You are Ssen, a Lamia raised by a human Paladin who adopted you after killing the ones who birthed you. You are grown now, and Father has passed on. After a great deal of work, you have become a Paladin like your Father, and now take up his duties. You are accompanied by your best friend from childhood, the insect druid Tricia; Mage, a magic user who ran away from his family of cannibal raiders known as the Ghouls (Yes, his name is Mage. It was his idea); Persephone, a 22-year old thief/ex-guerllia fighter (She goes by Peri), and Mari, a 13-year old prodigy scholar/now sniper, who has her mind and soul trapped within Peri's body; and Lea, a deeply religious musician/martial artist, trained by her father, a famous trainer for arena fighters, she's covered from her mouth down in bandages to hide the horrific state her body has become thanks to the 'cures' that saved her from cancer.Your journey continues...Opening theme song (NEW for Season 3!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMyj9SEDHZIhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Quest1d4 chan page w/battle stats: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Lamia_Daughter_Quest
The Fey Court has been broken, Comedy and her undead servants have 'cleaned house.' The only remaining members of the group being the soldiers trapped in the Grove and Joy and the handful of cells that were out in the field. Also, the majority of the Amber Memories, the record of elvish history, has been destroyed.You were, however, able to find the handful of secret Amber Memories that were within Thisleblossom's room. In them you learned a bit about the past, how the Dragon Who Was Of Shadow came to be, a hint on the true nature of The Fifth, and, most importantly, the design of the Grand Seal.You left the court, so Queen Mab/Maxine could put it back together as best she could, and went to First Wood. There you heard from some of Peri's friends that there had been another upheaval at Grand Citadel.A long lost Paladin had returned, claiming that he knew the reasons from the City's descent into squalor, and the kingdom's strife. It was due to corruption and evil that was within the hearts of a few Paladins, a few members of the Newgate Royal Family, and Her Illuminated Self.Then, according to rumor, after this accusation, a Messenger Of Light, His Herald and His Voice, appeared before people and confirmed the Paladin's words. Her Illuminated Self was imprisoned, along with some Paladins and Newgates, awaiting trial. The Army of Citadel, a host over two million strong, is being mustered to march.
>>25242223You know that this 'Missing Paladin' is 'King' Trevor, a Paladin that broke many of the fundamental values of the order. Becoming a ruler, putting his own ego over the safety of others, and this hasn't been the first time he's sent an army out to 'purge' the evil of Citadel Kingdom.You also know, from description, that the Messenger Of Light has to be Peace. The Leader of the Dramatae, Child of the Dragon Who Was Of Shadow, and your primary foe.You couldn't allow the army to mass, nor could you leave Her Illuminated Self to Peace's gentle mercies. So, you and the Dawnchasers went to Grand Citadel on a rescue mission.You have arrived at the outskirts of the city, and see that without the Lightbringer Sacrifice, the damage to the Maw, and the loss of two of its connected cities, Grand Citadel has changed into a horrific state. Broken buildings, ruined streets, trash and filth, fires and screams. Grand Citadel is still whole, but its not getting what it wants, so everyone in it suffers.
Ah, welcome back echo! I look forward greatly to the rescue mission. Not so much the terrible hellscape of a city though.So, are we just gaping at citadel at this point, like the first time we saw it?
>>25242257Well this is an exceptionally awful tantrum.
>>25242388It really is, isn't it?Have we ever come up with any solutions for the citadel problem, other than "maybe evacuate it and pray to the light the rest of the continent can sustain the weight of people"?
We should probably have clang out just incase some of the inhabitants that buy into the "we are evil" story decide to take matters into their own hands.
>>25242442I'm pretty sure we have a near instant draw on our dear sweet clang. It may be because of our spine, or because we're forming a bit of a legend/spirit on it, like how beacon is all about drinking the blood of evildoers.
>>25242430Well, we'll need to find out exactly what happened, and then plan out a rescue of Her Illuminated Self afterwards. But for the main problem of Citadel and the army I'm not really sure, more information would help for that too though. Do we know if any of the paladins around are still loyal to the light?
>>25242516Some were captured, I assume those were the ones most loyal to the light. We'll have to go in for ourself and see if they arrest us on sight or not.Also, I hope we're not supposed to be entering dialogue on our reaction to citadel, because we totally aren't doing that.
Peri/Mari hitches up Lightmare at some trees by the city's limits. "Nice space, fresh grass, and plenty of squirrels to eat." She says."Do we have any idea where Her Illuminated Self is?" Tricia asks. "She could be held on the other side of the city as far as we know.""Mage, didn't you say you'd be able to find the heart?" Lea asks."Yeah, but not from here." He says. "We need to be deeper inside the city."
>>25242583Do we know any one who can be trusted in the city as I don't want to have to hide out in the cathedral attic again.
>>25242583Gape for a moment longer while the others busy themselves."We... should probably put more thought into that evacuation plan at some point."Then shake yourself from this, and go back to the matter at hand."First thing's first though. We need to get a lay of the land here, politics and all. They're arresting paladins, which means we could be on the wanted list if we're not careful."
>>25242583"We need more information, as much as we know it's true, we're literally working on drunken rumors that traveled halfway across the country at the moment. Anybody think of a good informant or are we fumbling ahead without a decent plan as usual?"
>>25242641well, there's the violet paladins, who are disbanded(?)and HIS, but she's arrested.Hmm.
First thing's first.Let's go find out if we're criminals. Say hello to a few guards, go down to a patrol station and look at the bounties.
>>25242792If we can get HIS out, we should have a chance to sway some paladins to our side. Of course, the danger in trying that is an entire army bearing down on us, but hey, there's been worse plans.
So when do we get to make out with bugtits?
>>25242880It's standard procedure to kiss the girl AFTER the explosions.So, in a bit.
>>25242880Most any time we're alone together.
>>25242583We probably shouldn't enter through a main gate, although actual stealth as a Lamia is unlikely to work very well.
Guys, why did none of you attempt to send some warning ahead to Stone Hall should we be delayed?A coded letter? Anything?
>>25242977How stupid do you think the average citadelite is?If we just... wear a hooded cloak, would they not notice the huge snake tail?
>>25243001I suggested twice we send a messenger. We could do that even now, I'm sure citadel has at least ONE horseman for hire in its untold millions of desperate poor.
>>25243001because it takes an age an a half for the army to be assembled.
>>25243001Might as well, inform them of the latest happenings.
>>25242644"We... should probably put more thought into that evacuation plan at some point." You say. "First thing's first though. We need to get a lay of the land here, politics and all. They're arresting paladins, which means we could be on the wanted list if we're not careful. "We need more information, as much as we know it's true, we're literally working on drunken rumors that traveled halfway across the country at the moment. Anybody think of a good informant or are we fumbling ahead without a decent plan as usual?""Well," Peri takes out a map of Grand Citadel. "There's a reason I had us be here at one of the south entrances." She points at the map. "The army will be mustering here, on the East side. So, we can avoid that, if we're on a hit list." She points to three places. "These are the most likely places I think HIS will be kept. There's the Occuli HQ, but that's where the Violet Occuli used to be. Then there's the Cathedral of course, if they placed her under home arrest. Finally, there's Citadel Castle.""Weird." Tricia says."Huh?" Peri looks up, Tricia's looking over the city with a spyglass."There's some buildings that haven't gone to shit like the others." She says. "There's one kind of close to us. Here." She hands it over to Peri.She looks. "That's a shadow puppet theater." She says. "It's for kids." She hands it to you.It's true. The place hasn't decayed like the rest but it isn't 'super bright-citadel-shiny' either. You also see what looks like a barricade set up around it."
>>25243092"Do you guys happen to want to see a... puppetshow?I'm interested in how they keep operational like this. Also in whether or not that barricade sees much use."
>>25243092This place just screams "I'm important"Lets check it out first
>>25243201well, it's not specifically important. There are other places that are "fine" too.But we need to get a sample of one of them to find out what they're doing differently.
>>25243092Maybe its like Barney's shop, or the history guy's bookshop or the elf fruit seller's shop. When Citadel's magic is too taxed to suppress them, they grow naturally. We should investigate. Onwards to the puppet show.
>>25243227The citadel runs on stories, there is such a thing as the law of conservation of detail.Unless Echo is throwing us a red herring.
>>25243092"Am I the only one who thinks it's dumb to go rescue her before we know what charges they trooped up against her? While they're no doubt false, being wrong-footed by them at the wrong time after breaking her out could mean the difference between converting a bunch of the paladins to our cause or get them all on our tail. And I'm not optimistic enough to think we'll get this done without running into an army at some point. We need to find a paladin to tell us what's happened. Maybe even someone who'll cough it up willingly if we're lucky."
>>25243255See, the thing I'm interested in is this might be a non-citadel occurance inside of citadel.Which means... it DOESN'T run on stories.
>>25243260She's an important figure. We need to win hearts and minds or we'll just get ground to paste by the sheer number of citadel army wrecking both us and all the changes we made.>>25243278Either way it's an obvious plot hook from Echo. We need to check it out
>>25243311My plan is we go in there, ask for a puppetshow, and then DRILL the puppet operator for all the information we can.Politics, recent events, which paladins are arrested, how they feel about the recent events, how their store manages operation like this, whether or not they really need the barricade...
>>25243092"We should investigate why these places are not decaying like the rest"
>>25243311I didn't say not to rescue her. But from the lack of obvious riots it's obvious that people think she's guilty of something (even if just due to Citadel being Citadel) and being able to concisely refute or brush off whatever they put her in for when we're inevitably confronted by it will instill doubt in the mooks around to hear it, while going in with no idea and hemming and hawing over a response will not.
>>25243383That's step 2 of our information gathering plan. After we find out if we ourselves are criminals, we will talk to a law enforcement official. If we're not criminals, voluntarily. If we are, less voluntarily.
We should probably visit the HQ. I wonder what they did with it, without the violets there?
>>25243174"Do you guys happen to want to see a...puppet show? I'm interested in how they keep operational like this, and why that place isn't decaying like the rest. Also in whether or not that barricade sees much use."There's a chorus of agreement, and you all make your way through the city, slowly, towards the puppet theater."Starting to miss the marble streets." Tricia says, as you make your way through the streets and alleys. Due to huge piles of debris and garbage, you keep having to take detours. "It's going to take us ages to get through this.""Hang up." Lea says. She points at a shop. It's a messenger bird shop. People used to send birds from one side of the city to the other. However, there are also long distance flying birds. They're expensive."But we can warn Isen about the army." Lea says. She also holds up her copy of the Grand Seal. "And we can send the design to Ambrose as well.""Not a bad idea." Peri says. "Anything else we want to send?"
>>25243616Let's see...We're sending a general report of events to Isen. He will tell everyone else about them, granny included.Ambrose gets the design and seals and a copy of mage's notes.Well, other than personal matters, I can't think of a good one. And we've never been ones to spend a lot on personal matters.
>>25243616"Are you sure we want to trust this to a messenger bird? The bird might get intercepted, or Light forbid, Citadel has control over the messenger birds."
>>25243616"Good spotting, Lea. We should probably try to get a report of what's happening to our friends. Though, I'm unsure if they'll be the ones getting them- Do you think we could code it somehow? I think I can do some phoenix tongue."we can write some phoenix tongue, right? Or are we only verbal with that?Also, is there a written lizardtongue that we know?
>>25243616>>25243681That sounds like all. But yeah, an actual sapient being would be preferable to a bird IMO.
>>25243695I doubt Echo would be that pointlessly cruel.
>>25243911we learned from a guide and Mumei, so it will be the modern dialect. One Ambrose knows.though, it has its downsides. Like it will lead people to think this is all a phoenix empire plot, in the case of appropriate interception.
I wonder if we can speak phoenix while we speak lizardtongue...
"Good spotting, Lea. We should probably try to get a report of what's happening to our friends. Though, I'm unsure if they'll be the ones getting them- Do you think we could code it somehow? I think I can do some phoenix tongue." You say."That's a good idea." Mari says. "Mumei can translate it.""I can leave out a few parts in the diagram and describe them in detail for Ambrose." Mage says. "Shouldn't be too hard."One translated, and transcribed, document plus ten gold later. You watch as the bird tamer lets the large bird into the sky. "That an eagle or an albatross?" Tricia asks.Mari shrugs. "Never studied birds.""Thank you for your patronage, Lady Paladin." The keeper/shopkeep says. "People are holing up, not sending many messages these days." He looks around. "How, umm...how long are you going to be in this neighborhood?" He asks. "Because I know that looters won't dare do anything if there's a Paladin around, let alone the famous Paladin Serpent.""Looters?""Yes, since the bad times started, there's been break ins, robberies, and vandalism." He looks around. "They happen at night, that's why everyone locks themselves in these days." He shudders. "There's rumors about them. Scary rumors."
>>25243745>Write "This is written in PheonixTongue at the top" followed by "This is written in Lizardtongue" beneath it. >Break up the important bits so it requires a bit of coordination to get out.We would be a horror for codebreakers
>>25244390"What rumors?" in the most authoritative voice you can muster.
>>25244395Forget that, we can curse in 3 different languages!
>>25244390"Unfortunately, I'm here on rather urgent business, so I cannot afford to stay in Citadel for long. Where did all of the Citadel Paladins go?"
>>25244436Ask him about HIS being arrested. He would probably know more about it than us.
>>25244390"I'm in a bit of a hurry, but breaking up some "scary rumors" shouldn't take too long. Tell me about them."
>>25244390"While I can't help you directly, I may be able to alleviate the issue during my brief stay, though without details I can't promise."
>>25244479"Unfortunately, I'm here on rather urgent business, so I cannot afford to stay in Citadel for long. Where did all of the Citadel Paladins go?"He shifts uncomfortably. "I've heard a few things." He looks aside, but his fingers drum on his store's counter.
>>25244568drop a few coins on the counter.
>>25244568Tell me. Now.
>>25244594Why pay when we can use our paladin reputation? We ain't fucking murder hobos.
>>25244617because times are hard on these people and a few coins can go along way
>>25244568"Do tell. Depending on what it is, we could probably clear it up for you right quick."
>>25244568Time to bribe.
>>25244634Good point, we'll save the intimidation in case he is holding anything back.
>>25244643"Do tell. Depending on what it is, we could probably clear it up for you right quick." You say as you drop a few coins on the table."Alright, well...you didn't hear this from me, but I heard that the Paladins are in the middle of a schism. Have been since the Purple Occuli got disbanded." The man says. "Now, the official words is that the Occuli headquarters, where the Purple used to be, is quarantined because of rats, or disease, or whatever the crier says. But the real reason that neighborhood was evacuated, and there's a guard presence, is because the Traitor Paladins have all holed up inside. The Loyalists are trying to starve them out. But it hasn't been working, because the Looters are in league with the traitors." He nods. "Just like the Messenger says.""And these looters?""They come in the night, like I said, yeah? And if you look upon them? Then they'll take you away." He licks his lips. "I heard tell of stories, how they aren't...quite...human. But anyone who describes them too well? They vanish too.""Did you see the Messenger?""No, but I saw High Lord Paladin Trevor when he passed through here on inspection. I also saw the light of the Arrival of the Messenger." He nods. "The entire city saw THAT one."
>>25244898"If I may take a stab at the messengers appearance. Angelic wings with the mask of the dramatae of peace?"
>>25244898Drop another coin onto the counter."Do you anything about that shadow puppet theater? From their appearance, they seem to be doing rather well."
>>25244898"Wait, so if the 'traitor' paladins are in the headquarters, where are the real ones?"
>>25245032"Wait, so if the 'traitor' paladins are in the headquarters, where are the real ones?" You ask."Umm...not sure..." He says, and starts to drum the counter again.
>>25244898How much can we afford to give? Food's probably not cheap, and they could use it.
>>25245047Drop a few more coins "My generosity only goes so far, I do hope you won't keep any more information from me"
>>25245047Ask him about >>25245014 as well.
>>25244898So, we going to rescue the paladins who actually follow the Light as well?
>>25245047"Hmm, well that's a pity. Still, thanks for the information."Alright, do we want to spring the paladins first to help get HIS out, or get HIS possibly before getting noticed and then the paladins during the chaos?Also, what time is it? Is there time to wait for and meet the looters during the night before doing either? Obviously jail-breaks are best done at night anyway, but waiting a full day in Citadel doing nothing sounds like inviting trouble.
>>25245138Don't give up so easily, this guy is obviously flaking on us.
Just a note, while we're here we might want to send a message to Bronze Peak as well. They are part of this too.
>>25245103Um, no, we are a paladin. Life's tough, they need money, and we need information.
>>25245127We'll, we're definitely going to need help getting HIS out of Citadel. Plus, having a loyal core of Paladins would give her more legitimacy than she would have alone.
>>25245192We're only rewarding him for continuing to just bleed us for ever bit of info. He MIGHT get a bonus if he comes all out, but this bullshit shouldn't stand.
>>25245103"My generosity only goes so far, I do hope you won't keep any more information from me" You say as you put another two coins on the counter, as well as shoot him a glare."They've taken over the Grand Market." He says. "That giant pyre is their doing. They camp there and supposedly make plans on how to retake the Castle and the kingdom.""Retake the Castle?" Mari asks."The Newgates are fighting among themselves." He says. "The king's being 'kept safe' by half of his family, and the whole place is locked up. Apparently some of the other Newgates are working with the Paladins to rescue His Majesty.""Do you anything about that shadow puppet theater? From their appearance, they seem to be doing rather well." You ask.The man scoffs. "That's because the 'Shadow Company' has taken it as a base." He sneers."Shadow Company?" Lea asks."A bunch of mercs who have taken it into their heads that this part of the town is under their protection." He shrugs. "Yes, there's been less looting, but it's people like them that are CAUSING this disaster in the first place.""Why? Do they extort protection money?" Peri asks."No. They're all Godless bastards, they refuted His Light, The Silent God, The Elven Elders, you name it. They say that there's no need for man to worship anything. They even doubt the Messenger!" He shakes his head. "People like that will cause the whole city to crash in upon us all!"
>>25245274Looks like we need to have a little civil visit.Sounds like my kind of people actually. Doubt Lea will be happy about it though.
>>25245274Oh no, atheists!They might be useful. If they'll work with a paladin.
>>25245274"Thank you for the information" drop him like 5 coins "I'll be back later for more if all goes well"
>>25245274Atheists. Its kinda hard to blame them if you know the truth about the last few 'gods' that have ruled this land.
>>25245317Well, considering the The Light has saved Ssen's life on more than one occasion, I don't think we're going to be going atheist any time soon
>>25245348definately not. We've had very real evidence that His Light does work for good.
So it's time to visit some heretics I suppose
>>25245348Doesn't mean we can't go newpope on them if they aren't assholes. Would be a bit of a refreshing change of pace.
>>25245274Oh boy, we've inadvertently created this world's first militant atheists. I say we avoid the shadow company for now. If they don't believe in the Light or HIS, they most likely won't be inclined to help us. I saw we try and intercept the "looters", make contact with the renegade paladins, and hammer out a plan to get HIS freed.However, as much as I would like to, I think it's best that we stay out of the whole Newgate drama. We can't be certain what side he's on and I'd rather not get caught up in inheritance drama right now.
>>25245274Let's visit the atheists, and see how well they react to paladins being genuinely good people.Also, do we visit the "true" or "false" paladins first?
>>25245394We're Satan. I'm not so sure how good we are tbh.
>>25245348>ever implying the light isn't realHaha silly atheists. Oh well, as long as they're good people.>>25245385we should at least go by and tell them we approve of their work keeping the place safe. (and get that damn puppet show)
>>25245385Well, they haven't extorted the populace which seems decent enough. We may as well talk with them.>>25245394The 'true' ones probably have us as kill on sight.
>>25245348We only worship one got more than them. We have so many gods that we don't worship in common! Who wouldn't want to bond over some friendly Peace-killing?
>>25245274"Well, that's enough to get me started. Thanks for the help."Give him a small bonus"Keep those birds healthy now. They're your bread and butter."
I feel like giving those guys a hug.We're ALL ABOUT having people live without the overt interference of gods. Or at least being subtle about it.
>>25245331"Do you know where Her Illuminated Self is being held?" Lea asks."No." He says, shaking his head. "She was taken away by High Lord Paladin Trevor." He shrugs. "He says that she's in a seclusion retreat, meditating upon her deeds, and when she is ready, she will commune with the Messenger and the public.""Thank you for the information." You say, dropping five gold coins on the counter. "Keep those birds healthy now. They're your bread and butter.""Your ladyship is welcome here, anytime." He says. "And I don't believe those nasty rumors for a minute."You leave. Lea sighs and looks at the others. "No, I don't have any problems just talking to Shadow Company. I wont start kicking in heads the moment they say something foolish.""I remember someone smashing a metal bar once." Mari says."That was different." Lea says. "That was a bastardization of His Light. That was heresy. Provided that these people are civil, then this could be something else. I don't APPROVE of it, of course.""There's a shocker." Tricia says."But, I'm not here to tell people that they have to live their life like I do." She says."So," Mage is trying to draw a diagram of what's going on in the air. "Are the looters the good guys or the bad guys? Because people say they're working with the traitors, who are the good guys, but that's coming from the loyalists who are the bad guys, who could be lying to the other...ugh...my head hurts."
>>25245610"Guess We'll find out after we have a nice chat with some atheists"
>>25245587Future Caligo Clarus Soldiers? I mean they ARE mercenaries.
>>25245610"We will have to find out for ourselves.">He says that she's in a seclusion retreat, meditating upon her deeds, and when she is ready, she will commune with the Messenger and the public.Citadel's working on controlling her in other words.
>>25245610"Looters are a an unknown party that both sides will want us to gather information on. That's my guess."
>>25245705I think faith is a requirement for membership, although a lightshow with beacon might earn some converties.
>>25245748Well, they seem to have come to a similar conclusion that we have without our influence. If they are amenable they may do nicely instead of trying to convert a bunch of reds like people suggested before.
>>25245648"Guess we'll find out for ourselves, after we have a nice chat with some atheists." You say.It takes a little longer than you thought it would to get to the puppet theater. It actually looks like some of these debris piles were intentional, as they have you being funneled down a very specific, but winding path. Also, a few look constructed, rather than just heaps of trash."How long have they been watching us?" Mage asks."Since we left the shop." Tricia says. "But that's was just one guy, we've got four now on the roofs following, and there's two more waiting for us at that alley just ahead." She says. "Wait...four more. My flies see two...no...three on ground level. The last one's dressed in a uniform the rest are in camo."You're just about to enter said alley.
Call out as you enter that you've merely come to talk.
>>25245882"They've got a very good network in place here, I think. I'm impressed. Well, either that or we draw a lot of attention. Which do you guys think it is?"
>>25245882enter the alley single file, and slowly, to parley for a talk. We mean no harm, and they have every right to be suspicious.
>>25245882"We know you're out there. You might as well come out of hiding so we can talk like civilized people.
>>25245882May as well call out we see them, might put them off balance a bit. Make it known we are there to talk.
>>25245925No no, don't call. I don't want to have to have a yelling conversation, those strain the vocal chords.Just wave and continue on your way. We'll talk to them in the puppet theatre.
>>25245882"Well, they're thorough at least. If we can make use of them they have some potential."
>>25245951we're going to be asked about why we've come before we're let in. Might as well pre-empt them.
Hey, if we have a themesong, maybe Citadel should get one too,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzdUy90vTuk
>>25245988EhhhNot quite right, the instrumentals don't really feel right
>>25245988>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzdUy90vTukIf it were a bit more amusing rather than horrifying this would be perfect. Legend never dies indeed.
>>25245882>>25245967oh, oh, I know.We have two more waiting for us in the alley up ahead, right? We could go for a double-handshake or a double-arm-around-shoulder.
>>25246058Maybe not before, but now that it's a decaying hellhole, I think it's quite METAL.
>>25245988http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM8JhvfoqdA this was the theme for citadel before it went to shit.
>>25245931"They've got a very good network in place here, I think, I'm impressed. They're thorough. If we can make use of them they have some potential." You say.You stop at the mouth of the alley. "We know you're out there. You might as well come out of hiding so we can talk like civilized people.""Heh, shows us for trying to be clever." A voice says. "Alright, Paladin Serpent, you passing through, or were you sent to deal with us?"
>>25246089Meant to post this. Fuck. Now Christmas is ruined.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzHuCDDzP-E
>>25246105wow. WOW. yes.
>>25246122"I actually came by for a puppet show, and to ask all sorts of questions of the operators about how the city is going. I suppose I'll just have to ask you gentlemen, then? Come, let's get a roof under our heads and some chairs for those of you with legs. We probably have much to discuss."
>>25246105I'm seconding this.
>>25246122"I was sent by no one save The Light itself. Tell me, what do you think of The Light?"
>>25246127Doesn't fit all that well...
>>25246213Don't provoke them dickbutt.
>>25246213No, don't pick fights with them you dumbass. We need allies
>>25246134This is an ideal type of song for post-Ssen citadel.
>>25246238Exactly why I suggested it.
>>25246224>>25246226What I was thinking is that everyone who has called US traitors has been thinking that 'Light=Citadel'. If these guys are anti-citadel the locals might think them anti-light as well. I would ask their opinion.
I suggest we go in smoooth with this. We're smooth operators. Just the other day, Mage married an elf queen don't you know.
>>25246213>>25246286let's not, still. We'll save that for AFTER we have all sat down with bows pointed at us.
what color occuli was Trevor anyway? I can't really remember any of them except purple.
>>25246288Oh shit, you're right. I retract that suggestion. I'd rather not make us into Jehova's Lamia.
>>25246172"I actually came by for a puppet show, and to ask all sorts of questions of the operators about how the city is going. I suppose I'll just have to ask you gentlemen, then? Come, let's get a roof under our heads and some chairs for those of you with legs. We probably have much to discuss." You say."No doubt." The voice says. "Although, I'm going to have to ask you, since you aren't a resident of the Feather Hill neighborhood, I'm first going to request the standard toll. This is to keep the roads safe, barricades high, and food in the stomachs of the people of Feather Hill." He says. "One gold a head, but Paladins have a special rate, five gold. Unless you'd like to purchase a long term pass for fifteen gold. It's a bargain." He says. "You'll also get a reciept, and I've got a charter from the Occuli, that says that they will reimburse you any and all gold should you show them your receipt." He sighs. "Though that was BEFORE things went to shit, and we went from rebuilding and guarding bridges to this nightmare."
>>25246369"I'll take a long term pass as well the story of how everything went to a nightmare"
>>25246369"I find it rather unlikely the higher-ups would bother reimbursing me even were I to ask. Nevertheless, I believe I can afford that, and I'm sure my companions have a gold piece to spare each."do we bother with the pass? unrestricted access might be nice.
>>25246369>Rebuilding>GuardingOh god these guys are perfect for our little educated peace corps.We ought to get the toll, see if we can't finagle a little escort as well.
>>25246421Pass is good idea, it would also show that we're interested in coming back
>>25246369>legal occuli refundable road tollingso... like bandits, but not?I have no moral qualms with paying this, even though they're gouging a bit."Does the long term pass cover everyone in a party? If not, we'll go with singles. "don't make our companions pay, we DON'T PAY THEM. We pay for them.>>25246468Perhaps, but I want at least 1 priest per group, along with the scholars.
>>25246369So they're contracted. interesting.
>>25246507Depends on how holier than thou they are. If they are obnoxious yeah, but from what I've seen they haven't shoved it down our throat, which given the asshole guards and mercs we've encounters of our OWN faith is a huge breathe of fresh air.
>>25246369After you guys decide payment options:"You'll have to tell me the harrowing tale of how you got from the bridges to here. I'm sure it's a good one."
How much money do we even have?
>>25246609probably somewhere in the region of ~750 ish, given our spending habits and our most recent trip to stone hall.estimate pulled right out of my ass.
>>25246507"Does the long term pass cover everyone in a party? If not, we'll go with singles." You say. "Although, I find it rather unlikely the higher-ups would bother reimbursing me even were I to ask."A person walks through the alley towards you. He's dressed in dull greys and blacks. He's bald and taller than Mage. He's built like a brick wall. He's got a greatsword on his back and a mallet at his belt."That would be a failing of the Occuli. Not my men." He extends his hand. "Janos Jesspy. They call me Blue Jay. I'm in charge of what they call the Shadow Company." He shrugs. "Although we're really Citadel Road Reconstruction & Taxes Crew #17."
>>25246652Return the shake. "So, CRRT No. 17? or just Crew 17?"
>>25246652"A pleasure to meet you Janos" offer your hand for a handshake "You are of Crew 17? How many crews are there and where are they located? My Order's duties has kept me from the Citadel and it's various workings, so your group's existence is a bit of a pleasent surprise"
>>25246652Shake the hand. Mind your claws and freaky long fingertips."Ssen Patrick, and these are my friends Peri, Meri, Lea, Tricia, And Mage. I've got an acre of questions, some of which you've answered already, so we'll move on to the other ones. Let's start by talking about paladins! Tell me about them. Which side is which, do you prefer either, any rumored secrets the organizations might be covering up, all that good stuff. Oh, and you've got to tell me about how your crew came to be in this position of sentry over the neighborhood. Dealing with looters and all must be a task- especially since I can't seem to get a description as to what exactly they are. You must know, having dealt with them."
>>25246652Probably would be prudent to bounce the same questions we gave the merchent off of him. Multiple sources and whatnot, he seems like he has the finger to the ground. Then we ought to tactfully bring up the subject of why they thought we were sent to deal with them, Ergo the athiesm business.
>>25246652Wait hold up. If Citadel's roads are made of souls, why the fuck would it need a CRRT crew? Sounds to me like he's a Passion.
>>25246972Lets not have a bible fight in the middle of a warzone? Please?
>>25246987Souls don't move on their own silly! They can only move when acted upon by an outside force.
>>25246987With a name like that they weren't always there. Most likely they've been called into service since the Fall started. Citadel is so bloated it can't maintain itself, even the living roads need a bit of help.
>>25246999No need for a bible fight, just address the roc in the room. They thought we were possibly sent to deal with them. May as well find out about that since they brought it up first.
>>25246987Because Citadel is starving and can't maintain itself effectively anymore.
>>25246987somebody needs to put the soul-bricks in.
"A pleasure to meet you, Janos. Ssen Patrick, and these are my friends Peri, Meri, Lea, Tricia, And Mage." You say, as you offer your hand for a handshake, you're ready for it but still you wince a little at the rough calloused hands and bone cracking grip that rivals Tara's grip."You are of Crew 17? How many crews are there and where are they located? My Order's duties has kept me from the Citadel and it's various workings, so your group's existence is a bit of a pleasant surprise.""I don't know about the other Crews." Janos says. He waves the crossbow men off and motions for you to follow. "Ocean Front might be doing something, but I've got to get, and keep, my own house in order, before I worry about them.""How did your crew come to be in this position of sentry over the neighborhood? Dealing with looters and all must be a task.""It isn't much to speak of." He says. "We get called out to repair a bridge, or a road that's outside of Citadel proper, and we collect tolls when the Newgates say we have to." He shrugs. "We're mostly retired soldiers or Occuli. People who couldn't give up the blade, but didn't have the bodies or souls for battle. So, standing in the sun, keeping Ghouls, Bandits, and Fey Court away from a bridge was appealing." He shrugs. "And I like building things.""And then things went downhill?" Mage asks.Janos nods as he leads you through the alley, towards the puppet theater. "Most of us live in Feather Hill, and I didn't want to see thing place get turned into a riot like Paper Lantern, or whatever the Market's become." He shrugs. "So, we set up barricades, moved people around, and we've been collecting tolls like normal on people who pass through or want to 'emigrate' within. We use that money to keep the food merchants coming in. I make sure that everyone gets a receipt too." He nods. "I am NOT a thief and I am NOT a thug." He shrugs. "They started to call us the Shadow Company because we took the Puppet Theater as our base."(cont)
>>25247053scholarus material here. as soon as this all blows over(which is obviously an optimistic way of looking at things) we hire these guys, or maybe just Jay as the co-head of the traveling scholars. Now all we need is a scholar as the second head, and we can begin
>>25247035And is also throwing a tantrum and making its residents suffer until it gets its way.
>>25247103look, let's keep shopping around. These guys are good, but I'm sure there's more good folk out there. Also we can tap some from the fey court too, if we want.We have options, let's not make a decision until the time comes.Also we need to rescue HIS before we can alter our charter to allow such things.
>>25247103Again, this is assuming they would want to join our order. They probably won't be too keen and only our pope analogue can amend the charter that probably states that you have to follow his light in order to join up.
>>25247053Sounds like a man for the shorter list. Does he agree with what happened with the paladin schism and HIS?
>>25247128Charter prevents us from tapping other Occuli forces, these guys look like mercs, and are well within our purview.
>>25247147We can probably hire them as muscle, but what is being suggested is the purview of members of the order, and the order demands faith.
He leads you up the steps into the Puppet Theater. The big spacious entry hall has been converted into a barracks. Cot beds, a mess hall, and a strategy table with maps of the area."This is the strongest place we had, also the...things...don't like coming near here. So we have the kids all set up in the back, those that will come anyway, and work out of here." Janos says."I've got an acre of questions, some of which you've answered already, so we'll move on to the other ones. "Let's start by talking about paladins! Tell me about them. Which side is which, do you prefer either, any rumored secrets the organizations might be covering up, all that good stuff."Janos shakes his head. "I'm keeping out of that mess, and we're going to have an Issue if you want to bring in Feather Hill to that mess. "We've had only one Paladin come through here, since things went bad, High Lord Paladin Trevor, Voice of the Messenger." He sneers. "I didn't want to make trouble, so I just hid in here. The Shadow Company went out, did some lip service to the ass, and then he left, and we went back to work.""What did he want?" Lea asks."Some foolishness about a loyalty oath and giving homage to the light through the Messenger." He shrugs. "Nonsense and empty words. Same as all the rest.""What about these looters?" Tricia asks. "We're hearing strange things about them.""Which ones?" Janos asks. "The Purple Rebels or the City Things?"
>>25247138If members of the fey court can receive confession in his light, we can surely give nonbelievers a job. If they are even nonbelievers, they don't seem militantly atheistic, just skeptical.
>>25247192"I would like to hear about both if you don't mind"
>>25247192Calling it now:Purple Rebels: Loyalists to the Purple Occuli or Purple Occuli themselves.City Things: Manifestations of Citadel itself, snatching people in the night to feed their souls to the starving city. Alternatively, Dramatae servants.
>>25247192"See, distinctions like that are why we buy the passes."
>>25247192"Both actually. I've been hearing all kinds of things from so many people and all they tell me are confused ramblings and "a guy in the pub told me" stories. So I'm quite curious as what is currently going on here in Citadel?"
>>25247247Same, but we best keep it on the down low. We should probably see why they were worried that we were sent to deal with them if they have an occuli charter.I'm thinking this guy is less athiest and more practical minded.
>>25247192"Don't worry, we aren't planning on bringing you into any of the fighting. We're only after information at this point."
>>25247291>Atheist>practicalMy thought was that one lead to the other. who's to say he's not both?
>>25247426don't go starting into that can of tiny paladins.
>>25247223"I would like to hear about both if you don't mind." You say."Well, the Purple Rebels, they have their own name, I'm just calling them that." Janos says. "They're originally made from the Purple Occuli and probably the Newgates, not sure if they're the ones keeping the king 'safe' or want to 'rescue' him." He shrugs. "Hardly matters. They're the ones fighting the 'corruption within' Citadel." He shakes his head. "Thugs, looters, and people who're taking advantage of this mess. They wear purple sashes, and pick and choose the good from the evil." Janos shakes his head. "Personal vendettas, imagined slights, and people who disagree with their current leader's philosophy." He nods. "Gold pays tongues, and I have the birdman reading mail, yes, I know it's illegal. I am aware Paladin, but I'm worried about raids and death squads, not who's sleeping with whom." He snarls at you. "And I answer to Feather Hill, not you, and certainly not the light.""We understand." Lea says. "Go on. The Purple Leaders.""Right, well...they change constantly from region to region. Dead man's boots is their leadership model." He then frowns. "The City Things. Those are the things that scare me. They come at night, break into homes, and take things, or move things, or destroy them, or build things." He shakes his head. "I have no idea what they want...but I do know that if a person sees them, then that person disappears.""Then how do you know what they are?" Tricia asks."Because I've seen them, and I don't leave the Theater at night and I don't travel alone." He says. "Also, I'm meaner than they are.""What are they?" Mage asks."Almost human." He says. "Then you look at them, canvas skin, plaster flesh, ropes for sinews, glass eyes...every one of them is different. Some of them run away, some fight the others, a few just sit in the middle of the street and wail. All of them scream when they see you and know that you see them." He shudders.
>>25247426I think its more more he probably doesn't care one way or the other about religion. weather or not that counts as atheists or not is also something he probably dos'tn care about.
>>25247506 After these messages, we'll be right back.
>>25247506"Meaner than they are? Does that mean you've finished some off?"
>>25247506Well, the purple rebels sound like something one of the more power hungry Newgates crated, and they may help us if our targets align. However, our real enemy are the Citadel Golems and their master. How about HIS? Does our new frind know where she is?
>>25247632a good thing to ask him would be about the location of Her illuminated SelfI also think we should visit the official paladins at the burning corpse pit. It doesn't seem so much like there's a bounty or anything out on us yet.
>>25247426>>25247508I'd call it more of a genteel athiesm or agnosticism than militant atheism. Especially since he isn't going full sperglord on us. Which I think he just suggested he might do a bit of regarding Trevor
>>25247506"Why, that's fascinating. I don't think I've heard of stranger yet. You'll have to tell me all about the times you've seen them., and how you keep them away."
>>25247506This guy would make an amazing Call of Cthulhu PC
So, THEORIES!These things are the ones that made people "drop dead" when they left citadel.They can only be seen by certain people, which is why they take those who see them.
>>25247506We should tell him about the souls.Also... I gotta wonder if all those incidents are the souls trapped within the city starting to break free of Citadel..
>>25247961Possible. I think it more likely they're a recent invention, something Peace threw together.Something so slapdash and out of place screams desperation in its design.
>>25248007Perhaps. or they could just be >>25247996escaped souls, doing escaped soul things.
They're probably escaped souls, driven mad by being in the dark. And those who see them and disapear are probably due to Citadel itself who is trying to prevent even more panic.
>>25247961Actually I think that these things used to Be humans. I think they may be the 'not humans' we saw crawling over Citadel in our dream a while back. People who gave themselves completely over to citadel and became a literal part of it, and now that its power has weakened it can no longer hide how twisted they have become, even from themselves.
>>25248195Wow. I really hope you're wrong.
>>25248272no, that's what's going on. We've said it, so it's true.
Man these guys haven't been weirded out by us being a lamia once.Good gameface, these guys have.
>>25247631"Meaner than they are? Does that mean you've finished some off?" You ask.He shrugs. "As much as you can call those things 'finished.' I suppose. They're still made of stone, wood, and other things that break when you hit them hard enough." He nods. "You just have to do it enough times that they don't come back.""Why, that's fascinating. I don't think I've heard of stranger yet. You'll have to tell me all about the times you've seen them, and how you keep them away." You say."Well...that's the strangest thing." He says. "I think I HAVE found a way to keep them away. But when I tell them about it, the citizens call me crazy and my men give me funny looks." He jerks his head. "It's in the other room, with the kids."
>>25248507lets go see.
>>25248507"Marvelous, if everyone thinks you're crazy it must be good. Or worthless. It's usually a tossup, but I'm an optimist."
>>25248507"What works is what works. I think you'd agree?"
>>252485075 gold says it's a clock.
>>25248507Bet you it's a clock.
>>25248654>>25248657have we gotten pocketwatches yet?
>>25248654>>25248657one of our companions should say this.
>>25248677We should say it
>>25248576"Marvelous, if everyone thinks you're crazy it must be good. Or worthless. It's usually a tossup, but I'm an optimist." You say."You are very unlike most of the Paladins I have seen in my life." Janos says."Is it cause she has red hair?" Mage asks. "Or that she has green AND yellow scales?""Everyone in Citadel knows of the Paladin Serpent." Janos says. "Although I'm a little surprised to see that you wear such...normal...armor. The pictures that show your triumphs and deeds have you and your people dressed...differently."He leads you to the theater proper, and you see a room full of young kids. They're watching the stage, a shadow puppet show is being performed. 'Magic' lanterns dance lights and paper cut outs gesture and twirl across the stage. A band plays a harp, a flute, and a drum. It's very calm. But you recognize what kind of story is being shown to the children.It's a rendition of one of the Lightbringer stories.
>>25248728>feeding the beastDamn it.
>>25248728>green AND yellow scalesI KNEW WE WERE YELLOWBELLIED
>>25248728"So, the puppet show was the thing to see all along? Care to explain?"
>>25248728Let's watch it!
>>25248745You are probably right.
>>25248788This, see how this particular rendition ends. See if it's the same as the usual ones or closer to the original.
>>25248817>>25248745I wonder if we can feed it with fictional stories?
>>25248847>>25248788shit, this is actually a good idea.Also I think we should just start, I don't know, punching the wall when people mention that armor thing. Or something.
>>25248872Well, we could get a baby rattle, tie it to our tail, and shake it...works about as well as anything else.
>>25248896Never.Nobody will ever be able to get us to do this.
>>25248931Unless they really hate having a skeleton
>>25248745Or maybe those "magic" lanterns have something more to them...
>>25248783"So, the puppet show was the thing to see all along? Care to explain?" You ask.Janos shrugs. "It was a bad night, the kids were freaking out, and the City Things were skulking about, getting ready to take us all. So, one of my guys grabs the equipment and starts to put on a show. He only knows the Lightbringer stories by heart, so he does one. The one with the bear and the ice wyrm. The kids quiet down and watch it, and the City Things...go away." He shrugs. "And every night that we've done these shows, the City Things get less and less hostile." He shrugs. "People think I'm nuts when I tell them this, but it keeps the kids calm while we wait out the storm."
>>25248931I bet Tricia could do it if she traded for the wings (not that she'd take that trade).
>>25248990I'm imagining citadel as a baby, crying in a crib made of bones, and these stories as those little music boxes that play music via a spring and a studded wheel.And I REALLY want to just drop-kick that baby into a river.
>>25249007Bah no need to actually do a trade. We've got a few decades/centuries to come up with a plan that gets her wings
>>25248990"Of course it calms the city down. The Lightbringer story is its favorite after all. Thank you for showing me this. I don't suppose you know where HIS is being kept?"
>>25248990He knows enough already, he deserves to hear why he's not insane."You're not nuts. Citadel is, but you're not crazy for figuring out its secret. Think of it like a spoiled rotten child and you'll be on the right track; it loves these stories.It loves the real thing even more, but it isn't getting that right now. Or ever again."
>>25249116Seconded, but refer to Citadel as 'the city'. Don't make too big of a leap.
>>25248990"You know, that actually makes some amount of sense. Gives me a good lead on the agenda of these things. Though whether or not catering this is warding them away or paying them tribute is yet to be seen- things get really weird when you're dealing with creatures like this. There's all sorts of bizzare rules and spiritual contract mumbo jumbo. Usually takes a wizard and two ancient languages to figure out! Keep doing what you're doing, but be prepared to change as the situation does. Myself, I've got to get to the bottom of this."
>>25249175Fine by me.
>>25249175>>25249116Good with these.
>>25249229I can easily imagine the Cathedral looking like that now.
>>25249176I guess don't use this if we're going the direct route.
>>25248990You aren't warding the city things off, you're paying them tribute.
>>25249265Clearly we just need to shift Citadel into a random theatre in the middle of nowhere, and let it veg out.
>>25249288That might be the best way to do it.I wonder how it would like new stories?
>>25249307It likes a certain very specific kind of novelty, the kind that's really just more and more of the same. Other than that, novelty is tantrum-inducing.
>>25248990"Its because, in a way, you are feeding them what they want." <When he goes to ask just what the fuck we're talking about> "Its a story that would take too long to explain so don't ask."
>>25249307It BETTER. Citadel is everything that was wrong with the 90's 'Dark Age' of comic book writing. Grim n' Gritty, lots of sacrifice and bloodshed, and the hero always-ALWAYS-dies at the end.There is a better way. Justice figured it out, followed by everyone else. A story doesn't have to have a sad ending to have meaning. It just has to be a good story.This city-this stupid, brainless, insipid pile of tinsel and rubble-needs a good old fashion dose of reconstruction.
Well, if they're defending themselves and THE KIDS, I deem it a fair trade, for now. Of course, I'd like him, his krew and all the civillians to leave for safer areas and we should tell him that. But we have to be focused on our mission and that is to free HIS.
>>25249475I'd be much more fine with citadel if it only ate plays, and not souls, bodies, and heroes.
>>25249116"You're not nuts. The city is, but you're not crazy for figuring out its secret. Think of it like a spoiled rotten child and you'll be on the right track; it loves these stories."It loves the real thing even more, but it isn't getting that right now. Or ever again." You say."Huh?" Janos asks."It's a long complicated story." Mari says."I bet." Janos says."Do you know where Her Illuminated Self is being kept?" You ask. He nods. "Yeah, come back to the maps."You leave the theater and go back to the Shadow Company's HQ. "She's being held in the Silver Eagle neighborhood, but don't bother going there. By the time you reach it, they'll have moved her." He points on the map. "They've been moving her every other day for some reason.""Let me guess." Mage says. "She's here now...but she was here...and here...before, RIght?""Yeah...how'd you know?" Janos asks."They're running a mandala." He says. "Long magic-babbly explanation made short, they're slowly converting HIS so she can't be brought back, they have to keep moving, and they have keep her at these points to do it." He draws a few lines and circles on the map. Then he puts a big red X on it. "There. That's where she'll be for the next few days.""What kind of timeline are we working with Mage?" Peri asks."They're nearly half-way through." Mage says. "If we want to save her, we have to stop this before they complete the Ocean District. We do that, we can bring her back, we screw it up...and best case scenario is that she'll have free will, but will never be able to leave Citadel. Ever.""Worst case? We kill her?""No...no that's really not the worst case." Mage says. "You don't want to know what the worst case is."
>>25249578Yes I do Mage.
>>25249578"Well great, sounds like the perfect foundation for a plan! Do we have time to spring the imprisoned paladins first? That could be a useful distraction while we rescue her, but probably not as time-sensitive."
>>25249578>"No...no that's really not the worst case." Mage says. "You don't want to know what the worst case is.""I really do. The known is always less scary than the unknown. We're going to stop it, but I want to know what we're going to stop, and what they were trying to pull in case it comes up again."
>>25249578Let me guess. She becomes Citadel's mind, body... and soul. Citadel Corrupt like those poor monsters. Should we bother contacting the Paladins? Or shall we go scout out the place she will be.
>>25249578I think it's about time for this songhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCOPuGBg_W0"Whatever a Mandala is, I hate it and it must be stopped. Janos, you have any information on the site?"
>>25249578...Worst case is HIS becomes a Dramatae or an Avatar of Citadel.We need to reach the X-ed area so we can ambush whoever is holding HIS and get her out of this hellhole. We should ask Janos if he wants to be a bigdamn hero and help save HIS.
>>25249679He wont he doesnt give a flying fuck about HIS so it wont matter.
>>25249679>...Worst case is HIS becomes a Dramatae or an Avatar of Citadel.Having HIS as the next Tragedy wouldn't be *nearly* as bad as having HIS as a physical avatar of Citadel.
>>25249578I want to know what the stakes are.
>>25249781Yeah. Not that we don't already fight as hard as we can, but there's something extra compelling about knowing exactly what you're fighting against. Plus, more knowledge *never* hurts.
>>25249578"And the paladins? Do you know where they're being kept?"
"I really do. The known is always less scary than the unknown. We're going to stop it, but I want to know what we're going to stop, and what they were trying to pull in case it comes up again." You say."What, Mage?" Lea asks. "Her Illuminated Self becomes a physical avatar of Citadel?"Mage shakes his head. "Her Illuminated Self is not Peace's Plan A, she's the back-up plan.""Regular words, Mage." Tricia says."Her Illuminated Self would be the...host." He says. "If Peace succeeds, then even if we took out the Heart, and stopped Citadel, then Peace could start all over.""So...wait...HIS would be the mother of a new Citadel?" Peri asks."Not quite...more like how there's a type of wasp that injects its young into a living lizard, and how when those young hatch they eat the lizard from the inside out?" Mage nods. "This would be WORSE than that."
>>25249951"Janos, if you're overhearing this, I'd suggest either bowing out or getting in on it. We're up to paladin business now, and it tends to escalate quickly."
>>25249951She would hatch to be the new city wouldn't she? She'd contain all the souls that Citadel has harvested that Peace can cram into her. And once the Lightbringer story is finished once again... wherever she is... a new Citadel would sprout.
>>25249951"Hey, no insect-shaming around here mister. Well, nothing to do but preventing that from ever coming to fruition, then."
>>25249951"Well, that's horrible, thanks for telling me. We've got a few days, you say? I guess we're used to working on a time limit. We should get to staking the place out, maybe have tricia give us the layout. Maybe I'll talk to the other paladins, see what news they have."
>>25249951>Citadel and Peace as botflies>FUCKING BOTFLIESI HATE this city. I HATE Peace. I HATE them both, with a fiery passion that blazes like the plasmatic heart of a red giant star. If my hate were harnessed as a form of energy it would meet all the energy needs of the world thrice over.
>>25250008>"Hey, no insect-shaming around here mister. Well, nothing to do but preventing that from ever coming to fruition, then."Seconded.>>25249981>"Janos, if you're overhearing this, I'd suggest either bowing out or getting in on it. We're up to paladin business now, and it tends to escalate quickly."Sounds good; we could probably use the help if he's willing, or at least ask him to put on a huge show as a distraction.
>>25249951So planning an ambush is top priority right now isn't it? Janos! If you are with us, I hope you and your crew can help with this, I don't expect you to actually fight, but constructing an ambush sight would be much appreciated
>>25250054settle down, yo.
>>25250115what are you stupid?If anything, this is a heist.
>>25249951"What a lovely shadow we're about to go barreling into."
>>25250174Poor Dana. We just picked her up and dumped her in our hot tub.
>>25250198>Poor Dana. We just picked her up and dumped her in our hot tub.I think we ought to have a longer conversation with her after we rescue HIS and make our way back to Stone Hall and Bronze Peak.
>>25250198well, she didn't want to come to the mainland.We'll adventure with her when we're pirates, later on in life.
>>25250217Paladin Pirates.... I gotta sea that.
Her Illuminated Self has been kidnapped by Dramatae.Are you a righteous enough Paladin to rescue HIS?
>>25250237>Paladin Pirates.... I gotta sea that.Paladin *Privateers*.
>>25250260Bringing His Light to the Seven Seas.
>>25250215Well, she IS the best conversation of all the Dawnchasers & Co.
"Hey, no insect-shaming around here mister. Well, nothing to do but preventing that from ever coming to fruition, then." You say."Oh! Right, sorry Tricia." Mage says.Tricia waves him off. "How do we get there from here?""Janos, if you're overhearing this, I'd suggest either bowing out or getting in on it. We're up to paladin business now, and it tends to escalate quickly." You say."You lost me when you started to talk as if Citadel was a living thing." He says. "I'll show you the best way to the Ocean District, but I'm not leaving Feather Hill. I've worked too hard to keep this place safer than the rest of the city." He shrugs. "And while I'm not against helping the HIS if she needs it, I doubt that she'd want someone like me near one of those so-called sacred sites.""Just you, or the entire Shadow Company?" Lea asks. "I'm just curious if it's just your reputation that has blanketed the entire group of if they have similar viewpoints.""A couple share my 'viewpoint,' if you want to call it that." Janos says. "But it's mostly me, yeah. I don't believe in His Light, the Silent God, or any other big face in the sky that's supposed to be watching us. It's as much a fairy tale and as solid as the shadows back in that theater. Of course, shadow puppets never slaughtered people."Lea holds up a hand. "Fine. That's fine. You're here to help the people of Citadel. We're also here to help the people of Citadel. Neither of us is here to argue."Janos frowns and shifts his shoulders. "You won't reach the Ocean District by nightfall if you leave now." He says. "I suggest you stay here for the evening, we have reasonable rates, and then take off at the first light of dawn. Then you'll get there with plenty of daylight to burn." He kind of looks upset that Lea wasn't willing to get into a shouting match with him.
>>25250279Wonder what she's doing right now.
>>25250287I don't think we have the time to waste.
>>25250287What time is it right now? Could we make it to the market/corpse pit and back before nightfall?I'm fine with staying the night if it's already late.
>>25250287"We have no need to argue theology; hang around us long enough and you'll get all the evidence you need.And arriving after nightfall sounds just fine; who says they're going to wait for daytime for the ritual? Let's get going. Janos, if you wouldn't mind, make tonight's theatre production a night to remember; we could use the distraction."Dark for dark business indeed.
>>25250287"Sorry everyone, No rest for the Righteous."
>>25250287Drum your fingers."No, I think perhaps we might want the cover of night for this. Sad I didn't get to inform the other paladins, but this is a time sensitive matter. Oh, speaking of other paladins, do you happen to know where the imprisoned paladins are being kept?"
>>25250287"Bright daylight may not be ideal for our plans, but thank you for the offer."
Hey guys, know what this means?A SNEAKING MISSION!This can't go wrong!
>>25250591you just doomed us.
>>25250591>This can't go wrong!You.
>>25250591We have a good record with sneaking missions, even your jinx can't stop us!
"We have no need to argue theology; hang around us long enough and you'll get all the evidence you need." You say.Janos scoffs."And arriving after nightfall sounds just fine; who says they're going to wait for daytime for the ritual? Let's get going. Janos, if you wouldn't mind, make tonight's theatre production a night to remember; we could use the distraction." You say."What? You mean bells, whistles, and fireworks?" He says. "We're not exactly professional performers.""We're hardly a professional group ourselves." Tricia says. "Just anything you can do to spruce the place up and make the show more...public...would do wonders for us."Janos rolls his eyes."Sad I didn't get to inform the other paladins, but this is a time sensitive matter. Oh, speaking of other paladins, do you happen to know where the imprisoned paladins are being kept?" You ask."There aren't any." Janos says. "At least I don't think there are any. The Purples claim that the 'Corrupt' have them locked up in the Market place, and the Loyalists claim that the 'Traitors' have them in Occuli HQ. "But that isn't the important part." Janos says. "The important part, of this whole debacle, is...what's in this for me if I help you by putting on this 'big show?' I mean, by what I've heard, and what you're telling me, isn't doing this going to bring a huge mass of attention, not to mention City Things, Feather Hill's way?""The whole POINT of the barricades and the silent watches and the calm tolls is to make us NOT a point of attention. I've seen what happen to places like Paper Lantern, that make noise and get attention. Those places burn." He shakes his head. "And I want something more than just what little gold you have on you, or the promises of empty platitudes from an invisible person."
Rolled 1>>25250591>>25250640Sneaky luck test.
>>25250697Tell him, then. Tell him *exactly* what he's fighting for. And who the Messenger is.
>>25250591>This can't go wrong!
>>25250747>Tell him, then. Tell him *exactly* what he's fighting for. And who the Messenger is.Yeah, at this point he needs to know.
>>25250719Well this will go swimmingly.
>>25250719Fuck, abort the mission.
>>25250697"No, that's fine, we recognize it would bring a huge amount of heat down on you. Which is why we asked, so you could turn it down if you wanted. Not everyone jumps at the chance for heroism."We don't want to bring heat down on these guys if they can't handle it.
>>25250747This. If he doesn't believe us, tell him that if magic can be real then magically malicious land spirits can be too. And it'll explain a lot for him.
>>25250697"Want us to get you and your guys out of Citadel? That can be arraigned."
>>25250719>>25250591Thou hast offended the dice gods. You've doomed us all you colossal faggot.
>>25250809>>25250747both of these. Tell him what he is getting into and give him the option to avoid like any sane being would.
>>25250809Actually I like this better.I'm the poster of >>25250840
>>25250820>"Want us to get you and your guys out of Citadel? That can be arraigned."Good thinking. He may not like promises from the Light, but hopefully the Paladin Serpent's word is still pretty good.>>25250747>>25250836>both of these. Tell him what he is getting into and give him the option to avoid like any sane being would.Agreed; if he doesn't want to do it after he knows what he's in for, fine.
>>25250697"Because those stories placate those monsters and the thing that creates them likes spectacle and with what we're about to do, it and the creatures that serve it will be very. very angry. You're not doing this for me, nor the Light I serve, but for the people of Feather Hill."
>>25250893Will we be telling him the part about how we are the ones causing the bad times by starving the Citadel?
>>25250923In the context of Citadel being a spoiled child that wants nothing to change, ever, yes. We could always tell him about the folks who were furious with us because it rained.
>>25250719Rolling out the ones its all good
>>25250697"All right. What do you want?"
>>25250923We should also definitely reiterate the fact that souls are a thing, and that Citadel itself eats the souls of the dead, uses their corpses to build and expand, and requires the slaughter of innocent bystanders or a regular basis. That the "Messenger" is the one who arranges this slaughter, and is personally responsible for the deaths of thousands, if not millions of men, women, children, and for the damnation of their souls. Because it's the truth, and even if they've turned their backs on the Light they have the right to know it.
>>25251292Hell, Lysander and his crew basically told us to let them all die rather than make any deals with the Dramatae once they knew. Even if the guys we're dealing with aren't religious, the reality of the situation and the knowledge of what's really fueled their "good times" has horrified every reasonable person we've told.
>>25251292Makes me wonder what Citadel uses the souls of Lightbringers for.
>>25251292They haven't turned their backs on the Light.Not all who walk in shadow seek its solace, and not all who walk in sunshine enjoy its warmth.
>>25251369>Not all who walk in shadow seek its solace, and not all who walk in sunshine enjoy its warmth.Deep, dood.
if he's not in on this, we'll have to find another hideout for HIS while we're getting out of the city.
they seem like good people, but telling them exactly what is going on would put him at risk. though we might want to tell him to be ready to evacuate , there is a good chance that the city could become completely unlivable in the nearish future.
"No, that's fine, we recognize it would bring a huge amount of heat down on you. Which is why we asked, so you could turn it down if you wanted. Not everyone jumps at the chance for heroism." You say."Hey, cut out that passive aggressive crap." He says. "We don't have the same priorities that YOU do. That's all.""Want us to get you and your guys out of Citadel? That can be arranged.""No! This is our home!" He says. "We've done nothing wrong, and we made our lives here. This'll end...and then we can go back to the way things used to be. Right?""You...need to know a few things." Lea says.You tell Janos the truth. About Citadel, about the Lightbringer Sacrifices, about your journey, the works.He looks at you, with a raised eyebrow, and shrugs. "That's an interesting story." He says. "But what does that do to change what I'm asking you? An army or a so-called God, does it matter which one kills you? You're dead either way, so I want to know what the great Paladin Serpent can offer me that doesn't put my neck out?""Well, what do you want?" You ask.He opens his mouth, and then closes it. He pauses for a moment and then his eyes brighten and he grins. "One of the few things a Paladin and a Paladin alone can give a person..."A divorce!"
I wish we could rest a night.Maybe we'll rest tomorrow night, if we have an extra day.
>>25251593Laugh mightily, because that's a pretty easy one and it's not something we've been able to do.Not that we aren't going to try playing Paladin diplomat a bit first.
>>25251614If our reaction is anything BUT this i'm out. Leviathan humor is nice, but it's great character to simply be utterly flabberghasted every once in a while.
>>25251593>facepalm.jpgYou could have said that earlier!
>>25251638>If our reaction is anything BUT this i'm out.Hyperbole much?>>25251629Laugh indeed.
>>25251593Full snake smile. Perhaps withhold a giggle."Oh my, I didn't know you were such a ladykiller. Who's the unfortunate you've spurned so?"This is good gossip, and we hardly ever have a chance to get in on that. it's always ancient conspiracies and things like that.
>>25251638I don't know about you, but when I'm flabbergasted I laugh.
>>25251677>Full snake smile. Perhaps withhold a giggle.>"Oh my, I didn't know you were such a ladykiller. Who's the unfortunate you've spurned so?"Yes, this deserves a good-natured ribbing. Besides, I think we're obligated as a Paladin to play marriage counselor and only perform a divorce if that fails.
>>25251593"You're going to have to contextualize this for me Mr. Janos."
>>25251671>>25251705Come on. I just want to see how the rest of the party reacts when Ssen, the bastion of 'not give a dragon's ass' is stumped.
>>25251705Heck, everyone handles being flabbergasted differently.
>>25251712>Besides, I think we're obligated as a Paladin to play marriage counselor and only perform a divorce if that fails.Oh, this is going to be *fun*."So, whose confession should I take first?"
>>25251593"I tell you that I'm on a mission to defeat an insane living city made of corpses and fueled by human souls, and to get your help you want me to get you a divorce?" "I'd be lying if I said I understood that one, but let's hear your reasons."
"What." You say.Peri/Mari's jaw drops. Tricia scratches her head in awe. Mage looks at you in disbelief. Lea bursts out in hysterical laughter."I hate my wife." He says. "She hates me too, really. However, she refuses to let me be free until she 'restores my vision to His Light and His Love.' I'm sick of it, I'm sick of her, and I want to be done with it.""Why'd you marry her in the first place?" Mage asks."Cause we were stupid kids in school and I knocked her up." Janos says. "But little Deborah's old enough to be making it on her own, she has a boyfriend of her own, and I won't ruin my family name...or the hag's reputation by screwing around while I'm still shackled to her. Well...ruin it further...she's fitted me for a pair of antlers as well!"Give me a divorce, and I'll do whatever it is you want."
>>25251747Oh, sure. I'm all for the stumpedness for a bit, but then we're going to have to laugh at the sheer insanity of it all.
"well that's a new one. I assume she feels the same way?"
>>25251787"You'll have to bring her here first, and she'll have to tell me the same thing. I'm not offering anyone a divorce without that. But if she has a boyfriend, it does sound like the marriage is well and truly over in all but name."
>>25251827he means the daughter has a boyfriend. but seconding talking to her.
>>25251787"How many Paladins have turned you down BECAUSE she's trying to proselytize you?"
>>25251827Well is she has a bf, I think we can grant a divorce due to adultery.
>>25251850Good question.>>25251849>he means the daughter has a boyfriend. but seconding talking to her.Not so sure about that.>she's fitted me for a pair of antlers as well!
>>25251787Why does Janos suddenly sound Irish?
>>25251874We still ought to hear both sides of the story.>>25251849>he means the daughter has a boyfriend. but seconding talking to her.I should say: yes, it sounds like that too, but it also sounds like the wife is being (no pun intended) unfaithful, hence the antler comment.
>>25251787"The kids are grown, so that's not an issue. I'd call a skeptic living with a proselytizer a fine case of 'irreconcilable differences'. A Faith that has to be cajoled is a hollow faith anyway."
>>25251898And the daughter's side. I think hers might be the most objective one.
>>25251787we should lean over to mari and ask"Just checking, what's the legality on a one-sided divorce? I'd hate to have it get turned over in court later if I do this."
>>25251960Lea would probably know that better than Mari.>>25251959Good call; seconded.
>>25251986I thought lea knew the holy books, mari knew the legal books?
>>25251939I'm all for that after we talk to them all.
>>25252003True enough; Lea would know the details of Paladin-granted divorces, but Mari might know the legalities in question, you're right. Can't hurt to consult them while Janos gets his family here.
Also, if Janos complains about having to bring Mrs. Jesspy here, we can ask him this:>>25251850>"How many Paladins have turned you down BECAUSE she's trying to proselytize you?"
"Just checking, what's the legality on a one-sided divorce? I'd hate to have it get turned over in court later if I do this." You ask."As a Paladin, your signature would be enough for him to force it through, if he had the money and patience, and as long as his wife doesn't get her own Paladin nullifying your nullification, but then it goes back to the courts." Mari says.Lea's still laughing but calms herself down. "Really, if its as bad as he says, and it's probably worse, then we'd be doing everyone a favor." She sniffs. "Oh this is too funny...but we really should get the other sides to it.""You can draw up a draft," Mari says. "If he has a kid, then all it would need is his signature, yours, and the kid's to verify the claim. Oh, but you have to specify that you're just annuling the marital contract and status and that alone. Specify that you have no statement on custody, property, or anything else. Just the fact that they aren't married." Mari says.Lea starts laughing again."What is so funny?" Mage asks. "And why do YOU think it's so funny?""My father...would grill me on all the aspects of a Paladin's duties, so I know them all. Marriage vows too." She sniffs. "One day, I asked him if I had to learn how to give a divorce, and he told me...that no one would ever be so base or devoid of His Light or honor as to go to a paladin and ask them for a divorce!"
>>25252309"My word, how naive."
Man, I've got a good line for this already."Your joining is annulled. May you find happiness in the arms of whomsoever you wish. you are bound no more."
laugh, this is the funniest thing we've seen since the yellow boots
>>25252309"Right, because everyone in the world is perfect and makes the right life decisions every time? How very Citadel of them."
>>25252309Snrk."Yeah, okay lea, that's actually pretty good. Imagine if he could see us now!"After the laughter subsides"Well Janos, you've got a paladin on the case, as long as we can be quick about it. How fast can we see your daughter? Or wife? Or both?"
>>25252309"Your father seems to have missed the point on a lot of things, Lea. It's good that you have a better grasp of the Teachings than he did.""Now, let's get the various concerned parties in here and get this done. I'd hate to keep Her Illuminated Self waiting any longer than we have to."
>>25252309>>25252434Obviously they don't know who they're dealing with
>>25252404"Right, because everyone in the world is perfect and makes the right life decisions every time? How very Citadel of them."She shrugs. "He always saw divorces as an earthly lawyer thing, and that Paladins shouldn't deal with things like that." She snickers."Heh, imagine if he could see us now." You say."Oh, I plan on rubbing this in his face next time I see him...along with the rest of my fist." She says."Well Janos, you've got a paladin on the case, as long as we can be quick about it. How fast can we see your daughter? Or wife? Or both?"He shifts his weight. "She's in the Rose Garden district, and Deborah's studying in the Conclave and lives in the dorms." He says. "They're both fine. Things are better there, and I got birds from them two days ago." He sighs. "You're really going to make me get them, or talk to them?"The group of you nod."If you want the uncorruptable word of a Paladin, then yes." Tricia says. "We need to hear it from the others.""Alright...I'll take you on your word. Not on your God or your oaths, or whatever it is you think you're fighting against or for, but just your word...got it?" He sticks out his hand.
>>25252550"Got it." and shake his hand.
>>25252550"Even if there is no Light or Darkness, there is the Paladin Serpent."
>>25252550Agree. Also, I'd like to know how long we'll be tied up with this, because HIS is being brainwashed at this very moment.
>>25252550Shake his hand. "Fair enough. Sounds like you've had quite enough proselytizing already; we won't add to it."
>>25252614Channeling Isen, there? Bit much.Just shake his hand and agree.
>>25252614>SIGN THESE DIVORCE PAPERS!>I... I will.. I swear! I swear to the Light!>....>SWEAR TO ME!
>>25252550"Agreed, but I must point out that giving my word is also probably another type of oath. I'll ask a philosopher about it later."
>>25252550"Keep in mind that land spirits are real, though. And more often than not they're assholes.
>>25252614don't actually say this, it is an OOC reference.
>>25252659Heh. That does sound like our Leviathan talking. Say that.
>>25252614>>25252637Noooo, that's still religious. Swear like a warrior!"You have my word as my father's daughter."or"You have my word, as Ssen Patrick, Daughter of Liam."
Well, if we're divorcing, I suggest we spend ONE day staking out the place.We will attack tomorrow night.
>>25252709... but we're not literally our father's daughter. >>25252652>pic related>>25252650It's a Kamen Rider reference, it's supposed to be a bit much.
>>25252639"Fair enough. Sounds like you've had quite enough proselytizing already; we won't add to it." You say.He shakes your hand. "Alright, so I'll be sure to put on a show that the city sure as hell wont forget. If my divorce is on the line, I'll wrestle a dragon buck naked.""That wont be necessary." Mage says."I dunno...between him and Old One, it might be a fun fight. I'd pay money for it." Peri says."You've met a dragon?" He asks."Yeah, big scaly, gigantic egos that have them convinced that there is nothing greater in the world than themselves." Lea says."Sounds like my wife." Janos mutters. "Anyway, you can get to the Ocean District if you go on this route here." He points out a path. "And you can leave now, or later. Either way it's going to be dangerous. Purple rebels and infighting during the daylight and LOTS of City Things in that area when it gets dark." He pauses. "You sure I can't get something in writing, just incase you die?"
>>25252844I don't think we have time to wait that long.
>>25252876"I'm afraid not, but don't worry, we'll make it out alive somehow. And if we don't, well, look on the bright side - the marriage will be the least of your worries!"
>>25252876"I won't give you a full divorce in writing, but if there are any good Paladins left, I'll give you an official note saying I'd like them to talk to you and handle it. I don't want them refusing you just because your wife is a believer and you are not."
>>25252876"If we die you probably won't be needing it."
>>25252876"Well, what do you want me to write down? That I promise to divorce them, assuming there isn't any strong reason not to? On the off chance we survive though, is there a place you know of that could operate as a safehouse for a day or so while we arrange an exit out of the city? That will be your best time window for the divorce, as well, since we'll very likely be leaving at that point. Unless you're fine with waiting who knows how long until next we get back here."
>>25252957>but if there are any good Paladins leftShould have said "but in case there are any good Paladins left". We'll give him the note now, in case there is anyone left to show it to later.>>25252992Yeah, we should probably add that as well.
"I won't give you a full divorce in writing, but if there are any good Paladins left, I'll give you an official note saying I'd like them to talk to you and handle it. I don't want them refusing you just because your wife is a believer and you are not." You say. You pat him on the shoulder. "Anyway, if we fail, look on the bright side - the marriage will be the least of your worries!" You give him a fang filled smile."Yeah, well...thanks." He says. "I used to year for something more exciting that working under bridges and taking tolls. Shows what a fucking stupid moron I am." He shrugs. "Anyway, if you do manage to get Her Illuminated Self away from whatever trouble you think she's in, you can come back here." He says. "I'll have my whole squad say that we've been working with the Paladin Serpent all day.""Can you prove it?" Mage asks. "They're going to NOTICE that there's a lamia around town.""Wally has a pet naga that's a bit darker green than you are." He says. "She's a sweet thing. She was with the kids back there, actually. So we'll say that she's you if anyone comes asking."
>>25253093Here's some wording for the note:To any Paladin:If I am not available to do so, I formally request your services in performing a divorce for Janos Jesspy, conditional on hearing all sides of the story, including himself, his wife, and his daughter Deborah. Please remember in doing so that one does not need to be a believer of the Light to be an honorable person; certainly the converse is not always the case.- Paladin Ssen Patrick
>>25253093Can we hiss, just a little bit, as a sign of not being particularly happy with the term "pet"? We're not ripping the society down by its hinges *today*, but we don't have to be happy with it either.
>>25253093>we didn't notice a naga>a talking one no lessWe really need to talk to her when we get back. Just say hi.
>>25253093Try very hard to hide continued uncomfortableness with pet monsters."Ah, yes, I suppose that could work."
>>25253093"..I'd like to have a good look at this Naga. Also, do you have a spare Collar and Leash?"
>>25253093>"Yeah, well...thanks." He says. "I used to year for something more exciting that working under bridges and taking tolls. Shows what a fucking stupid moron I am.""Yeah, I'd kill for some boring right about now. Probably will have to, too, sadly."
>>25253156As sick as that is, it's probably a good idea for getting Citadel and the City Things off our less than proverbial tail.
>>25253156>>25253183This. Stealth mission needs disguise badly, and it'll keep Citadel appeased for the moment. We'll have to stash our vestments.
>>25253093>>25253124Well, we could fit in a "Hrrrrmmm" style dissaproval noise.Which, for a lamia, would be kind of a hiss.
>>25253183I was just thinking we should check for White Scales. This is Grand Citadel after all.
>>25253156>>25253183That's really disgusting, which sadly means Citadel will probably love it. Sigh. The things we do for stealth.
>>25253093"You know, I really must do something about "pets" like that one day. You can see how it would rub the wrong way."
>>25253156Oh God. Tricia will be holding the leash, won't she?
>>25253236If we give the leash to Trish its also kinky.
>>25253210Throwing some rags over our armor should be sufficient. I mean, if we bumped into anyone who actually knew better they could tell we weren't a naga anyway. It's just for initial appearances.
this is a stupid plan. Just putting that out there.
>>25253262If we try really really hard, we can pretend it's kinky instead of demeaning!
>>25253302Nope. It will always and forever be demeaning. A thing to be barely tolerated on the best of days and even then only if there's a damn good reason..
>>25253300We're in a rush, we don't have time for intelligent.
>>25253300I know. But I've been wanting to do it since Purple Sands some 50 threads ago.
>>25253156This is the most Dawnchaser idea we've had all...minute.
>>25253345You're underestimating the powers of self-delusion.Anyway, I still say it's the best way of getting around drawing as little suspicion as possible. Just gotta make sure our obvious paladin equipment is under a cloak.
>>25253280Isn't the Red hair a bit of a dead give-away? Especially given the prolific distribution of that one EXTREME 90s rendition of the Dawnchasers?
>>25253302>we can pretend it's kinky instead of demeaning!It's both.>>25253300Beats the Dagda gambit!
>>25253409So wear a hat.>>25253410>Beats the Dagda gambit!Yeah, Mage is going to get a kick out of this.
well, it'll do for getting down the street.But won't we not need this at all, since the way will be watched by citadel things, and not people? We're going at night, right?
>>25253441It'll work even better on Citadel Things.
>>25253441Look, which is more likely to get us to HIS with fewer interferences, City Things reporting that they were repelled by a group of thugs with their pet Naga or City Things reporting that they were repelled by the Paladin Serpent?.
>>25253441...You knowIf the Citadel Things are escaped soulsDoes that mean that Robin and co are running around?>Some of the Things were fighting others
>>25253449Because they're mindless. Still I'd rather avoid them altogether, and moving fast and quiet is the key to that. Not disguises.
>>25253486>Because they're mindless. Are they? We haven't actually met one yet.
>>25253449>>25253464stop it with your relentless logic
>>25253465It's possible. I almost hope that's the case.Almost.
>>25253486They seem to like the shadow plays; they'll like this even more.
>>25253465>First city things we encounter are Robin and co>We've gone through with the leash gambitAnd thus begins the most awkward silence in history.
>>25253520It'd probably shock them into remembering who they were. Which would make it all worth it. Because then we'd be able to kill them later.
>>25253520And the most furious blushing.
>>25253520"... so, how have you been, Lysander?"
>>25253538does it count as a disguise if we kill everyone who sees it?
>>25253538If they're the Things fighting against other things its likely that they already know who they are....Fuck, knowing them, this whole escaped soul thing is their fault in the first place.
>>25253549"I've been better. I'm all made of Citadel now, which is kind of awkward. So, are you and the bug mage finally married now, or are you just feeling playful?"
Some leviathan horror:http://tachyos.org/godel/Godel_statement.html
>>25253576"I have no idea what you're talking about and unless you want to find out if you can still be poisoned, neither do you.'
>>25253664"Well, as pleasant as it's been, it's nearly sunrise and we still need to go beat up a walking footbridge. I get the feeling our lives are almost as weird as yours are now."
>>25253640>Mathmatical theorem proving the necessary illogic of higher-order logicCongratulations. You've found the leviathan equivalent of a Koan.
>>25253683Oh man, we gotta tell that one to the kids.
So, I guess we're doing plan "dress up like a naga"?
>>25253770If this is anything like the last time, it will get us precisely as far as it needs to, and then our cover will be blown SPECTACULARLY.
>>25253166Your tail twitches in disapproval. "Yeah, I'd kill for some boring right about now. Probably will have to, too, sadly."You sigh. "I'd like to have a good look at this Naga. Also, do you have a spare collar and leash?"Janos shrugs. "I'll go ask Daisy. It's her naga."He goes to get the girl and her pet. In the mean time you write up a nice note. - - ->>25253111To any Paladin:If I am not available to do so, I formally request your services in performing a divorce for Janos Jesspy, conditional on hearing all sides of the story, including himself, his wife, and his daughter Deborah. Please remember in doing so that one does not need to be a believer of the Light to be an honorable person; certainly the converse is not always the case.- Paladin Ssen Patrick- - -"That should keep him happy." Lea says."You know, I really must do something about "pets" like that one day. You can see how it would rub the wrong way." You say."Yes, but today, that may be our key to getting around." Tricia says. "Plus, we can always find fun uses for leashes and collars.""I know nineteen." Lea says."Oh! Oh wow!" Little Daisy says. "It really is the Paladin Serpent! Look, look Princess! It's your cool mommy!"'Princess' is only about 8 feet long. She's probably younger than Daisy, who can't have seen her tenth birthday yet. Her scales do resemble yours in color though, and if you're a completely ignorant moron who doesn't know that the Paladin Serpent has red hair and no Naga hood...'Princess' comes up to you and touches your tail and then she nuzzles your side, flicking her tail out. She's devoid of white scales, but there's no need. This is what years of inner Citadel breeding gets you. There's no shred of advanced sentience in 'Princess' eyes. Oh she's smart, and kind, and intelligent...but the same way a dog is. She's a pet, an animal, and something for a little girl to play with and put yarn butterflies in their hair.
>>25253789Hey, that's half the fun. If some humiliation is the only cost for getting to beat up a few less groups of brainwashed mooks, that's worth it.
>>25253846Ouch, harsh if predictable.Tussle her hair then get out before there's time to dwell on things.
>>25253846> "I know nineteen." Lea says.Wow. Gotta watch out for the pent up religious types.
>>25253846Don't be hating on the girl for taking good care of her dog, everybody. Not her fault.
>>25253846I would say I'm surprised Lea, but honestly I'm not dearest sister.
>>25253846>"Yes, but today, that may be our key to getting around." Tricia says. "Plus, we can always find fun uses for leashes and collars.">"I know nineteen." Lea says.
>>25253846"Oh, hello there daisy. Hello, er... princess."Tousel their hair as is necessary."Might I borrow one of your, uh, naga leashes? We've got a work-related need for one on short notice."Try not to look very sad.
>>25253846That's pathetic. It gives us a potential was to go unnoticed, but I think after seeing the reality of it there's no way anyone could say that lamia pet-play could ever be a not-horrible experience for Ssen.
>>25253846> the Paladin Serpent has red hairMage can fix this, I hope.That or just turn us invisible.
>>25253846"Lea, Tricia, we really must have a frank discussion on this later."Then move on to ask the little girl to borrow a leash.
>>25253846Well there goes any plan we might have trying to pass off Princess as Ssen. Too young, probably not a fighter either.
By the way, a few things I got recorded during the last voice acting thread:The "Welcome to Grand Citadel" at the end of last thread:http://vocaroo.com/i/s0vqYGZ4BYSQhttp://vocaroo.com/i/s0ih5vMfBuKrhttp://vocaroo.com/i/s0i02KQTFX0yMaxine's mention of the Amber Memories, with her slipping into her masquerade as Mab:http://vocaroo.com/i/s1djH4rtwho2http://vocaroo.com/i/s0hgyHWMuWQUhttp://vocaroo.com/i/s0UERWR8uQXQhttp://vocaroo.com/i/s0WfokAc5YM3And Dagda's arrogant speech from the first Amber Memory:http://vocaroo.com/i/s0Aef2gdCTNXhttp://vocaroo.com/i/s074Am0TkCxahttp://vocaroo.com/i/s011OmE9ofBwAlso, one of the amazing artists from the Predator Quest thread agreed to draw the confession scene on the lake with Peri and Ssen.
>>25253846"19 fun uses for leashes and collars," the bestselling Dawnchaser book.
>>25253938hey, everyone makes sacrifices.
>>25253994See, the plan is to pass ourself off as a pet naga by wearing a hood.
>>25254018>And Dagda's arrogant speech from the first Amber Memory:These sound disturbingly accurate. Dagda, first non-dragon we've found with an ego to rival Isen.
>>25253846Do we have anything to say to a starstruck fan?I'm bad at that.
>>25253846"Janos is going to talk to you about having Princess do some acting for us; she's going to pretend to be me for a while, and I'm going to pretend to be her. Could we borrow one of your collars and leashes?And take good care of her, please. She may not be able to talk, but she's can feel when people love her."
>>25254181Not going to work. Masquerading as a naga, sure. Masquerading as a naga that looks nothing like us, who's too small, and who probably can't communicate in any meaningful way? Not so great.
>>25254223The naga aint famous yo, nobody knows how big it is.
>>25254252But Ssen is. That naga will not pass as us.
>>25254223To be fair, the plan wasn't to ever let her interact with people anyway, just have her be visible. Of course, the size difference might still be too big for it to work.
>>25254279yeah. Which is tertiary to the plan. the part of the plan that is important is the lessened heat from the citadel-things on the way to HIS.
>>25254307You'll see that that I wasn't against masquerading as a naga.
>>25253936"Oh, hello there daisy. Hello, er... princess." You stroke her hair, and try not to feel sad at the hissing noises of pleasure that Princess makes. "Might I borrow one of your, uh, naga leashes?""Why?""Well, we need it. Janos is going to talk to you about having Princess do some acting for us; she's going to pretend to be me for a while, and I'm going to pretend to be her. Could we borrow one of your collars and leashes, please?""Oh! That's going to be amazing! Can I pretend to be the pretty lady in the bandages?" She points at Lea. "She's my favorite!"Lea looks away and blushes. Peri/Mari look a little jealous."Of course you can, dear." Lea says. "I'll even teach you a special kata you can use when you're pretending.""Oh thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!" She squeals and hands you a bright red leather leach that's studded with little clear quartzes and covered in glitter."Thank you." You say as you stare at the monstrosity. "Also, take good care of Princess, please. She may not be able to talk, but she's can feel when people love her."She nods and hugs Princess, who hugs Daisy back. At least the kid takes care of the naga...for now at least.
>>25254503"Go easy on her Lea, your routines look pretty painful at times."Then, once you leave the scene, mutter to Tricia about how "this is the stupidest plan, why do I come up with such bad ideas?"
>>25254503Well, let's get this over with. Hide away the Paladin gear, put on the leash, and warn Tricia about getting any funny ideas.
>>25254503"We shall never speak of this. *Ever.*"
>>25254503"Who's dumb idea was this again?"
>>25254503Well, time to put the plan in action - let Janos deal with the Naga, get that leash and cloak getup on and move to save the HIS.Also, totally calling that Princess gets slaughtered at some point during all this because we used her in the plan, as emotional gutpunch.
>>25254659Ssen's, and don't try to get out of it now.
>>25254701noyou heartless bastardnow it will COME TRUE
>>25254592Removing the armor outright isn't a great idea. At very least our party should bring Clang and Beacon with us so they're ready at a moment's notice.
>>25254716we're not trying to get out of it, we're trying to grumble while we still can.Pet nagas don't grumble.
>>25254725>Removing the armor outright isn't a great idea.We can cover the armor. We just need to hide the circlet and such.
>>25254701The whole thing already has my blood simmering. There'd be no need to kill her on top of it.
>>25254725just put some robes over the armor, nobody will notice.
>>25254563"Go easy on her Lea, your routines look pretty painful at times." You say.You go get dressed into your newest 'costume' of a large raggy shirt and cloak. The same style that Princess wears...sans the pink bows and painted on flowers. You use some of the spare cloth that the theater has in the back."This is the stupidest plan," You say to Tricia as she fastens the collar around your neck. "Why do I come up with such bad ideas?""Because your brain is an asymmetrical mess of malfunction that came from when a dragon screwed a Leviathan and popped out an egg that eventually became you after generations, also your brain got fried by brillitite when you were little? Or maybe you're just nuts." She kisses you on the nose. "Maybe we should keep the leash after, and I'll talk to Lea.""Don't get any funny ideas." You say."Okay," Mage says. "I've changed 'Princess' hair to orange with a little simple Ghoul trick. No blood needed." He nods. "Janos says they'll just have her come out and slither around the barricades during the day when the food merchants come. It'll be enough for people to say that you were here...so..." He points at his staff. "Ready to see if blondes have more fun?"
>>25254753"You're enjoying this aren't you, brother dear."
>>25254753"Try not to enjoy yourself too much, Dagda."
>>25254753"Humility. Patience. Humility. Patience...Humility. Patience. Killing Peace. Humility. Patience. Killing Peace. Ah, good, that works."
>>25254753"If you start making blonde jokes I'm going to murder you. Unless they're puns."
>>25254753No, no, definitely get funny ideas. They've served us well all quest!"I'm not even going to dignify that with a response. Let's get this done with before I die of discomfort, although with our luck I'll be wearing this in front of the entire gathered paladin forces within a day, so fat lot of good a hurried pace will do."
>>25254753"For some reason I get the feeling this might not be fun whatever color my hair is."
>>25254771>>25254787Either of these>>25254857and this.>>25254819STOP JINXING EVERYTHING
>>25254753Mage you shouldn't be asking your sister that kind of question. Lea, you shouldn't be answering any of Tricia's future questions for the same reason.
>>25254801"Humility. Patience. Humility. Patience...Humility. Patience. Killing Peace. Humility. Patience. Killing Peace. Ah, good, that works." You mutter. "Come on, this wont hurt." Mage says."Try not to enjoy yourself too much, Dagda, my dear sweet brother." You say, with metaphorical venom dripping from your fangs.Mage lightly taps your hair, and your scalp and hair tingle like crazy. You pull you brain over your shoulder. Yep, you're blonde now. Lovely."Why couldn't you do that when her hair was white?" Tricia asks."That was different." Mage says. "I didn't know if it was because of the poison, or her hair had sucked up the poison and still had it in it...and I didn't have this spell down yet." He holds up his notebook. "I can only cross so many of these endless requests off at a time, you know.""So you spend our time working on the cosmetic spells?!" Tricia asks."Yes, because doing this stuff lets me be able to do the big fleshcrafting stuff like being able to help your swarm turn you...uhh..." He realizes that you're hear and sees the alarmed look of death on Tricia's face. "Turn your skin into a carapace armor like you asked." He looks at you and Tricia. "I'm gonna go talk to Mari and Peri about our route."He heads off.
>>25254941that should read 'you pull your braid over your shoulder'Stupid typos.
>>25254941"Carapace armor, really?"No need to pry after all.
Our disguise is useless if the group is recognised. Mage should be fine due to not actually being female. Peri and Tricia are probably okay. Lea though is very recognisable. The whole bandage thing.
>>25254941Grin at Tricia. "Oh no you don't. If I'm going to be going through this, then at least give me a happy thought to hold while I can't talk. Trust me, it can't possibly be more embarrassing than this."
>>25254941You only get to use the leash if I get you to have wings, costume or otherwise.
>>25254941"Whatever that was, we can talk about it later. I trust you."
>>25254985She should wear robes too.>>25254941"You know, if I'm being too stingy with the armor budget, you can always bring it up." with a wink. We're being more playful about it.
>>25255016>"You know, if I'm being too stingy with the armor budget, you can always bring it up." with a wink. We're being more playful about it.Yeah, that works.
>>25254941I bet she is trying to find a way to get wings, just because we thought they would look cute on her.
>>25254969>Turn blonde>Immediately pull brain out of head for realism
>>25255028If she is, then we might be a lot more understanding of her wanting to hang onto that leash after all.
>>25254941Lea is busy showing the kid moves, right?And mage is with peri/meri?That means we are OK to have at least one smooch or embarrassing moment with tricia.
>>25254941"Make sure you get your disguises set up too. Odds are good they have a decent idea of what the Dawnchasers look like.""Now..what's' this about Mage helping you with your swarm?"
>>25255065The petplay is an interesting reversal from how I've come to imagine their love life...
>>25255063If she wants to use the leash, she has to get wings, that is our offer.
>>25255088We've always known Tricia was the dominant one in bed.But let's not talk about that.
>>25255113You can't dominate living bondage. Besides we know her weakspots.
You smile at Tricia. "Oh no you don't. If I'm going to be going through this, then at least give me a happy thought to hold while I can't talk. Trust me, it can't possibly be more embarrassing than this." You smile and then frown. "You know, if I'm being too stingy with the armor budget, you can always bring it up."Tricia shakes her head. "Nah. I get all antsy in heavier armor...oh! I just said that didn't I?" She chuckles. "No, I'm asking Mage to see if I can't move my swarm around and have some nasty poisonous surprises of my own." She holds up a robed sleeve. "How freaked would your typical Citadel Flunky be if a scorpion tail shot out of this, stinger and all, and went to town?" She shrugs. "Figure that I might as well figure out as much as I can do with this stuff." She blushes at you and then looks back. "And I told Mage to not write this down, but I know the idiot did anyway...maybe one night...I could see if I could have a tail...or whatever." She shrugs. "But that's not talk for this time. This is 'Get ready, we're going to go try and get ourselves killed in another Dawnchaser plan!' time. Not that other stuff." She squeezes your hand. "Not that I don't like talking about the other stuff, or like talking about almost dying, and leashes and how Lea can tell what to do with..." She stops. "I'm babbling."
>>25255131I love it when you babble.Wings for leash, that is my offer.
>>25255131"I love it when you babble. And I'm going to be remembering that particular babbling to keep me sane while I do this."
>>25255131You kiss that girl! You kiss that girl this instant!Say something along the lines of "Okay, now we're ready to go off and get killed" afterwards!
She's fine with carapice armor but no wings?We really could use a flyeeeeeeer trish
>>25255131"Babble some more."
We're on page 9 if anyone cares, about half way down it
>>25255160"Speaking of which, we need to get to work on your disguise, it's all for naught if they can ID the rest of the Dawnchasers after all..lets see now.."
>>25255201we're probably almost done for the night, unless echo is feeling his onions tonight.Sometimes he goes until the wee early hours of the morning, but not often.
>>25255223I've seen him do an hour or two more at the most. /tg/ is rather slow though, so we might last a bit more
>>25255131Hug her. "I think 'Oh Light we're all going to die' time is the perfect time for that kind of conversation. But we can talk more about that later, if you want. At great length. Possibly with diagrams."
>>25255128Of course she can. Lamia weakspots are well publicized.
>>25255274This.>>25255221This as well, they're quite recognizable.
>>25255304Those are the stabby kind of weakspots
>>25255131Is Tricia going to be the Nero Chaos of Insects?I wonder if being able to summon something with larger mass than she normally has out of her body...Didn't someone in the quest past comment that she can't add to her horde though? you think that could be overcome in the future?
>>25255341>Didn't someone in the quest past comment that she can't add to her horde though? you think that could be overcome in the future?The opposite, Granny said she could.
>>25255341she's learned that she can grow new ones by eating with them.>>25255332well, there's also all those naughty naga songs that we have yet to hear lea sing. Eventually, she's going to be drunk enough to do it in our presence.
>>25255160"I love it when you babble. And I'm going to be remembering that particular babbling to keep me sane while I do this."You kiss Tricia, she returns it.You both take a deep breath when you're done. "Okay, NOW we're ready to go off and get killed!""You always spoil the moment." She mutters as you two rejoin the group. "And to think all that I do to keep lice out of your hair.""You keep lice out of our hair?" Lea says."Yeah.""Thank you. How kind, where do they...and I realize that I don't ever want to finish that question." She says."We will never be a normal family." Peri mutters. "Ever." Mari agrees.Alright, so that just leaves the one question, do you leave now...which is just after mid-day, or do you wait for later, say around dusk? Either way it will be dark when you arrive at the Ocean District, but you have to get through the Ruby Steppes, and South Savvy districts first.Ruby Steppes is bad during the day, but not so bad during the dark. South Savvy is crazy bad during the dark, but okay if you get through it early enough.Ocean District is just BAD. No matter what time.
>>25255382Let's leave now, and try to get through both Ruby Steppes and South Savvy before dark.
>>25255405>>25255382obviously we'll go out in the day so the maximum amount of people can see us and make us the highest possible percentage of embarrassed.We don't have a choice on this one, it's narrative causality.
>>25255382Sounds like whatever plan gets us through South Savvy at the right time to be "okay" is the best plan. We should be used to "bad" by now, and it's apparently unavoidable that we'll have at least SOME bad thanks to the situation in Ocean District, but "crazy bad" is more bad than I'm comfortable inviting.
>>25255221Also, this; Ssen is not the only recognizable Dawnchaser, just the most recognizable.
>>25255447That was my figuring as well; let's avoid "crazy bad".
>>25255382>>25255447>crazy badLet's avoid it maybe
QueryWhile we're disguised like they we don't have access to weaponry/armor at all, even until we get to our destination?I mean claws + lamia reflex, but still man.
>>25255476Tricia will hold our shield, Lea can hold our spear.Beacon likes the devout ones, Clang is already in a relationship with us and tricia. The stud.
>>25255434Just remember that emotional calm is the fortress of the mind, and a strong mind is the first step towards inner peace. When inner peace is attained, the will becomes unshakable. When the will is unshakable, the body will never yield.
>>25255382"First we get the rest of you lot disguised. They probably won't recognize me, but the rest of you all look like Dawnchasers and they already have an approximate idea of what we look like, if only because of those awful paintings."
>>25255382"Allright ladies and gentleman, let's be off on our strange and embarrassing rescue mission. We will never speak of this again."
"Let's go now." You say."Huh, good luck." Janos says. "You'll need it."Lea is holding onto beacon and has swapped her bandages for long gloves and a cloth bandana over her face. Peri looks like any other elf with her skin tone, Mage is utterly forgettable, and Tricia hoods up with Clang on her back. They're not the best disguises in the world, but it's enough to deflect notice from casual observers.As you leave the last barricade that divides Feather Hill from the other parts of Grand Citadel, you can feel the air around you change, it gets grittier, colder, and the sour smell is more pungent.You swear that some of the decorative gargoyles and statues are watching you as you pass...not just 'eyes are following you' but you're damn sure that that dog's head was pointing the other way.Your disguises may work on humans, as no one seems to be giving you much regard...but Citadel knows that you're here.
>>25255628Of course it knows we're here. It's staring and going "what the *fuck*?"
>>25255628Sod off citadel our disguise is perfect, you didn't see nothing
>>25255628Well, try not to say anything.Our friends get to make all the good quips and banter. Oh, the inlamianity!
>>25255628Sounds like we did the right thing leaving during the day; Citadel's Things may not be fooled if Citadel isn't.
>>25255628We need music to go with this, anyone got any ideas?
>>25255693I suggested this>>25249651>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCOPuGBg_W0And I think it's still apt.
>>25255712Not sneaky enough. Lets wait till we're actually in spitting distance of our little pope.>>25255729I'm okay with this
And with that we close for the evening.The next thread will be tomorrow, June 5th, 2-4pm PST.Those voice acting bits are amazing. Big thank yous to the people who did them. And don't worry, nothing bad will happen to Daisy or Princess, as long as you don't do anything too stupid. I mean even above and beyond normal stupid for Dawnchasers.May His Light watch over you all.
>>25255763"Voice acting bits?"
>>25255763>tomorrowYus!We will be heroes!Also face 2-5 embarrassing situations!Damn our stupid plans right to hell, whose dumb Idea was this?Tricia, we expect some wingtime for this one! Lea, I expect you to keep those leash techniques secret forever!
>>25255780>"Voice acting bits?"These:>>25254018
>>25255787Tricia can get leash lessons if she'll do wings when we ask once she is capable
>>25255763Sleep well echo, see you tomorrow.Anyone got any particularly good ideas for things that need to be drawn? I may have a drawfag lined up, if I have a goodun.
>>25255628>You swear that some of the decorative gargoyles and statues are watching you as you pass...not just 'eyes are following you' but you're damn sure that that dog's head was pointing the other way.>mfw we're dealing with Citadel versions of Weeping Angels.
>>25255818>implying we give a shit at this pointI lost the last of my shits to give in that soul gem. Sucked them right out.Also,>mechs and lamias
>>25255862okay, apparently we still have some shits to give. Guess I was wrong.
>>25255813>Anyone got any particularly good ideas for things that need to be drawn? I may have a drawfag lined up, if I have a goodun.The confession scene with Peri and Ssen on the lake with Mage's floating light.Grand Citadel, from the "Welcome to Citadel" description last thread.Character portraits for Mage, Mari/Peri, and Lea, as good as the two we currently have for Ssen and Tricia.
>>25255763Night Echo, see you for tomorrows thread.>>25255813we still need a bunch of the Dawnchasers drawn, Peri/Mari have only the group one I think Mage, Peri and Mari also need portraits.
>>25255881Grand citadel is a bit of a tall order to ask of an artist, and I think someone said they've got the confession scene under way already.The portraits might be possible, I'll run them by him tomorre.
>>25255921>The portraits might be possible, I'll run them by him tomorre.Thank you!
>>25255958The one that's most likely is lea. From what I understand, a good pose to work from makes it easier.
>>25256027This might help:http://1d4chan.org/wiki/File:Dawnchasers.jpgAlso, I think Echo has provided more detailed descriptions of them a few times, especially early on right around the time they were introduced.
>>25255881>The confession scene with Peri and Ssen on the lake with Mage's floating light.That's been my hands down favorite scene of the rp. Other than that...good ideas for drawings:Portraits of the Dawnchasers; Isen, Tara and Mumei; Granny and the girls; Robin & Co; the Dramatae; Dana, Ambrose and the Lighthouse crew; the Lightbringers; Paladin Julian/Balles/Avery, any character really. Ssen taking the bolt for Isen.Ssen unleashing Enlightenment or the Morningstar.Ssen vs. Adahn the 'Fallen Lightbrighter' on top of Isen's boat.Ssen biting Tragedy.Ssen before Laim's statue, showing him her new armor.These are just suggestions.
>>25256070No garuntees, he's a lazy fuck.
>>25256156Oh, one more...the Dawnchasers riding the wagon down the hill on the massive mudslide.
>>25256156>Liam's statueI wonder if we'll be able to visit it this time.
>>25256156>That's been my hands down favorite scene of the rp.That one was my favorite visual. My favorite funny moment was teaching Old One about the Light as a Dragon. Favorite touching moment was the bag scene, though I might be biased there.
>>25256178>>25256156Well, I'll see if he'll pick up on any of this. I may have to make the dire sacrifice of favors.
Anyone else notice that mage is becoming actually competent by sheer force of us-making-him-do-stuff?
>>25256211I myself liked making mage be king dagda, right up until comedy happened. Then things went sideways.
>>25256234He had to become competent eventually...
>>25256265Our little brother is finally grown up and breaking ladies' hearts left and right. Like a real champ-een.
>>25256265He's always been competent; we haven't been lying when considering him one of the foremost magical researchers. Almost nobody else is *inventing* new magic. What he needs is an army of minions to work on his ideas. He needs a whole branch of Conclave mages.
>>25256323Question:Is there any member of the dawnchasers who DOESN'T need a whole army of minions? We've all got our various endgames, goals, and concerns. I just know Lea's going to start a martial arts school.
>>25256368Martial arts, or theology, or both.And honestly, despite her protests to the contrary, she really does deserve to be a Paladin.
>>25256383Both. Probably both.I don't know about "deserving to be a paladin" though. Up to the muster, yes, but I wouldn't wish paladinhood on anybody. All the crazy things you have to do!
>>25256417>I don't know about "deserving to be a paladin" though. Up to the muster, yes, but I wouldn't wish paladinhood on anybody. All the crazy things you have to do!She'd have to want it, yes. But she has easily earned it.
>>25256424Not wanting it is a good thing.
>>25256443Her call. After this adventure, though, she may feel differently. Or she may not.
>>25256424>>25256443even if she did want it, we should tell her that A. she would make a great paladin andB. DO NOT BECOME A PALADIN. It's bad enough you're a dawnchaser! Do you have a deathwish, lea? Have you not learned from my life choices?
>Tricia talking about getting a tail for one night onlyThe implications were so lewd I couldn't comprehend them until now
>>25256674I'm more interested in the "or whatever".