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The Ruinous Powers (40K CYOA)

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by Cheesecake, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Sure, we haven't killed her yet. I mean, permanently. So let's try again.
     
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  2. hello friend Arcane

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    +1 (same chars story cont.)
     
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  3. lightbane Arcane

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    Good for me. What happened with the other fantasy CYOA? The one with the kid traveling to a standard fare DnD world I mean.
     
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  4. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    So, let's go.
     
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  5. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    'ere we go!
     
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  6. Storyfag Arcane

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    Fire it up again! Continue with Lena and her crew.
     
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  7. Endemic Arcane

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  9. Esquilax Arcane

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    More of whatever the hell you want to keep doing, Cheesecake. However, does this mean that the Grand Theft Arcana LP will be on hold for a moment? That would be a shame, as I really love the concept and you've got me hooked.
     
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  10. Cheesecake Savant

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    CHAPTER III: Iter in Octoplum
    A year has passed since your capture of the light cruiser, now feared as the Sodom, and though many were slain in the name of the gods, few of your kills meant much. It was as if this was your lot in life - no less than a pirate, preying on the weak and unwary. At first, you were much feared and beloved, lusted-after and despised. Yet, in time, you faded as all things do. Your fate, it seemed, had ended.

    Until now.

    The whispers of the Ruinous Powers turn to screams. As you sleep, you are tormented by visions of fire, tempted by promises of power, and, at once, enticed and slandered by unseen whisperers. Your destiny is once more palpable, once more infinite. Once more, you tread the eight-fold path.

    ----

    The coffers of the Sodom were filled with antiques, finery, and illegal commodities. The previous Lord-Captain (who now serves as your footstool) was an avid collector of all things beautiful and expensive. You and your crew clothed yourselves in rich velvet and luxurious furs, powdered and perfumed decadently, intoxicated by the most potent liquor and the vilest of chems. The ornate shrines of the Ecclesiarchy have been desecrated and befouled, their aquilas and the busts of their saints defamed and violated. In their place arise the fetishes of Slaanesh, the star of Chaos, and statues of glorious Lena Cythriel.

    Within the data-chained vaults of the armory were prized relics of the Machine Cult. Entek, of course, lay claim to the vast majority. However, in a rare case of fealty, he offered you:

    A. Power Armor, fit for human use. Though lesser than the armor of the Astartes, this power armor will raise you leagues above mortal men.
    B. Bolt Pistol, designed for human use. Much lighter than the Space Marine variant, this tailored gun packs just as much cruelty and potential for murder.
    C. Power Sword, an arcane blade that when activated wreathes itself in a field of energy that shears through even Terminator armor.
    D. Synthesiser, a vile device that concocts near-pure drugs, for recreation and combat.

    ----

    The crew of press-ganged slaves, whisked from their worlds or born in the cold void, were easily swayed to the pleasures of Slaanesh. Only the most stalwart and foolish of the Emperor's slaves remained faithful, and those were the first in the blood sports.

    Every so often, as both reward and punishment, you would host blood sports that span the Sodom, pitting all against all. Those who survived the ordeal would be allowed to indulge themselves in their pleasures for a day. The sheer waste of human life, the unbelievable pain and fear, the excess, was and is a great worship to the Prince of Pleasure.

    Though the vast majority of the crew are Slaaneshi, many have taken to the other gods. Those desiring the embrace of Nurgle flock to Detox, rotting away happily in each others' arms. The ambitious and the knowledge-hungry turned their ear to the madness of Tzeentch, becoming a cabal under the Sorcerer. Many warmongers were borne of the blood sport, and are lauded as favorites during the sport. It is in the blood sport that they worship the Blood God. Even Entek has raised a following, inducting those technologically-inclined to the arcane sciences.

    Your horde of mutants interbred with the human crew in the perpetual orgies aboard the Sodom, and within the year nearly all were graced with the gifts of the body. They eschew the civilized hab-quarters, instead burrowing dens and hovels into the iron-carcass of the cruiser, spewing unholy children every day. Cannibalism, both ritualistic and primal, is commonplace.

    The hallways ring not with hymns, but with screams of agony and joy. Not with drums and flutes, but the beating of flesh and the crack, crack, crack of bone. Leering visages of the gods bless the Sodom, watching and laughing. And seated in your command throne, above all the insects that scurry beneath, you make plans.
    ----

    You set course for the planet Arcturus IV, a Garden World where the royalty of worlds light-years away intermingle and relax at the expense of the billions of the enslaved 'Gardeners'. It is here, the whispers say, that your destiny will once more burn bright.

    Your primary focus on Arcturus IV will be to:

    A. Conquer it, in the name of Slaanesh and the Ruinous Powers.
    B. Conquer it, in the name of Lena Cythriel.
    C. Scour it for artefacts, and return them to the Ruinous Powers.
    D. Scour it for artefacts, and keep them for yourself.
    E. Corrupt it, that the visitors return to their worlds with darkness in their hearts.

    Character Sheet (open)

    Name: Lena Cythriel, Exalted Champion

    Gifts:
    Daemoniac Tongue
    Exalted
    Perfection
    Terrible Visage

    Favor:
    Khorne - Reviled
    Nurgle - Betrayed
    Tzeentch - Intrigued
    Slaanesh - Exalted

    Malal - Amused

    Known Characters:
    Detox, apothecary - Uncaring
    Hooker, sergeant - Devoted
    Entek, tech-priest - Indifferent
    Sorcerer - Devoted
    The Boy - Unknown

    Tempestus, chaplain - Dead?
    The Captain - Dead

    Forces:
    Cruiser Crew - 62,000? - Devoted

    Items:
    Artificer Bodyglove
    Laspistol

    Location:
    The Sodom, Dauntless-class Light Cruiser
     
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  11. Cheesecake Savant

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    Esquilax, yes, the GTArcane is on hold for now. It's a minor problem of mine, bouncing back and forth from ideas but never really finishing them. But thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
     
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  12. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    DE

    EDIT: In fact if we can deliberately identify VIP tourists and expend more effort to corrupt them, we might be building quite a range of resources we can call later.
     
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  13. Baltika9 Arcane

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    That's actually one of the most novel approaches to fantasy I've seen. If course, the GTA part sold me instantly. Gotta find that setting's Tommy Vercetti.
     
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  14. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    :rpgcodex:
     
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  15. Azira Arcane Patron

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    D for the first choice, as it fits nicely with Slaaneshi worship. C for the second choice, as it'll curry favour with the chaos gods, perhaps mostly Tzeentch, who is right now "intrigued".
    Though E for the last choice would be fitting as well, I just don't think it'll do as much for Tzeentch as the other option, and I'd like to have at least two of the chaos gods pleased with us.
     
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  16. Nevill Arcane

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    DE is tempting, but all it takes is one Exterminatus to undo our work. Still, it's a process that matters.
     
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  18. lightbane Arcane

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    I want to see how Lena modifies said Power Armor to make it more "Slaaneshi". Also, Cheesecake, what happened with the other fantasy CYOA? The one using dnd rules I mean.
     
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  19. Cheesecake Savant

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    lightbane, that too is on hold. The rules weren't cutting it out for me; I kinda prefer CYOAs to be more freestyle, you know?
     
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  20. Endemic Arcane

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  21. hello friend Arcane

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    Is the synthesizer an implant, or do we have to premake all the drugs? Also, how customisable is the power armour? Lena's appearance is among her top assets, we don't want to obscure it. Anyway, we've already got an arificer bodyglove and super fast healing, we're already pretty hard to kill. Power armour would make it harder, though...
     
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  22. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Divinity: Original Sin
    C

    B


    Awesome! Let's conquer this planet and make a whole bunch of statues of ourselves. Vanity will either lead to our downfall or greatest truimph! It'll also more likely unite our crew under us, rather than dedicating the victory specifically to a god other than ourselves.

    E is good, but not nearly as self-centered as I would like. Overall it's far too practical. That's not chaos at all!

    My choice of artifact is just personal taste. I'd rather explore the mastery/skill side of Slaanesh than hedonism.
     
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  23. Kalin Arcane Zionist Agent

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    CA - Cloud's sword and rape apocalypse!
     
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  24. Storyfag Arcane

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  25. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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