Exalted: Golden Shackles, Iron Crowns

Welcome to the Jungle

The characters had a relatively civil discussion with Adahn and Charisa, with the former wrestling an agreement out of the players to allow him to accompany them. On hearing that Tourmaline has run off to the jungle Flynn has tore off in her direction, Nyx and Herras are already trying to do the same and have a couple days head start.

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Surprises

Fighting Practice, doing absurdly well!

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Cycles

The players begin safely floating above the Dragon-Blooded war camp, having successfully trapped Shyft within the mirror realm.

Gadesh uses herbal-based miracles to heal Mau of his nearly mortal wounds. Go-go Essence fueled surgeries!

In the morning Gadesh has revealed the entirety of his backstory. In short, he caused Ferris’ curse in exchange for sorcerous power that he assumed would protect him from the manipulations of Erlisch. He did this because his wife, Farah; attempted to reconcile Gadesh and Erlisch in an attempt to heal their family. When he confronted Erlisch with his act he was told that Farah had been consumed “by an entity that swallows identities and makes them its own, creating a myriad creature seething with polycogent souls”. Most importantly, Gadesh announced it was his intent to use the Fisher King Ritual to Exalt his son, which he believes to be the only way to curing Ferris of the curse.

Flynn and Ezma let slip that they believe they may have an alternative means of curing Ferris by way of a combination of Flynn’s reality-altering Martial Arts and Ezma’s miraculous Alchemy.

Further, the players decide that the loose plan for now is to try to save Ferris by way of Breating on the Black Mirror as a plan A, or using the Fisher King Ritual by taking it from El-Cid and transferring The Authority to Kane. Kane intends to then Exalt Ferris, and then abandon the power back to the Unconquered Sun.

Having concocted their approximate plan, Fetch decides to let them in on a way to get the enlightened heroics the Ezma wants without extinguishing the lives of possibly sentient creatures. Namely, they should try requesting the memories of the Righteous Dead!

The first step on this mission is to contact the Righteous Dead themselves and to do so they’ll need to summon the Chirmirajen; the Divine Monorail to the Daystar (yeah; the Sun).
Mau does the proper song and dance (literally) and summons the monorail, which then then speeds them on their way towards the Daystar.

The Circle heeds Fetches warning about the diligence expected by Nylesa, deciding to give her a wide berth. On their way towards the Gate of Halidom (abode of the Righteous Dead) the Circle encounters Bannery Bu. Bannery is more than pleased to have someone to speak with other than the Righteous Dead and stuffy old Nylesa. She also divines that the Circle will need her help after they speak to the Righteous Dead. An offer they don’t even know they’ll need to make yet, the Solars none-the-less acquiesce to her offer of help, and she requires three things of them.

1. They must help her perfect her autonomous war engine; Practice.
2. They must collect an artifact she crafted for herself on Daystar generations ago; and she hands them a requisition ticket to do so.
3. They must entertain her when next they meet.

Confused, annoyed, and slightly flustered, the party and the spirit part ways.

After an hour more of wandering around the Solars at last make it to the Gate of Halidom. They step off the Engine Magnificent into what seems to be a fortress on a sunny hillside, complete with a rainbow bridge that welcomes them into the chamber of Righteous Dead. Having not received new visitors for over a thousand years, the Solars are swarmed with folk delighted and thrilled by the prospect of news, but far too polite and dignified to badger them.

The spotlight closes as discussions begin..

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Masks

Exalted! Notes for me, mostly.

Realm Year – (Between 768 & 769), 3rd Day of Calibration; a clear and temperate night.
Days since Campaign began: 1 Year, 5 days

Previous Session:
The party managed to complete the process needed to pass through the barrier, they found a huge, magically advanced and incredibly populated city on the other side. A small force of mortals from the Dragonblooded army crossed over around the same time, but were eviscerated by a couple of automaton sentries. These automatons paid no heed to the characters.

As they got their bearings they were met by Chejop Kejak, an elderly man in a purple robe with a traveling staff. Flynn (drawing on the knowledge of his past life) instantly recognized him as the architect of the Usurpation, the first revolution that laid low the incarnation cycle of the Solar Exalted and trapped them over two thousand years ago.

Chejop has provided the Circle with a third option. Rather than trusting El-Cid or Paramy, they may simply kill all the constellation behemoths to stop the Fisher King Ritual all together. In return for their cooperation, Chejop promises to allow them to live (so long as they leave Creation) and will watch over Gadesh’s son Ferris (the safety of Ferris was guaranteed with Mau’s Vow power) until the danger has passed. Lastly, Chejop granted Kane the power to locate the Behemoths at his leisure. He simply needs to concentrate on their personas and he will be guided to them.

Ezma and Gadesh met with El-Cid and received an amulet that allows the Circle to pass between the barrier at will. Gadesh also received Essence Silk Armor. Flynn and Kane… Errr, I can’t remember? Mau went shopping.

When we left off the players were gathered on the edge of the city barrier once more, deciding that their next target would be Paramy’s Constellation Behemoth, Shyft.

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Strange Ports and elemental storms
Act IV, Chapter II

Ezma tells Avaku she is the Crown Princess of Khaslund, and exactly where he can shove it.

Mau monologues at Cynis Avaku about the indignity of this situation, while also telling the crew to untether your ships.

Cynis Avaku and his marines decimate your sailors, and Ragara Feria broadsides to lay waste with her own corps of archers. Combat escalates, Avaku loses his cool, and Kane lets his Anathema Anima fly.

After very narrowly defeating Avaku’s elite marine’s and fending off the powerful fire aspect, the Solar’s and the Horizon Endeavor are swallowed up by an enormous River Dragon, pulled into the previously shallow depths of the Rock River.

But who’s that silver-haired woman riding the tip of the Dragon’s Jaws, offering a reassuring smirk as the Circle are dragged under?

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Act IV, Chapter I

The Circle sail from the Ageless Vault to Khaslund. They encounter a miles high wall of light around their homeland. A sandal is thrown through the wall without incident and the Circle follows. Khaslund is much transformed, and the Wyld Hunt has arrived in earnest. On seeing the Imperial occupation Gadesh casts a quick Infallible Messenger to Uriah, asking for a way into the city.

Just outside the capital city of Roark the Circle are intercepted by a Dragon-Blooded member of the Hunt and his soldiers. The Dynast introduces himself as Cynis Avaku.

Through social prowess Mau learns that Avaku has a defining intimacy of “Loyalty to the ideals of the Realm”.

During negotiations Flynn hides himself and uses a combination of White Veil and a secret art to inflict the Derangement “Extreme Jealousy of the Horizon Endeavor” curse on Avaku.

Next session we begin with a confrontation and the fallout of the curse.

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Exalted; Golden Shackles, Iron Crowns
Session 1, Seed

The session opens with Kane waking to the pungent odors of a broken Lamp of Iridescent Ease and finds himself, wrists tied behind his back, in a curved wooden cylinder with no idea how he came to be there. The cylinder is large as three yeddim standing in a line, and nearly as wide as one. The wood beneath his palms is smooth and lacquered, an oddity in this fallen age. The lamp smells like cinnamon and rotting grapes. Outside he can hear the crash of thunder and rain against the thick wood, and fainter, the familiar

His gaze slowly adjusts to the light, making out the figures still sleeping. His brother Flynn, recently rescued from a life of indentured servitude to Olif Hailbax. A woman in the _______ robes of ________, most likely an alchemist of some kind. Two more shapes by the fire, one dressed in the leathers and swirling tattoos of a Far Eastern Barbarian; the other, like a bad joke, a shaven-headed Immaculate. At the far a would-be nobleman, his once fine and obviously jewel studded clothing now barely hanging on him in tatters. Kane himself was red of hair, well built, and his simple robe and kimono seemed to have better weathered the greed of whomever had taken them all captive.

…much more to add later…

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