Noticed most of the other quests were winding down a bit, and thought I'd experiment with a later start time.~~~~~~Your house is so damn nice now. There's hardwood floors, plenty of well made furniture, and this world's first running bath. If you had to guess at the nature of your baller status, you would have to conclude that it would be confirmed. You stretch as you rise, admiring all the fresh new things. Your house still smells like the various woods used in it's construction yesterday. You had no idea a village could slap together a house in a day, but apparently many hands made light work. You sneeze. You've got a cold, you think. You're a bit stuffy, which is probably understandable given the conditions you were suffering from only two days ago. You shudder to remember the storm that almost claimed you like a dog in the mud. You wonder where the girls are, idly. Your crops were all but destroyed, and there's only enough time left in Autumn to plant a few saplings. Perhaps they're in the barn. Your mind drifts to other matters. Relics are becoming an increasingly clear objective. They saved your life more than once, and Daliah believes she can resurrect her dead mother if you collect em all. You wonder if there's a freudian allegory there, but pass on it. Sometimes a girl with mild autism and a murder fetish is just a cigar. [ ] Find the girls, plan your day[ ] Look at the journal you found so long ago[ ] Other
>>24718918Look at the journal and reward the hell out of the amazing cat for predicting such horrible weather...Also, seek further ways to communicate with the future-cat.Funny you should mention other quests winding down... Gargoyle quest is pretty slow-ish tonight...
Lets look for the ladies.(And btw, OP, this is the first quest thread that I acutally come onto /tg/ specifically each night to read. Good job)
>>24718918>[ ] Look at the journal you found so long agoWe should find out if the owner is still alive.
>>24719013You rustle through your belongings in a desk drawer, and come across the dusty journal you found in the ashes of Old Bounty. The front inside page reads "Property of Rezna of Bounty Village, DO NOT READ! THIS MEANS YOU!"You snicker a bit, expecting childish tales of daily farm life. You turn the page, and read on."Mother bought me this diary, but what I really wanted was a pony. She said I needed to work on my letters, but I think we're just poor.""Another hot day, I hate this village, seriously."This is kind of boring, you skip forward about halfway. "Daliah and I had a lot of fun playing in the river today, we chased fish, and looked for treasure. She's my best friend!"Oh, now this IS interesting. This Rezna and Daliah knew each other. Might be worth mentioning the diary to her later. You flip forward a bit again. The pages are smattered with a dark brown liquid, long dried."______ worked! I just _______ and the bird died! It was such an annoying bird, always ______. My hand hurts though, I wish I didn't need to ______ to use_____"Oh shit. You rush off to find Daliah.~~~~~You find your wives in the barn, Melissa is happily tending to the sheep, and Daliah is perched on a stool, reading a book, making occasional conversation.[ ] Hey Daliah, I found this journal a while back...[ ] Can we talk about that storm?[ ] Other
>>24719043That means a lot to me, thanks.
>>24719213>[ ] Can we talk about that storm?You know that if we give Daliah the journal, that's going to dominate her mind for the entire day. We'll give it to her after talking about the storm.
>>24719373Yeah, old books with dried blood and ramblings about dead birds would be a poor segue into the weather.But then again, I am morbidly curious...
Rolled 15>>24719373Give her the diary and pet the goddamn cat.
Rolled 4>>24719373"Hey ladies, top of the morning."They turn to you, and smile. Melissa waves, before turning back to tend to the animals. You make small talk for a while, but something's been bothering you. "Hey, Daliah?"She doesn't look up from her book. "Mmm?""What was up with that storm the other day? I've seen some storms, but that was...different. It felt malevolent, for lack of a better word." Daliah glances sidelong at you. "You felt that too, hmm? Yes, there was something to it."She's not really giving you an answer, so you change tack. "I wish I knew someone wise enough to tell me what was going on, it's all over my empty head!" Melissa laughs melodically from the other side of the barn, and Daliah throws a small stone at you. "You really want to know? Fine. I can't be sure, obviously, but considering the effort Melissa had to put into Providence to save you, I'd guess that it had something to do with one of the relics."You stare at her. "There's a relic that creates hurricanes? That's insane!" But Daliah holds up a finger. "No, husband. There is no weather controlling relic, surprisingly. But....""But....?""My book makes reference to a Relic that uses blood magic to work it's ways. A small medallion, inscribed with the phrase, 'Sacrifice brings Results'. Blood magic is powerful stuff, as your aware, though tainted. To me, that storm felt the same."You feel like this is a good time to hand over the journal. "Daliah, I'm sorry I didn't give this to you earlier, but I found this in a chest with your teddy bear in Old Bounty. We just got busy and I forgot about it." Daliah snatches the journal from your hand, and stares at it. "Keith..."You sit down, this is going to be a while, you think. As you sit, Daliah's cat jumps into your lap, expecting attention. You stroke it absentmindedly as you watch Daliah read the diary.
>>24719574>BOCMuh nigga, and it fits in both name and theme.
Time passes as Daliah pores over the pages intensely. Tears fall from her eyes, though she does not sob or wail. She moves only to turn a page, softly. As she reaches the end of the journal her eyes narrow, and in a sudden fit, she stands and throws the book against the far wall hard enough to dash the diary into pieces.You look for an easy way out, but the cat refuses to move from your lap, digging it's claws into you as you attempt to shift it. Melissa straightens from her work, and looks wide eyed at Daliah's pacing form. She holds her head in both hands as she walks back and forth in straight lines. "I should have KNOWN! I should have FELT IT! It was so OBVIOUS!" She begins screaming to the point that her voice cracks. Daliah moves to the wall of the barn and begins pounding on it. Sawdust falls from the rafters as she does. This is worrisome. "Daliah, what-" is all you manage before she turns to face you. Her visage is a tortured mask of emotions, but the one most visible is pain. "Shut UP! Don't try to calm me down, you don't understand anything!"You want to help, but you're not sure what to say.[ ] Calm that girl down before she does something rash, (gimme some text)[ ] Just chill, you don't need to be on her bad side
>>24719782GIVE HER THE NATTY LICKAROO
>>24719782>[ ] Calm that girl down before she does something rash Your right, I don't understand, because I have no context of whats going on. Tell me, dammit!
Rolled 38>>24719782"SNAP OUT OF IT WOMAN, YOUR FEEBLE BRAIN HAS BEEN OVERTAKEN BY YOUR VAGINA HORMONES AGAIN."Give her a backhand.
>>24719782[X] Calm that girl down before she does something rash, (gimme some text)"That's right, I don't understand. Though my guess would be that this Rezna girl has that blood magic medallion, am I close Daliah?Now calm down and explain this to me, the three of us are supposed to support each other no matter the circumstances. We can't very well support you if you withhold information from us. We want to help you, we may not understand it, but at least let us share your burden."
>>24719903>backhanding a furious blademaster
>>24719943Dude bros slap each other all the time to bring them back to normalcy, sometimes with loaded guns. I fail to see the issue.
>>24719782>[ ] Calm that girl down before she does something rash"You're right, I DON'T understand. That's why I need you to tell me, so I CAN understand."I can already guess that this Rezna person has the Medallion, and that they possibly sent the storm. Now what are we going to do about it?"
>>24719983Relics tend to have the ability to corrupt. In this state it's not unreasonable to suppose Daliah might kill you with a draw, and only feel remorse as you died. If you need to smack a woman around, Melissa is much less physically dangerous. Not advocating that, mind you.
>>24719983>Loaded gunsThe fuck kind of bros do you hang out with?
You remove the cat from your legs with a grimace of pain, it was comfortable there."Daliah, please. Just calm down. We just had this barn built, it makes no sense to go knocking it down!" Your attempt of humour slides over her like oil on water. "Okay, so, I read a bit of it before I gave it to you, and from your reaction, I'm guessing that your friend had the Blood Medallion? Why does that bother you so much?"Daliah focuses very hard on your face, and speaks with measured effort."I watched my best friend change in front of my eyes. She was a good girl, and then she wasn't. It was slow at first, but then faster. If you'd read the whole book you would have had a better picture of this. I should have seen it even back then. The corruption is so clear now." Daliah's shoulders slump a bit, and you spring forward to catch her as she falls. "There there, you were ten years old, how can you expect so much of yourself? Let's focus, maybe your friend is still alive. Maybe we can find her, and help her!" Daliah laughs, a sad, bitter noise."Keith, the medallion corrupted her in weeks, if she's still alive, and if she still has it, she's not going to be a good person anymore, if she is even still a person." You're not sure what to say, but thankfully Melissa is there with you. "Well then, it seems to me that we need to find this girl and kill her, for the safety of the village." "Yeah, that's right, wait, what?"Melissa said her piece so calmly you just went with it, but when it processes you're boggled."Melissa, what are you saying?""I'm saying that we were lucky once, and may not be again. Who's to say I can protect you next time a storm comes this way? We need to retrieve that relic, it's too dangerous to have in the wrong hands."Her words make sense, but you think it over...[ ] Hunt Rezna down, retrieve relic by any means necessary. [ ] We still need to plant trees and stuff, the relic can wait[ ] other
>>24720232Fuck relics, plant trees.
>>24719782>>24720232"Goddammit, I just wanted to live peaceful life as a farmer. Why does life has to make everything so damn complicated?"
>>24720232The trees shouldn't take them too long, then we'll have all winter to go witch hunting. If its far away, we could hire someone to watch the animals.
>>24720232[X] Hunt Rezna down, retrieve relic by any means necessary.As much as I want some apple/fig trees this girl is a threat to our entire village, livelihood, and life.Fuck.
>>24720232>[ ] Hunt Rezna down, retrieve relic by any means necessary.If we don't, then she'll destroy the saplings with another storm, one we can't afford to suffer through.Dammit, I just wanted to farm and tech up.
You shake your head. You realize everyone's just assuming the storm was caused by some crazy blood relic, there's no real proof for that. "You know what? I think we'll be fine right here. I'm going in to town to buy some trees, you girls just keep doing what you're doing. It'll be fine, you'll see."You give them a brave looking smile and wave yourself away. ~~~~The road into town is still muddy, and so going is a little slow. You figure a few apple trees would be a solid investment. You can sell the apples, or make cider, or applejack if you're feeling saucy. With that in mind, you happily make your way to the seed shop. "Hello there, Keith! Here for some trees?" The shopkeep guesses your mind instantly, he's a shrewd fellow. "That's right, nothing gets by you. Have you got any apple trees? Preferably the ones that produce the large green apples. I prefer the sour taste, myself." The shopkeep smiles, and nods. "Yes yes, the only question is how many do you want?"You have room for four trees, currently, how many do you want to buy?
>>247204314, we can expand the farm later to add more if we want some other kind.
>>24720431Buy 2.We can plant other types in the remaining 2 spots.
>>24720431Ask about other trees, cause options are always nice.
>>24720431We should get a wide selection as possible.While many people would find the taste of sour apples unappealing, they're very useful in the creation of Cider, which tends to be a blend of many fruits.Ideally we should get some different varities of apples for cooking, cider and for eating fresh.For apples ment to be eaten raw, I myself prefer Ambrosia Apples which are crisp, sweet, and mild. I think they're also restant to browning, which is kinda a turnoff for cooking though.
"I'll take two apple trees, for now. Give me a couple of fig trees too, if you have any. I have some ideas in mind for them."He seems surprised, but he heads through the back door to the arboretum, and then returns with one sapling at a time. You didn't consider how much they'd weigh. Looks like you're spending your whole day shuttling trees back and forth to your farm. ~~~~~~You really consider investing in a cart at some point, you're getting awfully bored of that road. As you finally lug the last sapling home, you slump to the ground, exhausted. They weigh fifty pounds a piece, easily, which doesn't sound like much until you realize you can only carry them in a few ways without risking damage. You did a good job though, and you're pleased that the autumn isn't a total write off, farm wise. ~~~~It's late, and you retire to your home after you put your tools away. You head into the bath, and find Melissa already soaking. You strip down yourself and join her happily. She beckons you to sit in front of her, and begins massaging your shoulders and neck."It feels like you've had a long day, husband. I bet you're glad you got those trees though."You make a non-committal noise, you love her massages. "Melissa, do you think I made the right choice by ignoring the storm? You seemed pretty sure of yourself."Melissa pauses in her massage, but renews it when you wiggle your shoulders. "I trust in you husband, if you think something, you have good reasons for it."[ ] say something[ ] other
>>24720622[X] Say something"Logically it seems unlikely that she'd suddenly start doing this after it's been so long. If it's based on blood sacrifice I doubt she'll be able to do anything of that magnitude again any time soon even it it was her. So it doesn't seem likely that anything is going to happen, but I can't shake the feeling that something might happen."
>>24720622"Well, if you trust me...Can you trust me that I've got other parts that are sore?"Turn around, and let her tend to all of our needs.
>>24720660Melissa nods behind you, you feel the water move on your back."Yes, you're right. One one hand, if we go looking for her, we risk wasting a winter of farming. On the other hand, if we don't go, the possibility exists that she kills us all in our sleep. That is, if she exists still, or is that powerful. Too many variables for your simple wife, dear husband."Your massage intensifies a bit.>>24720698ERP no longer occurs in threads, it bothered people.
>>24720622"I think she's right. I only wanted to try to put you girls at ease, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that storm wasn't natural. Hell, it was downright malevolent. I don't want to rush int any coarse of action without proper discussion. But if it comes down to it, if we absolutely need to go out on a witch hunt, I want to be prepared.""Lets give it a couple days of thought, at least."
>>24720722There's a pastebin with some smut I've been working on, I'll post it later. Don't expect anything good.
>>24720708"I hate getting decisions like this. It's a risk to leave her out there, and probably a kindness to her former self to kill her off. We should probably witch-hunt her, depending on how long we think it'll take we might be able to get a tree or two planted as well.
>>24720708"You are anything but simple, Melissa. That was a good summary of our situation, and none of us know the other variables.For now, let's get some trees planted, and then we'll see if this Rezna is truly beyond redemption."
>>24720735You feel Melissa nod again. "That makes sense, husband. We should definitely wait for a sign of some kind. But what kind of sign are we looking for? Perhaps the river will dry up, or the animals will all die, suddenly. Either way, I agree with you husband, we can't let a storm that almost killed us all get us all riled up into any sort of action."Your massage intensifies some more. You're beginning to sense some moderately well hidden hostility.
>>24720801"You doing okay honey? Penny for your thoughts?"
>>24720801For fuck's sakes Melissa."I sure am glad I married a woman that would be straight forward with me, and not be as irritating and passive aggressive as a tropical disease."
>>24720811She obviously disagrees with the "the witch isn't a threat, and probably doesn't exist" train of thought we've been going on. Because really, what sign were you going to wait for?As she said, for the river to dry up or all of the animals to suddenly die?
>>24720826I WANT TO FARM.
>>24720801"You and Daliah are right. Just let me plant the trees tomorrow, while you two research where we should start our search. "Does that sound alright?"
>>24720829Do you want to have a farm? OP has already said he will gladly let us die if we pick deadly options.
>>24720829Won't do you much good if another storm comes through and destroys the house and fields, will it?Or kills all of the farm animals, dries up the river, or floods the root cellar.
>>24720826This guy gets it. If Hellstorm '97 wasn't warning enough, maybe we should just go find a bear and attempt to fuck it until it deals lethal combat damage to us, because we deserve to die.
>>24720822We are being pretty dense and stupid.
>>24720861I'm opposing it on principle. Just SAY, "Please reconsider." Then I'd be all kinds of down for that. But for God's sakes, putting some saplings in the ground doesn't mean we can never ever ever possibly settle Rezna's childhood friendship angst.
>>24720832Except, you know, both of those advocate doing nothing towards searching for Rezna for several days, during which she could get another blood sacrifice.Because the blood doesn't have to be hers, so long as it flows.
Melissa pauses again. "I want to be a good wife to you, I do not wish to make decisions for you, or dominate you. Daliah sometimes does that, but you understand her. She loves you as I do. But sometimes, you really are a stubborn man. If you are not careful with your own life, I may have to be careful with it for you. Do you understand? Your life itself is more precious to me than your belief in your own correctness. Daliah and I have agreed to leave at dawn in the direction the storm came from, you may stay and farm. We will return as soon as we can, to let you know what we find." With that, Melissa gives you a final squeeze, and exits the bath. You hate to see her go, but you love to watch her leave. [ ] What do?
>>24720903Ah, great. We can farm! Though a pain with less people, at least somebody can handle the homestead.
>>24720936>>24720943>falling for such an obvious trapYou didn't read very many CYOA books as children, did you?
>>24720883You're a stubborn, blind fool, then.>>24720903Get our clothes ready to leave with them in the morning. We are ignoring a grave and imminent threat to the farm's survival, and for what?
>>24720903The only passion that courses in my veins is the passion for agriculture. How can a woman compare to the beautiful sight of amber waves of grain?
>>24720903"You are both very wise. I merely wanted a brief respite after the storm and some time for thought, not a long delay while Rezna regrouped. Setting out tomorrow sounds fine, and don't think for a moment I won't be right there beside you."
>>24720903Swear, swear again. Leave a note asking anyone who comes by to dig a hole for trees if they feel like it. Then prepare to head out.
>>24720903"Fuck that shit, I'm not letting you girls hunt witches alone!"There always bitching about us doing stupid shit alone, time to bring it back round.
>>24720964Your grain got all fucked up by some kind of blood witch.
>>24720903Why didn't I think of this earlier? "Melissa, I am a lucky man to have such brave and smart wives. You go take down Rezna, I've got a cidery to get started."
>>24720964Are you an idiot? Are you just willfully being this goddamned stupid?A blood witch has destroyed half of our wheat crop, and the other half can't be salvaged. And you want to ignore the blood witch that is going to be sending more storms our way, when we can't even plant anything right now because it's the off-season?You are one dense motherfucker.
I might not have made this perfectly clear, but you've already planted your trees. You didn't just lug them home and leave them sitting above ground, you're not lazy.
>>24721009Oh, then yeah we're heading out with them.
OP, please don't make your threads this late anymore. They're busier, but full of retards trying to get us killed.
>>24721009Aww. Dang. I GUESS we have to adventure.
>>24720997>PLANTIN' TIME>in autumn>off season>with no seeds>and all current crops destroyed>with a bloodwitch on the loose that can kill us in our sleepWhy are people this fucking stupid?
>>24721030Not everyone wants to ride the rails like you.
>>24721030I think the earlier threads has more relationship people and the later ones have more AGRICULTURE BITCHES! people.
>>24721054If the relationship people are making wiser life decisions than the agriculture people, then I don't know what to believe anymore.
>>24721035>>24721053If you guys want, we can stay on the farm and let the girls TCB. Not sure what ya'll want to do, per se, on the farm, but feel free to let me know.
>>24721044I THOUGHT WE DIDN'T PLANT THE SAPLINGS, SO FREAKING SUE ME.
>>24721053Alright, then which crop were you going to plant?What were you going to plant, this late in autumn?>>24721054>more AGRICULTURE BITCHES! people.These chucklefucks have absolutely no inkling of agriculture.
>>24721079Lol, posting on other boards, removed trip.
>>24721098Nah, we have stuff to do, and the growing greenery has growing to do.>>24720967This.
>>24721080Your ignorance is no excuse for the sheer and utter stupidity you have displayed.
>>24721079Raking, splitting wood, weeding, painting the house, repairing fences. I don't know. The farm. It calls to me.
>>24721144Ease it down a few notches there chief, no reason to be so upset. I'm sorry. Truce?
>>24720967This, no reason to stay on the farm doing nothing while the wives go witch hunting, and we did promise to help gather the relics.
>>24721167Take care of business. If you want to let the girls solo the mission, just say so.
>>24721186I'd be down. It could function as a pretty nice time skip, save some time, and let us get back to farming faster.
>>24721186No way. It would completely go back on what we told our wives the last several time this happened.
>>24721186That's just asking for them to be killed.No, we're going with them.Quite frankly, we've been a terrible husband thus far.
>>24721202We're learning and getting better. We haven't had much practice.
Rolled 51>>24721192>>24721200>>24721202Yeah, if you want them to go solo, I'm just gonna roll 1d100 for success. For example...
>>24721202Daliah IS a sword master, it's not like the girls would be helpless without the calming presence of a Y chromosome.
Rolled 28>>24721217In this case, they don't get the bonus for the three of you being present, and of course you don't get the bonus you normally receive in all interactions with Daliah, so they fail. Not critically, but only one of them returns. I'd roll for that, too.
>>24721246Whoa, seriously?I didn't realize our wives needed us that badly. I guess if they have worse than 50/50 odds, we don't really have a choice.
>>24721246And that's exactly the kind of reason we're going with them. Because if they're going to risk their lives, we're going to be right there beside them.
>>24721246Staying at the farm would be rather out of character for Keith, and against everything we have promised so far.
>>24721186Lets just kill the witch with our wives and skip to spring. This split is causing far to much russling.
>>24721246...I thought better of our wives.
Okay, a surprisingly divisive decision we've made. Probably a wise one though. ~~~~~You sigh to yourself, and lean back against the rim of the bath. These girls are relentless. You debate just letting them go alone, they're damn tough, more resourceful than you by far, you're not even sure why you'd go with them, really. They seem to be capable of looking out for themselves. For a moment, you leave it up to chance, but then you slap yourself lightly. These are your wives, man. What earthly crop or possession could be worth endangering them?You vow to leave with them in the morning, and you're going to be useful, dammit! ~~~~~~~It's way late here guys, thread end. I apologize for the shortened adventure, I'll be starting the next one earlier, around 10:30 pm EST. Tomorrow or the next day. Feel free to discuss tomorrow in advance though, I always like reading the comments.
>>24721220Sow is also a corrupting sword of bloodlust and combat, and is likely to lead to her killing Melissah as well.
>>24721297Thanks for the apples and figs, HG.And thanks for the quest.
Let's hope the witch is quick and easy to find.
>>24721295>>24721262I'm sorry, I gave a blood witch with ten years experience and the power to cause megastorms, on her home turf a higher difficulty rating than 50/50.
>>24721314I won't drag it out for more than one thread, I swear. I want to balance farming with adventure, but seriously, winter is coming.
>>24721316No, no, you're perfectly within your rights.Those two just did not think things through, and when people don't think things through, they go full retard. And when that happens, you should hurt them. And go on hurting them.
>>24721327Hey, speaking of which, there's a glazier in town...how about a greenhouse/hothouse?
>>24721316So, the storm is confirmed to be from the witch.
>>24721339It's very doable, in theory. Probably also very expensive. If you really want one, we'll get to it, but I sort of want to keep winter for questing, and the other seasons for more hard farming, with a light quest here or there.
>>24721365Your wives think it is. Are you smarter than your wives?
>>24721316Wait, how much help are we going to be then?
>>24721378You have two choices. You can think happy thoughts on the farm, or you can stand with them in battle. One will be more useful than the other.
>>24721369I agree with the idea of using winter for questing, but we don't want to let the farm lay fallow while we do.>>24721378Hugely, by increasing the bonuses to all rolls, by being an extra head to think of things, and by rolling for things ourselves.
>>24721378Providing 3-as-1 bonus and being an additional roll for attacks.
>>24721400>>24721392Well, I don't think that's going to help much when the weather witch is going to call down lightning and freezing winds if we step within a mile of her.>>24721391Fair enough.
I want to file a motion with OP to ignore suggestions from idiots."But OP, I want to move twigs around in my frozen farm, don't make me quest with my wives">mfw reading all the comments about staying on the farm
>>24721422>I don't think that's going to help muchProtection Relics such as Providence can be supercharged via essence.Us being there provides a second source of essence to supercharge the protection artifact and provide bonuses to control because of working in concert with Melissa and Daliah.Why do you think that supercharging the Relic that can protect us from the bloodwitch's magic won't be of much help?
>>24721422I am a generous goddess, and I help those who help themselves. And those who roll 100's.
>>24721459Look man, I've already given my opinions often here, and gotten shouted down in a rather rude manner repeatedly. I'm out. The debate has been settled by word of Quest master, I'm not going to be your punching bag here any more.
>>24721479Even in an open quest with a flexible OP like we have, there are right choices, and wrong choices.
>>24721479Well hey. If all of your opinions are of this caliber, of not being well-thought out and generally leading to bad results, you're going to have to become used to being a punching bag.
Oh, and here's the link to the smutbin.http://pastebin.com/6M7BVxKJNothing new in it from last night, but I'll try to add to it tomorrow. Let me know.
>>24721523Please do. Well-written and smoking hot so far, with one notable exception. "dragonforce", really?