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Raxon

Raxon




27th Jul 2018, 5:02 AM

Ahh, rivalries. Competition drives man to innovate and improve. As iron sharpens iron, so too does one man sharpen another. I just so happen to have a story for this. Let me tell you about the rivalry between two men.

The first man, Davrel, came from humble beginnings. Through very hard work and study, Davrel eventually rose to prominence, and became an outspoken proponent of a reformation movement among magi. He wanted to alter the ancient laws to reflect modsrn sensibilities and technological changes.

The second man was Lee Cao Yin. He was a much older mage, and a very strict traditionalist. As the head speaker of the grand council, the ruling body of elders which governed all magi, he wielded considerably more political power than any other mage alive.

The beginning of the rivalry came when Davrel was subjected to an illegally powerful charm spell during a war. The exact details are worthy of their own separate story, but the charm spell weakened his defenses enough that he was defeated, and the two young VIPs barely escaped with their lives.

Councilman Yin saw an opportunity here, and had Davrel charged with collusion and sedition, and for that, Davrel spent three long years in a solitary cell in ULTIMA CARCEREM. Yin believed this would serve as a warning to the reformation movemejt, and teach Davrel a personal lesson. Indeed, Davrel learned a lesson, alone in that prison. The prison could only contain his body, however. Davrel's influence grew silently. He trained his magesight to new heights of power.

Four years after his release, news came to Davrel that Yin's daughter was getting married. Yin's thirteen year old daughter. Davrel realized this had to be a trap, but he was okay with that.

In the middle of the ceremony, Yin's guards proceeded to draw their guns and fire at some imagined threat. Davrel then smashed through the wall of the temple, broke the literal chains holding the girl there, and told the prospective husband than Yin had not only already promised the girl to him, she carried his child. The husband to be was a very, very high ranking member of the chinese government, who was going to give Yin certain privileges in exchange for the marriage. Some of those privileges were land and a mansion.

The government official was furious. Not at Davrel, but at Yin. He was insulted and humiliated, being the second choice. Davrel took the girl and left as the government leader began verbally laying into Yin.

Davrel adopted the girl, Mingmei, and as it turns out, Yin treated her about the same as everyone else. As a resource to be exploited.

Davrel quickly grew to love her as his own child, and she in turn loved him. There was the ever present threat from Yin after this, but Mingmei was happy and flourished in his care. Davrel kept her safe, and raised her with love.

As for Yin, things soon spiraled out of control as Davrel's actions and his territorial independence afterward inspired open rebellion, particularly by the magi around the world who were sick of dealing with corruption.

But that territorial dispute is a story for another day.

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Jadelynn

Jadelynn




27th Jul 2018, 5:50 AM

Never change, Raxon.

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Raxon

Raxon




28th Jul 2018, 11:25 PM

I'll get to that one. International incidents amuse him, especially when he gets to be the political equivalent of Bugs Bunny.

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Guest




27th Jul 2018, 10:11 AM

There was a one sided rivalry between two players in an old Rogue Trader campaign I was in. Our Navigator was annoyed that the Archmillitant’s DPS was higher than theirs. Now understand in D&D terms this is like a Bard being annoyed that the Barbarian deals more damage in melee.

Then the Navigator got two things to even the score, teleportation and melta bombs. So now he could drop 5d10+(screw you) levels of damage ever round. Admittedly this only brought him up to the level of the Archmillitant (unnatural strength+powerfist=one punch woman), but it should have stopped there. But there were still some problems. First off the Archmillitant has really high initiative, so they would repeatedly one shot the big thing before the Navigator could do anything. And if the big thing didn’t go down the Navigator couldn’t use their bombs because they’d also vaporize the Archmillitant.

I suppose this all explains what happened next.

So the party was in a car chase with the cops after having killed a Changer of Ways (long story). The Archmillitant is sticking out the sunroof unloading a heavy bolter on these guys, the Captain is doing his best Vin Diesal impression, and the Tech Priest is questioning his sanity (he lost a lot of points in the daemon fight) while firing his much less impressive gun out the side window. Things are going well, between the Captian’s driving and the Archmillitant brings a mini RPG heavy machine gun to a pistol fight we were set to either kill our outrun these guys the next turn.

Then the Navigator decided to throw a melta bomb at the car following us.

After much telling them OOC that this is a terrible idea, that they’d have to roll insanely well just to avoid blowing us up, and that it was pointlessly risky since the Archmillitant already had it covered. The Navigator decided to ignore all that and rolled anyways. None of us IC had any actions available to stop them so they got to throw the bomb.

They failed. Hard.

Fate point reroll.

Failed even worse.

DM deems that the roll was so bad the Navigator just set off the melta bomb in their lap. So suddenly the party, their car, and all their stuff suffer critical existence failure. Fate points burned all around to not die. Our plans to blackmail the Planetary Governer are ruined, the Inquisition is on its way, and the Navigator lost their melta bomb privileges (and almost their leg privileges until the other players talked me out of it)

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Steeevee




27th Jul 2018, 4:15 PM

once had two Minstral/Bard types having an epic duel that included:
singing and playing music
pitching woo and lovely ladies
drinking
singing while drunk
pitching woo while drunk
Flynning (swashbuckler swordfighting with puns)
Insults

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Raxon

Raxon




28th Jul 2018, 4:58 AM

It's not proper flynning unless someone performs the Zoro maneuver.

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Poker




29th Jul 2018, 6:37 PM

if the Zoro maneuver is done to you, insult the other on how poorly it was done.

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Raxon

Raxon




29th Jul 2018, 11:47 PM

There's also a lesser known zoro trick, where you slice through a lit candle, and it remains standing and lit. It's a very nice trick.

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Poker




28th Jul 2018, 2:00 PM

i remember a short sentai campaign a while ago. near the end of the second session, i introduced the guy who was suposed to be the team's rival, who at this point was too strong for them.
My plan was that he come at them looking for a opponent worthy of being called a challenge, defeat them easely this time, chastise them for being so weak, walk away, and then after fighting them again two or three time as they get stronger, progressively grow to respect them.
he defeated the red ranger way more easely than i envisaged because of some bad rolls, the yellow one. the blue ranger was enable to fight because of the damage she took from the monster they had just defeated. the green one is defeated as well... Then the pink ranger come, the heart of the team, a shy girl who was at first reluctant to become a hero because she was scared of fighting and noises (to the point the colored explosion that happen behind them when they transform startled her the 6 first times or so). Seing her teammates in danger, she overcome her fear of this terrible assaillant, roll very well to dodge his blow, counter-attack... and manage to wound him.

the fact that they could'nt defeat him was scripted aniway, but since she was the only one who managed to wound him, i thought it would be fun to have him acknoledge her as his rival.
"You show great promise. You are not strong enough yet, but it appear that you are the only one who have the potential to one day give me a good fight." Became a running gag that he would ignore the others and try to fight her one on one everytime he appeared, and scarred, she would try anything to get away from the fight. not helped by the fact that each time, one of the others happened to roll crap, reinforcing the rival's opinion that Pink was the only real threat.

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