You are Ssen, a Lamia raised by a human Paladin who adopted you after killing the ones who birthed you. You are grown now, and Father has passed on. After a great deal of work, you have become a Paladin like your Father, and now take up his duties. You are accompanied by your best friend from childhood, the insect druid Tricia; Mage, a magic user who ran away from his family of cannibal raiders known as the Ghouls (Yes, his name is Mage. It was his idea); Persephone, a 22-year old thief/ex-guerllia fighter (She goes by Peri), and Mari, a 13-year old prodigy scholar/now sniper, who has her mind and soul trapped within Peri's body; and Lea, a deeply religious musician/martial artist, trained by her father, a famous trainer for arena fighters, she's covered from her mouth down in bandages to hide the horrific state her body has become thanks to the 'cures' that saved her from cancer.Your journey continues...Opening theme song (NEW for Season 4!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3FKgL7YVFghttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Quest1d4 chan page w/battle stats: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Lamia_Daughter_Quest
The Battle of White Tree has ended, and your forces have been victorious. Miraculously, the Blessed, White Tree's child soldiers, have been spared. Hopefully, with their front secured, they can return to a normal life.Sadly, that was paid for in the blood of many many people, both from the UFK's Mixed Units, the White Tree Regulars, and the handful of orcs that arrived to do battle with their ancient rivals once more.Sadly, despite the sounds of celebration and partying within White Tree, there is no rest for a Paladin. You've got an ettin idol to inspect, regroup with Jesse-May, and finally...attempt to breach the Citadel Dome.
Heck yes time for todays quest. It'll be some time before anyone else shows, but I am excited.Also, I sort of wonder how well our friends fared in the battle. I bet there's a few soldiers who had some strange experiences with silkworms now, for example. We had an unpleasant time when we first did that.
>ettin idol to "inspect"Maybe we should wait until the magic junk is scrubbed offor not.Can we ship that thing to Stonehall?
>>26607318I believe we're going to be shipping it or one like it back to stone hall. Unless we find out that the heart of the citadel is ALSO the perfect sunning rock once we detatch it form its sinister... I'm gonna say umbilical. It's probably hanging from a sinister dangle. That is my bet.
>Breaching the Citadel DomeWell, I guess we can't put it off any longer.
>>26607372Yep....Also we do need to talk to Lea bout them dragon urges
>>26607372I'm just... trying not to think about it. I mean we still have like, another three or four days, maybe a week on those mind control potions. Easily long enough to ignore the problem for a while.And we should totally inspect that idol at some point for entirely legitimate not sleeping-on-it based reasons. Though I'm equally desirous to see how the new robin did.
>>26607387And I personally would have the crew tested for their own psychological shit with Bliss.The gang needs to have a major pow-wow on what kind of shit the Citadel might throw at us. We already got hit with it before and it'll be stronger this time.
>>26607436Honestly there's so much unknown about the inside of the citadel that I'm more leaning towards gas masks and chemical mind protectors rather than working through our issues so citadel can't get at us.Go full hazmat, we're venturing into the unknown.
>>26607477Yeah, but what happens if the mind protection doesn't work?Because I'm all for the mind protection, I'd just like to know what everybody's flavor of mind rape is going to be so they have a chance to will their way out of it. Ours is certainly Tricia.
>>26607543There's always the pain rocks
>>26607543A fair enough point I can't really refute, other than saying I am almost certain whatever we come up with, we'll get a different flavor of mindrape.>>26607387I am hoping we can kind of play it off. Like in a "Let's try not to have too many more battles, they make me kinda nuts" way.
Rolled 20Oh boy, Lamia Quest.We managed to win without any of the kids dying. That's going in the "win" column.
>>26607608Lets not just play it off. It wouldn't be fair to Lea
>>26607625We've still got to visit the funerary services of all our own troops, and the white tree ones.Lotta good folk got killed. Also who knows how numerous minotaurs are, I feel like we might be using endangered species in battle. I want a census at some point.
>>26607625I just hope that the Blessed some respect.>>26607676Agreed. We need to go to her and do some serious repentance.
>>26607215Mage and Kincaid come up to your new camp. They look unhappy."Okay, bad news." Mage says. "The idol isn't the billitite bullet that we needed to deal with the ettin. Kingfisher isn't stupid, unlike the Dramatae.""Who?" Kincaid asks."Long story." Mage says. "Basically, they aren't connected to each other, and the spell isn't a simple mind control, but a long, slow, mild indoctrination process. Not something we can just fix in a day.""So, we did this for nothing?" Tricia asks."I wouldn't say that." Kincaid says. "From the smoke and sounds of fighting within the Empire's camp, it sounds like the elves did well. Plus the ettin army's scattered and lost a large number of their forces." He shrugs. "We just can wave our hands and make everything better."
Rolled 11>>26607703>I just hope that the Blessed some respect.I don't understand what you're trying to say.
>>26607748>learned some respect
>>26607727I assume you mean "can't wave our hands and make everything better"the can/can't distinction is important, but I will use context here.
Rolled 2>>26607727Kincaid obviously misspoke here.
>>26607727>We just can wave our hands and make everything betterWizards.Well, we'll see, won't we.Also, the traitor. Was he a lone wolf or working with the Phoenix?
Rolled 2>>26607810That is a thing. We should ask about Stafford. Also about how Beacon burning stuff is new.
>>26607727"I suppose the best thing would to be confiscating as many idols as we can whenever we make a push, then. Hopefully the process will fall apart after a few months without reinforcement. Maybe break whatever magic is on the ones we capture, just to make sure it doesn't leak, or whatever magic does."We would also get free rocks out of this deal.
>>26607727>>26607864Since I can never not forget things and tend to ramble, here's smore."Oh well, hopefully our other bullet was more magical. Do we have control over the phoenix rear camps? Or was it just the planned raids?"
>>26607810I sort of want to give condolences to his next of kin, but there's almost no way they would appreciate that.>>266078210it IS kinda worrying, just a little.
>>26608123While discussing it, mention "Beacon never burned anyone before, even people who might have deserved it -- cough, [that military woman whose name escapes me, the one who was working for "First Stone Hall" and slept with teenagers], cough -- and I'd like to figure out why Stafford, whose crime boiled down to being a pompous jerk, so far as I can tell, got his arm scorched."
>>26608286Stafford did also commit treason
>>26608286I believe her name was sally, but let's skip the cough part because A. I am not sure it was sally and B. let's try not to badmouth the dead.The rest, though, I'm 100% for mentioning at some point. While kinkaid and mage are here.
>>26608314Okay, so he was a pompous, treacherous jerk. Still nothing like Peace, or that First Stone Hall woman, or Adahn, or the Doctor. (Adahn might be a bit of a special case as he was largely manipulated by others, but then again, everyone's at least partly a product of their environment.)
"Oh well, hopefully our other bullet was more magical. Do we have control over the phoenix rear camps? Or was it just the planned raids?""Depends on the front." Kincaid says. "We're got them on the run, but they've dug in at the Citadel Wastes nearest to the Dome.""I suppose the best thing would to be confiscating as many idols as we can whenever we make a push, then. Hopefully the process will fall apart after a few months without reinforcement. Maybe break whatever magic is on the ones we capture, just to make sure it doesn't leak, or whatever magic does.""Well," Mage says. "There's a little thing we might be able to do. Kincaid was against it though.""The ettin have had their minds screwed with enough." He says. "No more."Mage rolls his eyes. "This would be FIXING the damage.""No, it's like that plan that you told me the Fey Court did. It's one things for elves to do something like that. However, this plan is all on us, and I say it's just replacing one leash for another."Mage groans. "I want to alter the indoctrination spell in the rock. The ettin will arrive to collect the second heads of the dead. We've already harvested the ones we could and have stacked them up for them to take. As per the agreement. I say we leave the stone with the heads, and I alter the spell so that it replaces the current indoctrination message with a newer one. One that has them break free of the Empire and live as they see fit.""And that's the problem, who are you to say how the ettin should live?""Well, what's the alternative then?" Mage says.
What if it just said to stop worshiping any idols?
>>26608687And maybe throw in some paranoia about mind altering magic?
"What if it just said to stop worshiping any idols?" You say."They'd still be predisposed to serve the Empire." Mage says. "And the UFK is now and forever against slavery...right?" He looks at Lea and Tricia.They nod."Right!" He says. "So, we have to undo the damage.""Not by causing more!" Kincaid says. "If we can drive off the Empire, the ettin tribes will be free of their influence and the indoctrination will wear off over time.""Oh, and all we have to do is hope that the Empire doesn't swoop back in and take them back under their wing in the meantime?" Mage says."No, because WE will be there to protect them." Kincaid says."The whole damn time?""YES. That's what a Paladin DOES." Kincaid says.
>>26608628"Seems simple enough to me. The ettins don't seem to need these rocks like the slaves apparently needed their book- I didn't see any who had their brains mushed from the removal of the idol. We can simply keep stockpiling the idols, until we have all the magical ones the empire distributed. It would take much longer, and wouldn't be the decisive blow we're used to dealing, but it might give them something of a semblance of freedom.That's the alternative that comes off the top of the head, you're free to give me reasons why it won't work now."
Rolled 4>>26608628I'm with Kincaid. Our job is to take leashes off, not put them on.
>>26608740"Gotta side with Kincaid here, We can't just put even more magic into their poor heads, if anything we should help them to be able to resist any future enthrallment."
Rolled 3>>26608740I'm with Kincaid. It's too close to putting our own leash on them.
>>26608751>>26608740damn, I'm late. Okay, moving on. My vote's with Kinkaid on this one, so I will talk to that effect."Mage, I know we're used to striking large blows in problems like these, but there's an alternative here that apparently requires no magical mind manipulation and doesn't have a chance of melting brains. It took the empire years to set up this invasion, once we drive them off, we will have quite some time for the ettins to be in peace away from the phoenix. I hope."
>>26608740Difficult. We might want to table that for later as a long term plan. For now, getting the ettin to stop fighting us is fine.
"Gotta side with Kincaid here, We can't just put even more magic into their poor heads, if anything we should help them to be able to resist any future enthrallment." You say."Can you do that?" Tricia asks."Input a anti-magic enhancement into a race that hates us and wants to kill us?" Mage says. "Yeah, that's a great plan.""Mage..." Lea warns.He sighs and throws up his hands. "I'll see what I can do." He walks off.Kincaid nods at you. "It's hard, but we have to remember that these mean something." He touches his mantle. "Even if they're red."
Rolled 5>>26608841>a race that hates us and wants to kill usYou mean like Ghouls and Lamia? Call me crazy, but I think they're people too, even if they're currently enemies.And some things you don't let happen to people if you can help it, even enemies.
>>26608841"I just dislike all that mind magic nonsense. If I could, I'd keep it from ever being used at all. Next best thing I suppose is to learn as much as we can about it. Know your enemy and all.Speaking of, do you know much about the Ettins? What's the deal with that second head, anyway? And the blueness? I've been dying to ask."
>>26608841"At times they're a weight, at others a ballast in the storm. Being a fur trader would have been a lot easier, though, right Tricia?"
Rolled 10>>26609019I'll second this.
>>26608975Yeah We have been hit with too many mind spells to use that kind of stuff.
>>26609019>>26608975Supporting both of these
>>26609019What would have that quest have been like?We know the lamia would have lead us to rebelling against human encroachment.
>>26609190the fur trader quest would have been more mercenary, and involved a LOT more shenanigans with the merchant guild, robin's crew, and bounty boards.
>>26609215>more robin's crew
>>26609242We'd be using barney as a davinci-style pocket inventor to propel our big game hunts against improbable creatures. We'd have had numerous more days off. We would have a manor instead of a lighthouse, and a company instead of an order. We'd have never been wounded in the stone hall assaults, which means we'd not have had tender moments with tricia OR gone to the ball, which means no tricia romance and no tricia buggifying.I could go on.
>>26609323We were having moments with Tricia before Stone Hall.
>>26609383Yeah, but they were silly moments that could easily have turned out to be nothing in alternatezone. Or not, whatever, I don't actually want an alternate dimension what-if-xyz battle.
>>26609421What if Citadel IS alternatezone?
>>26609439No, Citadel is the Schwarzvelt. Well, at least it was before we halted its' rapid growth. Now it's just the Zone before Clear Sky fucked up.
>>26609215And eventually Ssen would have been a dragon forever.>"THIS KINGDOM IS MINE NOW. THE NORTH IS ALSO MINE. FUCK CITADEL, MINE. PHEONIX EMPIRE, I'M COMING FOR YOU NEXT. SOMEBODY FETCH ME A WARM ROCK SO I CAN BE COMFORTABLE WHILE PERFORMING MY VILLAINOUS LAUGH."
>>26609510we REALLY need to look into how the other lamia are going. I expect gold-hoarding merchant stereotypes inside of 50 years.>>26609505>>26609439Yeah, it's schwarzvelt as fuck. Part of it may or may not be alternatezone, since that can totally happen in the zone.
>>26609546>the international lamia conspiracyI can totally see it, with Ssen herself theorized as being at its head. She is the Rothschild of the UFK.
>>26609546>In the future, all lamiae are employed as bankers and money handlersI'm okay with that
>>26609645>UFK's version of Wall Street is dominated by the quick thinking Lamia and the ruthless risk taking Orcs.
>>26609693>Who are effortless undermined by the Mermen>Who are then bought out by Old One
>>26609720Makes me wonder where humanity will fit in in all that.
>>26609720>humanity goes about living their lives in stubborn ignorance
>>26609759given the breeding rate of lamia: Most places. Including wallstreet. Also apologies to echo for getting so offtrack, but we love our semi-shadowrun future.
Rolled 16>>26609759They will be the exploited laboring class.Also, what's Morningstar? I thought we had Enlightenment and Benediction?
>>26609790we might have eventually named that second one morningstar.We were unsure what to call it other than "beacon flare" for a long while.
>>26609720Mer are busy being scientists alongside the lamiae that don't go into finance. Leviathan brain is good at science.
Rolled 20>>26609807I thought we had named it Benediction?
>>26609790>>26609807>Morningstar>Ssen is the setting equivalent of Satan>Lucifer MorningstarFfffffuck
>>26609790Morningstar is Benediction or all our friends get crits mode. We just preferred it to be called Morningstar due to the meta "Ssen is Satan" thing.
Hey, I just realized something: Remember whatshername, the last Three-Eye? We could chat her up about genetics and fleshsculpting. I mean, sure, she vehemently hates us to the point that we are her sole reason for living, but she could potentially un-sterilize Tricia. Also she could fix that whole "Human Genetics violently overwrite everyone else' DNA" thing. To top it off, she has her basic genetic profile to work with, so couldn't she easily resurrect her entire species given enough volunteers? I'm sure we could find SOME. She could even take on some students, like Mage, who I am surprised has not accidentally seduced her yet.
>>26608841in an effort to keep us from drifting into creating our own science fiction progression of this setting:"Mage is a nice guy, he'll get over the whole making our enemies stronger for their own good thing. Which I suppose means we have to give the idol back?Damn, I was hoping I could keep it after all this magic stuff blew over."
>>26609968I'd imagine inventing artificial wombs would be a more fruitful venture.
>>26609968We don't know her name, call her Nakai. Also she was a student, so we'd have to do some significant archeology and research to even be able to work on what she has.
>>26609968I still take a kind of dim view on the "humanization" thing. It sounds like the kind of lie a God would feed the Crafters to justify their developing sense of racial superiority. And we KNOW they had a God manipulating them.
"At times they're a weight, at others a ballast in the storm. I just dislike all that mind magic nonsense. If I could, I'd keep it from ever being used at all. Next best thing I suppose is to learn as much as we can about it. Know your enemy and all."Speaking of, do you know much about the Ettins? What's the deal with that second head, anyway? And the blueness? I've been dying to ask.""It's actually not really a 'head' in the fact that it has senses." Kincaid says. "It's like...a rooster's crest or waddle. Some people think it's similar to a camel's hump. I personally think it's what lets such a big being to move with such 'grace.' We do know for certain that the males groom the second head extensively to impress females. The world will never stop being weird.""Huh, that's the truth. Being a fur trader would have been a lot easier, though, right Tricia?""Knowing you, we'd probably still be blowing up mountains." Tricia says."Kincaid?" You ask. "Do you know anything about my weapon?""You wield the Beacon, right?" Kincaid looks at it. "Last time I saw this, it was your father's blade, and before that, a bow.""Right, well...that was the first time I ever saw it burn someone." You say. "I've blasted worse sinners with that beam, and nothing like that's happened before."Kincaid shrugs. "Beacon is a fickle artifact, and has more than a few stories attached to it." He strokes his chin. "Maybe it saw Stafford as betraying His Light and committing grand heresy.""We've fought others who've turned their back on His Light." Lea says."While they still claimed to serve it?""Yeah, Allbread...wait...no...she had donned a Dramatae mask." Tricia says. "Huh. You think that's it?"Kincaid shrugs. "That, or all the fighting and magic, caused the raw magic discharge that Beacon gives off to be more powerful. That's a worldly explanation at least.""Anyway, I have to talk with Avery about arranging the funeral pyres, and finishing the wall repairs. Anything else?"
>>26610038our friends DID find some evidence that it could be true, given elf/human family trees. I worry.
>>26610066The best-crafted lies are the ones that COULD be true.>>26610065Other than sharing storytimes about dad and Julian doing crazy shit while bloodlusting, nah.Also, this could be a good time to talk to our moral compass about it.
I'm like, 80% sure that there are souls in Beacon. I mean, Soma's holding Peace pretty effectively, right?
>>26610065SOMA.Show him that fucking sword.
>>26610065show him fuckin soma
>>26610065The true answer: Beacon is some ages old demon-style entity of blood and light. We'll never find this out."No, I shouldn't keep you. The dead need seeing to, and all that. Besides, I should probably attend my own matters. Elves to meet, wounded to check, and hopefully a lunch that needs eating somewhere in there. Light be with you, Kinkaid. Funerary duty is always a somber affair."We might want to be there when rites are given. If that's how pyre setups work, I am unsure.
>>26610185Oh that is a good idea. Kincaid should be shown Soma and told the story behind it.
>>26610164>mfw Beacon turns out to hold the Light's soul in it
>>26610185>>26610199got any dialogue to that effect? It'd be useful.
>>26610066I too worry. A loss of diversity on this scale makes no biological sense. I suspect a GOD interfering. Possibly even the God Of Between. We NEED that fleshsculpting research, ASAP. I made a list:1.) Kick PE army shit in and blast into Dome1a.) Kick Kingfisher in face2.) Rescue everyone in Citadel3.) Pitched battle with Peace wielding Soma4.) Dramatic escape from collapsing Dome5.) Issun gives speech to scattered peoples and leads them to the promised land6.) Smite unbelievers and heretics7.) Accidentally release Dragon Who Was Of Shadows8.) Kill him again9.) ACQUIRE FLESHSCULPTING DATA10.) Ally with Kingfisher, send card Re: Facial Injuries11.) Fix intranational racial tensions12.) Crush attempted Orc coup13.) Stop Nakai's army of fleshmonsters14.) Conquer Phoenix Empire15.) Acquire all gold in world16.) Clone Leviathans, Rocs, Dragons, and Trolls.17.) Defeat Old One in checkers18.) Become True Dragon19.) Spend all gold in world20.) Cake
>>26610226"Take a look at this sword. It has Peace in it. I think she's starting to like me."
>>26610218Naw, mate.It holds the souls of everyone who's ever wielded it. So basically the entirety of the Cargo Clarius, throughout history. Which is how our dad keeps talking to us in our dreams.If not their ACTUAL soul, then at the least a copy of sorts.
>>26610226"THIS FUCKING SWORD. What is its deal?!"
>>26610065Show him Soma. asshole sword.
>>26610226"We have this possessed sword that was once owned by Peace, who was serving Citadel. It was intended to be my father's sword, but now it keeps following us, and showing up in the hands of our enemies.""What the fuck, Kincaid? What the fuck?"
>>26610281okay, it works, link it up to>>26610065on another topic entirely>>26610278I imagine tricia finding this scrawled in a childish hand and found in our dress pocket.
>>26610314okay, that works better.I am a flip flopper.
>>26610314Peace wasn't serving Citadel. She was CONTROLLING it.
>>26610278Needs "find way to impregnate Tricia, whatever the cost."
>>26610389That's "Acquire Fleshsculpting Data"
>>26610314Lets go with this
"Hang on." You say and you go to Wagon.Roll 1d20
Rolled 9>>26610448>soma hides while we look for itGoddamnit evils word
>>26610448AND NATURAL 1 TIME
Rolled 17>>26610455>>26610467>>26610468Hides successfully even. (&^%
>>26610491>>26610498look it's not so badOn the plus side we found soma.On the minus side, we have a shoulder wound.
>>26610544You sure bout that?
Harpies will make great accountants and engineers, I think. And they'll be one of the more populous races, up there with orcs and humans.
>>26610467Motherfucker! Where in the Myriad Darkness IS that thing?"What are you looking for?" Peri asks."Soma." You say. "I want Kincaid to see it."Everyone looks...nothing. That fucking sword is nowhere to be found in Wagon, or in your tents, or packs, or anywhere!"Is it too much to hope that it decided to just leave?" Mari asks."Sorry," Kincaid says. "What's going on?""We have a cursed sword that we think might have the soul of one of our greatest enemies inside it. It's been following us around, despite our best efforts, and now, we can't seem to find it." Lea says."Ah," He nods. "I had that problem with a pair of shoes once...minus the soul thing. Though I was pretty certain that they were sentient and evil.""So what did you do with them?" Tricia asks."Fed them to a basalisk." Kincaid says. "You tried tossing it in a smelter?""Yes." Peri says."Okay, well then I advise to take a cloth soak it in a mixture of mistletoe oil and blood. That'll rust it up at least." Kincaid says.
>>26610602"Would that work on lantern metal?"*show him one of the mirrors*"Sorta like this stuff, only corrupted"
Rolled 15>>26610602>Fed them to a basaliskThis guy. I like this guy.
>>26610602Get a bucket of that crap and haul it around.
>>26610602"That might be a good idea, make it easier to fight later. If it works. If it doesn't, well, I'll just use it to clean lightmare's hooves and other demeaning activities. No reason to take guff from an evil sword.Sorry for taking your time then Kinkaid, I guess we're done if I don't have the cutlery to show you. Good luck with those pyres, funeral service is always a somber affair."
>>26610664let's go visit some elves and pick up some mistletoe. They're bound to have some. Blood, too. Elves have mistletoe and blood.
>>26610602"Was the basalisk OK?"Then spend a while wondering what a basalisk even is, we've never met one.
"That might be a good idea, make it easier to fight later. If it works. If it doesn't, well, I'll just use it to clean lightmare's hooves and other demeaning activities. No reason to take guff from an evil sword."Sorry for taking your time then Kinkaid, I guess we're done if I don't have the cutlery to show you. Good luck with those pyres, funeral service is always a somber affair." You say.He shrugs. "It is our duty. Good luck, Paladin Serpent." He gives you a polite bow and walks off."Alright," Peri says. "We've got a meeting with Mab and Jesse-May that we can do or blow off, or we can start to figure out how we're going to get to the Citadel Dome with all those damn birds now cowering next to it.""Don't ask me about flying again." Mage says."Why not?""Long magic babble answer that comes to: Not Enough Magical Power for another month. The moon has to cycle or we're not getting more than a few inches off the ground...and that's if we all jumped."
>>26610840"Well, we'll just have to fly the old fashion way. Kidding.But we really shouldn't miss the meeting with the elves. It might make our trip to Citadel easier."
>>26610840"Can we come in from the sea? Our forces hit the camp from one side and we hit them in the other."
>>26610840"You and your ladders, and jumping. Pshaw. Anyway, I've been looking forward to hearing the elves and their rhyming report, it will be a nice bit of merriment before we get into the whole talk about how we deal with citadel."
>>26610840"Whatever happened to the dragon servant magic?">>26610891seconding this
Rolled 16>>26610840Let's meet with Mab and Jesse-May
>>26610891If we can do that, let's just have The Leviathan sail over, bomb the shit out of the PE camp, then blast open the Dome with its' main guns.
>>26610840"Yeah, we should check in with the Elves, see that everything's gone okay on their end. Might even want to track down that Blessed from before, Denise. See how the kids are doing."
>>26610958Levithan can't penetrate the dome
>>26611009yeah, but it can clean the birds from it.
>>26611018I'd bet 20 bucks they've mined the approach or at the very least have ships of their own.The PE aren't slouches.
>>26611073the real problem is it'd have to go around the entire continent.
>>26611009It can if we manufacture a Brillite Shell.Granted a Brillite Bomb of that magnitude would likely vaporize the Dome, Citadel, the coastline, several thousand square miles of cropland, the Leviathan, the Phoenix Empire army, the UFK army, the Elven army, and ignite the atmosphere, but I think it's just crazy enough to work.
>>26610958It's currently lying off the coast of Stone Hall, we're on the other side of the continent. It would take a Looong time to sail here.
>>26611009>Levithan can't penetrate the domeMostly because its in the wrong ocean.
>>26610958ID the PE's camp is right by the dome, we could shoot a brillitite cannonball and do both things at once. Field artillery ftw.
"Whatever happened to the dragon servant magic?" You ask."Long magic babble answer." Mage says. "It's inaccurate to say that I can't do it on one energy source alone, but that's close enough.""Well, we'll just have to fly the old fashion way." You say."Don't you da-" Tricia starts."Kidding, kidding." You say. "But we really shouldn't miss the meeting with the elves. I've been looking forward to hearing the elves and their rhyming report."Also we can talk to them about our Citadel issue. Hopefully, they can provide some help.""Alright," Peri says. "Just hope they don't want something else in return, or hear about the Empire's world domination plan or ritual and think that it's a good idea, but wrongly managed.""Maxine would go for that." Mage says."You never know." Lea says. "Put that kind of prize before the most virtuous being, and even they would wonder. It's the nature of being alive. A voice in the back of the skull going 'Want want want' all the time." She shrugs as you all set off for the elves' nearest camp. "Maxine's aware of us and consequence though, but you have to be careful, none the less.""So, trust no one?" Peri says."Of course not. You have to have a little faith in people, otherwise, why get out of bed?" Lea says.
>>26611164"To restock the alcohol you keep under it?"
>>26611108Nonsense. We just need to move it along the shortest course: over land. Have Balles whip up some giant mechanical spider legs and it'll be there in no time.
>>26611164To enlarge your pile of gold?
>>26611164"Speaking of "want want want", Dragonbrain came out to play for a bit during the battle. Apparently Kincaid's seen worse bloodlust out of Paladins, including Julian and my old man, claiming that at least I could still form sentences... sort of.""But still, it was kind of dodgy there for a bit."
>>26611245>Ssen has a sundeck constructed
>>26611164"Because the bed got cold. But that's neither here nor there. Mab knows about the soul contraption and whether or not she wants it, we're going to be breaking the source of its power. I doubt mab's going to send troops to stop us from doing that.""Speaking of things we want, maybe the elves will be having lunch when we happen upon them."
>>26611311>Old One sees it and has his cult build him a bigger one.
>>26611323Adorable.It has souls in it
>>26611323>it falls apart under its own weight>wave at Old One from the sundeck as we pass by on our crab-battleship
>>26611323>Dragon Who Was Shadow decides to make a sunning rock SO BIG that it takes up the whole sky>Ssen and Old One team up to take it down (literally), learning a lesson about friendship and the Light. "There is plenty of Light for all.">Many generations later, lamia population has grown, and ferocious competition over the best sunning spots.>"Begun, the Sunning Wars have."
>>26611370>I BET THE LIGHT DID THIS!.jpg
>>26611393>LIDF pls go
>>26611377>"The 'Sunning Wars' came to an abrupt end when the mountain where the majority of the fighting took place was revealed to be Paladin Ssen and her hoard covered in an unusually large blanket."-Historian Baales XIV, [i]The Sunning Wars[/i]
>>26611283I want to reword that in some way that doesn't actually say 'dragonbrain', but it's not coming to me.
Rolled 17>>26611436We've used "dragonbrain" to describe that part of ourselves before.
>>26611164>Maxine's aware of us and consequence thoughSo what, we've become a living nuclear deterrent? That's our future? We're going to be the thing that tyrants put on the other side of the scale when they're weighing up the idea of world domination?>"Well, I *could* take over the world, but then I'd have the serpent coming round to ruin my day. Guess I'm going to be an altruist after all!"And then Ssen never got a day off ever again.
>>26611436How about Dragon Half?
>>26611436It's a valid usage of the word. Even in character, we acknowledge that we suppress the draconic urge to own everything and be the most powerful and revered being.
>>26611430Ssen's hoard is people, so that story suddenly seems a lot more horrific.
>>26611494whatever, sure, it's just a small niggling concern.>>26611466This is a bigger concern. Maybe we are going to have to fake our death. Or publically retire.
>>26611530>have to fake out death in order to retireSounds familiar.
>>26611466>"In later years, Paladin Ssen decided to take a more passive stance to protect her homeland, and simply slept in the path of any invading military. Faced with this impenetrable fortification, the UFK was almost unassailable. "-Historian Baales XIV, How I Spent My Vacation: The Adventures of Paladin Baales I in the Phoenix Empire
>>26611530Either that or just say we are going to bring the light to some far flung corner of the world.
>>26611527Maybe Ssen just got large and long enough that once she went to sleep, the most devout worshippers and other emigrants just started making a city in her coils. They were rather upset when she destroyed a few districts by stretching.
>>26611583We're never going to get THAT long, I don't think. It would make it difficult to get around and find food. The Serpent's Chapel, though, would be fine.
>>26611583By the time Ssen is that large, Old One will be forced to move his lair to the ocean floor.
>>26611583>we become CitadelBAD END
>>26611621Hell no, I just read the first three. Apparently the rest progressively suck harder and harder.
>>26611639Man the series sucked after the first.
>>26611633nah, we'd serve more of a tarp-like function than a godspirit like function.But it's a moot point anyways, we aint getting that big.
>>26611669Oh god. I just realized, Old One has no compunctions about having a religion dedicated to him. Old One is very, very, VERY powerful. Old One was inspired by us to leave his lair and begin kicking the shit out of gods. And how many impressionable people do you think there are now, that Citadel is dying and most of the gods are dead? Who are just waiting for some huge, nigh omnipotent being to swoop in and take control of the situation? There are still TONS of refugees about. Old One could become a powerbloc by himself overnight.
>>26611738thankfully, he seems to have ignored our lesson about people being the most valuable treasure.Pray he doesn't contemplate it further. We still need to get those souls from him.
>>26611530Except at the rate we're going, we'll become a foundation. The entire society will be based on not pissing us off. If Citadel was built on corpses, our ideal world is going to be built on karmic balance. Not a bad thing, until the source of the fear of retribution is gone.When we die, the restraints come off - Suddenly, everyone is thinking "Well, the paladin serpent is gone now, and I'm not going to punished for being a dick, so I'm going to go and be the *biggest* dick."
>>26611855okay, how about we retire after like, 50, 100 years, before people get multigenerationally dependent on us, but after we set up some organizations for continued law enforcement?
>>26611855>Implying Ssen would be killable at that point>Implying the Cult wouldn't just elevate her to deity status instantly.
>win major battle>immediately begin thinking of where you will nap in 50,000 yearsOne step at a time, Ssen, one step at a time.
>>26611855No, we'd start haunting people who tried to pull that shit. We'd be like Soma, only worse.
>>26611855We're already living like a thousand years and technology is advancing exponentially. Maybe we'll be able to turn ourselves into some AI. Eternal protection for the people by a benevolent, immortal dictator sounds good.
>>26611855>implying that Ssen's going to die while there's work to doOur last words will be: "Tricia, I've finally gotten some time off..."
>>26611965Well I expect having a ten foot tall, 150 foot long snakewoman covered in armor, spines, and poison, wielding a glowing spear of pure murder would ruin anyone's day. Making it teleport is just unfair.
>>26611990>"Let me rest my eyes... dear... just for a moment..."
Rolled 11>>26612035>>26611990You make me sad. Fortunately that's centuries off.
I see the sequel for this Quest.Cyberpunk setting, thousands of years in the future. Mission objective: destroy the Lamia Goddess.
>>26612035>>26611990>>26611985Guys, you do realize that Ssen is already Functionally Immortal, right? She's quite literally capable of outliving the continent she sleeps on. Barring a direct asteroid impact, an army of pissed off wizards, getting into a fistfight with god, or having unprotected sex, she's effectively unkillable after the first century.Note: Centuries in future will be called Ssenturies. Because all the historians will interview her and she will make them write down all the puns.
>>26612065side mission:Bribed by lamia goddess to convincingly fake death so she can retire
>>26611985L-l-l-look at you kingf-f-f-isher. A pa-the-the-thetic creature of meat and bone, plot-t-t-t-ting and s-s-s-scheming as you run through my c-c-c-ccoilsssssss. How can you challenge an immortal creature s-s-s-s-uch as meeeeeeeee*static*
>>26612065>Final battle>Use tactical nuke on Ssen>"Ssen stops snoring and opens one eye to glare at you. Then goes back to sleep."
>>26612035>the priests and teachers in the snake temple are never quite sure who the Lady Paladin was talking to on her deathbed>but they continue to maintain her insect gardens for generations afterward
>>26612088>one Ssentury is the space of time it takes for Ssen to defeat a God
>>26612142>"So, what, like a week or something?"
>>26612142>one Ssecond is the amount of time between Ssen entering the room and plans flying off the rails; explosions optional.
>>26612123You are failing to understand the fact that if she ain't pregnant, she ain't dying in bed.
>>26612115>Ssen arranges to have the moon terraformed >uses it as a fuckoff-big sunning rock
>>26611985>HELLO CITIZEN. SSEN COMPUTER HAS NOTICED THAT YOU APPEAR TO BE DISPLAYING INCREASED LEVELS OF AGRESSION IN RECENT WEEKS. SSEN COMPUTER WANTS YOU TO EMBRACE FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS, NOT VIOLENCE AND HATE. YOU AREN'T IN OPPOSITION OF SSEN COMPUTER, ARE YOU? BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE TERRIBLE.
>>26612204>IT IS THE FORTY-FIRST MILLENNIUM.>A mission is undertaken to the sun to hit Ssen with a gigantic broom until she gets off it.
>>26612230>WE'LL JUST HAVE TO TEACH YOU TO BE HAPPYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwESraWEpSU
"Because the bed got cold. But that's neither here nor there. Mab knows about the soul contraption and whether or not she wants it, we're going to be breaking the source of its power. I doubt Mab's going to send troops to stop us from doing that.""True." Peri says."Speaking of things we want, maybe the elves will be having lunch when we happen upon them." You say. "Also, Dragonbrain came out to play for a bit during the battle. Apparently Kincaid's seen worse bloodlust out of Paladins, including Julian and my old man, claiming that at least I could still form sentences... sort of."But still, it was kind of dodgy there for a bit."Tricia squeezes your shoulder. "That's why you have us with you. To smack you in the face if you get like that. Though, judging by the way you fought...having a Dragon on your side of a battle is never a bad thing.""DURING the battle." Lea says. "After the fight, it can get complicated."You find the new Robin waiting for you. She hands you...Ryan's Manifesto?"Open the tome, you'll see in a tick, my clever little trick."You open the cover, it's page after page of Phoenix Script. More specifically, these are pages that have been cut out of another book and placed inside the cover of Ryan's Manifesto...save for a few pages...if you're reading the Phoenix Writings right."The pages that I left, have no heft. They open and see, things how they think should be." Robin says. "Wont last long, that is true, but too long for damage to undo."
>>26612271Please tell me we had made at least one copy of that.
>>26612271"HAHAHAHA! Looks like the Phoenix can't judge a book by its cover."
>>26612230>HAPPINESS AND FREEDOM IS MANDATORY>NOT FULFILLING YOUR DAILY QUOTA OF HAPPINESS AND FREEDOM IS PUNISHABLE BY DEATH>SSEN COMPUTER HAS CONTROL>SSEN COMPUTER KEEPS YOU SAFE>SSEN COMPUTER IS YOUR FRIEND>HAVE A WONDERFUL AND HAPPY DAY, CITIZEN
Rolled 18>>26612271Give her a hug.
Rolled 4>>26612315It was the first book that Barney's printing press got used for. There's tons of them.
>>26612271"This wasn't our only copy, right? That was important. Otherwise, good work. Have we noticed any changes in the hopefully ex-slaves?"
>>26612271The new robin pulled it off! I'm so happy our rhimer is still alive.>>26612334this is getting just too silly
>>26612271"A job effectively done. Did you run into much trouble on the way? I hope the battle at least got you a clear shot."
>>26612334No, that's Citadel talk. Ssen Computer would be more like:>YOU LOOK UNHAPPY>WHY DON'T YOU LISTEN TO THESE PUNS>THEY'LL PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP>THEY DIDN'T WORK SO WELL FOR ME, THOUGH>GET IT? STEP?
>>26612479suicide rates skyrocket
>>26612470She did succeed. The way she did it is, rather than swapping the whole books, she cut out the middle pages and swapped those. That way, if somebody happened to glance at the soul-modifier after Robin made the switch, or opened the cover, it would look the same as always and last a little longer before being discovered.
>>26612527yeah, but did she have trouble on the way? Did she have to break 50 dudes necks to get in?
>>26612439Silly is the order of the day.Half the fun in these threads is imagining whacky future scenarios that would never happen.
>>26612564And then Echo adapts them to fit the setting and we get more Lamia quest.
>>26612618I dunno. I'm beginning to wonder how much longer Echo wants to put up with us.
TRICIA WHY CAN'T WE KEEP HERYOU KNOW IT WOULD MAKE ME HAPPYpic related, how i imagine Robin looks like
>>26612564perhaps I should have used images>>26612618Has that actually happened yet for any of our silly far future ideas? I don't think it has.
>>26612271"Whatever happens, we need to move now. Kingfisher can't have been idle, and having the Phoenix Empire next to Citadel can't be good.
>>26607209Polite sage for being off topic.I don't really read too many quests on /tg/, but I have noticed that there are several unusually long-running quests around, and this is one of them. Consequently I'd like to interrupt to ask a question. Have you considered how (and/or when) you're going to make an ending for your quest?Even the best quests grow old eventually, and the longer it goes, the more likely that the story will lose its old charm and grow into a hollow shell of its former self. While such an action may seem repulsive to you, you have to let the quest end eventually whether you want to or not. Like any story, a quest is not meant to go on indefinitely. I mean no offense to you or your readers- I am merely curious as to how you will resolve this and intend to ask other influential QMs on /tg/ this same question.
>>26612352Perhaps we should ask her"Do you do limericks too?
>>26612768It ends when it ends.Kindly don't bother asking again.
>>26612768next ending point is at citadel, which will be the end of this current story. We'll probably pick right back up after that and go off on something else though, the story universe had a lot of development. Possibly with another character.
>>26612820>>26612821I would prefer that EchoGarrote answer the question himself, as this is his quest.
>>26612861Don't expect it, Anon. Take this issue up in /q/. Don't be surprised by the answer you get.
>>26612861He's probably busy writing the next part, so you'll have to wait a while.
>>26612821nah, we still gotta take down the phoenix empire, with or without kingfishers help
>>26612861the guy's busy, come back at the end of the thread, he may or may not still be here. Or use his Email, which is somewhere in the archives. Anyway, shoo with the meta, we're busy talking about stupid things that won't happen but make me laugh.
>>26612902I really think we should break it up into a sequel or something though. It feels like an entirely different... thing than the whole citadel conflict that's been the center of the story up till now.
>>26612861He isn't obliged to answer, and you've no pressing need to continue asking. If you don't like the threads, ignore them. It literally costs you nothing.
>>26612902This.And that'll take a full invasion, which will probably happen after we get things stabilized after Citadel..This isn't an infinite quest and it never really would be. It's not that long either.
>>26612881Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of the people who rails against the existence of quests on /tg/, and I have no grudge against this quest in particular. I just felt compelled to bring this to his attention, that is all; there is no need to be alarmed over it.>>26612911Duly noted. I would prefer not to e-mail him for personal reasons, but I will remain here in case he comes back in hopes of getting an answer.
>>26612996Why? This quest started in March. There are quests which have been running for two years or more.You reek of new. This quest is over when Echo decides it is over. Your thoughts on the matter are irrelevant and unwelcomed.
>>26612957theres also that other place and whatever land spirits they have
>>26613030Don't bother. He's got no compelling reason to be here, and you've got no compelling reason to respond. Don't engage with him and he'll fuck off. Problem solved.
>>26613030true enough, this could continue a while.But I -do- sort of want to give echo a break, he is basically a neverending production machine.
>>26613069Ehhhh, I think that'll get sorted out during the invasion. They're minor land spirits.
>>26613030Well.We did alreadybeat the main bad.
>>26613110by derailing the entire plot
>>26613030wow, /tg/ really is nice, on /b/ that would have been "shut the fuck up newfag, jeeze i cant believe these summerfags are still here" or something along those lines
>>26613110No, we really didn't. We haven't beaten anyone yet.
>>26613078>give Echo a breakThat I might agree with you with. But a hiatus is his decision.Now, please, let's get back to the game. I apologize to Echo for engaging in this.
>>26613127We beat the Cold Man, didn't we? We beat Comedy and Tragedy. Peace is now a lich herself.
>>26613125Yeah, "irrelevant and unwelcome" is really the height of gentleness.
>>26613125>/tg/>niceYour patience truly astounds me.
>>26613110one of the main bads. theres more, theres always more
>>26613155Yeah, what I said was basically the /a/ version of "shut the fuck up."
>>26613130yes, let's.>>26612271I support the notion of hugging the rhymer, mostly because she is rhyming.And I like the running gag of using a broom to get Ssen off of things. I hope it happens in game.
"HAHAHAHA! Looks like the Phoenix can't judge a book by its cover." You say. "This wasn't our only copy, right? That was important. Otherwise, good work. Have we noticed any changes in the hopefully ex-slaves?""Ssen," Tricia says. "We've got copies of Ryan's Manifesto back in the Lighthouse. We had Barney make copies. It was when you and Lea went down to Coral Gate to plant the rose bush.""The Slaves are confused and in a haze, but from sounds of fighting makes me think that we live in revolutionary days.""And you're sure this is what the Phoenix Army is saying?" Jesse-May is saying as she approaches. She's holding the Whisper flute, so she must be talking to someone. "Alright. Of course I don't believe it. Yes...yes, she's here.""Talking to Maxine." She says to you."Yes...oh...right. That message from Stone Hall, umm...do I have to give it third hand? Oh wait...right right." She sighs. "Okay. I'll set it up. Good luck with home."Jesse-May looks at you. "Her Majesty has returned home so that she can restore order and control to First Wood and her people." She sighs. "Okay, we've got good news, great news, regular news, bad news, and sad news.""Huh?" Tricia asks.(cont)
>>26613165compared to the rest of 4chan /tg/s like fucking lea compared to comedy here
>>26613030>>26613077As I said, I do not read many quests on /tg/, but the fact that this was 87 threads in made me curious. Is simple curiosity not a compelling reason? I had no intention of trolling anybody over this, and I phrased my question in the least threatening way I could think of.There is no need to be so excessively defensive- if he finds my line of inquiry threatening, I will withdraw it, but you do not speak for him.
>>26613166It was the only one that I really cared about...
>>26613176"Good news is that it looks like we'll have this thing all tied up in the month. Probably longer for Purple Sands, now I don't think our little reprograming of the slaves is going to stick or be very widespread, but we've got them on the run."The great news is that we don't have to worry about Heron or Kingfisher. Apparently, the leader of the Heron family has disappeared, and Kingfisher, in his shame and disgrace, has committed suicide, and his disciples have vanished into the night, scattered and alone.""No way." Peri says."Which is the regular news. I don't believe it for an instant. But it's great news as it means that Kingfisher's given up on the war."The Bad News is that there's been a disturbance reported by my scouts at the Citadel Dome. They just saw a big burst of blue-white light for an instant. Then nothing."The Dawnchasers all look at each other. That's not good."Had a feeling that you might know what that meant." Jesse-May says. She nods. "Alright. Well, do you have a plan or something? We can get a plan together on how to get you into the Dome. I'm thinking that if we use the orcs and the White Tree cannons on the southern most point of the dome, we can draw them away from the northern area. Then it's just a simple matter of you heading north along the dome until you get to a point where there' s light to no guard and get inside...you do have a way to get inside, right?"
>>26613198God, just, just fuck off, okay? Come back when you get two brain cells to rub together.
>>26613215Dude, shut up and ignore him. Butthurt like this only adds to the haters' fuel.>>26613201We do. It involves a biiiiig boom.
>>26613198Troll confirmed, ignoring.
>>26613201"Well, mage DOES have a little something. But from what I understand, it will leave a more permanent hole."This would be the time for mage to show the orb off.
>>26613201>Kingfisher, in his shame and disgrace, has committed suicide, and his disciples have vanished into the night, scattered and alone.I call bullshit.
>>26613201If Sideways comes to us looking for a job, we'll know something is officially up.
>>26613248Didn't you read the MEANWHILE in the previous thread?
>>26613150And now we have to free Comedy and Tragedy from imprisonment, and we'll probably have go back to re-beat Peace. We beat Cold Man's avatar and broke his hold on the north, and Citadel basically curled up on itself, but they're not out of play at all. The Phoenix empire is still an enemy to be reckoned with, can convert souls, and Kingfisher is still running around free.So basically, the biggest "gains" we've made are in gaining more enemies.
>>26613201"And what's the sad news?"
>>26613248That. That IS convenient.
>>26613272Welp, I forgot that.
>>26613269Oh, we'll give her a job. New Pun Test Subject
>>26613240>>26613215>>26613238Look, how can I prove to you that I am not trolling here? All I did was ask the QM a question and everyone just went apeshit on me.To be honest, I am neutral on the subject of quests- there's a lot of them, true, but they're part of /tg/ culture and are here to stay. I am not, nor will I ever be, a "hater".
>>26613285yeah, she seems to have skipped it.
>>26613277Scratch Kingfisher, he killed himself.
>Kingfisher is inside the dome>Citadel has multiple layers as was suggested earlier>various defense mechanisms>we will have to make several trips inside Citadel>PE somehow worm their way into a position that we have to work together to explore Citadel>obvious betrayal inside Citadel at key momentThis shit is going to be just like Indiana Jones, isn't it?
>>26613367How many times do we have to tell you to do this? EchoGarrote is a good writer, and knows damn well when the plot is going to end, not you.
>>26613201"Why would he give up the war? I thought he wanted the south, or something like that. After war peace talks is the perfect time to establish some kind of new state."
>>26613401shhhhshushshushshush. No more.
>>26613427I think it's the troll samefagging replies to himself.
>>26613401And I was asking HIM, not his readers. I am not interested in starting a flamewar over this, but I am not inclined to start a metathread simply because I cannot ask a question addressed to the QM in his own quest without being declared a "hater" by his readers.
>>2661345690% sure this is the case.
>>26613392I'm not going to lie to you, it isn't going to be pretty.
>>26613401DUDE. SHUT UP. DON'T >>26613459Who do you want to talk to, Echo or the readers?If you want to talk to Echo, then just email him. All you're doing here, intentional or not, is riling people.
>mfw a troll tries to hit lamia quest near me.
>>26613540Just filter him and it all goes away.
>>26613540>mfw we fall for it
>>26613502This, right here, this. Any further replies to the troll are officially him samefagging himself. Email Echo, don't try to stir shit in the quest.
>>26613246"Well, Mage DOES have a little something. But from what I understand, it will leave a more permanent hole." You say."I don't know if it'll be permanent, but it'll get us in." Mage says."WHAT?" The other girls all ask."You never asked! Plus that thing is gigantic!" He says."So your plan was to get us TRAPPED in there?" Mari asks."...maybe?" Mage says."Why would he give up the war? I thought he wanted the south, or something like that. After war peace talks is the perfect time to establish some kind of new state." You say."Maybe it has to do with the leader of the Heron family being gone. They were the ones who were after that mass mind-control thing.""Soul shaping.""It comes to the same thing, Mage." Tricia says. "And we are NOT done about that 'not permanent' thing.""I thought we would make our OWN exit, like we always do." Mage says. "That...or we could carefully split the stone in two, little riskier, but we'd have an out.""I DON'T want to do all of this and end up as the sacrifice of a Lightbringer story!" Mari says. "I have a body waiting for me to do horrible things to it, with Peri's help and I plan to be there to use it.""Okay, so I need you and your horse to be up here at this point." Jesse-May says. "Then it's a matter of you guys moving up and in when the fighting starts.""Will you need help with that?" Tricia asks."Nah, just some Raptors. We've got White Tree's souped up cannons and the spell-shooters." She says. "It's just a grind, since they're dug in well. Which is good for you, since we can drag out this fighting for a long time. So, sounds good?"You have a sinking feeling in the back of your stomach as you ask this. "What's the sad news?"She pauses and closes her eyes. "Damn..." She sighs. "We...we got a message from Stone Hall. Ssen...that old Naga." She takes a deep breath. "Naga and Lamia hearts keep in fine condition as long as they don't have children."It's not the same for your minds."
>>26613201"Blast it open with an explosion which will probably be felt in Bronze Peak.Yes, we have a way in. Let's go, if the PE are already inside then we can't waste any time."
>>26613554And people keep responding. It never ceases to amaze.
how about everyone shut up and go back to being the awesome /tg/ that we know and loveso what, he asked a poorly worded/stupid question, either ignore or forgive either way, it shouldnt be a big deal
Rolled 6 + 1>>26613565What's wrong with Granny?
>>26613565>Granny has gone insaneEcho... Echo why must you do this.
>>26613565Wait what happened to GrannyShe was keeping an eye on the little ones.Oh nooo
>>26613502>>26613563My intention was to speak to Echo, although I do not know where I can find his email address; trolling was the last thing on my mind when I initially posted my question. That said, I wish to ask other QMs this question as well, so perhaps I should simply make a new thread so I can rephrase it as an open letter or something along those lines. I apologize for any inconvenience I may have caused here and shall now take my leave.>>26613590This is the case, although I was slow to realize it. My mistake.
>>26613565Take a coil. "Go on."
>>26613605I SWEAR TO FUCKING GOD ECHO IF ANYTHING HAPPENED TO OUR SOON TO BE ADOPTED CHILDRENI WILL FIND YOU ECHO I SWEAR TO FUCKING GOD
>>26613619>>26613619STOP IT.NOT NOW.THIS IS A SERIOUS DRAMATIC MOMENT.FUCK OFF.
>>26613565Fuckfuckfuck. I bet Kingfisher's behind this. Are there any poisons that can cause mental instability? Granny doesn't have our immunities.
>>26613629OH YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW THE HALF OF IT
>>26613646Granny has troll immunities! Those should be good enough!
>>26613563>>26613573sorry this one>>26613590 was me didnt se those two, either way its overjust clarifying it wasnt him
>>26612821>We'll probably pick right back up after that and go off on something else thoughHow disgusting. Its like a series that refuses to end so they just keep shitting out new arcs.And holy shit are questfags rude as fuck.
>>26613565"Please tell me she's just talking to stumps"
who is granny
>>26613565>>26613681i just hope she didnt kill the girls
Guys, look, it doesn't automatically HAVE to be terrible terrible madness. She could just have a bit of alzheimers. You know, normal tragedy, not supertragedy.
>>26613456>>26613483Wow, paranoid AND shitty people.
"What's wrong with Granny?" You ask in a small voice."There's never been a sane naga or lamia under record." He says. "Also, she's been alive for how long? Seven ages? More?""What's happened?" You ask.She sighs. "She's having difficulty remembering that the next day happened." Jesse-May sighs. "Tara and Isen say that she's always surprised to find that you're not there. She thinks that it's supposedly a month ago. She remembers everyone from before...and she compensates for the time lost when she's informed, but yeah." Jesse-May nods. "Some people from Cups have looked at her...they think that this might get worse. Not quickly, of course, but well...I guess a brain can only handle so much time."<And it's going to happen to you.> A haughty voice whispers in your mind. <Drooling and empty, you wont even remember your own name.>You look in the direction of where you think that voice came from...oh fucking hell, as if it wasn't bad enough...Soma's back. Sitting in Wagon like it was never missing in the first place.
>>26613706This is Echo we're talking about. Best case scenario we have to put Granny down. Worst case scenario is we're going to have to bury two little girls who we were planning on getting to know better.The universe conspires against our happiness, even vicarious happiness.
Deep breath.'Okay. Is she... safe? To be around, I mean.'
>>26613565Assume head-in-hands position.
Rolled 19 + 1>>26613706Yes, but if we psyche ourselves up in response to the catastrophe we think it is, we get to be relieved if it turns out to be something lesser.
>>26613742We don't have hands we are a snake stupid.
>>26613732>"Oh, there you are Soma. It was getting about time to polish you.">>26613734And I am glad to be proven wrong!
>>26613732Oh hey, there's Soma.Grab the bitch, take her to go have a chat with Kincaid.
Rolled 10>>26613732Granny has Alzhiemers. Shit. Looks like we aren't actually immortal.
>>26613732"Fuck you Peace you fucking bitch. Someone find Kinkaid!"
>>26613745really really off topic but, why are u rolling?
>>26613732No dreams, only tears now.
>>26613777Probably came from another quest thread and forgot to take his dice off.
>>26613732"And the little ones?"I feel like we should be drooping here. I'm definitely drooping.
Grab Soma, take it to Kincaid.Get someone to get a cure to Granny. A cure that doesn't involve euthanasia.
>>26613732How old is granny again?We need to work out how long we have to perfect AI technology.
>>266137717 ages is pretty fucking long tho, and thats IF we dont find a medical/magical cure for it, which WILL be our number one priority once destroying citidel
Rolled 20>>26613805Multiple Thousand Years Old.
>>26613732Oh, it's probably just Citadel or Soma fucking things up. The Leviathans never went mad, they just got bored. And the Dragons didn't go mad, they just suffered Terminal Stupidity Poisoning. The only thing we know of that causes insanity in that manner, and so suddenly, is something influencing them.
>>26613771No, no we aren't. And we won't be able to enjoy our days off then, either, since we won't remember them.
>>26613777What >>26613788 said.
>>26613732<Would that mean I forget you, too? After everyone else is gone, just you and a mad old snake the only ones left?>"How are the young ones?
.. you know what? I bet its poison. Dragons don't go insane from age.
>>26613788eh sometime i forget, i cant really multiquest but each unto their own
So... what's first?Hunting trip with Granny and the girls or Citadel?I think the former might give us a good break. We can have the troops run harassment on the PE in preparation for us cracking open the egg.
>>26613732"Then we'll fix it.That's what we've always done before. If there's a problem, we fix it. And we'll do it again. Can't give up hope, not even for a second."GO GO DENIAL. IF WE DON'T GIVE UP HOPE THAT IT CAN BE FIXED, THEN WE DON'T HAVE TO AKNOWLEDGE THAT IT'S A THING.
>>26613846We gotta do citadel, it would take too long to visit granny
>>26613846that might be a good idea. A quick break to hunt with them before we go get ourselves killed.Though, do we have the time? kingfisher and his goons are already inside citadel.
>>26613852Yeah, by executing kids and torturing prisoners. We are a real fixer of problems, lemme tell ya.
"How are they young ones?" You ask.Jesse-May shrugs. "Tara and Isen said that they're fine. Just afraid and upset about what's happening to their grandma. They want you to come home."<You'll forget them all. Your 'children,' your lover, your father. Gone, gone, gone...and I will watch it happen.> "Fuck you Peace you fucking bitch. Someone find Kinkaid!" You snarl and shout."Is she yelling at a sword?" Jesse-May says.<The naga will be put to death in her sleep, like a sick dog. The children crying and will never understand, and it'll happen to you as well, cold and empty. One day you'll go to sleep and someone you love will stand over your body with a knife, tears in their eyes...and we will watch.> A cold icy voice of the Dark Man says."Go get Kincaid! Alright, it's time for you to get polished." You snap and you grab Soma. Roll 1d20
Rolled 13>>26613867NO ESCAPE, SOMA-CHAN
mfw when my grandfather had Alzheimers and my grandmother went senile before either of them died
>>26613852What are you talking nonsense about? We've successfully KILLED MULTIPLE GODS, RESURRECTED A DEAD RACE, FREED MULTIPLE CIVILIZATIONS FROM ENDEMIC MIND CONTRO, INVENTED POWERED FLIGHT, and WIPED OUT A HORDE OF REGENERATING MAGICAL CANNIBAL MUTANTS. Curing Anterograde Amnesia is EASY in comparison.
Rolled 7>>26613867Suck it, Peace. Suck it long, suck it hard.
>>26613893Even more based anon
>>26613876Well, you had to get a good one eventually, eh?
>>26613732"Poison. It's got to be.Old One doesn't have issues, and there's no way something like that would onset so suddenly, right?Right?"Don't accept that this is a legitimate concern. Denial, and mountains of it. Accepting this would mean accepting that it could actually happen to Ssen as well.
Rolled 19>>26613867Jesus christ this is just getting awful"Long story, the sword's evil!"
>>26613893DIE SOME DIE YOU LITTLE SHIT
Rolled 7>>26613893I am okay with this.
>>26613824YEEEES. THIS. THIS. SUCK ON IT, PEACE.>>26613864Nope. Not our proudest moments. We're not ever going to forget what we did.Every act as a paladin we perform from now on is in repentance of those crimes and all those of the future that we commit.Happy yet, troll?
>>26613732<It happens to all mortals. I'm ready. How about you?>"And the girls? Are they... okay?"Also, how long until the Mer juice is ready, and can we swing past Stone Hall in that time?Also also, you're a right bastard, Echo. My granny died of complications from Alzheimer's. I anticipate a feelercoaster.
>>26613916>Every act as a paladin we performYup. All none of em.
>>26613893In the first three, nice.
>>26613893TALK SHIT GET HIT SOMA
>>26613867>Dark Man Saysgod damnit now there are two of them in there!
>>26613867"Fffffffuck you guys.Go home and DO YOUR DAMN JOBS. This world is NOT FOR YOU. I've had your boss on the phone, and he's been asking about where the fuck you've been for the last few millennia.So SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP."
>>26613867"That's just cold Dark Man"
>>266139270/10 think of all the shit we've done, ALL of it
>>26613971don't respond. Report and move on, if you must do something about it. Do not announce if you do choose to report.
Wait. What if our goal was low?
>>26613971Its all been pretty self-centered and far from altruistic.
>>26614006oh, then we're fucked.
>>26614006Echo would have said so
>>26614006Not a travel roll.
>>26613927Riiiight. Like going out onto the ice to save those two slaves. Like preventing Mage from causing even more magical mindfuckery to the ettins. Like helping Mumei fly. Like vowing to save Tragedy and Comedy from Old One. Like saving Stone Hall. Like taking an arrow for Isen. Like rescuing HIS. Like trying to go back into a hellish genius loci that wants us dead, dead, dead to save everyone in it. Like offering peace to Kingfisher in spite of his bullshit. Like hearing out the First Stone Hall kid despite him trying to kill us, against Avery's advice. Like helping the harpies coexist in peace with the Bronze Peak humans.
>>26614015yeah if it was low then citidel just picked it self up,dropped itself on us and killed everyone
>>26613893<You'll be forgotten as well. I'll make sure of it. Before they put me down i'll bury myself with you in a cave in a mountain in some dark corner of the earth and we'll all rot together. I hope you have fun listening to me babble for eternity. The only thing you have left to torment the crazed shell that beat you, watching your own failure licking the rocks and talking about magic rings and fish.>
>>26614027>20 on a travel roll>"Was there always this much screaming fire and raining brimstone around Stonehall?"
>>26614049>listening to me babble for eternityBabble is Ssenese for "fuck Tricia blind"
>>26614055I think that might just be the inventor's guild.
>>26614030Oh, but we couldn't stop one little kid from being executed when he would never have shown any remorse! That invalidates any good thing we've ever done or ever will do!
>>26614062That can be a torture by itself. But what will really hurt is the puns.
>>26614064>"No, the inventors guild is three streets over. OH NO!"
>>26613893"All things die sooner or later. You go first."
>>26614049jezzzus imagine the endless string of punns we would rattle off that would never get old for us but would literaly drive her to insanity
>>26613927We are a paladin of His Light, asshat. You are the Darkness. You try to scare us, you try to anger us, you try to make us doubt ourselves and our ideals.Fuck off. You're not worth listening to, and that's that. Zero. Slash. Ten.Now back to the darkness whence you came, foul troll!
>>26613967Ssen: Appear to just sort of snap after hearing this bad news about relatives.
>>26613893>>26613967"Fffffffuck you guys.Go home and DO YOUR DAMN JOBS. Thissss world is NOT FOR YOU. I've had your boss on the phone, and he's been assssking about where the fuck you've been for the last few millennia.So SHUT UP SHUT UP SSSSSHUT UP!"You yell at the sword.You feel the sword try to jerk in your hand, but your grip is iron tight and you scream those words and so much more in your mind and...they're gone.You're just holding a cracked sword in your hands. Fuckers ran. Soma's just a piece of sharp metal again.But that also mean that for the next few minutes, Soma's just a sword made out of a very fancy metal...and you don't NEED Kincaid.You have a hammer.Roll 1d8
>>26614090And really, this just gives us a fair enough reason to do the bone marrow thing with Tricia as the donor.Because dementia is no way to die.
Rolled 3>>26614111well, good enough.Ssen: Look like a madwoman.
>>26614106Saying it dont make it true. Or else I would be rich as hell.
>>26614111"Time to break up the party
>>26614049>everyday is Groundhog Day for us>not for Soma
>>26614124>>26614121>>26614120So much for the roll luck>>26614131fuck you anon
>>26614120Average success is okay.
>>26614106Jesus Christ man, I cringed so hard my teeth underwent nuclear fusion.I don't even care about this argument, but either you're countertrolling so hard you've looped around, or you genuinely thought that this was a good thing to post and should be euthanized at the first available opportunity.
>>26614134Oh god.Hearing the exact same puns, over and over again for eternity.Worst fate ever.
>>26614144>>26614142Unfortunately, we're stuck with them. For now.
>>26614158Yeah, but we got to beat the fuck outta them with a hammer, and that makes everything just a little better.
>>26614169>>26614158What if bird brain decides to take up residence?Or the fifth?
>>26614154Eh. I wrote that on a whim. Yeah, it's terrible, but you're a sock puppet. So we're even.
>>26614120You smash that hammer down on that sword as hard as you possibly can, several times, and you take deep pleasure in seeing the cracks in the blade get longer and longer, from hilt to tip. The blade hasn't split, but it's barely useable.On the fifth strike the cracks seal with black ice, but the damage has been done. Soma's no good regularly as a blade. You hand it to Mari who has the rust oil mixture ready on a cloth and she wraps up the damn sword in it."Do...do you need a moment?" Jesse-May says. "I can try and use the flute to contact Stone Hall, if you need it."
>>26614175I'd be amused to know what the bird spirit is like.
>>26614185Holy shit, you are a massive fucking retard.
>>26614189"I... I just need to know... how long...And the girls, do they know?"
>>26614189"I... I don't know what to say. Mari, how long do we have before those potions are done?"Desperately try to schedule a visit. Get shut down.
>>26614189Let me talk to her. Please.
>>26614192> it turns out it's just a regular bird> "chirp"
>>26614224It was pretty fugly and fatass when we saw it in dreamscape
>>26614224>CHOMP."Eh. I'd rate it with the floorchicken."
>>26614224>chirp>not poo-tee-weetShitbird detected.
>>26614189<deep breaths>"Nah. I'm alright. Just needed to get some... (huff, puff) some frustrations out. That's all."
>>26614189"... in a minute. I'd like to talk to the girls if possible, but not until I've calmed down.""How come all the gods are dicks? Seriously, there's like ONE that's OKAY."
>>26614189It was bad enough when they talked to me in my sleep, but now they're doing it while I'm awake too...
>>26614189"Honestly this is the type of moment where I wish I could breathe fire. Just to burn something."
>>26614251two, there's also dusk
>>26614269That's the okay one. We've never met the Light. Dusk didn't even seem sure he existed.
>>26614274just beat that thing up with a nailbat and kick it into the output pipe of a factory that produces ugly trees. Then light it on fire and you get the Great Phoenix.
>>26614296>inb4 the Light is all the gods' boss>we're His method of getting them all back into the officeWhich gives me an idea. The Office: Divine Edition!
>>26614296Part of me wants to say that Dusk is Light but has lost its memories due to years of losing worship to the Citadel and another part of me wants to say that Dusk is a land spirit who we've created.Then another part of me thinks Dusk is just the Fifth, at it again.
>>26614189welp. We no longer can die, or else those two are left alone.And granny's probably not going to have kids of her own like she planned, either.
>>26614344The first sounds perfectly reasonable, the second is a little out there, and the third is just a depressing prospect.
>>26614347We'll end up being the old crusader in Lost Ark, only with an evil sword instead of the Holy grail.We're going to be there for centuries.
>>26614378Worse. The third implies that at least one of the spirits besides the Light are capable of subtle manipulation.
"I... I don't know what to say. Mari, how long do we have before those potions are done?" You say."Tomorrow." She says."Alright." You say. You nod at Jesse-May. "I just need to know. I need to talk to the girls and...and..."Jesse-May nods. "I'll get right on it." She takes out her whisper flute and starts to play on it.Lea puts a hand on your shoulder. She doesn't say anything.Tricia moves to hug you, but Lea looks at her and slightly shakes her head. She looks back at you. "Ssen...you have at least five ages to look forward to, even more perhaps. Do you feel as if you've been cheated?"
>>26614416No, not cheated. Just worried for Granny. And it'll probably be longer. Leviathan brain remember?
>>26614416"Not that, but... granny! And the little ones! Who knows how citadel will turn out!"
>>26614416"No...I'm just worried about Granny. I mean, she was just fine a while ago...Could there be foul play involved? The timing of this is pretty susicious, all told. She's fine for millenia and then she suddenly becomes like...this, when the Pheonix Empire show up?"Rev up dat denial
>>26614416"...not me, but Granny, she has the children she always wished for and this happens to her..."
>>26614416"No. I don't feel cheated. If anything, I feel humbled.But Granny... and the girls... this isn't going to be easy."
>>26614416"I don't even know if I can answer that. I don't want to be alone with just Peace and her little friends in Soma or whatever else they figure out how to possess just to try to get into my head to wait for me to just slip away."
>>26614416"The kids are the ones who lose in all this. Their mother died, Granny's mind is deteriorating, and I can't be there...""After Citadel's done, we're taking a vacation."
>>26614416Is this the hard part? Waiting as the centuries pass, watching over the land, knowing that one day I'll lose my mind?
I remember reading/watching somewhere that it may be that the brain can only store so much information/memories, and that it could eventually become an issue for human beings who live far beyond the normal 60-100ish years that is the norm. Of course, it isn't clear if the brain would just erase old memories to make room for new ones, or if it would have trouble learning new things due to having a profound lack of folding real estate on the brain. If we'd have rescued a master Crafter from our trip in the north, that would've been a very convenient answer to this problem. But there could be an answer in combining flesshaping with the knowledge that the Crafter we rescued knows, assuming that she specialized in the right fields before starting her "internship".
>>26614502>>26614494These two are really good, we need some of all of the above thou
>>26614515nah, we'd be repeating ourselves a LOT. Just the best example of each, please.
"No, not cheated, but...Granny! And the little ones! Who knows how Citadel will turn out!" You say. "Also, could there be foul play involved? The timing of this is pretty susicious, all told. She's fine for millennia and then she suddenly becomes like...this, when the Pheonix Empire show up?"Tricia and Mage share a glance with each other for a moment and then not-look at you."Ssen, honey..." Tricia says. "Granny's....Granny's had a few moments where she's forgotten things.""We thought, you know...she's lived for so long, but..." Mage shrugs. "When she comes up to the surface, she keeps going to this one place, and looks confused. You were busy that day, so we asked her. Apparently there was a date seller at that place, before the ghouls attacked, and they'd sell to the lizardmen, and they'd bring her dates...basically she'd always go to that place to see if it was still standing.""She does that every time she comes up out of the sewers." Tricia says. "But...but you're right! It could be poison, or Kingfisher, or something like that."
>>26614541yeah. That's it.
You just love stabbing us in the heart, don't ya echo>>26614541all we can really say...
>>26614541Yeah, this...this is probably the only thing we can say right now.
>>26614532"As long as she isn't in pain, and as long as the girls are ok, I will make it. I...Just wish I had more time with her. I think I need a vacation after this. Set her matters in order, raise the girls."
>>26614541This and look very sad and slither away to meet with the elves. There is no point in denying what's happening and we can do nothing about it unless we can magic something up.
>>26614532Well that's fairly sad. Oh well, don't go falling into despair yet. You're a completely different species, and you're friends and family are all legendarily powerful wizards, alchemists, doctors, and scientists. And you got several thousand years to work with at minimum. You'll be fine. Also, you could always join Meri and Peri in their unholy collective if you got bored.
>>26614416Me? No. I'll see it coming and be ready. It's Granny and the girls, they never deserved this. And Soma, with Peace and the Dark Man, was fucking crowing and gloating about it.I don't feel cheated. They were cheated. Granny finally gets children, and they get a family, and then this happens.I think I know why the battle was...fun...in a sick kind of way. It was easy. There were all those kids behind me, and the enemy attacking them in front of me. No doubt, no questioning. But I can't just solve this with a sword, can I? Light above, it was like having a real family. I had nieces, and Granny. I've never even seen any others like... well, like ME. Gods, I feel like Father is dying all over again and I can't be there!AND THEY WERE FUCKING CHEERING! ABOUT HOW THEY WOULD HAVE TO PUT HER DOWN, AND HOW IT WOULD HAPPEN TO ME AND HOW TRICIA WOULD HAVE TO PUT ME DOWN TOO! I COULD HEAR THE FUCKING GLEE IN MY HEAD!
>>26614559yeah, maybe after a pause after the "oh" say this.Fuck. Granny just now gets to go back up to the surface, and this happens.We should set up a date shop there.
>>26614570we're already meeting with the elves.
>>26614532Noooooo!!!! Not Granny!Seconding >>26614570AND THOSE FUCKWITS DARK MAN AND SOMA ARE GLOATING? KILL THEM WITH FIRE!I know that feel so badly right now, bro >>26614582
>>26614577This is something that should be ranted at to Lea and Tricia. Fine fine work anon
>>26614532Looks like it's gonna be a three fingers kind of night
>>26614570>>26614589"Let's... go meet the elves">Ssen you're already meeting the elves"...oh."
>>26614589Right. Personal call first or business?
>>26614617what business calls did we have again?
>>26614610>"Ssen, if you get old you may start having trouble keeping your hoarding impulse under con-">"NA NA NANANANANA KATAMARI DAMA-SSEN!"
>>26614532Echo, I wanted to go to sleep, but you're waking me up with these feels, bro.Can we get something heartwarming, at least?>>26614617Personal Call, I vote. If reasonably possible.>>26614624Citadel, bro.
>>26614577>>26614622yeah, the moment kinda passed.
>>26614632>>26614622Gah. Spent too much time trying to make it decent I guess.
>>26614628>>26614648It's all valuable
>>26614648>NEW CHALLENGE! Roll-up: THE LIGHT!>"OH, SSEN, I DIDN'T SEE YOU THER- WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING, NO STOP THAT ARGH!"
>>26614532"... you knew."
>>26614678Don't get vindictive! Bad Ssen! Bad!
>>26614648Who would the other characters be? All I can think of is Robo-Baales, Old One, Nakai, and The Mab.
>>26614700That's not vindictive. It's an objective statement of fact. They knew. They said nothing. They probably feel bad. We acknowledge that they knew and said nothing. We forgive them. We tell them that we understand. We move on.
>>26614678>>26614700"...you knew. How did I not? Light, am I really that ignorant...?"
>>26614541>"...Oh."Gonna have to agree with this.>>26614725It can still come off as accusatory whether intentionally or not.>>26614737Better.
>>26614737Yes. Better. >>26614678 sounded accusatory.
>>26614737Yeah, it works a lot better when its us being upset with outselves that we were the only one that hadn't worked it out.
I think the reason this is so sad is because I had figured we'd go nuts LONG before granny.
ITT our party watches Ssen's heart get ripped in half.We should try to fake a smile like pic related and say that we're fine, we can handle it.
>>26614737>>26614765>>26614766It's not an improvement. They explained that they followed her while we were busy doing other things, and that's how they found out.Pointless self-chastising is no better than sounding accusatory.
>>26614778And then slither off and cry somewhere.
>>26614778>>26614796That's overdoing it a little.Quietly draping ourselves over a nearby rock would be fine.
>>26614816Yeah, but let's do that while we're on the "phone."This conversation is gonna be a doozy.
>>26614816Yeah, just stare off into space for a while, thinking about things.
>>26614839To be fair, Granny did seem fine
>>26614839Memento Mori, friend.We can't beat everything.
>>26614839Can't save everybody all the time, doctor. That's why "everybody lives" is such a big deal.That and we don't really have any medical chops other than looking it up in our ancient book or asking a dragon if there's a cure.
"...Oh." You say."Okay." Lea says."Waitwaitwait." Mage says. "I need to ask something really quick. Should I halve the brillitite stone or not?"
>>26614851Fuck you we can't beat everything!The guild guys in White Tree had some sort of stasis pod, right? Let's get them to make a really big one and stick her in there and then go off to find a way to stabilize her head.
>>26614865"You're the mage here brother, what do you think?"
>>26614839All things die, little brother.
>>26614863Of course it wouldn't. She wouldn't have anything to forget if you were in charge!
>>26614865"If half will work, I guess."Just sorta... keep truckin' there I guess.
>>26614865"I really can't think about that right now, brother. Give me a few minutes to handle this and I'll get back to you."
>>26614904after a moment of pause"And if that won't make it explode."
We need to lead. Push it to the back of our mind until we make the call.>>26614865"Halve the stone. We might need another bullet to get out."
>>26614865>"I need to ask something really quick. Should I halve the brillitite stone or not?""Yeah, I guess. If it'll work I mean. If you think it'll work. Yeah."
We should do something to the maw. Shoot it with a cannon or something.
Haha, thought you could avoid having any more family die by having no more living family, huh?Fat chance!
>>26615058Shut up Peace.
>>26614839I hate faggots who think they can just HURR DO YEW THINK I AM through a fucking quest.You are not Kamina faggot and you never will be.
>>26615095yeah, the alzheimers is gonna stick.
I'm so glad.I thought the UFK was hit by Inclusion Body Disease.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inclusion_Body_Disease
Really, I think we need to ask a question. Lea keeps checking to make sure the dragonbrain isn't doing the talking, and we just found out that Mage and Tricia kept their knowledge/suspicion that Granny is having severe memory issues from us. Are they doing it because they care about us, or because they're afraid of us? Because they don't trust us?We keep telling them it's bad to keep shit like that locked in, and I know they probably just want to have our backs, but honestly this is a little much for one lamia to handle all at once.And going into Citadel, it would be nice to have a reaffirming, positive "we've got your back" moment.
>>26615128I don't think they put two and two together. It's not like Alzheimer's is a recognized disease in this world.And the only one who is aware of our dragonbrain is us.
so, what are we going to tell the little ones?We can't even promise we're coming home with certainty.
>>26615147They saw her looking for the same shop over and over again despite her having found out on previous days that it wasn't there anymore, and everyone knows about dragonbrain. We even referred to it as such earlier this thread and everyone knew what it was.
>>26615147Lea is pretty much aware of it, as is Old One, and Ted.They can actually see that gathering people to be our friends is our way of building a hoard.
>>26615185We tell them the truth. That their Granny still loves them, but is having trouble remembering recent things, so she's going to need their help, their understanding, and their love from now on. And that their Aunt loves them too and wants more than anything to be there with them, but needs to be somewhere else right now. Because a lot of people will suffer if she isn't there for them.
>>26615185We're going to tell them that Granny is getting old and they'll have to help her take care of things.It's just what you'd tell any child in these circumstances.
>>26615199>Old One knows about dragonbrainNo shit, Sherlock. He's a fucking dragon.
>>26614865Some vague agreement is what fits here. I mean, sure, why not break it in half? We need in and out. I was worried it would straight up destroy all of citadel.
>>26615306 Naw, Citadel is a giant stone dome an order of miles across. The kind of explosive it'd take to completely destroy that would probably crack the planet open.
"If half will work, I guess." You say."Okay." Mage nods.Tricia runs up to hug you then, and you wrap her back and hold tight."I'll never leave. Even when my body goes and I'm just a swarm, and even after I fall apart and can't...stay me...I'll never leave. You won't know it's me, and I won't know it's you but...but..." She wipes her eyes. "Ugh, that's sappy garbage." She wipes her eyes. "I didn't...I didn't think that she was...I'm so so sorry!""Sssh." You say.You two hold it there for a moment.Tricia sighs and taps you on the shoulder.You uncoil and see that Jesse-May is there with the whisper flute. The others have gone to pack up the acmp and get Lightmare hitched up to Wagon and ready for tomorrow's raid on the dome.Tricia pats you on the shoulder and goes to join them.You take the flute from Jesse-May."Keep it." She says. "You may be able to contact us outside of Citadel with it."You put the flute to your lips and..."Hello Little Snake." Scheherazade's voice says. "So...it seems that we do have clocks after all." She sighs. "It's alright, little one. I've been told, and I've left notes for myself. Plus now that I, and Cups, know that there's something wrong." She sighs again. "I'm sorry, little one."
>>26615449"Don't be. I think we both knew that nothing could last forever. Not even us. If even gods can die, what does that make us?"
>>26615449...I got nothing. I'm terrible at this kind of dialogue. We'll need to explain this to the children somehow.
>>26615449"There's nothing to be sorry about, granny. You're still you, and...and...fuck..."
>>26615449"Are the little ones helping you? I'm sure they're taking it harder than anyone."
>>26615513Four Gods wait on the windowsillWhere once eight Gods did war and willAnd if the gods themselves may dieWhat does that say for you, and I?
>>26615449"I'm sorry too. Is... Are you handling things over there? Have you thought about what you're going to do? Maybe write a few things down, for posterity.And the little ones, are they set for now? Until I come back? We still need to have that day at the beach, and so much else."
>>26615449"It's okay. You have nothing to apologize for, Granny. Just... take care of yourself and the girls until I get back from kicking Citadel's ass, okay? I'll have a lot to tell you about when this is all over, like when we and the orcs blew up a whole city.""Can you put one of the girls on, maybe? I don't know how long this damn thing will work."
>>26615555Dont be one of those faggots.
Welp, I guess this is what happens when we fantasize too much about our immortality.We still have a bunch of ages to go though, which is more than enough.
>>26615581Yeah, but a good chunk of those ages will be spent without Mage, MeriPeri, Lea, and, eventually, Tricia.
>>26615644Mage is dragon-bonded, too.It'll be Lea, Mar/Peri, Mage, then Tricia. So we'll be spending many ages without our faithful moral compass.
"There's nothing to be sorry about, granny. You're still you, and...and...fuck." You say."Yeah." She says."We'll need to explain this to the children somehow." You say."I already did." She says. "They know that Granny is old, and her mind is old, and she'll need their help." She says."So, they're helping you?" You say. "I'm sure they're taking it harder than anyone.""Ssai doesn't quite understand, she thinks it's a game." She says. "Ssah...their mother must have been very very old when she gave birth to them. She understands...I think that's why Ssai is okay. They've seen it before. Did, did you ever see the girl's mother?"You don't think you did. A grey haired, pretty looking corpse, flits through your mind as it is sent to the water. "No, she was dead when we found her.""Ah, well...maybe she did it right. Live long enough until it gets too bad, then have children and then that's that." Granny says. "Don't worry. I have years and years left before I get that far gone. Lamia never forget their own. It's beyond memory, smell, feel, texture...well...you know how it is when you play with the girls." She says. "I'm going off on a tangent. Apologies.""I think we both knew that nothing could last forever. Not even us. If even gods can die, what does that make us?" You say."Annoying pests." She chuckles.
>>26615674Chuckle with her. We need it."I'm glad you're taking it well enough. Is there anything you want to do when I come to Stone Hall next? I had some ideas in mind."
>>26615674"We might yet have graduated from the status of annoying pests, Peace and the Dark Man were very much pleased at the thought either of us dying"
>>26615674Huh, the YOUNG one is the one who's dealing with it better? Strange."Heh, we sure are. You might be right about their mother, it's- well, it's something to think about to be sure. You keep hanging in there, Granny. I hope to pester you many a time once I get home. Stories and jokes and all. Even if, well, I might have to tell the stories a few times.
>>26615674"I chased them out of Soma today. With a hammer. If only I'd have known it was that easy I'd have done it ages ago.""Maybe I should take a hammer into Citadel with me."
>>26615707yeah, might as well ask. It would make our souvenir shopping easier.
>>26615674"have you put any thought into what you'll do? I sort of have a book I want to write one day, if you have anything similar."
>>26615738Just have a painting of us done where we're laughing maniacally in the smouldering ruins of a city while hurling Beacon through the Cold Dark Man's face.She'll know.
>>26615674"You say you're writing notes? Try to write as much as possible. If your own mind can't tell you the truth, perhaps a good book can."Just occured to me that this might be why people write memoirs and autobiographies, even when no one else wants them.
>>26615738Well they don't have a head full of gods and a recent history of violence and paladining
>>26615770>memoirs of seven agesI like it.
>>26615805god I hope she does it.We need to get her a rock to sit on in the sun and a typewriter.
>>26615816Or we can get someone for her to dictate to.
>>26615831Sure, but I'll worry they were dishonest when making the thing. In case she gives out any treasure maps, for instance.
>>26615842I'm certain we can find SOMEONE trustworthy enough to use
>>26615816I use a journal to reinforce memory. The important part is to use it as a canvas for your conciousness. You don't try to focus on a single idea; the brain doesn't work like that. You just write what you're thinking,It's less like writing a book and more like drawing a map. In this case, it'd be a really big map.
>>26615864Well, I hope she does it.>>26615853I'd say ambrose, but he's gonna die too.
"We might yet have graduated from the status of annoying pests, Peace and the Dark Man were very much pleased at the thought either of us dying." You say."Fuck 'em." She says. "They're gone. We're not, and they're just picking sour grapes.""Heh, I'm glad you're taking it well enough. Is there anything you want to do when I come to Stone Hall next? I had some ideas in mind." You say."Well, I was considering, since I'm forgetting most of what happens to me, that I should do a lot of stuff that frightened, yet intrigued me...your little zealot and I should talk." She says with that chuckle that fills you with fear, and excitement. "No reason to have regrets anymore. I ate a peach today. Always wanted too, it was Disgusting. And I chucked the pit at the Fool's head." She laughs. "Maybe I'll pick up some horrible habits as well.""Maybe write a book?""Hmm...that'll be tricky...and a good deal of it would be 'she sat her fat scaly ass in a sewer for many years.' Which I think is hardly great literature...but that's an idea." She says. "Anyway, don't let me worry you. You focus on proving those asshole wrong.""Yeah," You say. "I chased them out of Soma today. With a hammer. If only I'd have known it was that easy I'd have done it ages ago."Maybe I should take a hammer into Citadel with me.""So...you're going in?" She says."Yeah." "Alright. Good luck. Remember what Citadel is, you know that it's going to offer you a bunch of shit. Ignore it all." She says."Oi!" She barks. "You two! Come over here!""Auntie! Auntie!" It's Ssah. "Granny says you're about to do something 'fucking stupid' again, can you tell me what that me-""Sorry about that." Granny says. "Heh, kids have sharper ears than I thought. Hold on, let me get the little one.""Fucking stup-" Ssai starts and then cuts off."Oh, I'm a terrible parent." She says. "Finish your work and come back so you can raise these worms properly before I forget that they're lamias and eat them!"
>>26615951"oh, you know how I'm always going off and doing things to help people. They sometimes happen to be stupid things.I'm doing my best to be able to come back, little ones. It means I have to do a very stupid thing and go to a very scary place, but I really am trying. I miss you two. Take care of granny for me, would you please?"My god we're going to have to learn how to talk to kids properly
>>26615951"A few years ago, I might have had trouble when it inevitably offers to help with Tricia's body or your memories, but now? Fuck that guy. Also, we've taken some extra precautions. I'll be sure to give the whole crew the speech going in, though.""And even though I know you wouldn't be around the girls if you thought you were a danger, please don't joke about things like that."
>>26615951Ssai's the old one, I am almost certain. Unless we are getting memory issues ourselves."It's so good to hear the little ones again. Can they hear me? Tell them I say hello, I miss them very much, and I'm working hard to get back.The most pressing work is almost done. Then I can see about a nice long vacation."Raising children and training occuli- the NEW adventure!
>>26616086The most terrifying ordeal yet...PARENTHOOD.
>>26616101And they're already swearing. Lord knows what bad habits we'll give them ourselves.
"A few years ago, I might have had trouble when it inevitably offers to help with Tricia's body or your memories, but now? Fuck that guy. Also, we've taken some extra precautions. I'll be sure to give the whole crew the speech going in, though." You say. "But it is so good to hear the little ones again. Can they hear me? Tell them I say hello, I miss them very much, and I'm working hard to get back."The most pressing work is almost done. Then I can see about a nice long vacation.""Heh." Granny says. "It's nice to have a dream. They wish you luck, love, and promise to squeeze you extra hard when you get back. Also that they want a nightmare like the one you have. So...good luck with that.""Really though...I love you little one." She says. "I won't say anything stupid or cliche but...hold on...I know how to work these a bit better than the elf does and...I have my own Old Troll magic so...here. This is all I have to say."You see an image clearly in your mind. A large book with 'READ ME EVERY MORNING' on the cover. Long, strong fingers open the cover. Two pages of words. Then pictures, well made drawings of people. You recognize most of them...and there's you. In full armor and with Beacon, looking strong and brave.- SSEN PATRICK. PALADIN SERPENT.GRAND DAUGHTER YOU LOVE HER VERY MUCH. -"Don't make a big thing of it." She says. "Anyway, I have to go make sure that the other creatures down here will be ready to listen to their new tutors...don't worry the fool is not allowed anywhere NEAR them.Good luck, little one."The connection ends and the flute stops humming.
We have work to do.Promises to keep.And miles to walk before we sleep.Lets go talk to those elves
>>26616173Requesting drawfaggotry on this ASAP.
>>26616173... fuck. Appropriate time for lamia hugs. Lots of them.My grandmother had something like that. I'm kind of done for the night.
>>26616173"Ah, she really knows how to cheer someone some."Wipe Your eyes some."Okay, I suppose that means we have to get to work then. Yes mage, I think we really should cut that stone in half. We need a surefire way out. Though, I had planned on the hole being permanent- how will we get light for the mirrors if it seals itself up again? Could we have our allies have mirrors ready for when we make our exit, to pump light in after we get the lantern mirrors set up?"Gotta get motivated and on task. Rescue citadel folk, stop soul control plot, raise chilluns.
>>26616230>miles to walk>walk
>>26616256slither didn't really fit.
>>26616256speaking of this, I want to talk to our friends.Tell them they're completely allowed to bow out of this citadel mission, since we're 100% certain that we're not going to walk out of this one alive.Wait to see how long it takes them to get the joke.
>>26616266thats downright cruel anon. Both the pun and the way it will be taken.
>>26615667> implying her daughters aren't going to have sticks up their butts tooIt'll be like the family job.> "...don't worry the fool is not allowed anywhere NEAR them."I wonder how Isen is doing
>>26616173"I wonder where we're going to find another burning horse. Oh well, no time for moping, we've got to hop-to so we can get back and visit them in person. War to fight, people to defend, continent to save, things like that."
>>26616266Although the point is taken. This is a very, very dangerous thing we're about to do. Any doubts, any baggage, any insecurity that could put them at increased risk for getting Citadel'd is a problem.We'd just knock them out and carry them, but there's no need to invite trouble.
>>26616288>I wonder how Isen is doingGod, I know, I could have sworn he would be at the front lines somewhere and we would have seen him. He leads from the front, after all.I guess Tara wouldn't let him.
>>26616231It is pretty fucking touching. I wonder if she drew the pictures herself.
"Ah, she really knows how to cheer someone some." You say as you wipe your eyes. You head back to the group. Mage and Mari are off to the side very slowly, and very carefully, splitting the brillitite stone in two. Lea is petting Lightmare and brushing your steed's coat. Tricia comes up to you. She takes your hand and gives it a little squeeze."Family okay?" She asks.You nod. "How are we going to get light for the mirrors if it seals it up again?" You ask.Tricia raises an eyebrow. "Really? Ssen...we do have something that DOES make some seriously bright, hopefully holy light." She points at Beacon. "Anyway, mirrors are in your pack, we've got enough dry rations to keep us from eating the food inside there for a month. Filled waterskins with cheesecloth filters if we run out of that. And we're ready for tomorrow." She looks at you and smiles."Guys!" You say.Everyone looks up."This is...does anyone have anything else they'd like to do before we do this? Or wants to back out?" You say.There's a pause. You know they're all thinking."I saw my sister, after I undid the spell on the stone with Kincaid." Mage says. "She's doing better...still kinda hates me...but she's eating salads. She's safe and healthy and mildly happy...learning to read too. Yeah, I'm good, sis.""I'm good." "Me too." Peri/Mari say.Lea chuckles. "You thought one of us would even think about backing out?""Only as a desperate wish." Mage says."True." Lea says.Tricia just kisses you on the nose. "Come on serpent, let's break into paradise and destroy it.""Well, you know I won't be walking out of there." You say.Tricia's eyebrows not for a moment then her eyes go wide and she swats you on the shoulder, laughing. "No fair, I was unprepared and you come out assaulting me like that!"
>>26616384"I've not had any material since the ice puns during our trip to the North. I suppose being so sudden was rather cold of me."
>>26616384"You know how much I like to wag my tongue."
>>26616384"Haha, sorry, It's just we didn't crash the wagon when we flew, so I couldn't do the one about 'any one you walk away from'.Thank you all for being with me. Always good to have someone to give me a good smack if I start thinking about settling down and living a citadel life. I know I sort of kidnapped mage a little when we first met, I figure you all deserved a chance to get out while you could. It would certainly be the smart thing to do.Oh well! I guess we're all idiots! And Soon, these idiots will be, hopefully, saving and/or destroying the day."
We'll have to do those bliss mace tests tomorrow, since that's when the potions are done.Sad our visit to collect the precious mermaid scalp fluids was cut short by a lea stabbing.
>>26616463>We'll have to do those bliss mace tests tomorrow, since that's when the potions are done.Roll 1d20
Rolled 17>>26616476Well, okay. We'll see how this goes.Also, later in discussion:"Wait, your sister couldn't read, Mage? Does that mean you couldn't read when we picked you up? Gosh, I could help you with that if you still needed it."Heck, I don't even know if mage worships the light or not. I'd ask, but that would make it seem like we're trying to get him to convert, when I'm really just curious.
Rolled 17>>26616476What now?
>>26616494obviously, since we're feeling a little better about things, we're about to be hit by assassins.
>>26616509echo would have said if it were a travel roll
>>26616519It could be a see-the-assassins check.But probably not.I'll run through the other things to be paranoid about.Like how I hope nobody steals granny's book.Or I hope denise didn't get disowned by her parents.
>>26616548Well the roll was either very good or very bad.We shall see
There's five full doses of the stuff prepared. You didn't have the bliss mace ready, but Mage knows a few domination spells from studying Empire stuff, and a few other places here and there. You tried your test dose out, using Peri against his spells and strongest magic. She said it tingled and disobeying Mage made her feel like she had a headache but was on multiple pain-killing herbs. But she could defy him. You hope that means it works well enough."Wait, your sister couldn't read, Mage? Does that mean you couldn't read when we picked you up? Gosh, I could help you with that if you still needed it." You say.He shrugs. "I'm a quick learner, plus Ambrose helped. I'm good. Thanks though.""Well, I'm happy to teach. Tricia knows how much I like to wag my tongue. I've not had any material since the ice puns during our trip to the North. I suppose being so sudden was rather cold of me." You say.Tricia drops to her knees and waves her hands in surrender. "I give up. I give up!" She says laughing.That night is a good one. Good stew, pleasant conversation about ideas of the future, possible uses of the Blessed's technology, and bad jokes. Lea plays some music, and after a little light babble, you go to sleep.The next day you're in Wagon. Lightmare is bridled up and you're in position. Jesse-May's plan goes off without a hitch. The Empire's very rigid doctrine is great, and very powerful. But so predictable, and with no Kingfisher to throw curveballs, the whole plan goes off without a hitch.Mage carefully using his staff, pushes the chunk of brillitite right up close to the dome wall. It's now smooth and pure white. So bright it almost hurts to look at it."Right." Mage says. "Okay, a regular bullet should do it." He says getting inside wagon and crouching down."We're taking Lightmare inside?" Lea asks."Citadel's huge remember?" Tricia says. "Well need Lightmare to move from place to place quickly.""Alright. Ready?"
>>26616556"Yes, let's crack the god-egg wide open!"
>>26616556"As ready as I'll ever be,"
>>26616556"Not nearly, but do it anyway.Oh, wait, should we be this close to it? The last one was smaller than this one by far, and it was a doozy."
Jeez, I guess we really can't put it off any longer.Damn the fact we burned through all the side quests! Now we have to go to scarytown.
I feel like we should be saying something inspirational here, but all I can think of is we probably didn't bring proper eye protection.
"As ready as I'll ever be, let's crack the god-egg wide open!" You say."Should we be this close?" You ask."Umm...no." Mage says. "But from what I understand, this will either work...or it wont matter to us at all."Tricia narrows her eyes at him. "Mage, you should just start lying to us.""Alright, alright. The dome should absorb most of the imp-""Enough of this." Mari says and she aims her pistol and fires.There's a bright flash of light...but no explosion. Instead, you see part of the dome...ripple. Like it was made of water. The white fades and you see...the city itself!"Go! Go!" Mage shouts.Lightmare bursts forwards and you charge through. The 'hole' is big enough and you all go through no problem. You don't even feel anything."Shit." Mage sayas looking behind him. "Knew that the dome was self-repairing."You see the ripple effect stop, and the hole behind you slowly fades away. changing from what looks like a white wall with a hole leading to some woods...to what looks like a very tall well made, pleasant looking, city wall. It doesn't even look like it goes up higher than the walls of White Tree.There's a blue sky, a yellow sun, cheerful breezes and a lovely smell as you look out over a city that's...gorgeous. Honestly, it looks just like you saw it that first time, only now...now it's even prettier, shinier, cleaner, and where there was stone, you see gleaming silver. The air smells sweet, and the sounds of music and laughter fill the air. You know that everything in this city is welcoming, loving, and wants nothing more for you to stay and be happy.Welcome to Heaven.You are inside Grand Citadel.
>>26616710That it is.Time to do what we were supposed to do.
>>26616693"For some reason I expected more wailing. Maybe once we figure out a way to hear souls."
>>26616710>>26616714First stop: That guy who needs a divorce.Second stop: Save everybody.Priorities.
>>26616693Page 10. Is this the end of the thread? Seems like a good place to leave off.But if there's a thread 2, I'm sure as hell not complaining.
>>26616723We got a lot of things we need to do. Our first stop should be to off the Citadel, the second should be to find that kid who is hiding in that attic with the clear paladins, then we can do divorce guy if he still wants it
>>26616693 And with that ladies and gentlemen, we have reach the final season. New opening song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0WH8hCMeugNext thread, while I map out a few plot points and things for you to henderson, will be on Sunday, August 18th, 3-5pm PST.This is it folks. I'm hoping that this thing will end before I hit 125...but I know you all too well. Still, I'm aiming for that.I'll also give you a full multi-character epilogue as well for anyone and everyone. Then I'm hanging up my quest hat for a while.May His Light watch over you all.
>>26616741I will certainly be there, echo. I'll desperately miss the quest when it's gone.I really hope you revisit the universe later, with a different character perhaps, when you are done with your break. Wonder how everyone is doing in citadel.
>>26616755Yes. Time to cement our place in history as the snake who destroyed paradise and ruined everything forever.
>>26616741I'm wondering just what of the other things we could get done. We've got a bunch of stuff we still need to finish up.
>>26616741>>26616758Well, there's the epilogue to look forward to. I'm sad we never really got to interact with a whole lot of the characters again. Ava, adahn, tallow, ambrose, dana, and more. Once we're back in stone hall, hopefully.
>>26616757"And then the Paladin Serpet drove into Citadel and said 'NO FUN ALLOWED', so everyone had to go home."
>>26616773There's going to be so many problems once we free citadel.Like that million-man-militia having something to say about first wood, for instance.And all the starvation.
>>26616790oh, not to mention whatever damn plan kingfisher is up to in the citadel. Since he's in here.
oh noThere are going to be the best sunning rocks here