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    44 KB Metahuman Renaissance Quest Part 21 Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)16:39 No.18370590  
    Or, I am an endless barrel of exposition

    >Previous Threads:

    After being shoved out a window by a Possessed Red, Dan managed to not die horribly, and he and his allies engaged in a close match with her... it, which resulted in a retreat. That's it, really.

    (So, dear readers, sorry about the long delay between threads. Despite it being spring break, I found myself with a burdening of stuff to accomplish, that left me with out sufficient time to run a quest. In fact, even today, there may be a longer delay than normal between posts. I'm mostly running today because it'll be an expository session anyway, and I don't want there to be two weeks with no threads and no words from me)
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)16:53 No.18370764
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    Having waited for the police to show, you gave statements, after which, Professor Blackstone showed up, and ushered you back to campus.

    Now, a veritable Council of War has been assembled in one of the conference rooms in the Esoterics building. It features a long table of dark wood, dark red carpeting, and comfortable chairs. It's more fit for some kind of corporate boardroom than a place in a college. Of course, given the assembly, maybe its a more fitting setting.

    In the room is yourself (natch), Roxy and Johnny and Jeanne who came from downtown with Professor Blackstone. Also from the Evoker's club is Huan and Anya, who met you on campus. Also who met you was Roommate Dave, dave's girlfriend Cheryl, and Dave's twin-sister-who-sometimes-turns-into-a-coyote. Her name is Naomi. Showing up later, representing the esteemed local police department, was both Detectives Howard and Philips, and also Captain Skinner herself. Representing Uncle Sam, regular Agent Johnson (The bald, creepy one who can read your brain) also arrived. Ashwood arrived later, along with Professor Ellsworth, head of the Esoteric Science department.

    The room is very tense. You cough, awkwardly, hoping to break the tension.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)16:56 No.18370803
    We should probably introduce ourselves to Naomi.

    Also are you referencing what I think you are referencing, with the endless barrel of exposition?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)17:01 No.18370867

    Probably. Do keep in mind I do have this weird thing about making a reference WHENEVER possible. And some lines are too good not to reference.
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    Didn't expect to see that particular on on /tg/.

    Also if we're going to break the tension, and we've already coughed, maybe we should say "Gentleman" in as suave a manner as possible.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)17:14 No.18370970
    Is this autosaging again?
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)17:19 No.18371019
    Well it's on page 2 so...
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)17:20 No.18371028
    No, it's not autosaging.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)17:22 No.18371038
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    You fold your hands in front of your face, and say, "Gentlemen." in you best Spy imitation, sans the bad accent, because you're not sure if Jeanne, being actually french, will throw you across the room for it. Retalliation first comes from Roxane, though, who gives you a quick, light jab in the side with her elbow. You let out an exhalation of breath, and look at her, more amused than in pain. "You aren't stealthy or french enough to get away with that." She says, simply.

    "Right," Says Blackstone, who isn't sitting down. "Now that we are all here, I think Dan has some new information relevant to everyone." He gestures at you. "If you would." So you exposit on the events of the Dreamworld, in full detail. There is some moment of silent consideration. Then professor Ellsworth speaks up. "And you're sure it was Anna?" Before you can respond, Philips cuts in. Howard is on his phone, quietly in the corner. "I don't see why she would lie to him. Especially while dreaming. It tends to make people more straight forward than when they are awake." Professor E lapses into silence. Agent Johnson speaks up, from his seat in the far corner. "If Mr. Fortesque will allow me, I can certify that he isn't lying." You shiver a little. Captain Skinner steps in, "No need, g-man." She taps her cybernetic eye. "I can vouch that the kid shows no sign of lying." Awkward silence resumes as everyone considered the information.
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)17:24 No.18371052
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    >Didn't expect to see that particular on on /tg/.
    >Me neither.
    >mfw I'm currently rereading EGS. Like, right now.

    Also, dammit omega, I wanted to go to bed. I still won't stay longer than 2 hours or so, got early classes tomorrow.
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)17:31 No.18371128
    thank god for lie detector implants. Won't need that creep messing around in our brain again.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)17:37 No.18371184

    Dem Cyborgs, man.

    Not that Johnson actually needs your permission to check you brain, he only needs it to do so legally.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)17:39 No.18371208
    Out of curiosity, can he make it so we don't notice him messing with our brain?
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)17:40 No.18371214
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    true, but still.

    Also, here's some cookies for the EGS reference.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)17:42 No.18371245

    Probably not. Before Dan was outfitted with Psychic senses, he was able to notice an unusual force in his mind. Now that he's a lot more sensitive in that respect, he would probably notice easier.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)17:44 No.18371272
    Excellent, so no need to be paranoid about that issue.

    Have we already mentioned that she may now be possessed by the Voice?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)17:46 No.18371293

    This would have been covered by both you police statement and the exposition, yes.


    How interesting, I just had some cookies.
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)17:51 No.18371343
    Interesting, I've just had some El Goonish Shive.
    Anyway, maybe ask if anyone could explain to you what exactly is gonna happen now. iirc we don't actually know about how tomorrow (?) the Red Star would enter our world in character.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)17:54 No.18371384
    >El Goonish Shive
    You will perish in flames for bringing up that barbarous infidel's blasphemous drivel.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)17:56 No.18371401
    Ask if they know how to exorcise an outsider from someone.
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    Howard flips his phone shut, and looks to the Captain. "Alright, Warrants have been issues, and a couple of detectives and a handful of plain-clothes are on their way to Anna's apartment now. If we're lucky, she'll still be taking a nap, and we can wrap this right quick."

    Professor Ellsworth shakes her head. "I'm still surprised Anna would go to such extreme measures. It doesn't sound like her. She's driven, yes, but self-destructive? I wouldn't have guessed." "Yeah, well," You say, a little dryly, "She didn't seemed about as happy with you as with me, and she's tried to *kill* me a couple times." Ellsworth frowns. "We've never been close, especially since her father died, but we've been civil for a number of years now. Until everyone lost track of her over a week ago, we talked regularly." Anya raises her hand and waves it back and forth a little.

    "I think I know the answer to this one." She faces in your general direction. "You said she'd been at least talking with It for a while right? Well, y'know that little voice in your head that tells you the nasty things? Imagine if it was actually malicious, and not just your own self-doubts." Blackstone looks over at Anya. "You're suggesting It's been egging her on to get her deeper in debt?" She nods. He frowns. "Well, that would be consistent." The Captain speaks. "So, its compromised her. It starts out mutually beneficial, then when she feels like she's in over her head, she gets in deep, and can't pay her way out?" Blackstone shakes his head. "On the contrary, she *can* pay her way out, by attempting to destroy the world as we know it." Right, that part.
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)18:02 No.18371477
    Sure. Whatever. I guess omega will too then, because of his reference.

    >Right, that part.
    In every one of your posts there's at least one thing that makes me laugh.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)18:06 No.18371515

    >In every one of your posts there's at least one thing that makes me laugh.

    I try.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)18:11 No.18371575
    So can we get her out of this arrangement somehow?
    Does it depend on like a specific written or verbal agreement, that we can find loopholes in perhaps?
    Or is it more general?
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)18:15 No.18371627
    might be too far for loopholes now, seeing how she actually let the Voice possess it.

    Although a loophole in the first contract would be nice, if it could mean the original one would be broken, and it would cascade all the way down to the last pact she made, freeing her.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)18:19 No.18371660
    Worth an effort, at least.

    Somehow I don't think she is going to be at her apartment, though, so I don't think we're going to capture her that easily.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)18:20 No.18371684

    >Underneath it, you can see Anna's face. Her eyes are closed, like she's asleep. Given that you're magical, you can accurately process this to mean that she's still in a way asleep, and that the Voice has decided to take a joyride.

    >Then her eyes roll up in her head, and she falls to the ground. Then the red mist envelops her unconscious form and scoots off down the alley.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)18:21 No.18371692
    Yeah really doubt the Voice is just dropping her off at her apartment.
    We should tell the people this.
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)18:23 No.18371704
    Oh right, she might not actually have let it. Could have just taken it I guess. I'm still not sure, but the way omega's posting this makes me think she didn't voluntarily let him.
    And That's also why I like this quest. In the middle of discussing Omega just randomly drops in when one of the players is having a misconception, no matter how small.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)18:24 No.18371713
    lets do some more freerunning and then whiteknight the person that wants to destroy humanity some more


    then we can make her our waifu!
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)18:25 No.18371723
    Do we need to go over this again?
    If we stop her from being possessed, we remove the outsiders principle influence from the world.
    Depending on the method used, we either gain an ally or we gain a corpse.
    If the first is possible, we should attempt it.
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)18:27 No.18371735
    1) oh yay, looks like the parcours meister is here...
    2) I agree on the white knighting, but as said at the start, this is mainly gonna be an exposition thread, not much actual action, but more of planning what we're gonna do to actually take down the red star.
    3) No. No waifu. We've got Roxy and she's awesome. I hate it when people suggest we take some random other people THAT ATTACK US as girlfriends.

    sorry if this comes across as overly hostile, but I'm quite tired, it's been a long day.
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)18:30 No.18371751
    Oh, I also forgot:
    4) Smileys on 4chan. Please stop using them, they're seriously looked down upon and will no doubt get you raged at.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)18:31 No.18371754
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    "So," You say, looking over at your friends, the magic crowd. "I don't supposed there are any loopholes we can abuse to get her out of that last bit?" They all do some variation of shaking their heads. Blackstone pipes up. "Magically binding contracts are serious business. We may be able to sever or block the connection, if we can hold her still long enough, but if the Star has been good to its word, she has to be good to hers, or it'll come back to bite her." Roxane frowns now. "But you just said she probably wasn't in her right mind when she made the deal." Jeanne speaks now. "Magically binding contracts have been around lot longer than we've cared about that. I don't think we can use that one." The rest of them nod sagely.

    "Right, so, what do we do then?" Johnny says, propping his bad leg up on the conference table. "Well," says Philips, "When the detectives confirm the apartment, we'll head over there and check. That's police business though." She shoots a glance at the Captain, who nods back. "Well," Says Blackstone, "While given her confidence, we should now be pretty sure she can operate the Box, she still doesn't have the power to cross the gap. It sounds like the Red Star is even bigger, metaphysically speaking, than we thought." He shoots a glance at Professor Ellsworth. "Well," She says, "I'll have to inform the Dean, so Campus Security can be on alert. We can also get the other Parapsychology and Esoterica professors to keep an eye out. Not much more we can do at this stage."
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)18:33 No.18371777

    I like you guys to have straight all the information you have.

    That way nobody can cry foul when your choices end up killing you anyway.

    Whoops, did I type that last part out?
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    I think we have accepted the fact that our plans are not going to work as we expect.

    But Dan doesn't, so we're going to be optimistic about this.
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)18:40 No.18371820
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    calm day, it seems...
    Anyway, since it's all done now, let's go home with johnny and Roxanne.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)18:56 No.18372033
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    You look around, wondering if its an opportune time to leave, since most of this is over your head, but Blackstone turns to ask Captain Skinner, "What's the city doing?" The captain grimaces. "I told the Commissioner and the Mayor, but they both said without 100% confirmation she can actually do this, there's not a lot they can do. I can stick some guys to patrol campus, but not much else." She pauses for breath, then continues. "However, that being said, the Mayor and Mrs. Mayor are leaving town tonight, to visit some campaign buddies in DC." This pleases no one at the table. "I tried to kick it upstairs," She jabs a thumb at the FBI agent, "And got a similar response, with the addition that 24 hours isn't enough time to do anything besides panic a lot of people."

    Blackstone speaks again, "Can we get any help from the State-sponsored masks?" Skinner shakes her head. "They're holding The Captain in reserve to look out for the Capitol, and Lady Liberty is doing the same for New York. Miss Mystery is off the radar at the moment, but they've left contact for her. She may already be on the case, for all we know. I seriously doubt they told The Gunslinger anything, since this is a bit out of his usual depth." "So it's just us." You conclude, for the room.
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)19:03 No.18372136
    btw, still here, just... doing other stuff while there's not much I can do here.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)19:04 No.18372153
    So, should we go out and try and find her, then?

    Given how Drama works, and how she has a vendetta with us, she will probably try and jump us.
    Set up and ambush, with us as bait? Or her mom, maybe?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)19:12 No.18372264

    You could suggest this, but given that Professor Ellsworth is in the room right here, the Police may take issue with that plan.

    It is not usually their style to allow civilians, powered or no, to go endangering themselves to catch criminals.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)19:13 No.18372277
    Even as part of a police operation?
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)19:17 No.18372334
    We are just posing Ideas here, ask if they got any thing?
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)19:17 No.18372339
    Nah, not really. If anything we should be bait. She's always been going after us (minus the time in the museum, that was coincidence), so we're the most logical thing. She's been actively evading her mother.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)19:35 No.18372567
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    "Okay, any ideas?" You ask the table. Everyone lapses into silence. Captain Skinner speaks up. "Its pretty simple. From her behavior, we can be sure she's going to have to thumb her nose at Fortesque some more." She turns to you. "Don't go out on your own, and keep an eye out. I'd try and swing you some police protection, but my bosses are reluctant to do that for metahumans of your power-level, especially who haven't been hardly injured in this. Feel resources would better be spent on the people who can't look after themselves, you understand." You nod. You wouldn't take police protection anyway.

    Skinner turns back to the room. "Other than that, the Police Department is going to continue pursuing this like any other case with a deadline. I'll order in some more detectives and beat cops, and we'll have to hope. With the more mystically inclined professors and students looking out here, we might be able to catch her at whatever 'power source' plan she has." The Evokers' and Blackstone nod. She continues to address the room. "If any of you don't have a good reason to be here, I suggest you skip town. Odds are if something does get loose, you'll have a much better chance of long-term survival not at ground zero." Nobody says anything, and you doubt most of them are planning on going. Except maybe Dave and Cheryl, who exchange glances.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)19:42 No.18372676
    Yeah, Dave and Cheryl should get out of here.
    Lets tell them that. Just a short term vacay or somethign.
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)19:47 No.18372743
    /agree. And maybe still press with johnny and Roxy a little, sincerely, but mostly just to show we actually care about them.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)20:08 No.18372949
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    You shoot a glance at Dave, and raise an eyebrow. Cheryl speaks up, quietly. "Well, I wanted to visit my folks upstate anyway." Dave nods, but looks at his sister. She rests a hand on his shoulder. "Don't wore, Dave. Mom and Dad are off on a cruise. And I can stay here and look out for your friend. Though I'm a little out of my depth, too." She admits, with a bit of an embarrassed smile.

    Everyone else descends into quiet conversation, except Agent Johnson, who resumes reading his Tom Clancy novel. Even the cops are talking, off in the corner by the door in low tones. Howard and Philips look like they're preparing to leave.

    >Anything else you want to bring up/ask before taking your leave?
    >> El_Nazgir 03/18/12(Sun)20:16 No.18373017
    not really I think.

    Anyway, g'night everyone, any idea when next thread would be?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)20:19 No.18373044

    It'll be a while. Next friday, soonest.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)20:31 No.18373190
    Nothing, guys? Not even a negative?

    Right, well, I'll roll with 'nothing' in a second, then.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)20:37 No.18373258
    Can they detect the voice making reality it's bitch with one of those thingamajigs? Probably not or they'd have thought of that instead of going to the apartment and hoping.
    Are there any spare universes lying around that we could use if this one goes tits up? I highly doubt it.
    I guess we could ask the esoterics people for advice about fighting an arithmancer but her powers seem to have moved beyond that anyway.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)20:39 No.18373271
    Somebody archive this thread.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)20:50 No.18373373
    Holy shit, I've been waiting all week for a new thread. Here's what I think Dan should ask:

    "But what the fuck should I do? Just be bait? I'm at least modestly competent, and there are people in this room who are a lot more knowledgeable than me who might point me in a more productive direction."
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 03/18/12(Sun)20:58 No.18373462
    Not that I have anything, but I've been distracted with other things.

    Oh, that is good.
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    "Anyone got a spare universe lying around?" Johnny looks pointedly at you, through his red-tinted sunglasses. "Oh, no. This is not becoming Sliders. I want no part of that." "It wouldn't be Sliders," you respond, quickly. "We'd have no home universe to come back to." "Still," He says. "Principle of the thing."

    Blackstone shakes his head at you. "I'm no expert on alternate universes, or anything. But you'd have the same energy problems as Anna's having. Less, since you're a lot less substance to go dimension hopping, but still similar. There are theoretically some realities so distant from ours that it would take more energy than this universe has to bridge to there." Okay, wow. You were not expecting a serious answer.

    Skinner shoots a you a look from her spot in the room. "If you really want to get far, far away, best bet is off-planet. Earth has three functioning space-ports, not that we really go to space much. One in Virginia, one in Germany, and one near Tokyo. You could get a space plane up to the GC station in orbit, and get an FTL ride out-system. Be a while before our new friend bridges space-time out to you, I'm sure."
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:01 No.18373500
    Can Roxy and Johnny and et cetera come?

    Et Cetera is my favorite...
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:03 No.18373517
    Et Cetera would be a good name for a super hero. They could have all the powers that no other super hero has.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:03 No.18373523
    "If the big red bastard was only coming for me, in a heartbeat. I'm willing to play bait, but I'm no coward."
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:03 No.18373525
    Going to space, I get the feeling Dan would get entangled in that war. Might be best not to take either Johnny or Roxy in that case.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:06 No.18373555
    What war? There was a treaty signed between the Cyreans and Earth back when Dan was still just a kid. I think it's time for Dan to call his parents though, now. Like seriously. We would like to tell them about our past few days face to face, but it looks like that may not be a possibility - especially considering the time it would take to get to Oregon.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)21:07 No.18373562

    Keep in mind you're talking about fleeing to space to avoid the apocalypse back on Earth.

    Though my response was just more worldbuilding, really.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:07 No.18373568
    That said, Fighters were still unmatched murdermachines through every level.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:08 No.18373572
    Damn, that's a lot of mangrit and moxie. Do we have enough HDs in Command to pull that off?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)21:08 No.18373576

    On-going conflicts between the new Galactic Confederacy government and the remnants of the Cyrean Empire. I've mentioned it before, I think.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:09 No.18373586
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:10 No.18373591
    Would it be better to leave them to the Red Star than get entangled in a war? That said, I'm in the 'no way in hell we're leaving until Earth is saved' camp.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:11 No.18373599
    Sorry, multitasking, wrong thread. Have no idea how I ended up clicking on that post.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:12 No.18373611
    It's all good, bro, happens to the best of us.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 03/18/12(Sun)21:12 No.18373617
    Damn right. We can't run now, and I'm not even talking about our pacts.There's a girl out there that we need to white knight for, regardless of that probably being doomed to failure.

    I do like the "Let's talk to our parents" idea.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)21:15 No.18373647

    So we're a-go to leave the meeting, and call Dan-Dad and Dan-Mom?

    Or do you guys want any more advice from the assembled brain trust?
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:17 No.18373669
    More advice, an emotionally stirring but largely unsubstantiated statement about never surrendering and personal sacrifice, and then calling dad, mom, and her partner.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:17 No.18373675
    What about Dan-Mom's partner?
    She's with another women, right?
    We should inform her too.

    Also, maybe we could ask Blackstone if he knows anything more about what ritual she might be using and how to disrupt it if we find her starting it.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 03/18/12(Sun)21:17 No.18373686
    I think the gist of >>18373373 is good to ask.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)21:20 No.18373717

    Presumably, she would be around when Dan calls his mom.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:34 No.18373855
    If his dad doesn't pick up, make sure to call his sat phone. He might not be in New York, or the US, at the moment.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)21:42 No.18373952

    "So I should just hang out, tomorrow, then?" You say, a little exasperated. "Is there nothing more productive I can do?" Blackstone looks at you, and twitches his head a little to the side. "Now, kid, don't go sounding like you're the bait in the trap. The Captain was just remarking that since Syrpent has a bit of a hang-up on 'beating' you, in some form or another, she'll no doubt show up to gloat or make a parting shot." "Oh, right. She is kind of like that." Blackstone nods. "So you said. You keep yourself alert, and prepared, and we'll hope she makes a dumb mistake and we can put her out of commission before the shit goes down and go home. If not, well, keep your eyes to the skies for cosmic stuff. Summoning magic like this is flashy." You nod.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:44 No.18373965
    Kay then.
    Head to someplace she's likely to look for us, probably our or her dorm room, and chillax.
    Since she can portal, not much point booby trapping anything, unless its a magical trap.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:45 No.18373974
    Time to call the family, then.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 03/18/12(Sun)21:45 No.18373978
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)21:57 No.18374099

    Dan-dad is retired now. Presumably he finds it harder to go adventuring without financial backing.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)21:58 No.18374109
    He's retired from being an adventurer as a profession, sure, but it was always a labor of love.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)22:02 No.18374162
    >said Dan's mom sadly to him on the day that she finally left.
    Goddamn. It's like his family history writes itself.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)22:21 No.18374316
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    Well, Guys, I hate to crap out on you like this, but I am really not feeling like Dan having a nice chat with his family right now, and that seems significant enough that I want to do it right. Like giving them the names I'm pretty sure they don't have, for starters.

    Also, my crippling anxiety over doing RL stuff I should probably be doing it starting to eat at me, which is making this endeavor not that fun, right now. Again, I feel kind of bad, because what with that work and more undoubtedly to come this upcoming week, its unlikely I'll have the free time to run a proper thread until Friday.

    I've archived the thread for future reading pleasure, and feel free to use this as a general question asking thread, since answering questions is a lot easier than producing proper Quest posts.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)22:24 No.18374350
    Damn. So, next thread is Friday?
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)22:24 No.18374356
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)22:27 No.18374382

    Yep. My current shit will be over and done with, on way or another by then, so I'll be free and clear for some more weeks, probably.


    Damned by which Gog? Agog, Magog or Gog-Sothoth?
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 03/18/12(Sun)22:28 No.18374386
    No worries, man. Take care of what you gotta do.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)22:31 No.18374416
    Well, only 24 hours until the other quest I follow ends its hiatus, and I guess Friday isn't THAT far away either...
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)22:32 No.18374436
    D.) Andrew Hussie.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)22:33 No.18374451

    Well, first I think I'm going to take a few and try and relax a bit, since interestingly enough, being stressed doesn't make it any easier to work. But yes, oh the things I have to do.

    Don't suppose anyone has a good paper about the intertextuality between Dante's Inferno, Virgil's Aeneid and Ovid's Orpheus and Eurydice lying around I could crib from, do they?

    Didn't think so.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)22:38 No.18374498
    Would it be feasible to bait Anna into chasing us into space? If she's just gunning for us rather than Earth, that sounds like the kind of self-sacrificing heroics that Dan would be up for. Also, space adventures and more opportunity for Cyrean stuff to go down.
    Rather than resolve the climax, push it higher. Dan becomes the Human Drifter, trying to find a way to beat Anna before she catches him, or pins him down.

    Just an idea. You obviously know the setting best, do whatever you think will make the best story.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)22:41 No.18374535
    >dem old books wer borin so i watchd tv insted
    Guaranteed A. Thank me later.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)22:41 No.18374542
    I've got one about the intertextuality between Dante's Inferno the book and the video game. Conclusion: They're both proportionally messed up for their respective time-periods.

    If you think you could use it, it's yours.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)22:41 No.18374543

    Not at this point, I think. While obviously she wants to beat Dan, she has certain commitments now, which require her to hang around locally at the moment.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)22:42 No.18374551
    hey Omega what school do you go to?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)22:53 No.18374689

    Nah, not what I said I was working on.

    I was joking, anyway. My professor is a rad enough guy he might actually browse /tg/, and I'd rather not raise any possible plagiarism questions. I'll just do the grunt work and hope I can find some quotes in some stuff that supports my conclusions that shows I actually did the research better than me just reading stuff and using that information.


    Normally I'd be wary of this kind of information, but I suspect I'd be hard to pick out from just my school name. I attend Polk State College, currently.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)22:57 No.18374724
    Is Skinner's eye obviously cybernetic? Or is it real looking enough that you couldn't easily tell? Are there any non-lethal weapons she'd recommend for us?

    Blackstone have any suggestions for item enchantment that we haven't already heard? Not that I don't trust previous advice, just that he's the Prof and all.
    Also, does he have any particularly practical/useful enchantments that he'd recommend?

    Does Agent Johnson have any advice for keeping non-lawful people out of our head? Or a way to defend against people already in there?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/18/12(Sun)23:19 No.18374955

    >Is Skinner's eye obviously cybernetic? Or is it real looking enough that you couldn't easily tell?

    No, its a big red cyber-eye. She covers it with an eye-patch most of the time.

    >Are there any non-lethal weapons she'd recommend for us?

    Probably not. Less-lethal weapons are just that, Less-lethal. Maybe you can get you a stun gun or pepper spray, but the exotic stuff, like a PEPS would probably be beyond a civilian.

    >Blackstone have any suggestions for item enchantment that we haven't already heard? Not that I don't trust previous advice, just that he's the Prof and all.

    He might have some advice on easier to use mediums for enchantment, or be able to help you brush up on your general skills, but I'd have to have a good think on that, maybe look up some stuff.

    >Also, does he have any particularly practical/useful enchantments that he'd recommend?

    Get a coat. Make it magic. Way more fashionable than body armor.

    >Does Agent Johnson have any advice for keeping non-lawful people out of our head? Or a way to defend against people already in there?

    Actually, since such invasions would be opposed by Command+Stability, he probably can't teach Dan that much. He's almost at or exceeded the human pinnacle of that at this point.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)23:26 No.18375019
    >Get a coat. Make it magic. Way more fashionable than body armor.
    Can enchantments be dispelled? If so, would it be a big magic circle type thing or could it be done on the fly?
    Does some sort of anti-magic field exist in this setting?
    I refuse to believe a coat could be cooler than our Cyrean armor anyway, it just made me wonder. We did enchant that, after all.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)23:34 No.18375101
    Our breastplate already has an enchantment on it now which is designed to make magic that hits it slide off. We might want to slap that enchantment on a hoodie and some pants or something too. We don't have to use only one thing or another.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)23:36 No.18375126
    It has magic resistance. That's different to an active anti-magic field, and doesn't meant that it can't be dispelled by a powerful enough dispel. Doesn't really address any of my questions.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)23:38 No.18375148
    I'm calling it now, I'm betting that we can create an antimagic field about as well as physicists can create negative-mass bullets.
    >> Anonymous 03/18/12(Sun)23:40 No.18375178
    Probably, but it's still better to ask than just assume and then get hit with one and die.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:10 No.18375561
    Well, if Blackstone is similar enough to Dresden, he's got a big black leather duster that can't be pierced by mundane means. Bludgeoning damage still gets through just fine though. Bullet won't kill you, but it'll leave a nasty bruise. Teeth, claws, knives, that sort of stuff just kinda bounce off of it.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/19/12(Mon)00:34 No.18375925
    If you'll recall, one of the enchantment choices for the breastplate was to imbue it with the ability to automatically cancel any magic that touched it.

    Which would include your own, so you guys didn't go for that. Dan doesn't know if he could make this cancelling affect work on anything but a singular inanimate object. Presumably the police have something for mages, other than punching them in the head when they try and speak a spell. Dan actually actively trying to create and maintain an anti-magic field probably works like trying to create a negative-mass bullet.

    Or the spell is basically a giant energy sink that stops working if Dan doesn't keep feeding it.


    This is the reference I was making.

    Mechanically, that would probably mean it has a large amount of LAR.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:37 No.18375959
    We should get a magic-resistant hoodie and sweat pants to wear over our armor. That could really save our ass and would be nice, flexible, and loose for fighting. Plus, it would provide protection from magic for our head with the hood up, since our helmet still hasn't arrived.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:40 No.18376000
    Hmmm, a negative-mass bullet would accelerate along a vector opposite of force applied. So, if you pushed it away from you, it would instead move towards you. It would start going faster upon impacting armor instead of slower. ...can we make a magic item like this? I doubt it, since unless it achieves escape velocity, it would start punching down into the earth until it melts. Still, it would be the most armor piercing ever - the higher the armor, the harder it would counter-hit.

    You know what, never mind. No good can come of this train of thought. Down this path lies non-Euclidean geometry and things that walk between. I'm not ready to be an arcanophysicist.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:40 No.18376003

    mite b cool
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:43 No.18376034
    >You know what, never mind. No good can come of this train of thought. Down this path lies non-Euclidean geometry and things that walk between. I'm not ready to be an arcanophysicist.
    Son, Veritas is disappoint.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:45 No.18376072
    I think the head protection was more for things like, y'know

    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:46 No.18376076
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:46 No.18376081
    Of course. But until the helmet arrives and we enchant the helmet with magic resistance, would a magic-resistant hood be nice?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/19/12(Mon)00:48 No.18376102

    This is why Magic and Science don't mix.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:49 No.18376120
    No, it's why they shouldn't mix. Which is exactly why it's so fun to mix them.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:50 No.18376123
    But they're called esoteric sciences. Is this what arcanomathematicians do!? OH GOD POOR ANNA! NO WONDER!
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/19/12(Mon)00:54 No.18376190

    Well, they're called Esoteric Sciences because that looks a lot better on the course catalog than "Magic Class". But yes, this is the kind of stuff Arcaneomathematics does. It's been quite a while since I first explained it, but I think I described it as an obscure branch of mathematics used to describe crazy stuff like that, that if you spend a lot of time solving you do a magic of sorts all your own. Hence why Anna occasionally does math while speaking Arabic backwards, and her tattoos look like Occult Calculus equations.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:55 No.18376198
    Man, that bullet stuff wouldn't even work to begin with unless you could somehow only activate the magic upon firing. As soon as you made one and picked it up or moved it in any way, it would start gaining momentum with no way to ever stop it.

    Whoops, dropped a negative mass bullet. Guess we'll never see it again. Say hi to the Earth's Core for me.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:56 No.18376207
    Hey, you could stop it by trying to push it in the direction it's already going. Then it would go the opposite way. Maths!
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 03/19/12(Mon)00:56 No.18376213
    "Oh god it's gone out the other side! Some one in china's gonna be pissed."
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:57 No.18376222
    It would probably melt after the first few miles of crust.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)00:58 No.18376236
    Hypothetically speaking, but it's a bullet. When was the last time someone shot another bullet - FROM BEHIND? And what if you shot it with another negative mass bullet? The first one would slow down, but the second one would speed up? They'd -

    oh my god you guys

    Unstoppable Force, Immovable Object. We just figured out a way to TEST IT. GET THE ESOTERIC SCIENCES TO RUN THE ARCANOMATH ON THAT SHIT!
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/19/12(Mon)00:58 No.18376238

    Unless you tired to move it down, and it entered vacuum, where it would fly forever until ruining someone's day 50,000 years from now.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/19/12(Mon)01:00 No.18376256

    Then the reality police come out of the space between spaces and eat your face.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)01:02 No.18376275


    WHY, ANNA?

    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)01:05 No.18376309
    Can I suggest that we forget about call the parents and instead go out and do some parkour? This is is the perfect time to find those glorious free running social renegades and do some hopping over buildings....soaring....parkouring....mmmm
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)01:06 No.18376328
    I'm thinking we'll do that after the call, actually. I expect we actually have a lot of steam to blow off. I think order of events should be calling our parents, healing Johnny by making some trees lose some of their leaves, and then free running for an hour or two.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)01:06 No.18376332
    We can talk on the phone while we parkour.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)01:10 No.18376372
    That's nice but we need to be even more proactive about parkour.

    In the next threads let's forget about Anna and the end of the world and instead spend the whole thread jumping from one building to the next.

    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)01:12 No.18376394
    But then what will we do when the world ends and we don't have anymore buildings to soar from? Much like doing a job to earn money to spend on things we love, Dan must save the world to keep doing parkour, and all of the other things he loves but are insignificant to you, parkouranon.
    >> Anonymous 03/19/12(Mon)01:12 No.18376400
    It looks like poor parkour|anon doesn't know how to react to being taken seriously.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/19/12(Mon)01:15 No.18376421

    I dunno, the GC has only just started exporting Earth cultural memes, like Parkour. Alien architecture could be quite interesting to run on. Of course they don't have a huge leisure class to go around doing it, so much.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 03/19/12(Mon)01:17 No.18376439
    I blame her mom.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 03/19/12(Mon)01:21 No.18376482

    A fair assumption, both of Anna and Professor Ellsworth.

    Her mother is actually pretty famous for reviving the field after it spent a lot of time languishing at the bottom of government filing cabinets filled with all the fun stuff you're not supposed to read.

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