What’s the catch?
Coming into power is pretty cool. It’s like a journey or a coal mine or some other metaphor about getting from point A to point B and collecting X bear asses along the way. The best part (just short of the power) is that, as you progress and build more strength and reach more milestones, you become accustomed to your power. Not only with its use, but also with its responsibility and wisdom. You feel like it was a muscle you could flex all along and now you know how to pump that bad boy. It’s like you start as the skinny nerd and end up as a lean, mean, ass-kicking machine.
Alison just went from comatose atrophy to Mr. Incredible.
It’s usually fatally addictive.
She hasn’t realized it yet, but she’s actually on fire.
what catch? theres no catch. it tastes good, it feels good, why worry bout it?
As per Guild law, the catch is not immediately obvious, but we have seen where this path leads: a pit of thrones and charnel, of royal finery ragged and stained, where the towering ambition of kings and princes is reduced to begging the Thin White Demiurge for MORE.
She’s met with a terrible fate, hasn’t she.
BEN DROWNED https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pnVsPrhXWQ
Oh no. Her hot white flame is looking tinged with pink…
Please go away.
Speaking literally. The power of the Master Key flares bright white, this is known.
Consider the possibility.
Harsh, fellow commenter. Harsh. Forget one detail and you’re not allowed to talk anymore? Mayhap I’m misreading your intent, but…
Her…attractive alabaster conflagration is expressing itself as imbued with fuchsia?
Is that better?
The Sovereign’s flame is always hot, canon be damned.
Careful , that spells mana cost per second is absurdly high. Best stop channeling
Don’t worry, this one’s just a stance switch, it’s fine.
The sweet, sweet nectar of puissance. The unending ecstasy of muscle like steel cable, of death hovering obediently at your fingertips.
These sublime pleasures have ruined me. They will ruin you as well.
Turn back, Alice-UN. Please turn back.
When running through a wall of flames, panic tells you to turn back, but the only hope of safety lies on the other side.
You pray you’ll never need to make that choice, and you wet down your treated cotton gear as best you can before hand, but once you start to charge YOU MUST NOT FLINCH AWAY!
So too with Alison’s gamble. Maybe it was a bad call, but now that she has Chosen, the only way out is forward.
Run through Incubus’ pink flames to reach Zoss’ white flames! Remember that the Key of Keys will not take to an irresolute wielder!
Once, the world ended, and the Ash caught fire; but there is no fire that sur-
passes the blaze of the Ash’s spirit. The Ash subsumed the flames and grew
strong; and the world was forced to recreate itself.
—from Legends of the Nobilis, by Luc Ginneis
–But the Flame of Want can vanquish even those armored in the Ashes of Oblivion.
–But then, it also recreates it’s self, for it is the will of he/she who is the Cosmos.
You, fine person, have excellent taste.
I wonder if Alison needed the pick-me-up or if it was all in her head?
someone’s gonna get their teeth kicked in…
it’s all in your head
IT’S NEVER BEEN ANY DIFFERENT.
So curious, how meat creatures assume the things that happen inside their brain meats are less real and serious, than the ones that happen in their speens, or their intestines.
I don’t know what a “speen” is, but I have seven flurmp chambers.
Alternate Summary of Page: Princess King immediately ragrets her life choices.
That is like her life’s story.
I can see it now, the flame that could end the world.
GG Incubus, his HUBRIS will be his downfall.
Pink and white are both colors of wormflesh.
Everyone – “you’ve doomed us all”
Allison – “yeah, by being awesome!”
It could very well be nothing but a trick of the firelight, but… with the eyes, her lips, the way her hair is standing, her posture and build… isn’t she the spitting image of Incubus?
Enjoy it while it lasts. You have paid dearly for it and the debt always comes due.
There are very few people in the multiverse who can teach her the Art at the level she needs to learn it, and few methods other than this that produce results as quickly as she needs them.
For all the stress this loan may cause her, Alison is wise to find among that number a mentor who accepts IOUs.
It is somewhat difficult to repo absolute mastery of spacetime from a godhead.
Hmm… I agree with the Blood Reaper. The only alternative would have been a Montage. Even Rocky had a montage >.>
If she’s smart, whenever she uses her power “correctly” (or that is to say, to do something advanced), if she just pays attention to what’s going on she should still learn.
Well, that is to say, if this scenario follows anything to do with the real world, you’d still learn. (Maybe magic god-keys don’t allow you to retain the knowledge?)
But “Fake it ’til you make it” is actually something people do all the time in the real world. And it can work, since each time someone gives you something you can’t quite do at the level they think you can, you get to learn from the experience, and then you CAN do it.
The first hit is always the best…
Something tells me that guy is around for everyone’s first hit.
I know this is a page too late, but I’m really loving this “misanthropic shut-in” archetype Incubus seems to be shaping up to be. Very topical.
Which character will be the first to notice she is changed, which one will be the first to notice her flames and eyes changed color and which one will suffer first from her terrible choices?
In order: White Chain, Cio, and a small Braxian hunting beetle currently occupying the honeymoon suite in Hell 24.
How utterly generic.
The first try is free
Nothing is free.
Anything is free if you wait for the right time and can avoid the consequences.
Consequences can never be avoided, only mitigated. Even if you never face them, that does not mean others will not.
Indeed. The first payment is merely… delayed for a time, but the debtor will come to collect his due regardless.
If one is lucky, it may even not be with interest.
Willy is free.
Nothing is free. All is tax deductible.
The First Sip
HER EYES. D:
Wonder how long it’ll take Cio to notice and chew Allison out over her bone-headed, non-heroic decision?
Slightly longer than normal, considering Cio’s colorful vocabulary.
Currently betting on who will be the first character the notice a difference in Allison, who will be the first to notice her flames and eyes changed color and who will first suffer from her poor decicions. Now it’s time to make your bets and win enough to live a life of luxury in the world of your preference.
The young polymath with the healing skill and the keen eye will be the first to notice the change, but no one will listen. I wager three bejeweled death masks.
The Angel, for he knows more than he lets on…
To be fair, taking a loan out from the greediest bank in the world can still lead to a thriving business… if you play your cards right… Allison’s cards are just heavily stacked against her and deal in providence and divinity…
Must- Not- Say things- about- Predatory- Lending- that would- end- baldy- for me…
Sounds like you took a loan out from someone who deals exclusively in hairpieces.
But you’ve always been a bit bald, haven’t you Fel? Shame you killed those last guys who said so though; they’d have given you some of that scalp salve for free just to have it endorsed by a god.
A hand of all face cards with a heavy emphasis on the suicidal kings! No sets, got to try a run for the money.
Power given is not power earned, and hardly power at all.
…in less mystic tones: I believe it’s been said that the power of Kings doesn’t respond unless its wielder desires it, and their desire and willpower is so strong that the universe has no choice but to relent and respond to their desire. “The Blade of Want”, after all. Or, like any good bard, bluffing the universe by saying things should work this way, and then they just…do.
Basically, Allison hasn’t earned this power, and in a sense, it’s not Allison’s true power. It’s just “borrowed”. Which everyone knew already, but I couldn’t resist being mystic for a second.
What this means for the future is yet to be seen.
My best guess is- if she continues to rely upon Incubus’s gift, she will not learn how to use Zoss’s gift- that is, her own, owned power. And Incubus retains the right to revoke his gift at any time. When this inevitably happens, she may be set back to the state she was just in, with only an inkling of her own real potential.
The amount of problems the ensuing game of catch-up will cause is yet to be seen.
The only power a king has is given to him by those he rules. Power given is power received, and thus power owned.
Power purchased is no less power for the exchange made to attain it, Preem Freezeflare. One must simply mind what happens when the owner decides they are taking it back.
The bargain she’s made is having a bit of an effect on her appearance… and her flame, by the looks of it ; I wonder how permanent such a thing is.
The sailors of my home world take warning at the sight of red eyes in the morning. They are unconcerned with skies of a similar color and time; of the two, the eyes are far more dangerous.
That power is not yours Allison. Take care to control it, or it will sweep your mind away.
AL-YIS-UN will not allow herself to be controlled, I wager. She will burn the thumbs of Incubus with her sheer hotheadedness.
Yeah for now she’ll think the deal is good but as soon as something goes wrong she’ll blame her contractor. They always blame the contractor for the stupid decision they make and start scream to the entire wheel they were tricked when really their just being dumb.
Considering that the human mind is weak enough without assistance from the very fabric of reality… She probably did not want the deal; but, alas- such is her fate.
Anecdotally of course, I sold my fate to a peddler in a dream and woke up in the comment section- so…
The wounds that Mother Om inflicted are fast fading away, but the cost of healing lives on. I wonder, will each of the seven damned snakes on their thrones deal their own damage?
Beware, All-YS-UN. Such power is fleeting, and you shall be left all the hungrier for your feast of crumbs.
Hmm. Lose blood, gain power?
Like a grain of salt in the sugar bowl.
How long ’till she realizes that Incubus’s flames burn cooler than her own?
Can’t start an oven without a pilot light.
‘Least she can fucking stand.
In a sense she has acquired all that she wanted and needed from incubus. Her wounds no longer trouble her, and is no longer suffering from the weakness of body that comes with recuperating from a demiurge-sized ass kicking.
If recent events so far have been any indication, Alice-Un will desperately need this bargain granted strength the moment that she sets but 1 foot into the red city.
the power that was given cannot be taken back
you cant give back a present after all
The Buddha would differ with you, as he noted when a fool insulted him.
But this is not a gift. It is a loan, at best. More accurately, an extension of the power of Incubus’s Key. He can surely remove it more easily than one withdraws a finger.
The question is, how long will he wait, and what will our heroine be capable of afterwards?
He claimed that he merely unleashed her own power, clearing away the self-doubts and internal obstacles which prevented her from using the key properly. Time will tell how true that is, but his comments to Jaganoth suggest that if he laid a hook in her, it’s not one which he chose to confide in his superior. On the other hand, the loss of those restraints might well leave her open to hubris and overconfidence.
In any case, she still has the Key of Kings, and I strongly suspect that she can indeed overmatch Incubus himself despite any tampering, especially if she gets a bit of insight from a third party. I suspect that the conspirators thought merely to create a threat to overmatch their peers, but have overestimated their own capacity to defeat her afterwards.
If recent events so far have been any indication, Alice-Un will desperately need this bargain granted strength the moment that she sets but 1 foot into the red city. Never mind the Heretic’s Court.
Allison will regret her choice.
Incubus will regret it more.
Oh god, that’s freaky.
Still making progress on a dwarf fortress ksbd (to steal a name: Slaves to Yisun Chapter 3: Reach HFS Through Violence) and part of my attempts at getting the demiurges to show up and rule a civilization was figuring out how to deal with them getting killed by a camel 30 years after world generation starts, so I had an idea to see if I could have them resurrected as a regional effect.
That kinda works, but while I was doing that there was an option to have the regions rain a material of your choice, so I decided to have it be Godblood, and for fun had it be something you can drink and get intoxicated.
When your character does this, they can talk about their moods and emotional states, and they attribute it to drinking booze or something usually.
With Godblood I picked a name kinda arbitrarily for it:
Just make whatever kills a demiurge become a new demiurge.
That’s a good idea but it’s not easy to make sure that works either, though I do still want to make it so you can actually rip keys out and use them yourself, plus let them have a squad of people they lend power to.
Did get it set up so you can sense the presence of a keyholder nearby, plus folks like magisters can sense demons so all the little icons over on the right aren’t actually visible to my controlled unit (the blue @ on the left) which worked out pretty neat: http://i.imgur.com/dbphOKd.png
As did a bit of fanart from one of the bay12 folks (Rumrusher) when I was trying to make maybe sword slashes have a bit more flair and ended up with them kinda emitting black flames into the target, which wound up melting a nearby stone chair that burst into a cloud of magma, so this is Topple the Gods and Murder their Thrones: http://i.imgur.com/hSMGi5v.png
Talk about Pretty in Pink.
A pawn with power is still a pawn, poor puppet.
Dangling, dancing, ever onwards.
No matter how powerful the pawns purpose is still to be sacrificed in service of the puppetmaster.
“No king has absolute control over his kingdom. He may make all the laws, and he may execute those who break them with fire and poison, but if they wish to, his subjects may simply ignore him, and suddenly his power is gone, and he is nothing but a man grasping for the past.”
-Maer Ferula, Ruler of the Deeper Lakes
The Prince with starlight in his ears speaks wisdom. This relationship can only be exploitative.
Our hope remains: The relationship can be renegotiated at will.
Weep, O Prophet, for each future you see shall never come to pass. Gaze into the depths of the Flame and know. The truth of future is in the ignorant Blade of Want. It’s wielder shall be King and chosen heir of Fools.
Please don’t do it.
Incubus will regret this.
I think an Eibon Devil realized before that she can drink up more power than anyone would expect….
Oh I just realisedthe plot twist of Maya beeing a demiurg and former Swordqueen of the Middlearmy and that she now hang out with the most unique special forces worriors of the multiverse!
I wan to see them ripp the Golden Army apart 😮
Recognise a sense of power.
Remember the flame that burns on command.
I know this from dreams.
Now people will expect things of her.
Actually, she volunteered as president of the bad decisions club.
There is a question that keeps crossing my mind about this deal, for by Incubus’s own admission she could theoretically do this as well. Could Incubus be unable to make the same toy of Allison that he has so many others by virtue of the key in her head? I mean, she already had the power, all that Incubus could give was a more innate form of knowledge about how to use it.
Those who predict of doom from this venture; underestimate Allison. Incubus said from his own lips, she is the true heir, her potential is without limitation.
That’s a bad case of pink-eye.
I certainly hope it was worth the faith and trust of her friends.
All this transformations you let Alison got through, how they’re executed, shows you’re a really good artist.
Fire is born from Fear and Yearning, as has been known. Perhaps a touch of Caution is warranted, for Once.
Plenty of time to regret it.
Don’t waste your breath on regrets, young one. The time for second thoughts is before the plunge, not after.
“Think twice, act once.”
-Official Motto of the Naysayer’s Guild
Shit shit shit SHIT
That’s not how to do it. You’re not supposed to burn your wounds away with the Flame. You’re supposed to cut them out with the Blade. Don’t you know anything?
You just skipped your training montage is what you did, Allison. Chose the quick and easy path, you did.
She’ll use these gifts til they are no longer useful, then return them with a vengeance- whether that entails her strangling Incubus with his own power or discarding it like a childhood toy before coming into her own power.
And OH, the taste like honey, sweet as it warms you, setting the flame of life to your skin as your wounds burn away. But you must be careful, for the nectar of the gods is sweet but not meant for those of mortal coil, too much and naught but cinders may tell the tale of your passing.
I can’t see this going well in any way.
I can’t see this going wrong in any way. I mean sure, suffering and misfortune lie in wait for Allison, more surely than ever. But she walks in the footsteps of Pree Aesma, and how well did that end for those who stood in her way, or even for those that sought to aid her?
If ever you find yourself in a game of demon-chess, take care not to let your pieces get TOO smart. They may decide they don’t like you. And you won’t live through the game.
What’s this? I’m caught up?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
Question is: did he actually give her anything? Or is this all a magic feather?
The blinding radiance of our heroine’s WANT has been lessened and dimmed by the Deceiver’s Flame, but a spark in comparison. Yet, she thinks she has gained instead of lost. Foolishness is not knowing what you have, and is a virtue to be envied; stupidity is thinking you are richer for the loss of it.
This will end well.
This is perhaps the time to review this appropriate piece of fan art by Violetnight: http://68.media.tumblr.com/049a81ba3ff578185e60b2b7983652bd/tumblr_oinlvvJeVY1vjxrajo1_500.png
allison, honey, i don’t know if you knew this, but your stigmata are on fire.
[catholic snickering in the distance]
Well, for Incubus’s sake he better hope Allison doesn’t ever have to make good on her threat, the divine fire can burn even a god after all
The prophecy must be fulfilled. The Beast with Seven Heads must die.
I’m sure that whatever you come up with this week will be worth the wait!
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