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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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YESSS!!!!
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>>25630658

Its time!
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Recent Events Summary:

After ensuring that Ila, a powerful shadow mage, is a trustworthy leader of your new group, you spoke with Sir Flint - and you both agreed it was time to see the archmage, Yi Fang. You flew with him to the mighty fortress of Archon, and met with the mage in person.

Your friend, Abigail, is already twisted into a complex political situation. Fang requires his own trustworthy leader to succeed him, and he sees Abigail, his niece as that leader. But unless she performs, her admission to the Archonium - a requirement for any would-be councilor or archmage - is in question, and while that is so, she is a target for those that would take a seat, or the archmage's tower, for themselves. Fang sees you as the "summon" that will ensure none question her abilities.

You've already destroyed a family that targeted her for their own political gain, but learned that they were only puppets of a greater threat - the councilor Hae Cheung, who seeks the title of Archmage for himself.

There are ten council seats - 9 currently occupied. Abigail requires a majority approval to be admitted to the Archonium. Yi fang claims he has 3 votes secured, but therefore requires 2 more - one of which you've aquired from Tae Wong, a fair-minded and powerful councilor. Tae Wong has acknowledged Abigail's powers after she defeated his son in a duel, and made a good impression with his family.

On the way back to the city, you were ambushed. While Adavan and Yi Fang defended your young ward, you attacked and consumed the mages responsible - including Jun Cheun, Hae Cheung's favored nephew. Now that the Cheung family has been caught twice crossing the line, Yi Fang plots revenge of an immediate and violent nature...
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Daily Reminder: New and Improved.
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>>25630658
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>>25630658
IT'S SHADOW TIME!
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>>25630689

lol

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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/Xap75HwF

Books the Main Character has read:

http://pastebin.com/dAXR00gP

Character Sheet including learned abilities and other important information:

http://pastebin.com/gbe5TLyV
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Current Statistics:

HP: 50/56
Mana: 27/34
EXP: 4
Humanity: 439
Temerity: 227

Shards of True Darkness: 2
(Isolation) - Weak
{Hunger} - Strong

Summoned:

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

Equipment:

Utility belt with purse

Inventory:

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

Current Location:

Archon
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>>25630658
YAY! IT BEGINS ANEW!
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FUCK YES! SHADOW QUEST!
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>finished binging on the archives in 2 days
>shadow quest at the beginning
My body is beyond ready.
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I would like to propose that instead of voting on each individual ability, we vote on which trees to complete first.

Exceptions can be made if a case can be presented for getting something beforehand, but purchasing remainder abilities as we acquire the xp would make the process more streamlined.
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>>25630711
just to let everyone who missed the last thread know, finishing off a ability tree gives a bonus cap ability. the one for the strength tree was TITANIC.
the one for the shapeshifting tree was vaporal and we accidentally got it early.

our next goal is the defence tree and the movement tree
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>>25630748
It would also make the process completely stupid. I vote nay.
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>Last time...

You consume all of the mages.

The ones you killed first have almost 'bled' dry...but you absorb a scant bit of their energy. The strongest Spirit mage should make a good meal.

You're not surprised when you pull back his cowl. Jun Cheung. He'd been planning this from the start.

You finish off your snacks. Then wait patiently for Fang to arrive. And arrive he does, although his magic doesn't let him fly very quickly. He settles to the ground next to you. "Good work, Shadow."

You warp your face to replicate the appearance of Jun Cheung. <Guess who led this little ambush?>

Fang slowly smiles an evil, evil smiles. "Now, Shadow. You didn't tell me you could do THAT."

<Do what?>

"That disguise...is perfect." As impossible as it seems, his smile widens. "A dash of spirit, and you'd be the spitting soul of Jun Cheung."

<...what are you planning?>

"I won't need to buy a vote if we annihilate the Cheung family," Fang says. "I warned them - I warned him, personally, to keep his ugly face out of this. And now, I've got the perfect method of infiltration. An undetectable replica of his favored nephew!"

Fang cackles like a madman bent on revenge - which is exactly, you realize, what he is.

You think about how Abigail might have been harmed, and you mirror the sentiment.

>con't
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>>25630758
After the defense and movement trees, I'd like to go for the poison and water trees.
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>>25630758
wait, when did this happen?
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The order probably should be something like
Toughness Tree
Agility Tree
Poison\Sight Tree
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>>25630758
Then we can finish off gaping maw to just finish it off since we need it for OPERATION: HYDRA.
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>>25630748
I vote that you can no longer submit ideas.
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Alright! I'm just in time!
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>>25630778
The end of last thread.
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Because SM's list isn't thorough enough for me.

A list of ongoing tasks of varying importance, sorted to groups by relation, ongoing starred:

Personal:
>*Make sure Abigail isn't murdered in school
>*Deal with Flint's parasite (Yi Fang promised to help)
>*Find the Staff of the Winds (Yi Fang needs it too, see above)
>*Find more fragments of Shadow

Elemental:
>Free Geb, make a new friend (Or don't)
>Get all 4 keys, free Hecate. (Adavan wants to help)

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's up with the Black Lady. Could she be trusted?
>Get Obis his throne back
>Ask the Elven Queen some very pointed questions about our memories

Misc/Faction:
>Find Joey
>See to it that Haven is safe, make sure differently aligned mages behave
>Research Dynamos

Potential new tasks (Mentioned but not agreed upon):
>Share your power with more people/make your Gift more powerful
>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 the rest of the Sword
>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

a self-righteous destroyer? Atlantis is believed to have a key. Too bad for us, their water supply relies on it.
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>>25630658
Since it's 4am and I'm posting from my phone. I'll keep this brief.

Yi Fang will betray us to the angels the moment we outlive our usefulness.
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>>25630789
like, in the meta-discussion?
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>>25630781
We'd also have to finish off the entire stealth tree from the looks of things.
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>>25630790
Hey, isn't "Repair the Noiralev to full functional capacity" a goal?
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>>25630797
When we spent the xp to buy earth resistance. So yeah, I guess that was during the meta.
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>>25630814
if we can figure out how to make a dynamo. that should be the first priority.
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If we buy Automaton, we can use the adamantium from the Noiralev to make a superstrong robot.
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>>25630774

Before we get our shadow dead squad on, I could like to propose a rule went it comes to killing, No Children. As simple as that.
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>>25630814
Because SM's list isn't thorough enough for me.

A list of ongoing tasks of varying importance, sorted to groups by relation, ongoing starred:

Personal:
>*Make sure Abigail isn't murdered in school
>*Deal with Flint's parasite (Yi Fang promised to help)
>*Find the Staff of the Winds (Yi Fang needs it too, see above)
>*Find more fragments of Shadow

Elemental:
>Free Geb, make a new friend (Or don't)
>Get all 4 keys, free Hecate. (Adavan wants to help)

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's up with the Black Lady. Could she be trusted?
>Get Obis his throne back
>Ask the Elven Queen some very pointed questions about our memories

Misc/Faction:
>Find Joey
>See to it that Haven is safe, make sure differently aligned mages behave
>Research Dynamos
>Repair the Noiralev to full functional capacity

Potential new tasks (Mentioned but not agreed upon):
>Share your power with more people/make your Gift more powerful
>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 the rest of the Sword
>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

a self-righteous destroyer? Atlantis is believed to have a key. Too bad for us, their water supply relies on it.
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It's been a few hours since the ambush, and you're back in the tower. Flint and Adavan are sparring, as has become their daily routine - Flint to keep himself sharp, and Adavan to flex his new abilities as your Servant.

Since his declaration of revenge, Fang hasn't said a word. He simply sat himself down at his desk and began to think. Or, you suppose, plot.

You idly watch Flint attempt to case a spell. It's some sort of light-based attack. What should be strong magic is compressed by the parasite. A tiny fizzle shoots from Flint's finger, and is easily scattered by Adavan's shield of shadow. "You have to do better than that."

Flint shakes his head and sighs. "I've practice that one spell for years, and that's as good as it gets."

"Maybe something different?" Adavan asks. "More subtle?"

"More subtle is more complicated, and I just can't manage," Flint says. "But it's enough for a distraction, I suppose."

What do you do?

>go speak with Fang
>explore Archon for the shadow elemental
>watch the duel; maybe you can be helpful
>meditate to recharge a shard
>something else
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>>25630790
I don't think the keystone is they type of key we are looking for and it's more of something that has a elemental lord trapped inside of it.
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>>25630814
Didn't see it mentioned since I started keeping this list. You'll see it as a potential task in future updates.
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>>25630840
>>explore Archon for the shadow elemental
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>Toxic Smog
>Analyze
>Robust Immunity
>?
And then we're done with that tree.

>Shittin' Krieg
And then we're done with the movement tree.

>Wind Resistance
And then we're done with the toughness tree.
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>>25630840
>watch duel
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>>25630840
watch the duel. this could be interesting.
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>>25630867
>>Toxic Smog
>>Analyze
>>Robust Immunity
>>?
>And then we're done with that tree.

I think there's more than one ? to finish off the poison tree
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>>25630794
I'm genuinely not sure if he will.

It depends on how he views our relationship with Abigail, really.
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>>25630840
Meditate to charge a shard.

Lets get isolation up to strong. We'll need it to help with barriers.
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>>25630840
>meditate to recharge a shard

i would want to find our elemental brother, but i dont think we are going to find this guy without being able to use deep focus freely.
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>>25630840
Be helpful. Let's try to boost Flint's attack by shaping his spell into a spear with our shadow magic.
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>>25630840
>explore Archon for the shadow elemental
Let's see if Fang will help us with searching for it since he doesn't want us using Focus.
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>>25630840
>meditate to recharge a shard

Isolation needs some love too.
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>>25630867
Don't forget
>Disguise
>Kindle
>Fast Blink
>?
>?
>?
>Multishade
>?
>?
>Lightning Resistance x2
>Shadow Rage
>Puppet master
>Shadefang poison
ALL THAT to finish off the center tree.

Then just
>Gaping Maw
To finish off the consume tree.
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>>25630840
Ask fang if we have a few hours to spare.

I'd like if we could fly back to the shiprakers to check in on the group, make sure they haven't been attacked, and notify Auriel of what's going on.


Failing that, Meditate on the isolation shard. It's a bit low, and we need to work toward getting all the shards resonating anyway.
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>>25630840
>meditate to recharge a shard

Then we can go look for the shard
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>>25630881
it looks like there is an ability on the other side of spirit syphon, and it looks to be on the poison tree. so we have to get siphon as well to finish. but toxic smog could be the last on its tree
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>>25630899
>>25630866

this elemental is sneaky sneaky. we'll waste too much time looking when we could be productive elsewhere.
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>>25630919
at this moment I'm fully expecting the shadow elemental to be in the hands of the enemy.
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>>25630904
We already got vaporal early, so finishing off the consume tree (actually called the form tree) won't actually give us anything.
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>>25630928
very true. we'll see how it turns out. at the moment, we should prepare for the revenge hit.
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>>25630840
>watch the duel; maybe you can be helpful
First, I'm sure we can give Adavan some insight into shadow.

Then,
>go speak with Fang
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>>25630931
honesly gaping maw is useful enough that we should get it anyway. We have LOTS of mana to use it now.
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We should get Wind Resistance right now, I think we have enough XP.
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Voting already?

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Vote 1:
>watch duel

Vote 2:
>recharge shard
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>>25630950
Costs 6
Have 4

Nope
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>>25630955
2
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>>25630950

It's 6 EXP, you have 4.
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>>25630955
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>>25630955
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>>25630955
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>>25630955
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>>25630955
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>>25630955
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>>25630955
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>>25630955
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>>25630955
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>>25630975
hell no. for all we know he is the one that has it captive. though if it is captive it might not be the stealth shard but something else
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>>25630955
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Alright, roll 1d100 to recharge the Isolation shard
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>>25630955
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Rolled 10

>>25631029
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Rolled 16

>>25631029
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Rolled 55

>>25631029
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Rolled 12

>>25631029
>inb4 broken shard
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Rolled 20

>>25631029
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Rolled 6

welp, fail, gonna roll a second time in hpoe for a 100

>>25631029
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Rolled 16

>>25631029
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Rolled 41

>>25631029
god damn it
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Holy fuck these dice tonight.
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>>25631035
>>25631036
>>25631037
>>25631038
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>>25631054
>>25631056
...wow, it's gonna be one of those nights.
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>>25631035
>>25631036
>>25631038
>>25631047
>>25631049
>>25631054
>>25631056

It's going to be one of those threads.
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Rolled 41

>>25631029
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Rolled 90

>>25631029
Tbh people should wait a minute or so before posting more rolls if they start low. I guess the general consesus is that the board uses microtime php implementation.
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Conseal might also be useful if we ever have to extract Abby from an assassination attempt or sneak someone else around at high speed.
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>>25630955
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>>25631089
bah, hate it when i late post
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>>25630839
>Atlantis is believed to have a key.
Actually, Atlantis has the keystone, which is probably the Water Elemental Lord, trapped in some sort of prison. Maybe something like a dynamo.
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>>25631121
we've got a key, flint's family has a key... who else?
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>>25631150
The duke, well, whoever is now the duke
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>>25631150
Abigail has the key... To our black inky heart.
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You delve into yourself and seek the shard of Isolation. You form it in your grasp, seeking to strengthen it with your own power...

...but your shadows slip around it. They just can't quite work into the cracks. After what feels like a few frustrating moments, you sigh. Perhaps another try later.

You glance up. The light coming in the windows has changed. Flint and Adavan are gone. It always seems longer than you think after you meditate...

You hear voices from Fang's study. Sounds like him...and Abigail? You wander up the stairs.

"...Shadow said he made me mess up," Abigail said. "but I don't - "

"It's alright, Abigail," Fang's voice says. "We're going to take care of it."

You hesitate. You could just walk in...either way, Fang is sure to know you're there, unless you did something a bit more drastic...

What do you do?

>walk inside
>listen at the door; don't butt in
>use a stealth ability(ies) to evade detection. You want to hear what he tells his niece when you're not around.
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>>25631161
Neo-Duke 2.0.
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>>25631161
yes, that's right... and I want to say somebody who hates us also has a key. or, not hates us but probably wouldn't like us. who am I thinking of?
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>use a stealth ability(ies) to evade detection. You want to hear what he tells his niece when you're not around.
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>>25630928
Well Jen Cheung didn't recognize us as a non-summoned creature. I'd say that the Cheung family doesn't have the other shadow elemental.
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>>25631177
walk in. we have nothing to be afraid of. both of them trust us.
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>>25631177
>walk right the fuck in
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>>25631177
>walk inside
Just act like we own the place.
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>>25631177
Super stealth action GO!
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>>25631177
>use a stealth ability(ies) to evade detection. You want to hear what he tells his niece when you're not around.
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>>25631177
>listen at the door; don't butt in
We'll butt in afterwards.
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>>25631177
>walk inside
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>>25631177
I just realized fang confirmed that we can make a perfect and undetectable replica of someone else (like the duke)
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>>25631177

>walk inside
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>>25631206
He didn't, at least not before he tried to de-summon us. I doubt they control the other shadow.
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>>25631121
Finally it sparked discussion. So many things in this world that are worthy of our attention, yet we only meddle with a few mortals.
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>>25631177
>walk inside
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>>25631226
>fang confirmed
Son, we already knew that. We just can't replicate the feel of their souls.
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Confirmed walking in.

Writing.
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>>25631255
maybe we can if we CONSUME them.
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>everyone just wanting to walk in
Just because he seems to want what's best for Abby doesn't mean he think we're what's best for Abby. I'd really like to learn what he thinks of us. If we're just a tool to protect her for the time being or not.
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>>25631257
I like it when Qms confirm things before writing. You should do that more often.
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>>25631177
We shouldn't go skulking around. Also, Fang will probably not look kindly on us trying to stealth about if it fails. Judging by the rolls earlier, I'd rather not take that chance.
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>>25631255
didnt fang imply he could give us "a dash of spirit" to help with our disguise? if that's true, we might be able to do the same thing with lightning.
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>>25631150
Obis' family, or maybe even Obis.
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>>25631271
Abby will get depresssed if we disappear.
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>>25631267
Disguise probably helps when replicating actual other people.
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>>25631286

It would be harder to do, because we don't know any good lightning mages and even Yi Fang's plan hinges on the fact that we only have to be Jun for a few short minutes before consuming the entire compound.
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>>25631293
So? Who's to say Yi Fang wouldn't see it like this:

A child has a beloved pet dog. The pet dies when they are young, but they grow up and are over it eventually.

Sure in this case the dog is sentient and powerful, but the point stands.
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>>25631319
we ARE doing the bed method again, aren't we? that was too funny.
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>>25631271
He's a politician. Everything is a tool for some purpose. That said, we should probably be more worried about him trying to body jack Abbs than attempting to control us through Flint down the road.
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>>25631332
Bed method is best method
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I'd vote for the bed method. But knowing our luck? The guy is actually secretly a lich too and never actually sleeps.
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>>25631332

It was shocking efficient last time, I don't see why we wouldn't

>Erebus, Shadow Lord, Greatest of the Elements
>will only assassinate people who conspire against little girls, and will only do that if shaped like a bed

Sometimes I wonder what other people on the internet would think about things like this quest thread.
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>>25631332
THIS TIME, WE ARE NOT DOING ANY NECK-SNAPPING BULLSHIT. WE WILL WRECK THEIR SHIT.
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You walk into the study. You don't quite feel right about spying on Fang, after he's proved a certain amount of reliability...and definitely not Abigail.

>you gain 5 humanity (444)

"You always say that!" Abigail says. Her voice is starting to rise. She's close to the desk, one hand resting on the wood. "But you just mean you're going to hurt them, don't you!?"

"Young lady, I won't - "

"Don't call me young lady!" Abigail shouts. "Grown-ups call me young lady when they want me to shut up and go back to my room! What happened to professor Suen? Did you take care of her, too?!"

You're stunned. You had no idea Abigail had drawn her own conclusions like that. She's more perceptive than you gave her credit for.

Fang looks taken aback. He glances at you as the door shuts. Abigail turns, and spots you.

"Mr. Shadow!" She looks surprised, but collects herself. "You're sneaky, you know that?"

<I know.>

She points an accusing finger at the archmage. "He said you're going to take care of the Cheung family! I know...I know that the man today made me lose, and they attacked us, but isn't there another way? Like with the Wong family? Now Yan is my friend, and the councilor likes me, too. Can't we do that with the Cheungs?"

Frankly, you're unsure of how to respond.

Fang's face hardens. "Abigail, you listen, and you listen well. The Cheguns don't want to be friends. I've tried to ally with them previously, but they don't want to be allies - they want the throne. And they'll take it by force, if they have to. They tried to kill you today. They'll try again, especially because Jun died as we defended ourselves. The time for talking is already over."

Abigail might be intelligent, but the complexity of the situation is beyond her experience, and her idealism beyond her ability to articulate. She puffs out her cheeks and thrusts her hands on her hips, but she can't find the words.

What do you say?

>write-in
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>>25631177
I see what you did there, Isolation... trying to make us doubt our friends, right?
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>>25631371
Go eat a dick. Neck snapping is the best thing ever.
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>>25631371
Pls, let Snapple have his fun. Pls.
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>>25631360
if I were a normalfag, I'd be more worried about how people seem to have fetishized Shadow's CONSUME into doing it whenever possible.
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>>25631360
I laughed far too loudly at that. Better finish my drink and go to sleep, it's half past six in the morning already... Only wanted to paste the task list, anyway.
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>>25631319
Actually, all we know about fangs plan is that we are the perfect method of infiltration. we also don't know how he plans on giving us a "dash" of spirit. Depending on he is going to do that, and what his plan actually is, determines whether or not we can use the ability to infiltrate the dukes fortress.
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>>25631373
Impression her with the conversation that we overheard in the dining room. then ask her if there's a reason to spare them, or to be selective. not a patronizing question, but an honest one; we want her opinion.
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>>25631332
>>25631351
>>25631352

http://thecinemasnob.com/2010/01/28/death-bed-the-bed-that-eats.aspx
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>>25631373
<I guess there's no hiding it... Abigail, I was the one that took care of professor Suen. I did it because they were going to kill you.>
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>>25631431
This sounds like the best idea.
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>>25631373
<There are people who are worthy of doing everything in your power to befriend or at least ally with. Those whose views are different, those who do things you might not agree with but do so for the right reasons. Then there are those who are truly monsters. Who try to assassinate a little girl just because she threatens their political power. That type of person will not become a friend or ally. Or if they do it will be a false one to plant the dagger in your back when you are weak.>
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>>25631373
"Abigail, nothing will stop me from ensuring your safety. They tried to kill you. Not your uncle, not Flint, not Adavan, not me. They tried to kill you. They'll try again and again until you are dead, and they don't care who dies in the way of ending your life. This I cannot forgive, and I cannot allow. What would you do if someone tried to kill your family?"
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>>25631373
<Abby, do you remember the man from Magnock's prison? You told him that nothing is left when I eat them, didn't you? I did that to protect you, but also because he was a BAD man. He didn't want to be friends despite others pleas he only wanted what the Cheguns want. Power.>
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>>25631431
I like this as well
>>25631472
and this
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>>25631373
<I'll say this... I'll only take care of the ones that directly plotted to hurt you... I won't kill his children.>
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>>25631373

Sigh, then say: "Abby-Sabby, sometimes killing is the only way. It's a terrible thing to do to someone and it should never be the first option to go to, but they have tried to kill you today and many times before. They won't stop, and they need to be dealt with. If there was another way, I'd take it. I'd take it with all my heart, but there isn't. I'm sorry."
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>>25631373
<Abigail, you are optimistic, and that is a trait worth more than any kingdom. You are also kind, even in the face of hate, a skill very few have. but until you are able to master your powers, and make it so that those who can and will hurt you are gone, we must do as necessary. i do not like it, but it must be done, so you can do as you like.>
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>>25631431
I'll second.

Maybe throw on a bit about how we had wished that they would realize they were wrong, but they refused to change.
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When we speak JUSTICE, we speak together.

Writing combo-answer.
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>We let ourselves go a little, killed somebody in a creative way.
>LET'S DO THE BED METHOD AGAIN.
To be honest, I thought it was pretty great too. But if we're gonna have another chance to do something crazy, it should be something else like it, unique and frightening. We've already taken the place of furniture, so what NEW things can we try with our abilities?
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>>25631373

"Abigail, I know its most be hard to understand, but I know that despise my best efforts a day may come went you will need to defended yourself against others, to secure your own safety and that of others you care about. It should never be don't without thought or reason and even despite our best effort of the contrary our hands are force against others. Its not a matter of wants but of needs and musts."
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>>25631518
>We've already taken the place of furniture, so what NEW things can we try with our abilities?

Act like a servant gone crazy then disappear.
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>>25631373
<Abby, in this world there are people who choose to do good and those who turn to evil. They were already given a chance to correct their ways and have refused it. That is why we need to administer Justice.>
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>>25631518
We be a door
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>>25631518
Become the house.
Become their daughter
Become their son.
Or
The best way to do it
Become their cat.
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>>25631373
<What must be done to make this all stop? I sought that answer myself not long after we parted at Jabob's Field, and still do. Peace is always the goal, what our plans but there will always be those who simply will not work towards this. The Cheuguns seek only the power to serve their own purposes and will remove you and countless others to reach them.>
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>>25631518
here is my goal. get gapping maw. become a patch the floor. spontaniously generate a hole in the ground when someone walks over. instant consume and death.
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>>25631518
>"Honey, did we always have that chandelier?"

And then the chandelier shot spiked tendrils which impaled everyone through the forehead.
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>>25631533
... oh god, I love it. They enter the door and don't come out on the other side.
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>>25631534
"Here kitty kitty, jump into my lap so I can pet yo-OH GOD"
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>>25631500
>Sigh

Don't, don't be condescending.
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>>25631540
Holey shit.
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>>25631551
Thats not how doors work.
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>>25631540
I like it!
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>>25631554
>buy gaping maw
>the cat is a mouth
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>>25631533
oh, god, can we do that? we replicate a door and the immediate area behind it, then they walk right into our belly. YES.
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>>25631558
it is if you have gaping maw
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>>25631537
>>25631472
>>25631373
>chegun
*Cheung

Guys, the family's name is Cheung
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>>25631556

Not condescendingly.

But in a way where we don't like what we're saying but we know it's the truth.
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>>25631540
>>25631562
I think we have a consensus to get Gaping Maw now.
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>>25631562
They'd have to open the door, they don't just walk through it.
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>>25631557
>punny
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>>25631579
.... obviously
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>>25631561
we be the room, including the door! people watch someone go in see the room behind them, ten once the door closes we instantly contract around the person, consuming them, and they never come back out.
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>>25631564
>Fang's face hardens. "Abigail, you listen, and you listen well. The Cheguns
then SM typo ed it
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>>25631588
... So they open us up, walk through the space, then magically disappear?
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>>25631600
I know, but before things spiral out of control, it needed to be rectified.
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>>25631603
yes. because we're ALSO the space. we're like a giant box, and the inside of our mouth is replicated to the room!
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>>25631613
granted
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So, reading through the history, apparently Ring City was Erebus' original home...
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>>25631616
this, this exactly
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>>25631373
Killing someone is a helluva thing. You take away everything a man has, and everything he will ever have.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ2lWyTi0oY
Seems vaguely related.
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>>25631551
You know... Sm -DID- expect us to become slenderman at the beginning of the quest.

I hope when we get pocket and void ring we can do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzdZyZgCY58
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SM's being pretty quick about cutting off voting this time around.

Must be excited to get to the plot and awash us in feels.
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>>25631620
>those freeloading angels owe us so much back rent, that was the cause of the war. Hyperion couldn't keep up with the rent
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>>25631632
>Shadow at play
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You slide up to Abigail, and give her a brief hug. She hugs you back, and then you set her on her feet.

<Abby, do you remember the man from Magnock's prison? You told him that nothing is left when I eat them, didn't you?>

"...yeah."

<You seemed sure that I would kill him,> you say. <But you'd spare the Cheung family, even though they've tried to kill you.>

"But...that's different!" she protests. "Samantha told me he was bad before that, too, and got worse."

You impress her, and Fang, with the conversation you overheard in the Suen's dining room. You especially focus in on the professor, and her obvious intentions.

Abigail's eyes well up. "...but why?"

"Because she doesn't want to talk, or be friends," Fang says. "She wants power. She wants to be able to control other people, and have what she wants, no matter what - just like the Cheungs. It's why I want you to be Archmage, Abigail. Because you're not like that. Because Archon needs someone like you, not like them."

<Abigail,> you begin, <You are kin in the face of hate, a trait I've found very few have - and one that this world could do with a lot more of.> She turns to face you. <If there was another way - if they were just doing things we didn't agree with, but had good intentions - it would be worth it to try and befriend them. But they aren't. They're out to kill us and take our place. I must protect you. This is the only way.>

"...I don't like it."

<I don't either,> you say. <Death is final, and terrible. I don't like doing this, but it must be done.>

Abigail nods. She scraps the carpet with her foot, and turns toward Fang, still looking at the ground. "...sorry, Uncle Yi."

"...it's fine, Abby."

She wanders up to her room.

Fang looks at you. "You have a way with words, I think."

<My memories are filled with holes,> you say. <But some things...seem to come back to me, without my trying.>

Fang nods. He folds his hands. "We have two choices."

>con't
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>>25631632
this gave me an idea. we could be the floor of the hallway, and act as a treadmill, preventing the person from ever reaching the and of it, using our magics to make things darker (maybe mist?) and manifest behind them, slowly closing in while they try to run down an endless hallway.
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>>25631706
>Nightmare

Let's leave it for someone we REALLY hate.

That we wanna keep hunting and beating up before letting him go and following him so we can kick him in the teeth more and more.
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>>25631704
>"We have two choices."
Bed method, or bed method.
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>>25631706
And when they pass out from fear and fatigue, we vanish and wait for results. Perhaps leave a mark in the floor or something.
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>>25631745
Sandals.
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>>25631706
Wouldn't it be easier to just use terror on them?
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>>25631763
I choose
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>>25631781
Dave the Demon, when we power him down to normal.
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>>25631781
>Sandals

Who the fuck is that?

(I forget.)
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>>25631783
why not use terror on them at the same time? force them to flee and not use magic, and have something for them to associate the emotion with. we could also use snuff on the lights along the hall just before the reach them, keeping them barely in our shadows. then have our shadows slowly climbing up their legs like muck, causing them to go slower and stumble.
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>>25631817
sandolphon, highest of the angels.
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>>25631817
Nickname of Sandalphon, the dickest of the dick angels.
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>>25631817
Sandalphon, Dick Angel in charge.
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>>25631817
sandalphon. dick angel king.
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>>25631817
sandalphon: the great penis in the sky
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"What I'm planning is called 'the vanishing death', Fang says."A feat achieved only a few times in our history. We will barricade their manor with magic, and destroy it, and everyone in it. There will be no witnesses. When the sun rises, all that will be left of their home will be an empty plot of land."

<...and how do we ensure success?>

"Those are our choices," Fang says. "Option one. We strike tonight. You infiltrate their household, and I gather my men about their lands. The advantage to this method is that not much time has passed. They'll be less suspicious of Jun arriving late than several days late. You can report that the ambush went wrong, but that you weren't identified. Then, when the time is right, you do as much damage as possible as quickly as possible, and we establish the external barrier and move in."

<And option two?> you ask.

"They have extensive property, and an extensive family," Fang says, "rivaling what I could muster myself. You must clinch victory from within, or the plan will fail. However - if we wait a few days - I could gather greater forces, and bolster the external effort. But then, your infiltration will be much more suspect, and therefore, much more difficult. Your excuse will have to be that I captured Jun, but then relented and released him."

<Are you leaning toward either one?>

Fang sighs and bobs his head about, thinking hard.

>con't
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>>25631844
>>25631848
>>25631852

Dickmind.
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>>25631841
>>25631844
>>25631848
>>25631852
>>25631866

Then just say Sandalphon.
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>>25631852
>>25631848
>>25631844
It's like you guys don't even remember Dickael.
He was unarguably far more evil, and far more of a dick. Sandalphon is a tyrant. Dickael was a psychotic rapist and sadist who tortured numberless people to death.
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I know people want to get Darkness Within before the other Hydra reqs, because we're the closest to it, but Pure Darkness and Mighty Regeneration are both better.

Pure Darkness in particular looks absolutely amazing.

>Pure Darkness - You can now use your shadow without a light source. Shadow attacks from stealth are just as strong as normal.
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>>25631894
pure darkness might take the entire shadow manipulation tree though. We're still a ways off.
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>>25631890
what is with us and nicknaming things after penis's? or is it just dicks in generally? that just reminded me of the dickpunching.
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>>25631932
Dickael WAS a dick though.
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>>25631890
But you must admit that Sandy is still a dick, even though he's a relatively minor one.
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"You're still relatively unknown - a wild card that they think is a strong summon. If we infiltrate early, more of the plan rests on your shoulders, but then again, you have wide shoulders, don't you? But I would absolutely need you to take out Cheung himself. The head of the snake must be cut - as he is most likely to break the barrier I construct." Fang squints. "On the other hand...I think that, as things stand, the Wong family could be brought in as allies. With his son out of the running for Archmage, Tae has had other ideas. He eyes the friendship between Abigail and his daughter, Yan, with great approval, and I think he hopes to offer Daniu as a potential consort for Abby."

You immediately blanch at the idea of Abigail marrying that proud, golem-summoning oaf.

Fang raises a hand and smiles. "I know. But the councilor doesn't need to know that the answer is no, does he? It isn't as if he's actually brought it up with me. With the Wong family on our side, escape from the trap would prove...difficult." He thumps his hands down. "Do you have an opinion?"

>Early infiltration. You're best when you're stealthiest, and you're sure you could make just the right dent.
>Wait. You're willing to take the risk, and it's better to be sure Fang's trap is airtight.
>voice some other concern, or say something else
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>>25631890
Sandals sees your rape and raises you one attempted genocide.
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I still want to know why Auriel seemed more flustered about shooting at Lucifer than she did about shooting at Sandals.
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>>25631871
... Question. would there be a way to read somebody's mind, or, at least, their emotions through use of Impression? we could sort out the people who are not in on the assasination from those who are. if we just went full terminator, they'd get Yan, too, and that would make Abby-sabby cry.
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>Early infiltration. You're best when you're stealthiest, and you're sure you could make just the right dent.
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>>25631957
>Early infiltration. You're best when you're stealthiest, and you're sure you could make just the right dent.

Sneaky
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>>25631957
>Early infiltration. You're best when you're stealthiest, and you're sure you could make just the right dent.
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>>25631957
>>voice some other concern, or say something else
The other shadow elemental. That Lich Magcock had taken the other one and we had to kill it.

Darkxis. Tell Fang about Darkxis.
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>>25631976
>yan
>a cheung
what the fuck am I saying? but the question remains.
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>>25631957
>Early infiltration. You're best when you're stealthiest, and you're sure you could make just the right dent.
Even if things go south, we are a magekiller supreme thanks to the Nightblaze.
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>>25631987
This
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>>25631957
>Early infiltration. You're best when you're stealthiest, and you're sure you could make just the right dent.
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>>25631976
>>25631989

No, you can't read minds at all.

And yes, Yan is with the Wong family.
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>>25631957
ask one question. where exactly in archon is their compound? because we knew the general area of our shadow brother and i would not put it past these guys to have a daraxis 2.0 to spring on us if we dont ask
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>>25631987
THIS.
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>>25631989
We could just listen and find out what everyone knows for a while like we did last time.
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>>25631957
>Early infiltration. You're best when you're stealthiest, and you're sure you could make just the right dent.

But still say >>25631987. I don't want to deal with Darkxis 2, shadow boogaloo while we're in the middle of exterminating the Cheungs
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>>25631987
this
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>>25631957
>Early infiltration. You're best when you're stealthiest, and you're sure you could make just the right dent.
Infiltrating and CONSUMING every magical fucker that moves is what we're good at.
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>>25631957
>voice concerns
we have no idea where the shadow elemental is. mention that. also mention the Shards of Darkness we have, if they can play a role in the vanishing.
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>>25631957
>Early infiltration. You're best when you're stealthiest, and you're sure you could make just the right dent.

<Also, keep an eye out for that other shadow elemental. I have a feeling that Jun was familiar with dealing with one...>
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>>25632013

Like the Wong family, the Cheung family is rich and powerful enough to have a manor on the northern open end of Archon, out past the city limits. Their manor is substantially larger, though.

---------
currently voicing concerns
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Is this "Vanishing Death" a specific spell, like the Sun Call? Or is it just a name for anything that completely disappears everything in an area?

Because if it's the latter, we could do that on our own.
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>>25632066
Eating an entire household, house included, is something we definitely ought to do.
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>>25632066
the Vanishing death is essentially the Bed Method applied to an entire building.

Is that where you got that idea, SM, you clever bastard?
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>>25631957
>>Early infiltration. You're best when you're stealthiest, and you're sure you could make just the right dent.


<But I will need more extensive knowledge on the family, it is one thing to look like someone. But to speck and behave like him will take a greater effort.>
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>>25632086

>implying it wasn't SM that posted the bed method...
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>>25632107
the plot thickens!!!
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>>25632080
I bet Titan would easily facilitate this.
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>>25631871
>"What I'm planning is called 'the vanishing death', Fang says."A feat achieved only a few times in our history. We will barricade their manor with magic, and destroy it, and everyone in it. There will be no witnesses. When the sun rises, all that will be left of their home will be an empty plot of land."

Inb4 young children and innocent are in the household, and we are going to have to make a choice between eliminating the entire household, and preserving assassinating the Cheungs for Abby.
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Can we consume in berserk? I would think that we could, but CONSUME is technically an active skill.
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>>25631871
>'the vanishing death'
The Fuck?

Is it like some mass teleport to oblivion or something or does it completely obliterate its target?

>TL;DR How the fuck does it work?
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>>25632142
YES. titan, then CONSUME with gaping maw the entire house! oh, I love it.
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>>25632054
Hey SM, now that I think about it, >>25632171
this is a pretty serious concern of Shadow's that we should voice.
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>>25632179
like magnets
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>>25631957
>Early infiltration. You're best when you're stealthiest, and you're sure you could make just the right dent.
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>>25632179
Probably
>Seal area off with powerful barriers
>Fill the barrier with destruction magic
>???
>Empty plot!

>>25632142
Just go Titan and spread ourselves as wide as possible, then flop onto the house and slowly sink down.
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>>25632193
can we consume while titanic? it says we can't use any other abilities besides berserk, does consume count?
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Wait a second, how are WE getting out of the kill zone?
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>>25632094
>>25632171
>>25632193

These guys are right. Shadow would have some large, large problems with eating kids.
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>>25632171
Yeah we might have to nix this murderboner tradition if there are kids in the house, lest we set a precedent.
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>>25632171
Yeah, killing young children and the family servants isn't a very JUSTICE!-like thing to do...
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>>25632223
Oh fuck.
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>>25632223

~why would we want to leave? pfft noob wanting to leave giant death circle before its complete.~
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>>25632223
Nightblaze a bit of the barrier?
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>>25632238
Agreed. Guilt by association or, especially, birth is not JUSTICE.

>>25632223
CONSUME our way out, obviously.
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>>25632193
Now that I think about it SM, let's go with a new plan. We go there as Jen Cheung, and have a "private meeting" with the head of the family. We surprise CONSUME him, and get the fuck out of dodge. Yeah it's more dangerous. Yeah it leaves the rest of the family behind. However, we can't harm people who have nothing to do with the attempts on Abby-Sabby's life. She wouldn't approve.
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>>25632179
>>25632195
>>25632203
Do forgive me if I don't settle for the tried n' true "Its magic, I ain't gotta explain shit" answer.

Seriously, I'm curious though, can we ask Fang for details, SM?
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You tell Fang about Darkxis, and his association with Magnock.

<I'm sure there's another elemental somewhere in Archon,> you say. <What are the chances that it's with the Cheungs?>

"None," Fang says.

<...you seem rather certain.>

"Of course I'm certain," Fang says. "Sensors within the fortress have been going off for weeks, but the city is large, and we haven't caught anything. A shadowy presence. A long string of disappearances here and there. I wasn't worried - similar situations have happened before. Though, usually, they came with a bit more of a pattern. But then, about two weeks ago, the sensors stopped detecting anything. I figured that whatever scheme it was had come to fruition. Now, it makes sense. Another elemental - smart enough to no longer draw attention to itself. Or powerful enough to avoid detection."

He sighs. "If it had been making day trips to the Cheungs, I would have noticed. I've already started a new search for the elemental in the meantime."

<And when were you planning on informing me?>

"When we made progress," Fang says. "If I spent my time telling you everything I was doing, it would take up half my day."

<...fair enough. But...what about innocents?>

"Innocents?"

<Women, children. Non-magic housekeepers. People that aren't involved?>

"No witnesses," Fang repeats.

What is your response?

>early infiltration seems pretty set, so we'll go with that

>alright, let's do this
>I'll help, but I'm not killing innocent people
>I'm not participating in a plan like this
>mention Adavan's mind-altering magic
>suggest an alternate plan without the chaos and violence of mass destruction

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Note: Vanishing Death is a rumor/historical term to refer to one household destroying another in a single night with no witnesses. It's actually right out of the Forgotten Realms, Dark Elves, etc.

It isn't some kind of specific death spell.
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>>25632273
I think we can assume all adults in the house can count as accomplices.
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>>25632291

I was just being a sarcastic little bitch, no problems.
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>>25632273
We don't know how many of the Cheung family was involved with the assassination attempt. It could be everyone, it could be a select few. We'll have to find out more before acting.
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>mention Adavan's mind-altering magic
He might accept this for the innocents there.
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>>25632292
>suggest an alternate plan without the chaos and violence of mass destruction
We can just take out the council member with the "private meeting" that I mentioned here: >>25632273. After that, we leave.
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>>25632292
>>mention Adavan's mind-altering magic
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>>25632292
Shit, I remember! I haven't read those books in years...
>I'll help, but I'm not killing innocent people
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>>25632292

We don't kill innocents, period. Adavan can mindscrub the kids individually.
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>>25632292
><Women, children. Non-magic housekeepers. People that aren't involved?>
>"No witnesses," Fang repeats.

Meaning we gotta play this game the stealthy way again.

>I'll help, but I'm not killing innocent people
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>>25632292
>I'll help, but I'm not killing innocent people
if need be >mention Adavan's mind-altering magic
but only if there is no other way. shadow cannot allow the killing of innocents. it is not part of our justice
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>>25632292
>>mention Adavan's mind-altering magic

<I'll herd the help and young children to a secluded area of the manor, and when we are done Adavan can rewrite their memories. No reason talented children must suffer for the sins of their fathers.>
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>>25632292
adavan's mind magic is something to consider, as long as it can't be reversed. after all, another spirit mage could come along and undo the stuff. let's cover all our bases.
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>>25632292
>"Another elemental - smart enough to no longer draw attention to itself. Or powerful enough to avoid detection.""
Fuck, pretty soon they're going to be as intelligent as we are. And probably more evil.

...What if we encountered another benevolent elemental shard thing, though? Would we diplomacy them into joining with us? Would that even work?
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>>25632292
Ask if by "No witnesses" means "Nobody who saw the murder" or "Get everyone. Everyone? EV-ERY-ONE!"

>I'll help, but I'm not killing innocent people
if the second.
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>>25632292
>I'll help, but I'm not killing innocent people.
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>>25632351

I read the entire Drizzt saga a couple years ago. Great pulp.

I don't think the Dark Elves actually called it anything specific, but I remember the start of the first book was Drizzt's house going in an raping another that was like 5 or 6 ranks above it so they could be in the top ten.

Good stuff.
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>>25632346
We should also mention that this plan places less risk on Yi Fang's own resources. If we fail, then he can always try again. Or deal with the situation ourselves.
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>>25632292

<No children Fang. To young to understand what their family is doing just like Abigail.>
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>>25632292
Soooooo...

How's it work then? The spell I mean.
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>>25632292
What is the point of no witnesses? We'll be eliminating our largest rivals and sending a message to the rest. Even the mob told people to get out of town
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>>25632425

YES
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>>25632388
If he really doesn't want them around we can take them to Haven. let them be adopted into our great big family.
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>>25632434
I think its not so much a spell as a method of killing an entire family off. Barrier them up then destroy them with powerful magic.
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>>25632425
I LOVE IT.
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>>25632434

He throws up a barrier around the house to prevent escapes. His men move in. All-out battle takes place with the intent on completely destroying the opposition. House is destroyed in the cleanup. Leave without a trace.

No specific death spell. Just going in all-out. Super-ambush.
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>>25632434
You seal the area off so the damage is contained, then you throw as much destructive magic in there as possible.
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>>25632292
>A long string of disappearances here and there.
Hungry little bastard.
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>>25632411
SHIT. guys, we should find enough experience so we can get Pocket, then stick all the innocents in there! it's FOOLPROOF!
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>>25632411
It was the first fantasy books I read when I was like 9 years old, and it's what got me into this kind of stuff.
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>>25632500
OH FUCK
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>>25632492
Oh god. I'm thinking of Darkxis, but intelligent and cunning in addition to having an appetite.
Yep, we're in for a wild ride with this one.
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>>25632478
This time though, literally the entire house is destroyed. It leaves literally nothing. If we had gone Slenderman shadow, this would have been beautiful. Now however, we are above Drow and Byzantine level destruction and murder. Now we go for Justice.
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>>25632500

<look Fang I saved them!>
"Shadow, they aren't breathing...."
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>>25632500

SM has stated that living beings don't survive in the Nether for very long, definitely not for a whole night.
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>>25632518

Shard of Stealth
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>Abby finds the other Shadow
>She manages to befriend it
>Abby builds harem of Shadow Elementals.

Oh god why.
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>>25632425

<Those young enough to be spare can be adopted into other families, and grow up free from the crime of their family. Young, talented kids easily molded into as members of a different house.>
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>>25632478
We have Adavan right? Can we not erase memories MOB style?
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>>25632552
If it was an anime, I'd watch it.
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>>25632543
I'm thinking more like Shard of Suspicion or Shard of Wit or something.
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>>25632543
yeah that is what i am guessing. this guy will be a bitch to track down. and probably wont trust us even if it is a good guy
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>>25632552
>harem of Shadow Elementals

She really does like dark men, doesn't she?
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>>25632577
*MIB fuck
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>>25632552
In my dream, she is the shadow-waifu.

It's her.

>rwatedlo respectively
You're the only one who understands, captcha.
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>>25632583
Shard of Sneakthievery
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>>25632583
We are the shard of JUSTICE.

It is the shard of JUDGEMENT.

And it has found Archon wanting.
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>>25632586
Once you go shadow, there usually isn't anything left.
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>>25632575
what about the families servants as well? there is no justice in killing those who had no part
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>>25632626
Rorschach the Shadow elemental. Complete with shifty face thing. This will be cool
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<No children,> you say. <I'm not going to do to them what they're doing to Abigail - kill kids too young to even appreciate the situation.>

"What then?"

<What do you mean?>

"And what then?" Fang asks. "What are you going to do with them afterwards? Huddle them in a corner? Adopt them into a big happy family? You think they won't find out about what happened way back when? You think some of them won't want revenge, or that they'll be perfectly ok with leaving their homes and starting a totally new life with everyone they've loved, dead?

Fang looks at you derisively. "And you know what - where are you going to draw the line? At 13 years of age? Everyone below 13 gets to live? Or maybe 14, or 15? Or hell, 18. Who's a child, Shadow? Are you going to take your time in the middle of a battle and pick out every special snowflake so you don't have to feel bad about it later?" He leans back. "Frankly, I thought you were smarter than that - and here you are spouting the exact same idealism you just told Abigail wasn't realistic.

"In Archon, the Fang family has a nickname - we're the gamblers. We're the toughest, we're the boldest, and we make the impossible, possible. We traditionally bet everything on one heir. It reduces the fronts we have to fight on, but it also means all the eggs are in one basket, and that basket must be protected with extreme prejudice. It must be guarded with a righteous fury so overbearing that no one would think to topple it. No Cheung will ever again question Abigail's ascension, because they will all be dead. Everyone in Archon will know who is responsible, no one will be able to prove it. They will remember why, exactly, they fear my name - and they will run to put as much space as possible between themselves and my niece. Because the trick to gambling, shadow, isn't luck - it's to make sure you're always holding all the cards."

>con't
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>>25632478
>throws up a barrier
>all-out battle
And no one is gonna notice this shit in a

>>25631871
Also
>"They have extensive property"

How much land are we even covering?
And for that matter, where is it?
This seems like way too great an undertaking it to be playing it by the seat of our shadowy trousers. And we don't know if Fang is going over the top because the attempt on Abby's life may have genuinely frightened him.
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>>25632659
shit, meant to say

-notice this shit in a city full of magic sensitive folk
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What is your response?

>understood, Archmage. There will be no survivors.
>I will infiltrate their household alone, and take out those responsible. But I won't support this plan.
>some other response (write-in)
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>>25632657
God, I love Fang.
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>>25632657
Yay! now we have an excuse to consume everything!
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>>25632657
no mention of Adavan's mind magic?
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>>25632685
Prepare for a debate about the morality of mind-altering magic.
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>>25632685
I thought they meant the children whowitnessed it, not the dchilder in the family.
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>>25632685
Well, if we aren't going to use Adavans mindfuckery,

>understood, Archmage. There will be no survivors.
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>>25632709
>>25632715

That is certainly in the cards, should you choose to mention it.
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>>25632731
I thought we did vote to mention it.
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>>25632709
I think Fang is basically implying that even if we managed to trick them with that they're still loose ends that could find out eventually.
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>>25632685
>some other response (write-in)
<Luckily enough for me, then, I'm not part of the Fang family. I will kill the council member myself, without harming others, and what's more, I''ll be seen doing it as Jen Cheung. When I escape, they'll be hunting after a man already dead, within their own ranks. I won't support this mass murder you intend to commit, and if you do it carry it out, I will tell Abigail.>
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>>25632685
>some other response (write-in)

The children would never remember the events of Archon or remember they ever lived there. Haven is in desperate need of children to aid in the healing process that needs to take place.
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>>25632742
Abigail already (vaguely) knows.
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>>25632731
We could smuggle the kids to our spirit mages, but we'd probably need to buy pocket to get them out safely.
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>>25632685

<Tell me what I need to know to infiltrated their house, Fang. I will make my decision went it comes to that.>

So we can move on, how is that?
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>>25632742
Leave off that last bit about tattling on him. Just wrecks the impact.
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>>25632738
it seems that fang has read the evil overlord list. never leave the children of a house alive. they have a nasty habit of growing up into heros trying to depose you
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>>25632657
>>25632685
<And that is the thinking you wish Abigail to past on as Archmage? That despite what she believes all those who question her must be removed down to the last newborn babe? If it is witness you wish disposed of then it will be done, but innocents with no claim to or wish of power should be given a chance to live free of the ties of revenge. And that Fang is something I can grant them>
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>>25632685
>understood, Archmage. There will be no survivors.

"I'll make it a quick death for them."

Also: Make sure Abby isn't listening in on this conversation.
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>>25632765
Even we didn't know about how thorough Yi planned on being.
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>>25632770
Good thing we're going to be eating their parents first.
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>>25632753
Dang, nice. Not really sure if we should bring them to Haven, but it's definitely something I hadn't considered.
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>>25632742
no. this is a bad idea. dont threaten yi fang. for the love of shadow.
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>>25632753

Wow, that's actually a kind of a good idea if implemented correctly.
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>>25632742
I would support if we remove that bit about telling Abby.

Also support >>25632753
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>>25632685
>>25632657
I will put this as simply as possible, Fang. If I kill a child, then all that I fought for in keeping Abigail alive and well would be null and void, rendered pointless. I will not make her see me as a hypocrite that spares one child and murders the rest, because if I do, she would wonder for the rest of her life "Why didn't he kill me?" And that question will likely lead to some very dark places, ones that even I cannot navigate through...
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>>25632770
See >>25632530
It's not something we want to use to transport people unless it's the absolute last option.
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>>25632753
oh, I like this. mention this along with the mind magic. and It would still fulfill the purpose of everybody just bugging the fuck out.
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>>25632685
<I will infiltrate their household. I will kill those responsible. But I will not bloody my hands with the blood of the innocent. Though, on the other hand, I won't stop you if you decide to go through with it yourself, although I will think somewhat less of you.>
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>>25632685
You say you've learned your lesson and that you don't wish Abigail to repeat your mistakes, yet you're building an empire of fear for her. You're boxing her into making the same choices you have,
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>>25632792
>>25632774
Fair enough
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>>25632753
I like this.
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>>25632731

Do it.
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>>25632685
We should ask how many members of the Cheung family there are, altogether, that need to be taken out. A rough estimate, and also ask for the VIP targets that're the kingpins of the family.
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>>25632824
>>25632831
i like these. explains our position very well.
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>>25632833
Very poignant. He's not giving what he's trying to give a chance a chance.
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>>25632824
I like this. It gives the idea that Abigail keeps a close eye on both Fang and Shadow.
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>>25632685
Why are we even having this conversation?

We're going to be acting as an assassin. We're not the ones who are going to kill kids, its Fang's cleanup crew.
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>>25632685
<So, a gamble is what you are interested in?>

<Very well.>

<Send me to eliminate his family from within. Frighten him. Terrify him with the belief that his family will never walk again in safety in the streets of Archon. Let him know that If he persists with these ambitions, everything he holds dear will be gone from this earth.>

(approach him at that last part, shapeshifting between different corpses of his children and family members we have already killed)

<If you're a betting man, for Abigail's sake, bet on me.>
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>>25632530
>>25632825
>The pocket has no gravity, but starts filled with air, so living creatures could survive there. However, long periods in the nether are not good for the health of living things.
From the pastebin. It's only a couple hours from here to Haven for us going supersonic.
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>>25632753
Why are people assuming that Mr. Shadow would be okay with kidnapping children, and wiping their minds. Sure'd we preserve their minds, but not their identities.
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>>25632833

Nice too.
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>>25632833
I do like this.
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>>25632888
We had our mind wiped, and we never seemed very angry about it.
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>>25632888
Yeah, I have to agree with this. Erasing the single night's worth of memories is the most that I would advocate.
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guys just let shadow kill everyone

its abigail or them
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>>25632907
>never seemed very angry about it
wat?
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>>25632833
Another good suggestion
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>>25632709
>>25632742
>>25632779
>>25632813
>>25632824
>>25632831

These, A mix of these, they should work.
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>>25632918
...no, we were kind of pissed off.
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>>25632907

Yeah, I think we came out as an ok individual despite our lack of memories.
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>>25632907
We're, like, constantly pissed/annoyed at that elf lady.
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>>25632907
>never seemed very angry about it
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>>25632833
I think this gets our point across the best.
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>>25632888

Death is final, shadow said it himself. This will give them and the people of Haven a chance to grow together. Cause sandles targeted he children first after the mages got their souls back.
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>>25632933
Exactly
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>>25632876
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTDeOPFr9e4
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>>25632888
Why wouldn't we be? Would you rather kill them or initiate a cycle of violence that could last until the eventual destruction of their family, or Abby-Sabby's?
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>>25632907
More like we are very annoyed/angry at that elf lady.
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>>25632833
This is amazing.
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>>25632966
Compared to how mad we've gotten over other shit, not really seeing it.
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>>25632833

This, x1000.

Shadow would say this exact fucking thing.
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>>25632955
>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTDeOPFr9e4
I chuckl'd
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>>25632888
>>25632907
>>25632952
This is where I was going with >>25632715.
It's a complicated subject, mind-wiping.
Which is more important: survival or free will? Is changing someone's very identity worse than killing the?
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You pause for a moment, then begin in again. <And this is the thinking you wish to pass on to Abigail, as Archmage? That despite what she believes all those who question her must be removed, down to the last newborn babe?>

"No, Shadow," Fang says quietly. "That is why I will do it for her. I have long since passed the point of redemption. I passed it before I was a lich. She will stay clean of my actions. I care little for my reputation, now - I need not last another century as leader, merely a decade or two. What does it matter it a dirty, bloodied rag is splashed with a bit more blood?"

You have to admit he is a persuasive man. This is the Archmage of Archon - a man that stands on a wire above councilors and a city of mages, facing an empire of angels. His conviction is as solid as adamantium.

<...what about mind magic?>

"What about it?"

<Change their memories,> you say. <Make the innocent forget what they've seen.>

"Say that I could," he says. "They might still figure it out from rumors and reasoning, even left with holes in their minds. Their bent for revenge would be greater, knowing that they'd been meddled with. And they'd come to that conclusion at some point." He shrugs. "But that's academic. Mind magic of that subtlety has been lost since the..."

Fang stops. He looks up at you. "...do you happen to know someone with that kind of power?"

>sure I do. Adavan mentioned it.
>Bluff. "No...I merely thought that if anyone was capable, you'd be him."
>something else
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>>25632952
So you want to emulate the angels in the way we treat children? I'm sure our followers in Haven would LOVE that.
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>>25632888
Children's identities are malleable to family values.
We cannot afford to perpetuate Archons culture of murder.
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>>25632833
ALL OF MY YES.
>>25632779
>>25632824
>>25632831
These work too.
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>>25632996
>sure I do.
we've gone this far.
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>>25632983
We really haven't made the time to pick a bone with her over it yet (and at this rates she's going to die in her coma before we get a chance to). Ultimately there's to much on our plate to deal with what is ultimately a purely personal vendetta.
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>>25632996
bluff, who knows what he would do if he got his hands on taht kind of power
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huh, did Adavan ask us to keep his mental magics quiet as well as Hecate?
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>>25632996
>sure I do. Adavan mentioned it.
and possibly the elf queen.
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>>25632996
>something else
I really want to say this >>25632833 to counter his argument.
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>>25632996
Do NOT betray Adavan's trust. If Adavan wanted this known he would of said so already.
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>>25632996
>>sure I do. Adavan mentioned it.
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>>25632996
<Its been lost since the Elementarchy, yes. And you have a general from said Elementarchy in your employ.>
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>>25632998

No, I want to give these children the chance to live. I would send them to Haven to learn their skills and magics. I would give them parents that treasured them and cared for their well being rather than view them as an investment.
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>>25633036

We can do that if you get past your bluff.

>>25633038

>don't spoil my fun, anon, they're almost about to tell him
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>>25632996
>something else
<If I said that I did, would you give more consideration to using it?>
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>>25633038
>>25633032
Adavan mentioned it LONG before he revealed Hecate to us. it's probably just never come up in conversation.
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>>25633038

I agree. Say instead:

"I've had many travels since I awoken. I've picked more than a few things up."
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>>25632996

<I know someone possesses such abilities, My own lack of memory attests to that. I had assumed that it was not as forgotten as you have just suggested it to be, so I shall assume that it is not an option...>

not lying so not a bluff!
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>>25632996

>They might still figure it out from rumors and reasoning, even left with holes in their minds.

<What about a place without those rumors? What about a "Haven"? Far from enough from Archon and what ever thoughts of revenge. A fresh start.>
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Telepathy to Adavan. Get his opinion.
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>>25632996
the elf queen did something similar to myself. i thought you might have an idea how to do it
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>>25633052
>don't spoil my fun, anon, they're almost about to tell him
And now you're trying to get us to not tell him so we're forced to kill children.

Sneaky sneaky, Shadow Master.
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>>25633052
>don't spoil my fun, anon, they're almost about to tell him
Oh, now you're just TRYING to cause debate aren't you.
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>>25633052
I'm for bluff, then.
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>>25633038
>>25633052

OH SHIT

Don't mention it! say we know it, but don't mention ADAVAN!
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>>25633076
>Telepathy to Adavan

Oh right, we can do that.

Yeah, do this.
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>>25633019

fuck you we said we would keep it a secret you ass
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>>25633059
Mentioned it to US. Not Yi. Remember, he follows Fang's commands for Shadow, not because he likes Fang.
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>>25633076
THIS.

Adavan's reaction could be anything from 'OH GOD DON'T TELL HIM' to 'Wait, people can't do that anymore?'
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>>25632996
looks like saving these kids are going to mean lying to this overcautious fuck. Bluff it, pocket the kids, get them outside Archon. We can buy time, Abby is going to be powerful enough later on.
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>>25633052
>they're almost about to tell him
Yeah I kinda want to see one of our "Servants" go rogue
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>>25633070
Oh, this is bretty gud.
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>>25633076
This
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>>25633080
>>25633083
>>25633085

It's not like I'm trying to manipulate you by making you think I'm trying to manipulate you, or anything.

>2013
>trusting SM when he pads your assumptions
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>>25633076
Do this! it's the safest move!
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>>25633076

Stupid questers, finding the right solution.

Writing.
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>>25633076

Do this! He's our Servant, can we telepathy him long distance?
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>>25632996
>sure I do
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>>25633070

Nice! Follow it up with this >>25632833
and this >>25633072
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>>25633070
Supported!

Also, isn't truth reading a Spirit magic ability?
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>>25633110
>putting weight in -anything- you say outside of updates
Shiggydiggy
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>>25633110

do you feast on the anons Paranoia and doubt like Papa-N feeds on 1s and HUE?
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>Adavan hey shadow can you keep a super secret?
>yes
>as soon as he tells us we go tell Fang

pls no
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>>25633110
>Trying to manipulate us by making us think that you're manipulating us by confirming the manipulation and throwing suspected manipulation into doubt.

I GOT YOUR GAME ON LOCKDOWN
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>>25633127
If Adavan says its okay, go with >>25633046

If he says its not okay, go with >>25633070
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You think rapidly as Fang stares at you.

<Adavan, can you hear me?>

<Yes.>

<Fang doesn't know about your mind magic. Do you - >

<Don't say a damn word about it!> Fang shouts into your head.

Oh boy.

What do you tell Fang?

>write-in
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>>25633155
Nah, that isn't THIS secret. This secret is something he kinda tossed out off handed when we first met him.
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>>25633076
...Thank you. We're stupid!
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>>25633164
<I know someone possesses such abilities, My own lack of memory attests to that. I had assumed that it was not as forgotten as you have just suggested it to be, so I shall assume that it is not an option...>
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>>25633164
><Don't say a damn word about it!> Fang shouts into your head.
Shiggy shiggy shigg
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>>25632996
Before we go with >sure I do. Adavan mentioned it.

Let's talk to Fang about his obsessoin with leaving Abigail "something" after he is gone.

(picks up random precious object)
Fang, what is this? Does it talk? Does it feel? Can it see the beautiy of the full moon? Can it care for a child? Does it have empathy?

The answer is no. All the things that you want to leave Abigail behind cannot care, or empathize with people, or love someone. They are lumps of metal, glass, and wood. They will not care for her when you are gone forever, and they will not hold her during the service you will receive, wiping tears from her eyes.
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>>25633164
Say >>25633070
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>>25633164

Go with this >>25633070
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>>25633154

I sip your fear like a fine wine.
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>>25633164
><Don't say a damn word about it!> Fang shouts into your head.
>>25633164
>Fang shouts into your head.
>>25633164
>Fang
Wat?
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>>25633164
"I assumed if anyone was capable of memory alteration it would be you. Oh several hundred year old lich."
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>>25633164

>>25633162
This
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>>25633164
ask him if we can tell him we know SOMEBODY, but not mention adavan. so,

"I know people. let me take the children, youwon't see them again."
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>>25633164

<I know someone possesses such abilities, My own lack of memory attests to that. I had assumed that it was not as forgotten as you have just suggested it to be, so I shall assume that it is not an option...>

not lying so not a bluff!
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>>25633179
This
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>>25633164
one of my first memories is the elf queen taking my own memories. i would think you had a similar ability.
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>>25633164
[Bluff]<it is a fragment of a memory of when I came in to existence. I was unaware the art was lost.>
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>>25633164
welp, there goes my dream of childrens laughter for the mages in haven.... ~thanks SM~
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><Don't say a damn word about it!> Fang shouts into your head.

Was that supposed to Adavan Shouts?
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>>25633164
"You can't tAke care of things for her. By the time these become a threat Abigail can deal with them on her own"
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And you retards were going to tell Fang
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>>25633070
OH GOD THIS.
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>>25633200
let's do this. let's cover all aspects of this thing.
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>>25633208
I think technically we don't know she's the queen. Just like we don't know where the fire key is hidden, even though we CLEARLY know both things.
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>>25633164

err

The speaker for <Don't say a damn word about it!> should be Adavan, not Fang. kinda a big error there, just wanted to clarify.

>>25633070

Sounds popular.

But you're still telling a half-truth. Not as bad as a blatant lie, but it's still a bluff.

Roll 1d100
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>>25633070
>2 correct options in one thread
WATCH OUT SM
SMART GUYS HERE
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>>25633136
This.
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>>25633242
I think that we've had in-character hints that she's the queen.
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>>25633188
We got to use this at some point...
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>>25633164
<I'm... not sure. I have come into a large plethora of abilities, as you saw with my shapeshifting. I believe that mind magic may be among them, but I haven't had a chance to truly practice it yet.>

Be reluctant about it. The best way to disguise a lie is to replace the truth with something we wouldn't want known to others.
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Rolled 68

>>25633252
roll
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Rolled 18

>>25633252
>rape
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Rolled 12

>>25633252
oh god
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Rolled 66

>>25633252
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Rolled 81

>>25633252
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Rolled 7

>>25633252
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Rolled 9

>>25633252
HERE COMES THE SHIT
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Rolled 66

>>25633252
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Rolled 92

>>25633252

Rolling for lies
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Yep. One of thooooooooooossssseeee quests
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Rolled 91

>>25633252
our goddamn dice, rolling a second time to hopefully save us
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Rolled 55

>>25633252
come on
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>>25633164
Dang is seeing our hesitation. We have to attack this issue, draw attention away from our halftruth.
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>>25633286
>One of thooooooooooossssseeee quests

What do you mean?
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>>25633266
>>25633267
>>25633268
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>>25633299
Low rolling constantly
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>>25633266
>>25633267
>>25633268
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>>25633299
He implies the curse of the low rolling dice has returned.
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>>25633292
*Fang
fuck phones
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>>25633303
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>>25633266
>>25633267
>>25633268
>>25633271
>>25633272

I should just go to bed so I can REJOICE in the morning instead of staying up and being tired REJOICING right now...
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>>25633303
Haha. You save that one too.
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Welp. We fucked up. Reverting to this >>25632833 to try and diplomance out of this situation. (Seriously, this got a lot of votes and we just relent to Fang's arguments like a faggot)
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Let me get the lube out...
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>>25633303
We have to get adavan out. we've given him up through this.
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You start to form an explanation, but Fang cuts you off before you can say a word. "It's Adavan, isn't it?"

<I don't - >

"Do not bullshit me, Shadow."

<I can't speak for him.>

"Mind magic," Fang says. He gets up from his chair and folds his arms behind his back. "...fascinating. But not appropriate...for -this- situation. Besides. Killing them, or altering their minds to the extent that they wouldn't be a problem...it's more or less the same thing." He turns back to you. "To return to our earlier conversation. Abigail has enemies. Those enemies must be eliminated. That is the long and the short of it."

<No, it isn't,> you say.

"Excuse me?"

<You heard me.> You rise up in front of him. <You say you've learned your lesson and that you don't wish Abigail to repeat your mistakes - and look at what you're doing! You're building an empire of fear for her. You're boxing her into making the same choices you've made for what, as you've just said, has been most of your life. At this rate, she won't be innocent of your wrongdoings. She'll inherit them. They'll be a stain she can't get rid of.>

Fang blinks, surprised at your boldness.

Roll 1d100
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>>25633432
OH PLEASE GOD
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>>25633432
YOU CAN'T MAKE ME ROLL
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>>25633432

come on
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>>25633432
miracle 100, please?

Cause we really need it.
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>>25633443
>>25633446
>>25633453
Unless 100 soon, we're so fucked.`
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>>25633432
COME ON
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We might wanna start telepathically shouting at Adavan.

"HE FIGURED IT OUT ON HIS OWN. OH SHIT."
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>>25633446
>>25633453

IT REALLY IS ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS
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>>25633432
fuckit, rolling a third time
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>>25633432
Fuckit. Critfail time.
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>>25633443
>>25633446
>>25633453

Goddammit, all dem upper left blue/ lower left red options have ruined me.
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>>25633432
And this is why rolling for diplomacy is bad kids.
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>>25633466
>>25633475

You made the DC.

It was close.
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>>25633432
FFFFFFFFUCK
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>>25633506
PRAISE SHADOW JESUS!
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>Shadow's face when ass-tier rolls
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>>25633432
If I wanted to see bad rolls I would go to Bleach Quest.
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>>25633506

haha oh wow.
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Are you guys ready to kill some women and children? I'm wondering how much EXP they will give us
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>>25633518
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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Son of a fuck. Throw more arguments at him!

Already, he's set her down that dark path. The gargoyles she now controls that /everyone/ knows belonged to that teacher's family? Yeah. She's being made to be a symbol of fear, of assassinations and death. And oppression.
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tfw it doesn't count
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>>25633518
ITS TOO LATE
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>>25633518

top lel
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Dice what the fuck.
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...I love you, SM...
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NOOOOOOOOOADHFJASDHFJLAWESDHJVLWNEVIORWQNBHGUOWBE#UGIOE#nrwvgiowq3neaso
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So, now that Fang is going to limit our access to Abby and try utilizing Adavan for his own purposes, what's the game plan guys?
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PRAISE SWEET SHADOW JESUS!
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>>25633506
We made it bc we are just that amazing
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>>25633524
Huh.

So mentioning bleach quest makes your rolls autocrit?
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>>25633524
Fucking what.
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>>25633518
>>25633524
right after one another hahahahaha
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>>25633524
YOU FUCKS STOP IT NOW GODDAMNIT
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>>25633550
...CONSUME everything? Shit, no clue.
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>>25633506
Shit. I was hoping we could skip out on the political themed filler arc. I know some of you guys aphave been waiting for this, and I respect that but, yeah, this ain't my cup o' tea.
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>>25633432
..had made the fatal decision: they'd chosen always the clear, sAFE course that leads ever downward into stagnation
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>>25633550

We have to sit with Adavan and talk about these things. I mean fuck! He we just had a talk about secrets and he didn't mention this yet he mention fucking Hecate to us and the mind magic even earlier with out much care.
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>>25633593
The reason we passed the DC with such low rolls is because we made a pretty good point. It may not be something you want to do, but it avoids some serious consequences that would befall Abby later on.
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>>25633593
>implying you passed with flying colors and didn't just barely make it

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He slowly moves and sits back in his seat. He doesn't say anything for a long time.

"...you're a bit too smart for your own good, sometimes."

<...I try.>

"Then what do you suggest?" he asks. "This has to be done, somehow. You can go in alone - but you'd be going in alone. This isn't some third-string noble family, like the Suens. This is the Cheungs we're talking about. You'll get one strike. And then they'll be on you like a Xephlax swarm. You need to at least down Hae himself. Anything less is unacceptable."

What's the plan?

>I go alone, as Jun Cheung.
>this time, we go all-out. But it's the last time.
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Hold on guys, we can still fix this. Use the mind magic to make Fang forget he knows about the mind magic!
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>>25633602
It was pretty fucking obvious it's something Adavan wouldn't want mentioned. I mean, he doesn't trust Fang. At all. Respects him, fears him, but doesn't like or trust. Think about what Fang represents to Adavan, based on what he told us of the role of Spirit magic before the war.

Fang is a perverse monster, frankly.
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>I go alone, as Jun Cheung.
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>>25633641
>I go alone, as Jun Cheung.
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>>25633641
>I go alone, as Jun Cheung.
We will berry them.
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>>25633641
>>I go alone, as Jun Cheung.
<I respect your sincere wish for her well being, but if we wish her to learn from past mistakes we mustn't make them ourselves>
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>>25633641
>Xephlax swarm
What the fuck's a Xephlax?
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>>25633641
>supersonic to a different continent and start a new quest
FUCK
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>>25633641
HAVE ADAVAN ASSIST AS, HE GAINED ALL OUR SNEAKING POWERS NO?
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>>25633641
>I go alone, as Jun Cheung.
birth minpri
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>>25633641
Also telepathy Adavan, show him the entire converstation we just had so we can give him a chance to decide what to do.
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>>25633682
YES. can adavan help us?
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>>25633641
>I go alone, as Jun Cheung.

Sneaky
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>>25633691
THIS TOO. SHIT NIGGUH
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>>25633641
>>I go alone, as Jun Cheung.
Shadow within, shadow without.
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>>25633641

Also mention haven as a place to sent the orphans.
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>>25633682
>>25633691
These but with less capital letters.
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>>25633691
>>25633682

get adavan involved in this.
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>>25633691

be sure to apologize for our lack of subtlety.
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>>25633682
>>25633710
>>25633699
>>25633716
>Take Abby's best bodyguard away
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>>25633691
>>25633682
>>25633709

all of these ideas are wonderful.
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>>25633641
< First ...what in the nether is a Xephlax?>
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>>25633710
>>25633699
>>25633691
>>25633682
>HE GAINED ALL OUR SNEAKING POWERS NO?

I don't think so? Hey SM is this true?
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>>25633709

I brought that up plenty of time but SM hasn't responded o it yet so...yeah....
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Could we make suicide bomber golems?
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>>25633641
>implying I'd be so lucky as to have Fang aggressively try to double cross/exterminate us, giving us the excuse to grab Abby, Adavan and the probably tele-kill able by now Flint and high tail it back to Haven or (since there are legitimate concerns about being tracked) back to Flints home town to try offing/capturing the other half of the parasite's host.
I'm not lucky enough for us to have knocked the bar off as we cleared it.
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>>25633742

Shadow-ackbar?
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>>25633754
EREBUS ACKBAR!
Proper syllable count.
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>>25633725
>Fang is a massive pussy
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>>25633725
I'm worried about that too. With this plan, though, Fang should be able to guard her personally. Maybe get Flint and all the gargoyles on it too.
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>>25633725
That and it also breaks our plan of going in as Jun Cheung.

Speaking of which, we should probably try to find out as much as we can about how the guy acted.
If our acting is bad it won't matter how much we look like him.
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>>25633709

Earlier we were paranoid at mentioning Haven to Fang. He isn't aware of the 'camp' you have going. Are you sure you want him to know about Haven up front?

Speaking of, it's only 2 in-game days until the teleportation.

>>25633682

You can certainly consult Adavan; he is sneakier, because of your magic, but no where near as sneaky as you.

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<I'm going in alone,> you say. <I make sure Hae Cheung dies.>

"Good," Fang says. "Give me one hour."

What do you do?

>consult with Adavan
>speak with Abigail
>speak with Flint
>some other strategy
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If we had Disguise, we could have Fang come in with us, disguised as one of the other mooks we killed
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>>25633785
>consult with Adavan
>Implying that there is any other choice.
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>>25633779
>Speaking of which, we should probably try to find out as much as we can about how the guy acted.
>If our acting is bad it won't matter how much we look like him.

Already considered it. Fang will instruct you on this before you head in.
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>>25633779
Can telepathic communication be intercepted? If not adavan can play mission control
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>>25633785
>>consult with Adavan
Tell him that Fang figured it out. We tried to lie and blame the elf queen, but it fumbled.
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>>25633785
mention that we can take the children away to somewhere else if they are mind-wiped, without name-dropping or hinting at location.
>consult adavan
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>consult with Adavan
>speak with Abigail
>speak with Flint
Tell Adavan about this right away and then get a group conversation going.
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>>25633785
>adavan
This kind of thing isn't Flint's domain

Can we use Abby's gargoyles? A worthy distraction.
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>>25633779
Well, we could disguise Adavan as Fang. Fang might have the ability to make someone look spiritually like someone else, extrapolating from the previous thread. Would that work?
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>>25633785
>Speaking of, it's only 2 in-game days until the teleportation.
Be sure to remind us when it gets close, we'll probably forget, and it's probably something we should be there for.
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We really should ask Fang how strong Hae is, on a scale of Jun to someone like Auriel pre-fall.
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>>25633785

>Earlier we were paranoid at mentioning Haven to Fang.

OK, lets talk this people, I think having children in the camp will do some good to the mages and angels alike, It will give them something to build for a sense of hope and community away from revenge or war. Plus maybe we can convince to have Fang help a little in the form of supplies.
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>>25633814
That probably wouldn't work.

They are of the same element and both liches, but Adavan has nowhere near the spiritual "Mass" as Fang.

The guy radiates power.

Plus, fang isn't supposed to be directly connected to the killing.
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>>25633858
That barely-passing chance could have been Fang acting against us. We cannot trust him.
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>>25633785
>consult with Adavan
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You quickly move to find Adavan and explain the situation.

He sighs heavily. "...I didn't realize that they'd lost older methods in this day and age," he tells you. "I just wanted Fang to have one less chip on me - for emergencies. But it doesn't matter. I don't plan on giving anything up to him."

<He might not give you a choice.>

"Fang isn't the only powerful mage in Archon," Adavan says. "I've been regaining strength, quickly. Besides, he needs me for Abigail. I'm the only person in this entire city without a political agenda."

<Not a bad point,> you admit.

"So what's your plan? Walk right in?"

<More or less. I was thinking you might make good backup.>

Adavan considers that a moment. "I doubt I have the skill to get in undetected. We aren't all made of shadows. But...I could wait outside the grounds, in case of emergency. But Abigail would be that much less shielded."

What is your response?

>I need you for this; Fang can watch her for one night
>you're right. I'll handle it myself
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>>25633886

Why could he do that? How could it benefit him to harm Haven? He is smarter than that.
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>>25633785
eat tons of food for XP grinding?
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>>25633914
>you're right. I'll handle it myself
Solo this bitch.
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>>25633914
>I need you for this; Fang can watch her for one night

Just have him stand near her for the few hours we will be goned.
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>>25633914

Anything else I shouldn't mention?
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>>25633917
Leverage. He can't use Abby, so he threatens them to force us to listen. In the hypothetical, killing kids.
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>>25633914
>you're right. I'll handle it myself
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>>25633914
>you're right. I'll handle it myself
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>>25633914
>you're right. I'll handle it myself

Let's see if Flint could help...
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>>25633914
>>you're right. I'll handle it myself
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>>25633914
>>you're right. I'll handle it myself
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>>25633914
"wait outside. I may or may not bring you children to mindwipe and spirit away. this will be off of Fang's radar."
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>>25633917
He wouldn't kill them, but he would manipulate and use them as a weapon, which goes against the whole reason for freeing them.

>>25633964
We aren't going to be killing everyone, just assassinating the family head.

We have no reason to kidnap and mindwipe children now.
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>>25633964

>stealing and mindwiping children to indoctrinate them into your new city

Seriously /tg/, what the fuck. It's like JUSTICE and EVIL alternating with every post.

I can't stop laughing.
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>>25633914
>you're right. I'll handle it myself

Keep Abigail safe.
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>>25633959
>Flint
>Helping

Look, I like Flint and all.

But taking a trained assassin that can kill you by slamming himself on the ground on a mission where we want minimal casualties? NO.
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I think now is a good time to discuss whether we save up for pocket and storing the kids or haul them all out via juggernaut.
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>>25634007
You. I like you. You are a funny man.
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>>25633785
I have an alternative idea:
>kill so many of the family that they cannot hope to rule Archon within the next decade or so.
>DON'T kill so many that the cannot recover from this anymore!
This is a noble family. If there is a chance to recover from this and bring future generations to the top they won't be dumb enough to suicide by continuing their attack on the ruler.
>Kill the current head.
>Kill the oldest remaining heir.
>Kill the grand-parent generation.
This should be the bare minimum needed to ensure they will focus on rebuilding their power in the next few decades instead of striving for the top.


Second idea: A Show of Power
>Both one of Erebus' remnants and Hecate herself favor Abigail

1. Make Abigail an Angel in a big ceremony in front of everyone.
2. Ensure that Abigal will survive the next month or so.
3. Seriously try to find the keys for Hecate.
>We have good senses and some suspicions as to the whereabouts of some keys. We might even consider enlisting the help of Fang's spy network for this.
4. Come back with Hecate. Have her officially give her favor to Abigail.
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>>25634008
We aren't taking them.
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>>25634002

wait a minute

...of course...

It all makes sense now.

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Writing for SOLO MISSION.
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>>25633950

Doesn't likely, threatening to picking a fight with hundreds of mages and fifty angels doesn't seen like a smart move to try to get leverage on someone. It could be more likely that he could try to bride us with help for Haven than threatening it. Cheaper and with less risks.
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>mfw
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pity isolation wasn't repaired... oh well.
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>>25633858
I agree with bringing kids (with a little memory loss) to the camp. I see no reason why Fang needs to know about it.

Alternatively, I'm fine with relocating the entire Cheung Family and potentially using them as a weapon to destabilize Archon and undermine Fang if we ever have need to remove him from the game.
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Pic not related I hope?
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>>25634061
What? What makes sense? Now I'm scared.
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>>25634044
amending list
>Kill the current head.
>Kill the oldest remaining heir.
>Kill the grand-parent generation.
>kill the stronger of the mages still left.

Think about it Archon is a magocracy. Without powerful mages they aren't a contender for the spot.
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>>25634061
Is it bad that this post scares me more than any number of Doom Pauls ever could?
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>>25634044
>Second idea: A Show of Power
>Both one of Erebus' remnants and Hecate herself favor Abigail

This I like. It will make the angels go apeshit but that might even be a reason to do it on itself.
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>>25634090
We only wanted the kids because otherwise they would have died, now we're just going on an assassination mission for the ringleader(s).
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>>25634000
>we have no reason to kidnap and mind wipe the children now.
Besides the heavy implication that Fang is going to exterminate the entire family once we have breached their defenses and removed their heaviest hitter?
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>>25634075
If he wants the camp gone, he tells the angels about it. Secrecy is keeping it safe, and we shouldn't lower defenses with him yet.
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>>25634061
No. No Shadow stop. Shadow what are you doing no. Shadow don't be Erebus you're better than that. Shadow stop.
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>>25634090
I like this plan. I'm excited to be a part of it.
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<You're right,> you say. <You should stay with Abigail. I'll handle this alone.>

"Use caution," Adavan said. "Get in, do what you need to do, and get out."

Is there anything you'd like to do before seeing Fang?

>try to repair Isolation in your single hour (higher DC than normal)
>go speak with Abigail or Flint
>ask Fang about Jun Cheung, practice his mannerisms
>something else
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>try to repair Isolation in your single hour (higher DC than normal)
we might need it.
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>>25634170
ask aboot Jue Cheng
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>ask Fang about Jun Cheung, practice his mannerisms
To lower the chance of them figuring out something be up.
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>>25634170
>ask Fang about Jun Cheung, practice his mannerisms

Good looks along won't get us into the household.
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>>25634170
Practice mannerisms! We need to at least get in the door before we start failing left and right at things.
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>>25634170
>ask Fang about Jun Cheung, practice his mannerisms

We will need this more than Isolation.
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>>25634170
>>ask Fang about Jun Cheung, practice his mannerisms
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>>25634170
>>ask Fang about Jun Cheung, practice his mannerisms
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>>25634170
>ask Fang about Jun Cheung, practice his mannerisms
We deep cover now.
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>>25634170
>>ask Fang about Jun Cheung, practice his mannerisms
For as useful as having Isolation repaired slightly would be, this is going to be WAY more helpful for us in the short-term, and is guaranteed to help our infiltration efforts, rather than chancing getting Isolation working at capacity in the short time we have before the operation.
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>>25634090

Goddamn anon, you are a conniving bastard. If you had the resources this would be an awesome plan.

I swear, a /tg/ hivemind would be the greatest benevolent dictator. It's all those fantasy novels.
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>>25634170
jun cheung, then isolation.
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>go speak with Abigail or Flint
I'm assuming Fang is preparing stuff right now and will fill us in on mannerisms afterwards.
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>>25633964

That's more evil than just killing them.
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>>25634170
>ask Fang about Jun Cheung, practice his mannerisms
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>>25634170
>ask Fang about Jun Cheung, practice his mannerisms
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>>25634223

He will, but spending time practicing will lower a few DCs here and there.
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>assuming
>in Shadow Quest
>ever
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>>25634105
>Think about it Archon is a magocracy.
While technically true the criterion for leaders is not that they are the most powerful mages. They have to be elected by council members. Without or with little support even an extremely powerful mage will not become leader. Just think about how hard it is for Abigail, who not only is the most talented mage but also promoted by the Archmage himself.
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>>25634239
>He will, but spending time practicing will lower a few DCs here and there.

Well there you have it.
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>>25634239
>>25634242
Fair point. changing to mannerisms even if it's already a land slide.
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>>25634216
I am entirely unsure how to take this comment with regard to my suggestion. I'll just assume that's "Just as planned."
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>>25634170
>ask Fang about Jun Cheung, practice his mannerisms

As delicious as spagooti is, Shadow being Shadow is the last thing we need when acting like Jun Cheung.
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>>25634061
this is all so we can consume the children right? because everyone knows that orphan souls are the most delicious souls...
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You walk back to Fang's study. He seems to be working on a sort of spell. Balled up scraps of paper are scattered around the study. He snaps his fingers, and they throw themselves at one of the shiny, intricate contraptions that float through the room. They all vanish. "Yes? Not quite finished yet."

<What can you tell me about Jun Cheung?>

"That you're lucky," Fang said. "He was a man of few words, and little expression. A rock. Easy to emulate. But then, I'm sure he smiled at his wife, so make sure it's not a leer. There's mirrors upstairs. Speaking of, the family is large, so you can blend in. But you need to avoid anyone close - the spouse, his children."

<Right.>

"And wait until you have Hae in private before striking," he tells you. "You're the favored nephew, so he'll throw a tirade at you for your failure where the others can't see as a way of saving face. That's what you wait for. The problem will be making it through the evening to that point."

<Sounds like a plan.>

"Good. Now, we both have things to do." He begins to draw a sigil on a fresh paper.

You wander upstairs. There's a face mirror in the hall. You morph into Jun Cheung, and practice changing the expression in subtle ways - a slight frown, a small smile. It's a bit harder than you expect, at first, but it quickly becomes second nature.

"Ah!"

<Ah!>

Abigail is standing there, looking at you. "Who are you?!" You quickly return to your normal, shadowy form. "Oh! Mr. Shadow. I didn't know you could do that. Cool! Um..." Her voice gets small. "Um...sorry, about before."

Do you tell her anything?

>write-in
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>>25634380
Delicious yes, full of nourishing XP? As a rule, not so much.
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>>25634380

You tore my overarching plot into shreds.

The last critical piece for me to rewrite it has finally fallen into place.

It's all coming together.

But we've got a looooooooooooooong way to go.
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>>25634400

> <No, no you were right to speak up. If there were more people like you willing to speak up in the first place, then maybe there wouldn't be so many troubles for us to have to fight against.>
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>>25634400
You shouldn't be sorry for voicing your opinions Abby-Sabby.
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>>25634400
<Abby-Sabby, you have nothing to apologize for.>
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>>25634400

We should practice his voice as well.
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>>25634400
>you have nothing to apologize for. you should never be afraid to tell me when you think I go too far... as long as you are willing to listen to me when I tell you why.
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>>25634400
<Never apologize for voicing your opinions. Its only by sharing our true thoughts with each other that people can come to a true understanding.>
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>>25634414
So.... fast food?
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>>25634417
What can I say, we just can't say "yes" to force being fed easy XP. Or maintaining good relations with ruling powers.
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<Never lose that desire to keep others alive Abby-Sabby. I am proud of you for it. Always look for the other way... and only when you cannot find it should it come to death. I am afraid I have not always followed that path. But I try.>
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>>25634400
<Don't be. You were right to speak up, it's just this situation is very complicated. I've done my best to talk to your uncle about it. Don't worry.
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>>25634400
<Abigail, there is no need to apologize. That you feel that way for people who hate you for what you are is admirable.>
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>>25634485
>>25634477
>>25634470
>>25634469
>>25634434
>>25634443
All of them
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>>25634400
>>25634434
this
<Never forget to never be afraid to speak for what you believe in, it took me too long to learn that lesson myself. I will do everything I can to keep you safe and if any innocents can be saved then I will, but there are those I can never forgive for what they have planned. I will bring Justice not revenge.>
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Writing wise words for the daughteru
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>>25634525
>>25634505

I love how we're all on the same wavelength for write-ins tonight.
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>>25634527
>daughteru
shadow confirmed for Hikaru Genji.
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>>25634546
A rare event. Let us cherish it.
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>>25634002
>It's like JUSTICE and EVIL alternating with every post.
>>25634061
>...of course...
>It all makes sense now.
>>25634417
>You tore my overarching plot into shreds.
>The last critical piece for me to rewrite it has finally fallen into place.

Shadow occasionally relapsing into Erebu's personality the more shards he gains CONFIRMED
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>>25634470
This.

Also: <What I will do tonight will hopefully give us enough time to change them. The next decades will be a little bit harder with them hating us but if we do it right we will be able to finally achieve peace between your houses. Just don't expect it to be easy or quick.>
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>>25634476
>Easy EXP

We would be fighting a whole family of powerful mages.

The way we are going about it now, we ideally get to kill and eat the top mages one by one, avoiding the chaos of battle and the risk of losing the chance as eating one of them.

Any of the mages not important enough to kill probably would give only minimal exp anyway.
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>>25634549
Don't even think of that bullshit, anon.
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>>25634527
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>>25634555
[panic intensifies]
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gys pls thnk of wut u r doing pls

pls let us consder the word of Freidrich Nietzsche nd rember tht we should...

>"Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

pls gys i dunt post often cus i know you dont liek me pls so pls just consider the implications of our actons pls
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>>25634555

welp, time for the entire quest base to become even MORE paranoid about everything.
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>>25634578
Neat
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>>25634578
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>>25634597
But I like playing hopscotch with the Abyss. What do you have against Aby anyway?
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>>25634597
What? pls, pls, everyone loves you. Post more often.
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>>25634597
pls shut up pls
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>>25634652
>>25634654
Consistency!
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>>25634654
>>25634652

HA!
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<Never apologize for voicing your opinions. Its only by sharing our true thoughts with each other that people can come to a true understanding. You should never be afraid to tell me when you think I've gone too far...as long as you're willing to listen to me reasons, as well.>

"Oh," Abby says.

<That you feel that way for people who hate you is admirable. Never lose that, Abby-Sabby. I'm proud of you for it. Always look for a better way. Sometimes...it's hard. But if we don't do it, no one will. If we don't do it, how can we expect it from others?>

Abigail nods. "I won't. But sometimes...Uncle Yi just knows how to put it well, you know? And I don't know what to say back, but I feel like he's wrong. And it makes him sad because I feel like he knows, but he just does it anyway. Like a bad habit."

<...I know what you mean.> You pat her on the head. <Well, it's just up to us to make sure he breaks his habits.>

"...I don't know if I can."

<We won't know until we try.>

"I guess so." She gives you a quick hug. "Night, Mr. Shadow."

<Goodnight, Abigail.>

She runs off down the hall. You feel a bit better about the situation.

You turn.

You're a bit surprised. Fang is standing at the end of the hall. He gives you a raised eyebrow. "You're getting close, hmm?"

<I suppose so.>

"Going to break me of my habits?" Fang asks. "We'll see." He turns. "It's time. To the study."

You follow him down the stairs.

>con't
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>>25634597

pls, you're one of the good namefags. you don't herp-derp it up with your ideas, unlike the knob-gobbler who shall not be named. don't be afraid to talk.
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>>25634691
>"It's time. To the study."
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>>25634706
Scruffy?
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>>25634691
>"Going to break me of my habits?" Fang asks
you have no idea what we can convince people to do
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>>25634691

Practice doing the voice, I don't want to fuck it up becuase we forgot s detail.
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>>25634706
But if he starts talking, wouldn't that eventually lead to him herp-derping with ideas?
I feel like pls is the kind of namefag that realizes the potency of not being obnoxious. By only posting infrequently, he doesn't saturate the threads with any bad ideas he might have, and thus people are more inclined to listen to him when he does decide to speak.

pls is like Erebus in that by remaining above and beyond the thread, he attains a level of power that the standard Namefag can't really match.

TL;DR pls is Erebus
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>>25634780
I... I understand everything now.
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>>25634780

I second this motion.
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Fang casts his spell on you. You don't feel different, but the sigil under your feet and the bright orange lights around you certainly look complicated enough to work as advertised.

"Alright," Fang says. "Jun knows some basic teleportation, so I'm going to put you a few hundred feet from the edge of the manor. It won't be questioned. Your story is you barely escaped and spent the daylight hours making sure your trail was absolutely covered before returning home. Can you mimic his voice? Try me."

It takes you a few sentences to get the tone, but eventually you settle down on a good approximation of what you remember.

"That'll do," he says. "Get ready."

A teleport sigil appears under your feet. In a moment, you're no longer standing in the study, but on a paved road running between two wide hills. You walk forward with purpose.

Three guards a a strong spirit mage converge on your position almost immediately. They all stop and salute when they see you. "My lord," the mage says, bowing slightly.

What do you do?

>don't acknowledge him
>nod at him, continue on
>greet him openly
>something else
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>>25634780
Then who is Pls's Dave?
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>>25634780
pls confirmed for Erebus.
His might is evident in his commanding speech.
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>>25634824
>don't acknowledge him

Servants please.
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>>25634824
>>nod at him, continue on
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>>25634824

Don't acknowledge him.

WE ARE SERIOUS JUN

THIS IS OUR SERIOUS FACE
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>>25634780
Didn't Erebus get torn into tiny pieces at the conclusion of a war he sought to avoid?
Why do you want pls to die horribly?
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>>25634691
Fang, I convinced an Angel to turn her back on the Ring City, using romantic advice and logic regarding Ring City's "Capture and Enslave all Shadowmages" program. Keep that in mind.
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>>25634824
>don't acknowledge him
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>>25634824
>>don't acknowledge him
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>>25634824
>don't acknowledge him
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>>25634824
>>something else
break into dance
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>>25634828
Probably the one or two people that sometimes try to act like pls, aka the ones who post without the e-mail.

>>25634850
But both Erebus and pls are the kinds of guys who would split themselves into tiny pieces in a probably painful process in order to avoid such a conflict.

I'm telling you guys, pls is Erebus.
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>>25634824
>don't acknowledge him
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>>25634824
>nod at him, continue on
Stoic is the way to go for this.
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>>25634824
>>nod at him, continue on
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>>25634824
Nod at him, but make it short and quick, and continue on.

Cold is good, unresponsive is not.
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Confirmed for not acknowledging.

Writing.
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>>25634888
Woah, dude.

Mind=Blown

pls is Erebus
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>>25634949
you mean acknowledged not acknowledging
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>>25634888
Erepls
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... pls if pls is Erebus, then we are shards of pls.
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>>25635061
...what?
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You continue past the bowed men without acknowledging them. From what you've seen of Archon, it seems like an appropriate response. The men walk back and away as you pass without a word, then return to their patrol.

Lights begin to line the path, throwing a bright orange glow onto the surrounding road. You round the top of the hill, and finally lay eyes on the Cheung manor.

Expansive isn't the word you'd use. More like huge. The gardens alone would encompass the entirety of the Wong family home. The grounds contain more than one house, though the central building - more a castle, than anything - is at least enough to hold at least a hundred people comfortably. And their servants.

You walk up to the gates, resisting the urge to swallow. They open for you without a command or gesture. Guards line the path, bowing to you as you move forward. You ignore them, as before.

You enter the castle and find yourself in a huge atrium. A staircase leads up from a marble floor and splits off to the left and right, joining with a balcony that runs the length of the room. A chandelier lights the space brightly. It's quiet.

A woman bursts across the balcony. "Jun!" She runs down the stairs, taking them two at a time. She smells faintly of spirit. She wears a brown dress, but has short brown hair and a relatively mousy face. From the description Fang gave you, this must be Jun's wife. You expected her to be more...beautiful?

She throws her arms around you. Tears seep into your shoulder. You carefully create a wet spot on your illusion. "I was so worried. We thought...we thought that Fang...oh, Spirits..."

You feel a slight pang of guilt. This is a man with family...that loves him, apparently.

What do you do?

>be the rock
>soften slightly
>full-on warmth
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>>25635112
>soften slightly
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>>25635112
>soften slightly

Tell her we need to report first.
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>>25635112
>>soften slightly
I'm fine, it was close but I must speak with Uncle.
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>>25635112
>soften slightly
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>>25635112
>soften slightly
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>>25634400
But then, I'm sure he smiled at his wife, so make sure it's not a leer.

>>25635112
>soften slightly
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>>25635112
>>be the rock
She isn't our family.
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>>25635112
>soften slightly
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>>25635112

Oh SM, you cruel bastard.

>soften slightly
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>>25635112

soften slightly.
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>>25635132
>>25635140
>>25635141
>>25635142
>>25635145
>>25635146
>>25635153
>>25635156
Holy shit you all suck...
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>soften slightly
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>>25635163
holy shit, we know how to stay in character
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>>25635163
Got a better idea then nigger?
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>>25635112
>soften slightly
But only the slightest bit.

Also, dammit we were supposed to avoid his family.
>Knowing SM was never going to let that happen
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>>25635180
BE THE ROCK
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>soften slightly
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>>25635163
We are impersonating him you asshat.
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>>25635163
It's called acting.
See >>25634400.
"But then, I'm sure he smiled at his wife, so make sure it's not a leer."
>>25635112
"From the description Fang gave you, this must be Jun's wife."

We've basically been given this one on a platter, doing anything else would be stupid.
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>>25635193
BE. THE. ROCK.
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>>25635112
I would laugh if sm meant literally, and we turned to jello.
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>>25635112
>be the rock

<I am fine. I must speak with my uncle. Where is he?>
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>>25635163
Guy, it's not about being a bleeding-heart, it's about staying in character. and also sort of about being a bleeding-heart, shut up.

>>25634400
>"That you're lucky," Fang said. "He was a man of few words, and little expression. A rock. Easy to emulate. But then, I'm sure he smiled at his wife, so make sure it's not a leer. There's mirrors upstairs. Speaking of, the family is large, so you can blend in. But you need to avoid anyone close - the spouse, his children."

We're keeping in character by softening the stony exterior slightly around loved ones, and then immediately attempting to excuse ourselves to go talk to his uncle so we don't spend more time around his loved ones than is necessary.
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>>25635188
I have the feeling that everyone is picking "Soften slightly" while interpreting it as acknowledging her and stonily comforting her, not turning to mush or ignoring her entirely.
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>>25635212
>full-on warmth
>she melts
>castle on fire
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>>25635207
Fuck rocks. Rocks can go get my Rocks off.

>>25635112
>soften slightly
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You're not sure if you're acting, but you do feel pity. You soften slightly.

You give her a small smile. "...I'm alright."

"Where are the others? Did they...?"

You just shake your head. "I should report to the councilor."

"...yes, of course. I'm sorry." She looks up at you. "I know...I know he asked you to do that. But please, it's not worth it. Try to convince him...we can't face the Fangs. He listens to you."

What is your response?

>I promise
>I'll speak with him on the matter
>You know I can't do that
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>>25635112
Seriously? No. No, guys. We be the rock. We be the rock so hard, we let her know what the rock is cookin'.
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>>25635230
>I'll speak with him on the matter

"I'll talk to him about it."

Then go see the Councilor.
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>>25635232
3late
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>>25635230
>>I'll speak with him on the matter
I can try, but you know how he is
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>You know I can't do that
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>>25635230
>I'll speak with him on the matter
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>>25635230
I will speak to him about it.
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>>25635230
>>I'll speak with him on the matter
And when we see him, snap neck and CONSUME
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>>25635230
>I can't promise anything
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>>25635230
"I'll do what I can. I'll see you soon."

Leave.
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>>25635230
>I'll speak with him on the matter

Also: "We can't face the Fangs."
I realize that it's referring to his whole house, but fuck if I'm gonna stop this from being Yi's new nickname.
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>>25635230
>I'll try.

>>25635232
Not Rock for the win!
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>>25635230
>I'll speak with him on the matter
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>>25635230
>you know I can't do that
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locked in for a try but no promises
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>>25635230
Welp, at least we know that members of the house seem to not want this like our target does. At least a good sign in favor of not killing them all working out.

>I'll speak with him on the matter
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"I'll speak with him on the matter...but you know he is."

"Too well," she says. She grabs you by the collar and stares you in the face. "I love you, Jun. Don't you dare die for that old man's grudge." And with that, she releases you, and forges up the stairs.

She spares a glance for someone coming down. Another man - you're pretty sure it's Hae Cheung's second son - Bal - by his hooked nose and black hair. She flinches slightly, then politely bows, and waits until he drifts down to continue walking. She slips into a door at the top of the stairs.

"Women, huh, Jun?" Bal says easily. "Still don't know how a stone like you fell for a little monsoon like her. You could have married better, anyway."

What is your response?

>shrug
>"maybe"
>bow briefly, but remain silent
>"the councilor will be waiting"
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>>25635375
>>shrug
BE THE ROCK
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>>25635375
>bow briefly, but remain silent
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>>25635375
>bow but remain silent.
be the rock.
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>>25635375
>"the councilor will be waiting"
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>bow briefly, but remain silent
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>>25635375
>"the councilor will be waiting"

Lets play it all business.
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>>25635375
>bow briefly, but remain silent
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>>25635375
>"the councilor will be waiting"
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>>25635375
>"the councilor will be waiting"

No time for chitchats.
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>>25635375
>shrug
Guilt sucks...

Oh well.
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>>25635375
>>bow briefly, but remain silent
or
>>"the councilor will be waiting"
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>>25635375
>>"the councilor will be waiting"
Jun obviously cared about his family, so he probably wouldn't be happy with Bal's insinuation, and would want to ignore it and move on to the business at hand so as not to start any sort of unnecessary argument over it.
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>>25635375
>"the councilor will be waiting"
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>>25635375
>>"the councilor will be waiting"
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"councilor will be waiting" locked in
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>>25635375
Bow. Silence. Look of disapproval. Continue with look til he looks away.
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>>25635494
damn SM, only you could make me feel bad about shadow blasting someone in the chest
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>>25635498
maybe a slight tightening of the eyes
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>>25635511
>Shadow blasting all over someone's chest
FTFY
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>>25635453

Plus we got the excuse of almost dying during the assassination attempt, so we can give him a cold shoulder. Bal seems like the the opposite to Jun, much like many brothers.
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gys pls think of wut ur doing pls gys

can we relly call ourselves Justice if we just blndly play the asasin?

cn we relly hope to buld a haven for peeple if we resolve to murdr a house full those who wish nothng mor than the prosperity of their son s and daughters?

gys pls we r not God despite the strngth we hve pls

on wut authority pls r we the judge and the executioner pls in this situation pls tell me pls
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>>25635522
all over, more like straight through
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>>25635522
>Shadow blasting all over Abby's chest
FTFY
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>>25635511
Anon, just remember this: It is for the loli
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>>25635375
>"I love you, Jun. Don't you dare die for that old man's grudge."

Well, maybe we could make it look like Jun died stopping Hae so she can remember him as dying a martyr instead of dying trying to kill a little girl. It would also cause some in-house strife and maybe free them up from fucking with us.
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>>25635531
Jesus Christ just shut up alreeady
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>>25635512
Someone get me a disapproving look pic! STAT!
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>>25635531
That's not near his posting style.
At least impersonate him well.
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we have no body to leave behind.
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>>25635554
okay ;_;
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>>25634577

really? you sure about that?

>>25635540
>>25635542
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>>25635531
what was their right to judge and execute Abby? you preach fine and all but this isn't an argument. this is an old man using his family on an old grudge. those who wish to side with Fang can be given mercy but you know full well others simply have no right to live after condemning a young girl
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>>25635531
you might have gone overboard with the amount of pls in your plea, pls.
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>>25635522
Holy shit, apparently you can actually cum black. It has to do with dead blood cells or something in your semen.
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>>25635531
We're just killing the one dude and, like, a few other dudes if he implicates them during our conversation. Not the whole house. Reading comprehension pls.
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>>25635592
that's not pls. it's an imposter.
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>>25635511
This just means that when we DO get around to getting the Uncle alone, before killing him, we get to tell him that even above and beyond our judgement on any of his grudges against Fang, his machinations have cost at least one family a loved one for no gain beyond his political greed, which is, in and of itself, an evil worthy of punishment.

that is until something goes terribly awry like SM is probably steepling his fingers and cackling in preparation for
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>>25635531
>impling pls would post more than once in a thread about anything other than being sorry for something

tobb lel
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Guys, CLEARLY what we should do is leave a note somewhere for our not!wife explaining like "I had to do it, I wasn't going to ruin our family for that old man's plans. I'm sorry."
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Yi Fang said if the shadow elemental was moving around he would have noticed it because of the fortresses sensors.

What if it just found one place to stay?
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>>25635540
>>25635542

Well, that escalated quickly.

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"The councilor will be waiting," you say.

"Isn't that like you," Bal says, "dancing around the question? Can't comment on your own marriage?"

Deciding that Jun Cheung has said enough, you give Bal a disapproving look.

Bal sighs. "Have it your way. It would be disappointing if I ever got a rise out of you, anyway. Wouldn't know what to do with myself. Dance on your grave, maybe?" He cracks a sharp grin, then turns around and heads back up the stairs. "Let's go. Father's waiting."

You follow him through halls and up stairs. Most of the stone is dotted with lights and tapestries, and every hall is carpeted. Every intersection has a table holding a vase containing fresh flowers - all tiger lillies, bright orange with black spots. The place is immaculate, but you don't see a single servant.

You pass another intersection. Bal grins back at you. "Hey, remember that one servant that knocked over the vase here?"

What is your response?

>stare at him with an impatient look
>"not really"
>"how could I forget?"
>roll your eyes
>show no change of expression
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>>25635646
>stare at him with an impatient look
They likely don't have servants.
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>stare at him with an impatient look
he is testing us. we were wrong.
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>>25635646
>>stare at him with an impatient look
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>>25635646
>show no change of expression
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>>25635646
>stare at him with an impatient look
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>>25635646
>stare at him with an impatient look
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>>25635646
>impatient look
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>>25635646
>show no change of expression
BECOME ROCK
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>>25635646
>show no change of expression
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>>25635646
>stare at him with an impatient look
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>>25635646
>stare
there are no servants. he's testing us.
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>>25635546

Get her to take all the children away and live a life free from revenge or old grudges far away from Archon. She lives to remember her husband one moment outside his rock like persona as one of trying to get a better life to her family outside the cycle of revenge.
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>>25635646
>>show no change of expression
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>>25635646
>Well, that escalated quickly.
>>25635569
>really? you sure about that?

It's like people can't recognize jokes. Whatevs.
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>>25635646
>show no change of expression

We have no time for your shit cousin.
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