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  • semicasual
    replied to Back Alive or Maybe Dead [Quest]
    "Here. Let me help." She stepped around him and moved to scoop the girl's body.

    The man was surprised, but offered little resistance. He simply nodded to her as she took the girl, then went to retrieve another corpse.

    Ash turned to Serge and Seres, waiting behind her. "You help too. Many hands make light work, you know."

    "Ugh," grumbled Serge. "I hate corpse-duty." Seres also looked dismayed, and a little green around the gills, but the both of them pitched in.

    It was grim work, made banal by repetition...
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  • semicasual
    replied to Back Alive or Maybe Dead [Quest]
    She turned to the others. "Lans, take Bo and try to find where Dilatro's scholars lived. Serge, Seres, let's talk to the undertaker."

    Lans gave a grim nod and flicked his horses' reins. They turned about and trotted out of the square. Bo, covering her mouth and nose with a rag, followed behind him.

    Seres looked like she was about to throw up. Serge had his stoic face on. Together, they dismounted with Ash and followedthe undertaker into the chapel.

    It was a typical Immaculate temple, with rows of pews facing towards and altar and an icon of the...
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  • semicasual
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    I used to like JRPGs a lot. Now, I find that most of them have to overcome a feeling of contempt before I can commit to them.

    I started up Tales of Symphonia, and it started hitting my buttons almost immediately. After an hour, I uninstalled it.
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  • semicasual
    replied to Celestial Guardian Quest
    * “That’s very kind of you.” You pause to make sure no one can hear you before continuing. “I’ll need your help. It’s not much but I want to gather what little of her remains are on display. I want to make sure they are properly buried rather than just tossed out. She deserved much better than this.” 

    Sounds like a good character-building opportunity.
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  • semicasual
    replied to Urchin Quest
    Decline.

    On the surface, Liu's offer looks great. But if I've got a decent read on Tavi, she'd probably get a distaste for the job pretty quickly once it got down to dirty work. More importantly, we have enough money to take time and shop around now.

    Two days ago, becoming a priest looked great mostly because it meant not starving to death. This morning, becoming a boatman looked good because it meant sustainable income. Right now, we've got enough capital to start our own small business, and no particular reason to get involved in this one. Choice is an incredible...
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  • semicasual
    replied to Ex3 Thaumaturgy Rituals
    As I said, this is inspired by a book, in which characters who come from this kind of traumatic background describe how using a sword felt... strangely intuitive, even if they'd never held one before. Out of nowhere, they gained a talent for violence that put them above many others. I figure if you've got an ST who'd be willing to give a player character extra Ability dots for a good backstory, the ritual is irrelevant. If you don't have such a permissive ST, the ritual won't be allowed anyway, so what does it matter?

    TBH, I don't see this ritual as one that a player would see used...
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    Last edited by semicasual; 08-08-2017, 12:50 PM.

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  • semicasual
    replied to Ex3 Thaumaturgy Rituals
    Been reading some Sam Sykes recently, and I got an idea for a ritual cool enough to justify thread-necromancy:

    There is a ritual so little-known as to be performed by accident more often than on purpose. It is, however, very powerful - it can grant any mortal the ability to see and kill any spirit, even if they are impervious to mortal weapons.

    A viable target for the ritual must first possess three things - gods, a family, and a home. They must then lose all of these things.

    The "gods" part is easiest in some ways, in that is mostly abstract. It...
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    Last edited by semicasual; 08-08-2017, 09:16 AM.

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  • semicasual
    replied to Back Alive or Maybe Dead [Quest]
    "You're stronger than you know, Seres. More than I was at your age. You can do this."

    Seres looked up, a mix of emotions playing over her features. "When you was my age?"

    Ash nodded. "I was... not the steadiest girl when I was younger. When my blood woke, about the same time yours did, I spent a long time runnin' from it. Didn't have no teacher, at first. I tried to stay away from people, so much that I walked out into the wastes alone to escape from 'em."

    Seres said nothing. She seemed to be studying Ash.

    Satisfied...
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  • semicasual
    replied to The Out-of-Context Game Quotes Thread
    PC1: "You fight well... against defenseless watermelons."
    PC2: *sighs* "It's true. I wouldn't stand a chance against a smaller, more agile type of fruit."
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  • semicasual
    replied to Back Alive or Maybe Dead [Quest]
    ...she swung it around on the end of its tether, pitching the log and the rope right through the hoop of the snake.

    The rolling reptile caught on the rope. His circular form bent into an ellipse, but he didn't stop turning. Ash held onto the rope as best she could while King turned to run parallel to the snake. Meanwhile, the log was now skipping and bouncing beside and slightly behind the snake. Ash began reeling the log closer to her, pulling into the snake's body.

    Hoop-snakes are clever beasts, up to a point. This one turned slightly, rolling ever closer to Ash and
    ...
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    Last edited by semicasual; 08-01-2017, 02:57 PM.

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  • semicasual
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    (Is Takeshi in Close or Short range at this point? If he's up to Medium, I would order a charge. Otherwise...)

    4. Order your Oathsworn to change tactics from retreat to withdrawal. As a group, engage with the bandits so you can grab Takeshi and then resume moving towards the gate - slowly, this time, so nobody gets left behind or falls out of formation.
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    Last edited by semicasual; 07-27-2017, 09:56 AM.

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  • semicasual
    replied to Back Alive or Maybe Dead [Quest]
    ...Seres fell into a nest of hoop-snakes.
    It was the kind of accident that could've happened to anyone. Their trail led up the side of a steep hill covered in loose rock and dirt. By chance, Seres was riding a little ways ahead of the others. Her pony stepped on a patch of ground that gave way beneath her hooves, slid, and stumbled. Seres overbalanced and fell off.

    She tucked herself in and rolled when she hit the ground... and then kept on rolling, because she'd gone off the trail entirely and was now tumbling down the hill's slope.

    The other...
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    Last edited by semicasual; 07-26-2017, 03:09 PM.

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  • semicasual
    replied to Missing from Exalted?
    There aren't many Tempter creatures in the gameline, as far as I know. Old Scratch, the sirens, Kumiho... creatures who like to lure mortals to their doom, either for profit or for food or just for the heck of it....
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    Last edited by semicasual; 07-25-2017, 04:09 PM.

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  • semicasual
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    Started Children of the Zodiarcs on a whim. It's superficially like Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea, but instead of classes and equipment to add complexity, you've got customizable arrangements of cards and dice. Also, a slightly more serious take on the issue of teenagers forced to kill in order to survive....
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  • semicasual
    replied to Celestial Guardian Quest
    * A misdirection.
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  • semicasual
    replied to Back Alive or Maybe Dead [Quest]
    "...now's as good a time as any to train. Who's up for some practice? Serge?"

    "I'm game," answered Serge. He stood up and began stretching his arms and back.

    "Seres?"

    Seres' expression soured. She shook her head. "I'd rather hunt. We could use some more meat." She abruptly stood up and began walking out of the camp. "I'll be back later."

    Ash raised an eyebrow. "Alright, then. Miss Bo, will you stay here with Lans, or...?"

    Bo pursed her lips. "I should gather more herbs....
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    Last edited by semicasual; 07-24-2017, 08:56 AM.

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  • semicasual
    started a topic Mutation: Two-Faced

    Mutation: Two-Faced

    I was reading up on Sioux legends today when I came across Two-Face - a monster that looks like a human, but will kill anyone who sees the second face on the back of its head.

    If this were a mutation that an Exalted character would have, how many dots do you think it would be worth, and what practical effects would it have?

    My first idea is that it would grant bonuses to all Perception checks and situational resistance to some status effects (e.g. a blinding flash would only cause lose of vision in the pair of eyes facing it). The main drawback is that your mutation...
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  • semicasual
    replied to Back Alive or Maybe Dead [Quest]




    The sun rose over the plains. A gentle breeze jostled the grass and shrubs, kicked up a little dust. The land was coming awake.

    Soon, everyone except Gaze (who had not reappeared) was up and enjoying a light breakfast. Ash didn't eat - her stomach was still unsettled. Instead, she talked, and in so doing delayed everyone else's digestion.

    "So, Lans... pardon me if this is a hard subject for you, but how well'd you know Marshal Dolh?"

    Lans took several seconds to answer as he finished...
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    Last edited by semicasual; 07-19-2017, 03:55 PM.

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  • semicasual
    replied to Slow Tyrant Lizards
    I'm going say "Yes, otherwise animal husbandry would be impossible. And I refuse to let my dog-breeding program go."

    That said, the timeline of creation is mythic in scale - i.e. it has nebulous numbers of thousands of years of history, rather than the millions you'd need to witness the full evolution of large predators. While I expect animal species to change over time, I figure the actual existence of animals is more easily explained by acts of genesis than anything else....
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