We were playing an Exalted game where I was brought in at the last minute even though I didn’t know anything about the game or universe and nobody around was particularly good at explaining it.
But I was an Eclipse caste Solar which meant that my special ability was to create unbreakable vows with a handshake.
And also apparently that my charisma was through the roof.
I didn’t really see how this was going to have any use in whatever the hell we were doing, so when we met at the required tavern at the start I just wandered off over to the bar and started hitting on one of the women there.
After a while of this derail, the conversation sort of went like this:
GM: “Her boyfriend emerges from the men’s room and comes over, seeming very protective and possessive of her.”
ME: “Oh, hey, man! How’s it going?”
GM (as boyfriend): “ummm…”
ME: “I was just talking to your special ladyfriend here. She had great things to say about you.”
GM (as boyfriend): “um… okay. Good to know.”
ME: “Damn glad to meet you both. I don’t want to be in your hair, so I’ll let y’all be, but never let go of this one, okay? Lever let anything happen to her.”
GM (as boyfriend): “Okay. Will do.”
ME: “Promise me.”
GM (as boyfriend): “I promise…”
ME: “Shake on it?”
GM: “… are you really going to do this?”
ME: “Of course!”
GM: “The random man at the bar shakes your hand, setting on a flare of Solar presence which lights up the entire town as if it were mid-day. The formerly happy couple immediately feels the weight of an unbreakable promise fall upon them, while the entire bar, and really whole town, loses their collective shit at knowing that Solars are around.”
ME: “Oh. Do people not like Solars or something?”
GM: “NO! IMAGINE THAT!”
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