Last thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/25801190/This is Yellowman Quest, where you play mysterious voices in the head of a scout commander named Scott Yellowman that advise him. Yellowman, along with a trio of tiny aliens, a newman paladin, and a New Vegas bouncer, are caught up in an interdimensional death race for a grand prize of a wish.Currently, Yellowman and company have just arrived in Central City, the capital of Amestris. Their goal is to find a way to reach the Gate of Truth and pass through in order to reach the next stage. Being that none of them are alchemists, this is problematic."OK, so we're in a dark alley, it's winter, and we need to find an alchemist," Charlie recites, checking the ammunition in his looted pulse rifle. "If there's a bar or something, I could try to schmooze it up and see what information we could gain.""Might be something, but I have a feeling a bar isn't going to cut it for information gathering on using forbidden rituals to access an otherworldly gate," Yellowman says, leaning against a building. "If we knew when in the timeline we were, we'd be better off.""Well that's something Charlie could find out at a bar, right?" Elyse asks, blinking. "Oh! It's winter... Was it winter anytime in the timeline? I can't remember.""Hey! Hey Commander! Hey!" Pot says, excitedly, hopping up and down on his hover-disc. "I just had a great idea! If you call us chimera that you own, you won't have to hide us!""But what about explaining your flying discs?" Elyse asks. Pot stops hopping."...Zarg it to frumph!" the fungal tube exclaims, slumping down to sulk.
>>25919400Instead of flying around, FFP could simply stay landed on top of the Luggage. The Luggage itself would be enough to call it an Intelligent Chimaera.
>>25919400I think the first thing we should do is go around, and find a pawn shop. We could pawn off some of the gold and silver coins for local clothing and cash, which would be essential to blending in.Then Charlie and Scott could go to a bar and try to get some information to see when we are in the series.
>>25919512"Good idea!" Fat says, the three aliens landing on top of the trained mimic.>>25919579If this is what you're doing, I only need a single d100 roll. Due to the crit on Lore last thread, the others autopass.
Rolled 11>>25919776>winterNot the Manga or the 2009 anime.
Rolled 71, 99, 40, 82, 68, 17, 35, 64, 34, 29 = 539How bad is our dice seed?
Rolled 90, 47, 75, 58, 57, 79, 8, 9, 67, 54 = 544>>25919905
>>25919794>14Fuck, how badly are we getting fucked by this?
>>25919825So one of the movies then?
>>25919794Your motley group makes it ways out of the dark alley and searches around until you find a pawn shop, attempting to remain as inconspicuous as possible.It doesn't work.Though the streets are mostly deserted at this time of night, the few passers-by visibly gawk at your passing, many stopping whatever they were doing to stare.Finally, you come to a small stone building with a sign outside that reads "Jug's Pawn."It's closed, as have been most of the stores you have passed.
>>25920031>closedArgh! Scott, check the business hours listed, if any.Also, if there's still any passerby still around, ask one of them what time it is, and if there's someplace we can stay for the night. We'll just have to see if a local will take a silver coin instead of bills.We should probably come up with a cover story, such as us being from a nation beyond Creta or Aerugo.We could just say you're from America, Scott, and the story might work.
>>25920191"Open from 6 AM to 8 PM," Scott reads."HEY YOU!" Charlie shouts at man in a greatcoat who looks like he's trying to ignore the group. "WHAT TIME IS IT?!""F-f-five AM!" the man hastily responds before walking away quite swiftly."We're not far from dawn, then," Elyse notes.
>>25920304Huh, only an hour until the place opens.Hey, you guys are probably hungry. Scott, take out the cloaks you got from the Oglaf world, and put them on. This is a world that knows guns, and we're in a country that's pretty close to Nazi Germany (but without the Jews because those untermensch Ishvalans have been mostly exterminated already), so you should hide your rifles. Might be also good to take off your helmets for now. Elyse, you should let your hair down to disguise your ears.The policeman disguise you've got might work to make you a little less conspicuous.Since we've got an hour, let's see if we can find a diner that's open early for the morning shift. This is a decently industrialized nation, so there should be one around.
>>25920430"Elyse, take off the helmet and let your hair down, try to fluff it out a bit so your ears... uh..." Scott begins to instruct as Elyse does as told. It becomes obviously fairly fast that hair isn't going to do it, the newman's ears being long enough to poke though her hair no matter how it was arranged."Oh well," Scott shrugs. "Cloaks on, helmets off, and let's try to find a place for breakfast.">Roll a d100 when ready to proceed.
Rolled 81>>25920617Oh god, we're going to fail so horribly.
>>25920617Remember to ask if a few silver coins is acceptable before ordering; we don't have cash yet.
>>25920617It's probably going to be a bit difficult at this time of the day, but try not to get any really greasy/fatty fare, if you can afford it. It can make you real sluggish if you eat too much fatty bacon or sausage.
>>25920713"Thanks, moooom," Scott says, rolling his eyes."You know, you keep talking to yourself, I'm going to start wondering about you," Charlie remarks."Never you mind," Scott replies as the group walks through the streets. "Over there... That a diner?"On a street corner is a tiny building, almost a stand, with a counter with stools. A sign declaring it to be "Quick Eats" hangs above it, roughly painted onto an oak plank. Despite the rough looking nature of the establishment, the distinct smell of frying bacon and sizzling eggs wafts from over the counter. As the group nears it, they see a fat man tending a small kitchen area directly behind the counter."A real meal..." Elyse sighs with anticipation. "It seems like months since I've had one...""Hey, cook!" Scott calls as the group closes the distance and takes seats. The cook turns and promptly does a double take at everyone, cloaks not really doing a hot job as disguises up close. "I'm short on cash, will you take pure silver coins?""What?" the cook asks, confused before Yellowman dumps the nine silver coins he has on the counter. The cook frowns. "Your spare change might get you an egg or two... huh. I've never seen coins like these..."
>>25920929Try to bluff him a bit, Scott."Yeah, they're from out past Aerugo. Not sure what the real exchange rate is to Cenz, but it's pure silver, so it should be worth more than about 1000 Cenz, easy."1 Cenz is equal to 1 Yen, which is about 1 cent.
>>25921013"How do I know it's pure silver?" the cook asks.
>>25921071Got a sulfur match? When combined with burning sulfur, pure silver gains a black mark that combined alloys and other metals such as Nickles don't. This doesn't hurt the coin either, and can be cleaned off with Vinegar.
>>25921071"Well, you could test it one of three ways; bounce the coins against each other and listen for the higher tone, burn some mustard on the coin to see if it develops silver sulfide, or use a pair of matches and burn one match against a coin with the other to develop silver sulfide."Come to think of it, instead of just a pawn shop, a jeweler might be a better option to offload these coins; they'll be able to tell the purity better, and give us a better price.
>>25921214>>25921241"Huh.... you sound like one of them alchemists..." the cook murmurs, rummaging around and producing a match. When he applies it to the silver coin and the predictable result is obtained, he hastily sweeps the nine coins away into a pouch on his apron. "Right then! The house special! Times three! Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and fresh orange juice!""If we eat too much, we-HURK!"Scott is cut off as Charlie and Elyse cover his mouth with their hands in unison."I am HUNGRY!" Elyse hisses."I'm sick of raw bear meat and trail rations!" Charlie mutters. "Just give us this!""...it'll be good for morale," Scott finishes lamely as the cook goes to work.
So. . . Chef. I've been away for quite a while. What's the recent news? I heard rumors of a library burning down.
>>25921350"So hey, what's happening around in Central nowadays. As you can tell, I've been out for a while. Haven't been here since, oh, that big military exhibition match between the Flame Alchemist and the Full Metal Alchemist, back in 1913.
>>25921536Wait, that happened in East City. Make sure that we say "that big military exhibition match in East City".
>>25921566I agree. If we are to ask any questions, I'd rather keep it vague just in case it hasn't happened yet, regardless of how unlikely that case is.
>>25921536>>25921566Also, take out the date.The dates are different between the 2003 and 2009 FMA series; we want to be vague because we don't have confirmation of which series we're in.
>>25921536>>25921566>>25921597>>25921606Okay, so we're changing it to:"So hey, what's been happening around Central nowadays? As you can tell, I've been out of Amestris for a while. Haven't been through Central since, oh, a little before that big military exhibition they had in East City."This sound agreeable to everyone?
>>25921637good for me.
>>25921637"You've been away for quite some time then," the cook says, mixing some batter. "Probably for the best. Central Command went and conducted an experiment that had everyone collapse all at once! We had a bit of a coup when Mustang and Armstrong went and heh... relieved them of command. Bradley's dead too, though what exactly happened there is still under investigation. Not a time to be a stranger in this city, especially with that weird get up. You're liable to get investigated by the police."
>>25922092>We had a bit of a coup when Mustang and Armstrong went and heh... relieved them of commandWait...that's after episode 51 of the 2003 anime.We might not be in any of the anime series or the manga. This could be the first FMA movie, Conqueror of Shamballa."Yeah, I know about the clothes. We were about to go across the street to the pawnshop for something less foreign. You know of a jeweller's we could go to? Figure a jeweller could give us a better price on my old ma's earrings than a pawnshop."
>>25922092Oh, how long ago did that happen? Couple months?
>>25922368"Sure do. Try Emil's on Fifth," the cook says, pouring the batter into a pan.>>25922369"Last month, truth be told. City's still in a bit of a state over it," the cook replies.
>>25922092>Central Command went and conducted an experiment that had everyone collapse all at onceI don't remember this happening in the 2003 anime, but I think it happens in the 2009 anime and the manga, as part of the Nationwide Transmutation Circle.
>>25922571"Mustang...Mustang...Oh, NOW I remember him! Isn't he the Flame Alchemist? And Armstrong, the Strong Arm Alchemist?"Wait...I had heard that there was third State Alchemist with them...the Full Metal Alchemist? What happened to him?"All three were somewhat famous, so asking about them shouldn't be too weird.
>>25922711"What? No, his sister, the Major-General," the cook says, flipping a pancake up into the air. "Though I'm pretty sure Strong Arm was involved too. Not sure what happened to Full Metal."
>>25922711If Armstrong's sister is around, this has to be either the 2009 anime or manga.Damn, and I was hoping we'd just need to go to the ruins and open the gate to leave.
>>25922889After a few more minutes, the cook passes out plates filled with pancakes, bacon, and sausage."Eggs will be up in a minute," he says, turning back to the kitchen.Charlie begins eating like a starving man, shoveling the food into his mouth and loudly chewing. In stark contrast, Elyse slowly chews each bite, an expression of supreme contentment on her face. Yellowman sighs and begins to eat quietly and quickly.
>>25923177>pancakesFinally YMQ is up to speed with /tg/'s quests!
>>25922889>>25923177We should just make sure of directions to the Jeweler's place, Emil's on Fifth. Also, if this is the 2009 anime or the manga, then, if I remember right, the series is already over.The opening of the Gates happened already, and they've been closed, and Ed has lost his alchemy powers.And how will we get them to open the Gate without sacrificing a life?
>>25923549Well, that's just one way to reach the gate, right?Either we need to find a loyal yet morally bankrupt alchemist to do the stuff for us, or we need to find a way to do the same thing, but with divine magic. Elyse may not be powerful enough to call upon divine favor to open up doors between dimensions, but perhaps studying up on how alchemy works and trying to fill in the gaps using divine magic could work. That's a pretty long-term solution, however.
>>25923620>That's a pretty long-term solution, however.One we don't have time for.Or at least, not too much time.There are the other racers to consider; though since we know where we are in the timeline is after all of the ready-made transmutation circles have already been expended, and the only ones who could possibly do them again are likely still here in Central (Ed and Al haven't left for Resembool yet), we could have a bit of time on our side as the other racers search for a physical portal that doesn't exist.
>>25923549Scott doublechecks the directions as Charlie finishes his plate and leans back with a loud belch. Elyse has only managed to finish the bacon, while Scott is almost done."I'm stuffed," Charlie sighs. "Can't eat another bite.""Eggs are done," the cook says, scooping out scrambled eggs into three bowls and pushing them forward."Nevermind what I said earlier," Charlie says as he begins to dig in yet again.
>>25923699>>25923620Wait, how much about this anime do the other Racers actually know?Charlie wasn't Meta-Aware, and neither was Six-Slash Sam. But the Ghost we met back in the last world seemed to be somewhat Meta-Aware, and Conti definitely is. There's still Radical Ed and that Star Wars bounty hunter that may not be Meta-Aware. But that Spectre that the Ghost warned us about might be Meta-Aware.We might not have as much time as we think we do.
>>25923745Scott, how far away is this Jeweler's, and when will it open?We might be best served exchanging just 1 or 2 Gold coins at the pawnshop to get some clothes that won't stick out, and then exchanging 20 Gold coins at the Jeweler's for some Cenz.
>>25923906"Opens at 8, and a good eighteeen minutes away, I'd say," Scott mentally replies.
>>25924030I forgot the pastebin links for this thread. Sorry. Scott http://pastebin.com/80icAktC Elyse http://pastebin.com/Szz1ZEzX Charlie http://pastebin.com/mvs87SkZ FFP http://pastebin.com/EA0d1LdJ Summary Card http://pastebin.com/CMRBUjSB
>>25924030And the Pawn Shop opens at 6, and we've been warned about police patrols that might pick us up. Yeah, it sounds like we should get usable clothes at the Pawnshop, do a bit of poking around for the Full Metal Alchemist, and then go to the jeweler's for local cash in 2 hours.Anyone got anything against this plan?
>>25924089Nope.What if, we purposely trail a little in this race to make sure someone else opens the Gate for us? After all, this is a gate that takes away shit from people, right?
>>25924089I have to leave early tonight, but to make up for it (and the late start today), I'll try to pick up the thread early tomorrow. Before I go, I can resolve this, though. Roll 2d100.
Rolled 24, 98 = 122>>25924195Come on double Nat 1.
>>25924306>98Turns out, due to the law against transmuting gold, that pure gold is more valuable.
Rolled 83, 86 = 169>>25924195
Dammit guys, we really should have finalized Scott's scores before we had to roll.+3 Longarms/Rifles+2 Heavy Weapons+2 Investigation+3 Repair/Engineering+Health+Charisma+Intelligence+Perception+Intelligence+Wounds+LeadershipElyse:"Practice Makes Perfect"Through gaining experience in combat casting, Elyse is able to cast spells that she has experience with much easier.Spell types (fireball, healing, scrying) which Elyse has used at least 3 times previously can be cast at an additional bonus of +25 on top of Spellcasting skill.
>>25924306The man called "Jug" at the pawnshop rips you off. Despite Yellowman's repeated and many arguments, Jug insists that the clothes are going to cost a full five gold coins. "That's the best I can do," he says with a shrug as Scott lays down the money with much grumbling.>98Things go much, much better at the jeweler's, though. The jeweler offers an exchange rate of 10,000 Cenz for each coin. You must decide how many coins to exchange. In addition, through the store window, Scott manages to see a patrol of black-coated military police searching for something or someone along the street.And now I'm off. See you tomorrow!
>>25924655>the pawnshop rips you off.Quite Honestly, I'd be much more surprised if he had gotten a fair deal at the pawnshop.
>>25924655We have 37 gold coins and 7 coppers.I think we should exchange for at least 20 gold coins. That'll leave us with 17 gold coins in case we either need more cash or there's another world after this and we need to use the gold.Also, for the clothes, I hope we got a hat that can hid Elyse's ears, and least got some suits and greatcoats for Scott and Charlie.We should also hide our armor and guns in the Luggage. We can keep the pistols, though, and maybe cover Elyse's photon sword.And we definitely should wait until the patrol has gone past us before going out there.
>>25924807The FMA Canon and Amestris have firearms, and shotguns are one of them.Should we visit a gun store after this to load up on shotgun shells and maybe some more rifle bullets?Or, since Central City seems to be on alert, perhaps we should wait until where we're out in the country, and purchases of shotgun shells for game hunting makes more sense and would raise less suspicions?
So, any ideas on getting to the Gate?Should we get in contact with Armstrong or the Elrics for help?Wait, why are we assuming that the Gate has to be created? Isn't it more likely that the Race Organizers have already set up a Gate transmutation circle in the remains of where Father and Edward had their last battle? The Announcer did say that we wouldn't have to leave the city to find it.
>>2592480720G = 200,000 CenzI suppose that might be enough as long as we don't go for big purchases.
>>25936641No Homunculus Love Slaves then?
>>25936697This Canon's Homonculi are not ones you want as love slaves. Eclipse Phase, Glasshouse, or Shadowrun would be better. Maybe also Neuromancer.
>>25924807It's easy enough to wait in the shop before leaving to wait for the police to pass, but you still need a destination.You exchange 20 gold coins for 200,000 Cenz, which should hopefully be enough for any expenses you incur in your short stay.
>>25938250Guys, I have an idea on where the Gate may be set up. There's a few points where the Gate has been opened up, and most of them are in the main administrative building in Central (the one in the center of the city that all the main roads feed into.)It's gonna be risky as all hell, but perhaps we should wander by the place and see if the cards react, and if so how strongly. If we don't get any reactions then we can look elsewhere.The three places to think of in/around the building are the final battle location in the 2009 anime, Father's laboratory/lair down in the guts of the building, and where that one Alchemist and Pride forced open a Gate for Mustang. Or we could do a simple circuit of the city checking for pulses?
>>25938250Still waiting on destination.>>25938957Is it Central?
>>25939621Since we don't have a definite location, lets first go where the final battle was fought. Scott should know where approximately it is located.
>>25939676Wait, were there taxis? I think there were. Lets flag one down; why walk ( and possibly be picked up by a police patrol) when we can ride?
>>25939709You look around for a taxi but don't see one. If they're here, they're not in the area.>>25939676Roll a d100 please.
Rolled 42>>25939902I got a bad feeling about this.
Rolled 32, 47, 94, 13 = 186>>25940105The sun is rising in the sky after all the sales are finalized and disguises in place. The once-deserted streets are now flowing freely with people going about their everyday lives, though there seems to be a high police presence. Patrols are common, soldiers and police wary.The team is only halfway to central before an explosion booms in the distant on the other side of the city.A cautious murmuring begins to sweep through the crowds, one that rises in volume as a second and third explosion join the first two.
>>25940378Well, looks like it's "Get the fuck outta here" o' clock! Is there anything distinctive about the explosions?Also, watch out for snipers. Might wanna start edging closer to the side of a building as you move to help deter sudden sniper action.Might be the bounty hunter, or someone else with bombs... Or Mustang frying someone. He can cause explosions.
>>25940378Could be anything from State Alchemists doing demolition/construction work to one of the other Racers. Don't draw attention to ourselves, Scott, and see how other people are reacting. Let them move before moving yourself.
>>25940510From this distance you can't tell much about the explosions.Scott's card begins to pulse.Are you still moving towards Central Command, then?
>>25940705Wait, can Scott concentrate on the card and see which direction the Racer is in? Are they towards Central Command?
>>25940666People aren't panicking, but they're uneasy, and judging from the movements of the police, this probably isn't something anyone planned for. Scott overhears one nearby officer yelling at his men to go find out "what the hell is going on" and report back.
>>25940746"They're somewhere to my left," Scott mentally replies. "And they're close."
>>25940769Is there a storefront or something with a window you can use to see behind you with a reflection or something? You know.. Without making it obvious you're looking?While you try to do so, clandestinely gesture to Charlie and Elyse that we've got company to the left. DO NO MAKE IT VISIBLE TO ANYONE ON YOUR LEFT. Be ready to quick-draw a gun or something.
>>25940769Alright, continue towards Central Command, and tell the others to watch out. If we're lucky, and we get ten to shoot first and act like panicked civilians, we could get the police and military patrols to go after the other Racer.
>>25940769Keep moving, let them be the distraction if they really want. Keep an eye out for the other racer though.
>>25940830Scott motions to Charlie and Elyse with his hands to watch out to the left as surreptitiously as possible while he walks closer and closer to a window.Roll 1d100, please.
Rolled 21>>25940954Please don't murder us.
Rolled 83>>25940954This could have gone better.
>>25940998Scott stares intently into the window, gazing at reflection after reflection as the crowd moves around behind him. So caught up in trying to pick a suspicious figure out from the uneasy masses of people behind him, he totally forgets to check the FRONT.A massive man spins from an alley to Scott's left, a blur of red with his fists stretched outward as he comes to a stop a few feet in front of Charlie and strikes a pose. Flexing muscle on muscle, scars cover almost every inch of the huge man's body, with a beard and mohawk the only hair on his head."Bodies of IRON!" the man booms, flexing again as another man bounds from the shadows. This one is dressed in a garish yellow jumpsuit that barely contains his immense rolls of fat, with a long topknot reaching down to his waist."I am OVERFLOWING with charisma!" the fat man declares, taking up a martial arts stance next to the first."SETTING HEARTS ABLAZE!" the two roar in unison, as they switch poses. "THE! SPAAAACE CYCLONES!" they shout, putting emphasis on every word as they change poses at least five more times."Z-Zangief and Rufus!" Scott shouts, scrambling back to put a little distance between them.
>>25941315Someone needs to get Armstrong over here. He's the only one who could fight them effectively. Scott, it may be prudent to retreat into a police patrol so that the locals face off against Zangief and Rufus.
>>25941377Wait! We may have a chance! I've read that Zangief is good natured and likes drinking. Perhaps we can befriend them by suggesting that we know of a man here who may be able to outflex Zangief and offer to buy them a drink.
>>25941315We should distract Zangief by setting his heart on fire.Are there any cute guys around as a decoy?
>>25941315Uhmm... Run The Fuck Away O' Clock?Run The Fuck Away O' Clock.Screaming, panicking, and general getting the hell away from here should set off the police in the area, giving us time to escape?
>>25941315"Holy Shit it's Zangief and Rufus! I was hoping to meet you guys, I'm a big fan. Dude let me buy you a drink, and tell you guys about someone I heard of around here. I think he might be able to outflex even you Zangief!"
>>25941455What kind of guy does Zangief hit on?
>>25941526Not if no one else reacts and the two wrestlers continue flexing. This might work >>25941441If we tell them that there is a person here, scion of the great Armstrong lineage, who is said to have a toned body that is better than them. But I think Armstrong went with Mustang to the East, so it may not work.
>>25941583Roll a d100. This will be a Bluff roll, so +5 Charisma, and +11 Bluff.
Zangief is gay. How do we use this fact to distract him?
>>25941691Is that with the level up we got?
>>25941762Good eye. No, so +6 Charisma.
Rolled 79>>25941691ATOMIC BLUFF DRIVER!
Rolled 69>>25941691We are so utterly fucked.
>>2594182179+17= 96. You passed the DC by 1."No time for drink! But...where is this flexy-man?!" Zangeif bellows. "My card pulses and my fists ache for fight, but you DO seem tiny. Tell me where challenge is!""Yeah!" Rufus puts in. "And tell us everything you know about that gate!"
>>25942063"The man you seek is Alex Louis Armstrong, known as the Strong Arm Alchemist. The soldiers around here may know where he is now. "The Gate is Alchemical, so you'll have to find an Alchemist to create it."If we get them chasing down State Alchemists, we might be able to use them as a distraction so that security around the ruins goes down.
>>25942063Scott, best pokerface, please. For the love of Desna, best pokerface. How about the following, guys?"You see those guys over there in the uniforms? The blue or black ones running around? Go over to them and ask for a man named Alexander Louise Armstrong.. And yes, he lives up to his last name.As for the Gate? All we know is it's in the city.. Probably in the direction of those explosions? We were thinking about going the long way around to let the situation sort itself out before we stuck our noses in.. You know, let the fighters still there rest up and get ready for another go if need be."
>>25942194If you can't find Alex, I think his Sister is in the city. Look for Olivia and she'll be able to tell you where to find hi,
>>25942194Dude, why are we telling them about harassing Alchemists? All that's gonna do is get the authorities to scream for every Alchemist in the area to bust out their combat Alchemy and organize manhunts... We need to sneak, not draw attention to the Race.Misdirection, bro. Misdirection. Like I said in >>25942212.
>>25942194>>25942212I need to know which to use.
>>25942433I vote for >>25942212.
>>25942433I vote for >>25941843
>>25942433Vote for >>25942194Because the description of the two harassing Alchemists will make all police and military units to look for people that don't look like us.Also with their straightforward approach, Zangief and Rufus will make it easier for the Central forces to concentrate on them, and not look for us.
Rolled 7, 33 = 40>>25942644>>25942584>>25942540I guess high roll gets it. First roll is first vote and second is second.
Rolled 58, 62 = 120>>25942194"Good!" Zangief says, slapping Scott roughly on the back. "I guess you really are fan. Come, Rufus! We- wait, there's one! HEY YOU! TELL US WHERE TO FIND ARM-STRONG!"As Zangief and Rufus break off to harass a nearby policeman, you have a few precious minutes to leave.
>>25942796Let's get out of here, and on our way to Central Command.Put your desire to not be a Street Fighter character into getting out of here, Scott.
>>25942796...oh great, they're going to get directed to Olivier Armstrong instead of Alex Armstrong, aren't they? Which means they'll show up at Central Command at the worst possible time.
>>25942893>>25942857"Let's get the HELL out of here," Scott whispers to Charlie, Elyse, and Fat Fot Pot as the group jogs away, leaving Zangief and Rufus to bellow at a very confused and frightened man in uniform.It's a long walk before the group begins to close in on Central Command, the imposing edifice just beyond the large moat that surrounds it."Jefferson Davis and my Aunt Mavis," Charlie exclaims. "That fortress puts the Legion's Hill to shame.""It looks prepared against any sort of frontal attack," Elyse notes. "But I'm not getting anything on my card.""Me neither," Scott says."Maybe we should...""Hey! What are you doing?" someone shouts at the team. Scott turns to see a trio of black-clad soldiers with rifles approaching. Said rifles are still slung over their shoulders, however.
>>25943070We could act like tourists from Resembool, or maybe we should say we're here to deliver a certain alchemical reagent to the Fullmetal Alchemist, and that it's taken months to get it back here.
>>25943070If there's no response from the Cards, maybe the Portal isn't here?
>>25943118Full Metal has no alchemy anymore.
>>25943150Right, but the story we give is that we were originally sent out into Xing months ago, before Fullmetal lost his alchemy.Or we're tourists from Resembool.Not really sure which one is more plausible. As for the Alchemical Reagent in question, we have a Flask of Girl, a Healing Potion, or the Ring of Bliss.
>>25943070"Oh, us? Just having a look around. It's been a long while since we've been to Central, and we thought we'd see how things were looking around here. Lotta soldiers out today...">>25943118God No to the part about Fullmetal. Are you TRYING to get us caught in a lie?If the cards aren't reacting, we may be either out of range or it's not here. Maybe we should go somewhere quiet and get Elyse to do a divination to further narrow it down?
>>25943202We could continue with the story that we gave the cook at that diner instead. That way, if they question the cook, we can keep a consistent story."Just checking Central Command out. I haven't been in Central since a while back, and I heard that something big happened here. Can ya fill me in on what happened?"
>>25943288>>25943228"We have no time for gossip, we're on duty," one of the soldiers replies, brusquely. "There's been several disturbances in the city, so the area around Central Command is off limits. Where did you say you were from again?"Roll Bluff.
Rolled 23>>25943474"Most recently, from out past Aerugo."
Rolled 12>>25943504Despite a plausible cover story and a good plan, /tg/ dice strike again.
>>25943504"Really. Then can I see your travel papers?" the soldier asks, his eyes narrowing. He snaps his fingers and the two soldiers behind him begin to unsling their firearms. The leader looks at Elyse, frowning. "Take off that hat, let me see your face clearly.""What's that... thing with you?" one of the rifleman asks, pointing at Fat-Fot-Pot and Luggage Jr. with his rifle.
>>25943691"Alchemic Chimeras. It follows me around."What can we do about the papers, though?
>>25943691"Take off your hat, and make sure not to jiggle the ear tips too much. That spirit gum won't hold those fake ear bits on too good if you jostle it very much." I call bullshit on this guard. I doubt Elyse is wearing a sombrero or some other hat that super-obscures her face.Not a word, and be sure that the casual look we give her as we say it lets her know to play along without letting the guards on to it.As for the papers; pat ourselves down, act confused, turn to Charlie, and say "Hey, did you see our papers? We had them right before those big loud muscly guys bumped into us, right?" Charlie should be quick on the uptake and start talking about pickpocketing or something.tl;dr BLUFF WITH THE POWER OF SOME SUPER BLUFFING BLUFFER THAT BLUFFS A LOTYou guys agree to this?
>>25944041It's about the only bluff that'll work if we're not going to try to invoke State Alchemists or Lab 5 into this.
>>25944041You got one more Bluff check.Make it good.
Rolled 85>>25944213Here goes nothing.
>>25944252"Hey did you see our papers?" Scott asks Charlie. "We had them right before we ran into the big loud muscle guy, right?""What are you talking about, w- Oh! OOOOOH! THOSE papers, Charlie says, looking around. "Uh, I must've dropped them... somewhere... that ISN'T here!"The police leader just levels a very unimpressed stare at the clumsy attempt at recovery. Scott glares at Charlie, who winces and seems to shrink into his tattered suit."Sir!" one of the guards exclaims as Elyse takes off her hat and the spirit gum holding her ears back promptly pops off, causing them to poke through her hair in all their pointy glory."What? What are you, a human chimera?" the leader exclaims, raising his own rifle. "You're coming with us and answering a few questions!"
>>25944480Right then, Plan B.FFP! Use Sleep Powder! Then we SUPER RUNAWAY!
>>25944574+1 to this plan.Would add that if successful sleep spore is successful, maybe Elyse can magic their memories of the past few minutes away to help preserve our cover a little longer?
Rolled 61, 64, 83 = 208>>25944607>>25944574Roll a d100, please.
>>25944798Hey, OP, can we get a reroll on this? This shit is unacceptable.
>>25944841Confirm Charlie burn? If so, roll again.
Rolled 24>>25944867Confirming Charlie Reroll burn.
>>25944888"Pot! Spore time is NOW!" Yellowman screams, turning to run as the others pivot on their heels to follow."Right!" the small alien says, flying over and puffing a cloud of spores into the police leader's face. He coughs and sputters, but does not fall unconscious, instead bringing his rifle up and screaming."Stop or we'll shoot! Stop! Get them! Get them!!!"As everyone dashes for the safety of a nearby alley, bullets ricochet all around them, several slamming into Elyse, Charlie, and Scott. Pain shoots through all three as they momentarily stumble, but they recover fast enough to make it to the alley. From the sound behind them, the squad is in hot pursuit, though."Someplace that ISN'T HERE?!" Scott screams at Charlie."Hey, hey, ease up Doc, I froze, OK? It happens sometimes!" Charlie protests.>Scott, Elyse, and Charlie each take a Wound.
>>25944986Yell later. We need to think about how we're going to find the gate. There didn't seem to be a reaction at Central, so how about we try having Elyse divine the location.
>>25944986Scott, is the alley a dead-end? If not, pull out a pulse rifle and pump a grenade or two into the sides of the buildings of the alley's mouth you entered and try to build up some rubble to slow pursuit.Elyse, if there's anything big like a dumpster or something, try shoving it in the way as we go.Gameplan is to get somewhere hidey and give these guys the slip. Once we've lost pursuit THEN we do >>25945039. But ONLY AFTER we evade capture.>mfw these dice tonight
>>25945110Yes, let's cause explosions. That way if they don't know where we are, it'll let them know. If you really want to try and lose pursuit, then run past halfway in the alley and have Elyse magic up a wall in the middle so it looks like a dead end. Also, where do you propose we hide? We don't know of any safe places.
>>25945167Oh, alright; alright. Nix the grenades. Is there a manhole cover nearby? Or your suggestion of an illusion spell. Whichever's faster. We just need to be gone. Like, now.
>>25945226>>25945167"Elyse, cast an illusion spell, fast!" Scott shouts. "Charlie, there's a manhole over there, help me open it! We'll drop down and be long gone before they can figure out what's what!""Eeeaugh, not more sewers!" Charlie complains."NOW, Chuck!" Scott shouts.Roll a d100 please.
>>25945294You. Stop rolling.
Rolled 88, 97, 3 = 188>>25945294Elyse's Spells: 8/9Elyse summons a shimmering wall of light that forms itself into a perfect replica of a bricked up wall."I did it!" she shouts, excitedly. "I did it!!!"The illusion flickers and vanishes just in time for the three soldiers to come charging through, firing their weapons."I DIDN'T do it!" Elyse wails, Scott grabbing her by the arm and hauling her away as Charlie manages to get the manhole cover open enough for everyone to jump down through."We'll have to lose them in the sewers!" Scott shouts.The unfortunate team clambers down a steel rung ladder and into a filth encrusted stone smell-o-rama. The ladder ends at a T junction, with three tunnels extending in different directions, each with a line of rushing water and filth rolling down the middle.Each equally smells horrible.
Rolled 100, 57, 75 = 232>>25945578"Well it could've been worse. We could've... guys?" Scott turns to notice Elyse and Charlie both leaning heavily against the wall, several gunshot wounds freely leaking blood into the murky 'water' below."Shit, shit SHIT! Come on guys, this isn't the time!" Scott says, as approaching footsteps and the sound of someone slowing descending the ladder echoes off the stone walls. A panicked wail is heard as a soldier falls down from the manhole entrance, apparently having slipped off of the ladder. With reflexes that would make a cat proud, Scott bounds to his side and delivers a stunning knockout punch. The soldier goes still."I know... I know... Musta... Musta hit something nasty," Charlie wheezes. "Which... which way... Chief?">Charlie takes 2 Wounds.>Elyse takes 2 Wounds.>Soldier 3 is knocked out.
>>25945578A is to our right, B in front of us, and C to our left.I say we head down that . That way we can keep our weapon hands free just in case. Also, as we go let's break out three of those tactical flashlights from AvP world. Use them minimally, and not aimed back at the manhole cover as we move. Take any bend we come to and let's come up with another plan.Also, be sure not to leave any marks on the walls or ground. They might be able to track us if we do.Use of potions is a good idea as we go. Charlie and Elyse are hurting bad, and I wanna save the Sap.
>>25945752Tunnel C, that is. Typos. Almost as bad as our rolls tonight.
>>25945752Shit, forgot to ask. Roll a d100.
Rolled 58>>25945770Use the Sap, and Techs. They recharge, Potions don't. Let's pick a tunnel and run, hopefully the blood trail will split in the water and throw off pursuers.
>>25945854>>25945693It's a harrowing, panicked chase through smelling corridors and nauseating halls, but eventually Scott and the others manage to shake their pursuers, leaving them to lick their wounds in relative peace as stamping feet pass the tunnel they've hidden in.Fat Fot Pot empties all of his sap onto Elyse, healing most of her wounds, and leaving her to burn all of her Techniques to heal everyone back to full health.>Sap and Techs expended, all wounds healed."That... was too close," Charlie wheezes."My armor can shield me from plasma, rail-shot, vibroblades, and even cannon-shot..." Elyse murmurs, a hand going to her neck where the bullet had struck her. "...but a lowly bullet can still do so much if it hits just the right spot. It's humbling.""Humility's a virtue, ain't it?" Scott sighs. "Goddamn that was a kettle of shit. All right, we need to figure out what we're doing now."
>>25946007Elyse, could you be a dear and see if we can get another one of those Divination spells like you used on the last world to focus in on the portal's surroundings? We need to know the physical location where it is, or how to otherwise get to it before we can make a proper move.Scott, Gertrude out and cover us. This has already gone south.. No need to tempt fate further than we have to.
>>25946155"I'll try!" Elyse says.Roll a d100.
>>25946318Hey, would you mind giving it at least a minute before rolling? The closer to OP you do it, the worse the roll.Thank you.
>>25946318Elyse sings a light chant in a language Yellowman can't understand, and a radiant oval of light appears before the group. It shimmers there for a moment... before the oval loses its radiance and turns dark, the opaque light fading to be replaced by a terrible unblinking eye."Okaaaay, that's probably bad," Charlie remarks."Aw shit," Scott says.A number of black rubbery tendrils tipped with tiny hands begin to reach out from the borders of the eye."STOP THE SPELL STOP THE SPELL STOP THE SPELL!" Scott screams, waving his arms at Elyse."I'm trying! I'm trying!!!" Elyse squeals, weaving her fingers in and our of complex patterns before declaring a single word of power. The eye snaps shut and the arm-tendrils fade away."What the hell was that?!" Charlie asks.>Elyse spells: 7/9>You have attracted... attention.
>>25946570That... Was Truth.Basically, it's the..... 'thing' that lives in the Gate we're trying to get to. Hopefully, we don't have to open it up to get through once we find it. It basically controls all knowledge int his world, and is on pretty much all levels responsible for the power of Alchemy in this world.So we're probably on the watchlist it's got, now... Elyse, we're gonna have to be REALLY careful about more divination on this world. Seems it's close enough to Truth to attract it's attention.
>>25946652>>25946570Also, if you look directly at truth it has a tendency to take body parts or senses in exchange for the visions of knowledge. Without your consent or negotiations on what you trade for it.Seriously, trapped in a white room for eternity, but it can't learn basic politeness or contract law, eh?
>>25946652"Oh... good..." Elyse says, blinking as Scott relays the words. "So... I take it another casting might not be such a good idea?"
>>25946697Ok, next plan. We're in the sewers, lets try to get to the bar owned by Madame Christmas. Talk with her and see if we can talk with Mustang. Explain everything, and hope she doesn't try to rat us out to the wrong people.Elyse, it may or may not be a whorehouse. All we know is that it's a spy center.
>>25946989I can go with this. At the very least we might be able to get some information. It'll probably inhale our money supply, but ehh. Easier and safer than divination right now.Might wanna keep your hand on your sword, Elyse. Just in case.
>>25947024I forgot to mention Charlie. C?HANDS. OFF.
>>25947024>>25946989"A... whorehouse?" Elyse asks, her nose wrinkling. "But... what will people think...""Elyse you are probably never going to set foot on their world again. I think your reputation is safe," Scott says with a sigh."I guess that's right..." Elyse says with a frown."I'd just like to say that my plan from the BEGINING was to get me to a bar?" Charlie ventures, raising a hand."Yeah, yeah, you're a strategic genius, Chuck," Scott says with a sigh. "I guess the first step is to get out of these sewers. Then find someone who knows where the bar is.""I recommend an additional step!" Elyse says, raising her hand. "No one's going to want to talk to us if we smell like sewer!""Yeah, I guess getting a little cleaned up wouldn't be such a bad idea," Scott nods. "We'll find a hose or something.">And stopping there for the night. Erratic updates tomorrow if this thread is still up, otherwise next session Tuesday as always.
>>25947178Uh, not to throw a wrench in the plan or all, but I wanted to point out:>In preparation for the Promised Day, Roy receives a final piece of intelligence from Madame Christmas confirming the identity of Selim Bradley. The two then retreat below the bar and blow it up as a diversion to allow Roy to go undercover. Madame Christmas then heads east to Xing to flee the darkness of the Promised Day, meeting up with the girls from the bar when she arrives.
>>25947244So there's a chance she hadn't come back. At least we'll find out if the place is still watched by Roy's team.
>>25947310"But the bar is BLOWN UP!" Scott yells, swearing. "It's been, what, a month? There's no way it's been rebuilt in that time is there? I can't believe I forgot about that..."
>>25948170I hate it when I try and fail. Only one thing to do. POST MORE BAD IDEAS!Check into hospital with ears claiming that it's the result of an alchemical backlash. When inside, go to Mustang's ward that he's almost certainly gone from.Head to original bombing site and investigate to determine if other racers, and which way they went.Take Elyse "Hostage" and demand to see Mustang.Drop rumors that a man is looking for volunteers to help with the final process of creating a philosopher's stone, that should attract Ed and Al because they'll be desperate to prevent the volunteers from losing their lives. The reason why this won't work is that they're in Resembool. Also, we completely forgot that Ed can't into alchemy anymore.Impugn the Armstrong Family HONOR by claiming that Olivier has accepted our hand in marriage.Go to the area that's off limits near Central HQ and just stand outside the forbidden area. Just stand there. Waiting for the guards to get twitchy.And that's all my bad ideas. Anyone else?
>>25948170Going to the bar is a bust.First, We need Elyse to see if she can cast a glamour spell that can change her appearance and hide her ears. It would be prudent to change Charlie, Scott, and the Luggage as well. We've been seen, chased, and our description likely broadcast to all military and police patrols.
>>25924481Since no one has spoken against this, and it has a second, this levelup will now be entered onto the stat sheet.MetaOP, for Elyse's "Practice Makes Perfect", should her spelltype tracking start from the beginning of this world? If so, then we have 1 Illusion and 1 Divination/Scrying.
>>25947178Well, going to a bar to ask about the Gate is a bad idea too, since it's prohibited knowledge and the military will be on the lookout for anyone trying to get the knowledge that nearly killed the entire nation.If Central Command was not the location of the Gate, then it may be somewhere else in the sewers.
>>25949733Roll a Cast check please.>>25951333No, it can start from her joining, but only successful casts count as a point. Example, Elyse has used Divination twice successfully, meaning she needs one more to get the bonus.>>25948526Oh man, you have no idea how hard I'm hoping you actually use two of these ideas at some point. The thought of how they'll go do is making me suppress giggles.
Rolled 97>>25953863I've got a feeling that this dice seed is going to fuck us over, without lube.
>>25954012I am perfectly fine with being this egregiously and absolutely wrong with my prediction.
>>25954012Elyse goes through her usual casting rigamarole, and when he finishes, a cascade of multicolored sparks showers down on everyone. When it's finished, Elyse's ears look normal, and everyone is dressed in impeccably cleaned and pressed uniforms of the State Military. Fat-Fot-Pot appears to be a trio of funny looking birds, while your trained mimic appears as an incredibly short man carrying a heavy, oversize suitcase.The spell even got rid of the sewer smell."Well that's a damn sight better than I was hoping for!" Scott says, a grin tugging at the sides of his face. "With this, we shouldn't have to worry about looking out of place!""It should last for at least a day!" Elyse puts in. "Hopefully that's long enough to do whatever we need to do!""Get shitfaced at a bar?" Charlie asks. Elyse and Scott look at him. "Just joking. I still say we could find one and get some info, though."
We could go see if we could buy a telescope. Then go to a tall building and see if the gate's in the forbiddenzone.
>>25954539Perhaps we can go with Charlie's planGo to a bar.
>>25954539I'm still up for trying to contact Gracia. She might be able to get us contact with Mustang, the Armstrongs and possibly the Elrics. Which would make our job of finding the gate easier.
>>25956562How would we introduce ourselves, and explain our desire to locate the thing that killed everyone in the nation?This sounds like an utterly terrible course of action.
>>25957050Oh yes, much worse then >>25948526or wandering around aimlessly and hoping we get lucky. Also what? Truth did no such thing, or are you getting it confused with Father.
>>25957159Those were all listed as BAD IDEAS not to be used, so implying that your idea is any better doesn't really mean much. Also, what reason would she have for getting us in touch with those people, and what reason would they have in helping us? Especially if we ask about the Gate and details about it.
>>25957443 What reason wouldn't they? Especially if tell them people are looking for the gate. Do you have a better fucking plan, or are you backing "Wander around aimlessly?"
>>25957597Yes, I have a better idea.Check Lab 5, and the other Labs, as they were part of a city-wide transmutation circle and part of the inner ring of the Nationwide Transmutation Circle, as well as Lab 5 being the location of Human Transmutation experiments and Philosopher Stone production.
>>25957753What makes you think they're A: Still There, B: Not being guarded by the Military, and C: Are assuming the gate is still a physical one and not the one reached by human transmutation.This idea is a fucking waste of time, especially if you remember we tried to divine the location of the Gate and drew the attention of Truth.
vote for the bar.
>>25959176>>25956366"Does he do this often?" Elyse asks, herself and Charlie staring at Yellowman, who for the last ten minutes had been sort of staring forward, slack jawed."Yeah... usually just before he comes up with a plan or major decision," Charlie admits, poking him with a finger. "Creepy, ain't it?""BWARGHABLE!" Yellowman shouts, snapping out of his trance. He blinks once then looks to Elyse and Charlie. "What are you two doing? We've got to find a bar! One that isn't blown up!""YES!" Charlie exclaims, pumping a fist. "Superb!"Please roll a d100.
Rolled 52>>25959501Come on nat 1! I want a pre-blown up bar
>>25959616Between the new disguises and Yellowman's increasing skill at fast-talk, the group is able to exit the sewers and locate a bar without raising suspicion.The bar in question is a small, but well-kept establishment called "The Alechemy Lounge". A polished cherrywood bar stocked with many liquors dominates a full quarter of the interior, while tables and booths are scattered around the rest. A few people, soldiers and civilians alike mill around the inside. The barkeep, a stocky older man polishing a glass nods at Yellowman and company as they enter. Charlie immediately takes the lead, walking forward."Barkeep! Me and my pals won it big at a friendly game of cards with some off-duty chums of ours. How about a round of the house special, eh?" Charlie says, pulling out a wad of Cenz bills.The barkeep doesn't say anything, but nods and begins to fill a few mugs with a frothy dark ale."We should figure out what to ask now," Elyse whispers to Scott.
>>25959960What's the latest happening around Central?What happened to the Flame and Strong Arm Alchemists? Are they still in Central?
>>25960272Has there been any word on Fullmetal. Last we heard, he was starting on a trip.
>>25957159Wait, what did Truth not do? I don't recall mentioning him.>>25953863If it's the hostage idea or the Armstrong idea, I'm more awake now, and for some reason these sound like good ideas. I have obviously gone insane. Help me. Also, when we leave this world, please tell us which ones and likely outcomes, I love your vignettes.>>25959960"So what's the news around town? We've been in Aurego for the last couple of months, so we're out of the loop on gossip except for that huge fainting spell everyone had."
>>25961649>We've been in Aurego for the last couple of monthsActually, not good if we're in State Military uniforms. Best would be to say we were either in East City or stationed out West. Aurego is another country, one that Amestris has been on-and-off at war with for a long time.
>>25961784Whoops, for some reason I got it confused with the city where Cornello was. It's not even remotely similarly spelled, how did I do that?Let's go with an area that hasn't had much excitement recently. I don't recall the south doing anything. Perhaps Rush Valley?
>>25961895New Optain is a good candidate, since nothing is supposed to happen there.West City and South City both have frequent combat and battles according to their backgrounds, and may not be a good option.
>>25961986And since pretty much everywhere on the way to the west and south have a military station, there should be plausible deniability.I just checked the wiki, the towns under the command of the man (and I use the word "Man" loosely in this situation) who invaded Reole with the Amestrian military and allowed Rose to get raped due to his continued "support" in the area. It's only in the first anime, but nearly everyone else in the first exists, so why not him? Just mention that he was a bastard if asked, and not talk about him anymore.
>>25962097In the manga and 2009 anime, Rose doesn't get raped, and the bloodshed in Reole was instigated by troops from Central, not New Optain.
>>25962219That doesn't prevent a man like that from being a bastard. And I already mentioned that it only happened then, I'm just using the 2003 anime as support for there being a military base there that we can claim to be from.
>>25962280>I'm just using the 2003 anime as support for there being a military base there that we can claim to be from.But we've already determined that this is the manga/2009 anime Canon; I don't understand why you would use information from the 2003 anime, especially when the wiki displays both information side by side. The article for Major General Hakuro already states that he was stationed at New Optain in the 2009 anime, so I don't see why you would reference the 2003 anime.
>>25962390>I don't understand why you would use information from the 2003 anime, especially when the wiki displays both information side by sideBecause I didn't see him mentioned in the 2009 anime, as I was only skimming, and because while the universes are definitely seperate, there is a massive amount of continuity shared between them and maybe things that are in one anime are shared with the other, even though they aren't mentioned. For example, Scar's brother having known the secret to transmuting a philosopher's stone, or Mason having been present in '03 but not '09, even though he was in the manga which '09 is closer to.
>>25960272"I was about to say there was an update on the search for the mad alchemist, but since you know Mustang and Armstrong have returned to Central, you seem to be on top of things," the barkeep says, pushing forward the drinks. "Fullmetal's been called to consult on the matter, but I don't know if he's here yet.">>25961649"Other than the search for the mad alchemist... Oh! There was a fight between three unidentified combatants in the north part of the city just recently. They duked it out for a while, holding off any military forces sent to contain them, then scattered when the military finally brought in a tank." the barkeep pauses. "Come to think of it, there's been a lot of trouble started by strangers the last day or so. Repeated incidents, though nothing like that figh- wait, no. There were also reports of some flying man buzzing the city, but if you ask me, that's a load of spittle. Regardless, the military's gone to high ale- wait, why am I telling YOU this? You're part of it, after all."
>>25962824"Nah, you know they never tell us grunt anything. So what's this update on the Mad Alchemist? Haven't heard that yet; guys back at the barracks are probably not telling us because they're sore over how we cleaned them out at our last game."
>>25962921Roll a Bluff check please.
Rolled 26>>25963118Dice Roll!
>>25963118Shit, has Charlie's Lady Luck reroll power refreshed yet?
>>25963152If we can't use Charlie's reroll, we might have to use Dumb Luck to reroll this.
>>25963219Don't waste dumb luck on this. 43 is respectable.
I don't know. With the bluff bonus from skill points, it might be high enough.
>>25963152>>25963179No it has not, but this was a low DC."Weird they wouldn't tell you yet, but if you're just back to the city maybe they haven't gotten around to it," the barkeep shrugs as Scott and the others drink. "For three weeks or so, there's been rumors of an alchemist roaming around at night kidnapping people. Only in the last week did evidence surface it was to conduct experiments on human transmutation. Even since then the military's been relentlessly searching for him. I pity the poor fool, they'll get him eventually, and I doubt they'll be lenient with all that's happened."
>>25963263"Human Transmutation? Whoo, that's definitely gonna be a heavy sentence. Heard any rumors about where he's conducting these experiments?"
>>25963338The man laughs. "If I knew that, I'd be telling your bosses for that sweet reward money!"
>>25963375"Darn. I wanted that reward.What happened with the fight with the three guys?"
>>25963375We can't question the barkeep too much, otherwise it'll clash with our military uniforms.Or...we might be able to get more information if we act like we just got hit with inspiration.Like, we know this alchemist (operative from the Race Organizers) has been kidnapping people for Human Transmutation experiments. So what if we ask the barkeep for a map of Central and start putting the locations of the kidnappings on it? There may be a pattern, and we can say that we think the kidnappings might have something to do with a large-scale transmutation circle.
>>25963445"They scattered and the military hasn't been able to find them since. It's driving them bonkers, let me tell you. They wanted at least something to show for their efforts before Armstrong and Mustang showed up. Plenty of alchemist who'd love to shove Fuhrer Grumman's star pupil out of the spotlight, and even more who'd love to upstage any scion of the Armstrong lineage."
>>25963675We haven't been told anything on what they look like, you know anything you can help us out with?
>>25963675"Huh. Heard anything about what they look like, or what they were fighting with?"
>>25963771"Just that they had weird armor on. Oh, one had a suit, and word is he's an alchemist of some sort. More than that, you'll need to talk with your bosses."
>>25963812I recommend we leave the bar soon. Go to the scene of the explosions and investigate to see where the alchemists went. When we leave tell FFP to keep an ear/timpanic membrane on the radio for any news about the alchemists or further explosions.
>>25963812"Right, thanks for the info, though. Hey, got a map of Central? I'm probably wrong here, and the brass have probably already thought of this, but I'd like to try putting those kidnappings on a map and see if there's a pattern."
>>25964013>>25963487"Uh, sure. Somewhere around here. Thousand Cenz if you want it, I've only got one spare," the barkeep offers.
>>25964123Might as well.
>>25964123>1000 Cenz = $10Sure. It might be useful to see if there is a pattern.
>>25964177>>25964139The barkeep fishes out a map and hands it over for the money."Pleasure doing business with you. Anything else? One for the road, maybe?"
>>25964232I think we only need to mark down the locations of the kidnappings on the map. The barkeep provided us with that information, right?
>>25964276He did not.
>>25964304Alright, how about one last drink for the road, if he'll mark down the kidnapping locations.
>>25964359"I'd love to, but I don't know myself. They kept tight control over most of the details. All I know is that the first four kidnappings occurred around each compass point of the city."
>>25964523Is that literal, or figurative?
>>25964523"First four, huh. How many in all was it again?"Thank the barkeep, mark the map, and go out and start heading towards the northern section of the city.If they were done at the compass points, the kidnappings might have been done to also complete an Alchemic Circle around the city.
And it looks like all our leads point directly at the center of town.
>>25964626Again, Central Command. Though we might be able to get through with our military uniform illusion.Maybe we should take advantage of the fact that we're already in uniform, and find a quartermaster to get another set of actual uniforms from, to use as a disguise if this takes longer than a day?
>>25964620>>25964600"Literal. Uh.. I heard of at least ten before the military started keeping quiet about it."
>>25964690Thank him for the info, leave. Quickly. He's making a transmutation circle. You don't make kidnappings at specific points unless there's a reason for that.>>25964654No good, no papers.
>>25964766>no papers."Elyse, think you can magic up a set of Psychic Paper? Permanent would be nice, but even one that'll only last a day would be good enough."
>>25964802I withdraw the objection.
>>25964802We'll need to find some way of bringing the DC on that down.Maybe getting actual military ID's? Real, if outdated, transfer papers?The little mirror we have? (which we should replace if we do use it)
>>25964802"Uh... maybe? It's going to be really tough without something to reference, though," Elyse says as the group exits the bar.>>25964933"Oh! Any of that would be a great help!"
>>25965109"Scott, is there a small general store around here? May as well pick up a small mirror as part of the magical reagents."The military ID's and transfer papers are going to be the hard things to get. Does the map show any local military barracks or building aside from the National Labs or Central Command, that we might be able to sneak into in order to snag what we need?"If not, we can try the National Central Library's Lost and Found; we can say we're looking for a missing wallet or ID, and nick one real quick."
>>25965295"Yeah, there's a barracks not too far from here, part of the city garrison," Scott mentally replies. "General store nearby too."If you want to try and have them sneak in and snag something, roll 2d100.
>>25965340Let's get the mirror first; it's got no danger associated with it.As for sneaking in and snagging, could we have Fot do it, or would that actually have a penalty?Maybe we should try the National Central Library's Lost and Found before we trying something that could get us shot at again.
Rolled 91, 19 = 110>>25965340Rolling
>>25965407As a TG operative, does Scott get any kind of bonus when he's trying to loot something?
>>25965407We can do things like go into the locker room, and having FFP and Charlie as lookouts, try to get some ID's, or snag some transfer papers off of a desk while no one's looking, and root through the Lost and Found.
>>25965407Scott and company manage to bluff their way into a barracks easily enough, but when they attempt to lift a set of papers from the company clerk, someone sees them and calls for the guards. Roll a d100 to escape without being caught.>You have one incident logged against you.
Rolled 96>>25965636Dammit, knew we should have just tried the Lost and Found!And instead of getting fresh papers, check the filing cabinets like you're doing paperwork next time.
>>25965742Scott and company manage to run down a hall and then leap out a first story window without being seen, leaving the soldiers in the barracks to fruitlessly search the building for them. But even that stops as a frantic shout is heard from one of the officers."Nevermind them! I just got a call from Central! There's a terrorist taking hostages in the upper residential district and he's demanding to speak to a State Alchemist! Get your gear and get ready to move out, they want triple reinforcements on the scene!"Shortly after this announcement is made, the bootsteps fade.
>>25965901Wait, that's perfect! The barracks will be abandoned now; we can try again at this barracks, or try another one. This time, make sure that you have Charlie and Elyse acting as lookouts when you try to steal something, Scott.
>>25965942Wait, first, Scott, use the Motion Tracker and see if there's anyone still inside the building. We want to be sure that we can move unimpeded.
>>25965942>>25965977You already managed to grab some papers, you just got caught. Did you want to try and steal more stuff?
>>25966018Oh, that wasn't clear. Did we also snag a military ID?
>>25966018Let's go and escape by now.
>>25966041Yeah.>>25966082You vacate the premises.Assuming you still want to have Elyse try to magic up fake papers based on the real papers you stole, roll a d100.
Rolled 31>>25966222Okay, so we've got a mirror we bought, the military ID, and the papers/forms, right?And this is an Illusion-based spell, making the papers look like the proper forms for whoever looks at them.
Rolled 23>>25965901I saw what you did there.>>25966222Rolling
>>25966315Where's Codeki to roll when you need him?
>>25966296I thought you were going for transmutation, physically altering the papers to seem official?
>>25966425No, we were going for a cheap knock-off of psychic paper, and I assumed that would be illusions, or mind-effecting.
>>25966520That's a bit tougher than what I was thinking of.Elyse attempts to bind a mind-affecting enchantment to a few sheets of paper... and fails.>Elyse Spells: 6/9
Shit, now what?
>>25966610Try again as we head toward central?
>>25966658If you want to try again, roll again.
Rolled 12>>25966699This is going to be another failure.
Rolled 69, 52, 10, 11, 35, 82, 6, 47, 81, 49 = 442How bad is the seed?
Rolled 93, 2, 37, 92, 72, 21, 27, 79, 66, 51 = 540>>25966826Not looking too good.
>>25966759You are correct. But luckily not a critical one.Try again or are you tired of trying to commit magical forgery?>Elyse's spells: 5/9
Rolled 55>>25966852One more try!
Rolled 18>>25966865Dammit, this is too low again, isn't it.
>>25966865And if you were going for the simple transmutation instead of the more difficult but more useful psychic paper, that would've been game.Alas, you are not.>Elyse's spells: 4/9"I'm a failure..." Elyse moans as she looks down at the still blank paper."Relax, Elyse. Anyone that can regrow severed limbs is never a failure in my book," Scott says, patting her on the back. "We just need a new plan is all."
Rolled 40, 97, 19, 5, 55, 67, 94, 95, 38, 16 = 526The psychic paper is more useful. But maybe we'll have to try to coast along on just our disguises.
Rolled 76, 35, 14, 66, 17, 11, 26, 46, 73, 52 = 416I suppose we can try again later; though I don't know if the dice seed will be any more favorable.
Rolled 97, 83, 98, 92, 15, 28, 80, 45, 94, 49 = 681>>25966936Can we get in one more try?
>>25967418You can try as many times as you have spells. Roll again if that's what you want to do.
>>2597084581 + 10 Spellcasting = 91I hope that's enough to get the psychic paper with all of the additional reagents we threw in.
>>25967457How much did the drinks at the bar cost?And how much did the mirror at the general store cost?
>>2597309330,000 Cenz total.>>25970845Elyse manages to magic up fake papers that enchant people into thinking they are legitimate State Military papers. It'll last for two days.
>>25973969>Psychic Paper GET!FUCK YEAH!>only lasts for 2 days, only good for Amestris Military papersDamn.Oh well.
>>25974089Elyse Spells: 3/9
>>25974178Character sheets are being updated now.You said that only successful castings count for purposes of "Practice Makes Perfect"; what about when the casting is completed but with conditions? Are only fizzles counted as failures?Examples:Oglaf World: Sphere of Invulnerability created, low duration and crashed open the doors into the Portal Chamber.AvP World: First scrying attempt, found the Portal but zoomed in too close.
>>25974274Oglaf worked fine, AvP was a fizzle, I just thought the zoom in was more amusing flavor text than 'nothing happens'.
>>25975382Thank you.1 more: the heal spell that Elyse first tried on Scott when he got stabbed in the eye by a poison needle; it did get rid of the poison, but then crystallized his eye. Is that considered a success?
>>25975416If I recall correctly, no.
>>25975557Ok.Here's what I've got:healing 1Oglaf World, healing Charlie after the fight with the guards that had captured Elyse2Oglaf World, healing Yellowman of the effects of the first botched heal attempt, inside the Sorceress' Castle3-AvP World, healing Scott's broken legsDivination1Oglaf World, finding FFP and a safe path through the castle, after the fight with the guards that had captured Elyse2AvP World, finding the portal, while in the Police Station ArmouryDispel Magic1Oglaf World, removing curse from Sam, outside the city of virgins2Oglaf World, removing curse from Charlie, inside the Sorceress' CastleDefense 1Oglaf World, Sphere of Invulnerability works but is short-lived and alerts the enemy to our presence2AvP World, Wall of Stone, Police Station3AvP World, Protection from Acid, Police Station4AvP World, barrier field, sewers to test the sentry guns' IFFIllusion1FMA World, State Military disguises2FMA World, Psychic PaperThe illusion of the stone wall worked but only lasted for 3 seconds, so that counted as a failure?
>>25975557Oh, and did the items we used to help Elyse cast the spell for the psychic paper get used up? Or do we still have them?Never know when a second mirror will come in handy to MacGuyver something.
>>25975557Now that they have the paper, let's walk up to Command and request an appointment with Col. Mustang or Major Armstrong as soon as possible, saying that we have information necessary for the investigation that cannot be repeated to others. The paper won't work on Hawkeye or Mustang themselves though, so don't try to bluff them with it.
>>25975884It's important that we get to the Mad Alchemist/Agent of the Gamesters before Mustang, Armstrong, or the Elrics can stop him from using Human Transmutation to open the Gate for us. They'll assuredly try to save the people that were kidnapped.
>>25975852They're not used up.>>25975621Yes it was, and those numbers seem right.
>>25976270Pastebins have been updated, and reset for the next session.Also, how do you calculate Wounds?Wounds = Health + ArmorDuring the last Levelup, there was Health and Wounds listed separate; was that a simple typo?
>>25976514Health is a separate stat from Wounds.
>>25977237Okay. So the two are not connected?I'll update the character sheet for Scott, then.
>>25976174But there's a way to open the Gate without him transmuting new people at all! There's already a couple of stones that exist Mustang's possession, and the thing with the eyes may not have used it all. All we have to do is ask, and help find the other racers who will try and use the transmutation of the madman.
>>25982010There's a way to open the Gate: Wait it out for the murders to complete themselves for the blood ritual.Meanwhile, all the other contestants will either learn to lie low, or die fighting Alchemists.
>>25982711Except that leaves several people dead. We can accomplish the objective while preventing more tragedy here. Why not do that? If they were destined to die by the canon, then it's unfortunate, but we've moved past canon, and can interfere.
>>25982762Yes, YES! WHITEKNIGHT HARDER! IT PLEASES ME! YOUR RESISTANCE MAKES ME HARDER!
>>25983185I love whiteknight. Eh saves maidens fair, and doesn't afraid of anything.
>>25982762This assumes that a Philosopher Stone hasn't already been made; the Gamesters know enough about this world to know about Human Transmutation and the Gate. What's to say that their alchemist doesn't already know the necessary formula, and hasn't already converted the kidnapped people into a Stone in order to open the Gate for Racers that find him. Actually, that's what I would do if I was a Gamester; it simply makes sense.Why drop the Racers onto a world where the Portal isn't ready yet? No, it has to be ready within a very short time, hours at the most, from when the Racers arrive, so that the Race can continue as soon as the Portal is found by a Racer. I agree we need to find the Gamester's Alchemist as quickly as possible; we need to get to the Finish Line ahead of everyone else. As for trying to save the kidnapped people, I think it's already too late.
>>25984530My "Need to win" circuit is conflicting with my stronger "Save people" one. Looking back through the thread, you are probably correct. He likely has at least one stone. I regret leaving the bar now, because now we can't ask when the last kidnapping was. Can we agree that when we get back to the guard that we need to come and kill these race masters?And I just realized something. None of the portals that they've used have been something they made, but something they commandeered for the race. The Alchemist isn't theirs, he's doing this on his own. And of course, like an idiot, I forgot that the gateway of truth is unique for each individual, and that means that only his gate could be the portal. [spoilers]FUCK[/spoilers]Let's find him first, and maybe leave a bomb to kill him when he leaves the gate of truth.