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Session 61 - How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mara?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:12 am    Post subject: Session 61 - How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mara? Reply with quote

Sui and korvalis launch attacks vs Mara. She activates Doe Eyed Defence (-7 (Guile) attack dice!). We miss. She activates Torn Lotus against both attacks - Everyone gain Intimacy towards her or pay 3 WP ("Why is the nasty man trying to hurt me?"). Only Korvalis fails his defence, so is 6 WP down ...

Mara tries to cast Mists of Eventide, but Ben manages to counter it.

OK, this isn't working ...
If she's going to Doe-Eye/Torn Lotus every attack, we very quickly run out of (defence) motes/WP, and come to Lurv her.

Plan B: Korvalis talks to Mara, convinces her to leave Creation ... Hmmm ... not going so well ...

Mara flicks a poisoned Claw at Korvalis, but Sui's Crane Style intervenes, and he counter-attacks to no effect.

Mara offers to leave Creation if Sui admitts her Kung Fu is better than his.
"Never to return?"
"I make no promises"
"Your words have no value"

After a couple of rounds, during which Ben and Korvalis withdraw (We all started at Close Range), we get a plan!

Ben casts Spirit Caging Mandala. Good Start.

Sui taunts Mara. "Your Kung Fu is weak" ... (3 pt stunt. Good Rant! See below)
Mara attacks Sui.
Sui Clash-Attacks! Aha! Those Held-Actions paid off!

With no Doe-Eyes to help, Sui wins the Clash, and lands a telling blow (10 Lethal damage off 16 decisive dice!). Bam! She is GONE! (Disperses in a pile of leaves)

We go to deal with more Fae ... narrative combat ...

Returning to the scene, Korvalis smashes Mara's book, and we clear up her leaves (which apparently had a prophecy on - A demon Prophecy, so pfffft!).

Summary - we really struggled to do anything - can't punch Mara. Can't talk to her. Can't Sorcery her (all too close, Ben's got no Init).
We spent a lot of time going "Erm ... dunno .... "
It was only provoking her into attacking (so Sui could Clash) that worked.

Sui started with init: 20 (Awakening Eye), down to 16 from holding actions. Ben Botched Join Battle roll so missed a turn and started at init: 3.

Korvalis came out of it with new Intimacy (Minor Tie: Black Claw Style (Respect)).

Mara mentioned the last option to fulfil Sui's Apprentice (Princess) has been barred.
Mara mentioned that Sui shows signs of "Yeshra"'s Style (presumably new Crane style)

(Khensa must have been talking to Tirigan, or battling Fae (possibly both), too far away to help)
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sui's Rant:

Quote:
Your Kung Fu is weak.
Your style relies on a perception of weakness, because it is weak.
I stand here before you, your enemy. You say your style is superior.
Yet still I stand.
Unbowed. Unbent. Unbroken.
And the longer we stand here, the weaker you become. And the stronger I become.
Your Style cannot harm me. Nothing you can do can harm me.
Now or Ever.
You can never harm me. Because you are weak.
Everything you stand for shall come to naught.
And still I stand.
You ask for Respect for your Style. Yet you will not show it me. I will not speak false, no matter your begging.
You say your style is strong.
Yet still I stand.

TL: DR - Bring it!
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