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    103 KB Alchemyquest 13 StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/29/10(Fri)22:26 No.12617050  
    Archives- http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Alchemyquest

    >Jumping right in. New folks are welcome, but you should really read through a bit of the archives before contributing. Part 11 onwards has a good recap of all important details.

    Episode 12 recap: You are disguised as a noble in a high society masquerade at the estate of the corpulent Lord Poulstet, with the intent of winning Lady Stelton over to your dubious cause.

    "You are not from Hierotoria, then?" Poulstet asks, taking a hose as it is passed to him and pulling out a lungful of thick smoke. He puffs out perfect rings as he awaits your answer.
    "No, sir, Blackheed means to show me a bit of the real noble high life, I should think," you say, feigning embarrassment.
    "Well marvelous! Marvelous! He certainly sent you to the right place. You simply must meet Lady Stelton, a good woman to be on good terms with, I should think!"
    Stelton betrays no hint that she knows who you are, smiling and nodding from behind her domino mask before puffing a cloud of smoke in your direction.
    "And here's Lady Trestiere, Lord and Lady Inklens," Poulstet says, going around the room and pointing with the meat-nubs on the end of his hand. "Lord Pillorist, the Ladies Belvetrist, their consort Elias, Lady Desdemoen, and of course, on my personal invitation, the gem of the ball, the incomparable Elegy," his fingers waggle for emphasis as he gestures at the black-dressed woman, upper half of her face obscured by a featureless mask of porcelain. Her dress is cut low and sleeveless, tantalizing flesh bared to the smoky room. She smiles at you, inclining her head and showing just a glint of white teeth.
    It is a smile you have never been able to forget.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/29/10(Fri)22:30 No.12617092
    Dumbfounded slackjaw reaction?
    Dumbfounded slackjaw reaction.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:30 No.12617095
    hell yes, Alchemy Quest! finally!

    did you hang around after you were done for the night, StonerDM? There was quite a bit of contention going on.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:30 No.12617101
    "It's a pleasure to meet you Lady Elegy. You have a dazzling smile. One that hopefully means you've had a happy and peaceful life thus far."

    There. Let's see if she recognizes the last thing we said to her as far as we know. That'll give us an indication on how much she thought of us since then.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/29/10(Fri)22:32 No.12617124
    >I read up on what was said after I went to bed. I was glad to see you guys getting so deep into speculation, it means I had an impact with the plot twist, simple and telegraphed though it was.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/29/10(Fri)22:33 No.12617140
    >Also, I didn't get to mention it, but the drawfaggotry for Lady Stelton was Top. Fucking. Tier.

    >Okay, I'll start typing up plot now, I promise
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:36 No.12617183
    "top tier" indeed.

    seriously though I'm echoing what I said in the last thread. You know what needs to be done.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/29/10(Fri)22:41 No.12617233
    >it was mostly shipwars
    >sure thing, bro.
    >> The Violinist !T553Hr9UPg 10/29/10(Fri)22:41 No.12617234
    Holy shit, AA?

    ...Why the fuck must I go to bed tonight?
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:41 No.12617235
    What do you guys think of casually mentioning the whole Fulgrim being murdered incident to them? We're supposed to be out of town so we can mention it in the point of view that we want to hear more about it and by doing so, we can possibly get 3 goals done: 1) Lady Stelton might pay more attention to us since we Fulgrim and ourselves, 2) We can hear the opinions of the other nobles around us and see what their thoughts on the matter are and if they might support us or not and 3) We can see Elegy's reaction to hearing our name/situation.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/29/10(Fri)22:44 No.12617257
    Happened a few years ago. Old news, we're likely forgotten by now.
    Yes! More!
    Maybe I'll actually start archiving this quest.
    But sooo busy...
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/29/10(Fri)22:45 No.12617276
    You are thankful for the mask, because it hides your look of utter shock and stupor. You step back, taking a seat in one of the comfortable chairs, trying to scrape your composure back together. Wetting your lips with your tongue, you steady your breathing and try to remain suave over the knots in your stomach.
    "It's a pleasure to meet you Lady Elegy. You have a dazzling smile. One that hopefully means you've had a happy and peaceful life thus far."
    You see the corners of her lips turn up into a controlled smile. She takes a drag from a hookah hose, making you wait for her reply before she responds, her words muffled by streams of smoke.
    "Of what use is peace?" she says. "If I wanted to die in my sleep I would never get out of bed. But happiness I have, goodsir DeVir, and I thank you for your kind words."
    Poulstet guffaws, along with the titterings of several of the other assembled nobles.
    "Marvelous!" he repeats, his apparent buzzword. "My dear, I must simply never let you out of my sight." Elegy nods her head before blowing an exaggerated kiss to the enormous jolly host.
    "Goodsir DeVir," one of the Belvetrist sisters pipes up. "How did you come to meet Lord Blackheed? He's always in attendance, but he rarely hosts parties of his own."
    >> The Violinist !T553Hr9UPg 10/29/10(Fri)22:45 No.12617277
    Fuck it.

    "...Lady Elegy. I believe we have already met."

    Keep our cool, after we manage to pull up our slack jaw. Keep eye contact with her. Keep. Eye. Contact. Do not let it go anywhere else. This unmasking is going to be interesting.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:46 No.12617285
    We were in prison at most a year ago according to StonerDM. Already checked that before suggesting it. So it's still relatively recent and big enough to mention I think.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:46 No.12617294
    nono, too awkward and forceful. Ask, something like, "have we met?" instead.
    >> The Violinist !T553Hr9UPg 10/29/10(Fri)22:46 No.12617296
    Fuck. Must pass out. Exhaustion...blargh.

    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:47 No.12617308
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:48 No.12617321
    Hmmmmm. Damn these inquisitive people. Perhaps BS some story on family connections introducing us to him a long time back and only now did he take us in to show us what life in this city is like?
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:50 No.12617352
    Would someone mind telling me who Lord Blackheed is, so I don't sugest we say something stupid?
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/29/10(Fri)22:51 No.12617362
    He's an undercover space elf.
    And our only well-connected ally.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:54 No.12617399
    Let me rephrase: could someone please tell me what Lord Blackheeds cover is, so I don't suggest something stupid?
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:56 No.12617420
    Another player reporting in.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)22:57 No.12617429
    I don't remember if we actually asked that... All I can remember is he's a noble. Not super important but he's big enough to have some sway.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/29/10(Fri)22:59 No.12617450
    You try to shrug nonchalantly, hoping people don't notice you staring at Elegy.
    "Oh, our families are old friends. The DeVirs are sort of a rural nobility, so Blackheed took it upon himself to try and show me what the city life was like. I must say, I am impressed."
    Poulstet takes a theatrical bow.
    "But of course, but of course. Nothing to it. The parties make it bearable to actually go to court." the room erupts into laughter at this.
    "Actually, Lady Stelton," you say, proceeding with caution. "I can't be sure, but have we met before? I've only been in the city a short time, but...perhaps when you were traveling at some point?"
    Stelton looks at you, still with no apparent recognition. Finally she shrugs.
    "I don't believe so, but then again I see so many like you."
    Poulstet clucks with his tongue.
    "Now now, my boy, don't be discouraged. Once you get beneath that steel shell she's quite the friend to have."
    "I don't doubt it," you say truthfully.
    Lord Pillorist, the balding beanstalk to your right, coughs up a lungful of smoke and passes one of the snakelike hookah hoses to you.

    >how will you try to direct the conversation? Also, get stoned to fit in?
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:02 No.12617486
    If we do this, refuse to say why or where we met--hide behind our token facade of the rogue. That will make her seek us out later to figure out why. Maybe, she might not be interested enough.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:02 No.12617490
    I prefer we not get stoned at such an important moment. I also again suggest >>12617235 as a choice of conversation. For a rural noble like us, something like this is clearly interesting.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/29/10(Fri)23:04 No.12617500
    Options, as I see them:
    1. Do it, to fit in.
    2. Do it, but don't inhale (lol)
    3. Do it, FOR SCIENCE!
    4. Politely refuse

    For the record, I vote 3.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:04 No.12617513
    Great, we could have played that with finesse and made it go somewhere, instead of being blunt like a country bumpkin.

    Anyways, take the hookah. Don't get stoned out of our mind, but don't make any appearance of holding back.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:05 No.12617529
    haha, do the ol' undercover cop thing. Take a mouthful, but don't inhale. man, it would be so, so bad if you got stoned right now when you're trying to be undercover.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:07 No.12617555
    It doesn't fit with the conversation right now. If the opportunity presents itself, then fine. As is, it would be like when, in an early morning discussion about swapping out tires to meet changing weather conditions, a coworker of mine said "You know, in some central african countries they kill people by putting a tire around their neck and lighting it on fire."

    We all just stopped and stared at him.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:08 No.12617566
    Do it, but lightly.

    Maybe we'll get another spirit guide. (hope upon hope)
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:10 No.12617596
    We should have said that Elegy and ourselves had met, but not said when/where, and implied that she'd have to unmask us to find out.
    >> TempDM !!GKvElBvNwF/ 10/29/10(Fri)23:11 No.12617603
    Voting for hookah.

    Spirit guide, ho!
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:11 No.12617604
    Then how do you suggest we direct the convo from here? I'm not really sure where else to take it. Perhaps try to see if we can get some recent events from them on what's been going on in the city?
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:12 No.12617618
    We don't know what she's been up to since we last saw her. If people stated to inquire, we'd have no idea what to say and she might just think we're creepy. We need to give some hint to who we are if we are going to do that and hopefully what we said earlier has started that.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/29/10(Fri)23:13 No.12617626
    "So, what are the latest happenings here in the big city?"

    or the like.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:14 No.12617641
    Maybe just let things play and don't direct for a little while.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/29/10(Fri)23:15 No.12617649
    >Actually, that seems to tie in pretty decently. Changing tires, killing people with tires. I get it.

    >Toke it, but not really
    You pull some smoke into your mouth. It has a warm, almost numbing sensation. You hold it for a few seconds before failing to blow a smoke ring, not pulling any into your lungs. you pass the hose along to the Belvetrist girls, who giggle at you.
    "To the Confederacy," Poulstet says, lifting a snifter as smoke billows from his nostrils. "May their blasted airships come down on their heads."
    "Here here," Lord and Lady Inklens say, clinking their glasses together like newlyweds. Murmurs of assent trickle throughout the room. Not everyone is as vocal, but everyone raises a glass.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:17 No.12617666
    Actually toke next time.

    Also keep half an eye on Elegy. Without being overt. What's she up to?
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:19 No.12617684

    I vote against getting stoned. We don't want to have to roll for not making an ass of ourselves with /tg/ dice.

    Also, Alchemyquest, fuck yeah.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:20 No.12617696
    We have to say something to get Lady Stelton's attention on us. We might not get another chance to talk to her and I doubt we'll get the chance to talk to her in private if we let the convo go as it is. Perhaps we should do as someone in a previous thread mentioned in talking about stories. I think he said the topic would be awkward situations and then vaguely go over the incident we had with her in the past where Fulgrim's hushblade got killed so only she'd recognize it. Actually, now that I think about it, Elegy might as well since we told her what happened.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:22 No.12617726
    Here was the post in the last thread I'm talking about:

    If not, barge in, and remind her of unfortunate meetings, one we are younger over a sleeping man's bed and with two blackbirds, one dead, one alive, the second while we are languishing in incarceration and she saves us from boredom with a trip to visit a private island resort (I hope this is norm for nobles).

    Perhaps we should make it more a story in some manner though. That should catch Lady Stelton's attention for sure and possibly Elegy's.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:22 No.12617728

    Yeah, we were discussing that after StonerDM left, I vote we do that. It'll also give us a vague idea of how much we're wanted for killing fulgrim.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:24 No.12617745

    7:05 to 7:30. That's gonna be us.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:25 No.12617762
    Yeah, if we can get to stories, then we'll bring up what's going on.

    If it comes down to getting recognized by Elegy or Lady Stelton, I'm picking the former.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:26 No.12617774
    I'm fine with bringing it up. Just don't be blatant about it. Say it if the conversation permits, but otherwise we'll look like a tool.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:31 No.12617820
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    >What they said
    >"If it comes down to getting recognized by Elegy or Lady Stelton, I'm picking the former."

    >What I read
    >"If it comes down to accomplishing our mission or getting our dick wet, I'm picking the latter."
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/29/10(Fri)23:32 No.12617832
    >Heh, Clone High is awesome
    >How the hell did this get on TV?
    >Oh, right. Canada.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:33 No.12617850
    That, or 5:20.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/29/10(Fri)23:38 No.12617915
    >A clip from the best cartoon ever
    I love you guys.

    You sense the conversation drifting towards nationalist politics, from which you fear it will never recover.
    "Gentlemen, ladies, please," you say nonchalantly. "Firstly, how can we toast to the triumph of the Imperium over Confederate dogs when I have no glass?" No sooner are the words out of your mouth than a snifter filled with almost sweet-smelling liquor is sloshed into your hand.
    "Er...yes," you say, taking a small sip. "And, I can listen to my parents talk about politics. I am here to experience city life. I am an interloper in search of stories, not merely Imperial patriotism."

    <continued, UUUUUUUGH field too long>
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/29/10(Fri)23:39 No.12617922
    "I like you lad," Poulstet says, slopping some drink on his bare chin. "You'll go far in Hierotoria, mark my words."
    "I heard," you say, leaning in for dramatic effect. You hear the sound of seats shifting as the others oblige. Elegy leans in with the others, though Stelton remains aloof, staring off into a corner and puffing lazily on a hose.
    "I heard," you begin again, "that a few years back, one of the Alchemist apprentices went mad, and betrayed his master, killing him with the very same poison he was taught to brew," you add some dramatic embellishments, because what the hell.
    "Yes, I think I heard something like that," Poulstet says, wiping off his moistened chin and looking ponderous in thought and girth. "Just last year I believe. Whole thing blew over, if I remember correctly. Some people say the apprentice was proven innocent, others say he broke his way out of prison, though," he chuckles, more of a gargle really, "I doubt that."
    Elegy listens as attentively as everyone else, but you can feel Stelton's eyes boring into you without even looking.
    "You heard about this down south, some bit of rumormongering?" Lord Inklens says. You nod.
    "What sort of stories do they tell down there?" Poulstet presses. "You seem familiar with some of our gossip and, if you ask me, mythology."

    >Tell a story about blackbirds shrouded in personal metaphor?
    >Make some random shit up?
    >Blow off the question?
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:40 No.12617941
    Tell a story about blackbirds shrouded in personal metaphor. I like that option. At least it achieves another goal for us.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/29/10(Fri)23:41 No.12617954
    Act like its important!
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:43 No.12617982
    you have to earn your trust, here. Schmooze, make some random bit up.

    If for anything than to show Stelton how easily we can infiltrate her supposed confidants.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:43 No.12617987
    Tell the blackbird one, then say "but mythology?" and tell about INVADER ELF with as much obvious straightfaced humor as possible.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:45 No.12618003
    I'm hesitant to tell anything about space elves to people in general at this point simply because it might alert them to someone knowing about them if these people spread the story for any reason. If people really do want to do it, we should try to make it pretty vague.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/29/10(Fri)23:47 No.12618024
    >Hold up a minute, freestyling a short story
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:48 No.12618039
    I am OK with this.
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:52 No.12618071
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    >this is my anticipation face
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/29/10(Fri)23:53 No.12618082
    You begin, talking with your hands and an even storyteller's rhythm. You feel slightly relaxed, perhaps from the mouthful of smoke, but it is not so much as to be a distraction.
    "Long ago, when animals still had the gift of higher mind, and before the Darkening that blotted out all but the indelible dreams of Man, a sparrow toiled in dust and labor beneath the talons of an owl. Wise and cruel, the owl was feared among all the birds for his sharp eyes and wicked beak. Not only could he take the head off a mouse (or disobedient sparrow), but with a single commanding clack, he could bring to his side a fearsome blackbird, who inked in pigments of night, by night took life upon life. The sparrow served the owl however he could, for to disobey was death. The Owl often boasted of growing fat on the hollow bones of lesser birdlings, and the sparrow was too aquiver to levy accusations of hyperbole."

    <continued, fucking OBVIOSULY, JESUS!>
    >> Anonymous 10/29/10(Fri)23:54 No.12618095
    there's gotta be a way to expand the character limit in boards like /lit/ and /tg/ and stuff.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/29/10(Fri)23:56 No.12618117
    But despite his unending demands and apparent sadistic delight, the Owl was alone in the circle of fear that protected and empowered him. The blackbird made an ill companion, for though an effective killer it was a stupid beast, a fearsome thug at best. But in the sparrow the Owl saw a glint of ambition, a kernel of potential that he hoped to plant in bitter soil and water with hardship until it was forced to grow strong. Some part of his tyrant’s mind ignored that he might be crafting a threat, and instead longed to create another in his image, who he could look to as a triumph, an equal perhaps, or even a successor, for the Owl had no illusions of conquering Time as easily as he did the lesser birds around him.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)00:00 No.12618167
    So it was that when the Owl’s blackbird came fluttering into the bird’s withered, twisted hardwood roost, breathlessly cawing about a falcon with delusions of besting the Owl, the wizened creature turned its harsh eyes on the sparrow, toiling about in some nook or hollow.
    “Sparrow,” the Owl said. “You will go with the Blackbird and see to it that this killing is carried out properly. Stay above him, that he might cloak you in his feathers of night, and descend upon this Falcon while he sleeps. Watch as the Blackbird tears out his heart, and then return, and tell me what you have learned.”
    Wordlessly afraid, the Sparrow could only nod. The Blackbird clacked its beak in anticipation of the coming violence, almost lasciviously, and led the Sparrow away.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)00:04 No.12618200
    The Sparrow was racked with guilt as he paced the lower levels of the Owl’s roost. Blackbird was elsewhere, preening his oily feathers and sharpening his talons. While Owl roosted and Blackbird preened, the Sparrow crept away, flying low to the Falcon’s roost. Fearing that they would recognize him as the Owl’s servant and kill him on sight, he pecked a simple warning into the bark of the tree, though his small beak ached from the effort. Tentatively hopeful that at least the life of another would be saved, he returned to the Owl’s nest, sore but comforted.
    The Sparrow was buffeted relentless by the high cold winds of the Blackbird’s flight, but eventually they reached the lush green roost of the Falcon, swooping in silently to the upper limbs.
    “Stay out of sight and let me work,” the Blackbird croaked, scraping his talons on the limb to test their sharpness.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)00:09 No.12618255
    Sparrow puffed out its feathers and followed obediently behind the Blackbird. He had failed, he thought to himself as they descended. No one had seen his warning, and he would be forced to watch the Falcon’s death throes beneath the ripping talons of the Blackbird. They crept to the center of the tree while Sparrow’s little heart pounded in his chest.
    Falcon slept peacefully, his head tucked under one wing. His feathers were grayed and tawny with experience, and his breathing seemed uneven. The Blackbird crept up, tongue darting out to taste the cool air. Sparrow stayed behind in the shadows, and his eyes grew wide as he saw a Raven in the corner of the room, Falcon’s own champion unseen by the Blackbird. Hoping that someone had seen his dire warning after all, he remained silent.
    The Raven was swift and efficient, and the Blackbird uttered only a single squawk before its throat was slashed, not even enough to stir the aged Falcon from his slumber. It was then that the Sparrow saw yet another figure present at this heinous exchange, the hawk-eyed daughter of the Falcon, watching the retaliation of her Raven with what birds would term a smile.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)00:10 No.12618269
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)00:14 No.12618304
    “Come forth, little Sparrow,” Falcon’s daughter said sternly. The Raven clacked its bloody beak with embers in its eyes. “Do not be afraid, this Deathbringer is not for you.” With a caw, the Raven retreated to preen the gore out of its feathers, and Sparrow stepped into the heart of the tree.
    “Ah, the Owl’s young ward. I assume you are to be thanked for all this?”
    The Sparrow stumbled over its words.
    “I…didn’t want anyone else to get hurt.”
    “Of course not. But these things happen. That is the truth of the world.”
    Sparrow nodded glumly.
    “I will give you your life, little one, if you will tell a message to your master in return. Tell him he trifles with more than one aging Falcon. Without his Blackbird thug, he is nothing but a posturing fool.”
    Sparrow nodded. Falcon’s daughter swept her wing outwards, buffeting the little Sparrow with wind.
    “Then go. And do not think I will forget this kindness.”
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)00:16 No.12618346
    Sparrow returned to face the Owl’s rage. He delivered the message as he was asked, and the Owl nearly tore his heart out in anger. The Sparrow had accepted this fate, and went peacefully towards death, but the Owl stayed his talons. He saw that the Sparrow had become his only companion, a commodity he had scorned his entire life, exiling himself into a loneliness that had overcome him. The Sparrow learned the value of close allies, of family, and of mercy, but it was the Owl the Gods set out to teach when they wrote this happening into the Everscrolls."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:17 No.12618365
    You are awesome.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:19 No.12618382
    Rah, this was well done indeed.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)00:20 No.12618392
    >1,000 words in half an hour, yeeeeeeeeeeeah

    You conclude with a dramatic silence, unseen sweat pearling on your face from the mental strain of stringing together the events of the past into a plausible children's narrative. The nobles in the room slowly begin murmuring amongst themselves, and it is Poulstet that starts the clap, pudgy hands slapping together, almost echoing even in the curtained and cloistered chamber. The others quickly join in, except for Lady Stelton, who has pierced you with a gaze that threatens to burn off her mask. Elegy is harder to read, but her clap seems forced, and her eyes are anywhere but yours, perhaps forced as well.

    "What a splendid morality play," Poulstet says at last. "I think I might remember being told the very same one as a child."
    You doubt it.
    "I don't doubt it," you say.
    >> weird 10/30/10(Sat)00:20 No.12618398
    > mfw when my blackbird/hushblade idea becomes a story

    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:22 No.12618421
    Now is when I think we should let the conversation take a life of its own. We made our play. Let the two ladies in our eyes make their moves.
    >> weird 10/30/10(Sat)00:22 No.12618423
    Okay, we've gotten both ladies' attentions. ow what do we do, Anons?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:23 No.12618428
    Alchemy quest! Give me a minute to catch up on tonight.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:24 No.12618446
    >attention of both
    >Elegy is harder to read, but her clap seems forced, and her eyes are anywhere but yours, perhaps forced as well.

    Anyways, now we act like the good cat when he wants his birds. We wait.
    >> weird 10/30/10(Sat)00:25 No.12618450
    I have a bad thought that Fulgrim's Hushblade was someone particularly close to young Elegy's heart...
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:26 No.12618457
    Not likely. We told her what happened right after it did and she just went on saying how she wanted to be our hushblade without a care in the world.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:26 No.12618460
    Well it seems that we put business before pleasure after all.


    This seems like something we've done our entire life.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)00:26 No.12618466
    So, now that we know they know who we are, stay and listen for a while, then find some reason to leave.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:29 No.12618509
    Chill for a bit, have some more hookah, but let our ladies make the next move. Ball's in their court now, and Lady Stelton at least is sure to come after us. With any luck she won't have a knife in hand.
    >> weird 10/30/10(Sat)00:30 No.12618510
    Oh, phew... Bullet dodged. But now her attitude screamed guilt instead of repressed emotion.
    . . . The maid with the poisoned wine? But the maid did ask Gil personally to deliver the damning stuff.

    Hmmm. Wait? Pretend to sip drink, and ask the host for some of his own stories?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:30 No.12618517
    What if she didn't know the one she cared about and the one we told her of were one and the same?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:32 No.12618555
    Because she seemed to like us more than other people when we were young. She didn't resist when we kissed her after all.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)00:37 No.12618596
    "I found it to be quite the charming tale," Elegy says, still avoiding your eyes. There are murmurs of agreement.
    "How long are you in Hierotoria, Alphonse?" Poulstet says. "I may have to arrange a party just to get you among us once again."
    "Here here," Lady Trestiere chimes in, a wrinkled doll under too much make-up.
    "Actually, Poulstet," Lady Stelton says, her voice cutting through the assembly like a tense wire. "I believe I shall have the young Lord DeVir at my estate, say this coming weekend?" She arches her eyebrows at you. "We can't have you being the only one with claws in the fresh meat, now can we?" She flashes a smile in your direction, genuine or no.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:38 No.12618607
    "That's a superb suggestion, my lady. I'm sure there's much we could discuss."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:39 No.12618615
    Well, you guys wanted to attract Seltons attention.

    Now what? I'm no good with this court intrigue stuff.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:41 No.12618646
    Wait, was Stelton the daughter of the old dude we saved?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:41 No.12618651
    Ideally I would of preferred to talk to her now but that doesn't seem like it would work since she would prefer in the privacy of her home. Possibly where she could end us, which is why I'm not sure how comfortable I feel about that.

    At this point, I suppose we should just make a good impression of ourselves on these nobles since they could be potential allies. Generally getting an idea on their thoughts on things and such as best we can I suppose.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:42 No.12618655
    "A proper rogue simply can't be pinned down with plans and schedules, my good sir. Like a bird, it won't be long until I flit away. But for the Lady Stelton's sake, I won't vanish before the next weekend."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:42 No.12618657
    >We can't have you being the only one with claws in the fresh meat, now can we?

    That sounds ominous to me. Does this strike anyone else as ominous? I don't think she's happy to see us.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:43 No.12618670
    Business = accomplished for the night

    Pleasure = now takes priority
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)00:43 No.12618671
    There are two possibilities.
    Either she's pissed.
    Or she's really fucking pissed.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:44 No.12618694
    I knew this was a bad idea.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:45 No.12618706
    As long as we get a chance to explain, we might not die. I honestly couldn't see any other way to get her attention in a party like this.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:46 No.12618718
    Yeah, accept Lady Stelton's offer, but the rest of our night we should look for a good opportunity to find Elegy alone.

    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)00:47 No.12618727
    Oh, she was never going to be an easy, friendly ally.
    Gill just has to play to her ego and ambition.

    After all,
    "Do you want to be known as the woman who saved the world?"
    Could be an attractive position for one who seeks power.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:47 No.12618731
    She's probably pissed because we weaseled out of our deal and are now taking on a persona and acting like a smug motherfucker.

    Once we get her alone we'd better drop the act and go into "scared alchemist apprentice" mode.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)00:48 No.12618746
    "A proper rogue simply can't be pinned down with plans and schedules, my good sir. Like a bird, it won't be long until I flit away. But for the Lady Stelton's sake, I won't vanish before the next weekend." You bow to the Lady, swallowing nervously as you do so.
    "Your candor is much appreciated, goodsir DeVir," Stelton says. "You are staying in the Blackheed apartments, is that correct?"
    "Yes, I-"
    "I know the place," she says with a dismissive flick of her hand. "I will have a carriage pick you up then, this Saturday."

    >Mission accomplished, it seems. What do you want to do for the rest of the evening?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:48 No.12618748
    You just want the drawfag to draw more art of Lady Stelton with Gill in a similar situation, don't you? Heh.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:49 No.12618749
    Pretty much this.

    Although "sure, professional alchemist with a dire message" works too for what we need to switch to.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:50 No.12618767
    Get time alone with ELEGY.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:50 No.12618768
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)00:50 No.12618770
    Yeah, where is that guy? He never trips up, so I can't tell if he's WATCHING US RIGHT NOW OH GOD
    >> weird 10/30/10(Sat)00:50 No.12618775
    "Ah..." Flounder a bit, "I was sent here to represent Lord Blackheed and apologize for his inability to arrive, but I guess I can remain a tad bit longer. Thank you, Milady, for the invitation. It would be an honor and an experience, I am sure."

    Turn to Lord Poulset, "I am sorry to have to reject your invite, Milord host, but I am here only for a short time and I wish to sample the many arrayed experience the capitol life can offer. Perhaps we might bump to each other again around the week, in the city, or somewhere at another time."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:50 No.12618778
    Try to talk to Elegy one-on-one at some point. She has to know who we are at this point. Other than that, we might need to start scoping out allies amongst the nobles.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:54 No.12618820
    spontaneously develop teleportation, bang elf chick
    Silliness aside, fuck yeah AlchemyQuest! StonerDM never disappoints.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:55 No.12618833
    Why do I have the feeling that this option will do nothing but needlessly complicate our life?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:55 No.12618834
    drawfag here, sorry I've been so quiet but I've been painting up a new header for these threads so it's not... that ugly drawing from the first thread.
    almost done.

    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)00:55 No.12618835
    >StonerDM never disappoints
    There was Bloodquest 00.
    >> weird 10/30/10(Sat)00:55 No.12618836
    Bah. Late.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:56 No.12618851
    I don't recall that being a disappointment.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:56 No.12618857
    Spend some time socializing, getting to know some more political people a bit- after all, we were kind of lab-minded while being raised as an alchemist and likely have a rather poor grasp of exactly who everyone is and their various factions. That's something that we will really need to know in the coming days. Try to be charming and genial to all.

    Elegy, well yes, but don't move too fast on that one. She's got our message, she'll likely come to us... no sense being obvious about our interest and blowing our cover.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)00:57 No.12618868
    With the way she's avoiding looking at us... I think she might not approach us.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:00 No.12618901
    That's so she can maintain enough self-control not to jump our bones in front of everyone. As soon as we're alone--POW!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:01 No.12618910
    Or she's feeling guilty about how many guys she shagged after she assumed she'd never see us again. ;_;
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:03 No.12618933
    Could be that she's someone else's hushblade already and remembers her promise to kill for us.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:05 No.12618944
    Could be she never actually became a hushblade at all.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:05 No.12618952
    Or she's trying to figure out what we're doing here and whether or this means someone is making a move against her.

    Honestly we know nothing about her now. Stop being so naive
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)01:13 No.12619047
    There is a knock on the door, and a timid-looking servant pokes his head in.
    "Sire," he says, "the partygoers in the main hall are starting to clambor for an appearance. Perhaps you would like to make a toast? Shall we bring out the cakes now?"
    Poulstet stands, wobbling on his legs.
    "Yes, yes, of course. Well, my friends, party's over. Let's rejoin the rabble," he holds his belly and laughs as he stumbles towards the door.
    Elegy stands, but sits back down, clutching her head.
    "Oh, Poulstet darling," she says, "I think I smoked too much. You go on and play host, I'm going to step out on the balcony and get some air." she fans herself as if to convince him.
    "Of course, Elegy, of course," he says. The other nobles stand to follow him out the door, while Elegy moves towards a door at the back of the room, presumably leading to another hallway.

    >What do? Also sorry for delay, roommate just got back from somewhere and was chatting me up.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:14 No.12619056
    Let's casually disappear and go talk to Elegy.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:16 No.12619080
    of COURSE you follow her.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:16 No.12619081
    Hang back quietly while everyone else leaves, then join her.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:17 No.12619094
    When we're alone, walk up to her and remove our mask. "So good to see you again, my dear friend."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:19 No.12619116
    No way man. It's been like 8 years. It needs to be more dramatic than that.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:21 No.12619135
    This is going to end in disaster. Must you assume she's staying behind just to provide us an opportunity to talk with her?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:21 No.12619143
    What, shadowdust up to her and then drop a sunbomb?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:22 No.12619150
    oh man, if we can make this a super dramatic reveal then, well this might rival last night's in awesomeness.

    And this is Elegy we're talking about. You must say something to her.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)01:22 No.12619152
    Must you assume Bertram isn't still naive enough to think she is?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:23 No.12619153
    Whether she is or not, opportunity is knocking at the door and we'd be a fool to let it--or Elegy--stay standing outside.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:23 No.12619160
    Oh I assumed she might try something that's going to be painful but I'm willing to take the risk. Have faith in our childhood friend. And our ability to talk her out of anything she/we might regret.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:25 No.12619184
    Don't remove our mask. Not because it wouldn't be nice to see Elegy's face and have her look upon ours, but because we absolutely cannot afford to be seen by anyone else who might possibly recognize us here. And you know that we're going to have a very distracting conversation that would let someone else walk right up.

    Neither should we drop our pretense of being some random noble before she does so. We don't know what she's been up to these past years- and she declared her life happy but not peaceful. That's rather ominous and to press would be an ill thing.

    Start off with a line that could be taken multiple ways, preferably, to cede the initiative regarding discussion of our actual identity to her.
    >> weird 10/30/10(Sat)01:26 No.12619190
    And our arsenal...
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:27 No.12619208
    Seconded, especially
    >>Start off with a line that could be taken multiple ways, preferably, to cede the initiative regarding discussion of our actual identity to her.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:32 No.12619262
    StonerDM fell asleep didn't he
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:33 No.12619266
    I bet he's writing some bitchin' dialogue.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)01:35 No.12619285
    >Guys, thread's been archived, I'm not signing off or anything, but I thought I should just let you know
    >Someone's roommate just got them baked.
    >I love you all
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:35 No.12619291
    No, he's just can't decide between the innumerable ways we've given him to screw us over.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)01:35 No.12619296
    Or he likes to torture us.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:36 No.12619303
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    >suspicions confirmed
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:39 No.12619331
    StonerDM, you take illegal drugs!? I want no more part of this quest.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)01:41 No.12619354
    You linger behind the departing nobles, smiling and bowing as people meet your eyes for a moment. Finally you are the only one left in the room. With a determined look, you turn to the back of the room, only to find that Elegy is already gone, the door to the hallway left ajar. Following, you push the door open, peering into the well-decorated hall beyond. At the end of plush carpeting, the door to the outdoors is shut. Through a glass in-pane you can see rain illuminated by moonlight.

    >What do?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:42 No.12619372

    Until she inevitably jumps us for thinking that we're following her to kill her, and we tell her that we're us and we bone.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:43 No.12619378
    Go outside then. That's where she said she was going and I don't see what else we can do really.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:43 No.12619380
    Where could she have gone? Are there side doors? FIND HER.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)01:44 No.12619387
    Go to the door, and be very confused.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:44 No.12619393


    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:46 No.12619410



    >Maybe we can get AlchemyQuest 3 times/week if we show enough love.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)01:48 No.12619437
    You move to the door, stepping out into the night air.
    The balcony is unshaded from the droplets of rain, the high roof of the estate climbing behind you. There is no sign of elegy on the rain-slicked boards of the balcony. Furrowing your brow, you listen to the sound of birds chirping. Had she not come out on the balcony at all? But you thought you saw...

    >Roll a d100
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:48 No.12619439
    Does the door appear to have been opened? If it's raining out there should be evidence.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:49 No.12619440
    Grab a convenient umbrella on the way.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)01:49 No.12619444
    >Pre-emptive LOOK UP, belay that d100.
    >Typing a response...
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:49 No.12619445
    rolled 97 = 97

    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:49 No.12619446
    oh god we are going to die.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:49 No.12619452
    rolled 59 = 59

    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:50 No.12619454
    rolled 67 = 67

    Here it comes...
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:50 No.12619457
    Irrellephant, we would have spotted her anyway.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:50 No.12619461
    Man just a min too late.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:51 No.12619478
    I don't think that was to spot her. I think that was to not get tossed off the balconey
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:54 No.12619505
    >HOLY SHIT A 97
    >Belay that

    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)01:55 No.12619519
    Cautiously, you look upwards, at the high sloping roof of the estate. Peaked at the tip of the roof, you can see a dim figure crouched. No...not crouched...
    You jump back as the figure descends rapidly, a machine gun of noise on the rattling shingles. It lands in front of you, sword already drawn. You go instinctively for a vial of Dragon's Blood, but the figure calls out.
    "I wouldn't, Alchemist."
    You recognize that voice...
    "I've put far, FAR too much work into this," the man says, his hood blowing back in the breeze.
    He said he was going to visit his wife and family. He was the only one who left...
    "You should be dead on that island," he says, teeth bared.

    >What do?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:55 No.12619520
    We used to play hushblades with her. As if we don't know the ways she likes to hide.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:56 No.12619529
    Use our 97!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:57 No.12619534

    toss that vial, toss it.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:57 No.12619535
    FFFF- the hushblade we were warned about. Shadowdust? It is pretty dark outside and we do have our armour right?
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)01:57 No.12619539
    "So, you were the one they warned me about. Wonderful, I thought that situation resolved itself."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:57 No.12619542
    Wait, that was confusing. Is there Elegy and someone else there besides us? Or just the two of us?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:58 No.12619545
    Think we should try to talk our way out of this? Try to reason with him? I mean, he's seen what we're against. There are a lot more important things to worry about than us dying.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:58 No.12619552
    We obviously release the Dragon's Blood. "You know my arsenal then."
    Then we use our 97 to dump shadowdust on ourselves.
    "But here's a little something you haven't seen."
    Then scoot!
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)01:59 No.12619556
    >4 sailors, none of them important.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:59 No.12619559
    "Why? You've seen what we're up against. Who wants me to die that badly that you'd let these invaders have a better chance of success?"
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:59 No.12619560
    In case Elegy doesn't intervene, do we have a method of quietly taking this guy out? Something not too explody or loud.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:59 No.12619561
    Seems like it's just us and him.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)01:59 No.12619565
    What? NO. Don't show our hand. If he escapes, don't let him know we were warned.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:01 No.12619584
    "Probably, but I must admit to some astonishment that you're still trying to get rid of me. Do you care nothing about your fellow man? You KNOW what we're up against! Who else will stop them, if I'm not around to try? No other noble nor alchemist will believe the threat, not with only a few words for evidence."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:03 No.12619605
    "You can't win, hushblade. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)02:03 No.12619606
    "So, you were the one they warned me about. Wonderful, I thought that situation resolved itself."
    The man shrugged.
    "A simple stroke of fate that you came along and rescued us, Eminence," the Hushblade says with a grin.
    Pulling a flask from your coat, you slide back on the slick boards, tossing the Dragon's Blood at his feet.
    "You're familiar with my arsenal, I presume," you quip.

    >You can't have any of those other numbers, roll some more
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:05 No.12619626
    rolled 56 = 56

    Damnit guys. That was our small chance to find out who the hell killed Fulgrim and wants us dead. Now I doubt we're going to get him to talk at all.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)02:05 No.12619627
    rolled 56 = 56


    here goes failure.

    also, he doesn't know the casket, does he?

    That could sound conveniently like thunder, could it not?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:05 No.12619628
    rolled 96 = 96

    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:06 No.12619629
    rolled 65 = 65

    If you strike me down, I will become more powerful than you can imagine.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:06 No.12619634
    rolled 4 = 4

    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:06 No.12619636
    rolled 42 = 42

    Couldn't you two have waited a few seconds?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:07 No.12619640
    Two 56s? That's a 1 in 10000 chance!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:07 No.12619642
    At least try talking while we fight, with >>12619584
    and >>12619559's logic. I'm genuinely interested in why this guy is willing to piss away the future of his race on this job. Is he being blackmailed somehow, or did his employer already know what was on the island? He can't possibly be stupid enough to still be killing us just because it's his job- not if he's resourceful enough to catch us like this.
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)02:07 No.12619643
    >What are you, some sort of Jedi?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:08 No.12619657
    Never. Now we'll botch and Elegy will have to save us for being so incompetent.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:09 No.12619661

    Well, all we have to do is kill him here and now and that little slip won't matter I guess!
    (in before StonerDM makes him pull a ninja VANISH)
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:09 No.12619664
    Well if StonerDM hadn't picked the one response that screwed us over, after it was declared no good, we wouldn't be having this problem. I don't know why he went and picked that one, there were so many other decent responses.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:10 No.12619677
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:11 No.12619689
    Or we could just not have idiots guiding the quest. I'm still pissed that post got chosen. We may be naive as a character, but giving away information like that is just plain retarded.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:12 No.12619691
    What the fuck OP, everyone was against us saying that.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:12 No.12619698
    >>Roll a 97
    >>Doesn't count, mfw
    >>Roll a 96
    >>Seconds too late
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)02:13 No.12619708

    The Hushblade is deft; he catches the flask on the top of his foot, then kicks it aside. You watch it sail off the balcony and into the rainy blackness.
    "Your foot? Seriously?"
    The Hushblade shrugs with one shoulder, smirking.
    I must admit to some astonishment that you're still trying to get rid of me. Do you care nothing about your fellow man? You KNOW what we're up against! Who else will stop them, if I'm not around to try? No other noble nor alchemist will believe the threat, not with only a few words for evidence."
    "They'll believe just as well as you, Eminence," the man says. "Or at least they will, once I've shown them the way to that pretty little birdy at the Blackheed estate. They can't get her into one of their labs without learning a whole lot about the situation."

    >What do?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:14 No.12619714
    rolled 31 = 31

    Kick in the nuts?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:15 No.12619718
    "Who is it? If I'm going to die here tonight, at least tell me who killed Fulgrim and is trying to take me down. At least give me that."
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)02:15 No.12619720
    >sorry chaps, i started typing the response before I saw any of your alternatives.
    >Don't worry, nothing is fucked here dude. I'm not even sure what you guys were trying to accomplish
    >> weird 10/30/10(Sat)02:15 No.12619723
    I'm gonna go and assume whoever wants us dead is not in relation with our past but with keeping the report of the elven invasion silent instead.

    Subjugation, not extermination, is the goal of the elven invaders. So either his boss or himself is already bought by elves.

    That's my theory. Try to get his tongue looser.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:15 No.12619725
    rolled 15 = 15

    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:15 No.12619726
    Shadowdust, like we TOLD YOU.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:17 No.12619734
    Don't be retarded. That's not how Gillivers acts, nor do we have our blunderbuss.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:17 No.12619737
    Calm down guys. It's not like we're dead. No need to rage so hard.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:17 No.12619739
    Seconded. Shadowdust, like we all said earlier.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:18 No.12619745
    cloak and move
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)02:18 No.12619748
    We were marked for execution waaay before we even know the elves existed, so it must be some other reason.

    Also, I'll stop making suggestions for a bit.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:18 No.12619750

    Well, if we don't do something to off this guy then WE will be the dead one here.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:18 No.12619751
    rolled 15 = 15

    I don't think shadowdust would work in the pouring rain.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:19 No.12619754
    Either roll high or give good suggestions. One or the other, ffs.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:19 No.12619759

    That's all well and good, but we still have an assassin after us even if we give him the slip, and good luck getting out of the building as a big black silouette
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:19 No.12619760
    We're under a balcony.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:19 No.12619761
    And where will we go when we've used it? The room behind us is lit by a large chandelier as I recall. NO SHADOWS
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:20 No.12619768
    "There's a far cry between one fascinating specimen and an entire nation poised on the brink of invasion! Interrogating- or dissecting- her won't convince them of the weapons, vehicles, or numbers they face. They won't listen. At most, they'll send a fleet to the islands after more samples... which will be slaughtered, and tip off our enemies to our knowledge of their existence. Disaster lies down that path."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:20 No.12619770
    We shadowdust so that we can fight him without getting spitted like a pig.
    >> weird 10/30/10(Sat)02:20 No.12619771
    rolled 35 = 35

    Right. So, you have told them about the Blackheed estate? Act horrified, care to gloat more? While I get out my shadowdust?
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)02:21 No.12619780
    >Bro. Calm down.

    "Who is it? If I'm going to die here tonight, at least tell me who killed Fulgrim and is trying to take me down. At least give me that."
    The Hushblade scoffs audibly. "Why?"
    He lunges forward with the sword, teeth clenched for the kill.
    You stumble backwards, smashing a bottle of Shadowdust against yourself before rolling to the side. The Hushblade snarls as you vanish into the night-streaked balcony.
    "I will KILL you, Alchemist!"

    >What do?
    >Also, I gave you an auto-success on Shadowdust, hurray!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:21 No.12619781
    Say this, then
    do this, while making the comment about a little something he hasn't seen.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:21 No.12619782
    Do remember guys, we have one last trump card which likely would of won it for us if we had a knife or something. We have our improved armour, which is good enough to stop any firearms our nation uses. If he comes in for a stab to our torso, he's not going to kill us. From now on, we're carrying a knife for defense.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:22 No.12619786
    rolled 6 = 6

    Quick inventory check, I assume we have one of those wisp-and-powder grenades?

    toss on the balcony and run back inside. be read behind the door with the mose dangerous melee implement we have.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:22 No.12619788
    Lit room behind us, it's raining. Shadowdust won't help here, no escape.

    Someone here is going to end up dead, let's not let it be us.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:22 No.12619791
    So tempted to use Casket on him...
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:22 No.12619794
    >>97! You came back! You're the best number!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:23 No.12619799
    Throw the fragments of glass from the bottle we just smashed into the hushblades eyes?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:23 No.12619801
    Apparently we're going to try and smash the thing into him without throwing it. Ow.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:24 No.12619804
    Wait - use a sunsphere. Blind the guy. It's dark outside and that will be hell on his eyes.
    >> weird 10/30/10(Sat)02:24 No.12619806
    rolled 92 = 92

    Oh, good reminder.

    Smack away his sword hand.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:24 No.12619810
    do what you can to pin him, disable him without killing him, so you can find out who killed Fulgrim.

    oh man I know how this is going to play out, I can see it now...
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:24 No.12619812
    No, we stay on the balcony where it's safe. The darkness is our ally. And a powerful ally it is.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:25 No.12619822
    But that's in our Alchemist robes, and we're dressed for the party D:
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:27 No.12619834
    Stop making sense damnit. I once again suggest we sunsphere this guy and take advantage of him being blinded.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:28 No.12619841
    Too bad we rolled a 6.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:29 No.12619847
    Even if we manage to capture him and get any info from him at all, he knows too much to let him live. If he gets free, he will expose the elves on our side and they are the only ally we can really depend on at the moment.
    Not to mention he'll just come back later and try to kill us again.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:33 No.12619875

    needs some soundtrack up in here.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:36 No.12619906
    >>Soundtrack, eh?
    >>That's for Gil and Elegy over the years
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)02:37 No.12619915
    >Oh my god, there are so many of you.

    You sidestep him carefully, painfully aware of unshadowed scraps of your clothing. He whirls about the balcony, backing towards the door.
    "You'll never get away, Alchemist."
    You pull out a
    , biting your lip and tossing it towards the Hushblade.
    Once again you successfully blind yourself as the sunsphere bursts on the wet floor of the balcony, creating a thunderous explosion and flash of light.
    The Shadowdust seems to actually absorb most of the painful light, but your vision is still flashed into blurriness, especially in the rising rain.
    "Blast you to the Abyss, ALCHEMI-urk!" The Hushblade's rage is cut off in a choking noise as you hear the sound of his sword impacting on the planks like a particularly heavy raindrop. You rub your eyes, trying to clear your vision and make out what's going on, make clarity from the struggling blur in the center of the balcony.
    When you finally clear your eyes, you see the Hushblade's choking purple face. He is on his knees, hands scrabbling at his neck. He is supported by the barbed whip of razor wrapped around his neck. Following the line of the whip, eyes still blurry from rain and irritation, you see a black heeled leg digging into his back.
    Elegy grits her teeth and smiles as she pulls back, curling the whip towards her self and dragging its barbs across the Hushblade's throat. He lets out a final choking gasp before going limp, his body suspended on its knees by her whip and the leverage of her shoe in his back.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:38 No.12619925
    "I guess you kept your promise in the end... You did kill for me. Hello Elegy."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:39 No.12619927
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:39 No.12619928
    rolled 33 = 33




    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:39 No.12619931
    rolled 43 = 43


    >Oh yeah? I can match that.

    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)02:39 No.12619933
    sigh of relief.
    "So then, long time no see"
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:39 No.12619936
    >Black clothing
    >High heels

    Oh shit, she turned into a dominatrix.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:40 No.12619941
    No don't say this, at least not this way, it sounds all kinds of rude.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:41 No.12619946
    Or Catwoman. Also, should be, for accuracy:
    >Black, tight-fitting clothing
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)02:42 No.12619956
    "E-Elegy..." you breathe, still mostly invisible.
    "Requiem, I think, given the circumstances," she says, snapping the whip loose and and coiling it up swiftly. She has traded her bare arms for black velvety gloves that climb past her elbows. They look satiny, but the ease with which she handles the barbed whip betrays a more utilitarian construction.
    "I always said I'd kill for you...Gillivers," she says, cocking her head and smiling, her face unmasked.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:43 No.12619965
    rise to your feet, gape in awe, and then

    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:43 No.12619966
    Take our mask off and then hug her. "I've missed you."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:43 No.12619968
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:43 No.12619970
    No words. Walk up and kiss her.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:43 No.12619972
    I'd just like to take this opportunity to say that you are an idiot.

    The woman kills a man with a smile on her face and you think it's a good idea to just run up and kiss her?

    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:43 No.12619973

    Kiss her.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:44 No.12619977
    I'd just like to take this opportunity to say that you are a faggot.

    The woman kills a man with a smile on her face and you think it's not a good idea to just run up and kiss her?

    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:44 No.12619980
    yeah, sure, give this a try.
    ...and then Elegy is the one to take it up a notch.

    oh my god dude she just saved your damn life!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:44 No.12619981
    rolled 18 = 18


    Is Gill into that sort of thing?

    Still wouldn't reccomend it, since we just met.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:45 No.12619984
    Kiss her. Then: "Given /these/ circumstances: Elegy, it's good to see you."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:46 No.12619990
    Alright, obviously I'll be outvoted.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:46 No.12619991
    >Eh, his was better dude
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:47 No.12620001
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:48 No.12620010
    The Catwoman one too!
    >> weird 10/30/10(Sat)02:48 No.12620012
    Mmm, advance with that intention, still stuck with nostalgic past... Then accidentally bump into body, and sobering up. Question her presence, but welcome her warmly nonetheless, just a tad worried.

    If she goes for a kiss though, Gil is certainly amenable.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:50 No.12620030
    If she's going by Requiem for her hushblade name, we really ought to have her sing for us.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:51 No.12620033
    You guys see nothing odd about the fact that she seemingly disappeared right before we were attacked?
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)02:51 No.12620038
    >Smooches from all sides
    You walk towards her as she crosses her arms, letting you come. You stop a few inches from her face.
    "Given these circumstances, Elegy, it's good to see you."
    You lean in to kiss her, stomach aflutter. Your lips brush against her velvety gloves. The fabric feels calloused and tough on the palms. She holds her hand against the bottom of your mouth, smiling and shaking her head.
    "Missed you too, Gill," she says. "Mind telling me why a Hushblade was trying to kill you?"
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:51 No.12620039
    "KISS ELEGY" is going to become AlchemyQuest's "HUG TOM", calling it right now.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:53 No.12620055
    Well at least SHE can keep a clear head.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:53 No.12620064
    "It's a long, rather crazy-sounding story. I'm not exactly sure about the particulars with that detail, either."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:54 No.12620074
    Waaaaait a second--is she blocking our kiss? OUR kiss?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:55 No.12620075
    "Well obviously I'm such a big deal."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:55 No.12620085
    Poisoned lipstick, maybe?
    >> ArkhamArchivist !DiStrue33Q 10/30/10(Sat)02:56 No.12620088
    "So all business then?
    Fine, guess I'll just look a fool then.
    I have no idea, but the Sons saw it fit to warn me about him.
    He was on the expedition with me, and is probably connected to whoever killed Fulgrim."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:56 No.12620090
    she wants to do it herself??
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:57 No.12620100
    "I was trying to find that bit out. He was being rather terse as to why, unfortunately."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:57 No.12620101
    "Because he was an idiot with no appreciation for the necessity of setting aside minor goals in the face of larger problems, that's why."

    Wait a moment, then realize that explains nothing at all.

    "My guess would be that someone wanted their frame to stick on me rather more effectively than it had, and decided I should never make it home."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)02:59 No.12620116
    What's the matter?

    You didn't expect a hardened assassin to just fall into our arms did you?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:00 No.12620122
    Oh fuck, this could support Stelton setting us up.

    She frames us for the murder, then sends us away to a tropical island, only for her hushblade to quietly kill us off.

    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:01 No.12620132
    This is GILLIVERS you're talking about. Therefore, yes I did.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:03 No.12620145
    we wanted to fall into HER arms damn it.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:04 No.12620146

    That doesn't make any sense though? We would have been executed had she not gotten us sent to the island anyway.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:07 No.12620167
    I must be reading that wrong, because the whole reason we didn't bang the elf was so that Elegy could swoon over us. YET UNLESS I'M READING THIS WRONG IT APPEARS SHE HAS BLOCKED OUR KISS.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)03:07 No.12620174
    "So all business then?" You say when she removes the glove.
    She raises her eyebrows expectantly, looking around at the pouring rain and the bloodied, almost headless corpse on the balcony.
    "Yes, Gill, yes I think for the time being, it should be all business," she says, patting you on the side of the face cheekily. You turn your anger swiftly towards the dead Hushblade, grimacing at his corpse.
    "Why was he here to kill me? Because he was an idiot with no appreciation for the necessity of setting aside minor goals in the face of larger problems, that's why."
    You pause thoughtfully, realizing that this explains absolutely nothing.
    "He was on the expedition with me, sent to kill me. Probably by the same person who framed me for Fulgrim's murder."
    She cocks her head. "Expedition? I had heard you went down for killing Fulgrim. I just assumed you had finally had enough of him. Never heard anything about an expedition."
    She pulls you close, arms wrapping around you in a swift embrace. Pulling apart, she has a few smudges of shadowy invisilibility on her face.
    "I'll find these estates of yours. Tomorrow," she says, reaching up to wipe a patch of Shadowdust away. "We've got to get back to the party. You go first, and I'll follow a few minutes after. Don't do anything that might suggest we even ran into each other."
    "Although...I'm glad I ran into you tonight."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:08 No.12620183
    "Dream of me." And walk away.

    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:11 No.12620199

    Welp, should just forget Elegy then. Back to banging elf chick it is!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:11 No.12620200
    lol, this
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)03:12 No.12620206
    >Too perfect

    You linger for a moment, words brimming in your mouth, years of memories missed. You realize she's right however, and your expression cools. You wipe a remaining smudge of Shadowdust off her face, turning and bending to retrieve your hat, fallen and soaked in the earlier fray. Snapping it back into shape and spraying droplets of water, you bring it to your head, turning to look at her over your shoulder. Your half-visible face cocks a smile.
    "Dream of me," you say before crossing the threshold back into the Poulstet estate.

    >What do?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:12 No.12620207
    Well I guess all I have to draw from tonight's chapter is them... hugging...? Like brother and sister or something? No epic kiss?

    oh well. :(
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:12 No.12620208
    So Elegy will visit our place tomorrow and we can bang then. Smart girl.

    Then on the weekend, we visit the MILF.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:14 No.12620218
    Do long ears work as handlebars? Gil needs to find out, FOR SCIENCE!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:14 No.12620221
    Part of me thinks we should check the guys body and pray we're super lucky he was stupid enough to leave a letter or something on him.

    Other than that, dry off as best we can and appear normal and then head back down.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:14 No.12620224
    Where's the other piece you were working on? I wanna see!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:15 No.12620231
    I'll post it at the end.
    I just want to see what happens next right now.

    maaaaaaan it was so perfect... I watch far too many movies.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:15 No.12620232
    You guys gave up on her damn quick. There's still potential there. Don't just drop her like that. It's not like we're in the best situation to do anything, since we're both likely expected to be back at the party soon.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:15 No.12620233
    That would ruin our epic walkaway. Let Elegy do that when she disposes the body, she's not a fool. Make sure we have our shadowdust all off once we're inside, and the rain off as well. Then head downstairs.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:16 No.12620234
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:17 No.12620240
    rolled 93 = 93


    Yeah, just to be safe.

    (rolling for misc assassin gear?)
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:17 No.12620243

    You can draw us walking away from her, LIKE A BOSS, telling her to dream of us, our mask in our hand, her out in the rain dressed like a sexy catwoman dominatrix.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:17 No.12620244
    >>She pulls you close, arms wrapping around you in a swift embrace. Pulling apart, she has a few smudges of shadowy invisilibility on her face.
    >>smudges on her face

    I think she kissed us after all.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:17 No.12620246
    there's still time for her to regret her decision and come dashing after you as you walk down the hallway!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:18 No.12620249
    Have Elegy use that roll for searching the body, she can bring the useful stuff to us tomorrow.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)03:20 No.12620263
    You stride back into the back hallways of the estate, looking down at your soaked, Shadowdusted clothing.
    "Wonderful..." you murmur, ducking into an empty room to try and make yourself presentable.
    >Appropriating that 96 for making yourself presentable
    You somehow manage to wring the water out of your clothes without wrinkling them beyond recognition. Also, except for a few small areas near your ankles, you are fully visible and properly colored.

    >Go back to the party? Try to sneak away? Try to make an exit soon? Stay and get trashed?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:20 No.12620265

    It was from the hug dude
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:21 No.12620269
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    If we don't get an AlchemyQuest 0 this weekend this will be my face.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)03:21 No.12620270
    >Not ruining that walkaway. Elegy will find anything plot-relevant. If there is anything plot relevant.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:22 No.12620280
    Make an exit. A big one, that our host will remember us fondly for.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:23 No.12620286
    Go back to the party methinks. We did owe that one noble a continuation of our conversation and we should try to get a feel for people who might be potential allies. I'm wondering if maybe the person who sent that hushblade after us is here as well... We should see if anyone is watching us when we go back down.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:23 No.12620289
    I don't touch people's faces when I hug.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:25 No.12620304
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    beautifully done, StonerDM.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:25 No.12620305
    We've done everything we came to do. If we head back now after taking another hit or two, can we spend the rest of the night using our newfound high and make an alchemical advance?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:27 No.12620309
    The real question is: would it be better with the scene looking at Gil approaching and Elegy looking fondly behind, or with him departing and set behind Elegy's shoulder?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:27 No.12620314
    Vote monitor here. We only have had 3 people vote and this is a travesty.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:31 No.12620331
    and the last thread's one away from 10. Fix that.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:33 No.12620341

    StonerDM has proven many times over that being baked makes everything better.

    Go back down and enjoy the night.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)03:33 No.12620342
    >I think that was 2 for party and 1 for leave?

    You slip through the smoking den and back into the main ballroom; the pack of partygoers has died off somewhat, but there is still quite the throng clustered on the marble floors. You make your way towards the center; Poulstet catches you near the mushroom-stuffed ducklings.
    "Ahh, goodsir DeVir, there you are!" he leans in, wrapping an arm around you.
    "Making the rounds? Talking the talk, meeting new people?" He asks drunkenly before laughing, seemingly at nothing.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:33 No.12620343
    Go back to the party. We have a very big job ahead of us, and to accomplish it without completely making ourself someone else's tool we will need to play politics like a master. Which we're not, but if we don't even try we can't possibly succeed.

    Time to meet people and make as good an impression as we can on as many of them as possible while learning as much as we can about as many of them as possible- particularly any factional leanings.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:34 No.12620349
    Oh god. You guys are gonna get us into trouble if you get us baked. Do remember profile was apart of our stronghold stats and if we make too big of a scene, we might increase it.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:35 No.12620356
    I think that we WANT a bigger profile.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:36 No.12620359
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    It should be from in front of Gil, with the mask in his palm, just under his face. A mask like pic related.

    With Elegy behind our shoulder looking all swoonlike.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:36 No.12620363
    Flip the numbers--1 for party, 2 for leave with a fuckawesome exit.

    But whatever, party is fine too. I just want to do alchemy before the thread is done.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:40 No.12620380
    Laugh in return, good naturedly and also at nothing.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:41 No.12620386
    I don't think so... But we can find out! StonerDM - is having a high profile good or bad?
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)03:50 No.12620421
    Good question.
    You chuckle along with Poulstet, leaning against each other and guffawing. You pause in your laughter to witness Elegy descending the stairs, her arms bare and all of her inexplicably dry. She meets your eyes for a moment through her mask.Turning away you release yourself from Poulstet's jiggling embrace.
    "Goodsir Poulstet," you say, affecting a drunken stumble. "I am not as accustomed to the rigors of revelry as you fine nobles here." You trace a finger tip in a salute along the brim of your hat. "The interloper must retreat. I hope to see you all again while my stay in the city continues, and of course, I will see some of you some few days hence," you tip your hat to Lady Stelton, whose lips twitch into a smile for the blink of an eye.
    Your carriage is summoned and you are borne away, mind swimming with the gravity of the evening's events.

    The carriage pulls up to the Blackheed apartments well after midnight. You find Dask curled up by the doorway, twitching fitfully in his slumber. Sebastian is awake in the parlor, sipping on an amber brandy.
    "Well?" he says quietly in the still, candlelit room. "How did it go?"
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:51 No.12620427
    "It was a close thing, but I managed not to get killed."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:52 No.12620430
    "Lady Stelton is aware I'm here and is likely planning my demise for this weekend if I don't please her with what I have to say. The hushblade I mentioned to you earlier on the island also found me... It was one of the sailors we picked up."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:53 No.12620435
    "Contacts made, appointments set, and a threat removed. Overall, a good night. Everything stay quiet on this end?"
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)03:54 No.12620444
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    >Drawfag: If I wrote them, and you illustrated them, our collaborative graphic novels would be, to use the parlance of our times, ballin' as FUCK.

    >Fuck I'm high
    >> draw-fig 10/30/10(Sat)03:58 No.12620456
    ok I guess it's about time I trip up.

    >Sebastian is awake in the parlor, sipping on an amber brandy.
    >"Well?" he says quietly in the still, candlelit room. "How did it go?"
    ahahaha. Is his shirt open too? Geez.

    I love you too, StonerDM!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)03:59 No.12620462
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    or... name up. trip up. suit up.Whatever.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)04:02 No.12620468
    >lulz. He's talking quietly because OTHER PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO SLEEP.

    "It was a close thing, but I managed not to get killed."
    Sebastian's eyes widen.
    "Do tell," he says "nothing too...literal, I hope?"
    "Lady Stelton is aware I'm here and is likely planning my demise for this weekend if I don't please her with what I have to say. Oh, and the hushblade I mentioned to you earlier on the island also found me... It was one of the sailors we picked up." You shrug in an I-don't-even-fucking-know-anymore gesture.
    Sebastian scoffs, shaking his head.
    "It would be. Sire, I'm...sorry I didn't catch on, even back on the island. It's my job to watch your back."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:08 No.12620487
    "Well, I'm still here, so you're not out of a job."

    Let's work on a tech advance before we finally bunk down, then we can sleep in.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:08 No.12620489
    "What's done is done. I held my own, and got some timely help from an old friend... who seems to have come into her own as a Hushblade herself, these days. She might drop by soon; she'll be the spectacularly gorgeous woman looking for me."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:08 No.12620490
    "He had us both fooled Sebastian. And if you were there at the party with me, I'm sure you would of watched my back just fine. Is Lorelei asleep by the way? They do say ones other senses sharpen with the loss of others..."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:10 No.12620496
    "No worries. Let's just focus on what will come." Sit down. "I told you before, the rest of the men as well, we're all in this together. I'm not trying to be the boss. If any of you have any ideas. Any person you've heard of. Rumors, theories, anything, share it with the group. You're a good man Sebastian, and I can tell the men respect you. You're honest and hard. I fear I may come off as overblown. An elitest. Please, Sebastian, help me in the coming days. Help all of us. We can't do it alone."
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:13 No.12620509

    does he want to talk about Elegy right now? I don't think so... besides it'd be sorta weird talking about that with Sebastian, wouldn't it?
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)04:16 No.12620519
    "Well, I'm still here, so you're not out of a job."
    You take a seat across from you.
    "I told you before, the rest of the men as well, we're all in this together. I'm not trying to be the boss. If any of you have any ideas. Any person you've heard of. Rumors, theories, anything, share it with the group. You're a good man Sebastian, and I can tell the men respect you. You're honest and hard. I fear I may come off as overblown. An elitest. Please, Sebastian, help me in the coming days. Help all of us. We can't do it alone."
    Sebastian smiles.
    "Thanks, Gillivers. Thanks."
    "Got some timely help from an old friend... who seems to have come into her own as a Hushblade herself, these days. She might drop by soon; she'll be the spectacularly gorgeous woman looking for me." You let out a single "Ha!" before rising and moving to exit the room.
    "Thanks, Sire," Sebastian says as you leave, this time with all the sarcasm he can muster.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:16 No.12620523
    Let's not let anyone know we know a hushblade for now
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:16 No.12620524
    "If you hear loud noises coming from my room tomorrow, pay them no mind. You're allowed to smile and shake your head knowingly, of course."
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)04:17 No.12620526
    >Too late! Game over, pal!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:18 No.12620528
    And then he finds us dead in the morning, our head removed from our body.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:18 No.12620534
    I'm more concerned if Lorelei is listening in on us. Paxton did warn us she had sharp hearing...
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:19 No.12620539
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    >Game over, man! Game over!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:20 No.12620546
    I'd want to be subtle about it, but when she said she'd be coming by she didn't specify if it would be openly or secretly. Considering that Sebastian is our bodyguard, I'd rather not risk a friendly fire incident if Elegy decides to keep things on the shady side.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:20 No.12620547
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:22 No.12620553
    Time for SCIENCE! Before bed.

    Gentlemen, we have a serious question before us: What alchemical advancement must we choose, to become more like Batman?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:23 No.12620567
    We ought to have the status list in front of us before we start choosing stuff.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:24 No.12620569

    "Lorelai, could you come here please." In the same casual speaking voice we used before.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:24 No.12620570
    I thought that we were working on sense boosters. So perhaps some sort of gel that we can put in our nostrils to smell the fear coming off our enemies. And possibly also the food cooking in the kitchen, the faint scent of poison in our drink, and/or random trace scents of things to help us while working with delicate alchemical substances.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:25 No.12620576
    Hidden weapons or guns. We might need them in the coming political interactions where holding a small cannon openly would be frowned upon.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:25 No.12620577
    I do like this. If she shows up, demand a sandwich.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:27 No.12620587
    Improving our Firearms skill before we set to work on the Daemon has been suggested a few times. We could make a pistol/derringer version for when we're looking sharp but need to pack a punch (like tonight).

    It's also been suggested that we make a rapid-wound-treatment substance. We are trained in medicine, after all, and we're sure to need it when we completely botch a roll or find someone dying from a gunshot.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)04:27 No.12620588
    You spend a few hours at work on some SCIENCE before finally falling into exhausted slumber, but you make no major breakthroughs this evening.

    You awaken refreshed and excited. You check over your notes from the previous evening, trying to glean the next technological breakthrough from their multidirectional speculations. You hope Blackheed sends you some of those promised schematics soon.

    "Sire," Paxton says, poking a wrinkled head into your chamber. "There is a particularly stunning young woman here to see you," he sniffs. "I...wouldn't keep that one waiting, sire. Though, of course, M'Lord, it is not my placeto impose."

    >Going to wrap up a little earlier than 5:00 am today, because I'm more exhausted than usual and I have to get up earlier than usual. At least that gives the drawfag time to upload some good shit.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:27 No.12620589
    Now the thought of making a hidden blade for Elegy won't leave my mind even though I know that'd be a waste of an upgrade.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:29 No.12620597
    Vash the Stampede's boot knife, I want to say, but I don't think we're well enough trained for it to do any good.

    Also that one female boss (which number, I can't remember, I think she was in From Russia With Love) from the classic James Bond had one and made it look retarded.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:30 No.12620603
    >>no major breakthroughs this evening.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:31 No.12620607
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)04:32 No.12620613
    >You're an alchemical genius, but that doesn't mean you shit out new formulae every time your head hits the pillow.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:32 No.12620614
    Make sure we're looking sharp, quickly. Don't leave her waiting more than 5 minutes.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:33 No.12620620
    Nah, doesn't matter what we're wearing, it's likely to get tossed about the room momentarily anyhow.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:33 No.12620621
    So are we going to get an answer on if profile being high is good or not or will that be a surprise?

    Also, if we upgraded the Dragon's Blood, will that improve Casket as well since it used Dragon's blood?
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:34 No.12620625
    >>You're an alchemical genius, but that doesn't mean you shit out new formulae every time your head hits the pillow.
    If we're not shitting formulas, then obviously we need to alchemically alter our digestive tract!
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:37 No.12620634
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:37 No.12620637
    Use your brain. Whether it's good or bad depends on the situation and on the other stats. It's good to have everyone know who you are when you have resources to tap, favors to call in, and plenty of friends. It's not so awesome when you're the guy on international news because you're stuck on top of St. Peter's Basilica.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)04:41 No.12620653
    >no good shit
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:42 No.12620656
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:45 No.12620674
    We going to talk to her, or is that next thread? I wanna find out what she's been up to!
    >> draw-fig 10/30/10(Sat)04:46 No.12620679
    quickly cover up your stuff if you can and then go and see who it could POSSIBLY be?

    I don't have anything good, just.. one thing. Give me a minute.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)04:47 No.12620680
    >Next thread. Honestly, I also need the time to think about where all this is going. Wanna make sure the story is sufficiently awesome.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)04:53 No.12620718
    Then I collapse from lack of sleep. Until next week StonerDM.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)05:00 No.12620764
    >Fighting sleep, f5ing for pics
    >> draw-fig 10/30/10(Sat)05:01 No.12620772
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    ok ok I'm sorry.

    use this header next time. It looks..... slightly more professional? thematic? I don't know. For how much time I spent fucking with it it should've looked better. Goddamn it. I can't keep fucking with it or I'll never post it!
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)05:03 No.12620781
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)05:11 No.12620830

    Just... awesome.
    >> StonerDM !em3oEn8LAg 10/30/10(Sat)05:24 No.12620910
    >I'll see you all next week. Hope people are enjoying themselves. Stay classy.
    >> Anonymous 10/30/10(Sat)06:19 No.12621154

    You sir are amazing.

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