Shentu Wo: 17,134 Power, 28,812 Followers
Sima Wa: 10,327 Power, 8,279 Followers,
Kikai Senso: 34,721 Power, Next Form Progress: 92%
Lin Sun: 9,406 Power, 8,278 Followers
Con Lai: 26,030 Power, 12,541 Followers
SoL 28: Stories from before the great tragedy
Adrelemech vs Eli
The attack on Atlantis by the fire nation has been marked as a success. The pirates are dead or scattered, Eli and Vassago’s deaths have been confirmed by Zhang. Though, it would seem the four pirate lords managed to flee the destruction after their king fell. Adrelemech claims Atlantis for the fire nation, though notably has not figured out how to control the city and it just continues sailing east without any real way to stop it. Notably, the illusion that protects the city still remains in place even after Eli’s death since it is actually the power of Angra that keeps it active.
With the pirates scattered general lawlessness has seen a surprising upturn as they have no real method of self sustaining now that Sahar and Eret has disappeared. Along with their farms Eret had once set up for them. The mass destruction of the recent battle with Angra has stretched forces thin to patrol the world to protect from these higher quality criminals then the average bandit but at least they aren’t as organized as they used to be.
Voynaye vs Angra
The battle between Voynaye and Angra was colossal, facing inevitable defeat Angra utilized his final move, over 60 million people around the world (including drakon colonies) died when Angra resurrected Otoroshi. See SoL for a bit more detailed play by play.
Ira, Vo Kim, Takeshi, Teozix, Giza, Joacheim, Tena, Hayate, Halladora, Oydis, Eira, Mach Tong, Su Shento, Isis, Clayton, Arima, Sonu, Raijin, Saint David, Galahad, Vinasa, Hasin Bava, Harvey Ayala, Jakobe, Samyaza, Nila Bhatt, Crocell, Shen Rai, Tuyet Yen, Ifrit, Zaeed, Jawahir, Galila, Ayesha Ishmael, Bastet, Horus, Sihet, Hatshe, Bahamut, Maquilla, Helaku, Kachina, Shiye, Mechislav, Oksana, Borislav, Feofie, Chuvak, Quetzalcoatl, Uragiri Mono, Angra Mainyu
Amaterasu (now captured), Krovsokol, Elvira, Song Yi, Voynaye, Voingos, Indra, Prince Ezra, Hei Song, Ao Shun, Lucas, Vedahl, Adin va (her spirit guardian is dead) Jinko (not really critically as their cores are recovered so they just need their bodies back) Rikuto, Miyukai, Kikai,
MVP: Voynaye, tore Otoroshi in half. Fatality.
Naomi: Highest dps, highest kills, highest AoE, i dunno why i bother writing this one
Kaisa: 2nd place non-god kills
Saiko: Top non-god DPS, 3rd place for kills
Whately: 4th place for kills
Lucas: Somehow didn’t die
Kamari Barid: Top 10 non-god DPS via AoE spam
Krovsokol: Showed up to help in person, no one really expected that to happen.
Crocell: Most people un-brainwashed. (he had a megaphone from Am Nhac and went around the battlefield shouting “forget everything you know about Angra”)
In the wake of this battle the world seems to be filled with misery and gloominess. So many died it cannot be expressed how depressed everyone is even in victory despite my fondness for writing tragic stories of lore.
As a final swift kick to the dick, during the battle a series of bombs and pirate attacks went off at the palace of Yaosai. Forcing Song Yi to leave mid fight and re-seal the Akuma within before being able to return. In all this chaos, Lucifer has disappeared from his prison. While he is a descended demigod, its not like he ever needed to use his powers in the first place.
The fellowship of the lamp actually found something important on their quest. They had to do a lot of side adventures and death defying stunts as well as talking to a creepy quest giver. After completing the quest to bring her what she claimed was her ancestor’s spear she gave them directions to finding a library hidden away in the ruins of Ofrior Riki. Deep under the mountains they found a single book laying on a pedestal among rows upon rows of empty shelves. The book was full of strange symbols terms they don’t really get but to Vris this was clearly the journal of a mad scientist. Someone who toyed with the laws of nature, signed by someone named “Pandora.” A large chunk of pages appear to have been intentionally taken out.
It does prove to Vris that Angra was artificially created by Jehovah himself in an attempt to accomplish something referred to as “capturing data samples”. The book later goes on to specifically mention in order to use the powers of a djinn they had to make a lamp. They were unable to bind what they were trying to make to a simple object, eventually settling on using a human. 47612310 or “310” was the first human they experimented on. The log continues to detail information about the human, it was an adult female from an empire Vris recognizes to be one that used to be where Si Da is now. As experimentation went on, the adult eventually killed herself in what is described as “An impressive display of determination to die. They inhaled until their own lungs tore, since their limbs were bound down tight.” It mentions 310’s link to Angra gave them a form of immortality within the hive.
The log comes to the conclusion that Angra’s powers are too closely drawn from their own science, and in order for experiments to continue a younger host will be required. Fortunately, the destruction of the first lamp simply took away his dimension but his other powers were still functional. He was kept in a secure location as not to be damaged during this vulnerability until they could find him a new lamp. Several pages have been intentionally removed around this section. Using Angra’s power to resurrect 310 they were able to transfer the role of the lamp to a new subject and then remove 310 from the hive before killing them again. Evidently they need the lamp person to be alive in order to remove the lamp status from them.
The log refers to the child they chose as 47612311, then calling him “311” from there on out as shorthand. Aren’t they a creative lot. This time they selected an incubating infant male so it would not be able to kill itself as it adapted to the circumstances it would be born to wield. It details their experiments to control Angra and how it tended to act erratically with its new lamp. Also the side effects of being used as a lamp, 311’s personality began to mirror Angra or Angra began to mirror 311, they’re not sure who started it. As he grew up, 311 showed signs of rebellion and tried to kill his handler, the author of the log, multiple times. 311 displayed an ability to understand Angra on an innate level, likely due to their connection as djinn and lamp. They were able to, sometimes forcefully, question 311 about details of Angra to better add to their data.
One day, 311 escaped the lab. This is noted in the log as a rather bleak day as they also had control of Angra still and the djinn went on a rampage. Eventually, they had to destroy 311 when he attacked Jehovah on some quest of vengeance. With the death of the lamp, Jehovah was forced to destroy Angra as its rampage would not stop since no new orders could be delivered to it. They noted this was a disastrous side effect that 311 was required to give the orders regardless of Angra’s link with the hive, a footnote mentions more research is required on whether or not the emperor could control it without 311.
Just as all hope seemed lost for the experiment, it details both Angra and 311 were not truly dead. Angra was made from the science of the old world and its eternal hive mind, his consciousness and his power remained in place as long as his creator, Pandora, was also alive. Along with Jehovah, Brahma, Lucifer, Ra, Anubis, Amaterasu, Osiris, Neith, Odin, and his young son Thor who were also pieces of the eternal hive. Because of their innate affinity 311 also shares this link that prevents them from suffering a true death. It is even theorized if they took Angra to the old world he could be added to the empire, but they would withhold from that for now as not to present a meaningless gift that had yet to accomplish its task to the emperor. While he could not be summoned anymore, they had access to his consciousness and power, so with great aggravation they had him resurrect his own lamp.
The exact words in the journal are “which somehow fucking escaped again.” It details a moment of hindsight from the author’s other experiments and refers to a different journal but doesn’t go into detail. As the log ends, they are trying to capture 311 again in order to transfer the lamp to someone more cooperative while removing 311 from the hive link, but the kid keeps eluding them as well as harassing their base camps. They don’t have any other name for 311, but they left a drawing to help identify him.
Despite the known death of both Angra and Eli, all of Angra’s magic remains in place. It seems that if the journal is correct, as long as Jehovah and Brahma live Angra will not truely die but remain banished once again until someone uses just a little too much dark magic again. The same applies for his lamp, and once someone uses just a little too much dark magic the two of them could return once again to begin the cycle anew.
The log provided great detail to the history of Eli as well. By becoming a member of the hive via Angra he learned the language of the old world that allowed him to drive people mad, and this connection was also the reason he was the only person in the world with such an in depth understanding of dark magic despite lack of study. As an unwilling lab rat, he developed his hatred for the gods that made him and so the legend of the demon pirate began.
As five years pass and a new era begins
Asmodaeus died mysteriously two years after the battle. People are still wondering where Lucifer and Nergal are.
The balance of power within the empire has begun to see strange shifts. Without the help of Horus to administrate for her, Song has found her power over the empire in a potential conflict. With the titanic proportion of deaths during the final battle with Angra resulting in Saldis gaining an undead legion strong enough to take control of the empire. Though she has not made any official move to do so, the politics clearly play around knowing she is a potential rival for the title of Empress if she were to gain support. She has claimed the position of queen of Si Da with her husband and reigning king Shento, a perhaps surprising marriage likely made for political reasons.
Song Yi’s powers have diminished significantly with the death of so many spirits during the battle of Angra, including her own spirit blade. While she can reform it from any spirit, the fact that it was destroyed meant the death of millions of spirits at once not even including the ones that died from the other aspects of the battle. Her omniscience and omnipresence has weakened and the world is struggling to revitalize itself due to the lack of spirits to regrow the terrain that had been destroyed.
Because Song Yi prevented the demons from killing Voynaye while they had the chance when he was dying after the battle with Otoroshi and even made sure he recovered enough he honored her as a fellow warrior. An honor that included Sozrushatel, the dragon of renewal, coming to help fix things up a bit as the entirety of Divya was basically a series of craters and dirt after the battle. He has been helping to restore it alongside Ao Ji and Ao Shun.
Anubis has taken over as reigning king of Akhetaten. The nation is still reeling from the death of Horus, Isis, and Ifrit though maintains a large powerbase. However, at one point strange events occurred in the land of Akhetaten after a few years passed. The prison of Apophis was broken into by an unknown faction seemingly led by a bunch of creepy people in dark hoods. Without Neith or Bastet it was difficult to respond in time, but by the time they did the snake god has been gutted and many of its bones had been taken. All that remained were a few bones, its skull, and some useless organs. Even it’s skin was taken. With the death of Apophis the snake cult has become notably more active, which is concerning. Espionage experts are still after them, and they’ve found the organization is undergoing some sort of civil war.
With the death of Bahamut Altepetl’s province has been taken over by Raven, whose appointment seems to have earned her enough followers to prevent her from descending. She proves to be an effective leader with her wisdom and prophecy abilities. While as a normal god she wasn’t spectacularly relevant anymore, as an administrative ruler she shows a side of her that people can respect. Opting to maintain her public image by directly leading Altepetl as the grand chief in incarnated form despite the cost to her power by staying physical.
Krylo holds a vast territory in what was once the Jade Empire that the fire nation lays claim to and still continues to expand bit by bit though instead of pursuing direct conflict Krylo prefers to turtle and build up his resources. Adrelemech on the other hand is a bit more aggressive but has been occupied by his new holdings of Atlantis and hasn’t been seen in many years.
Krovsokol’s colony expansion continues as his mad experiments continue to abduct people from Song’s Empire as well as wildland villages and now preys occasionally on the new Divya province. So far no one has really considered it profitable to go into a direct conflict against him so he sits cozily uncontested and gets away with his kidnappings and science experiments.
Along their quest the fellowship of the lamp also found a strange oasis in the western half of Si Da. Among the dark and dreary woodland of the Si Da, there was a place where life was vibrant and green surrounding a lake. There were a surprising amount of dead demons and Si Da natives here. It turned out to be the hidden sanctuary of Aphrodite, who they let remain in the woods and simply reported she was found to the higher ups.
It appears she spent her time learning the arts of mysticism out in the woods, though her oasis spirits were separated from the wild lands. Just as when Divya blew apart a chunk of the forest to cut off Song Yi, Aphrodite seemed fully aware that if her sanctuary wasn’t touching the wild lands Song Yi wouldn’t be able to find her.
After Song Yi was declared a traitor by Amaterasu she stayed with the black pantheon tentatively, mostly on the reassurances of Asmodaeus. When she tried to leave to find Song Yi post-resurrection her entire cult was destroyed by Nergal causing her to descend before she could even attempt it.
Scared of the demons, and scared that Song Yi would be angry with her if not outright murderous given the changes in her personality she went into hiding instead. Apparently Aphrodite knows the location of Neith and Inuit but has refused to divulge the information.
After the battle of Angra, people went to find her again and asked her to come back. Everyone was dead or dying and they felt she could be a bit useful right about now. Even though she was a descended demigod and didn’t know how much she could help she eventually relented to their badgering and came back to visit.
Lucas seems to be unhealthily infatuated with her after seeing her just once. Aphrodite herself seemed a mix of relieved and offended at Song Yi’s lack of interest in seeing her again. At least she wasn’t trying to kill her, but she would have liked at least a little bit of friendliness after supporting her on the black pantheon. While Song did talk to her and was welcoming, she was hoping for a little more enthusiasm.
For awhile Aphrodite was lurking around Altepetl with Raven to further her mystic arts, which has been a source of mild annoyance to Ishtar because Aphrodite is vastly prettier than her and drawing attention away from the sex cult. Eventually the cult of Aphrodite was reestablished in the wake of the massive destruction at the last battle, the world needed to recover both emotionally and in terms of population. Song told Aphrodite to just get back to it already.
Aphrodite’s main temple was rebuilt in Divya Samrajya to help with reconstruction efforts there. It actually wasn’t hard to get her enough followers to ascend her again, as it turns out people are pretty willing to worship the super pretty goddess whose name they already knew with just a little PR help. Naomi had to meet with and awkwardly apologize to Aphrodite for calling her a whore and then blowing up her cult in Thykenae.
Despite still being a bit of well…herself, Aphrodite is still a truly veteran goddess and proves valuable in an age when so many others are dead. On the black pantheon her mannerisms were somewhat awkward and annoying and resulted in her being written off as an idiot but as it turns out in nations where the primary basis of civilian life isn’t the consumption of other people’s corpses she’s quite good at what she does. She makes people happy and gives them hope, and recognizes social issues that most haven’t even considered yet. She still occasionally says stupid shit or derails conversations at pantheon meetings with her own strangely opinionated arguments but it can’t be denied that she is valuable to the empire.
Ishtar took some pretty deep gambles with the little power she has as her cult is still expanding, investing heavily into some of her champions in the hopes of being able to compete with the other heavier hitting cults. Giving all of them spirit blessings or encouraging them to use black magic, then blessing their weapon, then giving them champion blessings on top of that to create Divus style warriors who just have a diverse collection of powers to use on the battlefield. While its not as potent as power blessing them to do the thing they already do better, she’s trying to experiment with diversity to make her warriors harder to find a way to counter.
People still kind of see her as a bit odd for running a sex cult, even going as far as to make her greatest champions active participants in it (they sometimes act as prostitutes). However, it turns out that people are actually quite willing to pay to use those services with such awe inspiring figures. Some have even traveled from other ends of the empire just to hire out champions like Leyti or try to get into the orgies Siduri is often involved with. The cult of Ishtar holds an idea that all of their warriors are likely to die soon given how these wars have been going, and they should enjoy what they can while they can. While a bit hedonistic, it does help for morale. She did have a major impact in the final battle with Angra and technically her work started before the time hop but it was easier to list it here because oh god the roster updates.
Siduri is the offspring of both Ishtar and Bahamut, and reveals a mechanic previously not officially known though Tess pretty much called it sixteen times. Lin almost tapped into it but Freyja has the “only makes valkyries” clause. Full blooded demigods once born are fully grown and have inherited some of the intelligence of their parents. This is why the chance of two gods making a child successfully is so weirdly low. Gods like Ishtar and Aphrodite have a higher chance though, so does Zaeed for obvious reasons.
Siduri is a ridiculous mix of aspects. It reads as “Dragon of war, sex, earth, and lies” and Shento is already all over that one trying to figure out how one person can have that many. This was also so bizarre it even got Voynaye’s attention, because Siduri is an authentic war strider in Drakon’s eyes. Not only that, but the most powerful war strider in existence, they have never seen a demigod strider before. It would take a whelp to overpower him.
As you might guess, a dragon strider demigod is not your average champion. He has geomancy as one of his obvious abilities. His war aspect gives him powerful buffs to his armies and his deception aspect isn’t obvious but he could easily be a minion of Asmodaeus. Only Shento was able to actually tell what it was doing, Siduri is very very good at lying. With the exception of the best masters of sense motive, its almost impossible to tell when he is lying or not. He convinced someone that a rock was their own child once during a test to see how good it was. Rehema had to come and fix it too because that test subject was about to expand his house with an extra bedroom for the rock.
Finally the sex aspect seems to mix with the lies aspect and starts doing weird shit. Shento and Isis were able to definitively prove Siduri is a male. But anyone who looks at him sees whatever gender they’re most attracted to, which gets weirder when you learn that all of his anatomy is interactable to whatever version they see including to those who like both. Yet those not attracted to one of his two sexes won’t see it. They stuck him in an orgy and they might as well have had Eli in there because no one was seeing the same thing happen, even in mid three-way men couldn’t see Siduri’s male genitalia or actions of using it on a woman and just saw lesbians making out. Whereas the females couldn’t perceive males utilizing all available orifices correctly and just saw either a missing person or whatever their fantasies wanted. Reality seems to break when you put Siduri in an orgy basically. Siduri himself describes it as if he’s experiencing parallel universes at the same time.
Moving along, as a dragon demigod of war his physical capabilities are enormous for being technically five years old. He’s way stronger then the average strider and has regeneration just short of Anna’s level. Unlike Anna he is not weak to fire. Since he was already super powerful, Ishtar definitely went all in on Siduri. Giving him the high prophet blessing, he’s her son anyways, and asking for Song to give him spirit infusion in exchange for any favor she could return. He also has a spirit blade in the form of a spear of earth made in memory of his father Bahamut.
His spirit infusion was selected by Song as a volcanic spirit from Pele’s mountain. Enabling his geomancy to include lava, or to turn stone into lava, which gets pretty dangerous pretty quickly.
His spear of Bahamut is made of a solid piece of stone, and weighs a lot obviously. When it is stabbed through either stone, dirt, or other similarly earthy things it seems to open a portal within about two hundred feet and come out wherever else there are similarly earthy elements. However, it can create more of itself when it does this allowing it to create dozens of other spears that can come out all at once in other places at full length of the original spear.
Personality wise Siduri is surprisingly calm for his age but other then his lack of overabundant energy he’s very reminiscent of Zaeed. He drinks a lot but instead of chugging mugs of ale he sips glasses of finer qualities, instead of cheesily picking up women he pulls a more James Bond style of interaction. He tends to enjoy the sex aspect of Ishtar’s cult and given his ability to be on all points on the gender spectrum at the same time, most others are enthusiastic about the fact that he enjoys it as well. He is overtly seductive almost all the time just in his body language and tone of voice to the point that its very hard to tell if he’s hitting on someone or not. Most assume he is always hitting on everything at all times. He spends a lot of his time learning with Hayate and other warriors as Ishtar believes he needs to train as a warrior considering how powerful he is, all that he’s missing is training. The other half of his education is carried out by Raven’s cult since Song demanded he learn mysticism in exchange for the infusion he was given. He seems to have taken to hanging out with the Honorbound and Elves as his buddies since they all have a relatable experience of being created and honed for specific purposes by their gods. Adin would have been excluded since she grew up the normal way but he and her have all too similar vices to ensure they came together.
As a full blooded demigod Siduri has one other unique talent, he can see all gods regardless of prophet status. His birth caused a lot of other gods in the pantheon to look at each other awkwardly and consider if they should have some orgies or something because “holy crap Ishtar’s kid is OP as shit.” Sima Wa looked over at Shento and did some eyebrow wiggles. Then the rest of the roster update (though Con Lai was trying before Siduri).
An older more known champion of Ishtar revisited as she got more powers from Ishtar to help with the war effort. Leyti is actually the strongest champion she has now as Leyti has survived battles with the undead, Angra, and Drakon and gotten quite good at keeping herself alive.
With her weapon being replaced by a Kagayakashi quality one, the blessing remains the same though as a blizzard controlling weapon. Though the upgrade now allows it to be weaponized even more and is now reminiscent of Song’s blizzard albeit not as powerful.
Taking a cue from the Hale’a pantheon, Ishtar outsourced the champion blessing to Raijin so she’d have something other then a war buff. After Raijin’s death the blessing has been taken over by Indra.
The result has the peculiar effect of letting her wield lightning, but she has combined it with her blizzards to make every individual snowflake a conductor. Getting caught in her blizzards can be much more fatal then you would normally expect snow to actually be.
Her guardian spirit has gifted her with a massive ethereal thunder jaguar that is easily seven feet tall on all fours. Unlike others who utilize projections that make brief commanded attacks, the jaguar is permanent and shares a mental bond with Leyti so they can fight in perfect sync for extended durations. She shares her health and stamina with the jaguar which means damaging one can weaken the other, on the other hand it means both are abnormally resilient and the jaguar can also wield her other blessings itself.
Were it not for the fact that Siduri has the dragon tag this would have been the most powerful of the true demigods. Jadus holds both blood and metal aspects and is abnormally potent in his abilities. A more powerful hemomancer then Eztli and having the power of metalkinesis to match it. His body is actually made of metal itself which he can warp and contort to do as he pleases with. His control over metal is so strong and precise that he can not only move it, but manipulate it. With a wave of his hand he is able to separate ore from rock, smelt and purify it, and temper it just by manipulating the metal content. He has been able to build full jinko shells in just six hours, since he can make every instricate part and place them with precision.
As another effect from his combined aspects, his body cannot be physically damaged by metal. Get knocked through a wall sure, but no sharpened metal can break his skin, which is also metal so as you might guess its pretty hard to find weapons that can cut through him. Since his metalkinesis is so strong he can just rebuild his body, he is considered as having the highest level of regeneration in the empire short of actual gods. Though technically he has to be conscious and make an active effort to do that, otherwise he has no regenerative abilities.
On the bloodier side of things he actually has the ability to heal others if he can touch their blood. He has sometimes stabbed people to heal a broken limb, but still counts. He’s also got the power of blood magic familiarity like Johann as a natural talent. His physical strength is a match for Ryner and Anna atop all of that. Though he shares the weakness to fire and has a perpetual concern about drowning even though his metalkinesis lets him levitate his own body.
In personality, he’s a bit arrogant and takes on danger haphazardly and has a hard time recognizing that for all his power he is still vulnerable to some things. Anna’s blood projected weapons are not metal and thus were able to hurt him, and spirit blades also bypassed his metal defense. It was actually Aeth that wound up putting him in check to realize he wasn’t the chosen one to defeat all others as he was beaten so bad it was reminiscent of Song Xiao vs Song Yi. Despite these setbacks reminding him he’s not the best thing ever, he’s still fearless which translates to cocky and stupid.
Combat trainers have noted he has one major flaw. He’s not very adaptable at all. He will often triple down on a single strategy even if it has already failed twice and despite the incredibly vast applications his powers could be put to he just repeatedly does the same things that should work. He could make almost anything with his two kinesis powers but just sticks to stabby things or slashy things. He’s not terribly creative and just tries to completely overwhelm his opponents with the tried and true methods. This is a large part of how he got his ass handed to him by Aeth, and Aeth didn’t even use fire to do it.
Something went wrong when Sima Wa tried to have two kids at once. Jadus got both aspects, and Inaji was born with neither. She is actually an abnormality that has no detectable aspect whatsoever. She has the strength and regeneration of a demigod, but no powers at all and struggles to fight even lower tier opponents like Haunani and Daisuke.
This quickly reflected itself in her personality being the opposite of Jadus. She was timid and shy initially, also perpetually trying to find some way to not be a disappointment, fearing that the shadow of her incredible brother will end up leaving her lost and forgotten member of the family. A necessary sacrifice to make someone as powerful as Jadus. She left home and made the trek up the mountain to Yaosai in attempt to both prove and find herself, thinking that maybe by following a Lengdonian tradition she’d make her parents a little proud at least and maybe find some direction in her life.
Over time she did finally display one unique talent though. She got both of her dad’s creative streaks and is far more clever and inventive then anyone else ever seen. Forced to rely on her own wit, she honed her mind until it was actually relevant. Eventually finding a way to contribute in her own fashion. With gear and a big fucking gun.
By studying the design philosophy of Rikuto, she designed many of her own weapons and gadgets she comes armed with, including the most powerful portable firearm ever seen. It hits like a Divya cannon yet she can carry it herself. She has hit striders only to watch them become a shower of gore and proven her weapon can shoot down an airship or a dragon with a few well placed shots. Along with completely blowing apart fortified castle walls. Even Saiko got a little jealous. Inaji’s primary weapon is powered by weaponized energy cores, lots of them that she makes herself. Enabling her to use such a massively overpowered weapon with a surprisingly good fire rate.
She carries grapple launchers, smoke grenades, flash grenades, along with regular explosive grenades, and even managed to recreate the Sanika scout blastpacks that give her the ability to go airborne. Flamethrowers, smaller firearms, combat knives, and much more. She specifically chose to train under Rikuto and only Rikuto. Saying the methods Hayate and other such teachers impart are for those who have a fighting chance, Rikuto taught her how to fight dirty. Despite the fact that she was born handicapped in a world where every edge is needed, turns out her sheer ingenuity and cleverness has put her back in the game.
Even without the help of Song Yi, she attracted a spirit guardian to herself who was also small, handicapped, and unappreciated. It was one of the long forgotten tekno spirits from the ruins of Divya, but since its her personal spirit she can utilize its powers in more then one way and has taken a fondness to the spirit who shares a similar stunted start in the world. While it doesn’t do anything hugely impressive as a weak spirit, it doesn’t need to. She has used it’s ability to hear her and make small shifts to operate her engineered arsenal for her. Allowing her to create remote controlled explosives, turrets, and automated control over her grappling weapons so they can actually grapple things properly instead of bouncing off or being yanked out when she actually puts her weight on them.
Ever since she really came into her own skillset and learned how to make the most of herself through sheer dedication she has become a lot more confident and outgoing. After some time passed, she even was able to beat Jadus in combat and now has a legion of loyal jinko who revere her incredible mind. Founding her own team, “The Runts” A team made up of several other less then champion jinko that she has armed and trained herself. Though Rikuto wound up joining her team as her second in command, but thats the only champion level one on the crew. She has a small fleet of three airships crewed by her Jinko team at her disposal that she custom built herself, creating two extremely agile and fast ones along with her super heavy freighter she hauls half her lab around in. Her private workshop/warehouse is located in Kagayakashi on the outskirts of the ever expanding city and in very short time has become a monument to the weaker jinko that celebrate her as a celebrity icon and inspiration. She also hired Daisuke to be her in-house painter that runs a tattoo/paint shop out of the warehouse as a side business for other jinko. He also runs the front counter for her shop where she sells more civilian minded inventions to the population.
Even though she is one of the weakest champions in the pantheon and certainly the weakest of the demigods full or half, her only limit is her creativity and that is a limit she’s repeatedly shattered ever since Sima Wa gave her a hammer and anvil to play with. She currently resides in the province of Divya Samrajya helping to rebuild it and re-found the tekno jagara under the name Tekuno, which is technically a clan under the control of Kagayakashi. She keeps badgering her metallic dad to move Kagayakashi to the new nation where they can build more freely due to the lack of spirit building laws.
She even managed to convince a lot of gods in the pantheon to give her one blessed item to add to her gear list and now reminds us a lot of Marshal Devadas. She is quickly becoming fairly famous around the empire, a level of fame she’s exploited to open franchise shops in other capitals to sell her stuff that she ships out from Kagayakashi.
She’s a highly independent individual, despite still officially associating with Kagayakashi and Sima Wa she often tends to work mostly of her own accord on her own projects. Sima was always a bit encouraging of her doing her own thing and taking initiative, and since then she’s largely worked on her own projects instead of waiting for official cult business to come up.
Inaji’s Blessed Items:
Song Yi Ring: Spirits love her
Pele Blastpacks: Can propel herself through the air
Izumi shirt and pants: Pants of illumination
Freyja revolver: death aspected, Headshot execution style
Ishtar Ring: Small scale Illusion projector
Am Nhac Necklace: And the winner of American Idol is…
Jehovah’s goggles: Enemy/loot radar – Vegeta what does the scouter say?
Shento tattoo: More regen more betta
Fujin engine on airship: Red means fastaaaa
Child of Con Lai and Zaeed. Van Tien is a full blooded demigod and shares similar traits with Siduri. However, instead of being a weirdly attractive dragon kid, Tien is a weirdly horrifying dream kid. Her power over the dream realm nearly rivals her mother and she is often found lurking over the portal network as an ominous guard to remind people not to start trouble, and keep an eye out for any peculiar would-be assassins. As well as just messing with people for the sake of it.
Van takes an odd pleasure in her frightful appearance, likely related to the fact that she chose that appearance herself. She has sometimes appeared as other things, but she definitely likes looking spooky. She prefers forms like giant spiders and snakes to creep people out. Weirdly enough though, other then their appearance they aren’t actually all that terrifying. They are more of a merry prankster then anything else and aren’t violent at all. However, one day she walked outside the dream realm and lost their shapeshifting powers and became a human for once.
Once she was in the physical world people finally figured out that she was a female, and could not convince her to do anything she should do. She can create illusions, which are actually dreams tied to the dream realm though cannot be physical. People think she can read minds somehow though in reality as the princess of the dream realm she just knows every dream they’ve ever had and can tap into the information that their subconscious has released to her. Another ability is to create temporary dream portals at any time. She can simply walk off into the dream realm at will and take people in or out with her. Though she does need to personally know where she’s going for that to work.
Her other power, known as “waagh” is not well understood even by analysts Shento and Isis. She seems to be able to do almost anything if she doesn’t know she shouldn’t be able to. She only lost her shapeshifting because she learned in the physical world people couldn’t do that. She used to walk around on walls and ignore all laws of gravity until someone explained it to her, then she suddenly stopped being able to do it no matter how hard she tried. She once actually pierced Jadus’ metal skin with a metal weapon, which baffled everyone, simply because she didn’t know that his powers meant she shouldn’t be able to do that. The same could be said of her former ability to breathe underwater and walk around without noticing that water is denser then air, she only learned that was wrong when she accidentally drowned someone and had it explained to her that humans can’t do that. She also has operated broken machinery because she didn’t know it was broken and once had a self-reloading crossbow she was playing with that only worked for the same reasons as all the above. There are various other instances of this, but as far as anyone can tell she can warp reality and treat the physical world as the dream world only as long as she doesn’t know about the rules of the physical world. There is a specific limitation though, she cannot affect things with more way more power then herself. For example, she can’t reality warp Excalibur or individuals with just way more power then her. Its a weird thing that her own obliviousness and apparent stupidity makes her unbelievably powerful, and in her special case knowledge is definitely not power. People are not sure if she should be educated or left as a wandering, but powerful, oblivious idiot.
She has very little understanding of humans. While she doesn’t mean anyone any real harm some of her “pranks” can be absolutely vicious as she finds their deepest darkest insecurities. Crafting images of dead husbands, children, or sometimes that one uncle who touched them a little too much. Usually her goal is as simple as to get someone to walk into a tree or fall off the dock, and instead just obliterates the psyche of someone entirely. Sometimes if not traumatizing, she accidentally tempts people with something really important to them and leave them depressed for the rest of their life as they learn what that one thing that’s always been missing in their life that they never knew what it was, is in fact something out of their reach. Usually she hits the mark just right and doesn’t traumatize someone and just gets them to walk into a tree as planned and they shrug it off but every now and then breaks someone on accident. She just wants to be silly and have fun, and only annihilates people’s will to continue living on accident every now and then. While not as deadly or horrifying as Eli, its…kind of close sometimes.
There is another practical application to her powers though, since it is a direct vision to the dream realm it has the ability to be a phone. She can see through to the dream realm and find anyone in it and then talk to them, its not quite the Alice portal but its pretty useful sometimes. Especially when she makes the portal to Con Lai and suddenly public prophet phone.
As a full blooded demigod, despite her seemingly innocent nature she can throw a horse over her head. She’s not as physically strong as Siduri or Jadus but even a strider would have trouble dealing with her strength and regenerative abilities, though she has no combat training so its best to keep her away from such confrontations.
She notably has a habit of never wearing clothes, apparently inheriting the “why do I have to do x human thing” from her mom and her dad’s general personality as a whole. She decided she didn’t like the feeling of being trapped in a second skin. She was almost convinced into wearing clothes, but then someone walked off the dock while staring at her and she realized she could mess with people just by showing off her body. Considering how obscenely beautiful she is, it causes a lot of distractions.
She has only one friend, Hei Song. It turns out that because she is used to seeing people’s deepest darkest fears and secrets while also being partially made of nightmare stuff herself, Hei Song’s aura doesn’t offset her. Originally Hei Song found her annoying but then she kept following the dark spirit girl around and Hei eventually caved to at least having one friend that could hang out with her again. This is probably not the best friend for Van to have though, as this friendship is a large part of how she keeps accidentally horrifying people with her innocent pranks. In the end the duo don’t really make a good match, one is a playful trickster and the other is a serious warrior. But they’re the only two that could stand each other for longer then a week, so now they hang out a lot. Van once declared it her mission to make Hei smile, then when she saw that smile Ailani and Hei tend to do and she decided she didn’t want to make Hei smile anymore.
Some people poked some fun at the fact that the time god’s demigod child came into existence as a rather older gentleman. He could easily be in his fifties or sixties at first glance. Even Freyja found it a little funny, but Xiaoli looks that way for a reason. He was born wise, and is the third person we’ve ever found that can see into the future. He’s actually a reminder of the past, a shadow of what once was and a warning of mistakes made. He has the powers from past Aetas members, while not quite as powerful as the authentic versions that does add up to a lot of abilities.
Thandar and Velius’s telekinetics, Kahl Jung’s manifestations, Johnathan’s area vision, Naberius’ memory eating, Andelko’s raw strength, Kinzoku’s metal skin, Halveti’s fire and metal, Mazaki’s regeneration, Mililani’s psychometry, and Eret’s prophecy.
While he doesn’t have the precognitive super precision that Eret does, as a demigod who can see gods regardless of prophet status his visions are not cut off by divine presence in them. Instead of seeing the results of every tiny little decision and their many realities like Eret, he simply sees the omens of the future and watches them change as time passes on, giving him a method of warning before tragedy strikes or when to stay the course. Though it isn’t super precise and does occasionally go awry when people do weird things. The future is always in motion after all.
His pale flesh looks more like skin then not but it is still metallic like Kinzoku’s. While it will break under enough pressure, such as getting chewed on by a dragon, it is still a strong layer of defense especially if he wears armor on top of it.
He wields a peculiar weapon that hasn’t been seen in decades. An urumi sword, or a whip sword as you might think of it. It is somehow magically animated and practical for him to use, though it still takes great skill. A reminder of the old days, its an exact replica of the weapon once wielded by Song Shan-Tai and has the stamina leech effect from Captain Yuan Zi’s staff.
Xiaoli was also the only demigod born with combat skills fully in place. While many took quickly to learning them, only Xiaoli was a master of martial arts the instant he appeared. Notably though, his styles are also indicators of the past. Knowing Lengdon’s style, particularly Song Shan-Tai and Yuan Zi’s, the Mao Yachi tribal methods, along with Mazaki’s guard training and even Eret’s pirate fighting style.
Xiaoli is more then just a time aspect who drew from the previous champions, he is an echo of Lin Sun’s history. He only has the abilities of those who died or left him, not the still living members. It could hardly be argued all of those death’s are actually Lin’s fault, Song Yi was the one who led Shan-Tai and the rest to death at the battle of Doi Cho Len, but it is still a notable trend in Xiaoli’s ability set. A manifestation of his previous endeavors to mirror his own inner struggles and tendency to dwell on his failures and dead friends. Xiaoli isn’t a beacon of hope for the future but a haunting reminder of the past. A entity that reminds of us of what once was, and what mistakes were made. The weight of that is why he was born an older man.
Despite this dark origin born from Lin’s psyche, Xiaoli isn’t walking around badgering Lin with “remember the time you fucked that one thing up?” He tends mostly to lurk around as an observer of ongoing events and spends time engaged in long complicated conversations with Vris. His wisdom comes from a willingness to learn alongside the weight of what created him.
She just couldn’t resist. Mali was sentenced to death and she was the only executioner willing to do it. She ate that time avatar and reached the avatar state herself. Kaisa’s avatar form is obviously not compatible with the coat as it doesn’t possibly fit on her strange form. She’s over nine feet tall now, a size even more noticeable because she hovers everywhere she goes now with her total cyrokinesis that includes her own body.
As an avatar Kaisa is extraordinarily powerful, her range of control over ice has extended to include her own frozen veins. Her abilities have expanded so far that she can create blizzards as well as her more direct more potent ice magic. Her body is very difficult to damage now as her regenerative abilities haven’t been checked in on since she first put the coat on, as an avatar of ice she literally can’t die as long as the environment around her is cold and/or wet. So she opts to summon blizzards and flash freeze the environment around her before fighting. Obviously she doesn’t like fire.
As an experiment she tested her abilities and found she could make it hail ice javelins and cause mass death by impalement. Even she didn’t know it would be that strong and some members of the Aetas accidentally died when they didn’t take shelter quickly enough. Waste not the dead, she ate them too. She’s still the Kaisa we all know and love, just way stronger now and Sam unlocked the achievement [Avatars are my Minions] first.
Lucas is running around in a mild panic to remind Lin of her psych evaluation. If Kaisa can’t wear the coat, why does she need the Aetas when she can destroy the honorbound single handedly?
Milenkosi returns as an Akuma after the attempt to resurrect him by Van Tien. It went the same way as Song Cao. There is a notable pattern that without Angra any attempt to bring back the dead keeps doing this, and making true immortals that even death gods cannot destroy.
He is currently sealed deep within the mountain after the destruction of the palace alongside Song Cao.
A mysterious figure who has recently been spotted around the continent here and there. No one knows who she really is or what her powers are. Though he has been spotted before no one paid much mind to the goth kid.
There isn’t much to say as she’s still a largely unknown player, but this was the person who rewarded the fellowship of the lamp with the information of Angra’s lamp, freed lucifer, and was seen at the death of Apophis. Sheridan uncovered that she is somehow involved with the snake cult though likely indirectly. In his spy work he found some of them have been talking to her, but the most he can figure out is that she was talking to them and arranging for them to do some work for her. The fellowship of the lamp suspects they probably shouldn’t have done that quest for her.
Unfortunately, Sheridan disappeared one day and hasn’t been seen since. Other members of the spy network that get close to her keep going missing as well. She also seems to dodge every attempt to lay a trap against her and always has the upper hand.
Eret and his team seemed to have survived Atlantis, but have been completely missing for years. Then one day the Akiuja of Shento spotted Eret for the first time in years, he was one of the black enigma’s bodyguards. This explained why every attempt against the enigma has failed, Eret was able to see them coming. He walked within inches of the Akiuja obviously trying to hide the fact he was doing so from the others he was with and discreetly held up a hastily scribbled note,
“ATLANTIS PRISON = PANDORA
NO ELI NO HOPE
DESCEND YI BEFORE TOO LATE”
Crocell was instrumental in the battle of Angra, despite his death he was able to return Ailani and Johann with the command “forget everything you know about Angra”. This has left the two of them mentally confused as to what is happening and what they missed. Especially given they were standing right next to Angra when that happened. They’re home but took some effort to re-adjust. Ailani is already right back at it again at taking control of the cult and re-establishing her power. Hei Song is happy Ailani is back at least.
The new wife wants a kid too, she’s jealous of how everyone else has these demigods and she still doesn’t. Since you’re married to her she figures its only reasonable you give her one, and she wants you to lineage it into a death aspect like her. In all not that insane of a request.
Si Da has seen better days, ever since you and Saldis took power over it the demons have been at a bit of a distance. While Vedahl, the new queen of hell, is still a member of the black pantheon she seems a little wary of the new leadership not being members of the demon team. With demons hanging out more so in hell then the city, the population is a bit low after the battle with Angra since Asmodaeus deployed just about everyone.
Anna’s time in the time chamber with Jadus backfires pretty fast, he became able to beat her once he realized his hemomancy can beat hers. It was sad it took him this long to realize that actually, so hey look he adapted! Just didn’t get taken down a peg as intended.
Emilia’s response about the glamor vampires is to not even try. As the king of Si Da we’d be lucky if every glamor vampire reporting to Carmilla every move we made was the only problem we had. The entire legion of Asmodaeus is still here in the city. Not to mention Nergal certainly has agents here, along with with goddamned Lucifer. There is no way the glamor vampires are even on the spectrum of problems we have to deal with right now. She’s gonna need some more funding.
On a more somber note. Kiala and Johann seem a bit depressed that their mother died. She wasn’t even at the battle, she was just standing outside watching and from halfway across the world Otoroshi’s eyes passed over her and she fell over dead. Eztli and Ailani have notably been just fine, Eztli has also picked back up since Ailani came home and his sense of purpose came back.
Since you’re married to her now, even if a political arrangement, Saldis personality becomes a bit more notable to you. She’s still mad that Ishtar is alive and actively encourages Vedahl to one up her with the weird sex fueled army gimmick at every turn. Otherwise Saldis is actually not a bad match and you two have been getting along kind of fine, she’s also a mad scientist. If not the original of the campaign judging by Halveti. While your two sciences don’t really meet much as one requires things to be alive and the other requires things to be dead, it makes for relatable dinner conversation. Saldis is a powerful administrator of her populace and became leader not just for the range of her military. She uses the undead to do manual labor for the populace which increases food production which increases population, which fuels the black magic engine along with her corpse work force. She is rather heavily dedicated to the progression of black magic and has actually revealed something about her techniques. When entire armies got up and walked away from battlefields like the mountain battle of Angra, they took their corpsey selves to the avatars of Si Da to be eaten before it was too late as she wants to ascend more of them to replenish the god roster. Kind of like the Mahane, you start to realize the two of you actually have a lot in common. Empire building, mad science, death and black magic efficiency exploitation, and judging by her rage at Ishtar for making her kill her own daughter (Raji) she’s also a bit of a family person. Ailani has taken a liking to her almost instantly, though Kiala notably seems wary of someone replacing her mom full time instead of just the Sima Wa one off type of thing.
Obviously Kaisa is a problem, she needs to eat people to survive and if you don’t find things to feed her she just kills random people that she happens across who aren’t wearing Aetas badges. She also doesn’t accept mahane blood shakes because she just doesn’t like them. She’s taken to visiting Si Da to hang out with their surviving avatars now and then to be among her peers, which also might not be good news.
Vris nearly killed Adin with bear hugs after Adin survived the encounter with Otoroshi thanks to her spirit dying to protect her from its sight. Adin has entered a severe depression with the death of her spirit guardian though, so severe she wasn’t even sleeping around as she normally does to cope and tried to commit suicide. She was last seen six months ago in the kitchens getting food, other then that she rarely leaves her room. The only people she lets see her are Vris and Yukari. Vris has become less effective as a high prophet because of this as well, she spends most of her time trying to figure out how to help her daughter and the depression has begun to infect her as well while she watches her child go through this. Mystics have had to regularly sweep the Aetas temple for dark spirits because they are drawn toward Adin, she is a powerful mystic as showcased by her former spirit guardian and her depression is a magnet to the dark spirits.
Lucas in the meantime has been regularly visiting Divya Samrajya as a guest therapist helping Aphrodite’s cult to learn the fine art of empathic psychiatry. That and we think he has the hots for Aphrodite ever since he saw her in her demigod state pass through the Aetas city.
The Heathen Hammer was stolen from the Aetas by Eret and his team at one point fairly early on, around the two year mark. No one knows how, even Eret shouldn’t have known how to get that thing so smoothly but he did. It has become notable that with Emilia gone to Si Da with Shento and Zhi dead, counter espionage efforts around here are dependent on the shinobi in Adelaide who aren’t really dedicated to that as they’re more so trying to spy on people. However, as Shento once cautioned, the hammer turned out to be a major reason Aina wasn’t growing very well. With it gone more spirits were willing to come hang out and bring good fortune, really now its just Kaisa that keeps them wary. Follower numbers have picked up dramatically since the loss of the hammer oddly enough and the elves have become even more powerful as mystics with the increased population of spirits.
Not to mention the increase of the elven population was still going on so you have a lot more of those now.
With so many dead and with Adin and Kaisa potentially being written off the roster be sure to pick how you want to look for roster replacements.
Weird things have been noticed around the dream realm ever since the creation of the Milenkosi akuma. No new nightmare denizens have been born since then, the old ones are still around but Nane Kuu has noticed no new ones popping up. It was Van Tien who figured out why, there is a new realm. The nightmare realm can be accessed by sleeping lords, yourself, and Van but it is a dark and terrifying place. While Milenkosi is sealed away it is evident the nightmare realm is his and the dark denizens of this place are hostile to others who enter. Though these denizens are young and not terribly powerful, Nane Kuu was able to just ignore them and smack their bitch asses away if they tried to attack her.
Yukari has been regularly visiting the Aetas city because of Adin’s depression and has been trying to find some way to fix her friend. Even becoming so desperate as to ask her father if he could do anything as the master of comforting people, or even just seducing her and maybe getting Adin back into normal. Because of this Yukari’s training has been slowed a bit since she’ll ditch out of lesson plans to go visit Adin. She still blames herself for the Rei incident as well and seems a little ashamed whenever near you or the denizens which would also help explain her tendency to leave the domain to find other things to do.
Kamari has been exploring the dream world of his own accord since little interest was taken in him he’s been free to do as he pleases. While he met Van Tien, they didn’t really get along that well. Kamari is a refined man of worldly travels and Van Tien is an idiot that just looks for laughs here and there.
Van Tien herself has been a bit moody, having realized how her powers work and that people keep lying to her to exploit those powers. She doesn’t like how people treat her as an idiot and keep her an idiot because of them, and though the effects of her abilities are powerful she’s come to realize every time she uses them everyone around her is snickering with “I can’t believe she didn’t know that doesn’t work.” Being an idiot oblivious to things was one thing, it was fun being too stupid to know what was wrong. But knowing you’re an idiot and always being exploited is upsetting.
Be sure to pick replacement plan for the open roster slot.
General population of non-jinko and civilian worship has increased thanks to Inaji who has traveled around the world with the Kagayakashi flag and increased public awareness and interest in the city of invention. Though it has also slowed other projects as new accommodations have had to be made for more human dwellers within the city who take up more space and resources then jinko. It is likely this temporary downturn in production will lead to a future upswing though once things are stabilized and the work force has expanded.
While the death of Takeshi was a major loss as he was one of the most powerful jinko warrior to ever exist, hardly anyone has noticed. A few of the higher ranking members have been affected but Takeshi was so reclusive and silent that his absence around the city is barely relevant.
However, the death of Teozix is a much more extreme effect. The leader of the jinko, heralded as the wisest of them all, was a heavy loss. There is a distinct lack of guidance for jinko without him as all the others are warriors and builders. Inaji is also more of an inspirational personality then a guiding one and she lives in Divya now anyways. With no wise men available, prayers have increased quite a bit.
Hei Song is now the sole leader of the Jakaal. With this new position she’s been a bit busier then normal and expresses some level of grief for the death of Ira.
With the death of the Senshi leader as well, Akuhiko has taken over for them.