It's been a couple hours.Everything still hurts, but not as much. You've been carried up to what's left of Tianna Castle. The room that used to be yours is basically a pile of loose masonry and rubble now, but you've been helped to a small bedroom in the servants' wing, which is still partially intact.It isn't just the wounds: you feel utterly drained, mentally and physically. Your entire body is jittery, like it refuses to acknowledge that the battle is over. That you can relax.It's a weird feeling of restlessness. Like you still need to go somewhere and do something.From your room's window, in the distance, you can see the mountains in the centre of Tianna have changed. They're taller. Rougher. Cracks filled with still-glowing magma rapidly cooling. The geography has changed. Fortunately, the rest of the island only experienced a brief earthquake when the Titan tried to lift off. It still caused some damage, but it could've been a lot worse.It's what everyone said. A lot of things could have been a lot worse.They could have been a lot better, too. You couldn't save Tyrant. Instead, she saved you. You couldn't deal the finishing blow to the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water yourself. ...You really wanted the Unconquered Sun to see that. For the entire battle, despite being thousands of meters underground and at night, you had the feeling he was watching you.Now, it's morning, at long last.The door suddenly opens, and Amatas enter the room, followed by Regis (no longer in his armor, but in his usual butler outfit) and Millian, pushing a tray with tea and biscuits."...Amata." You mumble, not sure how to handle this. She doesn't seem any different from the Amata you've known all these years, but...(cont.)
She smiles at you, gesturing at your two servants to leave the room. They do so, leaving the breakfast behind, but they di linger for a moment, shooting one last worried look at you. Concerned about your wounds, or... They sensed your unease, maybe? "You must have a lot of questions, Maka."Oh boy. Why does she look like she's enjoying this so much? She pulls up a chair and sits next to you, wkithout letting go of her disarming smile for even one second.Were her eyes always this blue?>...You're not a Dragon-Blooded. Mind explaining?>Who are you and what did you do with Amata?>Who was that green-eyed woman? Is she still around?>I've... never seen that style of martial arts. How did you DO that?>I do. I hope you're actually going to give me answers this time.>So... the jig is up? No more secrets? You're going to tell me everything?>(Other?)(New tripcode. Long story. It's still me. Proof in twitter if you need any.)
>Who are we?Maka, an exiled noble Exalted as a Zenith-caste Solar. Queen of Gem, now ruling the western island of Tianna. You have gathered a lot of allies and friends, and have a powerful Manse under construction.But Tianna is actually an artificial island, built around a First Age Titan: an almighty flying fortress built in an ancient, forgotten age, and although this is kept secret, two Deathlords are seeking to obtain it.The Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine, ghost of your past incarnation, seeked it as a weapon to cut her ties to the Neverborn. But you have persuaded her to try and seek redemption in the eyes of the Sun in other ways, and count her as an unlikely ally.But now the Silver Prince is coming, to punish her and claim the Titan for himself in the name of Oblivion. And this looks like a battle you won't be able to talk your way out of...>Solar? Zenith? I don't know Exalted...This quest is as newbie-friendly as possible, and I want it to work as a newbie's intro to Exalted. If you have ANY question, ask in thread. For the setting, google "1d4chan exalted".>Archive?http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Solar%20Quest>System?Dicepool-like system. When performing an action, everyone rolls 1d10 when posting. the first X rolls are considered, where X is equal to attribute + ability.>XP?Attributes cost [current score x5] xp. Abilities cost [current score x3] xp, except Zenith costing [(current score x3) -1]. Charms cost 10 xp, except for Zenith-based charms (related to charisma and physical/mental fortitude) which cost 8 xp. At the end of every "session" (thread) you will be presented with a list of possible acquisitions.>Twitter?@exaltedfag>Any questions?http://ask.fm/ExaltedfagNew System Info: http://pastebin.com/pvAZpsJ6Characters info (player-made): http://pastebin.com/5WnD47jpQuest in ebook format (player-made): https://www.dropbox.com/s/i7oz3l0g5dvbebo/Exalted%20Quest%20-%20Threads%2001-82%20%5Bpdf%5D.rar?dl=0
>>41704292>>So... the jig is up? No more secrets? You're going to tell me everything?
>>41704292>So... the jig is up? No more secrets? You're going to tell me everything?Nice to see you again so soon EF
>>41704292>So... the jig is up? No more secrets? You're going to tell me everything?still think she needs a spanking.
>>41704336Last thread was actually surprisingly inspiring for me, all things considered. I'll admit I was upset at first that it didn't end up as I expected, but that actually gave me a lot of new ideas.Nothing like your players surprising you (for good or for ill) to get you to rethink and re-evaluate yourself as a GM, I guess.
>>41704393Nothing like failing to make you see what you hadn't beforeWe're going to have to make it up to Senpai for that too, I'm sure he's just as disappointed as we are, if not more so.
>>41704365Not even the Aegis of the Sun Unconquered could save her from that fate.>>41704393I think the biggest lesson after the last thread was that Adamant Skin Technique does not equal "utterly impervious to danger".That's the trap I personally fell for in the final battle vs the Bod.
>>41704292What kind of casualties are there? I know on our side we lost Tyrant and Flow, but how did Silver Prince's forces go?Speaking of Tyrant, we're going to have to apologize to the Abyssals
>>41704274You know, before I've ever entered these threads I thought the woman in the OP was a gender bent Pegasus (YuGiOh) with delicious brown skin.
>>41704440If any of the Abyssals are still alive. Tyrant came to Tianna castle alone it seemed.As for the rest we probably lost close to 2/3rds of all the mortal soldiers we mustered for the defense. The prince's forces got worked. If Ebon Siaka and the King survived the first fight then they would be forced to contend with essence artillery, a dawn solar, two lunars, and umpteen hundred mortal soldiers, Moray is going to have turned his back on the Prince and his bullshit permanently, and the prince lost what we can safely assume to be a sizeable portion of his FUCKTHEWORLD fleet from Island Five.The prince also presumably lost a significant number of abyssal exalted. The Herald got face fisted by Tia, the walker got piledriven by Tia, the knight of ghosts and shadows was probably taken down by somebody.Also the Bod himself got annihilated.So all things considered, even though we stumbled in the final stretch we actually beat the forces of Skullstone and the Bod really really badly.
>>41704424>I think the biggest lesson after the last thread was that Adamant Skin Technique does not equal "utterly impervious to danger".You're right, of course. >>41704440>What kind of casualties are there?You still don't know the whole story. Hopefully you'll get a full report shortly.>>41704465>You know, before I've ever entered these threads I thought the woman in the OP was a gender bent Pegasus (YuGiOh) with delicious brown skin.Huh, never thought of that. In any case, if you're new, welcome to Exalted Quest!(combining an OOC reply with an actual post because the actual post is really short, but I think it's a question you'll want to answer to)---"So... the jig is up?" You look up at her, hopeful. "No more secrets? You're going to tell me everything?"She smiles a knowing smile and leans closer. "If I told you "yes", would you believe me?">Yes.>No.
>>41704514>>Yes.If she says it's the truth at least, she kept secrets before, but she's made that clear before.
>>41704514Amata would hate it if we ever learned JET, she'd never get to have fun anymore.
"Yes." You nod, without hesitation."You're adorable." She sneaks a kiss on your cheek. "You really are my weak point."You five her a funny look. What does that mean?"You're right, of course. I'm not going to lie to you any longer. I promise. But... that doesn't mean I'm going to tell you everything.""How delightfully cryptic." You roll your eyes in exaggerated annoyance. "Explain.""...Let me put it in a way you'll understand." She thinks about it a second. "I'm a secret agent."Maybe she was expecting you to react with surprise to that statement, but you're too tired to. You simply nod for her to continue."I work for the most secret organization in the world. Our job is... to protect Creation from its many enemies. By any means. It's called the Five-Score Fellowship. And it's based in Heaven, and headed by the Five Maidens of Destiny."Alright, THAT got a reaction out of you. "...You mean the City of Heaven?"She nods. "Yes. Yes, I mean Yu Shan. No, I never met the Unconquered Sun in person. Yes, I have a house there. No, you can't come over. Sorry." She intercepts your next questions with quasi-telepathic accuracy.You sigh. "...You're not a Dragon-Blooded.""No. No, I'm not. I'm a Celestial Exalted like yourself and Tia, though I'm neither a Lunar nor a Solar.""...There are other types of Celestial Exalted?" You're away out of your depth here."Secret organization, remember." She winks. "Call us... Sidereals. Out of the Five Maidens, I was Exalted by Venus, the Maiden of Serenity."It makes sense. Things click together in your head. You had a dim memory in your head, about this. From the... time before."Lotus was actually one of us. Under deep cover. I can't go into details, but she helped stack the odds a bit more in our favor before the battle.""She did attack us, though." You reply.(cont.)
"Auto-hypnotism. At that moment, she was honestly convinced she was on the Bodhisattva's side. The phrase I told her was the password to snap her out of it."You slowly nod. "So... you're the ones who hid the Titan?""My organization, yes. We had to make sure that no one could discover it." She grins. "Until the situation degenerated, and we had to let you discover it because... Well, I decided that letting you find it would have been the lesser evil." She giggles. "Now the cat's out of the bag, I guess.">Whats the situation? What's the damage? casualties?>What's going on in Pearl? Any news from there?>What about Tyrant's Abyssals? Where are they now?>What are we going to do now?>...Does this mean Samiel and Irene are adopted?>Why can't I visit Yu Shan?>Can you call me here (someone)?>...I need to go back into the Titan. I need to check something.>(Other?)
>>41704709>>...Does this mean Samiel and Irene are adopted?Honestly curious about this
>>41704709>>Whats the situation? What's the damage? casualties?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41704709>Whats the situation? What's the damage? casualties?>What's going on in Pearl? Any news from there?>What about Tyrant's Abyssals? Where are they now?>What are we going to do now?>...Does this mean Samiel and Irene are adopted?I NEED TO KNOW ALL THE THINGS
>>41704709>>...Does this mean Samiel and Irene are adopted?>What about Tyrant's Abyssals? Where are they now?
>>41704709>...Does this mean Samiel and Irene are adopted?Ease the mood a bit first.
>>41704709>...Does this mean Samiel and Irene are adopted?>What about Tyrant's Abyssals? Where are they now?We should probably commit BMM too
we should have a private dance for UCS-senpai at noon to see him and speak to him again, I probably won't be around later when the opportunity arises but can anons vote for that in my stead?
>>41704709>>...Does this mean Samiel and Irene are adopted?
>>41704709>...Does this mean Samiel and Irene are adopted?>Whats the situation? What's the damage? casualties?>What's going on in Pearl? Any news from there?>What about Tyrant's Abyssals? Where are they now?
"...Does this mean Samiel and Irene are adopted?" You wonder.She nods. "...Yes. They don't know. But I'll have to explain things to them, now. To come out clean. They were both lost eggs. Assigned to me while still infants, as part of the ruse. A Dragon-Blooded ruler should have children with a fair chance at Exalting, after all."She looks at you, and frets a bit, standing up. "...O-of course I still loved them as if they were my actual children-""Yes, I don't doubt that." You reply. "So... your previous marriage...-""Oh, part of the cover story." She nods. "Was that what worried you?""...I was just curious. You've lived your cover story for so long...""When I said I'm a secret agent, I wasn't kidding." She sits on the edge of the bed. "And I take my job very seriously. So... I might not lie to you, but there are still a lot of secrets I have to keep from you. No matter how much I trust you: I'm simply not allowed to."...I understand." You nod. "...What happened to our Abyssals?""I know that a few of them are in the Titan. They already know what happened." She looks down. "They didn't take it well. Especially Fleurdelis. I think the other understand what happened, but she's... distraught. >Whats the situation? What's the damage? casualties?>What's going on in Pearl? Any news from there?>What are we going to do now?>Why can't I visit Yu Shan?>Can you call me here (someone)?>...I need to go back into the Titan. I need to check something.>I need to return to Pearl.>(Other?)
>>41704709>Whats the situation? What's the damage? casualties?>What's going on in Pearl? Any news from there?>...Does this mean Samiel and Irene are adopted?
>>41704868>Whats the situation? What's the damage? casualties?>What's going on in Pearl? Any news from there?
>>41704868>Pull her into our arms so she's lying with us.>What's going on in Pearl? Any news from there?>Whats the situation? What's the damage? casualties?
>>41704868>>Whats the situation? What's the damage? casualties?>>What's going on in Pearl? Any news from there?
>>41704868>>Whats the situation? What's the damage? casualties?>What's going on in Pearl? Any news from there?We're going to have to talk to Fleurdelis, I wonder if she'll even want to talk to us after this.
>>41704868>>41704884This, time for a cuddle conference
>>41704868>Whats the situation? What's the damage? casualties?>What's going on in Pearl? Any news from there?Commit Body Mending Meditation.
>>41704909>Commit Body Mending Meditation.I'll second that if we don't have it going already
>>41704868>>41704884>Pull her into our arms so she's lying with us.I'm seconding this. And Body Mending Meditation.
>>41704909>Commit Body Mending Meditation.Right
>>41704909Agreed.Sooner or later we're going to give our victory speech, and walking up in front of everyone half-dead is got going to be good for morale.Maybe leave a few injuries though, remind everybody that we lead from the front.
>>41704952Leaving injuries is for people with something to prove. We don't. There's no need to remind people when a thousand people saw us lead from the front.
>>41704966And due to the fact that most of the people who saw us lead from the front were ON the front, a great many of them are now dead.In the eyes of their widows are children gazing out at the rubble of their city, we certainly do have some things to prove. First on the list is "Was it worth it?"
[BODY-MENDING MEDITATION]You sigh deeply. "...What's the situation? The damage? ...Casualties?""...Still counting." She admits. "The palace is completely wrecked, as I'm sure you've noticed. Tianna City suffered a lot of damage, but fortunately the outlying villages were mostly spared. As far as we heard, Pearl is in much better shape, though it'll still need some repairs. Administratively, I think it makes sense at this point to move the capital over to Pearl at this point."She makes a brief pause. "...Military losses are about 2500. That's... about half of the men we started with. As for civilian casualties... around two thousand. About half caused by the battle, half by the earthquake. Disaster relief is in progress. The reason you don't see Tia here is that, by the way. She wanted to stay by your side all the time, but we managed to explain to her that you'd be sad if you found out that she didn't help."How delightfully manipulative. But well, it's for a very good reason. And the people out there buried under tons of rubble need someone who can lift buildings with one hand more than you do right now."We didn't lose a single Exalted, and that's a miracle. But a lot of them are wounded, some very seriously, and some don't heal as fast as you or the Lunars. It'll be a while before we're back to full strength."She's probably talking about herself as well here: she's clearly badly beat up, with cuts and bruises all over, though they have had make up applied to them to be less noticeable."What about the Skullstonians?"(cont.)
>>41705013>SkullstoniansThat sounds like something out of the Flintstones.Or He-Man.
"Their armed forces were almost completely annihilated. Ghosts are dispersed or banished, and the few lingering ones are being hunted down. The mortals... mostly killed or captured. When word went around that the Bodhisattva had been killed, it completely crushed their morale. Many committed suicide, others surrendered. A few are still hiding around, but I don't think they'll be much of a threat beyond a bit of sabotage. We'll get them, eventually.""As for their assets?""Five ships or so fled. We captured three almost intact. All the others have sunk or are destroyed or completely wrecked, though maybe there are some salvageable parts. Same for the Warstriders, most are smashed, but we have a few nearly intact. Adding that to, well, captured weapons, technology, Vodak armored suits, and the fact that we have Zaan, Irene and Valeriana at work right now, since they weren't wounded... and I'd say that we've got a frankly amazing war booty. Our usual problem, the small number of Manses, will keep us from making full use of the heaviest stuff, but... well, we'll talk about this when we plan for the future." She grins enigmatically.>What are we going to do now?>Why can't I visit Yu Shan?>Can you call me here (someone)?>...I need to go back into the Titan. I need to check something.>I need to return to Pearl.>(Other?)
>>41705054>>Why can't I visit Yu Shan?Maka wants to be scolded for foolish behavior in person
>>41705054>>Why can't I visit Yu Shan?Let's get this question outta da way.
>>41705054>What are we going to do now?>I need to talk to the Abyssals.
>>41705054How about there Exalted?Moray survived I think, but what about the rest?Actually we can probably use Moray to gather up all the soldiers
>>41705054>Why can't I visit Yu Shan?
>>41705054>>...I need to go back into the Titan. I need to check something.
>>41705054If we do head down to the Titan I want a chance to pick up those incisions we found, maybe we can give the one of the Tyrant to Fleurdelis as a sort of apology
>>41705054>Why can't I visit Yu Shan?>...I need to go back into the Titan. I need to check something.
>>41705054>Why can't I visit Yu Shan?>Cuddle with her on the bed
>>41705054>>...I need to go back into the Titan. I need to check something.>> I also need to talk with Fleurdelis.
>>41705054>(Other?)How's mikail? Five Tails? Moray?
>>41705054>>41705132this and >>41705108then we can head downstairs
>>41705054>Why can't I visit Yu Shan?You know, the irony is that any reason Amata could come up with would be defeated by Maka’s Mentor 5 (The Unconquered Sun) that Maka doesn’t know she has.
>>41705054>(Other?)"What are we going to do with all that Soulsteel?"
>>41705054>otherWhat about Moray?
>>41705170>>41705146>>41705132And the Flame that marched against the Sea?
>>41705054>Why can't I visit Yu Shan?In a related note, thanks for the little story, EF. I rather enjoyed it.
"...Their Exalted?" You finally ask."Karas killed Ebon Siaka in Pearl. After you knocked her into the ocean, she came back. There was one heck of a fight, but in the end he took her out. While all that was going on, though, the King of Uncloaked Steel escaped on one of the surviving Skullstonian ships.""...That's bad." You mumble."I don't know. Depends if he's the kind of person who holds a grudge." Amata replies. "Their Daybreak, Herald of the Treshold, is also dead. We found his body in the Titan, or what's left of it. After Tia was done with him, it looked more like a soft ragdoll. I and Radiant Starfall killed the Midnight, Lady in the Untold Depths.""The one with the white dress?""Yep. Knight of Ghosts and Shadows, however, has disappeared. I've got Starfall looking for him, but I think he left the island by now.""How's Darktide?""Fainted from all the wounds, and probably some shock. He'll be alright, he just needs a day or two. Mikahil's about as badly wounded with him, but Five's taking care of him.""I see." You rest your mind a bit. Amata stays silent, and you just spend a few minutes next to each other. You reach for her hand, and she lets you hold it."...Why can't I visit Yu Shan?" You ask her, serious."I'm not even allowed to tell you why I'm not allowed to tell you." She smiles."Come on." You're not joking, and she soon realizes this. "...I want to meet Him. I... I need to.""...I can imagine. But... let me put things this way: Many of the things I'm doing are not making me very popular with the Fellowship. Both the results and the methods. To say nothing about marrying you."You nod."These people could very well have me arrested and sent to jail in Heaven if they wanted, and believe me, they do. I had to make... promises, let's say. One of them was that I'd keep you out of Heaven for now."You can't help but smile at the thought. "They must be terrified of me."(cont.)
"You have no idea." she replies, a bit amused herself. "To many of them, you're the most dangerous thing ever. More than the Deathlords. Maybe even more than the Yozi.""Really?""Well, that's what they believe. So... please. Work with me on this. I can't let you visit Yu Shan just yet. One day we will, I promise. But until that day comes... I need you to not talk about this to anyone.">Alright. I promise. No one will know about Yu Shan.>At least Tia must know.>At least my circle must know.>Why not? I think we should tell everyone.Combined with:>Can you call me here (someone)?>...I need to talk to Flame. I need to clear up a few things with her.>...I need to go back into the Titan. I need to check something.>I need to return to Pearl.>What are we going to do now?>(other?)
>>41705356>>Alright. I promise. No one will know about Yu Shan.>What are we going to do now?Future plans?
>>41705356>At least Tia must know.>...I need to go back into the Titan. I need to check something.get those inscriptions from our quarters then go see Flame and bring Samiel
>>41705356>(Other) At least UCS-senpai must know the mean sids are keeping me out of heaven.>...I need to talk to Flame. I need to clear up a few things with her.
>>41705356>>At least my circle must know.>What are we going to do now?They deserve to know, they've been in the dark and helping us anyway for a while now.
>>41705356>Alright. I promise. No one will know about Yu Shan.>...I need to talk to Flame. I need to clear up a few things with her.
>>41705356>At least Tia must know.She's Also Amata's wife, too.>...I need to talk to Flame. I need to clear up a few things with her.
>>41705356>>At least Tia must know.>At least my circle must know.We should at least tell Tia and the other Solars what's the deal. If Amata is super hesitant about this we can offer to have Mikahil sanctify our oath of secrecy.>...I need to go back into the Titan. I need to check something.Get those gold murals and take them outta there.
>>41705356>At least my circle must know.>...I need to talk to Flame. I need to clear up a few things with her.
>>41705356>...I need to talk to Flame. I need to clear up a few things with her.>...I need to go back into the Titan. I need to check something.Unfinished business.>At least Tia must know.Hard to have a stable threeway if we keep on member in the dark all the time.
>>41705356>Alright. I promise. No one will know about Yu Shan.>Tell Amata about the talk we had with The Unconquered Sun about the Titan.It might help her to know that even if her boss isn’t happy, her boss’s boss’s boss’s boss’s boss thinks differently.
We should ask Amata to tell us more about Yu Shan, that sort of information could be useful in our job as a Zenith.
>>41705383I'll second this, too.
>>41705383>>41705421Five incisions, plus those replacements that were still hanging on the wall.We can probably take those down and melt them for gold, but the others we might want to keep.If we really want to talk to UCS we could use the Primordial War ones as a prayer sacrifice to talk to him.
>>41705383>get those inscriptions from our quarters then go see Flame and bring SamielThis this this.
Well, Maka's reaction at least proved that Amata's threat to Chejop Kejak was a good one.I feel really guilty about Mikahil's wounds, though. We need to check in on him and apologize.On a related note, I want to preemptively vote on repurchasing Final Ray of Light. Hopefully we go a longass time before needing it again, but we've already seen first-hand how useful an extra life in our back pocket is.
>>41705403Assuming Starfall isn't listening in right now.
>>41705356...shouldn't our counter intel people know that some of your rivals in the Fivescore fellowship will be trying to infiltrate us?
Ask about our fucking babies.We may know out-of-character that they're probably fine, but Maka should be worried as fuck about them right now.How was that not the first shit out of our mouth?
>>41705577>Ask about our fucking babies.Shit, yes this.
>>41705516Agreed. The replacements aren't particularly worth keeping, but the originals are.I say we bring them all to Pearl and make a smallish, dedicated shrine for each of them along the walls of the entrance hall, with UCS's portrait in a freestanding one towards the center, with decorations cast from the gold melted down from the replacement panels.It seems fitting that the ornaments intended to replace his image be made instead into icons praising him.
>>41705577>Ask about our fucking babies.Fuck, you're right. Damn it, this.
>>41705516>If we really want to talk to UCS we could use the Primordial War ones as a prayer sacrifice to talk to him.or we could just dance and pray to him at noon
>>41705531>On a related note, I want to preemptively vote on repurchasing Final Ray of Light. Hopefully we go a longass time before needing it again, but we've already seen first-hand how useful an extra life in our back pocket is.I'll second the absolute fuck out of that if we've got the XP for it.>>41705356>>41705577Seconding the shit out of this too
>>41705611>I'll second the absolute fuck out of that if we've got the XP for it.And I'll third it.
>>41705611Yeah, so that we can go and throw it away and ruin an incredibly dramatic moment. Only slightly salty now, but still salty.
>>41705596It's not a bad idea honestly, UCS is still a god and a sacrifice given to him especially at a temple manse dedicated to him is a huge thing, especially since we fucked up the final boss fight it would go a long way to get in contact with him.
"...Can at least Tia know?"She rolls her eyes. "I knew you were going to ask me that... but, well, Tia isn't really the talkative type, so I think she can keep the secret. Better than you for sure.""That's mean." You complain. "...And, I need to go back in the Titan and talk to Flame.""No one has seen her since the fight." She sighs. "Samiel wanted to see her too. He things something weird's up with her, and he might be right.""I'll pick him up. Where can I find him?""Leading the relief efforts in the city, but tell him he can go with you. I'll put Irene in charge there. They need some rotation anyway, and I want to be sure Flame's not about to go ballistic or anything." She sighs tiredly. "Damn gods. I told you that she was going to be a handful since day one.""Wait." You just realized. "So the reason you've always hated and mistrusted gods is the fact that your work-""Stand up and get to work." She pulls you upright by your hand. "YOUR job is to cheer people up right now.""...Yes." You can't fault that reasoning.Amata leans in for a kiss, then leaves, leaving you possibly even more confused than you were when you started the conversation.Heaven? Secret fellowships of mysterious Celestial Exalted? What the hell.You calmly have breakfast with he tea and biscuits that Millian prepared, feeling like you really needed that. Your body hurts all over, but finally having something in your stomach is soothing.And yet, for all the damage you suffered, the only wounds you have are the ones caused by the fire breath emanating from the Dragonkaiser's fist. All the wounds you suffered up to that point, your crushed neck, Howler in Darkness stabbing into your stomach... gone. Not a sign, not a scratch. You nearly died, and was brought back. Was that your own Exaltation refusing to die, or was it actually the Unconquered Sun stepping in in person? It felt like it was a bit of both.(cont.)
>>41705648Preferably during a big ceremony.
>>41705663>You nearly died, and was brought back. Was that your own Exaltation refusing to die, or was it actually the Unconquered Sun stepping in in person? It felt like it was a bit of both.We need to be really careful, lest we get killed again by jumping in to protect our allies...We need to get more tanky.
>>41705647You're not the only one.
>>41705647>>41705707I hope that the three of us anons can keep the others from going bonkers next time.I don't want that kind of situation anymore.
>>41705706We should look into upgrading our gloves and heels, I bet Val could make them give us a good defense bonus, maybe look into some defensive hearthstones from the water temple we intend to build.
>>41705706>We need to get more tanky.I don't think it's physically possible for us to get more tanky, save by increasing Physical and buying more Ox Bodies.What we need is to get more fighty. We need to max Physical and Dawn, and start picking up a few more combat charms to further increase our survivability.But that can wait, especially until we've repurchased Final Ray of Light.
...You have to wonder. Zaan told you that your Gift of Exaltation would protect your babies just like yourself, up until they're born. You're at no risk of miscarriage from illness, accident or violence. He said your delivery will be perfect and healthy and that your pregnancy will not show or impede you in the least up until the very final days.But are they really alright, after all that they've been through?How would you know? You answer yourself. You probably need someone checking up on you, and Zaan, the one person you know to have extensive medical knowledge, is in Pearl right now...>Trust Zaan's word. They're surely alright. Your wounds are external anyway, and already healing.>You need to go to Tianna and see him, first of all. (run/get a horse/get Tia/Other?)>Ask Tia. She might... not be a medic, but she's a Lunar and has sharp senses. She might be able to tell.>Look for Valeriana. You don't know if she can help, but you have a feeling she can.>Seek a mortal doctor to help you.>All doctors and medics right now are probably swamped with the wounded from the fight. You can wait, they can't.
>>41705743>You need to go to Tianna and see him, first of all.>Use that sweet ride Irene gave you.Where is our bike? WHERE IS IT!?
>>41705706we also need to buy that charm again
Regarding the whole "Stay out of Heaven" thing, everyone should read this thing EF linked on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Exaltedfag/status/628861400434216960Anyway,>>41705743>Ask Tia. She might... not be a medic, but she's a Lunar and has sharp senses. She might be able to tell.There's basically no way Tia won't be able to tell. She's the father, even.
>>41705743>All doctors and medics right now are probably swamped with the wounded from the fight. You can wait, they can't.Put on a brave face. Not knowing will be torture, but there are people whose lives are at immediate risk. We'll have to be brave, for our people.Damn it.
>>41705736>Final Ray of LightGods know how much we need it!>>41705743>>All doctors and medics right now are probably swamped with the wounded from the fight. You can wait, they can't.We have work to do first. The crisis is not yet finished. PERSONAL PROBLEMS COME AFTER AFFAIRS OF THE REALM!>capcha: click the baby strollersFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
>>41705647would you have preferred we not have had it? I mean I'm disappointed as hell and annoyed at anons for being retarded and EF being EF too, but no point being that salty about the single charm that saved us from so much worse.
>>41705743>All doctors and medics right now are probably swamped with the wounded from the fight. You can wait, they can't.
>>41705743>All doctors and medics right now are probably swamped with the wounded from the fight. You can wait, they can't.Knowing won’t change it one way or the other.
>>41705743>>All doctors and medics right now are probably swamped with the wounded from the fight. You can wait, they can't.I really don't want to tell Tia this, can you imagine what she would do if she knew we even suspected it?>>41705736There's actually a few things we could do, like anon said we can upgrade our boots, get some neat hearthstones, even more ox-bodies or more essence would go a long way
>>41705743>All doctors and medics right now are probably swamped with the wounded from the fight. You can wait, they can't.we kinda decided to go into the titan now after collecting Samielalso you said Zaan was in Pearl, then the option for that says he's in Tianna...
>>41705795>I really don't want to tell Tia this, can you imagine what she would do if she knew we even suspected it?She can't kill the Bodhisattva again in such short town, can she now?
>>41705810I'm half afraid of her limit breaking right then and there
>>41705779It is a sign anon, they are fine and we need to start deciding what colour to paint their room in Pearl.
>>41705810*time, not town. brain afk
>>41705808Typo, sorry. I meant to say he's in Pearl. I'm silly.
>>41705736That's assuming that we're doing nonstop mega fighting.Next on our plate is the Coral economy crashing with Mikahil plus sending Radiant and Zareen and maybe Karas to rescue our parents from Gem.We can hold off on purchases of Dawn and Physical for now and pick up JET and other useful bureaucracy and political charms.
>>41705818She saw us getting our ass whopped, I was kind of afraid she'd snap then and there and go berserk but hey! Good thing she didn't!
>>41705835don't forget we need to repurchase Final Ray of Light.
>>41705835We also need to launch a propaganda counterstrike against Skullstone. We just decapitated them, and we have both a Solar and a bunch of soldiers who know the truth.We can DESTROY everything that the Prince has built up, so that by the time a year and a day passes, all of his groundwork will have been undone.This is vital and urgent, because otherwise he'll come and push our faces in again in a year's time.
>>41705743>Trust Zaan's word. They're surely alright. Your wounds are external anyway, and already healing.
>>41705850Moray is still around, if Lotus is too we can have them go into Skullstone and do that from the inside
>>41705861Exactly. But it still needs to be something that gets done. We can't ignore the Skullstone situation.
>>41705861Tyrant's Abyssals too since I doubt they're going to want to stick around with us, if they want to at least.
...No, there are people a lot more fragile than you who need expert medical help a lot more than you do. You'll have to wait.But... you feel like they should be fine.You finish breakfast, pick a dress to put on, and head out to meet Samiel along the way. Apparently he had been warned by Amata already and was heading over to meet you.He looks quite exhausted, covered in dust sticking to his sweat, but he puts on a brave face."...Hey, Maka." He greets you, oddly hesitating. "I was just coming to see you. Mom told me you were going to see Flame. I want to come with you." He looks away. "...I would've gone earlier, but we're marshaling all our remaining troop strength to help with the earthquake.""Yeah, she told me." You reply, noticing he's avoiding your gaze. "I think Flame will be in the Reactor core ruins.""Yeah. The whole place powered down and even the volcano erupted and then went cold. If there's any fire left, it's down there. Man... the light of Judgement sure was awesome."You bite your lower lip. "I'm sorry I missed that."Awkward silence ensues as you climb and jump down the wreckage leading into the belly of the broken Titan.>...Do you have a problem with me?>Are you worried about something? Come on, you can tell me. (s+z)>Don't say anything, just climb down with him to go and meet Flame.
>>41705925>Just go on in silence, everything is fine.
>>41705925>>...Do you have a problem with me?
>>41705925>Are you worried about something? Come on, you can tell me. (s+z)I hope he doesn't ask us about the secrets... anons tend to reveal those to everyone!!
>>41705925>...Do you have a problem with me?Might as well ask.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41705925>>Are you worried about something? Come on, you can tell me. (s+z)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41705925>Are you worried about something? Come on, you can tell me. (s+z)>>41705947At least toll when voting for the roll option.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>41705925>Are you worried about something? Come on, you can tell me. (s+z)Stepson, tell mommy what's up.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41705925>Are you worried about something? Come on, you can tell me. (s+z)I am your adoptive step-mom-to-be, after all.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41705947Dice..
>>41705925>>Are you worried about something? Come on, you can tell me. (s+z)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41705925
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41705925>>Are you worried about something? Come on, you can tell me. (s+z)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41705925>Are you worried about something? Come on, you can tell me. (s+z)God damn it dice, work with us here.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41705944I didn't vote for it, but I might as well roll just in case
>>41705976>>41705970>>41705968>>41705963>>41705953These rolls...baby-strollers again in the capcha... I really think this is a sign from above (or below)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41705981forgot dice
well these rolls are off to a shit start.
>>41705998Eh, we got two 10s:>>41705986>>41705995
>>41705998Five successes in the end, decently average.
Is he avoiding you?"...Are you worried about something? Come on, you can tell me."[s+z=2 5 4 2 2 8 1 10 2 10 = 5 successes]"I..." He stops on a metallic beam, all bent out of shape, jutting out of the wreckage. "I'm sorry for what happened. I... I didn't want to activate the Dragonbreath while you were in there, but... I felt the Titan lifting off, and, I panicked and pulled the lever."Oh, so that's what it was."...I'm sorry. You, you probably didn't hear our shouts. We couldn't warn you in time, and... well, we didn't know what it could have done. There was no time to test it. It could have... killed you.">I don't want you doing something like that ever again.>Next time be more careful, alright?>Don't worry for me. I'm sturdy. See? I'm still standing.>No, you did the right thing.>(other?)
>>41706055>Don't worry for me. I'm sturdy. See? I'm still standing.
>>41706055>>No, you did the right thing.Stopping the Bod saved all of Creation, us being there was our own fault.
>>41706055>No, you did the right thing.
>>41706055>No, you did the right thing. Hug the boy.
>>41706055>>No, you did the right thing.We were in the wrong
>>41706055>No, you did the right thing.Even if we HAD died, it still would have been better than letting the Prince start flying the Titan around.
>>41706055>No, you did the right thing.Not even because we survived, it was just the right thing to do.
>>41706055>Don't worry for me. I'm sturdy. See? I'm still standing.>No, you did the right thing.It was our fault for ignoring the warnings. We totally heard him.
>>41706055>>Don't worry for me. I'm sturdy. See? I'm still standing.
>>41706055>No, you did the right thing, it was my fuckup, I heard you and didn't listen like an idiot, I thought I could still do something I couldn't.
>>41706126>>41706152Maybe next time they'll work on a way to contact us that others can't hear. Like those charms already in 2e exalted. Or those artifacts which can do it. Might be useful. Might be very useful.
>>41706152Kinda like this. Seconding.Fucking kayaks again.
>>41706055>You did the right thing. I made a huge mistake trying to pull the sword out of Flame, and between her, the prince and Dark tide there was very little chance that I'd have been able to pull myself out of that fight to give you a clear shot
>>41706152>I thought I could still do something I couldn't.Accurate summary of both the Tyrant and Maka's contributions in that battle.
Hey, can we ask why only dragon kaiser showed up and the rest of our allies didn't drop in after two minutes like Tia said they would?
>>41706218>after two minutes...how long do you think we were down there?
>>41706218May as well Ask flame why she didn't help the Tyrant or appear until she got stabbed by the sliver prince. A.K.A, no reason at all.
>>41706055>No, you did the right thing.>(other?)I'm sorry for worrying you so.
>>41706232I don't know, but when the dragon kaiser dropped I'm wondering why Tia, starfall or Talon didn't appear to help lend a hand. It would have been WAY EASIER to get ourselves out of that situation if we had had someone to occupy at least one of the other combatants
I'm worried about Tyrant. What if gentle repose didn't work? What if she's still going to get buttfucked by the neverborn?
>>41706243>15 minutes?Try, like, a minute and a half. We exchanged a couple sentences, had a very brief exchange of combat, woke up, and then our people showed up, with Dragonkaiser as the vanguard.Fights are extremely brief affairs. I'd imagine less than 30 seconds passed between dropping down there and dying, total.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41706055>No, you did the right thing.
>>41706296Either we find out in a year or we can ask UCS if we can talk to him later.
>>41706296If gentle repose didn't work we'll find out about it in x number of years after the Neverborn have finished torturing her into servitude again.
>>41706307We had a talk with the Dawn. Then we had a brief exchange, fought with him and died. Several minutes later we wake up and find he's fought with the Dawn and then stabbed the console to get Flame. That's more than two minutes by far.
"...First of all, don't worry for me. I'm fine." You reassure him. "But most of all... You did the right thing. You shouldn't think of yourself like this. Even if I had died there, it would have STILL been the right thing. Stopping the Bodhisattva at that point was more important than anything else.""...I know." He nods. "I... I just don't know if I would've been able to live with it."You can't help but think of Amata. "...Sometimes you might need to do something you hate because it's the right thing to do." You ponder. "Sometimes, it might even be to hurt someone you love. Knowing it's the right thing to do won't make it any less painful, but, at the same time, it being painful is not a good excuse for doing it."He nods again. "I understand."You've reached the reactor. The place is even worse of a wreck than you remember. The damage is indescribable. Only the pillar of light and machinery towering in the Titan's heart is still intact.You hear a faint sobbing noise coming from a corner. Moving in closer to check, you notice... Fleurdelis, huddled in the now-empty crater in which the Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine was crushed and killed. She doesn't seem to have noticed you at all.>Move in closer, wait for her to notice you.>I'm sorry. I wish I could have done more.>She saved us all.>She's free now, Fleurdelis.>You'll deal with her later. Turn to the reactor, call Flame.>(other?)
>>41706341>>I'm sorry. I wish I could have done more.
>>41706341>>She saved us all.If anything is a sign of a Deathlord's freedom from the Neverborn it's fighting and dying to save Creation.
>>41706340>That's more than two minutes by far.It's definitely not. It was a handful of sentences and then a short, brutal fight.I'd be shocked if we spent more than a full minute conscious down there.The only thing we don't know is how long we were dead.You have an absurdly poor grasp of how long talking/fighting actually takes.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41706341>She saved us all.>She's free now, Fleurdelis.She did good.
>>41706341>She's free now, Fleurdelis.
>>41706327Let's make sure to ask him this. If we're going to fight the neverborn for the soul of a friend I'd like some preptime
>>41706055>>No, you did the right thing.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41706341>I'm sorry. I wish I could have done more.>She saved us all.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41706341>>Move in closer, wait for her to notice you.
>>41706341>I'm sorry. I wish I could have done more.>She saved us all.
>>41706341>She's free now, Fleurdelis.>She saved us all.
>>41706378Why don't we just ask in character what happened? That'll clear things up and we won't have to needle each other over this
>>41706378>The only thing we don't know is how long we were dead.Which was clearly a minute or so considering he had fought both the dawn and done all of the directional Titan shit.
>>41706341>She saved us all.
Let's hold off on saying "She's Free now" until we're one hundred percent sure that Gentle Repose worked, ok?
>>41706427Again, fights are brief and brutal. Slicing the Dawn and shanking the Titan might have taken him less than 15 seconds after he downed us.
>>41706427I highly doubt it took a full minute for the Bod to get a single wound on Moray. The instant he hit him once with his sword he's immediately under his control, i'd be surprised if that part of the fight lasted longer than 10 seconds.
>>41706440Yeah... that sounds kind of conceited so...
>>41706341>I'm sorry.>She saved us all.>And now she's free, from him and her Neverborn masters. And I won't forget her ambition to stop them, and I won't forget what all of you have sacrificed to stop the Bodhisattva of Dark Water
>>41706427>clearly a minute or soYou really have no fucking clue how fast a fight is.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41706341>I'm sorry. I wish I could have done more.>She saved us all.
>>41706481 >>41706409 >>41706401 >>41706389 >>41706387But do we know that she's free 100%?
>>41706341>>Move in closer, wait for her to notice youWait until she sees us to communicate with her. Just... showing up and saying shit without letting her know of our presence is a bad way to start a conversation with a grieving person
>>41706341>She's free now, Fleurdelis.>I'm sorry. I wish I could have done more.
>>41706296We've done all we canThe only way to even check if it worked would be to wage a war against Oblivion and fight all the way to the Neverborn, and that's not gonna happen.Yet
>>41706341I'm sorry Fleur. I'm really really sorry. I wish I could have done more. If I had just...done better maybe I could have saved her. I tried to do right but everything just...fell to pieces in the last few minutes of the fight. I felt so useless-she was the one who saved us all, I just got my ass handed to me over and over again and screwed things up. The only thing I really did to help her was to help her pass on, to give her soul a chance to escape the neverborn. If that didn't work, if she is in any danger of returning into their hands in a year, I promise you I willl do anything to make it right, no matter how hard that is
>>41706503>But do we know that she's free 100%?We don't know that we're actually still alive 100%, but we know it to the best of our knowledge.
>>41706503Are you asking us, the readers? Yes, by the way EF talked about it and how Maka felt after, we set her free with our touch of gentle repose. It also probably had something to do with her actions, which made it likely to free and guard her soul from the Neverborn. In a way, she did redeem herself.
You step closer. It's always hard to know what to tell in these situations.She lifts her eyes from the ground and looks up to you, expressionless. Her eyes are filled with tears, and her face is a mess of ruined makeup."...She saved us all." You say."...WELL YOU DIDN'T DESERVE IT!" She replies in a hoarse scream, suddenly standing up and throwing you a drunken, wayward punch.There's no Charms or Essence behind it, no technique. She doesn't really want to hurt you. She's just venting anger. Acting on instinct, you narrowly dodge the first blow, but then others come.>Parry, dodge and move out of the way, trying to calm her down. (s+z)>Block and try and keep her in a hold. (p+d)>Take each and every single one of them. Let her vent. (p+z)>(other?)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41706553>Block and try and keep her in a hold. (p+d)
>>41706553>(other?)Hug her.She needs it.
>>41706503>Move in closer, wait for her to notice you.I want to say a lot of stuff, but it's impolite to just dump that on her without warning.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41706553>Take each and every single one of them. Let her vent. (p+z)
>>41706553>Block and try and keep her in a hold. (p+d)
>>41706553> Block and try to hold hersay>>41706537
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41706553>Take each and every single one of them. Let her vent. (p+z)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41706553>Take each and every single one of them. Let her vent. (p+z)
>>41706537>I just got my ass handed to me over and over again and screwed things up. Are we ever actually competent outside of social situations? Last time we fought someone serious we got completely wrecked and the time before that we did too.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41706571Forgot my dice
>>41706341>>Move in closer, wait for her to notice you.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41706553>Take each and every single one of them. Let her vent. (p+z)Just hug her when she's done, cry with her.
>>41706604Yeah, I like this. Already voted for taking it.
>>41706604>>41706587>>41706585>>41706576>>41706571You, I like you.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41706553>>Take each and every single one of them. Let her vent. (p+z)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>41706604We couldn't even be with her in the end
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>41706604>when she's done, cry with herAgreed.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41706553>>Block and try and keep her in a hold. (p+d)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>41706553>Take each and every single one of them. Let her vent (p+z)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41706553>Take each and every single one of them. Let her vent. (p+z)>>41706592Well the trick there is how one defines "fighting someone serious". We tangoed with a couple of Abyssals and came out alright, but then those don't get counted as being "someone serious". The last two times we got thoroughly blown up were, to my recollection, a world-class elder Dragon-Blood martial artist, and a godsdamn Deathlord. Those are opponents where it's not too surprising that we'd take a beating.
>>41706655Don't forget the Lintha demons and boat
>>41706655There is also the lintha admiral and the murdering heart ship. First time Maka reached 0 HP.
>>41706672We were doing okay until Tia dropped a boat on us by accident.We REALLY need to learn to get out of our allies way.
>>41706570>>41706576>>41706585>>41706587>>41706595>>41706604>>41706624>>41706625Six successes. Maka sure does know how to take it in the face
>>41706655The Abyssals were holding back. We got completely killed by Lintha and got our ass handed to us twice by a Deathlord who'd been fighting all day.Again, I fail to see Maka's competence here.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41706553>Take each and every single one of them. Let her vent. (p+z)
>>41706694>We really need to learn how to actually fight on our own and be competentFixed for you.
>>41706720>We got completely killed by LinthaWe got "completely killed" by Tia dropping a boat on our head. We were doing fine against the Lintha.
>>41706720What the fuck are you talking about "The Abyssals were holding back".It was a full scale war. The abyssals on the beach were there to KILL us. We beat the king by blindsiding him with five tails and Siaka by going 3v1 with tia and karas.
>>41706655And while combat is our secondary focus, that still doesn't make us a combat-focused Dawn. We were really under-prepared for fighting them one on one, and I think the smartest thing Maka did last thread was tell Tia and Amata to pull back.
>>41706553>>41706604>>Take each and every single one of them. Let her vent. (p+z)>Just hug her when she's done, cry with her.this
>>41706720The Deathlord hadn't been fighting goddamn at all. The Tyrant has been fighting all day. The Silver Prince was at full motes and health.We showed up with 6 Health and most of our motes missing.Shut the fuck up already, you stupid, obnoxious faggot.
>>41706741>We were doing fine against the Lintha.Aside from the fact we were basically dead and just got grappled by the Lintha head honcho and were almost going to die from her?
>>41706741You know, a freaking Solar exalted doing fine against some Lintha really isn't saying much. They're barely better than mortals, even with their freaky demon-blood magics.
>>41706742Two different instances of Abyssals. >>41706720Is talking about the Tyrant's Abyssals. You and I(>>41706655) were talking about the defense on the beaches of Pearl.The Lintha part is a good point though.
>>41706734There is no need to have to be able to do everything ourselves. We need to learn that when someone says "get out of the way Maka" they mean "I'm about to AoE the area you're in
>>41706767>You know, a freaking Solar exalted doing fine against some Lintha really isn't saying much.It's not saying anything, in fact. Because once again, it was Tia who fucked us up in that fight.
>>41706756>The Silver Prince was at full motes and health.Despite fighting a dozen exalts in a row. Sure.>We showed up with 6 Health and most of our motes missing.And then we came back and got completely flattened again.
>>41706769Maybe we should stop throwing ourselves into combat situations without backup
>>41706720The Abyssals weren't holding back, and we were doing okay against the Lintha until that friendly fire incident. It doesn't excuse going one on one with a Deathlord though, that more then anything that is where our incompetence lied. It doesn't matter that he was a bit tired from fighting, a Deathlord was still way above our weight class and there were people armed and willing to fight him that were better suited to fighting him.
>>41706783>Maybe we should stop going into combatfixed that for you.
>>41706777Considering we're always the first into a fight, yes we really do need to learn how to fight properly.Maybe learn a Sid martial art from Lotus or Amata.
>>41706782>Despite fighting a dozen exalts in a row.Which he didn't do. His soldiers did.>And then we came back and got completely flattened again.Because we charged straight back into a three-on-one fight against him, Flame, AND a Dawn.It's a miracle we survived doing something that fucking retarded.
>>41706783Then we would have lost against the Lintha, and Tianna would have ceased to exist and the titan would have fired its lazor.We cannot afford to wait in these situations where we need backup to not get flattened.
>>41706802I would like to reiterate my push for Arms of the Unconquered Sun Style.
Wait, how did Amata adopt lost eggs when they were babies? I thought exaltation was basically impossible to predict.
[p+z=7 3 8 9 7 3 7 9 2 = 6 successes]You let her hit you. Even with your wounds, even without any particular investment in your charms, you can easily take this punishment. But she needs to give it.She needs something to blame and to rage against.When she's done, her anger vented, her strength exhausted, you hug her."I'm sorry, Fleurdelis. I wish I could have done more."She doesn't reply. She just sobs softly in your arms."She saved us. And, in the end... I think she died like she wanted to. In the same place she died the first time, but this time..."She interrupts you, squeezing you harder. "The voices. Without her... She couldn't kill the voices. You didn't let her."You stroke her hair gently. "It could never have worked. She knew that too. She just... couldn't see another way of doing it. She was desperate. But I think that she settled... for doing what she could do."She grabs you by the shoulders and pushes you back, at arm's length, and stares straight into your eyes. A wild stare, filled with madness."She's DEAD. She's DEAD AND GONE. BEYOND DEATH.""Y-yes...""Now it's up to YOU. YOU must kill the voices. You must take up her quest. Find a way. Or one day, both our worlds will be devoured. Promise me.">...What are you even talking about.>...Yes. I'll find a way. Promised. (true)>...Yes. I'll find a way. Promised. (lie)>...What about you? You know them more than I do. Why me?>...No. It can't be done.>...I don't know if I can. Or anyone can.>(Other?)
>>41706829Terrestrial and Sidereal exaltations are predictable, if unreliably, by Sidereals.
>>41706831>...I don't know if I can. Or anyone can but I will try.
>>41706831>I don't know if I can. Or anyone can.
>>41706831>...I don't know if I can. Or anyone can."But I'll be damned if I don't try."
>>41706782we got flattened because we went right back into fighting people we were not capable of hurting effectively. Had we, I don't know, not done that things might've turned out differently
>>41706831>(Other?)I'll do it, if you help me. I can't do it alone. (truth)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>41706831>...Yes. I'll find a way. Promised. (true)
>>41706831>>...I don't know if I can. Or anyone can.
>>41706831>...What are you even talking about.>...I don't know if I can. Or anyone can.
>>41706831>You want me to kill the neverborn? I'm not sure if I can but I'll try. I will take up her quest. Will you help me?
>>41706831>I can't do it alone. I'll need help, Fleurdelis.Seconding >>41706882 and >>41706906
>>41706831>...I don't know if I can. Or anyone can.>>41706851Hell, even other Dragon Bloods do a decent job at predicting it, what with it being breeding-related and all. It's not perfect, but mostly functional.Let's not forget that Amata does have other kids who just never get any screentime because they're not Exalts.I'd also like to point out that we did get Dawn 4 two threads ago, which not only means we'll be a bit better in all kinds of combat, it'll open up some better charms. So we ARE working towards fixing that weakness.
>>41706831>...What about you? You know them more than I do. Why me?
>>41706831>>...I don't know if I can. Or anyone can.>>...but I'll try. I can't do it alone, though, I'm going to need your circle's help in tackling an enemy like that.
>>41706795>and we were doing okay against the Lintha until that friendly fire incident. We weren't though? We got obliterated by the curse eyes and were at low health, if it wasn't for Karas we would have been absolutely murdered and if it wasn't for Tia we would have been killed
>>41706831>I don't know if I can, but I'll try.Exalted were designed to do impossible shit, it's practically in the job description. If anyone in Creation could do it, it's Maka with her Directional Titan.
>>41706795>we were doing okay against the LinthaBeing at 2hp with no essence is okay?
>>41706831>(Other?)You saw how we dealt with one of the whisper's minions. How are we going to deal with all of them? We're weak and fragile, we can't fight anything like that.
>>41706976>with her Directional Titan.which is worse condition than ever before, and was already extremely unlikely to ever be a threat to them...
>>41706976>Directional TitanDirectional heap of junk you mean. After that battle flame's going to be fucking useless
>>41707003How so? The Directional Titans were built after killing the Primordials, we don't know what will happen when we fire upon one.
Ok, it's obvious we need to change our combat style. Either A. We focus on beefing up to the point where we can handle ourselves in MOST fights (it's going to be impossible for us to do that for every fight) or B. We make sure we always fight WITH a buddy, focus on becoming really adept at buffing others
>>41707025U wot m8? Try speaking in english and having some reading comprehension next time you post.
>>41707003>>41707006EF confirmed with time and resources it's repairable. It's a long term investment, just like fighting the Neverborn, but it's not hopeless.
>>41707006>>41707003It COULD be repaired. It would take a while but it could be done. The point is that it wouldn't be able to be used without destroying Tianna
>>41707027If we learn a Sid martial art A is entirely possible. Even in harder fights.I suggest Obsidian shards.
>>41707027We're already doing A and B is entirely unfeasible as we've already outlined many times.>>41707046It would take more than a year, by which time the Prince will be back wrecking shit again.
"...I don't know if I can." You say. "But I'll try." She gives you one long, hard stare. You see all sort of emotions swirling in her eyes.Anger. Pain, Hopelessness. Confusion. Panic. She abruptly lets go of you and runs away. She leaps up, and with a series of consecutive jumps climbs the wreckage.>Run after her.>Let her go.>(other?)
>>41707068>>Let her go.
>>41707065The Prince is dead. Like dead dead. They used the cannon on him remember? Killing the unkillable.
>>41707068>Let her go.
>>41707068>Run after her. I want to see what's going on
>>41707065It's very possible that the Prince is dead dead, anon. As in, not going back to his masters. We don't know for certain because EF wouldn't confirm either way, but if it's true we have a real chance of, if not killing the Neverborn, killing all it's Deathlords.
>>41707068I want to yell something at her to the effect that she can come back and seek us out whenever she needs us, but I can't put it into words properly.
>>41707068>Run after her.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41707068>Run after her.
>>41707094We should take over skull stone now, while we can before some other group snaps it up or one of his lackeys tries to ritual sacrifice the entire population to un-dead him
>>41707055You're assuming that the Sidereal Elders will ever allow Amata to teach us a sidereal martial art.Gold and Bronze faction sids don't want it to happen since that takes away their best weapon against everyone and everything.Independant sidereals like amata probably wont do it because they'll suffer a tragic case of infinite punches to their face the next time they report back to the Bureau.
>>41707065The Prince is very likely dead, anon. As in row row fight the powah dead.
>>41707068>(other?)>Shout out to her "She's dead but we're not, I'll need your help when the time comes Fleur."
>>41707055I'm against learning a Sid MA, it's just more XP expenditure that we could spend on diving deeper into Solar Hero Style.Our problem has never been our MA being weak or ineffectual.
>>41707130she could always go Ronin.
>>41707068>>Run after her.
>>41707068Run after her.If for some reason we decided to let this emotionally unstable woman run away to commit suicide or hurt herself OR SOMETHING we should at least shout something at her
>>41707055>I suggest Obsidian shards.The only SMA I can see Maka learning is Sapphire Veil of Passion
>>41707141To be on the safe side we should assume it didn't work.If anything could work it would be the Light of Judgement but let's not be too hasty in writing off the Bod as dead forever.
>>41707094>>41707141He got hit by a bigass lazor, he didn't get his soul released from his current cycle to be reused in another incarnation entirely unconnected to him, Tyrant is dead dead, the Prince, until we're told otherwise, is just regular dead, and will be back.
>>41707159>Run after her.Do we have time to pamper her? Are we her babysitter?
>>41707174Currently Yes, considering her old boss and entire reason for living is dead because of us. Fleur is our responsibility.
>>41707174With Tyrant gone I'm pretty sure we're all the Abyssal's babysitter.
>>41707169if the big ass laser DID NOT kill him then that seems like kind of a waste. I mean this was a thing that could kill gods, and it's single remaining shot gets used on a guy who had all his essence drained and could be (feasibly) just stomped to death?
>>41707156She could but then what's to stop Kejak from sending a hit squad of elder Bronze sidereals to come kill her and us while they're at it.No it's very likely that Amata had to swear to never teach us sid martial arts or how to get into Yu Shan because otherwise she would have never walked out of Yu Shan alive.
>>41707169Man, I don't know how the cosmology works, but if it was impossible to nuke his soul straight back to his Neverborn masters EF would've confirmed it. All I know is EF has left it up in the air, and he wouldn't do that for no reason. He could really be dead dead, and the Light of Judgement basically nuked any and all part of the Silver Prince out of existence like something out of Wheel of Time.
>>41707216Why didn't they just stomp him into unconsciousness and locked him up in Pearl where he can't regenerate essence?
>>41707220>>41707216Something else to ask UCS if we get the chance
>>41707230Because even with 0 essence a Deathlord is still a superghost with stats in the 8-10 range?
>>41707230because nobody knows that when a Deathlord dies they go back, and sure as hell don't know if the Silver Prince will go back. If there was one thing that could nuke a Deathlord out of existence, it would be a direct hit to the face of a Light of Judgement.
You know, even if the Prince was killed, it means the Neverborn are down a dead third circle since one was fused to every Deathlord, right? Wouldn't they get a new one as a consequence? That might be a way to check if he's really dead.
You can't let her get away in this situation. Flame will have to wait.Probably leaving Samiel a bit confused, you leap up to chase her. The two of you jump in easy leaps of several dozen meters, bouncing off the metallic, stone and masonry wreckage along the path between the Titan and the surface, and, finally, you catch her as she reaches the ruins of the palace.You grab her by her dress, and she flails to escape your grasp, clumsily. "No! Let me go!""Where are you even going?" You ask back at her.She calms down. "...I don't know." She turns to face you. "...What should I do?">Stay with your Abyssal comrades, for now. We'll figure things out. All together.>Stay with me. I want you by my side. Maybe together, we can do it.>Go back to the World of the Dead. It's your world now, and there's much good you can do there now, against the Neverborn.>...I don't know either.>(other?)
>>41707295>>Stay with your Abyssal comrades, for now. We'll figure things out. All together.A circle should stay together and work together
>>41707055>Sid martial artFuck. That.Just buy more Solar combat charms.
>>41707295>Stay with your Abyssal comrades, for now. We'll figure things out. All together.
>>41707295>Stay with your Abyssal comrades, for now. We'll figure things out. All together.we can figure out what they should be doing later, whether that be going to the world of the dead or not, but right now we just need her to stop being crazy
>>41707295>Stay with your Abyssal comrades, for now. We'll figure things out. All together.They're your Circle and they miss her too
>>41707295>Stay with me. I want you by my side. Maybe together, we can do it.
>>41707295>>Stay with your Abyssal comrades, for now. We'll figure things out. All together.
>>41707295>...I don't know either.>But I'll help, if you'll have me. And I'd like your help too.
>>41707295>>41707332>They're your Circle and they miss her tooThis.We'll also need to stay in contact.
>>41707295Stay with your abyssal comrades. They'll probably hurting just as much as we are about loosing Tyrant. A circle should stay together.I want you to be by my side in the future. Together we can do it.
>>41707295>Stay with your Abyssal comrades, for now. We'll figure things out. All together.They could go to Skullstone and help to dismantle it from the inside with Moray, if they want to at least.
>>41707274If the Neverborn could do that, then they would've just regenerated a circle of their souls, then they likely wouldn't be in the predicament their in. If we somehow managed to kill the Prince, then it's likely the third circle soul went along with it. That's still a big if, but a promising one of it works out. It means they can be chipped down to their base essence.
>>41707295>Go back to the World of the Dead. It's your world now, and there's much good you can do there now, against the Neverborn.
>>41707274>>41707384Gah, let rephrase that. If the Neverborn could regenerated a circle of their souls, then they likely wouldn't be in the predicament they're in. If we somehow managed to kill the Prince, then it's likely the third circle soul went along with it. That's still a big if, but a promising one of it works out. It means they can be chipped down to their base essence.
>>41707403So they can be worn down by killing all their third circle souls? Sounds pretty easy.I always assumed the 'can't be killed. No, not even with perma-kill charms' thing extends to their souls.
>>41707295>...I don't know either.
>>41707424well we just released Tyrant from that clause, and from what we can tell the Prince too with the LoJ to his face
>>41707424The problem is that killing them doesn't have an effect. They're already dead, and unable to reincarnate. If you kill their already-dead subsoul, it just remains already-dead.The Neverborn want to be annihilated, not killed, because killing clearly didn't work.That said, nobody knows any of that in-setting. That's meta to the 'the Neverborn themselves probably don't know all the specific details' degree.
>>41707446no, I don't mean the Deathlords. I mean the soul-stuff of the Neverborn that they glued to the Deathlords.
>>41707470the wut? All I know of Exalted is from this quest so that meta stuff flies right over my head
>>41707403>>41707424>>41707456>>41707470well, if, IF the Prince and every trace of his soul could be melted down into unrecognizable slag, it's theoretically possibly to chip or erode the Neverborn's subsouls away
>>41707510>theoreticallyHypothetically, anon. Hypothetically. Don't misuse words.
"...For now, stay with your Abyssal comrades. You're a circle. They need you and you need them." You reply."...They don't need me. I'm dangerous. ...The voices tell me to kill. Sometimes, I do what they say, to keep them... silent.""...All the more reason to be with them. They can help you. Watch over you. Acting alone accomplishes nothing." You point out.She falls silent, and remains so for a few good minutes. "...Yes." She finally says, barely a whisper.What happened to the proud, haughty Fleurdelis who assaulted Tianna by ramming it with a flying ship when you Exalted? The poor woman in front of you is just a broken wreck.Meekly, she walks away, towards Pearl and the Dark Omen."...Will you be alright?" You ask her as she walks away.She doesn't reply, and keeps walking amidst the rubble.>I just have to trust her now. Let's head back down there and see Flame.>Maybe I should accompany her. I'll see Flame another day.>(other?)
>>41707424They can't be killed because they're already backwards reverse super inside-out undeadWhen they made Creation, they didn't make any clause that handled their own death, so when they did actually die to the hands of the Gods and Solars, stuff went all fucked up.
>>41707509Primordals are big enough to have multiple souls. Neverborn are dead Primordals, and they still have multiple souls. To make the Deathlords, they took a soul and glued it to the ghost of a Solar.
>>41707537>I just have to trust her now. Let's head back down there and see Flame.
>>41707537>trust her for now. We've got to talk to her later though
>>41707537>>I just have to trust her now. Let's head back down there and see Flame.We'll see her and the other later
>>41707537>(other?)>Fleur, your circle mates miss her too, I do as well, together we will continue her mission.>I just have to trust her now. Let's head back down there and see Flame.
>>41707554Yes, but yozi's reform killed souls. If you go and kill Liger then Malfeas will eventually get a new fetich soul.We're discussing if it's the same for Neverborn.
>>41707537>>Maybe I should accompany her. I'll see Flame another day.
>>41707509okay, so the Neverborn were once Primordials, makers of Creation. They then made Gods, and made the Gods do their work for them by putting them under a magical geas that makes it impossible for a God to turn against them.Gods decided 'fuck that', and found a loop hole in Exalted. The Exalted killed and imprisoned the Primordials and life went on... except, well, when you're a being as massive as a Primordial and one of the people who actually created the reincarnation process it was hard for Creation to scrub the Primordials away. It was something Creation was never designed to do. Before Exalted, no one knew a Primordial could be killed.So now we got these... massive constructs of dead essence, remnants of the Primordials that were, sitting in the afterlife and corrupting the afterlife.
>>41707537>>41707574This.Maybe we should tell Starfall or someone to follow her and make sure she finds her circle alright.
>>41707520well, in this hypothetical where we confirmed we wiped away the Silver Prince, then in this hypothetical it would be theoretically possible to do the same to the Neverborn. That's what I meant.
>>41707295Stay together. Let's ensure that both the tyrant and the silver prince are remembered properly . And that none of his works survive
>>41707537Really need to figure out what's needed for some redemption quests.
>>41707620Sure. If we hypothetically did wipe out the Silver Prince, and if that hypothetically destroyed the bit of the Neverborn imbued in him, then we could theoretically chip away at the Neverborn that way.Of course, neither of those hypotheses are likely, let alone both.
>>41707640You can't hold someone's hand through a redemption quest. You can help and support them, but they need to put themselves on the path. Hopefully the heroism of the Tyrant's last acts will have done that for her.
>>41707649if the first bit is true and the second isn't, is there now a bit of Neverborn soulstuff free to do stuff?
>>41707667No. If the first bit is true and the second isn't, the bit of Neverborn stuff probably returned to the Neverborn, since it was an extension - not an independent bit - all along. There's a reason the Neverborn haven't been able to fall into the void yet.
>>41707537>Get word to have Starfall or someone keep an eye on her and the Dark Omen>Go see FlameSo many hearts to help.
>>41707691I doubt it. Why would the piece of a piece of dead Primordial's soul be immune to being broken down to it's base essence like the Prince's (in this hypoethical I mean) The reason we're concerned that the Prince will go back is because that third circle soul binds him to the Neverborn, so if he dies he goes back to them.
You'll just have to trust her and hope she doesn't get in trouble. Or causes any.You leap back down into the wrecked Titan, to find...Oh, boy. This is awkward.Flame's down there, with Samiel, just next to the Reactor....Is she crying?It really feels like you've lost this battle, rather than having won it. As much as you try and think about how much you've accomplished, you can't help but feel a sense of defeat.Seeing people cry just reinforces that feeling.>I wonder what they're talking about? (p+n)>I don't want to interrupt them. I'll wait for them to be finished.>I'm just going to drop down there. I really need to talk to her.
>>41707739>Why would the piece of a piece of dead Primordial's soul be immune to being broken down to it's base essenceThe same reason why the Neverborn are immune to that; getting stuck instead of being able to reincarnate or dissolve, anon. We're not even sure if Gentle Repose allowed the Tyrant to permanently pass on yet. And it's extremely probable that the Silver Prince didn't get permakilled.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>41707759>I wonder what they're talking about? (p+n)Uh oh
>>41707759>>I don't want to interrupt them. I'll wait for them to be finished.It's fine, give them a moment
>>41707759>I don't want to interrupt them. I'll wait for them to be finished.This is a private moment, and a chance for Sam and Flame to re-bond, after everything that's happened recently. Be ready to drop down if she gets violent, but let them be for now.
>>41707759>>I don't want to interrupt them. I'll wait for them to be finished.
>>41707789They could be breaking up now. Maka's intervention could help them to stay together.
>>41707759>I don't want to interrupt them. I'll wait for them to be finished.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>41707759>I wonder what they're talking about? (p+n)
>>41707802>They could be breaking up now.That's on them.>Maka's intervention could help them to stay together.Or it could bully them into staying together. Or ruin a bonding moment. Let them make their own decisions. Maka doesn't have to control everyone's social life. That's how you accidentally go full First Age - when you realize you accidentally socially curbstomped everyone into living the life you designed for them.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>41707759>I wonder what they're talking about? (p+n)
>>41707772we don't know if it's 'extremely probable', that's your interpretation but EF has not confirmed it. It either is or it isn't, it's not 'one is more likely then the other.' EF knows what happened. And yes, as a whole the primordials couldn't be broken down by their own system, but then again we're not talking about breaking them down as a whole. The Neverborns divided up bits of their souls, and in this scenario those bits got destroyed.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41707759>I wonder what they're talking about? (p+n)I'm curious
Sonofabitch! I missed the last thread!
>>41707842Breaking them down piece by piece is how they got killed into Neverborn in the first place.It just doesn't work the way you think.And no, it's extremely probable. Exaltedfag could throw us a curveball, since his version of the setting isn't strictly canon, but by canon, he'd be back in a year and a day.
>>41707848late to the party, mate
>>41707848You didn't miss much. Just Maka dying and rezzing.
>>41707863They weren't broke down piece by piece, they were killed. As in, there was still shit left over from their death. By being broken down, I'm talking about paring them down essence by essence, into something completely unrecognizable from the whole. For all we know, the superweapon does exactly that.
>>41707829>Or it could bully them into staying together.No, she wouldn't do that. She's not that stupid.>asking people to rethink and give it a another chance is first ageAnon, no. Just no. People do it all the time in real life, Maka is fully capable of doing this like any sane person. If you are worried about interrupting a bonding moment, that's what the eavesdropping option is for.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>41707759>I don't want to interrupt them. I'll wait for them to be finished.
>>41707903Anon, hold out whatever hope and headcanon you want. But it doesn't match actual canon, and we've been given zero reason to think that's how it works. You're presenting purely-hypothetical wishes and guesses as if they had some basis in this setting's reality and they, sadly, do not.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41707759>I wonder what they're talking about? (p+n)
>>41707759>>I don't want to interrupt them. I'll wait for them to be finished.1 success from those rolls, yeah nah lets not do that, changing vote from >>41707816 to this
>>41707925okay, whatever man. Your condescension isn't necessary, and you admitted yourself this isn't actual canon and that EF has diverged from it already. There weren't any Directional Titans left in canon by the Age of Sorrows, so no it's not purely hypothetical. The whole reason we're having this discussion is because we don't know the effects a superweapon from the First Age would have on Primordials or their servants, and you have no evidence other then from main canon to tell me that is how shit will exactly go down.
>>41707998>and you have no evidence other then from main canon to tell me that is how shit will exactly go downCompared to your no evidence, from canon or otherwise, yes.
>>41707759At least try and get Sammy's attention so he knows we're up here
The talking goes on... for a long time. A couple hours, even. You're not even sure what they're talking about.Flame at first was somberly sad. Not bawling her heart out like Fleurdelis was. Crying, but crying like a god should cry. Or at least that's what it seemed like. They hugged and talked. She became restless. Stood up, started pacing around, flames trailing her. Wide gestures to the Titan wrecked all around her. Samiel calming her down. Hug. She sits down again. Samiel stand up and now he's walking around talking, as if explaining something. The conversation seems to calm down. Samie gestures to where the Bodhisattva stabbed the reactor. The crack is still there. More talking, gestures. Is he talking about the fight? He made some fighty-motions. Then, some more bacl-and-forth. Suddenly, Flame disappears, as if something offended her. Samiel walks around and pleads with her. After a while, she reappears.In the end, you have the definite impression that you're watching a married couple's fight.After a long time, things seem to have calmed down. That's when Samiel notices you (about time!) and gestures for you to come down.Flame avoids her eyes."Was everything alright with Fleurdelis?""...Not really, but I think she's better now. Long story." You turn to Flame. "...So? How are you?""Terrible." She replies, not looking at you.>What happened during the fight? Why didn't you show up?>Are you still wounded? Did all this damage hurt you?>Will you be alright, now that the volcano's going cold and the Reactor's mostly empty after firing?>(Other?)
>>41708026Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, anon. We can't confirm the evidence right this moment, so you too are speaking hypothetically based on setting that you admitted has already diverged from what your basing your evidence off of.
>>41708076>>Are you still wounded? Did all this damage hurt you?Don't go sounding accusatory out the gate.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>41708076>Will you be alright, now that the volcano's going cold and the Reactor's mostly empty after firing?
>>41708076All of the above. Seriously though what did happen during the fight?
>>41708076>>Are you still wounded? Did all this damage hurt you?
>>41708076>Will you be alright, now that the volcano's going cold and the Reactor's mostly empty after firing?"Because if need be, we can get Val in here to start trying to jumpstart it again."
>>41708076>>Will you be alright, now that the volcano's going cold and the Reactor's mostly empty after firing?That is kinda worrying
>>41708076>Will you be alright, now that the volcano's going cold and the Reactor's mostly empty after firing?
>>41708076>HUG HER>Are you still wounded? Did all this damage hurt you?>Will you be alright, now that the volcano's going cold and the Reactor's mostly empty after firing?
FUCKI just realized we'll never be able to ask Tyrant what she back when we first spoke to her
>>41708076>>Will you be alright, now that the volcano's going cold and the Reactor's mostly empty after firing?
>>41708076>Are you still wounded? Did all this damage hurt you?>hugs>>41708156what she what? also yeah, everything about Tyrant being dead is completely shitty and disappointing
>>41708076>HUGSgood idea anons
>>41708076>>Are you still wounded? Did all this damage hurt you?>>Will you be alright, now that the volcano's going cold and the Reactor's mostly empty after firing?
>>41708167>what she what? also yeah, everything about Tyrant being dead is completely shitty and disappointingEverything about this battle has been shitty and disappointing.
>>41708167What she saw I mean, back when we first ECSJs her our anima banner was big and she saw a thing.>Finally, she turns back to you, opening her eyes, trying to look at you directly...>...and instead, you see her fixing her eyes behind you, to where your iconic anima burns.>...or is she? She seems absolutely startled, staring behind you with eyes wide open, mouth gaping, frozen in an expression of absolute astonishment. You weren't expecting that reaction.
>>41708076>Are you still wounded? Did all this damage hurt you?>Will you be alright, now that the volcano's going cold and the Reactor's mostly empty after firing?
>>41708076>>What happened during the fight? Why didn't you show up?Bitch
>>41708076>Are you done with your midlife crisis?
"Say, Flame, I wanted to ask you... Will you be alright, now that the volcano's going cold and the Reactor's mostly empty after firing?"She looks at the big pillar. "...I don't know. Back then, I could just regenerate Essence normally by breathing in the flows of Creation. But now... my geomancy is blocked.""By the damage?""Maybe that made things worse, but I couldn't breathe anything other than a tiny amount of Essence before, too. It's just..." She half-turns to look at her own wings. They're large, but look weak and atrophied, with no muscle and flimsy membrane. "...I wasn't born to stay underground. I wasn't born to be a volcano.""...The reactor will recharge very slowly." Samiel informs you. "Her life isn't in danger, but she's much less powerful now, and...""The Light of Judgement might never fire again." She cuts to the chase. "Between the energy needed, the backlash from firing while underground, battle damage..." She smiles weakly. "...I will never be what I used to. Maybe... Maybe over time, I'll lose myself again.">...Were you really hoping that the Bodhisattva winning would mean that you'd be able to fly again?>Why didn't you help us? Everything would've been different. We could have saved the Tyrant.>I told you once that you will fly again. I meant it. I'll find a way. (hug)>(Other?)
>>41708503>I told you once that you will fly again. I meant it. I'll find a way. (hug)
>>41708503>>I told you once that you will fly again. I meant it. I'll find a way. (hug)We're Solars after all
>>41708503>I told you once that you will fly again. I meant it. I'll find a way. (hug)We're going to leave most of the superstructure in place under the island while turning her core into a fucking rad flying fortress, aren't we? Smaller, never the same glory as before, but flying, and still strong.
>>41708503>I told you once that you will fly again. I meant it. I'll find a way. (hug)We're solars! We make the impossible, possible.JUST WITH TIME! And by possible, without making stupid decisions!!
>>41708503Ugh, we better get SOME Answers about what the hell happened after we choose the hug option
>>41708503>You'll fly again. I mean it. (hug)>Why didn't you help us? Everything would have been different. We could have saved Tyrant.
>>41708503>Why didn't you help us? Everything would've been different. We could have saved the Tyrant.>I told you once that you will fly again. I meant it. I'll find a way. (hug)
>>41708503>I told you once that you will fly again. I meant it. I'll find a way. (hug)Maybe Irene and Val could rework her geomancy until then and keep her from fading?
>>41708591>Maybe Irene and Val could rework her geomancy until then and keep her from fading?Maybe cannibalize one of the demesnes to redirect its power to her.
>>41708503>...Were you really hoping that the Bodhisattva winning would mean that you'd be able to fly again?>Why didn't you help us? Everything would've been different. We could have saved the Tyrant.We need answers, damnit.
>>41708503>>Why didn't you help us? Everything would've been different. We could have saved the Tyrant.>>I told you once that you will fly again. I meant it. I'll find a way. (hug)We gave her her memories back to help us, she said she would in her own way, and instead she flips sides at the soonest opportunity, and the Tyrant goes splat, all while the Prince was unphased right up until the LoJ went off in his face. Pretty fucking shitty all around.
>>41708503>>I told you once that you will fly again. I meant it. I'll find a way. (hug)
>>41708503>I told you once that you will fly again. I meant it. I'll find a way. (hug)I think it's pretty clear why she didn't help; it's because we gave her entire identity and sense of self a tremendous kick in the balls like a day before all this shit went down.It was probably necessary. Putting it off might have lead to the whole thing happening when the Silver Prince started dicking around in there, which probably would have been ten times as horribly traumatic, but that was a consequence of that decision.
>>41708686No it wasn't, we promised her we would get her flying again, but nope, she ran into the Princes arms just at the thought of him getting her airborne sooner.
>>41708711No she was sworded, you notice how as soon as everyone was free of his mind control she punched him in the face?
>>41708686but she promised she was going to fight, she kind of went back on her word
>>41708711>she ran into the Princes armsNo, you fucking retard, she got literally mind-controlled. Her only crime was being too passive, not doing anything actively against us.
>>41708503Fucking stupid bint.
You hug her.She's warm, a lot hotter than what would be normal body temperature for anyone... but a lot colder than she felt the first time you met her in her new form."I told you once that you will fly again. I meant it. I'll find a way."She sinks in your arms. "...Thank you. That means a lot for me." She gently hugs you back, and you feel her sobbing. "...I'm sorry.""Tell me." It's clear she has a weight to get off her chest."...When the battle started, and the Bodhisattva broke into the Titan's structure, he tried to seal me with sorcery.""...Sorcery?""It... I think it was sorcery. But I never felt anything like that. It was... cold... black..."Necromancy. That spell the Bodhisattva's pet necromancer cast wasn't just to collapse the castle. It was an all-out assault on Flame... in body and mind. "That's why you didn't appear?""...He knew I was in here. He didn't want me to interfere. I fought back against the spell, but..."Now you understand. "...But then he said that he'd make you fly again. And that made you hesitate."She nods."And you saw him beat up the Tyrant of the Doomsday Machine before your eyes. Your tyrant. The person you hated the most in your entire existence."She nods again, holding back the tears. "In that moment... I... I just thought... I thought I had found... I don't know what. It felt right. The Tyrant would die. I would fly again. It made sense, in my head. I don't know what I was thinking."[SESSION END](will give XP via twitter, i have to leave now.)
>>41708730>>41708772She was mind controlled AFTER Maka was killed and most of the damage had already been done.Which is kind of JUST AS BADDoing absolutely fucking NOTHING in a battle for the sake of creation, one which you said that you would help in, while your supposed allies are beaten and broken around you is NOT OKAY.
>>41708873thanks for the thread EF
>>41708873So she still kind of went back on her word. A little bit angry
>>41708873>[SESSION END]It's over!Thanks for the thread EF, it went by kind of fast today, before you go another thing I stole
>>41708873>>41708888There ya go, she was being necromancied from the start and lost once she started hesitating
>>41708911Anon, this is a fucking blue board. Delete that shit.And link us to it off-site.
>>41708873>>41708936http://i.imgur.com/gT36TDe.jpgYou're totally right, my bad.
>>41708955Much better. Now, tell the nice man what you want in exchange for it.
>>41708873Cheers EF.For the record, I liked the last thread.
>>41708934man that must have been SOME necromancy skill to keep the ancient god of a dooms day battle station occupied
>>41708873>>41708955Just XP for that
>>41709023Yeah, you'd probably need a Deathlord or a powerful Deathknight to pull something like that off.Wait...
>>41709023Yeah, second circle maybe even third circle necromancy, because you know, a Daybreak caste with tutoring from a Deathlord can learn those
>>41709080He was probably a pure necromancer too considering how easy Tia fucking killed the shit out of him.Speaking of squishy smart people, Val needs something to protect herself.
I have something too. Pic related is just a SFW sketch, check the link for the real thing.http://i.imgur.com/7FcVZ4b.png
>>41708909She hesitated while under the effects of mind-control necromancy which she might not have been able to break out of in the first place.And then she got shanked with a mind-control daiklave.And then got her heart more or less torn out in the battle.Cut her some fucking slack.
rereading the last thread? Why was it so important we had to convince moray darktide to switch sides? The tyrant asked us to do it like it was a major part of whatever plans she had And MAN was he thick. His boss literally said "I will destroy creation" and he still was only just beginning to think that something wasn't on the up and up? What did he need, for the silver prince to eat a baby in front of him?
>>41709117>no UCS handsStill pretty cool
>>41709117she kinda needs nipples and a vagina
>>41709117Haha, fucking rad, dude. The loving queen of gem, high priestess and champion of the sun, Zenith Caste Exalt. Great rendition of her coat of arms anima banner.When we start minting Pearl's coinage, we should have her anima coat of arms on one side, and her face on the other, right? One for symbol of her sovereignty, and the other for Horizon to Horizon?
>>41709117There is also a night version. http://i.imgur.com/Z8CVlVx.png
>>41709142Because people were retarded, that is literally all of the reason behind that.
>>41709166we went over minting coinage already long ago
>>41709196...so is that a 'yes?' Put Maka's coat of arms on the 'tails' side?
>>41709187Was a mistake on decu's part.>>41709149UCS hands?>>41709159But then no one would notice the glowing anima behind her.
>>41709117>>41709175Minor detail but it's missing the sapphire inlaid tiara
>>41709216>But then no one would notice the glowing anima behind her.the what?
>>41709216Back when we were talking about the design people wanted some UCS imagery and we brought up four golden hands holding up the shield, they've never been mention in the quest, but we did get this thing from Tyrant>...and instead, you see her fixing her eyes behind you, to where your iconic anima burns.>...or is she? She seems absolutely startled, staring behind you with eyes wide open, mouth gaping, frozen in an expression of absolute astonishment. You weren't expecting that reaction.Which could have been her seeing UCS in our anima.
>>41709117>>41709227>Outside of the shield, a shining tiara carrying in its centre a single great sapphire springs into existance. >The shield moves behind you and spreads wide as a background, leaving the crown to hover over your head.I had totally forgotten about that part
>>41709265Sorry, I don't think these hands are a thing. I took the anima's description straight from EF's answers on his ask.fm. I even asked him about it, a couple of times.
>>41709142Loyalty is a powerful thing, Anon. Moray grew up in Skullstone, and after he exalted, he fought for the Prince for years. There's also the fact that the Silver Prince's society really does work almost exactly like he says it does, except for the fact that the people who don't become ghosts don't reincarnate like he says they do, they go to Island Five to be turned into soulsteel. The Silver Prince usually hides his evil shit very well, and if you'd spent a lifetime seeing him be an honorable and just ruler, you'd be hesitant to accept that he's actually a crazy omnimuderghost.
>>41709313Don't worry about it, it was only a half joke
>>41709227>>41709308The tiara's there, actually - it's just on top of the shield, instead of over Maka's head. It's just placed wrong.
>>41709314Moray still ended up being about as useful as a glass of water to a drowning man.
>>41709344It's also huge, but yeah I see it now, my bad.
>>41709352That's because he had to face the Prince alone after we got our ass killed
>>41709352And what would you have proposed to do? Let Moray kill of Talon, Radiant and all the others?We still couldn't have touched the Silver prince, nay the Bodhisattva while he was fighting Tyrant!
>>41709352Sure, in terms of positive utility he didn't accomplish much, but consider the fact that we removed a significant source of negative utility. To whit: one less Solar trying to kill the shit out of our front lines.
>>41709352He might prove hella useful yet, in our culture-bombing of Skullstone.On a related note, once our coins are minted and we have Horizon to Horizon, Skullstone needs to become a trading partner. We have 15 months before the Silver Prince regenerates. We might make crazy progress from Horizon to Horizon alone in that time.
>>41709352He was a massive threat who was turned into a tentative ally and removed as an impediment to our allies. I'd consider that a success.
>>41709437we should just take over skull stone before someone else does or one of the silver princes lackeys does some stupid dark ritual using the people there as fodderIts army and navy are basically non existant at the moment
>>41709437>>41709449>>41709490Yup. With Moray's help we can add it to the empire. Along with that island Quint wants.
>>41709490>we should just take over skull stone before someone else doesOh, for sure. It's prime for it. We just decapitated their government, scattered or killed their Abyssals, and turned their Solar to our side.That said, said Solar is probably going to be a huge fucking problem if we try to take Skullstone's sovereignty.It might be wiser, socially and tactically, to use him as a loyal proxy/ally state, setting him up as the sovereign while launching a comprehensive propaganda campaign against the people.We want to use Moray, not go to war with him all over again, after all.>Its army and navy are basically non existant at the momentAre they? The attack against Tianna was always fluffed as a strike force that was hyper-elite, but in no way the majority of their military power. I think we might be surprised by how many ghosts, troops, ships, and grounded defenses they still have. And that's not to mention that some of the Abyssals that escaped might have fallen back there to fortify.Skullstone should be reeling, ready for us to take action. I seriously doubt it will be any sort of a slam dunk, though.
>>41709554Not to mention the fact that our military took massive casulties and we have a much smaller population base. Annexing Aurora and the Silver reef league (assuming EF adds them in), before attacking would probably be prudent.
>>41709679But ultimately, whatever we do, we don't want to threaten Skullston's actual sovereignty as long as we're keeping Moray in the picture. He's loyal to Skullstone above all else. Any hostile action against it or its people would probably be taken poorly by him.Establishing him as a sovereign who's our puppet, or economically tied to us, or otherwise a close and reliable ally would be for the best.And, on the plus side, we know that he's immune to the Silver Prince's cheaty sword now. It only ever works on someone once.
>>41709732If we killed the Bodhisattva we should still have the sword with us, we're gonna melt that sucker down to make sure no one uses it if they haven't already.
>>41709732>Establishing him as a sovereign who's our puppet, or economically tied to us, or otherwise a close and reliable ally would be for the best.Or some sort of federalism deal.
>>41709762Nah, if we have it we should use it to dominate enemy abyssals in the future. Or ghosts loyal to the deathlords/neverborn. We couldn't persuade the Day caste to stop fighting, having something like the Prince's sword would help a lot in these situations.
>>41709811>Or some sort of federalism deal.Yeah, a confederation of Western island-states could work. As long as we allow Skullstone some measure of continued sovereignty and respect its people, Moray should be willing to play ball.
>>41709879>Yeah, a confederation of Western island-states could work.Isn't that what the Wavecrest Archipelago already is, though?
>>41709811Feudalism works better.
>>41709762>we're gonna melt that sucker down to make sure no one uses itAgreed.>>41709829>dominate enemyFuck no. I've said it before and I'll say it again - we are not going to lower ourselves to the level of the Deathlords. We're not a mind-controlling supervillain. No, the ends do not justify the means.We use non-mind-control social prowess to try to convince them of the rightness of our side. That is Maka's style. Not being a fucking mind-controlling tyrant.We're not the Tyrant, we're not the Bodhisattva.We have fucking standards.
>>41709894>Isn't that what the Wavecrest Archipelago already is, though?Yes, and? We're not in charge of Wavecrest.
>>41709911Whoop whoop.Melt the sword!
>>41709911Fucking agreed as hell.To the people who keep suggesting we make people into soulsteel, or that we use the Bodhisattva's sword?Kindly go fuck yourselves.Sincerely, the Unconquered Sun.
>>41709938We could be.
>>41709911This whole fight would have been much easier if we had a sword like the Prince's. It would have avoided a lot of problems and sadness and minimized deaths. The Tyran would probably be alive. We can dominate someone and then release them by unattuning the sword.>>41709983Nice RP bro.
>>41709903A federation is basically Feudalism but between institutions rather than family lines.>>41709879I was thinking imperial federation rather than a confederation. A stronger central government basically.
>>41709983>UCS>Caring about people's soulsHe cares about what is awesome. Not about what is right.>We use non-mind-control social prowess to try to convince them of the rightness of our side. That is Maka's style. Not being a fucking mind-controlling tyrant.Because this works against Deathlord mind raped minions. Obviously.
>>41709983>>41709945The Unconquered Sun may have compassion 5, but his Exaltations will still exalt even the most asshole of people. It doesn't matter at all what we do with the sword, as long as we don't speak his name in vain and restore order to the land.
>>41710003No. The ends do not justify the means. We will not lower ourselves to the level of the Deathlords.We're a force of righteousness and redemption, not abuse and corruption.We're going to walk the righteous path, even if it's the harder one.That's the entire point of our mission to prove that humanity is worthy of the Unconquered Sun's blessing again.Anyone who suggests otherwise is someone pushing us towards the path that led to the First Age, that led to the Unconquered Sun forsaking mankind, that led to the Deathlords coming into existence in the first place.As soon as you choose what's easy and expedient over what's righteous, you're throwing away everything that Maka and the UCS actually stand for.
>>41710003No, no no and more no.Fuck off.
>>41710076>It doesn't matter at all what we do with the swordFuck off Great Curse.
Hey, do you guys still have the links for the three or four fanfics that were made in previous threads? There was that nice smutfic, a silk fic, and two or three cop buddy fics.
I don't object to using the sword on philosophical grounds, like many others, but I do STRONGLY object on practical grounds. That thing is a MIND CONTROL artifact that belonged to, and is intimately associated with, a DEATHLORD.Trying to use that thing will end badly, no question. Finding a safe way to destroy it should definitely be on our ever-growing to-do list.
>>41710140Nope, I don't have a link to any of them.And I was the guy who wrote the buddy cop ones too.Good luck archive-diving!
>>41710149>That thing is a MIND CONTROL artifact that belonged to, and is intimately associated with, a DEATHLORD.That's philosophical too you idiot.
>>41710090>you're throwing away everything that Maka and the UCS actually stand for.What does the UCS stand for? Because in canon he stands for nothing much in particular aside from "Being awesome."Want to get in his favor? Be awesome.Want to be exalted by his power? Be awesome.Want to be his chosen? BE AWESOME.There is nothing tying the UCS to being "Good" or "Just" and you should fuck off with that misconception.>>41710134>>41710130>>41710115>>41710094If you don't have anything to add to this conversation, then take your own advice.
>>41710149>I do STRONGLY object on practical grounds>Trying to use that thing will end badlyFor all we know, it doesn't even mind-control people to obey the wielder. It might just mind-control them to obey the Bodhisattva, regardless of who's happens to be wielding it.You're right. It's not just a wrong idea, it's a stupid one.
>>41710140they would still be in the archives
>>41710140http://pastebin.com/LLvszTfYSilk>>41710156Fairly sure the second one was written by the guy who does the setting stuff.
>>41710186>It might just mind-control them to obey the Bodhisattva,Which will then make them mind-controlled to no one, since the Bod is dead.
>>41710184>Because in canonThe canon we're not operating in?Fuck off you metagaming piece of shit we're not using the sword.
>>41710149>That thing is a MIND CONTROL artifact That's why we can benefit from it. Not everyone will listen to Maka's sweet words without unnatural influence, like HSDD, but you fucks don't want to use Maka's full powers.>and is intimately associated with, a DEATHLORD.Was. I doubt most people know it was his, and those who knew will only learn how badass Maka is.>Trying to use that thing will end badly, no questionYou are very wrong. Using the sword won't "end badly" just by using it. Use it only against bad guys and things will only end well.
>>41710140The Buddy cop one and the Irene smutfichttp://pastebin.com/RMHU6Ymbhttp://pastebin.com/4BTk6XMH
>>41710201>Fairly sure the second one was written by the guy who does the setting stuff.You know, I think you're probably right. I was thinking to myself, 'I definitely remember the first one, but I don't remember writing 2-3.' I figured I must have just misremembered.
>>41710184>There is nothing tying the UCS to being "Good" or "Just" and you should fuck off with that misconception.And you should stop treating this quest like canon, because you're making yourself look like a fucking retard when you're arguing directly against what the big man himself has said in this quest.
>>41710210>metagaming piece of shitCome up with a real argument next time.
>>41710210>The canon we're not operating in?And yet the canon is pretty much the same? >>41710231>when you're arguing directly against what the big man himself has said in this quest.Do please, enlighten us instead of insulting us then as to where he said this.
>>41710233Piss off back to the Exalted General this time because you clearly ain't here for the quest.
>>41710211Perhaps I was too subtle for you. Allow me to rephrase:I expect that attempting to use the evil mind control artifact will cause evil forces to attempt, and potentially succeed in subtle or overt ways, to control Maka.
>>41710246Thanks for confirming you haven't read the quest.
>>41710140>nice smutficAww, thanks!
>>41710266Why exactly? Artifacts don't exactly work like that and we've got nothing to suggest it will either.
>>41710266That's not how artifacts work. If anyone wants to control Maka, they will try to do it regardless of sword.
>>41710275got a link to it?
>>41710271>>41710251Is this even an argument at this point? You're just slinging insults at us.
>>41710233If you want to talk by canon, then canonically the sword only works for the Bodhisattva and is therefor useless to us
>>41710311Yeah, the second link posted by this kind anon:>>41710212
>>41710316There never was any argument to start with, because we are not using the sword and thats the end of it. Misinterpret and project whatever canon you want, but it ain't happening.
>>41710327Entirely true there. Although EF isn't White Wolf in this case and does quite disagree with them, thus the reason why we should experiment and investigate. Honestly, furthermore, that weapon is absurd in stats. Even if it does no longer work due to the fact of it's link to the Silver Prince, giving it to Tia or Karas is honestly a grand idea due to damage and the fact artifacts like that are EXCEEDINGLY hard to come by.
>>41710285>>41710297Who says they don't work like that? Artifacts have drawbacks sometimes. I don't think it's implausible that, to put it in 2E terms, attuning to Howler in Darkness would impose a Whispers rating of 4-5.
>>41710384Karas already has a Grand Daiklave, but no, I'm also on the side of melting it down to nothing
>>41710384Fuck that. We don't know what it does. The experimentation alone could be catastrophic in effect. We're going to destroy it, because we don't trust putting it in the hands of anyone.It's evil, and we've seen the evil it does first hand.That shit's getting melted down.We can make it into a new artifact if you're that fucking determined. After all, it's too late to save those souls in it, but we can still respect their sacrifice by putting them to use.
>>41710404A Grand Daiklave isn't the Howler in Darkness anon. They're incomparable and on entirely differing tiers.
>>41710428Not really, the only place they differ is in the mind control ability and the whole become a tiny sword.Karas' sword was made in the First Age and can still be upgraded
>>41710428Exactly, one is Karas' sword, the other we are melting down into nothing.
>>41710327Damn. I mean, I knew he was tough, but looking at this we really never stood a chance.
>>41710423>We're going to destroy it, because we don't trust putting it in the hands of anyone.Why exactly? We're using our solar brainrape charms to ensure everyone's loyalty. Hell, anyone who even looks at a depiction of Maka now has a social attack lodged against them.>It's evil, and we've seen the evil it does first hand.Solars are evil. We've seen the evil it's done firsthand in the first age. Does that mean we should kill ourselves? No. Good and Evil aren't objective things in Exalted.>Fuck that. We don't know what it does. The experimentation alone could be catastrophic in effect. What's it going to do?>>41710463>Not really, the only place they differ is in the mind control ability and the whole become a tiny sword.The Grand Daiklave in 2e deals 12L damage. 11L in Errata. The howler in the darkness deals 23L. Almost double that for the original. >Karas' sword was made in the First Age and can still be upgradedUpgraded with what?
>>41710508>The Grand Daiklave in 2e deals 12L damage. 11L in Errata. The howler in the darkness deals 23L. Almost double that for the original.And entirely different level of numbers used in the quest.EF's thoughts on artifacts in the quest:http://ask.fm/Exaltedfag/answer/125157823062
>>41710396Wouldn't that allow us to understand the pain the abyssals are going with though? Sounds like something Maka would pick up and investigate if it did.
>>41710481Yeah, Deathlords don't fuck around. Even the non-combat Deathlords can floss their teeth with a circle of high-level non-Elder Solars.Really the only reason we made it out of there is because we have access to some of the most seriously fucking nasty shit conceived at the absolute peak of the First Age.
>>41710508>We're using our solar brainrape charms to ensure everyone's loyalty.You can stop trying to troll now and fuck off back to the EG threads.
>>41710535>And entirely different level of numbers used in the quest.Of course. But we're talking about a Deathlord's sword here. It would have every upgrade in the book and more. Which is exactly what it has.
>>41710508You're misreading that character sheet there. In 2E Exalted, stat blocks include lists of attacks that have the character's stats and abilities factored in, for ease of use in actual combat. That 23L isn't the damage of Howler in Darkness, that 23L is Howler in Darkness being swung by the Silver Prince and his 8 strength and various other bonuses.
>>41710614>But we're talking about a Deathlord's sword here.It's gonna make a beautiful puddle of soulsteel