You are a creature of darkness and shadows. Stripped of your memory, you seek to learn your true origin and nature.Archive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=shadow%2CquestTwitter (quest times, cancellations, updates):https://twitter.com/ShadowMaster_tgTheme music:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLTQ5PlEWko
>>24327885OH DADDY YES! Shadow quest!
Rolled 58MADE IT RIGHT ON TIME! IT'S A GOOD DAY!
Events Summary:You explored the Old Forest Keep with Sir Flint and a young boy, Joey, and ended the magical plague by talking down the lich, Adavan.You rescued Abigail, a young girl with strong spiritual powers, from her wrongful imprisonment. You delivered her to Adavan, who insisted on heading north away from the town to escape the conflict.The conflict itself came in the form of an attacking force from Kan-Abar. After a long, difficult battle, you managed to make enough of a difference to save the majority of the town - though barely.The retreating flotilla of Jacob's Field has reached Evinbrook, the capital of Kelvere. You've promised Sir Flint to help him remove a curse on his soul - some sort of dark, parasitic creature. You've convinced him to join you in tracking down Adavan and Abigail, the lich being a specialist in spirit magic.For now, you escort the refugees into the fortress. Flint plans on meeting with Duke Vellik, the ruler of Kelvere, before setting out.
Ability TreeGREEN abilities have been unlocked and learned.BLUE abilties are unlocked, but are not yet purchased.RED abilities are revealed, but locked due to prerequisites.UNDERLINED abilities are active-use, as opposed to passive.Unlocked Ability Descriptions Located in the following Pastebin link:http://pastebin.com/GEGGQQ63
Current Statistics:HP: 5/21Mana: 2/4EXP: 2Humanity: 16Temerity: 10Basic Battle Options to keep in mind during fights (it would get tedious to list all of them every time):-Physical Attack-Shadow Attack (requires light source!)-Magic Attack-Defend-Dodge and Counter-specific ability (Battle-specific abilities activate same-turn; others burn a turn to activate)-Flee (dodge check if enemy attacks)Inventory:Shadow Sword ShardSpirit SwordFancy Sun-Moon KeyCurrent Location: Kelvere - Evinbrook
>Last time...>oops forgot my trip"Good. Now, you wanted to know about the Elementomachy..." Flint frowns for a moment, thinking of where to begin."Essentially, magic was spinning out of control," Flint says. "The more magic, the more instability. The more instability, the more magic. It grew, and grew, until sentient beings of each element formed - the Elementals."Oh...I always forget their names," Flint says. "but everyone knows the two most important. Hyperion, the Lord of Light, and Erebus, the Lord of Shadow."The elementals quickly gained followers - worshipers, even. The creatures used their great powers to bring boons to their peoples. In time...tensions formed. The elements that so naturally opposed each other kept their distance, but their people did not."Things came to a head when Erebus began calling himself the one true god. Lines were drawn in the sand...four elements on each side, allied to take down their opposites. Shadow, Spirit, Water, Earth. And Light, Lightning, Fire, and Wind."Flint sighs. "Many normal people and mages were granted powers by their patron elementals, making them what were called Van'Ath...I think that means servant in Elvish, or something. But these super-human armies clashed alongside great armies of normal men, and finally, the elementals joined battle themselves. The world was pretty much ripped apart."Eventually, to prevent further destruction, Hyperion sacrificed himself," Flint says. "His allies joined him...and they effectively canceled out the other elements. Undid the instability, culled back the actual quantity of magic in the world itself. But they planned it well - their enemies were mostly destroyed in the annihilation, but their own armies remained.
>>24328006"The battle continued for some time after that, until all were greatly reduced. But in the end, the forces of the light won." Flint slaps his knees. "700 years later, here we are. Still watched by the angels in the Ring City - that's their island fortress to the south of the the capital of the Empire of the Light. The capital itself is Heavensgate."<Where do I fall into this?> You ask."...perhaps..." Flint grows quite serious. "...a sign. Instability is returning once more...you're not Erebus...more like one of his servants. Not feral, like a normal elemental." Flint looks up. "If that's so...we're on the edge of something."<That doesn't sound good.>"...no. No, it does not."<...does all the world bow to the angels?>"...hardly," Flint says. "Kan-Abar is accepting of the elves, who wield great earth magics...this puts them at odds with the Empire. And its allies - Arland, Ulund, and Kelvere." Flint shrugs. "Kelvere has been drifting lately...but this attack will no doubt drive them back the other way. And then, the Elvish Isles themselves, far to the east. Independent is an understatement. And there's Atlantis, just west of the Empire - they're neutral to most things, keep to themselves. Now, Felnoir, that's in the center of the continent, and home to the Great Forest. They take all kinds there - and the Empire detests all non-humans. Mostly, they look the other way, but it's always a source of friction."Flint's face darkens. "...and to the north, past the great Valendrak peaks...once named Temerland, renamed Vampiria 150 years ago. Ruled by the Black Lady. A bastion of the shadow." He looks at you. "And not the good kind."<...I could sorely use that map.>Flint chuckles. "We'll get you one."
<Flint, might Fredrick know anything of why a Spirit Elemental is imprisoned underneath his town? or the location of the entrance to the 'prison' at least...>
I really hate fighting mages.
>>24328020try this, also lets see if he'll consider taking Joey as a squire
>>24328042But it's so easy to kill normal people. Fighting mages makes life exciting.
>>24328076I'd like us to save for regen before things get too exciting. The mages really were dangerous... and tasty.
Lets head into the area surrounding Evinbrook (woods? the river we traveled on?) and CONSUME some small game to replenish our health. We made a good move taking 'parasitic', now lets use it. Also I'm very hungry myself.
>>24328068i like this, lets work on regeneration nextlet's ask Flint to steer the conversation to Frederick about the spirit, like "Hey Freddy, while we were back there I felt a presence under the church, did John ever say anything about that?""
The hours pass lazily......and the riverbank starts to change. You see houses, farms more frequently. Clusters of homes dot the countryside. Soon, they've become regular occasions, and a road joins the side of the river, winding between hills."Evinbrook is actually one of the most populous cities in the world," Flint comments. "It's just very spread out because of the space. We should be just - " He stops. "There is is."You gaze upon Evinbrook...the home of Duke Vellik.You stare up into the sky. What looks like a flying boat is steaming up through the air, circling the fortress. <What is that thing?>"Airship," Flint says. "There are only 27 in the entire world, as there's only 27 dynamos left that are capable of powering them. Artifacts made by the elementals. Duke Vellik owns four - one always on post here. Two constantly moving between Evinbrook and Detson - that's the mining city north of Jacob's Field," Flint clarifies. "It's the biggest source of iron in the world, and it's perfected into fine steel right here. The envy of the rest of Venia's armies. And then, the last airship is usually traveling between here and Dobshire and Heavensgate, ferrying officials. The river is used for mundane trade."<It sounds as though the resources give Kelvere a powerful advantage.>"Indeed. They might be on their heels at the moment, but ultimately, Kelvere will defeat Kan-Abar and retake Westport. Especially with Arland's help, which I'd expect my father to give."There's a few minutes until the boats reach the docks outside the duke's fortress. What do you ask Flint, if anything?>more about Kelvere, and its relation to the world>more about Duke Vellik>more about himself, and Arland>more about the empire>something else
>>24328149Or, do you ask Fredrick about the force of spirit under the town?
>>24328149Or, talk to Flint about Joey?
>>24328149honestly I'd like to ask everything if possible, but lets not forget about asking Frederick about Spirit and talking to Joey, I've grown to like the little fucker
>>24328149Ask about the prisoner and who he is. Then ask about his home and family.
>>24328149Lets head into the area surrounding Evinbrook (suburbs) and CONSUME some housecats and small livestock to replenish our health. So hungry.
>>24328174To keep things moving, everyone ask what they want to know. I'll type answers in bite-size chunks rather than in one big block, so you can have a sort of running conversation.
>>24328185THEN ask about Joey, mentioning if he might be a good choice as Sir Flint's squire.
>>24328186>CONSUME some housecatsYou madman! It may be okay to CONSUME people, but cats have rights, dammit!
>>24328195that works, just really into the story and I'd like to know as much as possible since we know next to nothing
>>24328195<Sir Flint, is your armor and sword of Evinbrook Steel?>
>>24328149Let's see if we can get Flint to ask Frederick if he knows anything about the spirit under the town.I'd like to hear a bit more about the empire, if just to know how things are put together.
>>24328160asking Fredrick about the Spirit Elemental under his town and asking Flint about Squiring Joey, are both things that we should do while the two of them are here. Once we dock, I assume that it will be the last of the 'Refugees' that we will see for some time. so it's bets to wrap things up with them now as we have the return journey to talk with Flint about things.<can you ask Fredrick of the Spirit underneath his town?>
>>24328185>>24328207Interrogation of the prisoner will happen in a bit, assuming you don't decide to consume everything in sight. Let that wait for now.Though, if you insist, I suppose.
>>24328207HA HA.fuck that kid and his wide eye nonsense. going straight into squireship would be too easy for him.
>>24328232><Sir Flint, is your armor and sword of Evinbrook Steel?>"My sword, yes. My armor is a family piece. The enchantments were done in Arland."<What do you think about Joey?>"Him? Why?"<I think he'd make a good squire.>Flint seems surprised, then frowns, then purses his lips. "...well...I suppose it's...perhaps I'll mention that to his parents." Flint looks at you. "I tried to scare the shit out of him back at the keep to help him keep his guard up, but he did well during the battle. Saved a man's life, killed at least three. There's some potential, with training."<Would you ask Fredrick about the spirit elemental under the town?>"Hmm. Perhaps I'd better do that.">writing...
>>24328256No, ask Flint if he got anything out of him yet, then let the prisoner stew...
>>24328261make him pack mule first, then squire when he mans up
>>24328261the thing with Joey is two-fold. Firstly, it allows us to keep an eye on him, seeing as he is one of the five people who know about the Lich. and Secondly, he is 'Elementally Neutral' meaning he should be able to handle any elemental artifact with little to no feedback.
>>24328261>honestly I'm not a fan of Joey but people seem oddly attached to him despite him having done nothing much at all
>>24328351I've been lobbying pretty consistently for letting Joey meet a horrible fate, but I always get overruled.
>>24328351He has potential... as the lamb.
>>24328351i think its the sense of familiarity with him, he knows next to nothing of the world and is still very rough around the edges. Kinda like us, as well as earning semi-bro status for not ratting everyone out
>>24328393He's pretty useful for being a distraction.
>>24328395Yeah. I can't imagine trustworthy brats are a surplus commodity. Forgot about him keeping that many secrets. Now we really DO need to keep him close.
>>24328425You know how we could REALLY be sure he doesn't reveal these secrets?Om nom nom.
>>24328393You brought that "elementally neutral" thing upon yourself, you know...
>>24328347>>24328395>>24328425yeah, didn't really like him at first, but every encounter he becomes a little more tolerable. I could agree to keeping him on hand, and as for his parents there are worse things then squiring your son to the knight who helped save everyone
>>24328460...NO. He is one of the few people who trust us enough to not be immediately suspicious of us. He stays.
>>24328471this is /tg/, we don't let that stuff go unremembered
Rolled 70>>24328471This guy has a point.He's going to be insanely useful just based off of that.you guys do know he's going to fuck us over with this in some plot related way right?
>>24328486To be honest the reason I've wanted to kill him is because it gives Shadow Master an opportunity to give us a "save the boy or save the girl" scenario, and I've wanted to avoid that by snuffing Joey.
>>24328471I figured that was just because he had no magical powers. I mean, we haven't noticed a particular elemental alignment on any of the dozens of mooks we killed along the way either.
Flint makes his way over to Fredrick."Something I've been meaning to ask you."Fredrick doesn't respond for a moment. He slowly lifts his gaze from the water. "...yes?""A lot happened in Jacob's Field," Flint says. "Too much for it to be a coincidence. I was wondering if you knew of anything about the town's history that stands out...any old ruins, legends? Something a leader such as yourself would need to know."Fredrick seems suitably flattered by Flint referring to him as a 'leader'. "...well...there's the old tale from the Elementomachy. Jacob's Field was a bastion of the Spirit Elemental. Lucky for us, the forces of Fire came to free the people after the Spirit allied itself with the Shadow Lord. There was quite a battle, but ultimately, the spirit retreated." Fredrick shrugs. "Other than that, I don't know anything specific. Why do you ask?""Curious as to the source of the problem," Flint said. "I expect the duke will be after some answers.""Mmm."Fredrick turns away, and it doesn't seem as if he has more to say.
>>24328523>>24328513>>24328511>>24328471Whoa, whoa, whoa.You're taking it too far. I meant he doesn't have any magic, not that he's mystically invincible. Joey is really not special. If you want him to be special, you'll have to put in some effort to make him that way.
>>24328524mention the church, did John ever say/sense anything?
>>24328524You're nearing the docks......do you have any other questions for Flint?
Rolled 95>>24328557I was going more on the lines of him holding a bunch of important shit and then getting kidnapped.
>>24328557Well if Erebus was able to invest powers into his followers before...
"Did John ever mention anything about it?"Fredrick just cuts Flint with a look, then turns away.It seems the subject of his brother is a sore spot...Flint walks over and sits back next to you.
>>24328589Surely we could find a more competent and less annoying mortal to make into a minion if the need arises in the future.
>>24328557How the hell would we make him special? Force shadow magic into his body with some later magical-imbue skill?
>>24328580<Flint, if this whole thing turns out to be greater than either of us, can I still count on you to be there for me?>
>>24328589>implying you're Erebus
>>24328630>implying we might not beYou know you want us to be Erebus.
>>24328630We can assume... and dream... and be disappointed...
Rolled 96>>24328630Oh that's just devious now isn't it...
>>24328630still don't believe we are THE Erebus, too convenient and besides we're Mr. Shadow, just the imaginary friend of a dear hearted girl
>>24328622That's up to you. Train him? Make him Flint's squire? Send him on fetch quests so he can level up? Cross your fingers and hope for some kick ass ability in the future? I dunno.
>>24328630>implying we're not his son
>>24328624That's flint's line. I still expect him to quickly cut us down if we start showing more malevolence. Seriously glad he didn't see us critically disembowel and consume those guards last time.
>>24328656>>24328630>implying I would want to use Joey as a vassal or avatar. Get Abigail in here and spend exp points on her. girl got good things going for her already.
>>24328675say keep him around, get him some armor or something in town and maybe ask wizard friend if he can help
>>24328630>Implying we aren't Erebus 2.0, aka Umbra>Implying Erebus won't be jelly of how badass we are going to be>Implying implications
>>24328686but that was war, I think he'd forgive that since it was to aid the villagers
>>24328711The way I see it, Abigail is bound to be the new vessel/paragon of the Spirit Lord/Lady. We have been led to Joey, but now we must prove our worth to each other before the seed of Shadow within his heart can bloom into the champion of night and justice that we will know him to be.
>>24328624<Flint. What happens if we ARE on the edge of something big? Something bigger than either of us? What happens if Erebus shows up tomorrow and tells me I'd better be a loyal servant, and that he wants revenge on the world for rejecting him?>"...you're a pessimist, aren't you?" Flint says. "Do you always imagine the worst possible outcome?"<I have to account for every possibility.>Flint sighs. "The angels would destroy...well. In-between running the empire, they seek out and reduce latent magic. It would have only been a matter of time before Jacob's Field was dealt with. They try to prevent the elementals from manifesting again. It's been working for 700 years." Flint looks at you pointedly. "...and maybe they're starting to run out of room to maneuver."<...if it meant stopping another war,> you say, <would you take action against me?>Flint looks at you. "I'd hope, that if it meant stopping another war, you'd do something about it yourself that would stop me from having to make that choice."
>>24328683>>24328630>implying we're not the one shadow; the remnants of all shadow power born unified and anew>impli impli
Here's a list I wrote of things we might want to do in the city later. Whaddya guys think?Things to do:Interrogate Prisoner.Ask Flint to get ahold of his wind mage.Ask Flint if we could head over to a bookstore to buy: A Book of Fairy Tales for Abigail (we're heading to Adavan, need to buy her a gift). Four journals, one for Abigail to help her learn how to write, one for Flint to write down clues for his parasite, one for Adavan so he can give a future generation his experiences in the Elementomachy, and one for me, so we can write "The Astounding Adventures of the Ebon Wanderer" and get some royalties while we journey. A Swashbuckling Adventure novel for me (Talott Longdagger and the Spear of the Truelight Monks), to give me proper inspiration for being a hero. A book on Modern Advances in Thaumaturgy for Adavan, it might be something he'd enjoy.Make a Psuedonym for ourselves like Sigmund, son of Hrolfgaar, of Dhouh. (Shadow)Try to make ourself look more humanoid.Answer questions the villagers might have about us.
Rolled 5>>24328776>implying we wouldn't kill Erebus's bitch ass if he showed up.>implying we wouldn't take his place.>implying implications
So if Earth and Shadow are allied, and Elves are forces of Earth, why the Hell were they fighting that shadow dragon at the beginning?
>>24328808>implying we would kill ourselves
>>24328808>Rolled 5Good luck with that!
>>24328816The dragon called them fat.Seriously, though, he might have been raiding them or something
>>24328755>implying Abigail hasn't been killed in our absence and her corpse possessed by the Lich so he can be free from his weak rotting body
Rolled 46>>24328834>implying we wouldn't roll constant 100s just like yesterday.
>>24328803>the Ebon Wanderer>Make a Psuedonym for ourselvesIt's like you aren't even reading the genius that you're posting. Let me fix this for you;>Make a Psuedonym for ourselves Wanderer>the Ebon
>>24328816I'd assume that after all these centuries, the old alliances don't really exist anymore.I mean, we brutally killed an Earth mage just last night.
Use ink to form up out of Flint's shadow and twist a tendril around his hand and wrist. Not to hurt him but just touching. Lean the bulk of our form on the back of his shoulders and project our voice nearby his ear. Softly say <Fliiiiiiiint. I'm huuuungry~. I could eat just about anything right now. Oh I'd never eat you, silly, but that little curse form on your soul looks tastey. If I could get you out of this armor it'd would be so much simpler. Oh but I do worry if you would *ahem* shine to brightly* for me to get him down at all. If you're not up for thaaaaat just yet, I'll avail myself to whatever options you can think of.>
>>24328760send Flint feelings of warm gratitude and regret<And I hope that when that time comes, my actions are worthy of your faith in me, my friend>>let's get ready to hide in his shadow before the whole dock sees us!
>>24328848Look at all of that fail at copying and pasting.Let me fix it again;>Make a Psuedonym for ourselves>the Ebon Wanderer
>>24328760Alright, any other outstanding I-MUST-KNOWs before we move on?>>24328803It will be difficult for you to disguise yourself as a person without at least Mimic...
>>24328837Don't even say things like that!
>>24328869how about "Abigail's Shade"
>>24328859I'd rather not, that's more than a bit creepy, he's our bro. We'll find a snack later, and I don't think we can consume the curse like that, it's a bit too magicy and complex.
>>24328869The Ebon Wanderer sounds like a pretty good pseudonym/title to me.
>>24328859I'd prefer not to be a gay shadow monster.
>>24328874And so I say we buy mimic! I have not given up on buying it.>>24328902>The Ebon Wanderer I like it.
>>24328874I wanted to ask about the Elementomachy. Did the Elemental Lords have sentient elemental followers like ourselves, or are we the one and only Lord of Shadows?
Rolled 20>>24328916count me in. I vote for mimic
>>24328916i say mimic and lets get fist out of the way, our physical attack sucks
>>24328928<Were there others like me? Sentient spirits?>"...I don't know," Flint says. "There are stories about the Fire Elemental that are similar. It was always surrounded by flaming sprites and motes that were as intelligent as people. I assume you're something along those lines."
>>24328874LET'S BUY IT. we need to wander around the streets without being murdered to death for being a shadow elemental.
>>24328969Getting fist would also be nice.
>>24328862this, vote for mimic and i want lash so lets do Fist
>>24328987Wanted to save for regeneration, but mimic in this situation seems very useful. Votin for it.
>>24328987Mimic and Fist: Confirm.
>>24329005captain my captain
>>24328969>>24328934>>24328916I'm voting against mimic. We don't need to appear more human like. And we manage stealth just fine with what we have. Getting more Dodge and speed options is the way to go.
would like to remind the current counterpoint to getting Mimic. 0/4 Mana. cannot use Mimic for the time being...
>>24329031Both arguments have their merits, but it seems mimic/fist is winning at the moment.
>>24329070>>24329077Mimic is an active ability right? It needs mana? Maybe we should hold off on it then.
>>24329070Mimic doesn't require magic. Also, you have 2/4 mana.
>>24329031>Yes, let's not look more like a human so that they can come closer to our maw...Sorry, but I think Mimic would be a great bluffing ability. If we had gotten mimic during the battle, we could have looked like one of the raiders, saving us alot of pain.
>>24329070>Mimic - take on the vague form of things you've seen. Won't stand up to close examination, but works well in the darkFrom this I don't think Mimic uses mana.
>>24329070>>24329031Gonna have to agree with you gents. Let's wait on Mimic.But getting Fist or Fangs might be useful.
>>24329031I have to agree with this.
>>24329077maybe hold on mimic IF it needs mana, but Fist either way
>>24329111Clarifying: Active ability != uses manaJust means you have to say you want to activate it, as opposed to on all the time, like a passive speed or upgrade.
>>24329120Yeah, we should get fist
Rolled 67>>24329115yes to mimic, no to fist
>>24329111>>24329115Oh goodie! Nevermind then voting for Mimic & Fist again.
>>24329120No need for mana. Why not?
>>24329126Eh, I guess I'll change my vote to mimic and fist then. Why not.
>>24328869>>24328848>>24328885>>24328902>>24328916Back when we first learned impression I threw in my hat for picking a name. But at the time everyone wanted to remain as "Mr. Shadow" as Abigail first called us. But the moment we are out of her presence THIS all comes up. Oh suuuuuurre. Now you want the new name.filthy forgetful backstabbers.
>>24329158We stuck with Mr. Shadow this long. Why change now?!
>>24329115>>24329135ah. My bad then. apologies for interruption then.>>24329158I'm happy with Mr. Shadow...
>>24329158>at the time everyone wanted to remain as "Mr. Shadow" >Implying I wasn't the person who suggested getting a name>Implying I didn't think Mr. Shadow sounded like a silly name
>>24328672we are Mr. Shadow
>>24329158>>24329187>>24329199It's for the books we're going to write about our adventures. We could get a buck or two from writing stories and sending it into a pulp fiction publisher.
Well if you think of it this way now we have a reason to want a name of our own.We will always be Mr. Shadow to Abigail, but now we must make create something for ourselves.
>>24329245>we are Mr. ShadowActually we are Umbra; slayer of dragons, feller of mages, destroyer of unlife, the Ebon Wanderer, and most importantly; Mr. Shadow.
>>24329293this is... acceptable
Rolled 94wasting time discussing names. Let others think in names for us. The shadow doesnt care
>>24329293or, perhaps, we are Erebus
>>24329370Might not be the best idea to call ourselves by that name.
>>24329370Erebus lost, we won't
Well, the discussion is all over the place.All in favor of Mimic,reply with 1All in favor of Mimic+Fist,reply with 2Just Fistreply with 3Neither, save for other thingsreply with 4
>>24328969Sounds like fun, let's do it.
Damn, let's just get into the port.
>>243293983 or 2
>>243293982)How about we agree to think of a name AFTER the thead? So we don't slow everything down.
>>24329451agreeing with this.
>>24329293I.....will concede this to you.
Your boat, the last, pulls into the docks. You duck into Sir Flint's shadow.There's already a commotion up on the stone. City guards are rapidly collecting and organizing the townsfolk with practiced precision. You get the feeling that this has happened before, but it's clear they're well trained. Their well-maintained armor glistens and gleams without a creak.The prisoner is quickly offloaded. The man makes a show of protesting his rough treatment, demanding recognition and ransom as his status demands. He's about as ostentatious as his colorful helmet. The guards shuffle him into the castle without much ado."Where's the creature?" Fredrick asks. He's turned around, and his eyes are suspicious. "Where did it go? Sir Flint, it was near you last.""...I think it must have vanished," Flint says. "Perhaps returned to Abigail?""...hmph."A primly dressed man walks up to Flint and Fredrick as they disembark. "Mayor. I'm sad to see you again so soon under these circumstances.""So am I. Can I be of aid?""Runners are being sent to the duke with details of the situation. We saw you coming from a long way off. Stay with your people, keep them calm. We'll find places for you. There's plenty of work to do in preparation for the counter assault. Winter is long off, yet.""I will." Fredrick looks at Flint. "...you stood by my town in its time of need. I thank you." He marches away before Flint can respond.The man bows low to Flint. "Sir Flint. The duke wishes to speak with you.""I wasn't aware the duke knew I was here.""He was informed when you passed through on your way north. He pays well for such information.""I see." Flint nods. "Take me to him."What do you do?>stick in Flint's shadow for now>follow the townspeople and explore, hopefully finding food>time for an interrogation. Perhaps there's adequate sustenance in their prisons...>something else>ability tree in a moment
>>24329537New tree.0 EXP RemainingClaws - Further bonus to armor piercing. Enhances the chance of applying poison during physical attacks (if that is purchased)Replicate - bend light to your whim, perfectly replicating the appearance of things you've seen. But beware, magical foes may not be fooled...
>>24329537I'd say stay in shadow and get food in castle, nothing like raiding the royal food stores
>>24329537People getting eaten while in the prison could cause all kinds of trouble.I dunno guys. Up to you.
>>24329537Stick with Flintybro. Need to give him a leg up on his negotiations, as he still has that parasite on his soul.
>>24329589why not, who knows what we'll find to CONSUME
>>24329537>>stick in Flint's shadow for now
>>24329557damn, this is gonna be a tough choice. good thing we have no exp
>>24329537Follow Flint to the castle and keep an eye out for nutritional opportunities.
>>24329537I feel like doing a little exploring! Who knows what wonders we will find! People we will meet! People we will eat!
>>24329537>stick in Flint's shadow for nowwhat i think our next purchase should be 1. regeneration (so we dont have to eat to get to max health)2. shadow assault. (i just know there is something cool waiting for us after that. most likely something like regeneration, but for our mana)
>>24329537Follow the townsfolk and listen to their gossip. Explore Evinbrook on our own and find food. We can get the best feeling what the townspeople want or how they feel about this new situation. I expect Flint to be able to relay what the Duke talked about when he comes back.
Rolled 61>>24329686>stick in Flint's shadow for nowRegeneration in necessary. replicate is too good to be ignored
>>24329537Explore this town of wonders.
>>24329716My thoughts exactly and who knows what abilities are after those.
>>24329753We know exactly one person who knows well...
>>24329647>>24329597Agree with these. We need to make sure that the parasite doesn't take advantage of him and have him fuck up the negotiations.
>>24329557If we purchased viral and claws, would claws increase the chance of disease when attacking?
>>24329790No. Fangs does that. Should have specified that earlier.
You decide to remain in Flint's shadow. You're curious as to the nature of this Duke Vellik.You're taken through the castle. It's a grand place, arched ceilings, thick pillars dotted with arrow slits, polished floors layered with carpets. It's a splendid combination of aesthetics, functionality, and practical defense. Your senses can pick up hums and throbs of magic here and there - magical items, and mages, no doubt.You ascend the stairs and reach a more cozy set of halls. The messenger bows out of Flint's way before a set of doors. He walks in.Sitting in an ornate painted chair at a desk stuffed with quills and stacks of parchment is a man in lustrous red robes. He glances up from his work, then stands. "Lord Flint. Or should I say, Sir Flint. How goes the revival of the Aeolus's Order?"...of course, you'd know," Flint says. He bows. "Well met, Duke Vellik.""Well met indeed." Vellik leans forward. "I hear you played no small part in defending my people. For that, I owe you much. It is no small thing for you to risk your life in such a manner. I'd tell you not to be so foolish, but if what I hear of you is accurate, you'd tell me I was the foolish one."Flint smiles. "I just might.""Tell me everything," Vellik says.Flint pauses for a moment. His head shifts toward you slightly, and you realize he wants your opinion.What do you say?>be honest and open 100%>leave yourself, Adavan, and anything else sensitive out of the story>leave something specific out (specify)>say nothing; leave it to Flint>do something else
>>24329716>>24329753Oh drat and double drat! We're never going to get Fog and Shade like I wanted from the start are we?
>>24329832At least leave Adavan out of it. Otherwise, leave it to Flint's discretion.
>>24329832Well, fuck it. Tell him the whole thing. Don't want to piss off a duke by withholding info.
>>24329841Don't worry for we shall get them all eventually.>>24329832>>24329858My thoughts exactly.
>>24329832>>leave yourself, Adavan, and anything else sensitive out of the storywho the fuck is this guy to get all our secrets!?
>>24329832leave out adavan, we dont want to indanger abigal. but if he thinks he can keep her safe, then let him go ahead 100%
>>24329858I don't know, is it safe to tell him about us as well? I'd rather like Flint's opinion on this man. Would he freak out?
Rolled 54>>24329832>>>leave yourself, Adavan, and anything else sensitive out of the story
>>24329832Other then Adavan, tell him the whole story.
>>24329832>leave yourself, Adavan, and anything else sensitive out of the story<I trust you Flint, just don't say anything tht might get us in trouble okay?>
>>24329832>leave yourself, Adavan, and anything else sensitive out of the story.And also leave Joey out. Just because
>>24329832Leave out the girl and old man.
>>24329832>>leave yourself, Adavan, and anything else sensitive out of the storygive him the meat of the story but not the potatoes
>>24329832It seems like the most popular option is the tell the whole story - but for Adavan still being alive.
>>24329893Presumably some of the peasants saw us in the battle. If we leave that out, he'll surely find out Flint is lying.
He might not want to leave us out though. The towns people already know about us to an extent so he should just add us in here and there.
>>24329940We might want him to not say that we're still with him
>>24329941Fuck.At least leave the lich out then.
>>24329940him being alive, and play down the whole sentient elemental thing and more temporary summoned being
>>24329951As do the enemies we faced. Ahh, forgot about that...
>>24329951i dont think he could get away with leaving us out. and we are so abviously shadow that saying we were summoned wears a little thin. there is too much information out their to successfully leave us out. but there is stil only 3 people counting us that know abotu adavan. so we can get away with covering him up
>>24329998We can probably leave the Lich out. I mean, nobody else saw him, aside from Joey.With that in mind, if Joey snitches about the Lich I say we kill him in the most agonizing way we possibly can.
>>24330004this works, add "before we docked it slipped into the river and headed...""
>>24330043Whoa, whoa, whoa. I don't know bout killing him. Maybe dangling him from a fucking cliff for a week, but killing our "hold all the dangerous shit" mule? I dunno bout that.
>>24330043Sure, but his parents come first. In front of him.
>>24330066Exactly, we need to keep our artifact test subject alive.
>>24330087Exactly! I mean, who else are we gonna make hold all the shit?
>>24330066Zero tolerance policy for snitching, man.
>>24330127Look, I'm sure we've all come to the conclusion that he's probably going to die a horrible death by holding on to all this shit for us. I don't think we need to hasten it.
<Leave Adavan out of it,> you say. <...use your own judgement in mentioning me.>"How do you feel about the Empire?" Flint asks."Hmph. Would you like the usual political bluster, or the truth?""...well, the truth, of course.""I detest the empire," Vellik says. He gestures to the side. "Kelvere would be better to stand alone and make a trading partner of Kan-Abar, and strengthen ties with Imil and Felnoir. If the northern nations forge an alliance, we don't need the empire's military strength to stand firm against the Black Lady, and we certainly don't need the interference and micromanagement of individuals blessed with the light that call themselves holy angels to win weaker minds." Flint looks taken aback. "...I see.""And now," Vellik says, "let's trade. My honesty for yours."Flint nods. He begins the story...and tells everything. You take the prominent role of Abigail's accidental familiar, summoned by her powers. You and Flint killed the lich attacking the town, and then worked together to defend it during the attack."...has Westport fallen?" Flint asks."Yes," Vellik says. "Our aim is to take it back, but with Jacob's Field fired, they've finally penetrated to the river. At this rate, the country will be divided. We have to strike back, and hard. But as to this sentient shadow...what became of it? And the girl?""She fled the town," Flint says. "The shadow was with us for a time, but I missed it when we arrived at the docks. I assume she summoned it back.""I see. Well, I'd like to -""That's enough, Thomas."Flint flinches at the new voice, surprised. Duke Vellik stops, then nods toward the back of the room, and withdraws to a corner.A crackle of lightning sparks in your senses...con't...
>>24330154Here's an idea...We need followers. We should keep a *wizard-eyes* out for anyone aligned with magic, but unskilled with it. We could use some mooks.
>>24330163Oh shit. We're in trouble.
>>24330223Yeah mages tend to have some magic sensing abilities...
>>24330235Should we call out? Make sure a bitch doesn't blast us?
>>24330163...a man steps from behind a darkened curtain - a curtain that gleams bright gold and silver with the snap and spark of Lightning.A man emerges. He is dressed all in black. His hair is as sharp and trim as the rest of him. His soul flares with lightning, snapping, crackling, a match for Flint's blinding Light, a twin with Abigail's cloudy, smokey Spirit."I am Duke Vellik," the man says.Flint looks between the two men, aghast. "But then - ""My double, Thomas. I can't afford to be exposed for things like this. The empire's assassins are...proficient." A bit of static sparks up his hand like arc lightning. he clenches his fist, and it stills. "Now then, Sir Donovan Flint, fourth son of Lord Flint...why is there a sentient shadow sitting on the floor behind you?"Flint gulps. He tries to form words......the black thing twists, smothering him before he can get started. You feel concern welling up within you...What do you do?>reveal yourself. Perhaps a man that doesn't like angels might like shadows better.>run! Cover for Flint by having him pretend as if he didn't know you were there.>attack! No one can know your secret!>something else
>>24330254Not until we get prompted for an action.
>>24330254>>24330235If they couldn't detect the parasite on Flint, they might not have found us.
>>24330264>>reveal yourself. Perhaps a man that doesn't like angels might like shadows better.The jig is up.
>>24330264We sure as fuck can't kill him. The trouble that would cause.We've been found out, might as well own up to it.
>>24330270ERRRRRWRONG ANSWER JOHNNY
>>24330264Lightly attack Flint, making it seem like he didn't know you were there.
>>24330264reveal ourselves, while apoligizing to flint on asking him to preform a similar deseption to the one we just witnessed. we did not want to reveal ourselves until we knew that people would not blast us on sight. can someone condince this so it is less wordy?
>>24330264We're still too weak from the battle to risk attacking a magic user like this.Might as well reveal ourselves peacefully.
>>24330284>The trouble that would cause.
>>24330264Reveal yourself.Use mimic to literally become Flint's "Shadow"Take a small bow and introduce yourself. Make it seem like Flint didn't know.
>>24330264Time to be honest. Let's make a plesant introduction, though. No need to be rude...
>>24328683Guys... We have access to both shadow abilities (shadow magic and our physical shadow crap) and sprit abilities (spirit magic and "spirit sight"). The sprit lady called out for Erebus or whatever his name is. We could very well be their child.
>>24330264>>reveal yourself. Perhaps a man that doesn't like angels might like shadows better.<I must ask your forgiveness. I am bound buy the girl to protect this man, who I have come to know as friend>
>>24330297Hey, we can't cause trouble for Flintbro. He's a bro.
>>24330264Peaceful reveal. We can't handle a mage right now.We certainly couldn't handle whatever backup the Duke has undoubtedly called with the secret silent alarm since he noticed us.
>>24330306Be ready to run like hell though. This ain't no weak mage sent to the front lines.
peaceful revealwe should think of getting viral soon, we keep on getting low on HP and multiple meals can cause more trouble then its worth when we are in a peaceful place.
>>24330300>>24330314these, reveal ourselves
>>24330264>HP: 5/21Well we sure as fuck aren't in any condition to kill the Duke or fight our way out of the castle.
You've decided to move into the open and introduce yourself.Roll 1d100
Rolled 50>>24330346please dont die
Rolled 64>>24330346OH GOD NOT GOOD...
Rolled 12>>24330346"Oh hi, I think I got lost on the way to the kitchen."
Rolled 49>>24330346Yikes time.
Rolled 67>>24330346Greetings, I am known as Mr. Shadow. I have been tasked to help Flint until we return to Abigail.
Rolled 83>>24330346<you appear to be more observant than this one. Was there something you wished from us? or did you think just wish to alert this one to our presence?>
Rolled 90>>24330264dont know what to do... Just know that attack is not an option.im between reveal and flee...maybe revealing by appearing next to a window, so we can flee if he try to zap us
Rolled 75>>24330346Dice for the dice gods.
Rolled 61>>24330264Use mimic to look kinda like him - then respond with:"This man's so bright, where better for a shadow to be? And provided that tirade is truth, then you might call me friend as well..."
>>24330346do dubs count as awesome>pleasepleaseplease
>>24330346>>24330378 I like it and I still say Mimic is the way to go.
>>24330383Well I think we should stop rolling now.
>>24330264make it seem flint didn't know, apologize and tell him you were only concerned for your friend...
>>24330386Also a good choice in wording.
You slowly edge out from Flint's shadow. You use Mimic to make yourself less...threatening, contorting into the vague form of a human. While shadowy, you think you've done a fine job of balancing your appearance...with a bit of intimidation thrown in for good measure.<I mean you or yours no harm, Duke Vellik. But it is true that Sir Flint has avoided outing me in my entirety.>Flint is about as expressive as a hunk of marble. Vellik smiles, but you can feel his magic crawling on his skin, ready. "A talking shadow. Fascinating. Are you the girl's familiar, or do you exist by your own merit?"What is your response?>let's not anger the man that saw through us that easily any further. Honesty is the best policy.>I don't want anyone drawing more lines between me and Erebus. Say we're Abigail's familiar.>something else
>>24330479HONESTY. DO NOT WANT TO DIE.
>>24330479Don't lie to the man. Just don't. I have a feeling this man will eat us alive.
>>24330479Say we don't know.As far as we known, we could (while it is unlikely) be her familiar.
>>24330479>grin and tip shadowy hatI'm afraid I'm no one's fault but my own.
>>24330479>let's not anger the man that saw through us that easily any further. Honesty is the best policy.
>I don't want anyone drawing more lines between me and Erebus. Say we're Abigail's familiar.Abigail has given me purpose. Has given me conviction. I am hers.
>>24330479Will he believe the truth? That Abigail is one of our first friends and that is essentially all our motivation for that connection?Ehhh, worth a try.
Rolled 72>>24330510>>24330521these raise good points. we honestly dont know what we are, but what we believe ourselves to be is abigail's mr. shadow
>>24330479>>something elseI dont know exactly what I am, but I fell a powerful thing compeling me to protect the girl. Maybe I'm her familiar after all
>>24330479Honesty<In truth I don't know, while it is true I came to their aid as their friend I know not my own creation. And of you should I call a friend as well?>
>>24330517This.Guys he's clearly not stupid. Lying to the man might get is in to a sticky situation that we can't shadow out of.
>>24330479"I exist, but the nature of my existence is unknown to me."
>>24330479>let's not anger the man that saw through us that easily any further. Honesty is the best policy.Maybe also add for him to not be too hard on Flint.
>>24330479Be a good little shadow.(also, OP, love the fact that Duke Vellik is represented by a pic of Vetinari. Tells me all we need to know about this duke. Namely, not to fuck with him.)
>>24330556This. Honestly we still have no idea what the hell we are. We do know we aren't her familiar though.
>>24330556 I like it.
throwing my two pence in with the honesty policy. A Spirit user having a Shadow familiar... not liable to pass...
Rolled 89>>24330479"I am what I choose to be, so the latter seems sufficient. What will you do with this knowledge then? I seek no harm here, merely knowledge in return, and the safety of this friend."
>>24330479<While my will is my own, I know not if my friend created me or merely wished it>
You get the strong, absolute feeling that this is not a man to be trifled with.<My nature is something I am still trying to discern,> you say. <I appeared in this world but a few days past. If you mean that I am a spell of hers, then no...but I do have a strong concern for her.>"Where is the lich?"<...in friendship with them both, he retreated from the battle with her in his care,> you say. <I stopped him from taking action, and he agreed to watch over her and tutor her to better control her abilities. They have gone north, far away...from the place called the Ring City.>Vellik nods. He smiles. And then he begins to chuckle. "Incredible. It's true, then - magic has continued to build. The angels cannot forestall the forces of nature themselves." Vellik folds his hands together. "What is your name?"Well...what is your name?>Shadow will do>make something up
>>24330623Shadow will do for you, sir.
>>24330623My friends call me, Mr. Shadow.
Abigail gave me my first name. Mr. Shadow will do.
>>24330623I am known as Mr. Shadow, but I'm open to suggestions.
>>24330623So if we were to be able to unlock a web ability, could we call ourselves venom?
>>24330623My friends call me, Mr. Shadow. *tip hat*
>>24330623>>Shadow will do[cant belive we give the location of the girl]
If we are being completely honest tell him the truth. A Light Spirit exists far from here. We can sense it in places of power. Spirit exists beneath the town we just fled. And the others are out there as well.
>>24330648He ain't our friend. Our FRIENDS call us Mr. Shadow.He may call us Umbra.
Rolled 97>>24330623"I suspect that naming the only sentient shadow would be an exercise in futility. Call me what you will, but I am I, the one and only.">Shadow will do
>>24330701high roll wins. Add in a dimming of the lights for effect.
>>24330695naw, see what he answers and judge from that
>>24330683This bloke seems to be more interested in making sure his city stays safe. I think she'll be alright for the moment.
>>24330701So our name is still Shadow? We just don't tell him the name yet?
>>24330724I hope you are right.
>>24330745Have you ever read the Diskworld series?
>>24330701<I suspect that naming the only sentient shadow would be an exercise in futility.Call me what you will, but I am I, the one and only.>Vellik smiles. "As you would, Shadow."Vellik walks over to the wall, and he rips down a banner of cloth. "War is coming. We are at the center of it."Stretched across the wall is a map. The word Venia is scrawled across the top. It's covered with markings, notes, the positions of troops, even the names of important people. But below that is a simple physical map of the world."The time has come for Kelvere to stake its ground independent of the empire once and for all," Vellik says. "I plan to use the war against the Kanians to my advantage. Of course, the war was started by the empire in an effort to reduce Kelvere's burgeoning strength, but that won't - ""What?!" Flint asks. "The empire isn't perfect, but it wouldn't - ""Naive as reported," Vellik says smoothly. "The Lord of Kan-Abar, Nulis, was supported and installed by the angels. Otherwise, he never would have managed to supplant his brother. You must have seen it - Kan-Abar's increasing belligerence toward Arland and Kelvere? They're trying to scare us into staying united. They need us to fight the Black Lady while they continue to reduce the magic in the world, because..." He looks at you. "...because it's getting out of hand. Because it's finally slipping from their fingers. Kelvere will ride this wave to the top."Vellik continues to pin you with his gaze. "A living shadow. A harbinger of Erebus, perhaps? I can sense your strength. I feared your reaction, but banked on this - and my gamble, I feel, was well placed. Work with me, Shadow, and your girl will have all the protection and tutledge she needs."con't
>>24330779what if he decides the lich is a threat to him and his? He is of Lightning, the opposite of Spirit.
>>24330787<What of Sir Flint? We will need help on our mission.>
>>24330787"What the hell is this?" Flint asks. "Why are you telling me all this? Why would you let me - "Flint stops. A mote of fear passes over his face."Oh, relax," Vellik says. "I've no intention of harming you. Besides, I own you. If it was revealed you were traveling with a living Shadow, you'd be ostracized from your family and hunted down by the empire."Flint gulps."I'm a man to seize opportunities," Vellik continues. "And this...THIS is an opportunity. I've much work to do. Shadow, you could be the pebble to tip the scales."Vellik turns toward the map. "Imil. Kelvere. Kan-Abar, once it is subdued, and Nulis is replaced...and Felnoir. The Northern Alliance will face the south and flaunt its independence, and the Angels can only come and put the lie to the preaching if they try to shove us back in line by force."Vellik turns to Flint. "...and perhaps, Arland? Oh, the jewel puppet of the empire turning against its master. It would be a glorious comeuppance.""Arland is no puppet," Flint says sharply."You delude yourself, -Sir- Flint.""My father - ""You father has been invalid for three years. Your brother rules now, and he bends to every beck and call of the angels." Vellik looks at you. "What do you want, Shadow? What price for the alliance of nature's assassin?"What is your response?>I'm not tying myself down. There's too much to do.>A man like this has resources...he could help me achieve much.>something else
>>24330883>inquire more before making a decision (specify, I'll answer questions as they come)
>>24330883>I'm not tying myself down. There's too much to do.He threatened Flint. I'm not down with a dude who threatens our bros.
>>24330883I must aplolgise, but I cannot agree to such a deal involving my friend, particularly when she cannot make a decision from here. That does not mean I will not help stop Kan-Abar, as it seems they might be becoming more violent. But I WON'T make a decision regarding her tutelage that she cannot listen to.
Rolled 67>>24330883Dude has his shit together - let's drive the hardest bargain we can.
>>24330909This works.I honestly don't wanna work for this guy. And that's what this will come down to. Us working under him.Turn him down as politely as possible maybe?
>>24330883I am not an assassin. I just want to have friends. Being feared would be the loneliest thing to happen to me, as it would mean that I would lose the few friends I have...
>>24330883"You must understand. I seek answers, above almost all else. I have no stake in your war. My only interests are my friends lives and wellbeing, and my own. If your interests align with those, we can do business. If not, I would thank you for your hospitality, but beg your leave. We are playing in very different arenas."
I think we should tentatively agree, on the conditions that when they break ties to the Angels no longer those of the 'lesser' elements shall be persecuted for their existence. We also ask freedom to do as we will as long as it does not bring harm to his kingdomWe also need a haven, a place where we can rest, and recuperate as well as wehre those who join us can live in peace. Someplace with few visitors.
Rolled 3>>24330883I'm sure we can come to some arrangement. I seek answers to many questions, and I can't speak for Abigail. As for Flint know this, someone who "owns" my friend is not my friend.
>>24330883<an interesting proposal to say the least. You speak of the oppression from the angels and their ilk, though what will stop you from doing the same as them, if not only under a different banner and name? I have seen one still haunted by war, even after 600 years, it was all he could think of.><Times may indeed be changing. However, There are things I want, nay, Must do. So long as Your War does not impede my own ventures, My support you may have.>
>>24331022I like this. Make sure that you emphasise SUPPORT, though. We are not going to be working in a job which our best friend would hate us for.
>>24330883I feel he is leaving us very little choice.But maybe we can turn this around!Tell him that we are still looking for answers to our origin and that he NEED to travel. Maybe make him give us something like free reign in doing things that would help him?>>24331022Oh, Archivist how you always make me support your wording of things. OH, while we are at it....we 'are' kinda hungry.
Whatever we say we have to sell both of them on.How about bringing back the 3rd faction idea? The one who wants peace between the elements?So the question is, is he serious about the idea of freedom, trade, and alliances... or is he just using it as a pretext to subdue and conquer.If the former then I see no reason not to help him.
>>24331085ya this is the question
>>24331085THIRD FACTION PLAN, AWAY!
<An alliance with you? You're a lightning mage. What - >Vellik waves a hand. "Our elements clash. So do the colors teal and pink. I care not for petty idiocy, categories such as "lesser" and "greater" elements. I could do with a lich. I could do with a Spirit mage. I could do with every element on my side."It's quiet."What are you trying to do, exactly?" Flint asks. "What is the point?""Why, simple," Vellik says. "Kan-Abar is raging out of control. The Black Lady grows more daring by the day. The angels are getting desperate - I can taste it in the air, and now I know why. They're afraid that their plans aren't working."My people." Vellik narrows his eyes. "My people will be caught in between these great, grinding rocks - unless we are the rock that grinds. Kelvere must surround itself with powerful allies for the coming storm. I admit..." A snap of electricity crosses Vellik's arms. "I foster the storm, in part. I welcome it. But first and foremost, justice and peace will replace this hypocritical theocracy."Vellik faces you. "I give you a home, and shelter for your friends. Honor. I have many contacts...we can learn more about you, and how you can use your unique status to greatest advantage."You haven't been around long, Shadow. Let me tel you." Vellik's face softens. He looks away. "The things you wish to protect...what you do is never enough. You must do more than what is necessary. You must account for all possibilities." He looks back at you. "Surely, the things I've discussed are worth your attention?"What is your response?>politely extend friendship, but refuse his greater offer for now, citing previous engagements>accept his offer, but make it clear you're an ally, not a servant>something else
>>24331127>>accept his offer, but make it clear you're an ally, not a servant
>>24331127>request a day to think about it and wander the city. We've been travelling, we have lots to think about.
>accept his offer, but make it clear you're an ally, not a servantAnd Flint is not to be owned. He is to live without fear of being pursued for his friendship with us.If the Angels truly seek out everything of Magic like the fellow elementals we felt we are in deep trouble. Unless there is a haven for us. All of us. This sounds like this could be it unless he betrays us after getting what he wants.
>>24331160Oh-ho, what a plan.I could never have expected nor sincerely hoped my players would think of this middle-of-the road solution...
>>24331127>accept, how else will the plot progress?
>>24331127Ask Flint. Before we do anything ask Flint what he thinks of this man.
Rolled 1>>24331127>>politely extend friendship, but request a day to think about it and wander the city.
>>24331174>not sure if sarcasm...
>>24331127>accept his offer, but make it clear you're an ally, not a servantI see no reason not to support him so long as he makes it worth our while, so to speak.
>>24331202And you will never, ever be sure.
>>24331160I want to support this because it will allow us to see EXACTLY how his Duke rules his people. Get the streetword on things and a grasp of the peasant picture. To answer such questions as, would Abigail be happy here? What do these people think of the elements? Is the city guard corrupt? Does the brothel really have the best doughnut baker in town? and so forth.
>>24331160This. I like this.
Rolled 92>>24331127>extend friendship>we are ally not servant>hear him out but don't forget about past promises
Accept his offer, but make it clear you're an ally, not a servant.Also @Flint: "Sir flint, you have seen through me and abigail that shadow is not inherently evil. You have seen how dogma would have abigail put to death.His argument is sound, his goals are sound. He talks of freedom and protecting the people. He says he will seek to pacify and make allies rather then to enslave all his neighbors.If he is lying, we would be close enough to see and do something about it, if he is telling the truth then I want to assist him in such a noble endeavor;And such an alliance with him doesn't mean we aren't first taking care of your problem either".
>>24331127If there are rocks that grind, then you might be only another rock beneath the falls. It is a tenuous road you walk, Duke, and I worry about what your influence could be used for.
>>24331127>accept his offer, but make it clear you're an ally, not a servant and that neither is Flint. (make sure we talk to flint for a moment before we answer)
Guys let's take a day to think on it. We can talk to Flint. Find out more about this man. Let's not rush into it.
>Take a day to think about itIt takes more then one day to find that out... and what we saw thus far is that they are giving refugees full aid.Saying yes does not magically bind us to him. if we find out a month down the line that he is a silver tongued snake we turn on him then.There is absolutely nothing to be gained by delaying for a day.
>>24331127A day to talk to my friend, duke. He has his opinions about this, and I will not ignore him for it.
>>24331282The difference being is that a month down the line Abigail would be within his grasp.And we don't know if that's a string of ours he'd be willing to pull to keep our "Ally's Service."
hmmm, he wishes to surround himself with powerful allies? Mayhap this is the start for our Third Option Party? I'm sure the spirit trapped beneath Jacobs Field would make for one... We could 'Unite the Elements' for him, so that he will provide us with information and resources for our journeys...>>24331223Spoiler contains references from my work.seriously, I need to shut my work out of these things...Theory of Character Development, Player connection; offer the player a decision, granting them time to explore the area and 'interact' with the locals. Use these 'interaction' to play at their emotions and breed within them the desire to 'help'
>>24331127>discuss in private with Flint, vote 1>take a day to think on it and see the town, vote 2>accept now, vote 3What is the consensus?
>>24331312extend friendship, but take a day to think2
>>24331308Abigail is not magically jumping into his hands the moment we say yes. And he will be seeking her and the lich out regardless.Regardless of what we say it will take equal amounts of time for him to actually find her and the lich unless we leave immediately after them.
>>243313122 and 1.Day to think on and and discuss with Flint in private.
>>24331334... I mean 3
>>243313121 and 2
>>24331318>>24331331>>24331340>>24331345>>24331347>>24331353>>243313573 for 15 FOR 23 for 33 for 1 and 2
>>24331312I would like to know Flint's deeper opinions on these opportunities.1. Hell, 2. I like sightseeing, dem Airships.
>>24331312A day. We've just arrived in town. Give me a break.
>>243313881 & 2 cuz airships.
>>24331386looks like we get a vacation day and bro time
>accept his offer, but make it clear you're an ally, not a servantwe could use the resources guiz
Shadow Master, do we only regain health eating living things and corpses or can we consume regular food for health?
>>243313121&2, but make sure we offer him friendship while we talk and let him know we are very interested.
>>24331450What a brilliant middle of the road solution!You and I will get along swell.
>>24331462Well, middle of the road is my "middle" name.
<Might I have a moment with Sir Flint?>"Of course," Vellik says. "Use the joining room."You retreat with Flint into the offered door. Suspicious, you extend your senses around you, but you can't feel any hint of some sort of magical eavesdropping...but then, you've been mistaken in the past.<Don't speak, just in case,> you say to Flint. <What do you think?>Flint thinks hard. His brow is furrowed. He starts to shake his head, stops. He ends with a shrug.<Is there another place that would accept me as he has?>Flint licks his lips. He doesn't move for a long time. But when he does, it's to shake his head in a definite no.<...Abigail needs protection. He could offer it.>Flint accepts this with a tilt of his head. But he gazes shiftily at the door back to the other room.<I don't trust him fully, either. Not yet. But perhaps we take a day to think on it?>Flint looks thoughtful, then nods to you.You walk back into the other room.<Duke Vellik. Your offer is...intriguing. A place for all elements - that is something I can imagine. But though your vision is strong, I'd like to take time to consider my decision, at least until tomorrow. And, before you say more, I've promised to assist my friend, Flint, in a certain quest.>"Of course," Vellik says. "I'd be skeptical if you jumped into my arms. But what quest of the good knight do you pursue? Perhaps I can help."What is your response?>politely refrain from giving anything away>tell him of the parasite. A man of his experience might know something.>something else
>>24331485Brutus. Captain middleoftheroad Brutus.
>>24331485"Captain Middle of the Road Brutus">your parents were assholes
>>24331442You have a small chance of regaining health from eating regular food....nothing's stopping you from gorging yourself on your day off...
>>24331514>>24331539Awesome.ask him what he knows of leaching magics, and that we are starving!
By the way Shadow Master, you wouldn't mind me praising you for that absolutely bitchin' map you made, right?Because that thing looks good.
>>24331514Don't tell him about it. We can handle it on our own. For all we know he could be connected. PARANOIA GO!
>>24331571best map i've seen all day
>>24331571I wouldn't mind at all.Glad it passes inspection. Spent a while on it before the quest even started.
>>24331514"Sir Flint, its up to you since the subject is sensitive, but he might be able to assist if consulted on it."
>>24331514if lightning is opposite of spirit, and it seems to be a spirit snake....
>>24331592Damn fine map.
>>24331571seconded. Looks like it's straight out of a Tolkien hardback.>>24331514<A cure for an illness.> That's all.
>>24331514I doubt you don't know it already, duke. Regardless, I shall refrain from talking about his pursuits. It would not be right to have me talk about them, and he might wish privacy regarding matters.
>>24331620ooo that's even better.
>>24331514I say tell him about it.
>>24331501>>24331518>>24331522>>24331526I can already tell this is going to be a fun ride.>>24331592That is indeed one kick ass map.>>24331514It's more of a...private matter at the moment, but I think we can tell you about it tomorrow, no matter what we decide.
>>24331539I'd follow that map everywhere, even places not on it.
>>24331656you know you now have to change your name right?>>24331620adding my vote to this.
>Ask flint before agreeing to work with someone on what is our goal all along, peace between elements.>Don't ask flint before revealing the fact he has a parasite to someone who can help. Voting for either revealing it or keeping it a secret.WTF seriously?THIS IS FLINTS DECISION!
>>24331656Actually, just leave it up to flint.
>>24331620I like this turn of phrase. Let's use it.
>>24331714yeah, offer to let him explain, fill in the gaps
>>24331710true. we're being a shit-friend elemental. Just cuz we're shadow doesn't mean we have to be shady.>let Flint do the talking
As an aside, is anyone else intrigued by this "Black Lady" the Duke seems worried about?
>>24331710Yeah. Start with >>24331620 then let him decide. I still want him to with us to see lichbro for the parasite, though...
>>24331824naw, not really into black chicks.
>>24331824We were told about her before. She is an elder vampire and rules an entire nation of vampires which she is aggressively expanding.
>>24331514<I doubt you don't know it already, duke. Regardless, I shall refrain from talking about his pursuits. It isn't my quest to discuss.>The duke smiles. "You learn fast. Well, Sir Flint?""It is something I must handle on my own," Flint says firmly.He cocks his head. "A day to decide, then. Sir Flint, you shall have my best guest room, and Shadow, you may feel free to claim the adjoining suite. Until we can afford public exposure, which is a rather distant destination...we'll keep this under wraps." Vellik grins a conniving but amused grin. "Though if I'm perfectly honest, the amenities you'd require, if any, are beyond even my not-insignificant intellect."What do you ask of Vellik?>bring me tasty prisoners about to be executed>bring me sacrifices, I care not their origin>I require food. A lot of food.>perhaps a game of stones?>some combination of the above>something else
>>24331867>I require food. A lot of food.most notably animal meat. nothing human.
>>24331866>rules an entire nation of vampiresWhoa there, partner. Rules, yes. Expanding, yes. Entire nation of vampires? When did I say that?Also, are you still interested in making the wiki? The haven't approved my account yet and it's getting annoying.
>>24331867>>bring me tasty prisoners about to be executedor>I require food. A lot of food.gotta heal, but then >perhaps a game of stones?as we talk of things
>>24331905>nothing humanYou mean nothing nonhuman, right?
>>24331919>perhaps a game of stones?>as we talk of thingsThat was the idea, yes.
>>24331867Food first. Then to a bookstore, to find a Fairytale storybook for Abigail, as well as a journal or two.
>>24331867>tasty prisoners about to be executedsounds deliciousor we can find our own things to CONSUME
>>24331908>Whoa there, partner. Rules, yes. Expanding, yes. Entire nation of vampires? When did I say that?Ah, thanks for the clarification.>WikiYes, I will gladly do so.I think you are also more likely to get approval if you start posting there. At least on the questdis.
>>24331867regardless, lets heal. then perhaps a stroll through the castle to discuss things til we reach outside
>>24331824Oh I am and no doubt she will be one of our recruits into the new world order.>>24331867A combo of food and any prisoners he is looking to give "away".A game of stones sounds lovely, we can eat after everything is "prepared"
>>24331928>Then to a bookstore, to find a Fairytale storybook for Abigail, as well as a journal or two.>this guy
>>24331945way to deliver, My Captain>>24331867combo of whatever, but lets check out the town after the game
>>24331945>>24331938>>24331919please don't piss off Flint.
>>24331945Love the new name, but we don't need to eat people for health. We want to be seen as a benifit, not a threat.
>>24331867I think asking for sacrifices may be a bit presumptuous of us at this point. But a prisoner already sentenced to die? Surely nobody would begrudge us a good meal like that.
>>24331974>>24331977>>24331945>>24331987got it, ask for food and game, slink off to find our own death row prisoner
>>24331977Easy, send that last part to him telepathically.>>24331987We would still be useful in a sense. No more having to worry about overcrowded prisons!
>>24331987The Italian Benifit family was incredibly threatening if I recall their earliest forays into pre-ww1 politics.But alas, I do understand what you actually mean and agree with it.
>>24331977If Flint wants to hang around with a horrifying creature of darkness, he's just going to have to learn to deal with the fact that we need live prey now and then.
>>24331953We need to make sure she gets a good education and learns how to read and write! I want her to get a good job, not one where she's working as a barmaid or worse!
>>24331938>Ask for prisoners to eatFlint will disapprove and so do I.>Go on a rampage consuming random shit.No, just no..."I eat normal food for sustenance... I can empower myself and grow stronger by eating magic; so I am good way of disposing of cursed items. Of course I wouldn't expect anything until we formalize our alliance">>24332020>Telepathically ask for human sacrificesYou are assuming he is a silver tongue snake then because if his sales pitch is right he might disapprove too
ask for some foods and if he has a library. We wish to improve our knowledge of things.
>>24332032Curse you, auto spell! Curse you to hell!
>>24332042no telepathy, we don't want him to know we can do that yet
>>24332042Okay, I'll go back to being middle of the road.Just ask for normal food....lots of it, but still play stones with him.
i think he is offering the game materials, not to Play a game with us...
>>24332039>I want her to get a good jobWhen she's grown up, she can be the royal sorceress in our future kingdom of Shadow.And I'm sure the Lich will provide her an excellent education equal to a doctorate level degree in Evil Studies.
>>24332092then ASK him to play
>>24332101> I'm sure the Lich will provide her an excellent education equal to a doctorate level degree in Evil Studies.I sincerely doubt there is anyone alive in the world more qualified them him.Spirit study is taboo in the majority of the known world. And he is a 1000 year old spirit specialist who personally fought on the side of spirit when it was at its highest.
>>24332101Man, I wish I had majored in Evil Studies.
>>24331867<I'm exceptionally hungry,> you say."I wouldn't have expected you to get hungry."Flint snorts. "Not in the way you'd expect, either."Vellik raises an eyebrow.<Food. A lot of it. And frankly, I'd appreciate further discussion with you, duke. I need information, as well.>"A meal and a nice chat over a game of stones sounds like an excellent plan," the duke says. "I've some matters to attend to, so, in a few hours. You're free to move about as you please - I'll have a man summon you when the time arrives."Flint nods. You begin to walk out of the room. "And, Sir Flint."Flint turns. "My lord?""Two points. A revival of Aeolus's Order - one aligned with Kelvere - would be as great an event as the allegiance of a shadow. I believe we could accomplish great things." Vellik smiles a thin, knowing smile that makes you extremely nervous. "And if you have need of assistance on your quest...perhaps a little Lightning could deal with Spirit."You leave the chamber.The prim man that guided you up to the room leads you to your quarters. You have a suit adjoining with Flint's.Flint closes the door. He walks over to a table and slumps into a chair. "...by the light, that was tense. That man frightens me."<That lightning put me a little on edge.>Flint nods, then slouches nearly half-off his seat and yawns deeply. Suddenly, you realize your friend is exhausted - he's been up for hours, fought ghouls, defended a town against an invading army, and if you know him, likely took little rest on the boats in the name of vigilance.You begin to wonder what sort of a man he'd be without a magical parasite latched onto his soul."I need a rest." Flint walks over to the bed, stripping pieces of his armor across the floor as he goes. He's out like a light before you can say a word.Perhaps he deserves a good nap.What do you do?>wait for Vellik to summon you>explore the town>explore the castle>go check out that airship that was coming in to dockother
>>24331953Not sure if being made fun of, but >>24332039 lays out what I was thinking. Plus, I figure we should try to get a good memory of us reading her a bedtime story.
>>24332154I've got A-levels in Mad Science, i assume the two subjects are somewhat close...>>24332165I am curious about those 'Dynamos' that Flint spoke of. If they were relics from before the war, mayhap there is a Shadow one still active...
>>24332165>>explore the town>>explore the castle>>go check out that airship that was coming in to dockoh you know me, I want to see everything
>>24332165Ask for a small bit of gold, then buy that storybook!(with help from Joey)
otherTake a nap yourself.We know that we need sleep on occasion and we have been up for a while too.Barring that, explore the castle (he asked to keep hidden from now and there might be more mages in town)
>>24332165have a quick look around the castle as we head outsideexplore town, and see if we can find Joey perhaps>find those air ships!
>>24332214>>24332215we slept on the boat, and we could just steal the gold since flint is asleep and won't see us steal from town
>>24332236NO STEALING. That won't look good on our plate.
>>24332165>explore the castleBecause castles are awesome.
>>24332253fine then, borrow it from flint. we're good for it.
>>24332165Explore the castle.Who knows we might even find some dark secrets that might "shock" us.
>>24332165>explore the towntime for Shenanigans
>>24332289And what makes you think that those shocks weren't put there on purpose?We need to be very paranoid about this duke. He figured out that we were hiding in Flint's shadow and likely knows about the parasite. The less we owe or poke around him, the better.
You're fascinated by the architecture around you. You set off to explore the castle.It's a maze-like place - probably by intention. You wander carpeted halls, across bare stone, and up and down spiral staircases. Guards are very frequent, and servants even more frequent.It's easy to keep in the shadows. with so many walls and nooks and pieces of furniture. Mundane eyes simply roll over you without notice. You feel balls of magic bobbing about...probably mages. You move so as to avoid crossing their paths.You discover what appears to be a large library. There are a few balls of magic, inside, though, so you pass it by, noting it for later.There's a dungeon lower down, but plenty of guards. You make a note of it.A tower window gives you a look at the airship dock. It's set along a piece of land that juts out over the river to the side of the castle. The steaming craft is abuzz with activity, mostly the loading and unloading of cargo. You can feel a burning ball of magic on the inside of the hull.You stop at a corner to consider your next move. A few guards are having a conversation down the hall...What do you do?>listen in on the guards>explore the library>explore the dungeons>check out the airship>try to find Joey back outside>something else
>>24332281Sure, borrow a small amount, and have a servant buy us a gift for Abigail. Then we explore, maybe find Joey.
>>24332359>explore the librarytime for research
>>24332359>listen in on the guards>check out the airship>try to find Joey back outside
>>24332359Listen in on the guards and explore the dungeons. NOT to consume, but to see what kind of people if any he has locked up.
>>24332359I kinda wanna check out the airship, but I can't imagine how we'd stay invisible out on the docks.Perhaps listen in on the guards.
>>24332359Library. See about learning up on Erevus and his legends. What kind of patron was he?
listen in on guardsexplore dungeons.If we really want to buy a book we can do so later when flint is awake and we ask him to. we have a whole day at a minimum and wont see her for a while
>>24332359too crowded for library now, eavesdrop, check out those airships, and find joey after
>>24332400>>24332386I support this train of thought. LEARNING IS FUN!
>>24332414oh and lets go with the Captain, check dungeons
>>24332414see>>24332422We'll go there later.
>>24332423Alright, let's see commander cockhead...
>>24332359>>24332359Ok, listening in on the guards seems pretty given.But do you try for the library, the prisons, or the airship?
>>24332463The prison. I want to check up on that prisoner we found and ask a few questions to him.
>>24332463Prison, for the best way to judge a leader's character is to check the state of his dungeons.
>>24332463prison, check air ships after and parachute down!
>>24332463>prisonsLets see what kind of people end up in the dungeon around here. You know, so we can try not to make the same mistakes they did.
>>24332493Yes, this is why.
>>24332501I'm imagining a magical prison full of elementals having their mana/energy/essence/elementalliness sucked out.
You lean toward the guards..."...mers just in from some river town. Jack's Field or something.""That's the third group this week," another guard says. "What's the duke doing?""Planning.""He's always planning.""Planning out the counter attack," the man adds. "Just you wait. My brother always tells me stories about when the duke personally lead a battalion up at Wallfront on the frontier. That was before he was even a duke, mind you." The guard lowers his voice. "Here's the thing about him. He's always playing games, always thinking, changing pace, that sort of thing. Gets his opponents on his road. And just when they think they're starting to see through the tricks, he brings out the big guns and smashes their heads in."The other guard smiles. "Damn glad he's my duke, and not the other way around. I'd be shitting my pants if I was a kanian.""How 'bout those hicks, though?" one guard says. "Practically falling over themselves worshipping the light. One saw our water mage heal a man and nearly had a had a heart attack getting over to tell him off. I mean, he's saving lives.""Duke's right about that," the man says. "The war was 700 years ago. A man does good, a man does good. Don't need some angel telling me what's good and bad when I can see it plain for myself."The others nod grimly. Their conversation turns to less interesting things - the pretty servant girls they've been trying to land in the sack.You briefly wonder what the metaphor "land in the sack" refers to, then shrug to yourself and decide to explore elsewhere......you decide to start with the dungeons. Perhaps the prisoners there will give you some insight as to the nature of the duke's justice...con't
>>24332573hmm, sympathetic people make for great shadow helpers
>>24332573We need to ask Flint this, after he finishes sleeping. Might be funny.
>>24332605i'm still thinking we need to get some recruits...
>>24332608we should ask while he is taking a drink or something
>>24332608F-flint-san, whats "in the sack?"
>>24332608This is a must for later.
>>24332573You sneak into the dungeons. They reek of shit and piss grown over with mold.This doesn't particularly bother you.More importantly, they're very dim. You feel secure in your stealth.You hear a shriek as a whip snaps. A man is lashing another. You slide and slither past a row of cells. A few have occupants - and they generally look the part, ugly, brutish men that are probably guilty of more than what they were locked up for. There's a few less-obvious types, but there's nothing to say whether they're innocent or not. Despite the conditions, there's a regular posting of guards, and you see one giving out bread and water. A few prisoners even get soup."Two more days, Harold," a guard says. He sets a bowl inside the bars of the man's cell.The occupant looks relatively harmless. He nods up and down. "...can't wait. I won't be thieving again, I swear.""Just remember the second offense is worth your off-hand." The guard walks away.It seems you've explored anything of note here. There's nothing incriminating of the duke's policies.You feel a faint sense of magic lower down in the dungeon. It's probably a mage.What do you do?>investigate the dungeons further>you've seen the show. Explore elsewhere (specify)
>>24332621Flint, can you tell me what "Land in the Sack" means?PHHHTTTTT
>>24332660Frickin' dangling a carrot in front of us like that.
>>24332660Find our prisoner from before. Ask a few questions...
>>24332660go to the mages cell andmake note of its location cell and tell flint later, check town/find joey
>>24332660check on our hostage, find mage.find joey after
>>24332686we shall do now just as we done before back at Abigail house.We have had our 'tour' and now we shall leave.
>>24332686You evil magnificent bastard, keep on keeping on.
>>24332660Clearly we must investigate further.
>>24332708He has a point.Are you sure you want to prod more deeply?Majority seems to want to investigate further.
>>24332759I'd say at least check the locations of hostage and mage to investigate later with flint.then explore town and find joey
>>24332759Okay, make a note of it then. We can use it as something to talk about when we are playing stones.
>>24332786I second this thought. Let's not interrogate him until we have the duke's blessing.
>>24332805Do we know how to play stones? e.e
>>24332805>>24332759thats good, can we sense the mages alinement from here? should we get closer as we make note of the cells?
>>24332820We are a quick learner...I think.
>>24332820sure, we throw a rock in our mouth and spit it as far as we can right?
>>24332820Nope. Let's assume that it's Jacobs Field style stones and just pick up the pieces and try skipping them on the surface of the nearest flatwater.
>>24332829we may not actually be the ones playing....>but we might, I don't know
>>24332660Your sense of curiosity gets the better of you. You sneak down lower into the dungeons.The dungeons become progressively...cleaner?The smell starts to fade back. The torches now all have nice brackets. Oddly enough, the rows of cells transitions into a hall with doors. Perhaps a place to keep more important -guests-?One door has four guards posted outside of it. You hear footsteps behind you can duck into the shadow under a brazier. A man comes by with a tray of food. The guards open the door for him.You hear a voice from beyond the door. "About time! Where is the duke? I demand an audience!"He continues to berate the food man.The sense of magic has grown stronger...it's further under the castle. It feels muffled, somehow. Definitely not a person. Perhaps its just the distance. Then again, the castle likely has magical defenses to bolster its strength...What do you do?>the door to the room is open...try to slip in and get some 1 on 1 time with the Kanian>continue on toward the source of magic further below>you've noted this place. Perhaps you'll return another time (explore elsewhere. time enough for one more major destination: library - airship - town)
>>24332836We can use this to accentuate how much of a "different kind of game" we play.
>>24332839>>you've noted this place. Perhaps you'll return another time (explore elsewhere. time enough for one more major destination: library - airship - town)Town.
>>24332839if we can try both, if not just town>>continue on toward the source of magic further below>>you've noted this place. Perhaps you'll return another time (explore elsewhere. time enough for one more major destination: library - airship - town)
>>24332839you've noted this place. Perhaps you'll return another time (explore elsewhere. time enough for one more major destinationairshipbut leave a note in our room stating so.
>>24332820>>24332839Clearly in the interest of learning how to play we must find a book on the subject.>you've noted this place. Perhaps you'll return another time
>>24332839Note that Commander Cockhead is in that room, then head up to the Library. I don't think we want Joey to meet up with the Duke. EVER.
>>24332871>note the place, note the magic, onward to libary>we scholar now
>>243329013 > 2I think our choice is clear lol...
You decide to leave the dungeon and move back toward the library.The library is a neatly square room with only one story. Shelves of books are split into several sections. A few balls of magic are scattered about in the shelves and sitting at tables...you should probably be careful.What do you do?>look for a book for Abigail>look for books about magic>look for books about geography and politics>look for books about history, perhaps something about yourself
>>24332901You know what they say, knowledge is power![X] Library
>>24332974>look for books that teach us how to read
>>24332974>look for books about geography and politicssomething unbiased hopefully
>>24332983S is for Shadow
>>24332974Spook a mage by throwing the book he's reading into his face!Naww, let's look up some history related to us and see what the victors wrote.
>>24332974abigail, about ourselves, and how to play stone.
>>24332983We can read. We read that text on the blade when no-one else could.>>24332974Find Abigail a good book. I want to get a good bedtime story book.
>look for books about geography and politics>look for books about history, perhaps something about yourselfAnd how to play some stones.
>>24332974in order of importance1.) geography and politics (the present matters)2.) a book for Abigail, we have not forgotten our first true Friend.3.) history/magic, if any catch our eyes.
>>24332974WHY NOT ALL OF THEM!?
>>24332998Seconded, in that order.
>>24332983>translate - you can naturally understand and interpret written and spoken languagesNothing like making players pay experience for abilities that make telling a story easier.
>>24333016Yep! This, please!
>>24333016ADD HOW TO PLAY STONES ON THAT LIST.WE SHALL LEARN ALL THE THINGS.
>>24333016That is actually a good point, why settle for one or two when we could get all of them?
>>24333016sure, why not
How to play stoneHistory about leading up to the Warkeeping an eye out for anything that might interest Abi.>>24333042I would assume it has something to do with the fact that Books do not usually move along the floor in the shadows...
>>24333016Let's get a big ol' pile of books!
>>24333055Shh, ain't nothin strange bout no movin pile o' books. Relax.
You look into the shelves about geography and politics.A few books catch your eye.Expanding VampiriaAtlantis - A Watery RoadArchon and the Empire - The Long Armistice
>>24333067guys, we're guests, borrowing books from the library. We're going to give them back, no real need to be sneaking around.
>>24333071Archon and the Empire - The Long ArmisticeExpanding VampiriaandAtlantis - A Watery RoadIn that order. The hell is Vampiria?
>>24333071It's not that you can't take them all, it's just that I'll be writing for a while.If you want to just pack up all the books, I can write a bit outside the quest and post it in a pastebin or something.
>>24333071Vampiria. Next group!
>>24333098That'd be grand. And I'd love you for it. You really do spoil us ya know. not that I want you to stop now.>>24333102Who the fuck is Sylvanis?
>>24333098sure, but for now the empire book. next shelf
>>24333098Well, we might just want to focus on one book in a group at a time.
>>24328018>>24333119Check the first link.And I made a warcraft lore joke, don't sweat it.
>>24333098Expanding Vampiria is my vote for this shelf.
>>24333098Lets stick to one per category for now.
>>24333098what>>24333143said.I'd still love the pastebin though. The information would no doubt prove useful to us.
>>24333081it's not the books that need to hide, but us. and we have no real way of taking them back to our room with us except with them moving along the floor with us. of course we will be returning them, I'm just thinking about the logistics of moving the books without anyone noticing us moving them...>>24333098we don't need to read them now, just borrow them for reading while in 'our' room later...
>>24333193Ceiling. We move them along the Ceiling.
>>24333193yes, take all the books and nest in our room
>>24333193maybe i'm wrong but from the prompt earlier it looked like we were given pretty much free run of the public areas.Confirm or deny SM?
>>24333098do this!>>24333193which means we can look at the rest before we drag em back. Leaving you to write for later!Seriously though. This quest is pretty damn legit.
>>24333098Also, shadowmaster. You should write for games. They'd be addictive>implying you don't already.
>>24333127>>24333123>>24333119Ok.------------------*AHEM*Archon and the Empire - The Long ArmisticeAny discussion of the prevailing tensions between these two great kingdoms is necessarily rooted in their founding...You skim past a bit of introductory bits.The foundation of the two major kingdoms of the first centuries after the Elementomachy was set by the deciding battles between the Hyperion's Host, Aeolus's Order, and the remnants of the Black Hand and the Spirit Union. In short order, the Black hand the Aeolus's remaining knights destroyed one another; the one using the atmosphere itself as a last-ditch defense but ultimately causing the instability which still plagues airships to this day, and prevents much forward progress being made on modern wind element-related research. The Sky-Severing itself ultimately dampened the long-distance influence of the Empire, perhaps, in the long run, allowing Archon to persist longer than it would have otherwise......you skim a bit more.Today, Archon is a refuge for many mages, and they make no lawful discrimination between each element. This liberal policy has since been adopted by Kan-Abar, though more conservative factions such as the elves and imperial-aligned countries Arland and Uland remain staunchly opposed to such acts. Archon relies on its magical might to maintain its long-decayed borders, and the threat of a magic-heavy war ensures that the Empire respects the armistice. Archon itself has grown more isolated over time, and concerns itself little with external politics aside from a token force donated to the frontier. The country and people focus more on self-improvement and fortification against what is seen as an inevitable attack by the empire. Whether these concerns are justified remains to be seen.You move on to another section of the library...
>>24333252Actually, I've written 8 novels. None published, but I haven't tried yet. I do it for fun mostly.I want to try and get a short story in a magazine or something first so I have some street cred.Very happy I'm keeping you all interested. I was worried that not being able to match the battle tension of the last thread would be less exciting, but it seems everyone likes the worldbuilding.
>>24333285Kind of feeling like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole right now. I'm eager to see how deep it goes.
>>24333285World building is one of my favorite parts of any quest. Keep up the good work Shadow Master!
>>24333259...and you come across a fiction section. Hmm.Abigail flits across your mind...perhaps she'd like a story?Which one would she like?The Hero of the LightThe Magic TurnipThe Zombie That Could Talk
>>24333285Battles are important and all, but it's only as important as the world it's taking place in.You've been doing a great job so far.
>>24333319magic turnip, hero of light
>>24333319The Zombie That Could TalkIt seems perfect.
>>24333308Yeah, once. When I get going I write a lot faster than NaNo stipulates so it wasn't that big of a deal.
>>24333319All three. The Magic Turnip first.
>>24333319Turnip. She likes Turnips.Let's get them all for her.
>>24333319All of them seem good, I think she would love the magic turnip
>>24333334Lucky son of a gun...
>>24333332Perfect for Adavan, I mean.
>>24333319Let's read the Magic Turnip first. Then we'll see about the other two.
>>24333319You decide to take the Magic Turnip and The Zombie That Could Talk.Heroes of the Light sounds cliched. And certainly no young friend of yours needs that sort of rubbish around.You move on to the next shelf......hmm. It seems to all be magic-related.Duke Vellik isn't fool enough to leave spellbooks lying around, but there is plenty on random magical phenomenon...Keystone of AtlantisThe Sky-SeverNelmarWhich book do you read?
>>24333387the first two!
>>24333387>I'll write the fiction books later.>getting tiredLast few posts then you're going to arbitrarily feel as though you should be getting back to your suite.
>>24333387Nelmar. It sounds MYSTERIOUS...
>>24333387>Keystone of Atlantis>The Sky-Sever>Nelmardamn, im curious of all of them
>>24333387Skim through the start of all of em. We're takin em all.
>>24333405>note: Nelmar is a city in Ulund
>>24333418don't steal books.Keystone and skysever sound most interesting.
>>24333403gosh gm, stop railroading us.lol...>sarcasm
>>24333434It's been said plenty. We're not stealing. We're borrowing. We're going to take them to our room to read.
>Keystone of Atlantis>Nelmar
>>24333403It's truly been a pleasure.Can't believe you've been running this long honestly.
>>24333484it wasn't until you said that that I realized I have to be up in 5 hours.'night guys.as usual, SM, you're awesome, can't wait for the next installment.and empire building!>empire building
>>24333532Yep. I've been needing sleep for the past two hours. Couldn't really miss this though.Goodnight and all that jazz.
>>24333387You decide to skim all three books. Because, why not? Besides, you'll read them more later.Keystone of AtlantisThe Keystone refers to the magical artifact discovered approximately 200 years ago by Tilian Deva, the founder of Atlantis. The Atlantians by tradition lived nomadic lives in their swampy homeland, and many still do - but the stone provided a means to purify and produce vast quantities of fresh water. Ironically, the swamp held large amounts of water, but most of it was stagnant and undrinkable. The keystone has allowed for the rapid development and success of the city of Atlantis, giving rise to a kingdom heavily reliant on water magic just next-door to the Empire of the Light, much to the chagrin of the Ring City. However, Atlantis has been consistently benevolent, pioneering an innovative exchange program between its nobles and those of the empire to reduce these tensions, as well as donating many mages to the Frontier. The origins of the Keystone itself are still unknown.The introduction ends with a listing of several chapters. It seems the book is also a brief history of Atlantis...The Sky-SeverAeolus's Order, pressed back to their stronghold above the Great Forest by the Black Hand, used this massive spell as a last-resort maneuver against the invading forces of the Black Hand.It was wildly successful - but the backlash almost completely annihilated the order itself.con't
>>24333532>>24333542And now the lack of sleep catches up to me. Thanks, you two!I'm heading off to bed as well. Thanks again, SM!
>>24333532>>24333542>>24333566fear not, I shall stand vigilant
The Sky-Sever can be compared to a magical dynamo, which is a sort of magical singularity: a self-sustaining feedback loop of magical energy and physical instability. The Sky-Sever itself was a spell so strong that it literally turned the air above Venia into a permanent dynamo. Anything that attempts to fly - disconnected from the ground - for more than a minute or so is quickly attacked by winds capable of ripping apart solid steel. As such, much of an airship's power goes toward magical shielding, and the hull of airships has to be reinforced by adamantium to withstand the pressure.The phenomenon was eventually named the Sky-Sever by researches out of Archon, aptly for its severing the denizens of Venia from access to the sky.Following is a brief description of various experiments involving the spell, as well as the latest theories as to the sigil mechanics involved in its casting. It is commonly held that the spell was probably impossible without direct sacrifice of wind-mage souls, a variation of blood magic that is, today, forbidden...You yawn.Nelmar can wait. You should get back to the suite.You sneak back without anything special happening.>HA, take that!--------------------------------------------Time for bed.Next thread, Saturday, starting around the same time.Will write some paragraphs for books.
>>24333591Oh I'm stickin this through till the end, my friend.
>>24333594you're the boss.cya then.
>>24333591As shall I!
>>24333594Good night SM. You're fantastic. Go get some rest.
>>24333594Thanks for yet another great thread SM.Keep up the good work and I have to say that reading this is one of the highlights of my day!
>>24333594god bless SM, til next we meet
>The Sky-Sever can be compared to a magical dynamo, which is a sort of magical singularity: a self-sustaining feedback loop of magical energy and physical instability.It sounds delicious.