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[LP CYOA] Epic

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

  1. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    Here's hoping we can actually defeat Dio and his master and the clones. And btw - Naram is the sphere. Damn. This is bad. Don't you think this is at all interesting though? We have the opportunity to devour Naram with our sword in one update and the tree with our sword in the other. Still saying you guys should pick A, but whatever.
     
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  2. treave Arcane Patron

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    The planet becomes a lifeless, shrunken hunk of rock should the tree complete its cycle. As for the end of the world and the LP, that rather depends on what shape Ean makes it out in. It's still possible to save the world at this point, and also possible to get a game over for saving the world.

    The sneak peek I posted is just a chunk of the planned update with several more spoilerific parts removed. Don't pay it too much attention.
     
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  3. Baltika9 Arcane

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    So you pretty much had enough of us shitting all over your hard work and this is our last chance to save the LP?
     
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  4. treave Arcane Patron

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    Gieloth network is pretty much dead. Most of the Gieloth turned into the tree back then, meaning that they are for all intents and purposes gone, no longer sentient players.

    Edit: Nah, you guys built a great world. I just figured I wanted to try my hand, experiment with something more personal and character driven, meaning I need to do some remodelling.. That's a big weakness with this one, too many throwaway characters because the scope necessitates I do so if I don't want to write pages for each update and slow things down. Lots of stuff that would be less awkward if fleshed out.
     
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  5. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Bah. Pussies, all of you. I go for the devour tree plan.

    The tree will kill the Earth. Ean has fought to preserve the Earth and humanity. This "promise" to save maybe 100.000 people? That's nice, if they can actually make good on it. But what of the rest of humanity? Just up and abandon them? That's not very Ean like.

    Remember, this isn't something done because of deep hunger stirring in Ean. This is something he does because he feels he has to, out of duty to mankind. Not to stifle some stirring in his gut.
    If anyone can do it, it's Ean.

    A
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    A- 6 Tome, Lambchop19, GreyViper, Azira, Storyfag, Baltika9
    B- 6 Esquilax, root, Kayerts, Tigranes, Kukulkan, m4davis
    Right now, B has the lead. Although the warnings from the A bloc about the Gieloth stripping the planet are not hollow: the longer we let it be, the more resources it will consume. If we do end up saving both Ean and the world, we may find that there isn't much of it left for humanity to inhabit.
    Oh goddammit, pressing all my weak points. If B wins, we may spend the rest of our lives one hour wondering what might have been. Fuck, charging into Olympus with Hamburger Fatboy, Naram/Zee, an enslaved Dio with the Sekblade, Dagrun and Shulgi while being weaker than Athena does sound suicidal.
    :x
     
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  7. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    A, as per Azira's arguments. I also doubt we could face the sphere without the power up.
     
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  8. Baltika9 Arcane

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    treave, does A mean we'll be eating the tree exclusively or everything our hunger can reach?
     
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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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    Energy wise, the tree will be enough to keep you fed for a thousand years at least.
     
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  10. Baltika9 Arcane

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    That didn't raelly answer my question, but then again I wasn't expecting a straight-up one. How much longer until the voting is closed?
     
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  11. treave Arcane Patron

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    You're free to make your own inferences based on what has already been said about the tree and Ean's nature. There's always the chance of losing control, but has Ean made the right choices thus far, throughout the LP, to minimize that chance?

    If the update doesn't appear in 5 hours time, you guys have another 24 hours to decide.
     
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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Flopping to A to stall. I need to think more about this.
     
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  13. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Here's to hoping others of the b-voters will also reconsider. It's not about the power that can potentially be gained as much as it is about ending a very definite threat to mankind.
    I very much do not trust Zhang.
    Why was it necessary to release a zombie plague to get the tree started in the first place? This is fishy, to say the least.
    End the tree now, or we might not be able to ever.
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    [​IMG]Humanity STRONG, remove worst calamari from premises!!!
    Edit: the other issue with A is this: what's the catch? What is the price we have to pay for this power?
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    :x
     
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  16. Kayerts Arcane

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    I'm sticking with B, but I do see the appeal of A. This is likely the only chance we'll get at a power-up on this scale, and perhaps Ean's 3000-year-long resolve against the sphere's offers has endowed him with a resistance to corruption from soul-devouring.

    Yeah, the sequence of events is confusing:
    1. Zhang asks for Dio's blood to unlock the labyrinth of a long-departed Gieloth.
    2. Zombies (an old Gieloth standby) emerge from the labyrinth, spread across the Med.
    3. Ten years later, a tree appears, and the Gieloth have a deal with Dio.

    Arguably the zombie plague was useful in clearing off Crete from prying eyes, but the weird part here is the request for Dio's blood. At the time, Zhang seemed to imply it was because Dio was a Successor, but Ean did not have any particular connection to the labyrinth that we know of; is it possible this was done to gain some sort of voodoo-style hold over Dio? So that if he rose to a position of power in the empire, he'd be blackmailable by the Concordiat?
     
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  17. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    Ean is a defender of humanity. Think this from his point of view. When time has come, he has not hesitated to save one human on the expense of himself. Last time, he endured 3000 years of torture on a hunch that going through the rift might help him close it and stop the invasions. Before that he sacrificed his life to save one foolish lovesick kid on the hands of a minotaur. After the torture incident Ean saw just how different the the other dimensional beings are and it nudged him even more towards humans. Now the whole of humanity is endangered and you think he is going to settle on saving 100,000 people because he might not succeed saving them all? He will do whatever it takes to save the Earth. He will devour the Tree and defeat the spheres and close the rift. Then he is going to spend rest of his life fighting the monster inside him, and if need be, trying to destroy it.

     
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  18. treave Arcane Patron

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    I suppose this is of minor importance right now, but it goes like this.

    Someone sealed the Labyrinth, ages ago.

    Dio was told to go to Crete, where he would meet Zhang.

    Dio is 'special' - shouldn't have to explain why he is. But it is implied that his specialness is related somehow to the Labyrinth's seal. Zhang, being from the Concordiat is somehow unable to open it himself even though he is special in another sense.

    He would have to find other ways to open the Labyrinth without Dio, who is conveniently there by someone's request/order.

    I think you guys can deduce what 'other ways' they would've opened the door. It's nothing terribly complicated. If Dio can't open it... track down another person who can? And would be willing or foolish or greedy enough to strike a deal with them, given that doing it by force is a poor option for them, for various political and practical reasons.

    The guess that the zombies were sealed inside was correct, not surprising given the hefty foreshadowing in that particular update. However, were the Concordiat interested in releasing the zombies, or did they have something else in mind, with the zombies being granted their freedom to shamble around just because really, if you are Zhang, why spend effort to keep them in or lock the door again, or exterminate them for the Empire's sake?
     
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  19. GreyViper Erudite

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    Sorry but I flip floped to B
     
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  20. Esquilax Arcane

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    Azira (and Lambchop) have me convinced. Ean might be devouring this thing, but he's doing it with his heart in the right place. It needs to be done. Even if we save the Earth from the sphere, I don't think that we can do it in enough time to save the planet from being strip-mined.

    A it is.

    I think I'll leave this up here for us to think about:

     
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  21. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    And Azira cast his vote to A. B is leading 7-6 now.

    Edit: Esquilax flopped so A is back in the lead.
     
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  23. GreyViper Erudite

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    Problem I see with this is that's connected to the other tree. So its like a shortcut to power and they always come with hefty price, that sometimes undoes the power gained.
     
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  24. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    We took that shortcut by coming here, instead of slowly building power and support. Now Dagrun and Fenrir have made their move and it is too late to turn back. Only thing we got going on is the Yellowstreaks and you guys don't believe in them. We are out of options.
     
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  25. Esquilax Arcane

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    That never would have worked. We can't "slowly build support" when the world is falling down around us, we need decisive action. What the fuck are we going to do - build support while the Tree sucks all the Earth's resources and dimensions are collapsing in on themselves in Olympus? Staying would have meant burying our heads in the sand. Sometimes consolidating power is the right call, but I don't think it was in this case.

    Technically, this is the only branch of the Tree that's sprouted so far. I assume that if we devour the branch, we devour the rest of the Tree, which is likely centered somewhere in China:

    Indeed, nothing comes without a price. But the question is, has Ean already paid the price in other ways to be able to deal with devouring 100,000 people? With the level of control he's gained from 3,000 years of denying his nature and being aware of its consequences, he may have. I realize I'm taking a huge risk in thinking that he can handle this, but given what he's done so far and the price he's already paid so far, perhaps he can handle this.
     
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