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#486443 Resurrection

Posted by Sareth on Yesterday, 09:52 PM

So, here are my current ideas:
  • The Venator RP from that old poll. I wouldn't expect or require anyone to play any existing characters, and it wouldn't require any previous knowledge. All players would be Venatori, with possibly some case made for someone outside the faction, as long as they're still Imperials (such as knights). I'm actually getting increasingly fond of this one; I was pretty fond of it when I first came up with it, too.
  • A RP focusing on Northrim and Nordling clans. Would include politics, adventure, and lore exploration. Berserkers and werewolves would be involved. All players would be Nordlings of potentially various clans, with perhaps some leeway for outsiders who have integrated themselves, but they would have to have extremely close allegiance to a particular clan in order to suit the RP.

Note that all of these RPs would be low fantasy/low magic and require no prior knowledge of Errant events (although, it being a persistent world, players' actions in it will remain constant). I often feel like Errant is too high in magic, more often than not, and it'd be fun to try steering away from that for a while and at least trying to do something closer to the heart of the setting. :P

 

Both sound good, but I'm leaning towards the Venatori as well, since I already have an appropriate char. for that.

 

And I second the sentiment: we have been rather flush with magic-users (admittedly, I was a couple of them...). :D




#486387 Resurrection

Posted by Sareth on 06 January 2018 - 03:20 PM

I'd lean towards a group of knights/soldiers for the sake of newcomers but also making characters of that sort is oddly difficult for me. Granted, monsters in disguise are, I assume, an option in that kind of case... :v

 

If they are, I've got dibs on a vampire knight (since he's been sitting in the special permissions topic for the last three months). :D




#486385 Resurrection

Posted by Sareth on 06 January 2018 - 10:37 AM

Anyone have any particular preferences as to what they'd like to see, especially if I were to start brainstorming for a faction-centric campaign?

 

I guess I would favor leaning away from what have sort of become the two "standard" factions (Inquisitors and Templar) in favor of something at least a little less overtly magical.

 

For Imperials: either the Venatori, or a group of knights/soldiers. I'd be willing to try the Caiden Venator campaign you've brought up in the past (though, focusing on a long-established char., it would probably be less welcoming to newcomers).

 

Something Imperial would probably be the best starting point, being a little simpler and more relatable, but if one wanted to do something else, a campaign focusing on the elven Longstriders, or maybe a group of northmen (the Brotherhood of the Bifrost Banner, perhaps) might work, too.




#486342 SSLF's #1 Reylo Shipping Thread, feat. Star Wars

Posted by Sareth on 24 December 2017 - 01:20 PM

We're discussing the science of how Star Wars technology and physics work. We have officially gone to the dark side of no return.... The physics do not need to work. The only thing that needs to happen is for you (targeted at no individual but in general) to suspend your disbelief.

 

That was actually the point I was trying to make---that the specifics don't matter. It doesn't matter whether Star Wars ships are powered by diesel engines, or magical zu-zu ray reactors, the concept of a spaceship running out of fuel is logically consistent with reality---hence making suspension of disbelief easy, or even not required.




#486340 SSLF's #1 Reylo Shipping Thread, feat. Star Wars

Posted by Sareth on 24 December 2017 - 10:06 AM

I really wanted to avoid getting caught up in all this, but this I couldn't ignore:

 

Power generators both small and massive alike are what powers starfighters to heavy cruisers and they can only handle so much strain at even given time.  And its implied these devices are nuclear somehow and thus can recharge and have perpetual energy properties.  Whether that would be powering the lasers, the shields, or the engines.

 

"nuclear somehow" = "can recharge and have perpetual energy properties"

 

:brickwall:

 

I'm sorry, just NO. For one, nuclear reactors do run out of fuel---military ones (on aircraft carriers and submarines) have to be refueled every 10+ years (I forget the exact schedule), while land-based civilian ones are refueled every couple of years. Star Wars being futuristic (if a long, long time ago) we could assume that they are using something more advanced, like fusion reactors---which would likewise need refueling with tritium/deuterium. "Perpetual energy properties" are flat-out impossible, on account of that pesky First Law of Thermodynamics, so no matter what kind of reactors they use, it would need to consume some sort of fuel, and hence eventually would run out without resupply.
 

Anyways, where I am going with this is how utterly drawn out and not believable it was that the Capital Resistance ship was running out of fuel and yet the whole time is was able to power its shields to take hours worth of laser barrages.

 

Let me put it this way: when your car is running low on gas, the top speed it can achieve isn't reduced---it runs at full performance right up until the moment it's out, whereupon everything stops.

 

Now, it's true that the Resistance ship could have saved fuel by reducing its engine output and powering down its shields, but that would be somewhat counterproductive as it would have resulted in them, you know, exploding. ("At least we were fuel efficient!" makes for a poor set of last words :P )

 

 

/End-Science

 

 

And those Porgs.... try to defend those abominations...

 

Challenge accepted. I found the porgs to be hilarious and adorable---easily some of the best dedicated comic relief in a Star Wars movie (beaten out only by BB-8 in TFA) on account of the fact that they didn't talk (the same reason Pascal and Maximus from Tangled are the best comic relief sidekicks in the Disney fairy-tale films IMHO). :D

 

I also loved the crystal lynx-coyotes.




#486118 Delving Too Deep OOC - Rules, Character List, and Chat

Posted by Sareth on 28 November 2017 - 03:38 PM

Would anyone be too terribly hurt if I just announced this campaign's death? Because, as much as I want to continue Errant, this one isn't working out. I can write what is essentially a summary post and simplify an ending, and everyone can decide where their characters go after that, but the complications in-between regarding the celestial, etc., or the archdemon if you guys ended up summoning one of those, sound interesting in theory, but actually writing those DM posts just isn't working for me.

 

Thoughts?

 

Well, I'd be lying if I said it didn't hurt even a little---I was just starting to get used to these things actually finishing. :P

 

But, if the inspiration just isn't there, I understand (although in that case I would appreciate the mentioned summation post). And I hope that, before too long, you'll start a new RP for which you have inspiration. :D




#485926 ZONE - The Forbidden Halls of Clan Dimmlundar

Posted by Sareth on 28 October 2017 - 01:41 PM

"For the love of the gods, you aren't going to get an answer out of her by doing that! Put her down before you break the neck of the only person that can get rid of the Demon of Betrayal!"

 

Valya, realizing the excessive strength of her grasp, was about to loosen her grip---though not release the elf entirely---when suddenly the transformed venator let out a roar that sent a momentary chill up her spine.

 

"Everyone, STOP! This isn't her fault. I'm not demonic... or at least I'm not supposed to be. I'm human. But I was cursed. It's taken years, and I've been trying to fight it, but it's been mutating me. And now... All that matters is I'm in control. I'm not a threat, and I'm sure as hell not a demon. I'm on your side."

 

Her eyes narrowed in suspicion for a moment, but... Caiden's story struck a chord with something deep down inside her. If it was true---and according to the elf, now proven innocent, it had to be---then they were not too different... an amusing thing, given his calling. "Very well then" she said simply, giving the venator a nod.

 

Then she released the elf, and was even polite enough to lower her back into contact with the ground before doing so. "Sorry" she said flatly, without a hint of shame or embarrassment.

 

***

 

'Perhaps next time you could wait for the answer before choking people' Allya thought angrily in response to the northerner's scant apology, though she did not actually say it---partly out of a desire not to risk antagonizing the woman again, and partly because her lungs were too busy sucking in air to get so much as a word out. She gave a neutral nod of acknowledgement instead.

 

"I have spoken already. I know that Xiraloc wishes to gather as much power as he can to defy the demon lords. They would be very... very angry about this. The politics of demons are ever-changing, and thus no other creatures truly take note - even the gods themselves care little for the endless in-fighting of us demons and our masters. But the archdemons... it is a primary concern. How Xiraloc plans to defy the demon lords, I do not know. That is something you would be better asking him, if he simply does not kill you for wasting his time... But he may be grateful to the one who awoke him after all these ages, even if his wakening is inevitable. As for what else I know of Xiraloc: he hoards treasures, not unlike a great wyrm, and he is an unstoppable power to mere mortals such as yourselves. Even that... gluttonous... mutation even I cannot properly identify would not stand a chance, alone or with the rest of you."

 

She filed the information away; it made an interesting combination with that which she had gotten from the tome. Still, they would try the dwarf's plan first.

 

"Come, let's get rid of this thing. I'd don't know much about such things, but I should be able to help you send it back to the underworld."

 

She reflexively nodded in reply, before remembering that the man was blind, and responding aloud with a slightly raspy "Right."

 

She then turned back to the demon. "Thank you for the information. Now farewell, and may we never meet again" she said, politely but coldly. Without another word she then began the ritual to banish the demon of Betrayal back to the Underworld.




#485909 ZONE - The Forbidden Halls of Clan Dimmlundar

Posted by Sareth on 26 October 2017 - 02:06 PM

"Ahriman! Where... how--!?"

 

Allya grinned wider in satisfaction at the demon's reaction. However, her elation was short-lived, as a commotion behind her drew her attention, and she witnessed the Venator, Caiden, suddenly transform.

 

While not as surprised as the others, having sensed something---which, in hindsight, reminded her a little of her brother---from the monster hunter, she was still paralyzed for an instant in surprise. His changes were beyond anything she could have predicted.

 

“What in the hells didya do, elf?!”

 

"Compelled the truth" she said simply, a hint of awe in her voice as she realized just how great was the power of the words she had spoken.

 

"Would you mind explaining what the hell you're supposed to be?"

 

"He's demonic... but also at least partly human" Allya offered. She was having some difficulty figuring out the former part; from the mishmash of features, she could only label him as being of the phlegmatic morphology, but that still left the question of which kind. ... Fear, perhaps? Still, he did not feel like any demon-kin she had ever met---although that was, admittedly, not a large sample.

 

"My true intent is to have each of you betray one another, one by one. It seems my work is taking care of itself. As for Xiraloc, I know much. I will answer whatever questions you may have... though it seems you may have more important matters to attend to."

 

She cast a brief angry glare at the gloating demon, before turning back to the building catastrophe.

 

“W-wait! Look, I know this looks bad, but by all the gods I swear he’s okay! Caid isn’t a threat to you or your enemy!”

 

"Then I would like to hear it from him" she replied to the strange little elf. She then turned back to the others: "The spell I cast compels anything demonic to reveal the truth. So he should not be capable of lying" she continued, hoping to calm the situation.

 

***

 

Valya was far from calm.

 

Hardly had the elf spoken those strange words, than the large, eyepatch-ed venator collapsed, changing into some sort of monster.

 

“What in the hells didya do, elf?!”

 

"... The spell I cast compels anything demonic to reveal the truth. So he should not be capable of lying."

 

Her eyes snapped back onto the elf, so calm, so seemingly knowledgeable, and anger and suspicion flared within her---and then snapped.

 

She took a couple quick steps and then grabbed the dark-haired elf by the throat, easily lifting the smaller woman off the ground with one hand. "And what about you?" she snarled. "Are you lying? Did you do this!?"

 

***

 

Allya however, could scarcely breathe, much less reply, given the strength of the grip about her neck.




#485901 ZONE - The Forbidden Halls of Clan Dimmlundar

Posted by Sareth on 25 October 2017 - 03:28 PM

Allya was fascinated by the tome. The knowledge it contained... her mother would have killed for such secrets, a thought that gave her pause. While an incredible find, and potentially the solution to their problem, it also carried immense risk. But, if there was no other way...

 

“I dunnae where y’got this from, ol’ man, bu’ it’s got what we need. Th’ tricks in summonin’ circles; we c’n summon celestials, an’ they c’n do the fightin’ for us ‘gainst tha’ monster. Grant’d, if that doesn’t kill it, it might jus’ distract it enough t’make a circle ‘round the big demon and send it righ’ back t’the ‘ells it came from.”
 

Her brows furrowed in interest as she turned to look at the dwarf. Celestials? She had not even considered the demons' divine counterparts, knowing almost nothing about them.

“So, did anybody pick up chalk?”

 

"No need" she said to Korvarl. "If what that book says is true, we could re-purpose the summoning circle trapping the demon at the temple. After dealing with it, of course."

 

It seemed the perfect plan, though she had some reservations. While she knew people oft summoned demons when seeking the aid of some greater power, she had never heard of anyone successfully doing so with a celestial---nor had there been any mentions of such in her mother's comprehensive collection of notes. There had to be a reason for it. Perhaps the Gods' servants, like the Gods themselves, preferred to remain more aloof from the affairs of mortals than did their wicked counterparts...

 

But despite its flaws, if it did work the dwarf's option was far better than the one she had---which, even if successful, was liable to cost them dearly... and if unsuccessful, would increase their troubles exponentially. Better, then, to try the divine route first. If it failed, there was always the other way...

 

"Let us head to the temple" she suggested.

 

***

 

“I dunnae where y’got this from, ol’ man, bu’ it’s got what we need. Th’ tricks in summonin’ circles; we c’n summon celestials, an’ they c’n do the fightin’ for us ‘gainst tha’ monster. Grant’d, if that doesn’t kill it, it might jus’ distract it enough t’make a circle ‘round the big demon and send it righ’ back t’the ‘ells it came from.”

 

Valya grunted unhappily. The thought of asking someone to fight on her behalf---even a servant of the Gods---irked her. Still, it wasn't as if there were many other options available to deal with such a monstrosity.

 

"A battle between the servants of Good and Evil? That's something I didn't think I would happen on this trip."

 

"It will probably be quite a sight" she said, feeling a touch better at the thought of getting to witness such a contest. "Pity for you" she said to the blind priest.




#485855 ZONE - The Forbidden Halls of Clan Dimmlundar

Posted by Sareth on 20 October 2017 - 02:02 PM

"Ask the priest. Maybe he'd like to make friends with this one too."

 

"Me and several other explored a Temple while searching for information. Inside we found a demon, who gave us information about Dainslief in exchange for freedom, which we did not give it. It also told us about the soul-binding nature of the contract Agni had us sign."

 

"At least you have not completely taken leave of your senses" Allya said dryly. A demon's word could not be trusted, but... she could not think of any way for it to gain by lying to them about the nature of the contract.

 

She wondered... if it could sense such a binding, perhaps she could, too. Closing her eyes, she tuned out the angry conversation that followed the priest's words for a few moments; with her connection to the spirit world, seeking to see, if she could, whether any such binding truly lay upon her and her companions.

 

***

 

"...Someone told us."

 

Valya's eyes narrowed angrily at the venator's evasive and far-from-adequate answer.

 

"That Venator said that you were making friends with demons, care to elaborate?"

 

"Me and several other explored a Temple while searching for information. Inside we found a demon, who gave us information about Dainslief in exchange for freedom, which we did not give it. It also told us about the soul-binding nature of the contract Agni had us sign."

 

"The word of a demon" she spat. "And you believe it?"

 

"Are you completely insane?! Do you have any idea what that thing could have-!"

 

"Calm down! There's no need fer us tae kill each other, especially when we 'ave a giant snake demon that would happily do th' job fer us."

 

"Maybe not" Valya said darkly, suspicious that the priest---and apparently Agethar, too---would even listen to such an enemy. "But perhaps we should kill that demon you spoke with. Or did you take care of it already?"

 

***

 

When Allya opened her eyes again, following her brief connection to the spirit realm, she found the priest holding up a pair of old books.

 

"I do have something that could potentially help us, we found these while searching the Temple. One of the Venators - ah, I'm sorry, I don't know your name - said that one book was written in Dwarven, and the other in Demonic. Does anyone here know how to read either one?"

 

Immediately, she plucked the books from the man's hand, turning and offering the one with dwarven lettering to Korvarl.

 

Once the dwarf had taken the book, without a word she opened the demonic tome and began scanning through it in search of anything useful. Although her features were impassive as she read, all the while she was painfully aware of what suspicion might fall upon her for being able to comprehend its dark text. But they needed a solution to the problem of the demon below, and soon, or it wouldn't matter either way.




#485846 Delving Too Deep OOC - Rules, Character List, and Chat

Posted by Sareth on 19 October 2017 - 08:08 PM

Though I'm waiting for a small post saying that we are a safe distance away from the GIANT SNAKE DEMON so that when we do talk about them, it won't eat us if we talk too loud. :P

 

C'mon. Just do what I did: assume we are. Believing makes it real. :lol:




#485821 ZONE - The Forbidden Halls of Clan Dimmlundar

Posted by Sareth on 17 October 2017 - 09:12 AM

"We need do, is to discuss this elsewhere."

 

Valya followed Malvolio and the others back up the stairs, taking the rear-guard position in case the demon awoke. She might not stand much of a chance against it, but it was a better chance than most of the others would.

 

“Maybe something lying around could help us distract it?”

 

"One or two of us could always distract it, try and lure it away from that room so the rest can grab the sword" she suggested grimly. "Long odds, though..."

 

Then she turned to Agethar. "What did you mean, before? How can a piece of paper force us to do anything? How do you know this?" she asked, somewhat forcefully. She did not like the idea of being manipulated against her will. And if it was true... well, if they made it out of here, Agni would be getting his precious sword---point first through his chest, the treacherous bastard.

 

***

 

“Maybe something lying around could help us distract it?”

 

"Like what?" Allya asked, a touch snappishly. "The only things we know about that demon are its name, Xiraloc, and the fact that it can apparently claim spirits, not just wicked souls---and those only from the writings, in blood, of a demon that must have been, by any objective standard, insane."

 

"What did you mean, before? How can a piece of paper force us to do anything? How do you know this?"

 

"There are Divine Contracts" she mused aloud. "But... No---it can't be. Those have to be consecrated with the blood of the bound, which that contract certainly wasn't."

 

After a moment's more thinking, she turned to Agethar: "And I would like to know that last part, myself."




#485809 ZONE - The Forbidden Halls of Clan Dimmlundar

Posted by Sareth on 13 October 2017 - 08:04 AM

“Ah’m a pretty damn good fighter, lass. Elnira an’ I’ll be fine. We c’n find a way ta open the gate from inside, no trouble. What d’ya think, lass?”

 

"I'm sure we'll be fine.."

 

"<Spirits preserve us from the bravery of lovestruck dwarfs>" Allya muttered in her native elvish, as the pair prepared to head into the drain.

 

As Elnira's cat retreated over to her, away from the large northwoman the dwarf had tried to hand it off to, Allya kneeled down to scratch it behind the ears, reaching out with her abilities to soothe the plump feline's spirit.

 

Despite her worries, Korvarl and Elnira managed to make their way back to the gate, opening it from the inside. And the others had rejoined them, so at least they would be going in in force. For whatever difference that would make...

 

But as they made their way into the clanhall, through the eerily empty rooms and then down, down, ever farther below the surface, her disquiet redoubled again and again, matching the growth in strength of that black, malevolent aura. And then the staircase ended, opening up into a massive room, and she froze, heart dropping clean out of her chest.

 

"Apophi..." she whispered, the blood draining from her already-pale features, leaving her as white as a ghost.

 

The demon of Malice before them was immense, a being of God-like power. It's eyes were closed, and it breathed slowly and steadily... asleep. "Xiraloc sleeps here" she muttered softly, remembering the hysterical blood-written messages she had found. Somehow, she had hoped that whatever demon had written that had been exaggerating, whether intentionally or as a simple result of insane fanaticism. That hope was utterly shattered at the sight of the monster.

 

She turned to the others, the words coming out in a hiss as urgency fought with the need to stay quiet: "We have to leave, now. This thing... even a legion of your Templar would scarcely stand a chance" she said---the latter comment addressed mostly to Malvolio. "Forget the sword, let us just turn around and go, before it wakes up."

 

***

 

As much as she wanted to argue, Valya couldn't help but consider the elf's words as she took in the thing before them. She would fight any foe, but even she had to wonder if a creature like that could be fought, as she glanced at her sword, and then back at the demon. Although large, compared to that monstrosity her weapon might as well have been a knitting needle.

 

She had never run from a fight in her life, and if the others chose to fight she would gladly join them. But in that place, surrounded by that hellish scent and gloom, some small, long forgotten part of her wondered if, perhaps just this once, discretion might be the better part of valor.




#485658 HELP - Errant Q&A

Posted by Sareth on 22 September 2017 - 03:23 PM

I pretty much got rid of them because they felt like another random faction no one would ever really care about, so I was cleaning up. :lol:

 

But, no - they're still a thing. I can add them back to the list, if you like.

 

But that seems to apply to every faction that isn't the Inquisition, Venatori, or Templars. :P

 

But yes, please do. :D  (Your recent mention of potential changes to the nature of Wulfgard vampires got me thinking of a char. idea.)




#485654 Delving Too Deep OOC - Rules, Character List, and Chat

Posted by Sareth on 22 September 2017 - 02:56 PM

 

... No seriously, why'd it go silent in here all of a sudden? It's creepy... :flail: