You are Trixie Buttercup, fairy warband leader. Fairies are made of magic and immune to harm from all sources but magic and magnets. Upon their deaths, fairies burst into sparkles that other fairies can use to increase their own power.Your warband has evicted an opposing group from their tree, which generates fairies. After moving in, you researched putting fairy sparkles into beetles, a queen bee, and a drone (rendering them magical and obedient, and causing minor physical changes). You also began to dig straight down, after suspecting that the source of the tree's magic was underground. Aside from certain setbacks (a giant, murderous worm being the primary one) the magic hole has led to some important resources (a medium sized magic mushroom farm and a great deal of magic giant worm leather).Your best guess as to the actual source of magic is a shiny, brittle rock that your diggers recently uncovered. It is smooth, and irregularly shaped, but the bit you have managed to uncover suggests that it is at least three feet across. You have several samples of the shiny thing, one of which you have sparkled, rendering it less brittle and making it hum constantly.You are at the tree and everything is currently going as well as it ever is.
Does the humming rock do anything when exposed to the non humming magic rock?
>>16967208Besides humming, no. There doesn't seem to be a way to turn it off, either.
What were the results of our "Think of the best thing" contests?
Let's send some scouts out to check out things around us. Make sure no other factions are here.Also, how are our other projects going.
The OP is very nearly an exact repost of last week. As far as I'm concerned, last week (or Sunday/Thread 8, rather) didn't happen at all thanks to ddos based unplayability, so we're back here. Luckily not much happened. If I make a continuity error point it out, though.As usual, chat is #fairyquest in irc.thisisnotatrueending.com. Wiki page is http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Fairy_Warband_Quest.The wiki page really needs an index of terminology. If you're reading through and something doesn't make sense ("What the fuck are girlz") just ask.>>16967271>>16967241Getting to these, but I want to copy/paste my posts in before I forget.
Can we make a handful of distinct objects with shapecraft I?If yes, let's try making caltrops.Also, where's codex.jpg?
Vote On These Things (and any other things you care about)Required for update:You have one fairy pod, containing four new fairies, to deal with.Optional:Currently you have two girlz on sentry duty in the tree, two more important fairies and four girlz guarding the ground floor entrance, and everyone else on standby, with the exception of your daily patrol with Wibble. This is a relaxed work schedule, and you can easily assign some fairies additional duties without conflicting with anyone's attention span. You can redistribute fairies or leave them alone.Voting on other things is fine.>>16967295Here. Don't think anything has changed. Caltrops are allowed, but when you try to make more than one at a time they melt or evaporate.
I wonder...can fairies glide, if they are holding onto a leaf? how about a flap of wormskin?
>>16967241You have the following entries to choose from:>One of the girlz makes a funny noise when held upside down.>Flower hat.>Mushroom drum.>Two girlz can launch a third a short distance by standing her on a slack silk thread and pulling it tight suddenly.>Decorated stick.>Also, how are our other projects going.The bees have built themselves a nice little house. They acknowledge your presence when you check on them. They have slightly over one hexagon of honey, and a second hexagon that is sealed off.
>>16967318I suppose the tunnels can no longer be expanded? Well if there's no tunneling to do then we should be training our fairies. How to fight with daggers, how to thrust a spear, etc. For when we upgrade to magical weaponry Also, bee flights?
>I suppose the tunnels can no longer be expanded? It's possible. You still don't know how big the shiny thing is. If your only goal is to mine it, expanding tunnels wouldn't help, though.
>>16967371>flower hat>mushroom drum>decorated stickthis was the best contest ever. I vote flower hat for winner, how about you guys?And, on more pressing issues, How fast can a fairy fall from a tree? it takes one turn?If we ever find a route opposing fairies commonly take, we should station ambushers in the trees, and use a girl as bait.but, since we have no idea where anyone is except some vague factions to the north two of three are hostile to us, we can't really do much military shit now.And it would be unprudent to head to freeport before we have some excess bee-goods to sell with our wormshit. So, I guess we have to wait and scout until those things are done, and we have enough sparkles to pay for a small caravan.Unless you guys don't want to go to the tradetown.
>Also, bee flights?Bees are too small to be mounts, no matter how cooperative they are. They would definitely be able to carry some weight.>can fairies glide, if they are holding onto a leaf? how about a flap of wormskin?Doable. Fairies are light.
>>16967393I think our goal is to dig a ring AROUND it. you know, to see how big it is.hopefully without caveins.
>>16967412We should give some fairies practice sticks in lieu of spears and have them do leaf-drop drills. See how far they can glide before fucking up and falling hilariously.
>Two girlz can launch a third a short distance by standing her on a slack silk thread and pulling it tight suddenly.Did I hear slingshot? Because I think I heard a slingshot.
>>16967447>>16967428combine these.Slingshot-dragoons gliding right over enemy lines!
>>16967447We should develop this into a mode of transportation/weapon.
>>16967318>>16967371While the mushroom drum is nice sounding and the stick is pretty, the most clever thing is obviously the bit about the silk strand! They win the prize. Flower hat inventor has to rub our feet.
>>16967490I am pointing out that flower hat is best hat, and I voted for it once.So, shut up, YOU rub my feet, don't re-count me for flower hat.
Fools, you all should rub my feet. For I am Questor! The Magnificent!
The slingshot only launches the fairy four inches at most, but you might be able to scale it up. The fairy who is going to get credit steps forward to identify herself, to the resigned frustration of the other two. You make a note of her for the next time you have a free sparkle.Two girlz interrupt the ceremony. They were digging around the shiny thing when they were attacked by a "blob of blobs." It chased them down, but they managed, together, to drive it off. One fairy describes "popping" one of the blobs.They figured that you might want to know.You shelve deciding who lost the contest for the moment.
>>16967535by "blob of blobs" do they mean it was a blob AMONG blobs, like a man of men, as in a KING blob? or, alternatively, was it a mass of individual blobs?Also, what the fuck? are we getting magic mutant infestations?Nuh uh. Nope. Let's get down there, bring at least three lieutenants and five girlz, arm 'em with halbreds. Shit's on.
>>16967550It was a mass of individual blobs, ranging from fist to head sized. They glowed a little bit and floated.
>>16967550It's on like motherfuckin' donkey-kon!
>>16967558Investigate! Form up a strike team (of us, plus anyone who wants to prove themselves to have initiative and loyalty by joining our posse) and descend to where they encountered the blob.
>>16967558What were they made of? Can we eat them? Where did they come from? Right out of the ground?
>>16967588>can we eat themyou should get a METALlet us get down there and find out right away. gather volunteers! If there's loot, they get first picks after us.
>What were they made of?The fairy looks at her hand, presumably the one she squished the blob with. There's nothing on it. She looks at you, confused, and shrugs.>Where did they come from?The fairies don't know specifically. They were at the end of the tunnel, digging, and the blob blob came down the tunnel behind them.Doing >>16967583>>16967550since that's what people like.
You put the other fairies on yellow alert and lead Bloomstar, Wibble, Moonbubble, and a squad of the braver girlz head into the magic hole. You and the girlz have two knives, and your lieutenants have halberds.You travel the length of both tunnels, twice, but you don't see a single blob, much less a group of them. On the last pass, Moonbubble claims that the crack in the shiny thing looks slightly bigger.
>>16967721great. the blobs are probably hiding inside the crack.either that, or they are the magic water come to life. either way, we can't get at them right now.Station a guard or two down here to watch the tunnelers mayhap? Give them bags for capturing blobs if they can.
>>16967739Doing this. Thread paused for map drawing.
A few hours later, you hear a shout from below. You arrive moments later, fearing trouble.You find two girlz fleeing from several of the blob blobs that the first pair described. Moonbubble is holding the line against the larger group. There are a few blobs that are flittering about on their own. They seem to be willing to join groups, and occasionally a blob will leave it's group to wander. On average, however, they are very focused on attacking Moonbubble and the girlz.
>>16967841send a runner to get a pileO'bagz and some more girlz.Then see about tossing knives into the bloboblobs alongside moonbubble until the capture-tech-bags arrive. Then we can see if the blobs are edible!
>>16967841Right. Get bagz, and then proceede to go to town on the bubbles. Try and see if we can puncture them without popping them
>>16967841What are we waiting for? THINGS TO SMASH
Girls get 2d6 each, Moonbubble gets 5, and you get 13.
rolled 1, 6, 2, 4 = 13>>16967929Rolling for girlz
rolled 1, 4, 5, 6, 3, 5, 4, 5, 4, 5, 3, 6, 3 = 54>>16967929rolling for Trixie
rolled 3, 6, 4, 4, 4 = 21>>16967929Rolling for moonbubble. I wonder- if these things are magic, can she manipulate them?
rolled 4, 4, 5, 3, 6 = 22Rolls.
The girlz are not fast enough.Moonbubble disappears in a swarm of bouncing blobs, but she remains upright.Twinkle arrives, bearing a bag and a halberd.
>>16968086Forgot what happened at the beginning of the turn. Girlz cut through/scattered two swarms, as did you, and Moonbubble did the same to one.
>>16968086WHY AREN'T WE STABBING?
>>16968103You threw your knives.
>>16968097>>16968086Alright, continue to stab, try to whittle the bubbles down to something more manageable. Head for our friend. See to it that she doesn't get engulfed by the bubbles. We can bag them when there's only one or two swarms.
anyone else have any ideas?
>>16968086make more knives, start stabbing. no more throwing for now.also, we really should invent quivers to hold more knives.FIRST OBJECTIVE! Fight through to moonubble! And then the sparkles! Those are ours! the blobs will try to eat them!
Rolling maximum dice. Can I get:>>16967929plus 5 for Twinkle?
rolled 6, 2, 2, 5 = 15>>16968183Alright, here's hoping the girls last long enough For twinkle to break break through to them.
rolled 4, 4, 3, 6, 1, 6, 2, 6, 4, 4, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 1 = 61Trying dice again.
rolled 2, 2, 2, 5, 2, 2, 4, 6, 1, 2, 6, 4, 2, 4, 6, 3, 6, 2 = 61Trixie+Moonbubble.
rolled 2, 1, 4, 1, 5, 1, 5 = 19Twinkle.
The first enlarged swarm scatters after losing half of its members to Moonbubble's halberd. The remainder scurry around, confused, or join other groups.You and Twinkle manage to cut a hole in the rear groups, allowing Moonbubble to back out.The final enlarged swarm runs to the rear, its members trickling into the crack.One of the girlz shows up, and it sounds like more are on the way.
rolled 4, 6, 1, 3 = 14>>16968368Oh no they don't! After them! Quick get the bag and try to capture as many as possible while knifing the ones that get away.
(Did rolls myself for time purposes)You grab the bag, teleport to the crack, load up on blobs, and twist the opening shut. The bag shakes and wobbles.The reinforcement girl falls. Moonbubble is on one knee, pushing blobs back in all directions. Twinkle is fine.
>>16968414>>16968368Bag as many as we can before they retreat!Also, these things seem to feed on sparkles and then return to their nests. I can see uses for this.
>>16968491Teleport over and keep that girl from getting squished. Every minion that we lose is a sparkle squandered.
>>16968516Addendum: Also carve into the ones about to kill Moonbubble, so that she can retreat past us. Can't afford to lose her either.
Your bag is full enough that any attempt to catch more blobs would lead to a net loss of blobs.At this point, several other girlz show up, protecting their fallen (but alive) companion and allowing Twinkle and Moonbubble to fall back to a better position. Once the first wave uselessly dies on an impenetrable wall of fairies and halberds, the remainder run, taking heavy losses as they stream back into the crack.The dead diggers left no sparkles.
>>16968526Damn. Two diggerz dead for a bag full of bubbles. I hope this was worth it.See how Blossom and the others are feeling. Not if they're okay )because we know they're okay physically) but how they feel.
All of the fairies are worried and quiet. Bloomstar is sitting on a rock and running through possible explanations.Moonbubble mentions that one of the diggers was the inventor of the decorated stick.
>>16968596What are some ideas that Bloomstar has? She always has good ideas. And, I guess since the stick inventor is dead, no one has to rub our feet. Obviously we need more guards at the opening, and possible a cave in device if there are too many of the blobs. Let's try and raise morale by taking some blobs out of the bag and eating them.
>>16968596Should we say a few words for the fallen gurlz? "They got squished, but they got squished fighting to help their sisterz, and that's a pretty good way to get squished all things considered. Now let's eat the things that hurt them."
>>16968596...what's the stick decorated with?
>>16968619Bloomstar proposes that the shiny thing is hollow shell entirely packed solid with blobs, that the shiny thing is made of blobs, that the shiny thing is actually a blob itself, that fairies are made of blobs, and that blobs are made of fairies. She dismisses all of these as speculation.You bite a blob in half. It emits a high pitched noise and dissipates. A few fairies watch approvingly, but it doesn't change the general mood.
>>16968635Leaf bits and grass bits. Alternating grass bits are dyed red with crushed flower petals, making a pattern.
>>16968649I wonder what happens if you swallow one whole? Also, what do you guys think? Should we just write off the magic source? Maybe the blobs are like bees, defending their hive. Or maybe they're sponges that soak up magic around the tree and bring it back.
What happens if a blob is exposed to water?
Not ignoring the other proposals, I'm just doing all of the information requesty ones first while you discuss and form a consensus.>>16968664You hold a blob in a dewdrop. It continues to shake back and forth weakly in your hand, like it was before. When you take it out, the water drains off of it quickly.
>>16968654She will be missed. Perhaps we can make a small marker composed of similar sticks to in the hive, to mark the gurlz passing?Everyone can make their own version.
>>16968672What does bloomstar think of this? Also, we should put bags over all the cracks, and replace them when they get full. Start harvesting these things.
>>16968684"I... don't think it cares if it gets wet?"
>>16968689No! For a smart fairy you sure can be stupid sometimes. I mean the bloby thing itself? What do you think it is? Is it magic? What's it made of? It's not made of slimy stuff or else it would melt in water.
>>16968701"Um, it's probably magic."Your nose confirms."And it isn't a plant or an animal or a rock or dirt or a mushroom or water. Maybe it isn't made out of anything? They go away when they die."
>>16968718Try to insert it into ourselves as we would a sparkle.
>>16968718"It's gotta be made from something. It can't be made of nuthing! Or else we wouldn't be able to hold it." The boss fairy grits her teeth. "We need...more...stuff." She says, after a moments of deliberation, grasping for the right words in her limited vocabulary. "We need more stuff to...talks about..stuff." She hands the squirming globe to Bloomstar. "Can it feel hurts? Is it alive? If I poke it with a really thin shard, will other stuff leak out? I wants you to think about it and do...magicy stuff. Cause you're good at magicy stuff."
Narrator's having captcha trouble so I'll post this for him: "I might need more than one if I'm going to test how to break them." in response to >>16968742, and to >>16968741, The blob is the right size, but it bounces off of your skin, and after a few tries you decide not to risk popping the thing.
>>16968786She can have the whole bag, if she wants. I wanna trying swallowing one or two first. See if we can get the magic before they burst
>>16968795You force a blob into your mouth with some difficulty. It is uncooperative. Using both hands, you shove it down your throat and eventually swallow.It rams the inside of your stomach several times before you feel it go away. For the first time in your life you experience the word "sick."Bloomstar walks off with the rest.Is there anything you want to do while she works? There's the latest pod to deal with, if nothing else.
>>16968825Well we need gurlz at the moment. Proceed as per usual.
>>16968825Anyone in the chat want to chime in? It's kind of lonely here. Also, I suppose we should work on that sling shot trick, and maybe put something over the hole from where all the blobs came out?
>>16968825Moonbubble could take a crack at it. Maybe she can distill the magic?
On hearing your standard proposal (All of you but one can join, and that one dies), two of the new hatchlings start to fight. When one of the fighters starts to win, the other two turn on her.Girlzcount: 19Bloomstar returns, looking confused. "I think these things are broken. I took out two, stuck one on the sparkled rock and it died. The other one didn't try to get away when I brought it down on the sparkle rock. Then I let it go, and it just fell on the ground and started to spin.""I can't chop small pieces off either. They're bouncy."
>>16968889"Have you tried the unsparkled rock? The kind that's magic but not really? And the blob started spinning or the rock did?"
>>16968911"The blob. I put it back in the bag after a few minutes. And I tried the unsparkled rock, some sticks, and the floor."
>>16968924"Why does magic stuff do useless things?" Trixie asks with a hint of frustration. "Stupid rock hums, stupid blob spins. Maybe next magic thing will be...stupid...cause it also useless!" She scuffs the ground with her foot. "What do you think? Maybe if we smoosh a bunch of them together we'll get a sparkle?"
>>16968924"So it doesn't try to run away?"
>>16968944"Nope. I even yelled at it.">>16968940Your nose seems to be telling you that enough blobs could be a sparkle in some way or another.Bloomstar thinks, hard. She dumps the contents of the bag, which wobble around aimlessly. Picking up the two closest, she mashes them together, a look of concentration on her face.Two of the blobs on the ground crash into each other, and begin to stick together. A third one joins soon after, and they begin to unsteadily travel in a single direction. Bloomstar kicks one, and the other two fall away from each other.Bloomstar shrugs. "Maybe we can just hit people WITH them?"
>>16968984"Maybe. But then we have useless blobs instead of delicious sparkles."
>>16969013She nods, refills the bag, and ties it shut.Speaking of which, you have a sparkle to do something with. Also, continuity edit, the prize of the contest was the worm hat and fun shroom access, not a sparkle.
>>16969047Hehe. Well, lets have our mages try and pool resources. Do something creative with the sparkle. Not just an axe or a spear or anything, but maybe a magical device. Like, maybe a wheel that constantly spins
>>16969067After an hour, Bloomstar comes out of her shop carrying a wooden disc."I made a wheel! And it works! At making me sticky and it doesn't spin." She taps you on the arm to demonstrate, and only manages to yank her hand away after a few tries. The sudden movement makes her drop the wheel. You'd think the stickiness would prevent that.
I have to be up early tomorrow, so I'm going to semi-wrap things up. I assume someone wants some kind of new magic hole policy, so here's your chance to vote on that (and anything else you think is important).From chat: "well, I WANT to suggest we dam up or put a harvester on the crack"I will go with this if nobody says no.
>>16969191Sounds good to me.
>>16969191Do that, but also put some sentries on the tunnel entrance and set up some sticks and leaves so that they can block it off easy if there are too many blobs.The sentries are to be on the safe said of the barricade. 3 sentries, 2 to hold it and 1 to run and get help if everything goes horribly wrong.If the 2 can't hold it, they can run too. It is perfectly fine for them to scream for help.
>>16969130So it's a wheel that makes things sticky? Could be useful!
>>16969191Harvester! Maybe if we make a blob big enough it'll get us sparkles