Magic cannot exist outside of a firm physical Medium. Fireballs and portals are unheard of. But within a Medium, typically crystal, magic can exist, and thrive. It can change the physical facets of its Medium. So while you could not throw a bolt of lightning, your staff's crystal sphere could crackle with a wild charge of it. Eventually, with the advent of steel, and the discovery of metal's naturally crystalline structure, it was declared the greatest Medium to exist. Long staves of steel with beautiful latticework were crafted, but one magus - known only as the First - desired a simpler, lighter, more practical staff. And so the first Spellblade was born, a simple weapon with a cross-shaped hilt and a long blade. It had little in the way of enchantment, and needed little. The only spell that suffused it was perfect sharpness, and this pleased the First. Soon others mimicked the First, making their own Spellblades, naming them, weaving more and more intricate spells, some that made them wildly heavy or light at the user's whim, others that heated the blade well past the melting point of steel, and so on. When Metallurgists - the name for these magi of the sword - clashed, it was with their blade, and the shards of broken blades of these duels were well-sought after, for they still held the old, constantly folded upon themselves spells within. Dynasties formed around the blades, and their care and use was made into an institution - the Blacksmithing Arts.(Continued)
Soon there arose Ten Families, one family holding the Kingship over the Ten Lands. And the king rules in peace over these ten lands, while the families bicker and squabble over petty land, power, fame and money. Who were you borne to, young Blacksmith? >Select one family from the following link: http://pastebin.com/2j5Azs2b
>>40838608Which family has a history of nice boy butts?
>>40838608MOTHER FUCKING PENDRAGON
>>40838608Anansi. That fucking sword is bullshit man.
>>40838608Naiad. Time to make money as the Italian city-state master race.
>>40838608Tareth. We sound like glorious assholes.
>>40838608Fuck, they all look so good. I guess either Artem or Kamen.
Voting ends in ten minutes from this post's timestamp.
>>40838608Changing my vote from Naiad to Donmagus
>>40838813>Leaving a vote open for over 20 minutesWhy the fuck.
Here comes the samefagging
>>40838608Whichever option lets us be female.
>>40838938hehehehehVoting is closed. Counting now.
>>40838963Can you not see all the Pendragon samefaggotry?
>>40838938>not wanting to fag it up oldschool styleAnon please.
>>40839005I have a hard time sympathizing with males. Mostly that douchebag jock thing.
>>40839012You're an autistic fuck aren't you?
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>40838985Can you not prove it?>>40838680>>40838683>>40838870>>40838721>>40838820>>40838838A tie.
>>40839041See: >>40838649You dun fucked up
>>40839041>>40839054Goddamnit, nevermind. Writing post.
Where's the boybutts. You said there would be boybutts, EGOman.
>>40839075You can have anything you want. All the best dresses, all the best food. The purest iron and the most advanced steelmaking methods. All the jewels and etched crystals that glow with pretty colors. And it sounds cliche, but you can't have the one thing you want:Freedom.The estate and major exhibitions are the only places you can go, and even the latter requires an honor guard. And while they are not rude or even ugly, they are stonefaced, quiet, and utterly impassive. An attempt to flirt with one earned nothing but a glare from your father, head of the family.And so you sit in a shaded royal box, drinking chilled drinks (in crystal chalices made for just such a thing) and watch a duel begin. Donmagus and Roths. A dispute for... something, you can't quite remember. Something like the heart of a young man, or the like. Donmagus wears heavy armor, making it difficult to tell it is one of their daughters rather than a son, whereas Roths' put forth an elegant woman with a slender sword - an interesting counterpart to the Don's massive barely-even-a-blade. This is a real match. Someone could even die, you reflect, sipping from the chalice. Neither of these are even family blades. They're Single Spell Swords, made over the course of a week, for this match expressly. "Watch closely, Alana." your father states, handsome and regal as always. "This is where fortunes are made and lost." "I know, father." you reply. "But how could Rothschilde hope to win this? That small blade will shatter on blow one.""...Is that what you think?" he asks, amused, as the armored Donmagus fighter closes the distance, and swings with all his might - only to stop with soft 'tink' as the blades touch. No, that's not right. At the very moment of impact, the massive weapon simply /stopped/. "So, tell me Alana: What sort of spellery is at work, on the Rothschilde's part?">Cont
>>40839241You peer at the match. The Donmagus leaps away, noticing that the Rothschilde weapon hums and glows. "I... Hmmm..." You consider...>Clearly a spell that steals kinetic energies.>It must be a spell that locks movement of objects.>It has to be some sort of chronomantic freezing. >Writein
>>40839270>His butt is just magical.
>>40839241>swings with all his might>hisI thought they were both chicks. You holding a boybutt out on us?
>>40839270>>Writein"It's clearly not a spell. He's simply managed to attack the enemy blade ten times within a single blink to stop the enemy's momentum!"
Congrats, a retard already misarchived your quest.
>>40839270>Clearly a spell that negates or steals kinetic energies.We dunno if it was stolen, she hasn't repurposed it yet. Either of the other options would mean the opponent wouldn't have been able to leap away.
>>40839270>>Clearly a spell that steals kinetic energies.
>>40839313I like it
>>40839440I guess the timestamps would suggest so, but actually no, we are not the same person.
>>40839304What, did you expect EGO to actually manage to keep the genders of the characters that are the focus of the scene straight? Your expectations are unfairly high sir.
>>40839270>Clearly a spell that steals kinetic energies.
>>40839440>samefagging with the exact same postHow new are you?Unless he took his time to find the still working invisible characters I very much doubt he somehow broke the 5 minute identical post minimum.
>>40839392>>40839374>>40839344"She clearly managed to attack fast enough to stop the blade." Your father raises an eyebrow. "An interesting hypothesis." he says, sounding a little disappointed. You sip the chilled drink and nearly spit it out when the glowing, humming weapon is pointed at the Donmagus fighter - who you must remind yourself, is female - and launches forth, dragging along its elegantly-dressed weilder. There are some cheers as the dress flutters, making you roll your eyes as the blade skitters along the massive sword, scoring it in a long line. How will the smaller weapon keep its edge. "She forgot something important." your father says, as the armored combatant slams a fist into the woman's silk-covered gut, making her curl up - an iron knee to the face follows, sending her on her back. "This is a real match."The Donmagus raises her weapon, slamming it onto the sword with a strangely stopped 'tink' again, making it hum and glow once more. "Any idea who may win?" you father asks, shifting in his seat as the massive sword is raised again.>Clearly the larger sword will prevail anyway.>The smaller weapon may actually win, here...>Methinks a draw.
>>40839622>methinks a draw.
>>40839622uh, did you quote the right people?also>Methinks a draw.
>>40839622>>Methinks a draw.
>>40839622>The match will have to be suspended due to outside interference.Then throw your dads crown at one of the fighters.
>>40839622>>The smaller weapon may actually win, here...If Dark Souls has taught me anything...
>>40839622>The smaller weapon may actually win, here...
>>40839622>Clearly the larger sword will prevail anyway.reach >>> all
>>40839622Stronk > Agi builds
>>40839843Cry more, rollwhore
>>40839622>Methinks, I do not really care. These people are strangers fighting over things I am forbidden from even knowing. I cannot empathize on any degree, and the politics would bore me to tears if there weren't bloodshed involved.
>>40839863I second this.Bloodthirsty princess.
>>40839863This.Maximum cunt mode engage
>>40839714>>40839863Changing my vote to this. I wanna be a sassy princess.
>>40839649>>40839667>>40839677"Methinks a draw." "Unlikely, but..."The second blow sends the smaller sword glowing brighter than before, like a tiny sun. "That cannot be safe." he says, frowning, as the girl screams. "There would only be one time where the smaller blade is open to assault.""When?""When it's expending its gathered energies. So..."The two blades collide, the smaller rocketing like a launched arrow, the larger one looming like an unstoppable glacier. Even with a reach advantage...They collide in a sonorous clash, which rings out across the arena. The two close off the clash, stumbling away... both barely cracked. "Interesting!" your father says with a grin. So the higher kinetic impact allowed the smaller sword to damage the larger one. But what is the magical ability of the bigger one, anyway?The Donmagus lowers her helmet, a canine design clear. The chosen animal of the house - the wolf. She sets her sword before her, and a low growling roars from the blade, and her armor begins to glow with a soft, russet red. The blade begins to glow along with it, but differently, from the core out. "Oh, oh!" you find yourself jump in excitement as the cracks begin to vanish from the large weapon, and with a swing, it rests on the Donmagus's shoulder, radiating a powerful heat. She points at the elegant opponent, then makes a rude gesture, making your father laugh. >Cheer for Donmagus>Cheer for Rothschilde>Remain silent>Speak with father
>>40839925>Shrug, wait for the fighters to engage again.>Sip your drink>Look more and more bored with each passing moment until they engage again.
>>40839925>cheer for the DonmagusI like her spirit, and also wonder what she looks like when not in armor. Like is she normal sized under the plating or would brick house be an understatement?
>>40839925>Remain silent, but stare daggers at people.
>>40840007Magic is probably not gud for enhancing power of body. She must be a total she beast.
>>40839925>Speak with fatherAre you enjoying this ?
>>40839925>Speak with Father"If watching two other girls fight over a boy while I'm stuck in this box with men who might as well be eunuchs is your way of getting me ready for royalty, it is not one of your cleverer plans."
Whatever we do, it has to be cunty.
>>40840121I wonder how much of a rough and uncultured guard fetish we have. We probably have a thing for five oh clock shadows and calloused hands. Unf.>>40840177Oh you.
>>40840053>>40840038>>40839950>>40839973You lean back, frowning. How could you enjoy this? You don't know these people, you couldn't. Not in your damned gilded cage. And then the younger woman charges again, leaping up. She slaps her blade halfway to the Donmagus - and floats in midair, and swings her blade up. "What." you manage, as she flies upwards, more of another jump, as she slaps the blade again before she slows. Again, once she starts to fall she does it again. And again, and again - flipping and floating about with the sound of her smacking the steel. She's stealing kinetic energy from herself?! "Clever!" your father states, as Donmagus grows impatient, moving in to swing a wide, feiry arc - only to be stopped midswing by an upside-down Rothschilde, who uses the speed gained to blast past her opponent, landing behind her. "Is this your idea of preparing me for rule, father? Watching two women strangers fight over the heart of a boy I never met?" you ask. "Surrounded, I add, by men who cannot engage with me for fear of their balls?" "Alana!" he says, frowning. "Now is not the time for your temper." "I daresay anytime is the time." you grumble, as Rothschilde slices through some of the armor's strapping on the woman's side, making the red glow vanish on her chest and belly - and her movements grow more sluggish. But the larger woman won't give in so easily - she turns, swinging the blade high - and when her foot lands, the swing dodged, her fist slams into her opponent's belly, launching her a good fifteen feet to a cheer. "You deserve better than the games they play." your father says bitterly. "You'd thank me if you knew.">Remain silent>Ignore him and cheer for the match>"Let me out, at least for dueling myself. Let me make my own blade.">Writein
>>40840271>"Let me out, at least for dueling myself. Let me make my own blade."
>>40840271>>"Let me out, at least for dueling myself. Let me make my own blade."
>>40840271>"These 'Games' are what life is. Were I a corpse walking around by another's strings I'd be surprised if anyone noticed beyond my finally being well-behaved. If I must endure this purgatory, I shall do so with whatever attitude I feel like. And right now, watching people actually have real, honest relationships that aren't paid for twenty years in advance makes me nothing but unhappy and envious."
>>40840308>>40840332>>40840355"Those Games, father, they are what life are." you say, pointing with the chalice. "Look at them - their passion and their desire. That's living. I don't know what lead them to this point, but... Watching them only makes me envious, because at least they get to feel. Were I a corpse on strings, few would notice save that I'd be more well-behaved." You say, as the two clash again and again. The Donmagus's armor is broken in places, helmet cast aside, bright blue eyes of fury bared again under a shade of blonde long hair. Her opponent, with black hair and green eyes, torn dress, burns on one arm, is resolute. Both blades are cracked nearly to breaking, leaking energies. "Let me out, father. At least for this. At least for something.""You may die! I have no other children!" "... If I die, then it'd be no different than the current state of things." They clash again, the blades both shattering, pieces flying past your face, flicking your hair and thudding into the stands. "I wonder how they're going to resolve things now?" you ask, pouring out your drink and leaving - a few guards hurry to follow you as your father stands. >Go home. At least your room is cool and comfortable, easy to think in.>Go to the family smithy. No one's taught you a thing about this, but there's no better time to learn...>Go to town. Let's find something to do.>Writein.
>>40840511>>Go to the family smithy. No one's taught you a thing about this, but there's no better time to learn...
>>40840511>Try to escape the guards and find someplace quiet in the woods.
>>40840511>Go to the family smithy. No one's taught you a thing about this, but there's no better time to learn...
>>40840511>Flee from the guards. Have a fun little chase around the town. Closest thing you can get to a duel anyways.
>>40840511>Keep watching. You actually are very curious about how they're going to resolve the duel.
>>40840637>>40840599>>40840555>>40840526You're no good at escaping the guards - many of them have known you since you were a child, even though you're an adult now. They know your ways, and the younger ones know the consequences for attempted seduction of you. Therefore, feminine wiles were closed off from you, and have atrophied comically dead. So you let them follow you to the smithy, and you look over the materials there with a frown, picking up an iron bar with both hands, letting out a cry as the edges of it dig into your uncalloused hands. None of the guards move to help as you try to load the furnace, stumbling in your finery, growing more desperate.By the time your father arrives, the furnace is smouldering, your dress is covered with ash and torn, and you're on the verge of frustrated tears."..." he looks down at you, frowning, then sighs. "Come with me." he says, and you find yourself complying by instinct. You enter the study, a place you were never allowed into, and he shuts the door behind you. "it's clear to me I cannot hold you much longer. You need some form of escape." he says, looking out a window. "Alana, what do you want from freedom the most? Be honest with me. I need to know so I can at least reduce the risks involved. Please understand my position as king.">I want to fight and die in the dueling ring.>I want to talk and meet with other people...>>Especially men.>I just don't want to be alone anymore.>Writein
>>40840841>>I want to talk and meet with other people...
>>40840841>>I want to fight and die in the dueling ring.
>>40840841>I want to live, laugh, love, and sometimes lose. I want to feel all the ups and downs that life has to offer. How can I enjoy having a chilled drink on a hot day if I have never gone a hot day without a chilled drink?
>>40840841> I want dem boybuttz
>>40840841>>40840891I like that one
>>40840891This one is good.>>40840841
>>40840841I WANNA BE THE VERY BESTTHAT NO ONE EVER WAS
>>40840841>I want to talk and meet with other people...>>Especially men.
>>40841112>all the men>of all varieties, too>big, strong ones>svelte, slim ones>effeminate, demure ones>pure little boys>dirty old men>gimme it all!
>>40840841>I want to live, laugh, love, and sometimes lose. I want to feel all the ups and downs that life has to offer. How can I enjoy having a chilled drink on a hot day if I have never gone a hot day without a chilled drink?and also get railed by like, 20 dicks
>>40841163maybe not the dirty old menin fact I want to enact an euthanasia law when we inherit the throne.
>>40840891>>40840949>>40840973"I want to live, laugh, love, and sometimes lose. I want to feel all the ups and downs that life has to offer. How can I enjoy having a chilled drink on a hot day if I have never gone a hot day without a chilled drink?"He considers for a moment. "Then you'll need to make a blade. I shall summon the family forgemaster to teach you." he says, "And there is a ball in a few days, in the Anansi manor. You will be going. Without a guard." he says, "You will borrow one of my old Spellblades for the occasion, just in case." he says. "Otherwise, you must remain with a single guard at most times. ...Douglas should do. He's young, but has talent."You raise an eyebrow. "Douglas, father? Truly." "Indeed. You want to experience life? Very well. Do not complain when it turns you on your heel and makes you dizzy." he sighs and shrugs. "I need some brandy." he grumbles, walking past you, probably to do what he just said. You're stunned - you expected more resistance, what game of this is his? Douglas is among the youngest of the Honor Guard, the first you had asked explicitly to guard you. And Anansi is one of the first houses you showed any interest in to him. It makes no sense. You stare out the window at the veiw of Donmagus's holdings - a mountainous land filled with snow. You ponder how she's doing now, after the match. Hm.>Draft a letter to her.>Head to your room - you must find a new dress! >Head to the family library. Your father's enthusiasm must be matched by your own.>Find Douglas. He has to be in this castle somewhere...
>>40841200Gotta try each kind of dick at least once.
>>40841289>>Find Douglas. He has to be in this castle somewhere...
>>40841289>Head to the family library. Your father's enthusiasm must be matched by your own.
>>40841289>Head to the family library. Your father's enthusiasm must be matched by your own.Study up on that spellblade making.Gotta say, I thought we'd be a champion of the kingdom when I picked Pendragon, not some sheltered princess.
>>40841289You want us to go meet the young, untested royal guard and flirt with him. This is just yet another fucking take on Princess Guard Quest, this time from the princess's POV. God fucking dammit, EGO.
>>40841289>>Head to the family library. Your father's enthusiasm must be matched by your own.
>>40841289>>Head to your room - you must find a new dress!Then>>Find Douglas. He has to be in this castle somewhere...
>>40841289>Head to the library. You were impressed by the Rothschilde daughter's creativity, and want to find a similarly creative use for a spellblade.
>>40841289>Find Douglas, interrogate him."What is Father's game? Why is he just letting this all go? Who talked him into this, what's he getting out of it why you did you talk him into this who did then what is happening he's never given in this easily on anything before ANYTHING."Paranoia mode engage.
>>40841397Also, the sooner we get him accommodated to obeying our every whim the sooner we can get him to thank us for stepping on his penis.
Will be away for a time. Be back soon.
>>40841490>Princess Nerd quest
>>40841594>Thirsty Princess quest
>>40841594>>40841828>>40842116Thirsty Repressed Princess Nerd Quest
>>40841347>Gotta say, I thought we'd be a champion of the kingdom when I picked Pendragon, not some sheltered princess.>not being a sheltered princess that becomes the champion of the kingdomGotta step up.
>>40841350I remember someone in the QMC saying how they were similar. Didn't think they'd be so right
So, Idea for our sword. Legion, the Many-Sword. Due to chronomantic fuckery, it hits multiple times simultaneously and even from multiple directions, essentially giving us multiple chances to coup de gras an opponent. The reason it's called the many sword is because it's actually multiple identical swords occupying the same space, each one (and it's wielder), moving in a different direction for a different strike at the moment of impact.
>>40841490You move to study books of magic, but most of the logic eludes you. There's years of learning you're missing. You're behind literally everyone else at this point, in almost every aspect. The forgemaster will have his work cut out for him, for sure. You learn a few words of power, like the word for Sword, but it just feels all so disconnected and confusing. What you learn quickly, though, is that magery is done as part of the smithing process, hammered into the steel with practiced beat and song. Spells are strengthened by using new words of similar power and a reforging process, folding the spell on itself. But you close the book with little more than a headache and a lot of confusion. You still have a few hours before the forgemaster arrives, and you've still got the sooty, torn dress that marks your previous failure. With a groan, you lean back in the chair, tossing the book onto the table and looking at the ceiling - or rather, into Douglas's face.He's more cute than handsome, with eager blue eyes and untamable red hair, his features slowly moving from boyhood into manhood - his jaw is more defined than before, but he still has that goofy smile you liked. He looks almost out of place in his shield, breastplate, and spear, helmet pushing down his tufty hair. "Shall I get you some glasses?" he asks, jokingly. "Or shall I dictate the..." he picks up the book, "Advanced principles of the Arts?!" he laughs. "Methinks a bit too advanced for you, Princess.'>I had to start somewhere!>And you're that much smarter than I?>A guardsman's place is to be silent, boy.>Writein
>>40842284Instead of a sword we should make a halberd.
>>40842316>A guardsman's place is to be silent, boy.Insolence
>>40842316>>A guardsman's place is to be silent, boy
>>40842316were should I start?
>>40842316"Please, I could recite it to you. Lots of time to read, little variety in books."
>>40842353Voting for this. Let's cut to the chase.
>>40842353YES PRINCESS WHORE QUEST HAS BEGUN
>>40842353I guess we're starting early. Might as well start.
>>40842353WE SHALL FORGE AN ENCHANTED STRAPON, AND SMITE OUR ENEMIES BEFORE US!
>>40842581I'm going to make it my personal mission to fuck every character we're alone with, no exceptions.
>>40842636Even the sentient sword we will probably end up forging?
>>40842651Especially the sentient sword we end up making
>>40842695>Fuck him anyway
>>40842724This is not a valid suggestion.
>>40842695"Then you do it. I want you inside me, Dad."
>>40842695>Call them both faggots
>>40842743haha voting for this
>>40842743This is not a valid suggestion.
>>40842695Calmly answer yes.
>>40842724This is really the only valid option.
>>40842740>>40842787Couldn't you have started ignoring troll votes last time instead of letting one get through?
>>40842695RIP quest You already let the anti-quest fags win
>>40842787Sure it is, just calmly explain that we need to be savagely cornholed and he is the right man for the job.
>>40842353This is not a valid suggestion, upon review. Please select another.
You lost serious participants by creating a female protagonist You then carried a troll vote through You would be better off attempting a restart next week while skipping Char Gen unless female isn't a choiceIf you premake a female character it MIGHT turn out ok
>>40842380>>40842355>>40842316Guess this won then? Seconded if not>>40842896>You lost serious participants by creating a female protagonist Nothing of the sort.
>>40842875>trying to backpedal out of the smut quicksandOh no you don't. We voted for incest smut and now you have to write it.
Upon review, the previous update has been deleted. I am writing its replacement with the only valid votes: >>40842355>>40842380Troll votes from here on will be ignored completely. participate in good faith, or not at all. This is your first, and only warning.
>>40842915it did. I'll return momentarily to complete the actual update.
>>40842941>participate in good faith, or not at all. This is your first, and only warning.Uh, how are you gonna manage this? You get mod powers or something?>>40842896>You lost serious participants by creating a female protagonistsez you
>>40842941>Directly threatening your playersWhat is this supposed to achieve, exactly?
>>40843244It's EGO, thinking things through is way beyond him.>>40842941The only "good faith" participants you're going to get are people who don't know you.
>>40843446>The only "good faith" participants you're going to get are people who don't know you.That's not true, I know him, and I've been voting in good faith. A lot of decisions he's made have been disappointing, but that's not a reason to waste my time ruining a quest I don't enjoy.
>>40843713Unfortunately a bunch of these people don't feel the same way
>>40843713The issue is that Ego doesn't deal with Trolls well. I suspect some form of high-functioning autism (I know what it's like to deal with it). Thus, I have been voting in good faith because, so long as people do that and don't troll, EGO's actually a pretty decent QM.It's just that people know he's easy to troll, and this is 4chan.
Do we have to have a sword?I mean, it's the metal itself that holds the enchantment, has nothing to do with the shape.I think a mace or a battleaxe would be pretty cool, just for the sake of rebelling against the system.
I like the idea of this quest and want to see it succeed. I have an enormous boner for sword magi.Do I like EGO as a QM? Only rarely. He has the ability, but he lets trolls get in the way.Do I like EGO personally? Not really.Do I like the horde of awful players that flock to an EGO quest, like carrion birds trailing an army? Fuck no.But, I like sword magic. And so I shall remain here, trying very hard to keep things on track.
>>40842941>retcon on your first threadThat's not a good start, especially for a newbie QM
>>40843864I assume since it's SWORD MAGUS quest, it has to be a sword.
>>40843864Well I guess you could break the rules and use a halberd or something, nothing stopping yeBut people will think it's weird to try and break the paradigm
>>40844136Let's use cestas and be a punch wizard!
>>40844167Fuck off troll-voter. Literally three people want to not be swords people.
>>40843850He's a decent QM for a while, then he gets bored or has an attack of self doubt or whatever and trashes everything. It always happens whenever the trolling doesn't just make him cut early before he gets to that point.
>>40844167Why not heavily enchanted armour + Claw Gauntlets.>>40844285Jesus fucking christ you're like that kid who thinks you can only use wands to cast magic and the rest is HERESY.What is wrong with trying to be creative on ways that most people can't deal with?If everyone is used to fighting enchanted swords using an enchanted shield or enchanted spear will give you some advantage if only due to novelty.
>>40844285And he's one of them, also putting forth his suggestion.No need to be a dick about it.
>>40844327I like the idea of seating the magic in our armor.But it might have to be in one continuous piece, and that would be impossible for armor, unless we do each plate individually.
I think that, as it is a sword magus quest, it is quite arbitrary that we use a sword. It would be neat if there was a quest of making magic weapons, but for now, let's just do some nice magic swords and get rekt.
>>40844285I think a bit more than 3. It would be pretty smart to use a weapon that counters a sword, if everyone else is a sword user. Maybe a metal quarterstaff?
>>40844327>Claw Gauntlets.Same deal, really. We could go all Sword Armor like in Katanagatari
>>40844376Ranseur or Corseque
>>40844376Spell shield this bitch
>>40844435Now those are obscure to the point that I have no clue what they are.
>>40844455>enchanting each and every arrow for weight and exploding>low weight when flying and sudden increase when hitting something
>>40844453Dual shields? Bash and smash?
>>40844453I am so totally down for this.Slap a spike on the front and laugh in our enemy's faces.
>>40844515Pike is the longest and therefore the best.
>>40844359Why not armour that deals damage
>>40844574Because I don't think it's possible to make armor like that with the magic in the setting.
Well, so much for a SWORD MAGUS QUESTI'm out. Fuck all you people.
>>40844594>caring this much about the weapon we usel8r nerd
>>40844594>mfw spellblades don't always use bladed weaponsOH GOD NO THE SPERG IN ME DIES A LITTLE>setting has people doing x>try to think why not try y and see if it gives us a chance to make something unique in setting where everyone does x
>>40844392I actually think the punch dagger gauntlets would be cool.
It's been a while, is EGO actually writing the next update or is he crying in a private IRC channel somewhere about how the nasty trolls won't leave him alone?
>>40844725I think maybe he abandoned when he realized people didn't want to actually use a sword in his Sword Magus quest.
>>40844725I gotta say, pretty sure no one is trolling. This is a pretty positive discussion on the merits of different weapons.
>>40844725>or is he crying in a private IRC channel somewhereHe did for awhile until Alany told him to get his shit together
>>40844776True, but I think the intent for this quest was that we use a sword since literally everyone uses a sword. Which would make this discussion quite irrelevant to the quest.
>>40844594We aren't even a magus to begin with. Girls can't be magi
>>40844802Everyone uses a sword for unspecified reason, thus it means you must also use a sword... despite no indication that if we went against the tide and tried something different we couldn't gain some advantage even if from novelty.If everybody fights against swordsmen, nobody knows how to beat a spearman, and so on.
I'm back!Traffic from a trip kept me. Let me clarify some things in the next update so discussion can be more clear, ye?
>>40844359Magic armor was a specialization offered by a different house.
>all these MUH SORDS faggotsReread the pastebin, retards, Donmagus are more famous for magic armor over swords
>>40844900Was it?I got in late, so I didn't get a chance to read up.>>40844871Yay!
>>40844866Everyone uses a sword because fuck you swords are what the quest is, same reasoning as with anything else in the quest. EGO builds shitty settings that don't make much sense if you try to reason them out too hard. Just do as you're told.
>>40844824I'm sure we could fuck the secrets out of someone.
>>40844491>>40844534How about a shield that amplifies and reflects the force of the blow taken?
>>40844956Yup, Donmagus are the armor guys, along with their huge swords.
>>40844963Ooooor, we could wait for confirmation from EGO before jumping to conclusions in either direction.
>>40845012How about a shield that does the opposite of our family sword and blunts all blades that strike it?
>>40844964Probably not since EGO is a childish prude
"The place of a guard is to be silent, boy." you state, feeling insulted. Still - he has a point. You don't know where to start. You return to your room and pick out a new dress, this one far more plain and breathy than the other. By the time you finish changing, and found another, more friendly book, the forgemaster returns. Old, wrinkled, and a lot like old leather, Darl has been one of your only friends allowed you, though he taught you little about the Art. Until now."Yer realize, milady, that this be rough work. It is not easy, on yer mind or your body. Ye sure?" "I am certain!" you state. "Alright, then. First you learn to forge. Follow me." The next ten hours are some of the most grueling, horrible, and rewarding of your life. You are burned, you hammer your own fingers, you stain your dress and stink of sweat. But by the night's end..."I admit there's some talent, there. Some work, and you could make a passable sword, or even better. For now, this knife will do." he says, turning over the fat blade in his hands. "Congratulations. Treasure it - it's the first thing you made with yer own two hands, eh?"You laugh, a nervous, happy laughter. The small knife has blood and sweat and tears from your whole day in it - it's hard to see it as anything but beautiful, despite it being cracked, blackened, and warped.It is, indisputably, yours. "Now, then." the forgemaster says, "To magic. For the next hour, we will discuss restrictions."*Magic cannot produce effects outside of a blade or plate, unless it is to produce those effects in something it is touching. Like the kinetic theft blade.*Magic can exist in any solid object, but is especially strong in crystalline formations like steel. *Magic can work in armor, but it is astoundingly time consuming to create, as you must individually Sing the spells into each and every plate. *Finally, swords are preferred by tradition to the point that none or few have attempted otherwise.>Any questions?
>>40845059But how to deal with the shapeshifting sword?
>>40845161Dulls it and negates it's function
>>40845138>Why has no one attempted otherwise? Everyone will expect a spellsword...
>>40845138Flirt with him
>>40838562Really, Sword Magus OP was EGO? Well, I suppose it's too early to judge when I've never really read any of EGO's quests.But seeing all the shit happening.....perhaps using a different name would have been advisable.>>40845138You know, you could have easily fixed this by saying that all the families made a family SWORD, and it's kind of hard to fold a magic sword into a magic spear, so everyone learns how to make swords.
>>40845138*Magic cannot produce effects outside of a blade or plate, unless it is to produce those effects in something it is touching. Like the kinetic theft blade.*Magic can exist in any solid object, but is especially strong in crystalline formations like steel.*Magic can work in armor, but it is astoundingly time consuming to create, as you must individually Sing the spells into each and every plate.*Finally, swords are preferred by tradition to the point that none or few have attempted otherwise.So nothing that restricts it only to swords since there's more than one bladed and type of weapon.
>>40845225Seduce the secrets out of the oafish blacksmith
>>40845336Dropped your trip, boyo.Yet more evidence EGO votes in his own quest.
>>40845319>fixing means we can't do non-swordsNo, that's what fixing means in YOUR opinion of how things should go.
>>40845138Is it possible to create weapons with a will for themselves?
>>40845359WatI'm responding to him, I just didn't greentext it, are you retarded?Here's my trip for you (which I haven't used in over a year
>>40845360It's pretty clear that EGO did not even CONSIDER not-swords for magic, so I'm not going to tell him that his kind of fun is bad-wrong.I'm just giving him a much more realistic reason as opposed to bending the universe over just to shut spears out.
>>40845380Is this your favorite quest in the Citadel?
>>40845415"Eventually, with the advent of steel, and the discovery of metal's naturally crystalline structure, it was declared the greatest Medium to exist. Long staves of steel with beautiful latticework were crafted, but one magus - known only as the First - desired a simpler, lighter, more practical staff."Did you even read the opening post?Also, did you consider that there's more than one type of blade weapon?
>>40845437I am Commander Shepard and this is my favorite post on the citadel.
>>40845138"Is it possible to put magical effects in an auxiliary medium, like a gem or something, and design a sword around a socket - letting you alter its effects by swapping out the gem?"
>>40845448>>40845415well the problem with spears is the metal tip is tiny and the shaft could easily be broken by another magical weapon. a sword is a good sized solid chunk of metal. spell power could be restricted by how large a metal you are putting it in. a spear tip is too small to fit the "fuck you mk 5" effect, but a sword can.
>>40845448Yes, I read it? What's your point?The First made a sword instead of a staff. Everyone copied him, making swords. These swords were refined/replaced into the Family Swords. At this point, everyone was too invested into the Family Swords to explore other bladed weapons.
>>40845539Okay, magic warhammer then. We could cast the whole thing as a single item and enchant the shit out of it.
>>40845380>liking Mass EffectAnd you call others retarded
>>40845551So does that somehow mean it's impossible to get other weapons? No.>>40845539The blade isn't that tiny, and if they can affect staves then it's basically a huge stave which you enchant for say durability and then put a sword on top of.
>>40845415>It's pretty clear that EGO did not even CONSIDER not-swords for magicWhich is why he devoted a whole house to not-sword magic?
>>40845539Technically you could make a fully metal spear, especially with magical assistance.>>40845551And the family sword would generally be held by the head of the family.The fact alone that we're making our own weapon should tip you off that we're not gonna be getting the übersword.
>>40845578I enjoyed the first one and some of the lore, also the model they used is a sexy man. Your point?
How about a quarter staff with an enchanted steel core?We could psych people out, because they would think we just had a wooden stick, then BAM, lightning.
>>40845138Did anyone try to graft steel onto their skin?
>>40845539Some polearms have hollow metal shafts. Cestus and other small arms may have a problem, though.>>40845579>>40845607Nobody does it, because no matter how far they get, they will never inherit the Family Sword. It would be useless in that person's hands.Inherit is the important word here, because you don't give a complete amateur the family-fucking blade. You let them git gud at other blades, first.And, well, we seem to be the sole heir? Everybody is going to be pissed as fuck if the only child of the King abandons the Family Sword. Not that I expect this to stop anyone here.>>40845641Honestly, that would be pretty rad.
>>40845672Lets just replace both our arms with huge scythes.
>>40845674>not spear-swording your way to glory
>>40845692I don't doubt someone maimed could think of doing that.
>>40845608>Bioware models >sexyNow I know you're retarded
>>40845705>Duct tape the first sword onto a wooden pole.
>>40845692Better yet, pickaxesCLEARLY THE WHORE MUST DIE
>>40845674Yeah I mean we stand to inherit what is essentially the Nasu version of Excalibur, and yet you jackasses just want to be contrary.
>>40845753>>40845753What the fuck are you on about...>He doesn't know what I'm talking about>Keeps trying hard to find somethign to bitch to me aboutHow much sperging do you need to put up just because you are butthurt?Pic related, the MODEL I'm refering to
>>40845534"Is it possible to put magical effects in an auxiliary medium, like a gem or something, and design a sword around a socket - letting you alter its effects by swapping out the gem?""Mmmn... Doable." the smithy states, thoughtful. "Tricky, though. Etching and Singing are different, and you'd have to get them to cooperate. But if you managed, well... A different sword that looked the same for every duel. Hah! Rothschilde would love the shit out of it.""...Does it have to be a sword or armor?""...No, actually." the smithy states. "To be totally honest, it can be any metallic shape. look at Donmagus, you can hardly call those oversized oars swords." "And spears?""...Would be hard as hell to balance if you want a decent enchantment, since the metal bit is too small to carry a charge worth Singing and making the whole mess steel would screw with typical stances. Doable, though." The smithy strokes his beard. "You should give some thought to your first Single Spell Blade, milady. It's an important step - you might want to wait until after the ball.">I'd rather do it soon as possible!>Very well, but I will be studying hard.>Alright, I think I'll work on my smithing in the interim, old man.>Honestly, I have more questions, then. Remember: Single Spell Swords are meant to be disposable dueling pieces, simple to make but interesting in execution.
>>40845802I'd let him ravish me, and I'm a male hetfag
>>40845813Let's make a sword that causes explosive orgasm in those it hits.
>>40845813>Alright, I think I'll work on my smithing in the interim, old man.Just a thought: mace that can change density.Shift mid swing and It slows down because inertia's a bitch.Overhead strikes would rock though.
>>40845813>>Alright, I think I'll work on my smithing in the interim, old man.Lets try a sword of sharpness, like the first mage.
>>40845813>I'd rather do it soon as possible!
>>40845813>since the metal bit is too small to carry a charge worth Singingmight consider the use of other polearms instead then
>>40845813>>I'd rather do it soon as possible!
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>40845945Wowza, when did you show up?
>>40845813What's to stop us from making an exploding brick of steel?We could make a big grenade.
>>40846046A warhammer that turns into shrapnel on contact.There's a metal-core hilt with repair magic.
>>40846046We should just find a huge chunk of metal that weighs tons and make it into a nuke. Start a war for kingdom supremacy, conquer the world.
>>40846138The first Cold War.
>>40845945>>40845900>>40845880"I'd rather do it as soon as possible.""Then we'll discuss singing in the morning. Right now, you should sleep, young lady. And bathe." he chuckles. "The stink of the smithy is about you - ain't that nice."He stretches, and you leave, female attendants drawing a bath for you quickly. You relax in the warm waters, thoughtful. It'd probably be best to make something simple, easy to craft. Something smaller, or simpler, like a weighted striking weapon or even a dagger. As for the spell....Augh, too many options! Too many to even consider. How do they even decide, anyway! You lower yourself into the water and blow bubbles petulantly. Should just make a sword that explodes. Make them eat shards, yeah....A sword that explodes?>Go with inspiration: Some sort of blade that causes.... explosions?>Think of something else.>Not even a sword, though. A mallet? Mace? Ugh.
>>40846174>>Go with inspiration: Some sort of blade that causes.... explosions?Explosions, when correctly applies, can solve everything.
>>40846138We are the sole heir to the ruling family, you understand?>>40846120NiceWe'll just have an armory for only us at this rate.And not a single sword in sight.
>>40846174>Not even a sword, though. A mallet? Mace? Ugh.WARHAMMERTHE WEAPON OF ROYALTYROYALTY LIKE US
>>40846174>>Not even a sword, though. A mallet? Mace? Ugh.Regenerating explosion-stick, go!
>>40846174>Think of something else.Blade that expands in area/length at our will?or blade that becomes flexible at will like vidhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMAsCuDFSUIWhat about this?
>>40846174>Go with inspiration: Some sort of blade that causes.... explosions?>Not even a sword, though. A mallet? Mace? Ugh.>>40846181There is not a single problem that can't be solved with the right amount of properly placed high explosives.
>>40845830No you aren't fag.
>>40846174>Not even a sword, though. A mallet? Mace? Ugh.
>>40846174>Go with inspiration: Some sort of blade that causes.... explosions?The problem with explosions is that the only shrapnel at hand is the sword, and broken sword means a loss.What about sound explosions? Magnify sound/vibrations within the blade and release them in a sonic boom(wear earplugs)?
Ivy's whip sword from soul caliber?
>>40846225no but really:>straight slash coming at person>stop it before, he thinks he's safe>WHIPMODEACTIVATE>due to momentum tip continues and hits him from the flank>wtf.jpg
>>40846307Or the whip cane from blood borne.
>>40846174>>Not even a sword, though. A mallet? Mace? Ugh.WAIT WAITA MAULTHAT SHOOTS ITS SPIKES OUTEXPLODING ARROWHEADSGEMS THAT EXPLODE, THEN REGENERATE FROM EVERY SHARDTHE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS
>>40846343I was just thinking a sword-railgun.A one use sword musket that shoot a sharpened metal stake from the end.
>>40846343Exploding arrowheads seem very inneficient.We'd have to enchant them individually.
>>40846343>>40846364Why one-use when you can fire successive chunks of blade until you're down to your hilt?
>>40846306That's why you use it as a sidearm so you can wait for it to regenerate.>>40846380Or we could get a dozen apprentice smiths to make five apiece.
You consider, quietly. A mace that explodes. But not the mace itself... A more... Just a sound explosion, a blast of vibrations, a massive impact? It'd be hell on anything metal, really. Or a whip-sword, one that used a cord as its core and was able to extend and retract on command... Hm.>Whip sword.>Blast mace.>Something else...?
>>40846399Or you put regenerative magic in the non-exploding hilt core.
>>40846426Whip-sword which causes blasts
>>40846426Vibrating chastity belt.
>>40846426>Whip sword.>WHIP SWORD
>>40846426If we'd actually be strong enough to be able to wield a big ass blast mace, then that.
>>40846426>>Something else...?Mark all these ideas down so you can do them after you get the basics down.Also, invulnerable obsidian dagger.
>>40846402>>40846427Can regeneration magic regenerate mass? All we've seen is the resealing of cracks and flaws.>>40846426>Blast mace.
>>40846440...Voting for this.
>>40846475Maybe drawing its mass back to itself, then resealing?>>40846484Maybe some sort of formless mass of metal that shifts with our will?
>>40846539>Maybe drawing its mass back to itself, then resealing?sounds....complicated. Giving each piece, no matter how small, the ability to float back would require an infinitely divisible spell.Then there's the problem of the opponent actively locking the pieces down, or destroying them outright.
>>40846638Could lock the parts to a "core" piece.So a sword inside a mace that explodes and then reforms around the sword.
>>40846679Holy shit.>Explode>Hit them with shrapnel>stab>Call back shrapnel>Tiny little holes.
>>40846679I ASSUMED a core piece, because it's already pretty damn complicated with, let alone without.>sword in mace....I like it. If it makes things easier, leave the mace with clear separations, each piece being slightly bigger than a fist to head size. Much easier to work the spells for a beginner.
>dual wielding expandwhipsword and boommacesword>enemy cant get close due to whip sword, gets chipped from the swing arcs as they try>finally reach us>BOOM>explosion>haha but now you got no mace>stab>go away and keep using whip while reforming mace
>>40846679Eh, maces and swords are different shapes; you'd need to have one/both in a weird shape.Maybe a rapier inside a maul.
>>40846795Sounds Mary Sue as fuck
>>40846795that sounds really, really stupid.
>>40846823Nah.One guy with a bow would take care of that.
>>40846795I think you'd need both arms to wield either one effectively.
>>40846840"stupid"Weaboo fightan magic.png
>>40846866That's a nice reply, couldn't you perhaps elaborate why the funpost is gay?>>40846852Urumi a one-handed weapon, so is a mace.
You decide on a whip sword. Construction will be difficult, and so will singing, but it'll be worthwhile, in the end. Something elegant and interesting, something to make your mark. You change into your sleeping garments after your bath, slipping into bed with thought. Tomorrow morning, things would begin in earnest. You'll forge your first sword, and be able to duel properly! You smile, looking forward to the next day with nervous energy.>>End of first thread<<Thanks for playing everyone~
>>40846849Question is why doesn't anyone use bows.
>>40846852Actually, dual wielding a whip? Why?
>>40846921Thanks for running!>>40846944Because muh honor?Or do you mean enchanting? Because >>40846380, and the amount of metal available
>>40846918They aren't designed to be used simultaneously.
>>40846918>Urumi a one-handed weapon, so is a mace.Urumi have extremely large swing arcs, and are best wielded with a shield.Maces have large swing arcs, and I assume you want to build some momentum for your BOOM because it's not cool otherwise. Generally also used with shields.They use completely different arm motions and are incompatible with each other. Plus, you still need to learn how to rapier/sword properly AFTER the explosion. For a character way behind everyone else in training and time.
>>40846993That's why nothing in the post indicated they were being used simultaneously, and rather that one was used for long distance engagements and the other for close distance.Kinda like how romans used to throw their pilum and then use the spata/gladius.>>40847007>Maces have large swing arcs, and I assume you want to build some momentum for your BOOM because it's not cool otherwise. Generally also used with shields.If the explosion comes from enchantment, and I'm guessing you don't want to frag yourself, then it'd be better as a cone-shaped explosion aimed from the tip or something. Kinda like a shotgun-mace.
>>40847048>mace as a side-arm>still holding whipswordI don't think it's going to be quite as easy to switch weapons as it is for pilum/spathaIt's possible to do a nearly-half circle explosion safely.
>>40847117Couldn't the lateral explosion be only partial then?Could be useful in case regenerating isn't possible.
>>40847210I don't see why not, aside from difficulty.As a proof of concept, we'll want something simple and work our way up, but I don't see how EGO is going to accomplish that in quest form.
>start reading the quest>samefag made sure the shittiest family option was pickedGood job, this could have been interesting.
>>40846921>Thanks for playing everyone~>~Gaaaaaay
>>40846921See ya man
>>40846944Because the setting is poorly thought out>>40846992When has honor ever stopped a bandit/rebel/renegade noble?
>>40847293EGO was the samefagHe wanted to run another Princess Guard Quest Redux
>>40847456Since fantasy tropes.
>>40847644Even those have honorless thugs.
>>40847681True.Though, the same thing stopping assassin archers in fantasy is what stops them in real life.Guards and so many walls.
>>40847490Why would he even have a vote then?
Okay, so.Chronomancy enchantment that takes the person two seconds into the past, coupled with a Blink spell so they're not in the same position. It would be best suited for something small/close range. Shortsword or Dagger, though singing a spell into something that small might be tricky. The reason being is that>Charge opponent who has a weapon with much greater reach and strength>They cut you in half at the waist>Suddenly, it's two seconds ago,>before you got cut in half,>and you're behind your opponent>Who is focusing on the you that just got cut and half and won't do the thing for another two seconds>That's two seconds where their attention is off you>Charge them again while they're off guard>Get in close>Reach don't mean shit when you a dagger in they neck
>>40848178Don't get ahead of yourself, bub. Blink is some pretty OP stuff WITHOUT time-fuckery.
>Time magic Yeah, I'm out
>>40848178Instead of all that, just have a warhammer whose head teleports two seconds in the past.>Guy charges>You evade, keeping track of where he was>Swing 1.9 seconds later>Guy had charged into warhammer head>???>Profit!