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[LP CYOA] Epic

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by treave, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Setting up another observer is just setting another illusion of life, another simulation with a bias. Ean will have his bias too. We're replacing a defective Observer with a new one.

    Not to mention there's NOTHING that proves that some nebulous menace is coming, beyond sketchy and ambiguous lab notes the masters had about strange, unknown shifty secret guys telling them to build something immense with no other justification than a vague excuse. Why would one create a God-Weapon against a menace and not make ample notations and such on what is the menace and how our system (IAE) can stop it is beyond me. Seems like a excuse to get some code monkeys for some shifty plot to become God that went wrong when the shifty dudes (probably the real brains behind IAE Corps) were killed by IAE's apotheosis.

    Not to mention the masters have so much nifty tech I can't even imagine what would even bother them, with the exception of the Unseen. They can create and destroy universes, grant immortality and powers through nanites, etc.

    My mind is made up.
    Fear banishes ignorance. Only through Fear one knows danger and reacts to it.
    Fear the power of Senya!
     
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  2. treave Arcane Patron

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    Possibly in B, but I'm afraid the whole point is to not do such things.
     
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  3. treave Arcane Patron

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    The Continuing World

    The sky above Ankida was a clear blue today. The green haze that once choked the air had been lifted thanks to extensive terraforming work. Kyrie pulled her eyes away from the window, absent-mindedly stirring the hot cocoa in her cup.

    “Mistress?” spoke a voice in her ear.

    “Yes, Yua?”

    “The appointment with the President of the Star League has been postponed until further notice. She apologizes for the delay and hopes that it will not be too long.”

    “It must be the troubles with the Kalman system. Send her a message thanking her for her support with the dialogues, and that the Federation will always be willing to lend a helping hand.”

    “Alright, Mistress.”

    In the aftermath of the Galactic Core Invasion, the strongest political entities of the galaxy – the Star League and the Mushuszu Empire – had been left bereft of leadership. The power vacuum at the top, where all-powerful immortals once held sway, had been filled with self-important representatives from a thousand squabbling worlds. Three years on, things had gotten better. Slightly better, in that the threat of yet another galactic war had lessened, with words used in lieu of weapons, but any pipe-dream of a united humanity was still a long, long time away. Kyrie sighed. The bell over the café door tinkled. Raising her head, Kyrie saw who it was. She gave the newcomer a grin, waving her hand.

    The woman walked over and sat down opposite her cooly, brushing her silver hair back. She had started to grow it out again.

    “Kyrie.” Her greeting was short, but warm. Kyrie smiled. “How have things been, Erika?”

    “There is a lot going on in the League systems.” Erika replied. “The attempted coup in Kalman is probably not the last we’ll hear of the ex-immortals.”

    The ex-immortals: those who had lost their powers and immortality. Some of them had willingly cooperated with the mortals they once ruled, but there were others whose ambition and ego would not allow them to submit. Even in their mundane state, they still possessed enough wiles and experience to become a major headache for the League. The Dunamis clan had found their calling as consultants; though their abilities were not what they once were, they had the mindset and training to succeed in hunting down rogue ex-immortals.

    “Is the new body working fine?” Kyrie asked.

    Erika looked down at her hands and nodded. “Yes. It feels entirely natural,” she said, and left it at that. Even now, Erika was not one for much small talk. Research into cloned bodies had advanced rapidly in the past few years, allowing for Erika to transfer herself into a normal body instead of the cyborg shell that she had been in. The waitress came over, asking for Erika’s order.

    “Water.”

    That was what she usually ordered, Kyrie remembered. “So, Kyrie,” began Erika, slightly awkwardly. “How about you? Between the diplomatic missions and the recovery project, it can’t be easy.”

    “Oh, I manage. Yua is a great assistant. Besides, they don’t need me to be around the recovery facility as much anymore.” That was where the victims of the Gray Death that Senya had unleashed were slowly recovered and downloaded into bodies. It was a slow process. In three years, they had only recovered ten thousand people. The procedure was traumatic to those who emerged from it; their last memories would be that of being melted away, and upon recovery they invariably found it hard to cope with the trauma. Kyrie had been on hand to counsel and guide them, as the first one to be recovered. As more and more victims recuperated, they in turn took on the task of helping with the therapy.

    “It must have been nice to have been the first,” Erika said innocuously. A hint of a blush appeared on Kyrie’s cheeks. “It was only logical. I was the only one to have regained my individuality. There was definitely no bias or anything like that on his part,” she retorted, a bit defensively.

    “Well, I did wonder why I wasn’t ahead of you on the list for a clone body, even though I was ready and waiting,” said Erika. Kyrie paused, and realized that there was a slight smile on Erika’s lips. She was being teased. “Oh, you win, Erika. Anyway, that’s the way he set it up. Don’t complain to me,” Kyrie chuckled. The waitress came over with Erika’s order: a glass of clear, iced water.

    “By the way,” asked Erika, “How is the Tree doing? I haven’t visited her in a while.”

    “Selkhet’s growing fine,” said Kyrie. “The regimen that Sekhenun had prescribed seems to strike a perfect balance for her nutritional needs. The terraforming on the moon is also proceeding at a rapid rate; soon the Tree will blossom, and she will have a new home.” And then, the first of the new Gieloth would come into this world. Kyrie didn’t know what to make of that, but she supposed it would be a little too selfish to insist that the world was only for those who looked like humans. After all, she had spent some time being bodiless herself.

    “I’m sorry to interrupt, Mistress, but your father just put in a reminder that you have a meeting with the General Secretary of Old Earth later tonight,” Yua chimed in. “I think you were supposed to wear blue, but white looks better on you.”

    “Really? Do I have any white dresses in Ankida?”

    “There’s two. The one you bought last year, and the other one you wore for the ceremony.”

    “Ah, that one. No, not that one, of course. Let the house know that I’ll be wearing the one I bought last year.”

    “Okay, Mistress.”

    Erika raised an eyebrow. “It’s about the function tonight? The one Qin is hosting?” Kyrie nodded, taking a sip of cocoa. “It is. You’ll be there too, right?” Erika took a drink from her glass. “Yes. Erec is busy in former Imperial space. I’m picking up his share of work.” Kyrie looked out at the window, squinting up at the sun. On the far side lay Old Earth, mirror to her world. He had called it the original Earth. There, seven billion humans had popped back into existence in a universe that they were entirely unfamiliar with. That had posed another problem for the Federation – how would they integrate Old Earth into their current structure? The original Earth was still divided into separate nations, each with their politics and beliefs. The Federation had been that way too just eight years ago, but even so, they had never been as fragmented as Old Earth. Kyrie’s father, President Iannes, had been spending most of his time lately negotiating a representative, united government of Old Earth. It helped that the Federation’s technology was far superior to what Old Earth had.

    Kyrie closed her eyes, taking a deep breath. Tonight’s function would be crucial for the future of the Federation and Old Earth.

    Step by step, they would work towards a better future. Even if they stumbled they would pick themselves back up again. That was their responsibility.

    The ones that came before would lay down the path for the ones to come.

    That is how the world would continue on.

    The café bell tinkled again. Kyrie looked up, and smiled.



    —FIN—
     
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  4. treave Arcane Patron

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    Another Epilogue

    In the very center of the multiverse, in the dark and winding halls of the palace of nightmares, Ean put his foot down, squishing the gelatinous scrap of flesh that was all that remained of the ancient horror. Sekhenun made a frown of distaste as she watched Ean do so from the sidelines. “Stop playing around.”

    “I’m done over here,” sighed Shulgi, incinerating his opponent’s remains. Adrahasis and Adrasteia dropped down from one of the many tunnels that connected the halls of the palace. “The incursion is clear on that end,” Adrahasis reported.

    “Over here too,” said Sheldon. “It looks like this wave is over.”

    You think this is over? The voice hissed, both male and female and everything in between. The Dreamer will awaken. We will be free. Then, we will feast upon you, body and soul. The stars shall be ours again. This prison shall not hold us forever!

    “Keep talking, mate,” grinned Rory. The dog barked in approval. “When’s the next incursion expected, Mikey?”

    “Let’s see… four thousand years from now in real-time, until they can build up sufficient strength to even make another try. Give or take a couple hundred.” Mikey replied, fiddling with his hardware.

    “I’ll see you then,” said Ean. “Until that time, your Dreamer can continue dreaming its dream of the multiverse. We will be here when you decide to try waking it again. It’s not like we have anywhere else to go.”

    The voice fell silent. If voices could glare, it would be glaring at them.

    “Well, so what should we be doing for the next four thousand years?” asked Stella. “Cards again?”

    “Hey, don’t diss cards,” said Mikey. “I’ve managed to come up with a new variation on the old poker…”

    The group of unlikely comrades began walking off. Ean stopped in his tracks and turned back, looking at the dark, formless chaos that was the voice. “Hey,” he asked. “I’m just curious. Do you play cards?”

    The voice did not reply for some time. Then, it said, Well…
     
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  5. treave Arcane Patron

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    Phew. So. We're finally done, after 14 months. My thanks to every single one of you who participated, you have all been a remarkable, astounding audience for this project. Thank you for all your support. People usually like to throw around the word 'none of this would have been possible without you' in false humility, but in this case, it is real. None of this would have been possible without your participation.

    Every word and sentence in your comments made me think. Not always good thoughts, I admit, but it did make me think, and hopefully improve myself. And even if you didn't comment, by your votes you have shaped the story, and so this LP is as much your project as it is mine. I hope you've all enjoyed this long adventure, and I'll now take the opportunity to turn this post into a voting choice for the next project. Why waste posts?

    ***

    A. Wuxia CYOA. Stats-based, open-world element, with reputation tracker. Expect all the classic wuxia cliches to be involved, for those of you familiar with the genre.

    B. Lovecraftian 'generations' CYOA, where you play a descendant from a particular family in each generation, involved in a secret occult war. More narrative-based, less stats tracking.

    The votes will run till the end of the week, or thereabouts.
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    :lol:Oh, Ean, don't ever change.:lol:
    Always making friends in the unlikeliest of places.

    ...sigh, I'll miss him. :(
    Still, no final battle of Senya VS EVERYONE?
    :rpgcodex:
     
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  7. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Very much enjoyable. My vote is for the slanty-eyes thingie. Nya. A

    :troll:

    Oh, and it seems Senya's choice won through, and those Senya smacked down are now a crack force of Dio-fragment bashers? :lol:
    I kind of wonder if Senya let himself die after that? No direct mention of him in your epilogues.
     
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  8. Esquilax Arcane

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    Best fucking thread on the 'Dex. We've had a lot of talent in these CYOA's with root, grotsnik and of course The Barbarian, so you're in fine company to be among this fine list of bros. Dude, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this saga, it was exciting and - when we fucked up, which was often - frustrating, in equal measure.

    With the exception of our brief time as Dio, we've played as a good-hearted classical hero and another who overcame his dark side to stop the apocalypse. I'm sort of interested in trying to bring about the apocalypse this time...

    B
     
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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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    Nah, it isn't a Dio fragment, despite the font used. It's part of the nebulous, undefined Threat that came before which the Observer was supposed to stop. But I suppose you could say it's similar to Dio, I suppose? Senya's fate, I'll leave it up in the air.

    And I didn't write a final battle because it's best left up to the imagination. :rpgcodex:

    Of course there is probably J-pop playing throughout the whole scene, that much I'll say.
     
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  10. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    An awesome LP, treave. Truly Epic.

    VOTAN B

    It is a little less than "epic", but still fairly satisfying. Senya is at least implied to have lived with Kyrie looking up and smiling... *cough*Mass Effect 3*cough*

    At least we didn't totally screw up and get everyone tentacle raped by Dio. I'm guessing that would have happened had we tried the stealth approach. No army and no bomb means no victory...
     
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  11. Esquilax Arcane

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    It also means friendlier Masters who are more likely to turn against Dio, as well. A lot of different variables at play here. I think that all three approaches at the end of Chapter 6 (surrender, war, sneaking) would have been viable, but it would have required a lot of different strategies at work.

    @treave, what would have been the optimal ending you mentioned that we missed when Dio captured the bodies of Rei and Senya?
     
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  12. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    Everyone lives and then tentacle orgy?
    :mhd:
     
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  13. treave Arcane Patron

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    Everyone lives, including Rei, Jheverg, Boshen etc, best end. It's not a best ending if you can't save almost every named character.

    Of course, some would argue that Naim living does not constitute a best end, but you can't please everyone. :lol:

    This is really as close to a good ending as you guys are going to get, I figure.

    On another note, B would be an actual reset. Kyrie and the Gray Death victims get a place to stay, everything besides that has to be destroyed and remade anew, but it would be closer to being an utopia than this 'A' world, which as you can see is still kinda messed up. Wiping the slate clean is good sometimes.
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Going for A, since we just got done playing a narrative-heavy LP. Time to switch things up a bit.
    As in, guan-dao wielding nerd with Dex-build, working his way up to be the Captain of the Emperor's Guard.
    :yeah:

    Also, @treave, Ean's offer of cards to the Sleepers was a joke about his friendly, trusting nature and our attempts at "Sphere Diplomacy," right? :lol:
    Why, my pleasure, of course.
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    Well, they're going to be there practically forever. Just because you're fated to war for eternity doesn't mean you need to hold grudges during the lengthy downtime in between. Of course, they haven't crossed Ean personally, which is why the offer can be made.
     
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  16. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    It was epic, treave.
     
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  17. Esquilax Arcane

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    @treave, what would have happened if Ean became the Observer, either right now, or back when he fought Naram-Master? I assume that if he beat Naram-Master without Sekhenun there to maintain his sanity, he would have become a devouring shell of his former self, bearing little resemblance to who he was before, and he'd become the threat we'd have to face in the subsequent chapters. Kinda like Akachi.

    Edit: Oh yeah, what if we decided to give in to the Spheres and kill the children it wanted us to kill?
     
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  18. treave Arcane Patron

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    He would have become a rather mindless Observer eventually, unprepared for the job. Mostly benign, drools a lot, doesn't do much tweaking, if at all. Don't stray too close, he'll eat you. Dio's absence means that the Masters are not tempted to rebel, and so they continue their sandboxing for eternity.

    As for him devouring Senya, the planned title for that chapter would have been World Without Tears, so it'd have been a rather good end, all things considered. He'd have taken a more active role via sending emissaries, more akin to an actual god.
     
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  19. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    But I like diverse, divided planets over monolithic federations! Bonus points if they fight each other (and aliens, also divided) IN SPACE!!

    I came over relatively late (I think I read all the LP somewhere around the time Senya was going to fight the Dragon's Crusade), wish I had found this topic earlier. It was a epic ride, through and through. Lots of awesome characters: Ean the honouful hero, Shulgi the cunning sinister puppet-master, Sekhenun the sullen tentacled Science Goddess, Dio and his cunning backstabbery, Senya and his sardonic and cold-blooded smart-assery, Adrahasis' inherent fairness and disgust of unnecessary death (inherited that from mommy, if she is who I think she is, I bet), Rei's pepyness, Kyrie's hilarious bluntness, even Julio Gallardo is lovingly hateful.

    @treave, :salute:

    Here's one thing I like a lot about Epic: It was Mesopotamian, Vedic and persian inspired rather than the boring old Greco-Roman-Nordic clicheness over and over ag

    Wish I had the ability to drawn, so I could drawn Epic's epic characters.

    Strange, almost no mention of Senya. I have a feeling Senya let himself die at the end to stop himself from becoming a God.
    Looks like Senya fixed everything before dying or going off.
    You were a true patriot to the end, Senya Hoshikawa. :salute:
    (I hope he at least lost his virginity before departing off into the sunset. What's with our protagonists being virgins being dommed by strong women?)

    Were Ean & Crew forcefully exiled (got voluntered) or they volunteered to fight the Sleeper?
    Once again, Ean grows on someone again! Putting up with him for long periods is as dangerous to one's creed as letting him cut you with his blade. None may resist Ean's power of broness! In a few thousand years the Dreamer will be his bro, give it time.
    Baby Tentacles! :love: Are they Ean & Sekh's children?

    Also, the ending reminds me of that Cthulhu mythos spin-off, with the guy wondering if elder things from beyond the black hole caused that space madness, only to get jumped on by Nyarlotep and told that no, they don't. Then got slaughtered.
     
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  20. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Whew, dodged a rather ignominious fate there.

    Man, this setting we left is just so delicious. One could make a sequel off of this. Wonder if we can kickstart this through Obsidian (with an Ean-Sekh lovechild protagonist as a stretch goal, of course)?
     
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  21. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Holy shit, right? I'm pretty sure that after some millennia of playing strippoker with Ean, the Sleepers won't be in a hurry to destroy anything.
     
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  22. treave Arcane Patron

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    Giving into the Sphere would have been a BAD END.
     
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  23. Esquilax Arcane

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    :lol: Oh man, so you're saying that we could have fucked up even worse than we already did? Shit, then it must be really bad - now my curiosity is really piqued, what would have happened?
     
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  24. treave Arcane Patron

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    Uh, or maybe I should have called it a DEAD END. The Sphere ultimately loses all interest in the Ean that has gone mad and destroys him.
     
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  25. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Bonus points if Old Man Senya appears and pulls his troller mentor act just like Shulgi did to Senya., creating a sucessive tradition of troll mentors across generations.

    Senya by then looks like this guy: :hero:

    BRONESS conquers all! :brodex: See: Sekhenun, Shulgi, Athena, Adrahasis, even the Masters in the end. The Dreamer is just the latest casualty. Even Senya (who was borderline aspie) knew the power of BRO!

    Only Dio was immune to bro, but then again Dio was evil like hell.
     
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