Continued from old thread.You look expectantly at Flint. "What do you think?""...memory magic, to my knowledge, is an imprecise thing." Flint narrows his eyes at Adavan. "Not that I'd trust him as far as I could throw him."The lich shrugs. "Fine. Have a young boy run about spouting rumors about a lich and a talking shadow spirit.""...uh..." You all turn to look at Joey. "Can I say something?" No one moves. "...I promise I won't tell."The lich gives you a pointed look.Flint frowns. "Allow me to clarify: I do NOT approve of this."What do you do about Joey?
>>24254030Whatever we do, CONSUME the mana pool on the way out.It'll only be a hazard if left alone.
>>24254030I still impress upon Joey that he really should not talk about this or else we might get a tad bit hungry after all it would be a real dick move on his part to get us in trouble with the villagers and Abigail after all the trouble we went through to make sure he didnt die on this trip after all...
>>24254030You turn back to the young boy. "Joey?""...yes?""This is a lot for a young man to handle," you begin. "Perhaps it would be better off...if you remembered the journey, but if it ended with us destroying the magical stone. If I stayed a pet, and you never met Adavan." You look at him. "Do you want this on your conscience? A lich, ghouls? Can you really keep that - ""Of course I can!" Joey says. He stomps his foot. "I'm sick and tired of everyone treating me like a kid. I can keep a secret, ok?"You feel skeptical. Adavan doesn't hide his open disdain. Even Flint isn't convinced, but he's made his position clear.>insist on the memory edit>live with it for now>something else
>>24254030"Remember Joey one word of this leaked out and Sir Flint will be hunted down for not blindly attacking and I will be hunted as well, Abigale will most likely burn if you say anything and the Pastors life and those lost during this event will be wasted. Know making this promise is heavy and can't be broken."
>>24254109>impress upon Joey that he really should not talk about this or elseAlso an option, of course.
>>24254101don't consume the pool we are coming back here later.
I am a bit disappointed we went and let it out we could talk. I liked it better when we were just sending impressions and images and emotion.
>>24254128Yeah, seconding this. If he talks, we can eat him as a consolation prize.
>>24254116Inform Joey that he is delicious and if he breaks his word and reveals what happened we will CONSUME him like we did the ghouls.See if he still wants to be responsible for keeping that secret.
>>24254116Trust Joey, we might even take him with us, he might not have a great power or alignment but he may become a great historian learning and recording what he sees while traveling with us.
>>24254153We could still just do that, saying that it pains us to talk
>>24254166Or serve as an emergency snack or meatshield or both!
>>24254183This is good, go with it.
>>24254121i like this one
>>24254183So we've leveled up from mute to autistic?
>>24254166True. Also, due to his Elemental Neutrality (what i call his complete uselessness for magics) he can handle the objects that are highly elementlaly charged (such as the spirit sword, our broken sword. ect)Mayhap a combination of >>24254121 and a subtle suggestion of adventure...
>>24254216Soon we can become /v/!
>>24254216Considering that we can now talk and this is /tg/, that's a given.
>>24254243LIGHT ELEMENTS HAVE NO STEALTH CAPABILITY 2/10 WOULDN'T BRING ON MISSION! FIRE HAS NO HEALING USELESS DAMAGE DEALER FAGS!
>>24254194>>24254183>>24254116..."I do not question your ability." You loom closer. "But if you speak of this, three things will happen. I will be hunted for what I am. Sir Flint will be hunted for not taking action against the lich, who means no harm to you or your village. And Abigail will burn. Do you understand?"Joey swallows audibly. His knees are practically knocking together. "I understand. I won't tell.""Good." You slough back into a smaller shape. "...it's an effort to speak. Let us leave this place. Until later, Adavan.""A fair night to you, Shadow. Good travels, Sir Knight. I will keep the pool and the forest in check."Flint sniffs, then turns away.You walk back through the room with the mana pool.What do you do?>try to CONSUME the mana>continue on
>>24254216I think its just we are going for a 'strong and silent guardian/defender' type... that and sending images directly to peoples heads is highly useful. After all, don't they say 'A picture is worth a thousand words'?>>24254289carry on. Trying to eat it will only bring bad things, both directly and indirectly...
>>24254289continue on. The lich learned from the pool so we might get more xp for studying than eating it.
>>24254289Stealthily trip Joey so he falls into the mana pool as we leave. Can't have any loose ends.
>>24254289On the way back, inform Flint about the shadow within him!
>>24254381You mean light within right?
>>24254399No, the shadow we actually sensed hiding within him last thread.
>>24254410Wasn't it a light hinding within his shadow?
>>24254410Would you happen to have a link to that?
>>24254428Quit being dumb and stop posting until you have gone back and read the other thread in its entirety.
>>24254428yes a light spirit is within him allowing him to interact with Light enchantments.
>>24254322That was just a dumb joke, don't take it too seriously.I've kind of been skimming to get caught up. Is there any particular reason we think consuming the pool will result in bad times for us?
Night has fallen, and the trek back through the forest is difficult. Still, by the time you reach town - and hour or two before sunrise - the edge of the yellowing rot has retreated significantly, leaving brown, untouched dirt behind."...I suppose he's at work," Flint mutters.You send Flint a brief image of him and the lich holding hands. He stares at you a moment, then shakes his head. "In your dreams, Shadow."You feel rather...bemused.The town is quiet in the pre-dawn light. Flint sighs heavily. Joey yawns.They've been walking, fighting, and running for nearly 24 hours, and it shows. You feel a bit tired yourself, but that's more mental than anything. They're physically exhausted as well."...John mentioned his brother," Sir Flint begins. "Fredrick. It seems there's a little family tension there...John is the perfect older child. Fredrick was resentful. John told me he's always had to keep a tight leash on local politics." Flint sighs. "Village drama. Just what I don't need.""What should I do?" Joey asks."...I'll escort the boy home," Flint says. "Shadow, you head to the gaols. It's the stone building opposite the church in the square. Make sure she's all right, keep watch until I get there."What do you do?>accept the plan>something else
>>24254442I did read the whole thread, though... that's why I asked.
>>24254460>>24254428>>24254410There's a certain dark thing hiding within Flint/his shadow.It has made no aggressive moves toward you or him...You know nothing more than that.
>>24254459>Holding hands.Sir, sides have reached orbit.
>>24254479Ah, and to clarify in case it wasn't obvious, Flint is strongly aligned with the light element. VERY strongly. Hence the near-blinding light you experienced when you focused your senses on him.
>>24254459Get to Abigail and reassure her everything will be ok.Hide in her shadow if some shmuck comes by.If they move to hurt we'll have to act...
>>24254459Go with his plan. Need to make sure Abigail is safe.
>>24254459>accept the planMust get to Abigail and make sure she's okay!
>>24254459Time for ye olde prison break.If there's a pesky guard around, we could find out what it tastes like to CONSUME a living human...
>>24254479Well, tell him about THAT then.
could we hold the conversation about his inner shadow to being one about his past, as an 'on the road' conversation.>>24254434>But Flint is different. Light blazes in his core so brightly it hurts your eyes. But something keeps it back...like chains of shadow...lingering there.>Something is in Flint's shadow. It's watching you. And it knows you can see it.quoted from >>24251057>>24254459good plan. fourthing
You nod and head toward the gaol.As you turn away, Flint trips and falls hard on his chest. He groans, slowly picking himself up and rubbing his cheek.Your sense flashes at you. The thing inside him has shifted somewhat...But they're gone in a moment, and you have a friend to check up on.The gaol is a squat, featureless building. There's a tiny barred window on one side. The doors offer another possible entrance.You peer through the window. The pre-dawn glaze illuminates Abigail's cell. She's still sleeping.What do you do? >keep watch from current position at window>enter and keep watch from within cell>keep watch from within; wake her and console her>something else
>>24254634>keep watch from within; wake her and console herIf possible, it would be nice if we could get her to tell us what happened, if only so we could see if the Lich was telling the truth.
>>24254634enter and keep watch from within her shadow. Impression her with us standing next to her, holding her hand. Hopefully this will let her know of our return without waking her.
>>24254634Option three please>keep watch from within; wake her and console her
>>24254680lets go with this.
>>24254680i like this
>>24254698>>242546672 for wake>>24254680>>24254701>>242547083 for sleep-talk attempt
>>24254680>in the interests of getting to sleep after a long day of questing, locking this
>>24254680Shadow is such an adorable amorphous blob of menace. I support this.
You Ink down into the prison cell.Abigail's breathing is soft. In person, you can see that the bruising is worse than you thought.You feel a tendril of rage crawl under your skin.You push the feelings back and, gently, send her a light impression of you holding hands with her.She stirs slightly. "...mmm...missershadow..." The tension leaves her face, and there's a slight smile on her lips.You feel something well up in you...strange, but...good.>You have gained 2 humanityYou sit and meditate while you wait.You have so many questions...starting with what you are. Though even Adavan seemed unsure, seemed to believe you were unique.But what was the war they were talking about? The Elementomachy? And what is the nature of the world you live in?It strikes you that you know nothing. You don't know where you are, what country, what place. You have no idea what kind of a world you're in. You don't know yourself. You don't even know your own name.What you do know seems all the more precious...the bits of your memory, of your power that you still retain. The knowledge that you can absorb, CONSUME if need be to restore and revitalize yourself.But the frustration of early times lingers. Who was that damn elf woman, and why did she block your memory?The minutes tick by, but Flint does not appear.Suddenly, sound echo from the next room. "ake, he'll be here in a minute. Damn nosy bastard."You hear doors slam open. "What the hell is this?! I've been given the runaround by every damn - ""Pipe down! Knight or not, this is Kelvere, not Arland. This isn't your damn playground!"The door to the prison slams open. Flint is standing there, furious. Behind him are two men, a surprised and uncertain peasant and a rather corpulent-looking but well-dressed man you assume must be the mayor, Fredrick.con't
>As you turn away, Flint trips and falls hard on his chest. He groans, slowly picking himself up and rubbing his cheek.>Your sense flashes at you. The thing inside him has shifted somewhat...The shadow thing inside him must be tripping him. He must be cursed (or maybe possessed)
>>24254959"...why is this girl in a gaol cell?" Flint says. "She can't be more than ten at most!""She's the cause of all this!" Fredick bellows. "I know a good deal about magic myself, -Sir- Flint." He puts an condescending emphasis on Flint's title so obvious even Abigail couldn't miss it. "This is the work of Spirit. A forbidden element, dammit! And hell if I'll just let a witch walk around my town and - ""She has nothing to do with it!" Flint shouts back. "I just spent the entire night defending myself from ghouls so that I could crush the magic sphere causing all this up in the keep in the woods!""Prove she had nothing to do with it," Fredrick says. "That magic might have built up, gotten out of hand. But a spell like that had to act through someone. Or something." He turns to the cell. "I've a mind this is just an illusion, a trick! She's been acting, replaced the real Abigail with some sort of - ""Would you listen to yourself, you paranoid bastard?" Flint says. "She's 9 years old!""Derek saw her cast a spell, and there's no one else with that magic!" Fredrick declares. "Dammit, man, see reason!""Reason?! Reason!?! I didn't stay here and risk my life to see a perfectly innocent child get manhandled into a gaol cell! How dare you call yourself a mayor, you ignorant pig! John is rolling in his grave!""....get the hell out." Fredrick points toward the door. "OUT!""She's coming with me.""She'll face trial and be burned alive for what happened to my brother!""She's a girl!""She's a witch!" Fredrick shouts. "I don't have time for this. Kan-Abar is knocking down our doorstep. The town has to be organized. This has to be dealt with, now, by any means necessary, and because it's dressed itself up sympathetically you're falling for it like a sack of bricks.""I will not allow any more harm to come to this girl," Flint growls."What are you going to do?" Fredrick asks. "Kill me to have your way? I know your family, Flint. You'd start a war."
>>24255139would now be a good time to dramatically rise from the mayor and gravely repeat all he says making him look like a bad guy?
>>24255200Just to see his experission and getting a chance to make him piss himself?Oh yes seconding.
>>24255200That sounds delicious.
>>24255200>>24255233>>24255239I'm not sure whether SM's done writing. He usually gives us some options to choose from after all.
>>24255139Flint is silent for a moment. "...this is wrong, and we are not finished. Damn you, if she gains so much as another scratch - ""...Sir Flint? Mr. Mayor?"Abigail has awoken. She looks back and forward between the two men.Flint takes a breath. He leans in to Fredrick's ear to speak, but you can still hear him. "...one more scratch, Fredrick, and maybe I don't care if I start a war." He turns back. "Abby, you just be good and sit there, alright?""Will Mr. Shadow help?""You see." Fredrick looks triumphant. "Age 9, and summoning familiars. This is why Spirit is a forbidden element."Flint ignores him. "Yes. Mr. Shadow will help. Be a good girl. Everything's going to be fine.""Ok."Flint struggles not to storm his way out of the gaol in front of Abigail.Fredrick narrows his eyes. "You don't fool me, witch. I'll see you turned firewood, mark my words.""...it wasn't my fault," Abigail says. "And I didn't mean to - ""Whether you meant to or not makes no difference! The pastor, my brother, is dead!" And with that, Fredrick slams the door behind him. You hear a few muttered words muffled by the door, and then the front door opens and closes.Light shines in through the window. You're alone with Abigail.What do you do?------------------------------------------------------And that's the end of the thread!If you have any questions, post them while I brush my teeth and I'll answer in a few minutes.
>>24255200I don't think that would help Aby's case much. Maybe we can just consume the wall later and ferry her out of town under cover of darkness.
>>24255233well now to turn the tables, make it look like hes blaming the magic on a little girl so he can continue his evil. Of course we will be "slain" by the knight and Sir Flint will take the girl away for questioning.
>>24255139Now would be a great time for us to be "summoned" from the girl, we carry her away and live as fugitives
>>24255271NIce thread Master, heres to hoping Abby isnt made into kindling!Also can we keep her with us as a party member once we find someone to train her?Preferebly not the lich as Abby might scream at that or go oh wow...
Question, would temerity or humanity ever override player choices?That is "you have too much humanity to be so cruel" or "you have too much temerity to resist the urge to consume".As far as I can tell those are similar to paragon/renegade from mass effect, they don't work against each other, you can max out both, and temerity at least adds to intimidate actions.>>24255291Bad idea, you still implicate her even if "accidentally" and it weakens flint's position.I would be more interested in helping flint win this properly.>>24255200How would that have even worked? it sounds like it would incriminate her more.
What do we look like anyways? Just a mist of shadow or do we have a humaniod appearance?
>>24255271major questions.1. do you have a time in mind for the next installment?2. do you have a twitter thing which you could/do use to inform of impending quests and/or notify of delays...
>>24255370We have purchased several upgrades on shape shifting, we lack the ability to perfectly mimic things but we do have quite a bit of leeway.The question is, did we ever have a "base" form. Because before "articulation" we couldn't form limbs so I am thinking just a blob
>>24255368We make it a show to the villagers by acting menacing while impersonating the Mayor, he starts freaking and blaming the girl as we grow larger in size, Sir Flint then does his "pally" stuff to declare the Mayor for the shadow and using a girl as a scapegoat.
>>24255414turns out that once we have maxed the physical form abilities, we become slenderman...
>>24255432There are so many ways this could backfire.First, the girl was seen doing magic and has not denied it. Everyone knows she has been doing magic and she even admitted it (although claimed THIS wasn't her doing).Second, Joey, the mayor, and flint all know better and any could blow the ruse.The mayor in particular claims to know more about magic then flint, so he would be shouting "the witch summoned a shadow beast, kill it".
>>24254997That is also great music. I do like Two Steps, however, so I'll stick with Blackheart for now.>>24255368I don't want to give too much away, but I don't want to be unfair.How you play and what you do is entirely up to you. However, importantly, how you're perceived is important. Mechanistically, NPCs will act different based on your temerity and humanity. If you have low humanity, but a huge temerity, peace offerings might be met with skepticism.Paragon/Renegade is a good description, but there's no real limit on your choices. You could kill and consume the entire town right now if you wanted. But Flint might have something to say about that.>>24255370>>24255414Base form was sort of a shadowy blob.You're still a blob, but you're a blob that can shapeshift readily. With mimic, you could hold other appearances stable for a long period of time, should you so choose.
>>24255501a kid saw it told her momthats your witness.kids can easily be convinced they did things if they are beatenthe mayor will be against it but both Joey and Sir Flint are on our side and will know better, plus we can send them impressions of what to do.And if you read what I said about him ranting and raving is where Sir Flint would come in as the savior of the day with Joey helping for once.
>>24255443>you think I haven't already predicted this>implying I haven't considered that you become slenderman/hatman and scare the shit out of people>implying I haven't considered that you become an evil overlord>implying I haven't considered possibly travels through the capital city of the empire and the politics of you killing and replacing important public figures>implying I haven't considered that you become a grand adventurer bringing whatever you decide is justice to the world>implying any of your plans will go as planned before the world continues to fuck with you
>>24255626>implying we aren't going to say fuck it and live like Tom Bobadil just because fuckTHE HEART!
>>24255668toucheAlso, next thread:Tuesday. What time on Tuesday depends on numerous factors, but I'd like to do another long session. I've got plenty of shit planned.I actually expected you to fight the lich and kill him, but now that he's left alive I've got tons of ideas. Should be good stuff.
>>24255703And threads are archived.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=shadow%2Cquestnight all
>>24255703you see. This is one of the things tg is good for. Anonymous Player Input for the development of games.Have a pleasant rest and eventful Monday.
>"I've a mind this is just an illusion, a trick! She's been acting, replaced the real Abigail with some sort of - "I wonder if the mayor really thinks this is a body-snatcher who replaced the real Abigail.Anyways, my suggested course of action is for next thread:1. Stick with abigail and coach her on what to say.2. When we get a chance, tell sir Flint about the shadow inside him that we suspect is causing his clumsiness and maybe help with it.3. If we can't get her absolved then snatch her away, perhaps giving a short speech before doing so to avoid bismirching flint's reputation.4. Go to lich and get trained.
Doh, we forgot the sword fragment in joey's backpack!
>>24256009We will just have to get that on out way out of town.