The room crackles with firelight. Before you sits Dowanhowee, an elder of the Espowye, the native people of Ulvenwald who have hunted vampires and other, stranger things for centuries. To his right, Ahote, a brave of his clan; to your right, Scarlet, your handmaiden, she-of-the-bloody-hair. His golden eyes burn with the flame of the sun. Your silver ones capture that light, and reflect it back. Neither of you will show any sign of weakness.Dowanhowee scowls at you, and reiterates his point."Your 'wonders' are foolishness, and I will not let you endanger my people with them."It would appear that this man does not hold the technology of the settlers on his land in any high esteem. Perhaps justified, given that what he has seen of it is the coal-black metropolis of Eyesocket, city of lost potential, and the things cast away from it to prowl the woods. But you know that for all his talk, this man cannot have failed to see the destructive power of Grand Victoria. And he carries a pistol by his side, not a bow. This is nothing but haggling for a better price. "Dowanhowee. You know and I know that the weapons and supplies I can give you far outstrip anything you could make yourself. The settlers did not carve out this land and keep it without fighting for it and winning, and they are weak warriors compared to your people."He shakes his head."Kuruk, my warriors do not know how your wonders are used, how they are built, how they are repaired and maintained. They might as well be magic, for all the good they will do my warriors without training."You nod."But I know those things. I offer you that knowledge as well, Dowanhowee."He snorts dismissively. "Perhaps. In the meantime, I will need more than supplies!"> Roll Acumen to barter with the chieftain. > Which of the following would you like to offer to his tribe next?> Additional fights/hunts: 2> Passage through your castle: 2> Giving your protection to the tribe: 2
>>25458303You are Isabella Katarina Markova, twelfth of the line of Carmilla, thirteen generations from Dracula, the First. This places you with enough blood and power to make you a minor noble in Shadescast, the city of vampires, and possess your own castle- which does not necessarily have normal geometry, and which is not always in the same place. Though your physical appearance is that of a young girl, you are actually three and a half centuries old. You spend your time responding to requests from other vampires for lore, and holding tea parties and other social events, both with humans and vampires. On occasion, you indulge in adding one or two of them to your collection of porcelain dolls...Recently, you were attacked by a human vampire hunter who managed to temporarily kill you. Upon rising from death, you turned him into your faithful hound... but first he managed to majorly deface your castle and burn a portion of your library, including some hard-to-replace texts. Signs point to him having been hired by a rival vampire... one who was here, and took one of your dolls. Your first suspect wasn't the culprit… but that didn't stop you from eating him.You have turned the Mayor of Mark into your soft, gooey servant. This is useful to you due to your airship yard there, which you got for a song off of a fellow vampiric noble by the name of Blackford. The deal took a little screaming at the foreman, but once it was sorted out, you returned to your castle…Which was when you found that one of your servants had disappeared. Fortunately, Scarlet, one of your Dolls' creations, dragged her back to the Castle for you. In return, Scarlet was given the girl as her maid.Five minutes later, you almost ate Scarlet after taking backlash from a failed scrying attempt. Since then, your head maid attempted to assassinate you with cutlery and is being held for experimentation on, and you have taken an enemy vampire's fief by the old tradition of murder.
>>25458316It's getting harder and harder to fit the story-so-far into 2,000 characters. So here's the archive of past threads:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Vampire+Doll+QuestThe first thread can be found here:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24964444/Isabella's Character sheet:http://pastebin.com/Dz7QgMM0
Rolled 80>>25458303yay it is here at last.
>>25458374He says, rolling an 80. Pick your poison, would you?
>that feel when I'm on /tg/ at the start of VDQ
>>25458424For real rage last night on the last quest I was on couldn't roll higher then a 15. Even though we where about 10 seconds away from dying. Fuck the dice gods.
I'd rather not offer them passage through our castle. They're savages, and it might offend Castle if we admitted large numbers of such unsavory folk.Besides, what if we had an unexpected visitor from our shipyard, or a city official? It would be unseemly if we had a bunch of woodland indians running around our home.Let's offer them protection. We've got a lot of very deadly minions that could surely be of use to them.
>>25458464If only you rolled like that in this thread. > Still waiting on this bit:> Which of the following would you like to offer to his tribe next?> Additional fights/hunts: 2> Passage through your castle: 2> Giving your protection to the tribe: 2
>>25458495Going with this unless someone chimes in.
>>25458497> Giving your protection to the tribe: 2is my first thought. The Castle is a tad too sensitive info and the Additional fights/hunts can be used as a "I'll add this to the deal later" When this blows up in our face.
>>25458497Since he seems to not like the settlers why not offer him the chance he desires most? The slow annihilation of all settlers.
Hey anons! Remember when I gave some awesome advice and then you did the opposite and ruined everything forever?>>25458497Additional fights/hunts: 2Giving your protection to the tribe: 2We could help him purify Ulvenwald and keep it as a sort of thunderdome/nature reserve for his people.
>>25458303>Vampire doll quest running.>Tavern quest running.>Space Princess quest running.Man was not meant to grasp such wonders as this.
>>25458552>>25458564Do you want to offer to sponsor a war with Eyesocket?
>>25458630Depends, is that feasible? We don't want to openly oppose a whole city state but if it's a war of resistance from the shadows we might be able to help.
Sometime soon we ought to try to find out in detail what sort of political positions the commies in Grand Victoria are advocating for.Because if they have a sort of anti-colonialism, anti-imperialism thing going on, we might be able to find a role for these native warriors in the coming revolution.
>>25458648Eyesocket is large, but fractious. If you could arrange some form of conflict in the city, or get one of the factions in the city on your side, you might well be able to make a takeover. Of course, there is the issue that there are almost certainly other vampires in Eyesocket, given what's wandering the woods.
>>25458630Eeeeeeeegh. Risky call right now. Open war is out of the question, but if the Espowye want to kick out Eyesocket, then who are we to stop them? As long as we get to pillage the ruins for materials and to fill our coffers, it should make for an interesting project.For now, I'm voting for extending our protection over them from other vampires. That's the crux of our overall deal, after all. Assist us in tearing down our enemies, and we'll see to it that our enemies never touch the Espowye. Fortunately, we don't have many enemes yet.
>>25458303You let the topic drop. You suppose that's one in the chieftain's favor. "Very well then, Dowanhowee. I can also supply you with warriors who know how to wield those weapons, men like the ones Ahote has hunted with. I can offer you hounds stronger than any you will find in the woods; and should you have dire need, I offer you my personal vow to protect your clan with every means at my disposal."Ahote tilts his head, considering."We have protected ourselves well enough these past years, Kuruk, without any help from you. But it is better to put fewer braves at risk. That is something that may be worth bargaining for."> Roll Acumen and decide what you want in exchange. > His warriors will hunt your enemies.> You learn more of the tribe's magic.> They teach you about Ulvenwald.
>>25458735Oh yeah, it's easy to pull the city-state apart, but the rammifications give me pause at the moment. If Dowanhowee presses the issues and says they plan on destroying Eyesocket, then all we have to say is "Well, don't let me stop you." It's tacit approval without overtly going out of our way to help them.Of course we WILL help them, yeah, but pulling apart Eyesocket is a delicate proposition right now.
>>25458735Okay, go with additional fight/hunts and protection, but allude to how those people in eyesocket are such an eyesore and that maybe they should be removed at some point...
Rolled 40>>25458828> You learn more of the tribe's magic.
>>25458832Or a particularly indelicate one if you take the "start a gang war, mop everything up" approach.
Rolled 92>>25458828Part of me wants the tribe's magic to supplement our own power. Stronger power for us means stronger constructs in the future. But having monster hunters on speed dial is good to have as well.Egh, I'll vote for the magic. Improving Isabella's power is better in the long term.
>>25458828> His warriors will hunt your enemies."I have need of hunters and the Espowye are some of the finest I've ever seen. Besides, there are only so many different beasts to hunt within these woods, the world is a large place and the stories that come from hunting my enemies will be grand indeed."
>>25458888... You simultaneously have terrible luck and hilariously good luck. >>25458865Going with this roll.
>>25458875True. But then we'll get Shadescast vampires banging on Castlevania's door, demanding to know how and why an entire city-state evaporated overnight.Side note: is Eyesocket on the Grand Victoria plane, or is it on its own plane, separate from Ulvenwald?
>>25458915I really need to draw a map.Let me spend 10,000 hours in MS paint for you.
>>25458912I'm glad I took the time to actually type that whole spiel up, then.
>>25458936Hah. I'll make it easier for you.Assuming Eyesocket is on the same plane as Ulvenwald (since the Espowye know of both), are Ulvenwald and Grand Victoria on the same plane of existance, never mind Shadescast?
>>25458828> His warriors will hunt your enemies.We can get a better idea of their magic later on. Once we get to know them better. Right now we just need warriors.>>25458832Agreed. I kind of think people are rushing a little to fast to mess with city states and the like. When we have lots of time to work on it. Make fake names and worm our way into mortal society. I'd rather control a part of eyesocket then erase it.
>>25458971Make no mistake that Eyesocket is pretty much the walking dead when it comes to city-states.
>>25458906>>25458971We don't NEED warriors right now. We're still only doing research to find the real culprit behind our death and our doll's disappearance, so there's not an immediate pressing need. Plus, Ahote's binding spear aside, most of the work was done by our constructs. With stronger magics, we could make Isabella and -- by proxy -- our constructs stronger, which lessens the overt need of the Espowye. Hell, maybe learning their magic will grant us insight into that binding technique Ahote used to prevent Nalus from shapeshifting. That's why I think we should get the magic.
Rolled 92>>25459066thiswe can always make more warriors with fleshcrafting
Also while I'm here in a active thread. One day we need to make a fighting outfit. With the boost Nalus gave to our speed and strength it is actually worth it now. Thinking something like a bonus to Celerity, Ferocity and Eeriness. But a big drop in Masquerade. This being a sort of "Need to go all vampire for some reason and kill this guy deader then dead" Outfit used when we don't have a reason to hide who we are.
Rolled 29>>25459118Who would make it for us? I don't think we can commission it in Mark without raising some suspicion
>>25459118The boost we got from Nalus isn't quite enough to justify changing our overall fighting style (mind powers and magic). Isabella isn't that overtly physical right now, but I can see what you're getting at.That said, ISABELLA THE CONQUEROR here.
>>25459066They have holy type magic and our flesh beasts are a one way ticket to scrying on us. While if we start out with the basics. This being use your warriors to help me we can always just change the agreement later on.And if any warriors get captured and scryed on they will just see some random village in the middle of no where. Because we won't let any villagers other then the leader in the castle..right?
>>25459183No, they have primal magics more than holy magics. It just so happens that their chief is THE SUN ITSELF (it's a wonder Isabella hasn't combusted yet).
>>25458960Here's your answer for you. Dashed line in centre map indicates large expanse of ocean, greater than depicted. The location of Shadescast is known only to Dracula and his children.
>>25459224Works for me.
>>25459181Yeah. But it is kind of sad our currently most used outfit doesn't boost Eeriness at all though isn't it? +10 even to our current Eeriness will give us 70. While +5 even on the fighting stats would give us about 39 to 44 on the stats. While currently when we do a fight we are rolling -10 to our physical meaning we have almost no chance to succeed but though blind luck. Which really isn't good considering almost every single fight uses at least one of the physical stats.
>>25459118Did our stats get buffed on the character sheet after we fed on Nalus?
>>25459224>?So Eyesocket is located on a vast unexplored continent? Nice.
>>25459275>>25459283Both of these questions have the same answer: Yes.
>>25459283I think Eyesocket's landmass is just part of the Ulvenwald collective.
>>25459306Ulvenwald is the northern, relatively-explored portion of the continent. To the south? Pretty much nobody knows.
>>25459327The line above eyesocket is not a seperation between continents but a really, really massive river. Think Mississipi, Amazon, or St. Lawrence. Big enough to float ships down.
>>25459327>Create explorer constructs>Name them "Lewis" and "Clark">Espowye contribute a guide named PocahontasThis shit writes itself, Alucard.
>>25458865Okay, so now i'm writing the post with this roll and asking for magic.
>>25459373But this continent is to the EAST of england!/Totally/ different.
>>25459373Meant Sacagawea. Mah bad.
>>25459408So, more Marco Polo then?Will there be delicious arabian natives?
>>25459444Isabella in the desert would make for an exceptionally kooky adventure, assuming she doesn't go up in a thermonuclear blast being exposed to the desert sun. For what it's worth, I don't think vampires sweat.
>>25459517She could go at night time and when the daylight approaches bury herself deep under the sand.
>>25459444Nah, that's the Fractured Lands at best.Grand Victoria is the Imperium of Japchangland, you can trust that I'm going to be throwing curveballs. >>25459517Isabella of Arabia... Ooookay.
>>25459517We'd have to set out with a whole caravan of our minions, travelling by night and spending our days in a magnificent tent pavilion.
Rolled 89>>25458828> His warriors will hunt your enemies.> You learn more of the tribe's magic.These two will do nicely, for starters.
>>25458828You nod."Yes, Dowanhowee; and in exchange for this aid, I would like to learn of your magics. They would be of great use to me, and might reveal new insights I could..."Dowanhowee holds up one hand, forestalling you. "Kuruk. Understand that our magic is what has sustained us for centuries. Understand that it is sacred. Understand that it is impossible for us to know what you will do with that knowledge. We cannot give our magics to any wolf-that-walks, no matter who it might be. It is not available to you. We are sorry for this, but this is ancient law, and it is beyond my authority to breach. We will help you in any other way we can, but we cannot extend that gift to you."This isn't bluster; you can tell from the caution in his voice. You choose not to press the issue, and instead press your advantage."Well then. In that case, I would ask for the use of your warriors. As I can give you warriors unlike any you know, so can you give me warriors unlike any I know. Your braves are strong, possess magic I do not, and unlike my hounds, can think for themselves. I would very much like to have some of them in my service."Dowanhowee considers, then nods."Very well, Kuruk. I could give you some few of my braves, perhaps half a dozen." > Roll Acumen to see if you can make the deal any better. > More braves or more information?
Rolled 58>>25459663Information on Ulwenplacething.
Rolled 79>>25459663Hey, we only needed one to bring down Nalus. Let's get some learning done.>More information.
Rolled 11>>25459615Heh love that pic now. Most people forget most of the time vampires don't need to breath. Though something so unlady like would most likely put Isabella in a bad mood. That and sandstorms would suck.
>>25459713I have this mental image of Isabella lyiing down on the sand with her hands above her head and drilling into the side of a dune and it WON'T GO AWAY.Isabella the sandworm.
>>25459749Hey, look at it this way: if Isabella goes to the desert, she can dominate an actual sandworm and take it home. Think of the surplus materials.
Rolled 58>>25459700yaywith the acumen boost from our clothes, that's a success
Rolled 76>>25459663More information."Doawnhowee, the more braves in my service, the more of your people and Ulvenwald I learn, the more stories I hear, the more you shall receive in return. I offer much, even among wolves-that-walk I am considered exceptional at crafting warriors and beasts, Ahote can testify to my skills and the abilities of my Hounds, and Hounds are but the start of what I can make."
>>25459749So what is happening in this thread. I see we agreed to work with the clan, I wasn't for killing the guy, but I think theres a risk involved here, he and his bunch are just humans. We should be focussing on who the real culprit behind the dollnapping was. I'd be for it if Ahote and crew are capable investigators but it seems that the doll has been forgotten for now. Our fleshcrafting secrets are bound up in that doll, and if they get out, there goes our living. Errr, unliving.But on the note of this guy, having some actual free willed humans on our crew could be nice. Except there is no way they can possibly go into the regular cities for us, because where would little Miss Markova get some Ulvenwaldan natives to employ in her household? They may be good against supernaturals, but how are they against a hunter?
>>25459881The doll hasn't been forgotten. We're having this interview with the chief of the Espowye because he was literally banging on our door to meet with us. Once this is done, we can start digging up new leads on where the doll went. Perhaps a proper, fully prepared seance after this is in order?
Rolled 19>>25459881>Our fleshcrafting secrets are bound up in that doll, and if they get out, there goes our living.I don't think fleshcrafting is that rare. Even the other vampire dude whose name i forgot that had his own version of our hounds>Ulvenwaldan nativesThey can go into regular cities as long as they don't say they work for us
>>25459881I would guess fairly decent. Most hunters I don't think would expect when they attack a dozen dudes with magic spears to show up and stab them in the face. Dudes that most anti vampire enchantments won't be too useful on.
>>25459809Dowanhowee is a man with few obvious buttons to push, but over the course of some extended haggling, you manage to gather a certain amount of information.Dowanhowee is the leader of the entire Espowye tribe, but this does not mean he has the power to change the ancient law. That law is determined by a council of tribes held every five years, and there are at least two other tribes in the area that the Espowye hold council with. Another tribe to the south has been giving them trouble recently, but they're holding their own and pushing the interlopers back. He appears to have found your castle by tracking back from the destroyed village, which means he likely knows that you take slaves, and may have an idea that your hounds are made from people. The deal, though, remains the same: he will give you a group of six braves for your personal guard; in exchange, you will give him and his your full protection as if his tribe were part of your household staff. Hopefully this will open doors with the tribe later on. Dowanhowee says that he will choose the braves to be in your service over the next day, and to expect them at the next sunset. However, he would like a half-dozen of your hounds immediately. > Accept the exchange? Any questions you'd like to ask? Anything before we continue?
>>25459881Well after cross referencing people who have visited recently, connections in Ulvenwald, and reasons to dislike us we had Nalus and one other guy. Also our Sister is possible but I'm not thinking it was her.So we're left with >A vampire of the line of Lestat, Agen Lioncourt. Tenth of his line, if you recall correctly. He was staked by an angry mob as a direct result of your riot in Mori, and lost much of his holdings as well. Now he has property in Ulvenwald as a way of avoiding future entanglements.So next step is to investigate the fuck out of him.
>>25459962He had wolves.Actual, literal wolves taken from the forest as a pack. Non-modified.Your hounds slaughtered them.
>>25459974Six hounds is, like, most of the Pack. Shit, man.Fine, take the dogs. At least we can scry on them with our Pack Charm.Nothing else comes to mind.
>>25460013You were going to have more made anyway. You should be able to bring the pack back to strength with the slaves you currently hold (and will do so if nobody objects.)
>>25459962>They can go into regular cities as long as they don't say they work for usIf you notice in the map in >>25459224, Ulvenwald is way the hell away from anywhere else. A bunch of Ulvenwald-native braves spontaneously showing up in Mark would raise far too many eyebrows, especially if they're coming out of OUR estate.
>>25459974How many people does it take to make a Hound?Ask him if he would like to provide a hunter as their Huntsman or if they should remain without one. Tell him that it takes time, not too long, to craft them, but we'll get them to him as we replenish our own numbers.Obviously make sure there's a backdoor in all of them so we can regain control of them and view what they view should we wish.Ask him more about the other two tribes and the one to the south of him.
>>25459974Honestly I think we should up the braves to 8. For that number of hounds.
>>25460061>>25460107I wouldn't worry about it right now and just let the dogs go. It's not like we're in an offensive position right now, nor is pressing the issue with Dowanhowee a good idea.
>>25460134True. I would just mention that while this is a good starting deal. We might be more willing to help him later if he adds a little something. But that much is all him and the deal is a go as is.
>>25460188You accept the deal, and order the hounds to be released to Dowanhowee; he nods to you respectfully and asks that they be sent to the Ulvenwald gate.Then he departs, taking Ahote with him. Scarlet noticeably relaxes as he leaves the room.> Well then, you have a day to kill. Spend it fleshcrafting, or is there something more urgent you'd like to do?
>>25460273Have we ordered the furniture etc. for the House yet?Have we got Scarlet some clothes?If not we should maybe do that
>>25460351We haven't ordered furniture for the castle. Scarlet has livery much like the other servants, but no special clothes.
>>25460273We should probably start plotting against the other suspects in our doll's disappearance.
>>25460372Then let's spend some Holdings to spruce the place up, then let's get to digging on our next lead towards payback.
>>25460372I'd say order some furniture as a thank you to the castle and maybe get something for scarlet. She's more than a servant, we named her after our sister, after all
>>25460385See >>25459979>>25459940Attempting another scrying or investigating Agen are options.
>>25460403>>25460396>>25460351Any particular style you'd like to adopt for the castle?
>>25460427Elegance all the way up to the rafters. Have banners here and there, red furniture, new upholstery.
>>25460273If we're going to keep personally going into battle like we've been doing recently, we should probably look into buying some nice guns.What's the state of the firearms industry/culture in Grand Victoria? Would it be relatively un-suspicious for us or one of our servants to order a set of fancy pistols and rifles?
>>25460465It's not unusual for a noble to order pistols, but it would be out-of-character for your persona in Mark, as a young heiress who ought not to be thinking about such things. It might raise a few eyebrows.
>>25460447So Grand Victorian elegance is what I'm hearing here.
>>25460427Timeless and elegant. Lots of dark earthy and homey tones, reds, silvers, tans, not much gold. Get some old-fashioned styled tapestries and artwork, plush soft rugs in sitting rooms, redecorate the fireplaces and make sure they're looking good.
>>25460427I wonder. Could we ask the castle itself it's opinions? Since it can give us a sense of location and the likes.
>>25460547>Timeless and elegant.Those sound like home interior buzzwords to me.
>>25460551The castle could direct you, yes...But do you really want to give it the idea that it can boss you around?
>>25460551I'm not sure Castlevania has ever been asked its preferences before.
>>25460583Ikea furniture, Ikea furniture everywhere.
>>25460273let us observe what scarlet does with Sophia.
>>25460547>>25460447Roll Acumen to direct your servants to purchase genuine antiques with your money and not knock-offs. Also, how many Holdings you like to spend? You have 14 available.
Rolled 52>>25460678how about 10 of it?
>>25460591Less boss around. Kind of just be like "Since you've been so nice lately give me a idea of what you want."Don't want to give it the idea it controls us but still would like to know it's preferences.
>>25460427Plenty of oriental carpets, dark wood furnishings in baroque styles with brass fittings and deep red leather upholstery. If we've got the case, maybe some frescoed ceilings too.
Rolled 56>>254606785 sounds good.
>>25460688You can buy a mansion or a large airship for that much. Are you really sure about that?
>>2546072810 seems like too much.I'd go for something like 3 for now.
>>25460678I think 5 is a good number.
>>25460465We're posing as a 13 year old Noble's daughter, ordering guns would raise some serious questions. Besides, what precisely do we need guns for? Did Izzy seriously wade into combat at some point that I missed, she is one of the foremost fleshcrafters in her region, we make armies of high quality minions from the tossed out grindings of society. Being forced into combat is so not Izzy.>>25460427Why hasn't our seneschal already decked out the castle in red's and blacks. With mahogany wood furniture, high back riveted leather upholstery, cherry wood flooring, and stained pine siding.>Vampire game, no one appreciating the classics
>>25460520In that case, next time we see Maxwell, we should give him some money and a description of what we want, and send him to buy the guns for us.
>>25460688I say about 8.>>25460688Sweet heavens that was close.
Rolled 68>>25460748>>25460722>>25460688Rolling for descision on how many.
Rolled 33>>25460794Having seen >>25460767now we're going for 5 (still enough to buy a small airship)
>>25460818thats fine our wonderful home deserves a treat.
Rolled 21>>25460678Five holdings. Let's not spoil the castle too much.
>>25460779This is a fairly good idea. Having spares never really hurt and I'm not too sure even vampires could dodge a bullet all the well. Though we already can build some like with the toy soldiers.
Rolled 77>>25460678This style, is my suggestion at 4 holdings to deck out all the big rooms.
>>25460769>Did Izzy seriously wade into combat at some point that I missedWell, we lead the assault on that Nalus' fellow's holdings a few threads ago.
Rolled 25>>25460779You could do this right now; Maxwell is back from his shift currently. > Roll acumen to acquire guns?
Rolled 35>>25460911why not?
Rolled 52>>25460928Guess what? You don't actually need to roll Acumen to acquire things. You've been rolling perception checks for me, and you've just been informed that the defenses you placed on Sophia have been tripped from outside. >>25460794>>25460818>>25460911Are the enemy's rolls so far. Roll Eeriness RIGHT NOW. This roll is a Celerity check for someone to evade the defenses you left on Sophia.
Rolled 10>>25461022OOH GOODY. AN INVADER.
Rolled 1>>25461022Well played, OP.
>>25461066I think it is hilarius that we seem to always fail Eeriness. But almost never our physicals
Rolled 28>>25460911>>25460873I see, that was silly of Izzy, she's got all these minions then runs into the middle of combat where she could get killed again. I'm probably alone in this but it seems to me that Izzy's persona has changed rapidly from what it has been for the past couple of centuries over the course of a few weeks. If she was a Malk, I could see it, but whatevs. Rolling to aquire lots of guns
>>25461095Well, we lead the attack because we wanted to eat Nalus. Which we did.
>>25461073I forget, are nat 1s good in this quest, or have we quite literally been raped by the dice gods?
>>25461095Not really silly. Izzy had the huntsmen and a lot of others to defend her and her magic is absurdly useful against high physical brawlers like Nalus. Hard to hit what is abou 10 meters away surrounded by hounds throwing shadow fire balls at you.Now if we where going for a more defended vampire yeah we should stay away.
>>25461200It's a roll low system, 1 is literally the best roll possible for our dear Isabella. Shit just got real for the person fucking with Sophia.
Rolled 100, 35 = 135>>25461073Crit success. Don't fuck with Isabella's wards.You focus your third eye on Sophia's prison cell, following the scrying runes you left there. Sophia is free... But you note with satisfaction that one of her would-be rescuers has been torn in half by scythes of shadow spiraling out from your wards. There appear to be two left, along with Sophia- who is hardly in much condition to fight. You can't see very well through the shadow, but their weapons and kit appear to be that of someone out to kill a vampire. Dragging her from the room, they vanish from your field of view, but the shadows surge after them...Roll Eeriness twice (first to get a better idea of the invaders by mystic castle awareness, second is continued ward attack.)Then roll Acumen to direct response of the guards. Dice here are Celerity and Eeriness on the part of the invaders.
>>25461200This is a roll-under system.A nat 1 is the best it gets.
Rolled 31, 57 = 88>>25461219Remember to take some of them alive, we want to interrogate the fools.
Rolled 42, 19 = 61>>25461219GIT 'IM
>>25461219Intergalactic trollforce is on Isabella's side today.
>>25461219>Dice here are Celerity and Eeriness on the part of the invaders.>100Well, this is a good day for us.
>>25461219>Nat 100We are going to cuddle the shit out of them.
>>25461200This is a good thing. Depending on what the base number is, there could be a very large degree of success here.Summon the hounds, summon the soldiers, summon the huntsman, angel, and Scarlet. It has begun. Tell Ahote and chief to stay put and lock the door, you don't want to risk them coming to harm, and you don't want them in a position where they're forced to make a decision of alliegance so soon.
>>25461219>attackers roll a 100 on celerityLooks like our dolls are getting a new plaything.
>>25461305Ahote and Chief PRAISE THE SUN already left a while ago.
Rolled 22, 88 = 110>>25461219I gotta update this thread faster.Send Fluffy after them with due haste, that would be ironic in the extreme, the hunter turned hunter, to hunt the hunters, so he's an ex-hunter hunter hunter.
Rolled 30, 25 = 55>>25461219Take them alive! It's no fun cuddling the dead ones.
>>25461246Your wards catch one of the two remaining interlopers as he sprits for the door, and hands of shadow pry his helmet off and tear his eyes out as his fellow continues running, dragging Sophia with him. Moments later, the ward is burned away by white magic, vanishing from your newly-extended senses. It's too late for the man on the floor- the hands have taken his skin already. His companion slits his throat out of mercy. As he leans over the body, you see his insignia is that of the Victorian Inquisition! Someone is playing with fire. You extend your mystic senses, nudging the castle for help, and find a scattered group of three other warriors. It would appear that they put down one of your tin soldiers on their way in as well. You order your servants to quickly get word to everyone who needs it, and what remains of the pack and the tin soldiers are rallied. Unfortunately, your forces are weak, and it would appear the next destination of the hunters is the slave pens. If they are freed, your forces could be distracted for long enough to make this a disaster. You send the hounds there direct, issuing the command through the eye. The interlopers won't find any reinforcements here.
>>25461366Do I smell a Brian Regan fan?
Rolled 40, 74 = 114>>25461457Roll Celerity for the hounds and soldiers. Rolls here are Celerity and Discipline for the interlopers.
>>25461246Holy hell that was close.
Rolled 49, 77 = 126>>25461482
Rolled 83, 48 = 131>>25461482
>>25461457>As he leans over the body, you see his insignia is that of the Victorian Inquisition!Time to incite the communist revolution in Grand Victoria.
damn, so close.
Rolled 84, 79 = 163>>25461482
>>25461457>As he leans over the body, you see his insignia is that of the Victorian Inquisition!Ohhhhhh, someone done fucked up now.
Rolled 31>>25461482The interlopers scatter disorganizedly, but one of them reaches the cages moments before your hounds! As he swings his warhammer desperately at the lock as the slaves crowd forward, the hound leaps at his unprotected back- Roll here is Ferocity for the interloper to smash the lock. Roll Ferocity for the Hound!
Rolled 3, 78 = 81>>25461482At this point, taking one alive is a luxury, kill them, until we know for a fact we've got them on the run, there could be more in the castle that we haven't even seen yet.
Rolled 75, 15 = 90>>25461482
Rolled 40>>25461532Might be time for operation-fuck the-world. If they know where we are and their entire strike team goes missing, that's as good as admitting we're a vampire.Rollan hound
Rolled 15, 94 = 109>>25461594The remaining force flees, heading for the main gate to Mark- which puts them heading directly towards you. The remaining tin soldiers rally around you, and your eyes strain into the darkened halls of the castle...> Celerity and Ferocity for interlopers here.> Roll Acumen and Ferocity for your rag-tag force of tin men.
>>25461601Hahahha that 3 is so beautiful
if this was any other quest those 90+ would be reason to jump for joy hah.
Rolled 31, 9 = 40>>25461634
Rolled 71, 4 = 75>>25461634oh boy
Rolled 87, 78, 52, 40 = 257>>25461634RIP AND TEAR
>>25461650>>25461655They may not aim for shit, but god damn, anything they hit is gonna die.
>>25461634Corner them and crush their minds. Find out who sent them.
Rolled 55, 50 = 105>>25461605The interloper smashes the lock off just as the hound tears his guts out. The closest slave grabs halfheartedly for the discarded warhammer...> Celerity and Discipline for slaves> Roll Ferocity and Celerity for Hound
Rolled 18, 2 = 20>>25461696
>>25461707That slave's entire arm is missing, at best.
Rolled 62, 90, 60, 45 = 257>>25461696Rollan
Rolled 10, 80, 96 = 186>>25461634The watchful eyes of your tin soldiers may be bad, but you can see in the dark perfectly, and what you see is a disorganized group of idiots running in the open with no cover. The tin soldiers put them down easily. As you step over the bodies, you notice that a certain maid is missing...> Eeriness, eeriness, acumen for the interlopers.> Roll Acumen and Eeriness.
>>25461707Well, I suppose we can always get more slaves.
Rolled 8, 61 = 69>>25461760Hoo boy.
Rolled 69, 62 = 131>>25461760
>>25461707the slave never stood a chance
>>25461707The slave grabs the warhammer. The Hound grabs the slave's neck. The slave lets go of the warhammer. The Huntsman arrives, and any semblance of fight in the slaves is gone as quickly as it arrived.
Rolled 64>>25461793Succeeds on Acumen, but not on eeriness. Fortunately, the opponent also failed that eeriness check. Roll eeriness again.
Rolled 58>>25461845This whole event will make for interesting reading later. Where's Scarlet?
Rolled 83>>25461871You focus your magical senses, and feel a slight... disturbance.A waver in the air off to one side...They have an illusionist. Your eyes peirce the veil just as a set of four knives come whizzing from the hands of a entirely-too-well Sophia. The other six are illusions- the spellcaster must be one of the corpses, but which one? You're too busy dodging to be able to tell through the veil. > Ferocity by Sophia.> Roll Celerity of your own.
Rolled 58, 73 = 131>>25461945Dicegasm
Rolled 78>>25461945What ever happened to the rose we bound Sophia's soul to?Because it would be really nice to burn that rose right now...
>>25461982Rose is the one bound to a rose, not Sophia. Sohpia is the treacherous Maid, not the medical girl.
Rolled 58>>25461982That's Rose's rose. Not Sophia's. Sorry.>>25461966first roll, both fail, so sophia gets another try to stick you on your second fail here>>25461982
>>25462000Ah right, I've been following too many quests lately.
Rolled 68>>25462020And third fail here.>>25461996
Rolled 56>>25461966>>25461969>>25461982>>25461996Again, how did this happen, we're not supposed to get into combat.We should be running not fighting.I say we get the fuck out, tell our minions to clean up, take no prisoners approach, it's clear the Inquisition has a dangerous interest in us. I suggest we call on dear sister after evacuating the castle if we survive this at all.Can we celerity away?>>25461945
Rolled 49, 72, 60 = 181>>25462039Both of you are failing your checks. I need another roll for celerity(whoever succeeds first wins, either you get stabbed or you dodge, no middle ground here.)I'll roll three for speed.
Rolled 38>>25462067Dear god let this work.
>>25462064Sophia's the one that threw knives at us. We are literally the last thing standing between the hunters and the door to Grand Victoria.
>>25462075adn we have great success.
Rolled 95>>25462064That's what you're rolling. Unfortunately you're not that fast usually and you're wearing clothes that are slowing you down.>>25462067And that leading 49 is Sophia's first success against your 56 fail here. >>25462064You've been stabbed somewhere nasty.
>>25462107One roll too late, unfortunately.
oh your taking older rols instead of linked ones.
>>25462108Let her go, get out of the way. At this point, we're in danger. Throw a suggestion at her to just leave the castle.
>>25462108And hit location is chest.
>>25462108Why don't we look Sophia in the eyes and tell her to stab the illusionist?
>>25462108Ah how useful warriors clothes would be for situations like this. Too bad every single outfit we have penalizes our ability to dodge getting stabbed in the face.
>>25462135Then we get outed that we are creating abominations against nature, keeping slaves as cattle, and killed Inquisition members. They'd send the entire Inquisition after us.
>>25462135don't do this. we can't let them escape.
>>25462139Well, you were dodging and now you've been stabbed. > Roll Ferocity to deal with injury.
>>25462148Because normally we've taken very good precautions to prevent such a situation where we MAY CONCEIVABLY get stabbed in the face.
Rolled 54>>25462168Ferocity, oh good our worst stat.
our ferocity is kinda crappy isn't it?
>>25462139Because it's easier to convince her to do something she has an interest in doing. And would Sophia even know which corpse is the illusionist at all?We should be running >.>>>25462158As if they don't know already, obviously they've had agents in here before because they knew where she was.We're in danger here, our secrets can be expended, we need disappear before imminent staking.
>>25462148Well chest this time. Also this why I saw we should have dominated her by this point. So instead of attacking us she would be stabbing them.
Dammit, shit like this is why we need to carry guns.
>>25462148That's hindsight, as if we'd have time to get changed into a battle loli dress without a magical girl transformation scene when infiltrators get in the castle.
>>25462197She was just about to be thrown in the pot and reconfigured. Someone ratted on us to the Inquisition and knew exactly where she was.
>>25462214We have mind magic and blasty magic. We've not had a need for guns.
>>25462174 42 vs 33-10. Looks like night night time Again for our sweet vampire.
Rolled 44, 100, 89 = 233>>25462174You're just a little too slow, and you feel a dagger thunk home into your ribcage, shattering bone. You cry out in pain, and collapse to the floor, stunned by the shock and unable to move. > Discipline to recover.> Rolls here: Acumen for the Tin Soldiers to realize that they should defend you because you can't speak is first roll, then their ferocity, then Sophia's ferocity. +30 to her roll for you being helpless if the tin soldiers don't respond.
Rolled 13>>25462252look into her eyesman this is not going well
Rolled 82>>25462220>Magical girl transformation scene.And now I can't unsee that.>>25462252
Rolled 79>>25462266oh yay a good roll.
Rolled 74>>25462252>nat 100 on tin attack
>>25462282I think the 44 is for the tin soldiers abd the 100 is Sophia.
>>25462220Yeah honestly would rather wear a battle loli dress in castle and our other one outside.>>25462222Fairly sure the plan was a bit of both. Minor enough changes to pass as human+blood to make absolutely sure her will power won't break it. >>2546225289-30 max human is 25. I think we are good other then the toys fucking up.
Rolled 6, 34 = 40>>25462252 >>25462266As you fall to the ground, the tin soldiers lock up, completely unresponsive. Sophia attempts to shoulder her way through the crowd, knocking over soldiers like bowling pins, but one falls over on top of you, shielding you from her attack. With a moment to recover, you gather up your breath and desperately try to muster the power to dominate her.> Sophia's Ferocity and Discipline.> You roll Eeriness at -20. (-10 for being stabbed, -10 for trying to re-dominate someone you've already dominated.)
Rolled 94>>25462334My dice rollin hands are getting sore from this. I'm just going to have this one prepped so I can be first for once. Goes without saying that I'll get a nat 100 for my trouble.
Rolled 91>>25462282they probably forgot to bring bullets or something. We should rape them.we Rancepire now>>25462334Aw fuck. Goodnight my sweet.
damn, what a crappy battle.
>>25462342>>25462351words do not describe
>>25462334You try to catch her eyes.All you catch in your eyes is a knife. > Roll Discipline + Acumen to order the soldiers to kill her before you dust.
>>25462334Well fuck. I told you guys we should have killed her the first time she attacked us.
Rolled 75, 14 = 89>>25462374I like where this is going.
Rolled 13, 53 = 66>>25462374Fucking /tg/ dice are bullshit today.
Rolled 95>>25462374and second dice
Rolled 38, 63 = 101>>25462374oh boy
Rolled 94, 90 = 184>>25462374We just got killed twice within as many weeks.COCKsucker.
>>25462380Thank the dice gods, a good roll for once.
Rolled 40, 29 = 69>>25462380discipline>>25462388Acumen, please based Alucard let it be so!
This is like watching a game of dwarf fortress. I haven't laughed so hard in so long.
Rolled 93>>25462397Rolling acumen to briefly reflect on where our un-life went so terribly wrong.
>>25462396Well, look at it this way. Now the Inquisition thinks we're dead, so they'll leave us alone.I think.
>>25462380>>25462388The knife in your chest and the knife in your eye burn like red-hot pokers.You focus, and as you fade into dust you scream with all the breath you have..."KILL! THIS! WOMAN!"The baying of the pack answers your call. Then... only darkness. ...
>>25462390Agreed. Honestly, when we got a fucking natural 1 on our Wards, and they got a 100 on their Celerity back when this started, it shouldn't have been us catching one person.And despite the times we said take them alive, we got nothing but a pile of corpses.
>>25462440Apparently we don't learn from our mistakes.
>>25462443Welp, we got dusted. Again...Seriously, if we ever reincorporate, we're moving. Board up the castle, and just move, let our shipyard do it's thing, lay low 10 years. Secretly investigate our sister. Secretly figure out who let the inquisition in.Seriously though, Nobody expected the Victorian Inquisition
>>25462495Just tell castle to not exist at that point anymore. I think it can do that right?
>>25462521Castlevania would close off the door to Mark, and anyone who enters the castle from that side would only find an abandoned estate.
>>25462495I now regret being against fleshcrafting Sophia...If we ever capture her again, she will beg us to kill her after what we do to her.
>>25462454You awaken.Blood burns on your lips, filling your mouth and nostrils with the delicious copper tang of renewed life. Your withered lungs stir, breathing in air choked with dust. Someone is calling you back from your sleep. You smile. The blood in your mouth is fresh and hot, not long parted from its owner. It's more than enough to breathe life into your doll-like body once again. You grasp the edge of the indentation you lie in and drag yourself into a seated position, blurry eyes searching for the one who revived you.A familiar face swims into view. A woman, her hair red as blood. Scarlet. She grasps your arm."Welcome back to the land of the living, Isabella. You've been dead for almost a day. Where should I start?"
>>25462544We gave the kill command. Assuming Scarlet and the others don't fuck up, Sophia will CEASE TO EXIST.
>>25462495Have our minions start actively agitating for revolution among the workers, and then reappear all "Kane lives!" style.
>>25462544We where going to do that anyway. Main issue is we didn't do it as fast as I would have liked.
>>25462556"The intruders. Everything."
>>25462560it's too good a fate for her. HOW DARE SHE SHUN OUR HOSPITALITY AND SPIT IN OUR FACES LIKE THAT!?
>>25462556>Where should I start?"Start by showing me Sophia's corpse."
>>25462544>implying she won't be another trap designed to lure us back inVampires are victims to their emotions. If she survived, she needs to be murdered. Not taken back and tortured.>>25462556"Actually, I've been dead for several centuries, but thanks. Scarlet, please gather what's left of the troops, and staff. We need to have a talk, also, we're moving."
>>25462560Kind of sad here. Would have rather fleash crafted her into a statue.
>>25462615oh, that would have been lovely.
>>25462603We don't have to move. We just need to close the gate to Mark. Besides, I wouldn't do that just yet, not until we know exactly what happened in the day after our death. If news of our death got to our shipyard, they'd riot and start the revolution themselves.
>>25462615Sometimes we just need to kill a problem and be done with it. Haven't you seen any movies? Overly elaborate tortures inevitably backfire on the BBEG.
>>25462443I have to raise an objection to how a lot of this section was done. When someone fails an attack roll it shouldn't be rerolled multiple times, if someone fails an attack they fail the attack, you don't need to defend against a failed attack. It felt rushed, just one dice roll to the next, no chance for us to actually set anything up or use magic. The hounds rolled really fucking well and didn't do all that much, considering how quickly and easily they quelled the slaves they should have been nipping, and I mean tearing out, the heels of Sophia and co. In general we rolled really well throughout this, until the very end, and each success didn't really fix anything, it just moved on to the next chance for us to get fucked.
>>25462635How long was Sophia a SERVANT in our castle, she was our god damned head maid for a while right?She is probably going to spill her guts if she lived through that last volley."Scarlet, is that traitorous whore's body still here, I want to eat it.>>25462659Seriously, this guy has it right, end her, if she has a body, eat it. Fuck Sophia, she can rot in hell, that should be the end of it. I'm still for a move, because if she did survive, we're in trouble.>>25462689Sophia had 4 knives, she threw all 4 of them and made separate rolls for each. We dodged 2, got one in the gut, dodged the last, then she pulled one and put it in our eye.
Dear Everyone,Can we stop rushing through shit?Our stats right now are pitiful. We need to stop making rash decisions, build ourselves up a little bit (make a time skip or two so we can get rid of a bunch of grinding) and take down a few more vampires. We need raw materials because as of right now we're running really thin and its showing in everything that we try to do.We need to shore up our defenses, build up and consolidate our holdings, and then expand when we've reached a critical mass.Imagine what we could do with a hundred packs of hounds.
>>25462732After we move, the Inquisition came once, they'll come again.
>>25462659Oh trying to take her alive is a horrible idea, but I love it. I see Izzy's entirely thought process as follows.1. Get lonely.2. Abduct surrogate family figure.3. Lavish them with attention and try to make them love us.4. Drive them insane with our horrendous control issue.5. Be incredibly hurt when they inevitably betray us.6. Mind rape/fleshcrafting.7. Sulk.8. Repeat.
>>25462732Still doesn't explain how the Inquisition came after Isabella.
>>25462757Hello vampire that hates us.
>>25462727No, that's not how the knife throwing worked, he made a Ferocity check, failed, we failed at Celerity, and then because we both failed we rerolled over and over and over until finally she got a success and we got a failure. Reread it.
She smiles, and passes you a shard of crystal."Her body is gone. What remains of it is on your lips. This holds what is left of her mind. I thought that you might wish to have the satisfaction yourself."The crystal pulses faintly to your magical senses. You can feel the mind of your enemy within it...It's very satisfying to crush beneath your heel. "The intruders.""Are all dead. It would appear that nobody knows where they've gone, so we've dodged a bullet there. I suspect whoever sent them was a vampire themselves, and did not wish them to spread word to the larger organization in case their meddling became known. Now, no-one asks questions about who planned the incompetent attack."
>>25462820We didn't even get anything to interrogate?
>>25462757I would assume that either they were henchmen of an enemy vampire impersonating members of the Inquisition, or they were basically "dirty cops" who were paid off by one of our enemies to come after us.
>>25462834You growl at her."I said to take them alive."She frowns."It was chaotic. None of them were unwounded. Rose took the opportunity to hide and I had to coax her out again with her rose. By the time everything was dealt with, they were all dead... And I will note that it was hard enough to make sure we got the illusionist. "
>>25462876Confirmed to be dirty cops in >>25462820. Our cover is safe, and no one's the wiser, but now we know someone is actively gunning for us.
>>25462779I see what you're saying, rereading that, I agree, we didn't really have an option to defend our selves, we were just responding. That's a problem with quests though, it's hard to keep a running iniative.I'm going to trust Alucard to give us a chance in the future, but again, we shouldn't have been standing between her and the door anyway, that was a bad decision that lead to this. We're never supposed to get into combat, we could have sent angel and scarlet after them, or dominated her through a scry and made her suicide or something.>>25462820I stand by my idea to move, we don't know who is attacking us, and there is no telling if they are planning another attack as we recover right now. We could probably build up some traps to defend any sensitive portions of our castle, but the castle is probably it's own best defense.Lets go to our sister.>>25462893"You did well overall, I'm still upset, I would have liked to tear her heart out myself. Summon whats left of the troops and staff, I need to make tally of losses, and see what other damage has been incurred."
Well at the very least we have some bodies.Though guys Could we not take the brains out and use magic to animate it?
>>25462893Oh well. Dead men tell no tales.Better they all die than some escape.
>>25462926Sister may be one of the people doing this.
>>25462944We craft flesh, your suggestion would be tantamount to necromancy, generally the brain still needs to be there to run the body in our magic as far as I understand it.
>>25462926If we disappear, people will wonder what's up, notably the mayor and our shipyard.We should liquidate our chattel, replenish our forces and make new stuff, like those grotesques we'd been planning for a while.
>>25462757>>25462749We don't know that it was the Inquisition.We've made very little in the way of mistakes in Mark. It's probably the same vampire that tried to kill us...oh...I don't know...a fucking fortnight ago?
>>25462972Exactly. We've been making headway since the first attack, and now that Nalus is dead, he knows we're still alive and looking for him, so he tried again.This gives us new criteria to find him: our enemy vampire has connections not just in Mark and/or the whole of Grand Victoria, but within the Inquisition itself.
>>25462972yeah we do. one of the guys had the symbol of the Victorian Inquisition.
>>25463009All of them, in fact. It's in their uniform.Come to think of it, what exactly did Scarlet do with the bodies...?
>>25462966I'm not sure what your getting at, there is someone out there that very nearly ended us. They have a vendetta, here's how I see Isabella rating her list of things important to her.1. Unlife as in not getting the Final Death2. Dolls/Flesh-crafted creations. 3. Making money/getting bitches4. Getting even with Sister dearest.>>25462972We know they were dirty Inquistion there at the behest of the vampire, we don't know if the vampire does or does not have the influence to send another Inquisition team at us. Staying there seems like a bad idea.Alucard, can we do something to check if our castle/us/our servants are being actively scryed right now, or have been scryed in the last day. That should help our decision process.
>>25463028Better yet, where did those clothes go? We could make a hell of a dress out of all that fine Inquisition fabric.
>>25463044You have passive wards for this that will alert you. They haven't been triggered.
>>25463044Self-preservation comes first, yes, but that doesn't mean we retreat into our castle for a year. Now they'll most definitely keep coming after us until they know we've suffered True Death. We're gonna step it up, find our doll, find the rat vampire, and eat his fucking jugular. We can't do that if we retreat into our shell.
>>25462820>This holds what is left of her mindSince they seemed to know about her. Could we possibility rip the info out of what is left?
>>25463046>We could make a hell of a dress out of all that fine Inquisition fabric.It's probably pretty badly stained with blood.
To Do List:Get more chattel.A lot of them.I'm talking about for the whole next week all we're going to do is gather up groups of homeless and undesirable pieces of shit from Eyesocket and turn them into useful minions that we can use to protect ourselves.Each day we have a different focus, and we should be able to accomplish each thing in only a single day. We have at least 8 hours to collect the people, enough for two trips of at least 20 people. That gives us 40 people worth of raw materials to work with a day, and we can sort of take our time.Day 1: Fleshcrafting slaves. Basically things specially made to aid in our craft and allow us greater possibilities whenever we fleshcraft in the future.Day 2: Lots of strong, dumb protectors.Day 3: A few strong, magically inclined assassinsDay 4: Small beings resembling falcons which we use for spying and passive stat bonuses (they've got mental powers up the wazoo, and we keep them nearby at all times).Day 5: Two twins perfectly resembling humans, except upgraded in every way.Day 6: Anything we or our tribal braves can think of that will allow us to murder the fuck out of other vampires (which should be one of our higher priorities)Day 7: Officers to lead and make our strong dumb soldiers from day 1 more effective.In my opinion we haven't used one of our greatest strengths nearly enough and it's about time we toughen up instead of risking our very life in every engagement we partake in.
>>25463081It's already been reduced to slivers. Sophia has wholly ceased to exist.
>>25463102Dude, if ANYONE knows how to get blood stains out of fabric, it's a vampire. She's probably got some super-baking-soda somewhere.
>>25463077I'm not suggesting we retreat into our castle, I'm suggesting we totally abandon it for a decade. Lil Miss Markova had an accident, died, no heirs/family, she's gone now. Then we move, vanish, ghost ourselves, go somewhere else, I'm suggesting our sister, because if she is the one responsible for this being in her castle protects us by virtue of the Guest Rules. If we're living with her, she can't harm us without endangering herself, we can also start from scratch, and keep an eye on our old place, see if something/someone turns up to find the trail, then trace them back.
>>25463102>It's probably pretty badly stained with blood.... And? We need a combat dress anyways it seems.
>>25463138And thus a vampire hijacked our castle because it is a lost relic with no one defending it.
>>25463138The castle is one of our greatest assets.Giving it up would pretty much give up 90% of our assets.We wouldn't be able to administrate our airship yard, any of our Uvenwald holdings, our servants would be taken from us, our greatest talent in fleshcrafting would be unavailable to us, etc.This is the worst idea I've ever heard.
>>25463138That's far too radical a plan for me to be comfortable with. We should stick to our guns. Liquidate our chattel to replenish our forces and create new projects, and restart the hunt in earnest. Last I checked, we were about to have a proper seance to scry where our doll went when the alarms triggered.
>>25463062And I think we're done for tonight. > Here is the Archivehttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/25458303/> Here is where votes go if you carehttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Vampire+Doll+Quest> The next thread will likely be tomorrow evening.If you want to be kept aware of new threads as they pop up, you can follow Vampire Doll Quest on twitter @Wergeldt.
>>25463166Not to mention our coffin is in the catacombs. We lose the castle, we lose our catacombs, we lose our coffin, shit gets all kinds of fucked up.
>>25463117>>25463117>>25463117>>25463117Please tell me you guys aren't ignoring this.
>>25463141This is the best battle dress, maximum eeriness, maximum appearance, that way we can do what we're good at, dominating, not fighting.>>25463160We have a Seneschal/groundskeeper for that purpose, staying there seems like a bad idea to me. I'm going to say I told you so if we get attacked and dusted again. Alucard, if you're still about, how difficult would it be to relocate us and our stuff to another abode? Books, Library, Doll House, Fleshcrafting Pit, and Coffin.
Of course, now we have a new problem.we need a new Head maid.
>>25463117>>25463244Too ambitious. People are going to notice if a city's population is disappearing DOZENS AT A TIME EVERY DAY.
>>25463252He's saying we need a ferocious dress for IF we need to go physical while still optimally maintaining our cerebral prowess. Hence why I suggested ISABELLA THE CONQUEROR up in >>25459181.
>>25463268Even if they notice (which is unlikely, considering we're taking away troublemakers and undesirables), they'll ENJOY that. We're taking away beggars, orphans, and homeless people. The people literally no one cares about. Eyesocket is a big place, with many thousands of people living in it. We can do it.It's our only hope at not getting wrecked in future encounters.
>>25463315If anyone notices chattel disappearing off the streets, it's other vampires who use the same materials for their own projects (not just fleshcrafting). If someone is gobbling up all the supply, they're going to notice.
>>25463252eh dude we have not bonus to eeriness. We have one to acrumen yeah but our eeriness is the same.
>>25463138We're not going to go and beg for Sister Dearest's protection. Absolutely not. It's too undignified. Our Castlevania is fine, we just need to start using it more effectively.For starters, defense. Spend a week or two gathering up feedstock, fleshcraft tons of guardians for the castle, post them on every hallway and entrance. Apply more wards to the dungeon levels and other important rooms like the library and especially the fleshcraft chamber. Anti scrying wards, as well. Tons of them. Fucking everywhere. Maybe some mindfuckery wards that make people want to stay the fuck away from this castle.Also investigate that other vampire that was on our hitlist, the one who was living in Ulvenwald and wasn't Nalus.
>>25463293I see, something that bumped Eeriness and Ferocity, or perhaps Acumen and Ferocity and Celerity. It would be expensive, there is that dressmaker we have contacts with on the way to our airship yard, she might be able to do it, she did our last one and that turned out well.
>>25463252Really, really difficult.The fleshcrafting pool is literally part of the floor, for one thing.And transporting one's coffin is... a risky proposition at best.
>>25463331They can't track us down.The fact that there are still homeless people left is a testament to the fact that other vampires don't need them for anything.Look, we're only going to be there for a week. The chances of us being caught are slim, and even if we are, we're a goddamn vampire. What are people going to do? Complain?
>>25463369How many chattel could we steal from Eyesocket before people would start to notice? Would they even care if they did notice? I mean, its not like the people we want to take are valuable members of their society anyway...
>>25463342You wouldn't have had nearly the issues that you did if your pack hadn't been about 3 wolves and your soldiers weren't at half strength. As it was there wasn't a pair for the guard on duty that was taken out, and then the wolves had to stay and keep the prisoners in line because they didn't have enough to split up.
>>25463369That settles it. We're not abandoning Castlevania, ever. We're too invested. If people want to attack us, so be it.
>>25463268Except the nobility of Eyesocket are all nigh-sociopathic mad scientists. At worst, they'll be slightly miffed that we're taking all of their toys. They might even be glad we're getting rid of all the filthy peasantry.It might even serve to splinter the nobles. If each of them thinks another noble is taking people off the streets, they'll move against each other which makes our eventual goal of metaphorically sucking Eyesocket dry all that much easier.
>>25463394Posting Arthur as the picture makes the context of this post extra ironic.
>>25463393Still. We should really be more paranoid regarding the defense of our Castlevania.
>>25463389It would only piss off people you care about if they were that someone's property in the first place. Otherwise it could result in >>25463395
>>25463394We did spend some holdings on sprucing up the castle.We can totally swing installing some traps. I'm sure the castle would like feeling like it has some tangible defenses of its own for once.
>>25463393So they attacked us when they knew we were short-handed, notably after the attack on Nalus. Not so much lacking the pack, because the attack happened literally minutes after the Espowye chief left, so their timing was especially fortuitous.
>>25463355My ideal battle dress is.+Eeriness, Ferocity, and Celerity but -say 15-20 masquerade. Something that just screams powerful old arcane vampire with easy movements.
>>25463421THAT SETTLES IT, WE'RE BECOMING ISABELLA MARKOVA, STREET JUSTICE OFFICER.
>>25463439You had sent off the pack and then basically as soon as they left, WHAM inquisition. Hours, maybe less. Someone has good intelligence.
>>25463394Still gonna say I told you so. It's not uncommon for vampires to take decade long vacations when the heat gets too hot. Our attacker has us at a disadvantage, I'm just worried they will use that against us again. Then we'll get dusted...again, maybe, I dunno, we had some pretty shitty rolls there.>>25463439That's another thing that strikes me as odd, it was convenient for the chief to have left when he did. We haven't done a background check on this chief guy, and we just agreed to a deal with him. I'm paranoid as fuck, I say we investigate him to make sure he's not working for another vampire at the same time. He admitted he's dealt with them in the past, what if someone promised him something if he spills the beans on us?>>25463452If our dress maker makes something with a masquerade penalty, wouldn't she be concerned?
>>25463452The negative Masquerade would make sense. Isabella's war dress would only ever be worn at times of war. If we're called out to a duel in the middle of Shadescast, then it's not Isabella the littlest hikki, but rather ISABELLA THE CONQUEROR shows up.
>>25463495The Grand Victorian Inquisition and the Espowye tribe of Ulvenwald are literally an ocean apart. They're not going to coordinate like that.>If our dress maker makes something with a masquerade penalty, wouldn't she be concerned?Which is why we'd go to a Shadescast tailor.
>>25463495I'm guessing we wouldn't be going to our ordinary dress maker to make combat gear.Besides, we'd probably want to incorporate some degree of armor into the outfit (at least a breastplate) given our tendency towards being shanked in the chest.
>>25463495That is my worry as well. Still it is something that would be absurdly useful in the castle. Though I wonder if we could get the base dress done. Then arcane it up with magic signal and the like to hide how the completed one will look? Only issue I see is that and the acumen bonus is useful.Anyway I think we should stay but boost our numbers of wolves and the like up up and away to make it very hard to attack. Given one of the big issues is our current strength level was too low.
>>25463546The picture shows off rather wicked armguards, at least.
>>25463470>Extremely good timing>They went to rescue Sophia firstIt's taken care of, we have nothing to worry about. We need to stop making stupid decisions. We're a three hundred year old vampire and we live in a dangerous world. We need to smarten up and start acting like we should. We did stupid shit early on because it was funny or cute, and we're still paying the price for it now.That changes today. No more near-death experiences. No more humiliation. No more failed checks. We're going to take the vampire world by storm. Who's with me?
>>25463535But there's a Vampire that lives in Ulvenvald, if chief is working with that vamp, and that vamp has connections to GV. welp.>>25463574Nope, it will be like sand across a cliff face, day by day, year by year, eroding it away without you even knowing it. Which is why I'm for moving, at least temporarily.
>>25463470ANTI SCRYING WARDSFUCKING EVERYWHERE. NOW.Also read Snackwell's mind. Also the number guy, I forget his name. They could have found a way to leak information.
>>25463614As I said. You already have the best anti-scrying wards installed you can make. If they can get through them there's nothing you can do about it.
>>25463633So either there's a leak, or someone is very good at tracking.>>25463574But we generally don't make dumb decisions. We're a victim of fortune, more than anything.
>>25463612Moving our coffin before we've dealt with whoever is fucking with us (and clearly has extremely good intelligence on our movements and dealings) is a FANTASTIC IDEA.If our goal is to get fucking murdered forever, that is. Otherwise it's a shit idea.
>>25463633Hmm, then that suggest we have an informant in our mansion. Kill everyone other than our dolls and fleshcrafted constructs and find new servants!
>>25463633Which means there's a leak, somewhere.I suspect that it may be one of our non-mindcuddled servants. Or somebody who is invisible, I guess. Either way, we need more defences.
>>25463695Butbutbut the voodoo money!
>>25463574Honestly not that hard.Step one. Build up a freak show of horrors and teach a few magic.Step two. Build up a nice air fleet using our 4 holdings a week.Step three. Slowly build up a info network using the same techniques we used on the mayor rarely leaving.Step four. Get more then chattel find weakish mages and ghoul/Fleashcraft them.Step 5. Once high levels of defense is achieved start looking a little harder for this guy. Play sources and wait for them to make a mistake.
>>25463695Our mind-dominated staff has long since been proven loyal. We're not killing all of them.
>>25463721In other words, it's time to turtle up and shore up our defenses.
>>25463695Lets run a bluff like this.Perhaps we could say something, and purposefully let it slip, that way if there's a leak, maybe they'll try to run, or at least seek outside help. When they do, we trace it, we've been attacked twice, we need to take an offensive.
>>25463785Not with our skeleton crew (hurr) of constructs.
I had an idea. While our soldiers are good at what they do they lack...imagination. So we cure this by making officers that have more capacity to think and make decisions based on the situation, but still have them dull enough that they won't rebel.
>>25463754It also boosts our offense. Don't want to go totally on the defense no. We should still build up info networks but slower and with the non traceable dominate.
>>25463828I said that>>25463117>>25463117>>25463117>>25463117Here, and no one listened.We need to play to our strengths, for once. We can't FAIL at fleshcrafting.
>>25463754Yeah, I'm in favour of this.They're clearly afraid of moving against us openly, so let's make it impossible to fuck with us subtly and hope they do something very stupid.Either that or this is how an extremely powerful vampire amuses themselves and they don't really care enough to actually kill us. Whichever it is, making Castlevania into a well guarded fortress is a good counter to their plans.
>>25463867I agree with the officer part, but I think you're trying to spread the efforts a little thin here.I say we want maybe 3-4 types of primary constructs that we can mass produce. So, hounds, tin soldiers, [X] and [Y]. [Y] can be the officer types, which should be significantly powerful on their own and work as a sort of overseer for the tin soldiers and whatever [X] is. The hounds don't need an overseer because they increase in tactical ability and intelligence when you group them together anyway.Now, as far as ratios go, I'd say we should have about a half again as many tin soldiers as hounds, and maybe 1 overseer for every ten combined hounds and soldiers. I haven't really put any thought into what the other primary troop in our retinue would be, so I can't make any calls there. The hounds serve as excellent fast attackers and melee range skirmishers, while the tin soldiers are ranged defense types, given their lack of initiative. The overseers would be all round generalists, presumably.The two ideas that immediately jump to mind are a mid range attacker with flight capabilities, and a heavily armoured melee soldier with minor ranged ability. Maybe just use both and spread them a little thinner than they otherwise would be? In retrospect, I am actually in support of using both.
>>25464024Animated armors were suggested in the past.
>>25464024Honestly I like the toys. So I would go something like.10-20 of them a squad lead by a heavy armored but intellect knight and we should make some magic based units to lead groups of the knights as well.Hounds are the fast flip around and rip your heart out units. Get a few angels for the attack from above and we should have a good force. We might want to make a few more packs while we are at it.Then once in a while we should make a few pilots for our air ships and depending on how well we can get it try and find some mages to retain the powers of and jack any magical knowledge they have that we lack.
Jesus, what a thread, sorry I missed it.Did our Butler end up buying all those books on economics and political philosophy like we told him to last thread?
>>25463574Why Sophia...what made her so dam special?Also, how did she suddenly gain enough strength to fight us? I was thinking sleeper agent, but we basically randomly got her off the street and could have killed her at any time; if she was one, the person behind this plan relied a lot on luck
>>25464469Well, we still have her mind in that crystal Scarlet handed to us, so we can always fleshcraft her mind into a body, then we can mindcuddle all night long and find out the answers to your questtions
>>25464775No, we smashed it. Sophia is never coming back.
>>25464811oh,, I must have missed that, pity, imagine the punishment we could have heaped on her