Roleplay: Dark Fates Foretold
game hosted by Genzodus Thoth
of the Middle Ground Forums. Our story starts at Maker's Breath, a tavern/inn
somewhere just north of the second "e" in Yellow River on this map.◊
are there for various unspecified reasons. 1 2
Whilst mingling, the Wyld Hunt shows up and demands any and all Anathema to come out with your hands up. The PCs
(for some reason) comply and walk out. Of course, a fight breaks out and by some "miracle" the PCs
manage to take them all out, thusly agreeing that it'd be a good idea, as Exalted, to stick together from there on out. Hilarity shall Ensue.
This work contains examples of...
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! / Talk About the Weather: Loras, Blade, Cyrus, the Echidna Minister, and who the hell knows who else during the Wedding. It's likely they were also all higher than Mt. Everest while they were doing so.
- BFS: Lost's Soulsteel Grand Daiklave.
- Character Development: The Wedding Session turned into one chock full of it.
- Children Are Innocent: Averted by Bisque Dancer.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Just about everything.
- Curbstomp Battle: The arrival in Autochthonia was certainly one.
- Despair Event Horizon: The bad arrival in Autochthonia was definitely one for Waves and Rita. Though they managed to get over it after some time, the effects are still felt.
- Difficulty Spike: A very, VERY early one, brought about because of a mistake on everyone's part (GM misjudging the level of the encounter and most of the party forgetting to get their main excellencies. Also no one read the freaking manual and saw that there is a minimum damage limit to our attacks thanks to Essence Pinging.)
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Most notably certain members of the Nebata Family.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: Hordes of them, even!
- Failure Knight: Everyone in the first session to Lost.
- Fire-Forged Friends: The main party.
- Five-Man Band:
- The Hero: General Blackwood has been the one of the group actively trying to discern the plans of various antagonists in order to act against them. She's also the one responsible for bringing the group together.
- The Lancer: While definitely not the greatest of guys, Duskor has certainly been trying his best to better himself and his outlook on Creation. He has also done a decent job of managing to keep people together.
- The Smart Girl: Rita, of course. Though it's mainly in the area of booksmarts. She's even begun to work on a machine to purify Death Essence. All she's missing is a powersource.
- The Big Guy: Cyrus. The guy can turn into a goddamn T-Rex. Not only that, but even when he isn't, he sure knows how to throw those knives.
- The Chick: Captain Midnight Waves. Definitely the most emotional of the group, she's trying to figure out where she belongs, and wants to help all those she can that were effected by the Second Conquest of Thorns.
- Flat "What.": Delivered by Mitsugi, twice in the same session. The first one when Cyrus had found a small sailing ship concealed in some bushes and the second when Cyrus later explained that Luna appeared to him as a pregnant man.
- Get on the Boat: The party found one hidden on the shore of the Yellow River. They subsequently crossed said river with it and will probably take it to various other places.
- Ghost Memory: Technically all Celestial Exalts (and Alchemicals) have this, but recently, Duskor, Grace, Rita, and Lost have all been afflicted by resurfacing memories.
- He's Dead, Jim: Announced by Maptool upon a death. Unless it's a Fatality.
- Hearing Voices: The Neverborn like to run their mouths into the minds of their Abyssals.
- More specifically, Duskor's been hearing voices as well, which has made Rita worry a little.
- Hero Killer: The Wyld Hunt, of course. They didn't actually kill anybody, but they were the first enemies the party faced.
- Heel-Face Turn: Hey, remember those Wyld Hunt guys who were trying to kill the heroes? Turns out a necromantic marionette will do wonders for reevaluating how choosy you can be with your allies.
- Humanoid Abomination: Ligier, the green sun of hell was Hamon's best man during the wedding session.
- Killer Game Master: Let me repeat that, the Wyld Hunt were the first enemies the party encountered.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: While every Exalted in the group could fit this trope, the standout ones so far are Lost Daughter and Duskor. Lost, a little girl, regularly carries a blade several times bigger than her and wields it with ease, while Duskor is a skinny guy in a cloak and mask who, thanks to the virtue of Charms, can tear people apart with his bare hands.
- Mugging the Monster: On the way to Great Forks, the party is ambushed by a large group of everyday bandits, at least 12 of them. They let 1 escape.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Most of the villains were created as a direct result of heroic dickery, though the player characters are innocent of this trope. For now.
- Nominal Importance: Subverted. Even some of the townies have been revealed to have individual names and personalities. Example: Airship Pirate 497 is the first mate of the Descending Shadow of the Impossible Storm, but no one has bothered to ask his name yet.
- Noodle Incident: WHERE IS SERUPE'S SHOES!?
- Omnicidal Maniac: Again, this is Exalted. It's all over the place, but the Abyssal's we've encountered sure do love talking about Oblivion.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: Reversed with Sol Invictus to the Empyreal Chaos, though recently opinion of the former has taken a dive, leading to accusations that Sol is The Starscream or even that the trope isn't reversed at all.
- Portrait Painting Peephole: Higarda's portrait in Hamon's room was this.
- Put on a Bus: Mitsugi and Weiss were knocked out during the pirate fight and are still knocked out by the end of the session. Since the players have left due to shenanigans +1, only time will tell what befalls those two heroes.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Leeeeeeet's see... We got: A wandering Assassin with a decent heart, another wandering Assassin with a less decent heart, a 12 year old demon-child who wields a blade forged with her parent's souls, a Catgirl, A bored Lunar who wants to be a master thief, and a bandage wrapped wandering... wanderer. And now the first wandering assassin and the bandage wrapped wanderer were Put on a Bus and been replaced by a robot pirate girl with her own airship.
- Reincarnation Romance: A frequent event in the setting due to the Solar/Lunar bond, but the Blackwood/Rinuko pair is Solar/Sidereal.
Rinuko: Last I checked, in the first age Past-you was Past-Rita's Little brother.
Rinuko: So now I'm Current-Rita's Daughter and you're like her adopted daughter or something.
Rinuko: Does that make it Reincarnation wincest?
Blackwood: I'm not even sure.
- The Resenter: Infernals and their Yozi masters. The Infernals book says this is unintentional.
- Resurrected Romance: Dancer and Hope's Abyssal/Lunar bond and later marriage.
- Serial Escalation: It's Exalted. It was the goal from the start of the game.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The arrival of the group in Autochthonia certainly heralded in quite a mess. Most notably, the refugees being scooped up by some kind of machine. Fearing the worst, the group attacked the machine and freed the refugees, though not all could be saved from the fall. And then Autochthonian authorities arrive in a ship that kills some more of them. And the group is completely devastated upon learning the machine was infact for immigrating the new arrivals to Autochthonian society.
- Shout-Out: Twice with the Bisque Dancer. The first encounter featured him summoning some zombies and then doing the Thriller Dance. The second encounter, he gives the group cards that summon demons and require the card holder to say, "I choose you, insert demon name here." No news on whether they digivolve.
- Spin Attack: Mitsugi's Errata'd Peony Blossom. Which pretty much ended the aforementioned Bandit Encounter.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Something like half the players and characters feel bad for the Yozis, especially since they didn't even realize humans were sentient.
- Stupid Sexy *Insert Name Here*: Once by Duskor about Waves when she showed off how she looked in her dress. And then later lampshaded by Rinuko when Rita gets a branch in the face due to being distracted by Duskor bathing in a river.
- Theme Music Power-Up: "Theme Song" was a required field on the character profiles.
- Too Dumb to Live: The bandits in session 2. Blade McIron qualifies also.
- Town with a Dark Secret: Great Forks apparently
hashad a Necromancer problem.
- Yakuza: Two factions of them, no less. One under Gairan and one under Akana.
- You All Meet in an Inn: They all start in a tavern, meeting by a chance of fate, paths crossing, and a Wyld Hunt. Yes, we know, this Trope in Exalted. We don't know why either.