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Myth: A New Age CYOA

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by Fangshi, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Fangshi Arcane

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    Party/Organizational Changes:

    Party Changes:


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    The only thing to change is who is in your party.

    Lyssa, Biliku, Uttu and Berty all join your party.


    Organizational Changes:

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    Information Gained for Blackrock Securities:

    Changes to Monthly WPs:

    -45WPs per month in operating costs for Blackrock's facilities and staff in Myrgard and Stoneheim

    Notable Property Added:

    1. Blackrock Fort, a half day's journey from Myrgard by coach.

    2. Medium Compound in Stoneheim

    3. Two small safe houses in Myrgard

    4. One small safe house in Stoneheim

    Named Personnal Added:

    Blackrock Warriors:
    1. Jawbone
    2. Myora
    3. Rand

    Unnamed Personnal Added:
    Myrgard Branch:
    20 veteran dwarven grenadiers
    16 veteran dwarven warriors
    5 veteran maul warriors
    8 veteran human sell-swords
    5 veteran human archers

    Stoneheim Branch:
    Exact numbers unknown but roughly forty mercenaries in similar proportions to the Myrgard Branch. For more information you will need to contact that branch.


    Rolls:

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    Nothing much to speak of though events continue to move behind the scenes.
     
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  2. Nevill Arcane

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    Any idea where the hole leads to? Outside?

    Does the terrain allow to mount a pursuit? Even the ghols can't ourrun a chariot, right?

    I guess this might be a good first test for the mercs. Does not make sense to risk ourselves when there are 60 warriors around.

    We probably should start packing attacking spells into one of our rings. That's why we have two. Instant casting time.
     
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  3. Fangshi Arcane

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    All you can see is a dark tunnel. No clue where it goes or where it comes out.

    The terrain is mountainous for the most part. You will likely have to pursue on foot unless they take well worn trails.
     
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  4. Nevill Arcane

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    Say, what are the potential outcomes of casting Retrieve Item on the sack?

    It does explode only on impact (or if on fire), right? And if we retrieve it, there is no impact... or is there?

    Do wight pieces drip pus (ewww), or don't they?

    The signal we feel - is it coming from the stone?
     
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  5. Kz3r0 Arcane

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    More exploding zombie corpses'limbs?
    Can the door protect us from the explosion in that case?
    A)
     
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  6. Nevill Arcane

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    Yeah, I am not sure I want to risk eating a grenade at point blank range. I am mostly curious.

    Duck and cover.

    A.
     
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  7. archaen Arbiter Patron

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    I guess we are going to do another traditional past time of the dwarves and are going to have an old fashioned ghol hunt. My only concern with A is if we take cover and it is a bomb sack, it is going to seal the tunnel and we might lose them in the time it takes to dig it out.

    Both Thais and Derry the are here to put mentalist hurt on him which is our mastered spells and doesn't require hitting a moving target. The other reason I like taking him prisoner as this is probably a major faction that is going to be raiding our caravans. If we can come to some sort of agreement with them or, alternatively, genocide the tribe, we can help our other interests.

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  8. Nevill Arcane

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    We are behind the door. The hole and the tunnel are in the side wall. Unless the bomb brings down the whole compound, the tunnel will be fine. Of course, if we try to pursue them, there may be other traps for us.

    I do not want to experiment with spells in front of someone with a grenade and wearing an amulet of unknown origins that is broadcasting a magical signal rivaling that of an artefact. If the spell fails, we are toast, and there is no way to know what kind of amilet is that. Maybe it protects him from mental attacks or gives him a direct line with the Watcher. Nope. Not risking it when we have 60 meatshields.
     
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  9. archaen Arbiter Patron

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    I am afraid the bomb will collapse the area around the door or there is something else in the bag that will make it inaccessible. We don't know if they have a way to seal the tunnel after that.
     
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  10. Jester Arbiter

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    Emmm i not so sure its bomb.
    If its bomb, it would best to not detonate that.
    If its not mby better to attack sack.

    I will go with B.
     
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  11. Fangshi Arcane

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    Well unlike most things you have tried to steal with Retrieve Item this sack is completely ordinary (except for the slight dripping), as such it will be more difficult to get the mental lock you need to cast the spell in the short span of time you have available to you. It is not impossible mind you, just difficult.

    As for what would happen that depends entirely on what is in the sack. If it is wight bits you do not want them or their juices coming in contact with your exposed skin or it will induce paralysis and severe burns. IF the sack is filled with some sort of explosive then good luck, you will be holding a bomb. You could always try to immediately throw it back at them though but you might have to be quick.

    Wight pieces explode on impact as the force of the shock helps the pent up gases escape. You would still have to deal with the effects of the wight's poisons if you get any of it on you. According to the materials I have ghôls have minor resistance to wight chunks which allows them to handle the pieces in the game, though they are not immune to a full dose if I recall correctly.

    Of course that is all assuming that the sack contains wight bits and not something else.

    You do not know, the closest you have ever gotten to a wight was spying on that pen of them. You would not be surprised if they do though.

    Either the stone or the ghôl wearing it.

    The door is solid iron and set into the thick stone walls of the treasury. It is built for security. You do not know how well it would take a blast but it looks quite sturdy.
     
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  12. asxetos Augur

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    Use our best spells to subdue him.
     
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  13. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Duck And cover..
     
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  14. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    How difficult would it be to reverse the effects of retrieve item on the fly to make it "Push Item"? Since it's one of the first spells every mage knows I don't imagine it would be that hard, but who knows.

    Also can we sense what kind of magic is emanating from the artifact?
     
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  15. Fangshi Arcane

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    The problem with trying to do that would be that Retrieve Item does not really pull an item towards you. It teleports the item in question rather than moving it directly through space. Sort of like a Gate spell (which is why they are in the same spell school) but also quite different.

    Now Derryth is quite clever, she may well be able to improvise such a spell if needed but it might be difficult. I can add it if you would like?

    (Lyssa actually has the perfect (elemental) spell to blow something back but she can't really cast it from the middle of your group.)

    The magic signal that is coming from the ghôl's direction is not something Derryth is familiar with. She is fairly certain it is coming from the amulet (what with it glowing and all) but it could also be coming from the ghôl or even the crow. They are all too close together to clearly tell.

    That fact that Derryth does not recognize the magical aura might mean it is not a mental spell, or at least not one from a field that Derryth is trained in, she would need more time to study it to say more than that.

    If the signal is coming from the amulet you will be able to gain further insight should the ghôl attempt to use it in any way but for the moment she seems willing to trust to the sack she carries.

    Current Tally:

    Kz3r0: A
    Nevill: A
    archaen: E
    Jester: B
    asxetos: D
    Azira: A
    Absinthe: E
    Zero Credibility: A
    Smashing Axe: E

    A) 4 votes
    B) 1 vote
    C)
    D) 1 vote
    E) 3 votes
     
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  16. archaen Arbiter Patron

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    She? Ghôl party member inbound! :bounce:
     
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  17. Absinthe Prophet

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    Huh, just got caught up with the update.

    I'm impressed you guys managed to land the MC in such a savage debt so quickly and then went cautious on the investments. You had the option right there to take 500 WP from confiscated assets then invest out of own pocket instead of this madness. Now you guys need some massive profits fast or you are going to end up broke or fugitives soon. 20% interest compounded monthly is batshit insane you know. I recommend getting all the coin you can spare together and paying off as much of it as possible as soon as possible. At the bare minimum, make sure to pay off the interest (although I would strongly recommend going beyond that to lower the interest).

    This surprises me. After dealing with Fallen Lords and fetches and spider cultists, I didn't expect them to be so judgmental. I figured they'd have more of a "it's how you use it" outlook about it all.

    Also, voting D. Can Uttu attack the bag and Lyssa blast it away with Strong Wind should we fail?
     
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  18. Fangshi Arcane

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    Just reflective of the general societal views towards necromancy.

    The cultists certainly did a lot of harm but that was almost a 1000 years ago. Agents of the state would certainly kill them on sight but it was none of Derryth's business as long as they did not threaten her.

    The Fetch are treated in much the same manner, blast them on sight, but Eris probably would have wiped out half your party if directly confronted so Derryth behaved diplomatically. It also helps that the Fetch are essentially prisoners, they do not want to be in this plane of existence, what they want most (at least the majority of them) is to go home.

    Necromancers though, they are responsible for wiping out over two thirds of the entire population of the planet. By far, the vast majority of people simply would have thrown Lyssa off the roof without a second thought. It is only because of their experiences (with Fallen Lords, cultists and the like) that Derryth and Thaïs are willing to give her a chance at all.

    If they caught her practicing again they would probably just kill her at this point and that is largely down to the fact that they could be hung simply for being friends with her. So they might be willing to resort to necromancy if they had no other option in a life or death scenario but it is a death sentence if anyone finds out.

    Now give it a few centuries and maybe the general stance on necromancy will relax a little as the people that have suffered from the wars die out. (It is likely to always carry the death sentence in Alric's empire though. He has fought two very close wars against the undead and is not likely to take any chances.)

    It would be a difficult shot to make. The vault is at the end of a short hallway around a tight corner. Derryth, Thaïs and Jawbone are in the doorway. Berty and Lyssa are behind them, then Uttu and Biliku and finally about a third of your escort. Uttu can make that shot (though if she shot the sack it might detonate depending on what is in it) but it is a difficult shot to make and she would run the risk of hitting someone in all likelihood.

    Lyssa could cast Strong Wind and blow the sack back but she would also end up blowing everyone in front of her into the room and potentially into the blast radius of whatever is in that sack (provided it has a blast radius of course).

    Let me know if you would like either as options.
     
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  19. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    For once I vote for caution - A.

    We've been lucky so far, but it only takes one "fail and get hit in the face with a bag of explosives" roll to end an LP. Anyway, just because they get away from this place doesn't mean we lost them. That tunnel has to come out somewhere nearby and we have aerial scouts with keen eyes and a guerilla expert to track them down.
     
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  20. Nevill Arcane

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    Well...

    I can't believe that after we passed up the chance to stop the Faceless where no one else could have stopped him, citing insane risks as the reason, we are going to take that same insane risk to try and stop a ghol marauder while we have a small army behing us.

    The priorities are astounding. :salute:

    Edit: oh. Nevermind then.

    Not sure how aerial scouts would fare in the tunnels, but two of our girls have cave crawling. Or do you want to spy on them when they get to the surface?

    Fangshi, can we have Lyssa tame a rat or two to act as a scout, or will it take too much time to catch and condition one?

    Any animal will do, really. Do they keep dogs around here?
     
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  21. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    When they get out to the surface of course. They have to get out somewhere, quite likely very close by if they had to dig out the tunnel themselves.
     
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  22. archaen Arbiter Patron

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    I pushed hard for going aggressive with the purchasing. I bet the next round of Mayer's purchasing bring back even less interest per month then the last set. Once the newly purchased properties start pulling in less than 20% then finally everyone will get on board with us going aggressive. Then we will find out that us sitting on our laurels let the pickings get slim and now even going cut throat doesn't net us enough to get out from under the loan in a timely manner. If we screw up the two enterprises we inherited and they aren't cash positive very quickly, we are going to drown. I also don't understand why we didn't take the loan from Mayer. Why wouldn't we take the three hundred and pay down the kings loan for 5% lower interest? Makes no sense to me.

    Nevill, don't you think comparing an Archmage to a ghôl swinging a sack is a little disingenuous? I know she has something magical but it isn't a mental spell and it isn't a wisdom buff, which would be what we would be worried about in taking her down with a mental assault.
     
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  23. Nevill Arcane

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    Yes. Once he goes below a certain threshold, that's when we will start raising the pressure. Not earlier. As long as what Mayer gets us is enough to counteract the interest rate (200+ WPs monthly, ideally around 250WPs), we are golden.

    I don't see why is it so difficult to understand a wait-and-see approach.

    For fuck's sake, it's been a week - A WEEK! - since we got that money. How is that 'sitting on our laurels'? From what I'm reading, we are spending all our free time on how to put them to better use. And we are doing quite good, I might add.

    We can do that, actually. But for now we keep Mayer's money in reserve. Who knows, maybe we'll invest them, too. If not, sure, we'll pay the debt out of them to lower the interest rate.

    The difference is 15WPs per month. It is hardly a tragedy, considering the amount of money we are juggling currently.

    Not at all. The archmage could have ended us in an instant if we didn't end him first. The ghol can do pretty much the same. If that sack hits, they will be scrubbing the remains of your party off the walls for the next few days. And just like with the Faceless, we have no idea what is he packing and how successful our attack might be.

    Sure, it isn't a mental spell. Is it a spell at all? What if it is an all-purpose anti-magic barrier? What if it is another variant of the Watcher's stones - want to take your chances overpowering that? What if it is one out of a thousand other magical effects that can impact our result negatively?

    One thing I know is that it is strong enough for us to feel it from a great distance away, when we just arrived here, and I don't like it one bit. My first reaction when encountering the unkown is not to blast away and pray it works out somehow, but to try and gleam more information about it.

    We are banking our life on a die roll where we don't even have a good estimate of our chances due to the unknown nature of the threat, and for what exactly? Even if the ghols get away - and we do have means to pursue them - it is not the end of the world. Are we that desperate to get the money back?

    I mean, when someone tosses a grenade at you, you don't try to catch it and throw it back like in the movies. You fly into a cover and try to come up with a plan after that. So why are we going for the riskiest and flashiest of options?

    Case in point:
     
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  24. archaen Arbiter Patron

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    You don't think anyone with gold to their name is scrambling around buying up all the choice properties as fast as they can discover them? The great houses are likely twisting arms and busting heads to get to the front of the line. At the current investment rate we will take over a month to get all our WP invested and making money. We owe 200WPs THIS month unless we are just going to give back part of the loan immediately. We have 60 WP on hand and are currently bleeding 35WPs a month. If Fangshi is nice and allows the properties we buy in the coming weeks to give us full value for the month and the same interest rate, we are still looking at a shortfall of (800 invested gives 180 WP income) a further 20WP shortfall on top of the 35WP one we already have for 5WP left to us at the end of the month. If he isn't so nice, then we default unless we take out another loan or use part of the principal to pay the interest. The gold those ghôls ran off with does seem kind of important in that light.

    It looks like it is moot anyway as A is going to take it.
     
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  25. Absinthe Prophet

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    Fangshi, er, I'd prefer our crew's stance relaxes much faster than the societal stance on this. Also, about Uttu and Lyssa, I was wondering about that. First, Uttu fires frost arrows, so conceivably whatever she hits wouldn't necessarily detonate. As for Lyssa, a chance of ending up in the blast radius is still better than a certainty of getting hit by the bag's contents.

    Nevill, no, MC is on track to go bankrupt with the current rate of profits. You don't realize how scary fast this debt will grow. If we pay off the interest, in just 5 months we will have paid equal to the initial loan and still owe 1000. Without paying, in 4 months debt will double, and in 2 more months, triple.
     
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