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Events that can happen when you visit faction Haven for the first time. Havens that you never visited are marked with a blue question mark unvisited Haven on Geoscape.

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A Good Day

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0. Haven leader is female and haven is not starving.

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] of [HavenName] is offering a trade: building materials in exchange for food. The haven isn't starving, but there's a big festival coming up and supplies are inadequate for what she's imagining.

"Look, if I may be honest for a second," she says. "Call me [HavenLeaderForename], by the way. So, look, this isn't really about religion. We just need a good day, you know? Just one really good day to give everyone hope."

Agree to the trade (-120 Food)

"Thank you! Thank you very much!" [HavenLeaderForename] says with a big smile. "Thanks to the Phoenix Project, the people of [HavenName] will have a feast to remember! And if I'm right, that will give them enough strength to keep going for a while longer. Not forever, but... maybe until we win this war."

Food FOOD +200, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +12

"Thank you! Thank you so very much! Your generosity is astounding," [HavenLeaderForename] says with a big smile. "Thanks to the Phoenix Project, the people of [HavenName] will have a feast to remember! And if I'm right, that will give them enough strength to keep going for a while longer. Not forever, but... maybe until we win this war."

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +18

Refuse the trade

"That's all right," the Exarch says. "I understand that the Phoenix Project has its own priorities."

Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -5.

Careful Now

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

Things at [HavenName] are a little unsettled; a recent visit from the Shadowed Hierarch resulted in the previous Exarch disappearing overnight. Our operatives are greeted formally, with great attention paid to each necessary ritual.

After the rituals are concluded, the inhabitants present our operatives with gifts.

Accept the gifts

"These things were captured on the battlefield. We hope they shall be of use to you," the Skeuophylax says as a crate is delivered to our vehicle.

Player receives 2 New Jericho Assault Rifles (+3 ammo) and 1 New Jericho Machine Guns (+2 ammo).

Decline the gifts

We have gravely offended the people of [HavenName]. The Shadowed Hierarch shall hear of this.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2 and Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -6.

Convictions

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

One of the Anu soldiers at [HavenName] is asking to join the Phoenix Project. He's been an admirer of our organization ever since hearing about it when he was a child, and now that it's more than just a legend, he wants to do his best to contribute to our cause.

"I've been training ever since I heard the Phoenix Project was back," he says. "You know, I never believed all the lies they told about you. If the governments of the old world had supported you when it mattered... well, I guess it is what it is. But I want to help."

Recruit him

The soldier grins. "I... I get to join the Phoenix Project? Wow. The Exalted must have blessed me in my sleep. I can't believe this is happening!"

Player receives one Berserker soldier.

Tell him his haven needs him

It's hard for him to accept, but probably true. The haven needs every good soldier it can get, especially with how things have been going lately.

Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +8

Reject him as a filthy mutant

The soldier is crushed not only by the rejection, but by the realization that the Phoenix Project could harbor such prejudice. He spits on the ground before heading back into the haven.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -25.

Cut Off

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0. Haven leader is male.

The inhabitants of [HavenName] welcome our operatives with smiles and questions about the outside world. It appears their long-range communications equipment has been malfunctioning for some time, and they know very little about what's been going on recently.

Inform them about the current situation

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is pleased that we have chosen to share our information but saddened that things have not gotten better. To thank us, he offers some of the haven's food supply.

Food FOOD +240, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3 and Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +10.

Help them fix their communications systems (-20 Tech)

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is extremely pleased. He commends us to the Dead God and his true prophet, the Exalted. There are many here who have family in other havens, he says, and they will finally be able to speak to their loved ones again, all thanks to the Phoenix Project. He asks his people to reward us generously.

Food FOOD +240, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5 and Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15.

Convince them things are even worse than they think

Horrified by our exaggarated tales, the people of [HavenName] retreat to their homes to pray to the god who seems to have abandoned them.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3 and Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +12.

Epic Poetry

At [HavenName], a young poet is making a name for himself. Inspired by the teachings of the Exalted, he has written an epic in verse that is the part spiritual vision of the future, part guide to letting go of the old world. Despite the heavy subject matter, it's easy to read and entertaining, even humorous. Humankind's flaws are explained in ways that get loud laughs from audiences, and there is an overall feeling of hope.

The poet would like to produce a beautiful printed edition of the work as a present for the Exalted, but the haven leadership is less than enthusiastic, insisting that the only thing really worth reading is the Gospel of the Exalted, so he has turned to us for help.

Let's get it printed (Tech -10 and Materials -15)

The end product of our efforts may not match the truly great editions of the past, but given present circumstances, it's a huge success. The young poet thanks our operatives with tears in his eyes; he never thought he would get to create something so beautiful. The Exalted will be pleased.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3 and Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -7.

Tell him to ask his people for support

The Phoenix Project shouldn't be getting involved in this issue, but if the people of [HavenName] really love his poetry so much, they should force their leadership to change its ways. That is the spirit of democracy.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3 and Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -6.

Condemn this sick filth

This isn't poetry, it's religious propaganda disguised as art. The Phoenix Project will not support the spread of dogmatic beliefs that ultimately benefit the Pandoravirus.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3 and Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -5.

Don't get involved

Not getting involved is exactly what the [HavenName] leadership expected of us.

Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +10.

Exposure

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is lower than -25.

At [HavenName], an engineer approaches our operatives, begging them for help.

"I need to get out of here as quickly as possible," he says. "Please! They're going to expose me to the damn virus, I know it. I thought... I guess I thought they knew what they were doing. Adapting to the new world, you know? But they treat people like cattle. Doesn't matter what happens to individuals so long as it's part of the Exalted's grand plan. It's terrifying. I have tech I can share if you help me get as far away as possible from these lunatics."

Help him join Synedrion

The priests at [HavenName] will be furious that a potential future Skeuophylax has escaped them, but it's clear that we've done the right thing for this person.

Tech TECH +30, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3 and Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -7.

Help him join New Jericho

The priests at [HavenName] will be furious that a potential future Skeuophylax has escaped them, but it's clear that we've done the right thing for this person.

Tech TECH +40, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3 and Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -7.

Don't help him

The Phoenix Project is a science organization, not a taxi service.

Faith in Transformation

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 50.

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] greets our operatives in the name of the Exalted and the Dead God, wishing them long life and the achievement of biological perfection.

"It is fortunate that you have chosen to follow the path of the Disciples," he says. "I believe your choice was a turning point for our faith, a moment that will be remembered and celebrated by generations to come."

To help us achieve our common goals, he orders the citizens of the haven to contribute to our cause. Accept

The citizens gladly gather all they can spare. To them, the Phoenix Project is as much part of the Exalted's vision as Taxiarch Nergal or the Blind Legate. It would seem that we have become figures of legend.

Tech TECH +60, Materials MATERIALS +120, Food FOOD +150.

Faithless

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is less than -25.

At [HavenName], our operatives are approached by an apostatical Anagnostes.

"I've been living a lie for too long," she says. "I have little faith in the Exalted and none at all in the Synod of Yearning. That triple-faced freak is nothing more than a monster in a fancy robe, and I'm tired. If you help me get out of here, I'm willing to sell you all the research data I've been working on."

Help the Anagnostes (-15 Tech)

The Anagnostes feels no guilt handing over information that is supposed to be part of the Sacred Mysteries; as far as she's concerned, they're neither sacred nor particularly mysterious.

Research points Research +80, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -6.

Do not help

The Phoenix Project is a science organization, not a taxi service.

Feed the Hungry

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0. Haven has a Food production facility.

Lately, the inhabitants of [HavenName] have been struggling to produce enough food for the entire population; despite their best efforts, the Field of Transubstantiation is not growing properly. Their Anagnostes, who would normally find the source of such a problem, is unfortunately away on a pilgrimage. They plead for our help.

Investigate the problem (-10 Tech, -30 Food)

After a few experiments, our operatives determine that the problem lies with an unknown microorganism that has infested the haven. Its metabolic waste includes several derivatives of cinnamic acid, which inhibit growth in the fungi the Disciples grow for food.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15.

Refuse the request

Exarch [HavenLeader] expresses sadness at our choice, but promises to pray for us to the Dead God.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Haven Leader's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -6, Food production facility is damaged.

Folk Heroes

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 25. Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project must be between 25 and 50.

The inhabitants of [HavenName] are pleased to see our operatives. They believe that the Phoenix Project could help humanity achieve its next evolutionary step and so withstand the Pandoravirus. They're glad that we have joined their cause and gained the blessing of the Keeper of the Threshold. Even greater things await us, they assure our operatives.

To make sure we don't go hungry while saving the world, they share some of their food with us. Thank them "You will always be welcome in [HavenName]," an old woman tells our operatives. "Not just because the hierarchy supports you, but because ordinary people believe in you. They even tell stories about you! You will help realize the vision of the Exalted."

Food FOOD +360

From the Shadows

Conditions:Disciples of Anu's attitude to Phoenix Project must be higher than 60.

At [HavenName], our operatives are surprised to find a package waiting for them. It contains highly valuable electronic parts and a note from the Shadowed Hierarch: "Thought these might come in handy with some of the issues you've been having recently. Remember: the Exalted has a plan, and that's more than can be said about anyone else."

According to the locals, the Hierarch passed through weeks ago, so it's unclear how he knew our operatives would come here.

Accept the gift

Resources are resources, and we need all the help we can get. Even if there's something unsettling about the Shadowed Hierarch and all the things he seems to know.

Tech TECH +160

Reject it

We don't need gifts from unpredictable shadow figures. This feels too much like being manipulated.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -6

Haunted

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project must be between 0 and 75.

At [HavenName], the atmosphere is subdued. A massive caravan of refugees from the fallen haven of Balarama Bridge has just arrived, and many of them are still shaken by the disaster that claimed hundreds of lives. The priests are busy tending to the injured, but they are afraid that many will die in the next few days. "The human body is imperfect," one of the priests sighs. "But it's not only external injuries that claim lives. Memories, too, can kill, when kindness is in short supply."

Contribute resources to help the refugees (-40 Materials, -50 Food)

With our help, the refugees can start rebuilding their lives under the protection of the Disciples. They are still deeply traumatized by what they went through, but the teachings of the Exalted give them hope, and they express their gratitude to the Phoenix Project.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +12, Population +637.

Offer thoughts and prayers

A passing Hiereus quotes the Gospel of the Exalted, chapter four: "Here were written all the names of all the faiths that had misled Man, promising salvation in the future world, yet offering nothing in the world of flesh. Yet Man knew in his heart that it was the flesh that was corrupt, and it was there that the healing must begin."

Population +1405

Offer resources in exchange for guarantees that the refugees will be granted religious freedom (-40 Materials, -30 Food)

"None shall be brought to the Dead God by force," a priest assures our operatives. "But those who do not follow the path of the Exalted, who refuse the wisdom of the Synod of Yearning, cannot receive the divine blessings, and will never attain perfection."

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15, Population +1544.

Ask Synedrion for assistance

A representative from Synedrion agrees that it would be appropriate to forget about whatever differences exist between Synedrion and the Disciples in order to help these refugees. Our common humanity is all we have, after all, even if we can't quite agree on what to do about it.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +10. Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to Synedrion.png Synedrion +4, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to Anu.png Disciples of Anu +4, Havens population was changed by 550.

Idols

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

[HavenName] claims to be the birthplace of the Apostle to the Once-Born, the missionary-like figure sent to bring foreign havens into the Anu fold. Although there is no real proof of this in any of the canonical texts, Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] has decided to build a massive statue to honour the Apostle. All that's lacking is the right materials to build it with. Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is prepared to offer us a really good deal if we can help him. This is a one-time offer.

Trade materials for food (-35 Materials)

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is highly pleased by the deal we have struck, promising that the Phoenix Project will be credited on the plaque that will be attached to the statue's pedestal.

Food FOOD +400, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +16

Trade materials for tech (-45 Materials)

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is highly pleased by the deal we have struck, promising that the Phoenix Project will be credited on the plaque that will be attached to the statue's pedestal.

Tech TECH +90, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +17.

When he hears of our generous donation, Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is overcome with emotion, promising that the Phoenix Project will be credited on the plaque that will be attached to the statue's pedestal.

[File:Anu.png|30px]] Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +17.

Reject deal

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is disappointed by our lack of appreciation for the Apostle to the Once-Born and all that he or she has done for the world.

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -6.

Inner Workings

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project must be higher than 10.

The Anagnostes of [HavenName] would like to ask our operatives some questions about their experiences in the field. In exchange for this information, she is willing to share a copy of the Book of the Inner Workings, a compilation of scientific insights produced under the guidance of the Shadowed Hierarch.

Agree

The list of questions is surprisingly long, delving into a huge variety of minute details, from types of mushrooms observed in ruined buildings to when and where rations are consumed. None of it's classified information, and not much of it seems that useful, but the Anagnostes is satisfied and gives our operatives a copy of the promised book.

Research points Research +75, Stamina Stamina -10, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +9.

Refuse

We don't have time for this. The Anagnostes will have to find her information somewhere else.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -5.

Maps of the Earth

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

The Anagnostes of [HavenName], formerly a professor of geography at a major university of the old world, is highly interested in the Phoenix Project and proposes an information exchange.

Exchange information

The world is changing rapidly, the Anagnostes says, and understanding the new shape it is taking on will be essential to the survival and evolution of humanity.

2 Scavenging sites revealed.

Politely decline

The Anagnostes shrugs. "I'm sure you have your reasons," he says.

Not Dead Yet

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project must be between 0 and 25.

At [HavenName], Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is greatly pleased to see our operatives.

"We had heard rumours that the Phoenix Project had been destroyed," she says. "That would have been a shame. There was not much about the old world that was good, but at least the Phoenix Project had the right intentions."

"Together," Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] continues, "we may have a chance of building a future worth living in. And to that end, allow us to share some Anu's blessings with you." Accept

"May the Exalted show you the way to perfection," Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] says with a smile. "As she did to me. Haven't gotten there yet, of course, but I'm working on it. That's what really matters."

Tech TECH +50

Number One Fan

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project must be less than 25.

At [HavenName], our operatives are received warmly. It would appear that the local Skeuophylax, or Keeper of the Vessels, is a great admirer of the Phoenix Project. "I used to read all the conspiracy sites when there was an internet," he says. "Everyone else thought the Phoenix Project was evil or just a myth, but I always hoped it was real because an international science organization that fights aliens would just be so, so awesome. I mean, uh, such a thing would be like a blessing from the Dead God!"

Although he is not allowed to show our operatives the Hallowed Machines themselves, he takes the opportunity to share his insights and some of the devices he has built. Thank him

"Oh, it's nothing," he says. "I hope one day the Phoenix Project and the Disciples will be as one. Then we can work on all this cool stuff together. Oh, excuse me. I mean, we shall work on the Hallowed Machines in unison."

Tech TECH +25, Research points Research +100

Pernicious Precipitation

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0. Haven has these 3 zones: production, residential and training

"Toxic rain, a side-effect of the planet's climatic transformation, has been falling on [HavenName] at unpredictable intervals, causing widespread damage and even ruining the last Rite of Hope. The haven urgently needs to add new insulation to its housing, no matter how rough, but there's so much that needs to be taken care of and so few resources.

"I've tried explaining this to the higher-ups, but I only have access to the Voiceless Hierophant and, well, I guess they don't call him that for nothing," the Exarch explains. "Perhaps... the Phoenix Project could lend a hand? There would be payment involved."

Provide the basic materials necessary (-45 Materials)

It's a stopgap solution, but better than none. Hopefully, soon humans will evolve to the point where they can deal with such problems more easily. A few skin mutations should do, although that won't prevent the damage the rain is doing to buildings and statues. "And they thought acid rain was bad," one of the haven's citizens murmurs.

Tech TECH +60, Food FOOD +280, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +9.

Reach out to the Anu leadership. They need to take this seriously

Disciples of Anu's attitude to Phoenix Project must be higher than 50.

We receive a message from the Blind Legate, assuring us that the matter will be taken care of immediately and that other havens will also begin taking precautions against toxic rain. Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is very thankful.

Tech TECH +80, Food FOOD +400, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +12.

This is an internal matter

The Phoenix Project is a scientific organization, not an architectural firm.

All 3 zones: production, residential, and training are damaged.

Rite of Giving

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 5. Disciples of Anu's attitude to Phoenix Project must be more than 5.

Our operatives are welcomed to [HavenName] with open arms. Today is the day of the Rite of Giving when the Disciples of Anu share food with friends and allies. After the appropriate rituals have been performed, fungi are gathered from the Field of Transubstantiation and processed so they may be donated to our cause.

Accept the gift

These fungi may be an unusual source of nutrition, but these are desperate times, and humanity needs to adapt.

Food FOOD +320

Decline the gift

Declining such a gift is taken as offensive, but not exceedingly so. "The Rite of Giving also reminds us to be kind. There are many who are afraid of the fungi because they grow on the bodies of the dead," a hiereus sighs. "Superstition is a burden to humanity. I hope you will overcome it one day."

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -5

Rite of Hope

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

[AircraftName] arrives at [HavenName] during the Rite of Hope, which reminds the faithful to look beyond the problems of the present and believe in a bright future. The citizens march through the haven chanting "Perfection is possible" and praising the Exalted, the first human being to approach said perfection.

After the ceremony, there is a feast, and the priests share some of their provisions with our operatives. Thank them

After the feast, with a few beers in them, the priests are quite jolly. They share funny and sometimes graphic stories about how they used to believe the world was doomed and all the foolish things they did in their despair, but how they ultimately found hope in the Exalted.

Food FOOD +300, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +10

Rite of the Black Star

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0. Disciples of Anu's attitude to Phoenix Project must be higher than 10.

Today the people of [HavenName] are performing the Rite of the Black Star, one of the darker, more unsettling rituals of the Disciples of Anu. Its purpose is to remind the faithful of the greed that once ruled the world, perverting all of humankind's efforts, and how nothing could break the grip of that greed - not politics, not technology, not even religion. Only the Great Flood, the apocalypse brought on by the Pandoravirus, gave our species a second chance.

Participate

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] makes sure to explain the Exalted's teachings correctly: the Pandoravirus is not in itself a good thing, and the Great Flood is not to be celebrated. What is to be celebrated is how this tragedy broke the old systems and the old faiths, giving humanity a chance to reconsider, to pick a new path.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6.

Condemn the misanthropy of this ritual

Assuming that only a catastrophe could allow humanity to change course is a deeply misanthropic belief that rejects not only human ingenuity but all human agency. Such a belief is contradicted by the entirety of human history, in which human beings frequently overthrew old systems because they believed in something better, and the world did gradually improve.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -8.

Do not participate

It would be better to stay out of this. Let the people of [HavenName] celebrate their ritual without strangers getting involved.

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -5.

Rite of the Clear Sky

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 25. Disciples of Anu's attitude to Phoenix Project must be more than 25.

The Rite of the Clear Sky, performed today at [HavenName], is an act of imagination: each participant must meditate and imagine themselves looking up into a clear sky, and from there to the stars, and to the universe beyond. While doing this, they must seek to understand what it would take to reach out to those stars and to compare their current, limited bodies with the bodies that would be required to ascend into the sky.

It's an exhausting process, both mentally and physically, but participating would show that we take the teachings of the Exalted seriously.

Participate

Our operatives report feeling humbled and uplifted by the experience, and have gained insights that may benefit our entire organization.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, 30 Skill Points received.

Do not participate

Perhaps another time. For now we must focus on the world in front of us, not the stars.

Rite of the Crimson Moon

Conditions:Disciples of Anu's attitude to Phoenix Project must be more than 0.

The Rite of the Crimson Moon is about to be performed at [HavenName]. This rite is dedicated to teaching the faithful the value of physical struggle in support of spiritual goals. Invented by former decathlete Anagnostes Ninshubur, who is personally present today, and blessed by the Exalted herself, the Rite of the Crimson Moon is a brutal challenge that should not be undertaken lightly.

Anagnostes Ninshubur extends an invitation to participate to our operatives. She would love to see whether the Phoenix Project can handle such a physical trial.

Participate

Anagnostes Ninshubur is impressed by our operatives.

"Clearly the Phoenix Project teaches its people some useful skills!" she laughs. "Although you do look a little worse for wear. As a reward for your bravery, I will teach you some of my personal training methods. Help you get a little bit closer to that physical perfection we must all strive for."

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +10, 30 HP lost, 60 Skill points received, Stamina Stamina -10.

Decline

"Cowards!" Anagnostes Ninshubur barks, but then she laughs. "We can't expect people to participate in this kind of event unprepared. We are not offended by your rejection."

Rite of the Luminous Deep

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 50.

The people of [HavenName] are undertaking the rare and sacred Rite of the Luminous Deep, which celebrates the tale of how Taxiarch Nergal came to serve the Exalted. But more than just a religious ritual, the Rite also involves learning techniques of self-control, of pushing oneself to the limits in the service of the greater good.

Our operatives are welcome to participate in the Rite and to share this knowledge with their peers.

Participate

The Rite of the Luminous Deep is far more punishing than its poetic name would suggest, but the techniques of mental and physical focus taught by the priests of Anu can definitely be applied to how we train our operatives.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +9, 25 Skill points received, Stamina Stamina -10.

Decline

It was an honour to be invited to participate, so our lack of interest is not received well.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -8.

Rite of Trust

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0. Disciples of Anu's attitude to Phoenix Project is more than 0.

Our operatives have been asked to participate in the Rite of Trust. Performed today at [HavenName], this ritual involves stories and riddles that seek to recontextualize the faith of the Disciples in the Exalted: to teach that it's not a matter of blindly following someone, as the false prophets of the past demanded, but of trusting her as you trust a friend, knowing her intent is good even if you don't always understand her actions.

Participate

The ritual begins with a short reading from the Gospel of the Exalted, Chapter IV: "Here were written all the names of all the faiths that had misled Man, promising salvation in the future world, yet offering nothing in the world of flesh. Yet Man knew in his heart that it was the flesh that was corrupt, and it was there that the healing must begin."

This segues into an odd, almost koan-like parable about how easily people are misled, and how the purpose of the Exalted is different than that of the false prophets.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +8.

Openly reject the ritual

The Exalted is clever: her fake religion has an element of self-awareness, trying to quench criticisms before they arise. But the trust she asks for is no different from blind faith.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -7.

Politely decline

"Not everyone is ready for the Rite of Trust," says a local priest. "After all, you need to learn to trust us first."

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4

Sabotage!

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0. Haven has a factory.

When our operatives arrive at [HavenName], the local Skeuophylax is busy trying to repair the haven's production facilities, which were recently damaged by what she suspects was an act of sabotage.

Offer assistance (-25 Tech, -35 Materials)

As it turns out, the problem wasn't sabotage, but squirrels. Yellowish-purple glowing squirrels with strange frills, possibly incorporating nudibranch DNA. They've gnawed away at a lot of the machinery, but once located, they are easy enough to remove.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +7, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +20.

Wish her well

The Skeuophylax shrugs and gets back to work. Despite her fancy title, she is an engineer at heart.

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Factory is 25% damaged.

Sabotage the facilities even more

While the Skeuophylax is distracted, our operatives strategically disable some of the most important industrial machinery in [HavenName]. There will be suspicions, but no proof it was us.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -10. Factory is 50% damaged.

Safe Haven

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.Disciples of Anu's attitude to Phoenix Project is less than 75.

Our operatives have become entangled in a potentially messy diplomatic affair at [HavenName]. It would appear that a defector from New Jericho is asking the Disciples of Anu for asylum, and plans to join the religion if his request is granted. New Jericho demands their soldier be returned, claiming he has been brainwashed.

The influence of the Phoenix Project could be the deciding factor, but our choices will have political consequences.

Push for asylum to be granted

The soldier is allowed to join the Disciples of Anu and be initiated into the Waters of Life. Tobias West is said to be furious at our intervention.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +=15

Insist that asylum isn't an option

The soldier is returned to New Jericho, there to face trial for treason. The Synod of Yearning is reportedly furious at our intervention, and Synedrion expresses concern at our anti-asylum stance.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -5.

Recruit the soldier

There is no other solution that won't cause problems down the line, and the Phoenix Project can always use more recruits. Neither New Jericho nor the Disciples of Anu are particularly pleased, but neither can they really take offence.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3. One New Jericho Assault soldier join Phoenix Project.

The Exarch Blues

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] of [HavenName] is desperate: a lot of her haven's ordinary machinery is breaking down, but the haven's Anagnostes has taken all the spare parts for his Hallowed Machines.

"It's a funny thing, being an Exarch," she tells our operatives. "In theory, you're in charge of the haven, but there are a lot of other forces at play, and sometimes you end up having no authority at all. Right now all I can do is hope you're willing to trade."

Help out in exchange for resources (-15 Tech)

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is relieved. "Let me tell you, in some ways, things were a lot easier before we joined the Disciples. Well, not easier. Less complicated. But it's never been easy. And at least the Exalted has a vision for the future."

Materials MATERIALS +90, Food FOOD +80, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +14

Help out for free (-15 Tech)

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is relieved and deeply grateful. "Let me tell you, in some ways, things were a lot easier before we joined the Disciples. Well, not easier. Less complicated. But it's never been easy. And at least the Exalted has a vision for the future. I hope the Phoenix Project will be part of that vision."

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +20

Appeal to the Blind Legate

The Blind Legate judges situations based not on hierarchy, but the truth. And the truth is that the Anagnostes has prioritized his personal needs over those of the haven, and must do penance. Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] thanks us for our assistance, praising the Phoenix Project for being a unique force for good within the Disciples.

Materials MATERIALS +130, Food FOOD +330, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15.

Reject deal

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] sighs. "I guess I'll have to try trading with Synedrion then," she says. "But by the time they're done arguing about what to do half our haven will have fallen apart."

The factory is 50% damaged. The energy generator is 25% damaged.

The Old World

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

In one of the public squares in [HavenName], a loud debate between a supporter of Synedrion and a local priestess has drawn a lot of attention. The debate itself is actually friendly, as the two women have known each other for a long time, but there is an unusual intensity in the crowd as arguments fly back and forth. People are deeply invested.

The Synedrion supporter argues that there is a lot that we can learn from the old world. That not everything was bad, just the way it was organized, and that we could build a civilization that had many of the same features, but without the systemic flaws.

The priestess disagrees: she thinks the old world was fundamentally broken, and that without a change in human nature, we would just repeat all the same mistakes again.

Side with the priestess

What makes us human is the best thing about us, but also the worst. We're greedy and violent, not because of our spiritual nature, but because our bodies evolved to be this way. The good news is we can change those bodies and allow ourselves to become better people in the process.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3.

Side with the Synedrion supporter

There is far too much to be admired about the old world to just dismiss it as sinful or broken. The system that dominated the world was incapable of correctly distributing resources and couldn't respond to planetary-scale crises, but that doesn't mean everything about that time was bad. It's not about human nature; human nature isn't really a steady concept, but something that changes based on material conditions, and it's those conditions we have to take control of.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3.

Stay out of it

It's better to let this argument play out on its own. We don't need to impose our opinion on public debates of this kind.

The Waters of Life

At [HavenName], our operatives are approached by a young woman. She is uninfected, but has been selected to be taken to the Chamber of Baptism and anointed with the Waters of Life - that is, deliberately exposed to the Pandoravirus. The effects of the Pandoravirus will then be disrupted by the secret methods of the Disciples, allowing her body to transform but keeping her mind free.

The young woman is the daughter of a high-ranking New Jericho officer. He has sent several messages demanding the conversion be stopped and his daughter returned to him. She has no intention of returning, however, having abandoned New Jericho to seek out the teachings of the Exalted. Still, she is nervous and asks for advice.

Encourage her to convert

"The young woman is relieved to know that others think this is a good idea, too.

"I want to be better," she says. "I really think we can evolve, as a species. It's the only way to survive on this planet. This crazy idea my dad has that one day everything will go back to normal... I know he misses my mom, but the old world isn't coming back, and neither is she. And, I guess... neither am I."

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +14.

Encourage her to go back home

She thinks about it, but ultimately decides to stay.

"Changing myself scares me," she admits. "But I really think we can evolve, as a species. It's the only way to survive on this planet. This crazy idea my dad has that one day everything will go back to normal... I know he misses my mom, but the old world isn't coming back, and neither is she. And, I guess... neither am I."

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -9

Kidnap her and return her to her father

In the chaos of the slums, someone disappearing can easily go unnoticed. A drop-off point is arranged and the young woman's father shows up in person to collect her.

"Tobias West personally gave me this vehicle so I could get here as quickly as possible," he tells our operatives. "He understands how important it is to save every single person we can from this cult. Thank you. Thank you for saving my daughter. She won't understand right now, but hopefully one day, she will."

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +7, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -8.

This is a matter of religious freedom. We can't get involved

What people choose to do with their lives based on their beliefs is none of our business. Whether we agree or disagree, having the freedom to believe what you want is a human right. What are we fighting for if not that?

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -8.

Unto Him That Is Ready to Perish

Conditions: Disciples of Anu's attitude to Phoenix Project must be more than 25.

At [HavenName], the members of a local monastic order known as the Shrouded Smile are proudly announcing the creation of a new type of beer, which they are calling Exalted Ale. It is intended to help one get in touch with one's inner spiritual perfection by eroding some of the biological barriers that inhibit the human body - such as sobriety.

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname], however, seems less than pleased. She feels that drinking is a sin and only leads to regression.

The monks have invited our operatives to participate in the first public tasting of Exalted Ale. Should they attend?

Of course

The ale is a great success: dark and rich, it leads to long, passionate conversations and the invention of entirely new forms of dance.

Exarch [HavenLeaderSurname] is disappointed by our support for the Shrounded Smile, but the rest of the Anu hierarchy doesn't seem to care.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Stamina Stamina -10, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4.

Better not

The Exarch thanks us for respecting her beliefs and offers a little thank-you.

Tech TECH +100, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +10.

What's Ahead

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

The Skeuophylax of [HavenName] has been processing the information recently gathered by the haven's scouts and offers to share some of it with us in exchange for parts for the Hallowed Machines she is tasked with maintaining.

Agree to the exchange (-10 Tech)

She uploads the data to our system.

3 Scavenging sites revealed.

Decline

"I understand your reluctance. Good spare parts are rare to come by," the Skeuophylax says. "I hope the Exalted will guide us to the world where the beauty of machines is better understood."