Essence of Dynasty

BY : JohnDoe
Category: +A through F > Exalted RPG
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Essence of Dynasty

 

Essence of Dynasty is a weekly Dragon-Blooded Exalted Essence game dealing with mature themes and sexual content.

 

All chapters are WIP and subject to rewrites.

 

Content Tags: Abuse Discrimination Violence WIP

 

Disclaimer: White Wolf, Exalted and Exalted 3rd Edition are all trademarks of White Wolf Publishing AB, and official characters, names, places and text are copyrighted by White Wolf. I do not own Exalted and I'm not making money from this write-up.

 

This is not a complete story! Despite its length, Essence of Dynasty, is not a complete story. It is an ongoing write up of a weekly Exalted game in which the Dragon-Blooded Dynasts of House Alinos brave the dangers of the Threshold. All Chapters are subject to rewrites, and the story is on-going. Continuation of Dynasty of Dovak, an Exalted Third Edition game: Chapter 1 of Essence of Dynasty is Chapter 10 of Dynasty of Dovak. Melody and Jin’s players reprise their old characters under the new system, Reya’s player takes 314, Ganan’s player takes the ST role.

 

http://games.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600091106

 

Trigger Warning: This is a summary of an X-rated play which deals with mature themes that some may find distressing. Violence, sex, and discrimination are central themes: if you think you might be distressed by this story then I urge you to read no further.

 

 

The Story Thus Far

 

The Realm of the Dragon-Blooded has endured for 770 years. The first Empress, the Scarlet Empress, also known as the Old Empress, seized control of the Sword of Creation – an ancient weapon of a bygone age – and with it she saved the world from the brink of annihilation, and carved her empire into the world. The Scarlet Empress and her kin are Dragon-Blooded: mortals who have been Exalted with the power of the Five Elemental Dragons. For centuries, the Dragon-Blooded have ruled Creation as the Princes of the Earth: great champions who protect the world from the nightmarish, cannibalistic shapeshifters known as the Lunar Anathema, and other horrors, such as the soul-sucking Raksha, the shambling undead, and the vicious demons of Malfeas.

 

And then, seven years ago, she vanished.

 

In the ensuing civil war, her grand Dynasty tore itself apart, before her eldest surviving daughter, Mnemon, took the throne. Seven Great Houses make up the pillars of the Realm’s nobility, each presided over by a mighty Great House Matriarch. The Great Houses rule over their own kingdoms, in the Empress’s name, and send their “advisors” to the kingdoms of the Threshold – the barbarian lands that lay beyond the shores of the Realm’s Blessed Isle. Wise Threshold rulers accept these Satraps, and willingly turn over tribute to the Realm. But increasingly bold barbarians reject the Realm’s overtures and declare war. Mnemon’s Realm is surrounded, and slowly realizing that it is outnumbered.

 

Worse, it may be outgunned.

 

Five years ago, the Solar Anathema returned. These dread lords, god-kings driven mad with power, once presided over Creation. Their reign of terror was ended only at a great cost, and only by the intercession of the Five Immaculate Dragons, or so the stories go. The Five locked the Solars away, imprisoning their foulness in the very depths of the Underworld, far beneath the deepest depths of the Western Ocean – for if a Solar is slain, the essence of their power may pass anew to a mortal foolish enough to try to rise above their station and usurp the righteous rule of the Dragon-Blooded. But now the Solars are free. Some of them seem to be twisted by the powers of the Underworld: these Deathknights seemingly stand against life itself.

 

And stranger beings exist.

 

In defiance of the natural order, little gods Exalt their own champions. These mockeries of the Dragon-Blooded’s power are not always evil and are rarely to blame for their new condition – often they can be made into allies – but their numbers are growing, despite the terrible toll Exaltation takes upon its divine benefactor. The Demon Princes of Malfeas have somehow anointed their own champions and sent them force to do mischief in the world. The Exalted of Heaven, the secretive Sidereal Exalted, increasingly meddle in Creations affairs. And these are perhaps the least strange of those “stranger beings” that wander Creation.

 

Our story follows three champions of Mnemon’s Realm: Alinos Gracious Pealing Melody, an admiral in the Realm’s Merchant Navy, responsible for collecting the tribute gathered from the Threshold kingdoms on behalf of the Great Houses, and ferrying that wealth across the water to the Blessed Isle; Cynis Falen Jinabar, once a Magistrate, handpicked by the Old Empress to dispense the Realm’s justice, now a fugitive from the Realm’s law, exiled from the home she loves; and 314, a being out of time, one of the Alchemical Exalted, a prototype for the Dragon-Blooded, created to fight in a war that ended thousands of years ago.

 

The curtain opens on a scene deep underground, in the Lost City of Dari in the Southern Threshold…

 

The Great Houses

 

As of Realm Year 770, there are seven Great Houses of The Realm, ranked in approximate order of power, they are as follows:

 

Rulinsei – Earth that Forms the Bedrock of Empire

Matriarch Rulinsei, the Empress’s sister, presides over the Great House that claims the most direct descendants of Empress Mnemon. House Rulinsei has a strong association with the element of Earth – the majority of its scions holding the same Elemental Aspect as the Empress herself. It is a House of builders and architects, that cleaves firmly to tradition and propriety. This nigh on fanatical adherence to the tried and true methods of the past helps to maintain the purity of the Rulinsei bloodline – it is here that perhaps the Blood of the Dragons flows the strongest.

 

Berit – Water that Drowns the Dragon’s Foes

Matriarch Berit is also sister to the Empress. Further she holds the title of Sei-i Taishōgun, or Shogun, meaning she commands the Imperial Legions – the Realm’s principle fighting force. House Berit is a new House, which lacks the storied legacy of some of the older Houses. A significant minority belong to the Aspect of Water, that of the House’s Matriarch, but the majority of those who bear the Berit name are adoptees from the Patrician classes.

 

V’neef – Wood that Parts the Spray

V’neef is the third sister of the Empress who commands her own Great House. House V’neef was founded toward the end of the Old Empress’s reign and once commanded the Merchant Fleet. The House now controls the Imperial Navy: the Realm’s fighting force upon the seas. Whilst House V’neef possesses great military power, the soft-power it wields by leading the Realm in culture and fashion is the true focus of the House. Only a decade ago, V’neef was principally a House of adoptees – but V’neef had her pick from the cream of the Realm’s Patricians, carefully cultivated, and this combined with her own potent bloodline, and no small amount of politicking, has seen a great many children born with the V’neef name. V’neef herself (a consummate explorer in her youth) is a Wood Aspect, as are many of her direct descendants, but Water Aspects are also particularly valued by the Realm’s naval House.

 

Nellens – Fire that Stokes the Engine of Commerce

Under the Old Empress, House Nellens was not a House of prestige. Named for a long departed mortal consort of the Scarlet Empress, and oft overshadowed by their rivals House Sesus, House Nellens managed to acquire a great deal of influence amongst the Realm’s patrician class, and with the wealthier of the Realm’s merchants. When House Ragara – the so-called “Imperial Bank” – set itself against Mnemon in the Realm Civil War, it was only natural that House Nellens step in to fill the void in the new order once Mnemon was seated upon the throne. This caused a small rise in House Nellens fortunes – though, thanks to debt forgiveness mandated by the new Empress for her allies, coupled with her enemies defaulting on their loans, this rise was not as large as some might have hoped. What caused a meteoric rise in House Nellens fortunes, however, was the absorption of House Sesus. Long had Sesus agents worked in the shadows to decrease the fortunes of House Nellens, now not only was the House’s biggest obstacle removed, but it was actively working in favor of the House. Traditionally, House Nellens is ruled by the Most August Conclave: an assembly of mortals and Dragon-Blooded. In recent years, House Matriarch Nellens Gazal, and her husband Oban (brother to the Empress), has assumed more direct control. Until the wedding of House Sesus to House Nellens, the Great House possessed no elemental aspect – now the great preponderance of Sesus blood in their ranks has shifted the House firmly to a majority of Fire Aspects.

 

Ledaal – Air that Raised the Bones of Giants

House Ledaal is another legacy House, founded under the reign of the Old Empress. Ledaal, Empress Mnemon’s niece, earned her House by exposing a treacherous plot hatched by the shapeshifting Lunar Anathema, and the House has stood as a shield against the darkness ever since. Though Ledaal died centuries ago, her House follows her example in courage, curiosity, and integrity. Ledaal Yasmet leads the House with the aid of her Flashing Tempest Council. Though foreign trade and unearthing mysteries are important to the House, nothing comes before their Shadow Crusade: an unending war against the Anathema. The Air Aspect is the most common in House Ledaal.

 

 

Tepet – Wood that Grows into a New Age

The origins of House Tepet predate not only Empress Mnemon, but the Realm itself – the House draws on traditions dating back to the Dragon-Blooded Shogunate. It is a martial house, named for a warrior who opposed the Scarlet Empress in the earliest days of her reign, who would fail to overthrow her and come to be her lover. It is a House built on exacting traditions of excellence, seeking enlightenment by walking the warrior’s path. It is a House that nearly fell from greatness. Once Aspected toward Air, and commanding the mightiest army of all the Great Houses under the Scarlet Empress, House Tepet was broken by one of the Solar Anathema – the Bull of the North. Its power shattered, the House was saved by its current Matriarch, Tepet Ejava, who committed the House’s troops to the support of Mnemon during the civil war and later marched the House Legions upon the Deathlord known as the Mask of Winters in the war’s aftermath. Members of the Fallen House Cynis were given the option of exile or joining Ejava’s House. Ejava declined renaming the House after herself, but welcomed the infusion of new blood. The House is now Aspected toward Wood (though Mela, the Elemental Dragon of Air, remains an important figure in the House’s traditions).

 

Alinos – Air that Rises to Rarified Heights

Matriarch Alinos is the Empress’s granddaughter, and House Alinos consists of her own daughters, granddaughters, and great granddaughters, as well as her mother’s daughters and their descendants, and all those who were once members of Great House Mnemon but who did not wish to join Great House Rulinsei. Alinos is Aspected toward Air, as is the majority of the House: where House Rulinsei are great builders of tradition, Alinos is a House of innovation which builds to reach greater heights. It is the smallest, and youngest, of the Great Houses. House Alinos commands the Merchant Navy, collecting the tribute gathered by the other Houses and ferrying that vast wealth into the coffers of the empire.

 

Important Events of the Past Two Years

 

Our heroes discover the existence of the Infernal Exalted

Our heroes banish the demon Sondok to Malfeas

Destruction of Lookshy by Thorns

Our heroes discover the existence of the Sidereal Exalted and their Anathema counterparts – “the Gold Faction”

Sondok cultists rise across the South, taking Chiaroscuro and making trade a dangerous proposition

Empress Mnemon takes the Throne

Exile of House Peleps to the Western Imperial Protectorate

Exile of House Cynis to Greyfalls

Destruction of Thorns by House Tepet

Our heroes defeat the Mask of Winters at Dovak

Our heroes learn about that the Southern city of Gem has been conquered by an army of “Locusts” and suspect the involvement of the Infernal Exalted

Our heroes uncover the lost First Age City of Dari

Our heroes are betrayed by the akuma, Dragonsgift Saber Edge, who steals a Warstrider on the behalf of her demonic masters

The Bull of the North’s armies march South

 

Dramatis Personae

 

The Heroes

Alinos Gracious Pealing Melody

Concept          Fleet Admiral

Type   Dragon-Blooded

Caste/Aspect  Wood Aspect

           

Attributes      

Force   4

Finesse            5

Fortitude         5

 

Abilities

Athletics          5

Awareness      

Close Combat

Craft   

Embassy          3

Integrity          3

Navigate          5

Performance    4

Physique          4

Presence         

Ranged Combat          4

Sagacity          4

Stealth

War     5

 

Merits

Artifact           4 (Summer Thunder)

Artifact           1 (Jade Collar)

Artifact            2 (Silk Armor)

Contacts          4 (Imperial Legion)

Familiar           3 (Clapper, the Shieldback Lizard)

Influence         5 (Merchant Fleet Admiral)

 

Charms

Essence 1        Ox-Body Technique

Essence 2        Navigate Excellency

Essence 3        Performance Excellency

Essence 4        Ranged Combat Excellency

Essence 5        War Excellency

1          Athletics: Flickering Shadow Evasion

2          Athletics: Mongoose-and-Cobra Escape

3          Athletics: Eagle-Wing Style

4          Athletics: Graceful Crane Stance

5          Athletics: Lightning Speed

6          Integrity: Oath of the Ten Thousand Dragons

7          Navigate: Rider-and-Mount Unity

8          Navigate: As the Crow Flies

9          Navigate: Beast Uplifting Harmony

10        Navigate: Calling the Rider's Companion

11        Navigate: Trackless Region Navigation

12        Navigate: Benediction of the Living Ship

13        Navigate: Great Heart Companion

14        Ranged Combat: Arrow Storm Attack

15        Ranged Combat: Phantom Arrow

16        Ranged Combat: Sharpshooter's Clever Tricks

17        Sagacity: Master Physician's Technique

18        Sagacity: Flawless Diagnosis Technique

19        War: League of Iron Preparation

20        War: With One Mind

 

Virtues

Major:  Compassion

Minor: Justice

 

Intimacies

 

Major   Clapper (Motherly Love) (Compassion)

Minor  I am an abolitionist (Justice)

Minor  My family (Love) (Compassion)

            Ganan (Compassion)

            Reya (Compassion)

            Jin (Compassion)

            Udi (Compassion)

 

Essence           5         

Essence Pool   15        motes

Health Levels 

0          [ ] [ ]

            -1         [ ] [ ] [ ]

            -2         [ ] [ ] [ ]

            Incap   [ ]

 

Parry    3

Evasion           5

Soak    3

Hardness         7

Resolve           4

 

Milestones       Earned/Spent

Major              

Minor             

Personal                      

Exalt               

 

Cynis Falen Jinabar

Concept          Criminal Mastermind

Type   Dragon-Blooded

Caste/Aspect  Fire Aspect

 

Attributes      

Force   5

Finesse            5

Fortitude         4

 

Abilities

 

Athletics          4

Awareness       4

Close Combat 5

Craft   

Embassy          4

Integrity          5

Navigate          3

Performance   

Physique         

Presence          4

Ranged Combat         

Sagacity          3

Stealth 5

War    

 

Merits

Artifact           5 (Yoroi Pattern Power Armor)

Artifact           5 (Lady Magnificent’s Visage)

Artifact           4 (Calumny)

Followers        2 (Archons)

Influence         4 (Former Magistrate)

 

Charms

Essence 1        Stealth Excellency

Essence 2        Integrity Excellency

Essence 3        Close Combat Excellency

Essence 4        Presence Excellency

Essence 5        Embassy Excellency

1          Athletics: Monkey Leap Technique

2          Awareness: Crafty Observation Method

3          Awareness: Jade Leaves a Trail

4          Close Combat: Excellent Strike

5          Close Combat: Many Attacks Technique

6          Embassy: The Perfect Bargain

7          Embassy: Second Chance Approach

8          Embassy: Strange Tongue Understanding

9          Integrity: Guarded Mind Meditation

10        Integrity: Motive-Discerning Technique

11        Integrity: Oath of the Ten Thousand Dragons

12        Sagacity: Archive Mind Mentality

13        Sagacity: Glorious Exalted Bolt

14        Stealth: Distracting Patter Technique

15        Stealth: Flawlessly Impenetrable Disguise

16        Stealth: Illimitable Master Fence

17        Stealth: Perfect Shadow Stillness

18        Stealth: Suspicion-Allaying Gesture

19        Stealth: Seasoned Criminal Method

20        Stealth: Flowing God-Dragon Stance

 

Virtues

Major:  Wonder

Minor: Ambition (Pull off the Ultimate Heist)

 

Intimacies

Major   The Dragon-Blooded are born to rule. (Ambition)

Minor  My Archons (Wonder)

Minor  I live for the thrill of the heist. (Wonder)

            Ganan (Wonder)

            Reya (Ambition)

            Melody (Wonder)

            Udi (Wonder)

 

Essence           5         

Essence Pool   15        motes

Health Levels 

0          [ ] [ ]

            -1         [ ] [ ]

            -2         [ ] [ ]

            Incap   [ ]

 

Parry    5

Evasion           5

Soak    6

Hardness         8

Resolve           4

 

Milestones       Earned/Spent

Major              

Minor             

Personal                      

Exalt   

 

314

Concept          Hero-out-of-Time

Type   Alchemical

Caste/Aspect  Jade Caste

           

Attributes      

Force   5

Finesse            4

Fortitude         5

 

Abilities

Athletics         

Awareness      

Close Combat 5

Craft    4

Embassy          3

Integrity          3

Navigate         

Performance   

Physique          5

Presence          4

Ranged Combat          4

Sagacity          4

Stealth

War     5

 

Merits

Artifact           5 (Justice Blade)

Artifact           4 (Freedom Bow)

Artifact           4 (Myrmidon Carapace)

Artifact           2 (Translation Crystal)

Familiar           2 (Clockwork Bird)

Hearthstone     3 (Gem of Swift Strike)

 

Charms

Essence 1        Ox-Body Technique

Essence 2        Close Combat Excellency (Force Mode)

Essence 3        Physique Excellency (Force Mode)

Essence 4        Ranged Combat Excellency (Force Mode)

Essence 5        War Excellency (Force Mode)

1          Augmented Force

2          Portable Utility Compartment

3          Force: Celestial Overseer Concordat

4          Close Combat: Arsenal-Summoning Gesture

5          Close Combat: Arsenal-Summoning Gesture x2

6          Close Combat: Guard Breaking Technique

7          Close Combat: Bulwark Stance

8          Close Combat: Loyal Guardian Approach

9          Integrity: Guarded Mind Meditation

10        Integrity: Spirit-Maintaining Maneuver

11        Physique: Armored Scout’s Invigoration

12        Physique: Ten Ox Meditation

13        Physique: Iron Skin Concentration

14        Physique: Iron Skin Concentration

15        Ranged Combat: Sharpshooter's Clever Tricks

16        Ranged Combat: Revolving Bow Discipline

17        Sagacity: Spirit-Cutting Glance

18        Sagacity: All Encompassing Sorcerer's Sight

19        War: League of Iron Preparation

20        War: Worshipful Lackey Acquisition

 

Virtues

Major   Justice

Minor  Discipline

 

Intimacies

Major   I am a champion against the injustice of the titans (Justice)

Minor  My found family (Protective) (Discipline)

Minor  Autochthon (Reverence)(Justice)

 

Essence           5         

Essence Pool   15        motes

Health Levels 

0          [ ] [ ]

            -1         [ ] [ ] [ ]

            -2         [ ] [ ]

            Incap   [ ]

 

Parry    5

Evasion           3

Soak    8

Hardness         8

Resolve           4

 

Milestones       Earned/Spent

Major              

Minor             

Personal                      

Exalt                           

 

House Rules

The Exalted can just spend a point of Essence to raise their Anima by 1 if using a Charm to do so would not make sense.

 

The Soulsteel Anima power is not cap-breaking.

 

Anima flux doesn’t hit other Dragon-Blooded.

 

As the characters in Dynasty of Dovak are five sessions away from Essence 5, we’re jumping right in and starting at Essence 5.

 

I do not know the rules for Exalted Essence. Game text is likely to include errors.



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