Originally Posted by Maugan Ra
OK, so maybe Zhou is
somewhat prone to speeches.
Still. You're playing a Social Fu character here, and you've found yourself in a tremendously mixed party. Make the best of it. Remember - You're a Solar. Impossible is nothing.
[insert other inspiring phrases here]
Not that I expect the plot to allow us to seriously complete this idea, but forging an inter-Exalt alliance is a decent goal to work towards anyway.
This is actually - more or less explicitly - what she wants to do. It's why
she's been spending the last few years getting to know power-brokers in the region and (more recently) making friends with outcastes, it's why she took the risk of trying to befriend a soldier of Lookshy (er, no offense, Zhou). It's why she has
Lunar contacts. It's why her reputation in Nexus is that she's interested in any news out of Thorns, and any news of the Anathema. It's why she regards the Cleansing as an opportunity as well as a threat, and it's why she's very interested in any clue as to what the Deathlords are planning.
(Okay, she hasn't been as efficient about it as you might expect from a Solar, but she had to adjust to living in an entirely new world, she was terrified of doing something that might reveal her identity and get her sister into trouble, traveling out East to talk to Lunars takes time, and the Cleansing is a really recent development - I had to get the timeline to work out, or I might have had a shorter gap between her Exaltation and the present day.)
I mean, it's not just Thorns, anymore - she wants to end the lies, more broadly (her Motivation is to reconcile the Dragon-Blooded with the Celestials). But certainly Thorns would be a good rallying point... (and her sister probably has a Thorns- or Deathlords-oriented Motivation, and of course Eris will help her).
Anyway, this conversation got Zhou to suggest doing everything she wanted and offer to help, so I think I'll chalk that up as a victory for Charisma 5 + Manipulation 4 + Presence 5 (plus of course Zhou being awesome)
The actual aim was just to get him to regard the Cleansing and the Realm as potential allies not just as faceless bad guys, and I think she's done that as well. Yay! Honesty has benefits!