>Previous threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=iM%40S+Fantasy+Quest>Inventory & other info: http://pastebin.com/88DNhJrpYou are an adventurer, though presently it looks like you won't be doing much adventuring in the immediate near future. On your latest quest, an old curse you'd thought long behind you reared its ugly head once more -- a curse of possession, in which your mind is temporarily consumed by a demon of sadistic bloodlust, driving you to kill with savage abandon, even attacking your own friends and allies.Not a condition very conducive to working with a team of fellow adventurers, and particularly not conducive to your present role as a "Producer", an experienced mentor and guide to the many rookie members of 765 Professionals (more often called 765Pro for short), the adventuring guild you recently joined. In light of this recent relapse, you've decided to take some time off from active adventuring, staying away from stressful and violent situations until you can get your spiritual house in order once more.But first, you need to break the news to your guildmates. Presently, the only ones who know of your condition are those who witnessed it firsthand and the guild chief himself. Since you'd thought it a matter of ancient history, you felt it more prudent not to divulge this dark element of your past, but now that it's part of your present the people you'll be working with have a right to know.
>>27590602Heading to the Chief's office, you let him know that you're ready to make your announcement to the guild. He accompanies you back out to the main room of the small guildhall, and calls for the attention of the members scattered about, relaxing as the day winds to a close."Everyone, if I could have your attention, please. Your new Producer has something important to tell you."He turns to you, stepping aside for you to stand front and center. "Producer?">What do you say to the guild?
Also, magic number for tonight is 3. Again. I swear, I need to do some heavy testing of these dice. They must be weighted or something.If you don't know what this "magic number" stuff is all about, see the pastebin in the OP for a primer on the dice mechanics used in this quest.
>>27590605>So yeah I need to take five for a week or maybe six. I got all this shit back home, and I don't mean a blocked up toilet.
>>27590605May as well cut straight to it, no need for fluff just drop the hammer.>>27590654>3Dice gods must be amused.
>>27590605>"I know I haven't been your Producer for very long, but you're all family to me. And family shouldn't keep secrets from each other..."Which leads into... something. Or something along those lines.I dunno.
>>27590605"In light of recent events, I will be stepping down from active adventuring for some time in order to collect myself."
>>27590605"I regret to inform you that I will be taking a short leave of absence to get my spiritual house in order. My childhood introduced me to an unclean influence, one I had thought myself clear of. Once I have gotten myself back in order, I hope to continue working with you."
>>27590605Man I dunno, but way more than>>27590702>>27591091>>27591444seem to want.
>>27590605Same explanation we gave the first couple girls and the Chief?
>>27591444I like this. Though it makes it sound as though he is leaving rather than backing away from adventures for a while. Maybe changing 'short leave of absence', to 'time off from major assignments' or something like that, other than that I think it's good.
>>27590605Clearing your throat, you look out over the room full of young women. It's not really a position you're used to being in, making speeches like this. Giving advice and instruction to rookies under your charge is one thing, but this sort of scenario is quite awkward. You're tempted to brush it off with a joke, but you know that wouldn't be fair. The guild needs to know the truth, and it wouldn't do to understate the gravity of the situation."Um, well, I know I haven't been here very long, but in the short time I've been your...Producer..." (that title still feels weird to you), "I've already come to feel like you're all practically family to me. And family shouldn't keep secrets from each other."You look to the five who'd accompanied you in the goblin tunnels and found out your secret firsthand. From the moment you gathered everyone for the announcement, you could tell they knew what was coming. Yukiho fidgets uncomfortably, as do the twins. Miki narrows her eyes in a stony glare, her posture stern and serious, a sharp contrast to her usual relaxed and easygoing demeanor. Haruka (gods bless her) is leaning forward, earnest and worried. You can practically hear her reassuring you and cheering you on, and in fact it looks like it's taking all of her effort not to actually do so outright."I'm afraid I'm not exactly the upstanding guy I might have initially come across as. I try my best to be, but I...well, it seems I'm cursed to fail. Literally cursed, that is."
>The QUESTM@STER @iMaSFantasyQ 4m>Accidentally clicked off the page while auto-dump ran, breaking the post chain, and for some reason Lazarus didn't save the middle one. FuckNotepad++. Use it.
>>27591628You see looks of worry and puzzlement fall over the faces of those who don't already know where this is going."When I was a boy, I was exposed to unclean influences, and ever since I've had a demon lurking in the corner of my mind. A demon of violence and bloodlust. From time to time it takes possession, and when it does I...well, I become a monster. It drives me to do terrible things. Unforgivable things."The looks of worry deepen, and puzzlement gives way to shock and horror."I didn't tell you before because, up until yesterday, I'd thought this was all long behind me. But last night I fell under possession for the first time in years, and...well, if I hadn't been with such a capable party of adventurers, I would have stained my hands with yet another unforgivable sin."The guild is positively stunned now. You see Yayoi tugging at Ami's sleeve beside her, peering plaintively at her in desperate hope of some indication that this might all just be some sick joke. Ami answer's Yayoi's wordless plea with a small shake of her head, the grim expression on her face confirming your confession. You see tears start to well in the corners of Yayoi's eyes.
>>27591805"So, um, I guess in light of recent events, I will be stepping down from active adventuring for some time in order to collect myself. I'm sure I can get this issue back under control, and once I do I hope to continue working with all of you in the field, but it will take some time to get there. I guess it would be too much to ask for your forgiveness just yet for keeping something so important from you, but I hope we can still continue to work well together in the future."With that you stand aside, allowing the Chief to step to the fore once again. He clears his throat and adds his concluding remarks."I would just like to say, I hope you all won't hold this against our new Producer too harshly. After all, the blame lies as much on myself for being complicit in keeping this secret. I assure you we both had nothing but your best interests at heart in withholding this information, though it was wrong of us to do so. I will continue to give him my full support, and I hope you all will do likewise. Oh, and, please do refrain from spreading this information outside the guild. Our new Producer has enough on his plate already without dealing with gossip undermining his reputation. To say nothing of the fact that the whole guild's reputation would suffer for it as well!"You stand in awkward silence, broken only by the Yayoi's sniffling (and, you notice, now Hibiki's as well), for a few moments as the Chief allows everyone some time for all this to sink in.
They seem to be taking it well.
Rolled 16>>27591883Didn't get enough point to care enough
>>27591821After what feels like eons, the Chief breaks the pause to advise everyone to go ahead and take what remains of the afternoon off to process this information however is best for them. After a few moments, Miki gathers her things and heads out, but the rest stay seated on the various couches and chairs around the guildhall, quietly talking amongst themselves or simply sitting in thought.>What do you do?
>>27591930ask their honest thoughts about you.also maybe try playing with the Harukasan
>>27591930Go after Miki. Wonder what she still thinks of all think and where is she going?
>>27591930[x] Sit in corner, hang head in shame, wait to see if anyone wants to talk.
>>27591951the latter as a means to lighten the mood a bit
Rolled 2>>27591951Ask if they have any question they wish to ask regarding this
>>27590654Have you asked /tg/ on dice mechanics? I asked some anons on /@/ and they said it was completely random.
>>27591951Think it might be abit fast. Leave the others who have just learned this news some time to let it sink it.Right now we'll only get their kneejerk reactions, which will not be good.
>>27591999There's a seed based on post time, at the very least.
>>27592007This. We've already talked with Miki so doing >>27591953 is fine, but fucking around in the room will just make a bad situation worse.
>>27592020so that factors into what we get in the dice roll?
>>27591953Go with this try to catch up to her quick and discuss thing with her. Leaving might even let the others discuss things amongst themselves better than if we are there.
>>27592037Oh, and be sure to return to the guildhall when we finish discussing things with Miki to see how the others are after some time to mull things over.
I wonder what kotori will make of all this. The man she went on a date with had all that inside him.
>>27591930You decide to go after Miki. It's probably best to leave the others to their own thoughts and discussion for now, but Miki's already had some time to process the issue and you already know it's going to take some effort to rebuild her trust.Heading out into the street, you easily spot her mass of unruly blonde hair among the crowd and make your way toward her. You manage to catch up without much difficulty, calling to her as you get close. Turning to face you, she puts her hands on her hips and irritably asks, "What do you want?">What indeed? How do you open the conversation?
>>27592159"Couldn't really stay in there, not if they wanted to talk about it without me hearing everything." scratch head akwardly. "I'm guessing you still want me gone?"
>>27592159Ask about how she thought of us before, during, and after the incident, and ask where she's going if it's related to what's happening now.Maybe we can get a mail going by the end of the day to the guys who took care of us in the backstory - they're the ones who contained this demonic incursion sitting inside us.
>>27592221This and ask wheres shes going.
>>27592159"Couldn't really stay in there. They need to talk it over, and they can't really do that with me right there within earshot." You scratch you head awkwardly. "I'm guessing you still want me gone?"She glowers at you for a moment, then tosses her head with a petulant "hmph". "Wouldn't hurt." She turns away and continues on the way she was going before you stopped her.You follow her, easily keeping pace. "Mind if I ask where you're going?""Nowhere important."> "And where is 'nowhere important'?"> "Can I come along?"> Just keep walking with her and change the subject (specify)
>>27592590Keep tracking, maybe indirectly ask where she's headed for. I think this could be the fantasy counterpart of dropping 765.
>>27592590Just walk quietly with her for now. If/when shes does snap say we're heading to the temple. Hopefully its somewhere in the direction we're going towards.
>>27592080> "And where is 'nowhere important'?"I kinda don't wanna stick with her the whole time though,really wanna know the thoughts of the rest of the gals
>>27592590>[X] Just keep walking with her and change the subject (specify)Apologize again, ask her what, if anything could be done to show are not a demon.>>27592631Was thinking that as soon as she left the guild hall.
>>27592631> Just keep walking with her and change the subject (specify)Offer her some made-up responsibility to make her feel important. Or ask for her opinion on something and let her know it matters.Can't really think of specifics, maybe some anon can.
>>27592727hence my previous option of asking her how she thought of us pre-, during, and post-quest. The more we know about how she thinks of us, the better we can address her worries.
>>27592783Yah, good point.
>>27592783I kind of feel that asking for all that information at once will not yield good results. And we do already have a rough idea of what she thinks, pre and post event, based off how she was untrusting of us.
>>27592881>>27592902Motion to suggest this, then?> Just keep walking with her and change the subject (specify)>I know you're still more than upset about what happened and me revealing it to everyone eles, and I understand it. I really did think I could put that behind. I also know it was a bad idea to keep it hidden, too. Do you have any other reason to distrust me for this?Sorry if this would sound like I suck at commus.
>>27592993Sounds fine to me.
>>27592590You continue keeping pace alongside her in silence for a few moments before speaking up again."I really am sorry," you say. "I know you're upset about me keeping all this a secret, and you're not wrong for that. I really did think I could put that all behind me, but even so I know it was a bad idea to keep it hidden. But...is there maybe more to it than that? Do you have any other reason to distrust me here?"Miki stops in her tracks and stomps her foot with an angry growl. "That! That right there! I don't get it! How can you be so nice now after...after the way you were? It's like, you're nice, then you're all nasty and growly, then suddenly you're nice again? It's like you're totally different people!">Give me a roll
Rolled 16>>27593111Lets do this.
>>27593145Reroll?Today seems like non-combat day.
>>27593145Reroll? Probably won't have too many chances for it tonight anyways.
no stick with it
I'm for reroll.
>>27593208No, we call for Reroll. In light of the revelation, a>Bad Communicationwill do MUCH more harm than good.
nthing for a reroll as well.
Rolled 1>>27593145For reroll:>>27593165>>27593172>>27593218>>27593258>>27593277Against reroll:>>27593208And since kai doesn't count, that makes it unanimous (I kid, I kid).Luck be a lady...
>>27593296Ah, much better.
>>27593296This is the SECOND time kai got owned.
>>27593296Now we're talking baby.
>>27593296Well this is perfect.
still stand by my stance
>>27593364>1d20 = 19>18+ = very unfortunate eventsI cannot fathom as to why would you stick to that in light of how 765 would think of us for having a demon inside us, ready to spring in the heat of battle.
>>27593428>kai in charge of not being retarded
>>27593111>>27593296By this point you've moved away from the more major roads, so the crowd's been pretty sparse, but you cast a glance around to make sure there's nobody within earshot to overhear anything compromising that might be said. You're pleasantly surprised to find that, by some miraculous fluke, the area around you is not merely sparsely populated, but in fact all but deserted. You still lower your voice to be on the safe side, but you're pretty confident that you won't be overheard."Well...that is kind of how this whole possession thing works," you say. "The crazy side isn't me, it's the demon taking control.""And how do I know it isn't still in control and just trying to trick us?" Miki retorts. "Demons are liars and cheats, that's what they say at all the temples.""Well, you do have a point," you concede. "But tell me, did the way I was in that cult shrine seem at all like the work of a subtle, manipulative sort of demon?""Well...no. But maybe that's all part of the trick!""What, to lull everyone into a false sense of security?" She nods at this. "Well, perhaps it could be. But, supposing it is, doesn't it seem like I've been doing a lot that works against the demon? If it were in control and wanted everyone to be complacent, why have me tell everyone about it in the first place? Or why have me stay around a bunch of top-notch adventurers who could kick my ass if need be rather than go be around helpless regular people?">Cont.
>>27593932Miki ponders this for a bit, then turns her nose up defiantly. "Well, I'm still watching you, nano!"You chuckle at this. "And well you should. I'm counting on you to keep me in check if things ever get out of hand again, ok? Blast me with lightning right in the face, if that's what it takes!"Miki stifles a giggle at the mental image, and you continue walking along in silence for a few minutes. You're still not too familiar with the city just yet, but you're pretty sure the way you're heading is roughly in the direction of the temple district, though not really the way you'd taken previously.> Ask Miki again where she's heading> Ask Miki how to get to the temple district from here; you'd like to look into getting in touch with someone that can help with the possession issue> Head back to the guildhall
Rolled 1>>27594065 Head back to the guildhall
>>27594065>[X] Ask Miki how to get to the temple district from here; you'd like to look into getting in touch with someone that can help with the possession issue
>>27594065> Head back to the guildhallLet's check up on others.
>>27594065>> Ask Miki again where she's heading>> Ask Miki how to get to the temple district from here; you'd like to look into getting in touch with someone that can help with the possession issue
>>27594065>[x] Head back to the guildhall
>>27594065>> Ask Miki again where she's headingAt least ask her wheres shes going before we leave her.
>>27594151I support this before guildhall
>>27594065>[X] Ask Miki again where she's headingThen head back to the guild hall if she isn't headed somewhere of concern.
>>27594065"So," you say, "mind telling me again where you're heading?" You're starting to feel like heading back to the guildhall, but it would at least be polite to ask one more time before leaving."To the Sacred Park, nano."Ah, yes, you've heard of that before. Most temples of the Vagabond maintain a small area of land near the temple in its natural state (or at least near to it), but in most cases that space is relatively small, and at any rate not particularly of interest given that similarly untamed areas are not far away in most towns. Here in the great city of Kethyria, however, it can take quite a substantial walk to get out of the city and into the surrounding countryside for those who'd like to spend some time in more natural surroundings. But due to the considerable prosperity of the city and the signficant fraction of that prosperity that flows into the temple district through tithes and donations, the temple of the Vagabond here is able to hold a fairly considerable swathe of land, rather not unlike a typical noble house's private game preserve. This park, however, is open to the public for religious contemplation and general recreation -- though hunting and fishing are prohibited except on certain festival days, when the temple allows it in limited quantities.> Head back to the guildhall> Accompany Miki to the Sacred Park
>>27594545[x] Accompany Miki to the Sacred Park
>>27594545Might as well go with her. You might even learn something interesting.
>>27594545"Going there to take a nap?"
Let's see her take that nap.
Rolled 11>>27594545> Head back to the guildhall
>>27594545guildhall I really wanna know what the other girls that werent with us are taking this news
>>27594545>[X] Head back to the guildhallShould go see how the others have taken the news or if anything needs to be cleared up.
Head back, what are other girls doing?
>>27594198>>27594151Amazingly agreeing with Kai againNot that I have anything against you but this is twice in one thread when once just is unheard of
>>27594545"Going there to take a nap?""No! I do things other than sleep, you know!" She pouts a little."Haha, well you enjoy yourself at the park then. I think I'm gonna head back to the guildhall and see how the others are doing." You give her a little wave and turn back the way you came."Bye-bye," she says.By the time you get back to the guildhall, it's getting to be fairly late, close to the time everyone would normally start to head home, and given the Chief's advice to the girls to take the rest of the day off you wonder whether anyone would still be there, but you find that only the twins have left so far. You see Haruka (holding her puchi counterpart on her lap) and Chihaya on one of the couches in the main lounge area, with Yayoi and Iori on another in that space. Azusa is talking softly with Ritsuko by the latter's desk. Takane and Hibiki are near the hearth, while Makoto and Yukiho are in the kitchen area. Kotori is at her desk by the door as you walk in. The mood in the room is decidedly downcast, with a tinge of awkwardness noticeably seeping in upon your arrival.> Talk to someone in particular (specify)> Find a seat and wait to see if anyone approaches you.
>>27595333I would wanna talk to Azusa and Ritsuko first Azusa because I'm biased and Ritsuko because she is a P as well
>>27595333[x] Find a seat and wait to see if anyone approaches you.Maybe get a bit of paper and write 'The Producer is IN' on it.
>>27595333Find a seat either out the back in the training area or somewhere else semi privateWe want to let the girls come to us if they want but not feel obligated to because we are there
Rolled 3>>27595333>Kotori is at her desk by the door as you walk in.So shes right beside us now?Talk to Kotori.Be rude to just stride past her.
>>27595333> Find a seat and wait to see if anyone approaches you.
>>27595391thats true, even if she isnt the first we talk to least give a greeting
>>27595333>[X] Talk to someone in particular RitsukoBecause she is our equal in the guild and probably feels deceived a bit more than the others, and to get a sense of how everyone else is doing.
>>27595333[c] Talk to KotoriShes alone. Everyone else is with someone else.We'll be working with her quite abit after this with paperwork so we might as well get this sorted.
I can feel the need for sleep really setting in, and since it'll be a little while until the next decent stopping point, I think I'll call it a wrap here. Next session (which will be Friday, so long as work doesn't run late as it so often does) will begin with the most voted option.As always, feedback is much appreciated and I'm happy to answer questions.
>>27595667Who we gonna talk to first?
>>27595480>thinking we will be desk boundSomething will happen that will require us to rush to the rescue anon, it is practically assured
>>27595667Thanks for running QM!What does Miki do at the park besides sleep?
>>27595680Looks like the leading course of action is to let them come to you, so we'll see!>>27595772Oh, you know, admire the scenery, watch the ducks. That sort of thing.
>>27595822training with the mystical duck sensei?
>>27595822So the next few threads will be SOL?
>>27595933More or less, yep. Though timeskipping is always an option if enough people want to get back into the adventuring action.
We're not entering some kind of honey router, do we? That would be somewhat impractical for me.
>>27596049I don't mind a bit of SOL as long as we use it to get to know people better and there are choices. Also replenishing inventory and stuff.
slice of life stuff should be okay so long as some events are amusing
>>27596419Trying to recruit ritsuko's cousin as an adventurer too
>>27596480Already has a job at a cafe.
>>27596480>>27596782how bout casual run ins with Jupiter at the markets or something doing errands>errands with kotori and azusa>end up drunk at the guild hall somehow
>>27595667we need more puchis, no question about it, MORE PUCHIS!