>Time for a new thread.>Chapter three starts here.>Let's see where that takes us.....>Previous threads here: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=AC%20Quest>Also, the twitter: https://twitter.com/ArmoredQuest>Alex's character sheet (Udz has been kind enough to do this one): http://pastebin.com/rRXm51JV
rolled 83 = 83I'm here at the start, don't die on me!
Aight im here...
>>20380549Alright. Where were we? Getting Dervish out of his busted up AC and waiting on the medevac copter?
I am monitoring this thread...
rolled 67 = 67>>20380613Could have sworn we were on the medvac chopper, then we passed out, and dream sequence began.
You take a moment to look over your new suit in the mirror.You decide the black dress shirt offsets the orange of the suit quite nicely. You turn to your reflection in the mirror."How's it looking?""Why you gotta ask? You know you be stylin.""It's nice to hear somebody else say it.""Then why ask yourself?""Because at the moment it's just us basking in my glory.""Don't you mean 'our' glory?""Don't be ridiculus, there's only one of me.""Point. Your hat's crooked." He comments as he reaches over and gives your fedora a slight adjustment."Thank you.""No problem." He responds with a cheerfully lopsided grin. Which is when you shatter your mirror with a swift back-hand.You do need some time to be ALONE with your thoughts, after all.That dealt with you step out into the main floor of the warehouse, and the three people tied to chairs in the middle of the room. you calmly walk over to the father, and pull the hood of his head. He looks up, groggy and frightened.[ ] "Wakey Wakey!"[ ] Give him a gentle slap on either cheek to wake him up.[ ] Straight to the main event.
>>20380649[x] "Wakey Wakey!"
>>20380649>[ ] Give him a gentle slap on either cheek to wake him up.... Huh.
[X] "Wakey Wakey!"
give him a slap X
/vg/ was here.
rolled 17 = 17>>20380800>>20380779..........gonna go with wakey
>get home from being up for 18 hours>have to work in 8 hours>"wonder if anything's good on /tg/ before bed...">thisoh for fucks sake...guess I'm not sleeping EVER
[x] Wakey, Wakey!
[x] "Wakey Wakey!"
"Wakey Wakey, Mr. Everett.""What's, who are you?""An entertainer, Mr. Everett, though circumstance seems to have forced me away from the role of a clown, and into the role of a correctional officer.""What? I... I don't understand.....""You see Rupert, you're guilty of a rather... inexcusable crime.""I... I nev-""You're a dreadfully boring person." You look at his stunned silence. "So I'm gonna help with that problem! Since you're guilty of something so simple, I think I can kill two birds with one stone. Or rather...." You turn hi8s chair to face the other two tied people ".... you can kill one bird with one gun."He stares blankly at you while you calmly cut the ropes and hand him a pistol. It's a 9mm Glock, compact, low impact, and so simple a child could use it. "I don't understand.....""Of course you don't." you say, as you slide into position behind him, like an instructor helping teach a golf-swing, wrapping his hand around the gun, and raising it to the two women seated across the room. "The one on the left is your daughter Ashley. The one on the right is your wife Rose. Shoot one, and two of you get to live." you breath into his ear, with almost a gentle lover's caress.You can feel his horrified trembling as the weight of the situation settles on him. you smile as he turns away and murmurs an apology to his daughter, before pulling the trigger.A loud click echos in the room.>Continued....
>>20380992Wow, we need therapy
rolled 80 = 80goddamnit, did I kill the thread again
>>20380992Rupert opens his eyes, and looks to you and the gun disbelievingly."What, did you think I'd actually give you a LOADED gun? You could've shot ME with it. I'm crazy, not stupid."he sinks to his knees. "So.... so I get to live then, you aren't going to kill us?""What? No." You say calmly as you rull out the pistol in your coat and shoot him in the back of the head, as you accomplice in green removes the hood from the other captives.The older of the two women screams into her gag as she watches you calmly execute her husband. You gesture to Mr. Green to remove the gag. "That's not what I paid you for!" She yells as her daughter looks to her in horror. "you said you could get rid of the little step-bitch so our baby would inheit the money!""I lied." You respond calmly, as you kill her as well. Ashley sits there, eyes a thousand yards distant, staring at her feet. "Well girl, you've seen it with your own two eyes. Your father loved his pretty new fling more than he did you, and she never loved you at all." you pat her gently on the shoulder "I know exactly how you feel. Do you wish to continue?""Continue what?""Continue to live. I can take the hurt away, but I only have one method available to me.""I...." she hesitates, and blinks the tears out of her eyes. "I want to live.....""What's your favorite color?" you ask her.".... Blue." she answers, as you look upon her with new eyes."Yes, I think you'll look lovely in blue."
>>20381216At this point a second associate of yours opens the door to the outside."Mr Red." You greet with a sharp nod."You asked me to tell you if I found anything good.""And?""Your brother's in town.""Matthew? Matty boy's here in Vegas? FANTASTIC! I need to place a few calls. Mr. Red, Mr. Green, get Ms. Blue here a proper suit."Whistling a merry tune you saunter to your makeshift office. As you reach the door, a smile creeps to your face. "Enjoy the show?" you ask the air. "Sadly you need to go now. Wouldn't want to spoil the fun, now would you?"
YOU ARE ALEX RASTON.Currently, you're standing on a hill overlooking the shore, looking at a man who just claimed to be one of the conductors.Down on the sand below, you see the girl you saw the last time you were here trying to build a sandcastle.[ ] Interrogate Archimedes.[ ] Go speak with the girl.
>>20381293Shoot the girl.
>>20381293Conjure a gun, shoot the girl[x] Speak with the girl
>>20381216[X] Interrogate Archimedes.
>>20381216[X] Go speak with the girl.>Cloudflareffffffffff-
>>20381293Eh, well we can ask Archimedes about the girl, I'm sure she's not just here as a setpiece. I suppose we should start by asking Archimedes how he feels about the conductors current plan. I would hazard to say he's not totally on board with Legion, I would also like to know his origin if he is talky.
>>20381293[x] Interrogate Archimedes.Because we should have killed Legion when we had the chance, before he could wipe out another city.
>>20381293>[x] Interrogate ArhimedesAlso, NEW AC QUEST, FUCK YEAH!
>little girl>blueI take it there's some relation to 4's The Blue Next? I believe it was implied that one was piloted by a little girl.
>>20381293Ehh....>[ ] Go speak with the girl.I hope this doesn't make a tie, or that it's too late for that.
"What the fuck?" You question, looking at him. "What's going on?""Lots of questions, I can tell already." He lets out a deep sigh. "Well at least now you have some idea of what questions to ask.">What ask?
I stand by that decision, bloodshed begets more bloodshed, besides we know virtually nothing about the Conductors aside from they're AI and think humanity will kill them off if given the chance. We totally would[/Spoiler]
>>20381447Are the Conductors united in Legion's conclusion and plans to wipe out Humanity?
>>20381426>She's not a 'little' girl. She's somewhere in the late teens/early 20s.
>>20381447Where do the other Conductors stand on Legion's schemes? Was he a lone maniac, or are there others like him?
>>20381447In order of importance1. How do you feel about Legion's plan?2a. If you feel that it isn't what you should be doing what do you feel is best2b. If you do feel that it is the best given the circumstances what would make you change your mind if anything?3. Who's the girl?4. Did you know my father?5. Any questions to the girlAt least in my book
>>20381468Ah, that's what I get for assuming. Dang.
>>20381462>>20381469Actually that's question 0, ha I assumed too much
>>20381515>2aHoly fuck did my brain melt?If you feel that Legion is incorrect what would you propose as an alternate solution if anything?
>>20381515I stand by this order
>>20381462>>20381469>>20381515He looks away from you, looking vaguely irritated. "That's exactly the problem: between the conductors desire to live, past events as they were, the various human groups already doing everything in their power to kill us.... the way things are right now, genocide of one side or the other is inevitable. There simply is no other option based on current conditions." He looks back at you. "That's part of the reason I contacted you. The Conductors choose their own names and titles, they all have a significance to them. Mine is Archimedes, because I believe that with the right point and proper leverage, we can change the world. Maybe there's an option that only requires the deaths of most instead of all. Perhaps there's one or more that could mitigate the fighting." He sighs again "Unfortunately, no 'perfect' solution presents itself at the moment. But I'm working on that.""The girl you should speak to yourself, her story and secrets are not mine to tell. As for your father.... we never met. What little I knew about him came from Legion."
>>20381645"So you're talking about assassinations. As much as I find it distasteful, I guess the alternative is worse. Wouldn't neutralizing as active players be just as good as killing them, though?"And do you see Legion as being one of these 'fulcrum points'? Would you be willing to neutralize him, kill him if necessary?"
>>20381645Well, who's trying to hunt you down? If I can take the pressure off to buy us time to locate a better solution that may be arranged. Though I'd have to ask the same of you, with Legion putting pressure on from your side it's only a matter of time before this whole situation hits critical mass. We very narrowly avoided a total disaster and there will undoubtedly be more consequences we haven't yet forseen.As for my father...All I can offer is I'm not him, I ask you to take me as I am and view my actions as my own.
>>20381752"Assassinations? Killing a handful of people hardly constitutes significant change. Shooting someone could change the dynamics involved, but so could a particularly compelling editorial.""Legion is one of the Conductors. In the proper situation he could almost rival a sovereign nation in power. Whatever role he ends up playing, it will be a significant one.">>20381775"I appreciate the thought, but there are certain things you can't do. Going after military targets would mark you as a terrorist and an outlaw. Being suspected of plotting such might be enough to destroy you. And those are some of our lesser concerns. What I really need from you is to ready and willing to act when I need you to."
>>20381843>>20381645Legion made it clear to me that he considers humanity a threat.Do you? If you don't, can you give me a reason to believe you? That this isn't just a trap to kill me, right now?
>>20381843How much are you willing to sacrifice?
>>20381861"A threat isn't exactly... an accurate way to sum the situation up. He hates your kind because of what happened to him. For me, I would prefer less death and destruction simply because death and destruction is something to avoid. If I had to chose my kind or yours, I'm not sure which I would choose. I wish instead to create a situation where we don't have to."He tilts his head slightly to the side, at the questioning for proof. "Alex, if I was trying to get you to believe some sort of pretty lie and manipulate you, why would I suddenly want to kill you while trying to cultivate an asset.?"He sighs. "A little Paranoia's alright, but try and think rationally. I know you don't really have much to go on but my word. That's why I'm asking so precious little of you.">>20381946"That's a hell of a question." He responds, looking over the ocean, seemingly lost in thought. "I suppose we won't know until we get there."
>>20381975Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think meeting this many complex AIs in one afternoon is without precedent. I'm still trying to get used to...this, and what Conductors have in common with each other, or not.
>>20382065hurr name>What else do we want to ask?
>>20381975Would you destroy yourself if it would save the rest of the Conductors? Not that it would come to that, I just wonder if you've ever asked yourself that. It's something you need to consider. In the meantime my answer is yes, you seem genuine, I don't truly suspect foul play, you have very little to gain from it at the moment. If it's alright I think I'll go speak to your companion now, I don't think there is a whole lot more to ask at this juncture but save some time for me after I speak with her if you can.
>ok, I'm dying, goodnight and best of luck to us...me...whatever!
>>20382093He's silent at the question.He doesn't eve seem to acknowledge it, continuing to stare out at the sea.[ ] Go speak with the girl.[ ] Continue asking questions.
>>20382273[x] Go speak with the girl.
>>20382273[X] Go speak with the girl.
>>20382273>walking down the street>hit up local...thrift store I guess you call it>Browsing around for good bargains>every PS1 Armored core title in stock>all available for 10$>Head back home with loot>ACquestGod dammit. decisions, decisions
>>20382273>[ ] Go speak with the girl.
You choose to depart the conductor's company for the moment, and go join the girl on the beach.She looks up from her sand castle to smile at you, and then looks down at the form , vaguely irritated. It seems a wave hit the side of it and now it's trying to collapse.[ ] Ask her what's wrong.[ ] Sandcastles?[ ] Suggest building it further back from the water.
>>20382387[ ] Sandcastles?
>>20382387>[ ] Sandcastles?
>>20382409>>20382397>>20382394>>20382387Who dont like sandcastles.
You sit down in the sand next to her."Sandcastles?""I wanted to try and build something..... It doesn't want to last though." she looks up at you. "It never does, does it? We build things and they want to just fall apart."[ ] So then we rebuild. Bigger and Better.[ ] Why not make something better, even if it's only temporary?[ ] Sometimes that's the point.
>>20382493[X] So then we rebuild. Bigger and Better.
>>20382493[ ] So then we rebuild. Bigger and Better.War hits us, we make more babies. we run out of space we expand further and faster
>>20382493>[ ] So then we rebuild. Bigger and Better.
>>20382493[ ] So then we rebuild. Bigger and Better.
>>20382493[x] So then we rebuild. Bigger and Better.
"Nothing lasts forever. But we rebuild. And we learn from past mistakes.""And it all falls apart again.""Eventually.""So why do it in the first place?""Because we can. Because it means that tomorrow is better than today.""And when it breaks?""We fix it. We make it better.""When it all falls apart?""We start over, and learn from our mistakes."She pauses, and looks over at the now mostly gone castle. "Maybe I should build it farther away?" She moves her hand in the sand a little bit before frowning. "But it doesn't want to take shape. The water helps shape it, but it destroys it."She smiles and look up at you, though something about her expression seems.... sad. "Just like people isn't it? Always their own salvation, and greatest problem.">What say?
>>20382602Give her a fucking hug.
>>20382602That's how it is. We build ourselves up and destroy ourselves, and I wouldn't have it any other way. This means that we can change, that if there's a flaw we can tear it down and rebuild it better. Our troubles make us who we are.
>>20382602Yeah, just like people.
>>20382602"If you take water with you, you can make it strong even when it's away from the waves."
>>20382665>>20382649>>20382633Combining these sound good?
>>20382679I'm down.>>20382676I kinda like this for some reason, but I can't see how that ties into the 'water/people' metaphor.
>>20382715seems like a perfect example of taking something that wrecks our shit (such as fire) and harnessing it to make shit better (Fire leads to BBQ)
"Yeah, you can kinda look at it like that. We tend to build and destroy in equal measure. But in a way that's our biggest strength. We keep changing and adapting. Making it better. Sometimes the only way to improve is to keep going. To just start over when we have to."She looks uncomfortable with this. "So people create and destroy.""We change and adapt." you respond, putting an arm around her and pulling her next to you. "Like what if we got a bucket or something and took some water higher up? Then you'd have the wet sand to work with, and you wouldn't have to see it get washed away."She's quiet as if considering this. "That's what people do? Adapt and create, make it better? Keep going?""In a nutshell, yeah."".... All I do is destroy. What does that make me?" As she asks she tucks her knees up to her chest and hugs them, not moving from your side, but not looking at you.>What now?
>>20382781someone that should learn how to destroy constructively
>>20382781"Someone who hasn't found what she's meant to create just yet."
>>20382781Now is the time for a hug, I think.
>>20382781I don't know. For anything to be created you have to destroy and alter something else. You just don't know what you're supposed to make, and even if you yourself don't make anything you can set the foundations for those who do.
"For anything to be created, you start with destroying something else to make it. either by bits or by the whole. Maybe you just don't know what you can make yet. You just haven't found what you're meant to create."She smiles at you and then suddenly half-climbs into your lap to give you a hug, which you return. "Thanks. I'm not sure if it's true, but... it helped. Maybe a lie's worth believing in if it's a nice enough one.""If you like it enough, maybe it doesn't have to be a lie."She smiles, and laughs a little bit. It's a soft gentle thing, and it stirs something somewhere deep inside. "Maybe. But I think it's time for you to go back to the real world." Her face falls slightly "I just wish we could see each other more often."Before you can comment you wake up in the chopper. you can see the Hospital up ahead.[ ] Check on Dervish.[ ] Call your team.[ ] Call Duke.[ ] (insert action here).
>>20382781Give her a squeeze, "But you're still trying to do other things, right? That's the important part. Keep trying, and you'll get it. Get help from somebody else, maybe. If Archimedes there can't help, hell, maybe I can?"
>>20382884>[ ] Call your team.Also: Goddamnit I was away too long.
>>20382884[X] Call your team.
>>20382884>[ ] Call your team.
You don't have to think about it for long.On the battlefield you followed protocol, first the immidiate situation, then the chain of command.Now that the battle's over, you call the people who matter.Elsie's voice is the one that answers. "Alex?""Hey El.""Oh thank God," she breaths into the phone. "Are you alright?"You shift uncomfortably in your seat. "More or less. A few bruises but....""...Yeah." a pause. "Are you alright?""Yeah, it's just.... Dervish is hurt. Bad, but I'll think he'll live. He almost got himself killed taking what I think was a bullet with my name on it."".... Where are you?""We're flying into the Veteran's hospital right now, closest Trauma ward.""You want someone to talk to?"[ ] Yeah. You want to come?[ ] Yeah, you wanna see who wants to come?[ ] Maybe, but can you make sure Dervish's team knows first?[ ] Maybe later. How are you holding up, El?
>>20383018>[ ] Yeah. You want to come?
>>20383018[X] Yeah. You want to come?
>>20383018[x] Maybe, but can you make sure Dervish's team knows first?We should let Dervish's team know he's alive.
>>20383113Probably, and I thought about giving that my vote, but I didn't.
"Yeah." you respond after a moment's thought. "You want to come?""Already on my way." She responds before hanging up.You notice a slight commotion towards the front of the chopper.Dervish appears to be awake, and trying to slap the medic's attempts to give him pain-killers away with his one good arm.the medic looks to you. "You mind holding him down while I inject him? He's just going to agitate his wounds like this.""I wouldn't be agitating shit if you'd stop trying to stab me. I said no drugs." Dervish responds while trying to push away his arm again, looking vaguely irritated at the man's insistence to give him morphine.He looks like he's in a lot of pain, and moving certainly isn't helping things....[ ] Side with Dervish.[ ] Side with the medic.
>>20383166[x] Side with Dervish."Besides, you don't know if he's taken something that might react badly with the morphine."
[X] Side with Dervish.From what I gather he doesn't like things that alter his mental state.
>>20383166>[ ] Side with Dervish.
>>20383166Side with dervish. He clearly knows what he wants and has the experience to be a good judge of that.
"If he doesn't want drugs, isn't that his choice?" you ask the medic."Yes." He responds, giving you a venomous glare. "Unless the patient is clearly delusional and resisting life-saving treatment.""Your happy-shot isn't affecting anyone's survival but your own." Dervish responds from his gurney.The medic throws up his hands in frustration. "Fuck it. You want to feel the entire left side of your body broken and trying to hemorrhage? Fine. fuck it, suffer and become someone else's problem." with that he scribbles something on a clipboard and goes to buckle up in his seat as you approach the Heli-pad."Hell of a day, Huh Alex? You alright kid?"[ ] "Worry about yourself."[ ] "I'm fine."[ ] Laugh hysterically.
>>20383294[X] Laugh hysterically.We've had too long and too strange of a day to give a coherent response to that.
>>20383294>[ ] "Worry about yourself."
>>20383294worry about yer'self
>>20383294[x] "I'm fine."
>>20383294Im fine. Can we call his team and let them know he is alive?
>>20383294>[ ] Laugh hysterically.I'm sure my vote doesn't matter, but... Wait. That would make it a 3 way tie.[x]"I'm Fine."
>>20383294[X] Laugh hysterically.This is what I would do after all this.
>I think I'm gonna have to call it here for tonight.>I'll pick it up tomorrow if the thread's alive.
>>20383425Arright. Can do
>>20383437Mooch will try his best
>>20383425Take care AC-Guy.
So, we all think the girl is our (or possibly Mooch's) core, right?
Btw, I'm not sure who had been archiving this on suptg but they seem to have stopped, I'm grabbing them as I see them but so help would be appreciated if one of your gentlemen wouldn't mind
>>20386612last i remember it was AC-guy who was archiving.And I would...I just have no FREAKING clue how.
>>20387804>google suptg>click archive>on the left click the "click here for request interface" under "add thread">follow instructions
>>20387828And that is the purpose of the goggles.
>>20387828I find the most difficult part is getting a good description/summation of the thread. Do it's a good thing I don't need to archive threads much.
Not gonna lie, I do wish I wasn't the only one seeming to be posting to keep this alive, when it gets close to hitting 404
>>20392280I would help if I had access to 4chan during the workday
>>20392761Well, I can understand that.
I would help if i didnt pass the shit out.
we know what time he's coming back/ how long I have to play master of arena?
Who wants to have a conversation?We can play 20 questions with mooch!
>>20394183is a sane human mind capable of grasping its existence?
>>20394183how often do things go horribly, catastrophically, right when you are around?
>>20394225Grasping whats existance?>>20394386Right?....Useually never.
>>20394386That's not a "yes or no" question.>>20394433Surely he means the existence of whatever you're thinking of.
>>20394433if you flip it turn ways does the do-dab go whip-whip?
>>20394497Well it depends.Is it a trantonic do-dab?Or a single cylindric do-dab?>>20394481What im thinking of?....yeah its possible for the sane mind to comprehend it...
>>20394520Oh shit i forgot my name!god damnit...
>>20394520Actually the do-dab is hydroclonic. Tessy knows why.
>>20394544The hell did that woman do to my Do-Dab...No seriously..
>Back.>Well, back-ish. Imma deal with dinner, someone mind tallying the votes?
Hey, new guy here. I think Imma do this whenever I'm not here and you guys miss something.-Archimedes was the name of the Hacker who kidnapped Cass.
Mental trauma edition:Elsie relies on us too much, note how her worst fear was basically finding out she was all alone, and then we weren't there for her. We want our Waifu to be healthy and happy, even if we get in a bad way, this means helping her build that sort of emotional support elsewhere.Dervish is fucked in the head. I think I know what his deal is too, given the amount of symbolism present in this: His real name's Mike, which since he's white is probably short for Michael. Michael is an angel associated with guarding against/fighting evil and healing. Given what we saw in the mind control flash back when we were trying to attack Legion, I'm guessing his wife/girlfriend was killed by baddies and he's since taken the Batman route to dealing with trauma.I'm guessing captain crazy-pants we were introduced to at the top of the thread is Mooch's brother. Not much to add yet on that front.Mooch's nightmare involved a miscarriage. Given what we've seen of him so far, he tends to not worry about things beyond his control and be crazy prepared for everything. If/when we talk to him about it, I'm guessing the part that really bugged him wasn't losing the kid so much as seeing his wife in a bad way and not really being able to do anything about it.Pretty sure Archimedes is evil. Don't have a factual base for this, just got a feeling.Using Dervish as a benchmark, I think the rest of his team also has some pretty heavy emotional scars. Be ready for that.
>>20395334Oh. Oh shit. I just checked the archives and you're right. Shit. How did we forget that?
>>20395443> I think the rest of his team also has some pretty heavy emotional scars. Be ready for that.Dude, it's mecha. It's the Real Robot subgenre. Of COURSE everyone's horribly messed up.Good analysis though.
>>20395443Son of monkey face, they figured me out. GUESS THE CATS OUTTA THE BAG NOW AINT IT!?
>>20395443We don't actually know that Dervish's real name is Mike. It could well just be the name he's using.And unless I'm wrong, ALEX didn't see the flashback/nightmares that everyone went through, he only knows what was mentioned as we were contacting them and they started to come out of it. We know ... fuck I'm blanking on the sister's name, we know she was reliving her rape attempt, and Elsie got the call that her dad was dead. I don't remember what Laurie said as he was coming out of it, if anything.What I'm getting at is that currently, if we talk to Mooch about it, it's gonna be during a non-canon interview segment.
>>20395694Which im sure Matty would be happy to do~
>>20395694If I recall, Laurie yelled something about how he wasn't having sex with 'him', though the 'him' was un-named.
Tallying since I was asked.I'm Fine: 3 votesLaugh: 2worry about yourself: 2
rolled 10 = 10You take a moment to appreciate the situation of the man asking the question before answering. "I'm fine.""Good to hear. Shit got pretty intense towards the end."You touch down on the roof of the hospital, and Dervish immediately opens a dialogue with one of the Doctors regarding his treatment. Apparently he's opting for carbon bracing on his broken bones to speed the recovery effort.You follow his on his gurney, leaving a respectful room for the medical professionals to work in, when suddenly a hand catches your shoulder.
>>20396082"Hey." Elsie says as she pulls you in for a hug. "You alright? I was worried.""Yeah, I'm fine just...."[ ] Worried about Dervish.[ ] Angry about the situation.[ ] Wanted to know how the team was doing.[ ] ... Can we stay like this for just a moment?"
>Sorry for the delay.>Fucking Dave hacked my Twitter account.>Ignore the 'spoiler alert' posts.
>>20396106worried about Dervish
>>20396106[X] ... Can we stay like this for just a moment?"
>>20396106Angry about the situation
>>20396106>[ ] ... Can we stay like this for just a moment?"We came within centimeters of being a desert pizza. Again.
"... Can we stay like this for a moment?""Yeah. We can." She responds. After a minute she asks you what happened, and you tell her pretty much everything. What Legion said, what was said with Archimedes and that girl on the beach, Dervish's injuries, Nine-Ball's appearance...."Wow. Holy shit Alex, are you alright? I mean, going into combat's bad enough but... all that and... the thing about you dad... how are you holding up?"[ ] I think I'll be fine once the shock wears off.[ ] I'm not sure, I don't think it's sunk in yet.[ ] No idea. I think the adrenalin is all that's keeping me going right now.
>>20396509[X] I'm not sure, I don't think it's sunk in yet.
>>20396509>[ ] I'm not sure, I don't think it's sunk in yet.
"I'm not sure, I don't think it's sunk in yet." You let out a deep breath and slump into the wall. "All this shit with Legion... COULD it have been avoided if my Dad didn't flip out? Was he justified in his actions? Was Legion even telling the truth?""Hey." Elsie says, putting a hand on your cheek. "For better or worse, we aren't our parents. Whatever your dad may or may not have done isn't your fault. All we can do is live with what happened and hope tomorrow's a better day."You shake your head. "That's one way of looking at it. Where'd you come up with that?"She smiles at you. "You said the same thing to me after Hope." She gives you a quick kiss. "You should listen to yourself more often, you're better at this than you think.""Thanks El.""Hey, you did it for me. How could I do less?"[ ] Ask how everybody's doing.[ ] Ask about the damages to the city.[ ] Call Dervish's team, let them know about his status.
>>20396926[X] Ask how everybody's doing.
>>20396926>[ ] Ask how everybody's doing.
"Everybody alright?""Yeah, more or less. Mooch woke up about five minutes after you left. Laurie started drinking again, but Kate was there to make sure he didn't go crazy. Ari's a little shaky. She's never had to deal with the pain from the synch feedback before. Nothing too serious though."[ ] Laurie's drinking?[ ] How's Ari taking it?[ ] Good to hear... (next topic, pick one)
>>20397068[X] How's Ari taking it?
>>20397068>[ ] How's Ari taking it?Time to be a worried big brother some more.
>>20397068[ ] How's Ari taking it?
"How's Ari taking it?""She's trying to put on a brave face, but she took a couple knocks. You know how bad it can be the first time."You wince at the memory. You needed crutches for a week the first time you took a real hit. Then again, it did almost take your legs off."She gonna be alright you think?""She's gonna be kinda shaky for a day or two. But that's how it is. She'll be fine after this, probably."You let out a deep sigh. "I hate this.""I know. She's your sister, it's hard watching someone you care about getting hurt like that. It sucks. But she's taking her hits like a pro, and she's wearing her scars with pride. We couldn't ask for a better rookie.""I know. It's just... I worked so hard to keep her OUT of all this shit, and now suddenly here she is green as can be, with us already in over our heads...."She pulls you in. "I know." she holds you for a long moment.[ ] Ask about Laurie.[ ] Move on to the next topic.
>>20397178>[ ] Ask about Laurie.
[ ] Ask about Laurie.
You frown, thoughts of your sister momentarily pushed aside."Laurie started drinking again?""Yeah, no0t much yet, but he did have a shot or two, while muttering something about an 'arrogant bastard' he's gonna 'do like O.J. did'. I'm not sure what that means, but Kate's making sure he doesn't freak out too badly.""That... doesn't sound good.....""Yeah, you might want to talk to him when we get back. I mean, he listens to all of us, but he really only TALKS to you. You, and sometimes Kate."You let out a sigh. somehow you expected Laurie to keep it together better than you. Oh well.[ ] Ask about the city.[ ] Call Dervish's team.
>>20397343>[ ] Call Dervish's team.There'll be time to find out how the city's doing later.
>>20397343Goddamnit, got distracted by the traveller game I'm in.[x]Call dervish's team.
>>20397343need to pay more attention[x]Call Dervish's team
ask about the city
>>20397343Call dervish's team. They need to know he is ok. We can find out about the city later.
"I'm gonna call Dervish's team, make sure they know."Elsie give you a nod as you pull out your com unit.Steve's voice is the one that answers. "Ya-low?""Hey Steve, it's Alex. I needed to talk to you about Dervish-""Not here at the moment, bro. I thought he was with you.""No, I mean-""Hold on, let me send you over to Tony.""No wai-" you hear hold music for several seconds, before Tony's voice picks up."Alex, what's up? Steve said you were looking for Dervish?""No, I've got him, but-""Well shit, that was easy. If you found him without us then I can go back to checking my-""NO YOU FUCKS, HE'S IN THE HOSPITAL."A moment of silence. "Oh. Shit, hold on." the line goes silent for a second. "Which one?""The V.A.""Got it. I'll wrap up here, mind staying with him until we get there?""For support?""I was thinking more to ward off assassins.""Oh."[ ] Shouldn't be a problem.[ ] I'll get back to you on that.
>>20397652Shouldnt be a problem. [said in an unsure manner]
>>20397652[X] "Shouldn't be a problem. Gotta go."Run Alex, run!
>>20397652>[ ] Shouldn't be a problem."Uh, yeah, sure."
>>20397652>[ ] Shouldn't be a problem.We do have our sidearm with us, right?
>>20397693I'm sure that one of the hospital staff will have one.Could this be why Devrish didn't want the injection?
>>20397715Actually, if Dervish is who I suspect it is, it's because he has an iron fucking will and hates needles.Also, if it's who I suspect it is, I'll be needing to have a serious talk with somebody.
>>20397715>I'm sure that one of the hospital staff will have one.Probably not, honestly. It's a VA hospital. If they're like they are in our time won't nobody be armed. Not even us. It be illegal.
>>20397762>In our time.Didn't the world end like a decade ago? Aren't there roving gangs of Mad Max style villains in Giant robots?
>>20397783Sort of, there are groups of people who want to be free of corporate control, so some of them will naturally be brutish thugs in giant robots.
>>20397652You hesitate. "Shouldn't be a problem?""Thanks. I'll let you know when we get there." and with that he hangs up the phone.You decide that tracking Dervish down would be a good idea.It doesn't take long to find the operating bay, and you learn that he's going to be there for several hours.Apparently literally every bone on the left half of his body is broken, as well as a few on the other side.You and Elsie stay nearby for about an hour, when Steve shows up to relieve you from your vigil, and you head home for the short term.Upon arriving you see Mooch tinkering with his core, talking to... himself?Laurie's by himself right now, laying on an u8nused workbench and staring at the ceiling.Apparently, everyone else is up in the kitchen.[ ] Talk to Mooch.[ ] Talk to Laurie.[ ] Go upstairs.
>>20397904[X] Talk to Mooch.See how the Mooch is holding up.
>>20397904>[ ] Talk to Laurie.
>>20397904>[X] Talk to Laurie
>brb, switching computers.
>>20397904Is it just me or is anyone else getting paranoid due to the odd increase (albeit slight) in numeric typos slipping into AC-Guy's posts? As if we never really made it back to vegas, as if we are in some sort of simulation and an occasional glitch is passing by./meta-paranoia
>>20398012You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?
>>20398046Next time, Mooch. Next time.
>>20398050There might never be a next time dear friend...
>>20398046>>20398050Trust Udz Mooch he is your friend.
>>20398053There will always be a next time, Mooch. And perhaps next time we'll have to tell Laurie, or Dave they'll have to wait. Just so we can talk to you.
>>20398068Also...how many times have we used the "Next time Mooch" line?...like 5?wow....
>>20398083I actually don't know. I can say that it is always enjoyable, if frequently baffling, to talk to you.
>>20398093Try living near him it's a blast. half the time literally.
>>20398107Alaska is much too far away.
You look at Laurie, and then to Elsie. She gives you a small nod and then walks off upstairs.You pull up a bucket next to the workbench, and sit down."Hey.""Hey.""You want to talk about it?""... Sure." He slowly looks over at you. "We all apparently had some sort of freaky-ass nightmares except for you. Mine featured... a certain asshole we've met recently.""Fraide?""Yeah.""You kinda yelled something about that over the private coms. Something about not-""Yeah." he says, looking back at the ceiling. "He produced some elicit material featuring, well, both of us.""So your dream thing was getting raped by Fraide?""...Not exactly." Suddenly you begin to understand. "I'm not sure what I'm supposed to say or think about that," he continues "only that apparently the idea freaked me out a lot less than I think it should've.">What say?
>>20398107by the way I had to take the mini-rocket boosters off your bike that i put on it.
>>20398209Okay. I understand if you want some time, everyone saw some things that affected them, Legion knew which buttons to press to mess with people. Just know that we're here for you if you need anything. No matter what you're Laurie, our trusted mate.Don't drink too much and talk to Kate about it, she's better at this sort of thing than I am.
>>20398209"I... Huh. I'm not sure what to say about that."
>>20398209Gonna go with what >>20398313 said
>Alright, the 'chan is being a dirty bitch right now and giving me issues, and my migraine is coming back. I'll either pick up here in a new thread later, or continue this if it's alive tomorrow.
>>20398367See ya tomorrow night AC-Guy.
>>20398367Right-o. Take care, man.
>>20398683doob doop Who you nomin mooch?
I kinda want to come up with some "It's okay to be gay" speech, but I can't really work it in my brain.What works for Dave Davidson in his Nearfuture doesn't feel right for Alex Raston's Nearfuture. We've been playing Alex much too serious for how I think I would wright it. And I'm not sure if it would be the "right" thing for Alex to say.
>>20398209"Hey, if it turns out you're into that, I'm not gonna judge."
>>20403268>>20403268I think we should remind him just how much he was hurt when he thought that Kate was dead and how he happy he was when he found her and the survivors. Then we reassure him and say that we are pretty sure things will be clearer to him once he understands just how important she is to him.
>>20403679You know, Alex doesn't HAVE to be a smooth operator all the time. In fact, I'd say it'd be pretty in character to fuck this up somehow.Hell, it'd probably be creepy if we knew JUST what to say. We might want to aim for 'I wanna be supportive, but i clearly have no idea what I'm doing'.
>>20404085This is why my "it's okay to be gay" speech wouldn't be right.I agree with you entirely.
>>20406152Could be worse....He could be Gaesyn...
>>20406316Who did what with the which now?
>>20406366Gaesyn is my Neutral "Twin" Brother. But truth be told he is my WANT to be twin. We arnt related by all that much. He just thinks hes my twin. Also hes annoying. Everyone hates him.Hes very womany.And his name has the word "Gay" in it.
>>20406366Hes definitly not the guy at the top of this...That's more Evoch.
Life Support Bump
>>20407238I am entirely lost, now.
>>20408025That pic's fake, right?
>>20408069Nope. Rebuild. Remember the "Kaji, I'm a boy" scene from the series?Well it's from that scene's Rebuild counterpart.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmHv2-fIwiMHe was probably just fucking with the kid though.
Weiss Nacht anyone? For choosing me twice~