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On the shoulders of giants: a new multiple choices LP!

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by Curufinwe, May 5, 2012.

  1. AstralStorm Educated

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    Remember that we were in the ancient times and that the victors write the history; also the tribe was quite small.
    All history was oral, since no writing was mentioned.

    Where is your memory now? This last stand working was a real dumb assumption.
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    As for the LP proper, I think both move options are about as risky, since we can lose scouts relatively easily (the retinue is not that large, you know), while otherwise we could stumble blindly into a literal dead end.
    However, since we need more information, I'd say moving slowly with scouting is a decent idea. At least we won't get outmaneuvered - but we might still end up surrounded.
     
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  2. Curufinwe Learned

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    Alright, seems the majority of the voters approve of Vernydar's plan. Scout slowly and carefully, keep the main force in one piece to avoid ambushes and crap like that. Had a busy week, today's the first free day I get to write an update. On a more general note, I'll update when I can, trying my very best to keep it at least once a week (more often of course when I can):

    A dark, dark labyrinth

    .... thus, the young king, standing in front of his father's pyre, swore: "My father, your noble Choice led you to a king's death, a warrior's death. The ghastly beasts took your life, but your legacy will endure. I here swear, in front of the nation and our ancestors, to hunt down your killers, to keep our people safe, to exact vengeance..."

    (Taken from 'Life and Deeds of King Saras the First')

    Days of planning, arguments and counterarguments led the military to elaborate a preliminary plan regarding the coming campaign.
    Heavy use of scouts was approved, since the army could not, would not risk being ambushed, pinned down or, worse, taken in the rear by circling enemies.
    Each tunnel would have to be scouted, small guard posts erected at each ramification until the surrounding tunnels could be explored and declared safe. A slow, methodical mapping effort would be taken on. The beasts' location, where they came from, had to be found, so we could finally confront the threat head on.
    At first the main army camp was erected at the site of the massacre. Rudimentary fortifications were built, allowing the passage of just one person (or beast) at a time from the many tunnels leading to the cave.
    Scouting parties were sent forward, five men each, to explore the tunnels and report back their findings to the officers.
    Days passed, uneventful days, while our knowledge of the tunnel system slowly increased. Slabs of stones were brought to the camp, ready to be chiseled with maps. For the first time in the kingdom's history the tunnels were finally being explored.
    Many further ramifications were found, many dead ends were chalked off, many tunnels were declared safe. All were empty, devoid of life, dry, dusty and unremarkable.
    No sign of the fate of the disappeared Chosen was found, yet.

    Then, after a week of fruitless searching, two events happened during the same day. In the same tunnel.
    This tunnel, a few miles east of base camp, was just as unremarkable as any other... except for the disappearing of a scouting team inside it, without a trace.
    The five men had departed during the start of their shift and were expected to report back within two hours. Three hours passed, then five, until the officer in charge of that section of the tunnels decided to send a greater force down the tunnel to investigate.
    The twenty men proceeded down a straight corridor for more than a mile, finding no trace of the scouting team. What they found was different. A scrap of paper, with writing on it.
    The men who found the paper, who couldn't read, brought it back to the officer. He gave it a glance, grew pale and immediately told his second to take charge.
    He personally brought it back to central command, who forwarded it to the capital and the king. Any paper scrap had to be old, very old, from the days of the legendary escape underground or immediately after that. There were no ways to craft paper in the caves, so the few books that our people brought with them were carefully kept by the priest caste in the Temple of the Chosen.
    The officer was introduced in the presence of king Saras, who listened to his report then held out his hand.
    He received the paper and started reading...

    (illegible due to faded ink)....free choice my ass. There's jack squat in these tunnels. Those assholes back at the main cave just sent us here to die. We would head back, but first, we are completely lost, those monsters didn't even let us take light on this 'pilgrimage'; second, we all remember very well what happened to those poor sods who tried to come back last year. So here we are, trying to make our way back to the surface, even if.... (torn scrap) .... but we need to find something to eat. Food is going to run out in the next week... (page ends).

    The king frowned, then asked the officer: "Did you read this, lieutenant?"
    The officer, kneeling in front of the throne, nodded: "Yes, my king. But I couldn't understand many of the words. I could read them, but they made no sense. The only thing I understood is that some people, ancient people, were sent on an unwilling pilgrimage and could not come back."
    The king nodded, then said: "Did anyone else read this?"
    The officer answered: "No, my king. Due to the antiquity of the item and its importance, I thought it would be best to bring it to your attention immediately."
    The king nodded again: "Smart. Go back to your post, captain, and don't mention the find to anyone."
    The officer blinked, then bowed: "Thanks, my king."
    Saras nodded to the captain of his guard: "Escort the captain back to the cave entrance. Inform the general of his promotion. I have to think about this."

    The king closeted himself in his rooms for the rest of the day, consulting the few ancient texts that were in the crown's small library. Then he summoned the high priest.

    The priest arrived within an hour in the king's chambers. He knelt: "You have summoned me, my king. I am here. How can the Temple be of service?"
    King Saras handed him the piece of paper: "Read."
    The priest took the scrap and started reading. Saras carefully observed his reactions, noticing the man grew considerably paler.
    "What do you make of this, high priest?"
    The priest took a deep breath, steadying himself: "It appears to be a very old document. Possibly from the days immediately following our escape underground."
    "I never read anything like this. The phrasing is... weird. It is our language, but used in a way I have never witnessed before. It is very different from the ancient religious texts that are in the crown's keeping. Have you ever seen anything like it?"
    The priest hesitated a moment, then answered, somewhat shakily: "No, my king. It is the first time I see something like this as well."

    The king nodded. The head priest wasn't a good liar. Now he just had to decide how to proceed:

    A. Let the matter drop. Although an interesting nugget of ancient history, he had greater concerns at the moment, there was a military campaign going on.
    B. Press the priest further, he was obviously hiding something. He was a bad liar and a sicophant, with just the right amount of pressure he would spill what he knew.
    C. Have the guards seize the priest and force him to talk. The Temple would not like it, but something about the discovery nagged at him and he wanted to find out all that could be found out.
     
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  3. Hirato Purse-Owner Patron

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    Codex 2012 Codex USB, 2014 Shadorwun: Hong Kong
    B
    Escalate measures to C if he resists
     
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  4. Vernydar Learned

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    I am currently undecided between B and C. Previous experiences have left me distrustful of religious people. Let me state this:

    - The priests are hiding something
    - It seems to be more of the shameful knowledge type rather than the dangerous type, but who knows
    - We WILL get to the bottom of this. I want to know, even if we have to impale every priest of our kingdom in the central cave. Before the entire population.

    I am just undecided about what choice would give us better results between B and C, thus I will think a bit more before voting.
     
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  5. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    B for now, C would be heavy-handed at present.
     
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  6. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    B.
     
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  7. newcomer Learned

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    B
     
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  8. Esquilax Arcane

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    Curufinwe, the Temple is the priestly caste, I'm assuming. How much influence/power do they exert on our society?

    As for the choice, I am feeling a little EXTREME. Five men are already missing and the expedition is too important to start pussyfooting around with people like this. It might have ramifications and result in some political intrigue (maybe the Temple might try to assassinate our King), but this asshole is wasting our time.

    C
     
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  9. Curufinwe Learned

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    Yep, priestly caste indeed. About power/influence, they do not have much temporal power per se, there's only a small detachment of ceremonial guards at their orders (fifty or so people) who are the guys who 'help' the people along during the Choice if they aren't compliant. Influence is another matter: the Choice and the cult of the past/ancestors is completely in their hands. In recorded history, which is not much, there has been no instance of contrasts between the king and the Temple. Religion isn't a great driving force in this society though (right now), no fanatics that you know of, so it's not likely to face riots/civil wars over such a contrast.
    The real problem is that if the king is seen as going against religion a lot of people will start questioning your current situation. Your whole society is kept together by the Choice thing. People go along with it because of the moral condemnation that's associated with refusing it. If the king is seen as fighting religion openly, you're likely to be facing social unrest long term, basically. And the food situation is still the same, the cave cannot sustain a normal demographical curve.
    Even a few years without Choice would be hell on food stocks, with foreseeable consequences.
     
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  10. Stygian Lurker Liturgist

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  11. m4davis Scholar

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  12. Collage Educated

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    B. We shouldn't openly refute the temple, but wear it down over time. If we are going to survive in the caves we must innovate. This means expanding, finding other sources of food or breaching the surface. I admit the religious laws have served us well, but to grow as a people we must move forward.
     
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  13. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    This. We can move from B to C easily if the nice approach doesn't work.

    Also, fuck the Choice and the religion, all that leads to is stagnation and death if our limited food sources fail for whatever reason. As Collage said, we either find more food here or move to the surface - there is no other way to survive.
     
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  14. ScubaV Prophet

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    B

    I do find the collar-grabbing option to be rather enticing, but it risks destabilizing our society which I don't think is wise at this point, especially with almost all our soldiers outside the city.
     
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  15. Vernydar Learned

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    B

    I have decided to go for B for now. We're always in time to torture them to death later. But at the smallest sign of deceit, they will feel our wrath. One wielder of fire was enough, thank you very much
     
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  16. Bloodshifter Educated

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  17. GreyViper Erudite

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    B
     
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  18. oscar Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    B. We need to keep our people unified and focused so let's not go Shepard on his ass.
     
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  19. Monty Arcane

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    Yes, let's start with B.

    Hopefully the 'Choice' won't be an issue for a while. After all, given our current choice of action, we're either going to find new caves or a way to the surface - or lose lots of men in a futile attempt to do so. So we'll either have more resources or fewer people to feed.
     
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  20. Clotstein Scholar

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    B.
    Should the idiot choose not to spill his guts, C.
    +1 for territorial expansion.
     
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  21. GameOver Educated

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    My thoughts exactly. Nice LP here!
     
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  22. Internet Scholar

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    So I go on vacation for a few days and when I come back I find out that you guys opted for a grimdark dwarf-fortressy civilization where the only resources are fish, stone and metal (what do these guys wear anyway?) with a religion based on consential suicide.
    Yeah for the step forward towards trade, polytheism and interesting cultural advancements after the death of the primitive Obsidian Embers.

    Anyway,

    B
     
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  23. Anabanana Augur

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    Finally all caught up! I must say that people have made some hilariously horrible choices over the course of the LP. Thanks for the entertainment, everybody. :love:

    As for the priest, B for now with a move to C if he doesn't talk.
     
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  24. AstralStorm Educated

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    Same as the rest:

    B, if that doesn't bring anything useful, retry with C if possible and there aren't more pressing matters.
     
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