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

  1. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Inb4 Mehrune says "Ololo, no Sekhe, that guy eats people. You won't be talking to him." Seriously, people, it's broad daylight.

    Actually, you're right. This isn't wonderland. I wanted to be bro last time, and look where that got us.

    Edit: Although, after this, we can no longer say shit to Sekhenun about "no feeding on humans", right? Although, I heard that nothing brings two people together like a shared meal.
    Bow chica wow wow. :smug:
     
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  3. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    Let's decide eating/not eating for long term some other time. Now, however, we only have to deny ourselves one meal which probably won't weaken us. After that we hopefully meet with Sekhenun and she can shed some light to our condition and if it is curable.
     
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  4. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    I *really* advise all A voters to reconsider. I'm all for feeding, but only after Sekhenun sheds what light she can on our condition.
     
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  5. Collage Educated

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    Gotta go with A here. WANT POWER NEED POWER.
     
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  6. treave Arcane Patron

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    A – 9
    B – 4

    ***

    Chapter 5.2: Curse and Blessing

    You take back your coin from the thug leader, and toss it at the little girl. She catches it and runs off, without even a word of thanks. You grab the leader and pull his body further into the alleyway. The coast was clear.

    It was time for a snack.

    The meal did you some good; your senses became just a bit sharper, you felt just a bit stronger and faster – but more importantly, your hunger was satiated. Even though you ate as much as you could, you had to stop when you felt full. You wipe away the blood around your mouth, and dig out some chunks of gristle that were sticking to your teeth. The corpse was half-eaten, but there was no way to get rid of it for good. You would just have to leave it.

    ***

    The rest of your search was surprisingly simple. The guards at the gate were lax. You weren’t dressed like a beggar, and so they didn’t bother stopping you. Some quick questioning revealed that Mehrune was put up at the residence of one of Marduk’s lieutenants, a man by the name of Nammun. Standing outside the well-tended gardens of Nammun’s house, you felt Sekhenun’s familiar, but slight, presence within it. In fact, it seemed nestled within a human shell… you would never have noticed it had you not known what to look for. It was a far cry from the telepathic beacon she was within her temple.

    From there, it was a trivial matter to scale the walls at the back of the house, and enter through the windows.

    Your feet make a small sound as you land in the room.

    Sekhenun turns, still in her handmaiden form, and her eyes widen.

    You raise a hand in greeting. “Hey.”

    For once, she seems speechless. The next thing you know, she’s rushing you. A small tendril extends from her hand and stabs into your arm, taking you by surprise. You growl and put a hand on your sword.

    “You’re alive?” she mutters.

    “Of course I am. That tendril of yours is hurting me.”

    “Sorry.” Sekhenun retracts the tendril with an apology. “I had to make sure you weren’t some disguised assassin attempting to catch me off guard. I couldn’t sense you.”

    “Getting rusty in your old age?”

    “I don’t have the luxury of taking three hundred year beauty naps. At any rate, I really couldn’t sense you. It’s strange. You’re standing in front of me, but you’re not there psychically…” Sekhenun thinks to herself for a bit, and then continues, her eyes suddenly hard as stone. “Anyway, I think you should be explaining to me why your breath smells of human flesh.” You do so, explaining what happened in the Labyrinth, what the voices told you, and how you came to be here.

    “You have the statuette, then?”

    You nod, and pull it out of your bag. Looking at it, she sighs. “If my theory is correct, this thing won’t help you anymore. With your leash gone, I do not know how to connect it to you so that you could take its power.” You look down at the statuette you hold. Was it possible that you could eat it? Almost impulsively, you bite the head. The metal is cold in your mouth, but nothing happens. Maybe if you chew it off and swallow…

    “What are you doing?”

    “Sorry,” you shrug. “Just wondering if I could consume it.”

    She frowns. “Put that thing away, I’ll run some tests on it later. At any rate, I have never encountered a thing such as you. From what you say, I am relatively certain you have developed the cursed hunger of my species. Your former masters gave us the curse of cannibalism to try to control us. You will always desire, above all else, the flesh of your own kind. Without it, you will gradually weaken and lose your powers.”

    “But if I eat more, I will grow stronger.”

    “Yes. Feeding will strengthen you, but only to a certain extent. Think of it as… a container, with your strength like the water within. When you eat, you make the container larger. The water, your powers, will naturally increase fill up the container in time. If you starve yourself for a long time, the container begins to shrink, and you lose power. The water, however, remains – if you grow the container again, you will be able to access that water.” You try to understand her explanation, thinking on it. “That doesn’t really make any sense. If the container shrinks, but you can get the water again, where does the water go in between that time?”

    “Figure it out on your own, smart one.”

    “You said that your kind eat themselves. Why do they prey on humans, then?”

    “Well spotted. We couldn't work out a way to remove it, so to stave off the cannibalism, we found alternate sources. Your species have proven to be one of the better alternatives so far.”

    “So you mean I could eat Gieloth instead of other people?”

    “Don’t stare at me like that when you say such things.”

    “I’m taking that as a yes.”

    Sekhenun waves off your line of inquiry. She doesn’t seem to want to discuss the matter. You shrug, and say, “Right, well, let’s get down to business.”

    “What more business do you have?” she asks, surprised.

    “You promised me my powers back in return for my help, didn’t you?”

    “That didn’t work out in the end. You’ve become this very interesting abomination that I would love to experiment on, but that’s not what I promised you.”

    “Doesn’t matter. It won’t hurt for me to hear what you have planned.”

    She bites her lip pensively, wondering if she should share her plans with you. “Well, if you put it that way… I want both Zeus and Marduk out of the picture.”

    You raise an eyebrow. That seems to be a very tall order. Sekhenun continues to speak, “Left unchecked, the two of them will tear this region apart in their bid to wipe out the other.”

    “The war in Greece will soon tempt Marduk to turn his eyes west, flush from his victories in the east. Zeus and his fellow gods will turn the tide of battle against Minos, and that is when Marduk will throw Babylonia into the fray. Is that it?”

    “Yes, that’s very astute of you. I planned to defeat Zeus first, but your disappearance frustrated those plans. I had to return to Egypt and go back to the drawing board. Now that you are here again, I have several other plans that might work.”

    ***

    A. Sekhenun has tracked down a certain, old cult that is opposed to Marduk. Its members have been scattered since the defeat of their god more than three hundred years ago, but they have built up a vast relief network in recent years, earning the goodwill of the people. She thinks she can convince them to revolt. Your role would be to assassinate Marduk’s lieutenants and high ranking priests in the administration in order to make things easier for the revolution.

    B. You adopt a plan of subterfuge. You will get close to Marduk by infiltrating his men and gaining their trust. A good chance is coming up. He has lost two lieutenants in the Indus, and plans to hold a tournament to select their replacements. Marduk is not choosy about who serves him, as long as they are strong enough; three of his current lieutenants are human – though of course they do not know that their comrades are not. You have a good chance of winning the tournament and getting close enough to place yourself for a direct assassination attempt later on.

    C. There is no time to lose – Mehrune meets with Marduk at the end of the week. You take that chance to enter the meeting and challenge him to prove his divinity. God-King or no, you will destroy the faker in a direct duel and ruin his myth of godhood.

    D. You do not intend to help Sekhenun with her plots. As she said, you have no obligation to her. You will do what you can for the people in Sumeria, but you will not act on Marduk’s regime directly.

    ***

    1. It would be hypocritical for you to continue forbidding Sekhenun to eat people, if you plan to devour Gieloth. You tell her this, and free her from her deal with you. You will need her to be as strong as she can for the coming trials.

    2. You cannot trust or control Sekhenun if she regains her powers. She is a Gieloth after all, and you never know what she’s plotting further down the road. You do not say anything about the issue.
     
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  7. ScubaV Prophet

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    I think I'll join the crowd and vote A. I certainly understand the reasoning with B, but I think A will help ensure we can get to Sekhenun in the first place and also give us some information independent of any of her biases. I might be more hesitant if we'd never fed before, but this won't be our first line of coke feeding.

    Beaten to the punch, not that I mind.
     
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  8. ScubaV Prophet

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    A - It would be fun to reunite with the descendents of our subjects.
    1 - I could go either way on this, but unlike Theseus, Sekhenun has always been a bro/sis. It's also more honorable than 2, though less "protect humanity" idealistic.
    2

    treave, do we still have the ability to forge an Honorblade? And if so, would we be able to do it over the course of any of these choices?

    Also, Sekhenun didn't mention anything about addiction (as in requiring increasingly more frequent feedings). Quite interesting.
     
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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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    You could, but it needs some other materials (besides your ribs) that you don't have ready access to at the moment. Sekhenun had them stored away in her temple the last time. If you were to reforge one, you would have to travel far and wide in search of the components.
     
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  10. m4davis Scholar

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    A1 And now I'am almost certain the masters care nothing for humanity at all they were just trying to put guards on something which could relive there old slaves punishment some and if that doesn't work I think they would have no qualms about destroying it
     
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  11. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    I'm going to vote A1, but I can be easily tempted to B. Both sound like they could be interesting, but A has no chance of us having to stab a bro in the back. Also A1 will give us more opportunity to feed on Gieloth and build our power up to defeat Marduk

    The rapidity of your updates is great, by the way.
     
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  12. Kipeci Magister

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    edit: Also, let's go for that deal.
     
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  13. Esquilax Arcane

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    I disagree, ScubaV. If anything, I feel that this conversation has been Sekhenun showing her true colours a bit. She's been under our deal for nearly a century, and while I think that it may have taught her some humility, there's a definite power-play going on here. Why does she care about Zeus or Marduk? The most likely answer to me is that they are the most powerful individuals in the region - if we snuff them out for her, there's a power vacuum that she hopes to fill.

    I am very curious as to how she's been able to follow our diet restriction for so long while still maintaining some of her powers. I feel like there are a few things that she hasn't told us about this condition of ours. Sekhenun seems to make a really big deal out of debts and promises:

    She talks a lot in terms of debts. So did Nabu, as a matter of fact. From the little hints we've gotten of their world, Gieloth politics is very orderly and deadly. These guys seem somewhat similar to baatezu, and I wonder whether what kind of power promises and obligations hold over them. I could be wrong, but it's certainly very curious.

    Another interesting side effect of our condition is that now Ean is a psychic blank. Nobody can hear our thoughts, nor are they aware of our presence. This makes subterfuge a very attractive option. Raising an army is nice and all, but Marduk has grown comfortable and lazy with those who choose to serve him, and I feel like getting close to him and assassinating him is viable because he can't read our presence.

    Getting close to him might also teach us a lot about the Gieloth indirectly - our only source of information about the world so far has been Sekhenun. I kinda want a second opinion.

    B2
     
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  14. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    Isn't this a reason why we can't go with B? If Marduk sees us in the tournament but can't sense us, won't he realize we aren't ordinary human?

    A1
     
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  15. ScubaV Prophet

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    My guess is that higher life forms are needed to boost power capacity (i.e. the container), but lower life forms, like the animal diet we forced her on, are probably sufficient to at least not lose any power. You seem suspicious of her, yet you're still voting 1 for the second choice. Why?

    I prefer A over B because I don't think we are strong enough to kill Marduk directly, even with the element of surprise. While A defines our goal as assassination of lieutenants we may still have a chance at commanding rebel elements. I think it plays to our strengths better than playing politics with Marduk directly (see: Sargon, Astarth, Aphrodite).
     
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  16. newcomer Learned

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    A1

    By the way, can we test whether our power increase / at least not decrease by eating living animals like Sekhenum did?
    And do we need to eat human flesh raw? Can we cook & spice them first :troll:
     
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  17. treave Arcane Patron

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    Sekhenun knows how to emulate a human psychic presence, as you noticed in the update. Cooking makes the food less effective, but it's more tasteful, definitely.
     
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  18. newcomer Learned

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    Let's go.. for a date :smug:
    with Sekhenum :smug:
    with a candlelight dinner setting :smug:

    And for the dinner itself... A human steak, roasted Gieloth meat, blood cocktail, ect. :incline:
     
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  19. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    A2

    I don't see what the benefit is with 1 - she hasn't brought it up herself, and she remains capable enough at the moment to help us re. Marduk and everything else. Why would she need us if she can return to the domineering monstrosity she was in Egypt?

    Seriously, it's a terrible choice, and we've made enough terrible choices at the moment. We need to stay pragmatic and make choices we can handle.
     
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  20. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    So the question that begs asking, is our container small or do we not have enough water to fill it? If it's the container then recovering our old powers would simply be a matter of feasting on gieloth, if it's the water then we can do nothing but wait.

    She was reasonable before she agreed to our conditions, I don't see why that would change. Perhaps we can release her to feast only on certain types of humans, such as bandits/outlaws.

    I'd value The Brazilian Slaughter's insight on this
     
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  21. Baltika9 Arcane

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    My thoughts exactly. Although, I'm more in line with Shulgi Nicoise, Naram à la Rouennaise and Crepes au Marduk.:smug:
    A- With all the human sacrifices, Marduk really is as close to a god as the world has now. Ololo all tentacles must die isn't going to work on him. Let's see where this leads. If I'm right, Sekhenun is going to install herself God Empress. With all our help, asking for a couple of armies isn't going to be too much. Or, she'll just subdue us and put us in a lab. Proceed to the twentieth millenium, and we're suddenly Horus. And they ask why he rebelled.

    1- as I said, we can't say shit to Sekhenun about "no eating people" now. Told ya this was about survival. Guess they're not as evil as we like to think.

    treave: I'd like to know if she knows the effects of devouring Immortals and Masters. Especially masters. I'z got me a kunnin' plan. That golden bull. When Ean is ready, summon a Master, then proceed to eating him/her/it. It's going to take us a couple millenia to get to a Master's level (if we survive, which I doubt), and shouldn't be done lightly, because as soon as they get over the "shock and awe" stage, we're going to be higher on the hit list then 'ol Osama.
     
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  22. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    No she wasn't, she told us to fuck off or die, we didn't fuck off, and she only let us off because of a greater threat; subsequently, she started being reasonable when we kicked her arse and were about to destroy her completely. Seriously, what? Do you really think Sekhenun would give a shit about us if she were to take over and become the new Zeus or Marduk? Look where the idiotic Theseus bro-loving got us, we'd have to be really really thick to think Sekhenun is our Deionarra.

    We don't need her to be any more powerful at the moment - we need US to be more powerful. She's most useful to us as a knowledge base and an advisor, someone who can give us new ideas and guide our actions. Even now in our state, if she were to betray us we probably wouldn't be able to take her down so easily. So why do you want this healthy working relationship to turn into one where the other party has all the bargaining chips?

    Seriously it really really is not a good idea. It has to be x2.
     
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  23. Baltika9 Arcane

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    What you're forgetting is that Immortals are made for fighting and killing Gieloth. She was rather justified in her reaction: self defense. If it were me down there, I wouldn't even give a choice, I'd just kill the guy.

    Now that our "leash" is off, and she is an exile (might want to look into that he/she/it thing), she really has no need to kill us. But, you may be right in that making ourselves scarce after she becomes Empress might be wise.

    Theory: Gieloth are the Masters' failed first attempt at creating Immortals.
     
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  24. Anabanana Augur

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    The only reason I'm voting 1 is because I hate hypocrites. ​
     
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  25. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    Likewise.
     
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