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
>>24693808"Lord Trevor, even if you don't like what I had to say earlier, the fact remains that most of your defenders have left this place, and that there are powerful people looking to capture Mer for their armies. These are not simple poachers or trappers that are searching; these are servants of Citadel who are brimming with all the power that it can muster."It is readily apparent that you care about your subjects and their well-being. For their sake, please take the necessary steps to ensure their safety from a large-scale attack."Those two lamias that lived there will be leaving with me today so feel free to do what you will with the Cathedral, should you change your mind."Trevor just turns his back on you. You nod to Dana and the two of you leave."I know another girl whose art was criticized! You know, if you saw me out all the way to where I'm going I could introduce you!" You say.Dana pauses. "Well...I have a duty to open and close the door for the Queens." She says. She opens the door to the Feast Hall. Then she walks through the threshold and closes the door. With her and you on the outside. She smiles. "There. I have done my duty."She blinks and looks at you. "You sure you need an escort to make sure you leave all that way?" She rubs her arms. "I haven't...really...gone that far." She says. "Also, I can be extraordinarily cross with people, and have very harsh arguments with them...often with my stick." She points to the coral handled mace at her side. "It is a very poor argument sometimes...I just refuse to allow the other side to make any form of rhetoric at all." She frowns. "Also...people make too much sense out there." She says. "I could get confused and make mistakes."
>>24693770realistic. about a fictional creature. are you serious?>>24693766Thats fine we all have our quirks. Mine are bad puns and stupid plans. As for mistakes I make them all the time!
>>24693868Posted from last thread"Oh, they just make a different kind of un-sense, it's easy enough to pick up. Besides, you don't have to see all that much of them if you don't want to, I have a very nice tower on a beach. With an indoor hot spring."
>>24693894He's pulling your leg. A jokester. Pretty obviously non-serious.Though, we should let this girl know she doesn't have to come with us- we can always use another hand, but she's free to stay at any town or place we find.
>>24693929We have a beachside lighthouse with a hot tub. I think it's pretty obvious where the mer girl will end up
She uses a mace. I have a feeling she might be prime Caligo Clarus material if we convince her to come with us.
>>24693868You'll fit in with my group. We are all rather quirky individuals who share a common inability to come up with good names or plans.
>>24694005Not to mention a source of endless amusement
>>24693868"Mistakes are fine. You might want to introduce yourself to all my friends if we're going to be traveling together. If you decide you don't like us, well, you're always free to go your own way."
Guys be careful about getting new party members. One of them might actually be GOOD at making plansImagine how silly that would make us look
>>24694059I hope Dana is our strategist. That would be perfect.
>>24694102oh god... it would.
>>24694102We must make it so
>>24694102This has to be done
>>24693925"Oh, they just make a different kind of un-sense, it's easy enough to pick up. Besides, you don't have to see all that much of them if you don't want to, I have a very nice tower on a beach. With an indoor hot spring.""NOW, you're sounding crazy." She says."You might want to introduce yourself to all my friends if we're going to be traveling together. If you decide you don't like us, well, you're always free to go your own way." You say."You sure it's okay that I come along?" She says."You'll fit in with my group. We are all rather quirky individuals who share a common inability to come up with good names or plans." You say."Oh, alright." She says. "As long as you aren't crazy. I don't want to travel among mad people. That's how you lose your mind, and pick up bad habits like littering." She follows you.When you get back, the others have the boat ready, and Ssah is wrapped around Lea's arm."The little one loves Lea's singing." Tricia says. "Who is this?" She looks at Dana.
>>24694193"I keep making friends and I can't stop. Her name is A Mistake From Too Much Absinthe, Who prefers to be called Abby, spelled D-A-N-A. "
>>24694193Just to be clear, every time you write "Dana" Ssen is saying "Abby", or was that just Dana being Leviathan about introducing herself for that particular moment only?Either way, introduce her the same way: "This is Abby, spelled D-A-N-A. Dana, this is Tricia, Mari and Peri, Mage, and Lea.
>>24694208Nonono, we do stupid ideas. Not bad ones. Bad ones end with people hurt and dead. Stupid ones just don't work as planned from the start.
>>24694193>>24694208"I think she'll fit right in"
>>24694193A Mistake Brought From Too Much Absinthe, or Dana for sort.
>>24694193"I'll need some help guiding the ship from the water, and Dana here agreed to come along. She hopes we aren't crazy, which is a terrible shame, given our history, but I'm sure we'll get along smashingly.""I'm glad Lea's winning them over so quickly. Maybe she'll be the one to drop them off?"
>>24694193This is an almost-friend. Her name is A Mistake From Too Much Absinthe though she prefers prefer to be called Abby, that's spelled D-A-N-A."
>>24694193>and pick up bad habits like litteringI am so glad we decided to keep her.
>>24694228>Just to be clear, every time you write "Dana" Ssen is saying "Abby", or was that just Dana being Leviathan about introducing herself for that particular moment only?Yes.
>>24694268That picture is glorious.
>>24694259Is leaving dead people laying about considered littering?
>>24694335That's a good question. Or maybe that's what she meant.
well, I -have- been petitioning for us to get some squires and trainees.This is... almost what I wanted.
>>24694297Artist is Jacek Yerka.
>>24694364Ah, Citadel architecture at its finest. Supported by hopes and dreams, and collapsed just as easily.
>>24694268just add some tentacles and turtle parts and you have a full leviathan.
>>24694341We should ask Dana if leaving dead cultists laying about is considered littering.
>little one wrapping around lea's armDawwwww
>>24694437Ssen did it way back in the orginal writefaggotry that spawned this quest
>>24694468yes, I know.But I don't have any images featuring both the concept of adorable things AND the concept of the cyclical nature of reality.
>>24694341littering might mean producing litters, like a cat.
>>24694468knew I had it stashed somewhere
>>24694494I am not good at judging the intent of posts. I've spent too much time on /v/.
>>24694223"I keep making friends and I can't stop. Her name is A Mistake From Too Much Absinthe, Who prefers to be called Abby, spelled D-A-N-A." You say."Uh...huh." Tricia says. "So her name's Abby?"You and Dana roll your eyes at the same time. Humans just can't understand, at least it sounds close enough that Dana isn't insulted."Anyway, we need some help guiding the ship from the water, and Dana here agreed to come along. She hopes we aren't crazy, which is a terrible shame, given our history, but I'm sure we'll get along smashingly." You say. "I think she'll fit right in.""Smashing like a club to the skull." Tricia says.You get on board. "I'm glad Lea's winning them over so quickly. Maybe she'll be the one to drop them off?""I have not felt my arm for the past hour." Lea says. "I want this kid GONE." She takes a dep breath. "His Light is filled with compassion and charity. Children are the virtues of His Light in purest form." She says. "I am a pious and good person, I serve the Light, I can..." She grunts as the kid squeezes."Sing! Sing!" Ssah says."Do you know 'Crush the Darkness and all that dwell within it?' You little Spawn of Shadow?!" Lea snaps.Ssah just laughs."I think we should cast off, quickly." Peri says. "So...what are we calling this death trap? And we're NOT calling it Ship or Boat!"
>>24694588say the lizard word for ship or boat
Ssah, come here, your hurting Lea and thats not a good thing. Poor human arms are fragile.As for a name I got nothing. Maybe Wind?
>>24694588Hope....Because that's the only thing keeping it afloat.
>>24694629I like you. We shall make man babies.
>>24694588Shoat or Bip
>>24694653bleh, sounds like such a Citadel sentiment.
>>24694588"B-b-but... fine."Then >>24694636 we'll get our way yet!
>>24694588We could ask Dana for a name.
>>24694588"Obviously, it's the Coral-rammer."
>>24694650I second asking Ssah to get off of lea. You're hurting her arm, little one.
>>24694588The S.S. "Inevitably Successful in All Endeavors."
>>24694588Peace Sailer.I've been playing Peace Walker a lot.
>>24694719Definitely. We'll hold her for now.
>>24694719Yeah, we should hold her and totally not tear up to finally be holding our own little one
>>24694588the SS Smaller Than Peace's Mom
>>24694726At the cost of 3d20 points of Status quo per heroic action taken
Posting the obligatory "She's One of Ours, Sir."
>>24694811That's crazy enough to work as a slight distraction
"Flotsam!"Good name, eh?
>>24694811>>24694832No, no, that's what we'll rechristen the Leviathan.
I can just imagine Dana and Ssen going back and froth with names right now.
I hope echo likes one of these.Also:"That thing we sail on!"
>>24694857Not enough punny names aside from >>24694629
imagine some historian trying to translate our history into their language."And so, "name" the paladin, along with her brother, "mage" the mage, on their ship "boat", along with their friends p/meri, lea, and tricia..."
>>24694901I can't come up with any puns damnitI'm TRYING
The "Sea Serpent"?
>>24694650<Ssah, come here, your hurting Lea and thats not a good thing. Poor human arms are fragile.> You say. <Auntie! Auntie!> Ssah says as she uncoils from Lea and wraps around you. <Ssai, what's the word for Ship?> You ask.<Kassat> Ssai says."Kassat." You say. You hear a scraping sound. You look. Dana's etched the word into the prow of the boat with her claws. She gives you all a cheery wave. "This word also means death by exsanguination by way of perforation in my tongue! Although it's pronounced Kasst-aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh-ttttt.""Yep..." Mage says. "She's one of us." He shrugs as he casts sail. "So...here's hoping we don't die!"You set sail.The first bit of the sailing is pretty fair. It's a matter of getting the right current in open water. Thankfully, with Dana and you in the water, it's not really a problem.The first problem you hit is when you reach the first heavy coral reef.Steer around it, guide it through with Dana, or just smash any coral that gets in the way with beacon and Dana helping with her stick?
>>24694942Guide it through with Dana.
>>24694942Ford the River.
>guide it through with DanaYup,
>>24694942guide it through, coral is tough as hell.
>>24694972you just doomed us to die due to dissentry.
>>24694975And it might be somebody's home, too. No smashing.
>>24694942>>24694967Yep. The plan was guiding-with-dana.Hope we don't run afoul of sharpcorals!
>>24694999>>24694981>>24694974>>24694967Guide it is.Do you want Ssai to help?
>>24694942When we hit the corals<"I have to help with the ship now Ssah, go be with Ssai for a while. it was nice holding you a while.">Then, after she unwraps, get to it
>>24695020How big is Ssai?Also, does she want to?
>>24695020three hands are better then two. sure.
>>24695040actually yes, ask her.
>>24695040I think Echo said 10-12 feet.At same I kinda want her watching over her sister so >>24695020 no for me.
>>24695020Nah, Ssah would end up curling up on Lea again. Or Mage's pencilarms.
>>24695020no, she should watch over Ssah, and we don't know how dangerous it could be.
>>24695020Ssai watches Ssah is how I think it should go.Unless she REALLY wants to help.
>>24695112>>24695062>>24695045You leave Ssah back on board to keep her sister under control. +1 for you guiding them+1 for Dana's helpRoll 1d20+2
Rolled 8 + 2>>24695171
>>24695171That should be Ssai. My bad.
i hope 10 was high enough... but I have a feeling it wasn't.
>>24695171And the ship explodes. As usual.
Rolled 3 + 2>>24695171
>>2469518110?we're AVERAGE. prepare to bump things, but not disastrously.
>>24695218>Average>Coral Reef>Mer and Ssen guiding it through.thiscanonlyendwell.jpeg
>>24695181Well, you get Kassat through the area in one piece. Trouble is that it takes longer than you thought it would. A few bumps here and there, but nothing harmful.The next obstacle is nastier. There's a crazy strong riptide in this area. You need to keep the Kassat on course, or at best you'll be pulled into dead water, at worst, back into the coral shores.Steer it yourself, have Mage use some magic to make a stronger wind. Stay in the water and follow Dana's leads on guiding the ship, trying not to get sucked out to sea yourself.
>>24695282Steer it yourself, have Mage use some magic to make a stronger windThis sounds best. With Dana leading the ship. She's better at water then us.
>>24695282Have Mage use some magic to make a stronger wind. Trust in our brother. Oh dear god what am I supporting.
>>24695282Follow Dana's lead, she'd know better and Mage is Mage.
>>24695282Whatever we do, don't try to directly fight the rip currents. tack in the general direction we want to go, but go with the current as long as it doesn't lead directly into the coral.Get Mage's help, and Dana's guidance, working together.
>>24694942>Auntie!Oh shit I just realized.Granny exists. We're auntie now. This whole situation is growing more adorable.
>>24695351To clarify: get Dana's guidance about specifically how the wind might help before getting Mage to try it. The wrong wind will make the rip currents *worse*.
Rolled 12>>24695351>>24695319>>24695324Okay, a +1 because Stitcher knows his stuff.Mage takes a deep breath and focuses. He points the Horn of the Fell Hind at the sail.
oh nice, not a nat 20, but close enough
>>24695427You now realize he didn't call for a roll.
well fuck those are good rolls for us.
>>24695422Mage sags in relief, and then tries to cover it up with an 'of course it worked' attitude.+1 Good tactics+1 Dana+1 Mage's Wind SpellRoll 1d20 +3
Rolled 20 + 3>>24695447
>>24695457hah funniest thing, it still adds up to 20>>24695461well then.
... damnit I just realized we're going to have crap combat rolls.
Rolled 8>>24695457>>24695458>>24695427>>2469546117, 18, 19, 20
>>24695447Mage gets a back pat.
>>24695492That had a one-in-twenty chance of being hilarious.
>>24695457>>24695458>>24695461And now were are completely fucked later on. I'm fucking certain of it.
>>24695457Marvelous! And you've made up a little of the time that you lost on the reefs!Now the hard part, you have to leave the ocean and go through a sound for a bit, rapids, rocks, and His Light only knows what else, but if you can speed through this, you'll be spit out back into open water, and you'll Be able to ride the current to get you to Stone Hall and the Leviathan before Adahn and his troops. You might even get a little sleep in.Should Mage keep up the wind control?You want to brave the rapids with Dana?Should Ssai help here?Any other tactics?
>>24695483If we're lucky, maybe our enemies will too!It'll be like one of those episodes from G.I. Joe, but with magic and swords and stuff.
>>24695564And NOW we blow up.
>>24695564>Should Mage keep up the wind control?Yes.Light help us.>You want to brave the rapids with Dana?Yes...>Should Ssai help here?No.>Any other tactics?Pray?
Should Mage keep up the wind control?You want to brave the rapids with Dana?Should Ssai help here?Yes to all. We need those bonusesAs far as any other tactics taking a Schooner through rapids is stupid. We need kayaks.
>>24695569We had one of those on our way to this watery hellhole.>>24695564Keep the kid in the boat where is marginally safer, do not change the plan unless the changes involve prayer to the Light
>>24695564In the rapids, wind seems like it'll mostly churn things up, and it'll toss us around more when we need precision control. If the sound has currents moving us in the direction we need to go, cut down on the sail a bit and go with it, though leave enough if we need to furl it back out quickly. Use the blunt end of Beacon as a guiding pole to push us away from rocks if needed.
>>24695612Cutter, not a schooner
>>24695564Let's get Ssen in the water. We have armor, so abrasive injury isn't a big deal. Crushing perhaps maybe.Ssai and her sister should be helping to tie things down at this point. Last thing we need is someone besides ourselves being flung overboard.
>>24695618>Keep the kid in the boat where is marginally safer, do not change the plan unless the changes involve prayer to the LightWe know better than this. Pray to His Light (silently), but keep rowing to shore.
>>24695632Does this thing have backup oars, I hope, and not just a sail? Break 'em out.
>>24695629alright I'll concede to soemone who sounds like they've actually gone through rapids.
Please, there is no such thing as too much prayer' in rapids.
>>24695692Heh. A few times, yeah. Not crazy enough to do it in a sailboat, though; that's definitely a Dawnchaser plan.
>>24695705I'm certain that we could be better off praying constantly until the citadel is overthrown;.
This is actually a really good time to teach the girls about praying.
>>24695731We're going to be way too busy for that. Perhaps later. Right now, this is a "His Light helps those that help themselves" moment.
Rolled 2>>24695686"Mage," You say. "Enough wind. I have a new task.""What?" Mage asks.You hand him one of the spare oars, and the others, even Ssai have the punting poles you 'borrowed' from Coral Gate's gondolas. "Oh." He shrugs. "Alright, I don't mind this."Ssah has been tied down tight, she's clapping and loves the splashes and when the boat tilts.Peri's at the helm, having a grand time steering.You're using Beacon as a pole.Dana...
>>24695752>dana rollOh boy, what is dana doing?
>>24695760Or, not doing.
oh damn, thats a horrid roll.
>>24695752I hope this is a "low is better" roll...
>>24695752>tying them downI actually meant Ssah could... tie things down. As is our natural ability. But whatever!
>>24695752"Crap!" Peri yells. "Abby got pulled to the side and hit a rock hard! She's gone under, I don't see her!"Say with Kassat, or go for Dana? She could be fine.
>>24695784I dunno if she technically can drown. Don't care either, we're jumping after her.
>>24695784Go for Dana.
>>24695784Could we use our tail for her to grab? Or grab her with.
>>24695784Jump out, hold on to the side, duck under, and look. She might be fine, but if we don't see that for sure, we're going after her.
>>24695805We could use our tail to anchor ourselves to the ship.
>>24695807Or, alternatively, get Ssai to do it; she's almost certainly a better swimmer than Ssen.
>>24695784>>24695805no no no. We grab a rope and jump in.Maybe we hold on with the tip of our tail to the ship if the rope idea is too slow.
>>24695784Can mer even drown? I don't want us to lose our brand new companion right after we got her.
>>24695826she didn't have visible gills.Which means she can probably drown. Like a whale.
>>24695826I don't think we actually know if they can breathe water; fairly sure they can breathe air, though, and it isn't common to do both. But in any case, she can still get seriously hurt if she's unconscious in the rapids.
>>24695825>>24695807>>24695813There's no rope that you haven't used to something else vital, so you wrap your tail around a sturdy part of Kassat and dive in. Thank the Light for your new eyelids.1d20 +2 for the eyelids.
Rolled 3 + 2>>24695889
damn, do we have any re-rolls?
>>24695900>>24695889how do we roll poorly on eyelids.
our sense rolls are always, alway horrible.
>>24695909Not a one.
>>24695919we really need to get some bonuses on those, I'm pretty sure cavefish have better rolls than we do.
>>24695900Crap, you don't see anything."Ssen!" You hear when you come up for air. "We need help!"Look again for Dana, or help the Kassat?
>>24695957we... can't leave her behind. And yet its the entire ship... damnit, damnit.I'm going to be stupid and say look for Dana.
>>24695957Give it one more try. Goddammit.
help the Kassat, we cannot risk it sinking.
>>24695957One last try and hope that Dana is somewhat competent
>>24695957Look one more time, then we have to help the others.
>>24695985>>24695972>>24695970+1 continuing search+2 Eyelids1d20 +3
Rolled 14 + 3>>24696000
Rolled 4(for some reason the save email field has disapeared completely... so I have to type it in everytime)
>>2469600515? Hopefully that's enough.
>>24696005Thank you anon!
>>24696005There! You see her. She's conscious, but she's only using one arm to swim. She nods her head at you and points upwards.
Rolled 8>>24696073Right, to arms! Err time to help the ship.
>>24696073Sounds like she's OK; she doesn't look desperate for help.Just to make sure: follow her finger, where is she pointing? At the ship or surface, or at something else?If she isn't pointing to something else, help the ship.
>>24696073If she's good then go up and help the ship.
>>24696073Guess we can help the ship now
>>24696073It was good that you spotted her, because she had almost lost you guys as well. You come up and try your best to keep the Kassat in position. The ship's already veering off a little.No bonus for the 1 extra turn to find DanaNo bonus for Dana because she's hurt and can't lead+2 for Ssai, Lea, Mage, and Tricia also pushing.1d20 +2
>>24696073Return her gesture and retun to the ship to help there after the emergency see what's wrong with abby.
>>24696213I'm so sorry. I'll put the dice away.
We really need a new fucking dice rolling mechanic.
>>24696249yup, its about to kill us
>>24696203When you say "come up and try your best to keep the Kassat in position", do you mean swimming and guiding it, or back in the boat with Beacon. Kinda hoping the latter, since that gives us a chance to push away from rocks we get close to.
>>24696259worse than kill us:it's going to DELAY us.
>>24696277ya true. hopefully we get a good roll again soon.
>>24696213And this has gone from a boating journey to a swimming one.
but I have a feeling we are going to pay for that string of good rolls.
>>24696249Mayhaps we should try best of two? or even of three? even of two should be an immense aid to us, seeing as we always get single digit rolls followed by >15 almost every time. also ~yay~ i just finished catching up on this quest, and am now actively going to be participating. maybe.
>>24696203We've got this. But we're definitely going to come into port like this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7m5Int1hAA#t=1m4s
>>24696213>Players: But i only wanted a peaceful trip home.>Dice: YOUR NOT FUCKING ALLOWED TO HAVE NICE GODDAMN THINGS YOU FUCKING BITCH!!!!!!!!
>>24696213The ship pitches and rolls, back and forth, and someone, you're not sure who, maybe you, over corrects. You spin around wildly, and the get pulled along sideways, you look and you see a chance to push off. You push off one way, you'll survive, but you'll lose your lead, and you'll tie Adahn to Stone Hall.The other way keeps you in the current...but you're going to have to pray that when you slam into the reef, that the ship holds enough not sink. Pushing off wont be hard from that, and you'll keep your lead.Or you can push really really hard, and grab Mage, and blast your way out.
>The other way keeps you in the current...but you're going to have to pray that when you slam into the reef, that the ship holds enough not sink. Pushing off wont be hard from that, and you'll keep your lead.This. Have Mage cast Stone to mud on the reef.
>>24696356WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO BE CAUTIOUS! FULL SPEED AHEAD!
>>24696350>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7m5Int1hAA#t=1m4sCan we go into port like this echo?Please?Pretty please?
>>24696377Brilliant! We might stick, but we won't bounce.Let's hope coral is close enough to "stone" for it to work.
>>24696356Guess there is no point in not going full magical balls out
>>24696356FULL SPEED AHEAD!STONE TO MUD!PREPARE FOR A HARD CRASH, LADY TRICIA. INFORM THE CREW.
Rolled 8>>24696432>>24696398>>24696393>>24696377You grab Mage. "STONE TO MUD!""WHAT?!""ALL OF IT!" You yell gesturing to the big ass field of rocks and stones the Kassat is heading towards.Mage grabs his staff in both hands and raises his staff and focuses. You can see the sphere glowing brightly. He slams the staff against the side of the Kassat.
damn, its his best spell. You'd think he'd get some bonuses to it.
>>24696558Oh man, we dead.It was a good run, guys.
>>24696558Pressure plus Mage equals bad.
Rolled 9The spell sorta works. A few rocks are turned to mud, and a few rocks are turned into slightly less solid rocks. Sadly too many of them are still very solid."HANG ON!" You scream.
>>24696578>>24696558>rocks turn to mud>water turns to mud>everything is mud>we are now stuck and must pull the boat
>>24696594I hope high was good.
>>24696594Can we help break them?
>>24696594There's a horrid CRUNCH sound, and you see the mast of the Kassat crack and snap. The boat quietly floats out of the sound and into the current...but you watch in quiet horror as the mast slowly breaks and falls, splashing into the water.You're still afloat, and in the proper current...but you have lost your sail.Dana pulls herself up onto the ship. "You lost your big bed sheet and stick. They were important, weren't they?"<Wanna do that again! Whoosh, splash, CRUNCH!> Ssah says."Well...that's it." Peri says. "It was nice knowing the Leviathan and Stone Hall." She sighs. "Motherfucking cock-sucker!" She kicks the side of the boat.Mage just goes to the stern, he's not looking at anyone.
I still think we have an elves-save-the-day deus machina just waiting for when we need it. As soon as things get bad enough.They still want to capture us, after all.
>>24696714Don't give up! Get out and push, Ssen!Oh god this is hopeless they're all dead.
>>24696714oh ouch. I'm afraid that thing was what allowed the wind to push us. We could move it so the wind pushed us differently. Without it we cannot move as we want.
>>24696714Welp......nvm on the whole saving the day thing again.
>>24696714"Mage, stop sulking, this is my fault. I got too greedy."Get back in the boat and retreive the sail from the water, we could hold it in place with our tail or use the sail like a kite.
>>24696714<yes, they were quite important.>Curl up and assume the pondering position.Stay like this a moment.Get up, declare:"We will harness sea life together and have it pull us to our destination."
>>24696714"Dana, you looked like you took hard it, you good? Everyone else alright?"<How are you two doing? No damage done, I hope.>"Mage? You okay?"Once we go through the check."Plans?"
>>24696714We may not have the sail, but we have the oars, and Ssen and Dana. Row and push with all our might.
Pity we can't make our own currents... then we could go as we want.
>>24696795>hard it>hard hitSigh. I always catch this shit after posting...
>>24696714"Yes Dana. Our big bed sheet and stick were very important. All right, is anybody injured? Raise your hand if you're drowning!"
>>24696810Waitaminute, mage can use the wind, why couldn't he boost the current?
>>24696714Is it possible to retrieve the mast and sail? It might be possible to mend the wood with a modified spell, although drying out the sail could take a while.
>>24696823Because he might just boil the water away.
>>24696714Snatch the mast and sail out of the water. We're *ludicrously* strong at wrapping. If the main mast is all that broke, and the bits holding the sail unfurled are still in place, we can manage this.Between that, the oars, and Dana and Ssai, we can manage this.
>>24696831Retrieve the sail. We can still use it.The mast... I dunno.
>>24696714If we can retreive the mast does Mage know a "mend" or "make whole" spell that we can use to repair it.
>>24696863... I wonder if troll blood has any 'tree' in it. We could plant the mast and try to make it grow into the ship(grasping at straws, but its fun to do.)
>>24696863He can try to ice it.
>>24696714Check everyone, ask for plans, gather up the sail.Then tie dolphins together and have them pull our ship. Or sharks. Whatever.
>>24696714We could try using the sail as a Kite to propell us?
>>24696911>ice itGRAB THE SAIL AS FAST AS POSSIBLE.Get a bucket, start freezing water into a pillar we can hang the sail from.
>>24696930that would be brittle as fuck.
>>24696772"I'm afraid that thing was what allowed the wind to push us. We could move it so the wind pushed us differently. Without it we cannot move as we want." You say.You jump into the water. "Come on, help me get the bed sheet."You and Dana dive down and grab the sail. Your claws are invaluable to cutting it free. The mast is way too heavy, even with your tail. It's also covered in ropes and metal, and you can warp around it teasy enough...but you can't get it to go up, even with Dana's help. You write it off as a lost cause, but you're able to salvage most of the sail.You come back up. The others have gotten out the oars and the poles and are trying to row."Dana, you looked like you took a hard hit, you good?"Dana winces as she touches her arm. "Not broken, but very very hurt.""Everyone else?" You ask.You get declarations of 'Fine' or 'good' from everyone.<How are you two doing? No damage done I hope?><We're fine.> Ssai says as she rows. "Mage? You okay?" You ask.No answer from your brother.You head over to him. "Mage, stop sulking, this is my fault. I got too greedy.""Every time...every time you NEED me to do something...I botch it." He looks out into the ocean. "Now people are going to die, and we can't stop it, and don't say that it's all you fault, because some of it IS my fault. You needed me to step up...and I botched it."
>>24696930Salt water doesn't freeze very well, if I recall.
>>24696930We can just ice the mast into place, it's be stonger than that.
>>24696928That's an even better idea than trying to hold the mast together with constriction. Worth a try.
>>24696942It would only need to last to stone hall then we would ditch he fuck out of it
>>24696946I personally blame the dice system Mage. You knew that spell inside and out and random chance made you botch it. Nothing else.yes i know this won't be used hah.
>>24696962Might as well give it a try, not the worst idea in the world.
>>24696946"Don't worry, we'll do SOMETHING stupid to fix all of this.On an unrelated note, are you any good at flying kites?"
>>24696946"They're only dead if we give up, brother.""Think we could make it into a kite?""Dana, do you think you can get any sea animals to help, dolphins or something that could pull us? No idea if you can do that."
>>24696976We need to use dice as a metaphor for Mage.
Also get Dana a healing potion.
>>24696994We could make a pair of dice into a pendant and give it to mage. say its a metaphore for his magic.
>>24696946>"Every time...every time you NEED me to do something...I botch it." He looks out into the ocean. "Now people are going to die, and we can't stop it, and don't say that it's all you fault, because some of it IS my fault. You needed me to step up...and I botched it.""Remember the stealth spell back at the Bear Shrine? You pulled it off so well I was practically invisible. You are, without a doubt, the single best spell researcher in the world; you've invented more new spells than most mages do in a lifetime. Perfection is too much to ask of any mortal being, and you come as close as anyone could ever expect. But you seem to forget all the incredible things you've done the moment anything goes even slightly wrong, and you think we should do the same."
>>24696946As I recall you once brought down a mountain to save us. One mess up is always just another dawnchaser plan away from working even better. Now help me think of a stupid plan. So far I've got grow a new mast using some crazy magic, changing the currents, again by some crazy magic. Or all else fails we can get out and push!"
>>24697070this is the most appropriate feeling for what we are going to do.We may need to weigh it down properly with a bit of snakeweight, but yeah.
>>24696946Okay. You botched it. I've botched things too. I tried to push Isen out of the way of an arrow, and left you all rudderless in the middle of Citadel. Every time I kill someone, it means I failed stopping the fight in the first place. And if I remember, a few days ago I accidentally stripped the flesh from Tricia's bones. Now what? What are you going to do?
>>24697122Hardly fair to even call this a botch; he's always trying to push spells to their limit, bringing down mountains and mudding entire rapids. And the spell helped; it would have been even worse without it.
>>24696990"Remember the stealth spell back at the Bear Shrine? You pulled it off so well I was practically invisible. You are, without a doubt, the single best spell researcher in the world; you've invented more new spells than most mages do in a lifetime. Not to mention the time you brought a mountain down to save us."Perfection is too much to ask of any mortal being, and you come as close as anyone could ever expect. But you seem to forget all the incredible things you've done the moment anything goes even slightly wrong, and you think we should do the same."Okay. You botched it. I've botched things too. I tried to push Isen out of the way of an arrow, and left you all rudderless in the middle of Citadel. Every time I kill someone, it means I failed stopping the fight in the first place. And if I remember, a few days ago I accidentally stripped the flesh from Tricia's bones. Now what? What are you going to do? They're only dead if we give up, Brother." You say.You hug his shoulders and you and he stare out at the water. You see a bird soar past. Deep in your Lamia Brain, you get an idea."They don't flap...they soar...like a kite." You look at your brother. "Mage, could...could we make that," You point at the huge drying sail. "Into a kite?"Mage stares at it. Then he tilts his head. He nods. "We'll need a steady wind for this..." He nods. "I can do that...yeah...make sure someone keeps me from nodding off, but we could do it...but where are we going to get the rope?" He asks. "It went down with the mast."You nod. "I'll think about that." You say. You head down to Dana who's drinking a healing potion that Tricia gave her. "Dana, can you get any sea animals to help us? Dolphin, or something to pull?""How would I do that?" Dana looks around. "I don't know these waters, and I don't see any convenient dolphins. If some show up, maybe...but we are pretty alone out here for now." She shrugs. "I could go looking, but I don't want to lose the Kassat."
>>24696928I second this, make a kite and get Mage to magic-wind us.
>>24697179"If we want something that will come to us, well, we could chum the water. Then harness the sharks."
>>24696946"Botches happen, Mage. No one under the Light is perfect."
>>24697179As for ropes.... hmm, looks like we are going diving.
>>24697179"Never mind that then Dana, but I do need some help getting the rope that went underwater, lets go get it."Grab a knife before we go.
>>24697179"Well if we can't find rope we might have to make it but ho-Lea..Can I borrow a few feet of Bandages?"
>>24697179First of all, make a mental note to start carrying a large length of rope in our pack; we're clearly failing as an adventurer if we don't have any.Meanwhile, other approaches:Dive for the rope and cut/bite through the knots holding it to the mast.Tie some lengths of spare clothing together.Use strips of the sail itself, carefully twisted for strength.Full-length Lamia chain, with a strong enough wind.>>24697205Yikes. That's a Dawnchaser plan if ever I heard one.
>>24697242"Never mind that then Dana, but I do need some help getting the rope that went underwater, lets go get it." You say. "I need a knife.""Why do we need that rope?" Dana says. "Is it special rope?"
>>24697264>First of all, make a mental note to start carrying a large length of rope in our pack; we're clearly failing as an adventurer if we don't have any.No you did, that WAS the rope you used to get the Kassat together.
>>24697270"...Dana, are you carrying any rope?"
>>24697270"No, we'll just be needing a lot of rope.Do you have a more convenient source?"
>>24697270"We need rope to get moving, and thats our only rope."
>>24697281"...Dana, are you carrying any rope?" You ask."No, but that's spider seaweed," She points to a mass of green below the water where it's shallower. "So called because of how tiny the 'threads' of it are...but if you grab the root of the plant, and tie it together, and make sure that the temperature doesn't exceed 93 degrees...then those work as ropes. But if those ropes are special ropes, then I can help you get them."
>>24697335How hot is it? the wind should help keep them cool.
>>24697335Thank you Dana. It sounds like the Spider Seeweed is more special then Mast Rope.
>>24697335"I see, that's very handy. How quickly could you get the seaweed together into rope? I think I may go and recover the rope anyway, but it's a brilliant idea to make some on the fly, if you can."
>>24697335You know, I almost suggested seaweed, then dismissed it as not possibly being strong enough. I clearly fail at Dawnchasing.
>>24697366I suggested chummed shark harnesses.I'm too EXTREME for these dawnchasers.
>>24697356"I see, that's very handy. How quickly could you get the seaweed together into rope? I think I may go and recover the rope anyway, but it's a brilliant idea to make some on the fly, if you can."Dana shrugs and nods as she takes the knife. "How much do you need?"Ten minutes later, the Kassat has it's new...propulsion. You've anchored it to the positions that Mari say will work and wont rip off from the ship. Mage has taken position, and everyone's waiting for your go."I don't think there's a standard prayer for something like this." Lea says.
>>24697418"Up to the highest height!"
>>24697418May the Light approve are crazy plans?
>>24697418"No, I don't think there is.""Just have faith in His Light and in Mage."
>>24697418"Such is the burden of the creative and innovative. And maniacs like us."
>>24697418"Why, lea, we don't need one for this. We're only flying a kite!"I didn't like my last input, so I made this one instead.
>>24697418I think it may be a function of my order to inspire new lines of prayer...
>>24697482Yes. I just saw that myself. Fucking hell.
>>24697418"There isn't one for safe sailing?"
may the wind and currents be kind to our poor ship.
>>24697529May His Light empower this poor ship.
>>24697418"It is said that the Light helps those who help themselves. Never have we needed that to hold more than today. The Light has given us the strength and the craziness to adapt to whatever comes our way. May the Light shine on our humble kite, or may it give us the strength to adapt further if necessary."
>>24697468"No, I don't think there is. Such is the burden of the creative and innovative. And maniacs like us." You say. "Just have faith in His Light, and in Mage...and may His Light approve our crazy plans."Lea gives you a look. You sigh."It is said that the Light helps those who help themselves. Never have we needed that to hold more than today. The Light has given us the strength and the craziness to adapt to whatever comes our way. May the Light shine on our humble kite, or may it give us the strength to adapt further if necessary."Lea bows her head. "Amen." She says. "Punch it, Mage."Mage casts his winds, and the sail fills, it rises up and fills the sky...and for a moment, there's nothing and you have a shred of fear...and then...the Kassat shifts...and pulls...and then you're moving!"After a few moments, you just hang on and then the cheering and clapping and a punch of people patting Mage on the back or kissing his cheek. Mage looks focused. He's not showing off, or forcing things, but he wants nothing more than to get to the city on time.And by His Light...it looks like you might actually make it.As the day goes on, Dana explains that you wont run into Adahn and his army, odds are good by now that you've already passed him. Mage takes the occasional break when it looks like the regular wind will catch the kite. Everyone's more than happy to let the guy have a few moments...and you realize, as the sun has gone down and you're piloting with Dana's help and moonlight...that you are crazy tired too.You head down into the small cabin below, and before you can see or call for Tricia, you feel two bodies coil around you and two bronzeish-greenish heads of hair are right below yours.<Goodnight Auntie.> Ssah says.<Thank you, Auntie.> Ssai says. <It's been cold for a while.>Tricia sticks her head down and blinks at the scene. She smiles. "I'll go keep Mage company." She says.You sleep, and the hearts of your kin go into sync like normal.
>>24697743dawww, lamia pile.
>>24697743>adorable childrenoh shit. Sorry about that one tricia. I guess things are just WAY TOO CUTE over here.
>>24697743>Tricia sticks her head down and blinks at the scene. She smiles. "I'll go keep Mage company." She says.Oh no you don't. Get over here; the more the warmer.
>>24697793Nah, I don't think the kids will be comfortable with her quite yet.
>>24697743Well, these kids are fucking great. Granny will love them. We'll love visiting.
>>24697819Also we need someone to keep mage awake.
>AuntieWe're making this face, aren't we?
>>24697865yes. 100%.This is an awkward and wondrous joy. These kids are damn great.
So guys, I have a crazy plan to neutralize the Leviathan if we can convince the Mers not to attack it.We spoil all of its food and water supplies. That way it either has to sail all the way back to Citadel, or it'll be forced to dock in Stone Hall to resupply, and HEARTS AND MINDS them.Either that or they just decide to shell us.
>>24697880Why is this necessary again? Is the Leviathan an enemy ship?
>>24697891>>24697880Can tricia still do the send-bugs-to-eat-it trick with food supplies, like she offered before?
>>24697897no, just a citadel ship. one big enough to kill a city.
>>24697880Can we try talking to the captain first before we take action against it? Everyone wants to go right for action on this...
>>24697897It's Citadel's ship, yes. It's sitting in Stone Hall harbor ready to shell it the moment true civil war breaks out.>>24697898Indeed, and it wouldn't even be gross like last time; we're not talking about bodies, we're talking about food.
>>24697914I'd like to, but at the same time I'm really tempted to go for a stealth mission. If we show ourselves to talk, and then later something goes wrong with the ship, it'll look suspicious enough to possibly start the civil war early.
>>24697931Wroth the risk personally.
>>24697931>>24697914of COURSE we talk first. we're a paladin.
>ball made of snakes, women, and childrenI don't know how I'd react to this if I broke into it.
>>24697939>>24697941I'm not saying we *sink* the ship without warning. I'm saying we could sabotage the food stores, forcing them to land (they won't be able to sail back to Citadel, either), and then have a nice conversation with them in a friendly port rather than on their ship.
One benefit of getting the Leviathan into the harbor... we can get everyone off the ship in case Adahn doesn't listen to us at all. In case Peace is riding herd on him or something.
>>24697966Or we invite the Captain some officers and men over for a dinner party and speak there? There's way to speak with them that don't involve action against them.
>>24697988Plausible, if they'll come. Seems unlikely, but worth a shot.
>>24697966>>24697988It's the not trying the other routes that's killing me about this. People seemed to want to jump right for one type of action without thinking of others.
We should head straight to Adahn after dropping off the kids. We can't let them actually get in view of the city. An army at a city of Citadel's gates would be enough to get Citadel's own army to act even if we defuse them.
Has anyone thought about the issue of getting a boat into port at all with the Leviathan right there? It's likely to try to stop us.
>>24698053we can talk to them when they try, then.More convenient for us.
>>24698053the only reason it'd blockade the city is if we were in open revolt... and we are a paladin.
Your shoulder is gently squeezed as you wake up. You see Tricia's smiling face. "Hey. We're here." She says.You wake up the other two, who are reluctant to uncoil around you, but eventually let go with promises for fresh fish via Dana.You head up and see a welcome sight. Stone Hall in the morning dawn. A glittering city on the water, no longer the uniform buildings of clean stone and recognizable features, but a mess of stone, wood, a little metal here and there. And all of it jumbled int a mess, a smell that's sour and sweet at the same time, and the sounds of hundreds of people arguing with hundreds more coming from the park, and even more people from the market, hawking different visions of the future, begging for that little kick they need to get going.And you can even see Isen's mural from here, that or he had a new one painted of him. This is your city, you helped make this...you can't help but feel a little proud."Mage is exhausted." Lea says. She has your brother over her shoulder. He's out cold. "We're rowing into dock."It takes a little bit, and the Kassat has docked. Isen has said that the Dawnchasers get free mooring...but fixing the Kassat's not going to be cheap. Hopefully Avery has your stipend...or Barney has an idea. Either way, this busted old ship is a Dawnchaser now.You hope Lightmare's okay back at Coral Gate."Where to first?" Lea asks. "Lighthouse, the Manor, Granny, send a message to the Leviathan, or try and head off Adhan and the Mer?" She says. "We've got about six hours before the show happens, you don't have to do everything yourself, Ssen." She says. "But I'm taking Mage to the Lighthouse. He needs rest if he's going to be any use to us."
>>24698067Drop the kids off at grandma's house
Hmm, six hours. Lets only spend 2-3 here. Send Lea to the Manor. She is to explain that there might be an attack soon. However we might be able to head it off if we can talk to the leadership. So keep things quiet. No need for a panicWe should take the kids to Granny. As for the others they can split up between each other.
>>24698067Ssen will drop off the kids with Granny. Tricia can come if she wants. Peri/Mari and Lea should head over to Manor let Isen know what's going. Well, after Lea drops off Mage. After that... head off to Adhan and the Mer. Hopefully we'll catch them before they're in view of the city.
>>24698067"Before anything else, we need to get Ssai and Ssah over to Granny; if anything goes wrong, I don't want them in harm's way. Tricia, maybe you should come with me, and make sure I don't do anything stupider than usual this time. Then we need to cut off Adahn and the Mer, and figure out what to do about the Leviathan ourselves, whether parley, sabotage, or making it look worse than Kassat does now.Maybe if we get some downtime after that, we could check on the progress of helping Mumei out. I feel bad for running out without finishing that."We can, and probably should, take the land route back. So we don't urgently need to fix Kassat.
>>24698067We should deposit Ssai and Ssah with Granny. First off she needs to know what's about to come this way, and second I'd prefer if the kids were out of the way when Adahn arrives. Lea can take Mage back to the lighthouse, but I think Tricia and Dana should come with us: reason being that some folk might not take kindly to us bringing two more lamias into the city.
>>24698138This sounds like a sensible way to divide up tasks.
>>24698067"If we have time, I should probably drop off the kids. Granny would be angry if I did it by proxy and didn't absolutely need to. Check in with barney about ideas on the ship while you're there, lea. Peri and meri- you're good with finances, go inquire at the manor about our stipend, and ship usage. I doubt that ours will, er, be functional in time. Dana, please go with lea and get acquainted with the lighthouse. It's a home to us, when we're not running around like maniacs. Feel free to look around the city, but if you're coming with us for the discussion with the army, be back at the lighthouse or with us within four hours. Tricia, you'll come with me and do all the cutesy things that are distracting when we're out on in dangerous places. Make sure we all meet up within four hours at the docks or at the lighthouse, because we want to head this army off at the pass."Everyone got it? Good. Break!"If you guys want, we could make tricia send a message to the leviathan instead of hang out with us, but I can't think of a good one.
>>24698171>Tricia, you'll come with me and do all the cutesy things that are distracting when we're out on in dangerous places.That's amazingly demeaning.
>>24698187Well, we don't have to use it. The original wording was "Make up for lost cabin time", but that was worse.
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Maybe instead we could have Tricia scout out the Leviathan. We had all those half-baked plans and having some more information would be good.
>>24698212Yeah. Tricia can do something about the leviathan in all these plans, as she's sort of the extra here.We just need to select an action.
Thought of something also. Maybe we should have Tricia get checked out by Granny. I know Mari said that everything was green, but it never hurts to ask another to confirm.
>>24698212We have several hours. No rush. We could keep her and Dana with us in case of shenanigans related to Ssai and Ssah
>>24698208Done:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Daughter%20Quest>>24698212>>24698225Good thinking. But I don't think we're in so much of a rush that we can't first take some time to meet up with Granny and talk for a bit.
>>24698212That really can wait until after dealing with the Mer army.
>>24698258Yeah. The highest priorities are getting the kids safe and introducing them to Granny, and intercepting Adahn and the Mer.
>>24698274how are we going to do that, by the way?Our boat is... not doing so good.
>>24698290Theres a port, we're a paladin.
>>24698274Yeah the time table for the Mer army is far shorter than the Leviathan which as of now doesn't have one unless we fail stopping the Mers. >>24698290"Hey Isen! I need a boat!"
>>24698274Don't forget that those candy sticks that Adahn liked. They'll probably come in handy
>>24698300>>24698304I keep forgetting that we're the man.
>>24698316yes. We have to take a visit to the candy shop.this job is ideal for tricia
>>24698316Not a priority right now. We likely won't have to deal with the stuff until after this arc with the mer and the ship
>>24698337assuming the black mask guy isn't our dear lightbringer
>>24698337errr.... Adahn IS the Mer arc.
>>24698171"If we have time, I should probably drop off the kids. Granny would be angry if I did it by proxy and didn't absolutely need to. Tricia, you'll come with me and make sure that I don't do anything stupider than usual this time. Also, I'd like Granny to look at you.Lea, check in with Barney about ideas on the ship while you're there. And have him or Ambrose fix Mage up and make sure he wakes up in time. Peri/Meri- you're good with finances, go inquire at the manor about our stipend, and ship usage. I doubt that ours will, er, be functional in time, so get us one. Tell Isen about what's going on as well, if he's here. Dana, please go with Lea and get acquainted with the lighthouse. It's a home to us, when we're not running around like maniacs. Feel free to look around the city, but if you're coming with us for the discussion with the army, be back at the lighthouse or with us within four hours. Make sure we all meet up within four hours at the docks or at the lighthouse, because we want to head this army off at the pass."Everyone understands, and they take off. You head down to the tunnels, through the halls, and into the Undercity. Granny is in her photo room, reminiscing with the help of a little good whiskey. She turns to look at you, and the cup of liquor drops to the ground when she sees the girls.She's across the room in an instant, scooping up the pair in a massive hug. She's whispering things to them in the lizard tongue, so softly that you can't hear, but you have a pretty good guess.She instantly shoves by you, both girls in her arms still, and goes to her kitchen. You two follow, and you see that Granny has sit the pair down and is putting large amounts of stored meat in front of their faces and demanding that they eat."We better break in." Tricia says. "She looks like she may be at this for a while." A big smile on her face. "Did you see the look on her face?"Yeah, it was even more shocked than when you broke out the barbs.
>>24698366"And here I thought she'd be at least a BIT angry at us for imposing like this."
>>24698366"What, no hugs for us? Are we just not cute enough? I see how it is.">>24698402This too.
>>24698366>all these feels
>>24698366"Ha. If only I can find way to get shock her like that all the time."Umm... I'll ask this again of you guys >>24698233 Thoughts? After letting Granny do a bit more with the kids of course but this would be a good time to do it quickly.
>>24698366And here I was thinking that our newfound revelation at our name being Name would be adorable
>>24698434>to get shock>to shockWhere that get come from! I just... fuck.
>>24698366Your right. Damn our time constraints. Granny. I'm sorry to interrupt but there is a few things we need to talk with you about. The first was about letting the girls stay with you but I'm guessing that is now moot. The second is that me and Tricia are now Bonded. There were some complications so I wanted to get your opinion.The third thing is that there is an army headed here. Mer. Lead by Adahn the former Lightbringer. Once we are done here we will go to talk to him. But if we fail to convince him to throw off Peace's shackles we might be facing seige. You need to prepare, quietly to not provoke a panic.
Also, we need to find out WHY she didn't tell us our name was NAME. For crying out loud. It's not funny!
>>24698457yes it is.
>>24698434We should indeed.>>24698435Now we know one of the many things Granny was chuckling about without telling us.>>24698445Sounds perfect. But before the first one, we need to actually introduce the two kids and mention where they came from.
>>24698445I'm pretty sure the attack is on the Leviathan first. Which is something we need to stop at all cost. That's when they'll just shell Stone Hall.
>>24698474if we fail with Adahn we move on to the 'capture' or 'contain' Leviathan plan.
>>24698486we COULD give the leviathan a heads-up about the army, and inform them it's NOT a part of stone hall at all.but that would increase fish casualty.
>>24698486Eh, at that point I would almost say let the Leviathan start getting attacked then come in and save it. But that's a bit too Citadelly isn't?
You know, we probably haven't had a good breakfast.ALSO: We should send a man to fetch the lightmare. Or feed the lightmare. bring meat, not peasants.
>>24698505It would work on theatrical level. Might even give us a chance to speak with the Captain and his crew. After all, we did just come in and saved their butts. Eh.
>>24698522Im against any plan that involves dramatics.
>>24698517You know, if he's not in trouble, Robin probably took back the Nightmare. >>24698535So am I. But you know on some level it would work.
>>24698535but SEVERAL of our plans have involved dramatics.Once we literally carried out a lightbringer bridge plan.
>>24698543He's talking more on the manipulation level.
>>24698558yup, it basically stinks of every Dramatae ever. But they generally have a bit of Light in them. Letting people die to cement their trust in us when we rescue them is the opposite of that.
they refers to our own plans... its getting late.
>>24698445"Granny....Granny...Scheherazade!" You shout.Granny pats the pair on the head and goes to you and Tricia. She hugs you tightly for a moment. <Thank you, for this.> She says. <I will never forget this.>"Yes, I'm glad." You say as you pull free. "I'm sorry to interrupt but there are a few things we need to talk with you about. The first was about letting the girls stay with you but I'm guessing that is now moot."Granny nods. "They need to be taught human tongue, good manners...so so much." She seems almost giddy at the idea. "I'll make sure they end up almost as 'civilized' as you...maybe less reckless." You let the jab slide. "The second is that me and Tricia are now Bonded. There were some complications so I wanted to get your opinion."Granny looks at Tricia and does a double take. "Oh...my." She looks at her up and down. "This is...this is something I haven't seen for ages. Have you been able to see though the bugs' eyes yet? Shift it so your palms are filled with stingers? Add to your swarm?"Tricia shakes her head.Granny nods. "It took the other Wasp Witch a century to get that much control...of course she just had half her body." Granny nods. "I'd love to sit you down and see what is what.""Well, that's the problem. The third thing is there's an army headed here. Mer. Lead by Adahn the former Lightbringer. Once we're done here we'll go to talk to him. But if we fail to convince him to throw off Peace's shackles we might be facing siege. Or, worse case scenario, an assault from the Leviathan. You need to prepare, quietly to not provoke a panic." You say.Granny nods. "I'll call the Lizard people back and have the Undercity and the tunnels prepared for a siege. I'll also have them seal off the sea exits." She sighs. "I suppose you two need to rush off, don't you?" She hugs you again and kisses your cheek. <You know...I was wrong Little Snake...you aren't one to devour the world. You're the serpent who shakes the world when she moves.>
>>24698599We can afford to stay here for a short time and let Tricia and Granny talk about Tricia's new form and abilities. Could be wildly useful in the near future.
>>24698599>serpent who shakes the world when she movesAs our poor administrative paladin friends will attest to
>>24698599Return the hug. Hug the children. <Love you.>Then its off to grab some barley sticks.
>>24698617We can do that after we take care of the jrpg knockoff.
>>24698599next time we get a few days rest we should spend them with Tricia, Granny and the kids.
>>24698599>>24698619"Yeah, I think Balles would attest to that. Said "I should have ran you out when I first saw you!"Then whatever else people want to say.
>>24698631I agree 100%.and, once we can secure them, we can take the kids to the beach
>>24698599><You know...I was wrong Little Snake...you aren't one to devour the world. You're the serpent who shakes the world when she moves.><Isn't that the one that rises for the last time when the world ends? That's a disturbing thought.>
>>24698630We have a few hours, and Tricia may well find those abilities invaluable when dealing with Whatever.
>>24698644Depends on the definition of 'world ending.' To many the world is ending. Citadel isn't taking care of all their problems. To others a new world is being born in front of their eyes. With new chances and hope.And then I feel cheesy for typing that up. Blah.
>>24698653well I suppose we can run around the city looking for Barley Sticks solo.
>>24698599"Aren't I lucky to have a granny like that. Anyway, it's time for the half-leviathan to go save the pretender-leviathan from an army of Mer led by a brainwashed kid. Then hopefully the pretender won't end up shelling me... again.""... His Light, why can't we ever have a normal day?"
>>24698599"One last thing though." You say. "How could you NOT tell me that my name was NAME?!" You snap.Granny lets out a peal of laughter. "And miss this moment?" She laughs again. "Little Snake, you must know what your real name now is, yes?""Fourth Child, Monster." You say."Pssh. Your real name is Ssen Patrick. What your birth parents designated you as is irrelevant. Do you know how many Ssai, Ssah, and other types of that are?" Granny shakes her head. "My name is Ssai, as well...but you're the only one of our kind..." Granny chokes back laughter. "To have the name of Ssen. A Name unto itself." She laughs.Tricia giggles a little and gives you an apologetic grin."Anyway, you can give me grief about that joke later." Granny says. "Go, you have to stop a war. Make..." She chokes back laughter. "Make an even greater name for yourself!"
>>24698682I'm beginning to have doubts if I will be able to fit all my names in a reasonable amount of space at this race.
>>24698682Clearly we must grumble about this as we leave.
>>24698682Unstoppable Force meets Immovable Object
>>24698680You sigh to Tricia as you head back up top. "Aren't I lucky to have a Granny like that? Anyway, it's time for this half-leviathan to go save the pretender-leviathan from an army of Mer led by a brainwashed kid. Then hopefully the pretender won't end up shelling me... again. And the first thing we need is to buy some penny candy, as it's integral to the plan."By His Light, why can't we ever have a normal day?""Because we are the ones who stand in the Darkness." Tricia says. "We're the ones who are supposed to make lives normal for others."Although I admit the penny candy thing is a little weird, even by our standards."
>>24698710I love the Cap. I really do.
>>24698682Grumbling and mumbling is appropriate. Also, say goodbye to the children. We'll be gone for a bit.
>>24698721"That's how you know it isn't a Citadel story, though. Can you imagine that one going in the storybooks? 'Mommy, tell me the one about Name and Dragonfly and the Penny Candy of Doom!'"
>>24698721hopefully it and the fact that Ava is alive, happy and doesn't hate him will be enough to convince him to listen to us.
>>24698721"Speaking of, you want anything while we're at the buying candy business? I know how you love your sweets."Say this as we navigate to wherever they kept sweets in the olden days.
>>24698739>tell meread me, rather.
>>24698721"Hopefully it can help get through to him."And if words and candy cannot get through to him. Then, by the Light, my fist will."Honestly, do not believe someone has annoyed more than this child."Find candy!
>>24698682Granny has the most embarrassing sense of humor ever.Just like a granny should
>>24698748>annoyed more>annoyed me moreMissing words. Missing words. What else is new.
>>24698739The Snake and the Dragonfly sounds like a badass bedtime story.
>>24698721"Then again, I doubt either of us would even RECOGNIZE "normal" if it came up and bit one of us in the ass."
>>24698756ah fuck you just titled our story. I hope you're happy.because that's a good fucking title.
>>24698721The dark breeds the weird and twisted, as those who bring light forth we must adapt and use this fact to shine ever brighter.
>>24698756>>24698787It really is.
And I am calling it a night. I need a rest. The next thread will be tomorrow. May 8th, 2-4pm PST. Hope to see you then, and may His Light be with you.
>>24698798>tomorrowFuck yes, thank you echo.
>>24698798Good night, Echo. Thanks for an awesome thread.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlkSepPTLUc
>>24698798Oh sweet, I now have something to do tomorrow!
>>24698798Thanks echo, take it easy.
>>24698814this one was better than the last few, wasn't it?Less... despair.Fly a kite!
My name is Adahn.I was a Lightbringer, once. You know how the story goes. Well, it didn't go that way for me.Everything I ever loved was lost. Destroyed one after the other. It seemed that whatever I did, whatever I touched, whoever I loved, was taken from me. Killed. Burned. Lost. I couldn't understand. Nothing made sense. Why only me? Was I born to suffer? To fail? The destiny of the Lightbringer was the only meaning my life ever had, and even that was taken from me. No more. Now, I start taking back.I stand now upon the brink of Destiny. Stone Hall was where it all began, and where it will now end and begin again. I failed here once. I will not fail again, whatever the cost.But there is one small snake in the grass. A paladin, one who it seems met only success where I knew only sorrow. It seems she is here in defense of Stone hall, and is now delivering her terms.She offers me......candy?
>>24698798Night Echo, damn near killed me with Dawww overload.
>>24698848And that's how you break a story.
>>24698859I had to go and pace about after that lamia-pile thing. Just too good. Secondary objective: Meet your own people has been completed, and it's way satisfying.
>>24698848If this sugar-sticks thing works, I we can declare it an authentic miracle.
>>24698829Yeah. It felt...happy. Not the Citadel happy of everything going perfectly (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Nice_Place_to_Visit), just plain happy. With a healthy helping of d'awww.
>>24698893We better not have to make a fucking roll on this.That would be bullshit as fuck
>>24698900oh we'll TOTALLY have to roll on it.Just so the dice can say no.
>>24698898What made the entire thing feel more happy is we didn't give a single shit when the mast broke. I love it when we surmount terrible problems like that.
>>24698898That's what you get when you change your perspective. Suddenly, this isn't an endless fight to stop everything from going the slightest bit wrong, but it's simply exploration, discovery, and hard work. We earned this.
You know what?That guy really wasn't that far off when he called us "dangerously crazy". Given our record, it is ENTIRELY true.
>>24698936Yeah. The kite>>24696783>>24696928was a stroke of brilliance.>>24698938Exactly.
>>24698814I do like this song. I see it being played during the 'Flight of the Kassat' bit.Email is included in post.Also, may I just say a deep thank you to you guys? It's having such a group of creative fun players that makes this such a joy, and I really feel happy each time I see the 'I've caught up' message. You guys keep me wanting to come back. Thank you.
>>24698976I want you to want to keep coming back.I am doing my very best to use psychology to keep you coming back.You are a fixture of my entertainment schedule now. I hope this and its derivative works continue on for quite a long while.>>24698967Let's go fly a kite!
>>24698976We keep coming back because you make it feel so good to be creative in this beautiful and terrible world you've created, and it feels so alive that we want to go poking around in every corner of it. And the characters! By the Light, the characters!
>>24698976I just wish you'd answer some peoples concerns about game mechanics is all... so doesn't rear its head every few threads. Putting ones head into the sand and not saying anything isn't going to make those post go away. Just saying.Otherwise love the characters man. Really the main the reason I come back.
>>24699035I don't have the impression that Echo is sticking his head in the sand; I have the impression that he's experimenting with ways to fix it. Notice all the very visible modifiers we got this time, including some for decisions, help, good reasoning, and the like?
>>24699043It would help to say something at times as 'The GM' though. It tends to keep people from going on rants for 50 post or so.
>>24699035I like the characters, sure. I'm extremely interested in making sure Ssen and her friends wind up with goodend, if not bestend. Or at least not mega-hitler-stalin-snake-queen-bitch end.
>>24699051yes. Sometimes we need some GM information when we're making our crazy theories.
>>24699055That's the really disturbing thing; the bad end here isn't the apocalypse, it's the lotus eater.
>>24699057that's ONE of the bad ends. Not the one I'm hoping the avoid though.
>>24698976Meta question for you, Echo, if you don't mind answering it: is Ssuad Ssen's "true name", for magical purposes?
>>24699106It probably is. Either that or Ssen Patrick.If neither of those work, then it might be paladin serpent.Or Snake, as tricia calls us.
>>24699137Speaking of which, now that we know Granny's true name, we might be able to surprise her the next time she pulls magic on us when we're sparring.
>>24699145Have we come to a decision on whether we're ever going to learn magic ourselves?The entry requirement is... kinda high.
>>24699106In regards to Citadel Magic rules, Ssuad is Ssen's true name.In regards to OTHER magics (Dragon, Ghoul, Leviathan, Phoenix Empire, Etc.) that might not be the case.
>>24699156Now that I'm thinking of game rules and such:We totally missed the coral gate optional boss. Didn't even notice it.
>>24699155I'm still in favor of eating Peace... but we might get the chance at Comedy.
>>24699156Thank you.>>24699155Comedy and Tragedy both do magic. And Old One only wanted their heads.That's not so much "high price" as "perk".
>>24699168We still have to confront him later. We can't leave the Mer under his command.
>>24699168We're going back.
>>24699168No, this IS the optional boss. Coral Gate is the optional level. You got Dana and the Kassat. The Boss bit is incoming...do you think that the Leviathan is FULLY staffed by innocent soldiers...or are there some people there, on that ship crewed by close to 100, who are /passionate/ about their work?And you think that all the Mer are free or do a few have white scales?To say nothing about Adhan. You know how at the start of a story, the villain's nigh-invincible right. Hopeless Boss Fights are common things.This isn't an elegant stage play put up by Rage, where every move is calculated, and the casualties are minimized, and all the Lightbringers need to do is to come in and follow the steps. No no no...this is a living stage. This time...people have been WARNED that you could show up and have planned accordingly.
>>24699229Oh dear, we do badly enough when we're dealing with the Dramatae's fuckups as it is.
>>24699229>go get ready for bad>come back>oh no, the boss fight is TOTALLY COMING YOU GUYSOh great. I stopped worrying for a second there. just a split second.
Please tell me that when the others went to collect our stipend they warned Paladin Avery about the impending attack?If we fail we'll need all of the city defenders ready to hold back the attack. We also shouldn't discount the possibility of an attack by land at the same time if the plan is to wipe out Stone Hall not just Leviathan.
>>24699229Yup, I thought that all might be the case. Gotta remember we aren't interrupting this before the story can start or cleaning up after the story has finished. We're at the beginning. Where the BBEG starts his campaign of terror. Also I hope while they may have accounted for us coming... but not the approach we will use. Or the fact that we actually are setting up contingencies instead of simply rushing in where angels fear to tread.
>>24701159If worse comes to worse and we fail to stop all this, in the fray, do we kill or rescue Adahn? Rescuing him will help toward winning him to our side but lose us the spin war as the image of "A monstrous pretender paladin (already infamous for inciting bloody revolution and cultural upset) rescuing the shaper of darkness" is just so damnably convenient for the Dramatae. Ending Adahn will throw another huge wrench in the Dramatae's plans in the EXACT way that Purple Sands did, but goes against everything we've been fighting for.
>>24701545remember Mage's dad? How we literally could not kill him until we had destroyed the magic that was holding him together? Ya I'm betting its going to be the same thing.Though with Citadel being in the state its in I wonder how many deaths it retcon.Still I'm hoping we can get through to him with Sugar sticks and Ava.
>>24702079Ava's still in Bronze Peak if I recall. We're in Stone Hall. That's a 3 day trip. We have 3 hours until the Mer army is upon the city.