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Out of Udr (Serasgame, Exalted Actual Play)

03 Apr 2010, 08:14

Introduction:

Five years ago each of our protagonists attended the Alexander Nash School for Exceptional Young Men and Women in Baltimore before each going their separate ways. Now, fate and a school reunion have caused their paths to cross once more.


Our Cast:

I will leave people to guess who will eventually exalt as what, we already know but its fun to see if people can guess. For the record I play Ophelia.

Blake Wolfe- Formerly a Quarterback on the Football team, Blake went to West Point after graduation; he was wounded in action on his tour of Iraq when Insurgents detonated an IED severely injuring his face and part of his body.

Ophelia Hayes- Always friendly and outgoing at school, Ophelia used her natural showmanship to become a fairly successful stage magician. She considers her classmates rather like a second family after her parent’s divorce.

Serafina Mancini- Most people remember Serafina as a bit of a dreamer who’d rather be off exploring exotic lands than reading about them in text books and this hasn’t changed, but now she’s been all over the world to have her own adventures.

Paige Kennedy- At school Paige had all the makings of a gifted writer, but when her mother suffered a stroke Paige put her life on hold to help pay the medical bills. Her mother has passed away now, and her life still seems to be on hold.

Anthony DiGiorgio- His schoolmates remember Tony as a stand up guy who would always look out for them and in some ways he is exactly where he expected to be, in the professional wrestling circuit. What he didn't did not expect was that he was going to be stuck playing the bad guy in the ring.

Bryan Shaughnessy- Remember that guy who seemed to make every wrong choice andsomehow never suffer the consequences? That's Bryan. He's spent his entire life doing whatever he felt likeand had the world conform around him. Who knows when the silver spoon will fall from his mouth and his karmic debt will catch up to him?

Elwood Conrad- Everyone knew Elwood would go onto do something with himself, he graduated near top of his class and gained entry to a prestigious, Ivy League college in the West. Once he got there though he found himself overwhelmed with all the potential choices on offer and in five years of Undergraduate study he has switched his Major no less than six times.

Marcus Halvmane- Marcus was an unassuming boy who kept his head down and never caused trouble. When he watched his father defend his mother from a gang of youths he learnt that there was a time and a place to fight for the right reasons. Now a man, Marcus has won three martial art state championships and runs a wilderness survival camp.

Session 1: Reunion

(Note: The players of Bryan and Marcus were unable to make it to the first session.)

The group gathered at the Tremont Grand Hotel for their School Reunion. Serafina, Paige and Ophelia had met up a couple of days earlier - things seemed normal enough at this stage save for two unusual occurances. Elwood sees the school's founder, Alexander Nash, gazing up some clouds that become a six-winged, serpentine beast but on a second glance neither man nor beast is where he just saw them. Meanwhile Paige notices the lights in the hotel dim momentarily, Ophelia and Serafina who are in the same hallway notice nothing amiss.
Overlooking these strange events the group proceeds to the Reunion where they are each asigned to table 4, once everyone is seated they take some time to catch up at least until Alexander Nash Jr (the son of the man mentioned earlier) asks for the group to help him find his father.

Our heroes split up to cover more ground, with Blake and Paige eventually locating Mr Nash at a nearby development site, the rest of the group run into yet more unusual occurances that results in Elwood and Serafina moving uncontrollably towards this location.
Alexander Nash is peering down into a hole from which a white light shines- as the rest of the group arrives it becomes brighter and brighter, alarmed by this development the protagonists try to get some answers from Mr Nash and his answers only raise more questions, then the ground beneath us gives way and our not so happy group is deposited into Creation.

Nash is nowhere in sight, instead however is a man running towards us his clothes are strange, but odder still his skin has a bluish hue to it. The man tells us to run, not just that but split up because something is after us. Naturally the group wants answers, managing only to learn that his name is Gemstone Ocean Hero at about this point our monsters appear, one looking like a six winged snake with a crest of daggers, and the other like a floating dodecahedron covered in numerals, runes, and sensory organs.

Ophelia and Paige decide immediately that running really is the best option, Serafina gives chase after Ophelia. Meanwhile Blake, Tony and Elwood stand their ground in the hopes of getting more answers from Gemstone Ocean Hero. The dodecahedron fires bolts of energy which our mysterious protector defends against but as Gemstone Ocean Hero defends Elwood a tornado errupts from the young scholar's body as he takes the second breath. Elwood Conrad is now a Prince of the Earth, an Air Aspect Dragon-Blooded.

By this point the protagonists decide that they really should listen to the person who obviously knows more than they do, thus the group spilts up.
Elwood remains with Gemstone Ocean Hero as he drives back the two monsters.
Blake and Paige travel North, while Serafina, Tony and Ophelia go South- but what perils await them in this strange new world?


Dialogue Highlights:


Conversations:

Gemstone Ocean Hero: "Will it make you trust me if I tell you my name?"
Tony: "No, but go ahead anyway."
Blake: "What is your name?"
Gemstone Ocean Hero: "I'm Gemstone Ocean Hero."
Paige: "That's a name?"
Blake: "Hippie parents."
Tony "Probably." He nods at Blake.

Best one-liners:

"BECAUSE IT'S SHOOTING FUCKING LASERS AT YOU!" - sage advice from Blake Wolfe, on why you Tony should run away from our attackers.
"Since when did you have a good side? I was going to say it was an improvement." Paige Kennedy on Blake's war wounds.
"Split up? that's every monster movie ever made." Serafina Mancini is genre savvy, will this help in Creation?
"I don't think we're in Baltimore anymore." Blake again, well someone had to say it.


The First Exaltation: Elwood Conrad, Air Aspect

"The creature opens fire on Elwood, but he perceives everything... distantly. The scent of mountain air fills his nose along with the calming sound of gentle zephyrs. Everything comes sharply into view as he undergoes a moment of transcendent clarity. Air is everywhere, and he is part of it. There's the sound of water rushing, and Gemstone Ocean Hero is standing in front of you, pushing you away. You know you don't need to be pushed away, though. Something's ...changed."
The rest of the group watches onward as a tornado erupts around Elwood as Gemstone Ocean Hero tackles him in time to get him out of the way of the attack. It seems to be coming out of him.
Elwood slumps to his knees as the tornado dissipates. His hoodie has been rent and ripped off him, exposing his long arms and sparks of blue electricity shoot along the exposed hairs. His platinum hair whips around him as if still blown by the long-gone breeze.

Potentially important plot points:
-Prior to our abrupt arrival in Creation Mr Nash said to Elwood that his father misses him, given his exaltation as a Dragon-Blooded this raises questions on who his father is.
-The two monsters following the group were said to be "Immortal monsters of the first world" which suggests they are not from Creation or Earth, but yet another world.
- Who (or for that matter, what?) is Alexander Nash? he clearly knew more than he was letting on.
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Re: Out of Udr (Serasgame, Exalted Actual Play)

03 Apr 2010, 14:43

I like it. :)
 
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Re: Out of Udr (Serasgame, Exalted Actual Play)

28 May 2010, 13:18

Been a little behind on this, so..

(Note: The player of Elwood has been busy. We will learn his adventures with Gemstone Ocean Hero at some later date.)

Southbound Group (Tony, Ophelia and Serafina)


We rejoin Tony, Ophelia and Serafina in the woods several days after the group followed Gemstone Ocean Hero’s instructions and went their separate ways. Despite their encounter with the monsters from the first world there is still a reluctance to accept that they are truly in another world but rather a particularly remote part of their own. Their primary concern right now is finding civilisation as they are tired hungry and dirty from their several day journey. Their situation could be much worse though; Serafina’s survival skills have managed thus far to provide them with rudimentary shelter and diet of tubers, leaves, shoots, nuts and berries- so at least they have managed to stave off the onset of starvation. Ophelia takes a break from her whining to nickname Serafina “MacGyver” and it seems to stick as Tony is soon calling her this too.

The group’s fortunes apparently take a turn for the better when they encounter a horse and cart owned by one Magnificent Brando a merchant with the Guild who fortunately speaks enough Old Realm for the group to explain their situation. Recognising that two of the group (Ophelia and Tony) are professional entertainers the merchant sees an opportunity for profit. Serafina meanwhile receives attention from Brandon’s (likely long suffering) nephew Baz in the form of a few lingering glances.

Brando takes them to a small town with the intent of making some money, even going so far as to provide our protagonists with a change of clothes.


Southwest Group (Marcus and Bryan)

Marcus and Bryan have been similarly hard-pressed by the long journey through the eastern forests found themselves similarly hard pressed a situation that Marcus finds considerably more pressing than Bryan who remains resolved that everything will work out for them. They encounter a grey faced man by the name of Zeram who informs them that they are in the forests of Nar'gel the Wood King.

Zeram helpfully offers them a ride towards the nearest civilisation, some four days or so away. He is transporting some large metal box to the Halls of the Living Stone; he also apparently has a Mistress who he refuses to discuss any further without her permission.

Marcus notices that the metal box is actually looking at him despite Zeram refuses to discuss what the box is, merely stating that boxes do not have eyes and reiterating that it is a delivery. He refuses to discuss the matter any further.

Meanwhile it seems that Nar’gel has taken offence at their presence in his forest and the carriage encounters a large group of wood spiders who give chase. After trying to outrun them Zeram is suddenly clad in black armour and wielding a large sword before leaping from the carriage to battle the spiders.

Bryan and Marcus try to learn more about the metal box in Zeram’s absence, they are unable to move it and while there is a visible lock it is complex with no key in sight. Zeram’s return closes this window of opportunity leaving the contents of the box a mystery for now.


Northbound Group (Blake and Paige)

Blake and Paige are also struggling to survive in Creation’s strange wilderness and while attempting to trap an animal for food they stumble across the den of some large wolf like beast but working together they manage to fend the creature off before someone with a bow finishes it off. It is at this point that Blake and Paige encounter a group of hunters lead by a woman with a spear they have dark skin, black hair and are clad in deerskins – unsurprisingly the hunters speak a language they have never heard before now and have no knowledge of Old Realm making meaningful communication something of a bust, but they do manage to get themselves escorted back to the tribe’s encampment.

The tribe’s Shaman Resounding Thunder does speak Old Realm and explains things like the Wyld, the four elemental poles and the gods. He gives them some tea and uses the leaves to discern a little about their destinies – unsurprisingly both their fates are taking them north but that Paige will face a long hard road and her life in Creation will only truly begin when things are darkest. Meanwhile Blake’s path is bright and someone great will show him the way.

Following this the tribe’s chieftain Minara (who was among the group of hunters they initially encountered) instructs Paige in how to wield a spear and she and Blake both start to learn Forest Tongue.


Highlights and fun quotes-


Marcus throws himself back against the carriage wall. Slamming his head against it. His eyes are wild with disbelief "WHAT THE FUCK!? BOXES SHOULD NOT HAVE EYES"


Zeram: "If you get bitten by one of the spiders, it would turn your blood to poison."

Bryan: "Alien-style or 'this stuff is killing me' style?"

Zeram: "In a painful death way."

Bryan: "No fun."
 
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Re: Out of Udr (Serasgame, Exalted Actual Play)

28 May 2010, 19:46

Showtime (Tony, Ophelia and Serafina)

In the early evening Ophelia puts on a magic show so that she may earn her keep from Magnificent Brando, being a professional stage magician she is well versed in sleight of hand and quickly wows the audience with a few card tricks. Meanwhile Baz takes his opportunity to talk to Tony and Serafina about their world, quickly finding the concept of monotheism very confusing

Later that very evening Ophelia decides to put her skills at a stage magician to some use by performing some card tricks and generally earning her keep. While this is going on Baz asks Serafina if she would like to go for a walk.

Meanwhile Ophelia has started to get interesting results from the tarot cards she is using as part of her act ‘the darkness’ card inexplicably turns face up at one point during her act and said cards later drop and form in a ring around her- very mysterious!

Serafina is lead to a crossroads by Baz, who is not what he seems... he is in fact a she who has been masquerading as Brando’s nephew. The reason for all the attention is that the young woman has a very special connection to fate which she realises as she looks up at the stars and realises she has a new world to explore, she can go anywhere and with that she takes her place as one of the Harbingers.

“Baz” explains that Serafina can stay with her friends until the end of the month, after which time she can visit them occasionally- but warns that they will forget her. Serafina is confused by this but accepts Baz’s offers of explanations later.

When they rejoin the others Ophelia instantly recognises something is a little off about Serafina, namely the yellow starry eyes of a Chosen of Journeys. Serafina promises to explain later and they retire for the evening.

Apples and Ambushes (Blake and Paige)

Blake and Paige are continuing on north with the tribe, their continued efforts to learn Forest Tongue are paying off and they are managing to have two way conversations with Minara now who informs them they are on third watch with her. Meanwhile Paige takes comfort in something as simple and familiar as an apple.

Third watch begins at 11 pm with Blake and Paige talking some more about their world to Minara, this somehow leads into them explaining to the chieftain what a McDonalds is.

The evening calm is broken by the sudden appearance of men in armour coming at the camp from all sides, Minara engages their leader in combat but is soon outmatched and incapacitated, after putting up a valiant effort Paige attempts to flee her attackers but is incapacitated and captured. Blake is similarly overwhelmed by their sheer numbers and cut off from his friends, he manages to hold his own but by the time the raiders withdraw he realises both women are missing and the encampment is burning. He finds Resounding Thunder who insists how important it is to carry on North and follow his destiny while the tribe does what it can to retrieve Paige and the others from probable slavery at the hands of the Marauders.

The Second Exaltation: Serafina Mancini, Chosen of Journeys

“The fullness of its potential blossoms: you are in a new world. You can go anywhere. The Journey is yours.... all you have to do is make it. This is not just a crossroads; this is an intersection of a thousand impeding futures. The journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Serafina breathes in deeply as her caste mark glows on her forehead "I don't know where to begin, there's so much I want to do, so much more to see and there's a lot of people in this world who need to be shown the way"




Highlights and fun quotes-
Paige: "Blake!"

<StorytellerKingSeras> Paige can no longer see what's happening to Minara

Paige: "Blake!"

<StorytellerKingSeras> He's afk, he cannot save you.



Ophelia: "Guys, are you willing to assist me?"

Serafina: "as long as you don't saw me in half, I need my legs"

Magnificent Brando: "We could also put Baz in a dress if need be. He has great legs."

Behind the group of you, Baz *sighs*
 
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Re: Out of Udr (Serasgame, Exalted Actual Play)

18 Jun 2010, 21:34

Elwood-
We finally return to the now Air Aspected Elwood who has been reunited with his father, Gemstone Ocean Hero. He explains to his son, that twenty five years ago he learnt there were other worlds besides Creation and with the aid of another man with “similar curiosity and greater magic” started looking for a way to cross over before he eventually succeeded.
He goes onto explain the fundamental aspects of Creation’s history, particularly the Primordials who created these different worlds – Creation, Earth and wherever these immortal monsters are coming from. What follows is an attempt at father and son bonding which will receive more attention in the Highlights and Fun Quotes section at the end of the AP.


Serafina, Tony and Ophelia-
It is now “later” and back at the Inn as Serafina does her best to explain what happened to her at the crossroads to Tony and Ophelia. It seems Serafina has already made up her mind about what she will do if presented with an opportunity to go home presents itself, making it quite clear that she does not consider spending the rest of her life in Creation to be a bad thing. However this may be her attempting to soften the blow for the others if and when they learn that Sidereal Arcane Fate will eventually make them forget she even existed.
Tony does not want to leave anyone behind; Ophelia is much more conflicted about leaving her life on Earth behind, but is equally troubled by the notion of losing contact with Serafina. They eventually decide to talk to Baz, who is presently staying in Magnificent Brando’s room and rather than expose her disguise (or fail to, and manage to look completely insane in the process) Ophelia uses her share of the night’s profit to lead Brando away with a trail of silver coins.
One for Brando, Two for Brando, Three for Brando...
While the merchant is suitably distracted, they talk to Baz. This provides some slightly more satisfactory answers - Serafina will be gone for a year and a day as she undergoes training in Yu-Shan.

Bryan and Marcus-
The ride in the black carriage comes to a halt as there are shouts from outside for the Anathema to show himself, Zeram obliges with the request but not before ensuring that his two passengers have some weapons to defend themselves.
The group of bald men surrounding the carriage insist that the passengers also disembark. Bryan and Marcus do so and are asked by the men if they are in league with the Anathema, not knowing what an Anathema is they explain that Zeram has merely aided them by providing them transport through a dangerous area. The men accuse Zeram of human trafficking; causing Marcus and Bryan to remember the eyes on the mysterious metal box- is there some truth in what the men are saying?
Bryan mentions the box to the men, who immediately seem intent on acquiring it for the Scarlet Empress. Initially they seem sympathetic enough to the two Earthlings to take them into custody for their own safety, but when both decide to stand with the mysterious Zeram, a fight breaks out – they manage to hold their own against their attackers before the Exalt literally disarms one of the men- sending them into retreat.
Once the fight is over, Marcus asks Zeram if he really is an Anathema- Zeram dismisses the term as “a concept fabricated by their belief system” continuing to be enigmatic and tight lipped.

Blake-
Separated from his friend Paige and the Tribe that sheltered him, Blake makes his way north where he is soon fighting against cold and hunger. Eventually he blacks out, but rather than perish in the harsh environment he is carried to safety by an enormous armoured man who brings him to a carriage.
There he is brought before a tall woman in golden armour with short silvery white hair and her much smaller companion with dark skin, purple eyes and short curly black hair. After a brief exchange in Old Realm the taller decides to help the almost half dead Blake by having her guards take him inside the carriage to recuperate.
When he comes around the tall woman takes an interest in Blake, nicknaming him ‘Lucky’ for still being alive after being face down in the snow for an unknown amount of time. She also asks where he comes from- not expecting him to say “another world” and this immediately raises questions his sanity.
After establishing something weirder is going on than a man driven mad by exposure to the elements, the woman introduces herself as Seras Winterblood and shows Blake her Zenith Caste Mark, they talk some more about Earth and Creation mostly with the Zenith telling the former soldier he needs to adjust and deal with his new reality at least until fatigue once again takes Blake.

Paige-
Paige awakens in a very dark place, bound tightly she is unable to stand upright – looking around with the one eye that will open she can see members of the tribe similarly restrained. She desperately shouts out for Blake but is eventually shushed by Minara who tells her go get a hold of herself. Paige declares her intent to bite the first slaver who comes near her, until Minara warns her that they will kill her if she does that and what they really want to do is escape.
But how?


Highlights and Fun Quotes:
Serafina sighs and flops back onto the bed "I'm happy here though"
Ophelia:"Sorry Mister Mancini, Serafina is happier in Narnia."

Elwood: "Are they Dragon-Blooded too?"
Gemstone Ocean Hero: "Your friends? Probably not."
Elwood: "You sure? How many girls did you meet when you came worldhopping through midtown Baltimore?"

Gemstone Ocean Hero: “The current regime is an empire of Dragon-Blooded that goes by the Scarlet Empire"
Elwood: "Again, us?"
Gemstone Ocean Hero: "Not me, but like us"
Elwood catches himself humming Williams' Imperial March about two bars in.

Elwood waves off the correction and settles into his seat in the ox-cart.
Elwood: "So where are we going? Rebel Alliance training headquarters?"
Gemstone Ocean Hero: "We can go several places. We can go back to the home I keep here, we can go to the home that I consider my residence, or I can leave you with friends of mine, who have long since agreed to train you when this time came."
Elwood mutters "So that's a yes on the Rebel Alliance, too." He feels the back of his head thoughtfully, as if searching for a serious bump.
 
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Re: Out of Udr (Serasgame, Exalted Actual Play)

18 Jun 2010, 21:40

I think the Tyrant of the Crater was a little disappointed that my character never heard of her before, and is either crazy from being out in the snow too long, or maybe something from the Wyld got to him for a bit. I thought it was funny, even showed her my drivers license and (expired) library card. She was impressed at how detailed the tiny pictures were.
 
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09 Jul 2010, 22:51

I am slightly behind, but hopefully anyone who reads this will find it worth the wait.


Bryan and Marcus-

The ominous black carriage finally reaches its destination, the Halls of Living Stone. There they are greeted by a group of walking skeletons who carry the mysterious box inside, a sight which affects Marcus to the point he is barely able to suppress his fear. Nonetheless they already came this far and were it not for Zeram they would still be in the forests of the Wood King. Making their way inside, they encounter two other men Jet and Quill, who initially look (relatively) normal until they get closer and realise this is simply not the case. Both of them are wearing clothing that people are generally buried in.
Quill is rather somber and professional, while Jet has much less respect for their mistress, referring to her as a crazy bitch. He is also friendlier towards Marcus and especially Bryan, suggesting that they go and knock over skeletons together to pass the time.
Zeram returns shortly after, and escorts them to meet the mistress he had refused to speak of in any detail throughout the duration of their long journey in the black carriage. Bryan and Marcus come face to face with the Mistress of the Boneyard a woman who at once inspires terror and awe in the two men. Despite his better judgement, Bryan finds himself approaching her throne and is narrowly saved by the roof caving in.
At which point they see too very strange things, the box from earlier now with arms and legs fighting a werebear with silver tattoos. They wisely decide to run, but to where?


Serafina, Tony and Ophelia-
It is time for goodbyes as Serafina departs for her training in Yu-Shan, Baz gives Ophelia a warning about the cards saying it would be a bad idea to abandon the predictionist deck as it seems to have grown attached to her. Baz and Serafina depart into the night, leaving Ophelia and Tony wondering if and when they will see their friend again. The morning after is pretty much business as usual for Magnificent Brando, who decides it is now time to move onto the next settlement.
Tony and Ophelia discuss muse among themselves what Brando would make of Earth, particularly New York City reaching the conclusion that the merchant would be Mayor within a week. Ophelia asks to learn Riverspeak from Brando and offers to teach him English if the opportunity to show him Earth should ever arise.
A few weeks of travel later, the cart stops for the night along the open road and it is here things start to get a little strange. After deciding who takes first watch, the predictionist deck inexplicably has a card reading “the unknown” face up on top of the deck.
Soon after this point a ghostly luminous figure approaches the cart, demanding that they surrender the deck of cards. Tony holds his ground, despite the threat of destruction while Ophelia in an unprecedented surge of bravery attempts to leave their fate down to a wager involving the predictionist deck- the spirit accepts these terms.

Highlights and Memorable Quotes-

In the OOC room Bryan has an extremely lucky escape with the dice-
<Seras> You lucky son of a bitch.
<Seras> You lucky, lucky son of a bitch.
<Bryan> Hahah
<Bryan> She botched
<Bryan> That is hilarious
<Seras> That is your Valor not being devoured

Hopefully Serafina keeps in touch-
Ophelia hugs Serafina tightly "Send me a post card, or an e-mail or a carrier pidgeon or... something."

Ophelia and Tony discuss Magnificent Brando-
<Ophelia> "He has drive, I respect that. Wonder what he would make of New York?"
<Tony> "He'd be mayor within the week."
 
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Re: Out of Udr (Serasgame, Exalted Actual Play)

13 Jul 2010, 04:30

Hey, Maiden of Journeys- they're Heaven's Messengers, right? Shouldn't be too hard, no?
 
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Re: Out of Udr (Serasgame, Exalted Actual Play)

14 Jul 2010, 06:52

Serafina is much more worried about Arcane Fate and while being a Chosen of Journeys makes her feel truly whole, she's coming to realise that her friends want to go home.
<Bastet> A Spirit Court is like a resident's association. Its a nice idea in theory but ends up being taken over by housewives and old people... Wait, thats not right.
 
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Re: Out of Udr (Serasgame, Exalted Actual Play)

14 Jul 2010, 17:05

We just need more time to realize that as the old saying goes, 'You can never go home again.' Especially since Tony and Ophelia have accepted the 'offer' last session, and another is going to become an Abyssal. Culture shock really.

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Re: Out of Udr (Serasgame, Exalted Actual Play)

15 Jul 2010, 18:15

That was minor, but no spoilers please!

Tony and Ophelia-

Tony attempts to learn more about what they are facing, trying to learn what this glowing humanoid figure actually is and asks for its name. His response is a strange and incomprehensible symbol appearing in his mind as the figure reveals that it is as much a stranger to Creation as they are.

To which Tony jokingly calls it “the alien formerly known as Prince” and it agrees that Prince is an acceptable title. Meanwhile Ophelia lays down the terms of the wager; they each must draw two cards from the deck and attempt to guess the other’s cards.

Meanwhile, Brando has woken up and is quietly loading a crossbow but knows better than to interrupt the wager between Ophelia and Prince.

Ophelia shuffles the deck and using sleight of hand attempts to ensure she knows which cards that Prince will pick and her first guess ‘the Unknown’ is correct. Unfortunately Prince promptly guesses Ophelia’s first card also, which leads her to believe that he has his own means of knowing which cards are in her hand.

Somewhat daunted, Ophelia decides that it’s now time to cheat. Adding a third card to her hand and placing it over the existing one. Prince notices this deception, but does not appear to be offended by this and quickly guesses the new card.

At this point Ophelia’s resolve is starting to crack, but when Prince attempts to determine her third and final card she somehow blocks it. The glowing figure reacts with utter disbelief; it wants to know how Ophelia did that and demands to know what power the woman possesses, to which she replies that she possesses the heart of the cards.

When Ophelia tries to make her third guess, Prince replies that it does not have three cards and so in response to this she skims a card off the top of the deck so their hands are once again even at three cards each. At this point she gives a little speech about how she realised the whole deck of cards is connected and promptly names his third card as “The Infinite Chaos”

Prince reveals his third card as “The Wyld” which is by definition infinite chaos. They are both surprised by this development but Prince is now fascinated by whatever power Ophelia seems to possess. Ophelia fails to give Prince a satisfactory answer and the spirit decides that though she gets to keep the deck of cards, he will simply take her.

Tony steps in from the sidelines at this point as glowing chains of light attempt to ensnare Ophelia, however in the confusion she drops the deck of cards and their descent somehow repels the chains. The bolt from Brando’s crossbow is simply disintegrated by Prince, who in turn blasts the merchant with a bolt of blinding white light.

Prince ensnares Tony in the same chains of light he attempted to trap Ophelia in, meanwhile she rushes to Brando’s side - unable to do anything for his wounds but she manages to help him reload his crossbow. Unfortunately the second bolt is about as effective as the first, and once again Prince launches a counterattack.

Tony, in a feat of unparalleled strength manages to rip himself free from Prince’s chains which promptly seize an almost incapacitated Ophelia. He attempts to make good on his success by giving Prince a vicious and unexpected head butt which is sadly blocked by the chains of light, leaving Tony with nothing but a bleeding forehead for his troubles.

It is at this point where all hope seems lost, that two more strange creatures arrive. A bipedal figure made of bulky muscle and bone and a black masked creature that walks on a series of spindly legs and Brando recognises them immediately as demons.

The demons tell Prince that "the makers" have already laid their claim to Tony and Ophelia, which Prince takes exception to but after a brief exchange with the demons he decides against drawing the wrath of their masters. With Prince gone Ophelia is bleeding extensively, unlikely to survive without medical attention and similarly Magnificent Brando looks in no fit state to fight the newcomers. However, the demons do not wish to fight but instead offer the power of Infernal Exaltation to the two unlucky mortals - despite some concerns about Brando's wellbeing they both accept...

The Infernal Exaltations welcome to our body horror nightmare...


The Third Exaltation: Ophelia Hayes
the spindly thing crawls onto Ophelia - oh god its fingers break off as it walks; a skin-crawling sensation across exposed skin the masked, spindly creature then unravels into a swirl of green light and black dust and flies into Ophelia's eyes, nose and mouth. A bizarre, cloying heat fills her from the inside out and then all her wounds instantly seal with the same biological crap they usually seal with except it's thick and green and black and smells of hot brass. And then your skin starts oozing something sticky...


The Fourth Exaltation: Anthony DiGiorgio

Tony does the natural thing and grasps the beast's forearm in a roman handshake. It twists into a snarl of muscle and fur and bone and fuses to your arm, winding into your body through your open hand. Your heart races and your body temperature skyrockets, filling you with a wild, raging feverish feeling. It feels like a thousand hairs are growing from every inch of skin, and you itch furiously outside and in, and then - like Ophelia, the green stuff starts *leaking* out...of you, a little at first and then unbidden

the last thing you both feel is the soothing beat of your heart and the calm feeling of deep... deep... sleep

Highlights and Memorable Quotes:

Ophelia: "I realised something about this deck, an ordinary deck of cards is a group of cards that happen to be in a deck. This is different, its like one object that happens to be a series of different cards! Separate but ultimately connected. Why are my eyes closed? I will *tell* you why my eyes are closed! I see your card and name it the Infinite Chaos!"
- Ophelia realises the potential of her deck of cards and herself, opening the door for Exaltation.

Tony: "Ergh! You fancy glowy assholes think you can just do anything you want, huh?! Well guess what?" He grabs onto the bits of chain still attached to the Prince- "Don't think that you're the strongest around!" - and launches his forehead straight between his beady black eyes!
- Tony went all out, but it was simply not enough.

Prince: <what power do you possess!>
Ophelia grins and then closes her eyes "The heart of the cards, of course."
Prince: <Then I shall claim you with it!>
- Ophelia is secretly Yu-gi-oh.
 
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Re: Out of Udr (Serasgame, Exalted Actual Play)

16 Jul 2010, 16:48

Argh..I thought you had already posted this one, when I must've been reading it in another window. :^_^;:

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