>>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Sorceress%20Quest>>Character sheet and artifact list can be found at: http://pastebin.com/Fk0iR5bN>Fate Points: 1>Signature spells: Summon Elemental, Control Magic, Soulfire>Funds: Medium>Location: Jormungandr, Off the southern coast of the warped lands.Throughout the hobgoblin festival, below the great wall, nobody noticed as a cloaked, mysterious man weaved through the crowd, the firelight illuminating his unshaven face- what wasn't covered by his cowl, that is.Nobody noticed him but you."I am The Wanderer." He says to you, his voice quite cultured, and with an accent you can't place. Despite how he was easily fifty feet away, you could hear his voice as if he were in arm's reach. "This form you see is an illusion- In truth, I am somewhere else completely. Being in person would be too much of a risk, you see."
rolled 28 = 28>>19659780"I suppose I can understand that. What brings your presences here?"And, because it amuses me, rollan to grab another of his cloaks.
why do you confront me in this manner do you whant your cloack back
rolled 95 = 95>>19659827Or not, I guess.
>>19659843What a goddamn tease.
rolled 39 = 39>>19659827
rolled 88 = 88>>19659780Steal his cloak again
"I suppose I can understand that." You say, and he nods, as if he can hear you. "What brings your presence here?"Before he responds, you give him a mischevious grin, and tear the cloak away. The illusion flickers, and reappears- his cowl and cloak gone.Brilliant green eyes look back at you, the cowl removed.He's human, you can tell that much. . but there's something not quite right with his face. He has all the standard features a person would have, but the only way to explain it would be that. . your mind is refusing the fact that there's a face there. You can tell he's unshaven, with dark hair and green eyes, but you can't tell if he's old, or young, or scarred. . and you can't tell his expression at all."My presence here." He says. "Other than to get my illusory cloak removed. . Why would you even do that? Feh. Anyway, I'm here to warn you. This concerns The Game."With one hand, he raised it. . and pointed at Ell."Watch your pilot. Watch him closely." He said.
rolled 16 = 16>>19659890Let me guess, Eidolon possessed him?
>>19659890"Oh great, Ell is playing, or is he an agent? What about Mar? Is she still your agent? By the way, I'm not entirely happy you commandeered my friend for your purposes..."
rolled 73 = 73Oh, it's time for Exabyte/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ISHELDA.I came up with a new trick for Ishelda. She could pre-charge spells by releasing a bubble of raw magical energy in the air, let's call this a Field. It would be kinda like the weave on a personal level. Now, after casting, regardless of success and strain, she can tap into the Field and replenish lost mana (or 'stamina') and cast again as if the previous spell never happened. Ishelda could cast spells rapidly until the Field runs out of mana.Since the Field would be charged before any strenuous casting, Ishelda would have some time to rest and replenish lost stamina. The Field would only be useful if she needs to cast a lot of spells in a short time frame and there is no access to the weave or Galadriel's Light, but that's a situation we're going to encounter sooner or later.On second thought let's not call it a Field. Let's call it Unlimited Sorcery Works.Rolling for feasibility.
>>19659890"It amuses me?" shrug, "If I might ask, what is your goal within the Game? Azariel said Tyr wanted to get rid of magic, or magic users?; Eidolon wanted magic to become the be-all and end-all solution. Azariel's goals have changed, but what's your goal?"
>>19659890"You're going to use him the same way you used Mar?"
rolled 11 = 11>>19659890give me a good reason why is should trust your word after what happen to Mar
>>19659916So, like the crystals we're wearing except not bothering to use crystals any more?
>>19659916>Despite the roll, that's not very feasible- the field's energy would be unstable, and entropy would take most of the energy out of the field - the crystals do the same thing, but much better."Oh, great, Ell is playing, or is he an agent? Are you going to use him the same way you used Mar?""It is not in my plans- if it were, I would not warn you." He said, and chuckled."What about Mar? Is she still your agent?""Marigold is no longer my agent." He says. "She no longer trusts the figure of The Rogue, and so her use is limited.""If I might ask, what is your goal within the Game?""I'm the one that called it the game. I call it so because it is fun. Now. . My message has been sent. I am done here."The illusion flickered, and he was gone.That was. . strange.You look around- the hobgoblins, elves, and your crew alike didn't seem to notice anything.>What do?
>>19659916>On second thought let's not call it a Field. Let's call it Unlimited Sorcery Works.>Unlimited Sorcery Works>Not Unlimited Tea Works>mfw
rolled 7 = 7Perhaps we should approach the warchief and ask if there would be any hobgoblins who would like to travel with us. Rolling to scry whatever the Wanderer warned us about Ell. >> fully expects to fail
rolled 78 = 78I am no Seer!
rolled 8 = 8>>19660055>with a roll like thatYou poor child, allow me
rolled 73 = 73>>19660012Find out where the real him is and steal his real cloak as well.
>>19660060Now tg dice are just mocking me.
>>19660064Oh yeah, you sure showed him.
rolled 9 = 9>>19660064You are terrible.Not that I expect to succeed on this.
You close your eyes. . and Scry. To find the real wanderer, to find his real form. . Somewhere, somewhere dark, dark and far from here. The only thing in your view, shining in the candlelight, is a porcelain mask- one without eyeholes, and pure, shimmering white, with no marks, blemishes, not even fingerprints or dust. When you seek the Wanderer, all you find is that mask.
rolled 58 = 58>>19660095Oh I know, let's draw a smilie face on it
rolled 9 = 9>>19660120Nah. Let's see if any hobgoblins want to go see the world.
rolled 97 = 97>>19660095Get the mask. I like masks.
>>19660156Oh I just can't wait for him to drop by and beat us to the demon world for doing this
>>19660156Damnit, let's not. Please?
>>19660174Oh please, we'll just roll another 90 and turn him into an adorable magical girl.
>>19660095Oh shit, it's Amon.
>>19660055>>19660064>>19660089>7,8,9Well you're improving. Keep going and you'll eventually succeed.
>>19660120That would be both amazing and hilarious. >>19660156I can't argue with that roll, but do we really need to take every single artifact we see?
> Get the mask> Leave it alone?>I'm putting this to a vote because it's relatively important.
>>19660201Oh please, inside we're just a little female kender, and you know it.
 Leave it alone
>>19660216>relatively>choice between fighting him now or fighting him later>relativelyOf course we'll take it.
>>19660216It seems like a risky thing to do but it's very tempting.Ah, what the hell.>[x] Get ye mask
 Get the maskWe require more useless gewgaws.
>>19660095Or Jack of Blades...take the mask. WE ARE PRINCESS, A SCARY MASK SHALL NOT DETER US!
You reach out with your magic.. You grip the mask, and it speaks to you."G a r e t h." It whispers.Then you Move it with you, and come back to yourself. Your knees are weak, and you hold the mask in your hand. You hold it up to your face. . but it doesn't fit. It feels utterly Wrong to wear, and you have the strong feeling that it's not for you.You take a walk around the festival, speaking to some hobgoblin or the other. Finally, you meet the warchief."Would you know if any hobgoblins want to travel with us, and see the world?" You ask.". . . I would like to." The warchief says. "I've nothing else, after all."
rolled 93 = 93>>19660216>>[X] Leave it aloneDoes no one remember what The Heart said about having too many artifacts in one place?
>>19660216Late vote is late: Leave it alone
rolled 43 = 43Rolling to find Gareth.
>>19660216I know that when the DM says "are you sure?" it means "(please) don't do that", but the dice want us to get the mask.
>>19660263What fun is there in playing it safe?"You're quite welcome."
rolled 25 = 25Oh hey I'm in time for this one.+1 Warchief!
I really should stop rolling for scrying, I've tried something like 10x over this quest and not a single success.
>Well, divination magic IS based on age, and you're only a 13 year old girl, so no wonder."You're quite welcome.""Splendid!" The warchief says. "I will go hone my axes. Will we leave this night, before the dawn, or after?"
>>19660258"Well, Warchief, what skills and experiences have you to offer? And are you not needed by your people, here?">So how 'bout that mask, guys?
rolled 83 = 83This night sounds good.
rolled 23 = 23>>19660332"Considering someone who is among the few who can be considered close to a God in this world is going to come after me, I would hazard an estimation that the sooner we depart is better.""Though have no fear, I'm among the top four closest to one."
>>19660341We should probably give it to Kristoph. Ever since the tower he's been slacking in his 'holding dangerous unknown artifacts' job.
>>19660332"We'll be departing at first light, so don't enjoy yourself too much tonight."
After, swamp brew is very strong and I have no doubt your own spirits are potent as well. It would be cruel to wake them after a night of meriiment.Wait. Wicked grin... perhaps dawn is a good time after all.
rolled 52 = 52>>19660258we sail at dawn ask the heart if theres any starnage about the mask if so then what
"Well, warchief, what skills and experiences do you have to offer? And are you not needed by your people, here?" You ask."I am the warchief Redglare." He said. "My people no longer need a warchief. My skills are wielding my twin axes, and surviving against unstoppable forces.""I see. I believe we'll be departing at first light. . so don't enjoy yourself too much tonight.""No worries about me." He said. "There is a dam I've had my eye on, so I'm glad we're waiting this night." With a wink and a chuckle, he went to rejoin the festival.You ask the heart if there's anything strange about the mask, and the heart, quite simply, informs you that it doesn't know. It's never seen the mask before."Arghleblarghgle." Kristoph said, climbing aboard the Jormungandr. He squinted up at you, and mumbled something about flexible elven women. He looked rather ill. . .Marigold, Raziel, and the kalak chicks are all already on the ship, and now you just need to find Ell and the warchief. . "Redglare reporting." The warchief said, grinning and approaching the airship. He was wearing heavy iron armor- rather crude, but bolted and riveted together. You don't have much of an eye for armor, but you can tell that it was masterfully made- it's only crude because of the quality of the materials. On his back were two large, double-bladed axes, with rather short hilts.You see Ell, Kiyara, and Kyvann talking down near the elven swarm of airships.
rolled 64 = 64>>19660465As we depart, we might as well remove the concealment on the flora
>>19660491AFTER we are far away from them elves
>>19660465We haven't actually talked to Kyvann since we got here, have we? Let's go intrude.
rolled 13 = 13>>19660522So true. Let's say hi.
>>19660538hope your roll dosent effect are inturuption
You approach the group on the beach, and Kyvann turns to you as you arrive."Hello." You say."Ishelda! So glad we could meet again." Kyvann said. "Returning my magic to me all but did the trick- I'm mostly sane, now." He chuckled, scratching at an old scar."Mostly?" Ell asked."Not all the way." Kyvann said. "Now I can be legitimately called eccentric!"
>>19660562"What point is there in being grown up if you can't be eccentric sometimes?"
>>19660562well now you have a excuse to get away with eccentric things
>>19660562"I'm glad, Kyvann. You were a tad manically mirthful before. And soul-crushingly cynical. It worried me. How have you fared since we parted?"
>>19660562"Oh, that's good. What have you been up to since we last saw each other?"
Eccentricity is good, lets you do exciting things. Would you like a tour of Jörmungandr? Its changed a bit since you were on it last. We can talk! So what have you been up to?
rolled 100 = 100>>19660562and It seams you have mastered Air ships ever think of making one capable of traveling between stars? smile and wink or the underthe water
"I'm glad, Kyvann. You were a tad manically mirthful before. And soul-crushingly cynical. It worried me. How have you fared since we parted?""I've faired rather well. Built a mobile prism, assisted my daughter in making her Sparrow. . and now I'm soul-crushingly mirthful, and maniacally cynical!" He said, with a mad cackle."In all seriousness, I hold the majority of votes among the councilors, and most of them trust what I say- Even after my stint with the demons. I still have. . nightmares and night terrors, but I've been faring rather well."
>>19660609What a waste, what a senseless, senseless waste.
rolled 67 = 67>>19660609The dice gods speaketh, we're going to the Moon!
>>19660613"Night terrors? Oh. Oh dear. Mine have long since passed, but I sympathize. Well, how goes politics, besides your general degree of influence?"
rolled 62 = 62>>19660624Moon? BAH, Moon is just the beginning
>>19660613>nightmares and night terrors"I think I can sympathize with that somewhat. Might I speak to you and Kiyara in private?"Tell them of the general plan to cleanse the warped lands, and ask what the general elven reaction to those lands become safe would be.
rolled 21 = 21>>19660609fuck the small scale magic summoned model part of my post got deleted fuck
"Night terrors? Oh. Oh dear. Mine have long since passed, but I sympathize." You say, and he nods solemnly. "Well, how goes politics, besides your general degree of influence?""Well, we've arranged an agreement with the hobgoblins- they're going to mine bronze and copper for us, and we've gotten most of the eastern islands. They insist on giving the rest of the eastern islands to the lizardmen. . But other than that, politics are politics." He said. "The councilors are always wanting to get their own policies passed, and such.""I see." You say. "Might I speak to you and Kiyara in private?"The two of them look from you to Ell. "Certainly." Kiyara said, and the three of you went into a small tent."What is it, lady? Why the secrecy?" Kyvann asked.
rolled 18 = 18>>19660613would it be alright if I had some Galadriel's light?>>19660613
>>19660689Kiyara already told us last thread that she'd try to get us some more Galadriel's Light from her father, Kyvann, for the Wasteland plans.
>>19660676Give 'em the skinny on our plans for terraforming.
>>19660676"Oh, I didn't mean to exclude Ell, I'll have to apologize to him, since he already knows about this. After I faced Impulse, I came into some seeds of Galadriel's Light, and Raziel believes it can be used to cleanse the warped lands. If it works... what would the general elven reaction to those lands being... inhabitable again?"
rolled 50 = 50>>19660724Don't mention the seeds dammit, they'll start their own project and claim it for themselves you fool
>>19660724this without mentioning seeds
"Oh, I didn't mean to exclude Ell, I'll have to apologize to him, since he already knows about this. Raziel has figured a way that may cleanse the warped lands. If it works... what would the general elven reaction to those lands being... habitable again?""Cleansing the warped lands... Their initial feelings would be greed for land. But..." He put a hand to his chin, with a very serious look- one you hadn't seen on his face before. "I could write up a draft for a treaty that gives you authority over the warped lands. Most of them would sign it, because the warped lands are useless to them. And it would give you the authority to do. . anything you will to those lands. Then, when it is cleansed, I can plea ignorance, and say I didn't know you were cleansing it. Since it would be considered foreign affairs, we couldn't vote to modify the treaty afterward, not without your agreement."
>>19660768>>19660738We already told Kiyara "yesterday," and she may well have told Kyvann already.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/19650366/#p19653168I just completely managed to forget.
>>19660798Wow, I never realized you could be this devious Kyvann,
>>19660798"Goodness, how devious." Grin widely, "That sounds quite good."Head out, apologize to Ell, mention we're heading north next.
>>19660798I'm sorry, for asking something so selfish, but... could you do it?
>>19660798Sneaky, I like it
>>19660798"That's sneaky. Downright underhanded. But it's brilliant, and it's done for a good cause. Any attempts by the elvish states or by individual's private forces at an outright landgrab would be thwarted by the treaty, since violators would be alienated from the council and the public. I would be very grateful if you got that treaty through, Kyvann; that will be one more nation at the negotiating table, nice and politely, rather than rushing into the purified wastes out of turn, though I have a few more to go."
While travelling with the good Hobgoblin warlord person, we should ask what he feels about the Wasted Lands and if it became habitable
"My goodness. How devious." You say. "I'm sorry for asking something to selfish, but... could you do it?""Among other things, it would open up trade with the human lands." He said. "Most certainly I can do it. You did return my magic to me, after all. Also. . "He put his hand to his chin. "If you're cleansing the warped lands, we're going to need an official name for it, rather than a nickname like we've had to make do with."
"Oh I'm sure we'll think of something brilliant. The Fourth Bountiful Arcturian Empire, for example."
rolled 51 = 51I do hope we'll find a way for true immortality, and never our body would go past the 21st year in capabilities or appearance.
>>19660891"Or maybe something else, who knows. I'll likely be giving some of the land to the lizardmen, I'm sure the islands won't sate their need for expansion."
>>19660879Well what was it called before it was warped?
>>19660927Probably something in Ogrish. A good question, though.
"What was it called before it was warped?""I've no clue." He said. "The lizardmen just called it ogrish land, before their empire fell."You put your hand on your chin, and think.But. . there's not much to think about.There's only one thing you could ever have named it."New Arcturus." You say. There's a ring of finality in your tone.He nods, and writes it down."Well then." He said. "I think we'll have to be on our way. Kiyara has repairs to do, and I have a treaty to draft- Not to mention the councilors will be getting impatient."He bowed, and he left the tent."Once the Swallow is repaired, I might come by the Jormungandr." Kiyara said, and followed her father."Sorry, Ell." You say. "I didn't mean to exclude you.""No worries." He said. "Bubbles heard everything that was going on. He's useful." Ell said, and grinned. The two of you return to the Jormungandr, and you make sure everyone is aboard."Where to?" Ell asked.
>>19660972Whoops, wrong thread.
>>19660986How's our little Troll buddy doing? And do you think we could give Ell the mask to examine? Or will that lead to doom?
rolled 56 = 56>>19660986TO THE DWARVES!
>>19661017Yah, how's Kell?
>>19660986Let's head north, visit dem orcs, as had been previously discussed.Wherever we go, we should look into where that other Kalak Azariel wanted us to drop the kids with.
>>19661003"Let's go north for now." You say, and Ell nods, touching the control crystal. the airship shudders, and takes off toward the north, away from the tower.You cancel the spell on the Galadriel's Light, and they turn back into their standard, pale blue shade."Woah." The warchief- Redglare, he's apparently called- says, wobbling as the airship shakes. "I'm. . not quite used to this yet." He says.
rolled 32 = 32>>19661025this looks good
rolled 23 = 23>>19661054am glad that we have that spell that keeps us from falling of the ship
>>19661116They're just shields.They keep stuff out, not in.
>>19661131They work to keep people in, as well. It has been stated.
"Glad that we have that spell that keeps us from falling of the ship." You say.He chuckles, and nods. Then he turns to the group, and raised his chin. "I am Redglare." He said. "I am to travel with you for a time, and I will raise my axes toward your enemies."Grayson sniffed him, then harrumphed, and lay down."Of course." Kristoph said, somewhat blearily. "Welcome, redglare. Weren't you the warchief?""Indeed." He said. "But. . we didn't have an official process for who leads. We simply declare ourselves warchief, and hope the others don't argue against you. I no longer need to be warchief, because there is no war.""I see." Kristoph said.
>>19661169So yeah, lets examine Kell, and would anyone like to explore the lands not on the map, or perhaps we can check how the wastes are doing.
You grab Kell out of Grayson's saddlebag, and he stretches. He's a little larger- perhaps two feet tall, now. He graws, and wraps his overly-long arms around your shoulders. He still has no claws or thorns. . "Awww!" Marigold squee'd, her eyes alight. "He's hugging you!"
>>19661219Definitely check on Kell. How about we...hmm... we haven't been to the last human city. Venus province?
>>19661238That's adorable! Hug him back!
rolled 7 = 7>>19661169"Redglare, if you wouldn't at all mind, I would love to learn more of Hobgoblin culture. When there isn't a dire, world-annihilating threat looming over you, the Hobgoblin people seem remarkably kind-hearted and rational. The first impression I had of your people was that of savage raiders. Then, an impression of noble, dogmatic warriors. And now, well... You just seem like normal, common folk who were at the end of your rope, with a dire mission and no means to accomplish it without taking those means, regrettably, from the world you were trying to save. Why couldn't the hob simply ask of the other peoples' support? When was the last time that the south wasn't at war?">>19661238Pump a little magic into him. We've gotta get this little guy growin'!
>>19661273Whelp, he's dead now.
"Redglare, if you wouldn't at all mind, I would love to learn more of Hobgoblin culture. When there isn't a dire, world-annihilating threat looming over you, the Hobgoblin people seem remarkably kind-hearted and rational. The first impression I had of your people was that of savage raiders. Then, an impression of noble, dogmatic warriors. And now, well... You just seem like normal, common folk who were at the end of your rope, with a dire mission and no means to accomplish it without taking those means, regrettably, from the world you were trying to save. Why couldn't the hob simply ask of the other peoples' support? When was the last time that the south wasn't at war?""We... we have no culture." He said. "We were always at the end of our rope, as you say. We're raised on the islands- Calm, peaceful lives, but we had to work hard. The wall always needed. . more. More food, more supplies, more metal and more weapons. The wounded would never have time to rest. We come to the wall. . And then we fight. That was who I was. That was who we all were."While you hug the troll, you try pumping magic into him. He absorbs all of it.. but he doesn't grow. Not even an inch. Your muscles start to ache.
>>19661314No, that just means we didn't make anything take. Which I support just now, since we still haven't really seen what implanting the Light is doing.
>>19661329That fat bastard. One of these days we'll manage to get him to grow. You'll see, Exabyte! You'll see!"That's terrible. How on earth have you managed all these years? That must've taken commendable, inhuman fortitude and duty towards your cause. The question is, what is your cause now?"
>>19661329Well I hope now that your people will be able to prosper. If they ever need help, I will do all I can to help.
>>19661329"Think of the possibilities, you could become gardeners now, among other things!"
>>19661329Question, should we have even bothered rolling with Control Magic as a signature spell or is this a different application?
"That's terrible!" you say. "How on earth have you managed all these years? That must've taken commendable, inhuman fortitude and duty towards your cause.""Duty." He said. "We were. . imbued with an unshakable sense of duty. It was. . something that needed to be done, or all that was, was for naught. It's hard for me to explain. We told no stories, sang no songs. I was never told my father's name, nor my mother's. It simply wasn't important.""The question is. . what is your cause now?""The cause of my race, or simply my own cause? It. . doesn't matter." He says. "We need to become a people in our own right. Learn songs to sing, write stories to tell, remember the name of our ancestors. Government, organization. . Sleep. Sleeping is a thing we'll need to do now. With both eyes closed, this time."
>>19661417Even if I never do anything else in my time here I will be able to take pride in what I have done for your people. I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite activities, something completely new to you. It's called a tea party.
>>19661417"Perhaps what you need is a new duty. With the war over, it is indeed a time for rebuilding. Perhaps the Hob need only work their hardest in this peacetime, to make the world just a bit brighter, with hard, honest work- a culture of duty and honor and heart- and vigilance upon the wall; eventually, we might need it still. But that's a long ways off. Perhaps when the Warped Lands are clean we'll return here, and soften the blasted clay into fertile soil. What do you think, Redglare?"
>>19661417What if you could be a police force? New Arctus is going to need law enforcers. With your fantastic sense of duty you will be nigh incorruptible. A member of the police would not need to work as much as a warrior and society will look upon you with gratitude. Do you think this could interest hobgoblins?
"Even if I never do anything else in my time here, I will be able to take pride in what I have done for your people." You say. "You should be." He said."Perhaps what you need is a new duty. With the war over, it is indeed a time for rebuilding. Perhaps the Hob need only work their hardest in this peacetime, to make the world just a bit brighter, with hard, honest work- a culture of duty and honor and heart- and vigilance upon the wall; eventually, we might need it still. But that's a long ways off. Perhaps when the Warped Lands are clean we'll return here, and soften the blasted clay into fertile soil. What do you think, Redglare?""I think that . .the sunrise means something completely different now. It is not the end of my rest. .but a new beginning." He said."Now, I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite activities. . something completely new to you. It's called. . a tea party."Twenty minutes later, Kristoph comes up above deck. . and then stares."Now, that's nothing I'd ever seen before." He said, staring at the four of you. You, Dariel, and Marigold sat there, sipping tea, while Redglare, in full, riveted and bolted armor, axes on his back. . hunched over and sipped some tea out of one of your customized orcish teamugs.With a bright yellow flower wrapped around one of his small, thumb-sized horns, of course."Did we want to stop by Venus Province on our way north?" Ell asked you.
>>19661543I think not, bringing a hobgoblin into those lands would be dangerous
>>19661543"Perhaps not now, there is likely to still be animosity towards Redglare's people."
>>19661543Well we haven't been there yet, I can think of no reason why not to stop by on my way up, and I ought to make sure they're willing to back me and New Arcturus.Would either of you two care to join us for tea? While he is currently still has a lot to learn I believe Redglare has the potential to become quite the gentleman.
>>19661543"I don't think it would be at all wise to port in Venus with a hobgoblin amongst us. Not until the news of peace and the end of the demon threat spreads. We'll cross the bridge of High Lord Venus's white-hot hatred of the Hob when we come to it."
>>19661595Perfect reason to pay a visit and show that they're jolly fellows.
"Perhaps not- There is likely to still be animosity towards Redglare's people.""A wise choice." Redglare said, and sipped at his tea. At first you thought he was 'playing along', as one does, but then you realized that he's taking the tea party completely seriously. "May I have some more?" He asked Marigold. She nodded, and refilled his teamug."I'd like it very much if you showed me how you care for these flowers." He said, looking around the deck of the Jormungandr, and the flowers sitting atop it."Sure!" Marigold said.
Oh good hes taking an interest in something... a person should be well-rounded. Lets continue north. Myabe talk to Ell after the tea-party finishes and ask if he and Bubbles have been working on anything in paticular.
>>19661676We are going to have the best gardener ever on our ship, a large scary hob wearing clunky metal armor with two axes on his back. He'll also have one of those straw gardening hats and be trying to make up new songs as he waters things. While the garden may have started as a method of powering the ship, I love that it has become something much more, it's become a vibrant expression of life. Thank you Marigold.
"While the garden may have started as a method of powering the ship, I love that it has become something so much more." You say. "It's become a vibrant expression of life. Thank you, Marigold.""No need to thank me." She said. "I just like flowers, and my talent makes things easier."Soon enough, you step away from the tea party, and approach Ell."Hello." You say. "Have you and bubbles been working on anything?""This and that." Ell said, shrugging. "I also had Bubbles pick Kiyara's mind, so we've been making improvements to the airship. We can't touch the invisibility enchantment, though, for some reason."
>>19661768"That's quite rude, going through others' minds. I ask for your own sake, that you refrain from doing so without their permission. Because if you don't, you will learn things that you shouldn't know, things that will make you insane, or worse, boring."
>>19661768"Perhaps because I did not create it with a conventional spell?"
"That's quite rude, going through others' minds.""Oh, no, no." He said. "I meant like. . we asked her questions. and she answered them. We didn't like, invade her mind or anything." He said.
rolled 51 = 51>>19661807I think he means he talked to Kiyara not actually mind read him.>>19661768Most likely it is because of my magic .. it is a bit random. After we explore the north a bit is there anyplace in paticular you or Ser Bubbles would like to visit?Rolling to talk to the Jörmungandr, just because I feel like rolling for something.
>>19661768"Maybe Jormungandr doesn't want to be hidden? He's been silent for a long time, but considering he was originally an Orcish ship, maybe he views using such magic as cowardice or too underhanded."
>>19661807Picking somebody's mind/brain is an expression meaning asking them questions and shit.
>>19661826He's saying he can't alter the invisibility spell we cast on the Jormungandr, which already hides it.
"Hmm, maybe that's because I did the invisibility enchantment myself. What did you want to change about it?"
"Most likely, it is because of my magic. . It is a bit random. What did you want to change about it?""Bubbles was thinking of changing it so we can see out more easily... but he's concluding right now that it would make the invisibility less efficient.""After we explore the north a bit, is there any place in particular you or Ser Bubbles would like to visit?""I would like to see orcish lands a bit more." Ell said. "But Bubbles just wants to explore."
>>19661889I wish there was someway Bubbles could speak out loud...
>>19661897>He can, he just chooses not to.
rolled 84 = 84>>19661889Cant we just MAKE the invisibility better?
>>19661889"Well. We need to go to see the Venerable King & Queen again anyways, and tell them of our success. To the north!"
rolled 99 = 99He is the Mind after all, thinking comes easiest to him.Anyway tell Ell the Ork lands are as good a place as any, we can stop for a visit with the King and Queen then ask them for permission.>>19661942With that roll yes we can.Rolling to speak with Jörmungandr to ask where it wants to go.
>>19661971Ishelda:Ask non-sentient ship where it wants to go... give it a mind just so it can answer
rolled 62 = 62>>19661889Borrow the compass to get a direction on the missing Kalak Azariel asked us to deliver Dariel and Kaliel to.Then scry on 'em.
>>19661995Jörmungandr named itself bro. it's been sentient since we decided it needed a name.
"Well, we need to go to see the Venerable King and Queen again anyways, and tell them of our success, and our plans for the Warped Lands." You say."You mean. . New Arcturus." Ell says.You nod. "But first. . we need to find where Nieriel is. Azariel did ask us to deliver Dariel and Kaliel to her."Something occurs to you.Jormungandr named itself. . Does it have wants? Does it have opinions?You close your eyes, and kneel, touching the deck of the ship. Gently, you ask it what it wants.A mild intelligence responds. Mildly inquisitive, curious. . but calm. The only thing it wants is to wander. It wants to fly freely- the destination does not matter. The journey does.You stand, satisfied by the answer, and try to reattune the compass to Nieriel. The compass spins wildly for a few, suspenseful moments, and then points to the northwest. You check the map, and northwest from your current location is. . Venus Province.Your muscles ache a bit more, and you breathe deeply. It's been some time since you used up this much energy. It seems that Nieriel didn't want to be found."My lady." Kristoph said. "Did you want to continue training?"
>>19662131"Of course! We're not getting any younger are we? Are we?"
>>19662131As much as I would love to I'm rather tired, messing with the laws of reality can take it out of you. Some light form training and theory of swordsmanship should be fine, but anything strenuous and I'll just end up taking a nap.
rolled 39 = 39>>19662131"Certainly, let me just refresh myself after this magic usage.">>19662171We can restore energy used by magicing quite easily
>>19662166Well, we probably could if we wanted to. Do we want to?
>>19662212No we don't because we need to regain it naturally to increase our stamina.
"Of course." You say. "We're not getting any younger, are we?"After resting a moment and refreshing yourself, you draw Rikar, and continue training. The artifact blade seems to be getting used to you, just as you get used to it. It gets into the habit of getting. . very difficult to move, somehow, whenever you end up parrying- letting you completely stop any attack, regardless of how strong the attack is."Hold." Kristoph said, and pulled away, panting. "I'm definitely not used to magic." He said. "I put all I had into that."Redglare chuckled, and stood. "Do you mind if I teach you, as well? My teachings are not as. . eloquent as his."
>>19662166Well like anything we could make ourselves younger if we rolled high enough. It'd probably take a shitload of magic energy, but we have plenty of sources of that by now. For example, by stopping off at the weave once a year we could keep ourselves at a chosen age for ever. Yay immortality.
rolled 1 = 1Personal temporal alteration roll lets change our age
rolled 39 = 39>>19662251I'm so sorry
>>19662212Nah. 13 is fine. We certainly don't need to get younger.>>19662225No, we just need to use our own stamina, rather than drawing on outside sources when casting.
>>19662251We are now a foetus again. Congratulations.
>>19662230Any knowledge would be appreciated, I need to make it so that my magic is not my only strength. What sorts of teachings do you have to offer?
>>19662230I would love to see what you have to teach.>>19662212I think we'll age naturally up to a good point, somewhere in our early 20s and then become immortal.>>19662251Well, it looks like HUE time is upon us.
Make sure he knows were just practiceing and don't ever really intend on getting into fights, then sure. We don't want any scars though.
>>19662251And now we're a babby. Or perhaps and wrinkly old granny.
>>19662251Time for us to return to pre-life, a fate worse than death.
>>19662251The Void Queen laughs at you.
rolled 26 = 26>>19662251no, ishelda stays 13 and ages normally...I don't want exabyte's world any more broken that it already is>>19662230why of course, it will be an interesting change I am sure.
You are now a fetus.>Would you like to load a save?"I would love to see what you have to teach." You say, and before you even have time to prepare, Redglare becomes a massive, barrelling whirlwind, training axes in both of his hands. You almost don't have the time to manuvuer away before he skids to a stop."Survive." He says, and brings both axes down on you. You're able to block one with Rikar. . but the other shatters your wrist, even through your armor's shield and despite the dull non-combat-ready weapons.You hiss and bite your lip, as Marigold rushes toward you."You will need to do better." Redglare says, as the healing magic swells through you. "Are you ready to try again?"
rolled 30 = 30>>19662340did mari fix our wrist yet?"again!"bring the attack to him this time
rolled 50 = 50>>19662340Agility boost. Hoping, of course, that it won't drain us too much."Alright."
Yes. Lets continue., Sorry Marigold I might be needing your help for this. At least it will give you lots of practice.
rolled 69 = 69>>19662362>Marigold rushes toward you.>the healing magic swells through you.Yes.
rolled 36 = 36>>19662365well thats no damn good
>>19662340Serious mode, as expected... Summon an fire elemental and bind it as a shield to cover our non sword side. Then duck and stab!
>>19662340Yes.Ok, this guys is fast, brutal and dangerous. We need to keep moving to his side so he can only use one axe against us at a time. He has longer reach which is a definite point in our favor, and if we try to get inside his reach he'll just kick us, we should focus attacks on his wrists and hands if possible, it's the easiest spot for us to reach and is a more delicate target.
rolled 7 = 7>>19662340I think we need to dodge more than block, he has more weapons than us
>>19662340Yes.Let's try and survive WITHOUT magic, so that we don't need to RELY ON IT and WASTE OUR STAMINA to it, as well as fighting
>>19662395We shouldn't be blocking against two weapons at all. Quick parries & dodges will work best.
If we get pressed, and need to show off, just Rikar straight through his axes. It can cut through anything.
"Yes." You say, pushing away the pain with your willpower. "Sorry, Marigold, I might be needing your help for this. At least it will give you lots of practice.""That's fine." She says. "I *do* need the practice, after all.""Again." You say, and take the attack to him. Redglare is savage, strong... and much faster than any being in that heavy of armor has any right to be. You leap toward him, but he doesn't even use his axe- He leans back, and breaks your ribs with a single, powerful snap kick. The air is knocked out of your lungs, and you fall on your hands and knees, Rikar rolling along the grass.Marigold rushes to your side as you labor for breath.
"Well, you certainly earned the title warchief. I don't think I've ever fought anyone quite as strong as you."
>>19662464she learns to control her power we learn unortodox fighting and the hobgob can still use his skill to keep in shape winwinwin
rolled 78 = 78>>19662464and again!go for a feint right , dodge left and break an arm so he's down one axe!
>>19662464"Any suggestions, Kristoph? Other than don't leap at him?"
rolled 4 = 4>>19662499>>19662493>>19662490and then I vote for a timeskip on the assumption that we continue untill we're tired or Redglare finnally decides he's done...I expect he doesn't actually get tired of the fighting at this point
>>19662464Force pull rikar back and summon some elemental assistance. We need some sort of edge over a guy twice our weight, who has fought all his life.
rolled 18 = 18>>19662464He's really not pulling his punches, do we have our new armor on?
>>19662516>Force pull rikar back and summon some elemental assistance.The idea is to do this without magic.
rolled 87 = 87>>19662519yup...and he is pulling punches. nothing has been severed and he hasn't gone for any neck shots yet.
>>19662516No bloody magic you idiot, if we don't know how to fight with our own strength it's useless
>>19662519>even through your armor's shieldYes.
You get your breath back, pick up Rikar, and get to your feet."I. . I don't think-" Kristoph says."This is how we train our young." Redglare says. "And we don't have magic healers to speed things up."This is how they fought the demons. This is how they survived."Again." You say.The rest of the day is. . very, very painful. By the end of it, even Marigold is having trouble healing you. "Let's. . Let's take a break." She says, panting. There's sweat dripping from her brow as she heals your shattered kneecap."Yes, let's take a break." Redglare says. "This was a pretty calm day." He mentions.
>>19662527Do you like losing?
>>19662548Do you like being weak?
>>19662548It's not about winning. It's about getting better. Generally done most through losing.
>>19662548It's not losing, its learning. Still time for a break. We can split our days between Kristoph and Redglare while we travel.
>>19662548The goal of our training is to improve our non-magic combat abilities, not to win.
rolled 41 = 41>>19662545"you needn't be so smug...and despite the short periods of intense agony I think I learned a lot"(are we heading to Venus province? I sort of figured we were)"I wonder, aside from slaves maintaining the wall and my little band, what experience do you have with humans? we'll be getting near a city soon and I thought I'd ask"
>>19662548Winning would be easy, we could just have a horde go elementals pin him down while we turned his blood into puppies. We're trying to learn, and that means we don't pull magic out.>>19662545Thank you for the lesson Redglare, it was informative, painful, but still informative. I think a break would be lovely, and a snack. I would like a snack very much. We're going to end up as the most hardcore 13 year old girl by the end of this.
>>19662581>"you needn't be so smug...and despite the short periods of intense agony I think I learned a lot"Why is everyone suddenly so rude?
>>19662548Winning and losing isn't the point. Training is.Every time you fall, you get back up a little bit stronger, until you don't fall anymore. That's the struggle of progress.But hell, wanting to press on knowing she's going to get broken bones? Ishelda sure as fuck has the eye of the tiger now.
>>19662584>We're going to end up as the most hardcore 13 year old girl by the end of this.Oh yes, barely an adult and already doing and having done all we have?We already are hardcore.
rolled 68 = 68>>19662591whats rude about that?it seems a simple enough statement...
>>19662581He's not being smug. He's just talking about how the hobgoblins worked. Otherwise it's fine.And no, we're not heading to Venus. Hobgoblins + Venus = Bad.
rolled 89 = 89>>19662614THEN WE WILL BE THE HARDEST CORE.and then ishelda had diamond bones
rolled 32 = 32>>19662626but that last kalak is there...
>>19662614>>19662584>You already got the title of 'most hardcore 13 year old girl' when you killed Eidolon with a fucking brick."Thank you for the lesson, Redglare. It was informative." You say. "Painful, but still informative. I think a break would be lovely.""The key is to train your body." He says, as Nahzit and Velrid arrive with. . some kind of pickled bread. A lizardman delicacy, apparently. "You don't yet know how beings telegraph their attacks- This training will teach you. It would also teach you how to continue moving despite pain. . but you know that already.""Trial by fire." Kristoph says. "I've never been a fan of that. Lord Venus does it, too. . but not as brutally."
But we cam just turn into a dragon or a dinosaur or whatever and eat people if we want to melee. Why bother training a form that isn't suited to combat at all?
Gotta go to Venus. Doesn't mean Redglare has to come and meet the nobility. Or even come off the ship.
>>19662642Or are they? We're not certain about that at all.
>>19662652Or we could simply mask him with an illusion, or create another cloak for him.
Give him that illusionary cloak we stole!
>>19662646It teaches quite a lot very quickly, I'll probably end up splitting my time between the both of you and learn as much as I can from a variety of sources. I am going to be the most dangerous 13 year old with a sword that you've ever seen. Nobody will expect the paragon of manners and decorum that I am to be an excellent swordsman.
>>19662646"I saw my whole world...die. I've been though far worse."Crush the memories down, we have to move beyond it.
>>19662626We have one hobbo. We can just hide him belowdecks or something. We only need to pop in for 5 mins to drop the kids off. We're going to have to do it at some point and Redglare isn't leaving any time soon.
>>19662752Then more people should have spoken up for going when it was first brought up. Nothing says we can't do it later.
rolled 23 = 23>>19662752Oh come on, why not just, I don't know, make a Cloak of Calm
"I saw my whole world. . die. I have been through far worse." You say.". . Ishelda. . " Raziel says."It does teach quite a lot very quickly, though. I'll probably end up splitting my time between the both of you and learn as much as I can from a variety of sources." You say, crushing down old memories- You hadn't had nightmares in a few weeks, and you don't want that record to stop."That's probably a good idea." Redglare says. "I only know how to fight demons. . and sometimes hob warriors get bad habits that can be fatal. He can stop any habits before they form."". . If you're certain." Kristoph said. "I don't mind teaching you, but, do you have to go through. . .that?"
>>19662785We don't need a cloak of calm, we just let him borrow Grayson's hat.
>>19662811Don't be silly, it's Grayson's hat.>>19662804"It's hard, but I think it will be worth it. It will also help Marigold with her magic since she became the Ankh's host."
rolled 12 = 12>>19662811But that's Sir Grayson's.
If I am to be truly strong then yes I have to endure even the harshest training
>>19662804Thanks to Marigold there is no permanent damage and pain is transient. I will never be helpless again.
>>19662804"As long as I don't end up with any horrible scars, I should be alright."I personally don't think we should, but the hivemind seems to have spoken.
rolled 14 = 14>>19662785good point. it worked for grayson after all."redglare. do you have some article that you wear wherever you go. a necklace or a ring or anything like that?"if he does we enchant that, if he doesn't then we enchant a cloak for him
rolled 97 = 97>>19662838but not with a roll like that>>19662785or this for that matter...
rolled 49 = 49>>19662838enchant
>>19662864This roll on the other hand.
rolled 62 = 62>>19662864theres the roll I wanted...so did we arrange for something for redglare?
"Thanks to Marigold, there is no permanent damage, and pain is transient." You say. "I will never be helpless again.""If you say so." Kristoph says."Redglare.""Yes?"You get up, and take the long cloak you'd stolen from The Wanderer- The first time, and you close your eyes. . and enchant it. "Wear this. It should make sure nobody notices you. It's. . not invisibility, not exactly, but if we're anywhere that hates hobgoblins, this should make sure they don't notice you.""I see." He said, and attached the cloak to his armor.That's when something. . strange, burst out from below-decks. It was a two-legged lizard, with large rending claws on it's arms, and a long, snake-like head.Kaliel was riding on its back."Here's my first creation." She said proudly. You note that she's completely molted. "I based it off of the lizardmen."
>>19662907FUCK YES, YOU ARE THE BEST KALAK EVER!
>>19662907"Aww, no fluffy. It's nice."
rolled 86 = 86>>19662907just keep it from eating anyone please...or scratching the woodwork...I do hope you cleaned up your mess afterward...
>>19662907"Wow, I'm impressed! Is it one of your pets you transformed or did you build it from scratch?"to Raziel via rings<This is starting to scare me, we should find your eldest soon so we can leave her there.>
>>19662907she invented raptors. this is perhaps the coolest thing ever. that is all
>>19662907Close the electronic locks
rolled 71 = 71>>19662907just so long as you didn't also make it out of them I'm happy for you...
>>19662907"It better not be made out of either of the lizardmen."
"Clever girl. Is it one of your pets you transformed, or did you build it from scratch?""It was a small bird, before." She said. "I also used a bunch of enchantment to teach it how to move and to tame it. It won't hurt anyone unless I tell it to."She tapped the . . .thing's head, and a small rune started glowing."See? I can ask it to do anything I want. Small critters are easy to remove their psyche so that enchantment magic is much easier. In fact, I think this might be better than shapeshifting myself."<This is starting to scare me. We should find your eldest sister soon so we can leave her there.> You tell Raziel.". . . It's cute!" Marigold said. "Can I hug it?""Uh. . if you want." Kaliel said, and climbed off of it's back. Marigold ran over to the clawed, scaled creature, and started hugging it.
>>19663008ib4 face eating
>>19663008Mind wiping animals now? This is getting rather creepy.
>>19663026Eh, they don't have that much to start with, considering what she's using."It's quite fascinating, Kaliel. What other plans do you have?"
>>19663008Kaliel is going to end up going "The Island of Doctor Moreau" on us isn't she?This is quite impressive Kaliel, what else are you planning on doing?
"It's quite fascinating, Kaliel. What other plans do you have?""I have some kind of massive creature." She said. "Based off of grayson, with a thick shell, and tusks. Designed to take out fortifications, heavy armor, things like that. Then there's a flying beast. .but that's going to be a much larger undertaking- it's going to be enormous. Larger than the ship."As marigold hugs the lizardly creature, it. . simply looks at everyone. . with a look you can only describe as searing, utter hatred, as if it wants nothing more than to tear everything apart. But it doesn't move a single muscle.
rolled 34 = 34>>19663108Stare the pup down. Bad kitty.
>>19663108"I don't suppose your control over it wanes if you get injured or knocked out?" Worried."Wait, Greyson? You haven't been cutting up my friend have you?"
>>19663136We gave her the scrying glass so she doesn't have to cut things up.
rolled 96 = 96>>19663130I like it.
>>19663155Right, forgot about that.
"I don't suppose your control over it wanes if you get injured or knocked out?" You ask, somewhat worried."Not at all." She says. "The enchantment makes my orders feed into themselves- If I ask one to stay perfectly still, it will stay perfectly still until it starves to death. Last time I tried ordering a critter to stay still, it's heart stopped. .so I had to put in a few exceptions."
>>19663108Kaliel, could we talk in private for a moment.We should in private inform her that her current method of doing it is unsustainable for a few reasons. This method of servitude limits the initiative of the creatures, it means if the enchantment is broken by a clever opponent than they will turn on you, they will not fight harder or more cleverly for you but fight by rote action. All in all actual loyalty is a much better option, instead of servitude, create the creatures and earn their trust and loyalty and you'll have a much more effective force.
>>19663108Now I just feel sorry for the thing. She took a bird, changed it into something new. Gave it strength and power, then took away all of it's freedom. We don't get this under control she's going to create something too powerful...and she's going to pay the price.Also, what are the implications of nature? She might create something that could ruin the ecosystem.
rolled 4 = 4>>19663201>>19663229That is good.
". . Kaliel, can I talk to you in private for a moment?" You ask.She touches the raptor's head, and the rune glimmers once again. "Very well." She said, and the two of you go below deck."Your. . . method of servitude limits the initiative of the creatures, and it means that if the enchantment is broken by a clever opponent than they will turn on you. They will not fight harder or more cleverly for you but fight by rote action. All in all, actual loyalty is a much better option, instead of servitude, create the creatures and earn their trust and loyalty and you'll have a much more effective force."". . What initiative?" She asks. "What cleverness? They don't have minds, Ishelda. They're like. . pieces in a chess game. A pawn can't feel sad, or happy. A knight can't cleverly jump three spaces straight forward, and the bishop cannot move on it's own." She says. "And if the enchantment is broken, so is the creature's knowledge of how to use it's body. It would just end up paralyzed."
>>19663281No, it's fucking creepy. I'm out for the day.
>>19663297"Have you looked in it's eyes? It's going to kill something. I don't want it to be anyone I know."
>>19663297But yet that thing has intelligence and it is not the nice kind, there is a malevolence behind those eyes.
>>19663298What, encouraging her to not simply dominate the creatures is creepy? I don't follow.
Grayson is not a pawn, nor is the Heart, or Ser Bubbles. Even Jormungandr is important. For one simple reason they all FEEL. That creature you raised is not mindless, though it is not as intelligent as you and I perhaps but definately not mindless and it feels, strongly, I could SEE the hate in its eyes. Call it a pawn if you want but given a chance that creature you created will kill you and anyone else. Just please consider that despite how you change them consider them as living beings.
>>19663297>". . What initiative?" She asks. "What cleverness? They don't have minds, Ishelda. They're like. . pieces in a chess game. A pawn can't feel sad, or happy. A knight can't cleverly jump three spaces straight forward, and the bishop cannot move on it's own." She says. "And if the enchantment is broken, so is the creature's knowledge of how to use it's body. It would just end up paralyzed.""Exactly! An unintelligent enemy is far less dangerous than an intelligent one. And emotions are powerful. Far more powerful than you and I can even imagine."
"Have you looked in its eyes? It's going to kill something.""That's the point." She said. "I didn't give it those claws so that it can get hugged by human girls.""That thing has intelligence, and it is not the nice kind. There is a malevolence behind those eyes.""Preposterous." She says, glaring at you. "I created it's mind from the ground up. I know how it works. It may look like that, but that's not its mind you're seeing, it's its purpose. If you're going to try to tell me that I don't know what I'm doing, then you can set the airship down right here, and I'll be on my way. Alone."
>>19663297It's not mindless, it's eyes are pretty full of hate, if it had a chance it would break its bonds. You have thoughtless forces that can't react to changing situations with alacrity and have an easily exploitable weakness. I would suggest you instead of trying to get pawns work on uplifting creatures, giving them more intelligence and getting their loyalty the hard way. It is more difficult but it is more sustainable and a much harder bond to break. Your current method is unsustainable and will eventually break and fail. I would invite you to look at my retainers, they are skilled, independent and follow me out of trust and respect. They are much more dangerous to any opponents of mine than a horde of creatures bound in utter servitude.
rolled 90 = 90>>19663356Show her what you saw. Show her how it feels. Rolling for empathic link
rolled 32 = 32>>19663297I can use elementals for all of my fighting, and yet I have Kristoph, Nahzit, velrid, and company all along to help with the fighting...why do you suppose that is? I have their loyalty and I know that they're helping me because they want to, and because they have their own motivations they fight better than if I just MADE them do things...you can make a creature do your bidding, but if you aren't careful thats all it will do. you can ask a loyal follower to do you some favor and they might do it better in a way you hadn't thought of.this mind wipe and reassertion of control is...just...just wrong
>>19663297But the pieces cannot hate, cannot feel. This...lifeform, has been given a new body, and is then forced to do whatever you wish. And who knows, there could be another Impulse out there.There is always the chance of someone figuring out how to break your enchantment while still allowing the creature to have full control.
rolled 30 = 30>>19663362I cannot do that I cannot even consider it. I gave my word to azreal. but once I find your sibling then I will let you decide.
>>19663362"I'm sorry, I don't really mean to say that. I suppose I'm just not familiar with what you're doing, and it… it worries me, perhaps unduly. Do you have any books on magical theory I might borrow?"We really should try to understand magic better, even if we can't cast spells as a Mage would.
Okay now she's stubborn. We're going to have to reaffirm her before we can convince her of anything."That's not quite what I meant. Look, I'm just worried about you because I care about you. And the way you're going about things makes me think there's a good chance you'll get hurt. I'm not going to tell you what to do, I don't have the right to. But neither am I just going to keep quiet about my concerns. All I ask is that you consider what I'm saying, okay?"
>>19663362Summon an elemental designed to kill. Then look in it's eyes.
>>19663362I'm not saying you don't know what you're doing, you are exceptionally intelligent and you are going into unexplored fields of magic.I do however ask that you consider my thoughts instead of disregarding them outright. There is always wisdom in listening to others.
>>19663379If we add more than just what we saw in that link, I'll support this action.Perhaps add a bit of >>19663432
>>19663421>>19663394>>19663374>>19663383Welp, she's out.
>>19663379>>19663436Normally I'm against messing around with people's minds, but she seems to have no qualms about it. Do it.
rolled 99 = 99>>19663461we still are not letting her out until we find her damn sibling. a promise is a promise dammit
>>19663480What a waste of a 99.
"Watch." You say, and put your hands to her head.You show her that look. You show her that *glare*, that malevolent, angry hatred."You're anthropomorphizing the beast." She says, unfazed. "It's not even a beast. It's a machine made out of flesh. That's just how it looks. I'm confident in my own abilities. If it could break the spell, it would have, and your cousin would have tested her new, shiny ankh as her face is torn off. You may not be used to being wrong, Queen of Arctisara or whatever, but you're wrong here."
>>19663512Allow me to congratulate you, sir. You have the most totally closed mind that I've ever encountered.
>>19663512"You're lucky I keep my promises." Inform Ell that we're making a stop off at Venus.
rolled 100 = 100>>19663512If I am wrong then I am wrong, and If I am right one day your skills will kill you but there is one thing I can do...this is my ship, and I do not want you making any more creatures while you are on-board. I am trying to find your sibling, and as soon as I do you may leave. until then you are my responsibility...
rolled 66 = 66>>19663584typical...I don't suppose we can just use that to diplomance our way into getting her to stop?>>19663421at least for a little while>>19663383or indeed altogether.
rolled 12 = 12And what if I am not?Pause for a moment. I'm sorry for bringing this between us. To create an entirely new creature is worthy of praise. Just please consider what I've said.>>19663584Oh wow. Still rolls aside I don't think we should prevent her from experimenting. That will defiantely put a wedge between us.Rolling to communicate with the creature
>>19663512Okay, this is her specialty. She has us beat for both direct knowledge, in both biomancy and magic in general; and experience with what she does. If you want to piss her off, and have her leave in a huff, or just stick around the ship till we find Niriel, or whoever, keep doing what you're doing. I don't really care, I just think you're all being overly confrontational about it."Arcturus. I apologize for doubting you. I'll admit you know more about this than I do. I suppose my unfamiliarity with the subject makes me worry, perhaps unduly."And I shall again say we should bone up on the technical fundamentals of magic. We're doing it with fighting, we should do it with the arcane, as well.
"You're lucky I keep my promises." You say, and turn around, going back to the deck. "I am trying to find your sibling, and as soon as I do you may leave. until then you are my responsibility."You go up to talk to Ell, and reattune the compass to Venus."Marigold, step away from him, will you?" Kaliel asks, and she does. "Die."The raptor falls to the ground, like a puppet with it's strings cut. Even in death, the raptor's hateful eyes glared up at nothing."What?! Why would you do that?!" Marigold asked, horrified."Ishelda doesn't want my critters on the ship." Kaliel says.
>>19663641Yay, making enemies for no reason!
>>19663668I know, right?
rolled 39 = 39>>19663641Great.Just glare at her and speed the ship up a bit.
Welp thats what I didn't want. Brilliant slightly sociopathic child. Alienate her Yay!
Maybe call Azariel and tell him that his daughter is a freaking creepy sociopath and we'd like to know where the guy we're meant to take her to is.
>I know I don't usually do this, but after reading through the suggestions I realized there was consensus on taking a different tact. So I'm putting it up to a vote if you guys want me to retcon and repost.>Retcon>Continue on
>>19663731He doesn't know.
>>19663739Retcon, I want to turn her into a Mad Scientist who follows good due to it being the more practical choice instead of a crazy mad scientist who we end up having to deal with and take down.
>>19663739Either is good. It might make a better story to have to deal with some mistakes though.
>>19663748>>19663762That would be cheatingWhere's the fun in that?
rolled 33 = 33>>19663739retcon...for another attempt...
>>19663739Wait, if we retcon will the time mage twin get all on our nerves for messing with timelines?
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD RETCON
I think Bubbles stole that when he absorbed the book.
>>19663802Bah, Mind has their time book
>The retcon isn't because it's it's a mistake, the retcon is because I didn't wait long enough before posting.>Retcon initiated!You pause for a moment. "I apologize for doubting you. I'll admit that you know more about this than I do, and that to create an entirely new creature is worthy of praise." You say. "My unfamiliarity with the subject makes me worry, perhaps unduly.""I do suppose I got a little heated. . " She said. "But don't worry, Ishelda. I'd taken all of that into consideration long before you mentioned it, and for the same reason. the creatures have no mind, and no intrinsic nature, either kind of malevolent. The fierce look is for intimidation, and nothing more."
>>19663854Hurm, I still feel like this won't end well, but whatever. Let's continue the adventure.
So I leave for twenty minutes to go run and errand, and come back to see posts indicating that not only did we burn a bridge with Kal, but we then killed her (literal) pet project out of spite.Try not to give me a heart attack like that again please? Thank god for the retcon.
>>19663854If we retconned then we're still going north?
rolled 54 = 54Rolling to see if its truly mindless... just in case.
>>19663911>but we then killed her (literal) pet project out of spite.She killed it herself, not us.
>>19663854Just be careful Kaliel. And try to make your experiments look nicer, not for my sake but if some supposed hero gets it in their head that you're creating abominations against nature it could inconvenience your research. And give uplifting and giving intelligence to independent creatures a shot, you'd be surprised at how much more useful a thinking creature is than a pawn.
rolled 83 = 83>>19663854ah so that effect was intended?that is at least reassuring...by the same token though try not to let them run around the ship freely I'd hate to blast a hole in the ship because that thing just happened to walk around the corner...and please keep them in your room I might need to use the hold or entertain guests that might be put off by your creations...
>>19663854I'll trust you on that then. Let's go back to the others.
>>19663854"Alright. Say, would you have any…" blush from embarrassment slightly "… basic books on magic theory?">>19663882It'll likely do better, however.
>>19663985I'm pretty sure magic theory doesn't help us. Unless you meant 'magic theory'.
>>19663911>Actually, she killed her OWN pet project out of spite."Just be careful, Kaliel. And try to make your experiments look nicer, not for my sake, but if some supposed hero gets it in their head that you're creating abominations against nature, it could inconvenience your research." You say. "And give uplifting and giving intelligence to independent creatures a shot, you'd be surprised at how much more useful a thinking creature is than a pawn.""Well, I might make some thinking creatures, but not for a few years." She said. "Beings with their own minds can go rogue. Things without minds cannot."The ship continues north, as the sun starts to set. Other than the training, and the minor incident with Kaliel, (after which she sent the raptor back into her own cabin), hardly anything happens."Hey, we'll be going over the crypt, won't we?" Raziel asked, laying on her back and looking up to the stars. "We should probably check it out- It's only been a few days, but the seed might have sprouted. Also, I forgot to grab some of my pillows."
A quick stop won't hurt.
>>19664028I don't mind a quick stop, and it would be preposterous for people to expect ladies such as ourselves to go without our proper accoutrements.
>>19664028Irradiated pillows?"Is the dragon fast enough to catch up with jormongar if it continued on?"If the plant has seeded, we should send a seed back as soon as possible. We don't want paradoxes everywhere.
>>19664028>inb4 awakened tarrasque
rolled 48 = 48>>19664073this is a good point lets just make some with MAGIC. citing this reason.
>>19664073It's exponentially harder to send things back farther, right? We really should do that ASAP. Maybe even bring Marigold down so she can try growing it.
>>19664096Aren't we running really really low on magic and stamina? We already astral-fired our homeland and got beaten up today. We need to save enough for the radiation shield. It's rather important.Besides, if the seed works, we won't risk failure.
I'mma again espouse getting some books on magical theory to study. We may do our sorcery instinctually, but that's no reason to not understand how the rest of the magic users work. It could even help us understand our sorcery.It also gives us something else to do of an evening.
"I don't mind a quick stop, and it would be preposterous for people to expect ladies such as ourselves to go without our proper accoutrements.""You just pull that whole 'ladies' thing out of your pocket on command, don't you?" Raziel asked, and then chuckled. "Also, I need to find my books- I thought I took all of them, but the ones on ancestor worship are gone." She said. "I figured I could use them to find out about my mother."
Then its doubly important we stop. I'll go tell Ell.
>>19664168"Gone from the boat or the dig?" It's a bit concerning either way
>>19664168Raziel, the most wonderful thing about being a lady is that men of honor find it impossible to refuse a properly phrased request. I will teach you more about the advantages of a regal bearing should you wish.Now about those books, are you sure that you took them from the crypt, it is possible that someone else aboard borrowed them for their own research. We may want to check if Dariel or Kaliel know anything about it.
>>19664168"Is there something important about your mother? If you don't mind me asking."
>>19664168humm. now i am worried if ell has them
"It's doubly important we stop, then. I'll tell Ell tomorrow. Is there something important about your mother? If you don't mind me asking.""Not. . really. It's not relevant to anything we're doing, I'm just curious." She said. "Like, what kind of person was she, was she a spellcaster. . that sort of thing.""Is the book gone from the boat, or the dig?""I don't know." She said, and shrugged. "I didn't have a checklist of books, I just kind of stuffed them all into the box. Probably dropped it."
>>19664270Do we know much about our mother?
>>19664270"...Let's hope so."
>>19664270"I hope it's as simple as that. Would… would you happen to have any books on magical theory? I'm starting to think that I should bone up on my understanding of magic itself."
rolled 60 = 60>>19664270Rolling for hazmat suit
You close your eyes, and think of your own mother.Your. . father never told you much. It was a mystery where she had come from before she became queen, and he always said he'd tell you when you got older. There were a few portraits of her. .but you knew little, very little."... Let's hope so." You say."I'm not worried- I can probably borrow a copy from someone else. Vithriel might have a copy." She said."Would... would you happen to have any books on magical theory? I'm starting to think that I should bone up on my understanding of magic itself.""I might, but I'm not sure. I'm fairly certain Dariel will, though." She said.
Thank you, I'll ask him.
>>19664347Well damn, now I want to try and research our own mother.
inb4 Ishelda is her own mother
>>19664373inb4 VQ is Ishelda's mother.>>19664347We should talk to the fluffball then.
"Thank you." You say. "I'll ask him.""What's that?" Raziel asked, pointing up. Something was falling. . and dripping. It was hard to see against the background of the stars. . .Something smashed into the deck, with a loud crunch.One of the kalak twins, either Ragnarok or Gehenna, pushed himself up. He was bleeding, his legs were broken. . and one of his wings and one of his arms were completely gone. He clutched The Fell tightly in his one good hands."My brother... Please... Stop him... Stop Ragnarok... He's bringing our master back.">>End of thread 31!>>My twitter is @futureexabyte>>And I'll stick around to answer questions.
rolled 63 = 63>>19664462Oh it. is. on.Tellyporta the good kid on the ship and give him a good whooping.
>>19664481Teleporting a master of space manipulation magic.Right,
>>19664462Are we going to ever learn about our mother?Is the Void Queen from something, or did you just make her up?How much of this plot is going according to your plan?
>>19664462But you promised!
>>19664494>Are we going to ever learn about our mother?Possibly. Probably. But then again, I don't know anything about Ishelda's mother, so I'll have to make it up.>Is the Void Queen from something, or did you just make her up?The void queen spawned from a Bad End I wrote during the after-quest chatter, wherein BadendIshelda killed off her emotions.>How much of this plot is going according to your plan?What plot? This is all sandbox. I built (and am constantly building) a setting, and you guys are just exploring it. I do make sub-plots and such, and a major sub-plot I made was The Game, but there's no primary plot.
>>19664564Well I meant is there anything you absolutely expected to do, and we did?
>>19664506Seems Raggy wasn't really willing to stop.
>>19664564So, what's your opinion of EGO, the namefag?
>>19664699Wanna hear my opinion too or just Exabytes'?
>>19664492Oh please, we whooped Eidolon, kid like this is just a bump.
>>19664604I did eventually expect you guys to get your own land, but I did not expect you guys to get the jormungandr built, ally with most of the kalak, or start collecting as many artifacts as you have.>>19664699EGO? Was that the one that made that one 'sapient magic rusty sword' quest? I don't have much of an opinion on him.
>>19664733Eh, whatever, so long as Exabyte doesn't mind
>>19664782I don't really want the artifacts, but you keep putting them everywhere in the hands of people we really can't trust them with.I mean even bubbles is starting to look shady after Ell and he stole the time magic book and assimilated it without asking.
>>19664782He's a very opinionated questfag, and has a serious mad on for MSQ. IIRC, he hates how unoriginal it is, and that his original setting quests ne'er went anywhere, while MSQ is still going strong.
>>19664783I think he's vain, and too concerned with the quality of his writing as compared to whether or not people are actually having any fun. I think that's why his quests fail.I think he unfairly blames anyone but himself for his own failures in this regard.
>>19664782Yeah, that's him.>>19664828Seems fairly accurate. His writing's reasonably good but he just acts like a complete asshole.
>>19664828>>19664821I see. I'm not caught up on all of the scuttlebutt, and I haven't been reading MSQ for quite some time, so I guess I still don't have an opinion. Unless he's that dickhead who keeps posting up that animal farm thread. If so, my opinion is one of mild annoyance.I am mildly wondering why my own quests don't fail, now, though.
>>19664821> and has a serious mad on for MSQTo be honest, pretty much everybody hates MSQ.
>>19664877Because we love being the little girl.What's that? We have the power to reshape reality at a whim? Nah, I just want to have a teaparty with my friends.
>>19664877Because, you're personable, run them every day with no drop in quality, and stick to a tight schedule.
>>19664910Mahou Shonen (Sp?) Quest.Bang ALL the women!
>>19664910Mahou Shounen Quest.
>>19664910MSQ, or Mahou Shounen Quest, was originally a quest aimed at doing the whole sailor-moon-esque 'magic item transforms you and you have super powers' quest, but then it quickly turned into 'suave butler' quest. . And then turned into a massive crossover clusterfuck, AND THEN turned into harem quest. I read the first hundred or so threads in a single, very caffeinated weekend, and haven't touched it since.
>>19664884Moreso than everyone else it seems like. Or at least, he's the loudest and most obnoxious about it.
>>19664884Most people may not like it. He HATES it. And basically every other thread that's more successful than him. Without even reading them. He lumped SWQ in with MSQ for a while in his rants before actually finding out what it was about and deciding that it was ok.
>>19664974It's now gotten to the point where Hayate's existing girlfriends are placing bets on how many new women he'll come back with swagged after being away for 24 hours.Hint: it's 2.
>>19665011What's SWQ again?
>>19665037Strike Witches Quest
>>19665037SWQ, or Strike Witches Quest, is probably one of my favorite quest threads of all time. . Martians attack during the 1940s, cute girls with magic put airplanes on their legs and fight them. The main character is a dude who also fights martians. I'd try to explain why it's awesome, but I can't- I recommend you read it yourself. It's a hell of a sight better than my quests, that's for sure.
>>19664974Eh, it was a crossover clusterfuck from the start, due to being a new shard of the Editors/Metaverse setting.To be honest, I don't really understand why people dislike it, but that may be because I do enjoy it. On the whole. I dig it may not be every one's thing, but the same could be said of everything.>>19664877At the most basic level, they're fun, I'd say.
>>19665031last two threads had his alternate reality self who's transformez as female moving in with them and her device is Naru, that one construct which Hayate tried to save after making her sentient but failed so Kraus had to go in and save her, then Kraus stuffed Naru in Susan's (alt fem hayate) device killing it's original program before it was even born.
>>19665092>To be honest, I don't really understand why people dislike itReally? You don't see how people might think unstoppable Gary Stu swagging every character that's ever been imagined with no effort at all is badwrongfun?And there are the standard 'get weeaboo shit of my /tg/' guys as well of course.
I miss Deity Quest.
>>19665173I suppose I don't really see it that way, and somewhat try to keep it from being such, not that I really have much influence. As I said, I enjoy it.But yes, since you spell it out so, I can dig it.
What happens if we accidentally too many Artifacts?
>>19665837The crux cruxes so cruxily that it cruxificates.
>>19665837If there are too many artifacts in a single place, it causes a crux. You don't know exactly what a crux IS, save that Bubbles said you could theoretically end all of reality during one.
>>19665837Events shall be Evented whether we want them to or not, as the Heart and Mind have an intellect blowing crux.
>>19665938I know everything
rolled 8, 94, 38 = 140eh I'll give it a try...reach through space and time. grab that fucker by the narbles drag him over by them and headbutt him so hard he forgets who he ever was
rolled 10, 23, 8 = 41>>19666400nope that didn't work I need better rolls for that
rolled 7, 31, 72 = 110>>19666411sir.. this is how you roll
rolled 9, 39, 47 = 95>>19666515are you trying to tell me of all people how I should roll my dice? >>19666400dice go for this if this turns out good...
>>19666400>>19666411>>19666515>>19666597>>19666607Congratulations, you were all below average. You win this nothing. Have fun with it.
rolled 48 = 48>>19666623maybe I can fix it.
rolled 44 = 44>>19667009apparently not.
rolled 17 = 17Oh let daddy Discord show you how it's done
rolled 3 = 3>>19667093Yes go ahead. Pft.
Why's every single one so terrible roller?
rolled 17 = 17>>19667257he says as he forgets to roll
>>19667257Because they don't matter.
rolled 7 = 7Here, let me try.