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You are a creature of darkness and shadows. Stripped of your memory, you seek to learn your true nature and find your place in the world.

Suptg Archive: (scroll to bottom)

http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=Shadow+Quest+

Archive compiled using with only story posts for easier read-through (update status unknown):

http://pastebin.com/6RzLX9Yp

Twitter (quest times, cancellations, updates):

https://twitter.com/ShadowMaster_tg

Theme music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLTQ5PlEWko

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Recent Events Summary:

While pretending to be the summoned creature of the Archmage Yi Fang, you were captured by the Ring City. The angel Michael, one of the greatest healers in the world, is responsible for your 'examination'. But a curse he received from a Demon Lord twisted his mind into that of a psychotic madman - and you were at his mercy.

Auriel was working with him to restore her powers. You communciated with her telepathically, begging her for help and informing her of Michael's insanity. Before she acted, however, you managed to burst free of your cage and attack and consume Michael.

You snuck into the city sewers and used them to access the underground complex holding the souls of many Shadow and Spirit mages captive. You destroyed the magic holding them in place - and the suddenly-freed slaves immediately turned on their masters, throwing the city into chaos.

Intent on helping them escape, you rushed to the Airship Noiralev to consume its core and use its power, but you ran into Auriel and Flint in the engine room. They explained that they'd found the remains of one of Michael's victims. That - combined with Flint's encouragement, and her own experiences - has led her to put her trust in you.

In one swoop, she took command of the ship, turned its crew against Sandalphon's despotism, and used it as a rallying point for the embattled shadow mages huddled inside the collapsing city.
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WOO!
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Daily Reminder.
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Fuck yeah shadow quest
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>>25478399
IT'S SHADOW TIME!
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Do not servant Ila. Servanting is just a fancy way of saying waifuing.

Do no waifu. Waifu ruins quests.

Save the xp for us and not Ila.
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Possibly important reminder.
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>>25478399
Ready!
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>>25478406
>damn, that was fast

The battle has rendered the Noiralev useless, but you managed to safely guide the craft to one of many stone plataeus in the Shiprakers, an isolated and desolate region where Tarun Gakth meets the sea. You've convinced your fellows that the best place to set up something more permanent for your renegades and refugees is in the Great Forest. The spirit mages, led by Hamil, are currently putting together a mass teleport spell to bring you there.

You've started scouting the surroundings, hoping to find some trace of Steward or his proclaimed home, City 001. You found a few robots - but they weren't friendly. They claimed to be working under Steward...but frankly, you don't know enough to draw any conclusions.
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>>25478423
CAP'T WAIT YOU FORGOT YOUR TOWEL I MEAN MIDDLE NAME!
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>I'm afraid that servanting Ila will lead to the rest of the mages falling over themselves to impress us in the hope of being the next Servant. Our ideal society of freedom might well devolve into the political backstabbing bunch of pricks that was the Dawnflight.

AND THIS! LETS MAKE THIS THREAD
PRODUCTIVE!
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Early bird Eurofag here to help the sensible Americlaps in keeping Shadow acting smart !
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Ability Tree

GREEN abilities have been unlocked and learned.

BLUE abilties are unlocked, but are not yet purchased.

RED abilities are revealed, but locked due to prerequisites.

UNDERLINED abilities are active-use, as opposed to passive. Not all active abilities require mana.

Unlocked Ability Descriptions:

http://pastebin.com/zYkUY1zM

Books the Main Character has read:

http://pastebin.com/dAXR00gP


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Active (intent-use abilities that don't require mana)
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Consume - Devour the latent energy of enemies and magical artifacts to add to your own power and restore your health.

Glide - Your aura allows you to glide, dropping safely from large heights or covering large distances if starting from a high position. Gliding is always stealthier than flying.

Flight - Spread wings of darkness to soar through the air. Carrying capacity is based on physical strength.

Supersonic - Fly at supersonic speeds. You'll move extremely fast, but suffer a large penalty to stealth and magic stealth. Takes 1 turn to activate.

Mimic - Take on the vague form of things you've seen. Won't stand up to close examination, but works well in the dark.

Snuff - You shadow can put out the lights it touches.

Blink - Sight-range teleportation. (Cannot blink through walls, through the ground, into places you can't see, etc. 5-turn cooldown in battle. Auto-cooldown if battle ends. You can only Blink yourself and inanimate objects on your person. Max range 1/4 mile or 0.4 kilometers)

Focus - With a burst of concentration, you can significantly improve your detection of both the mundane and magical, but you also drastically increase the risk of giving yourself away. (think sonic ping)

Deep Focus - Long-range focus with heightened detection and scouting ability, but with a correspondingly higher chance of revealing yourself.

Berserk - Ignore your defenses and strike all around you in a vicious physical assault. Difficult to determine friend from foe.
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Something to consider for Legion:

We can remove the power given to a servant at any time.

I bet we could use that somehow when he finally gets 100% out of the nether and we have to fight.
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AAAND we're knee deep in waifu/anti-waifu shit by post five.
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Here we go again.
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Obligatory

Probably my favourite fanart of this quest, strangely enough.
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Shadow Eater - Eat an enemy's shadow for a small heal. Their shadow will regenerate over the course of a day. However, things might turn sour if they notice their shadow is missing...

Doom Aura - Puts out all lights in an area at once. Large penalty to dodge if used during battle.

Compress - By sacrificing strength and defense, you can compress yourself and your aura to the size of a small mouse, greatly increasing dodge and physical and magical stealth. Warning: requires a turn to activate and deactivate.

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Spells (and other abilities that DO use mana)
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Shadow Strike - Strike the foe with needles of darkness. (base power 2. Costs 2 mana)

Shadow Assault - Launch a flurry of shadowy projectiles at the enemy. (base power 4. Costs 4 mana. Can hit multiple enemies)

Shadow Beam - A concentrated beam of shadow power. Attacks faster than shadow strike/assault, and is more accurate. (Costs 6 mana; 6 base damage)

Nightflare - Disrupt target spell or enchantment. (costs 2 mana)

Nightblaze - Cancel enchantments and spells in an area around you. Success and range based on mana spent. (Spend 4 to 10 mana. Radius: 30 feet. Additional 20 feet per mana. Alternate: Spend 10 mana to attempt to cancel any one single spell in sight-range with a greatly enhanced success rate)

Shadowmeld - Magic-based stealth. Pay any amount of mana. Physical and magical stealth increases based on how much mana was spent until stealth is broken. Can be used to re-stealth mid-battle.

Shade - Create an illusory projection of yourself to confuse enemies. (dodge buff. Costs 1 mana)

Spirit Whip - Lash the enemy with a whip of spirit magic. (base power 2. Costs 2 mana)
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I woke up at 6am for this, SM. Honoured? Brushing my teeth atm too.

ROUGH DRAFT OF THINGS TO DO, THREE! (Abby-Sabby edition)
>Get our stuff back from Yi Fang
>Make sure Abby-Sabby is okay with Yi Fang
>Murder Yi Fang if she isn’t
>Get information on Sandalphon’s movements and the Light empire’s situation
>Find out situation in Kelvere, is the Duke really dead?
>Find out what else the Duke was hiding from us
>Get all keys, find out what the Spirit thing is
>Get in contact with Steward/City 001
>Find out what the hell’s up with the Black Lady. Can she be trusted?
>Get Obis his throne back
>Fix that fucking parasite on Flints soul
>Find Joey
>Fortify our current position
>Ask the Elven Queen some very pointed questions about our memories
>Deal with Legion
>Get Yi Fang’s help in finding the Staff of the Winds, work out if it really is a good idea to free Geb, maybe free Geb, put him back when it turns out to have been a bad move, otherwise make friends
>Learn what the fuck really happened in the past
>JESUS FUCK DO RESEARCH ON HOW SERVANTING AFFECTS PEOPLE BECAUSE WE DO NOT WANT TO MAKE ANOTHER SANDALPHON OR LEGION, OR CAUSE A POLITICAL SHISM IN OUR PEOPLE
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>>25478462
That's only if we're actually Erebus or somehow become him/as powerful as him.
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>>25478424
You couldn't wait five minutes before starting this shit again could you?
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Someone made a list of ongoing tasks of varying importance, I cleaned up the list and sorted them to groups by relation:

Personal:
>Get our stuff back from Yi Fang
>Make sure Abigail is okay with Yi Fang
>Murder Yi Fang if she's not
>Deal with Flint's parasite
>Get Yi Fang’s help in finding the Staff of the Winds

Elemental:
>Free Geb, make a new friend (Have a fallback solution - bind, CONSUME, etc)
>Get all keys, find out what the Spirit thing is

Political/Leaders:
>Find out situation in Kelvere, is the Duke really dead?
>Find out what else the Duke was hiding from us
>Get information on Sandalphon’s movements and the Light empire’s situation
>Get in contact with Steward/City 001
>Find out what the hell’s up with the Black Lady. Can she be trusted?
>Get Obis his throne back
>Ask the Elven Queen some very pointed questions about our memories

Misc/Faction:
>Find Joey
>Fortify our current position
>Research how Servant works, make sure it won't cause unrest among people
>Research Dynamos
>Assure peaceful co-existence of differently aligned mages

OOC:
>Deal with summerfriends making bad decisions on purpose

Potential new tasks:
>End Skysever (we have read that the spell is physically located somewhere and visible, yet hard to access)
>Deal with Legion
>Explore, this world feels small
>Find more fragments of Shadow
>Find the other Elementals
>Convince Flint to become the leader of his people, after the parasite has been dealt with
>Find what happened to the Dwarves
>Find out about the Presence we felt when using Focus in the Shadow temple underneath Tarun Gakt


Remember all of these have direct and indirect solutions. For instance, the keys: We could just go in and take them by storm, sneaking around and killing those who spot us, but do we want that? Would it help upkeep our image as a good-intending catalystic force, or would we appear as self-righteous destroyers? Atlantis is believed to have a key. Too bad for us, their water supply relies on it.
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HAHA TIME FOR SHADOW QUEST
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fuck off with your shitty waifu quest
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>>25478411
>>25478424
Fuckin' A.
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>>25478480
I made a bit longer version in my free time, as you perhaps noticed. Noscript blocked my posting attempts (new XSS on 4chan, go to find a safe way to unblock it) so it took a few attempts.
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Same as last thread, why I don't want to servant Ila.

Right now, she's the representative of the Shadow mages. She has been for quite some time now, both in the ringed city and here. They look up to her, and trust her, more than anybody else. Whether she's servanted or not won't change that.

If you want someone to guard the camp, I think it can already guard itself pretty well. It's not a particularly big risk we're taking in not having a servant guard the camp.

The need to servant isn't particularly pressing right now. We need to remove Flint's parasite, and it's unlikely anyone we servant will be with us. We should save the exp for our own use for now, at least.
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>>25478454
Some one around here has to make sure these yanks aren't totally pants on heads retarded. Might as well be us
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>>25478440
>damn, that was fast

It tells of how much we love this quest. Why we love it so much...

...I don't think we'd want it to end...

(prepares chloroform and rag, gets keys to plain white kidnapping van)
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inb4 retards samefag enough to force us into making bad decisions.

AGAIN.
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>>25478424
>>25478411
>>25478448
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I voted against servanting Ila, but as a matter of it not really being the right time.

As the de facto leader of the freed mages, she probably is our best choice so far.

If we are planning on servanting her, or anyone for that matter, we should talk with them about it for a while, in detail, before we act.

It's not like the mana pool or our exp is going to rot.

>>25478522
Similar reasons to this.
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>>25478475

Bind - Trap an enemy in ropes of spirit magic. May spend 0 to 10 mana (determines strength).

Water Strike - A pressurized blast of water imbued with magical force. (2 base power. Costs 2 mana)

Heal - Spend either 2, 4, or 6 mana to heal a target 4, 7, or 10 HP, respectively.

Purify - Spend 3 Mana: 100% chance to heal 1 ailment on target. Spend 6 mana: 85% chance to heal all target's ailments. Spend 9 mana: heal all of a target's ailments and the ailments of all those you are physically touching.

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Summons
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Wisp - A shadowy wisp from the Nether. (2 base shadow attack). Costs 1 mana to summon, 1 mana per action. Never breaks your control; if you run out of mana, it will merely vanish. [Level 0, Shadow]

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Current Statistics:

HP: 37/56
Mana: 0/20
EXP: 16
Humanity: 274
Temerity: 203
Shards of True Darkness: 2 (Isolation, Hunger)

Party Members:

Sir Donovan Flint - A knight of Dobshire, the capital of Arland. Fourth son of the lord and ruler of Arland. Wears adamantium half-plate and wields a two-handed longsword. 29 years old.

Angel Auriel - Formerly a powerful angel of the Ringed City, now traveling with you, ostensibly to protect Sir Flint and Joey from you. Wears heavy plate steel and wields a one-handed adamantium sword and a wide, round buckler. 732 years old.

Ila Marril - Formerly enslaved by the ring city, she is a powerful shadow mage trained in espionage and hand-to-hand combat. She wears light leather armor and wields a punching dagger. 26 years old.

Summoned:

Wisp (1 mana per order, does not break control, stealths with you)

Equipment:

None

Inventory:

None

Current Location:

Tarun Gakth
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>>25478497

Everything seems fine but this

>Fortify our current position

We will soon leave this place behind and relocate the mages in the far more sustainable forest,
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>>25478474
>Snapple masturbating his ego by posting his own "art" and saying it's his favorite thing drawn for this quest.
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>>25478497
How about we add in something for the Noiralev, like creating or finding a shadow dynamo and repairing it?
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>>25478525

Texan here stop calling me a Yank europoor
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Personally I think we have been neglecting the summoning line of upgrades myself
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>>25478497
This is a sensible list. Let's follow this.
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Oh hells yeah. All these bros saying to not servant Ila, fuck yeah.

Together, we can defeat the knob nibblers.
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>>25478560
Snapple draws way better than that in fairness anon
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>>25478560
Rev up them shadowruns.
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>>25478582
Enough about the goddamn knob knibbling. Let's be focused. Today, we deal with the parasite.
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>>25478497
I have to say I do enjoy the look of this list and think SM should adopt it as the offical Shadow quest list of stuff we want to do.
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>>25478601
Indeed. Productivity, HO!
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>>25478575
I dont think sm would have included an entire section to the tech tree, that if used, would have such dire consequences. I think people are overreacting with the waifu servant stuff.
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>>25478567
Come at me taxes bro. I'm several thousand miles away what you gonna do?
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>>25478560
Funnily enough, he's drawn more for this quest than anyone else I think. Even if most of it is just godawful doodles.
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>>25478601
Can we do that by tracking down Yi Fang? I want to see Abby.

That also covers the Staff of Winds too.
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>>25478497
Thanks for putting this together.

Sorry the thread is too busy going apeshit for this to get recognized.

Current priority seems to be sorting out our mistake from last thread with the rebel robots and contacting City 001.
We should probably work towards it while we are in the area, and we have a bit less than two weeks.

As for servant madness, lets just talk with her about it.
It's not like we are going to drag her to the pool and servant her without talking once.

Also, love the GIF.
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I'm here! Lets do this!
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>>25478601
Let's negotiate with the orcs. We are heading into terretory with a large amount of orc raiders, we should see if a couple of them want to come along with us.
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>>25478628
The only known way to remove the parasite is by consulting Yi Fang. Let's do that asap. Let's get shit done, tg.
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>>25478616
Hm?

>>25478522
It's quite logical and very far from an "overreaction."
And the less anyone mentions the W the better. Know better.
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>>25478628
We will have to go to fangy anyway. Crazy fortune teller hobo said so.
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>>25478596
Really? Everything he's drawn for SQ has been pretty crummy.
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>>25478575

Pfff, summoning in general has showing itself as a poor investment, unreliable at best and very dangerous at worse. Traditional magic has a bigger priority than that flawed school.
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>>25478642
We can do that after we settle in Felnoir. There are orcs there, too anyway.
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I just realized, since geb has been suspended in the air since the elementomachy, he should have been ripped to all hell by the skyserver, and there is a good chance that all that's left is his dead bits floating around.
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>>25478616
Yeah, at this point I don't think we need to servant anyone, but once we decide to hand out some buffs to loyal followers, I don't think we need to worry about shit like Legion happening to us. We aren't Erebus, etc.
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>>25478642
It's worth a shot. Improving human/orc relations could go a long way in not dying by a big fucking ax in the middle of the night.
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>>25478601
No. If you ignore the nibblers, they will fester and destroy the quest. We need to smack them down now. Hard and decisive. Crush their dreams of getting with Ila and end it once and for all.
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>>25478648
Finding the keys and freeing the spirit under Jacobs Field is the other way.
No matter what route we take to free Flint of his parasite he'll still need to go home to Arland to deal with it-as far as the seer said.
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>>25478675
He wasn't suspended in the air, just chased the fuck around for all eternity by a giant ass tornado or some shit
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Even if we don't servant up Ila right now I still think we should go to that cavern and get that sweet EXP from that golem
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>>25478567
Do you sell propane and propane accessories?

Also, I imagine Texas as a place where everyone is like Hank Hill. Have you ever uttered "Don't mess with Texas?"
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>>25478670
[sarcasm]Bitch, are you dissing Wisp-Bro?[/sarcasm]
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>>25478685
The fastest way is probably through Yi Fang. The fire key is probably in Kan-Abar and we may have to put Obis back in power to obtain it.
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>>25478688
I thought he was up in the tornado, seperated from the ground as punishment for the dwarven airships?
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>>25478685
Yi Fang has one of the keys, if I remember correctly. Honestly, Yi Fang is related to so many of our different objectives that he should definitely be our first priority, anyway.
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>Ila's already flying to the cavern with us
>We're gonna take the orb and top off mana
So, what's our reason for bringing her? What are we gonna tell her we brought her there for? Or are we just gonna have her stand there wondering what the fuck just happened?
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>>25478670
How do you know man? we haven't used any. We don't even have to go near Demons there is like three paths of summons. And wisp bro really really helped us out by finding Flint.
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>>25478714
It's more of a matter if he's willing or not, he has our stuff anyways so we still need to go to him, I suppose trying both at the same time would be wise.
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While I think we should investigate the consequences by servanting people with Auriel, I think having a more powerful agent that could do stuff for us individually would be good, our backlog just keeps growing and a servantized Ila would be useful for getting shit done.

That said, I think we should go for Eclipse, since we have a shadow mage army, shit will explode if we use that!
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>>25478677

Still, I think is wiser to wait a little longer before making her a servant. Hell I don't even like how that sounds at all.
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>>25478688

It's more like he's caught within a never-ending tornado. While driven mad by the Light-based parasite.

Yeah. Poor Geb.

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There was some discussion about putting together a list of goals to help questers keep their eye on the ball. I took the liberty of doing so. Let me know if there's anything I've missed.

Active Goals

1) Sir Donovan Flint's Parasite - Flint's parasite, a demon known as a Shel'Kath, must be removed. You've learned that the lich Yi Fang knows how to remove it.

2) Abigail's Education - Hopefully, Abigail is safe and learning to control her powers in Archon's Scholomance...but you've heard it's a dangerous place.

3) I want my stuff back! - You left your utility belt in Yi Fang's keeping, and you want it back.

4) The Staff of Winds - To free the earth elemental, the sage Taremtis told you to acquire the Staff of Winds - and that Yi Fang would be vital to doing so.

5) The Four Keys - Four magic keys lock the great vault under Jacob's Field which contains a great Spirit power of an unknown nature.

6) City 001 - You want to locate Steward and find out if the constructs will become your ally...but the robots are a complicated bunch, sometimes aggressive, and always secretive.

7) The Throne of Kan-Abar - Obis seeks to regain his throne. It has been foretold he will parish in the attempt without your help.

8) Establishing Independence - You've freed the Shadow and Spirit mages from the clutches of the Ring City, and they see you as their leader. How will you lead them?

9) Who is the Black Lady? - You've heard her name spoken across the land in fear and respect - the greatest Shadow mage of the modern age. Is she an ally, filtered through the lens of war and propaganda...or exactly as terrible a foe as advertised?

10) Elven Inquisition - You know not what you truly are; your memories were sealed away. You want to find the elf you believe responsible and ask her some very pointed questions.

Among others.
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Not even 20 mins and the quest is consumed by retarded waifuers.

wtf
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>>25478729
We could use the opportunity to get to know IIa the person better and ask pointed question into her suitability of being out first servant. I see us using the servant ability to create something like an order of knight that will uphold shadows own morals: Justice and order.
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>>25478760
Not consumed, anon, peppered. Descriptors matter.
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>>25478729
We tell her that in the future, if people ever stop crying waifu all the time, we might servant her up here
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>>25478754
Which in turn is being powered by our bro-est bro Flintbro
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>>25478754
We achieve the first 3 with a quick trip to Archon. Let's do it.
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>>25478754
This seems about right sir!
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>>25478754
Yes. Thank you for the list and an invasion. It will do.
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Aw, don't be that way! See, Rokku-chan wants you to cheer up a bit!
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>>25478754
>>25478497
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I thought this would be appreciated:

>Note: planning a pastebin for this shit, it's getting retarded to repost it all every time

Notes on holdings and forces:

Noiralev
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Hold:
100 steel helmets, shields, spears
5 sets of adamantium half-plate armor
Repair:
Engine is intact; rest of ship is pretty busted up. Weapons systems are slag, and the hull and shielding systems are heavily damaged. Won't be flying soon.

Notes on forces:

Airship crew: 34 men and women - elite soldiers specially trained to operate airship systems

Angels: 54 - powerful light mages that can easily soar through the sky

Shadow Mages: 329 - shadow mages of varying strengths, trained as assassins, spies, and field support.

Spirit Mages: 34 - Spirit mages that perform specialized tasks for the empire, including summoning, mental interrogation, and teleportation. Untrained for battle, but not defenseless.

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Relative Magic Power Levels:

Godlike:

The Black Lady
Sandalphon
Yi Fang

The Highest:

1) Sandalphon
2) Lucifer
5) Auriel (before she lost her powers)
6) Anahita
7) Michael
8) Raziel
14) Tyrael

Powerful Mages:

Lesser Angels
Duke Vellik
Auriel
Ila
Cain
Hamil
Adavan
Rogul (the orc that leads Refuge)

Middleing:

Ring City Shadow Mages
Archon Battle Mages
Duke Vellik's Mages
Arland Mage-Knights
Kan-Abar Abaerst (elite fire mages)
Weaker Angels
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>>25478752
Yeah, for sure. I don't even know if Ila is the best choice, or who else would be a good candidate. It can wait for now, but once we get to it we shouldn't worry too much. Worst case scenario, something goes wrong and we start to CONSUME.
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>>25478754

Speaking about finding Steward, maybe we having doing it wrong all this time. Lest try to find another huge robot with a core, it was Steward who came to us after we got retrieve a core.
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>>25478783
That's what we might see it as, but humans are petty and fight over power ups very easily.
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>>25478831
>Engine is intact; rest of ship is pretty busted up. Weapons systems are slag, and the hull and shielding systems are heavily damaged. Won't be flying soon.
That's nice. What about the teleporter?
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Alright.

We talk with Ila, see what she thinks about servanting, and go from there.

We keep looking for more robots; if we find city 001 or it's bots, good. If we find 002 rebels, more cores and EXP for us.

Once we get to the forest, we will be in place to zip over to Archon and bug Yi Fang + meet up with Abby.

Checking out the situation in Kelvere can come whenever we have a free moment.
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>>25478831
>The Black Lady
>Sandalphon
>Yi Fang
Ah, yes. The list of people to murder horribly.
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>>25478843
That may be the smartest thing that will be posted this thread
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>>25478851

I believe I stated it was fried by your overcharge.
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>>25478866
I don't want to spend another thread with bad rolls and accomplishing almost nothing.

Let's go and deal with Flint's parasite, now. Servanting is hardly a priority compared to that.
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>FINALLY
>Last time...

Two days pass. You scout across Tarun Gakth for signs of robots, going deeper into unknown territory.

You find a lone repair construct, trundling along. You land next to it. It ignores you, and keeps walking forward. Eventually, it reaches a wall, and simply walks into the wall. It falls over, gets up, and then walks into the wall again.

You put the construct out of its misery, and consume it, but you don't feel all that much stronger.

>HP: (37/56)

You're walking through the Noiralev when you hear some shouting. It's coming from a room with a door slightly ajar. Bright light burns within.

You peer inside the door. Several mages of all elements are packed inside, many of them with ignorance potions from the Noiralev's stash. Tyrael and Hamil are huddled over a board filled with stones. It's an odd shape, very different from the one you played with the Duke. Several empty glasses sit on the table next to them, clustered around a pile of money.

Hamil grins, then moves a set of stones over. There's a moment of silence, and then Tyrael slumps over, defeated. Half the room groans while the other half cheers. You suppose he made some move that decided the game.

>con't
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>>25478890

You find Ila outside, helping herself to few gulps of water. You walk up to her group of mages - which, you notice, with a bit of satisfaction, holds an angel. You get her attention, then motion away. She walks over to you.

"Shadow?"

What do you say?

>bring her aside; it's time you learned more about each other.
>take her to Refuge. Your chosen leader must have the strength to lead
>ask her something unrelated (write-in)
>something else
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>>25478866
Oh, quick thought, only elemental lords can do the servant thing right? How are those angels going to react to suddenly being on the side of the Shadow Element Lord? Some I'm sure will be less than thrilled...

I'm not saying not to do empower Ila, I'm just saying that we might want a frank discussion with (at minimum) Auriel so she has some time to acclimatize her people to the idea.
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>>25478904
>it begins
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>>25478904
>>bring her aside; it's time you learned more about each other.
Then if we like her answers.
>>take her to Refuge. Your chosen leader must have the strength to lead
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>>25478904
>bring her aside; it's time you learned more about each other.
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>take her to Refuge. Your chosen leader must have the strength to lead
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>>25478904
Learn more about here and then take her to Refuge.
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>>25478922
That's exactly what i was suggesting.

We need some in-character time to discuss this with her...

>>25478904
>bring her aside; it's time you learned more about each other.

Which is what we should do.
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>>25478930
I like this.
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>>25478930
>>25478951
Seconding
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>>25478930
Perfect.
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>>25478904
>bring her aside; it's time you learned more about each other.
>take her to Refuge. Your chosen leader must have the strength to lead

Why Not Both?
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>>25478930
>>25478956
I concur with these anons
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>>25478904
>ask her something unrelated (write-in)

<It seems as though Hamil and Tyrael do have something that they can agree on>

>bring her aside; it's time you learned more about each other
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>>25478904
>bring her aside; it's time you learned more about each other.
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>>25478904
>bring her aside; it's time you learned more about each other.
i dont think even aproaching the idea of servant is good right now. if she knows we can do it then it might be interpreted as a slight when we dont
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Eh guys, regarding the servanting. If we do go through with it(though I am against it), lets ask Ila to keep this a secret, for now. We don't want it to become common knowledge that we are capable of bestowing power.

>>25478970
This.
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>>25478904
>>bring her aside; it's time you learned more about each other.
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>>25478977
Agreed. Let's hear her answers, then do it later when we know her more then two weeks.
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>>25478904
Talk to her.

When / if we get to the shadow pool, we really need to let her know to let go of revenge.

Don't do as the angels did and hold on to the past. Break the cycle of abuse and hatred, because justice is not only shifting the wrong to another side.
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>>25478977
We've already told her it's a possibility, about two threads ago.

We can also promise she'll lose her powers if she or ANYONE ELSE will be dicks about it. Let it be known this is a test to see if people can play nice, unlike the last time.
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>>25478998
This please. I'd like to use the exp on an emergency purchase when we are in Archon.

>conceal flint, walk into Arland, and deal with the parasite with great stealth
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>>25478970
Seconded. If we like her answers, we'll do it after we get to the forest.
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>What I imagine servant will kinda maybe look like.
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>>25478904
We should still go to CONSUME that golem at some point. It will only take like twenty minutes
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>>25478984
May or may not be a problem as we told about it in front of other Shadow mages if I remember correctly and we don't know if she has told anyone else.
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>>25479013
Let's find out first if we CAN remove the blessing BEFORE we give it.
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Just shoot the shit with her, so to speak.

DO NOT TAKE HER TO REFUGE.

We should not be Servant'ing ANYONE right now. Especially with all these starstruck shadow mages that would vie for our attentions.

Whether Shadow is more attentive than Erebus or not, he can not change the nature of man.
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>>25479044
It's the descriptor text on the ability.
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>>25479044
Read the pastebin. It's very clear that we can.
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You take Ila aside, near the edge of the plateau.

<It seems Hamil and Tyrael have found a bit of common ground.>

"Really?"

You nod. <Stones.>

Ila smiles. "Hamil likes his games. I was never one for it...but I'd bet on him, occasionally."

<You bet?> you ask.

"We didn't have much entertainment," she says quietly. "...our rooms, single-man cells where the sewers met the mana center. We couldn't speak with one another, so it was all finger talk, hidden in corners where they couldn't see. We had lookouts, just to play stones. Just to play a game." She smiles. It's half grim, and half nostalgic. "We used chalk we stole while out on missions. Easy to rub away, wash off with sewer water. Played plenty of games, stones included. Easy to get makeshift pieces for a simple game like that."

<...what did you wager?>

"Rations, mostly." She looks at you. "What did you want to talk about?"

>writing my own ideas
>if there's anything in particular you'd like to ask, please write it
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>>25479044
SM said we could
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>>25479037
Jealousy is a dangerous thing...
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>>25479032
We don't even know if that golem is still there, there was definately something else down there that wasn't exactly friendly with us, and whatever that was might have wrecked that golem.
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>>25479060

Repeating so SM does not miss it.
>>25479054
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>>25478984
Good job keeping your head on, being against something and still able to think about it rationally. Shame we couldn't have this last thread.

No matter who we eventually, hypothetically servant, keeping it relatively hidden is a good idea. Just be sure not to hide it TOO long, lest someone suddenly find out we have an army of servants at our beck and call.

>>25479037
We talked about sharing our power, yeah. Could be a problem...

>>25479066
I would hope we're smart enough to put down any stupid competitions for attention before they start. Erebus had this problem because he didn't care about people, we're learning to merge with them.
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>>25479060
<I will be leaving with Sir Flint for Archon soon. Take care of your people well Ila. Farewell>

Get to Archon, get this quest back on the road. Time for some action!
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>>25479060
Talk about what she wants to do now that she has her life back. Ask if she might be able to find forgiveness in her life to those who wronged her.
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>>25479076
I thought that was Isolation? It wouldn't take fifteen minutes to check anyway
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>>25479085
>we're learning to merge with them.
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We should definately bring Ila with us, time to get to know each other, it will also give us some insight into what the shadow mages think and what they expect of us.
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>>25479060
We need to find out about her whole view of justice vs revenge.

Not sure about the exact wording, but something along the lines of asking her about how she would act should the light fall from it's current dominance.
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>>25479112
After we consumed Isolation, we used Focus and found something looking back at us. And we fled the temple as if we were afraid of dark.
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>>25479029
Anyway someone could swap out the red (kinda taken by Fire) for some of the purple/violet that's associated with us? She's going to be a representative of Shadow after all.
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>>25479112
Might as well. We could go negotiate with the orcs if we did that as well.
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>>25479060
And idea is our last question should be a what if scenario. We have gained quite a bit of power, people who follow us, and have our own set of morals. But to accomplish our goal we must take on the forces of the entire world to make things right. What would she do with such power and responsibility?
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Really? I've always imagined a servant as someone like Death from Darksiders, chopping angel wings off with some impressive acrobatical movements.
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>>25479131
I recall fleeing because SM greentexted
>being this retarded
Below the "wait for it to come" option.
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>>25479094

This.

Ask her to give her Mages strength and storng leadership. She must be unflinching in her support of Flint and Auriel.
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>>25479112
No, there was something else in there that chased us out after we CONSUMED Isolation. It was something from the deeps that chased us out.
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>>25479094
Right, leave our people without the best defenses possible after giving there rough location to city 002. Very smart since its not like well need an army of the living down the road...
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>>25479160
Yeah I remember that. Hopefully (assumption) we're strong enough to face whatever that may have been.
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>>25479131
Fuck that shit. Were pretty fucking beast right now after we sort out flint we should definitely check that shit out.
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>>25479101
This one. If she want's to start a family and protect people, mention that it's something that she has in common with Auriel.
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>Not wanting to go and consume that other deep shadow for another shard.
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>>25479094
While I to want to get this show on the road I think it's important we look over everyone until they are about ready to leave. Having crazy robots from city 002 doesn't help.
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>>25479060

I know is hard to ask but tell of the battle on ring city. I am glad that you are all free now but I am not naive to think it was a bloodless revolution. Do you know how many were away on missions? And...how many did not make it to the ship? I am responsible for their deaths as well.
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>>25479094
Slow down, skippy. Not yet.
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>>25479214
>>25479101
Also mention (if it's appropriate) that forgiveness is something for yourself, to get peace out of what has hurt you.
Though I've no idea how shadow would say that or if it understand humanity enough to say so.
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>>25479218
>Implying it's just a deep shadow and not something far more monstrous.
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>>25479085
We probably will end up using servant on her at some point.

The concern I have is if it is the right time and the right circumstances.
If we servant one person, we should probably servant multiple people, and pick up some servant branch powers so they have more than enhanced shadow power and endurance.

The sense, multishade, and shadow eater seem like good options, considering the other tow cost more, and we don't want to cause people to share our resists/weaknesses until we buy off out light weakness.

>>25479094
>>25479166
This is probably the best-case i can think of. Giving a bit of extra power and then leaving her to lead her people as she has for years.

>>25479191
That's why we solve this city 002 problem first, before anything else.
If we can't solve it by teleport time, well then we are out of harm anyway.
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>>25479218

I think that it's a pretty bold assumption that it was another Shadow, bro.
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>>25479191
>implying they can't take care of themselves when virtually everyone is a mage

fuck you, stop babysitting them
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>>25479224
Good idea. After she tells us how many, we'll set up a ceremony for all of those who didn't make the excape, regardless of elemental/political affiliation.
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>>25479191

>our people
>we'll need an army

THEY ARE THE ARMY.
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>>25479246
Wasn't it later implied to be Legion? Maybe I'm just making too great a leap after the whole Michael thing.
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>>25479268
>Fighting against a rogue robot army of thousands.

GENIUS!
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>>25479246
Could be a dragon
>>25479254
Have to agree. Even though I advocated giving Ila a power boost to help keep the place safe they aren't exactly soft
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>>25479246
Mhmm. The timorian deep held all sorts of different monsters.

Fortunately, we are much stronger than we were then, taking down cave creeps, of any size, shouldn't be too hard, especially with a mana pool right there.

Our main worry would be not collapsing the cave of the pool, considering it got dangerously close to doing so when we fought the Lonely Shadow.

>>25479283
We never found out what it was.

The only thing that may have been legion but what never proven to be what the "presence" that we felt inside the dying demon lord.
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>>25479191
There are literally over 300 shadow mages alone there, the camp is probably one of the highest concentration of military power on the continent at the moment.
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>>25479268
I agree with the sentiment, but Shadow Mages are more like Navy Seals and Angels are more like Marines. Army is ground holdind foot soldiers, what we have are specialized fighters of awesome.

>>25479191
Which is why they aren't defenseless without us.
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>>25479268
Remember, City 001 was made up of robots numbering somewhere in the hundred thousands.

I don't like those odds.
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>>25479268
And I'm suggesting that if city 002 throws something at our army while we and Flint are gone, it might minimize casualties on our side if we improved their defense capabilities somehow.
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>>25479283
Legion is apparently banished to the demon realm, which is why Micheal was being manipulated by him(from his wound by the demon king) and why he showed up trying to desummon the succubutt.

OH SHIT! Auriel was wounded by a demon king too!
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>>25479296
Assumptions anon.
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>>25479324
buy shadow turrets and make a line across the desert to the camp?
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<My plans,> you say. <I have business to attend to with Sir Flint...among others, that I consider friends. I have no wish to lead as some sort of dictator. I freed you to be free, not to follow my commands. With that said, I am happy to guide and protect those that seek my protection and guidance. I am glad that you all put your faith in me. I will do my best.> You turn away from the view of the sea and look at her. <The others look to you as an authority. That is important.>

"...they do."

<Why is that?>

"...I am strong, in magic. That's one reason. I try to be fair. I...I try to like people. I have friends among them." She folds her arms. "Some scoffed, when I was optimistic about our lives, and our situation. I tried to stay positive, though...at times...it was impossible." She brings a hand to her face, hiding it from your sight. "...I'm not sure if I believed my own words. They weren't for me. They were for the younger ones, really."

<You were strong, when others were weak,> you say. <So they respect you.> You glance back toward the Noiralev. <I haven't noticed many younger mages...none less than sixteen years.>

"...they were targeted in the fighting at the city," she whispers.

<...I see. Do you hate them?>

"The angels?" she asks. You nod. "...I guess I do. I can't help but hate them. They stole my life from me. From all of us. I can barely look Auriel in the face. But a month ago, she ordered me about like a dog."

<...she is a stubborn one,> you admit. <But honest. She called me an evil monster right to my face.>

Ila laughs bitterly. "Did she?"

You smile. <And now...she has changed her mind.>

"I would not believe it had I not seen it for myself," Ila says. "But it must be true..." She gestures at the wrecked airship. "...because here we are."

>con't
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>>25479359
Fly to mana pool, make turrets, repeat.
Shadow turrets OP plz nerf.
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<Your position gives you power,> you say. <I would create a shelter for mages such as yourself within the Great Forest - for mages of all elements. I believe the world must change. And if necessary...I feel that I may be the one to change it. Otherwise, those I care for will never be truly safe.> You shake your head. <There is no place for hatred in such a shelter. We must accept all those who come in peace. I won't ask you to forgive, or forget. But you must stay your hand from acts of vengeance.>

"...I don't want to kill any more," she says. "I just...I will help you build your shelter, Shadow. Maybe then I can unlearn my hatred. But I cannot act as if what happened to me and mine did not occur."

<I will never ask you to do so. But will you accept all those that come to your doorstep? As I feel I must?>

Ila hesitates for a moment, then she looks at you and gives you a firm nod. "I must. Or I would be no better than my captors. If I refused, then truly, I would be changed by them, to be like them."

<Well said.>

What do you do?

>offer to make her your servant
>leave it at that, for now. You've other tasks to accomplish
>something else

>con't
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>>25479339
>I am the leader of City 1. However, I do not give orders. City 1 is comprised of 23,546 individual mind-states, which first come to consensus, and then act as one body.

Proof, anon. From the 28th thread.
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>>25479060
I leave for a few minutes and all this happens...

Why don't we ask her about what she thinks about the current situation? If we know the balance between the angels and shadow mages better it would be better to figure out if we would cause any kind of upset if we would make Ila stronger.
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>>25479378
>>leave it at that, for now. You've other tasks to accomplish
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>>25479375

Yeah, they need to be nerfed.

I'll probably set a timer on their existence, unless they're magically connected to a nearby mana pool. Because that's rather how my other magitek works anyway.
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>>25479380
Wrong part of the assumption, anon. It was that they- when having stated that their interest in large scale conflicts was limited and heavily voted against would stage large attacks against us, or anywhere for that matter.
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>>25479378
>>offer to make her your servant
we should go to mana pool anyway, recharge and meditate on our Shards while surrounded by Shadow mana
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>>25479378
>Leave it at that for now.
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>>25479378
She does sound like good servant material in fairness. For later if not right now
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>>25479378
I think we should at least show her the mana pool near by, and let her decide if she wants to be a servant again.
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>>25479433
But now with those 002 punks, how do we know that they would feel the same?
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>>25479378
>>offer to make her your servant
She answered beautifully.
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>>25479431
AWWWWW
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>>25479378
>something else

<Beware the dwarven constructs. Hide, if you must, for I do not know their numbers. They only seek earthen power cores, so give them no reason to attack. If they offer an alliance, consider it. I will be settling the matter of Sir Flint. Farewell>
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>>25479378
we should take her to the mana pool since we need to go anyway. let her make the choice
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>>25479378
><I will never ask you to do so. But will you accept all those that come to your doorstep? As I feel I must?>
>
>Ila hesitates for a moment, then she looks at you and gives you a firm nod. "I must. Or I would be no better than my captors. If I refused, then truly, I would be changed by them, to be like them."

Yep. Servantable.
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>>25479378
>offer to make her your servant

because why not
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>>25479378
Ask her if she would like or need the power from servant.

We already told her we could grant her power, we should at least be open about it.

Don't try and force it on her, but let her know that it is an option. If she accepts, then we can empower her now, if she declines, we have a bunch of exp free for use.
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>>25479378
offer srvent pls
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>>25479378
>leave it at that, for now. You've other tasks to accomplish

>something else

Keep talking. Ask about >>25479261.
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>>25479378
>leave it at that, for now. You've other tasks to accomplish
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>>25479462
True enough. It stands that we still don't know, and that basing major decisions on such little information would be bold in the best case, and devastating in the worst.
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>>25479378
>offer to make her your servant
BUT specify that it will not come now, let her consider it and allow us to choose the proper time. Make the offer, but do not yet take action.
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>>25479431
>>Repair airship
>>Put mana pool in engine room
>>Cover airships surface with turrets
>>dakkadakkadakkadakkadakka
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Rolled 49, 93, 44, 77, 8 = 271

>>25479378
Servant her, but we really need to call it something else
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>>25479378
Ask her if she would like to accompany us to [name of place I don't remember that has the mana pool]
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>>25479378
>leave it at that, for now. You've other tasks to accomplish
She's good servant material, but I'd like that exp for ourselves at the moment.
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>>25479378
>leave it at that, for now. You've other tasks to accomplish
We have better things to do with our exp.
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>>25479431
>nerfing our Turrets


NOOOOOOOO
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>>25479378
DO NOT MAKE HER A SERVANT.

Create a shadow mana pool in the engine room of the Noiralex, use that pool to make an assload of shadow turrets on the hull to protect it from attack while we go off to find that key and dynamo research.
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>>25479378
>offer to make her your servant
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>>25479378
Well my first thought would be to ask Auriel about the servanting process, why different angels had different power levels, what kind of effects it could have, that sort of thing, then decide on servanting Ila.
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>>25479378
>leave it at that, for now. You've other tasks to accomplish

Servant later. Parasite now.
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>>25479378
>offer to make her your servant

This but don't tell her where we are going or why.
Once we get to our destination: 'insert speech about making an order that will keep the peace and uphold justice'. Then ask if she would like to be the one of the first to accept this gift.
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>>25479507
Yeah, I think this is kind of giving the wrong impression. Do you have a better term for it, SM?
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>>25479378
Fuck it, servant.

If we keep putting it off we'll never get round to using this damn ability. Abby can be next. Then maybe Hamil.
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nope, no to servant.
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>>25479518
Your second sentiment is silly because we don't have everything we need to do that yet. The exp, or the ability.
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Rolled 33, 45, 86, 90, 76 = 330

>>25479518
i dont think we have enough exp for that
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>>25479491
XP don't grow on trees thats why
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>>25479378
>offer to make her your servant
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>>25479378
She seems like the best choice for a servant. Especially since some anons are wetting themselves about the 02 bots
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>these waifushits wanting to make Ila servant, samefagging last thread to try and make it happen.

A vote against servanting.
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>>25479378

>Same as last thread, why I don't want to servant Ila.
>Right now, she's the representative of the Shadow mages. She has been for quite some time now, both in the ringed city and here. They look up to her, and trust her, more than anybody else. Whether she's servanted or not won't change that.
>If you want someone to guard the camp, I think it can already guard itself pretty well. It's not a particularly big risk we're taking in not having a servant guard the camp.
>The need to servant isn't particularly pressing right now. We need to remove Flint's parasite, and it's unlikely anyone we servant will be with us. We should save the exp for our own use for now, at least.

please guys please lets use the exp elsewhere
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Opinions are torn. Therefore, I call on the choice I like best: explaining your intentions, and letting her decide for herself.

Roll 1d20 for me.
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>>25479472
Offer to make her our servant.
And let's not use the W-word. It's pointless. Our servants are nothing more but cogs in the machine we are building.
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>>25479539
>>25479540
Then we better not waste exp on making any servants right now.
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>>25479378
Skip servant. Just because she said that doesn't mean she is being all that honest.
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Rolled 4

>>25479570
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How about we call servanting empowering or something?
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Rolled 19

>>25479570
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>>25479378

How about we tell her about the POSSIBILITY to empower her in the future. Tell her in our eyes she is more that worth of our trust but we have some misgivings about what that power can bring. And ask her what she things about it.

Lets hear what she says before making a decision.
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>>25479518
I'm not sure shadow pools work like that.
Plus it would be toxic to anyone in the engine room.

It would probably be best if we just waited until we learn to make dynamos, which may take a mana pool anyway.

>>25479539
We do have the ability, Pool of darkness.

>>25479554
Eh, I'm for presenting, but not forcing the option.

We already hinted at it, so no reason to be cagey.

There is the possibility that she will reject it too.
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Rolled 13

>>25479570
Tumble
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Rolled 4

>>25479570
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Rolled 19

>>25479570
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>>25479570
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Rolled 1

>>25479570
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Rolled 13

>>25479570
Oh hell...
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>>25479570
exactly, thank you
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Rolled 5

>>25479570
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>>25479593
We already told her that a while ago. Repeating it like this seems dickish if we're never going to actually do it.
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>>25479592
>>25479602
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Rolled 20

>>25479570
No servanting now. Maybe later, but not now.
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>>25479554
Listen, you're an ass. I totally understand why people wouldn't want to servant right now, or even be against it always. But we're all tired of the waifu calling. This isn't blatant fetish quest, we don't even have a D yet. Try to be more like this guy>>25479558 .

>>25479575
Erebus plz go.
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>>25479597
The turret ability you numpty!
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Rolled 6

>>25479610
JOLLY GOOD IT WAS A 1d100!
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Rolled 8

>>25479570

ooops
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>>25479610
Luckily, it was a d100.

>things I never thought I'd say.
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>>25479610
So damn lucky he didn't call for 1d100.
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>>25479610
No servanting today, given this.
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>>25479610
Oh, thank god. It's a 1d100.
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>>25479610
ha, rolls 1 with d100 on a d20 roll
>I laugh
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>>25479597
It would only hurt someone who physically touched the pool. If someone can't refrain from touching things they should not, then the engine room is clearly not for them.
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>>25479634
Don't get your hopes up, it was a d100.
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>>25479620
Ah a fellow European.
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>>25479616

We were pretty vague before.
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>>25479620
Which from his description mentioned being changed to "needing a power source"

Which could be a dynamo. I'm theorizing they are wrapped and spun mana pools anyway.
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>>25479620
we cant even get the turret ability until we unlock the other side of it's skill tree
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>>25479431
Can you put a mana pool on a vehicle? Does a mana pool flow like water?

What if we used a mana pool instead of a dynamo to power an airship? Or two. Or three.

All the dakka.
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>>25479622
>>25479629
>>25479630
DERPT. Sorry guys! My bad!
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Whoever the anon was that wanted a recolour of that pic from red to purple, here ya go.
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Man, I never knew how pleasant this quest could be when I read only the post by SM. Is this what reading archives feels like?
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>>25479661
wait, does a dynamo work like a portable mana pool? If so, we need a shadow dynamo
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>>25479672
Its toxic to non shadow stuff anon
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>>25479665
That's why I said: >>25479539
You... double git!
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>>25479685
yeah, pretty much
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>>25479691
Only if they touch it. They can still be near it.
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>>25479681

Can you make one in green?
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Rolled 9

>>25479688
I suspect that a dynamo is just a mana pool that has been tamed by some method. Which would be one reason no one can create new dynamos, only elementals can make a mana pool.
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>>25479681
Thank you much!
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>>25479618
CRIT. WE KNOW ALL.
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>>25479711
I want an orange one!
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>>25479702
I suppose but what if they slip and fall into it while they work in the engine room or something?
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>>25479700
piss off, I didn't see that alright
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>>25479681
Awesome! Thanks tsunny!
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>>25479720
Too bad on 1d20 only the first 5 rolls mean anything for crits.

Feels bad, man.
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>>25479688
That's what dynamos are, basically.

Infinite whirling balls of power.

It wouldn't surprise me if they were made out of mana pools by the dwarves as a means of cleaning them up.

Ha. One of the great artifacts of this age is actually dwarven recycling.
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>>25479608
Almost, sir
>>25479570
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>>25479702
the area around it begins to negatively effect non Mr. Shadow beings
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>>25479730
a safety railing?
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>>25479731
Not my fault you huff glue too often you can't follow linked conversations.
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>>25479730
Put up guard rails? People work around dangerous shit all the time.
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>>25479759
well... well, You're a porpoise tit!
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>>25479745
Critically bummed out...
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>>25479761
I'm assuming a dynamo has similar dangerous properties to mana pools.

They just don't leak elemental power all around them.
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>>25479681
I still find it funny when you do things besides shit up whatever quest you're in.
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>>25479761
I'm just saying shit gets hectic in airship fights, they might get thrown over it or something
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>>25479780
You're telling me, I rolled the damn thing.
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>>25479730
I was thinking about this earlier. The first thing that came to mind was using bars or something that only we could get through with use of our shadowy powers like ink and compress.
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>>25479810
The put walls around it. If you're getting knocked through the steel wall into the mana pool, you're probably already dead then.
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DONT FRET ABOUT WAIFU-ERS AND OTHER DOOR KNOB LICKING FOOLS AND SPEND YOUR TIME READING ABOUT THE TRUE HERO OF VENIA!

JOEY

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SLEEPING WITH WOMAN OF ALL AGES

GROWING A PEACH FUZZ MUSTACHE

FINALLY BECOMING LVL 2!!!!!!!

http://pastebin.com/8Ku3N47x
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>>25479795
Maybe a dynamo is just a mana pool that has been put inside a glass sphere and spun really hard?

It seems too obvious, though.
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>>25479813
In that case, here is a special gif for you, for that particular type of feels.
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>>25479835
Joey is true waifu
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Rolled 3

>>25479835
>http://pastebin.com/8Ku3N47x

oh god why.
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>>25479869
MUSCLE-WISP FOREVER!
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>>25479842
Meh, try something similar to the magic-conducting cables of the Ring City. The energy has to get out of the dynamo, after all.
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>>25479842
>implying that isn't so obvious it's the truth akin to how "obvious" it is how light-bulbs work
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>>25479869
Which is why we're saving our self for him.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJPkT-3jLs0

<I feel a power within me,> you tell her. <If you wished, I could make you stronger, by giving part of myself to you. You would be greater than you are, now. A leader with the strength to defend her people.>

"...you chose me," she says. "Why?"

<Based on what you've told me.>

"What if I lied?"

<Then you lied,> you say, shrugging. <But as you said yourself - I choose optimism. Because optimism in the face of uncertainty is courage.>

"Or stupidity."

<You have me cornered,> you say. <But then, you've just called yourself stupid.>

Ila grins brightly, and for a moment, the pain and the tension wash from her face as easily as the ocean wind blows over the two of you. She turns to the cliff's edge, and spreads her arms, letting the air brush past her. "...stronger...to protect them." She drops her arms. "...maybe...when I can stand again, on my own, and look an angel in the eye. Then - and only then - can I accept your strength. I don't want you as a crutch, Shadow. You wouldn't respect that."

>con't
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>>25479823
It's probably safer to wait until we can make a dynamo.

Narrative-causality wise, it's practically inevitable, either through freeing Geb of rediscovering it ourselves.

Either way, we are taking the airship with us, so we can come back and work on it when we make progress.

>>25479842
Wouldn't matter if it was obvious, nothing in this age can work with mana pools.

Might be that easy, and yet no-one looks into mana pools because of how dangerous they are.
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<...I did not think of like that.>

"Really? It always seems like you think of everything."

<Sometimes, it feels as though many voices inside me pull me in different directions,> you say. You sigh. <I am not the monochrome Shadow I appear to be.>

"We all argue with ourselves. What's important is what we decide."

<I am glad for your support,> you say. <I place my trust in you.>

Ila stretches her hand toward you. "I will build a shelter you can be proud of. I'll build you a city of hope."

You take her hand. <What will you call it?>

"...Haven," she says. She pumps your hand, then turns from the edge. "I will make a Haven." She walks back to the camp.

What do you do now?

>Ila can be trusted to lead, now. Find Flint, then fly with him to Archon. A parasite needs removal
>fly to Archon, but leave Flint behind, for now. You're note sure what sort of reception to expect...
>stay with the camp until they teleport to the Great Forest. Make sure they get firmly set up, then move on to Archon
>focus on hunting for Steward and City 001
>some other strategy
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>>25479835
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>>25479885
MUSCLE-WISP/JOEY/SHADOW = BEST END
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>>25479908
>Sometimes, it feels as though many voices inside me pull me in different directions
SM you glorious bastard
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>>25479908
lets waifu ila
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>>25479908
I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE
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Rolled 4

>>25479570
To clarify, high rolls means she doesn't accept because it's a terrible idea, right?
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>>25479908
> <Sometimes, it feels as though many voices inside me pull me in different directions,>
God damn it SM.
Lets get Flint and fix his problem. To Archon!
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>>25479908
>>stay with the camp until they teleport to the Great Forest. Make sure they get firmly set up, then move on to Archon
Gotta fend off them dickass 002 bots.
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>Ila can be trusted to lead, now. Find Flint, then fly with him to Archon. A parasite needs removal
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>>25479899
>>25479908
Fucking beautiful SM. Ten stars.
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>>25479908
>fly to Archon, but leave Flint behind, for now. You're note sure what sort of reception to expect...
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>>25479908

I still think we should fly to Kelvere and retrieve the lightning key before meeting with Yi Fang.

We need some leverage to get Yi Fang to remove Flint's Shel'Kath, and a key to free Hecate might be the trick.
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>>25479908
Focus on hunting for City 001.

That's the immediate concern and more easily accomplished from here
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>>25479908
>>focus on hunting for Steward and City 001
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>>25479948
>>25479946
>>25479935

lollercopter

>>25479965

I'm glad, anon.
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>>25479908
Fine, there is a perfectly good answer lets bring Flint along to archon and get our shit back
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>>25479939

This Is Bait
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>>25479908
>>focus on hunting for Steward and City 001

Until they are ready to teleport, try this strategy >>25478843

If we cant find Steward by then we move on.
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>>25479908
Beautiful
can we go to mana pool solo and recharge ourselves and Shards?
if not focus on finding Steward
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>>25479975
He might not want Hecate or her elemental general freed.

He probably likes being top dog of spirit.
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>>25479908
>stay with the camp until they teleport to the Great Forest. Make sure they get firmly set up, then move on to Archon
I'd like to just bugger off and get this over with but let's go with this.
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>>25479915
We need a drawfag! IMMEDIATELY!
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>>25479939
Obvious troll is obvious
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>>25479908
Ooh, I have arrived with perfect timing. Based on a suggestion from last thread, I present to you, my proposal for the symbol of Haven!
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>>25479899
>>25479908
Heart cockle status: Warmed.

>>stay with the camp until they teleport to the Great Forest. Make sure they get firmly set up, then move on to Archon
>some other strategy
Use some measure of that time to try and locate Steward/City 001 so we can attempt to address the schism our contact with them seems to have caused.
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>>25479908
>focus on hunting for Steward and City 001
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>>25479939
I thought the plan was to tsundere Hyperion?
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>>25479939
>implying these faggots aren't already waifuing her
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>>25479908
>Ila can be trusted to lead, now. Find Flint, then fly with him to Archon. A parasite needs removal

Abby-Sabby adventures begins!
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>>25480013

It's the right idea, but I think that's a little too busy.
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Where would we fall on that magic ranking ladder in our current state?
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>>25479908
>focus on hunting for Steward and City 001

Gotta find them before they find us
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>>25479908
>Grab Flint
>Off to Archon

Is it finally time for Scholomance Adventures with Abby and Shadow?
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>>25480001

We could do both, go to the pool, recharge then try to find Steward
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>>25480013
Smooth it out.
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>>25480013
I LOVE IT!
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>>25479908
There we go. Give her time to adjust to the angels, then we'll see if we go about servanting. Seems like the best course of action.

>>25480013
A little garish, but it's a start.
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>>25480005

Either way, he'll want to take the Key from us, if only to make sure we won't be able to use it.

Anyways, we're not sure what he might think. Maybe he'd want Hecate freed to level the odds against the Ring City and make Archon dominant. Who knows? I think we should retrieve the Key first and then ponder the options later.
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>>25480013

our motto will be

"diversity is our strength "
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>>25480034
damn, then you definitely won't like the second version I made as a joke
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>>25480052
OBVIOUS SUGGESTER, FYI
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>>25479908
>Ila can be trusted to lead, now. Find Flint, then fly with him to Archon. A parasite needs removal
but make sure to make a pit stop at the mana pool if only to top off.
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>>25479908
>focus on hunting for Steward and City 001

using this idear:
>>25480042
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>>25480027
Lets not have an argument anon.

Half our to do list is in archon I think we should pick up flint and hop over there
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>>25480013
That purple background is awful.

Something that doesn't move as you look at it, please.
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Time to go to Kelvere.

Getting the keys should take precedence, especially since Hecate and fix Flint's shit AND Yi Fang may also be looking to free her.

Also, we should get that dynamo research and raid that treasury.
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>>25480065
I can see forever...
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>>25479908
focus on hunting for Steward and City 001, we are going to be here a while, lets be proactive at least.
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>>25480065
I expected the circles to be penises now.
How disappointing.
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>>25480013
Nope.

I think the classic yin-yang symbol would work perfectly, given that even among the 'greater' and 'lesser' elements, Light and Shadow seem to be the two with the most opposed dichotomy.
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>>25480065

NO YOU ARE GOING TO DESTROY US ALL!
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>>25480049
err, I'm not really sure how to do that...
I'm no drawfag, man, this is like 5 million hours in MS Paint level shit right here.
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>>25480036

That's for you to judge.

>>25480039
>>25480033

Oh...it's gonna be biblical.

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Looks like voters are torn between two major choices.

Remember, vote only with a link, and the number. Other votes are discounted.

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Vote 1:
>Flint + Archon = no parasite

Vote 2:
>find those damn robots

Vote 3:
>Kelvere - hunt down that key

>>25480092
>me too
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>>25480100
2
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>>25480100
1
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>>25480100
1
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>>25480100
2
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>>25480094
But then it seems like those two are better then the rest...
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>>25480100
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Hey guys let's do this to the next angel that antagonizes us.
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>>25480086
Fair enough, I was just looking for a color other than the ones already there to use as a background
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>>25480100
1
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>>25480100
1
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>>25480100
2
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>>25480100
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>>25480100
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>>25480100
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>>25480100
2
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>>25480100
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>>25480100
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>>25480113
>>25480094
Personally I think we should go with something more square, something that fills an entire flag.
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>>25480100
3
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>>25480100
2
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Why are we not at full health and mana? There is really no reason not to be at full power.

1) We can heal by consuming the shadow magic people send us (shown when we were caged. Why don't we use this?
2)We can also heal fully by staying near water.
2) It takes half an hour to refill our mana at the Shadow pool. It's hella useful, why don't we do it?
3) It would probably be even faster just to let y couple mages send us magic.
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>>25480100
1
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>>25480100
1
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>>25480127

>mfw I'm the only one who wants the lightning key.

Holy shit, am I the retarded one here? I really think it's a good idea though...
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>>25480157
Many good points.
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>>25480100
1
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If I were to guess where we stand on the ladder, it would probably be around
Godlike:

The Black Lady
Sandalphon
Yi Fang
>>>BETWEEN HERE
The Highest:

1) Sandalphon
>>>IF WE WERE ANGEL, HERE
2) Lucifer
5) Auriel (before she lost her powers)
6) Anahita
7) Michael
8) Raziel
14) Tyrael

Powerful Mages:
>>>>>AND HERE
Lesser Angels
Duke Vellik
Auriel
Ila
Cain
Hamil
Adavan
Rogul (the orc that leads Refuge)
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>>25480100
1
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>>25480094
Eh, I'd rather not have something that's focused on just two elements. We want our flag to let people know that ALL of the elements are welcome there.
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>>25480100
1
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>>25480100

Come on people we can wait a few day before going to Archon. We most at least try to find the damn robots.
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>>25480168
It is a good idea, but the our key is in archon anyway, and going there first seems prudent
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>>25480168
I think we should get it before talking to Yi fang. Dont want him to pull some bullshit and fucking steal it
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>>25480168
Well, if we wanna get keys, we'd need to visit Yi Fang anyway to get ours back. They're useless unless we have them all.
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>>25480168

it can wait.
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>>25480100
1
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>>25480168
Well, you know we're picking between that and the other two which involve Flint/Abby-Sabby and Dwarven Mechas.
Kinda weighs it heavily.
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>>25480100
2
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>>25480100
can we supersonic to the mana pool anyway? I'd like to recharge before heading to Lich city
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>>25480208
Shit I meant after
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>>25480100

!
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>>25480157
>We can also heal fully by staying near water.

You haven't unlocked that yet.

Anyway, I was in the middle of typing this while you were voting.

>QM fiat says that your extended rest time puts you at full health and you got some shadow mages to lend you mana
>won't happen again so easily but want to keep things moving

Cutting off votes.

>>25480100
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>>25480100
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>>25480100

I
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>>25480100
>Flint + Archon = no parasite

That's just manipulative SM.

For all we know Fang's going to be pissed at us for starting a war and removing his ally against the black lady.

Or he could be laughing his bony ass off, given the damage we caused to his enemy.


Regardless of what we choose, we should probably head to the shadow mana pool on the way to Archon. We need full mana in general.

>>25480168
Eh, it's a priority, but not top of the list. It probably won't be lost if we wait. Worst case is that it is made harder to access.

>>25480181
I think you overestimate our power.

We haven't had a chance to battle directly or really assess the 4 highest, and Lucifer was fairly intimidating.
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>>25480100
3
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>>25480181
I think we could take Li Fang on. If it was in a fair fight, no duplicate clones. In a colluseum.
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>>25480262
For some reason I feel you are very wrong. Instinct mostly.
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>>25480236
REMEMBER THIS, SM?!

>The bottom of the river is deep and dark. You can feel yourself healing...as if you're absorbing the ambient darkness....you begin to Regenerate.
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>>25480262
>>implying that we could take him on, even if he fought fair.
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>>25480262
Nope he crushed Magic clock like it wasn't a thing.
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>>25480278
That was the darkness, not the water. Back when we only had the ability to regenerate in darkness.
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>>25480262
Our resistance to spirit might help -some-, but I would be wary of fighting anyone with that much sheer power.

He wouldn't play fair anyway, what with having abby and flint's cure wrapped around his finger.

>>25480278
That was from plain regeneration, before it was limited to 2/3
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>>25480286
I was thinking this, but with yin yangs on a background of something
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>>25480276
>>25480284
Most of our points are in physical attacks. If we went against him without any magic bullshit, we would do considerably better.
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>>25480251
Well, we could kill Tyrael.
And probably Auriel, though I'm not sure if we could now if she had her powers.
I don't think I'm overestimating it too much.
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>>25480100

>note: heart-to-heart with Ila bought you 12 humanity (286 total)

Stats:

HP: 56/56
Mana: 20/20
EXP: 16
Humanity: 286
Temerity: 203
Shards of True Darkness: 2 (Isolation, Hunger)

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Archon: 13

Robots: 8

Key: whatever

It's decided.

Time to go to Archon!

>>25480278

That was fluff text because you were regenerating. It was during the day, but the bottom of the river was dark enough to count as a "dark area".

TAKE THAT!

>>25480299

You still only have the ability to passively regenerate in dark areas.
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>>25480236
Just out of curiosity SM, but could we at this moment theoretically unlock Darkness Within? I'm not asking how to (although a hint or a bone or something would be nice), and before you said that we had all the keys necessary to make that happen. I'm merely asking to make sure that the possibility still exists. Also, I feel like I am the only person that even gives a shit about it anymore.
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>>25480299
What's darker then the deepest deaphs of the ocean?

...other then SPACE! okay...
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>>25480317
It's time for ADVENTURE.

AGAIN.

This quest is strongest when we're out and about with our focused cast of people, achieving great things and getting tangible results.
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>>25480319

Yes.
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>>25480306
Personally I'm not happy with the color tones and how I arranged them, this would be so much easier to do with real image editing software. The flag's supposed to have slightly more uniform look than what it currently has.
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>>25480317
>TAKE THAT!
...oh.
...shit...
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>>25480346
no
no.... No....
NO..
NO! NO! NO
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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>>25480346
And trying to punch people in the dick
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>>25480319
I think we could unlock by focusing on our DARKNESS WITHING
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>>25480319
Just as a guess, based on the name: maybe it has something to do with the shards?
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>>25480346
>it returns
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>>25480373
Don't forget:
I'm here forever.
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>>25480317
To Archon indeed!
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>>25480319
>>25480362
Ah.

Hey guys, let's mediate on the shards HARD the next time we get a chance. Not one or the other, but both... And perhaps ourselves as well.
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>>25480381
From their insides.
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>>25480362
So it isn't anything to do with the sword...

By "we could unlock it this moment", are you including EXP cost?
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>>25480325
Not quite, all those stars (especially the closest one) will shine straight at us, what with there being practically nothing in between. You're thinking of dark nebulas or something. Black holes where even ligh can't escape because of the gravity well is just too deep.
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>>25480396
Oh but alas. both of the copies of the knob nibbler pic were already posted. And we can't properly welcome you.
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>/tg/
>not going after waifu shit

Why do we bother voting again?
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>>25480405
Right in their soul cocks
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>>25480410
Addendum:

As in "If we knew what to do, we could purchase and have either of those locked skills right now".
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>>25480396
Seriously though, where the hell have you been? And have you changed your mind about Auriel yet?

...yeah, didn't think so...
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>>25480317
>Scholomance Adventures with Abby-Sabby

YES

I FULLY EXPECT MY HEART TO HAVE GIVEN OUT BY THE END OF THIS NIGHT
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>>25480426
And now we argue about whether or not to servant Abby
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>>25480396
We know. Now put your other trip on.
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>>25480417
Yeah, because we were all so enraged when Ila denied the servanting for now, right? All we care about is waifus, right? Give it a rest.

Let's go visit Abigail so we can make her our waifu.
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>>25480412
>has idea to eat a black hole
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>>25480362
Good. I assume that this also means that it requires no further XP expenditures (beyond the actual cost of the ability).

>>25480385
>>25480384
See, that's kinda what I was thinking in regards to meditation. I'm thinking we need to meditate on our own nature.

Also, I feel that if I don't remind people about it, they'll forget Darkness Within even exists.
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>>25480445
Why would we make her more interesting and dangerous? She needs the help.
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For what it's worth, this a quick mockup for what I think our flag could end up looking like.

Colors might be too segregated, but it's at least more aesthetically pleasing than a bunch of the previous suggestions I've seen, and I think it still gets most of the feeling across.
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>>25480461
I'll opt for us to soul search ourselves/shards via meditation either during/after our Archon visit.
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>>25480451
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>>25480445
Scholomance is dangerous. She could probably use the help.

Adavan is probably helping her though. We gotta thank him while we're there.
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>>25480485
Holy shit.
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Team flag
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>>25480425
I live in Australia and so the timezones are kind of fucked to start with. Also I have weird lecture times and shitty job hours. I just haven't been able to make it for like a month. It sucks.

And Auriel is a bretty gud friend.

The moral crusade our Shadow is bent on isn't totally what I wanted, but it's close enough and SM keeps me interested.
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>>25480485
Better.
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>>25480485
You're right, that's way easier on the eye.
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>>25480502
I didn't realise Shadow was organising a gay pride parade here.
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>>25480502
it makes me think of semen
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>>25480464
Yes, let's imbue the child enrolled in the Scholomance with the power of a shard of Erebus. SURELY none of her teachers or peers will notice and there will be not negative repercussions for this.
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>>25480453
>bombarded by radiation, fuck that because shadow
>gets pulled into the singularity, spaghetti ensues. Specifically, one very long shadow noodle. Should we survive that, we're still stuck there for all we know, unless wormhole time happens
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>>25480485
I think it would look better if it was more bendy. But I have no idea how to actually communicate how I think that would be...
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You meet with Flint in his temporary room. It looks like he's working the kinks out of his new armor. You're glad he's dressed to go.

He turns, then jumps a foot back. "Dammit, stop sneaking up on me!"

You shrug. <Do you tell the wind to stop blowing?>

Flint sighs. "What's the occasion?"

<It's time we dealt with our parasite problem. And I want to see Abigail.>

Flint settles back on his feet. His face becomes stony. "Archon, huh?"

<Yeah.>

"...Fang, huh?"

<Yeah.>

"...Abby, huh?"

<Yeah.>

He heaves another sigh, then secures his sword to his belt. "Let's get moving."

You march through the halls of the airship with determined strides.

You exit the starboard hatch and see a few angels and mages, including Auriel and Ila, gathered in discussion. Flint swallows, then makes a beeline for his lover.

Auriel turns when her companions all look over her shoulder. She smiles at the both of you, then frowns when she sees Flint geared up. "...Donovan?"

He clears his throat as he nears her. "Auriel...it's time. Shadow and I need to get to Archon."

"...I'm going with you."

"You need to stay," Flint says firmly. "You're a leader, here. We'll be alright."

Auriel's frown turns into a scowl. "You gonna make me?"

Flint looks nervous at the prospect of telling Auriel what to do.

But do you have an opinion?

>we could use the backup. Let her come with you
>Flint's right. You need to stay with your troops
>let them work it out without weighing in
>some other strategy
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>>25480504

...

...DOPPLEGANGER! HE'S A DOPPLEGANGER, I TELL YOU!
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>>25480502
Hello poptart flag.

>>25480485
Progress is made. Just polish it up a bit and we might have a winner.

And yeah, I don't think any of us are stupid enough to actively advocate the servanting of Abby. She has enough power to deal with as is for a girl her age.
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>>25480555
>let them work it out without weighing in

kiss kiss
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>>25480555
>>Flint's right. You need to stay with your troops
Finally we get to ditch the cow.
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>>25480485
kinda nice actually
we still need a name, but with the flavor text from last thread its pretty solid
>Freedom: Those bound and oppressed shall find allies and sanctuary with us, those who seek enslavement will find only enemies amongst us.
>Balance:True harmony of the elements is impossible, for their disharmony is their very nature. We seek only peaceful existence with the elements and will fight for that right, just as we will fight til our last to preserve the existence of others
>Justice: In a world smothered in hypocrisy and injustice, we refuse to turn away. We stand for no one force, only what is right. Our protection shall be firm, our justice swift, and our humanity great to behold.
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>>25480555
>let them work it out without weighing in
I kind of don't care enough either way to really weigh in on this.
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>>25480555
Let her come along. Ila and Tyrael has this shit in hand.
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>>25480525
>>25480532
>>Implying that shadow is not a fabulous transgrender person
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>>25480555
Tell him that maybe instead of telling her to to stay, he should ask her to.
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>>25480555
...Fuck it. Let her come. She's just as invested as we are.
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>>25480587
He's asexual. No genitalia. Probably self identifies as male, or seems to so far at least.
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>>25480555
>we could use the backup. Let her come with you
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>>25480555
<Auriel, I won't tell you not to worry for Flint but I think we both agree I've done a good job keeping him out of trouble so far>
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>>25480502
Potart flag is best breakfast.
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>>25480555

We might need her knowledge while dealing with Fan, also I want to have a history lesson with her and a talk about the Angiris Council- I mean the highest.
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>>25480554
If you wanted the stripes bendier, I think I'd want the circle centered and the curved stripes on opposite corners, but I think I know what you mean.

That said, JUSTICE is not supposed to be bendy. But the hyperinclusiveness the name Haven is going to imply might be better served by it.

Either way, the design was just a whim.
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>>25480555
Let them work it out, but if they agree to let her come, tell them that Ila has been showing improvements in leadership and that we have faith in her taking over in her absence.
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>>25480555
As much as I want to bring Auriel along for the company, leaving the Angels without strong leadership in the middle of the Shadow Mages in a precarious and stressful situation is not a good plan.

So she needs to stay with her troops.

Let them work it out, but if she comes to the wrong conclusion then step in and set her straight.

>>25480568
We all succumb to the waifuing eventually.
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>>25480555
Before we go, we should ask the spirit mages if we can establish some sort of method of long distance communication.
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>>25480587
>implying shadow is a person
Spoiler - it isn't.
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>>25480609
Shadow identifies as neither and when asked if the traveling form was supposed to be male of female, Shadow responded by saying he didn't want to be either.
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>>25480555
>Flint's right. You need to stay with your troops
Tell her that if the robots we told her about earlier are any threat that it's better if she stays here to help coordinate the angels, and that her experience in management/command are best used to, well, manage and command our temporary base.
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>>25480555
Let her come with us, or let flint decide.
Either or works.

She isn't utterly needed here, given that Ila can probably mediate between the angels and the shadow mages.
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>>25480625
HE HATH EMBRACED THE KNOB!
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>>25480555

let them work it out without weighing in.

>>25480628
this is also a good idea. We could do this while Flint and Ariel discuss the situation...
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>>25480636
Ah, well that clears that right up. We are as asexual as a monocellular organism then.
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>>25480555
>>Flint's right. You need to stay with your troops

She has other responsibilities here.
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>>25480628
I'm not going to stoop as low as seconding my own post, but please take a look at this, guys!
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>>25480628
>>25480555
regardless of end result this is good
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>>25480555
>let them work it out without weighing in

Do keep in mind that she doesn't want to come just for support, she wants to help Flint with his issue as much as we do. All their "love" and "copulation" and whatnot.
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>>25480646
WITH HIS MOUTH!
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>>25480636
Well yeah, mostly thanks to that creepy doll fucker spamming pictures to decide his traveling form.

Realistically though, everything in the quest has depicted him as male.
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>>25480555
Lets ask her if there is somebody that can act as a diplomat and deal with the uneasiness of Angels and PTS shadow mages.
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>>25480671
>>25480628
I'll fourth it for ya, how about that?
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>>25480555
Better yet, an instagohome teleport spell with the ability to go back to the same spot

>town scroll
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We really don't need to bring Auriel, and having the shadow mages against the leaderless angels isn't the best of ideas.
not that anyone aligned with JUSTICE would do bad things
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>>25480681
And the picture that the creepy doll fucker got a drawfriend to make.
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>>25480690
i love the long distance communication idea, but this would be a god send
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>>25480681
SRS pls go
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>>25480680
>>25480646
Knob is love. Knob is life.
We all owe a nibble to the knob.

>>25480628
>>25480690
Second.

>>25480676
This is a good point.

We should ask Auriel blankly if there is anyone capable of filling her boots sufficiently. Hopefully we'll get a logical response.
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>>25480555

Ask them if they are gonna need to copulate while on the road?
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>>25480625
>We all succumb to the waifuing eventually.
As I read that the imperial death arch started playing in my head.
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>>25480681
What, you don't like dolls?
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>>25480715

mmm.
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>>25480711
>We should ask Auriel blankly if there is anyone capable of filling her boots sufficiently. Hopefully we'll get a logical response.

I'll second that but only while pretending it isn't you who posted it.
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>>25480715
>road
>Implying it won't be AIR SHADOW all the way.
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>>25480715
I think we have more tact than that now.
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>>25480555
>Flint's right. You need to stay with your troops
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>>25480720
Leave it. It's that guy from Hollow Quest.
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>>25480733
Please don't tell me Flint and Auriel are going to be knocking boots INSIDE OF US.

That'd be beyond uncomfortable.
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>>25480681
No you fool! he will only start spamming them again. You've doomed us all!
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>>25480628
Sure, I'm willing to go for it.
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>>25480743
Who?
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>>25480733
>Ask them if they are gonna need to copulate while inside of us
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>>25480737
But seeing the fleshy ones squirm is oh so fun!
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>>25480715
Isn't it a less than twenty minute trip by air? I mean, I guess if you want to rush them...
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>>25480690
>Better yet, an instagohome teleport spell with the ability to go back to the same spot
>implying this isn't an ability you haven't unlocked yet

*cough ahem cough ahem*

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No clear consensus, arbitrarily calling for letting them work it out.

Note:

You already spoke to Hamil about long distance communication. It is possible, but the ends of the "phone line", so to speak, are rooted in space, and a mage must be present with either "end" of the spell at the desired locations. Enchanting an item that can do the trick and be carried around with one or two people is complex and requires many reagents, but he's hopeful he can find most of them within the Great Forest, and find the others given enough time.

So, that's basically a big, fancy NO.

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>>25480750
>Shadow's face when, his best friends fuck on top of him.
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>>25480782
If we'd just put more points into the fucking teleport ability tree. We still haven't gotten Fast Blink.
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>>25480750
>yfw shadow joins in for a threesome with his shadow penis
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>>25480798
we could get it right now if you want. We do have 16 xp.
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>>25480798
We can afford it now, you know.
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>>25480782
BLINK FOR THE WIN!
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>>25480798

We have the exp to do that, which we wisely did not spend on servant.
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>>25480782
>implying this isn't an ability you haven't unlocked yet
>isn't
>haven't

Sooo we have?
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>>25480784
Why would we react like that? Seeing it in action would be so informative. You DO remember our incident with the ignorance potions and our attempts at facilitating copulation, do you not?
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>>25480804
>implying not shadow vagoo
>implying not shadow vagoo filled with penises
>implying intra vagoo shadow cocks don't branch into more cocks coverend in their own mini shadow vagoos.
>implying
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>>25480798
We seem to be missing out on a lot of fun stuff.
Most of the magic, summoning, anything not SMASHY SMASHY or GO FAST or BE SNEAKY
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>>25480798
Well, we aren't going to be servanting soon, so we could buy it.

I'm betting it links off spirit magic though, so it would be an investment.
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>>25480784
more like we'd watch and be all <YES, I know how to copulate now>
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>>25480832

New gif request on /d/
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>>25480806

do remember that if the cost increase of blink to fast blink is 9exp... the cost increase to teleport is liable to be in the low twenties...
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>>25480850

I think it's linked to blink
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>>25480860
/d/
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>>25480854
hey, im sure Tamara would draw it
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>>25480850
I thought People were all Oh no we have to save all our EXP for TAO instead of getting something cool
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>>25480864
I'm more interested in the fact that Fast Blink leads to two abilities.
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>>25480850
Shit good point. Maybe we should unlock the rest of the spirit tree first?
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>>25480864

I love Tao but the dodge buff given by fast blink will be worth it, too. But let's get Tao, first. We have supersonic to fall back on for now.
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>>25480885
Tao is something cool. But... Fast Blink is pretty cool too.
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>>25480893
Fugov. We saving for Tao.
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Genderfags pls
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>>25480832
>implying you don't want to see Flint and Shadow double-teaming Auriel
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>>25480854
>>25480852
>>25480832
>>25480804
>>25480784
I don't want to feel these feels anymore.

>>25480806
>>25480808
>>25480813
>>25480822
Don't buy it yet. We're not going to get what we actually want (town portal), and we're going to drop a lot of xp on something we don't need.

Save the xp for when we need to spend it. If we end up in a situation where fast blink is required then spend it then.

Until then, saving for Tao continues.
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>>25480838
Well, it's been oft repeated that spreading ourselves too think would be the death of us, so we've been working to max what we can.

I'd like to figure out the inner darkness, so we can get mighty regen and be nigh-invulnerable.

>>25480871
Not fast blink, but the hypothetical long-distance teleport that it unlocks.

>>25480885
>>25480905
Eh, tao is nice, but not as good until we get darkness within and can leverage it's full power.
Plus it's incredibly expensive.
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honestly I don't really see the point in Tao until we get darkness within.
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>>25480904
Tao really seem like it would be worth it for the cost to be honest.We have a lot more options that are more versatile
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>>25480917
We probably have at least one more ability after mind crush before teleport.
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>>25480920
I just had a mental image of a shadow tentacle going up Auriel's arse, out her mouth, into Flint's, out his arse, and back into Auriel
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>>25480943
Shit meant to say wouldn't
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>>25480931
Berserk around allies with less defense debuffs, accentuating our strongest skills at the moment, I'm sure there are additional reasons as well.
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>>25480931

It's another strength boost. We don't know how to unlock Darkness Within yet.

I'd like Schattenkreig, though. A handy speed boost. It's in the same colour area as Darkness Within, maybe it's the key?
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>>25480954
why
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>>25480967
Shattenkrieg is not a speed boost.

It's an idiot test.
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You bite your "tongue". Flint needs to learn to handle his end of the relationship.

>humanity: +5 (291)

Flint takes Auriel's hands in his own. "Auriel," he says. "I'm asking you to stay here. Please. I think it's important that you do what you do best."

Auriel's face softens. She smiles. "...if you say so."

"I know so." He kisses her on the cheek. "We'll be back before you know it."

"...you'd better keep that promise."

"Of course."

<Don't worry, Auriel. I'll make sure he stays safe.>

"Now I'm worried," she mutters.

"So...uh...Shadow," Flint says. "How are we getting there? Teleport?"

You grab him by the waist and drag him close. <Flight.>

"No!" Flint shouts. He starts struggling. "Absolutely not! Call Hamil!"

<He's busy with the larger spell. We can't waste his energy.>

"I am not going to fly again! I've had enough flying for a - "

You clam a tentacle over his mouth. "Don't struggle. It's hard enough staying balanced without that."

"Mmmph-mmph-mm!" He waves a hand desperately at Auriel.

She cups a hand to her ear. "Sorry, I couldn't hear you. Something about your pride, and doing things on your own?"

Flint's hand jerks one more time before you grab it and tuck it in. <Hold tight.>

You fly up into the air a safe distance, and gather your aura behind you...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGUsshfdbEQ

BOOOM

>con't
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>>25480967
We haven't really needed it yet though. I mean, in what situation would Schattenkrieg have been practical, apart from that one fight against the Demon Lord - IF we'd had follow up.

It hurts me to argue against Schattenkrieg.
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>>25480954
>implying I haven't a doujin like that
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>>25480924
I think we are beast enough now that we can start branching out into the more diverse stuff. Like say regenerating mana on our own
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>>25480978
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I want /d/ to leave

Wait, no, I don't mean that.

I want /d/ to stay in the monstergirl threads.
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>>25480985
>You clam a tentacle over his mouth. "Don't struggle. It's hard enough staying balanced without that."
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHA Oh god. And right after that /d/ post too.
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>>25480985

Reading this just after i watched Man of Steel. heheh
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>>25481006
muahahaha

>>25481003
/d/ has been here all along, and shall be here long after you leave
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>>25480985
>You clam a tentacle over his mouth. "Don't struggle. It's hard enough staying balanced without that."
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>>25480985
Gahhahahahahaha! Awesome SM! Just Awesome!
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>>25480985
>You clam a tentacle over his mouth. "Don't struggle."
[waifuing intensifies]

Top lel.
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>>25480985
>You clam a tentacle over his mouth. "Don't struggle. It's hard enough staying balanced without that."
You clam a tentacle over his mouth.
>tentacle
>Flint's mouth

It begins.
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>>25481038
Technically, that would be Husbandoing.
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>>25480985
Goddamnit you're doing this on purpose
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>>25481038
>>25481037
>>25481032
>>25481028
>>25481026
>>25481006
>>25481044
>>25481047

I couldn't resist.

Don't struggle, now.
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>>25481047
It's all waifuing in the end.
Even when it's not.
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>Flint's face when.
Although it needs more tentacle.
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>>25480985
>You clam a tentacle over his mouth. "Don't struggle. It's hard enough .. without that."
>you grab it and tuck it in. <Hold tight.>
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>>25481047
God damn it, I'm having an orc cock flashback.
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/d/elightful
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>>25481083
>orc cock flashback
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Rolled 94

>>25481066
I roll for SUPERSANIC PENETRATION
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>>25481158
dear gods.
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You fly at top speed, dragging a disc of compressed air behind you.

Each time you feel the spikes of the Sky-sever creep in, you dive to the ground, scrape it with a limb, and once more climb into the air. The spell immediately departs even after the briefest contact with the earth. It's more strictly ruled that you'd expect.

The plains that follow Tarun Gakth quickly transition to the massive canopy of the Great Forest, but even that massive feature is quickly left behind by your tremendous speed. You see a large lake on the southern end of the forest for just a few seconds, punctuated by what appears to be a massive tree - and then you're gone, whipping over more flatlands.

The land turns rugged and rocky. Hills and small, gravel-strewn peaks and flat-topped mounds dominate the landscape, all grown over by stands of trees and tough shrubs. You zip through the canyons formed by many creaks and small rivers, and it isn't long until a huge structures rises in the distance. You cut out of your supersonic and flight up more slowly.

>con't
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>>25481108
I think it is a reference to Fantasy Quest.
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>>25481108
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Fantasy%20Quest
Starts with the gold rated thread.
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>>25481187
<Shhh Flint sama, don't struggle now>
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>>25481187
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>>25481187
>Shhhh. No words now, only supersonic.
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>>25481187
<No tears, only dreams now...>
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>>25481187
>this is quickly becoming one of my Japanese animes
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>>25481187
that's quite the masterpiece you've got there
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>>25481187
<I was so -lonely- in that cage, but now we are together again. I'll CONSUME you... with love~>
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>>25481280
more like you have CONSUMED my shadowy heart, with love
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>>25481280
>>25481293
>all this CONSUMING
we vore mango now
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For a moment, you think you've mistake a mountain for a building.

But both assumptions are correct.

At the end of the river valley lies a mountain fortress. Buildings protrude from its structure like roots from a massive tree sticking out from the ceiling of a cavern. The entire mountain is carved, squared, intentionally made.

Walkways line the outer walls. Patrols of soldiers, most bristling with magic, walk at regular intervals. You can feel lines of magic extending from nasty-looking turret emplacements and leading back into the core of the fortress.

But it's not entirely functional. The tiles of the buildings are elegant, artistic. Great statues and etchings climb the walls. Even some of these are coated in magic, but many are not - purely aesthetic.

You chance direction, soaring directly up the wall of the fortress. The most important parts should be at the top, and you're not here to deal with red tape, or be mistake for a wild elemental. You keep your senses peeled for Yi Fang's distinctive soul...

>con't
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>>25481311
>now
>implying I didn't already fap to when we ate Michael
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>>25481323

Ah. SM, if you've modeled Archon's government after Ancient China's...well...this will be interesting.
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>>25481349
"Interesting"?
It would be every measure of difficult to deal with them if that's the case.
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>>25481174
>It's more strictly ruled that you'd expect.
We should just take a jar of dirt with us when we go to fix the sky-sever at Xile!
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Scholomance is a death trap, guys, if it's anything like China's education system. Stressed to death!

>>25481370

Bribe the right eunuch, then.
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>>25481373
...Hmm, not a bad idea.
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>>25481349
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>>25481373

....
I've just had a mad idea...

Now, the Sky-Sever only triggers when something has left the earth...

now, what it that thing is Geb?

Since Geb IS the earth, his very presence should turn off the Sky-Sever...
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>>25481373
...why would you have that gif in the first place? It seems awfully situational...
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>>25481419
I think we've found ourselves a new mount.
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>>25481423
Clearly, he's been saving it for YEARS for just such an occasion as this.
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>>25481423
>Implying this isn't the greatest gif ever
>Implying that this gif isn't useful in every situation
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>>25481423
We all have gifs like that, Faggot.
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>>25481373

BRILLIANT

>inb4 shadow master says denied
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>>25481423
>Implying that he isn't going to have us waifu a jar of dirt
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Several hundred feet later, you reach the top of the fortress.

The peak of the mountain city bristles with towers and domes. The landscape beyond continues on normally - there's actually a huge, sudden change in height the way you came, turning into that giant, seemingly unnatural cliff. The river bends around the top cap of buildings and falls down around the side of the fortress, far below to the canyon floor.

You stare at the river. Floating craft - flying crafts! - are moving to and fro along the river. They start at one tower, then descend, then end somewhere else in the complex along the river's edge. You can see people boarding and leaving from the miniature airships. Some kind of public transport? You wonder if they're suicidal.

Just as the thought crosses your mind, you see a few men riding one-seat versions of the small transports. They fly at exceedingly high speed close to the rough, rocky waters.

It doesn't speak well of them.

You're unsure of where to go, but the grand-looking staircase at the bottom of one of the largest towers is probably a good place to start.

You land with the grace and silence of the shadows, and release your grip on Flint.

The armored knight flops to the ground, wheezing his breath. His gloves scrape the dust on the neatly paved stone. "Oh...dear Light...thank you for your salvation..."

<Don't the Shadows ever get thanked for anything?>

Flint gives you an ugly look. "...no."

<That hurts, you know.>

"Ah, shove it."

"It appears we have some guests," comes a voice.

>con't
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>>25481467
>implying jar of dirt isn't best waifu
>implying jar of dirt hasn't been with us since before Abigail
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>>25481486
>"Ah, shove it."
Don't tempt us.
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>>25481467
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAdt8HYI5JI
>Shadow and friends
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>>25481486

Guys, we're the delegation from Arland, right?

We shouldn't start killing Yi Fang's dudes, I get the impression he can be rather territorial.
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>>25481502
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>>25481517

Even better, Yi Fang's "familiar" has just captured one of Arland's royal princes.
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>>25481517
No, we're the delegation from "I saved Yi Fang's niece and just bought the Ring City to it's knees, let us go see him right the fuck now."
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>>25481544
I think this works best.
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>>25481544
You have my spectacular second.
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>>25481486

<I rescued your niece, cripplied the Ring City and made Sandalphon scream like a little girl. I'd like to see Yi Fang.>
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>>25481544
The delegation of "Fuck your shit pal, I gots shit to do today."
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>>25481559
I am in support of this man's support
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>>25481502
>wtf lmao

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A mage walks up to you.

He leads a lot of other mages. And around twenty or thirty heavily armed guards, all wearing adamantium.

Flint shoves his way to his feet. "...uh...hi there."

"Hello," the mage says. "You have ten seconds to explain why I should not kill you on the spot."

"Uh...well...uh..."

<We're here to see the archmage,> you say. <We're no enemies of Archon.>

The mage seems taken aback. "...a talking elemental."

"A talking elemental," another voice calls.

>con't
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Longest updates of any quest, god damn.

I love it
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>>25481502
God damn it, why can't I stop watching this?
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>>25481544
Hells to the yeah.

<You said you'd save me, Fang. I got tired of waiting.>
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>>25481582
Fuckin Advanbro
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>another voice
[suspense intensifies]
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>>25481582

<A talking elemental who would like it's stuff back and to see its friend!>
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>>25481582
Please be Adavan.

Shadow needs to brofist that motherfucking lich.
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>>25481582
Yes. Your grasp of the obvious is commendable. Now lead me to Fang, please.
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>>25481582
<My pouch back, please. It was nice of you to keep it for me, but I'd like it back>
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You know what would be hilarious?
"I'm searching for someone. She looks like this" *morphes into Abigail*
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>>25481644
SOMEONE GET THE DRAWFAGS ON THIS STAT!
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>>25481662
>>Implying that the drawfags aren't busy drawing Shadow x Flint tentacle doujins
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>>25481649
>>25481661
Both of these, please.
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>>25481003
You let the waifufags invade, you created a home for us here...
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>Abby goes full magic.
>Party hard
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>>25481677
>Implying its not shadow/jar of dirt/rock/vog four way lemon.
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Let's not rush to Abby-Sabby now, seeing Yi Fang first should be a priority. If only because he probably wouldn't like it if we went straight to his niece first instead of filling him in.
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>>25481689
Lets at least try to be a bit polite.

We are in Fang's home, trying to get our things back, and searching for a cure for our friend.
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Everyone turns. The soldiers salute sharply. The mage bows, and walks backward in respect.

His voice is unfamiliar, as is his appearance. And his spirit is muddled - perhaps by intention - but you'd recognize it anywhere.

<Yi Fang.>

"Shadow," the man says smoothly. He stops before you. He glances at Flint, chuckles slightly, then cocks his head expectantly.

<You look different.>

"The armor is merely for effect. My magic is my defense." He folds his arms, drawing his cape back dramatically. "To what do I owe the pleasure?"

<Just thought I'd stop by for Flint's checkup. I'd heard there was a mage here that could help us out.>

Flint smiles. "Your sense of humor is as shocking as your apparent intelligence. Well, I don't like to conduct business in the open. If you would follow me." He gives Flint an ugly look. "The knight can come too."

Flint looks like he has more than a few words to say, but he keeps it to himself. You follow Yi Fang up the long stairs. <Where is Abigail?>

"One thing at a time, Shadow," Fang says.

<If it could wait, I wouldn't have asked.>

"Presumptuous, aren't we?" Fang says. "She is being watched over by Adavan. He'll stop anything lethal...unless you feel the need to scamper off and leave your friend here in my...care."

<...lead on.>

Fang chuckles. "And here I thought I had your trust."

You continue up and into the tower...

>con't
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>>25481689
I LIKE YOUSE, KID.
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>>25481746
>not a rotting corpse
Neat
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>>25481746
I guess Yi Fang knows disguise too.
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>>25481746
Yi Fang is husbando of the year, all years.
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>>25481746
<Trust must be mutually given Archmage, we will discuss that later>
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>>25481746
<You're pretty un-decayed for a lich.>
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>>25481746
>Flint smiles
>Flint
>FLINT
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>>25481816
That seemed intentional
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>>25481830
Weeeooops. My bad.
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>>25481816
>>25481830
Flint confirmed as the true mastermind!
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>>25481848
inb4 flint is actually sandles and the black lady
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>>25481848
He did slay the Duke with a single attack while at the same time making it look accidental.
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>>25481798
Eh, we haven't seen much of him, and what we have was fairly benevolent, if abrupt (fair given the situation we met him in).

It's mostly been our own paranoia that's got us distrusting him (not totally baseless).

We're going to get to talk with and learn a bit more about him here, so lets try to be cordial.
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>>25481874
We could only hope to kill with such subtlety.
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>>25481874
>Flint is the secret BBEG that has been emotionally manipulating us and our goals since the very beginning and as soon as he gets everything he wants he'll turn on us at the worst possible moment and destroy us to secure his takeover of the world
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>>25481848
>>25481869
>>25481874
Lies and Slander
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>>25481900
> Flint is hyperion cursed to forget by ebron
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>>25481887
~One to watch out for.~
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>>25481900
>>25481937
>explains parasite
>explains light affinity
>explains his need to do the right thing but not always in the right way

We're on to your game SM.
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>>25481816
>>25481830

>Flint did smile at your joke. The speaker was Fang. Forgot enter key

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You move up through the tower, past several other halls leading off the stairwell. You quickly gather that it isn't a small building.

When Fang reaches the top door, he waves a hand lazily. What sounds like a hundred locks click and snap and unwind, and the door opens by itself.

"...bit paranoid?" Flint asks gruffly.

"Please," Fang says. "The locks are to make people think I have something valuable kept here. The real treasures are hid in the best place."

"What's the best place?" Flint asks.

"In plain sight, obviously."

Flint rolls his eyes at you.

You step into the room. It's a study - the magical study of an archmage. Bookshelves line the walls, wrapping the room. A wide desk with a plush leather chair sits in the middle of a thick maroon carpet. It's all rather tastefully done - dark, warm colors. It smells like fresh leather and ink.

Open books sit on the desk, but most of it is laden with stacks of papers. One stack is neat and completed; the other a bit more messy. A quill sits in its inkwell. A seal rests near a pot of wax. A hundred other tiny glimmering baubles dot the room, some moving, some not. Most shimmer with magic. You're not certain as to the function of any of them. Perhaps they're for show, too. Pomp and circumstances seems to be a running theme with mages. Maybe they just tend to be full of themselves.

Fang gestures with a finger. The leather chair flies up and over to him. He sits, and it carries him up and lowers him behind the desk. Another gesture brings down two chairs from the ceiling, which you suppose were suspended there for the purpose. They settle on the carpet and arrange themselves in front of the desk. "Why don't you have a seat over here?"

>con't
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>>25482012
>The real treasures are hid in the best place
>In plain sight, obviously
This is the kind of Lich that wears his phylactery...
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>>25482012
Is there anything conspicuous around his neck? I bet it's his phylicary.
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>>25482012
Exp buffet, anyone?

<Say, I'm feeling hungry. I'd like to eat any magical baubles you don't think you'd need anymore>
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>>25482039
>>25482045
Phylacterymind
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>>25482045
>>25482039
Maybe archon is a giant phylactery.
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>>25482012
>"Why don't you have a seat over here?"
Hueueueu
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>>25482070
Maybe flint is the phylactery
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>>25482070
Well it's a good thing we have 16 xp. If he tries anything funny, let's show him some nightblaze fun.
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>>25482012

"Seining as you aren't one bit surprise as to my presence here I assume you had news from the Ring city. How does the Highest far after my departure."
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>>25482104
Doesn't fuck with souls
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Without much other option, you sit. Flint takes the chair to your left.

Fang leans forward and rests his head on his hands. "So."

Flint swallows. "...uh...so. Can you get this parasite off me?"

Fang begins to laugh. "You two are quite the amusement. Let's see." Fang counts his sentences on his fingers. "A talking elemental. Captured by the Ring City, to never return - and ends up escaping, killing Michael, destroying their soul vault, stealing one of the most powerful airships in the world, and baiting Sandalphon into destroying half his own infrastructure."

He looks at Flint. "A knight of Arland that is lightborn, rather than windborn. You probably can't even perform the Windburn." Flint's face twists, and he blushes deeply. But he says nothing. "I thought so. And you're cursed with a magical parasite that reduces what would otherwise be...formidable magic power. And somehow you've gotten a Shadow to help you."

Fang looks back to you. "Ah, lest we forget you've earned the allegiance of a angel and you risked life and limb to protect my niece."

He leans back. "Well, gentlemen. What can I do for you?"

What do you say?

>write-in
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>>25482047
>>implying he would keep anything useless for random elementals to eat.

We should ask for some good literature, getting involved with poltics stresses the need to know more about history and our own element.
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>wow I just wrote for nearly an hour

>sorry dudes didn't mean to masturbate on world-building that long, kinda got away from me
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>>25482124
Okay, he isn't TOO BAD. But I'm keeping my radar up for anything.
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>>25482124
<Well, I suppose you would know about what happened at the Ringed City. They didn't go and blame you for that, did they? Anyway, I want to get this parasite off of Sir Flint, see Abby and get my fannypack back.>
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>>25482124

<Sandalphon screamed like a little girl. A little before the end.>
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>>25482124
We need the Shel'kath removed, please, as well as all information on it's orgins and removal. For that, I will show you what happened to Michael, as well as his deepest secret.
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>>25482148
It's fine SM. This makes us feel like we're getting somewhere, and that shadow is actually learning about the world. The latter part of that is desperately needed.
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>>25482178
Yes. Tell him that so he can stroke his wrinkled lichcock to the thought of impotent Sandles rage.
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>>25482182
Don't propose a trade when the other person has only asked for what they can provide. If he wants to trade, information or anything else, let him say so first.
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>>25482124

"We'd like to achieve a few goals, with your blessing. Or failing your blessing, your non-interference."

"Firstly, Flint's parasite must be removed. We hope to trade a favor for a favor, Yi Fang."
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>>25482124
Ask if it's normally possible for a family tree that traditionally has members born with a certain affinity for one element to be born with an affinity for a different element with no clear family history for such.
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>>25482124
<Abigail's parents were keen to keep Abigail away from you. Any idea why?>
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>>25482124
"Well, I'd like to pick up my things and thank you for taking care of them, for starters.

Then we can get around to Flint's question: Can you get the parasite off him?

I'd also like to see Abigal while I'm here. Didn't get much of a chance to talk with her back in Palanthair."
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>>25482124
Ask if there's a shadow manapool in Archon.

Shadow manapools usually have elementals near them.
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>>25482124
We should add a question about if he knows of an item called the Staff of Winds no matter what we say.
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>>25482234
Holy BAM.
REVELATIONS
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>>25482148

twas worth it though. Let is never be said that when things go well, they go excellent.

>>25482124

<I believe you know why Flint is here. I however, have several matters of which to discuss with you. First among those are with regards to your niece...>
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>>25482246
Seconding.

Don't forget the staff.

And what the fuck is the windburn.
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>>25482239
This seems like the most neutral straightforward suggestion so far. Seconding.
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>>25482252

YIKES.

This is actually a pretty big deal for Flint.
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Ok nobody tell him where our base is unless necessary
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>>25482234

yeah that does seem weird. the way fang said it, element-ness seems to be an inherited thing

have we actually looked into WHY people are a certain element ever?
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>>25482234
Thirding.
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>>25482239
>>25482246
Seconding these two.
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>>25482124

"Oh, they I kill Michael. I didn't expect them to be so well inform considering the matter of my departure from their far city. What terrible tales they tell about me and my visit to their city? "
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It was Michel
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>>25482269
As an add to that, let's not tell him where our base is or where it's going to be. Not yet.

>>25482239
I like that.
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>>25482124
<I understand completely if you don't want to remove Flint's affliction yourself. However, I would humbly request to find instruction on the process so that I may remove it myself.>
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Some stuff we might want to talk about.

Obvious:
- Parasite. What does he need to remove it, how long will it take, can we help in any way?
-Abigail. We want to see her.

Other things:
- Legion is still running around. Fang can probably deal with it if he encounters a part but his followers and students should be careful. Don't want Abigail to be swallowed by Legion while we are away.
- Building big alliances for world-peace. We have a new city of shadow, spirit and light. We have the fire-dude, we might get Arland soon (I'm looking at you, Flint)
- Big spirit under Jacob's Field. Fang seems like the kind of guy who would have one of the keys.
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>>25482239
This, but also ask about the staff of winds.
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>>25482239
Support
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>>25482239
>>25482301
Some combination of these.
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>>25482260

It went you light a match and then burn farts with it.
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>>25482301
>Fang seems like the kind of guy who would have one of the keys.
Keys are important.

>inb4 he used it as his phylactery and using the key on the door destroys it
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>>25482301

And our sexy belt.
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>>25482321
>>inb4 he used it as his phylactery and using the key on the door destroys it
God I hope not.
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>>25482124
No one's asking about Obis?

I know he hasn't had much screentime but seriously.
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>>25482124

I think we just found Erebus's theme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=actZumishxQ
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>>25482234
Also, just to further give examples, I've noticed nobility-lines tends to have specific affinities. For example:
Duke Vellick's family were the remnants of the worshipers of the elemental of lightning, meaning that they were traditionally lightning mages.

Obis is the descendant of the worshipers of the fire elemental

Abby-sabby, while it is unknown if Yi Fang and his family worshiped Hecate, traditionally have very strong spirit magic.

Perhaps at birth Flint's parents detected his light affinity instead of what was supposed to be wind (which is now revealed to us as the proper affinity for his family), and thus this has always been a point of contention between him and the rest of his immediate family.
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>>25482349

We should actually be prepared to check in on him.

Taremtis DID say he needs our help to survive the next few years and return to the throne of Kan-Abar.
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>>25482384

You guys don't think it's as easy as Elemental Servants having kids and those kids getting a dose of the elemental power, do you?

I mean, after a few generations, you'd see a big mishmosh in humanity, with some very strong mages when the bloodlines match up correctly.
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>>25482349
Fang can't help with Obis, as far as we know. Taremtis was incredibly vague with him. Basically just said "Hey, stick with this guy and you'll be all fine, yo!"

I mean, we should get back to him, but I have no idea how to go about putting him back on the throne.
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<I hit Sandalphon directly, at the end,> you say. <I doubt I killed him...but what is the expression? He screamed like a little girl.>

Fang sighs. "A show I'd pay to see. Pity."

<You seem well-informed, for having been so far.>

"Several spirit mages were plates of mine," Fang says, "their minds protected so as to not give them away. I am kept well-informed of the Ring City's movements. The angels are powerful, but they are not subtle. Archon must play its strengths to survive."

<Do you have my things?> you ask.

Fang waves a hand. Your satchel flies out from an obscured corner of the room. You glance upward, but you don't see anything but a ceiling with an elegant wallpaper. There are heavy enchantments in this place.

"The pen and the diary are part of Abigail's inheritance," Fang says. "As such, I have removed them from your purse. The rest is intact." He smirks. "I didn't think a creature such as yourself would be summoning succubi, but your reagents are for one of the lessers. Let me know if you'd like...an upgrade."

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Utility belt with purse

Inventory:

Shadow Sword Shard x 2
Fancy Sun-Moon Key
Succubus Reagents x 1

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"No deals, no trades?" Flint says.

"I said I would look after the purse, and I have," Fang says. "It is returned intact. Abigail is healthy, if...pressed, by her education. My word is good. Unlike the word of some knights, who have not yet formed their so-called Order."

"I've had enough insults from you," Flint snaps.

Fang gives you a look. "I was under the impression that your Light flea needed my help."

You clear your "throat" at Flint. He settles back into his chair. <We do.>

"Removing a Shel'Kath," Fang muses. "I can do it. Right now."

Flint grips the edge of his seat. "...so...?"

"Of course, there's a high risk I'll tear out your soul with the parasite," Fang says calmly. "Not that I'm particularly worried. Thought you ought to know."

Flint slumps. "...then...is there no other..."
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>>25482407
Might that explain the weaker angels?
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>>25482407
I don't mean Servants, I meant just generic mages of those affinities, sorry if that was what I was implying.
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>>25482407
I really don't think all mages came from those blessed by the elementals. For some reason, I don't think Legion got around to fucking that many people.
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>>25482442
>"Several spirit mages were plants of mine,"
That means some of the spirit mages we brought with us may be loyal to Fang.
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>>25482442
<We have to return to the source of where it was created, correct?>

To Flint:<Your return home is going to be even less pleasant then even you had ever thought possible...>
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>>25482442
WELP, looks like we're gonna have to kill the source.
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>>25482497
>>25482442
A+ anon, A fucking +.
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>>25482448

Michel did had a thing for women.
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>>25482442
WE NEEEED to see if the sword shards resonate with the shards of true darkness. Next time we meditate.
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>>25482442
<It was only a specific Succubus I was after - One who had offered me information during that Kelvere demon incident. Also, would you like your spirit mages back?>
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>>25482442
get your 1d100s ready boys, we're in for a long night....
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>>25482442

While i know we'll have to go around the world to get the parasite removed, we should try to ask Yi fang for an item which suppressed the parasite, or the wording to a shel'kath suppression spell. Similar to what he did in Palthair.
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Rolled 70

>>25482540
Testing our luck.
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>>25482548
...Good idea.
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>>25482548
*suppresses

meh grammar
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>>25482522
As well as try to find more sword shards.
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So, Fang's bretty cool
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Rolled 11

>>25482549
begin praying to the wisp god
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>>25482442
<Sir Flint is an honourable man, Fang. Whether windborn or not.>
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>>25482442

Fang is likely aware of all the movements of the people at Haven. Maybe we could try to enlist the aid of Adavan to conjure some counter spells to help mitigate this.
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>>25482660
Adavan is currently busy protecting Abby-Sabby from getting ripped apart in the scholomance, he is better used keepign her alive
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>>25482660
Or we could just ally ourselves with the currently most powerful agent of spirit.
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>>25482660
Or we could just ask Fang if he wants his spirit mages back.
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>>25482442
<The succubi was to learn the name of our problem, the pen and diary I planned to give to her, thank you. But remember this Fang, I protect my friends regardless of the dangers, Spirit and Light>
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>>25482691
>>25482535
You're the kind of people that would always try to explain shit whenever people do mocking joke innuendo at you and only succeed in pouring more spagooti into the fire.
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"Of course there's another way," Fang says. "First. It'll take about a month of preparation to create a spell both attuned to your soul and sensitive enough to remove the Shel'Kath without ripping out any important bits." Fang points a finger at the knight. "The Shel'kath...yours, anyway, has been there for quite some time. It's practically fused in, mixed somewhat, like some malignant growth. Peeling it off without peeling away your very essence is something only a mage of my caliber could accomplish." He looks between the two of you. "Secondly. Once the spell is complete, the Shel'kath will be primed for removal, but the removal step is more complex. We must track down the other end of the Shel'kath, and Sir Flint must either kill it, or the end the life of the soul to which it is attached. This act will cause the Shel'kath to instinctively attempt reunification, upon which the primed spell will fully activate and rid him of the curse.

Flint slowly nods. "...but...what is the other end attached to?"

"That," Fang says quietly, "is an excellent question." The mage focuses for a moment, staring at Flint. You take a look yourself...the Shel'kath's faint, gleaming trail leads away, and vanishes through the wall of the study. "The trail, as I can tell, leads somewhat east, toward Arland. Perhaps your homeland holds answers."

You and Flint exchange a glance. You both remember the words of the safe - that Flint must return home to end his curse. Have you finally found the answer?

"Now then," Fang says. "I'll happily invest hours and hours of time and energy into this task...as long, of course, as you do me a favor as well."

<...I'm listening.>

"Have you ever heard of something called the Staff of Winds?" Fang asks.

Flint does a double take. You tense up.

You feel as though fate is drawing a noose about your neck.

>con't
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<...I have.>

"I need it," Fang says.

<For what?>

"The answer to that...is dependent upon many things," Fang says. "However, I'm not out to scalp you. Half now - half later."

<What do you mean?>

Fang rests his elbows on the desk. "I'm a busy man, but if I see Flint for an hour or so each day, I can have the priming spell ready within a month or so. Here is my offer: I will ready the spell. Once it is complete, you'll be able to witness its effect for yourself - good enough proof. With it in place, you seek and retrieve the staff, and when you turn it in to me, I'll help you track down the other end of the Shel'kath myself."

<And in the meantime?>

Fang smiles his evil smile, and directs it at Flint. "The good knight should really not move about with a curse on his soul. He can be...my honored guest." Fang turns to you. "And you can attend to my niece. She needs to enter the archonium as soon as possible. However, I cannot immediately justify this choice to the council without catcalls of favoritism."

"Wait just a minute," Flint says. "I'll not have you using a little girl for your schemes, be damned if I have a parasite or not!"

<Your words are concerning,> you say darkly.

Fang raises his hands. "Allow me to explain."

>con't
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>>25482723
>inb4 4 threads of scholomance adventures, felnoir settling dickery ensues
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<Is there a Shadow manapool in archon? There's something I wanted to do.>
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>>25482750

>inb4 we waifu a goddamn plant in the forest in the meantime
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hmm, I wonder if Fang wants to end the Sky Sever. All those flying craft he has would be an excellent war asset without it.
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>>25482762

Wait wait wait. SM, can we teleport through mana pools? In one end, out the other?
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>>25482723

We shouldn't tell him that our goals align.
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>>25482723
Man, I am so glad we got supersonic. It means we can deal with Haven and have Scholomance Adventures with Abby-Sabby at the same time.
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>>25482780
why would you ever think we could do that?

>>25482762
no, fuck off
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>>25482723
if we can send Wisp Bro to explain the situation, and get an okay to either travel to Haven or talk with Auriel or Ila during set up
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>>25482785
agreed
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>>25482762
Yeah, it'd be good to ask
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>>25482714
>>25482723

We should mention that we also ave plans for the Staff of Winds, at the time of its retrieval we can agree on its mutually beneficially use. Who knows maybe we are thinking the same.
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>>25482762
If you're talking about topping off our mana (assuming we have to) then fine. If you're talking about servanting Abby, then I have to ask just how much unnessesary danger are you willing to expose the child to? Cuz spirit mages deal with demons and Legion would love to get his hands on a shadow empowered body. Just saying.
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>>25482723

Don't forget the parasite suppression spell/item anon suggested earlier.
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>>25482812
how about we not tell the powerful, manipulative lich what our plans are
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>>25482816
Then Legion can fuck right off. Yi Fang and Mr.Shadow team up to stomp his shit like no shit has ever been stomped before.
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>>25482750
Archon and Felnoir aren't too far apart, we could fly back and forth without too much trouble.

Flint can either stay and study magic with the parasite suppressed, or return with us and help finish the move.

>>25482773
I'm slightly worried that the staff of winds is a one-use artifact.

If it is used to end the sky-sever, it might not have enough power left to break the barrier around geb.

Which would be bad, regardless of what we plan to do with him/it.
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>>25482816
Am I the only one worried about giving a little girl Angle equivalent powers? I mean shes like what? Eight?
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>>25482723
>inb4 staff of winds is held by flint's brother who also is at the other end of the shel'kath and megan is held hostage
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>>25482835

So what? We give him the Staff of Winds and never do what we originally plan? The oracle said we need his help to free earthbro.
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>>25482844
Am I the only one worried that it might be a morally wrong thing to do to a child that we know will say yes because she's too young to know better?
Because it's kind of, you know, wrong.
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>>25482844
no, you're not the only one. pay attention
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>>25482866
Maybe we have the same purposes here?
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>>25482812
Don't trust Yi Fang with anything more than is absolutely necessary.

He's a cool guy, but I get the impression he will stab you in the dick if it even slightly benefits him. He's not actively malicious, so we can still deal with him, but for the love of god don't trust in him. He's not trying to be our friend.
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We should also asking about how Kelvere fares in the war.
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Fang stands. He turns away from you, and folds his arms behind his back. His fingers work over each other, one after another. "...the girl...Abigail...is my only family. And this..." He waves to the room around you. "This is my life. This is what I have built, by my own hands. By my own sweat, and blood, and tears. It is the only gift I have for her."

"How touching," Flint says.

Fang turns on the spot. His face is a mask of rage. "You have finished speaking."

Flint's mouth snaps shut. You're surprised - it seems Flint touched a nerve. Maybe...Fang is actually being honest about the situation.

<Please, continue,> you tell the mage.

Fang stares down Flint for another moment, then looks at you, quickly relaxing to his normal self. "The greatest of our young mages graduate from the Scholomance to the Archonium. My personal recommendation is what gives a promising mage a chance to be considered for the Archonium. The council itself is a collective of ten mages, all graduates of the Archonium, the greatest of Archon's scholars and warriors both. They are those qualified to take the position of archmage, though I have held that seat for some time, making the fact irrelevant.

"But pressure has been...increasing," Fang says carefully, "for me to retire. Public awareness of my unnatural stretch of life grows swiftly, fueled by the winged rats of the Empire. Archon has troubles enough without being led by a lich." Fang looks out his study window, past the rivers and towers. "It may not seem it, but I am a man of country. My age has come and gone. My wars are fought. It is time."

He looks back at you. "But the council is wanting. I look for a successor, and I find only the greedy, the ambitious, and the foolish. I had hoped my younger brother's child would be the one, properly raised, properly educated - but he ran from his responsiblity, and he took his pregnant wife with him." Fang squints. "But the pendulum has swung my way."

>con't
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>>25482866
I'm saying we play things close to the chest instead of spilling our guts like a christian at confession. We're going to get fucked over if we aren't careful dealing with this guy
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>>25482812

And if Yi Fang doesn't want to free Geb? What then?
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>>25482844
No, you're not alone. Although, in this case, i'd be like giving a soon-to-be powerful mage in training who's eight years old even more magic they can sling about.
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>>25482891
I fear I may have misjudged you, Yi Fang. Not only are you badass, but you're actually a pretty good guy, at heart.
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Just gonna throw this out there, but I'm pretty sure if we Servant abby-sabby, she'll be permanently stuck at 8 years old for the rest of her life, or until the buff is removed.

Also, lay off the Servanting shit for now, god damn. I'm not saying never Servant anyone, but we'd be way better off if we invested that xp into ourselves
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>>25482891
<Flint. Shut up. You told me to stop speaking when a lady tells you to, and when the massively powerful lich-king of a huge country is trying to give a heartfelt speech, you should do so, too. I believe humans say that it is bad manners to interrupt people who are trying to say something?>
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>>25482870
Thats what I'm saying everyone is all like , Oh we should keep the exp ourselves or Its not safe we didn't try it before. I haven't seen anyone say no we shouldn't do it because she is still just a little girl and we dont want her fighting in the first place
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>>25482932
>implying being the little girl forever isn't a bonus
>implying she couldn't just shapeshift if she really needed to anyway.
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>>25482891
>Can we consume you when you must die?
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>>25482938
I feel ya brah. I feel ya. It's my older sibling instincts kicking in.
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>>25482938
Actually, that has been the main point brought up since we first got the Servant abiltity and brought up Abby. Maybe in this thread it hasn't, but the argument has been presented numerous times.
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>>25482891
Well, that all depends on WHY he ran away. I'll be honest, I'd have prefered Abigail to have lived a life free from politics completely.
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>>25482899

We negotiate with him went the time comes for his help, he has prove himself agreeable all this time. His help will come cheaper than you think if it weakens the winged rats further.
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>>25482938
Plenty of people have been saying that, in addition to those other things. We're just trying to heap on more reasons why it's a bad idea, since the Servant-obsessed people won't shut the fuck up.
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>>25482947
I'm worried she would come to resent us from stealing from her the ability to grow up.
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>>25482932

You are assuming a lot of things there anon, please stop doing that.
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>>25482949
>implying Fang plans on dying
he's retiring, bro, not giving up his eternal life
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>>25482995
Oh, don't worry about that
He... will die.
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>>25482938
Except apparently she's now Yi Fang's heir.

I think we should reconsider. She could certainly use the power boost, and it'll let us keep track of her more easily.
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>>25482891
>inb4 30 threads and 20 ingame years later Yi Fang is the wise guy in the adventuring party
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>>25482995
exactly, he'll still be the nations Juggernaut just not the public leader
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>>25482970
Well shit how did I miss that
>>25482975
I wanted to servant up Ila It just doesn't seem like a good Idea to do it to abby. Hell cain and Hamil are better choices
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"...some days, I raged," Fang says. "But I do not blame him. Life at the top is hard. He sought to spare her. But she cannot be spared. I need a successor - one I can trust. One I can guide. One I can teach, who can lead Archon to triumph - over the north, and the south. Who can succeed where I, ultimately, have failed."

"One who can tame Arland once more?" Flint says, defying the mage's edict.

Fang turns on him. "And your ancestor, Sebastian? Your great grandfather? What do you know of him, but stories and fluffed-up war tales?" The mage leans in. "I knew him well. I -trusted- him, Sir Flint. He stabbed me in the back, and laughed about it. He threw in with angels, made himself their dog so he could get his little slice of this sad earth. So shut your mouth, you insignificant shitstain of light, and speak again only if you want to die."

Flint doesn't speak.

<Archmage,> you say. <I understand you have strong feelings on the matter...but Sir Flint is my friend, and I respect his opinion on the matter.>

"What do you want me to give you?" Fang demands. "Lies? No. If possible, yes, Archon will bring Arland back into the fold. But hopefully in friendship. Trade and diplomacy is less expensive than war." Fang's eyes grow distant again. "When I was young, and stupid, I learned that the hard way. The hardest way. That...that, I must teach her, if nothing else."

>con't
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>>25483019
Yi Fang retires and joins us as part of our wandering band of adventurers? I like it.
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>>25482989
I'm making only one assumption, and that is based on what I've seen of the angels, the assumption being that Servant arrests the aging process. There's only 2 real paths that can result from Servant in terms of aging if you can theoretically live forever after getting the buff: one is that you keep aging up to your prime age and magically stop there, or that it arrests the process completely at the moment you gain the buff. Which of the two seem more likely?
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>>25483060
<Donovan. Auriel and I have reconciled our differences. It would be wise if you and Fang could do the same.>
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>>25483060
Yi fang seems like a total bro. Either that or a realy good actor
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>>25483091
Well, okay. That's a good point.
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