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[LP CYOA] Epic

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

  1. treave Arcane Patron

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    Funny you should say that...
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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    :lol: What the fuck did you think of this time, treave?
     
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  3. treave Arcane Patron

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    Imperial Crusade

    The jump went perfectly, though Rei landed herself in bed for about a week to recuperate from the strain. We left long before the ships of the Empire began arriving. The mental strings that Adrahasis used to monitor our movements snapped as we passed through the wormhole. Even so, he has identified me as being from the Federation; this will surely reach the ears of the Empire.

    ***

    “It is done,” says Mere. “The League has granted asylum for all residents of the asteroid Apophis. The terms that were proposed – that they be considered military resources seconded to the Autonomous Terran Fleet – have been accepted. In return, they are expected to give their lives over to the League in service to our cause. Pretty standard terms, not to worry. We make every culture that we absorb sign something similar.”

    “Perfect. Did you tell them why the Empire wanted the asteroid?”

    “No,” she shakes her head. “We have a natural aversion to that… thing… aboard the asteroid. If the Council found out you were harbouring such a creature they would have a fleet of battleships rammed up your behind faster than you could beg for mercy.”

    “You seem to be fine with allowing it to live,” I say. “Besides, it’s cute, no?”

    “Cute? Oh, make no mistake, even now I feel the urge to grind its core to dust… but as I have said, I am more pragmatic than those brain-dead bastards on the Council. I believe we can work together. Your world’s protector indicated as much to me before his end.”

    “You spoke to Shulgi?” In hindsight, I shouldn’t be surprised.

    “After his capture, yes. He told me quite a bit about the history of your planet. It is rather fraught with disasters. Despite that, there appears to be an element of cooperation between mortals, immortals and these aliens. He placed no importance on it, but I believe this was the only reason your world still survives. Of course, it is just my conjecture,” she smiles. “And no, he did not mention you or even hinted at your existence. I took an interest in you of my own accord.”

    “I must say, your interest paid off. I would never have jumped into Imperial space otherwise, so it seems like it saved your life.”

    “It still does not square your debt to me. The quantum computer is worth ten of me to the Council. I have no idea how you have managed to keep it hidden from their eyes, but you owe me for not reporting it in. Besides, you have proven yourself to be a very dangerous weapon. I would prefer to keep you away from the Council’s attention... and in my debt.”

    “What, are you not afraid of me?” I joke. “I could kill you.”

    “You could. I should make sure that you won’t.” With a smile, she suddenly grabs my neck and pulls me close, her lips pressing firmly against mine. I find it in me to respond; perhaps not as eagerly as she hoped for, as she redoubles her assault until she is satisfied.

    “Consider that part of your repayment,” chuckles Mere as she pushes me away, licking her lips. “You will find that we can be of great use to each other, Hoshikawa. I hope we will have a pleasurable partnership.”

    I say nothing as I watch her walk off. Manipulative bitch; she’s lost quite a bit of her dismissive attitude upon discovering my capabilities, but at least now I can be certain she won’t betray me as long as I am of use to her.

    A wolf-whistle echoes in the empty corridor. Looking around, I see Twintails leaning against the wall in her combat suit, a grin plastered on her face. “Quite the womanizer, aren’t you, Senya?”

    “When did you-“ I begin, then catch myself. This isn’t her. Rei told me about the messenger that had told her I would be waiting for her; the description matched that of Twintails, but unless she’d learnt teleportation she couldn’t have appeared on the Belesis and then the Apophis shortly after. “You aren’t Twintails, are you?”

    She shakes her head.

    “Then… Kyrie?”

    She pauses for a while, thinking, and then shakes her head again.

    “I don’t think so.” she says.

    “What are you, then?”

    Another shake. “I don’t know.”

    “What do you want? Why are you here? How did you get here?” The questions begin to pour forth, as I try to make sense of what I’m seeing before me.

    “Well…” She walks up to me. Still as short as ever. Without warning, her fist sinks into my stomach. As I double over in pain, she puts her hands on her hips and looks down at me. Can a hallucination punch me? Am I hallucinating the sensation of pain?

    “You’re getting off easy because you didn’t seem to enjoy it all that much.”

    “I… what?”

    “N-never mind that,” she mutters. “Anyway, you have no time to waste. The Devourer comes. He must be stopped.”

    “Could you be any more cryptic?”

    She gives me an apologetic glance. “I only know what I should tell you, nothing more. Sorry, Senya.”

    “Wait-“

    Before I can finish my sentence, she has disappeared again.

    ***

    It takes me a few more days to realize the meaning of her words. The Autonomous Terran Fleet, along with the Star League military, suffered grievous casualties at the assault of Susa. They had been on the verge of victory when a strike force led by Adrahasis swooped in behind them and massacred the Seventh Fleet, leaving behind naught but stardust. My father only barely made it back by the skin of his teeth – our fleet was now down to five ships. This was one of the worst military defeats suffered by the Star League in years. At the same time, the Empire began a concerted push towards Earth. A massive armada of a hundred thousand warships, nearly a quarter of the Empire’s total forces, was tasked with bringing Earth under Imperial control. I had severely underestimated the numbers that the Empire and the Star League could bring to bear – each of their full fleets contained at least a hundred ships, with bumpkin military assets like the Autonomous Fleet being understrength and underequipped.

    The launch of the armada was accompanied by a broadcast from the divine Dragon-Emperor, ruler of the Mushuszu Empire. It was a message directed at Earth… a declaration of his crusade. This was how it went.

    Envision a platform facing a hundred thousand pointy ships, floating in high orbit above a dull, yellow planet. It is exposed to the vacuum of space. Atop it stands a tall, hulking man, garbed in a blood-red robe and wearing the mask of a dragon. This is the Dragon-Emperor. Bones of real dragons - nasty, native creatures to Khalka - encase his body like armour.

    "I have no words for my brave soldiers. You are born and bred to die in my service, and you have already received the blessings for it. You know your role. Do it well, as I know you will."

    "I have no words for the Council. You, who are fools serving cowardly shadows, you will abandon this world you think to be meagre and insignificant to me in fear. You will not dare raise a finger against my crusade."

    "To the inhabitants of Earth. I am your God Emperor and I have returned to claim my right of rule. If your knee will not bend it will burn. Surrender the planet to me, as well as the bride I seek, and I shall spare your lives. Swear fealty and worship me, and I shall elevate you to riches and power beyond your comprehension."

    A spear of lightning flashes in his hand. As the brilliant blue bolt subsides, his fist grips a strange short staff, three-pronged at each end. He raises it, sending a massive tree of electricity sprouting into the inky void.

    "I am coming for your world. Prepare if you must, but know that before the might of the Empire your efforts are futile."

    "So, there we have it," I say, pausing the recording. "We're pretty sure the bride he seeks is the Messenger - sorry, Selkhet, that's the name you picked - so that makes him a pedophile in addition to being an all-powerful, megalomaniacal immortal."

    Selkhet nods, still possessing that child-like body. She's sprawled over Rei like a lazy cat. "I'm technically a few thousand years old. I don't think he's a pedophile, but yes, he wants me for some reason."

    "Do you want him?"

    She sticks out a tongue at me. "No."

    "Well, the Imperial Crusade should arrive in about... three months' time, was it?" I say.

    "Yes, Master," says Yua. "That is the closest estimate I can derive from their actions. The quantum computer has proven quite useful with this."

    "Alright. I'm assuming the Star League won't be providing any help?" I turn to Mere, who's dressed in a rather skintight outfit today.

    "No. The Devouring Emperor is right - they won't raise a finger against the crusade. That's not because they fear him, however, but because they are planning to hit the Empire hard while he is distracted with Earth. The Star League are gathering enough forces to hit the Imperial homeworld and five other crucial systems simultaneously. If they succeed it would cripple the Empire."

    "Thank you. Now, before we discuss what we should do, there's also this little message from President Julia of the Federation," I smile. "I won't bore all of you with the details. Suffice to say, she wants us to hand over Selkhet. I'm pretty sure she's gotten word from the League that they won't be giving any protection, so she'll want to throw her lot in with the Emperor. If we refuse, it will be war."

    My father sighs, pushing up his glasses with a finger. "The Autonomous Fleet are in no condition to hold off the Federation forces. The Star League has graciously allowed every Terran soldier to return to Federation command - they're basically telling us we are on our own. I would estimate the Federation outnumbers us about a hundred to one at least."

    "You're not the only one I can call upon, dad. Iannes has done his part in gathering the city-states of Earth into an alliance. Between the lot of them I think we'll only be outnumbered ten to one. Well, without accounting for the technological advantage and orbital superiority of the Federation."

    "I'll have your back, son, but make this call carefully."

    "That's why I'm looking for suggestions. Surrender? Fight? Flee?"

    ***

    In the end, the opinions were relatively divided. Rei wanted to stay and fight, though Selkhet was more inclined to run. I don't blame her; having some big red dude say that he's coming for you to make you his bride would scare anyone. Erec, Erika and the White Fang wanted a fight - more particularly, they wanted to fight the Federation first. My father, representing the Autonomous Fleet, suggested that we move our asteroids away from Earth, heading towards the edge of the galaxy, as he deemed staying to be extremely risky. The Earth-bound cities were willing to take up arms against the Federation, but not so much against the Empire. They were ambivalent about the cult's asteroid hanging around the Gate of Ean, which President Julia had been using as proof that I was the devil himself. Funnily enough, the cultists think the same thing about me for different reasons. Finally, Tarliss suggested that I could use the quantum computer as a bargaining chip for the Star League to return and defend us.

    As for me, I was wondering what I could achieve with three months' of prep time...

    ***

    A. Surrender to the Federation and hand over Selkhet. Of course, this doesn't mean I am abandoning her; if I wanted to I would have done so earlier. We will use Selkhet's handing-over as a chance to get close to the Emperor for an audience... and an opening for an assassination, should I desire it.

    B. Face down the Federation. If it's a fight they want, it's a fight they'll get. Humanity must be united before the Empire arrives if we are to offer meaningful resistance, and if I've to break a few eggs to get there, so be it.

    C. Flee into deep space. I'm sure the Federation will try to come after us anyway, but this gives us a headstart and the chance to rebuild some of our depleted forces.

    D. Demand a public conference with Julia before we hand Selkhet over. This is the time to drag old skeletons into the daylight. Though I have little evidence on hand, perhaps I can succeed in swaying the people to my side still.

    E. I kidnap Selkhet, haul her into my mech and make a jump over to where I think the armada is currently located. The Emperor promised riches and power to those that would serve him. Let's see if he will deliver.

    ***

    A. Approach Erika about unlocking my psyche. If not now, when?

    B. I don't. It is still a dangerous proposition and things are far too critical now for me to risk messing up my own mind.

    ***

    A. Begin designing a mass-production version of the black hole generator. This is not the time to be stingy - I want to ensure every one of my allies has access to this power. I cannot fight a hundred thousand warships alone... well, not with any of the current mechs. This will bring me one step closer to creating fleets powered by black hole technology.

    B. The black hole generator is too important a technology to be leaked out like this. I keep it for my use alone, instead spending my time building a personal CF that is optimized for the generator at maximum output. Such a mech could conceivably take on the Imperial Crusade.

    ***

    A. Trade the quantum computer for Star League protection. They could probably intervene and delay the crusade's arrival by up to a month and no longer, as they would not be willing to abandon their own push for the sake of blunting the push towards Earth.

    B. I keep the quantum computer - I will require it to maximize the potential of the black hole technology, and besides, Yua seems to like operating on it a lot.
     
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  4. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Aww sheeit. We dun goofed, I didn't quite grasp the scale of this conflict. Fuck it, let them come! Terra Invictis!

    Edit: I wonder what Tarliss laced her kiss with. Charm spells, maybe, tracker nanomachines?
     
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  5. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Aw yeah! This gun be guhd! :yeah:
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    So, treave, what would have the price been for using the Black Hole Cannon? Or did we miss out on free EPIC!?
     
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  7. treave Arcane Patron

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    Update completed. If you used the Black Hole Cannon, you would have wiped out about 70 ships in one go, while the remaining 30 flee in terror upon the sight of their Deity being terminated. It's their angle of approach that saves them from being entirely destroyed. The Black Hole Cannon (Anhur version) at full power should be able to take out ten thousand or more ships depending on how closely they're packed together. The word spreads that the Star League have perfected a black hole weapon. That, coupled with their resounding success at Susa, emboldens them to launch an all-out assault on the Empire.

    Of course, at the same time, the Council comes knocking on your door, Mere unable to deflect their attention since these tales have originated from the Empire...

    Black hole tech means that if we keep developing it, eventually we'll be doing something like:

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Before I even start planning, is there any way Senya thinks he can sway some of the Federation's military to his side? Or did our unholy alliances pretty much destroy any chance of that.

    So far leaning towards unlocking our psycho twin, spreading the black hole tech through our forces (although I'm pretty sure our dark side can pull some funky shit with if we focus on pimping out our personal CF's BHG) keeping the mainframe and fighting.

    We fought too long for Terra to hand it over to the bitch now. Hope she chokes on a fishbone on her way here.

    By the way, hilarious way to parody the little insanity some of us (me) had with Sek. :love:
     
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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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    You're on your own. You're harbouring cultists FFS. Oh right, let me add another option. 'Diplomacy' with the Federation. Had we picked up Twintails, or at least her non-functioning body, you'd have been able to use her as a SLAM DUNK! against Julia in an open meeting.

    Killed your own daughter, turned her into a killing machine? (Technically not true but she can't refute it) Kiss your political career goodbye.
     
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  10. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    Couldn't we arrange the whole audience thing with the Emperor without giving in to Julia?
     
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  11. treave Arcane Patron

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    She's coming for you now. Emperor arrives in three months.
     
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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Can't we just Black-Hole teleport to him and back? I always did think Marduk was a p.cool dude.
     
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  13. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    Why would Marduk need Selkhet as a bride anyway? I thought the Gieloth multiplied by spawning new ones individually...
     
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  14. treave Arcane Patron

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    Fair enough. Option E.

    Bear in mind you'll be doing this almost immediately so all the other parts of the choices won't apply.

    As for getting back, it'll take about a week to recharge, so be prepared for a stay when you get there.
     
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  15. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Maybe he's not the same he was when he left for the rift. And Ares did jump inside, so maybe he latched onto him and, voilà, Dragon Emprah.

    Yeah, I'm leaning to either fighting till the last or joining the Empire.

    By the way, completely off topic, was that Master who dwelt in the Void and possesed Naram, Yahweh?
     
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  16. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    Same here.

    :lol:
     
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  17. Azira Arcane Patron

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    I'm ready. I'll vote now. Here goes:

    B lay the smack-down on Julia's puppets. Unite Mankind!
    A unleash the power, hopefully we can resist it taking us over if we're not unconscious while it happens. Besides, we need the power for the next choices.
    B Mega-mech time!
    B we need that computing power for our mega-mech..
     
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  18. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    What's the story behind this? Did I miss something? If we can take the last Inanna flower and there is some explanation with the twin moons, I'm inclined to vote CxBB. Run away and buy time to build the ultimate CF. I'm also inclined to go 2A. We can't depend on one combat frame.

    CABB for now.
     
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  19. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    ABBB

    As for how I want it done. Assassinate Julia take over the Federation or at least use the opportunity to cripple them for good. Take over Earth defenses and use their resources as well as Rei's powers to make ourselves some sort of Super Sayan CF. Then go after the Emperor and assassinate him too (preferably by sending him down a black hole). This will probably halt the Crusade by some extent, at least.

    Also in case things go wrong and all goes to hell we should have Erika nearby to unlock our latent powers, but only as a last resort, since last time we went on a killing spree.
     
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  20. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    Yeah! Um, treave, where's the assassinate Yulia option? Helloooo - black hole cannon anyone? Heck, we could just place some gravity mines on her ship and say it was an accident or something - like we did with the mafia families on Earth...or poison her...or simply sneak up behind her and cut her in half...just whack her over the head with something! Anyway, there's no reason we have to stand by and fight the whole federation is there?

    B - We haven't enough evidence to call her to the carpet, so...
    A - We need the POWAH.
    A B - I may flop to B on this, but if humanity is going to fight the masters... (@treave, so making the mass production black hole generators wouldn't actually give us a black hole fleet YET?) This will make Rei and Senya into the saviors of Earth and give us the power to stand against the league and the empire - unless the dragon emp. kills us with varja...but whatever.
    B - Screw the league. They have no idea what this is capable of. They were actually going to put this in a single mech?! This thing isn't just any piece of Master tech. I have a feeling it could the basis for much of their power. The ability to predict the future, the ability to hack the universe etc...
     
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  21. treave Arcane Patron

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    No reason you can't off her, no. Nothing stopping you from doing it in B. All B says is that you fight them. Doesn't say how or where.

    Generators don't magically generate the ships around it. You still have to build them, and right now you don't have a factory to do it with. That, and dumping a high tech generator into a junk ship does you no good. You need to design new weapons and defenses to make use of the output.
     
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  22. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    Sounds like years worth of work. So how is that going to help us against teh Emperah in three months?
     
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  23. treave Arcane Patron

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    Use the Federation's production capabilities once you defeat them. They have hundreds of factory satellites and dozens of shipyards. You will also convert the Apophis into a factory satellite of the Gate , though it has less production capability.
     
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  24. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    That pretty much settles it for me for 3A then. I'd rather not build a super-mech, only to have the Emperor of Dragon Age (?) lay the smackdown on us with Varja...

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    Though with Rei as our co-pilot maybe that wouldn't happen...? I don't know... Still so tempting...
     
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