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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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    Flipping to B. If Naram really wants to summon our master, he won't care who does it.
     
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  2. treave Arcane Patron

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    Regarding inconsistency, the voices can sometimes be vulnerable to flip-flopping... so to speak. And your telepathic senses tell you that Naram is sincere about wanting to destroy Sekhenun using the Sceptre. He's not lying to you about that.
     
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  3. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    But do we really want to summon our master? What if it means another/more powerful immortal walking around? I don't want to take that risk but don't want to break the scepter either. Besides, with Naram's help we could surely defeat the tentacle.

    Fuck, going for B.
     
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  4. Kipeci Magister

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  5. Bloodshifter Educated

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    A Naram's the only reason why we were able to wake up unmolested if anything we owe him a favour since he killed Shugi
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I think I missed the part where he buried us and kept our location hidden.
     
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  7. XenomorphII Prophet

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  8. Bloodshifter Educated

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    He didn't bury us our people did but he killed Shugi do you think Shugi would just leave us alone if we came back to life in his dominion?
     
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  9. Baltika9 Arcane

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    We can't be concretely sure about that, since we have no proof anyone knew we woke up.

    And on a side note, summoning our Spiritual Liege could backfire spectacularly, but I think it's the only surefire way to kill Momma Tentacle here and now without falling into a coma. The bad side of this would be that Naram and our Spiritual Liege will screw us over soon as we aren't useful anymore. We know shit-all about them, after all.
     
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  10. Collage Educated

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    Go with A, but watch him closely. I don't trust any immortal but us.

    Flopping to C. Destroying the thing keeps the immortals on a more even playing surface. No sense in handing a rival an advantage, no matter how bro he may seem. In addition, when Sekhenun comes we'll be in a better position to take her on - no hiding behind her warped tentacle-ly she-bro. The shepherd might be forced to tip his hand, too: was his reason for coming here taking down Sekhenun, or going through her to get the scepter?
     
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  11. Azira Arcane Patron

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    If Naram's voices told him how to summon Ra or whomever is on the receiving end of the ET-phone here, then why can't we do the same? I'd rather say
    D; Take the sceptre and invoke its power ourselves. The voices clearly know about this and haven't told Ean. Now's a good time for them to tell Ean how to work the sceptre for himself. M:
     
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  12. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    C. Shektentacle seemed powerful but not so powerful that we can't defeat her in the open, and Naram will surely help even if we refuse the sceptre, even if he is then pissed about it.
     
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  13. Esquilax Arcane

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    Who gives a shit about favours? If he was here to perform a ritual and harness power from the sceptre, as far as I'm concerned, we don't owe him shit. What is with this sudden man-crush some of you bros have on Naram all of a sudden? The dude happened to intervene at the right time, doesn't mean that he was doing it to help us. We barely knew enough about him then to form a solid opinion of him then, we know even less about him now. Why trust this man and not Akil? Or better yet, fight her now that we're out in the open? It's the worst possible choice.

    We can't watch him, because we'll be fighting Sekhenun to keep her distracted. And if you're so mistrustful of him, why let him take the sceptre in the first place? You don't trust him, but you take his word for everything he just told us and let him do whatever it is he wants, it makes no sense. We know Naram was originally a charismatic/trickster type from his origin, so if he's planning to screw us over, it won't be direct. It'll be... something like this. Something reliant on deception.

    He obviously can't take us on in direct combat, so he has to resort to other means.
     
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  14. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    Naram is actually pretty bro. Think about it: he didn't want rulership of a city when it was offered to him and he chose to go after the tentcles rather than try to take over the world like Shugi (and us) - even after he defeated Shugi he didn't take over and become a king like we did, he just wandered off.

    All that said it's this "master" I don't trust. So...
    C. Break that shit.

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    You guys really want some all powerful superbeing to come and tell us what to do? Seriously, the last time we had a master/king he turned out to be a whiny bitch who cut our hand off.
     
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  15. Urist McLurker Learned

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    We reached a stalemate before because we were in her element. Now we're at an even battlefield, and we have another immortal with a desire to stop Sekhenun and any remaining Gieloth or monsters or what have you with us, even if he's injured.

    I would hope Ean'll inform Naram that we nearly beat Sekhenun on our own earlier before breaking the scepter though; my only concern is that Naram will go batshit crazy at seeing us break the scepter and try to attack us.

    I'd rather not introduce a being we know nothing about when we do know we can beat Sekhenun without it.
     
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  16. ScubaV Prophet

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    I don't trust Naram at this point. We know nothing about him and he seems suspiciously friendly toward us when we've had almost no interactions together. That said, I don't particularly trust the voices or this master either. The voices obviously knew about the ritual and didn't tell us, plus Sekhenun's words (“Then again, a dog of the gods can do nothing but hunt now, can it?”; " You are exhibiting some very interesting behaviour for a dog. They tend not to act as you do after so many years...") also point to some strangeness going on. With time, I'm sure either the voices will tell us or we can unlock the Gieloth knowledge stored in our head.

    I worry that this ritual is either going to give crazy powers to potential rivals or summon some being that will restrict our autonomy severely. Sekhenun is outside the womb-chamber, we've got another immortal (though weakened), and all four of our bros. I think we have a good chance of defeating her.
     
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  17. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Flipping the flop to C.
     
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  18. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    Baltika9 c
    m4davis a
    Smashing Axe b or c
    oscar b
    newcomer a
    Esquilax c
    CappenVarra c
    Arpad b
    anus_pounder a
    TOME b
    Kipeci a
    Bloodshifter a
    XenomorphII a
    Collage C
    Azira d
    Tigranes c
    Lambchop19 c
    Urist McLurker c
    ScubaV c

    With C in the lead smashing_axe's vote being C if B fell behind, the total is now:
    A 6
    B 3
    C 9
    D 1
     
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  19. Collage Educated

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    Good points. However, invoking the Sun God doesn't necessarily mean he'll automatically be your servant - he's probably not some friendly genie. I've flipped my vote to C.

    EDIT: Lurking for a year or two apparently hasn't given me the ability to into quotes.
     
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  20. treave Arcane Patron

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    Chapter 3.10: Sekhenun's End

    The voices are silent.

    We'll let you decide on this. We're... ah... washing our hands of all responsibility.
    We should be giving him a way back here, but honestly, we don't really want to see that insufferable twat again either.

    You have the opportunity to act with free will right now. It seems that the voices aren't too keen on bringing this Ra back either. Since they're unwilling to be responsible for this, though... well, you don't really care for gods anyway.

    You crush the Sceptre with your hands and stomp on the pieces. Naram is dumbfounded. "You... traitor."

    Well, that's it.
    He's going to be really, really pissed if he ever finds out you did this.
    We just have to make sure he never finds out. Stay optimistic, guys!

    "If we work together, Naram, we can beat her -"

    "YOU BLASPHEMER!" Naram jumps at you, his elderly form growing lesser in age. His hands close around your throat but you easily force them apart. He begins screaming and ranting. "Do you have any idea of how many worthless divine artifacts they have all over the place that they claim are able to summon the gods? Do you have any idea how long I spent trying to find something that could bring our masters back again? First Shulgi, and now you turn away from our masters!" His form changes again. Muscles bulge, his teeth lengthen into needle-like fangs, and his fingers turn to razor-sharp claws. You find his strength increasing rapidly, and you kick him away from you.

    Masters? Didn't he talk about just one master before?

    Naram roars in anger as he completes his transformation, standing a whole head taller than you. Samun and Kamun move to attack, coming from each side of him in perfect harmony. Their swords bite into his sides, but Naram does not appear to feel it. He bats them aside with a casual swing of his trunk-like arms. "How do you know this was not another of the fake artifacts, Naram?" you ask. "If Sekhenun knows, she would have destroyed it too."

    "She doesn't, you fool! She doesn't know!"

    "What don't I know?" Sekhenun stands in the doorway behind Naram, dressed in a tunic that was much more modest than her previous outfit. Her face was a mask of anger. You probe at her mind - there are shields up. You can't penetrate them - but you have no reason to believe she is not as angry as she looks.

    Uh oh.

    "Naram, we can beat her if we work together." you whisper urgently.

    Sekhenun attacks before he can reply, her arms morphing and dividing into numerous tentacles that wrap around Naram's body. In the next instant, he changes form again, shrinking down into his normal size before darting underneath the tentacles. Sekhenun laughs, childlike. Her extended tentacles come shooting back towards Naram's back. You rush forward to guard him - as it is, he is still ostensibly on your side. It does not take more than a swing of your sword to cut down the tentacles. Sekhenun hisses at you. "So you are a dog after all. You disappoint me." You hear Naram give a small chuckle. He leaps over Sekhenun while her attention is focused on you, and lands behind her. You prepare to attack at the same time.

    "I will not fight besides one who would betray me. Enjoy the hospitality of the Gieloth. May you rot for all eternity in their belly." Naram mutters angrily. Then he runs, dashing off into the corridors of the temple. "Wha - hey! Naram!" A sudden movement from Sekhenun snaps your attention back to her. She leaps at you while you're off guard, taking on a clawed, lithe form. You fend off the first couple of blows, but the third scratches your skin. You realize instantly that your regeneration isn't kicking in.

    She's one tough cookie. She knows how to nullify the regen.
    Oh man, maybe we should've just sucked it up and got the twat back to help us?

    You shrug mentally. This just means that you have to fight as if you were mortal; you have not forgotten how. You adopt a defensive stance - your speed matches hers, and Sekhenun has little skill in battle. You taunt her with this. "You aren't very good at fighting for a god, are you?"

    "I'm not a god of war, I'm a god of science!" she retorts, angrily.

    Taking no more than a few more scratches, your countering strikes drive her back out of the chamber and into the corridor. In close combat, you are in your element. She was foolish to engage you like this - you are no Naram. You notice, however, your attacks weren't giving her any damage. Every cut you make in her body regenerates in mere seconds. You also don't see the tell-tale signs of host possession - her wounds bleed normally, with no signs of black tendrils writhing underneath.

    Frustrated at being unable to reach you, Sekhenun gives an annoyed yell and falls back to using her limbs as tentacles. That proves to be a fatal mistake - you know how to fight tentacles very well, and she does not use it any better than her sisters used their tendrils. You duck and chop your way past their predictable flailing - giving her no time to shift her shape again - and you remove her head as she gasps in surprise. Wasting no time, you kick over the headless body and cut open the spine... only find that there is no core. It appears to look like a normal human spine in all aspects.

    "Runi!" You hear Mutyre yelling from within the chamber, where they were taking care of the injured Samun and Kamun. "The head!"

    Sekhenun's head had sprouted little tendrils which it was using to try to crawl away from you. You can't help but grin as you walk over to it, and put a foot on it, stopping it from moving.

    you dog

    "What?"

    You dog. Get your foot off me. I yield.

    "Begging for your life? Do you think I would trust you to be left alive?"

    I don't expect you to. I trade my life in return for information. Your leash has told you little, Pahnrath's knowledge is fractured - I can give you more. I am the most learned of my sisters.

    Having said that, her mental shields drop, and her mind opens up. You tentatively probe it - it appears that she will not be able to overpower you psychically, and it isn't a trap. Sekhenun's head looks up at you, expressionless. You do not feel any hope coming from her, only resignation.

    "The last time I did this, I slept for three hundred years."

    Information overload. We know too much for any human to digest even in ten thousand years. I will give you just enough that it will not fry your brain. Again.

    "And for that, I let you go?"

    If you wish to be something other than a mere dog, yes.

    The head closes her eyes. Naram's sheep appear to have done a thorough job of cleaning house, as you sense no other living thing besides sheep in the temple. No matter what you choose, her power is broken here.

    ***

    1. Sekhenun's Deal
    A. You accept her offer of information.
    B. You refuse her offer of information.

    ***

    2. Sekhenun's Fate
    A. You take advantage of her open mind to shatter it, just like you did with Pahnrath. You will take all the information.
    B. You crush her head under your foot. She holds no hope for herself - show her that she is right.
    C. You seal her head in a nearby jar and take it with you. You've always wanted a pet Gieloth!
    D. You allow her head to crawl off. You are an honourable immortal, and even with your enemies you honour your deals.

    (Some options might seem redundant, but it'll contribute to Ean's personality. Also, if you choose to pick information, there's an upcoming choice on what you will learn about.)
     
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  21. Esquilax Arcane

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    Awesome update. Hmm, it seems we've got a lot of different possibilities here. Right now I'm leaning towards the BB: Suffer not the alien to live option, but I'm not sure.

    I think that this quote bears mentioning:


     
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  22. m4davis Scholar

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    She should of brushed up on her history remember what we did to Rimush
     
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  23. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    I think taking all the info at once will fry us for 10000 years and there's a lot of cool stuff that we'd miss out on historically, but if we take her head with us we may be able to get more out of her in little bits.

    Naram is officially no bro btw - just a brainwashed little doggy. So glad we ruined 300 years of his work and didn't resurect the twat either.
     
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  24. Bloodshifter Educated

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    we can't risk it she is mentally stronger then us there is no doubt about that she will trample ANY defences we have.
    (if I may)E ask her if she wishes to leave with us seeing as Egypt is over in that jar of course
     
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  25. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    I think this choice is more about personality. A D, if we give our word we should keep to it. It's the only choice to keep Ean from becoming a cynical asshole, other than B X
     
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