Chapter 1: The High and Lows.   Posted by Sol Invictus.Group: 0
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 42 posts
Wed 1 Jun 2016
at 18:25
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Yin thought for a moment at the commoner's question. She then made up her mind.

"You cannot expect the Tri-Kahn to give you food," she said. "But neither do you have to give them things in return. Giving is a free choice. All humans are equal in the eyes of the gods. The Tri-Kahn are human, just like you. They have more things than you. They have more power than you. But they aren't gods. They do not have to share their things with you. But neither do you have to share your things with them."

She nodded towards one of the commoners.

"What do the Tri-Kahn take from you that you wouldn't freely share? What do they take from you that you would share from the goodness of your hearts? I believe that if less people are forced to do things they do not want, or has things taken from them that they don't want taken, the world will become a friendlier place where people are more willing to give gifts to others from the goodness of their hearts."

She then smiled.

"Each and every one of you are equally important to the Tri-Kahn because you are all humans. Those humans who become elevated by the gods become Royals of the Earth. They become Exalted. You all revere the Children of the Sea and the Flame and the Mountain and all the elements. Dragon-Blooded are all born humans, just like you. I am a sorceress. I was also born a human. There are people amongst you too who may rise to be more than human. The one standing next to you may become Exalted, or even a sorceress like me. One of the Tri-Kahn may become the same. All humans have the same potential to become greater than human, and because of that, all humanity should be treated equal."

She spoke from the heart again, without all the information that could actually be important.

"Treat others as you want to be treated. The Tri-Kahn do many good things for this land. They ensure order and stability. They are not perfect. You are all hungry and you feel they are hoarding food that would be better useful to others, such as yourselves. Convince the Tri-Kahn to treat you as they want to be treated. Stop working their fields unless you really want to. Stop abiding to their laws unless you really want to. Stop kneeling before them unless you really want to. Stop doing anything you don't want to do. Only by acting from the heart can you find true peace. When you want to do something good for someone else, then someone else will want to do something good for you."

[OOC: Let's see if Yin has cluelessly instigated a civil war now. ;)]

This message was last edited by the player at 18:28, Wed 01 June 2016.

Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 29 posts
Wed 1 Jun 2016
at 22:35
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Rose nodded in agreement with Yin before looking to Ixie. "If you let me stop off and grab my armour, I can help you," she offered.
Lirin
 Night, 25 posts
Thu 2 Jun 2016
at 14:04
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Standing at the back and listening to Zhu Yin calming the crowd, Lirin watches the crowd stony-faced, keeping an eye out for anyone likely to cause more trouble or rile the crowd back up.   But as she begins to talk of revolution, of people refusing to work or pay taxes or obey laws, he quickly refocuses on her.

"What is she thinking?!?" he silently asks himself as he stares at the back of her head.  "When this is done, we will need to talk..."

Stepping to the side slightly, so that he can see the guards behind him, Lirin watches them for any reaction to the unexpectedly revoltionary speech happening in front of the Tri-Khan's party.
Sol Invictus
 GM, 72 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Mon 6 Jun 2016
at 17:28
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
The reaction is nearly instant, but it feels like a century. In the moment between the speech ending and the crowd's reaction, it's like every face contorts in slow motion. The roar of the incited crowd clearly goes through the walls of the building now as the crowd's collaborated riotous echo of

"BOO!"

becomes all that can be heard outside. Shouts speak out against Zhu Yin, "Go back to licking the boots of the Tri-Khan!" "You wish to see us die? We have no food of our own!" A few more things start soaring over the gates, a rotten fruit and a few pebbles hitting Zhu Yin. The people's willpower drives them past the radiance of her charm - she is no Majestic Being should she suggest they die for their ruler when they simply ask for food. "We do not demand theft, but our lives!". The shouts from the guards trying to contain them simply begin to lead back to square one. The mob rages and the guards push back against them to keep them out.

Except now, it gets worse. As one of the men in the front of the crowd strikes at a guard. The veiled Delzahn warrior draws his blade at the insult and raises it above his head to strike down the man that would dare hit a guard of the Tri-Khan...

-

Inside, Okapi looks around as more and more people perk up to the noise. "What do you suppose is happening out there?" she asks to the man who's taken such an interest in her. Her nerves got the better of her as she bit her lip and took a slow sip of her drink, the wine spinning in the cup after she pulled it away. What was happening was obvious but no one wanted to say it out loud. "I'm sure we're safe in here though, don't you think?"

"Maybe we can talk about something else. I've said so much about myself, what about you? What do you do,..." and then she chuckles a moment, a forced laugh amid the nervous change of subject, "I'm sorry, I don't believe I've even gotten your name. Are you with the Guild as well?"
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 44 posts
Mon 6 Jun 2016
at 17:54
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"I ... I don't understand."

Yin noticed the guard striking at the man, and she moved in to intercept.

[OOC: Thunderclap Rush Attack (3m Peripheral) to disarm the guard by letting him smash his sword against my arm instead of the man. The Charm lets me close the distance up to short range and make my action regardless of my place in the initiative order.]
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 139 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Mon 6 Jun 2016
at 18:10
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie could tell what was about to happen as soon as Yin finished. She felt her heart sink in her chest, and she was quick to duck back behind the bronzed woman for shelter from the incoming projectiles, drawing her wings in close. "W-what was that!?" Ixie asked, her voice sharper and more distressed now.

And just like that, her cover was gone. She turned her wide eyes to Lirin and Rose, shocked enough by the sudden outbreak of violence that there was a momentary delay as she tried to decide what to actually do about this, now.
Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 30 posts
Mon 6 Jun 2016
at 18:13
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"Folks are hungry and desperate," Rose told the winged girl grimly. "This will be ugly."
Sol Invictus
 GM, 73 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Mon 6 Jun 2016
at 18:35
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Join Battle rolls!

Initiative:
9: Delzahn Captain
4: Delzahn Guards (Size 1 Battle Group)
3: Hungry Mob (Size 2 Battle Group)

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 18:35, Mon 06 June 2016.

Sol Invictus
 GM, 74 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Mon 6 Jun 2016
at 18:39
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
In reply to Zhu Yin (msg # 83):

14:39, Today: Sol Invictus rolled 6 successes using 10d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 9,5,2,10,2,5,4,10,9,4.  Attack against Zhu Yin.


The sword bounces harmlessly against your arm, striking your invulnerable bronze skin. He doesn't seem happy you've chosen to protect the very people you just incited.
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 140 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Mon 6 Jun 2016
at 18:53
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
With the fight abruptly breaking out, Ixie spread her wings, and bit her lip. They had to do something about this...

14:46, Today: Quixotic Quetzal rolled 3 successes using 8d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 ((6,5,2,9,3,9,9,5)).

Initiative 6 for Ixie. Reminder: She doesn't have her crossbow with her.

Evasion: 5 (6 while airborne)
Parry (Brawl): 4
Soak: 6 (3 VS piercing weapons/cold iron)

WP: 4/5
Personal: 9/13
Peripheral: 29/33

Silken Sash
 Eclipse, 18 posts
Mon 6 Jun 2016
at 19:33
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
The sound of discord began to crawl even through the inside of the Tri-Khan's party, causing the more relaxed conversation to become more frantic whispers. Sash tried to focus in on the mix of voices, his head turning off to the side for a moment, just briefly losing focus on his conversation with Okapi. "Well, whatever it is, I fear that it may not be pretty. A protest is one thing, but I don't think we would be hearing a simple protest all the way up here."

"Ah, yes, allow me to tell you about myself. My name is Zhen. I came with my partner- the two of us work in gem trade." He said, no sign of a falter in his voice. If this was a lie, then it seemed as if not even Silken Sash himself was aware of it. Craning his neck left and right, he pursed his lips a bit before looking to Okapi once more. "They must be around here somewhere. That poor darling is always skipping off one place or another."
Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 31 posts
Wed 8 Jun 2016
at 07:58
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Rose drew her hammer to disarm anyone stupid enough to draw a weapon.

17:57, Today: Seven-Folded Rose rolled 3 successes using 4d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 10,7,6,6.  JB +3.
Lirin
 Night, 26 posts
Wed 8 Jun 2016
at 13:17
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"Motherf..." Lirin swears to himself as he sees the tell tale signs of a riot forming.  Stepping forward next to Zhu Yin as she moves to block the sword, his hand blurs and he draws his flame piece from the small of his back faster than the eye can see.
Drawing a bead above the surging crowd, he fires the weapon, the blast of flame just barely missing the mob, who has the burst of superheated air wash over them.   Accompanying the roar of the firedust is Lirin, shouting louder than the crowd and his weapon, "STAND DOWN!"


09:07, Today: Lirin rolled 5 successes using 9d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 4,9,3,5,10,10,1,2,6.  Join Battle + CofED + 2m Awareness Excellency.

5 successes, plus the auto 3, puts me at Initiative 8

On my initiative, assuming only the captain & Zhu Yin went before, I'll be doing a full Excellency Intimidation, spending a point of willpower on it too; only spending four peripheral on it though, as I get the other three from Indefinite Harmonious Presence Meditation

09:16, Today: Lirin rolled 5 successes using 16d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 2,4,3,6,1,6,2,2,5,1,5,5,10,7,10,6.  Intimidation, Full Excellency+HPM, +1 WP, +2 stunt.

14:16, Today: Lirin rolled 8 successes using 13d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 6,2,5,8,10,6,4,10,1,9,9,8,1.  Intimidate, now with a -3 penalty!

Six successes total, with the willpower.  That is a disappointing roll for 16 dice...

Huh, 9 successes now...  Thank you RNGesus!


This message was last edited by the player at 19:48, Thu 09 June 2016.

Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 45 posts
Wed 8 Jun 2016
at 16:50
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
[OOC: Zhu Yin rolled 5 successes using 5d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 7,8,7,8,8.]

"Please, don't fight," Yin said to both the guard and the commoner. "I don't understand much about politics and what I thought to be right may not be right in this place. I'm willing to listen to both sides though and help find a common ground. Fighting is no way to find a common ground."
Sol Invictus
 GM, 79 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Fri 10 Jun 2016
at 21:49
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Sol Invictus:

Initiative:
9: Delzahn Captain
8: Lirin, Zhu Yin
6: Ixie, Rose
4: Delzahn Guards (Size 1 Battle Group)
3: Hungry Mob (Size 2 Battle Group)



The crowd and guards alike stop as they look to Lirin's flame. The new leader has stepped forth and the crowd listens, at least for a moment.  And then they begin to flee. The fight ended before it had started, as most hadn't wanted more than answers - they were hardly upper class. Of course a few stayed, they cared enough that no show of force was going to scare them off.

The man who had about to be struck stood staring at the blade that hit Zhu Yin's arm, the woman he hated so much a moment ago rushing to defend him. The guard does not seem so please. "It is common enough ground. If the man plans to strike me, I plan to strike him back." He is certainly unwilling to backdown from the challenge to his authority, both from the man and from Zhu Yin.

The older woman who'd called out to Zhu Yin stands firm. Her cause, in her mind is just. As the crowd clears it's obvious that her hands are stained by dyes.

Three other men hold firm, two of them having drawn knives in fear of confrontation. It's obvious that they don't know how to fight, but the situation's only been paused - not resolved.

Zhu Yin's turn is used by her charm so it's on to Ixie and Rose.
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 145 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Fri 10 Jun 2016
at 23:16
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie's wings gave a flutter, and her gaze turned from Zhu Yin to Lirin, then Rose.  She was decidedly unarmed and at a disadvantage, but luckily, she was also back from the direct engagement as well.  Knowing  an argument to the group would likely be moot from her lips, she bit her lip. "I'm going back inside to see what I can do about this there." She said, loud enough that the guards and the mob could both hear her. Either way, neither group could really close in fast enough to stop her from spreading her wings wide, and launching herself up with several powerful beats, before she alighted on the balcony above.

(Your call as to whether this needs to be a Withdraw action or not, since  I probably still need to track tick time since I'm not 'leaving the scene entirely', and I may well be returning to the scene, IE, I'm not 'running away from the area entirely'  but I'm using 3m periph for Monkey leap Technique to leap UP to the balcony  out of everyone else's reach with my reflexive move. I'm not making a social attack, but my statement itself should be a relevant fact that might impact things as they go.  I don't think anyone down there can follow me, and it is probably a pretty plausible feat for a winged girl :D)

Once she alighted on the balcony, Ixie started back toward the interior,  mind reeling. If she didn't come up with something to do about all this, there were going to be killings in the streets over a party!  She immediately set to work looking for  Silken Sash - she was going to need his silver tongue to get anything done in here.

(6 Successes Per+Aware)

Not sure if I can reach him in time to  also get a chance to talk to him in the moment :D; that's your discretion.

Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 33 posts
Sat 11 Jun 2016
at 01:31
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Rose stepped between the guard and the few remaining rioters. "I'll go and see why the grain's late," she promised loudly - one backed by a giant of a woman carrying a forge-hammer of orichalcum and red jade bigger than a child. "Please don't make me fight. I know what it's like to be hungry but I have guest-right to the Tri-Khan to defend his house while I'm here. Stand down, please."

11:31, Today: Seven-Folded Rose rolled 2 successes using 5d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 9,3,7,2,2.  Charisma, trying to talk the few remaining rioters down.
Sol Invictus
 GM, 80 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Sat 11 Jun 2016
at 03:50
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Okapi nods as if thinking back, but she talks as if trying to cover her own blunder, "Ah yes, of course. I think I remember you. Silly me, must not have been paying much attention when you entered. Those announcements of guests get so dull after a while." As a servant walks by she pulls off a candied date off of the plate he carries and then another, handing one to Zhen. "And these," she said in a whisper as she took a bite, her eyes fluttering, "Are half the reason I still come to these silly affairs." Even as she finishes in and takes another sip from her cup of wine, she asks, "Say, have you traveled to Gem or heard any news from further South? I've been hear-" before she can finish her sentence however, she's cut off but wing flapping past.

The clearly rushed Quixotic Quetzal found the man she was looking for, stepping between Silken Sash and the merchant woman he'd been chatting with. "Excuse me, can I help you?" she said, many more people having watched the girl flutter through the window and rush through the crowds now stared. "Excuse me, if you wish to speak with Mr. Zhen, you could try not interrupting other people's business."
Sol Invictus
 GM, 81 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Sat 11 Jun 2016
at 03:57
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
None seem very convinced by Rose's dialogue. They had little proof she would aid them; little reason to trust her. But the lone woman who remained asked, "What is your name then?" She stared at Rose intently. She did not look like a woman starving, but it was clear she was a woman of determination. Regardless of the weapon Rose carried, she did not seem afraid to speak, "I have children to feed. I have myself to feed for their sake. That food is vital to us, to many others." From the side of her eyes she glares at the woman of bronze, "We are not thieves. But we sit north of nothing but desert - if the Tri-Khan cannot bring food here, we are helpless. You seem a hardworking woman, I only ask you help us receive our fair share."
Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 34 posts
Sat 11 Jun 2016
at 05:13
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"Red>"I'm Seven-Folded Rose. If you know smithing, you will know of me."</Red> Rose's voice was sincere, if nothing else. "I don't want to fight you. If you agree - and the guards don't try anything stupid - I will take you inside with me to speak to the Tri-Khan. If he objects, we'll leave and go looking for food. I don't want to fight someone who needs help, but I don't want to break guest-right. Make sense?"

I'd make this at least a one-dot die as the laws of hospitality are pretty huge in desert cultures like the Delzahn, but I will make the roll without it.

Ah crap.

15:13, Today: Seven-Folded Rose failed (no successes) using 5d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 4,4,4,5,6.  Charisma, trying to talk the few remaining rioters down.

Sol Invictus
 GM, 82 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Sun 12 Jun 2016
at 02:23
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
The woman still looks over to where the guard seems ready to chop the man's head off, they the main source of unrest at the moment. She says, "That is all we ask. I thank you." She does pause however as she explains, "If this crowd is not proof enough, the Tri-Khan will not listen to me or to us. Speak with him without me, but keep me in your mind. Keep my face in your mind and my name on your tongue. Vivid Blush wishes only to feed her children and take care of her home in this jewel of a city. I do not hate the Tri-Khan, but I love them more." She gave Rose a look of deep and sincere thanks, but one that promised her fury should Rose betray her trust. "So please help us, Seven-Folded Rose."

She wants to do the same action to you that she did to Zhu Yin - to Instill Minor Tie: People of Chiaroscuro (Sympathy)
22:22, Today: Sol Invictus rolled 4 successes using 6d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 7,7,8,9,4,6.

4 vs your Resolve

Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 35 posts
Sun 12 Jun 2016
at 02:42
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Rose nodded and turned for the door. Time to have a word with the Tri-Khan.

Rose only has Resolve 2 and she wouldn't even fight it anyway.
Silken Sash
 Eclipse, 21 posts
Mon 13 Jun 2016
at 23:33
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Silken Sash took the date and eyed it for a moment, parting his lips and taking a bite out of the food. He let the flavors sink into his tongue for a moment before chewing and swallowing. "Ah, a party is only as good as its refreshments, no?" He said, smiling. Of course, there was no way that someone as wealthy as the Tri-Khan could offer poor quality treats... even at the expense of the populace outside.

Before he could answer about the south- and more importantly, gather any more important gossip, a flurry of golden and green was in his face- his friend, Quixotic Quetzal. There was no way that she would just soar about like this unless there was something important going on. Offering a bow to Okapi, he began to walk away. "I'm terribly sorry, there's been an emergency. Let's talk more later, darling.

Popping the date into his mouth, he began to go off with Quetzal, chewing hastily. "I imagine this wasn't just for exercise, what's going on?"
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 147 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Mon 13 Jun 2016
at 23:42
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie exhaled a flustered breath as she landed, though the woman's displeasure prompted a decidedly innocent glance from the  winged girl. "Oh - umm, sorry, but it's... -"

Sash was smooth, though, and already made excuses about an emergency, Izie just gave an earnest little nod to confirm his assessment. "Uh-huh." she said in her peppy tone, then offered the woman a brief, apologetic smile. Then she was off with Sash, leaning over and up to whisper, her wing discreetly hiding her lips from anybody who might try reading them.

"Apparently it's a food shortage, there was a whole riot going on outside over this party. There's a missing food shipment, and, well... we've got to do something, right? I don't want to see anybody get hurt or starve."

This message was last edited by the player at 23:52, Mon 13 June 2016.

Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 46 posts
Mon 13 Jun 2016
at 23:44
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Yin was starting to understand the situation more and more. The world wasn't as simple as she had believed it to be. She stood between the guard and the man, ignoring the guard for now with her back turned towards him.

"I don't understand the situation you are in," Yin said to the man. "But I would like to see your suffering. I have no connection to the Tri-Kahn other than that I was invited to this feast as a thank you for helping someone in need. If you are in need, I would like to help you too. So let me see your suffering with my own eyes. I may not have food or money, but maybe I can help in other ways. I can heal your sick."