>Trying a different title format so it stops getting archived under the wrong name.I return home, quickly. I return the extra supplies I took out of Dad's stash to the pile as I move along.I check in, and make sure everyone's alright. I see Ilya playing with her puppy, and Rider talking with Sakura and Rin.Taiga seems out of it, but alright. Caster is much calmer now that her Master's awake and aware.Ultimately, Saber is the first to notice my return an hour later. "Eh? Where did this box come from?"She grabs and calmly lifts it, and in a moment of inspiration, I project a second box, identical to the one she grabbed.My only regret, as she stares frozen at the box in front of her, is that my phone doesn't have a camera on it.She turns around and sets down the box, and by the time she's turned back I've dismissed my illusion and stood up. "Saber.""... Shirou. Where did you come from?""The Box.""... Why were you in a box?""I have perfected the art of Tactical Espionage." I respond calmly, folding the box up and packing it away while she stares at me blankly. "I just wanted to confirm it's effectiveness before I did any bragging.""... Did you come all the way home inside a box?" She asks, brow furrowed as she attempts to decipher my technique."I had to be sure I wasn't followed."".... You came all the way from the docks on the other side of town.... across the bridge... in the dark.... while hiding inside a box." She squints as she stares at my face, looking for something I can't perceive. "You did this in a hour and a half?""Actually, I've been here monitoring things for an hour." I respond, moving to place the box in the shed."You got here that fas- You spent the last hour sneaking around your own house in a cardboard box."I give her a concerned look, as she stops to stare at me. "Are... are you feeling alright Saber?"With the same blank stare, she turns and walks back to Caster's room.
>>24138862There's a brief moment of surprise when they notice me selecting what I'll cook for dinner, but they calm quickly enough.>You have about an hour before you need to cook dinner. Actions?
>>24138862Check in with Caster. How goes the plans to move? Will she need our help in moving?
>>24138875>>You have about an hour before you need to cook dinner. Actions?Gloating is a bit too out of character, we're pretty near taped magically and we're going to have two separate war councils tomorrow, so we might as well not bother. Let's see if Taiga's alright. Maybe put the tora-shinai in her hands and see if physical exercise helps her cope.
>>24138989>You aren't actually that tapped at the moment. You don't have huge reserves, but you've got maybe 25% of your power.
>>24138989Dude, no nononnonono. Guess who she'd want to spar with? Taiga with Tora in hand is Gil level dangerous to Shirou.Maybe check in on Satsuki?
>>24138875Check in on caster and sochirou sensei.Also apologise after that in private to saber for teasing her like that.
>>24139020Years of jRPGs has warped my thinking to the point that MP under 75% is near empty. And actually using items is like pulling teeth. I feel completely justified in calling us nearly tapped out.>>24139132That was the idea. We need training so that we never see DC 18 when fighting Gil ever again, and Saber's the only person on that level. Since she's too weirded out to provide, the solution is to get a certain someone with a favored weapon and Favored Enemy: Shirou, so that their total bonus is similar to Gil's overall powerlevel.
>>24139228Fair enough, just seemed like you were willingly walking into a bad end for no reason.>>24139132will change my vote for check in on Sensei and Caster after the meal though
>>24138875Talk to Taiga. Check on Satsuki. Quickly ask Caster if she knows of any way to locate a lost artefact.
>>24138875Check in with caster.
>>24138875Check on the Taiga. Maybe ask Sakura how she's feeling toward Shinji at the moment.
>>24138862Check up Taiga
>>24138875Definitely check on Taiga.
I take a moment to sit down with Taiga. "How are you feeling?""Fine." She answers calmly. She hesitates and looks back at me. "Apparently I was in some kind of danger?""Yeah. You... you were kidnapped by a Vampire.""Huh." There's a long pause. "It's weird. It doesn't bother me, but I think that's because I have a hard time believing it's real." She looks away, out towards the yard. "I mean, it's obviously real. I've seen you do... things. I guess Vampires aren't exactly a huge leap of faith all things considered.""Yeah. Mages and such try not to advertise their presence, but a good part of why we're still hidden comes from people in general. Dad called it the 'line of sight' problem. People tend to ignore what they don't have to look at.""I can see how that works." She answers with a sigh. "Honestly, I might be bothered more by all this when it has time to sink in. It's only been a few days since I found out you were trying to fight off an evil Genie with some sort of magic sword."There's a long moment of silence. "Yeah, I think you should talk to Rin about the detail stuff." I say after a moment. "She's clearly better at explaining things. By a lot.""... Thanks for saving me." She says after a moment. "Sorry. I just realized I never thanked you. It was probably really hard and dangerous. I think.""Kinda." I respond, thinking back. "Less of an ordeal than I was afraid of." I smile as I stand up, and turn to her. "Besides, you don't have to worry about thanking me. I mean, we're practically family."She smiles, and laughs. "Yeah. Looks like I might have to take the blame for your inability to deal with women. I haven't exactly been good at teaching you to say no."We share a laugh, and I leave her to relax. She might have issues later, but if she isn't panicking now I should let her rest.With plenty of time left before I need to cook, I decide to....>?
>>24140332Caster, Souchirou sensei and after that speak to saber as we exit the room.
>>24140332I want some sword training, so let's go talk to Saber.
>>24140332Talk to Sakura, discuss Shinji. Go over the exchange we had with him at the docks.
>>24140332Talk with the Caster's Room Ensemble.
>>24140332Talk with Souchirou Sensei >Case mamantu:...... not sure where your going with this captcha
>>24140332Check in on Team Caster
>>24140332Not like anyone really cares, but what happened to Shinji? Did he make himself into a distraction?
>>24141002Gil grabbed him.
>>24141002Presumable Gil recovered him, and judging by the fact that we didn't hear any of Shinji's girly-man screams he wasn't killed on the spot at least.
>>24141056His golden dickness was too busy thinking about killing shirou and beating him to death with his corpse.
>>24141081>A. U. O. CASTOFF.
>>24141081>>24141120I still say that should be worked into a CP sometime.>>24140427I want to train with Saber too, but perhaps that should wait until after dinner.As for right now, I'll vote for >>24140378, and ask Saber to train with us after dinner.
>>24141002Gil grabbed him and made Shinji help him look for us. In the fortress of solitude we evaded their feeble attempts at detection.
I walk to Caster's room, and see her getting ready to leave. "Going somewhere?""Actually, yes." She responds. "I had a few ideas for possible bases, and I need to scout them.""I see." I look between her and her Master. "Getting ready to move then?""Yes. No offense, but even if we decided to stay allied for some odd reason... I'd rather not have all our assets be in one location." She responds."... 'Even if we stayed allied'?""... Well, yes. We're still at war here. Even if we're working towards a mutually beneficial goal, only one of us can win and get our wish." She frowns slightly. "You can feel however you want about that, but the bare facts of the situation aren't going to change."Souchirou-Sensei merely watches the conversation from where he's sitting with what I can only describe as polite interest.>What say?
>>24141268Why is this lancer so moe.
>>24141319So you're not worried about the whole "sentient hate engine" thing that may have destroyed the entire purpose of this exercise?
>>24141319"I expect Saber is going to have to stay regardless of what you choose to do. Not only is she competition for your wish--made on a sentient engine of hatred--but I don't think you can afford to feed her on a teacher's salary. Speaking of which, are you staying for dinner?"
>>24141425>>24141469Wait, do we actually KNOW the Grail is a sentient hate-engine yet, or is that just speculation based on our OOC knowledge?
>>24141469Heh. This.>>24141496Well, AC-guy had shirou say it to bazzet even when I don't think we mentioned saying it, so I suppose we do know IC.
>>24141319"I've said this before, but I don't have a wish I want granted, aside from getting everyone through this war alive. Well, everyone human, anyway."And also this >>24141425
>>24141515>>24141527Huh. Fair enough.We should also try to figure out what exactly her Wish is. We need to get it into her head that a romantic honeymoon in Hawaii could be arranged without the Grail, it'll just take more work.
>>24141329She can't become an idol if she isn't moe. She even bathed in the blood of countless virgins to stay moe for her fans!>>24141469Say, weren't we going to play musical servants again tonight and return Rider to Sakura and give Saber to Rin (or Ilya for Excalibur spamming)?
>>24141527Na, that implies we don't want to rescue the cute servants, too.Plus, she's already rebutted that: Our harem/posse/whatever has wishes they want, so whether we want one or not is irrelevant.
>>24141527Are you insinuating something against Arc and possibly Rider?
>>24141597>Our harem/posse/whatever has wishes they want, so whether we want one or not is irrelevant.Again, sentient hate engine. Some people might be ok with that if they get what they want, but its safe to assume that Saber and (probably) Rin aren't going to cause an apocalypse just to get what they want.
>>24141591Her wish is the same as Iskander's--physical incarnation, but with more husbando and less world domination.
>>24141665And this is why we want good end.That, and Sexy Librarian Rider.
>>24141594Does she have an ending in CCC?
>>24141876But that's Sexy Housewife Rider.THIS is Sexy Librarian Rider.Note the glasses and simple turtleneck.
>>24141952No, that was sexy housewife Caster.
>>24141980You're right. I'm a moron. Have some Sexy Wedding Rider to make up for it.
>>24141952Oh god don't surprise me like that.My poor heart can't withstand cuteness of that magnitude.
>>24141924Sadly Lancer doesn't get a route, even if you do temporarily get to use her as your Servant. I haven't played CCC, I just stalked /a/ for a few days. From what I remember, I think after she's your Servant for a bit she fades away, saying that she's either going to Venus to set up her new stage, or she's going to shine brighter than Venus on the stage.And then Melty brings her back as a Berserker with E- Mad Enhancement for you to kill off. What the hell.
>>24142053HATE.SO MUCH HATE.There'd better be something after CCC, dammit.
"You're still in it for the win then? Despite the fact that the Grail is looking less like a wish granting device and more like a sentient Engine of hate?"Caster hesitates. "What?""... I keep forgetting that I haven't shared every detail or spelled things out for people." I respond after a moment of hesitation. "But yeah, there's a lot of stuff going on that's weird. Starting with the fact that There's more servants than there should be and ending with the fact that Arcueid apparently didn't sense a Vampire like she thought."Caster stares at me blankly. Souichirou-Sensei finally speaks up. "Your actions and words aren't consistent.""How so?""You're talking about an end to the fighting and drawing lines, signing truces. You don't want the Grail? I thought it could grant any desire?""... I can't think of anything I want that I can't do without the Grail." I respond shaking my head. "I never had any desire in the war that wasn't getting the people I care about out alive.""That's not true.""You're saying I'm lieing?""No, it could be you're unaware of the truth." He responds with the same level tone he has for all his lectures. "The Grail selects the people who get command seals and summon servants. One from each of the founding families and four others, correct?" He looks to both me and Caster for confirmation. "If it's purpose is to grant a wish or serve as the basis for something else, why would it select someone who had no interest in it?""... But I don't have an interest in it....""Nothing? No great ambition? No regrets? It could be anything. Immortality, returning someone from the dead.... things normally considered impossible.""... What's your wish then?""I don't have one.""... YOU JUST SAID-""That Masters chosen by the Grail would have to have something to draw them. I wasn't chosen by the Grail. I found Caster by circumstance and happened to be in a position to help her.""... So wait, are you even a Mage?""No."
>>24142157"... And you just accepted her story at face value?""It wasn't a lie." He responds simply. "There are ways of telling." He then turns his gaze slightly more towards her. "Her words are inconsistent at times as well.""Wh-what?""You used your magic to drain pieces of energy from crowds of people, so you could win the Grail. But only a tiny fraction of what was available. If all you cared about was victory, why not drain it all?""And murder people in droves?""If all you cared about was victory, you wouldn't be considering such mercies.""... Would you advocate something like that?" I ask, uneasily."It's Caster's war. I don't have any real interest in it beyond her desire to win. If she didn't care, I wouldn't either. Morals being the reason for discarding a course of action being good or bad depends on your point of view. I'm not desperate enough for victory to consider the action worthwhile. Others may disagree."I exit the room after informing them that dinner won't be more that a few hours away. Caster follows me out, while Sensei appears to choose to meditate.I pause as I start to walk past Saber. She turns to look at me from her position at the door. "Something you wanted to talk about, Shirou?">?
since it seems to have had others mistaken for it, here is housewife rider.
>>24142164and theres Souichirou
>>24142164Apologise about teasing her.Bring up perhaps letting Rin make a contract with her since Shirou is incapable. (yes, those exact words)
>>24142145CCC is the Heaven's Feel or "Far Side" route to Extra's Fate/UBW. Plus I think I read that Extra was going to be Nasu's last Fate project, or something. So don't bet on it.Thankfully there's fanfiction. If CCC makes it over here, or is even announced, there'll be some good stuff.>>24142164>"Something you wanted to talk about, Shirou?""It can wait. I'd rather work up a sweat first. Care to teach me, Saber-sensei?"Time for reenacting my favorite scenes from F/Z! Starring Shirou Emiya as Kirei Kotomine, Saber as Gilgamesh and sparring as copious amounts of alcohol!
>>24142164Damn, Souichibro is smart.>>24142213THis sounds good.>>24142170HNNNNNNNNNNNNGHHHH
>>24142145If there is, it won't be by Nasu. CCC was the last thing from fate that he said he was going to work on.In the meantime, I'll just wait for CCC to be localized.
>>24142164Ask her if she'd gain anything from having a master with an exceptionally large mana capacity. Beyond the obvious, anyway.Also apologise for the box thing, it was a mean thing to do despite the hilarious reaction it got from her.
Perhaps we should invite Souchirou and Caster to the luncheon to explain everything at the same time.
>>24142255>CCC was the last thing from fate that he said he was going to work on.Neat, corroboration. I bet this winds up like Kojima with Metal Gear though, Fate is too much a sacred cow for its creator to leave it long, even compared to the rest of the Nasuverse.Of course, he could just give it to Gen. That would be amazing.
>>24142286>AmazingYou mean horrifying.
>>24142286He's got the Tsukihime remake and Mahoyo 2 and 3 on his plate, so here's hoping you're wrong or else those will go the way of The Dark Six.
>>24142286Yes, yes it would.I want Gen to make Fate/EMIYA, or something about Archer's past. Although the suffering would have come from everyone other than EMIYA or wait until the very end when he learns what it's like to be a CG.
>>24142286>>24142311I'm kinda hoping for something with Nasuverse Werewolves as the focus, really.
>>24142170My dick wants that. My dick wants that so hard.
>>24142286Let the Healing begin!
>>24142341>Fate/EMIYA written by the UrobutcherAll that delicious anguish.
>>24142373I will cry if Nasu goes full on trope mode and makes werewolves to supplement Vampires
>>24142164Oh, right. Quest. Sorry.>>24142210I say we ask Saber if she'd prefer Rin or Ilya as her Master (I'm sorry, but the idea of giving Saber to Ilya is just so tempting.) Mention After dinner that we want to spar, and we can drop >>24142213 in.
>>24142402Werewolves have been mentioned before, they've just never been a focus. And knowing Nasu, they'll be weird as all hell.
>>24142434Were they ever mentioned before Mahoyo? I can't recall any particular conversations about it, and I'm usually pretty good about that.
>>24142311I think I remember an interview where Nasu was asked about a Fate remake; he said he'd do it after Tsukihime. Could be that I'm remembering talk about Tsukihime 2 though.>>24142341>>24142382Personal theory: EMIYA's timeline is one where Rin completely failed to summon a Servant. There was no Archer in the "original" Fifth War, which ended with a mutual KO between a Rin-charged Saber and Basakah. Shirou wished on the Grail to become a hero. The unnamed disaster was brought on to give him the opportunity. His time as a CG has made him forget both facts, so he's unaware that the world was destroyed without its "hero", and that causing his paradox is impossible since he'd have to be in a timeline without Archer for it to happen.That Urobuchi enough?Also I think Arthur was originally male, and won the 4th war outright. He wished for someone to take his place and was replaced in history by his female self.
>>24142434Clearly it'll be due to Chaos dying.Also, we should help with cooking clearly. Servant/Mage assignment is not good to think nor talk about on an empty stomach.
>>24142459Honestly I'd rather see Prototype actually made into something rather than a straight remake
>>24142459>theory that allows Fate/Prototype and Fate/Stay Night to both exist in the same universeYou magnificent mother fucker. If the laws of nature allowed it, I would bear your children.
So where's AC-Guy? Did he die or is he counting votes?
>>24142556i ate him.
Ac-Guy's browser crashed and he needs to reboot
>>24142434"Werewolves. One of the Nasuverse's most unknown and dangerous threats. Little is known about them, and it was only recently that information of the cause of their creation was found in the Sea of Extasy. They are formed when one of the Nasuverse's most reliable rituals goes horribly awry.""The Sea of Extasy, realizing the damage caused by incorrectly performing this ritual, seeks to rectify it's mistake by telling young aspiring magi how to prevent WOLVS from spreading through awkwardly-made mana transfers."That weird enough, or is it too stupid? Either way I'm done for the night, hope we don't get killed in the meantime.
>>24142673You realize that vampirism is already a magical STD? Seriously, transfers through fluid, leads to odd sexual and dietary habits, pallor and other side effects...
>>24142673You know, that reminds me a lot of Twilight.Turns out the "werewolves" in the main story are just shape shifters bound to wolf spirits.The actual werewolves are somewhere in the background and rare loners that vampires love to exterminate.
>Alright, sorry about the delays.>Hard to tell with the side bits, but it looks like the vote is to apologize for the Box incident and talk about someone else being her Master?
>>24142821Make sure to use the 'feeding Saber on a teacher's salary' line somewhere.
>>24142854this, completely and utterly this.
"Yeah." I answer, turning to her. "I should apologize for the box thing earlier."She lets out a relieved sigh. "That was a joke then? Good, I was beginning to fear for your sanity.""Wait, what?""Sneaking all the way home and lurking around the house in a box.""... No, I totally did that. I was apologizing for not explaining myself and having a laugh at your expense."She blinks, and then looks at me. "... Then why? To what purpose did you hide in the box?""I was trying to improve my stealth skills. You weren't there for it, but there's been a few times where I've stared death or possible humiliation in the eye over not being able to move quietly.""So you used a cardboard box?""Think about it, they're everywhere. They're convenient. The fold away when you aren't using them. They can be recycled or burned for warmth. They're so useful they're everywhere.""... I honestly can't tell if this is brilliant or idiotic." She responds with a furrowed brow."Actually, it's both. The idea of seriously using a box for stealth purposes tends to work mostly because everyone knows that nobody's dumb enough to try it." I smile and hook a thumb toward myself. "I, however, am EXACTLY that stupid. And they'll never see it coming."She stares at me for a long time. "Are you feeling alright?""I honestly have no idea. It's possible the stress has driven me completely insane." I sigh. "Setting aside the box conversation though, I wanted to talk to you about something more serious."She nods, expression becoming more businesslike. "Alright. Go ahead.""I can't form a contract with you, for whatever reason. Caster's almost ready to sever her connection with you now that Sensei's feeling better." I hesitate. "I guess I wanted to know if you had any preference for who became your Master."She thinks about it long and hard for a minute before turning to me. "Rin. If Sakura's taking back Rider.....""Not Ilya?"
>>24143118"She's the only one who could support Berserker if she came back, plus Rin's less likely to need me to babysit her in Combat. Nothing against Ilya, but...." She sighs. "Out of everyone I think Rin's the one who's the closest and the most loyal to you, with the possible exception of me." She hesitates as I raise an eyebrow. "I mean in a military context. Despite us not having a contract I still consider you my Master. She's the one in love with you.""... Wasn't insinuating anything like that, Miss-quick-to-deny-everything." She blushes slightly and turns away angrily. "I was wondering what you meant by 'most loyal'."".... Ilya and Rider have both expressed a desire for a wish, even if you don't." She turns to me. "That and the way Sakura looks at people when she thinks nobody can see. She doesn't have the experience I do, but she's clearly measuring people like opponents for some reason. Other than Caster's Master, you might very well be the only person here who doesn't desire a wish from the Grail."As she says that, I think back to what Souichirou-Sensei said. Do I have a wish? Some desire I haven't acknowledged? Is that why the Grail chose me?Saber gives me a concerned look. "Shirou? Is something wrong?""Eh? Oh no, nothing. Just got lost in thought for a moment there.""... I know you think most of these people friends and allies, but are you sure you aren't too trusting?" She gently places a hand on my arm. "Your openness, honesty, and trust are traits to be admired.... but in a situation like this they might get you killed.""So you don't think i should trust anyone?""... No, l just.... you would be very easy to take advantage of. I'm not saying anyone's trying to, but you should be aware of the possible weakness.">What say?
>>24142854>>24143094>Couldn't make it fit smoothly, I'll see if I can work it in somewhere though.
>>24143124"Well it's worked so far. And as I pointed out to Caster, the Grail is... wait, did I tell you about the Grail being a sentient hate engine?"Also,>She's the only one who could support Berserker if she came back>Berserker>sheacguy what are you doing
>>2413922810/10, would summon!
>>24143147>I actually know what caused that. Originally I had the Ilya side of that placed later, and ended up rewriting parts of it to make it flow better.>Accidentally missed that on the rewrite.
>>24143147Seriously, you'd think a magical ritual of this magnitude would have some sort of protocol in place to deal with someone mucking with it. Like "If the Grail might explode and take the whole world with it, everyone stop killing each other until we verify we aren't accidentally fighting over who gets the privilege of being the harbinger of the apocalypse".
>>24143192Wizards, sense, etc.
>>24143192>Wizards>Failsafes>Implying sense of responsibility or right and wrong from guys like the Matou and Einzberns...Yeah.
>>24143124>That and the way Sakura looks at people when she thinks nobody can see.Uhhhh.... I've got a feeling that isn't Holy Grail related. Unless the Holy Grail is her name for Shirou's dick.
>>24143231Wait, you mean it isn't? I have been reading this quest all kinds of wrong
>>24143124"You've got a point, although have I given you my "the Holy Grail might have become a sentient hate engine" theory yet? Yeah, that might be a thing. If it wasn't for Avenger and Gil running around doing mysterious things and generally being evil, I'd probably be trying to get everyone to stop murdering each other until we can verify the Grail isn't a ticking timebomb of evil and hatred.""Oh, and the Sakura thing? I've got a sneaking suspicion thats not entirely grail-war related, but keep that to yourself for now, I'm still gathering intel."
>>24143289>I'm gathering intel"For a one man Covert Op. Into her Vagina."
>>24143124"I don't think I ought to change my approach at this point. If I was any less trusting and open about what I'm doing at this point, it would become obvious too quickly that my outlook has changed, and that possibly my goals have changed as well."
>>24143309>Covert OpIsn't the term 'Sneaking Mission' these days?
At this point, I think we should just tell everybody about important stuff like "Sentient hate engine" at the dinner table. Saves time explaning to each person
>>24143319I loath you with great intensity.
>Alright, I think I got a feel for what's happening next.>>24143319>I invite you sir, to go fuck yourself with a Cactus.
>>24143348With a revengeance?
>>24143419Have you prepared your anus?
"Honestly, I'm not sure I can change right now. I'm mostly what's holding this peace together, and if I suddenly started acting different who knows what sort of paranoid chain reaction that might set off." I sigh. "Plus, I get the feeling the Sakura thing might not be entirely Grail War related. I think she's worried everyone here might be a different kind of competition.""What would- Oh." She says, comprehending. "I'm beginning to wonder if we're the only ones not preoccupied with some sort of romantic subtext.""I'm starting to be distracted by it because everyone else is distracted by it." I sigh. "Especially since everyone seems to be aimed at me."Saber smiles. "Yes, poor Shirou. Surrounded by people who care.""... I'm actually really worried about this. I mean, picking one of them means not picking the rest, which means a lot of people get hurt."She laughs. "God, but nothing bothers you more than having people care." She shakes her head. "Well at least you don't have to worry about me seducing you.""... Really?""You sound disappointed.""No, it's not that, just...."She sighs. "So I can die sometime in the next week, and drive you into the arms of a girl forever haunted by being your second favorite?""... That was dark....""Honestly, I'm trying not to think of it. Whatever time we might have would be tainted by that though."She sounds... almost scared.[ ] Tell her about the 'Grail Theory'.[ ] Go talk to someone else.[ ] (Say something else to her).
>>24143419>THAT'S NOT A WORD!
>>24143480>[x] Tell her about the 'Grail Theory'.
>>24143489Are you upset, AC-guy?
At some point, we need to take a picture of THE BOX and send it to Archer EMIYA by phone.Possibly with a text along the lines of "HAVE FOUND NEW ANTI-GILGAMESH WEAPON"Or, we send him a text:>"Found a new weapon that beat Gilgamesh!">"What?">*THE BOX.jpg*> "What.">"Are my tactics too subtle for you?"
>>24143480>Saber smiles. "Yes, poor Shirou. Surrounded by people who care."HIS ONLY WEAKNESS!
>>24143489It is.Just like Donaudampfschiffskapitänskajütenaffenbutler.
Shirou you seem to be sighing a lot.
>>24143480>I'm beginning to wonder if we're the only ones not preoccupied with some sort of romantic subtext.Oh Saber, just keep telling yourself that.>[ ] Tell her about the 'Grail Theory'.>>24143489Technically, it WAS a word at one time, but is obsolete and no longer one.
>>24143480[x] Tell her about the 'Grail Theory'.
>>24143480Ah, we should ask her if a Magus like Rin can keep her around past the end of the Grail War. Assuming Saber didn't have to fight or use NPs much, but just stuck around.Then we can start in on our Grail Theory.
>>24143480>[X] Tell her about the 'Grail Theory'.THIS MIGHT BE A PROBLEM AND I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO SEES IT.AM I GOING MAD SABER?
>>24143489Actually it is.An obscure, outdated word, but legitimate english. It's in the 2x10^46 legitimate English constructions.
>>24143192Not really. To understand how wizards in the Nasuverse work you have to understand that they dont count themselves them as "human". They don`t see themselves as part of humanity so what happens to humans from a magi point of view is complety uninteresting as long as the Church doesn`t give you flack about it and to prevent that regions usually have an overseer who is either a magus or a church agent and keeps things from escalating simply because its a bother to deal with the aftermath.Wizards like Kerry or Shirou who actually care about other humans due to their upbringing are very rare in the Nasuverse.
>>24143547Also Rin, as much as she WANTS to be the distant and uncaring Magus, she's really not very good at it. She has too many humans that she cares about.
>>24143480time for grail theory!
>>24143480>[ ] Tell her about the 'Grail Theory'.Also mention the stuff in Kerry`s notes about the grail.
>>24143499>archer figures it out>next day we spot a moving box roaming around the house with everyone else thinking its shirou
I don`t know, I somehow feel as if we missed an opportunity to tie in a pic related reference with the box.
>>24143623Forgot mah pic
>>24143499>Teaching Archer about THE BOXIts like you don't even into military secrets.
>>24143602The train seems to be escaping the railroad.
>people not wanting to teach archer bout the box, contracting him as a servant, and having a reason to use unlimited box works.
>>24143630Pretty much all other trains of though got abandoned once it was a MGS joke.
>>24143649I'm really divided...This is hilarious but also a full break of thematics.Then again, you could say that that's making it more realistic.
"Actually, I'm wondering about the Grail." I say, looking at her."What do you mean?""I mean there's a lot of stuff that seems Weird. Zouken seemed suspicious of it when we talked, Caster says she unable to feel or find wherever it is, Avenger and Gilgamesh are running around.....""That is odd.""And then there's what happened the last time with Kiritsugu. He apparently really wanted that wish from all the evidence I had, but then at the last second something changed his mind. I mean... after all he did and was apparently willing to do, SOMETHING about the situation scared him off."Saber's quiet for a long moment. "... That's a good point. Even if you took the most harsh unforgiving views....""Yeah, it would only make it worse." I respond, trying not to wince. "I mean, no matter how evil he might seem, it was too evil by his standards."Saber shakes her head. "Well, I suppose we'll have to see. Maybe he was wrong, or what happened last time was a freak occurrence.""Maybe. I think it wouldn't be unreasonable to try and call for a ceasefire until we know we aren't fighting for the privilege to unleash Satan on the world or something."Saber nods. "Yes. I'd certainly like to know as well...."She leans against the wall, deep in thought.[ ] Go talk to someone else.[ ] (Say something else to her).[ ] (Other).
>>24143699KISS HER YOU FOOL!
>>24143699[x] Go talk to Sakura
>>24143699[x] Team Purple, report in!
>>24143699>[ ] (Say something else to her)."Say, it's been a while that you fought anything, right? I hope you aren't getting rusty." Invite her to have a friendly spar.
>>24143699Go talk to Rin about our "Sentient hate engine" theory.
>>24143745So the grail is /v/-infused Chanology style anonymous?
>>24143699>[X] (Say something else to her)."You know, what you said earlier about you dying and leaving me heartbroken? It occurs to me that the same applies in some degree to pretty much every woman in this house, and the reverse is true as well, I could die at any moment. I'm sure its crossed everyone else's minds as well, and yet you and I seem to be the only ones who consider it a problem."
>>24143756I dunno, I think of /v/-style hate as a bright, loud explosion, whereas Angra Mainyu has a more slow, smoldering burn.
>>24143787So it's /cgl/ and /adv/ in a relationship?
>>24143699>[x] (Say something else to her)."I would invite you for a spar, but I'm worried that the blood lust from the time I summoned Gram might rear it's ugly head. Any advice on handling cursed/demonic blades?"We might figure out Shirou's identity crisis with this line of questioning.
>>24143777tl;dr "I'm not saying we should fuck, but we should totally fuck", right?I support this course of action.
>>24143825seconding this. talk to Saber about controlling our dark side when using tainted weapons.
>So, uh.. what in the fuck is actually winning?>You guys are kinda all over the place here.
>Ask Saber About:"Do you know anything about a blade associated with 'folly'?"Shirou did see her holding it in the last inner sword summoning attempt. And tell her you' re glad to have summoned her as your servant. That you appreciate her honesty and candor. That even if she and you had fallen for each other, the brief time you'd have would be well worth it, because her strength, convictions, and honor are all thongs she holds in high regard - to have oneself added to that list would honor us greatly. Or something. I am bad at sappy stuff.
>>24143888>[x] J-j-jam it in.
>>24143888I propose a compromise.>>24143739>>24143707>>24143777>>24143845Talk to her about sappy emotional stuff over trying to hit each other with swords. Bitches love swords.
>>24143900> because her strength, convictions, and honor are all thongs she holds in high regardArturia, king of Thongs and Trampstamps
>>24143888>implying we arn't gonna simply troll archer with THE BOX!
>>24143943>implying Sakura isn't King of Trampstamps
>>24143943>Immediately before her armored fist made contact with his skull, Shirou had time to realize: he had made the most tragic Freudian slip of his life>[BAD END]
>>24143943>>24143973That should read 'Things'. That's what I get for typing on a god damn phone.
>>24143943Shit, now that I've made that joke, I have to run with it, because it's 3 am and what is a healthy sleep schedule.Arturia, King of Thongs and Trampstamps,The Knights of the Beer Pong TableThe Quest for the Holy Keg, which grants unending beer and youthful longevity for those righteous party-goers who partake of it's never-ending amber spring.The Lady of The Porcelain Lake, who grants wisdom only to those who pay obeisance during times of drunkenness and gastronomic heaving.
>Alright, is there a consensus or not?>I asked,, and then 4chan happened.
>>24144052Let's spar to lighten the mood.
>>24144052I want to go talk to Sakura and Rider, but derps gonna herp.
>>24144052I am in favor of this>>24144068
>>24144052Clumsy seduction attempt:>>24143707>>24143777>>24143845Team Purple:>>24143723>>24143735Ask about controlling the Dark Side>>24143825>>24143859Spar:>>24143739Spar AND seduce:>>24143930In short: we're all over the damn place
>>24144052How about we check with Rin, see if she's willing to contract with Saber. Then a bit of Sparring With Saber, perhaps tossing out some of >>24143900 's *intended* sentiment.Also,thanks for running today, AC-Guy. Wasn't expecting it, but now I have something to read at work. Huzzah!
>>24144052Im going to throw my vote in for Sparring
>>24144077I'll vote for clumsy come-on too, because I'm sure it'll be hilarious.
>>24144077I'm voting to talk to team Purple too, just to get over this.
>>24144084>>24144090>>24144097IT KEEPS HAPPENING
>>24144103Ah tievotes, Acguy's greatest weakness!
>>24144097 Another vote for Team Purple
[X] Do the option from the user given options that Shirou would most likely do in this situation, as interpreted by the OP of the Quest. Basically 'Author' s Discretion given the provided options' with the request of 'please don't screw us over because it's hilarious.'
>>24144077And one more vote for [x] Clumsy seduction attemptfrom me.
>>24144144>I actually can't do that. That makes no sense.>If I'm picking the options, it's not a quest, just me masturbating words all over 4chan.>That said, I'm pretty sure 'Sakura' won that vote at the end.>So what do you guys want to talk to her about?
>>24144144But then what are we here for?
>>24144160>OH YOU KNOW WHAT.>YOU JUST HAD TO BEAT MY POST BY A FUCKING SECOND, DIDN'T YOU?!
>>24144168Acting like a bunch of children?
Rolled 1>>24144144>>24144165>>24144174FUCK ITLETS SETTLE THIS WITH A DICE ROLLONE IS CLUMSY SEDCUCTION TWO IS SAKURAHEAVEN OR HELL LETS ROCK
>>24144174>>24144165Just go talk to Sakura about if she is ready to take Rider back as her Servant.
>>24144165no clue, I just wanted to win that one for oncehmm, thoughts on Shinji, reclaiming Rider.......killing everyone and locking Shirou in her sex dungeon
SEDUCTION!I don't even care who anymore!Saber because its hilarious, and all those repressed emotions can't be healthy?Or Sakura, because if she doesn't get the dick soon she's going to go full Yandere and murder somebody?Its all the same to me. We're Shirou Fucking Emiya and we fuck bitches and smite liches, and we're all out of liches.
>>24144165What she wants to get out of the Grail. Ask her if she wants to discuss what happened to her while she was with the Matou family. Maybe update her on Shinji not being a total loss.
>>24144165>>24144165Tell her about our exchange with Shinji, watch her reaction. There was something odd we noticed about her expression last time he got mentioned. See how she feels about her brother maybe not being just a pawn/victim in the war from here on out.
>>24144186>killing everyone and locking Shirou in her sex dungeon"Okay Sakura, I'm about to ask you a VERY SERIOUS question, and I want you to answer honestly, okay?""Yes, Senpai! Whatever you ask!""Are you planning on killing everyone and locking me in your sex dungeon?"Then we whip out the camera and take a photo of her.
>>24144183I'm okay with this.
Seductions starts with sparring session.And ends with cool down make out.
>>24144198Seduce the BikeHave three way with Bike and Rider
>>24144183THE DICE HAVE SPOKENWe must heed their call, lest the RNG gods cast their displeasure upon us!
>>24144253And Gilgamesh watches Saber.
>>24144204I actually want to see this one now>>24144198But if not, i put full faith behind the words of the Rance Mance
>>24144280Give her the D?
>>24144273And then AUO Castoff.
>>24144204What do we do if she answers "Yes"?
>>24144305Go along with it, because sex dungeons are fun.
>>24144298Give EVERYONE the D
>>24144305Then we calm her the hell down the only way we know how.Right there on the table, in front of anyone who cares to watch.
>>24144324Rance please, this isn't blatant fetish quest.
>>24144324But the only way we know is to cook food. Lots of it.
>>24144321All that blingee shit is redundant, and detracts from that glorious man.
>>24144334Fine, but don't blame me when everyone dies and we get caught in her depraved sex dungeon for the rest of our miserable lives.
For what its worth at this point, I am going to vote against whatever the hell the "clumsy seduction" option is.
>>24144343>sex dungeon>miserableIsn't that an oxymoron?
>>24144350Might as well throw my vote against it, it just seems too silly.
>>24144342Well it was either that or Commissar Rance
>>24144351If it was miserable sex dungeon, but this is more of a ">implying sex dungeons are miserable" situation.>>24144361See, now that makes him even sexier. I would gladly be blammed by that walking example of the Empire.
>>24144165At any rate, BACK AT THE PLOTI'll go with talk to team purple just to get the ball moving again
>Oh god, all I asked for is a tiebreaker and /tg/ went for rape.>What the fuck guys.>Seriously, what in the flying fuck.
>>24144399Don't ask for tiebreakers, then.
>>24144399We are joking ACguy.Anyways, talking to Sakura about something(probably if she will take Rider back soon) is winning.
/tg/ always goes for rape.
>>24144399AC-Guy I want nothing to do with where this tread is going. There arnt enough Giant Robots for my tastes
>>24144399Noone was serious about it....at least I hope noone was serious about it.
>>24144425Sparring seduction is fine too, though.
>>24144432I'm only really voting for that to see Shirou fill the room with spaghetti, really.
To be fair, we didn't actually say we'd rape anybody.We just said that if Sakura admitted to her plans on mass murder and subsequent imprisonment in a rape-dungeon, we would take appropriate steps to calm her homicidal impulses.
>>24144399Well, if talking to Sakura is the dominant choice right now, it's only a matter of what topic to discuss with her (and Rider too if it comes to that.)Topics for consideration:>Re-establish contract between Rider and Sakura.>Talk about Shinji's surprising change of heart during the vampire hunt.>And since she is the unspoken master of the house when Shirou is gone, ask how our unconscious guest (Sacchin) is doing. Include that we may be able to send her on her merry way since the vampire threat is eliminated.
>>24144432I want this.If only for the chance to ask her how the kids looked like.
>>24144449Those topics are pretty good, i agree with this plan.
>>24144449>send her on her merry wayGive her to Arc. She'll either make her way to Shinji, or stay with Mama Earth. I'm fine with either.
>>24144165Talk to Sakura about contract with Rider.Then see if Rider could actually help us fix the bike.
I go to speak to Sakura, and catch my reflection in the window on the way by. For a second I almost think I see a mad grin across my face, but a quick glance confirms I was only seeing things."Sempai?" She asks when I walk in the room."Hey. You have a minute?""... Yeah, of course." She answers, surprised. "What's going on?""Just wanted to talk about some stuff. I know you and Rin were going to switch Rider back to being your servant."She nods. "We were going to have Caster sever the link when she got back from running errands." She hesitates. "Or I guess you could do it too, if you could make that one knife." She tilts her head slightly. "I didn't really understand when Nee-san explained how that works.""If I see anything that falls under the broad category of 'sword' I can copy it. My copies aren't as good, but they're better than what most people can do. Also certain magical effects don't stop happening. If a sword had a certain magic effect, so will mine.""Huh. So you can only make swords?""Kinda. I can make other stuff, lances, axes, shields even. It's just the farther they are from 'sword' the harder they are to project.""So how come the swords don't just pile up?""They aren't real swords. They're more like a really good illusion."".... I think you lost me, Sempai." She says with an uneasy smile and a slightly furrowed brow."It's like an illusion so good the world thinks it's real. And because the world says it should work, it does. Even though it isn't real." I respond. "But in order to maintain it I have to remember every single part of the sword and how it fits together.""... Huh. So why swords?""... I have no idea. Apparently my element is 'sword' but I'm not sure if that's the cause.""... How can your element be 'sword' I thought it was stuff like fire and water.""... Yeah, I have no idea. You should ask Rin, since she actually knows a lot more of the academic side to magic."
>>24144586"Alright." She says, with obviously forced cheer over her confusion. "Anything else?""Yeah. When we encountered Shinji during the Vampire hunt, he seemed to have a change of heart." I answer. "It wasn't quite altruistic, but he seemed to at least realize his situation was his own fault and didn't want to drag everybody else down."Sakura's face becomes unreadable. "What does that mean?""I don't know. It's a bit optimistic to say that he's trying to be a better person, but he kinda moved in that direction. By a few inches." I sigh. "Still more than I was expecting."".... So.... what, you're going to try and save him or something?""I don't know. I'm not sure I feel right about abandoning him if there's something in there worth redeeming." As I say the words, I realize that Sakura didn't really sound hopeful. "... Hey Sakura, is there something you want to talk about?""Eh?" She jumps slightly, and starts blushing heavily. "N-no, nothing like that. I.. I just..."She never quite manages to tell me what she was 'just' doing as she flees the room.>I'm gonna end it here for the night. Thread's still alive tomorrow I'll continue it, at least with whatever life's left in.>Someone might want to archive, just in case.
>>24144594>IVEGOTTAGODOSOMETHINGOh Sakura. If you we're possibly a homicidal crazybitch, you would be so adorable right now.
>>24144640*weren'tif you weren't a crazy bitch, you would be adorable.Jesus that came out wrong.
>>24144651Came out right if you play KY.
>>24144659All she needs is a clay cutter and phantom of the opera mask.
>>24144671And a nice porcelain t͎͇͊ͯͫ̍ͬe̻̖͛̑̐͗͋̄̈a̳͑̈́͋͢ ̲̱̠̥͜s̡̪͈̃͆ͫe̲̦̙̔ͭͅtͭ͗͏̣
>oh silly sempai. I've been dropping hints for years and only after I kill everybody off and trap you in this dungeon do you realise that I have feelings for you?
>>24144713...You have what-nows for me?
>>24144744You sir, are a fool.
>>24144744Whatever you want it to be, Sempai~
>>24144586>For a second I almost think I see a mad grin across my faceSomething like Pic related?
>>24144786Pretty sure it was meant to be >>24144198
>Check sup/tg/>That archivalOh man, AC-Guy's reaction is going to be...interesting.
>>24145017ahahahaoh godi read the title and cracked upthen i read the description and now i can't breathe
>>24145017Oh god my sides
>>24145017>Tactical seduction actionOh god whatI can't stop laughing and i spilled coke everywhereMy cat and roommate are looking at me like I'm a madman
>>24145088You know you've lost it when the cat is judging you
I feel like at some point we should mention to Ilya (and possibly everyone else) that apparently Gil/Avenger neither killed nor captured Berzerker.Also, I'm pretty sure the "vampire" Arc is looking for is actually either the Grail or Angry Mandude. I can't remember the exact words she used to describe what vampires felt like, but the abomination that is all the world's evil seemed to fit.
>>24146001Shirou needs to come clean about a lot of stuff, actually.The PTSD whil having a flashbackThe fact he may be less-than-human or a demon The info about the vampireShare the true nature of Kiritsugu with Illya (or did we reveal thisÉ)The history of Kotomine and the Grail War orphans.Anything else I missed?
Seeing as AC-guy is going to continue tonight, should I even bother posting an update to the Ebook?
>>24147011Don't post. Just do your own update to save you extra work when the next session comes around.
>>24147039Way ahead of you. Word doc was up to date when I posted, I just didn't convert it or upload it yet.
>>24147083Then find pictures of shirou in a box.
>>24146795>PTSDNo need to freak people out. We are Emiya Shirou, and we are allergic to people caring about us.>Less than humanPeople already know, and see point #1.>Info about the vampireYes, this.>Kerry's historyWe talked to Ilya about it a little bit a while back.>History of KotomineWe need to actually find out more about that ourselves and work out wtf it means before we talk about it.
I never get to use this gif.
I just had the best/worst idea for a Carnival Phantasm Again segment: Our Shirou masters the Kaleidostick. Avenger has the other one.
>>24152841I'd watch the shit out of that.
>>24153124Turns out it's already a thing, too.
Life giving post
Okay Ac-Guy will be here in a bit just had to run an errand.
>>24158741I can rejoice to this.
>I just realized I didn't leave a 'what do'. And I feel dumb for that.>So, uh... what do?
>>24159554Why don't we follow her and continue our chat? Obviously we can help her with that thing she was going to do while we talk.
>>24159554Ask rider about Sakura.Seriously, this is getting silly.besides, we've kinda been ignoring Sakura so figuring out how to unfuck her (No, don't even say it) could be useful.
>>24159554Now we chat up Rider and fix the Bike
>>24159668I like this idea.
>>24159554Well, I say we prepare dinner, and make sure everyone is there. Over dinner, tell everyone that the grail is probably corrupted and that if we must fight, hold off on fighting until we can confirm whether or not it's just one big monkey's paw.After dinner, spar with saber.
>>24159554Talk to Rider.Also, you might want to make a twitter post for the people who haven't left the thread open
>>24159668going with this.
>>24159554Talk to Rider.See what she thinks about Sakura's reaction just now. Did we almost stumble upon her nefarious murder plot?
>>24159554We need a third-party intervention regarding this whole figuring Sakura out business because she's not spilling.Going with either Rider or Taiga. Priority on Rider though.>>24159724During dinner, I guess we can relay what Gilgamesh blurted out during his rage induced spiel about Fuyuki City being reduced to "fire and blood" or something.
>>24159666>>24159668[X]Ask Rider to help us fix the bike. Then, while doing so, we can talk about Sakura. She's being evasive, we might as well be honest with SOMEONE.
>>24160011>During dinner, I guess we can relay what Gilgamesh blurted out during his rage induced spiel about Fuyuki City being reduced to "fire and blood" or something.That is important, yes.But not until dessert at east. No need to spoil the rest of the meal.
>>24160050I imagine the perfect time would be during post dessert coffees.
>>24160011>"fire and blood"Somebody say my name?
We ought to get a pair of Mystic Eye killing glasses for Rider one of these days. Her eyes are too pretty to be hidden behind Breaker Gorgon all the time.
>>24160313Apologies. I seem to have misquoted.It was actually "fire and darkness.">The plan could be done simply if we chose to simple plunge the city in to fire and darkness. Take one of the ley lines and cause and earthquake down the coast. Harvest the prana from the sacrifice. Instead, we chose the hard way. The way of minimal deaths, of the least collateral damage. Avenger had me convinced that it was the best way even.inb4 jokes combining Sakura and Melisandre. Dark and full of terrors indeed.
Wandering around, I spot Rider. She turn to me. "Did you really sneak home in a cardboard box?""Of course.""Why?""A crate made of wood or metal would have been too conspicuous.""... Do you give everyone the same non-answers to direct questions?""Maybe. To be honest, I don't really pay attention to what I say."Rider's ability to stare at me blankly when I can only see half her face is astounding. I'm almost tempted to ask how she does it. Before I can however, she talks first. "So did you come find me for a reason?""Kinda. Sakura just ran off flustered, I was wondering if you had any idea why.""Depends. What were you talking about?""At that exact moment? About how Shinji seemed to be moving in the vague direction of being a decent person.""Huh. He's got a long way to go before then.""Well yeah, but if there's a small bit that could be redeemed I don't feel comfortable throwing him under the bus.""I would. He had a chance, and used it to be a douchebag. I'd rather his 'second' chance go to someone who hadn't had one.""... Kinda harsh.""There's a lot of people who only realize the error of their ways when they get the same treatment they've been dishing out. If they seriously fail to understand the pain of those they trod over with out being pushed underfoot, they aren't the sort to really remember the lessons they learn down there." She frowns. "Then again, I might be slightly biased.""... So how do you think Sakura would feel?"
>>24160548"I don't know, I can try talking to her about it." She answers with a shrug. "I can see where she might have mixed feelings though. She didn't really like being a Matou, and no matter how large or small the role he played she might see him as one of her tormentors. On the other hand, not everything he did to her was cruel and evil even if she saw it that way. Or at least she saw his intentions lean that way, if not his actions.""Wow." I run a hand through my hair, reflecting. "I don't know what to say. I mean, I knew it wasn't exactly a happy home....""You were unaware of -exactly- how bad it was." Rider returns, and smiles slightly. "She's like you. She does a very good job of hiding her discomfort and pain from people she cares about. I suspect for the same reasons.""What? I just really don't see why someone should get worked up over m-" Rider's words suddenly hit me like a brick. I turn, looking to where Sakura-Rider's hand catches my shoulder. "I know your 'reckless heroism' gland is probably freaking out right now, but I think you should give her some space. Calm down a little before you talk to her.""But-""You make incredibly stupid decisions when you're emotional. At least take a deep breath before you go."I close my eyes, letting out a sigh and trying to relive the tension before I-[ ] Go check on Sakura.[ ] Go talk to Rin.[ ] Go work on the Bike.[ ] Go start dinner.[ ] Ask Rider something else.
>>24160560>[ ] Go start dinner.Cooking is sooooooothing.
>>24160560>[ ] Go work on the Bike.
>>24160560Unlimited Dinner Works
>>24160560>[X] Go work on the Bike.We shall find wisdom in its hate-filled mechanical embrace.
>>24160560>[X] Go work on the Bike.We still need to finish that. Once we do, our bribery will be complete and Rider will be firmly in our pocket.
>>24160560Work on bike
>>24160560>[ ] Go talk to Rin.
>>24160560Shirou maek food
>>24160560>[ ] Go start dinner.
>>24160560>[x] Go start dinner.This and after dinner debriefing. Taiga missed what? Three or four meals?>Bike choices... I thought the needed parts would arrive the next day? Or was it delivered while Shirou was busy throughout the day?
>>24160560[ ] Go work on the Bike.
>>24160560[X] Work on the bike.It can't kill us anymore, so...
>>24160560Tally so far:Dinner:>>24160595>>24160622>>24160718>>24160731>>24160740Bike:>>24160601>>24160628>>24160666>>24160673>>24160815>>24160820Rin:>>24160714
>>24160560To the bike!
>>24160560>[X ] Go work on the Bike.Keep our hands busy.Keep our minds busy.Keep us from reflecting on the emptiness that is 'us.'
>>24160924Drag the bike into the kitchen.Multitask.
"I think you're right. Maybe I'll talk to her after dinner."Rider nods. "Alright. So what now, you off to cook?""I have a little time before I have to." I respond, looking out at the shed. "I think I'm going to go and work on the bike." I notice Rider perk up at its mention. "Do you want to come help?""Sure." She responds, a little too casually.We walk out to the shed, and I spy a box with the dealer's logo on it. Apparently Saber had to sign for it while I was out. I idly wonder how long it's been there.A lot of the work is fairly simple, unbolting a thing that's there and hooking a new one in place. A few pieces seem to require a bit more careful adjustments, making sure it's only -this- tight and no more or less than that.With Rider's help, the work goes rather quickly. She spends the entire time smiling slightly. "Do you like working on stuff?""Kinda. Not in general, and not even most things like this. It's like.... you know how when you look at a horse, sometimes you can just tell it's a runner? While some are a good pack animal, some are as fast and graceful as the wind? This bike was well made.""Yeah, Saber said that Servants get some sort of vague awareness of the age they're summoned to.""It's not that. I can just tell. This is a bike meant to go FAST." She smiles. "Maybe part of the is being summoned as Rider. I'm actually quivering with anticipation." She looks at me as we lift it, and set it up out of the way. "I know you said you didn't know who you were going to give it to, but could I take it for a ride?""Sorry.""Shirou, I've spent the last twenty minutes fixing this thing up. Don't get a girl in the mood and walk away.""What?" I respond, looking at her. I'm honestly not sure if she meant what she said, or what it sounded like. "No, I'm not denying you to be mean." I reach down and show her. "The timing chain was snapped. without the, the bike literally will not go. It's how the power goes to the wheels."
>>24161491Rider stares at me, and then at the bike. "You knew this? You knew all along?""That the bike wasn't a hundred percent fixable at this point? Yes." I look at her, and apologetically pat her on the back. "I didn't realize you'd be this upset over it though. If I knew you were expecting an immediate payoff, I would've-""No, it's alright." She says, letting out a sigh. "I should've known better, getting my hopes up."She leaves the shed, leaving me feeling slightly guilty. I start to leave in the direction of the kitchen, but I see Rin spot me and making a beeline towards the shed as I exit.[ ] To the kitchen![ ] Stop and see what she wants.
>>24161506>[ ] Stop and see what she wants.Can we trace the chain?Maybe we'll be dragged along for the ride to maintain it but it'll be worth itttt.
>>24161506[ ] Stop and see what she wants.
>>24161539agree with this on both counts
>>24161506>[ ] Stop and see what she wants.Fascinating.
>>24161506>[ ] Stop and see what she wants.
>>24161506>[X] Stop and see what she wants.But be prepared to duck around the corner and project the box. If we stay out of sight for about three minutes she'll forget she ever saw us.
>>24161539This sounds do able
>>24161506[x] Stop and see what she wants.>>24161539Also try this.
>>24161506>"I should've known better, getting my hopes up."Ouch. Given her usual repertoire of double entendres she's probably referring to us as well. We basically have to give her the bike at this point, even if it comes with an admonition to share with Saber.Anyway, let's see what Rin wants. Maybe now we get to see what Rin's kids will look like with red hair.
>>24161506Better see what Rin wants.
>>24161753Is the chain a sword?
>>24161506[x] To the kitchen!Angry Rin spotted, everyone hide or run!
>>24161506>[X ] Stop and see what she wants.Shit, so we've not only depressed Sakura, we've bummed out Rider, too. :(I was gonna say: can't we just trace the chain? We can blow prana on a goddamn cardboard box, so why not a chain to make our best bro in this clusterfuck feel at ease?
>>24161782We make the chain out of tiny interlocking swords. Our affinity for swrods should easily compensate for something this detailed!No, not with tg dice it won't.
>>24161782The chain is not a sword.However the chain is a small, simple metallic object without any internal parts. Thats pretty much as easymodo as it gets when it comes to Projection magic.
>>24160560>Make bad choices when emotional>Work on bike that seems to be a sentient hate engine in its own right.>Nothing can go wrong.
>>24161782Ten trillion screaming fanatics say "Yes".
>>24161820Yes, trace some chains so we can give Rider a ride.
I was actually thinking if we can't fix the bike, maybe we can get our Yakuza connections to obtain one for cheap, as a present for Rider.
>>24162143I think she had her heart set on riding ours.
>>24162143If you're going to go to that length, why not just get her a motorcycle.
>>24162172That's what I meant. Get Raiga to get us a bike for Rider.
"Rin?""Shirou." She greets as she walks up, before hesitating. "Why were you and Rider in the shed?""Oh. I was just working on the bike."".... Bike?" She steps past me and looks in the shed. "Eh? Since when do you have a motorcycle?""Since Gilgamesh threw it at me." She does a double take. "Well technically he threw it after he broke it, in the general direction of where I was standing.... and didn't care that I laid claim to his cast-off.""When was this?""That night at the Church." I snap my fingers. "Right after you were kidnapped by Archer. I thought you already knew.""... When I wasn't here for it?""Well everyone else has seen it since. I mean, I never went out of my way to talk about it, but I'm surprised you didn't know."".... Alright, well...." She says, trying to change the topic. "Did you say something to Sakura?""... Kinda. Why?""She locked herself in her room for a little earlier. I got her to talk and she just went to start dinner a minute ago....""Dammit, I was going to cook." I say, looking towards the kitchen."Shirou?" Rin asks, tugging on my sleeve. "Are you alright?""Fine, why?""Because every time someone else offers to cook you... well, you have a little moment.""Well it's my house. My house, my kitchen. You're all guests, and besides: I'm used to doing everything. It's really weird not doing everything.""Even though we want to help." She stares at me concerned for a minute, before she starts cracking up."What?""I wonder if Saber's right. Are you allergic to sympathy or something?""What? No." I shake my head. "It just bugs me when people get worked up about stuff that doesn't matter. It's not the end of the world when something bad happens to me.""You don't really seem to have a sense of scale though. you have the same level of concern for stubbing your toe and charging into mortal danger. Like getting caught in the rain without an umbrella."
>>24162188"It's not like I go 'nah, it's fine' when I have a sword sticking out of me.""Actually, yes. You prioritized giving me your coat when you half a hubcap sticking out of your arm." I open my mouth to say something, and Rin interrupts me. "Shirou? Listen. I'm not trying to upset you or freak you out, but I'm starting to worry.""About what?""About you. It's like you honestly don't care what happens to yourself.""I care. I just care about you more.""And Sakura more, and Rider more, and Saber and Taiga more...." She says, staring at me, before shaking her head. "Sometimes I really just don't understand what's going through your head."[ ] Say something (?)[ ] Go for a walk.
>>24162187jesus I'm dumb, and obviously not caught up. thought this was just a bicycle.
>>24162188>I don't like people freaking out over things that don't matter.>GODDAMMIT WOMAN, THIS IS MY KITCHEN!Why hasn't anybody called us out on our hypocrisy yet? This is like the fifth time this has happened.
>>24162198>[ ] "...That I just don't want to see you all get hurt when I could have stopped it?"
>>24162188>and didn't care that I laid claim to his cast-off>Cast-offA. O. U. CASTOOOOOFFFFF!!!!
>>24162198[x] Say something"I care about myself more in that I'm willing to fight for what I want from this war, rather than let everyone duke it out."
>>24162245Something along this line, throw in something bout rather we be in pain than ever have to have one of them bare pain yadayada
>>24162198[x] Say something"Rin. The reason I can throw myself into mortal danger like a complete and utter moron is because you guys are behind me, and if I lost one of you I don't know how I would live with myself. I'm sorry if it looks like I don't care about myself, but I don't know how else to act and Still be Emiya Shirou." Hugs, after this, confess about the whole berserk rage with Gram, spend some time getting back to ground zero, i mean square one... in any case, find a center
>>24162198Make an offhand joke about you've already survived more stuff then you've had any right to so whats a bit more?I mean you're likely to survive anyway so worry about everyone else who isn't. This way if for some reason you do end up dead at least you helped someone else this time istead of ignoring them...
>>24162198[x] Say something"I don't like seeing people upset and unhappy. It makes ME upset and unhappy. So in a way, I'm being completely selfish. I'm helping you not for your sake, but for mine.Is that better?"
>>24162305But... Our Center is Swords.
>>24162198>[ ] Say something (?)"Rin, listen. A week ago I was a mostly-normal high school student who's biggest worry was making sure Taiga didn't starve to death. In the space of this last week I've traded blows with, legendary heroes, powerful Magi, and a freaking Vampire, discovered my Father's dark secret, learned how to manifest Noble Phantasms at will, and just today I may have figured out a reliable method of moving around undetected by Servants." "To top it all off, I have somewhere between two and six women interested in me, two of whom are powerful wizards, and two of whom are semi-divine spiritual beings manifested by the power of the Holy Grail.""I freely admit my perspective is distorted as all hell, but all things considered I think I'm dealing with it better than the majority of humanity would."
>>24162248That's "A. U. O. Castoff." As in Eiyuu Ou. 英雄王. King of Heroes.
>>24162198>[x] Say something (?)>Sometimes I really just don't understand what's going through your head."I could say the same thing about Sakura. But at least you and Rider were there for her, so thank you.I may have made her upset by bringing up Shinji in conversation.Is she doing better now?"
>>24162439>GILAMESHAlright, now you're just fucking with me.
>>24162364Don't forget to add "can spontaneously regenerate from wounds" and "may or may not have misplaced my Soul" to the list of Fucked Up Shit we've had to deal with.I mean come on Rin, we've earned the right to be a little bonkers at this point.
>>24162503He misspelled it.>>24162248>A. O. U. CASTOOOOOFFFFF!!!!
>>24162568Did not notice that. Going to delete that post so the entire thread doesn't get derailed by that.Take a poorly made THIS BIKE as an apology.
>>24162364Haha, I like this, if only for the look on Rin's face. Dammit we may be crazy, but we're AWARE that we're crazy so its fine.Oh, and don't forget to throw in "Having a True Ancestor over for breakfast" to the list.
>Huh. I'm seeing a couple of different things, but I'd like you guys to pick a solid option because I see potential from DRAMATICALLY changing how this scene plays out based on word choice.>I'd rather not mix and match shit up like I normally do here.
>>24162694Catcatcher's post >>24162305 here I think.
>>24162305My vote goes for this
>>24162709>>24162731Honestly, that seems like the same thing we've already told her. "Thats just how I am" doesn't seem to be a satisfactory explanation in her book.I vote >>24162728, because if nothing else it might make her realize just how completely and utterly INSANE this situation must seem from our perspective. If she realizes that a "normal" person in our shoes would have probably run away screaming or had a mental breakdown by now, she might be a little more thankful that we act the way we do.
>>24162694My vote goes here >>24162245
>>24162694My votes for this:>>24162364
>>24162778This. This seems a valid point.
>"It's not like I go 'nah, it's fine' when I have a sword sticking out of me."dammit, wheres that picture when I need it
>>24162694I vote this one>>24162364
>>24162865...nice turnaround time
>>24162880The benefits of a well-organized image folder. who am I kidding, its all one unsorted mess and like 1% of the images actually have titles
>>24162778If we want to make Shirou the strongest Shirou possible magically we have to make him face the result of following Kiritsugu's ideals and decide that they're worth following anyway. That and Archer points nets us UBW.However, if we want to get Shirou's best ending, we have to make our Shirou give up those ideals. The best way I can think of doing that is to have his friends realize that his worldview is distorted and pull an intervention on him. If Saber starts talking about the fire, one of our route heroines will start putting the pieces together. Paradoxically the way to accelerate that is to make them more worried about Shirou. We can pull that off by having Shirou come out and say "I don't care about myself" or come within a hair's breadth of saying so.
>>24162966Or! we could put the bike parts into the box, light it on fire, jump in and start quipping. That builds character too
>>24162966But you're forgetting something important.Archer said we're not him.
>>24162364I vote for this one.I think it's important to make them remember how crazy things are to us especially because we hide our problems so well.
>>24163061That doesn't mean it's absolutely impossible for us to inherit his Reality Marble. Look at that one chick Nrvnqsr ate whose name always escapes me.
>>24163124I think the point being made was that we're different enough from Archer (by his own admission) that following the path of Big Goddamn Hero might not end as tragically for us as it did for him. It certainly COULD, but it isn't a foregone conclusion.
Whatever we end up going with, when we get back inside we're making sad puppy dog eyes at Sakura until she asks us to help cook.
I sigh. "Rin... A week ago I was a mostly-normal high school student who's biggest worry was making sure Taiga didn't starve to death. In the space of the last week I've traded blows with legendary heroes, powerful Magi, and a freaking vampire. Discovered some of my Father's dark secrets, learned projection magic, and just today I may have discovered a way to move undetected by Servants."She looks at me, surprised while i take a breath and continue."On top of that, I apparently have somewhere between two and six women romantically interested in me who span from totally normal people to powerful magi and semi-divine spiritual being manifested by the grail." I take her hand, looking her in the eye. "I admit my perspective might be distorted as hell, but all things considered I think I'm doing alright."She stares at me for a long time before sighing. "Yeah. Maybe you're right. I mean, you're acting weird but how much of that is you getting thrown by all that's happening?""Exactly." I say with a smile. "I'm mostly reacting to everything that's happened so far. I'm not saying I'm 100% perfectly fine, but this isn't exactly a fair measurement of how I am normally."She smiles back. "Yeah. Honestly though, I don't get something. Your Dad never explained any of this?""Not really. I think he thought I'd be happier if I was never a mage. He left some information where I could find it if I needed it, but....""Wanting to keep you uninvolved." Rin shakes her head. "Do you know how unusual that is for a Mage?""What?""Not passing that stuff along. I mean, that's what you're expected to do. You pick an heir, pass along everything, all your knowledge and eventually the magic crest." She rolls up her sleeve and puts a small amount of energy into it, and I see little lines light up slightly along her arm. "I'm supposed to too. If I don't put that first, we could loose hundreds of years of knowledge and magecraft skill. Your Dad... he put being a father first."
>>24163207".... Does that upset you?""No. I don't think so, just...." She sighs, looking away. "It's weird. Mages are supposed to do and be all of these things, but everything you say and do feels like you're running in the opposite direction. And right when I've convinced myself that you're insane, or that you're an idiot, you do something that should be impossible. Or you say something brilliant and insightful.""Spooky Magic." I comment waggling my fingers."... Yeah." She turns to me, exasperated. "Exactly. I have no idea how you do that.""Well.... I have to look at magic differently. I mean, for one I'm really specialized. You can do everything and be amazing at it. I can only do one thing, and it's not really that useful on the whole.""You can project things way more powerful than makes any sense.""Well yeah, but what use does that have in day to day life? You could probably use magic to clean the house. What am I supposed to do? Summon freaking Excalibur and smite the dust into oblivion?" I pantomime flailing a sword around at random while Rin laughs at me."I guess you're right. I can kinda see where your Father was coming from. Being a Mage is hard. He couldn't pass on the crest, so he probably wanted to make sure it was really what you wanted.""Yeah. I never thought he was dumb, but he was obviously a lot smarter than I gave him credit for.""Still, it's kinda fun, right?" She says with a smile. "Learning new things, all this crazy war stuff. It's dangerous, but also kinda exciting."Something about what she said makes me feel... uncomfortable.She notices before I can hide it completely. ".... Shirou? Is something wrong?""Huh? No, nothing. Of course not." I answer, smiling and giving her hand a squeeze.She frowns at me, concerned. Dammit.>What do/say?
>>24163212All this death and danger and you're excited? I can see we're not meant to be.Issei my love, wait for meeeeeeeeeee!
>>24163212""Fun" isn't really a word i'd use to describec a war, you know. People have died already and more probably will.Also on top of that I think Gilgamesh and Avenger are planning to raze the whole city. Was goong to mention that at dinner, but y'know. "
>>24163264Note: IGNORE ME
>>24163212Sigh."I think I just have a natural reaction to people I care for talking about being in danger."
>>24163212>She frowns at me, concerned.GODDAMMIT RIN, YOU'RE DOING THAT THING AGAIN!Time for plan B: GO FOR THE KISS.If words won't work, then we're going to have to resort to asymmetrical warfare to get what we want.
>>24163212...Is she about to invite Shirou to the Clock Tower? Nice. Except potentially route locking, not that it wouldn't make AC-Guy's life easier."Tell me about your dad some. Sounds like he was real big into the whole traditional magic thing from what I understand, but you turned out okay. Bit too concerned with your image but you always come through when it counts.">how many Rin points until we break the affection meter do you think?
>>24163212"Sorry, I'm just not used to thinking of this as anything other than a life or death conflict. Though, to be honest, flip kicking Berserker from an explosion, or running through a forest catching Gilgamesh's arrows... definitely gets the blood pumping."
"Fun's a bad word for it. Honestly I spend most of my time worried about everyone surviving." I sigh. "I mean, good's come out of it but I'm never not thinking of it as a potentially horrifying life and death struggle.""I didn't mean the war specifically." She says, looking at me. "There are good things happening too. Sakura's here, and she's actually happy. We got to actually know each other, and we both made some new friends.""Yeah, and out there somewhere Zouken, Archer, Avenger and Gilgamesh are plotting to rip it all away.""... So you haven't enjoyed any of this? Meeting Saber, fixing the bike with Rider?""I'm not saying I haven't enjoyed it, I'm just very aware of the greater context. Always. And that bike's already set me on fire once.""That's not wha- Wait, the bike-" She stops, suddenly angry. "Stop trying to distract me!""I'm not. I just don't understand what you're on about.""I mean when do you stop worrying? When do you stop freaking out and doing everything for everyone? When do you relax? If all of this is stressful, when was the last time you had fun?">What say?
>>24163487"Fine Rin. You want me to have fun? Then I'll have some damn fun."And go for the kiss.
>>24163487"But Rin, it IS fun to me. Seeing other people happy because of what I've done for them makes me happy in turn."
>>24163487>When do you relax? If all of this is stressful, when was the last time you had fun?""When I'm in the kitchen."Boom. Full circle.
>>24163487>If all of this is stressful, when was the last time you had fun?When I snuck home in a cardboard box like I was a tactical espionage agent. That was the best kind of fun too; ludicrous and practical at the same time.>>24163521Hahahaha, yes!
>>24163487"I greatly enjoy cooking."
>>24163487"When I was master of my own kitchen. Although I will admit mastering the art of Tactical Espionage Action was satisfying."
>>24163487"Honestly, I had plenty of fun before the war, and I'm having fun now. Sparring with Saber, debating with you, cooking with Sakura, it's probably the most fun I've had in a long time. But there's always going to be shadow of the people trying to kill us falling across what I do. Can I please go cook now?"
>>24163487"Rin, I don't stop worrying. At least not with people trying to kill us.That said, it's been, what, a fortnight since this mess started? I can go a couple weeks without relaxing if there's, y'know, a war on.
>>24163521This.Her reaction will be priceless.
>>24163521And then his need to be in the kitchen makes all the sense in the world
>>24163521Shirou, you're going to make an outstanding wife for whichever of the girls wins.
Godammit, I spent the past 6 hours reading the archive of this quest, in the process gaining a splitting headache, only to find there is currently one running.I CAN'T TAKE THE WAIT FOR THE NEXT UPDATE.
>>24163598You think that's bad? Go read up to date on Armored Core Quest. You'll be there for DAYS.
>>24163606I was more upset with the illusion of finally being able to tear myself away from the computer to sleep away my headache, only to be caught up by an active thread.
>>24163521This is great but I also believe that we should throw a line about the box too.
>>24163487>>24163521>>24163526Kitchen + Box.
"When I'm in the kitchen." I answer dryly.She blinks, confused, and then her face begins to shift back to anger when I put a finger on her lips to shush her."Listen. Alright?" I sigh. "I like cooking. Well, I don't so much like 'cooking' as it is everything else. I like taking care of the people I care about. I like making sure everyone's happy. I LIKE worrying because it means I have something worth worrying about." I sigh, fighting down memories of smoke as I try to relax. "I know you care, that you want me to be happy. But I don't need to do something stupid and 'fun' to be happy. I'm just happy when everyone else is safe and happy."She stares at me for a long moment. "You're hiding something.""... No, no I'm not." I respond. "Well, maybe there's stuff I haven't talked about, but I'm not actively trying to deceive you...."She frowns, and looks away, sighing. "You mean it, but there's something else.""What do you mean?""I don't know. I just... I feel like there's something I'm missing. Like there's something about you or in your life that would explain it that I'm not seeing. Maybe you don't see it either, or you just don't realize it's there."".... I don't understand."".... Yeah, I don't either. Just promise me something? If something bothers you, or something comes up, talk to me. Talk to us. You have a bad habit of trying to take everything on yourself. Just because you want to deal with it doesn't mean we can't help.""... I'll try. Not sure what else I can say."She smiles again, this time more relieved than happy, but a smile all the same.[ ] I want to try and help cook.[ ] I need to go for a walk and clear my head.[ ] .... I should talk to someone.
>>24163716[x] I want to try and help cook.And kiss or hug this woman, dammit.
>>24163716To the kitchen! We can cook, and talk to Sakura a little more.
>>24163716We must regain control of our Kitchen
>>24163716[x] I need to go for a walk and clear my head.I sense Ilya time.>I should talk to someone.You'd need to ask Kirei if there are any psychiatrists in town that are cleared by the Church to talk about magic wizard stuff, Shirou. What do you think the answer to that is going to be?
>>24163716>[X] I want to try and help cook.And jesus christ >>24163774 yes.
>>24163716I'm going to suggest something odd and say we take a walk. We clearly need to clear our head, and giving everyone a bit of space will do wonders for nerves. Plenty of time to regain the kitchen, but somehow the night air calls for us.Besides this is the third time that walk option has popped up and now I'm curious.
>>24163804interesting point however how many walks have we gone on that didnt lead us into avengers lap?
>>24163716>[X] I need to go for a walk and clear my head.We keep getting "walk" options and we NEVER take them.WHERE DO YOU KEEP WANTING TO WALK TO SHIROU? TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!
[X] WalkAfter giving Rin a hug / kiss. If Avenger pops up, ask him what his plan is, exactly. Why did he need a vampire? What is his plan? And if Gilgamesh pops up... Tactical Box Time. I think we've pissed Kinkaiser off for the last time, really.
>WalkWhy not. I like our talks with Avenger.
>>24163837The first few took us to Illya. And one had Gil on the other end.Anyway, talking with Avenger is always enlightening. Remember to be nice, and ask which of us is the evil twin. I'll check up on you lot in the morning.
>Is walk winning? It looks like that's winning, so that's what I'm going with.
>>24163979go with it OP
>>24163979Hug or Kiss Rin too!
>>24164034I feel like kissing might make Sakura go yandere. Maybe even start a Dark Sakura plot thread. Frankly, I don't want that.Hugging is fine, though.
>>24164055>Not wanting YandereWhat are you, one of those homosexuals?
>>24163979go for a walk in the box
>>24164065I'd rather she not go homicidal and kill Rin. I'm a fan of incesty threesomes.
I sigh, and pull Rin into a hug. She tenses from the sudden embrace, but relaxes quickly. "I'm sorry.""For what?" She asks, surprised."For bothering you like that. I wish I knew what it was that's bugging you, or whatever's apparently wrong with me.""It's alright. I mean, there's worse things to be than too nice." She answers with a smile. "Now what? off to invade the kitchen? Reclaim your rightful place in the world?""... Actually, I think I'm going to go for a walk, clear my head a little bit." I say, and her smile fades a little. "I'm not going to do anything crazy. I just have a lot to think about, wanted to get some fresh air."She nods. "Take Rider with you, just in case.""... Yeah, alright."I step into the living room and look at Sakura in the kitchen. She notices me out of the corner of her eye and smiles. "Sempai. Sorry, I know you were going to cook, but-""It's fine." I respond with a wave. "You like to contribute and I wanted to clear my head anyway."She blinks. "Are you alright?""Fine. I just wanted to get some fresh air." She continues looking concerned. "I'm taking Rider with me, just in case something happens. I doubt it, but....""Alright." She smiles, clearly relaxing again. "Don't take too long, dinner will be ready in a half hour."I grab my coat from the closet, and step outside into the night air.
>>24164166"So, are you really planning something crazy?" Rider asks. "I'm not going to stop you, I just wanted to know in advance.""Probably not, no. I just really wanted some time to think for myself.""Alright. Well, I'm here if something happens. Or you want to talk. Or if you decide you want to break out some handcuffs and do something ki-""Noted, thanks." I respond with an exasperated sigh.She laughs. "I was just kidding. You haven't exactly won me over completely." She nudges me slightly. "Seriously, I'll leave you alone. Just let me know if you need something." laughing, she vanishes from sight while I shake my head.I forget about her teasing before long, as I walk towards...[ ] The Temple.[ ] The Bridge.[ ] The Market.[ ] The Woods.
>>24164172[ ] The Woods.
>>24164172>[ ] The Temple.It's been a while since we went there.
>>24164172The Woods. Maybe thinking about Broserker will be nice. And some fresh, forest air.
>>24164172[x] The Woods.Broserkerrrrr ;_;
>>24164238>ayako>we've got rider alongYesss
>>24164172>[ ] The Market.Why not.
>>24164172>[X] The Market.>>24164238Oh god yes.Its just crazy enough to work.
Rolled 4>>24164172Tough call... What do you think dice?
>>24164172[ ] The Woodsinb4 Mad Enhancement-afflicted Cain stomps our shit
>I see 4/4 woods/Market. Can I get a tiebreaker?
>>24164172>[X] The Market.Why would Ayako be at the market you ask?The answer is simple: DESTINY!
>>24164304>Nevermind, we're good.
>>24164308>>24164312>>24164306>Or maybe I can just scream my hatred into an uncaring universe.
>>24164304>>24164306>>24164308PfffhahahahahaFor what its worth[x] MARKETThe Woods have held nothing but sadness and death thus far. Hell, Avenger might still be holed up there, and I don't fancy getting into a scuffle with only Rider with us my poor heart couldn't handle losing her
>>24164317I'll put a vote for market just to be sure.
>>24164320>>24164329>we went a whole three minutes and no one has tied it back upITS A MIRACLE
>>24164283Rescinding this roll. Dice really screwed us many times during encounters with the woods, so I'd rather get screwed under our own terms.That said, changing vote to:>[ ] The Market.
I wander to the market, taking in the sights and smells. It's amazing how much things change around town as we head into evening, people headed home and Shops thinking about closing.I walk into the market, and something gets my attention a smell from a nearby restaurant, someone throwing out charred and burnt pork.The smell of burning...."Hey kid, what're you doing out this late?" a familiar voice comments. I swallow my nausea and turn to him."Lancer. I just wanted to get some fresh air.""Feeling sick?" He asks concerned. "You seem a little out of it.""No, nothing like that." I answer, shaking my head. "I just wanted some time to think." I glance at the bags he's holding. "You went to a pharmacy?""Yeah, my Master, well... you saw her.""I thought Rin healed her?""She did, the one wound she had on her side." He responds. "She's got some kind of weird illness that's been bothering her since she got here. One of her contacts attempted to poison her and take me right after she arrived in town. I saved her from the attack, but whatever he tried to use is still bothering her.""That's why she's so paranoid? She thinks the competition got to them or something?""Basically. That Priest agreed to help, but...." He shrugs. "He hasn't said or done anything untoward and he looks to be taking his neutrality serious. I just get a weird vibe off of him. Like he's checking her out or something, but he's not looking at her tits. Like there's something else he's getting his kicks on and I can't place it.""He bothers you?""Yeah. I don't know what it is, but he just rubs me the wrong way." He shakes his head. "But I'm not here to talk about my problems, and you're already gonna come talk tomorrow about the Grail stuff.""Yeah, maybe I'll just get back to my walk.""You want to talk about it?""Talk about what?"
>>24164461"Why that burnt pork almost made you vomit, and why you're out here to begin with. I mean, it didn't smell that bad, and not much that isn't related to your girls seems to shake you."".... I thought you were so set on us being enemies.""Hey, it'd be a nice fight, but we've got no reason to fight right now. If a man doesn't have to be your enemy now, why not have a beer and let tomorrow be tomorrow?"[ ] Trust Lancer.[ ] Keep walking.
>>24164467[ ] Trust Lancer.
>>24164467Trust Lancer. We're already this far.
>>24164467>[ ] Trust Lancer.Lancer #1 bro.Acquire beer, commence bromance.
>>24164467[x} Lancer is a Bro.
>>24164467>[ ] Trust Lancer.
>>24164461>I just get a weird vibe off of him. Like he's checking her out or something, but he's not looking at her tits.Trust lancer.>>REJOICE! He is not checking you out!
>>24164467>[x] Trust Lancer.Rider's got our back. Sides, we got a shortage of bros right now.And as long as it doesn't spoil dinner, I guess.
[X] Trust LancerNot being serious: "I'm surrounded by beautiful women and all I want is your Gae Bulg!
>>24164467>[ ] Trust Lancer AND Ask advice about dating multiple women
>no Ayako in sightDammit AC-Guy. I'm not mad, just disappoint. We even have Rider. It was a perfect setup.
>>24164467[x] Trust Lancer.
I think about it for a second. "....Sure.""Alright. Mind some privacy?" He asks, looking at a point about a foot behind me and to the left."I'm here in case he's in danger." Rider's voice replies."Well I'm not going to kill him over coffee." Lancer responds. Then he sighs. "Alright, I swear upon my honor and pride as a Knight of Erin that I'll do what I can to ensure he comes to know harm while we speak. Will that satisfy you?"".... Alright. I'll give you your privacy." She responds. "I'm not going to stray too far though.""Fair enough." He responds, as we make our way to a cafe nearby. "So, what do you want to talk about first kid?"[ ] Women.[ ] Nausea.[ ] (?)
>>24164635>[ ] Women.AND>[ ] What do you think of Taiga.
>>24164609>Different things happened depending on which way you went.>You happened to walk in the direction of 'Lancer'.
>>24164635Women. Also:"know harm"He's going to murder us.
>>24164635>Knight of ErinIf THIS doesn't give us lancer's identity I don't know what will...
>>24164635>[ ] Women.Help us lancer. There are between two and six women and I only have one dick. The math just doesn't work!
>>24164635>Were going to die horriblywoman
>>24164635> know harm This...is a typo, right?Right?
>>24164664What are you talking about.We obviously trace more dicks.They're called swords for a reason.
>>24164659>Oh god, fucking auto-correct.>I almost wish I planned that, but he's on the level. I promise.
>>24164635[ ] Nausea.THIS IS A PLOT POINT PEOPLE
>>24164635>I can to ensure he comes to know harmSrly what.
>>24164659Deceiving us with an English homonym while he's actually speaking Japanese?Thats so meta it might just work. PANIC
>>24164635[ ] Show him our projected gay bulge>implying that this is, in any way, a good idea
>>24164635>[ ] Women."The last few times I've had this conversation, one mistook me for a homosexual (Kirei) while the other one displayed blatant misogyny (Gil)."
"Uh... Women, I guess.""Daddy never taught you?""Well I was twelve when he died.""And we're just off to a roaring start then, aren't we?" Lancer pinching the bridge of his nose."You didn't know." I respond with a sigh."Yeah, no, this is good. I want to see how many times in one conversation I can kick myself in the tonsils." He responds with a sarcastic smile. "Seriously though, what's up?""Well... I have multiple girls interested in me, and I'm not really sure how to deal with that.""Have you tried using your dick?" He asks as the waitress walks away from delivering our coffee. I see her hesitate before apparently deciding that nobody has that little tact.I know better. "... What? Seriously?""Seems obvious to me." He takes a sip of coffee. "I mean, it's a mutual interest, right? You aren't holding out for someone else?""No... I mean, if I was it would probably be one of them. It's just.... well for one, multiple women seems like it would be easy to screw up, and I'm not sure they'd be down for that.""Oh, you mean multiple RELATIONSHIPS." He takes another sip of coffee. "Well, no matter what route you go, don't piss them off.""Wasn't planning on it." I respond dryly."Just saying. 'Hell hath no fury' isn't a joke. Pissing off a woman is pretty much how my life ended up coming to such a horrible flaming end.""And your first piece of advice is to give them the dick.""I never said I was good with women. Actually, that part was probably the only thing I was really good with in that regard.""... The sad part is that you're already giving better advice than the last two people I've talked with.""What happened there?""One suggested asserting my dominance, and the other thought I was gay.""Nah, you spend way too much time being whipped for that to be the case." He smiles roguishly "Hold on, you're that whipped and you're not getting any? Damn son, it's a good thing you knew to get help."
>>24164951"I could leave. Right now." I respond, scooting back."Calm down, just having a laugh." He shakes his head. "Alright, first of all, you need to know what you're getting into. Make sure they know and you know what's up. You don't have to be blunt, but make sure everyone's on the same page. If you just want to fuck, say that. If you want to date, or date more than one, be honest. If you're considering marriage then go there. If you decide you want to change where you're at, talk about it." He sips his coffee. "Honesty. Honesty and communication. Never sneak anything around that and you'll be good.""That's it?""Well.... Yes and no. That's how relationships work. Even if you're 'dominate' in the relationship, you want to make sure they're happy enough to not stab you to death in your sleep." He looks thoughtful. "Whenever I was with more than one, I was either in a position where it was suggested to me, or all parties involved didn't care. You're somewhere more delicate than that.""Yeah, I'd say so. Polygamy isn't exactly looked upon fondly for the most part."".... What a boring world it's become." He shakes his head. "Listen, don't care what anyone else says. If you're happy and whatever girls or guys you're with are happy, fuck everyone else." He hesitates, thoughtful. "Actually, don't fuck everyone else. I suspect cheating is frowned upon too.""Well... yeah. Even if I DID want to go there... you can't say that and not look like a creep.""What? 'I want to fuck you all so stop acting awkward' isn't a winning move?" For a second I think he's serious, and then he laughs. "Yeah, no. If they think you're in it for the fun they won't go for it seriously. Well if you can't say it, maybe someone else can? Hell, I could if it were open. Just let me know, I won't even blackmail you for my personal amusement over it."[ ] Ask for other types of relationship advice.[ ] .... Move on to another topic.
>>24164956Movng on to some other topic.
>>24164951>"Well I was twelve when he died."kiritsugu or the biological one?
>>24164956[x] .... Move on to another topic.Yeah we were not nearly drunk enough for that.
Also we're on page 8, next post might want to be a new thread, AC-guy.
>>24165001Kiritsugu. We don't know who our biological parents were, although their dying in the fire is probably a fairly safe bet.
>>24164956Other topic. Nausea?
>>24164956I hope rider is listening in.
>>24165001>He's referring to Kerry. He's somewhere towards his late teens now, and the fire was a decade ago. Shirou was 7-8 around the time of the fire, and 12-13 when his adopted father passed.
>>24164956next topic Nausea or the use of dick sheaths and how to project them
>>24164956>[ ] .... Move on to another topic.On to the nausea I suppose.As awkward as it may have been, his advice just now was EXACTLY what Shirou needed to hear.
>>24165007>It's 3am here dude. When this thread's dead that's it for now.
>>24164956[ ] .... Move on to another topic.Time for Shirou to fight his fear of fire.
>>24164956>[ ] .... Move on to another topic.Ah the advantages of learning from the mistakes of others. We salute your sacrifice and being back from the dead to relay this info to future bros, Lancer.I'm guessing we're moving on to either:>Nauseaor might I suggest...>Battle Lust
>>24164951>>24164956Every time Lancer talks, I laugh my ass off.With the partial exception of Brozerker, he is my favorite servant, hands down.
>>24165061ill be up all night. got an exam tomorrow. ur posts keep me awake
"Alright, I think that's enough of that talk for now." I say after a minute of hard silence."Fair enough. Want to talk about your sick episode outside?""... Yeah, I don't really know what that was.""I have a guess, but I'm going to need your complete honesty no matter how weird my questions are.""... Alright.""Did you see it first, or did you smell it?""... Smelled.""Do you cook with Pork often?""... No, not really.""Don't like the taste?""It's not that, I just... I just don't eat a lot of pork.""What's the earliest thing you remember?""... Today?""Ever.""... Seeing my Dad's face.""... Alright." He sighs. "Have you ever seen dead people?""Like a corpse?""Yes.""... Yeah.""..... There was a large fire across town about a Decade ago, right? I remember the priest saying some-" I choke down the bile. "Yeah, there it is." He reaches over, and grabs my shoulder, hard. "Focus. Find something to grab and focus on the here and now."I take a deep breath. "What?""Smell can trigger memories. Especially really strong or repressed ones. You lied about your first memory, didn't you?"I don't say anything. I can't say anything."Yeah, I thought so. Here's something not many people know: Humans and pigs have similar fat placement and muscle structure, even if the shapes are different. Cooked pig smells about the same as cooked people." He smiles, giving me a small pat on the shoulder. "You're not the first person to get freaked out by it. First time I smelled it, I thought 'that smells delicious' right before I saw what I was smelling. didn't puke, but couldn't eat pork for a week afterwards."I take a few deep breaths as I try to calm down. "Well. That was....""Yeah." He frowns. "Have you ever talked to anybody about it? Your Dad even?""... No, not really. I can't even remember anything that happened before then." I shake my head. "I just... tried to move on."Lancer sighs. "Don't we all."[ ] Women.[ ] Fire.[ ] Other.[ ] Leave.
>>24165235>[ ] Fire.Lets see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
>>24165235>[ ] Fire.Let's get this shit nutted out.With Dr. Lancer, MD.
>>24165235>[ ] Fire.Clearly solving all our deep-seated emotional problems in the space of 30 minutes under the tender psychological ministrations of a battle-freak womanizing mega-ghost is the best possible idea.
>>24165235[x] Fire.BURN, BABY BURNDISCO INFERNoh wait that's really insensitive isn't it.
>>24165286To be fair, no matter how crazy they are, people with shitloads of fucked-up life experiences like Lancer are surprisingly good counsellors, even if they don't have the slightest hint of tact or training.Practical experience is crazy useful.
>>24165235>[ ] Fire.And women."Oh God! That's why I can't get into a relationship. I'm just afraid of getting 'burned'! I all makes sense now!"Please don't take the above statement seriously.
>>24165340Gimme the chocolate, saber!
>>24165340>>24165386Society just got a little bit worse.
"So repressed memories. Any advice there?""What, drawing them out?" He responds, surprised. "Uh... expose yourself to proper stimulus?""Which would be?""Set yourself on fire? You could probably learn a lot from that." He says, uncertainly. "Probably the most chance for a vivid flashback. Honestly though, I wouldn't recommend trying to power through it, generally speaking, your mind suppresses stuff like that on purpose. You know you can't handle it on some level, so you just shut it out."".... But what if I want to be better?""Being better means getting better. And getting better can be long and slow. Here's the real question though: Do you want to be better because you want to be better? Or do you want it so people don't worry about you?"I hesitate. "I... I don't know.""That's probably the best place to start then." He looks thoughtful. "Why do you have such a low sense of self worth?""Huh?" I look at him, surprised."You heard me. The girl, what's her name... Sakura? She does it too. She draws attention away from herself, doesn't like everybody paying excessive attention to her. She's also got reasons, and issues. She was apparently abused in more ways than one and spent most of her life sad or terrified." He finishes off his coffee with a low pull. "You though? You've got it pretty good other than the fire thing. You've got multiple women on the line, you've got your own house, you've got good grades according to that one woman...""Taiga?""Yeah, that's the one." He nods as he continues. "I mean, your parents are gone and there was that fire thing..... but nothing that points to why you would hate yourself that I know of. Hell, you're kinda awesome by most standards. Here's something I noticed: I've never seen you smile. Not once.""I've smiled." I answer, surprised.
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>>24165533"Not a real smile. Not a happy one. They're always the sort of tired, plastered on fake ones you wear to get people to look away. And when they do you stop. Like flicking off a light-switch."I stare, not sure how to take that. I don't smile?My phone rings. "Emiya.""Hey." Taiga says. "Dinners almost ready. You should probably head back if you want to eat.""Yeah, alright." I says, rubbing my temple. "I think I'm done anyway."I look up and see Lancer already standing. "I need to be heading back too." I nod, standing up as well. As I turn to the door.... "Hey kid?""Yeah?""If you ever need someone to talk to, unbiased? Feel free to call or something.""... Thanks Lancer.""No problem." He says with a wave as he walks off.I realize a moment later that he left me with the bill, and I throw some money of the table with a bit more irritation than was warranted.As I leave, I feel Rider's presence come up close to me. I get the feeling that she wants to ask what we talked about, but doesn't want to pry.We reach an empty stretch of road on the way home.[ ] Talk to Rider.[ ] Go to Dinner.
>>24165538Talk to rider
>>24165538>[ ] Talk to Rider.We know what we must do.The sharks won't go away, so our only option is to feed them. Lancer has shown us the light.
>>24165538[ ] Talk to Rider. suggest projecting the bike chain and the two of you going for a joyride
>>24165538if Rider asks, "We talked about manly things".
>>24165538[x] Talk to Rider
>>24165538>[ ] Talk to Rider.>[ ] Float idea about tracing the chainSeriously though, that thing is a chain.Whats missing a few links. Couldn't shirou repair, strengthen those like he does all those appliances in school?
>>24165538[x] Talk to Rider.
>>24165538MAI BOI! THIS>[x]DINNER!IS WHAT ALL TRUE WARRIORS STRIVE FOR
>>24165538>[X] Talk to Rider.Rider, you're a woman, but you're also my bro. I may be about to engage in the most dangerous battle of my life, so I ask you as a bro, will you have my back?
>>24165538[x] Talk to RiderAsk her if it's true that you never really smile.
>>24165582Second the Chain Idea.
>>24165623this sounds promising
>>24165623>Asking a blindfolded person if Shirou ever smiles.I get the sentiment though and if it can be conveyed, this has my support.>[x] Talk to Rider.
>>24165723True, but she can definitely sense emotions to some extent. She'd be able to tell if Shirou is genuinely happy or just faking it. Also it opens up the topic of maybe getting her glasses.
"So here we are, walking along a deserted road. You're not planning on taking advantage of me, are you?""Like you wouldn't love it.""I'll scream rape. Don't think I won't.""Oh I could make you like it..." She whispers in my ear. "... When I get tired of hearing you cry." She finishes as her arms wrap around me from behind. She hesitates after a second. "Shirou? Are you alright?"".... I'm not sure actually." She lets go and I turn to her as she walks beside me. "I have a question, might sound weird.""And?""Do I not smile?"She stares at me blankly before gesturing to her blindfold like 'are you kidding me'. She then sighs. "Honestly, no. I just assumed you were more the stoic, serious type. You don't really joke that much except for with me either, but I'm pretty sure that's mostly us dodging our respective issues and sexual tension." she looks at me with a frown. "Why, should you be smiling?""... I don't know. I've never thought about it." I respond. "I mean, it's not the sort of thing you'd really notice unless someone points it out.""I think you'd notice if you weren't happy." She quips. I don't say anything. "... Shirou?""If we just look at the last few weeks, there's a lot of reasons not to be happy. A lot of stress and worry." I shake my head. "I didn't do much laughing and joking around before all this either. I mean, with Issei just kinda chatting on our way from one thing to another occasionally....""Mmmm..." She looks at me. "I hate to interrupt your brooding, but you had an old bicycle in the shed. We couldn't use the chain off that?""It's shaped different, I already looked. Also built for a much smaller stress tolerance. I'd try and fix the old chain, but I don't have it. It's just gone."".... Well damn. What about projecting it?""And risk losing focus at high speed in a corner or something?""An excellent point." She sighs. "You're not really distracted are you? You actually need the heart-to-heart?"
>>24165750"... If you don't want to talk....""No, I asked, even if I wasn't sure what I was getting into." Somehow her brush doesn't feel like she means it. "So what, you aren't happy?""I have no idea. I mean, I kinda figured I was because I didn't see myself as depressed or anything. But first Rin, then Lancer....""What's the saying? 'If one person says you're an ass'?""Basically." I sigh. "I don't really bother worrying about myself because I care more about my friends. Is that why I didn't notice? Or maybe a symptom of whatever problem I have?""Here's how I see it. You're alive?""For the moment.""You're healthy?""Discounting the whole thing with my soul, yes.""Uncomfortable with talking about your feelings and personal problems?""... Well, yeah. Obviously.""Then the answer is clear: Blindly throw yourself at the problems presented in the war and among your friends and completely ignore your mounting pile of problems!" She gestures ahead like she's declaring 'behold' and showing off some grand design."... And that'll help?""If you're only happy when you're fretting over other people, then by all means, fret. It makes you happy and certainly isn't hurting anyone.""... I actually have no idea if this is serious or good advice.""Well, it's what I'm doing so I can't really offer anything else without being a hypocrite." She responds with a shrug as she fades away.I let out a sigh, and look down the road. Just a few blocks from home. Nothing to look forward to but dinner.[DC15 Reflex]
Rolled 5>>24165753OH BOY
Rolled 13>>24165753O GOD WUT
>>24165769oh thank god
Rolled 14>>24165769BASED CLERICYOUR PREVIOUS FAILURES ARE FORGIVENfor now
>>24165769>>24165777Unless we avoided Rider raping us.
>Well this looks like a great place for a week-long cliffhanger.>Someone refresh this on sup/tg/ just to be sure we got all the relevant stuff.>Remember kids, archiving threads under a stupid name means I troll and Nickelback records a new album. So you can really only blame yourselves for this.
>>24165777Blessed be the punches of ClericMan dealing 16d6 to the enemies of the Church
>>24165792I will rekill you. My revengeance will be reprolonged and repainful.
>>24165811>This is your fault, not mine. Besides, if I'm dead, WHO'S GOING TO RUN?>BABY WHY YOU GOTTA MAKE ME HIT YOU!?
>>24165825We will bind your soul to a computer.You will be forced to run quests for the rest of eternity.
>>24165792As an interesting fact: This thread has the second most positive rating of any thread thus far, surpassed only by the THIS BIKE incident back in thread 19.
>She responds with a shrug as she fades away.>[DC15 Reflex]Is Rider trying to take a page from Shirou's playbook? "Tactical Stealth Kiss Goodnight"?Well, we can only speculate. And speculate we shall.
>>24165836AC-Guy as a Magical Girl in that computer in Siberia?>I can fap to this
>[DC 15 Reflex] Welp. Looks like the timing chain found us. >Gilgamesh kept it because it was 'Gold'. >Turns out it's made of tungsten. >Throws it at Shirou.
I can't help but feel we lost some Rider-points today. Oh well. We'll make up for it once This Bike is finished.
Looking over the Rin parts: does anyone know Shirou's backstory re: the Fire?I think Shirou needs to share, ideally with Sakura AND Rin (the person we've known the longest and the person we're most intimate with)