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[LP CYOA] Epic

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

  1. oscar Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Yeah in Greece we're talking Mycenaeans at the moment (since we're about 1800 BC). Though Greece might be too fucked up for them to have developed.
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Another question for you, treave: if Naram could control sheep and humans can learn esoteric powers like reading their opponents, could they tame wild animals?
    Essentially, is bear/rhino cavalry possible?
     
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  3. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Can we retcon the name, then? Surely we can think of something better.

    I actually like Antioch as it is, but maybe we can make it fit with Ean / Shinar'i, etc.
     
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  4. Esquilax Arcane

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    Yeah, I'd like to change the name as well. treave, if you hadn't noticed we were deeply involved in a very important debate about tentacle marriage at the time, so I think we should get a pass on this.

    Ragarding Zeus and Marduk, they were at ground zero when Zeus tore a hole in the fabric of reality. Odds of survival don't look good. In the unlikely event that either of them are still alive, they've probably been warped to an incredibly fucked up degree from the event. In any case, not worth speculating about right now. We would first need to find the rift to even begin forming an opinion about this. Anything we say right now is just pissing in the wind.

    Our piece of Vajra will give us a clue. Since we only have a single piece, it definitely won't close it outright, but it would probably react to the rift and give us the ability to traverse through it safely. It might also give us clues as to what it's like on the other side. The big advantage of A is that it's the only choice that would let us actually examine the rift before the incursion.

    This is why I'm still not sure between A and D. I believe D will work, but A is the only choice that gets to the heart of the issue immediately. With B, C or D, we still have to wait it out for five years while the Terasphagos send in another swarm. A is risky, but if it's a success, it cuts to the chase immediately and allows us to get to the bottom of things sooner. We are pretty desperate for time.
     
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  5. treave Arcane Patron

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    The 'reading' is a matter of training to look carefully and spotting certain giveaway signs. It's not esoteric. Bear cavalry is possible if you have someone with actual powers taming the entire lot.

    Of course you can.

    Antioch doesn't fit because Ean is not called Antiochus. Nitpicky, but it'd be like calling a place New York when there isn't even a York in the first place.
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Hmm... well, the empire is the "Land of the Watchers". How about the "King's Eye", then? Can't seem to find the word "Emperor".
    "Inu'Sarrum"?
     
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  7. Esquilax Arcane

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    Baltika9's idea for a name for the Empire prior to the time we settled on calling it Shin'ar was Ankida. I'd like that to be the name of the city. It means the joining of heaven and Earth, but I think it's fitting because our Empire is a joining of many different peoples. Plus it sounds kinda cool.
     
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  8. Anabanana Augur

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    *shudders* Bear cavalry? Seriously? After what happened in a certain other CYOA?
     
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  9. Baltika9 Arcane

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    But did they have humans capable of taming them completely, hm? Did they?:smug:
    Why have superpowers if you don't cheat the game, goddammit?
     
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  10. oscar Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Whatever the equivalent for Ean-town/ville/burg/home is.
     
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  11. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Akkad, I believe. And I think that place still exists, I think. Otherwise, I'm all for it.
    Edit: Or, even better, New Akkad.
    :troll:
     
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  12. Bloodshifter Educated

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    Like this name for Capital

    B for the choice setting up the mine BEFORE we need them will give us more time / lodestones before the drop in raids

    Proposal (X) can we get Sek to see if repeated non-lethal exposure to the Miasma helps build a tolerance / immunity to it? *this will cut into her Teles. research and bring about Miasma resistant humans hopefully*
     
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  13. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    I'm with Esquilax on naming the capital Ankida.
     
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  14. treave Arcane Patron

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    A - 1
    B - 2
    D - 6

    ***

    Chapter 6.10: The Second Terasphagos Incursion

    Kastor shivered as he waited out in the freezing weather. He hated the north.

    The sacred forges were the only places where ore of all sorts could be traded in Skane; the priest-smiths wielded a strong and jealous grip on their secrets in metalworking, always seeking to gather knowledge but rarely, if ever, letting it go. The Emperor had decreed the import of large quantities of lodestone, ostensibly for decoration. Few knew the true reason, but as one of his watchers, Kastor had been privy to the fact that it was related to navigation of accursed Olympus - now there was a place he'd not rather be than in the north. So here he was, making good use of one of his old merchant personas, negotiating a bargain from the northerners. It had been a taxing deal.

    'We do not have enough in stock', 'it would be hard to find a proper container for what we do have', 'what did you need such large quantities for', and 'I didn't know your Emperor was into fashion and toys, always struck me as a serious chap'; all of these excuses and questions appeared, and as they grew more and more pointed, Kastor had to begin getting creative in answering the local priest of the forge, Frode. Thankfully, as he found himself getting tongue-tied, Frode stopped asking more questions and quoted an extremely low - in Kastor's own estimates - price for the lodestone that he could sell. He snapped it up immediately.

    Now he was waiting for the lodestone to be carried out, and in the cold to boot. He couldn't wait to get the caravans going so that he could enjoy the warm air and sunshine of his homeland... well, what was left of it that wasn't eaten by the Terasphagos anyway. Frode appeared just at that very moment, his apprentices bringing out a small box filled with the iron he needed.

    "The payment has been received, and here is your purchase, Master Kastor." The priest-smith bowed, and shooed his apprentices to get back to work. As he turned to leave himself, he said, in an slightly pleased tone, "Float a shard on a small vessel of water. That should suit your emperor's purposes. Tying it to a string is... well... primitive." He was gone, the gate to the forge closing shut behind him, before Kastor could say another word.

    ***

    Without a doubt, the lodestone helped. The quantities you received were too small to provide every soldier with one, but you had organized them into basic groups of ten, and every leader of those ten groups were provided with one. The lodestone helped with navigation not only within the miasma, but also wherever they went. The mapping effort of Olympus started up again in earnest, but due to the increased Terasphagos activity, there were delays everywhere.

    Within a year, the mapping stopped again, as the scouts began suffering casualties. You continued to do so yourself, together with Artemis and Edem - the Terasphagos were strong, but not strong enough to pose too much danger to you - but soon even you had to take a rest, and you returned to your palace. Progress was slow but good; if you did not have the incursion to worry about, you could probably complete it by the next year.

    It was at this time that the Second Incursion happened. The armies were more prepared than they had been in the previous attack, but the numbers of the Terasphagos this time were bigger. Much bigger. The miasma prevented your forces from accurately gauging their numbers, but reports were that the first day saw at least a thousand Terasphagos dead, and for each one they defeated, a hundred more took their place. It was only due to luck that they had converged on the strongest point of your defenses, Fort Aspis. Still, with the number of Terasphagos rampaging mindlessly, even your reinforced fortifications would not hold for long, and even with 70,000 soldiers in Greece, you did not have enough men to hold every location along the line. The miasma had expanded to such an extent that you could not tell where they would strike from; you could only hope your men moved swiftly to respond to the threat if they diverted their attentions from Fort Aspis. Still, you had to be prepared for the eventuality of the Terasphagos breaking through at a point in your defenses.

    It was really unfortunate that you had just received word of one of your consort's pregnancy - Fukayna, a great great granddaughter of Iltani, who had inherited the dark Egyptian hair and the fair skin of the Gutians - just as you were about to leave to defend against the Terasphagos.

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    A. You attempt to fight through the hordes of Terasphagos and reach the rift. You feel that you have just about mastered your piece of Vajra, and surely you will be able to do something about it once you get there. Who knows how many Terasphagos are here in this incursion - every day you delay might only make things worse.

    B. You rally a defense, attempting to hold out with a strategy similar to the previous one you employed, except on a wider scale - defend, respond, push back. If they retreated once, they'll retreat again. They might have more Terasphagos now, but you have more men too, better trained and equipped. It is not a lost cause.

    C. There is no hope. FLEE! FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES!

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    1. If the Terasphagos manage to defeat your army, the spread of the miasma now means that every part of Greece north of Peloponnesus was in danger. You begin relocating the Greeks down south; it would be too late to prevent a slaughter should the monsters break through and be unleashed on the populace.

    2. Relocation shows a distinct lack of confidence in the strength of your army to hold the line, and might invite talk of weakness. They can go if they want, but you will not ask them to leave their land, as they have put their trust in you to defend the walls around Olympus.
     
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  15. oscar Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    B2

    Hold the line.
     
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  16. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    B1
     
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  17. newcomer Learned

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    I should say I'm glad we made a purchase; now we know that the North is extremely ahead of us in technology and possibly better trained spies. That, or the new master is bestowing them with all this tech speedups.

    B2 here. And congratz to Ean for the :baby:
     
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  18. Esquilax Arcane

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    C is out, of course. So is A, because we aren't going to close that rift from this side with only a single piece. We're going to need to go riftwalking to close this shit down. At best, we'll traverse onto the other side of the rift and encounter the Terasphagos horde as they're crossing over, so fuck that.

    I'm going to disagree with not warning the populace. I think it's a bad idea because it will destroy a ton of goodwill that we've built up over the years with Athena and Artemis. I don't see why it would show a lack of confidence; even in prior incursions, there have always been some Terasphagos who have managed to get through. More importantly, we're the fucking God-Emperor, if there's one segment of our population that is completely and utterly devoted to us, it's the military.

    They're going to understand that we're doing this for the right reasons and that we have faith in them.

    A2
    B1
     
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  19. Anabanana Augur

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    B1

    I don't think Ean would want to be responsible for the deaths of civilians.
     
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  20. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    We definitely need to go riftwalking soon, but now's not the right time. I think we'll be able to hold at a heavy price.
    B1

    A1/A2
     
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  21. treave Arcane Patron

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    Ah, the military is fine, but the people might lose confidence in your ability to protect them, is what I meant.
     
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  22. Bloodshifter Educated

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    B1 We are not that uber powered to hold off the invasion completely we need to move off the civ's before shit hits the fan. What if we do hold the line after the Invasion? then everyone goes home happy and shows we are cautious.

    the Northern spies are of course the Forges we allowed built into our cities. Northerner's knowledge of the Lodestones use is not surprising. What is surprising is the willingness to share that last tidbit of info something tells me they already have a compass.

    WOOT FOR TEH Demi-God What should we name the kid?

    Treave ALL our Iron Tributes are being used by the Greece Defense Initiative*GDI* how effective is our Iron Troops over the Bronze ones?

    Also

    Proposition (X) We start focusing on Elemental Map. who needs an army when you can summon a ring of lava? *daily training and use after invasion* foregoing any training we have on Varja. Main Focus on Map. of vast quantities of Earth \ Metals.

    Proposition (Y) Again Sek. starts checking on effects to repeated NON lethal exposure to Miasma. *cutting into Telas. study*
     
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  23. ScubaV Prophet

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    Hmm, tough call between 1 and 2. I think I'll go B1. Pragmatism outweighs morale here, in my mind. Hopefully we can make it through this relatively unscathed and then close the rift. If we do that, we won't need to care how the populace feels about us and the Terasphagos. If we fail, well better that we moved them.
     
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  24. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Pride versus human life. Of course human life takes precedence.
    I see two ways here: B1 and A2.
    B2 has us relocate the civvies and hold the line with our men, with a safety net in case we fail.
    A1, on the other hand, has Ean charging into the rift and leaving behind an inspiration for centuries to come and giving the people even more hope in his children and grandchildren. Plus, the Terrasphagos will be too distracted/thinned out by Ean from the inside to mount a coherent offense against the men. Basically, we go dimension hopping.
    So, the question here is: do we feel lucky?

    I do. A2.
    Edit: and since nothing interesting in China hasn't been going on for a couple of decades now, I'd say we have time. The Tree needs some time to mature as well, so if we're smart, we'll get out of there in time.

    treave, where the hell did C come from? Does eating make Ean a coward as well, or is he just going soft? If we choose to go Warp scouting, will we be able to take someone with us, like Edem for instance?
    Edit 2:Also, since Ean almost mastered his fragment, can't we just start thunderstriking the Terrasphagos to smithereens?

    Edit 3: B1, so that B2 doesn't win.
     
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