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Everything Else => Role-Playing => Topic started by: GeeBeezy on September 25, 2019, 09:29:14 PM

Title: Five Elements, 11 houses
Post by: GeeBeezy on September 25, 2019, 09:29:14 PM
If you know me you probably know I love fantasy, and I love role playing games. If you've talked to me about role playing games you probably know that my favourite one is Exalted. If you don't know what Exalted is it's a fantasy rpg inspired by Grecian, Chinese, Irish, and Japanese myths, along with wuxia films, anime, Walker Texas Ranger and possibly even Game of Thrones.
Interested? Feel free to vote and post here whenever! If you get bored you can leave it whenever, decisions will be decided by vote and only for one character, so you don't have to keep posting if you feel like a break.


The most powerful nation in the world of Creation, is The Realm, emphasis on The. The Realm is ruled by the Exalted, also known as the Dragon Blooded, a sprawling tribe of elemental demigods who undergo a physical and spiritual transformation [or don't] in their teenage years that imbues them body and soul with one of the five elements of Creation, through which they can perform remarkable feats.
This clan, known as The Dynasty, or the Scarlet Dynasty, after its ruler the Scarlet Empress, is the ruling class of The Realm, and arguably the most powerful force in Creation next to the gods themselves. The Dynasty is divided into 11 Great Houses, massive families of Exalted who usually share an element, and help The Realm go about its business of conquest and colonization in the name of the Empress.
You are a member of the Dynasty, an Exalted scion of one of the 11 Great Houses.
Or perhaps you are a mere mortal?
Or a lowly slave imported from a satrapy?
Or an outcast Dragon Blooded, an Exalted bastard, and not a member of any House?
Whatever you are, you are a hero in the making.
What legends will they tell of your deeds?


Alright, first votes, pick a number in each category to help build our protag. There'll only be about 2-3 posts of this before we begin.

Are you:

1: Female?
2: Male?

1: A Dragon Blooded?
2: A mortal Dynast?
3: A commoner?
4: An outcast Dragon Blooded?
5: A slave?
6: A demigod?
7: A semi-devil?
8: A half-ghost?
Title: Re: Five Elements, 11 houses
Post by: RedneckedGent on September 25, 2019, 09:39:11 PM
I vote half-ghost.
Title: Re: Five Elements, 11 houses
Post by: Julia the Bookworm on September 26, 2019, 05:02:22 AM
Title: Re: Five Elements, 11 houses
Post by: GeeBeezy on October 05, 2019, 03:27:41 PM


I'm really glad you guys picked those, those are specifically the ones I had the most ideas for. Brb writing first post.
Title: Re: Five Elements, 11 houses
Post by: GeeBeezy on October 14, 2019, 04:07:48 PM
Hi! Yes! Hello! Look who's a damn fool for forgetting to update! It's me I'm the fool forgive me please.

ALRIGHT I just need three more things from you guys.

1: Rank, in order from 1 [highest] to 10 [lowest] how impressive you want to be in each of these:

-Physical strength
-Endurance and toughness
-Wits and reflexes

2: Pick a direction, this will determine the climate, aesthetic and to some extent the culture of your people.

1: North, direction of Air
2: South, direction of Fire
3: West, direction of Water
4: East, direction of Wood

And 3: What is your age?
Title: Re: Five Elements, 11 houses
Post by: RedneckedGent on October 15, 2019, 11:48:59 PM
Willpower: 6
Beauty: 7
Charisma: 9
Guile: 5
Physical Strength: 4
Enduance and toughness: 3
Intelligence: 8
Wits and reflexes:10


Age 19
Title: Re: Five Elements, 11 houses
Post by: RedneckedGent on November 01, 2019, 04:48:43 PM
Title: Re: Five Elements, 11 houses
Post by: GeeBeezy on November 05, 2019, 01:39:35 PM
MY BAD! [Sorry about the wait I forgot to reply].


When the Realm came, it was from the East.
The ships appeared on the horizon, growing larger throughout the day until one junk separated itself from the rest of the fleet and pulled into harbor without an escort.
It didn't need one. At first you thought it was because the fleet itself carried enough implicit threat.
You were wrong.
When the exalted disembarked the waves crawled up the beach, torches burst into flame, wind cracked like a whip above their heads, the ground shook beneath their feet and the trees bent like dancers, laden with fruit out of season.
Their guards were resplendent in gleaming steel and bronze. Their helmets crowned with red plumes and their shields stiff with iron bracing. The slaves that followed them gleamed with sweat beneath the golden dishes they bore, each piled high with stones precious and semi-precious, coins, notes and bits of a hundred currencies, bags of red cowrie shells and the gilded and lacquered skulls of royals.
It was a fortune fit for an emperor.
It was a gift from the Scarlet Empress, the god-queen of the Realm.
It was always this way, for almost a thousand years now. The soldiers would come to a country, in war or in friendship, and leave the nation a satrapy; a tributary state of the ever-growing and eternal Realm.

Choose one of the following options.

1: You were part of the gift, an exotic slave, and, secretly, a spy and assassin.
2: You were the intended recipient of the tribute, queen of your nation.
3: You were the illegitimate child of one of the Exalted.
4: You were a thief, tempted by such riches.
5: You were a local hero, a champion of your monarch, on guard in the throne room.
6: You were a merchant, trade with the underworld made you rich, and the Exalted threatened that.
7: You were nobody, a street rat, an orphan with no home and no money.
8: You were a street performer, who caught the eye of the Exalted with your haunting dance.
9: You were a simple soldier, ready to lay down your life if necessary, but hoping not to have to.
10: You were a necromancer, intrigued by the presence of demigods.
11: You were the princess of the nation, your inheritance in peril.
12: You were a ninja, an assassin ordered to watch, study and kill the Exalted.
13: You were a priestess of an ancestor cult, a religion forbidden by the Realm.
Title: Re: Five Elements, 11 houses
Post by: RedneckedGent on November 05, 2019, 04:45:28 PM