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The Ruinous Powers (40K CYOA)

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

  1. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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  2. Esquilax Arcane

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    Smashing Axe is absolutely right, we need foolhardy acts of hubris to complete this LP.

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  3. Cheesecake Savant

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    Counting votes!
     
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  4. Cheesecake Savant

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    Tally (open)

    A: lightbane, Endemic, 2
    B:
    C: Smashing Axe, Kalin, Storyfag, The Brazilian SLaughter, 4
    D: ERYFKRAD, Azira, Nevill, Grimgravy, Major_Blackhart, Esquilax, 6

    D. Synthesiser, a vile device that concocts near-pure drugs, for recreation and combat.

    A: Kalin, The Brazilian SLaughter, 2
    B: Smashing Axe, Esquilax, 2
    C: Azira, lightbane, 2
    D:
    E: ERYFKRAD, Nevill, Grimgravy, Endemic, Storyfag, Major_Blackhart, 7

    E. Corrupt it, that the visitors return to their worlds with darkness in their hearts.


    You activate the synthesiser, pressing amber runes and whispering the activation codes as Entek taught you. The ancient machine hums to life, lit with a burning green, churning violently as it decomposes and recomposes one thing to another. You have it grafted onto your spine, the tubes sewn into your nervous system, and linked to your brain and heart. As the first flood of stimulants washes over you, you experience a high like never before.

    Accompanying that high comes clarity. You think faster, move nimbler, and strike harder. You are eager to taste blood and flesh (one of the side effects mentioned by Entek), and to display your impeccable skill to the entirety of the Sodom's crew, as well as to pass the time in transit to Arcturus IV.

    You announce the start of the blood sports, and you will participate.

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    As per your rules, no weaponry nor armor may be taken into the designated arena (which, in tonight's sport, is the engine temples) and all must use what they can find or make. All participants are drugged and left somewhere randomly, and are stripped naked save a cloth mask to hide the identities of the participant. The mask was, at first, used to encourage the still-Imperial crew to feel guiltless about killing those they knew. Over the year, the mask has become somewhat of a tradition.

    You awake to find yourself in an echoing hallway, stained with fluids of all colors, decorated in fell effigies and leering visages. Your face is covered in a silk mask, comfortable and constricting. Your armor and armaments are in safe custody with Hooker, and for now you are stark naked.

    You see three others stirring awake, lying on the cold, wet floor or tucked into one of the many nooks and crevices carved into the walls. The three of them, covered in coarse fur, crowned with curling horns jutting out of their masks, rise.

    You:

    A. Hide, swiftly and silently. The vast majority of your crew are inbred brutes, who breed and grow at an unholy rate. These three are certainly part of the vast majority.
    B. Strike first and fast, slitting their throats and ripping their hearts.
    C. Sway them to join you, with sweet promises and dire threats.
    D. Run, like a gust of wind. The brutes could never catch you.
    E. Do something else:

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    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 (Unequipped)
    Laspistol (Unequipped)
    Synthesiser

    Location:
    The Sodom, Dauntless-class Light Cruiser
    *A hallway within the engine temples.
     
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  5. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Durr, we participate for the taste of blood and flesh, and we have the options to run and hide?
    Nope.

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  6. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    We're testing our skill here. We already know we could make these fellows our helpless slaves, they already are afterall.

    That and we ought to take up our new gourmet hobby.
     
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  7. Grimgravy Augur Patron

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    C - lets see if the synthesizer can spit out some mind control pheromones
     
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  8. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Plus let's use that Perfection and Terrible Visage.
     
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  9. lightbane Arcane

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    E: Use the implant to create mind-control pheromones, then force each one to rip their own bodies apart. Blood for the Blood God!
     
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  10. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    The synthesiser creates drugs, I'm not sure it makes pheromones. Or can we use it to make drugs that'd manufacture pheromones?

    Cheesecake how does this work? Do we have a set number of drugs that can be made or can it make whatever sort of drugs we want it to make?
     
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  11. hello friend Arcane

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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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  13. Cheesecake Savant

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    ERYFKRAD, I was planning to just have it create generic combat drugs with a Slaaneshi flair, but I've got an idea to have the synthesiser have a list of preset drugs to create, and you can have Entek swap the current preset so the synth can create another type (whenever it's 'downtime', ie. not in combat or whatever tricky situation).

    I'll make up a list of around five and post it soon.
     
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  14. Nevill Arcane

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    Brings back memories.
     
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  15. Storyfag Arcane

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  16. Endemic Arcane

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  17. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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  18. Cheesecake Savant

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  19. Cheesecake Savant

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    Tally (open)

    A:
    B: Azira, Smashing Axe, hello friend, Baltika9, Nevill, Storyfag, Endemic, Major_Blackhart 8
    C: Grimgravy, ERYFKRAD, 2
    D:
    lightbane's E: lightbane, 1

    B. Strike first and fast, slitting their throats and ripping their hearts.


    Before the three can even turn, you leap headfirst, slitting one's throat. The mutant squeals, clutching at the wound, black ichor spewing forth. Wasting no time, you leap as soon as you land, kicking a second mutant square in the chest. It sends him flying to the wall. A great thud echoes down the hallway.

    The final mutant, snorting and frothing, bulls into you. You have the wind knocked out of you as you fly to where the second mutant had landed. Your head swims, but in an instant your vision clears. You feel an acrid tang in your mouth as your synthesiser pumps stimm into your blood.

    You get on your feet and charge. Every step is like a leap. Thanks to the synth, every second of combat feels orgasmic, every thought and plan clear. You put all your momentum into a punch, landing it square in the mutant's masked head. You hear a crisp crack, and the mutant falls limp.

    You allow yourself a breather; though the combat itself wasn't intense, the combat stimms take their toll. A burning hunger is lit within you. Ripping into your kill's soft belly, you eat.

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    You are satisfied, for the moment. The synthesiser grafted onto your spine hums loudly as it converts flesh and blood into materiel for its drugs. A slight pang of hunger makes your mouth water. You aren't worried; prey abounds.

    The clamor of battle rings all around you. The scent of fire and blood is thick in the air. Screams of pleasure and pain make a macabre choir, and the choristers play violent instruments.

    You eagerly follow the sound of the fray, as if entranced by some siren song of slaughter. A building anticipation grows alongside your hunger, and you did not notice time pass, nor the numerous, nameless crewmen you killed, as you arrive at the gaping entrance to the Sodom's primary engine.

    Every engine is like a sacred statue to the Machine God, and the primary engine is no exception. It is painstakingly maintained by Entek and his coven of engineers, oiled with sacred unguents. Incense is lit around the colossal machine, and it is perfumed hourly. Servo-skulls sing sweet hymns in binary, like childlike cherubim. The machine itself is a tribute to the Omnissiah; the beauty and excessiveness is a tribute to Slaanesh.

    Most technomagi would be mortified to have such reckless violence so close to a beloved engine. Entek is not like most technomagi. Techpriests seek many things; some seek knowledge, others seek power. Entek seeks perfection. To optimize everything, man or machine. He views your blood sports as a 'quality test' - all the victors must be objectively greater than those who died.

    To have such a blood sport in front of a great engine, in his (bionic) eyes, is his offering to the Omnissiah. To improve the 'mortal machines'.

    Right now, you could care less about his Machine God.

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    The angry orange glow of the engine temple is near-blinding here. Your body is slick with sweat and soot. Corpses litter the floor, and the bedlam of battle fills the air. The air is almost suffocating. Indeed, you're sure a few here died thanks to noxious fumes.

    It does not concern you greatly. After all, you are an exalted champion of the Prince of Pleasure. Every experience is worship. The noxious fumes even smell pleasant after a while, like the scent of a poisonous rose.

    You stand unnoticed by the combatants. The majority of the participants are here, all who survived the hallways coming here. For this blood sport, it was decided that the six who survive win, and will become the breeding pairs for future crew members.

    About fifty mutants remain, fighting with fang and talon. Packs have formed, perhaps by instinct, preying on the weak and individual. You notice three of these packs, all around the same size. Thought the view of violence and the sound of slaughter pleases you, you desire to join it.

    You:

    A. Join one of the three 'packs', taking charge through dominant will.
    B. Join one of the three 'packs', simply fighting, with the safety and assurance of allies.
    C. Join one of the three 'packs', aiding them, and supplementing their weaknesses.
    D. Fight on your own, picking off stragglers and the weakened.
    E. Fight on your own, challenging the largest and the strongest.
    F. Fight on your own, waiting until the combat has died down.

    As you throw yourself into the tumultuous storm of violence, you:

    A. Fight quickly, scoring swift, clean kills. You stay light on your feet. Always on the move.
    B. Fight viciously, inflicting crippling pain. You target non-lethally, so that your victims die slowly in agony.
    C. Fight unseen, soft on your feet, shying from the blazing light of the engine. You drag your victims into the dark, to do as you please.

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    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 (Unequipped)
    Laspistol (Unequipped)
    Synthesiser:
    *Stimms (All-purpose combat drugs, designed to suppress fear and lessen stress and trauma.) [ACTIVE]
    *Frenzon (Rage-inducing chemicals that throw the user into a violent fit. It bolsters strength, increases violent urges, and reduces self control.)
    *Kalma (Euphoria-inducing painkillers used by medicae to subdue restless patients. This automatically releases when the user is nearing dangerous levels of pain.)
    *Onslaught (Heightens awareness and improves reaction time, and allows the body to move abnormally fast. Prolonged use has a high risk of brain damage.)
    *Spook (Spook temporarily awakens the user's psychic abilities, and in higher doses opens a channel between the body, the soul, and the Warp. Requires consuming a psyker to manufacture.) [UNAVAILABLE]

    Location:
    The Sodom, Dauntless-class Light Cruiser
    *The primary engine within the engine temples.
     
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  20. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Well Khorne hates us anyway so-
    DB>DC
     
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  21. lightbane Arcane

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    We'll make the next generation of mutant slaves great again.
     
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  22. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Well, we've gotten our taste of mutant flesh. Good for us. Maybe now we should focus on actually leading, as that's central to our character?

    CB>DC

    If we fight in a team, we should also debilitate our foes, extra pain = extra homage to Slaanesh.
    If we fight alone, we should drag our targets away for feeding.
     
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  23. Nevill Arcane

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  24. hello friend Arcane

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    We can't go after the easy kills. As an exalted champion of Slaanesh, Lena should strive for excellence and perfection of skill. Besides, killing off the strongest participants in this meatgrinder is tremendously wasteful - the blood sports have a heavy eugenic effect. Waste and excess is very Slaaneshi. Maybe the troops will receive some sort of enhancement, some blessing.
     
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  25. Endemic Arcane

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