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FriendTalk 20: Power and Friendship

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Converstational Inspiration: Is PC getting too powerful to be a friend?


[ARAN] You are more powerful than you realize.
[PC] I am starting to feel like a weapon.
[ARAN] Weapons are just tools to be used.
[PC] I agree. But right now, I have a feeling I am not completely in command of my destiny.
[ARAN] Tools are only as good as the wielder.
[PC] Then I had better learn how to wield myself effectively.
[ARAN] Damn straight. I don't want someone aiming you in my direction.

 


/* FT 20: Tools, Weapons, and Intention */
IF ~STATE_START_CONDITION~ THEN BEGIN c_wielder
  SAY ~[ARAN] You know, you be a bit more powerful than you seem to realize.~
  ++ ~[PC] I don't know. It feels like I am becoming a weapon.~ + c_person
  ++ ~[PC] I realize exactly how powerful a weapon I am becoming.~ + c_person
  ++ ~[PC] No, I am not.~ + c_notwhat  
  ++ ~[PC] What about you? You seem to have grown a bit since we first met in that inn room.~ + c_not_about_me
  ++ ~[PC] This is a bad time to have another one of your deep existential conversations.~ + delay_exit_state
END

IF ~~ c_notwhat
  SAY ~[ARAN] Not what? Not powerful, not realize?~
  ++ ~[PC] Not powerful.~ + c_not_powerful
  ++ ~[PC] I don't think I am any more or less powerful than when I started out.~ + c_not_powerful
  ++ ~[PC] I seem to have trouble realizing exactly how powerful I have become.~ c_not_realize
  ++ ~[PC] I don't know. I am still figuring out who I really am.~ + c_direction
  ++ ~[PC] This is a bad time to have another one of your deep existential conversations.~ + delay_exit_state
END

IF ~~ c_not_realize
  SAY ~[ARAN] Mayhap it scares you a bit. It scares me, somehow, but more on your account than on mine.~
  IF ~~ THEN GOTO c_person
END

IF ~~ delay_exit_state
  SAY ~[ARAN] Now we have been naught but good companions for a fair while now. Can a lad have a real conversation about all this?~
  ++ ~[PC] I don't like talking about all the power I have gained. It feels like I am becoming a weapon.~ + c_person
  ++ ~[PC] I do not need to talk about it. I realize exactly how powerful a weapon I am becoming.~ + c_person
  ++ ~[PC] I suppose. You know, you seem to have grown a bit since we first met in that inn room.~ + c_not_about_me
  ++ ~[PC] I did not ask for any of this, Aran. It was forced on me. Talking about it is useless.~ + exit_state_supportive
  ++ ~[PC] Shut up, Aran.~ + exit_state
 END 
  
IF ~~ c_not_powerful
  SAY ~[ARAN] That be th' largest load o' crap I done heard from you, ever.~
  ++ ~[PC] Look... it scares me, Aran. Even talking about it scares me.~ + c_scares_me
  ++ ~[PC] Well, you were due some retribution for the loads you throw around. What is next, casting me as the future Ruler of Toril?~ + c_cooking
  ++ ~[PC] I may be gaining power, but I do not seem to have any power over my own direction. I get tossed from battle to battle on the wind.~ + c_direction
  ++ ~[PC] Perhaps your head would look better if it was separated from your body. You have gone way past what I tolerate from you, sellsword.~ + exit_state  
  ++ ~[PC] Shut up, Aran.~ + exit_state
END

IF ~~ c_scares_me
  SAY ~[ARAN] There be naught to be scared about, as long as you be in charge o' yourself. Your power be a sharp weapon, for sure.~
  IF ~~ THEN GOTO c_person
END

IF ~~ c_person
  SAY ~[ARAN] Weapons be tools, and naught else. It takes a person weildin' th' sword to make th' call, an' direct th' cut or thrust. Otherwise, th' sword be a heavy decoration good for naught but trippin' over, eh?~
  ++ ~[PC] I agree. But right now, I have a feeling I am not completely in command of my destiny. Who is really directing me?~ + c_direction
  ++ ~[PC] That is why all this is important. I have the power to shape things, the strength to control it, and the willingness to direct it where I choose.~ + c_youareyou
  ++ ~[PC] That is why all this is important. I have the power to shape things, but I may not have the strength to control it.~ + c_direction
  ++ ~[PC] I did not ask for any of this, Aran. It was forced on me.~ + exit_state_supportive
  ++ ~[PC] I don't think I want to talk about this any more. We should move on.~ + exit_state
END

IF ~~ c_youareyou
  SAY ~[ARAN] I just hope you be th' one really callin' th' shots, an' not some blighted mage or god or some such bein' behind th' scenes.~
  ++ ~[PC] If it appears others are dictating my actions, just remember... it is not the one who strikes first who wins the battle. It is the one who strikes last.~ + c_strikeslast
  ++ ~[PC] I might simply choose to become someone else's weapon. You seem to have found it easier to follow than to lead.~ + c_direction
  ++ ~[PC] The gods call the shots. They interfere, they push, and they own the board. We just have to play along.~ + exit_state
  ++ ~[PC] The gods mess about on the game board. We just have to take it from them and make it serve our will.~ + exit_state
  ++ ~[PC] I don't think I want to talk about this any more. We should move on.~ + delay_exit_state
END

IF ~~ c_strikeslast
  SAY ~[ARAN] I suppose you be right. Only, if th' first strike be powerful enough, sometimes it wins outright, eh?~
  ++ ~[PC] Are you questioning my ability to use my power effectively?~ + c_effectively
  ++ ~[PC] This is more than a simple mercenary campaign. It takes time to build power, and sometimes it takes doing what others want in order to get what I want.~ + exit_state
  ++ ~[PC] I might simply choose to become someone else's weapon. You seem to have found it easier to follow than to lead.~ + exit_follower_state
  ++ ~[PC] The secret to my overbearing power is eating your curry. It will be my tool for conquest.~ + c_cooking
  ++ ~[PC] The gods call the shots. They interfere, they push, and they own the board. We just have to play along.~ + exit_state
  ++ ~[PC] The gods mess about on the game board. We just have to take it from them and make it serve our will.~ + exit_state
END

IF ~~ c_direction
  SAY ~[ARAN] Tyr's Eye, I blighted well hope you are th' one directin' yourself. You, I have some understandin' about, an' I put my trust in your judgement. Most others, not so much.~
  ++ ~[PC] Then I had better learn how to wield myself effectively.~ + c_effectively
  ++ ~[PC] I might simply choose to become someone else's weapon. You seem to have found it easier to follow than to lead.~ + c_direction
  ++ ~[PC] The gods call the shots. They interfere, they push, and they own the board. We just have to play along.~ + exit_state
  ++ ~[PC] The gods mess about on the game board. We just have to take it from them and make it serve our will.~ + exit_state
  ++ ~[PC] I might simply choose to become someone else's weapon. You seem to have found it easier to follow than to lead.~ + exit_follower_state
END

IF ~~ c_effectively
  SAY ~[ARAN] Effectively be part o' th' matter, I guess. But I were hopin' for more along th' lines o' compassionately.~
  ++ ~[PC] I think you had better define what you mean by 'compassionately'.~ + c_define_compassionately
  ++ ~[PC] It takes time to build power, and sometimes it takes doing what others want in order to get what I want. In the end, though, my will is what matters.~ + exit_state
  ++ ~[PC] I weigh my decisions carefully when I can. But sometimes, people get hurt no matter what I choose.~ + exit_state 
  ++ ~[PC] I might simply choose to become someone else's weapon. You seem to have found it easier to follow than to lead.~ + exit_follower_state
  ++ ~[PC] Effectively, compassionately... just words. Sometimes we just have to do what is in front of us and move on.~ + exit_state
END

IF ~~ c_define_compassionately
  SAY ~[ARAN] Hey, now, I hold my own counsel on that. Sometimes people get killed an' things get destroyed on account o' there be no choice.~
  = ~[ARAN] It be th' needless actions what might be held off on account o' compassion.~
  ++ ~[PC] We agree on that, Aran. We would not be traveling together if we did not.~ + exit_state
  ++ ~[PC] I might simply choose to become someone else's weapon. You seem to have found it easier to follow than to lead.~ + exit_follower_state
  ++ ~[PC] I find myself doing no needless actions. Everything I do is designed to build my own power and control my own destiny.~ + exit_follower_state
  ++ ~[PC] I weigh my decisions carefully when I can. But sometimes, people get hurt no matter what I choose.~ + exit_state 
  ++ ~[PC] I weigh my decisions carefully when I can. But people getting hurt is their problem, not mine.~ + exit_follower_state 
END
	
IF ~~ c_cooking
  SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, now there be a thought. <CHARNAME>, th' Force o' Faerun, Ruler o' All Toril, built up by serial doses o' my famous gut-bustin' fire-breathin' curry.~
  ++ ~[PC] Me? Ruler of all that I survey? Now that is a laugh.~ + exit_follower_state
  ++ ~[PC] Me? Ruler of all I survey? Of course. I shall make you my Chief Wineskin Washer. And Chief Wineskin Emptier, as well.~ + exit_fun_state
  ++ ~[PC] I think I might be more comfortable if you were in charge. Well, more in danger of bar brawls, but at least I would not be everyone's target.~ + exit_follower_state
  ++ ~[PC] Laugh all you want, Aran, my boy. I intend to find my own path, even if it means conquering the very Planes themselves to do it.~ + exit_state_lighthearted
  ++ ~[PC] Dear gods... the curry. Somehow, I knew that was the source of true power. I shall place you in charge of all cooking. And cleaning.~ + exit_fun_state
END

IF ~~ exit_state
  SAY ~[ARAN] I suppose you be right. But there be plenty o' time ahead to talk. Mayhap we pick this up later.~
  IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

IF ~~ exit_fun_state
  SAY ~[ARAN] Now that sounds right fine, it does. In fact, here be th' first duty entrusted me, all done already. One wineskin, empty, an' just beggin' for a dip in th' water!~
  IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

IF ~~ exit_follower_state
  SAY ~[ARAN] Think about what you just said right careful, there. You already be a fair sight more powerful than I could hope to get. I don't mind bein' your sword, an' even bein' a tool to be used by you.~
  = ~[ARAN] Me, I can make a cut here or there, an' mayhap be useful in a limited way. You... you will influence th' whole o' blighted Toril, an' mayhap more.~
  IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

IF ~~ exit_state_lighthearted
  SAY ~[ARAN] An' I believe you will do just that, too. Mayhap I needs be expandin' my cookin' options. Takes a might large bit o' food to fuel Planar domination.~
  IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

IF ~~ exit_state_supportive
  SAY ~[ARAN] Don't you be worryin' naught about that. You take charge o' your destiny, forced or not, an' I will be right here to make sure things work out for th' best.~
  IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

 

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