Conduit

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The Conduit CYOA series is a set of worlds within a single framework, wherein players become "conduits", or beings akin to planeswalkers, traveling between different worlds. Unlike planeswalkers, however, conduits weaken the barriers between worlds simply by existing (as they "conduct" the fundamental nature of one world into others) creating bridges between the world where things seep through, usually to the detriment of whatever's on either side. Conduits also gain power from their worlds, channeling the fundamental essence of the world into their own selves. The creator takes the name Thrallherd when responding to discussion about it.

The Original[edit]

Worlds[edit]

The Conduit CYOA revolves around a structure of worlds, each one having specific powers and themes.

Fan-worlds[edit]

Thrallherd has 'no problem' with fan-worlds that conform to the rules of the established universe and some have already been created by anonymous posters. Waifus and Husbandos for most of these worlds have been created.

Characters[edit]

The conduit waifu CYOA allows conduits to pick a least conduit as a mentor, subordinate, and social companion. It is largely recognized as canon because Thrallherd included an option in the main CYOA referencing it obliquely. It is possible to spend one point of essence at character creation to attract a "mature conduit", implicitly one from the waifu CYOA. However, some people have argued that it clashes with canon as it references a Pontifex passing away shortly prior to the ascent of the player. Since the main CYOA describes the player as being among the first of the new conduits, and the ancient conduits were dead for a very long time, the origin of this pontifex is questioned.

There is a variant for fanworlds, one with men instead of women (and a fanworld expansion for that) and a version with powerful rivals rather than friendly characters.

The Remake[edit]

An update by the author is in progress, but is incomplete and has not received an update since January 2017. Updates have been found at http://imgur.com/a/A25Uy The new architecture uses more, less costly powers, but as you grow in a specific world the plane begins to change you physically and mentally. Two new game modes were also introduced, where a mortal visitor to a plane via an existing gateway can obtain 4 points of abilities, or an individual trapped in their new world would gain 10 points.

Worlds[edit]

Fan-worlds[edit]

Characters[edit]

Given to you by a student of some academy of the other worlds, the Book of Sigils contains the summoning sigils contain summoning rites to bound least servants of an ancient hidden Conduit. Each Least Conduit is willing to offer their empowered services to you for a price.

The Awakening[edit]

Another author by the name of FriendlyDrop completed a remake using Thrallherd's new architecture. Updates as they occur can be found at https://imgur.com/a/FBVIX0i

Worlds[edit]

Fan-worlds[edit]

No fan-worlds currently exist for Awakening. Fan worlds from Thrallherd's remake can be used in Awakening without issue.

Characters[edit]

Given to you by a student of some academy of the other worlds, the Book of Sigils contains the summoning sigils contain summoning rites to bound least servants of an ancient hidden Conduit. Each Least Conduit is willing to offer their empowered services to you for a price. Updated to use the Awakening powers and worlds.

Spin-offs[edit]

The Conduit CYOA is also notable for its handful of spin-offs provided by third parties.

Queller[edit]

The Queller CYOA pits the player as an antagonist to conduits. It stars the Shogun, a conduit who grants the player a selection of powers designed to hunt and kill conduits and gain more powers from doing so.

The Shogun's powers come in part from some virus-related abilities from Malsanis. Many of the boons he grants his quellers are, however, are likely the result of considerable scientific research and development of materials and properties in more commonly accessible worlds.

Note that one point of essence as a conduit measures it is equal to ten points as a queller measures it, the "conduits you will be able to handle" which it references in the second paragraph are bound servants and (when working in a team) least conduits.

Market[edit]

The original market casts you as an ordinary person, who has been invited to an extra-planar shopping city. All wares are things that it would be trivial for a conduit to purchase, and the funds allowed to the player are referenced as pocket change. Things that would be true prizes to conduits are presumably also sold here, but not listed due to a lack of relevance to the premise.

It seems that this world is likely a dedicated bevin created by some meister for the sole purpose of shopping. Thrallherd has said before that were there a market world (or a library world or other specific-purpose facility) it would take that form. Because this CYOA makes no alteration or assumption that doesn't fit within established canon, it's reasonable to consider it canon by default.

The second market CYOA deviates slightly from the original premise, although the main worlds clearly exist on Conduit worlds, not all the stops do.

Rim meister[edit]

The rim meister is a conduit that claims to want to help humanity. He lets you, as a native of this world, decide what kind of infused Serfs he should migrate to earth and how many. As a free source of labor Serfs will, according to him, make an end to hunger, poverty and injustice. A wise reader should be able to notice that a lot of possible combinations can only end in apocalyptic scenarios though. The CYOA makes a lot of assumptions on the nature of infused slaves, not alluded to by Conduit itself. Some fanworlds are acknowledged as extended universe in a little bonus image, however it is not consistently updated.

Rorch[edit]

The Fanworld Rorch has been reinterpreted by others as standalone CYOAs.

The Covenants of the Bleak Fields[edit]

As a mortal lost in the Bleak Fields, your only chance of survival is to pledge yourself to one of the Hayden Kingdoms under a covenant's pact.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Stories[edit]

There are a few good stories based on the setting as well, so far showcasing conduits of individual worlds.