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Recaiden
2010-12-16, 01:53 PM
A Dream of Quiet on the Final Front

Introduction: You remember yourself, Earth, the modern world. But you woke up one day in another world, as another person. Feel free to change any details you may like, but try to stick to HG's idea of someone very much like yourself, and how they would act thrust into another world.

At the end of the same day, you went to sleep. Your dreams were lucid and oddly detailed. Each of you came to a symbolic gateway reflecting your life, and passed through. A new dream began with your next sleep cycle, as they do, of a stranger's life in a fantastic world.
When you felt yourself wake, the dream did not fade away, but grew clearer and more real. With all the detail and presence of reality, you find yourself in the life you dreamed of.
Now you also remember a whole other life, right up until the moment not too long ago of your Exaltation. Is this real, or false perception, and in which direction? Is this a fantastic dream, where you can be the hero you always dreamed of? A horrific nightmare, lost in a world you only know through someone else's eyes? Or have you finally woken up?

Outside your head, things were already bad enough. With the release of the Solar Shards, mass chaos began to take hold. Well remembered is the siege of Thorns by the armies of the restless dead, and they are on the march again. In the secret temples of Yozi cults throughout Creation, the beginning steps of the Raclamation are underway. Rumors of strange mechanical beings have filtered out from the northwest, along with fantastic tales of a whole other world of tunneled metal. Around the Threshold satraps are trying to break free from the Realm, and imperial soldiers have been dispatched to restore order. In the Imperial Palace, the throne of the Scarlet Empress still stands empty. Heaven has been thrown into shock to see their plan to contain the Solars undone. As smaller groups take advantage of the mounting violence and chaos to pursue their own lesser agendas, madness reigns.

Business as usual in Creation.


There is one paradoxical island of serenity. In Gem, the city of a thousand explosions, there is peace. The Despot rules with a light hand, no external or internal forces threaten the productive mines of the area, and life is as good as it gets, these days.
By coincidence or design, you have gathered here. As other lands come closer to full on war, you can't help but wonder what is keeping order here.


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Now, would you please re-post your character sheets here for ease of reference, that would be helpful, as would a bit of information on what your character intended to do here.

I intend to give you some time to get to know other characters and start any plans of your own before getting my plots running, so as to settle the IC group dynamic, let me get my details in order, and to give you all a chance to act.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-16, 02:02 PM
Character Sheet, Perfected Crystal Orchid
Name: Perfected Crystal Orchid (Doctorate of Hierarchy)
Caste: Defiler (Malfeas Favored)
Anima: As his anima reaches its apex, it is crushed into order and resolves into the pure white brilliance of the fires within She Who Lives in Her Name, crystal spheres within containing the glyphs of the Hierarchy's name - though none can comprehend it save by her power, so they remain painfully impossible to understand.

Motivation: To restore the Primordial rulers of Creation.
Szorenian Urge: To make the Realm know its failures.
Backstory

Harmonious Sapphire Orchid, named by parents who made up for their trust in astrological naming with boundless love for him, grew up in Nexus for many years. Sheltered by both the wealth of his family, and their close ties into the Guild, he was not only a good Nexus citizen but shaping up to be an excellent heir to the family fortunes and an excellent student of academics and organization in his own right, worthy to succeed his parents. He followed the Immaculate Faith, as much of his family did, but only to the minimum of public decorum, though that still made their family religious within the Guild. His closest experience with power not stemming from holding the reins on wealth, organization, and knowledge were to see a Wyld Hunt pass through the city in pursuit of a demon-Anathema.
Over the course of a mere day, however, that changed, for he overheard two servants discussing a plan they had both been paid off for. Though they were too slow of thought to realize what had happened, a chill passed through Orchid’s soul, for he realized that they were describing an assassination attempt – against his father and mother. In the hopelessness of realization, he somehow managed to not fall to the floor as realization after realization crashed through his mind. If they both died while he was not yet old enough, the family fortunes would be torn apart by the rest of the Guild… He wouldn’t even be killed, for so long as he lived no other family member could step in, and so the other families and groups would simply appoint a string of retainers. Then, when all he knew was broken or stolen, hew would simply be allowed to live or die depending on how much of an annoyance he was. How could it be otherwise? His father had always taught him of the inevitable crashing of the Guild’s politics – hidden, perhaps, but always so simple… This very situation, he had studied, though he never thought of it as a potential truth.
There was a moment of decision, for all of this came in a flash and stripped away all his choices save the extremes; he could fall into hopelessness, or he could do something, risking his own life and far more against the Guild itself. He wavered, the sun setting, and as the first darkness arrived, still moonless for now, he began trying to execute a plan to save his parents – sending out messages, hoping against hope that they would receive his letters before the assassins discovered his attempted subterfuge, and starting to prepare a few rooms so that when the assassins came, if his parents returned, they would find a family prepared.
The assassins never arrived.
Neither did his parents.
He was finally left, lying on the floor, feeling dead and wishing that it were true. His parents, he was sure, were simply killed right outside the house; of course the assassins would wait at the one location his parents would return to. Or maybe they were killed elsewhere. He could just as easily have been wrong – he hadn’t gotten anything else right, in the end, except that a servant had announced that he had terrible news, so he was near-certain his parents had died. Certainly nothing less would have extracted that tone. The only thing to do was wait for the agents of whatever family arranged this to arrive and start dismantling all he knew. Perhaps he could try and kill them, at least, take vengeance with the old sword he had taken in a vain hope of opposing the killers.
He couldn’t do either, and simply lay on the floor insensate, not noticing as near-imperceptible fog filtered through the room. He barely listened, and did not respond, when whisperings began, overlaid slightly with inhuman clicks together with a strange but pleasant voice. It promised revenge on the assassins, if desired, the power to fix such an error that occurred throughout all Creation and would leave him acclaimed forever as its Prince – and finally, striking pride, desire, and a need to repair himself all at once, a destiny he could take up that went beyond lying on the floor until everything was unwoven. A chance, in fact, to weave things back together as they were meant to be, to fulfill his desires by reweaving a world more to his liking. Continuing this process for well over an hour, filling the currently empty mortal with a faint flame of hope and desire, it continued, until…
Accompanied by the sudden clacks of silhouetted now-material legs upon the floor, a green-carapaced, insectoid, three-fingered hand reached out as a stronger voice presented the offer: Get up and make a destiny restoring the rightful rulers of the world, and the order that was meant to be upon the chaotic evils of Creation-as-it-is. The ember within had been blown on, and the offer ignited it in full. Pushing himself up, Orchid said simply, “Yes,” and took the demon’s hand. His eyes widened as the demon’s grip turned tight – and began to shake. Over the course of perhaps four seconds, the vibration went from nothing, to shaking away the fog, to causing the demon to unravel, exploding around him and wrapping him in darkness.
(It took nearly a day before a servant simply came in and beheld the cause of the mist spiraling out under the door – in the center of the fog, faintly glinting, was a man-sized chrysalis – and carefully removing the floor around it, a dragon-blooded exalt – who turn on him with eyes shining with madness, and killed him. By the time anyone else came, the only thing left was a murdered servant and signs of a kidnapping.)
Within the Chrysalis, something… strange happened. At first it was mere darkness. Then came nightmares of loss, frustration with a battle lost against all odds… finally, the beautiful, incomprehensible Creation-idea that lay beneath the world. Yet, as that last faded into the darkness as well, and the incredible brilliance began to rise inside him, building and beginning to explode, he felt…
A sudden electric ripple as he passed through the gate. He had been having a strange dream; lucid, yet irresistible. Not because the dream was controlling him but because it offered what he could not refuse at his own behest, curiosity and desire leading him on through his own visions. As the visions built up stronger, they also fell away and wove together until after what seemed like days – or minutes? – he came upon a Gate, clearly a capital-G gate as his narrative side said. It was built of many things, but harmonious, each having meaning to him as a whole rather than mere randomness. A lock of his sister’s hair, another of his own, pages of books, a few authors even readable, scenes from favorite games woven all together into something that ought to be tangible and yet still was not. Less obvious things became apparent each time he looked again – a particular leaf, a mere pattern of light, a feeling hanging there in space, affecting him each time he looked upon it.
But through the Gate he could see nothing at all save a flat green radiance-made-surface. Perhaps it was liquid, or solid, or even the surface of light it appeared to be for it neither rippled nor gave any indication that in this dream-world it was other than a flat plan of pure, conceptual Green, neither light nor pigment but merely color. Feeling that if it turned out to be solid and he bashed into it, at least no other would see the dream, he stepped into it… And through, in an instant seeing the dream of chessboards, floating geometry, imagery and prose, relieved memories and regrets, simple beauty, flowers, the Gate changed and took on aspects alien for a moment and then rapidly familiar as the shock of waking into another body and life sent him reeling.
The shock did not stop, but continued – as he finally began to integrate his now-dual self, weaving together into a whole, taking the self-control of Creation, the willpower of Earth – along with some interesting ideas about science – and so many other aspects ascending, descending, matching, he was nearly done when the brilliance he was riding like a storm was too much, and exploded in a rage of lightning and nuclear glow, cracking his shell open into two perfect, symmetrical halves as he burst out gasping for air. Even as he felt yet another presence – thankfully the Tomescu who was with him, not another part of him exactly, introducing itself, he looked up at Nexus through the cave mouth. He had work to do, before he was taken to meet what remained of the rulers of the world.

Personality
Perfected Crystal Orchid, as he now calls himself – or occasionally, simply ‘Doctor’, when he doesn’t feel the need to use a ‘real’ name – is generally rather pleasant in his way, but tends to have a distant look towards people. Those few who can prove themselves to have some knowledge about creating, forging, thaumaturgy, or any academic trade tend to see a different side of him, grinning easily and somewhat disturbing in the way of his enthusiasm, even as it becomes difficult to resist or oppose his unsettling magnetism. This is very much the same as the persona he wears whenever he has run out of patience with the local crime and sets out to put his well-forged armor and weapons to their proper use – not killing anyone, perhaps, but there have been less criminals since they discovered that the neighborhood has a protector far more willing to wound than the guard. Though he can be very serious, he tends to clearly enjoy his work, whether it involves the contentment of forging the best swords around or the visceral release of killing someone he knows to be a blight on society – and sending them to the guard, in case they feel like reforming, of course. He’s not heartless – as his few favored customers know, anything but, in his own way.
Appearance
Orchid has golden-blond hair, shaved close as a nod to the heat of his forge. He is fairly tall but otherwise somewhat mundane, and generally he wears workmanlike clothes including a light coat appropriate to the heat outside, or a blacksmith’s apron when working at his forge.

When he doesn’t want to be recognized, however, he discards that Loom-Snarling Deception and prefers to sate his preference for the dramatic aesthetic with a gleaming white trench-coat and fedora with sunglasses, along with a pitch-black silk shirt beneath and similarly colored pants of a tougher material. His shadow also reveals the change that his time in the Chrysalis Grotesque wrought on him, besides merely changing his hair color to the golden-blond long braid that reaches down his back - his shadow is sharp and angular, as if he had an exoskeleton rather than smooth skin, and trails fading afterimages like the mist trail of a tomescu rather than simply moving with him. His appearance otherwise changes little, though it resolves from illusion-crafted mundanity into its natural, slightly alien grandeur - he is no more handsome than normal, but possesses an air of the other than attracts rather than repels with literally inhuman grace.
Sorcery Trials
In chronological order:
Journey and Humility Knowing fully well the trials required for Sorcery, one of Szoreny’s second-circle souls directed Orchid to an elder Defiler, Doctor Doom-of-Nations (Many Defilers call themselves doctors. About half of those actually bothered to earn one in a Malfean university. Orchid did, and isn’t at all bitter about the ones who couldn’t be bothered to earn their title, not at all.) The elder Green Sun Prince told him the trials, and said that he ought to go out to Creation and live a while. Some time in Gem or some other city would do him good and get him through his Journey and his Humility if he kept an open mind about it. The fact that he had already been assigned to Gem was convenient, and Orchid can't help but wonder if hearing about that was what 'inspired' the elder Doctor to suggest the city.
Tutelage The same elder Defiler, Doom-of-Nations promised (if in a slightly absentminded fashion) to direct Orchid to a sorcery school when he returned for Tutelage. Orchid is somewhat ambivalent on the subject; he can find a tutor on his own in Malfeas with ease after all so it doesn’t matter if the elder Defiler forgets, at least.
Fear The schools of Malfeas are adept at teaching Fear – most often by sending out a demon with no means of making noise somewhere where Adorjan might come through, and using magic to mimic the silent winds - although unfortunately, Orchid is aware of this and the effect might be ruined by it. Of course, a few die when Adorjan really does come.
Sacrifice Even from their own servants, the Yozis demand Sacrifice; there is probably no other way to gain the necessary understanding. Nevertheless, there is no discernable pattern even living amongst the Yozis; whatever they take, it is dear. Anything else is mysterious.

Attributes
{table=head]Physical|Mental|Social
Strength ●●|Perception ●●●|Charisma ●●
Dexterity ●●●|Intelligence ●●●●●|Manipulation ●●
Stamina ●●|Wits ●●●|Appearance ●●●●● [/table]

Abilities
{table=head] Favored|Combat|Social|Mental|Sneaky|Practical
Melee●●●●|Archery|Presence|Craft●●●●●|Athletics|…. .
Performance●|Martial Arts|…..|Investigation●●●●|Awareness|Linguistics●●
Integrity●●●●|…..|…..|Lore●●●●●|Dodge|Ride
Resistance●|Thrown●●|…..|Medicine|Larceny|Sail
Bureaucracy●|War|Survival|Occult●●●●●|Stealth|Soci alize[/table]
Specialties: Performance (+● Stringed Instruments)
Crafts Known: Fire, Air, Earth, Vitriol, Magitech
Languages Known: Riverspeak, Flametongue, Old Realm, English

Backgrounds

Backing ● (She Who Lives in Her Name)
Influence ● (Demons descended from She Who Lives in Her Name)
Cult ● (As an avatar of She Who Lives in Her Name)
Manse ●●● (Actually a still-nameless four-dot earth-aspected demense that resides below Gem. It is currently centered in a perfectly cubical cave which is covered in 1,600 glowing squares upon each wall, with a huge, white-colored, heatless and solid flame hovering in the very center.
Weird Distance Stuff The energies of the demense, however, express themselves more in the twisting of distance: going from Gem to the demense is a walk of exactly 1,600 yards from some of the deeper lava tubes through the caves around Gem, while moving from the demense back to Gem places it as actually only 16 yards below the surface of any point on the surface exactly halfway between the edge of the city and the center, the person exiting finding themselves to appear suddenly in the closest unobserved place in a public street within 160 yards of the place they intended to exit at (or a random possible place if they had no place in mind. If no unobserved place is available, then they turn up as close as possible, but no more than 160 yards from a potential destination.) In terms of detecting the essence of the demense, however, it is a distant 16,000 yards (about nine miles) ‘below’ Gem, with each step down below gem counting as ten in regards to drawing closer to the demense.
Harvested Token The harvested token for the demense is the solidity of the white flame in its center; by stepping upon some of the glowing squares beneath the flame in the proper order, it can be coaxed down, and once a month it has waxed solid enough that this property can be held by a mundane flame, which will no longer consume its fuel or set fire to other objects, though touching it to another flame will transfer the solidity and put out the first flame. If no flame is available then the harvester suffers a single unsoakable bashing health level of damage, and will cause the solidity to manifest in the first flame they touch.)
Resources ●●● (Orchid works as a smith – entirely leveraging his crafting skills, not his business acumen- as he looks into producing a firewand design that will get him a place in House Arbani’s good graces – and a slice of its influence. He could make one easily, of course, but he doesn’t want to upset the city’s balance of power by giving Arbani too good of a design, either, so he bides his time and discerns the power structures of Gem.)
Demonic Familiar ● (Consumes-the-Azure-Sky, Metody, serves Orchid out of loyalty to Malfeas and an odd taste for the air of Creation – hence the name. The vitriol elemental is of course also interested in becoming attached to a rising Green Sun Prince early, especially a Defiler.)
Unwoven Coadjutor ●●●●● (Melodies Within Fog, Tomescu, chosen to carry the Infernal Exaltation for his previous experiences in Creation and his own skills. To Orchid, of course, he knows well that his skills are better spent aiding him in his interactions with the demon realm, and the Tomescu is grateful for his binding into a Green Sun Prince as it has preserved him from his fated death. He was previously a musician, and is capable of advising Orchid on the use of stringed instruments – the fiddle and violin especially – but knows that his skills are better used aiding his bonded Exalted with awareness and understanding the demonic realms.)
Specialty: Performance +● Stringed Instruments
+2 on Social rolls vs. Demons
Can detect Yozi cultists with a Perception+Socialize roll
+2 on Social rolls vs. Cultists
+4 on Join Battle rolls
+2 on all Perception rolls.
Past Lives X - (Generous Gifts From The Sun)
While originally, Gifts wished for nothing more than to construct magnificent weapons to protect those he loved - often at the cost of everything else nearby, just in case - his death at the hands of Sidereals due to the failure of one of his destructive bombs would drive him to construct a new device capable and getting it to Heaven for detonation. It would do that, if the weakness of his memories didn't mean that the pressure of the other minds in Orchid's head keeps his memories safely crushed; in theory, Orchid could look over them, but he is already aware of the few details he needs, and the memories themselves are the pathetic ravings of an over-prideful and over-paranoid mad artificer.


Artifacts and Equipment

Exceptional Straight Sword, Speed 4, Accuracy +3, Damage +3L, Defense +2, Rate 3
Exceptional War Boomerang x2, Speed 5, Accuracy +1, Damage +4L, Rate 2, Range 30
Exceptional Lamellar, Soak +8B/+6L, Mobility -0, Fatigue 1
Exceptional Crafting Tools, +1 to Craft (Fire/Air/Water/Wood/Earth)
Exceptional Knife x8, Speed 5, Accuracy +2, Damage +3L, Defense +0, Rate 4
- Thrown, Speed 5, Accuracy +1, Damage +3L, Rate 4, Range 15

Orchid rents a small forge in a neighborhood whose value from being so close to the Sunken Bazaar is offset by its crime rate, only a short walk from an alleyway he commonly uses to return from meditating in his demense.


Charms

[Malfeas, The Demon City]
Insignificant Embers Intuition (http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Charms:Insignificant_Embers_Intuit ion)
Skyfire-Seizing Repast (http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Charms:Skyfire-Seizing_Repast)
Hardened Devil Body x3 (9x -2, 3x -4)
[She Who Lives in Her Name, The Principle of Hierarchy]
First She Who Lives in Her Name Excellency (Free)
Second She Who Lives in Her Name Excellency
Factual Determination Analysis (http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Charms:Factual_Determination_Analy sis)
Essence-Dissecting Stare (http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Charms:Essence-Dissecting_Stare)
Counter-Conceptual Interposition (http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Charms:Counter-Conceptual_Interposition)
Mind-Hand Manipulation (http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Charms:Mind-Hand_Manipulation)
Precision Thought-Force Exercise (http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Charms:Precision_Thought-Force_Exercise)
[Szoreny, The Silver Forest]
Cracked Mind Insight (http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Charms:Cracked_Mind_Insight)
[The Ebon Dragon, The Shadow of All Things]
Loom-Snarling Deception (http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Charms:Loom-Snarling_Deception)


Combos: None

Join Combat: 7

Attacks:
Punch – Speed 5, Accuracy +1, Damage +0B, Defense +2, Rate 3
Kick – Speed 5, Accuracy +0, Damage +3B, Defense -2, Rate 2
Clinch – Speed 6, Accuracy +0, Damage Special, Defense 0, Rate 1
Telekinetic Blow - Speed 5, Accuracy 15, Damage 3B, Defense 15, Rate 3, Range 13
Telekinetic Blade - As Telekinetic Blow, but Damage 3L (Piercing), or 3A (Piercing) to creatures of the Wyld
Telekinetic Clinch - Speed 6, Accuracy 15, Damage 3B, Rate 1, Range 13

Weapons Carried
Exceptional Knife - Speed 5, Accuracy +2, Damage +3L, Defense +0, Rate 4
- Thrown - Speed 5, Accuracy +1, Damage +3L, Rate 4, Range 15

Weapons at the Forge
Exceptional Straight Sword - Speed 4, Accuracy +3, Damage +3L, Defense +2, Rate 3
Exceptional War Boomerang - Speed 5, Accuracy +1, Damage +4L, Rate 2, Range 30


Defenses:
Dodge DV 3
Parry DV 3 (Punch)/5(Sword)/8 (Telekinetic)

Soak: 10B/7L (Exceptional Lamellar, +8B/+6L, Mobility -0, Fatigue 1)
Hardness: 0B/0L

Health:
-0 [ ]
-1 [ ][ ]
-2 [ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
-2 [ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
-4 [ ][ ][ ][ ]
-X [ ]
Dying [ ][ ][ ]

Social Defenses:
Dodge MDV 9
Parry MDV 4 (Investigation)

Virtues
Compassion ●●●● [ ][ ][ ][ ]
Conviction ●● [ ][ ]
Temperance ●● [ ][ ]
Valor ●● [ ][ ]

Limit: 1/10
Torment: The Torment of Szoreny (http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Szoreny_%28Riklurt%29)

Intimacies
Compassion – Yozi Grandeur Restored (General desire), Oblivion (Despise), Amelia (Sibling love)
Conviction – Realm’s Broken Nature (Belief), Harmony (Ideal), The Guild (Continuing Hatred)
Temperance - She Who Lives in Her Name (Logical respect)
Valor – Vengeance for the Breaking of the Yozis (Vow)

Willpower: 10/10

Essence:
Permanent: ●●●
Personal: 0/19 (0 committed)
Peripheral: 24/41 (10 committed)
Anima: 6

Bonus Points: 18/18 Spent, 0 remain

5 on Willpower 10
6 on Favored Abilities (Total 34 Abilities)
1 on Favored Specialties (Craft Air, Craft Earth)
5 on Backgrounds (Unwoven Coadjutor 5)
1 on Compassion 4

XP 16/115 Spent, 99 Remain

16 on Essence 2->3




Orchid is here to make use of Gem against the Realm - it's one of the few places that is more-or-less unthreatened by Realm control, making it an excellent spot. Normally, he would worm his way into House Arbani with his Exalted/Earth engineering skills for new firewands; but given that Gem is peaceful, and even uniquely peaceful, he's not inclined to disrupt it which is slowing those plans down.
He also makes sure that any of the thugs in his neighborhood don't bother him (and occasionally, protects someone else. Compassion can only be twisted so far...)

Tavar
2010-12-16, 03:04 PM
Onyx Wing is hoping to find out why Gem isn't more firmly under the Realms thumb, then duplicate it across the south.

Theo is kinda going through the motions, trying to figure out what to do in this strange world.
Character Sheet
Name:Onyx Wing
Caste: No Moon Lunar
Anima:A coiled serpent in mid-strike. It often seems that the Anima and Onyx Wing are striking the same target.
Spirit Shape:Serpent of Colorless Fire(Oadenol's Codex, page152, 154)
Tell:A slight translucence around the edges of his body, combined with a obviously snake-like tongue and rhombus shaped pupils.

Motivation:Protect the South from the Realm's influence.

BackstoryBorn to a middle-ranked guild merchant, Wing spent his early years traveling around in his father's guild caravan. As lives in this fallen age go, it wasn't bad. Not really wanting for much, and plenty of stimulation for a developing mind. Travel, new people and places. Wing picked up a lot over the years, and as his childhood ended his family had high hopes for him taking over the business and rising within the guild. Wing wasn't as interested in rising within the guild, but doing what his father did, the constant battle of wits as one bargained, that did.

But the Guild would not be where it is today if it was only comprised of traders, and their less legitimate enterprises breed strong resentments. And as big a fish as the guild normally is, there are bigger one's. There aren't any firm details, as that would cause too many problems. But the Guild overstepped their bounds in a Realm Saltrapy, and while the Great House that really controlled the saltrapy could care less about it's people's missfortunes, they did care about someone muscling in on their turf. So an example was made, and Wing's family's luck was poor. Along with several other Guild Caravans, they were struck by Bandits. Horrible, horrible bandits, somehow having gained Realm military supplies, and even a couple dragon-blooded.

Wing's memories of the attack are fragmented; Father talking with a fellow Guildsman, only to fall, blood spraying as he's nearly decapitated by an arrow. The guards dying quickly, or turning on the caravan. Fires burning guildsmen, or vines crushing them. Sister pinned to the wagon's door with a pike, while mother is dragged down. He can't win, fleeing into the night, putting as many dunes as he can between himself and the nightmare that was his life. Shouts in the distance as pursuers close. A pain, and he stumbles, the arrow in his shoulder knocking him off balance. More shouts, then screams. One foot in front of the other. Can't stop. New figures. Pale. White, except for the blood. Parts from the Realm soldiers as well. Dune People. But a light. A hooded figure. Whispered warnings. The rest is blackness.

Though the dune people kill and eat all humans they find as a rule, they retain a special respect for their liberators the Lunars, and their deity, Luna. This alone saved Onyx Wing. The Silver Pack found him not much later, Tattooing him as soon as possible, and giving him to Tamuz to mentor.

Wing spent the next 4 years helping Tamuz with his Thousand Streams project, but now he has decided he is ready to strike out alone. He decided to head to Gem, as unlike other area's it has great natural resources, but little in the way of defense, and would make a natural target for the Realm. Yet no move has been made. This interests the Lunar, perhaps this idea could be expanded to the entire South.


The Merge

Theo's Journal, Date: Damn if I know, Place: Creation, in the Grotto of Shifting Sands.
Ever had one of those crazy dreams? The one's where you know you're in a dream, yet it seems so real that you just can't convince yourself of that? It was like that. I 'woke' up in the dream, opened my bedroom door, but it didn't lead to the rest of the house. It was some green vortex. Didn't really do much, but eventually curiosity got the better of me, and a poked it with a few thing. They came back okay, so then I poked my hand in. Big mistake. Something was waiting for me, and pulled me through. Came out into a room with...well, it was me, but not me, if that makes sense. Like in those shows where someone goes to an alternate dimension, and finds yourself, but you've had a different life. This guy, he was scary. Had these silver tattoos, and the sense of a predator about him. We just kinda stared at each other for a bit. Talked a bit about who we were, and why we were here. Weird thing(well, weirder thing) was that we understood each other, though he wasn't speaking English. Continued like that for a couple minutes, then everything changed, and I was looking at myself. From the other guys body. From his reaction, same thing happened to him, but before we could do anything we the vortexes came back, and took us away. I'm now in 'Creation', and I guess he's on Earth. Only thing that's saved me so far is that I remember everything he does, though I could really do without some of those memories. Well, he was heading to Gem, so I thought I'd do the same, at least until I have some idea of what I can do.

I hope I can get home, better yet, I hope I can get Wing back into his life, and me into mine. Until then, though, I just hope to survive.

Personality
Wing was a very serious and driven Lunar. Some might say he lost something with his family, but if they did, they would recant now. Now his seriousness is tempered with a dash of humor, oft irreverent, sometimes convoluted.

Also, he's become more compassionate as of late, eschewing his immediate desire to end all realm influence, and taking a more gradual approach. Perhaps he's finally come to terms with the deaths, and is listening to the wisdom the elder's know is in that head somewhere.

There is an odd sort of tension, now. Plus a certain distracted quality. Almost waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Appearance
Just short of average height, Wing has the normal swarthy coloration of a Delzahn nomad, but his build speaks of someone farther to the east. He certainly looks like some sort of wanderer, or perhaps a beggar, with dirty cloths and several days growth of facial hair, though there's a hint of a trimmed goatee somewhere in there. Considering his position, though, he's decided to play up the similarities to the Delzahn, taking on the loose, flowing robes of the desert dwellers, given to him by Tamuz while Wing learned from him. The robes also have the advantage of hiding his tattoo's and artifact.

Attributes
{table=head]Physical|Mental|Social
Strength ●●●|Perception ●●●●●|Charisma ●●
Dexterity ●●●●●|Intelligence ●●●|Manipulation ●●●
Stamina ●●●|Wits ●●●●|Appearance ●●●[/table]

Abilities
{table=head]Favored|Combat|Social|Mental|Sneaky|Practical
Survival ●●●●|Archery|Integrity●●●●|Craft|Athletics●●●|Ling uistics●●
Martial Arts●●●●(Snake Style Weapons +●●)|...|Performance●●●|Investigation●●●●|Awarenes s●●●●(Ambushes+●●)|Ride
...|Melee|Presence|Lore●●|Dodge|Sail
...|Thrown|Resistance|Medicine|Larceny●●●●|Sociali ze●(Lying +●●)
...|War|...|Occult|Stealth●●●●|Bureaucracy[/table]

Languages:
Flametounge
Rivertounge
Clawspeak
Backgrounds
Resource-x-Wing literally has only the clothes on his back. So far he's gained food either by scrounging, doing odd jobs, or more often stealing.
Cult-●-The very public visitation by Luna has given Wing a modest cult among the Dune People, aided by a couple appearances by the young lunar during his tutelage.
Heart's Blood-●-Red Tailed Hawk, Sand Swimmer, House cat
Solar Bond-●
Reputation-●●
Manse-●●●-Grotto of Shifting Sands-Orb of the Unnoticed Predator(OC, 103)

This Lunar Aspected Manse is located to the north of Gem. The name is somewhat misleading, as in actuality, it's several grotto's spread around the base of a dormant volcano. Each grotto is dedicated to a different aspect of Luna. Though each grotto has slightly different styling's, as benefiting their nature as a temple to an individual aspect, one common feature in all of them is the Alter. A statue of the aspect of Luna the temple is devoted to stands before a pedestal supporting a bowl of what appears to be water. The water always shows a reflection of the type of moon associated with that particular aspect. Sacrifices can be placed in the bowl, and will seem to fall into the reflection of the moon.

Each grotto can serve as the manse's hearthroom, but only one such grotto is 'active' at a time. The manse changes the chosen grotto at random(or, if there is a method, it's unknown), though an attuned person both knows where the hearthroom is and can command the manse to make a certain grotto the hearthroom. If it lacks such an order, any grotto can be activated by having a short prayer to Luna at the chosen grotto, sacrificing either a Resource 3 item or a Lethal Health Level. It will not change while being attuned to, and the hearthstone forms in the current hearthroom's bowl.
Powers:(9 CP)
Well Favored Aspect
Limited Mobility
Temple Manse(Luna)
Veil of Shadows
Maintenance-Once a month a service to Luna in one of her aspects must be held. This service consumes an item of at least resource 3 or one Lethal Health Level from a lunar, a being with similar essence patterns(half-caste, those granted charms by a Luna, etc), or a member of Luna's priesthood. This specific service receives no notice from Luna.(1 dot)
Habitability-Open to the desert air, this manse was designed with Lunar toughness in mind. While Luna's Chosen find it comfortable enough, those wussy babies that make up the other exalted find it difficult at best to live there for any length of time.(2 dots)

Artifact-●●-Hearthstone Bracers(Orb of the Unnoticed Predator)-
Mentor-●-Having Exalted close to Chiaroscuro, Tamuz was a natural choice as a mentor. Truth be told, the training Onyx Wing received was top notch, but afterwords, with a gift of the bracers and the location of a manse, he was pretty much left to his own devices. Tamuz would be willing to give suggestions, maybe even part with a bit of information, but beyond that Wing's successes and failures are his own.
Contact-●-He might not be part of the Guild, but he met many while traveling with his father, and some of these people might even share a bit of sympathy for his current straights(what little they know about them, at least). Probably not enough to give him substantial aid, but enough to slip him some information now and then. Though 'Uncle' Geomph Pha, the main guild factor in Gem would probably be willing to do more, Wing doesn't want to demand to much. The man is close to retiring, and Wing would rather not involve him or his family in Exalted power struggles.
Artifacts and Equipment
Hearthstone Bracers- Forged for Tamuz by his Solar wife early in their relationship, he often gives them to young Lunars he mentors, preferring to keep reminders of his wife as distant as possible.

2 Fine Hook Swords forged from his bones.
S 5, Accuracy +1 Damage +4L Defense +3 Rate 3 Tag: Disarming
S 5, Accuracy +1 Damage +3L Defense +4 Rate 3 Tag: Disarming

Knacks
Humble Mouse Shape
Subtle Silver Declaration
Deadly Beastman Transformation:(6 pts)
Growing slimmer and taller, his neck elongates substantially, making his fanged bite dangerous. In addition, scales begin to cover his body, providing a bit more protection.

-Fangs
-Toxin(5L/Action, 2, -/-, -2)
-Scales(+1L/+1B soak)
-Tough Skin(+2L/+2B soak )

Charms
[Strength]
[Charms]
[Dexterity]
[Excellencies]
1st Dexterity Excellency
[Charms]
Golden Tiger Stance
Wind Dancing Method

[Stamina]
[Excellencies]
1st Stamina Excellency
[Charms]
Ox-Body x2 (2 -1, 4 -2)
From Pain, Progress
Bruise-Relief Method
[Perception]
Second Perception Excellency
[Charms]
Keen Smell and Taste Technique
Eyes of the Cat
[Intelligence]
[Wits]
[Excellencies]
2nd Wits Excellency
[Charms]
The Spider's Trap Door
Thieving Magpie Prana
[Charisma]
[Manipulation]
[Excellencies]
First Manipulation Excellency
[Appearance]

[Martial Arts]
[Snake Style]
Striking Cobra Technique
Serpentine Evasion
Snake Form
[Sorcery]

Combos

Join Combat:8

Defenses:
Dodge DV 4 dice
Parry DV 6(only Lethal with stunt)

Soak:
3L/3B
Health:
-0 [ ]
-1 [ ][ ][ ][ ]
-2 [ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
-4 [ ]
-X [ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]

Social Defenses:
Dodge MDV6
Parry MDV 3

Virtues
Compassion ●●●
Conviction ●●
Temperance ●●●
Valor ●●

Limit: 0/10
Limit Break:
Curse of the Whipped Dog

Intimacies
(Solar Bond?)
The Guild
House Seus(Hate)

Willpower: 8/8

Essence:
Permanent: ●●●
Personal: 19/19 (0 Committed)
Peripheral: 36/40 (4 Committed)

Bonus Points and XP

Bonus Points:
3pt- Survival 1-4
3pt- Martial Arts 1-4
1pt- Temperance 2-3
2pt- Artifact 1-2
3pt-Willpower 6-8
1pt- Mentor 1
1pt- MA unarmed specialty 2
3pts- Dexterity 4-5
1pt- Contact 1
1pt- Cult 1
18/18

Experience Points

Essence 3= 16xp, instant.
Snake Form- 10 xp, 8 days(no tutor)
Golden Tiger Stance, 10xp 3 days(if tutored by Amelia)
Wind Dancing Method 10xp 4 days(if tutored by Amelia)
From Pain, Progress 12xp, 8 days(no tutor)
Eyes of the Cat 10xp, 8 days(no tutor)
Thieving Magpie Prana 10xp, 8 days(no tutor)
1st Stamina Excellency 12 xp, 2 days
Integrity 1-4 12 xp 6 weeks
Lore 1-2 2 xp 1 week
Investigation 3-4 6xp, 6 weeks
Spent: 110 | Left: 110 | Total: 110

Rhyvurg
2010-12-16, 03:23 PM
Character Sheet
Name: Cathak Pyrus
Aspect: Fire
Anima: Twisting pillar of fire

Motivation: To return home

Backstory
Pyrus was a bold and fearless martial arts prodigy, with a bright future in the House. His tendency towards fathering bastards among the House's mortal servants notwithstanding, his House paying the girls off and discreetly sending any whelp that Exalts off to House holdings in the Threshold. He showed promise in many areas of Dynast life, but as is typical for young men he only really cares about excelling in combat.

He was born in the Imperial City itself, within sight of the palace. His skin held a reddish tint from birth, just like his parents. He took to his schooling like a natural, the blood of the dragons gifting him with great natural talent. When he was ten, on the very journey to the Cloister of Wisdom, he was chosen by the Fire Dragon. He learned all they could teach, but instead of going on to learn Fire Dragon style and be a true Immaculate Monk, he was whisked away home and taught by an old Cathak monk who had created his own style, a powerful variant of Five-Dragon style that, according to him, blended the powers of the dragons instead of borrowed from them, leading to much greater power. Pyrus was able to master the style enough to strike out on his own, his sifu telling him to go and experience the wide world. Pyrus was sixty when he left the Isle, though he looked barely twenty.

When he left, his father gave him his arms and armor, and told him why he'd had him secretly trained. Pyrus was to be the first of many Cathak scions trained in Concordant Dragon, to prepare them for their life in the Imperial army. The style was their attempt at a solution to so many Cathaks getting killed, it was their secret weapon. The charms were designed to be indistinguishable from Five-Dragon to an observer, but he was to be cautious, a Five-Dragon master would be able to tell the difference, if he met one he was to avoid using his power, or kill them.

Personality
Utterly confidant, almost arrogant. Pyrus has never met a challenge he could not overcome. And his excellent breeding has only reinforced this, giving him more power to call on that other Dragonbloods his age. Something he never hesitates to point out to them.

Appearance
http://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u583/Cory6266/brad-pitt-troy_zps4097d7f2.jpg
Behold the AWESOME! (http://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u583/Cory6266/Vehicles/Bike6_zps33847bec.jpg)

Attributes
{table=head]Physical|Mental|Social
Strength ●●●|Perception ●●|Charisma ●●●
Dexterity ●●●●|Intelligence ●●|Manipulation ●●
Stamina ●●●|Wits ●●●|Appearance ●●●●[/table]

Abilities
{table=head]Favored|Combat|Social|Mental|Sneaky|Practical
Martial Arts ●●●●● (+●●● Dire Lances) |Archery ●|Integrity ●●|Craft|Athletics ●●●●|Linguistics
Ride ●●●● (+●●● Clockwork Steeds)|...|Performance ●●|Investigation ●|...|...
Survival ●|Melee ●●●|Presence ●|Lore ●●|Dodge ●●●|Sail
Awareness ●●●|Thrown|...|Medicine ●●|Larceny|...
Resistance ●●●|War ●●●|Socialize ●●|Occult|Stealth|Bureaucracy[/table]

Backgrounds
Breeding ●●●●●
Artifact ●●● (6 dots)
-Dire Lance (●●)
-Clockwork Steed (●●●)
-Jade Breastplate (●)
Manse ●●
-Kata-Sculpting Gem (●●)
-Ignition Gem (●)
Resources (●●●●)

Artifacts and Equipment
Jade Dire Lance (Speed 4, Accuracy +13, Damage +12L/16L, Defense +2)
Clockwork Steed
Jade Breastplate

Charms
[Excellencies]
*First Martial Arts Excellency
*First Ride Excellency
*First Dodge Excellency
*First Performance Excellency
*Second War Excellency

*free as per chargen

[Charms]
Pasiap's Humility
Moment of Daana'd

Heaven-Graced Riding Technique

Elemental Bolt Attack (fire)

Concordant-Dragon Claw
Concordant-Dragon Force Blow
Concordant-Dragon Fortitude
Concordant-Dragon Blocking Technique
Concordant-Dragon Form


Join Combat: 6

Defenses:
Dodge DV 4
Parry DV 5

Soak: 7B/9L 2B/L Hardness

Health:
-0 [ ]
-1 [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]
-2 [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]
-4 [ ]
-X [ ]

Social Defenses:
Dodge MDV 9
Parry MDV 3

Virtues
Compassion ●●
Conviction ●●
Temperance ●●
Valor ●●●

Limit: 0/10
Resonance/Torment/Clarity/Other:
Valor Curse

Intimacies
House Cathak (Obligation)
His Clockwork Steed (Disturbing affection)
Mnemon (Unrequited affection)

Languages
High Realm
English

Willpower: ●●●●● ●●●

Essence:
Permanent: ●●●●
Personal: 17/17 (0 Committed)
Peripheral: 30/38 (8 Committed)

Bonus Points: 0/23
Breeding 5 (4 BP)
Charm x2 (14BP)
Martial Arts 4 (1 BP)
Specialty +2 (1 BP)
Willpower +2 (3 BP)

XP: 107/113
Essence 3: 20 XP
Essence 4: 30 XP
War 2: 1 XP
War 3: 4 XP
Melee 3: 4 XP
Athletics 4: 6 XP

Martial Arts 5: 7 XP
Dexterity 5: 16 XP
Athletics 5: 8 XP
Dodge 4: 6 XP
Ride 4: 5 XP



Also, for those who are curious, here is my Concordant-Dragon Style, made by me!
Concordant-Dragon Claw
Cost: 1m; Mins: Martial Arts 3, Essence 1
Type: Supplemental
Keywords: Combo-OK, Leader
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: None
Giving her fingers the aspect of the Five Elemental Dragons’ claws, whose perfected natures slice through the thickest of godhides, the Exalt's attacks cuts flesh to ribbons without concern for the armor before it. Attacks made with this Charm inflict lethal damage and ignore a target’s Hardness and adds the Exalt's Essence to post-soak damage rolls.

Concordant-Dragon Force-Blow
Cost: 2m; Mins: Martial Arts 3, Essence 2
Type: Simple
Keywords: Combo-OK, Leader
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: Concordant-Dragon Claw
With a brief invocation to the might of the Five Dragons, the Exalted martial artist lays out his foe with a single attack. This attack doubles the normal base damage from an attack (which does not include extra successes) before subtracting soak. Also, if the attack generates more raw damage than the target’s (Stamina + Resistance), the target must make a Stamina+Resistance roll vs the attacker's Essence or lose conciousness.

Concordant-Dragon Fortitude
Cost: 1m per 4B or 2L; Mins: Martial Arts 3, Essence 2
Type: Reflexive (Step 7)
Keywords: Combo-OK, Leader
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: None
The impervious hides of the Elemental Dragons lend the practitioner of Concordant-Dragon Style a small portion of their strength. Invoking this Charm in response to a specific attack, the Exalt increases her soak by four bashing or two lethal for each mote spent.

Concordant-Dragon Blocking Technique
Cost: 4m; Mins: Martial Arts 3, Essence 2
Type: Simple (Speed 5, -0 DV)
Keywords: Combo-Basic, Leader
Duration: One scene
Prerequisite Charms: Concordant-Dragon Fortitude
Letting the Dragons guide him, the Exalt aids his defense with Essence. For the rest of the scene, he adds his permanent Essence to his PDV. If unarmed, he can also parry lethal attacks without a stunt or other magic.

Concordant-Dragon Form
Cost: 5m; Mins: Martial Arts 4, Essence 2
Type: Simple (Speed 5)
Keywords: Form-type, Leader
Duration: One scene
Prerequisite Charms: Concordant-Dragon-Force Blow, Concordant-Dragon Blocking Technique
Performing a quick series of motions that offer thanks and claim guidance from the earth, sky and sea, with the martial artist herself representing fire and life, the Exalt takes aspects of all five elements into her technique. Her unarmed Martial Arts attacks inflict lethal damage instead of bashing, and she soaks aggrevated damage with her full lethal soak. If she’s wielding one of the form’s weapons, she treats it as though it has +2 Accuracy. Also, she adds double her Essence to her Dexterity or Strength for determining running speed, jumping distance and feats of strength.

Concordant-Dragon Fist
Cost: 6m; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 4
Type: Simple
Keywords: Obvious, Leader
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: Conordant-Dragon Form
Calling upon the Elemental Dragons of Earth and Fire, the Concordant-Dragon Stylist endows a single attack with streaking bands of white and red Essence that tear through his opponent’s very soul. The martial artist makes a single attack that inflicts aggravated damage.

Concordant-Dragon Invulnerability
Cost: 5m, 1wp; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 4
Type: Reflexive (Step 7)
Keywords: Combo-OK, Leader
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: Concordant-Dragon Form
Dragons are above the petty blows and mosquito-stings of their mortal enemies. Activating this Charm allows the Exalt to perfectly defend against a single attack. This Charm suffers from one of the four flaws of invulnerability.

Concordant-Dragon Wrath
Cost: 1m per attack + 1hl; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 4; Type: Extra Action
Keywords: Combo-OK, Obvious, Leader
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: Concordant-Dragon Fist, Concordant-Dragon Invulnerability
Calling upon the endless energies of the Elemental Dragons, the Exalt explodes into a furious assault. This rain of blows is the apex of the Concordant-Dragon Style and is immediately recognizable to any who have seen it in action before. For every mote spent, the Exalt makes one attack at his full attack dice pool. All attacks must be against the same target. He may not spend more motes on this Charm than twice his Essence. Using this Charm inflicts one level of unsoakable bashing damage on the Exalt.

Pyrus is in Gem as part of the usual Dynast practice of exploring the world he's tasked to protect. He chose the far South out of curiosity for the one city that could rival a Great House's wealth, and he loves riding out on the dunes. He knows he's tempting fate with all the raiders in the South, but that only makes it more fun. Besides, he's Exalted, it would take a small army of mortals to offer him serious harm. Plus, the Despot was very welcoming of Exalted who stay in his city. A man who's power is based on mercenaries would never turn away a demigod.

Tavar
2010-12-16, 03:36 PM
Interesting style. Is it Celestial?

Rhyvurg
2010-12-16, 03:42 PM
It's a Celestial upgrade to Five-Dragon. Not so much esoterica as many Celestial styles, but very utilitarian and practical. And the awesome form weapons and armor allowance doesn't hurt.

Tavar
2010-12-16, 03:56 PM
What are the form weapons?

In any case, my character might eventually want to learn that, if you'd teach it. Having armor will only aid my characters ability to survive.

Leliel
2010-12-16, 04:31 PM
Yay, I got accepted!

Raziel Kablah, Malefactor of the Sea That Marched Against the Flame

Concept: Preacher of Dooms, Shepard of Chosen

Character Sheet
Name: Raziel Kablah/John Fieldsman (actually an Anglicized version of my last name there, but "John Veltman" doesn't sound as cinematic to me)
Caste: Infernal Malefactor
Anima: As Raziel's anima banner begins to manifest, he gives off the odd appearence of being caught in the middle of a green-and-silver hurricane, the eye of an infernal maelstorm. Chaotic swirls of water and sand whip about him, a purview of the chaos that shall come with the Reclamation. His anima banner is a humanoid radeken, one of the Kimberian demons known, fittingly, as the Madling Hellstorms, a great dragon-like cat with wings of blood-red ice and skin of silvered water.

Motivation: Stop the inhuman treatment of ghosts by Skullstone and the Silver Prince.

Urge (Kimberian): Prepare society for the coming apocalypse.

Backstory

(On Earth)

....John.

"Ehn...it's two in the morning, Mom. Do we have to go now?"

...John

My eyes shot open, though I wasn't sure what I was hoping to see. True, my father had gone away under...unpleasant circumstances, but at the same time, I had been hoping the whole thing was a horrible dream, that he was still somehow remotely sane after he had binge drank that stupid caffeinated alcohol again...

...But it wasn't him. It sounded like him, true, the person who had told me to get up kind of looked like a healthier version of him...but no. This was a different man altogether.

But how did he know my name...?

Oh. I did fall asleep after all. Thank you, insomnia remission.

"Oh. H-hello, sir." Hey, if this was a dream, might as well enjoy it to it's end.

The..."other father", to borrow a term from a favorite movie of mine...gave a friendly chuckle, the crystalline branches running through his hair rustling with a sound like a harp. "Come on, you already know me, at least in this form. You can can call me Dad."

Normally, I'm pretty intelligent and quick on the draw, but sometimes, one isn't sure how to react at all.

"Um, uh, er, hi Dad. Sorry!

"Dad" cocked his head curiously. "'Sorry?' About what?"

"Well, um, you ha-hate it when I stu-stutter, er, I mean-uh-"

"Hey, it's okay. I don't mind. You just have a slow reaction time, that's all." The other father patted me on the shoulder. "I'm not your biological father. I don't notice these things unless you point them out. Frankly, I'm glad. I'd hate to be the kind of person who tries to pin his problems on other people because he's too much of a coward and a control freak to admit he's wrong on occasion. I'm what he should be, at least in your opinion."

...OK, now things were getting weird. I mean, I'm familiar with dream logic, but self-referencing psychology?

Apparently, my "ideal father" got the expression on my face. He smirked mischievously, which even I could tell was a "I know something that you don't" look. "Heh...I can see you're confused. Well, I think that's normal. Most humans are when they're talking to a being who changes personality based on who's talking to him-sometimes I'm even multiple personalities at once." Whelp, dream logic again. Strangely comforting to know I wasn't examining myself even in my subconscious. "Think of the 'me' you are talking to now as a character in one of your plays-I feel what he feels, but I'm also a separate person beyond that. You think of the role, I play the part. He gave a friendly smile. "I think it's really fun to be someone you're not, isn't it?"

I immediately liked "Not-Dad" a lot better than my real one. I got the feeling this one wouldn't get drunk before a stage production simply because the weekend gave him free time. "You and I both. Personally, I love the roar of the crowd-kinda strange, given how much of a recluse I am."

"Hey, it's not your fault. You just live in the middle of nowhere, with no one but your Mom to talk to."

Oh...right. That. "Can we not go there, please?"

The Not-Dad immediately looked empathetic. "You don't have to. I already know."

I sighed one of my "my life sucks and I have no one to blame but me" sighs. And then I started to rant. "Selfish bastard. Always calling me and Mom out for not not doing our chores for the 'family'-oh really, Dad, you sure you didn't mean to say 'me', you lazy jerk?-and then when I finally get annoyed at that constant 'hey Johnny Boy, look at how funny and cute I am when I'm above the legal limit!' and tell him to shut up, he throws a tantrum about how 'ungrateful' I am, then he goes and starts taking out his inadequacies on Mom, and when she has the gall, the gall to start documenting his abusiveness, he pulls out a brick and...and...

Damn it. I'm crying again.

Not-Dad sat down on my bed-really, a convertible couch that Mom put a mattress on-and began to hug me in a soft embrace. "It's alright. She's fine. You protected her, after all."

"....I cut him with a kitchen knife...."

"But it was the only way. He could have murdered her if you didn't stop him. And he's fine too-just with a little scar to remind him of what he made you do."

Yeah? Nice try, other father. I'm trying to be better than him, not a lesser version. Still...thanks.

It's a little while before I stop sobbing, and a little while before Not-Dad speaks again. "You know...where I come from, people who act like you do are considered heroes. Paragons, even."

I looked up at him. I was listening.

"That said, there are some very bad people there too. Greedy people, jealous people, people who didn't enjoy the world I lovingly helped craft for them because they thought their own problems could be blamed on me and my family. People like your biological father, in other words.

"But a new age is dawning there, and with that, I can help set things right. Of course, I am going to need a few assistants for me and my brothers and sisters-we're ah, restricted from actually acting directly. It's a fair trade, really-you get a long life and all the fame you want, and all I ask is a few favors."


I wasn't sure, at first. On one hand, it sounded genuine, and really, this was a dream. What could go wrong?

On the other hand, I knew what this kind of deal often left out of the fine print in fiction.

It wasn't much of a detail, but I hesitated.

"Actually, 'assistants' isn't the right word. Green Sun Princes are really more of an adoption..."

Sold.

"So, where does this secretary job take place..."boss"?

"Just through that gate." Not-Dad-Turned-Real-Employer said, pointing at an arch I hadn't seen before. "And could you call me Szoreny? 'Boss' is just too stuffy for my tastes..."


(In Creation)

"Huh..?

Where...am I?"

Raziel Kablah floated in a strangely liquid darkness, free of anything other than himself. It felt like he was dreaming...but at the same time, it felt too real to be a dream.

"Inside of me., a powerful female voice boomed."Do you remember?

Huh?...Wait. You're that demon....

A strange hybrid of woman and scorpion materialized in the darkness. "Think. How did you get here...?

And Raziel remembered.

He remembered his life in the Coral Archipelago, a lay priest of the Immaculate Philosophy who had lost his faith long ago. It wasn't a horrifying revelation to realize how little emotional importance he gave to his faith-rather, it was actually rather liberating, coming to understand that "good ideas" and "cosmic truth" were two different things. He liked his job, though-just because there wasn't some greater cosmic order didn't mean that the message itself was bad-just not as true as it made itself out to be.

So, he kept his position, really to serve more as a psychologist for the archipelago's many, many disenfranchised. Bit of a feminist, too-though only quietly, since he didn't want to offend the elite. Lie that the Immaculate Order he suspected it was, it was a lie that contained great wisdom, and a rulebook for building safer, happier societies. And so, he would have gone on, an anonymous man among millions, doing his part to make the world a better place within reason...

Were it not for an encounter with a young ghost, a refugee from Skullstone.

Lalorna was a demure young thing, attractive by the shadowland's standards. A little skeletal by most standards, though that may have been because she was, well, undead. She had stowed away a ride on a ship that Raziel had been serving on as chaplain, the Renetta Marie. She quickly regretted hitching onto a Coral ship, but she found a friend in Kablah.

She told him of life on the mysterious archepelagio, of the dead that walked with the living. Lalorna herself was a mere scribe, a librarian, really, who simply wished to move up in life through the promise of ghostly status. Too late, she discovered that the entire state religion was nothing more than a masking for a soulsteel refinery. She was lucky to escape as a self-willed being, much less extant.

She wanted Raziel to tell the world, and he did. He was laughed off the stage, repeatedly. He was, after all, just a priest of the Realm that the pirate isles disliked anyway, why should they take this conspiracy theory any more seriously? But Raziel stuck to his principles, and kept on speaking the word.

Right up until the Abyssals came.

All principles died in the face of annhilation.

And so, Raziel was forced to recant his testimony on pain of death and much worse fates besides, and they took Lalorna back to Island Five to subject her to much the same things. Eventually, they left, leaving behind them a broken man, ashamed of his cowardice and weakness. If only I was stronger, he thought. If only I had the fortitude to fight back. And the tinisana offered.

And so, Raziel Kablah found himself in liquid darkness, subject to a transformation both wonderous and horrible. "I guess...it's time?"

"It's time. Rise and shine, Mr. Ka-huh!?

The liquid darkness rippled, like a splash. Raziel felt a new presence.

"What the-Who is that!?"

And so, Raziel and his Coadjutor felt a new mind enter their union, as much memory as person. And so, the first thing the new Raziel Kablah felt upon emerging from his chitinous cocoon was confusion.

"I am...Raziel...No...I am John...No...

"Who am I?"



Personality

After the initial confusion and identity crisis of the fusion of the young Earth-born Fieldsman and the Exalted preacher Raziel, it is sometimes hard to say which of the two identities is in control a lot of the time. True, the gestalt goes by the name Raziel Kablah, but the majority of his persona seems to come from John Fieldsman, such as idealism, quietness, a determination to see the best in people and a need to impress.

In any case, Raziel is perfectly sure of his sanity, particularly after he met his otherworldy masters for the first time-Szoreny apparently told the other Yozis in advance about encountering/tempting John's dream-self before he fused with his Creation counterpart. This was most interesting to She Who Lives In Her Name, who wants to know more about this "other world" and it's apparently immutable physical laws. As of yet, he does not trust Her enough to actually say anything concrete, and besides, he has some disquieting gaps in his memory he neglects to bring up, not to mention his memories of the First Age took a life of their own two months into his training.

He trusts both Kimbery and Cecelyne, his two patron Yozis implicitly, however; the Endless Desert's ruthless meritocracy appeals to him on a political level, while the Demon Sea reminds him of his mother in her happier moods. This plays right into his fatal flaws, co-dependency and the inability to set his own goals: Besides being obsessed with proving himself to his friends, it's nearly impossible for him to set himself to a task without orders or requests; without purpose, he's nothing. Thus, he keeps his objections to the Yozi's schemes to himself, determined to ignore the nagging feeling (and literal nagging by Corona) he's made some very big mistakes.

Appearance

Raziel does "god-fearing street preacher" really well, and he knows it. Wild hair falls about his head in dirty-grey locks, giving him a look of a man who looks into Hell every other day (mainly because he does). A thin, wiry frame stands tall over most people in the West, surveying the world through blue eyes that have seen far too much, and look like they anticipate more. Strangely, this makes him look attractive rather than frightening-something about his almost-sculpted physique and determined stare make him look like a grizzled warrior of the faith, ready to endure whatever life throws at him.

As a side not, he was in his late forties at the time of his Exaltaion, but Raziel actually seems to be aging backwards-the power of the Second Breath is rejuvenating him to the point where he is as spry and toned as a twenty-year old. His Coadjutor's influence is found in a small, chitinous plate that covers his heart.


Attributes
{table=head]Physical|Mental|Social
Strength ●|Perception ●|Charisma ●●●●
Dexterity ●●●●|Intelligence ●●●●|Manipulation ●●●●
Stamina ●●|Wits ●●●●|Appearance ●●●[/table]

Abilities
{table=head]Favored|Combat|[C]Social|Mental|Sneaky|Practical
Lore ●●●|Archery|Integrity ●●● |Craft|Athletics|Linguistics ●●
Occult ●●|Martial Arts|Performance ●●●|...|Awareness|Ride
Socialize ●●●|Melee|Presence ●●|...|Dodge|Sail
Investigation ●●●|Thrown|Resistance ●●|....|Larceny|...
Medicine ●●|War|Survival ●●●|...|Stealth|Bureaucracy[/table]

Languages known: Old Realm, Low Realm. Native is Seatongue

Specialties:

Socialize (Psychological Counseling)

Investigation (Psychiatric Diagnosis)

Survival (At Sea)

Performance (Sermons, Yozi Prayers)

Occult (Underworld)

Backgrounds



Backing (Cecelyne) ●

Backing (Szoreny) ●●●

Coadjutor ●●●

(Nutian is a typical tinisana. There really isn't that much more to her).

Past Life (Brilliant Umbral Corona) ●●

A sterling example of what a Solar should have been in the First Age, Corona was rather young for a Solar at the time of the Usurpation, barely past her seventy-second year. A benevolent and kindhearted traveler, she spurned the excesses of the Deliberative in favor of her own independence, a wandering priestess and exorcist. While she is actually on friendly terms with Raziel, she thinks he's so lost in the darkness that he's long forgotten how to go back into the light on his own (such as this whole "Earth" thing. If that isn't a guilt-born delusion, she doesn't know what is). As a result, she works to dismantle his schemes and plots, on the basis that constantly preparing for the end of the world that will never come (Certifiable insanity isn't conducive to the Yozis' plans after all) isn't doing any wonders for his emotional stability.

When she isn't working to foul up Raziel's plots, Corona's interests are finding fragments of her life and discovering what happened to her Lunar Mate, Karesni of the Bladed Winds. The fact that she can't actually remember what Karesni looked like or even what his totem was is a testament to the Ebon Dragon's ability to surgically alter memories to the point where they cause the most pain.

Mentor (Kagami) ●●●

(Just as promised, Szoreny is serving as a surrogate father figure to Raziel, and he has assigned Kagami to watch over him. It should be noted, however, that Kagami does not enjoy this task at all, and while he's powerful enough to qualify as a three-dot mentor, he really doesn't take Raziel seriously yet.)

Familiar (Beheris, Aalu) ●●●

An unusually handsome and perceptive (read here-extra point in Appearance and Perception) Cannibal Bureaucrat, Beheris is an interesting case where a demon has begun to develop individuality, but not enough to apply for citizenship yet. Knowing this, he deliberately created an application in Raziel's name for a Familiar, in hopes that traveling with the young Malefactor would help him develop further. Despite his underhanded way of getting next to Raziel, he is actually one of the Infernal's closest friends and confidants, one of the few beings who he can confess his secret fears to. He has an Intimacy of Close Friendship with Raziel.

Influence (Kimberian Demons) ●

Cult (Apocalyptic) ●● (The Stewards of the Poisoned Gate are a cult that Raziel has built around himself, based around preparation for the Reclamation. It appeals to the disenfranchised and the survivalists of society, and it's strong sense of community holds it together despite a lack of fear for it's semi-divine patron. In Malfean terms, it is a bonded cult, meant more for infiltration then Essence.)

Artifacts and Equipment

Artifact: Key to the Infernal Gates (●●●) (Trigger: Key must be wet)

Charms
[Cecelyne

[Excellencies]

First Cecelyne Excellency
Second Cecelyne Excellency

[Charms]

Hellscry Chakra

Ephemeral Abrasion Curse
Transcendent Desert Creature
Sorcerous Enlightenment of Cecelyne

[Kimbery]

[Excellencies]

First Kimbery Excellency
Second Kimbery Excellency

[Charms]

Mother Sea Mastery
Spiteful Sea Tincture
Ichor Flux Tendrils X 2 (Clinch Upgrade)
Tidal Renewal Discipline
What Lurks Beneath
Intolerable Burning Truths (Mother Before Daughter)

Spells

Emerald Countermagic

Slave-Spawn Summons

Combos

Join Combat: 4

Defenses:
Dodge 2
Parry 2

Soak:

Health:
-0 [ ][ ]
-1 [ ][ ][ ][ ]
-2 [ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
-4 [ ]
-X [ ]

Social Defenses:
Dodge 9
Parry 4

Virtues
Compassion ●●●●
Conviction ●●
Temperance ●●●
Valor ●

Limit: 0/10
Torment: Kimberian: Positive Intimacy switches context to negative, cannot build positive intimacies or help subjects of negative ones.

Intimacies

Compassion-Cult (Paternal Guidance), Beheris (Confidant), Szoreny (Fatherly Love), Kimbery (Uncertain Devotion-in her less happy moods, she creeps him out)
Conviction-Reclamation (Duty), Skullstone (Hatred)
Temperance-Brilliant Umbral Corona (Desire To Control), Himself (Underconfidence)
Valor-None


Willpower: 7/8

Essence:
Permanent: ●●●
Personal: 17/17 (0 Committed)
Peripheral: 23/36 (0 Committed)

Bonus Points: 0/18

Key to the Infernal Gates (3)

Coadjutor (3)

Past Life (2)

What Lurks Beneath (3)

Compassion ● (1)

Willpower ●●● (8)

XP: 2/53

All right, here we go:

Essence 3=16

Sorcerous Enlightenment of Cecelyne=8

Slave-Spawn Summons=9 (unless I'm remembering the houserules wrong, and I get a free spell with Countermagic)

Ichor Flux Tendrils-Grapple=8

(Occult Specialty) Underworld = 2

Total=51


OK, since I assume our characters are going to be working together-which makes it a good thing that we collectively have Earth memories, as otherwise we would be a group of nemeses-we should probably start puzzling out how our characters met.

Starting off, Raziel and Orchid probably were introduced to each other when SWLiHN realized we are both self-inserts...which makes me doubly glad, as I doubt Elloge would be happy to discover the apparent Mary Sue invasion of Malfeas.

Recaiden
2010-12-16, 05:36 PM
Well, each Infernal is introduced to all the other Infernals at their Exaltation party in Malfeas. So you two know each other, how well is up to you two. Amelia would likely know you as well, though not necessarily.

It is intended that you work together, although as you two are associated with totally different Yozis there might be some conflict there.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-16, 05:57 PM
I'm good with us (Orchid/Raziel) being on good terms, but not necessarily mixing our plans so much as a two-person demonic gentleman's club/friendship. Our Yozis and our portfolios do not mix, but we're the only people around to talk with freely. I believe that LauWren is going to include our meeting alongside her sheet.

LauWren
2010-12-16, 06:00 PM
Character Sheet, Amelia
Name:Amelia
Caste: Full Moon
Spirit Shape: Rabbit
Tell: Silvery whiskers and tail
Anima: Her shadow pulls away, standing up into the air as all the nearby blood turns silvery, before the radiance joins the shadow until it shines with light, gradually morphing into her war form as blood is spilled.

Motivation: Free the Lap.

Backstory

Amelia grew up in the Lap. She was one of those people whom almost everyone seems to know, though not everyone always knew precisely why. She was bright, but not the brightest, a good singer, and something special, but not anymore intrinsically notable than the other children around. After awhile, it seemed like everyone knew her for being the girl everyone knew.
It probably had something to do with the fact that she had been sick for a year, when she was two, so much she couldn’t leave the house. Her mother had gotten her a pet bunny, which had been a constant companion until the brown sugar-furred little thing had fallen ill a few years later and died. Or that’s what she’d always assumed “not coming back” meant.
She believed that she had been ill by a ghost during that time, since it seemed to be a belief one outgrew. They had facts, it made sense, then, as they grew up, called it nonsense. Even if they’d seen the ghosts, they didn’t make people ill, they said. Except the children. They came up with ghost stories to tell about Eerie Amelia, though not past the age of eight, when they started to deign such things silly. Vengeful ghosts taking revenge for her mother hurting someone, an Abyssal who’d taken an interest, or a sneaky little draft that had kept her too cold to get well.
And so it came to pass that Amelia became every government official's sitter at age 18. Need your child to be somewhere else? Push them over to Amelia; she won't let them go until they've told her all the new stories the little ones made up. And the little ones loved her stories, too; Amelia told stories of what had happened when she was with the ghosts, or whoever else had taken her that week. It annoyed parents, occasionally, who would lose their children's attention whenever they passed Amelia, but they didn't mind much. Amelia would usher everyone along if it became too much trouble.
And so it came to pass that she saw the children she cared for grow up.
Into servitude.
Into jobs that most of them enjoyed less than she liked hers, and some not at all.
And Amelia, the famous-for-no-reason, possibly-ill-for-a-year, darling little talespinner felt that this was wrong.
She spoke, first warily, then more openly, about becoming an entertainer when she grew up. Not until 43, of course, nothing so bold as that. And she found that everyone thought she could do it. And several answered the question she couldn't ask, without any prompting.
"If you'd been born anywhere else, you could do it now."
And something shifted uncomfortably in Amelia. The life was...boring. She wanted a place with some inspiration. Where she could bounce off a story about more than a two-year-old who happened to be missing a few lines in a family album. She wanted to leave.
And she was happy with her job. How did the little ones who grew up feel about it? The ones who would change jobs, given the chance, how trapped did they feel?
Amelia gathered those who were old enough to understand, young enough to have been in her care. And she asked a question that a great many had trouble answering aloud.
"Are you happy?"
A handful nodded, smiling. A few looked away. Some watched her warily.
Amelia smiled at those who had smiled, playing her part. "Anyone who just nodded can go, if you like."
Two, only two, skipped off. The other three's expressions changed, and she saw children who had learned to hide that much. Everyone else stayed the same.
"I believe," she said softly, intention clear in tone but hidden in words, "I can fix that."
There was perfect, still silence. "Just us?"
"The more, the merrier." And silently, 'The more confusion, the better.'
And so it came to pass that the one person whose absence no one could miss escaped Lap.
It was easier than she'd expected, really. Walk with confidence until you've gotten so far the guards know something's wrong. Then they'll shout. She shouted back, everyone else's signal to that she'd begun being distracting, and sprinted.
She had planned this out. They’d go to Gem, and start out somewhere else peaceful, without the servitude. She'd picked up facts, and thought of places to stock up…and it wasn't enough.
She just kept running, pounding feet on whatever surface happened to be beneath them. She had to keep the guards away long enough to get the others out, if even one could get out it was worth her life but she needed to live until that happened. Just run. Just run...
And, in the moment she gave up on herself, but not the others, Luna appeared.
Amelia had a sense of passing through an odd doorway, and thought back on some dreams she’d had of another world. Somewhere she’d been more singer than storyteller, and much freer. They all seemed more real now, and somehow associated with butterflies, and bunnies. Words, and music, and pages and mathematics flowed through, but somehow the bunnies caught her eye. In any description she could give, it sounded unbearably cutesy, but Amelia saw ferocity in those rabbits.
She left for Gem, to check on the others.

Personality
Amelia’s fairly easygoing, but her emotions run high and she doesn’t exert too much control over them. If she’s angry, those around will notice, and if she’s sad, she retreats enough that those around her with any social skills tend to feel a little uneasy, but if she’s happy, it spreads just as easily. She tries not to hold grudges, as that’s negative energy with no constructive output. Freeing the Lap is the height of constructive outputs.
Appearance
Amelia isn’t particularly tall or short, and has gained a muscled build since her becoming a Full Moon Lunar. Her hair is auburn, which looks stringy if she lets it grow out to any appreciable length, and her skin is a tan that has deepened from time in the sun. Her eyes are warm brown and only a shade or two darker than her skin at the moment.

Attributes
{table=head]Physical|Mental|Social
Strength ●●●●|Perception ●●|Charisma ●●●
Dexterity ●●●●●|Intelligence ●●●|Manipulation ●●
Stamina ●●●●●|Wits ●●●●|Appearance ●●●●● [/table]

Abilities
{table=head] Favored|Combat|Social|Mental|Sneaky|Practical
…..|Archery|Presence●●|Craft|Athletics●●|Linguisti cs
…..|Martial Arts●●●●●|Performance●●●|Investigation●|Awareness● ●●●●|Ride
…..|Melee|Integrity|Lore●●|Dodge|Sail
…..|Thrown|Resistance●|Medicine|Larceny|Socialize●
…..|War●|Survival●●|Occult|Stealth●●●|Bureaucracy[/table]
Specialties:
Performance +1 Stories.
Martial Arts +1 War Form
Survival +1 South
Linguistics +1 Calligraphy
Crafts Known:

Backgrounds

Heart’s Blood ●● red-tailed hawk, spider, claw strider, eight-tailed mole hound, hyena, roadrunner, coyote, wild dog, frilled lizard, camel
Mentor ●● Manalia is a Full Moon who found Amelia shortly after the latter took the Second Breath. Manalia was the first Lunar to run across Amelia, and between knowing that Amelia needed a mentor and the similarity at the end of their names—Manalia is a little impulsive—decided to help the new Lunar out. Manalia’s caste was part of the reason Amelia chose Full Moon for herself. Manalia’s main strengths were getting into and out of difficult situations quickly, a fact that would have put Amelia off had Manalia not put her allies first in emergencies.
Resources ●● Amelia has taken up mercenary work, which allows her to make money guarding caravans as they travel south to Gem, where she wants to get anyway. With the current strife, mercenaries are in high demand, making it an easy way to escape notice while traveling.
Reputation ● Amelia performed well in her trials, but hasn’t pursued the Silver Pact itself beyond the minimum yet.
Solar Bond ●●
Tattoo Artifact ● Moonsilver Breastplate – Soak +6L/4B, Hardness 2L/2B, Mobility 0, Fatigue 0, Attune 2.


Artifacts and Equipment

Tattoo Artifact ●, Moonsilver Breastplate – Soak +6L/4B, Hardness 2L/2B, Mobility 0, Fatigue 0, Attune 2.
Buff Jacket – Soak +3L/4B, Mobility -1, Fatigue 2
Longbow – Speed 6, Accuracy 6, Damage 4+arrow, Rate 3, Range 200
Broadhead Arrows, +2L damage
Target Arrows, +0L Piercing damage
Fowling Arrows, +2B damage


Charms

[Strength]
Second Strength Excellency
Claws of the Silver Moon
[Dexterity]
Second Dexterity Excellency
Golden Tiger Stance
Wind-Dancing Method
[Stamina]
Ox-Body (2x -1)
Ox-Body (4x -2)
[Crane Style]
Fluttering Cry of Warning
Empowering Justice Redirection
Crane Form
Crossed Wings Denial
[Knacks]
Deadly Beastman Transformation

(6 points)
Don't let the ears and fluffy fur fool you. Standing at a great seven feet, eyes gleaming red and thick fur acting as a natural armor, this form also has quite a kick. Though the claws are not impressive for a Lunar's war form, she makes up for it in speed and muscle.

Gazelle's Pace (2) +4 to Dex for speed, +4 to Strength for jumping
Hooves (1) +2B to Kick damage
Enhanced Hearing (1) +2 to hearing-based perception rolls
Fur (1) +1L/1B natural soak
Attribute Reallocation (1) -1 Stamina, +1 Dexterity

Humble Mouse Shape
Quicksilver Second Face


Combos

Join Combat: 9

Attacks:
Punch – Speed 5, Accuracy 11, Damage 5B, Defense 6(12), Rate 3
Kick – Speed 5, Accuracy 10, Damage 8B, Defense 4(8), Rate 2
Clinch – Speed 5, Accuracy 10, Damage (Clinch), Defense 5(10), Rate 1
Longbow – Speed 6, Accuracy 6, Damage 4+arrow, Rate 3, Range 200
-Broadhead Arrows, +2L damage
-Target Arrows, +0L Piercing damage
-Fowling Arrows, +2B damage

Defenses:
Dodge DV 3
Parry DV 6

Soak: 12L/13B (Buff Jacket, +3L/4B, Tattoo Breastplate, +6L/4B)
Hardness: 2L/2B (Tattoo Breastplate, 2L/2B)

Health:
-0 [ ]
-1 [ ][ ][ ][ ]
-2 [ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
-4 [ ]
-X [ ]
Dying [ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]

Social Defenses:
Dodge MDV 6
Parry MDV 3 (Performance/Presence)/4 (Performance: Stories)

Virtues
Compassion ●●●●
Conviction ●●
Temperance ●●
Valor ●●

Limit: 0/10
Virtue Flaw: The Curse of the Mother Hen

Intimacies
Children (protectiveness)
Slavery (cold fury)
Status quo (contempt)
Stories (fascination)

Willpower: 8/10

Essence:
Permanent: ●●
Personal: 18/22 (0 committed)
Peripheral: 42/44 (2 committed)

Bonus Points: 0/18

1 on Compassion 4
5 on Willpower 10
3 on Strength 5
3 on Stamina 5
3 on Wits 4
2 on Resources 2
1 on Tattoo Artifact 1


XP 0/0


I will now go crazy with the headings.

Primary: Amelia is looking for the children she freed from the Lap, both in order to know how many actually got out, and to see how they're doing now that they have.

Secondary: finding who else would actually want to help the people of the Lap, not that she expects much success on that front until she focuses on it.

Meeting: Crystal Orchid: I saw him walking home one day and recognized him with the help of the Lunar Bond. [Story version to come.]

EDIT: Story version--aetherialDawn wrote his part.

Perfected Crystal Orchid is striding through the paths of the Bazaar, deftly dodging a pickpocket on his way back home. However, as he begins to consider the gossip on House Arbani he had picked up for the day, he starts to become more and more distant again, not noticing as the very same pickpocket steals his spare coin purse, and indeed not returning to the here and now until he bumps into someone rather roughly. Someone oddly... familiar? That doesn't make sense...

"Uf! Sorry, I didn't see you." Which probably didn't bode well for finding any of the people she was looking for. Or pickpockets, for that matter. Amelia blinks, trying to place the man in front of her. She didn't see anything in the features, but he seemed familiar...the way he stood, maybe?

Amelia saw the not-stranger pause too, and looked at him, a little puzzled. "Should I know you?"

Orchid pauses. Bumping into someone wasn't that odd, but being familiar to them - especially someone he hasn't seen before - is unusual. He shrugs, and says, "It's fine... But I don't think so. I rent a workshop just over that way." He gestures in the direction of a particularly bad neighborhood, although it's been getting a bit better recently. Some kind of vigilante. "Anyway, have a nice day, miss."

He continues on, but once the somewhat-familiar lady's back is turned, his eyes glint green with the senses of Malfeas as he senses her Essence - and Crystal Orchid immediately hurries back up beside her, and says, "Excuse me, miss, actually, I seem to be missing my coin purse. I'm sure you won't mind if we just step to the side for a bit so I can check." He murmurs something in a language at once foreign and old to you; Only your Earth memories recognize it, stirring, "Sister?" He can always claim that it's an Old Realm apology he learned from a savant-friend, after all.

Amelia represses a jolt of surprise, suddenly remembering exactly what she recognized. This should settle how real that realm is, if it's right. "Brother?" The word feels odd, she's never used it on this tongue, never used any of that language for anything but the occasional song.

Orchid nods softly at the single word, taking his apparently-sister's hand and pulling her away gently. "Why don't we go to my workshop, where it's quiet, and discuss this a bit more? I'm terribly sorry for pulling you aside about this when it turns out you didn't take my purse, and I can at least treat you to dinner." He says this in Flametongue, of course. No need for any more suspicious English use. His sister... And a Lunar, too, as his charms say.

Amelia is still confused about the whole situation, but nothing seems nearly dangerous enough to overwhelm her curiosity. She switches back to Flametongue as well, "That sounds lovely. Which way is it?"

"Ah, just over this way." He bows - a little too dramatically - and takes his sister's hand...

Leliel
2010-12-16, 07:23 PM
Oh, plot hooks and current activities. Sorry about that.

Well, Raziel is currently occupied with building his Cult, mainly through charity work and evangelism.

He also needs more money, because, street preacher look or no, being homeless is no damn fun.

And yes, I can see a friendship with Orchid. Not enough to build an intimacy yet, but enough to assure him of his sanity (but certainly not Corona-she's paranoid enough to think that Orchid is manipulating Raziel for his own ends).

He's currently located in Gem, were he's finding the disenfranchised are quite receptive to his idea of "equality for all".

Rhyvurg
2010-12-16, 08:09 PM
What are the form weapons?

In any case, my character might eventually want to learn that, if you'd teach it. Having armor will only aid my characters ability to survive.

Daiklave and dire lance. And it permits any kind of armor.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-16, 10:15 PM
Oh, plot hooks and current activities. Sorry about that.

Well, Raziel is currently occupied with building his Cult, mainly through charity work and evangelism.

He also needs more money, because, street preacher look or no, being homeless is no damn fun.

And yes, I can see a friendship with Orchid. Not enough to build an intimacy yet, but enough to assure him of his sanity (but certainly not Corona-she's paranoid enough to think that Orchid is manipulating Raziel for his own ends).

He's currently located in Gem, were he's finding the disenfranchised are quite receptive to his idea of "equality for all".

Orchid has his rented forge, which probably provides a good temporary house for Raziel when he can't find anything else... But for reasonable deniability purposes, probably best not to be too close, just in case one of us slips up and the Dynasts come a-knocking. I just happen to be rather charitable to a particular homeless guy, because he provides a good chat. Nobody needs to know that that chat happens in English, or involves discussing the finer points of what we think of Hell. Good?

As for what Melodies Within Fog thinks of Raziel... Not a lot. He's appropriately paranoid about the immediate environment, since he has no desire to die an unfated death just because he escaped his fated one, but Tomescu are descended from Swirly and Raziel fits within his calculations - even if those calculations had to be expanded a bit to involve this weird Earth thing.

It occurs to me that our Coadjutors might not understand English very well. I'm sure I cannot stress how amazingly useful this might be if we need to discuss something that the Yozis absolutely must not know no matter what.

Oh, and of course a further plot hook for Orchid... He does occasionally play the vigilante, and while his disguises are enough to set off the Illusion effect and fool anyone not using charms, they're intentionally the minimum necessary so that if he really needs to skip town, he can go totally different and nobody will suspect a thing. Even a dragonblood could see through his disguise and recognize the local vigilante if they were in the habit of activating non-excellency stealth-piercing charms on random folks.

Tavar
2010-12-16, 11:07 PM
Hmm...
How many people are homeless in this group?

Oh, and LauWren, should our characters know each other through the silver pact?

aetherialDawn
2010-12-17, 12:03 AM
Hmm...
How many people are homeless in this group?

Just you and Raziel, actually. The rest of us have jobs at varying levels of success.

LauWren
2010-12-17, 12:09 AM
Oh, and LauWren, should our characters know each other through the silver pact?

I think it makes sense for us to vaguely know each other, though not be friends, particularly. Why, did you have something in mind?

Rhyvurg
2010-12-17, 12:18 AM
Not Pyrus, he lives off a comfortable House stipend and rents a nice place in Gem. With Resources 4 I'm sure he can afford to feed you hobos for the time being.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-17, 12:28 AM
So... Where's Drascin? It looks like the Infernals are joined up, the Lunars are at least not-unfriendly, we have a link between the Infernals and the Lunars... All we need is to link our resident Terrestrial and Sidereal into this group and we have a full set of unlikely heroes (Plus one Terrestrial. Terrestrials are supposed to be heroes.)

EDIT: I will be away all of the 17th, flying home for winter break. Also, can I use Swirly's Perfect Parry even against things that can't be perfect parried, since a) It's not actually a parry, it negates the attack itself (Much like the Malfeas PD, it's just called a perfect parry) and b) It tries to justify its expense and its extra-bad Flaw by saying 'but you can Stunt it away, wasting valuable resources everyone else gets too!'

Drascin
2010-12-17, 04:48 AM
So... Where's Drascin? It looks like the Infernals are joined up, the Lunars are at least not-unfriendly, we have a link between the Infernals and the Lunars... All we need is to link our resident Terrestrial and Sidereal into this group and we have a full set of unlikely heroes (Plus one Terrestrial. Terrestrials are supposed to be heroes.)


Remember I'm in about the opposite timezone of you guys. Basically, I was sleeping. I need to do that every now and then :smalltongue:. Especially since yesterday was basically the last day of university before winter break, and the class wanted to party, so I arrived home late and tired.

Anyway, sheet:



Character Sheet
Name: Drake Unending
Caste: Chosen of Serenity
Anima: A soft blue shine that floats around the character in swirls. At high levels, it seems to take the shape of a kingfisher with open wings.

Motivation: To get things, all things, working well enough that people stop getting hurt through incompetence

Attributes
{table=head]Physical|Mental|Social
Strength ●|Perception ●●●●|Charisma ●●●●●
Dexterity ●●●●|Intelligence ●●●●●|Manipulation ●
Stamina ●●|Wits ●●|Appearance ●●●[/table]

Abilities
{table=head]Favored|Combat|Social|Mental|Sneaky|Practical
Lore ●●●●●|Archery |Integrity ●●|Craft|Athletics|Linguistics ●●
Occult ●●●●●|....|Performance ●●●●●|Investigation ●●●|....|Ride
Martial Arts ●●●●●|Melee|Presence ●●|....|Dodge ●●● |Sail
Awareness ●●●●●|Thrown|Resistance|Medicine ●●|Larceny|Socialize ●●●
...|War|Survival|...|Stealth|Bureaucracy ●●[/table]

Specialties
Lore: Creature Classification and Identification (●●)
Performance: Playing a role (●●)

Backgrounds

Artifact ●● (Starmetal High Tension Harp)
Artifact ● (Starmetal Smashfists)
Allies ●● (Ishi-Ko, Goddess of Joyful Discoveries; Numin, Chosen of Journeys)

Ishi-Ko
Much like Drake, Ishi-ko is a person between two divisions - she works for the Forbidding Manse of Ivy as a god of discovery, but her portfolio has a great overlap with that of the Chosen of Serenity. Her open, happy, encouraging nature also doesn't bring her many friends among the generally serious and mystery-connoisseur gods of the Division of Secrets, which has her rather lonely and tending to turn to the Sidereals for conversation.

It was in one of these that, curious about the unusual sight of a chosen of Venus around her workplace (since Drake took to the massive libraries of the Division of Secrets like a fish to water from his very first day), she started conversation with Drake. They clicked pretty well pretty quick, both sharing a love of finding out new things and using them for the betterment of others, and loving to quip about the disgraceful state of the Bureaucracy when it comes to the handling of data and the annoying detachment of half everyone at the Bureau - they disagree in some things about what should be done (Drake is not quite as free and open as Ishi-ko), but overall they get along famously.

At the moment, Drake counts Ishi-Ko as one of his best friends, and the goddess does the same in turn, helping each other survive in the web of absurdities that is Heaven without losing their faith in the universe as a whole (prolonged contact with Heavenly Bureaucracy will do that) and going for tea and pastries afterwards.

Numin
Sidereals are reputed to be serious, prescient, overplanning, and control freaks. But in the opinion of most people in the Bureau, Numin may be a case study of the exact opposite. Never where he should be, always moving around, and a total slacker, Numin has got more reprimands from his superiors in a year than most Sidereals get in ten. He has a pretty well-worked reputation of knowing more about Heaven's alehouses than he does about his desk.

He is, however, a lot smarter than he looks, and despite his reputation, the scrawny, agile Sidereal has a canny ability for picking up stray bits of info from his forays into the great breweries of Heaven - he may not know the first thing about a library, but you won't find many people more adept at "reading a street" than this drunk vagabond. To which Drake picked up pretty quickly after they met by happenstance, and about which they had a fairly epic battle of wits that culminated in Drake getting a pretty big practical joke to the face (involving two Essence Flare pillars, a horse, and a rather unusual use for several astrological instruments - his feet hurt for two weeks after that - and them both bonding over it in laughter). After that, they like to keep contact with each other and both prank each other every now and then and tell each other stories of how things are going.

His laziness is very much not feigned, though, which is why he prefers to sneak his findings into his superiors' desks anonymously, that they don't saddle him with more work. He suspects chances are they have a guess where the papers come from, but Drake helps him cover his tracks, and somehow his superiors don't seem to care much. The fact he's getting a reduced Salary during it probably helps - Drake has had to help Numin monetarily a couple times, but what the man takes in money, he brings back in good company and juicy rumors. Besides, Sideral salaries are huge for the kind of spartan lifestyle Drake prefers, so it's not like he can't spare a bit

Salary ●●●
Savant ●●●
Manse ●●●

The Observatory

A hidden Sidereal-aspected manse in the mountains near Gem that did the work of observatory for a couple Sidereals in the Division of Secrets for many years, when Drake got assigned to the area Ishi-Ko pointed the place to him as a good place to base himself in.

The Observatory is a beautiful construction accessible through a hidden passage that opens to a cliff - really hard to pinpoint if you don't know where to look.

Once you enter, you are greeted to the sight of a beautiful crystal passage of mirrors twinkling in starlight (despite the manse being a cllosed building). The entrance passage comes to end in the room that is the Manse's center - a round room with a mosaic floor (the mosaic shows the five signs of the Maidens around a five-pointed star), mirrored walls, a great big round table (usually covered with astrological instruments) and five doors that lead to the different rooms of the building, each marked with one sign.

What usually calls the newcomer's attention, though, is the ceiling. Because it seems to be but a big glass lens that shows you the night sky - even during the day, and even being that directly above the Observatory what there is is a hundred tons of rock, not sky. Looking on it, one gets a certain feeling of irreality, of things to come.

The manse is furbished for habitation by several people - the door with Venus's symbol leads to four double rooms, usually kept clean and in shape by the Manse's magic. It comes with a small library (Jupiter's door), a small kitchen... all the basic amenities, if spartan, magically capable of refilling themselves to hold about six people comfortably.

Powers:
+Divine Observatory (2 points)
+Well-Flavored Aspect (Sidereal) (One Point)
+Magical Conveniences (One point)
+Connection to the Loom (homebrew power) (Three points)
-1-dot Fragility (the whole first hallway is made of glass, after all, as is the roof) (+1 point)




Connections ●● (The Forbidding Manse of Ivy)
A regular fixture at the Forbidding Manse's libraries, Drake knows several of the Sidereals of the division personally and is pretty well informed about what goes inside. His love of knowledge, perpetual readiness to help find that one file that got lost, and personal friendship with one of the gods of the Division make him a welcome visitor.

Connections ●●(The Bureau of Nature)
Drake enjoys greatly what passes for meteorology and biology in Creation, while the gods in the Division are entirely too used to nearly everyone in Heaven snubbing them for being "less important" than the people at Humanity and Destiny (the work of the Bureau of Nature is generally considered "easy" and "for idiots" among other gods, kind like you'd regard rednecks). It is not hard to see why the inhabitants of this Bureau would be entirely to happy to foster relations with someone from the Bureau of Destiny that is willing to take into account climatic and natural consequences instead of just pressing the red button on a whim! Several of the gods in the division hold Drake in a fair amount of esteem, considering him a nice apple in a bad bucket, and this brings Drake many a juicy tibdit about upcoming natural phenomena

Backing ●● (The Cerulean Lute of Harmony)
Despite his lack of field experience, Drake is a fairly trusted person in the House of Venus - even in Heaven's Whorehouse, someone has to pay a mind to the accounting books, and despite his grumbling and sarcasm, Drake is among the ones who do so. Most Sidereals and gods in the division are at least passing acquaintances with him, and he has a reputation for being trustworthy, helpful, and unconcerned with politics - quite a recommendation in the byzantine politics of the Cerulean Lute.

However, his backing can be a bit limited in places, due to the dislike between him and Golden Reverie, the God of Euphoria and one of the biggest shots in the division. Where Golden Reverie would that the whole of Creation was in a haze of drug-induced pleasure, Drake has no qualms with saying outloud not only that would such a thing destroy Creation, but also that he considers such things the resources of feeble, stupid minds who can't find true pleasure (such as the pleasure of a good book, a friend, a piece of music) and instead must deceive their brains by addling them to convince themselves. It so comes as no surprise that they can't stand the sight of each other, and Golden Reverie does tend to put obstacles to Drake's ability to requisition bigger things when he notices, the same way that Drake has taken it onto himself to discredit Reverie if possible - which is the reason for a low Backing score in a division where he's plenty trusted otherwise

Backing ●● (The Convention of Fire)
By comparison, Drake's Backing score in the Convention does not come from superior dislike, but simply from inexperience. Drake was co-opted by Nazri, the chair of the Convention of Fire, but a few months ago. This surprised no one, as Drake had not shown signs of wanting to join neither the Bronze nor the Gold factions, and Nazri is well known as the biggest patron for Independents in the Bureau.

What few tasks he's been asked, Drake has performed without a problem, but he's still not too into the convention's system, still being an outlier until he can prove himself through some field work.

Artifacts and Equipment

Starmetal Smashfist (nicknamed "Diplomatic Measure")

Exceptional Lamellar (+6L/+8B, Mob -0, Fat 0)
Perfect Astrology Instruments

Charms
[Martial Arts]
[Excellencies]
Third MA Excellency
Fateful MA Excellency
[Charms]
Sifu's Useful Fingers
Lotus Eye Tactics
Lion Mouse Stratagem
Unobstructed Blow
Throne Shadow Form
Horrific Wreath

[Awareness]
[Excellencies]
[Charms]
Wise Choice
Prior Warning
Expected Pain

[Lore]
[Excellencies]
Second Lore Excellency
[Charms]
Methodology of Secrets
Of the Shape of the World


[Excellencies]
[Charms]
Efficient Secretary Technique
Research Assistant Invocation

[Occult]
Mark of Exaltation
Telltale Symphony

[Integrity]
[Excellencies]
Third Integrity Excellency
[Charms]
Compassion Essence Replenishment

[Dodge]
Absence
Duck Fate
Avoidance Kata
Trouble-Reduction Strategy

[Performance]
[Excellencies]
Second Performance Excellency
[Charms]
Perfection in Life
Defense of Shining Joy
Faultless Ceremony
Ice and Fire Binding

Colleges

The Key ●●
The Ewer ●●
The Musician ●●●
The Corpse ●
The Sword ●

Join Combat: 7

Defenses:
Dodge DV: 6
Parry DV: 6

Soak: 7L/10B
Attack: Starmetal Smashfist (Acc 12, Damage 8B/2, Rate 2, M, O)

Health:
-0 [ ][ ][ ]
-1 [ ][ ]
-2 [ ][ ]
-4 [ ]
-X [ ]

Social Defenses:
Dodge MDV: 7
Parry MDV: 5

Virtues
Compassion ●●●●●
Conviction ●●
Temperance ●●●
Valor ●

Limit: X/10

Intimacies
+ People's happiness
+ Ishi-Ko
+ Personal Code
+ Avoiding work
- Egotistical people
- Idiocy

Willpower: 9/9

Essence:
Permanent: ●●●
Personal: 15/15 (x Committed)
Peripheral: 30/38 (8 Committed)

Bonus Points: 18/18
2 in +●● Compassion
4 in +●●●● Willpower
6 in Ability dots
6 in backgrounds


Total XP: 129

Spent:
Essence 3 (20XP)
Raising Dodge from 1 to 3: 4XP
8 Favored Charms: 72XP
4 Favored MA charms: 32XP

XP spent: 20+4+72+24=128
XP remaining: 1




Character Details

Backstory
Unending Drake's life was not a very eventful affair before the Exaltation he was destined for found him. Born to a servant couple in the Blessed Isle, he quickly showed a pretty good head for lore and numbers, quickly becoming apprentice to the accountants and loremasters.

He was good at what he did, but his trouble with taking authority at face value and his laziness never allowed him to really prosper - every time he seemed to be gaining prestige, he used a word he really shouldn't in front of a Patrician, or procrastinated something he didn't consider important despite his superiors disagreeing and back to square one it was.

This changed, though, when he got picked as a servant for one Dragonblood kid from house V'Neef. An impatient one with no time for ceremonies and very demanding, he was a really tough boss, which worked Drake to the bone by having him sneak in and out of the house's libraries to get arcane tomes that his mother dissapproved of (as the child wished to learn Sorcery and the occult, while her mother was trying to mold him into a courtier). Needless to say, flubbing the house's matron while helping someone learn was something that made Drake feel some quite indecent glee, so he never complained one bit. He even made sure to try to study a bit from over the child's shoulder, and he learned music at his master's behest to alleviate his headaches. These were harsh, but satisfactory years.

But then his master finally managed to beat his mother and get sent to the Heptagram, which caused Drake to be redirected into library duty. Which was back to boring as susual... for a few months, before something happened.

One day, he got up, and he felt... strange. Weird. A bit chipper, but, above all... light. But that wasn't the problem. The problem was that nobody else remembered him. It was... terrifying. He spoke to people, and they seemed to remember him for a second, and then, soon as he stopped, they seemed to forget him anew, treating him as a new servant man every time they saw him. Even his friends seemed to forget about him. He was lost, and scared, even as he tried to keep a stiff upper lip.

Well, it seemed he was cursed. He'd read about name-destroying curses, once. Made people not know you. But who would curse him? He had no enemies, that he knew...

In any case, nothing to do in this house until he could find a way to break the curse. So he picked some things (some that weren't his, but he considered it a case of great need and they'd forget who took them in a couple hours, anyway...) and went away. He didn't make it too far from the city before a man in a purple robe appeared before him, seeming to know who he was... and explained. He wasn't cursed. He was Exalted - as a Sidereal, the hidden exalts that work to keep Fate in check. Drake was suspicious for a while, but, what had he to lose? He went with the man, and was taken to Yu-Shan.

From there, it was a couple years of the most intensive and ball-breaking training anyone could ever want. The Sidereals don't kid around when it comes to preparing their agents. Martial arts, social tricks, music, lore that was lost since millenia ago... sixteen hour days, day in and day out, until his brain felt about to explode. He longed for the days when he just had to spend hours carrying heavy books around. But, no quitters. He'd also elearned what Sidereals did - guard the world from mystc threats, much like Dragonblooded had shielded it from the physical ones. If he split, it would be one less person keeping things in check, which could mean hundreds of dead...

Drake pressed on.

He did so until he passed, and was issued a job in the Bureau of Destiny. By then, Drake already was pretty jaded about Yu-Shan as a whole the open bribes flying around, the disastrous bureaucracy... but better to curse and work, than run. so he took to his job. As a relative puritan (no brain-addling substances for him) in Heaven's Whorehouse, he was a bit out of it for a while, but he acclimated himself in the end, finding a niche in the more theatrical side of the House of Venus... and minding the goddamned accounting books (the holes in which were almost big enough to have their own associated gods).He talked with people, made friends, and got to trying to fix as much as he could instead of spending his time facepalming until his face was permanently hand-shaped, as was his first instinct.

And so months went by... until a certain night. A night where hehad a really weid dream. A dream about another world, where magic and Essence were not, but technology conquered all. And as he woke up, he realized he had two sets of memories. His own... no, that's not right. [I]Both were his own now. He was Drake, and he was Drascin.

To most people, this might have been a revelation. To both people in Drake's head, with their mix of practical and surreal mindset, it was more a case of wondering whether he was just insane and making it up in a fit of schizophrenic delusion, or if two people from alternate universes really had touched each other and shared memories. Second option seemed more likely, given he now knew terms like "schizophrenic" which do not actually exist in Creation, and anyway it would seriously tax any brain to make up such detailed recollections in one night. And, well. He worked every day with myth and fate on one side, and computer dreams on the other. It'd take more than that to faze them - him.

Now the question was, how to put all this new knowledge to use? The Bureau could certainly use a little database technology. He should probably tell Ichi, too, in case this all started to make him act weird (Note: "Ichi" is Drake's affectionate nickname for Ishi-Ko. She more-or-less believed him, though she still thinks it's more than a little weird, but she agreed to keep his secret). It's always good to have someone you trust checking you in case you go insane, when under weird interdimensional effects.

And so, days pass, until Nazri calls him for an assignment in Gem (the details of which will be up to the ST), and he has to head there - though at least, when he told her later, Ichi pointed him at an old hidden Sidereal Manse in the nearby mountains she remembers for him to use as base, so he'd have a decent place to hide when he didn't want to lie anymore.

And at this juncture we start...

Personality

In a first contact, Drake seems an apathetic and cynical young man that seems ill-fit for the merry house of Venus. However, this belies his basic nature - that of a self-sacrificing protector that derives his greatest satisfactions from a job well done and people being happy. It's just that the Heavenly Bureaucracy that he spends his days in is so very not conducive to such things, which he copes with through biting sarcasm and general snarky dismissiveness.

Rather unsubtle and principled for a Sidereal, and quite more direct and self-restrained than is usual in the house of Venus, but in truth quite friendly and always willing to lend a hand, Drake is relatively well known among Sidereals for voicing rather unusual and borderline heretical opinions at times, but definitely knowing his stuff, having an incredible sense of empathy and ability to find a third way out of lose-lose situations, and being able to get ovations from gods when he gets drafted into the Cerulean Lute's regular theatre plays.

He is, however, fairly lazy in some ways. He will never skirt duty, but he will try to shake unneeded jobs as much as possible. His mantra is "If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing perfectly. That said, there are a great many jobs not worth doing!", usually accompanied by a smirk.

He also tends to dislike direct combat, being of the opinion that usually by the time you have to fall back on punching people, means you've already failed beyond recovery, and prefers to play things safe.


Appearance
A young Vizier with a near-perpetual despaired smirk and prying, curious gaze, Unending Drake is a bit short, of slightly tanned skin, black hair and brown eyes. He's less fit than the average Sidereal, not being very strong due to his small physique. His getup is usually fairly simple, thought more for comfort than being eye-catching - though his simple tunics are usually acceptably stylish in a scholarly way, if unlikely to turn any heads from the cool. He almost always carries around either some book or his instrument, usually both (tunics have space for a lot of pockets), and walks around with a fast, impatient pace that seems to say he'd like to be at his destination already



And now, for why I'm in Gem... I figured the head of my Convention (in this case, Nazri) would be sending me here, to check on something or do something. The question is what.

Well, for one, with all these new Essence users doing weird things to the Loom (especially the two Infernals, who being Outside Fate are basically a walking disaster zone for destiny), it could be understandable they'd send someone to keep a watch. And Drake needed an assignment to prove himself capable to the Convention of Fire anyway. He'd probably wander around a bit under a Resplendent Destiny or two (can I begin play with a couple Destinies, Recaiden? I honestly figure Drake would have spent a few days readying something after getting the assignment), keep an eye on things, probably act as a mendicant street performer under a Musician constellation - beggars got all the juicy info - or getting into some wealthy family's payroll as a subordinate scholar under the Key one.

Also, going around with Lotus Eye tactics would probably give some of the people in the group off as curious - normal people don't have 5s in Martial Arts, so LauWren's character at least would ping Drake's radar as someone to keep an eye on :smallwink:

Tavar
2010-12-17, 08:33 AM
Remember I'm in about the opposite timezone of you guys. Basically, I was sleeping. I need to do that every now and then :smalltongue:

Sleep is for the weak!


LauWren, I was pretty much thinking that, since we're both from the south, it'd be natural for us to know about each other. Not much more than name, caste, spirit shape, but that's still more than we know about most of the circle.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-17, 08:30 PM
Well, for one, with all these new Essence users doing weird things to the Loom (especially the two Infernals, who being Outside Fate are basically a walking disaster zone for destiny), it could be understandable they'd send someone to keep a watch.

I am totally inside Fate. I am legitimately stealing that Pattern Spider work to pretend to be inside Fate!

It looks like the current connections can be plotted as thus:

Drake -> Raziel
|========^
|========|
v========v
Amelia <-> Orchid
^
|
v
Onyx Wing

And then Pyrus off to the side.

Rhyvurg, get yourself some connections! :smalltongue:

Rhyvurg
2010-12-17, 08:53 PM
With you Anathema freaks? Psh. Be glad I let you sleep on my couch, hobos.:smalltongue:

aetherialDawn
2010-12-18, 01:02 AM
Drake only seems to be Anathema AND only seems to be homeless! What do you do about him?


(Orchid and Raziel, on the other hand... Our job description is 'Bring Hell to Creation' - we just aren't terribly motivated to be all that evil. Minor annoyances, really. It wouldn't even be that bad, what we're doing, if it weren't part of the grand scheme to free the Yozis.)

Also... Pyrus -> Homeless People?

Rhyvurg
2010-12-18, 07:28 AM
Why not? They make great house boys.

Leliel
2010-12-18, 10:01 AM
(Orchid and Raziel, on the other hand... Our job description is 'Bring Hell to Creation' - we just aren't terribly motivated to be all that evil. Minor annoyances, really. It wouldn't even be that bad, what we're doing, if it weren't part of the grand scheme to free the Yozis.)


Then again, given the basic state of Yozi existence is "stoned out of their minds"...

What, you thought Hegra was allowed to roam around Malfeas because he likes her? ...Well, he does, but it's really thanks to her self-generated supply. The position on his friends list came after he realized that.

Though now that I think of it, her drug supply could be part of the gods clever plan to keep the Yozis imprisoned...

Sol: "All right, we won!"

Luna: "Yeah, but the Ebon Dragon didn't bite it. How are we supposed to prevent him from finding a loophole?"

Sol: "Oh yeah that...Maidens, you got any ideas?"

Venus: "Hey...Isn't Hegra still alive, too?"

Sol: "Yeah, she is, but I don't see how....oh. *grins mischievously*"

later...

A Demon Who Is Definitely Not a Shapeshifted Luna: "*sigh*; You know, Hegra, no one seems to like us. It's not their fault really, it's just the sensation of being bound by a single perspective..."


And I imagine Raziel's talks with Pyrus usually involve something like this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWnVmQZS_pU)

Tavar
2010-12-18, 06:07 PM
The idea of Sol grinning mischievously is...terrifying for some reason.

Also, reading the daystar fluff from Ink Monkeys really makes me feel sorry for the guy.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-18, 08:40 PM
"So, Drake is it? You're a Sidereal?...
Our bosses are crazy. We'd be willing to give your bosses a try."

If this actually happens, I will be... surprised. But not quite so far as amazed. And depressingly as far as the world of Exalted goes, it's likely to be slowed most by the fact that Heaven is so bad itself; Yes, more by that than even by Orchid being an outside-fate demon-merged avatar of doom.

It looks like the current relationships center, as far as such a thing can be said, on Pyrus, by virtue of him offering rooms to the homeless members of our party (And Drake, who just pretends to be homeless.) Our non-homeless members (Orchid/Amelia, a smith and a mercenary respectively) both have ties back to some of those people. The furthest outliers are Amelia and Drake, Amelia because she only vaguely knows Onyx and is thus not well connected to Pyrus. Drake because... Well, Sidereal. Sidereals have other concerns, and there is no-one who knows that you are a Sidereal. But that's probably fine, we can have one sixth ranger, and Amelia just needs to know Onyx (and thus Pyrus) better.

If everyone is good with that... All we need is a reason for these bonds to come together, yeah?

LauWren
2010-12-20, 01:04 AM
@Dawn: The fact that we all speak English is pretty interesting, too, no? And we have several people who could reasonably inform one other member of the group... Raziel tells you (conversations previously mentioned), either you tell me or I overhear when I'm coming by your forge, etc. If nothing else, one or more of us might swear in English. I can't speak for anyone else, but my character's pretty interested in language, just as a side of the whole storytelling thing.

I dunno. This may look weird in the morning.

Recaiden
2010-12-20, 01:40 AM
How about only Onyx Wing yet knows Pyrus and is crashing on his couch?

Raziel remains a homeless street preacher, who knows Amelia and Orchid and Drake. Best watch that no one in power gets wind of your highly illegal Yozi cult. :smallwink:

Drake knows of Raziel (who is messing up fate a fair bit) and vice versa. And yes, you may have a destiny in play. You were sent here because something odd was happening to threads of destiny that passed near Gem, that didn't fit standard Essence-expenditure distortions.

Orchid and Amelia know each other and Raziel.

Amelia also knows Onyx Wing.

Raziel and Orchid are also aware of another Infernal operating in this Gem-area, Enduring Alloyed Laurel, Scourge.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-20, 04:39 PM
I approve of all the above, and I can tell that Drake and Raziel knowing each other will be interesting. Do they know that the other is an Exalt - or even the specific kind - or do they view the other as just another homeless person? Actually, I shouldn't ask that, they should. So I take it back, but Leliel, Drascin! Ask or decide, I am curious. :smallbiggrin:

Having a Scourge in Gem will also be... interesting. Especially if we complete the primary-Reclamation-Yozis with an Ebon Dragon favored Scourge. Did we attend their Althing Infernal welcoming, or did they attend ours? (Was this Scourge Exalted before or after us, in other words.)

Tavar
2010-12-20, 07:05 PM
Hey...does Nara-O know about us? He knows all secrets that one person knows, and at least for awhile we each seem to have kept our origins secret. Well, except the Infernals, but they're outside of fate, so they shouldn't really count.

Rhyvurg
2010-12-20, 07:14 PM
Technically impossible, Nara-O cannot know something if it's known to 2 people. And it is. It's known to us. Our Earth and Creation-selves means 2 beings know about each of us as individuals. And as soon as we hear each other speak English I highly doubt we'd be anything less than completely accepting of companionship. Also, for our crafting types, get to work on Essence-powered cell phones. As earthlings we know of them, and as Exalts we have the skill and ability to make them. Make them work through dragon lines and manses are "cell towers" or something.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-20, 08:13 PM
Actually, there is already essence-based voice messages via a particular artifact. But honestly - we can do it better, cheaper. And if we can get the goddess who originally handled the messages in on it (She's bored stiff because that artifact was all she did and nobody uses them anymore) then we can link up different networks with ease.

Also, the Earth Demense I've got would make a great 'tower'. Only problem is building the manse, since it's a 4-dot demense. It is nearly guaranteed that we will have to use a manse of a lower level than the demense, at least early on.

However, I have an alternative plan to avoid such concerns. We don't need to cap the demense, we need to get access to the local dragon lines, the natural essence of the world, to carry our messages. There are infernal artifacts which tap Yozi essence without needing a manse, though they sadly require an actual connection. But if we drill one of those into the demense, and attach it to an artifact which will form the 'tower' then, well, we have our tower. Just no manse - and we'll need to drop our 'reception' if we ever want to design and build a manse there.

EDIT: The artifact is a Prayer Transmitter Module, Artifact 2 Repair 2. Not as bad as I thought (I thought it was Artifact 3!) but we can so do better. For example, cell phones need recharging... but generally not by a skilled professional. I'm hoping to push it down to the sort of Artifact where of course everyone important has them, because they're simply so useful and/or cheap. Linking it into a geomantic network will A) make it possible to have them be much cheaper and B) allow us to listen in on the calls, if you want to do that, since we have the demense it's based on.

Leliel
2010-12-21, 09:39 AM
I approve of all the above, and I can tell that Drake and Raziel knowing each other will be interesting. Do they know that the other is an Exalt - or even the specific kind - or do they view the other as just another homeless person? Actually, I shouldn't ask that, they should. So I take it back, but Leliel, Drascin! Ask or decide, I am curious. :smallbiggrin:


Well, I can agree with that assessment...

...but I can't see how a Sidereal would tolerate working with an Exalt of a kind that Heaven's files are lacking in, much less one with Evil Yozi Powers (tm).

That said, there's probably less of a barrier, given how with both can speak a language and agree we come from the same world. Raziel probably uses this to help prevent the accusations of insanity from a certain First Ager.

Come to think of it, I just thought of Corona's Fatal Flaw-she's paranoid about her own sanity. Since Raziel is a part of her...

Drascin
2010-12-21, 10:27 AM
I approve of all the above, and I can tell that Drake and Raziel knowing each other will be interesting. Do they know that the other is an Exalt - or even the specific kind - or do they view the other as just another homeless person? Actually, I shouldn't ask that, they should. So I take it back, but Leliel, Drascin! Ask or decide, I am curious. :smallbiggrin:


I figure Drake would give very little detail about himself, even in the case that Raziel does realize he's a Sidereal (you can expect at least one "Sorry, man, but I can't even tell you why I can't tell you. Job's orders" when Drake is asked about things :smalltongue:)


Hey...does Nara-O know about us? He knows all secrets that one person knows, and at least for awhile we each seem to have kept our origins secret. Well, except the Infernals, but they're outside of fate, so they shouldn't really count.

Well, Drake did tell his best friend - partly because a safeguard for this. The gods in the Division of Secrets would know it if it was a personal secret (and Drake knows this because he knows several of them on a first-name basis :smalltongue:) - if it isn't one, they're as much in the dark as anyone else, and Drake gets a friend checking him to see if he's going insane or not. Win/Win!


Well, I can agree with that assessment...

...but I can't see how a Sidereal would tolerate working with an Exalt of a kind that Heaven's files are lacking in, much less one with Evil Yozi Powers (tm).


Because that Exalt is me, and I have a very "everyone gets one chance" policy. Of course, I'm not exactly going to tell you I'm a Sidereal first thing (or second, or third), but I'm not the kind to call the dogs on people unless they seem certainly evil.

Tavar
2010-12-21, 10:48 AM
Well, he could also present it as studying the strange Exalts. As long as they aren't taking actively hostile action, his superiors might just buy it.

Also, for the Cell Towers...Perhaps having A Geomantic Nexus, with every other node being a network node?

aetherialDawn
2010-12-21, 06:01 PM
Well, he could also present it as studying the strange Exalts. As long as they aren't taking actively hostile action, his superiors might just buy it.

Also, for the Cell Towers...Perhaps having A Geomantic Nexus, with every other node being a network node?

Well, I do have a charm which messes with fate, indirectly, so I may not qualify for not taking hostile action. On the other hand, it's less harmful to fate than being outside fate.

I think, as far as a worldwide cell network goes, networked manses are the way to go. We could, in theory, try to use the celestial switchboard goddess, but she'd get too busy too fast if we spread too many of the phones around, and having an ally in Heaven who is eager to work is useful in so many other ways if we do get her in on it.

Tavar
2010-12-21, 11:19 PM
You know, let's make it something like this:

[Overly Verbose and Colorful Name that translates to Cellphone Manse] (Manse 3, air favored)
This is the central manse for the [Overly Verbose and Colorful Name that translates to Cellphone] network. All manses that tie into the network project an area of (Manse Rating x 5) miles where in the [Cellphone] has reception. Controlling this manse also gives a secondary function, though this is no generally known. All messages pass through this central hub, and so they can be listened in on from this manse. (The area that I listed is just an example, and the secondary function needs to be fleshed out more, but I think it works.)


[Overly Verbose and Colorful Name that translates to Cellphone] Artifact 1
This artifact attunes for 0 motes. One can communicate with any other [Cellphone] within [essence] Miles, for a cost of 1 mote per mile. This communication is two way, and lasts for 2 minutes, at which point one must spend additional motes, or end the call. If one is within in range of a manse networked to the Central Hub, then instead you may communicate with any other [Cellphone] that is within the network, at 5 motes per minute of communication.

If one inserts a Hearthstone in the [Cellphone], one doesn't need to pay the cost. The Stone's effective rating for mote regeneration lessens by 2, minimum 0, however.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-22, 12:31 AM
I was thinking of some middle ground between personal mote costs and hearthstones; no attunement, but the central artifact needs to be calibrated based on the number of cellphones on the network (or, without a network, there IS a mote cost) seems appropriate. It's difficult to network that many phones for power/range uses, but you can only use it as a walkie-talkie if you have an essence user around.

An explanation of why I want that; Ideally, I want this to be something we can give to lieutenants in an army. We're going to conflict with the Realm... And that conflict is pretty much guaranteed to go military. Being able to update our soldiers without as much need for relays and with superior co-ordination will give us an advantage. Also, it prevents us from rationing their use needlessly because we don't need to ration their use.

Leliel
2010-12-22, 12:45 AM
I think, as far as a worldwide cell network goes, networked manses are the way to go. We could, in theory, try to use the celestial switchboard goddess, but she'd get too busy too fast if we spread too many of the phones around, and having an ally in Heaven who is eager to work is useful in so many other ways if we do get her in on it.

Of course, then she'll learn about the Internet, and she'll want in on that too...and the Internet being the Internet, Ryzala will become interested.

When this happens, you'll be able to find me in the middle of the Great Archives of Malfeas, enjoying the quaint, efficient bureaucracy as compared to what the Queen [CENSORED] of Petty, Disgruntled Office Workers will make you go through.

Tavar
2010-12-22, 12:50 AM
Thing is, if it's not going to have a hearthstone/mote cost, then it's range is pretty much going to be limited to a radius around the main artifact/manse. Unless we're making an N/A artifact/manse, but in that case, who are you, and how did you get the help from an un-maimed Primordial.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-22, 01:18 AM
Thing is, if it's not going to have a hearthstone/mote cost, then it's range is pretty much going to be limited to a radius around the main artifact/manse.

This is pretty much what I'm going for; if we want more coverage, link in more areas. If you do need to use it as a walkie-talkie, clearly your need is great enough to just pay the motes in that case.


Unless we're making an N/A artifact/manse, but in that case, who are you, and how did you get the help from an un-maimed Primordial.

I'm an Infernal. Someday, I will BE an un-maimed Primordial.

Tavar
2010-12-22, 01:59 AM
Okay, so you don't want Cellphones, you want walkie-talkies/short range radios. That's a whole different ball game.

Recaiden
2010-12-22, 02:17 AM
How about:

Rapid Voice Weaving Air Current Messenger Network Generating Manse
(Manse 3, air favored)
This is the central manse for the Rapid Voice Weaving Air Current Messenger network. All manses that tie into the network project an area of (Manse Rating x 5) miles where in the Rapid Voice Weaving Air Current Messenger has reception. Communication can be established from the manse to any single Rapid Voice Weaving Air Current Messenger within the radius freely. Communications may also be set up between any two Rapid Voice Weaving Air Current Messengers within the radius with an infusion of Essence. Controlling this manse also provides a secondary function which is not generally known. All messages are carried by and through the geomancies that power this manse, and so can be monitored, listened to, and observed from the manse.


Rapid Voice Weaving Air Current Messenger
Artifact 1
This artifact attunes for 0 motes. One can communicate with any other Rapid Voice Weaving Air Current Messenger within [essence] Miles, for a cost of 1 mote per mile. This communication is two way, and lasts for 2 minutes, at which point one must spend additional motes, or end the call. If one is within in range of a manse networked to the Central Hub, then instead you may communicate with any other Rapid Voice Weaving Air Current Messenger that is within the network, at 3 motes per minute of communication.

If one inserts a Hearthstone in the Rapid Voice Weaving Air Current Messenger, one doesn't need to pay the cost. The Stone's effective rating for mote regeneration lessens by 2, minimum 0, however.

I think Tavar's idea was pretty well done. They can work over short distances, but they can work over longer ones and often more efficiently if within range of the manse.

Also, have a fluffy IC thread. (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?p=10018446#post10018446)
Despite what it says, you may be where you like, and doing anything.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-22, 04:39 AM
I have two problems with the cost for manse-reception use... The first being that, as a flat charge, it makes it more efficient to contact via walkie-talkie mode - it's 6m per two minutes in manse mode, so you need to be at absolute opposite ends of a 3-dot manse to merely match the cost - the benefit being the ability to communicate across a geomantic network. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it irks me for all the wrong reasons anyway.

I seem to recall the Mountain Folk having something a little more like what we want. I'll try and look it up. EDIT: The spoiler'd text is my original idea, but the Mountain Folk artifact is so close that my idea is practically redundant.


My idea for the mote costs, which are much lower... Though I think that the manse power should require a 1-point maintenance that doesn't give Creation Points to keep calls going (Stop the maintenance, network eventually goes dead from disrepair.)

Walkie-Talkie use: 1m per mile per minute.
Local Manse use: 1m to open a channel. The manse handles the energy concerns, and as a large piece of infrastructure can be far more efficient about it... But you still have to send the request.
Networked Manse use: 1m to open a channel, which allows 25 words to be transferred once per minute*. Each additional 50 words per long tick costs another mote. If the areas of the two networks actually contact each other, then they are treated as being part of the same Local Manse for use - this is for, say, a manse in Gem to a manse in Chiaroscuro.

*As in, once every 60 seconds, the manse sends out the accumulated messages as a single pulse to the rest of the network. It even allows spy-movie stuff where we need to get to the control room with the clock ticking before the message gets sent. With a more powerful phone, there could probably be a few extra widgets and doodads, but I can't think of any just now.

I looked up the Mountain Folk artifact. Echo Jewels. It is so close to what we want that it's not even funny. A little magitech (or bound demons...) for the barely more complex mechanism, harmonizing it to the local Demense instead of underground telluric currents for range, and it even has a three-dot version for long-range communications. A little magitech (or bound demons...) again to automate it (Each disc can only send/recieve in relation to one other disc at a time, but we Earthlings know how fast computers can be...) and we could very easily adapt a few of those to make our networks.

Rhyvurg
2010-12-22, 10:11 AM
Wow, that works out pretty good, I have a hearthstone that doesn't need to be socketed into anything already.

Recaiden
2010-12-22, 01:00 PM
The Echo Jewel based ones sound good, then.

Tavar
2010-12-22, 08:56 PM
Well, the walkie talkie version would be an open broadcast, so anyone could hear it. Also, the main use for the long range version is inter-manse communication.

Also, I was thinking of making something like an essence battery that would let non-essence users, or those without hearthstones use it. Have to recharge it, but again, having a special manse property could get around that.

Though, can you give more regarding the stats of the Echo Stones?

aetherialDawn
2010-12-22, 09:54 PM
Echo Jewels are The Scrolls of Esoteric Wisdom, Vol. 3: Scrolls of Fallen Races. Page 25, Mountain Folk Artifacts.

The Mountain Folk version is an always-on jewel which allows each person to hear what is going on next to each other person. I feel that we can do better, though, with at the very least an on/off switch, and possibly a way to leave messages/send silently.

Leliel
2010-12-22, 11:02 PM
I have no clue what you are talking about, so please ignore me.

Rhyvurg
2010-12-22, 11:15 PM
Essence-powered cell phones.

Tavar
2010-12-22, 11:30 PM
Hmm...don't have access to the book, so I can't really say anything helpful about them.

Also, you guys (besides Rhyvurg) do know that there's an IC thread up, right?

aetherialDawn
2010-12-22, 11:59 PM
I am aware. I'm just not sure how to follow up Rhyvurg yet.

I'll see what I can do.

Rhyvurg
2010-12-23, 12:01 AM
What can I say, I'm a tough act to follow.

Recaiden
2010-12-23, 04:16 PM
Having a Scourge in Gem will also be... interesting. Especially if we complete the primary-Reclamation-Yozis with an Ebon Dragon favored Scourge. Did we attend their Althing Infernal welcoming, or did they attend ours? (Was this Scourge Exalted before or after us, in other words.)

Enduring Alloyed Laurel, Ophidian Scourge, was Exalted in between the two of you.
Raziel Kablah attended their welcoming. It was not like his, clearly. Laurel in the lead, you walked for hours about the city in utter silence, the four winds frequently dancing about you in celebration.
She attended Orchid's, and was friendly there to everyone but him. Can't let one feel loved at their own parade, after all.

Leliel
2010-12-25, 11:02 PM
Yeahhh, sorry I didn't know that Gem had such strident anti-heresy laws.

I'll just mark it down as foreshadowing of Raziel's naivety.

Tavar
2010-12-25, 11:53 PM
You're suggesting praying, and trying to free, Demons. Yeah, that's going to be looked at harshly pretty much anywhere.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-25, 11:58 PM
Gem is soft on Anathema compared to the Realm (Although still very, very anti-Anathema - they basically give you a mafia-style visit. Disappear, or they make you disappear. They don't want to have to fight Anathema, but losing the Realm's support is unprofitable.)

However, they are very very hard on Anathema-worship and demon-worship - other types of cults people tend not to care about so much, if I recall rightly. Something about being put on spears and left to die by sun before you bleed out, then left to rot? Something like that.

Recaiden
2010-12-26, 03:29 AM
That's for people who steal large amounts of jewels.

Yozi-worship is merely punishable by public strangulation for you and your whole family. Additional punishments if that fails to kill you.

Drascin
2010-12-26, 09:00 AM
Well, let's start getting this party together :smallwink:.

Leliel
2010-12-26, 10:12 AM
Just a quick question-

What is the physical component of Drake's Resplendent Destiny? I assume Raziel, being Outside Fate, can see through it, and thus, it just looks like an obviously fake beard or something to him.

In fact, I'm going to assume it is a fake beard, because, well, that's going to be funny.

Drascin
2010-12-26, 11:08 AM
Just a quick question-

What is the physical component of Drake's Resplendent Destiny? I assume Raziel, being Outside Fate, can see through it, and thus, it just looks like an obviously fake beard or something to him.

In fact, I'm going to assume it is a fake beard, because, well, that's going to be funny.

Oh, no, it's just him, dressed for the part - a ridiculous wide-brimmed hat with a flower on it, classic bard attire with more colors than any man should wear at once, etcetera. I don't like fake beards - they're itchy

What the Resplendency does is make it so nobody can actually realize this guy is the same guy he is if he takes down the Resplendent Destiny - they see different face features, different build, slight changes that make it obvious it's not the same guy. If Drake takes down his Resplendent Destiny he'll look exactly the same to Raziel - but to everyone else, he's "obviously" a completely different person. Basically, Drake looks completely different to everyone except people outside fate - he could have actually not cared about the props and everyone would believe it anyway... except he's me, and I'm the very picture of paranoia, and while Sidereals don't know about Infernals, it's known demons can see through Resplendents so he made sure to wear the proper clothes anyway just in case.

And of course, it makes it so people can actually remember "Sparrow" the character. Sidereals without RDs get forgotten soon as they get out of the scene.

Leliel
2010-12-26, 11:43 AM
Oh, okay.

...Which makes this even funnier, since now I can play off your paranoia with my lack of social niceties.

Drascin
2010-12-26, 12:27 PM
Heh, yeah.

Let's see how this develops - in another game I am in (I'm playing a Lunar there), the Infernal of the party hasn't even guessed there is something odd after a month cohabitating with the Sidereal (while the rest of us are completely fooled) - because he's always seen him looking the same, and he has had no clue that everyone else sees him differently, so nobody has any idea the Slayer is seeing a completely different person than the rest of us - while the Sidereal has absolutely no idea the other man can see through his Resplendent destiny.

The players of both seem to have a lot of fun with the continuous equivocation on both parts, and I admit it does make me chuckle too, OOC :smalltongue:.

Recaiden
2010-12-27, 09:02 PM
Aetherial Dawn, you know you didn't actually roll dice with the forum roller or anything, right? :smallconfused:

aetherialDawn
2010-12-27, 09:52 PM
I did not. Because I'm being stupid. Have a roll!

[roll0] 3 successes, if it matters - but the important thing is just for at least me, and perhaps Pyrus, to know what's going on. Unless I notice something about the mortal.

*That's Perception 3, +2 from my lovely Unwoven Coadjutor. Well, I say lovely, he looks more like a mantis-crab-weapon collection inside of a fog bank...

I also apologize for being kind of quiet thus far. I'm hoping to fix that when it's appropriate. :smallsmile:

Drascin
2010-12-28, 02:47 AM
Yeah, haven't been able to replay - my little sister was (and is) ill, and I have limited time to give to writing out responses. I'll try to find time to answer our preacher ASAP.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-28, 05:46 AM
I hope your sister feels (and actually is) well soon! Being ill is not fun at all.

On a more mechanical note, I think I'll take up LauWren's/Leliel's use of <English marks.> They're much, much more convenient.

LauWren
2010-12-28, 11:33 PM
Perception+Awareness to locate the woman in white and see her clearly. [roll0] Five successes
Dexterity+Stealth to hide from the woman in the crowd.[roll1] Five successes

Recaiden
2010-12-28, 11:59 PM
Dice:

Her hiding [roll0]
Her noticing you. [roll1]

aetherialDawn
2010-12-29, 01:04 AM
Dice:

Her hiding [roll0]
Her noticing you. [roll1]

Maybe she's concealing her actual dice to notice, and she just made us THINK she has only two dice and eventually, going down that path will drive us insane, so I'll just stop there. It is interesting that she has such a low Perception + Awareness yet such a high Dexterity + Stealth...

Rhyvurg
2010-12-29, 01:31 AM
Good God, what is with this guy? It's like he wants to be killed. I don't have any social Charms, could somebody mind control this douche into going away please?

Recaiden
2010-12-29, 01:50 AM
Maybe she's concealing her actual dice to notice, and she just made us THINK she has only two dice and eventually, going down that path will drive us insane, so I'll just stop there. It is interesting that she has such a low Perception + Awareness yet such a high Dexterity + Stealth...

No, please continue into madness. It is so much the better when players free themselves from the chains of sanity than when they must be liberated by force.

Tell me, what is so odd about that? One can't be good at everything. :smallamused:

Incidentally, I love how you refer to the annoying man as 'the mortal'.


Good God, what is with this guy? It's like he wants to be killed.

Just saying. It's always possible.

Rhyvurg
2010-12-29, 02:55 AM
Incidentally, I love how you refer to the annoying man as 'the mortal'.


Well, we have to call him something. We don't know if he's an exalt, demon or spirit, or just a really arrogant ass.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-29, 04:43 AM
Incidentally, I love how you refer to the annoying man as 'the mortal'.

As far as I can tell, he is not only mortal, he is some sort of Mortal Incarnate. (Not to be confused with the Incarnae.)

I mean, he's got death, standing up to higher powers who deserve to be stood up to for all the wrong reasons, and being not so much neutral as unaligned all down! I think we should upgrade him with capitals. The Mortal. Maybe 'That Mortal Guy' and we will all know. He doesn't need a name; I am scared to check and make sure he's mortal because my power/type-checking charm has an obvious effect and he is the kind of guy who would shout all about it and trust his eyes. He is managing to pretty much force me not to do something just because he is so damn stubborn and/or suicidal. He has turned his very mortality into a weapon; if he accuses me, I cannot possibly have a big fight and then disappear in the commotion not because I'd lose but because I could not possibly create a commotion not centered around 'look at that non-mortal guy!'

I could probably get creative and get around some of those, but the complexities of social interaction here boil down to: He is an annoying mortal. I am a demonic avatar of unholy radiance. And yet there is nothing I can do because of that except try and run away. (The fact that this is because using my power would bring down the Wyld Hunt is irrelevant. The point is, he is blindly throwing a spanner in every plan I think up with his very existence.)

I will still feel uneasy despite his leaving - because until such a time as I can arbitrarily kill people if I want to, I can't do a thing about him. He is too mortal. And he has gotten enough of a personality to be recurring and I'm not going to get more meta than that right now. While stopping to deal with a 'mere mortal' would be foolish in many ways, we would not be totally out of place trying to find out what in the world this guy wants, because as far as I can tell we have no way to control him. He doesn't value his life, I don't know his intimacies, motivation, or even Virtues...

Recaiden
2010-12-29, 02:09 PM
He has high Valor! :smallsmile:

The rest, well, if any future conversations contained more than threats (or you pull out some Infernal mind-reading powers, you might find that out.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-30, 04:49 AM
But threats and weird rescues have taught us already that this man has high valor, and is unusual!

Clearly, more threats will teach us more.

That's what Melodies says, anyway (not really.)

Rhyvurg
2010-12-30, 04:59 AM
Wait, I kind of want to keep him now. We can bring him along and point him at various dangerous things and see if his bizarre bravery can keep him alive there too. He can be like our little TUS, and we'll be the Primordials putting him though hell just to see if he makes it out alive. We'll have to make sure he's housebroken first though, I'm not going to put up with stepping in mortal piddle first thing in the morning.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-30, 05:31 PM
You know, I don't recall the whole 'sun' thing ending well for anyone but the Neverborn, who have already had all their bad endings. Even Ligier has this sort of hate/I-Am-You relationship with Malfeas over A) Malfeas sucks now and Ligier is a perfectionist B) Dancing.

On the other hand, having a random mortal guy usurp us with his mere mortality would be amazing, so I'm in.

I'm thinking that I should maybe be worrying about Raziel, though... Heaven sounds more and more like the Mafia. Calling in hits, corruption behind a 'legitimate front', family ties via the Bureaus, protection rackets and extortion, trading favors for advancement...

Drascin
2010-12-30, 06:16 PM
I'm thinking that I should maybe be worrying about Raziel, though... Heaven sounds more and more like the Mafia. Calling in hits, corruption behind a 'legitimate front', family ties via the Bureaus, protection rackets and extortion, trading favors for advancement...

To be honest? Yeah, the gods have basically turned it into mafia turf wars. It's one of the reasons Drake hates working there. But, well, someone has to do the actual job that prevents the universe from going boom while everyone else is trying to be the Godfather, after all...

Recaiden
2010-12-30, 06:25 PM
You know, I don't recall the whole 'sun' thing ending well for anyone but the Neverborn, who have already had all their bad endings. Even Ligier has this sort of hate/I-Am-You relationship with Malfeas over A) Malfeas sucks now and Ligier is a perfectionist B) Dancing.


Yeah, but they were only primordials. You're Exalted.

LauWren
2010-12-30, 09:34 PM
Rhyvurg, was Pyrus supposed to be talking in English, or did you just rely on us all to draw the cross-language reference?

Rhyvurg
2010-12-30, 09:39 PM
Sorry, for got the <> things.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-30, 10:09 PM
The <> English DOES make it make more sense. It's good to know that if we ever need to confuse people we can do it in any language we please, though. :smalltongue:

Leliel
2010-12-31, 12:10 AM
...Well.

In case you haven't noticed, I'm playing a character whose sanity is beginning to fray around the edges.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-31, 12:31 AM
... Well, indeed.

Yes, I think we noticed when you shouted it to the sky. Exactly how loud was this shouting, given that I know Old Realm? Is it like, people nearby stare at you, or Orchid goes 'oh no Raziel's cover = blown must fix before he blows mine'?

Leliel
2010-12-31, 01:59 AM
... Well, indeed.

Yes, I think we noticed when you shouted it to the sky. Exactly how loud was this shouting, given that I know Old Realm? Is it like, people nearby stare at you, or Orchid goes 'oh no Raziel's cover = blown must fix before he blows mine'?

Naah, he never actually implicated the Yozis.

He's just a harmless loon who just had a nervous crackup.

No cover blown at all, and indeed, it actually fortifies his image as "street preacher", although he has to move somewhere where the people don't think he's gone off the deep end.

aetherialDawn
2010-12-31, 05:41 PM
Well, my strategy of keeping the maximum number of non-harmful secrets has been eliminated, so when we meet up I'll just have to tell them (them = all of you) anyway.

At least you haven't revealed that I can make perfect magical disguises whenever I want that work better than Arcane Fate in some cases. I'm sure Amelia will mention it by accident or something.

Leliel
2010-12-31, 08:22 PM
Um...sorry.

I am a bit trusting at times, and this tendency has been magnified in Raziel to "leaky sieve with people he thinks he can trust."

And to be frank, I don't like secrets. They never turn out healthy in the end, and should only be used when the alternative is far worse.

Drascin
2011-01-01, 05:34 AM
Well, I should probably oppose an Awareness roll to Tavar's Stealth if Wing is trying to sneak on us, no?

8d10

Edit: dammit, forum roller. I could swear that was the proper syntax.

Drascin
2011-01-01, 06:01 AM
Let's try that again...

[roll0]

EDIT: okay, on the good side, it worked. On the other, I still hate dice pools and everything they represent :smallsigh:

aetherialDawn
2011-01-01, 07:44 AM
Um...sorry.

I am a bit trusting at times, and this tendency has been magnified in Raziel to "leaky sieve with people he thinks he can trust."

And to be frank, I don't like secrets. They never turn out healthy in the end, and should only be used when the alternative is far worse.

Bah, don't be sorry! If it moves the game along, good, and if it doesn't, it's still interesting, so it's still good. In my case, the one secret I really want to keep as long as possible is my ability to make disguises.

Drascin
2011-01-01, 12:38 PM
And here we see one of my foibles - when I'm in genuine indignation (happens rarely, but seeing Raziel be basically an indoctrinated pawn will do it) I lose all my arguing ability and a fair deal of my charisma, and can't help but go for the usually less effective verbal bludgeon :smalltongue:.

Recaiden
2011-01-01, 03:02 PM
When you have a big enough hammer, that's all you need. :smalltongue:

Now, from that last paragraph, I imagine some Raziel inventing trains and building train tracks just so he can tie someone to them. Is that crazy?

Leliel
2011-01-01, 03:51 PM
Now, from that last paragraph, I imagine some Raziel inventing trains and building train tracks just so he can tie someone to them. Is that crazy?

I'll get to that once I create the Top Hat of Obvious Mischief and Shameless Villainy Wax-On Handlebar.

Leliel
2011-01-01, 04:44 PM
And now we get to one of the benefits of being on speaking terms with your Past Life: They can play "spot the Five-Score Fellowship", particularly given that she's able to cheat and look past the Resplendent Destiny.

Of course, she also doesn't exactly know about that, so to her, the hat is a hat.

Drascin
2011-01-01, 06:00 PM
Technically, you can see through Resplendent destinies too. You're the one out of Fate, remember. It's just that Drake is paranoid enough to have dressed the part completely anyway, just in case there WAS someone able to see through it (he had expected demons, not Infernals, of course).

Tavar
2011-01-01, 09:28 PM
Crud. Umm...not sure how I did this, but I just realized I messed up my abilities. I meant to put dots in Performance, not Presence. Since I haven't used those abilities at all yet, would it be alright if I switched them?

aetherialDawn
2011-01-01, 10:10 PM
Oh dear, from what I've read so far it sounds like Drake isn't accounting for the Ebon Dragon actually having to manipulate his siblings to get anything done (assuming a more competent and predictable adversary than is true) and also not realizing how good the deathknight comparison is - GSPs are, if not actually welcomed by the Deathlords, at least 'viable short-term allies.' (Okay, so not so much 'Oh dear' as 'well at least he doesn't know that it's even worse than all that' :smalltongue:)

I'd be happy to make an express train across the desert from Gem to someplace less isolated. We have the money, they have the proximity to people who want it. Trade is good... and, of course, a single train under our control can move troops for us, but it's difficult to smuggle troops in except the normal way. I just can't help thinking of all sorts of extra uses for things, sorry.

We can also bring foreign leaders to Gem for peaceful talks without needing to use obvious and possibly disquieting magic, too, while simultaneous ly showing off 'yes, we are this wealthy and awesome, see our awesometrain? we hardly ever tie people to the tracks.'


As a secondary note... If we want to join up the party right now, we could all meet in a restauraunt with the killer simhata beef (or maybe it's an inn, as the case may be. :smallamused:) But I don't mind keeping us split in three for a little while longer, either. Pyrus is kind of leading the Pyrus/Orchid/Amelia trio right now anyway, and Onyx Wing is leading himself.

Recaiden
2011-01-01, 11:28 PM
Crud. Umm...not sure how I did this, but I just realized I messed up my abilities. I meant to put dots in Performance, not Presence. Since I haven't used those abilities at all yet, would it be alright if I switched them?

Go ahead. Probably because they both start with 'P' and I put in a confusing table.


Oh dear, from what I've read so far it sounds like Drake isn't accounting for the Ebon Dragon actually having to manipulate his siblings to get anything done (assuming a more competent and predictable adversary than is true).

Ebon Dragon manipulating people? Of course. That his nature. But some are more helpful than others. :smallamused:
Adorjan is just as happy killing demons and hiding in quiet places in Hell as in Creation. But then, someone needs to enlighten everyone in Creation as to the folly of feeling and the importance of strength and someone needs to show her how to fix things. :smallfrown:
Malfeas wants, in varying degrees, to punish everyone, everywhere. But gaining his freedom would certainly help with that. :smallfurious:
Cecylene should show those mortals the true Law of reality, and expand her infinity through Creation. Little manipulation needed. :smallannoyed:
She Who Lives in Her Name follows where Malfeas leads. More than any of the others she wants to be free, and will lend all her efforts to the Reclamation. But then, if Malfeas should happen to perish in the effort, some parts of her would rejoice. A good hierarchy can adapt to new needs, and though she is too broken yet to do so, the thoughts are there. There are many cross-purposes in the way of her contribution. :smallconfused:
Szoreny...well, this is all part of his plan. But then, that plan includes many other things, which his fellow Yozis may not like. :smallwink:
Kimbery giveth, and Kimbery taketh away. Blessed be the name of Kimbery. Her Lintha are still there. And freedom is certainly to be desired. smallcool:

aetherialDawn
2011-01-02, 09:47 PM
Due to intentional oddness in my speech, a short summary of what Orchid just told Pyrus:

1) Not an Anathema, but close.
1a) Lack of respect for the Immaculate Order.
2) Exaltation was carried by a demon.
3) Many people in his head (One demon, one past life, Creation memories, Earth memories, possibly others.)
4) "I'm not crazy, I just sound like it."
5) Called a Green Sun Prince.

Leliel
2011-01-02, 11:49 PM
I'm going to let Drake continue the "Mugging The Monster, Sans Actual Muggers" routine. Frankly, it seems more natural that way if the city guards rush over to help.

Plus-FATE NINJA LUNAR TOSS!

aetherialDawn
2011-01-05, 12:30 AM
Exactly how do Gem-people handle meal times? If night is day and day is night, then do they have breakfast in the early evening? Do they handle it like the Spanish? What?

You don't have to answer that.

Recaiden
2011-01-05, 09:23 PM
A light breakfast or large snack in the late afternoon.

The main meal, a supper, around midnight.

Tea time, 4:00 A.M.

And the day's last meal late in the morning.

Also, got the Broken-Winged Crane recently. More Peripheral Essence Pool Charms and Heresies make me very happy and wanting to play an infernal. :smallbiggrin:

Um, carry on.

Tavar
2011-01-05, 09:41 PM
So...just to be sure. This is your reaction to every single surprise, right?

Leliel
2011-01-06, 04:41 PM
Yeah. Pretty much.

Raziel's flighty like that.

Drascin
2011-01-08, 04:34 AM
So...just to be sure. This is your reaction to every single surprise, right?

Not all, but I'm easily startled - having a mind that sees velociraptor attacks in every thick bush, plus being used to knowing absolutely everything around me, makes one rather scared of unseen touches :smalltongue:.

Also, what was Raziel preaching in then? I'd assumed flametongue because that's what common people here speak, but aparently he doesn't speak it?

aetherialDawn
2011-01-08, 07:23 AM
velociraptor attacks in every thick bush

This is why we should get our manses fortified. Forget the Realm - we're in the South. Exalted Claw Striders are a lot more tolerant of deserts than Earth dinosaurs - they just eat less, and get hungrier.

Also, I'm going to assume Pyrus and Amelia follow me to the restaurant, AND that it's the same restaurant as Drake, Raziel, and Wing are at. There can't be that many good places to eat in this part of Gem (At least, that don't cater to 'you are here to seek your fortune, allow me to grossly overcharge you!') if that's okay. I would insert a vague excuse about maybe it's fated, but I'm not in fate right now and so the pattern spiders can go cry in their little corners about how my fake persona was supposed to be assassinated and has instead left one very confused Altair. Or possibly just forget about me, I seem to recall Pattern Spiders having ADHD brought on by overwork.

LauWren
2011-01-08, 06:56 PM
^ It's what I'd do anyway. Unless a velociraptor jumped out or something, I guess.

Oh, wait, no thick bushes. Okay, we're good.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-08, 11:42 PM
Okay, we're good.

Not only have you doomed us all, but you have forgotten just how many things in the South have already caught on to 'hide under sand' - just how long will it take hungry claw striders to figure it out?

Leliel
2011-01-09, 12:28 AM
Not all, but I'm easily startled - having a mind that sees velociraptor attacks in every thick bush, plus being used to knowing absolutely everything around me, makes one rather scared of unseen touches :smalltongue:.

Also, what was Raziel preaching in then? I'd assumed flametongue because that's what common people here speak, but aparently he doesn't speak it?

Well, interesting story:

See, I didn't know we were starting in Gem when the game began, so I gave Raziel the languages that would be IC for him to know.

When it actually came to light we were in Gem, well...I thought it would be wrong to change what had already been put down as Raziel being able to speak.

My bad. Although it should be noted, he was preaching in Low Realm.

As a side note, I'll wait for the "lunch" scene to start before posting next.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-09, 12:58 AM
Eh, just get the Swirly charm that forces entire crowds to speak exclusively in Old Realm. Solves all your language problems, gives you a whole new bundle. I do note than Flametongue is to Gem as Low Realm is to the Realm.

Drascin
2011-01-09, 04:51 AM
This is why we should get our manses fortified. Forget the Realm - we're in the South. Exalted Claw Striders are a lot more tolerant of deserts than Earth dinosaurs - they just eat less, and get hungrier.


I'm pretty well off already, I think. My manse is hidden, the door is an unobvious slab of stone, it only has one entrance, and the one it has is a long passageway narrow enough that only one velociraptor could fit at a time, removing their greatest threat - pack tactics. And Drake knows enough kung-fu to take a single Deinonychus one-on-one pretty easily.

Recaiden
2011-01-09, 11:18 AM
I'm pretty well off already, I think. My manse is hidden, the door is an unobvious slab of stone, it only has one entrance, and the one it has is a long passageway narrow enough that only one velociraptor could fit at a time, removing their greatest threat - pack tactics. And Drake knows enough kung-fu to take a single Deinonychus one-on-one pretty easily.

But can you retreat to that manse before the raptors get you?

Drascin
2011-01-09, 11:51 AM
But can you retreat to that manse before the raptors get you?

Not yet. I need to raise Essence first. Then, it's just a matter of Avoidance Kata :smalltongue:.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-11, 12:15 PM
A quick note: Orchid knows 'Sparrow' is named Sparrow because Raziel just spoke to him. And introduced Sparrow to Orchid (albeit technically not the other way around but I'm fairly sure we aren't British high nobility so it's probably not a problem.)

Tavar
2011-01-11, 02:49 PM
Oh, that reminds me; currently(due to Subtle Silver Declaration) Only the Infernals can see my tell. Well, possibly Rhyvurg as well, his sheet seems odd to me. I think he switched his Mental And Physical Defense values.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-11, 04:15 PM
In Orchid's case, he hasn't noticed yet (it's not the sort of Tell which screams I AM A LUNAR to the world) but if he pays more attention he will, and more importantly he'll also know what it means, though his knowledge of the local fauna isn't good enough to actually place your spirit shape beyond 'weird snake thing'. Make of that what you will.

Leliel
2011-01-12, 01:11 AM
If you're wondering why I'm a bit insistent about Szoreny, keep in mind that Raziel is a dependent personality and ur-submissive.

The Silver Forest is literally the driving force of his life, which makes psychological sense, as Drake is probably aware-he's an inverted narcissist, a person who literally exists to worship other people. Szoreny being Szoreny, he's probably aware of this and enjoys the attention.

If that's annoying, I will stop, but keep in mind that to him, the Silver Forest isn't a removed master or a demon-god; To Raziel, he's an adoptive father who saved him from a miserable life with few options and fewer good ones. And to him, the good father is paramount and unassailable.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-12, 09:26 AM
It all seems fine by me. Szoreny is inherently reflective and living; as far as the Yozis go he might not be the most human in total, but he's far and away the one most able to appear so when he wants to. I would start to consider it a bit weird if Raziel felt that way about, say, SWLiHN though.

On a note of Orchid... He of course doesn't realize that 'normal' people couldn't see that detail about Sparrow, and since he hasn't been paying attention to Wing while he's speaking yet he hasn't made the Lunar connection. And gosh, this place must be packed for us to still not have a table. Break time for the mining slaves?

EDIT: I think my Tomescu must have a nonstandard Motivation or something. Probably he dropped his 'live for the moment' when he found out he'd outlived his preordained death. :smalltongue:

EDIT x2: I'm going to wait to answer Wing's stuff until Drascin has a chance to look it over, assuming that's okay. If you think it's a better idea to keep going I can respond.

Much blue text!

-----

Goodness gracious, even more blue text. I do wonder how opinions will change when people find out who Orchid's bosses are.

And is it that obvious he's a Solar-type? :smalltongue: Good.

Leliel
2011-01-20, 08:59 PM
Well, they already know about my employers, and that I seemingly don't have a choice.

Though now I wonder: What is everyone going to think when they find that Raziel thinks his position as "Szoreny's tool" is most enviable?

Tavar
2011-01-20, 10:07 PM
Depends. For instance, that list he mentioned? Malfeas is almost definitely one the top threats.

As for the tool thing, well, depends on how much Wing's had a chance to learn. Right now he's pretty much hit his limit, in terms of knowledge about Creation's in-and-outs, and a lot of that is chance words he's picked up hanging around Tamuz. Most likely, he's going to send some form of word. Not complete, but a warning, at the very least.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-20, 10:32 PM
Depends. For instance, that list he mentioned? Malfeas is almost definitely one the top threats.

But we want to conquer the world, not unmake it! The massive casualties would be a byproduct!
Yeah, seriously, Malfeas is pretty high on the list. Although I think I'd still rate the Wyld above Malfeas, and the Underworld above everyone else. It's not that Malfeas isn't a threat; there are literal demonic armies chomping at the bit. There's just less access. It is a sad day when the threats to your world are so massive that you arrange them not by relative power, but by how long it would take for them to arrive.


As for the tool thing, well, depends on how much Wing's had a chance to learn. Right now he's pretty much hit his limit, in terms of knowledge about Creation's in-and-outs, and a lot of that is chance words he's picked up hanging around Tamuz. Most likely, he's going to send some form of word. Not complete, but a warning, at the very least.

Well, Orchid (and I!) can hardly blame you. From one point of view you just got the full demonic temptation treatment; you should be feeling a combination of pleasant desire and uneasy dread right now. Sending a warning is about the sanest thing you can do. Someone's going to blab sooner or later, and the Silver Pact are probably the group I would put closest to unconditionally good. If I wanted someone watching me for maniacal villainy, I'd certainly pick the Lunars (sans Raksi.)
(Malfeas goes without saying, the Realm is corrupt and bureaucratic at best, Yu-Shan is... also corrupt and bureaucratic, actually, just on an even larger, but subtler scale.)

Tavar
2011-01-20, 11:19 PM
But we want to conquer the world, not unmake it! The massive casualties would be a byproduct!
Yeah, seriously, Malfeas is pretty high on the list. Although I think I'd still rate the Wyld above Malfeas, and the Underworld above everyone else. It's not that Malfeas isn't a threat; there are literal demonic armies chomping at the bit. There's just less access. It is a sad day when the threats to your world are so massive that you arrange them not by relative power, but by how long it would take for them to arrive.

Wyld's tricky. Yeah, the Baloran Crusade did a lot of damage, but the current fey don't have the power do to that any more; their population's much, much smaller now, and they have threats of their own. Plus, the society isn't united in terms of what it wants to do to Creation.


Well, Orchid (and I!) can hardly blame you. From one point of view you just got the full demonic temptation treatment; you should be feeling a combination of pleasant desire and uneasy dread right now. Sending a warning is about the sanest thing you can do. Someone's going to blab sooner or later, and the Silver Pact are probably the group I would put closest to unconditionally good. If I wanted someone watching me for maniacal villainy, I'd certainly pick the Lunars (sans Raksi.)
(Malfeas goes without saying, the Realm is corrupt and bureaucratic at best, Yu-Shan is... also corrupt and bureaucratic, actually, just on an even larger, but subtler scale.)
I'd say Raksi is less dangerous than Ma-Ha-Suchi. At least she doesn't hold rape-cannibal-orgies, and doesn't want to bring all of creation down.

And, well, there's the problem that many of them really know how bad Malfaes is. I'd only give the warning once I realized the extent of your connection to it, but part of the warning would be 'hey, did you know Malfeas has Solars on the pay-roll now?'.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-21, 12:10 AM
Wait, I thought Raksi did the rape-cannibalism-orgies, and Ma-Ha-Suchi is the one who wanted to bring down all civilization and empower the god of ruins? I know that Raksi does the 'If you want my magical knowledge, eat this baby!' thing.

As for the Silver Pact, yeah, they know how bad Malfeas is, but they don't have the manpower to come after a mere warning (though that doesn't make us, by which I mean Orchid/Raziel really, safe.) So I'd still say that if I'm going to have a sword over my head, I'd rather have Lunars holding it. They're the group that doesn't have dedicated specialist kung-fu death squads, you see, yet at the same time if we become a threat to Creation they could still mobilize one.

Now, them finding out that we have Solar-equivalents, that might actually bring in some problems.

Tavar
2011-01-21, 12:17 AM
Read and Despair. (http://forums.white-wolf.com/cs/blogs/freelancers/archive/2010/06/19/ink-monkeys-vol-19-special-guest-edition-the-east.aspx)

And while Raksi does eat babies/force others to if they want to use her knowledge, from what I've read/some developers have said, she's not as bad as Ma-Ha-Suchi.

Recaiden
2011-01-21, 11:54 AM
(Malfeas goes without saying, the Realm is corrupt and bureaucratic at best, Yu-Shan is... also corrupt and bureaucratic, actually, just on an even larger, but subtler scale.)

Actually, I believe Malfeas functions quite well.


Read and Despair. (http://forums.white-wolf.com/cs/blogs/freelancers/archive/2010/06/19/ink-monkeys-vol-19-special-guest-edition-the-east.aspx)

And while Raksi does eat babies/force others to if they want to use her knowledge, from what I've read/some developers have said, she's not as bad as Ma-Ha-Suchi.

Sadly, yes. Ma-Ha-Suchi is...too bad for me to find words for.

Tavar
2011-01-21, 12:24 PM
Actually, I believe Malfeas functions quite well.


For a given value of functioning. I mean, even when they were whole and saner, the Primordials weren't regarded as paragons of functionality. Now...

Edit: anyone know the Dex of a normal house cat? Since I lack the knack that allows one to override a false shapes stats with one's own, I should use it's Dexterity.

Recaiden
2011-01-21, 12:49 PM
For a given value of functioning. I mean, even when they were whole and saner, the Primordials weren't regarded as paragons of functionality. Now...

Edit: anyone know the Dex of a normal house cat? Since I lack the knack that allows one to override a false shapes stats with one's own, I should use it's Dexterity.


Better than Heaven, anyway.

Take it as 3.

Edit: Your stealth roll wasn't a [rollv], so I can't see the dice. Please redo it.

Tavar
2011-01-21, 12:50 PM
Okay, posting it in here because I messed up the roll in there.
Dex+Stealth[roll0]

Leliel
2011-01-21, 04:03 PM
Read and Despair. (http://forums.white-wolf.com/cs/blogs/freelancers/archive/2010/06/19/ink-monkeys-vol-19-special-guest-edition-the-east.aspx)

And while Raksi does eat babies/force others to if they want to use her knowledge, from what I've read/some developers have said, she's not as bad as Ma-Ha-Suchi.

Not only is he worse, he actually knows what he's doing is wrong.

Raksi is, at her core, a woman who's been so mind-raped by the Wyld in her skull that she's lost the ability to tell right from wrong. Dispell that, and she'll be perfectly...well, not harmless, since she's an elder Lunar, but at least not an inherent danger to others.

Ma-Ha-Suchi has no derangements, and is explicitly noted as his motives being revenge for his face-specifically, that his Appearance isn't superhumanly beautiful anymore. He's just a vain and cruel old warlord.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-21, 04:56 PM
Clarification request: Is the server answering 'What we said which was in Flametongue' or 'Everything we said, translated into Flametongue'?
Or something else?
Your ambiguous words worry me! Also, of course, if they had any artifacts then I could get suspicious and check their Essence out. There are just all sorts of ways to spot an Exalt if you are an even slightly paranoid Exalt yourself!

Recaiden
2011-01-21, 04:58 PM
Clarification request: Is the server answering 'What we said which was in Flametongue' or 'Everything we said, translated into Flametongue'?
Or something else?
Your ambiguous words worry me! Also, of course, if they had any artifacts then I could get suspicious and check their Essence out. There are just all sorts of ways to spot an Exalt if you are an even slightly paranoid Exalt yourself!

The first one. Things you said which were spoken in Flametongue. Which is what he could understand.

Tavar
2011-01-21, 05:00 PM
Well, not much then. Just the orders, unless I'm missing something.

Recaiden
2011-01-21, 05:12 PM
You're right; it isn't very much. Because you were all talking in some strange language.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-21, 09:53 PM
I am glad to hear all our plans did not spill out randomly. Perhaps we should be very slightly more cautious even with English.
Just a bit.

Or, Orchid could use body language to technically-not-shout his feelings on some subject for everyone to see!

An Intelligence + Occult roll. Difficulty 2, because if I have to use the difficulty 5 version I'd rather break out a little help.
[roll0]

Of course, I rolled 7 successes anyway, so that's my loss.
More than enough to know how powerful that Hearthstone is, though.
Recaiden?

Recaiden
2011-01-22, 07:00 PM
It's a two dot Yozi Aspected Hearthstone.

Orchid will get that it's a thing of twisted, toxic nature. Something that always moves, like a hunting shark. Something moderately refined.
an Infernal with Essence 3.

She certainly looks different than at either parade, but it could be the same person.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-23, 02:02 PM
Just pointing out that Scourge favoring the Ebon Dragon (probably - Ophidian, anyway) scares me, hence why Orchid's spine has disappeared until he can get some idea of what's going on.

Drascin
2011-01-23, 03:12 PM
Wow. You spend a day busy and the game gets so very away from you. Let's see if I can try to jump back into existence...

Tavar
2011-01-23, 03:48 PM
Keep in mind that the new infernal wasn't there for most of it. In fact, she's only heard your rant at post 151.

Recaiden
2011-01-23, 08:54 PM
Just pointing out that Scourge favoring the Ebon Dragon (probably - Ophidian, anyway) scares me, hence why Orchid's spine has disappeared until he can get some idea of what's going on.

Does one having the First Ebon Dragon Excellency, Ebon Dragon Sorcerous Initiation, Ebon Dragon Ascendancy Mantle, and an Ebon Dragon-themed weapon influence that at all?

Tavar
2011-01-23, 09:31 PM
Possibly.

Also, I don't think Orchid's paying enough attention if he thinks the reaction isn't powerful. It's just not immediately as volatile as some.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-23, 09:46 PM
This is pretty good despite the hostility. Nobody's even glanced at a weapon yet, let alone started stabbing. So Orchid is indeed paying attention, it's just that his expectations were so much worse for a bit there. (As a player, I'm pretty much certain that Laurel will never bring us anything but pain. She favored the Ebon Dragon and Adorjan. Her easiest charms lend themselves to serial murdering, not caring about people, corruption, and blatant lies.)
(Also... He has Mind-Hand Manipulation on. He can relax as much as he likes and be just as combat-ready.)

Though yes, Wing's reaction is worrying, but again, you haven't actually threatened anyone yet.


For Recaiden...
Well, anyone who qualifies for an Ascendancy Mantle (Essence 5, and then it lets them get Essence 6!) will send me running, but otherwise, of those charms and the weapon, only the Excellency worries me specifically as a 'this person may be Bad News' style of thing... but the Ebon Dragon is the Yozi/Primordial that Orchid most wants to stay clear of, pulling just barely ahead of Kimbery and Adorjan.

Tavar
2011-01-23, 09:50 PM
I'm a martial artist with only the clothes on my back. I'm not going to be draw a weapon no matter what.

And honestly, someone going right into how they're trying to destroy a major city...you really think that's a good idea?

Recaiden
2011-01-23, 10:27 PM
For Recaiden...
Well, anyone who qualifies for an Ascendancy Mantle (Essence 5, and then it lets them get Essence 6!) will send me running, but otherwise, of those charms and the weapon, only the Excellency worries me specifically as a 'this person may be Bad News' style of thing... but the Ebon Dragon is the Yozi/Primordial that Orchid most wants to stay clear of, pulling just barely ahead of Kimbery and Adorjan.

Dawn, that most recent post clearly cannot be true, remember?
She's only essence three. No Ascendancy Mantle for her. It serves only to illustrate a point. When would she have had time to gather such Essence?
Or, she is somehow hiding from your scan her whole previous backstory as understood when you were introduced is a fabrication.
I'm sure that as an Ophidian type she's taking the simple route.

Also, not all the charms are bad. The Ebon Dragon has that one to lower target number for others and Adorjan has...um...Tragic Love Amusement?

aetherialDawn
2011-01-23, 10:28 PM
Orchid does not know you are a martial artist; he knows that you are some kind of snake-based Lunar, and is expecting you to activate a charm as part of going into combat, which he plans to parry with telekinetic force. Actually, 'see the charm they attempt to use and telekinetically parry' describes pretty well the desperate plan Orchid has for ANY attack.

As for what Laurel is saying... Green Sun Princes and the culture that surrounds them is just a bit insane. Orchid is not treating her as seriously for what she's saying as everyone else probably is; he's on edge for his own reasons (Ophidian Scourge, again.) He knows it looks bad, but he's still catching up to just how bad.

And, of course... Yes. Laurel has a high chance of being an Ophidian Scourge, thus having Ebon Dragon Charms, thus being able to hide anything from anyone. But the charm that Orchid specifically knows of, and possesses himself, would explain her looks, and her Essence as-is is not unreasonably high. To him, everything checks out and it's time to move on to the immediate 'Let's make sure nobody dies, or at least that we can have sides figured out when it gets to that point'

-

I've been thinking through what is likely to happen if someone attacks, and mostly I'm just going to hope that between me and probably-Amelia we can parry whatever attacks fly and defuse it, because in any situation in which nobody is willing to back down even in that case, then I'm not sure where Orchid's loyalties were fall (I'd say about 30% to Laurel, 40% to Sparrow/Pyrus/Wing, and 30% to trying to parry still despite the aggression.* If Amelia or Raziel pick sides, he's likely to follow them.)
In light of the complexity and general mistrust, I'm going to stick with my player's intuition that Laurel will bring us nothing but pain. Orchid is too stressed to logically assess what he thinks at all.

*These statistics are somewhat inaccurate, since he won't be happy about helping Laurel and will probably continue to do his best to break up the fight rather than help her.

Leliel
2011-01-23, 11:17 PM
As for Raziel, a lack of a spine is one of his defining character flaws, so he's just acting submissive and apologetic, as per usual.

Drascin
2011-01-24, 01:13 AM
As for Drake, well, an Infernal assassin that seems to scare even her allies (from Orchid and Raziel's reactions) just heard him mention he's from Heaven and he's going to reveal the existence of Infernals. Add this with a slight dose of paranoia and a certain knowledge of spy movies, and right now he finds himself kind of looking distressingly like the secondary guy who dies while trying to inform of the bad guy's plans.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-24, 04:16 PM
Arguing now, as devil's advocate to my own detriment... We are her 'comrades' and could be putting on a show of 'no, really, all that information got out without us doing anything... And she killed anyone who tried to take information to their superiors!'

Of course, in that case, we're putting on a really good show all of a sudden.

Tavar
2011-01-24, 04:23 PM
As for Drake, well, an Infernal assassin that seems to scare even her allies (from Orchid and Raziel's reactions) just heard him mention he's from Heaven and he's going to reveal the existence of Infernals. Add this with a slight dose of paranoia and a certain knowledge of spy movies, and right now he finds himself kind of looking distressingly like the secondary guy who dies while trying to inform of the bad guy's plans.

Well, at least you're not totally boned. I mean, Wing doesn't like this person at all. In fact, if we were in more isolated places, he would probably keep digging, and then fight her. Right now, he's simply decided that there are some things he doesn't want to know, and that now isn't the place for a couple of exalts to throw down. He's definitely going to be telling the Pact about some of this.


Edit: Wait a second. She's my mate, isn't she.:smalleek:

aetherialDawn
2011-01-24, 06:56 PM
Edit: Wait a second. She's my mate, isn't she.:smalleek:

Maybe not! Some Lunars are bound to Abyssals, or insane Solars, you know. It's not always the first Solar-type you meet!

As for NICE NPC Solars, though, fat chance, they're already bound to Raksi, Ma-Ha-Suchi, maybe some Akuma and Chimeras.

(On the topic of Orchid, I can cut out the little dialogues with Melodies Within Fog if people would prefer that.)

Tavar
2011-01-24, 07:01 PM
Those dialouges are interesting, though.


And, can't I be mates with, I don't know, Dace? Or maybe the Bull of the North? Both of them seem pretty okay.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-24, 07:07 PM
I am pretty sure that the bull of the North is mated to Ma-Ha-Suchi, because there is no way that having the two greatest barbarian hordes of the world face off could not be awesome.

Dace is mated to a nameless chimera, but I guess you could beat it up to free his mate and earn his favor for a few hundred years? (This is so not canon. But I wish that the Bull of the North/Ma-Ha-Suchi thing was - Mateships are allowed to be rivalry! Or maybe the Bull just feels that Ma-Ha-Suchi is abusing his mated Exaltation and it must be freed from its depraved host. The point is really the huge, dramatic fights we can interfere in/watch/take sides in/just imagine.)

Edit: Oh, and if people like the dialogues I'm not going to stop them, of course. They're kinda fun for me too once in a while. :smallsmile: Only if it was somehow annoying, being that they are side-conversations by nature.

Pyrus, nooooo! She probably won't kill us in our sleep if we let her go! She gains no benefit and eliminates future favors extorted from Raziel and Orchid if she does so!

Tavar
2011-01-25, 01:50 AM
Well. That's straight forward enough.

Drascin
2011-01-25, 06:34 AM
Arguing now, as devil's advocate to my own detriment... We are her 'comrades' and could be putting on a show of 'no, really, all that information got out without us doing anything... And she killed anyone who tried to take information to their superiors!'

Of course, in that case, we're putting on a really good show all of a sudden.

That seems doubtful from Drake's perspective. Or at least Raziel was not in it. I prize myself on being a rather perceptive person face to face (those double four dots in Perception and Awareness are not there because they have any use in this system, but because it's a very important part of me) and to him Raziel seemed kind of too wrapped up in it all to be lying :smalltongue:.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-25, 08:41 AM
Well, being contrary doesn't make me right, of course.

Don't know what to say about Pyrus, though, really.

Recaiden
2011-01-25, 10:16 AM
Wait a second. She's my mate, isn't she.:smalleek:
I would have told you if she was. No, just a Scourge.

Maybe not! Some Lunars are bound to Abyssals, or insane Solars, you know. It's not always the first Solar-type you meet!

As for NICE NPC Solars, though, fat chance, they're already bound to Raksi, Ma-Ha-Suchi, maybe some Akuma and Chimeras.

(On the topic of Orchid, I can cut out the little dialogues with Melodies Within Fog if people would prefer that.)

The dialogues are interesting.


And, can't I be mates with, I don't know, Dace? Or maybe the Bull of the North? Both of them seem pretty okay.

Neither of them, and I'm sorry to say that the odds of getting someone 'pretty okay' is not high. They do exist though, and as your mate isn't to be introduced for a good while in the current plan, maybe it'll steer towards the unlikely.


Pyrus, nooooo! She probably won't kill us in our sleep if we let her go! She gains no benefit and eliminates future favors extorted from Raziel and Orchid if she does so!

She probably won't kill you all in your sleep away. I think she'll settle for lesser vengeance, if any. Wouldn't want to do anything to inconvenience her Wing, now would she?

But then again, you're all so delicious.

Tavar
2011-01-25, 10:53 AM
She probably won't kill you all in your sleep away. I think she'll settle for lesser vengeance, if any. Wouldn't want to do anything to inconvenience her Wing, now would she?

But then again, you're all so delicious.

Is there any particular reason that she's focused on me? Or is it just because of my somewhat hostile attitude towards her(hopefully now eclipsed by Pyrus)?

Recaiden
2011-01-25, 11:58 AM
Is there any particular reason that she's focused on me? Or is it just because of my somewhat hostile attitude towards her(hopefully now eclipsed by Pyrus)?

Just your attitude. Which, being only moderately hostile, gets you into a completely different category from Pyrus.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-25, 06:50 PM
So, will Laurel respond, or does someone else have to grow a spine too and fill that awkward silence?

Tavar
2011-01-25, 07:42 PM
Well, in animal form, I'm all spine, but I think I'll pass on this one.

Rhyvurg
2011-01-25, 08:53 PM
Bah, caution is for the weak. Always deal from a position of strength, even if it's a bluff.

Tavar
2011-01-25, 09:08 PM
Well, if you were alone, it would be a pretty big bluff. But at the very least you have a Lunar, and likely a Sidereal as well. Meanwhile, she's alone. Unless she's hiding some serious mojo, we should be alright.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-25, 11:44 PM
A note: Ebon Dragon charms are very good at hiding mojo. In fact, she very likely has charms which create perfect fate-disguises and also make her appear to be supernaturally whatever she likes. I don't believe it covers equipment, but I may not be recalling correctly on that point.

Recaiden
2011-01-26, 01:59 AM
A note: Ebon Dragon charms are very good at hiding mojo. In fact, she very likely has charms which create perfect fate-disguises and also make her appear to be supernaturally whatever she likes. I don't believe it covers equipment, but I may not be recalling correctly on that point.

Adorjan charms can cover the equipment front. :smallwink:

aetherialDawn
2011-01-26, 12:11 PM
Guys, I think we should just let her get away. It's not like we're going to get to kill her in the middle of a restaurant.

Tavar
2011-01-26, 12:56 PM
Oh, definitely. Wing would only have gotten involved if someone else started it, or her position became one where conflict was inevitable(she took out a baby and began to eat it right then and there...). His position is not wanting to start anything, but if it is started, to end it.

Recaiden
2011-01-26, 02:06 PM
Guys, I think we should just let her get away. It's not like we're going to get to kill her in the middle of a restaurant.

So where are you planning to kill her?


Oh, definitely. Wing would only have gotten involved if someone else started it, or her position became one where conflict was inevitable(she took out a baby and began to eat it right then and there...). His position is not wanting to start anything, but if it is started, to end it.

Literally eat a baby? It's not like she's an abyssal. Much better to steal it and raise it as one's own, as a Creature of Darkness.

Unless one is really hungry, but even then, if one knows Murder is Meat; all one has to do is metaphorically eat a baby.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-26, 02:10 PM
So where are you planning to kill her?

In a suitably dramatic place, in a fashion precisely as metaphorical as her 'destruction of Gem' turns out, of course. Perhaps we'll just tell her really funny jokes.

And she would still need to kill a baby, toss it away, and walk away from it for Murder is Meat. It would not look much better on her resume, now would it?

Recaiden
2011-01-26, 02:19 PM
And she would still need to kill a baby, toss it away, and walk away from it for Murder is Meat. It would not look much better on her resume, now would it?

But she didn't eat it. Small steps, now. You can't expect reforming an infernal to be simple.

Tavar
2011-01-26, 02:33 PM
Isn't it canon that at least one Infernal dropped the Yozi's like a hot potato as soon as she/he met his/her Lunar Mate?

And there are other things she could have done. Just giving one example.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-26, 02:37 PM
Lunar mates have the benefit of possibly having access to your soul by virtue of being bonded to one third of it.

Recaiden
2011-01-26, 06:59 PM
There are others. But for one who is dedicated to the Yozis and the Reclamation, it's usually not so easy.

Drascin
2011-01-27, 01:48 AM
Well, Drake is making the offer to make you people Shadow Fingers. The job perks include +5 MDV and +1 dot of Martial arts, and in the future Drake being able to punch away unnatural mental influence targeting you. Anyone applying? :smalltongue:

Tavar
2011-01-27, 02:01 AM
And downside?

And, hells yeah. That sounds kinda nice. Especially if we're dealing with Torments.

Drascin
2011-01-27, 03:14 AM
And downside?

And, hells yeah. That sounds kinda nice. Especially if we're dealing with Torments.

To be honest, I'm not sure it has a downside. Well, I know where you are, so you'll have trouble to stab me in the back, and it's a bit demeaning in that you count as my Form weapons (which is demeaning but also useful, since then I can channel the style's Charms through you. This has several advantages, which I'll not get into yet because I just went to do a blood analysis and my right arm hurts when I type), but that's about it, really.

Only problem is, Drake's still a newbie, so he can only hold four Shadow Fingers yet (it's Essencex2) so until I get the 20 XP I need to raise Essence someone's getting left out.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-27, 09:15 AM
I have high MDV and no benefit from Martial Arts (because Mind-Hand-Manipulation uses Occult for 'unarmed' attacks). I've forgotten, does the martial arts cap at 5 for a shadow finger, or can you give someone 6 semi-permanent dots?*

*Edit: I looked it up, and it doesn't mention caps at all, it's just a bonus dot.

Leliel
2011-01-27, 06:06 PM
Raziel's kind of "the Chick" of the party, but RP-wise, I'd think he's the kind of person-because I'm the kind of person-that would be all too eager to learn something he feels useless at.

I'm not volunteering to be left out.

aetherialDawn
2011-01-30, 09:13 PM
You know, Xefas actually homebrewed up a Hellforged electric guitar... Just in case we ever want that.

For that matter, there's a Swirly charm to let me form any sort of tool I could need from telekinetic force and reality-shaping. But then, I'm not the wandering bard, am I?

Rawhide
2011-01-30, 10:49 PM
Bug fix post.

Recaiden
2011-01-31, 12:30 AM
Bug fix post.

...

...:smallconfused:

...

Well, I'm glad it's not the game being closed down or anything.

Tavar
2011-01-31, 01:29 AM
Sorry, for some reason I couldn't see aetherialDawn's post, so I brought it up in board/site issues.

Leliel
2011-02-02, 11:34 AM
Can you see my post?

EDIT: Last one on the page. Just making sure.

Recaiden
2011-02-02, 11:36 AM
I can see it.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-02, 12:05 PM
Electricity is _easy_.
How many minor lightning gods wouldn't want to expand their portfolio by becoming god of a new, fast-growing kind of music?

There are probably other options, too. I don't know, rub two air elementals together.

Rhyvurg
2011-02-02, 08:09 PM
Actually we'd be better off getting an air dragon.

Drascin
2011-02-03, 09:10 AM
There are probably other options, too. I don't know, rub two air elementals together.

I dunno, far as I know Nymphs do precisely that all the time - and far as I known the sparks are only metaphorical and nobody has died from a shock from it :smalltongue:.

Leliel
2011-02-03, 02:57 PM
Actually we'd be better off getting an air dragon.

Of course, he'd turn out to be an auditor...

Months later, our band is known as "Orchid and The Properly-Licensed Concordant Zephyrs" and our album contains such songs as "The Unappreciated Building Blocks of Everything" and "Sidereals (What Are They Good For?)".

Never trust the promoter.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-03, 03:53 PM
But Sparrow is clearly the lead. I mean, he's the main performer. I'm just the techie/soundguy/guy-who-builds-cannons-to-turn-on-rivals.

(and Nymphs are Water elementals, so it's not sparks, those are *tides*.)

Leliel
2011-02-03, 08:41 PM
Um, going to have to go away for a little while.

Part of my attempt to go unplugged for a few days.

Recaiden
2011-02-03, 09:56 PM
Bye, Leliel. Good luck.

It's even possible that not everyone will have finished posting in the restaurant scene by then.

Tavar
2011-02-03, 10:23 PM
Just to make it clear, I don't think I have anything to post. As soon as the others are ready to go, I am.

Unless, of course, something else happens in the mean time.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-03, 11:03 PM
As above with Tavar, so too am I.
Flowery words are all that is left to me in this scene, for all else has been made complete.

EDIT: So... Is Pyrus going to take us to his home now, where we shall see this little Sidereal ritual?

NEW EDIT: That internal dialogue took a little while... arguing with myself is hard! And yet, consistently, the arguments come down on the side of the group a little better each time, which pleases me, since I don't go in with that as an explicit goal for Orchid.

Leliel
2011-02-11, 09:54 PM
Eh, didn't realize Drake was hiding it from us as well, just the commuters.

If it's OK though, I'll leave it in-there's nothing really to hide and it will provide a reason for an IC explanation of what Drake can and cannot do.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-11, 10:49 PM
Very well then. I shall also leave my post alone, to allow a sufficient amount of maneuvering space.

(I thought we were inside though, I oughta go check that.)

Recaiden
2011-02-11, 11:05 PM
I'm not familiar with efficient secretary technique, but I imagine Sparrow would get that Jing-Se is
Dead, and was last located in the cellar(or pantry if there is no cellar)

LauWren, where has Amelia been living in Gem?

aetherialDawn
2011-02-11, 11:26 PM
I'm not familiar with efficient secretary technique

Looked it up :smallbiggrin:
And the only relevant note for Sparrow's question is that it cannot find information which has been 'actively hidden'. Given that the pantry/cellar see a lot of use, that might not apply.

Drascin
2011-02-12, 04:30 AM
Yeah, probably something like that. Well, being how the spider is, usually only answering the precise question asked, I might have just got "he's in the cellar", with no mention of him being dead.


Looked it up :smallbiggrin:
And the only relevant note for Sparrow's question is that it cannot find information which has been 'actively hidden'. Given that the pantry/cellar see a lot of use, that might not apply.

That and I always figured that in that rather ambiguous sentence (damn it, White Wolf, get an editor) "actively hidden" is through use or charms or other esoteric means. Mostly though logic - because otherwise if someone hiding something in a cupboard is enough to foil one of the exceedingly few decent Charms Sidereals get, well, that's kind of a kick in the nuts. And Info gathering is supposed to be one of the things Sids are best at, after all.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-12, 02:20 PM
I didn't spot that actively hidden probably requires charms... I had sort of wondered at how one was supposed to hide something from the strands of Fate. And, for that matter, how it could detect what the Bull of the North is doing (Having lunch.) when he doesn't make his location a point of public knowledge.

This makes much more sense!

LauWren
2011-02-12, 11:26 PM
LauWren, where has Amelia been living in Gem?

Eep! Sorry, forgot to check the OoC thread. I live in a small apartment, paid off by previous mercenary work.

Leliel
2011-02-13, 06:54 PM
And yes, Raziel is still a coward.

Again, I apologize for being whiny IC-believe me, I am not actually like this in real life, I've just put in a lot of negative character traits into Raziel so he can overcome them.

That, and I really don't want to be a Gary Stu.

Tavar
2011-02-13, 07:13 PM
Only problem I can see is that without any redeeming qualities, he's going to become kinda annoying.

Reroll because I messed up the roll;Perception+Investigation [roll0]

aetherialDawn
2011-02-14, 05:32 AM
And yes, Raziel is still a coward.

Again, I apologize for being whiny IC-believe me, I am not actually like this in real life, I've just put in a lot of negative character traits into Raziel so he can overcome them.

That, and I really don't want to be a Gary Stu.

Agreeing with Tavar. The development needs to occur (perhaps loyalty to his cult, which I believe you've already given nods to.)

Also, of course, it is Exalted. At least half of the Gary Stus around would have trouble with a normal Terrestrial (let alone one on a motorcycle) and as an Infernal... Well, your shiny, nuclear-hellfire awesomeness could easily be limited most by your own sanity.

Leliel
2011-02-14, 11:02 AM
Agreeing with Tavar. The development needs to occur (perhaps loyalty to his cult, which I believe you've already given nods to.)


True. Thanks for the advice.

I'm just not a very experienced RPer, which is probably why he can come off as annoying. I'm trying to find a way to balance his character flaws with his virtues.

Loyalty and empathy are two, and I hope to get a little character development in now.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-16, 10:03 PM
I think, somehow, I missed this until now, but...

Wise Choice has told us that the optimum is to find Laurel outside, and she's not outside. That means that it could be seeing the optimum point at any time within the next month - and you didn't specify a shorter timeframe.

In short, it's saying that we should wait and try again later if we want the best chance, but that's not a choice we can make for other reasons.

Sadly, Orchid doesn't know about Wise Choice, so he's just a little bemused, and very worried about your divination turning this up.

Recaiden
2011-02-16, 11:38 PM
I think, somehow, I missed this until now, but...

Wise Choice has told us that the optimum is to find Laurel outside, and she's not outside. That means that it could be seeing the optimum point at any time within the next month - and you didn't specify a shorter timeframe.

In short, it's saying that we should wait and try again later if we want the best chance, but that's not a choice we can make for other reasons.

Sadly, Orchid doesn't know about Wise Choice, so he's just a little bemused, and very worried about your divination turning this up.

Well, it could be saying that. Or it could be someone successfully disguising themselves as Laurel, or an illusion, or what you said, or she could be planning to leave in a few minutes, or other things.

Leliel
2011-02-17, 12:12 AM
Sorry I haven't posted.

I don't think Raziel can help much on this one.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-17, 02:22 AM
Sorry I haven't posted.

I don't think Raziel can help much on this one.

Nonsense. :smallsmile:
Ichor Flux Tendrils make very good, safe clinch attacks, and unlike Mind-Hand Manipulation they can pierce countermagic. Since we need good, safe clinch attacks you can certainly help, just not until combat properly begins (and we need the help most in combat right now! Pyrus and Sparrow have tactics and information covered, with Wing and Amelia bringing stealth.) Remember that each tentacle can clinch on its own, and you get two of them.

Tavar
2011-02-18, 01:30 AM
That plan sounds fine to me. Though, I won't be around to hear it.

Recaiden
2011-02-18, 05:33 PM
So you're going with the Fire Aspect's plan of 'Set it on fire?' Hopefully will be interesting.

And Drake has made me think: how does a prayer know who it is addressed to?

Drascin
2011-02-18, 06:14 PM
So you're going with the Fire Aspect's plan of 'Set it on fire?' Hopefully will be interesting.

And Drake has made me think: how does a prayer know who it is addressed to?

As a GM for years, I know that there is almost nothing that is more ominous that the ST saying "this will be interesting" :smalleek:.

As for the second question - I could swear I read that gods simply can listen in on prayers that are directed at them with enough force to give them some Quintessence or Ambrosia, as a base power of being a god. They can also shut them out, of course (it's believed that Sol is doing precisely that for everyone), but I'm hoping that being Drake's best friend will make Ishi-ko at least willing to listen in on that particular prayer.

Recaiden
2011-02-18, 11:16 PM
As a GM for years, I know that there is almost nothing that is more ominous that the ST saying "this will be interesting" :smalleek:.

As for the second question - I could swear I read that gods simply can listen in on prayers that are directed at them with enough force to give them some Quintessence or Ambrosia, as a base power of being a god. They can also shut them out, of course (it's believed that Sol is doing precisely that for everyone), but I'm hoping that being Drake's best friend will make Ishi-ko at least willing to listen in on that particular prayer.

Okay. It's just that when I read the first part, I thought, 'why is Drake praying to Kimebery? :smallconfused:'. But if it's an intentional thing, that's fine.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-19, 12:29 AM
You're right, that prayer could have been addressed to Kimbery. Huh.

Drascin
2011-02-19, 04:43 AM
You're right, that prayer could have been addressed to Kimbery. Huh.

Uh, Kimbery has no relation to treasure or discovery or things lost that should be found or anything like that. Kimbery is mostly a smothering mom, the mistress of seas, and also a total bitch. You don't pray to Kimbery like that - you grovel like a little dog and hope she likes you enough to not destroy you and everything you hold dear.

About the only thing in that prayer that could lead to confusion is the "pirates" thing. I'm rereading it now and I'm still trying to find where you people find anything appropiate to a Kimbery prayer, to be completely honest :smallconfused:.

Recaiden
2011-02-19, 09:44 AM
Uh, Kimbery has no relation to treasure or discovery or things lost that should be found or anything like that. Kimbery is mostly a smothering mom, the mistress of seas, and also a total bitch. You don't pray to Kimbery like that - you grovel like a little dog and hope she likes you enough to not destroy you and everything you hold dear.

About the only thing in that prayer that could lead to confusion is the "pirates" thing. I'm rereading it now and I'm still trying to find where you people find anything appropiate to a Kimbery prayer, to be completely honest :smallconfused:.

Well, in one or more of the Infernal books, (Broken Winged Crane?) Kimbery was in fact associated with treasure and discovery.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-19, 10:47 PM
So... Should Raziel knock, or does Orchid have to?
(I imagine that there really is an awkward pause going on here...)

Leliel
2011-02-20, 02:46 AM
Raziel will.

He's not a threat, and he makes no bones about being one.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-20, 10:15 PM
You have the ability to turn a cup of tea into a pair of deadly acidic tentacles under your control. I'd say that constitutes a pretty good threat.

Also, unlike those silly normal Solars, Infernals can use those Excellencies for anything within a theme.

Leliel
2011-02-21, 12:19 AM
Well, he doesn't think so.

The only reason he took that Charm is so he can hit people over the head with it and run.

And really, this is foreshadowing about his real self-image; keep in mind that he views himself as useless and dead weight. He actually suspects that the Yozis could simply replace him, and he doesn't see why that would be a bad plan.

To be frank-he's transferring that defeatist attitude to the party.

...Is it really that obvious I based him on the things I dislike about myself?

EDIT: And let's be frank-I actually plan on using him for a bit of catharsis later, when he finally gains the ability to stand up for himself. Self-insert, should live out a little fantasy now and again. But first, I have to show just how desperately he is in need of some inner strength.

Drascin
2011-02-21, 08:58 AM
Well, if nothing else, he can relish the fact that, as he'll find out soon, he's much better at fighting than Drake is. Drake, much like myself, hates direct conflict, and therefore was built for pure support - he's pretty much useless in a direct fight. I don't even have enough offensive charms for a "smash and run" - I have to go straight to the "run" part :smalltongue:. This is likely to stay like this for quite a while. But he's not the type to pt out while other risk their lives. So, he gets there. I'm hoping the Defense of Shining Joy will at least give me the chance to survive.

Really, I'm trusting Pyrus and our Lunars to bring some hefty muscle, or we're about to get seriously curbstomped here :smalltongue:.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-21, 10:42 AM
I'm trusting the lunars and Pyrus to bring the muscle too, and trusting the fact that I have a pretty good parry DV and can Defend Other two people at once with telekinesis to keep anyone too vulnerable safe (Drake and Raziel, in other words.) Also I can use my perfect defense on your behalf, since it is technically a parry ('manifest phenomena to perfectly negate the attack, with potential stunt bonuses for more unusual descriptions') and can occur at range.

Orchid has just enough combat to help someone else, in other words, partly because some combat charms are required for my craft charms and mote pool enhancements. And some really nice non-artifact weapons because, well, business is intentionally a bit slow sometimes (for scheming!) and the forge gets boring.

And we could always get mind-shatteringly lucky and find out that Laurel has a legitimate reason and is actually, if not willing to join us, willing to let us operate unhindered, and indeed killed a deadly assassin-spy for Pyrus as a peace offering.
Even writing that made me feel crazy, though.

Rhyvurg
2011-02-21, 08:15 PM
Hey, I may have a celestial style but I'm still a dragonblood. I'll hold up my end but in all honesty, we have Lunars, I'm not the star player here.

Tavar
2011-02-21, 08:20 PM
Honestly, I'm not sure how effective I'm really going to be in a fight. I don't have that many offensive charms. Besides DBT and Claws of the silver moon.

LauWren
2011-02-21, 08:33 PM
No one checked the kitchen for poison!

...But yeah, no.

EDIT: Speaking of, Laurel was in Pyrus' kitchen. I hope someone checks it before the next meal, though my character isn't going to say that just this very moment.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-21, 10:34 PM
Laurel was in Pyrus' kitchen.

Oh dear, you're right. And unfortunately, Infernals are one of the few groups who have easy-ish access to poison.

Well, poison that isn't just a seasoning for Exalted.
On the other hand, poison isn't so much a warning as a 'I really don't care and want you dead' and that kind of failure to use your enemies by their weak emotions is so un-Ebon Dragon/Adorjan.

Not that Infernals have to obey the archetypes of their creators. I don't plan to go around stripping free will for giggles, nor do I plan to START SPEAKING IN ALL CAPS TO HONOR MALFEAS THE DEMON-KING.

Recaiden
2011-02-23, 02:08 PM
Orchid's FDA will reveal that there is a falsehood and/or deception in that statement. If he uses it repeatedly he will find that only "I petrified him" is false. She believes that he was a spy and that he was killed for that reason.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-23, 02:19 PM
Since I was planning to check the 'was a spy' and 'that's the reason' parts anyway, I could arrive at that conclusion by elimination, though it's an odd one indeed...

(For some reason, the Solar version is much, much, much better, being 3m for a scene-long non-charm-activation use of the same thing that distinguishes between lies and half-truths rather than returning the same negative. I suppose you can't have everything, and Solars don't get the ability to tear information from the minds of their enemies directly.)

Going to edit the continuation onto the end of the original post.

Recaiden
2011-02-23, 02:40 PM
I just remembered that Essence Dissecting stare might still be active. 1 hour, right?
Depending on walking time, which probably wasn't nearly so long.
So Orchid will see no sources of essence, charms, artifacts, hearthstones, or anything.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-23, 02:59 PM
I thought that it would probably be going off sometime around now anyway, so I decided it didn't matter much. It does indeed last an hour. EDIT: I note that Laurel had a hearthstone last time. More potential for 'this isn't the Laurel.'

Isn't there an Adorjan charm that makes a mortal doppelganger? It has the same personality, though, and the same memories, which means that unless Laurel is so paranoid that I must respect her paranoia, it can't lie in these circumstances - or rather, it can't avoid F.D.A.

EDIT: Removed more or less irrelevant stuff... And if Drake turns up that there's still danger, he could go and meet with the Lunars for safety; by bringing in Pyrus, we can get more out of Laurel, and keep ourselves from getting too split. It certainly looks like the situation demands something more complex than fire. It also means that someone who can talk his way out of a problem is with the Lunars, so long as you stay far enough away that Laurel couldn't see you through the window.
(Orchid doesn't know how accurate/precise/infuriatingly literal/powerful Drake's precognition is, so he perhaps is putting a little less stock in it than he should, since it's inside Fate... But he won't totally ignore it.)

Argh. Stupid lack of time has prevented proper clarification. But the biggest point, the save-our-lives-if-we-get-trapped one, is that Orchid plans to get the Lunars, but isn't going to do that if Drake says not to, or even asks him to wait so he can check the future, or any other thing pops up.

Recaiden
2011-02-23, 11:12 PM
As to the Wise Choice:

Run like hell and call reinforcements is the most certain and most effective tactic across the board.
Enter and try to talk the next best.
Enter expecting an attack would be okay.
Find real Laurel has a great chance on the bettering options in conflict, not so great on the surviving.
Entering and trying to excuse yourselves does not offer good options on avoiding the murderous rage.
Sneak attack is the worst.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-24, 01:15 AM
Run like hell and call reinforcements is the most certain and most effective tactic across the board.


...This has amazed me, as it has just implied that Yu-Shan will not just send timely help, but that said help will be reasonable enough to not kill Orchid and Raziel on sight as well.

Recaiden
2011-02-24, 11:44 AM
...This has amazed me, as it has just implied that Yu-Shan will not just send timely help, but that said help will be reasonable enough to not kill Orchid and Raziel on sight as well.

Timely being relative to Wise Choice, of course.
But yes, why would they kill you? That would release your shards back to the Yozis, where they might come into the hands of a more loyal servant of the Reclamation.

Leliel
2011-02-24, 04:28 PM
I...really don't know what to do right now.

The game can continue for the moment.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-24, 06:03 PM
I royally screwed up this post, to the point that two days later I still can't reconcile it with anything fully; I think I know what I was trying to do, but I did it so poorly that I would like to try again.

In light of all that, I would like to request re-doing this post (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10432789&postcount=302) if that's okay with everyone. I don't want to rewrite history, even this soon, unless everyone thinks it's for the best.

The main change is removing Orchid running out randomly, since he should not be so certain that Laurel is innocent (I was, but only because I was being stupid, and he has no reason to be so stupid, and I now am not sure when thinking clearly.)

Either way, I may post a little slower, since I'll be proofreading more thoroughly to avoid this, and maybe letting posts wait a couple hours so I don't screw up this badly again. Orchid can make mistakes, but mostly they should stem naturally from his own flaws.

Spoilered: the post that was here before.
Blegh. I've been trying to figure out what I was thinking, and I'm fairly sure the answer is 'not enough'.
I think I recognize now what I was trying to do with my previous (IC) post, however, which can probably be best described as 'Orchid's Compassion* teaming up with fear and relief** to kill his Valor for a while.'
Which means that now or in a few seconds, Orchid should be feeling about as stupid as I do.

*As in, a fire could start soon unless he actually makes it known that Laurel could be innocent
**As in, he doesn't want to fight his first fight against someone stronger than he is without backup he can see, and with the reason gone, he's relieved the see the 'fight' part of that go away.

He is also guilty, marginally more reasonably, of forgetting to check his work, and taking the first likely option in the heat of the moment, though I feel like I wrote as though he was Wits 1-2 instead of Wits 3...

Pending anything else, going to wait and see what Pyrus says, and how Drake reacts to his new Wise Choice. Orchid certainly wouldn't begrudge calling in backup in light of his mistake, but he's still a little uncomfortable with calling in heavy firepower on someone who seems innocent (just as with literal fire.)

EDIT: Also, Orchid didn't shout immediately; he looks around for Pyrus first; if Pyrus is still hiding, then he has to shout to find him.

LauWren
2011-02-25, 07:07 PM
Posting my opinion on request: I have a certain amount of distaste for retcons, but if you believe you acted out of character, then change it.

Leliel
2011-02-25, 09:23 PM
All right. Posting tomorrow.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-25, 09:34 PM
All right. Posting tomorrow.

Sorry - is that a no, yes, an 'as long as it's decided by tomorrow?'
Or, of course, unrelated?

Tavar
2011-02-25, 09:42 PM
I.... really don't care.

Drascin
2011-02-26, 04:34 AM
Well, if you're going to retcon it, do - just drop a note here when you do, so I know if I need to change Drake's reaction as well.

aetherialDawn
2011-02-26, 07:36 PM
Since Raziel (as in Leliel as Raziel) posted, I'm going to say I probably won't be changing things unless Rhyvurg expresses a strong preference or Leliel prefers it.

Leliel
2011-02-27, 10:41 AM
Actually, I think I can build from this.

Leave it.

Recaiden
2011-02-27, 07:51 PM
Here meaning Laurel's house, not Gem. He clearly couldn't have come to Gem to find out about a murder that hadn't happened yet, could he?

Rhyvurg
2011-02-27, 09:19 PM
Just so we're clear, Pyrus isn't going to burn the house down. Yet, anyway.

Leliel
2011-02-27, 09:55 PM
Yeah, that was a brain-fart on my part.

But I'll leave it as an example of an incredibly poor liar.

Drascin
2011-03-01, 12:32 PM
Well, after thinking on it, Drake is going to do what Wise Choice said, given that Charm is basically "ask the ST for suggestions", and you always pay attention to an ST suggestion :smallbiggrin:. Hoping the others will understand and not take it badly...

aetherialDawn
2011-03-01, 12:46 PM
Orchid is thoroughly confused, given that he thought he did something stupid but... Pyrus's reaction implies that it ended up being correct, in a way. At this point, he wouldn't begrudge you backup, so long as he gets a chance to get out of the way, but there may be reasons not to try and take down Laurel - she's covering for someone, but also seems to genuinely believe that Jing-Se needed to die (for spying.)

Drascin
2011-03-01, 01:25 PM
Orchid is thoroughly confused, given that he thought he did something stupid but... Pyrus's reaction implies that it ended up being correct, in a way. At this point, he wouldn't begrudge you backup, so long as he gets a chance to get out of the way, but there may be reasons not to try and take down Laurel - she's covering for someone, but also seems to genuinely believe that Jing-Se needed to die (for spying.)

Let's be honest here - emergency or not, this is Yu-shan. You're going to have plenty of time to talk to Laurel and go before I get to talk to Nazri :smalltongue:. Especially since I really, really, really don't want Kejak and company catching wind of you people's existence. I figured the Wise Choice was talking about a certain short and middle-term thing, not just the instant right now.

Rhyvurg
2011-03-01, 08:14 PM
Actually, I'm not sure I mind Kejak knowing about Pyrus, it might be a good means to an end.

Recaiden
2011-03-01, 08:27 PM
I think he means the Infernals.