(( http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Holy%20Grail%20War%20Quest For previous threads.IRC is #HGWSeattle @ Rizon.Twitter is https://twitter.com/HowDoIShotTrip ))You are Legion (Nicknamed by yourself as Bob), familiar to Luke Morcai. Your Master is capable of powerful but time-consuming Circle Magic, which can replicate many spells but requires a great deal of preparation and time, And of the magic he has decided to term Theft. Theft allows Luke to steal anything, so long as it is possible in a physical matter with his hands. You are both embroiled in the Great Grail War, which is a Holy Grail War with four sets of servants.Your Servant is Astolpho, knight of Charlamagne, Rider Class. Stat page here: pastebin.com/qJw29xd7LAST TIME: A BAN PREVENTED ME FROM RUNNING THE GAME DIRECTLY. A 'DUEL' WITH ANOTHER RIDER. A LOST FOOTA BROKEN RIDERA TERRIFYING ENCOUNTERAND SHIT GETTING REAL.THE STORY CONTINUES....NOW
All right, Master. Time to head out to the island. Bring Arrie and Jeanne with you. Y'know, just in case.
My favorite time of day has come. Too bad I'm at work.Anyways, Considering the situation luke and astolfo are in I'd suggest using that card to call Merlin and see if he'll intervene, Roland is a goddamn rapetrain and will likely run right over astolfo with Luke so low in prana.
The earth crunches underfoot as we finish leaving the boats. I look at my feet, picking up a bone - it looks like a finger. Tossing it aside, I look to Rider, who's hair was longer than I thought, cascading to his shoulders. He looks at me, and I place a hand on his shoulder. <Don't worry. We can win this.>He nods. <I need you to fight defensively for as long as you can. Hold out, until I can formulate a way to win.><You aren't... running away?><No. I've run away from the Mages Association. I've run away from the Church. I've run away from the vampires. I've run all my life. It's time for me to stand and fight.><Through me.> he says, humour entering his mental voice. <Naturally.> <I shall do my best, milord.>Arry, walking with us, frowns. "The mana in this place feels thin." she says quietly. "Something was done here a long time ago. Experiments..." she frowns. "The battlefield is at the centre of the isle." Roland states, his voice on the edge of rage. "We shall do battle there. Do not make me tarry, Astolfo." he says, and Rider's hackles rise. "Call me prince." he says. Roland nods, after some consideration. "This shall be glorious." the enemy mage says happily."Shut up." Arry says, making him close his mouth in shock. "The only reason you're not dead is because we respect Rider enough not to interfere." Hm... There's a building in the distance, squat and concrete. What should I do?
Our greatest advantage may lie in goading Roland to use the Oliphaunt. The spirits won't have any resistance to La Black Luna, so they'll be useless to Roland in battle, and the damage it'll do to him will give us a leg up [if you'll forgive the pun, master]It's the most efficient NP vs. NP match-up available to us. We should aim to goad him into using it through any means necessary. Ask Astolfo if he has any ideas on that.
>>20264063Ask Astolfo if he minds if you aid him in the duel. Then go do some bigass ritual magic and blow Roland the fuck up.
WAIT! Master, there shoul be a cave around here somewhere. Go find it, and Steal the Magic Engines inside it to boost Astolfo.
>>20264153Won't work. Keyed to Shirou, remember?
>>20264063Heard of Shirou Emiya? We had a run-in with him a while back... with our original master.Anyway, there are engines buried under here that interact with prana. If you can work out how to use them [we'll help]Well.How'd you like to be actually good at magic for once, Luke?
>>20264063There are prana generators inside of this building. From what I remember they work only for one man (and those he gave access to), but I think you can steal them. You just need to get to the building.>>20264116It seems Astie wants a fair duel. Doesn't mean we can't help him with prana. Prana for him means hippogrypf and broken phantasmic mounts.
>>20264163Theft, motherfucker. Origin FTW
>>20264163Our master's origin is all about stealing shit, that shouldn't be a problem.
>PRANA ENGINESWhat? "Arry, you know about Prana Engines, right?""Yes - a device created by Shirou Emiya to allow mages with low-quality circuits to circumvent their low prana capacity, acting as a generator and buffer for more prana.""Do you know where they were invented? Built?" Her eyes go wide, then her face returns to 'normal'. "No. But these signatures are consistent." <How long can you last?><About ten minutes.><...Ten? That's... Impressive. Are you sure?>Again, humor enters his voice. <Trust me. I know what I'm doing and what he's capable of.>"Arry, can you pinpoint a specific location?" "Nothing better than the building there." I break into a flat ru- oh, right. I fall on my face, and Arry supports me. "Idiot." We move together. It's quite a ways. About halfway there, I hear a series of explosions, which shake the island and make me stumble. Rider... Should I be watching the fight? "No. You can't help there." Arry says, pushing me forward."... Why do you suddenly care?" "Do I need a reason?" she asks quietly. "Shut up and save your energy." she says as we reach to door into the building. It's locked. "Damnit!" she growls.
>>20264426Oh, for God's sake, break the damn door down.
>>20264426Tell her to use Slim Jim to bust open the door. This is fucking life or death here for Rider.
>>20264426You do have a gun, right? Use the gun on the door. I hope I don't need to explain how.Alternatively, break the door if you can.Alternatively, overcharge it with Reinforcement if you have mana to do so.
>>20264462With your one good foot! Do it! Do it!More seriously, steal the hinges. The door is likely Reinforced since the magus who made the engines specialized in that sort of magic, but he was rather... direct, and probably didn't think to check those.
>>20264492This. Your magic steals shit. Do it already.
>>20264492Stealing shit is good. Do it.
>>20264492Go for it.
>>20264593>>20264527>>20264502Guys. We need to save prana for stealing the Generators.
>>20264492>>20264527I move closer, and feel the Prana flow to my hands, which glow brightly - and launch forth to tear off the hinges. The fact that the wall and door are in my way doesn't stop me from tearing them out, my ethereal hands phasing through to grip at the entire hinge and rip it free. I pant, the action draining me. "Blood." I mumble, and she kisses me.Well, no, not exactly. It's more accurate to say she plunges her torn tongue into my mouth, dripping her blood down my neck. It's too sudden to be pleasureable, and the taste drowns out the feeling. I feel a surge again as she pulls off the door and tosses it aside. We stumble inside. "We're almost the͘r̨e͢..." she͞ says͢, ̵lea̧d̢i̡n̡g͞ m̶ȩ ̴by͞ ţh̸e ̕h̕a͟n̢d̀ a͟ņd ͡s̡hou̕l̛der͏. "C̨o͠me͏ o͏n͞.͝" ͞S̀wor͠d͞s ͢s̨li̸d͢e ͟o͟ut ͢of ͠t̢he̶ wall̨s and cut ̸h̷e͘r͞ arm,̀ b͏ųt̡ w͜e҉ k̵e͡ep going̨, ͞h̢er̸ ey͏e̷s angr̢y͡. ̢W͝e ͞r͡each͢ anót̸her̵ ̸do͜or,́ w̸h̕ìch̛ ͝she k̢ićk͠s óp͠en͡.̀ Whe̡n s̡h̴e ̢t̢ŗies to ste͞p in͏s̕ídé,͏ ̵śhe stum̸b̵l͝es ͜on͡ ̨h̀er f̧oot͠ ̵whic͟h̀ ͡jig͟g͘les͡ od͝dl͜y͠, ̧t̡hen͜ f͟a̸lls o̸n ͞h̴er fa͡ce a̷s I ҉h̛o͠bble͢ i̵ns̕i͡de̕.̷̨Sev̢ęn.͟ ̵S̡ev͘en ҉gen҉er̶at҉ors̢.͝ ͘͏Unkeye̛d.͡͞Not͘hi̵n̢g̀ com̀es̀ ̛ba͟ck. ͡M̶y s͞ea̕l̸s a̡re ͡s͡till̀ ́t͏he҉re̡. ͜
>>20264649Hello? Master? Come in, Master? Somebody? Anybody? Nobody? Okay.What happened?
>>20264649Key yourself to the fucking generators. DO IT NOW. Activate the power grid.
>>20264649Generators must be stolen by you. Then it's unlimited prana work time. Assuming we didn't miss too much information.Otherwise, it's run really fast and bring Astie with you time.
>>20264649Stay focused, kiddo. For Astolfo, for Arrie and for yourself. Get a feel for the generators, how they key themselves to a person and then steal it for yourself. Boot it up to gain more prana, then repeat the process with some of the other generators. Try to check with Astolfo in the meantime, see if he's getting the extra prana as well. Once he's getting plenty of juice, check on Arry. I think you two might have something in common now.
If you could spare some prana to work on your dear familiar, we'd appreciate it.Long gigs aren't really a specialty, it wasn't in the specs.Get this stuff up and running. If the prana's sufficient, we can probably drop a pretty heavy blow on Roland's head by Breaking Rider's mount.Remember too that pushing him to use the Oliphaunt gives us an advantage.
>>20264780Not breaking THE Rider's mount. He can CREATE mounts. We'll break them instead.
>>20264732I move quickly, to one of the generators. The key system is blood-simple. all I do is give it a sample of Od and it's mine. "Gas." I mumble, looking around. Drums sit on the side of the room, and I drag them over to each one. Walking on my stump is painful, but fuck it. I can heal later. Pouring it in each generator, I can feel something on the other end of my connection to Rider. It's not much, but it's there. He might have hidden, he might be wounded. All the more reason to hurry! My seals flicker as I work, and Arry works with me. Sweat drops from my forehead. I reach down to the pull cord on the nearest full generator.One.Two.Three. Come on! Come on, you son of a bitch! I pull with everything I have, screaming at the machine, and it roars in response - and I feel ALIVE. The seals on my hand roar into life, and I fall to my knees. Even one generator is supposed to be enough to fuel a magus. But a mad grin comes to me as I hobble to the second. And the third. And the fourth. One by one I start the loud generators, and in the cacophany of motors, I feel like my body is overflowing. So I send it elsewhere. I throw back my shoulders, arms at my side, and let out a laugh. All the power I need or want. And it was all right here.Should I stay here, or head up to watch Rider?
>>20264873Go watch. Something could still go wrong; you should be on hand in case you need to help.
>>20264873Stay in control, dude. You're slipping into maniacal laughter territory here.Make sure Arry isn't in danger of bleeding out on us, then head back up to watch Rider. Be ready to heal him with a command seal, if necessary.
>>20264873Check on Arry. Is she still breathing?
>>20264873UNLIMITED PRANA WORK!Luke, now you need to get drunk on power and laugh as a madman all the way back. Quickly check on Arrie. She is wounded. Get her some first help. Then go watch. Suggest to Astie via mental link to use broken animated mounts if he has time.
>>20264873I know it may hurt, but you have to stay here. What if the enemy master is noticed you're disappearance and is on his way here right now? These batteries are our Hope, and the only way he can possibly win. We can't afford to lose them, no matter what.Stay Put. Trust Rider.
Master... can you steal a Noble Phantasm?
>>20264936Arry is apparently uninjured, she helped us bring the generators online.Stay where you are sir, Sillyman is afoot.
>>20265040According to EGO, no. Believe me, I asked.
>>20265047She's alive, but injured. Most likely she fucked up her ankle while kicking down the door. Also she got cut by a bunch of swords. We can't have her dying on us.
>>20265047Awww. Even with these wicked generators pounding mad prana into us? Can we at least steal Berserker's command seals?
>>20265145That would be a quick way to kill us off. Even with the generators. This Berserker looks to be an even bigger prana sink than Hercules or Lancelot.
>>20264873Stay cool and check on Arry first, Master. Then you can go watch what's happening with Rider. Don't go too far though, just in case something goes wrong with the generators.I have figured out what Master has that sets him apart, fellow Bobs.--What enables a man to come up from nothing to become a Magus, the ultimate self-made man?--What enables a man to make an unholy alliance with vampires and then strive to atone for what he's done?--What enables a man to encounter both Ganondorf and Merlin (two HAX Casters) and walk away alive to tell the tale?--What enables a man to strive for building a romantic relationship with his English paladin Servant while he seduces a female French knight (also a Servant)?The answer is simple, my fellow Bobs: BALLS. Big, round, massive balls of steel. David had class, but Master Luke has balls.
>>20265228Nailed it in one. Luke gives No Fucks in the face of danger.
>>20265228Our Master has a pair that even the King of Heroes would envy.
>>20265145>>20265162Stealing the seals doesn't steal the servant. I don't think at least, we could also flood astolfo with mana to create a stampede of mounts.If we stole the seals it might break rolands connection with his master which could run him dry of mana quickly. We'd have to be able touch the bastard though.With all this mana depending on how long it lasts (this needs confirmation) we might be able to steal Jeanne from the red grail now too.
>>20265040Yes, I am totally going to walk up to a monster that can CLEAVE OPEN MOUNTAINS and try to take something from him. That is a most brilliant plan. I am so glad to have you all with me.I bandage Arry's wounds, and she stares up at me. "Don't die." she says. "Don't worry." I reply. "Just sit still." I dash up to the roof. And then I see... I see Astolpho holding his own. It's an even match. His body is oozing Prana, so overcharged I think most of his parameters... Yes, they are. All of his parameters are up a rank from all that.But the fight is strange. Roland is incredibly powerful. By all means, he should be tearing Astolfo apart! But each attack that should hit, misses. Each hit that should kill, only injures. And even those heal rapidly from the huge amount of energy I'm giving him.But power doesn't come from nowhere. The Mana in the air is rapidly draining. In just a few minutes, this will be a dead zone. And then it's all based on internal batteries.
Roland is growing more and more angry. I can't hear it, but it sounds like Rider is /taunting/ him! What... And then I get it. Red lines race across his form as all hell breaks loose in Roland's mind. His armor shatters, his sword flying wide into the ground as he screams. The other master scoffs, and Roland reaches somewhere, pulling out a shining bottle. And that's when the plan comes together. Rider dives in close, and, with the pommel of his blade, shatters the vial. "You never deserved it anyway." he says, loud enough for me to hear, before he's knocked away and tumbling over the landscape. He gets up and looks up at me as Roland begins to run for his sword. But Rider is faster. His horse, of fire and wind, blows away Roland, kicking and neighing. And then Roland, in his fury, roars and punches into its chest. Bad idea.The phantasm changes. It becomes dangerous. It becomes wild.It becomes...Broken.Rider runs away, leaping up and tackling me to the ground as the world around me simply explodes.
>>20265292Stealing Jeanne would end...poorly.It would likely trigger a defense mechanism within the Grail.
>>20265309OH FUCK. EXPLODING HORSE!
>>20265260>>20265285>forgot my trip againExactly. From the beginning, Master Luke believed he had nothing to lose and everything to gain. He even wants to atone for his part in what happened to Mistress Liz and Attie. He knows now he was wrong and wants to make it up to Master David and us if we can help him win this War.All of that takes balls, especially admitting when you're in the wrong and trying to make it right.>song that came to mind when I figured this out about Luke end of last thread: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLhp0US_Hj0
>>20265309((LOL Hill of Swords))Oh, well DONE! Finish him off, Master!You will search and destroy! SEARCH AND DESTROY! Any resistance you encounter is to be CRUSHED! We donot run from our enemies! Kill them all! I order you to leave nothing but bloody stains in your way!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaFYgY590yoRIDER! GRAB THE SWORD!
>>20265314We *will* have her independent from the grail. One way or another
>>20265309It is the greatest cool.No, try not to die.We do it all the time, you should be able too.Try to keep track of the situation.Not much else I can say at the moment.
>>20265373Oh, you'll get no argument from me there, mate. All I'm saying is we can't steal her.
>>20265373>>20265402Master Luke will find a way to free Jeanne from the Grail. Oh, yes: he will find a way, because of the power of Balls. He gives no fucks about danger and doesn't afraid of anything.
"It's not over." the other Master states. "My Servant is better than that." I blink away the brightness, Rider standing as Berserker lands next to his Master. His arm is missing. His face is halfway blasted off. His skin is torn away from his chest and soldier. But he still stands, and the enemy Master grins. "Kill them, Roland. Kill them and claim your maiden." Rider scoffs. "Hardly a Maiden at this point." he says with a grin as Berserker charges. I choose for the better part of valor. Even from my vantage point in the hallway, it's clear - the damage wrought by the broken phantasm has utterly crippled Berserker. Rider moves around him with ease, slicing into him with his simple sword. He's not smiling, he's not arrogant. This is a job to finish. He's already won. He's already healed the scar this monster of a man left behind. I'm confident Rider can handle this, so I head to check on Arry, who smiles at me. "Oh, you're not dead." she says. "It takes a lot to kill me." I manage. "We kinda need to leave.""There was a large explosion earlier." "Punching a magic horse with enough power to obliterate a castle wall makes these kinds of things happen." I manage. I help her up as best I can, and we each take a crutch to get upstairs. To find Roland at Astolfo's mercy. The simple blade is in his hands, tip at Roland's neck. He's contemplating.
>>20265461Finish him. Then we kill the Master for summoning Roland as Berserker.
>>20265461Nod gravely to Astie. If he looks at you, say that it's his choice and you'll stand by his side no matter the decision.After all, Roland was a reason he answered Grail's call. And only he can decide what he wishes.Your task is to watch Master as well so he wouldn't pull some cheap trick on us.
>>20265461Master, If you let him go, it's gonna bite you SO HARD in the ass.If you have to do it yourself and spare Rider the guilt, so be it. But Roland dies, one way or the other.
>>20265461"Is there anything left for you to tell him, my Knight? Any words left unspoken?"Keep an eye on the master, though. While he may be an honorable sort, he may resort to rage/trickery now that he's been defeated.
First, acquire Durandal. THEN make decision.I *personally* think Roland needs to go, but law of drama says that saving him will save us later.Also, kill him and we're another Servant closer to all world's end.
>>20265461Also, you may want to offer to finish him off yourself, master. Roland was his best friend and love of his life for years, he may feel guilt-ridden if he does the job.
Steal seals, order Durandal transfer.
>>20265561I kinda want to see Slim in action
>>20265515>>20265530>>20265566Concurring with both Cu Chulainn and Logic Bob. If Astie can't finish Roland, offer to do it for him.I'm not blood-thirsty like Black Bob, but Winter has a point about Berserker's Master: I believe that he's too dangerous to be left alive. What happens if he makes a contract with a rogue Servant (or Ganondorf, Gaia forbid)?If Astie doesn't feel like doing Berserker's Master in, maybe Arry can call Slim Jim and have him do the honors.
I think we have little choice but to kill Berserker's Master. I can't see Astolfo caring that much, but it might be worth asking him.If Astolfo, for all of these events, can't bring himself to kill Roland, then all he needs to do is let us Geek the Mage. Without someone on the leash, a Berserker at Rank B will be gone in minutes.
>>20265616Agree. Slim Jim scares the shit out of me but Arry is our ally, so we should have a chance to see what he can do. We could run across a situation in the future where we might need him. The fight against Blue Rider might have been less difficult if Slim Jim had been present to take out Blue Rider's Master...and Luke might not have lost a foot.
Astolfo raises his arm, and in the next moment, Roland dissipates. And then I pull free my weapon, my simple pistol, and shoot the other master. Five times. With a breath of relief, we all partially collapse, the threat over, dealt with.
>>20265693No, you idiot, steal his circuits. STEAL HIS CIRCUITS!
>>20265693AUGH. He could support Roland at that level, you should have stolen his circuits! Think what we could have done with that power!
>>20265693Well, that was...thorough, Master. Check Rider and Arry for injuries, and reload the gun. You might also want to consider using this island as a base of operations, seeing as the generators are hre.
>>20265693Loot him from all possible enchantments before they dissipate.Mages are horrible poepl, of course they would loot a dying body.
>>20265693Steal the command seals and circuits before it's too late. You need them to win and he's dead anyway.
>>20265693Can you still cannibalize the body? Steal circuits, steal seals.That would help and it's not like he use them anymore.And you don't exactly have a leg to stand on to refuse any advantage.
>>20265738>>20265727Master, try to steal his circuits off his corpse. It should be possible, after all, crests can be taken and used from dead tissue.
>>20265693And just like that, the monster that was Berserker is gone.(I'd like to take this moment to apologize. Roland was met with some... mixed feelings that I'd gone too far with his design or betrayed some core tenants of the Berserker class in his abilities. If you are one of those folks who disliked him, I hope I didn't do too much to sour your quest experiance).Master, is it possible for you to steal the Magic Circuits from the corpse, or are they already gone since his soul has left the body via being dead? Shame we couldn't try stealing the sealed Durandal, but it may not be totally lost yet.If we can't get any circuits, then at least go check on Astolfo. As strong and angry as he was during that fight, he may be feeling a little misty-eyed now that the deed is done, and we ought to comfort him.
>>20265693Good work, Master Luke. The destruction of the world is put off for another week.>>20265742>>20265758>>20265760>>20265763Do this if stealing his Circuits are possible and won't kill you. Then check on Astie and see how he's doing: he may have his battle face on right now, and Roland's death could be tearing him up inside.
>>20265776Sanguine is right, as usual.
That went... surprisingly well.On the other hand, I'm pretty sure we just killed two servants in a day, so that is less good.
>STEAL HIS CIRCUITSI thought I was beyond that. Besides that... I'm not sure I want to. Certainly the circuits are good, but those engines in the basement are portable. I could take them home. Or set up shoip here, or something. Frankly, I'm tired. It's been a long goddamn day. I lean against Rider and he holds me tightly. "I want to go home." he says quietly.
>>20266133Listen to me. You are not beyond that just yet. You need that extra power. Otherwise, you're dead, and you can't uphold the end of the bargain you gave us. DO IT LUKE.
>>20266133It's... different if you've decided to eliminate him. There's a difference between preying on those who've done you no harm and those who intend to do the same to you. It's still not a pleasant thing to do, but it might have meant the difference between victory and death in a future contest. The engines are preferable, but using them means always needing to pick your battlefields ahead of time. And having both the engines and the circuits might have made stealing Jeanne easier...
>>20266133There is a difference between killing people to get circuits and getting circuits from people you killed.The former is a path to become new Ganon. The latter is tactic.Reassure Astie that you are proud of him and ask his advise in dilemma.
>>20266133Lets go home then
>>20266133Kid, I object to you doing it to friends, living people, all of that. But this guy is dead, he tried to kill us and failed, there are no negative consequences I can think of and you won't always have the engines around. We're down a Noble Phantasm, we need every edge we can get to stay in the game.How long will it take to steal his circuits?Oh and no matter what kiss Astolfo and ask his opinion on pigtails as a new hair style.
>>20266133...fair enough, master. We figured you meant stealing from living people, but I can respect your decision. We got this far on our own, we can make it to the finish line with the tools we have. It's up to you.Take the engines home if you can. As many of them as possible. We can figure out how to work them to our favor later.Hug Rider back, but don't leave Arry out either. She got herself cut up pretty badly for you tonight and deserves some thanks. Maybe it's time to show her your real home? It's much nicer than the apartment you guys have been staying in, if I recall correctly. Astie will have to drive, though. You and Arry might be unFEET to drive at this point.
>>20266222Also: Is Jeanne still here? Make sure to give her a smile. She got you here, after all.
>>20266133Buy your boy something nice.Maybe a shiny new bow for his hair or something.And an ice-cream.We're also a fan of life-affirming, affectionate sex between two consenting adults, and can provide incentive.Seriously though, he deserves a reward.
>>20266222I concur with Logic Bob. I'll respect your wishes not to steal that dead guy's Circuits. Take the engines home if you can, and we'll figure out how to set them up later (ideally, we should split them between both your home bases in case a Master finds one). Or we can set up shop here later.Right now: group-hug with Rider and Arry. Both of them came through for you tonight. Rewarding them both later is a must. Then give Jeanne a smile and thank her.
I am....amazed. Master, Rider, and Arry just beat a completely HAX Berserker who was bordering on god-tier. An now that we have Shirou's generators. If we can persuade Merlin to join Team Save the World, then I'm feeling pretty good about our chances in this Holy Grail War.
>>20266609Yes, yes, it's all wonderful. I lean down and kiss Rider's lips, then the air runs out of mana and I pass out.---I wake up some time later, I don't know when, in the apartment. Rider is on top of me, fast asleep.
>>20266639Well isn't that plain adorable. I hope someone put that guy's body on ice so you can harvest from it.Don't get up, you've had a long day. Give sleeping Astolfo a few kisses and play with his hair, see how he look with pigtails, a braid, that sort of thing. When he wakes up kiss him some more.
>>20266639You have your pants on?
>>20266639I would suggest sleeping some more because lucid dreams.Otherwise, check on time... and date. Try not to wake up Astie if it isn't look like he has a nightmare.Find Arrie. If she isn't asleep, thank her for the island and ask for her injuries.Then ask what happened after you passed out.
Taking the circuits of rolands master now is different than taking them from someone who had never done you any harm. I'd have prefered to force him into a gaes to stay out of the rest of the grail war but I don't think that would have worked. Best to make use of him now that he's dead rather than let his life go to complete waste. The loss of life is a shame but magi must make hard choices at times. He would have done you harm if possible, what you did was self defense. Honor the loss of life by not letting it go to complete waste.
>>20266639First of all, how are you feeling? Can you move okay? How's your leg/missing foot? Try taking stock of your physical situation without waking op Astolfo.Then this: >>20266716
>>20266639First things first: how do you feel, Master? Does the missing foot hurt much?Check the time. If it's morning already, wake Astie up and let's see about breakfast. Find Arry, see how her injuries are, and tell her thank you. Ask her to bring you up to speed on what happened after you passed out.
>>20266639Sitrep, Master. Where, what time, with whom, and status.
UP THE FUCKING DATED.>>20266716This, might be a good idea to see if jeanne decided to come home with the party too.
>>20267134Sorry, not >>20266716 I meant >>20266790
>>20267098I'm back in the apartment. It's quiet... It's perhaps a few hours after I passed out. It's dark, but the moon lights up the room. I look at the coffee table.Luke: Went out with Ruler for tea, will be spending night with her. Wards should keep you safe. If they don't, I've spent command spell. My servant is bound to our Geas. Talking to him is a pain. Sorry it took so long. Enjoy your time alone with Rider.I turn the paper over. PS: Still gay.I put the paper down and pet Rider's hair gently. Seems there's nothing for me to worry about for the time being...
>>20267337She sure is.... something. Anyone want to speculate what it is that got her moving around? Based on when she started being more active, I'd almost guess it was Jeanne.
>>20267337>Arry confirmed for our current BFFOh, Arry, you're such a kidder. Since it's still late, go ahead and go back to sleep. Bob the Skull will prattle on inside your head (quietly of course) and we'll stay alert for any signs of trouble.Have some soothing music to help you go back to sleep, Master: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rLJkbkQWBY
>>20267337>Nothing to worry aboutThat's just asking for it, Master.Call Jeanne and make sure they're both okay (showing you care, wot?), make sure Astolfo's okay emotionally speaking. Thank Arry for taking care of you.Also, are those generators with you?
>>20267337Try waking Rider up gently. I think you guys need to talk, and such things are best done before sleeping. You can try going back into the dreamscape while you're sleeping, too.
>>20267337Well, you can relax and enjoy the moment.You may watch news or prepare a... breakfast? dinner? Meal for Astie for when he'll wake up.>>20267401From what I understand, she is a walking boundary field. She cuts from herself even parts of the world that she can enjoy. Perhaps her working magecraft on Luke or her blood made Luke part of the field, so now she is more concerned about him since she see him as a human and not some prana-radiating object.Or maybe she just talked with someone besides eldritch horror first time in a long time. It certainly helps.
>>20267420This; I'm changing my vote. Plus: call me paranoid, but Jeanne and Arry are getting friendly awful fast, so acquiring Jeanne Points is a good idea.
>>20267337Wait, her Assassin is now serving as a guard of sorts for Luke?...Does that mean he's around?
>>20267337Oh Arry, you hiwawious. If phone is nearby call her (specify that you're calling for her if it's jeanne that answers) and thank her for everything she's done. Tell her you're glad that she's found some human emotion again... and that you're totally not gay, you're polyamorous - you've recently found yourself capable of liking and loving many people.If Astolfo wakes up, it might be time to have a heart to heart with him... 'killing' roland must have been hard.
>>20267420I give Jeanne a call, and apparently, shortly after the death of the enemy master, his circuits literally ignited and destroyed themselves, as part of a pre-written ability before his death. The generators are in the apartment basement. Arry tells me not to worry about her friend - he won't be visible to me, and won't make himself so. Both of them assure me that they are simply having conversation, nothing more. After a round of thanks, Arry finally notes that I've been given a peg prosthesis, so I won't stumble about like an idiot. After a few minutes of learning it, I make my way to the kitchen and start to cook. Halfway through, I feel Rider hugging me tightly. "We're alone." he mumbles.
>>20267503Not if we aren't thinking about him.Wait a minute, I thought she said her servant couldn't protect her. What gives?
>>20267569"...Yes, what of it?"
>>20267569Well master, time to chose what to do first.WordsOr... Deeds.
>>20267594She used a Command Spell I guess.
>>20267492Arry was in a similar spot to luke when we first met her, probably had some trauma and did some terrible things - she suffers from chronic insensitivity to pain IIRC and her magic is a little bit wonky. Those two things combined could have probably led to some fucked up and torturous training as a magi.Being shown some human emotion and that she's valued and cared for as a person seems to have pulled her out her nihilistic slump. Remember she still hasn't really interacted with Jeanne to find out the fuck is really going on with the grail. Her and Jeanne are seemingly becoming 'girlfriends' and probably discussing girly stuffs, Arry might even lord it over Jeanne a bit that she kissed Luke before Jeanne did, both seem to genuinely like teasing.Also Luke has balls of steel - Who the fuck else allies with a crazy nihilist who has an ELDRITCH ABOMINATION for their servant. Only people who star in old spice deodorant commercials are that manly
>>20267569Bob is always here.But, you deserve some time. It is our custom to bow out for moments like these.Just, uh... make sure you burn that memory in good, okay? We're accustomed to... payment for services rendered, Master.And, let the kid know we like him, eh? Have a wonderful evening.
>>20267569"That we are. So, takeout or should we make something. What's on tv?"
>>20267569Master, I want you to turn around right the fuck now, pick up your servant (as best as you're able with that new foot of yours), hug him tightly and then twirl him around while telling him all the things you're feeling right now and what you felt while he was fighting Roland and every single thing in between.Let it out, dude. We'll understand if you want to shut us out for a bit.
>>20267648>>20267699This, just be sure you finish cooking and/or turn off the stove first. You don't want to burn the apartment building down while you and Astie are in the throes of passion.If you want us to tune out for a while, that's understandable. Just give us the play-by-play later; our previous Masters were nice enough to do the same thing.
>>20267699>>20267729I finish cooking. It's nothing special. A steak, some potatoes. But I pick up Rider and pull him into a hug - his legs fastening about my waist as I kiss him, passionately. I've never really been one to make speeches about this sort of thing, not that I've been in the game long. After a few moments, I set him on the counter, and he stares down at me, as if in thought. I stare back.---As we finish the cold meal, Rider stretches. "So what's the plan now, Master?"
>>20267791"For this night? To rest and enjoy ourselves. I think we earned that much. Tomorrow? Who knows? The way thing are going, Armageddon wouldn't surprise me... And with you by my side wouldn't scare... As long as I'm in a bunker with prana-generators, at least".
>>20267791"Arry left a message stating that she would be spending the night with Jeanne... we have the house to ourselves *winkwink*"
>>20267791I-I'm not sure how I feel about this...
>>20267791lets just watch some tv.
>>20267791For the moment: rest, recuperate, and enjoy your alone-time with Rider. You and Astie just fought and defeated two Servants back-to-back. Maybe turn on the news and see if there are any 'accidents' that might indicate Grail Battle.Make a note of any such activity; you can check it out tomorrow. After that, watch a movie with Astolfo until you two get tired again and go back to bed.We still need to win over Merlin as well as find the other two Casters and try to get them to join Team Save the World. And maybe see if we can find some more allies (follow up with Gene Godhand and his Master Rose), but that can wait until later.
>>20267791AHAHAHAHA HERE WE GO
>>20267915Seconding all of this. It's pretty sound advice.
>>20267791"As eventful as this day was for the both of us, we can't forget that there's still a long road ahead of us. We have to keep our eye on the ball. Keep searching for allies, enemies, ways to stop the grail.But at this second... if you'll let me... I just want to be here for you. You spent your whole life giving everything for other people. Today you tore open a very old wound and... if you need me, I'm here. Let me serve you for once.
>>20267827I'll help you figure it out. Every time Astolfo says "Master", replace the word with "Mister".
>>20267915"As eventful as this day was for the both of us, we can't forget that there's still a long road ahead of us. We have to keep our eye on the ball. Keep searching for allies, enemies, ways to stop the grail. But at this second... if you'll let me... I just want to be here for you. You spent your whole life giving everything for other people. Today you tore open a very old wound and... if you need me, I'm here. Let me serve you for once."He flushes and practically tackles me onto my back. ---The sun rises on me and Rider in the bed. He is curled against me, adorably asleep as usual. He's decided to go with a ponytail using a scrunchie I gave him in black. What are the plans for today?
This is a momentous occasion. Master Luke and his balls of steel have ascended to the level of GAR.I doubt that even Shirou-Archer can outdo Master in the "Supreme Manly" department, fellow Bobs. From this moment on, no woman or trap is safe.
>>20267975Reconnect with Jeanne and Arry... we need to listen to Jeanne's advice about Merlin. We *need* his help, it might be easier if we bring Lukes whole retinue with him.
>>20267975- Breakfast- Check up on Arrie and Jeanne- Call Merlin
>>20267975Now that's over with...Go find Merlin.
>>20267968NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPE>>20267975Call Jeanne up and ask if she's free. Spend the day with her and Rider and Arrie. You could use the downtime, and anyone who attacks you will be laughably outmatched.
>>20267975Call Jeanne and Arry, see how they're doing. Watch the news to see if anything possibly Grail-related has come up. If not, check out Merlin's calling card, maybe try to set up a meeting. If Jeanne could join us there, that'd be amazing because she's a lot more believable than we are. Also, she has magic resistance.
>>20267975Back to work. Contact Jeanne, ask for news and advise about Merlin.Watch news - there may be something useful.What with generators? I take it they are still on the island?Assuming you don't need to be in a direct contact with them to use, I suggest splitting them between your bases of operation.This way even if the enemy finds one of them, the others will be safe.Alternatively, relocate most of them to your home, but leave one or two on the island or your other house.This is for protecting only one location strongly while leaving some reserve for a black day.
>>20268043Gennys are in the basement, mate.
>>20267975Make some breakfast in bed, you slick dog you.And make sure you watch the news before you do that Jeanne calling. We need more info on wacky crap that the Servants are doing.
>>20268068If nothing is worth investigating... I suggest quadruple date, Jeanne, Arry, Astolfo and Luke.
>>20268052You! Where is Sanguo Quest!? I wants it.
>>20268098Irrelevant to this thread.Also, probably mostly dead, I lost like all my notes in a crashYou're the second person to ask me though, so I might make an effort to hunt things down.For now, Eyes on the Grail!
I think this would be a good time to put this image here.I think we all agree its appropriate. Am I right Master?*nudge*
>>20268068Definitely. I put on an apron and get to work, making him an omelette. When he wakes up, and wanders out, dressed in the black dress that rests beneath his armor, his eyes bug, and he stammers. "Turnabout is fair play." I say simply, putting on my pants - the only article he didn't destroy earlier. I'll call Arry before I head out to get some new tops, I guess. The news is disconcerting. - Ganon has finished his castle. - Streakers are growing more and more prevalent. As in, they're something of a problem now. - Several people have died from animal attacks and gunshot wounds at the same time. A few at these sites were literally blown apart. - One gang has a new leader who is starting to absorb more and more territory. The news is reporting this because of the large amount of deaths. I frown as I finish breakfast and remove the apron. Troubling... What should I investigate...?Jeanne has the day free, by the by.
>>20268250>Streakers are growing more and more prevalent. As in, they're something of a problem now. This requires no investigation, you already know who's behind this.
>>20268250>Ganon has finished his castle. Oh look, he built a place to keep Jeanne.>Streakers are growing more and more prevalent. As in, they're something of a problem now. Probably Merlin. Pervy bastard.>Several people have died from animal attacks and gunshot wounds at the same time. A few at these sites were literally blown apart. Now, THIS is interesting. Blown apart how? How were the bodies Identified as animal attack victims? Why shoot them, if that's the case? So many questions.Also, no new collapses. That means either Tesla is dead, or gave the people hunting him the slip.
>>20268250>Animal and gunshot wounds"Your father called me...Alucard."Watch your ass, Master.>JeanneTell her it's her turn to pick what the two of you do for a date today.
>>20268314When we call, we should confirm any deaths with Jeanne.
>>20268250Animal attacks/gunshots and gangs are most worthy of investigation.Ganon we know how to defeat, even if he is still very dangerous. Streakers are well, relatively harmless even though it is curious behavior. First thing though, I'd ask jeanne to come with us for merlin meeting, we do need to beg him for help... and explain that we'd like to get Jeanne independent of red grail (taking her as another servant) but lack the mana to do it and we're worried about catastrophic reactions occuring.After that we need to investigate the gunshots/animal attacks and the gangs. Once that's done? If all else goes well quadruple date.
>>20268314Tesla was destroying the workshops of other casters with his devices, if/when we go against gannon he'd be nice to have in addition to the direct need of gene to kill ganon.
>>20268250>Ganon has finished his castle.Place to keep Jeanne. She should probably be careful though. >Streakers are growing more and more prevalent. As in, they're something of a problem now.That's just Merlin shifting into Maximum Overtroll. Next....>Several people have died from animal attacks and gunshot wounds at the same time. A few at these sites were literally blown apart.This might bear some investigation.>One gang has a new leader who is starting to absorb more and more territory. The news is reporting this because of the large amount of deaths.This is probably just a Muggle, but it could be a rogue Servant or a Servant with a gangbanger Master. Could bear looking into if the second lead runs dry.>>20268336I'm thinking day-date with Jeanne, and then investigation later on. If Astie and Arry want to come with, I don't have a problem with it.
I think all of you who are assuming Merlin is behind the lusty behavior are making a very large mistake that will come back to bite us.I think investigating those streakers and space needle proposals should be something we take the time to do today. We know nothing about it except what we assume. At least we have ONE clue for Animals and Guns from our last excursion. One is more than zero.Also, yes, meet up with Jeanne. She at the very least has to know that Ganon's fortress is complete and he might be coming for her soon. We need to start seriously working on a way to at the very least secure her. If Ganon gets her, he won't hesitate to force her to use her Noble Phantasm if it will give him an edge, and THIS KILLS THE JEANNE ;_;
>>20268376I don't think I'm comfortable trying to woo Jeanne anymore. I know Astie made that concession, but really it was a concession. A way for him to be with us even if he wasn't our first choice.Remember, that was the same sort of relationship he had with *Roland.* I just feel we owe him more than that.
>>20268386Stop being right.Luke, follow advice.
>>20268386I agree, this recent outbreak of Free Love might be a cover for something greater. We can't assume it's Merlin until we have confirmation, or have we forgotten the lesson Ganon taught us about assumptions?
>>20268386You might have a point. Is the Space Needle within Merlin's "territory"? If yes, we should probably call him first and see if:1) the streakers and Space Needle proposals are his doing;2) if #1's answer is 'No', ask permission to enter his territory and investigate. Merlin may want to come with.>>20268411Oh come on: Astie is okay with it and he knows how Master feels. Besides: we want Luke to have kids, so that one of his kids summons us again in the future. And for that to happen, we need Master to 1) swag Jeanne or 2) win the Grail, get HAX magic, and change Astie into the girl he wants to be.
>>20268411I appreciate this viewpoint. However, I think we should ask Astolfo if he's still open to the idea. The guy may have been Rolandsexual back in the day, but he has had plenty of female loves as well.He named that Hippogryph after his actual wife after all. She may not have been first in his heart, but he still loved her. Astolfo is an open-minded fellow and he recognizes that Jeanne is a wonderful woman. He might WANT a nice little Highly Christian Threesome Relationship with her.
>>20268453He swore to find Davids Grand-kids for us. He can just hand our ritual over to them when he finds them.
>>20268491>implying he couldn't use the Grail to bring Attie and Liz back
>>20268518The vampires would be pissed, but so would Mistress Liz...and Attie...and David...and his wives, daughter, and grandkids.....I'm not sure I'd want to be a Dead Apostle if that happened.
>>20268518Not sure if it's possible even with infinite prana. What does happen with souls that don't ascend to the Throne in Nasuverse, anyway?
>>20268342I call up Arry and Jeanne. They both arrive at the same time, and I end up answering the door topless for Jeanne. She raises an eyebrow and throws a simple blue shirt onto my face. "So you want to speak with Merlin?" she asks. "And I am to come with. You understand I do not possess Magic Resistance, I hope?" "Er, yes." "Very well, I will make the call." Ten minutes later we're on our way there - Looking out the window, I see...Okay, no one is going to assault us- "RAPTOR!" I scream at Rider, as he swerves to avoid the large lizard - which is sporting twin miniguns mounted on its sides, what the fuck. "Strike now, Archer!" Something thuds against the hood of the car, and begins to softly whine.
>>20268411The difference with him and roland is roland never noticed astolfo's love or returned it. Luke does. Jeanne is also aware of what's going on and hasn't voiced any real discontent over it, in fact she seems to be amused that Luke has enough balls to try and seduce her while he's also with someone else.Jeanne is falling for Luke because she *wants* to fall for Luke. Luke started out subtle and got called on it so proceeded to simply be gentlemanly, he's never been a real cheeseball towards Jeanne and everything he's praised about her really has been true. Luke hasn't ever attempted a pickup line like someone would for show, he's said things that could be construed as pickup lines but they were all charming truths. Jeanne is a *very* relaxed girl and likes Luke because in addition to being damn brave and wanting to do the right thing, he's just charming enough (in his own way) that she *wants* to like him.
>>20268572Joshua Fireseed - Turok Dinosaur Hunter.
>>20268572What the fuck i am reading
>>20268572WHAT THE FUCK? IS IT A SERVANT?Confirm with everyone else what we just witnessed.Try not to kill it if you can, we already burned through two grace periods yesterday.
>>20268572Fuck me, this is where all those dinosaur skeletons went. Be careful, Master, there are more of them!If you get the opportunity, kill the Master.
>>20268572HE SHOT AN EXPLOSIVE ONTO THE HOOD GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE CAR RIGHT THE FUCK NOW
>>20268572Bomb. Time to get the fuck out and get a new mount. What's with your prana? Fly seems tempting.
>>20268572Also, BOMB! BAIL THE FUCK OUT!
>>20268612I was thinking Axe Cop, but you're probably right.I'm thinking that whining thing is a bomb, but I'm not that familiar with the game in question. Other Bobs able to fill us in?
>>20268666Tek arrow, It is a delayed explosive.Get out of the damn car.
>>20268648Oh, Astie is gonna be pissed. But try and keep him from killing this guy. Remember, we need to draw the war out as long as possible.
>>20268572>suddenly Raptor...with miniguns>mfw>Something thuds against the hood of the car, and begins to softly whine.Is it a bomb? If it even looks like one, EVACUATE THE CAR NOW! Grab Jeanne and Arry and GET OUT!!!
>>20268688Y'know Turok can construct devices superior to nuclear bombs right? This is someone we want eliminated.
>>20268572GET OUT!!!!GET OUT OF THERE!!!!
>>20268703Need I remind you that if the if the Rulers activate they start forcing servants to fight. That dramatically lowers the time we have to fix the grail. What if the force one of the servants working on a solution to fight, and they get killed? We need to space these things out, and delay that as long as possible. We killed two yesterday.
>>20268745Are you REALLY trying to say that we should let the dinosaur gunman run around on a rampage killing innocent people while he constructs his BETTER THAN NUCLEAR BOMBS.
>>20268775He's got a point here
>>20268745And if no Servants die for a week, then the Grail activates anyway. >>20268703Seconded. Turok dies.New Rule: whenever we have a date/family outing/anything that involves going out and Arry goes with us, Slim Jim goes too (in Spirit form so he doesn't freak people out) just in case. Assassins kill Masters and he's just the backup we need when some douchebag Master and Servant ruin Luke's dates with a surprise attack.
>>20268775Johua Fireseed's a stand-up guy. As long as the Master didn't use his copy of Turok as a catalyst we should be able to talk them down.Their Ruler probably told them that we took out two Servants on the same day, so we've made ourselves a target. I'm kinda worried that we might run into an anti-us alliance based around the fact that we have the highest killcount in this war.
>>20268827Ganon's got a higher score than us, actually
"OUT OF THE CAR!" I scream, leaping from the still-moving vehicle - others do the same. The car explodes, sending parts everywhere - and two more arrows come down near Rider. He flees, and they explode - and he draws his sword and knocks away a spinning blade. I look for where it came, and there he is - a young man, wearing bones and feathers and leather as he draws another arrow and the raptors close in. http://pastebin.com/uJg7UjYY...Why doesn't he fire?
>>20268787Better than nukes are one thing, but the end of the world is another entirely. Every servant represents 2 things.1. A battery to the machine meant to bring forth the apocalypses.2. A seven day grace period that keep's the Rulers from throwing the process by which these batteries are gathered into overdrive.As a result, we should only killing one servant every seven days if we can help it. If anything, we should defeat this guy, then tell him why we're sparing his life.
>>20268827Ganon has the highest killcount still.3 servants all in a few hours. All we did was (seemingly) bloody Ganons nose and kill the master he didn't actually need.The Gaiar wasn't particularly dangerous (he got the drop on us), Roland was potentially a rapetrain though (thank god for astolfo's high luck). We've mostly been lucky through other stuff. We have a week between servant deaths to do stuff before rulers force a fight between two random servants, however we *don't* want people capable of building better than nuclear bombs running around or people intent on trying to fucking kill us in ambushes.
>>20268846Hey buddy, we have some information that might be relevant.Tell him about the Grail.
>>20268846Hold up an empty hand and shout HOLD FIRE. Then when his Master comesOut, shoot him. Or don't.
>>20268872Seconding! Call for a parlay! Blue Archer would be a great addition to Team Save the World if we can convince them.
>>20268846"WE DON WAN NO TRABBUR"
>>20268846Try to ask for a parlay, but be prepared for shit to go down if the master doesn't agree.Try to get Rider on one of those Raptors, they'd make an extremely badass mount for him.
>>20268846Time to talk, but be prepared to shoot fast. Also, watch out for his Master.But for now it's diplomacy time.Then we can kill them if they aren't cooperative.
>>20268929That's even more of a reason to get this guy on our side!That reminds me, whatever happened to that puppy?
>>20268954Still at the house being cared for and stuff. Arry used to stay home with it as things have been right now - there have been far too many explosions to bring puppy out with us.
If we get out of this alive, Arry needs to have a talk with her Servant. Astie is doing all the work while Slim Jim lays around doing nothing or slaughtering random people. She needs to persuade him to start pulling his weight.New Rule: whenever we have a date/family outing/anything that involves going out and Arry goes with us, Slim Jim goes too (in Spirit form so he doesn't freak people out).Assassins kill Masters and he's just the backup we need when some douchebag Master and Servant ruin Luke's dates with a surprise attack.
>>20268985No, having slimjim stay idle is a good thing, if he starts geeking masters more servants start running out of mana and poofing. He is currently a weapon of last resort and one more servant in the roster that we can practically guarantee won't die unless a random fight is forced, which means he is one of two 'permanent' servants acting towards the minimum of 4 left before grail comes into existence (once there are 4 servants left the grail appears).
"I ask for parley!" Joshua lowers his bow and leaps down, his Master - a woman who looks like a damn secretary from a movie, steps out. "Did I tell you not to fire?!" "Ma'am-" "Silence!" she barks, turning to shout at her Servant. I shoot the ground near her feet. "Just shut up and let me talk." I say bluntly. "I'll puit it shortly - the grail is built to end the world. Isn't that right, Ruler!" "That is indeed correct." "Er." "So if you'd let me borrow one of those raptors real quick I'd appreciate it." "I have a car...""Thanks. Call me." I tuck Merlin's card into her breast pocket and pat it. "See you later." Me and rider, Jeanne and Arry, get into the car and drive off. "You don't have... a business card." "No, Jeanne, I don't." I say smoothly, leaving a very confused woman behind.
I hope you copied that number before slipping her the 'business card' of the master troll.
>>20269024Oh, that was EVIL! I LOVE it!Anyway: onwards to Merlin.
>>20269024Smooth as Ice.We should probably call Merlin. See if he believes us.
>>20269024...You didn't. Luke, it seems I underestimate you. You glorious slick bastard. Keep the act.>>20269013Rulers count among four last Servants.
>>20269024Did Master just suggest that she call Merlin?!>mfwI hope you wrote that number down beforehand, Master.
You bet your ass I have it written down. We arrive at the alley. Merlin is waiting, smoking the longest god damn pipe I've ever seen. "Do come in." he says, all smiles, pointing to his door. It's... interesting. The place is huge, bigger than I thought possible. When he sees me peering about, he chuckles. "Met a nice fellow named Zelretch. We traded stories, and he made me this house a few days back." he says. "Took my ladies away, though. Fair trade. So. What brings you ladies and gentlemen to the fine workshop of -" he snaps his fingers. Bright sparks line up behind him: MERLINCOURT WIZARD OF KING ARTHURSEDUCER OF WOMENFOOLER OF MENLOVER OF MANY AND KILLER OF NONEas he leans back, puffing his pipe with an aura of satisfaction.
>>20269158Have Jeanne give him the lowdown. And ask about the streakers.
>>20269158Well it turns out that this Grail War is essentially a trap designed to destroy the world.We're hoping that you aren't into that.
>>20269158Act impressed, master. Merlin is a showman of the highest caliber. He's also probably one of the most powerful magi who ever lived. This is one of the people you're attempting to surpass by becoming the most powerful magus ever.Answer his question, though. "What brings us here is, quite simply, the complete and total destruction of this planet and everything on it."
>>20269158Have Jeanne confirm your statement that the grail is designed to destroy the world, make sure he isn't in cahoots with zelretch, ask if he was responsible for space needle proposals and streakers.... and beg for his help - you will do anything -.Also explain that you'd like to liberate Jeanne from grail, but lack the magic circuits / prana to do so and you'd like to avoid catastrophe and failsafe mechanisms of the grail.It might help to bring up arturia/arthur.
>>20269158>Met a nice fellow named Zelretch.My God... The end of the world... It begun!Seriously, explain the situation. The Grail is destined to destroy the world, you would very much like to avert it but of course even with the help of your little gang you don't stand a chance.Merlin is the most famous wizard. If anyone stand a chance to understand the secrets of the Grail, it's him. And so you need his help. To either correct, freeze or destroy the Grail and avert the end of the world.Flatter him.>sexte afterYeah, prepare to be raeped as a price
>>20269243"What brings us here is, quite simply, the complete and total destruction of this planet and everything on it.""Oh, one of these." he mutters. "We really do need your help. It's either you or the god damn King of Evil." Merlin chuckles, waving a finger. "I did that shit once already." he says, "But mostly because it was fun. See, I'm not sticking around either way. I'm special - No matter what, I'm going back to the Throne. So, I break that Grail, I fix it, or change it, or anything..." He blows a rasperry and points a sharp thumb over his shoulder. "So - give me a good reason why I should kick myself back to the Throne because of some place I'll never see again." he says, leaning back calmly.
>>20269243>>20269247This. Plus you might want to mention that he should probably expect a call from Blue Archer's female Master. Warn him that she's pretty uptight and hot-tempered, likely a result of too much coffee and not enough sex.>my face when
>>20269158Are you aware You've been on television?
>>20269330"...I am ambitious, lucky, and incredibly desperate?"
>>20269330"Because you once helped a girl named Arturia... I wont say that I'm the same as her, I'm not... but I aspire to be. Please Merlin, I would do anything."
>>20269330"Because we sent aomebody your way and one good turn deserves another."
>>20269330"Because with your assistance, this will be the greatest act of cheating the world will ever see?"
>>20269380Jeanne said to beg him, it might be distasteful but fuck it, we need to.
>>20269330>>20269357>>20269362>>20269415Try these. Don't forget to ask if the streakers and Space Needle proposals are the work of another Servant or his work. Might be important, Master Luke.
>>20269357Maybe some rephrasing "I wont say I'm as great as her, I know I'm not even a fraction of that... but I aspire to be as great, and good and righteous as her" etc
>>20269362"We sent someone your way - one good turn...""Ahahaha, no. You'll need better than that." "We will do anything." "Anything?" "Anything." He grins wide, thinking to himself. "Give me a minute. I have to contemplate this."
>>20269330"That's the question, isn't it? Why SHOULD you care about someplace you'll never see again? Every school child knows the story of the great wizard Merlin and the kingdom of Camelot.Merlin, the mage who knew the future because he aged in reverse. I doubt that's exactly how you did it, but someone as powerful as you must be a master of Clairvoyance. You KNEW that Camelot would fall. But you helped build it anyway. You single handedly made it possible. Without you, I doubt Arturia Pendragon could have made it very far no matter how hard she tried to fake being a man. Hell, she would have never been BORN if you hadn't helped her father before her steal his wife.You say it was "mostly for fun." But I don't buy that. I think you used to believe in... something. I don't know what. But no one with as much power as you have pours as much effort as you did into a fake Utopia you knew was doomed before you even met the FATHER of the woman who would create it.Why did you care then Merlin?
>>20269404This too, Master. Paint it as the greatest act of trolling ever and Merlin might like it.
>>20269483Nigga, you just went full retard. You NEVER go full retard!ROLL ANAL CIRCUMFERENCE
>>20269483He's gonna make you fuck Astolfo while he watches, isn't he? I bet he is.Or maybe he'll turn you into a woman. That would be funny.Basically I'm operating under the assumption that he can hear everything we're saying. Hi Merlin.
>>20269503I still think this should be said after merlins contemplation. It might reign in some of the trolliness.
>>20269610It could also potentially tick him off.But I'd be interested in hearing his answer one way or the other.Try it if you want Master. I'm not sure how you could dig yourself any deeper than you did with a completely blank check, so it couldn't hurt THAT much.
>>20269632Maybe say it if his demand is something unconscionable?It seems to be high risk, if it actually angers him he might refuse out of spite.
>>20269653That also works. Luke shouldn't compromise his morals for anything that merlin wants him to do.
>>20269503"That's the question, isn't it?""Hm?" "Why SHOULD you care about someplace you'll never see again? Every school child knows the story of the great wizard Merlin and the kingdom of Camelot.Merlin, the mage who knew the future because he aged in reverse. I doubt that's exactly how you did it, but someone as powerful as you must be a master of Clairvoyance. You KNEW that Camelot would fall. But you helped build it anyway. You single handedly made it possible. Without you, I doubt Arturia Pendragon could have made it very far no matter how hard she tried to fake being a man. Hell, she would have never been BORN if you hadn't helped her father before her steal his wife.You say it was "mostly for fun." But I don't buy that. I think you used to believe in... something. I don't know what. But no one with as much power as you have pours as much effort as you did into a fake Utopia you knew was doomed before you even met the FATHER of the woman who would create it.Why did you care then, Merlin?" He stares at me for a while. Then he grins. "...That girl was one of the most easily riled people I've met. Her reactions to everything - priceless. So adamant! So courageous! So easy to send up and down the walls of Camelot! I wasn't about to let some barbarian hordes kill her and all of my friends. No. That just would not do." He scoffs. "All I ask is that you all drink this tea together. Not gonna tell you what it does." he says, putting down a bag.
>>20269673It might also be a test of sorts.Like if Merlin asks Luke do something horrible like human sacrifice, that might be him testing out if the world's worth saving?
>>20269675drink itDRINK ITDO IT
>>20269675... oh this will be entertaining... let me guess all 4 of us have to do it too right? I'm guessing this is going to end up with some genderbending for a while.If anyone asks, just say we lost a fight with red caster.
>>20269675Well, you put yourself in this hole, prepare to be fucked.Knowing Merlin, it could very well be ordinary tea.Look at your companions. Make sure they agree.Then drink it.
>>20269675I've read this Hentai before. Fuck it, bottoms up. Let's get this the fuck over with.
Ask if you can sweeten it
>>20269675Ask the others how they feel about this, then ask for Merlins word on this. Maybe even Geas him. He's a tricksy fucker.
>>20269675Really no choice here. He said he'd help us and he probably will. Say goodbye to the stick and balls, they're probably going away.Or hell, maybe this is headed straight into Corruption of Champions territory.
>>20269675Prepare yourself master Luke.Your life is going to become especially interesting.
>>20269675Dis gon b gud.Do it, Master. Go home and do it right away, and get it over with.
>I wasn't about to let some barbarian hordes kill her and all of my friends. No. That just would not do.Awww, Merlin, you old softie. I knew you had a heart underneath that layer of douche.Drink the tea, broham. You'll still be humiliated, but I'm thinking maybe you talked him into a lesser penance.
>>20269714I pick up the bag and sigh. "Everyone cool with this?" Everyone agrees. ________________I blink awake on the roof. Still clothed. ...In Jeanne's outfit. I don't remember anything at all. I look down at the street. Merlin waves at me, then walks away. What.
>>20269675Oh well. If Jeanne and Arry give their okay, let's do this. We know Merlin's the Ultimate Troll but we need his help.My guess is that the tea is either:--Genderswap--Love Potion #9--Both
>>20269903Are you in Jeanne's body as well?Also there is a very real possibility that all four of you have just become famous.
>>20269903Look down at yourself, Master. Is this you in Jeanne's outfit or are you in Jeanne's BODY now??
>>20269903Master, please check one thing for me; what color is your hair?
>>20269903Check on your status, look around. Contact Astie via mental link, ask where he is if you can't see him.
>>20269903Wait what? Master, what just happened? Do you feel...odd in any way? Like, sore?
Soooo.... do you feel a pressing need to take a bath? Maybe a bit of crustiness in unusual locations? And where's everyone else?
Okay, look down at yourself. Are you still in your body or are you in Jeanne's?After that, contact Astie by mental link, then it's time for the Team-Save-the-World Roll Call. So we can see what Merlin's tea did to the rest of the group.
We forgot to ask Merlin if he was the one behind all the proposals and streaking.
>>20270122I have my bits. I have no idea why I'm dressed like this. My foot is back, and I feel quite spry. Heading down, I... Well. First of all, the apartment is clean. But the table is destroyed - a pile of wood with a comforter thrown atop it and come cushions scattered around. Jeanne and Astie sleep curled up together. And when I make my way to the other room, I see Arry, staring into a mirror, dumbfounded. As am I. Before, parts of her hair were missing. Her flesh was bumpy, and scarred. Her tongue was ruined - her lips as well. But she's been restored. She stares into the mirror and feels her face, tears streaming down it.
>>20270174Maybe try shouting after him if he hasn't disappeared?
>>20270190Oh Merlin you bighearted
>>20270190Oh good, someone sane.Well, someone who can tell us what we did last night. Arry, we remember NOTHING.
>>20270190...Either Merlin's heart just grew three sizes that day, or there is one hell of a catch.
>>20270190"Arry... are you okay? You're all healed up but you're crying, why?"
>>20270190"Arrie? What happened?"
Giant Loophole Detected:Joshua Fireseed has a thing that says if he dies, the Throne cycles in another TurokI bet we could buy a few months with that trick.There's a ton of Turoks.
>>20270221Merlin's a dick, but he's not a dick.Very rarely is his spellcasting outright malicious. It's usually designed to inconvenience and humiliate rather than do any real damage, at least from what we've seen.
>>20270190POWER HUG. Comfort time, Master. Help her sort out her new deelings and emotions.
>>20270232I believe the rulers statement that if a servant isn't *defeated* at least once a week a fight will be forced. That might imply permanent elimination, I wouldn't count on that as a loophole.
>>20270249>>20270222Oh god, I hope causing her to regain emotions (and possibly fixing her insensitivity to pain) didn't cause everything to come crashing back all at once.Might be time for some serious comforting.
>>20270279Yeah, but it COULD be a decent cheat.Anyway huge tears mean huge emotions.HUG AND SOOTHE, HUG AND SOOTHE.
"Arry?" I manage. She looks up, eyes wide. "D-d-d-don't touch me..." she whimpers. "Please... Please don't touch me..." she manages, "Please..." "I won't. I promise. What happened?" "Everything old is new again." she says softly. "That's what he said. Something like that..." she mutters, her eyes, once empty, now full of wild fear. "Everything will be alright." She nods, her eyes casting about for something. What should I do? The others were asleep under some covers. I'm not sure if it'd be gentlemanly to wake them.
>>20270303I'm also a bit afraid that this might negatively impact her bond with Slim Jim.
>>20270319Ask her if you can hug her. If yes, hold her and whisper soothing nothings until the tears stop.
>>20270319I think we can guess what she's looking for. Is HE here?Does she want a video camera?
>>20270319"I'm not going to press you... I understand that it's deeply personal. But if you want to talk, I'll be there".Now time to change back into normal clothes.
>>20270355Why would we change, I think that Luke looks quite good in Jeanne's clothing. We can give it back if and when she asks for it.
>>20270355I'm not comfortable leaving her alone. Look at her, shes terrified.We need more information. Who said "Everything old is new again?" Merlin? Does she have any idea what went on after we drank that tea?
>>20270319Ask Arry what's wrong, Master: why she's crying and why she's afraid.Also send to Astie via mental link: "Astolfo, WAKE UP! Arry is very upset and I might need some help with her!"
>>20270319"Arry, calm down relax we know what your servant is and it thrives on fear... if its okay, we're going to hug you alright?... If it comes after you use your command spells to order it to kill itself."If its okay, proceed to hug (make her feel safe, she's probably sketching the fuck out right now).
>>20270319You have to wake them, master. There's no telling what the tea may have done to them, and you need to know. They may also help you calm Arry down.Keep an eye on Arry, though. I have a feeling she may start looking for something sharp rather soon.
>>20270402I doubt that's what she's upset about.Also 'everything old is new again'?...What does that mean for Astolfo and Jeanne?
>>20270319Fuck. This basically set Arry's servant right after her... She always had knowledge of it, but before was incapable of feeling fear so essentially couldn't be picked up by skinnyman fear radar.Now that she can feel fear again and is aware of her servant he's probably coming right after her. If he shows up she *NEEDS* to order it to kill itself.
>>20270426Maybe we've got the fire horse back.Only wake the Servants up if Sillyman makes a move. Try to calm Arry down, without physical contact. She's going to need time to get used to sensation again, much less mental trauma.
>>20270190Soooooo...what the fuck happened? Crazy foursome? That somehow fixed everyone?
>>20270479Didn't you know? We are Merlin. Polygamy solves everything. Except Fatman, but we are terrified of him too.
>>20270479You know that movie The Hangover? I'm thinking it's similar to that.
>>20270479High caliber aphrodisiac accompanied by a Potion of Heal.
>>20270458While it isn't always advisable, a hug can make people feel secure and safe... it could also make her feel trapped. Security and Safety are an important part of making scared people calm down, if luke gives her a hug he *needs* to ask first.All the nervous glances are signs of her looking for her servant.
>>20270494Only without searching for the last dude we are running from Slim Jim
"Can I hug you?" I ask. "You look like you need a hug." she nods quietly, and I draw her into a careful hug. "Listen. Once Rider and Ruler are alright, I'm taking you back to my place. There won't be anything sharp there, and I'll bring you food. You're not imprisoned, I'm just...""I understand." she says quietly. "Thank you." I move out into the main room and wake Astolfo, who rises from the coverings naked, except for his stockings. He dresses quickly, and I change into something more masculine and hand it over to Jeanne, who shouts us both out of the room. Everyone seems pretty much the same except Arry, who clings to me and Rider like a magnet now.((Out of character: You guys do realize servants cannot hurt the one who holds their command seals, right? It's sorta Grail 102. ((
>>20270515(Maybe, but that doesn't mean his aura isn't doing shit)
>>20270515Yeah but I'm pretty sure Servants should be human as well.And Slim Jim, despite his humanoid shape, couldn't be farther from that.Hell, he doesn't even properly exist half the time.
>>20270515So, dose anyone know what the fuck happened after you guys drank that tea? Because even we don't know jack shit.
>>20270515Ask if anybody knows what happened after all of you drank that tea. We need some answers.At some point, Master, you need to have a talk with Arry in private and find out why she was self-mutilating. I'm willing to bet the reason is that her home life was pure hell.
>>20270515Go home. What time is it, btw? And date. I think we had enough entertainment for today. Tomorrow we'll get in touch with Merlin and investigate other matters. For now, lets try to bring Arrie into relatively sane condition.Lets start with buying her an ice cream.
>>20270515Several points of action we need to undertake sooner rather than later:-How much time has passed since you guys drank Merlin's tea?-Did this potion restore Astolfo's broken phantasm? It'd be nice to have Rabicano again.-Do you have any kind of transportation? Your car is pretty much scrap right now. If not, call a cab. A good one.
>>20270515Ask awkwardly if anyone remembers what just happened. Then apologize profusely to Jeanne for getting her involved.
Man, I hope Luke got busy with Jeanne. We can check 'Master boning servant of the opposite gender' off of the bucket list.
>>20270515"Arry, the first night you came to our house we were terrified... as we've been around you we've learned the importance of staying calm. Your servant can't attack you, but it may be able to feed off of your fear - it is important to stay calm, don't be afraid...If you ever worry about your safety, come to Rider or Myself, it is safe with us."Now it might be prudent to talk to Jeanne (she seems a little embarrassed), apologize and say you didn't know what Merlin's tea would do, but you're glad you're up a foot again. To make reparations for what went on allow Jeanne to make a demand of you.
>>20270664She's not freaking out about her servant, dude. She's freaking out because for the first time in her life she can feel things. Merlin cured her chronic no-pain/no-feelings disease.
>>20270715Possible, but I don't think that's all that she's freaking about.
>>20270574"What happened?" I ask everyone. Jeanne sighs. "Best not to think of it." she says simply. "I'd really rather none of us remembered in any case." she says, "This way we can pretend it never happened. And now we have Merlin's help." she says decidedly. We head out back to my place.Standing on the roof, holding a spear of purple and gold, stands a fit, middle aged man, with goggles, a ciggarette, and a lopsided grin."Was wond'rin when you'd get back." he says simply. --- End of thread. Tiger Dojo now! Pastebins incoming!
>>20270809What the fuck.Is this Cid from FF?
>>20270809Is Roland truly dead?Did the tea restored Astie's NP?How long were we... away from the war?
>>20270828Seems so. Cid Highwind, wielding the Venus Gospel....Hopefully he's reasonable?
>>20270809" 'lo, Cid. How's the Shera doing?"
>>20270862Well from the little i know from the Final Fantasy Series.He was a breath of air in Advent Children
>>20270809Updated for thread.
>>20270809Great. We probably took the airship for a spin while we were tripping out.
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>>20271047And you certainly did not disappoint.
>>20271047I'm turning into Nero. I-I'm not sure how I f-feel about that...
>>20271047Not sure how I feel about this.
>>20271047So Astolfo prefers taking it? That's... not actually a surprise. Huh.Okay then.
>>20271047Huh. No lube. 'Slide' is not the word I would use to describe raw buttsex.
>>20271346There was a magic circle set up around the bed to keep Astie's butt lubed.Yes.
>>20271335i am hoping they'll reverse the roles at some point in the future. luke has not even touched astolfos manhood yet, which is a bit rude.
>>20271423can be somewhat bad manners to rail someone in the bum and not even have the courtesy of giving them a reacharound.Astolfo enjoyed it anyways though.
>>20271519I read that first bit in R. Lee Ermey's voice
since he might be in the grail war, do you guys think I should read the dresden files?
>>20271909Sure. Keep in mind that the author throws the fantasy toolbox at the page to see what sticks and that the story does get better over time. It's a long runner, so don't try and cram the whole thing.
>>20271909You should read the Dresden Files whether he's in the war or not. It's some GOOD shit.