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In Progress [LP CYOA] Tower

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by treave, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. Esquilax Arcane

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    Ah, the classic start to many mob movies. "Hey kid, I need you to deliver something for me." Then it all goes downhill from there.

    And of course, he answers a question we never asked. "I don't mean is it dangerous for the Institute, I just work here - I meant, 'is it dangerous for me"

    I am surprised, given the Codex political inclinations, that we went Marxist at all. Not that I particularly mind, but I feel that our character, given his natural toughness, would have been well-suited for guinea pig duty.

    For the record, I don't think that the letter itself is anything overtly incriminating or dangerous - safe to assume that this guy isn't an idiot, he wouldn't leave that sort of info to a stranger. This is more to see how down we are to do stuff for him and his group.* And maybe, if I want to indulge in some paranoia for a bit, to misdirect anyone who might be tailing him on the way to this meeting.

    Still the fact that I'm sensing he's not being entirely straight with us and didn't answer our question properly makes me uneasy and happy that we had the restraint to pick B, though I attribute the voting bloc's restraint more to a hatred of communism than I do to being patient.

    * If I'm going to be super paranoid and indulge in some baseless speculation, there is no letter. The parcel is empty. This is all a loyalty test. DUN DUN DUN.
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Esquilax, you're back!
    :love:
    Us coming to the Institute was mostly the result of the Dex doing me a favor after I asked nicely. By the way, thanks for that, bros.
    :brodex:

    I think it's a shame that we won't get to explore this sub-plot, but it is what it is. This delivery mission is just too suspicious, whatever the real story behind it is. We have a child to care for.
     
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  3. treave Arcane Patron

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    Going to have to delay the update a bit since I'm busy with work, but it should be out sometime during the weekend. Don't worry, nothing bad happens. :M
     
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  4. Now we all see the mistakes of listening to Baltika. Let’s not go down this path again.
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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  6. treave Arcane Patron

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    Sorry for the delay, going to push out the update tomorrow but I've updated the stat sheet in advance. All that reading and cataloguing improved certain skills slightly.
     
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  7. hello friend Arcane

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    lol we learned to draw

    gj guys communism was the right pick
     
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  8. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I don't know why you're hating on artistic skills, bro. We'll be able to draw some dope posters when we unionize our workplace in the future. And, btw, our etiquette and speech skills increased as well, which means we'll be able to organize a general strike effectively.

    We just need a cruiser* at this point and we're ready for the Revolution.

    Jokes aside, I'm pretty happy with this. We're one step closer to becoming a proper Hunter/Scholar.

    *Inb4 Uncle Alexei's air cruiser is named 'Aurora.'
    :lol:
     
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  9. CappenVarra phase-based phantasmist Patron

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    dude when we gonna increase drinking skill already?
     
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  10. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Drawing posters for the commies, huh?

    I guess we're going to become what they call a poster child.
     
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  11. baud Magister Patron

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    When we get older? I mean we're just barely a teenager, right? I'm not in favor of forbidding alcohol for those under 18, but still.
    And I don't think we got an explanation on how we're supposed to raise that one (if it's by getting blackout drunk, yeah, that'd be stupid; if it's tasting small doses of various alcohols, I wouldn't be against it, but experimenting with alcohol unsupervised in a big city is asking for trouble)
     
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  12. CappenVarra phase-based phantasmist Patron

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    too serious
    why don't you drink something to loosen up a bit?
     
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  13. baud Magister Patron

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    Are you offering?
     
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  14. CappenVarra phase-based phantasmist Patron

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    :keepmyjewgold:
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    Vienna Blues (III)

    As the year's end approached, an unnatural tension fell across the city. There was an expectant mood that something was going to happen. What would it be? Nobody could say. Some were seized with jubilation, a strange optimism that their lives would soon change for the better. Others were paralyzed by despair, negativity flooding their minds.

    Even you, buried in your work cataloguing for the Institute of Karl Marx, could notice the change. For some reason, it reminded you of your days in the forest, of how animals could sense an impending storm and changed their behaviour accordingly. Still, it was not anything you could influence. That much you knew. And so, you kept your head down and continued your work. It had taken the better part of the year, but you had finished your task and learnt a thing or two from it too. Some of the treatises were particularly interesting. Not as interesting as the fiction that you so dearly loved, but you found them enlightening none the less.

    On the last day of your work, you were approached by Plekhanov's friend, a certain Vladimir Ulyanov. Impressed by your steadfast work ethic, he offered you continued employment as his aide. You would no longer be working for the Institute, but directly under him. Ulyanov had a great plan in mind for both the Tower and the world, and he was currently looking for talent to achieve that plan.

    Rain looks up from her toys as you enter your room, smiling happily. Hanging up your coat, you greet her and pat her head. You haven't seen Elizabeth in weeks - she had been admitted to the hospital and from what the Baythers say, it is likely to be a long stay... perhaps permanent, if she's unlucky.

    You ponder Ulyanov's offer, and then look at the letter on your desk. It arrived just yesterday, from Sophie back in Scotsfield. Tlalli had finally dropped by again, as she had promised. After finding out that you were no longer in the village, the old Hunter had asked Sophie to send something to you together with her usual letter.

    It was a square piece of leather, upon which some words were inscribed.

    "We hereby grant the bearer of this license the right to take the entrance test to the Grisham School for Talented Youngsters"

    This school, located in New Vienna, was apparently one of a few academies which had working ties with the Hunter's Association. According to Sophie, Tlalli strongly suggested that you get some formal education, even if it was just for 3 years. Graduation from this school would help the chances of you being accepted into the Association, as it taught a variety of subjects and skills relevant to that profession.

    The Baythers themselves had also informed you of another opportunity; coincidentally, this was at the hospital at which Elizabeth was warded. You would be expected to apprentice as an orderly there.


    ***


    You decide to:

    A. Take up Vladimir Ulyanov's offer to be his aide.
    B. Register with the Grisham School for Talented Youngsters.
    C. Accept the apprenticeship at the hospital.

    Regardless of your choices, you still had Rain to think of. She is older now and practically charging everywhere like a rambunctious hurricane. Bringing her to work or study would pose some problem, though you could try and see if there were any accomodations to be made:

    A. You trust Rain enough to be left to her own devices for now. She can stay in your room while you go out to work.
    B. You ask Mrs. Bayther to help take care of Rain while you are out. You would owe the Baythers again for this but you don't think she will refuse.
    C. You will bring Rain together with you, as always. You'll resolve any problem as it pops up.
     
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  16. Baltika9 Arcane

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    AC>CC, of course!

    There are no bad choices here. We either do a work-study with Ilyich, get professional training for the Association or spend time with Liz.
     
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  17. Nevill Arcane

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    Holy hell, we get to stand at the root of the world Tower revolution?
    Uncle Alexei is a solid antagonist material. To the (white) wall with him! Oh wait, we didn't pick a gun. No matter, getting a fire squad with slingshots is more humiliating.

    AC

    Learning to draw was but the first step.
    Hold the (party) line, and we will learn to win!
     
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  18. ChumBucket Augur

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    BB>BA. I would rather have the opportunity for our character to forge his own path rather than be forged into a weapon for someone else's vision.
    Edit: switching to CB>BB to keep 1C alive.
     
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  19. Kz3r0 Arcane Sad Loser

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  20. ChumBucket Augur

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    I have a feeling there will be quite a bit of divergence on this vote. treave did a good job on options for this vote.
     
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  21. CappenVarra phase-based phantasmist Patron

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    B. Register with the Grisham School for Talented Youngsters.
    C. You will bring Rain together with you, as always. You'll resolve any problem as it pops up.

    monster hunting of course
    in before Baltika: no, aristocrats and the bourgeois do not count - let's hunt the supernatural kind of monster and leave politics to higher CHA builds

    Rain is a talented youngster as well, she'll fit in at the school even if they don't have a daycare for talented elven toddlers
     
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  22. Baltika9 Arcane

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    We'll be doing that no matter what we pick, though, and everyone will seek to mold us into a tool for their ambitions. The Association needs a good agent, the hospital needs an orderly, Miss Bathory needs an accomplice and Uncle Vladimir needs a secretary. Perhaps even a secretary who can administer other secretaries down the line.

    A General Secretary, if you will.
    ;)

    Edit:
    Ah, but what about John Bull, the Cannibal Duke?
    Ugly people are better at politics, though, so I don't see our stats as a barrier.
     
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  23. ChumBucket Augur

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    He is one of those prestigious few that is both. :obviously:
     
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  24. Nahel Arcane

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    BB
     
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  25. ChumBucket Augur

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    Yep. Beautiful, well spoken people are actors and the ugly go into politics.
     
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