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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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    I was an idiot and wrote down the wrong name. I meant Aphrodite. My above post has been edited.
     
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  2. treave Arcane Patron

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    Not a problem, just wanted to make sure I didn't mind-fart and start mixing up alternate timelines.
     
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  3. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I don't think that bringing a malnourished, weakened Gieloth, of all things, to meet two, most likely three Immortals is a bright idea. For one, a Gieloth just destroyed Olympus. Two, they're still bound by their voices (granted, since they fled, their batches may be defective, like ours, but there's still the general prejudice). And Ares...hoo boy, he'll do nothing to us, but Sekhenun will, at the very best, get severely wounded. At worst, she's dead.

    An elite guard of about five hundred hard-ass veterans will do the job just fine. Besides, by the time we get there, they will probably have assembled a warband.
     
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  4. Anabanana Augur

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    Makes sense. A3.
     
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  5. Esquilax Arcane

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    Regarding Ares, the problem here is that they'll fill in a lot of the blanks regarding our intentions with their own imaginations. Here's what Ares knows: Runi lured him out of Egypt, then when he came back home, Zeus and Marduk were dead and Olympus became the Eye of Terror. Then Runi declared himself God-Emperor of Babylon and Egypt. They'll interpret these actions as far more hostile than you're suggesting. At worst, they'll think that we caused the Cataclysm intentionally to snatch up Greece.

    Another thing they know is that we are allies with a Gieloth. Aphrodite knew that from way back:

    So yeah, we're going to have a rocky reception initially, to say the least.

    :lol: I thought that we were going to parley with them. You don't traditionally bring a retinue of five-hundred men to people that you want to make friends with. Your alternative is to meet "two, most likely three Immortals" alone. How is this better? Sekhenun knows how to hide her presence. They aren't going to know she's a Gieloth unless they attempt to attack us, which Sekhenun, with her diplomatic skills, will be there to help us avoid. And as I've said, they already know that we have a Gieloth associate, this is hardly going to be a surprise.

    I have no intention of fighting anybody. I want to go there and explain our actions in Egypt and Olympus in hopes that we can establish some trust and start working together to deal with the Terasphagos threat instead of fighting against each other. Whatever we do, it's important to avoid drawing our sword and escalating the situation further:

    We avoid drawing the sword, and we'll remain able to keep our cool.
     
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  6. ScubaV Prophet

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    I can see your points Esquilax and I agree, but I can't in good conscience have Sekhenun abandon the Scientific Method in its infancy. It's time for Ean to put on his big-Emperor pants and learn diplomacy.

    A3
     
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  7. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Yes, we are. They aren't, for one. It is unfitting of an Emperor to come anywhere without an escort, besides, these men are just there to "reinforce the Olympian garrison," not to strong-arm them into anything. Really, these guys should be there for crisis control, this is, after all, a treave LP.
    Aphrodite detected Sekhenun no problem, even when she shielded herself and Athena's respect will be won on the battlefield by cunning maneuvers.

    Edit: ScubaV is right, time to learn diplomacy and stop relying on others to pull our dead weight, no more tippy-toeing. Bro, you wanted to be the God Emperor of the Land of the Watchers, now's the time to start. Bringing troops to Greece, in addition to damage control, will also allow us to tell and show the Immortals and the Greeks that we're committed to keeping Greece safe from the Terrasophagos.

    Hell, let's take it one step further: take an entire disaster relief envoy with us: builders, carpenters, foodstuffs, water, booze, hookers and nightclubs. Let's rebuild their devastated cities (unless treave can say whether or not they're already rebuilt, or if I'm just taking this too far (hope I'm not asking too many questions as to make your brains bleed, bro; I also wonder how much of this you come up on your own, and how much is inspired by our paranoid discussions)). The Greeks will be won (and don't delude yourself, this is a battle for the hearts and minds; if they fight, it will be guerrilla warfare with support from the local populace, just like our campaign in Babylon) and we will show the Immortals that, yes, we indeed do give a fuck about their nation. And if they attack a relief envoy, well, they lost. Period.

    And also, I still insist we at least give Sekhenun a good luck kiss when we depart, I must know how she'll react. I hope it's not against Gieloth etiquette and social order (and if they have a "you kissed/fucked it, you bought it" thing, then :incline:)


    Edit2: Oh, and since Aphrodite was saved by Artemis, she most likely told her about Ean, the part about Sekhenun included. So, yeah, she'll be on the lookout

    Edit3:
    Don't worry, it's all out pragmatism (and for lulz). One, marriage for alliances. Two, gieloth-immortal hybrids. Three, once Sekhenun is worshiping Ean (or his cock, at least), I doubt there's anything she wont give us/ do for us. Four, most importantly, general lulz. Ain't I a devious bastard?
     
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  8. Kukulkan Learned

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    WTF? Romance in this lp being asked for? I expect this shit out of Bioware Social Network.
     
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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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    You are already giving all the aid to Greece that you can manage without taxing your own kingdoms which are still recovering from the war.

    Also, you paranoids aren't going to lose Sekhenun's project forever by pulling her off it for a month or two.
     
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  10. Baltika9 Arcane

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    treave, say, can we afford to send out a couple of boats to scout out the coastline to China? Two or three is what I'm asking.
     
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  11. treave Arcane Patron

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    Uh... you don't have ocean going boats. They won't be invented in your region for many many many years to come unless you make it a priority.
     
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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    treave, may I request a map of our domain, including the seceded and revolting states ? I am primarily interested in the northeastern expanse (Anatolia, the exit to future Persia and the closest point to the Azov Black and Caspian seas specifically), although a complete one would be welcome. As of right now I have no understanding what is where.

    And naval expansion should be our priority right after Sekhenun finishes her research. we might want to start without her for now, even. Think about it: Egyptian Babylonian and Greek soldiers are the best trained and most experienced in the world. There is not much left for them to do here except jerk off waiting for something to come out of Olympus and curbstomping the occasional revolt.

    Ergo, we'd be better served sending them to farther and farther off lands (hopefully getting to China in the nick of time, but not necessarily. Italy, Spain, Barbary coast, Normandy, the British Isles and off to the coasts of future Prussia, into the Baltic Sea and, finally, Russia) and strengthening our naval trade routes (in the end, wealth always wins). Besides, if the Northern Empire is really composed of Vikings, then we'd better have something to fight them off with. Having a weak navy against those guys is a really, really bad idea.

    Edit: also, we and our emissaries have no understanding of China's language. How are we going to warn them? With stick figures?
    Also, this is some good shit, the search for the shortest path to China without going through India has taught me more about ancient history and trade routes than school ever did. Thank you for this LP, treave.
    :greatjob:

    You could say that it makes me... Intellectually Engaged.
    :yeah:

    Edit 2:
    Potatoland Ascendancy confirmed.

    Alternatively, Shulgi started on Rome ahead of schedule. Which could make sense, since they're human controlled.

    Seriously, though, it's probably centered around the Black Sea and formed from the Moldovan and west Slavic tribes.
    Or it is indeed Russia.
     
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  13. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Yeah.... ships that can go to China are going to take a long, long time without some extraordinary boosts. Going West makes sense, of course.

    Language shouldn't be a big deal, historically Spanish conquistadors and others had no insurmountable issues.
     
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  14. Kipeci Magister

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    A3.

    The northern empire has been stated to be Assyrians, not vikings! Those viking guys are ass-backwards tribes nowhere near civilization if their areas are anywhere near historical, which would sort of prevent them from launching awesome boat technology they wouldn't develop in our time for still a couple thousand years in the future. It would be even more ridiculous if they were actually able to pilot even those ships all the way around Europe from Scandinavia to the eastern reaches of the Mediterranean and launch raids with enough regularity to present an actual threat.
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    Ah, sorry, the Assyrians are part of Ean's empire as implied in the previous update. The northern kingdom is clearly ahistorical, just like this new empire in the Middle East. They've had a head start since about a hundred years back, that's all. Edem will tell you more when he returns.

    Edit: this doesn't mean that there's a massive Scandinavian navy up north. They aren't Vikings.
     
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  16. newcomer Learned

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    Egil is a Scandinavian name... so these people in the north should at least be norse / vikings (although it seems that there'll be no vikings for now...)

    and where's the update....

    For you who voted 2:
    Think about it, Sekhenum is Ean's WAIFU. Do you send your wife to battle? :incline:
    If it's me I would leave her home, pat her head & give a good luck kiss / a good luck tumble :incline:
     
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  17. A3

    edit: you know what, A3 - a gieloth being there will only piss them off more and if they ended up killing Sek, I'd be sad.
     
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  18. Kipeci Magister

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    Why does everyone seem to want the folks setting up shack in Anatolia/the Caucasus/wherever our northern borders are to be vikings? What sense does that make?
     
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  19. Bloodshifter Educated

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    A3 we need an imortal for our harem 2 would be nice also can we tell Sek to get one of her cronies to help getting our government supporting more trade into eygpt to hasten the unifaction of our Empire.

    Also I still wish for us to talk to our sword to force it to gain a "soul" so to speak *even if it did Roofle at us*

    I don't suppose Ean is all that opposed to using body map. Constantly now that he is a god-emperor and is willing to use it in public?
     
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  20. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    treave, I know you're already peppered by annoying questions, but could you perhaps tell me what year (BCE) is it?

    @ppl guessing the nature of the Northern Empire - nothing Slavic, not even Russia. The Slavs arrived in their present lands sometime in the early centuries AD, and currently reside somewhere around the Caucassus. I'm guessing something Germanic or, indeed, Norse (to avoid the word "viking").
     
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  21. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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  22. Kipeci Magister

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    What in the world would any Germanic group be doing around the Caucasus-ish/Anatolian region at this time? The closest thing I can think of to that would be the Crimean Goths, but the earliest record of their presence is around 850 AD or so, which is I think a couple thousand years from this point.
     
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  23. Azira Arcane Patron

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    We're in an alternate timeline now. Anything is possible. :troll:
     
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  24. Baltika9 Arcane

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    In before the Terrasophagos shapeshifted into humans and founded their own empire. Or the Terrasophagos are mutated humans, from the future after the Earth was wiped.
     
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  25. treave Arcane Patron

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    Well... there's a big misunderstanding here. They aren't in Anatolia.

    Chapter 3.12.

    edit: We're probably still at about 1900 B.C
     
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