You are Ssen, a Lamia raised by a human Paladin who adopted you after killing the ones who birthed you. You are grown now, and Father has passed on. After a great deal of work, you have become a Paladin like your Father, and now take up his duties. You are accompanied by your best friend from childhood, the insect druid Tricia; Mage, a magic user who ran away from his family of cannibal raiders known as the Ghouls (Yes, his name is Mage. It was his idea); Persephone, a 22-year old thief/ex-guerllia fighter (She goes by Peri), and Mari, a 13-year old prodigy scholar/now sniper, who has her mind and soul trapped within Peri's body; and Lea, a deeply religious musician/martial artist, trained by her father, a famous trainer for arena fighters, she's covered from her mouth down in bandages to hide the horrific state her body has become thanks to the 'cures' that saved her from cancer.Your journey continues...Opening theme song (NEW for Season 2!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5si7w3uS9tUhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Quest1d4 chan page w/battle stats: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Lamia_Daughter_Quest
Your talks with the harpies went smashingly well. The food was good, Isen babbled diplomatically, and the queen was busy having fun flirting and feeling up Robin. It turned out that, while food and acceptance were welcome additions to their lives, the thing the harpies wanted most of all was security. That there would be no rogue harpies, or monsters, or other threats to their lives. That was what living on Old One's mountain offered, and if you could match that, then the extra bonuses of food and other amenities would be enough to seal the deal.Of course, at that moment, Robbie, one of the less-than-loyal servants of the Dramatae, arrived to tell you that the Dramatae and the 'Fallen Lightbringer,' whom you knew as Adahn, were going to be arriving at the shrine within the hour.You quickly evacuated everyone, and grabbed the real treasures of the shrine. The Iron Books, the legacy of the Bear Tribe, and the best chance you're new world will have to better understand the monsters.You managed to get the books and escape with them, mere minutes before the Dramatae came calling. Naturally, they were less than pleased to have been inconvenienced by you, again.Back in the safety of Stone Hall, you managed to figure out how to decipher the Iron Books. Now it was a matter of translating them. Also, the consensus was that your moment is now. You've sapped enough power from the Dramatae, scattered their plans, and sent them back into their lairs. No more waiting for the next plot, and no more just dealing with any further Passions or puppets. Now you have a chance go on the offensive and hunt these bastards down.
But first we need to get Munmei flying.
>>24555595>and the queen was busy having fun flirting and feeling up Robin.Who was freaking out. Seriously hilarious. >Varying degrees of polite do not wantWe should most definitely get those books transcribed before we resume our adventure though. We need copies spread out as backup in case they try to take the Iron Books from us in the future. Robbie did say the three would come looking for them.And evidence to the contrary we've seen would be meta atm.
we need to talk to a few people before we leave, but transcribing the books will take weeks if not months... and thats if we spend ALL our time at it. Its not only reading what they say its interpreting it, as I doubt most people will get the Leviathan dialect. They were also described as having the entire library within their pages... not a small job. For now we hang on to them until we can find scribes and those who are willing to help those scribes translate.
>>24555774>we need to talk to a few people before we leave,Who? And on what topic?Oh and Isen, Jeremy, Rachel, and Quentin are willing to stay in Stone Hall and do the diplomatic stuff with Balles.
>>24555711Silly Robin, he had the chance to be the King of the Skies and he blew it.
>>24555824not Bronze Peaks?
>>24555824Mainly Jeremy and some healers and whomever else about helping Mumei walk. We did promise after all and he is the lead surgeon of Bronze Peak.As far as who to take with us, I kinda want to take Tara. We need a tank.
>>24555862Right, my bad. I meant Bronze Peak.
>>24555873we kinda are the tankand yea, talk with Jeremy about reversing the damage the bindings did to Mumei's feet.also, no starting on the transcribing until we get permission from the Beat Tribe, we dont want to piss off Old One.
>>24555873Jeremy looks at the Princess' feet and shakes his head. "This is complicated. The bones are healthy, the skin's fine, the veins have matured. She has perfectly healthy feet, for a five year old." He shrugs. "This is common for her people?"You translate. She replies. "Ever since an Empress did this to her daughter and called the mangled mess to be as beautiful as Heaven Lilies." She sighs. "I am sorry. I should not have asked for such a thing.""Don't give up hope yet." Jeremy says. "There's some options." He checks the bones in her feet. "They did a very good job with this, which is actually not bad. If you don't want to use replacements or magic, there's something I can try." He frowns. "It's painful though. Very painful. I'd have to literally break your foot into pieces. I've done this technique to make people an inch or two taller, but I have no idea if this would work or not. You'd still need extensive muscle therapy."
>>24556053"Any idea what options we have if we don't mind using magic to help? And while replacements might be a bit drastic, some kind of prosthetic might be an option, perhaps with Quentin or Mage's help? If I've learned anything from trying to do the impossible it's not ruling anything out without considering it. What's the best option?"
>>24555824We need to talk to Ava/Lilly before we leave, since we might not be back this way.And since we're planning on visiting the elves, too, we should talk to Robin. We may or may not visit them officially, but we're visiting their territory.
>>24555698I think we should get her walking first. We should head down to the local smith and tailor, to get her sized up and an artifical over-foot created. Where should the weight be supported? Her heel is clear for weight support, but the toes are fucked. So we can put a bit of the support on the heel- full support there, though, is terribly damaging. So we need auxillary support, I suggest resting on the calves or ankles, strapped on tight.Reference image spoilered because bound feet.
>>24555824Oh, and we also need to talk to Paul about the Roc book.
>>24556053"You said options. I assume there's more than this one? If we go with that option, what can be done about the pain? It sounds like a torturous procedure."
>>24556101"Any idea what options we have if we don't mind using magic to help? And while replacements might be a bit drastic, some kind of prosthetic might be an option, perhaps with Quentin or Mage's help? If I've learned anything from trying to do the impossible it's not ruling anything out without considering it. What's the best option?""Personally?" Jeremy says. "I think using magic on people is crazy dangerous. Especially for something permanent. As for prosthetics..." He shrugs. "We could ry something, but the simplest solution would be just to," He mimes a chopping motion. "And give her pegs or a wooden facsimile as replacements. The result would be the same." He sighs. "That's the safest option that's the best option." He scratches his chin. "Now hold on, Jeremy's given me a really really dumb idea, and I mean seriously dumb, not just 'we might die' but 'this really shouldn't be done at all.' Mage says. "I mean, this is worse than a Dawnchaser Plan.""Quit stalling." Peri says."Alright, Ghoul Fleshshaping magic wouldn't work long term...but that's if I do it directly to the feet." He says. "But Princess Mumei's body has the feet of a five year old...what if I could jump start the growth process in her again? That's been done before by Ghouls. They made kids grow faster so they'd be more ready to fight sooner." Mage says. "If I could localize the effect, and focus...wait...no..." He shakes his head. "There's a catch. I can't fudge that with horse meat, or other animal meat. She'd need to consume one element that I can't replace for that spell to work.""Human flesh." Mari says."Yeah." He shrugs. "Sorry, all my solutions come down to that, now that I think of it."You translate a synopsis. The Princess shakes her head slowly. "I knew that Magic would demand a too high price. I will pass on that option." She smiles at you though. "Thank you still for all your efforts."
>>24556295"Wait, that brings up an interesting point. Remember the other half of the task; we also have to find a way for her to fly. Would bird flesh be an option? If not for the feet, then for something that would allow flight?"
>>24556295Alright, if magic is out you have Jeremy's methods which if it does work it will leave you able to walk but it will take time and it will be torturous. Or you can go with the prosthetic idea. Either using a brace and shoe sort of deal... or removing your feet and going with a direct replacement. Both require maintanence but with a little practive you will probably be walking after strengthening your legs.>>24556358I'm pretty sure flight was a metaphor.
>>24556295"When we first met, you were able to heal yourself with flesh that was neither your own nor your own species. Why did that work then, yet this requires specifically a...donation...from a human? Would something derived from the Dragon Servant ritual work here?"
it involves maturing a human body part. Whereas healing can be from everything that lives.
>>24556396>I'm pretty sure flight was a metaphor.She said very explicitly that it wasn't.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24516758/#p24518872>"I want to fly. And that's not a metaphor. You do the impossible, you /are/ impossible, so I ask the impossible." She nods. "I want to walk, I want to dance, I want to run, and more than anything, I want to fly.
>>24556396She specifically said that flight was not a metaphor.
>>24556396>I'm pretty sure flight was a metaphor.Despite her explicitly saying "that's not a metaphor"?
>>24556424Can't hurt to ask, in case it gives him an idea.
>>24556358>>24556295I like it, but can the ending be "If not feet, then perhaps something else?"I wonder if mumei would appreciate talons.
>>24556456Seems like she might, as long as she can walk, run, and dance on them. And if the harpies can do that, she can too.
>Idly looking up lizard claws because I didn't think they were retractable>Some snakes have the vestigial remnants of hind legs which result in claws either side of the cloaca used for gripping during sex...We need to do the feral thing again, guys!
my guess is the claws came from our leviathan forebears, as they and the spines seems like an ideal posion vector.
hmm, I wonder if handgliders are a thing. it might be an idea to direct to our mad scientist.
>>24556518Dragons have claws too. The barbs might have come from either side, but more likely the leviathans.
dragon claws are retractable?
>>24556399"When we first met, you were able to heal yourself with flesh that was neither your own nor your own species. Why did that work then, yet this requires specifically a...donation...from a human? Would something derived from the Dragon Servant ritual work here?""Well that wasn't healing me. That was just me using different magic to override and fry another spell. I wasn't aware that I was actually doing a Dragon Servant ritual." He sighs and thinks. "I honestly have no idea. She's from the Phoenix Empire. There's a lot of little differences in physiology. Kinda of Peri has a few elfin traits that slightly alters her body as compared to y...Tr...L...uhh...Jeremy's.""Alright, going back to that method you mentioned Jeremy, is there something for the pain?""Sure, medicine, poppy milk, blue-smoke. Plenty of options to dull pain." >>24556358>"Wait, that brings up an interesting point. Remember the other half of the task; we also have to find a way for her to fly. Would bird flesh be an option? If not for the feet, then perhaps, for something else?"Mage looks at you for a while. He drums his fingers on his staff. "You are aware that what you're suggesting is direct fleshshaping. Ghoul magic 101, no back-door, no fiddling with it, but the explicit thing they used on themselves when they fought us. Okay?"
>>24556565>Mage looks at you for a while. He drums his fingers on his staff. "You are aware that what you're suggesting is direct fleshshaping. Ghoul magic 101, no back-door, no fiddling with it, but the explicit thing they used on themselves when they fought us. Okay?""Intent is everything, Mage. I'm not saying the ends justify the means, but I can't see any magic as inherently wrong in all possible circumstances. The ghouls used it to fight and kill; we're using it to heal, after a fashion. If anything is a crime against nature, here, it's what was done to her feet originally."
>>24556565Its not eating another sapient being, so it should be kosher.
>>24556565the real question in that, is ghoul magic inherently evil, or just used for evil purposes most of the time.I dont know if we should risk Mage casting without rerolls ready too, considering what happened the last few times he crit failed.
>>24556565"Yeah, I know. Is there anything inherently wrong with that? The troll blood thing worked fine."
>>24556661As he said, this is magic 101 for him, and he has more than enough time to prepare and practice.
>>24556637"Intent is everything, Mage. I'm not saying the ends justify the means, but I can't see any magic as inherently wrong in all possible circumstances. The ghouls used it to fight and kill; we're using it to heal, after a fashion. If anything is a crime against nature, here, it's what was done to her feet originally." You say.Mage nods. "Okay, just making sure you're aware." He sighs. "We'll need some hawks, not chickens. Chickens can't fly."
Have we read the potions section of the Leviathan book? They, with their deliciously twisted minds, might've thought of something we, with our measly half-twisted thought tubes, could not.
>>24556565>>24556668"I thought the main problem with the flesh shaping was that they liked to do it with... people flesh. Well, and the inherent weirdness of it."
>>24556694translate for the Princess and make sure she is ok with Ghoul magic, or if it is completely taboo.
>>24556694"Before we go that far, perhaps we should talk to Paul about reading the Roc book. If anything would have information about magical flight, that would. And if not, then we could ask him if he'd mind doing a little hawk hunting. I assume feathers wouldn't suffice?"
>>24556735(It'd be particularly interesting if it turned out that the Roc book had some history intertwined with that of the Phoenix Empire. We'd be crazy not to read it first.)
>>24556735I'd look at it the other way, why would a book by rocs have information on magical flight, they don't need it.
>>24556777Well, it might be because they want to give humans a taste of freedom, too.
>>24556777Healing, information about Roc descendants (like the Dragon book had), magic for friends, allies, and consorts...
>>24556654>Its not eating another sapient being, so it should be kosher.
I think we should focus our efforts on making Princess Mumi a magical suit of battle armor.That way she can walk, dance, fly (short distances), and crush her enemies! Possibly all in the same day or at the same time!
>>24556777The same reason a Dragon wrote a book at all. Obviously the birds and trees shall sing tales of their greatness forevermore but thry want to share their greatness with their lessers.
>>24556727The princess is okay with Ghoul magic, as long as it isn't human flesh. Again, birds eat other birds, so she's fine with that. >>24556735"Before we go that far, perhaps we should talk to Paul about reading the Roc book. If anything would have information about magical flight, that would. And if not, then we could ask him if he'd mind doing a little hawk hunting. I assume feathers wouldn't suffice?""Flesh, blood, and marrow." Mage says. "Okay, we should also check out the Leviathan book too, see if they have any potions listed that might be helpful.""Well, you're the only one who can read that.""And I'll keep consulting with your inventor friend by post." Jeremy says. "Maybe we can come to a happy medium that leaves magic out of this."Roll 1d20 for the Leviathan Book being of any use.
Is there like... another paladin we could consult about this? ethically? this is a grey zone, I'd love a second opinion.
>>24556902we are totally leviathan brained. At least a little.
Rolled 16its not another nat 20 but I think we nailed it.
>>24556901Lea is probably the closest
>>24556901Lea could offer a second opinion, hopefully tempered by what she later found out about troll blood after her initial reaction to it.
>>24556902There's a concoction that might work. If you're understanding this right. They used it to regrow torn flippers. If it can stimulate regrowth of a tip that size. Then maybe this could work.There's a catch though. Half of these ingredients are amazingly rare and expensive, a quarter of them are things like the secretions from one of the most fatal types of jellyfish known. And you have not even heard of this type of fish that they want you to get the eggs from.
>>24556983hmm, perhaps the Mer could help with that, if we can find any non-feral ones.
>>24556983well, it's another treatment option for mumei. Note, this one would require the founding of a trade empire to locate these things.
>>24556983Mumei seems fairly affluent here, as does Isen who would probably be willing to help, so the rarity and unknown nature seems more immediately problematic than the expense.Has anyone else heard of the fish in question? We could keep this as a backup plan, at least; it might work for the feet if the Roc book can't help there. And if we plan to visit the Mer, we might get some help from that department.
>>24556983Well. Her choice. Although I wonder what a 1 or a 20 would have been> 1> There is a concoction there> a bazillion years of gathering later> Whoops, page stuck together> Potion of eternal pain> 20> "Mix the blood of a leviathan's ancestor with ant secretions"
>>24556983>Leviathans using poison in a regrowth potionNotevensurprised.pngRemove head from water, grab Mage, "So, what do you know about seafood? I found a rather interesting recipe that may solve our problem." give ingredient list
>>24557059Half of what we use in medicine today would be considered a deadly poison in any other context, or in quantity in any context.
>>24557079I wonder if Jeremy does Botox.
anyway we have a lot of options. Lets see what Mumei thinks of each.(She'll probably give the ok to the Ghoul Magic to be able to fly.)
>>24557166She already said she was fine with ghoul magic as long as it didn't involve human flesh (or presumably that of any other thinking being). And I doubt she'd oppose looking in the roc book; we need to look in it and find out what it says before we really have something to ask her.
>>24557129He just implied that he has broken bones to help people become taller. I'd be shocked if he doesn't do a dozen far worse things.
>>24557026Alright, so Paul's been able to read the Roc Book. There aren't chapters in this book. Rocs have a stream of consciousness narrative, like the way Paul talks, only they don't stop for months.They start with their history and creation myths which then goes into telling about the Rocs themselves who they are and then their biology which then segues into the harpies which the rocs value more than the Dragons and they talk about their history with the other great monsters and then talking about their territory compared to theirs which then has to mention their food which goes into their eating rituals, which then swings into their other rituals, which goes into their language, which goes into their spells, then into their famous battles, which then swings back into their history. It circles around and around like this, different each time.
Rolled 7>>24557236Rolling to get something useful out of that disorganized mess.
>>24557236>>24557258It will take MONTHS of scribe work to organize this shit
thats... actually something real doctors do. In order to straightneed a poorly healed bone you rebreak them and position them properly>>24557236we probably want their spells, Rocs don't strike me as potion makers or natural healers.
>>24557275yeah. It's something real doctors do.I hope we can find some kind of... anasthetic. That's my main objective here.
>>24557236Sounds like Paul will have an easier time getting wrapping his head around it than we will, but in any case, the most relevant information seems like Roc biology, the harpies, "other rituals", and spells.
>>24557275Yeah, but it isn't something sensible doctors do for cosmetic purposes like height.
>>24557258I really don't think a roll is needed here, and if there was one it'd be Paul rolling rather than us.
>>24557284We can always just get her drugged up on poppyseed milk or blue smoke.
>>24557303bound feet are hardly cosmetic though.
>>24557258Roll 1d20 +1 because Paul's overly organized mind is better at figuring out this jumbled mess of words.
>>24557318I just wanted an excuse to roll a die. Rolling is fun.
Rolled 18 + 1>>24557236Oh, and given that troll blood is apparently the standard ingredient in healing potions, perhaps the troll book might say something about healing. Likely somewhere under "Father's Tales", "Mother's Secrets", or "Songs".>>24557345
Rolled 2 + 1>>24557345
>>24557333yes. hence why he pointed out the difference.This is much more complex than what he is used to, and will most likely render her basically crippled. Slightly less crippled than now, but still crippled.
Rolled 7 + 1>>24557345Rolling
>>24557333Granted, and it makes more sense as a treatment for that. Still crazy to do it for height.
>>24557349I'd say Mother's Secrets would be the one to check first.
>>24557369actually yes there are procedures to increase height for cosmetic practices, and people can and have paid for it... guess what? It involves breaking bones.It was orniginally intended for people with dwarfism but you know how people are.
>>24557400I don't think anything you just said contradicts it being crazy.
not much more crazy then getting any cosmetic surgery. Your doing it for looks or self-image reasons and thats hella important to some people.
>>24557356If the magic stuff doesn't pan out, how about a prosthetic like this? It could help Mumei along in learning how to walk, and the part that substitutes for a foot could be worn when Mumei does build up enough leg strength.If there's magic that allows things to react to an attuned person's thoughts, then that could substitute for a sophisticated mechanical/robotic interface. The rest is just engineering and knowing how the human leg works.
>>24557464might work! I have high hopes on a combination of bone breaking and flesh shaping though.
>>24557464If she wants to run and dance, I think a curved-L metal leg with a bit of spring would make more sense. Something like this, but strapped to the back of the calf and resting a few inches below the foot since she already has a lower leg.
>>24557529well, I've seen it done before.
>>24557349You do have something. The rocs have more information of the Phoenix Empire than...well...anyone save for the Princess and they might have her beat too. There's a few details on the process, a critique on the utility of clipping wings, a long long story about a bird with malformed wings that goes nowhere, and then a little quick mention on how one nest in the empire had one of the clipped wings and she was a rather sprightly chick who refused to be grounded so...more tangents and ramblings...oh...OH!This wont help Mumei's feet, but if Paul is describing this right, this girl invented not only a type of prosthetic but one that worked with a glider. Paul's sketching out the design that the roc's describe in math terms. You get this to Barney, and maybe you can make something...although you don't have the same kind of reeds, woods, and 'paper' materials that this girl had.Also this tale ends rather sadly. The girl was caught and left in a high iron cage and starves to death alone in the cold and the wind. Her machine destroyed and her family executed and home burned to the ground. Her entire history erased, save for the Roc's. The Emperor's chosen are the only ones allowed to fly, such is the Emperor's will. There ARE no exceptions.
>>24557584"Oh ancient secrets, what would I do without you. Good work paul."We really need a quick-access method for getting to barney.
>>24557584Well, it's a good thing we aren't in the Empire then.
>>24557633I was more thinking "Well, it's a good thing this empire is no doubt so very old and dead that he's sedimentary rock by now"
>>24557656er, not "empire" but "emperor". miswording.
>>24557665>>24557656kind of doubt the following emperors rescinded this decree. in which case the princess may need political asylum shortly.
>>24557584Clearly we have a second continent to save someday.OK, let's check the potentially relevant chapters of the troll book for potential information about healing (doubt it'll cover flight that doesn't involve trolls throwing things).And we can ask Paul if he'd have any luck catching a hawk or similar raptor.After that, we lay out some options for Mumei. The fleshshaping magic might still be her best short-term option for feet, and possibly her best option for flight, though in both cases we might want Mage to try the temporary approach first. The Leviathan healing potion seems like the best long-term option for her feet, but it'll require us to start tracking down some materials (what do the others know about that unknown fish?); I think we ought to visit the Mer anyway, though, and see if there are any non-monstrous Mer we could talk to. And the glider seems like the least invasive option for flight.
For completions sake, if you want to try the Troll Book, it's 1d20 -1 as Tara doesn't quite get the language.
Rolled 7I think before we go ingredient hunting we should definately kill a few Dramatae. I want to slow down Peace's progress on any plans they can make drastically. We aren't yet ready to face her yet and I want the time to improve ourselves.>>24557711
>>24557795I want to kill comedy first. She's the one who throws those parties that involve cannibalism.Which means I want to grill the elvish court about their long lost princess.
Rolled 16 + 1>>24557786Rolling
Rolled 20 + 1>>24557786
Rolled 6 + 1>>24557786eh, sure. but it's probably "just chop the foot off and grow a new one! duh!"
>>24557823I don't think redaeth was rolling for that; it wasn't linked.>>24557815
>>24557694She asked us to personally kill her if she was ever going to be sent back to the Empire so I don't think that's going to be a problem.
>>24557834ah, forgot about that bit.
>>24557815Huh? I put a minus sign in. Why did it do a plus?
>>24557843I don't think that the dice know how to subtract.
oops, sorry about that>>24557843you gotta do dice 1d20+-1 like soits a bit silly hah
Rolled 20 - 1>>24557843/tg/ dice cant math.I think adding spaces between the - works though, lets try
Rolled 8 - 1bleh
Rolled 19 - 21>>24557877Interesting; I wonder if /tg/ dice do negatives?
>>24557897...oh, right, it doesn't actually do the addition (or subtraction)
>>24557815 scratch that earlier one, wrong linked post. Well, the good news is that there's clear stuff in there about regeneration, and more importantly, bone setting, and the biology of creatures in such detail that it's actually really disturbing.Bad news is that it's not about humans. Still, Jeremy might find this stuff useful, Lesser Troll feet are close-ish to human feet, so maybe it'll help a bit with that option.(Lesser Trolls are the trolls you're familiar with existing and have seen pictures of. The Original Trolls...are NOT those trolls.)
>>24557913It's kinda why it's pointless to do the modifiers when rolling.
>>24557921Awesome, it'd be good to make Jeremy's option more reliable and likely to produce a good result. Anything about potions, healing, or magic in the troll book?
>>24557897>>24557913it does with multiple dicebut lets stop wasting rolls, as you can see /tg/ dice love taunting us with 19s and 20s on test rolls>>24557921ahh, that must be where the troll blood comes from.
>>24557921> Original trollsMonstrous iton-encased titans with a vast empire carved literally out of iron on the backs of magically enthralled slaves?
>>24557921"Good work tara- see if you can copy down that information about feet for jeremy. Even if we don't use it personally, it could help a lot of people."Is this a breech of our word to the dragon? Copying a teensy bit of the book?
>>24557967>it does with multiple diceYeah but the way we use multiple dice doesn't work with us. (most of the time at least)
>>24557978nope. they're the mountains.
>>24557978Replace each 'iron' with 'regenerating meat' and you're set.
>>24557993Only the Book of Dragons is "his".
>>24557993We made him a promise about his book, the one about dragons. And in any case, we aren't producing a transcription for general use, we're extracting an excerpt for one friend to use, much like Tara must have done for us.
>>24557993But we aren't copying the dragon book. The dragon's agreement has no bearing on the Troll, Roc, and Leviathan books.
We still need to get our hair done by our lightbringer friend, guys.We have to take mage too. Fashion declares we must.
>>24558066Old One specifically told us to ask the Bear Tribe's descendant if we are allowed to copy any of the books.
We could probably convince him to let us make copies anyway if we sell it as showing the majesty of the dragons to the lesser races.
>>24558099We'll have plenty of chance to convince him after we ask Holting. Let's do that first. Right now we don't have a strong reason to share it beyond our immediate trusted circle.
>>24557993"Good work Tara- see if you can copy down that information about feet, and everything else, for Jeremy. Even if we don't use it personally, it could help a lot of people."Tara hugs you, again you are thankful for your flexible spine.Princess Mumei looks over all of the information. All of the options. All of the pitches. She looks at you...and she just collapses in on herself. Crying.She all but throws you and your notes out of her carriage and locks the door."That was...odd." Mage says, a little surprised.
>>24558141" Hopefully those were tears of joy."
>>24558141"Odd, but understandable. Decisions of great import and the welfare of a people are being thrust onto her. It'll take some time for her to deal with it."
>>24558141Hopefully she's just overwhelmed that we're doing all this for her, and kicked us out so we wouldn't see her crying too much.
>>24558141She's probably not used to being treated as anything other than a tool.
>>24558141"Hopefully she was just overwhelmed by all of this, It is a lot to take in at once especially with her new responsibilities to the harpies."
>>24558141I think she expected me to forget about her. Leave her behind after getting what I wanted. It was how she has always been treated. A tool, a bargaining chip, useful until not needed. To have her wishes, her dreams be told they could be a reality might have overwhelmed her. Give her time.
>>24558141Definitely overwhelming; we really didn't need to throw it all at her at once. When she asked us to do the impossible, I don't think she thought much about the path from here to there. She might need a friendly ear later, but for now I think we should leave her in peace for a bit. Let's go talk to Ava/Lilly; anything else we need to do here in Bronze Peak besides that?
>>24558187"Hopefully those were tears of joy.""I will never understand women." Mage says."Don't try." Peri/Mari say."Anyway," You say pushing yourself up and dusting your scales off. "Come one Mage, we have one more stop together.""Someone else to fix?" Mage says."Yes, you and your hair." Mage twitches and tries to scream over the hot towel Ava has over his face, but the former-lightbringer's grip on his head is startlingly tight as she rinses his hair. "Now, I'm thinking of making it spiky and green, he is your little brother right? So, I'm thinking of something that says that, clearly." She says, smiling at you. "Or do you have other ideas?""ging to kll bth f ou!" Mage gurgles from beneath the towel.
>>24558256I think she was overwhelmed in a good way though. She asks for the impossible and we immediately start calling in favors and translating the long-forgotten texts of primordial beings.
>>24558345"Mmmm, tempting. But no, that'd be funny for about an hour and then he'd be stuck with it. Let's go with something handsome and dignified. We're looking for 'young but wise beyond his years' here; we want the outside to look like the inside, right?"
>>24558345Nah, just give him a nice haircut. He has someone to impress.
>>24558345"I forgot how much you liked you wild hairstyles. We're more subdued- I'd just like something that matches my natural red, and I ASSUME he'd like his natural color as well. But please, do something about the bowlcut. Go for handsome. It'll help next time we visit stone hall."
>>24558345"I don't know about spiky but green hair? Definitely."Ah joking aside, something a bit neat and clean for a hair cut if you could."
What does she mean spikes match us? Are we spikey?
>>24558443The green is to match us. The spikes are probably a residual effect from being a JRPG love interest for so long.
>>24558402>>24558395Putting these together:"Tempting...but no. I forgot how much you liked wild hairstyles; I think we'd both like to stick with our natural colors here. We mostly came to do something about that bowl cut of his; he's more handsome than that, and there's someone back in Stone Hall who might appreciate him looking like it. Let's go with something dignified, more of a 'young but wise beyond his years' look. We want the outside to match the inside, after all."
>>24558499we also came to get our own hair back to its rightful sheen. We saw that it's growing back the right color, so we can safely re-dye to red.
>>24558511Right: "I think we'd both like to..."
As much as I'd like to crack a jone about Mage starting to look more like our little brother in a hundred years or so, he hasn't come to terms with his future scaliness so it'd be rather dickish.
"Tempting...but no. I forgot how much you liked wild hairstyles; I think we'd both like to stick with our natural colors here. "We mostly came to do something about that bowl cut of his; he's more handsome than that, and there's someone back in Stone Hall who might appreciate him looking like it. Let's go with something dignified, more of a 'young but wise beyond his years' look. We want the outside to match the inside, after all." You say smiling."Got it." Ava says. "Thank you so much for helping me with this position. They're so nice here." She says as she lets Mage dry and puts the last coating of dye in your hair. "You'll look great in a ponytail." She says, as she had to undo your braids and cut away at a lot of damaged, and still white, hair. "Plus with the way your hair grows, you'll be back to your long braid in no time. I'm jealous."She's working with a barber surgeon who took on Ava in exchange for his loan to Jeremy. They mostly let her cut hair and gossip while they do the 'real' work, and she cleans up. They have no idea why there's now so many women coming in now."So," Ava says as she starts to work on clipping Mage's hair as yours soaks. "You said that there were some important things we needed to talk about?"
>>24558606actually, he'll probably look like the older brother
>>24558630how best do we breach the issue of the "fallen lightbringer" tip we got from the comedy relieve?Anyone have good gentle words?
>>24558630It can wait until you no longer have sharp things near Mage.*after*We think the Dramatae are going to set up Adhan as the new Shaper of Darkness, and burn down another town for a second set of lightbringers.
>>24558670we might want to wait to broach that until she is done clipping mages hair, to avoid any bald patch accidents from the shock.
>>24558630Look around a bit to make sure that nobody is listening too closely to our conversation. And>>24558715this, at least for the points of major surprise in the following."We just had the Dramatae come after us fairly directly up at the Bear Shrine, and it's pretty clear that they're no longer above collateral damage. They're gearing up for a major conflict to feed Citadel, and I don't think Adahn is playing the role of the Lightbringer anymore; I...I think they have him playing the nemesis the Lightbringer dies to destroy." Bitterly: "All to spice up the story."We're about to head back in the direction of Citadel, and I'm not sure we'll be back this way before this is all over. I promised you that you'd have a chance to make a life for yourself, here or wherever you wanted. And I still hold to that. But I didn't want to leave without offering you the chance to come along.From the memories you showed me from the last time you saw him, Peace lied to him, and said you didn't love him anymore. There might still be a chance to snap Adahn out of it and save him in this life rather than the next. If there is, I think you're part of that."
>>24558630"Well, there's not much we can do about it, but you had probably already gathered by now that Adahn is in some serious trouble. I've interrogated a few of those working for the dramata, and they were talking about using some "fallen lightbringer" as the next villain in their play. They're going to burn another town to make the next hero, too. I couldn't in good conscience keep you in the dark about this, especially since we're going to be running off soon to deal with it all and you won't have time to ask after that."
>>24558762"Well, there's not much we can do about it, but you had probably already gathered by now that Adahn is in some serious trouble." You say. "You may want to put down the scissors at the moment.""Please?" Mage says.Ava does so."We just had the Dramatae come after us fairly directly up at the Bear Shrine, and it's pretty clear that they're no longer above collateral damage. They're gearing up for a major conflict to feed Citadel, and I don't think Adahn is playing the role of the Lightbringer anymore; I...I think they have him playing the nemesis the Lightbringer dies to destroy." You scowl and shake your head. "All to spice up the story."We're about to head back in the direction of Citadel, and I'm not sure we'll be back this way before this is all over. I promised you that you'd have a chance to make a life for yourself, here or wherever you wanted. And I still hold to that. But I didn't want to leave without offering you the chance to come along."Ava shrugs, she doesn't say anything and turns away from your face."They're going to burn another town to make the next hero, too. I couldn't in good conscience keep you in the dark about this, especially since we're going to be running off soon to deal with it all and you won't have time to ask after that.From the memories you showed me from the last time you saw him, Peace lied to him, and said you didn't love him anymore. There might still be a chance to snap Adahn out of it and save him in this life rather than the next. If there is, I think you're part of that."Ava shakes her head. "The magic that they gave me, doesn't work anymore. I can't wield anything more than these." She holds up her scissors. "Also...you know, I think Adhan and I...liked it, a little. We were not only just free, we were the most important people in the Kingdom." She sighs and shakes her head. "I'm sorry. I won't take you back down that road again."(cont)
>>24558910 She sighs. "I don't want to go back into combat. But please, try to capture him and send for me, and I'll get the fastest horse I can and I'll come see him." She looks at you, like a child trying to appease a parent with an apology. "Is, that okay?"
>>24558925If it can be done, I will do it.
>>24558925thats fine. and we'll do our best. In fact I have new tools for exactly that!
>>24558925"I don't know how possible it will be but I will do all I can."
>>24558910>>24558925"Completely okay, and we'll do what we can to keep him safe. I'm not going to try to talk you into going; you have every right to settle down, and it seems like a sensible thing to do to get out of that storybook.Do you have anything we could use, or any memory we could remind him of, to help bring him back to himself?"And after that:"We'll be leaving from the main gate at first light tomorrow, if you change your mind. If not, hopefully the next time we see each other it'll be in a world free of Citadel's stories."
>>24558925"It's completely okay. You're making a good life for yourself here, and I'd hate to take that from you. I was simply obligated to ask.I'm getting really good at capturing people these days, hopefully Adahn is still as slow with a sword as I remember."
We need to check in on the goat shrine before we leave.It holds mysteries and secrets unknown to lesser men.
>>24559036It holds...goats, and the secrets of raising them.
>>24559111I could go for a goat.At some point we have to explain to our friends that we're basically never full, as per the feral revelation. Or maybe we shouldn't, it would just make questions of feeding lamias harder.
>>24559181Oh, that reminds me! We need to go collect the bounty on the Glass Assassins.
>>24559013"It's completely okay. You're making a good life for yourself here, and I'd hate to take that from you. I was simply obligated to ask.Do you have anything we could use, or any memory we could remind him of, to help bring him back to himself?"She pauses to think, then she snaps her fingers. "Barley sugar sticks.""What? Those things that shopkeepers give to six year olds to keep them quiet?" Mage says. "They taste like paste.""Yeah. Adhan loves them." She shrugs. "That's...actually the only thing I know about him that wasn't based around the lie."She finishes Mage's hair, and it actually looks fairly decent for once. Still that edge of 'lived in a cave until he was 19' is still present, but now it's more of a selling feature than a detriment.Lea comes in the door. "Robin and the other two are missing." She says."So?" Mage says. "Robin split before the Queen could try to show him her plumage.""He left before we paid him his money." Lea says.
>>24559191Don't we also have some paperwork regarding Helen to fill out for Balles?
>>24559210"What, you mean you can't find him? Vamoosed entirely?What kind of crazy coinsman lays low before we can give them their share?"
>>24559210the only reason they would do that is if they either found something worth more... or trouble found them. Any ideas on where they disapeared to?Pay Ava for her time and work and lets move out!
>>24559210>"He left before we paid him his money." Lea says."Wow. That's just unnatural; either he's *really* that bothered by feathers, or something really serious came up.Any sign of him at the Traveller's? Or did the folks at the gate see him leave? Not that he couldn't leave unnoticed, but he may or may not have had reason to."
>>24559214yes. We do have some paperwork to do.It is now we discover that Ssen has no idea how to do paperwork.
>>24559210"And yet, I feel we may pay dearly for all of this nonsense."
>>24559214We also ought to begin laying the groundwork for the Schola Clarus.
>>24559247"What, you mean you can't find him? Vamoosed entirely?" You say as you hand Ava a few coins."What kind of crazy coinsman lays low before we can give them their share?" You ask.Lea shrugs. "I went to Coins to give them their letters of mark for the Glass Assassin job." She holds up the sealed letters. "But their quarters at Coins are empty.""Wow. That's just unnatural; either he's *really* that bothered by feathers, or something really serious came up.Any sign of him at the Traveller's? Or did the folks at the gate see him leave? Not that he couldn't leave unnoticed, but he may or may not have had reason to." You say."I sent Peri to ask around at Traveller's, and Tara's asking at the gate and Isen's at the manor." She says. "I suppose that they could have taken off silently.""Without giving us details on where to send their money?" Mage asks. "I don't want to say it, but I know you're thinking it."
well, let me inspect their quarters. Maybe I can pick something up, that you missed.
I'd hate to let 25 skilled men go to the headsman in this economy. Ask balles if there's any kind of work-release program for criminals.
>>24559399Good thinking.>>24559366"Yeah. Coins might have done something to them for going against Citadel."If searching their quarters fails:"Well, we've got two options. We could hang onto their money and set it aside, in the hopes that we might run into them on the road. Or we could leave it with someone here that we trust, like Balles or Jeremy, and leave word for Robin about it."
>>24559366"It would just be nice if we could go five minutes without something going horribly wrong."
I wonder if the fey court came a calling for them...
>>24559366"Well! The question is this. WHO'S STOLEN MY THIEF?"
>>24559490Possible, but last we heard they were still more or less in the Fey Court's good books and doing jobs for them. They might have headed that way, though, if they left of their own volition.
>>24559399"Well, let me inspect their quarters. Maybe I can pick something up, that you missed." You say."Alright." Lea sighs."Also, Mage...remind me to have Isen talk to Balles about seeing what we can do for the Glass Assassins." You say as you head to Coins. "I'd hate to let 25 skilled men go to the headsman in this economy.""So glad I got this." Mage mutters as he takes out a small notebook and a piece of fine charcoal. He takes a note. "Don't know why I ever think I can have free time. Even when I'm dead, I'm sure His Light will have a list of little things I can do for him." He mutters. He's smiling as he says it, though. "Sorry, Lea."Lea sighs. "At least try to make your blasphemy honestly funny Mage." She gives him a smile. "Otherwise I will have to hit you.""And again, I value the merit of living in caves, chewing on the femur of an unlucky fisherman." Mage says.Robin's room in Coins looks like all the other high-ranking member's rooms. Too gaudy by half, and filled with tacky pieces of kitsch and books that no one in their right mind would read. The room is clean. You don't see any packs or satchels, or personal items. There's been signs of people living here, who cleaned up after themselves. It does honestly look like whomever was staying here just left. No suspiciousness at all.Roll 1d20
Rolled 2>>24559586Ssen, what do your lamia eyes see?
>>24559602>>24559604All of my hate.
>>24559614>>24559602"Not much. Snakes don't really have the best eyes for this kind of shit. In fact, many are near blind."
>>24559586then if our eyes don't see anything... lets try our tongue. See what scent says instead.
>>24559586>"So glad I got this." Mage mutters as he takes out a small notebook and a piece of fine charcoal. He takes a note. "Don't know why I ever think I can have free time. Even when I'm dead, I'm sure His Light will have a list of little things I can do for him." He mutters. He's smiling as he says it, though. "Sorry, Lea.""I think His Light gives much to do in this life to those capable of it, which is why your list is so long."
>>24559614No lamia eyes, only anime eyes here.[...]
>>24559602You don't spot anything weird. Robin and co. must have just pulled a runner, putting getting away from the Queen over getting their payment.
Rolled 19>>24559635Should have used the tongue.
>>24559675Lea's prolly got better eyes, could we have her take a look too? Not fishing for more rolls, not at all.
>>24559697Worth trying taste and smell if we haven't already, but I think we're probably going to need to move on.>>24559435"Well, we've got two options. We could hang onto their money and set it aside, in the hopes that we might run into them on the road. Or we could leave it with someone here that we trust, like Balles or Jeremy, and leave word for Robin about it."
>>24559675i will laugh hard if that is what actually happened instead of them getting kidnapped by maskfaces/Fae/whoever else we pissed off.time to move on, perhaps he will turn up later, especially seeing as we owe him money, and probably a bonus.
well /tg/ dice are rarely kind to us.
>>24559721Okay, you go full tongue search.Roll 1d20
>>24559755Bit tongue? Bit tongue.
We are so bad at this.
>>24559746Man, I just came out of a game where I got critted twice, and rolled a natural 1 four times in a row. Now I come home to this. Shit sucks.
>>24559746>full tongue searchLamia airport security just got better.
oh /tg/ dice...a bunch of fail rolls, with a 18-20 thrown in there just to give us hope that our NEXT roll wont be another 1-5
>>24559798>why are we so bad at thisThis entire room smells like him. I don't know what we were supposed to smell other than chocolate-piney-elven deliciousness.God elves smell delicious.
>>24559755OW! Damnit! You bit your tongue.Lea and Mage chuckle, you shoot them a dirty look. They are unapologetic.Lea sighs. "Alright, so they just took off I guess." She shrugs. "Sorry. I freaked out."
>>24559835"You're too optimistic. They were just captured by somebody who's really good at their job."
>>24559835you're probably right Lea... but I'm a paladin, not a trained investigator. We'd need someone who knows how to search a room properly.
>>24559835"No, with the life we live with I would have freaked out too. "Just hope they're not in any kind of trouble."
>>24559834...There's chocolate elves in this quest? Have I been blind this whole time? ;_;
>>24559835"I would have freaked out too, considering the tactics of our enemies.""Hopefully they just booked it and forgot about the reward in the haste to get away from the feathers. If they did I expect they will show up again for the money, and probably a hefty bonus."
>>24559896earlier, when describing scents of things following us, echo described them as "not like the chocolatey-piney smell of robin and his goons"which means elves smell like that.I bet Isen smells delicious too. Royals and all that.
>>24559896Peri's a chocolate half-elf. Close enough.
They've been mind controlled and are now THAT band of mercenaries now that we've removed he previous such group.
>>24559835"They probably are playing some kind of spy game. There's no doubt some kind of hidden clue in the back of a matchbook to go to a bar to talk to an informant... Oh well! I don't know how to play spygames. Let's go."
>>24559921Lets not fixate too much on how delicious things smell, seems like it'd lead to trouble.
>>24560033>lamia toungeSomeones going to get a new fetish out of this.
>>24559920"I would have freaked out too, considering the tactics of our enemies."Hopefully they just booked it and forgot about the reward in the haste to get away from the feathers. If they did I expect they will show up again for the money, and probably a hefty bonus." You say, sighing. "That or they're probably playing some kind of spy game. There's no doubt some kind of hidden clue in the back of a matchbook to go to a bar to talk to an informant. Oh well! I don't know how to play spy games. Let's go."Lea nods.You hook up with the others at the Manor. Balles just tries to keep from collapsing from stress. His jail has never ever been this full. The paperwork, or by His Light, the paperwork. His world of perfect order has ended. However, Paladin Balles still stands as tall and as rigid as he can. The oak tree breaks, the reed bends, but Balles' is an iron rod and refuses to budge.He's open to the idea of making the Glass Assassins into a work crew. "So, his Lordship is staying here to help the transition and new...immigrants...to our city." Balles says. "And I understand that your business here is concluded. And you are leaving? Soon?"You can almost hear the 'Please?' that came next. It's obvious that the mere idea of you and the Dawnchasers LEAVING is an idea that obviously fills him with glee. You are chaos incarnate, and the poor man needs some time to catch up.
>>24560033>>24560065The question remains, how long is too long?
>>24560152 After these messages, we'll be right back.
Yes, we'll be leaving. Ask Balles if he can send someone who is well versed in such things over the [Robin's Alias]'s room to check things over. As the coins representative him disapearing could be nothing... or it could be foul play.
>>24560204When you can't do it yourself, delegate!
>>24560152"Well, I suppose I could stick around a little longer to help smooth things out and do some paperwork if you insist. Otherwise, I'll be off to the winds tomorrow, if plans go according to, well, er, plan."
>>24560152"Yes, but first I'm fairly certain there's some paperwork I need to parse through, the situation with Helen. I suppose you'll want a report filed out on the glass Assassins as well."
>>24560033Probably wise. Nobody needs to know about it at the moment.MAYBE inform them before we go talk to the lamia tribe, but otherwise, yeah.>>24560157 Since Ssen can apparently swallow wolves whole, I wouldn't doubt if her tongue was actually quite long.
>>24560152"Isen will be here for a little while longer to oversee the transition, though he has obligations back in Stone Hall that he'll have to return to before long. Likely no more than a week. But I'm sure that whoever he appoints will do a fine job. And we'll be doing what we can elsewhere to make sure that they and you have the chance.But yes, we'll be on our way shortly. Our apologies for increasing for increasing your paperwork; unfortunately, sometimes things do get worse before they get better. I do look forward to seeing the future glory of Bronze Peak reborn, though; I have no doubt you'll manage it."Quentin and Rachel said they'll stay for now, so I think we've got everything in order.>>24560204Balles has enough on his plate, and both of the likely causes of his disappearance (coins or scampering on his own) seem like things he shouldn't be looking into.We might want to check with the main gate, though, and ask them if any delegations of Fey have come through (perhaps looking for Robin).
>>24560326yep, we've got most everything down. Except for the secret cult of all man's wisdom in the goat shrine we keep missing.Though, we could offer to do paperwork for Balles. Watch him flounder for any reason to do the paperwork and get us out of here.
>>24560620I say we just leave if we haven't got much to do.
Hmm I wonder where exactly the mer are. If they're on the Citadel side coast, it will be a long journey and the Dramatae may already have the upper hand. If it's on the Stone Hall side, we could get the Leviathan to take us there, stopping or at least delaying any bombardment and giving us artillery just in case.
>>24560948Well, we do have a lot to get done in general; eg. planning the Schola Clarus, possibly giving Mage a hand with some of the many things he's got on his plate as a show of good faith, or talking to each of our comrades about some of the heavy shit that got laid down when The Dragon who was an Asshole of Shadows took hold of us back at the peaks.
>>24560988http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24516758/#p24521326> "Also, they're going to try and start with the Mer in the ruins of Coral Gate. They're nearly all feral there."So we know there are some in Coral Gate, wherever that is.
>>24561073the most I want to do is get the caligo sholarus going. Which means we need an income. Which means we need to find those inventors to get the rights for barney to use.How do we find the inventors? We have money. How do we turn money into found inventors?
>>24561073We have a long journey south and west ahead of us to have that conversation with our friends.>>24560988I'm thinking we should head south through Stone Hall, then turn west past River's Crossing to White Tree, then southwest towards First Wood.
>>24561137sounds about right. Anyone remember where the fey court was? I'd still like to talk to them.
>>24561123Printing press. Harpies. Suddenly raining fliers informing all inventors, scholars, and artisans of the mutual opportunity awaiting them at the light house of Stone Hall. As for the detachments of (mostly Red) Occuli who'll be escorting these fruitful minds, I doubt it'd be hard to find volunteers, especially with some help from Uncle in choosing/encouraging the finest candidates among his men.
>>24561193That's a fair idea, but perhaps normal, old-fationed post distribution of fliers would work.Because we only have 30 harpies.
>>24561448And soon, the Mumei Express.>The mail always comes on time when delivered by the Duchess of Daily Delivery,>The Princess of Punctuality,>Mail Maiden Mumei!
>>24561550PS because Ornithopter-piloting magical girl with the power to do her own taxes without breaking a sweat.
"Yes, but first I'm fairly certain there's some paperwork I need to parse through, the situation with Helen. I suppose you'll want a report filed out on the Glass Assassins as well."Isen will be here for a little while longer to oversee the transition, though he has obligations back in Stone Hall that he'll have to return to before long. Likely no more than a week. But I'm sure that whoever he appoints will do a fine job. And we'll be doing what we can elsewhere to make sure that they and you have the chance."But yes, we'll be on our way shortly. Our apologies for increasing for increasing your paperwork; unfortunately, sometimes things do get worse before they get better. I do look forward to seeing the future glory of Bronze Peak reborn, though; I have no doubt you'll manage it."Balles relaxes as he hands you the paperwork and a quill to sign it. "I actually am looking forward to it too." He sighs. "There's a different feel in the air these days. It used to be that all I had to do was turn around and I would have found that a year had gone by. Now, now I wake up and every day seems like a year." He chuckles as he hands you the last piece of paper. This one isn't for you to sign. It's two groups of names.One of the lists is dramatically shorter than the other. It's still a long list, but for every one name on the short list, there's three on the other.The short list has Uncle Julian, Paladin Avery, Paladin Balles, Father Uriah, Elegantine Tray (Her Illuminated Self), Prince Itzak Newgate, all names you recognize.But there are some you don't. A lot of Paladins, and a few notable names: Princess Karen Newgate, Father Vincent Qualm, Overseer Ferris Dell, and so on.The long list goes on and on though, and you see Paladin Odette and Overseer Trivalon's name on this list."I exchanged quite a few letters and favors to make this." He says. "Keep this close." He frowns as he looks at you. "They say we're causing the end of a Golden Age, destroying paradise."
>>24561715Allies against enemies? Or people who know of the Dramatae?
>>24561715Just stare at the long list for a bit. Then: "May I never speak ill of paperwork again. This is a wonder and a horror to behold. And some of the names on the short list are a particular comfort. Thank you, Paladin Balles."
>>24561715"The accusation is half right. We're bringing about the end of a -Gilded- age."
What is better freedom to choose our own path? Or a paradise under a sometimes benevolent master whose only price is the lives few slaves every once and a while?Thank you for the list Paladin Balles
>>24561715"There might be some truth to that. Though really, it was destroying itself. Bronze peak's loan fiasco is a prime example of that."
>>24561715HIS is on our side? I figured she would be Citadelized as hell.
>>24561715"Interesting times no matter where I go. I'm very sorry for all the bother Paladin Balles. Someday, I'll come to a town without uncovering half a dozen myriad darknesses bubbling up within."
>>24561856yeah, this.It's hardly our fault that the country is run apparently on loan schemes, assassinations, and blood sacrifice. If they were so important to the running of the country, why are they so illegal?
>>24561791"There might be some truth to that. Though really, it was a gilded age at best, destroying itself at worst. Bronze Peak's loan fiasco is a prime example of that." You sigh as you look at the list. If a person can be judged by looking at his enemies, then at least you have quantity on your side. "May I never speak ill of paperwork again. This is a wonder and a horror to behold. And some of the names on the short list are a particular comfort. Thank you, Paladin Balles."He smiles and shrugs. "I should have ran you out of town the moment you arrived." He extends his hand. "May His Light be with you, Paladin Serpent."
>>24561890OK. Time to do as we promised; this town isn't big enough for the both of us, so we'll leave him to fixing that.To the south, past Stone Hall.Also, where *is* Coral Gate?
>>24561947we should... maybe see if mumei is done crying?
>>24561890"You as well, friend. May you never have a boring day so long as you live."Then this: >>24561965
>>24561715"Citadel is no paradise. It's even worse than Hell, in fact. In Hell there are sinners and the wicked: no innocent bystanders. Citadel, on the other hand, thrives on the slaughter of innocents.""Thank you for this."
>>24561995Let's not say this. Let's not make Ssen sound like the lunatics who attacked her because it rained.
>>24561947>Also, where *is* Coral Gate?Draw a line from First Wood to the East coast. That's about where the ruins of Coral Gate are.
>>24561890"And also with you, Paladin Balles."
>>24562012Hmmm. Well, we're going to pass close to that next on our way from Stone Hall to River's Crossing; how far out of our way would it be to drop by?
>>24561965Good point, since she isn't coming with us; let's drop by before we leave.
>>24562011Plus, Hell is kind of a Judeo-Christian thing. The Light and his Teachings and the Darkness are somewhat distinct from those.Sort of like what you'd get if you conflated God and Heaven or the Devil and Hell into one thing.
>>24562012I updated my journal
>>24562110Awesome. Could you fix the name of River's Crossing, as well?
>>24562033"And also with you, Paladin Balles."Isen, Tara, and the Princess, see you off outside. The Princess hugs you, she cries when she does it. Tara helps her back into her carriage."She's leaning towards the surgical, but I've put money out on finding that potion stuff you told us about." Isen says. He sighs. "She's...I think that this was the straw that broke her dam, or something." Isen shrugs. "She's just freaking out that she'll be free. Like free free.""Don't you have to marry her?" Tricia says."Eventually." Isen shrugs. "She's in no hurry. I'm in no hurry. Don't you even dare think about it, Paladin Serpent or Tara and I will kill you." He smiles. "But, now I have to be all princely and crap." He rolls his eyes. "Eh, whatever. Oh, I'm thinking about making Rachel the new Mayor. Sound good?"
>>24562171as long as she gets a few assisstants to help her out she should do well. Especially if she can ride herd on the rest of the city as well as she does Quentin and Jeremy.
>>24562143Yes I can.
>>24562171"Sounds good to me, we already know she can keep Jeremy and Quintin in line, and we all know how stubborn the pair of them are. She should make a fine Mayor."
>>24562171> Don't you even dare think about it, Paladin Serpent or Tara and I will kill you."I'm not nearly drunk enough to try that."> Oh, I'm thinking about making Rachel the new Mayor. Sound good?"Perfect.">>24562265And if she can keep those two in line, she handle anyone.
>>24562171"You'd best make sure she's all right with it. I've fought a myriad of darknesses and none of them can intimidate quite as well as that woman when she's angry."
>>24562171"Rachel sounds like a perfect reccomendation. Her natural talent for yelling people into shape would do well there."
>>24562273> Don't you even dare think about it, Paladin Serpent or Tara and I will kill you.Followup: "But call me when 'eventually' rolls around, or if you two ever end up tying the knot. I'd be honored to do it sober when you're willing."
>>24562171It helps that Rachel already knows what Citadel feels like and has overcome it. That'll make it that much harder for it to influence her again, I think.
>>24562273"Don't worry, I'm not nearly drunk enough to try that." You say. "As for Rachel, sounds perfect. We already know she can keep Jeremy and Quintin in line, and we all know how stubborn the pair of them are. She should make a fine Mayor. "However, you'd best make sure she's all right with it. I've fought a myriad of darknesses and none of them can intimidate quite as well as that woman when she's angry."Isen nods. "Oh, I believe that." He says."Hey, Isen." Tricia asks. She's been looking at the list. "Who's Karen Newgate?""How'd you learn of HER? Ughhhh. She's my big sister, eighth in line for the throne. Kind of a total raging bitch. Please tell me she's still in the Phoenix Empire." Isen says. There's a look of absolute fear and loathing on his face."I think I like her already." Peri says."Bye, have fun, and kick ass and we'll have have a nice party on the beach soon!" Tara says as she gives each of you one of her hugs."Good fortune, my Beautiful Nightmares." Isen says with a wink. "How's about a nice full goodbye kiss, with a little lamia tongue for luck?""I'm actually not even offended anymore." Tricia says as she heads back to the wagon.
he does grow on you.Like a bad, reaccuring fungus.
>>24562377I assume that we're not the only ones with a copy of the list? Hopefully Balles shares it with Isen.
>>24562377You know what, he's been asking for like three months now and we might die before we return.I'm tempted to say just go for it. Because we need at least one real kiss with a boy.
>>24562431but nah, Tricia would be unhappy. I guess kiss on the cheek is the most we should do.
>>24562431I'd be more tempted to drip out a pile of the black venom, grin big at him, and say "sure, pucker up". Then leave while he's stumbling backward.
>>24562442hence why I couched it in terms of being tempted to say, instead of saying it.I don't want it to be taken up as a vote or anything.
>>24562377A nice venom-dripping grin?
>>24562449This is acceptable. Especially since Isen hasn't seen the black venom trick before. Black venom grin is also a scary idea.
>>24562469Should keep it in mind if we ever have to play the Monster for intimidation's sake.
>>24562449this is Isen, he might just go for it.
We could give him one of these, I realize.
>>24562488And then we switch out the Black for Clear.
>>24562543eh. that's getting a bit messy now, since it's not localized to the mouth. Think of poor armor!
>>24562377"You know Isen, you're actually very charming."Then whatever scary smile or cheek kiss thing the rest of you decide on"I hope I can see you all again later. I wouldn't miss that beach party of tara's for the world."
>>24562567We can secrete it anywhere we want, just like the other venoms, can't we?
>>24562605If we could, the utility of it just shot up a lot from my previous expectations.
>>24562543We're not trying to hurt him. If he decides he's audacious enough to go near lamia venom for a kiss, we won't even have to bother slapping him unconscious; the venom will do that for us.More hoping he just backs off, though.
>>24562469>>24562459>>24562449You let a little bit of the black, just a couple of drops from each fang pool before you open your mouth and flick your tongue out. Your tongue, fangs, and teeth are black and little drops are just forming on your fangs. "Sssssure, pucker up." You say, drawing out your usual hiss just for dramatic effect. Any sane man would back up.But this is Isen the Audacious."Kinky!" He says, and then his face swoops in and before you know it, you're getting a full bore kiss, and stupid stupid instincts. Your traitorous tongue responds for a few seconds before you pull it back in, and then Isen breaks off."Wow...Tricia's a lucky girl...be good to each...uhhh...tonge's gaon namb...oh...crap..." He shrugs. "Worth it!" He says, before he collapses in a slightly twitching heap.Tara looks concerned. "He's not going to die, is he?"
>>24562676poke him with beacon's blunt end.Maybe?
>>24562676"Someday. Hopefully a very long way off. Please take care Tara."
>>24562676"No, not likely. Might shut him up for a bit though so enjoy that for as long as you can."
>>24562676"Stars above, I hope not. I'd die of embarrassment in court before they could hang me for regicide."
>>24562676"Shouldn't do, that particular venom just paralyses.I can't believe he actually went for that."
I really hope that was only one dose worth.
>>24562676hahaha called it.prod him with the end of our tail"Na, he should be just fine, its just a wee bit of paralytic. He took me completely by surprise too!""He probably wont be able to speak for a while though, so enjoy it while you can.""Take care of yourself, and him too Tara" and give her a big snake hug
>>24562747no court in all the worlds out there. Not even those headed by Peace would convict us. It'd be ruled as suicide like going to far with autoerotic asphixiation.
>>24562676"Nope. New trick I picked up recently; it's a paralytic. Didn't expect him to actually go for it, though, but used something non-fatal just in case. I don't think he's actually unconscious, just paralyzed. He can probably hear us just fine.">>24562778>"He probably wont be able to speak for a while though, so enjoy it while you can.">"Take care of yourself, and him too Tara" and give her a big snake hugThis.
>>24562795Peace would give us a medal; she hates Isen.
>>24562676We should get some water. Need rinse Ssen's mouth out of poison and Isen.
>>24562676Alternative: we could face away from Isen gravely, wink to Tara, and then explain in detail all the horrible things that venom does.
All jokes asidewe should probably tell Isen about the list
>>24562747"No, not likely. Stars above, I'd die of embarrassment in court before they could hang me for regicide." You poke him with Beacon's blunt end. The idiot has the audacity to have been frozen with a dopey smile on his face. "He should be just fine, its just a wee bit of paralytic. He took me completely by surprise too!""He probably wont be able to speak for a while though, so enjoy it while you can.""Take care of yourself, and him too, Tara" and give her a big snake hug."Ugh! Too tight!" Tara says wincing. Heh, finally got her back.You load yourself into the wagon and Tricia puts an arm around you. "So, back to home?"Using Lightmare:It's 3 days to go to River's Crossing. 5 days to Coral Gate ruins. 3 days to White Tree. 5 to Citadel. 6 to First Wood. A week to Purple Sands.
stone hall-> coral -> river would be the most effecient routing. If we ignored priority.I don't know what has highest priority.
>>24562936Hmmm. Hate to delay the chance to get home; how many days would it add if we went to River's Crossing and *then* Coral Gate (and then doubling back), versus going by Coral Gate on our way to River's Crossing?
>>24562977It's a 2 day distance between Coral Gate and River's Crossing.
>>24563011oh, well then, let's go to river's crossing. Unless we have some priority business in stone hall that can't be done by mail?
>>24563050on the topic of mail:we should get an emblem to seal our mail with. wax seals and all that like a proper knightly order.
... personally before we go to Coral Gate lets head to wherever the Grove is. I don't really want to delay that. the Dramatae work too fast for my liking.
>>24563011White Tree->River's Crossing->Coral Gate i would say then>>24563062we really could use the mind blocking stuff to fight the dramatae head on though, doubly so if it can prevent/weaken some of their tricks like the time stop spell.
>>24563062Comedy's Apple Grove is somewhere by First Wood. Holting's Manor is in White Tree.
>>24563011Three days to River's Crossing, then 2 days to Coral Gate. Got it.We need to go through there and at VERY LEAST let Tricia's folks know that we're expecting an attack. Because even before Echo told us that was Peace's plan, it came up that an attack on River's Crossing was likely.
>>24563062well, either way we're hitting river crossing on the way.We should either teach our people to fight lamia, or go and make contact with the wild lamia. Leaving them as is worries me every time I think about it.
>>24563062Comedy's orchard is most likely connected to First Wood, which is far west of both. It'd put us far out of the way.>>24563079>we really could use the mind blocking stuff to fight the dramatae head on though, doubly so if it can prevent/weaken some of their tricks like the time stop spell.Indeed.>>24563093Crud, you're right. OK, Coral Gate can wait. Stone Hall -> River's Crossing -> Coral Gate -> White Tree, Holting, and Comedy's orchard.
>>24563111>>24563098>>24563093You nod. "Home, Stone Hall first, then home."Tricia rests her head on your shoulder. "Good."Okay, roll 1d20 from here to Stone Hall. Lower is better.
>>24563196May we all live interesting times.
>>24563196WELP! Time to fight three more passions.
>>24563198suddenly, encounters on every day of travel.
>>24563231On the bright side, we ARE depleting enemy resources at an astounding rate.
>>24563219A bridge that used to be here isn't here any more. You're going to have to invest some funds in making sure that someone comes out and checks these things, and repairs them. Citadel isn't going to maintain them for you.
>>24563279And now I'm getting Oregon Trail flashbacks.
>>24563279make a note of it. We'll pass it along to someone at Stone Hall. time to ford da river.
>>24563279...Marvelous.I guess we should head on to Stone Hall and tell someone there.Meanwhile: what's the condition of the river?
>>24563279Or rather, I should ask: what is this bridge crossing? A river, a gap, some rough ground?
>>24563279>>24563322Yeah, is there anywhere to ford the wagon around here?We've floated it before, but that's a recipe for dysentary.
>>24563358>>24563298>fording>floatingFuck that, we're gonna jump it.
>>24563412... we don't have legs.
>>24563353It's used to cover a river that floods during the rainy times. Thankfully, it's actually not that deep right now. Peri could walk across with her feet touching the river bottom, and not get her head wet. She'd get everything else submerged, though.Roll 1d20 +2 to ford the thing.
>>24563437Could we try something else, please? That's way too deep for us to want to try fording.Could we head around, at the cost of a delay?
>>24563445Hooray for beating the four.
>>24563458...too late, I guess. I'd hoped we could hear about the river or whatever we had to cross and *then* figure out how we wanted to handle it. But here's hoping 16 is enough.
>>24563429...in the wagon.We're gonna jump it in the wagon.
>>24563486well nevermind now i guess
Nightmare accidentally ate the hawk meat we were preparing and Mage gave him wings.
>>24563445Time for the snake trail!Also yeah, we need to fix these roads, or else trade will break down, and we won't have the money to fix roads.
>>24563531I thought Lightmare had them already, just not enough lift for more than himself.
>>24563445You go over the river and through the wood to Granny's place you go.Stone Hall is fine, save for the CSS Leviathan, hanging out there like an ominous boil on the water. You drop off your report about the bridge to Avery's people. It sounds that the city's been a city, some crime, nothing /bad/ bad, and the new inventor's market is really picking up steam. In a few places, literally. The Lighthouse is the same, Ambrose hasn't gotten his hands on any new lore yet, but he's overjoyed to hear about the Iron Books, and is making a spot for them, and demanding Barney build protection for them.The night passes without incident, and the next day you're back on the road.Roll 2d20 for the wo days on the road. Lower is better.
Rolled 14, 7 = 21>>24563577
about what I expected honestly.
Rolled 19, 10 = 29>>24563599... eh. Not like I'd have rolled lower.
>>24563577I assume we talked to Barney about the plans from the Roc book that could help Mumei?
>>24563577>Stone Hall is fine, save for the CSS Leviathan, hanging out there like an ominous boil on the water.And now we have a third reason to find the Mer.
>>24563747indeed. Though there's probably as many of them as rocs.Though, they'd be great support for amphibious lizardmen. If we could get ourself onto the ship, we could gas it. But that's a lot of dead sailors who didn't do anything wrong.
>>24563927er, not rocs, but harpies. whoop.
>>24563927The rank-and-file on the ship would probably listen to whoever is running it. We just need to make sure that's us.
You know if we didn't want to capture the ship I had an idea. We could get someone to create an explosive device and just have the lizard folk place it under the keel then set it off and crack that fucking ship in half.
>>24563625Of course. He's getting his own to-do book. The problem is that you don't have bamboo, or rice paper, available to use as building materials. So he'll look into improvisation.Also those are two low enough rolls to ensure that you arrive at River's Crossing without problems.Home is just as quiet and peaceful as ever. Well, save for the notice board. Apparently there's been a lot of new notices posted about how it's rained in Citadel, the degeneration of culture in Stone Hall, the unprecedented greed of Bronze Peak, and how every person needs to examine themselves deep within and find that part of them that unquestioningly loves Citadel Kingdom and to let it out into the world, for it knows best.Also, according to the news notices, the Purple Occuli's office has been suspended. Apparently the good men and women in that branch of the Occuli are needed elsewhere. There's a vague mention of the Fey Court threat, but it's lumped in with desert clan raiders, and Ghouls. But that's national news. In local River's Crossing news, the most exciting thing is that Illsabell had a boy. (she's the wife of the dairy farmer) The new forge mistress is engaged with Elias, huh, good for him. And sadly Elias' mother has passed away, also good for Elias. Because with that horrible old woman gone, River's Crossing is now cleansed of anyone who ever gave you a dark look as a child.The others all make themselves home at Elias' tavern, congratulating him. You and Tricia go over to her home, and Alexander and Katherine are there to welcome the two of you with a nice large dinner."So..." Alexander said. "Things are picking up, it seems like. Rain in Citadel." He shakes his head. "I remember when that felt like almost a victory."
it won't be victory until Peace is dead. And that is a while off. We cannot face her yet. I think we were here to warn them to prepare the defences in case an unexpected attack comes. Then visit the Lamia and see how feral they are.
>>24564058"Yes, things ARE picking up. I assume you've had some time to think about how you, and by extension how River's Crossing, are going to survive this? Because the hard part is not as far off as I'd like, I think."
>>24564058"I was actually kinda anger about it truthfully. Well, I should I say I got anger for being blamed for it. Even if it's true."But no, a little rain in Citadel is no victory. Just a step towards. Showing that what we're doing is having an effect."Though it has gotten to point where 'they' are moving very openly now."
>>24564058>Home is just as quiet and peaceful as ever. Well, save for the notice board. Apparently there's been a lot of new notices posted about how it's rained in Citadel, the degeneration of culture in Stone Hall, the unprecedented greed of Bronze Peak, and how every person needs to examine themselves deep within and find that part of them that unquestioningly loves Citadel Kingdom and to let it out into the world, for it knows best.I think we need to do some redecorating.> "So..." Alexander said. "Things are picking up, it seems like. Rain in Citadel." He shakes his head. "I remember when that felt like almost a victory."I think he needs to hear about us stopping them from getting their Rage. Now that was a victory.More generally: time to reminisce about our adventures since we last saw them, which leads naturally into the increasing threat.
>>24564058I hope Rivers Crossing doesn't become a target. We know the Dramatae are doing a restart, and don't want the doomed home village to be here. Or anywhere, really.
>>24563620no, apparently you would not.
>>24564141Oh, and we especially need to talk to him about the Fifth and Tallow.
>>24564058>Purple Occuli's office has been suspendedWhich office was this?
>>24564179Paladin Internal Affairs, with truth spells and various other means of ensuring justice.
>>24564179the one that was the law for paladins.Basically it means nobody is watching our cases now to ensure they are legal.Which could mean any number of things, most of them bad.
>>24564145It's confirmed. I've been saying since we met Robbie, it's the obvious storybook villain thing to do, and that's exactly why Peace is going to do it. They're as much bound by the "characters" Citadel has turned them into as the Lightbringers they sacrifice. Peace probably wants River's Crossing so bad she can TASTE it.
>>24564218Peace actually seemed fairly emotional about the idea, and not necessarily in a good way. I get the vague impression she might have some connection to it.
>>24564213Can we raid the offices to see the files they have on us?
>>24564255its in citadel most likely... i don't want to go back there unless its to help evacuate.
>>24564121>>24564137"I was actually kinda anger about it truthfully. Well, I should I say I got anger for being blamed for it. Even if it's true."But no, a little rain in Citadel is no victory. Just a step towards. Showing that what we're doing is having an effect."Though it has gotten to point where 'they' are moving very openly now."Yes, things ARE picking up. I assume you've had some time to think about how you, and by extension how River's Crossing, are going to survive this? Because the hard part is not as far off as I'd like, I think."Alexander nods. "I've had Katherine run the numbers, we'll be fine." He shrugs. "Now, if there's a horde of starving refugees banging down our doors after they're done with White Tree." He shakes his head. "That we can't do.""Aren't you worried about the Dramatae?"Alex shakes his head. "They don't really go for revenge. Peace doesn't at least." He sighs. "Maybe they rather us live. Die straw deaths, and all the while they live it up. The best revenge is living well, as they say." He sighs. "Of course, your father proved them wrong, and so did I." He squeezes Tricia's hand. "I may not see Citadel fall, but they didn't beat me. Or your Father."Still though, do you know what you're going to do? There's got be two, maybe three million people living in that monster." He looks at you. "If you commit yourself to this, you can't have any doubt. You have to be willing to know what you're going to do, and what it will mean to the kingdom."
>>24564273"We're going to do everything possible, and impossible, to find another way. But if all else fails, and it comes down to that decision, I'd sooner have Citadel fall than have the entire continent become Citadel. Someone has to stop it, and if not us, it'll only be a worse decision for the next one to have to make that decision, if anyone ever has the chance."
Yes, I know. I think we have no choice though. This can't continue. Theres too much evil tied up into that city. It was a built as a place of blood sacrifice and thats all it has ever been.
>>24564273"It will go on forever. These little rebellions, these outcries against the beast, the expansion. The cycle will go on and on, and throughout it all Citadel will grow, and grow, and grow, until it can't grow any more. At that day, then at the end of forever, when there are no more lands to pillage for blood and food... then it will fall. It will fall and the entire world will fall with it.No, it must be brought down now, while it can be brought down. Before it consumes everyone."
>>24564316"Yes, I know. I think we have no choice though. This can't continue. Theres too much evil tied up into that city. It was a built as a place of blood sacrifice and thats all it has ever been."We're going to do everything possible, and impossible, to find another way. But if all else fails, and it comes down to that decision, I'd sooner have Citadel fall than have the entire continent become Citadel. Someone has to stop it, and if not us, it'll only be a worse decision for the next one to have to make that decision, if anyone ever has the chance.""I'm still worried about you Dad, and Mom, and Elias, and everyone else." Tricia says."There's an evacuation tunnel under Uriah's church. Your father dug it himself. it connects with a few other places in town and puts us out away in the Gessler fields." Alex says. "Ever since you last came through with that caravan of yours, I've been forcing them to run drills, just in case." He nods. "If they attack the town, we can't save it, but we can save who's in it." He smiles. "You two really think that they'll try and come here?"Tricia nods.He sighs. "How about White Tree, is that safer? I mean, they wont try another Purple Sands, or Stone Hall right away, will they?"
>>24564273"Yes, Citadel must fall, even it it means that Grand Citadel will implode on itself. Someone has to stop it, or it will swallow the entire continent.""Do not discount them coming here personally, they lost Rage, they are sending waves of Passions against us, and even tried to attack us in person at the Bear Shrine. They are getting desperate to restart the story, and NOTHING is more dangerous than a person or animal backed into a corner."
>>24564401"They're going to try something. They're planning to forge some new Lightbringers right now, which means somewhere there's a hometown they're planning to wipe off the map."
>>24564401They are getting truly desperate now. I wouldn't count on them holding on to their previous MO.
>>24564401"They're going to bring a whole new set of lightbringers up. Which means a new burnt hometown, a new purple sands, a new stone hall... the works."
>>24564406"Do not discount them coming here personally, they lost Rage, they are sending waves of Passions against us, and even tried to attack us in person at the Bear Shrine. They are getting desperate to restart the story, and NOTHING is more dangerous than a person or animal backed into a corner."They're going to try something. They're planning to forge some new Lightbringers right now, which means somewhere there's a hometown they're planning to wipe off the map.""And you think that could be here." Alex sighs. "We don't really have anyone who fits the profile...wait...Elias." He nods. "Young, good natured, just about to be married...send him and his lady love on an all-expenses paid trip to Stone Hall as a gift? To leave tomorrow?"
>>24564401"Remind me, how do the Lightbringer stories always tend to go?"
>>24564401No, they need to get new light bringers first. That means small villages will be destroyed.
>>24564462"Before Peace and company send them on an all-deaths-included world tour? Sounds like a plan. We're headed slightly in that direction after this; we could escort them at least partway if not the whole way there."(Since we're thinking of going to Coral Gate next.)
>>24564462"That would prevent them from being attacked here, sure, but it doesn't prevent them necessarily from razing this place. The hero is always sent away on some minor thing while the home town burns down, this might be that minor thing."
>>24564480Sigh. This is me.
>>24564480"Before Peace and company send them on an all-deaths-included world tour? Sounds like a plan. We're headed slightly in that direction after this; we could escort them at least partway if not the whole way there."You sighs "That would prevent them from being attacked here, sure, but it doesn't prevent them necessarily from razing this place. The hero is always sent away on some minor thing while the home town burns down, this might be that minor thing."Alexander nods. "True..." He shakes his head. "What would they attack us with though?" "Right, they do sort of have a lack of evil forces, save for the masks." Tricia says."They wouldn't use them. That's power they can use in other places." Alexander says."Well, no Ghouls, no desert raiders, Fey Court?""Maybe, but they've always kept the Fey Court around for some reason." Alexander shrugs. "I don't want you all to just stay here to protect us from something that might happen. Odds are good that while you stay here, they'll wipe another town off the map without any interference at all."
>>24564462"Speak of the Darkness and it shall appear. Try to circumvent an event and it may come to pass.""No. Rather than get too cute, we should focus on saving everyone in the town. The people survive, then we win with no guesswork. It's as simple as that."
>>24564546"There's... I've seen some lamia, way out in the forests. They could use those."
>>24564547Indeed. Towns can be rebuilt; we know that from Stone Hall. As long as the people survive, the rest matters less.Now if only that would work for Citadel.
>>24564546"The Lamia out in the forest. If we can tell they're there, odds are good Citadel knows they're there as well. It'd also be almost poetic, wouldn't it? My hometown being razed by my own monstrous cousins, that is.""Sounds exactly like a plot that someone with fetish for dramatic masks and fairy tales would think up."
>>24564546"We know only one thing, that they're planning on using one of the two surviving Lightbringers, Adah-Myriad darkness!"
>>24564555"There's... I've seen some lamia, way out in the forests. They could use those." You say.Alex chuckles. "Yes." He nods. "That's...that sounds about right." He chuckles. "I've checked those out. There's two of them. They live...heh...they live in Bright Tower. Just like before.""It'd also be almost poetic, wouldn't it? My hometown being razed by my own monstrous cousins, that is."Sounds exactly like a plot that someone with fetish for dramatic masks and fairy tales would think up."Tricia nods. "Should we go out there to see?"Alexander shakes his head. "Never try to fight a lamia on her home turf when it's dark. Only your father survived doing that and...I think he was hoping for a different outcome than what happened. He was in a dark place." He sighs. "I don't want to invite havoc by saying that you can wait until morning, but I doubt that you running into a force of lamia out in the woods would be much different than them attacking us a few hours later.""So, wait until morning?" Tricia says.He shrugs. "Best odds if you have to fight. Anyway, you should visit your father Ssen." He says. "Tricia, are you sleeping here tonight?"Tricia shakes her head. "No. I'm going to be with Ssen." She smiles at you. "I would also like the lamia hunting to wait until tomorrow."
>>24564647"Maybe it doesn't have to come to a hunt, have their been any stories of..attacks?"
>>24564647>>24564673after that"Because, at least as long as I was here, I didn't hear of any problems. We could nip this all in the bud!"
I wonder if Citadel suppressed lamia have all the same things we saw when 'sparring' with Granny, I expect the razor claws, but what about the Black, Clear and barbs?
>>24564673>>24564691These, definitely. We're not going to take on a couple of feral lamia simply on the suspicion that the Dramatae might use them. There are far too many things wrong with that.
>>24564695no, citadel supressed lamia don't get the barbs, the black, or the clear. I am fairly certain that's only something uncontrolled, feral lamia have. Like us.
>>24564673"Maybe it doesn't have to come to a hunt, have their been any stories of..attacks? Because, at least as long as I was here, I didn't hear of any problems. We could nip this all in the bud!"Alexander shakes his head. "No. They've just been staying the in the tower, they eat a little game, and then just go back to their tower." He shrugs. "They have no other lizard kin with them. Just the pair."
>>24564803"Why, that's fantastic! Maybe they'll be willing... er, able to talk!"Hopes are in the upright and raised position. Please do not shatter these hopes.
>>24564803>>24564713This then. We need something more than "that sounds like the kind of thing the Dramatae would do" before we hunt a couple of lamia who haven't hurt anyone, feral or not.Can't hurt to investigate, though.
>>24564803"Here is to hoping it is a peaceful meeting instead of a hunt then, either way it waits until morning."
>>24564832"Why, that's fantastic! Maybe they'll be willing... er, able to talk!"Alexander shrugs. "Worked before." He smiles at you."But that can wait for tomorrow." Tricia says. "Thanks for the news Dad." She hugs him and pecks him on the cheek. "See you tomorrow.""Night, bumblebee. Ssen." He says.You and Tricia make your way back to your home. You smile as you enter it. At the very least, it's no longer filled with too many memories for you to be here without crying. At long last, the reason you left on this mad voyage has been complete. Heh.Tricia goes to the back room and comes back, she's changed into a simple white slip, she's event taken off her hat. She has two vials in her hands. She sets them on the table. "That's everything we need. I had Mari double check it, too." She sighs. "Things are getting dangerous now, and...and I want to do one more really stupid thing before we start. If...if you're still considering it, then you need to put a fresh drop of blood in each, and I do the same, down the hatch and...well...then we're stuck with each other for a long time." She shrugs. "If you want to just say no, that's fine too. I mean, we thought that we should wait until I show more of the monster that I'm going to be, and plus I know I'm the one rushing you know and..." She takes a deep breath. "I'm babbling."
>>24564935"Tricia, I don't know what you're going to look like in a hundred years, or what I will for that matter. But you'll never be a monster. And I'd love to find out the rest together."
>>24564935"You never babble."Kiss the girl?
>>24564935tackle hug and kiss"You will be no more of a monster than I am.""I accept." with tears in our eyes
>>24564935You're still willing to marry me after I cheated on you with Isen?
>>24564935Ssen:Agree quite exuberantly.
>>24564935"I love it when you babble."kiss/tackle/hug"Plus, I can't help but wonder what a snake-ish bug is going to be like. We'll be the terrors of the neighborhood, when we retire."
>>24564970"You never babble."You cause her to make a little 'eep' of surprise when you tackle and hug her. There are tears in your eyes as you nod. "Tricia, I don't know what you're going to look like in a hundred years, or what I will for that matter. But you'll never be a monster. And I'd love to find out the rest together.""So..." She swallows. "So we're doing this.""If you'll have me after I had that horrid moment where I cheated on you with Isen." You say.Tricia laughs. "Oh my, well...considering I can forgive you for your dalliances with your shield. I suppose I can forgive you for being amorous to another inanimate object."You both fumble around and find a sewing needle. Two pinpricks and four drops of blood, and you're looking at a vial filled with a liquid that looks like ink."Supposedly, this is it. The dragon part of you is supposed to do the rest...I think." Tricia shrugs. "I suppose the fact that you're drinking the same thing I am is supposed to be the closest Dragons get to the concept of romantic. Should...should we say something, do a toast, or just down it?"
>>24565091"A toast... to stupid ideas. We would have never come this far without them."
>>24565091"To Us, May our love grow stronger with age, I am Yours, and You are Mine. I love you always."
>>24565091Hand the other person your bottle lock elbows and down it.btw whats the ending theme for season 2?(also fuck yeah finally caught up)
>>24565128Welcome!>>24565122This sounds perfect. Touching, just a hint of dragon for respect to the ritual we're using, and looking towards the future we're trying to make.
>>24565122this one's more romantic, I redact mine upon a few moments of consideration. Mine being>>24565116
>>24565122"To Us, May our love grow stronger with age, I am Yours, and You are Mine. I love you always.""Me too."You lock elbows."And to stupid ideas. We'd never come this far without them.""Here here!" She says.You both down the substance.Roll 1d20lower is better
Rolled 16>>24565178cross fingers
>>24565181...you've got to be kidding me. *NOW* I roll a crit?
>>24565181DICE GODS YOU SON OF A BITCH
>>24565181Here's to stupid ideas!
Tricia is now a flying wasp lamia.
>>24565181So... Tricia dead now?
We can only hope that this is the roll for what horrible thing will interrupt the ceremony, rather than for the ceremony itself. We can only hope.Because we can fight off a dozen Passions (or a pair of lamia) as long as this doesn't go wrong. Please don't let this go wrong....or, if it's going to go wrong, let it happen to us.
>>24565218God I hope not. Chances are she's some kind of horrible monster now.we'll have to put her down either old-yeller style or "Killlll meeeee" style
>>24565226Giant dragonfly, obviously.
Guys. Let's think this through rationally.One roll won't kill a person! We're probably in some kind of wacky coma!
>>24565265Spoiler those prophecies!
>>24565277spoilers? when did we get those?.....god Im such an oldfag.
>>24565304About the time /q/ came back.
oh man this is a long delay.Echo is writing up a real tragedy aint he?
>>24565181Trying to not laugh loud enough to wake roommates You're in that space again. The place you met the Fifth, and the Dragon. Now there's just you, and quietly walking towards you, in her robe and mask is Peace."Hello." Peace says. With a swift move she draws the blade at her side. You know that sword. You hate that sword. That was the sword your Father thought would win him the day. That was the sword that was Peace's finest trick. "Its name is Soma." Peace says. "You don't have to worry about River's Crossing. It's too big to be a proper lightbringer town. Too many traders, too much river traffic, people come and go from there to White Tree all the time. It's small, but it isn't cosy. It's not insular. I'd rather have you watch as your hometown becomes just another district of Citadel anyway." Peace walks around you. "For the longest time, even when we met in person. I thought you were working for my Father. Trying to revive him, or to put a Newgate on the throne that would result in the same thing. I thought the Fifth was working with him...but I was mistaken wasn't I?"
>>24565325"Of course you were. His reign was worse than citadel's! Though, more honest I suppose."
>>24565325I swear to god Echo if you do what I think your doing; I'll fucking kill you."Spoilers are bad, you know?"
>>24565325"Your Father was a more straightforward evil, and I can almost respect that over Citadel's insidious evil, but no, I'm not interested in trading one master for another.Now go away, I'm busy. We both know the story doesn't work if you kill me here."
>>24565325"That bitter old bully on the mountain? Lets make this as clear as we can Peace, I serve the Light."
>>24565325You've been mistaken for a long long time.
Oh god. I was just listening to the ending theme for this quest.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbhAf62wfgEThree way free for all ego battle between Isen, Old one, and Zaphod Beablebrox.
>>24565325Mistaken? But Peace is never wrong!
>>24565421then giggle a little bit. "Nope couldn't say it with a straight face."
>>24565364"Your Father was a more straightforward evil, and I can almost respect that over Citadel's insidious evil, but no, I'm not interested in trading one master for another."Now go away, I'm busy. We both know the story doesn't work if you kill me here."Peace nods. "I'm not good at this banter anyway. Comedy has a flair for it." She looks at you. "You know something horrible is happening to Tricia. The spell is reacting poorly to her spirit. It's fascinating to look at a Wasp Witch in pupae form. Their souls are...segmented almost." She sighs. "You'll be fine of course. You've had worse posion in you. Placed by me even." She sighs. "Apologies about that. Assassins in ballrooms have very specific requirements if they are to be properly accepted. I'm woolgathering...apologies.""Tricia is on the ground of your house. Forcibly going through what should take decades. This is no one's fault but yours and hers." Peace says. "I can do nothing to you here, and you will wake up in time...but...I can also send you to her mind, and give you a chance to save her sanity."You'll owe me a favor, of course."
>>24565454Cannot nope hard enough.Turn down the deal with the devil, Ssen.
>>24565454"Go to hell."
>>24565454"Far be it from me to question your honesty, but I don't know that I believe you that something has gone wrong. I'd ask you to show me, but somehow I think you could put any image in my mind that you wanted to. So how can you prove that what you're claiming to save her from is real?"In any case, I'm not good at the open-ended favor thing. And we both know that if you tried to use it on anything where the fate of the world was at stake, I wouldn't do it. So why don't you tell me right now what it is that you want?"
>>24565454"You ask me grab your left hand so you can stab me with your right? I think not."(Btw Echo your a complete bastard. I didn't need this quandry tonight.)
THIS is the hard part, isn't it?
>>24565454"Aren't you charitable. Now tell me, whatever you are, how do I know you're not just lying through your teeth to get something you want?"
>>24565537Nope the bullshit RNG part.
>>24565454"What's the favor?"
>>24565454We have to accept. Tricia needs us now more then ever. If we can help then we need to do so.
>>24565527you shouldn't have caught up so fast. this is how it feels in the thread ALL THE TIME.
>>24565555Quads don't lie.
>>24565555Would Tricia want us to. Ask yourself that.
>>24565564oh i'm all for the quandry. just not tonight.
>>24565503that's basically my feelings on the matter. Faustian deals are the hardest.
>>24565504"Far be it from me to question your honesty, but I don't know that I believe you that something has gone wrong. I'd ask you to show me, but somehow I think you could put any image in my mind that you wanted to. You ask me to grab your left hand, so you can stab me with your right. So how can you prove that what you're claiming to save her from is real?"In any case, I'm not good at the open-ended favor thing. And we both know that if you tried to use it on anything where the fate of the world was at stake, I wouldn't do it. So why don't you tell me right now what it is that you want?""I haven't come up with it yet." Peace says. "I...lack originality. Thus the need for the others." Peace shrugs. "I find just having people in my debt to be a preferable scenario to me, and I have ways of enforcing my debts." Peace stops pacing and looks at you. "As for my validity, I agree. There is no way you can verify any of my statements." Peace sheathes Soma. "But I am content in staying here with you, in silence if need be...and wait...and then you will wake up, and see what happened because you did nothing."
>>24565555Were willing to sacrifice millions of people to end citadel. Tricia should be one of those people. If we give in to Peace as soon as somebody we care about is in danger, we're just a massive hypocrite and a failure.
>>24565587Accept that shit and start researching mind protection magic. We will have our cake and save tricia with it too.
>>24565587"Peace, I will do a thing for you in exchange for this. I choose what this thing is.A life for a life. If you help me save Tricia, you will get to name one person who will be saved. I will save them. They will live. Whoever it is. But you'll help me with Tricia first.
>>24565587I have not placed my love in someone weak enough to die from this. Tricia is very strong and will be fine without me for tonight, and while I would rush to her heartbeat in a second to be there with her, she would not want me to risk everything we have worked for."
>>24565618I hope a "get out of judgement free" card is valid.
If we don't accept the deal, I suggest MAD PRAYER. Pray so hard. So hard.
>>24565587",'And he looked into it and saw that the Darkness would last as long as Life and Light itself. And the Light wept.' Your father would be proud, you maniac."
>>24565587"I told Tricia once that others looked to me for their strength, but that I looked to her. And there's no way she'd support this. Do you really think the very first thing I'd do after choosing to share a life together is to play the monster?So let's skip the waiting; I have a life to save, and you're keeping me from it.">>24565618That's tempting, if Peace would take it. We could live with that. But I doubt Peace would accept that.
this is sure one hell of a critical failure
>>24565609Yeah, the only way we'd consider taking this deal is if we have a plan for how to get out of it and stab Peace in the back. Or the front, I'm not picky. In no way would we accept it on her terms.
>>24565587"You claim to have nothing to do with this, yet what more effective way to get the Paladin Serpent out of the way then attacking her love for another and using it against her?""Run, Run before I catch you, If what you say is true there is NOTHING in this world that can save you or your precious Citadel, I will find you eventually and I will end you and Citadel."
>>24565684Let's *not* tell her that this would turn us into a Lightbringer.
>>24565652*clutches medalion*"Light above grant me the strength through this most trying of times. Let not my ears be poisoned by the darkness, and let my hands not reach out in haste and fear. Let not my eyes look behold the lies, not my tongue speak its taint. Let my....feet tread the path of light and let not my spirit waver from the path."
Rolled 4>>24565700god I cant 4chan tonight
>>24565587>because you did nothing.That trick didn't work for your father, and it won't work for you. Tricia would never forgive me. None of them would....But if it helps, I'd rather avoid destroying Citadel. I believe it can be changed for the better, without the sacrifices and hidden suffering."If we confess our sins, the Light is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Rolled 15>>24565705I swear to god.
>>24565587So, in lieu of responding to our enemy, let's consider. She brought a sword into this world. And what do we have, besides a fast tail? She's wearing her mask. We got out of the Dragon's mindscape with Beacon.
That thing we did to escape Mr shadow and wake up. Do it again.
>>24565694hah, just noticed that myself, it is rather lightbringer'ey
>>24565722That's what I want to do. We don't fucking need Peace to save Tricia. Peace can go fuck off.
>>24565658",'And he looked into it and saw that the Darkness would last as long as Life and Light itself. And the Light wept.' "Your father would be proud, you maniac."Peace bows her head in thanks."I told Tricia once that others looked to me for their strength, but that I looked to her. And there's no way she'd support this. Do you really think the very first thing I'd do after choosing to share a life together is to play the monster?"Peace says nothing."I have not placed my love in someone weak enough to die from this. Tricia is very strong and will be fine without me for tonight, and while I would rush to her heartbeat in a second to be there with her, she would not want me to risk everything we have worked for."Peace says nothing."Peace, I will do a thing for you in exchange for this. I choose what this thing is."A life for a life. If you help me save Tricia, you will get to name one person who will be saved. I will save them. They will live. Whoever it is. But you'll help me with Tricia first.""I will accept that deal." Peace says. "You will do everything in your power to prevent the death of my associate who is known to you as Comedy. That is not her real name, but you are aware of her, and you have met her. She is not to be killed by you, your companions, or anyone else. Should by your direct, indirect, or by proxy actions or by your willing inaction, Comedy die...then you are in default. This is the deal, and there are NO loopholes. You cannot claim Comedy to be someone else, and you cannot arrange an accident to befall her and get out of the action or inaction clause. Comedy will be untouchable. That is my life that I choose. Agreed?"
>>24565741Yeah fucking no. But hey thanks for telling us Comedy is that important to you.
>>24565741I think I am going to go get a cigarrete.And design the most secure prison OF ALL TIME
>>24565741hnnnng grraaaaaawe are still doing this without proofmy gut says no to this in every way shape and form.
>>24565741"..Agreed. Now, send me to Tricia's mind. I can't let her down now."
>>24565741Yeah, that's Peace's one deal. That or an unspecified favor.I'll let you guys vote on this one.
>>24565772oh god what are we doing. Let's pause for a moment before doing that and do a prayer like this."Light, I've asked you for help, I've asked you to cast out my foes, I've asked you to protect my allies. Today I ask you for the most important thing. Guidance."Wait for divine providence to occur.
>>24565767And it's right. Trusting Peace in any shape or from is stupid. Even if we save Tricia what price did we just pay for it?
>>24565741We've converted or forgiven enough people, and Comedy and Tragedy aren't Peace; I could live with her left to rot of her own accord, if she can't be turned. And some signs we've seen suggest she *might* be more malleable than Peace. *If* we think we can't save Tricia otherwise.But I'm still tempted to tell her to run away, and do it ourselves. We have access to mind magics; Mari and Peri have already researched quite a bit of that. I think we could pull it off without her. If we do decide to take it, I'd add this: "You have risked nothing to save a life here; I will not risk life and limb saving her. But she will not die by our hands, or by our arrangement, or by trickery or loopholes on our part."But if it were up to me: screw her, we've done the impossible before, and we can do it again, without Peace's help.
>>24565817Comedy is the one behind the babyeating parties.We could imprison comedy forever until the end of time, but that is the only way in which this is acceptable to me.
>>24565741kind of stops our plan to offer up the heads of the Dramatae to Old One.wait, if we deliver the heads of all three Dramatae, perhaps we can negotiate for a single dose of Old One's blood to cure Tricia of insanity, assumine we cannot prevent it or cure her before then.
>>24565828And yet, still not as bad as Peace.I'm also finding it interesting that that's who she asks for, now that we have some idea of who Comedy might be.
>>24565847You have a point, insanity is not death. The former is less impossible to reverse than the latter, not that that'd stop us in either case.
Technically she only said diePeace said nothing about kept alive in complete, total, bindings, being fed by the mouth at the very minimum daily, defecating into some random hole until the light is gone from her eyes, wanting to die but unable to, due to her compatriot's Deal.inb4 peace is one of our inner circle
>>24565786Before we make a decision: throw up.Because this is a really big decision.
>>24565786Fucking no. Even if we hadn't already made another deal and promised Comedy's head to Old Ego. This deal just screams bad idea. And not Dawnchaser bad idea.
>>24565795"Light, I've asked you for help, I've asked you to cast out my foes, I've asked you to protect my allies. Today I ask you for the most important thing. Guidance."Peace lowers her hand and walks around you so you have to look at her. Every time you move, she moves to stay in your sight, and if you jerk and twitch, she just waits. And if you close your eyes...she's there when you open them.She means it.You and her, and going to stay here...and wait...and all the while 'something' is happening to Tricia...and Peace knows exactly what. But you can't see anything past the face...and the bitch will not say a single more word.So...you wait.
So, I've thought about it. Here's my current vote:No. I don't know what I was thinking. Tricia's stronger than that. We're stronger than that. We will banish peace from this place, fly to tricia's side, and help her. We must.R...right?
can we at least lie down and pace the best a lamia can.it'll be like an extreme version of Ssen being in the waiting room while tricia is giving birth, except with lethal flavour
>>24565866Why are we waiting again. We need to help tricia now, not later.
>>24565866Yeah, screw waiting. We need to wake up *now*. Let's make with the saving.>>24565847>>24565862"See, the problem with that is that I already gave my word on a conflicting promise. It involves your heads. So, no."Then we apply all our will to getting into Tricia's mind ourselves, either in this mindscape, or by waking up first.
>>24565890If waking up or flying to tricia's mindscape doesn't work, we could always fight peace.
Guys Guys Guyswhat if the Nat 20 caused peace to cuntblock us and tricia was going to have a horrible time with this ritual either way?
>>24565866Honestly, I'm half wondering if Tricia is just fine and watching this, and Peace just wants to see if she can screw with us, get us to owe her a favor, *and* cause Tricia to see what we stooped to doing.On top of that, Peace explicitly said she can do nothing to us here. So let's test the theory that we can do nothing to her. Might as well try, if the alternative is sitting here and waiting until we wake up. We need to wake up sooner, or move to Tricia's mind while still here. Waiting won't do either of those.
Dammit /tg/, which is more important? Killing one stranger or keeping the love of our life from going mad?
>>24565908Yes. Yes, that's why I made my vote this way. >>24565884T-tricia is strong. She's strong!>>24565885Pacing is good.
>>24565925Not being used like a tool by Peace and saving our love with are own power not Peaces.
>>24565925It's not the stranger. It's that the stranger is going to kill other people's loves of their life. They already have.Hard decision.
>>24565890"See, the problem with that is that I already gave my word on a conflicting promise. It involves your heads. So, no."You close your eyes...focus...put in a little prayer...and...you open your eyes and she's still there."I told you. You will not leave until you wake up, normally." Peace says. "I cannot prevent THAT from waking you. Until then...we wait."You can try to force your way through Peace's will...but...well...good luck.Roll 3d20, the target number is HIGH.
Rolled 2, 19, 17 = 38>>24565950
Rolled 10, 13, 19 = 42>>24565950
In any case, us proposing that deal let peace slip up info on comedy.Who do we know that is female, we have met [IE: has appeared in the story], clearly has hit flags with certain clues [might wanna check all mentions of Comedy's dialogue]... also does >then you are in defaultmean we die or that person who wanted to live dies?
>>24565955>>24565956redaeth and quickquick can try as well, same with our new friend Burnt Wyches.
We told Helen that she could get back her sanity if she worked at it. She knew it would be a long long road. Isn't this the same? We have a long road ahead of us but we will travel this road behead Peace, Comedy and Tragedy and with their heads we will get the Old One to heal Tricia.
>>24565973At the moment Thistleblossom seems like the most likely candidate.
>>24565976Echo, you are making my emotions hurt.
Rolled 1, 19, 3 = 23>>24565976"Light guide me in this time of turmoil and sorrow."
Rolled 8, 14, 4 = 26>>24565976We're putting Tricia's life in the hands of these dice.Nothing we do after this can make us deserve her loving us.
Rolled 3, 6, 8 = 17>>24565950I've always left the rolling to everyone else, but I want to do my part, even if it probably won't count.>>24565989mind refreshing our memories?
You know what's happening? Right now?Ancient grandmaster lamia who weeps when she sees bees is happening right now. It is becoming canon before our eyes.I... I seem to have something in my eye.
>>24565976Target number is in the 50s aint it?
>>24565976Sigh ...Part of me is sad you're calling namefags and tripfags for this. Eh. Whatever.>>24566013More than likely. He loves making DCs for stuff stupidly high as it is.
You're just having ZERO LUCK tonight, huh?Is it just me or do the dice happen to love doing the exact OPPOSITE of any requirements Echo declares? :D
>>24566002http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24286320/#p24292584>my servants once nearly killed her in the great apple orchards of the elves. A traitorous fey that sided with that creature was the only reason she escaped. Those were loyal Servants. They deserved better.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24089645/#p24098615>He nods as he waves his hand back and forth. "I appreciate that. Everyone's always busy these days. It depends anyway on what kind of meeting it would be. Mab is nuts, but that doesn't mean fatal. It kind of depends on how much you can convince her that you had nothing to do with little Thistleblossom's disappearance. And since you weren't alive seven ages ago, I doubt it.">"Thistleblossom?" Tricia asks.>"The first Queen Mab's daughter, and since every Queen Mab is 'convinced' that she is Queen Mab reborn." He sighs. "They get to feel the betrayal of their 'missing' brat over and over again, so this one is convinced that the Paladin Serpent MUST know SOMETHING about the Lost Fairy Princess." He shakes his head. "Like I said, she's kinda crazy."
>>24566027Go away citadel
>>24566022I think it's just to provide a limit to the number of attempts we get, more than anything else.
>>24566002Good thing you don't count in this particular case.
Rolled 11, 11, 11 = 33And now to add to our musical collection Theme for when we find our love dead/insane/ohgodwhathaveidone.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNKmgSvTewQ
>>24565986there is probably a difference between vampire induced sanity bipolar, and breaking a mind completely.>>24566000If we threw away everything we fought for to have a chance to save her, then we wouldnt deserve her love.>>24565976I suspect Redaeth has gone to sleep or left, he hasn't posted in 2 1/2 hours.
>>24566049forgot to turn off my dice.
>>24566035>you have met her.>you have met her.>you have met her.> met herI'm sorry but am I missing something?
>>24566047That's uncalled for. Not like anyone else is doing better.>>24566049Now the dice are just taunting us.>>24566052I think you're right. Sigh. Archivist, care to make the roll he would have?
>>24566049you are making it SO MUCH WORSE with that soundtrack.Captcha agrees.
>>24566064will wait for a ruling by Echo.
>>24566062Peace may just mean that we've met Comedy.
>>24566047oh wellmore reason not to roll then
Rolled 6, 7, 5 = 18>>24566036no
Rolled 14, 7, 6 = 27>>24565950FFS GUYS i fall asleep for a little bit, come back and we're melting Tricia's brain with our poison blood!?!
>>24565956Target was 45, but I'm going to let you have something for that. Peace is there, and then she looks to the side. "Oh...unusual." She says.There's two little rag dolls on the ground. They're both of a featureless red head in a floppy hat and a white dress. One of the dolls has a well stitched face, hands, and legs. The other has crudely stitched face, and the arms and legs are just blobs in the vague shape of the appendages. The difference is that this doll is clearly pregnant. The other doll is not.You can pick one.
>>24566086Well at least it wasn't over 50.
>>24566090So. Kids or deformities.
>>24566079by pure play of words thats true... but I find it too unlikely to be a member of the fae court..care to back up your reasons for that and list other potential canidates?I should be sleeping but that nat 20 and all the consequences from it are keeping me awake
>>24566090Fuck kids. Pick Tricia. We'll use an intermediary lady. Just like the bakers did. Or adopt. Whatever! Tricia!
>>24566108no, that's not the problem.The problem is as such:Deformities and kids... Or healthy Tricia and no kids?
>>24566090Oh what fresh hell is this?
>>24566090Crudely stitched one. We told her no matter what she looked we love her.
>>24566090stare at them very very closely for details before picking?
>>24566090If this is a choice between a healthy, sane, barren Trish, or a broken, twisted Trish who can still bear a child, we take the healthy one. We can always adopt and our child would be ours all the same by the love we give it. There's a dozen solutions to that issue which we've already explored. We'll work around that.
>>24566133I think we might be getting to pick which one she gets to live with- mangled body but the ability to have kids, or plain body but no kids.I love her, but I'm not about to cripple her just so she can bear my childe.
>>24566090YouUtterBastardI'm now fucking covered in feels. It's gonna take a week of showers and some blue smoke to get this off of me.Also she might not be able to conceive but we can still. Hopefully, and if we get jacked up there is still granny's brood to be aunts for.
>>24566090...and here I didn't think you could get any more sadistic. Well done.>>24566133If it only affects her body, I'd agree. If it's her mind, though...Stare at the two dolls. What do the faces look like?But on the other hand...>>24566140>>24566123indeed, it's a problem much more easily worked around.
>>24566147it's simple.It's so simple!We'll each lend some of our marrow to a lady, and have two children made, one of each bloodline.We'll give them the same family tattoo. And raise them as our own.
>>24566123>Not acknowledging nokids option may not have its own fallout and consequences>Peri and Ava>Alternative is that Tricia turns into the Many>CITADELLLLLLLLLLL
>>24566140b-b-b-ut what if its a cruel test of character when pick the pretty one and then we get a citedel'd Tricia everyone else in the party had at least once, she's overdueor even worse we get what we don't pick
The other thought that crosses my mind: Which one has Tricia expressed more concern about? She's terrified of what she'll turn into.
>>24566140>>24566145You two remember what happen to Ava right? Shorten life span and all that. Right?
>>24566169I just want her sane!Whichever one of these dolls is sane!
>>24566169The "what we don't pick" is ridiculous. If it does happen, then we never had a choice because Peace would just have picked whatever it wanted in order to be a cunt. And I say we ask Peace to elaborate upon the meaning of the dolls as we closely examine them.
>>24566169Those tests are bullshit by any standard.
>>24566181The arms and legs are blobs, good man!I'm not about to have tricia pull a killlll meeeeeeI am not about to!
Hey guyswhat if this is like that the story the golden axe and the silver axeMaybe we should just pick tricia! somehow!Pulling past dreamscapes, coherant thinking, logic and peacefuckery we'll pull tricia into our dream!with love!maybe? ; ;
>>24566090At the moment, I'm not torn because of the decision, I'm torn trying to figure out what the decision means. If we're talking sane versus not: sane. If we're just talking what she looks like, though, we already promised her we'd love her no matter what she looked like.
>>24566090Calling for a vote now.A) Features doll.B) Pregnant doll.This is not a 'you get what you don't pick' trick or anything like that. This is a simple choice.
>>24566206Pick both dolls and love them both the same?
WE can still have the kids. No, we won't be immortal anymore, but if immortality means unhappy Tricia then it gets dropped YESTERDAY.
>>24566213yes. this is exactly it.I want sane tricia. I think the non-monstrous doll is the sane one. I want tricia to want to live.
>>24566218On the theory that this will affect her mind, and not just her body, since that's what she was terrified of: A, and may Tricia forgive us for it.
>>24566218>B) Pregnant doll.It was never about her features nor has it ever. What she becomes will happen. I believe this is the path leads to the sane one. Citadel demands perfect. We don't.
>>24566218Gonna vote for B The physical features can be worked on if she really wants it.
>>24566218wait, what?Tell us which doll is which.Is the features one the one WITH or WITHOUT the monstrous features?
>>24566218Features.Trish, forgive me.
Rolled 3>>24566218Odds for AEven for B
>>24566239To clarify, that's only because i feel features indicates sanity. I want sane Trish
>>24566239>>24566233Good lord you people are weak as fuck.
>>24566218Gotta go with B)Its the natural course, just accelerated.
>>24566252Likewise. If I knew it didn't affect her mind, I'd have said B.
>>24566218The plain doll. The one with the smile.I want trish to be happy. I want it so bad.
>>24566266They're both faceless, disturbingly.
>>24566258This is a tough decision and we don't have much to go on.>>24566218Put me down for B. I hope she stays sane.
>>24566266As of this post we're at 4 and 4.
>>24566274o-oh. Well, my vote was predicated on that. I think I may delete it.
Everyone is trying to say they're scared of the nice features doll but don't lieeveryone in this thread has a preggers fetish>>24566274> mind pictures faceless dollsnow I really am not getting any sleep
>>24566274(Or, at least that's how I interpreted "featureless", though it does say "well-stitched face".)
Which is the one she would normally go? I mean, that other wasp witch was still a human. Ish.
>>24566219"I just...I just want Trish to be happy." You say. "Truly happy, not Citadel happy, but happy."There's a third doll now. The body of the doll is torn to ribbons. There is stuffing coming out, and it is a mess...but the head is intact, and there's a clear face on it. The doll has an honest smile on her face.
Regardless of the outcome we can definitly file this event in the PTSD folder, along with the bag, and meeting father.
>>24566305oh come on! this thread is going to give me PTSD.the happy doll.
Well, as long as we all know who the real villain here is.
>>24566305Bee mourning master Ssen:Confirmed.
>>24566308Bags ain't got nothing on this.
fucking echothis is the doll that kills her isn't it? if anyone ever adapts this story in any way, witches house BGM or ib BGM would probably be appropriate at this point
>>24566330only because the bags had a happy ending.
>>24566305So, we choose Body, Pregnant or Happiness? If it's not CitadelHappy, I change my vote from PregDoll to HappyDoll.
>>24566326The irony being, that a 1 probably would've saved us ALL this nonsense about now.
>>24566305I... just want her to be happy. Even if she can't come along. Even if she can't do anything more with me. I want her happy.
>>24566305.. You're just fucking with us at this point.
>>24566305Thats it. I'm out. You guys can decide from here. I'll just be crying here in the corner while I wait.
>>24566305Oh you cunt. You absolute honest cunt.
>>24566305"Tricia, I have no right to make this decision for you, and I don't even know what I'm doing here, or if I'm doing anything at all outside of my own head. But if it means anything at all, I want whatever makes you truly happy."Then pick up the third doll, the one with the genuinely happy face, and may the Light and Tricia forgive us for whatever darkness we've just chosen for her.
>>24566305GUYS IDEALet's take Peace's deal. Then kill her first. Then we welsh on the deal if comedy still needs killing.
>>24566363I'm not crying. I'm not. The tears are still in my eyeballs.I am really, really close. I am about to lose my manliness card if this continues.
>>24566379Thats very not paladin
I am listening to either thishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62Pqi88_KZUor thishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNKmgSvTewQOne and then the other.It fits.
>>24566386Of course it is. Who says we have to be honest to wicked men? What a Paladin does is the most just thing possible. And Tricia having her life toyed with is as wrong as letting any of the Dramatae live.
>>24566380See, I'm having a different reaction. Right about now I should have three masked faces walking up to me offering me the Rage mask.The other reaction will come later.
You know I don't even give a fuck anymore. I did when all this started but this post >>24566305Yeah I'm done caring.
>>24566399I'd like you to know I blame you.
>>24566399see... it's not their fault. Peace is here, but it's not her fault.It's oursAnd so it hits me directly in the tragedy.
>>24566409So...I'm seeing a leaning towards the smiling doll?
>>24566419Im casting my vote for the smiling doll.
>>24566419that's my choice. Smiling doll. Dear god I hope tricia lives.
>>24566419Looking that way:>>24566375>>24566359>>24566339>>24566322
>>24566407can't blame someone for shitty luckanyways, turning my vote to the smile dollI want her to be happyI swear if this is citadel happy or happiness in death echo I will gut you like a fish when this over
>>24566419I'm inclined to say the smiling doll, except Oh god, how can she be happy if she's trapped in her own body though?
>>24566430I swear to god I've not been this emotionally invested in a story in fucking forever. I am leaking little baby bitch tears.
Man, I hope picking a doll period or that 3rd doll means we have accepted the deal accidentally/bound us to a favor accidentally>>24566434She's happy because she sees us happy, haven't you ever been in love anon?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHCtbtFcasYWHAT I AM FEELING RIGHT NOW
>>24566434That's not where I'm imagining that one going.I'm wondering if this is the "the ritual didn't take at all" option; she's happy, for the length of her natural lifespan.But I have to believe that if that's the case, then that's what she'd pick given the choices.
>>24566429You don't say anything you just pick up the torn doll with the smiling face as best you can. And you hold it to your chest."Inconvenient." Peace says. "Dragon force, and the twistedness of a leviathan...very inconvenient."You open your eyes.Tricia is sitting there at the table. She's pale and shaking. She's obviously been crying, and possibly screaming, but she's alive. Oh thank the Light, she's alive."Ssen..." She looks at you, wide eyed. "Oh thank the Light..." She swallows. "What...what did we do?" She asks.
>>24566465Just hug her and cry. We don't even know.
>>24566465"you're ALIVE!"Hug her. Hug her so hard. Don't kill her with the hug.
>>24566465"..I betrayed you." Break down, cry.
>>24566465Hug her. Kiss her. Don't let her go. "I'm so sorry! Please, Oh, Light PLEASE say you're okay!"
>>24566465Break down and cry for a while before we can even speak. Because you know that's what we're all doing.Then ask her what happened from her perspective, tell her of the bag-damned darkness we just went though, and beg her forgiveness.
>>24566465hugs and tearshugs and tearsif anyone asks why she was screaming say we tried to stick our tail in the wrong hole
>>24566484>>24566480>>24566473Break down, cry, apologize, hug, all at the same time.Apologize a lot.
>>24566473"You're ALIVE!" You yell and you hug her. She hugs you back."It hurt...it hurt a lot...and then...then it started to happen. Then...then I thought of you." She sniffs. "Being in your coils, and our heartbeats...and...and then it stopped...but...then..." She squirms a bit in your hug. "Lemme go, Ssen. You...you need to see this."
>>24566465Make sure we're not missing something obviously awful in our relief before breaking down please.
>>24566479This.This entire sideshow was all our own doing, not Peace's.
>>24566494"As long as you're okay. As long as you're okay."
>>24566494regardless of what happens when this whole quest is done and over you'll tell us what those 3 branching paths were right?
>>24566487Bro. Uncool. Too soon.
>>24566494HERE IT COMES
>>24566494Do as she says; step back and see what she wants us to see.
>>24566510Hey man its a good cover story!it'd explain why we were apologizing over and over if anyone else overhead too
>>24566494nervousness level: maximum
>>24566504no, we never betrayed her. we stood firm in our beliefs, and she is sane.I bet she has wings
Thank god tricia didn't die.If tricia dies, Ssen is going down a DARK road.
>>24566531One paved with broken masks.
>>24566542more things broken than just masks.Cities. Peoples. Entire armies of bodyguards.
>>24566550At any rate, no matter what happens now, Peace will pay for keeping us from Tricia's side during all that.
>>24566568Slowly. We promised a slow death.
Question:Did we ever give Isen that list of allies and the list of people whose toes we've proverbially stepped upon?I remember it being brought up but..
>>24566568ie. Comedy dies.>>24566572Nah. Swift, sure, efficient and surgical. It's the wisest course of action. The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference, and so we simply squash the life out of Peace. We unmake her existence like the insect she is to us and live well, as it is the best revenge.
>>24566506"As long as you're okay. As long as you're okay." You say as you let go."Well...I...I don't know Ssen." She sighs. "I...I feel okay, and I don't...just watch." She holds out her arm. "Please don't scream." She says.Her flesh...ripples...and now she doesn't have an arm. There are beetles, and wasps, and her silk worms, and an assortment of moths, dragonflies and butterflies. They launch off from her limb and fly around the room, doing the usual tricks that you see them do. You look back at Tricia's arm. You can see it as just a skeletal arm, held together with veins, sinew and tendon. There's no flesh. Tricia's swarm flies back to her arm, and takes nest within it. There's that ripple again and her arm returns to looking normal."Please, please don't scream." Tricia says, looking at your face. "Please...here..." She takes your hand in her...hands...they feel like they always do but now...you can't help but imagine all those little things around bone fingers.She puts your hand on her chest. Again, you try not to thing about what you're actually touching. Then you feel it. Her heartbeat. It's there. Just the same as always, that rhythm you'd know anyway for all the nights you've been so close to it."That's still there..." She says. "And I'm still here..." She's crying. "And my face is still...me...you have no idea how it hurt...how it felt to have my own flesh be liquifying...ripping apart or turning hard, and it reaching into my head...and then they came. They...they took the bad stuff away, and they're staying in its place. I'm me...I'm still me...just...oh please don't scream Ssen. Please don't scream!"
>>24566589fuck echoI was eating breakfasttheres food wasted.
>>24566589Just fucking hug her and never let go.
>>24566589Lift that lady right the hell up into the air. Do one of those spins. Like when julian met us for the first time this quest.Except fall over after, because our locomotion isn't designed for that.
>>24566589Smile and cry, both, because this is so much better than it could have been. "Didn't I just get through saying a few minutes and one unconscious soul-rending experience ago that I didn't care what you looked like, and that you'd never be a monster? Do you expect me to take that back now? Because I won't, and I won't scream."
>>24566589Well, you're now more in tune with your magic. And I see the insects are paying you back for always being such a sweet friend to them. Besides, hon, my blood is poison, my spit dissolves bones, and my bottom half is a giant snake. Weird is our normal.
>>24566589Breathe heavily. Remember, this didn't have to happen to her. Remember why."So so so, you're made of bugs? Because that's..sweet nurturing light, d-did the ritual d-do that to you?"
I hate to be the munchkin here but it's gotta be asked.does this mean tricia can now turn her flesh and blood into insects during combat?does this mean she's now extremely vulnerable to fire and bugspray?
>>24566620meant to enclose that in quotes as dialogue.
>>24566589Kiss the girl (again)
>>24566589Just kiss that girl. Kiss her and never stop.
Does squealing in joy that it wasn't anything horrible count as screaming?
>>24566625she's got an actual reason to be afraid of fly-swatters now.
>>24566589this>>24566618then:let the waterworks start while telling her what happened to us and the choice we had to make.
>>24566636Squeal. Squeal like a bitch.
>>24566589"I can't promise I won't scream our love from the rooftops.It's a very real possibility."
>>24566639Quiet, you; we don't say the f-s word in polite company.
>>24566643Yeah, we still have to explain exactly what happened from our perspective.
>>24566645>>24566636squealing, hugging, and falling down are my suggestions.
>>24566589(Also, not that Ssen is paying much attention to herself as opposed to Tricia at the moment, but does Ssen feel any different?)
"Oh thank the Light, I was terrified that you had died, or been driven insane, or otherwise lost to me. This... this might be hard for others to deal with, and you will probably be a target of scorn.But I swore that I would always love you. And I am a Paladin."Pic related for my new mental image of Tricia.
>>24566686eh, that sounds like we're doing it out of duty or justice rather than love
>>24566686I kind of want to get her a bag. For sleeping.God knows what those bugs do when she goes to sleep.
So is Tricia like some kinda of bug version of Nrvsnqr Chaos now? [I probably misspelled that]Thats pretty neat
>>24566704> having bags> owning bags> even speaking of bagsthere will be no bags in our future household
>>24566704>the b wordYou sick fuck.Honestly though, that would make her the most hardcore professional motherfucker we know. Because:>Our lady isn't just unafraid of the B word; she SLEEPS in one.
So is she able to go full skeleton, or everything but the head, according to the doll?
>>24566716No bags. No flyswatters. No masks.God help you if you break any of these rules in the patrick household.
>>24566622"So so so, you're made of bugs? Because that's..sweet nurturing light, d-did the ritual d-do that to you?""No." She looks around. "I think...well, yes I think the Ritual jumpstarted the...the process. Ugh, it was horrible. I could feel myself...pupating..." She shivers. And you were out cold and the pain...and then...I thought about you, and I thought what would you do...or what would a Dragon do." She looks at her limbs. "So, I called out to them, all of them. Any that I could summon and all that would answer...you really needed to put better bug protection in here. Or not." She grins. "And they came, and I ordered them...ORDERED them...to help me stay me...for you, and me." She looks at her body. "So...they did the only thing they could. They...got rid of the flesh that was hurting me. Then I demanded that they give me something to replace what I had so kindly given them and..." She gestures to herself. "Voila. I...I know I should be more upset...but...I like this." She smiles. "I like being me but being...more. Please don't be upset, or scream."You smile and blink through the tears. "Didn't I just get through saying a few minutes and one unconscious soul-rending experience ago that I didn't care what you looked like, and that you'd never be a monster? Do you expect me to take that back now? Because I won't, and I won't scream."You hold up a figure."I can't promise I won't scream our love from the rooftops.It's a very real possibility."Tiricia hugs you and kisses you. Her tongue is still hers...and as the night goes on you find that Tricia has perfect control over her 'skin.' Also, that...well...she's yours now. Her heartbeat, her breath, her smile, it belongs to you, and she owns a bit of you too as well. You spend the night together in peace...and when you find her, the amount of retribution you will visit upon her will be a legend unto itself. But that happy image is for later. For now, rest.
>>24566732> no bags> no maskswhat are we gonna do during halloween? carry around baskets and make our kids use facepaint and sheetghost costumes?
>>24566740>implying we or our kids use costumes on halloweenThey just go out and get candy. We'll all just wear our every-day clothes. And yes, they use baskets.
>>24566736 Sleep. Next thread Tonight, 5-1, 6-7pm PST. Also...so glad I came up with option 3. A 1st edition Lamia and a 4th edition lamia. A match made in heaven. Heh. Go pass out now.
>>24566736>as the night goes on you find that Tricia has perfect control over her 'skin.'kinky
>>24566736hug your bugwoman. She was strong, just like we thought she was.I wonder if anything happened to Ssen?
>>24566736d'awwpity the thread's about to fall off so we don't have time to write up what happened while we were in dreamland
>>24566751you never answered the question earlier!maybe it was on purpose but I'm not gonna relent until I get an answer!
>>24566751>tonight>TO-FUCKING-NIGHTecho. You don't know how happy you are making me.You are making me so happy.
>>24566751Oh thank fucking god I can go to bed now.Can we please stop having such late threads. That's not going to happen is it?
>>24566751The archive summary isn't exactly very good now, but then again I guess not warning readers beforehand might be better.
Guys: new problem.We can never, ever use our gas around tricia. Even with gasmasks. She'll need a full hazmat bag to work with us if we're gassing.
>>24566769no. We will never stop having such late threads.our BEST THREADS have been the late ones.
>>24566751hah I noticed that too!technically we are a 1st ed Lamia Noble but thats splitting hairs, thank god i can go to bed, but I doubt I will sleep with all the adrenaline you pumped into my system over the past couple hours.>>24566762Its still got some time left>>24566784unless its magic, if she keeps the bug skin I assume it works exactly like regular skin, its only if the bugs split off that they are vulnerable to the gas, if they even are.
>>24566769I enjoy it this way, being on GMT means that I get to join in with the first bit of the thread, then it's still around when I wake up.
>>24566778Gotta make readers feel that suspense and rageI wonder if they'll be a way to archive in the future that loads posts timed from the OP's starting time to the end...
>>24566757She's not just strong, she's a Wasp-Dragon.We should start calling her our little Dragonfly now.
>>24566751Somehow, "Thank you" doesn't quite cut it. New high and new low, all in the same thread.>>24566757Finding that out is the second thing we need to do next time.The first being to tell Tricia what happened, because we didn't yet.>>24566794We absolutely should.
So. I just realized something.We can slip naughty things into tricia's person while her bugs are out.This will increase our options in bed exponentially
>>24566794It's official. She's now our little dragonfly.She has no say in the matter. That is her new nickname.Nobody else may use it but us.
>>24566794Yes.I imagine she got a nice power boost with her bugs out of this too.
Hey guys, know what I just realized? A whole bunch of her body is made up of flying creatures.She... has wings. Let's rub it in.
>>24566816Yeah, it's hard to imagine that she doesn't have near-total control over them at this point.
>>24566800So to do for next thread:>Tell Tricia what happened>Find out changes to our own body>gotta get tricia to test the limits of her body>break the news to the party>speculate who comedy ismeta but> figure out if we shared "that list" with isen and co. otherwise, send messenger to Barnes to do so.> figure if theres anyone else we should ask about those names for> See if echo would be willing to tell us what thought other choices would have wrought, now or after its all overgood?
>>24566825she probably has control over her own, yeah. but hell if I'm letting her use her own precious body parts as an away-swarm.She'll have to wrangle bugs like always to gain outside-of-body bugs. And I insist she does. Please don't use your bodyswarm in dangerous situations, tricia. Please. Those are your HPs.
>>24566827you forget:>Shout our love from the rooftops
>>24566827All of the above on both counts, except for testing Tricia; she may want to do that or she may not, but we shouldn't suggest it.
>>24566827also>dote on Triciabecause Ssen got the scare of her life (or second at least behind the bag incident, but probably close) and probably start to get a move on again and progress the plot, dramatae won't wait for us.
YOU HAVE ALTERED THE FUTURE /tg/!Instead of crying when she sees bees... grandmaster Ssen smiles when she sees dragonflies.
>>24566839we lost our chancethe only appropriate time to do what is while everyone is sleeping so we can both make a fool of our selves AND embarrass tricia
>>24566827Doesn't matter what our other choices would have been. Tricia is happy, therefore we made the absolute right choice. It is known.Also we know who Comedy is. It's Thistleblossom. Which leads me to speculate that the ancient scandal of TB's disappearance from the Fey court was her running away with her lover, the daughter of The Dragon who was of Shadow.
>>24566842>because Ssen got the scare of her life (or second at least behind the bag incident, but probably close)Remember that Tricia was one of the big reasons the bag incident was so traumatic.This one trumps bags in every possible way. After we tell Tricia, I don't think either she or Ssen will be able to look at a doll without remembering this.
>>24566864We don't know for sure that it's Thistleblossom; that's just by far the most likely candidate at the moment.
>>24566864You know what this could mean.Robin's disappearance, the Dramatae plan.Thistleblossom is going to return to lead the Fae Court against Citadel.
>>24566864>lover, the daughter of the dragon who was of shadow>they ran away from all this to start a new world. A better world. Citadel.Fuuuuck.>>24566858It's not too late! Echo said we were resting for the night! Which means people are sleeping!We can still wake them up with our shouting.
>>24566875Or possibly to take over the Fae Court to make them allies and absorb them into Citadel.One or the other.
>>24566841can we at least ask if she can make cute little wingslittle tinkerbell cute wings?And then Ssen's head rushes to think of all the different moth, butterfly, cicada and any other bug she can think of before tricia finds she can only form Dragonfly wings
>>24566875Could be that Ryan and Jessie are the new Lightbringers.
>>24566842>>24566865>because Ssen got the scare of her life (or second at least behind the bag incident, but probably close)Oh my god. I just realized, this was the second time we thought we seriously hurt Tricia.
>>24566887>>24566865the worst moments in Ssen's life have been when Ssen hurt or could have hurt Tricia.It's going to be a real whopper when Tricia has a heart attack one day out of the blue.
>>24566886Doesn't really fit the mould. Not sure whether they have a little village to be destroyed.Plus, a love interest girl with a known history of necrophilia enthusiasm might damage her pure maiden rep.Possible though.
>>24566887And this time knowingly, and with an option to do otherwise. It would only have cost Ssen's soul, Comedy's lack of death, and possibly the fate of the world.
>>24566864is there any basis for this? as much as I love yuri in more story this seems a little too farfetched.. also how do we know comedy is thistleblossom for sure? I remember a tidbit about one of the dramatae bitchin about their nephew or something, but I might be remembering wrong.and food for thought,you think tragedy if someone we know?
>>24566887We are the most tragic Paladin. We save the lives of hundreds, even going out of our way for the wicked who are only barely redeemable. Yet we're a mortal threat to the one we love most.
>>24566908Ssen's life has been a horrible chain of Tragedy and barely-avoided Tragedy, and the act of making the best of it.Mothers killed? Make the best of it. Best friend bitten and dad things you might not have a soul? Make the best of it. Have to kill millions via starvation to allow time to continue passing and break the continuous stasis? make the best of it.
>>24566903If there isnt sobbing on Ssen's part as she tells Tricia about that part i will be a bit disappointed. sure Ssen is strong and rather resilient to emotional damage, but nowhere near THAT strong.double so because we 'knew' that she would be hurt if we refused the offer that Peace gave us.
>>24566929Welcome to pic related! Population: Ssen.
>>24566864b-b-but I'm curious! so curious I can't stop thinking about it!I can't stop speculating about what could have been if when we made the deal and what our party thought, what would have happened if we chose to owe a favor and it ended up screwing us in the long run, if we chose the pregnant doll and tricia was all mangled and buggy except for her lower body, if we picked the pretty faceless doll and she ended crying to us that she was sterile and the sexytime mood was ruined, what peace could have saidall of it!I can't stop thinking about it until echo can put my curiosity to rest!
>>24566905We don't have any basis to believe Comedy and Peace have a relationship, other than that the former saved the latter's life.We don't know for sure that she's Thistleblossom; that's just the only lead we have evidence for.Currently reading the archives for scenes with the Dramatae rather than sleeping, because I'm insane.
>>24566925Lightbringers are the heroes the world wants, Ssen is the one it needs.
>>24566953Mage: "So Ssen, what'd your parents get you for Christm-"Ssen: "My parentsss are dead!"Mage as our Robin makes me chortle.
>>24566945shhhh, anon, it's okay.best salvaging of a critical failure was achieved. everything went well.
>>24566952So, Comedy has been around longer than Tragedy:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23791319/#p23796168>"It isn't...the most familiar scenario." Tragedy says.>>"It has been done before. I was there, your predecessor had doubts. It all worked. Continuity was completed." Comedy says. "Peace is never wrong.">>"He was wrong about using the Ghouls." Tragedy says.>>"That was Rage's mistake. We never should have allowed him. He was not born inside Her, he questioned us." Comedy says.>>"We asked him to join, because he questioned us." Tragedy says. "To make sure that mistakes don't happen. Now, there is this," Tragedy gestures to the pair. "And She is Upset.">>"This is fixed. I will stay and ensure it." Comedy says. "As for what has upset Her...Peace is dealing with it.">>"In person?">>"Peace sees it as penance.">>"Peace is never wrong." Tragedy says with a sigh. "What...what happened to my predecessor after that scenario that you mentioned happened before?">>"He had doubts.">>"And?">>"And then we located you."
>>24566944Ssen may be reaching her weight bearing threshhold.Her actions become more erratic, and she has a tougher time with all moral decisions.
>>24566976>>"That was Rage's mistake. We never should have allowed him. He was not born inside Her, he questioned us." Comedy says.So that means that Comedy probably isn't Thistleblossom if I'm reading this right.Because it suggests that both Comedy and Tragedy were born inside Citadel.
So, uh, triciaHow will this affect, er, well... our nightlife?
>>24566952And:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24158237/#p24165060> "Personal issues don't count." Comedy says. "I didn't bitch about my baby Donnie!"Which we guessed meant Donovan.
>>24567003Well, considering that Ssen and Tricia just spent the night together, not at all seems to be the answer.
>>24567011speaking of, I've been meaning to free him from prison for a while.Say what you will about his crimes against his own men and peri, he was totally spot-on about citadel being wrong.
>>24567024We really shouldn't. That would be a massive betrayal of Peri just to free a deranged terrorist.
>>24567024...and that matters what, exactly, regarding his many other crimes, most importantly the one against Peri?
>>24567021well, we might be just resting next to each other.Not EVERY instance of sleeping together actually means doing anything llleeeewd.
>>24567024no, we are not freeing the sick bastard that purposefully made our friend barren.
>>24567038>implying there wasn't some steamy hand-holding action.
>>24567033it matters about enough to get him knocked down from interrogation maximum sentence followed by hangman to middling sentence and work punishment.Levels of punishment.
>>24567038>implying there wasn't copious amounts of filthy cuddling
>>24567044>middling sentence and work punishmentGuy's a mass-murdering terrorist with a racial supremacy agenda who forcibly made one of Ssen's best friends barren.He deserves what he's getting.
>>24567058>>24567043>implying there weren't tail-rubs too
>>24567077Eh, fair enough I suppose. I hope you don't get all pissy when I'm trying to extort demands from the fey court though.Terrorists or not, they dislike citadel and have a keen connection to the wilderness, things which are useful to me for numerous reasons militarily AND agriculturally.
>>24567132From the way Robin talks I would be surprised if they had any useful information. I'm not sure we want their help militarily either. Remember the theory that the fey resistance is the product of another land spirit.
>>24567165yes. I want at that land spirit.The bear's land spirit has been EXTREMELY helpful, if a bit... dead.
>>24567188There was no mention of the bear tribe having a land spirit. So far the only ones we know for sure exist are citidel, the shadow dragon, and the fifth
>>24567213I think it was mentioned before that the Bear Spirit was a very minor spirit, which sadly discovered very quickly that it was punching outside its weight class when Citadel came calling.
>>24567438Bear Spirit: Ethereal wallflower. The poor thing.Citadel is the hot bitch who puts out and has the IQ of a half-eaten sandwich.