Sorry for the delay...I received Axis and Allies for my birthday, and figuring out how to play and playing a game took the better part of the day.Needless to say, the Third Reich, led by Shadow Master, rewrote history and marched to glorious world domination.------------------------------------------You are a creature of darkness and shadows. Stripped of your memory, you seek to learn your true nature and find your place in the world.Suptg Archive: (scroll to bottom)http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=Shadow+Quest+Archive compiled using with only story posts for easier read-through (update status unknown):http://pastebin.com/6RzLX9YpTwitter (quest times, cancellations, updates):https://twitter.com/ShadowMaster_tgTheme music:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLTQ5PlEWko
Events Summary:Auriel has decided to join you, Flint, and Joey on your journey to find Adavan and Abigail, supposedly to protect your other two companions from yourself. She is stubborn in her prejudice against the shadow, and whether you can convince her to abandon her position is an open questionIn any case, you're not sure if you truly feel compelled to do so.But, feeling obliged to your friend Sir Flint, who seemed to find affection for Auriel during the battle, you assisted the angel in coming to terms with her feelings for him. You've arrived at a coordial truce with her, which should at least hold while Sir Flint requires your aid.You've followed Adavan's trail into Tarun Gakth, a maze of ancient, twisted canyons carved out by a centuries-past battle between Geb, the Earth Lord, and Aeolus, the Wind Lord. You were caught in a battle between a giant golem and a huge rock worm.The worm took down the golem, and, after fighting a team of smaller golems that emerged from its inside as it tried to repair itself, retrieved its power core. You attempted to negotiate with the robots, but communication proved impossible, and you had no choice but to finish them off to keep your prize.You continued to follow Adavan's trail. After walking for some time, you were set upon by a large group of orcs, led by an old orc mage named Rogul. Rogul denied you passage across his land, but, inspired by Flint's plea, a human with Rogul's group named Kirt offered to vouch for the party while they were in orc territory.Rogul has allowed your entrance into Refuge, an orc stronghold nestled in ancient dwarven ruins.
Ability TreeGREEN abilities have been unlocked and learned.BLUE abilties are unlocked, but are not yet purchased.RED abilities are revealed, but locked due to prerequisites.UNDERLINED abilities are active-use, as opposed to passive. Not all active abilities require mana.Unlocked Ability Descriptions Located in the following Pastebin link (full list in progress):http://pastebin.com/dtAJU4u3Books the Main Character has read can be found here:http://pastebin.com/X59yWD5p
Current Statistics:HP: 29/37Mana: 5/10EXP: 3Humanity: 65Temerity: 43Party Members:Sir Donovan Flint - A knight of Dobshire, the capital of Arland. Fourth son of the lord and ruler of Arland. 29 years old. Wears iron armor and wields a two-handed longsword.Joey - A young boy from Jacob's Field, now Sir Flint's squire. 16 years of age. No particular magical talent. Wields a shortsword.Angel Auriel - Formerly a powerful angel of the Ringed City, now traveling with you, ostensibly to protect Sir Flint and Joey from you. 756 years old. Wears heavy plate steel and wields a one-handed sword and a wide, round buckler.Equipment:Utility belt with purseInventory:Shadow Sword ShardFancy Sun-Moon KeyMind-Scribing PenSuccubus Reagents x2Jen Fang's Diary (Abigail's father)Summoning Textbooks (in saddlebags)Golem Power CoreCurrent Location: Tarun Gakth - Refuge
>>24795209What exactly is Shadowrage?
A man stands. You're surprised - you didn't notice him at all. Auriel and Flint both look surprised as well. And what's more is that the man isn't an orc - he's human.The man walks forward with easy grace. He wears thick, scored leather armor. It's decked with pockets and sheaths and belts. A quiver and bow are slung over his shoulder. A rope with a claw on one end is tied around one of his forearms. A balled up roll of red cloth hangs near his waist. There's even a cup dangling from a sash at his midsection. He looks like he's ready for any and every possible scenario.His soul feels like a fire that will never go out. He's a match for Flint's light...for the Duke's lightning.You wonder how he stayed hidden."...Kirt," Rogul says. "You are certain?"The man named Kirt nods. "I am. I have a feeling Taremtis will want to see them.""...is that so." Rogul taps his cane on the rock. It thumps into the ground with a solid finality. "So be it. Know that any wrong done by them will rest upon your shoulders as well."The orcs up in the canyons retreat back into the rock, melding into nature with more than a little skill. The two bodyguards accompany Rogul away across the shelf.Flint turns toward the man. "...I am Sir Donovan Flint...and I owe you a debt. Kirt.""Are you of the Flint family, of Arland?""I am the fourth son of the great lord."Kirt frowns and shakes his head. "What in the name of the 8 elements are you doing out here?"Flint shrugs. "It's as I said.""I don't doubt it. But don't you have better things to do?"Flint looks back at the man. "What, roll around in the lap of luxury? Why do that when I can break my teeth on biscuits?"The man blinks, then smirks. "...it does get old, after a time." He turns, and moves off after the orcs. "Where are you headed?"
>>24795251one sec---------"...the last marker pointed us forward." Flint glances across the waterfall. Another passage begins into the canyons almost directly across from you, starting on another shelf. Flint points to it. "I'd assume that's where we're headed.""Well, two things," Kirt says. "First of all, that leads toward the Dead Plain. Break in the cliffs - and a nest of Rock Worm larvae. I don't know what the hell your friend was thinking, but he sure didn't want anyone but some very determined people following him."Auriel looks annoyed at that. You imagine she still suspects Adavan is trying to throw you off the trail...but if he wanted to do that, he could have stopped leaving sigils a long time ago."And the second?" Flint asks."The second." Kirt stops at the edge of the shelf, and points. "Bridge is down there. And you're going to want a day's rest for that, anyway."You reach the edge of the cliff. Stretching below you is a great city of wood and rock. Much of it is built into the walls of the cliffs surrounding the river. Newer sections with more wood protrude from the stone, houses, stairs, and other frameworks. Joey whistles. "Cool.""Welcome to Refuge."Flint scratches under his helm. "Where'd they get the wood?""Giant fungus, actually," Kirt says. "They farm them on the upper layers of the Deep. Most of the town is dwarven in construction, old ruins.""...we -could- do with a rest," Auriel says. "And who is this Taremtis you mentioned?""A sage. He's completely insane, but he's good for advice in his lucid moments.""...wonderful," Auriel mutters. "I can't imagine we'll get a warm welcome. Where will we be staying?""There's plenty more room in the city than the clan takes up," Kirt says. "Follow me." He starts down stone stairs carved into the cliff. There's no railing, or handhold - just four feet of stone, then a 200 foot drop. Joey clings to the inside while Flint and Auriel carefully lead the horses down to the ground level.
>>24795163IT'S SHADOW TIME!
THE WAIT IS OVER! HUZZAH!Also, HAPPY ANNIVERSERY OF YOUR BIRTH CERAMONY DAY!That's what it's called, right?
SM returns at last, to bring us tales of adventure! Yay!
Hurray! Time for Shadow Quest!
I vote we spend that xp we have on Observe, especially if we're going to be sneaking around rock worms.
You eventually reach a long building set into a wall. Kirt leads you inside.The inside of the building is cool. The stone cuts the heat of the canyon down to nothing. Dust motes spin in the rays of light coming in through the windows. A counter lines the back wall, and scattered tables fill the front of the room. It's mostly empty, but there are a few patrons here and there.A feeling of exasperation rises up in you as you realize it's just a glorified bar."Hey, Olga!"A plump but warm-looking orc woman walks from a back door. "Kirt? What do you - well. Hello there."Flint introduces himself with a formal bow. "Sir Donovan Flint, of Dobshire. It's my pleasure to meet you."Olga smiles. "So polite." She raises a hand.Flint moves to take it - then trips over a chair. He scrambles to keep his balance, slapping his hands on a table. He just ends up dragging it on top of him, ending up a the bottom of a pile of wood. He groans."Donovan!" Auriel hops over to help extricate him from the wood and brushes him off. "Are you alright?""...fine," Flint mutters. "But my pride could use a bandage."Olga bursts into heavy laughter. "A knight, indeed. You've always been a strange on, Kirt. I suspect you've vouched for them, if old Rogul let them inch a toe in refuge.""You don't miss anything," Kirt says."Well, I'd also suspect you all want to stay here?""Ah...if it won't pose trouble," Flint says. "We mean to leave...in the morning, I suppose. I have plenty of - "Olga waves a hand. "If Kirt's vouching, I don't want your money. Kirt, dear, show them to the rooms next to yours. I'll get dinner ready." The orc sways back into the other room. You catch a glimpse - looks like a kitchen.You reach the upstairs hallway, and Kirt guides you into two rooms. Auriel is given her own space, and Flint and Joey share another slightly larger room with a bunk bed.Kirt stands there for a moment as they all strip their gear and heave sighs of relief.>con't
>>24795479Nah. Saving for vampiric.
You glance at Kirt. His fiery soul hasn't abated a bit, but he seems as ease. Perhaps you're getting better at this hiding thing...or perhaps he doesn't mind.What do you do?>introduce yourself to the man>ask Flint to introduce you>stay hidden in Flint's shadow. It's probably best if no one ever knows you're there.>some other strategy
So how long are we planning on staying hidden from everyone else here? I would like to just lay low until we pass through on our way, but we might need to think of a contingency plan if someone notices or senses us.
>>24795527Stay hidden. Unless someone notices us first, we'll just lay low.
>stay hidden in Flint's shadow. It's probably best if no one ever knows you're there.
>>24795527Let's send him a calm, peaceful greetings impression so that he doesn't kneejerk fireball us.I'd like to see if we can snag him into the band of friends.
>>24795527Have Flint introduce us. We'll need to come out at some point, and delaying the enevitable is a bad idea. Plus, if we meet the sage, chances are likely he might give us an idea of why we've come back.
>>24795251Normally, your aura works in several ways. It boosts your stealth, and is essentially a physical manifestation of your magical resistances.Shadowrage flicks the defense switch to the "off" position. All the power that is normally working to hide you and rebuff magic is channeled into your physical shadow attacks.This provides a very large offensive bonus to shadow attacks. However, it also makes you vulnerable, decreasing your magical resistances.Unlike berserk, it does not reduce your physical defense or dodge bonuses. Just magic resistance. It also automatically breaks stealth, if you were in stealth.
>>24795527>>introduce yourself to the man>ask Flint to introduce youask him first<Flint, this man has trusted his life to us and I feel we should at least be honest about the number of "people" he has agreed to vouch for>
>>24795565>>24795572As if that worked the last few times with Auriel.
>>24795600Yeah, things might work out worse if they find out we've deliberately mislead them on this.
>>24795600Yeh I'm cool with this.
>>24795616These guys don't strike me as militaristic idealogues like Auriel was who will smite our ass on sight though.
>>24795574>>24795600>>24795527do like we did with Flint, send impression of calm and peace with us in the shadows waving hello
>>24795527Introductions are in order. Have Flint introduce us to Kurt and Olga. Besides, if Kurt is on the level with the Duke and Flint, he'll find us soon...
>>24795527>>24795600Lets just stay hidden, and ask flint if what he thinks we should do first.
>>24795660Nah. Let's be decisive. Can't always have the NPCs make our decisions for us. If we always just do what they say, then what's the point of this being a quest?
>>24795527This>>24795600seems like a reasonable way to go about this.We should also mention to Flint that the man in front of him seems to us to have a similar aura to him, albeit of a different element.Just so all parties involved know our host is not to be taken lightly.
>>24795639The Orcs, however...Yes. Introduce ourselves through Flint.
Have we been getting HP back from our ride in the shadows all the way here?
>>24795715only if we are below 2/3 health which we are not
>>24795733We must have had food, though. Admittedly, it was hardtack, trail biscuts, and beef jerky...
>>24795733I hope that the thing after fast regen is something like "thorough regen" that keeps it going even above 2/3
>>24795765but we aren't guaranteed to get health from regular food. mostly in vast quantities
--------------------------------------<Flint,> you say, <Now might be a good time to reveal my presence. I have no wish to deceive this man.>Flint scratches his head nervously.<I'm sure. Go ahead.>"...ah...Kirt.""Mmm?""About our group," Flint says. "Something you should know...or rather, someone you should meet.""I was wondering when you'd introduce me," the man says. "He's quite good at hiding. But not good enough to fool me." Kirt plants his hands on his hips and looks around. "Well...I don't know exactly where he is, so he's got that much going for him.""...oh," Flint says weakly.You slowly step away from Flint's shadow. You Mimic a humanoid form, more or less a man, if dark and wispy. <You have my thanks, Kirt,> Shadow says. <I was glad our confrontation with Rogul ended peaceably.>Kirt stares at you. "...that's some trick." He shrugs, then smiles. "Well, I figured if a knight and a sorceress burning with light were traveling along with a shadow mage, they couldn't be all bad. Just keep your nose clean. Rogul's not the type to make empty threats, and I'd prefer not to get kicked out of Refuge.""So what's a human doing in an orc settlement, anyway?" Auriel asks."Long story." Kirt turns to leave the room. "You should relax. Tarun Gakth isn't easy traveling, even if you didn't run into much trouble. I'll see you at dinner."<About...my presence,> you begin."Didn't see a thing," Kirt says. They door clumps closed. You hear footsteps as he returns down the stairs.Auriel glances at you and Flint. "...he's not normal. I'm quite curious as to his story.""Well, it's none of our business," Flint says. "If he tells us, he does. Until then, I think our best bet is to enjoy having beds for the night and move on at the crack of dawn.""...I'll be keeping one eye open," Auriel says. "I doubt all the orcs like strangers."Flint makes a face, but he nods. "It's not a bad idea to keep our guard up.">con't
>>24795796I guess this is all the more reason for us to show ourselves. We don't want them to think Flint or Joey are thieves.
>>24795831Wait, I think you mean YOU SAY, rather then shadow says.Unless were playing as Joey tonight...
>>24795831I'm liking this Kirt dude.
>>24795894>Joey QuestI'd play it.
>>24795896Well, he does seem to be on par with Flint in elemental power...
>>24795924You writing this down, SM?
>>24795959I never said I'd like it. Stop putting words in my mouth!
>>24795896are you kidding, I've been waiting all weekend just to see how bro this dude is>not disappointed
Your companions unpack, though they keep their true valuables on their person. You decide your purse and its assorted contents are best kept with you, as well.Flint directs Joey to take care of the horses, and he and Auriel set out to take a look around the city. It's an old place, crumbling at the edges, but you find it appealing in its own way. Orcs dot the cliffs and stairs here and there, going about their daily lives.<Are such places common?> you ask Auriel."...we're aware of the orc clans," she says. "We don't have the resources to root them out. And even if we did, they aren't hurting anyway."<I knew you could be reasonable.>"This and the Shadow are two different things," she says sharply."Would the two of you stop?" Flint asks. "Light. Let it rest for a day."Auriel pouts at him. "He started it."Flint rolls his eyes.Auriel frowns, then glances at you in Flint's shadow. "...actually...are you a he, or a she? Or an it?"<...I do not identify with your split of genders,> you say. <It seems as though...it is, -right-, for beings such as humans, and orcs. But I am simply different.>Auriel shrugs, and you continue on.Eventually, you reach an interesting rock formation. Part of the river is diverted by a high stone levee, which pools in a wide basin. The basin itself is capped on one end by a large wooden house. Orcs move in and out of the building, going in dirty and coming out clean. Another small stream leads back out of the house and down into the river."Public baths," Flint says. "They're more civilized than I expected." His next words are murmured more to himself than you or Auriel, but, resting in his shadow, you can still hear him. "...maybe an alliance is closer than the duke realizes..."Auriel grins at the building. "Dear Hyperion, a bath is exactly what I need. Excuse me, boys. I've some grooming to take care of."con't
>>24796003>inb4 it's co-ed and Flint drops more spaghooti
>>24796003Interrupt Flint with, <Being civilized has nothing to do with cleaning oneself, I find, but whether or not one is willing to listen and offer a hand in friendship to someone who you want to trust in the first place.
<I just finished telling you I'm not a - >Auriel waves a hand at you. "Ah, whatever. You and Flint are too much the friends for me to think of you like a girl. I'll be back..." She flips her hair out and starts walking. "Oh, when I feel like it. Before sundown. Probably. Try and do something useful in the meantime."A few orcs give her looks as she enters the female section of the baths, but Auriel unabashedly continues inside, still clad in her armor.<Her armor is going to rust, like that.>Flint sighs. "She's not going to bathe in her armor, Shadow."<Ah. So she'll be naked, then?>"...well...that is how people bathe."<It's also how people copulate.""Dammit, Shadow." Flint turns around to face you, his shadow. "We need to have a talk about that. A good, long, informative -discussion-, because you're slowly killing me with my own embarrassment."<She's attracted to you, and stripping herself naked for bathing within that house,> you say, <after pointedly informing us of her destination. The situation seems clear to me.>"...what are you getting at?"What do you say to Flint?>she wishes to display herself for you. You can be most useful by enjoying her display.>she wishes to copulate, which we shall arrange later. The bar may prove useful.>she wishes to relax without our interference. We are to be of use by investigating the town, and Kirt, of course.
>>24796140>she wishes to relax without our interference. We are to be of use by investigating the town, and Kirt, of course.
>>24796140"I speculate that this may be another one of your human mating rituals. Perhaps a display of body cleanliness before imbibing more ignorance potion before cpoulaion."
>>24796140>>she wishes to display herself for you. You can be most useful by enjoying her display.<Not to be rude, but I assume Joey and yourself could use a bath as well>>>she wishes to relax without our interference. We are to be of use by investigating the town, and Kirt, of course.investigate either way
>>24796140She wishes to talk to you later. This would be a good time to tell her what your opinion about her kiss was, over a drink.You two are on a three drink limit tonight, by the way...
>>24796140>she wishes to relax without our interference. We are to be of use by investigating the town, and Kirt, of course.And I can't WAIT for the day when he realizes that we enjoy killing him slowly with his own embarrassment.
>>24796140>>she wishes to relax without our interference. We are to be of use by investigating the town, and Kirt, of course.That will be an embarrassment depth charge!
>>24796227this and>she wishes to relax without our interference. We are to be of use by investigating the town, and Kirt, of course.
>>24796140Option 3.He will embarrass himself.
>>24796258I'll take it>>24796140
>>24796216This is too beautifully, naively logical not to use.
>>24796227>>24796258>>24796216Sounds like a plan.
>>24796227This. This time, Flint needs to be the one who initiates, otherwise he'll just get stuck in a failure loop and give up, despite Auriel's advances.
>>24796216>>24796227I like it.
>>24796306I agree with this.
>>24796227Say potion instead of drink.It makes it even more awkward.
>>24796344Yeah, and we can't have that.He's gonna get our help, whether he wants us to help or not.
>>24796140<She is readying herself for you and your imminent copulation.>"...t-that's ridiculous. I - she - there's no - "<You heard it from her own lips,> you add. <She's grooming. Preening herself for sexual display. And I don't see any other demon-slaying knights around here. Do you?>"Well...I mean, you and her did most of the - "<This is an excellent time to give her your opinion on her kiss. With the stipulation that you imbibe no more than three ignorance potions each. Or this time, I shall leave you both to bask in your own vomit without assistance.>"That..." Flint trails off. He bites his lip. He looks back at you. "...do you really think she feels like that?"<Of course. At this rate, I'll be an expert on human mating rituals.>Flint slaps his face. "...for a moment, you were reeling me in. No. No. No."<Yes.>"NO!""No, what?" Kirt asks.Flint jumps. You stiffen in surprise. Kirt has snuck up behind you without so much as a whisper to hive him away.You're not sure if you're entirely comfortable with that."...ah...Shadow...and I...were discussing..."Kirt grins widely. "You got a thing for sweet tits and blonde hair?""Uh...well...that's not exactly how I'd - "<Yes,> you say. <That's exactly it. He just doesn't admit it to himself.>"Ha!" Kirt punches Flint on the arm. "The cultured nobleman, seduced by the free-spirited witch?""...not exactly."Kirt's big smile fades. His face goes blank for a moment. He shakes himself, and pats Flint's shoulder. "Well, no sense being nervous. How about a spar? We can go to my place.""I thought you lived in that tavern.""Ah, Olga lets me stay there when I get drunk. I'm her bouncer," he explains. "My place is up on the cliffs. Come on, I'll show you." He starts off at a quick pace. Flint stands there for a moment, then shrugs and follows. You're dragged behind...>con't
>>24796434Remember those comments in that one thread about how the parasite inhibits performance...Should we mention that to him?
>>24796478>How about a spar?Wonder if he'd spar with us. I wonder how freaked out he'd be when we start morphing into a Shiva-fueled monstrosity.implying he'd get freaked out
>>24796434>He's gonna get our help, whether he wants us to help or not.Of course, that's what we'll meaning friends do.
You climb a long set of stairs that winds around a steep plateau. Flint keeps pace with Kirt without problems, despite his heavy armor. "...you know, don't you think her hair's more silver?""Eh," Kirt says. "White blonde, silver. Same difference.""Ah."You reach the top of the plateau. Flint stops to stare out, and you stare with him.Surrounding you is an endless forest of stone. The moon hangs in the sky as the afternoon steadily transitions to dusk. Kirt's abode is impressive. A cave is carved into the wall of the plateau, but perched higher are several smaller shacks clustered around one house."This is all yours?" Flint asks."Took some time to build," he says. "...I like the orcs. Fierce. Independent. This is a nice spot, too. A bit lonely...but out in the wind. Exposed." He points a thumb over his back. "Shacks are for storage, mostly. Sometimes I hunt the animals out in the gorges. Sell the skins, and the meat. A few guest rooms, too." He draws a short sword, and a knife. "...so...want to play around a bit?"Flint rubs his helmet. "Well..." He smiles. "Maybe just a little." Flint draws his two-handed blade. "Clean?""As a whistle," Kirt says.Roll 1d100
>>24796478While we're heading up with Flint, continue with your conversation. Talk to him about that night that he had that fight with Auriel what you talked about, although we should leave out the part when we talked about the possible woman he used to have in his life. His brothers, slightly better to talk about.
Rolled 84>>24796690Well then
>>24796690There we are.
>>24796656>>24796658>>24796674Maybe we should ask whether Kirt knows anyone with experience dealing with Spirit parasites...
>>24796690Thank god it's the seventh one...
>>24796704Says the man who rolled an 84 without linking to the action post.
You step out of Flint's shadow.The two men clash swords for a moment, slipping and sliding past each other. Flint does well......but suddenly, his foot catches on a rut in the stone. He tumbles down.Kirt laughs, and offers him a hand up. Flint takes it and stands straight. "Aww, come on!"Flint's face isn't amused. But he sets himself again.They spar a moment longer. Kirt dives in close, using the maneuverability of his shorter weapons to his advantage. His hands move in a blur, independent of one another. His knife reverses directions almost faster than Flint can give ground.Flint trips and falls on his butt. Kirt taps his shoulder with his short sword, then helps him up again. "You need to work on your footing."Flint's jaw grinds. But then, he sighs. "Yes, I do."Kirt seems to sense his frustration. He loses a bit of his cheer. "...sometimes, things just don't work out the way you'd like them to.""I can relate to that."What do you do?>say nothing; watch the two men>offer to spar with Kirt>offer to spar against Flint>ask to take them on at the same time>something else
>>24796792Ask Kirk if he knows about the golem we faced earlier, and any information he might know about them.
>>24796792>>ask to take them on at the same time>>something else<I can assure you Kirt, though current circumstances interfere Flint is more than a capable warrior. Perhaps I could show the two of you?>
>>24796792Talk to them. Ask how Kurt was able to find us, and who the sage he mentioned is.
>>24796792>>ask to take them on at the same timeShiva time. It will be hilarious
>>24796792>offer to sparlet's give Kirt a few nightmares
>>24796827Talk time. Don't feel like invoking the dice gods tonight
>>24796992changing my vote to what >>24796955 suggested
Rolled 65>>24797005i'm feeling good about my dice tonight
>>24796955Ah, might as well do this one too.
>>24797037Remind me, we're going to have to roll for our performance and preventing the parasite from doing its thing with Flint, right?
>>24797063Wait, if we roll for the parasite, does the higher we roll = the more the parasite fucks with him, or the lower?
They stand in silence for a moment. Kirt walks toward a fire pit in the middle of his plateau abode. He wordlessly begins to build a fire.Flint walks over and sits. Soon, the two men are laying back in front of a fierce flame. You sit next to them.<We encountered a large golem, earlier,> you say. <Do you know anything about them?>"The Dwarven machines?" Kirt asks. "They're all mad. Attack anything they find. I'm surprised you lived to tell the tale. But I don't know about them much, no. Why?"You shrug. <Curiosity.> You look at him. <You mentioned a sage, earlier.>"Taremtis. A mage. Human. Lives out here. He's even madder than the machines, and that's saying something. But he likes travelers. I think. He'll probably point you in the right direction. Did for me.""What direction was that?" Flint asks."To stay here," Kirt says quietly."...how long have you been here?""Two and a half years, just about," Kirt says. He glances down at the flames. "...seems like yesterday I got here."Flint clears his throat. "I apologize if I was prying.""...it's not really any secret," Kirt says. "I...there was some trouble, back home. I was forced to run. Ended up here. If it wasn't for Taremtis, never would have been...accepted, by the orcs, I suppose. He and Rogul go waaay back. Rogul's clan is originally from the Great Forest, and Taremtis used to be with Archon. Don't know much more than that, though.""What did the sage tell you?""...he told me to rest here," Kirt said. "The way he said it...it was as if the very foundation of the world spoke through him. You just knew it was true." Kirt sighs. "And that's probably the only lucid thing I've gotten from him since. He's an amusing fellow, but I wish he'd crack open a bit more." Kirt looks over. "What about you? Knightly honor, and all that?"What do you tell Kirt?>as Flint to tell him everything>ask Flint his opinion>write-in
------------------------------Sorry bros, I started writing before everyone wanted to spar.Well, it wouldn't have changed much anyway, if anything, so don't worry about it.
Rolled 88>>24797140...ask to duel them both
>>24797140Might as well say what's what. I don't want to keep too many secrets about Adavan. He is a mage of spirit, after all.
>>24797188>get dub 8's>roll 88the dice Gods will it
>>24797188>dubs 88>Rolled 88>Battle>Khorne's number in 8
>>24797140It's time to spar.But if we're to continue talking, just give him an overview. Leave some things like Auriel being an exangel out.
>>24797140I'd rather get Flint back to the Bar for his conversation with Auriel. Seeing the pasta fly, all that jazz...
>>24797247do you WANT to offend the dice Gods?
>>24797247All in good time.
>>24797231>>24797212>>24797188>GOD WILLS ITDuel time.
>>24797247I would like to see how Kirt reacts to how we talk about copulation.
Rolled 12>>24797140let flint decide how much to tell him.
>>24797263Do you want to rely on those same gods that gave us so many low rolls in previous theads? Because I sure don't.
>>24797246Pretty sure he can reliably tell she's not an angel now, so omitting the ex is likely pointless. Besides, I'm sure Auriel would rather we take care of explaining her condition rather than having to do it herself.
Rolled 66>>24797299oh ye of little faith, believe in the dice.
"More or less," Flint says. "When I met the girl I mentioned...I believe her parents had already died. Her village was cursed was a magical plague.""I thought you said you promised them you'd protect her.""I made that promise on their graves," Flint says."...I see. You're a good man, Sir Flint.""...I don't think so.""I do," Kirt says. "Me...I ran away from my problems. I've made my peace with that. But you're sprinting through Tarun Gatkh to find yours.""I never really thought of it like that."The men fall quiet.<What would you both say to another spar?> you ask."I'm game," Kirt says."I suppose," Flint answers.You stand up. <I'll take you both at once.>"Overconfident, are we?" Kirt says. He saunters to the edge of the fire and draws his sword and knife.Flint stands, but he hesitates. "...that's a bit ambitious, Shadow."<I realize something,> you say. <I've never practiced combat before. How can I hope to improve without pushing my limits?>Flint smiles, and draws his sword. "Training...that, I can understand."Roll 1d100
Rolled 42>>24797396>nat 1
Rolled 32>>24797396rolling. believe in the dice gods
Rolled 37>>24797396IT'S TIME
Rolled 56>>24797396Shadow time
>When we were next to dynamos in the past, our movement became very slow>We are carrying a dynamoDid you goof? Did we get stronger/acclimated to dynamos? is it just a much weaker dynamo?>Regen gives 1HP/round, nerfed to only regen up to 2/3rdDoes fast regen remove that limit and let us regen to max?How many seconds is a round?Have you considered using different types of damage as per: http://whitewolf.wikia.com/wiki/Damage>We keep on trying to make dynamos in mid air>Everyone keeps on telling us dynamos are made by dwarves using metalsWe should try to empower a spent/inactive metal dynamo shell rather then creating one out of thin air.>We can't consume mana wellWe should try to carry some of that liquid in a container of some sorts, it instantly refills our mana when we touch it and is instantly fatal to most enemies.>we are carrying a dynamo>dynamos are used in airships and in golems where power is drawn from them without destroying them.We should figure out how to draw a trickle of power from the dynamo we are carrying via the same methods airships and the golem used without cracking it open for consumption.
well we failed, but probably not as badly as flint did hah
>>24797435They've betrayed us yet again, anon.
>>24797475>implying we wont get another rollpls give us another roll
Oh dice why do you forsake us so
>>24797528Why did we ever think otherwise, guys?
Rolled 1>>24797528Don't worry fellas im here to help!!!!
>>24797467Every time I see you post a wall of text in a quest I get fucking pissed.And to answer you>Did you goof? Did we get stronger/acclimated to dynamos? is it just a much weaker dynamo?It's not a true dynamo, just a weaker power orb thing.>We should try to empower a spent/inactive metal dynamo shell rather then creating one out of thin air.The dwarves didn't make dynamos. The elemental lords did.>We should try to carry some of that liquid in a container of some sorts, it instantly refills our mana when we touch it and is instantly fatal to most enemies.We tried to consume a mana pool. It was harder than steel. We couldn't do shit to it other than touch it without dying. And the shopkeeper we talked to about mana storage said it's difficult, dangerous and expensive.
>>24797577the dwarves made the airships, and the dynamos that powered them.
>>24797570I both missed you and hate you beyond the capacity for human definition.
>>24797609The dwarves made little power orbs like the one we have.The elementals made the full-fledged dynamos.
>>24797467>is it just a much weaker dynamo?There you go.You've never carried a dynamo in the past. You ate both the dynamos you encountered. If you're referring to the elemental pressure you felt from the dynamos, that's from the power they exuded, not from the fact that you carried them around.>Does fast regen remove that limit and let us regen to max?No. It doesn't state otherwise, does it?>How many seconds is a round?It's arbitrary. Varies depending on what's happening. If I feel that you need to make more decisions, I will prompt you with options in smaller and smaller timeframes.>Have you considered using different types of damage as per:I already do something like this.----------------------------------writing
Rolled 1>>24797628thx babe
>>24797681...and right now hate is winning again.
>>24797681Hi Dicette, nice to see you again.
Rolled 1 + 99>>24797681there is not enough room in this quest for the two of us
>>24797681>>24797727>1d1stop rolling 1d1s.
Flint and Kirt charge you from both sides.They work their blades in a flurry. It's difficult for you to keep up. You have plenty of arms, and you're fast, and your skin is as hardens steel - but despite your seeming advantages, they work together as if they can read each other's mind.Flint's attacks are brutal. His sword swipes are extremely heavy, but compact. He flows from one strike into another, hitting, hitting, hitting, over and over and over like a blacksmith on an anvil.Kirt is entirely different, but frighteningly complementary. His sword is like the tail of a scorpion, and his dagger is like a darting fang. He begins to swing one way, only to change direction and go the other. He slashes his sword up, and his knife stabs in. He cuts high, and swipes slow. His hands each have a will of their own.You lose ground to these swordsmen alarmingly quickly...Roll 1d100
Rolled 1>>24797790Screw off, knob nibbler.
Rolled 32>>24797815Oh this will end well..
Rolled 1 + 99>>24797790just passing the time between posts
Rolled 1>>24797790make me
Rolled 46>>24797815have faith in the dice
Rolled 1>>24797862You said it lil'Die. Fight the powah!
>>24797823>>24797827>>24797833You dig in and whip your arms faster.It pushes you to your limit, but you're an even match for the two men. You hold your ground, not just defending against their strikes, but whipping randomly, striking at their legs and arms to cut off the source of their blows. That cuts off their momentum.But the duel could go either way...Roll 1d100
Rolled 43>>24797925Yolo guys
Rolled 1>>24797910Fuck you, I'm the one true 1d1, motherfucker!
>all this 1d1 spam and the people complaining about itpls stahp
Rolled 1>>24797958what r u talkin aboot faget im da 1 and onry tru 1d1 guy
Rolled 1>>24797958You tell that motherfucker, man!
>>24797935>>24797962Roll again. I wanna see if you can pull off the triple 28
Rolled 1>>24797958But..I've been rolling the 1d1 for the past five threads....Guys please its kind of my things
Rolled 60>>24797998>>24797935Not sure how I pulled that off.>>24798000I would die laughing if that happened.
Rolled 1>>24797958>>24797992>>24797998>>24798021Excellent. Roll my mini-minions. Roll!
Rolled 1>>24797862>>24797992>>24797820Suck my 1d100 foot dick, you faggots, I'M the true 1d1!
>>24797656Shadow master, I just remembered that I had some stipulations to a question of mine you answered after we fought the golem: So, if berserk will never let us use magic- what does that entail for certain abilities that we can enhance with mana? Will we forever be unable to do max damage with Shattenkrieg?I'm fine with not using magic, I'd just like clarification so that I don't suggest something pants on head retarded in the future.
the dice really are bieng lowballers tonight aren't they?
Rolled 1>>24798055NO! FUCK YOU, 1D1 DAD! SUCK IT! I'M GONNA GET A TATTOO OF WHATEVER THE HELL I WANT, AND NEITHER YOU OR MOM CAN STOP ME!
>>24798072They always are with this quest, ever since like the 19th thread.
>>24798122do you remember when we got all those 100's? Yeah me niether
Rolled 1>>24798112Ooh, what kind of tattoo we talking here?
Rolled What is going on?
Rolled 1>>24798173No idea...?
>>24797944>>24797937>>24797935You're so focused on keeping them at bay, you don't realize there's a plan unfolding before you.Suddenly, Flint and Kirt leap back, then, just as suddenly, lunge forward, switching places. They knock your limbs away faster than you can adapt. Their swords reach your body, prodding you ever so slightly."Our win!" Kirt says. Flint just smiles.<I yield.>The two withdraw their swords and sheath them. They're both sweaty, but they seem happy. They take their breaths in big gulps. "...should do that again some time," Kirt says."Was kinda...fun, huh? Haven't trained like that in a while." Flint begins to move away, then promptly trips and falls flat on his face.Kirt bursts out laughing and slaps his knees. "You go that whole damn fight, and then just fall over...what in the Light, Flint""...oh...shut up." Flint dusts himself off. He looks around at the darkened sky. "...we should get back. Joey and Auriel are probably missing us."Kirt winks. "Little cleanup for the lady, at least. I've got some water."Kirt directs Flint to several barrels of water in one of his sheds, and they douse themselves to clean the grime and odor away.<...perhaps...I should clean, as well.>Flint looks at you, then shrugs. "You never seem to get dirty. And you don't smell. I don't think you have to."What do you do?>don't bother wasting the water, then>clean up time
Rolled 1>>24798153The hell's it matter to you, 1d20? You just want to know so you can talk to that goth barrista at the coffee shop. Go find a D&D game to piss off in, you faker! (shoves hard)
Rolled 19>>24798230take a swim. by that i mean clean up. after checking the water with magic and life sense
>>24798230Clean, lets hangout with the boys
>>24798069>So, if berserk will never let us use magic- what does that entail for certain abilities that we can enhance with mana? Will we forever be unable to do max damage with Shattenkrieg?.......Berserk, as it stands, does not allow you to use any abilities.
>>24798230Morph body into giant water gun, blast Auriel later, amusement.
>>24798230>clean up timeOur little Shadow thinks he's people.
>>24798230Well, let's just help Flint with Auriel, then.
>>24798230>>clean up time<I believe this is what friends should do after a spar>
>>24798230>don't bother wasting the water, thenWe're a non-stick shadow. Remember splatterfying people and having the gore slide right off? We ain't need no bath.
>>24798239*stabs him in the balls*(I SAID BACK THE FUCK OFF!?!?!?)
>>24798230with all this 1d1 shit it might be best to abandon thread and start again some other time
>don't bother wasting the water, then
>>24798230>clean up time
>>24798230>clean up time"If you believe I never get dirty, there should be no issue with my soiling the water I clean myself in, and if I do get dirty, bathing will rid me of the dirt. There seems to be no reason not to at least attempt to clean myself."
>>24798270>Berserk, as it stands, does not allow you to use any abilities.Sounds rather forshadowy... maybe there is an upgrade to berserk that lets us use powers
>>24798288We do need the time to help Flint boost his morale. Let's wash up and plan tactics at the same time!
>>24798230Clean up time.Which reminds me, we really should look into getting Replicate simply for reason of pretending to be a shadow mage. It would at least make traveling with the party easier and we could still hide in Flint's shadow when we want.
>>24798270>Schattenkrieg - Wrap yourself in your aura and fly toward the enemy, becoming a living missile of darkness. Major bonus to physical attack and armor piercing. Optional: spend 5 mana to add additional shadow attack power. Chance for self-damage based on attack strength and target defense strength. Can stack with berserk, but self-damage is then guaranteed.>Can stack with berserk but self damage is then guaranteed.I'd suggest changing the pastebin then.
Rolled 1>>24798239Sorry I was thinking about the aroma of espresso for some reason. What were you saying about your mother's partner, son?
Rolled 29>>24798401i say we get it right after vampire. and i kinda want to know what is further down that line of upgrades
>>24798358If we talk to Flint about Auriel while we're bathing, I'll be A'OK with that.If Flint walks in on her while she's bathing, the better for awkward!
>>24798456...Auriel's still back in town though. And probably long done with her bath by now.
You promptly decide to splash into the water bucket, spraying Kirt and Flint with water. They shield themselves. You bob up and down in the water, sloughing it all over them."Hey!" Flint says. Kirt's just laughing.You emerge from the water and wring it from yourself as if you're a giant washcloth. Then you stand straight. <Nice and clean.>Flint snorts, then dries his face with a towel. Kirt keeps laughing.>you gain 2 humanity>you gain 2 EXP from sparring (5 total)>no, you cannot spar whenever you want to grind exp, that was a special eventKirt lends Flint a spare set of clothes. They're more rustic than what Flint usually wears, but he doesn't hesitate to don them. They both head back down the plateau. "So what's the deal with you and sweet tits?" Kirt asks. "And I mean that in the most serious way possible.""Honestly, I don't have any idea anymore," Flint says. "I mean...she's...beautiful."Kirt rolls his eyes.Do you have anything to add to this conversation?
>>24798230<Call it curiosity. You humans seem to enjoy bathing and grooming yourselves and sometimes each other, from what I have seen. Maybe partaking will help me understand.>
>>24798527Gotta make Flint spill his spaghetti somehow.
>>24798494Still, talking to Flint about what to say might be a good idea, as well as boosting his morale about talking to Auriel.He needs to fly on his own someday. Plus, she's the only one who knows that it takes his words as well as his soul...
>>24798527whisper to Kirt<Don't worry, he loosens up after a few beers>
>>24798527<they apparently wish to copulate>
>>24798417>I'd suggest changing the pastebin then.You can't use any abilities with berserk.It's also true that Schattenkrieg can stack with berserk.Nothing needs to be changed.
>>24798527I'm sure it will get shot down by the practical anons, but I'd just like to suggest we buy Mighty Strength with our xp. We may well have to fly most of the party out of harm's way soon.
>>24798527<Both have expressed a want for copulation but have both denied so when confronted despite how obvious>
>>24798527She also seems to be a bit infatuated by you, Flint. She mentioned your meeting on the airship, and she seems to like your stance, somehow, as well as your bravery. Also, something about sweeping her off her feet. What does that euphamism mean, anyways?
>>24798611Mighty Strength seems like a generally good option either way.
>>24798527<He wishes to climb her like a tree and gaze upon her blessings of Hyperion. She wishes to know how to bed a Demon Slayer. Ignorance potions, what can I say?>
>>24798527don't really know what to say, but it must include the mention of copulation and ignorance potions.
>>24798639OOH, this please! We need to boost his morale, so why not tell him that!
>>24798527"There is a mutual infatuation that I have attempted to cultivate on a number of occasions to... mixed results.">>24798597Fuckin' mysterious skill tree.
>>24798639>>24798661>>24798592A mix of these.
You look at Kirt. <Don't be fooled by his false modesty. He wishes to climb her like a tree and gaze upon her Hyperion-blessed features. She wishes to know how to bed a demon slayer. Of course, the nature of their having sexual intercourse was put this way after they'd imbibed quite a few -beers-, so I hardly know what to think.>Kirt bursts out laughing so hard you're briefly worried he'll fall from the stairs. But he rights himself. "...Shadow...you've got a real sense of humor.""It doesn't know what a sense of humor is," Flint growls.<I certainly do.>"I'm inclined to agree with the blob," Kirt says. "So, Shadow. They want to fuck?"<Both have expressed a want for copulation, but have subsequently denied these claims when confronted about them more openly. It's rather confusing.>Kirt nods sagely. "People can be confusing."<So I've learned. I think more ignorance potions will help. In moderation. Strict moderation.>"Ignorance potions?""That's what it calls alcohol," Flint mutters.Kirt chuckles. "Hey. While we're on the subject. Sort of." He looks at you. "What the fuck are you, exactly? A demon?"What do you say?>I'm still trying to figure that out>something else
>>24798781>>something elseSomething much more than a demon.
>>24798781>as far as I can tell, a shadow elemental
>>24798781<Something else. Something new. Something different.>
>I'm still trying to figure that outI believe I'm an elemental. I do not know if I shall ever be on par with erebus... but there have been hints that I might be related to that one.
>>24798781<If "sugar tits", as you've called her, is to believe, then I am the harbinger of the Light's end.>
>>24798781>I am a catalyst, for things to come.
>>24798781>>I'm still trying to figure that out>>something else<In the few weeks since my "birth" I have wondered that myself. All I know is that despite being an elemental of shadow I am not evil. I an simply something else, something different>
>>24798781<I am what I am>
>>24798781<sigh. Damned of I know. Some kind of intelligent elemental supposedly. Haven't met anyone that I was sure knew for certain though...>
>>24798855But that's our entire schtick, shadow was NEVER evil, so why should we have been?
>>24798781< I'm... ...not sure myself. I'd assume an elemental that somehow became sentient.>To Flint: < That's somewhat hurtful. Remember that time on the riverboat after you pulled me out? >>>24798639So are we going to use this later, after Kurt leaves us and Flint alone?
>>24798862I kind of like this one.
>>24798823I'll second this because it's the shortest, least corny response.
>>24798837Perhaps if we follow it up with a <But you can't really trust much of what she says. Just look at her and Sir Flint. They both desire to mate with eachother, but there has been so little copulation!>
>>24798898That's just going into brutal teasing territory.
>>24798883>>24798855>>24798825>>24798837mix of these>>24798781
>>24798837>>24798898Oh god. Please do this. So much SPAGOOTI
>>24798898Nah, enough with the copulation stuff. It's gonna get old.
Speaking of Demons, would these orcs be okay with us performing Annette's summoning here?
Agreed, we've been dragging that through the mud lately.
>>24798934Point. We shouldn't wear down the joke.
>>24798944Maybe? But do we really want Auriel even more on edge when we meet up with the liche?
>>24798944I recall us agreeing to wait until we get to Adavan for that in order to gain his expertise.
>>24798934What if we used one of Flint's euphemisms instead of saying "copulation"?
>>24798944Let's wait until we have a seven hundred year old lich to help us contain her. The orcs don't know we're (Shadow) here, and they might not appeciate this. Like, at all.
>>24798991Nah, the entire scenario is starting to drop away from teasing and going straight into spite territory.
>>24799016Ms. Shadow a bit jealous of what Flint is paying attention to? Heh.
>>24798991Nah, we should stop jabbing at Flint for now.
>>24799047Pretty much. We hoard our friends and minions, and Auriel seems to be poaching Sir Flint, doesn't she?
>>24798898>>24799047>>24798991Come on. It's getting a bit old. I'm even suspecting Flint's getting pissed by this constant "copulation" thing.
>>24799047>Ms.>That question>Fucking genderless creature of primordial darkness
<I don't know,> you answer honestly. <I have not long been in this world. I have some suspicions. An intelligent lesser elemental is probably the most accurate description. But...it doesn't matter.>"It doesn't?" Kirt asks. "I'd say that's pretty damn important."<Maybe. But I have begun to believe that -what- I am is much less important than -who- I am.>Your companions go quiet. After a while Kirt nods. "...you have me there. You have me." He leans back and throws an arm around your 'shoulder'. "So. We getting by buddy Sir Flint laid, or what?"<If by laid, you are referring to copulation, then yes. But I've been trying, and it hasn't gone very well.>"That's because you didn't have me.""Just keep talking like I'm not here," Flint says loudly. "It's not like I have feelings or anything. I'm just a giant cock, ready for copulation.""Now, Flint, that's not fair," Kirt says. But he has to spit the words through his grin. "The Shadow's just trying to help out.""It's helped enough."<She is attracted to you,> you tell him. <If you reciprocated her affection, you could - >"And how would a genderless shadow that's spent the past week arguing with her about the nature of the universe know if she's attracted to me?" Flint asks.<She told me so.>Flint gives you a look. "Oh really? And what did she tell you?"<She told me that she likes the way you stand. You stand like a man with a heavy burden...but one that bears it without complaint. She told me that you're handsome, and that your feats in battle impressed her greatly. And that you swept her off her feet. I'm afraid I don't know the meaning of that euphemism, but it sounds positive.>"...you're not..."<She said those words exactly,> you say.>con't
>>24799091Agreeing with this.
>>24799091>>24798898>>24798991with our Humanity I think we c an agree that by now we can drop the copulation from our speech
>>24799121Yes, it's time to say "making fuck" instead.That should bring a whole new level of spagooti.
>>24799121I'm pretty sure our humanity is on at least a thousand point scale.
>>24799101>"It's not like I have feelings or anything. I'm just a giant cock, ready for copulation."
>>24799101I like Kirt lets keep him
>>24799121Baby steps.Move on to referring to it as "getting laid," complete with finger quotes.It is still a foreign concept for us.
>>24799140>>24799159regardless, we know enough about humans, and their euphemisms, to drop the word with broader terms
>>24799101Eh, despite my vote being against another jabbing session about them boning, that was a fairly good segue into a genuine "KISS THE GIRL, YOU FOOL!" speech.
>>24799153Now Anon, you know we can't keep every NPC you see in the story. You know you are not yet ready for that kind of responsibility.
>>24799159I look forward to the day we discover these "finger quotes". I think they will greatly improve our ability to communicate.
You reach the bottom of the stairs. The noise of Olga's tavern increases as you approach across Refuge. Flint looks between the two of you. "...I just...I couldn't...if it turns out that things aren't - "Kirt interrupts Flint with a huge sigh. "Dammit, man, just grow a pair."<She is merely waiting for you to act,> you say."...alright." Flint's face firms up. "Ok.""Heeey!" Kirt slaps Flint on the back. "There's a champ!""But I need a stiff fucking drink. Several."<I will not pick up the pieces again if you overindulge,> you warn."Ah, don't worry," Kirt says. "He knows better, unless he wants limp dick."<What is -limp dick-?>Kirt doubles over with laughter, and he doesn't stop. Eventually, he's half-hanging off Flint, pounding the larger mans shoulder.Flint looks like angry granite. "...sometimes, Shadow, you just need to shut the fuck up."<Well. See if I carry you to bed a third time.>You reach the entrance of the bar. "Well. Here goes." Flint pushes the door in.What do you do?>duck into Flint's shadow>duck into Kirt's shadow>something else
>duck into Kirt's shadowTime to let the man shine... or falter... on his own.
>>24799136>>24799121>>24799159>>24799171I like the finger quotes bit. Something about an alien creature saying something with finger quotes is just so delightful.
>>24799201>>duck into Kirt's shadowchill with Kirt bro
>>24799201Let's stick around Kirt's shadow and see how things go.I like Kirt. Let's add him to the party. He serves as a perfect foil for Auriel/Flint.
>>24799184And I'd say it's called for considering Auriel has pretty much said that to him. After kissing him.Dude's already lagging behind in terms of taking initiative.
>>24799201Kurt, but if Flint falters, lets throw him a good Impression of him holding hands with Auriel.
>>24799201>duck into Kirt's shadow
>>24799201>duck into Kirt's shadowWe have to be in SOMEONE'S shadow so as not to freak everyone out, and I dunno how well Auriel would react to our shadowing Flint as he's finally getting his act together.And from what we know about Kirt so far, there's no way he's going to let us miss the show one way or another, so it seems like a good bet to stick with him.We should probably let him know that's the plan, though, rather than just jumping right in and following him around all night."I will remain with you so as to give our friend space to make his move. We shall see how he fares without my expert guidance."Kirt'll get a kick out of that line, I suspect, and it seems in character what with our bit of progress down the humanity line.
>>24799242Yeah, It's not like he's some super important criminal that will get us in trouble if we try to encourage him to travel with us or anything.But don't mind me, I just get paranoid when I see such obvious party material...
>>24799201Go explore the town. We can check on everyone later.
<Kurt, what's limp dick?>No need to have Flint be the Lord of the Penne by himself.
>>24799283Pff.We need to gather the biggest band of misfits in the world, and then we'll form team free will and rebuild the world into a place where everybody isn't dicks.
>>24799306>Lord of the Penne
>>24799201Let's bug Kirt for a while, instead of Flint. It's clear that he's had enough of our antics for the moment.Kirt, however, hasn't even begun.
>>24799334THANK YOU, I'M HERE ALL NIGHT!
>>24799306>>24799334>Lord of the PenneReminds me of www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5BGZROgNrg
>>24799350Don't you mean Baron of the Bucatoni
<I will remain in your shadow,> you tell Kirt."Sounds good. Wouldn't want to miss the show, would ya?"You burst into the tavern. This late, it's packed with orcs. Most of them are loudly carousing and banging thick mugs on their tables. Slight fangs curl up the edges of their lips.<I think it best we let Flint do this himself,> you say. <I know he isn't much without my help, but he can't expect me to hold his hand forever.>Kirt looks like he's struggling not to give in to his convulsing abdomen as he returns a near-chorus of waves and greetings from the tables."EH KIRT!"Kirt reaches up and catches a thrown glass without even looking. Olga is staring at him from behind the bar. Other members of the help are scurrying to keep up with the orders for food and drink. "Make yourself useful and dry a few glasses!"Kirt leans up against a post a short distance from where Auriel is sitting at a table, awkwardly alone in the middle of the bustling room. You focus your senses and detect Joey up in the room, likely asleep. He's put out a lot of energy lately.Flint is quick to join her. She immediately perks up from her mug and smiles.What do you do?>try to listen in (get closer, stealth check)>just watch>leave. It's not your business any longer>something else
>>24799424I think you mean Count of Capellini
>>24799474Just watch. Don't fuck this up for lord lasagna
>>24799474Just watch.Maybe ask Kirt some awkward questions about how it's going.
>>24799474Watch mainly, but in Spirit Sight mode. If that damn parasite fucks him over, send him an Impression of him getting kissed by Auriel.
>>24799474>just watchOur little bird is leaving the nest.So proud.
>>24799474It's up to Flint at this point. Oh, and his parasite too.
>>24799474Just watch. Nervously. Will Flint-bro finally rise to the occasion, will the parasite once more doom him to despair? The ball's in his court, we should get some popcorn.
>>24799474>just watchDo it.>leave. It's not your business any longerLike anyone would actually pick that.
>>24799474>>just watchto Kirt<Like a bird watching a chick leave the nest...>
>>24799529No. Auriel knows about the parasite. That should be enough.He's gotta do this by himself.
>>24799484I actually think Auriel losing her powers is more of a blessing than she realizes... She's practically a Saint of Sagnarelli
>>24799504>Captain Capellini >Feurer Fedelini>Prince Pellizzonni
>>24799474Just watch, no interfering now, this is between them.We'll just watch to get a chuckle and to make sure nothing goes down.
>>24799474Watch. Lasagna lad will do this himself.
>>24799596>>24799590>>24799504Oh, great, more of this pasta royalty bullshit. Back in my day...
My sudden event senses are tingling. Did you spill something Shadow Master?
watchyou can't hold his hand forever
>>24799645Don't be greedy, we can't all be the Mizer of Mostaccioli
>>24799650If he backs off because of something funky in his holy disco lighting he calls a soul, we're damn well going to stop him from just giving up, though...
Flint hesitantly begins some conversation.Auriel chirps in happily. You have difficulty making out the words over the noise of the bar, but in-between Flint trying not to blush every other moment, it seems to be proceeding fine.<Like watching a bird leave the nest,> you remark to Kirt.He snorts into the cup. He raises it up, rubs a bit of snot off the inside of the cup, then shrugs. "Meh, I'm healthy" He grabs another mug the counter and keeps drying.Flint and Auriel share a drink, then two, then three. And a fourth. You really hope they don't go for a fifth.But your worries were baseless. They linger on the fourth drink for some time.Auriel has leaned in further and further toward Flint the entire night. Flint looks a lot more relaxed. His nerves are settled.Flint picks her hand off the table and holds it in his. Auriel smiles at him. She leans very close. The intent is clear......something passes over Flint's face.You bend your senses toward him, toward the parasite. But...it's quiet, tonight, for once. It isn't moving.Flint brings her hand to his lips and kisses it. He says something to her, then stands and walks out of the bar. Auriel sits back with a stunned look on her face.She rises. Her hands clench. Eyes follow her as she marches across the floor after Flint."...hmm," Kirt says. "What do you think?"What do you do?>ask Kirt to do whatever trick he does to hide himself, and follow them>follow them alone>don't follow. They need to work it out themselves>something else
>>24799693True, I'm just being the Tough Guy of Tortillini.
>don't follow. They need to work it out themselvesboth of them need this. Even if it doesn't work out tonight its good for them. We can talk to them afterwords.
>>24799712>>don't follow. They need to work it out themselves
>>24799712>>ask Kirt to do whatever trick he does to hide himself, and follow themA fly on the wall
don't follow. They need to work it out themselves
>>24799712Leave them. Time to ask Kurt about sex things, this time. Like sheathing in both holes, particularly when he's getting a drink...
>>24799712>>don't follow. They need to work it out themselvesask Kirt about himself moreGo seeTaremtis?
>>24799712>>ask Kirt to do whatever trick he does to hide himself, and follow themI want to leave them be but damn curiosity
>>24799712I don't know, Flint might have noticed something off or something with the way he kind of ducked out of that kiss and took off.
>>24799712<I think it's going well.>Let's ask Kirt about himself. It's the least we can do for the newest party member.
>>24799759>don't follow. They need to work it out themselves>ask Kirt about himself more>Go seeTaremtis?I can get behind this.
>>24799712I kind of want "Follow, but don't meddle."Which I guess would be >follow them aloneBecause I dunno that I trust Kirt to do subtlety.Might make it hard to get back to our room undetected, though, but it means that when one or the other of them heads back, we can go meet up with the other of them and get the whole story.Because I feel like it's unlikely they're both going back to the room together, whatever it was that transpired.
>>24799712Follow alone. Keep distance, don't interfere.
Don't fucking follow, it most likely has nothing to do with us, it's for THEM, if it HAS something to do with us, FLINT will TELL US.
We should go visit that old hermit mage that lives here.
>>24799712Don't follow. Ask Kirt about refuge.If there is anything interesting about the "town".Might even ask for directions to Mr. Crazy.
>>24799831As an add to that, perhaps he simply doesn't want his first kiss to be in a loud bar surrounded by Orks and the atmosphere is getting to him.
>>24799743I would like to do this since he's going to be responsible for any collateral damage those two rack up while sorting this out (he's going to regret vouching for us at this rate), but he is the bard's bouncer so he probably ought to stay here. We should fallow from a safe distance.
>>24799866>bar, not bard...
>>24799712>don't follow. They need to work it out themselves
>>24799866Right, kind of forgot that Kirt is basically responsible for anything we do in their city, so this is probably as good a reason as any for us to make sure they don't get themselves into any sort of trouble.Four ignorance potions apiece, who knows what may happen?
>>24799759>>24799754>>24799746>>24799735>>24799727I thought you guys would be on this like ugly on an ape, but I guess not.----------------------------------------<I think it's going well,> you say."If she's that determined," Kirt mutters near the cup, "I can't believe he hasn't fucked her already."<Flint isn't the type to jump at happiness. I think...his past holds him back. He's lost too much to jump, anymore. He's tired of it.>Kirt's swirling cloth slowly stops. The man stares into his mug. "...yeah? Too bad." He clumps the upteenth mug down. "Break," he shouts into the kitchen. One of the serves waves at him in acknowledgement. Kirt steps out of the bar.Flint and Auriel aren't in sight, though you can feel two sources of life down closer to the river. Kirt heads the other way, behind the tavern. He leans against the rock and folds his arms. His good cheer seems to have vanished.<...did I say something?>"...no. Just the past, Shadow."<It always seems to be the past, with everyone,> you say. <Doesn't anyone look forward?>"That's easy to say, when you don't have much of a past," Kirt says. "When you do...it's like a rock in an ocean, something you cling to, myabe just to have something to hold. But it's a rock made out of shards of glass. So rather than getting dashed against the cliffs, you're just bleeding to death. Slowly."<It doesn't sound much better than dying.>"You know why I live on a plateau, Shadow?"<...why?>"So I can stand at the edge and ask myself that question, every light-damned day." He looks back at you. "So far...I've been too afraid of death to jump."What do you say to this man?>write-in
>>24799754AH, FUCK IT. I just got to know. Change my answer to check up on them. But if they seem plesent and happy, then leave.
>>24799936We could be spying on the worlds single greatest supplier of spagooti.Now we're dealing with this guy.Someone more eloquent than I can deal with this.
>>24799936<Dying isn't an answer to anything.>
>>24799936What good would dying do?
>>24799936Well, if a jump is what you need, then how about a figuriative one rather then a literal?Tell him if he wants to join us, he's all to welcome to come.
>>24799936It might be sound to point out that shadow isn't lacking a past he has forgotten it which makes Kirt's dialogue sound super dickish
>>24799936Shit. That's one of the only tarnished-past rogue types that I've ever seen a /tg/ quest write well SM.
>>248000051) Kirt doesn't know that2) You don't really know that for sure either
>>24799936<Do you want to take a trip down to the Old Sage? Because it sounds like you need it. I believe our arrival here might bring return him to his senses for a little while.>
>>24799936<I've found that change only comes to those with the courage to live. In my short time I have been hunted, burned, shunned, and called a monster. But to give in to that and either die or rage til I'm struck down, would only be the cowards way out>
>>24800034how about we ask him to introduce us to the old sage? I want to talk to him.
>>24800034>>24799972>>24799981>>24799936Those sound good+we get to see the Sage which just screams "ENORMOUS PLOT DUMP HERE, GO SEE"
>>24800025I figured we did, based on our response to being warped away from our cavern during the very first thread.>You hit a wall. A wall in your mind. It might as well be built of admantium. You can't get past it. You struggle to remember, but it's like clawing at steel with bare hands. You can't even remember the symbols from that altar. Just the woman, the fight with the dragon - then nothing.>Frustration burns inside you. You have to find her, and somehow make her give you your memories back.I also feel like we've either mentioned this or reflected upon it in later threads as well, but I don't remember where, exactly.
>>24800025I just meant that bringing it up as a point even if we aren't sure of it, might be a useful if we wanted to exploit it to lead the conversation in our favor.That is a bit meta though as I'm not sure in character shadow is much of a manipulator but certainly is tactless enough to point out the fact.
>>24800065More importantly, we get to see the sage while Auriel is distracted. This is a very good thing.
>>24800065>>24800062>>24800034Yeah, if the sage told Kirk to live his life here, he might be able to renew his life's flame.>pun intended
oh double bonus round: We should really tie in what the sage said to him about waiting/resting there into the cliche line about waiting for us dohoho.
>>24800085>pun intendedOh shit I forgot that he is fire element, can we say something like <For a man with such a strong fire element, your flame is all snuffed out.>
>>24800093>We should really tie in what the sage said to him about waiting/resting there into the cliche line about waiting for us dohoho.>Implying that's not the case>Implying that everyone hasn't already thought so
>>24800093that is too much of a self important attitude.
>>24799936<You remind me of somebody actually. You've stopped moving forwards, you've sat down, and now you can't find the strength to stand again.Why don't you come with us? If you can't stand by yourself, maybe you just need somebody to help bear that burden for a while. People can change. Even if I've not been long in this world, I think I already know that better than most.>
>>24800025>>24800073I just realized, seriously, the fact that we've lost the memory of our past has literally been in the OP of every single thread since the third one.>>24795163>You are a creature of darkness and shadows. Stripped of your memory, you seek to learn your true nature and find your place in the world.SM, you card.
>>24800073Do you thinkThat what you believe you're missingHas anything to doWith reality?--------------------------------------------<In my short time I have been hunted, burned, shunned, and called a monster. I have been told that, inevitably, I am evil. That this evil is an intrinsic part of me. That my actions, even if good, mean nothing, because on the larger scale of things, my very existence will cause chaos and harm to others.>"And?"<And I choose to live and find a way.>"Good for you, Shadow," Kirt says. "We've discovered that those without a past have nothing but the future. Sounds nice."<Let's go see this sage of yours.>"...Taremtis? Now?"<Yes. If you think our arrival here might jolt him into lucidity, then let us see. Perhaps he'll have more words for you, as well.>Kirt says nothing for a moment. Then he leans up off the stone and walks into a back door of the tavern.The kitchen is a mess of dishes and activity. Orcs call and shout to one another. It's a harsh contrast to the stark silence of the alley you sat in just before. Kirt finds Olga quickly. "Hey lady.""I'm no lady. What do you want, you layabout?""...night off."Olga leans back. She eyes Kirt for a long time. "...you haven't asked me for a off time in...ever.""First time for everything.""I sure as Light hope not," Ulga sighs. "Alright, get out of here."Kirt ducks back through the kitchen and starts up toward the other end of refuge.>con't
>>24800173I like this a lot, minus the very last sentence because it sounds self-centered.
>>24800209>Do you think>That what you believe you're missing>Has anything to do>With reality?...fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, ok fine.Just because we're deluded doesn't mean we wouldn't keep operating based on that delusion, though. Because, y'know, that'd be metagaming, and metagaming is baaaaaad.
The cliffs become more wild and jagged. The relatively neat, carved stone of the Dwarven ruins fades into rocky paths. You're on the border of the Tarun Gakth wilderness.But you continue to climb, up, up. Not as high as Kirt's plateau, but high enough to poke above the walls of some of the canyons. A star-covered sky twinkles high above you.You reach the edge of the path.Perched on the end, leaning out precipitously over a deep gap are two haphazard towers. Bridges and wood and rope connect the buildings, as it it was half-planned and half slapped together by a child playing with blocks. A fat wooden sign reading "Taremtis" points into the first tower.<...why the sign?>"Didn't want anyone to miss him."You peer further into the buildings. Something is flying in the air around them...a group of things with wings, like chickens. But they're in the air, and they're much lighter-looking.They circle the tower once, twice, three times, drifting, flapping. The Sky-Sever should have long struck them down by now.<What are those flying things?>"They're called birds," Kirt says. "Taremtis raises them. There used to be a lot more, all across Venia. A type of animal that could fly in the sky, believe it or not."The idea seems...totally unfamiliar. You've never heard of such a thing. <Strange.>"The Sky-Sever killed them off," Kirt says. He walks forward on the path and up to the tower door.If this mage's magic can resist the Sky-Sever...he must be powerful.--------------------------------------End of thread.Guess what? I've got tomorrow off. More Shadow Quest! Hopefully very early in the day! (well, early by my standards)I'll post on twitter as I figure it out.
>>24800397Good night SM
>>24800397>Guess what? I've got tomorrow off. More Shadow Quest! Hopefully very early in the day! (well, early by my standards)Oh cool
>>24800282>Just because we're deluded doesn't mean we wouldn't keep operating based on that delusion, though. Because, y'know, that'd be metagaming, and metagaming is baaaaaad.Know, the fact that you know you might be incorrect in your thinking is the real metagaming.So far, the overall player goals have been these:1) Find Abigail and Adavan2) Remove Flints curse3) Find Elf Lady, obtain explanationsI begin the thread based on those stated goals, and what they imply for the basic assumptions you've made about yourself.Whether you're right on the money or totally off-base is irrelevant, and me correcting you would not only be metagaming but horribly passive-aggressive railroading.
>>24800397I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this.
thread is archivednight all
Rolled 19>>24800397We used to remember birds... We really should visit elfy one of these days.