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[LP CYOA] Epic

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

  1. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    B, of course. Before deciding whether I want Dio to head to New Athens, I'd very much like to interrogate the Royal Family on their plans concerning Abnar'Shi, and on their general knowledge of the situation. Seeing as how they're a group of cunning bastards themselves, I do believe they weren't exactly keen on handing their power back to an awakened Ean. However I also believe they wanted to awake him nontheless. Perhaps, once their plans are revealed to us, all Dio will have to do will be replacing Runikylos as receipient of Ean's power and/or gratitude.
     
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  2. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    Just an idea, if Anbar-Shi ever gets impatient and hard to control, tell it about Fenrir. And can we communicate now with it? It could have more knowledge about everything than the imperial family.
     
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  3. GreyViper Erudite

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    B And can Dio regenerate his lost eye now?
     
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  4. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    Ean grew his hand back. I don't think growing eye back is any different. But it did take some time though.
     
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  5. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Do we have a tally?
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    On second thought, if we let the Madman awaken Ean, maybe he'll inherit the former's squidfucking tendencies.

    Carry on. :smug:
     
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  7. treave Arcane Patron

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    Chapter 7.23: Diogenes the Hero

    "So, you have it."

    Runikylos looked coolly at you, lounging back in his chair. His office had undergone some rearrangement since you left, taking on a decidedly more warlike tone.

    "Hero of the Empire. Bearer of the Emperor's Will. Diogenes Camna." he sighs. "I expected Ban to return to me with the sword immediately, but now you have it. You are in a sublime position to undo all I aspire to."

    You grin at the Crown Prince of the Shinar as his eyes drift to the cursed blade at your side. "Your mask is off, my prince." Runikylos, you knew now, was a practiced liar as accomplished as you yourself were. He would lie to your face with the most genial and affable of tones, and even with your strengthened telepathy you were barely able to tell when he was telling the truth.

    "Hm, pardon me. It must have slipped." A twisted smile spreads across the prince's face, an expression you had never seen before.

    "Now that it has come to this, what should we do now?"

    "I could feed you to my new pet, Your Highness, if you want to see the fruits of Ban's labour."

    "And what a labour it must have been! Remind me to thank him. Where have you kept him, by the way?"

    "Somewhere safe, where he can recuperate in peace."

    "You imply that he has enemies he needs to be hidden from."

    "Everyone has enemies, my prince. Even you, even me."

    "I know. It's a sad state of affairs, to be surrounded by people who wish to do you harm even if you only wish to do them good. Enemies... are a bad thing to have." the prince says slowly, as if offering you a glimpse of his thoughts.

    "Why, a truer thing has never been said! When you are beset by your foes, what you need most are friends. Friends are a good thing to have, something one can never have enough of."

    "And we are friends, are we not, Dio?" Again that grin appears on Runikylos's face.

    You bare your teeth in a smile as twisted as his own. "Till the end of time... Your Majesty."

    ***

    Becoming Runikylos's ally meant that you learnt plenty about the Imperial family's history. How they had begun serving a higher power a thousand years ago, who called itself Naram and claimed to be the god that had granted the First Emperor his divinity. How they had followed this god's instructions, to find the body of the First Emperor and to keep it in slumber. The recent troubles, however, had not been of this god's doing - not that he knew of, at any rate. The experiments on the First Emperor had been started without permission, and the god had put a stop to it when it came to his notice. This heartened you, for it showed that this alleged god was far from infallible. Indeed, the experiments had begun as a way for the Imperial family to overthrow the god, seeking a way to kill him. That he had not wiped out the Imperial family for their temerity also showed you that the god was not almighty.

    When you asked if the god was in Ankida, Runikylos shook his head. He had a palace within the wastelands of Olympus, where no one ventured. Ten thousand labourers had been brought there to construct it, and then one by one walled into the pillars as a living sacrifice, and also to keep the existence of this palace a secret.

    Of course, now that you were part of the Imperial family in all but name, said Runikylos slyly, he had no qualms about letting you know of it. It was something known to only a few even in the Imperial family, mainly the heads of the most important branch families, those who were closest to becoming the Emperor, and the Emperor himself.

    ***

    In the beginning of the year 2998 A.C., two months after the Times of Turmoil had begun and the Hero of the Empire had returned from the Rus plains, Emperor Rennephilio XIV met an untimely death as a result of illness. Some gossipmongers spoke of poison, but most rumours told of his excessive sexual appetite bringing on countless incurable sicknesses. Crown Prince Runikylos ascended to the throne as Emperor Runikylos V, and decreed that there were to be no celebrations of his ascension, given the recent death of his father and the troubles currently plaguing his Empire. A small festival was thrown soon after, however, in honour of the Princess Kyriesca's engagement to the Hero of the Empire. Diogenes was treated as the embodiment of hope to the beleagured people, the one who would lead them into a better future - it was a view strongly encouraged by the Imperial family. This was, in most aspects, the same cult of personality that had sprang up around the would-be pretenders to the name of the First Emperor in other kingdoms, but here Diogenes had become worshipped for his own name, not Ean's.

    ***

    A. Continue playing as Dio.

    B. Play as Ean, after a timeskip.
     
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  8. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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    Offering a way out for those who want to play as Ean again.
     
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  10. Kayerts Arcane

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    I suppose that went about as well as could be expected.

    B. Dio's been an interesting protagonist but will be so much better as an antagonist.
     
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  11. treave Arcane Patron

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    Diogenes, unfettered by the chains of the Codex...
     
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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Dis gonan be gud. Fists up.
    :bro:

    Edit: although, I gotta ask. Was it for the lulz?
     
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  13. Baltika9 Arcane

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    As sad as I am to say this, here it is:

    Bed.Made.

    LIE.

    A.
     
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  14. B
     
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  15. Esquilax Arcane

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    Holy shit. Will this be a long timeskip, treave?

    Voting B for now, might flop to A.
     
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  16. oscar Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Hm tempting choice. Would be interesting to see how powerful Diogenes could become with us leaving him in this successful state. But I've grown fond of the bugger and think he's in an interesting position to play as.
     
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  17. treave Arcane Patron

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    The timeskip will be longer than it would have been if you picked A in the previous choice, but not that lengthy. About a decade or so.

    I must say this, though, there are consequences to waking Ean up, which the Imperial family and its allies, and by extension Dio now, are aware of. Basically his awakening will also awaken the hunger instinct in all of his spawn. There are a few other side effects which are not yet known to them though.
     
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  18. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Yeah, no. I'm holding to A. Superpowered cannibals are the last fucking thing we need.

    Edit: treave, wait a minute. Ean will be ressurected by the Imperial family+Dio, correct?
     
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  19. treave Arcane Patron

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    No. For now Dio has absolutely no motive to have Ean awake, none at all. He'd much rather have him permanently gone. If you play as Dio, depending on what you do Ean would be woken up eventually by other people.

    Of course if Dio ate him you wouldn't get the problem of a hundred superpowered man-eaters running around.
     
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  20. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Damned if we do, damned if we don't, eh?

    I'd much rather play as Dio and implement a final solution to the mini-Ean crisis. But, with all the other things calling for our attention, I don't know if we'll be able to pull it off. Especially since they're in the different corners of the whole world.

    I must ponder this.
     
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  21. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Also, Dio with Anbar'Shi and without supervision, acting on his Will to Power and propelled forward by your plot scares the living shit out of me.
     
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  22. Azira Arcane Patron

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    As I see this, Ean will wake up, regardless of what we choose here. Dio will have to deal with the hunger issue.
    I'd rather play as Ean, who we know has the mental fortitude to resist that hunger.

    Besides, Dio is now, more or less, Naram's puppet. Yes, I know he's probably raging and pulling at the chains, trying to escape. But basically, he's Naram's bitch.

    Don't want to play as that. I'd rather we play as Ean again.

    Voting B
     
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  23. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Speaking of Naram, what do you think: quick and painless, or round up Shulgi, Sek and Edem and "punish" him?
    Motherfucker's forgetting who he's dealing with, sitting in his fortress at Olympus trying to rescue Zeus and bring back the Masters. Gonna have to beat some sense back into him.
     
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  24. Baltika9 Arcane

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    ...sure you did.

    For posterity: B will end up badly, especially considering the ramifications of his awakening and the timeskip in which Dio can do all sorts of scary shit.

    Also, I remember, at the beginning of this chapter, I pushed the envelope for Dio to be picked instead of Aodh. Lo and behold, he was.

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