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[LP CYOA] Epic

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

  1. treave Arcane Patron

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    Not exactly. It's just... resonating, one might say.
     
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  2. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Fuck hard bites to the rear. We need to make a decision here. I'm not convinced by Esquilax' arguments or swayed by newcomers fear, so I'm for trying to do something decisive. And stupid, most likely.

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  3. newcomer Learned

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    Maybe back then we should've thanked the guys who placed their vote on A? :troll:
     
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  4. ScubaV Prophet

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    You know, Ares may not be arriving anytime soon. He was at least a week from the port when we taunted him and you have to include the travel time of the messenger and of him back to the port. Unless there are extenuating circumstances.

    I think I'm going to retract my vote for now and think about this. B may be the better option. It's obvious Zeus can kick our ass at full strength, and since his shield is up it seems he's still fighting off Marduk. Taking on the weakened winner may be the better move. We just have to hope that if it's Marduk, his devouring artifact doesn't instantly power boost him and heal all his damage.
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Esquilax: Marduk may be better than Zeus, yes. But Super-Powered Marduk with two pieces of Vajra? And a Super-Powered Marduk possessing/melding with Zeus? Thank you very much, but I'll take my chances with Zeus, he's bound to be weakened by being almost devoured. Besides, we must, must get our hands on Vajra and this might be our chance.
    Also, every single ending in that chart that had us go up against Super Marduk ended one of two ways: we devour him, or he devours us. Our only shot would be the Vajra, as per treave, and I'm not sure if our chances of getting it back would be better after the whole ordeal. Marduk may even consume it too.
    The voices also tell me that we might get the Vajra if we charge in now [/CappenVarra]

    treave: are the other pieces of Vajra in anyone's...possession, exactly? Or are they just subsumed in jelly?
     
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  6. Esquilax Arcane

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    Good point about Ares, ScubaV. We might not necessarily be able to rely on him as a distraction. Anyways, I understand that in these LP's nobody ever picks the "Sit tight and do nothing" option, but sometimes it's the right call. I'm not entirely sure about B either (both choices are a crapshoot) for the record.

    It's not quite so clear cut. I don't fancy coming near Zeus with our piece of Vajra now that he's managed to fuse both components together:

    When you take into account Zeus' mastery and connection to Vajra, and the gathering of power right now, it seems equally plausible that intervening would result in our piece getting nicked by Zeus. Maybe we'll end up fighting a weakened Zeus who barely avoided getting devoured, but maybe this Zeus, a cautious god who knows how to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves, will simply nick our piece of Vajra away from us if we intervene. We didn't even scratch him with two pieces of Vajra, how do you think we'll fare if he has all of them?

    But then again, maybe he'll be too occupied with Marduk to do anything about us. I don't know. He didn't take our piece from us during our brief battle, maybe he won't be able to now.

    Not that it applies now that Vajra is thrown into the mix, but this isn't true. In the A New Hope ending, we defeat Super Marduk with Edem's help while he's vulnerable after the devouring.

    Edit: Yeah, I think that walking into Zeus' protective veil with our piece of Vajra is really dumb:

    Lastly, regarding Marduk with two pieces of Vajra. He's still a Gieloth, so I'm not sure if he'll be able to make use of it. Then again, devouring Zeus might allow him to do so. This really is a fucked up dilemma. I'm sticking with B for now.
     
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  7. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Well the question seems to be, you walk in on two beautiful yet dangerous women making out with sex toys. Do you join them, or do you get the hell out of there?

    :dance:
     
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  8. Esquilax Arcane

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    :lol:

    More like "you walk in on two beautiful yet dangerous women making out with sex toys. They may have AIDS, you're not entirely sure. Do you join them, or do you get the hell out of there?"
     
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  9. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Ahem, a :obviously: and dignified a man as Ean does not engage in such debauchery. To suggest otherwise would be preposterous.
    Unless he squeezed in an orgy that we didn't know about.

    Edit:
    Oh shi... I forgot about that one. I also remembered that Marduk will still be vulnerable after feeding. Or the two pieces of Vajra can tip the balance in his favor, severely weakening them.

    My, what a delicious dilemma. Undecided for now, I need to circlejerk a bit more.
     
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  10. CappenVarra phase-based phantasmist Patron

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    See, this is why grenades were invented - while the "girls" are tumbling, you stand at a safe distance and spam ranged attacks at the blob...
     
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  11. newcomer Learned

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    Even if Marduk managed to devour Zeus, I doubt he will be able to master the knowledge to use Vajra just like that... Hence my vote on B
     
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  12. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    Yeah, even if Marduk will be able to eventually learn to interface with Vajra after devouring Zeus, I don't think that will happen immediately.
     
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  13. Esquilax Arcane

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    The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that we're going to pay for trying to take the easy way out here with A. We already paid for taking the easy way out when we hijacked Zeus' lightning bolt, and I think we're going to pay for it again if we think that we can waltz into Zeus' protective shield with our resonating piece of Vajra and kill them both just like that. It's extremely naive.

    Let's look at the clue that we have:

    See, we don't know what exactly is going on in there, but we do have some idea thanks to our piece. We know that Zeus is trying to gather and call upon as much of Vajra's might as he possibly can. If we present him with an opportunity like getting close to him so that he'll add the strength of our piece to what he already as (and we know all too well how good Zeus is at snatching up opportunities), he's going to ruthlessly exploit it and take our piece from us. With his innate strength, his knowledge of Vajra, the fact that he has two pieces already, our close proximity to him as he's gathering his strength is going to be a Christmas present.

    Now for some metagaming with the Vajra hint that treave provided:

    I am pretty certain that with Zeus trying to muster as much of Vajra's power as he possibly can to hold off Marduk, if we come close to him at this crucial time, he's going to add our piece to his own considerable strength. And then we'll be fucked, because he'll achieve his "original purity" and attain "enlightenment".

    Like I said, this is the easy way out. It's the same bullshit we tried to do when we thought we were clever by hijacking Zeus' thunderbolt. We knew that we'd have to face some hard fights here, so we have to be willing to accept that fact. But if it's a choice between an enlightened Zeus who has achieved the "original purity" of his Master form or Super Marduk softened up from his lightning bolt* and still not acclimated to his newfound power, I'll take the latter any day of the week.

    * Although I'm willing to concede that ScubaV is right and the devouring process will heal him. Still, I think that entering Zeus' protective veil is naive and it'll backfire horribly.
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    "We thank you for reassembling Vajra. Masters inc. hopes you have a stable, fast and bug-free customer experience. Our team put their utmost effort into assembling Vajra, and it symbolizes the epitome of modern engineering."
    "Booting Windows Vista. Have a pleasant day." Yeah, that'll take him a while. Apparently Gieloth are too :obviously: to use shit interfaces.

    Anyways, flopping to B, because of Esquilax and Newcomer, your bros convinced me.
     
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  15. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Very well, B.
     
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  16. ScubaV Prophet

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    Yeah, gonna go B.
     
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  17. Azira Arcane Patron

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    I think Ean is pretty well and truly boned. :M Even if he does the Smart Thing, he still has one piece of Vajra, one that seems to resonate with the others. Our best hope is that whatever shit is going to happen now, hopefully destroys/seriously weakens both Zeus and Marduk.
     
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  18. Azira Arcane Patron

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    I think Ean is pretty well and truly boned. :M Even if he does the Smart Thing, he still has one piece of Vajra, one that seems to resonate with the others. Our best hope is that whatever shit is going to happen now, hopefully destroys/seriously weakens both Zeus and Marduk.
     
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  19. Bloodshifter Educated

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    B. No need to jump the aids roddled and very butch lesibans just pick off the one who is still up for round two
     
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  20. ScubaV Prophet

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    I've got A - 4 and B - 8 post-flopping and reconsidering. No need to wait til Thursday in this case either. :smug: :bounce:
     
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  21. Kukulkan Learned

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  22. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Indeed. Time to end this chapter already.
    By the way treave, I still want to know what military doctrine Ean introduced as Sumeria's king? Hoplites, Legionnaires or something else?
     
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  23. Kipeci Magister

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    What could possibly go wrong?
     
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  24. treave Arcane Patron

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    A - 5
    B - 9

    ***

    Chapter 5.21: Cataclysm

    When it started, you realized the safe distance was very, very far away. As the ground cracked and the world around the two gods began to shift, you run. All around you, trees tumbled and rocks shattered. The earth itself heaved and the heavens split. The sky turned a dark, blood-red around the peak that you were leaving behind.

    "Iltani!"

    You shout out her name over and over as you sprint down the crumbling mountain. There was no response, and you couldn't sense her presence anywhere. She was either unconscious or no longer in the vicinity. As you reach where you left her, you prepare to enter the forest to look for her. Edem tries to pull you back.

    "We don't have time to look for your little girlfriend. Do you want to get buried here?"

    "There is no way I can leave her here. Go, I'll catch up."

    "Ah, for fuck's sake... If you don't come back alive Sekhenun will be displeased. She can be pretty nasty when she is. Be quick about it." Edem floats himself up in the air with his telekinesis. "I'll help out from the air."

    "Can't you float me up too?"

    "Don't ask for too much. Hurry up, we don't have too much time!"

    You run through the woods, shouting out Iltani's name again. Still no response. The rumbling of the earth was getting stronger.

    Ean, there. Quickly.

    An image of the path you had to take flashed into your mind, courtesy of Edem, and you follow it. At the end of the path, you find Iltani, lying under a fallen tree. Placing your arm under the tree, you nudge it up and roll it away with your mind. Iltani was knocked out but still alive. You haul her over her shoulder.

    The quaking of the mountain stopped. Everything was silent.

    Fuck.

    What's going on, Edem?

    Run. Fucking run, now!

    The ground suddenly sank beneath your feet. You leap, and sprint down the mountain at full speed. Taking a short glance behind you, you saw something horrible: a black miasma, streaked with red, spreading right towards you at a very high speed. You find it in yourself somehow to move your feet even faster.

    ***

    Somehow, you made it out, Iltani slung over your shoulder and all. Edem joined you shortly after as you perched on a nearby cliff, looking at what remained of the mountain of the gods. A dark cloud had settled over where the mountain used to be, with streaks of red swimming through it like blood flowing through vessels. Olympus was no more, in its place a thin, twisted, jet-black monolith, almost as tall as the mountain used to be. It was as if the skin and flesh of the mountain had fallen away to reveal a rotten skeleton.

    And then, before your eyes, even that remaining skeleton crumbled away. The cloud settles and thickens, and soon you could not see anything left in the area but black and red.

    ***

    "He did not make it back."

    "He panicked. He tried to get back with only two parts of the key. Of course it was going to tear a hole in the fabric of reality! It was a mistake to assign him that job."

    "We tried to cut off his way back, of course he would panic!"

    "We couldn't risk having that thing coming back with him. He was on his own the moment he screwed up."

    "Well, what's done is done. No punishment we can think up will be as bad as his fate now."

    "What do we do about the control world? The existence of such a rift there definitely ruins our purpose for it."

    "Agreed. The rift is undesirable."

    "We should purge this world."

    "Why don't we convert it to a test world instead?"

    "We have plenty of those and not enough control worlds. We do not have the resources to maintain them all any longer."

    "But -"

    "Ladies and gentlemen. This is unbecoming. Let us clear things up by casting a vote. If you would, kindly?"

    "All of those in favour of a purge? Very well, noted."

    "And those in favour of conversion to a test world? Alright."

    "It's a tie."

    "Why do you remain undecided?"

    "I suggest a third path: we observe this world longer before deciding."

    "We no longer have any eyes on that world. We still haven't repaired the damage those damned pests did to the link."

    "There are other ways to observe. May I be put in charge of this project? I am sure all of you have greater things to tend to."

    "... very well. You now have responsibility over this world. Don't mess up like he did."

    "I won't."

    ----CHAPTER END----
     
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  25. Esquilax Arcane

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    Goddamnit, now things are really fucked. treave, my curiosity's killing me: would A have meant a glorious death with both Marduk and Zeus gone?
     
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