A Contest of Nisse and Release

3.8 and a half

The group stood up and wiped the sweat away.

The flood of Fosters poured into the second ring of the city destroying buildings.

Everyone retreated to the The Eternal Fortress where each person used a portal to retreat to their own personal Manse to fully recover their essence.

Atash Baixe finally broke free of her curse of Nightmares that has afflicted her since she exalted. The Red Lady has fully integrated into her being.

When everyone arrived back to the Eternal Fortress they went up to the announcement chamber and looked out over the city. They saw the Wyld Hunt land and make a beach head to the north of the city.

The group decided to take an Airship and travel to the The Growing Flower to deliver the essence of Shiga Shiro.

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3.8
The Death of Shiga

The group met Shiga in Royal Warstrider 1 at the breach in the wall of Bronze that surrounds Nathir.

Vashtim and Atash rode into battle on the shoulders of Tendai Haraki inside his Royal Warstrider – Retaliation. White Dove Fans Her Wings and Brings Serenity scaled a nearby building in Royal Warstrider 2-On Golden Wings of Death where she rained down arrows the size of large boat oars.

Vashtim dismounted the warstrider and landed on top of one of the many Fair Folk behemoths called Fosters. Atash landed on the ground and forced the creature to focus all of it’s raging frenzy on her.

The battles raged on while Shiga Shiro in his warstrider battled against several Fosters. His reckless fighting eventually took its toll and his warstrider was badly damaged.

The group dispached their opponents and then raced up to Shiga. Tendai ripped the covering off of Shiga’s warstrider, exposing him. Vashtim used his Fair Folk Dagger and mortally wounded Shiga. White Dove made the killing blow with one of her arrows that she fired from her warstrider. Shiga’s head exploded. Vashtim held the Crystal Cage near Shiga and it absorbed his essence.

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3.7

Group took the crystal cage and headed back to Nathir. Behemoths began to take off toward Nathir. Vashtim decided to talk to a Fair Folk warrior. He called for reinforcements. Vashtim and the party decided to jump on one of the Dinsele and ride it to the city to avoid being killed.

Vashtim was stabbed in the back by the warrior with a large dagger.

Once over the city the other Dinsele began to dive bomb into buildings. Vashtim tried to punch the large creature into landing with little effect. He decided to use the gossamer dagger to damage the wing of the Dinsele. The dagger cut through the armor of the creature as if it didn’t have any. The Dinsele began to drop out of the sky and eventually through the city buildings. Vashtim stabbed the creature in the head and it died. In the air. With everyone riding on the creature. The servants were grabbed by Vashtim and he lept off. The servants were tossed onto the rooftop of a passing building. One servant landed in a pool garden and the other was impaled on a statue. Vashtim caught a clothesline and struck a building. Atash began to leap off the Dinsele when she noticed White Dove not moving. Atash grabbed her and lept off the creature.

White Dove and her servant decided to head back to the Manse while Atash and Vashtim headed to the outer wall. To stop Shiga and put his soul in a crystal cage for all eternity.

Tendai used the manse defenses to stop the Dinsele with a series of solar reflectors to burn them up.

White Dove arrived in the manse where she and Tendai decided to get in the two remaining Warstriders to go out and kill Shiga.

Vashtim and Atash pass by Bedre where they witness another deathknight with a formidable force.

Vashtim, Atash, Tendai and White Dove all arrive to the scene to find the wall torn open and Shiga fighting a group of Foster.

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3.6
Emissary

The group woke up to a grand breakfast. White Dove was almost all the way healed. Atash returned from her overnight stay with Bedre.

The group packed up to go visit the leader of the Fair Folk army. White Dove decided to bring two of her handmaidens with her. Tendai decided to stay behind and work on a new weapon.

White Dove made an announcement to the Fair Folk army through the PA system in the manse. She told the opposing forces that she would be traveling to the crystal keep to speak with Lesoj in person and that none of her entourage would attack or engage their forces. She sealed it with her anima. The group set out.

They passed through the outer ring of the city and found an army of the dead standing at attention. As they passed by the front of The Black Warrens, Bedre stood at the entrance in his full deathknight garb. He bowed slightly to Atash as the group passed.

Once they made it to the Bronze Wall of the city they saw that the Fair Folk forces had stopped attacking. The outer doors opened and the group walked outside to witness the full spectacle of the Fair Folk army at full attention. Behemoths stood still and unmoving. Throngs of warriors in glittering, iridescent pearl and gold armor waited motionless in formations as the group walked out of the city. The two servants that White Dove brought with her began to panic. Vashtim turned and promised to protect them at all costs. They calmed down and everyone began the long walk to the crystal keep.

Meanwhile, back at The Eternal Fortress, Tendai began planning and designing a weapon that can target forces at a great distance. Furiously he began making sketches. Over the course of several hours he remembered seeing a note about an airship that was used in the First Age. He looked into the manuals of the manse and found out that there are four massive airships in storage within the manse. He took off to discover if they were still intact.

After half a day’s journey the group found themselves traveling over barren mud and dirt until the landscape began to change. The mud began to look like cake icing or lava rolls. Grass began to be seen but it was razor sharp and dangerous. The sky even began to look strange as the color shifted. The Growing Flower slowly came into view and a strange cracking and humming was heard. Eventually the forces surrounding the structure were around them. Strange birthing areas disgorged baby behemoths in frightening numbers. Atash spotted human slave camps off in the distance. The closer they group got to the castle they noticed that the cracking and humming was coming from the structure as it was growing.

Great crystal doors opened and a strange creature bowed to them and welcomed them to the Growing Flower. Cura led them into the inner chambers and finally the throne room. Many strange creatures stood around. Most looked like some sort of forest fauna or flower but near the giant throne stood two galleries of humanoids that represented other courts from all over creation. Some looked like crystal and fire while others looked like snow and seaweed. All were silent as Cura bowed away from the group.

White Dove announced their presence along with everyone’s title and the reason for the visit. It was received well by Lesoj who remained seated on his crystal throne. When she was finished he announced himself and his full title to them. White Dove began to ask questions of him and his reason for attacking Nathir. He told the group that his sister, Erel was attacked by Shiga and driven off. He wants the city leveled along with every structure in 100 leagues of the Growing Flower so that no mortal or otherwise will be able to harm his sister or their area again. White Dove used several charms to discover that he was telling the truth and that his most prized possession in his reality was his sister. White Dove asked about her and Erel moved from behind the large crystal throne to introduce herself in a whisper of a voice. She presented the group with a small crystal cage that she wished to hold Shiga in for eternity. Vashtim mentioned that he would not fit and she went into a rage. She screamed that she would hold his essence in the device and her voice shattered many crystal structures inside the throne room.

Back in Nathir, Tendai discovered his four airships and a handful of the mercenaries that were lost beneath the manse. He decided to open up one of the launch bays to see if they still worked.

Upon opening one up and looking out over the city he saw one of the Royal Warstriders leaping over the bronze wall and pull out a large sword.

Shiga was attacking the Fair Folk army.

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3.5
Death makes an offer

White Dove and Tendai spent the evening in the House of Ten Flowers while they packed up.
Atash began her meditation to incorporate the Red Lady into her being. Compassion is the key.

Vashtim looked into the further defenses of his manse, The Eternal Fortress.

Tendai examined the corpse of one of the Fair Folk behemoths. His attention was drawn to the sky where he saw Lesoj flying above the canal dropping crystals into the water. Moments later new ground was bursting out of the water, creating bridges to the wall of bronze.

Tendai also saw a new class of behemoth arrive and use the land bridges to get up close to the bronze walls. The Foster is a creature that he recognized from many books. They are terrible beasts of armor and rage that can level most things in their path.

The White Dove, Tendai and Botai’s entourage has arrived in the center manse. Botai has accepted living in the center of the city and has taken one of the smaller manses for her own. She opened it like she was returning home.

While Vashtim was discovering his manses defenses he was looking over the city through telescopes and found a large group of individuals in the outer ring and a flag flying in a courtyard. He decided to investigate. Shiga and Atash went with him.

On the way they saw a more and more corpses in the street. Upon closer inspection Vashtim became aware that the person he was addressing was a corpse. He pulled the zombie’s head off. This set off Shiga and Atash to attack several of the zombies. After several minutes and about 20 corpses Vashtim realized that the zombies were not reacting to them. Vashtim marched towards the flag.

The group came upon a Mortuary made of black basalt and surrounded by a huge graveyard. Upon passing into the graveyard they noticed that there were now many spectral beings standing around keeping the zombies at bay. Vashtim addressed the ghosts. The group had passed into a Shadowland. They only responded that they were told to let them pass into the building.

The group went inside and found a large group of people sitting in a pile of pillows. Most were dressed in little to nothing. As they approached a tall man with a burnt mask stood up and opened up his arms. Everyone stood still. The man finally took down his mask and revealed that it was Bedre.

Atash and Bedre embraced each other. He explained why he was in the city. He explained that he was trying to make a small holding in the city to open trade with creation in the name of the Blinded Spider. His lord has asked him to help the city in return for a quarter of the outer ring for their own.

Vashtim and Shiga returned to the manse while Atash stayed behind to see the city in the underworld.

White Dove and Tendai listened to Bedre’s offer. They decided to call Botai to court and speak with her. She arrived and she spoke to them of Lesoj. She seemed to skirt any questions about how long she had been in Nathir. She had previous dealings with Lesoj but now she says that he is more likely to fits of rage. White Dove moves the conversation to Naka and her training for dance. Botai told that she had been her best student and they had spent much time training. White Dove then went onto tell Botai about Naka’s last few days, Gumela and the slave ring. Botai told them that if the Fair Folk had been feeding off the corrupted slaves it might explain the madness or anger that has over taken the. She also mentioned that she has not seen Lesoj’s sister in a while, Erel. White Dove monitored Botai’s language to find out what she was. She was going to do some research at her library. Botai asked about Zaiku and after being told that he was missing she began to ask strange questions about him. She told them that she cannot see him but that the Wyld Hunt has stopped chasing him because they are heading to Nathir. They will arrive in a four days.

The group had decided that the next course of action was to speak to the Fair Folk.

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3.4

The group arrived at the House of Ten Flowers. Several dead bodies were strewn across the ground.

Atash drew her swords and charged through the swarm of Sylvestres. Vashtim picked up White Dove and carried her through the swarm.

When they arrived on the other side Botai told them to seek shelter inside. She noticed the glowing caste mark on the forehead of Atash and said “more solars have arrived.”

The group broke up and began to assault the swarm as it dipped closer to them.

White Dove threw her starmetal chakrams into the mass shredding the creatures.

Vashtim drew his Orichalcum Daiklaive, Sun Splinter and began cleaving away at them.

Atash drew her Orichalcum Reaper Daiklaives and began to whirl around like a tornado that tore through the flock.

White Dove received the brunt of the attack and was badly wounded by the creatures.

When the last few were dispatched the group looked up to see a figure riding a great beast, Gagana. It was Lesoj Ssambrae and he was full of furious rage at the defeat of his behemoths. He pointed his crystal spear at the group and called out “Woman, you have plagued me for centuries. I will see you destroyed!”. He then pulled out a small flute and blew it. Moments later large insects began to fly up over the walls and dive bomb the city. The curled up into a ball and crashed through buildings.

Vashtim tried to get Botai to move into his manse but botched his roll so Botai said they would prepare but would not leave immediately. He told her that she would be destroyed when he activated the city defenses. White Dove remembered that there was essence cannon defenses that were specifically for Ariel attacks. They would be fine.

White Dove and Tendai stayed at the House of Ten Flowers so White Dove could heal. Atash and Vashtim bolted back to the manse to turn on the defenses.

On the way they encountered one of the Dinsele that were attacking the city. Vashitm rushed it and the creature swallowed him in it’s maw. Atash used her combo and turned the creature into a fine mist. Vashtim emerged covered in goo.

As the two continued onto the manse one of the Dinsele crashed through the outer walls of the city and it fell into the canal. The city has been breached.

Atash and Vashtim made it back and went to the throne room where they found the alcove with the weapon. Vashtim sat down and activated it. The system seemed to do all the work as statues around the city emitted bolts of essence that destroyed all of the creatures over the next several hours.

Vashtim took a bath. Atash took a nap. White Dove healed, a little.

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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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