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[LP CYOA] Epic

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

  1. ScubaV Prophet

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    I've kind of skimmed over stuff so far and here's my skeleton plan:

    -Send Iltani to Babylon with our Vajra piece. We can't afford either Zeus or Marduk getting the whole key if we fail.
    -Feed on injured soldiers on our way up Olympus. Hopefully this will get rid of the hunger pangs and keep us out of the main fighting and the eyes of Zeus/Marduk.
    -Sneak past the battle lines to Zeus. From their either try to kill/eat him or just wait for Marduk to come and pop out at the most opportune time while they are busy dueling.

    I wonder if Ares can even recognize us. Obviously if he sees us fighting he'll know, but if we're sneaking or trying to blend in I don't think he can sense us.
     
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  2. newcomer Learned

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    Just what I've been waiting for :incline:
    Immortal tentacle children :smug:

    Voting Esquilax's D
     
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  3. treave Arcane Patron

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    Baltika9, Edem's still around. And there is no report on Ean at all. He went off the grid back when he lost his powers. Hardly important enough to notice, all things considered.
     
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  4. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Vajra is Important to us as well as our opponents.
    What kind of power can we draw from it, enough to deduce its purpose?
     
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  5. treave Arcane Patron

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    Right now it's allowing you to throw electricity at people in addition to a slight boost in all parameters.
     
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  6. Bloodshifter Educated

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    Okay just caught up and I must say I cant believe A2 won that time why you no eat them!!!

    lolled at the letter to Ares and I am glad we went to Greece can't believe we didn't coma the girl though

    Esquil A shines to me but D is also another every good Chance Marduk is the STRONGEST enemy out there right now if we do meet Edem and are able to "persuade" him to help us then give up Varja tell Iltani to run off with the weapon HOPEFULLY Ares is too incensed to stop and decide to pick up the uber weapon (he is not stupid sadly just hot blooded) take Iltani with us keeping her off to the side of the "main" battle a few miles should do it leaving Edem guarding her (AKA run if shit hits the fan) (her life to me is of SECONDARY concern) keep Varja sneak to the "duel" and jump in when (1) Ares gets there using our shape-shifting change our skin tone to match Zeus's and shout out as we attack "RUNI you shall pay for your crimes hopefully Ares and Zeus will gang up against Marduk kill him (with us "disappearing") then reappear to slaughter the two weaken Gods then we shall Dine! (2) Zeus is clearly overmatched against Marduk so we step in help the poor bastard (still shape-shifting our skin color) down playing our abilities UNTIL Ares shows then Pulling (1)
     
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  7. ScubaV Prophet

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    The Esquilax D plan looks pretty similar to mine, so let's go with that.
     
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  8. Kipeci Magister

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    Hold up, I've got to say that we SHOULD NOT devour Iltani in any way that does not demonstrate our cunning linguistics.

    If we're able to rationalize our way into devouring the body and soul of the daughter of the bro-est guy we've met on the chance that maybe that'll help us beat Marduk, don't think there won't be plenty of repercussions for that. What's to stop us from becoming any different from him if we let our hunger control us in that way?

    In an absolute pinch, I could stand us devouring a couple of the people still left alive on the battlefield. It wouldn't be honorable, but at least it's not nearly so heinous. But if we take that hard a swing towards the DEVOUR SOUL!!! end of the spectrum by consuming Iltani, I'm not sure we could recover.
     
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  9. Baltika9 Arcane

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    This will be a stretch, bros, but bear with me here (especially Storyfag and Esquilax. Paging you here.). Maybe Zeus doesn't need to die here. Maybe the only guy we really need to take out here is Marduk and call it quits while we're ahead. The Masters will throw a hissy fit after (and hopefully if) Marduk eats their little sockpuppet. Now, what do you think would happen if an unknown, and, if recognized, panic inducing entity kills/devours both of them/the thing that devoured their little cocksleeve/kills their Vajra-wielding Avatar/kills and devours Super Marduk with Vajra? Def Con One would be an understatement, I think. And yes, apparently they are aware what happens to their Immortals. We don't even know about the Avatar. Maybe it's a direct conduit for a Master/all of them?

    Maybe all we really need to do here is contact Edem, kill Marduk quick and easy , get his Vajra pieces and GTFO while we still can. Let Zeus and the foaming-at-the-mouth-red-in-the-eyes-running-up-the-mountain-yelling-"MAXIMUM FUCK!!!"-death-machine, AKA Ares, clean the mess up and rebuild Greece. We have more important shit to do.
    It's a pity we never got to talk to Marduk. I wonder what his motivations were? Was it just power? Or has he decided to get the whole EMPRAH thing started before us?
    Edit: Maybe he took the whole "sympathizing with humans" to it's logical conclusion?
    Edit2: OTOH, maybe this is our one and only chance to deal with Zeus for good and on more-or-less comfortable terms. I mean, we could just rush Marduk with Edem now, get Vajra and kick some more ass, again with Edem.
     
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  10. Kipeci Magister

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    I'd really rather avoid fighting the remaining Greek immortals if we could help it, yeah.
     
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  11. Esquilax Arcane

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    Baltika9, I thought about killing Marduk, making a break for it and dealing with Zeus another time, but I'm not sure how we'd do it. We're on his turf and Ares is going to be cutting off our retreat. If we didn't taunt him into coming back home, that idea might work, but I don't see it happening now.

    If you've got any ideas, I'm all ears.

    Now that treave has mentioned the benefits of having a piece of Vajra with us, I don't think that it's wise to send it back to Babylon. We can't give it to Iltani in case we lose; at this point, the stakes are so high that we either win big, or lose big. So based on that, we really have to be fully committed to getting whatever edge we can at this point. Hedging our bets this late in the game is a terrible idea.

    So having thought about it some more, here's another idea I had. I think that this is the best one yet:

    E) Feed on a few fresh corpses as we make our way up the summit - it's not much, but it'll do. In any case, we should arrive before Marduk's unleashed his trump card. Once Marduk gets ready to devour Zeus, we should use Ean's awesome telekinesis abilities to take both Marduk and Zeus' piece of the Vajra while they're both distracted and still unaware of him (psychic blank ftw!).

    This thing is barely able to sit still within our robes, and I'm betting that the same thing is true for both Zeus and Marduk. So while they're distracted, we use the full might and precision of our telekinetic abilities to pull the remaining pieces of Vajra whole again. At that point, can hold Marduk off until Ares appears for meatshield duty. With the two of us against Marduk, we have a solid chance at victory.

    Hopefully, once Ares notices the super-powered Gieloth that just ate Zeus, he'll see him as a bigger threat than us. If anyone's got ideas on how to make Ares more likely to hit Marduk than us, I'm listening.
     
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  12. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    Don't send Itani off - she'd just be killed and Varja would be taken.

    Here's my plan: We grab Iltani's head and use our psychic powers to put her to sleep for a few hours. Then we sneak up and steal Varja in the confusion. edit: yes and snack on some corpses or maybe at least an arm or two on the way up...

    treave is the fragment's power boost enough to give us some light manipulation? Might help with the sneaking part...

    Regardless we need to shapeshift to look like a random Greek. We don't want to have to actually fight Ares when he shows up. We should just let him be all "Where's Runi?! Ah, screw it I'll just help kill Marduk..."
     
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  13. treave Arcane Patron

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    Nope, you won't have light. Also you don't have enough fine control over your powers to put someone to sleep with any measure of precision. You could scramble her brains for good if you tried.
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Esquilax: I'm liking your E plan.

    As for killing Marduk: we telepathically contact Edem, tell him we're here and coordinate a sneak attack on Marduk, and run for it. Alternatively, we can sneak in, kill Zeus, loot him and tell him "See ya back in Sumeria, ya pansy." (Ean's newly awakened trolling skills should come useful). And, yeah, Iltani should take a nap for a few hours, in a safe spot, otherwise feeding might provoke her into killing us, or attacking us.Word of God says it's a stupid idea. As for Ares: Lambchop has a good idea, but I'd like to see how "uh, wun't me" would work.

    We're shaping up to be quite the troll: Masters thought us insignificant, Marduk thought us dead, Sekhenun thought us a stupid dog/ape, Aphrodie thought us easy to manipulate and Ares, well, he got burned. Honestly, Ean should get a trolling skill tree. Seems appropriate. He is about to use the first perk: "U mad, bro?"

    Edit: I just solved our problem, didn't I? After we give him such a big "fuck you", what's he gonna do? Leave it laying like that? Hell no. We might even have Edem steal the last piece of Vajra and deliver it to us, for OP sake.
     
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  15. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    Well, her body would still be intact, right? *cough* What?

    Ok then, we tell her we need to sneak up there, but that she needs to travel to [insert nearby town] and find the old seer woman Zora. Only Zora can contact the spirits and tell us the magic spell that will make Marduk lose his immortality and be vulnerable. In the mean time we'll hide and try to hold him off should he win soon. All of this is bs of course (to those who are skimming), but it should occupy her. edit: if she still doesn't buy it we knock her out. Gently.
     
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  16. Esquilax Arcane

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    Lambchop19: It would take too much time. We can't afford to waste a single minute now. We barely have enough time to eat and get to the summit, we definitely don't have enough time for a bullshit story so she stays out of trouble. I still have no idea what to do about her.

    If we want to make sure Ares goes after Marduk and not us, then why not shapeshift into Zeus? Even with the boost that Anbar-Shi gives to all of our powers, our shapeshifting powers are still kinda shitty, but I think that we're at least at the level where we could pass as Zeus at a distance. That's really all we'd need for a reckless, headstrong type like Ares to assume that Marduk is Runi.

    Edit: Yeah, I guess we could just knock her out so she doesn't put herself in danger. At worst, it'll at least give her an idea of what marriage with Ean will be like.
     
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  17. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Seriously, I think this may work:
    F. Knock Iltani out, snack up as much as you can, sneak in, kill Zeus and simply leave. See what Marduk does, we can stalk him, or go back to Sumeria, where we can meet him on our terms. With two thousand Gutians.
    Seriously, a guy leads a devastating campaign against a whole pantheon, reinforced by the other superpower of his region, slaughters EVERYBODY, loses almost all his men, and in the end comes out empty handed. His credibility will be blown. Marduk, as God and Legend will lose all credulity. It will be the ultimate humiliation and victory, to deny him the prize he sacrificed so much for. And we'll still have our spy, Edem left.
    Edit: And the beauty of it is, if we fail to seak out in time, we still have two pieces of Vajra, Ares and a dead Zeus. Basically, it's a slightly altered version of Esquilax's C.
    Edit2: Although I really would like to write a good one-liner on Zeus' corpse. Something like "Problim?" or "Come and get some, pussy." or "See ya, loser." Oh, maybe a little flag with the KKK troll, the symbol of our great Empire?
     
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  18. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    Credibility? Who needs that when you have superpowers? We didn't need credibility to slaughter Ares' troops back at the coast of Egypt and Marduk won't need any to slaughter half of Babylon single-handedly, eat Sek, the Gutians, us and then take power by force - very in-character for him really...
     
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  19. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Right, but Marduk's, the legend's, credibility will be gone, not just among humans, but among Gieloth. Factor in his rebellious shit, and we've got a dead man walking. It's like hyping yourself up to be a sex god, everyone believeing you and then, when the moment of truth, ahem, comes, *WHAM* premature ejaculation. because the other Gieloth will know what he wanted, what he was up to. And they'll know he failed. And if they don't know, we'll make sure they get the memo.
    Edit: Legends are powerful things, my friend. I'd wager among the Gieloth as well, waht with their courts and politics. They're like an interstellar Roman Senate/Venetian Court.
     
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  20. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    Sorry, but I'm still not seeing how this really hurts him.

    His legend - aside from the legend he usurped from us in name - has been about him being an insanely powerful being. The gieloth think that and so do humans - that's what made him believable as a god. If he kills Zeus and all the greek "gods" - even at the cost of his army - he'll only seem more powerful to humans and the gieloth will *know* he's more powerful from devouring Zeus and maybe even finding a use for that half of Varja.
     
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  21. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Well, that's where the plan to kill Zeus, for which we have a toxin from Sekhenun, and looting his Vajra piece, comes in, no?:smug: After that, he will almost certainly return to Sumeria to avenge his defeat or stalk off into the wilderness and LARP Genghis Khan later.
    In essence, we deny him his hard-fought prize and leave, optionally, a message :You want your shit? See you in Babylon, bro. No one takes my legacy!"
     
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  22. Esquilax Arcane

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    In any case, this is getting off-topic.* Let's return to how we can kill this motherfucker and make it out with our hide.

    Leaving won't be so simple. We have Ares waiting for us at the bottom of the summit, remember? If that weren't an issue, perhaps your idea would work, but we'd still have to deal with him. It would defeat the whole purpose of drawing him here.

    Regardless, we don't know how the Devourer Fragment works. If we kill Zeus, the artifact's powers might actually make it even easier for Marduk to devour Zeus' corpse and absorb his powers. It's a huge fucking gamble. Plus, you throw Ares into the mix and the whole situation is just really volatile.

    E seems like it allows for the most control on our part. We know that Vajra wants to come together at last, and our telekinetic abilities are powerful and precise enough to take the pieces that Zeus and Marduk have while they are distracted with each other. Since Ean is a psychic blank, Marduk would never suspect this kind of subterfuge. We shapeshift into Zeus, Ares comes to back us up under the belief that Marduk is Runi, and just like that, we have decent odds at victory.

    * At the end of the day, it would still result in just postponing whatever Marduk wants to do next rather than eliminating him. And y'know, a shitload of heat because we just killed an avatar of a Master. I'd rather leave Greece on good terms with the remaining Olympians. Athena and Artemis seem like they have true SIS potential.
     
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  23. Baltika9 Arcane

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    What were your exact words? Psychic blank FTW? If we really must, we can just leave from the other side of the cliff. Psychic blank FTW. But, I see your point. Just, how are we going to pull this off, exactly. without revealing our self and nature?
    Edit: Alternatively, we could just take the corpse with us. Also, we'll be operating in full view of both Marduk and the immortals if we choose to cooperate with either. They are bound to notice our psychic invisibility. And that brings questions. If we shield ourselves as another Immortal, that will be an immortal that the Masters won't account for. Bad idea. If we shield ourselves as a Gieloth, we're reamed from both sides, as Marduk doesn't acknowledge anyone that doesn't work for him. If we disguise our self as a human, they'll call our bullshit in ten seconds, tops.
     
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  24. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    I'm fine with revealing out true nature so long as we get to feast on both of the fuckers. It should give us enough of a power boost to stand our ground against most opponents. If worse comes to worse and the Masters decide they have to exterminatus the world because of us, we'll hitch a ride with Sek to the great beyond so that the earth remains safe, and return once we find a countermeasure to the Master's world destroying power.
     
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  25. treave Arcane Patron

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    The ensuing "what in the world are you!?" shenanigans would be funny though.
     
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