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
You took the plunge and dived into the pool of bigotry and hate known as First Stone Hall, a shantytown filled with the people who hated the new changes a Citadel-Free world inflicted upon them.You marched an army of Occuli to their front door, and followed their 'spiritual leader,' Father Billings to the center of the town. The 'town' was in very bad shape, disease was rampant, housing was ramshackle at best, and everyone was on the brink of starvation. You discovered that BIllings actually did care for the people under his watch, but was enamored with his own glory and growing flock, so he preached the words of justified hate because that's what the First Stone people wanted to hear.At the town 'square' you faced down Lord Gammar, who was out for your blood, blaming the death of Paladin Bobbi Odette, a relative of his, on you. He ordered a duel of honor, with Sally Allbread, the sociopathic trainer of the Purist raider forces, being his champion.You used the duel to buy time, in order for Peri/Mari to pull off their plan. Tricia had discovered that Gammar had been hoarding food, and the location of the stash as well. With the use of a well placed blast stone, the food stash was exposed for all of the starving residents to see. A riot broke out almost instantly as people scrambled for the precious food. It only seemed to grow and grow, with fires starting as First Stone Hall pulled itself apart. You ordered the Occuli forces inside to quell the riot and evacuate people from the inferno. You rescued Father Billings personally, who was shocked to have his life saved by a monster. Apparently it caused a spiritual awakening in the man, because he gave a sermon to his flock, recanting the message of hate and urging his people to accept the new world that they now faced. Paladin Avery, with a little help from the naga Scheherazade, aka Granny, managed to convince Isen the Audacious, aka Prince Itzak, to stay and help stabilize Stone Hall.
You had another dream of the Dramatae and their efforts. The Lightbringers seem to have, once more, failed to live up to their expectations. Also, that they are looking for someone to fill the vacancy in their group, the one who wears the Rage mask. You got a name and a location out of them, Jeremy Sandover a man who lives in Stone Hall. Apparently he has an 'audition' coming up, and one of the tasks may be to eliminate some complications to the Dramatae's efforts...and nothing's been more complicated than you.Also, Stone Hall has two more leads you need to follow up on. The Fifth Humor showed you a vision of a huge pile of Lantern Coins, the scattered remains of the First Lantern. The legendary 'weapon' that defeated the Dragon Who Was Of Shadow. Also, there's an old comrade of your Father's, someone named Tallow, who was supposedly also in contact with the Fifth.However, with Stone Hall back on more stable footing, and Robin Goodfellow's return of your Nightmare, Stone Hall is only a brief trip away, so you might have a day or two to enjoy Stone Hall. Good to be back!
Right if I remember correctly we were planning a day on the beach and then leaving afterwords. Someone mentioned a joke that since Isen will be busy with his duties he could always send Tara in his stead.We should also warn Granny that the Dramatae have assigned a prospective member to destroy the horde of the Old One. As she is the oldest one we know she might be a target. Personally I think its the dragon of Bronze Peak though. Horde is a very dragony word.First things first though, see how Mage is doing on that translation spell. We want it to be complete before we leave as one of the big problems with cohabitation between Lizards and Humies are the fact aht most can't talk to one another.
>>24017272>Stone Hall is only a brief trip away, so you might have a day or two to enjoy Stone Hall.Right, anyways.Day at the beach with side order of poking fun at Isen for not being able to come. I would like to speak with bird lady before we go anywhere. Also, waiting on Mage finish that translator spell.
Ha-ha! YES! And it's almost midnight. Time for Paladin Lamia adventures.
>>24017272>Jeremy Sandover a man who lives in Stone Hall.>>Stone Hall is only a brief trip away, so you might have a day or two to enjoy Stone Hall.Right sorry, dumbass moment 1 of the day. BRONZE PEAK is where Sandover lives and is 1 day away.
>>24017307Mage is down with Granny in the undercity, he's got something that looks like a tall tripod of metal sticks, supporting a clear glass sphere."Hey Seen, so I think I got it." Mage says. "You want the long technical explanation, or the short version that's a little inaccurate?"
>>24017307>Personally I think its the dragon of Bronze Peak thoughI agree with this actually. Though speaking with Granny about what we saw should at help clear up anything we might be misunderstanding. There is possibly that 'Old One' might refer to something we haven't heard of or seen yet.
>>24017435I probably won't understand the technical version... but give it to me anyway.
>>24017435"I'll take a guess as to what the short one is; It's magic. I don't got explain shit."Hit me with the technical version."
>>24017435If you want to geek out, don't let me stop you.
(setting details ahoy!)
>>24017450"I probably won't understand the technical version...but give it to me anyway." You say."Alright, the Empire Babble spell is projected as an auditory/luminous field from the sphere. This normally scrambles the language centers of the brain just a little and alters the eardrums slightly. It makes it sound that people are talking nonsense to each other. The rods, however are Ghoul Horns, they cast a slight form of fleshshaping magic, more specifically, the magic that returns an altered Ghoul's body to a more stable state. So what happens is that the language centers in the brain and their ears, all get reset, and then reconfigured back into the same uniform standard. This circumvents both the domination effects of the Empire magic and the flesh rending/need for flesh of the Ghoul magic, because I'm only using half of each spell."We set a few of these things up in the city, and boom, everyone will be able to understand each other. Now, it wont change the lizard people's tongue, but it'll let humans learn it, and how to speak it, and visa versa.""The boy's no fool." Granny says. "We tested it on some of my people, and Mage as well. It seems to work...although Mage's magic may have altered the study, so you never know how standard humans may react.""I'm pretty sure that it'll go perfectly." Mage says with that 'This should work...or melt people's heads' smile.
Oh man, lamia quest is back before schedule. My snacks are still cooking, but WELCOME BACK ECHO!
>>24017604Right, we need a test group of people first before we spread these around the entire city. I wonder if the good father and some his flock is willing to volunteer? It woudl be a good gesture that they are willing to work past their hates. Otherwise just ask around the city for 'em
>>24017640>>24016922Yes, Echobro. We missed you.
>>24017604"Maybe would should increase the pool of test subjects before doing the whole town. I'm sure Avery and myself can find some volunteers or ... well maybe in Avery case /volunteers/."Good work thus far Mage."And Granny can we speak private for a bit?"
It IS nice to have Echo back. Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.
>>24016922I KNOW YOU SAID NOT TO WORRY, THAT YOU WERE AT A CONBUT I WAS SO SCARED YOU WEREN'T COMING BACK!Thankyou for not disapointing me Echo, fucking love the quest so far
>>24017604>>24017706>>24017719Yep. increase the test group, work on how we will distribute these once they are ready.
Oh and don't forget to tell Mage and Granny they did an excellent job.
>>24017706"Well, we need to test it with humans of course." You say. "You think we should get Billings or some of his flock down here?""Who?" Mage asks. He has been out of the loop about the situation topside. "Eh, well if you can talk him into coming down, or anyone else, we'll see."Billings is uneasy, but he views this as the 'saved my life' favor. He's not too pleased to be in the tunnels or the undercity, and he views the device with distrust, but stands there frowning. (Granny has hidden away from Billings.)"Okay, let's do this." Mage says. "Uhh...don't look directly at the apparatus."The device glows, the sphere glows white and the poles glow yellow, there's a deep THRUMMMM...and Billings winces and puts his hands over his ears. The lights fade andBIllings shakes his head."Makes my ears pop." He mutters."Hello." The "Elder" Lizard Person says. "You speak with me now?" He asks.Bliings blinks. "Yes...by His Light...yes I can."The Lizard Person flicks his tongue in approval. "I have been taught your tongue, but need much help. Same with people. Can you help?"Billings pauses and then nods. "Yes...yes, I have much to atone for. This is suitable penance."You and Mage roll your eyes. The man's ego hasn't changed much, now he's trying to all noble about how he takes on his new hair shirt.Still it's a start."Okay, so I can have the Conclave and the Mages build these." Mage says. "Now we just need a name...like Mage's Amazing Tongue Twister." He smiles at you and then frowns. "Too Isen?"
>>24017956"Mage, it's your first commercially deployed magical device.You are allowed to be as Isen as you want."
>>24017956Call her Rosetta
>>24017956>Oh god naming things again
Its a bit Isen. But you have the right to be proud. >>24017989I like it. Probably going to be lost on lots of people but I like it. Rosetta Stones. Made by Mage Patrick.
>>24017956Mage Patrick's Portable Parley Prototipe
>>24017956How about "Mage's Multilingual Mnemonic Modeler?"It's a bit of a mouthful, but I think that covers all of the bases. And it has alliteration!
>>24017986"Mage, it's your first commercially deployed magical device."You are allowed to be as Isen as you want." You say. "Although, maybe you should use a less...complicated name. Why not the name of the Paladin who first travelled to the Desert Tribes and translated the dialects, Rosetta?""The Rosetta...I like it." Mage says."Rosetta Device...made by Mage Patrick."Mage then goes through he steps of disassembling the device to take it to the Staves Guild members, using Billing's help. You slide over to Granny's dwelling."Did the man's head melt?" Granny asks.
>>24018084"Fortunately not. I've had enough of cleaning up his messes for one lifetime."
>>24018084No, the device worked. And he agreed to help the Elder with learning common. I think he deserves a chance to make up for his mistakes and doing so will let him see Lizards as people as well.
>>24018084"He seems fine. Maybe a bit bigheaded, in fact, but not molten."What did we want to talk to granny about anyway?Also, echo, when was the last time we shed? Do our companions know about it? Are we going to have an embarrassing/hilarious shedding break while traveling later on?
>>24018084>>24018084"I wish it had melted his ego! But no, he's fine."
>>24018084"No, though it might have done his ego some good if it had""But regardless, we now have a functioning method of communication"
>>24018149>What did we want to talk to granny about anyway?Dream, Old Ones hoard, maybe ask if she knows a Jeremy Sandover (doubt it but wroth a shot). I think that's what we wanted to talk about at least.
>>24018194fair enough.Oh, what do you think of my crazy theory:The first lantern brought the dragon down to the level of the people, right?And the modern day dragon is, we think, the fifth humor and is in human form, right?What if the coins are formed into a body that we seal citadel in?
>>24018149"He seems fine. Maybe a bit bigheaded, in fact, but not molten. At least he agreed to help the Elder with learning common. I think he deserves a chance to make up for his mistakes and doing so will let him see Lizards as people as well.""A Paladin to the end...tell me Worm, when you say those things, is it because you want to ape your Father, you really believe in this, or do you just want no one to even question that you can be anything else than a Paladin?""Scheherazade, have you ever heard of someone named Jeremy Sandover?""Sorry, don't get out much." She shrugs."Someone known as the Old One, or a big horde of lantern coins?"Granny sighed. "Old One's a Dragon Title, I tend to stay away from those things. They get...possessive. Worse if they think you're related to them. We are their distant kin after all, and Dragons love pretty things that belong to them.">>24018149>Also, echo, when was the last time we shed? Do our companions know about it?You did it durning the caravan trip. The others know about it, but you find it hideously embarrassing (you have to strip) ...despite that it feels very nice both during and after.
>>24018259My only problem is Granny has said every time those coins showed it only lead to failure (Spear/Bell/Sword). Part of me thinks those things are just a trap that wont work against the Humors or Citadel no matter what shape they're in.
>>24018259>releasing the coins into the populace and spreading it over such a wide area is in fact a necessity for a country wide ritual, there is nowhere that they cannot touch
>>24018358We could try reforming it into a lantern. It was very potent in its first form for whatever reason. Perhaps it wasn't meant to be a weapon or disrupting device at all, but a beacon or some sort of tool to help people.
>>24018355"I hope you're not speaking from experience."
>>24018355>"A Paladin to the end...tell me Worm, when you say those things, is it because you want to ape your Father, you really believe in this, or do you just want no one to even question that you can be anything else than a Paladin?""Because I was given a chance once and I wish to give everyone I meet same."Think that 'Old One' would be willing to listen if I said its horde was in danger?" >>24018425Maybe. But I think it would be prudent to look for another way of beating them that doesn't involve those coins.
>>24018449"I hope you're not speaking from experience.""My advice is to make the thing think that there's something better that it should have, or that you aren't worth being part of it's collection...and NEVER steal from a Dragon. They don't mind bargains though."
>>24018494"And I'm a Paladin, because I was given a chance once and I wish to give everyone I meet same."Think that 'Old One' would be willing to listen if I said its horde was in danger?""No question." Granny nods. "But again, don't place all your faith in those coins. No one's been able to get them to work to their advantage." She sighed.
>>24018509>Officially holding off on fixing our appearance until after dealing with the Dragon.
>>24018555I think we got most of it fixed though.
>>24018355>"A Paladin to the end..."I may sound more like a paladin about this issue than others. I have strong feelings on the topic of redemption is all."
>>24018509>>24018555>>24018566Screw that. Let's bring the dragon a gift.What are dragons when they wake up? Hungry and greedy. We don't have enough money to satisfy a dragon's greed, but do you think an entire herd of cattle, prepared and roasted in spices, will be enough for a dragon's hunger?
>>24018614Bring it porn, wine, fireworks and steak.
>>24018614Let's not. The exchange of info tends to be a powerful one and telling him that there is a threat to its horde from the humors would carry a lot of weight on its own. >>24018540Ask Granny if she has any ideas or old leads she couldn't acted on how to stop the humors if the coins are not the way to do it.
>>24018540"No one's tried to make them what they are.""It's a lantern, not a sword, and not a bell."
>>24018655What's the lantern metaphorical thing?
>>24018566we are, but we still need its blood to fix Mari's body.>>24018540"Be cautious Scheherazade, the Humors are getting increasingly aggressive."
>>24018667Wasn't not What's. Good lord I cannot type today.
>>24018667This is what my brain remembers about the coins, that they are the pieces of a lantern, this may or may not be complete bullshit, as my memory is shit.
You know, i can't recall granny ever actually using our name
>>24018728I think we gave it to her, but whatever.
>>24018709I just remember us talking to someone about the 'First Lantern' and how it wasn't really lantern but more metaphors and such. It was with the guy that was coughing and wheezing every time he spoke. I might be getting things crossed in my memory, wouldn't be the first and won't be the last.>>24018728Have we ever called anything but Granny?
>>24018762On occasion, as we do know her name, or at least, the one she gave us to use.
>>24018762Yeah, but he's like, a dude, and thats what the coins are supposed to be, pieces of the lantern right? So why would the lantern be metaphorical if the coins that were made from it aren't?
>>24018798Because legends and myths get things wrong a lot of the times?
>>24018824You've let Citadels influence blind you to the truth, Boy-o.
>>24018655"No one's tried to make them what they should be. I think it's supposed to be a lantern, not a sword, and not a bell."Granny shrugs. "Perhaps.""The Humors are also getting increasingly aggressive." You say."Well, I think we know who's responsible for THAT now, don't we, Little Worm?" She chuckles. "I don't know about the other three...but do not try to fight the one who wears Peace." She sighs. "I don't think that one's completely human."She shakes her head. "Enough of dark talk and dragons. You should be up there enjoying your youth and victory. Shoo, Little Worm."
>>24018867Not really, just questioning everything. One thing, to me, that's been proven is no one source of information has been 100% right or wrong. Somewhere between each one has hint at the truth which we need to dig out. I just don't want to run with one idea and only that idea when it could very well be wrong.
goodbye Scheherazade, stay safe.
>>24018889Now on to that beach party of sorts. Because now it's day off time. Well kinda. Never really a day off for Paladin but goddam we can try.
>>24018889"Too bad you can't join me up there. Times seem to be changing!"oh, I just thought of something.Hey, do you guys remember those old lightbringer songs?The ones lea told us that were about the lightbringers fighting a giant naga?Remember how granny told us she used her coins to make a spear?Remember how the 5th told us that granny took her spear to fight the lightbringers of her time? We have a song we can hear at any time that details granny's fight, if we care to hear it.
>>24018889Hug the naga.
>>24018889One last question: if we should encounter the chosen Lightbringers in our travels, should we attempt to interact with them? Or would the Humours not take too kindly to that?
>>24019023hugs:Ssens way of adapting lamia tendencies to human culture.
>>24018949"Goodbye Scheherazade, stay safe.""Same to you, Little Worm." She says. You head back up. You reach the sunlight and instantly have a basket shoved into your arms. "Come on, we're going on a picnic." Tricia says. She's dressed in a sundress and has on an even bigger hat.Peri's in a decidedly revealing, low cut white dress, and Lea's got on a loose hooded robed, but she's not wearing her facial bandages. Tara's there she's carrying a giant umbrella, a few folding chairs, and another basket. She's dressed in her skimpy pit fighter 'uniform.'"We've got our own little chunk of beach to ourselves behind the Lighthouse." Tricia says. "We're going to test it out."
>>24019112You all read my mind. Lets go. Enjoy ourselves. Swim a bit. relax in the sun.
>>24019112"A picnic? I had almost given up on that. What would I do without your surprises?"
>>24019112Time for boob envy.
>>24019194One of the points of this is to taunt isen with our beach celibrations.is there some way we could get a beach that Isen can see from a window?
>>24019209but no one can match the length of our tail!
>>24019209>boob envyB-b-but we have such a tight waist!
God damn it I really want to say this needs to stop because we are a Paladin and cadre embroiled in a battle against en eldritch entity of pure oppression, not some over-sexualized gaggle of vapid hens.But I can't, because fuck the haters, we do good work and could use a little break to enjoy what we fight for.
>>24019218and we end up getting Tricia to spread the sunscreen-analogue on us while we sunbathe.
>>24019268Look, our STATED GOAL was to go on vacation for a week here before we figured out all this shit was happening.On account of needing a break from citadel's bullshit.
>>24019200"A picnic? I had almost given up on that. What would I do without your surprises?""Go nuts and eat people." Tricia says.The beach is nice, a little less sand and a little more pebble perhaps, but nice. Lea spends a lot of the time in the water, she's doing her usual katas, but it's nice to know that she isn't as self-concious about her body around the group as she used to be.Tricia and Peri are playing some kind of game with a ball, you aren't sure if there are any real rules apart from hitting the ball at each other, but they seem to be having fun.Tara is sunbathing. You're a little jealous at the horned girl's figure...but the knowledge that most of it is fake is helpful."So, where are you guys, like, going next?" Tara asks. "Cause, you know, we can always use the help to fix things and stuff here."
>>24019337Bronze Peak needs us next. There is a dragon we must talk too and a man we must stop.
>>24019337"Sorry, we'd love to stay longer, but we have business to take care of in Bronze Peak. Hopefully it won't end up a smoking crater after we're done with it."
>>24019337"Love to stay longer and help but we'll be heading to Bronze Peak soonish. Few things we need to investigate there."
>>24019375>"Sorry, we'd love to stay longer, but we have business to take care of in Bronze Peak. There is a dragon we must talk too and a man we must stop. Hopefully it won't end up a smoking crater after we're done with it.""Yeah, that would kinda be bad, wouldn't it? Although isn't Bronze Peak mostly inside a mountain, so wouldn't it, like, be more of a volcano, than a crater? I think."
>>24019337"Well, we're probably going to be off to Bronze peak soon. I would love to stay and help, but, well, I've told you how pressing our business is. It's one of the main reasons we wanted you and Isen to handle this one for us. You've certainly shown yourselves to be able enough."
>>24019406"I think that would depend on how angry the dragon got, wouldn't it?"
>>24019406"Either way, it'd be nice to actually visit a city for once that doesn't go to hell when we step foot in it. But we can dream, right?"
>>24019442"Either way, it'd be nice to actually visit a city for once that doesn't go to hell when we step foot in it. But we can dream, right?"Tara laughs. Then she waves. You turn to look. It's Mage, Sophie, Gregory, and Barney heading down the steps to the beach that lead to the lighthouse.Gregory is carrying a box, and glaring at Mage and Sophie who are walking hand in hand and chatting. Barney's got one of his contraptions."Ladies." Barney says. "May we join you? I think I have something that will fill your lives with wonder and delight!"
>>24019506"Of course and what could be this time?"
>>24019506>barney has a boxOh boy oh boy"I'm glad you brought some friends, the more the merrier. And is it any more delightful than this sun I'm enjoying?"
>>24019564I hope my assumption that ssen would immediately sun herself at a beach is correct.
>>24019506"Sure, wonder and delight are always welcome."
>>24019583"Sure, wonder and delight are always welcome. What could be this time?" You say. You adjust yourself slightly so the warm sun evenly beams down on your body."This is something I bought from a guy along with a half-dozen other things...only thing that worked in Citadel, but I couldn't make enough to sell regularly. Give me a bit to set it up." He takes the box Gregory has and starts setting together something that involves two buckets, one inside the other, a lot of ice, cream, sugar, honey, a few drops of a brown liquid, a crank, and a lot of twisting and swearing as he spins the handle over the buckets. "This should be ready in about ten minutes or so...trust me, you'll love it!"
>>24019750>trust me, you'll love itAnd here is where we find out if lamia tastebuds enjoy dairy, sweet things, and icecream.
>>24019750An ice cream machine?
>>24019816the description fits.
>>24019750This is the best thing.
>>24019750"It looks like it has the makings of being good. Will there be enough for everyone?"
>>24019844"It looks like it has the makings of being good. Will there be enough for everyone?""Hopefully. I'll need to make maybe a batch or two, but no seconds." Barney says."Oi!" Gregory snaps. "Stay where I can see you!""Brother, I WILL turn you into a frog." Sophie snaps. You kind of feel envious a little, Sophie's got a lower body that rivals Tara's.Of course, Mage's face is one of mixed excitement, and pure nervous terror as the other magic user leads him around a clump of rocks.Gregory swears and mutters under his breath. "If he does anything to her...I swear...""So, who's this guy you gotta stop?" Tara asks. "Another guy like those losers in that crap hole you burnt to the ground?"
Someone who wishes to keep the status quo forever. Someone dangerous.
>>24019952>You kind of feel envious a little, Sophie's got a lower body that rivals Tara's.On second thought; fuck it, Tricia likes our tail. :3Snap out of it, "Infinitely more dangerous."
>>24019952>crap hole you burnt to the groundTara, honey, you might have to be more specific
>>24019952No, some people far more powerful and dangerous. Honestly, they make what happen over there look like child's play.
>>24019952"Someone exceedingly dangerous, considering he is tasked with destroying a Dragon's hoard. Alone."
>>24019950We should, ideally, shoot for one beach episode every few saved cities.To keep ourselves from going crazy and eating people.
>>24020060"Someone exceedingly dangerous, considering he is tasked with destroying a Dragon's hoard. Alone.""Eww." Barney says. "Okay," He gets a small bowl and a wooden spoon. He opens the lid and scoops something solid and white into the bowl and hands it to you. "You eat this...go ahead. Try it!"
>>24020119taste the ice cream. devour it if good.
>>24020119cautiously take a small bite
>>24020119Cautiously test it with a flick of our tongue. Monge it if tasty
>>24020130>>24020119Llamias!Predators with only a hint of omnivore capability!Do they like ICECREAM? herbivores love the stuff. Whatever the answer, I am writing notes furiously in my research journal.
>>24020119>>24020164Are lamias lactose intolerant?
>>24020130>>24020133You take an experimental lick. By His Light and all that it Illuminates, this is one of the greatest things you've ever tried. Cold, sweet, and your tongue gets to experience every lovely little nuance, the honey, the vanilla, and the silky smooth taste of heaven.By the time you return from your confectionary bliss, the bowl is empty and you're licking your face clean."So...uhhh...you liked it. I guess." Barney says, a little stunned at your reaction.
>>24020155Obviously we flick the tongue and lick the icecream. Obviously.
Yes, very much. If anyone wants to trade their portion I will do anything.
>>24020194Okay yell for everyone to get there butts over here and try and some.
>>24020194"Barney, you truly are a GENIUS."
>>24020194Uh oh. We just engaged our level 5 lamia tongue, didn't we?How -embarrassing-, they didn't need to know how long it was. so long
>>24020194engage embarrassment at our loss of control."I think liked is a bit mild to describe this bliss-in-a-bowl, what do you call this amazing substance?"
>>24020194"I... guess I did? So tell me, why can't you make big batches of the stuff?"
>>24020194And then the brain-freeze happened.
>>24020276>slight involuntary tail-tip wagging
>>24020223>>24020215"Barney, you truly are a GENIUS." You say. "Everyone! Come over here and try this. NOW!"The group hurries over and Barney doles out as much as he can so that everyone gets a little taste. Then he goes back to making more before the rest of the ice melts."Yeah, I so wish I could take credit for this one." Barney says. "But no, I feel really lucky that I managed to snag this one along with a bunch of others. There's this asshole, Sandover, tried to buy this out from under me. Thankfully, I got it in a package deal from this guy, he had these wild ideas about how to use ice and snow.""Don't talk about him." Gregory says. "Ruins my appetite." He says as he starts into his picnic lunch, trying his hardest to ignore the rumpledness of Sophie and Mage's clothes.
>>24020276"So tell me, why can't you make big batches of the stuff?""Bigger batches mean bigger buckets. Get the bucket too big, can't turn the crank. Also, ice isn't cheap, even in CItadel."
>>24020304"Sandover? I've heard the name before. Just who exactly is he?"
>>24020292Stop it, my heart cannot contain the amount of HNNNG this episode is giving me
>>24020304Srsbsniss time. "Tell me everything you know about this Sandover asshole."
>>24020324what about adapting the gear things on those wheeled devices so you can pedal it? Or use waterpower.
>>24020324"I would have imagine you would have found a way to have the crank turn itself. Huh."
>>24020324"Why not attach that 'bicycle' thing to it to turn the bucket?""Wait, Sandover... Jeremy Sandover?"
>>24020459You fool, you just created the first icecream shop! seconded
>>24020459>jeremy sandoveroh shit I JUST REMEMBEREDDrill this barney punk for information! Who is Jeremy Sandover? Where did he get his information? What inspired him to make this wonderful machine!
>>24020498No refrigeration, no icecream.
>>24020507Sandover didn't make it, Sandover tried to buy it out from under him.
>>24020544but we can sic Mage on a constant cooling spell enchantment, bwahaha!
>>24020544We just have to move to the Phoenix Empire. Their Mount Fuji analogue will do nicely.
>>24020574Obviously we need someone to create a semi-permanent ice/cold enchantment on a storage area.
>>24020374"I would have imagine you would have found a way to have the crank turn itself. Huh.""I tried, even tried to use my pride and joy person mover by hooking it up to the crank with the chain...but it kept on breaking. And again, that much ice or snow would mean I'd have to charge people an insane amount for even this little bit.""Ah, pity, but about this Sandover asshole? I've heard the name before. Just who exactly is he?"The two men look at each other and shake their heads. "He's a prick," Barney says. "He's the last guy I made cards for.""He was part of Cups, but he left when he got rich enough." Gregory says."Doing what?" Tricia asks."He developed the technique for that." He gestures to Tara's face. "The guy would go on and on about the merits of beauty and how people who were pretty, or smarter, or 'better' deserved to have the world give them things on that virtue alone." Barney shook his head. "Asshole thought that I was using some of my inventions wrong. Jerk.""He kept trying to talk me into acting...you know...and told Sophie to dress like a tramp." Gregory shakes his head. "I never liked him, and the way he talked about Citadel was creepy. Like he fetishized it.""Oh no, he did." Barney says as he cranks the ice cream maker. "I saw him actually tongue kiss one of the statues and whisper to it once." He shook his head. "He wanted me to make stuff that was just...dumb or dangerous. He was REALLY interested in the you-know-what." Barney mimes the pistol. "Said that if we 'fit' as part of 'his beautiful vision' that our lives would be better. I told him to go fuck himself.""Same here." Gregory says. "I also made his shirts a third of an inch too tight."
>>24020642>Yeah, this Sandover sounds like fine outstanding person. Not a creep at all. Nope. "You know, I'm kinda not surprised by that in the least bit."Either of you know why he would be up at Bronze Peak?"
>>24020730>"You know, I'm kinda not surprised by that in the least bit.By that I mean about the things they've said about Sandover just to be clear.
>>24020642Welp, I guess now we know why the Dramatae or so interested in him now.
>>24020642>I wonder if making out with a Citadel statue is one of the entry requirements for the Dramatae
>>24020730"You know, I'm kinda not surprised by that in the least bit."Either of you know why he would be up at Bronze Peak?" You said."He's at Bronze Peak?" Barney asks. "Well, it can't be good.""Probably there to bother the artificers or sneer at the dwarves who aren't drunk or in the mine." Gregory said. "Guy was the weirdest speciest I ever saw. He didn't hate other species, just got weird if they weren't stereotypes." He shrugs. "Well, he can stay inside that mountain for as long as he wants, as far as I'm concerned."
>>24020860>He's Citadel's shitty self-insert DMPC
>>24020860"Thanks for the info. Anyways, keep up the good work, Barney. I'm sure your inventions will be received better here than at Citadel."
>>24020898agreed, add in he might want to look into all those failures had before because of accidents like things breaking. Perhaps they won't happen again... as often anyway. Science can be hazardous.
>>24020860>weird if they weren't stereotypesHey guys, I came up with our bad end +:We fail against citadel, but convince it that the stereotype for lamia is "righteous, honorable, tends to be paladin"
>>24020898"Thanks for the info. Anyways, keep up the good work, Barney. I'm sure your inventions will be received better here than at Citadel.""Here's hoping, and as long as you guys are letting me stay under your roof, a part of my proceeds will go to the Claigo Clarus.""And I'll have your new tabards and uniforms ready by tomorrow." Gregory says."Okay," Tricia says. "Enough work, come on Ssen. I wanna swim!"Of course, 'swimming' with Tricia means that she clings to you as your tail does the majority of the work, still, she makes sure that things don't get too boring.The day passes and the sun sets. A fire is built and warmer clothes are put on as you all cook a little dinner.Isen shows up just in time to be utterly heart broken that he missed seeing everyone in their beach clothes and that he doesn't get any ic cream ever. Tara hands him a roasted piece of chicken and whispers something in his ear, that seems to cheer him up, but he does grumble about work as he sits there and chews."Ugh, Dad makes this crap look so easy." Isen massages his head. "I KNEW I didn't want to do this. You have it so easy Sexy Scales, all you have to do is show up and stab things."
>>24021012"now now, my job also involves hearing the life story of the things I am about to stab."
>>24021012"And get stabbed, hacked to bits, forced to throw myself in front of poisoned crossbow bolts so save ungrateful royals..."
>>24021050*"to save..." fucking shitty fat fingers.
>>24021042>>24021050"Oh, and once I had to stop a riot".
>>24021042"Now now, my job also involves hearing the life story of the things I am about to stab, getting stabbed, hacked to bits, forced to throw myself in front of poisoned crossbow bolts so save ungrateful royals.""Hey, I've been nothing but thankful for that." Isen says. "Is it too much to ask to see some beautiful women in small dressed covered in water on a gorgeous day?"
>>24021127 Goddamnit, stupid cut/paste.
>>24021127>women>pluralThrow a 'fucking seriously?' glance at Tara looking like a fucking horned Beyonce then back to Isen and then dead serious face at him, "Yes."
>>24021127"Well, it is a shame you got to miss the swimming. Perhaps, by the time we get back, things will have settled down here. We'd almost certainly take the chance to use the beach next time we are here."
>>24021181You give Tara a 'really?' look. She sighs and shrugs. "He makes me laugh. Also, after we're married if he cheats on me, I'll, like, pull it off." Tara whispers to you."Well, it is a shame you got to miss the swimming. Perhaps, by the time we get back, things will have settled down here. We'd almost certainly take the chance to use the beach next time we are here.""I'm going to hold you to that promise." Isen says.
>>24021176Eh, Isen's lecherousness is growing on me. But Isen needs to romance Tricia if he wants to get to us.
>>24021243>"-get to us.">"-get buried."Ftfy
>>24021260I'm just saying that Isen's maximum chance angle of attack is to romance tricia and us in a simultaneous manner.
>>24021266That will end badly and you know it.
>>24021274I am not going to confirm or deny whether or not I choose entertainment value over practicality in my suggested actions.
>>24021241>hold you to that promise"Well, assuming it's not winter or a roiling storm or something of course."
>>24021266Can't we just stick with one person and not do /that/ whole thing. Anyways.>>24021241"Sure, sure. Know anything about Bronze Peak? Maybe some stories to share if you've been there. Trying to get as much info as I can before we head that way."
>>24021310>not do /that/ whole thing.What, are you trying to make citadel angry?Now wear this skimpy dress.
>>24021310"Sure, sure. Know anything about Bronze Peak? Maybe some stories to share if you've been there. Trying to get as much info as I can before we head that way."Isen shrugs. "I went there with the guys that I hired to be my entourage once. It's like every other town, guilds, a Travelers, and a Conclave. I didn't check out the Artificer's workshop though, and I didn't wanna see the mines. There's supposed to be this mountain path to a goat sanctuary or something like that. Also there's a temple way way up there, but that was a hike so I didn't bother.""It's a Temple to the Great Bear." Lea says. "It and all the other totems that the Third Age people who lived in those mountains worshipped before they became part of Citadel."My father went there to study in the old library that's there. It's where he learned a lot of the moves that I know." She takes a drink. "It's a beautiful place, very spiritual. It shows how people always know of His Light, even if they use the wrong name for Him."
>>24021398I wonder how pissed lea would be by our somewhat polytheistic worldview. What with multiple land spirits, of which the light may be one and all.Of course, the light is the best one.
>>24021398"Sounds like a place to go but ... snow ... cold ...">part cold-blooded animal actually liking the idea of going anywhere near snowI think we should play up that part. It be fun, to me at least.
>>24021398"Well, I think I'll certainly visit the temple, in addition to the artificers.What happened to the other totems?"
>>24021499>play up that partOh, we will. But, see, the thing is, we are in the stage where we don't realize how bad it will be. it will be so bad
>>24021398>mountain path to a goat sanctuaryTHE GOAT TOWER HOLDS ALL THE SECRETS TO DEFEATING CITADELWE MUST VISIT AND DRINK DEEP OF ITS KNOWLEDGE.
>>24021499Tricia will keep us warm.
>>24021425More henotheistic than polytheistic. After all, the Light is older and more powerful than them all.
>>24021537Secretly, we desperately want to visit the goat sanctuary.Double secretly, we want to eat a goat.
>>24021554>more powerfulUh... it's pretty plainly less powerful than some. Our goals include making it more powerful with a magical lantern artifact.
>>24021537YES, THE GOATS ARE THE TRUE FOLLOWERS OF HIS LIGHT! THEY SHALL BE THE RUIN CITADEL AND SHALL SET US FREE! And know I remember about the goats from Papa N's quest Z&W
>>24021589Why'd you have to remind me about Z & W Quest... God I miss it.
>>24021499"Sounds like a place to go but ... snow ... cold ..." You shudder."I'll make some inner lining to your armor and a decent shawl." Gregory says. "Wont take me half a day, really.""Alright, what happened to the other totems?" You ask Lea.Lea shrugs. "Abandoned in favor of His Light, I won't lie, there's been record of a few more violent 'conversions' but once Bronze Peak became part of Citadel Kingdom, people just naturally abandoned the totems on their own." She frowns. "That was probably not because of inner enlightenment, though, was it?" She sighs. "Horrid thing."
>>24021603I'm sorry. I miss it too ;_;
>>24021579The Light doesn't need power. Just intelligence and careful use.
>>24021618"Some, maybe. Others, not likely."But people should have the right to choose what they believe in and not have it forced upon them. We can only show the way should they choose to follow."
>>24021730"Some, maybe. Others, not likely."But people should have the right to choose what they believe in and not have it forced upon them. We can only show the way should they choose to follow." You say.Lea nods. She gets up from her seat and brushes herself off. "Good night everyone." She says.This seems to signal the end of the evening. The others all make their way back to the Lighthouse, and Tara throws Isen over her shoulder and takes him back to the manor, a big grin on his face. Tricia puts out the fire and sits down next to you in the dark, watching the waves for a while. "Why do you love me?" She asks.
>>24021828"Do you even have to ask?"
>>24021639still, it's not the most powerful godspiritthing. It could be more powerful.
>>24021828Oh man that's a tough one. I don't think we even know.Probably because of all those hugs. And the way she blushes.
>>24021854"Do you even have to ask?"She shrugs. "I dunno, aren't couples supposed to say this kind of stuff to each other at times like this?" She sighs. "I'm afraid that once our lives turn...boring...that we'll find that there's nothing there. I mean, kids usually mean home and meals and school, not riots and dragons." She leans up against you. "I want to make sure that we're...you know...together, not just a couple." She sighs. "I'm babbling again, but I mean it...why me?"
>>24021924(meaningful stuff about how she's a great person etc)... and you're so damn sexy
>>24021924"Well, because we've been friends or enemies for nearly my whole life. Because you blushed just so when Isen first taunted you in the bar. Because of the kisses, practice and non, and time we've spent together. For a great many reasons, like most things. Especially precious things.
>>24021828>>24021924"Remember when we where kids, many kept their distance from me, at least for a while.""You didnt Tricia, you accepted me as a person from the beginning."
>>24021979That is a pretty good one, but I am not sure if it is true since we are not privy to childhood memories.
>>24021979"Even if you were constantly making fun of me..."
>>24021924"Please, we never used to have all this excitement when we were little, and we still spent all our time together, why should it be any harder when it's all over."Then grin, "there's a lot more things we can do to pass the time now that we're grown up..."
>>24021924"Because you ask these kings of questions. You think about more then just out next destination."
>>24022039Just our* Really need to get another computer.
>>24021989considering we where the first sapient "monster" most of them would have ever met, its not that hard to extrapolate. consider the reaction from the blacksmith and his son from the early threads, but the entire town until they realized we could actually think and had feelings.
>>24022099yes, but we're not sure tricia didn't ALSO act this way.Soooo, in short, this one is up to the author. Like how we flicked our tongue when we were practicing.
>>24022124good point Echo is usually quite accommodating, especially if it helps build background of a relationship/character though.
>>24021979"Remember when we where kids, many kept their distance from me, at least for a while."You didnt Tricia, you accepted me as a person from the beginning. Even if you were constantly making fun of me...and because you ask these kings of questions. You think about more then just out next destination.""Anyway, we never used to have all this excitement when we were little, and we still spent all our time together, why should it be any harder when it's all over?" You grin, "there's a lot more things we can do to pass the time now that we're grown up..."Tricia punches you in the shoulder as she blushes. "You always know what to say." She kisses you on the neck.You don't know if it's just your senses, or a biological advantage that lamias developed to snare food better. But Tricia always says that you have a faint taste of sweet nectar, and Tricia of course, has a lingering tang of honey to her own self.After a big the two of you got back up to sleep. The morning comes and you all go through the motions of getting the wagon and the Nightmare ready for travel. Gregory's winter clothes are lovely and very warm and fit perfectly under your armor.Mage is reluctant to try the haste spell on the Nightmare. "It's already a jacked up creature that's got magic pumping through it." He says as the wagon thunders along down the road. "I don't want to risk it.""Also," Lea says over her shoulder as she guides the beast. "I doubt the wagon could withstand any more strain.""This thing has been through a lot." Mari says."Yeah, we better not risk it though." Peri says."We never really named the NIghtmare, did we?" Tricia asked."We don't really have a good track record with names, though." Mage says.
>>24022260"Our track record with names is awful. That's half the reason we're such good friends with Isen. Don't enchant that horse.""Have you all said your goodbyes and such?"Have we said goodbye to avery and granny? And Isen and Tara?Also, how is that racism going.
>>24022260Flaming horse? Moves fast?Kill him Bernie.
>>24022260"Just keep it ready in case we have to outrun something that can keep pace with a Nightmare..as unbelievable as it sounds."
>>24022308>Also, how is that racism going.Man it's been like two days. It's going to take years for that shit to get stomped out. Even then it will be there at some level.>>24022260Grumble about naming things. Make sure we've said all our goodbyes and well wishes and such before we hit the road. Maybe we should see if Avery has anything needs to be reported to Bronze Peak. It will only take us a day or two to get there. Far faster than anything he has access to most likely.
>>24022365Yeah, but did our efforts help it on the way to get better?Or are they currently rioting due to our actions?
>>24022308"Our track record with names is awful. That's half the reason we're such good friends with Isen. Don't enchant that horse."Have you all said your goodbyes and such?"There's a chorus of agreement.>Have we said goodbye to avery and granny? And Isen and Tara?Yeah, they gave their fond farewells, and they still have their own plates filled with a lot of work.>Also, how is that racism going.Better, Billings is preaching tolerance and shouting down other people who are being stubborn. It's lost a lot of the power that it had thanks to the fall of First Stone and Billings' change of message, but it's going to be a while before there's widespread acceptance. However, it seems to be more of a 'When' than an 'If' for now. brb, have to step out for a bit
>>24022376Allright, echo is out. That means it is time for CRAZY THEORIES AND OREGON TRAIL JOKES.Also thoughts about cutesy chilled lamias and the hot cocoa or body contact that will ensue.
>>24022360or a Nightmare named Dreams
>>24022365>Grumble about naming things. Make sure we've said all our goodbyes and well wishes and such before we hit the road. Maybe we should see if Avery has anything needs to be reported to Bronze Peak. It will only take us a day or two to get there. Far faster than anything he has access to most likely.This. We can't take a caravan along, because they couldn't keep up with the Nightmare, but we can certainly ferry a few letters if Avery has some, and that'll also give us an excuse to introduce ourselves to whoever he might be corresponding with in Bronze Peak.
>>24022421>Also thoughts about cutesy chilled lamias and the hot cocoa or body contact that will ensue.is there a word that means 'yes' only more so?
>>24022612I've been using HNNNG, due to my heart pains.
We could play off the "Beautiful Nightmares", and call it "Beauty".There's also a family of names playing off of the Caligo Clarus motto, such as "Darkness". Or "Nightlight".
>>24022912Or "Lightmare", for that matter.
>>24022912>>24022924Sorry, lost my Name field for some reason; these are me.
I am not sure if I appreciate the PALADIN! or the cutesyness more in this quest.I came for one, and am staying for the other. I don't know which is which.
>>24022824I went with shadow chaser since he's covered in flames and hence would be unable to catch them.That's why they're so goddamned fast, they're pissed off they cant catch shadows. >>24022924>LightmareHAHAHA! Oh wow!
I like Lightmare.Another classic is "Firebrand"
>>24023025I think we should call it Bob. Or Dave. You know /tg/ classics.
>>24022924>Lightmaremy sides>>24022951I was playing for the irony angle.and it kind of fits our groups inability to name things, and played for laughs later when anyone asks its name.
>>24023039.>>24023049/tg/ is usually very good at naming things though...we just had a low participation when Mage joined us, it was only me(as anon) and ~3-4 other anons.
>>24023087Honestly, I suggested Frank back then too.
>>24023087Yeah but whenever asked to name something /tg/ always, always suggested those type names at first. Even if they don't get used, they're there. Plus it's funny when something does get named like that.
>>24022924"What about Lightmare?" Mage says.There's a moment, then all the girls burst out laughing."Hey! It's a cool name!" Mage protests.The wagon is still filled with laughter as the road rolls along.Eventually you pass an inn 'The Slanted End' The sun is setting, and you can rest here for the night and arrive at Bronze Peak a little before mid-day. You hitch up the Nightmare, and go inside. It looks like a regular inn. There's a few people at the tables, sounds of life from the upper floors, and a man pouring drinks at the bar.There's a few glances in your direction, but then they look back to what they were doing before. The others are standing in front of you, so they don't instantly notice what you are.Roll 1d20
I am abnormally interested in whether Tricia helped us shed or not back on the road.Mostly because that's super adorable to me.
Rolled 3>>24023211Awwww shit.
>>24023232>nobody noticed you were a lamia>Later on in the night, someone stabs your tail because they thought there was a snake loose in here
>>24023225Why do I see Ssen begging her not to help for some reason. Why.
>>24023225as it was said, I think we shed alone so far.but when Tricia does see us shed..I always imagine it as she accidentally walks in on us shedding and we get all flustered, then she shyly offers to help.Yes I thought of this far too much
>>24023232You've killed us anon.
>>24023232you better hope this was one of the times where low rolls are good
>>24023278>>24023295>"N-no, I got it">"Oh come on, you'll never get it off on your own, you need some help">"Ah, Triciaaaaa">mage sulks outside the cart
>>24023295no, you have not thought about this enough.
>>24023232Huh, well the place seems nice enough. The others get seats at a table and you get comfortable. You scratch your shoulder and feel that the skin is slightly loose. Damnit, again? Salt water is apparently not good for your skin, looks like you'll be shedding before the end of the month, again."Welcome to Slanted End, how can I-ayayaugh!" The waitress screams as she sees you and realizes what you are."Monster!" She shrieks.The other men jump up m their card game, but one, dressed in priest robes holds up his hand. "Hold!"He walks up to you and looks at your circlet and mantle. "This is...oh my...this is the Paladin Serpent. The talking, intelligent lamia that became a Paladin." He bows. "We are honored by your presence."The waitress just scowls and heads back to the kitchen. The other men slowly sit back intot heir seats and try to restart their card game, they are Not-Looking at you very intently. The bartender glares daggers at you."Friendly place." Peri mutters.Roll 1d20 again
>>24023419Wave at the men that came by. Good of them to greet you.Ignore interminable itching until later.
>>24023419"Ah, always good to be on the road ... meeting new people, hearing new ways of screaming about I'm monster, being evil, and such. Good times."
>>24023462yes, exactly like that.>>24023467this would be great.
>>24023462Is that still getting updated?
>>24023419"Awww. I wanted to act shocked and shout 'where?"
>>24023467> "Too bad they figured out it was me before I could act shout and shout "WHERE?">>24023531> "Awww. I wanted to act shocked and shout 'where?"This, definitely. (Not sure why the first post got deleted, but this seems like the perfect response.)
>>24023426There's a spot on the wall where something used to hang, you can see the discoloration in the wood. Apparently it was there for a while, and now its gone. It was about as big as a loaf of bread, vertically positioned, and rectangular."You staying the entire night, or just here for a brief moment?" The Bartender asks when he approaches your table. He takes a position as far from you as possible.
>>24023551"We'll be staying the night, if you have the rooms and are willing. it gets awful cold out there, I hear."
>>24023551> "You staying the entire night, or just here for a brief moment?" The Bartender asks when he approaches your table. He takes a position as far from you as possible."We had hoped to stay the night, but apparently there are monsters about, so I'm not sure if we should take our chances. But I suppose we can help guard against whatever monsters might come by."
>>24023551"The night and hopefully leaving at first light as well."
>>24023551"..What used to hang on the wall over there?"
>>24023551>There's a spot on the wall where something used to hang, you can see the discoloration in the wood. Apparently it was there for a while, and now its gone. It was about as big as a loaf of bread, vertically positioned, and rectangular.Hmmm. Too small for a shield, too broad for a sword or similar weapon; bit small for a painting but perhaps a small picture. What's the shape? (I'd kinda like to look at it for a moment and try to guess from its shape before we just directly ask the bartender.)
>>2402355120 gold it used to be a lamia head.
>>24023640a lantern I would bet.
>>24023646>updated my bookmarks
>>24023645But wouldn't that look like a fairly normal woman's head?I mean..unless the Mouth was kept open and you could see the fangs and tongue.
>>24023590"We had hoped to stay the night, but apparently there are monsters about, so I'm not sure if we should take our chances. But I suppose we can help guard against whatever monsters might come by.""Funny." He says. "50 gold for a room, and we only have one.""What?" Mari says. "That's 5 times the usual price!""For a Traveler's piece of crap sure, but I run a nicer establishment...and..." He pinches the bridge of his nose and shakes his head. "Ughh...so, like I said. 10 gold.""What?" Peri looks at Lea."What used to hang on the wall over there?" You ask as you point."What?" The man turns and looks. "Ummm, I don't...the clock. I had a cuckoo clock there...why'd I take it down?" He turns back to the group. "Like I said. 50 gold. Take it or leave it, sleeping in the stable's free if you can take the cold."
>>24023744"Are you alright?"
>>24023744wait, did he change the price twice or was that typo?
>>24023774That was NOT a typo
>>24023774It changed twice. It's a Citadel thing. >>24023744Ask the rest of the group. Up to them if they want help pay for this overpriced room or just stay outside in the stable. Hell maybe we can ride out bit and camp once more.
>>24023744Something is very wrong here. Sigh, we can't even stop at an inn without having some wrong to set right.>>24023770This seems reasonable to start with.
>>24023744sounds like Citadel is messing with his mind to make things difficult for us.someone got those prayers to the Light handy?
>>24023862>someone got those prayers to the Light handy?Oh, right!"May the Light blind the eyes of malice, and may its ears hear only his Teachings."That assumes this is Citadel and not something else, though. The "clock" makes me think it might be something else.
>>24023836thought I'd check, because I typo all the damn time.how to fight citadel on this?I vote, just not care. to paraphrase ME2 "I will pay them the greatest insult, to be ignored"
>>24023896Citadel was anti clock as well.
>>24023896Grand Citadel had a noticeable lack of Clocks anywhere.
>>24023916>>24023920Good point. Odd to see such strong Citadel influence this far away, though. But yeah, sounds like the prayer might be in order.
>>24023862>>24023896Kinda don't want to pull that pray out every time we have an issue with Citadel. It would get old pretty fast.
>>24023949>>24023955>>24023896Think it might be a better idea to get back on the wagon and try to find another place? If this town's chock-full of Citadel's magic, then choosing to rest here might have less than ideal results.
>>24023955True; I just meant "might be", as in let's talk to the bartender and see what's wrong, and get a little more information before we start invoking protection in a crowded bar.
>>24023955good point, and that prayer does not even fit the situation, we need the ones we used when our companions where trapped, not the one to shield us from citadel.ask the bartender if he is alright, and why did he take the clock down.
>>24023992Stone Hall was immune; we'd better get used to the rest of the world not being so sheltered. Since when do we turn away from a problem?Perhaps Citadel is getting stronger because the Lightbringers are making progress, or because they passed through here?"By any chance, did a pair of young travelers pass through here recently, on their way to Bronze Peak? We were told we might meet them along the way."
>>24023770"Are you alright?""Yeah...sorry." He says."Hello!" A voice says. "Did I hear someone come in?" A woman's voice says as she comes down from the floor above. She's...well...you spot the telltale scars of someone who's gone through the same procedure as Tara did, only this lady...wow...how the hell does she not have crippling back pain? Not to mention that the table, with its napkins and dining mats has more fabric on it than she does. The worst thing is that you think this stuff is supposed to be armor. But there's no way in His Light that that could block anything other than a very specific arrow shot to a very specific spot.She also has ridiculously long hair that's dyed blue. Yeah, you and Lea have long hair, but there's a reason you tie it up out of the way. That's just asking for a snag or a pull or something bad.She's got on a pair of gauntlets that you've never seen before either. They've studded with gemstones and covered with runes. Again, completely impractical, especially if they're magic based, who would be fool enough to generate magic focused around their own hands, even Ghouls aren't that suicidal.Roll 1d20
Rolled 10>>24023992Eh, I would like to try and work through it. But if becomes butting heads against a brick wall ... might just come down to that.>>24024062
>>24024078You swear this girl is familiar...no idea how."Hello, and welcome to the Slanted End, it's 10 gold a night if you'd like to rest." The waitress says to the girl as she walks by.
>>24024078>>24024122You know I just noticed I rolled a d10 not a d20 ... Hey oops. Your call chief.
>>24024185Null sweat, go again.
>>24024062>who would be fool enough to generate magic focused around their own handsINCOMING HIGH WIZARD
>>24024191I'll let someone else roll since I fucked up.
so, waitI am confusedIs it really 50 gold or 10 gold?Which is the tavern keeper and which is citadel?
>>24024232It's 10 gold but Citadel's trying to charge us more.
>>24024250are you sure he's not a racist charging 50 gold and the citadel influence is making him tamp it down to 10 like everyone else?Citadel's not always bad, just pushy to the point of evil.
>>24024232tavern keeper would charge us 10, but Citadel is trying to make him charge us 50, saying he has only 1 room, and probably amplifying his hate for nonhumans.
>>24024272Citadel is probably pretty angry with us now after it realised what we did.
>>24024276I was under the impression that citadel did the exact opposite of that.AND liked us at the moment., due to our sneakiness.
>>24024288Is it? I thought we got away with the execution scott free.
So whos willing to bet that Sandover is staying in this town right now? Citadel is clearly WAY too focused on a small town inn for this to be a coincidence.
>>24024232To be honest we're not 100% sure about it but best guess is >>24024276 It's one of the reason why we want to work through this 'problem' and find out where Citadel standing is with us.
>>24024220You've seen this girl before...in a dream.The girl walks up to Lea and taps her on the shoulder. She waits. Lea stares at her. The girl stares back."What?" Lea asks.The girl blinks and steps back. "Umm...hello?""Hello." Lea says."Can we help you?" Tricia asks."Maybe into some actual clothes." Peri mutters."Ummm, I...ummm..." She looks around. She taps Lea on the shoulder again."Please stop doing that." Lea says pushing her hand off.The girl just turns around and heads back towards the stairs, she walks by the waitress again. "Hello, and welcome to the Slanted End, it's 10 gold a night if you'd like to rest." She says again."Ssen," Mage says. "I think we should have been running away about ten minutes ago."The innkeeper stops staring out into space and looks back at you. "Anyway, it's 50 gold for a night, it's the same for everyone, and I have to make a living you know. Travelers are putting everyone out of business, but I assure you that it's work the cost."
Rolled 17>>24024122Does she, by any chance, remind us of the female Lightbringer we've seen in our dreams?>>24024046We didn't have a specific prayer for most of them. For Lea we just said "Light guide Lea in her time of need.", which cleared her head a bit but not permanently; she and the others mostly snapped her out of it when we showed them that we were alive.>>24024232Citadel hates us at the moment; I'd guess it's the one making the bartender dislike us and want to charge us more.>>24024272I'd be inclined to believe this a while back when we played along with Citadel and it kinda liked us.>>24024300Nah, Citadel liked us OK at first when we accepted its horrific painting of the liberation of Stone Hall, but it has consistently hated us ever since the ball when we kissed Tricia. When we thwarted its execution, it quieted down, but more in the "simmering and pressing the reset button on the day" sense than the "maybe you're alright after all" sense.
>>24024310It made Odette try to kill us for that.
also, alternate theory:the lightbringers went through here already.the 50 gold story was a trial to toughen them up, and since the heroes of the story always pay more for everything.
>>24024339see, I forget these things. Like I forgot how that one lady touched children.
>>24024337Sorry, didn't mean to roll, and my guess crossed Echo's post.Does the bartender, by any chance, look like the male Lightbringer? Or does anyone else around here look like him?
>>24024335>In a dream......>LIGHTBRINGERS ARE HERE! UPSTAIRS KILL THEM NAOW!!!!!!!!
>>24024366>Does the bartender, by any chance, look like the male Lightbringer? Or does anyone else around here look like him?No, but you hear the sounds of two voices from upstairs. One sounds female, the other male.
>>24024276>>24024337Citadel seems to be fairly firm in its control unless the targets in question are fairly strong-willed. We could we be witnessing what happens if two entities attempt to hold sway over a group of people at the same time. Or someone attempting to override Citadel's influence with compulsion magic, with limited success.
Guys, guys, guys.What if this one is a perfectly ordinary case of mindflayers? It could be entirely indipendant of citadel.Oh who am I kidding.
>>24024373We're on the same side as the Lightbringers; they're out to do good and stop some huge evil. We just don't want to let them finish acting out Citadel's perennially unchanging play of sacrificing themselves to stop an evil, because that would feed Citadel. We want to try to stop that from happening, without hurting the Lightbringer kids, and stop both the evil and Citadel's evil.
>>24024388>>24024335Whisper to the other members of your party"I think we might have just walked into the lightbringer's story."
>>24024373>LIGHTBRINGERS ARE HERE! UPSTAIRS TALK TO THEM NICELY NAOW!!!!!!!!Fixed.
>>24024409theoretically, if we gave the lightbringer kids BFGs and AK47s or something, they wouldn't have to sacrifice themselves... right?
>>24024335"I think we should stay for the night, guys. Just call it a hunch for now. I'll even pay for it fully."
>>24024373No killing the Lightbringers, we should probably talk to them.
>>24024457Besides, we know exactly what killing the lightbringers does.They make a song about it.We still need to hear lea's song about granny.
>>24024436> theoretically, if we gave the lightbringer kids BFGs and AK47s or something, they wouldn't have to sacrifice themselves... right?Or us.Both because our party probably has much better chances than they do, and more importantly because we're not necessarily out to unquestioningly charge at their target head-on. Among other things, we're likely to try to talk to it first.Maybe the big evil is the Dragon, not quite dead yet, and Citadel wants to keep it tamped down even though it's "reformed"?>>24024444No hiding things from them anymore.>>24024418This, plus "let's stay for the night."
>>24024418"I think we might have just walked into the lightbringer's story." You whisper.Lea is paying off the man with the moderate amount of money you took from Avery when you hit the road."So, that woman was a Lightbringer?" Peri asked."I think I'm understanding why that godawful painting looks like it does." Tricia mutters."So, what do we do?" Mari asks. "Go upstairs and confront them?""We have no quarrel with them." Lea said. "Also, it seems that the Citadel or the Dramatae's powers are rampant in their immediate vicinity, we need to be careful.""We can't just let this chance slip by, though." Mage says. "We don't know when we'll meet them again."
>>24024436What if we joined their party? Is a snake paladin as good as an AK47?
>>24024335I think Mage has a good idea.Run.A sort distance.Then hit them from an angle
>>24024505>"So, what do we do?" Mari asks. "Go upstairs and confront them?"Let's go say hi to that priest who calmed the room down on our behalf, and talk to him. He seems to have a clearer head.
>>24024457>>24024421>>24024409But if we kill them dont we stop Citadel by starving it to death?Also something else to think about if they are here where are the Dramatae? Wouldn't they be floating around these kids?
>>24024505"What do we do whenever we're uncertain? We talk to it, of course. Let's introduce ourselves next chance we get."
>>24024505We really do need to talk to them, Citadel interference or not, we need to get a better understanding of who they are, whether they're still people under there, or completely in the thrall of Citadel and the Dramatae.
>>24024514or speak with them to get all they know, then finish the Lightbringers quest before they can.what better way to prevent the Lightbringers story from completing then killing/redeeming the big evil before they get there.
>>24024539agree.Don't confront, but observe from a distance
>>24024535Citadel wants the Lightbringers to fail; it'll just find more, and paint us as the villains. And we would be. Recall the story we've seen of the Lightbringers so far. They're kids, who lost their home and three traveling companions, and they're on the trail of some great evil they have to fight. Does that *sound* like Paladin's enemy to you?
>>24024535Yes, assuming they don't find new lightbringers, assuming we BEAT the lightbringers, assuming the dramatae don't make us the new lightbringers, assuming the dramatae don't stop us.
>>24024563And *without* a heroic sacrifice, thankyouverymuch. We'd like to live to a very old age with Tricia and lots of little snakelets.
>>24024585>>24024583>>24024563Hey guys.What happens.If we tell the lightbringers the truth about citadel?
>>24024622They wouldn't believe us. Especially not if we told them straight off within minutes of meeting them for the first time.
>>24024622They don't believe us, probably.
>>24024619>lots of little snakeletsFrom what I understand about lamia reproduction, impossible.
Is there something that we can give them that the Dramatae didn't count on?Something small that they wouldn't notice, in the 'pebble creates an avalanche' kinda way?
>>24024622they don't believe us. And confront us as enemies.Or at least that's my guess
>>24024666That one lantern coin we have?
>>24024649>>24024652or we get pigeonholed into Big Evil for trying to mislead them from fighting whatever Evil that Citadel prepared for them.
We really need to figure out how to save these poor people before Citadel and the Dramatae are done with them. They aren't at fault, they're just some unfortunate small town kids who had the misfortune of being picked to enact a blood ritual to appease a greedy, sentient city.Good end is letting the two of them live long, ordinary happy lives.
>>24024666>>24024687A holy symbol.
>>24024661not snakelets.but 'babies everywhere' has been confirmed as possible.So a bunch of little redhaired scamps is still the ideal endgame.
>>24024661Specifically covered in several previous threads.See http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23768347/#p23770003and the conversation starting at http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23858749/#p23865789 .
>>24024706I would really like to make some snakelets though.Given what I know of lamia reproduction, it is essential that we do so somehow, as we are regularly killed off.
>>24024731yes. That would produce hunams.not snakelets.
>>24024538"What do we do whenever we're uncertain? We talk to it, of course. Let's introduce ourselves next chance we get.""Hold on..." Lea says. She gets up from her seat and walks over to the group at the table playing cards. She waves a hand in front of one of their faces. No reaction. Then she taps the priest on the shoulder."Blessing of His Light go with you, children." He says, then returns to his game.Lea waits and ten taps him on the shoulder again. "Blessing of His Light go with you, children." He repeats.Lea backs away. The innkeeper, now that he has his money, has stepped away from you and now is standing at the bar, just staring off into space. A content happy smile on his face."I really REALLY like the run plan." Mage said."I'm thinking that might not be a bad idea, either." Peri says."I say talk to them like Ssen says." Tricia says."What are we going to say? I mean...look at this stuff, how do you even start to talk to someone who's only other human interaction has been stuff like this?!" Mari says pointing at the dopey smiling waitress."Hello, and welcome to the Slante-""Oh shut up!" Mari snaps.
>>24024706>not snakelets.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23768347/#p23770003>and if you insist on them having your blood in you>>24024747We don't actually know that detail; we know they'd be biologically ours, whether that means snaky or not.
>>24024747We don't know that. They have our genetics. They'd be half-half-snake.
>>24024761press why the clock was taken down."What happened to the clock that hung on the wall behind the bar?""Why was it taken down?"etc.
>>24024761"We have to try. We can always switch to the run plan later."
>>24024761Guys we're not ready to make our move yet, are we? Do we really want to step right where the dramatae have their eyes ie. into the company of the lightbringers?
>>24024761Holy crap. The Lightbringers have been living life In a standard grindfest MMO
>>24024761How about we walk over and try to talk to the priest? We certainly got his attention before, though the tension in the room helped with that. We could thank him, at least.>>24024826This seems promising; previously, we had more luck when we persistently confronted the cracks in whatever facade Citadel had put up.
>>24024761I don't think we can confront them in this place. How about we slip a letter below their door so they can meet us.
>>24024830but this isn't our move. It's a risky factfinding mission.We've been in the dramatae's sight before.
>>24024863this is... an okay plan.They will probably miss the note.
>>24024830I'm really agreeing with this. As much as I want to just leave. Something about this:>"What?" Lea asks.>The girl blinks and steps back. "Umm...hello?">"Hello." Lea says.>"Can we help you?" Tricia asks.>"Maybe into some actual clothes." Peri mutters.>"Ummm, I...ummm..." She looks around. She taps Lea on the shoulder again.>"Please stop doing that." Lea says pushing her hand off.I want to talk to the girl at the very least. Not saying anything important but just talk.
>>24024761"Well, Mari. We can start by doing *this*. tap her shoulder and giggle a bit before realizing how sad the whole thing is.
>>24024826Yeah, find the clock. What if we could put the clock in the Lightbringers inventory.Wonder what that would do.
>>24024863We certainly shouldn't without figuring out a bit more about what drives this little puppet show.>>24024761Recalling the dream we last had: does this place have a library?
>>24024839Sweet Jesus, is have killed myself at this point, that's fucking horrifying.
>>24024892Interesting; we certainly haven't heard her role in this puppet show yet, if any. And she does seem familiar...
Well, if this is going to play like a video game, lets be the night time event at the inn.>meet Lightbingers>tell them our story>thank them for listening, give them a Clarius symbol as a gift>"Use this in dark places"Citadel wants plot? We'll give it a fucking plot.
>>24024892>>24024761>Skimpy outlandish outfits and impractical flashy weaponry>Townspeople who serve as dialogue dumps for flavor text or explanations with only a thin veneer of personalityOh dear lord, the Dawnchasers have wandered into a JRPG.
>>24024950>Lightbringers>Warriors of LightWelcome to Coneria/Citadel
>>24024950Ah Haha!>just kill me.png
>>24024947I like.Use the power of Narrative Causality against Citadel
>>24024947This is great and is exactly the kind of thing an NPC would do.Wander up, give backstory exposition, give a story important item, leave.
>>24024388Hmmm. What about this actually says the voices upstairs are the Lightbringers? We originally recognized the girl, who isn't upstairs. I think we might be chasing the wrong lead here.>>24024947Nice idea, if we had a spare. There's the Lantern coin, but that seems rather precious to be handing out. And besides, they'd probably think it was too awesome to use and save it in their inventory forever rather than using it.
>>24024947Heh. We will be the best NPCs ever.
>>24025005Hey herp.>The girl just turns around and heads back towards the stairsShe's up there.
>>24025005>There's the Lantern coin, but that seems rather precious to be handing outWe're going to find a whole chest of them in Bronze Peak, hopefully. Seeing as the fate of everything ever rests on these guys, I think we can spare it.
>>24025063We might have trouble finding more without a sample. Still, it's an interesting notion.>>24025026I completely misread that; the interaction between the girl and the waitress threw me off, but it makes more sense now. Thank you for catching that.
>>24024761I am seconding this>>24024947since it is not connected to echo's post.
You can give them the Lantern Coin, and Lea is willing to give up her medallion. (Since her true symbol is a part of her, but she isn't totally aware of that.) So you can give either to them.Now here's the question, do you go up to face them solo, or do you want to bring the entire party up with you as well? Just so you remember, your presence slightly knocked the inn people back to reality, but the girl's presence sent them back into their trance and now they're locked in it. You and your friends are still autonomous...for now.
>>24025158Is Lea's medallion actually a Clarus medallion at this point? What does it have in its center?
>>24025158We are a united front. We have strength enough to fight the darkness when we able, grace enough to accept the aid of our friends when we cannot make it alone, and wisdom enough to know the difference.
Fuck. I just realized.You know when the lady was tapping on lea's shoulder?She was right clicking on her to get the quest box to pop up. I hope she didn't send a bugreport.
>>24024947If we're actually pulling the NPC thing, clearly we get to send them on a quest before giving up our MacGuffin.
>>24025227Do we want to confront them head-on? Or should we just perhaps act like we're going to our room, and eavesdropping on what they're talking about?
Rolled 17, 7, 3, 7, 1 = 35>>24025210It's a Clarus, it's a clear stone.>>24025227Okay. You motion for everyone to follow you upstairs. Either way, you paid too much for a room here, might as well use it.Roll 1d20
>>24025264We should confront them head-on. Ask them what earlier was about, and apologize if we were rude. Then make buddy buddy.Then begin the NPC story and quest hook.
You guys realize we're rolling for itchiness, right?One of you guys gets a 1 or a 20 and we remember we're shedding.
>inb4 they're having rough, dirty sex in that room. I mean dirty fucking sex. She's giving that motherfucker a "Rolling Brownout".
Rolled 8>>24025300I wonder if they'll get confused by talking to someone who *doesn't* repeat themselves after a few lines?
>>24025353obviously we're PLOT IMPORTANT.
>>24025333Gonna leave that squish-mitten lookin' like an exploded hot pocket.
>>24025277I really hope those rolls where not for "resist citadel mind control" for our companions
>>24025353They're just gonna skip through our text bubbles until we give them the maguffin.
Rolled 9>>24025376Yeah, but even the plot-important NPCs eventually start repeating themselves, or leave so you can't talk to them anymore.
>>24025390I swear I deleted my roll twice now, and it keeps reappearing.
Rolled 18, 19, 17, 14, 16 = 84>>24025290>>24025277You get to the top of the stairs and your ears pop, you feel dizzy, the room swims, and you feel...so...nice...A bucket of water slams into your face and you're sputtering and choking next to Lea."I think they're coming out of it." Mage says."Oh, blessed be His Light." Tricia says as she hugs you."What happened?" Peri asks, holding her head in pain."I managed to bang our head against a wall." Mari says. "You were acting as loopy as those two.""We got to the top of the stairs, and then you...changed." Tricia said. "Lea too," You started to babble nonsense about being 'the new face of Citadel' and how 'the Paladin order was now enlightened' and Lea started to sound like Billings! You hit me in the face Lea!""Sorry." Lea groans. "How'd we get down here?""I hit you both with a sleep spell. Since you were already out of it, it wasn't too hard." Mage says. "Mari took out Peri, and then we dragged you all out here until you came back to your senses."
>>24025290We get this.....>>24025292>>24025294>>24025299And then that. /tg/ dice are srsly mocking us.
>>24025486"Well, that's some really strong stuff, especially if it got me of all people. Think we can interact with them at all?"
>>24025486Oh, hell. Since when are we ourselves vulnerable to the voice of Citadel? Supposedly we were shielded from it in various ways.Perhaps this is more direct intervention by the Dramatae, instead?
>>24025486I'm tempted to try again and try to roll better, aided by some more explicit prayers for protection.
>>24025531>>24025486>echo rolling more dice>why.jpg
>>24025529we rolled a 4, and this is the HIGHEST CONCENTRATION citadel/dramatae field.
>>24025486"Ugh. Let's try that one more time and try and not get controlled. If it doesn't work we'll switch to the running plan."Please say we get to use those resistance rolls.
>>24025526"Well, that's some really strong stuff, especially if it got me of all people. Think we can interact with them at all?""They're still there." Tricia says. "We managed to take care of you two and Peri before they came out of their room."
>>24025553"Ugh. Let's try that one more time and try and not get controlled. If it doesn't work we'll switch to the running plan.""Are we ALL going to go upstairs again?" Tricia asks.
>>24025563Do we have any sort of... antibooze? Some kind of upper? Eh, probably not."Well, I'd still like to talk to them, but only if it's talking to them. Not any of that puppet nonsense. I might take some time to steel myself, then we should go again."Prayers go here from more holy people than I.
>>24025592"Definitely. Who knows what would have happened if I'd gone alone and there was nobody to pour water all over me."
>>24025592>are we ALL going to go upstairs?Perhaps we should keep one or two people back, perhaps with a bit of rope wrapped around our wrist if that's not the most obvious thing ever.To pull folk out if they go loopy.
>>24025592Clutch medallion and head back up, maybe with others.
>>24025592Think about father the whole time. Every step up stairs. Hold our medallion and pray softly.
>>24025563Pray for protection: "May the Light help us keep telling our own story, and save us from becoming the puppets in someone else's. May we reach our misguided allies, and understand each other clearly."
>>24025592Also no we need Mage to stay down here in case he needs to knock us out again.
>>24025592We definitely shouldn't go up there alone, but we should leave a couple behind to snap us out of it.Perhaps we should make another attempt to find that clock before we try again? Can't hurt.
>>24025592"One more try. If it fails, then we need to find that clock and get it re-set. If that fails, then we high tail it out of here and watch for when they leave."
Hey, if we're looking for more protection here, don't we still have our lantern in the cart?
Rolled 16, 19, 6, 17 = 58>>24025622>>24025661>>24025645"One more try, but Mage, stay down below if you need to knock us out again.""How can I tell?""Tie a string around our wrists, if we don't pull back when we get up, then do it."Mage nods."Also, when we're up there, hopefully. See if you can find the clock and put it back. Citadel hates them, so maybe putting it back will help.""Got it."The four of you get tied up and you head up the stares, Mage watching concerned from the bottom.You hold your Medallion and start to pray, thinking of Father as well. "May the Light help us keep telling our own story, and save us from becoming the puppets in someone else's. May we reach our misguided allies, and understand each other clearly."Roll 1d20
>>24024693Heck, it might even go with it, play the big bad in its own play, and have the Dramatae kill the Lightbringer in the final battle.
>>24025809Yep, we're leaving. Done with these people.
>>24025809Should we burn a reroll on this?
>>24025809And thats TPK.Was fun guys.
>>24025809>>24025823>>24025826Do we get to know if it would succeed or not before burning the reroll?Because it might work. we have a LOT of bonii.
>>24025809Fuck you, dice.We do have 3? rerolls, but I dunno whether this is worth it.
>>24025826I say yes, we have a ton of them.
>>24025843Three, yes.>>24025842Yeah, I'd like to know what we're rolling here first. We might be rolling the strength of Citadel's influence, with Echo rolling for the four party members. Who knows?
>>24025809Your ears pop, your head spins, and you get that wonderful feeling of bli-Tricia slaps you across the face, and the world clicks back into focus. You're still on the top stairs."You back?" She whispers.Peri is shaking her head violently, swearing under her breath at Mari. She holds up a hand. "She's okay...she's okay."Lea looks fine and a little pissed.Tricia shakes you shoulder. "Snake, are you okay?"
>>24025891"I hate this place."
>>24025891"Completely. Now just keep slapping me and this will be easy! but be discreet. Discreet slaps."
>>24025891"Yea... Yea I am ok now, thanks Tricia."
>>24025891"Yes." Flood our veins with spite and fury. It will not take our mind from us. "Thank you, Trish."
>>24025918This, and keep our mind on Tricia. We don't need Citadel's "wonderful feeling of bliss"; we have Tricia, who provides bliss or slaps as needed.
>>24025922"Yea... Yea I am ok now, thanks Tricia. Slap me again if I need it. Discreetly."I hate this place." You mutter."We're okay, Mage." Lea signals. "Go find that clock.""Gotcha."You take a deep breath and knock on the door that you hear the voices coming from.The boy who opens the door looks almost as stupid as the woman does. At least his armor is a bit more sensible, although it does look like half of it he took out of a rummage sale. If you do not use a shield, like you do, you shouldn't have just one shoulder armored. Especially if you use that big two handed sword on his back that you hope is a weapon. Although the design of the thing is totally impractical, and the engravings and etchings of dragons are snags and jams and chips just waiting to happen. Not to mention that he has far far too many fasteners, clasps and belts on his person, with way too many pouches. Peri has five, at the most, and they're all half the size of one of this guy's. Not to mention the kid needs a haircut, you don't have anything against bangs, seeing as you look quite good in them, but having half of your hair hang over your face and cover one of your eyes is just stupid. Vision is important, and vanity can get you stabbed in the side."Yes?" He asks. "Who are you?"
>>24026049>The boy who opens the door looks almost as stupid as the woman does. At least his armor is a bit more sensible, although it does look like half of it he took out of a rummage sale. If you do not use a shield, like you do, you shouldn't have just one shoulder armored. Especially if you use that big two handed sword on his back that you hope is a weapon. Although the design of the thing is totally impractical, and the engravings and etchings of dragons are snags and jams and chips just waiting to happen. Not to mention that he has far far too many fasteners, clasps and belts on his person, with way too many pouches. Peri has five, at the most, and they're all half the size of one of this guy's. Not to mention the kid needs a haircut, you don't have anything against bangs, seeing as you look quite good in them, but having half of your hair hang over your face and cover one of your eyes is just stupid. Vision is important, and vanity can get you stabbed in the side.OK, yeah, these two are *definitely* RPG protagonists.> "Yes?" He asks. "Who are you?""Fellow travelers on the road to Bronze Peak. How fares your journey?"
>>24026072(And have Lea join us; the girl tried to talk to her earlier, which gives us a conversation starter.)
>>24026049"Oh, well, your companion tried to greet us earlier, and it seems we gave her the cold shoulder. I came by to introduce myself and my friends properly."Someone with more isenness than me do the real introduction though.
>>24026101That works much more nicely. Rather than "gave her the cold shoulder", we could just say we were occupied getting our own lodging for the night.
>>24026101Actually I like this. Gives us reason why we're speaking to them in the first place and doesn't come off as hostile or anything really.
>>24026132inb4 the Dramatae pull DM fiat and mind-control the Lightbringers into attacking us. Also, I could've mistaken the boy for Sora from Kingdom Hearts.
>>24026208I would have said Squall/Leon myself.
>>24026208>controlling the lightbringers directlyThat would negate the entire point and power of a "willing sacrifice" later on.
>>24026240Eh. I guess you're right....wait. I have an idea. What if we could find a way to turn Citadel against the Dramatae? Is it aware that they're helping it?
>>24026101"Oh, well, your companion tried to greet us earlier, and it seems we were a little brisk with her, we were busy with getting our room. I came by to introduce myself and my friends properly." You motion to the others."Tricia Greats." "Persephone Marina." "Lea Ughruda.""And this," Mari says, with a decidedly Isen-esque flourish. "Is Lady Paladin Ssen Patrick, the Paladin Serpent. Savior of Purple Sands, Champion of First Wood, Liberator of Stone Hall, and Hero of Citadel." She says with a smirk."Wait..." The boy says, looking you up and down. "Ssen Patrick...YOU'RE the Paladin that killed the Ghoul King and saved Stone Hall?" He flexes his hands and looks to the side for a moment, then looks back at you. "I was supposed to do that! I mean...thanks...I guess." He says sulkily. "We could have done it too, you know...if they hadn't cheated.""Be nice!" The girl says. "Thank you Lady Paladin, you're...you're...you're a lamia!" She says, staring at your body."Really?" Peri gasps. "Tricia, did you hear that?!""When were you going to tell us Ssen?" Tricia says. The girls break into laughter, as Peri swats them both. "Okay, so...you wanted to say hello. So, hello..." He looks uncomfortable, so does the girl. As if they has no idea what to say to a person that isn't a response to something they said.You look behind them at their room, the innkeeper wasn't lying, this place is worth more than just 10...maybe not 50, but still...but you don't really see any personal belongings to these people that aren't weapons or travel supplies. No books like Lea and Mage, no little puzzle toys like Mari, and no little badly-folded paper animals like Tricia. (She asked Princess Mumei to show her how and she's picked up the hobby) These are two people who just live for fighting and the road.And from the smell in the room and their pheromones, each other. But there's something else, how she doesn't totally look at him, and little things like that.
>>24026049>If you do not use a shield, like you do, you shouldn't have just one shoulder armored. Especially if you use that big two handed sword on his back that you hope is a weapon.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cloud_Strife_art.jpghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tidus.pngRight down to the one-shoulder armor. Never actually noticed that common element before.
>>24026346Yeah, so far we're just playing out an amusing cutscene for them.We haven't asked their names yet, which would be wildly useful information for us.Beyond that, we could try breaking the fourth wall a bit. "Did you notice, by any chance, how most of the folks downstairs don't have much to say, and what little they do say they repeat?"
>>24026346> "We could have done it too, you know...if they hadn't cheated.""Cheated?"
>>24026346"Yeah, the witch boasted about how she poisoned your stuff. Hey, she said you were lightbringers, is that true?"If they know what they're trying to do we can be all amazed and stuff, if not then it was just ghoul witch being stupid and we have useful info.
>>24026346"We wondering if you want to join us for some drinks, maybe we can swap stories. Two of you seem to traveling types so you must have some good stories ... Umm ... what's your guys names again?"
>>24026346"Oh, you were at stone hall? A dreadful piece of work that was. Many, indeed, lost their lives to the trickery of the feral ghouls that day. Did you manage your way through it without being cheated of any loved ones?"
>>24026433I like this one. We need to get them to be friendly and story swappy.
>>24026460>>24026427These both sound sensible; a good way to get them talking, and a hook to bring up the plot if they don't.
>>24026485>>24026427>directly calling them the lightbringersPlease don't, this implies "metagame" knowledge. We actually know it in character through our dreams, and any rumors as to these guys do not call them lightbringers. It will weird them the fuck out.
>>24026418You know how mages sister wasn't affected by the Citadel?She poisoned their healing supplies.>>24026443We know they lost the rest of the party from our dreams. Let's not bring that up.
>>24026427"Yeah, the witch boasted about how she poisoned your stuff. Hey, she said you were Lightbringers, is that true?"The boy scoffs and looks away, flicking his hair back. "Whatever.""Well, there was an old sage who showed us a great wall of prophecy...so, maybe." The girl says."Whatever." The boy mutters."Well, we wondering if you want to join us for some drinks, maybe we can swap stories. Two of you seem to traveling types so you must have some good stories. Umm...what's your guys names again?""Tsk, none of your business." The boy says. "We don't need help.""Honey, maybe we could have a single drink, maybe?" She asks."We need to stay sharp." He mutters, "Drinking's a distraction, and we need to be ready, so get ready for bed." He snaps at her. "You know you're worthless without your sleep. Unless you like getting hurt.""No." She says. He looks at your group and scowls. "Don't get in our way. Whatever."
>>24026498I thought Mage's sister did actually call them lightbringers?
>>24026511"Well, the offer still stands we'll be up for a bit yet. Have a good night you two."Me gut says the girly will be joining us in a bit. I tend to trust my gut a lot.
>>24026511Hmmm. We could either drop a plot hook in their laps and hope they bite, or say we'll be around if they want to talk and hope for a "disgruntled party member wanders off to talk to a stranger in the night" scene.
>>24026346>I was supposed to do that!Shit it actually is them.>...if they hadn't cheatedI know what you mean. That ghoul magic almost killed me with a poison arrow.Did your sponsors warn you about that stuff? If our mage hadn't known ahead of time we might not have made it.
>>24026511this makes complete sense in the context of their unique, only-happened-twice-before tragedy."Maybe we'll see each other at breakfast, then, if you can't be persuaded to swap stories tonight. We're going to be staying in the next room over, I believe."
>>24026552dont tell them about sponsors/mage etc, based on how the boy is reacting he will just get jealous of us and our victory.
>>24026511... kids these days. Here I've been wanting to see what these "Lightbringers" are actually like, and what do we find? A whipped bitch... and the chick he's traveling with. No wonder the Dramatae keep the whole cycle going when they're so bad at it: they find people who are too messed up to even realize what's happening to them.
>>24026511Wow that kid is a jerk. Not Sora for sure. Even Leon and Cloud would've slapped his shit.Let's try to talk again in the morning when hurt egos have been nursed a bit.
I'll bet his personality is just standard emo protagonist.Give them the Clarius, tell them that it might come in handy 'in Dark places.'
>>24026511"Alright, get a haircut Fuck-O."
>>24026673I wouldn't give him anything but the girl. Now there's the link we want to focus on. It might be the obvious option but this guy is a jackass.
>>24026706Agreed; we need someone in a frame of mind to listen.
>>24026700That's what we really want to say so badly but cannot.
>>24026722No. I'd rather not tell them what room we're in. We may WANT them to be free from the control of the Dramatae, but for now they're fully engaged in the story. They're unpredictable.
>>24026571This, minus the room information; instead, tempt fate further by sitting outside to watch the stars, and see if we get company.
>>24026788>sit outside to watch the starts>in a JRPGOh jesus you KNOW we're going to get company.
>>24026673You hold out the Caligo Clarus medallion. "Here, a gift from us to you. It might come handy in Dark Places."The boy sneers at you as he takes it. "Whatever.""May His Light be with you and light your way through your life and beyond in your Journey."He rolls his eyes. "Whatever." He closes the door."What a prick." Mari says."He is rather rude." Lea says. "Also he's very unpleasant to that girl. He should be told how to better behaved.""I think Lea just said that she wanted to punch someone in the face." Mari says."Nah, nah." Peri says. "That's 'I'm going to crush his nuts with a single stomp in Lea-speak."Lea shakes her head and goes to the room you all rented. The rest of you follow them, and start figuring out who sleeps where.Mage knocks on the door and comes inside. "They tossed the clock down into the root cellar." He says. "I found it and got it working again. The people seem to be snapping out of it, too. They're none the worse for wear, just a little freaked at how much time they've lost. Also, I didn't feel that wooziness when I came upstairs.""The sooner we wake up and get back on the road the better." Tricia sighed.
>>24026815>clocks are this effectiveIs it even possible that the first lantern was a clock? I doubt it.
>>24026835"Whatever."The group groans and someone throws a pillow at you.
>>24026839You know. If it had enough gears maybe. But that's one hell of big clock.
>>24026839A clock does seem like the embodiment of change, and everything Citadel would hate. But then again, the Lantern wasn't used against Citadel, but against the Dragon.>>24026862I'm voting for the tempt-the-RPG-plot option: sit outside and see if the girl wanders out and joins us for a conversation. If not, worst case we go to bed a bit late.
>>24026862>>24026815Laugh, go check to see if the room has a balcony. For operation STARSBEWATCHED."Well, that's some great work mage. I'd hate to wake up to everybody being all... strange like that."
>>24026868They do make that chiming sound, and Granny said the bell worked until the Dramatae broke it. A proper clocktower?
>>24026815>giving the medallion to himUgh. What a waste.Just grab some sleep.
>>24026944Wait, did we give him OUR medallion? As in our old man's medallion? Because if we did, what the fuck, /tg/? We're getting that shit back right now.
>>24026983We gave him Lea's.
>>24026983No, Lea's; she volunteered it, and wasn't as attached to it as we are to ours.Still dubious, though.
>>24026983no, we gave him lea's medallion, who was okay to part with it.I sincerely hope it wasn't of major sentimental value.We should make extra clarigos.
>>24026907"Well, that's some great work mage. I'd hate to wake up to everybody being all... strange like that."There's no balcony in the room, but there is one on the upper floor here, it's a patio that gives a gorgeous look of the Bronze Peak mountain.
>>24026983I really hoping it was Leas. I still don't get how that one got picked out of the rest options though.
>>24026983I believe we gave him Lea's, at least that was our intent.
>>24027011Perfect. Sit outside with Tricia; no sense wasting a view like that it if the girl *doesn't* show.
>>24027011Let's go out there! Invite tricia and the folks! Heck, I'll do it!"I think I'm going to go and enjoy the gorgeous patio I found out here. Any of you want to go catch the view?"
>>24026996>>24026997>>24027004>>24027013Good thing. Cause giving him ANY medallion is of questionable utility, and giving him our father's would be like giving away an artifact.
Is it okay for a paladin to be tricksy?Because I notice more and more wheels within wheels in her plans as time goes on. Now we're pulling tzeench bullshit like giving an amulet to a guy in the hopes that it comes into play later at a critical time.
>>24027097It's perfectly fine. A Paladin can do very well with a lot of foresight and the initiative to act on long-term plans. Lawful Smart Good > Lawful Stupid Good.
>>24027097To cause the plans of those who spread darkness to crumble inward upon themselves?I'll allow it.Lawful Good not Lawful Stupid
>>24027046"I think I'm going to go and enjoy the gorgeous patio I found out here. Any of you want to go catch the view?""Give me a bit," Tricia says. "I'll join you."You go out and lean against the balcony, taking a deep breath of the calm mountain air. You hear someone walk up behind you. "Hey, Tri-" You start to say, and then pause.You're looking into the face of Peace.And now you can't move your body at all."If you scream, Comedy and Tragedy will kill your partners, do you understand?" The Humor says.You are allowed to nod.
>>24027097Of course we're tricksy. We're a snake.We're not going to win this by blindly charging into Citadel and trying to Smite Evil on the palace.
>>24027132Nod. That's pretty easy to understand.Damnit, this wasn't the random encounter we wanted!
>>24027132God damn it why didn't we gtfo when we had the chance."Fair enough. So then, what's your business?"
give a nod.
>>24027132If we're able to speak, quietly: "So, 'Peace'; I take it you took the name for the irony?"
>>24027132Nod.Try not to feel terror.
>>24027176no, don't reveal that we know more then the basics.
>>24027097the only thing Tzeentch-like going around is the Dramatae, whose plans we keep messing up with stuff like the amulet.if anything we are the anti-tzeentch for wrecking so many plans.>>24027132nod.
>>24027176Let's try NOT antagonising him.
>>24027132If we find an ideal moment comment that the Lightbringers are lacking in the people skills department.
>>24027132"You know, that's one of the most startling entrances I've ever seen."
>>24027200Our continued existence antagonizes it, and if it wanted us dead right now we'd probably be dead.
>>24027176Holy hell no. Just nod and let him talk.
>>24027162You nod.The pressure that's around your mouth is gone."So," Peace says. You can't tell anything from the voice, it's one of those calm genderless tones. "I assume you wish to skip the usual banter we save for those two." Peace gestures with his head at the direction of where the Lightbringers are. "So, I will proceed to my questions."Are you following the Fifth's plan for widespread genocide in order to perform a ritual that will revive the Dragon Who Was Of Shadow?"
>>24027256"Not quite. We want to convert Citadel. Transform it, so it doesn't need the Lightbringer sacrifices anymore."
>>24027256"I'm going to Bronze Peak to talk to a mage about my friend. First I've heard of reviving the Dragon."
>>24027256"Uh, no. This is the first I've heard of it, and Paladins and genocide don't tend to mix. Why would we want to do *that*?"
>>24027256"I don't know."
>>24027279That's...*almost* tempting, if we think the Dramatae aren't blindly loyal to Citadel's current wishes, and instead just want to satisfy it to keep the world turning another day.
>>24027256Honestly cock an eyebrow because the fuck?"I wasn't aware of any such plan, but had I been, you can be sure I'd have shot that right down."
>>24027256"No. We're still trying to confirm whether or not the dragon who was of shadow is still alive. It helps to know that you think it's dead."
>>24027283I like this. We are not lying and I'm sure they have a spell that detects truth on all of us.
>>24027279"Not quite. We want to convert Citadel. Transform it, so it doesn't need the Lightbringer sacrifices anymore."Peace nods. "Do you possess any of the shards of the Great Shadow, or have any of the Black Phoenix Feathers?"
>>24027342"I have... some coins of the First Lantern?"
>>24027342"Not a clue what either of those are. Care to elaborate?"
>>24027256You're a smart... creature. You've been observing me. Do I REALLY strike you as the type to support "widespread genocide", for any reason?
>>24027357Definitely not this. Keep that secret as long as possible.
>>24027342"Never even heard of them before, care to tell me about them?"
>>24027342I'm 90% positive this guy is lying to trick us into distrusting The Fifth.
>>24027342"I don't think so. What do they look like?"
>>24027342Genuine look of confusion.
>>24027374I like this. The first time we responded with a statement; let's respond with a question and see if Peace outright ignores it or says something.
>>24027357Not this. Be cooperative in tone but not stupidly helpful to them. Let them give us as much information as they're willing before we answer.
>>24027377Probably.But I distrust the fifth anyway. And so does Granny.
>>24027377Yeah, he might be trying to toss out a thousand MacGuffins to keep us busy, playing to his plot-making strengths. We're not biting on his plot hooks.
>>24027342To the best of my knowledge, no. Then again, I don't really know what either of those are. See, I'm really kinda new at this whole business.
>>24027358Thirded. Or fourthed. Or tenthed.
Try not to realize that this guy is somewhat repsonsible for the death of our parents and many like us. And it almost killed us once. And it would come back even if we killed it.
>>24027342>>24027358"Not a clue what either of those are. Care to elaborate?"Peace just pauses as they examine your face. "Please know that if you lie to me, and we find them, they will be destroyed. I have already destroyed other pieces, so know that those methods are pointless.""Do you wish to uproot the current Newgate family and place Prince Oppel, Princess Coral, or Prince Errol on the throne?"
>>24027486...no. Why? Why would you even ask?
>>24027486"No, I don't even know any of those people."This is true. We also plan on putting Itzak there but don't mention it.
>>24027513there's nothing wrong with putting itzak there. He's the royalest.
>>24027486I don't doubt that you could.I liked the Newgates. Overthrowing them wouldn't accomplish anything meaningful anyway.
>>24027486> Peace just pauses as they examine your face. "Please know that if you lie to me, and we find them, they will be destroyed. I have already destroyed other pieces, so know that those methods are pointless."Yeah, it's playing us and hoping we think it's dropping useful information.>>24027513This.>>24027521Sure, but no revealing information to the evil puppetmaster.
>>24027521not in our eyes but hes a wi;dcard to the ramatae.
>>24027538>I liked the Newgates. Overthrowing them wouldn't accomplish anything meaningful anyway.This might actually make an interesting point to Peace.
>>24027486No, no, and no.Honestly, you seem to have way more ideas about what I should be doing with my time than I do.
>>24027513"No, I don't even know any of those people."Another pause. "You dalliances with Prince Itzak were upsetting, however with him busy in Stone Hall, his disruptive presence will no longer cause the Newgates to squabble or possibly fracture. We do not wish a child puppet, or a sociopath upon the shining throne." Peace says. Peace then reaches into your armor and feels around for the inner pocket and takes out the Lantern coin. Peace looks at it for a moment. "Hmm." He returns it to your pocket."Thank you for your cooperation." Peace says. "Please do not antagonize the Lightbringers further, or we will kill you. Do you understand?"
>>24027613"We don't wish to antagonize them. Would you object to us helping them?"
>>24027613"To be fair, I was just trying to have a friendly chat with them. If anybody was being antagonistic it was your Lightbringer. You ought to teach him some manners."
>>24027613"Yes, though I thought we were being friendly."
>>24027613"I wasn't trying to antagonise them."
>>24027613"Fine by me. The boy didn't seem particularly sociable, anyway."
>>24027613"How do you keep them from catching on? I mean the world they live in is so obviously fake..."
>>24027630>>24027631Either of these is fine. Both are true, we were not doing anything beyond a 'Hi, what's up' type of talk as it was.
>>24027629>"To be fair, I was just trying to have a friendly chat with them. If anybody was being antagonistic it was your Lightbringer. You ought to teach him some manners.">>24027637>"Fine by me. The boy didn't seem particularly sociable, anyway."We know exactly how he got that way; we saw him break, in our dreams. Losing three close friends and wanting to keep the love of your life alive would do that to you, and a gruff attitude seems like the least of the damage.
>>24027613"I was not trying to antagonize them, just trying to be friendly.""However, we will not turn them away should they come to us for advice."
if we want to be cheeky we could ask for our father's sword back.
>>24027700Heh. "Since you seem so unbothered by that coin, I don't suppose I could have a certain sword or spear back, then?"
>>24027626"We don't wish to antagonize them. Would you object to us helping them?""Yes." Peace says."To be fair, I was just trying to have a friendly chat with them. If anybody was being antagonistic it was your Lightbringer. You ought to teach him some manners.""No." Peace says."Alright, it's fine by me. The boy didn't seem particularly sociable, anyway.""That is of no importance." Peace says. "Good night, Paladin."Peace snaps their fingers, and you slump to the ground asleep.You awake in a pile with the other Dawnchasers."Mmph..." Mage looks up to see all the girls in their night clothes lying next to him, on top of him, or under him (in your tail's case). "Oh, this dream..." He smiles. "Alright ladies, go ahead."
>>24027700Ha. We should, but do we want to tip him off like that? I mean there is chance he doesn't know. Small. Still a chance.
>>24027626We're not becoming lightbringers, helping them only helps them on their way to becoming sacrifices.
>>24027613I hardly count saying "hello" as "antagonistic", but sure. If that's out-of-bounds, so be it. Now would you please leave my friends and me in peace for like five fucking minutes?
>>24027700I don't even want to know what he would ask for in return.
>>24027700Bad idea. It served father poorly and what we have of him which we keep with us is his love, not some tool he used to shed blood in a failed shadow war. Besides, to say that would show how much we know.
>>24027724"Mage, it's not a dream, and I am profoundly terrified. You should all be too.Where are we?"
>>24027724Smack him the head with our tail.
>>24027724Flick his nose with our tail. "Perv."
>>24027724Sorry Mage, that fantasy is going to have to say a dream. Damnit Peace.
>>24027724"... siblings shouldn't think like that, Mage."
>>24027728We and Peace would mean two different things by "helping".>>24027724>"Mmph..." Mage looks up to see all the girls in their night clothes lying next to him, on top of him, or under him (in your tail's case). "Oh, this dream..." He smiles. "Alright ladies, go ahead.""In your dreams, brother." Then, "I don't suppose anyone else just had a really unpleasant meeting with one of the Dramatae?"
>>24027724"Not the time, kiddo. We have a lot of laying low to do. Let's hit the bricks. Pack your shit up, we'll eat on the road."
Since Peace didn't want us interfering, does Lea by any chance have her medallion back?
>>24027750This attitude right here is best.>>24027745>>24027761Wish we had time to be cute about it but we have to friggin' move.
>>24027761"Siblings shouldn't think like that, Mage." You say as you smack his face with your tail tip."What?" Mage blinks."Gah!" Pei/Mari wake up. "Everyone! Run the Dramatae have..." She looks around, at the room you've rented and the mass of people she's with. "Dumped us all on the floor."You all untangle yourselves and get back upright. "Okay, so..." Tricia says. "What I remember happening is those two freaks coming into the room, freezing us all, and then asking us weird questions, then making us fall asleep.""Same." Peri/Mari say."Yeah." Mage says."I remember that too." Lea says.
"I was just talking to Peace, but yeah weird questions."
>>24027852"Same with me.Let's get out of here before anything else happens. We'll talk on the road."
>>24027852OK, let's compare notes. I had an unpleasant one-sided chat with Peace out on the balcony, and it sounds like you all had one with Comedy and Tragedy in here. What'd they ask you?
>>24027826>OHGODEVERYONEPANIC>good attitudeNope. We leave calmly, quietly, like nothing happened. We draw no attention to ourselves. Allowing ourselves or our cohort to panic solves nothing.
>>24027852I had the third one do the same. What did they ask you?
>>24027852"I also remember being jumped by that one extremely spooky guy who shot me with a crossbow once.Let us all get ready right away and get on the road before one of us loses composure."
>>24027885Yeah, we'd really like to get ahead of the Lightbringers, and see if we can spoil their next quest too.
>>24027852I agree, lets get on the road. Then comapre notes. Basically exchange what questions they ask, get opinions and whether Mari or Lea has heard of any of these things. In any case we are not going to pursue them. We have our own quests.
>>24027905That and going against them is clearly a curb stomp at this point.
>>24027888Didn't say book it with our skirts up around our knees. Just said we have to leave. Promptly.
Yea, we really need amulets of magic nullification or something. We are just too vulnerable.
>>24027937>amuletsI think you mean pocketwatches.Clarus pocketwatches.
>>24027967Nice.Oh, on a vaguely related note:>>24027852Once we get on the road again, I think we want Mage to start researching some form of magical sending. Long-distance messaging seems highly useful; we'd like to stay in contact with Granny, Isen and Tara, Barney, Gregory and Sophie, Avery...
>>24027967I wonder if anyone has made any. If not might want to get Barney on that. Even if it doesn't like we think it will, they're still fuck awesome to have.
>>24027967Pocketwatches are for ENHANCING magic.
>>24027876"Same with me."Let's get out of here before anything else happens. We'll talk on the road." You say."Agreed." The group says. You all gather up your things, and head out for the stables."The Lightbringers are gone." Mage says, pointing at the open door.Peri runs inside to take a quick look and then comes out with a small note. "This was on the floor."- - - Paladin Serpent,I'm sorry, he's usually like that, failing at Stone Hall, and then having someone else succeed for him upset him. Thank you for the beautiful medallion, he tried to throw it away, but I kept it. It'll be our secret. Safe travels, and may His Light be with you.----And you can't read the signature but it must be the girl's.You hook up Lightmare, after a night like that you need a chuckle, and the wagon takes off once more.After about ten minutes everyone starts talking at once. Peri/Mari whistles through her fingers. "Oi! Okay, one at a time! First thing, Ssen, you were the one outside, what questions did they ask you?"
>>24028011>doesn't like>doesn't work like
First of all since we are discussing anti-citadel let us pray that the eyes of malice shall not see us and its ears shall hear only the teachings of the light. Then give our recoutings of what he asked.
>>24028023Something about whether I wanted to revive the Shadow Dragon, whether I had any black phoenix feathers, whether I wanted to put some royals I'd never heard of on the throne...
>>24028023"In no particular order?They asked whether I had pieces of the dragon of shadows or some kind of dark phoenix. They asked if I was going to help one of three princes onto the throne, all of whose names escape me at the moment. They asked if I was trying to commit genocide or revive the dark dragon. And he also threatened me and you guys a lot, and that was it. "
Also examine that coin he looked at. He might done some slight of hand to replace it since the horde we are after is made of the things.
>>24028049always pray first. Shit.
>>24028049>First of all since we are discussing anti-citadel let us pray that the eyes of malice shall not see us and its ears shall hear only the teachings of the light. Then give our recoutings of what he asked.Good call.>>24028023>I'm sorry, he's usually like that, failing at Stone Hall, and then having someone else succeed for him upset him. Thank you for the beautiful medallion, he tried to throw it away, but I kept it. It'll be our secret. Safe travels, and may His Light be with you.Ah, good, it might do some good after all.>And you can't read the signature but it must be the girl's.Even a completely unreadable scrawl isn't information-free; can we try to puzzle *something* out of it, or is it the signature of someone who doesn't bother actually making more than a squiggle?> After about ten minutes everyone starts talking at once. Peri/Mari whistles through her fingers. "Oi! Okay, one at a time! First thing, Ssen, you were the one outside, what questions did they ask you?""It was Peace, the one who shot me in Citadel. And our conversation was about as pleasant. It seemed to have a million crazy ideas about what it thought we might be doing...">>24028055This.And, "I don't know if it actually thought we'd do any of those things, or if it's just playing puppetmaster again and thinking I'm stupid enough to hear one of the things it implied it'd kill me for and run off to do it."
>>24028023"Do we plan on widespread genocide, reviving the Dragon Who Was Of Shadow. Do I possess any of the shards of the Great Shadow, or have any of the Black Phoenix Feathers. And if we wished to uproot the current Newgate family and replace them with three other people.""He did take look at Lantern coin but didn't say anything about it. Just kinda 'HMMMM' at it then put it back."
>>24028072Yeah. And for that matter, have Mage examine it *really* closely and see if Peace left any traces behind that he could use.
>>24028090>>24028072honestly they could have bugged us six ways to sunday.Hell, our SKIN IS LOOSE. we could have bugs under there.
Also, we should definitely mention that it said the genocide thing was Fifth's plan. Which it may or may not actually be.
or he might have placed something else in our pocket alongside the coin. Little tricks like that should be kept in mind
>>24028100Heh, not the kind of "traces" I meant. Mage does know flesh magic; I wondered if Peace left any traces of itself behind when it touched the coin.
>>24028121nice thought, I doubt it but a very nice thought
>>24028023For that matter, is anything of ours missing?
>>24028101Come to think of it, can we really be sure that Granny and the Fifth aren't just using us for their own ends? They appear to be benevolent for now, but have they given us a reason to trust them completely?
>>24028192nope, none at all. We don't trust them completely.But we greatly admire granny, traitor or not.
>>24028192Granny I trust more than the Fifth. Fifth really hasn't given us ... anything as far as I remember.
>>24028192I have a very hard time believing that of Granny. The Fifth did seem somewhat morally ambiguous, and possibly playing us, but it provided us with a lead in Bronze Peak where we wanted to go anyway, and his information fit with the Lantern coins, so we might as well go with that for now in the absence of more useful information.Of course, judging by the past uses of them, it could also turn out that the Lantern coins and the whole history behind them are *all* fakes designed as distractions no more real than the "shards of the Great Shadow" and the "Black Phoenix Feathers". This story is so meta that it's hard to trust anything we here. And I love it for that.
>>24028077You bow your head, and the others do the same. "May evil's eyes see only His Light, and may their ears hear only the Teachings.""Amen.""Alright, it was Peace, the one who shot me in Citadel who jumped me. And our conversation was about as pleasant as yours it seems. It seemed to have a million crazy ideas about what it thought we might be doing..."In no particular order, they asked whether I had pieces of the dragon of shadows or some kind of dark phoenix. They asked if I was going to help one of three princes onto the throne, all of whose names escape me at the moment. They asked if I was trying to commit genocide or revive the dark dragon. And he also threatened me and you guys a lot, and that was it. "The others nod. "That's what the other two asked us. They also laid it on pretty thick about how the Fifth was a bad guy and that stopping Citadel will cause a genocide.""Oh, hang on." You take out the coin, and search in your pocket...nothing. You hand it to Mage. "He took a look at this and gave it back, did he leave any surprises?"Mage takes the coin and concentrates for a bit, then he shakes his head. "Nothing that I can sense, but those bastards use magic that's leaps and bounds beyond my stuff." He hands the coin back. "So, I'd be careful anyway.""Well, what about Ghoul magic, can you pick up and traces of Peace's body or something?"Mage waves his staff, and then shakes his head. "Zilch.""Alright, worth a shot." You say as you put the coin back into place. "Are we missing anything?" You ask.A quick check shows that everything is there and in one piece."So...are they trying to freak us out, setting us up, or trying to send us down a wrong path?" Peri asks."Or maybe they don't view us significant enough to be a threat." Mari says.
>>24028265They've done a damned good job of keeping their motives and the extent of their knowledge about us a mystery thus far. There's truly little concrete we can know about them until we find out from a third party.
>>24028265"Little of both would be my guess. They would want us questioning what were doing to delay us long enough for the Lightbringers to finish off their mission. Right now we just need keep forging ahead with our plans. It centrally does add more things to look up though."
>>24028318Forgot quotation marks. That's my dialogue suggestion.
>>24028265"So far, I'm inclined to believe they're feeding us misinformation the same way they play with the Lightbringers. It couldn't hurt to look up some of the things they mentioned, but I think we want to stick with our plan for now. That they mentioned the Dragon is interesting, given the previous mention of the Human Daughter raised by the Dragon, but I don't think we should immediately start distrusting the Fifth just because Peace claims he has some kind of genocidal plan. Let's not go running off and doing things based on what the Dramatae say; we're not Lightbringers."
>>24028324>They would want us questioning what were doing to delay us long enough for the Lightbringers to finish off their mission.Indeed; I think we got more useful information when the Lightbringer boy said that they were supposed to liberate Stone Hall and such.
>>24028359I think we should perhaps look into what those "markings" she mentioned were.The ones that prophesized them being lightbringers.
>if you don't succeed on first shot, some lamia bitch comes along and does the job for you>gets all the credit>actively tries to steal your questsThis game is bullshit
in the end this is why we want to talk to the Old One. Hes a valid third party that might be able to give us information we can use.
>>24028419yep. that's the entire reason. We want as many ancient sources as we can find.
>>24028389Consider the history of candidates for lightbringers: Gullible-as-fuck teenagersThe "marking" is probably just pubic hair ffs. I doubt it'd take more to convince most dumbass, backwater kids.
>>24028438I thought it was implied that it was like, a carved wall somewhere. That we could go and look at to predict the steps of their quest.
>>24028459Ah I remember that, I thought some mention of a birthmark, etc. was mae that I'd forgotten. It's so cliche, I wouldn't put it past the dramatae.
>>24028459We don't know that the wall in question prophesizes anything more than them being Lightbringers. "It's dangerous to go alone, take this." We also have next to no information to allow us to find it or the old sage.
the old sage was probably Rage
>>24028497Was actually thinking that.
>>24028459Please. It's the same wall every lightbringer sees. The Humors just go TIME FOR A SACRIFICE and then arrange matters so that their lives match the story.
>>24028338"So far, I'm inclined to believe they're feeding us misinformation the same way they play with the Lightbringers. It couldn't hurt to look up some of the things they mentioned, but I think we want to stick with our plan for now. That they mentioned the Dragon is interesting, given the previous mention of the Human Daughter raised by the Dragon, but I don't think we should immediately start distrusting the Fifth just because Peace claims he has some kind of genocidal plan. Let's not go running off and doing things based on what the Dramatae say; we're not Lightbringers." You say."Agreed." The group says.Lightmare speeds through the mountain passes, and finally, you reach the great bronze doors to the city within the mountain. There's a little foot traffic in and out, and a small hawker's market at the great steps.Mage lets out a low whistle as Peri hooks up Lightmare to the long term stabling post. "That's impressive, what age was this made in, Mari?""It pre-dates Citadel actually." Mari says. "Back then of course, the dwarves were an extremely insular culture, a few even couldn't stand full daylight, their eyes and skin were so sensitive.""Really? Any more like that these days?" Tricia asks."No, Seven Ages of Citadel, and a lot of cross-breeding with humans have smashed those traits to ribbons." Mari sighs. "Or so they say, but these days, anything that makes races 'better' has me looking at the shadows." She shakes her head. "This is so messed up, why can't Citadel just be regularly evil and just want to eat people?""It does." Lea says."You know what I mean." Tricia sighs.The guard at the door is an Occuli dwarf, and he's just staring open mouthed at you as you and the Dawnchasers approach.
>>24028580>"BEHOLD, YOUNG ADVENTURER, THE REFRIGERATOR MAGNETS OF ANCIENT PROPHECY!"
>>24028590Wave at the dwarf. We've not had an actual fan in like... When was the last time we had a fan? Last time I remember was those girls dressing as us in purple sands.
>>24028590> Occuli dwarfWhat's a typical greeting of the Light? I'm trying to come up with something less stereotypically over the top than "May the Light shine upon our meeting."
>>24028590Greet the fellow politely. Ask that you may enter the city. I think the first person we shall seek out is Tallow.
>>24028628>fanOpen-mouthed shock could go either way.
>>24028628>>24028590In fact, wave at the dwarf and then, when we get closer, use words to greet him! Two hit social combo!"Hello there, we're looking to enter the city. Is there any customs check, or are we free to head in?"
>>24028590>>24028647This plus asking if there's any guides looking to be hired for a day or two.Thinking we should hit up the Mage guild here. Or whatever they're called.
>>24028664That was one of our primary goals in coming here: we wanted to check about Mari and Peri.
>>24028685Well I mean more first over other places/people. Seems the people in these places tend to have their head on straight, for the most part. We could get a lot useful info in one run.
>>24028628You wave at the dwarf. He just opens the smaller door within the giant one, and waves you through. There's some protest behind you, as you didn't have to go through processing, or show paperwork or money, but there's the words 'Paladin' and 'Hero' and 'Shut up, and get to the back of the line. Too bad, you jumped out.' behind you.Bronze Peak within is...almost a carbon copy of First Wood, Purple Sands, or White Tree. The layout is the same. Here are the guilds, here is the arena, here is the market, here is the Traveler's Tavern. The flavor this time is underground and sparkling gems with glowing fungus in the cave roof far above. The entire place glows a light blue, and you see people moving in the city, going into and out of the buildings that look like they grew out of the stone. Citadel's influence, there's no place like home...except for everywhere else."So, we looking for this Sandover creep, this Tallow guy that Dad mentioned, or are we going straight into a Dragon hunt?" Tricia asks.
>>24028710Peri/Mari clear their throats. "We were sort of here for me, remember? I know there's some distractions, but we'd like to know if our brains are going to melt any time soon."
>>24028709Yeah, and we already have an introduction to them.
>>24028723>Peri/Mari clear their throats. "We were sort of here for me, remember? I know there's some distractions, but we'd like to know if our brains are going to melt any time soon.""Any more than they already have, you mean? But yeah, let's track down the Mages here."
>>24028710"First, the Mage's Guild, I want to make sure Peri and Mari are ok and wont suffer any long term consequences from sharing the same everything."
>>24028723"Yep, first is that. Also, they might have some info on the rest of stuff we want to check out. Maybe. Well ... one can hope at least."
>>24028723"Well, obviously, first thing's first. Thank you, peri and meri. And we can grill the wizards about our various distractions."
i wonder if pursuing the line of questions in any mannger will trigger a trap. Think about it... all those plot hooks sound well. like plot hooks genocide. The Black Phoenix. The Shards of the Dragon. Hell even the prince and princesses names. Oppell Opal. Coral, Errol is the only slightly original name.
>>24028751"Yep, first is that. Also, they might have some info on the rest of stuff we want to check out. Maybe. Well ... one can hope at least."You head through the town towards the Mage Guild. As you see it at the end of a street, Lea taps you on the shoulder, and points down a street.SANDOVER'S 'FOREVER BEAUTIFUL' COMPANIONS! NEVER BE ALONE AGAIN!RENT TO OWN! ALL SHAPES, ALL COLORS, ALL RACES!ASK US ABOUT OUR GROUP BARGAINS!"That can't be a good sign." Mage mutters."At least Barney's signs know they're tacky." Tricia sighs.
Well at least we know where he is.
>>24028847Well, we've found Sandover, and he's into something sleazy. Not that shocking, if the Dramatae were thinking of recruiting him.
>>24028847Ignore it for now and head into the Mage Guild; we'll come back later, and we might ask them about their nearby neighbors among many other questions. But we *just* said Peri and Mari were our priority; let's not forget that so quickly.
>>24028847"Okay, should I be hoping he's selling really creepy dolls and not slaves, or that the dolls are made of wood and stuff and not... dead slaves?"
>>24028847"I think we found Sandover so that's one thing off the list. Come on lets keep going we can deal with him later."
>>24028847Oh god the world's first sex dolls.
>>24028887I really hope they're just sex dolls.
>>24028874I was picturing a "pet" shop. And if he's selling pet Lamia, we're going to have *problems* with him. I'm just picturing us walking in with our party and him saying "no refunds".
all those Naga have to come from somwhere and they did say he got rich quick.
>>24028917see, I am hoping it's sex dolls and not full on sex slavery.Because I have problems with that, but changing it would require the stabbing of legions of politicians.
>>24028847"I hope it's not something so terrible immoral it can't wait a few more moments. I'd really like to not get distracted from our wizard business. But right after, we're coming back."
>>24028854"Well at least we know where he is." You say."Right, one crisis at a time." Peri/Mari say as they push their way into the Mage Collective. She's waving the letter of introduction. "Hello? Is anyone here? We kinda need to talk to the old guys."An old man enters the foyer. "Is there something I can hel-""Here." Peri/Mari hand him the letter. "You got word I was coming. Help me." She says."Hmmm, oh...oh yes...alright. Please follow me." He says. "We'll begin your examination, and we think we have recreated the apparatus that caused your situation, or at least a close approximation. We'll need you to check to see if it's creating a similar effect. Then we can see what our options are, once we know exactly what happened.""Great, can my friends come with?" She points at the group."Umm...all those...people...are your friends?""Yes. They are." Peri/Mari say."Well," He clears his throat. "They're more than welcome to come, but I'm afraid it's going to mostly be a lot of sitting around as we examine how your mind aura resonate your...*He goes into a long technical magic jargon here that Mage even has trouble following, you satisfy the old man by nodding occasionally, finally he returns to the Citadel Tongue* and so you'll just be watching you sit in a chair, us asking if things tingle or not.""Ugh, sounds like my first examination." Peri/Mari groan."It is very similar, yes." He shrugs. "We don't wish to rush this, for reasons I'm sure you appreciate.""Yeah, yeah. I get it." She sighs. "Okay guys, I'm cool if you want to take off or something while we wait.""We had some questions actually." Tricia says."I'll get someone to come who can help you, in the mean time..." He gestures. "This way miss, and miss." He laughs."You think up that joke all on your own?" Peri/Mari say as they head off.About five minutes later, a younger acolyte comes up to you. "Grand Caster said I was to be at your disposal, regarding questions. I'm Ewing." He bows
hmm did Mage sell that travel spell he made? We could also ask if the rumors of a dragon slumbering somewhere nearby is true. Myabe also ask about Sandover, I bet this guy probably knows all about those 'beautiful companions.'
>>24028975"Hello there Ewing, I'm Ssen, this is Tricia, mage, and lea. We'd like to talk and see if you can answer any questions about your town we happen to come up with. For instance: Have you been to the artificer's guild? Where is it?"have this conversation while you find a seat somewhere in the lobby or something. While everyone else finds a seat. They don't make lamia chairs.
>>24028975Well lets ask first if they have knowledge on whereabouts of Tallow, which they most likely don't. Also, ask who would have such info.Then the dragon. Any and all info about. Legends, myths, locations, and such. I'm hoping being mage guild they have some info about a bloody dragon.
>>24028975After the times we've had recently, I'm feeling extra paranoid. Perhaps we should make sure at least one person *does* stay with Peri/Mari? Mage might at least learn something; perhaps he should follow.> About five minutes later, a younger acolyte comes up to you. "Grand Caster said I was to be at your disposal, regarding questions. I'm Ewing." He bows"Ah, thank you; we're chasing down quite a number of things at the moment, and we've got a lot more questions than answers, on everything from ancient history to finding our way around Bronze Peak." >>24029012Introductions would be good, definitely.As for questions:"To start with, do you happen to have any records of the history of Citadel, the Dragon, and the First Lantern? Especially the time when the Dragon was defeated, and what happened afterward?""Do you know anything about your nearby neighbor, Sandoval? We heard his name come up before, and it looks like he's got some kind of shady business going on here."Later on, when we've talked to him for a while, show him the lantern coin and ask him if he's seen anything like it, or records of things like it.
>>24029007> hmm did Mage sell that travel spell he made? We could also ask if the rumors of a dragon slumbering somewhere nearby is true. Myabe also ask about Sandover, I bet this guy probably knows all about those 'beautiful companions.'This would also be a good place to see if we can pick up some common spells that Mage doesn't know but that are relatively easy to learn.
>>24029012"Hello there Ewing, I'm Ssen, this is Tricia, mage, and lea. We'd like to talk and see if you can answer any questions about your town we happen to come up with. For instance: Have you been to the artificer's guild? Where is it?""It's next to the conclave." Ewing says as he leads you to a small sitting room. The others are in chairs and you're comfortable in your spot. Tea is brought out, and Ewing fumbles around with it. The kid is obviously just entering puberty and being around three of the most dangerous, and well known, women in Citadel Kingdom is wrecking havoc with his poor little brain. It's kind of amusing."Do you know anything about a man named 'Tallow?' We're looking for him." You ask."Umm, maybe...there's a guy who owns a blue-smoke cafe, well...I think he owns it, but mostly he just sits there in the haze." He looks at your blank faces. "Blue-Smoke is a smoke that comes off of a type of fungus here, it only grows in Bronze Peak, and shrivels in daylight, but it has a calming effect on people. So we have cafes that regulate the sale and make sure that it's safe.""So it's like opium." Lea says."Oh, no...kinda, but much safer." Ewing says. "Not that, I would know, you have to be older to smoke it." He tries and fails to look innocent."Do you happen to have any records of the history of Citadel, the Dragon, and the First Lantern? Especially the time when the Dragon was defeated, and what happened afterward?""No, we don't really bother with that stuff here, Bronze Peak is First In Innovation! As the older ones say." He sighs. "The Conclave has the library, I suppose. As for Dragons, I think there's Crazy Ted's Dragon hunts...if you don't mind wasting 20 gold to wander around in the mountains for a day and have a disappointing lunch at the Bear Shrine.""Do you know anything about your nearby neighbor, Sandoval? We heard his name come up before, and it looks like he's got some kind of shady business going on here."(More coming)
So guys, idea.We should really look into the possibility of starting the industrial revolution in Stone Hall. Seriously, what does Citadel hate more than change? Change that steals its worshipers, thats what. People will flock to the city like moths to a lantern, and while we're at it, we can attempt to make it the center of worship for His Light, using the printing machine to print mass copies of His Text.Also, public school systems.
>>24029109The Conclave sounds like a good next stop for some of the historical research.OK, we're probably not going to get any historical records out of these folks. What other paths could we go down? We just recently got stomped *hard* by some magic users; perhaps we could find out more about that."What different magical means are there to hold someone in place, or put them to sleep? And what could you do to defend yourself against things like that, or much stronger magic?"
>>24029122I say we should just improve quality of life, education, and religious service. If the city is ready for industrial revolution, it will happen.
>>24029109Ewing blushes. "It's not illegal. Mr. Sandover sells..." He fidgets and looks away. "Well, you see...you may have to see for yourself. I'm not really supposed to talk about it, or think about it, or look at that place, or my mother will kill me." He sighs."My brother, Mage here," You gesture to Mage."Your name is Mage?" Ewing asks. "Seriously? Also, he's your brother?""Names aren't our forte." You snap. "Also, YES, he IS my brother.""I've come up with a few, rather brilliant, spells. My sister," Mage shakes his head at the sound of that word. "My sister got me thinking that I might want to sell them, or trade them for study into your 'innovations.' Is there someone I can talk to?""The Caster council, but they're busy with your friend at the moment.""So, do you know anything about Dragons, here?" You ask.Ewing shrugs. "Big, powerful, destructive, and they horde shiny things, sleep a lot, and play with their food. One of the wizards equated them to giant scaled, winged, cats. There's really not much to tell about them, last Dragon was killed around 30 or 40 years ago by the Paladins. Now they're just a name used for a tourist trap."Any more questions?"
>>24029160"What do you know about the Phoenix Empire?"
>>24029178meh we know a princess from there. If we want to know more just ask her.
>>24029160"No, that's all. Thank you for your time."Doesn't seem like the library is going to be any good for us, since I'm sure it got whitewashed by Citadel.Seems like our only courses of action are either check out Sandover's "store" or the blue-smoke cafe.
Lets head to Tallow next.
>>24029160"Well, regardless of if I have more questions, I DO have more time. So...What do you do here? You're a student, or assistant? Also, any popular attractions you've not mentioned?"
>>24029178I kind of wish that the Princess was here. We could ask her about that Black Pheonix thing...I get the feeling that its the Empire's version of the Dragon.Speaking of the Dragon, I -really- don't think we should trust the Fifth. I've had suspicions for a while, but Peace clinched it. He's the remnants of the Dragon. After all, he DID say that he was a 'land spirit' from before the Citadel, but refused to name himself...
>>24029153"What different magical means are there to hold someone in place, or put them to sleep? And what could you do to defend yourself against things like that, or much stronger magic?""Mmm, depends. Spells can be broken in two ways, you can dispell them or you can reverse them.""Okay, I know what dispell is," Mage says. "That's when you pump in more power to breaking the spell, than it takes to cast the spell. But I've never heard of reversing.""Because it's not well known or as easily used." Ewing says. "Reversing a spell is where a person seizes control over a person's magic and instead of breaking control, turns it around. So in your case, you can either dispel and break free, or you reverse it and inflict the hold spell upon the caster.""Well, how do you do it?" Tricia asks."That's the tricky part, it's a True Name magic. You need the name of the caster, the name of the spell, and if the caster has an artifact or a staff or a wand or whatever, you need to gain control over it for a moment. Then at that point, boom, the mage's power is now yours and they're held prisoner by their own power. It sounds simple...""Not really." Tricia mutters."But it's difficult to pull off, none the less. So most people go for the easier dispel method."
>>24029203i suspect the same thing... however I'm givinghim the chance that he really is reformed from the old days.
>>24029203of course he's the remnant of the dragon. I am dealing with him exactly as I would deal with the devil- extensively in as many ways as possible while still being able to foil or protect myself from him, while considering I may need to destroy him some day if I am able.
>>24029188Multiple versions of history can help; the discrepancies and common elements can point to areas of interest. Let's not waste an opportunity to gather information.>>24029211"Is there any magical means of communication over long distances?">>24029201This; let's get some more general information and see what he volunteers.>>24029203That may or may not make him evil, and whether he is or not may or may not change whether his information is useful to us, or whether his goals align with ours.>>24029216Indeed. Or if not, at least he might be the lesser of two evils. His joke about the good old days of hangings for executions might have been sarcasm or genuine nostalgia...
>>24029211"Is there some way to find out someone's True Name, other than them telling you or finding it written somewhere?"
>>24029233definately a good question
>>24029211Also, show him the coin and ask him about it.
>>24029216Somehow, I don't think so. And I get the feeling that we -aren't- a threat to the Masks, which is why they let us go. We're seeking to change the Citadel, after all, not destroy it. I think as long as the Citadel's making people get along and not be complete fucking assholes to each other, they're happy.Ten bucks says that Peace is the original Lightbringer.
>>24029254>that spoilerOh HELL NAWWWW
>>24029211"Are there magical means of keeping outside influences out of someone's mind?"(We've had pretty good success using prayer for that so far, but still.)
I'm going to call it a night actually. 12-hours is a long time. My schedule's been changed a bit, so yay more hours, but that means the next thread will be on Friday 4-5-13, Starting at 7-8pm PST. Apologies, but life is what it is. Please archive, and I'm glad to be back, and hope you guys are still having fun. His Light be with you all.
>>24029284Thanks for running!
>>24029284>no more daily scheduleI -KNEW- it was too good to be true! I knew it!I'll be here on friday, of course, but jeez and darn I was spoiled by the first 20 threads. Have a good rest, and work well.
>>24029284Thanks for running and happy to have you back.>that timeThat's going to be some late running. Heh.
>>24029284Thanks for running an awesome quest, Echo! Citadel and the Dramatae ain't got nothin' on your storytelling and plot-weaving, and fortunately you use it for good rather than for "good".It's incredibly impressive to have sessions this long; having long sessions less often seems preferable to short ones more often, because we build up more momentum as we go. And I'm actually happy to hear the quest will move later in the evening; now I won't miss the start of it. (And just before a weekend, too!)
Good thread. Though, you need to work on nailing the ending if the schedule is going to be spread out- we just sort of are stopping mid conversation.Last time, you wrapped it up nicely with a bow for the con, and it was good. Whatever you did there worked well.
>>24029284Welcome Back! Archive done, and yea 12 hours is a long time to run a quest. ouch that start time, guess I wont sleep that night(EST time)
>>24029370it's on friday, which is basically the weekend. I hope we get multiple consecutive questdays on the weekend. I just love them so much.
>>24029376Yeah, I don't work sat or sun, so I plan to actually just start running a thread and stop when I get crazy tired or something pops up and then dive back in.Lamia weekend!
>>24029400That is a good plan except the thread will always die by the time you sleep because we are CRAZY ACTIVE and get into autosage inside of like 3 minutes.I look forward to lamiathon weekend, and will restructure my entertainment scheduling accordingly.
>>24029409er, by the time you wake up, perhaps not the time you sleep.
Tossing out a few more questions for next time:Does magical truth detection exist? How accurate is it, can it be fooled, and how?Any magical means of permanently enhancing armor or weapons?Any good books or information on spell creation that Mage could look into?Can you recommend a good blacksmith, especially one who can work with quicksilver or similar materials?Are there any Paladins in Bronze Peak that we could meet?And, the open-ended quest hook: Any problems around these parts, anything in Bronze Peak that we could help with?
>>24029447I still am up for asking about his reccomendations on tourist sites too.Also those damn humors. Scary motherfuckers. I actually jumped when I read it was a humor and not tricia.
>>24029160>There's really not much to tell about them, last Dragon was killed around 30 or 40 years ago by the Paladins.That's a story we should hear, too.
This one is a long shot, but it can't hurt to ask: "Is there any way to find out what form something used to have? For instance, if you melted down a metal object and turned it into a coin, could you detect what it was before it was melted?"
>>24029524I would like to know this.Also: quicksilver. Give us. Give us so much.
>>24029512wait, 30-40 years... could that have been Father and his friends before they discovered Citadel and its influence on the world?
>>24029558certainly. Dad's group was way more stab oriented than ours, which is more of a diplomancer corps.
Also, since I didn't comment on it at the time->Tricia holding onto ssen while ssen swims around in the beachDaww
>>24028847So..I fell like I should inform everyone that I read the sign in Billy Mays' voice.