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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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    I agree with Azira to name it Sekhenun. For trolling purposes.
     
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  2. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    A for intermission as well.

    Let's not be greedy - B is just asking for a disaster.
     
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  3. Urist McLurker Learned

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  4. Azira Arcane Patron

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    treave-bro, I've flipped. My original vote has been changed, see my first post. As to the mini-interlude, my vote is
    A
     
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  5. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    A, making it AA.
     
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  6. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    This. Let's unity egypt and then do the same in Sumeria. And A for the miniupdate.
     
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  7. m4davis Scholar

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    CA is what I'am voting
     
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  8. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    B for mini-update, because hey, what the hell. It's not like anyone else is going to vote for it.

    Call the sword Sekenun's Gift, I think it sounds better.
     
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  9. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Not as trollworthy, though.
     
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  10. treave Arcane Patron

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    Looks like we didn't let Ean go amok and turn into a puddle of goo by removing the limiter. Yay.

    ***

    Chapter 3.13: Egypt Aflame

    The forging of the Honourblade landed you in bed to recuperate for two months. Both the removal of the rib and the forging process itself strained your body… but at last you were healed. There was no time for further rest, however. During your convalescence you had indicated to your companions your wish to rebuild Egypt. They were pleased at this, and you asked for them to begin gathering information. Today you meet to discuss what they have discovered, and your plans for Egypt. You raise yourself off the bed, clutching the Honourblade to yourself – you had carried it with you all this while to improve your recovery rate. It truly is a wondrous sword; you feel lighter, stronger, and more alert just by having it by your side. When you first grasped it after completing its creation, you imagined you heard a sound akin to "roofles" in your mind, but it has not reappeared since. Hopefully that disturbing sound does not recur...

    ***

    The meeting was attended by your companions, as well as several of Akil’s friends; there were two old priests, Donkor and Funsan, a brash young man that Akil introduced as the leader of the militia, Netzi, and a matronly woman named Anath who was the head of the local crafts guilds in Heliopolis. This was your first time meeting them, but you hear they are the most influential people in the city now that the cult has been destroyed.

    “Good morning!” You greet the table cheerfully as you walk down the stairs.

    “It’s afternoon, boy, have you no manners?” snaps Donkor. So it is… the sun seemed suspiciously high for morning. You grin in embarrassment and give your apologies. You’re in a good mood today – it’s been so long since you could move around freely. Taking your seat at the table, you wave at Akil, who you’ve asked to chair the meeting.

    He coughs, and begins. “Well, since we’re all here, let’s start by explaining what we know so far.” You begin listening intently. As is your habit, you summarize the facts up in your mind at the end of the exposition, to make it easier for you to analyze your next move.

    Pharaoh Wankare was still in control of Memphis, but his hold is tenous. The collapse of the cult had led to the other cities in the Nile Delta rising in open rebellion. The situation is a total mess, and from your own occasional tapping of the Gieloth network, you know that some of Sekhenun’s Children are formenting the chaos in the outside cities against those still advising Wankare. You wonder why that is. Akil estimates that Wankare’s rule would not last the year, but his fall would further fragment the cities of the Nile Delta as they struggle to gain control of Memphis.

    Samun and Kamun’s report on Heracleopolis, where they had relatives, show that the ruler of Heracleopolis, a veteran Egyptian general by the name of Astarth, was marshalling his forces in preparation to invade Memphis in six months time. Astarth is popular with both his people and certain cities in the Nile Delta, and if he takes Memphis, he will be hard to dislodge from the throne. He is a warmonger and would likely set his sights further afield regardless of whether Egypt is able to sustain more wars. Gieloth hold some sway in his court, but not at the highest levels of council.

    Thebes had been visited by Mutyre, and she found that the Thebans had not engaged in much military build-up. Although outwardly they seemed uninterested in participating in the Egyptian civil war, they appear to have sent emissaries to Babylon. You are unclear about the nature of those emissaries, and the Thebans remain reclusive and secretive so far. The Gieloth have amassed some significant influence in Thebes.

    “Well, it seems like the best course of action is to focus on Memphis for now.” you conclude. Akil agrees. “I suggest that we act quickly before Wankare is deposed by others, defeat him ourselves and install a Pharaoh of our own on the throne. I have a name for your consideration – he is of royal blood and would be acceptable to everyone – Wanketh, a cousin of the current Wankare and vocal critic of the regime. He’s currently hiding out in Cairo.”

    “I think there is another choice for Pharaoh.” adds Mutyre. She looks at you. You nod, knowing what she is thinking. Before you can say anything, Akil exclaims in delight, “Of course! Master Runi, you can take the throne yourself! You are powerful and noble. Surely Egypt would flourish under your rule!” You glance back at Mutyre, raising your eyebrows. She just shrugs.

    ***

    1. The Future Pharaoh

    A. You choose to install Wanketh as the next Pharaoh. By all accounts, he is a just, level-headed, if naive young man, loved by the people, and will make an excellent puppet king.

    B. Akil is your choice. He has been a loyal companion, and you feel he has the administrative foresight to run a kingdom. With you as an advisor he would be a fine king.

    C. You agree to take the throne. With your knowledge of the Gieloth, and your immortal powers, you will be able to inspire the people of Egypt to greater heights.

    ***

    2. Strategy

    The issue of Memphis’s prospective rulership was not the only one you had to solve, however. The divided cities of the Nile pose a problem to you - should you unite them before attacking Memphis, or should you go straight for Wankare's head? Heliopolis itself had a militia of five hundred men, ex-would-be-revolutionaries all, ready to fight, but the other cities too had their armies, and Wankare himself boasted of a professional army numbering nearly two thousand men. By defeating or convincing the other cities, you would be able to add men to your army, but to do that the Gieloth influencing those cities must be stamped out.

    A. Uniting the divided cities under your banner would allow you to gather enough men to face Wankare's own army, making the task of besieging Memphis easier. There is a risk of not being able to unite them in time before Heracleopolis invades, however.

    B. Time is of the essence - you go straight for Wankare and the throne of Memphis. The battle would be tough, and you cannot count on the other cities not interfering. The other cities rebel not because of a desire for independence, but because of Wankare's misrule. You are confident you can wrap this up by cutting off the head of the snake.

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    3. Ean’s Tasks

    Defeating Wankare and the cities also means defeating the Gieloth influencing them. In this, you have the biggest part to play.

    A. You take charge and lead the militia in open warfare, hoping to force your opponents to surrender with brute force. Your prowess on the battlefield should net you victory with ease, and flush the Gieloth out into the open as you have before.

    B. You leave the army’s training and direction to Samun, Kamun and Netzi, while you work in the shadows to hunt down and assassinate Gieloth, as well as their other sympathizers in positions of power. You are the only one who can reliably detect and defeat a Gieloth infiltrator – no other person can perform this task.

    ***

    4. Heracleopolis

    The city of Heracleopolis is about to invade Memphis in half a year, but they may also be convinced to send aid. Their aid would cost you, however, and you are not sure if you should send emissaries to them.

    A. You seek help from Heracleopolis, accepting the conditions they may impose upon you.

    B. You offer Heracleopolis a truce should you take power successfully in return for them ceasing their invasion plans.

    C. You send emissaries to Thebes attempting to get them to invade Heracleopolis a a distraction, accepting the conditions they may impose upon you.

    D. You ignore Heracleopolis. Why bother letting Astarth know of your plans when you will be coming to eat his food after you deal with Wankare?
     
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  11. m4davis Scholar

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    We're going to have a looong time sitting on the throne... and being invaded by gieloth nations...
     
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  13. Collage Educated

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    1C | I say we take the throne. We can leave most administrative issues to Akil and the others, but we are easily the most inspirational leader our people could rally behind. Our power as figurehead is important to winning the hearts of those under us and striking fear into our enemies.

    2A | It will then be easier to unite the other cities under us rather than some illegitimate puppet. We may not have an army to fill the horizon, but we make an imposing figure with our p. cool powers and sword. Even with those powers I doubt we could take down the reigning Pharaoh and Astarth (when he inevitably attacks) ourselves - we'll need those other cities.

    3A | This choice follows the other two. The militia stand the best chance when we lead them in battle.

    4C | We need a second front to delay Astarth. It's inevitable that he's going to cause problems; we need all the time we can get to consolidate our power base.
     
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  14. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Two things immediately stick out:
    1B seems silly - he would provide neither the moral authority of A nor the direct control of the empire of C.
    4B also - if Astarth is so warmongery, why would he give up the road to war when he learns of our plans? 4D also - he will surely learn of our plans whether we court the other cities or go for Wankare straight away. There's no middle ground here, either we try and integrate him or get rid of him.

    Not sure about the decision as a whole, for now I'm thinking ABAC. It seems like we have a decent chance of taking on Wankare; we have time to depose Wanketh later if need be; Thebes could possibly distract Astarth long enough. What's ijmjportant is to be the one that tips the balance here, or we will lose any kind of prominent position in this morass of interests.
     
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  15. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    C - If Akil doesn't mind, why not? First stop to God-Emperor: Egypt.

    A - We need more men to take on Memphis, and we would have to put down the uprising anyway even if we win the throne. I doubt those Gieloth infiltrators are just going to give up when we take the throne.

    A - We were a great general and leader of men once, so let's do that again. Leading from the front and smashing all opposition under our chariot. Hell, we are practically a one man army - that kind of power could prove decisive both against normal soldiers and against any Gieloth that other side can deploy.

    D - Let's not advertise our plans to Astarth or any Gieloth infiltrators in his court or in Thebes just yet. Besides, Astarth just might be our next target.


    That reminds me, what the hell happened to that Gieloth chamber under the temple? Is it buried but still alive or what?
     
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  16. XenomorphII Prophet

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  17. Baltika9 Arcane

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    B- I have faith in the guy. He has the brains, and his heart is in the right place. Everything else Ean and life will teach him.
    B- If we take over Memphis and install our own pharaoh, they other cities will simply say "Who da fuck is this guy? Getouttahere, kid." But if we unite the cities, make the our pharaoh their leader and spiritual liege(even if it takes an eternity, I will wait for an ultrasmurfs reference), and they will carry him to the throne themselves, with their own hearts and hands.

    By the way, I don't recommend relying on Sekhenun's trollblade too much, develop our base powers, and use it as a last resort.

    And treavebro, now that I think about it, can Ean morph his face into the trollface, or is it much too soon?
    Edit: corrected as asked by treavbro. I'm still waiting on that trollface confirm, bro.
     
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  18. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Now that I think about it Astarth isn't actually moving against us (hell, he probably doesn't even know we exist). He is going after Wankare in Memphis. So the best course of action I can think of is to gather strength and put down the rebellious cities that will not be in the path of his army. Lay low while he attacks Memphis - then, shoot at the winner.
     
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  19. Esquilax Arcane

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    1A) As much as I like Akil and want him to be pharaoh, I just realized he has no claim to the throne at all. Adding yet another contender to the throne when there already appear to be three (Astarth, Wankare, Wanketh) would make things even worse than they are now - it would basically be Westeros. Personally, I'd like to stabilize the region and GTFO, both other options would require us to stay in Egypt. However, considering the fact that they've already sent emissaries to Babylon, it's possible that they'll invade again.

    2B) Strike hard and fast. We just took out Sukhenun, taking out 2000 men with our skills and 500 men should be a piece of cake.

    3A) I'd love to take out the Gieloth through stealth, but we didn't pick the light manipulation choice last time and we're a leader of men/warrior type. Our presence in leading the men will be essential in making progress here.

    4D) We take Memphis before anybody else does to cement Wanketh's legitimacy and take Astarth by surprise. If Astarth tries to attack us, he'll be branded a usurper and lose a lot of support from his people.

    ABAD
     
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  20. CappenVarra phase-based phantasmist Patron

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    AAAB keep it simple
     
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  21. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    1.B Do you really want to be a Pharaoh for one lousy country? I would rather see us more like the Pope, crowning kings, threatening with God's wrath etc.
    2.A We need an army against Heracleopolis.
    3.A Leading men is what we do.
    4.D If we let Astarth know our intensions, he could speed up his preparations and conquer Memphis before we can.

    BAAD
     
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  22. AABC
     
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  23. Quetzacoatl Liturgist

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  24. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    1B, I like a challenge

    2B, if we're putting Akil on the throne, striking quick and claiming it for our own will give us a semblance of legitimacy where before we had none. If we spread word of Akil's divinity and create a myth surrounding him, we'll probably create a divine mandate with which the others have to accede to our demands. Anyone who disagrees with us we can then proceed to deal with. There'll be five years or so of moping up rebellions and performing a few miracles to show its Akil's birthright, then we can relax for a few years in Egypt, perhaps get our bearings and find out a bit more about this/these "master/s"

    If I remember the history class I took six years ago, pharaohs are the living embodiment of a god and are responsible for the nile flooding each year which provides a good harvest, perhaps we can work with that.

    3A - If we're going for option 2B, this is the natural choice, we should be a god of the battlefield now at my guess. Five hundred against two thousand won't be too difficult, and presumably all of the other Gieloth we might encounter will be weaker than the ones we've faced.

    D - What care we for a puny city? If they strike at us they will pay dearly.
     
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  25. Kipeci Magister

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