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%20Quest1d4 chan page: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Lamia_Daughter_Quest
>>24089645When last we left our intrepid heroes, we were deciding where to go next after visiting the Paladin. We just got permission to visit the Bear Shrine. Other options:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24080955/#p24085546
First order of business: Lea needs to become a Kamen Rider. Not gonna give this one up.Seriously though, I say we spend a bit more time in town and then go to the Bear Shrine at around sunset to introduce ourselves, look around, etc. followed by pulling an all-nighter digging through the library at the bear shrine in search of answers to our myriad questions.
Your visit to Bronze Peak has been fruitful so far. The dwarf smith Quentin, despite his disgusting habit of spitting tobacco, is a decent man who had traveled with your father. He agreed to enhance your shield and ranseur, even working in the quicksilver and runes that made up Father's sword, which you learned was named Beacon. A name that will pass to your new spear as well.You also got some disturbing clues to the nature of Sandover and his connection to the Dramatae and why Citadel's Blessing seems to be so strong here. It has something to do with Quentin's sister, Rachel, and the perfectly beautiful porcelain masks that she makes. Apparently she got into a fight with Sandover over something and suffered an 'accident.' She's in the hospital now, perfectly happy and content. You also learned a little about Peri and Mari's condition. Turns out that eventually their personalities will merge which might drive them insane, it certainly puts a dampener on their immortality scheme, but they are undaunted. You also got a new name to follow up on, apparently the person who's been suppressing all the news and information regarding Lady Glenn, Mari's grandmother who was responsible for Peri/Mari's condition, is a man named Lord Holting a Grain Baron in Citadel.Lord Holting also apparently has connections to Jeremy Sandover. The Dramatae's masks are starting to crack...maybe..Either way you have a dragon horde to find, and an old library to poke around in. Thankfully Paladin Balles (Pronounced BAIL-S) maybe be an overly precise control freak, but he's efficient and gave you permission to enter the Bear Shrine library, the oldest library in the Citadel Kingdom and (you pray to His Light) untouched by its corruptive influence.
>>24089852- - - To Cups Guild House to see Rachel of the Masks, Quentin's sister.- - - Go to Sandover's House (Now with theme song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71K9-1Jwxfk )- - - Go talk to Crazy Ted- - - Go find Tallow- - - See what it takes to go to the Bear Shrine- - - Anything else.First to four votes. There's no time sensitive items, however, going to the Bear Shrine is a full day event. Also it's currently just entering mid-day according to the clocks kept in Balles office.
>>24089878I'd vote for either the Bear Shrine, or if others want to defer that until later, the Conclave and its library.
>>24089901(Sorry, this is me.)
>>24089878Bear Shrine will be for tomorrow then. Let's hold off on finding Tallow, if he was worthy of travelling with Dad and our meeting goes sour, we want to be armed. Same goes for Sandover's place. Let's see what it takes to go tto the Shrine so we can prepare over the rest of today if need be. If time is left, go to see Ted.
>>24089901Scratch the last thing I said in >>24089936. Let's inquire as to the Shrine trip prep then spend the rest of our time today, if any, at the conclave library.
Is it just me, or are we meeting a suspicious number of our father's former friends and associates?
>>24089984We're walking his path and fighting his battle. Not suspicious at all.
We're going see Tallow. Tomorrow, we go to the Bear Shrine and even better, the GOAT TOWER!
>>24090063I had forgotten about the goat tower, We need to see this!
>>24090063GOAT TOWER HOLDS THE SECRETS!
>>24089953Alright, there's two groups that head out to the Bear Shrine regularly. The Conclave takes small groups of students up to look at the carvings and take a few rubbings. It travels a well known path, and has a small cabin to sleep in. The security is present, and things are very pleasant. Even the weather agrees with the Conclave trips.Then there's Crazy Ted's tour. The only thing similar is that Ted also provides snacks. Also he has a tent. Other than that, his path is considered by most to be suicidal, the weather's always nasty to horrid, and of course the man is out of his mind, according to everyone you talk to. That said he boasts the most 'unparalleled views' of the Peaks and that he can get you to the Shrine and back in just a day, rather than the longer two day trek that the Conclave offers.
>>24090176And Crazy Ted's trip does include a stop at the Goat Sanctuary...apparently he's a 'known figure' there. Although details are not given as to what that means.
>>24089878We have:>>24089901>>24089936>>24089953>>24090007four people interested in making preparations to visit the Bear Shrine, and willing to defer the actual visit until tomorrow.Can we have a look at the permit we got from Paladin Balles? And, we know how far away the Bear Shrine is; what do we know about the path between here and there? Well-trodden path or out of the way?
>>24090176Crazy Ted's Tour!
>>24090176Oh, just getting *to* the Bear Shrine is normally an all-day event, without a trip back?As much as I'd like to agree with the Crazy Ted tour, we'd hoped to research dragons (among other things) at the Shrine, and the hypothesis that Crazy Ted might *be* the dragon is rather plausible; perhaps we should get more information before visiting him? (Plus, we'd have a good reason to visit the Conclave.)How far out of the way is the Goat Shrine, if we wanted to go there on our own?And, as another alternative, how long would it take us to get to the Bear Shrine on Lightmare?
Yeah, let's talk to Ted about when the next trip to the Shrine and Goat Tower is.
>>24090196Balles' permit is pretty straightforward. Under his authority as Lord Paladin Commander of Bronze Peak, Lady Paladin Ssen Patrick is allowed entry to the lower levels of the Bear Shrine and the library within. You can look at material, but not allowed to take anything out of the library due to the fragility and age of the materials.Well the Conclave trail is like any well used trail in a park, as for Ted's trail...well...Ted knows it there, and apparently that's enough for him.
Rolled 73>>24090280> Lady Paladin Ssen Patrickjust us? Our friends have to wait outside, then?
>>24090239>Oh, just getting *to* the Bear Shrine is normally an all-day event, without a trip back?Unless you take Ted's tour which leaves in the morning and gets you back to the city by late evening, yes.>As much as I'd like to agree with the Crazy Ted tour, we'd hoped to research dragons (among other things) at the Shrine, and the hypothesis that Crazy Ted might *be* the dragon is rather plausible; perhaps we should get more information before visiting him? (Plus, we'd have a good reason to visit the Conclave.)Getting info on Ted will take a roll, or you can just go meet the man in person.>How far out of the way is the Goat Shrine, if we wanted to go there on our own?By the Conclave trail, if you left now you could get there, spend a few hours there, and return to the City close to midnight. It's a half-day trip. Less if you take Ted's route, but that's not something you can solo.>And, as another alternative, how long would it take us to get to the Bear Shrine on Lightmare?Too rocky, steep, or narrow in places for a horse, even the Conclave trail doesn't recommend animals.
>>24090337> Getting info on Ted will take a roll, or you can just go meet the man in person.Didn't know that was an option; I actually meant researching dragons and their history in Bronze Peak at the Bear Shrine (and possibly the Conclave Library) before seeing him, not trying to gather info on Ted; that seems like a good idea too, though.> By the Conclave trail, if you left now you could get there, spend a few hours there, and return to the City close to midnight. It's a half-day trip. Less if you take Ted's route, but that's not something you can solo.Sorry, I meant how far out of the way is the Goat Sanctuary once we're at the Bear Shrine by way of the Conclave trail (which doesn't stop there).
>>24090280Does it specify that only Ssen is permitted entry? Or, from the tone of it, do we gather it'll take some cajoling to allow Mari and Mage?
Crazy Ted tours are best tours.
>>24090412>Does it specify that only Ssen is permitted entry? Or, from the tone of it, do we gather it'll take some cajoling to allow Mari and Mage?It's not out of the question for a Paladin's retinue to follow them. Also, you're a Paladin, the people guarding the Library are rookie Occuli who haven't even been gemmed yet. They aren't going to give you grief if you force the matter.>>24090366>Sorry, I meant how far out of the way is the Goat Sanctuary once we're at the Bear Shrine by way of the Conclave trail (which doesn't stop there).About a quarter of a day. So if you got to the Shrine, and then went from there to the sanctuary, and then back to the city, you'd get back after midnight.
>>24090412Additional thought, we REALLY need to look into a thought-sending spell, preferably in enchantment form. Because we'd be able to keep one end of a line with Ambrose in the tower and keep our end with us like a motherfucking Pokedex.
>>24090485OK, proposal:Whichever tour we take, we want enough time to actually do detailed research on several different topics, plus a visit to the Goat Sanctuary. So, if we go today we should not plan on coming back today, or if we do want to make a day trip with Ted we should start early in the morning and return very late in the evening.Let's go to the Conclave, talk to them, find out about when their next trip there is, and use their library while we're there. Even if we end up going via Ted's tour instead, we might as well take the opportunity to visit the Conclave library while we're here.
>>24090553Ssen = Paladin,Paladin = Valorous,Discretion > (1/2)Valor,QED. Ssen must be primarily discrete, therefore we shall take the Conclave tour.
>>24090635Screw you, goat tower. We go with Crazy Ted.
>>24090674The two are not mutually exclusive. I suggest we go on the conclave route our first time up the mountain to get ourselves acclimated to the area and spend some time generally investigating Ted before we go with him on his tour at a later time.
Ah, lamiathon is back. Weird to have it right after I wake up, but hey, I'm not complaining. GMORNIN ECHO
Well I figured that if we have to we can sleep overnight at the Bear Temple. Since there are guards there, there'll be a guard post. And as Echo said, those guard won't give us much grief, so if we do stay overnight, it'll be a break in thier boredom.
>>24090674>>24090693Either way, we go no further than the bear shrine.If we go off to the dragon zone, we can NOT come back to the city for a good long time. I am entirely certain we will be trapped in there for a bit.
>>24090723Yeah, we were explicitly told that:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24080955/#p24086133>The only way to miss a story branch is if you cut it off yourself, or decide to sequence jump and charge straight into the Dark Peaks right now. Which is fine, but I wouldn't reccomend it.
Hmm.. Did we have a timetable on the Shenanigans we're expecting from the Dramatae?
Okay, so I'm getting a consensus for going to the Conclave and checking out when the next tour is and poke through their library on Dragon Lore?
>>24090793Nope!I say we visit the conclave library in town, then perhaps the bear shrine library. Though I want to go back into town to visit the sister, see the shop of horrors, meet tallow, etc.
>>24090779Oh well. Lets save Tedventures for later then. Standard trip to the library it is.
>>24090801I can agree with this.
>>24090801Sure. And visit the conclave library.Which ones were the conclave? Staves are wizards, cups are healers...
>>24090801Yeah, that sounds fine.
>>24090822http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23894372/#p23895557The Mage's Guild and the Conclave are both Staves.
>>24090858Marvelous, I forget these things sometimes. I even forgot about that one lady being a rapist, back in the day.I would be a very forgetful paladin.
Rolled 2>>24090822The Conclave is similar to the others you visited, only without Overseer Trivalon to help with things. So you only see a regular Seer and have to do with whispers and chattering of the students as they make guesses about you and your body.The library on Dragons isn't as helpful as you'd like. There's a lot on the one that Father killed, it had white scales, breathed fire so hot that it was invisible, and it took twenty men to kill it. There's a lot on the battle, but not much on the actual dragon. And once more, all you get on the Dragon species is that they're big, destructive, very possessive, and don't exist anymore.As for the next sorjurn to the Bear Shrine.
>>24090978There's one leaving tomorrow.
>>24090905Yeah we're going to need to track her down whenever we get back to Stone Hall. That shit has been bugging me terribly ever since y'all let her go.
>>24090978There are several more things we wanted to research in the Conclave library, including several questions we asked of the Mage Guild for which they said the Conclave library might hold the answers.Does the library hold any information about:Whisper Flutes or similar means of long-distance communication?The Phoenix Empire?Pre-Citadel history, especially the Dragon and the Lantern?The Dramatae, or Humors?Masks, in general, of the style Rachel made?Magical means of protecting the mind?
>>24091051Last we saw her, we threw her into an angry mob; we don't know if she's alive.Of course, http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NoOneCouldSurviveThat
>>24090978>breathed fire so hot that it was invisible,Dragon with melta/microwave breath.
>>24090978Also:History of Bronze Peak.Details about the Dark Peaks, in particular.History of the Caligo Clarus.
>>24090978>There's a lot on the battleIn that case: who dealt the killing blow, and with what?
Mapanon here.How is my map?
>>24090978ECHO!See if there's any way to overlook the library.I remember in our dream the lightbringers fucked up at seeing the overlooking clue, maybe we can find it.
>>24091054>Whisper Flutes or similar means of long-distance communication?The only thing you can find on the subject are the discussion on how Whisper Flutes work and that the only ones that are known to exist are in the vaults at the Conclave in Grand Citadel.>The Phoenix Empire?It exists. The biggest city that Citadel Kingdom people have been allowed inside is the Caged City, which is NOT the capital. A few mentions of the popular trade goods.>Pre-Citadel history, especially the Dragon and the Lantern?There's the legend of the First Lightkeeper that you heard from Ambrose, but that's it.>The Dramatae, or Humors?Just in their history as representations of Story Telling and of the Temperaments of the Human condition. No mention at all of an order based around them.>Masks, in general, of the style Rachel made?Nothing that you see, Rachel's masks are apparently special and you get the feeling that Sandover has paid money to keep them exclusive to his own business.>Magical means of protecting the mind?Again, nothing on record. It's as people people have been deliberately avoiding, or being influenced to avoid, studying those kind of spells.>History of Bronze Peak.It was a Dwarven City, lost in the darkness and the silence. Then a group of Dwarves dared to emerge from their caves and saw His Light and made contact with the First Lightbringer in his quest to fight the Dragon Who Was Of Shadow. Then there's that gap in history and we start back up in the middle of the First Age of Citadel and everything's fine.>Details about the Dark Peaks, in particular.There's record of a bunch of expeditions and journeys into them. All of them have ended poorly or with question marks. Only Crazy Ted and your Father have gone on record as going out and coming back alive.>History of the Caligo Clarus.As before, your order is listed as having existed, and that's it. The Citadel has wiped the history of the group quite well. You're a footnote.
>>24091200For our purposes? Dead on perfect.
>>24091223Good thinking! We don't know if that's about the Conclave library, but it seems worth a shot.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23914843/#p23923178> Is it THAT hard to stand on the balcony and look at the pattern of the red books? Peace asked for Father's forgiveness. How many times would they have to replace the damn things as well?>>24091245> The only thing you can find on the subject are the discussion on how Whisper Flutes work and that the only ones that are known to exist are in the vaults at the Conclave in Grand Citadel.Have Mage look over the information on how they work, with an eye towards creating a similar spell.
>>24091257hooray, now to get back to paying attention to what is going on. Something about libraries.
>>24091223Different 'forgotten' library. The Dramatae have 'sets' that they put together to train and guide the Lightbringers. That Library was one of them. Same with the Shrine to the Underwasp Witch, the place was set up to be a stereotypical villain's lair. They don't want them anywhere NEAR a place that could give them a hint to what's actually going on. So they aren't getting to the Bear Shrine Library.
>>24091245>only ones that are known to exist are in the vaults at the Conclave in Grand Citadel.Big surprise: Invaluable communications tech which could bring about a cultural revolution is monopolized and hidden from the world by Citadel, the kainatophobic city-mind.
>>24091245>Just in their history as representations of Story Telling and of the Temperaments of the Human condition. No mention at all of an order based around them.And just the four, no mention of a Fifth?
>>24091340>And just the four, no mention of a Fifth?There's a reference to the idea that The Body Itself should be considered a humor as what the humors are placed within shape them, just as the humors shape their container. An equal concept is that a group of settlers are changed by the land that they live on, just as much as the settlers change what the land is. It's a chicken/egg thing.
>>24091245Well, we seem to have gotten basically what we need out of this place. Give mage the book on figuring out whisper flutes, if that's allowed, and let's move on.
>>24091245>>Magical means of protecting the mind?>Again, nothing on record. It's as people people have been deliberately avoiding, or being influenced to avoid, studying those kind of spells.This is a very good sign. Had this sort of magic been unattainable by practical means or downright impossible, then Citadel would've allowed the honest proof of its infeasibility to remain as a stronger deterrent than this farce of a cover-up.
>>24091200>stripper pole nagasYesss
>>24091371The Fifth is Citadel itself, its uncorrupted self, its original self, or a preceding entity which once filled the same role.>>24091414They are barely self-aware in the state in which Citadel keeps them. You're considering paying for a severely mentally and emotionally handicapped person to strip for your entertainment. You are not a friend of Justice.
>>24091453Hey, I enjoy the idea of stripper pole nagas.They don't HAVE to be brainwashed. Lots of strippers in the modern day aren't. Also I bet lamias would be even better at it, being longer.
>>24091472We already know that all of Sandover's girls are exceedingly "happy" an that Sandover is as close as a mortal can come to being Citadel given flesh; knowing this, what condition do you think something sexualized and treated like a plaything by Sandover would find itself?We digress.
>>24091511Look, I never said patronize THESE SPECIFIC STRIPPERS. Just saying, it's something we can look forward to when more lamias are integrated into society post-citadel.
>>24091384You give mage the book on whisper flutes, it's as simple as invoking your Paladin title and signing a form. Mage dives right into the subject and starts reading on them. So...we're back to this. - - - To Cups Guild House to see Rachel of the Masks, Quentin's sister.- - - Go to Sandover's House (Now with theme song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71K9-1Jwxfk )- - - Go talk to Crazy Ted- - - Go find Tallow- - - Anything else.First to four, as usual
Why would stripper nagas use poles and not other strippers
>>24091561Well, we're armed with loaner kit and Tallow is old, plus we have no reason to suspect a meeting with him may turn uncivil, so let's go track him down.
>>24091561Ah, sorry about that. We got to bickering.What time is it? Midday?Well, we want to see sandover's house, but we need to visit quentin's sister first to get her side of the story.Who wants to visit a blissed out sister in the cups zone? I vote for that.
>>24091561Tallow, then Crazy Ted.
>>24091561Hit up Tallow.
>>24091561Tallow then the girl or relaxing til sleep time.
>>24091588Give this man a trophy.Alternatively: Physics doth not allow it, nagas are HUGE.
With the way we confer in this quest, I imagine Ssen's average facial expression is a hard-as-nails, firey eyed, purposeful glare with an inexplicable deep blush from constantly having cute ideas about Tricia when trying to do work. And occasionally the subtle signs of her fighting back a snicker as she struggles not to think about Naga strippers, chafing, or some other dirty, dirty idea.We are a lamia beefeater and we are terrible at our job.
>>24091707Also, awkwardly long pauses.and a hisssing lisssp I think.
>>24091724>>24091707Also: What the fuck's a beefeater? wikipedia says british tour guide? I don't get it.
>>24091735Wikipedia is wrong, it's the guards who guard the royal palace, who are supposed to not smile or show any emotions whatsoever while on duty.
>>24091774oh, see, that makes a lot more sense.And yeah, Ssen is probably terrible at it. We fail sublimely at being the SRS PALADIN. Still a paladin though.
>>24091648Tallow it is. There's four large blue-smoke parlors, and a bunch of smaller little hole in the walls. Your first attempt to just go into one of the larger ones and ask if anyone knew a man named Tallow didn't go so well. One of the smokers apparently once had a bad experience with a lamia or naga, or maybe was just crazy high. Either way he started shrieking and screaming at your presence until you left. On the plus side, Tallow wasn't in there.The three big ones are one that offers food, one that specializes in 'flavored' blue-smoke, and a third one that is supported by Cups for its specific 'medicinal' types of blue-smoke moss, and offers things like massage and back-alignment, along with other unconventional therapies.And of course, there's always those little bookshops, coffee houses, and quiet rooms off the main streets, that sell the stuff cheap.Your call where to look first.
>>24091804Find a street urchin.They will always find the person you need for a coin.
>>24091804Well, let's go to the foodhouse place first. Get a bite to eat, look for tallow.Then the coffeehouse, get something to wash it down, look for tallow.Then the massage parlor, look for tallow. Maybe tailrubs. Maybe.And, once we've finished the statistically optimal search pattern of visiting all the big places, then I guess we have to look around the little places.
>>24091838I seriously doubt any of the massage parlors know how to give a decent tailrub. We just need to convince Tricia to get lots of practice until she gets good at it.
>>24091804Make sure we don't breathe too deeply while in these places.>>24091834Bad idea. Citadel has its claws in this place. I'd bet good money that every fucking street urchin is some hard-luck orphan with a heart of gold and a goddamn Aladdin waiting to happen. You can't trust stereotypes, because Citadel loves them.
>>24091804Hmmm, unfortunate that we didn't ask Ewing *which* blue-smoke parlor was Tallow's, since it seems like he knew.In the absence of that, let's try the one supported by Cups.
>>24091875I say we call it "code alladin" and fall back to it once we check the first three big places.>>24091862I said maybe. Depending on if everyone else in our group wants to stop for massages.
>>24091804We should totally go into the back alignment place and ask them to align our back.All of our back.
>>24091804Perhaps the one supported by Cups and aiming for "medicinal" uses will have clearer and calmer heads.
>>24091838>Well, let's go to the foodhouse place first. Get a bite to eat, look for tallow.I'd be concerned about getting food there; it might just be opportunistically feeding the munchies, but they might decide to spice up their cuisine with a little blue smoke fungus.>>24091838>Then the coffeehouse, get something to wash it down, look for tallow.Likewise.
>>24091962>>24091903>>24091910"I'm not certain about this blue-smoke." Lea says. "One shouldn't indulge in opiates that allow you to hide from reality. It goes a-""Against the Light and the Teachings." Peri says. "Yes, we know Lea. Is there any vice that you do approve of? Any little thing that makes you less of a pure paragon of purity that's as pure as your bandages?" "I enjoy a good flogging every once in a while, as long as it's done properly." Lea says without missing a step.Peri/Mari freeze dead in their tracks. "It's always the quiet ones..." Mari mutters.Mage shakes his head. "You travel with dangerous crazy women, oh you're so lucky!" He rolls his eyes. "I'm going to punch the next person who says that to me. Honestly, you girls terrify me.""You know," Tricia says as you approach the 'Healing Center.' "If you need a back rub, you can always just ask." She smiles at you. "I think I'm starting to get good at it." She rubs your shoulder, and frowns at the way your skin feels loose. "You have to shed again? Can I at least help this time?""Can we save the usual mushy stuff until after we're not in a place that's Citadel creepy?" Mage says. "It makes you two act weirder than normal when you start up like that."You enter the Center, and unlike the other place, there's a reception area with a woman dressed in a Cups Nurse's uniform behind a counter. She smiles at you all. "Hello, and welcome. Are you here to ease your...oh...oh my." She looks flustered when she sees what you are. "Umm, let me see if our specialty therapists are in, and then we'll see if we can see to your...special...needs."
>>24092134"I appreciate the offer, and might take you up on it later, but we're actually searching for a man named Tallow. Do you know if he's here, or if he runs one of the other blue-smoke parlors?"
>>24092134"Hm?.. Oh! We're just here to check up on Rachel on behalf of her brother Quinten. Do you happen to know if she's awake?"
>>24092238Oh, derp. Got ahead of myself a bit. Ignore.
>>24092208"I appreciate the offer, and might take you up on it later, but we're actually searching for a man named Tallow. Do you know if he's here, or if he runs one of the other blue-smoke parlors?""Umm," She fidgets. "I'm not sure if I have to talk about it. I mean, we're supposed to be private, I think. Uhh, how do you know Andrew Tallow?"
>>24092257"He was a friend and fellow adventurer of my Father, Paladin Liam Patrick."
>>24092257"He was a friend of my father's. They travelled together."
>>24092257"You know technically you just told me he's here, right?"
>>24092290"He was a friend and fellow adventurer of my Father, Paladin Liam Patrick.""Oh, well I don't...wait...you're THAT Lamia? Oh, oh my...uhh..." She bows. "Greetings Paladin, we are humbled to have you grace our presence, your...presence is a great...presence for this allows you to bring in His Light with your presence." The girl can't seem to get away from that word. "As for the...presence..." She's blushing with humiliation at the fact that she can't stop saying that. "Of Andrew Tallow, he's in one of our therapy pools. He often makes his presence there to deal with his long term trauma issues that refuse to leave his presence. Uhhh, I'm supposed to tell you those things, because you're a Paladin, right? Everything you do is right and lawful and you hurt people who lie to you, right?"The others all put their hands over their faces or shake their heads groaning.
>>24092257Also: "We would never ask you to violate the privacy of any patient of your healing center; however, we were given the impression that Tallow owned one of the blue-smoke parlors in town, not just a patron of one of them."
>>24092367"It is all right, calm down.""I have absolutely no intention of harming you or anyone else here."
>>24092367Haha, Ssen has obtained Frightful Presense: Lamia Paladin. "Lighten up, we just came for some harmless questions not an interrogation. Thank you for your time and cooperation however."
>>24092367>wait...you're THAT Lamia? Oh, oh my...uhh..." She bows. "Greetings PaladinYou'd think the paladin mantle and circlet would give it away.
>>24092367"Oh, do calm down girl, I don't bite. And you'd have to do a lot more than lie to get a good paladin to hurt you. Last person I hurt had to stab me first."
>>24092488This. If we can sneak a quick fang show in there somehow do it.
>>24092488Heh, I like this.
>>24092367Chuckle a little* "Calm down, girl. You're making me nervous."
>>24092418"It is all right, calm down. I don't bite. And you'd have to do a lot more than lie to get a good paladin to hurt you. Last person I hurt had to stab me first." You say as you grin and show a little fang."So you aren't here to eat the people who have done evil deeds? Because if you need me to inform you who has done bad things here, I'm happy to do so.""Just please take us to Tallow before we rethink that option." Tricia mutters.The mousy little nurse leads you through the area, she keeps on trying to hint at the people who have done immoral things to see you dole out righteous wrath.Finally she opens the door to a tiled room. There's a pool in the floor that seems to have hot water in it. The steam is very calming, as its mixed with the blue smoke that comes from the hookah in the room next to the man that's soaking in the pool.He's a skinny guy, you can see his ribs, and has hair that slightly reminds you of the male Lightbringer's mop. Only on him it's less stylish and more of an honest expression of a man who has had suffering and has cared less about his hair over the years. He has a little stubble and his eyes have a slight glaze to them. You really hope he's wearing shorts or something under the water, cause he's not wearing a shirt."This is Andrew Tallow, your Paladin-ship...are you here to smite him? Can I watch?" The nurse asks.
>>24092588"No, no smiting. He's a friend of the family and all.Really, what kind of rumors have you heard about paladins and the like?"
>>24092588"I'm not here to smite him. Please leave us to talk."
>>24092622"No, no smiting. He's a friend of the family and all."Really, what kind of rumors have you heard about paladins and the like?"Tallow chuckles. "Isn't there occasionally a Paladin in Lightbringer tales with a rod up their ass who smites almost anyone who doesn't fit their ideal of order?"
>>24092671"I don't know; Lea, have you heard of any such Paladins before?" (trying, and failing, to stifle a chuckle).
>>24092588I wish we had Beacon right now so we could just brandish it and show her the light rune to satisfy her childlike fascination. Oh well. "Would you mind waiting back at your desk? I'll be sure to call you before any smiting happens so you won't miss anything." give her a moment to leave hearing range. "Sheesh. Paladin Ssen Patrick, mind talking a bit Mr Tallow?
>>24092671"oooh yeah I forgot about that... guess it's such a narrow and quite frankly stupid view of an *entire* order I forgot about this part of the tales"
>>24092671"Well we all know lightbringer tales are just little stories for children."
>>24092708this is perfect, we get to tease Lea and break the ice with Tallow.
>>24092671"Well, to be honest, the lightbringer stories aren't really my favorites."To the nurse"You can leave if you like, we're only going to be talking. No exciting battles of good and evil here."To tallow again"Anyway, hello there, Tallow was it? I'm Ssen. Ssen Patrick. These are my friends. I was hoping you wouldn't mind if we talked to you about the caligo clarus a while."
>>24092708"I don't know; Lea, have you heard of any such Paladins before?""Only one, and her argument for her lifestyle was to throw herself out a window." Lea says."Would you mind waiting back at your desk? I'll be sure to call you before any smiting happens so you won't miss anything."She nods. "Oh, please let me come before your fists glow with holy might!" She scampers off."Sheesh. Paladin Ssen Patrick, mind talking a bit Mr Tallow? You ask.Tallow looks at all of you and takes a drag on his pipe. "How long has it been since Patrick died?" He sighed and looks off. "I think I heard about how he settled down next to that jerk Alexander.""Hey!" Tricia snaps."Heh, with that hair? You must be his girl, and that means that you are your father's project." He sighs and splashes water on his face. "He always had a way of making people think they were joining his crusade by their own free will. Guess it's easier when you can indoctrinate them at the very start." He takes another drag on his hookah. "I don't smell the stink of Citadel on any of you." He sighs. "So...why are you here Paladin? Apart from trying to make up for your Father's failures.""Dad was right," Tricia says. "He does seem like a weaselly untrustworthy jerk.""Cause I am. Alexander had my number alright." Tallow chuckles. "Anyway, back to my question, lamia. What do you want from me?"
>>24092889"I heard you had some kind of compass for navigating the Dark Peaks."
>>24092889"Well, there's the fact that we're heading to the dark peaks at some point, and I want to ask you about how you managed to navigate it in the past. There's the fact that you were a survivor of our father's group, and how I want to ask you your side of the story.And... There's the fifth humor. Whatever you know about it.
>>24092889"We're trying to do something about, as you put it, the stink of Citadel. At the moment, we're planning to head to Dark Peaks, and we heard you might have a map or compass that could help us. We've also been told you were the one in my father's group who found the Lantern coins, and that you spoke with the Fifth Humor. Apart from that, regardless of what we might have been told to think about you, I'd personally welcome the opportunity to talk to any contemporary of my father and the Caligo Clarus."
>>24093056I like this one a bit better than mine>>24093030More conversational.
>>24093056"We're trying to do something about, as you put it, the stink of Citadel. At the moment, we're planning to head to Dark Peaks, and we heard you might have a map or compass that could help us. We've also been told you were the one in my father's group who found the Lantern coins, and that you spoke with the Fifth Humor. Apart from that, regardless of what we might have been told to think about you, I'd personally welcome the opportunity to talk to any contemporary of my father and the Caligo Clarus."Tallow smirks. "I sold the map and the compass a long time ago, the coins were crap, and if you're seeing visions of that creep int he mask, then you must be on some stronger stuff than this." He gestures to his pipe. "I certainly was." He sighs and then looks at you. "Shit, you have his gaze you know." He sighs. "He'd always look at me like that when he'd wring a confession out of me. Believe me, I had a lot to confess." He sighed. "I thought I could be better...but we failed. Twelve people are dead, better ones than me, and here I am, stewing in smoke and warm water." He chuckles. "And still you keep giving me his gaze...are you here to take my confession Paladin? It's been a long time since a Patrick told me that my burdens could be shed."
>>24093201shrug."Not the exact reason I came, but it would probably do you some good. Does most people some good. sorry to have you tag along only to shoo you out guys, but you know how it is.
>>24093201"The Humors are quite real; I was shot by one, and we encountered three of them in an inn just the other day and they could easily have killed us all. Between that and Citadel, we know just how tough that foe is, and that's why we're here gathering information. It's not too late to help with that battle, or would you rather those twelve people died in vain?If you'd like me to hear your confession, I can do that. Or if you just want to talk, we can do that too."
>>24093201"That wasn't why I came, but I'll take your confession if you want."
>>24093252You know, I tend to get chosen for most race-awkward dialogue choices, but story is a good conversationalist.
>>24093252"The Humors are quite real; I was shot by one, and we encountered three of them in an inn just the other day and they could easily have killed us all. Between that and Citadel, we know just how tough that foe is, and that's why we're here gathering information. It's not too late to help with that battle, or would you rather those twelve people died in vain?"If you'd like me to hear your confession, I can do that. Or if you just want to talk, we can do that too."He waves a hand. "It doesn't change. The Patrick always being the unquestioning moral center." He takes a drink from a cup of water. "Fine."You look at the others. "I'm sorry to keep dragging you along guys but..."Tricia nods. "We'll go make fun of little miss smiting out there. Come get us when you're done."They leave."I've always been a drug addict." Tallow says. "These days I only poison myself with this stuff, but when I was young I would shove almost anything into me to get high. I think that's why Citadel didn't want me, cause I didn't want to be a part of it...I didn't really wanted to be a part of anything. I still don't, and I still can't tell you why I just hate my own life so fucking much...course, I'm too chicken shit to slit my wrists, though your Father said that was actually because I was too brave." He chuckles and took a long drag. "So, I'm in the gutter, high, weeping, and covered in filth and I look up, and there stands the Fifth. I thought I was just having another bad trip." He sighs. "I've told your Father all of this before, so I'll skip a bit. I was told to find him, your Father, and we had merry adventures and I served as his profit, until I got nearly everyone killed." He sighed. "He even took my confession for that, said that it wasn't all my fault." He smirks. "Your Father was a bastard, but fair...said that I screwed up a few things, but that he screwed up more. The Dramatae...we thought we were so damn clever."
>>24093512"You say you got people killed; sounds to me like the Dramatae did that. Would you feel better if you'd stayed home and not even tried, knowing what you were allowing to continue?"
>>24093563Confession rules, remember.We can motion for him to continue, but only interject if he actively asks us something or makes a very long pause.
>>24093563Just listen to the story, and all that
>>24093585Sorry, I took the end of the post as a pause; was just trying to prompt him, leading-question style. Ignore my suggestion if he didn't actually stop there.
>>24093512"As for my more recent sins...well, sloth obviously. I've also turned a blind eye to Quentin and his sister's suffering. I could have helped more, but I just didn't see the point. Citadel always wins, I just told the old baldy to let his sister give in, so at least she wouldn't get hurt. I've been a creep to some of the nurses, and I haven't followed all of the pool rules." He smirks. "Don't join me, trust me on that."He takes a long drag. "The Fifth said he could talk to me because my mind was completely free of Citadel's influence, probably the same as you do course your brain isn't human, so you can skip the chemical bath." He sighs. "I just...I don't want to hope any more. It's easier here to just stay and be numb. I got out there, and I end up hating myself, my life, other people...and I can never tell anyone why. Sometimes I would just weep for hours on end," He swallows and takes another drag. "Your Father helped, listening to me, and said that my sorrows weren't just me being...stupid, but something more...I dunno. Now he's gone, and you're here and nothing changed, and I don't want to leave this womb." He hangs his head in shame. "Thus I confess."
>>24093638Survivor guilt. He's got it *bad*."I'm happy to provide you with an ear anytime; I'm sorry you've had to go so long without anyone to speak with.You spent your life fighting injustices with a Paladin, and you seem to think it a sin against His Light that you didn't succeed. The sin would have been not to try, to let it stand and do nothing. Death is not the worst that can happen, not by a long shot.As for the rest, His Light has a boundless capacity to forgive. Your indiscretions do not make you an evil person, especially if you recognize them as you have, and learn from them.That leaves the most important question of all, though: what do you intend to do about it? You know that you'll never feel any better if you go on like this; at best, you can try to numb yourself so you don't feel at all, but I think you've done enough of that to know it doesn't work."
>>24093757(Appending to the end: "You have the forgiveness of His Light. But I don't think that's the only forgiveness you're seeking. You still don't forgive yourself."
>>24093757>>24093794these. worded better then what I was typing.
>>24093638Okay, NOW we can say things."And so confessed, the light will forgive. Whether you or the world forgive, well, that's trickier.""I don't know what started you down the road of inebriation, but I do know that the knowledge of the citadel, combined with nobody to talk to about it... would drive men to the bottle, at least. Not wanting to go get up and back out is understandable, human even, if you know what I mean. Whether or not you want to stay here is your choice. Though, on the hope front, it might not be up to you. Citadel doesn't have to always win."
>>24093838>Though, on the hope front, it might not be up to you. Citadel doesn't have to always win.It does seem like, because he didn't win the war, he's given up the daily battles and the small victories that keep hope alive.
"I'm happy to provide you with an ear anytime; I'm sorry you've had to go so long without anyone to speak with."You spent your life fighting injustices with a Paladin, and you seem to think it a sin against His Light that you didn't succeed. The sin would have been not to try, to let it stand and do nothing. Death is not the worst that can happen, not by a long shot."As for the rest, His Light has a boundless capacity to forgive. Your indiscretions do not make you an evil person, especially if you recognize them as you have, and learn from them."That leaves the most important question of all, though: what do you intend to do about it? You know that you'll never feel any better if you go on like this; at best, you can try to numb yourself so you don't feel at all, but I think you've done enough of that to know it doesn't work."Tallow shakes his head. "I'm an old ruined drug addict. I can't exactly be an oracle if I don't get any more visions, and like I said. I sold most of the stuff I got from traveling with the Caligo Clarus. Save the medallion." He points at a medallion on a hook. "Your Father gave that to me, had it made and gemmed...it's scrap tin and quartz, not even worth selling." He says. "I'm just sick of always being sad or angry, and I'm too old, and too ruined to fight it on my own any more.""You have the forgiveness of His Light. But I don't think that's the only forgiveness you're seeking. You still don't forgive yourself."He nods and wipes away at his eyes. "Damnit Patrick, I hate it when you make me cry and know why." He sighed. "The coins, I know why they don't work. There's something wrong with them. It's a double bluff, they made the First Lantern into the Coins, and then the Dramatae or the last of the Dragon's offspring tainted them somehow. They're corrupted." He nods. "That's the last thing I could puzzle out of the jumbled visions the Fifth gave me...it's nice that he at least apologizes that he can't be clearer, isn't it?"
>>24093889Pick up the medallion, and drape it over his neck."You don't have to fight anymore. You've done more of that in one lifetime than anyone could ever ask of you. But you still have to live, Tallow. Go on living, and winning the little battles that keep hope alive. Leave the war to us.Not all those who keep fighting do so with a weapon in their hand. After all, every adventuring party needs the crazy old man with his war stories and advice to point them in the right direction, right?"
>>24093972>You don't have to fight anymoreShould say: "don't have to fight the war anymore", otherwise it doesn't fit.
>>24093972I was writing something up, but this is pretty much it.but stick "And yeah, it's nice when he tells you what he can't tell you. Helps me know where to look."at the end.
>>24093889"Corrupted, huh? Very good to know, thank you for that. How would you feel about moving somewhere a bit further away from Citadel? Stone Hall's going through quite a bit of change these days."
>>24093972You get the Medallion from its hook and drape it over Tallow's neck. He touches it and blinks away more tears."You don't have to fight the war anymore. You've done more of that in one lifetime than anyone could ever ask of you. But you still have to live, Tallow. Go on living, and winning the little battles that keep hope alive. Leave the war to us."Not all those who keep fighting do so with a weapon in their hand. After all, every adventuring party needs the crazy old man with his war stories and advice to point them in the right direction, right?""Pfft, I'm not that old, Miss Patrick." He snorts."So the coins are corrupted, huh? Very good to know, thank you for that. How would you feel about moving somewhere a bit further away from Citadel? Stone Hall's going through quite a bit of change these days.""I don't want to leave without Quentin and Rachel." He says. "I owe them that much. Let me know how to help them, and I'm there." He coughs. "Also, I know where the Compass is. It's made out of the same metal as the coins, that's how it works." He sighed. "I put it up for auction to get the most out of it...guess who had the most money in town to out bid Paladin Balles and the Conclave?"
>>24093812>>24093997I love getting support for my suggestions, but please don't delete stuff you've already written up; it's nice when there are lots of dialogue choices for Echo to choose from, and oftentimes the best choice is a combination of several (hence my choice of trip).>>24093997I like this. We might also want to tell him about the Dragon's Daughter.>>24094003We do seem to be staging a mass immigration, don't we?
>>24094063>"I don't want to leave without Quentin and Rachel." He says. "I owe them that much. Let me know how to help them, and I'm there." He coughs. "Also, I know where the Compass is. It's made out of the same metal as the coins, that's how it works." He sighed. "I put it up for auction to get the most out of it...guess who had the most money in town to out bid Paladin Balles and the Conclave?""Oh, joy. The man with no moral compass now owns a Lantern compass?"
Of course. Sandover. Looks like we have another reason to confront him.Honestly I do NOT want to fight him now. Hes highly respected and doing so could turn everyone in citadel against us if he survives.
>>24094077>we do seem to be staging a mass immigration, don't we We're making our OWN citadel.
Crazy Ted! Everyone knows dragons are the richest things around.
>>24094105Hopefully we can settle this without a fight, although something tells me it's going to take all of our paladin willpower not to want to cave his skull in within a minute of talking to him.
>>24094120It's funny because he's probably right. How else would Ted do his tours?
>>24094063"Crazy Ted? He is the only person to regularly survive the Dark Peaks from what I have heard, it would make sense for him to have the Compass.""We are working on getting Quentin and Rachel out of town, but Sandover has quite the strong hold over Rachel from what I hear, we will go talk to her soon to learn what we can."
>>24094105Or if he doesn't, either way. And with the power he has to control people, let's not walk into a repeat of our encounter with Peace just yet.>>24094125I'm expecting something worse than that, actually. We're expecting the world's biggest sleaze, but Echo is so good at writing the Citadel-esque disturbing perfection, and Sandover has a reputation for taking care of his employees.>>24094063"I don't suppose you know where we could get a current map of Dark Peaks, do you? Very current, since we've been told that maps of that area become useless quickly."
>>24094101"Oh, joy. The man with no moral compass now owns a Lantern compass?""Oh Sandover has one, it's Citadel's." Tallow sighs."Do you know anything about the Dragon's Daughter?" You ask."Which one?" He asks.
>>24094110Citadel to the Dragon: "I'm making my own Darkness. With blackjack, and hookers. In fact, forget the Darkness.
>>24094188>I'm expecting something worse than that, actually. We're expecting the world's biggest sleaze, but Echo is so good at writing the Citadel-esque disturbing perfection, and Sandover has a reputation for taking care of his employees.But that will only make it worse, when he's explaining to all of our friends how much happier they'd be if he could just... alter them a little, and he's really only looking out for them.
>>24094098Of course. All roads lead to either Rome or Sandover.
Does anyone else imagine Crazy Ted selling maps that are "only slighy smudged out!" like a certain Camel salesman?
>>24094201>"Oh Sandover has one, it's Citadel's." Tallow sighs."Oh, do you mean he has a different one, not the one you auctioned? So, then, who has yours? Crazy Ted?">>24094201> "Which one?" He asks."Well, the Fifth said something about the Human Daughter raised by the Dragon, alluding to my own history; I think he meant the Dragon that Was of Darkness, before Citadel. But if you know of some other daughter, or perhaps an Old One, we'd love to know about that too."
>>24094201"That kind of summed up my question. I had no idea that there was even more than one."
>>24094219"I'm cuttin' yer own throat...er, me own throat!"
>>24094201"The shadowy one. But any info you have on actual dragons would be useful too. Sandover's going to try and kill the Old One and I heard that was a dragon title."
>>24094247I think he meant that Sandover has the Citadel's moral compass.
Hey guys.Ssen's a lamia, right?They live hundreds of years?Imagine how intimidating 118 year old ssen is to caligo clarus trainees.
>>24094281This. I was initially screwed up by that as well.
>>24094273The Dramatae were the ones who threatened to kill the Old One, not Sandover; the Dramatae wanted to recruit him, but he didn't know their plan yet.>>24094281Wow, that interpretation didn't even occur to me (totally misread the referent of "has one"), but that makes perfect sense.
>>24094291It'd be like when we first fought Granny. "Oh, I'm sorry, you were using a weapon?"
>>24094247"Well, the Fifth said something about the Human Daughter raised by the Dragon, alluding to my own history; I think he meant the Dragon that Was of Darkness, before Citadel. But if you know of some other daughter, or perhaps an Old One, we'd love to know about that too.""No, no...you're missing a big piece because the Fifth doesn't measure time like we do, since this all happened in the same Age he thinks it happened like yesterday. There used to be a Third Faction. The Dragon's Decedents, spawn of that thing, or spawn of spawn. They were human, or monsters, or whatevers, they had a touch of that thing within them. Their goal was to revive the Dragon Who Was Of Shadow and reinstall the old reign of Fear. They wanted to destroy Citadel too, and the Dramatae opposed them. I'm guessing that since you haven't run into any that those masked fuckers managed to wipe them out." He drinks his water. "Good thing too, those bastards were terrors. They aren't like regular monsters. Smart, strong, nearly immortal, and a host of other things. Not to mention how the people who worshipped them....changed. Your Father killed a good many of them, before we realized we were being played by the Dramatae." He sighs. "As for Old One, that's a Dragon title right? Sorry, only Dragon I ever saw was Whitefire, the one your father killed."
>>24094363Alternatively, since lamias grow longer instead of stronger, ssen might not be so much of a combatant later in life.
>>24094314The dramatae want Sandover to kill the Old One. It's his initiation test. He may not know he's going to do it but he will.
>>24094405They also remain agile and fast, or get more so. I doubt Ssen will be out of the game at that point unless she wants to be.>>24094390"Whitefire, a name is more than we had before. Was my father the one who actually killed him? I read of battles involving twenty or more men.People spoke of Whitefire as the 'last' dragon; do you have any reason to believe that's true, or do you think there any chance that there's still a dragon in the Dark Peaks? Was there ever talk, or rumors, of Whitefire having offspring, or siblings, or relations of any kind?"
>>24094405Only ones that go bestial get longer. We are just going to be more of a sidewinder than a constrictor.
>>24094390"Well, that clears things up a bit. Sort of. And I'll follow up with someone else about the dragons.""On a different topic entirely, do you know anything about the "accident" with sandover and quentin's sister? Or anything that might be important to her? I'm thinking of visiting her next, seeing what can be done."
>>24094390How did the people who worship them change? so I know if they are still around and are simply in hiding using pawns.
>>24094494No no, I'm pretty sure they ALL get longer, it's just the ones we have recorded are bestial. Grandma didn't because she's a naga.
>>24094405We would get faster.considering Granny got so tough we could not even harm her, I could see us becoming so fast that most people cannot even see us move when we go full speed.
>>24094510>"On a different topic entirely, do you know anything about the "accident" with sandover and quentin's sister? Or anything that might be important to her? I'm thinking of visiting her next, seeing what can be done."Good thinking; he does seem to know more of the story there, since he feels guilty for not helping.
>>24094482 Brb, need to eat and take a little break. I'll be back in at most 2 hours, at least 1 hour. Imagine Ssen or one of the Dawnchasers telling you that we'll be right back, and that you shouldn't sit too close to the screen.
>>24094549I would imagine we still would get tough, just not to the point of what she did. Or we would have to wait longer to reach that point.
>>24094535No, Granny said that getting massive is Citadel's reward for them acting their parts as monsters. Hence Granny not being much bigger than us despite being so old.
>>24094590Granny still got huge in comparison to us, though.we're still going to get huge. Just not AS huge as the wild ones.
>>24094588>>24094558 Tricia is the one who tells us we'll be right back, but Ssen is the one who tells us not to sit too close to the screen
>>24094618But she's not huge in comparison to us.
>>24094641She totes is, she could make the cavern rumble with a tailstomp. And had a SIGNIFICANTLY larger amount of mass.
Anyway, so what're you guys doing for your commercial break?Also, what type of shield is clang? Shapewise?
>>24093889Since we now know that the coins were corrupted somehow, we should ask Quentin about them again when we pick up Beacon and Clang, giving him this information. Seems like if anyone could discern what's wrong with metal, Quentin could. If not him, we might have to wait until we chat with a dragon about them. (Though there's a very obvious danger about talking about coins with a dragon.)
>>24094968Oh, smart thinking. Also, if the coins USED to be the symbol of the light, and they were corrupted...Does that mean there's a symbol of citadel floating around out there to purify? Or that we could forge one?
>>24094737a Large Round shield(viking shield sized) would work well for us, or perhaps kite shield.
>>24095198I feel like, with Ssen's body length and shape, a sizable kite shield makes more sense than a round one.One that comes to a point in the upper corners, and is somewhat rounded on the bottom. Smooth face, apart from the emblem and runes we've had put on it.
>>24095198Would a tower shield work, I wonder? I don't imagine clang as one, but it sort of works with our bodyshape.I've always imagined clang as a big ol' roundshield.
>>24095240Clarifying: more of a heater shield than a kite shield.
>>24095293You know, they do look pretty darn good. An elongated version, I hope.
>>24095316an elongated version of that is a Tower shield.pic related, tower shieldactually a tower shield like this would probably be best.
>>24095408Can Ssen heft these things easily yet? That WOULD be pretty amazing.
>>24095445I would say yes, we where never some frail waif of a girl, and our journeys have only strengthened us further.Plus lamia muscles are probably slightly, or even significantly stronger than human muscles per pound, hence why we are so easily capable of crushing people with our tail. breaking bones with pressure takes far more strength then breaking them with a hard strike.
>>24095501I think that our types of creatures get stronger over time, we're probably just about human strength in our human part. Maybe we should go arm wrestling (real arms) at some point as a gauge.Either way though, we don't have to deal with concerns of weight making us slow, since we have so much weight compared to a human naturally.
>>24095501I assumed that Ssen's tail muscles were incredibly strong and optimized for constriction, while her upper body was comparable to a reasonably strong human, before accounting for added leverage from lower body strength.>>24095408The size of a moderate tower shield, but with pointed top corners like a heater, rather than a rounded top. Helps if we want to shield-bash.
>>24095603pointed corners at the top do nothing for a shield bash, and can get caught on things easier.shield bashes would use the lower edge(where it meets to a point), or the middle of the face of the shield.
>>24095646OK, I'm convinced. Fairly sharp point at the bottom, rounded top to deflect blows but let them slide off.
>>24095646>>24095603I thought the ridges along the top were to catch and twist blades and the like? For a more controlled parry?
>>24095646>get caught on things easierIsn't that the point? To catch the opponent's weapon.
>>24095750Not when the weapon is going over the top of your shield.One interesting alternative to consider, if we like the tower-style approach:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scutum_%28shield%29
>>24095793Man, now that I'm looking at it with an eye for lamias, all these for-human shields are really squat and wide.
>>24095846actually, nevermind. I forgot. We don't HAVE to be as tall as we are in combat.Any degree of crouch works!
>>24095854Yeah, in combat we can easily roll, block, stab, and pop back up, without ever turning our back to our enemy.
>>24095928This lends more credence to the roundshield, I think.
Have to leave for a while.For the next vote on where to go: first to whoever has the compass *as long as it isn't Sandover*, and then to Crazy Ted. For the latter, when we meet him, we should make it very clear that we're not looking to *hunt* a dragon, but *meet* and *talk to* one. Push past any incredulity on his part that anyone would want to do that; after all, we can easily relate to the idea of treating a dragon as a person rather than a monster. See how he reacts to that.
>>24096140hence my original suggestion, but a Tower shield like the one I posted also lends well to it, and would actually be a bit easier for us to manage I think.
>>24096222And of course as he leaves, I come back. Oh, got a lovely new version of Ssen, it's a work in progress but I do like it.
>>24096241Well, we can work with a wide variety of material. I hope the lil' dwarf surprises us.>>24096222We're going to tell him we're just talking to a dragon, but not much incredulity at hunting them. Our family did it, and this guy probably really wants to do it too, if he's not actually a secretdragon.
>Paladin Balles (Pronounced BAIL-ss)>Paladin Balles (Pronounced BAY-ELS please DON"T mix that up)>Paladin Balles (Pronounced BAIL-ESS)>Paladin Balles (Pronounced BAIL-S)
>>24096292Hot damn where did you get that? It's really good, other than her not being looong enough.
>>24096292Ooh, very nice. and a good demonstration of how intimidating Ssen can look even without trying
>>24096349The veins kind of make her look PUMPED. also ssen's armor covers a lot more than that I thought, but this might be her just wearing the paladin mantle, and not a whole armor setup.
>>24096292She looks a little thin. That waist gonna snap like a twig with the amount of power she puts through her tail. Why does she even have a waist/hips?And is Ssen left-handed?The actual drawing is really good though.
>>24094510"Well, that clears things up a bit. Sort of. And I'll follow up with someone else about the dragons. People spoke of Whitefire as the 'last' dragon; do you have any reason to believe that's true, or do you think there any chance that there's still a dragon in the Dark Peaks? Was there ever talk, or rumors, of Whitefire having offspring, or siblings, or relations of any kind?"Tallow shakes his head. "We only saw sign of Whitefire, and that was it. If there are other Dragons out there, and it is likely, Dark Peaks is a maze, so it wouldn't surprise me. But they're probably sleeping or hiding, they aren't stupid creatures. They know that if they emerge, they're going to have to deal with armies, ballistae, and people like your father. People don't fear dragons like they used to, and that takes away one of their oldest weapons.""On a different topic entirely, do you know anything about the "accident" with sandover and quentin's sister? Or anything that might be important to her? I'm thinking of visiting her next, seeing what can be done.""It was a 'fluke' accident with a chunk of stone falling straight out of the blue from the top of the cave roof and smashing into her house while she was sleeping inside. Total accident, but Quentin and I knew better." He shakes his head. "If you want to help her, the first thing you can do is jam a blade between Sandover's ribs. He visits her too, regularly."
>>24096410"Sandover might not be so easy to kill."
>>24096410"It's going to take quite a lot of willpower not to do just that when I meet him, from what I've heard. My policy on these things is to generally try for some hairbrained redemption scheme or lock them up, which doesn't really apply here. Unless I can drum up some charges. Point is, I try my hardest not to stab people, regardless of how sleazy they are, until I need to."
>>24096410"I'd honestly love that solution but it sadly might not be that easy. I'll figure something out though."
>>24096410Unfortunately if he does not attack me first I cannot attack him. As a paladin I must have actualy proof especially with someone of his standing. I wish it was otherwise as I know how evil he is. But I cannot prove it.
>>24096477"Sandover might not be so easy to kill.""You'll see when you meet him how true that is." Tallow shakes his head. "Now, do you have any last remaining questions for your defunct Oracle? I'd like to be able to empty my stash and enjoy the last self-pity soak on my own."
>>24096538"No no, I wouldn't dare keep an old man from his drug soup. I've left my companions waiting, I should attend to them before they tease that nurse into a coma."
>>24096538"Thanks for all of your help."
>>24096583"No no, I wouldn't dare keep an old man from his drug soup. I've left my companions waiting, I should attend to them before they tease that nurse into a coma. Thanks for all of your help.""Anytime, Paladin Patrick." He submerges himself for a moment and then comes back up, with an honest smile on his face.You come back to the waiting room and find the nurse sitting rapt as the Dawnchasers are making up an exaggerated retelling of the fight against the Ghouls."And then Paladin Ssen rose up to her full height, a towering figure looming before the hideous Ghouls and brought her sword down with a mighty SLASH that...oh hey Ssen." Peri/Mari say."Are we good?" Lea asks.
>>24096656we're good. Please go on. I owuldn't want to leave the poor woman hanging.
>>24096656"Yes, Andrew was most helpful in answering a few of my questions, and I think he may even follow the Light more closely now."
>>24096656"Yeah, he's settled. Somewhat. He has a long road ahead of him. Oh, and he'd quite like us to help Quentin's sister."
>>24096721>"Yes, Andrew was most helpful in answering a few of my questions, and I think he may even follow the Light more closely now. Oh, and he'd quite like us to help Quentin's sister.""Blessings upon him, who has found his way back to the path." Lea says."Okay, so we got a damsel to rescue. Nice to have something familiar back on the to-do list." Tricia says."Anyway, please go on. I wouldn't want to leave the poor woman hanging." You say with a smile."And she came down with a mighty SLASH and cleaved the Fell King in twain, saving the day." Mari says."Oh...oh my. How...amazing." The nurse says almost breathless. "You are all so fortunate to be traveling with such a legend!"
>>24096786I like this new format you have here, with the chopped-up dialogue before the post.I just noticed you were doing it, and I like that. Some quests don't.
>>24096786"Don't let them fool you, it's all a group effort. Mage here managed to take out all of the Ghoul raiders with a single spell for example."
>>24096786"Hah, well, the storytellers might have helped a bit with that. Thanks for being so helpful, I think we're done here. Ladies to help, wrongs to right, books to look at."
>>24096786"I'm fortunate to be traveling with such legendary heroes myself; whatever tales they might have regaled you with, I'm not the only one behind the deeds we've done. Perhaps next time you should ask for tales of [say this next bit in the most circus-announcer voice you can manage] the amazing Mage Patrick, Tricia and her bugly armies, Mari and Peri of the two minds, and Lea the Paladin of Paladins.
>>24096914you have made me laugh and clap, good sir. I support your suggestion over my own.
>>24096914>"I'm fortunate to be traveling with such legendary heroes myself; whatever tales they might have regaled you with, I'm not the only one behind the deeds we've done. Perhaps next time you should ask for tales of the amazing Mage Patrick who takes our armies with a single spell, Tricia and her bugly armies, Mari and Peri of the two minds, and Lea the Paladin of Paladins."The others look horrified and endlessly amused by your speech. There are looks that promise payback for that."But, thanks for being so helpful, I think we're done here. Ladies to help, wrongs to right, books to look at.""Agreed." The group waves as you all leave.Roll 2d20
>>24096914"I should be very upset if in a hundred years the history books talked about the Paladin Serpent and her unnamed friends. I might have to start smiting if that were to happen."
Rolled 7, 15 = 22>>24097001
>>24097008This is a good thing to mention to your comrades while travelling.Before we get attacked by giant burrowing beetle white supremacists.
>>24097017Your skin is slightly itchy, you're not near to shedding time yet, but it's going to be within the next couple of days.Also, you're being followed. Two people in dark cloaks that blend in perfectly with the fungal lights and shadows. They've been stalking you since you left Quentin's.
>>24097093Are there any open air bars or something around?We should go and sit down, order drinks for everyone plus two extra, then beckon them over.No intelligence agent worth their salt can resist this chance.
>>24097125>Are there any open air bars or something around?Not in this area, you're closer to the Northern Sector with the Therapy House and the Cups Guildhouse where Rachel is being kept. The bard are in the East Sector.
>dwarven city>no bar every block next to the grocery shopsdamn citadel. damn it to hell.
>>24097168>>24097150now now, they've been tracking us for like three shops now.We can do the bar plan, if you guys actually think it's a good idea. Or really, if there are any open air cafes or resturaunts or anything on the way there. It works.
Rolled 7, 18 = 25>>24097150Not the original but how about a park or fountain. Intelligence handoff there all noir style.
>>24097199It wont be that hard to go get some food, plus it is just after mid-day. Your stalkers don't seem to be doing anything other than shadowing you.
>>24097215Yeah. If we can find some resturaunt with an outdoors area so we can have clear lines of sight with them and vice versa, the plan would work just the same.Though, it is a bit dumb of a plan, since they could run away instead of coming over, so I hope you other guys vote against or for it.
Peri goes to the ladies room when we're getting something to eat/drink. Then sneaks around behind them.
Tricia could probably send a ladybug or something to tail them.
>>24097240There's a small place with an outdoor beer garden, you all shuffle in and place orders for various pies that supposedly contain meat, or mushrooms, or something edible that you don't want to look too closely at, and all sit down at a table."So, everyone sees them?" Peri says.There are nods all around. Thankfully everyone's not too bad at looking discreet, the fact that you'd like lunch anyway is an added bonus to that fact."So, we letting them continue to scope us, or are we dealing with them now?" Mari asks.
>>24097240This. Order for seven. Make sure there's a crowd there.captcha: whereby adeduantNo, captcha, a ded I don't want.>>24097271Good idea, this first.
>>24097271oh yeah, this is the best plan."Ah, it will be good to rest after all this. It's terribly itchy work. Especially on the back. On that topic, "Lean closer to tricia, like you're about to say something lovey dovey about her tail rubs skin shedding talk earlier"We've been followed by at least two people for a while now. They're all in black. They're roughly that way-giggle a bit and tilt your head slightly in their direction-"I need you to bug them as a backup plan. I'm going to try to call them over to us."
>>24097367Er, referenced the wrong post. This one:>>24097256
>>24097357They're way too obvious. Clearly they're trying to be obvious so that we deal with them and think the problem's over and aren't on guard for the second sneakier group we didn't see. So what we have to do is pretend not to see them so they think we're completely incompetent and then hopefully the second group will get sloppy and once we've found them we can take both groups out at once.
>>24097357"We're going to have lunch with them. Tricia, be a dear and see if you can get a friend to watch them, just in case."Order for 7. Let's have a big pile of poultry for ourselves, and some sandwich-y things for them. Or if sandwiches don't exist yet, stews.
>>24097357Let them follow for now. We don't want to tip our hand.
>>24097357"First thing we need to do is bug them, in case they get jumpy and run off, so Tricia, could you get some bug to follow them and let us know where they go?"
>>24097391"Ah, it will be good to rest after all this. It's terribly itchy work. Especially on the back. On that topic, " You turn and lean back into Tricia who smiles and gently scratches your back. Ohh, right there...yeah. "Think you can bug those two?" You smile at her. "Mmh, that feels good."She giggles as you use your tail to rub against her leg where you know she's ticklish. "Sure, sure, just ease up okay."She closes her eyes and starts to concentrate."Peri/Mari, go to the bathroom." You say. "Then loop around and make sure that these two don't have more friends."Peri/Mari drain their glass and nod as they get up and head to the privy."So, should I just out and out invite them over?" You ask."I don't know, we don't know who they work for." Mage says. "I mean the list of people who might want to follow us is not filled with people who would hire people to just have a pleasant lunch with us."
>>24097542"True, but if they wanted to attack us they had plenty of opportunities before we became aware of them."
>>24097542"Odds are they'll run away when we call out to them, and if so, we can track them with your bug, if not, we might be able to get some information out of them."
>>24097542"Well, if they're more of the mind to not talk, then they'll at least run off to one of their safehouses. We can get some clues or something.Though, I hope we can all have a nice lunch. I much prefer it when our enemies are reasonable"
Rolled 2>>24097614"True, but if they wanted to attack us they had plenty of opportunities before we became aware of them.""Yes, but we haven't gone down any blind alleys or obvious ambush spots." Lea says."Don't stop that..." Tricia says about you rubbing her leg. "It's nice and helps me concentrate."
Rolled 4>>24097665"Ah!" Tricia starts. "Too high! Oh, oh damn...""Honestly, you two." Mage mutters."Let me try again, just one more time." Tricia insists.
>>24097690>>24097665"Tricia, are you sure it helps you concentrate?And doesn't do the exact opposite of that?"
Rolled 11>>24097690She shakes her head. "Sorry, the only bugs around are these pesky little moths or fireflies and they're stubborn or loopy thanks to the you-know-what." She brushes your tail away. "Later. I guess we're waiting on Peri then."
>>24097712"Well, let's give her some time then. I am of the impression being sneaky isn't the fastest of things. Too bad we didn't get her order before she left."
>>24097712After a bit Peri returns and sits down. "They have a backup follower, dressed in civvies." She says. "They're wearing one of those mine breather masks they use to keep the dust out."
>>24097804"Well then, we might be ordering for eight. We didn't quite come through on the bug department, so if they sprint, we might have to chase them down. I don't know how well that will work, I'm not the best of sprinters.Unless you guys think we should try an ambush or something unfriendly like that."
>>24097804"So what do people think, counter-ambush, or try and call them over?"
>>24097804Peri knocks out the back up while we invite the two we see for food. That way, if they spook or they take the bait, we still win.
>>24097871This if the first two aren't immediately put on alert by peri moving off again.
>>24097922>>24097871Yeah, we can't really use peri again.we COULD have mage aim a sleep spell, but eh, he's not the best shot.I say our vote is for calling them over.
Oh man I have a feeling this one is gonna be a long'un
>>24097939Okay so I'm seeing three plans.1) Invite them over2) Have Peri take them out and you deal with their back up3) Leave and lead them into a counter ambush.First to four as usual
>>24098075>1) Invite them overWe have the internal cahones of a damn t-rex.
>>24098075Okay, I'm putting my one vote into calling them over. If they all bail, we can ambush next time. We can't send peri again, too suspicious.
1) Invite them over
>>24098075invite them over.
>>24098075Let's invite them over, and be ready to pursue if they bolt.
>>24098075>3) Leave and lead them into a counter ambush This, but after we've finished so as to keep up the facade.This way peri can get the d.rop on their backup while we go for the first two
>>24098088No, of a dragon.
Rolled 5>>24098088"Alright, get ready I'm about to do something stupid." You sigh."So, standard operation for us." Mage says."Hello!" You wave at the pair. "Why don't you two in the hoods come join us for a meat pie, our treat!"
>>24098176I really hope we get the title of "dragon" at some point.
>>24098183I love the stupid things we do.I probably hate the consequences of our actions.
Don't just invite them from a distance. Go over, clap your hands on their shoulders, and ask if they'd like to join you.
>>24098195Argh, too late.
>>24098183The pair look at each other and approach you. "You know," One of them says. "You really don't exactly make this spy game very fun." You recognize that voice.Robin Goodfellow lowers his hood and sits down. "So, what are we having?""Sir, you can't just sit down and have lunch with the enemy!""Ryan...every day you make me question why I don't kill you." He goans. "Go off with Jessie and try and, I don't know, steal a mine.""You mean a shipment?""No, I mean an entire mine. Impress me." He snaps. "Go!"The other Fey Court elf scampers off. "Honestly, the hope of our people, that one." He sighs and tries a bite of Mage's pie. He makes a face and then tries Lea's. "Umm, this is good. May I?""Help yourself." Lea says sliding the meat pie over to him. "Thanks, its so hard to get something greasy and bad for you when your on the run, or with the Fey Court at all. They're not big on cooking with lard. Huge mistake in my book."
>>24098253"Just to make sure, you had a third person with you, right? Hanging back as a backup?"
>>24098288(I'm assuming that's who "Jessie" is, but I want to make sure we don't have two entirely unrelated tails on us; we have that kind of luck sometimes.)
>>24098253"You really shouldn't try and sneak up on us, we where considering a more... hostile method of catching whoever was following us."
>>24098288I'm assuming that's the Jessie he was referring to.>>24098253"So were you shadowing us for a reason? Or did you just suddenly get shy?"
>>24098253HAH! Knew it!I should have called it, but I knew it."Ah, Robin, good to see you. I hope that last favor of yours didn't make you a criminal to the court, too. So, what'd you want to know?"Begin eating whatever we ordered casually.. As I said before, probably poultry, because it's delicious.
>>24098253"So, why are we 'the enemy' today? Not that we're not happy to see you, but we really have quite enough enemies already."
>>24098288"Just to make sure, you had a third person with you, right? Hanging back as a backup?""Yeah, Jessie. Ryan's better half and has a brain, although she kept on insisting that we poison you. She's got a weird thing about that...about dead bodies in general. Might be why she insists on only screwing Ryan after he's come back from a cold area and he has to lie very very still." He grins. "Joking. About the poison thing...by the Summerlands I wish I was about the other thing, but she's the best dip I've seen so...what are you gonna do?"
>>24098331"Well, right now we're looking for information so we can go after Sandover which I'm sure you'd be interested in. "
>>24098359no, he's not asking us what we're going to do.He's making a figure of speech."Yeah, he's a cheating scumbag, but he brings vodka, so what are you gonna do?"is an example of such a saying.
>>24098331"So, why are you spying on us?"
>>24098331Finish my pie while you explain what you're after this time.
>>24098331So is there any paticular reason you are following us around? Or are you just helping train these people in the fine art of subterfuge? I suppose you have to make up to the Fey Court some how.
>>24098331>but she's the best dip I've seenDip?
>>24098331"Hey, there's no accounting for taste. Though, I really do hope you were joking about that poison thing. I've had some real bad times with poison, and it'd leave me in quite the foul mood. And let's not even get started on what tricia'd do to you.""So, what's on your mind? Fey court angry at me, or do you just want my itinerary?"
>>24098311"You really shouldn't try and sneak up on us, we where considering a more... hostile method of catching whoever was following us.""And I would have respected that by running like hell why you beat Ryan to a pulp." He grins."Anyway, Robin, it's good to see you. I hope that last favor of yours didn't make you a criminal to the court, too.""Just for a little while, then Mab needed something and I got it for her. Now I'm back being the regular errand boy for the Court." He shrugs. "It's a dishonest living. CAN I HAVE ANOTHER PIE PLEASE!" He waves at a serving girl. "THANK YOU!""So, why are we 'the enemy' today? Not that we're not happy to see you, but we really have quite enough enemies already.""Well," He shakes his head. "Turns out that Queen Mab is now interested in you. She has graciously extended an offer to you to be fortunate enough to bask in her presence. Whether you want to or not." He takes a drink. "She wants me to kidnap you and bring you before her. Now, I don't like it when my teeth get kicked in, so I figured if I just did a little shadowing, and made some dumb poisioning attempt that wouldn't work, then I could wait it out until she changes her mind again like the crazy bitch she is and puts me on something less fatal." He digs into the next pie. "Of course, this plan works too."
>>24098405Ah, I take it by the 'crazy' comment it wouldn't be wise to simply accept her offer for a future meeting after we are done here
>>24098405"Why do you keep Ryan around with you, if he's always such a pain?"
>>24098405"You know, she could have just asked."I'm thinking we might be able to get Robin to steal Sandover's compass?
>>24098415Hmmm, that's a service we could potentially use, while we're here.>>24098405"So, other than basking, what precisely does she want? Does she know we're the ones who have Lightmare? In which case I really don't think we'll be taking her up on her offer. But if it's something else she wants, perhaps we could exchange letters or something."
>>24098456>I'm thinking we might be able to get Robin to steal Sandover's compass?Yeah, exactly.
>>24098405"Well, we're sort of on business, which may tend towards the lethal given past experiences, so I'm not entirely sure I can entertain queen mab. Though, if you're willing to wait around a bit, I wouldn't be opposing to having a chat with her once we're done here. It'd be nice to have some extra traveling companions, it was sort of fun running a caravan."
>>24098405"If it makes you feel any better, I think the odds of me kicking your teeth in are pretty low."
>>24098405"I am not exactly opposed to meeting Queen Mab, but currently we are kind of busy with a few things here.""Perhaps you could set up a meeting at a later date, then you could dispose of the whole 'kidnapping' thing too.
>>24098473First we need to make sure that "meeting" does not in fact mean public execution.
I'm imagining us walking in with Ryan and Jessie tied up, saying something like "You wanted us to come here by way of a kidnapping? Will this suffice?"
>>24098405tack this onto the end of whatever we're saying"Oh, and please don't try any stupid poisoning attempts in the future. Just a warning now. I would be more livid than anything you've seen, and Tricia here, no doubt, would be the same but also covered in hornets."
>>24098467>>24098473I can't be the only one who sees the potential problems with going to a meeting with a crazy elf queen who tried to have us kidnapped.
>>24098505I plainly see all the potential problems.I am OK with that. I would like to try to turn the crazy elves into our allies anyway.
>>24098505Us going to meet her? Bad idea. Her coming to meet us, on our terms? Possible. Us communicating through Robin? Even better.
>>24098405How were you planning on kidnapping someone who weighs, like, three times the amount of a human?
>>24098505On the other hand, she could potentially be a powerful ally against Citadel. If I remember correctly, the Fey Court hates Citadel, and may have their own land-spirit entity that does the same.
>>24098529oh, ask this.I am DYING to know.
>>24098529and it's way more than three.
>>24098529Good question.>>24098536A very good reason for us to try to remain civil with her.>>24098501This, please.
>>24098529Three times the weight of a human, immune to all poisons which could be used to knock her out, has a long, powerful and hard to restrain tail.Kidnapping a Lamia would be a nightmare.
>>24098552the key, you see, is to trick them into getting into a bag.
>>24098552>immune to all poisons which could be used to knock her outWe wish. There are still a small number of poisons that do work on us. Eventually we'll become resistant to more of those, once we start approaching Granny's...venerability, but for now there are still several things that can knock us flat.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23725498/#p23726313> Lamia poison is among the more fatal animal-produced substances found in the natural world. Not counting eugenically manufactured, alchemically enhanced, and magically enhanced substances, there's only three creatures above you that are more toxic. Underside wasps, glass scorpions, and the bile of dragons. Those are the three natural animal-based poisons that you aren't immune too, as well.>Also, the only one who's immune to your poison is you, and maybe someone who's had your blood transfused into their body. Maybe, provided that process doesn't kill them. You are NOT immune to other Lamia poison.
>>24098592but, see, those are used to kill. I think.Unless underside wasps work as sedative. Hell for kidnapping otherwise.
>>24098445"Why do you keep Ryan around with you, if he's always such a pain?""He's got a gift for locks. Also, the idiot is slowly learning the way of the proper scoundrel and vandal.">>24098436"Ah, I take it by the 'crazy' comment it wouldn't be wise to simply accept her offer for a future meeting after we are done here. Not that I'm opposed to meeting Queen Mab. But we're busy at the moment."He nods as he waves his hand back and forth. "I appreciate that. Everyone's always busy these days. It depends anyway on what kind of meeting it would be. Mab is nuts, but that doesn't mean fatal. It kind of depends on how much you can convince her that you had nothing to do with little Thistleblossom's disappearance. And since you weren't alive seven ages ago, I doubt it.""Thistleblossom?" Tricia asks."The first Queen Mab's daughter, and since every Queen Mab is 'convinced' that she is Queen Mab reborn." He sighs. "They get to feel the betrayal of their 'missing' brat over and over again, so this one is convinced that the Paladin Serpent MUST know SOMETHING about the Lost Fairy Princess." He shakes his head. "Like I said, she's kinda crazy.""Uh huh. Oh, and please don't try any stupid poisoning attempts in the future. Just a warning now. I would be more livid than anything you've seen, and Tricia here, no doubt, would be the same but also covered in hornets.""Received and understood."
>>24098587>Ryan trying to lure us into a giant bag by waving a stick in front of us.I would love to see that.
>>24098613>>24098592we are also vulnerable to alchemical poisons, or magical poisons(see the ghoul archer that nearly killed us with magic poison arrows)
>>24098620>implying it wouldn't workIt would be the most humiliating story our party tells at every tavern.
>>24098615"How much would it cost to use your excellent item retrieval services again?"
>>24098615"While we don't know anything about a missing Fae princess, that certainly sounds like the kind of thing we'd be happy to help with. If we come across any information about it we'll pass it along, and if we find any actionable information, as unlikely as that is after this long...well, I think princess-rescuing is right at the top of stereotypical Paladin activities, right?">>24098529This, please.>>24098664And this.
>>24098615"So, what, should I look into thistleblossom? I happen to have a keen interest in the events of seven ages ago. Though, it's almost impossible to find records."
>>24098674"While we don't know anything about a missing Fae princess, that certainly sounds like the kind of thing we'd be happy to help with. If we come across any information about it we'll pass it along, and if we find any actionable information, as unlikely as that is after this long...well, I think princess-rescuing is right at the top of stereotypical Paladin activities, right?""Eh, more of a Lightbringer thing, but I think a Paladin will do in a pinch.""You're so funny." Mari says."NO." Peri snaps.Robin looks a little confused and then shakes it off."So, what, should I look into regarding Thistleblossom? I happen to have a keen interest in the events of seven ages ago. Though, it's almost impossible to find records."Robin shrugs. "Beats me, I don't give a flowery shit about the brat. I'm not so much of a 'past' guy anyway. I worry about the food on my plate today."How were you planning on kidnapping someone who weighs, like, three times the amount of a human?""Ryan suggested a bag, and Jessie keeps talking about something that has ropes and a wagon." He shrugged. "I figured it would be a non-issue.""So, how much would it cost to use your excellent item retrieval services again?""Oh ho ho!" Robin grins. "So this is a business lunch, is it? Alright, then." He nods and drains a drink. "What's the item, who's the possessor, and how blind am I going into this?"
>>24098779>"Oh ho ho!" Robin grins. "So this is a business lunch, is it? Alright, then." He nods and drains a drink. "What's the item, who's the possessor, and how blind am I going into this?""A very special compass that works in Dark Peaks, Jeremy Sandover, and no more blind than we are."
>>24098794Which means very. We just learned he had the compass today. However spotting it should be easy. Its made outta this. Show him the lantern coin.
>>24098811We should show it to him (and show him what it sounds like) if he agrees, but if not then let's not expose it to more people than necessary.
>>24098779>Ryan suggested a bagWatch out for Ryan. He knows.
>>24098794>>24098811I think this about covers it. Don't show him the coin until he agrees.
>>24098794"A very special compass that works in Dark Peaks, Jeremy Sandover, and no more blind than we are. Which means very. We just learned he had the compass today. However spotting it should be easy. Its made outta this."You show him the lantern coin. He looks at it, listens to it sing for a bit and nods. "Okay," He says, handing you back the coin. "1000 gold.""How is it that we constantly end up having barely 20 gold each to our names?" Peri grumbles. "Is it too much to ask for a little obscene wealth now and again?""Barring that...give me immunity papers for Stone Hall." He says. "I want me, Ryan, and Jessie to be able to walk the streets freely there, and I'll knock it down to 800." Robin says.
>>24098900"I'll be willing to put a word in Avery's ear, as long as your promise not to cause too much trouble with it."
>>24098900>"Barring that...give me immunity papers for Stone Hall." He says. "I want me, Ryan, and Jessie to be able to walk the streets freely there, and I'll knock it down to 800." Robin says."I'm not giving you a blank check for your future activities. It's your job to stay good enough that you don't get caught, or make sure that when you do you're only stealing from people we don't much care about. Immunity for any past activities, though, I could probably arrange; you seem like a decent set of rogues.As for the gold, I think I should elaborate on why we're looking for it. Once we have it, we're headed into Dark Peaks after a dragon and its horde. When we do, one of two things will happen: either it kills us, and you're welcome to Lightmare and the other goods we carry, or we succeed in our mission, and we have more resources than we know what to do with. So, what do you say: how about 1500, payable on our departure from Bronze Peak, or collectable from our estates otherwise?"
I don't think we can afford his services damnit. It would be so simple. But we are already in debt to a smith until we get our stipend.
>>24098900"Because I never learned to control my spending habits, Peri.""And I can't guarantee immunity papers. It's not my city. I can talk to the paladin in charge though. We're becoming good friends, I believe.""Though, no funny business in the city. For obvious reasons."(Haha, I wanted to recruit this guy to stone hall already. Thank you, flimsy pretense!)
>>24098954We're not in debt to Quentin; we just owe him almost all of the gold we currently have.
>>24098951uh, story? buddy?We are totally not after the dragon's horde.
>>24098967still means we don't have enough to pay Robin.
>>24098967>>24098900wait wait wait wait, how much money DO we have?How much will we get from the stipend?We should really check. Or is it going to be a stereotype now that lamias can't do accounting?
>>24098972Among other things, we were hoping the dragon might have more of the Lantern coins. We didn't say it was a horde of gold.That said, suggestion retracted; promising things we don't have yet *is* a bad idea.
>>24098951"I'm not giving you a blank check for your future activities. It's your job to stay good enough that you don't get caught, or make sure that when you do you're only stealing from people we don't much care about. Immunity for any past activities, though, I could probably arrange; you seem like a decent set of rogues. I'll be willing to put a word in Avery's ear, as long as your promise not to cause too much trouble with it."As for the gold, I think I should elaborate on why we're looking for it. Once we have it, we're headed into Dark Peaks after a dragon and its horde. When we do, one of two things will happen: either it kills us, and you're welcome to Lightmare and the other goods we carry, or we succeed in our mission, and we have more resources than we know what to do with. So, what do you say: how about 1500, payable on our departure from Bronze Peak, or collectable from our estates otherwise?""Dragon hunting eh?" He drums his fingers. "I never do a job on promises, no matter who and no matter how much the promise is. Make it 250 now, and I get to collect 2000 when you get back. That also includes the past immunity papers for Stone Hall."
>>24099008(Though I do like the idea of promising him a percentage of what we find. After all, if we don't get anything, we can give him a percentage of that.)>>24099018Hmmm, post timing, argh.In any case, we don't have 250 now."We'll have to consider that one and get back to you; as Peri suggested, we don't exactly have 250 gold now. And as for the total later, perhaps we should make it a percentage of what we find; after all, it isn't in either of our interests for us to promise more than we can deliver."
Why did the price shoot up from 800 gold to 2000? We don't even have 800?!?!?
>>24099063He told us: because he doesn't like doing a job o promises.Given the responses to my suggestion, and my own retraction of it, let's back out of this. We have the perfect reason: we don't have the gold to pay him.
>>24099018"Alas, you're simply too expensive for a poor holy woman like me."
>>24098991When we saw Quentin about our new spear and shield:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24080955/#p24083870> "600 gold now, 600 on delivery."> That would leave you all with about 210 gold between the five/six of you.He then knocked off 100 gold from the price for reusing Beacon, so we have 310 gold, minus whatever lunch is about to cost. So apparently we *do* have 250 gold, but I'm still going to agree with the consensus of not doing this.
>>24099018How the shit did this get twice as expensive?
>>24099018"I do believe I'll have to back out, then. We're not exactly the wealthiest holy order out there, and we just can't match your rates at the moment. And it could turn out that all the dragons actually are dead anyhow.Maybe we'll work out that pardon another day, then? I'm sure we'll accrue a favor or two when we eventually get around to visiting the queen."
>>24099130because you cant deposit a promise.in effect if we decided to screw him over we would have paid 250 gold for the theft.also do we REALLY want this guy, who repeatedly failed to steal our Nightmare, to try and steal from someone who is powerful enough alone to be a threat to a dragon with a title?
>>24099130Cause he's trying to gouge you a little, and he makes it a point to always make 'jam tomorrow' jobs worth his time.
>>24099130because, we WOULD have been paying him now.Paying him later means we have to pay a lot more, to make it worth the risk.Thieving economics 101
>>24099130Because like he said, he doesn't believe in promises. If you try to get him to accept credit, he might as well grossly overcharge for it.
>>24099177Yeah, this sounds like a fine response.
>>24099018How about he gets us that compass, and we arrange to go pay a visit to the Crazy Fae Queen? I mean, our compliance on that front has to be worth something.Then we add in the immunity papers for stone hall.
>>24099091I like this. Especially if we can be a bit dramatic about it.Then follow up with one of the backing out lines.
>>24099183He was able to outsmart the Fae Court, so I'm pretty sure he knows what he's doing.
>>24099196Interesting notion. Perhaps we could ask him what it'd be worth to him to go back to Mab with information about having "interrogated" the Paladin Serpent?
>>24099196>>24099219I had this idea, but it's another bargain-on-a-promise.You're free to float it, but I doubt it would work. if it does, you are smarterer than me.
>>24099233At least it doesn't promise anything we don't know we can deliver though. Smarter plan than mine.
>>24099219I'm pretty sure she wanted to capture us, not to have someone ELSE interrogate us.
>>24099177"I do believe I'll have to back out, then. Too expensive for a poor holy woman like me. We're not exactly the wealthiest holy order out there, and we just can't match your rates at the moment. And it could turn out that all the dragons actually are dead anyhow.Maybe we'll work out that pardon another day, then? I'm sure we'll accrue a favor or two when we eventually get around to visiting the queen."He shrugs. "Fair enough, let me know if you change your mind, I have some other errands here to do, so ask for Lysander Bottom at the Traveller's if you get your hands on some money.""What if we threw in an agreement to have you 'deliver' us to the Queen, along with the immunity papers for Stone Hall?"Robin sucks on his teeth and drums on the table. "More promises...what happens if I get you this compass and you go and die out there in the Dark Peaks?" He shakes his head. "Tempting, but still isn't worth the risk, Sandover's a big man here, if and when he notices it missing, I would have a problem.""We're planning on confronting Sandover ourselves." Tricia says. "Does that help?""Eh, gives me a chance...alright. How much is that fabled stipend of yours anyway?""Two fi-" Mari starts. "Two hundred ever two weeks." Peri finishes."Citadel gets kinda stingy with its heroes...and how much to you have on you?""Less than 150." Peri says before anyone else."What, do you LIKE vows of poverty?" Robin shrugs. "Okay, I like you guys, and I know the difference between a welsher and someone who'll pay up, and you MIGHT not die going out there." He drums his fingers."Immunity, I take you to Mab, 100 gold now, and we work out a deal in installments and trade for 1800 over time, and if it looks like you died on the peaks, I get the Nightmare back. Deal? I'll also need you to make my job easier by making Sandover focus on you, rather than my crew."Deal?"
>>24099335>>24099219the idea I was talking about is the one where we bargain meet-the-queen for get-the-compass.If he doesn't take it that's fine, it just means you have to deal with saaaaaandoooover
>>24099356"Just like you don't like dealing in promises, we don't like going into debt. We appreciate your consideration, but I think we'll try to get more resources together to pay for your services and get back to you. Thanks for the contact address, 'Lysander'. And if you should happen to come across any information we might find useful, let us know."
>>24099356"Thanks but I think we will pass for now, tipping Sandover off early could end... badly for us."
>>24099356Hell no."I'll think about it."
>>24099400"Just like you don't like dealing in promises, we don't like going into debt and we don't want to tip off Sandover too early. We appreciate your consideration, but I think we'll try to get more resources together to pay for your services and get back to you. Thanks for the contact address, 'Lysander'. And if you should happen to come across any information we might find useful, let us know.""Of course, but it wont be cheap." He warns. "Well, Mage, Ladies, until next time our paths collide." He winks at Peri and Mari blushes. "Now if you'll excuse me I have an idiot and a necrophiliac to collect." He leaves a few coins on the table. "Lunch is on me, for making my stalking job easier."
>>24099491"Try not to look too suspicious if you're going to keep following us. Don't want you getting picked up by the local guards and owing us a favor, now, do we?"
>>24099491"Well, that was a lot better than I expected when we noticed we were being followed."Time to visit Crazy Ted, or Rachel, then?
>>24099533Lets check out Crazy Ted first. Visiting Rachel is sure to put us on Sandover's radar.
>>24099545Good point, and we might even run into Sandover himself.Visit Ted, talk to him about wanting to visit with a dragon, find out the details of his own tour and whatever else we can get out of him, and then decide how we're getting to the Bear Shrine.
>>24099513>>24099533Oh, tack this on the end."Oh, and watch out for ryan. He sometimes gets pretty close to the mark."Bags. What horror.
>>24099618"Oh, and watch out for ryan. He sometimes gets pretty close to the mark." You shudder at the thought of the bag."Didn't your Dad ground you once by taking a sack and then ty-""YOU PROMISED TO NEVER MENTION THAT!" You snap.
>>24099720I love Ssen's childhood stories so much.
>>24099720Well, I take it we're off to the next destination.We already sorta voted, but I will wait for the next voting thing.
>>24099770What happens if we die and Death puts us in the Bag?
>>24099811Our worst nightmare.
>>24099811We find our way out and into His Light like a good paladin.
>>24099811Why would she do that? Death takes people and points them on the journey to His Light, or the Peace of the Silent One, or to the Summerlands or forks them over to Citadel. Then she keeps on her job. Anyway, so you guys are in the late afternoon, you want to go visit Crazy Ted then?
hmm, Crazy Ted it is!
>>24099892Yeah. We want to get an idea what a tour with him is going to be like.
>>24099892Eh, if he's even around in the late afternoon.And then the sister, and then sandower's shop. When it's late. and seedy individuals come out to play.Then, FINALLY, we get to go to an inn and make everyone uncomfortable with our cutesy Tricia antics.
>>24099892Crazy Ted time.
>>24099892Yup, Crazy Ted.
>>24099892Would it be accurate to say that Ssen's phobia of bags is crippling?
>>24099968Probably not. Just, you know, a valid concern.Bags.They're out there.
>paymentsSpeaking of this are we still owed the money we would have recieved on our month long trip from citadel to stone hall? That would indeed help us out.
>>24100002no, most of that went straight to Stone Hall recovery efforts.
>>24100001>2410000...>1But yeah, doesn't seem much like a valid concern really, how much burlap would it take to hold our body?
are you sure? I don't remember that being actually discussed at any time.
>>24100018Still not completely clear whether we explicitly gave that to Avery for Stone Hall recovery, or just didn't ask Avery to pay us all of our stipend because the Stone Hall coffers couldn't spare it. When we talked to Paladin Balles, we implied the latter.
>>24100049suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24080955/#p24084261i believe we told him to use it in an earlier thread, but i don't particularly want to dig through 8 or so threads right now.
maybe thats why Echo is suddenly dumping thousand gold prices on us hah. He expected us to have that much by now.
>>24100091> but i don't particularly want to dig through 8 or so threads right now.I guess that's my cue.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23903769/#p23904236> Avery is authorized to grant you your stipend as a Paladin, but the less you take the more grateful he is.That's the only thing I found about us not taking our full stipend from him, and it doesn't at all imply that we gave him the rest, just that we didn't ask him to pay us all of it from Stone Hall's coffers.Assuming that's the case, we might have a lot more to work with once Balles gets back to us.
>>24099933Well Crazy Ted's place isn't hard to find, it's near the exit to the peaks and it's the place with all the trophies littered on the walls and around the grounds. He even has a stuffed Lamia and Naga as a frame around his door. "Charming." Tricia says."Now now," Lea says. "Maybe they attacked him.""So, who's got stand in front of Ssen to make sure she isn't instantly attacked duty?"The three women instantly put their hands to their noses, Mage is a fraction slow. "Oh damn." Mage says as he stands in front of you. "You couldn't have been a succubus or some other creature who looks human at first and second glance. Could you?" He says with a joking smile.
>>24100150I miss Clang
>>24100168This. Clang we need you!
>>24100150Sidelong look at Tricia: "How do you know I'm not part succubus, Mage?"Let's just walk in; we can defend ourselves well enough until he notices the Paladin trappings.
>>24100150"Oh don't worry mage, you'll do fine. Let me just sort of... crouch down here a bit."Lamia equivalent of crouch.We can do that."I can't say I'm too pleased with this guy's trophy collection."
>>24100184Well, we DO have balls of steel, but we also promised Tricia we'd take slightly fewer stupid risks.Slightly.
>>24100184"How do you know I'm not part succubus, Mage?""Because I'm not THAT crazy unlucky." He says.The door opens and a man who's slightly shorter than Peri is there, he has on a ridiculous looking cylindrical fur hat. "Hello. Theodore Katushka." He doffs his hat to you all. He has a very calm and quiet voice. It kind of reminds you of Farther Uriah's back in River's Crossing actually. "How may I help you? Oh...wait." He steps aside and looks at you. "You're Paladin Ssen Patrick, correct? Oh my, how wonderful." He says. "I have your book."
>>24100274"...I have a book?"
>>24100274"I must admit, that was not the welcome I was expecting, seeing your choice of exterior decorations. Book?"
>>24100274My book? Or do you mean the one my Uncle wrote about me?
>>24100274"Oh? Is there a new one, or is it the one written when I was a kid?"
>>24100296"I must admit, that was not the welcome I was expecting, seeing your choice of exterior decorations. Book? You mean the one my Uncle wrote about me?""Oh yes." Ted nods and beckons you inside. There are more trophies and stuffed animals and monsters all over. Along with the largest collection of axes that you've seen in your life. Every type, style, size, and with a host of engravings and etchings. "Those two out front were difficult but I owe my victory to you, really." He gets Julian's book on Lamias and other lizard-kin and hands you a quill. "If you would be so kind? I do like collecting."
>>24100353I have no objection to signing it.
>>24100353"I can't say I'm the most pleased to hear about the effects of the book. Though, I doubt signing it would do any harm."After signing the book"So, I hear you're the man who's seen a dragon?"
>>24100384This. Sign it "Paladin Ssen Patrick".Do we want to add something more than that to the book, or just sign it?
>>24100384"I can't say I'm the most pleased to hear about the effects of the book. Though, I doubt signing it would do any harm." You do so, and he carefully puts it away."So, I hear you're the man who's seen a dragon?"He nods. "Yes, are you interested in seeing my work?"
>>24100408Point your thumb to the taxidermy"You mean this isn't your work?"
>>24100408"Your work?"In any case: "We'd be most interested in getting to meet a dragon, if we could; we'd heard rumors of one still alive. It'd be a shame if that wondrous species was lost to the world."
To be fair, Granny said that Citadel rewards monsters who act the part with food and power. The ones out front were more likely Citadel influenced. It's more sad and pathetic than an affront.As for the book, it's no worse or better than a fight manual against humans with diagrams telling you about the big arteries on the inner thigh.
>>24100448yes. To be fair and all that. We signed the book and all.But we're not exactly pleased. We're a sentimentalist, what can I say.
>>24100448Yeah, I think that's why nobody raised an objection. With what Ssen's father did, we'd be a bit hypocritical to jump to conclusions.
>>24100448>>24100452also, you didn't really have to STUFF the corpse. That's just rude.
>>24100458It fits with both the "monster hunter and collector" image and the "hoarding dragon and his treasures" image, though.
>>24100479well, nobody ever said dragons or monster hunters weren't rude.
>>24100442"Your work?""Yes," He nods. "It's my life's work to find the great dragon that I saw when I was young.""Well, we'd be most interested in getting to meet a dragon, if we could; we'd heard rumors of one still alive. It'd be a shame if that wondrous species was lost to the world.""I know, I was so sorry to hear that Whitefire had been killed...she must have been so beautiful, but I was only just a boy when Paladin Patrick and the Caligo Clarus killed it." He shook his head. "But this Dragon is not a mindless white-scaled beast. No, I believe that this is a full on Old One, a dragon of silver scales. I remember how it glittered in the dawn light." He sighs. He starts to pull out books and map from drawers and his bookshelves. He's actually been very meticulous about his explorations of the Dark Peaks, and his trails are clearly marked...you have no idea what his markings and map key mean, but it obviously makes sense to him. "I have high hopes for some of these western areas of the Dark Peaks here, but those areas need to be constantly mapped due to them being changed all the time by avalanches, subsidence, and occasional flooding." He sighs. "But I need time and money, so I have by side hobbies." He shrugs and gestures to his trophies.
>>24100564"So you're just trying to track the Dragon down? Not hunting it?"
>>24100564"We haven't actually managed to find that much information about dragons, other than historical battles with them. What do you mean by an Old One, and what makes silver dragons different than white ones? It sounds like you're saying some dragons can think and feel like we do, and others cannot? As you can imagine, that's something I'd be interested in."And after that discussion: "We have some ideas on how we might explore the Dark Peaks, and we'd love to go there with you once we get some preparations made. But we also heard that you lead tours over to the Bear Shrine and Goat Sanctuary, and we're interested in visiting those as well, for some research. That research is partly in preparation for the Dark Peaks expedition, actually."
>>24100593"So you're just trying to track the Dragon down? Not hunting it?""Of course," He chuckles. "Who do you think would be crazy enough to try and kill a dragon on their own? I'm good at boar hunting and the rare monster, and my taxidermy skills are quite good, but I'm no fool to take on a Dragon. They're legendary creatures for a reason. I want to prove that it exists, and those things shed scales that are worthless, but it would be proof and something that I could take without getting killed.""So, wait...did you kill those two out front?""Cressida and Demeter?" He shakes his head. "No, those were pets that a Lord paid me to stuff after they died. But he never came to collect." Ted shrugs. "That happens a lot to me, my clients never show up again for one reason or another to collect their good, so my works just pile up around me, and people think I'm some axe crazy lunatic." He sighs. "You charge into town with your hat on fire chasing a boar that has a cherry tree strapped to its back and no one lets you forget it, even though there was a perfectly reasonable answer for everything...except for how in the Darkness that damn pig survived having two axe blades in his head for that long." He shrugs. "But that's life, correct?"
>>24100652............I like him. Lets hear more on the dragon then.
>>24100629"We haven't actually managed to find that much information about dragons, other than historical battles with them. What do you mean by an Old One, and what makes silver dragons different than white ones? It sounds like you're saying some dragons can think and feel like we do, and others cannot? As you can imagine, that's something I'd be interested in.""Well, it has to do with how much of...I suppose you could call it a corruption or a disease. Most dragons are silver by birth, usually the stones or other elements that they live by cause their hues to slightly change color. But some get...I guess infected is the best term. It turns their scales this strange white color which then can be further colored by that earlier process. Turning 'Corrupted White' drives them crazy, to the point where they become needlessly aggressive. Now a pure Silver Dragon...oh, and one that calls itself an Old One...that would be a creature that predates the Citadel ages. One that's still maintained all the dignity and self-awareness, I hope that after all that time it would have elevated itself beyond pure basic creature instincts.""We have some ideas on how we might explore the Dark Peaks, and we'd love to go there with you once we get some preparations made. But we also heard that you lead tours over to the Bear Shrine and Goat Sanctuary, and we're interested in visiting those as well, for some research. That research is partly in preparation for the Dark Peaks expedition, actually.""Oh, well if you like I was planning on a boar hunting trip tomorrow. My hunting trails go by the goat tower and near to the Shrine. I've never been able to gain admittance to the Library though. If you could take me with, I'd be eternally grateful. I'll wave the fee and everything."
>>24100353>"Those two out front were difficult but I owe my victory to you, really.">>24100652>"So, wait...did you kill those two out front?">"Cressida and Demeter?" He shakes his head. "No, those were pets that a Lord paid me to stuff after they died.Well-played, Echo. Good thing we're understanding to a fault. Ted is awesome.>>24100652>You charge into town with your hat on fire chasing a boar that has a cherry tree strapped to its back and no one lets you forget itThat would indeed be memorable."I'd assumed the 'crazy' reputation came from leading expeditions up to the Dark Peaks and returning alone. Though, really, once that's happened a couple of times I'd think the 'crazy' label would apply more to the people who go along, right?"
>>24100652"Such things will happen. Even the smallest things take a long while to live down. "Tricia's caterpillar."So, tell us about the dragon, then. Also, perhaps, about your maps.
We're recruiting Ted aren't we? I can see it now. Crazy Ted the ranger analog.
>>24100711"I'll try."Say it in Lizard and see if he acts confused or understands it. Not that you could actually catch out an ancient dragon with a cheap trick like that, but there's no harm in trying.
>>24100711>"Well, it has to do with how much of...I suppose you could call it a corruption or a disease. Most dragons are silver by birth, usually the stones or other elements that they live by cause their hues to slightly change color. But some get...I guess infected is the best term. It turns their scales this strange white color which then can be further colored by that earlier process. Turning 'Corrupted White' drives them crazy, to the point where they become needlessly aggressive. Now a pure Silver Dragon...oh, and one that calls itself an Old One...that would be a creature that predates the Citadel ages. One that's still maintained all the dignity and self-awareness, I hope that after all that time it would have elevated itself beyond pure basic creature instincts."So, basically, a white dragon is Citadel's storybook dragon for a George to fight, and a silver dragon is untainted by Citadel.*shakes fist at Citadel*>>24100711>"Oh, well if you like I was planning on a boar hunting trip tomorrow. My hunting trails go by the goat tower and near to the Shrine. I've never been able to gain admittance to the Library though. If you could take me with, I'd be eternally grateful. I'll wave the fee and everything.""I think we could arrange that. We only have permission to look, very carefully given the ancient artifacts, but you seem to have a strong respect for history and an impressive attention to detail. And we'd certainly appreciate help with the research, since we're going to care about many of the same topics. You've got yourself a deal. What time did you want to leave in the morning, and do you have any suggested preparations we should make?"
>>24100754That's brilliant; do try that.
>>24100711>>24100754I see no reason not to let him see the library.Or to not use lizardtongue. If that is a thing.
>>24100767sounds good to meAnd yes try speaking in lizard.
>>24100754"Such things will happen. Even the smallest things take a long while to live down. ""Heh, don't I know it." He says.<As for the Library, I'll try> You say in lizard tongue.Roll 1d20
>>24100779>Or to not use lizardtongue. If that is a thing.It is; we spoke with the lizards of Stone Hall in their native tongue, though we're not perfectly fluent in it (we're missing some vocabulary).
oh wow. ... we do have those rerolls if you guys wanna use it?
>>24100790Damn it, redaeth.
>>24100790>>24100801Assuming Echo confirms that this is a critical fail and not a critical success (*sometimes* low is good), yes please.
>>24100790BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!NEVER CHANGE redaeth! NEVER CHANGE! BWAHAHAHA!
>>24100790>>24100810DAMN YOU REDAEEEETH
>>24100810Now I'm scared.
Okay, so that is a crit fail, but nothing bad's gonna happen. It just closes any chances of you finding something out...maybe.But again, nothing horrible is going to happen.But if you want to use a re-roll, it might not be the worst use of one.
>>24100844Oh, but redeath has to make it if you choose to use it.Muwahahaha!
>>24100844We've got three. I'll vote for using one here. Not like we can't earn more later, especially with folks like Anon Mapmaker around.
>>24100851Well then. There's no point in using up a reroll to turn a 1 into another 1.
>>24100851>redeathThere's no such poster in this thread.Muwahahaha!
>>24100851inc second 1
>>24100863I'm right here.
>>24100873Oh no, a doppelganger! Quick, redaeth, smite the impostor with a dice roll!
>>24100863Apologies, but you know what I mean
>>24100905Yeah, but it seemed too funny to pass up, what with your evil laugh and all.
>>24100883>>24100905Why does nobody like me?
Rolled 13not me hah>>24100917>>24100851rollin
>>24100923Well done, redaeth. Let's hope that's good enough to provoke some kind of positive response.
>>24100923Ted blinks twice and looks at you smiling in gratitude, then he's startled for a second. Then, before the others can notice, he recovers."I'm sorry, what was that last part?"There's no question, he understood you."You got a cough, Ssen?" Lea asks as she looks up from Ted's notes.
>>24100952In Lizard tongue: <I think you heard me correctly the first time. Greetings.>
>>24100952"Oh, sorry, excuse me. I'll try to get you into the library, I believe my pass would cover for one extra. And hopefully you can help get me a conversation with a dragon, later."
>>24100966No more lizard
>>24100978If we want to play coy, this sounds really good. Which leaves the question: do we want to play coy, or not? He knows we spoke lizard and he understood it; seems unlikely that he would think we did so accidentally. But he might appreciate the continuation of the masquerade for now.
>>24100998Seems like he wants to play coy, so lets.
>>24101005Fair enough. Retracting my suggestion of directness and backing:>>24100978This.And trying to resist the urge to play along with Lea's "cough" suggestion and coughing <Dragon?>.
>>24100952Hmm...I would have been fine with somebody who's been researching dragons their whole life knowing the language, but the fact that he's trying to hide that he knows the language is suspicious as fuck. I'm going to mark Ted being a dragon as a definite 'maybe'.
>>24101022Lets save that till we're not in a citadel controlled city, maybe when we're outside.
>>24101044Perhaps he's a dragon, or perhaps he's someone with close connections to the dragons. Or perhaps he's one of the Dragon's Offspring, who knows? In any case, we want to talk with him further.>>24101046We have ways of shielding from that for a simple conversation, though we certainly might want to defer the conversation until a time of Ted's choosing.And maybe Citadel doesn't speak lizard.
>>24100978"Oh, sorry, excuse me. I'll try to get you into the library, I believe my pass would cover for one extra." You say with a smile."And hopefully you can help get me a conversation with a dragon, later." You say, and then you cough. <You, Dragon?>"Thank you." Ted says. Then he coughs. <No, not here. Later.> "Ugh sorry, something must of popped open and let a lot of sawdust or something into the air. Anyway, if you swing by tomorrow I can take you on a lovely trip around the snowy peaks and you can see the sights and visit the shrine and maybe we'll even get a nice boar or two for a meal!"
>>24101063>And maybe Citadel doesn't speak lizard.What it needs is one of Mage's amazing Rosetta Stones! Order now and get a free pen!
>>24101095"That sounds great, I am looking forward to it.""We will see you tomorrow Ted."
>>24101119We need to leave smiling like a motherfucker.With any luck the party will get the "YOU KNOW SOMETHING DON'T YOU" bit.
>>24101095"Yes, that is quite what we were hoping for. We're going to be staying at the shrine a while, perhaps, if they have a good library. The older records tend to be scarce."
>>24101095Best reroll ever.> and maybe we'll even get a nice boar or two for a meal> or twoOK, now we know he's a dragon.The trip tomorrow seems like a very good time for a conversation.When we get back to the inn this evening, should we say the prayer and tell our companions that Ted seems to speak lizard, or keep it from them until tomorrow?Whether we do or not, let's tell Mage that he should bring the components for a translation spell with us. We'd like everyone to be able to participate.>>24101140Sounds good.
How late in the evening is it now?
>>24101119"That sounds great, I am looking forward to it." You say. "We will see you tomorrow Ted.""I look forward to it." He shakes all of your hands and you all leave."You want to tell us what that lizard talk was about Ssen?" Tricia says."We're not stupid, how come he spoke back to you?" Mage says.Lea and Peri/Mari dumbwhap the other two. "You want to shout it louder, or just go back and spook Ted yourself?" Peri snaps."Honestly, you two can't tell subtle even if it was displayed before you with all of His Light shining upon it!" Lea says. "Sorry." Both of them mutter. "Could have warned us." Mage says sulkily.
>>24101185It's early evening, a few folks who work late are having supper early and most other people are heading home from work.
>>24101194OK. Whether we go anywhere else this evening or not, I'd propose we find and arrange lodging first. Do we already know a good place to stay? We didn't bother getting any recommendations from anyone we spoke with, unfortunately.
>>24101185"I only thought of the idea once we where inside, and he mentioned his collections."
>>24101185We'll talk about it tomorrow, but not in the city.
>>24101208This, and "Let's not discuss the implications any further until tomorrow, please."
>>24101185"Oh, I'll give you a day to try to think of the answer for yourselves. Don't let it show if you figure it out until we talk about it tomorrow.So, let's find some lodgings before we continue our investigations. We still have the least pleasant parts of the day ahead of us."
>>24101208(also, drop "only", since we actually thought of the idea much sooner than that, and we promised the others that we'd be honest with them about this kind of thing.)
>>24101208>"I only thought of the idea once we where inside, and he mentioned his collections. Let's not discuss the implications any further until tomorrow, please.""Fine." Tricia sighs. "So are we staying at the Manor with the Paladins, or a Traveler's like usual?""We still haven't seen Rachel, or looked into...there." Peri points towards the colored lanterns that decorate Sandover House. "I don't know if Cups lets people visit people too late into the evening.""We can always abuse Paladin privileges." Mari says."Something we should refrain from doing." Lea says."Do you ever turn it off?" Peri/Mari ask.
>>24101225(we actually didnt think of speaking lizard to him until we where already in the shop here>>24100754)(we had out vague suspicions of him being a dragon, but that was out of character knowledge really)
>>24101255"We should visit rachel before we find a place to rest. I would like to catch her before visiting hours.I gotta say, I've been putting it off."
>>24101270Didn't we want to avoid that for time being because it might set off alarm bells for Sandover. Or did we change minds again.
>>24101255If we know the Paladins would let us stay at the manor, I think we ought to go with that.I'd suggest we go see Rachel, then get a good night's sleep and prepare to head out with Ted in the morning. I'd strongly suggest putting off Sandover until we get back from the Bear Shrine.>>24101267>(we actually didnt think of speaking lizard to him until we where already in the shop here>>24100754)Ah, that makes sense.
>>24101270Hopefully meeting her near the end of visiting hours means we won't run into Sandover.
>>24101288I think the concern was that Sandover sometimes visits Rachel as well. Hopefully he isn't having her watched; let's keep an eye out for that.
>>24101288That's WHY we've been putting it off.We don't need to say that part out loud.
>>24101255Not because of Lea's concern (hardly an abuse to visit someone you're trying to help), but it seems likely to draw attention, so if the Cups healers don't want visitors this late, let's not press the point.
>>24101294>>24101304But little birds like to talk. Who knows who will talk to good old Sandover about the famous Paladin coming to visit.
>>24101255Can't turn it off, it'd turn right back on.
>>24101270So, yay or nay on visiting Rachel? First to three, linked from this post.
>>24101347Personally I'd vote nay until after the trip to the Bear Shrine, but I think the consensus is yes.
>>24101255>"Do you ever turn it off?" Peri/Mari ask.>"The Paladin's mantel isn't like a crown. Even when you take it off, you're still wearing it." ~St. Vimes
>>24101347nay for today
>>24101347I vote yea. Then we're going to visit sandover either tonight or tomorrow morning.
Rolled 19>>24101347I think yes, itd give us a chance to do it without Sandover possible interrupting
>>24101347Nay. Call it an early night ... for once.
>>24101353>>24101357>>24101367The Nays have it.
>>24101353>>24101357>>24101367Looks like the nays have it.Since we were putting off Sandover for much the same reason that we're saying no to visiting Rachel (not wanting to tip him off and give him time to prepare for us before we head out of town), I think that just means we're hitting the sack early and getting up early.I'm just trying to figure out if a Paladin manor in the middle of the city is safe enough to resist the urge to have someone on watch. I'm thinking "no".
>>24101388We'll check in on her when we get back, I guess.SANDOVER ISSUE: Shelved until we are done with books and dragons.
>>24101255So, some actual dialogue: "Perhaps we should just make an early night of it for once, and head out to the Bear Shrine early tomorrow morning. We can check on Rachel and visit Sandover after we get back from the shrine. We don't want to stir things up there and then go out of town."
>>24101388Alright, so you want to call it a night. There's three places to sleep.Sandover House, which I think you'll probably pass on, but it's an option.The Manor with Paladin Balles, secure and Citadel influence free, but it's very orderly barracks sleeping quarters, so no private time with anyone.The Traveler's Tavern, it's a Citadel mainstay, and costs the usual small chunk of coin, but you can get a private room and a decent breakfast.
>>24101422> costs the usual small chunk of coinHow much is the usual for a Travelers?
>>24101422>no private time with anyoneDoes the Manor have any non-sleeping areas, rooms we could borrow for a while if we want a private conversation?
>>2410143610 gold per room, you guys usually take three rooms, two if you're tightening your wallets.>>24101448Not under Balles' regime. He wastes no space and leaves no space wasted, and everything under his roof is recorded.
>>24101474How urgently do we need to shed? Will we end up needing to do that on the road to or from the Bear Shrine if we don't do it this evening?Apart from that, we don't really need to have any private conversations this evening that can't wait until we're on the road.
>>24101422I say we spend the night at the Manor. Less chance getting ganked in the night or running into the Lightbringers, who are sure to bring the Dramatae with them.
>>24101474>>24101422I say we take the travellers.We didn't splurge on thieves, which means we can afford a fancy night in the inn. With tricia. And tail rubs.
>>24101517The cost doesn't seem like a concern; just wondering if we might like to spend a night clear of Citadel's influence. Not sure yet.
>>24101503>How urgently do we need to shed?Roll 1d20
I think we should go to the travellers inn.
Best idea, purchase personalized clock, carry it around with us at all times.
>>24101568Perhaps the Manor will loan us one for now.
>>24101540 Yeah, highs aren't good on THIS roll. Damn it, that steam and blue-smoke from Tallow did you no favors at all, plus all this dust in the air, whatever in the myriad Darkness was in Ted's home, and just time in general, yeah if not tonight, then tomorrow. You need to get out of your skin. This mountain air is not a lamia's friend, hopefully when you shed, your new dermis will be a bit better acclimated to this, which means you'll probably have to rapidly shed again when you come back down. Lovely.Well, your sure there's a women's lavatory in the Manor you can use if you want to do it there. Although being able to lock the door at Traveler's is always a plus. This is so embarrassing...
>>24101622OK, I think that settles it. Traveler's; we'll cope with being around Citadel's influence another night. We've got an early night, so we can post a couple of watch shifts without anyone losing too much sleep.
>>24101622I re-iterate my vote for travelers.We have tricia's help and privacy.
>>24101622that settles things, to the Travelers.
>>24101622Time to shed at Traveler's, with Tricia's help this time.
Other members of the party:Attempt not to notice that ssen looks pretty creepy before she sheds.
>>24101622And to pre-answer the next question: we're not so poor right now that we can't afford three rooms. Wouldn't be right to take a room with Tricia and put all three of the others in one room.
>>24101652It is probably only the snake bits that shed, meaning no cloudy eyes.
>>24101681Still a quite visible difference.
>>24101650I am still rooting for the whole 'we try and shed alone in the room because we are embarrassed and Tricia walks in on us' bit.
>>24101635You pay and got up to your rooms, you slam the door as Tricia blinks at how quickly you start to take off your armor."Ssen, really? Don't you want to...ohhh." She nods seeing at how you're pointing to the flaps of skin on your back. "Uhh...is there a way you want to do this...do you need help or...what?" I'm actually liking how clean I'm keeping this quest guys, but I'm not made of stone on this. Your call on how far you want to push it into fetish land. I've got stuff written, but its your go if you want it out there or not.
>>24101694>>24101650Literally any way this plays out is adorable.
>>24101694That would be amusing, especially if she refuses to leave and insists on helping.
>>24101704you could post the dirty stuff in like a pastebin, and fade to black in the actual quest. Keep up the appearance of integrity, while appealing to the more base of us.
>>24101707This.>>24101704I really wouldn't take this as something like *that*. Peeling your skin off somehow it seems less like a sensual situation and more like an unpleasant necessity that would be nice to have help with.Now, *after* we have some fresh new skin, on the other hand, fade to black.
>>24101704So deep into the gutter we'll never return Echo, as deep as it goes.Text is always SFW.
>>24101704"I haven't had help with this since I was really little, so I'm not entirely sure."
>>24101704 I like the way we've been handling it. Fade to black for anything overtly sexual, but plenty of knowing glances and giggles. Go a bit into the shedding, I say, but maybe gloss over the more "sensitive" parts. Skip over the middle, as it were. S'how I would run it if I was the DM and the players were into it.
>>24101733>>24101753Seconding both of these, especially if you already have something written.And the obvious answer for how to help is that we can't exactly reach our own back, and help would mean we don't need to go rub our backs against a rough surface or something.
>>24101704>>24101772"You could help with my back, unless you want to watch me rub against a wall for a while."
>>24101704I am fine with anything you have prepared.if its cut due to fadetoblack then pastebin it, hate to see writing go to waste.
>>24101704"Uh, well... I hadn't really thought about it. Usually it takes me a while to get my back, I suppose?"
>>24101704"Umm i..Its really embarrassing and a bit icky, are you sure you want to help?"
>>24101738 As you wish guys, keeping it classy. The snake half of you is easy to deal with, just a few rips around the waist and a little wriggling and voila. That's not the embarrassing part though, it's not well known, or too attractive, but the upper part of your body sheds too. It starts with what looks like an almost clinically bad case of dandruff as you sake your scalp free, then bits of your face peel off like you have a skin condition."Maybe you should think of it as a beauty mask." Tricia says as she helps peel off the rest of your nose and cheek.Your arms are a bit more of a mercy as they act like your tail, sliding off in one mostly intact piece along with your flaky hands. Your chest, well you've developed a method to deal with it, slit it open here, here and here, and peel away. It's still pretty gross as Tricia helps. Her fingers are just callused enough from her years of stings and bites to give her a decent grip so that the skin comes off in long strips. It's your back that's always been a pain in the tail. Not because that it's hard, but because of how damn sensitive it is when it pulls free. It helps if there's someone else, because trying to do it on your own just takes so damn long. You remember stuffing a sock into your mouth when Father did this for you when you got older. Tricia puts a hand over your mouth to keep you quiet as she pulls the skin free of your back and spine. Your eyes roll back in your head as it tears away. Honestly, it's humiliating, and probably the source of all the naughty lamia and naga jokes, but you really can't help it. It just causes your entire body to twitch when that part is pulled free."There. It's done." Tricia says, as she uncovers your mouth. You pant and nod a thanks.Tricia runs a finger along your side and you shiver and smile at her. Another side effect of shedding is that for the next hour or so, as your skin hardens, you're going to be amazingly sensitive to every touch.
>>24101898The next morning you are feeling much more secure within your own skin. Tricia tried to cuddle you into sleeping further, but you have an expedition to go on. Also, you have options, be it with the Conclave or Crazy Ted's boar hunt.
>>24101898Wait Echo, I'm the only one who voted gutter, don't do it!
>>24101898I wasn't aware there were naughty lamia and naga jokes. I only heard about the naughty naga song.It's adorable either way. Do pastebin that sultry lewdness, though, if it already exists. No need for it to go to waste.
>>24101925Ted, no question; we have a lizardly conversation to have with him.
>>24101925Obviously ted.And >hand over mouth to keep you quietNEVER DO THAT TRICIA OH MY GODThe KISSING is bad enough!
>>24101925Also, before we start on the journey, let's pray for a safe trip and good weather, and see if that makes a difference compared to Ted's usual luck there.
>>24101940NVM thought you were going full /tg/ smut, pastebins are sweet though.
>>24101925You make it sound as if we wouldn't choose going out with Crazy Ted.
Well, you know what they say Tricia.You help a Lamia shed, you're basically married to her.
>>24102015Well, she's certainly got the "getting under our skin" part down.(We should make that joke to her at least once.)
>>24102038obviously we make the joke when the others are nearby.We have a good record of saying things that make everyone groan.
>>24101995Just making sure you have the option.Mage is frowning as he stares at the piece of translucent material in his hand. (It's from your tail) "You sure this is okay? I mean, I know I said unique materials and animal skins were helpful in my research into the Wind Flutes, but...you're sure it's okay that I use this?" He asks."We wouldn't have given it to you if it wasn't fine." Tricia says. "Anyways, your family now, so it's no big deal.""I'm just wondering exactly how awkward I need to be about this so I don't come off as creepy." Mage says."Mage, we met when you ATE part of Ssen." Tricia says. "We've ALWAYS seen you as creepy."Mage sighs and puts the skin away. "So, do you think we'll get a boar? If we do, save me the tusks.""You're a vegetarian." Lea says."They're useful." Mage says. "Plus boar bristles make good toothbrushes.""Good morning!" Ted says as you arrive. He's got a big backpack on, and about three small hatchets in his belt. "Uhh, is that all you're carrying? You also might want some warmer clothes."
>>24102126Do we have our winterwear?Are we wearing it?If so, jeez. Things must get pretty bad.
>>24102126Reiterating the suggestion from earlier in the thread that we make sure Mage is bringing along the components for his translation spell.> Uhh, is that all you're carrying? You also might want some warmer clothesGregory already added a warm liner to Ssen's armor."How cold are we talking about, here?"
We're all light travellers. As for the cold I believe we should be good.
>>24102172The path leads up into the mountains; let's listen to the guy who has been there before.
>>24102126did we pick up our spear before heading out?
>>24102214ah good point, do we have Clang and our ranseur Beacon?
>>24102214Oh, right! Quentin assumed we'd want it by tomorrow (now today). He might not be done with both, but perhaps he's done with at least one of them?
>>24102214>>24102222You know I'm thinking it's going to take more than a single day to do. On top of that he was working on something before we showed up.
>>24102233http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24080955/#p24083870> and you'll want it by tomorrow I assume? Of course you willhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24080955/#p24085546> He waves his hands. "Now ladies, and gentleman, I want to get Beacon and Clang done on time, so please...go amuse yourselves elsewhere and leave me to my work. I'll have a runner sent for you when they're done."
>>24102163"How cold are we talking about, here?""Your spit freezes before it hits the ground." He goes into his house and comes out with five neck chokers. "This isn't the best solution, but it'll do until we can find and skin something that'll fit you better. You can't trust most of the crap made here today. These are normally just for emergencies, but..." He puts one around Tricia's neck. "They should keep you safe for the simple little trip today.""Ohh, that's nice." Tricia says. "It's warm and tingles.""It's some old runes mixed with some tricks that I learned from my old Hunting master." Ted says. "It wont do much, but it'll keep your core temperature up, so you'll be miserable, but you wont die.""You know a lot of tricks, don't you?" Lea says, putting hers on."It's how you stay alive up here." Ted says. "So, if you want we can stop at the Goat shrine, and maybe get some warm milk on the way, but that means we'll probably have to skip getting any decent chances at getting a boar. Your call."(Oh, lets say that Quentin had someone deliver Beacon and Clang to you when you got up and took the loaners back)
>>24102268I'll take it's plot-time then. Carry on.
>>24102284>(Oh, lets say that Quentin had someone deliver Beacon and Clang to you when you got up and took the loaners back)Oh, I'd really hoped the runner was going to tell us they were ready, and we'd go pick them up from him. We also need to pay him the remainder of his fee, and we should marvel at his work for a bit.
>>24102284"Well, I HAD been looking forwards to seeing the goat shrine, but this is a boar hunt, is it not?I'd be disappointed if we didn't catch one. And chilly.
>>24102284Beacon feels...different in your hands now. You were given instructions on how to turn the light on and off, and it's easy enough, but there's something else. It's like...it's like how it felt when you held it as Father's sword for the first time. It felt strange and alien in your hands, until Father let you have it when you sparred with him in full armor and you knocked him to one knee. Then it felt a bit more comfortable in your hands. Now Beacon is...iffy. Like it's wondering if you're not only good enough to really wield it, but skilled enough to use it like this.But then again, it's just a piece of metal.Clang feels right at home, and you almost could swear it nuzzles up against you as you hold it in place.
>>24102334Quentin was busy, he's visiting Rachel. The runner collected the fee and took off.
>>24102284>It's some old runes mixed with some tricks that I learned from my old Hunting master.OK, yeah, now the opportunity to drop by Quentin's would be *really* welcome. Ted seems nice so far, but do we all want to wear his unknown runes around our necks?
>>24102334I really wish we hadn't done that to the sword ...It was fine as is ... but no. People have to be penny pinchers. >>24102284Let's do the boar hunting. I mean, we used to be hunter and all.
>>24102372Actually, the reason was because of our embracing of the philosophy of change, and how our dad would be disappointed in us if we got all silly about it.
>>24102350as long as they are not explosive runes, which Peri would be able to spot.not to mention Tricia already used one and it seems to work as he said.>>24102372why? hell we are embracing the change, which is a core tenant of the Caligo Clarus and our fathers, not to mention our, philosophy.
>>24102346Oh well. Any ideas on how we could mitigate the risk here, or do we just blindly trust Ted with our lives?Also, do we know how the runes of spell warding on Clang work?>>24102372>I really wish we hadn't done that to the sword ...>It was fine as is ... but no. People have to be penny pinchers.That's not why we ended up doing it; we wouldn't have done it just to save the gold.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24080955/#p24084733> this is metal that knows how to be a weaponhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24080955/#p24084865> I don't think Dad would want us to get too silly about all this. Part of our Oath and our cause is welcoming change, no matter how frightening it may be. We ought to reforge Beacon to meet our needs as a matter of principle. It will always be Beacon, but it will not always be a sword.>>24102400We just don't know if that's *all* it does. Insert paranoia here. But I don't think we have much of a choice, anyway.
>>24102419>>24102400>>24102350Oh just wear it around your arm you big babies.If it does anything sinister, then we just have to cut off your arm. Heats the core almost as well. If he asks about it, tell him that you are, understandably, a bit paranoid about a lot of things these days.
>>24102419"Oh I've seen this before." Peri says. "It's a little different though," Mari examines the stones in the choker. "You have a spimm when you could have used a fondt." She's pointing at the runes on the little stones in the choker."Heh, the spimm is what keeps the temperature regular, a fondt would keep you warm, but if it's the charm I think you're talking about then those things are only good for an hour at most, right?"Mari nods. "Right, right...can't you add an extra stone to add in the...oh wait, no...right the rallatata...okay." She puts it around her neck. "Oooh, it does tingle.""Those are rune names." Mage says to you and Tricia helpfully. "Sort of, I think they just grab letters out of a hat to decide on them." He shrugs. "But these things will work, but leave us pretty cold and miserable."You nod and put yours on. It is quite nice. "Well, I'm the best hunter in River's Crossing. It would be a shame if we didn't try for a little game." You nod at Ted. "Skip the Goat Shrine.""Alright! Crackling and thick spice bread covered in drippings." He grins. Ohh, that does sound good. Even Mage likes the idea of a potato cooked in a pan covered in greasy fresh boar fat."Onwards and upwards!" Ted cries as he leads you out from the blue fungal lights of Bronze Peak and into the blue sky, white grounds, and freezing cold of the Peaks of Citadel Kingdom.
>>24102552We'll hit the Goat Sanctuary on the way back.(We keep going back and forth: is it the Goat Sanctuary, or the Goat Shrine, or does the Goat Shrine have a Goat Sanctuary?)
>>24102552"Yep. Yep. I should have really spent some time inventing tailsocks. Just for these situations. It is a shame they never work right."
>>24102552Thanks; didn't realize that Mari knew runes that well. We should take advantage of that in the future.We know how to work the light runes on Beacon. Quentin put spell warding runes on Clang; do we know how they work in practice, and how we should use them?
>>24102605(Sorry, it's Goat Sanctuary. Now and forever. It's a place where mountain goats are raised, bred, milked, sheared, butchered, and so on. They're about a hand bigger than standard goats and very very hardy, so the herders guard their secrets very closely on how they raise them)"Yep. Yep. I should have really spent some time inventing tailsocks. Just for these situations. It is a shame they never work right.""Never let Isen ever get the idea of seeing you in a tail sock." Lea says. "We'd never get him to shut up.""I think you'd look cute." Mari says. "Too Citadel cute." Tricia says. "Ugh, this place is COLD."
>>24102552A prayer for the trip: "May His Light shine upon our journey, that we may have smooth travels and fair weather."
>>24102648A prayer would be good.>>24102646"Well, just wait until it starts raining or something."
>>24102646"I don't think it would be such a big deal, I mean, it could be practical. If it worked. Maybe.""I sort of envy your shoes."
>>24102627As for Clang's rune. It's a basic rune used on most shields, it keeps the rivets and lining from getting shaken apart, it also reinforces the quicksilver within the metal. Basically it's the kind of rune that when it's working, you never notice that it's working.
>>24102714"I don't think it would be such a big deal, I mean, it could be practical. If it worked. Maybe."I sort of envy your shoes." You grumble, but you bow your head, and Lea and the others, even Ted do the same. "May His Light shine upon our journey, that we may have smooth travels and fair weather.""Amen." Everyone says, and you start up the mountains.
>>24102726 We are on page 10 now.
>>24102726Quentin said:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24080955/#p24083870> Also you will need to set a rune of spell warding into it, in order for you to even have a chance against a decent spell caster.I assumed that meant something more than just "in case the spellcaster decides to magic your shield apart".
>>24102751 I am currently panicking at the prospect
>>24102748Well, the subjourney begins. I can almost feel the end of today's session coming. I just know we won't get to go until tomorrow. I sense it with my instincts.
>>24102748 Okay, I need some sleep. There's going to be a short generic world building, Q&A, no-plot thread tomorrow from 9-11am PST, then I have to go do some family stuff, and the plot will resume at 7-8pm PST. This is for 4-7-13. As for the smut, well...I'll hold onto it for now. I don't want it floating around without me knowing where it's going. Oh, and for the person who IM'd me and then left about making a TV tropes page about his, yeah go for it. I have no complaints. Anyway, glad you're having fun, hope to see you all again soon. May His Light be with you all.
>>24102793Marvelous. I may not be here for the Q&A thread, to my chagrin, but I'll certainly be here for the delicious plots. and the smut
>>24102792Freakin, Nostradamus this guyYeah, the rune also now lets you have a chance to block spells, so the fireball wont cause the shield to heat up or melt or heat up so that it cracks when an ice spell hits it next.
>>24102815Sweet, we're a certified mid-tier adventurer!Too bad we don't have any anti-paralysis effects yet. Must keep looking.They're PROBABLY hidden in the goat shrine.
>>24102793Night Echo, 90% sure I wont be awake for the Q&A session, but I will be here for the plot and smutalso, 14 1/2 hour thread...
>>24102866I have to say, I really love the long threads.And today's thread was a good one. Several good parts in there- talking to the elves and ted being my favorites. Other than our night at the inn