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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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    Well, we will have to walk for a shitload of time, might as well practice. If it were up to me, I'd say fuck the tentacles for now, they have other immortals to rape, and I think they don't like being on the receiving end of our mental dicks.
    And besides, we can always poke our eye out.
    No biggie, it'll grow back.
     
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  2. XenomorphII Prophet

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    Intermission choice:
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  3. eklektyk Erudite

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    interm B is da best [sory too lazy to elaborate this one]
     
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  4. ScubaV Prophet

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  5. treave Arcane Patron

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    Intermission: The Gieloth Cult

    "Our lords crawled from a fallen star. Our lords were three. Abbaseth ruled the sands. Pahnrath ruled the night. Sekhenun ruled man and beast alike. Our lords raise us to be gods as they are. Lord Abbaseth walked among us to protect our city. Lord Pahnrath came among us and told us the secrets of the dead. Lord Sekhenun raised man to be as the lords.The Ilu Limnu from the East was jealous of them. The Ilu Limnu led a vast army of evil spirits to destroy our lords. Lord Abbaseth and Pahnrath were slain by the demon."
    ~ an excerpt from the records of a Gieloth priest circa 2150 B.C.

    The Gieloth have been revered as gods as far back as the Third Dynasty of Egypt, long before you obtained your own immortality. Their cult was usually content to stay in the shadows. Some three hundred years ago, two of the three 'lords' of the cult were destroyed by a being from the East called the Ilu Limnu. You think that this was a reference to your doing. Since then, they began to step up their preparations to rule openly. They finally succeeded by getting their hooks into Pharaoh Wankare's father, Acthose, who dared not declare his worship openly at the time, but indoctrinated his son into the religion. Acthose died mysteriously, and when Wankare took power, he immediately acted in favour of the cult. Currently the cult has priests in every city under Wankare's control, though they have been banned in Heracleopolitan and Theban territories. There is little love for the cult amongst the people of Egypt, but the higher ranking officers in the standing army have been infiltrated by it with Wankare's blessing, and military support maintains the cult's standing in the kingdom.

    Heliopolis was desecrated by the Gieloth, and apparently the last remaining lord, Sekhenun, makes his throne there as the true power behind Egypt. He is attended to by a population of three thousand cultists. There appear to be a smattering of lesser lords, minor deities, who are called Children of Sekhenun, present in both Heliopolis and Memphis. Every week, six young men and six young women, selected by cultists from the cities of the Nile Delta, are sent into the Great Temple of Heliopolis as tribute to Sekhenun. They are never seen again. From what you can gather, Sekhenun's powers are to 'raise man to be as the lords'. Every fifty years or so, some prominent cultist is selected to become a Child of Sekhenun. Somehow, Sekhenun transforms the cultist to become an existence akin to the Gieloth themselves.

    Upon knowing all this, you make your decision.

    The last of the Gieloth Lords of Egypt will also fall by your hand.

    Let's go for the triple kill, brother.
     
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  6. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Yeah... This makes B look like less of a good idea. Charge into their fortress alone with countless empowered Gieloth servants? We've only been a match for them one on one.
     
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  7. treave Arcane Patron

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    Too late, the die is cast!

    ***

    Chapter 3.2: Before Heliopolis

    There were a few ways you could enter Heliopolis. The walls were twenty metres high - you could scale them, but it would be terribly suspicious if you were to be spotted. The gates were guarded, though they remain open because of the constant streams of tribute from all over the Nile Delta. You could walk right in, but only if you find the right excuse. You could pretend to be a pilgrim or one of the weekly human tributes. From what you know, there are no secret escape tunnels under the walls, unlike Sargon's Akkad.

    Of course, you could boldly walk up to the gates and start a slaughter from there.

    You prepare your supplies; rope, torches, and a couple of daggers. You no longer have access to a great treasury, and have to make do with what you can scrounge up from the alleys of Memphis. Before you embark on your journey, though, you may still have some things to do in Memphis. It is a huge, bustling city despite the hard times it has fallen on recently. Using your abilities, you feel confident of recruiting a small team of capable men and women to assist you, should you decide not to go it alone.

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    A. Scale the walls under the cover of night, sneaking into Heliopolis.

    B. Pretend to be a humble believer, and sneak in with a pilgrim caravan.

    C. Replace a human tribute and get sent right into the Great Temple to meet Sekhenun.

    D. Tear the fucking gates off the walls and begin the purge. ALL TENTACLES MUST DIE.

    ***

    1. Hit up Memphis to recruit people to aid you in your planned expedition.

    2. Go it alone.
     
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  8. ScubaV Prophet

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    Agreed. This makes for an interesting dilemma. Anything but B is going to ruin the element of surprise, which may be just enough to kill the last lord. After that, mop up should be easy, even if we have to retreat and finish later. Then again, anything infested by the tentacle beasts can't be mind-read. How many still-human cultists are there left? Because those would be our key to a successful infiltration as I doubt we can take the whole city head on by ourselves. And yet, we have knowledge of the Gieloth stored in our brain. Between that and our mind reading, maybe we could successfully fake being a cultist?

    I think A or C would be a more prudent choice. A would be a more direct action and might enable the more free-thinking Egyptian generals to take action of their own. But the pharaoh is just a figurehead, although the general populace may not know it. C seems like it would be the longest and most indirect route to our goal, but possibly the most likely to succeed. We'd have to convince the Heracleopolitans and Thebans that they should listen to us, then assemble a fighting force and attack all while the Gieloth have a chance to organize.

    I think I'll flip-flop to A (in my original post). B is extremely risky and if we lose the gamble will probably put us out of commission for quite some time again. And I don't like how C will give the enemy plenty of time to prepare. Even though the pharaoh is a figurehead, A might still put the cult off-balance while also giving us a chance of fighting some "lesser lords" and advancing our powers, learning more about the Gieloth, or both.
     
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  9. Baltika9 Arcane

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    :bro: Place fist here, treavbro. Fuck those fucks.

    D2
     
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  10. ScubaV Prophet

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    Nooooooooooo.
     
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  11. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Our temporary deaths will be MAGNIFICENT!
     
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  12. ScubaV Prophet

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    Ok, well I guess now we're going into the belly of the beast. I hope this works. I'm leaning towards C2 or B1. C2 will get us straight to our objective, though undoubtedly not without some hoops to jump through (i.e. prepping the sacrifices). I think a less direct route would benefit from some bros, if only for a distraction, and I think B is better than A for that purpose.

    Edit: Treave, would we be able to get some better gear if we recruited some bros or robbed a store (if we're going solo)?
     
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  13. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    B1 or C2 I'm thinking at the moment.

    Voting B1 for now solely for the reason that I think it would be more interesting with companions.
     
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  14. anus_pounder Arcane

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    B1 as well. Also glad we didn't go for as boring an option as vikings.
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    Well, first you need to let me know what gear you think you'll need, and I'll see if Ean can't procure it. Your bros will come with their own stuff, but you can roll for the loot later on.

    I'm thinking of just using Tomb of Horrors for the temple by the way.
     
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  16. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Two shields, a battleaxe, a longsword, a greatsword and a bow with arrows. Oh, and a couple of battle spears.
     
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  17. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Actually, did they have explosives around this time?
     
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  18. Bloodshifter Educated

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    well C would get us inside killing reach of this monster now questions asked I say top it off by subverting or downright replacing (with our brothers yes option 2) the unfortunates who would be eaten there has to be somebody we likes their life our feeding their false god giving us weapons and bros too fight the damn tentacle thing
     
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  19. Bloodshifter Educated

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    Edit: after monster it should read without questions asked spell check changed it and I didn't notice it
     
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  20. Bloodshifter Educated

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    Edit 2: after life it should read over not our I gotta get some sleep...
     
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  21. Esquilax Arcane

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    Shit. I was also going to flop, but fuck it - I've made my bed, now I gotta lie in it. Smashing Axe, you were completely right. We can't mask our presence from other telepathic beings, so that will make C a bit difficult, and impossible if we bring others with us. It'll also mean that we'll have to strike at the Gieloth Lord with nothing more than daggers because we'll need our weapons to be concealed. C is strictly solo.

    Doing the bro thing and charging the gates isn't that stupid if you think about - Ean is inhumanly nimble, strong, and he can fight a thousand men without getting exhausted. If the lower-classes of the city hate the Gieloth, the presence of a demi-god cutting through scores of them single-handed might be enough to start a huge fucking riot in the city.

    treave: Our psionic powers/telepathy don't include any mind control at this point, right? We can render a guard catatonic but we can't go up to him and say "these aren't the droids you're looking for".
     
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  22. treave Arcane Patron

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    Not yet, no. You haven't developed the finesse required to tweak minds yet, you can only scramble them. Regarding other telepathic beings, a very strong telepath can find you if he's looking specifically for you i.e. he knows of you, and can identify you, but besides that your mental signature should be no different than any other person. Physical contact with any telepath could be risky, but unless you walk up to the gates broadcasting KILLKILLKILLKILLKILL it shouldn't be a dead give-away that you're there to kill them.
     
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  23. Baltika9 Arcane

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    :bro: This. Out of all the three Immortals, Ean's balls are the biggest and the strongest. I say we actually use them. Just need to get some weapons. And explosives, if there are any around.
     
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  24. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Interesting idea, perhaps if we go D1, we can have our bros agitate the lower-classes to riot while we cause a ruckus
     
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