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    7 KB ELF SLAVE: WUT DO??? (part 3) Taskmaster 02/16/12(Thu)20:22 No.17981130  
    Heya guys. Something came up this evening, and I'm not going to be able to run Elf Slave: Wut Do? until midnight.

    See you then.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/16/12(Thu)20:29 No.17981209
    I'm kinda relieved it's being delayed, since Metahuman Renaissance is also scheduled to resume tonight, at 9 chan time.
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    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/16/12(Thu)21:24 No.17981780
    Another bump, just in case any one's looking for it.
    >> Anonymous 02/16/12(Thu)21:26 No.17981793


    >> Anonymous 02/16/12(Thu)21:36 No.17981917
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    What's going on here?
    >> Anonymous 02/16/12(Thu)22:14 No.17982362
    bumping so people will notice.

    will be waiting!
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:03 No.17983509
    Is it time yet? OP?
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)00:04 No.17983521
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    Previous threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Elf%20Slave%20Quest


    After escaping from your orcish masters, you - the young elf knows as "Web" to her friends and "Web of Green Sprouting Vines" to people with the patience to say all that - have been captured by a nomadic tribe of goblins. They're demanding that you use your elvish biomancy to help them find food, or else be eaten yourself.

    Last night, you helped them find honey and roots. Tonight, however, their leader wants meat. Throughout the day, the tribe continues marching northeast, a bugbear carrying you over his burly shoulder. Soon it will be dusk, and the goblins will set up camp and put you back to work.

    Wut do?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:07 No.17983551
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)00:10 No.17983560


    Also, to answer some questions from the end of the previous thread:

    Biomancy is not your only skill. Like any half-decent elf, you know how to use a bow, and you're very stealthy and fast (especially in the forest). You're also one stone cold sexy young thing, but only other elves would notice that.

    Elves normally find food by hunting and gathering in the traditional ways. They don't use their magic to gather food. Rather, they use it to create an environment where food is so abundant that hunting is easy.

    The deer are native to this environment, and are somewhat social (though not as much so as these domesticated ones). The wolves are their natural predator.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:10 No.17983568
    Reach out to some of the animals in the area, see if any of them are running/hiding from something larger.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:13 No.17983595

    I for one am all for continuing our apparently heretical behavior and tricking animals into being eaten. Find vermin and tell them that the goblins wont hurt them and that there is a lot of grain for them to eat in the center of the village. We may want to keep any large creatures around to possibly aid in our escape.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:14 No.17983605
    Did Metahuman ever get going? I haven't seen it at all tonight.
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)00:20 No.17983655

    Um...some insects and rodents are. Pretty much the usual grassland activity.


    Gritting your teeth, you locate some rats and mice, and make ready to lure them to the campsite once the goblins are ready.

    Once they find a good campsite near a small pond, the bugbear puts you down and lets the ilgoblins unload his other burdens. After seeing that everything is going smoothly, the hag is helped over to you.

    "Meat. Its been too long since we've had red, dripping meat! The greenskins killed too many deer, and forced my family to take in scraggly refugees for protection. Either give us meat tonight, or make the deer give birth!"
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:23 No.17983683

    Bring on the vermin, and then offer to find deer in the area. Rough plan trick the deer into the goblin hands by making them think that there are wolfs out there and that the goblins will protect them. Though that might not be a bad idea for using out powers, make the local deer population think the goblins will protect them, in turn adding to the goblin herds. I think the goblins would like that.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:23 No.17983684
    Can we use smaller animals to 'fish' for wolves? Do goblins eat wolves?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:25 No.17983694
    Can we accelerate the growth of the deer fetuses? Or just make them mate round the clock?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:26 No.17983705
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    >the people who caused you misery and destoryed your way of life are now depending on you for vital services
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:26 No.17983709
    No, that was the Orcs.

    The Goblins have actually been really good to us so far.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:28 No.17983721

    Yes, they haven't beaten us yet, lots of threats, and some implications of a curse that Taskmaster says won't work because elfs don't have regular lady bits.
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    By the way, I was thinking. Our biomancy seems to basically work by talking to animals telepathically and tricking them into doing shit (e.g. "they stole your eggs, honest!). I doubt we speak Deer and Bird and Tree and all those other languages, so could we not talk to the orcs and goblins in the same way? They're probably too smart to actually control, but it would deal with the language barrier problem.
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)00:31 No.17983749

    You can make them mate now, and you can accelerate their metabolisms to shorten the pregnancy. However, this will make them need a lot of food in that short period, as making a baby still takes the same amount of biomass that it normally wood.


    At this point, you'd be surprised if there was anything a goblin won't eat.


    You start the evening by summoning some rodents to forage around the campsite, and the ilgoblins nab a good number before the rodents get smart and scamper.

    You're starting to get really afraid, now. If the cautionary tales are true, abusing your powers too much might get the gods' attention. At best, that would mean losing your biomancy. At worst...well, in some stories, elves have been stricken dead for abusing their unique relationship with the All-Soul.

    At least you've bought off the goblins, for the moment.
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)00:35 No.17983783

    No, sadly. Sapient beings are untouchable by biomancy, as are the microbes and symbionts that live in their bodies. Were it otherwise, elves would rule the world.

    There are ancient stories of elvish war-mages who used animals to breed virulent diseases that could then be naturally spread to sapient victims. It worked pretty well, as the story goes. The humans also have their own version of this story, which is one of the reasons why they hate you.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:35 No.17983788

    Now on to offering the goblins deer! Find deer, tell them the goblins will protect, care, and love them, and that there are many wolves out there that want to eat them that the goblins will be sure to scare off. Also to really sell it use the information from the deer that the goblins have to tell the deer how they will be treated. In short, use the powers to quickly domesticate deer for the goblins, I think that will be faster than an alternative way of boosting the deer population.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:36 No.17983798
    Good to see you back!

    I'm just wondering, OP, can we train or enhance our biomancy in any way?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:36 No.17983802
    The next time the goblins ask for vegetables, we should totally render their leader comatose.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:38 No.17983813

    I'm just wondering - can't we just use our biomancy and lead the goblins to the deer?

    If they do the hunting themselves, we don't circumvent our cultural restrictions. (In fact, isn't that how elves would hunt, if they could find prey by thinking about it?)
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:43 No.17983844
    How much to the goblins know about elves and their magic? If we told them that something required blood sacrifice or gems or some other extravagant cost, would they believe it?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:44 No.17983857
    Also, are we sufficiently rested? We've been using biomancy at a pretty intense rate these days...

    Also, is there a way to apologise and atone to the All-Soul? We're on the brink of death, some abuse of our powers might be acceptable...?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:44 No.17983859

    I really doubt it at this point, but maybe if we pass a bluff check we could convince them that we could boost our powers with such things.
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)00:45 No.17983864

    Domestication is something that needs to be taught or bred into an animal. Biomancy doesn't work like that, unless you use it for artificial mating selection over a few generations.


    Practice makes perfect. Of course, you get more benefit out of practice when there are older elves teaching you.


    Find a way to make that happen, and I'll give you bonus XP.


    You could very easily use your biomancy to help them locate wild deer, which they could then either kill, or capture and add to their own herd.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:48 No.17983889

    Lets try to find deer, I really think the goblins would like that. Just convince the deer that the goblins won't hurt them so they can add them to the herd.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:49 No.17983891

    I think we could divide our efforts between doing what we're asked, and perhaps gaining some allies on the plains, among the animals.

    If it's just leading the goblins to deer, that wouldn't take too much effort, so we can reach out and use more energy to talk to wolves and birds and such like.

    At the same time, keep an ear out for goblin speech, see if we can get some of the ilgoblins to teach us a few words of their speech. The more we know...
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)00:51 No.17983908

    You don't know. Feel like asking them?


    As long as you eat and sleep well, your current level of magic use shouldn't be too bad.

    The All-Soul isn't sentient, exactly. The one in charge of making sure no one abuses it is the goddess Ora, and when someone doesn't get the hint she sends her brother Kyrin to go make them unhappy and/or dead. The gods are stewards and guardians of the All-Soul, basically.

    You make some very heartfelt prayers to Ora. Hopefully she'll understand.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:52 No.17983920
    You control the spice, not to mention the food it goes on. You should be owning this tribe. Discern the second-most-powerful goblin and try to make friends with his to sow dissent.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:58 No.17983990

    The blood magic thing sounds interesting. But maybe gems isn't the most useful thing to be asking. Information, perhaps?

    Also, thinking about the bees last thread, perhaps if we befriended some wasps we could teach the goblins a real lesson if they pushed us too far.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)00:59 No.17984002

    This, and ask them about the magic thing.
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)01:05 No.17984063

    You tell the hag (whose name you think may be "Grekl") that you'll help her sons hunt some wild deer. This seems to please her, and she sends you out with the same hunting party as last time. You are, of course, tied to two ilgoblin waists. They're strong for their size.

    Using your power to find prey isn't nearly as great a sin as luring an animal into its death; in fact, its the kind of "sin" that every elf in the past ten thousand years has committed. You manage to find a doe with two fawns, and lead the goblins close enough for the ilgoblins' noses to take over. All three animals are shot and collected.


    Unlike the orcs, the goblins take no pains to avoid speaking their language in front of you, so you're quickly learning a few words and phrases.

    During last night's honey raid, one small, black-colored ilgoblin seemed especially excited about the bounty. The successful deer hunt makes him even more so. He actually smiles at you in a way that doesn't seem like he wants to eat you, and yaps something fast and high pitched that sounds congratulatory. You think his name is "Shetsh."

    The second most powerful member of the tribe is that alpha hobgoblin with the staff. He seems pretty loyal to Grekl, though.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)01:10 No.17984091
    How about this: bird's liver is pretty rich, and could be considered a delicacy (like foie gras is), and might be offered to the leader first. I've a shaky knowledge of biology, but doesn't the liver filter out toxins from your blood? What if we trick a flock of birds into eating some poison berries, then persuade them to fly overhead until they rain right down onto the campsite. The leader should then eat the poisoned livers and herself succumb to poison.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)01:10 No.17984099

    We need to get that annoying habit of tying us to someone over with.

    The only issue is, should we ask now, or should we ask after we have an entire hive of wasps to unleash on the goblins if Grekl disagrees?

    What sort of wildlife is there out here besides the deer?
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)01:13 No.17984122

    Same as usual. Small mammals, snakes, arthropods, bats, birds. There's evidence of wolves, but none of them are within range just now.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)01:14 No.17984132

    Might work, though of course a 'rich' liver like foie gras isn't exactly natural but is the result of forcing and steatosis.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)01:19 No.17984177

    Can we get Shetsh to teach us some goblin? What's deer? Honey? Elf? Simple things like that to help us get bearings.

    Also, let's get us a pet centipede.
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)01:30 No.17984263

    As you walk back to the camp, you point to various objects and give the dark-colored ilgoblin an inquiring look. He teaches you the goblin words for them. And yes, he definitely identifies himself as Shetsh.

    Upon your return, the hunters give their report to Grekl. Shetsh in particular seems to have a lot to say; so much show that she has to shut him up with a menacing growl.

    "You've earned your keep, stick-thing," Grekl cackles as she smells the fresh deer blood, "your bony ass isn't in imminent danger, but make sure you stay useful." She grins disconcertingly. "And don't think I'm stupid. You might not have the holes of a proper woman, but I'll bet those little tendrils you stick into the trees would hurt terribly if they were to rot and fall off."

    You grimace involuntarily at the thought, almost nauseous. What nauseates you even more a moment later is the realization that she must have been exploring your anatomy in your sleep. You feel violated.

    The goblins set about cooking and curing the deer. You are allowed to take a large portion, almost as much as the weekly feasts you're used to. This is the best meal you've had since being captured by the orcs.

    The bugbear who's been carrying you sits next to you at dinner. Shetsh and his bros sit not far away.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)01:37 No.17984317

    Hmmmm. Time to learn language.

    Be grateful for the meat. Observe how they distribute the meat; who gets a larger share, who gets to eat first, and so on.

    Then try to ingratiate ourselves with Shetsh and the bugbear. Maybe talk to them? Or at least gesture...
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)01:51 No.17984434

    Grekl is served first, of course. She seems to favor tongue, brain, and organ meats. Next comes the alpha hobgoblin, then the bugbears, then the hunting party...including you, surprisingly enough. After that, its sort of a free-for-all.

    You have some dinnertime interaction that consists mostly of grunts and gestures with some of the friendlier goblins. The bugbear finally introduces itself as Ersel.

    Ersel then surprises all those nearby, including Shetsh, by asking for your name.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)01:54 No.17984460

    Hmmm... well why not? We'll give it.

    Also, ask about the goblin society. So when Grekl says they're all her sons, is that literally true? She gave birth to the lot of them?

    Also, scan the campsite for interesting venomous arthropods to befriend.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)01:55 No.17984461
    Let's just go with "web", in the elven, rather than our full name
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)01:59 No.17984508

    That. Who knows what name magic they might have...
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)02:08 No.17984577

    You don't speak goblin well enough to ask such a complex question yet. Your impression, though, is that at least some of them are her actual sons. This would also go along with the descriptions you've heard of goblins being like an ant colony.


    "Web," you say, pointing at yourself.

    Ersel hums musingly. "Web." He then says some other stuff you don't understand, but it doesn't sound unfriendly.

    You manage to find another centipede friend, though not as big as the last one.

    After dinner, you'll do a bit of biomancy on their deer herd to boost its health, and then be tied to a tree to sleep the rest of the night. Was there anything else you wanted to do before this happens?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)02:15 No.17984641

    Can we ask for there not to be tying? We'd love to be a friend, but we didn't escape slavery to become another slave.

    Also, convince centipede to take up residence in hair. A familiar is a good thing to have.
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)02:20 No.17984686

    You shake your head and look unhappy when they tie you, but they tie you nonetheless.

    The centipede hides in your hair.

    Anything else for tonight, either before or after being tied to the tree?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)02:28 No.17984766

    Are the deer within range? We could feign sleep and talk to them some more. Find out more about the plains.

    Also, do the goblins eat plants? Do we have any idea where they might be going in the short term?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)02:35 No.17984841

    Can we grow a thorn on the tree into a serrated blade?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)02:37 No.17984859
    We should talk to the Goblin matron and ask for a change in attitude. We're helping them because they're pretty much the only protection we have against orcs. We're not going to run away or anything since we don't have anywhere to go to.
    Help us get to safety and the tribe will most likely be rewarded for their help by elves and animals in the future.
    Mistreat us badly, and well...the animals won't like that. The all soul may make it so that the deer become sick and that green things wither around them.
    >> Taskmaster 02/17/12(Fri)02:43 No.17984917

    Goblins do eat plants, but seem to prefer meat. Their diet is similar to yours, if much less picky.

    The deer don't really know anything about the plains that you haven't already learned.

    You look in the minds of birds. You see the ocean, the river, and the hills much more than you did a couple days ago. You're moving closer to them.


    A very small one, sure.


    "I'm not going to run away," you tell Grekl, "you're my only protection against the orcs. And you have your curses to use if I fled."

    The hag considers your words for a moment, the firelight playing on her scabbed and useless eye sockets. The more you look at her face, the more convinced you are that it had an intimate encounter with an orcish sword in the not-too-distant past.

    "Not to mention," you say, "the wild things like me. They feel what I feel. The worse I'm treated, the slimmer pickings will be."

    You manage to make that sound like a simple, unavoidable fact, rather than a threat.

    She doesn't reply to you, but gives an order to the goblins. Tonight, you are left unbound.
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    And, unfortunately, I must sleep. The late start slowed us down tonight, but we still managed to get some shit done.

    Next thread will be tomorrow night at nine. Rest well; you'll need it.

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