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[Recruit] Exalted: Infernals

INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
edited January 2010 in Critical Failures
In the First Age, there was a great war between the gods and their creators, the Primordials. Ruled and led by their king, Malfeas, who could not conceive of defeat, the Primordials were nonetheless overthrown by their traitorous children. The gods had empowered their own children, the Exalted, and gifted them with the strength and power to overthrow the Primordials, though at great cost. The greatest of the Exalted, children of the Unconquered Sun, were called the Solar Exalted, and through treachery and a betrayal of the order of Creation, the Solars cast down the Primordials and committed the ultimate crime against the creators of their world: they murdered several of the Primordials, beings who could not conceive of death.

Malfeas saw this and knew that they had lost, knew that he had failed to protect his subjects, and once again did the unthinkable: the king of the universe surrendered. He was cast down, his component souls turned inside out and forced to become the prison of the Primordials, within which all the beings now known as “demons” would exist. In rage and despair, Malfeas had nearly given up on ever finding release.

But then one of his brothers, the Ebon Dragon, came unto him and spoke of a great master plan: the Reclamation. It would require cooperation, and vision, but it would find them freedom. Along with Adorjan, also called the Silent Wind, Cycelene, and She Who Lives In Her Name, with assistance from Kimbery, The Sea That Marched Against The Flame, the five Primordials contacted their slain bretheren, the Neverborn, and concocted a plan that would earn them all release.

They assisted the Neverborn’s servants, the Deathlords, in freeing some of the broken Solar Exaltations from their Jade Prison, in return for a portion of these Essences for their own use. Fifty in all, the Primordials reshaped them for their own use, creating new servants out of old enemies. They called these servants the Infernal Exalted… and these servants are you.

This here is going to be an Exalted 2nd Edition game focusing on a coven of Infernal Exalted (who you guys will play!) The focus will be on Reclamation-oriented Infernals and all of the baggage that comes with that; dealing with life in Hell, and Hellish politics, and hanging out with demons will all be important themes.

That said, I want to run a character-centric game -- I want interesting and fun characters to tell stories about and with!

I'm looking for four to five players, with three to four Infernals and one Sidereal Akuma or one Abyssal (with the caveat that there has to be a Fiend in the group if there's going to be an Abyssal.)

The game will be rated PG-13 to R, which is to say, there will be violence and terrible activities and the occasional boobs and maybe some people will knock boots off-screen.

You must have access to Exalted 2e and Manual of Exalted Power: Infernals for this. Normally I'm willing to help people out with systems if they don't know them, but Exalted is too involved and Infernals is too different from Solars for someone without either book to really get by.

We will be using the errata from Glories of the Most High as well as incorporating the Defend Other and Blockade Movement actions from those books.

Past that: I take a very open approach to Exalted. The game's a sandbox, and I like that. Make your character with the themes you like in mind, and I'll do my best to make sure they're important to the game. I don't expect the PCs to be working together as a party 100% of the time -- you'll all have your own interests and motivations to tend to as well as group stuff with the coven.

Some things I'd rather not focus on, though, are warstriders and robots etc, as well as the fair folk. Warstriders don't really interest me, and I don't have Graceful Wicked Masques.

Who's interested?

Characters:

Thanatos, playing Hakun Joral a Sidereal Akuma in service of She Who Lives In Her Name, Chosen of Secrets
KrataLightblade, playing Fasara, Fiend in service of the Ebon Dragon
Hotran, playing Walker on Shards of Beauty, Slayer in service of Malfeas
AdventFalls, playing Ano Akina, Malefactor in service of Cecylene
Rainfall, playing Rihanis, the Dancing Wind, Fiend in service of the Ebon Dragon

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  • KrataLightbladeKrataLightblade Registered User
    edited November 2009
    I'm interested, but you knew that.

    My character will probably, unless there are major problems here, be Fasara, a Fiend serving the Ebon Dragon. He's a slick manipulator, seducer, and all around schemer, and he'll work a lot behind the scenes to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.

    He prefers to lie with the truth rather than speak direct falsehoods, but he's not above doing things the other way either. He goes to great pains to hide his Infernal nature whenever possible, preferring only to reveal it when it would do the most harm to someone else's reputation, and even then only under disguise so he won't be recognized later, but he'll do whatever is needful whenever it is so.

    He'll also be happy to liase with any Abyssals we have working with us, naturally, though he'll probably do his best to ensure that the Infernals have the advantage whenever possible in any dealings with their deathknight cousins.

    LEVEL 50 SWORD JUGGLER/WIZARD!
  • adventfallsadventfalls Why would you wish to know? Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'd love to sign up. I just need to, you know, find my copy of the Infernals.

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  • hotranhotran Registered User
    edited November 2009
    I'd need to find a copy of the Infernals, but I'll likely sign up if I can do so. Is there a submission deadline?

    The Long Way Down: Clank, Warforged Fighter
  • vagrant_windsvagrant_winds is pumped-up. Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I am oh so interested. Oh so very interested.

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  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    hotran wrote: »
    I'd need to find a copy of the Infernals, but I'll likely sign up if I can do so. Is there a submission deadline?

    Nope, I'll arbitrarily close applications when I've got enough people who are willing to make characters who can interact in a reasonable way that I like.

    Alternatively, if four of my friends join, in which case everyone I don't know is screwed. :P

    I'm going to go edit the OP to mention that people should be willing to make characters who can interact meaningfully (IE, not a bunch of Total Loners).

    Also, people who are interested, if you say what you're interested in playing, it'll help everyone involved. :)

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • adventfallsadventfalls Why would you wish to know? Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'm interested.

    I'll be the Malefactor with the kickass armor.

    EDIT: Provided I can make an Infernal. I thought making a Solar was hard...

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  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn So Wangtta~! Remember to [E]ject!Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'd try to play a [strike]minmaxed to hell and back[/strike] completely ordinary Slayer whose lack of social grace is played for comic relief, but I'm trying to get my shit together for a Dragon-Blooded game.

    Hope this takes off so I can steal ideas from you.

  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I could definitely do something along the lines of a Scourge. I'll have to think it through a bit more.

    Any special rules for character creation, INNS?

  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Well, I've been tossing an idea around for an Infernal since the book came out, but it looks like Krata has already jumped onto the Fiend Caste. Of course, if you're not objecting to caste-stacking(and there's little reason to, in an Infernal Coven,) I was thinking of making a character who was the reincarnation of Dancer In Light(from DotFA,) brought back as an Adorjani Fiend with a thing for dancing, who got Stanewald turned into a demon-ink tattoo, so they could never be apart again.
    Not 100% on what her urge would be, I'm just not sure what would be a good fit, but she tends towards the high 'compassion' end of the scale, with the typically skewed views of Adorjani exalts.
    Basically a diva wannabe, her motivation would be to dance before all creatures of Heaven, Creation, Malfeas, and the Underworld, so that all can see how perfect she is.

    Mechanically, she'd be a martial artist, with more of a focus on Adorjani charms than the Ebon Dragon, although she'd take her excellencies from the ED. Most/all of her background dots would be sunk into Past Life and a Demon Ink Tattoo of Stanewald.

    Of course, if you don't want to stack castes, I wouldn't want to steal Krata's idea. I'd be perfectly happy playing an Akuma Sidereal, since I actually quite adore the Siddy charmset.

  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    God, and now I'm kind of thinking Defiler sorcerer.

    Maybe I'll roll up both, see which one I like more. Dammit.

  • El FantasticoEl Fantastico Oh myyy Toronto, ONRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    As I said in the general Exalted thread, I'm new to the system, but familiar enough with game mechanics. I just need to find the roommate's copy of the book and read up on castes.

    I'll completely understand though if you'd rather not have a mostly newb in the group. :)

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  • adventfallsadventfalls Why would you wish to know? Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Indeed. I'm mostly newb as well.

    NintendoID: AdventFalls 3DS Code: 3454-0237-6080
  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I don't mind Caste stacking. It means you'll have a little bit of Charm overlap necessarily (since you have to take 5 charms from your patron's charm set at chargen) but it doesn't bother me.

    Fantastico, if you've got the books, I don't mind if you don't know the system inside and out. I just don't want to have to explain like charm by charm what people's options are and stuff.

    Let's see...

    Krata, Hotran, Adventfalls, Rainfall, Thanatos, Fantastico, Winds ... oh god, so many interests. Let's uh, let's close up the Who's Interested part now and see how you seven come through -- I'll probably have to snip the game down to about five players regardless, though, seven's more than I'd want to run with Exalted even at a tabletop.

    Not using any special chargen rules, but if someone does want to roll up an Akuma, I might have to take a look at those, because they start off with like +30 bp and a bunch of mutations on top of their normal chargen.

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Rainfall wrote: »
    I was thinking of making a character who was the reincarnation of Dancer In Light(from DotFA,) brought back as an Adorjani Fiend with a thing for dancing, who got Stanewald turned into a demon-ink tattoo, so they could never be apart again.
    Not 100% on what her urge would be, I'm just not sure what would be a good fit, but she tends towards the high 'compassion' end of the scale, with the typically skewed views of Adorjani exalts.
    Basically a diva wannabe, her motivation would be to dance before all creatures of Heaven, Creation, Malfeas, and the Underworld, so that all can see how perfect she is.

    Mechanically, she'd be a martial artist, with more of a focus on Adorjani charms than the Ebon Dragon, although she'd take her excellencies from the ED. Most/all of her background dots would be sunk into Past Life and a Demon Ink Tattoo of Stanewald.

    I like the sound of this, and bonus credit for killing a second circle demon (kind of) during character creation :p

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    It's not like Stanewald is the demon who's gotten the most attention across all two editions, or anything.
    Spoiler:

  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Hey INNS, do you have a geographic regional preference for us? Like, do you have anything in mind for what you'd like us to be doing?

    It'd make writing our urges a bit easier.

  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    The East is the direction of Creation I'm most familiar with and will probably use most ... but I expect/intend to have the characters spend a fair bit of time in Malfeas, and a skeleton key in someone's hands would go a long way toward making the entirety of Creation a reasonable playground.

    So if anyone has direction-tied Motivations or Urges, keeping them to the East will be easiest, but it's not too difficult for Infernals to get around Creation.

    I don't have super-specific plans yet because, character-centric and all, I'm not certain what your characters will be interested in doing.

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • vagrant_windsvagrant_winds is pumped-up. Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'm familiarizing myself with the Infernals book at the moment and should have some delicious character ideas tomorrow.
    I only have personal experience playing Dragon Blooded and Lunars, but I've wanted to play an Infernal/Abyssal game for a long while.

    ...though a Lunar akuma is almost tempting, if not what you were asking for. :P

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  • KrataLightbladeKrataLightblade Registered User
    edited November 2009
    Rainfall, I love the concept. So much in fact that if INNS had a problem with caste stacking I'd change my concept just to see you do it. *Laughs*

    A skeleton key, huh? That could probably be arranged.

    LEVEL 50 SWORD JUGGLER/WIZARD!
  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Skeleton key might not be the name of the artifact, I didn't check. There are keys in Infernals that just straight up open doors back to Malfeas, though. :P

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • hotranhotran Registered User
    edited November 2009
    I've gotten hold of Infernals, so I'm hoping to have a concept/background up w/in 24 hours. Like vagrant_winds, I haven't played them before, but so far it looks awesome. From a brief skim, I was leaning towards Scourge, but I'm flexible.

    The Long Way Down: Clank, Warforged Fighter
  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    So I'm writing up my character, and I'm thinking that her Chrysalis Grotesque was formed from an Angyalkae(spawn of the Kite Flute, of the Prince Upon the Tower, of Adorjan,) and they tend to attack via their prehensile hair.

    So considering that as an attack option, could I do one of the following?

    1. Spend a bonus point for a mutation that would allow Martial Arts attacks made with hair to deal Lethal damage(razor hair or something)

    2. Weave very very sharp pieces of metal into her hair and gain weapons as per Tiger Claws.

    Or, the least supported by mechanics but most preferable...

    3. Spend a bonus point(or two) for a mutation that would allow me to make attacks with hair as per Tiger Claw stats. (because unarmed MA damage really blows.)

  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'm familiarizing myself with the Infernals book at the moment and should have some delicious character ideas tomorrow.
    I only have personal experience playing Dragon Blooded and Lunars, but I've wanted to play an Infernal/Abyssal game for a long while.

    ...though a Lunar akuma is almost tempting, if not what you were asking for. :P

    I included Sidereal Akuma and Abyssals in the 'also accepting these' bit because a renegade Sidereal serving as an evil vizier for a group of evilled up Solars and also an Abyssal working with eviled up Solars because of a deal between a Death Lord and the Ebon Dragon were ideas I liked.

    I'm less interested in Lunars and their themes, though.

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • KrataLightbladeKrataLightblade Registered User
    edited November 2009
    Rainfall, since you're going for MA as well, I have to ask if you'll feel terribly infringed upon if I focus on Dreaming Pearl Courtesan style for Fasara? If so, that's fine, I'll stick to a switch-off between paired knives and flame pieces.

    LEVEL 50 SWORD JUGGLER/WIZARD!
  • adventfallsadventfalls Why would you wish to know? Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'll likely be using a melee weapon of some variety. And be able to make Faustian agreements ala Verdant Emptiness Endowment.

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  • vagrant_windsvagrant_winds is pumped-up. Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Combat hair? I approve!

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  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    No, by all means go ahead. I'm not actually taking an MA style, since Infernal Charms allow you to actually do that. Going for Adorjani charms with MA just means that I can make an even larger number of attacks.

    I may pick up Silver-Voiced Nightingale Style if I can find a teacher at some point, but I doubt it.

  • KrataLightbladeKrataLightblade Registered User
    edited November 2009
    I promise I won't make too many horrible jokes about our Circle being a beauty pageant from Hell.

    LEVEL 50 SWORD JUGGLER/WIZARD!
  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    So this is the worst part of running a game with fairly open recruitment. Seven players is more than I'll be able to handle, though. This selection is biased, I won't lie. People I am certain will be reliable posters took precedence, and that means the few of you I've never met before are at a disadvantage.

    Our players are going to be
    KrataLightblade
    Rainfall
    Thanatos
    AdventFalls
    hotran


    I'm sorry, vagrant and fantastico. I'd like to take you all, but seven players is more than I can handle. It was a very hard choice between you guys. :(

    I know I said I'd see what everyone had in mind, but I decided to make the cut early so that people wouldn't be stuck making characters (which can take forever with Exalted) and being told to shelf them. :(

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • hotranhotran Registered User
    edited November 2009
    After going through things a bit more thoroughly, I'm thinking a Slayer might work a bit better than a Scourge. What I've got so far in terms of concept/background is below the tag; again, new to Infernals, so yay to feedback.
    Spoiler:

    ---Edit---

    Ack, totally didn't see the above post. Thanks for the vote of confidence, INNS, hopefully I don't come up short.

    The Long Way Down: Clank, Warforged Fighter
  • KrataLightbladeKrataLightblade Registered User
    edited November 2009
    hotran wrote: »
    Ack, totally didn't see the above post. Thanks for the vote of confidence, INNS, hopefully I don't come up short.

    Don't worry. If you do we'll kill you and eat you so you don't have to feel the shame for long.

    LEVEL 50 SWORD JUGGLER/WIZARD!
  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I even have a charm specifically for doing that. No bones left over, either.

  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I really like the sound of that, hotran. I am especially fond of the idea of his coadjutor-to-be going over a play-by-play of Walker's mistakes.

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Also, I'm hanging out in #criticalfailures on slashnet, and my AIM info is in my profile here if anyone needs to get ahold of me for game-related stuff. :)

    sometimes you just gotta do a thing
  • hotranhotran Registered User
    edited November 2009
    hotran wrote: »
    Ack, totally didn't see the above post. Thanks for the vote of confidence, INNS, hopefully I don't come up short.

    Don't worry. If you do we'll kill you and eat you so you don't have to feel the shame for long.

    ::laughs:: wonderful; I would expect nothing less.

    The Long Way Down: Clank, Warforged Fighter
  • vagrant_windsvagrant_winds is pumped-up. Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    :(
    Oh well.

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  • adventfallsadventfalls Why would you wish to know? Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    So I have the background/concept ready, again- newbie to Infernal Exalts, so I'm flexible.
    Spoiler:

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  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Hey look, I made a character!
    Backstory
    Spoiler:

    Appearance:
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    Sheet:
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    Statblock:
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    Stanewald's tattoo
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    Bonus point expenditure -
    Spoiler:

  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    This book is a fucking lot to absorb.

    I'm hella working on my character, but there's a ton of stuff in here. Really strongly leaning towards Scourge (Adorjan creates some fucking social juggernauts).

  • RainfallRainfall Don't lose your WAAAAAAAYRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Yeah, if any book short of the core is heavy, it's Infernals.

    Just because it takes every single thing about charm concepts you've known and used to base your understanding off of and throws it out the window.

    Then it throws you out the window.

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