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Episode 2 - Divine Power

16 Jan 2006, 08:55

Sweat and blood mixed together and dripped to the grassy earth below. Jalmar punched the unyielding substance of the fallen tree even after his hands were raw and bloody. He pushed through the pain, and snarled from between clenched teeth. If he were to stand up to his father, he would have to be one of the exalted as well. Fire ran in his blood, and Jalmar sought to push it into blazing forth. The secondary schools that the nobility attended pushed young men and women to their limits to provoke the power of the dragons within them, and so Jalmar would do the same. He would gain enough power to avenge his mother, and destroy the beast who had dared hurt her. At morning when the sun rose, Jalmar awoke on the forest floor. He had driven himself to exhaustion and collapsed when blood loss and fatigue had overwhelmed him. “I can’t stay here,” he thought. For the young man, the pain of his birth was too sharp to endure. He wrapped himself in the comforting blanket of rage to dull the pain, but resolved to leave home until he had the revenge he sought.

With the rising sun ahead of him, Jalmar walked back to his house. No sound came from within the building as he pushed the front door open and entered the small kitchen. Tiny droplets of blood ran still from his ruptured hands, which left a bloody handprint on the front door and a trail across the kitchen floor. Silently, Jalmar grabbed a piece of parchment and wrote: “Mother, I cannot stay here knowing what happened. I will find justice for you. Always know that I love you.” The writing was partially smudged by blood, but was still legible. He placed the note on the kitchen table with a wooden bowl on top to hold it down in case of a breeze. Quietly, Jalmar then walked to the door of his mother’s room and cracked the door open. She was lying on her bed in the clothes she wore the day before, huddled up and clenching a pillow to her chest. Jalmar shed a single tear before turning and leaving the one story farmhouse; it was the last time he would cry for a long time.

The young man walked for days to the south. He was not ready to face his father, so he would train. Near the southern coast of the Imperial Isle, he found a river that fed into the ocean. Next to its flowing waters, Jalmar trained himself to fight. Hours were spent practicing punching and kicking into the air or at nearby trees. His hands barely had time to stop bleeding when Jalmar would begin again. At mid day a week after arriving, Jalmar kicked a tree with such force that his sandal shattered. He removed the other shoe and tossed it into the river, where it began to float lazily downstream to the sea. To eat, the young man would wade into the river and snatch fish. This improved his speed and washed his wounds clean at the same time. At night, Jalmar leaned against one of the many rocks that flanked the wide stream. No amount of discomfort could keep him from exhausted sleep, and the stones proved to be fine pillows for his purposes. This continued for well over a month, until one day.

Jalmar had pushed himself far harder over the previous few days than normal. His shirt had torn clean off when it was snagged on a tree branch and Jalmar had pulled away too sharply. The linen pants he wore had become frayed at the bottom from striking the hard bark of trees. On this day, he pushed himself even harder. Forsaking trees, Jalmar began to strike rocks with his bare fists. Splattered blood covered where his hands impacted the rough stone. Without pause Jalmar continued to slam against his target. He roared, but not in pain, and vented more of his anger. Though he couldn’t hear the sound of it, he could feel the bones in his hands beginning to give and break. Even then, the ferocious Jalmar did not stop. Once his hands could no longer function, he started to kick at the rock. He struck harder and faster against the coarse stone with his feet, until even they began to crack and bleed. Before his legs cold suffer as his arms had, something changed.

Brilliant flames erupted around Jalmar as he delivered one final kick, which shattered the stone into tiny fragments that flew away from him with tremendous speed. In shock, Jalmar stopped and examined the debris he had formed. All his body felt alive, and tingled with power. The rippling flames that surrounded him continued unabated. He turned and struck at a tree with his bloody and broken hands. Miraculously, he felt no pain when the blow impacted. Instead, a chunk of the tree was ripped away by the force of his attack. “I’ve done it! I’ve become chosen of the dragons!” Jalmar nearly shouted those words as he said them.

“No,” another voice said. It was a booming and imposing voice like thunder that shook Jalmar to hear. “You have become one of my chosen. You are greater than those sired by the dragons. This power I grant you to change the world.” With complete understanding, Jalmar looked up into the noonday sky and saw the sun shining down clearly through the brilliant golden flames that surrounded him. Realizing what he had become, Jalmar began to laugh deeply and maliciously.

It was the last time he would laugh for a long time.
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16 Jan 2006, 13:00

Hoshit! Solars!

Damn Niz... this is bananas.
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16 Jan 2006, 13:13

Hmm, so, the laughing creeps me out since I can hear it in my head. He's gonna go evil in a quest for power. And then he might die, and become an Abyssal.

And chances are if I'm right, people will slap me.
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16 Jan 2006, 13:26

Awesomeness!
 
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16 Jan 2006, 15:14

Buddha wrote:
Hoshit! Solars!
Damn Niz... this is bananas.

Indeed, solars. ^_^
Glad you like it.. I assume bananas is a good term.
:D

Lancer_2010 wrote:
Hmm, so, the laughing creeps me out since I can hear it in my head. He's gonna go evil in a quest for power. And then he might die, and become an Abyssal.
And chances are if I'm right, people will slap me.

Awesome, I bet he sounds bloody evil.
But I don't see him turning abyssal anytime soon. Then again, no one said solars had to be nice (as almost all canonical characters have proven).

Elric wrote:
Awesomeness!

Glad you like it!
:D
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Who could travel much faster than light,
She went out one day,
In a relative way,
And came back the previous night."

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Jaito: "Necromancy is like Linux, but even less sociable"
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16 Jan 2006, 17:57

Nizkateth wrote:
Awesome, I bet he sounds bloody evil.
But I don't see him turning abyssal anytime soon. Then again, no one said solars had to be nice (as almost all canonical characters have proven).


Yeah, I try not to think of the multitude of canon solars from the caste books that have Compassion 1, and don't really explain it. Like that Twilight crafter. He broke open a rock blocking a source of water for his town during a drought, how the hell does that mean he has Compassion 1?!?
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16 Jan 2006, 18:01

Lancer_2010 wrote:
Yeah, I try not to think of the multitude of canon solars from the caste books that have Compassion 1, and don't really explain it. Like that Twilight crafter. He broke open a rock blocking a source of water for his town during a drought, how the hell does that mean he has Compassion 1?!?

Well, you needen't worry, Jalmar has a 2 compassion. He just has aggressive ideas about things. His mentality is all about strength. If you couldn't defend yourself, you were too weak.
He does have a vice against rapists at 2 (so he effectively has no compassion for them), and a virtue speciality for rape victims (+1), both in compassion.
"There was a young lady named bright,
Who could travel much faster than light,
She went out one day,
In a relative way,
And came back the previous night."

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Jaito: "Necromancy is like Linux, but even less sociable"
<Logos> The sugar is Asian people.
"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, watch it! I'm huge."
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17 Jan 2006, 00:01

Squee~! I'm likin this!
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17 Jan 2006, 08:24

Valheru wrote:
Squee~! I'm likin this!

I'm glad! :D
I figured doing a new exalted story with character(s) that people don't have to catch up on or anything would be good.
Jalmar is a very violent man, so be ready for a lot of battle at times.
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And came back the previous night."

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Jaito: "Necromancy is like Linux, but even less sociable"
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17 Jan 2006, 08:47

I don't know wiether to clap louder for you story or your icon. Both are nifty!
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17 Jan 2006, 08:48

Critrol Saltrock wrote:
I don't know wiether to clap louder for you story or your icon. Both are nifty!

:D
You can clap for both if you like! ^_^
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Who could travel much faster than light,
She went out one day,
In a relative way,
And came back the previous night."

Love is never having to say you're sorry. Power is being able to kill anyone who asks for an apology.
Jaito: "Necromancy is like Linux, but even less sociable"
<Logos> The sugar is Asian people.
"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, watch it! I'm huge."
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17 Jan 2006, 10:46

I'll clap for both. ^^

Somewhere, his dad is probably completely unaware of the PAIN he is going to undergo.

I think the prevalence of Compassion 1 sig characters is due to the designers trying to emphasize that the canon Solars really don't care much about regular people, except for the obvious exceptions like Demetheus. Lyta, I can understand. Twilight crafter-man? Not really. It makes it a bit ironic that Prophet has huge Compassion.
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17 Jan 2006, 10:48

Bladestorm wrote:
I'll clap for both. ^^
Somewhere, his dad is probably completely unaware of the PAIN he is going to undergo.

^_^
And yeah, his dad has no idea what's going on. For him it was just a forced one night stand two decades ago. He never gave it another thought.
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She went out one day,
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And came back the previous night."

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17 Jan 2006, 10:52

Nizkateth wrote:
Bladestorm wrote:
I'll clap for both. ^^
Somewhere, his dad is probably completely unaware of the PAIN he is going to undergo.

^_^
And yeah, his dad has no idea what's going on. For him it was just a forced one night stand two decades ago. He never gave it another thought.
:twisted:


He may even have forgotten it, or it might not have been the first/last time he did something like that.

"Wait...wait...narrow this down for me. Which one was your mother?"
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17 Jan 2006, 10:54

Bladestorm wrote:
He may even have forgotten it, or it might not have been the first/last time he did something like that.
"Wait...wait...narrow this down for me. Which one was your mother?"

Oh gods, he better hope he doesn't say something like that... that'll bring the pain down like the wrath of the gods.
So, maybe he should.
:twisted:
"There was a young lady named bright,
Who could travel much faster than light,
She went out one day,
In a relative way,
And came back the previous night."

Love is never having to say you're sorry. Power is being able to kill anyone who asks for an apology.
Jaito: "Necromancy is like Linux, but even less sociable"
<Logos> The sugar is Asian people.
"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, watch it! I'm huge."
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17 Jan 2006, 11:48

Bladestorm wrote:
I'll clap for both. ^^

Somewhere, his dad is probably completely unaware of the PAIN he is going to undergo.

I think the prevalence of Compassion 1 sig characters is due to the designers trying to emphasize that the canon Solars really don't care much about regular people, except for the obvious exceptions like Demetheus. Lyta, I can understand. Twilight crafter-man? Not really. It makes it a bit ironic that Prophet has huge Compassion.


Except that it is Compassion born of the desire to completely silence suffering, and thus the process of living...
 
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19 Jan 2006, 06:39

Bladestorm wrote:
I'll clap for both. ^^

Somewhere, his dad is probably completely unaware of the PAIN he is going to undergo.

I think the prevalence of Compassion 1 sig characters is due to the designers trying to emphasize that the canon Solars really don't care much about regular people, except for the obvious exceptions like Demetheus. Lyta, I can understand. Twilight crafter-man? Not really. It makes it a bit ironic that Prophet has huge Compassion.


Of course the fact that Abyssal's definition of Compassion works in a unusual, by Creation's standards, way, plays a role on this. :wink:

Someone probably got too happy about the 1/2/3/3 virtue frame in char creation to let go: Me, i'm far more in doing Temperance 1 characters. Works greatly for my favorite DB.

The Earth Aspect who nearly killed an allied king for making a pass at his (as he saw it) woman. When he was busy flirting with a (male) friend. :wink:

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