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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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    The Ean-face finally managed to speak and its words were terrifying: "We are sphere. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile."

    Through some unknown powers it began to pull Ean towards its great maw. No attempt at telekinesis could push him away. Ean began to panic when he heard a far off wail: "Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!"

    Cocking his head, Ean realized the wail wasn't coming from the distance, but from within himself. Seeing no other options, he opened himself to this voice and allowed it to take control. Suddenly, a telekinetic object appeared in his hands. Instinctively he knew this to be a guitar. His hands moved of their own accord and plucked the strings causing visible power chords to emanate from the instrument. The giant face and all the surrounding Terasphagos began to quiver uncontrollably.

    "Nooooooo!" the face shouted in a lifeless monotone. "The power of rock. How did you know this was our only weakness? We are defeateeeeeeeddddddd........"

    The face and its minions exploded into millions of pieces. Through the rift above, Ean could see Sekhenun, Athena, and Artemis removing their undergarments and throwing them through the portal.

    Ean turned toward the camera, breaking the fourth wall, and put on a pair of sunglasses he didn't have a second before.

    "It looks like this emperor....has some new clothes."
     
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  2. Esquilax Arcane

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    ScubaV, that was awesome. :lol:

    Sacrifices, rope, this wouldn't have made a difference, I think. We were fucked the moment we crossed through. But hey, this was safer than taking a gamble on Vajra, right?

    The enemy of my enemy isn't necessarily my friend. Whatever these beings are, they can't cross the rift. I think that they create and use the biomass brought by the Terasphagos to sustain themselves, possibly with the goal of being able to exist in our dimension, the same way the Masters do. Remember that just after it greeted us, the giant sphere created another horde of Terasphagos and told them to stand down. It probably did this to see if we were willing to "negotiate" (i.e. get fucked really badly).

    Oh, and why would them possessing the same hunger as Ean be good for negotiations? Devouring entities are generally not one for offering fair deals.

    As for B, after reading the update, I'm convinced that it's not a black hole:

    So our rift in reality is a seam that enters into this mysterious white expanse. This place is sort of like Sigil, with an infinitely vast number of portals leading to an infinitely vast number of worlds. It wouldn't lead to a black hole because it's clear to me that these beings need to collect biomass for some unknown reason. Guys, we don't know where the rift will lead us, but it will probably lead us to another world. If not, we can try to find a way back to our own "seam" in the future.

    All I'm saying is this: given the choice between a certain death/getting fucked over badly and a gamble, pick the gamble. Zapping Marduk with a thunderbolt has made people way too gunshy, so they make stupid decisions that appear safe, but are actually insanely dumb and risky. Sort of like negotiating with an extradimensional being of incredible power on its home plane. Run the fuck away.
     
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  3. Baltika9 Arcane

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    If it just wanted to eat/kill Ean, it wouldn't even bother trying to make contact. And I think I know what it wants: an agent on the outside planes, something to further it's agenda. That, or the final piece of Vajra so it can complete the crossing (in which case "oh shit" indeed). But in that case, all it had to do was to have the Terrasphagos kill us, which makes the negotiations redundant again.

    Question is: which is which? As Lambchop said, that seam can lead us literally anywhere, very likely to our doom (not to mention this "home plane" is under it's control), whereas this "Ego the Living Planet" expy may be the gamble that fucks us over, but lets us live.
     
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  4. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    So how do you hope to ever get back to Earth if we now can't use the same rift we came here? B is the cowards choice. Instead of fighting and trying to get back to Earth, which is going to be destroyed without us btw, you want to just hop to a another world and play protector of it's species there?
     
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  5. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    A for me. Will flop to C in order to prevent B from winning though.
     
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  6. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Actually, come to think of it. If we defeat the giant ball, perhaps all the terashpagos will go away? Yeah. Er. God, I've no clue. Flopping to A
     
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  7. Esquilax Arcane

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    Good point, TOME, Earth is fucked if we end up on the other side of the galaxy. So either we make a lopsided deal with this entity, or we fight it and in all likelihood get our asses kicked very badly.

    Wait a second, treave, would it be possible for Ean to blink behind the sphere and make his way back to Earth that way?
     
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  8. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Fighting has it's merits too. The sphere is between Ean and the portal, right? The same portal on whose other side the rest of our merry band lies. It would only work if Ean's display of guts inspired them.
    In which case treave, how high are our loyalty scores? Never hurts to ask. Also, is Vajra telling us anything/trying to do something? Any signals/pulses/feelings coming from it? Edit: also, how does Ean know that it is "trying to greet him?" Lip reading, or just a hunch?
     
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  9. Kipeci Magister

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    C.

    Perhaps we could convince the spider-demon inflated clone head to engage in sexual intercourse with us.
     
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  10. Baltika9 Arcane

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    [​IMG]: I will let you go Ean, but first you must perform oral sex on me.
     
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  11. treave Arcane Patron

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    You can't see the rift right now so you have no way of gauging exactly how far it is from you, and you can only shift over very short distances as mentioned before. You'd have to be behind the sphere already for that to work.

    What do you want the 'merry band' to do in relation to their loyalty to you? If it is to jump in after you without knowing what's happened to you, no. They're not loyal to the point of being suicidal. Neither are your soldiers, for that matter, because you are a god to them and if you are facing a problem it is definitely one that is over their heads, so it's also stupid for them to try.

    Vajra is doing nothing, if it were I would have mentioned it in the update.

    Lip-reading.
     
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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    So, no escape, no backup and trying to communicate with a mute living planetoid/Terrasphagos factory (which, I am almost certain, wants us to help it enter Earth), by lip-reading of all things.

    Of all the times the Masters should be paying attention. I suppose none of the Gieloth/Immortals that went in are in a condition to act right now. I know, meta.
     
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  13. Esquilax Arcane

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    This being, whatever it is, is a devourer. It uses a portion of its power to create Terasphagos, then they collect biomass for the sphere's sustenance. It can't cross dimensions... yet. I believe that there's a bit of a clue here:

    Whatever this thing is, I think it ate the other pieces of Vajra, which is why it appears to be so much larger and more powerful than the others. This is how I see it going down:

    A) Desperate last stand, probably a futile permadeath. An off-chance that our similar nature might give us the edge.
    B) Make our way to another planet, hopefully get back to Earth in time. Hopefully Athena, Artemis, Edem and Sekhenun can deal with China
    C) Give me the last piece of Vajra, and I'll let you live. We can be pals once I can cross over to Earth.
     
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  14. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Alternatively we can let ourselves be eaten and take the pieces of Vajra from inside its stomach. From there we teleport back to earth.M:
     
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  15. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Diplomacy my round, hairy ass.

    Ean's fucked either way. We need to take whatever slim chance there might be to get back to Earth. It's what Ean's fought so hard to preserve. We can't reason with this thing, we're wholly on its playing turf, it holds all the trumphs and the longer we wait, the weaker our position.

    A
     
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  16. Esquilax Arcane

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    Azira, I agree, but like you said, we're wholly on its playing turf, so why would fighting fare any better than diplomacy? Fighting Zeus worked when we had Edem watching our back and Marduk to do the job for us, but here we are completely outclassed, we have to accept that.

    Like I said, the only way of getting out of this situation is to escape into another planet and hopefully find a way back in the meantime. That's why I'm sticking with B.
     
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  17. Baltika9 Arcane

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    It doesn't really need Vajra. All it apparently needs is time. And the sphere that we're squaring off against wasn't mentioned to be bigger than the rest, rather the bigger ones was contrasted against this one.
    And I see where this is going. These things feed on planets, or worse yet, on solar systems, a-la C'tan.

    Edit: I wonder, is this the "perfectly entropic being" we were discussing a few chapters ago? I wonder what would happen if Anbar'Shi ate it? Or Ean did? Maybe we can exchange Vajra for a meal (hey, maybe they aren't complicated beings)?
     
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  18. treave Arcane Patron

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    A - 3
    B - 2
    C - 8

    ***

    Chapter 6.16: Sphere Diplomacy

    The sphere enunciated its greeting slowly, carefully, as if pronouncing it for the first time. You return the greeting tentatively, hoping that it was not hostile. Behind you, a transient seam vanishes, folding back into the sky - in a matter of seconds, it was as if it was never there.

    "Who are you?"

    "WHO?" it asks in return. Its voice was low and guttural, and slow, yet there was a certain energy to it that made it sound perpetually excited.

    You try to point at the rift behind it, though you couldn't see it, explaining who you are. "I'm from beyond that portal. Can we talk?"

    "TALK... WHY?"

    "I just want to ask why you are sending these things across the rift." You gesture at the Terasphagos surrounding you. Maybe if you could talk with it, it would stop attempting to invade your world. The sphere nods maniacally and grins, its face - your face - twisting in disturbing fashion.

    "PLAY? WHY? WHY!" exclaims the sphere, still nodding. As it got more excited, it began drawing closer to you. You involuntarily backed away... and realized that somehow, without your knowing it, two other spheres had appeared around you. They spin around for a few seconds, before a low rumbling starts, transforming their smooth white surfaces into your own grinning face. "PLAY? WHY? YES. YES!" the spheres grin.

    "Play? I don't understand. What do you mean?" you ask. This was turning out to be extremely weird. You just hoped that things wouldn't get weirder. The first sphere that had spoken to you stopped and rotated slowly for a while. When it stopped, you saw a familiar shape upon its head. Things just got weirder.

    "HOME."

    It was the imperial palace back in Ankidu. You feel a chill creep down your spine - how did these things know about it? You had not sensed them touching your mind.

    "HOME. PLAY." said the first sphere.

    "YES. HOME. PLAY. COME. TALK." chimed in the other spheres.

    The fascimile of the imperial palace detached from the sphere and began floating towards you. It wasn't as big as the real thing, but it was still a large structure. As it approaches you, the white doors open. It is too dark for you to see what is inside.

    "COME. SIT. PLAY. TALK." said the spheres.

    It looks like they were inviting you in.

    ***

    A. This is far too risky. There is no way you are going to play along with these spheres. You pretend to go towards the doors, but then try to rush towards the rift. Maybe you could still make it.

    B. There seems to be no other way out, not with three spheres surrounding you. You enter the fake palace that the sphere has created. You'll just have to be prepared for whatever is inside, and hope it's not a trap.
     
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  19. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Not a bright one, are we?

    Trying to trick these things will apparently end no better, what with their mind-scanning. I guess we're fucked either way. Might as well get some knowledge out of it.
    It's just...if they wanted to eat Ean or dominate his mind, they would have done so already. I'm getting a "psychopathic manchild" impression. I hope that these aren't the abducted Gieloth.
    B.

    Now how can you refuse a gracious offer like that? Besides, I'm pretty sure Ares thought "l0l Ares" when he saw these things and charged. Look what that got him (or rather didn't get him).
    Gee, treave, it wouldn't it be nice to see read his last moments?;)
    Hey, maybe they'll give Ean perpetual bliss. And you know what that means.
     
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  20. treave Arcane Patron

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    Feel free to treat the Terasphagos as a Zerg/Tyranid/Ego the Living Planet expy.
     
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  21. Anabanana Augur

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    B. No point in backing out now.
     
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  22. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    B Into the lion's den we go. I really like what you're doing treave, much as I lament Ean's fate.
     
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  23. treave Arcane Patron

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    You guys are just lucky I abandoned my first draft of having them be gigantic flying golden babies.
     
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  24. Baltika9 Arcane

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    :what:I really don't like where this is going. These things aren't Living Planets, apparently. They're living eggs/embryos. Which means they feed on planets...to hatch? I dread to ask, but into what? "Go mad from the revelation" indeed. Say, can an Immortal go mad?

    Edit: treave, not to pester, but if Ean asked "Will you give me knowledge?", what exactly would they answer? "LOLNO?" It's kinda important, assuming they're not lying.
     
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  25. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    So... this is essentially a strange amalgamation of Lovecraftian writing and Cleveland Mark Blakemore? Interesting...
     
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