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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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    A - 9
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    Poor Deionarra. :thumbsup:
     
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  2. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Oh, man.

    Cue her rape and later reappearance as an avatar of vengeance to screw us over when we are on the cusp of Empire.
     
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  3. ScubaV Prophet

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    As much as I love this new character, I really hope he isn't Ean reborn or a manifestation of part of his personality or something. I'd hate to see Ean become this ruthless. That said, a man like him could be quite useful for however long he lives.

    Edmund Duke: Whoa! You're the last folks I expected to show up! What's your angle here, Mengsk?
    Jim Raynor: (to Edmund Duke) Angle? I'll give you an angle, you slimy Confederate piece of shi- *cut off*
    Arcturus Mengsk: Jim, enough! I'll handle this. The Confederacy is falling apart, Duke. Its colonies are in open revolt. The Zerg are rampaging unchecked. What would have happened here today if we hadn't shown up?
    Edmund Duke: Your point?
    Arcturus Mengsk: I'm giving you a choice. You can return to the Confederacy and lose, or you can join us and help save our entire race from being overrun by the Zerg. I don't think it's a difficult decision.
    Edmund Duke: Join forces? With you? I'm a general, for God's sake!
    Arcturus Mengsk: A general without an army. I'm offering you a position in my cabinet, not just some backwater post. Don't test my patience, Edmund.
    Edmund Duke: All right, Mengsk. You've got a deal.
    Arcturus Mengsk: You've made the right choice, General Duke.
    Jim Raynor: (about Gen. Edmund Duke) I can't believe we really are about to trust this snake.
    Arcturus Mengsk: Don't worry, Jim. He's our snake now.
     
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  4. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    In before the right moral decisions lead to the resurfacing of Ean's personality and powers.
     
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  5. treave Arcane Patron

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    The next update is titled Surfacing Memories, and fuck, these updates are getting longer and longer. :lol:
     
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  6. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    At least you temporarily banished all existing NPCs and plot lines, so you don't have to tie crap into Sekhenun or China for a while.

    treave was there an outcome in the prev. chapter that would have involved Ean sticking around to Empire build, and would we have gotten to participate in the conquests of Europe? Or were we always going to end up timeskipping around the time we did?
     
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  7. treave Arcane Patron

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    Chapter 7.4: Surfacing Memories

    You took a careful, measured look at the Emperor and Thania, keeping your face impassive, and stepped backwards, closing the door behind you. Then, you waited. When the satisfied Emperor came out and clapped you on the back, you did not smile, but merely bowed your head. It was important that he remembered your conduct. You stepped into your chambers after the Emperor had strolled off.

    Thania was huddled on your bed, tears sliding down her face. You silently grabbed a towel and walked over to her. As you hand it to her, she grabs your hand, and starts apologizing. She should’ve run. She should’ve fought harder. She was sorry. She was so scared. Stay with her. You look down where her fingers met yours, and an uncharacteristic twinge arises in your chest. Did you need to go this far? Do you need to go further?

    But you were already committed to the plan. Now there was nothing to it, but to see it through to the end, and maximize your opportunity. She was a valuable piece, but she had to be sacrificed for your eventual victory. With just the right balance of pity and disgust, you shake your hand free of her grip, and leave wordlessly, not sparing her a second glance.

    She hangs herself a week later, leaving behind a note full of self-recrimination.

    After you confirmed that the Emperor knew about it, you burn the note.

    ***

    The Emperor may be licentious, but he was not without a shred of humanity. To have your father, and then your betrothed, kill themselves one after the other was surely more than any man could handle. Though the remorseful monarch could not apologize to you directly, he sent Prince Runikylos to the funeral in his stead. The service itself had been messy – House Unata was convinced that you caused her death. Thankfully, no one believed them. Why would they? You were the head of Camna, the House that hosted the Emperor himself, and they were just a little family living off your good graces. You brushed aside their wild allegations, and told them, slightly tearfully, that they would not want for anything as long as they lived, for they were the parents of your most beloved Thania. In the end, though, the guards still had to drag the upset parents from the temple.

    “I… I don’t know what to say, Sir Camna.” The prince was in your study, after the funeral service had ended. “All of this… I could’ve stopped all of this. I am so sorry.”
    “Don’t blame yourself, Your Highness. I was the one who insisted that you stay and enjoy the feast. I thought I could’ve… I… I couldn’t. I couldn’t.” you whisper, adding a bit of acidity and self-reproach into your tone. The prince shook his head sadly.

    “Don’t stand on ceremony, Sir Camna. I’ll have none of this ‘Your Highness’ or ‘my Prince’ business. Call me just by my name, Runikylos. You are after all part of the family, and you will be closer from now on.”

    Ah, could it be? Did your plot pay off? He turned to look at you directly. “My father… He really is remorseful about this whole thing – he claims it’s the alcohol. I never heard of him forcing his attentions, but I suppose he’s gotten too carried away with no one every turning him down.” Runikylos sighs, and then continues. “He’s offered you my sister, Princess Kyriesca’s hand in marriage.”

    You resist the urge to let out a whistle – this was far more than you expected.

    “Sir Camna, this must feel like an insult to your feelings for Lady Thania, but I assure you it isn’t meant to be. Father is just trying to make amends, however poorly thought out his actions are. I know this is too soon.”

    It was too soon. Immediately marrying a princess when your fiancée’s body had not yet cooled would invite even more rumours. Some people might even start giving legitimacy to House Unata’s claims. You weren’t about to paint a target on your back.

    “Sir Camna?”

    “My close friends and family call me Dio. Please, I ask of you to do the same. I was just overwhelmed at the Emperor’s magnanimity, and struck senseless for a while.”

    “I understand if you want to call off the engagement, Dio. Father will too – if he doesn’t, I will make him understand. We can find some other way to amend. This isn’t how the Imperial family should be.”

    “No… I do accept the offer, Runikylos. After all, what other woman would want me?” You grin painfully. “It’s just that I can’t go through with it, just after…”

    “I understand. I’ll inform father about this, and we will keep the betrothal in secret and on hold until you are ready, Dio. In fact, that might be better – given the proclivities of nobles in our empire, making it public so soon would only attract unwanted attention. It’s a disgusting state of affairs, but nonetheless, we must be prudent.”

    “The empire is full of backstabbing politicians,” you agree. “I do find it hard to stomach.”

    “You see it too!” exclaimed the prince. “The Shinar Empire is rotten. The thirst for power has consumed most of the people that should be governing instead of trying to one up one another in petty schemes and tricks. There are so many problems to deal with nowadays – the Ean cults, the worsening weather, and the ever-present issues with the Concordiat and the Indus Empire, but they don’t see it – or worse, they see it as tools to advance their own standing.”

    “Rotten,” you echo. “I never had much taste for it. That’s why I didn’t take up a position in Ankida back when I graduated. It makes me ill – as nobles we have an obligation to the empire, not to ourselves. That obligation encompasses everything that makes the empire strong, and what makes an empire strong is its people. Letting this rot grow so far will only invite disaster. Now we might still seem fine, but rot works from within. When the nobles begin to care so much more for themselves rather than this empire, it will fall apart.”

    You did not care for a word of what you just said, but you could see that the prince did, apparently pleased at having found a noble that understood his point of view. It looks like he had designs on being a political reformer. From what you know of his intellect and popularity, he could probably pull it off.

    Prince Runikylos – he would be an obstacle.

    ***

    That night, the masked man visits you again, a sickly sweet scent about him.

    “Bravo. You are a masterful piece of work, Diogenes Camna.”

    “What do you want? I am tired.” This was the truth, for once. It had been a long day.

    “I thought you would be more grateful.”

    “I am, but this is not the best time to talk.”

    “Grieving over your fiancée?” The man laughs. “Ah, but it was a brilliant move. Not many nobles have women so devoted, and those that do tend to repay that devotion by… well… not making them a pawn in their games. Man is a sentimental creature.”

    “I was perfectly placed to play this move, so I did. It would be a waste not to. Truth be told, I was inspired by the story you set up for my father’s death.”

    “I’m glad I could be of service. Anyway, you have proved yourself worthy, Diogenes Camna. This is why we chose you.”

    “Why did you choose me again?”

    “It is a long story. Have you heard of the Emperor cults that are springing up all over the empire? Each of them is led by a person claiming to be the First Emperor, Ean.”

    You have, but you did not see what that had anything to do with this.

    “They are right, you know. The Emperor will return, and soon. But they are all led by falsehood. They are but pretenders to the Shinar Throne.”

    “And?’ You were weary of this talk. These pretenders could be useful to you, but it was something you can plan for in the future, not tonight.

    “You are the real thing,” said the masked man simply.

    “Ha, you really are a good jokester, o masked man.”

    “Do you remember your birth parents? Do you remember what happened before you were adopted?”

    You didn’t, and you do not reply.

    “You are the real Ean, and your actions have proven yourself to be smart and ruthless enough to retake your mantle. You are worthy of our aid.”

    “I am not going to be sidetracked by stupid bedtime stories. I am willing to work with you as long as it benefits me, but we will only deal in concrete facts.”

    The masked man appears to shrug. The sickly sweet smell got stronger as he did so, as it wafted its way into your nose.

    “Look here.”

    As you do so, a bright light flashes into your eyes, and you know no more.

    ***

    In the weeks that passed, as you prepared for your move to Ankida, you began to get flashes of someone else’s memory. Pitched battles in the desert. Dark labyrinths. They were definitely not your memories, that much you knew. You had never been to the desert. In addition to the memories, there were other changes – you felt your body had become stronger, faster, and your senses became clearer and sharper.

    You wonder if what the man said wasn’t true, after all, but you had more important things to take care of. As long as these memories don’t get in your way, you don’t really care. If you were the real Ean, it means you would become all-powerful. That was good. If you weren't, well, the tricks of a dead man can do you no harm. The masked man doesn’t return to meet you after that, but you knew that sooner or later you would see him again.

    When you arrived in Ankida, there were two letters awaiting you. It seems that Prince Runikylos was impressed – and remorseful, perhaps – enough that he had decided to offer you a position in his staff. You hear that he has been gathering like-minded people in an effort to begin slowly changing the empire.

    ***

    A. You take Runikylos’s offer of being his aide. Not only is it a marvelous opportunity for advancement, being in his confidence puts you in a good position to find ways to deal with the noble prince.

    B. It was best not to stand out too much. You stick with your posting in the Office of Foreign Affairs, where you can quietly work your plots and schemes amongst the petty nobles.
     
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  8. treave Arcane Patron

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    Yeah, there was. Don't go into the rift. Or, if you go to China, don't fuck up too much.

    There would've been smaller timeskips that might span a hundred years or so at one go, but nothing on this scale.
     
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  9. Baltika9 Arcane

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    So then:
    Diogenes looked at the Emperor's prone, convulsing form with no small amount of satisfaction. His plan worked perfectly: the pieces moved when they were meant to and where they were supposed to. So simple it was to kill this man, thought the greatest in this half of the world, that even he himself was surprised.
    And the young Prince, oh what a fine pawn his guilt and naïveté made him, so eager he was to trust him, so desperate to find a kindred spirit in this world. Diogenes allowed himself a small smile, the preparations for the coronation should begin soon, before questions and rumors could begin.
    'My, but I do love it when a plan succeeds. And the old ma-'
    His musings were cut short, but not by the usual visions of a man so alien to him. No, this time he heard a Voice in his mind.

    A strong, kind and masculine Voice. A Voice of infinite wisdom and knowledge. The Voice of a God.
    "Excuse me for souring your victory, but what the fuck are you doing?"
     
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  10. Baltika9 Arcane

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    A, since we chose the maximum risk option. I hate wastefulness (yes, yes, giant balls).

    treave: will our conduct as Dio affect Ean's as well? Or will there be a split-personality battle?

    Also, I eagerly await the moment Dio will get hungry. :incline:
     
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  11. newcomer Learned

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    So who's the masked man? Edem? Or is it one of the servants of the masters?

    A
     
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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Nah, I think these guys are our old crew, for maximum lulz.
     
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  13. newcomer Learned

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    Or maybe... Aphrodite? Coz of the sweet smell? And she imitated a man's voice?
    Or maybe our old Sekhenum?
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Probably not Sekhenun, she was a fan of Ean's honor, so Dio's behavior would be too dissonant for her to call him Ean. But it could be Edem, or Nabu. Or just an agent of theirs.
     
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  15. A - and I don't know about this being Ean thing. Maybe if we develop hunger, but til then I'd hold off on believing what this person says. It's too convenient...
     
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  16. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Hmm... I think you maybe right.
    treave, I seem to recall a bright light when the voices entered Ean. Am I misremembering?
    Also
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    where's K?
     
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  17. Kipeci Magister

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    They're called 'petty' nobles for a reason. If we're not going to be honorable, we can at least be a little ambitious and bold.

    A.
     
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  18. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    We are going to screw Ean over if what the masked mans says is true.

    A
     
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  20. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Also, that masked man is probably Shulgi. Unfortunately for him, we've become the practical incarnation, and an Ean unfettered by the chains of morality is a beast to be truly feared. Now is the time to seek out power and grab whatever portion of it we can. Let us consume and expand and rise without heed for the little things crushed beneath our feet. We slew our own father and lady love without a tear, what else wouldn't we sacrifice for power? What couldn't we?
     
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  21. treave Arcane Patron

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    Your own life.
     
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  22. ScubaV Prophet

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    Voting A. I hope that if Dio really is Ean then we can get enough of his morality back in time to flip the script and aid Runikylos in reforming the empire instead of sabotaging him. That said, this is some deliciously painful C&C, even if our character is benefiting. Bravo, treave.

    Some thoughts:
    That sickly sweet smell bothers me, but I'm not sure what it would be from. A fungus perhaps?
    If Lambchop's suspicions are right, what's going on may be related to those experiments by Marduk's scientist Gieloth: imparting humans with superhuman qualities.
     
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  23. treave Arcane Patron

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    Hm... if you are correct, it means that I lied and that option C back at the interlude wasn't PST after all, but could be Baldur's Gate?

    A. Bioware
    B. Bioware
    C. Black Isle Bioware

    Sorry guys, this is actually becoming Final Fantasy VII. Next update, Dio gets a katana and his blonde hair turns spiky.

    :troll:
     
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  24. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Smashing Axe: there's always more.
    And while I do not think Dio is Ean himself, that would mean either the Masters got their hands on his memories and sent an agent to play Earth,or someone got their hands on Ean, in which case "oh shit" indeed.
     
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  25. Arpad Educated

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    I hope there is some crossdressing involved.

    A.

    I wonder how that shit will affect Dio. Looks like those other Ean's have gotten the same treatment.
     
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