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[LP CYOA] Epic

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

  1. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    This.
     
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  2. Bloodshifter Educated

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    CC The ability to hear other tentacles and start our tentacle hunt WORLD WIDE does not intrigue you people? And A "living" weapon? how awesome is that

    Treave Bro: (do we share some sort of link to this weapon of is it just a dumb brute)
     
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  3. Aw - I wanted a portable tentacle brothel...

    1)
    a. The nature of the conflict and our masters will reveal itself in time. This would be a wasted choice.
    b. We can already kill the gileoth. Knowing the intricacies of their biology isn't that useful at this point - though maybe if we are ever in a position to want to exterminate their species with a virus or some such.
    c. Very useful in the short and long-term. Being able to tap into an enemy's communications can greatly aid in a war effort:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enigma_machine

    2)
    a. Extremely useful. The ability to permadeath the other immortals would make us dangerous indeed. (It's unknown granted, but we may even be able to use it to kill our "masters" should the need arise.) Also knowing how to make the poison may help us to know how to counteract it.
    b. A whole new power for us to master - though it sounds a bit weak to begin with.Maybe we can fire lazer beams in the future tho...
    c. lol Vorlourn would be pleased - but we wouldn't be if we ever lost the sword. The description says it grows in power as we do. Would an enemy be able to use that power if we were to lose it to them?

    My vote is CA. edit: i'll flop to CB if CA doesn't have the votes. Must avoid honourblade (sorry Vorlourn).
    (my vote flopped to CB with the low CA vote)

    Access to the gileoth communications would let us know where they are and may even help us keep tabs on the other immortals as they interact with them. The poison would eventually give us an advantage over both of the other immortals that neither of them can yet match. We just have to make sure and keep that vial well-hidden...

    edit: Just because we haven't invested in body manipulation much until now doesn't mean we won't at some point in the next 10,000 years. Immortal, remember? Besides, in the future we may find a way to make the poison without body manipulation.
     
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  4. Baltika9 Arcane

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    B. You learn of the Gieloth's purpose here, and the extent of their capabilities. Why did they come? What do they want? What is the organization of their civilization? Do they have factions? How powerful are they? How long do they live? As Sekhenun is an accomplished researcher of her people, you will come to know more about the Gieloth than even most Gieloth themselves.

    You only considered killing them. However, it allows us to learn much, much more about them. It enables us to know our enemy: their motivations, their strengths, weaknesses, societies, traditions, etc. Besides, they don't necessarily have to be enemies, I'm starting to see a possibility for cooperation, if not an uneasy alliance here.
     
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  5. They eat people. Shetentacle just told us that and was unrepentant. I don't know about you, but "allying" myself will someone who views me and everyone like me as food sounds a lot like subservience.

    edit: and just because she's reasonable doesn't mean the others will be too.
     
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  6. Esquilax Arcane

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    The Honourblade is clearly the strongest ability on the table, but the most high-risk. Couldn't we simply use our improved skill at body manipulation to meld our hands to the blade? If it improves our skills significantly, reconstituting it into our flesh and then revealing it when it's time to fight seems like a good idea. It sure as shit makes it tougher to take it away from us that way.

    The biggest problem with 1C) is that we probably won't understand a lot of the communication between the Gieloth. We can get at stuff like emotions through telepathy, but we don't have the context to understand their culture, their hierarchies, their mission on this place, what they're doing with human beings, etc. Figuring all that shit out will be like playing a game of broken telephone in Chinese - we just don't have the appropriate context to understand them at the moment.

    However, if we pick B, given Sukhenun's position among her people, we can learn a lot. Sure, we won't know about the nature of our "masters", but we can learn a lot of stuff about what their purpose is on Earth, whether some of them can coexist with us, that sort of thing.
     
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  7. Baltika9 Arcane

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    She also said that she could subsist, in essence survive, on beings other than humans. There's a lot of ways to go about this, but in the long run, we could bend the Gieloth to work for us, not with us, some way (strong-arm, mindfuck, mind rape, mindcontrol, persuasion, decisions will be made when we're at the point). The thing I'm trying to relay is we can make use of the Gieloth, as an asset.

    Edit: the term "alliance" is there to make them sleep better at night(if they do sleep). Besides, we don't know if they will be amenable to this sort of deal, they might, or might not. That is why we need to know them: with knowledge, we can manipulate them, or work with them, as the situation presents itself.


    TL;DR: We can't be sure that they're "hurrdurr we eatz hoomanz cuz lawlz. DERP!" That is why we need to know more about them.
     
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  8. CappenVarra phase-based phantasmist Patron

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    Please remove the image of Ean with Jensen-like blades sliding out of his forearms for takedowns (only they're a part of him and made from his rib and have a volournish personality and god taketh a rib from Adam and maketh him a wife - a deadly roofling wife sheathed in his fucking forearms) from my mind, it's disgusting!
    :neveraskedforthis:
     
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  9. I see what you are saying.

    Bending an entire alien race to our will sounds a little far fetched at this point. Who knows how vast their power is or how many worlds they've conquered.

    As I said, perhaps in the future we'll be able to use this knowlege against them or to work with them or whatever, but presently it provides very little tangable benefit - other than knowing more about their intentions which I'd assume that 1.C would help us with anyway (kinda hard not to learn about someone's motives when you can hear what they say in secret). 1.C Gives short and long term benefits.

    edit: tho i'll admit that b was my second choice, so I can't fault you for picking it.
    edit2: what Kipeci said. ;)
     
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  10. Kipeci Magister

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    Even if you want to only peacefully interact with the Gieloth, C is still better because it allows you to communicate with any one of them around the world without needing to disturb their operations and draw in their enemies by searching for them. We can probably learn a decent amount of B in the course of using the ability that option C gives us. We don't need the specifics about Gieloth biology and history for a while, but C gives us an invaluable ability to access their positions and communications for whatever we decide to do.
     
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  11. Stygian Lurker Scholar

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  12. XenomorphII AB
    Baltika9 BA
    Smashing Axe CB
    CappenVarra BB
    Esquilax BC
    Kipeci CC
    Arpad CC
    Zero Credibility BC
    m4davis BC
    Urist McLurker BB
    Collage CB
    Bloodshifter CC
    Lambchop19 CC
    Stygian Lurker AB
    oscar AC
    TOME CC
    ScubaV CC
    newcomer CC
    1) a3 b6 c9
    2) a1 b6 c11
     
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  13. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Well the thing is, we might not need them for a while, but when we do need them, where are we going to get them? Remember, this Gieloth is a specialist on it's kind. And I'm pretty sure if we go back to it and ask for more information, it'll tell us to go fuck ourselves, or better yet, will fuck us itself. With tentacles. In multiple orifices. So, take the best out of this situation. Pick B, bro.
     
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  14. oscar Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Interesting and tough choice Treave.

    AC

    The :Honourblade: is interesting and potentially very useful but sounds like it has quite a few hidden flaws.

    Being able to forge weapons from our very body is a damn useful skill. I do imagine though that someone could learn many of our powers if they were to capture it and absorb it (boil it down into a soup?)

    Rewritten this post again, and deciding to play it lame and safe with the invisibility.
     
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  15. Kipeci Magister

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    When we do need them, we can track down any Gielith we want, because that's the point. Whether we ask them questions, mind rape or do whatever else is up to us, but we're well capable of getting that information if we have their communications and locations.

    The sword losing out to light powers would be a shame, but it's just stupid to go for B in the first option when C can get you much of the B information in some way or another while also giving an extremely useful watch over their communications and locations. I can't see why we'd throw that away for the sake of a couple more specific details that might not even prove that useful.
     
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  16. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    This is the biggest problem with 1C. B is the best on short term, but that knowledge is obtainable elsewhere pretty easily. C, on the other hand seems like a rare knowledge, and it is pretty great after we understand Gieloths better.

    As for the second choice, I don't like C. What happens to the blade if we sleep 300 years? How are our powers when we lose it? Could it be used against us? Just too many unknowns. A and B are both pretty useless now against other immortals. Invisibility is easily countered by heightened senses and in hand-to-hand combat we can already beat everybody so we have no need for poison.

    Voting:
    1C
    2B Flopped 2C
     
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  17. I hardly think B is stupid. We're talking about THE Gieloth expert here. She might know virtually every weakness her kind has. We'd be able to eventually kill virtually any of them. The problem is that when weighed with the ability to track their movements, tap into their deepest secrets, avoid being surprised be them, learn all about every human government in the world and it's secrets, track important events, possibly communicate with them at will, etc - B just doesn't compare with C.

    edit: btw, congrats to treave on another excellent choice - as evidenced by all this debate. ;)
     
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  18. Esquilax Arcane

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    I disagree. Sukhenun is a scientist and researcher, I am sure that she has rare knowledge given her position in society. Still, C is pretty good too, particularly in conjunction with B.
     
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  19. Kipeci Magister

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    Which is why I said B was a stupid option, as C looks to be much better. That said, I'd appreciate B over nothing by a longshot, but seeing how we have the choice...

    Edit: She does have rare information, but we've operated well without much knowledge of them and access to their communications is likely to provide the basics, as well as anything deeper if we track down their scientists. I feel that while C might take longer to get the secrets, the benefits are worth that wait.
     
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  20. Don't forget that with C we'd instantly know the state of the world and perhaps all enemy locations.

    Even if we got her special knowlege, the fact is that Egypt was the one base of their power we knew about. We'd spend decades just tracking them down to use her knowlege against them.
     
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  21. ScubaV Prophet

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    1) Basically what lambchop said. B is really tempting, but C will help us not only with Gieloth, but almost all important current events in general. It's like having our own private spy network. And we may be able to use it to track down other Gieloth that can inform us on A or B.
    2) Again, C is really tempting as it seems really powerful and something of a unique "quest reward". However, I worry about us becoming dependent on it and the consequences we'd suffer for losing it. B is a good complement to our current skill set. We're absolutely devastating in close quarters combat, and B will help us to close in on enemies and perhaps give us ranged lasers with further development. Which reminds me of something...

    Physical prowess, shooting lasers from our body, manipulation of light:
    [​IMG]

    :yeah:

    Treavebro, what's our power level?
     
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  22. Bloodshifter Educated

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    If we lose it we make another or maybe we are connected to the damn thing I mean it is "living" in a way
     
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  23. newcomer Learned

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    CBC

    But second choice A is still intriguing.. maybe one day I'll really want to shapeshift into a Gieloth...
     
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  24. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    Yes but it is a living piece of us. What happens if Shulgi decides to burn it? And if we are connected to it, could it be used to tortune us over distance?
     
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  25. Baltika9 Arcane

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    The sad part is the 'Dex picking lazors instead of a permakill for either Naram or Shulgi. Most likely Naram, he'll be the biggest problem, since he's subtle and will be almost impossible to track. And as for Shulgi, well, where there is a loud and powerful despot, there's Shulgi.
     
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