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[LP CYOA] Epic

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

  1. Azira Arcane Patron

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    The "leash" were a faulty batch, and they volounteered the plan themselves. The masters might even have known about this..
    As to openly working with their main enemies, do you think Zeus actually knows about this? I mean, have we really been open about it?
    Edem is shielding himself, there's no indication he's standing out in the open broadcasting "bro-waves" towards Ean. And Sekh is far away and is to be considered a defeated and "leashed" enemy, now working as our assistant, is she not? She's still bound by her promise.
    Zeus is an avatar of the masters, yes. But don't give him too much credit. If he were all-knowing, he wouldn't have needed our intervention to zap Marduk.
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I meant to say that if Zeus read our mind and knew everything, then he'd know what we did. And then he wouldn't waste time negotiating. And, no, the Masters didn't know of Ean's condition, hence why Zeus was so surprised to see him.

    Edit: flipping to Battleplan Esquilax.
     
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  3. newcomer Learned

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    If Zeus read our mind, wouldn't we feel it? But at any rate I think he'll going to find out soon anyway, so don't waste more time, just take him head on before the others arrive. If we are losing, hope that Marduk will wake up and eat Zeus before we're completely defeated.

    And by taking him head on, he'll know our nature anyway because he can't take back our power (the voices)

    I'll go with Esquilax's battle plan if that's possible
     
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  4. newcomer Learned

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    Or else, an completely un-Codex way (and one of the various ways to end this LP in the most UN-EPIC way):

    Z. Pretend to be subservient to the Master, give the Vajra piece voluntarily, let them do whatever they want to do. After that, you hide from the masters, hoping at the very least you survive the onslaught. What will happen afterwards, you don't know.

    I REALLY hope no one choose it....
     
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  5. treave Arcane Patron

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    History marches on...
     
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  6. newcomer Learned

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    I wonder...

    The logic behind Z is that we capitalize our psychic void and thus only need to hide our physical body (Where's Panrath's knowledge when we need it?)
    Because Zeus can't revoke our powers and he hasn't realized it yet, this will work. And he can't track us, because the Vajra is no longer with us. Just hope the masters doesn't nuke the Earth because he can't revoke our power...

    On the bright side, that means Ean is THE ONLY ONE... in a cowardly way... (and perhaps need to constantly hide from the masters due to the healed extra-dimensional link)

    tl;dr : Z allows you to save your own skin...
     
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  7. treave Arcane Patron

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    A - 4
    C - 2
    D - 3
    E - 3

    ***

    Chapter 5.20: Tea-Time With Zeus

    You hold Anbar-Shi out, in front of you, as if daring Zeus to come and get back his piece. "You would like to have it back, wouldn't you? If only the world was as simple. You could try to take it from me, but I think you would rather talk. Maybe we can come to an agreement?" Edem wisely keeps quiet, waiting to see what you would do. Zeus falls silent as he stares at you. You can feel him probing your head, but he does not attempt to force his way past your defenses. A moment later, a genuine look of surprise appears on his face.

    "The batch is somehow no more, yet you retain your powers... and that sword you hold... this is unprecedented. This is unacceptable."

    There was a flash of sapphire from his right hand, and the last piece of Vajra appeared within it.

    "We will talk, host, but first..."

    Marduk's body is telekinetically hoisted into the air besides Zeus. His eyes snap open, and Marduk, realizing that he had waited too long to gather his strength and that no lucky distraction was forthcoming, explodes in a blur of black tendrils, attempting to smother Zeus. Strong winds buffet the area, sending the rubble and corpses littering the ground flying off the mountain. You are almost blown off your feet, but luckily you have enough presence of mind to plant Anbar-Shi into the ground and hang on firmly. Zeus himself floats off the ground, but a shimmering veil appears to shield him from the worst of the winds. Marduk's tentacles sizzle as they force their way through the veil and grasp Zeus around the waist. You see him grimace in pain, and he raises a hand up into the air. The two pieces of Vajra fly up and combine, forming a long cylinder with three prongs at each end. A lance of energy, crackling with that distinctive electrical blue that Vajra emitted, flared to life within Zeus's grasp, and he thrust it with no hesistation right into Marduk's body with a mighty roar. The winds die immediately, and you feel bolts of electricity strike and char your flesh as Zeus's thunderbolt lashes out at all around it. You instinctively bring up Anbar-Shi to protect yourself. The bolts are drawn to the blade and absorbed within almost instantly. There is a bright flash from Zeus and Marduk, causing you to avert your eyes. When you are able to see again, Zeus is the only one left standing over Marduk's rapidly disintegrating corpse.

    He sighs, and pays the dead no more attention, turning his piercing blue eyes to you. With no change in his tone of voice to betray his prior exertions, Zeus speaks.

    "Well, shall we talk?"

    You nod. Edem was now nowhere to be seen after the winds wrecked the area. You can only hope he'll return in time to help you out, as your chances against Zeus one-to-one was unlikely at this point.

    "What will you grant me for allowing you to complete Vajra?"

    "Your life."

    The answer was quick and simple.

    "Do you really think I would go down to you that easily?" You spit at Zeus, defiant. "It is not much of a negotiation if you are the only one dictating terms."

    Zeus shakes his head, with a smile on his face.

    "It does not matter how hard the process will be. You, who have broken the yoke of your destiny, are an aberration on this control world. You will be eliminated sooner or later. Do not test our patience with your unfounded confidence in your power... which we granted to you."

    "The voices you burdened me with are no more. You have no power over me."

    Zeus just laughs slowly.

    "Maybe. We could put that to the test, but you are an interesting aberration. I would prefer not to dispose of you just yet."

    "If that is the case, here are my terms. I want to know what you plan to do with Vajra, and what you plan to do with my world. I have learnt plenty from other sources, yet your motives in coming here are still a mystery to me. Prove yourself worthy of this piece, and I might just give it to you. I might even help you out."

    "Unacceptable. We do not exist solely to entertain your desire to learn. My offer stands as such; you will return Vajra to us, and we will send you to one of the countless worlds where your aberration is an acceptable... no, desirable existence. We can learn a lot from your growth, but not here. You are a rare specimen that is undesirable on this control world."

    "Exile? You think those are good terms?"

    "Those are our terms, such as they are. They are not negotiable. If you choose to remain here, I will eliminate you. Marduk has already caused much damage to an already problematic planet. Damaging the project ourselves to lure him out and defeat him was already a serious concession. We cannot risk any more delays on this testbed. Give us Vajra and I will allow you to travel to the worlds that we offer; there you may find the answers that you seek."

    You ponder stalling for time, but Zeus points Vajra at you, and the deadly weapon begins to hum as the skies darken again. It looks like he still had a storm or two in reserve.

    "Decide now."

    ***

    A. You accept the terms of your exile. If Marduk's terrible reign was undesired by Zeus, it stands to reason that their own rule might be relatively benign. You won't be dead, and you will be able to gain power and knowledge on your travels. Then... maybe then... you will return of your own will, and then there'll be hell to pay.

    B. You reject the terms and jump off the side of the mountain. Even Zeus shouldn't be able to react fast enough to catch you with his lightning if you pull off such a stunt. The fall off the mountain will be painful, but you'll survive. Once you are far enough from here, Zeus won't be able to track you if you keep a low profile, and you are betting that he will not risk delaying whatever plans they have any further by attempting to root you out.

    C. You reject the terms and attack Zeus. Fuck him and his one-sided offer, you will work this out on your own terms. Preferably over his dead body.

    (Because I know someone's going to ask, no, you are unable to read Zeus's mind)
     
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  8. newcomer Learned

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    :hmmm:

    Control world? Testbed? Project?

    The only thing that is clear is that we're fucked....

    A it is.

    Still considering B... But B means we'll be a hunted creature just like the Gieloth... And Zeus has become too strong for us to handle... fuck it... Oh that's right, the Sekhenum wormhole... yeah, that might save us for good...
     
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  9. newcomer Learned

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    btw treave

    At this rate, will we ever witness the invention of horse collar? :troll:
     
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  10. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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  11. The choices seem to be:
    A - Go to a new world.
    B - Stay on earth (If we survive.)
    C - Game Over.

    My vote is B - Run. Like. Hell.
    If B doesn't have the votes then A. We had a chance when we had Edem, Marduk, and the element of surprise, but now that he knows what we are we won't be able to get the drop on him - especially with Ares on our tail.
     
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  12. newcomer Learned

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    Oh, one more thing treave

    The exile offer... do it has a few wriggle room, I mean sth like "Can I bring one / two person / Gieloth / Whatever with me"?
     
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  13. Good idea. Though I imagine Sek might be just a little bit pissed at us for dragging her along...
     
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  14. treave Arcane Patron

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    Zeus isn't going to risk delaying your exile. If you pick A, what happens is that you give him the last piece, he uses Vajra's power of WISDOM!, and off you go. If you can provide a persuasive explanation for why you should be allowed to bring a person, however...

    Your choices became very limited when you used that piece of Vajra:
    a) nearby Zeus, who can be said to have mastered the use of it
    b) on a storm of his own creation

    It would've been possible to get the drop on him had you chosen to take out Marduk the hard way or tried to sneak all the way in to kill him first, though. Unfortunately this Zeus is the sort to take opportunity where it presents itself, and he's wise enough to not let his guard down too much. Cautious to a fault - hence the whole retreating to Olympus and not showing himself - when opportunity doesn't appear, but if it does he'll grab it as fast as he can.

    edit: Yes, if you attacked Zeus immediately you would have given Marduk the distraction he needed.
     
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  15. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Oh god damn it. I should have known he wouldn't have been so stupid as to let Marduk lay alive behind him. In retrospect C seems to have been the best option.

    Agh. I'll need to ponder this more, I sadly suspect that we won't have a hope now that he's completed Vajira, but it really irks me to flee at this interval. I'll wait a while before voting.

    Nevermind, re-read. So we still have a piece of Vajira, Zeus has exhausted himself slightly more by attacking Marduk, but Eden has fled, and may return if we are lucky. If we aren't lucky, Zeus' allies will soon come to back him up. Really regret pissing off Ares.

    I just, I just can't let us flee without a fight. It's unmanly to be intimidated so easily, when we're at the peak of our game. Zeus doesn't know about our hunger or shared Gieloth physiology, which may come to our advantage. Also, we still have the immortal poison on us, which could give us the edge we need. We can't run, we'll never see this bastard as weak as he currently is.

    Death before retreat
     
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  16. treave Arcane Patron

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    Just a bit of a hint.

     
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  17. newcomer Learned

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    Then let's bring Sekhenum, reason is that I don't want to lose all those hard-earned Sekhenum Points :troll:
     
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  18. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Wonderful, some random cunts that threw in 'A' in the pot fuck us over even though we have 6 votes for D/E. : x

    If we were going to attack Zeus we should have done it before Marduk got raped, and now who knows where Ares & Edem are.

    Still think we should try B or even C, exile sounds retarded and we're giving up everything we've done so far.
     
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  19. treave Arcane Patron

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    Oh boy, I messed up. I didn't count Storyfag's vote because he:

    for D and I skimmed through.

    Apologies. It's actually a tie between A and D.

    Uh, right, in the future, bold the votes, and the votes only, in the post which you want counted. Continuing to bold the choices in subsequent posts where you explain why you pick those choices is a very mean thing to do to a confused mind. :( Unbold all the other stuff, or use BIG RED TEXT if you want?
     
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  20. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    What's D again? Throwing the sword or something, right? Err... Damn, I'd flip from C if you want to rewrite, but hey. They both sound like really bad options now to me. So... Ah. Give me a sec to reread D.

    Oh, there were at least two votes for C, btw treave. I may not have made my vote clear enough however.

    Edit: Yeah, okay, reread D, it's basically just C except with theatrics. I'd flip to that, but I doubt you want to rewrite it again. If you do, then I'm all for it!
     
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  21. newcomer Learned

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    People do mess up sometimes... But it's up to you whether you want to rewrite that...

    Basically D and E are C with some theatrics & additional cunning ideas...

    And my vote on the previous vote is E
     
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  22. treave Arcane Patron

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    We could put it up to another vote. I bow to the wishes of the majority.

    edit: Be reminded that pretending to talk first means that Zeus is going to try to kill Marduk before he listens to anything else you have to say, unless you give him an opportunity he can't resist.

    edit2: We can redo the previous round voting I guess. Now that people know what A leads to.
     
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  23. newcomer Learned

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    So... uh... we're voting whether to rewrite the stuff or not? Or we open a second round of previous round voting?
     
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  24. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    I've become lazy, unfortunately. I'll bold in future.

    Are we revoting from the last update, or just letting our votes stand as they are? Democracy is such a hard mistress to tame, considering how similar C D and E it's likely one or the other would have been passed through considering they're pretty much the same. You might want to have a limitation in future on the "suggest a option" in that it has to be significantly different from the currently proposed.

    I'll flop to either C, D, or E, although I ultimately favour C then D, then E, then A
     
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  25. treave Arcane Patron

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    Yeah, I'll take a leaf out of root's book and make sure to note down privately if any course of action will give a similar result to any of the choices.
     
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