A Contest of Nisse and Release

3.3
Plans within plans

Tendai and White Dove went to Great Forks with a caravan of people. While the mortals traded in the city the two exalted explored the library in Tendai’s manse. White Dove keeps running across references to other books that may hold detailed knowledge of their manses. The books seem to be named after each manse.

Tendai absorbed the information about building warstriders while White Dove investigated their manses.

Back in Nathir, Vashtim and Atash were being pushed by Shiga to attack the fair folk and destroy one of their flanks. Just as they were getting ready to start the attack a small old woman busted into the dining hall and began yelling about the circle not being complete. She was asking where the 5th member was. When Atash told her that Zaiku was not with them she freaked out. She scolded Shiga and told him that nothing was certain anymore. That she was never wrong before. She was scared now. She left to consult the oracles.

Shiga seems to have taken the news more seriously than anyone else. He commented that his victory was a sure thing. That is why he was going out and attacking the fair folk army recklessly. Now he is worried.

Idel is constantly watching Shiga and finally she confronts him. The group gets nervous and leaves them alone.

Vashtim decides to ask the 54 mercenaries he brought back from Nexus to go find a very important door in his manse. The questioned him and found out it was a vault. So they agreed to go out looking for it. Vashtim then asked his gladiators to train the 5000 farmers and merchants. They all went into the barracks and split up the force to begin training. Atash demanded that she train some people. Magnus reluctantly agreed. He did not feel that a female pirate could train anyone. Atash took 5 people (a 12 year old, a 16 year old, two larger ladies and a man in his late 30’s) and began training them. At the end of the day they attained one dot in Melee.

Vashtim decided to look around his manse for his vault. He discovered his library instead. Vashitm told Bubastis to find someone and bring them back. Bubastis ran back. In the meantime, Tendai and White Dove returned to Nathir and were discussing treating the soldiers to make them more proficient. Suddenly a large cat slid past them and flopped on the ground. Bubastis went up to Tendai and pushed him a few times then took his arm and began to pull him. Once Tendai began to follow, Bubastis ran ahead to the library. Tendai and White Dove looked around. White Dove discovered the manual of the manse and showed it to Vashtim. Wherein he found his vault and a docking bay of warstriders. 6 common, 8 Noble and 3 Royal warstriders. The group went off to inspect them. While en route they decided to find the vault first which was located under the docking bay.

When they arrived they found 6 of the mercenaries in front of the doors to the vault. Little do they know that 6 others are missing, 24 are wounded from the defenses in the manse and 19 are unhurt but wandering around aimlessly.

Vashtim looked in the manual to see how to open his vault. He placed his hands on the doors and pushed essence into them. Two large faces made of black onyx rose up from the three story doors and began speaking in a First Age language that no one could understand. Vashtim’s eyes suddenly began pouring out light and he spoke back in the same language. He stated his name and title in the first age and then his current name. With that he began to sink into the doors as if they were liquid. On the other side he lit up his cast mark to find a cavernous place filled with Jade, jewels and gold. He picked up a brick of green jade and a brick of blue jade and returned. He handed the blue jade to the mercenaries for payment and turned to lock his vault.

Everyone went back to the training area and Vashtim paid Mangnus off and offered him a job as viceroy and he declined but he did suggest that Ovid be asked. Magnus will contact him the next time a convoy goes to Nexus.

Dinner was served and near the end a small girl approached White Dove and asked when her daddy would be returning from Great Forks. Upon further investigation White Dove discovered that the returning group dropped all the belongings and left the manse. Someone saw the group split off into groups of 5 as they left the inner island. There were 29 of them. All of the people that left this morning did not come back. There were 17 of them.

The group decided to bring all the residents into the manse and screen them for the outsiders. As they started to head out to find everyone. Vashtim consulted his book of the manse and discovered that there is a system for announcing to the city. He decided to give it a go. They made their way all the way to the top of his central manse and there was a chamber with a small dais and several horns facing outward. With a few motes of essence invested into the room a huge image of Vashitm appeared above the manse and all around the city on the walls facing inward. Vashtim announced who he was and that everyone was to move into the manse until the siege was over.

800 people arrived in the manse over the next 24 hours. White Dove questioned everyone entering with a charm that detected if they were telling the truth. No one was lying about using the portal yesterday.

Buandu said there are many more people out in the city still and that they would need to be rounded up. Especially Kioki Mayako and Mother Botai.

The group decided to go to The House of Ten Flowers and talk to Botai first.

On their way there they began hearing a buzzing sound and as they followed it they came upon the House of Ten Flowers under attack from Sylvestres. Botai was standing out front throwing prayer slips at the swarm which exploded into a fiery ball when they got close.

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3.2
The Bull

Tendai and White Dove decide to take the advice of Buandu to bring in supplies to the city. So the gateway is activated and the two take a large group of mortals to Great Forks.

When they arrive they discover that the Wyld Hunt is currently scouring the city for any sign of the exalted. They keep a low profile and move through the city.

At the end of the day the mortals return with supplies and they are all shipped back to Nathir.

Meanwhile Atash and Vashtim decide to take a close look at the enemy. So they charge out into the battlefield and engage some of the Fair Folk. The batalion is decimated and the surrounding forces are routed. The two return to Vashtim’s manse.

Later that day Vashtim travels to Nexus and recruits his former ludis mates to help in the battle. Magnus agrees to help for a brick of green jade (100 dots of resources). The The Jade Order packs up and relocates to Nathir.

Vashtim then takes the advice of Magnus and locates a suitable mercenary troup. He hires them to help in the battle as well. 10 dots in resources are required to complete this.

Vashtim suddenly recalls that there is a vault located somewhere in his manse filled with jade. he just has to find it.

Both groups return about the same time.

Suddenly, the doors to the manse are thrown open and Shiga enters. He loudly announces who he is and how he is feeling. Shiga rushes up to Atash and picks her up and hugs her. Atash sees something in his eyes that reminds her of Anden. He seems a little confused about who he is. Shiga takes the reigns and tells the group what they should do the following morning. “Smash the left flank!” Atash mentions attacking the crystal keep but Shiga tells them that the structure is pretty solid. He has not been able to damage it.

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Welcome to Nathir
3.1

Music for the opening credits

Opening Title

Last time on Exalted: A Contest of Nisse and Release . . .

Wu Lee-Gu, Naka, Idel and Anden pleading in unison: “We need your help to save Nathir.”

Bedre sinking back into the shadows of Atash’s Manse “We will meet again”

Ragara Camasto walking up to the group “The Wyld Hunt will be here in a few days”

Gumela imbuing slaves with his essence as a crowd of mortal writhe on.

A huge River Dragon erupts out of the water and launches itself on shore.

Great Forks celebrating as the group walks through the streets.

The city fathers stepping out of a portal with two lions made of quicksilver on either side.

White Dove standing in front of her new estate as people move furniture around behind her.

Shiga sees Anden walking toward him on fire. Shiga embraces him and explodes into a fiery anima of a bull tearing forth. Anden is nowhere to be seen.

1:20

Opening Title – A Contest of Nisse and Release

Atash exalts on a ship. A giant octopus rises up out of the ocean and engulfs the ship.

Atash moves through a crowd of naked mortals. She cuts the head off of Gumela.


Vashtim exalts in a coliseum. A phoenix engulfs the coliseum.

Vashtim lights up the Palace of the Three. The three city gods appear and their high priest faints.


White Dove Fans Her Wings and Brings Serenity exalts in a burning house. A murder of ravens swirls around her as she runs into the woods.

White Dove stands up on a cart in a warehouse. “It would be in your best interest to surrender peacefully.” Several people bow to her.


Tendai exalts in a village square. The image of a woman bowing erupts over the treetops.

Tendai walks through his manse and stops to look up at a royal warstrider. “huh.”


Zaiku exalts in a courtyard. A towering shogun anima stands over a one armed man lying on the ground.

Zaiku stands on the bow of a ship leaving Great Forks. His anima goes totemic as he sails off into the distance.


2:19

A constellation shifts in the night sky.

A city of canals filled with water instead of streets surrounded by walls made of brass, tin and Orichalcum.

A field of glass flowers and trees with gemstone fruit, blows in the breeze as white pollen glides by. In the distance is a castle made of crystal.

Ghosts preforming hard labor in front of a black pyramid pulsing sick green light out the top of it.

A harem of people lounging on pillows. A tall man in a mask stands up in the middle of them all with his arms open wide.

A train of slaves moving into a court as Fair Folk examine them in detail.

A large death knight traveling at the front of an rotting army.

Nathir under siege by Fair Folk warriors and strange nightmare creatures.

A city of canals on fire.


The Red Cutlass approaches Nathir and the first thing to greet the group is a large tower that stretches up into the sky.

Sharp cliffs keep the ship from making landfall so the group moved north for several more hours.

Smoke from the city can be seen in the sky.

The walls of the city slowly came into view followed by one of two canals that leads into the city. The siege engines are hurling flaming ammunition into the city.

The group realized that the canal was being watched on one side by the army attacking Nathir. So they decide to sail for the southern canal.

The same dilemma faces the group at the other canal.

Woo Lee gave an amulet so that Atash could get into the city. Atash asked Vashtim to launch her into the top of the cliff face. Atash dropped down some rope and White Dove was pulled to the top.

Limit break

meet first selectman Buandu

Vashtim’s manse

White Dove’s manse

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The Cayman and the Viper
2.17

The battle was met.

The boarders were repelled and Vashtim Skerene got a few pirate’s attention then he addressed the crowd.

“You cowardly mutinous sad excuse of men. Stand down and beg the Admiral’s forgiveness for the most heinous crime against her. Plead well and you may retain your life. Do you see how towering her rage is? I beg of you to return to your senses and throw yourself to her feet and you MAY calm her fury!”

Atash Baixe moved through the crowd and headed to the captain, the Black Cayman. White Dove Fans Her Wings and Brings Serenity helped Tendai Haraki keep attackers pinned down.

As the Black Cayman approached Atash, he stopped and suddenly called out her name. Then he ordered his crew to stand down, not realizing that Vashtim had already gotten over half of them to join his side.

Atash suddenly recognized him as a past crew member and undercover agent from the Realm. After talking to each other the Black Cayman decided to help by sailing west and breaking through the lines of the Wyld Hunt and lead them off in a different direction.

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2.16
Leaving Great Forks

The group packs up and leaves Great Forks in the middle of the day.

Bad weather plauges the voyage once the ship sails beyond the cities.

Raiton is seen following them.

Something in the water is following them as well.

Reyny is practicing his stealth. Idel is more aware and hopeful. She is seen practicing her swordsman ship.

The group notices that they are being followed by a ship with green sails.

The following evening the ship attacks and starts to board. Vashtim leaps onto their ship.

Atash goes to sleep and the Red Lady wakes up.

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2.15

The group attacked Rainbow Star.

One by one the party became immobilized.

An artifact machine behind her amplified her abilities and also used the stolen willpower and essence to open a portal to the Wyld.

As the last solar passed out, the portal opened and Rainbow Star walked her court into it.

When the group awoke several days later, they destroyed the artifact.

Zaiku arrive to let them know that they had actually been in the top level of his manse.

Ragara Camasto was waiting for the group at thier estate when they arrived. He told them that the Wyld Hunt was almost at the city.

Ragara and Zaiku decided to leave as a decoy for the hunt.

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The Glorious Life and Death of Anden
Episode 2.14

The group makes it to the Pillow for the evening’s event.

White Dove gets the group into the event with a bit of intimidation and refinement.
The first act takes place . . .

Act 1
The lights dim and the music comes up.
A young child watches his father practice fighting with a sword. The child shadows the movements.

The father leaves often and the young child is left practicing on his own.

The father returns from a battle severely wounded being carried by fellow soldiers of the 7th legion. The young boy rushes to his side.

The father recovers and talks to people of high importance. He then is given their clothes and stands with them. The young child practices with his sword off to the side.

The lights dim and when they are brought back up the old father is lying in a bed dying. The now older boy kneels at his side with the sword and holds his father’s hand. An old lady throws a mixture into a nearby fire and it erupts in flame, as it goes out so do the lights.

End of Act 1

The group struggles with being overwhelmed with emotion. Some spend willpower points to not be swept up in the performance. The mortals in the crowd are greatly affected.

Act 2
A young Anden enters into military service. He works hard and is rewarded.

During a mission he saves the life of a young officer as he takes off her helmet she lunges past him to kill a creature that was about to kill Anden. The two look into each other’s eyes.
They fight many battles together. Watching each other’s back. They often pause to look into each other’s eyes. Finally they kiss and the lights go down.

Fire erupts from the fireplace as an old woman throws a mixture into it. The young Anden and young Idel stand side by side as they are married by the old woman. She laughs and tosses more of the mixture into the fire. It erupts and the lights go down.

Young Idel is lying in a bed as she gives birth to a little girl. Anden kneels next to her bed holding his sword and takes her hand in his.

The lights dim and as they come back up Idel is giving birth to Reyny and a young Mara stands next to the bed as Anden kneels and takes her hand.

The lights dim and are brought back up to reveal Idel standing in a kitchen with both children. Anden enters in a different outfit, that of a lieutenant. His family rushes up to hug him.
The lights dim.

End of Act 2

The effects of the play are barely warded off by the group. Several have to spend several willpower points to avoid the emotional reactions they feel. The other audience members are not so lucky. Many faint or are reduced to emotional wrecks.

An intermission takes place.

The crowd mingles, food is brought around. No one can locate Glimmering Rainbow Star. Atash notices someone familiar looking at her while he moves through the crowd. Atash tries to play it cool and act like she doesn’t notice him. She loses track of her stalker for a moment and he moves in behind her to offer her a canapé. Atash hits a nearby tray of Hors d’œuvres and it goes flying everywhere. One lands on White Dove as she is moving through the room. She is not amused and moves to go outside. It is Ragara Camasto and he has come to deliver a warning. The Wild Hunt is on its way to the city. They will arrive in a few days. After debating on whether to leave the city, use the Warstrider or let Ragara Camasto to create a diversion, the group leaves the Pillow to head back home to the estate. Vashtim realizes they have left Idel and Reyny at the performance. He decides to go back for them.

Vashtim arrives to see Act 3

The old woman illuminates the room with her fire and herb mixture. She cackles and throws more in. A creature of fire rises up from the ashes. She tells the fire creature to find the young man who she saw in the flames. He will be the vessel for the future Anden. She throws the mixture into the fire and the spirit leaves.

The five quest.
Some succeed. Some die.
All inspire.
The contest of nisse and release will be fought.
One will lose and all will suffer.
The sun is eternal.
Everything burns.
Forever and ever.
The light fades.

The light rises and the old lady has a group of five people standing around her. She tells them about their journey. They are looking for heroes, disciples of the Unconquered Sun. They are to be found west of here. Your journey will be long and arduous. Some of you will not make it back. She looks long at Anden. Idel follows the old woman’s stare to her husband.

The questers leave and arrive in Great Forks and have some small adventures.
Shiga decides to go north when they leave Great Forks.

The questers arrive in Nexus and Anden and Reyny attend a parade. Reyny climbs up a building and falls off. The actor playing Vashtim arrives and saves Reyny. A caricature of White Dove appears and begins to sing along with Atash’s caricature. Scene ends.

River Games are recreated and the circle of Exalted caricatures reenact the events that took place. Vashtim begins to have visions of being in the arena again but expends willpower to fight it.

The final scene is the escape from Nexus on the boat. Anden stands up and declares that he will save his family and companions and as he is exalting he is struck down with a spear.
Vashtim burns his last willpower point and his anima explodes in a totemic phoenix which lights up the city. White dove, Tendai and Atash see this and head back to the Pillow. Vashtim’s anima quickly extinguishes.

The group arrives to see Vashtim standing shocked watching the play.

There is a young man traveling when he is suddenly set upon by wild beasts. He runs but realizes that he cannot outrun them so he stops and braces for the attack. He exalts and the actor pulls out the Anden mask and places it on his face. “I will save my family!” He kills the beasts. Lights go down.

Lights come up and Anden is walking in a northern market when he comes upon Shiga. Anden approaches Shiga and greats him. After a short dialogue Shiga recognizes him. The two embrace. The lights go down.

Idel screams and both her and Reyny faint. Several other crowd members are carried out. The actors come out and remove their masks. Glimmering Rainbow Star removes several masks, White Dove, the Old Lady and Tepet Yumi. A young lady removes the mask of Mara and it is actually Mara. Naka removes her masks to reveal that she had been playing herself, an official and a person in the northern marketplace.

The crowd applauds, the actors bow and retreat behind a curtain. The crowd is drained emotionally and they quickly disperse.

The circle waits until everyone is gone. Tendai and White Dove remove Reyny and Idel and take them to the estate.

Vashtim and Atash decide to find Mara and Naka. They search the Pillow and discover a trap door in the floor of Glimmering Rainbow’s dressing room. They descend and search for the mortals. Vashitm thinks he hears someone call his name. They take off for an hour before Atash realizes they are moving in the wrong direction. She notices they have been roaming around a large structure that seems to be designed to house and train a large army.

White Dove enters the Pillow and searches for the group when she comes upon Glimmering Rainbow Star’s dressing room and makeup desk. White Dove sits and re-applies her face. After an hour of corrections she goes down the hatch and finds Atash retracing her steps with a very berated Vashtim.

The group follows the tracks down several hallways to find Glimmering Rainbow Star with a few other mortals having an after party. Glimmering Star is caressing a mortal’s face all color drains from their face and into her hand. She begins to glow brightly.

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Raiton Day

Raiton blesses the group with some upgrades during his holiday. White Dove recognizes that the gifts may come with a price or at the least were part of a political maneuver by Raiton.

White Dove purchases the The Estate of Eamalas.

Atash figured out that Mara and Naka have been missing for the last few days. The group is headed to The Pillow to take in the play “The life and death of ”/campaigns/a-contest-of-nisse-and-release/characters/anden" class=“wiki-content-link”>Anden.

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Smells Like Team Spirit
Session 2.12

Atash reaches the figure known as Gumela and strikes hard dealing a very severe blow. Many of the strands go flying and a cut opens on his torso. Vashtim strikes with an charm-augmented hit that does minimal damage. Tendai reaches the fight and turns to keep the crowd at bay. Gumela strikes out at Atash with several magically augmented punches and almost drops her to her knees. Each blow explodes with white light and she is temporarly blinded. White Dove decides to retreat out of the room and lock the door to avoid the approaching mass of naked and angry mortals.

Atash swings her reaper daiklaives and removes the head of Gumela. The crowd shrieks in anger and sorrow. Atash activates her terrifying visage anima and the crowd fails it’s Valor roll. Panic ensues and everyone runs for the door. Which is closed.

Outside, White Dove hears the screams and figures that her group has been dispatched. So she leaves.

The crowd surges and the door. Hundreds are crushed.

Vashtim steps forward to charm the crowd into listening to him and the remaining mortals calm down.

Almost 700 people were killed in the stampede. Tendai tends to the wounded.

Atash notices that the slaves at the alter all had a glowing green mark on their throats and it evaporates with the death of Gumela. They are told they are free to go and all but three leave. They are taken by the group as they leave.

The group returns home to meet with White Dove as she is having her night time tea. They all get cleaned up and turn in for the night.

The morning comes, Woo Lee-Gu, Idela and Reyny are having breakfast. The city is preparing for Ration Day today.

The group leaves to meet with the city spirits.

The arrive at the Palace of the Three. Vashtim asks for the high priest. He arrives with a discusted look on his face. Vashtim walks up and grabs his very ornate staff and as they play tug-of -war, Vashtim calls the city spirits of Great Forks. The doorway to Yu-Shan opens and outseps two Celetial Lions and the three. Dayshield, Dreamweaver and Talespinner. The great the Solar Exalted by each of their honorific titles and full names, they also add their first age solar incarnation names. The group explained what they have found out and who was responsible. When the city spirits were told the name of Gumela they were shocked. They explained that it will take generations to remove the taint of Gumela. They believe that Gumela visited the town of Chaya hundreds of years ago. The effect is still present in the madness that takes place yearly. The city spirits then declared the 15th day of Ascending Earth the Day of the Solar Exalted with a specific emphasis on the group.

The spirits then retreated into the doorway of light and it closed.

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Orgy Crashers
Session 2.11

The group travelled through the underground following the symbols until they came upon a circular stone door with the symbol painted on it and in the middle was a keyhole that matched the key.

They opened the door and walked down a small hallway until they arrived in a large cavernous room with about a thousand people partaking in an orgy on the floor. A strange green mist was covering the people. The mist was flowing out of the lips of a figure at the center of the room on a dais. The person is a live version of the statue that was found in the secret chamber of Eamalas. Surrounding him on the dais was eight humans all stand naked and swaying as the figure breathed on each one sending the mist out to the crowd. The crowd can be heard chanting . . . “His breath is sweet . . . Morale falls before him . . . His is the passion . . . Thoughts become words, desires become reality, secrets become shouts”

Atash and Vashtim begin to charge across the surface of human bodies. The figure notices them and tries to command the group to no avail. Vashtim reaches him first and the attack begins. Both are fighting to a stale mate. The figure exerts himself and curses Vashtim. Suddenly Vashtim cannot remember how to use his sword. White Dove stands at the entrance cautiously waiting to see what is going to happen. Tendai decides to move in and help out.

The mood of the crowd suddenly changes and they begin to get up and move toward the group.

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