't cover our lower half at all. Not even in the superficial way the Tabard does.
>>38628324>Wait and see. Don't even look around, just stand somewhere looking confident.Golly, I wish we had Surprise Anticipation Method.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38628374Yeah, I laughed when I saw it was named Formal Regalia, well that's the kind of thing Maka gets to decide.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38628374Yeah, it's perfect for formal events and first inpressions during new meetings.Also, with Social 5, Maka's makas probably grew even bigger. It's very much possible that the tabbard doesn't reach down there anymore.
Rolled 9 (1d10)Should we pop any charms just in case?Time like this really make me wish we had Adamant Skin Technique, it's better for sudden time where we don't want to commit 2 essence as a just in case.
>>38628356We should do both. Night has all of our strength-boosting and mobility charms. We should do more with that.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38628324>check if you're followed (m+n)Well, we didn't botch, at least.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38628324>check if you're followed (m+n)
>>38628324>Use Monkey Leap Technique to jump onto a rooftop, then wait.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38628421We can definitely get a lot of out increasing Night, but for Twilight we only really need like, the knowledge dice adder charm.We don't really use anything else from it.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38628408>Maka's makas probably grew even bigger.My mental picture of Maka's new proportions are similar to the Elf in the picture for outfit 24>>38628476The Charm that lets us train the things Tiger Warrior Training doesn't?
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38628490Yeah that could be useful too, I kinda want to see if we can get Val to learn that though, then we can trade mortals and get everyone up to spec.
>>38628476Sorcery? Terrestrial Circle would be useful in a pinch, though the trials would be inconvenient. Occult charms might be nice, especially if we end up fighting Deathlords.
>>38628476We've made ourselves as much into a planning, delegating ruler as a powerhouse of laying the smack down, so I think having some smarts to back up those plans couldn't hurt. Especially since people are looking to us more and more for the decisions.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38628529>Sorcery?I don't really want to do Sorcery, I mean not anytime soon, it feels like that would take too much branching out to get good at.
>>38628476Twilight could be useful for Training charms and more essence.But aside from that, yeah, we'd suffer from diversifying too much into that rather than benefiting.
>>38628550If we do want to get that Twilight training Charm, then we'd need to get all out Stats to 3 to make the most of it, but after that we can focus on charms for the foreseeable future.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38628550It's hard to overstate how fucking good Training charms like Tiger Warrior, Kiss of the Sun, and Peerless Curriculum are for leadership-type exalts. Which we are.>>38628569True enough. Everything at 3, Tiger Warrior Training Technique, Peerless Curriculum Method, and Kiss of the Sun is a perfect foundation.The downside is that downtime/time skips are ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY to actually get appreciable use out of those times.And we almost NEVER have meaningful downtime in this quest.It might not actually be a good idea to bother with Training charms, in the same way that if it weren't for this plot contrivance it wouldn't be a good idea to focus on Pearl. For case and point on that matter, look at how far we've managed to actually train our pirate crews since getting Tiger Warrior Training Technique. Very close to not at all.We don't have downtime in this quest.
You're tempted to look around, searching the alley, scanning for your (real or imagined) stalker, but you try and restrain your instinct.If Zareen couldn't find even a clue or a hint, you doubt you're going to find him if he doesn't want to be found.You stand in the dark alley, clad in your formal regalia, a stark contrast to the common squalor of your surroundings. And wait.After a handful of seconds, you feel something touching your backside in a definitely inappropriate way. Turning around instinctively, you see absolutely nothing....the culprit must be invisible, or amazingly fast, because you didn't catch even a glimpse."...very funny." You mumble.You hear a giggle. A bright, distinctly feminine voice. One you're not familiar with. "I actually wanted to steal your panties." The voice candidly admits. "But you're not going to leave the the satisfaction today, are you?""I don't wear them often." You admit. "...wait, today?""If you wore them more often you'd have realized that by now."You feel a tap on your shoulder, and turn around to find, standing behind you, absolutely silent, a young girl, lithe and slender and sporting a manic grin, clad in a heavily customized version of what it takes you a while to recognize as Tianna's Engineer Corps uniform, sans the white cape. Irene's unit. She's sporting a large concussive essence cannon slung behind her back, and a pocket one in a holster on her belt.You just barely see the vanishing imprint of a hollow circle on her forehead. The Night Castemark."...How long have you been there?""There?" She asks innocently. You spot a couple of old, familiar induments peeking out of the satchel tied to her belt. "Do you mean stalking you? Or in Tianna in general?">stalking me>in Tianna>about her intentions>about her name>about her weapons>about her uniform>(other?)
>>38628645>And we almost NEVER have meaningful downtime in this quest.I think EF said we were gonna have a Time skip, or move into accelerated time, or something after the Deathlords are dealt with, to deal with Maka's pregnancy.
>>38628679>stalking meShe looks related to Tia. That's not right is it?
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38628679>>>stalking me>>in TiannaYes.Oh, I kinda hoped it was going to be a boy, we need more cute boys to molest. Maybe we can Kiss a cute Librarian boy to be our smart guy.
>>38628679>in Tianna>mysterious night-caste pervert.jpgShe's going to fit in fine.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38628713>Green hair.>Light skin.Her ancestry definitely points to the NE, since that's not a seafoam green.>>38628679>Not our baby sister.Boo.
>>38628713Just a drawing from the same author. One that i like the style of.>>38628690I promise.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38628738Forgot dice
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38628713It's the same artist, she's also a humanized pokemon, she's Flygon.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38628733Our smart guy is Irene/Valeria/Zaan.
>>38628645Relax, once we deal with the silve prince, we will have at least a couple if timeskips. I mean, we need to have the family thened threads, and raise the mini-Makas and mini-Tias.>>38628679>stalking me>in TiannaOh god, is she another gijinka? Tia's sister? The possibility is killing me! Delicious pantiless Maka>>38628733We have Regis, so soon? If anything, there's also Karas.
>>38628679>>stalking me>>in Tianna>about her intentions>about her name>other:about stealing our pantiesIf she wanted, she could have asked
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38628679If we had been wearing panties and she had taken them, could we have gotten them back using our Elsewhere charm?
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38628679>stalking meShe's adorable. Can we keep her? Wait, no, of course we can, that's what social Combat is for!
>>38628762Flygon? What the balls is a flygon?
>>38628810It's a Pokeyman.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38628679>stalking me>in TiannaLet's start with the basics. We'll get to everything in due posts
>>38628679>About her weaponsSo I guess that explains the undead who were burned to a crisp. How'd you manage to get enough ammo away from Irene?
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38628780>We have Regis, so soonI wanted an almost even balance of Kissed, we have 2 girls and 1 boy, so I want at least one other boy.>>38628766But they aren't OURS ours, we haven't even slept with Zaan or Val.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38628802>If we had been wearing panties and she had taken them, could we have gotten them back using our Elsewhere charm?No. The Elsewhere charm lets us store and retrieve things we're wearing. It doesn't let us summon things.
>>38628865Ah, that's true. Maybe one of the pirates?And I'm sure Maka can bed Valeriana when next meeting her and asking about the dresses.
>>38628865>>38628896I think sleeping with Zaan would be as easy as asking him. We just don't meet him often.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38628679>stalking me>in TiannaOur plans for a true perfect circle are coming along nicely. Chosen of Serenity when?
>>38628918>plansoh please, EF said multiple times he loves perfect circles, we were pretty much guaranteed one no matter what we did.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38628896>Ah, that's true. Maybe one of the pirates?No, we're saving our final two Kisses of the Sun. They're too important to just keep handing out, at we need to give a Kiss to at least one of our remaining family members if they haven't exalted and aren't God-blooded or something.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38628917>We just don't meet him often.That's kind of my point, I wanted one that would be with us all the time or at least most of the time.
>>38628918So just convert the Convention of Water to the Gold Faction? Can't be too hard.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38628917>sleeping with Zaan>remember his Beastman son>remember how beastmen are bornZaan's pretty crazy in bed.
>>38628829Dude, Night Caste
>>38628989Please, I doubt it's something Tia could not outdo. But you are right, he must be damn crazy in bed, we need to test it.
>>38628802(No, that's not how the charm works. It only goes from you to the Elsewhere wardrobe and back.)"...both." You reply. You cross your arms and stand there, putting a stern air, but this situation does amuse you."Since I saw you stop that airship with your bare hands." She replies."...since I Exalted?" And you never realized?Wait. Waaait. You try and focus on that face. That face IS familiar.She was one of the soldiers you led to the castle, right after you Exalted, chasing after Fleurdelis.Not just that: you feel like you've seen her other times. A soldier, a passerby, a pirate from your crews, a low-ranking magistrate or officer in Tianna's castle..."So when did YOU Exalt?" You ask her back."About a month before that." She shrugs. "Used to be a trainee in the Engineers.""...so you must be pretty smart, miss...?""Radiant Starfall!" She proclaims, and spins in place, letting her Anima briefly surge in a display of lights and colors. From nowhere, a bright, cheerful music echoes as flows of Essence gather around her and spin playfully, shaping up as brilliant wings behind her and large, showy ribbons on her neck, waist, wrists and ankles. "The guardian angel of Tianna, a lovely magical thief after your heart!" The whole performance ends in a (clearly rehearsed) pose, with her blowing a kiss at you.>no comment>berate her for being way to silly (s+z)>praise her introduction speech (s+z)>give her a few pointers (s+z)>(other)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38629036>give her a few pointers (s+z)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38629036>>give her a few pointers (s+z)That's your twirling clothes changing move?THIS is how it's done
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38629036>she's a Magical Girl with showoff charmsI approve.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38629036>Give her some pointers
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38629036>>give her a few pointers (s+z)No, silly. This is how you do flashy!But hey, you got sneaky down pat, at least.
>>38629036>give her a few pointers (s+z)>Less ribbons, more skin. You will need to get your fashion in line if you want to be around me officially.Oh god, I'm in looooove.And Maka needs that charm as well.
Oh god, we have a perverted stalker kaitou gunbunny ninja magical girl on our team.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38629086Dice
>>38629064>magical girl with huge stonkin' Essence rifleOh EF, you're too good to us.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38629036>give her a few pointers (s+z)I am loving her more and more.>Captcha: BestoI agree, Captcha. She really is Besto night caste.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38629104EXALTED
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38629036>give her a few pointers (s+z)Oi oi oi. We have max Zenith, and Performance is OUR class skill.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38629036>give her a few pointers (s+z)
>>38629036>give her a few pointers (s+z)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38629036>>give her a few pointers (s+z)She needs more movement, try a little hop and some flourish
>>38629036We should also ask her at some point if she's run into Phoenix and how that went down.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38629036>Give her a few pointers.Nice. Maybe flourish your weapon or salute instead of blowing a kiss?And you should come up with a catch phrase or a rhyme, too.
>>38629104Our Circle is the best
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38629036>give her a few pointers>show her how it's doneMaximum Sexy Introduction POWAH
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38629036You know what would help, a prop.Something like using her weapons to guide the show
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38629036>"Radiant Starfall!" She proclaims, and spins in place, letting her Anima briefly surge in a display of lights and colors. From nowhere, a bright, cheerful music echoes as flows of Essence gather around her and spin playfully, shaping up as brilliant wings behind her and large, showy ribbons on her neck, waist, wrists and ankles. "The guardian angel of Tianna, a lovely magical thief after your heart!" The whole performance ends in a (clearly rehearsed) pose, with her blowing a kiss at you.This makes me really want Phantom Conjuring Performance.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38629104Things will be good when she starts stalking Karas and Mikahil. Val's probably just going to ignore her though.
>>38629241>Dawn: Brother> Eclipse: Spy guy> zenith: Stupid sexy Maka> Twilight: Sexy nerd girl> Night: Sneaky perv girlAchievement: Perfect Circle!
>>38629241>our Twilight is an airhead genius>Our Eclipse wants to crash Creation's economy>Our Night caste is a Pervert Magical Girl with a huge Essence Rifle>Our Dawn looks great in a dress>And the Zenith is a Sex Machine capable of Out-fucking an entire mob of water elementals.Best Circle Ever.
>page and still runningW-will we get a second thread? It's been so long since the last time we had double threads.
>>38629253If' we're gonna give a demonstration, we should change outfits at the end like a proper magical girl.I vote for #25
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38629395I vote none
Rolled 4 (1d10)Should we ~punish~ her for stealing our panties and stalking ?
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38629395I don't know, 22 even has an anima crown in it.
[Social + Zenith = 8 1 7 2 4 10 5 1 5 7 = 5 successes]You have to admit, you're impressed.But she can do better, and you can help. You're the number one at showing off, after all."Not bad, not bad" you grin. You see her face bending into a frown, clearly hoping to have impressed you more. "But you twirl just a bit too fast, and you show your back to the audience a bit too much." "Oh?" You have her complete attention."I mean, it's not like it isn't cute, but you need to keep your face a bit more towards the audience. And maybe you could have the skirt lift a bit higher?""Eeh, I'd rather leave that kind of service to you, miss Maka. I'm a bit too plain for that.""That's not true, though. Even without the Essence display and not counting the modded uniform, you're plenty cute.""No, no, not at all, miss Maka-""You can call me Maka.""Mi-M-Miss- M-Maka.""Oh, and..." With a smile and a thought, you flash between a few different outfits in your arsenal.That left her speechless. She extends a hand to touch the fabric, to check if it's illusory or real.Once she's touching it, you change costume again, to demonstrate."...this trick is new.""Quite new, yes." You reply. "Hadn't you seen it yet?""I saw you with different outfits, I just thought you changed while I was minding other stuff." She looks up to you' expectantly, and her special effects actually make stars in her eyes and sparkles around her face, while increasing luminosity and saturation by 20% and adding a rainbow background. "...will you teach me this charm?""If you teach me how to do that thing you're doing, yes." You reply with a giggle. "...so, Starfall...">your intentions?>your weapons?>your past?>my underwear?>(other?)>>38629363(If we do, it will be a short thread because i have places to go, but this thread has been relatively fast and popular, so heck, why not.)
>>38629395Nah, current dress is fine. We need to at least show it to Amata and Tia.
>>38629413You mean reward her, right? Underwear is heresy.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38629450>your intentions?>with my underwear?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38629450>>your intentions?
>>38629450>your intentions?>my underwear? You can keep them, but I'd like to know what you do with them.How bad/well will Tia receive the news of Maka's panties being stolen by someone else?
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>38629450>>your intentions?I mean, obviously she wants to help Tianna, but why the secrecy and all the hiding, I mean I get why before I guess, but we have been a big deal for a while. Why not come out sooner?
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38629516Grovelling thanks to the thief for removing such heresy
>>38629450>your intentions?>my underwear?
>>38629450>She looks up to you' expectantly, and her special effects actually make stars in her eyes and sparkles around her face, while increasing luminosity and saturation by 20% and adding a rainbow background.She is gonna get along so great with TiaAlso backing this >>38629501
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38629450Wait, the panties we found back in the Wyld.Was that her?
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38629450>"Mi-M-Miss- M-Maka."Why do i get the feeling social is her Tertiary.
>>38629516>>38629479Need to keep the girl in leash
>>38629599It might be. She definitely has enough Zenith for Phantom Conjuring Performance, though.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38629611We don't really know what the minimum req for that is though, I mean we more or less started the quest at Zenith 4, we don't exactly know which charms are the low level ones.
>>38629547>She is gonna get along so great with TiaDear lord. I just realized something. Starfall is a magical girl with advanced energy weapons. Tia is a Grasshopper Lunar with an armored Warform. Together, they are Exalted Nanoha and Kamen Rider, ready to dispense Justice on the wicked army of the Silver Prince.
>>38629678Despite what >>38629299 and >>38629325 thought, I wan't just talking about our Solars here >>38629241
>>38629678> Exalted Nanoha
>>38629720Oh, sorry. I hadn't realized you were talking about Maka's skill in crafting circles.Yeah, our circles are great, but I don't think we can surpass Valeriana's or Even Mikhail's, given our average Mental and Twilight.
Back to a serious subject."...what are you planning from now on, Starfall? And why did you keep hidden up to now?"She winces and recoils, like you just struck her. You almost regret asking the question."W...well... At first, before you arrived, I was busy with taking down the Cult of the Seventh Eye...""...What are those?" You never heard about that."Oh, they were a malfean cult hidden in Tianna, working to create the conditions to summon some Second Circle Demon to grant them power or wishes or something like that.""...that sounds alarming. Why did no one ever tell me about this?" You ask."Well, no one ever knew." She shrugs. "I took care of them without anyone noticing.""...how did you find them in the first place?"She seems to shy away. "I, uh. I was one of the sacrifices."Alright, that was dark. Especially that "one of the"."...once I took them out, I didn't really feel like upsetting people by revealing what happened. Everyone seemed happy to not know anything.""...and that became a habit." You guess.She nods. "When I saw you, I thought I'd follow you a bit to see if you were a good person."You sigh. "And you never showed yourself.""I was... Afraid that you'd get mad or not like me. Or just... To be noticed. No one ever noticed me... I used to hate that, but being at the centre of attention is..."You can guess where this is going. "You're not really Radiant Starfall."(Cont.)
"I am!" She interrupts you, but then hesitates. "I... Uh, I am, but... I'm also, or, well, I used to be Janet Deer. I was just... I was just a normal girl, you know. Before all the crazy happened. But...then all this happened, and I saw I could be a heroine if I wanted to.""You made a secret identity." You conclude."No one remembers Janet Deer. Well, except for mom and dad and my little brother. And some of my closest friends." She laughs awkwardly. "But I think people would remember Radiant Starfall if she starts fighting in the open. Just... I'm afraid that they might get involved. Or... Hate me for hiding it from them.">you should stay hidden, probably. Not being known can be a huge advantage.>welcome to the Circle, Radiant Starfall.>welcome to the circle, Janet Deer.>we should go separate ways, actually>(other?)
>>38629557They seem to be about her size, yes.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38629846>>welcome to the circle, Janet Deer.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38629846>"No one remembers Janet Deer. Well, except for mom and dad and my little brother. And some of my closest friends." She laughs awkwardly....are we sure she's not a Sidereal?>welcome to the circle, Janet Deer.She can use whatever pseudonym and persona she wants while doing things, but we should show we see her for her.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>38629846>>welcome to the circle, Janet Deer.Janet Deer is the very brave girl who earned one of The Unconquered Sun's Exaltations, a name is just a name, the girl inside is the same.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38629846>welcome to the Circle, Radiant Starfall.If she want's a secret identity, that's totally fine with me
>>38629846>welcome to the Circle, Radiant Starfall.Nope, you will have to putthat skirt away and start showing off.
>>38629846>welcome to the circle, Janet Deer.
>>38629846>welcome to the Circle, Radiant Starfall.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>38629846>welcome to the Circle, Radiant Starfall.
>>38629846>we should go separate ways, actuallyof the rails, of the rails we go!
>>38629846>Welcome to the circle Janet Deer, Radiant Starfall
>>38629846>hug>Welcome to the Circle, Janet Deer>I can call you Radiant Starfall, if you prefer
>>38629846I like this.>>38629879>The name you choose for yourself does not change who you are, A woman who was judged worthy to be an exalted of the Unconquered Sun. Whose actions helped protect Tianna and all who live here. You should always remember that.>welcome to the Circle, Janet Deer.
Hang on a sec. waaait a sec.So about that charm Starfall used....can you imagine the sex?I mean, between Tia, who is a shapeshifter that can transform independently different parts of her body and is insanely strong, and Maka who can change "outfits" with a thought and can create music and special effects out of nowhere?Pity EF will never write anything explicit.
>>38630003Maka needs that charm, for more than sex. Parties and clebrations will never be the same, just imagine it during the festival for Pearl's foundation!
>>38630003We need one of the QMs that follow this quest to write that.
>>38629867Hot damn. Now that's playing the long game.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38630003>So about that charm Starfall used.It's Phantom Conjuring Performance, we've had the option to buy it since forever, it's a permanent charm if I remember right.
Rolled 3 (1d10)So, how do you guys feel about the fact that every time we say 'no' to Tia and she's forced to restrain herself, she gains a point of Limit, leading her ever closer to snapping and raping us into a coma?She also gains one every time she finds out she failed to protect us in some way.
>>38630096I like that idea. Here's hoping it happens.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38630096Endearing in a scary way.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38629985>>38629878Yeah, seconding this. We can teach her to be more self-confident, but that may take time. Until then, she can be Radiant Starfall. Also,>Ever run into an Abyssal sneaking through the shadows?
"Well... welcome to the circle, Janet Deer."She almost winces at the name. "Can... can you stick to Radiant Starfall? I just...""You have a secret identity thing going on, I understand." You nod, amused. "I give you my word.""Thank you."A few seconds of awkward silence follow, with her fidgeting nervously."...And thank you for taking out those spies.""Um. Thank you. It's okay.""...will you be helping us out from now on?" You guess that she gets really shy once the adrenaline kicks back."Um." She nods affirmatively.That won't do. You grab her hand and pull her out of the alleyway."Uh? Eh? What?" She doesn't resist, but just shuts down from confusion."Come with me!" You proclaim. "I'm going to introduce Radiant Starfall to everyone else in the palace! You already know them anyway, right? it's only appropriate that they get to know you!"[SESSION END]
>>38629846Changing my vote here >>38629985 to>hug>Welcome to the Circle>How should I call you?
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38630142>[SESSION END]She's a cutie for sure.Thanks for the thread EF, can't wait for next time.
>>38630096>implying she can do that>Implying it's not going to be us raping her in a comaShe might be stronger than us, and have more tentacles than us, but it's pretty well established that Maka's endurance, sturdiness and sexual firepower is an order of magnitude above even Tia's.
>>38630142>Formal Regalia is still onAll my yes. We NEED to find Tia.
>>38630161Amd they are even greater now that we have what amounts to all social skills at five dots.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38630161>but it's pretty well established that Maka's endurance, sturdiness and sexual firepower is an order of magnitude above even Tia'sNot initially, but recently, yes. Expect Tia to switch that dynamic back over again soon, though. Remember, she's a Full Moon. Unstoppable endurance is kind of their thing.
Thanks for the thread!
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>38630186One day Maka and Tia are just going to be having sex for like weeks straight, people will come join only to get tossed out after they break.
>>38630055I'd give out XP for that.Remember, up to now all extra XP from player participation has been in the form of drawings, but I reward with XP (or a small request) ALL stuff you do, as long as it's decently good, quest-related, and took a bit of effort. Writefaggotry is included. Even porn: just because I've decided I won't write it during this quest doesn't mean I disapprove of it.Speaking of XP:2 XP (Base)1 XP (Ocean's Alliance)1 XP (Perfect Circle Get)Charms incoming.I COULD make a second thread, but i have to leave in two hours, so that seems a bit of a waste. If you need anything from me, I have my ask.fm! You can even use it to contact me privately, just specify that you don't want your question published. (I won't have a way to get back at you just as privately, though...)And yes, work on the new system is proceeding.
>>38630180To improve even further we'd have to increase Physical though. I imagine Physical 5, Social 5, Zenith 5 Maka would be some kind of sexual tyrannosaurus.I hope this new system EF talks about will have greater incentives for Physical. I wouldn't mind "cute and sexy musclegirl Maka".
>>38630247>I COULD make a second thread, but i have to leave in two hours, so that seems a bit of a waste.Right, might as well not then.
Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)Shockwave Fist Technique (Permanent, every other Unarmed attack can be carried out at a range of [Phys+Dawn]x10 meters)Summoning the Loyal Steel (Permanent. Can call any owned but unwielded weapon back to your hands. Can store up to [Physical] owned weapons in a pocket dimension)Terrifying Glorious Presence (upgrades Majestic Radiant Presence: on top of its effect, all social attacks have 1 automatic success)Phantom-Conjuring Performance (Perm. can fashion phantasmagorical images and sounds from your own Anima)Sun-King Radiance (Permanent. Anyone loyal to you uses your mental defense rather than their own to resist being tempted to betray you, if your score is higher.)Rose-Lipped Seduction Style (1 Ess. Adds +3 to the effect of a successful social attack performed via seduction. Stacks with Husband-Seducing Demon Dance.)Adamant Skin Technique (1 Ess. For 2 turns, all attacks inflict zero damage)Wise Artisan's Skill (Scenelong, 1 essence, +3 to Crafting rolls)Courtier's Eye Technique (1 Ess, Can tell someone's backgrounds)Shadow Arts (1 Ess, add +3 to all stealth rolls for the scene.)Clear Sense Light (1 Ess, add +3 to all perception rolls for the scene.)Shining Ruler's Benevolence (1 Ess, Scene, add +3 to all politics or organizational rolls for the scene.)Sea Wolf Style (1 Ess, add +3 to all ship-handling rolls for the scene.)
>>38630247>Even pornOk, ok, wait. What kind of porn are we talking about here? Because there is a lot of porn that I can think of.
>>38630306>Rose-Lipped Seduction Style
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38630306>Rose-Lipped Seduction Style (1 Ess. Adds +3 to the effect of a successful social attack performed via seduction. Stacks with Husband-Seducing Demon Dance.)This isn't even fair.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38630306Fists of Iron, we're going to be in a war and need to be ready.
>>38630310I dunno. You're the players. Surprise me.
>>38630306>Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)We need combat charms for our upcoming fight/war.We can focus on more social stuff after we deal with Silver Prince.
>>38630306>Rose-Lipped Seduction Style (1 Ess. Adds +3 to the effect of a successful social attack performed via seduction. Stacks with Husband-Seducing Demon Dance.)
>>38630306Would it be possible to get a charm just for prayer? It seems prayer charms have been sorely neglected.
>>38630352Time to write up that Maka Regis "heykidyouwanna/ss/" smut!
>>38630306>Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)
>>38630306>Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)No RSS this time?Fair enough, we can probably still afford it by the time the week is over, in game I mean,
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38630376'Charms for prayer' is like saying 'charms for talking.' It's just an avenue of social influence through which all normal charms still apply.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>38630306>Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)But only because Regiment Slaying Strike isn't an option this time.
>>38630401yes, and there are charms for making speeches, or dancing or singing, so there could also be charms for prayer
>>38630306>Sun-King Radiance (Permanent. Anyone loyal to you uses your mental defense rather than their own to resist being tempted to betray you, if your score is higher.)
>>38630352All the "armor" clothes we have are just aesthetically armor right?They don't grant soak or anything?
>>38630352No, I need to ask because I don't want to weite something that will creep you out and ruin it. I do have weird fetishes and they will likely slip in the fic.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>38630435Wearing metal plates on just your nipples doesn't grant you armor, no.
>>38630382That would be nice for when it happens in story.>>38630306>Rose-Lipped Seduction Style
>>38630352>>38630352How do you feel about Maka and Tia breaking in the new girl? And by Breaking in I mean breaking her mind with a threesome so incredible the UCS and Luna take a break from the Games to watch it happen.
>>38630468This is exalted, that's more than enough armor.
>>38630468Unless they're made from Orihalcum, Jade or Soulsteel.
>>38630306Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)
>>38630419What is our mental defense calculation? Mental + Zenith?
>>38630306>Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)Time to gear up for the conflict.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>38630489>>38630498No, it's really not. Artifact armor works by covering you in plates of magical material so massive and heavy that only someone Attuned to it can even move in it. The exception is stuff like Discreet Essence Armor, which actually protects you in a force field.Exalted is big on logical deconstructions of magical items, like 'daiklaves do tons of damage because they're 300 lbs of magically-hard gold made light enough to swing for the wielder, but still hitting with the force of 300 lbs of magically-hard gold.'So, while nipple plates could easily be, say, the equivalent of Hearthstone Amulets, you're not going to see them grant a Soak bonus unless you integrate enough magitech to make them coat you in a force field.
>>38630519It should be Social + Zenith shouldn't it?
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>38630519>>38630548In normal Exalted, it's based on Willpower + Integrity. Since this system doesn't have Willpower, my guess is Mental + Zenith.
>>38630519Mental + Zenith.>>38630376For some reason, the Unconquered Sun did not saw it fit to make charms on that.>>38630435They don't. The charm works only for non-armor clothes. There is a version of this charm that lets you do it with armor, but only one suit, not multiple.>>38630450I dunno, your call on whether to write it or not.
>>38630633Just Mental + Zenith or M+Z divided by two?That's how our regular DV works right?(Phys + Dawn + Charms)/2?
>Fists of Iron (1 Ess, Scene. +1 damage once per combat, per enemy)I hope it'll unlock a lot of fun combat charms.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>38630633>For some reason, the Unconquered Sun did not saw it fit to make charms on that.What about charms which help to regulate prayer flow from cults? A Permanent Zenith charm which augments the things we can do with our cult, or increases its net gains, or lets us cut off or enhance the flow of prayer from other cults, could be quite useful both as the High Priest to the Sun and when negotiating with gods and spirits of all stripes. Something like, say, 'Make a Social + Zenith roll to lead a group player in front of a cult to which you have access and commit 1 Essence. For as long as you leave that essence committed, the gains to the recipient of that worship are reduced or increased by your Zenith score.'I don't know.
>>38630306>hockwave Fist Technique (Permanent, every other Unarmed attack can be carried out at a range of [Phys+Dawn]x10 meters)>[Phys+Dawn]x10 metersI'm gonna punch that guy that's half a football field awayDamn that's cool.
>>38630633>For some reason, the Unconquered Sun did not saw it fit to make charms on that.The UCS personally made the solar charms? That's a pretty serious deviation from canon. Any chance Maka can develop one? Or do we have a closed charmset like sids?
>>38630633Damnit, stop giving me that much freedom, or else I will write terrible futa beast /ss/ public porn.
>>38630788Do it.I had ideas about trying to write out that Maka/Tia/Silk/Zareen scene, but I was worried the positioning wouldn't come across clearly in text form
>>38630706That's not a bad idea. I'll write a charm or two for that in the new system.>>38630748There's no real distinction. all Solar Charms come naturally to the Solar Exalted. I'm just saying that for some reason the purview of Solars does not include charms for prayer, just like it doesn't include shapeshifting, throwing elemental bolts, or manipulating fate.
>>38631032>that Allies/InfluenceNoiceDoes Social Damage have a cap?I just noticed if we buy Rose-Lipped Seduction Style we can do 11 points of "damage"
>>38631032Lookit that backgrounds. Some just went up.New objective: get straight 5s in all backgrounds.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38631016>That's not a bad idea. I'll write a charm or two for that in the new system.Fuck yeah! I've always through interacting with Cult mechanics and the regulation of prayer flow fit Zeniths to a T. That, and Maka leading all of Tianna in a group prayer-song to herself for a climactic battle is something that should both happen, and have massively fucking sweet results.
>>38631062Right now it doesn't.Unless someone has social "soak" or defenses, or you're acting against some core intimacy or motivation they have, this means that touching Maka's makas can essentially demolish anyone's psyche and rearrange it the way she wants.