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>sorry I'm late!
Events Summary:You continued to follow Adavan's trail. After walking through Tarun Gakth 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.You've spent the day recuperating, then sparring with Flint and Kirt, who is an incredibly skilled swordsman himself.You found a Shadow mana pool hidden below refuge in the upper levels of the Timorian Deep. You fought a powerful Shadow Elemental and consumed it, earning a Shard of True Darkness...though you don't yet know its purpose.In the early morning, you finally resolved Flint and Auriel's relationship. Flint has openly declared his affections for her, and, for now, has put his old pains firmly behind him. Satisfied, you took some time to reflect.You met with the Sage, Taremtis, who answered one question from each member of your party. You learned that Kirt is in fact Obis Vin, the rightful king of Kan Abar. He has decided to assist you on your journey, but remains undecided on whether he wishes to return home and face his brother.You managed to resummon the succubus, Annette - and learned her true name, Xella. Using your Shard of True Darkness, and with a little help from Joey, you managed to convince Xella that indiscriminately devouring humans is not a good thing. She has promised not to question you again, at least on that.You've made it through the Rock Worm nesting ground, but Adavan chose a dubious exit - the tunnel left behind by a huge worm. You fought and delayed a smaller rock worm from, but the battle collapsed the cavern entrance behind you.The party continued through the cavern, but were soon surrounded by a new enemy...
It's shadowin' time!
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/jTS7uCVXBooks the Main Character has read can be found here:http://pastebin.com/X59yWD5p-----------Active (intent-use abilities that don't require mana)-----------Consume - Devour the latent energy of enemies and magical artifacts to add to your own power and restore your health. Glide - Your aura allows you to glide, dropping safely from large heights or covering large distances if starting from a high position. Gliding is always stealthier than flying.Flight - Spread wings of darkness to soar through the air. Carrying capacity is based on physical strength.Supersonic - Fly at supersonic speeds. You'll move extremely fast, but suffer a large penalty to stealth and magic stealth. Takes 1 turn to activate.Mimic - Take on the vague form of things you've seen. Won't stand up to close examination, but works well in the dark.Snuff - You shadow can put out the lights it touches.Blink - Sight-range teleportation. (Cannot blink through walls, through the ground, into places you can't see, etc. 5-turn cooldown in battle. Auto-cooldown if battle ends. You can only Blink yourself and inanimate objects on your person. Max range 1/4 mile or 0.4 kilometers)Focus - With a burst of concentration, you can significantly improve your detection of both the mundane and magical, but you also drastically increase the risk of giving yourself away...
-----------Spells (and other abilities that DO use mana)-----------Shadow Strike - Strike the foe with needles of darkness. (base power 2. Costs 2 mana)Shadow Assault - Launch a flurry of shadowy projectiles at the enemy. (base power 4. Costs 4 mana. Can hit multiple enemies)Nightflare - Disrupt target spell or enchantment. (costs 2 mana)Shade - Create an illusory projection of yourself to confuse enemies. (dodge buff. Costs 1 mana)Spirit Whip - Lash the enemy with a whip of spirit magic. (base power 2. Costs 2 mana)Bind - Trap an enemy in ropes of spirit magic. May spend 0 to 10 mana (determines strength).Water Strike - A pressurized blast of water imbued with magical force. (2 base power. Costs 2 mana)Heal - Spend either 2, 4, or 6 mana to heal a target 4, 7, or 10 HP, respectively.Purify - Spend 3 Mana: 100% chance to heal 1 ailment on target. Spend 6 mana: 85% chance to heal all target's ailments. Spend 9 mana: heal all of a target's ailments and the ailments of all those you are physically touching.-----------Summons-----------Wisp - A shadowy wisp from the Nether. (2 base shadow attack). Costs 1 mana to summon, 1 mana per action. Never breaks your control; if you run out of mana, it will merely vanish. [Level 0, Shadow]
Current Statistics:HP: 35/37Mana: 5/10EXP: 0Humanity: 94Temerity: 51Shards of True Darkness: 1Party Members:Sir Donovan Flint - A knight of Dobshire, the capital of Arland. Fourth son of the lord and ruler of Arland. Wears iron armor and wields a two-handed longsword. 29 years old.Joey - A young boy from Jacob's Field, now Sir Flint's squire. No particular magical talent. Wields a shortsword. 16 years old.Angel Auriel - Formerly a powerful angel of the Ringed City, now traveling with you, ostensibly to protect Sir Flint and Joey from you. Wears heavy plate steel and wields a one-handed sword and a wide, round buckler. 732 years old. Obis Vin - The exiled Prince of Kan Abar. He wears steel-adamantium plate armor and wields a Ram-headed shield and a one-handed sword. 32 years old.Xella - A succubus firmly bent to your will. She has agreed without condition to obey your commands - when they're important, at least. She commands powerful fire and shadow magic. ??? years oldSummoned:Wisp (1 mana per order, does not break control, stealths with you)Equipment:Utility belt with purseInventory:Shadow Sword Shard x 2Fancy Sun-Moon KeyMind-Scribing PenSuccubus Reagents x 1Jen Fang's Diary (Abigail's father)Summoning Textbooks (in saddlebags)Golem Power CoreCurrent Location: Tarun Gakth
>>25122362...and we're live!Welcome back!
>last time...You manage to spot one clearly. It ducks out of sight, but not before you take it all in.<...small, perhaps two feet tall. Long arms, ending in large claws. Shorter legs. Its limbs are jointed in many places. It has no visible head. Its torso just ends.>"Vog," Auriel mutters. "Shit. Shit.""What?" Flint asks. "What are Vog?""...small, burrowing creatures that infest the Timorian Deep." She glances around at the party. "The sounds are to distract us. They're highly intelligent. Plotting an attack as we speak."<I can sense some below us,> you say. <They're gathering into groups.>"...they're small, but vicious. Cruelly vicious. And determined. They'll just keep coming.""How many would you say?"<...thirty or so. More are arriving at the edge of my senses.> Auriel's face takes a grim cast in the faint light of her orb. <Is that bad?> you ask."The more their are, the smarter they get. The more difficult it is to protect yourself.""What do we do?" Flint asks."...we run," Auriel says. "On three, everyone runs. Get ready." Everyone sets themselves. "3. 2. 1. Go!"You take off at a sprint through the caverns.
I had an idea for the vog.They get smarter in a group, but have minor intelligence alone, right?Let's project Isolation all over them. That should fuck up their hivemind.
>>25122362IT'S SHADOW TIME!Just letting you know SM that I have 20 tabs open of things I need to read, but i'm stopping everything just for this quest.Keep up the wonderful quest.
>>25122458time to put that nat 100 from last quest to use
>>25122362Finally making a fucking thread! It'd been forever!
>>25122466Not sure why my name came off. Oh well.
>>25122486The president of the High Rollers club has arrived.
The party bursts forward. The two horses quickly trot while the rest run as fast as they can.<Xella, with me,> you say. <We hold the rear.> The succubus moves next to you. <Auriel, Flint, you two take point.> They guide their horses in front of the party. The height should help them clear a path. <Obis, take the center. Support whoever needs it. Joey - stay in the middle.>Joey looks too frightened to argue. The others nod, and keep moving. With his life-force concealing cloak, Obis will help shore up the gaps - you hope.The Vog, who have been screeching and shrieking periodically, fall silent. They move quickly, staying abreast of your group with long, galloping strides of their arms.The ones under the ground move even faster. You sense them split into two burrowing groups. They flank you and Xella.They dig up toward the surface.<Xella. Back, and just to your right.>"I can't sense anything."<They're coming in two groups. Prepare an attack. I'll take the left.>The vog burst from the ground behind you! They swarm out of their holes and gallop foward to watch you. Shrill cries echo off the cavern walls.>Last time, you rolled a 100! You'll be using that for your first action.What do you do?>physical attack + CONSUME>just physical attack, there's no time for a meal>magic attack>keep them off Xella while she fires magic attacks>hang back; distract the Vog while the party continues forward>something else------------------------>EXP from worm battle: 2 (total: 2)>humanity: 3 (total: 97)
>>25122466I'm willing to try.
>>25122458Don't forget about that 100 we rolled last night!...please?
>>25122507>>something elseProject Isolation all over them to try to break their bond thing. Then physical attack simultaneously.
Rolled 71>>25122507>just physical attack, there's no time for a mealremember to use shiva to attack multiple
>>25122507Physical attack only. We'll eat when they retreat.
>>25122507>>just physical attack, there's no time for a mealor this>>25122538
>>25122507>physical attack + CONSUMEDo it as brutally as possible.If these things are a hivemind, perhaps it will damage their cohesion of some of their number are suffering hideously.
>>25122538I'll try that. You mean impression, right?
>>25122362I-I'm here on time for once... Neat.
>>25122507if we get an auto 100 the physical and CONSUME! otherwise join it with that Isolation plan since we can't fail this roll
>>25122616> we can't fail this rollUnless SM makes us roll again anyway to see if we get a 1 and we get the 1.
>>25122538Hmm, unveiling the shard of true darkness doesn't make us traceable like using Focus, right?
Vote 1:>physical attack onlyVote 2:>physical attack + CONSUME (nat 100 goes to attack)Vote 3:>Impress them with Isolation, then physical attack (nat 100 goes to impression)
>>25122662not hearing this tonight tsun tsun, tonight I say we go all out rolls or no rolls
>>25122507>physical attack + CONSUMEWe're getting faster with our CONSUME, we need the new abilities that their lifeforce will give us, and watching their brethern be eaten alive has got to horrify these things.
>>25122507Use Shiva to kill them to death
>>25122616We can't fail directly, consuming might still take long enough for the others to get themselves in serious trouble while we're away...
>>25122538I can dig it. I'm wondering if intimidating a hive mind would give a bonus or a penalty to the dice rolls, though...Or at least ones that don't crit.
>>25122692Since we got a nat 100, why don't we just>CONSUMEwithout the physical attack?
>>25122679You don't understand the shard very well.
>>251226922>physical attack + CONSUME
>>25122726Because you don't want to waste it consuming a single Vog?
>>25122743This is certainly true OOC, I'm guessing that IC Shadow's not much better off...
>>251226923, we'll consume them when their reeling from the surprise round.
>>25122692i'm feeling lucky2
You voted 3, impression + physical attack.Roll 1d100 for your actual attack
Rolled 97>>25122840MECHA SHIVA
>>25122845Damn. The dice rolls will come to me, I swear.
>>251226923 for now. If we get 'em good, we can try to eat one or two whole while the others run!
Rolled 19>>25122840COME ON
>>25122864The dice gods have moved on from the Void to Dice Atheists.
You seize the Shard.The energy sits within you like the shadow of a blizzard - cold Isolation. Its the feeling of every connection to every other thing frozen over until it's unrecognizable.You throw the feeling outward. It blooms out form you, stealing the very life from the air - cold - so cold it doesn't feel cold. But cold, not in the sense of heat - cold, without ANYTHING.It shocks the cavern in a huge radius.The Vog go wild. Some fall flat, seemingly dead. Others trip and writhe on the ground, hurting each other and those around them. Still others shriek like mad and burrow back into the ground, or run screaming down the tunnel. Even the Vog surrounding the other sides of your party feel the effects, some turning tail, the rest freezing in place as if cut off from one another.When you leap at the confused enemy, it's almost unfair. But you already know the world isn't fair. There is only Shadow, and Justice.You eviscerate them like so many cattle. Your limbs warp and stab through the air, killing them all in an instant. Their blood spills across the ground. Xella throws her magic in exploding balls of flame and shadow, taking out her own distracted group in moments.You and your demon hurry up back to the flanks of your party as they pass through the still-reeling Vog ahead. Her magic and your shadows tear into them, taking out at least another dozen.And then, you're through.What do you do?>try to consume as many as possible before moving on>just keep moving>have Xella guard you while you consume>something else
>>25123102>There is only Shadow, and Justice.You mean there is only Shadow, right?
>>25123102We can eat the remains later. Let's help the rest of our party out.
>>25123102>>have Xella guard you while you consume
>>25123147Unless, the Vog are fully routed. Then it's snacktime.
Rolled 66>>25123102>try to consume as many as possible before moving on"xella, cover the rear of the rest of the group"
>>25123143I dunno. We've got a high humanity rating and we've built the character up around the idea of natural rights and judging on an individual basis. >just keep movingAurelia was pretty scared of these things, and I don't trust us to make more excellent rolls to fight off the backup that will come during feeding time.
Well...If the Shadow is Justice, and there is only Shadow, then there is also Justice.I think.--------In character, Shadow likes the idea of being an arbiter, or sorts. He is a rather logical sort of existence, isn't he?
>>25123102>>try to consume as many as possible before moving on>>just keep moving
>>25123102>>try to consume as many as possible before moving onWe got this
>>25123211That does seem to fit how we made the character out to be...
>>25123102>>have Xella guard you while you consumebetter be sure
>>25123102>try to consume as many as possible before moving onWe should scoot, but I'll be damned if we don't get some xp from that.
Seems like most people want a snack.Vote 1:>Xella sticks with the partyVote 2:>Xella sticks with you
>>251233022I'll switch to 2
>>25123302With us for a bit. We should tell the rest of the party what we're doing, though...
>>25123339Good idea. We don't want Joey to piss himself from fear.
2.If we let her out of our sight, she's gonna try to suck someone's soul out. Of their dick.
----------------------------Xella is with you. You'll explain to the party that you're hanging back to "mop up" the stragglers.Roll 1d100
Rolled 31>>25123443Saint Peter guide my dice
HAHA TIME FOR SHADOW QUEST
<Keep moving! We'll take out any that follow!>The party begins to grow distant. Auriel's voice echoes back to you. "Don't linger!"Silence. You feel a few Vog in the earth, scattered here and there, but none grouped together.<Xella, stand guard.>"Yes, Shadow."She goes alert, eyes scanning the dark.You roil over the bodies of your fallen foes. The dribble of life remaining in each one is sucked into your body as you latch onto their corpses. You become a liquid cloud of acid, dissolving and absorbing every torn up bit.It gives you a good chance to study them. They have no heads; their jagged, gaping mouths are where their necks should be. Their arms are rotated so that their natural position is hanging up above their bodies. You assume this is helpful for burrowing, or scooping prey toward the mouth.You consume 6 of the Vog.>you gain 9 exp (total: 11)>you gain 3 temerity (total: 54)>HP: 37/37There are plenty of Vog to eat...but you can feel the rest of them gathering into a group underneath you. They haven't moved as of yet.You feel at your Shard of True Darkness. The Isolation lingers there...but it feels...fragile. Used. You feel wary. Perhaps you're better off not messing around with it too much until you fully understand it.What do you do?>CONSUME>run down the tunnel toward the party>something else
>>25123716Do we know exactly how many Vog?
>>25123716>>run down the tunnel toward the partysuggest Shadow mask as first purchase
>>25123716>run down the tunnel toward the partyLet's a go!
Rolled 88>>25123716Watter strike.Drown them
>>25123716Head back towards the party. We've had enough to eat for now.
>>25123716I think we should run. No sense in pushing our luck here.
Towards the party. They can get into trouble very quick. And without the ability to see spirit runes they will get lost.
>>25123716Time to go.
>>25123716Rejoin the party, tell them to keep moving.Really don't want to be experimenting with that thing right now, we have other concerns and in a tight, confined area.
>>25123716head back! We have had a snack!
Rolled 1>>25123716>run down the tunnel toward the partyand buy observe and poison
Also, 9 xp.1 more and we can buy another level of magic power.
>>25123797ohh thank god he didnt call for rollssorry guys
>>25123756There are 13 Vog left.There are 5, perhaps as many as 7, down in the ground.'Focus' might allow you to better detect the enemy. But they would quite certainly be made aware of you, if they aren't already.
>>25123716move>shadow mask>observe >iron stomach
>>25123801You could buy that now. You have 11 total. You need ten for Magic Power 2.
>>25123813MMMmmm going for go after the party, since we don't actually know how effective the Vog are yet
>>25123837Oh noice. Thought it said 9 total.Let's get that. Anyone else onboard magic power?
Time to test our other abilities. Kindle, Doom Aura, Poison, Observe. Should be interesting
>>25123837Do it. We need more magic
>>25123797Why do you think we haven't mobbed you with torches and pitchforks?
>>25123822My vote is for this choice.
>>25123822I would suggest>soundless>multishade>something else
>>25123822we really need mask and observe, and i think we've been ignoring iron stomach for to long>>25123716
>>25123852Hell yeah motherfucker
But magic power would also be good. Changing vote for magic.
>>25123837I say yes to this. I feel like we've been cutting back on magic too much, and it looks super cool anyway.
>>25123852I'd prefer to unlock a bit of the Summon Tree, myself.
>>25123837Ah, fuck it, why not?
>>25123852I'm down. Magic is really powerful. More mana, more power.
>>25123716Fog and twisting gloom please, I want to get the most out of our stealth.
>>25123837Buy that now
>>25123892My, mothafuckin nigga
>>25123822I agree with this.
>>25123797>>25123837alright, switching from this to magic power. thought we didnt have enough
>>25123837Magic right meow.
>>25123900seconding we have been neglecting our stealth for WAY to long now
>>25123822these are good
>>25123822magic detection is killing us>>25123837
Rolled 60>>25123813I think we should buy mighty strength soundless and observe
>>25123822Magic is our secondary, our limit break if you will. Voting for shadow mask and observe.
>>25123900>Fog and twisting gloom pleaseBy our stealths combined, we make CAPTAIN SHADOW!Seriously though, why is the Lord of Shadows not stealthier?
>>25123980ie magic detection>buy shadow mask
>>25123967Limit breaks are bad ass, voting for magic
You want to consume the others...but there's no sense pushing your luck. It's time to move on.<Come. We're heading back.>You both take wing. You make quick progress up the cavern.Xella glances at you, then away. Then she looks back at you. She wears a curious expression.<...what?>"...it is nothing."<Ask your questions. You are my servant, but you are not a slave.>Xella frowns. "...you command me not to eat souls...but you consume them yourself. I could not eat the Vog, myself. But still."<They'd be a waste, left to rot.> You glide closer to her. <But the difference is, they attacked us without provocation, and we slayed them in battle. Most humans are innocent of any action that deserves the punishment of having their soul stripped from them.>"...as you say." She doesn't look all that convinced.You both land for a moment, then take off again.What do you do?>fly in silence>add something else (write-in)
>>25123980Because we are Justice, and mama Shadow didn't raise no bitch
>>25123994<Are souls your only nourishment, or just another fetish of yours?>
>>25123994fly in silence. If our words don't sway her opinion, our actions will.Hopefully.
Can't really stealth with a party. Anon like to run Shadow in open warfare half the time. We haven't even touched the summoning tree and magic needs improvement baaadly~
>fly in silenceAnd grab magic power on the way
>>25123994Do we actually CONSUME their souls, or just their lifeforces and bodies? We nourishment from CONSUMption of food.It seems that this is actually a different type of CONSUMption
>>25123994Don't care which we do. I wanna get magic power 2 though.
>>25123994We should probably give Xella authorization to eat the souls of adversaries in combat, if she wants to.
>>25123994<So how do you normally hunt for sustenance? Is it purely from that "attack" you tried on me during the battle?>
>>25124037Summoning just looks really really bad without a larger mana pool.
>>25124037I really like summoning in all things I do and we'll probably need an army eventually because of how we seem to be doing things.so I'll always push for it, and the magic is really powerful so far
>>25123994<If it means endangering your life than I would see it differently, but to talk of stripping another of their soul for no true reason is.....saddening>
>>25124045I think we eat the souls. It's why we get exp from consuming a living or recently slain enemy, but not from long dead foes.
-------------------------------------------->you've purchased Magic Power 2!>you now have a maximum of 20 mana!Mana: 15/20EXP: 1>unlocked for purchase: Summoning I - level 1 and 2 summons will not break from your control------------------------------
>>25124087Seconding. It would be hypocritical not to.
>>25123994<I will admit, consuming the Vog, that was purely for a selfish reason. They attacked my friends with possible intent to harm them or kill them. I have few things of worth in this world. My friends are my most precious of them.>
I'm just waiting for one of the side characters to actually bring forth a logical and effective argument against us. We've been "in the right" so often that it's actually beginning to get boring.
>>25123994<Those who seek to take life must be ready to lose their life. Those who sought my end only had what they wished to steal from me taken instead.>
>>25124165Sweeeet.Now we can get into summoning when we grab more xp!
>>25124165>>25124105well, that is just plain useful
>>25124165>Summoning I - level 1 and 2 summons will not break from your control
>>25124021>>25124087>>25124089>>25124115>>25124169All of these, if possible.
>>25124165>summoning 2 exp>1 exp remainsSOON
So, what should we get as our first summon?I like fae, since it's fire. The only 'higher' element summon we have available there.
Magic power is fun, but I'd like to buff our physical stats up some more. A lot of our recent fights have been close calls. Specifically, diamond barrier to finish up the defense tree and work towards unlocking the darkness tree. Or perhaps Shadow Beam. I'd like to put more into our shadow "theme" before branching out into more elements.Better to be a master of one than a jack of all.
>>25124169i like this. it shows we are not a perfect character. and also we could probably point out that this kind of thinking is probably what started the great war, but it is a subtle trap to fall into
>>25124198Agreed, plus this >>25124185. There's just too much good stuff there.
To Xella a soul is just like meat. She eats it survive. Demons are to souls as vampires are to blood. The difference is that souls are the last remnant of a things existence. We do not know where the souls go. But if Xella eats them that is the end. For those that are irredeemable we will consider it. For all we know the souls reincarnate without memory a blank slate or they reincarnate with full memories. Or drift in a different place. But such introspection should be left for another time.
>>25124226ghoul. its stealthy, and unlocks other shadows.
>>25124236Not really. Since the elements all have differing levels of effectiveness versus eachother.
>>25124236>Better to be a master of one than a jack of all.Anon is wise.Trying to do a little of everything will probably get you killed. That would make me sad.That said, you ARE really fucking fast, which is why the Demon Lord didn't eat you for breakfast.>>25124198I think so too.Writing.
>>25124226Ghoul all the way.
>>25124226Personally I like Ghost or Ghoul, but Fae gives us 2 options after it so I'd vote for that
>>25124270I think ghouls are Spirit aligned, seeing as that what Adavan had summoned to fight us towards the beginning of the quest.
>>25124295>>25124185this to if possible
>>25124298Ghoul gives two options as well.
>>25124306nah, the right tree is shadows and undead. but all summoning is realy spirit aligned. spirit is the summoning magic
>>25124306ghoul leads back into the magic tree though
>>25124323ah, so it does. Off the summoning track though
>>25124345still, what if its magic power?
>>25124339>>25124345it might. but the servant bubble lets us see that the summoning tree extends a to the right and a little up. so it implies that there is a tree in the direction that might meet up with magic
Didn't Flint say that if we started summoning shit he'd call off our partnership?And I think that Cone of Destruction might work good for us. Since we're so damn fast, we can rush in with a tackle, then blast them while they're down.
There's a ton of low cost stuff in the Shadow tree that we should really be grabbing before branching out further, IMO.Twisting Gloom, Doom Aura, Fog, Soundless, Multishade, Shadow Mask, Shadow Control. They may not be as fancy as the higher stuff but they'd offer some amazing potential combos and buffs for less cost.
>>25124411Well we just summoned Xella so i think he's pretty OK with it, unless we go full Dark overlord mode
>>25124411That was a long time ago, like in thread 4 or something, and that was about trying to take over the undead that was attacking Jacob's Field. He's long over that, considering how loyal we are to him, and vice versa.
>>25124448Summon thousands of wisps.Wisplord.
You almost let the matter drop, but then begin to think once more. Xella has potential - if she can reign in her darker impulses. Perhaps, if you seek understanding, you should offer it yourself.<Those who seek to take life must be ready to lose their life,> you say. <Those who sought my end only had what they wished to steal from me taken instead. In battle, you make take souls, if necessary.>"Thank you."<But only to defend yourself - never to prey upon the defenseless.>"I need to eat to live," she says. "I can subsist on ambient mana alone, but I will grow weaker. We are predators, Shadow. You are like me in that respect. Humans slaughter and eat their cows. We slaughter and eat them. Such is the order of things."<Do cows think, and feel? Do cows have souls?>"Bulls have horns," Xella says. "Intelligence is just a mechanism the developed to defend themselves. Souls are merely a form of motive energy. You yourself salvaged such energy from the Vog." She shrugs her wings mid-flight. "Rather than eat flesh, and crudely digest that energy, I suck it up all at once. Humans are right to fear me, but to say that is evil - is eating, evil, then?" She shrugs again. "I care not. They brought me into existence. They can reap that evil, if that is what they choose to call it."<What do you mean, exactly?>"...it is strange, how ignorant you are in some respects. I will explain.">con't
I just don't think that summoning is really our thing. We have our wisp, and we've steadfastly ignored it entirely. I think that trying to keep track of a bunch of summons would bog us down, both in game and in meta, as we all argue the best ways to use our minions.
>>2512447420 wisps, all with our stealth bonuses>mother of god
>>25124474Let's summon a shitload of wisps and have them form into a combining wisp-mecha!
>>25124419What this guy said. I think we ought to stick to our guns as the Shadow, at least temporarily.Being the utility has its benefits but there are some very low hanging fruit in the Shadow tree we have yet to pick up.
I think we need an inventory of all our available non-spell options on a spreadsheet in group type. Its getting kind of large. Its been a while since we used crunch, barrier of darkness, and spirit whip
>>25124504GIGAAAAAA SHADOW BREAKAAAAAH
>>25124527We used spirit whip to cut the arms off Isolation.
>>2512448819. They all disappear when we lose our last point of mana.
>>25124554We could totally summon up a shitton of Wisps, we can do nothing with for intimidation
>>25124295About this. We're pretty far into physical and our magic seems to be doing pretty well but stealth is severely lacking. I hear the point about not being jack of all, but I'm worried that charging in isn't going to work every time. It would be silly to assume it always will. Fighting face to face has worked pretty well so far but considering our story so far it seems reasonable that there are going to be things far outclass us.TL;DR need some stealth
>>25124527I think that Shadow Master applies them when they're appropriate. For example, the way we dealt with the vog is remarkably similar to Shiva. Though if we didn't, then we really need to decide between Physical or Magical. Because it's gonna be rough trying to keep the extremes of both branches in mind when we're fighting. As it is, I feel that we might get bogged down by our options.
>>25124578Goddamn it. We should have done that when we still had access to the Mana Pool...
>>25124597>things that far outclass usWe could go pick from the other trees to try and stack bonuses, OR we could keep pushing the physical attacks and defenses and BECOME the thing that outclasses others. Giant sand worm? Meet diamond-armored, hundred-bladed, poisonous, inking, berserking, sound-breaking shadow. We have the capability to be a truly horrendous thing to fight. I want to pursue that, not spread ourselves out evenly over everything in a vain attempt to cover weaknesses. It'll work for now, but when we run up against an extreme foe, we won't be able to compete.
>>25124671It seems like long term goal is peace, however so magic and summoning, could be more useful in a wider scale battle
>>25124671I agree for the most part but I worry a bit about fighting a heavy magic user. Most of our enemies have been physical but every time we've gone against mages they've torn us up. I think physical/defense should still be our main focus but goals like Hydra seem less useful than steath. I don't want to see Mr. Shadow charge up to some archmage and get his facd blown off or be bound in a second.
According to the tree we now regenerating and vampiric. If we get fastblink and a ton of stealth ups we can... become the night
<Consider me young,> you say. <My knowledge is marked with holes.>Xella nods. "The nether is energy," she says. "Chaotic, unformed energy. Life draws its power from this pool of energy. But have you asked yourself, where, then, do demons come from?"<I have not.>"We are made out of that energy," she says. "Humans, and other forms of life, grasp that energy for themselves in the act of birth. But demons are made." She looks at you. "Demons are imagined. It is magic power that creates and brings forward a demon. Artificial life, in a way."The form, shape and power of a demon is limited only by the will and power of the mage. Demons can BE anything that can be imagined, assuming someone has enough power to carve that something out of the nether. Common, well-known demons, like fae, and even succubi like myself, are merely templates created for ease of use."Demons, at their core, are weapons created by human mages to attack other human mages. What better weapon than one that can think for itself, use magic? One that strikes fear or entrances with its very appearance?" Xella makes a flat smile. "So you see, Shadow, teaching me morality is like teaching a rock how to be water. A rock simply is what it is. The rock might get wet, but the water rolls right off of it."<...then I must make rocks into water?>"I suppose so."<The spell that holds you here is linked to me, isn't it?>"Indeed."<Then I'll work on it.>Xella chuckles. "I see. Let me know how that goes."<Meanwhile, control yourself.> You stare at her. <I admit that consuming the Vog was for my own selfish purpose. But it made me stronger, and strength is useful. I have few things of worth in this world; my companions among them. I need strength to protect them.>"I understand the usefulness of power."<Good.> You look away from her. <But even for all its use, for all I could gain...stripping the soul of another sentient being for no reason, other than to feed...it is wrong.>"Why?">con't
The bats are now wisps. Anything is possible when you have magic.
>>25124784>We can invent shitWell I'm all for magic and Summoning now, if I wasn't before
>>25124784><...then I must make rocks into water?>CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
<Why is what wrong?>"Why is it wrong to feed on what is so obviously your prey?" she asks. "You are -higher- than they are. You do not need to eat, or drink. You don't even need to breathe - even I must do that. Even now, it is difficult for me to even see you. I don't doubt you could erase me, should you chose to do so. I have seen swords slip off your skin. I have seen you dodge spears merely by contorting to the side. I have seen you kill ten men at once, all in different directions.She takes a breath. "You are greater, perhaps, than demons. Your potential may be greater than even the angels. You are an elemental - and not just any elemental. You are superior. Do you not recognize this?"What is your response?>write-in
>>25124880for some reason i am getting superman vibes from this. anyone want to pull out some man of steel to go with all this I AM THE NIGHT?
>>25124880"I am different, but that does not make me greater. I may be stronger and tougher, but that does not mean that I have more worth than others. We are all equal in our ability to think, to feel, to suffer, to hope. It is who we are, not what we are, that determines value."
>>25124880<Being higher does not make me better. I have seen my superiority to most as well as my inferiority to them, but being such is only what I was born as. What matters in life isn't what you are or how others perceive you, its what you choose to be despite all that>
>>25124784Well, I know that this won't be added in, but I just feel like it would be right to say this.<Xella. I am a shadow elemental. One of the most feared things humans know of. I have been hated for simply being what I am, accused of doing deeds that I had no inclination of doing. If you are the same as me, wouldn't it be nice if you could walk down a street without being hated and feared, and to have others who support and appreciate you for simply being you?>
>>25124880<From what I have heard, Erebus' followers placed believed him above all others. And perhaps he was. But it caused nothing but strife. I refuse to make the same mistakes he did. I will be better.>
>>25124880<When I set out on this journey, I decided that I would not bend to what the stereotypes of what people think Shadow should be. I refused to be defined as a monster and chose that what I am to be will be decided by my own actions, not any inherent quality of my elements.><If I am to be the greatest, then I will earn it through my actions and earning respect on my own terms. If I take it only through force, then I am no better than that stereotype I rejected.>
>>25124913(That's kind of what I'm drawing on for my response, actually.)
>>25124880<Explain to me in what way being stronger makes the rest of the world my prey? The logic behind that statement seems very clouded in your own preconceptions. If the world really worked that way, then the Great Elementals would have killed all life on this planet. Instead they gifted man with their powers and helped them flourish.>
>>25124964>placed believedYeahh... Remove one of those
>>25124880<Because being at the top of the peak is lonely, without someone to share in the story being made.>
>>25124880Superior physically? magically? Perhaps. But war and combat are not life, Xella. I have been around for such a short while and learned so much. Humanity teaches me something new everyday. I was a feral blob once, lurking in a graveyard. But now? I have learned of compassion, anger, justice, hatred, love. I want to feel, to understand and to learn. These people all know and live these emotions. I dream of such an existance.
>>25124880<Just because I may be more powerful, it does not mean my life has any more meaning then another's>
>>25124784>I don't doubt you could erase me, should you chose to do so.<And if I chose to do so, how would you feel about that? Would you willingly submit and allow yourself to be consumed without protest? I think not. Humans may be our inferiors, but they value their lives no less dearly than you or I value our own, and suffer no less keenly when deprived of it. The decision to kill a sentient being should never be taken lightly.>
>/tg/ wrestling with questions of morality and ethics and responsibility>and coming up with some kickass monologues in the processI knew there was a reason why I love this board.
>>25124949I know what you're trying to get at...but the character just doesn't care about that sort of thing.Shadow is apathetic to how people "feel" about him. He wants to walk down the street without being bothered, but if people scattered in fear, he just wouldn't give a fuck, as long as they let him go where he wanted. The only person who's good opinion he's really shown any interest in is Sir Donovan Flint.While I sympathize with your choice of dialogue, it just isn't the right tone, you know?
>>25125036It surely isn't the dice.
>>25125036And they say /tg/ is going downhill. Pah.
Rolled 90>>25125058Dammit, forgot how to dice.
>>25125036>I knew there was a reason why I love this board.I thought about offering some suggestions...but letting is just be >write in is working out very well.This is cool. It's like you guys are chiseling the character from marble, and I apply the file to smooth out the edges.Well, let me try to put this together...
>>25125075"They" can't even tell that they've been sitting in the ditch the entire time.Pity.
>>25125075It went downhill for awhile, as a bunch of people seemed to leave, but as always more people like SM filled the Gaps
>>25124880<To be greater is to stand alone. Superiority only separates you from those you wish to stand by. I began as nothing, no voice, no knowledge, not even a name. Everything I am, everything I will be, is what I choose not what the world chooses.>
>>25125093>This is cool. It's like you guys are chiseling the character from marble, and I apply the file to smooth out the edges.You like Gargoyle Quest, don't you SM.I wish I had that spongebob pic.
>>25125093Damn, nigga that shit's biblical
>>25125050Yeah, I know... (kicks stone at feet) ...stupid SM, ruining my plans for major feels moment...
>>25125117>are thou feeling it now Shadow Master?
>>25125101I've been here for about three years. I think there's more quest threads now, but you guys still have some of the best discussions out of any of the boards.
Follow my template. Is that all I am, a template? All these memories, emotions. Do they mean nothing. If summoned another succubus would she be you. Maybe with a different hair color or different structure. But to me physical structure is hardly defined. I met another shadow elemental. It was feral. Exactly as the humans described. What separated me from it was my mind. But there was something else. Through kinship I knew of its loneliness. I know you know the pain of non-existance. Do you spend energy like that or are you simply idle? Unable to do anything.
>>25124880I understand my potential, but that does not define me. I could be just like Raziel, oppressively dominating anything that won't conform to views. I could be another Erebus, having the whole world bathed in my starving wasteland of ever present dark. I -could-. But I don't, and I'll never stoop to such lows. Xella, I strive to be something the world is convinced I can never be, it comes as no surprise that angel and succubus alike cannot comprehend my motives. In the future, you may never come to accept what I've chosen as my path- however, I will endeavor to forge a shared understanding between us.
>>25125014I like it. Framing the issue in terms of self interest should help her understand it a bit better.
Not to start anything, but I think Xella should be one of the first we gift with shadow.Maybe the added element of shadow will allow us to better manipulate her nature, and separate her from the issues demons have?
>>25125233Servant does not allow us to control them.SM you really need to change the name so people stop thinking this.
>>25125233first she has shadowtwo it doesnt give control3 servant on a summon, way to waste 15exp
>>25125254No.. Very much no.
Humans inferior? In what way? Do think in terms of your template. Judging them in combat, magic, and physicality? There is more, so much more them then those few notions. I admit combat and magic are how I survive but there is more to existence than that.
>>25125283Meant to link to>>25125233
>>25125233Yeah, I'll agree with that. We should find out a bit more about that "Humanization" thing and she if she would prefer that, though...
>>25125233I'd prefer Gifting Xella over Abigail anyday, do to the fact that Xella's a combat experienced succubus, and Abigail is a ten year old.
>>25125233Joey seems more fitting in my opinion
>>25125233Read the daily reminder. No waifuing the succubutt.In fact, she should get unsummoned asap to prevent you doorknob chewers from doing something retarded like using servant on her
>>25125233Nah. She already has a very high power level, and she's basically immortal since we can re-summon her if she's killed.We should save Servant for our weaker allies. Maybe Joey or Abigail.
>>25125350I think we were worried about how Auriel would react. Plus, I'd rather like to see Joey find his own strength rather than us just handing it to him.
>>25125349servant her, she dies. not servant when resummon her, why is this a good idea again?
Anyone else think of Iron Giant while reading through these, because I did.
>>25125302>>25125349Jesus christ listen to yourselves.No. nononononononononononononononononono.We are not throwing out 15xp for your demon waifu fantasies.I kept quiet about unsummoning her, because I thought you guys might be reasonable. I was wrong. She needs to get gone. Now. Get rid of her.
>>25125353I know! Let's give our Shadowgift to a rock, so we can get it under our wing and romance it!
>>25125385Yeah, it's no coincidence that the other thing that got mentioned was Superman.
>>25125349>>25125350>>25125372>>25125373IF we servant anyone, Abigail is our best CURRENT choice
>>25125233That would overwrite the fire elemental portion of her nature and probably kill her you realize?
>>25125396Latch licker get out.
>>25125373I don't know, I thought the sage implied that he wouldn't survive this unless he trusted us enough to empower him?
>>25125395Honestly, it's only if we have to gift at all. I'd much rather keep the xp for ourself. Too much neat shit to bother with that.
>>25125400I'd rather wait until we actually -have- a consistent rate of double digit exp before we think of gifting ANYONE.
>>25125373Well we could always just give him a abit of power, and discuss it with him fo course, he seems like one of the few people that has been easily open to us, plus he could turn out to be Flint shadow edition>>25125400Abigail would also be a good choice, A knight and a mage together is always a good combination though
>>25125395>she needs to be goneNo, she doesn't. She has proven to be useful in battle. If Shadow cares about defending his companions, she can help with that. If he cares about regaining his memories, she can help with that. For 0 mana. We should just use her for our own devices and let her parish in battle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LtnLVRvypw<I am different, but that does not make me greater. I may be stronger and tougher, but I do not judge worth through power. We are all equal in our ability to think, to feel, to suffer, to hope - and if you were wrought by human hands, then I place you among us. If the world worked as you believed, than the Elemental Lords would have long since killed all human life.<Superior,> you continue. You linger over the word. <You link me superior. How? In that I kill easily? I am Shadow, not Death. I am inferior in many ways. Though there are many things I have that humans do not, I lack many things they have. I was born a feral, emotionless blob of nothing. I have learned - absorbed - so many things beyond power, beyond strength. It is only because of what humans gave to me that the strength I possess has any meaning in the first place. And even if humans are inferior, they value their lives no less than we value ours, and suffer no less keenly when deprived of that life.<Like you, I am hated for what I am. I have been blamed for evils I have never committed. A stereotype of Shadow traps me, an inherent ignorance that labels each element as if they have some inherent quality. They do not. In this manner, so you have labeled yourself - as if your intelligence, your existence is the lesser, simply because it was made, rather than born.>"...I am what I am," she says. "I am carved from energy. A golem of magic.">con't
>>25125350>>25125372Joey probably isn't the best choice, since he's now Flint's squire and Flint is strongly light aligned.I'd say we use it on Abigail if she wants dat magic power.
>>25125396ROKKU-CHAN I RABE U!!!
>>25125453She is infinitely more poisonous to this quest than she is helpful. Get rid of her. If you knob nibblers could be sensible about this, she could stay. But you aren't, so she must go.Get rid of the fucking succubus.
>>25125471We're Flint's best friend and we're a shadow elemental.
>>25125489What has she done that has harmed our cause?I just got here and boy you guys are upset about something SM already said isn't going to happen.
>>25125489>She is infinitely more poisonous to this quest than she is helpfulSo are you
>>25125489We'll just find something else to try to molest.That rock is lookin' pretty good, eh?
>>25125489>she is more poisonous than helpfulHow? She hasn't harmed anyone yet, she hasn't even tried--only hinted at it. She has, however, helped us defeat foes, watched our back while we were CONSUMING, and told us information about the parasite.If you mean that by "muh waifu", then you're being a retard. No one here wants a waifu, we're a goddamn genderless shadow, what good would a waifu do us?
<You belittle yourself,> you say. <You were made from a template, but you are not that template. If you can think, you must therefore have the potential to grow beyond that. It is not what we are, or how others perceive us, that determines our value. It is who we choose to be that is important. The world does not lock us into predetermined motions, simple roles that we must play as if we have no will of our own. What I am - what I will be - will be as I choose, and of my own making. No one else's.<But moreover, Xella. Might does not make right. Power is not Justice. Justice IS, independent of power, of perception, of good, and evil. And Shadow is Justice.>You stare into her eyes. <So when I tell you something is wrong, it is because I have weighed the action upon the scales of my morality and found that action wanting of any justification. As long as you accept my will, you will accept my arbitration.>Xella says nothing. She stares back at you, then nods.You fly the rest of the way in silence.>con't
>>25125517>>25125514Don't bother replying to him, he goes away if you ignore him long enough.
The succubus is a weapon. With a human face. It's primary weapon is deception secondary is magic. What else are we going to use it for. The only way she's getting more powerful is feeding her souls. Who says all that she says is true. Of course this conversation happened away from the others because it is of a sensitive matter. But remember the warnings. Demon summoning marks the soul. They are known for corruption. The huge demon that we slayed was summoned by someone, that if rumors are true, is going or has gone completely insane. Tread lightly.
>>25125514She's dangerous to the integrity of this quest. Poster's proposed actions have proven that she is not something that can exist without being a problem.It's like leaving a gun in the playpen. Nobody in their right mind would ask "what has the gun done?"
>>25125473Goddamnit. Why did I laugh?
>>25125465Jesus Christ, how much clearer can this get?Xella does NOT understand morality, and NEVER will. She's exactly right - she's a golem of magic and does not have the ability to change her own programming, nor should we bother to do so.I think we should unsummon her the moment we meet Adavan. She's not worth the risk, she'll still mass murder the moment she goes free, and she's already causing friction in the party. Out she goes.
>>25125554Nigga, your grammar.
>>25125465>>25125537Now just to wait and watch and see if our words pay off with her own actions.
>>25125588How much clearer can /this/ get?>>25125537
>>25125588>Xella does not understand morality, and never willNigger, what? She's already begun to see our side of things
>inb4 she just says "I don't get it, but I will obey you."
>>25125588So we need to learn magic construct programming? Time to start buying into the summoning tree.
>>25125588We're giving her a chance.The same chance that we used to carve our own path.
>>25125554Considering what we just learned about demon creation, I think the problem is that the person who summoned that Demon Lord didn't have the same amount of magic power/force as the person who originally created it.
Holy shit Xella sucks.SM this is the only thing you've done wrong in this quest. She's a miserable thing and she sucks any fun out of participating in this.She baits out the anti-wafufags and they just make this whole thing intolerable. And then there's the few people that actually look like they might want to. I think the antis are still overreacting, but it's frightening.Can we please, please, just get rid of her?
>>25125588We really ought to just point her at our enemies and tell her to go have fun.Like, back when we were raiding the encampment of the army that attacked Jacob's Field, she'd have been awesome at thinning the ranks.
You land once more, then continue flying. It isn't long before you hear the clomping of boots and horses on the cavern floor.You pull even with the group and land, blending your flight into a quick trot alongside Flint's horses."You were gone a while," Auriel asks. "Anything happen?"<A few Vog were gathering underground, but we left them behind. The rest are dead.>"Good," she said. "We really got lucky."<Are they that dangerous?>"They didn't have time to use magic," Auriel says. "Whatever you did took them by surprise. What did you do, anyway?"<I sent them impressions of...disconnection. It seemed to disrupt their communication.>"Good work," Obis says.Something picks at the back of your senses. You feel around your for life, but nothing presents itself. Just a general sense that you're not alone. <Does anyone else feel that?>You get a chorus of "no's".What do you do?>try using Focus>keep moving. You've made good progress>something else
>>25125697>And then there's the few people that actually look like they might want to"waifu her" should be at the end of that sentence.
>>25125582Because 1) It accurately describes just how hard it is to predict just what a random person would find attractive and/or interesting enough to waifuize,2) You've just imagined some random bishie template character try to make a move on a rock with googlie eyes and lipstick, and3) Admit it. Both 1 and 2 are true.
>>25125697Majority rules, and it seems like, no matter how much anti-waifu faggots want to use caps lock, they want heer to stay.It's in character for us to keep her, and less for us to kick her out.
>>25125697and what you just said applies to you as wellcan we get rid of you?
>>25125657True. I'm all for good but we are being more Superman than Batman. And the light lord is being more batman... scratch that more Moriarty than Superman.
>>25125704try focus. What is the point of a new toy if left unused...
>>25125704>>try using Focus
>>25125704<Stop, I sense.....something.>>focus
>>25125704No focus, no to anything else- We need to keep moving. Do NOT stop unless it's a fucking emergency.
>>25125733Batman and Superman have been around for so long and reinterpreted in so many ways that likely we are being both at some point in their history.
>>25125704>surrounded by allies>every enemy already knows we are here>of course Focus
>>25125735And give away our position! Good idea!NO.>>25125704Keep moving. We don't want to meet the queen bee...
>>25125704>try using FocusShadow used focus.It was super effective
>>25125773How do we know it's an emergency unless we stop to focus?If we sense something that sets off our "OH SHIT" meter, then we book it.
>>25125697Hey, I'm one of your "antis" and I have to admit Xella just got much more interesting. Probably because I'm not thinking of her as a pet project instead of as a character, but still.
>>25125704I worry about staying still, but focus anyway.
>>25125824You're a lying bolt biter and you need to get out.Xella is trash. Poison. She needs to go.
>>25125811>>25125824>>25125827>>25125833You guys really sure you want to use the "active ping" ability in the rock worm cave?I'm voting no to this.
>>25125704take a ride in flints shadow for a while. warn them. then>try using Focus
>>25125852trash that is still useful and bent to our will, just leave her for now
You guys are going to use focus, and fall right into SM's trap.
>>25125802>All these votes for focusGUYSWUT R U DOINGUYSSTAHPPlease tell me you guys aren't planning on handing ourselves over to the fucking Vog after we just spent the whole fucking thread dealing with them, RIGHT?
>>25125874Or we aren't going to use focus, and fall right into his trap.
>>25125704Explain to groupWarn group then use focusUse focusEnemy Encounter!
>>25125868In the quest, yeah she's useful.Meta reasons and in thread politics? She's fucking terrible. Grating obnoxious filth.
>>25125704tell everyone to get ready to bolt first
Fine then, be that way.Don't focus for now, but warn everyone else that we sense something and to keep moving.if the feeling gets worse then we should have a better look at what we're dealing with before it attacks us anyways.
>>25125858Doesn't everyone know we're there already? It's not like focus makes us detectable to everyone, it's just easy to pick up magically, IIRC.
>>25125852Not the same guy, and somewhat sarcastic, but if tonguing doorknobs to taste people's leftover palm sweat on the flavor of cold brass is wrong, then I don't want to be right.
>>25125704Get going. Focus will just cause another encounter.
>>25125868She's a ticking time bomb. We keep her around because some of you powergamers think the stats is worth it. Then some are waifufags that just want they succubutt.But eventually she will blow up. Either in quest where she kills a ton of people or gets us attacked for consorting with demons, or when the knob gobblers vote for us to do something stupid with her.
>>25125954I don't know about the rest of you, but I want to keep her around to see if she actually comes around to our way of thinking.What can change the nature of a man? Or a demon, in this case.
>>25125954When that happens, we'll deal with it. Getting rid of her, in character, we have no reason to do, so that would be meta.
>>25125954I'm really just interested in seeing what happens. If she is redeemed, that's cool. If she goes on a killing spree, that's cool too. Status quo is the enemy of quests.
>>25125954>ticking time bombwhy does everyone keep forgetting she's bound to our will and is incapable of doing that
>>25125954LIES. ROKKU-CHAN IS BEST! (Starts to grope rock)
>>25126006Because "our will" includes the waifuer votes. Which is in itself a time bomb.
>>25125888Then the problem is meta and the people who keep bringing it up instead of playing the quest; not the character
You slow slightly as you focus...The world around you explodes to life. Spiders. Bugs. Worms. Fungi. You can feel them all....somewhere...other elements...But something more immediate grabs your attention.Five groups of Vog are tunneling in behind you. There's at least 10 Vog with each group, and they're burrowing forward in tight packs a lot faster than the party is moving. Something surrounds them...some kind of shield. Were they hiding themselves?<More Vog coming up behind us, underground. At least fifty. We need to move faster.>"Dammit!" Auriel shouts. "Joey! Grab my hand!"Joey runs over and clasps Auriel's wrist. She hoists him up onto the saddle, then spurs her horse faster. Joey clings to her back as the horse breaks into a gallop.Obis runs toward Flint. He doesn't need any help to lift himself into the saddle. Flint snaps the reigns, and the horse takes off alongside Auriel and Joey. You sprint alongside them easily; Xella flaps hard to keep up.The Vog don't gain any more ground, but they don't fall behind, either.A point of light grows in the distance."It's the exit!" Flint shouts. He snaps his reigns again, urging the horse forward."Are they still following?!" Auriel asks.<Yes, but we're keeping ahead of them!>Auriel looks surprised.<What's wrong?>"They can burrow faster than a horse can gallop!"<They aren't gaining!>Auriel turns back, but her scowl doesn't go away.What do you do?>use focus again>keep moving; you don't have much of a choice>hang back, distract the Vog that are following you>something else
>>25126037The problem is meta, I will fix it with meta.I can't stop people from being waifuing faggots by keeping it all in character. I tried that for a couple threads and it just got worse.
>>25126062Shit shit shit it's a trapthey're driving us towards the exit for something
>>25126062Motherfuckers.>they can burrow faster than a horse>they're not gainingUSE FOCUS AHEAD OF US
>>25126062>>use focus again
>inb4 rock worm
>>25126100THISThey're totally attempting to shepherd us into a trap.
>>25126006She is capable of lying and slipping her bonds. But that is an in game worry. I haven't suffered any really bad waifu threads. But the arguments are detracting from the quest.
>>25126090Or they're aware of a peril ahead and don't want to get too close.
>>25126062jump in shadow so we dont get left behind, focus
>>25126062rest in someones shadow so we dont drop behind. use focus. while getting in someones shadow yell at auriel asking what kind of magic they use
>>25126062Perhaps a shade back towards the pursuer vog group?
>>25126062yes, try a shade toward the pursuing vog, then focus
>>25125954Nigga I been telling you, ALL OF YOU. Auriel and succubutt are RED HERRINGS! Shadow master has secretly trying to railroad us towards the Vog.Don't come crying to me when shadow master starts writing posts about how shadow wants to stick his "shard of true darkness" into their "hivemind" to cure our "loneliness". Nigga I warned you.
>>25126132>>25126100I think these sound like a good idea.
>>25126071That's not how it works. You don't "fix" anything with meta. You just add more meta and make the whole damn thing even worse as the quest loses all sense of immersion and verisimilitude.Trust SM to cut the meta out of people's suggestions when making his posts and stop being a complaining faggot. It's your arguments and meta fears that are shitting up this thread.
>>25126148Better yet, shade in front of the vog, and we blink behind them...
>>25126062This is a trap. I am worried something/one is shielding.Could we suprise attack them while they're underground? 50 is a lot.
>>25126207OOOH, good idea!
>>25126189The only reason anybody wants her around is because succubutt.That's it.And they try to justify it as in character. They don't give a fuck about in character. They probably all came over from BFQ when it disappeared, and now they're shitting this up because they don't have their trashquest to roll around in.They don't care if this is a good quest. They don't care if they ruin it. They don't care about immersion, they just want succubus. And you're being a fool to let them do it.
>>25126164>Shadow master has secretly trying to railroad us towards the Vog.>my faceBut no, seriously, I laughed when I read that. Where the hell did you pull that from?>unless that's what I WANT YOU TO THINKAnyway.----------------------------------Sounds like people want to send a shade back toward the Vog behind you, and Focus ahead of you. You'll hide in a Shadow of one of the horses so you get carried along while you Focus.In the interest of brevity,Roll 1d100
>>25125852Actually I'm not. Un-waifuable demon that we can turn into a pet project to study mental/elemental control and modification magics on? And utterly amoral as a bonus? Of course she's trash, the question is what we can build from that material.
>>25126252Oops, I forgot my face.
>>25126062Why don't we just shiva and water strike to drown them? Stick a bunch of tendrils into the ground and flood the place?
>>25126252Don't forget about this bit here >>25126207
>>25126278water strike is pressurized, i think we'd need a more quantity water attack to drown them
>>25126164the Vog are from that 1 we rolled....
>>25126278A lot of people seem to be under the impression that Shiva is an active-use ability. That's not the case at all. It's passive. It grants you strength and accuracy bonuses, and lets you hit many enemies at once. It also greatly reduces penalties from getting flanked or surrounded in battle.When I describe you using a variety of tentacles and hacking appendages to chew up and stab your foes, that's Shiva working for you.
>>25126325Shhh. Let them be paranoid.
>>25126328So it's mainly for getting through the mooks quickly, then?
>>25126251The only person who doesn't seem to care is you. Since you can't pull your head out of meta arguments for even an instant regarding the whole issue and just play the damn quest. You're a fool for tilting at windmills.
Rolled 98>>25126164Are you okay? I can call a doctor if you want.
>>25126365Don Quixote tilted at windmills, are you calling him a fool?
>>25126345>>25126325No man, we're not paranoid. The Vog were coming one way or another, and that 1 just accelerated the process.Soon, we will be surrounded by Vog, immersed in Vog, and we will have two options: 1. Assimilate or 2. waifuAnd they wwon't pick one.
>>25126370Dammit, man, if you're not linking to SM's post for rolls, take the dice out of your email field!
>>25126370...Kiss-Shot? Why? Why would you do that to us?
>>25126353Pretty much.Alright, writing.
>>25126404I know! I'm sorry! I'm doing this from mobile and the email field is tiny.
>>25126370You'll all rue the day when the true waifu'ing begins. I pity you poor misguided souls still raging over Auriel and Xella. I have seen the end, I have seen the nibbling and gnashing of knobs, I have seen the future that is Vog.Why didn't you stop this /tg/?
>>25126468>That realization in the dead of night...
>>25126468The Vog will be the one true waifu, to unite this quest. It is not a bad thing. Instead of waifu-fags and anti-waifu-fags bickering all day, it will just be... just be Vog.
You launch a Shade back toward the Vog behind you. It walks a short distance, then flails around and shrieks a bit.Two Vog groups emerge from the earth like coordinated sharks. They leap through your shade. It dissipates. The two groups merge into one larger group that burrows back into the ground.It might have slowed them a few seconds, but it's not what you were hoping for.You dive into the Shadow of Flint's horse, then Focus ahead of you.<...oh.>"What is it?!" Auriel shouts.<More, up in the ceiling of the cavern!> Their life force blinks at you, Earthen nodes interconnected by sharp lines of Spirit. <Dozens! We've almost reached them!>"Is there a safe spot?!"<...they're scattered around, everywhere!>"If you have any defensive magic, get it ready!" Auriel shouts. "We've got to charge through! Expect Earth and Spirit magic!"She says that...but you feel as though you're being herded like sheep.What do you do?>the best defense is a good offense. Use Shadow Assault to blast anything that emerges.>try to use your aura to protect your allies>give orders to the Wisp or Xella>something else
>>25126498Is he gonna be okay? That looked painful.
>the best defense is a good offense. Use Shadow Assault to blast anything that emerges.Put that mana pool to use
>>25126545Aura to protect.
>>25126545>>try to use your aura to protect your allies>>give orders to the Wisp or XellaBoth of these, please. Try to guard, and get Wisp and Xella to fill any holes in our defense.
Oh and have Xella fireball them too,
>>25126545>expect earth and spirit magicWe should use water to lessen the power of earth.That is how it works,, right?
>>25126545>>try to use your aura to protect your allies>>give orders to the Wisp or Xella>>something elsecover every as best we canXella cover behind, wisp bro assistwe in cave, try a shrieking howl to echo and disorient the Vog
>>25126545USE WISPS AS MEAT SHIELD, ALL THE WISPS GO
>>25126588Nope. Wind does that.
>>25126545Use aura, we've got a lot of hp to spare plus the 25% chance for each attack to not hit.>I'm back!
>>25126588Nope, Wind and Lightning work against Earth and Spirit.>>25126545>try to use your aura to protect your allies
>>25126545Instaspend some XP on the FEAR spell.It may disrupt them enough to give us an opening.
>>25126635Good idea. Couldn't hurt to have them flail about a bit.
>>25126545<"Wisp, Xella, get ready. We'll have to call their bluff. If they're herding us towards the exit, an ambush must be waiting. So we've got to go on the offensive. On my mark, fire on as many as you can sense."> As for ourselves, liberal dosage of shadow assault.
>>25126635Nevermind, we're actually an experience point short.
>>25126635>>25126665This is actually a good idea - if strong feelings affect all of them, and we have an AoE effect, then it builds on itself, right?
We KNOW these things use magic and have a hive consciousness. Presumably they would cast spells as a group as well. We should be ready to use Nightflare to counteract whatever the group above us is preparing if it's magical. Auriel seemed to suggest that the ACTUAL scary thing about the Vog comes when they're doing magic things rather than just trying to skitter around and bite your kneecaps, so stopping them from doing magic seems like an excellent plan.If their plan is just "herp, drop down onto them and eat!", that's more easily handled by protecting allies with our Aura and beating on them with Shiva.
>>25126726Actually, I'll support this
>>25126726That reminds me, we should work on getting nightblaze. It seems like it would be a really useful ability.
>>25126726Seconding Nightflare. We have MP to burn.
>>25126726And good times were had. Just not for the Vog.
>>25126770>>25126775>>25126776Dosn't nightflare only work one one spell? which would make it useless against 50 enemies?
--------------------------------------------Orders will be given to your summons to shore up your defenses no matter your choice.Vote 1:>use your aura to protect your alliesVote 2:>try using Nightflare to disrupt their magicVote 3:>use Shadow Assault to counterattack; leave the defenses to the others>>25126710>>25126665Fear costs 3 EXP, you only have 1.
Rolled 94>>251267982 while defending with aura
>>25126798can we 2 then 1
>>251267982>>25126792Target the spirit strings that they're using to connect with eachother.
>>25126798Vote 2.These little niggas seem easy to kill in close combat. As long as we can keep them from firing off spells at us, we should be good.
>>251267982 followed by 1
>>25126798I'm voting 2 -if we pop Nightflare, and our allies start frying them as we flee, we have a decent shot of removing enough of their magical power to get away.
>>251267982, followed by 1.
>>251267982 then 1
>>25126834>Target the spirit strings that they're using to connect with eachother.Should make them writhe around like the first sharding did.Hope the strings count as one spell.
Alright, 2, then 1.Roll 1d100
Rolled 19>>25126895LET'S GET IT ON, BRO'S
>>25126792That's how it seems to work, yes.That said, if we look back a little bit>Five groups of Vog are tunneling in behind you. There's at least 10 Vog with each group, and they're burrowing forward in tight packs a lot faster than the party is moving. Something surrounds them...some kind of shield. Were they hiding themselves?It seems from this (the fact that the whole group was mass shielding the whole burrowing pack, rather than each Vog shielding themselves) as though they're capable of using magic as a group, much the same way as they have some kind of hive mind when doing tactical things.(I'm assuming? Having multiple casters channel a single spell is a classic way of handling this kind of thing; not sure if multiple caster rituals are an actual possible thing with respect to this setting's magic.)
The classic method of breaking a hammer-and-anvil trap is to smash through the anvil before the hammer comes down, then whirl around to fight the hammer. So we should've powered through them, but I got in here too late.
Oh darn. I missed the first part of the thread. So how have the dice deities been? Nonexistent, I'll bet!
You ride into the attack zone.Webs of Spirit flare bright, connecting wider groups of Vog. Each group casts its own spell - six, in total. That's the last thing you can clearly see before your Focus fades.Stalactites begin to form on the ceiling.You unleash nightflare. For an instant, the world turns into a negative of itself. The images fades. A group of stalagmites quivers to a halt.The rest shoot toward the party, aided by gravity and magical power both. You raise and stretch your aura over the heads of the horses.Xella launches blasts of fire, exploding a few of the stalactites, but where she doesn't score direct hits, the earth pushes through with just a few scorches.Light magic appears over head, bolstering your own defenses. The stalactites rain down on your aura, beating you down. But you hold out.>you take 3 damage (HP: 34/37)The Vog underground are burrowing faster. They've almost drawn even with the party.The light is growing brighter, but the exit to the tunnel is still a ways off.What do you do?>keep defending>launch a shadow assault>order Xella into an all-out attack on the cavern roof>order wisp to attack>some other strategy
>>25127089They have been glad for the nonbeliever's leave, our rolls have been plentiful without you.
>>25127089How dare you! Dice lords, SMITE HIM!(waits for a few seconds)They're cooking something special for you...
>>25127105>order Xella into an all-out attack on the cavern roofIt should delay them a little longer.
>>25127105shadow assault sounds good
>>25127105Oh shit, /tg/ created these things, right?In the loudest thought you can muster, say to them, "UR MOM".
>>25127105>>launch a shadow assaultIt could wreck golems.It will wreck vog.
Rolled 20>>25127105>order Xella into an all-out attack on the cavern roofbehind us>keep defending
>>25127105>some other strategyCan we do a "wall of blades" type thing with Shiva? Ink around the party and do a blade-barrier.
>>25127105Launch Shadow Assault just as they emerge. give them a taste of their own medicine.
Rolled 924>>25127144>>25127111>>25127121All good things. Let us see how it develops beyond this point. Practice is essential, after all.
>>25127105shadow assault aheadorder Xella to destroy cave behind us
>tfw realizing that Shadow is an asexual transhuman
Rolled 29>>25127105>keep defending>launch a shadow assaulti am wary about xella going all out. i am pretty sure she is going to run into the same problem as us pretty soon. no mana. and she cant top off at a mana pool. so i say let her decide how to spend it.
>>25127175We did that before, during the attack of Jacob's Field, and we didn't have Shiva then. I don't see why not.
>>25127199>atheists>practicingY-you're a fraud!
Roll 1d100 for Shadow Assault
Rolled 78>>25127281The halls of luck are calling. Will they disappoint?
Rolled 9>>25127314Fuck.>>25127281Rollin for salvation 100
Rolled 43>>25127281>>25127314They will. Oh deary. You need to practice!
>>25127314>1>in the first threeHere we go.
>>25127314Deleting your roll is cheating, mister!
Rolled 3>>25127281stop that, play fair
Deleting your post does us no good mr. one roller. It only makes us have to bend over harder.
>>25127347Now we're super boned...
>>25127314Did you really try to delete it you little fucker? Like no one would notice?
>>25127281>trying to delete your postYou're only making it worse for yourself.
Rolled 54>>25127281It is unlikely that we'll roll a proper number to cancel that.
Time for snacks.I'm feelin' fancy tonight.Time to bust out the saltines.
>>25127367anons these days
>1>we trip over ourselves and skewer Xella, Fint gets torn apart, Aurelia gets taken prisoner for horrible Vog rape, Obis and Joey get eaten alive, and we get kicked out of the cave and told to live with our failure.
Rolled 32>>25127281I pray! To no one. It is in all in the die. One try.
>>25127379I enjoy Ritz, myself.
>>25127152>>25127173>>25127209It's not like taking out the roof of the cavern itself is going to stop the ones that are burrowing underground.The most pressing threat facing us at the moment is the burrowing ones taking out one of the horses, so we should be focusing most of our energy on the ones below us. Auriel seems capable of focusing on keeping a horse at a gallop and dealing with the ones up top, but keeping watch UNDER the horse you're riding seems a lot harder....But I probably shouldn't be making suggestions like "Hey, Shadow Master, I think that if one of our horses got dragged underground by a hundred scrabbling claws, we'd certainly be in a pickle" with the roll that just happened.It's ok; a little bit of REJOICING can't hurt now and again, now can it?
>>25127314>deleting your postNot leaving the dice where they lie? That's more blasphemous than the dice atheist.
>>25127396>and we see the remains of Adavan and Abigail as we leave.
>come back from delicious Stir fry>this happensOh No
Rolled 61>>25127281save our butts
>>25127367Maybe i zuck ya dik instead?
Rolled 63>>25127367you want million dollar?
>>25127404GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN, LOLWUT! WHAT'S THAT? I COULDN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE SOUND OF YOU GIVING SM IDEAS!
You blast Shadow Assault up toward the roof of the cave as the Vog emerge.>Mana: 10/20Spears of shadow collide with stalagmites. Most miss, and soar on to strike the cave. The explosions rip through the air.The Vog tunneled through the ceiling...and then they used part of it to attack you...and then you tried to blow them up.The cave rumbles. Cracks spider across the walls. The ceiling begins to collapse. The Vog are desperately trying to dig away, but most of them are falling along with the huge chunks of rock.This is not good.What do you do?>Flint and Obis>Auriel and Joey>Xella>focus on protecting yourself
Rolled 15>>25127506>>Flint and Obis>>Auriel and Joey>>Xellascrew ourselves, grab all we can
>>25127506We tell Xella to do her best to shield Flint and Obis while we shield Auriel and Joey
>>25127506WE BECOME A HERO OF JUSTICE AND SAVE EVERYONE
>>25127506Oh fuck me, uh get Auriel and joey tell xella to get flint and obis
>>25127506All of them. At once. Let's stretch our Aura as far as it can go.
>>25127506Oh damn, that choice.Xella can be resummoned whenever she "dies" so she's not an issue. Flint and Obis are heavily armored and pretty kickass, but I doubt that Auriel is going to be able to protect both herself AND Joey.[x]Auriel and Joey
>>25127506we can survive this, they won't. Become a hero
>>25127506>What do you do?>>>Flint and Obis>>Auriel and Joey>>XellaWhat do you mean by this, exactly?
>>25127551Pick what you want to protect.
>What do you do?>>XellaITS HABBENING
Rolled 21>>25127506Focus on all humans.Xella can fly, she'll be okay.
>>25127519The only in-character decision.Actually screw that. We can re-summon Xella, right? Let's protect the others together, we will (probably) survive and she can be re-summoned later.
>>25127551Within the context it seems we must devise a way to save them from the collapse. Personally I'm thirding;>>25127539>>25127530
>>25127546>>25127533changing to this FOR GREAT JUSTICE
>>25127506grab humans, Xella can be resummoned
>>25127572Oh, my tired mind interpreted it as... something else.
>>25127519>>25127533>>25127540He who protects everything, protects nothing.If we tried that, we'd probably be stretched so thin that they'd all die anyways.
>>25127506>Flint and Obis>Auriel and Joey>XellaYOU BETTER NOT BE PLANNING SOMETHING HEARTBREAKING, SM. GOD HELP ME, IF YOU MAKE ME CRY, I WILL BEAT YOU TILL YOU PEE BLOOD.
Rolled 105I can't wait to see what happens.
>>25127506focus on humans, i have to say xella is more expendable
Shadow assault caused this problem.Shadow assault can blow up even more stuff to solve the problem.FIRE MORE SHADOWS
>>25127506Auriel and joey, as they are they most vulnerable. Tell xella to protect flint and obis
Save no one, might as well start a new life with just Adavan and Abigail.
>>25127506EVERYONE. AT ONCE.
>>25127506>What do you do?>>XellaWaifuing officially condoned! You heard it here first, folks!>>25127579WELL, SECOND!That said...Protecting Xella is a freebie considering all she has to do to get protection is to fly down by the horses. Impress on her that if she wants protection, she will have to come down to the area we're protecting. Otherwise there's no possible way we could stretch ourselves enough to guard everyone.Auriel also showed that she was able to use some sort of light magic barrier at the very least, so hopefully that'll take some of the burden off.
Auriel is the second strongest in our group behind us, but we have to protect her.>Hurrr save the woman she defenseless!Nice one guys... Let Flintbro and Pirnce whatshiface get crushed.
>>25127679>Xella as an option implying WaifuingGoddamn, there is no waifuing going on. It's all in the heads of two or three people who are on a witch hunt.
>>25127679>Waifuing officially condoned! You heard it here first, folks!They're separated that way because that's how they're physically separated in space.--------------------------------Vote 1:>protect everyone but XellaVote 2:>protect everyoneVote 3:>protect Auriel/JoeyVote 4:>protect Flint/Obis
>>25127685It's more like save joey. he is the weakest, while flint and obis are pretty tough, having armour and whatnot
>>251277082even though it's gonna be a dc of 95
>>25127685I'm more concerned about Joey. Everyone but him is a trained fighter and wearing armor. Xella can just be resummoned and doesn't actually die. Joey is weak and squishy.
>>25127705Waifu deniers get wrecked
>>251277082, in the shit again, eh?
>>251277083.protecting everyone is a fools errand, Flint and Obis can handle this.
>>251277082, and ask Auriel for help with a barrier.
>>25127726>>25127730>>25127749>>25127756You shits we can just resummon Xella
Rolled 55>>251277081.We can always resummon.
>>25127705The joke was that >Xellawas an option when the question proposed was "What do you do?">>25127708Voting 2.Protecting just one group is a terrible idea, since half of our effort is going to be in keeping the collapsing tunnel rocks from blocking the way out. Horses aren't exactly great runners when there's debris in front of them, so keeping a clear path so that they can keep running at full speed seems like a good plan.All Xella needs to do is stick closer to the horses and she'll be mostly protected by proxy, so the difference between 1 and 2 is negligible.
>>25127770>>25127767WHY!?!?!Is Buttzilla really worth this retardation people?
>>25127708...goddamnit, this is such a bad idea, but it fits in so well...2, for great justice.
>>25127795succubus can go fuck herself, she just happens to come with the option
>>25127795Damn straight it is.Plus, since it is in character, we just might get a bonus dice modifier for doing it!
>>25127823So then why'd you pick 2 instead of 1?I smell the stench of waifuin'
>>25127833You. delusional. motherfucker.
You voted for 2,Protect Everyone.I'd like to welcome you all to Shadow Quest,The game that is not an anime in which that kind of strategy works.Roll 1d100
Rolled 58>>25127849My roll is the roll that will pierce the DC!
Rolled 53>>25127849>for Justice
Rolled 6>>25127849I hope I get a 1 just to spite you waifuing faggots.
Rolled 74>>25127849Okay, SHIIIT! BABY SEALS! PANGOLINS! HEEEEEWLP!
Rolled 74>>25127849That's the sound of Joey dying.
Rolled 92>>25127849u wot m8
>>25127834Now, now. You all know that Rokku-chan is our only waifu for us.Isn't that right, Rokku-chan?
>>25127863>>25127860>>25127856Everyone was not protected.
Rolled 56>>25127849>implying I won't still try
Rolled 28>>25127849...DICE GODS! The venerable and hateful! JUST THIS ONCE! UPON THE VOID!
Rolled 28>>25127849God fucking dammit.Are you guys serious? Why are you so retarded?
>>25127849If we take most of the damage and our friends survive, then that's worth it to me...
Looks like someone is gonna die. You all asked for it.
>>25127880You can do the Rokku-chan schtick all you want, but in all likelihood, waifuing just got someone killed or injured.I hope you're happy with that. Oh why even bother. You're just gonna sit there and type more Rokku stuff, or Vog waifu stuff and say I'm full of shit even though the fact that I'm right is staring you in the face right now.I want characters to die, but you're too much of a retard for it to matter. It won't sink in.Yes, I'm mad.
>>25127916And if we die and the quest ends?
>>25127923Would you fuck off? no one picked that option for the fucking demon it was for our friends
>>25127849>make my vote>everyone else votes retardedlyThere's just nothing I can do. You're all retards, I'm the only smart one here. Democracy has failed us.
>>25127923>I want characters to diebecause hopefully then it will sink in that this waifushit needs to stop.
>>25127906>>25127920And no-one could have possibly died if we only helped one group!Yeah. I doubt that.
>>25127923Vog waifu doomsayer here, don't lump me in the rockfuckers.
>>25127938How about you fuck off? It would be much more beneficial to the quest.But no. You have to pick the terrible choices and drag everyone down with you.
Rolled 9>>25127938>Vote 1:>>protect everyone but Xella>Vote 2:>>protect everyoneAre you serious?
These characters are tearing us apart /tg/isa!
>>25127938We could have left the STRONG, NOT DEFENSELESS demon to herself instead of spreading ourself out too far. Now someone is certainly going to die, and it probably is going to be Joey.than god, fuck joey
This shit is next level doorknob chewing.I don't even know what to call this.It's like you all wen't out and got your teeth individually replaced with doorknobs.
Rolled 49I've picked option 3 but there is no use arguing about this now. We can only wait for SM and pray.
>Rocks fall, you dieThis is not how I wanted Shadow Quest to end.
>>25127986>>25127979>>25127970I completely didn't see that first option. I am sorryOh God what have I done
>>25127943Clearly, you need to keep all the retards away from your game that you play alone with SM, where no-one else is allowed into you super secret hideout.It's a collective game, you sad little man. Live with it.
>>25128010Doesn't matter now. People got blinded by justice.
>>25127999I'm thinking more>rocks fall>party dies>slaughter all the vog>massive roaring and aura scares the shit out of everyone like when we ate the dynamo>kill tons of shit>Shadow overlord>Wisp legions scour the worldI wouldn't have much of a problem with it.
>>25128010I hate you so much right now.
>>25128042That would probably piss me off more than us dying.>Fuck consequences, we badass
Rolled 61>>25128062I agree, rolling poorly and doing retarded things should affect us first, not those around us.
>>25128062I'm just going by how tough isolation was.Yeah, I think it mighta had more regen / defenses, but I doubt rocks are enough to kill us.Although the vog following up immediately with tonsa magic might do the trick.
>>25128059I'm not too happy with myself either
You grab Xella and hurl yourself between the two horses. They've pulled up short, whinnying as rocks crash around them.<BRACE YOURSELVES!>You throw your body up above the party as hundreds of tons of rock bear down on you.You're crushed by the weight.------------------------------You burst out through the rock. You were nearly cut in half by the force...and you're greatly weakened. But you're still alive.>HP: (13/37)You glance around. Life forces poke out at you. You hear a moan.You stumble forward across the jagged rubble. <Is anyone there?!>You stumble around a pile of rock toward the life you can sense.Auriel and Joey are on the ground. Joey appears unharmed...he's surrounded by a soft white light. It quickly fades, then vanishes. Auriel herself is in rougher shape. One of her legs is broken - you can see the exposed bone of her shin. A long cut across her forehead is bleeding profusely. She must have used most of her power to protect Joey.Both of them are unconscious."Shadow."You glance back. It's Xella. <Good. Assist me in moving them. We need to get out before the Vog re-coordinate.>"...get out, with an angel," Xella says. "...this is your chance."<My chance?>"Of course. Consume the angel and be done with her."<What?!>Xella gives you a look. "Shadow. What do you think will happen when this is done with? She's only here for Donny - even I can tell that. As soon as he's fixed up, you'll be dead weight. All of your goals are opposed by the empire - she won't help you, if she doesn't outright try to stop you. And she'll pull Donny away from you, to boot." Xella shrugs. "Or, you eliminate the problem, here and now."What do you do?>...you're right, of course. (CONSUME Auriel)>...just grab Joey and get him out of the cave>Here's what I think about that! (use Heal on Auriel)>write-in
This is going to fuck us over but I think our party members are capable enough to not get killed at least. Honestly, I don't know what SM was expecting trying to make us choose someone over someone else. He probably wanted us to go for all and fail horribly
Rolled 73>>25128093>Here's what I think about that! (use Heal on Auriel)
>>25128093FOR JUSTICE (heal)
>>25128093>>Here's what I think about that! (use Heal on Auriel)>>write-in<I will not leave her to die!>
>>25128093>Here's what I think about that! (use Heal on Auriel)Oh you shit eating fuck.
>>25128093Use heal on auriel
>>25128093>Here's what I think about that! (use Heal on Auriel)"If I was the kind of person to do behave like that I would have already sent you back for getting in my way and disobeying my orders."
>>25128093Heal her. Flint would hate himself if he had lost his second love.
Rolled 71>>25128093>Heal AurielCommand her to search for Flint and Obis immediately.There's a chance they're alive.
>>25128093Can we get rid of Xella NOW?She caused you tards to have this tardstorm.
>>25128093>healing herNo. Conserve the mana. I don't want to outright CONSUME her, but we shouldn't heal her, either. Just get her out of the fucking cavern, I guess.
>>25128093Oh you fucking whoreheal Auriel
>>25128093Take Auriel with us, but don't waste the time to heal her just yet. Who knows how many Vog are left.
>>25128093>Heal<While we may not be friends, I WILL NOT leave an ally to die when I can prevent otherwise!>
>>25128149You have no right to vote for anything.
>>25128093Holy fucking shit nothing we said to Xella got through to her AT ALL.SHE just blew her last fucking chance. We tell her the protection of our friends and preservation of their happiness is what we're striving for and she says ALL OF THIS SHIT?...If this isn't worth a desummon I don't know WHAT is. It's typical>demon trying to separate the partyas far as I'm concerned.
>>25128106>>25128112>>25128114Guys. Tell Xella to grab Joey and evacuate him first.>>25128093We can heal Auriel just fine while NOT in the presence of the succubus that has continuously failed to understand our reasoning behind doing things that don't selfishly increase our own strength.If we go rub our righteousness in her face AGAIN, she's just going to become more and more disillusioned with us. Make her do busywork, and let us do the right thing while she's distracted with it.
Can we PLEASE get rid of Buttzilla now?
>>25128165kinda agree, lets get her to help get everyone out then deal with her
>>25128093>Here's what I think about that! (use Heal on Auriel)>write-in<I see no angel here, do you? I see only a woman that tried to save a young boy and I will do anything I can to make sure her efforts are not in vain.>
>>25128179>Tell Xella to grab Joey and-NO, FUCK NO. Do not leave her with anyone for a fucking second.
>>25128093heal auriel (does a broken leg count as an ailment, for purify?) and send xella to find flint and obis
>>25128152>>25128183Those two as write in seems best.
>>25128180Oh, we are. We're gonna order her to help us and them get out of here and that's it.We spent... two and a half threads diplomancing her and it's turned up nothing. I even wrote some of great things we've said to her. She's just not 'getting it.'
>>25128212Pretty much. Gotta cut our losses, since diplomancy and justice just ain't working.
>>25128163I'm going to anyway
>>25128196I figured she'd at least follow orders while she still thinks we're considering her proposal to eat the angel but don't want to do so in front of the person she nearly died trying to save.But yeah, maybe that's optimistic.
You people are insufferable.I pray that the only point of intersection in our lives is a mutual enjoyment of this quest.>>25128227Then you're the proof for the failure of democracy.
--------------------------Heal - Spend either 2, 4, or 6 mana to heal a target 4, 7, or 10 HP, respectively.Vote 1:>heal Auriel, tell Xella to get Joey out of the cave (specify mana cost; If this choice is selected, the first mana-cost selection to reach five votes wins)Vote 2:>tell Xella to get Joey out of the cave, but conserve mana unless Auriel's life is in danger
Rolled 72>>25128165No shit, I don't know some of us thought she could EVER be redeemed. SM has NEVER indicated that she understood human morality, even when we were in full righteous monologue mode.Why you people want a soul-sucking evil demon around is beyond me, she's only ever been a liability and now you guys can't hide behind the "oh but give her a chance" excuse.
>>25128249>heal Auriel, tell Xella to get Joey out of the cave (specify mana cost; If this choice is selected, the first mana-cost selection to reach five votes wins)4 Mana
>>25128249PLEASE don't heal Auriel
>>25128247>being this upsetBitching about it isn't going to do jack shit>>251282491, 4 mana
>>251282492>>25128260Remember when we tried to communicate with robots? Good times, man, good times.
>>25128212>>25128223I kind of feel like we're giving up on her much quicker than Auriel simply to appease the anti-waifuism but I have to agree. Any help she would have been is slowly becoming redundant due to her obvious inability to even really consider our views.
Rolled 53>>251282491 for 4 MP, Alex.Hopefully that's enough to at least wake her up.I'd like to follow that up with a FOCUS around us to quickly locate Flint and Obis and immediately begin Inking to their location.
>>25128249Voting 1, with 6 mana. Flint needs some good news in his life. A dead love interest is not good news.
>>25128260Because they're doorknob chewers.Just you watch, they'll try to twist some in character reason to keep her around.>Muh succubutt
>>25128260You are just as bad as the waifufags. Most people kept her because:a) Free high level summon (we would be pretty fucked without the added firepower)b)Pet project to see if even demons can be redemed.
>>25128249Voting 2.>tell Xella to get Joey out of the cave, but conserve mana unless Auriel's life is in dangerMaybe spend 2 mana on a small heal to stabilize her slightly, but otherwise healing can wait until later. When we are able to do multiple, more efficient 2-mana heals rather than wasting mana on inefficient larger burst healing.
>>25128093This one isn't even a choice. We've built up too much towards goodness to make this kind of sacrifice. Besides, we don't leave party members behind. [x]HealI'm starting to think that Xella would've fit in the party a lot better if we had gone evil at the start of this quest, rather than good. I imagine a mirrored party full of meaner folk, and a different adventure entirely. She's the Viconia of our group. And we can't cure her with lawful good dicking on account of we don't have a dick, and we're mostly chaotic good.
>>251282491, 2 mana
>>25128321forgot mana cost 6
>>25128277It might dissuade others from being as retarded as you. You've made it abundantly clear that you're going to chew as many knobs as you damn well please.
>>25128296fuck focus, detect life should be MORE than enough without alerting us AGAIN to the vogs
----------------------------------You'll be healing for 4 mana.Roll 1d100 (all spells have a random component, fyi, the healing stats are just baseline)
>All these people voting 1It's wasting MP for no purpose. We should just fucking wait. It's not going to kill her if we don't heal her, it' just going to be us acting like a prick because >lel u dont justice
>>25128324At least we'll always be able to count on our whisps!
>>25128320Actually, this is basically just voting 1 and saying 2 mana, so just count it as that if you think it fits better.
Rolled 50>>25128342be healed
>>25128294Nah, I've been on the side that wants to keep her up until now just to spite the cancer that is the anti-waifu coalition, but frankly there is just no hope for this one. Time to can the succubus
Rolled 34>>25128342Rollin' for healin.
>>25128304a) yesb) now we know what we needed to. SM's demons are not "Fallen" they are "Destiny Golems."
>>25128344It might wake her up and let her help find Flint and Obis, though.
Get rid of this thing. All of you that want to keep it are cancer.
>>25128382Xella and us are more than enough to help Flint and Obis.This is pretty much us wasting MP for the sake of saying "Fuck you" to her.
>>25128389And NOW you tell us!
>>25128395Honestly? I think it's worth it in this situation.
>>25128401Was it really THAT difficult to infer?
>>25128395Given that we aren't going to be consuming her, we're going to have to heal her at some point anyway in order to keep travelling.No reason not to do so sooner rather than later.(Still think we should've min-maxed our mana usage a little better and just threw multiple 2-mana heals for optimum mana-to-health conversion.)
Rolled 65>>25128389>Putting robutts in a fantasy setting>not expecting players to tinker with them in order to get their gundams and energy shotguns so that they can break your settingHeh
>>25128434We could save it for later so, if we need to heal something else, like ourself or Flint, we could do that.
>>25128401Oh please. It was pretty obvious. Programmed robots with dead masters (not without masters, with DEAD masters) don't, in any work of fiction or literature, have ever been able to communicate cleanly and negotiate with the protagonists.
Rolled 93>>25128344>>25128395>Not healing an unconscious heavily injured party memberYou sir are a swine and you ain't my nigga.
It took how many threads to get Auriel to not try to murder us? And she still doesn't like us, but we consider her an ally. It may turn out that Xella really is a hopeless machine that just looks pretty, but we still should try. She obeys our direct orders, so at the very least she won't actively harm someone.
>>25128461Fuck no. We're done with her at the soonest occasion. She's already trying to separate us from the party, and decide what we should do.>all the warning signs
>>25128447Kind of a diplofag, here. Give me some leeway. Plus I thought that there might have been more of them out there.
Something I think everyone should remember:A summon can be dismissed at any time, but this triggers a control-break check.If you run out of mana while controlling a summon, either from casting a spell or using the last of your mana to direct it in some task, your summon is automatically dismissed, and a riskier control-break is triggered.When using a ritual to summon a demon, the summoning cost is cut in half (rounded up). Additionally, the demon has no maintenance cost. However, demons summoned in this manner always have a risk of breaking your control, which is somewhat greater than summoning via spell. The more demons summoned, the greater this risk.
>>25128461>Let's trying reprogramming the machine with a language unsuitable to its system or meritsIt's like Xella is the Commodore 64 and you're trying to get it to run Unreal Engine 4.
>>25128456>healing an unconcious heavily injured party memberThere's a difference between Auriel and a party member. She would NOT do the same for us. If we were almost dead, and we weren't absolutely crucial to saving Flint so she can fuck him, she wouldn't eeven try. She also doesn't bring anything to the party but incessant bitching and moaning, hell, she's probably less useful than the demon. If we were to get rid of her now, we would probably get more shit done instead of replying to her attempts at sewing mistrust between Adavan and us.
>>25128461>It took how many threads to get Auriel to not try to murder us? And she still doesn't like us, but we consider her an ally.>It may turn out that Xella really is a hopeless machine that just looks pretty, but we still should try. She obeys our direct orders, so at the very least she won't actively harm someone.I agree. I think the problem with Xella is that he hasn't really met any NORMAL humans. The only thing that thinks of her as an equal is something that she thinks is something godly.I say we have her stick around Joey (remember how he said that she didn't look different back when we summoned her?) and she if she awakens to the magic that is friendship.
>>25128501>implying the Commodore couldn't run Unreal Engine 4gr8 b8 m8
>you gain 2 hp from regeneration (15/37)You stare at Xella for a long time.You are forced to conclude that she might be a lost cause. Auriel, at least, debated the points with you. Xella simply doesn't acknowledge them. Maybe she can't. Maybe, the fact of the matter is, the magical template of a summon is just that rigid.The fact sobers you. Demons are dangerous creatures.The immediate frustration you felt fades. Provoking Xella won't get you anywhere. You say nothing, and turn to Auriel.You see the Water within you. It's harder to find than the shadow...tucked away in a corner. But you dredge it out, and our it into her wounds.Her bone makes a nasty crack, but it realigns and swiftly mends. The muscle and skin knit and stitch themselves back together. The cut on her forehead rapidly scabs over, but doesn't fade completely.She blinks. "...what...Shadow?"<The cave collapsed. I healed you. Come, up.> You offer her your hand.She takes it, and you pull her to her feet. "Where's Jo - oh." She kneels next to him. "Oh, thank Light. He's alright." She glances around. "Where's...Donovan?"<I haven't had a chance to search yet.>"Hey! Shadow!" You all turn toward the voice. Obis is slowly meandering over a pile of rubble a few yards distant. Blood is running down his face, but he's in one piece. Flint is draped over his shoulder. "They're coming!"You dash forward to meet them. You stiffen. At least fifteen Vog are swarming toward you not ten yards away.What do you do?>fight the Vog while your allies escape>grab the two of them and take off. Have Xella take Auriel and Joey>make a stand with all your entire party>something else
>>25128493Aw hell.Thank you very much for reposting that, this means we cannot keep her around and simultaneously dig into the dregs of our mana pool.
>>25128461We should still try to desummon her. Make it very clear that we're doing it because she's not getting it and she's not helping our cause. See how she reacts to it.
>>25128513Normal humans are just going to run away.Or try to fuck her if they're particularly ballsy.
>>25128523>grab the two of them and take off. Have Xella take Auriel and Joey
>>25128513No, just... No.
>>25128530>not reading the whole thingNormal humans=Joey.
>>25128523grab the two of them and take off. Have Xella take Auriel and Joey
>>25128523>Slaughter vog>Buy mighty strength>Carry everyone
>>25128539>No, just... No.Great response 10/10, I now see the error of my ways.
>>25128523One last judicial shot of Shadow Assault.
>>25128541You're right, sorry.I glossed over the ponyshit because I didn't think there's any way you could be serious.How about no. Get out.
>>25128549NIGGA WE AT 15 HPERRYONE FUCKED EXCEPT THE WHORE AND AURIEL.>>25128523HIGHTAIL IT NIGGA
>>25128523>>fight the Vog while your allies escapeget 5 exp, buy mighty strength. grab and run
>>25128554How else am I to respond? Everything we've been given has shown that that particular method will fail. She eats normal people. They're food. Their emotions exist only to be manipulated into prey.No, just... No. Having her around at all is bad. Trying to get her to stick around Joey? Seriously grognard.
>>25128523>>grab the two of them and take off. Have Xella take Auriel and Joeylets not test our luck
>>25128549>Eat our dead horses>Hope they were spiritually powerful horses so that they give us 5 XP.>Buy mighty strength.>Etc.AN EVEN BETTER PLAN!>>25128558Weren't we just talking about how we shouldn't run out of mana while Xella is still around? This is not exactly the best plan.>>25128523>grab the two of them and take off. Have Xella take Auriel and JoeyStaying and fighting Vog while our whole party is injured to the point of uselessness is a terrible idea, and if Xella is capable of carrying two people, this is what we should do.
>>25128566....What fuck are you even talking about.Holy shit guys, look what your "antiwaifuism" is doing to you, you cannot even think straight anymore.
>>25128583thats a pretty compelling argument
>>25128523either grab them and bolt, or take a few out for mighty strength
>Try to get people to understand that Xella is bad for the party and bad for the quest as a whole>Get ignored / insulted / have my points denied to even exist>SM throws it all in your face, and pretty bad (still not worst) case scenario happens>Everyone's all "hurrr we can rehabilitate her with frundshup and jistax!"
Rolled 60>>25128523Fight vog while our bros limp to safety.We can always blink+superspeed flight to safety if they really start gnawing on us.With any luck, Auriel and Flint can do enough minor healing to keep the party running until we return.
>>25128586...a bit late to the party, dude.
>>25128523>>grab the two of them and take off. Have Xella take Auriel and Joeythis seem like the right idea
>>25128594I clearly have Unreal Engine Four running on my Commodore Sixty Four. Obviously, we can get JUSTICE running in Xella.
>>25128602The issue with "taking a few out" is that we still need to stop and consume them.Which we can't do while there are still hostile Vog around.Which means we have to take ALL of them out in order to safely consume any of them. Which ruins the entire point of sticking around to kill some of them.
>>25128592I can see perfectly clear.I called out Xella for what she was, a weapon, before SM told us that's all demons were.And guess what. That's all she is. You're a blind idiot.
--------------------------------------You're not about to stand against a small army of Vog while you and your allies are in this state.Roll 1d100 to bug the fuck out>Yes, Xella can carry two people
Rolled 81>>25128638I want this to get worse
>>25128606I know, this is fucking insulting to my intellgence as a player. I can see the warning signs, I can see that if we reach 0 mana before desummoning her she is free to do as she pleases. I can see her running away to cause trouble or worse- abandon us the moment the players rely on her. They call it anti-waifuism but I am seriously trying to not get us killed.And as SM has said, "I will kill you."
Rolled 46>>25128638exit, stage shadow
Rolled 19>>25128638Rolling for hopefully bloodless getaway.
>>25128529Not in the middle of a fight for our lives, please. Even if we disagree with her, she's still capable of throwing fireballs at the enemy. >>25128523>not ten yards away>they're fucking fastI don't like any of these choices. Can't trust Xella or Aurelia with each other. >Something elseFighting retreat. Allies escape, we follow but act as rearguard and focus on deflecting their attacks rather than trying to kill them. once we're in the open we have a lot more options. (see guys, if we had shadow cone we could blast the entirety of the tunnel's width and hit them all with a single attack)
Rolled 28>>25128638lets see what we can do
>>25128606>Try to get people to understand that Xella is bad for the party and bad for the quest as a whole>Get ignored / insulted / have my points denied to even existYou are one of those retards that didn't even want to summon her when we needed more information about flint's parasite, are you?
>>25128636So what you are saying is that you were metagaming?Not cool, dude. Not cool.
>>25128606The problem is Xella, up until now, has seemed like a tough nut to crack, but crackable. I mean, it seems like we're getting somewhere with the angel, why not the demon, right? Also, any posts about Xella being an in-game problem got swallowed by the sea of anti-waifu screeching.I don't know what these friendship-will-fix-the-demon motherfuckers are thinking.
Rolled 68>>25128638rerolling for the hell of it
>>25128606I'm laughing so hard right now.
>>25128645>intellgenceBut yeah I feel your pain brother. We just need to find a plan to pull through all this, don't you worry.
>>25128636If you wanted to be taken seriously you shouldn't use phraces such as "I glossed over the ponyshit because I didn't think there's any way you could be serious."Just saying.
Rolled 52>>25128659What's done is done, friend. As soon as we're out of immediate danger, she goes home to the Nether.If you don't agree, you're not thinking with your head.
>>25128664>All use of logic and reasoning is metagamingGo watch some tv if you want to think less.This isn't exactly hard, but you seem to need to tae it down a notch.
>>25128606She still has done literally nothing bad except for suggest we kill the angel who has seeked to destroy us since the beginning of our journey, who has only tolerated us living because her man's our best friend and we are traveling with him, who opposes almost everything we do, who attempts to incite paranoia among us, mainly about our friends (Adavan). So, what is THAT bad about what she has done?
>>25128690if anyone wants to be taken seriously, they shouldn't spend so much time arguing with each other over inane shit instead of participating in the thread.
>>25128694Naw. We consume her in the night after we find a way to heal up.Fuck summoning her again.
>>25128664Using the in-setting foreshadowed details that have been given to us by the grace of the DM is not meta-gaming. Especially not in the case of "demons being used as dangerous weapons."
>>25128687You know exactly what you're doing and you're one sick fuck.
>>25128709She hasn't *done* anything bad, not really. But she has proven that despite all of our talks with her, she just can't grasp our set of values. Eventually that will become a problem
>>25128742>>25128732How is that bait in any way?
>>25128694>As soon as we're out of immediate danger, she goes home to the Nether.>If you don't agree, you're not thinking with your head.>Implying I care about anything other than the factsThe fact is that she was useful until now. Let's wait until we are not running for our lives to see what happens.I mean, come on people. Some of you seriously want to start the banishing ritual HERE. Calm the fuck down.
>>25128687Laughing at all the idiots that just don't get it? I suppose it must be funny if all you have to do is watch.
The problem with Xella is that she IS a template. And a combination of both just not wanting to change and the very essence of her existence is not being very malleable.Making Xella see our side is less an issue of diplomncy and more of the reworking the very magic that allows her to exist. We should desummon her. If there is a way to redeem her it is going to be through an alternate method of summoning/binding/whatever. This was already hinted in this thread in a previous conversation Shadow had with her.
>>25128758>Some of you seriously want to start the banishing ritual HERE. Calm the fuck down.This. Waifu and antiwaifu brigades shut the fuck up and wait until we are safe.
>>25128758You're trying to goad the antis into attacking you.I know you're game. Nice try.
>>25128709She doesn't get our goal or message and has dismissed doing so, so she will never agree with our goals or desires. She's not trustworthy because she can break the control once we get zero mana, and if she already realizes we're not game for her ideas that she could slaughter better elsewhere.>that is very, very badHave you also noticed that she's trying to do the same thing to us that we've been trying to do to her? Manipulation? Twist perceptions? It's not subtle either. She's a hammer that we can't convince into a shovel.
>>25128774We'd be safe NOW if it wasn't for the fucking waifuers!
>you gain 2 HP from regeneration (17/37)You grab Obis and Flint. <Hold on!> You soar into the air, barely avoiding the lunging Vog. <Xella! Get Auriel and Joey and get out, now!>Xella hops to obey your command. Auriel doesn't protest as she's lifted into the air under one of Xella's arms - rather, she prepares a spell. Light twists between her hands.You fly toward the exit of the cave. It's not far. You've never been so happy to see the sun.Another group of Vog burst from the ground up and to your left. You can feel them beginning to cast a spell!What do you do?>try to dodge>nightshade>use a Shade to distract them>something else
>>25128774Agreed. Let's just finish up this thread and see if she learns something by the time we reach Adavan.
>>25128791How the hell would we be safe FROM THE GE- VOX?
>>25128772I look forward to future developments in applied Shadow Super-Science in the field of summoning.
>>25128798>>try to dodgeNo more spending mana
>>25128791THERE ARE NO WAIFUERS. There are people who thought she might be an interesting character to add to our party. No one ever suggested pursuing any kind of relationship with the fucking succubus. EVER.
>>25128798>something elsedrop Joey and use him as bait. Its the only reason we even took him this far
>>25128758She can also try to break control if we try to desummon her. So we'll need the party in fighting shape in case something goes wrong.
>>25128829Don't even start that shit.
>>25128825Oh look.More waifu denial. >BOOOOO IF I SHOUT LOUD ENOUGH AN PLUG MY EARS IT DOESN'T REAL BOOOOO!
>>25128742>>25128776Goddamnit, neither of these hooks has anything on them.This isn't even the bait you're talking about, and I'm STILL falling for it.UNLESS THAT WAS THE TRUE BAIT ALL ALONG. Like the "you're">>25128798Nightshade worked before on a spell being cast by a single group of Vog, so there's no reason it shouldn't again.WE can dodge just fine, but keeping them from doing something to either Xella or any of our four passengers is probably pretty important.We have 6 mana left, so we can Nightshade once, heal Flint once and still keep Xella reined in.
>>25128798dodge, time to put that speed to work
>>25128825Which means there are also no anti-waifers, just people who believe that she is an untrustworthy liability that needs to be desummoned once we're safe and able.
Rolled 25>>25128818>>25128823DODGE.DO NOT USE MANA.
>>25128798Dodge.>not using our best stat in this situation
Rolled 44>>25128846>>25128856Actually I'm changing my vote to Nightshade on this rationale here.
>>25128833You know, I wonder what rank in the summoning tree Succubus are, cause theoretically we could use Summon mastery to keep her in check at all times.
>>25128833Oh please, don't worry- no one has suggested desummoning her immediately. I read all the posts and the ones directed at making Xella leave has stated very clearly that we should wait until we're safe and healthy.
>>25128839trying to waifu joey now are we? Not only are you a pedophile but you are a gay pedophile!FOR SHAME
>>25128852no, no, I'm pretty sure the people who won't shut up about waifus are in fact anti-waifuers
>>25128798Dodge that shit.>>25128824>>25128827We're almost out of mana, with a summon right next to us who does not approve of our ways waiting to be set free. BAD IDEA.
>>25128798we currently have 6 mana. nightflare costs 2. shade costs 1. That being said, I think nightflare would be a better option right now.
>>25128844Find me even one instance of someone trying to make the succubus our waifu. Do this and I will write a formal apology for ever doubting the glorious anti-waifuers.
>>25128884>We're almost out of manaSee >>25128887
>>25128844OH HEY, SINCE I CAN SPLIT IN HALF, MAYBE I CAN GO MAKE MYSELF MY OWN WAIFU!
>>25128861>>25128848>>25128884It's moronic to try and dodge when we can just spend 2 mana and not have to risk making a roll while already in critical condition AND while encumbered by two people.People always seem REALLY antsy to Shadow Assault anything that moves, but when time comes to avoid the possibility of getting dicked by the Omnimalevolent Dice Overlords nobody wants to spend the pittance of mana it'd cost us.
--------------------------------------------------------------Roll 1d100 for your dodge.Can we shut up about "waifu" and "anti-waifu" yet? It's steadily devolved from impassioned but somewhat plausible arguments about the thread to people just calling each other names.
>>25128917Dodge is literally our best stat, and mana is not an easy resource to regain.
>>25128905This. entire. thread.She should never have been summoned. We shouldn't have let her stay after she told us she knew jack shit about the parasite. She should have been long gone back to the nether by now.But no.You had to 'save' her. You had to have the beautiful succubus in the party even though she offered nothing of substantial value.>>25128933You started this.
Rolled 45>>25128933roll for people to grow up
Rolled 87>>25128933The Ride is just about to start
Rolled 5>>25128933I think all the arguing is fun. I'm just here for the dice.
Rolled 38>>25128933To be honest we wouldn't have that if you just didn't actively fan the flames of that argument.
Rolled 5>>25128933Hoping fo' the best.
>>25128933That's what it's been since like thread 15, when the anti-waifu brigade decided that a quest about a genderless shadow elemental was going to rake in the waifuers.
Rolled 1>>25128933please dice atheism PLEASE I NEED YOU BABE
Rolled 50>>25128941Having a succubus in our party is not proof of waifu-ing a succubus. Try again, and this time actually think about what the word waifu means.>>25128933Be real, SM, it's been name-calling and idiocy from the first doorknob comment.
>>25128933Sorry Shadow Master but this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. You knew she was a magic weapon suited to model a purpose and nothing else, and you played your players against each other in how they decided to deal with it.You are as much a part of it as both of those sides are.
>>25128978fuck you and your 1d1
>>25128978cut that shit out
>>25128941Now, now, be specific!
I still want to keep working on Xella, just to see if it will actually work. I'd be disappointed if the quest ended and Shadow Master told us that we just needed to put in some more effort to have her as an ally. She can whisper poison in our ears if she wants, we're incorruptible by dint of being a hivemind of white knights. She's already stated that she won't hurt anyone we don't want hurt, and we can feed her bandits. Let's look at facts:Pros:She's a powerful caster, physically strong, can fly, knows a lot of shit, and has sworn herself to our service.Cons:She believes herself to be superior to humans and that they are food for her. She attempts to convince us of the same, and sees Aurelia as an enemy. Frankly, I don't think the cons outweigh the pros.
>>25128978and here comes the 1d1 brigade
>>25128973It wasn't until around then that succubutt, Ila savin' plans, and Auriel in the party became a thing.Before that there was no problem.And Shadow be genderless does not make this quest waifuproof because the posters are not genderless.
>>25128933You literally made this character to teach waifuers a lesson, if I'm remembering correctly. Kind of started the whole thing yourself instead of leaving the argument alone; pretty poor form.
>>25128973>>25128985It's everyone that uses the word in place of actual arguments.I'm really frustrated that the backlash against the one side that seriously hates that character will have the legitimate arguments destroyed because they're lumped together with angry idiots.
>>25128933I told you onc