Ash falls from the sky. A girl of no more than thirteen huddles under a cloak in a crevice between two charred beams, the bulk of the building they had once supported having come tumbling to the ground. The village surrounding her is little more than rubble, now. The soldiers below have stopped looking for her, and a good thing, too, as she's currently paralyzed with fear and would hardly be able to outrun their horsemen even if she weren't.But you aren't the little girl.You are ancient. You've been waiting for this moment for centuries. Freed from your oubliette, you are once again unleashed upon the mortal realm! After all this time, your daemonic Talents have all but atrophied, and everything you'd loved and worked for the last time you were out here has probably faded to dust. That tends to happen in the mortal realm. The one memory that hasn't faded is the knowledge of what it would take to free you: That there be a great outpouring of mortal suffering in the secluded wilderness location where your seal had been cast.Looking around, you can see that someone has constructed and subsequently burnt down a village here. Some shrill shrieking a few lanes down proves to be coming from some young men nailed to a tree which a few archers in black studded leather are using for target practice. ou can hear a good deal of wailing coming from a nearby cage cart, presumably because some of the women and children locked inside are parents or sibling of the people being shot at. And also possibly because their home was burnt down and they're being abducted. That also tends to be a bad way to start your day. There's a large pile of corpses nearby that's been lit on fire, and several more corpses hanging by their feet from a nearby tree, covered with cuts and bruises. Some of them are still moaning softly, but the blood spilling from the wounds suggests there's little to be done for them now.Yup. That'll do it.
Alright, you've done this before, and you know you've spent enough time smelling the charred ashen remains of any roses that may have once been around here. Time to orient yourself. Basics first.>What is your name?
>>23394127>But you aren't the little girl.Please continue!
Hrm. I forgot to give this thing a title. I guess it's just as well seeing as how I'm not sure I like the working title I have so far.But just so there's no confusion: This is a quest. Call it Not The Little Girl But Rather Some Ancient Imprisoned Entity Recently Freed Quest until I come up with something better.
Good God is my questing rusty. Roll a d100 with the name so that we can pick a default winner if there's no consensus.
>>23394215We are Anomaly. For there are few like us.
Rolled 57Eziah Madrigan Theros. The Burned Wanderer.Though our name is lost to the wind, now - might as well take another.
>>23394215Higher better, or lower?
>>23394303Higher is better.Which means Anomaly is the winner so far, but I'll give it another ~5 minutes.
We are Sovereign. i know it's mass effect, but I really like it
>>23394142We are Rabbadon the Mindbreaker. And we are going to kill everyone who woke us up. including the little girl.
Rolled 10>>23394321I fail at dice. lets try again.
>>23394299If Anomaly wins, I go by the pseudonym of Anne Malle. It works well enough.
Juk'Thang, Master of the Nebulous Void
>>23394362Sorry, the die-roller only sometimes works w/ phones.
You are Rabaddon the Mindbreaker, sometimes called the Anomaly, and you are going to kill the fuck out of everything in this-Oh, fuck, jiggling your head like that made you dizzy. You haven't moved in like four hundred years. Okay, baby steps. You slowly, carefully take in your immediate surroundings, trying not to move too much.You're standing in the charred up remains of a largish building. An inn? Probably an inn. It's very large and still has enough walls standing to have shielded you from the raiders. This is good, because it seems to be your recollection that most daemons provoke pretty visceral reactions in mortals, and while you can't actually die, being pincushioned while you're weak will still result in you spending a few months moaning in agony while your lungs slowly stitch themselves back together.You remember one daemon who was basically just an excessively beautiful human woman with little wings and horns and a tail. But then there was the hand daemon, who looked like a snake made out of arms. Plus, there was the guy who was wheels within wheels. Fortunately it doesn't take too much concentration to figure out what you look like.>Look down. Back up. What's that in your hand? Ashes. But having looked down, you now know what you look like. What do you look like?
>>23394411But you aren't the little girl.>waitWell, fuck.
>>23394411>possessed the nearest person nearby on arriving back on this plane>it's the little girl
>>23394398Well, guess my idea's boned.
Rolled 5>>23394411A little girl.
>>23394411Either the little girl or the little girls mom.>raising the little girl quest
>>23394496>>23394333fuck, my rolling sucks
Rolled 55>>23394411http://www.officialpsds.com/images/thumbs/Alex-Mercer---Prototype-3-psd36898.pngHuman with superiour shapeshifting abilities, allowing us to infiltrate humanoid society.Alex Mercer up this bitch.
Rolled 65>>23394503Let's go with this. Our first victim is the girl.
Rolled 34>>23394496>>23394454>>23394440This thread is not going to be named well.
>>23394503>>23394518>killing the little girlNo.
Rolled 61I was more thinking about taking her form. I should have put it in quotation marks, sorry.
>>23394503Powers are independent from what you look like. So I guess that's a vote for "regular dude."
>>23394578Meh. I'm going to stop trying to change my name to comment in other threads. It keeps leading to irksome situations like this.
>>23394556>>23394518These two have the highest rolls, but it's uncertain as to whether you want to look like "a normal human" or "the little girl."
Rolled 17>>23394607little girl
Rolled 39>>23394607Let's go with the little girl.
To be honest, after hearing the title, I honestly thought this quest was already about "this little girl is in fact an ancient demon in disguise, of a little girl".Because that's what it sounds like, OP.It really does.
Rolled 86>>23394607>rollsScrew that, rolling for little girl.
Rolled 24>>23394607Regular human.
Rolled 51You are variable. Your form takes whatever you wish, as long as you have eaten it in the past. You can even mix and match. Right now all those mortals dying around you looks tasty as your long imprisonment h wiped you clean and you are a blank slank at the momemt, vaguely humanoid with no features whatsoever.
>>23394631No, that was just me playing with a meme. But the little girl seems to have a lot of support.The little girl is still hiding. You are not that little girl. You are some other little girl. Efforts to move make you dizzy and weak. You shake your head a bit, clearing your mind a little. You know from past experience that this stage is mercifully short and you should be reasonably capable inside of ten or fifteen minutes, but good gods is it irritating while it lasts. You're regaining strength quick enough, though, and memory along with it. The last time this happened to you, it was because a bunch of daemons from one of the other Courts got sick of you and decided to lock you away. Hypothetically forever, but oubliettes never last.Courts. Courts are the closest thing daemons have to family, being that you're all born spontaneously, fully formed and typically feeling a lot more capable than you are right now. The dizzy spells are going away. You can mostly move without feeling like you're going to throw up. This is getting better. You're pretty sure you'll be able to muster up the energy to use some of your old powers soon, which is good, because some of those mortal soldiers are poking around the village. Probably they've noticed you.
>Are you from the Court of the Sky? The Court of the Sky governs the sky and the moon, the cold and the weather and the changing of seasons. They have very few friends due to all the toes they step on. The Sky believes it is daemons' rightful place to keep mortals in fear of offending them, and takes rivalries with other daemons extremely seriously. They are austere and vengeful. Daemons don't sow anyway, but if they did, the Court of Sky would make a point of not sowing.>Are you from the Court of the Sun? The Sky's greatest rival, the Sun governs the sun and fire, heat and light. They are a powerful and charismatic Court, primarily because of their opposition to the much despised Court of the Sky. They believe mortals should be left to their own devices, and find an obsession with helping or harming them to be childish and undignified. They are typically quite magnanimous towards daemons who have wronged them and seek to make amends, but reserve a special fury for the Court of Sky and their allies, who have rejected countless offers of truce.>Are you from the Court of Water? The Court of Water governs water, rivers, lakes, oceans, and all that live in them. They are allied with the Court of the Sun against the Court of the Sky, but they are not a contentious Court and thus tend to participate in the conflict relatively little, even though Sky freezes the rivers and lakes over most of the world every year. They view themselves as the gods of mortals, but benevolent gods, and they typically forget conflicts with other daemons as soon as they end.>10/13 Courts coming
>Are you from the Court of Stone? The Court of Stone governs stone, the underdark, mountains, and unharvested ore. They are typically neutral with regards to everything, their domain having been for aeons untouchable by the other Courts. The Courts of Dominion and Wisdom, however, have recently earned the ire of the Court of Stone. The Court of Stone has the same view towards mortals and daemons as they have towards everything else: Endure and outlast everything.>Are you from the Court of Night? The Court of Night governs night and darkness, stealth and lies, fear and the stars. They are a vicious and contentious Court, and as such are often in conflict with other Courts. Their shared enemy in the Court of the Sun has made Night an uneasy ally with the Sky. Members of the Court of the Night often like to torment mortals for fun, and think much the same about other daemons.>Are you from the Court of Decay? The Court of Decay governs decay and the undead, corruption and pestilence. They are bitter enemies with the Court of Nature, and allies with the Court of the Sky, which makes them enemies of the Court of the Sun (politics!). Decay see mortals as a food source. The Court of Decay has a policy of not troubling other daemons unless they're troubled by them, but they're also paranoid and sometimes lash out pre-emptively at imagined threats.>Are you from the Court of Nature? The Court of Nature governs plants and animals, life and growth. Water steps on their toes with control over much sea life, but despite the tensions between Water and Nature, Nature's spite for Sky, which withers some plants while flooding others, and Decay, which seeks to end all that Nature is, binds Nature together with Water and Sun against Sky, Decay, and Night. The Court of Nature is playful but vicious, and mortals may walk away from their games cursed, blessed, or dead. Nature takes other daemons more seriously, and are savage in defending their holdings.
>Are you from the Court of Fortune? The Court of Fortune governs luck and fate. An ancient and anarchic Court, Fortune has little in the way of unified policy. They are almost universally playful and mischievous, however.>Are you from the Court of Souls? The Court of Souls governs dreams, prophecy, emotion, will, and magic. That all daemons use a fair amount of magic means that the Court of Souls really only governs magic use among mortals, and even then there is little they can do to stop other Courts from handing out magical secrets without their approval, so they govern magic mostly in name only. Unlike most Courts, the Court of Souls has a unified opinion towards the Court of Fortune, specifically: Spite. Fortune trespasses and mucks with Souls' governance over prophecy. Night also governs fear, one of the most powerful emotions, which brings the Court of Souls into alliance with Sun, Water, and Nature against them. As a gesture of goodwill, these three Courts do not give magic to mortals, and the Court of Sun even goes so far as to discourage its practice entirely. The Court of Souls sees mortals as acolytes, demanding their respect and worship, and exchange giving them some limited magical power or protection. The Court of Souls is impulsive and proud, and thus ends up in fights with other daemons a lot. They also hold grudges for nigh-unto eternity, which means their war with the Courts of Night, Sky, Decay, and Fortune are likely going to end only when one side or the other is destroyed entirely.>5/13 Courts coming
>Are you from the Court of Blood? The Court of Blood governs blood, families, and natural health and healing. Like Strife, they were a minor Court before the rise of Dominion lifted them up, and as such they are allied with Dominion and oppose both of the old alliances headed by Sun and Sky. The Court of Blood view mortals as pets, bordering on children, and would typically rather not fight with other daemons. When provoked, however, they are exactly as willing as any other to defend themselves. Other daemons sometimes view their pacifism as unreliability, and it's not without point. If ever there were a Court you could not count on for backup when it really mattered, it would be Blood. Unless, of course, you're actually in the Court of Blood, in which case they'll back you come Hell or high water even if you are clearly the one at fault.>Are you from the Court of Wisdom? The Court of Wisdom governs knowledge, discovery, and sapience. Some, especially the Court of Souls, call them the Court of Knowledge and claim wisdom for themselves. Wisdom was put into power by Dominion, like Strife and Blood, and, also like Strife and Blood, is thus allied with Dominion against the alliances of Sun and Sky. Wisdom sees mortals closest to children of all the Courts, believing that in time they will become like unto daemons themselves, capable of great magical power and immortality. This is sometimes viewed as a sort of daemonic heresy by other Courts, including Dominion, so Wisdom does not put much effort into making this vision a reality, though most of its membership (especially the leadership) firmly believe that it will eventually happen anyway. Wisdom prefers to at least attempt diplomacy before fighting with other daemons, but is more than willing to fight if the cost of peace is too high. They are also more willing than most to act with enemies, especially getting involved in fights between the alliances of Sun and Sky, if it serves their agenda.
>>23394727>By 5/13 I meant 4/13>Are you from the Court of Dominion? The Court of Dominion governs civilization, law, bureaucracy, and control. They are the youngest of the major Courts, but their meteoric rise to power has put Wisdom, Strife, and Blood into power as well, the vast mortal societies they support expanding the influence of all three significantly. Dominion has thus become the head of a third alliance, upsetting the balance between Sun and Sky. Though early on Sun and Sky thought of Dominion as a minor Court with delusions of grandeur, it has become obvious in recent centuries that the Court of Dominion and their allies are a force to be reckoned with. Dominion is easily the most hierarchical of all the Courts, commanding the absolute loyalty of all its members and punishing those who break ranks swiftly and severely. Dominion uses mortals like tools, cogs in a machine, and discards them when their purpose is served. Its opinion on daemons, especially daemon of other Courts, is remarkably similar.>All Courts are up. Where are you from?
Rolled 65>>23394753>Fortune. Fucking fortune. We're a random motherfucker.
Rolled 56Ya I agree, fortune. We're the mischevious little girl who gets everywhere shes not supposed to be.
Rabaddon the Mindbreaker, trickster spirit. Who's form is a little girl.We're going to screw over so many people. Fortune favours no-one, in the end. This land will burn, and their holdings crumble as do their wills and natures alike.
>>23394833>by which I mean, voting fortune.
Rolled 20>no court of trickeryFortune I guess.
Rabaddon the Mindbreaker, trickster spirit, called the Anomaly mostly because you look mortal. It's not until they talk to you that people figure out you're a daemon, and mortals typically don't figure it out even then. After all, spirits and gods are just legends, right?Those soldiers are getting closer, though. You pull yourself up carefully, half because you don't want to black out if a dizzy spell hits (it doesn't) and half because you don't want to make much noise. Until you get some proper Talent powers going, you won't be able to fight a dozen-odd soldiers, and your appearance means you'll probably be chucked into that cage if you're caught.Speaking of Talents, you have access to three. One, your most powerful, is one of the three inherent to the Court of Fortune: Glamour, Oneiromancy, and Obfuscation.>Which of these three talents is your strongest?>Feel free to ask for elaboration if you don't know what these words mean. They're intentionally selected from archaic/obscure English wherever possible.
>>23394886Please elaborate on all three of them. Could you include one example, if possible?
>>23394886Obfuscation.We're remarkably direct about our intent. No time for dream-manipulation (unless that's something you can do, you know, when people aren't sleeping) and glamours are too easily shattered.Is reality truly such that a simple lie cannot bend it, warp it?
Oneiromancy is Divination Through Dreams. Glamour tends to be some form of large illusion, thar distracts people, and Obfuscation means to.confuse so, I assume Confuse Ray.
>>23394897Glamour is illusion magic, primarily. It is the magic of deceiving the senses. You can use it to make yourself look like someone or something else and to make things appear to be there which are not. You can't use it to make things not appear to be there which are, however, which brings us to...Obfuscation. Obfuscation allows you to make things, principally yourself, harder to notice. Ultimately, this can mean turning invisible, but it also allows you to use a None Of My Business Field. Doing something dramatic will usually cause the Talent to fail unless you're very good at it.Oneiromancy is dream magic. You can use it to invade dreams to send messages or imprison the dream selves of mortals or daemons, thus trapping them in a coma. Worth noting that mortals are often much stronger in dreams than they are in reality, but deamons don't receive any similar power boost. Oneiromancy can also be used to induce prophetic visions in mortals, but not in daemons.
>>23394941obfuscation sounds good.
Glamour seems like the most useful.
Rolled 10>>23395006Sorry, dice ain't working for some reason...
obfuscation would come in really handy right about now and naturally looking like a little girl, wouldn't we have needed to work more on obfuscation just to keep the annoying interactions with humans down?
Your main Talent is Obfuscation, the power to avoid notice.Your secondary Talent can either be one of the others from the Fortune set, or it can be from one of the allied Courts. Fortune doesn't really have allies, but they are generally well-liked by the Courts of Nature and Night (and only a Court with no unified policy could pull an ally each from the alliances of Sun and Sky).From Nature you can learn Animalism, the power to command or awaken beasts, transform into animal form yourself, and transform others into semi-bestial forms, including transforming those who are already beasts into shapes which are...Enhanced, shall we say?From Nature you can also learn Witchcraft, the power to speak to trees and plants. You can also command them, but this comes down to "grow poison apples for me" and next year they've grown poison apples for you; trees can't move. Witchcraft also includes herbalism.From the Court of Night you can learn Tenebriety, which is the power to command shadows, to conceal yourself or to rise up and strangle your enemies.From the Court of Night you can also learn Majesty, the power to compel others with voice and appearance, helplessly enslaving mortals or even daemons to your will, though the effects tend to wear off when they can no longer see or hear you.Or you could learn Glamour or Oneiromancy from your home Court.
Rolled 100Tenebriety sounds like it meshes well with obfuscation
>>23395088>TenebrietyThat should work out really well with our first specialty.
Your second Talent is Tenebriety, the command over shadows and darkness.Your final Talent comes from your House. Houses are sub-divisions of Courts, or sometimes exist independent of any Court, in which case they're sometimes called Minor Courts. There are a dozen or more House in every Court, so the Talent granted by your House could be practically anything. Make a suggestion, and if it maps to an existing Talent, we'll take that. If not, I'll make up a new one to cover it.Alternatively, you could just take one of those Talents from your Court or an allied Court that you skipped earlier.
Rolled 50Hooga-Booga-Booga: "OH FUCK, WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?" Illusion. Makes you look like something that scares whoever it is you're trying.to scare.
We have a defence is not bing seen, we have an attack with shadows. We need somethign that gives us a moniker of Mindbreaker.How about telepathy with a bent to the cosmic horror. Our mind is so vastly different then others, human and demons that it breaks them. They go mad.
>>23395449This sounds good, although I would prefer if making people go mad would be optional.
Rolled 10>>23395449You make a good point. We could use Glamour for that, but, I think I specific ability would be more useful.
>>23395449>>23395480I like this idea.
Rolled 52>>23395288I'd take glamour. We're making a very stealth focused character and illusions will definitely come useful later.
>>23395488I don't see how an ability that does one thing would be more useful than an ability that does that thing and also other things.>>23395449Sure, I haven't quite ripped off every Discipline from Vampire: the Masquerade yet, so let's add Dementation.
>>23395548I'll take it!
Rolled 21>>23395449Or we could go for Oneiromancy.
Rolled 93>>23395548What exactly does that do?
>>23395673Man, wasted a perfectly good roll.
You are Rabaddon the Mindcrusher, the Anomaly, and probably you have a few more titles you've forgotten. They do tend to build up after a while. You are a trickster spirit from the Court of Fortune and also the little girl. Your primary Talent is Obfuscation, your other Talents are Tenebriety and Dementation.You're also pretty sure you can walk without blacking out, and a few test steps shows that indeed, you are again mobile. The soldiers are drawing near, however, and they are definitely poking around the rubble. "I'm sure I heard something," one of them says."Probably just some house collapsing, these savages' mud huts are like to do that when you set them on fire," says another."Keep searching," what appears to be their captain says, "we take no chances. If any of these wretches were to escape, it would be our quarry."Well, looks like you're going to have to do something about these fellows soon enough. Your Talents return to you slowly and erratically. Choose three powers from the following list (including more than one from a single Talent, if you wish):Unnoticed (Obfuscation): Others do not notice you unless you call attention to yourself or do something especially dramatic. Only works while motionless.Invisible (Obfuscation): You can turn completely invisible, but your shadow can still be seen and you can still make noise. Only works while motionless.Unimportant (Obfuscation): If you will it, people forget the details of interaction with you a few moments after you've gone.Shadow Form (Tenebriety): You can turn your body into shadows.Shadow Steel (Tenebriety): You can make shadows solid. Does little but reinforce walls if you can't make shadows pop off the walls.Delusion (Dementation): Cause someone to believe a single thing despite all evidence to the contrary.Depression (Dementation): Crush someone's morale, driving the very will to live out of them.
Unnoticed, guys and gals?
Delusion (Dementation): Cause someone to believe a single thing despite all evidence to the contrary.Shadow Steel (Tenebriety): You can make shadows solid. Does little but reinforce walls if you can't make shadows pop off the walls.Unnoticed (Obfuscation): Others do not notice you unless you call attention to yourself or do something especially dramatic. Only works while motionless.
>>23395791Invisible (Obfuscation)Delusion (Dementation): Shadow Form (Tenebriety): we should talk with that other little girl
>>23395791Are the Obfuscation powers constant passive effects, or do they use up "magical ju-ju juice"?
Rolled 26>>23395791DelusionUnnoticedShadow Form
>>23395791>Delusion (Dementation): Cause someone to believe a single thing despite all evidence to the contrary.>"STOP RIGHT THERE CRIMINAL SCUM">"What are you talking about? I'm not here">"Oh, alright then."
>>23395841Obfuscation effects last for as long as you want. There's a reason most of them only work while you're holding still (although there's a power that removes that limitation, too).
>>23395852>"STOP RIGHT THERE CRIMINAL SCUM">"No, John, you are the criminal scum.">"Oh, alright then. THEN I WILL PAY WITH MY LIFE"
Rolled 67DelusionShadow FormUnimportantWe are madness given form, the dark idea at the back of the mind, the whisper you never heard, but twists you to obey.
Use delusion to convince the soldiers that the other soldiers searching the village is their quarry. Watch as they slay one another.
RabaddonKnown as the Mindcrusher or the Anomaly, sometimes uses the alias of Anna MalleTalents: Obfuscation*, Dementation, TenebrietyPowers: Delusion (Dementation), Unnoticed (Obfuscation), Shadow Form (Tenebriety)The guards are still looking for you, but you've got this walking thing down. You're pretty sure you could run for short distances, too, but you'll black out from too much exertion. You're really glad that your strength is coming back to you so quickly, hopefully you'll be able to run and jump and climb as normal inside of half an hour.Not that those guards are going to give you half an hour. They're getting closer, but you're strong enough to do more than lie on your back and scream internally.>wat do?
>>23395940Shadow form, activate!
Rolled 18>>23395907This. If we can only do one target at present make the captain turn on his fellows.
Where's the little girl?
>>23395869>"STOP RIGHT THERE CRIMINAL SCUM">Since when were you under the impression that you had a mouth?"
>>23395940nothing there taking women and children right ?what better to have some fun then fucking with the fools who freed us
Rolled 20>>23395940Delusion them into believing no one else is here and that they should leave.
>>23396011>"We are not the girls you're looking for"
Well the best options are to just peacefully let them take us, then we can do whatever once we regain more of our strength.The other is exerting ourselves to hide, or using even more power to create a pointless and violent distraction and risk passing out.Above all, though, I'm concerned about the other little girl. Where is she?
>>23395940>"Misters, how are you walking around with no legs?"
>>23396044Bitch, do you even DEMON?
Rolled 17>>23395940>but you're strong enough to do more than lie on your back and scream internally.WE NEED TO CONSERVE OUR ENERGY. WE LIE ON OUR BACK AND SCREAM INTERNALLY
Drawing in a deep breath, you activate your shadow form. It wears you out a lot more than normal, but you're still conscious and you didn't even get dizzy, so that's good. You are now a shadow of a little girl. You can pop up off the wall if you want, but you can't actually touch anything. You're incorporeal.You're then able to find the source of that quivering that's been bugging you since you woke up. Hiding on what's left of the second floor is another little girl. She's still paralyzed and motionless.
>Rabbadon the MindbreakerI am pleased.
>>23396101Examine her injuries!
>>23396065If you scroll up and read the description of the Courts, you'll notice that a lot of them are totally on board with making mortals happy despite being 100% comprised of daemons (best example of this is the Court of Wisdom). Because we're using the archaic, pre-Christian definition of "daemon" meaning "any magical spirit," which is why I'm spelling it funny.
Rolled 30>>23396101We break her mind. We are the mindbreaker, it's about damn time we make up to our name.
>>23396101Hide in her shadow and use Delusion to direct her actions.Like a meat puppet.
>>23396101First of all we need to save the girl. We'll pretend to be good guy(girl) and ever so slowly twist her mind to our pleasing.
Hide in the shadow of the other little girl.Also whisper to her "We have to be quiet or they'll find us."
>>23396101"there are men below you searching... stay quite find some place to hid"
>>23396128we're also a trickster spirit. Our methods are fickle. We're as like to hurt as to harm. I say we help this poor child for now.>>23396143sounds good. if only we could move.
>>23396143We will spend the rest of the game as the shadow of this little girl while doing >>23396132
>>23396113She's bruised a little but not significantly harmed.
>>23396132You can only have one delusion going on someone at a time, so you won't be able to have total control over someone this way. Plus, there's problems with exhaustion if you plan on spitting out Delusions constantly.>>23396159You can move. Shadow Form is Tenebriety, not Obfuscation, so it doesn't come with the usual "must remain motionless" caveat.
Why 'directly' control the girl? Just hang out in her shadow, whisper things only she can hear, make her think she's gained magic powers and we're part of her.See where it goes. I suspect minds will be broken.
>>23396126Yeah, I guess. I'm just seeing us as more of a chaos or evil spirit, as our powers are a little more... Dark
We're trickster daemon now, right? We make an offer to the little girl; we stop the guards finding and killing her, she becomes our first minion. Judging from the description of court of knowledge, more minions/worshippers of a court seems to make that court more powerful.Just need a way to make the offer that lives up to our trickster name.
Rolled 77I'm going to go with help the little girl, at least for now. We can turn her into whatever pleases us later.
>>23396186No, you're missunderstanding. We're not going to use delusions. We're going to protect her and give her advice and such. Ever so slowly making them darker and more twisted.
>>23396200become her shadow convince her we are her shadow yes yes I love it
Helping the little girl (for now, at least) seems to be a popular course of action.You hide yourself within the girl's shadow. You don't have the speed to match her movements perfectly, but so long as she doesn't stop and examine her shadow intently you should be okay for a while. And if she does stop and examine her shadow intently, you break out the Obfuscation. It's foolproof."We have to be quiet or they'll find us," you whisper, and she gasps softly, looking over her shoulder to try and find the source of your voice."What was that?" one of the guards down below says, "I'm sure I heard something this time.""Then check it out," the impatient officer says, "and hurry. The sooner we get back to Golgoth the sooner I can get a drink of something decent."
>>23396287Those guards have sharp hearing.Do we know why they're skulking about for things?
>>23396287Wait until they get close and tell them we're a rat.
"Sshhhh..."And break out obsfuscation/delusion for the "there's nothing here" if any one of them do catch a glimpse of us.
>>23396339No. We need to be shadows
>>23396287If it looks like he'll find us, leave our shadow and use delusion on him to tell him that we aren't actually there.
>>23396223Whoops, meant Dominion, not Knowledge.>>23396287I stick to the we make her an offer idea. Something like "I told you to be quiet; now we don't have much time. Let's keep this short and simple I'll keep you alive in exchange for a request, one I can make later at any time. Here, first one's free."Then obfuscate the girl to the guard can't find her.
>>23396287Can we use our shadow form to cover her from view, leaving only darkness between those beams?
>>23396308Nope. You've been out of the game for at least three hundred years (you lost count after the second century but you know it's been a while after that), so you don't really have any idea what's up with anything mortal-related. This village wasn't even here when you were imprisoned.>>23396339The little girl swallows and nods her head, keeping still. One of the guards starts poking around with his halberd inside the inn, trying to dislodge anything that might be hiding up on the second floor. "There's nothing in here," you say, and the guard immediately turns around and leaves."Can't find anything," he mumbles begrudgingly."Then let's get out of here," the captain says. They begin heading back towards the cage carts and the captain barks an order to the archers to just slit the throats of anyone they haven't already hit, as it's time to move out. This causes more wailing from the cage cart, which the guards use the butts of their halberds to silence in a hurry.
>>23396413Well, is there anybody left who might get killed because of that order?
>>23396413Seeing as we've been out of it for so long, let's see if we can get any useful information out of the girl.
>>23396413We will make this girl into a GOD for the masses and then we will simply leave and watch it all burn.
>>23396378No. There are other Tenebriety powers that do that.>>23396223>>23396375The power of the Courts is determined mostly by the influence the things they govern have in the world, and individual daemons are likewise tied to concepts in an arbitrary and magical way. As a daemon of Fortune, you aren't really any specific concept so much as you're part of a massive collective of thousands of daemons who are collectively fate and destiny and junk.So the rise of mortals has made things like massive extended families and military campaigns and bureaucracies waaaaaay more common, which has in turn made the Courts of Blood, Strife, and Dominion far more powerful. Further, since Courts encourage the growth of their aspects for obvious reasons, Dominion's encouraging the growth of empires has likewise facilitated the growth of the Courts of Blood, Strife, and Wisdom/Knowledge.
>>23396458One wonders why there aren't more little girl divinities.
>>23396447This. But, let's be kind. See how she's doing, and figure out what's going on, without letting on that we don't know anything. What's our story of what,we are, when she asks? I'm thinking we're just her shadow, who woke up to protect her, in her time of need.
>>23396501>in an arbitrary and magical way.I've added +1 to my opinion of you, OP.
We wait dear one. Those who are lost today will be remembered. Tell me of them, tell me of your parents, your loved ones, your friends and your enemies. Remember happier times. Then tell me of those who stole that from you. Tell me of thsoe who came here to slaughter you like pigs and chickens. Remember them. Their voices. their shouts and cries. Their bloodlust and eyes. Remember both and let it drive you from this day on. And I will help you achieve vengeance so great it will shatter this world.
Wait until all is quiet, then."Everything will be alright now. There's nothing to be afraid of, anymore."Pretend to be her or part of her. If prompted, extol independence; she doesn't need anyone else, and surviving is proof she was stronger.
>>23396501The real question is, where do daemons come from?Is there a WARP?! BWAHAHAHA!What about human Wizards?
>>23396440Well, seeing as how all of them have been nailed to a tree to begin with, they'll all be invalids and seeing as how they're currently in a torched village, odds are they'd die just the same even if someone rescued them, unless that someone also took care of them for the rest of their lives. But there are people who haven't been shot with arrows yet who are about to get their throats slit, yes.
>>23396501Question, would creating a super-massive cult of fortunetellers and soothsayers increase the power of our Fortune thing?
>>23396552Ouch. Can we cover the girl's ears so she doesn't have to hear it?
>>23396638>Covering the girl's ears>Not possessing her body so she feels pleasure every time someone screams or she knows someone is in painYou're no DEMON.
>>23396665Please see >>23396126.
>>23396638I don't think you understand what we are.
>>23396688Read the start again. This daemon seems pretty fucking evil if you ask me
>>23396638We're a daemon, not a fussy mother. Leave the girl to sit down and bear it; we've probably seen so much ancient daemonic torture through our lifespan that a few people nailed to a tree is kinda like having garden gnomes, only noiser.No, we whisper promises of revenge and offers of our companionship into her ear. We want her to lead us to this "Golgoth" so we can return the favour for all the pain and suffering that freed us. Ideally, with more pain and suffering. This girl shouldn't be our pet, bur our harbinger.
>>23396688Who says we have to abide by "normal" pleasure?
>>23396665Can we even do that?
>>23396707This guy knows how it should be.
>>23396707But we need to find a way to make her agree with what we want to do.Which is why turning her into a sadist by >>23396665 would help immensely.
>>23396754The 666 on that post is priceless.
>>23396638we may not be evil because lel demon but that is a bit lame. put her to some magical sleep and use her body to get somewhere else. we have stuff to do. (do we?)>>23396754given what her situation is motivating her should be fairly easy without anything stupid like that.
>>23396532Nature abhors a vacuum. And we're talking about nature as an abstract concept and not Nature, the Court that hypothetically embodies that concept. So daemons are spontaneously generated whenever a concept without an existing daemon is created. The leader of the Court of Dominion, for example, was born the first time laws were written down by a king.>>23396594A bit. Your power is mostly expanded by their being more stuff in the cosmos, though. The more things there are that could go right or wrong by chance, the more powerful the Court of Fortune becomes. Of course, since the concept of Fortune isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and even weakening the Court, let alone destroying it, is practically impossible, the Court doesn't have to bother with politics. When the Sky threatens to snuff out the Sun, that's a thing they can actually do. When Wisdom says he'll snuff out Fortune, Fortune laughs.>>23396701At start, I had literally zero input from any players, so I went with what the reaction of the average daemon to mortal suffering would be: Indifference. Regardless, the voice of the narrator isn't the voice of Rabaddon. The premise of the quest does not involve any obligation to be good, evil, or anything else.
>>23396754Wait, aren't we a Slaaneshi daemon of just as sexually planned?
>>23396788Only for this current situation.However if we're going to go full evil conqueror through her then we need her to be an easy puppet.>>23396801Would >>23396665 be possible?
>>23396824That shit is always possible. Wink.
Rolled 15>>23396812no we are xanatos daemon
>>23396754We could go full ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL on the girl but I don't know if we have the power to do so, and we're a fortune demon anyway. Making faustian deals and playing literal genie for the sake of screwing with should be more our thing.I say for now we stick to keeping her alive, and earning her trust. Acting as her shadow convince her we're a guardian angel of sorts, who can help her as long as she helps us when we ask.
>>23396824everyone she knows is dead. not only can we offer her vengeance, she's entirely dependant on us.anyway, what little kid wouldn't want to take over the world?
>>23396665Possession isn't on your list of powers. You have a physical form, you can't just jump into a body on a whim. There's a power in the Majesty Talent that lets you do that, but you don't even have the Majesty Talent, let alone that specific power.>>23396707It should be noted that the first paragraph of this may or may not be correct. You've been around since the dawn of humanity, but if you want to avoid watching mortals get tortured it's not that hard to do so.
>>23396862First non-creepy/insane suggestion I've read. Seconded.
>>23396812Maybe yes maybe no.We are a trickster, pure randomness so roll a 1d9999999 to choose what will be our drive for the next hour before we decide to fuck with someone (or something) else
>>23396862Screwing with mortals and other daemons*>>23396868Fair enough, but I came in with promises of "Not-The-Little-Girl Quest", and I'd like to stick to the premise.
>>23396896Too late, buddy. That promise got shattered a few posts in.
>>23396896>>23396915So this is "The-OTHER-Little-Girl Quest"?
>>23396896We are not a little girl right now. We are the shadow of a little girl. Big difference.
>>23396896I can't make that promise, because if anon decides to play a little girl then there's not much I can do to stop them without railroading.
>>23396944well we're also a little girl when we're not a shadow.
>>23396915>>23396941>>23396944I know but I still think we can go for some real mephisophilian shenanigans, using our innocent "Not-that-little-girl-the-other-little-girl" body to our advantage. Hell we tell the girl something like we're the spirit of her twin sister who died at birth, and we're watching over her now. Anyone who can disagree is likely dead now.>>23396946I know, wouldn't ask you to.
You wait until the throats of the survivors have been slit and the cage cart has trundled off over the horizon. The girl doesn't move, and indeed, hardly breathes. "Don't worry," you say, "there's nothing to be afraid of anymore.""Who are you?" she asks."A friend," you say, "your shadow.""Shadows don't talk," she says."I'm talking," you say, "and I want to help you. I sent that soldier away.""Yeah..." she says, "okay.""What's your name?" you ask."You don't know?" she says."I just woke up today," you say, "I've always been sleeping on your feet before now.""I'm Mari," she says, "what's yours?""I'm your shadow," you say."And I'm the hunter's daughter. I've still got a name. What am I supposed to call you?">What name do you give?
>>23397010>Rabaddon the MindbreakerRami?
>>23397010Pretty backchatty for a little girl who's seen her friends just get executed. Still, you're Lamar.
>>23396801Hmm, so purposefully raising the power of our court to abnormally high levels would prove quite difficult I take it? Though the whole impossible to destroy is quite nice.Now that I have a bit better idea of what our court does, I say we get some information out of the girl of what's going on in the world (though seeing as she's just a little girl, not sure how much info we'll get), ask her name, then proceed to work out how to gain more powers. Once we're more powerful we should teach her some magic just to see what she does with it.
>>23397010Anne Malle. Anon came up with it eariler in the thread, remember?
>>23397010Let's call her Jessa.
>>23397052I was going to suggest Prāvus but yes we have enough aliases as it is. Anne Malle is fine.
>>23397010>>23397048Rami is also Mari backwards. It works.
>>23397049That's kind of a misleading trip. Whatever.>>23397051Yes, the Court of Fortune is, from the player perspective, basically the Court of I Don't Give A Fuck About Daemon Politics.
>>23397109I like this idea.
Make up some sort of rule the girl has to follow if she wants your help. Flipping a coin or something with a 50/50 chance should raise our power somewhat, right? Atleast while "helping" her
>>23397068Shh, my dark secret. Shh.
>>23397143His name is misleading, not his tripcode.GET IT RIGHT YOU FUCK. FUCK. FUCK.
>>23397143This is my inter-board trip. I'm a forever GM, and I make a few quest things on /tg/ every now and then.
"Call me Anne," you say."Okay," Mari says, pauses a moment, then follows with "I've never talked to a shadow before.""Probably not. Do you know why those soldiers came here?" you ask."They're Golgothan," she says, "Dad says their mad king was told by a sorcerer that he could destroy all the evil in the world by hunting down cursed children in other lands. So now he pillages everyone."
>>23397186Don't talk to the OP like that. He's trying his best to control the dark energy roiling through this quest.
>>23397203"That sounds unfortunate. I guess they think you're cursed?""And what do they think this curse is?"
>>23397203"What makes a child qualify as cursed?"
>>23397203What's a cursed child?
>>23397203"You don't seem cursed to me"
>>23397197Figured it was something like that. Pretty sure I've seen you around before but I typically ignore the name part of the post outright when I'm not playing a quest.>>23397146The rise in daemon powers is typically something measured in, at minimum, decades. Fortunately, you aren't back to full power yet. Most advancement will come through regaining powers you already had before you were imprisoned.There's also Quickening. If you smack a daemon around, you can steal a bunch of raw power from them. A lot of power is lost in the transfer, though, so it's typically seen as dishonorable. Unless you quickened a daemon from a Court the guy you're talking to is enemies with. Then it's okay.
>>23397319>seen as dishonorable>caring about honorFORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE
"So what makes a child cursed?" you ask."Well...everyone says that there aren't any cursed children. That the king's just insane, and the sorcerer is just wicked. He *is* Golgothan," Mari says."So how does he tell the cursed children from the regular ones?" you ask.Mari bites her lip for a second, and then says "I don't know."
>>23397319>Most advancement will come through regaining powers you already had before you were imprisoned.how do we do that, then?is there a way we can make mortals useful to us somehow?>>23397351we should be old enough to understand the value of it
>>23397366Well, it doesn't matter now Mari.We'll get through this, and we will make them pay.
>>23397397We might understand the value of it. But caring about it is a whole other matter.
>>23397366"What's a Golgothan?"Also, I'm pretty sure that a daemon in the form of a child is going to count as a cursed child.
>>23397397By exercising old Talents. By which I mean that so long as you still go around actually doing stuff, you will gain new powers every time you pass a significant milestone in the plot. This will include milestones I hadn't thought of if you take the quest in an unforseen direction.
>>23397406This line of thought, but a bit less blunt. She doesn't seem to have a disposition for vengeance yet; we need to draw it out of her. Let's get her to search for her family, see if we can't stir up some hateful feelings."That's horrible, they shouldn't be able to get away with that. But you're okay aren't you? So I guess that means you're not cursed. Probably shouldn't stay here though, let's look to see if anyone else is around."Need to use careful language when playing the manipulator. Have to let the person you're talking to reach the conclusion themself.
>>23397486Good idea.I'm more into other ways of manipulation, I'm glad someone can cover my weaknesses.
>>23397486Let's go with this
"It doesn't matter now. Let's find food and water, and somewhere to rest."
>>23397397Oh, as to the second question: Well of course you can. Assuming you want to interact with the mortal world at all (and mortals are all over the place these days), then minions are going to be helpful.>>23397406"It doesn't matter now, Mari," you say, "we'll get through this, and together, we'll make them pay for it."Mari glances towards the pile of burnt corpses, the dead torture victims hanging from the big tree in the middle of what was once her village, the young men nailed to the trees at the edge. "Yeah," she says softly, before rising from her hiding spot to jump down into the inn below. You mimic her movements as best you can. Fortunately this place is pretty shadowy already, dusk approaching, and so it's nigh-impossible to notice when you can't keep up."What's a Golgothan?" you ask, as Mari begins walking towards the forest."The people from Golgoth," she says, "if you can call them people. They were always cruel, even before that king of theirs took over. They call him the Westerling King now, because he's even marched out of Golgoth into other countries. They say his armies will come here someday, armies with ten thousand men and horses." She looks over her shoulder back towards the village. "I guess a hundred was enough for us, though."
>>23397571How many do you think would be enough for him......?And where are we going...?
>>23397571Is it possible to Delusion more than one person at a time? Also, would it be possible to teach the girl to use Unnoticed? That would be useful skill to have her know.
>>23397571look for supplies
>>23397644It would be but we ought to look at getting our own power back first. Interacting with mortals is all fun and games but we're still reeling from being in the oubliette. We need to stop and think about what we can do to get our powers back. We got freed by a huge chunk of suffering and agony, but that seems to be to do with the seal and not us personally.We could try getting Mari to mercy-kill anyone left alive and see if the bloodshed does anything for us. "These poor people... Is there nothing we can do but walk away from them?"
>>23397689I'll second this. Especially any currency that can be found.
>>23397728Delusion will get us enough currency if used right.We just need water/food.
>>23397726Oh, I'm not saying we should teach her now, I'm just curious if it's possible to teach her it once we've become a bit more powerful.
>>23397760Why would we use delusion to get currency instead of using it to get whatever we need the money for?
>>23397843Then why get currency at all?
>>23397644The more delusions you have going at once, the harder they are to maintain. You can Delusion more than one person, but not for long, and three would stretch your abilities to the breaking point. Four is right out.>>23397726Well, you know how your own powers work. Regaining powers is a function of time and exercise, which comes out to going on adventures, basically. There's a bunch of places in my notes where it says "spit out new powers for known Talents now" and a couple of places where it says "offer Talent X in exchange for Y now." Where the Y is typically beating up another daemon.
>>23397832You can teach magic to mortals, although it'll make the Court of Souls and their allies pissy with you. It takes a really long time, though.
>>23397872Wait. Delusion is something you have to keep active? I just thought you told someone something and they just believe you no matter how little sense it makes.
>>23397902Yes, you have to keep it active. If you could spit out delusions endlessly, you'd never need another power from any Talent to get anything done.
>>23397892nah, that's too much trouble. we should do our best to locate some source of power our girl can use and then adventure to go get that.
>>23397902For them to keep believing it, yes.
>>23397872Ask Mari if there are any places of interest in the area that they could go to after she scrounges up supplies.>>23397892Do we know how long it would take? Or does it depend on the spell?
>>23397892Thought there'd be a catch. Also thirding looking for supplies.As for teaching Mari magic, it's probably best we don't try for now. Wait until we have some more active spells to teach her. We don't want to teach our chief minion spells that are good for hiding and running away or she'll use them to do that instead of seek vengeance. We'd need to teach her something more active and offensive so she's more likely to pursue vengeance.TwirledMustache, since we know our own powers, did we originally have an ability to inflict bad luck on people? Like we curse them with bad luck and they start slipping on banana peels and stabbing themselves in the eye with spoons or something. We trickster; we'd find it hilarious and it'd be perfect to teach Mari.
>>23397993"There's food in the forest," Mari says when you recommend she head back into the village. "I don't want to go back," she says further.In the forest, she begins finding snares with rabbits caught on them. Her father's, presumably."Is there anything nearby here?" you ask Mari."There's another village up the road," she says, "but the Golgothans are on the road now and I don't want to go there. And then there's Gareth's Grove. Gareth is the village guardian, he keeps...Well, he was supposed to keep us safe.""Is that where we're going?" you ask."Yes," she says."Why?" you ask."I dunno. To ask where the Hell he's been, I guess."While she gathers up the rabbits, you notice that one of them has four eyes, an extra two clustered next to the normal one on the right side. They look kind of melted together, sickened and unnatural. You are almost positive that rabbits are not supposed to have six eyes.
>>23398073Is there something wrong with that Rabbit...?
>>23398073"So... Are rabbits supposed to look like that?"
>>23398073Ask about the sick looking rabbit.
>>23398073four* eyes>>23398063Yes. Cursing people is a power all daemons learn once they're strong enough, which you were. It should come back to you, and hopefully sooner rather than later.
>>23398100"It's nothing," Mari says hastily when you ask about the rabbit, and immediately pulls out a hunting knife to hack out the extra eyes, "it just happens sometimes."
>>23398131How powerful were we? What court banished us?
>>23398166Did your father teach you to hunt like this...?
>>23398166Do we have any way to check for daemonic presence?
>>23398166"...Interesting."Do we recall recall mutating wildlife from before we were sealed away?
>>23398131What sort of Slaaneshi curses?
>>23398166"Mari, that kinda stuff doesn't just... Happen."
>>23398218This. If we're going to use her, we need her to be honest with us.
>>23398241>>23398218We don't fucking know the planet.Or what's been happening for the last 300 years.This could be natural for all we know.
>>23398177You weren't so powerful that you could run a Court yourself even if you got lucky, but you were pretty far up there. Most daemons were weaker than you.Your memories are pretty vague, big picture stuff right now. Emotions and things that were always there. Specific events are pretty elusive. That said, you do remember getting a coterie of daemons from Wisdom and Dominion angry at you. They were probably the guys who stuck you in the oubliette.Man. Five thousand years ago and Wisdom and Dominion were minor Courts with a deluded daemon born practically yesterday, and now they're putting high-tier Fortune daemons under over personal squabbles. Hopefully someone's figured out how to contain those bastards while you were out, they were starting to get out of control.
>>23398218"Sometimes it does," she says, tying the rabbit to her belt and heading towards the next snare on the other side of the hill.>>23398197You do not.>>23398197You do not. In fact, you didn't know how to do that. If this is a daemonic Talent, it's either Fleshshaping or *really* sloppy Animalism (or an obscure House Talent). You didn't know Fleshshaping and if you ever learned Animalism, it was one of your later Talents, long after you stopped making amateur hour mistakes.>>23398276Well, you as in "you, the players" don't know, but "you, the daemon" have been here for like four thousand years. Rabbits are just rabbits, unless something happened in the past ~400 years to change that.
>>23398279So, Dominion seems like it'd be involved with this king punk. We recognize his name, or his kingdom's name? What,of we think about them both backwards? Also, get back to us on Mari's response to >>23398218.
>>23398465Not really. This place was barely settled last time you were awake.
>>23398417Well something is definitely up with that six-eyed rabbit but we don't seem to know anything about it other than it has six eyes which is not all that interesting, especially since Mari doesn't care about it.We should ask Mari questions about herself though. She's thirteen and hacking extra eyes out of a rabbit like it ain't no thing, her village just got torched to cinders and her "shadow" is talking back to her but she doesn't seem to give much of a shit. Something ain't right with this girl.
>>23398465Or do demons not do that "acctually was name BACKWARDS" horseshit in this universe?
>>23398073"Who is this Gareth, and why does he live in the forest?"In before he's a druid and tries to smite the hell out of us, recognising what we actually are. Don't listen to him, Mari, we're her to protect you.
>>23398562Probably shell shock.
>>23398562Maybe start with some personal questions; how much her dad taught her about hunting, what regular life in the village was like. We get info on her and keep her mind on the brutal deaths of everyone and keep slipping in little side-comments about how something needs to be done about those Golgothians. We've been out of the game for a few hundred years, worrying about a six eyed rabbit is one thing but we've got a mission to get our shit together and Mari is our fortune-blessed minion. We need to find out what use we can put her to and how we can start getting our A-game on.
we need an other "host", this girl is just...off.
>>23398751That's a good thing.
>>23398659I can basically agree with this. As an agent of fortune, it's in our nature to be whimsical, and becoming the sword and shield of a small girl with severe PTSD and a grudge against an evil empire seems like a pretty good way to fulfill that obligation. Maybe she'll even grow to like using the power we can provide.
WE XOM NOW
>>23398560Can we do reverse curses? Like, can we bless people?
>>23398751We'd need to find one first. Besides, this mortal is now suddenly more interesting, never mind that she's blessed by good fortune. Her village is burned to a husk on the orders of a mad king who wants every child dead, and an ancient daemon shows up at just the right time to save her ass from being murdered. That's a one-in-a-million chance; and we're a fortune daemon, we govern luck and fate. We intentionally meddled with her fate, yes, but what are the odds that a village would be built directly on top of a fortune demon's ancient seal?This girl's luck and fate, at the very least, should appeal to our whimsical nature. The fact that there's more to her than we can perceive should seal the deal; we must make her our chief minion.
>>23398915Xom?Naaaaaah.Xom is a dickass to everyone.
>>23398949Minion?I'm pretty sure we should just follow her for awhile and let her do what she wants with our powers.We guide her to the options we prefer but generally do what she wants.Or at least, that's how I see it.
>>23398930I assume that if we could inflict bad luck on people, we could inflict good luck too. Or maybe it's almost eldritch in nature and our very whim is what counts as luck. By deciding to help Mari and not leaving her to die, we granted her good luck.
>>23399009I agree with this guy
>>23399009Chief follower, I should have said. We don't care to order people around as much as fuck with them.
>>23398659I agree with this, let's get to know Mari better.
>>23398569Hell no. If they're going to be coy they're at least going to use a proper anagram, and most of them are smart enough to use actual aliases for things.>>23398582"Gareth's the spirit of the woods," Mari says, "this is just his home. I guess he likes it here." She pauses a moment, and then says "Dad says he thinks Gareth left a long time ago, and the other villagers just don't want to believe it. He says...Well, said, that if Gareth were here he'd be doing something about all the raids. I guess he's probably right. I don't know where else to go," she says, finally tearing up a little on the last sentence.>>23398659She wipes her eyes and composes herself a bit. "I know how to set snares and stuff," she says, "and I clean animals and cook them. But I just barely started learning how to use a bow and I don't have one of my own yet. The Golgothans snapped my dad's when..." she trails off, and then begins tearing up again, leaning against a tree for a moment and trying to keep herself together."Someone needs to stop these Golgothans," you say."Dad always used to say that if Destos and Arkas couldn't stop them, it would take a miracle. And Destos and Arkas are already completely conquered, is what the Deneen and his wife say, have been for years," Mari says. "No one can stop Golgoth." She stops and stares for a moment. "Not anymore, no one can." She kicks at a nearby rock in fury, sending it flying a solid ten feet, and half-shouts "there's no miracles coming!"
>>23399080Mari, what is a miracle?And what, by chance has happened to you today?
>>23399080Just for reference: It was a small rock. Mari is not demonstrating super strength.
>>23399080>"there's no miracles coming!""Listen girl. I'm your shadow. But more importantly, I'm a Wizard.""It's time for you to learn magic, the magic of the universe, the magic of miracles-- like how to swing a sword.""And throw shadowy fireballs."
>>23399080"I'm sure we'll find somewhere to go, and someone who can stop Golgoth. I don't know about miracles, or much of anything yet. But I woke up just in time to keep those guards from finding you. That has to count for something right? Luck or fate must be smiling on you, because I don't think I would have woke up when I did."
>>23399205You heard the man. Teach her swordsmanship and fireballs.
>>23399080"Calm down, Mari. It's okay now, we're here. To keep you safe. You don't need a bow. You have us.Nothing ever comes from waiting for miracles to happen, Mari. If you want something, you need to reach out and take it, Mari. And we can help you, Mari. Make you stronger, Mari. Strong enough that such tragedy need never happen to you again."
>>23399145>time for you to learn magic, the magic of the universe, the magic of miracles>like how to swing a swordIf this is true, then my fighter is Jesus.
>>23399205Yeah gurl, you will handle these fine ass black balls
>>23399080Well, do we have any means to detect if said spirit is still here?
>>23399080Pretend to be calming her down, but really phrase it so it will rile her up a bit more. Maybe a little bit of >>23399117 in there as well. Breed trust, and anger at the kingdom.
>>23399235>>23399233>>23399226>>23399205>>23399145This isn't going to be good.
>>23399080Who needs miracles when you got luck.Let's see if we can find Gareth, then see what we can do about this Golgothan infestation.
>>23399080"shadows have more power than most know. maybe the mad king needs to watch his."quest accepted
>>23399231Are we in Temptation 101 here?Because I like it.
So there's this mortal empire whose rapid rise to power seems unstoppable? Anyone else getting a raging clue from this?
>>23399080"Your shadow came alive and saved you from certain death. If that is not a miracle, what is?"
>>23399307>All this happened while you were imprisonedHuh
>>23399307its not the only raging thing i'm getting here.
>>23399307Mad king with sorceror advisor wanting all children murdered? Yeah there's definitely a daemon in there we can slap around, but I'm putting that up as a long term goal. Short term, acquire powers and restore strength.
>>23399231Something along these lines. Too sinister, though, she's gonna think something is up.
>>23399231This is the best suggestion. If she starts thinking we don't sound like her shadow, we can tell her that of course we're her shadow - in the places she feels love, we feel hate. Where she is warm, we are cold. Where she is weak, we are strong. And terrifying.
>>23399231"Calm down, Mari. It's okay now, we're here. To keep you safe. You don't need a bow. You have us. Miracles is not something that just happens. If you want something, you need to reach out and take it, Mari. And we can help you. Make you stronger, Mari. Strong enough to create a miracle "
At some point we should probably make sure our friends knows the importance of keeping a secret. Even from friendly neighbourhood spirits. Just saying.
>>23399401>>23399481My only problem with it is the "us" bit when referring to ourselves. There's only one shadow, we should be saying "me" and "I".
>>23399231"What are you?" she asks, not quite crying anymore, "you're not my shadow, shadows don't talk. Tell me the truth. What are you?"
>>23399500We're pretending to be a part of her, so it sort of makes sense. Implies that she doesn't need anybody else, and that she's never alone.
>>23399513"YOU'RE A WIZARD MARI!"
>>23399513"I am, a Wizard."
>>23399513Cover blown. Wasn't going to last anyway. I say we go with the "spirit of your stillborn twin, I want to watch over you" thing I said earlier.
>>23399538"AND I'M A MARRY WIZZARD!"
>>23399551Oh and if we do that we can reveal our regular, "not-that-little-girl-the-other-little-girl" form and stop being a shadow.
>>23399513Use delusion to make her believe she's in her own mind.And take our normal form, standing infront of her."I am you, I am the you that has been here since the start.""I've been sleeping, until something like this would happen, I had hoping it would never but....""I am here for you now, shall we go..?"And then we embrace her, and turn back into her shadow and close off the Delusion.
>>23399601Simplicity. I like it.
>>23399513"I'M YOUR FUCKING SHADOW, NO SHUT UP AND KEEP WALKING" Delusion~
>>23399513"of course i'm your shadow, and i just talked. sure, maybe i was someone else's shadow before or maybe trapped in some nasty spot somewhere, but i'm all yours now."
>>23399551>>23399572She seems smart. That story is probably just convenient enough for her to see through after already calling the first. Either dodge the question or we come up with a more believable lie to preserve at least some of her trust.
>>23399601Probably better to go with something simple like this.
Has this thread been archived yet? I realize we don't quite have a title for it yet, but I'd like to keep track of it. Any kind anons?
>>23399513"I can't remember. I was trapped in a dark and horrible place for a long time. But then you showed up, and some way or another, I became free. That's why I've decided to help you out, Mari"
>>23399632I want this to be a Tove Jansson story.
>>23399669I was originally going to put it under "Daemon Quest" except that has 40K connotations. Possibly call it the Other Little Girl Quest.Also, not seeing much consensus for what to tell her next, so rolls?
Just fucking tell her we're a spirit like the forest one only of shadows.
>>23399513"I'm the shadows all around you. I'm the hand of fate that saved you. I'm the friend you need."
Rolled 98>>23399703"I am the path to Valhalla."
Rolled 43>>23399703"A friend"
>>23399513"I WAS SENT HERE BY THE GREAT AND POWERFUL SPIRIT KING. HE HAS SEEN WHAT TERRORS THE KING HAS BROUGHT FORTH AND WISH TO PUT A STOP TO IT. YOU WERE CHOSEN MARI, BECAUSE YOU'RE SPECIAL."
>>23399513Tell her the entire truth. Why should we care if she knows? Just follow her around and sooner or later, she'll have to ask for our help,
>>23399513Does it really matter Mari?I am here to help you, considering your situation you haven't much choice.
>>23399758So /tg/, how long till the girl dies in a horrible accident?
>>23399727I can't tell if this is serious or a reference to something. Either way, you have no idea whether or not her culture has any concept of Valhalla.
>>23399802It isn't serious.Half of this thread doesn't seem to be serious.
Rolled 6>>23399632>>23399727>>23399720Just combine these."I am your shadow, of course. I was not your shadow before, but I am now. I am the hand of fate that saved you. I am the one who can help you on your path, give you the power you need. But most of all, I'm a friend who you can trust, when such things seem so very hard to find and the world around you is so terribly tragic, dear Mari."
>>23399841This.Eloquent trickster demon is best demon.
>>23399841Also for this, it seems like the most logical post here, even if luck is not on our side at the moment.
>>23399812Most quests get a lot of non-serious answers. I just ignore them and pay attention to the people who are actually trying to play the quest.>>23399841"Why me?" she asks."You were the only one left," you respond.She's quiet for a moment, head bowed, probably thinking. "What am I supposed to do?" she asks, finally.
>>23399926"What would you like to do?"
>>23399926"I can not chose your path for you, Mari."
>>23399926"Whatever your heart desires, my dear Mari"
>>23399926"You already know what you must do, Mari. What you *want* to do.Golgoth must fall."
>>23399926I am here to help you, not to live your life for you.You implied you wanted revenge, and showed an interest with this "Spirit".I can bring you the first, with enough time.But from here on you will make the choices Mari, I am your guardian angel, not your guiding spirit."
>>23399926Whatever you want. I am here here to compliment you, not give you purpose. You already have that.
>>23399926"That's up to you."
>>23399926"you're just a little girl. for now you'll just do your best to live and grow up. and i'll grow with you. and then any mad king will think twice to cross your shadow.""i'll see if i can find us a bow."
>>23399926"There's nobody left who can tell you what to do. Your heart is the only thing that can guide you now, dear Mari. I am simply a means to an end."
>>23399926"Only you can chose your path, Mari. But as a start, how about we find you a bow. You wanted to learn how to use a bow, didnt you?"
Mari turns and begins walking towards Gareth's Grove again. "So what, I just walk up to the top of a hill and shout the magic words and everyone in Golgoth dies?" she asks.
>>23399926Listen man, it was completely serious.Who the fuck knows what this world's version of Valhalla is if it has one?But she's certainly going to die horribly in battle.May as well just tell her that early.
>>23400055"Exactly. But first you must learn the shadow-vocals of Fireball.""First we begin with the chant of reckoning:""Repeat after me: 'It will be as if you never ever lived...'"
>>23400055what did we say?
>>23400087Bugger, forgot to link the post to quote. She was responding to the "whatever you want" replies, since those were pretty ubiquitous.
>>23400055"I can HELP you. I can't do it for you."
>>23400055"Nothing worth having ever comes that easy."(How many targets can we use delusion on at once? Is there any way to make it permenant, with a bit of effort? Making people believe Mari is their lord and master could be a decent way of indirectly providing power.)
>>23400055Ever wanted to lead an army Mari?And Golgoth isn't full of Evil people mari, imagine all the countless little girls like yourself, afraid of the monsters beneath their bed their fathers and mothers tell them about.
>>23400055"I wish it was that easy."
>>23400055"Perhaps we could start a little smaller. Finding shelter for you is more important, for now. Vengeance will come, in time."
>>23400055"I can't do that. I can however, help you get the power needed to do such a thing. If that is what you desire"
>>23400055Not quite, hun. I'm not very powerful yet. I only came into existance in the inn, you know! But, eventually, we'll both be stronger. Loud enough to shout away your pain? No. But strong enough to help you get there.
>>23400055"It's not that easy. It takes far more than just shouting some words to kill that many people. Why not start with saying what you want to do and we'll try to set you upon the path that will eventually lead you there?
>>23400055"Words has never helped anyone. Did the soldiers listen to the pleas of mercy while they tortured and killed your people? They did not. Taking action is what needs to be done. And I can help you take that action"
>>23400055"That's not going to work. But you found Fortune once already today. Perhaps if you keep looking you will find more of it?"
Mari doesn't respond as she reaches what is probably Gareth's Grove. "I don't know how Gareth feels about shadows," she says before stepping in, "but I don't see how I can leave you behind. Just be quiet for a bit, alright?" And then she steps inside, using her dagger to inscribe some symbols in the ground. Nothing you recognize, but if this is a daemon of a single grove then he has to be some weak little hedge daemon that you probably wouldn't need to concern yourself with ordinarily.Regardless, after completing her little ritual, informing the grove that her village has been destroyed and she needs help, and waiting for a solid fifteen minutes in the center of the grove, Mari gives up and leaves. "I don't know what I was expecting," she says, "he's never shown up before."You're beginning to remember more of the details of Dominion's expansion, now. His modus operandi was to have daemon hit squads run around ousting local daemons from the area before he moved in to invade. It's weird that he'd direct his minions against a village, since villages are also a part of his domain, but maybe they weren't bureaucratic enough and they were getting greedy? Or, Hell, maybe Golgoth went nuts on its own and the Court of Dominion just didn't care enough to stop them. They are allies with Strife."I need a bow," Mari says after a few moments walking in silence. You're not even sure where to anymore. You're not sure Mari knows, either. "And...Those Golgothan soldiers took my younger brother. We need to go after them. Do you know any way we could kill that many, or drive them off?"
>>23400313I can try to get him out of there.However, I am not sure if I will be able to kill them all, not just yet.
>>23400313You should tell us what we're saying to her. Just link to the quote of someting.
>>23400313"oh, i know a lot of ways."
>>23400313"At the moment my abilities are... limited. The first thing we need to make sure of is your survival. You're the only one who can help your brother, so we need to make sure you stay alive. Do you have any relatives in another who might look after you?"
>>23400313"That depends on what you're willing to do, Mari"
>>23400353That was mostly me realizing that this conversation was probably dragging on too long without any plot development, so rather than having you and Mari talk past each other a while longer I'd just cut to the next piece of plot. Your response didn't actually matter.That said, yeah, I should be quoting what I'm responding to. My questing gears are still pretty rusty. I apologize.
>>23400378"No," Mari says, "my only family were Dad and Leson. I can set up the snares for rabbits on my own, but Dad says that it's better to drink well water than river and they pushed the well in, I don't have any idea where I'll stay for winter..." She takes a deep breath and keeps walking.>>23400380"What are you asking me to do?" she asks.
>>23400313"Tell them what you want them to believe. My power lies in, well, the power of lies.I can also hide you from prying eyes. People will not notice you if you do not wish it."Is there a way to let her communicate with us telepathically? It would certainly help, otherwise she has to announce when she wants to be hidden.
We should be able to free him pretty easily, if that is what we want. Do we?
Rolled 95>>23400382That conversation was stalling, yes. I was hoping we'd get something interesting out of the grove though."There's plenty of ways to kill a man, but that won't do you and your brother any favours. Golgoth may simply hunt you both for the crime, as men are tend to do. Best we whisk him free of Golgoth's grasp, like a shadow slipping through their fingers."IE, we dementia the guards into opening his cage/removing his bonds, and obfuscate/invisible him out of there.
>>23400516Whoops forgot to remove the dice.
>>23400503No, you can't communicate with her telepathically with the Talents you have right now.
>>23400502"First of all we should find out where they are keeping your brother. Everything else, can come after that."
>>23400502>"What are you asking me to do?" she asks."To stay alive. Then we need to find our where they're bringing your brother."
>>23400689"Okay. They'll still be keeping him in that cage with the rest, won't they?" Mari says. "That cart will have to follow the roads...Deneen will know where they're headed but he won't be coming back to the village for months and anyway he'll probably hear it's been destroyed and go someplace else instead. Deneen hears everything, he'll probably know about it by this time next week even if he's halfway across Dorrik."
>>23400768"A group that large does not move quickly, or without notice. We can follow them."I propose we have a constant Unnoticed Obfuscation effect on ourselves and Mari at all times unless otherwise noted.
>>23400858We can't use unnoticed on Mari
>>23400880That makes things more difficult.Oh well.
>>23400803"Traveling merchant," Mari says, "he passes through our village once every year. He's how we hear most of the things we know about the rest of the world."
>>23400880We can just get shit done ourselves and let her wait somewhere. It's not like we have to keep mimicking her actual shadow, seeing as she already called that.
>>23400945She still thinks we're some form of shadow though. And the whole point is us making her do stuff.
>>23400941>"A group that large does not move quickly, or without notice. We can follow them."
>>23401008"Okay," Mari says.While it is indeed true that the group moves slow, they already have a headstart on you by over an hour. By the time you and Mari catch up, night has already fallen. Mari climbs a tree every few minutes to try and get a better look, and before long she can see smoke from their campfires trailing up into the distance."That's got to be them," Mari says, "merchants don't travel in numbers that big. Now what?"
>>23401043find leader, use depression
>>23401043"I'll scout ahead. Can you describe your brother to me?"
>>23401057We don't have depression
>>23401057>>23401043Can't use Depression.Ask Mari to stay where she is until we come back.And we leave in shadow form and enter the camp.And this >>23401072
>>23401078>And we leave in shadow form and enter the campABORT ABORT! WE NEED TO BE SHADOWS, ANON
>>23401089It's night time, she won't notice us leave.She'll think we're MAGICAL.
>>23401043"We must be sure your brother is here. Once that is done, it is a simple matter of divide and conquer."
>>23401043We need to use delusion to turn the guards against each other. If we can find two who who're having an argument then we can turn it into a fight by making one believe the other has seriously slighted him and needs to suffer retribution. Once people start getting involved, just pass the delusion from one person to another so they all start fighting. If we can maintain multiple delusions all the better. Start a big enough round of infighting and we can probably get them to kill each other with no work.
>>23401099No fun. We're sticking right to her. If anything goes wrong, it's her head anyway. We just go have fun with something else.
>>23401144No point in killing them all.It'll just attract attention.Find the leader, make him believe he has to take the child out of the camp and execute him.Release the delusion, then make him want to kill himself.Take the child and leave.
>>23401174this seems like a solid plan
>>23401174Let's go with this
>>23401072"He's seven years old," Mari says, "skinny, with blonde hair." The description she's given is fairly similar to her own, so you might have guessed just from family resemblance, but the age is a bonus.
>>23401174Attracting attention was the point, but your idea outclasses mine easily.
>>23401201>>23401174In which case, make him believe he has to execute all the skinny with blond haired children out of the camp.Then we'll have some distractions to help us too.
>>23401231Yeah, but I doubt he would be able to head out alone in that case."Hai guyz, I'll just take these 10+ lads and be off with them."
>>23401174Killing them all sends a strong message.OP, how many targets can we affect with delusions at once? We might be able to waltz through the camp and make all the guards kill themselves as they come at us in groups of 4-5.
>>234012843 at most for several seconds.We're REALLY shit at power.
>>23401284Two, maybe three, but it will wear you out fast to fire off lots of delusions in short order, and even faster if you try to maintain several.
>>23401272Well, we'll see how many there are and whatnot.Scouting and shit.
>>23401284we can kill them later. even just a mysterious suicide of their leader probably leaves them a little bit troubled.
>>23401304>>23401310Alright, so for now we just make influental people kill themselves until we get more power.
>>23401353that's so unimaginative. i'm sure we can think of something more elegant.
>>23401353Yep.But for now, we scout with our shadow.>>23401398What works, works.
You're all doing this wrong. We're not going to make the leader take his own life. He will be the first kill of the girl.
Scout ahead, and look for a bow while looking for the boy.
>>23401433She will be the one to command it. We're just her weapon.Okay, make the leader order the prisoners taken into the woods. Then we can ambush them.
>>23401491How are we supposed to ambush anybody? The girl has a dagger, and we're a weak spirit with skills that aren't optimal for combat situations?
>>23401433an addendum to>>23401174We could make the leader think Mari is his god and get her to order him to kill himself.
>>23401174You tell Mari to wait for you, and then slip away. In the dark of the night, she doesn't even notice you're gone. The guards' torches will make your presence obvious, but with your powers of Obfuscation you're able to make the inexplicable sillhouette of a little girl on the ground go completely unnoticed. If these primitive screwheads had cameras, though, this would show up on /x/ *for sure*.The captain has already had his tent set up. It's not spectacularly large, but you're not sure if that means the captain isn't especially high-ranked or Golgoth just isn't super-advanced."You have to bring the boy Leson out of the camp and execute him, immediately," you say. The captain immediately looks uncomfortable. He glances aside, then gets up and begins pacing about the small tent, knocking over a pot of stew in the process. Swearing, he steps outside his tent and shouts at a soldier to clean up the mess, then storms off towards the cage cart.The guards glance curiously at one another, but do not attempt the captain as he approaches. "Which one of you is Leson?" he asks. The prisoners are silent. "Answer me!" the captain shouts, drawing his sword and brandishing it at them."It's him," one of the women jerks her head (her hands being manacled) towards a boy of about the right age and appearance, "that's Leson," she says."Bring me that boy," the captain says to the guards."Captain, it's orders of the general that no one touch any of the children until the king's expected them," one of the guard says."Let me worry about the general!" the captain says, "bring me that boy, soldier, or I'll behead you now for disobeying an officer!""Of course, captain," the guard says, cowed, and goes to unlock Leson's chains.The captain grabs Leson roughly by the arm and begins leading him out of the camp, drawing strange looks from those nearby, but none can work up the courage to stop and challenge him until he's already past.>cont.
>>23401509That's the point. One by one, make the guards believe they heard something nearby that they have to investigate, and then make them kill themselves.Then make the leader walk into the middle of their camp, call everyones attention, and kill himself in a brutal fashion.
i think we're over the bump limit. new thread time?
>>23401603The captain brings Leson to the tree where Mari is hiding, where you encounter something you had not counted on: A guard from the camp, a patrol no doubt, who's lying on the ground with blood trailing out of his mouth, his dead hands clutching at his throat. There's no visible wounds on his body, however.The captain gapes when he sees the body, but then immediately begins walking on, thinking that no doubt this is only the first sign of the terrible doom this boy will bring upon them. Clearly he is the cursed one and the king will thank him for his swift, decisive action.Releasing the captain from the delusion will result in him acting of his own volition, which might end up being "well, I've come this far, may as well hack the kid's head off anyway." You've only got a few seconds to make a decision as to what the next Delusion you inflict will be. What will you make him believe next?
>>23401663Has anyone archived this one yet? Anyways, I'm only around for another hour and thirty minutes. Might not be worth making a new thread.
>>23401694>What will you make him believe next?Kid is already dead, better get back to camp. It's dark, cold, and I haven't had my stew yet.
>>23401694Make him believe he's mute and blind.
>>23401713Nope. Hasn't been archived so far.
>>23401713http://archive.foolz.us/tg/thread/23394127/Yep. And just keep going, hopefully we don't hit the void.
>>23401694Release him from hid delusion.Then make him believe his god is sending him messages in the sky, and that he should face upwards for a few hours.
>>23401694Make him believe that the boy is gone, and that the most terrible fate imaginable awaits him if he does not return to the camp right now, and remove his own heart before all of his men.
>>23401734> It's dark, cold, and I haven't had my stew yet.That's a nice tough
>>23401762Everything gets archived on foolz. Suptg is where people actually find stuff they didn't know about.
>>23401694Make him believe the stew he knocked over actually set his tent on fire
>>23401771Not this.It will bring suspicion.And the boy will be thought of as a cursed child.
>>23401804it's not like we care.
>>23401694He should wait for a command from his god?Then have mari be that god!
>>23401694Just make him believe he can't talk or move. Then we can get the girl to kill him.
>>23401842let's go with this
>>23401734And add something about throwing the corpse into a river, if there's one nearby. We don't want anybody to come looking Leson's corpse.
What do you want as the title in the archive?
>>23401859Quest of the little children and a demon.
On second thought we might need a new thread after all. This one is on about page 6 already. Damn.Votes for "make him believe he is somehow incapacitated," "make him believe he should wait for a message from a god" and "make him believe he's already killed the boy and should now go back to the camp" all seem pretty even, so let's roll dice.
>>23401734Try to remember that delusions only last as long as we specifically maintain them. This will results in a massive hunt being launched to catch this boy. And for some reason, we want the boy for ourselves.
>>23401877No it doesn't.>"make him believe he's already killed the boy and should now go back to the camp" Wins.
>>23401859Check to see if "Trickster Daemon Quest" is taken. I would imagine not, and it'll make as good a working title as any. Try to make it clear in the description that we're not 40K/WHF, though.
>>23401893i liked "the other girl quest"
Rolled 57>>23401883Same thing if the captain suddenly disappears. At least we can maintain the charade for a few days.>Rolling for "make him believe he's already killed the boy and should now go back to the camp"
Rolled 52I like the "boy is already dead" one.
>>23401943Well in either case, the option that results in Mari killing him is the best one. Blind him
>>23401983Seems like we'll have to disagree on that one.
Rolled 47>>23401877We're not helping this girl by the good of our hearts. Twisting her and such was the whole point. Making her kill an incapacitated man should help her on ther way
>>23402034she just killed someone. she doesn't really need out help on that.
>>23401943"Wait for message from god" supporters are apparently tardy to voting, so we're going with this.As you approach the tree, you release the delusion. The captain's steps slow slightly as he begins to realize that he's probably made a terrible mistake bringing the boy out of the camp, but would it make things better or worse to just turn around and toss him back in the cage? "You already killed the boy, and now you should go back to camp to put out the fire that's no doubt started in your tent," you say. The captain's eyes widen and he turns around to run back towards the camp.
>>23402034Seconding this. While it's true that we are acting as sword and shield for Mari, we're also trying to twist her into using our power to change the world in a huge way. It suits the court of fortune to meddle in the affairs of fate like this.Make the captain believe that all his limbs are broken in multiple places and that he is mute."Mari, he was the one who destroyed your village. He was the one who took your father. Give him your sentence. Give me my orders."
Rolled 33>>23401834because this gives Mari a taste of power and gets her to kill him
>>23402077Right, now we go get Mari and bring her here. Assuming something horrible didn't happen to her because we left her alone.
>>23402234Mari's tree isn't far. She's slumped against the trunk, and appears to be completely motionless. As you draw near, you notice she's still breathing, though. Looks like she's fallen asleep on the branch. Her breathing is heavier than normal, and she looks exhausted.
>>23402269"Well, boy, aren't you happy to see your sister? Stay quiet, though."
>>23402269Typical mortal, but now is not the time for sleep. Wake her, bring her to the boy we just released, and hope he didn't shit his pants and run off.
>>23402269"Wake up, Mari. Your brother is here to see you."
>>23402300"Y-yes," he whispers, quietly terrified. "Is she okay?" he asks.
>>23402323Oh, he followed us. That's easier."She is tired from looking for you, but she can't sleep here. You know how dangerous those men are; wake her so we can leave quickly."
>>23402323"Just tired, I'd guess. It has been an exhausting day for her as well."
I don't get it. Why did we even save her brother? We could have just made them kill him and told her, he was dead. That way, her hatred would increase and she would be easier to manipulate.
>>23402323"She is fine, just tired. We must escape from this place lest more guards find us."Gently wake Mari up and then we can leave.
We just got the captain executed.
>>23402381Because she needs to be there when he gets killed.
>>23402381We're trying to turn her into one of our followers, and we're demonstrating that our good fortune shines on her by freeing her brother from the snare of Golgoth. We could be off doing grander things if we had more power, but we don't.
...what killed the patrol guy?
>>23402438We don't give a shit.
>>23402438I'd guess Mari garrotted him with one of the snares she normally uses for rabbits.
>>23402473And then went to take a nap. Girl's got priorities.
>>23402473I assumed similar, and would have asked about it but I figured the guy is dead already and not our problem. Leave it to the guards to figure out who's murdering them.
>>23402390"Mari, wake up," you whisper into her ear. No good. Several more attempts reveal that she is in an extremely deep sleep. Finally, you return to corporeal form, Unnoticify yourself so that neither she nor Leson will see you doing so, and then nudge her on the shoulder. It ends up taking some severe shaking to get her awake. This girl has become terribly exhausted in the last 45 minutes. "We need to go," you say, having discreetly returned to shadow form."Yeah," Mari says numbly, staring off into space."Down the tree," you say."Okay," Mari says, and begins climbing down. It's only two branches down when she slips off and falls the rest of the way. Fortunately, she doesn't break anything on the way down, but it takes some convincing to get her to stand up again. She staggers and stumbles away as you head away from the camp.
>>23402536"Are you hurt?"
>>23402536Can we carry her? We really can't afford to be slow right now.
If she starts getting followers, this will be our symbol.
>>23402580WE ARE SHADOWSSSS, ANON
>>23402565"'m fine," she mumbles, "just tired."
>>23402593> Finally, you return to corporeal form, Unnoticify yourself so that neither she nor Leson will see you doing so, and then nudge her on the shoulderNo, we're not.
>>23402605"You did well."Find a place to rest. A cave or something.
>>23402605"I saw the guard back there. You're a real piece of work, aren't you"
>>23402536Might want to make a new thread sometime around now if you plan on continuing. This one is heading for a 404.
>>23402705It only needs to last 30 minutes and then I'm out anyways.>>23402670>>23402680Mari is apparently too exhausted to respond to either of these with actual words, but does manage to stumble towards a nearby shelter. Unfortunately, caves are not readily available, but you do manage to find the decaying remains of a fallen tree against a short cliff that manage to provide some sort of shelter. It's about as good as can be expected, under the circumstances. Leson curls up against Mari's exhausted form to sleep. Mari is out like a light, but Leson's sleep is more fitful.Anything you want to do in the night? Daemons need about one hour of sleep every week, so you've got time.
>>23402787Might as well take a look around.
>>23402787Keep vigil over them. Try to jog our memories a bit.
>>23402787just watch them, i don't think we have anything better to do.
Might be interesting to see the response back at the camp, and if we can make fun times there.
>>23402884Yeah, let's make some chaos
>>23402787Keep watch, but flex our powers a bit as well. The sooner we can recover, the better.
>>23402820Well, you ruminate a bit and recall that you have emigrated to this world from another several thousand years ago. When you first arrived, mortals were squatting in mud huts, like actual literal mud huts and not thatched roof houses that a technologically advanced enemy calls "mud huts" out of derision. But since you are well over a hundred thousand years old, you can infer that most of your memories are of another world. Which would make sense, since you seem to remember mortals being far more advanced than these yokels. They had gunpowder weapons and enormous ships with 3 or even 4 masts, you recall, but these guys seem pretty iron age even though you've been sleeping under them for centuries.The Court of Dominion declared that the world was theirs, you recalled, that they owned it and no other Court would have any presence on it. Claiming an entire world (of which there are only about a half-dozen) is basically unheard of. Daemons are hard to evict.They managed to kick you out, though, and they and their allies were definitely on the rise. Still, how could they possibly have evicted the Courts of Sun and Sky? Wouldn't evicting the Court of Nature kill all the mortals the newer Courts depended upon for influence? They might have kicked you out of your house, but no way in Hell were they going to actually succeed in getting rid of every Court outside of their alliance.
>>23402912>>23402884So, which of these do we favor? Append a roll just in case.
Rolled 19>>23403025Definitely this one >>23402912. Stirring up trouble at the camp just doesn't sound good to me.
Rolled 96>>23403025Keeping watch.
Rolled 11>>23403025Sitting around watching kids sleep is creepy, but not our kind of creepy. Also boring, we've been bored long enough already.
This daemon was supposed to be a trickster not giving a fuck and was just having fun by manipulating the girl. But now he's turned into a faggot that seems more worred about her safety than anything else.
>>23403084getting our mortal allies eaten by four-eyed wolves would be bit of a dumb blunder.we can do interesting stuff later.
>>23403043And here is the winning roll.You head back to the camp. Taking more time to observe what's going on this time, you note that there are two strange figures. Each clad in a long, red cloak, face concealed by a mask that resembles a cattle skull. The other soldiers give them a wide berth.The captain broods alone in his tent, and seems worried. Probably because of how he randomly executed a kid against orders. An enemy kid, granted, but still, the orders were apparently quite explicit.We've got time left for about one action before I sign off and we have to leave it until tomorrow. I'll be running it at 12:00 server time (EST), by the way.
>>23403126The world is full of mortals! 'sides, they're hidden, it'll be fine to go out for just a few hours!
>>23403139>We've got time left for about one action before I sign off and we have to leave it until tomorrow.Try to find out about their plans. Their must be some maps or plans around here.
>>23403139Tell the two cattle skull dudes that everyone in the camp are escaped prisoners.
>>23403122Practicality would dictate not getting the one who knows stuff about the current world eaten. Besides that, it's more a self imposed limitation. We act as a guardian of sorts while whispering lies and half truths, twisting her ambitions. She'll be the one to bring down the greatest empire of the world, and we'll be the one pulling the strings and telling her to do it.Lolrandum chaos is all well and good, but you have to think on a bigger scale here. We'll change the world, not just a couple hundred people.
>>23403191Because finding someone else to tell us about the world and twist, is so fucking hard, right?
>>23403217No, because it makes for a shitty story to jump characters every 2 days.
>>23403217But why bother when we've already got a perfectly good candidate? Might as well use this one, who already has the desire to bring down aforementioned empire, and already has been subject to despair, rather than finding some random schmuck and asking him if he wants to bring down an empire.
>>23403239Just sitting around watching some kids makes it all real interesting though.
>>23403265I'm sure the OP would find a way to make it interesting. That's why people run quests.
>>23403291>It's the DM's job to make our game fun!I'm so glad I'll never play a game with you
>>23403122i always found the demons who only exist to fuck with everyone at once as much as possible to be kind of shit characters.the prechristian ones may not give fucks but they sometimes have common decency and more original goals.
>>23403327It's a collaborative effort. The players give the ideas and decide what they want to do, the DM finds a way to tell the story in the best way possible.
>>23403139Make the captain believe that everyone else in the camp is an imposter.
>>23403187They do indeed have some maps, but if they have any written orders, they're sealed, and your incorporeal form isn't opening up anything. The maps are mostly general maps of the region. The west of the map is dominated by a large faction labeled Westerling Empire. Scattered throughout the rest of the land are probably a dozen or more tiny little nations, most of which seem to be named for the guy currently running them: "Ogmar's Kingdom," "Lestrath's Kingdom," "Vellek's Kingdom," etc. etc.>>23403239Particularly since my ability to come up with new and interesting characters does have limits, so anyone advocating a strategy of immediately murdering characters right after I've finished fleshing them out and giving them proper personalities because lol randumb please get fucked. I am not interested in parading side characters that take time and effort to develop through a never-ending meat grinder so you can have your edgy short-sighted homicidal demon spirit.>>23403265There's two ways this can go. Either 1) something interesting happens that night, or 2) nothing interesting happens, so we skip until the next day.
>>23403429Hear hear.I have thouroughly enjoyed the quest, OP. The writing style is decent and descriptive, and the setting seems to be fairly well fleshed out. Looking forward to future installments.
>>23403429take a look at the captain
Well, I'm out of time. Next up we make some Hell in the camp. See you tomorrow.
>>23403532>We've got time left for about one action before I sign off and we have to leave it until tomorrow. I'll be running it at 12:00 server time (EST), by the way.>>23403139
>>23403586Didn't read that. Thanks.