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    363 KB Fist of Shadow Quest 11 Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)11:59 No.19067210  
    We are LIVE, everybody!

    For those of you not in the know, this is FIST OF SHADOW QUEST, a martial arts/magical assassin quest to find your master in a strange world you know nothing about. You are Shun, apprentice of Sifu Tong, master of the ancient art of assassination – The Fist of Shadow. It’s a style that emphasizes quick, focused movements to quickly eliminate an enemy and use his force against him.

    The old threads are here: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Fist%20of%20Shadow
    It’s getting a little longer, but it shouldn’t take too long to read if you’re interested!
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)12:02 No.19067243
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    For those of you who missed last time, we had dinner with High Master Blaine and Khan, and he said he would pay us to assassinate the ever loving shit out of Master Richards because he's kind of a dick. We would've planned our attack out, but he got the drop on us by gassing us in our sleep and sending 100 guards to capture us. Next thing we know, we're awake in his tower about to be experimented on. We busted out, wounded him, and stumbled across Jeanne, the girl we fought in the tournament.

    Here's a list of moves you know and can learn: http://pastebin.com/3bUwNDW2
    Feel free to reference it whenever.

    Inventory: 5 wooden shurikens, 1 dose of Heaven Berries, 385 gp (9914 in the bank), a pendant of Ward Fear, 1 emerald gem, two medical kits, about ten feet of rope, 3 healing potions, a watch, and a compass, 5 masterwork throwing daggers, belt of GO FAST (+1 to attack and defense).

    NOTE: You don't have your bag on you, so you don't have any of this.

    NOTE NOTE: My computer is totally fixed now. Huzzah!

    ADDENDUM NOTE: >mfw purple archived thread
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)12:03 No.19067247
    I watch them bring him into the Room from behind the bars. Him. The one who beat me.

    He’s bleeding, his insides are almost spilling out, his dark skin shining in the dim light of the hallway. Is Master going to save him, like he did with me? I try to remember, but… No. No, he told me not to. He’s brought to the Room, the safe Room where Master saves people. But if he saves them, then why do some of them scream? Aren’t they happy to be alive? I sit in the stony corner, looking at the shadows. He used shadows to beat me. But Master said I was the strongest there ever was.
    So he was wrong?

    Master could be wrong?

    It’s all I’ve been thinking about since I woke up. He’s never been wrong. Never. Even when I was a child and he beat me and I thought he was wrong, he wasn’t wrong. I owe him my life. But… that man. Shun? Is it Shun? He proved Master wrong. Wrong.

    When you think about a word a lot, it makes you think. Wrong.



    It doesn’t even look right anymore. I hear yelling. That’s not new. It never was. But… wait, was that Master? Is he okay? His throat was cut! Master!? He doesn’t hear me… he never does. I slump back into my corner and look outside. Footsteps. What? A shadow passes over me, and just as quickly as it was, it isn’t. But… it comes back. It’s him.

    The one who beat me. Who proved Master wrong. He stands in front of me, tall and broad. His black eyes look into me… He came back for me. For… me? Why? No one’s ever done that before… I don’t mean anything. I just fight. That’s… that’s all. Isn’t it? I look at him. The one who beat me. And I feel something strange inside of me… what is it? Why do I feel like I’ve done something right? Was it because I lost to him? Is that why I feel…

    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)12:05 No.19067266
    You look down at the slender brunette behind the bars, slumped in the corner, blankly staring at her. What on earth is Jeanne doing here? Is she an experiment? Was she captured like you? You have so many questions… but Richards is getting away. On the other hand, you have no idea about what’s in this tower.

    Should you free Jeanne?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)12:10 No.19067308
    "Jeanne? What are you doing here?"

    "Do you want to get out?"

    Watch her reaction if she doesn't seem to be very eager to leave this place, I'm not sure that we should risk freeing her before we deal with Richards.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)12:20 No.19067379
    You blink and call out to the dazed girl. "Jeanne? What are you doing here?" She stares at you, blue eyes drifting in and out of focus. She opens her mouth as if to speak, but nothing comes out. She quickly shuts it and continues staring at you. It’s a little creepy. "Do you want to get out?" Her eyebrows crease as her eyes look at the ground. She keeps her mouth shut. Well, dammit. It was worth a shot. You walk down the hallway to confront Richards while he’s still weak…

    And a ratting from behind startles you. Facing the noise, you see Jeanne up against the bars, hands white from clenching the metal so hard. She stills says nothing, but her eyes look… faintly pleading.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)12:21 No.19067385
    Also, smile warmly.

    >I'm so used that the opening post of this quest always has to do something with Shun's backstory that it took me a while to get that these >>19067247 were not his thoughts.

    "Jeanne, who is Richards to you?"
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)12:23 No.19067397
    Speak to her warmly and pleasantly.

    "Jeanne, you cannot speak or does not want to?"

    "If you promise not to hurt me now or in the future, I will free you, alright?"
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)12:26 No.19067422
    >"Jeanne, you cannot speak or does not want to?"

    Fuck. "or DO not want to?"

    Anyway, maybe we should free her? I really want to, hopefully she will not start obeying Richards the moment she sees her.

    >And a ratting from behind startles you. Facing the noise, you see Jeanne up against the bars, hands white from clenching the metal so hard. She stills says nothing, but her eyes look… faintly pleading.

    Come back to her and then >>19067397
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)12:39 No.19067440
    "Did Richards hurt you? Are you imprisoned against your will?"
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)12:39 No.19067441
    Smiling fondly at her, you speak to her like a brother would do to a little sister. "Jeanne, who is Richards to you?"

    Again, she opens her mouth, and closes it, shaking her head. She puts her hand on her arm and rubs it, facing the corner. Hmmm…

    "Jeanne, you cannot speak or don’t want to?"

    Gazing back at you, she shrugs. You’ve heard her before, why isn’t she saying anything now? You weigh your options. She could be useful, but Richards might have some sort of hold on her. The torch behind you makes shadows dance across her strangely beautiful face. Maybe you should set her free.

    "If you promise not to hurt me now or in the future, I will free you, alright?"

    Still emotionless, she nods. Your paranoia tells you that this is a bad idea as you slice the bars open with a shadow knife. Oh well, you can deal with the consequences later. Stepping out of her cage, Jeanne looks around, taking the hallway in. She looks at you and shies away for a moment. Man… Richards did a number on her. All the better reason to kill him.

    (Jeanne has joined your party.)
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)12:45 No.19067460
    Look at other cells and say
    "...Richards is going to pay for what he did to you, me and all other people he made suffer."

    "Jeanne, I do not know what he did to you but I can tell that it wasn't anything nice. I can guess that you have been here for years being experimented on by that monster.
    Look, I'm going to make him answer for what he did. I would like your help, you were an amazing opponent and I would be honored to have you by my side but if you wont help me, I hope that at least you will not impede me.
    Now, lets go. We're wasting too much time already!"

    Follow Richards trail. Pick up the pace even more.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)12:48 No.19067477
    Is 4chan wigging out for anyone else?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)12:48 No.19067480
    Is wonky at the moment. Lets hope its just temporary.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)12:58 No.19067541
    You look around at the other cells… abominations, screaming men, body parts… it’s disgusting. A deep, dark rage wells up from inside you, but you stay calm and focused. You need to. "Richards is going to pay for what he did to you, me and all other people he made suffer." Still, Jeanne just stares. What’s going on in her head? "Jeanne, I do not know what he did to you but I can tell that it wasn't anything nice. I can guess that you have been here for years being experimented on by that monster.” She slowly blinks. “Look, I'm going to make him answer for what he did. I would like your help, you were an amazing opponent and I would be honored to have you by my side but if you won’t help me, I hope that at least you will not impede me.” Nodding, she stays where she is, ignoring the monstrosities in the cells around her. “Now, let’s go. We're wasting too much time already!"

    You take off down the hall! Coming out of the hallway, a set of stairs goes up and down, a trail of blood leading up. It’s Richards’. Sprinting upstairs, you run past a window and glance outside. You can see for miles, you have to be close to the top…!

    Busting down the wooden door at the top of the stairs with a kick, you enter just in time to see Richards undoing a chain… that leads up to the collar of some massive ball of… what the hell is that? It looks like an orb with six eye stalks coming off of it, a massive eye in the middle of it.

    Richards, covered in blood but healed, yells out to it. “Handle him, my beast!” He doesn’t seem to have noticed Jeanne, who still hasn’t entered the room. A quick glance back shows that she’s cowering.

    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:02 No.19067561
    launch a bunch of knives at it's eyes and richard
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:02 No.19067565
    A beholder?

    Whisper to Jeanne. "There is no need to be afraid. Fear is just an obstacle that must be overcome."

    Is there any way to bypass the monster and go directly after Richards?
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)13:03 No.19067567
    Yeah, just run around it. The room's pretty big.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:06 No.19067586
    "Jeanne, can you take care of that beast while I deal with Richards?"

    Hmm... she doesn't have weapons, does she? I don't remember if she summoned them during the tournament or if she had them beforehand.

    If she agrees, ignore the beast and go directly after Richards. I assume we already have shadowburst mode which, along with other things, gives us speed boost. Shoot shadow needles while running up to him, aim for the legs after catching up, go for the kill without hesitation.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)13:07 No.19067594
    >along with other things

    What other things?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:11 No.19067629
    Strength, endurance? Wasn't it an overall, minor stat boost?

    Also, if the Beholder attacks us use the blinding strike on it. Wait, actually use the blinding strike on it and then go after Richards, Jeanne will have it much easier when it is blind.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)13:11 No.19067637
    Silly me, I thought you meant extra speed from your belt. Oops.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:12 No.19067646
    Heh. But we don't have that on right now, do we?
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)13:13 No.19067650
    You ain't got SHIT, son.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)13:14 No.19067661
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    He's probably talking about the Belt of Speed, which we don't have.

    As interesting as all these pep talks for Jeanne may be, we're kinda pressed for time right now. Obviously this multi-eyed beast is in our way. The most obvious answer is to blind it. We have no reason to hold back anymore, so throw a shitton of shadow needles in its eyes.

    Also, I will be dipping in and out of the thread since I'm busy moving between dorm rooms (more like apartment suites) on campus. Fortunately, it's a very short walk between my new and old place. Still, my responses will be a little delayed.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:16 No.19067675
    After the previous thread, I realized that we should have at least spent few seconds looking around the surgery room to see if they brought our stuff with them.

    Also, Student, the character sheet is not updated.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:16 No.19067676
    Leave the Beholder to Jeanne, our priority is to screw with Richards, more specifically chop his hamstrings into little bits, given the experimentation he's done he might be hard to kill, but I doubt he can walk with his tendons shredded.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)13:17 No.19067680
    SHIT Word didn't save it on Monday.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:17 No.19067682
    And now I remeber your words from earlier.

    >Get as much as you want, it will make it even better when I take it all from you.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:19 No.19067699
    Talking is a free action!
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:19 No.19067701
    Yeah, that's why permanent stat upgrades are always better than equipment, even if said equipment has much better boosts.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)13:25 No.19067744
    You look back. “Jeanne, can you take care of that beast while I deal with Richards?" She says nothing and curls up into a ball. Goddammit, at least she isn’t in your way.

    Richards smoothly taunts you, “Do you like it, Shun? It took quite some time to engineer, but it’s beautiful, isn’t it?” It roars and its spindly stalks wave around, before they all look at you! You take off, darkness empowering your every step! Around you, rays and beams fire off, but you’re too fast! It’s going to run out of juice soon…

    Shit, it’s spraying beams everywhere! One of them hits you square in the chest as you leap up at the beast, hand black, ready to strike! But… shit, you can’t feel any connection to the shadows anymore! What just happened? Instead of blinding the beast, you just smash it in the central eye with your palm, and it bellows in pain! Where are your shadows? Why aren’t they answering you? “Ooooh, your shadows are magic, are they? I’ll have to note that while I’m picking your brain apart!” What’s he talking about?

    Wait… did it dispel your magic?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:29 No.19067769
    Well screw you Richards.
    Put out the light source, in complete darkness it will be hard to dispel our magic.

    Also, are there things around that can be used as weapons? Chairs or other shit.

    If we can't take out the light source, then we should evade and take cover, I think we will be able to regain control of shadows in few moments, then we should turn on the Shadow Burst mode, forget about the magically immune Beholder and go directly at Richards.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)13:30 No.19067780
    There's a number of medical instruments, and some weird magical stuff.
    There's also the chains on the ground.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:33 No.19067815
    Lets grab that chain and swing it around the monster. If we cant blind it, we can bind it. If need be grab up some of the medical equipment for close range. A syringe or a scalpel in Dick's face would be nice.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:33 No.19067816
    How does the magical stuff look like? General description. Anything we can use as a weapon?
    Medical equipment? ... Eh, I doubt anything useful among those... a scalpel, perhaps?

    Now chains, those are good. Lets grab them.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)13:34 No.19067824
    Books, vials, weird sticks. You know, magical stuff.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:37 No.19067848
    Man, I'm want tempt fate by picking up the magical sticks..... but perhaps we shouldn't.

    Lets take the chain. I still say we retreat till we regain Shadow Burst mode and then go after Richards. Also try to snuff out the light source.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:39 No.19067875
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    Swinging da chain. Swinging da chain.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)13:39 No.19067881
    Tactical retreat? Or fuck niggas with a chain?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:42 No.19067907
    >Or fuck niggas with a chain?

    Well, if you put it that way.
    Grab the chain a fuck them up. Targets of opportunity, whichever we think we can deal most/best damage to (Richars or Beholder) we will go after them. If beholder, then fuck up its massive eye.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:42 No.19067910
    Richard is black? Huh. Pictured him, looking like Hojo or something.

    Tactical retreat, with the chain.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)13:46 No.19067936

    Well shit.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:49 No.19067952
    Guess Ill retract my tactical retreat.

    Though I suppose it will not end well.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:53 No.19067984
    rolled 2 = 2

    mfw I just wanted to retract my assault suggestion.

    You know what? Lets leave it to fate.
    1: attack
    2: retreat
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)13:55 No.19067996

    And we got nothing done here.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:56 No.19068004
    The dice have spoken.

    Otherwise we'll get nowhere.

    Grab the chain while retreating though.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:57 No.19068011
    grab something sharp, stab the eye, jump inside and tear shit up
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)13:57 No.19068012
    Really? You're letting a coin dictate our actions in a potentially lethal fight?
    Why retreat to regain our Shadow Burst if we can kill time by killing someone in the process? Grab a chain and be an all-around nuisance. Maybe rip an eyestalk out with a good swing. Either way, we'll be doing damage AND stalling for time until our shadows return to us.

    Funny, I thought our shadowkinesis was more inherent in nature.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:57 No.19068017
    Why are we so indecisive? Heh. I'm fine with that.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)13:59 No.19068035
    >Really? You're letting a coin dictate our actions in a potentially lethal fight?

    Because we're not getting anywhere. It is a viable tool for DM to use to break ties.
    I'm fine with either option, that's why we can't reach any decision.

    If you want I'll back your suggestion to get things moving.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)14:00 No.19068044
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    I swear, I can't leave you people alone for two minutes.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)14:01 No.19068057
    I'm aware of a coin used to break ties. Still, it's kinda bothersome seeing it come to that in situations like this.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:03 No.19068066
    I KNOW.
    But we are again at impasse. I'll just stop posting after this till the next update.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)14:04 No.19068083
    You need to press this while you’re close! Grabbing the chain, you swing it at the beast, which swiftly dodges your strike! “Are you really trying to fight my Gauth? You’re even more moronic than I thought!”

    Whatever, you’ll show him. You swing it around, dodging the blasts while Richards cackles manically, not even bothering to help his creation. After a few seconds, something in your head clicks. Instinctively, you kick off, shadows augmenting your jump! You’re in the air above the Gauth, and you swing your chain down…

    It wraps around the orb! Pulling hard on the chain, you crash down into it, smashing it into the ground! Dazed, it levitates back up, and you jerk the chain hard to the right… and it moves with you. You pull to the left… and it follows.

    You are now riding a beholder.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)14:07 No.19068101
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    Hell yeah, son.
    Now let's point our new mount at Richards and kick our beast of burden in the head to fire beams at him, at least for as long as we can keep up the rodeo.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:07 No.19068104

    Steer the Gauth towards Richards at top speed making it crash into him, drop off it and attack him.
    If we pass near the chandelier, snuff its lights out.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:09 No.19068114
    We shall name him Frank.

    Ram him into Richards.

    "You hungry boy? Look over there! A nice tasty, chicken!"
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:15 No.19068167
    Oh, we have shadow control back?
    Shoot shadow needles while charging at him. No need to hold back.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)14:16 No.19068173
    You look to your left at the hanging lamp, the only source of light in the room. Glancing down at a very worried Richards, you grin evilly as you snuff out the light, bathing the area in total darkness. Beneath you, the Gauth snarls. Kicking it, it yelps and lights up the room as it starts spraying beams of magic wildly in every direction! Snapping the chain, you make it charge at Richards, who jumps to the side, causing you to smash into the wall! You’re fine, but your Gauth is bleeding pretty badly. Behind you, Richards’ arms are crackling with energy as he starts to make strange movements with his arms…!
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:18 No.19068182
    Shadow needle to his face!

    Also Frraaaaaank!
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)14:19 No.19068186
    Blast him again, Sparky! A beholder death is still a win in our book.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:21 No.19068210
    Don't let him finish his magic mojo.
    Shoot needles and charge at him.

    Attack with shadow feint for maximum damage.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)14:25 No.19068253
    You’ve got to interrupt him! Kicking the Gauth (who you have now named Frank), your shoot a torrent of shadow needles at Richards! There’s no way he can dodge this! As your barrage sails towards him, he explodes into light, and he quickly dashes out of the way, leaving an afterimage!

    Shit, he’s fast, and you can hardly see as it is. Fortunately, he should have an even harder time seeing you…
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:27 No.19068282
    >Fortunately, he should have an even harder time seeing you…

    Time to shadow cloak. There must be a reason why he doesn't have that super speed all the time. I think he cannot hold it for a long time. So we either wait it out, lure him into a trap or try to off him in a sneak attack.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:31 No.19068330
    Shadow cloak time. But what do we do about Frank?
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)14:31 No.19068335
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    The entire room is bathed in darkness, and we can control shadows that are in-a-way connected to us, right? The most straightforward response, assuming we know where Richards is (which I assume we do), is to manipulate the shadows directly surrounding him and pierce him from all sides with giant spikes.

    Shadow Iron Maiden.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:33 No.19068348
    Oh right. We have tried to use shadows to slow down opponents before by entangling them. We should do that.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:36 No.19068368
    If we ever get the chance, I say we should learn how to sense people that are in the shadows. Like...shadow sonar.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)14:40 No.19068411
    He can’t move if he’s pierced, right? Summoning up all your power, you command the shadows around you to spike everything in the room…

    “AAAGGH!” Success. Looking into the darkness, you see Richards on the ground, screaming, bleeding, holding his leg in agony. A massive hole gapes in his thigh. “You bastard! How could you do this to me!?” You gaze at him with pity. What a stupid question from a stupid man. He frantically looks around and remembers Jeanne outside. “Jeanne! Help me!” She looks up from the ground at him, face confused.

    This could be a problem.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:45 No.19068456
    "Help you? You experimented on her. You don't deserve the right! How could you do this to them. To her!" Finish him!
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)14:45 No.19068457
    "What has this man done to you but leave you in a cage to rot, only to come out once a year to kill others in the Gold Tournament? I imagine I'm totally wrong, so I want you to tell me yourself. You want to correct me, don't you, Jeanne? Tell me about yourself? That's all you want, isn't it? To tell someone about yourself? Again, I could be wrong, which I why I want you to be alive. I want you to live so you can tell me all about you, to tell me I'm wrong about all these assumptions. Is that what you want, Jeanne?

    "If that's what you want, then leave this man to rot. He has kidnapped people, he has experimented on people, he has KILLED people. He doesn't save them like you might think.

    "Talk to me, Jeanne."
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:47 No.19068472
    shadow spike his heart before she can react
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:47 No.19068474
    Jeanne ought to take a bit to make her decision given her state. If we take him down fast and permanently now we should get him before Jeanne makes up her mind and can move to intercept. Take him down now, slice his neck open and remove his head from his shoulders.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:47 No.19068477
    "This man discards you as a filthy rag when he does need you and only calls you to use you as a tool. Do you really want to help him?"
    "He clearly does not care for you and only about himself"

    Move after saying these words in case she can locate us by the sound.
    We're in shadow cloak mode, right? Doesn't matter if she wants to help him if she cannot see us. We don't even need to get near him, now that we know where he is (or at least the general direction by his voice), concentrate the Shadow Iron Maiden on him and turn him into a pin-cushion.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)14:59 No.19068583
    Your vision goes red at his words. He wants her help?! How DARE he. "Help you? You experimented on her. You don't deserve the right! How could you do this to them. To her!"

    His arm goes up in a plea. “Jeanne, please!”

    "This man discards you as a filthy rag when he does need you and only calls you to use you as a tool. Do you really want to help him?" You leap down quietly onto the ground, and begin to focus on his voice so you can impale him from every angle. You aren’t leaving this to chance!

    “Jeanne, I saved your life! You must help me!” At these words, her cerulean eye twitches and she stands up lifelessly and begins to walk into the room. Shit, this isn’t good!

    You need to stay concentrated. You calmly say, "Talk to me, Jeanne." She stops dead in her tracks as a conflicted look grows on her young features. Using the hesitation, your shadows pierce Richards and he lets loose one final scream as the life drains out of him. He’s more blood than body at this point. Looking up, Jeanne stares at the corpse of her master. Emotionless.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)15:01 No.19068597
    dat trip
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:03 No.19068614
    "I'm sorry, Jeanne. I imagine you looked to him as a father of sorts. Someone you took care of you, in a way. It was for the good of others, though. He hurt people. He did things to them that should not be. He was a danger to others, to innocent people. I'm sorry, but it's for the good of the innocent."
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:04 No.19068630
    Make sure he is dead. I mean, he is an alchemist, he might have some more tricks left.

    Talk with Jeanne.
    "Don't feel sorry for him. Even if it is true that he saved you once, which I cannot believe, he has manipulated, hurt and made dangerous experiments on you. Don;t think for a second he cared about your well being.
    When he brought me here, he was full set on doing the same to me and then replacing you, as you he did not deem you useful anymore."

    Pat her shoulder.

    "I cannot imagine what he did to you all these years but from now on, you will be free and be able to lead your own life. Smile (even if she cannot see it)."

    And after that... looting time? LOOTING TIME!
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:07 No.19068657
    We're not a sociopath. Chill the fuck out.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:07 No.19068662
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    >not looting
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:07 No.19068665
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    Not like those ADVENTURERS.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:08 No.19068668
    the shit are you talking about?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:08 No.19068671
    Confirm the kill, just in case.

    Then comfort Jeanne. Tell her that he was not a good person, he harmed the innocent. He may have taken care of you, but only for his own ends, he locked you up when he didn't need you. He didn't help people, he only brings death and pain. Come on Jeanne let me take you outside, the place you rarely get to see.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:09 No.19068684
    You really want to loot from the study of a noted mad scientist, a man known for turning men into aberrations? What items of value could we possibly find here?

    >experiments dsamily
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:12 No.19068708
    Pretty fucking much everything.

    A simple endurance potion costs 1000 gp. Who knows what kind of crazy shit he has here. Of course, we will not use it and have Erin confirm but fuck, are you honestly suggestion against looting?

    Besides, this is a massive tower, we could find old fashioned gold in the levels that are not mad laboratories.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)15:13 No.19068721
    You look at the teenage girl, her dirty hair falling around her face. "Don't feel sorry for him. Even if it is true that he saved you once, which I cannot believe, he has manipulated, hurt and made dangerous experiments on you. Don’t think for a second he cared about your well-being. When he brought me here, he was full set on doing the same to me and then replacing you, as you he did not deem you useful anymore." She looks at you, and a sign of life… something… stirs in her eyes. You smile warmly. That stops when you hear grumbling behind you. Shit, the beholder is still alive, and you’re still at the top of this tower, which you know has guards in it. You’re stuck in between a rock and a hard place…
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:14 No.19068729
    Shun isn't a materialist, last I checked, but fine. If you think you can find something in this totally cracked tower of this totally cracked guy, then go right ahead, assuming Blaine doesn't decide to take our spoils off our hands later.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:15 No.19068748
    We'll have to euthanize Frank, then. He's already terribly wounded, so use the Shadow Iron Maiden to finish him off, then see if we can find a way out.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:17 No.19068764
    ok, go back to chaining that beast with the chain, have the girl ride with you and ride it all the way down to the first floor.
    oh, um, see if you can find your back of stuff before finishing off richard with a thorned piano wire to the neck and riding out of the tower
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:17 No.19068769
    "FRANK, you're alive!"

    Hmm. Well, lets at least go back to the holding cells and see if we can save more people.
    Also go back to the surgery room at the off-chance that he brought our bag here... that would be convenient.
    Ah, and grab every potion and magical things we can find. Don't know what they are but they will might be useful... at least we could pawn them off or something.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:18 No.19068782
    Well, for starters our pack is somewhere in the damn tower.

    and secondly, a man has to make his way through the world somehow, Shun did not seek to be dragged into the tower but now that he has been he may as well take from one who no longer has a use for these items so his own way is easier. Remember that he wants to get to the holy city, which means either saving up 100k gold per person he takes with him (which may be a few people) or crossing the highly dangerous deadlands.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:20 No.19068816
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    Well, yeah, finding our bag kinda went without saying. I'm just hard-pressed to think of anything we could find in this tower that wouldn't also be a black mark against human rights and the Geneva convention.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:21 No.19068823
    And we go make sure Frank is okay. And..if we can keep him.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:23 No.19068843
    Hey, hey... we're not the ones that made them and if those things are truly dangerous then we wont use them at all.

    SOMEONE is going to clean this tower afterwards. don't think it will stand here empty with no one ever visiting it till end of times.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)15:23 No.19068845
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    >you guys actually want to keep the beholder
    >the spiteful, malicious beast

    dude what
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:23 No.19068850
    We're not keeping Frank. As interesting as it'd be to keep a semi-domesticated beholder, it'll be more trouble that it's worth.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:26 No.19068884
    But MOOOOOOOM, we will look after it
    We prooooooomise!
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)15:28 No.19068899
    So... do you guys really want to try and keep this thing?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:28 No.19068901
    don't be a pussy, shun.
    you got this shit
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:30 No.19068918
    No. I'm just joking.
    Lets put it out of its misery quickly with the Iron Maiden.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:31 No.19068927
    I thought we'd just ride him over the guards and leave him at the entrance.
    How big is he? cause i've been imagining one the size of two refrigerators stacked on top of each other
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:31 No.19068929
    There's probably a good chunk of gold and or other valuable materials in the tower somewhere, the man may have been horrifically evil, but he also had to pay for his ingredients somehow.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)15:31 No.19068934
    More like two fridges next to each other.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:32 No.19068940
    I noticed that we didn't actually double check if Richard is dead or not. Do it.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)15:32 No.19068946
    He's swiss cheese. He's dead.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:33 No.19068951
    well that's manageable
    i'm sure shun could train him or something... does seem like a bit of a hassle though
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:33 No.19068956
    Guards are not going to be a problem, especially since Jeanne is with us and since we are not going to try to fight them in the first place.

    It is took much of a risk and removes any chance of decent looting.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:34 No.19068964
    We're NOT KEEPING FRANK. He's hurt too badly, anyway. We have to put him down.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:35 No.19068976
    Hey, can't blame me for being paranoid.

    ...Also, do we need to bring any evidence that he's dead.... like, his head?

    Fuck! I just remembered, we need to grab shit from his study in case he actually has something on Sifu (doubtful but never hurts to check)
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:37 No.19068985
    We've probably tied up that loose end of the Sifu story, but yeah, it can't hurt to be a little extra thorough.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:45 No.19069045
    Turning around, you throw a sword made of darkness at Frank, embedding in his central eye, killing him instantly. A shame you couldn’t ride him out of here. Grabbing Jeanne’s hand, you guide her downstairs and go back to the room you were contained in, looking for your bag. After a few seconds of looking, you see it! Opening it up, it looks like everything’s still here. Excellent! You have no idea what these potions do, but you stuff them into your bag anyway (Got 10 unidentified potions). It doesn't look like there's anything else here. You take Jeanne and run back out down the stairs… To your surprise, it leads to an elevator just like the one in Blaine’s tower. You hope it heads to the ground floor…

    Standing there, white walls gleaming, rays of dawn shining through the windows, Jeanne looks at you in silence, as if waiting for you to say something.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)15:46 No.19069058
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:46 No.19069064
    See >>19068614
    Not to auto-fellate or anything, but that's my answer.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:54 No.19069139
    I dunno, I feel like it was more loyalty born of fear and obligation than her actually liking him, so going on about him being a father figure might not be the best response.

    I'd say ask her what she plans to do now, and say she's welcome to stick with us for a while if she'd like until she figures out what she wants to do.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)15:55 No.19069143
    You put your hand gently on Jeanne’s shoulder. "I'm sorry, Jeanne. I imagine you looked to him as a father of sorts. Someone you took care of you, in a way. It was for the good of others, though. He hurt people. He did things to them that should not be. He was a danger to others, to innocent people. I'm sorry, but it's for the good of the innocent."

    She looks at you, sunlight streaming down her angular face, and says, “I…” before trailing off. You wait a while, hoping she would follow up, but she remains silent for the rest of the trip down. When you reach the ground floor, two heavily armored guards stand in your way. They don’t look augmented, though…

    “Halt! You are under suspicion for cheating at the Gold Tournament!” Is that what they were told so they would capture you? Fucking really?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:56 No.19069155
    Smile at Jeanne.

    "You should try to talk, it feels strange to have one way conversation.
    I suppose you have no where to go? You can hang around me if you want to"
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)15:57 No.19069165
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    Make this face.
    No, seriously.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)15:59 No.19069189
    "And by who's accusation?"

    "Doesn't matter. Direct your complain to Master Blaine, I have a special message for him that cannot be delayed.... unless YOU want to explain to him why a his report was delayed?"
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)16:04 No.19069258
    So that's why they nearly DISEMBOWELED us earlier: because they were told we cheated in a bullshit deathmatch tournament?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:07 No.19069282
    in an anything goes tournament?

    fuck off!
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)16:07 No.19069284
    You make an incredulous face. These guys are kidding, right?

    "And by who's accusation?"

    One of the guards picks up his spear and slams it into the ground. “Master Rich-“

    You cut him off. “Doesn't matter. Direct your complain to Master Blaine, I have a special message for him that cannot be delayed.... unless YOU want to explain to him why his report was delayed?"

    He looks at the other guard, who shrugs. “What is your report?” Are they really falling for this?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:07 No.19069288
    How could we cheat, when the only rules where ' Anything goes.'
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:07 No.19069290
    Oh wait. This.
    How the fuck do you cheat at such tournament.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)16:10 No.19069314
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    "The matter has been discussed and squared away with Richards himself. He has called off any such investigation himself, as he found the claims were false and misconstrued. He said all further inquiries are to be sent to High Master Blaine himself. Master Richards is sorely tired from the ordeal and wishes to be left alone. If you'll excuse me."

    Swag on past them, Jeanne in tow.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:10 No.19069315
    "It concerns illegal experiments. I cannot disclose it to you, since it is a special mission. In fact I said more than I should have already, I suggest you don't spread this information.
    You can escort me to the tower if you so wish.

    Also? Cheated at the 'anything goes' tournament? Care to explain how I could manage to pull that off? Because I'm trying to figure it out and drawing blanks here."
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)16:12 No.19069330
    This says too much. We don't know if the city guard is in on Richards and his experiments. I think it's best to be a little vague and nebulous.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)16:20 No.19069392
    You wave him aside. "The matter has been discussed and squared away with Richards himself. He has called off any such investigation himself, as he found the claims were false and misconstrued. He said all further inquiries are to be sent to High Master Blaine himself. Master Richards is sorely tired from the ordeal and wishes to be left alone. If you'll excuse me." You begin to walk past them, Jeanne following you. Before you leave, you turn around and ask, “Also? Cheated at the 'anything goes' tournament? Care to explain how I could manage to pull that off? Because I'm trying to figure it out and drawing blanks here."

    One of the guards mumbles something, and you demand him to speak up. “They… said you paid off some of the fighters.” You blink at him.

    These people are idiots.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)16:23 No.19069411
    "Do I look like I'm made of gold pieces, sir? Never mind; don't answer that." Shake head and walk off. We'll have to return to Blaine himself.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:24 No.19069421
    "That's ridiculous. If I had money to pay off such fighters, I wouldn't have participated in the first place. I needed the prize money, you see.
    Now, this matter cannot be delayed any further. Good day to you, sirs. You will find me in the city if you need me, I wont be leaving for the next few days."

    Then stride out like you own the place.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:25 No.19069431

    Huh. Attacking people with money. We may have to do that next time.

    Also who do you think could identify the potions? Blaine most likely, but I doubt he would take the time to do it.

    Maybe our girlfriend (if we can call her that. We still have that other date.)
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)16:26 No.19069439
    Erin is still an apprentice, so I'm not sure she could handle anything of Richards's caliber.
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    Then again, thinking on it, it may sharpen her skills if she actually could separate them into their components and figure them out and whatnot.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)16:33 No.19069503
    You shake your head at the stupid men. "Do I look like I'm made of gold pieces, sir? Never mind; don't answer that. You will find me in the city if you need me, I won’t be leaving for the next few days.” Striding out the door, you ignore their commands and head over to the obsidian spire of High Master Blaine, sun raining into the street. Surprisingly, he’s already waiting for you when you enter.

    “Good morning, child of shadow.” As calm as ever, you see. His head turns towards Jeanne. “I heard about the raid last night. Judging by your appearance, you’ve escaped. I assume the job is done?” You nod. “Excellent. I shall have to peruse Richards’ experiments, see how we can make them safe. Now, I surmise that you wish to come to an agreement on your payment, yes?”
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:35 No.19069518
    "This might sound odd.... but can you teach me something? A powerful technique or a skill that could be useful for my style?"
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)16:36 No.19069524
    Assuming we're going with permanent stat buff:
    "Something of the sort. What do you know of permanent amplification of the body's potential?"
    I honestly doubt even Blaine of all people has something that matches our skillset.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:37 No.19069532
    >I honestly doubt even Blaine of all people has something that matches our skillset.

    I'm not banking on it but it doesn't hurt to ask, right?
    If he hasn't got anything then I support your suggestion.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)16:38 No.19069537
    "Naturally, nothing of the sort that Richards pursued, mind you."
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:39 No.19069543
    "One of your artifacts. If you have something that will always come back to me, that would be superb. Having all my stuff stolen left me in a bit of a pickle. Also if you don't mind, I found these potions. Could you or someone of Richard's caliber identify them?" "Please."

    Something made out sapient pear wood, would be nice.
    >> Red Baron   05/11/12(Fri)16:41 No.19069565
    Caught up guys. Some wicked shit going on :D
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)16:44 No.19069594
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    That sounds rather niche. We could just get a bag of holding anywhere. Unless Blaine can teach us some manner of dimensional distortion skill so we can store all our stuff in a pocket dimension and "draw an item from the shadows," as it were.

    That'd be a hell of an idea, come to think of it.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:46 No.19069612
    Yeah, that's a pretty sweet proposition.
    >> Red Baron   05/11/12(Fri)16:48 No.19069624
    Supported. We wouldn't have to worry about dragging our equipmrnt around in a bag.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)16:52 No.19069648
    You cradle your chin in your hand. Hmm. This is a good opportunity to learn something crazy. Maybe so crazy… “Do you think you could teach me how to pull and store items out of shadows, like from another dimension?”

    His rusty face leers at you. “That would be child’s play. It would take several days of private tutoring, but it is far from difficult.” He sure is confident, isn’t he? “Are you sure that would be adequate payment?”
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)16:53 No.19069656
    Heft the bag on our shoulder.
    "Unless you think carrying this all hours of the day counts as sufficient muscle training."
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)16:55 No.19069666
    "If you believe it to be so simple as to be negligible, what else would you include as reasonable payment, Master Blaine?"
    Let's not cheat ourselves out of anything.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:56 No.19069670
    Having recently found myself separated from several items that would have helped me kill Richards that much faster, as well as security from those who would rob me, yes I think it would be quite the useful skill to have.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:56 No.19069672
    Honestly I'm not sure yet. Given that it'll enhance my understanding of shadows. Can it also store other things than items, perhaps let me reach through the shadows from point A to point B.

    If you don't think it would be reasonable I would be happy to accept more. What manner of items can you create and what other lessons you can impart?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)16:56 No.19069676
    "I wouldn't shy away if you threw something else in there but that is a skill that I'd really much like to learn."

    We could store all manner of shit in there. Heck, we could start putting in situational equipment, like camping gear, bombs, nets, etc...
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)16:58 No.19069688
    We'll just end up storing everything in there, like our extra clothes and stuff. Then when we want something, we just grasp at air, our hand disappears in a shadow portal, and we just pull the item(s) in question out.

    Shadow Inventory would make life pretty simple. Plus, we can get away with "packing light."
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)16:59 No.19069695
    You’re pretty sure you can swindle something extra from him. "If you believe it to be so simple as to be negligible, what else would you include as reasonable payment, Master Blaine?"

    He stands motionlessly and says, “How does seventy-five thousand gold sound?” Oh. Oh goodness, that’s a lot of gold.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:00 No.19069701
    ask for info about the shadow plain and shadow properties as well but in a way so it doesn't count as payment for the job
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:00 No.19069708
    oh fuck yeah, take it
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)17:01 No.19069715
    SHIT, dog. You'll just throw money at anything, eh?

    "Interesting offer. Still, according to Richards, my shadows are intrinsically magical in nature. I should wonder if there are any other 'tricks' a high-and-mighty wizardly type like yourself might know."
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:02 No.19069724
    That is a great amount of gold, but I can get gold, perhaps in no quite as large quantities, from many places. Is commissioning equipment in lieu of the gold off the table that or picking your brain for more knowledge and learning aside from the shadow pocket. A man can lose his money and his possessions but he never loses his knowledge.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:03 No.19069729
    God damn, it would be so useful.
    I hope it does not have space restrictions though.

    Also we wouldn't run into the problem of breaking our potions during fights.

    "That sounds excellent"
    We shouldn't dawdle, barter or browse too long. Blaine seems like a busy man who values his time
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)17:03 No.19069733
    It'd be a good chance to learn something like Shadow Stepping and things like that.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)17:04 No.19069739
    >He stands motionlessly
    The dude's got nothing better to do than stand around like a badass and be all mysterious and aloof and shit. I'm pretty sure he's got time.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:06 No.19069750

    Well... okay. I personally prefer new skills and techniques over money too but I'm afraid to offend him somehow.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)17:07 No.19069761
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    You'll know when you do,
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:07 No.19069765
    Perfectly acceptable, I thank you for your patronage, and I hope you'll keep me in mind if you have any further need of my particular skill-set.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:08 No.19069768
    He seems difficult to offend, especially since we just did him a pretty important job for him. As long as we don't ask about the mask too much and don't threaten his city, I think we'll be ok.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)17:10 No.19069786
    Either way, let's filch for some extra techniques.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:11 No.19069800
    Try to wrangle more skills, knowledge and so on from him. Money isn't the biggest deal for us, hell we might enjoy wandering through the darklands instead of taking a boat.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)17:12 No.19069806
    I'm still of a mind that we should fix the boats first, just to make the entire continent's life easier.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:14 No.19069813
    "Master Blaine, up till recent months I did not know what money even was. I was born and raised being taught new skills all my life. While gold is always a good alternative, I will prefer new skills, techniques and improvements over my body to it without a question.
    If there is anything else you will be able to teach me, I will gladly accept it."
    "Can you teach me how to deal with magical attacks better?"
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)17:15 No.19069821
    I'm pretty sure we can eventually deflect entire magic attacks with our shadows. Hell, we used a shadow shield at our feet to stop the dickass wizard's fire pillar during the tournament.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)17:15 No.19069824
    You’d love to know more about your shadows. "Interesting offer. Still, according to Richards, my shadows are intrinsically magical in nature. I should wonder if there are any other 'tricks' a high-and-mighty wizardly type like yourself might know."

    That horrible glowing starts back up, as you feel Jeanne behind you shrink away. Fuck. “Tricks are what an apprentice does. I decorate the fabric of reality on a whim.”

    Erm. Uh. Shit.
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    Be unflinching. Give no visible fucks.
    "Wrong word choice, then. Sheesh. What *techniques* and *skills* and *not cantrips* can you show me?"
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:18 No.19069839
    Haha, that was horrible choice of words, MAA.
    I wanted to point that out when I saw it but then it slipped my mind.

    you should have used >>19069813 Student.
    Far more neutral approach.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)17:18 No.19069845
    Neutrality isn't fun.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:18 No.19069846
    Bad choice of words I suppose, I did not mean to offend, but I wasn't really given a etiquette primer on how to refer to magical deeds when I was living in the woods.

    Are there any teachings, techniques and skills that one such as yourself would consider valuable for me to learn?
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)17:20 No.19069858
    You can't blame us for being raised in the woods and not knowing what the hell to say to arguably one of the most powerful wizards in the setting (and a noted sorta-PC of yours, Student). I bet if Tong were the one saying it, Blaine wouldn't be so hoighty-toighty.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:22 No.19069870
    NOW you are trying to piss him off
    Downvoting this.

    "I apologize, Master Blaine, I meant no disrespect. All the people who called themselves mages that I have gone against in the past left much to desired and have skewed my perception of it."
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)17:22 No.19069874
    You stand unflinchingly. If you show any weakness“Bad choice of words I suppose, I did not mean to offend, but I wasn't really given a etiquette primer on how to refer to magical deeds when I was living in the woods.

    Are there any teachings, techniques and skills that one such as yourself would consider valuable for me to learn?”

    He stands resolute. “No.” You wait for him to go on.
    He doesn’t.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)17:23 No.19069877
    I feel like I forgot half a sentence there.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)17:25 No.19069887
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    You might've.
    Well, he said he doesn't have anything that would be valuable *to us* (whatever that's worth), so we'll take the Shadow Inventory and the 75k gold.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:28 No.19069911
    Well, that's good to know. I'll take the 75k.

    We should probably talk to Blaine about Jeanne and secure her a place to live, safety and care. We can't really take her with us as taking an emotionally damaged and abused alchemist on journeys seems kinda iffy, that and we aren't leaving for a bit and I'd rather not have her live in an inn, though with 75k we can probably get a better place. We ought to be able to get him to agree to this and to continuing to keep her safe, and ensuring her freedom when we leave.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:28 No.19069913
    Yeah, but being an idiot and clearly using words that can easily offend even the friendliest of people is stupid.
    So, I'll take neutrality over "fun".

    Welp. Good job, MAA.
    Try to understand during which situations it is okay to SWAG and when to not. Don't say "but we were raised in the wood blah blah", we managed to speak with women properly and even successfully flirted with them even though we had never met females before in our life. Blaine simply oozes with power and intimidation every time we see him. Every description of his is of a incredibly scary, terrifying man.
    One would have to be brain dead to NOT choose every single word carefully when speaking to him.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)17:36 No.19069988
    So, take the 75k?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:38 No.19070007

    We blew our chance at getting anything better, so what else is there to get?
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:39 No.19070016
    Money is nice, though see if commissioning something from his workshops is still an option.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:42 No.19070043
    also, I assume that means we will at least get eh shadow space, right?
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)17:42 No.19070048
    You try your best to not show your fear. “Could I commission an artifact?”



    “Then I would like to have the gold, please.”

    “Consider it done.” Barely moving his head, he gazes at Jeanne, who is doing her best to not be noticed and failing miserably. “Why is she here?” You’re not sure what to say.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:42 No.19070049
    plus the shadow inventory thing. yes
    maybe ask about shadow planes and magic while he teaches us
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:45 No.19070064
    She seems to be following me for lack of anywhere else to go, not that I mind, she was a formidable opponent so having her journey with me would certainly make things easier.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:45 No.19070067
    "She was imprisoned at Richard's tower, I freed her."
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:47 No.19070085
    this one
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:47 No.19070086
    She was held by Master Richards. It seems that she has been there for quite a long time, where he imprisoned her and presumably experimented on her. I brought her with me as I was in a hurry to report back to you.

    Did you even know that the three time arena champion was a brainwashed prisoner? Because honestly when someone becomes a three time arena champion, you should probably look into them.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:50 No.19070116
    >Did you even know that the three time arena champion was a brainwashed prisoner? Because honestly when someone becomes a three time arena champion, you should probably look into them.

    don't piss him off even more
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/11/12(Fri)17:53 No.19070152
    Well guys, it's nearly time for me to head out for work. I'll be back at the same time as always.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)17:56 No.19070179
    Alright. See you later.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)18:15 No.19070341
    I can't help it if ONE word pissed him off. I thought of these things as neat tricks that we can use to get an upper hand, but apparently Blaine is highly offended by a word Shun uses semi-regularly. It's not like he had a list of "WORDS TO NOT EVER SAY AROUND ME" readily available.
    What's done is done, but sheesh.

    Even I'll agree with this. Go with:
    "Jeanne, the three-time grand champion of the Gold Tournament, is, or was, Richards's greatest project, it seems. Now she is without a home and a caretaker. She is with me for the time being."
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)18:25 No.19070460
    Come on, you know what mighty egos mages have. Sure, Blaine is not a mage and is not a prude as they are but it should have been obvious to not equate his powers with words that are used to describe street magicians. And please don't "I did not have list etc etc", somehow Shun knew to not point out and compliment what big boobs Erin has. He should be able to discern what things are appropriate to say to powerful people, considering he was raiding by an extremely powerful man. I doubt even Sifu would tolerate his skills being called "tricks"

    Either he is a socially awkward kid or not. We established that he is a great dimplomancer who knows what words to use. If he managed to talk down a terrorist intent to kill innocent people then he should know how to speak and behave to powerful people.
    That sentence you used was clearly in condescending tone, whenever you intended to or not.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)18:27 No.19070485
    Fine, fine. What's done is done. At least we're still getting stuff out of it.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/12(Fri)18:36 No.19070567
    I'm not that bothered that we might have lost more skills (it is unclear if we could have gotten more anyway) I was fine with shadow pocket space and money. Hopefully Blaine will not hold it against us.

    Hey, sorry if I sound too pissed off. I do not intent to, it was other players' (me included) fault too for not giving better option and I can understand being high on excitement after such a badass mission could skewer perception a bit.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/11/12(Fri)18:47 No.19070648
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    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)00:20 No.19074227
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    Midnight bump.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)00:23 No.19074264
    Hey guys, start archiving threads with the tag "Shattered Sun" since it's where I got the setting. Some people might be interested in it later.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)00:31 No.19074346
    You glance back at the slim girl behind you who tries to stay out of the conversation. "Jeanne, the three-time grand champion of the Gold Tournament, is, or was, Richards's greatest project, it seems. Now she is without a home and a caretaker. She is with me for the time being." You turn your attention back to Blaine, who passively looks at her, the same way he looks at everything.

    “She appears to have significant mental issues. I can only imagine the horrors Richards put her through.” At the mention of Richards’ name, you feel the air behind you grow tense. “I believed that she was a quiet being, or intimidated by me, not that she was mute.” Blaine crosses his arms in contemplation. “Is there anything about her that I should know?”
    Hmm. Good question.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)00:35 No.19074399
    "You likely know as much as I do right now, High Master."
    Maybe not mention that she isn't actually mute. If she wants to defend herself, it'll be in due time.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)00:38 No.19074428
    I really know about as much as you do. Aside from her being a scared girl whose life was torn apart by a mad scientist I can't really think of anything.

    Given that she won three times in a row, and it's an annual tournament Richards must have been doing his experiments for over 4 years. Someone should have been there for her.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)00:48 No.19074513
    You shrug. "You likely know as much as I do right now, High Master. Given that she’s won the tournament three times in a row, those experiments must’ve gone on for… at least four years.” You look behind you at the teenager. “Someone should’ve been there for her.”

    Blaine nods. “Do not worry, we will be. It is a deep shame that Richards engaged in such experiments, but this is perhaps his greatest offense. The greatest mental health diagnostics in the world are at my disposal, and I shall ensure that she will be looked well after in our care. I…” Blaine trails off as you feel two female hands clenching on your cloak, holding as if their lives depended on it. Craning your head, you see Jeanne grasping your dark blue cloak, trembling…

    Dammit, Richards, what did you do…?
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)00:50 No.19074533
    "With your permission, High Master, it's probably best I stay with her for now. I'm the only other familiar face she has left."
    I'm tempted to add "No offense," but I know Blaine will get pissy.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)00:52 No.19074547
    Aren't we wearing our gi since last night?
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)00:53 No.19074558
    Oh dicks, you're right.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)00:53 No.19074564
    I'm going to be staying with her. It seems like I'm the only one she trusts and I'm not going to leave her like this. I appreciate your help, given what little I know of alchemy and magic there would be so much of it I didn't understand.

    While care is necessary we must remember not to take her freedom in our efforts to help her and keep her safe, she has spend too long in captivity already.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)00:54 No.19074569
    Let's not lecture the single most intimidating man in the setting just yet.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)00:57 No.19074585
    Well, I don't mind looking after her either, she'd certainly be helpful on my journey specially if I cross through the deadlands.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)00:58 No.19074592
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    >she'd certainly be helpful on my journey specially if I cross through the deadlands.
    >already seeing her as a tool

    You fucking disgust me, mongrel.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)00:59 No.19074600
    Let's not say THIS, either. It makes her sound like a tool, and that's the last thing we want to do. Quit being selfish, mang.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)00:59 No.19074601
    We should probably put travel plans on hold while we're taking care of her, as much as I like being a wandering monk, I'd rather not take her with us anywhere until she is at the very least willing to talk to people, other than us, using full sentences. Then if she wants to come with us she can.

    We're not dragging her straight from Richard's tower to the fucking darklands, I mean dear fucking god.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:03 No.19074634
    All things are tools when you boil it down to it.

    and when considering the journey that Shun is looking at he cannot drag around dead weight, and therefore companions must be useful.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)01:04 No.19074641
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    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:05 No.19074654
    It could use some rewording, we need to get across that we're staying with her, his help is appreciated and that her freedom is to be of the utmost priority, while remaining polite, respectful and non-lecturey towards Blaine.

    It's probably for the best that I stay with her for now as her primary caregiver given her trust of me and my sense of responsibility towards her.

    Your offer of help is greatly appreciated, I do not have the expertise to help her in all the ways she needs.

    Perhaps now we can show her Terec in the sunlight and let her see it as a magnificent city rather then the prison it has been for her.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)01:06 No.19074660
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    1. This assumes we're crossing the Deadlands anytime soon, which we're not.
    2. I'm still interested in Shun taking up naval carpentry for a bit.
    3. She's a socially-hamstrung, fragile, unstable sixteen-year-old. Grow up.
    4. You're probably just trolling at this point, so 4/10.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:09 No.19074686
    1) he's still almost 20k gold short of crossing the sea.
    2) carpentry is a trained occupation, which Shun has not in fact been trained in.
    3) If she can't help Shun in his travels then she should not in fact be traveling with Shun.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)01:11 No.19074700
    You can’t just leave her behind. You don’t think she could handle it. You turn back to the dark mask. "With your permission, High Master, it's probably best I stay with her for now. I'm the only other familiar face she has left."

    For a moment, the room is silent. “She seems to have a fixation on you.” He pauses. “Very well. It is her choice to accompany you, and I have no power to stop her.” Wow. You were expecting some sort of resistance, but he seems very acquiescent to her wishes.

    You crack a smile as you feel Jeanne behind you lighten up. “Perhaps now we can show her Terec in the sunlight and let her see it as a magnificent city rather than the prison it has been for her.”

    The mask glances at Jeanne. “Perhaps you can show her the world, student of darkness.”

    Perhaps you can.

    There’s still something nagging at your mind, though. What is it? Oh, dammit… the orb from last night! Did Blaine see it, too?
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)01:14 No.19074720
    I thought that was just Richards tracking us. But since you brought it up:

    "There's one other detail I still can't explain, though. Before I was...accosted last night, there was a strange pale orb floating in the sky high above Terec. It seemed to...regard me, in a way. I thought it was Richards attempting to spy on me, but I haven't seen anything confirming that. Did you see anything of the sort last night?"
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:16 No.19074731
    Blaine, last night did you see a dark orb in the sky, around when I left your tower? I have no idea what it is, is there any record of dark shards or anything like that?

    It felt ominous, like that weird prickly sensation on the back of your spine when something just doesn't seem right.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)01:26 No.19074788
    You bring the orb up. "There's one other detail I still can't explain, though. Before I was...accosted last night, there was a strange pale orb floating in the sky high above Terec. It seemed to...regard me, in a way. It felt ominous. I thought it was Richards attempting to spy on me, but I haven't seen anything confirming that. Is there any record of dark shards or anything like that? Did you see anything of the sort last night?"

    Silence reigns in the obsidian room. The mask speaks. “I did see it. It felt wrong. Evil, in a sense. But… there are no records of it. Whatever it is, it must be investigated posthaste.” Wow, it gave this guy the chills? Damn, that can’t be any good. You hope you don’t see it anytime soon. “Investigate I shall.” Blaine pauses. “Only after I handle this mess with Richards, however. The public will be outraged at his actions and attribute it to the Guild as a whole. I must be ready.” This guy’s always five steps ahead of everyone around him, isn’t he? You hadn’t even thought of the consequences it’d have on the city.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)01:29 No.19074809
    >You hadn’t even thought of the consequences it’d have on the city.
    No, I'm pretty sure it crossed our mind at least once. But since we're not a citizen of Terec, it wasn't an immediate concern.

    "Is there anything else you would have of me?"
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:30 No.19074816
    e should get the money deposited into the bank.

    "If you need more jobs, done let me know sir."
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:32 No.19074834
    Is there anything you wish my help with just let me know. Then ask to leave as we've had a very long night.

    Ask Blaine to deposit our reward in our bank account as I'd rather not have to drag 75k to the bank ourself.

    Is our inn room large enough for two? If not we'll have to find new lodgings.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)01:35 No.19074855
    Your room is.
    Your bed isn't.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)01:36 No.19074869
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    This'll be awkward. Fuck it, we'll sleep on the floor. Jeanne gets the bed.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:38 No.19074879
    So next we should probably check our room at the inn and pay for the possible damages. Then we should work on introducing Jeanne to Khan,since all three of us are going to be traveling together, which hopefully won't end too horribly
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:38 No.19074880
    We'll sleep on the floor of course. If we can get a new room for her, or a bigger room if she doesnt want to be alone or something.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:38 No.19074881
    Given our current finances we could get a bigger room with either two beds or a bigger bed we're pretty flush on cash right now. That or just get a futon and toss it on the floor for us.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)01:40 No.19074890
    And Erin. She seems a likely member of our odd little troupe as well.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)01:44 No.19074909
    As unfortunate for the Alchemist’s Guild as the news will be, it’s really none of your concern. "Is there anything else you would have of me?" He shakes his helmet. “Very well. Please deposit the funds in my bank account. By your leave.” You bow and turn around, Jeanne meekly following you.

    “Child of Shadow.” Why does he call you that? You aren’t a child. You have a name. You know he uses names, why the hell is he so flowery about this? “Be here tomorrow at noon. You instruction begins then.” You nod and continue leaving. As soon as you get outside, you feel a tug on your sleeve. Looking over, Jeanne’s icy eyes dart from the ground to your face.

    You hear her mumble something. “What is it, Jeanne?”

    A whisper. “Thank you.”

    Somehow, being abducted in the middle of the night seems worth it now.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)01:47 No.19074925
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    Training to learn the Shadow Inventory, introducing Jeanne to Erin and Khan, explaining her origin and circumstances, the whole nine yards.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:47 No.19074926

    We have a Waifu now!

    Adventure Party Go!

    Form of: Super Fun!

    Erin, Khan, Jeanne and Shun, off to repair boats and kick asses.

    Also, 3 way with Jeanne and Erin. Its gonna happen.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)01:48 No.19074930
    Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)01:48 No.19074932
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    >Also, 3 way with Jeanne and Erin. Its gonna happen.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:50 No.19074947
    Or we make like a...shadow hammock. Something like that could allow us to train our ability to constantly mold our shadow, or even subconsciously control the shadows, without direct thought.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:50 No.19074948
    Think of all the Alchemical sex aids she would know of!

    Its a University of Alchemists, you know they would have developed something.

    Joking aside, we should try to introduce Jeanne to Erin at some point, but make a point to show erin that she's just someone we're helping.

    Probably nothings gonna come with Erin, but damn, Shun's a super virgin, he's gotta be awkward as fuck with stuff like that.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)01:52 No.19074952
    >he's gotta be awkward as fuck with stuff like that.

    Somehow Shun hasn't been nearly as awkward as he should be. You know, given that he lived with a lazy old man for 15 years of his life and never met anyone else.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:53 No.19074961
    Well we did turn upto a date in full armor ready for battle.

    We're kinda lucky Erin seems to be pretty into us, or atleast enjoys talking to us.
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    We'll just chalk that up to "being a quick learner." If push comes to shove and someone asks for Shun's v-verification, we'll see what happens.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)01:54 No.19074971
    So... I'm getting tired pretty early tonight. Tell me what you want to do and I'll hammer out what I can before I conk out.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:54 No.19074973
    Give her a hug. Get some food into us as we've had a long night. We're going to want to introduce her to Khan and Erin. We can ask them to look after her when we're busy with lessons and whatnot.

    I blame that on Sifu regaling us with tales of his misadventures in diplomacy and his tales of attracting women. Once it gets beyond talking to them we'll be completely lost and confused though.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)01:55 No.19074975
    See >>19074925
    Just to get it all done at once.
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    >Once it gets beyond talking to them we'll be completely lost and confused though.
    "Shun, it's me, Erin."
    "I'm pretty sure you are one."
    "Well, that's terribly awkward."

    >skirts ucheqa
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)01:57 No.19074988
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    >Shun's face when seeing a vagina for the first time
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)02:00 No.19075004
    "You're joking, right? It's a funny prank right? Ha ha ha ha."
    "...You-you're not joking."
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:00 No.19075006
    Once her shirt comes off. Erin, I may have come off as suave, but honestly I have literally no idea what to do from here. Give me a second, I think my Sifu put some notes about this sort of thing in the training manual. After 10 minutes of thumbing through it, nope, nothing here that can help. I'm completely lost could you give me some pointers?

    That or we end up asking Khan for relationship advice and end up worse then before.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:00 No.19075009
    damn, for a brief second i thought you were seriously saying there was gonna be a threeway with shun, alchemy girl and our new companion
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    >Shun's face when realising women don't have penises
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)02:01 No.19075023
    >That or we end up asking Khan for relationship advice and end up worse then before.
    Are you TRYING to get us killed and end the quest early?
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:03 No.19075035
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    >implying Khan isn't gay for Shun's shadowdildo
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:03 No.19075037
    >Hahaha Shun, it's simple, women love it when you protect them!
    > Show them your muscles while protecting them!

    And then we turned into a Chauvanistic Pig
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:04 No.19075047
    I was thinking he'd give vague advice about showing off your manly burning spirit, which wouldn't help, and suggesting techniques that more closely resemble suplexes than anything you would actually do in bed.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:06 No.19075061
    You bring Jeanne back to Ingrid’s Inn, which is as busy as ever. Surprisingly, Jeanne doesn’t seem to mind being in crowds at all. She acts like it’s not there, but it’s better than her freaking out, right? You decide that checking in the new guest with Ingrid might not be the best of ideas at the moment. When you get to your room, you realize that your bed is only big enough for one of you.

    You don’t even think as you pick up Jeanne and put her on the bed. Throwing the blanket on her, she seems to understand what you’re trying to do and puts up no resistance. Good. Settling into the comfortable mattress, she falls asleep whispering a thanks to you. It warms your heart as you try and nap on the wooden floor. It’s far from comfortable, but you’ve slept on worse. You wake up a few hours later, light streaming through the empty pane where the glass window was. You’re a little glad Ingrid already took care of it.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:07 No.19075074
    So. Frank the beholder wasn't a good pet. If we did get one, I say some sort of shadow panther thing...
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)02:08 No.19075081
    We're a monk, not a ranger. Still, anything can happen.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:09 No.19075084
    huh, she didn't yell or blame us for wrecking her place?
    yeah, we should switch to a two bed room when we wake up
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:10 No.19075094
    We should probably cover the costs for having the guards trash the joint, unless they already paid?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:10 No.19075095
    It's going to be amusing when we get Shadow Storm. Honestly at the point we get that we can just turn the battlefield into a shadowy hell that we can literally disappear into and come out elsewhere. That or pull of a shadowy version of Unlimited Blade Works.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:12 No.19075106
    >It's going to be amusing when we get Shadow Storm.

    My nigga, did you know that each Fist of Shadow is required to invent a technique after they pass the (???) requirement?
    Guess who made that one.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:12 No.19075110
    Eh. We're a shadow dancer meets monk. I don't see why we can't take a few points in ranger.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:17 No.19075139
    Given how you're putting it probably Sifu Tong. Though getting to that level will be a long term thing, a very long term thing.

    Now we have to start thinking of a technique to invent, my first thought is something similar to Shadow Blink or One with Shadow and is a reasonable place to take getting the new shadow pouch thing. Literally melting into the shadows and walking through them, popping out of any of them that sort of thing. We'll probably think of something more interesting when we get to that point though.

    We already have the wilderness survival bit down pat.

    Check on Jeanne, acquire breakfast. Once that is taken care of find Khan and Erin and have a talk with them.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:22 No.19075166
    You stand in the obsidian tower, its owner lecturing you yet again.

    It’s been six days since you started coming. The first thing you did when you woke up was get a two bed room for you and your new companion. Ingrid insisted that the damages were fine, the guards paid for everything. You’re glad that you didn’t have to worry about it.

    Jeanne accompanied to your lessons you most of the time, but she seemed independent enough today to stay at the inn. That’s a step, at least. “You must reach into the elemental plane of shadows and shape a compartment to your will. Use your superior strength to force an emptiness in their universe. The plane will remain static, I assure you, few shift enough to destroy your items. The plane of shadow is more similar to its earthen counterpart than its smoky companion, surprisingly enough.” It makes sense; your shadow constructs always were remarkably solid. “You already can reach into it, now bend it. Mold it. It is yours to command.” Your arm digs into the shadows of the room. Your hand feels cold, deathly so, but for some reason it doesn’t hurt. Focusing your mind intently, you clench the darkness, forcing it to move around your hand… and it slowly budges.

    Slowly, you reshape a universe you have never been in contact with. You bend it. You mold it. Soon enough, it is yours to command. To test it, your put a wooden shuriken in it and close the portal. You walk across the black room and dig back into the darkness. Hands closing around splintered wood, you pull out your shuriken! Hell yes!

    The dark master of this domain nods at you. “Success at last. The next step is to open simultaneous portals and travel through them, but I am not the one who shall teach you that. Your training is done, shadow adept.” What, he won’t do any more? Eh, a deal’s a deal.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:22 No.19075168
    Without a word of goodbye, you go your separate ways. Blaine- to deal with the rising outrage of Richards’ experiments, the accusations of deceiving his people, and the death of one of the five Masters. You, on the other hand, depart to introduce Jeanne to Khan.

    You chuckle as you head outside. You know this could end very poorly, but knowing Khan, it’ll just be funny and not anything serious in the long term.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:25 No.19075191
    Yes, this opens up so many doors for the future, and once we get it down it'll open literal doors.

    There is so much we can potentially do with this. I wonder what the limits are for storing stuff and how well things keep there. We should experiment some time with mice and the like. Given the amount of experimentation here we ought to be able to find some rather easily.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:26 No.19075196
    Oh god, what have I done.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:28 No.19075208
    Given people access to a power where the limits and details have not been fully explained.

    Better to test it with a mouse now, when it's not needed, than trying it with a person later when it seems necessary.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:29 No.19075210
    We now have access to the dark dimension!

    Time to go alm Nightcrawler on people.

    Bamf bamf bamf
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:29 No.19075212
    hmm, did we meet alchemy girl after the tournament?
    would love to get praised a bit for it since we didn't get first place
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)02:30 No.19075219
    Let's at least start by throwing all our inventory in there first. Our spare clothes, our armor, the potions, et cetera. Make it look like we carry nothing on our person.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)02:30 No.19075222
    It's been a whirlwind of activity since the end of the tournament. We haven't seen Erin (and introduced Jeanne).
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:31 No.19075228
    We spent a lot of times in the woods hunting animals for meat, we probably don't have many moral compunctions about it. I wasn't planning on using any animal that was actually intelligent/sentient but lab mice, guinea pigs and so on. We'd start out by storing inanimate objects, them move on to meat and seeing what happens. We will not even consider moving on to anything beyond a mouse before we have explored it fully. People are out of the question until we have full understanding, have tested it out first and even then I'm iffy about it, most people probably wouldn't do well with interacting with the plane of shadow. But given that it could help us save people perhaps we could try, once we determined it was safe. Also if we get that down we could have Khan DYNAMIC ENTRY from a shadow we create.

    You gave us a power with potential creative uses, this is /tg/ we'll see how far we can take it.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:31 No.19075229
    Techniques updated!

    Technique added: Shadow Inventory – You can store and grab items from a pocket dimension accessible through shadows.

    Technique changed: Shadow Storm – Your shadows stretch as far as the eye can see, allowing you to manipulate it as you see fit. All cooldowns are reduced to one second.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:32 No.19075231
    Withdraw Dosh from bank.

    We can never be robbed again.

    Also, Student, you gonna do the meeting of our 'party' or you heading off?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:32 No.19075232
    Well, yes we were always going to do that, that's not really a "test" though, we already know we can do that.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:33 No.19075238
    Holy shit Shadow Storm is even more impressive now. I will probably need new pants once we see Sifu Tong get serious and have to lay the smack down.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:33 No.19075239
    I think I've got a second wind.

    You guys wanna introduce Jeanne to Khan, and Khan to Erin, and Erin to Jeanne?

    Or do you just wanna go "fuck it" and be like 'hey guys meet me here for lunch I got some shit to discuss' ?
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)02:34 No.19075242
    What did the original look like?
    Let's just have a big group hootenanny.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:34 No.19075246
    Meet me here for lunch. Just get everything out of the way. We'll cover ourselves, Jeanne and Erin, Khan can pay for himself. He just won the tourney and we've seen him eat.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:34 No.19075249
    All I did was add the cooldown reduction.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:34 No.19075250
    I'm voting for bringing everyone together at once and introducing everyone.

    Then we proposition going to fix boats to travel across the sea!
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:36 No.19075255
    introduction with them

    fuck, can we still learn a bit from the phoenix school before leaving the city?
    i can't help but regret that we might have beaten khan if we learned a bit from the phoenix dojo
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:37 No.19075263
    I think 15 years of Shadow training is more important than a few weeks more training at a non magical assasin school.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)02:38 No.19075268
    Our core is and always will be the Fist of Shadow. Everything we learn elsewhere is supplementary and will be assimilated.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:42 No.19075289
    We never did see what the master of the phoenix style could do.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:42 No.19075290
    well we're an assassin that values speed and thinking over strength
    moving like that girl we met in the temple + speed belt seem like a great idea
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:44 No.19075296
    It would probably be best to travel in a group since you learned the hard way that going it alone is a bad idea. You find Erin in her shop, as always. She aced her finals and is ready to be promoted to Journeyman any day now. She praises you on your fighting prowess and hugs you, telling you not to put yourself in so much danger from now on.

    You can’t make any promises.

    You ask her to meet you for lunch in a couple of days. After you have lunch tomorrow, of course. Just the two of you.

    Khan is a bit more tricky to find, but after wandering around the outskirts of the city for a few hours, you hear the passionate screams of a man in the middle of his daily regimen… which is apparently punching a boulder. You aren’t even surprised to see that it’s got a massive crack in it. Interrupting Khan, he jubilantly greets you and makes small talk for a few minutes. It’s rather nice, but you’ve got business to handle back at the city. You ask him to meet you for lunch in a couple of days.

    What’re you gonna do in the meantime?
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:45 No.19075300
    That means pretty much all of the abilities are going to be constantly up, free blinding, weakening, Wraith's fist, One with Shadow, and Shadow Blink. It's a very very distant goal but it does an awful lot.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:46 No.19075305
    Also, updated another technique.

    Shadow Channel – You force your shadows into your target, causing their limbs and organs to fail. 24 hour cooldown.

    It's a subtle change.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)02:46 No.19075307
    Talk to Jeanne. Make her comfortable. Give her a primer on Khan and Erin so she knows what to expect. We don't want Khan scaring the piss out of her in the first two minutes.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:47 No.19075312
    It's overpowered as fuck.

    You'll need it.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:47 No.19075314
    We should get those potions identified.

    And that muck touched emerald.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:47 No.19075315
    >What’re you gonna do in the meantime?
    phoenex dojo and hanging with 3 time former champ girl
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:48 No.19075324
    Talk to Jeanne, give her a description and basic understanding of Khan and Erin. Khan could kinda scare her and making sure she knows that he's a nice guy with no impulse control or inside voice. Spend time with her, show her the city, some of the more beautiful sites. Also hit up the Phoenix Dojo and see if we can get a sparring match with Enkidu, check if he knows anyone named Gilgamesh.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:52 No.19075342
    You head to the shops. Along the way, you stop at the bank and withdraw everything you’ve got and stuff it into a shadow portal, as well as everything else in your bag. It feels good to get rid of the raggedy old thing.

    An appraiser values your emerald at 2000 gold value. A Practitioner at the Alchemist’s Guild determines that your 10 strange potions are all untested prototypes, and she doesn’t really have any idea as to what they could do. Somehow, you know that some of them aren’t’ good.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)02:53 No.19075350
    If a professional alchemist can't identify them, then junk them. See if Jeanne knows what they do first.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:55 No.19075357
    Show them to Erin, then ask her what we should do. If she asks where we got them, say something along the lines of, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to tell you, but thats probably for the best.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)02:56 No.19075364
    We're already going to tell her where Jeanne came from, so it can't hurt to come clean.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:56 No.19075365
    Guess we could sell the emerald.

    Is there anything else we could use it for? Any reagents or anything beyond decoration?
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)02:57 No.19075369
    Er, not really.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:58 No.19075371
    We should take Jeanne with us to spar. Could be a way to show her that fighting can be a choice, a passtime, not something that must be done because someone told you to. Make sure to point out it is NOT a fight to the death.

    And tell our future travelling companions we definately are an assasin? I think Khan and Erin would be not that happy with that.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)02:58 No.19075374
    So I guess we just sell the emerald and add the total to our reserves.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)02:59 No.19075378
    Blaine could probably figure them out, but he'd probably take'em, for Shun's safety. May as well not waste them.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)03:00 No.19075382
    >I've never played a roguelike
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)03:00 No.19075383
    Well, not EVERYTHING-everything, but how do you intend to explain where Jeanne came from? We'd probably tell them everything up to the point where we killed Richards. Just say "I helped her escape from him."
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)03:00 No.19075385
    i'm against telling them we're a shadow fist assassin.
    if they ask be vague about it
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)03:01 No.19075389
    Well, Khan ought to know given that he was there when Blaine hired us for the assassination of Richards. We should definitely tell Erin. Also Richards being dead is pretty well known, Khan knows we were hired to kill him. Don't stay Fist of Shadow but do say that we were the one who killed Richards.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)03:01 No.19075390
    But that mutant tentacle arm could be amazing Student!!!
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)03:02 No.19075399
    Dude's got a point. Blaine was blazingly obvious in asking us to kill Richards. If anything, Khan knows our true nature more than anyone. Erin hasn't seen us beyond the tournament, but Jeanne saw us kill Richards ourselves.
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)03:04 No.19075407
    So really, Erin's the only one not in the loop about our style's nature. If we're going to tell her, at least explain it when we're outside Terec.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)03:07 No.19075425
    We kinda let some of that out of the bag during the tournament. Also given that it's Khan, if we don't tell her he'll say "GOOD DAY MY SHADOW WIELDING FRIEND!". Given the company we keep, the amount we've already shown and the amount we're going to have to say to explain stuff we may as well come reasonably clean. As in don't go spouting off about Sifu Tong, the name of our style and so on, but do let people know that we manipulate shadow, killed Richards, saved Jeanne.
    >> Anonymous 05/12/12(Sat)03:07 No.19075430
    Actually, come to think about it, we did kinda uphold the instituition she has been training at's values by killing someone who nearly turned the entire city against Alchemists.

    Changing my vote to lets tell them. But yeah, somewhere that random's can't hear us.
    >> Student !!+u5zzp0LPDj 05/12/12(Sat)03:08 No.19075437
    >> Martial Arts Artist 05/12/12(Sat)03:09 No.19075442
    "You've seen my technique. Until you are ready, however, you shan't learn its name."

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