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

  1. treave Arcane Patron

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    He's not surprised, as that stony face well tells you. Lamplock wouldn't be accepted into the higher echelons of the cult. It's partially a matter of faith, and partially that of usefulness. If you wanted to blow Lamplock's cover wide open and tell them he's not just any spy, but a member of the spy organization of the Empire, that might increase his value to them.

    edit: That would be a more specific variant of A.
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Or maybe they didn't know? Lamplock is a lower-level initiate and perhaps nobody explicitly told him about the ritual. Yes, he might've guessed by the mutilated managment, but maybe not convinced without them actually saying so?

    However, it is more likely that the Watchers or the Cult, or both, are both trying to test Dio.
     
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  3. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    C + Make a mental note to take a eye from the leader of Dio's watchers, when this is over.
     
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  4. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    This I like!

    Still voting B though :P
     
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  5. Arpad Educated

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    Maybe the cultist bartender can store the eye for later 500 copper payment.

    B is interesting but better show some guts. Flopped to C in any case.
     
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  6. Bloodshifter Educated

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    C- its the 'Ean' choice
     
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  7. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I can totally see the eye-gouging being a major barrier to Dio's political life later on...

    That said, I can see no better answer now that we got ourselves into this (thanks root :P) - C. D/E will not work and B seems an even higher potential cost.
     
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  8. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Or,if we play it smart,we will either regen or use it to our advantage.
    "I gave an eye for the Empire.What did YOU do?"is a rather good way to shut a critic up.
    Makes us look manly and patriotic.Who knows,maybe even our dear princess will get hot for Dio?
     
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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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    Chapter 7.13: Into the Darkness

    With a cold smile, you raise your fingers up to your own left eye. An amused look appears on Skarfeld's face. You had to do this. It would be a bad move to sacrifice a pawn that could be of use to you within the cult. Besides, losing one eye was better than losing two. Steeling your nerves, you plunge your fingers into your eye socket, digging and squeezing in behind the eyeball. It hurt like hell.

    A burst of light smothers your left vision as you pry the eye free, and for a brief while you have the disconcerting effect of seeing two different views from each of your eyes; one straight in front at Lamplock, Skarfeld and all the other cultists, and another a view of the dirty floor of the drinking hall, spattered slightly with blood from your exertions. Then you pinch off the last of the ties that bound your left eye to you, and it dropped into your trembling hand gently. You let out a long, deep breath that you didn't know you had been holding in. It was done. Taking in another deep breath, you glare at Skarfeld and stretch your hand out, your eyeball quivering in the cold air.

    "I swear my loyalty to the true Emperor, Jannik Inge. This is the proof of my faith, unreplaceable by the flesh and blood of any other person in this world. I would offer no less."

    Skarfeld makes a gesture, beckoning at one of the cultists, and she walks over with a container packed with snow. He gingerly picks up the eyeball from your hand and drops it into the container. The female cultist smooths some snow over it and moves back into the crowd.

    "You are now one of the Bloodsworn, the ones most beloved of the Emperor," recited Skarfeld monotonously. You could sense that he wasn't altogether pleased at this turn of events. "You have paid the price in flesh, and the Emperor shall return you payment in the form of life eternal. From this day onwards, you live and love and fight and die as one of us, who know the Emperor has returned to us. Ashur Rammu, henceforth you will be one of the lights that guide the ranks of the believers."

    He stretches out one big, hairy hand. As you clasp it, you realize suddenly that Lamplock was in danger. You turn to look at him, but the unassuming man already had a dagger in his hand, swinging it at the cultist with an upraised chair behind him. It took the cultist by surprise, slitting his throat and spraying the floor with fresh red blood, but the other cultists were too many and already upon Lamplock. The Watcher did not let out a scream as he was grabbed and beat to death with the furniture that decorated the hall.

    Skarfeld pulls you closer and grins again, to the backdrop of the wet, squishy sounds of wood smashing against flesh. "We are sure he was a spy. We do not tolerate betrayal."

    "I did not know that, but if he truly was a traitor then this is more than he deserves, brother."

    He hisses, low enough that only you could hear it, "Maybe. As it is, we have use for you, whether you are also a spy or not. The Emperor awaits your presence on the third floor." Your heart thumped. Jannik Inge was here. Looking back at the battered body of Lamplock, you knew it was too late to back out now. You were too weary and hurt from digging out your own eye to concentrate on your telekinetic powers.

    ***

    You follow Skarfeld up the stairs, careful not to show too much signs of weakness. Your empty eye socket had been bandaged and packed with clean cotton. He reaches one of the doors and waits, motioning at you to open it. As you move closer, you picked up a being radiating great power from within. It was almost the same feeling you got from Aodh, except immeasurably stronger. You gulp and gingerly push the door open. It was gloomy inside. You step within, feeling the power wash over you until you could not sense anything else. As your eye adjusted to the darkness, you could see a great bulky shape at the other end of the room.

    "Is it too dark?" The voice was soft and gentle.

    "I have only one eye left to catch the light, Your Majesty. I'm afraid you'll have to pardon the squinting.

    "Ah, that is right. Let us fix that." A sudden blaze of fire lit up the room and settled on numerous candles set around the walls. As the light grew slightly stronger to illuminate the center of the room, you saw Jannik Inge for the first time. The first thought that crossed your mind was that he certainly had enough posterior to need two thrones. There was no point mincing word - Jannik Inge was tremendously fat. You had no idea how he even kept himself upright. He reminded you of a gigantic pear, topped with wispy blonde hair and a well-trimmed beard. His eyes, though, sparkled with a dark insight that told you that this man was not all he seemed. He was naked - and sweating, unusual in such a chilly climate - except for a loincloth that you could hardly see wrapped around his waist. A manacle adorned each of his hands, each attached to a chain that led -

    "That is tremendously rude of you to think so... Ashur?" grinned Inge good naturedly, breaking your line of thought. You make an embarrassed smile. "I'm sorry, Your Majesty. As a noble on the Shinar council I am used to judging first by appearance, as that is what makes the most impact on the public. Old habits die hard."

    Inge nods sagely, agreeing with you. "True, true enough. I would not like you to get rid of your habits just yet. I have use for you in the courts of power. Come, Fenrir." He raises his right arm, rattling the chain. From the corner of the room, a big pile of fur that you had thought to be rugs unfurled itself and padded over to Inge. It was the biggest wolf you had ever seen, dark brown with stripes of silver adorning its body. Its golden eyes shone with a bestial intelligence. You realize that you could read nothing while in this room due to the sheer power overwhelming your telepathic senses.

    Inge absentmindedly ruffles Fenrir's soft fur for a while, and then looks back at you. "Ah, so your name is Diogenes, not Ashur." Your heart skips a beat, but you say nothing yet. "You should've told me earlier! I cannot be a good Emperor if I do not remember the names of my faithful."

    "My Emperor, I may be born as Diogenes, but I am known as Ashur to everyone else in the cult. Diogenes is my secret name, one that only my closest family know." A blatant lie, but if you judged Jannik Inge correctly, it would not be a problem. Still, even if Inge did not seem to mind, you weren't so sure Skarfeld wouldn't. "Do not worry. We are your family now. Of course, even family must have its secrets, and your secret is safe with me." Inge gave you a grotesque wink, the jowls on his face quivering as he did so. He seemed amiable enough, but something about all this seemed wrong to you.

    Fenrir stretches open its jaws in a great, fanged yawn. Inge looks to his left, and grins. "I have not introduced you to my other pet." He raises his left arm, rattling the chains again. "Come, Dagrun." A trembling, naked boy crawls out of the gloom, moving towards him on all fours. It was the young Crown Prince. Jannik Inge gestured with a smile at a familiar looking container in front of him. "Feed me a snack."

    The boy crawled towards the container and peered within. You spot a look of disgust flash over his refined features. Still, he reached his arm within to pick up the contents, and in that same instant Jannik's smiling face turned into a mask of black anger. He pulled his left arm back, yanking the boy backwards until he rolled underneath the Returned Emperor's chubby feet. Inge stomped down on the boy furiously once, then twice. "You need more training, pet. Do what I say." he growled.

    The boy nodded mutely and crawled back to the container. He put his face within and picked up the contents tenderly with his mouth. It was your left eye. Inge smiled beneficiently like some saint. "Feed it to me." The boy moved to Jannik, putting his mouth close and dropping the eyeball into his gaping maw like a mother bird feeding a grotesquely large baby. Jannik Inge began chewing your eyeball.

    As he gulps down the remains, he smiles.

    "Thus our bond is established. You are now part of me, Diogenes."

    You nod, keeping your head down. "I am all too willing to serve, my Emperor. Now that I am a part of you, whatever I do to help your cause helps my own."

    Jannik laughs softly. "Good. Good, that is what I like to hear. Now, to business. I have a task for you, one that you are well suited to do. The parents of my pet here has been very naughty as of late. I want you to take an axe to that well-pedicured hand and bring it back to his mother. That will probably shock them into doing something drastic against my believers... something that will gain me more support." His eyes flashed darkly, his face now cold and calculative. "However, I want you to do it in a way that only the royal family would believe, and not anyone else. It must only be seen as a rumour, not truth - preferably, the royals must be seen as liars grasping at excuses to attack the faithful. I'm sure that is an easy thing to accomplish for someone like you."

    You close your eye for a moment, thinking. "It does not have to be Dagrun's real hand, does it? The hand of any child would do." You cast a glance at the boy, who stared at the floor without making any sign that he had heard your conversation.

    "No, he has a birthmark on his right hand."

    "Easily replicated, my Emperor. I might be able to find someone to do it for you." It did not matter to you if Dagrun lost his hand in the slightest. You cared not for the Prince in any way. Still, if he survived this, and remembered this conversation, he might feel a shred of gratefulness.

    Jannik glares at you. "Fakes backfire easily. I will not take that risk. Are you saying... no, Diogenes Camna?"

    You don't have to do it, you know? You can kill him right now and solve this dangerous situation you're in at once.

    A strange voice floats into your mind, but you keep your eyes trained on Jannik. As if all your problems weren't enough, you were starting to hallucinate...

    ***

    A. You follow his orders and remove Dagrun's hand.
    1. You follow Inge's plan to the letter, luring the royal family into attacking the cult. For now, you don't see how doing otherwise could benefit you. In the chaos you should discover better opportunities to deal with Inge.
    2. You bring the hand to them and inform them of Inge's plot, allowing them to make their own conclusions.
    3. You swap the hand for a fake, asking your Watchers to procure a similar hand from another boy the Prince's age. The birthmark can be scrubbed away to 'prove' that their son is still intact. Attacking the cult in a blind rage would not solve anything right now.
    4. You toss the hand away when you're sure no one's watching. Fuck this shit. You've had enough of this freezing hole. It was time to get the hell out of here and return to Ankida.

    B. Jannik Inge will not be talked down. The time for words was over. Though you still had difficulty concentrating through the pain, you had recovered sufficiently to use your telekinesis again. You grab the axe, pretending to obey, and attack Jannik, attempting to kill him right here.

    C. Time to run. You refuse to cut off the Prince's hand, and instead bolt for the nearest window. Sure, it was the third floor, but if Aodh can survive a higher drop, you're sure you could too.
     
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  10. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    I think there's more to him eating our flesh than just spurious ritual, he may be able to exert real influence over us now that he's eaten our flesh. That or he uses it as an intimidation technique to lure us into thinking he can actually control our actions, when in reality his only powers are summoning fire and being a big fat piece of shit blob.

    Also...

    Shulgi!

    That or

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. treave Arcane Patron

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    Emperor Comrade Jannik Inge has a nice ring to it.
     
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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Ah, so we are a newly seeded Immortal, or this is Ean talking.
    When in doubt, follow the voices.
    B

    Treave, what does the voice sound like? Male, female? Anything at all like Ean or his voices, if it's not too meta. Or Inge, for that matter.

    Edit: and the "fuck it" option is back? Now I know we're playing an Immortal.
     
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  13. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Although coming into this situation in the first place wasn't my ideal, now that we're in it I'd prefer to follow through with this honourable redemption stuff you guys have chosen. I'll tentatively vote B.

    My only concern is that this voice is actually the big fat piece of shit broadcasting thoughts into our head
     
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  14. oscar Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    B.
     
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  15. Baltika9 Arcane

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    However unpleasant it will be if you are correct, insofar we have not seen anyone demonstrate the ability to talk telepathically in a voice different from theirs.

    But, if this is Shulgi... Not totally implausible, given the demonstration.

    B is basically the "Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya?" to which I must reply: "Voices, bitch!"

    Edit: but, decide for yourselves, bros. It has been scientifically proven that I am the "win big, lose big" addict.

    I summon the fell-beast that has the head of a rabbit and the body of... a rabbit! Come, Esquilax!
     
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  16. treave Arcane Patron

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    The voice sounds male.
     
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  17. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Hmm... Had we acted upon our nobility with Thania, would it have awakened then?
     
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  18. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Or perhaps he is another Immortal that gave into the hunger?

    Actually, all this points to an over-fed Gieloth. Minos, perhaps? Or Nabu?

    Fact of the matter is, it is not impossible for someone to fake their psychic signals, Sek, Edem and Ean are the prime examples.

    Input, bros?
     
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  19. Esquilax Arcane

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    treave, where is this voice coming from us? Is it from within Dio? Also, does Diogenes have any indication as to why Skarfeld was upset that we decided to pluck out our own eye instead of sacrificing Lamplock? I understand if our telepathic abilities might be too weak to really discern his motivations, though. Also, that brief moment when we sensed the power in Inge's chamber before it overcame our senses, was his presence somewhat similar to Zhang's?

    I'm not so sure about B just yet. Part of this is because of the fact that on paper, with one eye socket, and up against an individual described as being "immeasurably stronger" than Aodh as well the wolf Fenrir, it goes without saying that we're dead meat. "Pretending to obey" won't really work given that it took right about five seconds for Jannik Inge to figure out Dio's true identity - he'll sense our intentions rather quickly. He will know that we plan to kill him pretty much instantly.

    However, there's clearly a lot more to these events than meets the eye, the voice is a real wild card. But I have some doubt that it's Ean speaking to us because some of our memories have been shown to be false. On the other hand, Ean probably remembers very little due to his 3,000 year imprisonment, so maybe his memories of past events are all muddled:

    First, let's look at the choices by process of elimination:

    A1) This'll save our skin. It'll put Inge's guard down so that we can manuever against someone way more powerful than us in the future. Sure, we don't really know what exactly we'll do after we execute Inge's plan, but this will at least give us some options. As I mentioned in my post earlier in this page, it's all about eating shit in the short-term so that you can make moves in the long-term. Bowing our heads meekly and doing Eric Cartman's bidding right now will give Diogenes a lot of options in the future.
    A2) His family will make the conclusion that we're working with the cultists and that we're responsible. We're also lacking an eye, and if other Watchers are familiar with this cult's initiation practices, they'll think we've gone turncoat. This one seems really bad.
    A3) Might work, but Jannik Inge seems to be one hell of a telepath.
    A4) Retarded. It's not like this will stop Inge, the boy has two hands. We're basically a glorified delivery boy due to our high status, I'm sure that he has other means of causing further unrest in Skane.

    B) Huge gamble. I'm not opposed to taking gambles, though, if we at least try to talk it over. I am also not sure if this voice isn't simply Cartman attempting to test Dio's loyalty telepathically, and that this isn't an actual authentic voice like Ean, Shulgi and Naram had. This part is definitely cause for concern:


    Maybe he can communicate with and control his followers by devouring a piece of them.

    C) We're going to fall to the first floor, break our legs, and then the roughly three dozen or so cultists in the building will simply capture us.
     
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  20. treave Arcane Patron

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    It's just a voice in your mind. Could be a hallucination brought about by the stress. Could be from the outside, could be coming from within, you have no way to tell. As you said, a big gamble.

    The presence is similar to you and Aodh's.
     
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  21. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Again, thre is no precedent for anyone to be able to fake their telepathic voice: Sek, Edem and even Nabu, the three most powerful psykers we know, couldn't do it. Then again, hey ever had any reason to.
    Damn. Why aren't there more bros discussing this? Is the cult of Andhaira losing it's grip?
     
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  22. Esquilax Arcane

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    Baltika9, there is a precedence for it. Edem's physical voice and his telepathic voice were different from each other:

    Not that it really matters. The whole point here is that B is just a huge gamble. Either it turns out that our surprising act of nobility allows part of Ean to resurface and we kick the shit out of Fatass, or we are brutally torn to shreds by Fatass and his wolf.

    Edit: I'd like to stress that while B may very well be the winning option, please try not to vote reactively, bros. I can't help but think that a lot of you are willing to gamble based on the fact that gambling on Vajra in Chapter 6 would have been a far better option than jumping into the rift. So you're more willing to take a gamble in a desperate situation that's much different than the one we encountered at the rift. We also voted reactively when we jumped into the rift because of the problems Vajra caused in opening the rift, even though the circumstances when we eventually found it were far different.

    Edit 2:

    Something has occurred to me. We are now "bonded" to Inge, whatever that means. I assume that implies some sort of forced loyalty to him, same as his cultists have. treave, has Ban talked to us about hearing voices or anything strange that he's been experiencing before we went our separate ways?

    I've become fairly certain that his whole devouring thing was there so that he could read us better and control us to a greater degree, perhaps it also allowed him to communicate with us telepathically to see if our faith was sincere. Based on that, I think we ought to go along with him in the short-run so that we can turn the tables against him in the future.

    A1
     
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  23. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Esquilax: right, I thought I missed something. He could also hide and alter his presence. 5.8:
    Gieloth can manipulate their presence. Sek blended perfectly with humans, Ean could actually fake presences.

    You know, the corpulence, decadence and animal/pet fetish really reminds me of Minos.
     
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  24. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    So the little boy is Tyr, Inge is a giant, and we're Odin. Huh.
     
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  25. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Oh no, no no nonoGODNO...
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    It is their offspring!
    ...

    There is only ONE response:
    [​IMG]
    Release THE SKYWAY. The Kodex Kool Komissariat expects us to do our patriotic duty. Forward, brothers!
     
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