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[LP CYOA] Epic

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

  1. Baltika9 Arcane

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    More reasons to vote A: swing our scale from full renegade to paragon and finally return Ean, or at least pray that Ban will listen to Dio as he is dying in his arms; and having Ban fall into the sword's corruption is a Bad Idea.
    Also, fuck all this gallivanting like a headless chicken across the known world, we have a chance for a full Imperial victory that will bolster the whole nation's morale, let's not fuck this up. Besides, going back on our BRO word to the one true BRO is very UN-BRO.
    Fuck being UN-BRO.
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    I do indeed see what you did there.
     
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  2. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    I don't want Ban getting the idea we betrayed him. That would be too scary. A.

    And fuck that sword is powerful. If Ean ever gets it, who is going to stop him in battle?
     
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  3. m4davis Scholar

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    A Tome have you been paying attention chances are Ean already did have it
     
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  4. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    It is definitely Anbar-Shi, but I meant now that it has awoken. It wasn't that powerful last time Ean had it.
     
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  5. Omicron Scholar

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    Maybe it grew in power as Ean (and the sword) lay dormant just like the first time Ean 'died' and after his 300-year beauty sleep improved most of his abilities. On the other hand since acquiring hunger this hasn't really worked.
    Another explanation could be that the Watchers children creation program also affected Anbar-Shi in some way.
     
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  6. Stygian Lurker Scholar

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    Wow that was something.:incline:
    Have to go with A , because I hope we can save Ban before he kills himself and remove the sword from him.
     
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  8. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    Ah, decisions, decisions!

    I'll stick to A for the simple reason that the sword is greatly powerful and important. We don't want to lose track of it.
     
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  9. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    I need my fix!
     
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  10. Baltika9 Arcane

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    treave is simply trying to figure out "How the hell am I going to write these retards out of this one? Charge a berserker with a half-maimed wallflower, really?"

    Do not fear, majestic failure is coming.

    P.S.: I fear I speak the truth.
     
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  11. Esquilax Arcane

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    I'm voting B because I don't believe that Ban can be stopped. Going after what we think is the madman won't yield a huge benefit for us (because we already know what he knows) but it won't be the catastrophe that trying to stop Ban will be. We have no idea how to stop him, we know he can tear through us like a knife through butter, so why get in his way? Him being unreliable and killing a good chunk of our army is the price we paid for victory, and you A voters are thinking that we can achieve that victory without any price.

    So I'm not voting for B because B is particularly great, rather I'm voting for it because A is terrible. Not that it really matters.
     
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  12. treave Arcane Patron

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    Chapter 7.21: Ban’s Butchery

    As you stumble down the slopes, towards the wrecked camps, the fears of the dying assault your mind, just like they had before during the ambush near Tigrien. You pay it no heed; you would be a poor excuse for a man if you allowed such matters to affect you twice, particularly if you knew it was coming. Shrugging off the mental agonies of Ban’s victims, you make your way towards where he was with ease. Most of the surviving tribesmen were more desperate to flee the area, hauling the wounded, than accost a man bearing the fittings of Imperial command. Despite the chaos left in his path, it was not hard to find him – you just had to follow the screams.
    He had truly left behind a twisted road of carnage. Once or twice you almost slip on the blood and the mud that garnished the plains. As you progress, the corpses you find become more and more unrecognizable, nothing more than lumps of flesh smeared across the hellish landscape. Here and there, dried husks of men were petrified in their death; some fallen, some standing, but all of them with horrible expressions of agony upon their faces. You were not sure which was the better death, and wonder just what monster you had guided to this place.

    As you round the corner of a burning camp, you see him.

    His back was turned to you. That black sword he carried was buried in the chest of a regiment officer of Euphraxes, kneeling at his side. You recognized the face; one of the new officers that you had promoted, though you could not recall his name at this moment. As you paused, the officer shrieked in agony as strange veins floated to the surface of his skin all over his body, pulsating deeply with life. Then, just as suddenly as they had appeared, they vanished, together with his vitality. His skin cracked and his body withered, and as Ban pulled the sword free, the officer remained on his knees, his death mask the fabric of nightmares.

    The sword itself seemed livelier than the last time you saw it, you thought… but then again, how could a sword be alive? Despite your misgivings, you could sense a malevolent sentience about Ban that was not him. The dead officer’s guards, who had been rooted to their position a few metres away from where their leader had fallen, turned to run, their minds filled with nothing but blind panic. In a blink of an eye Ban was upon them, tearing into them with blade and fist. Those struck by his sword shared the fate of their officer, but the others were smashed into so much mulch by repeated blows. As several soldiers have their legs twisted and snapped by an unseen force, sending fragments of white bone flying through the air, you realize that he was also using telekinesis to grab and crush them, though at a level clearly higher than your own power.

    Ban strode away from you, over the dead bodies of Imperials and tribesmen alike. The regiments that had sallied out were either wiped out or fleeing; you could see the gates of Euphraxes closing and hear the cries of men urging it to shut faster, before Ban reached the fort. The gates slammed shut just before he got there, and he let loose an inhuman howl of rage that chilled you to the bone. Raising his arms, he pounded his fists against the gates. You had expected it to be a futile expression of rage, but to your surprise, the gates shook. As he howled again, and smashed himself against the gates again, a worrying, creaking noise signaled that the fort’s gates would not hold for long.

    At times like this, you had to think, and think quickly. How did you feel about this?

    ***

    A. Prudence is called for in such situations. Ban cannot possibly fight forever. Let him exhaust himself in the fort, on the men remaining, and when he is tired you can try to mop up this ‘tragic’ situation you have found yourself in, if there is an opening to do so. You do not fancy your chances of going head to head against such a monster; it would be exceedingly reckless to draw his attention now.

    B. You attract Ban’s attention before he massacres an entire fort which you had been given responsibility over by the Prince – if that happened, it would reflect very poorly upon you and no amount of political games would salvage your reputation. You’ll figure out how to survive as you go along; you always have. Besides, you have had enough of supernatural monsters cowing you into submission. It’s time they learned to fear your name and what you can do.
     
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  13. treave Arcane Patron

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    The way out of this lies in the things Fenrir told Dio about, and the nature of the sword. I suppose that's as good a hint as any, though bear in mind what's good for the goose in this scenario isn't exactly good for the gander.

    Anyway, this chapter will enter the end-game phase in a couple of updates, and I foresee at most 3-4 updates beyond that to come to a close.
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    And figuring out who are the geese and who the ganders is the task that falls to us. Oh, but I do love a riddle, however tempted I am to vote for the Coitus Maximus option, I will refrain for now.
     
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  15. Baltika9 Arcane

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    treave: did Ban ever mention when exactly he was given the sword?
     
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  16. treave Arcane Patron

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    No, but since he didn't have it the last time you saw him you assume it's just before he left for Rus.
     
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  17. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    Well the sword feeds on life so stopping it sooner than later should be the case. But on the other hand, Ban is the weak link here. Letting him exhaust himself on the soldiers would improve odds of success. But then again we came here to save the said soldiers and our political influence. I have to ponder this for a while.
     
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  18. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Damn, Anbar'Shi is one fucked-up sword/entity. And here I was wondering if there was any other horrific way of devouring someone, since souls aren't present and all. Too bad we decided not to play a full villain, it would have been pretty sweet.

    Something tells me that, if it really was awakened, the only way to stop it is to either let Ban vent it out(nothing surprising there: we know it needs blood to be sheathed and Ban makes the perfect puppet for it; pretty much Ean, but weak willed and very naive; shitty reference notwithstanding, it's like the Carnage and Venom symbiotes, use the wielders passions/psychoses and slowly corrupt them) and let all the men die, or go in there and improvise on the spot, which Dio is remarkably good at(remember when I said we can use Ean's balls to make Ares submit? Well, this time it might not be a joke.)

    Decisions, decisions.

    As for Anbar'Shi, we know that it and Ean are one and the same entity, only we separated said entity into two different psyches: one is goody-two shoes Ean and the other, well, this.
    As Ean, have we ever seen any such effect, treave? Or did he simply not percieve it? I ask, because after separating the sword from his own self, you have not given us many peeks of Ean using Anbar'Shi, even though we've been in a few (Incursions, the Hittites).

    This should also be noted:
    Since Anbar'Shi is now Hunger to Ean's Ascetic, human flesh and life-force is what it desires. No, I haven't figured it out yet.

    Putting my vote in for B now, because 1) I am loathe to have let the Madman go for nothing, 2) doing this will probably net us the deification of the garrison, which means "Iceland here we come!", 3) because A will just piss off Ban in the end anyway(not to mention probably make him completely insane) and 3)
    How can I say no to this? In before comic death sequence.
     
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  19. m4davis Scholar

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  20. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    B for pretty much the same reasons Baltika9 mentioned.
     
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  21. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Something tells me that this isn't exactly Ban going Lindsfarne here, but the sword working through him, as in dominating his mind. If we try to stop him, well, this could either go very well or terribly bad and most likely it will be the latter: we're a maimed politician going up against the closest thing to Khorne this planet has right now and all we have is a weaker version of telekinesis, [sense motive], a silver-and-gem encrusted tongue and sheer ballsy improvisation.

    But we also, like Ban, have a bit of Ean stuck in us and that means the sword will recognize it, since it apparently has been awakened, and that may very well be our opening.

    I'm really looking for some input here, from any and every one. I'm starting to get the feeling that if we fuck this up, we fuck Ean up for good.

    Something also tells me the "get back Ean, happy end" ship has already sailed. Can you tell if we will be able to revive him at a later chapter if we fail in this one?
     
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  22. treave Arcane Patron

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    You can still get him back even now.
     
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  23. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I'm starting to get the sneaking suspicion that "regenerating Anabr'Shi from Ean's body" works both ways. And also that RK is the one for whom the sword is being awakened.

    Doesn't anyone want to DISCUSS?
     
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  24. Kipeci Magister

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    Well, we know that the sword was traditionally the darker side of Ean... Ean was pretty firmly on the 'honorable and good' side, and had a lot of strength to him. He was able to keep the sword's hunger in check. Here, obviously, the sword is powerful enough that it was able to influence its user to darker ends, and you'll recall that more killing with this sword will result in more power for it and the holder, as can be seen by the increasing horrible-ness of the kills. Letting Ban annihilate the fort is not going to exhaust the sword's power, but the associated death and destruction will almost certainly increase it. If we want to intervene, the earlier the better.

    I can't find much in Fenrir's words to lead me to a conclusion about whether or not the other idea would be better, all that I have is some vague half idea that it might be interesting to see Prince Dagrun pitted against the holder of the sword... not very helpful right now.

    B.
     
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  25. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Well, this is going to be meta, and I'm not really expecting an answer, but here goes: is Fenrir somehow related to Anbar'Shi? Could he possibly somehow be Anbar'Shi?
    Simply put, all of the terms and language he uses is not something I'd expect of Shulgi, Sek or Nabu(who were my prime suspects), he speaks in "I think"s and "quite possibly"s, like he doesn't know himself, which is not how the other three would speak.

    And yet, we are an entity related to him, although much less powerful.

    Otherwise, I'm all out of ideas: yes, we know Anbar'Shi is a part of Ean's identity. We know that it is his hunger and we basically dumped all of the negative effects we would otherwise absorb into it. We know that, back in the labyrinth, we took back the life we gave it and later, when fighting Ahati, returned it. For all intents and purposes, the sword is Ean's dark side (which is funny, remember when Sekh dubbed it the "Honourbalde" in "honour of Ean's honourable behavior?), shapeshifted into a khopesh and, presumably until now, not self-aware.

    As for what Fenrir told us: we are related to him, there are one-hundred other beings like us, Dagrun believes the powers come from the First Emperor, Aodh traced all of this back to an orphanage and a sect that experimented with Ean's body, which was discovered about five hundred years ago, and that the older the candidate, the higher the chances of failure; which is why they used orphans. The current Emperor, who was once a good warrior, now a decadent and complacent hedonist, ordered them to be spread out across the known world and the Imperial family is quite possibly aware of these events. The madman already knew all this and the only thing he discovered is that Ean is in a vault in Iceland.

    Perhaps the only other speculation I have is this: another Watcher group was studying Anbar'Shi, which corrupted them and set out to keep Ean dormant forever, while manipulating events to bring itself into full consciousness and power. Hence the corruption of the group that tended to Ean, the order to disperse the orphans: the samples of flesh were taken so that Ean does not regenerate, the orphans scattered to become powerless and the sword would then reign supreme. And this has so many holes and assumptions that I won;t even bother deconstructing it.

    So, in conclusion, I have no further ideas and am simply throwing the dice and keeping to luck, for now. Where is Esquilax when you need him?
     
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