You are Christopher Phillips, previously just another teenage nerd living in a small English town, and a lot of things have changed in your life since you died.You’ve been trying to track down a werewolf, who happens to also be a schoolmate of yours. You hoped you could protect innocent bystanders from him, and maybe protect him from himself. It seems you’ve arrived a moment too late, though.Gloria, an arrogant young vigilante who you’ve been getting to know, and to dislike, is wiping blood off her sword and looking down with contempt at the slumped body of a massive wolf, its fur matted with blood, that lies on the forest floor in front of her. You think the wolf is still breathing, but you don’t know how long that will last. Her white leather trenchcoat is torn in several places. Ajani, a tall, muscular Indian guy who’s the de-facto leader of their little monster-hunting group, is holding his upper arm, and you can see a series of massive claw-marks torn into his flesh. He looks like he’s about to throw up. His sword is lying on the floor of the clearing, also covered in blood.Gloria turns to you, raising an eyebrow. You realise you’re still dressed in your smart-looking red shirt and trousers, and hope you haven’t gotten too many stains on them. Jill huddles behind you, trying to hide from Gloria’s disdainful glare. “You’re late, husk,” she growls. “Get over here and give me a hand with this beast. Are you carrying any silver? It ought to speed things up.”
>>26509845Gloria’s alone, for the moment. You can save Zack. You just need to strike now, before Ajani recovers.Try to talk Gloria down. Just because someone’s a vicious man-eating wolf doesn’t mean they need to die.Order Gloria to back off. You’re not going to be talked to like that, and you’re certainly not giving her any silver you’re carrying.Ask Ajani to make the final decision. He seems more reasonable than Gloria.Other((Archives are located at http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Monsterhearts%20Quest and/or http://archive.foolz.us/tg/search/subject/monsterhearts%20quest/type/op/order/asc/ ))
>>26509851>Order Gloria to back off. You’re not going to be talked to like that, and you’re certainly not giving her any silver you’re carrying.
>>26509851[x]Order Gloria to back off. You’re not going to be talked to like that, and you’re certainly not giving her any silver you’re carrying.So how does she intend to explain Zack's death when the body reverts to his human form?
>>26510040>So how does she intend to explain Zack's death when the body reverts to his human form?>implying Paladins and other lawful snob people think that way>>26509851[X]Try to talk Gloria down. Just because someone’s a vicious man-eating wolf doesn't mean they need to die.That, and I'd really like some answers first. It wouldn't feel right to have others exact revenge for our sister.
We're a manipulator, an asshole, a rapist and an abomination defying the natural cycle of life, but I'd hate to be a murderer just yet.
>>26510262She will kill him then totally ditch, leaving zack her with us dead in the woods.We should maneuver so that once we tell her to fuck off we can intercept the incoming kill blow.>>26510310it occurs to me just now from what you said that we have a serious dorian gray vibe going on. (or at least, our darkest self does and that is leaking into us)
>>26509851>Try to talk Gloria down. Just because someone’s a vicious man-eating wolf doesn’t mean they need to die.Mostly because I'd rather not have to answer any questions about Zack's untimely demise.Unless this little Hunter troupe were going to cover up their murder of the school's star rugby player.
>>26510345>Unless this little Hunter troupe were going to cover up their murder of the school's star rugby player.Pff- Nah. They're not Primetime Mystery/Murder series heroes with layers upon layers of plans, they're more some haphazard form of neighborhood watch with a small helping of SUPERPOWERS.>>26510340>She will kill him then totally ditch, leaving Zack with us dead in the woods....sounds pretty accurate.>it occurs to me just now from what you said that we have a serious dorian gray vibe going on. (or at least, our darkest self does and that is leaking into us)Nice catch.
>>26509851"Okay, Gloria, that's enough. I'm not your lackey, and I'm not going to be ordered around by you, alright? Back down. Isn't Ajani supposed to be in charge?"Gloria gestures towards Ajani with her sword. He's currently kneeling on the ground, still looking like he's about to throw up. "He's obviously in no fit state to lead, which puts me in command. And I am not going to put up with insubordination, particularly from an abomination against the holy order of things. Now, I ordered you to get over here and assist me.""And I said no, Gloria. What the hell do you think you're doing? How are you even going to explain the body?"Gloria scowls at you. "The Lord will provide for me. I know he will. He must." She seems a little shaky there. "And it is of no consequence. Evil must be destroyed. This beast is a murderer and a creature of foul and profane magic. It must die."Jill steps out from behind you, walking towards Gloria. "You know something?" she asks casually. "You sound just like my mother. Thoughtless, arrogant, self-centered, self-righteous. I'm really starting to hate that sort of person." She stretches out her arm. Ajani's sword rises into the air and darts towards her, stopping a foot or so from her outstretched hand. "Get away from him. Get away from us. Now."Gloria raises her sword and levels it at Jill. "You think you can challenge a warrior of the Host? Come, then."What do you want to do? It looks like you need to act fast, or there'll be blood.
>>26510450"It's one thing to put down mindless zombies, but it's another when you're about to kill Zack, star rugby player, and one of our classmates. And as good as you think you are, Gloria, you're up against two to one, and she can stop you with her mind. Now I suggest you see to Ajani, while I see to Zack."
>>26510450I say we the bitch, her whole fighting seems to be based around the sword, so if we rush her as she raises it (for the swing) or kick dirt in her eyes and go in whilst she is blinded the we can grab her sword hand and beat her senseless.
>>26510591>I say we rush the bitch,
>>26510450...oh for fuck's SAKE girl, get it together. You might be an angel, but the fact that you're also corporeal makes me wonder about your authority.Say ((>>26510517)), then"The Lord does not owe you anything, and if what I learned is any indication he even put witches up for trial before killing them".> Gloria, you're up against two to one, Leave out the numbers game. She probably at thinks she's strong enough to replicate the shit biblical angels pull and I don't feel that trying to prove her wrong is a productive endeavour.So MH is like WoD in that God YHWH most likely exists but cba most of the time?>>26510591>>26510599Let's make that the backup plan, perhaps? If she moves to attack while we speak all bets ar off.
>>26510591>>26510599We have a telekinetic; why not just as Jill to rip the sword from Gloria's grasp? Maybe remotely break a finger or two?TK is hella powerful when used right.
>>26510624I think we are best on offense in this situation, but If the vote swings for talking then feel free to take it as a backup.>>26510626because so far Jill is uninvolved supernaturally, if we can keep it that way its another ace up our sleeve.
>>26510665>because so far Jill is uninvolved supernaturallyShe just TKed Ajani's sword to herself. It's pretty obvious now that she's not uninvolved.
>>26510626>; why not just as Jill to rip the sword from Gloria's grasp? Maybe remotely break a finger or two?Well, it's kind of dangerous to escalate things when divine shit is involved.
>>26510691ah, my mistake.
>>26510450((Ok, two votes for talking Gloria down, one vote for asking Jill to disarm Gloria, one for rushing Gloria, and two for having rushing as the backup plan if talking doesn't work. Writing.))
>>26510736"Are you sure about this, Gloria? This isn't some mindless corpse you're killing. It's Zack, from the rugby team - one of our classmates. He's an innocent, Gloria - he doesn't have any control over what he's doing.Go see to Ajani. He looks like he needs your help. I'm going to see to Zack."Gloria falters a little. "But... no. I... I am the sword of the Lord God, he guides my arm, his light shall lead me through dark places...""God doesn't owe you anything, Gloria. Put down your sword."Gloria's sword wavers, then dips a little. She turns, and takes a step towards Ajani - And that's when the wolf rises silently from the floor and hurls itself at her. She's knocked to the ground, her sword spinning through the air and her arms pinned under its huge paws. The wolf is panting, its body haggard, its side still bleeding heavily, but its fangs are bared and snarling as it looms over her.What do you do?
>>26510948I... HATE... rescuing bitches...
>>26510948"God dammit, Zack! I'm trying to give you a goddamn chance here, but you are making it really bloody difficult. "Jill can you lock Zack down for now?"Are we going to have to push Zack's nose into the ground like an unruly dog?
>>26510948Shoulder barge/ kick the wolf, then shout in Gloria's face to take Ajani and get out while you hold it off
>>26510948Take the sword, behead Ajani...not.Kick the wolf away and let Jill take care of Gloria. That includes restraining her. Chris should hold the wounded wolf down until it gives up/faints/transform to human.
>>26510999>Are we going to have to push Zack's nose into the ground like an unruly dog?If that's what needs doing then we shall do it....we do get off from control after all.> "God dammit, Zack! I'm trying to give you a goddamn chance here, but you are making it really bloody difficult. "Jill can you lock Zack down for now?"That and tell Gloria to get out once the body is off her cause I'd really rather speak to her flight instincts then risk another IM A HEEERO LOOK AT MEEEEE moment, especially since it could end badly for us as well. Kid seems to get high from JUSTICE. Oh, and help Jill cause we really don't know how good a telekine she is.
>>26510948smack zack in the head..HARD.grab him and throw him off gloria. bind zack with anything you can find (maybe jill has something in her handy bag or some clothes might do) then call avril about those silver chains.
>>26511202>>26511215and here i am just after voting as always...
>>26511252((Eh, if I've only just started writing and it's not something that totally changes everything I'm doing, I can fit it in - the silver chains bit, for instance, I might be able to incorporate.))
We should have Jill smack Zack with the spoon, but whatever. Too late
>>26511215Doesn't simple contact with silver cause burning as if in contact with a strong acid for werewolves?
>>26511326effects depends on the setting but its always one of the best ways to detain werewolves. considering avril mentioned it, it means it certainly is effective.silvers effect was kinda like a acid or something hot burning through skin, thinking back at the time jill stabbed him.
>>26511202You rush forward, sturdy branch ready, and try to shove Zack off of Gloria. The wolf is still focused on its prey, and doesn't notice you until it's too late - one good shoulder barge and a kick, and it goes rolling to one side, Gloria scrambling for her sword. "Grab Ajani and get out of here!" you shout back over your shoulder. "Jill! Can you lock Zack down?""I'll try", she replies grimly. The wolf gets to its feet, and you can see it crouch as it prepares to pounce on you, when one of its legs suddenly jerks out from under it. It snarls, fighting to regain its balance and pulling hard against the invisible force trying to move its leg. You can hear a lot of noise behind you, but you're trying to keep your eyes on the wolf, watching it pull its feet back under it and turn its head to growl at you again."Damn it, Gloria, we need to go!" That's Ajani speaking behind you - more scuffling noises. You really hate trying to be the good guy sometimes. You step forward, feinting left and right with the branch, watching the wolf shift its weight from paw to paw. There's a jerk as one of its legs twitches, but it's much less forceful than before and the wolf isn't even unbalanced. You don't dare look over your shoulder to see how Jill's doing. Another step to the side - you're starting to circle the wolf now. Your foot slips slightly on a wet leaf - not much, but it's enough to put you off your stance for a moment. The wolf springs at you.((Roll 2d6, best of two.))
Rolled 3, 1 = 4>>26511535
Rolled 1, 5 = 6>>26511535
>>26511562>>26511564We really aren't made for direct combat, are we.
>>26511535he is already hurt. we should find a way to restrain him soon before thing get out of hand. dont be afraid to hurt him, he has regen and we cant stop him without hurting him. just make it as quick and safe as possible.
>>26511611we should have +1 i think, is that right? if it is, then 7 is good enough. at least there wont be any disasters unless we choose to create one.
>>26511564((With your +1 Volatile that's just barely a success, but a qualified one. You've hit the wolf, and done it some damage, and it's already quite battered. Still, you're going to have to choose:Take some harm yourselfZack gets a String on you for later - this might take the form of a nagging injury, since Strings can be spent to boost harmBecome your Darkest Self. Do please recall what happened last time you picked this option.Also, vote on whether or not you want to target the wolf's leg again - if you go for the old injury you'll probably not be able to do so again, but it would do more damage by spending your String for +1 harm. ))
>>26511698>Take some harm yourselfOur Darkest Self has to learn that its charms are useless against the other supernatural threats. Really, it thinks it can dance on the world stage when we're getting our ass kicked during high school?
>>26511698Take some harm yourselfThis^
>>26511734>>26511698Don't go for the old wound yet; I want to use the String to get Zack under our thumb.
>>26511698>[X]Take some harm yourselfShame about our shirt.
>>26511698>[x]Take some harm yourselftarget arms and legs to restrict his movement and then restrain him. then get him into silver chains and tend to jill and ourselves while waiting for him to turn back to human, time to have some serious talk with this puppy.(chains might not be necessary if he turns into human sooner)
>>26511698Take the harm.
>>26511761>Shame about our shirt.We'll have to go and buy another before the dinner.
>>26511781it not our dinner clother we have on if i remember correctly. its just some other nice clothing.
>>26511813No, it's the dinner clothes we just bought, because we haven't changed out of them.
>>26511698>Do please recall what happened last time you picked this option.I TRY NOT TO, MH.I TRY NOT TO.
>>26511698((Okay, writing. No-one voting to use the string, so you're just doing 1 harm.))
>>26511952considering how injured he already is, he shouldnt be able to put that much of a fight anymore.
>>26511952This is going to hurt... You raise the stick, trying to keep the wolf's jaws off your arm again. Your block is pretty well timed, and there's a loud snap as the stick is sliced in half by the enormous fangs of the wolf. It raises a paw and knocks you off your feet in a single blow, but you manage to roll to the side before it can bring its paw down on you and thrust the shattered end of the branch into the wound Gloria already left in its side. There's a howl of pain, and you drag yourself to your feet. The wolf slumps to the ground again. You glance around - Jill is kneeling on the ground, holding her head. It looks like she's got a nasty nosebleed as well. Ajani is holding Gloria's arm with his one good arm and talking to her in low, angry tones. She's picked her sword up and is gesturing towards you as she argues with him.You check your clothes. Dammit, you just bought these. No massive tears. They're covered in leafs, dirt and stains, but you should be okay once you clean them. Hell, maybe it'll be fashionable. Avril seems to love nature. That reminds you - you take out your phone and call Avril. You ask her about those silver chains she mentioned. "Yeah, I can bring them over. Do you know where you are?" She chuckles. "In the woods. Right. I'll find you soon enough. Keep an eye on Zack until I get there. A wounded animal can be really dangerous." She hangs up.Check on Jill.Check on Ajani and GloriaJust watch the wolf. It was faking once...Other
>>26512186>Just watch the wolf. It was faking once...
>>26512186>Just watch the wolf. It was faking once...>OtherCall out to Jill."Jill! You okay?"Bloody hell, Zack, I just bought this shirt! You are making it very hard to stay your friend, and that's before we include my sister in this."
>>26512186>[x]Check on JillA nosebleed means she's overloaded her powers, doesn't it? I hope she's okay...
>>26512186>restrain wolf. rope if there are, if not some clothes. anything useful.>[x]Check on Jill.while taking care of jill tell gloria and zack "go and tend to yourselves. i'll deal with the puppy and we'll talk later. go now!" make them go before avril arrives. use our cold charm or ordering-super-power-thing if necessary.
>>26512246>"Bloody hell, Zack, I just bought this shirt! You are making it very hard to stay your friend, and that's before we include my sister in this."Aight.
>>26512186((Okay, 2 votes for checking on Jill, 2 votes to keep watching the wolf - if no-one wants to break the tie, I'll roll in a few minutes.))
>>26512509check on Jill, stay paranoid
>>26512522>stay paranoidStay paranoid by looking away from the werewolf that likes to play dead?
>>26512186>[x]Check on Jill.Keep one eye on the wolf, but we need to make sure our friend is okay. Also, Gloria is scary. I don't want to talk to her til Ajani can hold her back.
>>26512539>Gloriagloria is easy to deal with. she is easily read and predictable.
>>26512579She also has what looks to be a magic sword.She can take us out if we don't have backup.
>>26512602again>gloria is easy to deal with. she is easily read and predictable.just dont give her a reason to.
>>26512574You give the wolf another brief kick, and it doesn't move, so you head over to check on Jill. You kneel down next to her - she's holding her head with one hand and trying to mop up the bleeding from her nose with the other. "Hey. How are you doing? Looks like that took a lot out of you."Jill nods, then winces. "Yeah. We got him, though. Worth it." Her voice is slightly muffled by the blood-soaked tissue she's holding to her nose, and you fish a new one out of her handbag. "Thanks. Ow.""You going to be okay?" Jill nods her head briefly.You glance over at Gloria and Ajani. They're still arguing quietly, their body language fast and aggressive. Gloria points at you a couple of times. You get up and call over to them "You guys should go tend to your wounds. I can deal with the werewolf from here. We'll talk later."Ajani turns, keeping one hand on Gloria's arm. "Are you sure you'll be okay, Chris? I don't want to leave you here with just a broken branch to defend yourself.""I'll be fine." You try and focus, projecting a stern tone into your voice. "Go, now."Ajani blinks and shakes his head. "Yeah, yeah. Okay. If you say you'll be fine, you'll be fine. We'll see you on Tuesday, remember." He takes Gloria's arm, whispers something to her, and points forcefully, out of the forest. After a moment, she nods, and they walk off. You breath a sigh of relief.((Cont.))
>>26513099You wait a little longer, crouching by Jill and helping her stem her nosebleed, and after about five or ten minutes Avril comes strolling out of the forest, a group of tiny tree-man things, like miniature Ents perhaps a foot tall, following her with a long silver chain being carried between them. She smiles, and gestures in the direction of the prone wolf. Her helpers scurry over to it, setting the chain in long loops circling the werewolf, and Avril walks over to you, holding out her hand to help you up.She pulls you to your feet, and then helps Jill up, casting an appraising eye over your clothes. “Nice choice, but you didn’t need to add the forest touch. That’ll happen sooner or later anyway,” she laughs. “Now we just need to get our werewolf secured, and he ought to turn back to human at sunrise. I can have people watch him until then. What are you planning to do once he’s come to his senses?”
>>26513119See what he remembers, first off. From that we should hopefully have a couple leads at whose behind this, as well as seeing if he was controlled or we need to put him down
>>26513119"Talk to him about his transformations, see if he's going to try to control them. I want to at least give him a chance to keep his inner beast under control."And if he can't...well. A man should get his business in order before checking out, and I'll help him with that."
>>26513177>>26513164Come to think of it, what was England's stance on assisted euthanasia?
>>26513119"We can talk to him, see if he is aware of the changes and if he is if there is any consistency to them. Then deal with them appropriately."
>>26513119"i might be okay with the forest 'touch', but i gotta get wolf blood out of this thing. i'll start by having a talk with him. i need to know for certain how much he remembers and or how much he is in control. i am sure getting those answers out of him will not be the hard part. we'll see how it goes after the talk. probably, i'll look for a sure way to help him, if it turns out i absolutely cannot help him, i'll need to help everyone else in town."
>>26513191It's illegal and a crime to help someone die. At the moment the best you can do is travel to the netherlands or somewhere where is it legal and have it done there but there has been mentions of making it a crime to assist someone in doing that.It is something heavily frowned upon legally.
>>26513191murder, it is
>>26513263its not quite murder because sentance is capped at 14 years for assisting a suicide. Providing we can prove it was suicide and not murder that is.
>>26513119[X] Deliver an ultimatum, of course.
i wish it was a female werewolf. then we could say "you are my bitch now" to her.
>>26513398"Well, we need to talk to him, see if he's aware of the changes. I need to know how much he remembers, how much he's in control. If there's any way for him to keep his inner beast under control, we should help him. If he can't, then I guess we need to put him down."You look over at where Zack is lying. The tiny tree-people are trying and failing to throw the silver chain over the wolf's massive bulk. You walk over, picking up the chain, and toss it across to the other side. As it falls across the wolf's fur there's a massive sizzling, hissing sound, like food burning on a barbecue. The wolf suddenly jerks to life with a roar, springing forwards. It bowls you over, still howling in pain, and leaps forward.You roll over, pulling your face out of the dirt. The wolf rears up over Avril and Jill, and lashes out with one massive paw. Jill screams, and the wolf is thrown bodily into the air. It lands with a thump next to you, and shakily pulls itself to its feet. There's a strange, shimmering look to it, and it suddenly looks all wrong - you have to avert your eyes as the massive bulk of the wolf suddenly collapses in on itself in an impossible way. When you look back, Zack is lying on the ground on his hands and knees, staring at his hands. He looks like he's in shock. Jill is clutching her arm and sobbing, and Avril is holding her, stroking Jill's arm.What do you want to do?
>>26513857"look away"Roman execution-it's quick
>>26513857See how badly Jill's arm is wounded, then tie up Zack before he can recover. I knew the silver chain would cause problems.
>>26513857See to Jill. Afterwards, see how rational zack is.
>>26513857"Alright Zack, listen carefully. You are going to tell me everything you know about what you are, what you've done, and who may have been controlling you. You agree and I'll kill you fast. You don't cooperate, I will skin you alive for what you just did
>>26513857look at zack and call outto him making sure to get his attention "zack i am trying my hardest to help you, but you are testing the limits of my patience. if you so much as move from there while i go look at jill, i am going to tear you apart with my bare hands. stay there, we'll have things to talk about"go check on jill."jill, are you okay? over-using you power like that cant be good for you, i am sorry you had to go through all this. i am going to try and prevent it from ever happening again."
>>26514001also hold jill's hand and hug her. that always had a good effect on her.
>>26514220You sigh, pulling yourself to your feet. "Listen carefully, Zack. I've been trying my hardest to help keep you alive, but you're really trying my patience. If you move a muscle while I go and check on Jill, I'm going to tear you apart myself. Stay."Zack doesn't answer you, or even seem to register you much. He's curled up into a ball and is still staring at his hands.You kneel down by Jill, inspecting her arm. There's four long, parallel slashes, each looking fairly deep. They're not bleeding as much as you'd expect, but they look fairly worrying. Avril is slowly stroking Jill's injured arm, holding her tight. You give Jill a hug, holding her good hand, and look her over. Apart from her arm, she doesn't look too bad - there's some nasty bruises on her legs where she fell over, and some dried blood on her upper lip. Avril leans down, takes hold of the hem of her short green dress, and rips it firmly, tearing off a long strip. She ties the fabric carefully around Jill's arm, still stroking the wounds. Jill raises her good arm and hugs you both back. "Jill, I'm so sorry. Are you okay? I'm going to try and -"She cuts you off with a kiss. "I'll live, Chris. It doesn't even hurt as much as I thought it would." Jill giggles a little. "I hope that's not nerve damage... I feel a little lightheaded. Go see to Zack."You leave her clutching Avril and walk back over to Zack, picking up the silver chain. "Alright, Zack. Let's have a little talk, you and me."((Cont.))
>>26514702You lean down and start wrapping the silver chain around Zack’s wrists and ankles. It doesn’t seem to burn him in his human form.“Now, you’re going to tell me everything you know about what you are, what you’ve done, and anyone who may be controlling you. Got it?”You wait for a moment. “Zack? Zack, are you listening to me?” You wave your hand in front of Zack’s face, and he starts. “What? I... huh? Chris? I had the worst nightmare... what are you doing in my room?”Zack pauses, and looks around. “This... isn’t my room. What’s going on?” He looks over at Jill. “That... wasn’t a nightmare, was it?”"No, Zack, it wasn't. Have you been having a lot of these 'nightmares'?""I... not lately. A week or two back... Oh, god. I really hurt some people, didn't I? I couldn't think, I just... I was hungry, and then there was pain, and people in my way... Chris. What the hell is happening to me?"
>>26514750"You are a werewolf" use that demanding cold voice "Now remember, and tell me, how did you come to be a werewolf ? Is there anyone who knows about it? Is there anyone who controls your actions?"
>>26514750"You are a werewolf, Zack. A real one, just like in some movies.The hunger you feel, is from being such thing. Tell me about it, Zack. What do you hunger for?"
>>26514702>She cuts you off with a kiss.Is this the first time she kissed us? I was beginning to think she only liked Avril.>"I... not lately. A week or two back... Oh, god. I really hurt some people, didn't I? I couldn't think, I just... I was hungry, and then there was pain, and people in my way... Chris. What the hell is happening to me?""You've hurt a lot of people and you're in big trouble, Zack. I'm here to help. But you're going to need to do exactly what I say. First of all, did something happen to you to start all this?"
>>26514939she did it before. the word "kiss" wasnt used as i remember, so thats probably why you missed it.
>>26514939I think we were kissed on the cheek before, but that's it
>>26514750((Aargh, connection issues. Writing now.))
>>26515174“You’re a werewolf, Zack. Yes, like in the movies. You’ve hurt a lot of people and you’re in big trouble. But I can help you. Just do what I say and tell me what I need to know. Do you remember how you became a werewolf? And does anyone else know about this?”Zack seems somewhat woozy, but he nods. “Uh, I think... maybe I got bitten at some point? I’m not sure. That’s how werewolves get made... I remember feeling really angry. Coach was going to put me in reserve for this match, I was shouting at him, and I just felt so claustrophobic, like I was caged in by all the walls, and I ran outside and then I just remember feeling hungry and angry and then...” He reaches down and touches his side. His fingers come away wet with blood. “Someone stabbed me? I got stabbed, didn’t I? And I got so angry and I just had to... bite everything. And then something was burning me and I had to make the pain go away... I couldn’t think, I just had to move.” He stops and thinks. “Uh... I don’t think anyone else knows... I guess you guys know. And... I think someone else knows? There was someone here before who didn’t smell like anything I can smell now... and I think they’ll notice when I show up with a stab wound in my side. But I don’t think anyone’s talked to me about it at school or anything. Uh... was that everything you wanted to know?” He seems pretty scared. He’s shivering against the chains... or that might just be freezing metal against naked skin. It’s fairly cold out here.
>>26515701"You better spend the night with someone you can trust and won't ask much.The guys who were here before, I can deal with them. You, however, should stay low for a while, and not get in any fight/discussion."
>>26515701"Okay, so anger seems to trigger your transformation. And maybe having a lot of silver on you can force the transformation back; it's either that or a lot of pain, enough to knock you out."Maybe you can keep this side of you under control with this, but it's going to depend a lot on you. And if you can't..."Honestly, this doesn't look too good for Zack. He's killed people; he might kill again. But we don't execute people who've accidentally killed people with their cars, so maybe there's hope for him.
>>26515701we never get it easy do we. he knows nothing, what the fuck are we gonna do now? "Zack you attacked littl girls. You attacked us, Jill is bleeding there right now. Last time i saw you in wolf form you were chasing my little sister and her friend and i got just in time to prevent you from killing the little girl. We have to find a way to control this. You have to learn to control yourself. Otherwise you'll keep hurting people and we cannot allow that.I'd like to keep you locked and secure till we figure things out but we cant just lock you away, but you need a place to turn. I am gonna look into it and find you a place to go and turn. You'll have to go there to be chained and locked every time you turn. Nexttime you lurk around attacking people, i am not gonna be tracking you to help you."
>>26515701I don't think we can let him go. Who knows when he'll get angry again and kill someone else? Either we let that happen, we keep him prisoner forever, or we let Ajani kill him. Unless somebody out there has a magic way of fixing this. Maybe we could give him to Avril's dad?
>>26515701((Okay, writing now. My computer and internet have been acting really weird, so this one might also take a while - sorry about earlier and possible future delays.))
>>26516165You sigh again, rubbing your forehead slowly. It couldn't just be nice and easy, could it? "All right, Zack. We really need to find some way to keep this side of you under control. I can deal with the guys who were here before, don't worry about that. For the moment, you need to lay low - is there anyone you can trust, who'll let you spend the night if you show up like this?"Zack tries to straighten out, the silver chains rattling around his arms, and examines himself. He's got some nasty wounds - that hole in his side shrank along with the rest of him, but it's still bleeding in a worrying fashion. There's a few other cuts on his arms and legs, and a nasty bruise is slowly spreading across his face from where you shoulder-barged the wolf off Gloria."Uhhh... not really. I think all my friends would take me to the hospital if they saw me like this, and they might have the right idea. Plus I could do with some clothes. I probably left my team kit in pieces somewhere back there... coach is going to kill me for losing it.""Zack, focus. We can sort out clothes later. We need to figure out what to do about your transformations first. You hurt people, Zack. Jill is bleeding over there. Last time I saw you as a wolf you were chasing my little sister and her friend, and we only just stopped you eating a little girl. Maybe we can lock you away when you turn, but it seems like anger triggers your transformation. Maybe lots of silver could turn you back."((Cont.))
>>26516733Avril walks up next to you and puts her hand on your shoulder. “I’ve been looking at cures for lycanthropy,” she says. “Most of it doesn’t look good, I’m afraid – stuff that clearly wouldn’t work on a real werewolf, like calling it by its name three times, or rituals that require more raw magical power than any of us can put out. There’s a potion we could try, wild rose and wolfsbane and a couple of more exotic herbs. If we get the mixing or the dosage even slightly wrong, though... wolfsbane is incredibly poisonous. Or we could keep locking him up with silver chains and bars. The wolf won’t be able to break through them.”“How’s Jill doing?”“She’s recovering, I think. I stopped the bleeding from her arm, but she really needs to rest and recover somewhere safe. I don’t know if we can send her back to her mother like this.”“Okay. Could your father help with Zack’s problem? Either curing it or just providing a safe place to contain him?”Avril shakes her head. “He probably *could* cure Zack, but we don’t have anything to offer him in exchange, and it wouldn’t be a small favour we’d be asking. And keeping pure humans in other realms for long periods of time isn’t good for them. Wrong sort of air, wrong energies. It’d be strictly a short-term solution. Zack needs to get this thing under control himself.” Zack looks frightened. “Chris, isn’t there anything else you can think of? I don’t want to hurt anyone else, but... I don’t know what to do on my own.”
>>26516744"I'm afraid that at the moment, the only thing that will help is you keeping calm, and avoid strong emotions.Your condition...it's gonna change your whole life forever. I'm sorry."Imagine if he transforms right during a rugby match? It would be the end of his life, probably literally.
>>26516744Suck pretty bad if he lost it in the hospital, too. We've got to keep him tied up till we find a way of dealing with this. But I don't necessarily think we should tell him that, even if he is covered in silver. I think the wolfsbane is worth trying, because if he can't be cured there's nothing else we can do. We are so clearly out of our depth, and I wish we could just go back to deciding who to make out with first.
>>26516744Any nearby abandoned area's we could lock wolf boy up in til we figure something out thats a bit more permanent?
>>26516744((Okay, writing. We're going to have to end within a few updates, it's 4am. Sorry for the slowness of tonight's thread.))
>>26517195You're not the only one slow, don't worry.
>>26517195"I think the only think that will help for the moment is keeping calm and avoiding strong emotions. This is going to change your whole life, man. I'm sorry."Zack nods, looking pretty downcast. "I figured it might, but... it's different hearing someone say it like that." He lifts his wrists, the silver chain dangling from them. "I guess I need this. Although, uh... does anyone have any clothes?"Avril clicks her fingers, and one of the miniature tree-men waddles over, carrying something that looks like a thin blanket. She tosses it to Zack, and he wraps it awkwardly around himself. "Uh, thanks. What the hell is that thing?" He points at the tree-thing."It's not really a thing at all," Avril replies. "It's kind of complicated. Werewolves are real, magic is real. Don't worry about it.""Okay, whatever you say. I'm still hoping this is all some crazy dream I'm going to wake up from soon.""It's more the other way around." That's Jill, apparently feeling better now. "Normal life, where werewolves were just imaginary? That was the dream. This is waking up. Sorry it's not a pleasant awakening."Zack eventually heads back towards school in the hope that he can sneak into the changing rooms and recover his clothes. Avril goes with him to help distract any searchers.Jill sits down next to you, clutching her bandaged arm. She sighs, brushing mud off her dress. "Why can't we ever have a nice evening for once?"Is there anything you want to do before Sunday's dinner?
>>26517823I guess we don't have any time left to visit Ms. WHite? The teacher one, not Jill's mother.
>>26517880((You could probably fit in a brief visit Sunday morning, if you like. You're not supposed to be meeting Avril until about 1pm.))
>>26517823New clothes, or clean up our current clothes. See if we can patch Jill up before she goes back to her mother's.Also, incoming meta.Zack popping back out of Darkest Self after hurting Jill means he's sweet on our girl. We ought to have a word with him, but cautiously. We don't want to make him too angry.
>>26517904Eh, better not. Don't want to risk anything, and be unable to leave her place. /paranoiaANyway, I don't think there's much left to do now. So, skip?
>>26517823go shopping with Jill, and maybe Avril
>>26517942No, let it go. If he forces the issue we can gently let him know that she's with a woman, that should be enough.
>>26517823((Okay, writing now.))>>26517981((Anything in particular you're planning to get? Most shops will probably be shut on Sunday, but it can always be fitted in at some point. The MC is assumed to have a fair bit of free time that's not on-screen.))
>>26518099we just need a new shirt, maybe a jacket to go with it. Jill's dress got tore up for a bandage, too, we can chat while she browses. if we have money left over, get Jill and Avril something nice each-we've dragged them into some heavy shit, they deserve something for sticking by us
>>26518099You see about trying to clean up your clothes. They'll probably need a proper wash tonight, but you can get most of the mud and dirt off fairly easily. The bandage of green fabric that Avril wrapped around Jill's arm is soaked with blood, but when she takes it off to clean the wound with a bottle of water, the gashes look distinctly smaller and less ragged than you remember. They also don't start bleeding again, although you get a proper bandage just in case. Jill thinks that Avril might have done something to speed up the healing.You get up Sunday morning feeling fairly exhausted from all the excitement of the night before. Hopefully a nice formal dinner will be less physically exerting. Although you're still kind of curious why Avril recommended a red shirt when she always seems to wear green. Maybe it's just a colour-coordination thing.Avril smiles when you and Jill meet her near the edge of the woods, and gives you both a hug. She's carrying a pair of belts with small, ornate sheathed daggers on them. "For tradition's sake", she explains. "You're not expected to actually use them, but I figured it might help. Come on, we've got a fair bit of walking to do." She hurries off into the woods.You're both quite tired by the time you finally emerge into a large clearing, filled with people of all shapes and sizes. Avril claps her hands and announces loudly, "The guests of honour have arrived! Prepare the Hunt!"((Cont.))
>>26518454Everyone turns to watch you as four large deer, each chained to a wheeled platform with long loops of silver chain, are brought out from the crowd.“Uh, Avril?” you whisper. “What’s going on?”“What? I told you we’re having venison for the feast. You two are the guests of honour, so you’re expected to help catch the food. Don’t worry, these deer aren’t nearly as dangerous as that wolf was – you just need to chase them down and stab them a bit, really.”The deer look distinctly large and angry, stamping their hooves on their platforms. The assorted Fae draw back a bit.“Go and pick out a deer each,” Avril urges you, “and then we can get the hunting over with and have a nice meal. One for each of you, one for me, and one for my father. Not that that one really stands a chance. Oh, and... don’t let them get away. It wouldn’t really affect the feast, but it’s sort of embarrassing, you know? Go on, make your choice.”((What, you expected a Fae feast to be normal? That's it for tonight, ladies, gentlemen, and those of you who elect to be neither, but we'll pick things up on Saturday. And maybe one of these days we'll actually start on the dot at 19:00GMT, but don't hold your breath.))
I really hope these deer have always been deer and never anything else.Thanks for the quest, MH. Too bad I'll miss Saturday's.
>>26518480So that's why she suggested a red shirt.
>>26520865poor chris. jill could just float the knives and stab it to death without moving. chris has to wrestle a deer.
>>26522871I wonder if the fairy court would be too offended if we striped down to hunt. I imagine we don't have much of a smell any more, being dead and all, and if we rolled in mud it would probably mask what little odour we have. I figure sneaking up is probably easier than bolting after it.
>>26522988Hey, maybe dying gave us dat dere sexy undead physique and they'll appreciate the view.