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You are Rhea Silvia.

Explaining all the weird twists and turns your life as taken over the past year is a pretty tall order at this point.

You have recently been sent to a city ruled by your Chaos-tainted evil clone on behalf of your current Drukhari/Corsair masters to maybe help them find some Chaos tainted artefact that may or may not cause widespread devastation based on some prophecy. Or maybe the devastation is inevitable, but it is more important when and where it happens, and who benefits from it.

It is complicated.

And no one ever bothers to provide important details to you anyways.

You have been in the city for several days so far.

The excavations you are supposed to be monitoring are behind schedule. Your companions are being slowly sucked into the tainted hedonism of this place. The evil clone of your girlfriend keeps hitting on you. Your own evil clone keeps trying to be your best friend for unclear reasons. And you are starting to think some combination of drugs, pheromones, and verbal manipulation is messing with your head.

You wake up in your palatial suite to yet another gaggle of slaves eager to obey your every whim.

Today you decide you will:
>Go bug your evil clone on why the excavations are taking so long.
>Try to find a way to communicate with your Aelderi masters.
>See if you can slap some sense into your companions.

You also make a mental note to:
>Pinch yourself hard anytime you think of piles of gold, fine wine, sex, or acquiring godlike tainted powers.
>Build some alliances with your evil clone and her associates, right now they seem to be the most powerful faction on the planet, and people keep hinting something big and bad is going to happen soon.
>Think of ways to undermine your evil clone any chance you get.

Previous threads here:
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/4878085/
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/4926394/
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/4979125/
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/5015461/
https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2022/5074164/
https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2022/5125693/
https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2022/5185262/
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Also, it looks like the creation of this thread caused the previous one to auto-archive.

Here was the last post, I had wanted to include a link to this thread:

>Recommend that Ella be lightly punished, but kept intact in case she is needed later.

You try to appeal to Evil Rhea’s common sense and let Ella of relatively easily, but Evil Rhea seems to mistake this for some sort of personal interest you have in Ella yourself.

Using a mix of power and finesse that is frankly rather terrifying, Evil Rhea annihilates Ella’s garments with a wave of pink fire, but leaves her person intact. She then uses telekinesis to place some sort of gilded color around Ella’s neck.

It is briefly explained that the collar subverts its victim’s free will, and now Ella must follow any instruction given to her, though it is clear only those with some sort of permission from Evil Rhea would do so.

She then hits the remaining Iron Horde emissaries with a bolt of pinkish lightning that arcs from one to the next, causing them to writhe in ecstasy. You have a feeling that they are now proud owners of that odd runic brand all the other converted Thorakara seem to have.

Evil Rhea has some guards drag out the entire group with vague instructions to bring them to the sanctum so they can "get acquainted with their new senses".

The whole thing is a rather terrifying display of power.

Clearly Evil Rhea has learned a few tricks.

You have never felt more fortunate to be a pseudo-null.
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>>5238849
>See if you can slap some sense into your companions.
If it was just supposed to be us doing all the work they wouldn't have been sent along. We should make sure they don't get corrupted (too much)
>Build some alliances with your evil clone and her associates, right now they seem to be the most powerful faction on the planet, and people keep hinting something big and bad is going to happen soon.
Re: options 1 and 3, Pseudonull Rhea probably doesn't have to worry about temptation too much, and in any case we're pretty safe from chaos corruption considering all the Noctilith shoved in our guts so it's okay to indulge a little bit. We also don't really have a reason to undermine Evil Rhea's authority right now. Just try to focus on keeping our own minions from becoming her minions.

Also maybe try to assist in the excavations a little bit since the sooner that gets finished the sooner Rhea can go home (aka have all hell break loose around her, watch as the world descends into madness, and she barely escapes with her life and sanity intact, probably by manipulating the better nature of her putative allies and betraying them at the last possible moment.)
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>>5238849
>Try to find a way to communicate with your Aelderi masters
>Build some alliances with your evil clone and her associates, right now they seem to be the most powerful faction on the planet, and people keep hinting something big and bad is going to happen soon.
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>>5238849
>Go bug your evil clone on why the excavations are taking so long.

>Build some alliances with your evil clone and her associates, right now they seem to be the most powerful faction on the planet, and people keep hinting something big and bad is going to happen soon.
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>>5238849
>See if you can slap some sense into your companions.
>Build some alliances with your evil clone and her associates, right now they seem to be the most powerful faction on the planet, and people keep hinting something big and bad is going to happen soon.
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>>5238849
>>See if you can slap some sense into your companions.
>Build some alliances with your evil clone and her associates, right now they seem to be the most powerful faction on the planet, and people keep hinting something big and bad is going to happen soon.
>>5239082
I agree. We've tasted the whole ring business before, so Ii'm not worried about that. Let's just keep an eye on the others to avoid bad surprises. It wouldn't do to come back without them just because they got swayed away.

Beyond that, I'm still in favor of taking up Evil Namara's offer on touring the city. If anyone knows what kind of making up gift we should get for our Namara, it's her.
Also, tell Evil Rhea about Vance and Dolores if we haven't already. She probably won't care, but who knows ?

And finally, does that mean we get Ella to follow us around ? Since Evil Rhea thought we were interested. If yes, since she still has her mind, we can chat her up and she'd have trouble lying to us, right ? She can run laps around Rhea and dodge questions, but we ought to get some interesting bits of info about what's going on with the Iron Horde and the daughters. Anything regarding Evil Rhea's position and who wants her gone would be a bonus for future negotiations.
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>>5243017
>If anyone knows what kind of making up gift we should get for our Namara, it's her.
"Have you considered vagina tentacles?"
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>See if you can slap some sense into your companions.
>Build some alliances with your evil clone and her associates, right now they seem to be the most powerful faction on the planet, and people keep hinting something big and bad is going to happen soon.

You decide to see if you can somehow straighten out your companions.

It is honestly a bit of a lost cause. Unlike you, they are not immune to Chaos corruption, though luckily Evil Namara seems to be limiting herself to chemical pheromones for now (something which you aren’t immune to either).

Clearly Audrey, Paula, and Jones were deemed expendable when they were sent her (which again somewhat applies to you) since there isn’t really much any of you can do if Evil Rhea decides to really mess with your heads.

But you will feel bad if you don’t try at all to help them out. You are somewhat protective of Audrey, and Jones is alright though you rarely talk. You even feel a bit bad for Paula, since it is perhaps partially your fault she is here, you were the one who brought her to Dren’s attention after all.

Your first stop is Audrey’s room.

Audrey is a junior officer aboard the Rogue Trader vessel “Lucky Wench”, and she is theoretically here to represent their interests. There really isn’t much for her to do in that regard though. Evil Rhea has already announced a ceasefire between her faction and the Rogue Trader-Aelderi alliance, which seems to be holding for now, though perhaps not forever. The basis of the alliance (at least on the surface) seems to be to leave each other alone so that both groups can focus on looting the planet’s ruins (of which there are many). The Aelderi probably have a deeper agenda, but the Rogue Trader crew are here mostly for wealth, and may attack Evil Rhea’s faction if they think they have located a massive treasure vault or something similar. Assuming they find out. They would have to be pretty stupid to rely on Audrey as a spy, and have probably written her off as tainted by now.

To your dismay, but not particular surprise, Evil Namara and Ella are in bed with Audrey, sharing a “tender moment” (more like degenerate moment).

You are pretty sure Evil Namara has been here most nights, but this is the first time you have actually seen it happen, and more importantly, Audrey has seen you seeing it happen.

Everyone stops what they are doing (and Audrey turns bright red in the face). There is a long silence, probably where Evil Namara is waiting to see if you will get embarrassed and leave, but you stand your ground and act like it is no big deal. Honestly, you have seen far worse by this point, and making empty threats helps no one.

Eventually Evil Namara gets up and leaves, commanding Ella to follow her out. As Evil Namara passes you, she whispers “Just say the word...” before strolling past you and down the hall.
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>>5243658

“Maybe I will...” - You whisper back after a moment’s hesitation, but you are unsure if she heard you, or what she was referring to.

>Go console Audrey.

>Go talk to Evil Namara and see if you can cut some sort of deal where she leaves Audrey alone (write in some ideas).

>Go see if you can arrange for Ella to be transferred to your staff of servant-slaves. Hint it is for “reasons” (sexual), but it is actually to try to abuse the fact Ella has to follow all commands to pry loose some more information on the Iron Horde.

>Go talk to Evil Namara and see if her previous offer to tour the city is still available. Try to get some insight into what goes on in Evil Rhea’s head, and maybe some insight into your Namara’s thoughts as well.
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>>5243659
I mean, we should probably try to do all this things. We can worry about consoling Audrey later, it might be best to let her stew in her embarassment for a little bit. The tour of the city sounds interesting, and while we do, we can try to get Ella for ourselves and get Evil Namara to leave Audrey alone. Maybe have Audrey follow us around as an assistant? Would it make things better or worse if we let Audrey know we've already done most of that before we were split off from Evil Rhea?
>>Go talk to Evil Namara and see if her previous offer to tour the city is still available. Try to get some insight into what goes on in Evil Rhea’s head, and maybe some insight into your Namara’s thoughts as well.
This option has my vote for now.