You are Ssen, a Lamia raised by a human Paladin who adopted you after killing the ones who birthed you. You are grown now, and Father has passed on. After a great deal of work, you have become a Paladin like your Father, and now take up his duties. You are accompanied by your best friend from childhood, the insect druid Tricia; Mage, a magic user who ran away from his family of cannibal raiders known as the Ghouls (Yes, his name is Mage. It was his idea); Persephone, a 22-year old thief/ex-guerllia fighter (She goes by Peri), and Mari, a 13-year old prodigy scholar/now sniper, who has her mind and soul trapped within Peri's body; and Lea, a deeply religious musician/martial artist, trained by her father, a famous trainer for arena fighters, she's covered from her mouth down in bandages to hide the horrific state her body has become thanks to the 'cures' that saved her from cancer.Your journey continues...( Opening theme song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvZgKRAacFc )http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Quest
Your journey from Citadel to Stone Hall with your caravan of people has been surprisingly calm. Apart from a missing kid, and a broken wagon, you arrived in White Hall, and then at your hometown of River's Cross. (Still un-destroyed)Your talks with Princess Mumei of the Phoenix Empire have been rather interesting though, from what you can understand of her speech, the Dragon Who Was Of Shadows, the being that tormented the early tribes of your land, was also present at the Phoenix Empire. Only at its defeat, instead of the pleasure trap of Citadel rising up, it seems those that worshipped the Dragon (Who they thought of as a God...or WAS a God and the Tribes thought of it as a Dragon, it's unclear.) now have their Empire under a rule of perfect order. The Princess is so desperate to never return to either the Empire or Citadel that she made you promise to be her executioner, as death by snake is an instant ticket to the Fires of Rebirth in the faith of her people.River's Crossing is as quiet and pastoral as it was when you left. Everyone immensely proud of you and Tricia. You visited father's grave, and then Tricia's folks, where your relationship was brought up and confirmed. You also learned that Tricia's father tried to stop Citadel and the Humors with your Father. Only to fail miserably, a group of fifteen skilled warriors and mages fell before the four masked men.The only clue Alexander was able to survive was a single white coin. Apparently the First Lantern existed, but was destroyed and the metal was changed into these coins. A man named Tallow, one of the survivors of your Father's failed expedition, found a small cache of the coins, and your Father fashioned a sword out of it. It was effective, but not enough to stop the Dramatae. Tallow also apparently talked with the Fifth Humor.Now it is evening, and you have been asked by Father Uriah to speak at his evening mass. Your first real public address as a Paladin, so...no need to be nervous at all!
>>23894482Oooo, this started. That feel when just as nervous as Ssen about the speechbumpin for the usual crowd.
>>23894482Father Uriah leads everyone through the opening prayer, giving blessing to the congregation and open requests for His Light to shine upon River's Crossing and its people. Then he leads the crowd in a rousing chorus of 'Smash the Darkness, Purge the Shadows' which, despite having rather bloodthirsty lyrics, is always fun to sing. The old priest knows how to hold an audience. Next comes up the current events in the area. The farms that are looking for help, when Wendy's caravan will be leaving, and how 'he doesn't have that awful painting of the Liberators of Stone Hall, so the boys should stop asking for a glance.' This leads into a period of silent reflection. Then Uriah, with a few stupid jokes, passes the plate around. Once more threatening to lock everyone inside until he gets enough to fix the clock, as he always does. "And now ladies and gentlemen, we have a distinct honor tonight. A Paladin has seen fit to visit our home town, and such a singular Paladin she is. The Savior of Purple Sands, the Champion of First Wood, a Liberator of Stone Hall, and Hero of Citadel. A member of the sacred order of the Caligo Clarus, and a woman who grew up right here, in our own very town. It gives me no end of pride, to yield my simple pine pulpit to Paladin Ssen Patrick.There's a smattering of polite, reverent applause, as you slide up before the faces that you grew up around. A few of them hated you, most of them tolerated you, some of them came to like you...and now you're their hero.So, yeah...no pressure.You see the rest of the Dawnchasers give you a thumbs up.
>>23894680 I'll repeat this, but I don't want to just spring this on you last minute. I'm going to a convention on Thursday, so there isn't going to be the quest for the next few days. It might be on Sunday, depending on how I feel when I get back home. The quest will still be on tomorrow.
>>23894680trying to think up our speech...
I wonder if noone is saying anything because they aren't really here yet, or if they don't want to come up with an inspiring first speech
>>23894937Well, while you're working, do you have any little questions for the In-Game Codex? (I.E. I make up some more lore about Citadel Kingdom)
>>23894958Bright Tower and the ruins surrounding it. Any info on that would be cool.
>>23894949I know that's my reason. heh
soo... where's the porn?
>>23894949I couldn't write an inspiring speech if my life depended on it.
>>23894949im somewhat stuck, but have an idea.tell them the story of the first Lightbringer, the REAL one not the manufactured ones of Citadel, trying to piece something together right now
>>23894993This isn't that kind of quest
>>23894993In your imagination, anon.
>>23894986Bright Tower: Where Ssen was born. It's within the expanse of woods that is known as Ruin Forest. There's a collection of abandoned castles, stone circles, and other signs of what was probably a fairly bit settlement, now all overgrown by the woods. Probably one of the old Tribes lived here, now long gone, either moved away into another tribe or destroyed by the Dragon Who Was Of Shadow. Now a days, the place is filled with wild game, and a ton of beasts and monsters. Thankfully because the game is so plentiful, and the woods and ruins offer security, the monsters stay inside the Ruin Forest, with a few exceptions now and again.The centerpiece of the Ruin Forest, is the Bright Tower. The remains of an old castle, the majority of it is in ruins, but one of the towers still stands, and is visible from River's Crossing.Apparently, whomever made the tower, used stones that had a large amount of what's called brillitite. When an electrical charge hits a stone with that ore in it, it lights up with a bright blue/white light. Thus every time there's a storm, you can sometimes see the tower light up the night as a glowing beacon. Once, a while ago, a swarm of lizardmen, and three lamia queens, all of them very savage, took up residence in the tower and did a few raiding parties on the village. (So they claimed at least.) Liam Patrick, still emotionally broken over his loss against the humors and recently retired as a Paladin, took the job because it was easy, simple, no moral problems, and the coin was good.Then when he finished killing the last Lamia Queen, the lightning stuck the tower, and the world filled with blinding light. When Liam's vision returned he saw a door open, and a young face look at him...and his world wouldn't ever be the same again.
>>23894958How often do we, as a group, bathe? I know these medieval settings can get pretty stanky. At every town we visit?Totally not stalling for time while I try to think of a good sermon. What are even some good themes for the sermon. Good coming from unexpected places? Change being scary, but also good?
>>23895062>/tg/ quest>not about pornHAOh, you're cute, you. I'll violate you first.
>>23895244Look, there's not any quest specific porn yet. If you want some, you gotta make it.
>>23895222When you can, when your own the road it's not much than a basin of water to splash, and a little soap in the crevices. Of course Ssen has advantages, a quick slither through a stream or wet grass and she's got most of herself clean. The others do their best. You're grubby, but not filthy, and you do fully bathe when you hit a town.Still, during the caravan trip, everyone's more than a little ripe, especially with four straight weeks of travel left. (Less if Mage can get that haste spell working.)
Oh man now that I check the times we've been stalling on this near an hour. I just got here, but I think I'm going to whip something up, regardless of quality. Echo, how do these sermons usually go? Extoll all the values of the light, or just talk about one of them, or what? I've never been a religious man, so I don't really have any idea.
>>23895244House and Dominionyour turn
thats my problem to, I've never attended mass so I have no idea how to even start hah.
>>23895324I'm going to go look up the teachings of the light and lea's citadel sermons, and see if I can synthesize the two styles, as that's what I have to work on.
>>23895284Uriah runs a VERY informal service. Compared to White Tree or Purple Sand's at least, and thankfully there's not a single mention of Citadel in his prayers, like in that pit of Darkness.
It's been a long time since I went to church, but I'll take a crack at it. Give me a bit.
>>23895282>Less if Mage can get that haste spell working.I thought it was already working?
>>23895431It remains untested though.>>23895295They're not trying very hard if anons cant come up with porn for it.
>>23895337Let's see...oh, have I talked about the Guilds? There's four: Swords, Coins, Staves, and Cups.Swords handles mostly the non-military, non-occuli, non-Watch things that involves anything that requires someone being dead. They set sell-sword rates, place bounties, and are suspected to be a set of the purple occuli's eyes. They also control most of the forges in Citadel Kingdom, they set the prices, they place standards on wares, and they take their cut.Staves runs the mage's guilds and the Conclave. The Mages usually keep to themselves and their studies, they register people who have the Gift, and ensure that any experimentation is done in places that don't leave craters where cities used to be. Mostly they get their money from enchanting things, and staying out of the way. The Conclave is filled with the alchemists, artificers (rebuilders of old magic-based gizmos, things that HAVE been, NOT Barney's innovative creations) and other people who are too damn clever for their own good.Coins are the merchants, and it's an open secret that they're the thieves' guild as well. They set prices and move caravans, not to mention bleed nearly everyone with a little protection money. Also they make people who harm those that pay for said protection disappear within days.Cups are the healers. There's none better, but they're a little...trigger happy, would be the best word. They have spellcasters, alchemists, and all sorts of people, and defeating the disease and leaving a person able to walk is job one but, like in Lea's case, the cure is sometimes worse than the disease.
>>23895126It's been less than a year since I set out from River's Cross, but it feels like it's been far longer. I have seen and learned so much, and seen people endure many hardships and cruelty. But I have also witnessed great feats of bravery, of honour, of mercy and humble virtue.Some might ask why The Light allows hardships and cruelty to take place, but I say that such hardships are not The Light, they are caused by mortal imperfections, all of us from the lowliest to the highborn of Citadel are imperfect, and The Light loves us for it. It does not wish us to be puppets dancing on strings carrying out some sorry play of perfection, because in such a world, we would not truly be good, for we have never overcome the hardships that define us and teach us the true strength of kindness, mercy and love. We must struggle every day to overcome our weaknesses, so that we may truly glorify The Light not just through words, but through our actions.The Light asks us not to blindly obey, but to think each day on how we may embody the virtues that it loves and stands for, and make the lives of those around us better.May The Light watch over all of you.Will that do?
>>23895557>like in Lea's case, the cure is sometimes worse than the diseaseI'm pretty sure being ugly is not worse than dying of cancer.
>>23895244Maverick Hunter Quest. Other than suggestions of Gay robosex by some anons no smut has been made.
>>23895589The level of pain she went through vs dying slowly is arguable though.
>>23895572You take a deep breath and begin."It's been less than a year since I set out from River's Cross, but it feels like it's been far longer. I have seen and learned so much, and seen people endure many hardships and cruelty. But I have also witnessed great feats of bravery, of honour, of mercy and humble virtue."Some might ask why The Light allows hardships and cruelty to take place, but I say that such hardships are not The Light, they are caused by mortal imperfections, all of us from the lowliest to the highborn of Citadel are imperfect, and The Light loves us for it. "It does not wish us to be puppets dancing on strings carrying out some sorry play of perfection, because in such a world, we would not truly be good, for we have never overcome the hardships that define us and teach us the true strength of kindness, mercy and love. "We must struggle every day to overcome our weaknesses, so that we may truly glorify The Light not just through words, but through our actions."The Light asks us not to blindly obey, but to think each day on how we may embody the virtues that it loves and stands for, and make the lives of those around us better. May The Light watch over all of you." You say.The congregation applauds, and Father Uriah shakes you hand, nodding and thanking you. He then leads the church in a lovely rendition of 'Light, Light, Make the Darkness Suffer In Fear' another favorite with lots of clapping. (Honestly, why must the nice hymns be so terribly dull?) He then ends with a full blessing on everyone, mentioning all the settlers, and the Dawnchasers by name. He sends everyone off with a "Blessed be, amen."
>>23895661That piece of drama over, you go back to your house. You unlock the door and go inside. The memories are everywhere...and apparently so are a few wood splinters from Father's broken bed, along with a few shallow holes in the wall that probably match Tara's horns. Isen...You sigh and head to your own bed/nest and start to get ready for what'll be the last nice sleep for a while.There's a knock on the door."Hey, it's me." Tricia says.
>>23895669Let her in.
>>23895669"Come on in.Do you think my speech was good enough?"
>>23895669"Tricia? I thought you'd be staying with your parents."
>>23895736"Come on in." She comes in. She points at the kettle, you nod, and she quickly makes two cups of tea for the both of you."Do you think my speech was good enough?"She nods, she's staring into her tea, looking at something deep within it. "How...how old is that naga, the one we call Granny?" She asks. It's obvious that she isn't here to talk about *Granny's* lifespan.
>>23895782"Old, very old. Technically she could live forever, as long as she doesn't birth a child in the...uh... traditional way."
>>23895782"Hum... Old enough to be wise. So, disclett for your thoughts."
>>23895782"I don't know truly how old she is but from the way she talked and what she talked about. Old old."
>>23895806"Old, very old. Technically she could live forever, as long as she doesn't birth a child in the...uh... traditional way." You say."Oh..." Tricia says. "Is...is that just a Naga thing?"
>>23895782"She's...old. I'm not sure exactly how old, but definitely hundreds of years."
>lamia quest starts>OH BOY>comcast shuts down internet for an hourWell, at least we had a good sermon while I was out.
>>23895782"Old. Once we reach maturity we stop ageing until we give birth."
>>23895817"I...no, I don't, uh, think so. I mean, I, uh..."maximum uncomfortable.
>>23895817"...no. According to Granny, the same is true for Lamia."Oh boy is this a difficult conversation to have.
>>23895806Lets... leave out the "traditional way" part lest she think we just are using her for a child without 'paying' so to speak or something.
>>23895837"I...no, I don't, uh, think so. I mean, I, uh..."She nods. She finishes her tea. "I think I'm going to go sleep with my folks tonight." She kisses you on the cheek as she gets up. "See you tomorrow."She heads towards the door.
>>23895817>Is that just a naga thing?"Well... no. I might live a really long time, if I don't dive in front of assassins and the like too much."
>>23895867Hug that girl!Don't let that girl leave without a good hug! Try not to think about what the frequency of our hug giving throughout this quest has to do with our lamia heritage.
>>23895867"Goodnight. I love you."
>>23895867"Wait."Go after her and hug her."I know things are going to be... odd, between us, but you had to know that going into a relationship with a Lamia. But whatever the future might hold, I want you to know that I love you, and I always will."
>>23895898You slide over and hug her. She lets you, but she doesn't hug you back."I...I think I'm going to need a little time...heh." She shakes her head. "I still...this changes things, but it doesn't change things. Okay?"
>>23895863To be fair, it really is the only way for us to have a child with her at all... apparently human/lamia doesn't take if its lamia side if I remember correctly.
>>23895939"Change is fine. Enjoy your time with your parents."Seriously, she should enjoy it while she can.
>>23895939"I ... I understand ... have a good night."
>>23895939"Tricia... I love you, and I always will, take as much time as you need. Goodnight."
>>23895968"Tricia... I love you, and I always will, take as much time as you need. Enjoy your time with your parents. Goodnight.""Goodnight." She says as she leaves.You sleep in your own bed, but this is the first night in a while that you didn't have Tricia wrapped around you, and you around her.You realize that your scales can feel very cold when you're alone.The next day everyone's back to normal. Tricia smiles at you and gives you a kiss on the cheek. Mage and Peri/Mari are bickering, and Lea's trying to get Tara to comb the mess that is her hair. Isen's tending to the princess, and the other settlers are dealing with their own belongings or families. The community sees you off on the road with a basket of sweet bread, good wishes, and lots of good byes and waves."Okay," Mage says when you're on the road. "You want me to try the haste spell?"
>>23895939"Tricia, I... Yeah. That's fine. Change is fine. Sorry for not telling you in an earlier awkward conversation, I can just only handle so much in a sitting I think. Enjoy your time with your parents."I submitted a second, differently written comment. I hope that's legit and not some kind of terrible samefagging.
>>23896080"...it won't blow us all up, will it?"
>>23896080"Well, first can you tell me how it works? I trust you, but your schools of magic are a bit ehhhhh" Shake your hand as if to illustrate something being shakey during the ehh.
>>23896080Hey echo, how long do elves live? And dwarves? Do quarter elf/dwarves gain benefits from that?
>>23896119"Well, first can you tell me how it works? I trust you, but your schools of magic are a bit ehhhhh...it won't blow us all up, will it?""No. No. Maybe the animals." Mage says. "But I'm pretty sure that they'll be fine. Uhh, basic version...super charges their muscles, hearts, lungs, and the motor skills in their brains. Also makes their skeletons stronger. They go faster and without tiring. For a while, then they stop and they're going to need to rest and eat a LOT of grass and food." Mage nods. "That or all those things I mentioned will rupture and explode. But I'm pretty sure I got it down. Also, it isn't Ghoul magic...kinda...I mean it's based off of some fleshshaper stuff, but I made it MUCH safer and no need to eat things other than what people normally eat."
>>23896170Add 50 years for a full blood of either. Peri's got an extra 10.
>>23896201"Wait, you've figured out fleshshaper magic without cannibalism? I'm no magician, but that sounds very impressive and like you should win some kind of special magic trophy or something. We should check at the next staves guild.Have you tried it on anything yet? Like a mouse, or chicken, or something we don't need as much as a horse?'
>>23896201"Alright, I trust you. Go for it but be careful. Better to check for any kinks in the spell now than when we're under attack anyway." toothy grin at the last statement.
>>23896210shit, so we're REALLY out there lifespan-wise.
>>23896232"Wait, you've figured out fleshshaper magic without cannibalism? I'm no magician, but that sounds very impressive and like you should win some kind of special magic trophy or something. We should check at the next staves guild." You say. Mage shakes his head, "Not that big of a deal.""Have you tried it on anything yet? Like a mouse, or chicken, or something we don't need as much as a horse?'"I did try it on a few mice, and it worked well on one of them." He said."Is that where all those little bones that got embedded into the wagon came from?" Lea asks."Look, magic isn't always flawless." He looks at you. "Those were all early attempts. I swear."
>>23896305>>23896280Yyyeah, I wanna trust him here.But, you know, if any horses start exploding, we aren't using that again until you have it ALL sorted.
Rolled 3>>23896243"Alright, I trust you. Go for it but be careful. Better to check for any kinks in the spell now than when we're under attack anyway.""You really love cursing us, don't you?" Mage says as he begins to cast the spell.
>>23896340"I prefer to think of it as foresight."Immediately get covered in horse parts because you didn't think to duck.
>>23896340Fzzt....bzzz...chunnnnnnn.Mage shakes his staff. "Sonovah..." He looks at you and laughs. "So...let's get going!"
>>23896340>Get peppered by equine shrapnel"THIS IS WHY I NEED A SHIELD, DAMN IT!"
>>23896368"So...did it work?"
>>23896368"Hah! At least we still have all our horses. Don't worry, you'll nail it next time. Onward!"Return any goodbye waves that are still happening, and get going.
>>23896406>THIS IS WHY I NEED A SHIELDWe are -never- getting that fucking shield.
>>23896408"So...did it work?""Not so much, no." He sighed. "But no exploding horses. I think I know what happened, actually, it worked...but I only adjusted the mass in them equal to a mouse."
>>23896445"So no noticeable difference then. Oh well, keep working on it."
>>23896462>red hair>fair skinYou you you CITADEL WOODCUTTER
>>23896462You.Get inside me.
>>23896462Lea confirmed for most badass party member.
>>23896462...so much love.Week 7: Roll 1d20
>>23896445"You can tinker with the spell and try again later then."
>>23896462and another scene, because I flipping loved this part. Tricia and Ssen totally steal my heart.
>>23896487>implying she isn'tWe're the most willing to take massive, grievous damage for our friends.She is the one most able to punch someone into jello.
>>23896489Oh, your hair's been growing back too. It's a little raggy, and it's half red half white, and looks like a mess, but give it some time and you'll have your hair back.
>>23896340well fudge, okay where can we find horses?
>>23896508HAH!HAW HAW HAW HAWYOUR PUNY POISONS CANNOT DEFEAT USSOON OUR VEINS SHALL GO FROM BLACK TO BROWNISH, LIKE NORMAL SCAR TISSUE
>>23896534Veins becoming scar tissue.You better fucking hope they don't. We would be so screwed.</scrub-tier biology knowledge>
>>23896492My jaw has dropped. Take a new re-roll. You're at 4. So no more, for now, but...holy fuck...Anyway, the week goes by smoothly. Do you want to keep trying to be more fluent in Phoenix Tongue, if so, roll 1d20. You want Mage to try to cast haste again?
>>23896556it's better than them being DEAD, like they currently are.
Rolled 14>>23896562Yes to both please.
>>23896492tricia looks stoned, but other than that nice picture, I wish I was that good
Rolled 2>>23896562Let's try a bit more fluency, to see if we can pick up on it well. If not, we might change over, since we don't really have Isen tutor advantage any more.I am neutral as to the mage issue, and will flip a coin for it. 1 is yes, 2 is no.
>>23896562Dude, I am so glad you like it! I don't do it for rerolls, just for the love of the story you're telling. Though if I get a vote on how rerolls are spent, I say we save one for if Ssen and Tricia try for a kid, just to make sure things go well. I want our wasp witch safe.
Rolled 18>>23896579You're nearly perfectly fluent, you've gotten better at Isen at understanding the metaphors.Mage tries again, this time everyone ducks behind the wagons...just in case. Not that they don't trust Mage...but you know
Rolled 11>>23896641"HA!" You look at the horses, they look incredible, slightly bigger, they breath quicker, and you can see their hearts thudding under their skin. When Mage has them run around the wagons as a test, the ground shudders slightly."Am I good or am I good?!" Mage says as he twirls his staff.Week 8-9: 2d20
>>23896626I doubt Echo would make us roll for that.
>>23896641>18Oh no he added too much horse!Where is that SHIIIELD
>>23896641Hooray! We'll be there in no time now (because there's only 3 more weeks of travel left anyway).
Rolled 10, 7 = 17>>23896672
Rolled 3, 9 = 12>>23896672let's hope for the best
Rolled 20, 6 = 26>>23896672Dices.
Rolled 6, 5 = 11>>23896672Rolling.
Rolled 12, 12 = 24>>23896672Adventure!
>>23896685well I'm my roll don't count
>>23896684(juuust under!)The weeks passes easily and the horses charge forward like nobody's business. The only thing faster that you've been on was the Nightmare.Roll 1d20 for Phoenix tongue.
>>23896733Aww yiss, we can actually talk to her no problem now.
>>23896741>no problemNo, we're still going to use metaphors. I really want to use lamb metaphors to her bird metaphors.
>>23896733Congrats, you are now fluent in Phoenix Tongue, Princess Mumei is gobsmacked that a King Snake can sing a song. She says that you must have been a crazy bird in an earlier life that soared in the winter storms because you could, and when you passed, you dared the Great Phoenix to give you a challenge...so It made you a Snake in this life."Uhh, Ssen." Peri/Mari says. "You may want to see this." She hands you a spy glass.There's kind of a tent town, maybe a few ramshackle sheds as well, set up along the coast.- -FIRST STONE HALL- - A sign proudly proclaims. - - HOLDING TO THE TRUE LIGHT - -"If we go through there, we'll be in Stone Hall no troubles, but..." Peri points. You can see that there's a clear sign on what looks like a trading post. - - NO LIZARDS, OR LIZARD LOVERS ALLOWED - - A sign proudly proclaims."We can go around them, but..." Mari shrugs.
>>23896873"Well, it IS their trading post. I think we probably count as lizards.We could say hello, but it would be unkind to barge through."
>>23896898er, think I probably count as a lizard.
>>23896873Problems!Well, we kind of saw that one coming. Let's go around, we can figure something out later.
>>23896873"We can go around and leave them to their ignorance."
>>23896873I think it would be best to go around until we've had a chance to get a better idea of the situation in Stone Hall.
>>23896937We should save them from their ignorance, because Citadel will use them regain its foothold in Stone Hall.Going in right now would be foolish though, because we haven't had a chance to scout things out and learn what's going on, and the last thing we need is for some angry mob to attack the caravan full of non-combatants to get at us.
"I may not agree with the things they say or do, but I support their ability to do it."
"We can deal with this after getting our passengers here settled into their new homes. Wouldn't want anyone getting hurt if something happens after all."
>>23896982>>23896955>>23896923You sigh. "We'll be back, but we're going to deal with this. Just when we don't have all of these people with us.""Agreed." Lea said.You don't sense any of the Sparks and Shadow as you go past the town. This isn't Citadel...this is what happens when there ISN'T any Citadel Influence.Roll 3d20
Rolled 5, 1, 14 = 20>>23897057
Rolled 12, 15, 8 = 35>>23897057
So, is /tg/ so paranoid in all its quests?It's always super paranoid in the quests I join, but that could be because I just like the more paranoid quests.
>>23897149The dice gods are dicks, we have every right to be paranoid.
>>23897149I've found that most old school RPG players become increasingly paranoid. As a DM I can never use cursed items anymore because my players will never so much as touch an item without getting it run though every test in the game. No traps either because they refuse to move at more than a snails pace checking for traps. This hobby lives on paranoia, so it makes sense that a board dedicated to them would be rife with it.
>>23897149This one is mostly because of the role we play. It's also a product of the fact that, while Ssen has only a second or so to think before spealking/acting in character, we have 5+ shrewd minds convening for minutes behind the scenes, which creates the effect of all of Ssen's acting seeming extremely calculating and wise.
>>23897149/tg/ dice are godly trolls, we have reason for the paranoia. we are talking rolling a 1, then seconds later the next 3 posters roll 19, 17, 20 tier trolling.
>>23897196>ssen>wiseShe is PLAINLY flying by the seat of her non-existant-pants. We got no idea how to be a paladin, but we're DOING IT ANYWAY!
>>23897123You're less than two days away from Stone Hall, you can see it from here, and you're just starting to set up camp.You hear the hoofbeats coming towards you and order everyone to get under the wagons for safety. Then they come out of the tree line. Six people on three horses. They have black canvas bags over their heads, the ones on horseback have torches and the ones riding with them have swords and one has an axe."Well...what do we have here?" One of the men says pointing his sword at you. "It's the queen freak herself.""I heard this thing thinks it's supposed to be a Paladin." Another laughs. "I wonder if it takes confession." He grabs his crotch."You want to turn around now, Paladin Serpent." One of the horsemen says. "Take your freak-fuckers with you."
>>23897241Do that thing caravan guards do where they whistle and their guards all pop out from concealed positions with bows pointed and ready. Hopefully we're good enough to do that."Now, why would a good city like yours want to avoid a paladin in town?"
>>23897241"how about you leave and let us be? that way no one gets hurt and there is no fuss and yes I take confessions, why do you have something to confess?"
>>23897240Knowledge =/= WisdomSolving a problem with knowledge is simply knowing how to do something.Solving problems with wisdom is the uncanny ability to just fucking wing it with a fantastic guess and be right most every time. Because intuition and fast thinking.
>>23897278Or should we not quite bristle fangs just yet? I don't mean to take drastic actions on my own.
>>23897288Just keep it calm, and smile, not the nice smile though. The one that unnerves folks. Be civil and polite. Also, question why they are ashamed to show their faces to his light.If conversation breaks down. >>23897278
>>23897286We can't really let them leave if they're going to keep waylaying travellers, they are clearly dangerous, and who knows what they'll do to the next group who come along who can't put up a fight.
>>23897241Respond with a yawn."That's cute. Mind not making a world of trouble for your little posse by accosting these innocent civilians and skilled tradesmen seeking to set up shop in your town? I'll gladly deal with your grievances afterward."
>>23897358>>23897319I sort of like a mix of these twoAnd instead of "deal with your grievances", it should be "Take your confessions".
>>23897332yeah but I don't really want to risk the security of the people traveling with us, I'd come back later to take care of them but they are probably going and try to attack us anyway so meh
>>23897387>>23897332Yeah. Here is the deal.We let them go if we can to keep our charges safe.If they attack us while we are guarding our charges, we KILL THEM DEAD.If they let us pass, we come back after our charges are deposited and CAPTURE them for APPROPRIATE SENTENCING.
Rolled 8, 9, 5, 4 = 26>>23897286"How about you leave and let us be? That way no one gets hurt and there is no fuss, and yes, I take confessions. Why do you have something to confess?"There's a pause. You're not sure what's made them angrier. The fact that you're not scared of them, or that you offered them absolution in the name of the Light. "Let's teach this snake a lesson!" The one with the axe says.Roll for initiative. Rolling ally rolls. (Isen and Tara are guarding the princess and settlers. The Dawnchasers are the ones on the offensive.)
Rolled 6, 5, 1, 1, 9, 6 = 28>>23897420
Rolled 19>>23897420They asked for it. Call the others, put an arrow into the axeman's vitals. No pussyfutting with this match, we're in an escort mission. You don't fuck around with escort missions.
>>23897435>>23897436Why did you two have to roll before meeee>>23897441
>>23897441Target the torchmen first. We don't want them setting the wagons alight.
>>23897448Because it's a d10 not a d20 for initiative.
>>23897441>>23897448initiative is 1d10, not 1d20
>>23897448436 is initiative d10
>>23897454>>23897460>>23897463>initiative is 1d10You just BLEW. MY. MIND.
Rolled 6, 10, 18, 20, 13, 6, 8, 14 = 95>>23897435Mage shoots a fireball at one of the riders.A rider charges at you swinging a torchTricia tries a sickle swipe at the guy charging as he goes by.One of the swords men swipes at you. "Purity First!" He screams.A horseman charges at Lea.Mari shoots at a horseman.A swordsman goes for Peri. "Purist power!"Lea tries to do a stun strike at the guy with the axe.
>>23897514>purity firstI read that as "Purity FIST!" and thought this was a much scarier encounter than it actually is. Still outnumbered, but at least they're not Klu-klux shounen heroes.
>>23897538I wonder if we can reroll enemies?Because being critstabbed with a sword is not pleasant. I bet we get to keep the sword, though. It's in there real nice.
>>23897514>Purity firstCrap, we leave Stone Hall for half a year and it gets its own militant fantasy KKK.
>>23897536He rolled a 20. He is now.
>>23897514Fuck! That asshole cut you hard. Tricia sliced up the guy's leg deeply.Lea's palm strike does stagger the axe man, and he gasps for breath.Your turn, tell me your action, and then I'll tell you what to roll. First linked goes.
>>23897567Tail wrap, drag the swordsman who struck us off his horse. (or if I'm mistaken and he's not mounted then constrict)
>>23897567Wrap torchman, sword attack bowman.We have that ability, right? Wrap'n'sword?Also it's less painful to wrap a torch than a sword, right? Reverse those if it's not.
>>23897584He isn't mounted, it's a constrict.1d20
>>23897622>>23897610It's not my reroll to spend, so I'm not going to say either way, but it IS a life-and-death scenario, so I wouldn't be opposed if whomever does own a reroll wants to burn it.
>>23897622Original suggester of attack here, I say yes, we have 4 and are badly wounded already.
>>23897584I vote tail-whipping him off the horse to avoid potentially getting dragged by the horse when it runs.
>>23897643re-rolls at 31d20
>>23897657>20 just when we needed itI WANT TO CURSE AT YOU SO BAD
>>23897674>lamia questI think you mean Yessssssssssss
>>23897698Until he rolls like crap again.
Rolled 14, 14, 2, 11, 12, 17, 20 = 90>>23897657You shoot your tail out and the guy ducks...but in doing so instead of his waist, you get his neck. He struggles a little and then CRACK! He drops to the ground.One of the horsemen tries for Tricia.Mage shoots again.Another horseman charges Lea again.Tricia does a counter slash at him with her sickle.Fucking horseman heads for Peri.Mari tries another shot.The swordsman goes for you to avenge his brother.
>>23897718These swordsmen REALLy hate us. Holy crap.
>>23897718FFFFFFuckthese guys have lamia-seeking weapons.
>>23897718Oh come on.
>>23897718>20BROTHER I DO THIS FOR YOOOU
Rolled 10>>23897718GOD-FUCKING-DAMNIT! Does these asshole's hate give them special powers?!Tricia gets a face full of torch and misses.However, Mage shoots the one Tricia slashed earlier and blast in off his horse and it lands in a heap.A bolt from Mari lands into the Axe man's chest.Lea tries to finish the bastard off.
>>23897774No dice with Lea.Your turn
>>23897786constrict this motherfucker too.
>>23897808PS: mutter quietly in simmering fury for having not bothered to buy a shield yet.
Rolled 13>>23897808you guys realize we can both tail attack AND sword attack right?>>23897817
>>23897826yes. do this.We need a shield so bad. We keep forgetting to buy a shield.CITADEL'S LAST GASP OF INFLUENCE ON US IS TO FORCE US TO FORGET A SHIELD.
>>23897830This is some tail-fu right here. We just tail-sniped that first pig's neck and now are snatching up another one immediately thereafter. Kinda ballin to imagine.
>>23897830yeah, stab a motherfucker while we constrict.
Rolled 2, 19, 14, 15, 4, 20, 20, 11 = 105>>23897830You wrap around this fucker.The axe guy tries for Lea.Mage keeps shooting bolts at the horsemenA horseman decides to try and stop that.Tricia waves her sickle at you. There's a spray of golden pollen, and you see your wounds clot and a surge of adrenaline slams through your body. A horseman sees what Tricia is doing and tries to stop it.Peri does a double slash at a horseman as it goes by.The swordsman tries to escape your coil.Lea tries to kill the axe guy.
>>23897882Axe got axed
>>23897882TEEGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE DICEEEEEEEEEEStupid lamia hating dice.
>>23897882These fucking rolls.
Rolled 6, 8, 10, 16, 2, 18, 6, 12 = 78>>23897882Mage and Peri cause another horseman to hit the dust.Tricia gets another torch blow to her head.Lea still can't finish this guy off.And worst of all, this rat fuck with the sword pulled himself loose!
>>23897945slash the swordsman and tailwhip the closest horseman
>>23897945tail whip the one who escaped to disarm him and smite his bigot ass with the fury of a thousand suns (also papa's sword)
>>238979512d20 +1 to each roll
Rolled 15, 14 + 1 = 30>>23897965
>>23897967Eh, I forget the dice don't work that way ...
Rolled 10>>23897945Kill that overzealous ranger with his +3 lamia seeking shortsword and Favored Enemy: Lamias with another tail grab+slash
>>2389796716 and 15 respectively then Not bad.
>>23897869We're a constrictor I guess.
This is what a group of rangers with favored enemy: lamias and lizards and snake-seeking blades looks like, I agree.
>>23897774>hate = superpowersSeems to work well enough for some people.
>>23897993hybrid, both venomous and strong enough to constrict.
Rolled 9, 2, 9, 2, 2, 19, 16, 20 = 79>>23897967Your tail just out and slams into the horseman's side with a harsh crack, that's a rib!And that's also a thick red line across this fucker's abdomen.Axe guy is still trying for Lea.Mage tries to polish off the horseman.Tricia comes to help you against the swords man.The horseman tries to smash Mage.Peri goes double slash on Axe guy.The swordsman tries to hurt you, swearing as he does it.Lea tries the slam her hand into the axe guy's chest so that the bolt that Mari put into it goes into his heart.
>>23898026>Red as in red occuli>Lantern symbolismFar too unintentionally relevant.
Am I the only one who likes to imagine that, sometimes, Ssen just stares at somebody for 2-3 minutes before responding to certain questions? Just a lamia thing, and reflects our occasionally intense deliberations.
>>23898041Cocksucking, hate mongering fuck bastard! Skeleton melting's too good for him!Peri's second blade sinks into the guy's neck.Lea then pushes her foot into the man's chest and springs off of it to deliver a flying elbow into the last horseman's head, he flies off his horse and smashes into a tree.Your go.
>>23898092yes I can see that too.
>>23898092Yes lol i think I mentioned that when we were deliberating on whether or not to bring the butchers.
FInal wrap and sword
>>23898103Sword slash and tail whip at the swordsman
>>23898103We're pretty much locked into a duel with the swordsman, so let's hit him with a mix-em-up.Tail sweep his legs, and stab him in the torso. If all goes well, he will fall, and we will staple him to the ground.
>>238981232d20+1 to both
Rolled 12, 1 = 13>>23898133
Rolled 10, 2 = 12>>23898133
well, we made the sword or the tail, but critfailed on the second move
>>23898141Well, We might have tripped him, but we only succeeded in nailing our sword to the ground. And maybe his jacket.
>>23898103Lea: Proving once again she is a living weapon.
Rolled 11, 13 = 24>>23898192We're buying Lea a ladder when we get into town.Also, we're going to have her babysit for Trish and us when we finally have a kid.
>>23898141You miss with your sword, but your tail swing around the other way and slams into his chest hard. He falls to the ground, blood coming out of his mouth."Fuck...this one's still alive!" Tricia says as she looks at the guy.She pulls off his mask. You don't recognize him, just anyone, really...young too. The axe guy is a bit older, same with the others, but the sword guy could be one of the Swing's children."They tried to kill us...because of you." The mother says as she gathers her children around her. She gives you the coldest look you've ever seen.Mage sighs. "We're taking this one...like always, right?"
>>23898192We're gonna have to register her as a lethal weapon.
>>23898239"Yep ... "Do we do last rights as a paladin?
>>23898239"Yeah. Battle's done, no need for more killing."Which mother is giving us a cold look? The butcher's wife?
>>23898239"They tried to kill us because they let their hatred blind them. What do you think they would have done with you if they had won?">>23898276yea
>>23898239While it seems pretty unlikely that a pack of armed, masked men were haunting the roads just in case we came by, I doubt she'll listen to us.So nod to Mage. "Of course."
>>23898239To the swing woman: "They attacked us because of their own hatred for my race, to be precise, and they also failed to kill anyone; because of us. You may want to consider them an example of what hatred like that sows."
>>23898239>>23898305>>23898310Don't try to talk her down that way.Apologize. We're the guards of this caravan, and shouldn't have brought them through a path that had people like this. Being actually attacked is something of a failing, even if we do beat them, for a caravan guard.
>>23898310"May His Light guide you to his side, free from the Darkness in your rest."
>>23898305>>23898310She's a mother who thinks her children could've died.She's not going to listen to reason right now. Let it rest, we can talk to her later when she's calmed down.
>>23898276Yup. It's YOUR fault that the caravan was attacked, and YOU killed a boy that's just as old as HER children. You're a monster.You nod. "Yeah...battle's done."Tricia, and Lea patch up the group. Widdy, Barney, and Gregory watch the captive Purist. "Fuckers have flyers." Peri says as she pulls out a piece of paper from one of the dead ones. she scans it. "Oh, Lea...this is going to piss you off." She hands it to her."Blah blah...keep our city and people pure...given to the cause...we gain this wisdom from the NEW Teachings of Light?!" Lea screeches. "What in all the Myriad Darknesses is this heresy?!"
>>23898363>It's YOUR fault the caravan was attackedThat's the only complaint there I care about, and it is somewhat true.We need to show more strength of arm, or scout further ahead, to dissuade such attacks, and we failed, costing us several chunks of meat and the city several working youths, even if they were bigots.
>>23898343>>23898348Fuck you're right. Well then I suddenly feel filthy ie. like Odette.
>>23898363"It seems like Odette wasn't the only one whose feathers were ruffled because of my confirmation."And to the bitch wife:"We are escorting you as a courtesy. If you feel that you won't be safe in our presence, you are always free to leave the caravan and travel to Stone Hall on your own. However, I will pray to the Light that you have a safe journey."
>>23898431What, no.Don't say that. What are you thinking. We really don't want to drive more people into the arms of the Purists.
>>23898363Take a look at the flyer. We need to see this shit.
>>23898422Why? All we're guilty of is looking different. Ssen is a person and Paladin first, Lamia second.
>>23898431We're trying to be a paladin, remember. Telling someone under our protection: "fuck off and hopefully you won't die on the way" the first time they insult us is pretty shitty behaviour.
>>23898363"Propaganda, Lea. The worst kind. Let's get the caravan safely to within Stone Hall's walls then quash this stupidity before it truly corrupts any more good minds.
>>23898477What're you talking about?We were objecting to getting angry at the mother for being angry at us. She thinks her children were in danger because of us, she's not going to act rationally, and we don't want to say something we can't take back because of it.
>>23898431I've already voiced my opinion, and that is >>23898343>>23898408anyways,Check that flier I guess. I don't look forward to reading it.
>>23898477Because my idea was >>23898310And I didn't realize how cold, unsympathetic and self-righteous it was.
>>23898363"I do apologize for the danger your children have been put in, and hope you can one day forgive me for it. It is my oath that none of them will be injured while they are under my watch, and I will guard them all the more fiercely on the way into town."Is that good? I know it won't calm or assuage her, but I mean good from the sense of our obligations and requirements as both a paladin and a guard?
>>23898363Smells like a successful power grab. Between the proclamation of the lizardmen as citizens of Stonehall and the past leadership of Stonehall being gutted by the ghoul attack, there would have been a lot of uncertainty and fear for a warlord or other subversive elements to take advantage of.What I'm wondering about is what happened to that one dwarven paladin that was in charge of rebuilding things. If worse comes to worse, he may have been assassinated or otherwise disposed of.
>>23898464They're all different. One is a typical propaganda piece, showing the threat of lizard corruption, a nasty caricature of Paladin Avery and his Occuli. Another talks a LOT of shit about the Paladins. How they've fallen and how St. Odette was the only one to realize the corruption and was murdered by Julian Graves.The third one is the one Lea saw. Apparently the church is corrupt and Her Illuminated Self is a puppet of a Darkness more fouler than any could imagine. (Well...a stopped clock...) And that there's the NEW Teachings of Light that show the way that people can regain what was lost.The last is all about you, with a drawing that makes you into a giant, six armed, huge fanged monster that's devouring children. The Paladin Serpent who's coils are crushing out our lives and our life.
>>23898569>St. OdetteOh you have got to be shitting me.
>>23898568Yeah. We need to look for him ASAP but he's likely in the city proper making sure things don't spread inside assuming he's still around.
>>23898595Dude, she martyred herself HARD with that leap of faith. Of course this happened.We are dumb for not predicting it.
>>23898608Fucking Citadel. It's all Citadel's fault.
>>23898608I'm more impressed with how fast it spread, considering that we took off literally within a couple of days of her death, and they had time to learn about it and print pamphlets on the other side of the country before we arrived.
>>23898569Give a weighted glance at the others. "This stinks of shadows and sparks. Let's double time it."
>>23898569>St. OdetteNot on my fucking watch. This probably stemmed from a lot of things, but I think the main cause was the Lizard folk getting equal rights Stone Hall.
>>23898569>Another talks a LOT of shit about the Paladins. How they've fallenYeah...>and how St. Odette was the only one to realize the corruptionPffft.So anyway. They're getting a head-start in the ideological war. How we gonna fight this shit?
>>23898631Actually, I doubt it is.Shadow and Sparks likes things to be the same.Building a new religion and proclaiming everything corrupt and in need of change is the opposite of what I'd expect Citadel to do.I think this is simple human bigotry.
>>23898643First we need to see how widespread this belief is. It could be a very small fringe group, or it could be a major movement in Stone Hall. Until we get there, we won't know.
>>23898628>>23898655Yup! This is what happens when Citadel stops. Citadel kept those people happy and content, Citadel kept the undesirables away, Citadel even integrated the elves and dwarves and 'eased' the minds of people like this.This is what happens when all that goes away. This is the Citadel-less world.
>>23898655"New" Religion focused on undoing the recent changes which citadel abhors, by portraying one of citadel's greatest tools as a martyr. There's a lot to be said for both sides of it.
>>23898667>>23898669...Or not. God hath spoken
>>23898667Power vacuums can be a real bitch.
>>23898667I kind of expected something like this, Stone Hall is still suffering from the aftermath of the ghoul attack, and at the same time we forced a major cultural shift (the Lizardfolk being allowed into the city) onto them.Confused, angry, hungry and scared people do not welcome the unknown.
>>23898692>Power vacuums can be a real bitch.Tell me about it.
>>23898667These people do want Citadel back, but they aren't aware of what it was. So, they're lashing out. Spoiled children not getting what they want, and temper tantrums. So this IS thanks to Citadel, but not a direct influence of the Shadows and Sparks. This is just humans being humans. Things are difficult now, so naturally it's someone else's fault.
>>23898731Time for a foot up the ass then.
>>23898569>The last is all about you, with a drawing that makes you into a giant, six armed, huge fanged monster that's devouring children.We Maralith now.Anyway, let's keep going to Stone Hall. I suspect we might want to go in separately from the rest. Until we know how strong an influence this group has in the city, it wouldn't be safe for any of the rest of the people here to be seen as our friends.>>23898747We have no feet.
>>23898731That's nice of them.Changes going to happen even if we drag them kicking and screaming into the Light.
>>23898731>Things are difficult now, so naturally it's someone else's fault.Well it actually is. It's Peace's fault.
>>23898747Does Lea's foot count?
>>23898731We really need to get this under control, otherwise these people will welcome Citadel back into their lives with open arms.I think we're going to have to put our travels on hold until we've sorted things out here.
>>23898792Agreed. This is our "safe haven" so lets make sure it's safe.
>>23898759They can't be all that legitimate since they're running around with bags on their heads. But' they're still a credible threat.
>>23898731Your caravan rolls into Stone Hall. Finally. The other families split off. The Swings bolt at the first sign, but Dunraven is very polite, and the Quails thank you a lot and it looks like they've been honestly talking and fighting less, the Rawes shake your hand and give you a promissary note for the rest of your fee.The four exiles, and Sophie, stay with you as you roll through town to the Mayor's Manor.Stone Hill looks slightly bad. Graffiti with slurs are visible. Every fifth store has NO SCALES ALLOWED or SCALES ENTER IN BACK. One shop looks like it's been looted. You can occasionally see Purist propaganda slapped up on alleys or littering the street.It's not all bad though. For every one NO SCALES sign, there's two LIZARDS WELCOME. Plenty of propaganda that's a bit gushy but positive about the Paladins and how nice the lizard people are.And in one of the parks, there's a human speaking on a soapbox decrying the hate and loathsomeness of the Purists. But the air itself feels tense.
>>23898841(Welcome to the fantasy equivalent of 1960's Birmingham Alabama.)
>>23898792The problem is that getting things like this under control generally requires decades of gradual cultural change.We can't just roll into town and beat up the Purists, it'll just make more Purists.
>>23898731I propose these thingsFIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS: we got STABBED. can we fix the STAB WOUNDS? maybe get some bedrest?"Tricia, those guys got a few good ones in on me. Can you look at them? I'm not feeling so hot."SECOND ORDER OF BUSINESS: Maybe apologize or at least say something to the butcherwife?THIRD ORDER OF BUSINESS: Meet the dwarf paladin to discuss plans on this movementDoes this sound like acceptable to everyone?
>>23898841I want to go listen to that hatespeech, but we need to talk to the mayor.Also how are our stabwounds?
>>23898841Off to meet Avery, we need to introduce the others to him anyway, since some of them are going to be working for him.
>>23898869(Except our nigger bandleader has the ability to smite evil. I think.)
>>23898887It's been a day and a half, you're all patched up and ready to go get sliced up again.
>>23898887>hatespeechHe's decrying the Purists as a violent hate group.It's not really a hatespeech, except against the Purists.
>>23898841Is it bad I'm actually fine with this? I mean, I'd rather have arguements and fighting rather than mindless complacency.
>>23898908I thought decrying meant a similar thing to extolling
>>23898874Can you stop with the caps, please. It gets really annoying to read.
>>23898914yeah, it's a certain improvement.Now we need to fix it even more.
>>23898914It's good that people are thinking for themselves, not so much that there's hate crimes and looting.
>>23898921It means to publicly denounce.
>>23898929Well, okay, I have asked others to talk differently to prevent annoyingness. I may start using bulletpoints or semicolons, however.
>>23898946That's fine. Prefer that over CAPS CAPS CAPS.
>>23898841As long as our wounds are not currently bleeding and if it's not more than a moment out of our way. Let's slither over and thank the speaker for what he's doing.
>>23898891Avery has changed from the quiet methodical dwarf you saw when you left.Hell, the whole manor has changed. The amber occuli look like they've been working around the clock, some are passed out in their chairs. Papers are everywhere.Trade issues, grain shortages, fishing rights in dispute, purists burning farms that have Lizard People workers, more and more people demanding money to recover from the Ghoul attack, and on and on and on...problems aren't getting solved on their own any more.Avery is bleary eyed, his desk is covered with papers, and you can smell a little alcohol on his breath. Despite the stereotype, dwarves handle alcohol just the same as any other. He looks utterly miserable."Paladin Ssen." He says. "Welcome to my eternal Darkness."
>>23898978(Isen, Tara and the Princess went off to find someplace nice for the Princess to stay)
>>23898978"Eternal Darkness, eh? Well, as a Caligo Clarus, it's good to feel needed. In all seriousness, though, how've you been holding up? And what's the situation here in the city?"
>>23898978>Where does the buck stop?>this dwarf.Poor, poor Avery."Good to see you, Paladin Avery.Things seemed tense on the way in. I'm glad you were around to keep the light shining in the darkness."
>>23898978"Paladin Avery, good to see you again."It seems you could use quite a bit of help here. Hopefully, my friends here can help you in some way or another."Intros for the four exiles if here."And of course any help I can offer is on the table too. Though I'm not good with paper work."
>>23899026"Eternal Darkness, eh? Well, as a Caligo Clarus, it's good to feel needed. In all seriousness, though, how've you been holding up? And what's the situation here in the city?""A nightmare, we're just barely holding it together, and these Purists aren't helping." He sighed. "I thought it would be over when I found out where they were hiding in the city. I marched in my people and we ended them, every last one." He banged his hand on the table. "I found their prophets, I found their bases, and i had them killed, or hanged. Now, thy have thier own little base of foulness. 'First Stone Hall' disgusting. I just can't spare the men to wipe it off the face of the world." He sighs. "I don't suppose you brought an Occuli division with you? I already sent for one from Bronze Peak."
>>23899049>"And of course any help I can offer is on the table too. Though I'm not good with paper work."Are you telling me you don't want to play Lamia Admin Quest?Roll 6d20 to see how many years it takes to get this filing system sorted out.
>>23899082Bloody hell, looks like we dodged a bullet there, avoiding First Stone Hall."Unfortunately it's just us, do you have any idea of their numbers at the base?"
>>23899082"You want to help me? Find these people and purge them, they speak sedition against the church, this New Teaching heresy, and it never stops. Thank His Light that the Lizard People aren't fighting back, and that some people understand...I'm starting to think that I may have to make even more public examples of these bastards...families and friends as well. I can't get these people to love each other, but I can get them to FEAR us!" He sighs and collapses. "Excuse me...that's been building up for a while." He takes a bottle out from a drawer. "Scotch?"
>>23899082"We came as caravan guards to escort some civilians looking to relocate here from Citadel. We don't have much to offer in numbers but the Dawnchasers will gladly do what we can to help."
>>23899086Lamia admin quest. I just thought of Ssen as an occasionally klutzy, somewhat uptight librarian/archivist who is secretly quite fond of cats and whimsical fantasy novels.Dem giant old-lady glasses
>>23899127"No... thank you. I don't think making examples of their family and friends is a good idea. This isn't just a war of strength, this is a war of hearts and minds. Groups like this thrive on feeling like an oppressed underdog, if you push them, if you give them ammunition to make you look like the villain, more will flock to their banner, and it will never end."
>>23899127"People should embrace the light, not fear it. And I think I'll save the drink for when we've got this sorted out."
>>23899127"I haven't been that long, so forgive me if I say something out of turn, but I don't think marching troops and whole sell slaughter is going to stop this. Though I don't believe words only will completely solve it either. "
>>23899163>A snake that's quite fond of petsDoes she keep a parakeet too for irony's sake?
>>23899173>I haven't been>I haven't been here
>>23899127Politely refuse the scotch. This isn't a time to be drinking."You've done a fine job, Paladin Avery, but I think you're going about this the wrong way. I've met people like the Purists, and simply killing them won't solve the problem. You'll just make them martyrs for the next generation.""If you remember what we did with Donovan, his movement didn't collapse because we captured him, but because he discredited himself in front of his followers. We need to do something similar here in order to end the Purist threat once and for all."
>>23899184Too noisy, they disturb her snake-naps which she takes curled up in the patches of sunlight that come through the big window in the dusty backrooms of the archives.Has thought way too much into this.
>>23899127"I've not turned down a drink with a friend yet. It certainly seems like you could use one too.You also sound like you need help, the weight of government is getting to you. Strength of arm always seems most tempting at those times. I didn't bring any occuli, but I did bring some skilled professionals. Craftsmen, bricklayers and the like. Maybe I'll see what I can personally do to ease the tensions too."
>>23899173>whole sell slaughter>wholesaleBloody hell I need editor. I always catch this shit after I post.
>>23899164"No... thank you. I don't think making examples of their family and friends is a good idea. This isn't just a war of strength, this is a war of hearts and minds. Groups like this thrive on feeling like an oppressed underdog, if you push them, if you give them ammunition to make you look like the villain, more will flock to their banner, and it will never end.""Then what? Am I supposed to just sit here and push paper as people die? These are not people who view people like you or me AS people!" He sighs. "They only respond to force." He sighed. "I can't help but think I've failed.""You've done a fine job, Paladin Avery, better than others could have done. But I think you're going about this the wrong way. I've met people like the Purists, and simply killing them won't solve the problem. You'll just make them martyrs for the next generation."If you remember what we did with Donovan, his movement didn't collapse because we captured him, but because he discredited himself in front of his followers. We need to do something similar here in order to end the Purist threat once and for all."He nods and smiles. "The Guiding Light, here to show me the way. Alright, you mean to poison the head of this serpent...oh! Sorry."
>>23899254Smile and wave it off, we're used to snake metaphors by now I'd wager."First things first, we need to know who's in charge, who these Purists respect and follow."
>>23899302You laugh and wave it off."First things first, we need to know who's in charge, who these Purists respect and follow."Avery nods. "That changes far too often than I'd like...but give me some time and I should have the information for you." He sighs. "But I have some good news for you, and your 'Order' at least." He chuckles. "Your donation was very helpful, and I am paying you back for it."The old lighthouse hasn't been used since the newer one was built. Someone used it to store jars and bottles. They died during the attack, and the stores have been long used, but I haven't found a good use for the space. No one wants to live there, they either complains about the bugs, or the damp, or the size is too big or too small...so...would you like it? The Caligo Clarus, housed within a lighthouse?"
>>23899371"It certainly is fitting. Thank you Avery, we'll put it to good use."
>>23899371"That's perfect. It oozes symbolism, and you know how we overly poetic crusader types love our symbolism. Thank you, Avery."
I have to step out for a while, so the story will be placed on pause. This will probably take a while, so please archive, feel free to plot, and I'll see you all later in the evening. Hopefully.
>>23899413Thanks for running Echo
>>23899413I propose we expand more upon the alternate reality where Ssen is a librarian and has a quaint life filled with literary adventures and cats.Also her girlfriend, Tricia the entomologist.
>>23899527I do hope she's working on a novel about a thinly-veiled self-insert paladin fighting evil.
>>23899551Ssen is now the Ice king.
>>23899527I bet she uses her tail as a seat for the little kids during story time.
>>23899371>we get a lighthouseYESYESYESYESYESSSSSSSDoes ssen have an sssss problem? I imagine she does.
>>23899602I imagine she talked like Cultist-chan as a child.
>>23899589In a big circle.Tricia is the school's science teacher, Lea the music teacher, Peri the gym teacher, Mari the history teacher, and Mage is... probably a janitor.
>>23899628But now, like a normal person.
>>23899628But cultist chan doesn't sound like a lamia...
So, who is betting on how long echo is going to take? I am wagering on 3 hours.Also, what do we want to do with the lighthouse? Are we going to get it back to operational?
>>23899127>"You want to help me? Find these people and purge them, they speak sedition against the church, this New Teaching heresy, and it never stops. Thank His Light that the Lizard People aren't fighting back, and that some people understand...I'm starting to think that I may have to make even more public examples of these bastards...families and friends as well. I can't get these people to love each other, but I can get them to FEAR us!"And now we know how the Phoenix Empire started.
>>23899694Well, we should focus on turning it into a comfortable home base first. Anything else secondary to that.
>>23899694Caligo Clarus headquarters, naturally.
>>23899730Good thing we're nipping that one right in the bud.>>23899731True enough, but what does that entail? I generally don't make it to the bling-your-fort stage of adventuring before something terrible happens.
>>23899371"I would like it very much, in fact the historian that traveled here with us was telling me we should get a tower to house the Order.">>238996942 hours or so I would bet. As for the lighthouse, tell the historian about it, I would bet he would be delighted that we have a tower.
>>23899750Well, first things first, make sure the tower is structurally sound, plug up any leaks or breaches, clean out all the debris and refuse, stuff like that.Then once we get a better idea of the internal layout we can get to converting the place into a proper Order headquarters.
>>23899823>Well, first things first, make sure the tower is structurally sound, plug up any leaks or breaches, clean out all the debris and refuse, stuff like that.I suggest also checking the land it sits upon and how fast its being eroded by the ocean. This can be a serious structural concern as a powerful storm could wash out the foundation.Also suggesting that everyone take turns doing patrols of the city. We should build up a map and mark which areas are strong supporters of having lizard people on the surface and who are hardliners. Everything else is grey. Once we know where the hardliners are situated try to figure out who comes in and out of the city heading towards the other Stone Hall. They may be using parts of the tunnels as well. Ask Granny and Mary about building up a map of the undercity as well to determine if sections have been closed off in the past few months.
>>23899823Also, are we going to get our own occuli? We already sort of have some, what with mage'n'peri/meri'n'isen and all the rest. Maybe recruit some lizardmen and nagas into it too.
>>23900048I'd rather things not get unwieldy, although we could recruit some locals to maintain the tower while we're off doing heroic things.
>>23900048If we can convince them, then sure. We could always use more support staff to keep the tower maintained to free up the guys who can actually fight.
>>23900092Well, I mean, this town certainly needs some guard support. I think we should have some clarigo clarus guards running around when we're not here, and a place to process all of those prisoners we bring in.We might need to add to the lighthouse.
>>23900109>implying ssen uses a spearShe totally doesn't.WHY DOES SSEN HAVE NO SHIELD OR SPEAR.
>>23900118The municipal authorities can handle prisoner holding.
>>23900118Time to upgrade to a Keep.
>>23900163Dude, it's just a pic. Chill.
>>23900109Eww, Ssen, what're those nasty looking things hanging down from your ass?Legs you say, how disgusting.
>>23900163Whenever we get the chance to get one let's go for it. The only problem is if Ssen uses a two or one-handed style.
>>23900195I'm just saying that a shield would be really darn handy.And maybe a spear too. Would lamias use spears well? Would a snake strike in combination with a spear basically be a cavalry charge?
>>23900251She uses a three-limbed style.
>>23900258>Longspear>Rise up on full length of tail, rear body back, whip entire body and length of tail forward with the thrust.Jesus Christ, how horrifying.
>>23900269When I see Ssen put a sword in her tail I'll gladly concede that she's more badass than Lea.
>>23900303I think one of ssen's upgrade paths is "dragoon".>>23900307Once we get full tail armor, we can spike it for grapple powers.
>>23900336I don't think a spike on our tail-tip would be as effective as a simple steel weight.Because rotational kinetic energy is the ultimate shit-ruiner.
>>23900399so, a higher level Ssen is going to have:Armor that trails for her entire tailA mace on the tip of her tailA spear for lightning strikesA shieldAlso, she still has her bow. I don't think she ever loses that. And probably still her sword for a secondary weapon.
>>23899371>>23900028I'd also really like to know a rough layout of the city. Stone Hall has a surrounding wall and a limited number of entrances, right? Where is the lighthouse in relation to the city entrance we used (the one on the main road), and where is the sewer entrance we used to sneak into the city (which we should remember as a means of sneaking out if we need it)?We also need to give our lovely new lighthouse base a name. Obviously it serves as a light in the darkness, but "Light in the Darkness" doesn't work very well as a name, and it's a literal translation of Caligo Clarus.Ideally, we want something pithy, memorable, and evocative of some combination of the Caligo Clarus symbolism or our own motley party of Beautiful Nightmares.We help support Stone Hall, so perhaps "Keystone"? (And I wrote that name *before* realizing all the jokes it enables since we're helping with local law enforcement.)Given that we're a branch of the Occuli, "Watchtower" could work.
>>23900567Another idea: "Lens", "Prism", or something else based on the idea of focusing the Light.
>>23900567Both of those are kind of puns and I love it. I really think we should use this place as a secondary guard tower, in addition to headquarters.
>>23900641oh, also, I think the first function our tower should acquire other than "headquarters" is "guard tower". This place needs safety and all, and it would give us a teensy bit of actual political muscle.
Shame we can't got full Vetinari on this place. We can however... go full Vimes. Set it up so the law is more "This is how people are, how do we deal with it." rather than a Citadel-like "This is how people are, how do we change them."
We are still around? I didn't miss it?So far, our plan includes mapping out the moderates, the purists, and the friendlies.Can we set up a network of persuasive friendlies to subtly persuade their neighbor/friends?Can we set up public debates to gently point out where they went wrong? This way, we can persuade the moderates.Are there any historical precedents that went well to learn from? Do we really need to march to Washington?
>>23900782yes. I fully support laying down a big steaming pile of LAW.If possible, we should somehow arrest the entirety of first stone hall.
>>23900795We're waiting for Echo's return from some errands. Feel free to join the general chatter about plans for our new acquisition or whatever.
>>23900799But, then, how are we different from the Phoenix Empire?Thus comes the debate that rages on since time unknown - Govern by law with order, govern by the heart of the people, or dream of govern by moral?
>>23900795Hey, you got me. I'm not the best at converting folks, usually I just slay some ghoul horde and everyone loves me.But I guess odette got the credit on that somehow?
>>23900816Thank you. I certainly will.
>>23900799They're fanatics who see us as evil incarnate. If we march in there they will make themselves martyrs before they let us capture them.The plan to discredit their leaders is a better one.
>>23900819Honestly, this wouldn't even be changing the laws, just simple enforcement of pre-existing laws.Those folks have done at LEAST loitering, if not banditry and who knows what.
>>23900795The Stone Hall debate! Where one of the candidates make a fool of him/herself.I really hope it is not us, and that we do not talk about our enemies who are always thinking of harming our people, and so are we.
>>23900834Oh yeah, I forgot about that plan.Also, would walking around NOT being a 6 armed baby eater help?
>>23900501We should also be getting some gauntlets, vambraces and cowters in addition to that shield. Additionally we ought to very much consider some reinforced faulds and a lamellar plackart. The last of these is exceedingly important, considering how often we seem to be struck there.
>>23900829I trust in the combined wisdom of /tg/. As long as you don't offer them fluffy tails.
>>23900854Probably, yes. I think we still have a pretty heavy lead on public opinion, considering that many of the people here remember us no less than a year ago charging in, defeating the ghoul king and saving them from being eaten alive.
>>23900882*no MORE than a year ago
>>23900845True. However, those kind of graffiti, loitering, and all can also be addressed using social psychology, such as replacing the windows, erasing the graffiti promptly, and making the area too nice-looking to be a ghetto. Then the vandals would feel less interested in defiling it.
>>23900799We can't arrest people for being stupid, we'd never get a jail big enough.>>23900819The problem is the same problem with revolutions. Its not that we have the wrong type of government, we just have the wrong type of people. Most are distrustful of change, what we really need to do is show that the change will be a good one. Stimulate industry. People who know they have a livelyhood are happy more willing to overlook petty bigotry.
>>23900829I seriously doubt anyone but hardline Purists thinks we didn't save the day from the ghouls.
>>23900869can you explain what all of those things are.>>23900873But our tail isn't fluffy at all!>>23900882Yeah, I figured we had this one in the bag, but I guess not upon arrival.
What happened to that one attacker who didn't die? Could we use him somehow? Put a magic tracer on him to track movements and see just who he talks to?
>>23900921We haven't dealt with him yet. We WERE going to turn him over, but echobreak.
>>23900854We should, though, walk around in sight of people of Stone Hall to show who we are.We need a public opinion specialist.
>>23900903This is it, we had the unfortunate situation of an entirely new social group/race being forced into society right when the city was recovering from an invasion and most people were probably struggling to get by.We need to knock out some of the most hardline extremists, because they'll never change and they'll sabotage our efforts, but beyond that, we need to change opinions by making life here better.
>>23900921Too big brother for me. We'd be as bad as citadel.
>>23900782>"This is how people are, how do we deal with it."Fortunately for us, "how people are" isn't really that bad here:>>23898841>It's not all bad though. For every one NO SCALES sign, there's two LIZARDS WELCOME. Plenty of propaganda that's a bit gushy but positive about the Paladins and how nice the lizard people are.It sounds like we have quite a bit of vocal support, a fair pile of indifference, and some very vocal opposition.>>23900834Yeah, to the extent we win this with force at all, it'll be very targeted force, and we have to take care that it doesn't backfire. Our fighting entrance will already have made an unpleasant impression.>>23900850This is actually a great idea, if we can make it work. Paint ourselves as the reasonable ones willing to talk; shame them into showing up, and then let the public see what they're really about. Get the indifferent on our side, and reduce the opposition to just the extremists.Other non-violent means include:>>23900900this kind of campaign, where we just drown out their message so nobody hears it.And while we shouldn't turn Stone Hall into a police state, we want to make sure public policy sharply cracks down on discrimination and hate.>>23900931Does such a person exist in this world? If so, absolutely. I'm afraid that Isen might be the closest we can get. (Bards are a pretty good PR firm, though.)
>>23900943Let's at least learn about their qualms against us.I have no doubt that we cannot win everyone over, and this problem will not go away no matter how much we try. It is a problem that will remain for generations. However, we can change how much of a force it is in the public's eyes.
>>23900914Gauntlets: GlovesVambraces: Forearm guardsCowters: Articulated elbow guardsFaulds: Bands protecting the front waist and hipsPlackart: Armor protecting the bellyLamellar: Meaning consisting of multiple lames, or bands of armor made to be overlapped to form an articulated section of armor, such as in the case of the Roman lorica segmentata.
>>23900934I agree we should focus primarily on improving the economy of this place. Though, I think more guards would do wonders for it, as there are attacks and fighting harming farm effeciency. Anything we build will be unoptimal until we get these attacks, at least, sorted.
>>23900971The problem is that outside forces bring in Citadel influence.Perhaps we should suggest organizing and training a local militia/city watch to Avery.
>>23900966What did we have right now? I believe some sort of leather getup?Think we're good for the switchup to a more metallic lamellar outfit? Have we done that already without me noticing?I'm all for better armor though.
>>23900958I am up for getting some bards on our side. Lea and Isen should be the experts at that.Also, as hateful as this is, if we can start teaching children about bigotry early, then this could be less of a problem.
On a more quest-centric note, we should start trying to figure out if Lantern Coins have any power in small quantities, starting with one. Do they affect how people feel, or promote clear thinking or free will?How dangerous would it be to reveal our interest in the Lantern Coins? Would it be a really terrible idea to put the word out that we're interested in them and people should trade them to us?
>>23900998I think education can come under later initiatives.First we need to stop Purity from burning farms and murdering people in the street. Then we can work on setting up jobs, better living conditions and proper education.
>>23900971Economy, I think, will be a key part in the moderates choosing us over the extremists. If we bring in trade, if we bring in machines, and industry that outdoes anything Citadel can do, then people will love us.I believe many of the haters are doing it because jobs are scarce, and they fear losing their job to lizards (e.g., protectionism). If we make jobs aplenty, then that fear will be assuaged.
>>23901028What happens if we make holy symbols out of them, and outfit an order of specially trained warriors with them while fighting the dramatae?
>>23901037True. But give them community services or other sentences rather than jail time, and be lenient in the courts. At least, make the punishment fit the crime.
What I love about this quest is that the problems we face are also pertinent to the world we live in. Abortion without paternal consent, prisoner torture, public influence, racial hatred, rule of law...
>>23901028It was theorized in the last thread that singular coins would offer the person protection from Citadel's influence. We didn't get that confirmed but it was implied that they did /something/.
>>23900998That's actually a pretty good idea in several ways. I'd almost rather make it something completely alien to them, though. How integrated are the two populations? Are there places where lizard kids and other kids can play together?>>23901072Yeah, and have the community service involve things like supervised cleanup of hate propaganda and vandalism.Top priority, in my opinion: we need to get Mage working on the communication/translation spell with an emphasis on lizardfolk. Most of the lizardfolk don't speak the common language, and that makes integration extremely difficult. It's a lot easier to hate a people you can barely interact with, and a lot easier to treat someone as normal when you can hold a conversation with them.
>>23901106Guys.Guys.Free early childhood education.Children's creche.Kindergarten.
>>23901106FUCK, I forgot humans couldn't understand lizardmen!That translation spell is goot idea!
>>23901106Specifically, it's a lot easier to hate or even mildly discriminate against lizardfolk in the abstract, and a lot harder when it's "Sssmith, my friendly neighbor", or "Sssusssan and Sssally, my friends from playtime".
>>23901122>kindergarden lighthouseOnly if we have some people to man it for us. No way we can do that AND paladin.
>>23901106>Language barrierVery true. Translation spells will be amazing. If not, how did European nations do so well in teaching her citizens multiple languages? Canada absolutes sucks at it.
>>23900995Right now we're wearing Dad's old leather armor. I think we should have Gregory touch it up (tailor, repair, condition, etc.) and then alter it to add in the aforementioned armor sections. New and/or mostly metal armor is questionable, though. The primary leather composition is important for flexibility, since we are a lamia after all, not to mention the sentimental value.
>>23901145Are the lizardman living above ground with the humans?Because this could work.
>>23901146There are unemployed people around after the attack.Why not make them teachers? Have more experienced teacher teach the less experienced one on how to care for children. This way, the wives also can find a way to make money and support the family. Down side of that is the feminist revolution that can get out of hand in an already confusing time. But it is also a good thing.
>>23901190>TeachersPractical ones though. Not just the basics, but craftsmanship based stuff, letting kids get a feel for what they are good at.
>>23901234Start with general education, then move on to apprenticeships.
>>23901190Women's rights hasn't been an issue in quest. I kind of doubt it will be as well. We have female Paladins and whatnot already. Citadel's influence probably smoothed over the gender gap along with the racial gaps with dwarves/elves/humans
>>23901258I think career development is important here. Especially if we are going to move to a machine/technology based society.How did the real world change when things become automatized?
>>23901146Depending on how big the lighthouse is, this is an awesome idea. Remember the huge difference between how much adventurers make by questing and how much the average person makes; 100 hold was a hardship for a family, while we had 7500 gold at one point from a couple of adventures. That helped us fund the rebuilding of Stone Hall, and it could help us fund some facilities like this. But I think we want to start a lot less formal than this; we need some simple ways to increase regular interaction between lizardfolk and non-lizardfolk.>>23901165Crud, I hadn't even thought of that. Probably most of them live underground, and the ones that live aboveground are probably risking the lizard equivalent of flaming crosses on their lawn, or worse.Question for Echo: what's the total population of Stone Hall, anyway? Ideally broken down into humans, non-human humanoids, and lizardfolk.>>23901234>Practical ones though. Not just the basics, but craftsmanship based stuff, letting kids get a feel for what they are good at.Including lizardfolk, too, don't forget. How much knowledge do they have to share that's otherwise lost?We're definitely going to get accused of propagandizing and brainwashing, here, but that's pretty much unavoidable.>>23901151I like the idea of having him rework some part of the old armor into the new, so that we don't feel like we have to choose between our sentimental attachment to our father's armor and Gregory's impressive-looking rework with the Caligo Clarus motif.
>>23901258Then teach crop rotation!
>>23901284Go away potato. Chop off your own maid's arm!
Since we can now communicate fluently with Princess Mumei, we should really have some more straightforward conversations with her about the history of the Phoenix Empire.
>>23901279How about having the humans live below ground as well?Incentives for immigrants living in either area?Also, we need a chat with Grandma.
>>23901312oh yes, I had looked forward to that today. I hope to do that soon.>>23901279Yeah, lets get our leather armor some metal bits worked in so we aren't stabbed so much. Along with a shield.Also, how LONG can we keep up an adventurer's income? We are only making these huge bounties because we're killing the threats of the kingdom. Once those are gone, so does our cash, so does our school.
>>23901333How about a rolling fee based on income for early childhood education by qualified educators? That free up the parents to earn more?Also, we need to encourage steam engine development. I think it may change everything - more jobs, more time working and less time thinking about bigotry, less job scare, and with modernization comes a shift in societal view.
>>23901329Good idea. Also, is this discrimination one-sided, or do lizardfolk discriminate against others too? We haven't seen the underground yet; I'm betting on at least one group of lizardfolk who'll want to forcibly eject all non-lizardfolk from Stone Hall.
Why is it /tg/ discuss social policies more intelligently than the average discussion in universities, the place where enlightening discourses are supposed to occur?
>>23901399Because we are actually interested.
>>23901371Avery did say that the lizardfolk weren't reacting with violence, which he was thankful for.Either it goes against their nature, or Granny is keeping them under control.Speaking of which, we really ought to talk to Granny about this situation as soon as possible.
Anyone wants to summarize our long term goal?Public debate.Shame leader.Clean up graffiti, possibly with community service sentences.Communication spells.Have lizardman move up to the surface, and human down underground.? Kindergarten.?Industrial revolution/economy/trade
>>23901370That would require some sort of census to work, which I don't know if we have.If there is a census and taxman records, though, it might work!
>>23901370This is the kind of stuff we might want to consider for long-term fixes, though I don't think we want to get *too* bogged down in detailed planning of an educational system. We'll have to let the local administrators, and folks like Avery, do their jobs; micromanagement doesn't survive the departure of the micromanager, and we're planning on adventuring much more than administrating. General policies like "make sure everyone can get an education" seem like enough detail.>>23901399Different set of problems, historical precedent to learn from which applies less to current public policy, and most importantly the power to actually implement our chosen solutions.
>>23901399It's the hive mind. Anonymity encourages free speech, ergo more brainstorming, ergo more ideas. Simple. Plus, we willingly are on this topic; it's ours.
>>23901432when you actually say it OUT LOUD, that "lizardmen move above ground humans move below ground" thing sounds TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE.Maybe we should not do that.
>>23901449well, once we figure out how the pay is coming in and assign people to work and a manager to manage, then we can be done. We have to establish the structure.
>>23901459PR spin it to be fresh new opportunities in a world humans/lizards have not touched!New business opportunities!Ways to improve your living standards!Be one the first, settle the west... I mean... the above/underground!
>>23901432I don't think we should move people underground or anything like that. Displacing people forcibly will just make them resent us.
>>23901459We're just talking about improving integration here. Having a lizard district underground and almost entirely humans aboveground does not help both sides see and interact with each other constantly. Little divisions encourage bigger divisions, and "all of one group lives underground" is a pretty big division to begin with.
>>23901497How about acquiring lands where the owner no longer lives (e.g. dead by the ghouls), and give them out at reduced price in a human/lizard/human/lizard configuration?
>>23901497I know, but it sounds AWFUL suspicious from an above-grounder standpoint.
>>23901526True. We have to ponder on it more.
>>23901523Yeah, we're in a position to set what amounts to homesteading policy here. At the moment, effectively Stone Hall administration (i.e. Avery) is responsible for rebuilding efforts, and what to do with what is rebuilt.
>>23901523New France and the Seigneurial system, go away.
Guys I just realized something unsettling.The ENTIRE HUMAN POPULACE of this town are either zombie apocalypse survivors or deconverted ghouls, with the exception of after-incident immigrants.
>>23901453>It's the hive mind. Anonymity encourages free speech, ergo more brainstorming, ergo more ideas.Yeah, look at /pol/. A bastion of brilliant discussion about social policies.Oh wait.
>>23901565Can the church offer counselling service to the PTSD'ed population?
>>23901547Fascinating to read about, but I'm not seeing the connection.>>23901578Yeah, I think the main factor in our favor here is actually having power over the policies in this world. It makes politics so much more *interesting* when the only thing between your idea and implementation is convincing a small number of highly imaginative people through conversation in a common forum.
>>23901593I think it might be an issue. I don't know if counselling will help.
>>23901578>None of us are as cruel as all of us etc.Why yes, /tg/ is the best board my friend.
>>23901610Oh no, it is just a land distribution system to encourage European to move to the new world and settle somewhere they would never have gone before. The government decides who gets to go where.
SO:Are the zombie apocalypse survivors or the ex-ghouls the ones that are more anti lizard?
>>23901643Ah, I see. I was trying to see a connection with the bit about specifically trying to integrate two cultures or peoples, but yeah, it's clearly a government-managed land policy. Hard to avoid at least starting with that when the government is the one rebuilding the city, though. We can't enforce that it *stays* that way, we're just choosing who to initially sell or rent it to.
>>23901660...that's a disturbing thought. Not least of which because did we really need *more* divisions among people?
>>23901660...You just raised an interesting point with that statement. I really do wonder if the ex-ghouls are persecuting the lizardpeople to draw attention away from themselves.
>>23901676Good point. Should we ask if this is an issue?
>>23901676Or more generally, if there are motivations here besides hate. Some people might have legitimate concerns, like whether the city can really support both populations, or whether one will displace the other, or whether there'll be enough work, or resources; we need to find those out and address them, so that all that's left is the irrational hate.
>>23901717So the answer is industrial revolution?I guess I should not have chased the potato out.
>>23901741It's okay Anon. Citadel is the potato
>>23901741The answer is more efficient distribution of resources. Industrial revolution could accommodate that. Any number of things could.
>>23901768So we get to do the reverse? Where we ask the potato to join us?
>>23901793So we need... an audit?
>>23901831A census and tax audit would be a very sensible step, I agree. Maybe not the FIRST step, but a sensible one.
>>23901284I like the idea of researching more efficient planting methods, with possible involvement of machines. Or breeding new crops with MAGIC that are resistant to disease or the weather.Or ask princess for Phoenix empire crops (rice! cabbage!) to help.
>>23901899You know, we should really get the princess in on this. Tell her the situation, how we're rebuilding. She could provide some crop techniques, or at least some rulership insight. Isen too.Food is a key to the economy.
>>23901956Isen seems like the most likely candidate to help keep this place running while we're gone. He'll probably take up residence in the lighthouse and style himself the Rebel Prince.
>>23901983It could work, but>Isen>Stay in one place>Do administrative work... Maybe he can find himself an aid here that will be the aid that supports him when he becomes a king?
>>23902011Princess Mumei, Tara, Avery; Isen's more the figurehead and public relations guy, and the one with the charisma to rally the troops in a hurry or otherwise get things done in a pinch.
so I'm trying to catch up from the beginning, but it's taking time.But there is one question I must know.Has there been any more progress in the budding romance with Tricia, or did that fall by the wayside or (horror of horrors) get abandoned for another
>>23902106Catch up and find out.
>>23902106Do you really want to know?Or find out on your own?
>>23902106It's no fun to tell.
>>23902106You'll want to read the whole thing for the details, but a short summary: Ssen and Tricia love each other and they both know it, and that hasn't been abandoned or betrayed. Recent developments: Ssen told Tricia about the conversation with Granny that means they can have kids together someday and Tricia wanted to give that some thought; Tricia's parents found out that Ssen and Tricia are together, and they were supportive once they knew it was serious and not a fling; and most recently Tricia had a serious conversation with Ssen about how Ssen could potentially live forever and wanted some time to think about that (leading to the first time the two have slept apart in a long while).
>>23902106Go read it and find out.Or if you really hate surprises, check out the spoilers and be ashamed of yourself for looking.Tricia waifu route confirmed.
>>23902170...You just hate fun don't you?
You know what I wonder?If there are any not-half-human-half-snake nagas out there. You know, the kind that have snakepeople on top, not just normal people?Maybe in phoenix empire.
>>23902142>>23902149>>23902153you're right, i should, but I want to happen so bad I'm scared that some anons would be assholes and shoot the whole thing down.
>>23902249well, to be honest?I've been pushing for ssen/Isen this entire way.
>>23902249Just read it. If some how you reading hinges on Ssen/Tricia you need question /what/ you're reading this for.
>>23902249I was pretty undecided on the whole thing. The Ssen/Tricia stuff was cute. But I found the potential for Ssen/Mage and Ssen/Lea just as appealing.I'm happy enough with how things went though.
>>23902268I couldn't do that to Tara.
>>23902361Nah, Isen said early on that she'd be cool with it if we wanted to have an expanded relationship.
>>23902394I'm suspicious of everything like that now, in case Citadel is involved.Although in their case, I can see it just coming down to the two of them being horny as fuck.
>>23902443Still, woulda been worth it for the Ssen/Isen dynamic.I would wildly reel from hilarious to adorable.
>>23902443Nah, it's just Isen being a typically lech of a bard, and Tara apparently being fine with it (or perhaps just liking him enough to not do anything about it; remember what she did to herself to look pretty because she thought that was what he wanted). (Also, groan re: horny minotaurs.)But the other question is whether *Ssen* would be fine with it. I'd argue "no". And Isen certainly protests the idea of settling down with anyone.>>23902471They have a pretty hilarious dynamic already.
>>23902316Mage/Ssen would have been cool, but Mage/Sofia is fine too.
Well, my three hours bet was wrong.I really hope echo DOES get back tonight.
>>23902506Tara also already knows that Isen is in an arranged marriage with the Princess and, being aware of how important that is for royalty, is fine with being his mistress. I don't see Ssen being okay with that.
>>23902712Right. And now that the Princess is outside of Citadel's influence, she isn't necessarily OK with that arranged marriage either, or with sharing. I doubt she'd obediently spin around and cluck now.
Okay, back from errands and day-after-passover dinner with folks. Love my ma's brisket. Wow, you guys just sorta dived into this one...The Lighthouse...is not quite a total dump, but it doesn't seem too inviting. It was a glass storehouse before it was yours. Still it's big enough to house the lot of you, and some more.Ambrose has just moved himself right on in. Apparently he's convinced himself that he's the Caligo Clarus' new lorekeeper, and that restoring the lighthouse is his duty...which is why Gregory and Barney jump in to keep the old man from breaking his back. Widdy has some friends in town, and a few 'fell off of the trucks' here and a little dumpster diving there, and some 'What do you mean you aren't fucking grateful to the people who saved this city and your life?!' to polish it off, the Caligo Clarus has a new home.Also it seems that Barney, Gregory, and Ambrose aren't leaving any time soon...mainly because they don't really have homes yet, as opposed to the settlers who can make do with what they have/have relatives, Widdy who has friends who are letting him crash, and Sophie who's now safely with the Mages learning how to Not Use Magic properly."So what are we going to call this place?" Tricia asks as she hangs the lantern from the top of the building. "Keystone?" Mage suggests."Watchtower's a classic." Lea says."The Prism?" Tricia offers."There's some old Second Age tiles on the arch in the front." Mari suggest. "A lot of them are old, but one of the remaining ones says 'Beacon.' But it's your call Ssen."
>>23902744that's a good point! She DOES prefer death to citadel, after all.
>>23902759Echo! Not moments after I worry you won't return tonight!What happened with that one prisoner? We turned him in, yeah?Also I am split between the watchtower and beacon.
>>23902759>"There's some old Second Age tiles on the arch in the front." Mari suggest. "A lot of them are old, but one of the remaining ones says 'Beacon.' But it's your call Ssen."Torn between going with Beacon, and the fact that the phrase "beacon of hope" made me think of "Hope" as a name. But leaning towards going with Beacon.> The Lighthouse...is not quite a total dump, but it doesn't seem too inviting. It was a glass storehouse before it was yours. Still it's big enough to house the lot of you, and some more.Compared to the size of the average house, how much space are we talking about? The average modern lighthouse isn't much more than a staircase and a couple of rooms; I assume it's bigger than *that*.Could we get a rough description of where the lighthouse is in the city?
>>23902797Yeah, you turned over the Purist to Avery. Right now he's just in jail, but there's muttering of 'confession' and 'example making.'
>>23902819The newer lighthouse is little more than a staircase and rooms.As for the old one, it's pretty damn big, think of...I guess Saints Row 2 or even the bioshock lighthouses. It's about as big as a warehouse, only slightly more vertical.
>>23902824OK, we need to stop that right now. How old is this kid, and what has he really done, besides attack us? Let's not use him to continue the cycle of hate here.
>>23902824>>23902863Well, that is bad and then good news.We'll have to deal with torture and executions when they rear their head. I already voted for a name, so I'm gonna just watch how this plays out until we get a prompt for another action. I am hoping getting a smith working on a shield for us is this action.
>>23902759>Widdy has some friends in town ... 'What do you mean you aren't fucking grateful to the people who saved this city and your life?!' to polish it off ...You're a bro Widdy.
>>23902759>>23902863If we really wanted to go fancy on the name, we could name it "Illumination Point" or "Lumin Point" or something along those lines.
>>23902886If he's older than 21 you'd be shocked. And remember he's attacked and drew blood on a *Paladin.* They can't allow THAT to go scot free. The kid's life is over.
>>23902913If we were going that route, I'd suggest New Bright Tower or similar.
>>23902824Here's to hoping that Paladin Avery resist the urge to go full Bordain on that prisoner. Not great conduct for a Paladin, and it'd be akin to attempting to extinguish a fire by drowning it in gasoline.
>>23902919"Which do you prefer: satiating your own ego as a boy, or manning up and helping to rebuild your city?"I just thought this line might come in handy at some point.
>>23902919Maybe, but this is not Citadel; even if we think the guy has to die (and I'd still prefer an alternative, which we almost certainly have the sway to push for since we are the paladin in question), we don't do public spectacles here.
>>23902913So, you're waiting for Avery to give you a run down of what you're working against. In the meantime, other than Gregory working on your new armor, you have some options.---Go visit Granny---Find Isen, Tara, and Mumei---Deal with the Purist kid yourself.
>>23902987I don't think we want to deal with him personally, beyond making it clear that we don't favor "cruel and unusual", and Avery shouldn't either.Let's go visit Granny and the lizardfolk. We need to hear from the other side of this city, and we have a lot of questions for her. Bring Tricia.
>>23902987Go visit Granny. Get some advice on how to deal with the Purists.Then go deal with the kid.
>>23902967I'm sorry but the kid has to hang for this. It cannot be left unpunished. Deal with him like any Highman. Not because he was some racist/religious nut. Just hung until death then cut down and buried/burned.
>>23902987Those are all options I really want to do. The purist kid is the only time sensitive one, but it's also the only one I don't really know what I'd be going for in. Your call dudes.
>>23902987Voting to find the fool and his lady-friends before they get into trouble they can't handle. Seeing Granny priority 2.
>>23902987>---Go visit Granny
>>23903008If so, I'd still say a public spectacle is both cruel and counterproductive. But in any case, since when do we punish assault with death? Does Stone Hall truly not have the facilities to deal with prisoners, ideally in a vaguely productive way?
>>23903050Community service duty!
>>23903050Put 'em to work in rebuilding, if there's enough men to spare for guards.
Granny first. We want to quiz her a bit on both reproduction and on how her people are fairing.>>23903050Its not just assualt. Its attempted murder. Attack on a official of the law. Defamation and a few other crimes
>>23903072How will we counter the slave labor argument?
>>23903008I think we can do better than that. Paladins are all about helping people who have been cast aside by society and such, and our companions show what can happen if that is applied properly. While the Purists' official goal is unconscionable, the reasons each of their members have for doing what they do may be vastly different. Maybe they're scared or being coerced into doing these things, or they may be compelled or brainwashed. By helping this poor fellow, Ssen & company may gain some insight into what drives the Purists. If they all say the same thing without fail, then they're either very dedicated and of the same mind or being magically compelled. If they have legitimate grievances, then it may pay to hear what he has to say and see if anything can't be done about that.
>>23903074How rabid is this guy? If he's the "I'd rather die" type, I don't have much of a problem obliging him. If he's an idiot kid who got into something he shouldn't have...>>23903082That one isn't hard. "Would you rather we kept them in prison or executed them?"
>>23903050This is a person that not only attacked a convoy but also attacked a Paladin. Paladins that up hold order and law. Hell in the west people were hung for less. You know stealing horses, killing cattle, etc.And think of precedent you be setting to all highway men. 'Oh look you can attack attempt to kill people and only get some harsh labor.' Yeah no.
>>23903088That's all well and find if they have legitimate grievances but attacking people in daylight? That's not how you get change. There is laws to be upheld and this type of crime is met at the end of a rope.
>>23903005>>23903007>>23903027Avery says he's willing to wait a little bit for the kid. He is willing to do this quick and quiet. If you don't want to deal with it, then he's going to me marched to the yard outside, head on a stump and a date with an axe.Granny sighs as you enter her home. "So, how are you liking a world without Citadel? And imagine this, Citadel itself is exponentially bigger than here."She pulls out an old shield and a simple spear. "Here...time you learned a weapon of your own. Your Father's shoulders aren't for you to curl around forever."(Stone Hall is about the size of a city like Seattle or St. Louis or Atlanta. Not mega-huge but enough to be on the map and known. It's a tiered city, that is that it's built on this big slope up from the coastline/beach. There's a lot of sheer cliffs and bluff that the vity is built around, on top of, and within. There's a long stone tunnel that connects the beach to the top most ridge that's covered in Second Age tiles, hence the name. It's used for shipping and fishing purposes.)
>>23903146Do we know granny's name yet?Because a shield and spear is exactly what I wanted for christmas granny.What is this world's version of christmas?
>>23903088We should at least talk to him and learn of his motive, whether it be unemployment or fear of competition or a fear for his life.
>>23903146"At least people have chance for free will here. Even if it's not perfect., there's more hope here than Citadel."Maybe I'm idealistic fool for believing that but that's what I believe."So how do I use these?"
>>23903146Give it a few practice thrusts and see what you can do, Ssen.
>>23903146Wow. Scaling that to the world, here, it sounds like you're suggesting tens of thousands, at least? (I assume you're not literally talking about a city of half a million.)> Avery says he's willing to wait a little bit for the kid. He is willing to do this quick and quiet. If you don't want to deal with it, then he's going to me marched to the yard outside, head on a stump and a date with an axe.> Granny sighs as you enter her home. "So, how are you liking a world without Citadel? And imagine this, Citadel itself is exponentially bigger than here.""These kinds of problems I can hope with. This is just people. It doesn't feel oppressive the way Citadel does. But it does put a new face on what it means to stop Citadel."
>>23903146Ask Granny to give us a chance, to see if we can make it better.
>>23903146Rub whichever wound marks are most recent."You know, I WAS thinking about getting a shield. Thanks for thinking of me again."
>>23903146Granny is the best. Quiz her while she teaches you. "I knew things would be different. But the people supporting us give me hopes that it can be overcome. THough it will take time. How are the Lizards fairing?"Other questions;How exactly is the bone marrow thing work?Does it work on other then just Lamia \ Human? You know a couple who have been having problems.Does she know someone by the name of Tallow?Has she seen any Lantern coins?Has the Fifth talked to her again? If so what did he say? Explain what hes told you so far. Get her opinion on heading to Bronze Peak.
>>23903166"So, I've ordered the Lizard People to night fight back." Granny says as she begins to spar with you, showing you how to should hold the spear and how to swing it. "You should look into a halberd or a pike, it'll respond a bit better than just the jab of a spear, remember, speed is your friend."You know you don't exactly have all the time in the world to sit here and play peacemaker. The Humors still have their Lightbringer, and if they feed it to Citadel, then all of this will have been an exercise in futility. No, no, hold the shield like this, it's supposed to move with you."
>>23903208Stray quote in there without a response.> Avery says he's willing to wait a little bit for the kid. He is willing to do this quick and quiet. If you don't want to deal with it, then he's going to me marched to the yard outside, head on a stump and a date with an axe.We shouldn't miss the chance to at least talk to the guy. If he wants to rant the First Stone Hall agenda at us, that's fine.But it is worth considering that one more stray blow in the battle and this guy wouldn't have needed to wait for an execution. He picked a fight, and probably intended it as a fight to the death; he was just too stupid to realize it was his own.
>>23903146I imagined it would be less getting openly attacked on the roads and shanked a few times and more people learning how to live with different people.>Granny questionsAre there other Naga or Lamia out there like you or me? Do you know any in particular who would help me on my quest?
>>23903272Already asked that last time if I remember right, she said not to her knowledge.
>>23903241"Yeah, all we can do is provide some hope and guidance, and hope others can rebuild in our wake. Not usually the same people who save the world that end up rebuilding it, and that's probably for the best. We heard an interesting tale of the Phoenix Empire that suggests what happens otherwise."
>>23903241"Yes, I know that things are dire with the citadel. We actually came here as a stopover on our way to continue our investigation on that, and all of these issues sort of took me by surprise."Adjust your shield stance"Oh, you mean like this?"
>>23903241adding to this.>>23903231"I know. the most we have time for is to help Avery and you get the ball starting. Root out the worst of the troublemakers. Prove to the populationt these 'Purists' are in the wrong. Then move on."
>>23903259yeah. we must be sure to talk to him, and get a confession if we can, before he faces judgement.
>>23903241Who came with us to visit Granny? Are we alone with her?
>>23903241"Are your people in regular contact with Avery? I know you don't want to reveal yourself, but are there any others who can speak the common language?"
>>23903241"I can't just leave things here how they are after seeing it for myself. What's the point in stopping Citadel if everything just falls apart to bigotry and hate?"
>>23903231>>23903292"I know. the most we have time for is to help Avery and you get the ball starting. Root out the worst of the troublemakers. Prove to the population these 'Purists' are in the wrong. Then move on.""Oh, so I'm in this conversation now?" She smirks. "I know I know.""I can't just leave things here how they are after seeing it for myself. What's the point in stopping Citadel if everything just falls apart to bigotry and hate?""Maybe that is the point." Granny says as she tests your shield work with some rapid blows. "No, I knew things would be different. But the people supporting us give me hopes that it can be overcome. Though it will take time. How are the Lizards fairing?""Well enough, there are those that are grateful, and those who don't care, then there are the others. There's been some unpleasant incidents, some one threw a satchel of blast stones in a store with some of them in it. However, any sunlight is better than a life down here.""How exactly is the bone marrow thing work?""Something about the marrow having special blood in it that can cause a woman's egg to hold life." She shrugs. "You extract it from you and put it in her. I'll give you the diagrams when you're ready. I had a Conclave alchemist do it for me, your little ghoul mage might be able to help you with it.""Does it work on others? I know a couple who have been having problems.""It should, I would think...provided that we're talking humanoid/humanoid. No no, elbow up...right. But it isn't as if I went around testing the procedure.""Do you know someone by the name of Tallow?""I do not know anyone by that name, sorry." Granny says. "Right, right, just like that little worm! Why do you ask?"""He might have spoke with the Fifth. Has the Fifth talked to you again?""No, there we go, snap your body into it, see you were born for this type of weapon, he's been rather silent with me. That could mean many things, only a few of them good."
>>23903441>"Something about the marrow having special blood in it that can cause a woman's egg to hold life." She shrugs. "You extract it from you and put it in her. I'll give you the diagrams when you're ready. I had a Conclave alchemist do it for me, your little ghoul mage might be able to help you with it.""I don't think Tricia and I will be ready any time soon, but we'd both feel more comfortable if we knew more about it."Also, I'd still like to know what fraction of the lizardfolk speak the common tongue, and what fraction speak only their own language.
>>23903441Can we teach the humans to speak Lizard tongue, or use a spell to do so?
>>23903441> "Does it work on others? I know a couple who have been having problems.">> "It should, I would think...provided that we're talking humanoid/humanoid. No no, elbow up...right. But it isn't as if I went around testing the procedure."That raises some interesting questions. How many people have the same problem the Quails do, and how might they feel if knowledge from the lizardfolk can help them? The First Stone Hall bigots will probably add it to their teachings as a sin, but if they try to go against couples who want kids, they'll fail *hard*. Think of the children, after all.
>>23903441>>23903326"Are your people in regular contact with Avery? I know you don't want to reveal yourself, but are there any others who can speak the common language?"She sighs. "There are a few who can imitate human speech, and they've been playing translators for your Paladin friend. Other than that, I'm afraid the communication barrier is one of the biggest problems." She sighs. "If the Humors know that I'm alive, they'll burn Stone Hall to the ground to get to me, and I'm no match for them...you know that now yes?"She rubs a hand against your rough skin, the Conclave tincture didn't work as well as you hoped. "Hold on, this will sting." She then bites you in the shoulder.It does sting, like hell...and your vision goes swimmy, then it goes back to normal. Granny spits out a large mouthful of something onto the floor. "Ugh, glass scorpion, hate those things. GIve yourself long enough, little worm, you'll grow immune to that stuff, eventually."You feel your arms...they're smooth again, and the black veins on the top of your chest and hands are gone. They're still present around your wrists, and a little web of black around where the bolt hit you. "THAT is a reminder not to be so damn foolish next time."She sighs. "Now, you'll want to make your own spear and shield. You have ideas for a metal?""What about this?" You hold up the Lantern Coin. "Have you seen anything like this?"She takes the coin, and then strikes it on the stone wall and listens to it's ringing. "You can't make a weapon out of this...not a normal one. And no, I haven't seen any of those coins...I don't trust them. Every time I've seen hope in the form of those coins, the Humors crush it. Don't put your faith in these things...but I suppose there's little else left, is there?"
>>23903441"Do many of our kind fight with the spear? You mention I was born for it.Oh, another thing: I suppose you don't know anything about treating glass scorpion poisoning, do you? That would be awful convenient."We forgot to ask that so many times!
>>23903568nevermind on this, she just CURED OUR SHIT
>>23903532It does seem like being in Stone Hall would accelerate Mage's ability to study and develop magic, between access to the other Mages and talking with Granny.> She takes the coin, and then strikes it on the stone wall and listens to it's ringing. "You can't make a weapon out of this...not a normal one. And no, I haven't seen any of those coins...I don't trust them. Every time I've seen hope in the form of those coins, the Humors crush it. Don't put your faith in these things...but I suppose there's little else left, is there?""Every time", does that mean you've seen them or something like them around before?
>>23903562"What would you recommend for a metal?"Might as well ask.
>>23903568Obviously you just suck the poison out.
>>23903562>"Are your people in regular contact with Avery? I know you don't want to reveal yourself, but are there any others who can speak the common language?"Talk to her about our idea. "Mage was talking about developing a translation spell. His original idea was based on ghoul magic, but he might be able to modify it into a personal communication spell, or with enough luck something for mass communication. Any ideas that might help there?"
>>23903633And how many people besides Granny can do that without dying horribly?
>>23903562"By the light, that's more than an entire branch of the cups guild could do. Whatever you did. I'll certainly play it safer when it comes to these things, though- no more royal balls, for one.
>>23903645Well, Tricia did it. Anyway, the ringing of the coins+Granny's statement makes me think they're meant to be made into a sonic weapon. A tuning fork might be a good start. A bell as a permanent fixture in a town even better.
>>23903645>>23903633>>23903568>poison STILL IN BLOODSTREAM>which means it is unable to be removed from the bloodstream by natural methods>and isn't consumed during the poisoningUgh, we were basically injected with mercury or cyanide.
>>23903562>>23903608"Would there be anything wrong with steel? I tend to just defer to the craftsmen about the specifics, and haven't thought on it much."
>>23903692That's...brilliant. Gives new meaning to "twelve o'clock and all's well".
>>23903713I want to use it as a bell, or holy symbols, or perhaps even an aqueduct lining.Not really as a weapon.
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>>23903739archive that shit, then, please.>>23903562Please make a new thread, echo.
>>23903595"Every time? Does that mean you've seen them or something like them around before?"Granny nods. "Three times, the last one was your father. I only saw the aftermath. Earlier was an attempt at a bell...that might have worked on Citadel...but the Humors had a counter for that. Before that was a spear...my spear. It didn't work.""What would you recommend for a metal?""Right now? Steel. Your father's sword is quicksilver, but that's not easy to get. Even more so here, with goods at a premium, and you can't get the stuff that's mined for Citadel, steel for now, and look at quicksilver when you reach Bronze Peak.""Mage was talking about developing a translation spell. His original idea was based on ghoul magic, but he might be able to modify it into a personal communication spell, or with enough luck something for mass communication. Any ideas that might help there?"She goes to a cabinet and gets a book. "This is something he should read. It's something I got from some people from the Phoenix Empire. It's how they subjugated their own tribes. They reduce their language to babble, and then replace it with their own tongue. Maybe your little reverse-magic-engineer-man can alter it."
>>23903757"What 'counter' did the humors use on the bell? Musicians and plays or something?"