*ahem*>please let the other thread die so as not to disturb non-questersYou are a creature of darkness and shadows. Stripped of your memory, you seek to learn your true nature and find your place in the world.Direct Archive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=shadow%2CquestArchive compiled using with only story posts for easier read-through (may not be totally up-to-date):http://pastebin.com/6RzLX9YpTwitter (quest times, cancellations, updates):https://twitter.com/ShadowMaster_tgTheme music:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLTQ5PlEWko
Events Summary:You've met the brilliant and ambitious Duke Vellik, ruler of Kelvere, who aims to reshape the political landscape of the world to suit more liberal, tolerant ideals. You've promised him friendship, if not permanent commitment to his ideals.By consuming the magical dynamo power core of one of the duke's airships, you were able to defeat and ultimately consume the angel Raziel, who suddenly appeared with a comrade, Auriel, while you were speaking with the duke. Using the power of his soul, you realized Supersonic flight and retreated from Auriel back to Jacob's Field.In Jacob's field, you learned that the occupying Kanians have noticed the great source of spirit beneath the town, but have been unable to access it. You also learned more of Abigail's past, and her parents, specifically her father. You believe there may be a connection between Abigail and the ruler of Archon, the archmage Yi Fang. While waiting for Sir Flint to meet you, you ate the Kanian's food supplies and put the fear of the shadow into a few of their men.Flint eventually arrived at your meeting point - with a plea for aid from the duke. Lord Nulis Vin, ruler of Kan-Abar, has launched a surprise attack on Evinbrook using the power of a Demon Lord to hide his army's movements. Flint convinced you to return to Evinbrook and fight for Kelvere - despite the fact that the angel Auriel is still there.You've just arrived back at Evinbrook, and the battle is in full swing. An airship of the Ring City, the Velarion, is fighting alongside Evinbrook, but its engine has been damaged. After a lengthy battle fought alongside Flint, the duke, and a mysterious woman you met on the airship, it seemed you were about to restore full power to its weapons, but another foe has appeared to stop you.
>mfw Shadow Quest is back
Okay, I guess.
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 (full list in progress):http://pastebin.com/7ay2GPYjBooks the Main Character has read can be found here: (in-progress)http://pastebin.com/i0zjDPpS
Read through the archives last night.New favorite quest.And you used my One Throne pic for that critfail!
Current Statistics:HP: 17/25Mana: 0/4EXP: 1Humanity: 24Temerity: 17Party Members:Sir Donovan Flint - a knight of Dobshire, of Arland, and fourth son of the lord and ruler of Arland.Duke Vellik - the ruler of Kelvere. A brilliant politican and powerful Lightning mage.Summoned: Wisp - a shadowy wisp. 2 base shadow attack. 1 mana per order.Equipment:Utility belt with purseInventory:Shadow Sword ShardSpirit Sword (with Flint)Fancy Sun-Moon KeyCurrent Location: Kelvere - Evinbrook---Basic 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)
>>24517289Do we really look that scary op? I always thought of us like pic related.
>>24517361Bro, we CONSUME people.
>>24517336I love the One Throne pic.-------------------------------->Last time...After a chaotic battle, you've finished off the demons in the engine room.The duke sidles up to you and Flint, watching the woman carefully. <She aims to fix the engine,> you explain. <She killed the wyrms.>"...who are you?" The duke demands."A servant of angels," the woman responds. "For now, a crew member. If you can do anything about the core, lightning mage, I suggest you do it before Lord Vin asks the Demon Lord to stop conserving mana and annihilate the ship entirely."The duke considers the woman carefully. He narrows his eyes, but says nothing. You wish you knew what he was thinking.>pictured: mysterious woman
>>24517341>Party members:>Summoned: WispWait what- didn't that one satyr unsummon our wisp last thread?
>>24517378And we're friends with an adorable little girl and a paladin of the light...
>>24517361We've gotten scarier over time.
>>24517399A roar snaps everyone's heads toward the door of the engine room.A wyrm clambers in - so big you're surprised it fit through the halls. It rises up on its haunches. It's an intimidating beast, 7 feet high and 10 feet long, almost like a miniature dragon. It opens its mouth in a low growl. Fire and shadow twist in its jaws."Buy time!" the duke shouts. He runs toward the dynamo.What do you do?>take point while Flint and the woman distract it from the sides>hide in Flint's shadow, play support>hide in the woman's shadow, play support>take wing, harass the dragon from above while they attack on the ground>go with the duke, try to help get the engine up faster>some other strategy------------------------>>24517361You've been both. I always imagine you as an amorphous blob most of the time. During the eclipse/supersonic, you look more like the demon.With mimic, you can hold whatever default form you choose. We haven't really specified anything yet.
>>24517399We should talk to Flint to see what he knows, as the Duke might be a bit preoccupied. Might as well ask him if he would accept us as a fellow knight of that order he's fixing up as well. I want another option to being the Dog of the Duke...
>>24517401>>24517401Sorry, didn't edit the copypasta. This anon is correct; you have no active summon.
>>24517442Flint's shadow, as support.
>>24517442>With mimic, you can hold whatever default form you choose.Does this include inanimate objects, such as an airship or ballista bolt?
>>24517442Hide in Flint's shadow, support with shadow attack.
>>24517442>go with the duke, try to help get the engine up fasterAnd then when it looks like all hope is lost, we CONSUME the dynamo.
>>24517442>With mimic, you can hold whatever default form you choose. We haven't really specified anything yet.I always imagined us as a vaguely knight-shaped figure, based off of our love of JUSTICE!
>>24517491>an airship or ballista bolt?An airship, no. You can only stretch to 3-4 times your size...think like a ship's sail. But you'd be thinner, then.You could take the form of a ballista bolt, or another relatively sized inanimate object. Earlier you mimicked a tree before attacking a pair of lumberjacks.
>>24517442We need to keep an eye on Flint. Be his shadowbro and watch his back!
>>24517442Flint probably needs the most help. Ninja lady seems more than able to take care of herself.
>>24517528>I always imagined us as a vaguely knight-shaped figure, based off of our love of JUSTICE!no comment
>>24517572>>24517556>>24517502>>24517470Alright. Roll 1d100 for your supportiveness.
Rolled 34>>24517603RollingI've been thinking about the shadow mage woman... wouldn't it be a kick-in-the-ass if she turned out to be the 'Black Lady'?but what are the chances?
Rolled 29>>24517603>Time for 1s
>>24517442Flint, so that while we fight together, back to back, we can say, "Flint, if we ever make this out alive, I'm joining your Light-damned knight's order, and you don't get to say otherwise!"
Rolled 40>>24517603In the name of all the clubbed seals in history, let these dice roll well!
Rolled 75>>24517603RollingOn an unrelated note, kinda what I thought the eventual us + Abigail looks like.
Rolled 86>>24517603Fuckin' penguins can eat the corn from my shit!
Rolled 93>>24517442So rolled it cannot be more rolled
>>24517685Disgusting, but effective!
>>24517653You hop into Flint's shadow, sending him an impression of his shadow growing and moving on its own to fend off attacks.Flint has confidence in your ability, and he takes point against the wyrm. "Try to get behind it!" He shouts at the woman.The woman runs for the wall of the engine room without acknowledging Flint.The giant wyrm lowers its mouth and unleashes its breath. A roiling pile of flame and shadow tumbles toward you, catching Flint by surprise.He raises his sword, almost as if to cut the blackened flames. It glows bright - - but his magic stutters. The parasite twists hard on his soul.You grab your friend around the waist and drag him sideways. The fire twists over the both of you. Flint escapes with some singed hairs, but you take a portion of the attack. Luckily, the dark magic seems to slide off you...Flint settles back into a combat stance. He wraps his gauntlets tight around his hilt and sets his stance. You can see the frustration building on his face.>you've taken 3 damage (14/25 HP)>you've gained 1 HP from regeneration (15/25 HP)You send Flint an impression of confidence, and his sword buried in the wyrm's head. He nods, and takes a widened stance.Flint lunges forward, pulling you along in his shadow. The wyrm's right claw lashes out to intercept!Roll 1d100 to defend Flint!
Rolled 19>>24517821FUCK ORCAS IN THEIR BLOWHOLES!
Rolled 73>>24517821dice for the dicegods!
Rolled 1>>24517821Rolling for great evil!
>"Flint, if we ever make this out alive, I'm joining your Light-damned knight's order, and you don't get to say otherwise!"This is really reaching.You have not established yourself as the lawful good paladin-type. You started somewhere closer to neutral and I'd say you're reaching for lawful neutral. Even if the shadow felt this way, he wouldn't put it like that, not by a long shot.I like creativity, but we have to keep things consistent or the story just takes a belly-flop.>>24517681Cool image. I might colorize that in photoshop and use it later...
Rolled 8>>24517868/tg/'s trolltastic dice gods strike again...
>>24517868so we fail>>24517884and some how save it kinda
>>24517884>>24517868WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?
>>24517884Praise the shadow!
>>24517868>>24517884Goddamn it Dice Gods.
>>24517884>>24517868>1>100Oh god wat?
Rolled 6>>24517884Please dear gods, have mercy on these humble servants of yours, so we can continue to worship you !
>>24517884I guess it was bound to happen at some point.
>>24517926Now they're just fucking with us.
>>24517884God I love that gif
>>24517936SHADOW MASTER, THIS NEXT BIT HAS TO BE BOTH FAIL AND WIN AT THE SAME TIME. I BELIEVE IN YOU.
>>24517997>Shadow jumps at the wyrm>Gets eaten>CONSUMES THE WYRM FROM THE INSIDE OUT
>>24517868>>24517884Well, okay then I guess.It's all going to go catastrophically right?
>>24518021That makes me wonder if there's an ability that let's us ink into a person/monster and wear them around like a meat-suit.
>>24518021>Wyrm ets Flint and Shadow.>Shadow spikes wyrm in the neck, Flint slices head off.
You strike upward with your shadows, aiming to deflect the heavy arm away from Flint - - but your aim isn't center! The massive claw slides off your shadow spear easily, still heading straight for Flint! It slams into his side, rending his armor, and sending him tumbling across the floor.But before the wyrm can follow up, it reels backward in pain. The woman is on top of it, jabbing her knives into the back of its neck! It shakes side to side, trying to throw her. She grabs on to one of its spines and holds on for dear life.Flint stands. His chest plate looks like it's been torn apart by giant can-openers, but he's blessedly unharmed. Light flickers on the enchanted armor, then dies. He snaps the leather straps holding it in place and lets it fall to the floor. "...I'd cut myself up if I kept wearing it anyway."You send him a brief impression of the next attack cutting his chest...and a sense of worry.He bends his knees. "Look at the positives. Now I've got more freedom of movement."His words don't inspire you with much confidence.>you've gained 1 HP from regeneration (16/25)Flint is eyeing the writhing wyrm, looking for an opening. The woman is still hanging on, but she can't do anything else without being flung across the floor.What do you do?>let Flint find his opening, continue to support>split off and sprint in for a physical attack. Get its attention off the woman>try to help the duke>suggest a specific strategy to Flint>something else
>>24518104>try to help the dukeTo put us closer to that tasty tasty dynamo
>>24518086>>24518021Come now. That's more like a 100, not a 1 saved by a 100.
>>24518104Split off and move in from the side to strike.
>>24518104Suggest that we buzz around the Wyrm's head and try to blind it with our spears, while Flint tries to gut the thing like a fish.
>>24518164A man can dream, Shadow Master. A man can dream...
>>24518104I'd say we flank the wyrm and go in for a physical attack from the side.
>>24518104Flint distracts the wyrm by throwing its armor at it head while w help the shadow lady.
>>24518104Zip under the wyrm and gut it like a fish
>>24518172>>24518191>>24518217>>24518223>>24518227You send an impression of Flint throwing his armor at the wyrm to distract it while you dart in to do what you can - either trying to blind it or attacking its underside.Flint's face goes blank. And slowly, he grins."I'll do the blinding! Do as much damage as possible!"Roll 1d100
Rolled 92>>24518277We can do that
Rolled 65>>24518277Cmon dice, let me roll two 100s in succession
Rolled 63>>24518277Come on! Let's hate seals together!
Rolled 51>>24518288>>24518321>>24518329Looks like we're good.We should probably try to CONSUME the wyrm before the dice decide they hate us again.
>>24518358I think at this point it's a given that we consume all our fallen enemies.
>>24518358Yes, and quickly, too, before the bastard disappears...
>>24518372Should we pick up viral and iron stomach soon to aid in the CONSUMPTION?
You split off from Flint and head for the worm.Flint grabs his plate mail......and it glows a bright, golden white! He grunts, then hurls the armor up at the wyrm!The wyrm's head twists from side to side as it tries to shake the stubborn woman off its back - and the plate mail connects squarely with its eye! On contact with the demon, the mail shines even brighter, then flares over the entire room! You're forced to shield your eyes. The wyrm rears back on its hind legs, pawing the air in a panic.You're underneath it. You slam your Fist into the underside of the demon, punching through its scales and carving a rut through its muscle. Blood gushes out in a torrent. The wyrm roars in pain.It's moving, turning around your head! Tree-trunk legs stomp around you, trying to smash you.Roll 1d100
>>24518388Viral might be cool, both for the added regen from CONSUME and spreading shadowy disease among our enemies.Not sure about Iron Stomach. We don't really had cause to eat rotting corpses.
Rolled 44>>24518422quickly inside the gashes
Rolled 37>>24518422Enter the dragon's wounds via ink, consume from within. Do it!
Rolled 23>>24518422Jump up inside it and CONSUME it from within!
Rolled 90>>24518422Crawl up inside it
>>24518432Yeah, Iron Stomach seems a bit underpowered for the cost; all it does is protect you from ailments. They're bad if you get them, but I haven't really thrown much in the way of that at you yet. I think I'm going to lower its EXP cost some time soon.
>you've gained 1 HP from regeneration (under the wyrm, in its shadow)>17/25 HPThe clawed feet stomp around you, but the wyrm is injured, blinded, and confused. You flit between the feet with ease.The gash you've made in its scales catches your eye......you Articulate your limbs and grab into the sides of the tear in the flesh. You can see the injury already beginning to regenerate...That won't last long.You pull, throwing all your strength into the act. The scales begin to peel back with a long, sickening rip. The wyrm thrashes from the excruciating torture of having its skin ripped off its muscle.You turn to ink, and pierce through its flesh...Where guts and organs should be, fire and shadow rage inside the demonic creature. It's a shell of something real...a terrible sort of half-existence, part magic, part flesh. You grab onto that energy nonetheless, ripping and tearing at it - and your shadowy form can indeed touch it, rend it just like any other thing you've encountered.Roll 1d100
Rolled 98>>24518570WE MUST EAT!!!
Rolled 100>>24518432I'm still in favour of getting Claws and then Lash so that we have a mid/long range physical attack.
Rolled 61>>24518570FUCK IT UP DOGSHIT SIDEWAYS CONSUME
>>24518586>100All glory to the shadow!This creature's CONSUMPTION will truly be a masterpiece of suffering.
>>24518586>>24518581I love you guys
>>24518603>>24518586>>24518581Are you ready?
Rolled 34>>24518581>>24518586>>24518606Huehuehuehue that wyrm done got slurped
>>24518586>>24517884Dear gods of shadows and dice, what the fuck is going on in this thread?
Rolled 96>>24518626MY BODY IS L@DY-I mean READY!
>>24518586Oh god, this is gonna be like that last guy we tried to ink+CONSUME.
>>24518586Oh my god my first 100
>>24518620This kills the dragon.
>>24518626I'm tingling all over.
>>24518626my body is ready for impending awesome
The energy claws back at you, and you tumble inside of it, warping, Inking, fighting a strange back and forward with pure energy in a sort of territorial tug-of-war.Something strikes you as odd.This isn't an enemy.It's a feast.You.Must.CONSUMEYou spread like a blot of ink dropped in water, in all directions, absorbing the energy as it tries to attack you. As you consume it, it stops, then tries to flee, pressing to the edges of its fleshy container. You're sure its aware - yes, this energy is the wyrm itself.You can feel its terror.You show no mercy.You suck it down like a man sucks meat from a lobster tail, and soon, you're at the edge of the wyrm itself. You devour its flesh, starting from its head, then work your way down its neck like a unified swarm of locusts picking a corpse clean. Your body wraps it like a cocoon, turning around its scales and claws and breaking them into viscous energy ripe for absorption.When you are done, you rest on the floor where the wyrm stood, a simple shadow. Nothing remains of your enemy.>you have gained 9 EXP (total: 10)>you have gained 3 HP (20/25 HP)>you have gained 6 temerity>Humanity: 24>Temerity: 23Flint stares at you, stunned. His mouth is slightly open. His sword is loose in his grip, touching the ground. "Dear spirits."The woman is hanging off the edge of the wall. She hops down and crouches on the floor. Her eyes don't leave you for an instant.<You excellency. The engine?>The engine coughs, splutters, and roars to life even as you speak. The shadow over the dynamo is gone, and roiling gold lightning crackles and spins in the center of a cage of moving pistons and steel. The duke waltzes out from behind the intricate contraption. "Online. We need to get up to the control room so I can coordinate with the crew." He glances at the woman. "I thank you for your efforts. Can you guide us to the control room?">con'tYou pause. The Velarion is running smoothly.
>>24518810Buy Claws and Lash.
>>24518810"...the engine is running. My work is done." The woman glances at you for a moment. "But I will take you to the bridge."You pause. The Velarion is running smoothly......but you wonder if the duke appreciates exactly what happens when you consume a dynamo.Perhaps you should enlighten him?>explain to the duke about what happened on his airship, suggesting you repeat that scenario>say nothing. The airship is working again, and trying to consume the engine might provoke the woman...
>>24518839I'm ok with this
>>24518841Keep our dynamo powered slaughtering to ourselves. That's a trump card
>>24518841>say nothing. The airship is working again, and trying to consume the engine might provoke the womanWe can always go back and eat delicious dynamo, but for now let's keep our hand of cards hidden from potential enemies.
Rolled 50>>24518841>>say nothing. The airship is working again, and trying to consume the engine might provoke the woman...>>24518839and sure
>>24518871>>24518870Hivemind card metaphors
>>24518841Explain to the duke, but suggest leaving that as an absolute final option, only to be used if everything else is lost.
>>24518856>>24518846>>24518839can't buy lash it's in the red
>>24518841Say nothing. Consuming the dynamo only provides a temporary boost, while the Velarion can keep fighting for a long time if it remains intact. We might need to CONSUME the dynamo as a last-ditch effort to destroy the Demon Lord, but we don't need to tell anyone about that now.
Buy viral to aid in the CONSUMPTION
>>24518894Yeah, it requires Claws.We're trying to get both, which is a total of 5XP. Well worth it, in my opinion.
>>24518841Don't tell the Duke about consuming the dynamo. He still doesn't know what happened on his airship and will as likely as not blame its destruction on Raziel.I don't know how he'd take it if we admitted to consuming it for power.
>>24518839We can go with this.Also, let's stick that last five into Shadow Power, because we sure as fuck want whatever's right beyond that.
>>24518906I would also like to buy viral
>>24518841I don't advocate CONSUMING -this- dynamo, as I doubt it will give us the strength to take on a demon lord plus a whole army. Yes, the last one let us fight Raziel on even terms, but he was just ONE lone angel. In any case, since we're on the subject of dynamo consumption, we should apologize again for eating the last one.
>>24518921True.Claws, Lash, and Shadow Power, for an all around physical boost.
>>24518894Purchasing Claws would complete the prerequisites for Lash, and allow you to purchase it.Also, seems like people want to keep the dynamo-consuming thing a secret.If you want to second these decisions, respond to this post with the affirmative or write-in edits.
>>24518921>let's stick that last five into Shadow PowerSeconding.Shadow Power sounds glorious.
>>24518921Seconding shadow powerSubject nessofo
>>24518939Don't mention it here though. We don't want the information to get out.We can apologise to the duke later, when things are more secure.
>>24518936>>24518921My vote goes for Viral and Shadow Power.
>>24518956Affirmative. Let's keep that one close to whatever we have that qualifies as a chest.Also in favour of Claws, Lash and Shadow Power.
Rolled 20>>24518956claws lash and shadow power.
>>24518956Affirmative. Would also like to grab the first level of wind resistance since we're probably going to be doing a fair amount of flying, but not sure what other anons think about that at this time.
>>24518989>>24518979>>24518974>>24518975>>24518968+shadow powerOk, one moment...
>>24518956affirmative let them think that the angel chasing us did it.
>>24518956keep quietlets ask if everyone is alright and tend injuries
>>24519008That's a pretty good idea. Next upgrades we should probably get are magic power and wind resistance.
>>24519022>>24519050second, see if there's anything we can do for armor for Flint/agree, on wind resist and magic power
>>24519015And claw and lash?
I had a dynamo making theory.What if they're mana pools that have been forced into the whirling shape; given order?inb4 SM says >implying
>>24519085Yeah, we had 10xp to spend. And we did.
>>24519109>implying he would imply your implying and not my implying my implying of his implying of your implying
>>24519109Sounds about right. Though I'd guess there made from scratch, not modified from natural formations.
>>24519109That sounds like a good theory, except both cases of the mana pools that we've seen have been isolated to the Patron Elementals, or Elemental Lords, or whatever the fuck they're called. We need SM to tell us what they were definitively called. Anyways, there are probably only 8 of them, and they are probably were where the elemental lords were born.
>>24519109>>24519158That and we could CONSUME the dynamo, but not the mana pool...
>>24519149Well that just cleared up an entire string of implications that were about to be implied by master implcation impliers that have experience implying that great statements by great staters were great impliers' implications.
>>24519158I remember either Flint or the priest (Johnathon?) saying that they were worried about the whole town turning into a mana pool. So new ones have been created.>>24519177And the dynamo can power an airship, but not a mana pool.Processed food is easier to eat.
New Tree!Purchased: Shadow Power, Claws, LashRevealed:>Shiva - You can become a tangle of claws and whips, striking the enemy from a dozen directions. This greatly boosts the accuracy and armor piercing of physical attacks.>Shadowrage - Unleash the full might of your shadowy aura, gaining a huge bonus to shadow power. However, with your aura on the offensive, you're vulnerable to magical retaliation.>Barrier of Darkness - Boost your physical defense, and gain a small boost to all magical resistances.>Twisting Gloom - Your shadowy aura moves with a will of its own to protect and hide you. You gain a small defensive and stealth bonus, and are less susceptible to surprise attacks.>Dark Blizzard - Summon a furious hail of ice crystals hardened and sharpened by shadow magic to engulf your foes. (costs 14 mana. Ranged area of effect. Moderate base attack with large chances to stun, disrupt, and freeze enemies)>Pure Darkness - You can now use your shadow without a light source. Shadow attacks from stealth are just as strong as normal.
>>24519200>Pure Darkness + Doom Aurahnnnnnnngggggggg
>>24519309Huh, did not realize shiva was a passive ability 'til your post. That price tag makes much more sense now.
>>24519309I gotta say, Shiva looks fuckin' brootal.
>>24519196I just saw the mana pool comment of Flint's. Count on me to miss one of the most important threads. That whole comment of his explains how sentient spirits like us are formed, and how the pools were originally formed. However for something to make one or the other takes a MASSIVE amount of magic, honestly probably more than the 100 exp we temporarily gained from the dynamo.
>>24519449However, I bet mana pools are vital to the construction of the dynamos.
...you turn away from the dynamo's lingering pressure. It isn't going anywhere.Power surges through the engine and down through the ship...the steel beneath you rocks and shudders periodically."We're firing again," the duke says. He glances at the woman. "Lead on."She jogs ahead, and you all follow behind at a brisk pace. You glance at your friends. <Are either of you injured?>"My arm doesn't work too well after that cut, but I'll live until we get to one of my healers," the duke says."...probably bruised a rib or two," Flint says. "Nothing major.""I notice you lost your chestplate.""Casualty of the fighting."The duke nods. "We can substitute it with something, once we're back on the ground."The uniform halls of the airship change as you ascend the stairs. You reach a wider, longer hall with several doors leading off it to either side. The steel there is bent and twisted, blackened in places. On the other side is what appears to be a ramshackle barrier of metal seemingly grown out of the airship's corridors."Who's there?!" calls a voice from across the room."Duke Vellik, and allies!" the duke calls. "We just came from the engine!"A head pokes out from behind the barrier. "The duke himself. Well. Come along, then!"The woman trails behind the group as you march forward. You keep an eye on her...her forms grows steadily more indistinct, hazy."...feeling shy?" the duke asks. He hasn't missed her reticence."I keep my own company," the woman replies shortly."You could at least give us your name."The woman is silent.The duke shrugs, then turns away. "Shadow, stay close. I'll give you a bit of shelter. Though...if Auriel is around, we'll probably not be keeping you secret long."You hop into the duke's shadow and go still.You reach the barrier. You can feel another lightning mage. He focuses, and magic bends the metal out of the way. The duke waltzes into the control room, a curious Flint and silent woman trailing.con't
>>24519409>>24519231>>24519309So how long do you suppose it will be before we become so gruesome and obviously evil in combat that Flint will no longer allow us to fight at his side?
>>24519495Power is power - nothing more, nothing less.So long as we act in a manner that benefits innocent people and friendlies, more power merely means that we can achieve a better result for everyone.
>>24519495its not the affinity or the look of the man, its the actions he makes that make him good
I fully expect us to be sprouting dog heads and snapping jaws full-blown Alucard-style fairly soon.
The airship's command module is a strange blend of magic and technology. A glass view port encompasses nearly half the room in a sort of dome. A huge gaping hole is open to the air, a tear in the glass like a wyrm came and took a bite out of it. Magic hums around the opening, preventing air from coming inside.Below, the battle is unfurling. The duke quickly makes his way out onto a long deck of steel set over the glass.In the airship's absence, the battle hasn't gone well. Kelvere's lines have been pushed back to the brink of the last fortifications before Evinbrook castle. The Kanian armies press against the Kelvere soldiers in a long line, and their efforts have bent the defenders inward, encompassing them in a U-shape. Their core is still surrounded by that fog of shadow.Mages exchange blasts of magic. Some are deflected or reflected off shields of energy. Others are blocked by rising tides of water and rock. It's like watching the earth fight with itself.You can rather make out the core strategy from your vantage point. Each squadron of soldiers is assigned a core of mages that protects and defends it, while the soldiers themselves protect their magical support.<What are you thinking?> you ask the duke."...what aren't I thinking." The duke's gaze lingers on the battlefield, then he looks back to Flint. "This is not good."A star of light makes you flinch.Auriel cruises down level with the hole in the airship, directly in front of the glass plate. She raises her sparkling blue sword of light, and levels it at the enemy lines.The control room bursts into activity. Men and women in crisp white uniforms work manual controls with levers and knobs. You can feel the flow of Lightning within the airship redirect itself...con't
...a hail of light and lightning rains down on the Kanian front line from the underside of the ship. The mages don't stand a chance against the concentrated power. A gaping hole is blasted in their forces. You can hear the roar of the Kelveren rally even from this high up as they push back, gaining lost ground."Recharging!" shouts a man at the front of the controls.A missile of darkness spears out from the cloud of mist. Everyone in the room automatically flinches back at the power cruising straight for the glass wall...Auriel flies out to meet the magical attack. Her sword glows bright, brighter, extending and lengthening nearly five times its size. She swings, hard, and cleaves the missile in two. The darkness explodes to either side of her, and she flies back toward the airship, smoke trailing from her form - though she seems unharmed.It isn't long until she flies directly into the hole in the glass. She alights hard on the steel. "Duke! You did it!"You're surprised. When she's happy...she doesn't seem all that bad.The duke smiles. "Naturally. But we're not firing very fast.""Report," Auriel says sharply."Critical damage to three of the energy converters," a man says from a console. "We can barely crawl, and the main gun's going to take twice as long to charge even with all power diverted there."Auriel takes a deep breath.Then she pauses. Her glances left, then right.Then straight at you.Roll 1d100
Rolled 8>>24519729Diplomacy's gotta work this time right? RIGHT?
Rolled 46>>24519729damn it
Rolled 93>>24519729Oh boy, here we go
Rolled 7>>24519729IT BEGINS...Again.
Rolled 25Oh please
Rolled 33>>24519729ANUS UNPREPARED
Rolled 78>>24519729I kinda want a 1. Y'know? Just to see what happens.
A decidedly mediocre crop of rolls. I suspect we should have stayed back out of view with the shady woman.
>>24519729>>24519750>inb4 we are forced to CONSUME another angel
Rolled 42>>24519806>implying we weren't going to do it anyway.
>>24519750>>24519758>>24519762>>24519750>>24519758>>24519762Ok, now roll 1d20
>>24519797Oh. Hey ChaosAnon-kun. Haven't seen you in awhile.
Rolled 9>>24519823here we go
Rolled 37>>24519823This...is going to hurt, isn't it?
Rolled 20>>24519823Please, please let Auriel be the practical sort and not jump into fighting us above everything else.
>>24519848>>24519852Thank you based dice gods.
>>24519823Oh Boy, here it comes
>>24519855Wrong dice, doesn't look like I need to roll at this point though.
>>24519856All hail dice gods
>>24519856>>24519856>>24519856You'd better thank an anon for saving you.
Rolled 2>>24519856Fuck you I want the 1
>>24519856I know that this crit probably isn't that effective, but god damn do I want to use this gif.
Oh God, we're fucked, I know yet.PLEASE BE COOL ANGEL LADY.
>>24519823My body isn't ready
>>24519894close, but no cigar
>>24519880>savingOk, if she's ever injured in combat we need to eat her
>>24519894So you want the duke to fry? I really must ask why?
>>24519894>Fuck you I want the 1Stop that
Rolled 4>>24519908Agreed. We. must. CONSUME
>>24519894Oh, a failer, how adorable.
>>24519916come on guys lets not make this into"CONSUME ALL WHO OPPOSE THE SHADOW QUEST"
Auriel dies when we get the chance.
>>24519939Why? She'd be worth some good ass XP
>>24519939How about CONSUME ALL WHO TRY TO KILL US REPEATEDLY.
>>24519943for what, getting mad when we consumed her comrade and completely missed us with all of her attacks
>>24519943how about we react with lethal force and CONSUME only if she attacks usa fair compromise right
>>24519954she attacked us once, and tried to stop Raziel the first time
>>24519943Only if she actively tries to kill us.Which is fairly likely, really.
>>24519950>>24519943Stop that. Light isn't the enemy, dickwaffles are. Raziel (excuse me, I mean Dickiel) was a dickwaffle. He deserved the CONSUME. Auriel is pretty level headed, except when fail diplomacy checks. Then she isn't. But I can forgive her for that, as she otherwise seems a bro.
Auriel steps forward...her hand flinches to the hilt of her sword...The cloaked woman butts in front of the duke, throws you an subtle glance, and strides up to the angel.You note that the way her shadow falls intersects with the duke's..."High one. The engine was restored without problems. Do I have another assignment?"Auriel blinks. Her face twists as if she's smelled something bad, then sighs. "You are to seek and kill enemy mages in the lines. Use your magic to glide down. I've much to speak of with the duke." The angel glances at Flint. "Sir Flint, I see you've lost your armor? We can replace it."Flint doesn't miss a beat. "I wouldn't want to impose, highest.""It's no imposition. Arland's royal family demands more than casual protection." She throws a pointed glance at one of the crewmen, and he scurries off. "What happened down there?"Flint launches into a detailed and shadow-less version of the battle, mostly using the woman as a substitute for your actions.The woman pauses a moment longer...Auriel glances away from Flint and squints at the woman. "Get going, now."What do you do?>slip into the woman's shadow and escape>wait in the Duke's shadow; you want to listen in on this conversation>some other strategy
>>24519990>>slip into the woman's shadow and escapesend impression to Flint and maybe Duke that we'll go see what we can do in the battle
>>24519990Hide in the lady's shadow, we should probably GTFO while we still can.Maybe we learn more about shadow lady in the process.
>>24519990>>some other strategyTake the dynamo. Then we take the angel.With any luck, we can contain more of it's power this time.
>>24519990>wait in the Duke's shadow; you want to listen in on this conversationLet's see if we can show Auriel that we aren't the monster that us eating Raziel made us out to be. Also, we are in Flint's shadow, not the Duke's.
>>24519990No point in provoking Auriel for the moment. Let's go down to the battlefield and get our murder on.
>>24519990>the woman throws you an subtle glance
>>24519990does the sky sever only attack us or an area around us?
>>24519990>>slip into the woman's shadow and escapeYes
>>24519990Get the fuck out of dodge. If we linger eventually she will spot us.
>>24519990>wait in the Duke's shadowAuriel's not stupid enough to try and wreck her own airship in a battle. I think we might be able to get away with this.Also let's file away Auriel using Shadow agents and her reaction to us accusing her of hypocrisy earlier under "Interesting Things to Remember".>>24519986>>24519977>>24519963>>24519984She's already actively tried to kill us. She's hostile to us, we'd be well within reason to be hostile right back.
>>24519990I'd like to listen to their conversation.
>>24520036see>>24519494>The duke shrugs, then turns away. "Shadow, stay close. I'll give you a bit of shelter. Though...if Auriel is around, we'll probably not be keeping you secret long.">You hop into the duke's shadow and go still.
>>24519990Let's help take out some mages.>slip into the woman's shadow
>>24519990send impreesion of us dropping down and doing what we can to aid the failing Kelvere lines
>>24520063how about when we don't need her help to defeat a giant demon thing
>>24519990stay in dukes shadow
>>24520066I meant that we should hop into Flint's shadow. Although I just now realized that Auriel didn't see us, and the shadow lady tried to get us out of here. Is it too late to retcon?
>>24520063Admittedly at the time we had just finished painfully eating the soul of her comrade.
>>24519990>Slip into the woman's shadow.
>>24520107I only just now got my shit together and understood what was going on. Yes let's get in shadow lady's shadow before shit get's crazy.
>>24520118Well, she did refuse to let us go in exchange for setting him free.
>>24519990Give the woman an impression of thanks for the save, and slip into her shadow. We can reveal ourselves in the battle later if need be, and hopefully Auriel isn't stupid enough to frown on an obvious ally.
>>24520104When we get the chance.>>24520118No, we did that after she attacked us.
>>24519990>slip into the woman's shadow and escapeWe should get out of here before Auriel decides it's shadow hunting season again.
>>24519990Lets go with the lady, but send Flint an impression that we're going with her.
>>24520043It attacks anything that has been separated from the ground (flying) for more than about a minute or so.------------------------------10 slip away3 linger in the duke's shadow because>>24520107changed his voteLocked in for slipping away. Writing...
>>24520142to be fair, she powered up her sword, THEN we ate hi, then she attacked
>>24520163>It attacks anything that has been separated from the ground (flying) for more than about a minute or so.I think the question was about the nature of that attack; barring us using our abilities as a shadow to shield someone we're carrying, is it targeted only at the flier or is it a small area-effect around them?We could use the latter to our advantage.
>>24520164She went all hostile on us, so we ate the hostage and went all hostile right back at her.
>>24520180my thoughts exactly, does the wind target us precicly or is it a wider area sorta wave/blade thing
>>24520192still proving we made the first move before she struck and missed. and if she had been more committed to hunting us down than she would have risked the sky sever instead of only just keeping on our trail
Out of curiosity, Shadow Master, you said that the skysever wiped out all the flying birds, wouldn't that mean that it in turn wiped out a lot of fruit bearing plants which rely on birds to spread, which in turn would have starved a far wider range of animal life which relies on said species of plant?
With the shadows crossing each other, you don't even have to move. You subtly -shift- from one to another.The woman is off with a leap. Her aura allows her to cruise out the hole in the glass, and then she drops precipitously. A buzz of lightning passes over you as you drop through the magic shielding of the airship, but it doesn't seem to mind things leaving as much as things going in.It's a bit of a trip back to the ground, and she isn't aiming to land right in the middle of enemy territory.You send her an impression of gratitude for her help. She doesn't respond.<What's your name?><I cannot tell you. What is yours?><...I am simply called Shadow,> you say. <But is a name so important you can't speak of it?>"It isn't important," she says. "I can't speak of it."<Why not?>Her mouth twitches, but her throat works, and she chokes the words off. She swallows, and remains silent.You're drifting slowly toward the east end of the Kelveren lines...What do you say to the woman, if anything?>write-in
>>24520227She broke negotiations, obviously with intent of hurting us. That's hostility.
>>24520227I have a feeling our unique body leaves us less susceptible to the sky sever, we are less tangible, her wings can be ripped off
>>24520202>>24520180Each individual is attacked. You can, however, use your power to protect anything you're carrying.Note that the more you protect in this manner, the more hits you have to take.
>>24520243<You are not a willing servant but a slave><I feel sorry for your position>
>>24520243<I apologize if this is a touchy subject, I realize after my actions in the engine room you must find me awful>
>>24520243Stoic silence.Mentally prepare for all the RIPPING AND TEARING that is about to happen.
>>24520243humm. do we see anything on her soul or a spell on her? we might be able to break it after this battle
Rolled 19>>24520243<I am not your enemy.>
>>24520243<How does a shadow mage come to be a servant of an angel?>
>>24520243For another time then.Our assault begins, lead onwards to where our efforts will bear the most fruit.
>>24520243<I would not have expected the angels to accept a shadow mage as one of their servants>Make it clear that it's a question
>>24520277I like this
>>24520304Sure, this one.
>>24520243<Perhaps all humans carry secrets. My apologies for asking, but know I am on your side and will assist you.>
>>24520314i'll third>>24520277>>24520316and some combination
>>24520243I think she might be speaking literally; perhaps she really can't speak it, rather than that she won't.<I think I may have misunderstood. Can you literally not speak of it? What could cause such a thing, if you can say?>
>>24520241Yes.The ecosystem was damaged by the Sky-Sever; it resulted in exactly what you've stated. This didn't spell doom, but did harmfully decrease the genetic diversity of forests. The Spirit Blight circa 560 A.E. (After Elementomachy) unleashed by Archon upon the Empire of the Light took advantage of this to wipe out huge amounts of forestland in an attempt to cripple their economy. That's why there aren't any forests south of the Great Forest, aside from the swamp, but that region resisted the blight better as it still held different species of trees.The angels responded quickly, however. Earth and water mages, which had been greatly suppressed and controlled in the empire, were brought out en-masse to turn the decaying forests into farmland around The Tairns. This provided the foundation for Arland's population growth and eventually rebellion against Archon.As a result, earth and water mages are not as openly despised and hated as are shadow and spirit because they find practical use. People see earth mages helping farmers and don't feel bad about it. People see water mages healing people and are willing to look past old memories.Shadow and Spirit are pretty much synonymous with boogiemen, necromancers, vampires, undead, etc.Well, that's enough for one post.
>>24520375I see.You've really thought this through, or you're very good at making up historical facts on the fly.Either way I'm impressed.
>>24520420I'd be inclined to believe the latter, since Shadow Master seems quite capable of playing Xanatos Speed Chess, but someone in a previous thread pointing out that in our memories of the dragon and the elf, there were birds.
>>24520375>implying SM hasn't written backstory for everything and isn't a god damn mastermind
>>24520375so we ARE the boogieman, it all makes sence now
>>24520444>What if that memory was from before the Skysever.
>>24520444>>24520420It's probably some combination, which is how every good DM/GM/QM does it.>>24520243It seems that everyone has very similar responses to this. I like that. I like that out of this marble block that was possibility, our character is finally showing through the sculpting.
>>24520463>>What if that memory was from before the Skysever.
----------------------------------<I'm surprised the angels have a shadow mage as a servant.>The woman says nothing.<I think I may have misunderstood,> you continue. <Can you literally not speak of it? What could cause such a thing, if you can say?>The woman says nothing, and makes no indication either way. She doesn't even look at you.You feel confident in your assessment. <You are not a willing servant, but a slave.>The woman's throat convulses. She looks at you. But she says nothing.You bend your senses toward her...but you feel nothing. No locks or chains, no light holding her back. She feels......empty.Like a demon.The thought bothers you in the extreme.You're approaching the ground rapidly. You glance at her. <You can't tell me your name?>Her lips snarl back over her teeth. Breath forced out her mouth stops, stutters. But she says nothing.<Know I am not your enemy.>"This I can acknowledge," the woman says. "How will you fight? I would know before we land."Well...>support the woman from her shadow>stay separated and distract the foes she fights>take the lead, have her support you>you fight from the air and spot targets, she fights on the ground>some other strategy
>>24520497What if? It is
>>24520505>support the woman from her shadow
>>24520505Fighting from the air seems like a bad idea; that'd make us a huge target. She's going to target the mages. I think we should slip between shadows and help with that, but not necessarily stay in her shadow. We should take the lead on the mages, so that they don't all concentrate on her.
>>24520505>>support the woman from her shadowjust in case an angel happens to look down
>>24520505We do what we do best. Lurk her shadow and support her
>>24520509Did you not see the picture?Did you not see me pointing that out to the person who actually said that?>>24520505>take the lead, have her support youWe have just upgraded to be a lot more powerful physically, and besides, frontally attacking will give us a lot more of an ability to CONSUME our enemies. Besides, she's already shown that she's best as a fighter at the enemies' flanks, not their fronts.
>>24520533I'd like to have an angel look down and see us tearing up the opposing side. Better to have at least some of them start grudgingly acknowledging us rather than hating us.
>>24520505>support the woman from her shadowI don't want to reveal our true form and have the gunners on the airship mistake us for a demon and bombard us.
>>24520505>take the lead, have her support you
>>24520505Support her from her shadow. If she can control that kind of magic it could increase immensely if we could combine the power together
>>24520535That's also what she does best, and we're a little less specialized.>>24520533>just in case an angel happens to look downHow the fuck is the angel, who couldn't see us when looking directly, going to see us in the middle of a battle? Unless of course we're going FULL BADASS on enemy mages, in which case she can suck it.
Rolled 12>>24520505Take the lead. We need to CONSUME more..
>>24520554Not sure why that would make us look less like an enemy. More dangerous, sure, but we appear allied with the duke, who is already suspected of working against her faction.
>>24520505>>support the woman from her shadow<I have a disagreement with our "mutual friend," I think it best I take guard, young miss>
>>24520505<how would you like us to? Would you prefer direct assistance, distraction, flanking or separate targets?><I know I can be a good distraction... it certainly demoralized and scared off their reserves at Jacobs Field...>
<Do you have an opinion?>"...staying together would give us a stronger defense. Moving apart would allow us to do more damage, and we would reduce the risk of getting in one anothers' way. But we run the risk of being cut off if the enemy surrounds us.">so far staying in her shadow and supporting her is winning. Does this change any minds?
>>24520640A shadow does not get in the way
>>24520640Stay together. It's a big battle and one or both of us could easily be pwn'd if we got separated and surrounded.
>>24520505Take the lead.We just bought a bunch of physical upgrades, so let's tear some shit up.
I'd rather her lead. I'd rather her die than us.
>>24520640>Does this change any minds?I get the feeling that it should. >>24520680Exactly
You've chosen to support her from her shadow.Roll 1d100 for to extend your landing gear.
Rolled 100>>24520713Boeing inc.
>>24520727Quick, nobody roll!
Rolled 41>>24520727LANDING SUCCESSFUL CAPTAIN
>>24520713HAHATIME FOR DEATHDEALING
>>24520727That was fast. Congrats on the 100
Rolled 90>>24520727Oh my.
>>24520727done.>>24520713Cue Dynamic Entry Explosion
>>24520727welp. we are BEST LANDING GEAR!!!
>>24520752>quoting a 100>continuing to roll>rolling 90
>>24520727I think this means we do a triple barrel roll, ending in a mass CONSUMPTION of Kanian soldiers.
Rolled 98>>24520773Pressing the luck? I shall continue to do so!
>>24520727Man, the dice gods are smiling tonight.
>>24520727Death from above, I love it.Also my captcha: sunsec shadow
>>24520786I think the barrel is empty now.
>>24520786Fuck me, you glorious asshole.
>>24520805Makes it easier to roll.
>>24520762I find it hilarious that we had to roll for landing gear in the first place.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9ehcpw_DpE<I'll stay in your shadow. Move as you will. I'll watch your back.>"Alright. Get ready." She cruises down toward the first Kanian unit at the edge of the U-shape - although now it has a hefty bulge in it where the Velarion helped. "We're going to help the Kelverens bend back out before they're overwhelmed. We need to take out the flank in its entirety."<Understood.>She lessens her aura, and your speed increases. Soon, you're whistling toward three mages at the core of the first Kanian spear squad. She flies like an arrow, arms tucked at her sides; you flap behind her like a shadowy cape, tucked into her aura."I take left and center." She shouts so you can hear over the air. "You get right!"You extends her arms with knives ready. Like a hawk, she plunges toward her chosen targets. You let go of her and the two of you separate.Her knives slash out. Shadow crackles against magical barriers, then cuts through. The heads of her two targets fall to the ground. Her aura pulls her up short, and she rolls down to a stop.You lever your aura in front of you as a single spear and fly toward your target. You burst through his magical shield like a hot knife through butter, and bore through his chest. Blood explodes past you, and you roll to a stop next to your......partner.The corpse of the mage suddenly missing his heart and most of his lungs thumps to the ground. Before anyone around you can react, you spin, Lashing out with physical attacks. Unprepared spearmen are caught by your Claws. You sever arms, cleave legs, and dig through leather armor.The woman is a whirling dervish of knives and shadow. The spearmen are faster to pinpoint her - but only because she's lifted her stealthy cloud and turned it into a weapon. It stabs and strikes along with her blades, a third and fourth arm seemingly reacting to her thoughts.
>>24520859Quickly consume the mage, and then move on to the next mage. And pay close attention to the woman, both because she might need help and because we might learn something by emulating her skill with shadow.
>>24520859It's not long before you're fighting within a ring of corpses. The grass, churned to mud by the battle, is slick with blood and innards. The enemy stops coming.>you've gained 3 EXPThe Kelvere lines are pushing foward. A blast of magic several yards away takes out a group of spearmen. Without their magical core, they're totally vulnerable."We need to move on," the woman says. "Dangerous to linger, when you're a shadow."What is your response?>Ok. (move on, hop into her shadow)>Ok. Let's fight separately. (move on, follow her)>Ok. Follow me. (move on, take the lead)>wait, I want to CONSUME----------------HP: 20/25Mana: 0/4EXP: 3Humanity: 24Temerity: 23
>>24520903So much second they should call me Number 2.Pic related
>>24520859Awww yeah, that's one hell of a dynamic entry.
>>24520916Welp, we certainly fucked shit up. Let's try to strike out on our own towards another bubble of mages - if we get lucky we can consume a couple and then blow up the rest with magic.
>>24520916>>wait, I want to CONSUMELet the FEAST begin
>>24520916I would follow her advice and move on. Climb back in to her shadow
>>24520916this >>wait, I want to CONSUMEthen this >Ok. Follow me. (move on, take the lead)
>>24520916>>wait, I want to CONSUME>Ok. (move on, hop into her shadow)Send impressions into the armies as we move, inspiring for our side and terror for the enemies
>>24520916Don't bother consuming most of them, but eat the mage and then quickly move on. If possible, drag him along while heading towards the next mage.
>>24520916Go back into her shadow and move on. Consuming isn't necessary right now, we have good enough hp.
>>24520916<These corpses.I hunger. It won't take long.>Just the mages, though. We hardly have time to eat all the faceless mooks. Unless we do?
>>24520916If she won't wait for us to consume the dying, I suppose we should hop back into her shadow.
>>24520916>Ok. (move on, hop into her shadow)i like sending images to both side, victory for our side and fear for their side
>>24520916>>Ok. (move on, hop into her shadow)We've a war to win. We'll consume some live mages later.
>>24520916>>24520957>>24520965>>24520991agree, lets turn the tides
due to our speed, should we not be able to catch up to her after our snack?so long as we know the next target, we could have a race!Though fighting the same Targets is key, so if the above is not plausable, then FULL SPEED ON THE RAPE TRAIN!!!
You grab the corpse of the mage you punctured. <Energy.>The woman's lips twitch, but she says nothing before starting off at a quick run. You lope behind her as best you can while you acidify the body of the mage...------------------------>you've gained 2 EXP (5 total)>you've gained 4 HP (24/25)>you've gained 2 temerity (25 total)HP: 24/25Mana: 0/4EXP: 5Humanity: 24Temerity: 25--------------------------An idea strikes you. You should use your Impressions to raise the morale of the duke's troops...Roll 1d100After this, you'll be hopping into her shadow.
Rolled 27>>24521097Squad Moral Restored!
Rolled 63>>24521097Accidentally make them all shit themselves. Do it.
Rolled 55>>24521097Rolling for pictures of Mr. Rogers in a bloodstained sweater.
Rolled 29>>24521097Oh boy here we go.
Rolled 95>>24521097time to makes some friends
Rolled 19>>24521097Everybody gettin scurred
Rolled 89>These rolls.
With 5 EXP, I'd suggest we get the first level of Magic Power. Hopefully it comes with a bit of magic regeneration.
>>24521233I'd rather save for shiva.
>>24521126>>24521117>>24521110>>24521097You send the approaching Kelvere troops images of victory - raising their flag back over the lost fortifications, driving the Kanians into a rout.You throw other images at the Kanians ahead of you - the army being driven back. A retreat under heavy fire, and men dying in awful explosions. A magical curse eating away at their skin.You hear few cries of triumph from the Kelverens, and see little fear on the looks of the Kanian spearmen. The area around you is obviously in the duke's favor, but it doesn't seem as if you've had much effect."...you can speak in images, and feelings" the woman states.<Yes.>"Did you try to do something just now? I felt it."<I tried to encourage the Kelverens and discourage the Kanians...it doesn't seem to have worked well.>"Too much battle," she says simply.A tiny point, but an important one, apparently. Drained and exhausted, perhaps they're just too into what they're doing to be frightened or pumped any further.You hop into the woman's shadow.She runs toward another group of mages - two, this time. One of them seems to be focusing on defense. The other one is lobbing balls of fire at the Kelverens.Some nasty memories crop up in your head."...you aren't quiet," she says. "Distract them. I'll finish them off."What do you do?>accept her plan and become the bait>refuse, you're too vulnerable alone if you get bogged down
>>24521259we buy quiet and prove her wrong
>>24521259Neither: take the lead on these two, not because we're vulnerable, but because we can do better than acting as bait.
>>24521259>accept her plan and become the baitLet's use mimic to look like S.M.'s pic here >>24517289
>>24521259>accept her plan and become the baitShe took the heads off 2 mages. I wanna see what she got/>>24521255Seconded. Shiva is brutal as fuck.
>>24521259Mimic the shape of one of our guys and "sneak" up on them, as if to make them think they are being flanked.
>>24521259Lets go with her plan, try to scare them enough to cower in fear or at least lower their defenses.
we use our GREAT STRENGTH to throw soldiers at them. Magic Shield meet Joe Smit the Kanian Mook!
>>24521259Go with her plan, but be less of a "bait" distraction and more of an "AAAAH GET IT OFF OF ME" distraction.
<My distraction might kill them before you get there.>You put on a burst of speed sprint ahead.You decide to:>intimidate them with Impressions>throw a soldier at them>lash attackRoll 1d100, 9 rolls required.
Rolled 34>>24521386>throw a soldierI like our style
Rolled 78>>24521386>>throw a soldier at themSo mad we hit dudes with other dudes
Rolled 79>>24521386>tfw nobody likes my idea
>>24521386I invoke the power of my cupcakes.
Rolled 89>>24521386Throw soldiers at them!
Rolled 53For that 9th.
>>24521455Consider the cupcakes invoked.
>>24521394>>24521400>>24521401You blast an Impression at the two men - getting their faces immolated by fire as they're stabbed by spears from every direction.The mage on defense jerks in surprise, but the other mage looks over at you immediately. A fireball flares your way!You're fast enough to dodge before it hits. A gout of fire throws up a cloud of earth at your backside, but you're unharmed.>>24521403>>24521404>>24521411With the fire mage trained on you, you can't just run at him.So you stab a claw through a nearby spearman and lift him bodily into the air. You throw the squirming, screaming man at the two mages.The mage on defense raises his hands. A wall of rock rises up out of the ground, shielding him from the flying spearman.The spearman's head collides with the wall, snapping his neck at an ugly angle. But his body is forced by, and he slams into the fire mage!The fire mage drops his fireball. The rock wall contains the explosion in a smaller space! You can hear the screams rising high and sharp.>>24521414>>24521420>>24521433You arrive on the scene. The fire mage is still alive - relatively protected from his own magic - but the earth mage is a blackened corpse. The man flinches at your presence. He flings a hand at you, shooting a thin beam of fire toward you.But he's dazed, and you're too fast. The fire burns a line in the mud behind you, and in a moment, you're on top of him, ripping at his face!Do you CONSUME the mage(s)?Vote y/n
>>24521565Kill him first.
>>24521565CONSUME is always an option.Right now, CONSUME is the only option.CONSUME.
>>24521565consume only if we won't get more temerity
>>24521565We don't have any particular reason to, at least not while they're alive. There's more noms to be had in the near future, and these guys don't deserve a painful death. Besides, we don't want SHITLOADS of temerity.
>>24521565we don't really need to do we
>>24521617We likely would.>>24521619Yup.
>>24521565Of course we CONSUME them. Any good hunter should always eat his kills.
>>24521619Let me clarify. Let's slit their throats, CONSUME quickly, and then move on. Be professional.
>>24521617There's always a chance of earning temerity from CONSUME.Max random values depend on target of consumption.
>>24521565Yea sure, eat his face off.
>>24521627It gives more xp
>>24521565>Do you CONSUMEWhen do we not CONSUME?(Do you even CONSUME, brah?)
>>24521644Squats and CONSUME. Gets you ripped.
>>24521565Just consume one of them so we get up to full HP again.
>>24521666ripped you say?
>>24521565The majority want to CONSUME.Roll 1d100>First action: do more damage to mage, possibly killing him>Second action: if he's still alive, rolls determine consumption effectiveness
Rolled 77>>24521565Yes consume
>>24521682We're at 24 of 25.
>>24521666Tell me, is there an ability that lets us turn into Zyzz somewhere down the line?
>>24521565we don't really need the health, no.
>>24518422Since when do we have Eyes?
>>24521707We already have Great Strength and Mimic. We could be Zyzz now.
Rolled 93>>24521694The power!
>caring if we have high temerity
Rolled 94>>24521694dice+1d100 goes in all fields.
>>24521738We do need to have a balance between our instinct and our ideals. Otherwise we cannot successfully 'Third Option'...
>>24521732>sighHabits. It's difficult not to write as if you're a person. Ignore it when it happens, you don't really have eyes. Should have been "you wince away" or "you shield your gaze", etc.
High temerity AND high humanity are ideal, I think. We can be seen as a benevolent protector, a loyal companion in the darkness, a comfort to those in need, and a boon to all...But if you're standing in our way instead, we'll use your eyes and testicles to practice juggling, then reach into your lungs and devour them from the inside out.
Rolled 29>>24521694>>24521736>>24521755Two nice rolls for the consume action; here's the third, hope it doesn't bring down the average.
Rolled 31>>24521833>>24521793>>24521738It's pretty meta to be managing these attributes...I mean, CONSUMING so far has only ever been good for us. We're yet to see a single bad thing happen when we CONSUME. Ergo, IC, we would try to CONSUME as much as possible because all we know is that it feels goooood.
>>24521871Even in the very beginning, we felt and overcame impulses to consume. And we felt like we might lose control if we didn't. I think we have a reasonable amount of trepidation here about losing that feeling that keeps us thinking about our friends.
>>24521871and become something that only relies on instinct and turn feral like Flint feared we were
>>24517289>First time to be late for Shadow Quest.DAMMIT, NOW I MUST READ LIKE THE WIND!
>>24521871touche, though we only started CONSUMEing once it was explained that 'Corruption' was not the literal definition of Corruption, so it was kinda meta to begin with...
>>24521721>>24521724>>24521736The fire mage gets another flame-shot off, striking you in the side. But with his concentration on the shadowy thing ripping his nose off, it doesn't do much damage.>you take 2 damage (22/25 HP)You latch onto the mage's soul. Exhausted, bleeding, and confused, he yields easily. You consume him without much struggle, and then you pick away the corpse of his friend, too.>you've gained 3 HP (25/25 HP)>you've gained 2 mana (2/4)>you've gained 2 EXP (7 total)A flare of Water makes you turn to the side. A water mage you didn't sense has cast a spell while you ate! A storm of ice spears flies toward you!Roll 1d100
>>24521890>>24521793exactly, before we consumed for survival but lately we have been doing it for the hell of it
Rolled 52>>24521914>>24521923So close!
>>24521923>>24521925>>24521926ill take it
>>24521923Yeah, we've got this.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WX_4FNoto4
>>24521923Oh my. The killing spree continues.
Rolled 95>>24521914>7 ExpBUY BARRIER OF DARKNESS, WE WILL NEED IT
Rolled 21>>24521957Nah. Save out for 3 more. Shiva time!
Rolled 97>>24521914>>24521957>BARRIER OF DARKNESSThat might be a good idea since we are facing mages
Rolled 62>>24521914Just another kill or two and we get shiva.
Still advocating Magic Power.Or failing that, Replicate and Quiet.
>>24521957>>24521972but Barrier of Darkness is a mostly Physical defense with minor buff in Magical...voting to hold out for Shiva
This is entirely too meta, but I'm tempted to grab Bind and start exploring that section of the ability map, trying to find the other prerequisite to Fast Regeneration.
>>24521914Minor typo on the ability map: "Regneration" should say "Regeneration".
Rolled 88>>24521988>>24521996Yes, it will give us +HP AND +Magic resist to ALL elements.In a war like now, I believe that it will help us alot.
>>24521833i'm ok with this but after this battle we are going to have to cut down on the CONSUME to bring our humanity back up
>>24522027>>24521972High rolls make this true, I vote for it.
Voting against Barrier of Darkness; it's a leaf on the ability tree, and doesn't lead to anything more useful.
>>24522076Being hard to kill is pretty useful in and of itself.
>>24522076>it's a leaf on the ability tree, and doesn't lead to anything more useful.Don't be shortsighted.
>>24521926>>24521925>>24521923You throw yourself to the side and evade the spikes of ice. They thump into the ground beside you, burying themselves halfway into the mud.The water mage raises his hands, and the ice springs back into the air under his command. They swivel to face you! You rise up, ready to run...And then they collapse back to the ground. You blink, then turn. A knife is buried in the mage's neck. The body is kicked forward. The woman wipes her blade on the corpse.You sprint over. She gives you a look. "We're in the middle of a battlefield. Control yourself."<Thank you for helping me. I will do so.>She nods, then looks around. The intense magical fighting is actively avoided by the normal troops, so you've got a bit of space.You're higher toward the hill on which the Kanian core is camped. With two major magical ballasts gutted, the entire eastern flank of their offensive has started to collapse. Even as you watch the Kelverens surge forward, turning the U into an L.A rumble cuts the air. Streams of light and lightning leap from the airship. Fire and earth is spat into the air as the Velarion crushes the western flank. Kelvere's comeback is at hand."Shall we continue?"<We shall.>She begins to move, then stops. "...something is coming."You can see it rise from the ground clearly. A golem - two golems. Three. Then five.When the spell is fully unleashed, ten two-story earth golems pound across the ground toward the Kelvere lines. Their arms end in angry, irregular morning stars of rock and metal. When they hit the Kelveren lines..."Let's go," the woman says immediately.<Should we coordinate with the Kelvere mages?>"I don't -coordinate- with anyone. Are you coming, or do I fight alone?"What is your response?
>>24522104<Let's go. I've fought golems before.>
>>24522104Go with her
>>24522104>GolemsSuddenly Barrier of Darkness seems great, let's buy it and go.
>>24522120Sheconding.Also, we need to not consume as much in the middle of the open battlefield apparently. It could get us killed, or WORSE, disapproval from shadowlady.
>>24522104I got a feeling she'll lead us into a mass of enemy troops and angel lady up there casts a big spell and we're collateral damage
<We should assist the mages, if their lines fall the battle is lost>
>>24522137>or WORSE, disapproval from shadowladKeep yer waifuing in your pants.
>>24522137The thing is, while we might be injured we can always escape via supersonic any non-instagib.And any enemy we consume is more XP which means more power.We should consume every mage we kill. We should have consumed the water mage's corpse.And we should decide what to spend XP on next, we are already at 7XP
>>24522137You need to get your priorities straight.Worse yet, it might make us struggle to hold onto our humanity.
>>24522155>or WORSE, disapproval from shadowlad>shadowladFreudian quoting?
>>24522104I have fought golems before, kill the earth mage controlling them and they just stop.(maybe we should spend XP on sensor augmentations to try and locate more enemy mages?)
>>24522137Fuck you, waifuer. Go try to ruin a different quest
remember guys Humanity=Goodwe like being good right
>>24522104<I'll distract them, find the mage(s) controlling them and cut off the source>
>>24522156The major choices are Barrier and shiva with a small dip on Magic power.Personally I find Barrier is the one that will benefit us the most right now for reasons that >>24522027 said.
I strongly suggest we get Shadow Walk. The ability to move from shadow to shadow in a battle means we can rapidly move through enemy ranks without being detected. stealth combat becomes practical.
>>24522160The "Humanity" is also misleading.CONSUMING them gets us more attuned to our base instincts, while Humanity is more empathy and a better grasp on the finer and more subtle emotions than anything.Giving in to our base instincts won't make us evil, or even a dick, it just means we would be less subtle with our intentions and have a harder time grasping human emotions.
>>24522189Massively increased killing power is also good to have in war.Shiva2013
>>24522183No it is not.Humanity = paragon (helps in diplomacy)Temerity = renegate (helps in intimidate)And shadow master promised that neither will ever alter our own choices or actions. Rather, very high temerity and very low humanity would make it harder to convince someone we are nice and not a demon.
>>24522194also seconding this, we have been neglecting our stealth lately
>>24522183No, it's not.Humanity=EmpathyTemerity=Instinct.Neither is more important than the other.Without one we would either be a savage, or a dull sword.
>>24522212>Massively increased killing powerShiva is just allowing us to make more physical attacks per turn, doesn't it?
>>24522222shadow walk and shadow control>>24522217forth>>24522104
>>24522211so you want our Shadow to be autistic ?
>>24522173>>24522155Wasn't trying to waifu. The Shadow falling love would be fucking stupid as he is not even human. However, we've shown a strong sense of loyalty to our friends, and has been mentioned several times before, we instinctively "like" this person. We don't want to dissappoint our friends, and it's in character to not want to. Control your rage.>>24522222Stealth in the middle of combat? That's the most delicious idea I've ever heard of? Also, I know it doesn't matter here, but nice quints.
>>24522187They are being distracted by the an entire army.We need to BOTH find and kill the mages controlling them
>>24522246Go be a waifu apologist somewhere else
>>24522245You want our Shadow to lack any killing edge?
>>24522183>we like being good rightI find that rather negotiable.The living taste yummy, and most of the supposed servants of good in these lands seem to hate us on first sight.
>>24522254yes, but nothing gets someones attention like a shadow flying around a golem
>>24522266pic related>>24522275It's like you haven't even been reading past threads.
>>24522273if it means not being autistic then yes.
>>24522275We've got a strong sense of justice, and it may put us at odds with those who claim to be good but show hypocrisy in their actions. We're definitely not Lawful, but we're steering more or less towards Good.
>>24522305soo neutral good, with some chaotic actions...
>>24522299>A waifuing tripfag that constantly posts "stop that shit" reaction imagesMaybe YOU should stop that shit. Mainly the waifuing; the rest is somewhat tolerable.
>>24522245Increasing temerity does not decrease humanity.So far whenever given a choice between the two we chose humanity.But there is no reason to avoid temirty when there is no "humanity" to be acquired.>>24522194>I strongly suggest we get Shadow Walk. The ability to move from shadow to shadow in a battle means we can rapidly move through enemy ranks without being detected. stealth combat becomes practical.Doesn't work that way. I suggested this myself a many threads ago and shadow master EXPLICITLY stated this is NOT how it works. It increases stealth and allows us to SLOWLY move from shadow to shadow, but moving fast breaks stealth.
<Of course I'm coming. Do we aim for the source?>"Yes." Her face goes grim. "Don't underestimate the Kelverens. Looks like someone's coming to compete."You can feel the rapidly approaching star of Auriel. And she's carrying something - another star, smothered. Flint. And a crackle of lightning - the duke. They land near the center of the Kelvere lines, where four of the golems have almost reached.A storm of lightning appears at their landing point. You watch, amazed, as a new golem arises. A -lightning- golem. It's as pure energy, golden lines making the framework of a tall, spindly creature. While not as study-looking, the lightning golem has twice the height and a greater reach than the earth golems. You can feel the duke controlling his magical creation from the Kelvere lines.Just before the golems clash, another barrage of fire erupts from the Velarion, tearing through the golems like rice paper. Three of them explode in a torrent of light and lightning; another loses an arm. But that still leaves six that are unharmed.From within the cloud of shadow, darkness swirls..."We don't have time to stand and watch! Come!"You run after the woman, keeping an eye on the dome of darkness.<Can you feel that?>"The demon lord is preparing something. Be on your guard."con't
>>24522323>tripfag>has no triplurk moar, newfag
>>24522305>We've got a strong sense of justice, and it may put us at odds with those who claim to be good but show hypocrisy in their actionsWe are chaotic good.The angels are lawful-stupid
>>24522299>It's like you haven't even been reading past threads.I've been lobbying for a more morally vague course of action since the start.
>>24522327...wait I thought we got like 5 votes for>>24522187
>>24522327Am I the only one temped to save for Schattenkrieg and then supersonic slam into the demon lord?
>>24522325>Doesn't work that way. I suggested this myself a many threads ago and shadow master EXPLICITLY stated this is NOT how it works. It increases stealth and allows us to SLOWLY move from shadow to shadow, but moving fast breaks stealth.To clarify, you can run between shadows if you'd like, but running makes more noise...which would negate the stealth bonus of shadow walk.
>>24522351whatever I doesn't really matter anyway
>>24522356Well there's a way to fix that. ... Buy Quiet as well!>>24522354That actually sounds like a superb idea. Maybe we should save our exp until we really need to take a course of action such as this.
>>24522356>but running makes more noise...which would negate the stealth bonus of shadow walk.Yeah and besides, we already using the FemEzio Bus to move.
isn't the battle noisy enough that it could hide any excess noise of shadow walk?
>>24522354>Body slam the thing that took on 2 angels at once and still took a chunk of them with itYeah, I think you're the only one.
>>24522351This is still happening. Patience.
>>24522354I can get behind this
>>24522374>That actually sounds like a superb idea. Maybe we should save our exp until we really need to take a course of action such as this.Re-tard-ed
>>24522378Of course. I'm speaking in generalities.
>>24522393>>24522382Yeah, I don't like it.
We should go after the mages controlling the golems immediately.Whoever makes the archive entries should use proper tags this time.I think we really neglected our spirit abilities. We have fought many creatures controlled from afar and I think spirit would be the right path to sever those links.Right now barrier of darkness is the best ability. We should buy Iron Stomach soon however. We have had very good rolls when consuming things that fight back so far but our luck won't last.Wild consuming of everything is not the way to go. I like growth as much as the next dude but centring our mode of operations on "CONSUME everything hostile" will change Shadow's personality. Of course what the suggesters decide would still be done but Shadow Master doesn't ask for our opinion on every single social or other interaction. I don't want base urges to have that much of an effect on our protag.
>>24522356I figure that won't be much of a problem on a battlefield, as they don't tend to be all that quiet to begin with.
>>24522393???If we desperately need to stealth through the army, then we'll buy shadow walk and quiet. If we need to schattenkrieg, then we'll schattenkrieg. Control your insults.
>>24522410>Whoever makes the archive entries should use proper tags this time.>I think we really neglected our spirit abilities. We have fought many creatures controlled from afar and I think spirit would be the right path to sever those links.>Right now barrier of darkness is the best ability. We should buy Iron Stomach soon however. We have had very good rolls when consuming things that fight back so far but our luck won't last.Seconding.
>>24522354Nah. I'd rather let Auriel take on the Demon Lord, and then move in and kill the wounded survivor.
>>24522419Schttenkrieg isn't the thing I'm insulting. I'm insulting the plan to use it to bodyslam a demon lord.Retarded. Absolutely retarded.
>>24522327I would say Barrier of Darkness gets my vote.
>>24522426but seconding the part where we should not CONSUME everything hostile...
>>24522446>Retarded. Absolutely retarded.How so? We'd deal shitloads of damage, and can then zip back out to rinse and repeat. Besides that, it's got to stun him for a short period of time at least.
>>24522451Yeah, especially since we almost let ourselves get wasted by the ice mage while we were busy eating his bros.We should leave CONSUME for either particularly powerful foes, or for times when we have a safe moment to dine.
>>24522471>shitloads of damageTo it and ourselves, and guess who is more resilient at the moment?
>>24522471He is talking about the fact that trying to ran the Demon Lord might deal more damage to us than him.
basically we consume mages, demons and other magical entities. The soldiers we can pass on.
>>24522481exactly, we can heal with regeneration unless its dire
>>24522471>Herf derf bodyslam the thing that can take on two strong angels at the same time and put up a fight what could go wrong lol
>>24522410>but centring our mode of operations on "CONSUME everything hostile" will change Shadow's personality.1. Its a battle and we are underpowered, we need to consume to save lives.2. If you are talking about temerity then we were explicitly told it wont.3. If you are talking about merely how our justifications for things alter the protagonists personality, well all we have to do is THINK about it and come to a consensus on WHY we are doing. Not out of hunger but because we need the power to protect our friends (cheese TM)
God i'm tired, but I have to stay up to throw my vote in to keep dummies from CONSUMING everything that looks at shadow the wrong way
>>24522471I think a lot of the people in this quest have this problem where they think we're already a Big Fish.We are not a Big Fish. We got really fucking lucky when we took on Dickiel, and that still almost ended badly. Don't underestimate a fucking demon lord.
You sprint off alongside the woman. Her path puts you on a collision course with a golem on the eastern flank.The lightning elemental has engaged three of the earth elementals. The hulking giants exchange ground-rocking blows. The lightning elemental is faster, but it's surrounded. Every strike carries a surge of magic across the plain.You're only yards from your target.<I'll distract the golem. Find the mage.>"Understood. Don't die."<I won't. I still have to tell you what I fight for.>The woman's lips curl up in a very tiny smile. And then she's away, sprinting, sped by her shadows. You reach the golem.It's aware of your presence. A huge hand begins to move!Roll 1d100 for you distractingnessafying.
>>24522524I said it would be awesome not that I think we could take him on a fair 1v1 fight.
>>24522524>I think a lot of the people in this quest have this problem where they think we're already a Big Fish.>We are not a Big Fish.This x1000. We should be trying to max our defense and stealth right now before augmenting our power.
luckily we bought all those armor piercing effects
Rolled 81>>24522532VoidBearer is worse than MrTT.I didn't think I'd ever see the day that I could say someone is worse than MrTT.
>>24522495>>24522485It has the POSSIBILITY of dealing SOME damage. Also, we aren't going to be the only ones fighting that fucker, unless we eat Auriel or the dynamo, in which case we could Schattenkrieg without risk anyways. It's risky, but then it is also a very effective way of initiating the battle against him.
>>24522451Some guidelines for consumption:>It should always be an option but never be the only thing on our mind>Diplomacy is great, only consume or fight things if you really need to. (This is aimed at those voting to attack Raziel)>Only consume if it is really worth it (powerful artifacts or creatures, you have no other way to destroy something)>Don't let yourself be distracted by the urge to CONSUME. Eg: don't consume mages while another tries to attack you from behind.
Rolled 21>>24522532This is going to hurt...
Rolled 87>>24522532Oh boy...
>>24522571True dat, brutha. True dat.
Rolled 18>>24522532Rolling>>24522571Okay. If you're going to call me something, at least explain why, and in what way.
>>24522532This would be the PERFECT time to get Barrier of Darkness.
Rolled 77>>24522615Yeah, can we get so that we can stop arguing about it?
If I may make a statement:I left you a fairly obvious 'out' with Raziel because I didn't think it was fair to sic unavoidable plot on you without an escape hatch of some kind.You know exactly where the demon lord is. You've known about him for some time. You know how strong he is. You still agreed to go back with Flint and fight in this battle because of "muh justice".That's fine; that's the character. I can buy the reasoning. But if you run headlong to your death, you will not be saved by the power of love and friendship. I will kill you.
>>24522615Agreed, get it now just in case it hurts,
>>24522578Aww man, don't be a downer.So long as we have the rolls to back it up, we can do just about anything!I mean, unless we eat something poisonous there don't seem to be any bad effects - temerity is really being blown out of proportion.We'll save an orphanage or something later anyway.
>>24522578I do not agree with>Only consume if it is really worth itThat's just retarded, Consume is our nature, our INSTINCT, it is how we grow stronger, and there won't always be a convenient artifact to eat to bridge the gap between boss battles or major conflict.You fuckers can't get it through your heads that Temerity =/= Bad and that if we don't eat we are going to become weak.I'm not saying we should CONSUME everything and anything, but there are always evil things out there, always beasts that would ravage us that we have to put back into their place on the food chain, in our stomach, and in our essence.
>>24522608You want to know why? See >>24522625>But if you run headlong to your death, you will not be saved by the power of love and friendship. I will kill you.
Rolled 95>>24522625>you will not be saved by the power of love and friendship. I will kill youI have so much platonic love for you right now
Rolled 38>>24522635>So long as we have the rolls to back it up, we can do just about anything!>/tg/>have to rely on the diceNOPE.
>>24522641Temerity definitely isn't bad. However, I'd like to avoid letting it outpace Humanity.
>>24522625Yeah I'm all for letting Angel-Lady be the one to go against the Demon.We can watch and eat the leftovers!That sort of thing seems to be doing well for us thus far.
>>24522641agreed, however in a battle like this only those who give us a subtantial amount of XP should be consumed, mages, and other magic laden beings.
>>24522625>But if you run headlong to your death, you will not be saved by the power of love and friendship. I will kill you.Careful there buddy. That's the kinda talking that imploded BFQ.
>>24522650case and point people, time to leave it
>>24522625I can't speak for others, but I wasn't planning on charging at the demon on our own, especially as weak as we are right now. However Schattenkrieg seems like, if we used while working in concert with a firing airship, a pissed angel, skilled shadow and lightning mages, and a paladin, we could do some serious damage, with some backup to cover our asses. It's also not what I definitively want to do, I would much rather find another to take the demon lord down.
>>24522641Exactly.>>24522625I don't think anyone actually suggested we go 1v1 vs him.Just some misunderstanding/misinterpretations.
>>24522641We also grow stronger just by killin shit. And no one is saying Temerity is bad, just that we want to balance it with Humanity, and right now it's starting to increase too rapidly
>>24522664>I wasn't planning on charging at the demon on our ownYou lying fuck. You just spent several posts talking about your massive boner for charging right into the thing with Schattenkrieg.
>>24522641these are the people why I have to stay up so late, so my vote cancels out theirs.
>>24522676>no one is saying Temerity is badAre you kidding? Several poeple have in fact, literally said "Temerity = Evil">>24522682Which doesn't mean alone.
----------------------------------You try to stop and turn, but the golem's arm slams into you from the side. Earth magic rocks through your aura. You land on your feet, but you can feel the blow, heavy and hard as steel.>you've taken 4 damage (21/25 HP)The golem is raising a foot to squash you like a bug!Roll 1d100---------------------You still have 7 EXP. Are you buying anything? Seems like a good amount of people want Barrier of Darkness. It's hard to keep track, the conversation is all over the place.
Rolled 19>>24522706>The golem is raising a foot to squash you like a bug!>Seems like a good amount of people want Barrier of Darkness.BUY THAT SHIT
Rolled 75>>24522706Sorry about all the bitching SM.
>>24522706Rollan for Justice
Rolled 58>>24522706There are some advocating Barrier of Darkness, others advocating saving up for Shiva, and a few advocating Magic Power. I don't think we have any clear consensus yet.
Rolled 89I can support barrier of darkness, we're rather strong physically and have little physical defence so we're kinda a glass cannon right now>>24522706
Rolled 26>>24522706Barrier of Darkness: CONFIRM
Rolled 85>>24522706Buy it, golems hurt.
Rolled 59>>24522706Rollin', once again, to not die!
Rolled 34>>24522706I say we get barrier just in case. And... its trying to squish a shadow? Just go into its shadow.
>>24522706>Seems like a good amount of people want Barrier of Darkness.Seconding (thirding? fourthing?) Barrier of Darkness.
Rolled 15>>24522706Yeah, get Barrier
Rolled 69>>24522714>>24522716>>24522720>>24522706>50,6 averageyeah, we REALLY need more defense now, buy barrier.
>>24522506>we are underpoweredNot really. Besides we are growing in leaps and bounds. At this rate we will be as powerful as an Angel within our first week after waking up. That is basically nothing compared to anything limited on time.> If you are talking about temerity I'm not only talking about temerity. I'm talking about people screaming to consume every couple posts. This is a player decision and will affect the personality of Shadow which will in turn influence how Shadow acts when not under direct player command (we are not voting for every minor action) and will influence how our suggestions are interpreted. Temerity is one of the more obvious ways in which this player decision shows. >we were explicitly told it wont.We were told that we wouldn't lose control of Shadow. If we vote not to consume something we will still not do it. We usually don't have unanimous decisions. Even when following what players suggest the GM has a lot of room in how the characters act. We as the players through our decisions establish a baseline personality and the GM uses those so it doesn't have to ask what we want to do at every single decision. This way the GM can ask us broader questions and fill in the blanks.
>>24522374>That actually sounds like a superb idea. Maybe we should save our exp until we really need to take a course of action such as this.>>24522682>You lying fuck. You just spent several postsOkay. I never said I didn't support it. I also never said that this is definitely what I want to do, especially when I said that we should keep exp saved to keep open a possibility like that.
Is Temerity and Humanity actually things Mr Shadow is aware of?Because it otherwise seems like every single person advocating against consuming is doing so for metagame reason of keeping our temerity low.
>>24522506>>24522744By the way: You of all people here should know this given how you follow GfH where this shows far more extreme.
Rolled 78>>24522706Yeah, lets do it.
>>24522703just ctrl+f'd the thread, and you're really blowing that out of proportion. One guy said Humanity=Good, but that's the closest anyone's gotten to calling temerity evil, and pretty much everyone swooped in to call that guy a dumbass
>>24522716Oh, don't feel bad. I don't really mind the discussion. It's rather entertaining.I'd prefer more levelheaded conversation, but this is 4chan, after all.I don't mean to put a damper on ideas. Well, that's untrue. I want to put a damper on rash decisions based on rule of cool rather than carefully considered thinking.For example, earlier, when I posted as an option:>take wing, spot targets while she fights on the groundSomeone immediately said "no, we're fighting mages, that will make us a huge target." And they were exactly right. I would have fucked you up had you done that.That's the sort of thinking I appreciate, and which I want to encourage.
>>24522757In-game, Mr. Shadow does get concerned about the impulses to consume, and definitely notices feeling for others.
Rolled 22>>24522706>the conversation is all over the placepolite way of saying the nerd rage is getting a little too hot and sweaty, keep it civil elegan/tg/entlemen
Rolled 42>>24522757Humanity is compassion.Temerity is primal instincts.Shadowman understands both things.
>>24522785But do the people behind the computer screens understand that too?
>>24522744Why did your point by point omit #3 where I discussed the "personality affected via justifications and behavior" (which is the exact argument you used to refute points 1 and 2)?
>>24522757I think it's largely reflected in how people react to seeing us do what we do. Folks generally seem disturbed to see us CONSUME our injured victims, while they look favorably on us when we do nice things.
>>24522775>Someone immediately said "no, we're fighting mages, that will make us a huge target." And they were exactly right. I would have fucked you up had you done that.This is exactly why I'm glad that you're a bit fuzzy when looking for consensus, and take explanations into account rather than just counting.
>>24522757I bet Mr. Shadow can figure out that his friends do not particularly like it when he CONSUMES everything
>>24522799Which is why it's a good idea to have lots of both!"Oh god I'm being eaten alive by living darkness!"<Here, have some cookies.>"Aww how kind of yo-AAHUUUUUGHHHH!"
>>24522660I think that we've gotten to the power level that your rank-and-file mage doesn't even warrant a consumption.
>>24522824<I baked you some PAIN brownies :3>
>>24522824I'm not seeing a "Cooking" tree up there.Mr. Shadow must suck at cooking if he can't even get a leg in.
>>24522775>purchased Barrier of Darkness>New TreeHP: 25/29Mana: 0/4EXP: 1Humanity: 24Temerity: 23>>24522714>>24522716>>24522721Writing.
>>24522641Right now I consider all mages, all golems, all demons and a ton of other stuff worth eating. I just don't want us to go around the battlefield and glob everything up.
>>24522824show compassion to your alliesdestroy your enemies
>>24522828>rank-and-file mage doesn't even warrant a consumptionMaybe not if it puts us at risk, but if it seems there's a moments lull, then we should go for it.
>>24522843Is Summoning I supposed to be red?
>>24522851I would only support if we needed the HP
Rolled 132 xp per mage does add up, and battles where we get to consume something more substantial seems far between
>>24522851>if it seems there's a moments lull, then we should go for it.Fair enough. Just not right now.
>>24522843Sorry, Temerity is at 25.
>>24522845Good words to live by, except when the distinction between allies and enemies is vague. Like the angel in this battle.
>>24522873Temporary ally.The second the common enemy is gone, she goes back to enemy status.Simple, really.
>>24522661That just because the people over there couldn't stop being idiots. Too many questers rely on being able to do everything because the author doesn't want to seriously harm them. Case in point: people saying we should fight the demon lord and >>24522635
--------------------------------You barely get out of the way in time. A rocky protrusion scrapes you, but it's hardly an injury worth noting.>you take 1 damage (HP: 24/29)The golem stepped wide to attack you - and it takes a moment to find its balance. For the first time, you're on even footing with the creature.You can sense a ball of wind heading your way. A wind mage is moving up to support the line...What do you do?>leave the golem, get to the other mage before he arrives>continue to distract the golem. You can't leave the east flank undefended>some other strategy
>>24522907>>some other strategyTRIP THE GOLEMUSE IT AS SHIELD
>>24522907Does the golem have any cracks we can ink into that would allow us to slice it up from the inside?
>>24522873that's why I think we should play nice until she attacks us
>>24522916>>24522907>TRIP THE GOLEMSHADOW, REMEMBER THE BASICS OF CQC
>>24522907>>some other strategySlip into an opening and drink its magic. And cut it up good.
>>24522907We're incredibly strong, and the golem is off balance.Throw the golem at the wind mage. That's a distraction.Then run at the mage.
golems generally are solid stone, but if we could widen a crack we might be able to rend it apart
>>24522916It's pretty big. I don't know if we have enough mass to trip it.
>>24522907Use lash to pull the golem off balance so that it takes the wind attack in our stead.
>>24522916>>24522927>>24522907WAIT OK, WE TRIP THE GOLEMAND THEN WE JUDO FLIP IT TO THE MAGE
>>24522916>>24522907That is actually a good idea. Or if not trip him attack one of his legs in an attempt to weaken or break it off.
>>24522843>Mana: 0/4Did we not get mana from consuming the mages earlier?>>24522932>We're incredibly strong, and the golem is off balance.>Throw the golem at the wind mage. That's a distraction.>Then run at the mage.If this is possible with our strength, then this, so much this.
>>24522936>>24522937>>24522927>>24522916I agree, remember we have shadow power, our strength is gonna be enough.
could we 'kite' the golem into putting a dent into the enemies ground forces?we could always run around in the infantry and keep tossing them at the mages and the golems...
Is it possible to trip the golem...into the other enemy golems?
>>24522916>>24522916What this anon says.Even if we just knock the Golem over, that'd buy us some time to slice n' dice the Wind Mage. If we can use it as a shield, all the better.
>>24522960I believe the only thing near the golems is more golems, the soldiers run away.
>>24522766Lets say its just the one guy who thinks temerity =evil, and based on >>24522744 the argument against consuming is not meta-game but the concern about making a personality that is constantly out for consuming things (unrelated to temerity)Then why can't we just clearly have a consensus on our moral justifications for why we consumes? Specifically, because at the moment is not a big fish and he needs the power to help save people, rather then any hunger?>>24522884Except nobody actually suggested we fight him 1v1.
>>24522962Golem dominoes... Genius!
>>24522796Because I was distracted and stopped reading you post at that point.To refute your third point: There is not just one reason for us to consume. Not a single person argued for it the way you propose we spin it. What you are trying (yet again) is to meta-game. I really dislike that, I want to play our MC as a person not as a mere construct in a game. It's called role-playing as opposed to being a metagaming munchkin and trying to max out our abilities by relying on the special abilities granted to main characters (immunity to fall to your instincts in this case).
>>24522982No one is discussing this anymore, drop it.
>>24522992You've obviously never dealt with MrTT before. He's obnoxiously persistent and has no clue when to stop.
Let me clarify a point of contention a bit further.Humanity allows you to relate to the human experience. Things like anger, love, friendship, loyalty, fear, embarrassment - these are human emotions, which drive human actions. More humanity will allow you to feel these things clearly and use them as justifications to act.For the sake of example, you've never worn clothes. But you don't give a fuck. I decided I wasn't going to write any flavor text about that until you reached a certain amount of humanity.People can perceive your humanity. More humanity makes you more relatable.Temerity is instinct; it is distance from passion. Consumption is a physical metaphor for consumption; it is the willingness to put grey matters aside, make the world into a black and white place, and fix problems by consuming or killing them. Temerity is cold logic, survival - from a certain point of view, this is selfish. But selfishness is a side of humanity.Justice plays on both sides of this coin. Your so-claimed "right to exist" might really be more on the side of temerity than humanity.In the bluntest terms possible,Humanity makes you more like a loveable shadow blob. Temerity makes you more like an efficient robot.Good and evil are perceptions, and have nothing to do with humanity and temerity. You could have a humanity score of infinity, but if you're just a ball of vengeful anger going around killing people, you're still an asshole.
I -almost- wish there were more golems so we could set off some redonkulous chain reaction that ends with the demon lord stubbing it's toe on a fallen golem.
>>24523010Good to know, maybe now people will shut up about this.
>>24522927BOSS I CAN'T FIND THE ACTION BUTTON
>>24522990>It's called role-playing as opposed to being a metagaming munchkinFunny, I could say the same thing back at anyone trying to artificially balance our temerity stat>>24523001The argument just died down while I was typing my reply.
>>24523030Yeah I hope so t..>>24523039lol nevermind
Vote 1:>try to throw the golemVote 2:>try to trip the golemVote 3:>try to Ink into a crack, do some damage to its structureVote 4:>abandon the golem, go for the approaching wind mage
>>24523010Sounds like you had the right idea back when you talked about calling Humanity "Empathy"; makes more sense with the description you just gave.
Vote 2:probably the most likely to succeed, if we can take off a foot all the better.
>>245230551, or failing that 3.
>>245230551Rule of cool
>>24523057Empathy doesn't cover anger and fear and other negative emotions of the human condition.>>24523010Humanity = EmotionTemerity = Logic & Instinct
>>245230553 to damage leg, 1 to trip
>>24523055Logically I want to do 2, but then 1 sounds much more fun, and if we're seen doing it, then it'll increase Shadow's reputation that much more.1
>>245230552>>24523057Yeah.>>24523010Because what you said is basically the dictionary definition of empathy maybe labeling it as such -like the relabeling of corruption to temerity- would smooth out any doubts when newer people take a glance at it.
>>245230552.We can use the fallen Golem to block the mage's next attack, then dash attack him.especially since SM said he prefers calculated decisions rather than RoC...
>>245230552. Trip that shit, nigguh. Try to stay in the golem's shadow if we can avoid being insta-spotted by the Wind Mage
>>24523010Also, it's worth saying that this isn't a game in which, as some people have pointed out, you will control every single social interaction. This is for two reasons.1) Keep things moving2) Create consequences for the character you developI've promised you won't ever lose control of Shadow because I don't care for that style of play (actually, I love Gargoyle Quest, but storyforanotherday.jpg). However, Shadow's personality will influence how I write dialogue and how he responds in various situations. It will also influence how NPCs perceive him, which will obviously effect the game quite a bit.
>>24523086Empathy is the ability to understand and feel what others feel. It isn't limited just to good emotions.
>>24523055You decide to try and use the golem's momentum to try and trip it.Roll 1d100
>>24523039Only that both of our stats are just representatives of emotional values. Introspection is a thing. We already became closer to humans and noticed how consuming things makes us feel different. Saying our personality and emotions matter is not meta-gaming. Saying that those are just stats about and can safely be ignored because we as players can counteract their effect is meta-gaming.>>24523010Good to know what I assumed was mostly correct.
Rolled 59>>24523130Rollin Thunder.
Rolled 50>>24523130Fail for the fail throne!
Rolled 22>>24523130CQC time
Rolled 12>>24523109Thank you very much for writing that.
>>24523113I am pretty sure, and just looked it up to verify.Empathy is the capacity to recognize emotions that are being experienced by another sentient or fictional being.Being emotional yourself is not a part of empathy. Rather, it is believed that empathy is a prerequisite for compassion. Where a total lack of empathy makes you a sociopath.Thus humanity is better described as emotion-ality rather then empathy.
Rolled 59>>24523142>>24523146>>24523147>>24523130Well now.
>>24523142>>24523146>>24523147something tells me that this Golem is not going down that easily...
Rolled 69Golem get tripped!
>>24523142>>24523146>>24523147You shove at the golem's back foot, throwing your weight against it.The golem takes another step, but keeps its balance - and you lose your initiative as a result. A giant club-hand is swinging for you once again!Roll 1d100 for you dodge.End of thread shortly.----------------------------------Also, the people who are complaining about the tags of the archived threads are absolutely right.The request box clearly states it's a comma-delineated list. Spaces should be irrelevant; in fact, his script should be taking the strings and removing any spaces based on where the commas are. This is a major interface bug.I'll put in spaces from now on.
Rolled 68>>24523272Dodge, shadow, dodge!
Rolled 48>>24523272>End of thread shortly.Love is over
Rolled 5>>24523272Rolling for dodge.
Rolled 68>>24523272Oh god oh god
Rolled 90>>24523272SheeeiiiiiiittttttWe gettin stomped on
>>24523092It most certainly is not the dictionary definition of empathy.>>24523113It's necessary for an emotional understanding of them, that's as far so it goes.>>24523162The wiki article isn't something I'd rely on when it's something this versatile.Empathy is the capacity to recognize emotions that are being experienced by another sentient or fictional being. It can be anything from anger, hatred, to love and compassion. Empathy is understanding. As well as the insight to recognize and react accordingly to that understanding.It means that for those who have it and are experienced with emotions, for those who have that kind of insight can more easily recognize and respond to the emotional states of others, including feeling and being aware of another persons anger. Empathy is a prerequisite to an understanding of compassion but not a prerequisite for a compassionate or kind action, because those can be mimicked by people who lack the insight and understand that experience in empathy can give you. Just additional information; I'm going by the textbook psychological definition, so take that with a grain of salt.As far as the quest goes I would prefer that SM keeps the definition as "Humanity." Because the definition fits the logic being SM's reason for using it as a descriptor.
Rolled 77>>24523272I've got a question but I'll save it till after important stuff
I really hope shadow lady will hurry up and finish the mages controlling the golem
>>24523279>>24523284>>24523285You feel the WHOOSH as the arm passes by your side. You barely escaped that one. Thank goodness you're faster than the average shadow...You position yourself to try to gain your advantage once more......and the golem collapses. The magic is cut from it like a puppet's strings, and in a moment, it's a pile of rock.A beam of green-glowing wind blasts into the rock! You duck, and a boulder just misses you!The wind mage has arrived. He stands on top of the rubble. You can tell he's powerful. Green spheres of wind wrap his hands like little cyclones.A tremendous wave of shadow falls upon the battlefield.You can feel the pressure...it doesn't really phase you. But the raw power is still staggering. The wind mage, on the other hand, nearly outright falls over.Something is emerging from the swirl of dark clouds over the center of the Kanian forces...con't
>>24523336oh god my commas and sentence structures and everything wrong with forgetting two sentencesI'm blaming this on you SM because it's so fucking early in the morning.
Rolled 25>>24523369>A tremendous wave of shadow falls upon the battlefield.>You can feel the pressure...it doesn't really phase you. But the raw power is still staggering. The wind mage, on the other hand, nearly outright falls over.>Something is emerging from the swirl of dark clouds over the center of the Kanian forces...The demon lord can use eclipse?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q9TYUr-Teo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjhCGnoikWcAn orb of pure shadow emerges from the cloud.It's......wrong.You can't describe it. But that shadow isn't right. It's...lonely. That's the only way you can put it.The battle has practically halted in the face of this spell. Every mage is reeling; even the soldiers can feel the press on their souls. The sphere rises rapidly, then hovers in the sky, almost directly above the lightning elemental.The sphere erupts. Sparks of shadow fly in every direction - mostly toward the Kelveren forces, but scattering across the entire front lines of the Kanians. A huge portion flies toward the Velarion, still hovering up in the sky.Where the shadows strike, the world is erased. Orbs of destruction eat away at the terrain, leaving perfectly smooth craters. An earth golem loses its upper body and head, and collapses to the ground. The front lines of both armies are completely decimated, and pockets of death further line the reserves of the Kelveren forces.The Velarion fires back into the shadow. Its bolts of Light and Lightning punch through the void-bombs...only to split them into smaller and smaller pieces. The airship's fire strikes hard on the Karnian troops, but the bombs reach its hull an instant later. The shields deflect some of the magic.The rest explodes on contact. Holes dot the sides of the ship. Explosions follow. A cloud of smoke rises into the air as the airship steadily begins to drop. It's not in free-fall, but it can't maintain its position any longer.The lightning elemental takes the brunt of the force at the center lines. The duke intentionally warps his creation, making it less humanoid and more like a flat shield. The Lighting absorbs most of the blow, sparing the core of his army. The Kanian side is not so lucky.You can only think that Lord Nulis Vin is insane...or that the Demon Lord isn't fully under his command any more.con't
Let's not get killed here guys
>>24523486Your position far out on the flank was lucky enough to avoid the worst of the attack, but the wind mage is still stunned by the wave of magic.You prepare yourself to attack...--------------------------------NEXT TIME.Brushing teeth.Time for meta discussion.Stats:HP: 24/29Mana: 2/4EXP: 1Humanity: 24Temerity: 25
>>24523504NEXT TIME on shadow quest, brushing teeth?>we have teeth
>>24523504Estimate for time of ext thread?
Rolled 24>>24523504On a scale of 1 to 10 ho bad would it be if we tried to use Shattenkrieg on the Demon Lord?
>>24523486>You can't describe it. But that shadow isn't right. It's...lonely. That's the only way you can put it.>Where the shadows strike, the world is erased. Orbs of destruction eat away at the terrain, leaving perfectly smooth craters.THIS IS JUST LIKE MY JAPANESE ANIMES.
>>24523504IF this is a demon lord Eclipse, does that mean OUR shadow power is doubled?
>>24523531>>24523504I'm taking tomorrow off, there's a lot of things to update. I still have books to write, and I want to make a list of abilities you've learned that isn't a clusterfuck in terms of organization.Next thread: Tuesday, somewhere between 5-9pm EST. Follow the twitter for immediate updates:https://twitter.com/ShadowMaster_tgFinally I have a use for twitter...never thought I'd see the day, but there you go.
>>24523536First of all, it depends.Second of all, I'm afraid I can't answer that, Dave.>>24523542Was it made into an anime? The manga Psyren is fucking awesome.>>24523557Eclipse? Who said eclipse? This is just massive destruction of chaotic doom.
>>24523602>SM approves of PsyrenLife just keeps getting better.So does anyone have anything in mind for the next XP purchase?
>>24523620I really want viral, but Shiva is just sooooo cool.
Rolled 96Im kinda thinking poison and viral, our next battles are NOT going to be one hit kills.
Rolled 26>>24523504>>24523360anyway, Will you have more time for threads when summer rolls around, or does your schedule pretty much stay the same through the year?great thread BTW
>>24523638I work, so it stays the same. I might be going back to school sooner rather than later, but meh. Life situation is up in the air at the moment. School is expensive.
>>24523690Sure, school is expensive, but think of all that money you'll make as soon as you get out of school with no professional experience with your degrees work!Despair.
>>24523634I'd really like to start exploring the lower-left area of the map and find our way into the light-blue (water?) region, up towards Fast Regeneration and similarly useful abilities. Also, Replicate seems handy.
Thread is archived.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=shadow%2C+questNow I have to include two archive links...sigh. Well, I guess I shouldn't be complaining about the design since it's free thread storage. But still, that's just lazy programming.
>>24523719Is fine.One day fix. Then will good.Are happy, Shadow Master. You is of good.
>>24523719We can search with the title, so its not such a big deal.
>>24523764Why sage when the thread has been in autosage for over 400 posts?
>>24523690>expensiveOh god tell me about it, seriously considering putting off next semester of school for working and saving some actual cash