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[LP CYOA] Epic

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

  1. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    It is the perfect spot for the legend of Runi to come alive once more, rising from the chasm to help Egypt once more. A few hundred soldiers should be relatively easy to take care of, even with us babysitting Iltani. Fucking escort missions.

    That is unless there is an immortal hiding among the troops. Treave, can we detect other immortals like we can Gieloth? And did we get some of that immortal-killing poison from Sekhenun before we left? If not, why didn't we? It would seem obvious to get some now that we are moving against an immortal.
     
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  2. treave Arcane Patron

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    Ah, what she had worked on Gieloth, not immortals. The physiology is different. Poison doesn't work against immortals very well. She has a toxin that could prevent regeneration, of which she's managed to squeeze out enough for one use.
     
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  3. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    That's the one I mean. So we have one dose of it? Good to know - I'd rather we save it for Zeus, but maybe Ares won't give us a choice in this matter.
     
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  4. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Oh, by all means, Babylon will surely accept an Egyptian Demigod into their pantheon and place him over their rulers. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
    And the worst part is... it's the best option for rescuing Egypt. I'm getting strong Marius Hax vibes here, so i'll just say this:

    MAXIMUM FUCK!!!

    oscar: Incompetent, riiiiiight. Bros, we want Iltani to be Ean's wife? We tell her that we will marry her NOW. If she goes into battle with us, she's dead. D-E-A-D dead. She'll probably die is what I'm saying.

    Oh, but wait, there's more: we're also a God now.
    Oh, but wait, there's more: we're about to have Babylonians ruled by an Egyptian demigod, which will either be our greatest flop or our greatest troll yet.
    Oh, but wait, you still haven't heard the best part yet: We want to shape and mold civilization directly.
    Sleep tight, mankind, you're in, ah, capable hands.

    :troll:

    But, for all my complaining, Sekhenun gave us an opportunity here: Ean is in Babylon. We're in Egypt. Might as well make the best of this.

    P.S.: Fuck you, Azira. Fuck you. In a bro kind of way.
     
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  7. Azira Arcane Patron

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  8. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Why the hell would we advertise the fact that we are Ean and Runi to anyone? The point of leaving Babylon alone (besides not striping down its defences even further) was precisely to avoid anyone knowing this. And as long as we tell Iltani that this is supposed to be a secret that's the way it will probably stay. We definitely don't wont anyone to blab about this at this point - there are still 5000 Babylonian soldiers loyal to Marduk here, and I doubt they will be kindly disposed to a person that destroyed his empire. Once we are done here we need to find some way to ensure they are not a threat to the new Babylon state - maybe just point them in the direction of Greece, away from Babylon. Or find some other way to neutralize them - getting them to change sides would be preferable, but I don't know if this is even possible at this point.
     
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  9. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    What are ya ramblin' about here? We fucking are a BABYLONIAN god. They revered us as Marduk and believed we slept in the west, which even was kinda true. Then gieloth-Marduk came over and pretended he's us, so we've overthrown him and revealed (almost all) the truth. But we never told anyone in Babylon that we're also a demigod in Egypt. And even if we did, big deal. Ancient civilisations had a habit of appropriating foreign gods. The Hittite pharaos of Egypt found it wise to worship Seth, the Egyptian patron of... foregin lands. And guess what, it worked, the populace accepted them, even though they were outsiders. The Romans equated their Jove with the Greek Zeus, and later with the Celtic Essus, and it worked too. Only the Jews were butthurt about the idea (btw, how about we prevent the vile Christianity from ever developing? Knowing our luck, Ean will end up filling the role of Jesus... though I'd much prefer to personally crucify Naram).
     
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  10. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    We're here to kinda rescue them, right? Once we buttrape Ares, I'm sure they'll be willing to listen to reason. Though we should have told Sekhenun to have the puppet king take hostages (the royal, civilised kind. You know, to be raised at court and groomed to become future important officials) from their generals' families. That'd make them comply with the new regime for sure (well, as long as the puppet king wouldn't mistreat the hostages, but the idea is he should not!). Depending on how situation unfolds, we might return to Babylon with them after defeating the Greek army in Egypt. Or we might lead them to Greece and use them to finish off Marduk or Zeus...
     
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  11. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Oh, but wait, there's more: we're also a God now.
    Oh, but wait, there's more: we're about to have Babylonians ruled by an Egyptian demigod, which will either be our greatest flop or our greatest troll yet.
    Oh, but wait, you still haven't heard the best part yet: We want to shape and mold civilization directly.
    Sleep tight, mankind, you're in, ah, capable hands.[/quote]

    A dude oversees an uprising, he says I AM A GOD, RLY, then leaves immediately. Yeah. That's gonna found an eternal cult of Ean worship, for sure. We fucked up and we will feel the results soon enough.

    Anyway, enough butthurt. I say B, the whole symbolic aspect is tempting but if we reveal ourselves too early, we might be drawing too much attention from Ares or whoever before we are ready.
     
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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    We want his attention on us, he's marching on Memphis, and we're here to save Egypt. Letting the capital fall would be a bad begging to the rescue. Also, there's a charm to having Runi be reborn at Tjaru, don't you bros think so?
    Since we're here, we might as well do what Ean does best: be a bad motherfucker.
    Also, repeated to avoid a useless death: propose to Iltani now.
    Edit: think about it, the mythological value is making me giggle with excitement. Tjaru was Runi's death. And Tjaru will be Runi's resurrection. The Son of Horus(?) returns from his father's Kingdom in the hour of his people's greatest need to deliver them from another crisis. How can we pass this up? We'll be like an Egyptian Jesus, only better.
    Anyone else getting the feeling that Ares will be a giant douche? And that Sekhenun will die?
    Edit 2: treave, I know the answer already, but are the voices dead for good and not coming back, for ever and ever? I miss those guys.
     
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  13. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Sexxor her up while with one hand while we smash Egyptians in the face with the other?

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Pretty much.
     
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  15. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Just tell her to keep her head down until the noise stops. She want's to help us - fine. But no single mortal can be of any meaningful help to us once we get into badass mode on the battlefield. All she can be is a liability we will need to look after. Later on we will find some way of making use of whatever talents she may have.
     
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  16. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    You mean Greeks, don't you? Also, we are kind of short-handed at the moment.
     
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  17. Baltika9 Arcane

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    "Hand" is a very flexible term here. Which will do which is also very flexible.
     
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  18. Esquilax Arcane

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    We really need to go to Greece after this - it's too important to leave things up to Zeus and Marduk. Using our persona as Runi, we could get a lot of the Babylonians to defect. I think that we're in a good position to steal away Marduk's troops: we've already shown mercy to the Marduk loyalist troops by letting them lay down their arms and go home, and we've also allowed Marduk worship to to remain in the kingdom, albeit in a different form. We've got a lot of the same people from the old regime still working there anyways, so that's even more incentive. Hopefully we can convince a large number of the men to defect and reinforce Babylon instead of protecting Marduk in Greece.

    There are still concerns about fighting at Tjaru: If Iltani is killed, I think it's very likely that Ean will fly into a murderous rage. And that's not even getting into how Gudersu might feel. We may have to use the toxin that Sekhenun gave us, though I really wanted to save it for Zeus.

    treave: Do we have a count on the number of Egyptians and Babylonians? Also, now that we have Anbar-Shi, how good are Ean's restoration abilities if Iltani is wounded? If it's possible, I'd like to propose to Iltani now as Baltika9 suggested. At best, she'll go back home or get herself some place safe, at worst, she won't place herself in danger.

    Tigranes: I disagree, I think that we handled the whole Babylon situation quite well, and barring unforeseen circumstances (i.e. the return of Shulgi) it should be stable for the next little while. Sekhenun can use her diplomatic skills to hold off the Assyrians from declaring war. We have enough loyal soldiers to hold things down thanks to the Gutians, a competent puppet King with a good administration under him, a strong claim to divinity thanks to the manner in which we dispatched Ramman and Ahati to back up our authority, and an appeased and pacified sect of cultists.

    Anyways, I don't think we should wait on this: we have to take Ares out as soon as possible so that we can reach Greece while the war is still hot. If there was ever a time for Runi to return, it would be now.

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  19. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Esquilax: I agree that Babylon will most likely remain stable. I'm fine with that. What I mean is that depending on how things go in Egypt now, there's a good chance we will end up neither a very well worshipped God, nor with any influence with the government, nor a hero of the people with any kind of mobilising power. Nobody remembers a God who was around for 2 weeks to crown himself then disappeared into history. That's what I mean - if we really wanted the fruits of our labours we should have finished things off by going for Marduk, or consolidated what we had by staying.

    Anyway, as I say, we've made our decisions and I'm not one to butthurt on and on (unless we do fuck up in Egypt).
     
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  20. ScubaV Prophet

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    And I second (third?) the motion to propose to Iltani now. Even if she refuses to go back to Babylon maybe she won't be so reckless in her efforts to pay off her debt. Besides, I am intrigued by the possibility of having some demigod spawn as allies and Ean could use to be a little less uptight.

    Idle thoughts:
    What will Iltani think if/when she sees Ean feed?
    Is the effort of regrowing our arm going to improve our regenerative powers in the future?
    When will we get our next character summary?
     
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    Exactly. It was par the course to declare yourself a god those days. Would have been a lot cooler to take the crown and prove to the populace we're legit and a BRO king instead of rushing off on another adventure to fight someone who we barely benefit at all from defeating.
     
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  24. treave Arcane Patron

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    Chapter 5.14: Terror in Tjaru

    As you jog off towards the fort, Iltani runs to keep up with you.

    “Well, if there’s no helping it… how are you going to be of use? What skills do you have?”

    “I’m handy with a sword.”

    “Killed any men before?”

    “Well… no.”

    “Right, anything else?”

    “I’m great with letters and numbers, and I also know plenty about the uses of plants. Father insisted that I learn as much as I could about civilized ways as I was to be a princess. He also made me study the precepts of some old Akkadian king that was a big influence on Sumerian military tactics.”

    You stop and turn around to look at her. Giving a big sigh, you struggle to hold back your annoyance as you tell her, “That means you would have done me much more good by staying in Babylon and helping Sekhenun run the city. We definitely need talents like yours back there… I don’t really need an extra sword arm.”

    Iltani’s eyes dart towards your stump.

    “Look, I know you’re not stupid. You definitely understand that if there was any debt to be repaid, you would have been better off repaying it by staying in Babylon. You won’t be of any real help here. Why are you here?”

    She turns red and clams up. Stepping closer to her, you put your hand on her head. She really is shorter than she seems to be. Probably her attitude has something to do with that, you think, and you ask again. “Why are you here?”

    You get flashes of what led her here, as her thoughts rose to the surface. It looks like she had developed a slight crush on you ever since you volunteered to be taken hostage in her place, though she seemed too embarrassed to admit it. Apparently, she had asked Sekhenun what you looked for in a wife. Sekhenun said that she didn’t know, but she hazarded a guess that you might prefer strong women over weak ones that did nothing but stay at home, and Iltani had impulsively left Babylon with something to prove.

    “Tenacious and impetuous. I thought you better than this,” you mutter. “No matter. If you are following me, listen to what I say and keep yourself out of harm’s way. You’re no good to me dead.”

    That came out a bit more harshly than you wanted, but you hoped the message got through to her.

    ***

    As you neared the fort, you notice the gate opening. You stand your ground and prepare to hail the inhabitants, but you are greeted by dozens of Egyptian soldiers fleeing wildly from the fort. They ignore your shouts as they stream past you. Iltani grabs on to your arm tightly as you make your way past the panicking soldiers and enter the fort.

    The moment you cross the gate, a palpable shroud of pure fear falls upon you. This must have been what spooked the troops. Iltani’s grip on your arm tightens. Around you, both Greek and Egyptian soldiers lay whimpering on the floor. Some were attempting to get to their feet, and there were a few that were actually upright, shivering, with their weapons trembling before them. Before you could move on any further, two Egyptians fall from the walls right before you with a thud. You whisper to Iltani to move back. She nods, her eyes wide and her face pale. You could tell that she was struggling not to just curl into a ball and scream, but she manages to stay on her feet and hide behind a nearby wall.

    You find yourself easily resisting the urge to flee. The terror reached down into the depths of your very being, but there it found only anger, which fed upon the fear, growing stronger with every second. You haven’t eaten in a while.

    The besieged gate gives way with a loud crash as two identical looking men, one in red and one in blue, walk in with an arrogant stride. You instantly recognize them as the source of the fear. They are surprised when they see you standing in the center of the courtyard and come to a stop.

    “Look, brother, there is a brave, brave soul that does not fear at all.”

    “Indeed. We shall have to work up a sweat after all. You there, what is your name?”

    You pause for a while before loosening the knot that bound Anbar-Shi to your back. You draw the blade and bring the hunk of dark metal ringing before you. You had patterned its current shape over Gudersu’s great sword as you had found that you preferred your one-armed balance better with such a weapon, as long as you kept swinging.

    “Runi,” you answer, “Son of Osiris.”

    “We are the gods Phobos and Deimos, sons of Ares.”

    “Please do just lie down and die.”

    They brandished their spears and come for you, one from each side. Planting your feet firmly on the ground, you draw your sword back and swing it, pivoting to put your entire strength behind the attack. It seems like they were not expecting your movements to be anywhere near as quick as theirs, as the first blow takes the red-attired twin by surprise and neatly cuts through his bronze breastplate. He screams, gurgling blood as Anbar-Shi bites into his lungs.

    “Phobos!”

    The blue twin – Deimos, it seems – thrusts his spear at you in anger. Predictable. Quick to anger. You had yet to complete your initial strike, and your spin allows the spear to pass by you harmlessly. Phobos – still stuck at the edge of your blade – was not so lucky; his brother’s spear buries itself deep into his abdomen as you swing his body towards Deimos. You complete your swing and throw Phobos’s body off your sword. He crashes into Deimos and the two of them tumble to the ground in a bloody heap.

    “This is what passes for a god nowadays?” you sneer as you walk towards them, Anbar-Shi resting over your shoulder. “I hope your father poses more of a challenge.”

    Cradling Phobos’s body, Deimos looks up and snarls angrily. “Don’t underestimate our power!” Phobos’s eyes open and stare at you, and an enormous wave of terror flows forth from the two immortals, threatening to make your knees buckle under the weight of that fear. All around you screaming erupts from the soldiers as they claw at their eyes and ears. The two begin laughing, Phobos choking up blood as he does so.

    It was singularly unfortunate for the twin gods of fear and terror that your nature took such intense emotion and turned it into fuel for the fires of your rage. You take a step towards them, grinning a bloodthirsty smile.

    “If that is the only party trick you have, it’s not a very good one.”

    Their laughter stopped. It was their turn to scream.

    ***

    A. You give in to their pleas of mercy and allow them to flee after cutting them up badly. They will serve as suitable warning to Ares that you are coming from him, and hopefully draw his attention away from Memphis to buy the Egyptian defenders more time.

    B. You cut their heads off and put it a bag. The trauma of your violence sends them into a regenerative stupor. Then you burn their bodies and toss those down the Chasm of Runi. You will give Ares his warning by showing him the heads of his sons in person. That would be a most excellent taunt.

    ***

    1. You take a limb or two from the twins as a snack. You’ve never tried immortal before – it could be good.

    2. You don’t feed… it is not yet time to give in to your hunger.
     
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  25. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    B, but only on the condition we interrogate them before! I'd like to know what's the Greek* angle here, really. Just the typical "lawl, kill Gieloth", or is there something more, perhaps? If Gieltoh are the issue, why mess up Egypt?
    1 - we need powah to face the victor of the inevitable Zeus/Marduk duel.

    Also, sons of Ares, eh? So Immortals do breed!

    *BTW, what year is it? Still well before 1500 BCE, right? These guys aren't even properly Greek yet...
     
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