Roster Update (so you know who killed your people)

Several new champions for other factions have been added, so lets go over them.

 

vasisthaThe second most powerful man in the nation, second only to the Raja himself. Vasistha is the leader of the Tekno Jagara and high prophet of Dyaus Pita. He has the power of extreme technomancy. Similar to how Dyaus Pita turned the fleet into an avatar, Vasistha can alter technology to his purposes on the fly. The size of his arsenal is theoretically infinite as he invents new gadgets as he goes along, though typically he just wields raw destructive energy unless he finds himself needing a gizmo.

Tier 2

 

Kiaan DarshiitVasistha’s bodyguard and apprentice in technomancy. With the same aspect powers granted to him by Dyaus, you can expect Kiann to be pretty much a miniature Vasistha. Though Kiann does not wield the explosive energies Vasistha does, he often find ways to make do with what he has. Don’t let his priest robes or scrawny frame fool you, he very suddenly turns into a fully armored Sanika when he is expecting a fight.

 

Tier 3

 

lakshay jayeshAs the high prophet of such a powerful destroyer god, Lakshay’s power is pretty predictable. He blows things up. He doesn’t lead a terribly large army nor is he a good commander but when you can make whole platoons blow up, who needs skill?

 

 

Tier 3

 

hasinOne of the stranger endowed powers but fitting the Divya theme, Hasin can create weapons from the tek spirits in his arms. Manifesting their spirits into whatever form he wants, these weapons are as powerful as the spiritual blades the Senshi use but are far more diverse. Hasin is not a particularly powerful commander, but as a duelist he is exceptional and should be approached with caution.

 

 

Tier 1

sanjivAn old fashioned man, using his thick body and thicker sword he travels around keeping to the old styles of combat instead of all these fancy energy and projectile weapons everyone else around him is using. Sanjiv leads a large army and is quite competent on the field both as a hero and a commander.

 

 

Tier 2

 

malikenNergal’s apprentice, assistant, or just minion. However you want to look at it, Maliken is a powerful servant of the demonic agenda. His powers aren’t well understood but its known he excels in subtle tactics and assault. Unlike Nergal however, Maliken wields a lot more overt powers and can cause larger scale demolition then the demon of secrets. It is suspected Maliken is sent to deconstruct buildings rather then make people disappear, he was the one that broke the Aetas temple but no one is sure how he did.

Tier ?

 

erelimSalathiel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erelim and Salathiel aren’t terribly different from each other and are technically brothers. Erelim is the older one if you were curious. They are actually some of the more powerful black mages of Si Da who Azazel decided would serve as his commanders and champions on the field. Neither are as talented as their master in leading demon hordes but they usually are told what to do ahead of time and instead serve as raw muscle. Both have the typical physique and regenerative abilities expected of high level black mages, and both have the powers of destruction, similar to Baal and Abaddon before them. They hold aspect blessings of Azazel, giving them ways to bolster the powers of their armies.

Tier 2

hataNo one is sure who made such comically large katana for him, but he seems to wield them just fine. As the high prophet of Hachiman he is also one of the main commanding generals on the field. A master of both strategy and physical confrontation.

 

 

 

Tier 2

hayashiDespite his master going mad, Raijin is still alive and thus his high prophet has not lost their powers. As apprentice to Raijin, Hayashi is one of the most dangerous champions in the Taiyo pantheon. Similar to his master, Hayashi exhibits calm and thoughtful behavior, only resorting to violence if necessary and when necessary he ends it quickly.He is known to imitate his master’s favorite technique, becoming living lightning as his method of travel and repositioning in combat.

Tier 0

 

arimaA challenge seeker, Arima is known to request duels with champions from around the world to test her mettle against them. Despite her hobby, she’s not terribly dangerous in single combat with her power to manipulate the wind around her. However, she is one of the best commanders in the Taiyo pantheon and is very knowledgeable in warfare.

Tier 4

 

 

ishimotoRyujin’s youngest champion, Ishimoto obviously has the power of hydromancy. His capabilities with such are fairly impressive,

 

 

Tier 3

 

 

 

The Heroic Tier List revisited

With all the changes, its time to revisit who is where so you have a bit more knowledge of the matchup potential. Remember, this is rough and based around them walking into each other unexpectedly. Sometimes they have other soldiers, larger armies, or are just more cunning and prepared.

 

Tier 0: Song Fang, Saint Naomi, Hayashi, Ryner

Tier 1: Saint Eleazor, Saint David, Locust, Thandar, Akasiya, Sahar Tahani, Kaja Molum, Takeshi, Hasin Bava, John Rackham

Tier 2: Ira, Shade, Milenkosi, Jakaal/Praeliator Master, Kulina, Hercules, Jin Zhang, Eret Daiheb, Anna Goethe, Yoshikazu, Hasina, Astrid, Vasistha, Sanjiv Buvey, Grand Marshal Devadas, Erelim, Salathiel, Hata Kokei, Orion

Tier 3: Baridi, Kinzoku, Dracula, Average Jakaal/Praeliator, Senshi Masters, Upper Templar, Lakshay Jayesh, Kiaan Darshiit, Kaisa, Lady Noelle, Lord Hector, Satoshi, Akiao, Saint Andrew, Saint Chloe, Saint Jacob, Ishimoto Tsuneyo, Eleni

Tier 4: An Lanh Tien, Carmilla, Average Senshi, Upper Lengdonian or Phoenix Clan, Sanika, Average Spartan, Average Templar, Velius, Mazaki, Rikuto, Sabriya Alhazz, Saint Caleb, Captain Raji, Arima Naoko, Halima

Tier 5: Siwang Assassin, Teijin Monk, Average Lengdonian or Phoenix clan, Rajput Soldier, Su Pinpua,Saba Kuu, Ume Kon, Alexandria, Daisuke, Gorou

Tier 6: Lo’c Thua, Sarnai, Teozix, Vris, Naberius, Gremory, Eret Daiheb, Su Shento, Rena, Malu Jio

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I wonder how many characters will die this time.

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Shento: Kaja learns his new powers shockingly fast and while he lacks the level of control or raw power that Dracula had, his creativity rivals Vlad’s. Having already developed several techniques to use the power offensively in combination with his own fighting style.

Hector begins the art of finding who is worthy to train as a proper knight. So far he’s crushed a lot of dreams with his callous observations in picking who is worthy. Though notably, he has accepted Alex.

Speaking of which, Alexandria has taken to following the paladins around and trying to learn from them during downtime. Since Carmilla is running the city that leaves her with a lot of free time when there are no messages to relay, and she wants to be able to defend herself if Anna tries to kill her. It iss unclear if Hector accepted her as a student because of her position as high prophet and his superior or if she has any degree of talent though.

The hunt for Ryner begins, but this update isn’t skipping all that much time so they’re currently traveling.

Carmilla begins spy network, fairly easily since people practically beg to make her happy. She’s slowly becoming more and more powerful with her social status and Alex has noticed that if it weren’t for Kaja and Hector, Carmilla would be dangerously close to being capable of a borderline mutiny. Granted, Carmilla has never shown any tendency to disobey the cult or any dissatisfaction but Alex is still scared of the vampires since she knew them as the apex predator of the jungle for awhile before she was selected to join the cult’s upper echelon, years of “hide from the night hunters” has left her a bit edgy around them.

That being said Alex is rapidly becoming politically powerful within the blood jungle as well, the paladins see her as the leader since they are holy warriors they serve the high prophet loyally. As Alex trains among them they are starting to become very familiar with her, similar to the way Song Yi rose to military prominence by training with the soldiers. Anna and the Tyrant clan are noticing how quickly they’ve stopped being a “faction” in blood politics, as its now just Carmilla and Alex. That being said, Carmilla seems to like Alex well enough anyways, so there is no infighting to worry about, but the stark differences between the vampire holdings in Sarnai and the Crimson Order are becoming a bit more apparent.

Lo’c is currently backed up on requests.

The orc chief think tank sort of depends on what you want them to do. Mystic work, maybe some fancy staff to symbolize spiritual leadership. Lead through strength? Axes are classic. Can never go wrong with a fancy helmet either, or even just a symbolic necklace.

The new policies input by Hector and Carmilla hand off a lot of resources to anyone inducted into the Crimson Order’s knights. This turns out to have pretty fast appeal and Kaja brings in an “old friend” once again. Turns out the man knows how to get some recruits in a hurry for war time. Carmilla starts investigating where the hell all these Divus accented, named, and obviously trained warriors are coming from.

Noelle is evidently familiar with Kaja and Hector as they all seem rather chummy. She is more like Hector then Kaja though, exhibiting traits of eloquence and clearly familiar with higher class etiquette. Carmilla is starting to get excited were not for the concern that these people all come from somewhere very specific and no one knows where right now.

Noelle’s power as a black mage is pyrokineticism. As with Hector, she is freakishly advanced in its usage very quickly able to find creative applications to enhance her destructive potential. Carmilla has put more effort into her investigation.

Lin Sun:

In an attempt to apologize to Thandar he punches you so hard you fly through a stone wall, obviously he used his telekinetics to make it hurt more. That was all he said on the matter. Freyja explained that’s how Ofrior forgives people sometimes, and she thought it was sweet how close you two were that he would give you such a traditional rite. That being said you’re aware he hit you WAY harder then you hit him.

The Milenkosi thing is actually a long and complicated affair. First off Eleni and the girls left because Thandar “escorted” them away as per Milenkosi’s advice. Milen pointed out Eleni may not be the prophet with her powerset anymore, but she still thrives on conflict and chaos. She was only here because she knew Eret was going to be a bit crazy and now she’ll be headed back to Atlantis where a power struggle will soon erupt. That girl has some weird issues. While Thandar was dealing with Eleni, Milen pinned Eret down and forced him to take a nap which triggered Eret to decompress all of his experiences as a pirate somehow and rendered him catatonic for awhile, recounting the various experiences to Milen such as Rackham killing his first girlfriend by hanging her from the mast, his pet bird being cooked by the crew when he wasn’t looking and then served to him as a prank, the first few times he had to kill people, the part where he might have been a little raped himself, and many attempts on his life in the middle of the night he barely survived. In the end his problems aren’t cured with a single nap though Milen introduced him to a nice young lady to help him asssimilate back into normal life. He’s now apparently dating Rena the Siren, whose powers turn out to be very effective in calming Eret down when he gets a bit high strung. However, Eret still retains some of his edge as he sets out to train the anti divya air team. Song Yi named him the captain of the air force since he’s the only one with an airship to use in the first place and Eret intends to join the war in full with his newly assembled team.

As a side note, he also encountered Jin Zhang while visiting the dream realm. They recognized each other and began a duel that lasted six hours before they both gave up and went to find something else to do. They are now drinking buddies apparently and are overly competitive at everything.

While he was in Sele’akala Eret unintentionally walked into Song Yi’s fist sixteen times and fell down a flight of stairs. Ira was lended to his sky crew, and he still needs dad’s permission to take Thandar and Kaisa with him.

Songstone proves a popular form of entertainment as it spreads around the nation. The first adventure pack DreamOn™ comes out later this month and the dev team is hanging out in the dream realm to collect artistic renderings.

Special blessed coat complete.

Con Lai:

Jin’s power leveled up is all the powers basically. The other two just get numeric increases.

Your attempt to hook up Jin and Sabriya results in a totally other thing happening. While they don’t exactly start dating they do start hanging out…and Jin is Eret’s new drinking buddy. The dream trio with no skills and all the skills has assembled.

Door opened.

Your new head of PR is dating Eret.

Kikai Senso:

The idea of modular wings turns out to be incompatible with current Jinko models and plans. So instead we made a new one!

RikutoThe Rackham project was inspired to be super modular and capable of having basically batman’s utility belt. The idea is to just have lots and lots of tricks and gadgets in a single frame. Rikuto was chosen to wield it, it carries ranged armaments, melee weapons, Isis gave it the ability to shoot lightning, it has flamethrowers, grappling hooks, what is being called as the  “blast pack” which the Sanika use to create controlled explosions to propel themselves forward by force and then just let momentum take them somewhere. Rikuto also has a variety of ways to change out their armaments and special upgrades. While there aren’t many available yet it leaves room for improvement, but as a whole the frame suffers from its lack of dedication. The modularity means it has many more weak points and far less durability in its construction so it has to rely on its gadgets to overcome people before it gets into a straight up slug fest with something like a Takeshi for example.

 

Everyone else:

The altepetl forces wait about a days journey away from the Wild border as they ready to assault. Current war council plans pending more group convo:

Eret is going to be the first move they make, using the recon ship he stole as a way to sneak up on them and try to cripple an air fleet near the border and maybe steal more ships. Hopefully he’ll do enough damage in the first night that they’ll be weakened. The plan is for scout Senshi to spread out across the border in a hurry to find the weakest possible spots, they expect it to be near the border to Taiyo. The idea is they can’t have the entire border lined with defenses, somewhere there has to be enough space for a day’s trip into their territory from the edges. Hopefully, can get into their cities and start to attack them while skipping the border conflict entirely. While this makes retreat extremely difficult and is risky in that the army will be surrounded, Saldis’ forces will continue to swell the more people fall either friend or foe.

The basic idea is to get within their land so their long range super weapons and airship cannons can’t be fired without also hitting their own stuff, using their own cities as cover instead of the much flimsier trees of the forest. More planning to be done over conferences.

Also be sure to carefully specify which of your champs is involved in what and who is going to the war etc.

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Well peace was pretty cool, now back to work.

Shentu Wo: 3124Power, 1282Followers
Kikai Senso: 3,200 Power, 80 Followers, Next Form Progress: 12%
Lin Sun: 4585 Power, 1146 Followers
Con Lai: 3522Power, 1456 Followers

Stories of Lore 16

Eret’s Odyssey Part 3/3

 

Kikai Senso: Jinko take up the ancestral home, making them no longer nomadic.  The spiked tree is raised once again.

Daisuke finally returns after being away for 4 years with this whole Ryner fiasco.

Akiao went missing for about a year after moving into the new city. Turned out he never went anywhere its just really dark underground and Akiao never talks.

Shento:

 

Lin Sun: Eret’s home. With his own airship, and his girlfriend(s)…and he’s an asshole. But he’s finally home! and geared. He has the sword of athalia, an amplified force rapier, a tattoo of minor illusions, and some gold embroidered pistols.

Eret’s Odyssey Summary
Personal Kill Count: 87
Kill Count under Command: 438
Towns Plundered: 14
Wenches total: 24
Ships stolen: 12
Last Title: Southern Pirate Lord of Atlantis
Final Rank: Yarr harr fiddle dee fucking dee

Eret may be home, but he isn’t the cute kid anymore. He’s killed a lot of people both innocent and not. He is responsible for leading some of the most successful pirates in recent history and even though you may wish not to see it, those were real pirates. He has done things that you’d have hanged people for. His overall attitude has become very obviously affected by his time with the pirates and though in the end he still came home he’s really out of place now. Eret has been observed to have a bit of a mean streak now, having physically struck people for giving him trouble and breaking an Aetas member’s leg with a swift kick to their knee. The victim described it as the worst pain he’d ever experienced. Were it not for Shento’s cult embassy they could have been crippled for life. Eret is not evil but he’s definitely lost sight of the line that defines acceptable behavior and has not yet adapted to the fact that he doesn’t need to assert dominance to keep people in line anymore. The Aetas members besides Thandar and Kinzoku are genuinely scared of Eret right now and try to avoid him. Even Vris makes a point to shrink away into other halls when she notices him coming through, and she used to love that kid.

Sahar cured him of all his former weaknesses, but gave him new problems. He used to walk into walls while spending too long in his visions and always thought very slowly, trying to make the best decisions he could. Now he reacts almost instantly as if expecting everyone to try and stab him in the back at any moment. To be fair, that was the situation he was living in for years before he came home and while its made him strong it has also made him a little jumpy and instilled a need to keep people afraid of him for his own safety.

Velius suggests sending Eret to live with Song Yi or Milenkosi for awhile, both of them have supernatural calming effects and might help to rehabilitate Eret into a civilized leader instead of this pack alpha he’s become. Though, by the fact seven other Aetas also voted to send him to the warrior Song Yi instead of the therapeutic Milenkosi, you’re relatively sure they just want him to get his ass kicked by her. It’d probably make them happy if you had Eret spar her at one of your future training sessions, so that they can watch.

Vris gets along fine with Aetas, they do revere her a little bit as the archivist. Its just that what she wants to talk about and what they want to talk about are different things. She’s a nerd, a well respected nerd, but a nerd none the less. It doesn’t help that she’s become even more reclusive since Eret got back though, but then again all of the Aetas has been.

The Aetas militarization goes swimmingly as people prepare for war to eventually resume. Despite the fear he instills in them, Eret is a very strong commander now and knows how to build an army….as evidenced by the pirate legion that is giving Con Lai so much trouble.

Vris tells the world that she has a dream. Kinzoku still remains kind of a loner, Vris and Kinzie are very different people and even though they like each other one acts far younger and more interested in fun or funny things and the other wants to spend all day exploring the world’s mysteries through its books. Your society doesn’t have anyone anymore who can keep up with Vris…well Eret could but she’s scared of him.

Song Yi’s fights with you actually result in her teaching you and the Aetas something important: Fighting like a Lengdonian is stupid. Their fighting styles were developed fighting honorable opponents or wilderness bandits, it was never intended for combat against black mages or demons where every enemy could act radically different from each other. She’s come to realize this is why she couldn’t beat Raijin, he used his powers to their fullest and understood how to react to and counter hers. This is why Kaisa can beat half your forces on her own already, she knows how to use her powers and defensively probe to figure out her opponents and react to that information. The old lengdonian arts are just novelties now, Teijin’s methods are now more appropriate to study. If you were to seriously fight Song Yi, who has no vital organs and bleeds magma, everything you ever learned from Lengdon’s fighting styles become pretty pointless.

The Silk Trade Begins! Moar money. Guess who is very very good at managing in selling luxurious goods for profit? Eret both exploits his power to find the best sales locations for you and just plain knows how to do this kind of stuff now.

Your tournament does okay, though the cards prove to be more interesting to most people but infringes on Zaeed’s copyright. Granted he doesn’t care anyways, he’s rich as hell and the card game was him bored one night in a tavern. The issue with the actual tournament is Shento’s is bigger and better, pitting black mages to the death using his healer wife to prevent the death of some combatants and allowing people to just go full blown crazy has made his tournament a worldwide phenomenon. Its hard to compete with that, especially when you live out in the middle of nowhere.

Kaisa and Kinzoku actually become decent friends as they’re both young and a little bit reckless.

Cannons have been emplaced here and there around the city but as not to break Song Yi’s traditions they’re a bit awkward in their positioning and spacing.

And no I’m not making 6 champions for every NPC god unless I have content for those champions to do, so you talk to a bunch of people who are important to her and may some day come up but just Astrid for now gets a card. There are also uncarded demon champions too  for the record.

 

Con Lai:

YARR HARR FIDDLE DEE DEE war continues. So far its pretty back and forth, Jin is fairly competent as a grand admiral and has taught his crew how to keep up their skills as needed. Recruiting however is a bit tricky as you guys now inhabit what was once wild lands, you live next to a tribal nation who never had much for a navy, and you are from a formerly landlocked nation. Finding able sailors to join up proves difficult but Jin does what he can to train some up.

The global anti pirate coalition continues along, establishing the convoy system to basically go in a back and forth trail from Divus to the Jade Empire, though Divus can provide very little as the most powerful of the pirate fleets (under the command of Rackham) keeps preying on them very directly. Divya Samrajya on the other hand doesn’t really participate, as they are not in the naval game anymore now that they developed airships…and eret already stole a dozen of those so they’re dealing with sky pirates instead.

The effort to build the smaller ports is still taking awhile, your empire’s population is low and its territory is vast so colonizing abroad isn’t so easy even if it is just a port across the way.

Mook #26 takes over treasury

The Sanyang takes over leading an anti pirate fleet convoy, one of the larger ones, and patrols from Adelaide to Divus  back and forth.

Over the last 2 years Lo’c produces something similar to a farcall unit but not quite. It can’t transmit vocal messages like Divya’s can, just detect a vague persistent signal. It helps in the anti pirate efforts by allowing registered merchants to equip them to help with detection. Though not all merchants have them and the pirates sometimes get their hands on these, it does help a little.

Isis actually pulls through on this and her order is able to provide each of your ships with a tag that makes Lo’cs little signaler more effective. If the owner of them dies, the signal turns off, this dramatically improves pirate detection and is quickly becoming popular throughout the naval world.

In regards to researching devices to move things around, you could submit Milenkosi to Isis and Shento for analysis to see how his abilities work but then he’d be doing things other then his job while they probe him.

Also his ability to give solace doesn’t seem magical in any way somehow. He just has that sort of vibe of peace and comfort radiating from him, which means it has to be magical but you can’t actually pinpoint it as magical. It does seem that he can do it outside of the dream realm though, those who cuddle with him seem to get better after a shared nap.

Nah Shento For Real this time:

The Crimson Order begins its founding. Kaja seeks men throughout the land to join, while not quite a full blown military since Kaja trains knights, its a good start to a promising method of warfare. Meanwhile he has also begun to raise a proper military to back those knights up, though training both at the same time proves troublesome and he appoints a questionable sergeant but everyone in this jungle is questionable.

Anna is a bit grumpy that Carmilla got the position…and that Kaja is the lord general…and she’s not even the sergeant. She does as told but she’s still grumpy about it. Though one could only wonder what she might do if given the opening.

Alexandria manifests the hemomancy common to Vlad’s bloodline upon receiving the powers of high prophet. Otherwise she’s a bit young but does her job dutifully enough.

WAAAGH in 10 years.

Also the search for dragon aspects turns out to be ridiculously hard, you’ve only heard of 5 so far and yet no one seems to be able to find any hint of others. Well, Vris and her ‘where are the fire dragons?’ thing is kind of a hint of others but not really a result.

Technically, all the knights of crimson are blood paladins. They are elite warriors that fight for a god and a church, so paladins. Though he has taken on finding some healers to mix into their crowd but little success so far.

 

Two Years Later

The last two years were fairly quiet. Most of the action was between the various navies of the world and the Atlantean pirates. The increased control over trade routes in order to combat the Atlanteans have also forced all other pirates to join them or face unbeatable odds. So battle on the high seas is upscaling especially around the western side of the continent where all sea gods have died. Taiyo navy is still paranoid because Eli is famous for a particular thing, and Ryujin is the last sea god. They’d rather not lose the head of their pantheon.

Divya has stopped producing a navy altogether and now focuses exclusively on its airships, they are annoyed that the Pirate Lord Eret has stolen ten of them already, including a the country’s flagship. That was embarrassing. So Atlantis has a carrier now, thanks Eret.

Si Da laid low for a little while after the Ryner massacres, remobilizing forces at its leisure since everyone who shares a border with them are not particularly threatening anymore. With the exception of the pirates its been pretty quiet for the last two years. Too bad thats over.

 

The spirits have demanded Divya cease its aggressive expansion and destruction of the wild lands. They refused when Song Yi confronted them about it. Song’s spirits started to mobilize and become more aggressive around the wildland borders to combat the Divya colonizers. After the first few attacks Divya got mad and deployed the Sanika to just murder wild spirits with genocidal efficiency. Of course you realize, this means war.

Eret warns this is an absolutely terrible idea, the Si Da are to the north and you only have four years left until all shit breaks loose. Without Naberius though, Eret can’t actually check for sure what it is yet. However, Divya is literally invading Halea Jeongsin’s border and killing its citizens. Song might agree this is not a fight they should be having but its fight or let them just keep invading.

As an also very spiritually and nature-tuned nation, Altepetl offers to assist on the condition of formal Alliance in a pact made directly by Song Yi, since they trust she will stay true to her word. Despite her discomfort with their recent love of dark magic, the spirits apparently support the alliance and she does need the help against a nation as powerful as Divya. And so the alliance is made and Saldis marches her forces through Hale’a territories to join the eastern front. Sooo you guys have new friends? They’re just really corpsey and like ritual human sacrifice.

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This is also the first time you guys have really taken that close a look at the new undead nation. While its tribal roots are still evident in most of its population, it is also clear some of them have started to move away from loincloth look. Actually it turns out Zaeed and Con Lai’s traders have been supplying them with the silk from Lin Sun’s land. Go figure. You can recognize who in their society is of higher standing then the others quite easily as they’re the one with actual clothes, though some of their tribal tendencies are still evident.

The other immediately apparent thing is that they have something akin to the avatars of Si Da, but more so incarnations of death. Resurrected beings who retained their sentience, liches really. They’ve definitely changed since they were just that one little tribe nation of no consequence, and its rather fortuitous they like you guys as they have a surprisingly large army. Not every citizen is a soldier, but every corpse can be.

They have several thousand human warriors on hand as well as several more thousand corpses. Among them are death speakers, those who have been given the power by the cult of Saldis to command the dead.

Roster Updates:

nitis One of those Altepetl Lich things we mentioned . Nitis is the warchief of the nation, perhaps an outdated name for a rank but they still have it. Its basically warlord, or grand marshal. Nitis is the main mortal (well..not god) leader of the Altepetl military, which might be more accurate to call a horde.

Despite his ominous appearance, he still has a love of the land and is happy to lend his aid to stopping Divya’s destruction of the forests. He’s not actually all that scary to talk to either, his body just looks…well like a lich.

 

DyaniDyani is one of the major champions of Saldis, having come into power through aggressive use of force against her former chief. Instead of becoming the new chief of her tribe after defeating him, she was taken into the cult of saldis to become one of its champions. She is a competent commander with a strong understanding of her powers and the powers of the bones around her, as well as a vicious fighter in her own right.

She is also a fangirl for Song Yi, who lived the same life as her almost but achieved far greater heights.

 

helakuHelaku is one of the old style heroes of the nation, he celebrates the new death culture by killing his enemies so that they might join the ranks.He has little to do with the death cults and leads the actually living warriors for the most part. He may well be the most fearsome mortal warrior within their nation, and could give even warriors like Ryner a challenge.

Unlike the death speakers, Helaku had only his spiritual weapon which healed him every time it tasted the blood of his foes. Song Yi gave him a spiritual blessing as well to help with the war effort, now he’s physically super powered with the ability to do the moonlight walk Izumi could do.

renaBefore his death, Poseidon left a menagerie of sea monsters around the port of Adelaide to help protect it from pirates at her request, and in exchange for some trading stuff. With Poseidon’s death most of these monsters have nowhere to go, the deep ocean is home to the Atlantean sea monsters. So fulfilling Poseidon’s last command to serve Con Lai, they remain in her port loyally.

Rena however, did not. Instead she discovered with Poseidon dead there was nothing actually keeping her to her stationed post. So she got up and went to go visit the city and see what people on land were like. She is a siren, and as such has the power of a hypnotic voice and magically excessive beauty. Along with the ability to live underwater. She’s still a part of the Vua Cai, but she’s on land and exploring around. Somehow she found and befriended Milenkosi in the dream realm by going through the door in Con Lai’s church.

hectorAlso known as “Lord Scar”, or just Hector. Hector is an old friend of Kaja’s apparently, upon founding the order Kaja sent out a message to Divus, and this guy showed up. Upon joining he received an awakening from Shento as was requested by Kaja to manifest his powers, but even before that he took down some of the jungle’s inhabitants on his walk in. He is a proper knight and gentleman, not nearly as scary as Kaja but the regal poise definitely intimidates the less cultured. Carmilla loves him already, a man of sophistication and proper manners. His powers once manifested turned out to be electrical, and for some reason he is already oddly strong with it for having just manifested it.

 

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Stories of Lore 15 and a half

The missing story I hadn’t finished by the last update but posted because I wanted people to start working on their update plans.

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Mezzy’s Crimson Shirts

kajaThe winner of the second crimson fist tournament, and by a significant margin. While he was a technical denizen of the forest, myths about his kill count confirm that much, we’re pretty sure this is not his first rodeo. However, he still technically met the qualifications to be called an amateur competitor. He then proceeded to win quite handily against his tribal opponents.

Kaja is a black mage with the power of momentum control over himself. By stepping forward and magnifying it he just flies forward at ridiculous speeds and stops right where he needs to. In practice it looks  very similar to being super fast but he’s not actually moving his legs, meaning he lands in perfect stance and does not have to concern himself with going too fast. He can also use these powers to make his shield extremely difficult to push through, or collide his sword into you hard enough to take down  a tree in one shot.

His past is rather mysterious, no one knows where he came from, but he had that armor already when he got to the forest to partake in the games. He is generally quiet and doesn’t talk much, but its been discovered he has the understanding of warfare as if he had perhaps at one time been a military general.

alexandriaAlexandria, or just Alex, must have come from Divus purely by their name alone. They are actually a sort of plague aspect, but they’re capable of using that to sicken and weaken their opponents much quicker then normal.

They earned their name from cursing opponents in the blood jungle and letting them fall ill. Creeping up on them a day or so later when they were too weak to defend themselves before taking the kill. Their diseases however are not infectious, it simply causes dramatic symptoms in its target.

As a person Alex’s youth is evident, and she is always slightly cocky in her abilities despite how weak her skills with her sword are from all this lack of real conflict in her life. Though as a hunter and assassin she proves to be fairly effective as the skills of using her methodology has earned her the attention of the blood cult.

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Timeskips make my wrist hurt

Shentu Wo: 700 Power, 1082Followers
Kikai Senso: 2,040 Power, 50 Followers, Next Form Progress: 12%
Lin Sun: 2,354 Power, 956 Followers
Con Lai: 842 Power, 1256 Followers

Mission report:

With the execution of order 66, we did a bit of a live battle. Stats!

Masashi’s dead, Cataegis Dead, Zachariah’s dead, davids probably dead, sarah’s dead, baal’s dead, lillith’s dead, bunch of demons are dead, andelko is dead, abalam is dead. Lo’c and teozix are kidnapped. Oh and Neith has gone insane.

The land of Hele’a Jeongsin now exists and has started to get rolling.

Shento:

Talked to Bahamut, he was not very receptive just like with Lin Sun

Creation of the Uhanesin-yi was successful but only after Song Yi came to help and enabled them with the ability to be that level of receptive to spirits.

Mystics recruited

Nameless smithy apprentice #5 given the power to create spirit constructs and sent to work with Lo’c.

Vris explains Traitor Fang’s aspect has the quirk of being more powerful then any other, including dragon and creator. She isn’t sure why or what it does, but she suspects the demons plan A is to ascend him. This coincides with the notion that Si Da is holding all the sun gods in one place as a backup plan instead of their go-to. Though given the ease of access, she’s relatively certain this black out the sun thing is more complicated then it seems as they could have killed Ama and Ra already. The implication is that there is yet still another layer in the plan or that Freyja’s guess was slightly off on how the sun thing works.

Double the prophets double the fun.

Zaeed’s financial investments go a long way in helping to create this particular arena. Durings its opening Song was quoted as saying “Why are the spirits okay with this!?” Apparently the spirits are some of the main spectators too and they have some sort of spirit beer and hot dogs at the stadium. She’s not quite a fan though, Zaeed says she’s only mad because she’s not allowed to compete.

Lin Sun:

Kaisa turns out to be pretty talented as her training goes on, in focusing on martial combat over raw power she develops faster and more efficient techniques over grand sweeping ones. Meaning instead of learning how to do cone of cold she learned the ice slide instead.

Zachariah dead, and while you didn’t get to personally watch it you do know Anahita destroyed the black library.

If they were worth knowing they’d get a card. Also Thandar was and still is the commander, the other guy is a level lower.

Con Lai:

In learning about the denizens and the eleven sleeping lords you also comb around and find out about the other beasties that lurk about. Not everything in the dream world is sentient and there are other kinds of intelligent life forms in here. As indicated by Baridi though, most are not very interested nor understanding of the same concepts you are. The Sleeping Lords wind up teaching you about the realm over time and helping you learn how it functions even further, increasing your effectiveness here.

You currently have shrines at Sele’akala and some other port cities. The bulk of your followers tend to be merchants due to your constant upkeep with them and Gremory’s work before he died. One could wonder if you were really a greed aspect.

Kikai Senso: Covered everything you do live.

The Timeskip Update over skype

Stories of Lore 15

Eret’s Odyssey Pt.2

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Well that was fast.

Sima Wa sacrificed himself in a super massive ritual that changes the face of the game significantly.

Here you go.

 

 

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Okay so maybe we don’t trust the devil next time.

Shentu Wo: 99 Power, 644Followers
Sima Wa: 298 Power, 957 Followers
Lin Sun: 112 Power, 243 Followers
Con Lai: 442 Power, 399Followers

It seems the demons found out whats going on, you’ve also recently learned that Abalam has a few books with him even outside of his library. It turns out he kept a book of every high prophet with him just in case. In response to learning of Lin Sun’s plans, they have mobilized to remove him from Sthan Thi, opting to strike first rather then try to outposition.

The Aetas have already been denounced as being in league with the rest of the world by Amaterasu, turning the city against them. Though during the chaos that ensued their escape the city hadn’t yet united in opinion against the once popular temple, buying them time to escape with the help of Con Lai’s temple and the wily Jin Zhang and Freyja.

The doors were closed after the Aetas escaped, but in response the demon’s also attacked the temple of the Vua Cai. As it turns out Abalam also know’s the plans of Machera, however that turned out to be far less simple. Machera was last seen standing just outside the city on the road in a ‘come at me bro’ pose. Senshi left the corpses of nergal’s assassins along its outer walls. The city remains safe for now, sheltering the remaining vikings who would have been targeted for Freyja’s helping the Aetas otherwise.

Conveniently, all of Sthan Thi’s weapons had been appropriated for the battle with the paladins, their troops were in disarray after having to deal with squeezing through the door twice. The bigger demons were also prepped for war with the paladins, and for once in his life Nergal jumped the gun and screwed up, resulting in a kill count of 0 somehow. That was rather…lucky. Zaeed got Milenkosi drunk while he was at it too.

Most of the Thykenians returned to their land upon hearing of all this crap going on, at this stage they just want to duck out of the way of anymore trouble.  Those that remained joined the Vua Cai after being brainwashed by dreams for so long. The dust has yet to really settle.

All other actions got sort of offed by the very sudden need to deal with this.


Too much shit to turn into stories of lore:

Anna Von Goethe replaced Johann Von Goethe by way of brutally murdering her two competitors. Dracula approved.

Kharis recovered,  Song Fang still missing.

Eli’s Pirates killed Athalia and took her weapons. In attempting to attack Naomi and take over her weapons Eleazor noticed and retook control over them for her using rackham’s own power and copying the titus effect. Turns out when Eleazor can copy the cheap tactics of his opponent he is outright more skilled then Rackham. However, he was defeated by the rest of the pirate gang long enough for them to retreat before Naomi could kill them all in a fit of rage.

Pirates pursued by demons shortly afterward, they fled to the high seas once again.

Dracula and Anna currently in dream realm along with the aetas and Zaeed’s crew.

Kagayakashi done movethed. Its a slow process achieving speeds of a whole 2MPH, but its a fucking city.

Much of the population from Doi Cho Len is currently within the valleys between the mountains along with the vampires still.

Con Lai with the help of Milenkosi discovered the dream denizens, the naturally occurring population within the realm. They’re all weird as shit and don’t really seem to understand the concept of war. They busy themselves with maintaining the dream realm and its visitors, if Milenkosi is king there are 11 denizens below him that make up ruling masters of various territories of the dream realm. They are called the Sleeping Lords, and according to Milenkosi they are respectfully powerful. Out of curiosity, one has broken its habitual tending to the realm to come see what this Con Lai thing is all about.

saba kuuWhile it did not originally have a name, nor understand the purpose of one, Milenkosi has given it the name Saba Kuu to make things easier for everyone. While Saba is clearly intelligent, very much so, they do not really understand many concepts we’d consider very basic. Such as names, war, possessions, and nations. Though they do always seem to know a few things we don’t. Milenkosi explains that the dream denizens tend to be very isolated from the world you are used to, which is why Baridi is so curious and outgoing. Saba seems to share the curiosity, but with a more detached composure. In the physical world, Saba’s powers are not well understood or consistent.

sabriyaGiven the suddenly, and dramatically, decreased team roster, I thought we’d throw her in. Sabriya is the high prophet of Zaeed, god of luck. Zaeed chose her by visiting a tavern in Shahira. He saw a beautiful woman he just had to flirt with, so he walked up to hit on her, only to discover she couldn’t hear or speak to him in his godlike state. So he made her his high prophet so she could hear him hitting on her.

Weirdly enough, turns out she is like Jin Zhang in the sense that despite her behavior her powers allow her to cheat the fact that she should suck at everything with her lifestyle. Blessed by the powers of Zaeed, everything seems to work out alright for her quite often.

 

Stories of Lore XIV Link

Eret’s Odyssey Part 1

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Sam’s Red shirts (Roster Update)

 

freyja The commander of the Valkyries, or whats left of them anyways. She is the major representative for the vikings that have moved into Si Da lands. Her main temple, as well as the viking immigrants, can be found between Kagayakashi and Sthan Thi, a bit north of the main road.

Her primary interests are in seeing that her people survive the century and at the pantheon’s political table she has yet to really take any particular side as most of the arguments have little to do with her people.

 

 

VeliusHolds the power of force, similar to the shockwave effects Thandar could produce but branching slightly. While its clear that Thandar’s aspect is formed from telekinesis, Velius’ is formed from manipulation of force. He can amplify and reduce it by large amounts, while he has yet to approach Song Fang’s unstoppable weapon, its a respectable power. He typically leads the Aetas on missions abroad, often making visits to their various projects to check up on them and ensure all goes smoothly. With the recent vacancies on the roster, his name comes up as one of the stronger, wiser, and more important available.

 

kaisaIts your favorite, a freeze mage. Freezing is technically time related right?

Kaisa is a cryomancer, able to control ice shards and induce incredible cold into objects to make ice shards. She’s actually pretty talented and well educated, but she is young and inexperienced. She still needs further training and has yet to refine her powers or specialize in any particular job. She is a lower member of the Aetas but is one of the few to showcase innate talents and have an actually powerful aspect so she makes the list instead of her superior officers. Also Kinzoku brought her up, its all about who you know in this business.

 

mazakiMazaki is a fairly stalwart gal. Her aspect power is regeneration, while it isn’t as potent as people like Naomi’s its still useful. Especially when coupled with full plate armor. Unlike the talented Kaisa or powerful Velius, Mazaki stands out through a mix of skill and tenacity.

She’s a bit serious and not a lot of fun, guess who recommended her? Thandar has often relied on her for local matters with the time cops. Despite her lack of significant powers, she has taken down dangerous black mages several times over. She has demonstrated squad command tactics and the solid intuition required to fight bigger badder monsters then oneself.

 

 

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Roster Review (Hey we still exist!)

While technically these characters have been here the whole time and haven’t changed, due to current events I thought we’d get a refresher on them since most players have long since forgotten what Altepetl has going on.

bahamutThe master of the entire Altepetl pantheon. He is seen as a particularly kind god. Adopting strays to form his nation’s pantheon, while he could have likely had a much more prominent nation he decided to adopt the remnants of destroyed nations and give them a place to call home. Each successive apocalypse has left many gods at the risk of being forgotten forever, Bahamut prevented that for almost all in his care and adopted the ruins of nations that stood to become pagan tribes in the wild lands.  Because of his past history with the topic, he is particularly spiteful towards Lucifer and his multiple world ending attempts to achieve his goals.

 

peleIf Bahamut is the king Pele is the queen. She’s been living in her volcano for so long Bahamut isn’t even sure if she’s younger or older then him. Unlike most of the strays he adopted, Pele was doing fine on her own. However, she agreed to join his pantheon and add the volcanic mountain to his territory anyways.

Pele is thought of very highly even amongst other nations. One of the kindest gods in the land and despite her beauty she is thought of more as an old woman. Natives refer to her as Tutu Pele out of both respect and affection, which means “Grandmother Pele”.

 

IshtarShe is primarily known for the sex goddess part. By a very large margin. So much so that this explains why Altepetl is so bad at military conflict and no one is sure how she became their war goddess in the first place. Blame 3500 B.C. mythology.

She is so prevalent as a sex goddess that her cult’s major feature is literally prostitutes. Offerings at her temples are traded for sex with her priests and priestesses. She has become so prominent within their culture that it is actually not considered infidelity to lay with a member of her church.

I didn’t even make that up. In ancient Mesopotamia there actually was a church of Ishtar whose major feature was its “sacred prostitutes.”

raven

Known for being both a friendly prankster, wise, helpful, and mysterious. The Raven is thought to be a spirit of the wild lands that became a god over time.

What is known for sure about her is her ability to foresee events as her major power. While it isn’t as accurate as Eret’s power, The Raven is not restricted to mortals.  What stands out most though is her ability to communicate with spirits and control them. Whether it is actual control or simply their willingness is unknown. Her cult is capable of delving deep into the wild lands far better then any other group in the world, and that includes the Jakaal/Mao Yachi.

 

sedna Unlike most sea gods, Sedna does not control any great leviathans. She has power over many of the smaller and less monstrous aspects instead. She also cannot produce storms but she can calm them.

While most sea gods tend to wield great destructive power, Sedna is instead an aspect of guidance and calm. Preferring to help her people rather then hinder her foes.

Altepetl’s fishing culture is quite healthy thanks to her, all Altepetl seagoers cast a piece of metal into the ocean in tribute to her before they take to the seas.

 

roc The Great Eagle, known for controlling the winds with a single beat of his wings and watching the world from above with his eagle eyes. While we know he is intelligent he doesn’t have the ability to speak human languages, even if he can clearly understand them.

He mostly hangs out and polices the nation’s borders in case of invaders.

 

 

 

quetzalcoatlA massive creature whose pure intent is to protect the nation from its enemies. It will incarnate any time any where to protect Altepetl. However, it is not particularly powerful compared to other godlike beings. It usually warded aggressive spirits from the wilds away or small pagan tribes.

Similar to Roc the Quetzalcoatl cannot talk, while it seems to understand simple language and commands it is more like an animal then anything else. Just a particularly smart one.

 

 

In summary the Altepetl pantheon easily showcases its weakness in conflict. It is a nation built around keeping their head low and living with the land around them. Were it not for Bahamut the nation would just be more wild lands. They are composed of dozens of small tribes who loosely come together under the pantheon, but no national governing method.

While you wouldn’t necessarily call the nation peaceful, warring tribes and their tribal heroes are actually quite fierce, they aren’t going to last long against organized militaries and far more confrontational god aspects.

Even their war goddess is really just known for sex. Pele is known for the warmth and security of the fire, as her volcano is stable and doesn’t really catch anyone by surprise. Bahamut is also known as basically that one god who picked up all the orphans in the aftermath of huge wars.

This is why they’re so afraid of everything going on around them. Ofrior and Thykenae just got eradicated, and those guys had real armies alongside very powerful gods. If they come under attack by any nation, they know they’re just banking entirely on Bahamut to route them off while they escape into the wild lands.

It is unknown who first suggested whatever this dark super-ritual is, but they somehow got the entire nation to get in on it and keep it on the down low. Were it not for Asmodaeus’ attempt to recruit them from within he would have never discovered the colossal altar they’re building. No one else in the world seems to know its being built, because its on the far side of the volcanic mountain.

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