Continuation of thread 69>bow-chicka-bow-wow------Vonnegut's departure proves to be the end of public events. Most of the mages head back to work; those that aren't assigned to tasks, or have some time off, linger in the fortress, or their wooden cabins lining the inside of the wall.Auriel decides that the trap left by the Black Hand is too volatile to be retooled as a defense measure. She and Tyrael focus on taking it apart; with his help, it's much easier going. After ensuring that the entrance is safe, teams are dispatched to scour the depths of the craft and insure nothing unsavory stowed away.Abigail, Flint, and Ila accompany you back to the mana pool. A few angels are working with Cain and Hamil, testing the integrity of the pool's containment unit. It seems to be working fine; the Shadow mages can draw extra mana quickly, but the presence of the pool isn't hampering the angels' abilities.<Ila,> you say, <I believe I promised you something earlier.>She nods. "Yes."You take Ila's hand, and then dip in arm into the pool. After doing it twice, the power transfer is swift and simple. But it's a little different. With Abigail, and Adavan, the darkness coated the soul that was already there in a protective layer; Ila's soul already shares your dark coloring. It adds to her power directly, growing it larger.Ila takes a long breath as wings unfold from her back. She flexes them once, then hides them. Darkness wavers out from her skin.She thrusts a hand forward. The smoke gathers in front of her in an instant, forming a round shield of mana. She relaxes, and it dissipates. She clenches a fist. "...strong."She glances up at Flint, Cain, and Hamil, then looks at Abigail for a moment. Abby stands with her arms folded, casually hiding where her hand was severed, and looks back.Ila turns to you. "Thank you, Shadow. I won't disappoint you."<I know.>What do you do?>teleport to Jacob's Field (after max Shadowmeld)>something else
pls took RTU
That's... not a lot of writing!Ahh well.>teleport to Yacobe's field after max shadowmeld AND regenned mana
Purchased:>Sleep Gas - Release a sleep-inducing gas to knock out your foes. The gas is potent, but isn't useful in battle or against powerful enemies.>Monstrous Vigor - You are not just any shadow; you are -the- Shadow. You are immune to all ailments.>Automaton - Given materials, you can create a stronger golem of made of metals. With Machina Loqui, it can be programmed to take more complex orders, and will resist takeover attempts. Lasts until destroyed. (8 mana)Unlocked:>Mighty Regeneration>Machina Vita>Shadow Totem>Machina Loqui - You can speak the language of machines. Allows you to program complex devices, interface with machinery, and give more complicated orders to constructs. Your constructs are resistant to outside influence.CONGRATULATIONS! YOU'VE COMPLETED MUH POISON TREE!>Pestilence - Enemy physical strength is halved and all regeneration halted until they are touched by light magic. Applies to first target Shadow touches after activation. (7 exp)Purity of Order (passive bonus)- All allies that Shadow is in physical contact with share his invulnerability to ailments. Servants and higher ranks always have this, regardless of Shadow's presence.
>>27509568>CONGRATULATIONS! YOU'VE COMPLETED MUH POISON TREE!Oh, SM.
>Purity of Order (passive bonus)Worth it. Ila, Adavan and Abby now cannot be poisoned.
>>27509540>>teleport to Jacob's Field (after max Shadowmeld)
>>27509568>Pestilence - Enemy physical strength is halved and all regeneration halted until they are touched by light magic. Applies to first target Shadow touches after activation. (7 exp)I guess that would be kinda useful against other shards. Pretty useless against angels
>>27509540hello again SM
>>27509540>Abby stands with her arms folded, casually hiding where her hand was severed, and looks back.Y'know.It just occurred to me how absurdly strong of a character Abigail has. I mean, given what she's been through at such a young age, with parental betrayal and recent injuries, she's not melodramatically angsty outwardly at all.I mean, holy shit.
>>27509568>>Mighty RegenerationFuck, Also go to jacobs field.>Machina LoquiThis sounds pretty good.
>>27509710I know I'd be a sour asshole if I spent half my life in the magitech matrix shithole that was the Archonium
Also we now know where the Wrath shard is, beyond Vampiria to the frozen north.But fleet said they didn't know where the last shard was... hmmm.Either Isle Imil, Elven territory, or Kan-Abar, would be my bets.
>>27509568now we just need a scenario where that passive will be useful
I am NOT advocating fighting them now, but I wonder how we stack against the demon lords. Like, 1v1, 2v1, 3v1, 4v1 etc.Remembering that Hectate had trouble against a group of them when she was at full power.
>>27509745We broke it when we ate Darkxis
>>27509760Yeah. FUCK NO. Das what I think.I'd like to sort Temerity-A-Shit out before having to deal directly with the demon lords, or Kan-Abar.
<I'm going to Jacob's Field,> you say."I should come with you," Ila says. "I could - "<If there is a demon lord on the other side of this passage,> you say, <I will -not- be able to protect you. I am strong...but I'm not all-powerful.> You can't help but glance at Abigail. <I learned that the hard way.>"...I see." Ila steps back. "Stay safe. Stay silent.""Good luck, Shadow," Abigail says. "I'll be waiting."Flint nods to you. "I've been wanting to spar with that bag of bones. Good luck."<Thank you.> You step into the mana pool and press your senses forward.You feel lines...deep lines. Tunnels of power. And along those tunnels, points like stars in the darkness - places you've touched, where you've left a mark.You find the one you're searching for.When you open your eyes, you're standing in the Spirit mana pool under the keep in the Old Forest. The round, stacked-stoned room is nostalgic. You were so ignorant back then...so...young.A sharp presence of spirit lingers in Adavan's chamber; the room you know doubles as the entrance to Hecate's tomb. The power of the mana pool muffles your senses, however. You can't get a good reading on it.What do you do?>sneak into Adavan's chamber>sneak out of the tomb and up to the mausoleum entrance>some other strategy>
>>27509749such as a surgical strike against a Demon Lord of Plague mayhap?>>27509760It took Auriel, Flint and ourselves to deal with one demon lord, however we have all leveled up since then... though I am not sure if summoned Demon Lords can level or if they are at a fixed level from the summon...
>>27509775But it's gotta reform somewhere!And those are the places we haven't been able to check for shadow mana pools. And, well fuck, of course Vampiria.
>sneak into Adavan's chamber
>>27509791>>sneak into Adavan's chamberAlso use shadow meld.
>>27509791have a strand of shadow snake under the door to take a look. If he is home, telepatically knock, if it is someone else... try and ID them as friend or foe...
>>27509818It's been used as maximum power, I just didn't write the fluff.
>>27509791>sneak into Adavan's chamber>>27509760I think we could take one if it was only one of them fairly easily and nothing else. The Black Hand monstrosity was probably stronger.
>>27509568>Machina Loqui - You can speak the language of machines.Shadow confirmed for trying to talk at dwarven robots with various degrees of success for an entire thread again.Also you misspelled Pestilence on the tree itself, just fyi.Pestilence might be one of the most worthwhile XP skills so far, even in spite of its high cost, mostly because it seems like an incredibly useful way to nerf Legion into the ground.>>27509791>>sneak into Adavan's chamberMaybe Shadow Periscope beforehand, as suggested by >>27509826 just to see whether or not the figure is someone we recognize.
>>27509791>sneak into Adavan's chamberTry to get close enough to talk to Hectate. If Addy ain't here, we can at least ask her if she knows the location of his phylactery or where he would keep it.If not, we get to talk to Hectate for a bit.
>31 xp until we can afford Hydra
>>27509872This was attempted a long time ago. It won't work.----------------------You climb out of the mana pool and sidle up to the door.The air is still. The pool keeps you from sensing anything specific beyond the door. Someone is definitely there, though.You poke a tendril underneath the crack between the wood and the cobblestone, moving your "gaze" to the edge of that limb. You sweep back and forward...but you don't see anything.What do you do?>enter the room>enter the room guns blazing (specify)>leave; this seems suspicious
>>27509797The demon lords powered up collectively with each new one summoned, which was how they were able to originally persist on their on and without summoners, which caused a greaaaat big mess before.And the force that was attacking Kan-Abar before was just an advance force. Not very meaty...>SM tell me if I passed that lore DC
>>27509911>enter the roomSuper duper Sneaky like. (Compress)
>>27509911ink under door
>>27509911>enter the room
>>27509911>>enter the roomCompress.
>>27509911>enter the room guns blazing (specify)Titanic
>>27509911Thought project a code word into the room."Shadowy Wings Carry Great Burdens." or something equally generic and silly.
>>27509945>using up exp while hydra can be unlocked
>>27509911throwing my vote in with these two;>>27509925>>27509935
>>27509949That is far too imaginative.The code word is "code word".
>>27509949Ahaha that's so stupid
>>27509920You're not wrong. They feed off one another, certainly. Obviously they serve Kan-Abar...but only as a means to serve themselves.As far as being able to take one on...remember that Auriel was fully powered up as Angel #5, and bombarded the demon with an airship's cannons, and she still couldn't take it down alone. Though, it wasn't until the demon lord cast its anti-magic spell that she was really taken out of the fight.
>>27509960Eheheheh, ya. That is better.Shame I have to go with the sensible options;>>27509925Let us become the mouse!
>>27509960Oh god. Shadow is one of those chucklefucks that uses "password" as his password.
>>27509976Also that Flint's magic was free from his parasite at the time so he was at full power.Everyone except for are actually weaker than they were back then.
>Pillar of the Earth - All allies within fifty yards gain protection and adamantize, but without the movement penalty or extra weight. It can last indefinitely, but while active, the caster cannot move or use other abilities. Allies must stay within the spell radius to keep the buff (15 mana)Thats a surprisingly good power if there is a fight going on.
>>27510002>Everyone except for areexcept for us*
OH WAITSHITAdavan knows shit about magical detection barriers right? Because he helped Hecate seal herself?Make sure we ink UNDER the door. Don't wanna break any enchantments he has on it.
1d100 to BE THE MOUSE
Rolled 14>>27510034What does the mouse say?
Rolled 43>>27510034may the zeros roll...
>>27510052>>27510055>>27510058We are mousy.
>>27510059>What does the mouse say?<SQUEAK, SQUEAK, SQUEAK.>>>27510052>>27510055But I guess we know better than that.
I'm really interested to find out what all the different elemental lords used as their main form.Aeoulus was dragon, but we really don't know what the others looked like.
SM, we have a LOT of mass.So when we compress, does that mean it's almost impossible for people to pick us up because we're so heavy?Because we could totally just sit on peoples feet with the concentrated weight to trip them over.Dunno why I thought of this though.
>>27510098Hyperion was a greeeaaaaat big arsehole, so everyone in the Empire of Light could brownnose him 24/7.
>>27510098We don't really know much about the Elemental Lords except that the top three jerks are Erebus, Aeoulus, and Hyperion.
>This is Shadow's form
>>27510115As an add to that thought,can we HEAVY METAL while in mouseform?>maybe you can tell where I'm going with this
Rolled 6So what are the chances of us getting Machina Loqui after getting hydra?the second we can i want us to upgrade our construct or make a second robot
>>27510139What if all of them were jerks in their own little ways.Still got a keystone in Atlantis to free after all.
>>27510115inb4 a "Shadow Quest physics are best physics" type explanation. Fucking magic.
>>27510139Rajin was a pretty big dick too.Hectate frequently tried to negotiate peace with the higher elementals, and Hyperion, Logi, and Aeoulus were cool with her more or less, but Rajin just straight up attacked her because PARANOIA.
>>27510172>>27510162I actually kind of hope that Leviathan is a bit of a jerk. Maybe they don't need it with Erebus being the biggest jerk of all but the Lesser Elementals feel too "good" to me and that just isn't something I expect from Shadow Quest.
>>27510162I think the keystone is Leviathan somehow transformed into the form of a volleyball.
I just wanted to say that our ship's name should be Eclipse.
>>27510291I want it to be named Nemesis.
>>27510291>>27510299I was thinking we should stick to Greek dieties related to Erebus.Nyx, Aether, Hemera, Hesperis, Erytheia, Geras, Nemesis, Adrasteia, etc.
>>27510318>Nyx, Aether, Nemesis.I like these ones.
Rolled 90>>27510318Shouldn't it be short and simple?
>>27510291I like it.>>27510299>>27510318Regardless of its mythological connections, I just don't like Nemesis as a name.
>>27510335Half of those are short and simple.
>>27510291Eclipse seems to be the most fitting.
>>27510335Look at all the other airships. Noraleiv, Ragnarok, Cirrus. Those are the kinds of names you give airships. Not something like Eclipse.
>>27510291Either Eclipse or Umbra would be good.
>>27510349Well Nyx is the greek Goddess of night, and a protector -of sorts-, and our Ship is a Carrier Class vessel...
>>27510368i don't like eclispe, but i'm trying to think what would shadow pick/call it.
>>27510368When has Shadow cared about big flashy names, when something short, simple and to the point works just fine?
>>27510394But we already got told off for being bad at names over what Shadow would normally pick.
>>27510368This ship isn't like the others, it's Shadow's ship. And Shadow likes silly names such as Eclipse. Since it's a huge ass black ship that blocks the sun when it passes and stuff.
>>27510383How about using Eclipse for the name and Nyx for the carrier class? (I admit no expectation of ever building another.)
>>27510413More in character though.
>>27510430Still isn't a fitting airship name, though. Hell, SM could just have it been Abby helping Shadow pick a name like she said she would. The in-character decisions aren't going to stick.
Alright everyone, I know how to do this.We'll rename the Cirris;The Eclipsy Ship We Got Out of Wind Hell from With Our Dearest Friends Nyx Aether Nemesis Oh God What Am I Doing ABBY-SABBY!
>>27510453This would be great and we could get SM input.
>>27510453How about The Rainbow Doorknob
>>27510372Penumbra would be better than Umbra if we're even slightly concerned with symbolism.>umbra>a conical shadow excluding all light from a given source>penumbra>a space of partial illumination (as in an eclipse) between the perfect shadow on all sides and the full light See which is more symbolic?I still like Nemesis I wouldn't have kept mentioning it if I didn't, though I'm not sure what would drive us to name it this in-character without the greek mythological connection.
>>27510483>I'm not sure what would drive us to name it this in-character without the greek mythological connection.We can say that one of our shards had the temerity to name a ship better than us.
With demon lords in play, you can't take any risks. You Compress yourself to the size of a small mouse and creep under the door. Shrouded in shadows, your aura safely bundled tight, you're confident that not even Yi Fang could pinpoint your exact location.You enter the room, and find it empty. Strange. You glance around, taking in the monotonous walls of cobblestone, the three alcoves in the back of the room. The center one belonged to Adavan, you remember; the other two held the skeletons he was using the first time you encountered him. They rest there now, carefully placed back in their positions, hands folded over their chests.You glance up.Adavan is suspended from the ceiling by ropes of spirit magic. A spell hovers in his hands, ready to fire. You stare at him, uncertain as to what he was thinking.After a long moment, he relaxes. The cords of magic lower him to the ground, and the spell in his arms fades. He paces briefly, then sits down against a wall and leans his head between his knees.You decide that it's safe enough to decompress.<Adavan.>The lich leaps to his feat, Spirit energy surging to his fingertips - and then he hesitates. "...Shadow?"<The one and only.>Adavan squints at your position. "...your namesake is no lie. If you hadn't spoken, I wouldn't have...but then, I could have sworn I felt something." Adavan sighs and sits down. "I don't know if you can sense it, but I've been down here for over a day, now. I've been feeling out the surface for some time. The Kanians are trying to gain entrance to the crypt. Luckily, I was able to take the keys out from the front of the mausoleum and seal it up again. Hecate's own magic won't be easily breached." He looks at you curiously. "Actually, how did you get in?"<Teleported in through the mana pool.>>con't
>>27510501None them speaks to us anon.
>>27510140So Shadow looks like Jesus if he braided his beard?
Adavan slowly nods. "...your powers are returning swiftly. That's good. We'll need them." He chuckles. "I'm always taking all the shit, huh? That hurricane really, really hurt. Is Abigail alright? Are the others on Xile? Did you find a pool there?"You fill Adavan in on the particulars."A Great Carrier..." Adavan rubs his chin. "We always wanted to try and capture one of those. They were used to haul other airships, small ones, or those that needed repair. Could be useful. We've got an airship that isn't working, too. It should be plenty big enough to house everyone in Haven as well. Hell, even with that, it'll still feel empty."<I suppose so.>He falls silent for a while. You glance at the alcoves. <...who were those skeletons? If you don't mind me asking.>"...two of me men," Adavan says. "Good friends. They came down here with me of their own insistence." He shifts on the stone a bit. "You see...as I told you before, I never was a commander of the undead." He points to his skull. "My specialty is up here. Mind magic. Lichdom was my only way to preserve myself for the goddess, but those in our faction that might have taught me the particulars were scattered. So...we had to piece things together the old-fashioned way, using the little bits we'd picked up here and there." He looks to his old allies, taking in the dusty bones. "They volunteered to go first with our hack-job spell. I didn't like it, but they said I was too valuable to be the guinea pig. I knew they were right. If one of us survived, it had to be me. I was the strongest. Most like to succeed...when the time did come."<...what happened?>>con't
"We had only a few weeks water and food," Adavan says. "We waited until it was almost gone to try. So, the pressure was on, let me tell you." His voice grows quiet. "Harlad died on our first attempt. Usip and I...we failed again. He died too. And then I was alone, trying to figure out where we went wrong. Wondering if it was all a pointless effort, anyway. If they died for nothing." He sighs. "...and then I put myself in a coma. And when Abigail's magic stimulated Hecate, for lack of a better term, I woke up, but the aftershock of my efforts started turning the townspeople into mindless undead. It took weeks to get it under control. And then you showed up." He sighs, and shakes his head. "By the elements. You think you know everything, Shadow...and then you realize you're just a fool after all."<...I'm sorry, Adavan. I pushed too hard, back on Xile.>"...I should have spoken louder," he says. "Sometimes, the only way to learn a lesson is the hard way." He sets his legs straight. "But enough of the past. We have plenty on our plates as it is." He crooks a finger. "You can't underestimate the advantages of a mobile base. That was Xile's whole strategy, really. By the way, where did Vonnegut end up?"<He took his share returned home. I suppose he'll be wanting a favor at some point, but - >Adavan leaps to his feet. "What?! He knows Haven's location! As soon as he pops up on the radar, every angel in Venia will be asking after Lucifer!!"<I assumed he'd be making himself scarce.>"They control half the continent! It's not a risk we can take! I thought he would shelter in Archon!" Adavan paces back and forward. "Shit. Shit. Alright. Chasing him...no, he'll be long gone. We cloak Haven as best we can, and we get everyone on board the Cirrus. We stay mobile, check in on Haven later. If it's safe, we can set down again, but not until we're absolutely sure."What do you do?>get back to Haven, follow Adavan's plan>go back to Haven, try to catch Vonnegut
>>27510572>>get back to Haven, follow Adavan's plan
>>27510572>get back to Haven, follow Adavan's planHonestly, I'd be surprised if the Cirrus didn't have stealth capabilities. Super Shadow enchantments are on it after all.
>>27510572>>>get back to Haven, follow Adavan's plan
>>27510572>>get back to Haven, follow Adavan's planI fucking new we shouldn't have left that fucker leave.
>>27510572>get back to Haven, follow Adavan's plan>go back to Haven, try to catch VonnegutHonestly, we can do both. What can we really do to expedite the packup?Maybe we should just wait until he removes hat and jam a shadowy appendage through the back of his head.And we get a free hat out of it.
>>27510635In all likelihood, he's going to sell us out to the angels. He knows that we're Erebus reborn.
>>27510526>>27510572>MFW I just realized we're having a heart to heart with what was going to be one of the first villains in the game, in the place we met him and entrusted Abigail to him, and he's now planning out how to better protect Haven and us from the place that he was going to try getting revenge on the world from, perfectly symbolizing a complete turnaround of character direction.PRAVUS H A D O W M A S T E R
>>27510572I think we should also tell Adavan that chaos will soon destroy the world.
>>27510572>>get back to Haven, follow Adavan's plan>>go back to Haven, try to catch VonnegutWe can do both.
>>27510572>get back to Haven, follow Adavan's planI hope we can conceal Haven well enough. Because otherwise that's 15 exp we mostly wasted on that mana pool if our position is compromised.>>27510652Actually he was supposed to be the first ally back when we were going to be the villain.
>>27510572>Create Shadow Mana pool in Haven>Let Vonnegut leave Haven>"Everything is fine guys, really!">5 minutes later>"GUYS GUYS ABANDON YOUR HOMES AND FLY AWAY ON THIS AIRSHIP BEFORE EVERY ANGEL IN VENIA DESCENDS UPON US!"Shadow Quest: A veritable bastion of long term planning.
>>27510666Flint might have become the first antagonist.
Hey, Maybe Adavan can fuck with Vonnegut's memories?
>>27510683Good idea.MiB him. You didn't see anything
>>27510683We'd have to find him. He was going to Maven Lake. Maybe we should head there and talk to Obis and Blackwater while everyone packs up.
>>27510572Would Vonnegut really sell us out though?He saw us in action. He knows we'd come for him if he sold us out, surely?
>>27510572>>get back to Haven, follow Adavan's plan>>go back to Haven, try to catch VonnegutWhile Addy evacuates everyone, lets go search for that fucker.
How the fuck are they gonna eat on a mobile base.And isn't that mobile base something that Temerity tag-locationed the other shards?I swear if wrath comes after Nyxystix Abby-Sabbatical Airship #6, then you're going to hold a lot of my sperge SM.
>>27510708It's a precaution.
>>27510708To save himself from the angels he would
>>27510708The angels are in major power and the only reason he ran out of favor on them is because he saw his position with them dwindling, and now he has Erubus location and a camp of shadow mages location.
>>27510718He tag-locationed us.
>>27510718Wrath is waiting in the Palace of the Frozen Hand, dummy.
God damn it SM.You said you wanted to have a recurring villain.But it's starting to look like we might not be able to let that happen.
>>27510752Shoulda killed him ages ago.
>>27510140>That masculine muscular mist-arm grabbing his dick.I'm not so sure, Tim.
>>27510572>>get back to Haven, follow Adavan's plan>>go back to Haven, try to catch VonnegutBoth, everyone chills out on the airship while we deal with the Penguin problem.
>>27509540Yeah, it should be easy enough to catch up to Vonnegut in Maven Lake, seeing as we can travel faster than he can.Should probably prepare to get out of Dodge Haven in case he managed to flee the coop either way.He has to carry around a giant hunk of treasure, so odds are good he has to arrange for transportation either way, and that's going to take time.
>>27510752Sandalphon is kind of recurring
>>27510763Would you prefer I post more dolls instead of Shadow Jesus?
>>27510752I wanted him for Xile. What happens now is up to you.----------------------------Looks like consensus is for trying to hunt him down while Haven prepares for evacuation, sitting on-board the ship.>writing
We should offer to put his phylactery in our pocket
>>27510799no its pretty safe on where it is.
>>27510799Oh, this. So fucking this.
I guess the fact that we consumed Lucifer didn't phase Vonnie.Well then. Too bad for him.It's not like Adavan will try taking control of our ship and forces while we're off fucking around and perform a perfect 180 to fulfill his spiritual destiny and this is just a distraction for his greater nefarious plots.
>>27510799What if the nether energy fucks with his soul?
>>27510799Why?So he can REFORM IN THE NETHER WHEN HE GETS EVISCERATED AGAIN?
>sidetracking our objective againI hope this is fast.
>>27510814No it isn't. It's surrounded by demons.
>>27510843I wanna go put a smackdown on Temerity. Then fix Hammer. Then apply Hammer to Wrath.
>>27510850In a sealed temple, with magic from an elemental.
>>27510814I think we should at least offer it, see what hethinks
pls listen i added a new rule pls10. pls don't let known villains go pls
>>27510843Hey, we could have stopped Vonnie from leaving ourselves and prevented this. We're not being sidetracked so much as we're dealing with a consequence.
>Allow Vonnegut to leave>No allies have any problem with this>Find Adavan>"SHADOW, WHAT DID YOU DOOOOOOO!?">Backtrack like a motherfucker and try to find VonnegutThis has been a huge waste of time.
>>27510883Nah, it's SM's fault.He distracted us with shiny XP, and because of that, no one wanted to talk him into staying and instead let him go. So really, it's all SM's fault.
>>27510572Hint: Adavan is playing you all like cards.
>>27510883This i voted for keeping him in haven and kept bringing up the fact that he knew too much.
>>27510894We've only been here for like, ten minutes man.We got Adavan and that was our intention, so it's not a wasted trip.Now we gotta figure out how to track him.>by his hat
>>27510818Oh yeah, and I bet Flint is secretly planning to murder us as well. And Abigal as well. And Auriel is still loyal to the ring city. And this entire thing has just been a plot orchestrated by Sandalphon.
>>27510899Didn't Auriel specifically say that Adavan headed fuckhuge undead armies?I think those two dudes weren't his friends, they were ingredients (sacrifices) for the blood magic that we know is required to make a lich.
>>27510899There's no way Adavan will betray us! EVER!Screencap this post as proof.
>>27510899I'd like to trust him. He's given us absolutely no reason to doubt him thus far.
Maybe a spirit mage good with minds is also good at manipulating others and their emotions.Maybe we SHOULD be suspicious of Adavan. After all, everything he's done is to get Abby closer to Hectate, and keep her safe.
Shadow Master is that anonymous QM in the QTG that was talking about a character the main character didn't suspect as a traitor at all.Mark my words.
>>27510946>I think those two dudes weren't his friends, they were ingredients (sacrifices) for the blood magic that we know is required to make a lich.[paranoia intensifies]
>>27511008I knew you were that guy from that QTG I was arguing about this with before. I knew it.
>>27510986>You can withdraw the power you've granted a servant at any time, but you don't regain your experience points.If he stabs us in the back, we withdraw his servant powers and then utterly annihilate him and all he stands for.
I say we should talk to the others before we start running after a top hat, we have enough on our plate.
There's so much paranoia going on in this thread.And the worst of it?I'm starting to believe it too.
>>27510946How about we ask Aby or Auriel on how does some one becomes a Linch.
>>27511008There's absolutely no way an anon could go into a qtg and pretend to be a QM saying that in order to steer a quest the way they want by revving player paranoia
>>27511023The thing is,what if this is the tipping point?We go after Vonnie; his plans succeed. We're nowhere near him to stop whatever he does.
>>27511044SM told us before that it's blood magic and it requires human sacrifice.
>>27510946He just explained that that was what happened. They volunteered for it.
>>27511053He doesn't have all the keys yet, we still need the fire key. Therefore he can't yet free Hecate.
>>27511065Lets ask them to be in character anyway.(plus to see if our suspicions were right)
>Abby hated us for abandoning her, but Adavan fucked with her mind to make her adore us because he needs his sacrificial lamb to crack open Hectate's tomb.
Shit. Everything we know about Adavan comes from Auriels hear-say, and Adavan himself. Who knows everything about steering other people. I understand it all.This is why he still considered Flint only an acquaintance.The only other character from us he's connected with is Abigail and Fang. Maybe guilt from how he thinks he may need to use her to power up Hectate?
>>27511066>Nobody ever lies ever. Why would they do that?
>>27511081Oh my fucking......and we would have no way of knowing.
>>27511066No, they volunteered to be guinea pigs for the spell to become a lich. They didn't agree to be sacrifices. Adavan's story is not adding up. We should ask him how he did it without the human sacrifice.
SHADOW MASTER!ARE YOU ENJOYING YOURSELF?!DOES THIS NOT ENTERTAIN YOU?!DO YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU'VE WROUGHT?!
<Come on, I can take us back!> You grab Adavan and drag him into the portal room. You pause. <Wait. What about your phylactery?>"It's a rock embedded three feet in the damn wall," he says. "No one will find it in a hundred thousand years. Let's go!"You grab Adavan and teleport through the portal.Abigail and Flint are still there, watching the mages around the pool adjust the machinery. They reel back in surprise as you fly in with Adavan."Shadow? Adavan!" Abigail flies up to the lich and grips him in a hug. "You're ok. You're ok! I was so worried! I'm sorry, I should have - ""Abby, it's appreciated, but we don't have time right now!""What?""Vonnegut!" Adavan shouts. "He knows our location! We've got to get everyone on the carrier and out of here before we have a battalion knocking on the walls!"Flint starts laughing."What on earth is so funny?!" Adavan shouts."Oh, come on," a voice calls. You all turn. Auriel strides up the corridor, leans up against the wall, and plants a hand on her hip. "I know you're the enemy and all, Adavan, but you didn't think I was that stupid, did you?"Auriel is certainly not stupid. So she had a plan? <...what's going on?>"Hamil let me in on a little something before the thief sliced off his part of the treasure," Auriel says. "He's established a contact spell with Blackwater's office in Maven Lake. You know, the Vidar Blackwater. Arch-enemy of Damian Vonnegut?"Adavan slouches in relief. "He's being intercepted.""Of course. I figured once we had our mind-mage back, we could tinker around with him and send him on his way with a convenient story." She glances at you. "Didn't you know? Flint didn't even try to stop Vonnegut leaving. After all that self-righteous knight-talk." She grabs Flint's cheek and tugs it. "He is just so cute sometimes.">con't
This rampant paranoia is only going to end badly. I refuse to buy into your lies.
>>27511120Master of Shadowruns
>>27511115The best part is that they are making sesne
>>27511081That is the most insane thing I've heard. I highly doubt that kind of manipulation would have lasted throughout her entire stay in the Archonium considering what it is. Now you're just saying paranoid shit for the sake of paranoid shit.
>>27511101Sure we would. Adavan would tell us after killing her.
>>27511081No need to go that far, I don't think.Even if treacherous Adavan be, that amount of shadowruns seems ridiculous.
Flint peels himself away from her hand. "It isn't knight-talk," he mumbles. "He was in violation of the law. He ought to be hanged. And I don't think Blackwater is much better, either."<Well, why didn't anyone tell me?> you ask."Flint was supposed to tell you," Auriel says."Uh," Flint mumbles, "I forgot."<You forgot.>"...yep."You sigh. <Well...and then, there's that. And here I am, ready to hunt Vonnegut down and defend Haven from Sandalphon...because you forgot.>Flint coughs awkwardly. "Uh...sorry, Shadow."You have to chuckle. <I suppose I can find it in my heart to forgive you.>------------------You and the party reach Maven Lake in short order. With the promise of getting immediate and pointed revenge on Vonnegut, Vidar Blackwater is all too happy to personally escort you to where they're holding him.Vonnegut's expression is not happy. He's gagged, and a huge set of mana-absorbing stone bracers hold his hands far apart. There isn't much he can do. He sits in the corner of his cell, staring at you."You know what?" Vidar says. The old man scratches his beard. "I say we go one further. Ah...Adavan, was it?""Yes.""If you can tinker with minds, why not set this one straight? Make him an honest man. It would do a lot of people a lot of good.""...doing more than necessary...has certain ethical implications," Adavan says slowly."Ten thousand slaves or so would thank you from the bottom of their hearts," the man shoots back. "If it were me, I'd kill him right here and now.""We need him to have a story," Auriel says. "Lucifer found a way to Xile, and he and his went there. They sent Vonnegut home, task completed, pay in hand. For all Sandalphon knows, they're still in the skysever."Blackwater folds his arms. "Hmph."What do you do?>just implant the alternate story in his mind>change Vonnegut's personality for good>kill Vonnegut and end this problem permanently>some other strategy
>>27511101Oh for fucks sake.If we assume Adavan is lying to us at this point then we might as well assume that everyone is lying to us.Let's just not trust anybody ever and consume everything. While we're at it, let's patch things up with our ol' pal Temerity and cast the world into the endless nothing, because he's the only one who's been honest with us.
>>27511139...I kinda just want to kill him.
>>27511139>take his hat
>>27511139>just implant the alternate story in his mind
>>27511139>just implant the alternate story in his mindAlso, take his hat.
>>27511153Temerity IS the only one who has been honest with us.
>>27511139>>just implant the alternate story in his mind
>>27511139TAKE HIS HATWEAR DAT SHITDECIDE LATER
You all know I can't comment on player theories, no matter how incredibly accurate or entirely ridiculous they may be.
>>27511139>>change Vonnegut's personality for goodTake his hat.
>>27511158I know what you mean...
>>27511169He's also a fucking douchebag. Do you not understand sarcasm. I know it can be hard to see over the internet but that was pretty obvious.
>>27511109maybe they counted by proxy seeing as they died in the pursuit of the same goal so it indirectly counted?>>27511139Let Flint decide. He declared Vonnie a criminal who should be sent to the noose. Let Flint decide his fate.... If it is death, he can choose us, or Flints Blade...
>>27511124Oh shit, our party compensated for our retardation!
>>27511177>no matter how incredibly accurate...they may be.SM CONFIRMED PARANOIA THEORY YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST FOLKS
>>27511139In all honesty, it's more than a little cruel to mess with his head like that. It's not in Shadow's nature to go back on his word either.>Implant alternate storyAnd don't take his hat.
>>27511184Do you understand I was cherry-picking your statement for the only part I agreed with?>quit being so prickly anonymous
>>27511177>no matter how incredibly accurateSHADOW MASTER STAHP
>>27511139>just implant the alternate story in his mindRewriting people puts us firmly in the evil end of the alignment pool, because it's basically saying that the end justifies the means, and narrative law says that you die if you utter that phrase or any variation thereof.
>>27511139>some other strategyHat.Other than reappropriating his hat, we should either just implant the alternate story, or we should kill him.Changing him for the good will ALERT SANDALPHON. Sandals is a paranoid motherfucker and he will suspect mind fuckery, because he was alive to see it.
>>27511177I'm fully expecting some manner of conflict regarding whatever Abby needs to do to awaken Hecate but I think that's going to be less nefarious plot and more major character decision.
>>27511160TAKE THE FUCKING HAT. IT'S OURS.
>>27511139We are justice. I have no idea what that means here...>Change personality.
>>27511195>>27511207I FUCKING HATE YOU PEOPLE
>>27511230We're being sarcastic. Or I am at least.
>>27511139>>kill Vonnegut and end this problem permanentlyGive us that delicious EXP for the hydra Party, also give us your hat.
>>27511223>>27511178That will tip off the angels. They know about mind magic. They fought a war against its users.
CONSUME HIS HAT
>>27511195>>27511207That is...You know what. I'm just going to play the quest and not participate in this anymore. Everyone is acting ridiculous. Joke or not.
>>27511139>kill Vonnegut and end this problem permanently>take hat
>>27511246Then just kill him since he probably can track his hat.
>>27511139>Kill vonnegut>HAT TEIM
>>27511246But Auriel suggested it(mind manipulation), so she expects it to work against Angels.>which she is not
>>27511139>>kill Vonnegut and end this problem permanentlyGives us some exp and lets us take his hat with out problems.
>Being this greedy about the hatSM's just going to throw it back in our face like with the dynamo.
>>27511139WE HAT NOW
>>27511262To change the story not his personality, just kill the man if you want his hat.
>>27511262She suggested a subtle change of story. That will not tip them off.What I said WILL tip them off is turning scumbag Penguin McSlaver into mr goody2shoes
>just implant the alternate story in his mind
Vote 1:>implant Vonnegut with the new story, but otherwise leave him as he is. Anything else might make waves.Vote 2:>implant Vonnegut, take the hatVote 3:>rewrite Vonnegut's personality entirely (taking the hat, by default)Vote 4:>kill Vonnegut (also taking the hat)
>>27511139>>kill Vonnegut and end this problem permanentlyLetting him live opens up too many problems.
>>27511312you do know that he probably can track his hat, so unless you want him to find haven either change his personality or kill him.
Unrelated to anything, but we birthday hat now on the front page.
>Implying Adavan won't just rewrite him to suit his own agenda regardless of what we tell him to do.
>>27511296Why bother? 4 will win mostly because all those who wish to rewrite will have 3 different options to choose from rather than just the single option to kill.>>27511343Quit it.
>>27511336Not if he never remembers having this particular hat. Just give him a phony hat, and convince him that it ran out of juice somehow.
I still think we should end his life now since the angels wouldn't really care and think the robots did it or that he ran off somewhere.
>>27511296Can we implant a feeling of intense loyalty to Haven?
>>27511365That's NOT JUSTICE!
>>27511296cutting off votes
Why aren't we just making it part of his story that his hat got destroyed by the robots?
>>27511363Thats because of the hat and this guy already caused too many problems for us and it isn't a far cry for him to find a way to reverse the mind magic.
>>27511360Oh wait. 1 is winning. Guess there's hope for sensibleness after all.
>>27511373Since when have we actually cared about Justice? We're Judgement, not Justice. Take the corn out of your ears and your head out of your ass.
we could always suggest that he could call in his one favor to have his life spared....
as is - 8kill - 6Understood.
>>27511301>>27511314>>27511318>>27511331>>27511352>>27511356>>27511365>>27511371>>27511336>>27511297See this shit?This is not justice.
>>27511373Judgment anon and also he is a criminal that should be hanged.
>>27511402Who cares? We're Judgement.
>>27511382Seriously. We trust the mindfuckery enough to keep Haven a secret, but we don't think we can make him believe the hat is destroyed?Why the fuck didn't 2 win?
>>27511402We are Judgment dumbass not Justice.
>>27511405WE ARESOCIAL JUSTICEWE MUST GIVE HIM A CHANCENO MATTER WHATALSO I DON'T WANT SM TO GIVE US ANOTHER RECURRING VILLAIN BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PENGUIN ALREADY
>>27511418Because SQ anons are retarded.
>>27511418The fucker probably can track his own hat.
>>27511400Quick Question SM, can we forcefully break our shards? Or is that not something we could do?
Shadow Master is giving you guys Experience on a Plate and you are fucking ignoring it for stupid ass reasons.Fuck this, I'm outta here.
>>27511402Eh. I'm all for killing him but taking out a crime lord is tricky business. I would have went for 4 but right now I'd rather not make more waves than necessary.
>>27511418And how exactly would the hat have been destroyed? We'd need a plausible story.
>>27511418If you wanted the hat, you should have voted for 4.
>>27511438Why would he track his hat if Adavan makes him think a robot shredded it?Why do you trust Adavan to make him forget Haven, but not to make him think hat is kill?Why would he track a destroyed hat?
>>27511447>the entire plan of all our party members is to MiB him>Obviously SM wants us to kill him
GUYSFUCKRight when we could've taken the hat, the front page is flooded with birfday hats! It would've been so perfect!
>>27511447FUCKING THIS and he is also offering the hat right now.>>27511448What waves will it cause?
>>27511389>>27511405>>27511413>>27511422No. We're not justice. But that doesn't mean we don't fucking believe in it. Did you just start following the quest recently? Because JUSTICE was one of our main traits long before we even knew what the shards were.As for the hat business, I'm iffy as to which one is better, but honestly I just don't think we know enough about the hat to make an accurate excuse for its destruction. Vonnegut might think back and suddenly realize "Wait, no, that couldn't happen!" and start getting suspicious and try to track it down. This is a REALLY big stretch, of course, but I'd rather err on the side of safety for now instead of try to get one more shiny trinket. Remember how useful that earth dynamo was?
>>27511472We don't know what the hat can do for all we know it can give out our location to him.
>>27511489JUSTICE in this case would be hanging him from a tree outside of town.
>>27511489It would've been safe to eat him and leave not a scrap left behind.
>>27511480A dead Lucifer means a failed mission into the Sky Sever. A dead guy who should have never even entered Xile is a lot more suspicious.
>>27511494Eat the damn hat. See, solution!
>>27511489He's a scumbag mobster slaver.He kills people, sells people, and steals from people.
We should make him forget about his hat, and take it
>>27511489Justice would be killing him instead of letting him run his filthy business.
>>27511498Or forcing him to atone for his crimes without his consent. I doubt many of his victims freely and with full knowledge consented to his predations.
>>27511522Too late anon, too many people didn't want free exp.
>hurrr let's leave a fucking horrible human being alive to temporarily cover our untraceable tracks as if sandy needed info from xile anyways he'll be scouring the great forest soon enough anways
He may of helped us out, but he's also a notorious slaver and backstabber.His bottom line is his payday.He would of sold us out in a heart beat. Never forget that.
>>27511498>>27511520>>27511527Yeah, not saying he doesn't deserve it, it's just stupid that people are going HURR JUDGEMENT NOT JUSTICE.Our judgement has often been in the favor of justice anyway, or at least our perceptions of it.
>all this arguing over Adavan>all this arguing over VonnegutThere's the SQ I've come to know. Those last few threads after that huge fuck up in Xile were like a dream.
>>27511558And our perception of it wanted this man dead.
Don't agree with the tone of the post, but I do sympathize with its message.
You guys are missing the key point here: Him being alive will mean that when Sandles tries to question him, he'll end up being sent on a wild goose chase or otherwise be thrown out of the loop.Hold your consumeboners, rewriting his memory is the smart play here. Be the mechanic, not a sledgehammer.
>>27511564Turning down XP that's going to help us majorly in the upcoming conflicts is pants-on-head retarded though.It's as stupid as digging under that cyclone or trying to force a cagematch top lel rule of cool shitshow.
>>27511548This people think the angels won't be looking harder now that a ship left and an angel was attacked in that area.
>>27511584Or it's intelligently turning away from greed and preventing disaster.
>>27511577Should link >>27511548.
SHUT UPFUCKTHIS IS SIMPLESANDERS KNOWS THIS FILTHY LITTLE FUCKER WAS WORKING WITH LUCIFER.DEAR LUCY IS MISSING.ONLY SCUMBAG MCSHADOWHAT KNOWS WHERE HE COULD POSSIBLY BEDEAD PIRATE = A GOOD REASON FOR SANDALPHON TO SEARCH THE DAMNED GREAT FOREST. SHUT UP ABOUT THE FUCKING PIRATE OR THE ROBOTS. WE DONT NEED THAT KIND OF ATTENTION.
>>27511584And now we got shameless hyperbole. We really are back to the dark times of unnecessary vitriol and stupidity.
>>27511579Thats the thing we don't know if will believe the story in any shape or farm.
>>27511601>The dark timesBitch I've missed this. Better than >OH GOD WE FUCKED UP SHIT IT'S ALL OVER FUCK YOU SM
>>27511584This so much.>>27511598He is gonna end up searching the area and whose to say he won't notice the mind magic bull
>>27511594Nothing has been avoided. It's merely a delay.Lucifer was SENT to the great forest. He was SENT to Xile.Regardless of what we do with the criminal, Sandelphon is going to take a hard second look eventually.
>>27511598That sixth line is an assumption.
>>27511627And we postponed that search to better prepare for it on our terms rather than have it show up a lot quicker by killing Vonnie.Killing him would have been an alright decision. I would not have been upset over it being chosesn. But that doesn't automatically make this a terrible decision either. It's also an alright decision.
>>27511594It only delayed the shit now we have a dead angel and a criminal with a story that seems fishy we basically guaranteed this guys death or getting the mind magic found out.
>>27511627The longer we can delay, the better. If it costs us a little xp, then that's a price worth paying.
>>27511621do we have proof he, or anyone he knows is a subtle enough spirit mage? your maybe possibly shit is about a thousand times more useless than actually trying to cover our fucking tracks. the hats probably lot worth more than 4-6 xp anyways.
Dont forget to take his gold, we cannot have Vonnegut running around with trinkets from Xile.
If we killed him wouldn't Sandalphon just assume he is lost with Lucifer?
>>27511651He already know that there two three places we can be and if a powerful angel is missing in one of those three places than it won't take him long to go there and investigate.
<...maybe he deserves to die,> you say. <But...>"But," Flint says. "He's just too useful alive, is that it?" You glance at your friend. The knight's face shows no pity or sympathy. He stares at Vonnegut. "He should be hanged, and brought back alive to be drawn and quartered. But." He relaxes somewhat. "...after a proper trial. After he's had his day."Auriel rests a hand on Flint's shoulder. "...when this is over..."Flint shakes his head. "It'll never be over. We need him alive to protect Haven. The life that killed and buried so many will be put to good use, at least. Adavan, do your best."Adavan looks at Flint for a long time. Something passes over his face. And then he nods. "He'll have my best. I guarantee it."It takes time - Vonnegut's men that had been preparing his transportation also need similar stories. But in short order, they're positioned at Vonnegut's lakeside home, some in the ship at the small dock, others in the house. With so much preparation time, Adavan is able to wake them from a slumber all at once, and in short order, it's business as usual for Vonnegut and his men.--------The party meets again in the huge, hollowed-out tree that looms over the lake - and this time, Obis and Freja join you. Flint smiles for the first time in hours, embracing his friend. Freja smiles and nods to you, sticking close to Obis. After an exchange of greetings, you sit down to discuss more important details - namely, the greater alliance that Auriel has been planning.For the last weeks, Blackwater has been working on the town elders in Felnoir, and he's convinced a vast majority that aligning themselves with Archon is the way forward to gain stability, increase economic autonomy, and, most importantly for the locals, give the finger to the empire. Having Archon's possible immediate protection with the Frontier just to the north is also seen as a major selling point. Obis and Freja have been working overtime to help smooth things over.>con't
>>27511676He was there to dig. There is no reason for him to go with Lucifer. Furthermore, having a story of Lucy's whereabouts is going to postpone a search longer than no story at all.
>>27511676yup and he was gonna investigate the area anyway.
>>27511651>>27511657No, it isn't an alright decision. We're cheating ourselves out of a power gain that we genuinely need to face the coming threats.With the way it is, if we wanna deal with Vonnie again, for good, we'll have a fight on our hands.And Sandelephon is paranoid to a degree of severe pettiness/brash action.The [presumed]delay is useless; the [guaranteed]exp is not.
Just caught up reading/transcribing.You almost voted to off Vonnegut. I understand that he's a "bad" guy, but he's also been quite helpful to us overall. He's also not about to rat out the Elemental Lord who would not only probably survive the incoming kill-team, but also owes him a goddamn favor which would be voided by such an act.The fuck is wrong with you.
Blackwater has also been in contact with the two camps in the forest - the elves and werewolves, as well as Janus Miller, Haven's main supplier aside from Felnoir. They are willing to form an alliance as well, effectively uniting what had been previously very isolationist sects through the entire great forest. The leader of the elves, Valeria Kavanere, even spoke of possibly constructing a direct trading route between the lake and The Forest Den, though she privately let Blackwater know that the werewolves might take a bit of convincing.It seems that Janus Miller, in particular, has been earning a profit by shuttling food and supplies to the Duke's guerrilla force. With winter setting in, they've retreated and made camp in the southeast of Kelvere. For now, the Kanian forces have been silent, and patient, weathering the repeated attacks without moving. As they hold the position of strength, they seem to be intent on ensuring Kelvere's complete subjugation before restarting their campaign in spring.The orc clans in the east of the forest have been even more silent than usual. While not particularly unusual, Blackwater mentions that having expert fighters with strong natural magic resistance on your side would be a very strong advantage. Further, the alliance itself is predicated on a positive relationship with Fang and Archon. Blackwater looks to you to settle that account.You exchange a pointed glance with Abigail. You didn't exactly leave Archon on a grand note, and returning without a staff and only word of a mysterious 'Melody' might not be exactly what the Archmage was hoping for. The news that the Staff of Winds on Xile was a fake puts a damper on everyone's rising spirits.What do you say, if anything, and what are your plans?>report to Fang with the status of the staff>seek out the remaining keys to Hecate's prison>head to the Frozen Hand and investigate the whereabouts of the last shard>other strategies
>>27511725Oh fuck you Sorry. The longer we let him live the harder he's going to bite us in the ass.
>>27511725Everyone just wants EXP and doesn't care about long term. It's just business as usual in SQ.
>>27511747Which is the ACTUAL premise of the Penguin character in its originality; a problem not dealt with simply grows larger no matter how small it appears to be.
>>27511739>head to the Frozen Hand and investigate the whereabouts of the last shardWe NEED to deal with Temerity. If he's left unchecked, he'll fuck us at the worst time possible.
>>27511739>report to Fang with the status of the staffFang needs an update. If we're gone too long, he'll fear the worst. He at least should know Abigail is mostly intact.And he personally knows Melody, making him our best lead on where she might be with OUR STAFF.
>>27511739>>report to Fang with the status of the staffNot killing the guy will bite us in the ass
>>27511773And going after a shard that might be powerful(where he can fuck us over the most) and fight him with a broken hammer?
>>27511739>report to Fang with the status of the staffWe need to get Abby a prosthetic soon...
>>27511739>report to Fang with the status of the staffWe need to get this out of the way if we want to secure an alliance with Archon. The shards and Hecate would be powerful additions but we need an alliance to get this to work more than anything.
>>27511739>other strategiesDeal with Temerity
>>27511739>report to Fang with the status of the staff
>>27511739MEDITATE ON TEMERITY DAMN IT!
>>27511747>>27511777Maybe with SM, probablyBut I stand by the statement that ever since that first encounter, he has been entirely helpful to us. There isn't any reason to kill him right now when rewriting his memory is an option, aside from player paranoia.
>>27511739>>report to Fang with the status of the staffMelody is a powerful Shadow mage, which means she's probably going to be somewhere in The Black Lady's territory, and more likely than not in the capital. We can probably take our detour to the Frozen Hand while we're handling the Staff of Winds situation in Vampiria.
>>27511840We'll take the time to reforge our unusable shards and shit when we actually have the time to rest.
>>27511844>ever since that first encounter, he has been entirely helpful to us.Sorry, go back and read our first encounter with Vonnegut.
>>27511860>implying we'll have time to do that>ever
>>27511739Sort out Flint first, so to archon for intel, we can also engage in diplomacy while we are there... Once Flint's issue has been dealt with, we can then have him reclaim his country, then we take Orbis to reclaim his country...Then we get the keys to free Hecate and see about freeing Geb...Then we can move onto investigations/adventures within the Black Lady's country...Grab Wrath, while in the area, either befriend or deal with the Black Lady...Then have fun in Atlantis, possibly get them in on our alliance...Then we will have the rest of the continent on our side so we can end the war with the angels either though negotiation or more probably, the excessive application of violence...Also, remember those little skimmer ships Archon has... Wouldn't it be convenient if we had access to some kind of large transport vessel...
>>27511844>ever since that first encounter, he has been entirely helpful to us.You do know the only reason we let him live was because of a shard right?
>>27511895samefag or copyfriend?
Did Sorry just out himself as a samefaggot or did an anon samefag-out him?
>>27511916Copyfriend. If I need to, I guess I can pick up a tripcode. I'd rather not, though.
>>27511924>>27511931Copyfriend, I'd say. Way too obvious to not be him.
<If an alliance is going to work, then we need to make contact with Fang,> you say. <Once we've got him on our side, we can move as a whole to try and bring in Arland.> You glance at Flint. <What do you think?>"...well...if the threat of demons can bring Felnoir and Archon together...maybe it can push Archon and Arland into...well, at least a temporary alliance.""We'll need you for that, you know," Auriel says. "You might have been gone for a while, but you're still your father's son. He'll listen to you.""...maybe."<Abby,> you say, <should I go alone?>She shakes her head. "...no. I think...I need to see him."<...I see.>"Then we'll be counting on you to secure him," Blackwater says. "At least you're half as powerful a mage. I sure wouldn't want to stare down Yi Fang, and I've been around the oceans a few times, let me tell you."What do you do?>say anything specific to anyone after the meeting>head for Archon with Abigail
>>27511963>head for Archon with Abigail
>>27511963Let's tell Ila to... keep an eye on Adavan. Use finger speech.
>>27511944Best defense against copyfriend in this situation would be to make more, more obvious fake fuckups so that it looked too blatant.
>>27511985We are telepathic ya know
>>27511949http://pastebin.com/aMPmypvZThere.Now move on.
>>27511963>>say anything specific to anyone after the meetingconsole Fin, Ask Auriel about Lichs, and talk to Abby.
>>27511963We should probably see how Abby's holding up. She seemed a bit disproportionately freaked out (with concern for us) when we rocketed home with Advy.
>>27511963>say anything specific to anyone after the meetingLet's bring up to those who know about us being Erebus the whole thing with Wrath and The Frozen Hand if we haven't. Ask Adavan about his sacrifice for Lichdom too.
>>27511963Talk to Abby and ask the angel what she knows about linchs also do this.>>27511985
SM, can we just settle this vitriol filled paranoia mongering once and for all:Did you, or would you, ever anonymously post hints in the QTG?
>>27511995>Lichs>>27512039linchs...So...ask Adavan about his lichdom?Y/NWe can also have a 1-on-1 with Abigail before setting out. Let me know if there's anything in particular you want to say to her - it really helps if I get specifics. The conversations come of the keyboard a lot more easily if you give me some sort of opening line or topic as opposed to just "talk to a person about stuff"
>>27512076Ask Abigail how she plans on dealing with the Councillors.
>>27512012She thought Adavan may very well be dead and was largely blaming herself for it. It's only natural she'd be more ecstatic over seeing him than us in that particular situation. She had more faith we'd come out alive.>>27512076YAs for what to talk to Abby about. I guess sort of something like I posted above and about any worries she has over facing the her uncle. He seems the type to berate her over her own ineptitude than to worry over her hand.
>>27512076Y, but not in a paranoid accusative-filled way. Just ask him what the method for lichdom finally ended up being.Ask Abigail how she intends to deal with the councilors. On a lesser note, ask how she's feeling. Apologize now that we have a calm moment.
>>27512156we apologized on xiledon't be a doormat bro
>>27512156Hah, totally forgot I still had Sorry's name on.
>>27512123What is the game plan with her hand anyway? Or did I miss the concussion of that?
>>27512176We're going to see about making a prosthetic with Automaton, I think.
>>27512176Gather info first. The main plan seems to be a prosthetic, which may mean further exploration into the Earth tree and dealing with Steward and the robots.
>>27512156>>27512173[Damage control intensifies]
>>27512200Sorry has a trip now, dude.
>>27512195>>27512199We could go to the Elfs for their famed healing magic.>A tale of a shadowy knight bringing his princess before the elves to regrow her missing hand
>>27512209>>27512142His faggotry levels have doubled!
>>27512219It's already been confirmed she can't regrow it anymore.
>>27512209Nice try on trying to draw the heat off of your initial fuckup, Sorry.You're really going above and beyond in your attempt to keep the name on and garner attention for writing smut.
>Shaming namefags>Arguing>Forgetting there is a prompt by SM to respond toI love the smell of Shadow Quest in the morning.
>>27512226>>27512246Guys were copyfagging him, at least he wasn't obnoxious about I HAVE A TRIP NOW LEL.I hate tripfags as much as the next guy if not moreso, but fuck, he's not an attention-whore about it at all. Guy writes smut, wanted a name so people could know he's the guy who wrote the smut, at least he has a reason.Go pick on Redaeth, he sucks.
Can we have more than one construct guys?I want to upgrade our current one if we can't make another.
>>27512266>Damage control intensifiesCome on, Sorry. Siccing us on Redaeth? That's low.
>>27512266>he's not an attention-whore about it at all>He wanted a name so people could know he's the guy who wrote the smut
I find that I despise the anons in this thread more and more and am sympathizing with the Namefags.Mainly cause they aren't being obnoxious.
>>27512288So no one want more constructs or improve our current one?
>>27512307The name was initially a joke, like "I'm Sorry for doing this".Then I wrote more smut, so figured I might as well run with it.I don't particularly care that the guy is using it, but the argument over samefag/not-samefag is detracting from the quest. A Tripcode cuts that off. Not using one at al would achieve a similar result, except the guy could still use the name to be disruptive.The last few posts with it weren't even all that bad, so ignore the name on it and take it for what it is: another anonymous quest-follower who wants to participate. He just has an aside-goal of disliking me and wanting me to go away.
Put your petty squabbles behind you, we have important matters we can civilly debate.If we need help getting started:How do we greet Fang?
>>27512357They're actually one in the same.Namefags posting as anon, to make anons seems obnoxious.
>>27512395>Not using one at al would achieve a similar result, except the guy could still use the name to be disruptive.No, not using one means we lose interest and move on. Using a tripcode means we just think you're an even bigger cock smoking faggot than we did previously.
>>27512397So I guess if my FRIENDS like letting a murderhobo profiteer get away untouched to conduct their business then, hey, that's the right thing to do. May as well try it!
>>27512397A bit frustrated about the Staff and this Melody character, but it's not really his fault. No idea how to tell him "by the way, your niece is less one hand, now."
>>27512430That would be a matter to debate civilly.As for the petty squabbles, I mean more like >>27512421.They keep doing it.Just think of something related to debate while we wait on SM instead of falling into regular shit-flinging contests.
As the meeting breaks up and your friends disperse, you catch Adavan for a moment. <I had a question for you.>"Hmm? What about?"<Well, I was curious,> you say. <I learned that liches needed a...sacrifice. But you said you were alone."Adavan chuckles. There isn't any mirth in the laugh. "I used three spiders and a rat. It didn't help the stability of the spell." He rubs his forehead. "That, and the life-force I was able to capture as my men died. A patchwork lichdom." He glances at you. "That's why I was severely weakened when I came out of it, and why it took so much to wake me up. Honestly, if you hadn't stopped Flint back then, he very well might have killed me."<I see.>"Why do you ask?"<Curiosity, mostly.>"Oh, just come out with it," Adavan says. "Hell, I might not believe me, either. Not a mage capable of mind magic. You'd be foolish to do so." He squints at you. "Those are exactly the kind of things you should be focused on. I don't take people at face value. Neither should you." He leans back. "Though, I think I can make a personal exception for Flint. He's a terrible liar."<I apologize, Adavan.>"Don't worry about it."--------You find Abigail out on one of the many open decks protruding from the tree. She looks out over the lake, taking in the setting sun. You step up next to her, letting the moment sit without hurry."I guess we should go soon, huh."<I guess.>"...Shadow," Abigail says, "I've been thinking."<I know there's got to be a lot on your mind,> you say. <I'm wondering how we're going to deal with the councilors, and Fang. I'm not sure what we have to offer that could convince him to join us.>"...I know something."<What?>"Me," Abigail says simply.<...absolutely not.>"Just here me out for a minute." You start to speak again, and she stops you with a hand. "Shadow, I always listen to you. Listen to me."You settle on your feet and nod. <Alright.>>con't
"When we were on Xile - sometimes, I helped. I survived. But...I felt like I was a burden." She waves a hand at you, stopping you from speaking. "Look, I know you're going to say that's not true. Maybe it's not. But that's how I -felt-. I've got a lot of magic, but it keeps slipping through my fingers. Back in the Archonium - back then..." She swallows, grips the railing of the deck with both hands. "...I was the only...thing, I guess, with magic. It was easy to do what I had to do - no competition. I could just overpower whatever got in my way. But out here, power isn't enough. I don't know what I'm doing. I feel like I'm on the end of an airship deck cannon and I'm just mashing the controls as fast as I can. I need to learn control."You're getting stronger every day," Abigail says. "I can feel it. I know you so well...and the way I sense you changes all the time. You're getting...heavier. Weighty. You're turning into something that can stand up to angels, to demon lords. If - no. When I stand at your side to face those challenges, I've got to be able to carry my own weight. I've got to be a force that can make a difference. Strong enough that you don't have to check and make sure I'm alright every five seconds. Strong enough to do what you need me to do, and what I need to do for myself." She faces you squarely. "If I have to, I'll take responsibility for the destruction of the Archonium - as a councilor of Archon. I'll make it a political decision - the right move for the country as a whole. A step forward the new kind of place that my uncle claimed he wanted. I believe he wants it, Shadow. I do. I think he's worth a second try."What is your response?
>>27512550Well, this is some heavy shit. In-character I'm thinking "hell, no" but what she's saying makes sense. Fuck.
>>27512550>She swallows, grips the railing of the deck with both hands.It's a miracle!
>>27512582Wow. Didn't even notice that first time through. SM slipped up.
>>27512582It is canon now.
>>27512550Maybe we should say something about... something...I'm bad at this.
>>27512550Huzzzah! she has both hands again!!!
>>27512550gasp in wonder at her hand, ask her how she regrew it.
>>27512582>She swallows, grips the railing of the deck with both hands.
>>27512550<Abby, I don't want you to be doing whatever your uncle wants and chasing after more power. I've never wanted that. But I can at least see the logic in what you're saying. Can we at least try other options first? If it comes down to that, then that's what we'll have to do.>
>>27512550>Eternaly typing>Bullet Point*I don't like it, but you're right.*Do what you can to bring out the human part of your uncle, I'm sure it's still in there.>Short<You were not a burden. Your presence helped us succeed, and where I failed was my failure - not yours. But You're correct. Your presence in Archon would be more significant, and better for your training as well.>>TL;DR<You were not a burden, Abigail. You made a decisive difference numerous times on Xile, and without you I'm not sure we'd have gotten as far as we did. That said... perhaps you are correct. Fang will not change his ways, alone and surrounded by the reign of terror he constructed. Your presence in Archon in a political capacity would help change the way the city has conducted its administration, slowly but surely.And there is no better place for you to train as a summoner than in the city of Archon.>
>>27512550Let her go.
>>27512696>tldr longer than the rest of the post.Looks like we aren't going to get anything better, though, so I guess we going with this.You smut writing faggot.
>>27512550This is Abby's decision. I'm willing to put my faith in her, hesitant I may be. Hell, we can leave wispbro with her to watch her back.
>>27512719He was saying that part was the tl;dr version.
Writing the last post for tonight.
>>27512747You better, it's almost 9 in the morning and I'd love to get some sleep even if it's a day off!
>>27512550Simulated deep breath, "Oh I now he wants it, but fair warning I may still have some lingering trust issues surrounding your uncle. Abby, I don't think of you've been a burden, but you're right that in so many ways you're still new to your magic, still learning the finer points of control." Hop over and sit lightly on the railing, place hand on hers "I know you're right, about this, and I'm glad you aren't asking me what to do because this once I think I'd be selfish and ask you to stay." Just be silent with her for a bit and see where this goes.
>>27512722She's going to need more than a scout.
>>27512550<I can't let you do this just as a bargaining chip; I don't think I could stand it if I did. But I also don't want you to just do this out of a feeling of obligation. As long as this is really something you want -- for yourself first, even if if's also for others -- I know you'll do just fine.><...and if you really think he's worth a second try, I think it's going to be a long road, and you're going to have to be the one to convince him. I'm not entirely sure HE thinks he's worth a second try anymore.>
<First of all, you weren't a burden,> you say. <The mistakes that were made were mine.<I've never wanted you under your uncle's control. Hunting for power - that's what put him in the situation he's in today.<But at the same time,> you continue, <I can't deny your logic. And if there's some humanity left in there...you're the one who can pull it out him.> You walk up to her and take her good hand...and her bad one. <I don't want to use you as a bargaining chip, Abby. I want to be selfish. I want you to stay with me. But if you're sure this is something you have to do - not just for him, but for yourself - then it's not my place to stop you.>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMppmMn_M9UAbigail's fingers intertwine with yours. She looks down at the floor of the deck. "I...yeah. It is. But more than that...I like Sir Flint. And Adavan, of course, and...Auriel's been more than kind. Ila...we get along. But I just..." She looks back up at you. "I feel like I don't quite fit in Haven. Like it's a group that started somewhere else, and I wasn't there for the whole thing. You know me, so I'm accepted...but I'm not one of them. Archon, though..."My father left because he didn't want the life Yi fang intended for me, but he doesn't want that life for me, either. If I'm ever going to...put what happened in that -thing- behind me, I have to take it and put it behind me. I have to trust people. I have to give my uncle the benefit of the doubt, especially because I don't think anyone's given that to him for a long time. He's...the only family I have. Archon is my real home. The people that live there are my people. I think...I know I can be a leader for them, and take them to a better place.">con't
<You've given this a lot of thought.>"I learn from the best."<What do you mean?>"When I was lost, you came for me," she says. "You always came for me. What kind of person would I be if I didn't do the same for my own people?"For a long time, you can't find the words. You try to push them out of your mouth, but they stumble awkwardly. <I didn't - I never realized you...considered it, much that way. I...>Abigail pulls down on your hands and kisses your cheek. "You're cute when you don't know what to say." She lets you go, skips back a step, and grins. "Anyway, we better get going."You're still floundering in surprise when Auriel and Flint walk up to the deck's entrance. "Shadow, Abigail. Came to see you off."You find yourself exchanging pleasantries with your friends, reminders of what to do and say, and goodbyes. You're on the verge of telling them about Abigail's decision, but her thoughts stop you. <It'll be better if they hear it after,> she says. <Sir Flint won't like it. But this is for the best, for a lot of people.>You give her a quite nod.And then, you're tucking her in under you as your spread your wings. You're suddenly extremely conscious of how you're holding her. She settles back against you. "I always feel safe with you, Shadow."<...I'm glad.>She spreads her arms, not caring that her sleeve is dragged down, revealing where her left arm ends. "Let's fly!"You flap up high, rising above the deck, and then the tree. Your aura gathers behind you, compressing into a disc...--------BOOM--------To Be ContinuedProbably Thursday night, around 10pm EST.Meta very briefly, I have to get sleep tonight.
>>27513088Why in the world are we flying when we can just manaport?
>>27513100Because showing up in a mana pool manned by a bunch of people who would assume we're attackers or something isn't very smart.
>>27513100It's not as romantic.
>>27513100Abby enjoys flying, unlike flint.
>>27513088>Probably Thursday night, around 10pm EST.Ahh. For the first time since ever I'm going to possibly miss Shadow Quest. Anyway, thanks for the thread SM. How'd that car accident turn out? Everything work out?
>>27513126Perhaps we should find a more isolated manapool in Archon that we can use for this type of thing.I believe there were some underground somewhere that we picked up on the deep focus, yea?
>>27513146I thought that was in Ring City.
>>27513126Will there be a way to subjugate Temerity and the other shards?Also are the shards like Breeze, Hammer and Ardor leaning more towards Order or Chaos or are they just perfectly balanced?
>>27513157Yeah. I'm curious about this myself. As far as I can see these shards are of both.
>>27513157Should we reforge Temerity? Can it even withstand the conversion? I feel like we're carrying the makings of the final boss and I don't like it.
Back in the Archonium, you made an offer to have Humanity wear Isolation's shattered shard as a hat.Was that a "Fix it with Humanity to make a new shard" option, or was it some kind of weird hybrid deal?
>>27513208It's going to pop out of us and fuse with Legion.
>>27513208Temerity and Humanity combine into one super shard obviously. They become Balance.
>>27513139Miraculously, despite being hundreds of miles away from home trying to pick a family member up from school, things worked out about as well as I could hope. The person I hit (I ran a red light in a moment of inattention) was very nice, the body shop worker was a total awesome old guy who ferried me the last ten minutes to my sister's school, and my uncle had the next day off so he could bring us back.I was using my grandmother's car, but she's very well-off financially. As soon as I was home in one piece, she was already joking about how I was going to have to help her shop for a new one. She didn't even want me to pay the deductible, but I managed to convince her to at least let me cover half of it.Also, Geico was not a faggot and made putting in a claim pretty easy.>>27513157>>27513208>they think I'll answer these questions
>>27513236It's nice to know everything went well, then.See you next time, SM.
>>27513208if we cant, we'll break him down and kill him. he really cant be left alive. and he's gotta be dealt with soon
>>27513236So we can't "fix" Temerity and the other shards through meditation? Also can someone screencap the Mr. Shadow with a a birthday hat I think it looks bretty good.
>>27513229i like you
>>27513286L-lewd. Next thing you'll be telling me is you want to hold hands.
>>27513276He'll just reform in a manapool somewhere and go on a CONSUME spree. With no moral qualms -at all- he will rapidly gain fuckloads of power. Also, he might catch a few shards that we don't manage to get."Killing" him is a terrible idea. Either we reforge him with Humanity, or we contain him as best we can.
>>27513276He's kind of trying to fuck us over from the inside-out. This is something we need to deal with but I don't think destroying is the option. Fortunately, if we don't fuck up consuming and reforging Wrath. He'll be stuck at 3 against 5. Otherwise it'll be 4 on 4. Need to see if we can reforge Isolation and Silence too. Though Temerity will fight us.
>>27513304just reform at a mana pool? wtf are you even talking about. erebus scattered compartmentalized chunks of his own power across the world to reform at a late date, therefore broken and annihilated shards can miraculously reform at mana pools? get the fuck out.
>>27513343That's the fluff, man. We've been told his final act was to place mana pools at key points along the ley lines so he would reform there.
>>27513236>>they think I'll answer these questionsIt was more a question to the board in general. I wouldn't ask you to spoil it for us.
>>27513208>Should we reforge Temerity? Can it even withstand the conversion? I feel like we're carrying the makings of the final boss and I don't like it.>>27513220>It's going to pop out of us and fuse with Legion.(if we fall below reactor safety protocols, i'm guessing temerity breaks loose and takes all aligned shards with him)What we REALLY need to do is have a sit-down shut-up and listen talk with Temerity.Meditate on it, and tell him the ollowing, straight up."As a being of order, you are way too set in your ways to even CONSIDER alternatives. You have a lifetime of war and unending hate for chaos to even consider the possibility that balance is possible.""Yet I know better. Judgement controls our actions, because I see the energies of Order manifesting in the souls of humans, the flow of our power polluting the very flow of the raw mana of this world to remake Erebus.""You whine and mewl about the corruption being a bad thing, but you have failed to realize it cuts both ways. ""If I can be affected, then the reverse is true. Period. You? You're a coward, too afraid to see if its possible, to risk changing your plans or tactics in light of new information. ""I agree that the rising problem of magic, chaos getting out of hand, feeing upon itself in a loop isn't a good thing. What I don't agree with are your intractable methods. ""You need to adapt to the situation at hand. Not I . YOU. You want to take the war to chaos? Fine.'"You can start by helping me come up with a plan to attack, control, possibly destroy its source. Not these piddly mages and creatures, golems and elementals you take offense to. ""I will not corrupt you, temerity. You are a link to my past, my true nature. But you are also a reminder that there are better ways than a one track mind. And I will show you its possible, if you stop acting like an attack dog and start acting like a general.""You want to strike against chaos? This is your chance to have input."