A Contest of Nisse and Release

Welcome to Exalted
Character Generation

Welcome to Exalted

Make five complete characters, one from each caste. Full backgrounds, history, charms and make them easy to get to the East. If you are not familiar with the setting then you need to read the setting in the main book. There are Caste books out for each, you may read and incorporate them into your characters. The easiest way is to make a character from each elemental direction.

I am looking for a perfect circle.

You will get 5 bonus points for each extra character you do not play in the game. This is all or nothing; if you do not make up a complete character then you get no points. These will be back up characters for the future. Also, if you do not make up five complete characters then you will go last in choosing a caste as those who made up all five get first pick.

Keep track of your XP so they can be transferred to the new character if you have to use them.

All your characters must adhere to the character creation rules as per the first edition rules. All characters must fall in the age range of 18 to 35 and all characters must be fit and able. Exaltation will only come to those who have the best chance to survive. Any Second Edition charms, rules and fluff will be off limits.

Merits and Flaws: Take only 5 points worth of Merits and 5 points of Flaws total. They must equal each other out. They are totally optional. You may not gimp your character mentally, physically or emotionally. You should probably run them by me just to be safe.

Also give thought to who your Golden Age Exalt and what they were like. It will be important.

Good Luck!

The Preludes
History in Motion

Atash Baixe fought the Red Lady to the death. Took over the The Black Sabor of the North. Fueled rumors that the ship had been sank.

Tendai Haraki found the small town of Lewold where a gang of barbarians were killing all the townsfolk. He defeated the leader and the town was saved.

Vashtim Skerene fought in an arena game and was saved by a tiger called Bubastis who later became his familiar. Six months later, Vashtim fought in the River Games and saved Magnus and Senator Ovid from an undead horde.

White Dove Fans Her Wings and Brings Serenity fought off her attacker, Ronin and her rival Polished Jade. She burned down Teahouse of the Water Lily in Bloom and later rebuilt it. Madam Zeta sponsored her admission into The Garden where she graduated with honors.

Episode 1
The Stars Shift


The dark night sky. Stars shine brightly. Suddenly one of the constellations shifts.

The P.O.V. backs away and suddenly the audience is looking through a telescope.

Cut to the eye looking through the telescope.

The view pulls back to reveal an old man, dressed in robes, who begins to sweat.

He goes to a desk full of papers, quills, astronomical devices and books. He frantically searches for something. He calls out “Ren!”

Seconds later a mousy young man enters. “What is it master?”

The old man stops and stares at the youth “The Prophecy!”

“What Prophecy?” the young man replies.

THE PROPHECY!” the old man says. “Get me the dragon scroll!” The old man yells and then turns to go back to rummaging through his desk. The boy runs off to return with small strips of parchment.

The old man takes them and begins writing frantically on each glittering strip. He then rolls them up and places them into small silver tubes. “Send these to the four corners of Creation” the old man says.

The old man stops and looks blankly at the ceiling. He suddenly begins to scribble on a fifth slip of parchment. “Send this to one to the Wyld Hunt” He barks at the young servant.

“Which one?” the young man says.

“The Eastern Division!” the old man says as he strikes the youth across the face.

The youth cringes away holding his face.

“Use a spirit to make sure it gets to her, this is very important!”

P.O.V. pulls back out of the window revealing the Imperial Manse.

The view continues to pull back to reveal the Blessed Isle.

The view continues to pull back to reveal all of Creation and pauses.

Slowly the view moves back in focusing on the East then centering on Nexus.

The City between the River Harlot’s Legs.

Descending Water, Day 17, RY 768 = Year of the Mospid, Mercury Era of the 12th Epoch

Vashtim gets his due by being the main attraction in the River Games Parade.

White Dove returns to Nexus from her recent five day “vacation” in Lookshy at Teahouse of the Water Lily in Bloom. She accepted an invitation to watch the River Games Parade.

Atash arrived in Nexus and immediately traded in her old ship, The Black Sabor of the North, for a smaller ship called the Red Cutlass. She wandered into the Big Market in Nexus where she hear about the River Games Parade. She bought two tickets to the River Games from Beryl.

Tendai Haraki arrived in Nexus via a sinking water skiff. He took several refugees in and rented a villa in Sentinal’s Hill district. He preformed healing charms on them after going to Nexus Market to pick up supplies.

Across town in the Cinnabar District, the Parade begins. White Dove sits in her private box and notices a very gifted young woman preforming a complex and high end fan dance for money in the street. Several drunk men descend on her. Then they begin to attack her as she tries to dance out of their touch. White Dove moves to intervene, her curiosity is peeked.

Vashtim arrives near the intersection to see a small boy tumble off a rooftop. He rushes save him. Falls off the face of the building onto his back. He leaps up runs up the side of the building and catches Reyny saving his life and gaining the admiration of his father, Anden.

White Dove challenges the drunk men and calls upon Vashtim to help her protect the girl. Vashtim and Bubastis advance on the group of drunk mercenaries. A clash ensues. Vashtim takes several strikes before he unleashes on the the attempted rapists. Bubastis protects White Dove from two men all the while she uses her sharp tongue to fluster her opponents.

Near the end of the parade route, Atash waits for the floats when she hears of a skirmish a few blocks away. She moves to investigate.

Several blocks away, Vashtim takes down several opponents but not before taking wounds that would kill an ordinary human. Bubastis is wounded by his two opponents when Atash arrives. She sweeps in and takes out the last two villains.

With Vashtim glowing brightly the three pick up the bleeding dancer and take her to Nexus district to find a healer.

Once they arrive at The Mystic Mortar they are told of a healer that purchased a large amount of herbs earlier. They are given the address where they are to deliver the remainder of his purchases.

Upon arrival at the residence in Sentinel’s Hill they notice that a window is glowing brightly from an anima of a solar inside.

Knocking on the door of the residence revealed a glowing Tendai. He let them enter upon seeing the bleeding form of the young lady and Vashtim’s glowing caste mark. He healed her and all of the exhausted party fell asleep in Tendai’s villa.

Episode 1.1
Healing and Greeting

Music for Last Time

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

Tendai approaching the city of Nexus on a small flat raft with several other passengers, animals and carts.

Atash trading The Black Sabor of the North and purchasing The Red Cutlass. Ralph sits on her shoulder glaring at the merchant.

White Dove Fans Her Wings and Brings Serenity approaches the docks of Nexus on a large merchant vessel.

Vashtim puts on his armor, oils up his skin and brushes Bubastis.

A parade in the middle of Nexus. Banners flapping in the wind. Children running up through the crowd to get a better view.

Raft begins to take on water and people begin to panic as it burns their feet and ankles. The boat owner struggles to get the boat to shore.

The raft is tipped backwards so it lands on the bank. Everyone scrambles off to safety. Several people are sick from the poison water.

Tendai brings the people into a small villa and begins to heal the sick using herbs and his essence. He retreats to his room and his anima explodes.

A girl dances expertly among the crowd as White Dove watches. A group of mercenaries approaches. They are obviously drunk and all begin to hound the beautiful dancer.

Vashtim rides atop a float. Waving at the gathered crowd, he suddenly notices a small boy falling over the edge of a building.

He leaps down and begins to climb the wall to reach the dangling boy. The small boy loses his grip and begins to fall. Vashtim runs up some crates and jumps up to snatch the boy out of the air.

White Dove steps on a float and demands the thugs release the girl. One pulls a knife and puts it to the girl’s ribs. White Dove calls for assistance from Vashtim and Bubastis to join the battle. Bubastis defends White Dove.

Atash hears of the fight and starts to run to the commotion.

Vashtim takes several cuts as he demolishes several of the mercenaries as his anima begins to glow.

Atash arrives to cut down the remaining mercenaries.

The new group flees with the bleeding young woman. They arrive at Tendai’s villa; he brings them in and begins to heal them.

The street outside of the building is quiet and light shines brightly from the window on the second floor.

Music for Opening Credits

The Black Sabor of the North on the ocean. Atash fights with the Red Lady to defend a crewmate. The Red Lady begins to exalt as Atash kills her. The exaltation moves into Atash. A giant octopus engulfs the ship.

Close up of Atash brandishing two swords, Ralf jumps on her shoulder clutching a bottle of rum.

Vashtim fighting in a coliseum as a tiger saves him from several lions. The tiger rubs on Vashtim’s leg. Later Vashtim and the tiger Bubastis fight side-by-side as the undead attack the crowd. Vashtim exalts and he saves his Ludis master and a politician along with a great number of people. A phoenix engulfs the coliseum.

Close up of Vashitm as he draws out his Sun Splinter, Bubastis leaps in front of him and roars.

White Dove Fans Her Wings and Brings Serenity fights off Ronin and starts a fire in her room. She escapes into the hallway to be confronted with Polished Jade who tells Ronin to kill her. White Dove exalts and she uses her powers to flee the teahouse as it burns. A flock of ravens surrounds her as she runs into the woods.

Close up of White Dove doing a fan dance then serving tea as she sits on a bed.

Tendai arrives in a village that is under siege. The barbarians arrive and several of them start to attack Tendai exalts. The image of a woman bowing erupts over the treetops. The barbarians are defeated in single combat.

Close up of Tendai as he heals a old man in a bed.

A city with canals filled with water instead of streets. The canals are set up in concentric circles radiating out from the center.

A field of glass flowers and trees with gemstone fruit blows in the breeze along with giant white pollen.

A pyramid in shadow with ghosts lingering in hard labor. It glows with a sick green light.

A harem of people lounging on pillows. A tall man in a mask sits in the middle of them all.

Tendai finished healing the locals that he saved from the sinking ferry. He also healed Vashtim and Bubastis.

White Dove took the fully healed Naka Yukan back to her estate where she fed and clothed Naka.

Naka told why she was dancing and where she was going. She was sent out of Nathir by an old seer to find some heroes to help her city from an unknown force. “Something about a contest starting, the sun burns eternal, forever and ever.” White Dove told Naka that she and some of the others may be able to help. Naka then performed a very intricate dance marginally well. Then she performed it again at a much slower speed and White Dove could see that this dance could only be done at full speed by an unnatural dancer. Only someone who has access to essence like a spirit or an exalted could perform the dance correctly.

The group then gathered at White Doves estate to share a simple eight course meal and discuss what Naka had told her.

Episode 1.2
Lost and Found

Five Months Earlier . . .

Zaiku, The Sword Without a Master stands against his uncle Fu Zeng Sung who has taken it upon himself to force the young Dragon-Blooded to exalt or be killed.

The exaltation happens though instead of exalting as a Dragon-Blooded, Zaiku exalts as a solar. The fight changes and in a moment of confusion and vision of his previous life as a solar being killed by his Dragon-Blooded soldiers. Zaiku cuts off Fu Zeng’s arm. Faced with the horror of what he had done and the approaching Dragon-Blooded guards, Zaiku fled into the wilderness.

Months pass and Zaiku meets Woo Lee-Gu while helping a small town south of the Rolling River and Great Forks. Woo asked Zaiku for help with a strange force that threatens Nathir. Zaiku accepted and Woo mentioned that his other companions were going to be in Nexus for a few more weeks trying to find other heroes. They travelled the Nexus to locate Woo’s friends.

The group enjoys a grand breakfast before Vashtim heads out to The Jade Order looking for Anden and his son Reyny.

After hours of waiting, they never show so Vashtim goes looking for them in the streets.

In the meantime Tendai enjoyed the hospitality of White Dove’s estate. White Dove spent the day with Naka.

Atash returned to her ship.

Zaiku and Woo run into Idel and Mara who are out looking for her husband and her son. She had heard her husband was going to meet with a gladiator named Vashtim who was also anathema.

A little later they run into Vashtim.

Episode 1.3
Killing Jar

Atash spent several hours on her boat repairing some rigging. Later she wandered into the Nexus District and watched many people arriving for the River Games. She eventually found a bookie and was talked into betting jade on Vashtim in River Games. When she continued to wander around she began to notice a man following her, but not stealthily. She went into a pub and waited to see if he would follow her. The man entered and walked up to the bar and sat next to her. He spoke to her over his concern for her safety. He told her his name was Camasto.

She headed back to White Dove’s home. Everyone arrived just after lunch. After much cleaning and feasting, most of the group began to over indulge. Vashtim’s concern for the missing Anden and Reyny triggered an impassioned speech that rallied the group to go out and look for them. Vashitm and Tendai decided to find Ovid but ran into a problem when Vashitm was stopped by a Bastion Hill patrol and he discovered he had misplaced his pass. Tendai swooped in to save Vashtim from being removed from the secure district. Vashtim and Tendai return and get directions to Ovid’s place. Ovid could not tell them anything about the mercenary group so they headed back.

Zaiku discussed making Naka bait for the people responsible for kidnapping Anden and his son. Naka was not interested.
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A plan was formed to check The Jade Order and Atash would track down some of her previous crew to see if anyone could help them track down the mercenary group responsible for attacking Naka during the parade.

Upon arriving at The Jade Order the guard told them where they could find the mercenary group Hely’s Lions. Vashtim, Atash and Zaiku tracked down the Lions to find that they could not get in. They left and tracked down a former crew member of Atash, Weardu who told them where to find the actual owners of the mercenary symbol, The Iron Saints.

The crew headed over to the Saints holdout. Vashtim tossed Zaiku onto the roof where he promptly climbed down the chimney. At the same time Atash was asked inside leaving Vashtim outside by himself. Vashtim stated hacking the door down while Atash found herself inside a locked room. Zaiku began to explore the place when the sound of Atash’s screams sent him to help. Vashtim ripped the door off and demanded the Saints return his friends.

Zaiku started to cut open the door holding Atash when she picked the lock and freed herself. The sound of battle attracted Atash. Zaiku used the distraction to search the entire facility.

Zaiku returned to the entrance to find a gore-covered and anima-blazing Atash and Vashtim standing among the slaughtered remains of 30 corpses.

“They are not here” Zaiku says.

Episode 1.4
River Games Day One

Day 20 of the month of Descending Water

A large two-story coach arrives to take the group to the Coliseum for the River Games. White Dove also had a separate coach arrive with Cathak Athyen to take them to the games. Naka and White Dove accompany Athyen to the games.

Ovid’s deluxe coach stops and picks up several people along the way to the games. Woo Lee-Gu, Idel and Mara all arrive in the oversized private viewing box along with Atash Baixe, Tendai Haraki, Zaiku, The Sword Without a Master and Vashtim Skerene. The box seats are filled with other dignitaries and city officials.

Atash attempted to sell the tickets she purchased from Beryl but was noticed by security and walked out of the arena. She used her VIP pass to get back in another entrance. She again attempted to sell the tickets and got no takers. She then returned to the government box with the rest of the group.

White Dove and Athyen sit in their small viewing box on the other side of the arena. Vashtim and Tendai spot White Dove across the stadium and wave to her. Athyen notices this and asks if they could go sit with the officials in the government seats.

They move over to meet up with the rest of the group. While introductions are made, Athyen notices Zaiku as General Cathak Giren’s son, Cathak Giren Zaiku. Who has been reported as dead by his father for the last few months. Athyen, Zaiku’s third cousin twice removed, is certain he knows who Zaiku is. Zaiku tries to deny the accusations but Athyen announces that all will be decided when Tepet Yumi arrives to watch the games. Athyen tells everyone that Yumi was engaged to Zaiku right before he ‘died’. Zaiku vanishes before everyone’s eyes when he nearly runs into Yumi in the hallway. Thankfully he is shrouded by his anima. Tendai tries to cover for Zaiku by telling everyone that Zaiku fell over the edge. Yumi arrives and Athyen informs her of who he met. She goes ice cold and questions Tendai about Zaiku. Her anima flickers as she questions him. Certain that she is being lied to she decides to leave to look for Zaiku.

The first round of criminals is executed for the gathered crowd. Bricio arrives with a guest, Bedre. Bricio begins to talk up his odds in the games tomorrow while belittling The Jade Order. Vashtim begins to argue with him when Magnus arrives. Magnus blows off Bricio and asks for Vashtim’s help with something. The games begin and Bedre tries to make moves on White Dove but she dismisses him right away so he moves onto Atash. They seem to hit it off despite Atash’s knowledge of his deceitful nature. Tendai decides to help out Magnus’ gladiators so he heads down with Vashtim. Tendai helps several gladiators heal up for tomorrows games. Zaiku meets up with them after searching for Anden and Reyny in the crowd and below in the cells. Zaiku tells Vashtim about being Anathema and the impact of drawing the Wyld Hunt down on them.

The rest of the day is filled with killing and socializing. White Dove discovers that Athyen is screwing over the Wyld Hunt financially.

The group decides to go to an after party. Vashtim signs a few autographs. Atash and Bedre have a blast and Atash soon finds herself wasted faster than she normally would be. The group also begins to notice. As they approach her, another person intervenes and begins to have words with Bedre. Atash, in a drunken moment of proving that she doesn’t need help she activates her terrifying anima of a kraken and clears the party of guests. Bedre vanishes. Vashtim tackles Atash and the group surrounds her. The man who tried to help Atash tells them that they are all in great danger. He announces himself as Ragara Camasto and that he is a scout for the Wyld Hunt and a Gold Faction member. Tendai heals Atash of her condition and then he passes out from the strain as the group heads outside. The Undercity is their only hope for hiding Atash and her terrifying kraken anima so Vastim and Atash head below. White Dove, Zaiku and an unconscious Tendai head back to her place along with Idel, Woo and Mara.

The city goes dark as the giant golden octopus sinks below the ground. A shrouded figure stands down the street watching the carriage head off to Bastion District of Nexus.

Episode 1.5
River Games Day Two

Zaiku, White Dove and Tendai all wake up in White Dove’s estate. They cleaned up and headed to the games with Ovid.

Vashtim and Atash wake up in the Undercity of Nexus covered in grim. They head to White Dove’s estate where they are cleaned up by the staff. They head down to the River Games.

The River Games start off with the reenactment of the Usurpation of the Anathema. The day continued where Sylph’s Gauntlet and The Jade Order equally matched each other in losses throughout the day.

Tendai set up shop again in the stables of the Jade Order where he kept eight men and their injuries.

White Dove spent the day avoiding the inquiries of Cathak Athyen as he tried to get her to tell him about her companions.

Vashtim found out that Bedre was staying on the ship, the Grey Heart. Vashtim also was talked into getting into the games. Ovid suggested that he talk to Magnus and gave a large amount of jade to Vashtim to help persuade Magnus. After Vashtim talked to Magnus, he decides to go up into the stands so that he could just jump into the games.

Atash spots Ragara Camasto across the stadium and decides to go talk to him. Atash spots Bedre outside the stadium and she avoids looking at him while he stares at her. He explains to her that he is a Gold Faction member of the Cult of the Illuminated. He also tells her that everyone is in great danger. She decides to go tell the others.

Zaiku spends several hours searching for Reyny and Anden until he discovers that Tepet Yumi is nearby. He retreats to the VIP box. Soon Yumi arrives and is obviously looking for him. Zaiku leaves the box and finds Vashtim and goes over why it would be bad if Vashtim was to be noticed.

Atash arrives in the VIP box to tell White Dove that they are all in danger. Atash realizes that several people are listening to her, especially Tepet Yumi. Atash tries to pass it off as if she is afraid of being violated and drugged again.

With that the finale starts. A replica of Thorns is constructed in the center of the stadium and then was filled with slaves dressed as the dead. Gladiators arrived dressed as Dragon-Blooded and begin to siege the city. The Dragon-Blooded kill off several of the dead. The Dragon-Blooded pull back and one of the center towers opens up and the figure of the Mask of Winters rises up. The dead begin to pour out of the city and one of the Deathknights turns to look back at the Mask. He begins to charge back at the city and climbs the structure. Vashtim calls out Anden’s name over the cheering of the crowd. The Deathknight reaches the Mask of Winters and pulls off the mask revealing a struggling screaming Reyny.

Episode 1.6
The Re-Take of Thorns

The Re-take of Thorns

Anden reaches the top of the tower and pulls the mask off of the figure seated atop it. The small figure is Reyny.

Idel screams from the VIP box. Atash leaps down to the floor of the coliseum and waits.

Vashtim leaps down to from the stands on top of another VIP box. He crashes through the roof and into a large chair.

White Dove tries to leave the VIP box but is stopped by Cathak Athyen. He seems determined to find out the connection between White Dove and her companions. Tepet Yumi is anxiously looking at the crowd for someone.

Woo Lee-Gu and Naka Yukan hold back Mara as Idel leaps down to the coliseum floor. She charges past Atash with her sword drawn to attack the gladiators. Atash decides to stop Idel.

Vashtim drops down to the battle floor and runs to the nearest catapult. He jumps into the bucket and waits.

Atash tackles Idel as she runs to engage the gladiators. Atash holds her down until she calms down.

White Dove bides her time while the crowd begins to roar.

Tendai begins to hear the crowd chant for Vashtim. He goes to see what is happening and then heads for the VIP box.

Anden loses his grip and falls to the ground below. He lands badly on his arm.

Vashtim gets launched at the fortress surrounding the platform where Reyny is being held. In mid-flight he manages to push off of the ammunition and makes it to the top of the walls.

Atash keeps Idel from attacking the gladiators by disarming her.

Vashtim uses an incoming projectile to shoot himself onto the structure that holds Reyny. He begins to climb up.

White Dove is released and gathers up Woo Lee, Naka and Mara to leave the games. As she is leaving she notices that Tepet Yumi is gone. The group meets up with Tendai in the hallways.

Vashtim reaches the top of the structure and tells Reyny that he is going to save him. Vashtim begins to destroy the chair that Reyny is strapped to.

Zaiku moves to a catapult and destroys it with one stroke and then he heads for Reyny.

White Dove and Tendai eventually make it outside and secure a coach. They wait for the others to arrive.

As Vashtim takes a few more swipes at the chair he begins to get a look in his eye. Acting under compulsion his only thought is to rescue Reyny and take him to safety. Zaiku makes it to the top and tries to reason with Vashtim to no avail. Vashtim destroys the chair, grabs up Reyny and steps off the structure. On the way down he uses his sword to slow his descent a little. He lands hard but Reyny is safe.

Atash and Idel see Tepet Yumi rush past and up the tower directly at Zaiku. She launches herself up into the air with both swords drawn glowing brightly. Zaiku turns at the last moment and tries to defend himself. She cuts straight through his defenses. He is slashed from collar bone to his hip. He falls off the burning tower. He is able to activate Graceful Crane Stance and Atash leaps up to catch him.

Vashtim takes the costume off of Reyny and presents it to the crowd where he announces that the Mask of Winters is defeated. The crowd goes crazy. The group leaves the coliseum quickly and into the waiting coach.

Tepet Yumi watches from the top of the coliseum as the coach drives off into the distance.

Episode 1.8
Money and Healing

The group arrived back at White Dove’s estate.

Vashtim decided to take a nap to regain his health.

White Dove also refreshed herself. Ovid personally stopped by to invite everyone to a party at his estate in the Bastion District.

Tendai attended to the wounds of Anden and Zaiku. Anden was healed immediately but Zaiku would take 12 hours.

Atash decided to get her winnings from Yagin in the Nexus district. She was awarded her money without any problem. I brick and 7 bars of green Jade.

On her way back she became aware that she was being followed. Atash decided to stand her ground against her attackers. The battle was seven against one and it was fought to the bloody end. Atash stood victorious against her attackers. Deeply wounded and nearly dead Shakil and Atash returned to the estate.

Tendai paused in his work on Zaiku to heal up Atash and Shakil.

Atash set some of the servants to purchase a dress for her. She also had some items bought for Vashtim so that he could dress up for the event.

The group was preparing to go the after party celebration at Ovid’s estate.


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